News of: Sunday, 26th of August, 2007
Courts in Dhaka and Rajshahi yesterday placed on remand the five university teachers picked up early Friday at their campus homes on charges of breaching the emergency power rules.
Army Chief General Moeen U Ahmed yesterday said an evil force wanted to destabilise the situation of the country but its design was foiled.
The capital experienced almost a normal life yesterday as the government suspended the curfew for 17 hours starting at 6:00am.
Law enforcers sued 60,700 unknown people for their alleged involvement in the violent protests following the Monday incidents of Dhaka University (DU) campus while a home ministry press release yesterday said nobody would be arrested or harassed without specific allegations or evidence.
Against the backdrop of high amount of borrowing in the first month of the current fiscal year, the government will seek additional support from the donors and take some austerity measures to keep the target of borrowing from banks within the budget.
The recent violent demonstrations in the country were a culmination of multiple factors including unremitting price hike of essentials, shutting down of mills and factories, and eviction of street vendors and slum dwellers, said politicians, academics, and a former major general of the army yesterday.
The Council of Advisers yesterday approved six separate draft ordinances for the country's six city corporations with provisions for forming a three-member panel of mayors in each corporation and remuneration of the ward commissioners.
The government has further relaxed curfew in the six divisional cities, including Dhaka metropolis.
Two near-simultaneous blasts tore through the Indian city of Hyderabad yesterday, killing at least 34 people in what a senior state official said was a suspected terror attack.
At least 41 people have died in two violent fires raging in the Peloponnese peninsula of southern Greece, officials said yesterday, warning that the death toll could climb as the search goes on for more victims and fires continue to burn.
The results of the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examinations, 2007 under seven education boards, Alim, Fazil and Kamil examinations under Madrasa Education Board and HSC-Business Management under Technical Education Board will be published today at 4:00pm.
Navy personnel in separate drives recovered 13 firearms from Moheshkhali yesterday and on Friday.
Hearing of the case filed against former prime minister Khaleda Zia, her son Tarique Rahman and nine others for not submitting service return of Daily Dinkal Publications Limited for several years will be held today at the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court.
US Congressman Joseph Crowley, co-chair and founder of the Bangladesh Caucus, has called on the authorities in Bangladesh to allow students to return to their institutions and to refrain from detaining faculty members and professors at universities.
The Supreme Court resumes today the hearings on state applications for leave to appeal against the High Court orders granting bail to detained former prime minister Sheikh Hasina in two extortion cases.
Acting Awami League (AL) President Zillur Rahman yesterday urged the government to hold a dialogue with the political parties to resolve the present crisis stemming from campus unrest.
Vegetables, meats, poultry and fish prices saw an unusual hike yesterday in Rajshahi city kitchen markets due to supply shortage during curfew in six divisional headquarters.
US-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged the Bangladesh government to respect international human rights standards as it enforces curfew.
US President George W Bush signalled yesterday his unwillingness to consider early US troop reductions in Iraq, saying new offensive operations there were just in their "early stages."
Top Bollywood actor Salman Khan was sent to jail yesterday after an Indian court rejected an appeal against his conviction for killing a rare gazelle, police said.
Israeli soldiers shot and killed two armed Palestinians heading for a kibbutz after infiltrating Israel yesterday, during a surge in clashes that has left up to eight Palestinians dead.
President George W Bush, lawmakers, members of the US military and veterans were locked yesterday in an escalating political war of words over whether to reduce US troop levels in Iraq.
Pakistan yesterday successfully test fired a new air-launched cruise missile capable of carrying nuclear weapons, the military said in a statement.
The manner in which the five university teachers were picked up from their residences, for the purpose of questioning, without their family members or the university authorities having any information on their whereabouts for nearly 48 hours, violates the fundamental rights guaranteed by our constitution. Emergency cannot be a ground to mistreat our university teachers. Yesterday the two DU teachers were taken on remand under Emergency Power Rules.
For a trade traditionally reputed for its products, these are not good times. We speak of the difficulties that weavers have been going through over the last several years. As a report in yesterday's issue of this newspaper makes it clear, as many as 50,000 handlooms have been forced into inactivity in Tangail owing to the economic problems that weavers face. Those problems centre around the abnormally high prices of the materials they need to produce their goods. Essentially, it has been high cost yarn and dye that have forced many weavers in Tangail off their trade.
The jute sector, which was the backbone of Bangladesh's economy over the past many decades, is now fighting a losing battle for survival. Lack of proper planning, mismanagement, and mindless plundering were largely responsible for the dimming gloss of the golden fiber that was once the largest foreign currency earner of the country.
