News of: Monday, 27th of August, 2007
The results of this year's Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) Examinations under seven education boards saw pass percentage of 64.27 while as many as 10,205 examinees achieved highest grade point average (GPA)-5.
A tribunal in Rajshahi yesterday sentenced Mayor Mizanur Rahman Minu to 13 years in prison for extortion while in Dhaka Awami Swechhashebak League General Secretary Pankaj Debnath received 13 years' prison terms on different charges including illegal income.
In a major operational breakthrough, the seriously troubled Barapukuria coalmine has resumed nearly full production after two years eliminating the need for the nation to import coal to run its lone 250-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant.
Fish farmers in Tangail are facing a possible financial doom as the recent flood inflicted a massive damage on their ponds and fishes in 12 upazilas of the district.
The nation needs true leadership so that the anti-corruption drive can go on smoothly after the emergency is lifted and an elected government takes over, Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Chairman Lt Gen (rtd) Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury said yesterday.
British High Commissioner Anwar Choudhury yesterday described last week's demonstrations as initially spontaneous, which later took a sinister dimension because significant amount of money and coordination got involved.
The flood-related death toll went up to 702 yesterday since July 30 this year and most of the casualties were caused by drowning in floodwaters.
Notre Dame College, Viqarunnisa Noon College and Dhaka City College again turned out to be the top three colleges that are home to the highest number of GPA-5 achievers in the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examination under Dhaka Board.
The number of students, who secured the highest Grade Point Average (GPA)-5 in this year's HSC examinations, rose 11.45 percent on last year's.
The number of least performing colleges and madrasas in Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) exams has reduced to 60 this year compared to last year's 86.
Curfew has been relaxed further. There will be no curfew from 5:00am to 12 midnight today in Dhaka and five divisional cities, according to an official handout.
Information and Law Adviser Barrister Mainul Hosein yesterday stressed the need for a friendlier relationship between the government and the media to avert any untoward situation.
The Supreme Court will deliver its orders today on the state applications for leave to appeal against the High Court orders granting bail to former prime minister Sheikh Hasina in extortion cases as arguments from both sides closed yesterday.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Naim Ahmed yesterday said the actual number of accused in the cases filed so far for the recent incidents on Dhaka University (DU) campus and in other parts of the metropolis would not exceed 10,000.
A Dhaka court yesterday asked lawyers to produce former prime minister Khaleda Zia before it on September 27 in connection with a case filed for not submitting service returns of Daily Dinkal Publications Limited for years.
The nation observes the 31st death anniversary of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam today.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) seized a luxurious sport utility vehicle (SUV) worth around Tk 2 crore of former Jamaat lawmaker Shahjahan Chowdhury of Chittagong in the early hours yesterday.
The three detained senior teachers of Rajshahi University (RU) were sued in a fresh case yesterday.
The one-member judicial inquiry commission, formed on Saturday to investigate the August 20 untoward incident on Dhaka University campus, will start its work tomorrow.
The Dhaka University Teachers Association (Duta) yesterday said combined effort from students, teachers and the government could bring back normalcy in the country and improve the existing situation within a short time.
Protesting a news item published in different newspapers on Saturday stating Rangs Group Chairman Abdur Rauf Chowdhury's involvement with the recent incidents in Dhaka University, the group said the chairman is seriously ill and has been undergoing treatment abroad for the last three months.
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has expressed concern over reported assault, detention and harassment of journalists by security forces while enforcing curfew in Dhaka and five other divisional cities.
Two photojournalists suffered serious injuries when they fell from the corridor connecting the first floors of the Supreme Court and the Supreme Court Bar Association building yesterday.
The Sylhet courts dealing with the two cases filed in connection with the 2004 grenade attack on British High Commissioner Anwar Choudhury started recording statements of prosecution witnesses yesterday.
Biman Bangladesh Airlines Limited yesterday selected Australia-based Ausban Aeronautical Services for carrying hajj pilgrims this year.
Foreign Affairs Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury yesterday rejected the Indian claims of a Bangladeshi link with Saturday's twin bomb blasts in the Indian city of Hyderabad, describing them as 'baseless'.
Indian security forces launched a manhunt yesterday for those behind twin bombings in the southern city of Hyderabad that killed 42 people, with officials pinning the blame on Islamic militants.
Refusing to abide by the recent Supreme Court judgement, President Pervez Musharraf has said that exiled former prime minister Nawaz Sharif would not be allowed to return to Pakistan to take part in the general elections slated for later this year.
