News of: Friday, 24th of August, 2007
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While Bangladesh is going slow about marking its deep sea boundary in the Bay of Bengal for the last three years, neighbouring India and Myanmar are busy discovering huge gas reserves in the bay close to Bangladesh territory.
Thousands of people who had to crash at places other than theirs for the curfew clamped on the capital and five other divisional headquarters Wednesday night hurried to go home after the government relaxed the restriction for three hours from 4:00pm yesterday.
Patients faced tremendous sufferings, as no vehicles plied the city streets, medical employees failed to attend their duties and the pharmacists, with or without the knowledge of the curfew, kept their stores closed.
Law enforcement agencies reportedly raided several Dhaka University dormitories and student accommodations at Aziz Supermarket in the capital since the imposition of curfew on Wednesday night, allegedly beating up a number of students.
On the first day of curfew yesterday, the law enforcers did not allow vendors and shopkeepers to open any kitchen market in the city and after a span of 20 hours of curfew prices of essentials shot up in different kitchen markets.
A tribunal in Natore yesterday sentenced former BNP deputy minister for land Ruhul Kuddus Talukder Dulu to 12 years' rigorous imprisonment for arson at three villages in 2004.
A number of journalists including The Daily Star's Dhaka University (DU) correspondent were assaulted by law enforcement agency personnel since the curfew was imposed on Wednesday night.
Kantaji temple in Dinajpur is on the verge of destruction as high salinity in the soil beneath its foundation has been seeping through the structure, damaging its beautiful terracotta embellishments by a huge number.
Readymade garment exporters yesterday asked the government to ensure transportation of their goods to and from Chittagong during curfew hours.
The US and the UK yesterday reiterated their call for restraint and urged all to reach a situation which could help lift the curfew at the earliest possible time.
The government has asked the Ekushey Television (ETV) and Focus Multimedia Company Limited (CSB) to refrain from telecasting any provocative news, documentaries, talk shows and discussions against the government.
The journalist associations have expressed deep concern over harassment of journalists by the law enforcement agencies during curfew hours yesterday and on Wednesday night.
With 24 deaths reported yesterday, the number of people who died of flood-related causes reached 662, according to the control room at the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).
Internet and international telecom services were disrupted from early Thursday as miscreants snapped the fibre optic line near Cox's Bazar that connects the country to the submarine cable, sources said.
Pakistan's Supreme Court said yesterday that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif could return home after seven years in exile imposed by his embattled arch foe President Pervez Musharraf.
The authorities of state-owned Carpeting Jute Mills at Noapara, Jessore have laid off 368 of its workers.
Chief Election Commissioner ATM Shamsul Huda yesterday said the Election Commission (EC) will ensure that black-money holders cannot contest the next polls.
Foreign Affairs Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury has expressed concern over the alleged attacks on Bangladeshi workers in the Maldives, resulting in death of a worker.
All media men, working both in the print and electronic media, have been requested to collect their curfew pass for movement on an emergency basis during the curfew hours.
Inter-service Public Relations (ISPR) yesterday termed "unwarranted" some newspaper reports stating that Army Chief General Moeen U Ahmed brought allegations of blackmailing against all banks while addressing the AGM of Bangladesh Association of Bankers (Bab) on Tuesday.
A case was filed with Motihar Police Station yesterday accusing 2500 RU students of Wednesday's violence on the university campus and in its surrounding areas.
Suspected al-Qaeda fighters clashed with police and members of a rival militant group on Thursday after an attack on the homes of tribal sheikhs that left 23 people dead and another 15 kidnapped.
The anti-graft special court yesterday could not deliver the judgment in two cases against former minister Nazmul Huda and his wife Sigma Huda, and Rabeya Siraj, wife of former minister Shahjahan Siraj, due to unscheduled closure of courts.
India's communists stepped up the pressure on the minority Congress government yesterday with a new threat to withdraw their support if it implements a civilian nuclear deal with the United States.
Infectious diseases are emerging faster than ever before, the World Health Organisation (WHO) warned in a report on Thursday, urging closer global cooperation to tackle the growing health threat.
Some 25 inmates of a Brazil prison burned to death yesterday after prisoners set fire to mattresses in the jail during a clash between rival gangs, officials said.
A Bangladeshi cattle trader was killed and another injured when Indian Border Security Force (BSF) sprayed bullets on them at Putkhali frontier early yesterday.
CHIEF Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed in his brief address to the nation on Wednesday sought the cooperation of the people toward a restoration of normal conditions in the country. In the course of his remarks, he reassured the nation that the curfew imposed on the capital and other urban centres was a temporary measure and would be withdrawn once the situation improved.
SORDID tales abounded of journalists being harassed on their way back home on the first night of the curfew and the following morning when they set out for their work places.