Frustration is unprofessional in a government servant. It is a gesture of personal peeve, contrary to the ethos of governance, which must at all times be an expression of collective will. There are some unusual occasions that become even more demanding, as in the case of the Indo-US nuclear deal, when a decision must be raised above the limitations of executive authority and sifted through a national consensus, for it commits the nation to a course of action stretching ahead through four or five decades.
When the Westphalian concept of sovereignty was conceived, and the UN Charter which guaranteed territorial integrity of member nations was framed, the historical contexts were different from the threats posed now from failing states and non-state actors. While the Treaty of Westphalia heralded the end of the Thirty Years' War (1618-48) among European Princely states, and of the anarchic and non-regulatory inter-state affairs existing in Europe at that time, the UN Charter was framed with the hope that, thenceforth, inter-state wars would be banished forever.
Sachin Tendulkar's 99 and a blistering unbeaten 92 from captain Rahul Dravid set up a 9-run victory against England at Nevil Road on Friday night which saw them level the seven-match one-day international series at 1-1.
Liverpool maintained their impressive start to the season as Momo Sissoko and Andriy Voronin ensured a comfortable 2-0 victory at newly-promoted Sunderland on Saturday.
Teenage leg-spinner Piyush Chawla received a glowing endorsement from captain Rahul Dravid after taking three key wickets in India's nine-run win against England in the second one-day international here at Nevil Road.
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) confirmed AB Bank as the national team's official sponsor for the ICC Twenty20 World Championship to be held in South Africa in September.
All-rounder Mahmudullah Riyad made the most of the two Twenty20 practice matches held at the Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday.
The second-string Bangladesh football team completed their Merdeka Cup campaign with a 2-1 defeat against Zimbabwe at the Shah Alam Stadium in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
Young wicketkeeper Dhiman Gosh failed to accompany the BCB National Cricket Academy (NCA) team due to a problem with his passport.
South Africa, fuelled by robust innings from Graeme Smith and Herschelle Gibbs, cruised to the easiest of victories at the Harare Sports Club yesterday and with it took an unassailable 2-0 series lead.
England captain Paul Collingwood has been fined 50 percent of his match fee for a slow over-rate during India's nine-run win in the second one-day international here at Nevil Road.
The visiting Orissa women's football team registered a 2-0 victory over their local counterparts in the second exhibition match at the MA Aziz Stadium in Chittagong yesterday.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has blamed boardroom 'hangers-on' for the high number of managerial casualties in the English game.
The city of Santos in the Sao Paulo district of Brazil is to build a museum dedicated to the country's greatest ever player, Pele.
England have set up a friendly date with Euro 2008 co-hosts Austria in Vienna on November 16.
Prominent sports personality Kazi Abdul Aleem died of heart attack at 1:30pm in the city yesterday.
Manchester United on Friday denied claims they have made a bid for Tottenham's Bulgarian international striker Dimitar Berbatov.
Khagrachari got the better of Panthori on penalties during the second Deputy Commissioner Gold Cup Football Tournament at the Khagrachari Stadium yesterday.
The much-talked about One Stop Service (OSS) wing of the Board of Investment (BoI) creates woes for foreign entrepreneurs as it faces dearth of necessary officers who can offer assistance to the investors.
Japan and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) are nearing completion of a free trade agreement which will hopefully be signed during a summit later this year, an official said Saturday.
The head of India's Tata conglomerate confirmed Friday that his group was interested in bidding for luxury British car brands Jaguar and Land Rover, in an interview with an Indian news channel.
The European Commission, eager to fire up Europe's energy markets with more competition, is drafting plans to break up big integrated gas and power majors despite stiff opposition from many countries.
Citigroup has been recently named the best trade bank in Asia for the third consecutive year, says a press release.
Despite the economic jitters brought about by the continuing political turmoil, leading Nepali corporate houses posted a handsome double-digit growth--in paying taxes to the government over the past year.
ATM or credit card holders of Bank Asia Ltd will receive up to 15 percent discount on purchase of products and services from several business organisations of the capital.
India is on course to overtake Brazil as the world's biggest sugar producer in 2007/2008, the International Sugar Organization forecast Friday in a report which also predicted a record surplus.
Dubai's new state-backed aviation group, Dubai Aerospace Enterprise, said Friday it was interested in buying factories put up for sale by European plane maker Airbus.