We are deeply concerned over the statement made by Army Chief General Moeen U Ahmed about evil forces trying to make a capital out of Dhaka University incident of August 20 by bankrolling crores of taka to wreak anarchy in the country on the following day. The allegations are of very serious nature. And although, as claimed by the army chief, the design has been 'foiled', the onus is now on the government to come out with credible evidence before the people to enable the formation of a greater public support behind the government's efforts.
Globally as well as nationally there is consensus on the issue of biodiversity conservation through various means, especially by saving the forests. Because of random felling of trees in the pristine forests of Bangladesh a large variety of flora and fauna have already become extinct and others are on their way to the same finality. It is only a matter of time before the wanton destruction of the biodiversity would result in irreparable ecological disaster throughout the country.
"Pity the nation that raises not its voice save when it walks in a funeral, boasts not except among its ruins." -- Kahlil Gibran
The tussle between the United Progressive Alliance and the Left over the India-US nuclear deal has ballooned into a crisis, which could potentially dislodge the government. Its roots lie in the way the "123 agreement" was negotiated, without any political leaders being consulted.
The foreign minister of Turkey, Abdullah Gul, is all set to become the 11th president of Turkey by the end of this month. Gul was fielded by the Justice and Development Party (AKP), but failed to win enough votes in the first, as well as the recent second, round of a presidential election on August 24, to become president.
Only the high-ups of the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) would be able to tell how much impact its extravagant experiment of sending two different 'national' teams to India and Malaysia this month will have in the near future.
The national cricketers will play their last Twenty20 practice match at the Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium today.
To Fred or not to Fred? That's England's question before the third one-dayer at Edgbaston. Barely had Andrew Flintoff returned to international cricket than his ankle, and now knee, are causing problems. Peter Moores, England's coach, made optimistic noises about the chances of him playing tomorrow but added they would take the long-term plans into the equation.
Silly as it sounds nowadays, there was a time when some in the tennis world wondered whether Roger Federer was equipped to handle the US Open.
American Tyson Gay blazed down the track in 9.85 seconds to claim the world 100 metres title on Sunday, beating a panicked world record-holder Asafa Powell.
BCB National Cricket Academy (NCA) team will launch their campaign with a limited-over match against Western Australia in the Institute Challenge competition at the Marrara Cricket Ground 2.
The visiting Orissa State team thumped Bangladesh 4-0 in yesterday's women's exhibition football match at Narayanganj.
Bangladesh national hockey team leaves for India today to take part in the 7th Men's Asia Cup Hockey tournament to be held in Chennai from August 31 to September 9.
Real Madrid began the post-David Beckham era on Saturday with the man who has taken his number 23 shirt securing a 2-1 derby win over Atletico Madrid at the Bernabeu as la Liga resumed.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said he was pleased to be sitting on top of the English Premier League but insisted it meant nothing unless the Blues can keep ahead of their title rivals.
French international striker David Trezeguet fired a hat-trick as Juventus marked their return to Serie A with a 5-1 demolition of Livorno on Saturday.
Italian striker Luca Toni maintained his goal-a-game form as Bayern Munich made Bundesliga history to keep their 100 percent record alive with a 3-0 home victory over Hanover on Saturday.
Brazil's Felipe Massa spearheaded a Ferrari one-two when he scorched to victory in Sunday's Turkish Grand Prix.
The best crowd of this short one-sided series, sipping their lager and working their grills on a lazy Sunday, witnessed two South Africans get into Twenty20 mode at the Harare Sports Club. Albie Morkel cashed in on the opportunity to bat at No. 3 with a career-best 97 and AB de Villiers helped himself to a second ODI century as the visitors posted 323 for 9. Zimbabwe did well to take the last seven wickets for 68 runs but it's hard to see them chasing this one down.
The International Cricket Council's decision to modify the Powerplay rule, allowing a third fielder outside the 30-yard circle for a period of ten overs, will give teams more spin options, feels Rahul Dravid, the Indian captain.
National Sports Council (NSC) chairman and Army Chief General Moeen U Ahmed has deeply condoled the death of Kazi Abdul Aleem, country's renowned sports personality.
New Zealand fast bowler Shane Bond has been made a "staggering" offer by the Indian Cricket League, the Herald on Sunday has reported. However, Bond has refused to comment on whether he has been approached. The ICL already has several international batsmen on its roster but no renowned bowlers.
Ecuador's Jefferson Perez bagged a hat-trick of 20 kilometre walk world titles Sunday as the countdown began to who will lay claim to be the fastest man on earth.
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has been confirmed Shah Sports as the national team's kit sponsor for next month's ICC Twenty20 World Championship.