GIVEN the fact that the police have discretionary authority to institute proceedings that the population finds inconvenient or costly, there are obviously many opportunities for officers to abuse their discretion by accepting or demanding bribes to "turn a blind eye." Thus, in many societies citizens are expected to offer bribes to avoid tickets for traffic violations, or to speed up the processing of some administrative task for which the police are responsible.
MYTHS are like actors waiting in the wings, and make cameo appearance when history is ready to repeat. Once again it was evident last Monday when a small incident magnified to rock the country. A brawl at a soccer game between students and army men turned our streets into battlefields. Human follies is what we should blame for it. If anything it reminds me of a myth. It reminds me of the Achilles' Heel.
AS this piece reaches the readers, I presume that the prime minister of Japan will still be in India, on the second stage of his three-nation Asia tour. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe left Tokyo this Sunday on a week-long tour that will take him to Indonesia, India and Malaysia. This will be his first official visit to India since he assumed office last September. In India, he will meet his counterpart, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, and will also give a policy speech in the parliament, in which he plans to call for stronger bilateral cooperation between the two major economies.
Germany got revenge on England and piled the pressure on their manager Steve McClaren with a 2-1 friendly win at Wembley here on Wednesday.
Alastair Cook has warned England's 104-run thrashing of India in their one-day opener will count for little unless they back it up during the remaining six games of the series.
Maicon and Ronaldinho scored second-half goals Wednesday to give Brazil a 2-0 win over Algeria in a friendly international.
Pakistan's new coach Geoff Lawson wants his side to become the best team in the world despite their ignominious exit from cricket's World Cup earlier this year.
Bangladesh's second-string national football team went down to Singapore 2-1 in the Merdeka Cup yesterday.
Bangladesh will end their campaign in the Nehru Cup today when they take on Kyrgyzstan at the Ambedkar Stadium in New Delhi.
The national cricket team's training for preparation of the Twenty20 World Championship yesterday was cancelled.
Hosts BAF Base Zahurul Haque lifted the Bangladesh Air Force Inter-base football championship with a 1-0 win over Air Headquarters in yesterday's final in Chittagong.
Portugal slipped up in their bid to close the gap on Euro 2008 qualifier Group A leaders Poland when Luiz Felipe Scolari's 2004 finalists were held to a 1-1 draw in Armenia on Wednesday.
The second Deputy Commissioner Gold Cup football tournament jointly organised by District Administration and District Sports Association (DSA) will begin at 3 pm at the Khagrachhari Stadium here today.
The government has finanlised the modality to sign a memorandum of understating (MoU) with the Indian government to export eight million pieces of readymade garments (RMG) every year.
Asian stock markets rose sharply Thursday, chasing Wall Street higher as merger activity and hopes of a US interest rate cut injected fresh momentum into a global rally, dealers said.
Foreign ministers and envoys from 33 Latin America and East Asian countries Wednesday opened two days of talks to boost fledgling trade between the far-flung regions, amid mixed concern over the US credit crisis.
Japan has seized a record high number of counterfeit goods since the beginning of the year, mostly coming via China and South Korea, police said Thursday.
The government of one of India's largest states on Thursday ordered the closure of retail stores set up by Reliance Industries citing law enforcement problems.
Avesta Aluminium Industries Ltd, an aluminium accessories manufacturing company that was funded by Agrani Bank and Exim Bank, has started its journey recently, says a press release.
China said Thursday an increasingly protectionist United States was breaking World Trade Organisation rules as part of ongoing commercial disputes.
European Union nations on Thursday agreed to lift the export ban on British meat and livestock, imposed due to a foot and mouth disease outbreak, except from a small zone around the affected farms.
Nokia, the world's number one handset manufacturer, said Thursday that India had overtaken the United States to become its second-biggest market, after China.
China will next month begin marking food exports that pass quality tests with a special label, following recent safety scandals that have hurt the industry's reputation, state media said Thursday.
At least seven people were killed and 40 others injured in separate road accidents in Mymensingh, Narsingdi, Sirajganj and Rajshahi yesterday and on Wednesday.
Work on preparing a fresh voter list with photographs and national identity cards began at Raozan and Sitakunda pourashavas yesterday.
Speakers at a seminar yesterday said education and information are related closely and without necessary information, education has to face problems in its smooth advancement.
Two more cadres of Jama'atul Mijahedeen Bangladesh (JMB) surrendered to the Gangachara Police Station yesterday.
Panic has gripped teachers and students as a militant outfit styled as 'Islamic Society Group' has threatened to blow up the management department of Rajshahi University.
Nine fishermen were injured seriously when they were attacked by a group of pirates on Wednesday morning at Swarankhola of Bagerhat district.
Police arrested five top leaders of Awami League (AL) and BNP of Chuadanga district in the early hours of yesterday.
At least 10 people were injured while trying to extinguish a fire that burned down eight shops and damaged three others at Puran Bazar in the town yesterday.
The secretary of the pourashava in the district headquarters, Khelafat Hossain, has been suspended on charge of corruption.