Russia's executive director at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said that former French finance minister Dominique Strauss-Kahn lacks the skills needed to be the next IMF managing director, the Financial Times reported Saturday.
Several socio-political and cultural organisations yesterday condemned the arrest of five teachers of Dhaka and Rajshahi universities and demanded their immediate release.
Work on preparing fresh voter list with photographs and national identity cards is going on at Sitakunda upazila headquarter amidst great enthusiasm among the eligible voters.
The second national workshop on 'Biodiversity Conservation', organised jointly by the Wildlife Trust of Bangladesh (WTB) and Global Forest Coalition, was held at Cosmos Centre in the city yesterday, says a press release.
The recording of statements of prosecution witnesses (PWs) in a case filed in connection with the grenade attack on British High Commissioner Anwar Choudhury will begin at Sylhet Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal today.
A regional leader of Lal Pataka, a faction of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-ML), was killed in a gun battle between outlaws and law enforcers in Mirpur upazila in Kushtia yesterday.
Police recovered a touchstone statue of Buddha worth Tk 2.5 crore and arrested two people in this connection yesterday.
At least two people were killed and 10 others injured in separate road accidents in Dhaka and Khulna yesterday.
Robbers, guising themselves as tenants, killed a man and looted cash and valuables from a house in Gazipur on Friday night.
Armed muggers stabbed the Additional District and Sessions Judge of Sherpur and took away his cash and cellphone set near Shahbagh Police Control Room in the city yesterday evening.
A journalist and his two associates arrested on charges of extortion in Bagerhat were sent to the district jail yesterday.
A sexagenarian woman died of diarrhoea at Sadar Hospital on Friday.
A middle-aged man drowned when a boat capsized in the river Buriganga near Aganagar in south Keraniganj yesterday.
Police arrested Saifur Rahman Sumon, Kushtia general secretary of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), from Kushtia Government College premises yesterday.
Farhad Hossain Akkas Mridha, former general secretary of Taltali upazila Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has been sued for extortion on Wednesday.
A minor girl and her grandmother drowned while taking bath in a pond at Westernpara in the town yesterday.
Eleven more public and private institutions yesterday donated over Tk 8.91 lakh to the Chief Adviser's Relief and Welfare Fund for the flood victims.
All examinations of post-graduate courses of July 2007 academic year of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) have been postponed until August 30 due to unavoidable reasons, said a press release yesterday.
All activities related to post-graduate admission and resumption of post-graduate classes of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) have been postponed due to unavoidable circumstances.
Floodwaters have receded from the districts of Netrakona, Pabna and Brahmanbaria leaving a trail of devastation in the areas.
It was a unique day for over 250 adolescent girls at a remote village of Kashipur in Tala upazila yesterday where they vowed to resist early marriage and dowry.
The Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (BPC) has taken up a Tk 70 crore Kuakata development project to make the sea beach more attractive to tourists of home and abroad, BPC and Kuakata Parjatan motel sources said.
The first anniversary of Phulbari carnage will be observed here today.
Two persons were killed and five others injured in lightning in Brahmanbaria yesterday.
Even as Nepal's Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala pledged that the twice-deferred critical election would be held without fail in November, Maoist guerrillas said the polls should be put off till next year as they had been "backstabbed" by the political parties.
A roadside bomb killed three private security guards yesterday while two policemen and 15 Taliban died in fighting overnight in fresh violence in Afghanistan, officials said.
Suspected militants have kidnapped a senior Pakistani army officer and three others in a restive tribal region bordering Afghanistan, officials said yesterday.
The Indo-US civil nuclear deal needs to be debated as it would have a long-term impact on the country's nuclear programme, BJP Vice-President Yashwant Sinha said yesterday.
Suspected Maoists torched CPI(M) office in Nadia district in the West Bengal state early yesterday, police said.
The White House warned Friday that alleged Iranian weapons flows into Iraq were at odds with Tehran's public statements that it wants to help stabilise its war-torn neighbour.
American forces in Iraq are working with a Sunni former insurgent group to root out al-Qaeda cells fighting north of Baghdad, a commander said on Saturday, branding his new allies "patriots". Colonel David Sutherland said fighters from the Brigades of the 1920 Revolution acted as scouts and informants for US and Iraqi forces during a recent operation to secure an area around Baquba, capital of Diyala Province.
Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee continued to be in hospital, but doctors attending on him said his condition was stable.
The UN Security Council Friday extended for another year the mandate of the UN's peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon, strengthened after the Israeli-Hezbollah war in August 2006.
