News of: Tuesday, 28th of August, 2007
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In the first ever bribery case filed by the Anti-corruption Commission (ACC), a court yesterday sentenced former communications minister Nazmul Huda to seven years rigorous imprisonment, while his wife Sigma Huda was sentenced to three years simple imprisonment.
The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court (SC) yesterday stayed the High Court (HC) orders granting Sheikh Hasina bail in two extortion cases until disposal of her writ petitions with the HC.
The rate of poverty reduction in Bangladesh is one of the best in South Asia, finds a World Bank (WB) report.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday pressed charges against Orion Group Chairman Obaidul Karim and five high officials of Oriental Bank Limited in connection with embezzlement of around Tk 6.7 crore from its principal branch at Motijheel.
The government is thinking about formulating a mechanism that would ensure equal number of workers from all districts of the country migrating abroad. The government would give special focus on the poverty-stricken north and north-western regions from which fewer labourers migrate.
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) has so far identified over 34,400 new taxpayers, mostly businessmen, in six metropolises during the ongoing tax inspection and survey drive launched in March this year.
The government has totally lifted the curfew clamped on six divisional cities, including Dhaka, amid campus violence as law and order situation has now improved.
Detained Awami League (AL) President and former prime minister Sheikh Hasina will submit her wealth statement to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) within seven days, her lawyer said.
Law and Information Adviser Mainul Hosein yesterday said the present government is a 'national government' backed by the army.
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday told the Belgian envoy to Bangladesh that the next parliamentary elections would be held within the timeframe set by the Election Commission (EC).
Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday called on President Iajuddin Ahmed at Bangabhaban and apprised him of the government's post-flood rehabilitation and food-rationing plans.
The one-member judicial probe commission of justice Habibur Rahman Khan today will start investigating the untoward incidents occurred on the Dhaka University (DU) campus on August 20 and 21.
Nine major development partners will provide Tk 345 crore for the Election Commission (EC) to prepare the voter list with photographs for holding credible elections.
Dhaka University (DU) authorities yesterday urged the government to take immediate measures for bringing back peaceful environment on the campus and ensuring security for all DU teachers, students, employees and their family members.
Former BNP lawmaker Shahiduzzaman Beltu was sued on Sunday on charge of extortion.
A Satkhira court yesterday sentenced two policemen of Detective Branch (DB) of Police and a rental car driver to rigorous imprisonment of different terms in connection with drug trafficking.
Internet and international telecom services were disrupted, for the second time within a week, from yesterday noon as miscreants in Chakoria, 121km off Chittagong, snapped the optical fibre line that connects the nation to the submarine cable.
Against the backdrop of fresh unrest in Bangladesh, India yesterday hoped that political leaders and people would be given the chance to steer the country back to "full democracy" through peaceful, free and fair elections.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday said the Supreme Court verdict staying the High Court's order and asking Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina to submit her wealth statement within seven days proves that the issuance of notice to her by the commission was right.
The High Court yesterday issued a rule upon the government to explain why the CHT peace treaty signed with the erstwhile "Shanti Bahini" in 1997 should not be declared without lawful authority.
Top US lawmakers from across the political divide on Sunday expressed impatience with Iraqi leader Nuri al-Maliki and called for a withdrawal of US troops to begin.
Greece battled raging forest fires for a fourth day yesterday and charged seven people with arson over blazes that have claimed more than 60 lives and threatened some of Europe's most historic sites.
Former vice chancellor of Dhaka University Prof AK Azad Chowdhury has denied his involvement in the recent incidents of violence on the university campus and their fallout across the country.
It is heartening to note the improvement in the performance of the HSC candidates every year. Alongside the students, to whom all the plaudits and congratulations are in order, the teachers and their parents must also rejoice in the performance of their wards. It is value addition to our brain pool that we feel happy about.
General Pervez Musharraf clearly refuses to see the writing on the wall. Despite the battering he has been getting in recent months, especially over his decision in March to sack Pakistan's chief justice, he remains unwilling to acknowledge his role in the making of his troubles. The fact that Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry was re-instated by the Supreme Court was a sign of the new difficulties the president would soon face. And they came soon enough. The judiciary swiftly released an arch Musharraf foe, Javed Hashmi, from what could have been a long spell in jail had the military ruler had his way. And then the court went for another landmark decision, this time to rule that exiled former prime minister Nawaz Sharif could return to Pakistan. Mr. Sharif quickly made it known that he planned to fly back home at the earliest.
No, we cannot afford to go back to square one. For that matter, we cannot even go back to square five or square three! In fact, we cannot backtrack under any circumstances, because the stakes are too high.
It reads like something from a bad Hollywood script: At a time when our people have been brought to the brink of hysteria by the persistent price spiral and the calamities wrought by the floods (including snake bites, flood-related diseases, and a dangerous shortage of potable water), the nation's morale is dealt yet another severe blow in the form of a country-wide students' unrest culminating in a sine die closure of academic institutions.
The Bangladesh cricket team wrapped up their preparations for the upcoming ICC Twenty20 World Championship yesterday and their performance in the last practice match in Mirpur provided much pleasure to interim coach Shaun Williams.