Most of the residential students of Chittagong University (CU) left the campus on Wednesday night while few male students vacated the halls yesterday morning.
Farmers of the district are facing acute scarcity of transplanted aman and vegetable seeds as seedbeds on vast tract of land were damaged due to floods.
Authorities of Rangpur Carmichael College have suspended academic activities sine die and asked all residential students to vacate the college hostels by 8:00am yesterday.
Rail communications between Sirajganj and Rajshahi was restored yesterday 23 days after it snapped due to floods, which caused a huge damage to railway tracks at Raipur.
Two linemen of cable TV were electrocuted at Mallikpur village in Jhikargachha upazila on Wednesday.
An international conference of the Bangladesh English Language Teachers' Association (BELTA), scheduled to be held on August 24-26 at the Biam, has been postponed due to unavoidable reasons, says a press release yesterday.
Nawaz Sharif entered politics a quarter of a century ago under the wing of Pakistan's powerful army -- but is now one of the biggest challengers to military rule in the Islamic republic.
I was shocked to see the unfortunate clash on DU campus. Ultimately, the protests from the students and teachers sparked a clash between the police and the students and hence the campus turned into a battlefield.
Natural disaster like floods are a common phenomenon in Bangladesh for its physical location. The rainy season comes with the omen of deluge to create unbearable sufferings for the people.
Fahad Nazer's article, "Interrupting a history of tolerance III" on August 9 was nothing short of an irritating outburst.
The Anti Corruption Commission chairman said that the advisers should submit their wealth statement-- the ACC cannot issue letter to them for submitting wealth statement. There is a possibility of misunderstanding between the ACC and the government. I think it is their (advisers') own responsibility to submit their wealth statement.
Thalassemia is a blood disorder when the patients regularly need blood transfusions. Regular blood transfusion leads to accumulation of iron in the body which is toxic and has to be removed. Drugs to remove the iron have never been regularly available in our country.
The scenes of vandalism to protest against an isolated incident at DU, is not an example of unity for a cause. It is a stark example of unity for violence and destruction.
These acts are nothing but one form of terrorism. These so called students are insane. Our teachers and the political leaders created these monsters and they are so big and powerful that they can do any harm.
US intelligence agencies express strong doubts about the leadership of Iraq Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in a report to be made public yesterday, the New York Times reported.
Former premier Benazir Bhutto has detailed for the first time a plan to keep Pakistan's US-allied president in office under a power-sharing deal she said would strengthen the fight against terrorism.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe voiced admiration yesterday for two controversial Indians who stood up to colonial ruler Britain during World War II and sided with Tokyo.
The United States on Wednesday said an Iranian agreement with the UN atomic agency to clarify its contested nuclear programme had "real limitations" and accused Tehran of employing delaying tactics to avoid further UN sanctions.
Pro-Taliban militants attacked a paramilitary camp in northwestern Pakistan overnight in a clash that wounded a dozen soldiers, officials said yesterday.
The Israeli air force is to buy advanced US-made missiles, capable of intercepting aircraft and long-range ballistic missiles, to upgrade the current air defence system, a report said on Thursday.
Pro-democracy supporters defied the junta in Myanmar to stage their third protest within a week Thursday, underlining what analysts say is deepening public anger at crippling economic hardships.
Tropical storm Dean pummelled central Mexico with torrential rains yesterday, raising concerns over mudslides and floods after pounding the Gulf coast as a category two hurricane.
Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt walked out of jail Thursday after being granted interim bail from his six-year sentence for arms possession, an AFP photographer said.
Insurgents detonated a roadside bomb next to a convoy carrying the police chief in Afghanistan's violence-plagued Helmand province on Thursday, killing three civilians and wounding 13 others.
Police in Nepal on Wednesday detained 13 men and women who tried to strip in front of parliament here to protest the decades-old practice of forcing girls from their community into prostitution.
Sometime in November 2006: an alternate parallel universe. An East Asian city hosting a mega event for "Young Asian Leaders." Artists, businesspeople, activists, and politicians. All within a vaguely defined category of "young" Asians (an infinitely elastic category!).
Small public protests have broken out right across Burma's main commercial city, Rangoon, in the wake of last week's sudden increase in fuel prices. There have been regular, sporadic protests marches every day since Sunday, when the former student leaders, known as the 888 Generation -- as they led the pro-democracy demonstrations in the streets nearly twenty years go -- initiated the first protest rally against the petrol price increases.
Two years of careful and protracted negotiations between India and the United States have finally culminated in an agreement on a unique civilian nuclear deal. The significance of this agreement cannot be overstated.
Fatwas and Islamist fury have not deterred Pakistani audiences from queuing up in record numbers for "Khuda Kay Liye" ("In the Name of God"), a slickly packaged three-hour-long polemic that is riling the mullahs and has become the Pakistani film industry's biggest blockbuster, counting even Pakistan's president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, among its fans.