Bangladeshi Grandmaster Ziaur Rahman finished third in the 4th Dato Auther Tan Malaysian Open Chess Championship which concluded yesterday in Kuala Lumpur.
Indian International Masters GN Gopal and Suvrajit Saha and Pakistan's Tunveer Gillani led the table of the Asian Zonal Chess Championship with three points each after conclusion of the fourth round yesterday.
There will be smiling faces on the streets of Munich this week after Bayern Munich hammered Hanover 3-0 to ensure the best possible start to a Bundesliga season.
Anyone at Wembley last Wednes-day who made it as far as page 67 of their match programme will have found Sir Trevor Brooking preaching a favourite theme: "There are concerns over the skill gap between English youngsters and their European counterparts, which has an obvious impact on our future success as a football nation." Perhaps spectators were reading those wise words during one of the periods in which Germany effortlessly knocked the ball around, having been frequently presented with it by their opponents.
England striker Michael Owen said he has no intention of excercising a release clause in his contract with Newcastle, pledging his future to the English Premier League club.
Foreign direct investment (FDI) declined by 27 percent during last 11 months of the fiscal year (FY07) compared to a year earlier due to political instability and the failure to reach decisions on large-scale investments.
Bangladesh is missing out on a huge potential market in farm machinery due to the government's failure to support exports of domestically made equipment.
The owner of a fast food joint in Montana's booming oil patch found himself outsourcing the drive-thru window to a Texas telemarketing firm, not because it's cheaper but because he can't find workers.
Tata Sons Chairman Ratan Tata has said any failure of the Indo-US nuclear deal would be a “serious setback” for India and could impact inflow of foreign direct investments (FDIs) to the country.
Share indices at the Dhaka Stock Exchange closed higher today (Sunday) with the gainers outnumbering the losers during the day's trading that began late due to technical reasons.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) will complete its free trade agreements with China, Japan, South Korea, India, Australia and New Zealand by 2013, an official said Sunday.
Bangladesh Bank reported record results in the fiscal year 2006-07, with profits up 83 per cent on a year earlier largely due to the investment of the central bank's foreign currency reserves.
Grameenphone's Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Erik Aas who led the cell company's phenomenal growth for the last three years is set to leave the company on October 1.
Southeast Asian countries and China agreed to strengthen product standards and safety, economic ministers said Sunday. The move follows recalls of several tainted Chinese products from international markets.
Sabrina Chang decided this year to treat herself to a fancy vacation, opting to stay in a thatched bungalow over a lagoon in the Maldives where a swim with exotic fish is as common as taking a stroll.
It may be a distant goal at the moment but Asia-Pacific leaders are likely to give a nudge to plans for a vast free-trade zone stretching from China to Chile when they meet in two weeks' time.
Pakistan High Commission here will organise the 4th Pakistan Date Show 2007 at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel on September 2 and 3 in collaboration with the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan.
Bank Asia has recently started off-shore banking at the Chittagong Export Processing Zone (CEPZ) as it was granted an off-shore banking unit license to do the job, says a press release.
Wheat prices hit last week an all-time high in Chicago on fierce global demand and flagging output.
After fleeing over the past few weeks to the bond markets due to the crisis in the subprime sector in the United States, investors last week cautiously started returning to shares.
A new joint public-private partnership plans to create an electronic network to improve monitoring of questionable stock trading, it has been learned.
Eminent citizens and different organisations yesterday expressed deep concern over the arrest of five teachers of Dhaka and Rajshahi universities and demanded their immediate release.
Various organisations continued their relief distribution programmes among the flood-affected people across the country yesterday.
The first anniversary of Phulbari killings was observed yesterday amid tight security at Phulbari in Dinajpur.
Practical Action Bangladesh wins 'The 2007 Ryutaro Hashimoto APFED Gold Awards' for the quality of environment management, alternative strategies for disaster risk reduction and sustainable development practices adopted in its project titled 'Disappearing lands: Supporting communities affected by river erosion,' says a press release.
Detection of a bomb-like substance created a huge panic in and around Chittagong court building premises yesterday.
A court in Barisal yesterday placed Majibor Rahman Sarwar, mayor of Barisal City Corporation, district BNP president, and former lawmaker, on a seven-day remand in the murder case of Tera Shahjahan, a notorious criminal of the city.
Ismail Hossain Madhu, Kishoreganj poura BNP secretary, was arrested by the joint forces from Amati Mirpur yesterday.
Police rescued a mechanic 14 hours after he was abducted from Fatulla and arrested four kidnappers from Bashundhara Riverview Project area at Keraniganj on Sunday.