A Japanese newspaper yesterday said North Korea insisted in disarmament talks this month that it would only declare and disable three nuclear facilities -- none of them with atomic weapons.
Arts & Entertainment
White, white everywhere. In the North Pole there is hardly any fauna or flora, so Enam Ul Haque had very few objects or colours to focus on. His recent solo photo exhibition, held at his residence in Mahakhali DOHS, Dhaka, is based on his trip to the North Pole.
On National poet Kazi Nazrul Islam's death anniversary TV channel ATN Bangla will telecast several special programmes throughout August 27.
On the occasion of Kazi Nazrul Islam's death anniversary, Channel i will air a two-episode TV play Shami Hara at 11:30pm on August 26 and 27. Based on a story by Nazrul, the play is adapted and directed by Geetali Hasan.
Austha-bingsoti Buddha Puja, a Buddhist festival, was observed amidst great enthusiasm and fervour at Rangamati Rajban Bihar last Friday.
The film version of 1980s TV hit Dallas could be turned into a comedy after the departure of Bend It Like Beckham director Gurinder Chadha.
Venice Film Festival Director Marco Mueller likens the 75-year-old festival to a seismograph that picks up emerging cinematic trends. If his instincts are right, the film world is about to be jolted by a new movement focusing on atonement.
It is unfortunate and ominous that the incident of August 20 on Dhaka University campus did occur. However, the authorities concerned took swift and proper action to arrest the protests that subsequently took place from developing into anything more.
This year was the 150th anniversary of the bloody events of 1857. The year marks the beginning of the end (for 90 years) of South Asia ruled by the sons of soil. The events that followed led the symbolic power change seat from the imperial palace in Delhi to Buckingham Palace in London by 1858. It was then even the Peacock Throne of the Indian emperors as well as the legendary dazzling diamond of the imperial crown, known as Koh-i-Noor (literally: the mount of light) was looted and physically taken to Britain by the mutineers.
While it is embroiled in a mindless war in the name of spreading democracy in Iraq, once-dominant America is becoming an economic protectorate of China. And the United States is trying to put the blame for its own failures on China. Lyn Cockburn, a columnist for The Ottawa Sun, recently wrote: "Watch the evening news or pick up a newspaper and you're almost certain to see something about China's many sins -- economic and moral." Cockburn has succinctly pointed out the tendency in the West, especially in the US, to find "a big bad guy" to test its mettle. The Soviet Union served this purpose during the Cold War. Now, Russia is not as powerful as it used to be. After 9/11, al-Qaeda provided some kind of threat. But it is too amorphous, too weak militarily to become a threat on its own, despite the Bush administration's best efforts to make it one. So China, with its large population and growing industrial might, seems to fit the description.
Among the navies all over the world, Commissioning is the act or ceremony of placing a warship on active duty with the country's naval force. The commissioning ceremony marks the acceptance of a warship as a unit of the operating forces in the Bangladesh Navy. Thereafter the ship is officially referred to as the Bangladesh Navy Ship (BNS). A commission is the fixed period of time in which a warship, with its full complement of officers and men, is allocated to specific duties as a part of a fleet/ squadron/ flotilla.
For many decades the conflict between Arab states and Israel has remained an explosive issue revolving around the creation of a homeland for the Palestinians. Emboldened by the economic as well as military support it receives from the USA-led west and other nations like India by way of selling weapons to them, Israel has successfully retained most of Palestine and conducted campaigns on Palestine. Intermittent wars by Israel on the Palestinians on one hand and on Lebanon on the other not only made the issue more and more complicated but the very existence of the Palestinians also became a question mark. In recent years, however, many Arab League member states have adopted a more conciliatory tone toward Israel, as they became more concerned about the rising influence of Iran's hard-line regime and al-Qaida's brand of extremist Islam. Moderate Arab countries and the West have been pushing for renewed Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking since Gaza fell to Hamas, a group that refuses to recognize Israel.
On 30 June 2007, the Bush administration announced an arms package of US$63 billion to Saudi Arabia and other Gulf States along with Israel, aimed at containing Iran's growing influence. The deal was justified by the US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, at a conference in the Gulf when she said: "There isn't a doubt that Iran constitutes the single most important single-country strategic challenge to the United States and to the kind of Middle East we want to see." The arms package involves US$20 billion for Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states, US$13 billion for Egypt, US$30 billion for Israel, including warships for the Saudis' eastern fleet that faces the Iranian navy in the Persian Gulf.