A three-storied tin-roofed house and two small factories were gutted in a fire at Kamalbagh at Lalbagh in the city yesterday.
Foreign Affairs Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury yesterday 'strongly condemned' Saturday's bombings in Hyderabad, India.
Dhaka University authorities postponed all examinations under the faculty of Postgraduate Medical Science and Research, supposed to be held on August 25-30, says a press release.
Detective Branch (DB) of police yesterday seized smuggled Indian clothes worth around Tk 60 lakh from a truck on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway at Shimrail in the district yesterday morning.
A moderate earthquake, measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale, jolted the country on Saturday night.
Classes and overall programmes of Stamford University, Bangladesh resumed yesterday, says a press release.
Bogra model of community policing will be replicated all over the country.
Farmers here have achieved a bumper production of lemon this year.
Hundreds of town dwellers here are suffering a lot after being stuck in stagnant water due to lack of proper drainage system, locals claimed.
Police will now serve people as friends. The door of police station will remain open for them for 24 hours for their welfare instead of harassment.
Police yesterday recovered the body of a Jubo League leader from a pond at Gopinathpur village in Shahzadpur upazila .
One person was killed and 10 others were injured after being struck by thunderbolt in two villages in Kishoreganj upazila yesterday.
There we go again!! DU campus broke into violence for two days because of the scuffle between students and army personnel, during a soccer game. Though it might sound like an isolated event that can happen between any people at any time but our student population, I am sure they are a vocal minority, decided to take it a step further and disrupt the nation, city and lives of other students, who unlike them, would like to study.
A brief comment of the Chief Election Commissioner was aired by the BBC Bengali Service following promulgation of an ordinance empowering the EC to prepare a "new" voter list with photo and National ID. According to the Chief Election Commissioner, this ordinance replaces the old law and could be considered as a new law.
Our underground bands have harnessed the alternative rock and metal genres of music for a long time. Now DRockStars provide a platform for the talented musicians. While it exists for commercial reasons, it nonetheless promotes the obscure bands to limelight. Bands like Dour and Bortoman deserve recognition. Under the watchful eyes of eminent judges, they are one-step away from stardom.
The article “Business Leaders Critical of IMF's Dictat” (Aug 2), and editorial “Listen to Voice of Business Leaders” (Aug 3) highlight criticism, in a statement by top local business leaders, of government policy intentions to liberalise the external trade regime through lower import tariffs and tighter monetary policy.
What happened in Dhaka and other places in the country could be literally considered a wildfire. A sudden outburst of fire ignited an unprecedented agitation caused by a ridiculous scuffle between certain students and army men at DU, leading to curfew. If anybody thinks it is only a student oriented protest s/he is likely to be fooled because it is nothing but a deliberate exploitation of students by the godfathers behind the scenes.
I am sorry to see the violence taking place in the streets of Dhaka and other cities. Even after all the demands were met, demonstration was still going on. When we were students in universities, we couldn't ever imagine of any such synchronized student demonstration on a short notice when there had been a crisis. To my realisation, so far, this may be a political sabotage taking place using the chain of command of the different wings (especially students) of the political parties. If this had been a protest of general students, it should had been stopped right after the meeting of all demands and also there should not have been damage to public properties. I express my regret as the filthy political leaders are still taking every chance to take back the country to the pre-one-eleven days.
The DU incidents are a manifestation of pent up frustration and anger of the common people. It is not just an isolated incident in the playground.
The recent flare-up at Dhaka University is very disturbing. We do not know the trigger cause of the incident. It was certainly wrong to beat up students. Equally, it is wrong for the student bodies to react violently. When will our students learn to protest injustice in a peaceful manner without taking up law in their own hands? I am very concerned about their behaviour. Politicians have misused them as their instrument of power wielding. Students also feel that they are a special chosen class and privileged class of the society and they can take the law in their hands whenever injustice is done to them. They do not realise how lucky they are to be a selected few to attend universities which were supported by the meagre resource of this poor nation. Instead of using their energy and intellect to be equipped well to serve our nation, they try to bring chaos and anarchy to our campuses and as a consequence bring misery to the whole nation.
The leaders of a country are a mere reflection of society, like movies. Does Bangladesh have honest and efficient leaders? Are they different? Can they speak different languages, eat differently, dress differently and have different priorities? Leaders only care about their own interests. The moment they step outside their houses, everything becomes somebody else's responsibility. Leaders are not united, they don't even know/support other organisations which are fighting on their behalf. I have seen leaders of Bangladesh abroad who don't even smile at each other, nor even look with respect at each other when they are abroad. So naturally a lack of leadership is a problem. Interestingly, the people of Bangladesh are not even capable of understanding and supporting an honest and efficient leader. Last but not the least, leaders of Bangladesh are not law abiding citizens. Hence the society as such has lack of any strong ethics or any leadership. So they can't excel in real competitions.
Jamaat-e- Islami people always talk about Islam and rule of Allah and one of their election slogans was 'Elect honest people, elect Jamaat people'. We have seen the degree of their honesty during the tenure of the alliance government when crores of taka was looted but we have not seen any protest from them. Being the partner of the government, they should have taken the responsibility of this widespread loot and utter 'tawba' for their activities. Instead of doing that they are again trying to catch fish in muddy water. I would term these people as hypocrites and ask them to refrain from preaching their version of 'honesty' to the innocent people of Bangladesh.
The United States is worried about weakening Italian and German military commitments in Afghanistan as casualties increase in the fight to stem the bloody Taliban insurgency, officials said.
The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) on Sunday asked the government and security agencies to "identify" the terrorist forces responsible for the Hyderabad blasts that killed 42 people and take "pre-emptive steps" to suppress them.
A day after Maoist chairman Prachanda proposed postponing the Constituent Assembly elections by five months, leaders of different parties have unanimously reiterated that it is essential to hold the polls on the scheduled date of November 22.
After four and a half inconclusive years of fighting, British forces are to pull out from their last base in the oil port of Basra and trust their Iraqi comrades to take their place.
A Pakistani paramilitary soldier and five suspected pro-Taliban militants were killed after an attack on a checkpost in a restive tribal area bordering Afghanistan, officials said yesterday.
Forest fires that have killed at least 51 people raged unabated on the Peloponnese peninsula of southern Greece Sunday, in an inferno that officials called an unprecedented disaster.
This year's US troop buildup has succeeded in bringing violence in Baghdad down from peak levels, but the death toll from sectarian attacks around the country is running nearly double the pace from a year ago.
Migrants who want to become Australian citizens will have to be able to correctly identify the country's prime minister and national flower, according to a new draft citizenship test released Sunday.
A crucial meeting of the UPA and Left parties is likely to be held on Monday in a bid to find common ground over the objections of the coalition's outside supporters to the Indo-US nuclear deal, ahead of a debate on the issue in Parliament.
At least 70 people have died and another 1,500 people are suffering from cholera in the eastern Indian state of Orissa, officials said yesterday.
Afghanistan's Taliban said yesterday they were ready for more direct talks with South Korea over 19 hostages held for six weeks but negotiators would have to bring something new to the table.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki yesterday angrily rebuked the US politicians who have called for him to be replaced, and accused France of also pushing for him to be turfed out of office.
Five people, including one soldier, were shot dead Sunday, while authorities arrested three suspected militants in Thailand's restive south, police said.
Arts & Entertainment
On the occasion of Kazi Nazrul Islam's 31st death anniversary, Nazrul scholar Dr. Rafiqul Islam talks to Ahsan Habib of The Daily Star (TDS) on the state of research on Nazrul and his works.
Draped in his favourite 'gerua' khaddar panjabi, a bright yellow silk turban wrapped around his head and a row of beads around his neck, Nazrul was often seen frequenting the theatre where he was constantly sought-after by the directors. Apart from writing and composing songs for theatre he took deep interest in acting as well. As chief trainer of The Gramophone Company of India, Kazi Nazrul Islam occupied a very important place in the music arena as leading artistes trained under him. This was in the year 1932 and he was hardly 33.
Octogenarian Md. Abdus Sattar has worked tirelessly for the last few decades to collect original records of Nazrul songs and has made significant contribution in promoting authentic tunes and lyrics.
My recent reports on the German experience in coal mining have drawn a lot of attention of a number of people, including some highly qualified professionals involved with the Bangladesh Environment Network (BEN), a network of expatriate experts.
This is the first time a non-partisan caretaker government had to use repressive measures to quell disturbances in Bangladesh. An incident between army personnel and students on Dhaka University campus erupted into a major show of disenchantment with the government. Only a short while ago, this government enjoyed unprecedented public support.
Dhaka City Corporation's plan to establish a modern slaughterhouse in the city still remains on paper due to the Planning Commission's delay in approving the project.
Panthokunjo, the lone public park in the vicinity of Karwan Bazar intersection, has been practically off limits to city dwellers for years now since the authorities have been playing with park hours as they please.
Parents of Sadia Nowshin Priyanka are still waiting for the final (viscera) report of their daughter's fresh post mortem.
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