Ian Bell scored his third fifty in as many matches but India still held England to 281 for eight in the third one-day international at Edgbaston here on Monday.
Jamaica's Veronica Campbell edged American Lauryn Williams in a photo-finish to win the women's world 100 metres title on Monday.
AB de Villiers smashed a stylish century as South Africa beat a battling Zimbabwe by 28 runs in the third and final one-day international at Harare Sports Club on Sunday to sweep the series 3-0.
The ad-hoc committee of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is all set to start the process for appointing a new national team coach as Australian John Harmer will arrive in the capital on Thursday to tender his presentation.
The BCB National Cricket Academy (NCA) made a winning start in the tour of Down Under when they handed a 10-run defeat to Western Australia in their first limited-over match at the Marrara Cricket ground-2 yesterday.
Many have been taken aback by the poor financial deal which the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) struck with Shah Sports confirming the latter as the national team's kit sponsor for next month's ICC Twenty20 World Championship.
Indian International Master (IM) GN Gopal took solo lead in the Asian Zonal Chess Championship at the end of the fifth round at the National Sports Council (NSC) conference-room yesterday.
Singapore-based World Sports Group (WSG) on Monday won the right to sponsor part of international cricket in India after bidding 42 million dollars for the next three years.
Sir Alex Ferguson sounded a warning to Manchester United's title rivals after the reigning Premier League champions finally got their season up and running with victory over Tottenham on Sunday.
Inter Milan suffered a miserable start to their Italian title defence on Sunday when they were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Udinese and finished the match with 10 men.
Barcelona's hopes of wrenching the Spanish title back from Real Madrid suffered an early jolt Sunday when they could only draw 0-0 at Racing Santander, a day after Real had opened with a derby win at home to Atletico.
Andy Roddick knows defending champion and world number one Roger Federer is the man to beat at the US Open, but last year's runner-up is confident he can make another deep run this year at Flushing Meadows.
British football legend Bobby Charlton has named his greatest ever Manchester United team in his autobiography being serialised in the Times newspaper.
Gareth Southgate saluted Middles-brough's never-say-die spirit as his side twice came from behind to rescue a 2-2 draw against Newcastle on Sunday.
Barcelona's 'Fantastic Four' came in for scathing criticism Monday following the club's dismal opening 0-0 draw against Racing Santander on Sunday.
The breakaway Indian Cricket League (ICL) received a fillip on Monday when a court temporarily barred government institutions from sacking players aligned with the rebel circuit.
World 100 metres champion Tyson Gay will look for inspiration from his imprisoned coach as he sets his sights on the 200m crown and a rare sprint double.
Sevilla's defender Antonio Puerta remains in "critical" condition after collapsing with a heart attack during his side's 4-1 win over Getafe on the opening day of the Spanish season on Saturday, the hospital where he was admitted said Monday.
Lyon boosted their stuttering title defence with a far from convincing 1-0 derby win against Saint-Etienne on Sunday as a late Pierre-Alain Frau goal rescued a 1-1 draw for Paris Saint Germain against Lille.
Milan defender Alessandro Nesta has refused to come out of international retirement to play in Italy's upcoming Euro 2008 qualifiers against France and Ukraine, the Italian Federation president Giancarlo Abete said Monday.
BFF Women XI forced strong Orissa Women's team to a 1-1 draw in the fourth and last exhibition match at the Bangabandhu National Stadium here yesterday.
Bayern Munich general manager Uli Hoeness has slammed the treatment dished out to French winger Franck Ribery during Saturday's clash with Hanover.
Russia's Yekaterina Volkova threw tactics out the window and instead simply ran as fast as she could to win the women's 3,000 metres steeplechase world title on Monday.
Former French international Jean-Pierre Papin on Monday signed a 22-month contract to succeed Guy Roux as coach at struggling first division side Lens.
The Netherlands clinched the men's EuroHockey Nations Championships with 3-2 victory over Spain in Manchester on Sunday.
Bangladesh will only achieve faster levels of economic growth if it restructures its financial sector, Bangladesh Bank Governor Dr Salehuddin Ahmed told a meeting of the American Chamber of Commerce in Bangladesh (AmCham) yesterday.
Almost half of the foreign investment proposals registered with the Board of Investment (BoI) each year come to nothing, with experts blaming the government's poor negotiating skills and political unrest for the failure to capitalise on potential projects.
Foreign Adviser Dr Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury yesterday said the government is exploring new job markets abroad for the Bangladeshi workers.
In recent days, our economists, policy planners, business leaders all seem to be concerned with economic and business future of Bangladesh. Question is being raised-whether there is a signal for economic slow down? All of them thought to have welcomed the new interim government focusing on bringing in few long overdue corrections or corrective measures in the economic management process, often hindered by political regime. But six/seven months down the line, the same lot of people, seem to be frustrated with business confidence being down, corrective measures not yielding expected results or even question being raised with the nature and process of economic management or even about the role of some development partners. The resultant impact is- trust gap or disconnect about the destination model.
In a bid to promote tourism in the country, Banglalink Dhaka Tourism Fair 2007 kicks off Friday.
In a bid to rein in price hike of essentials and ensure smooth supply of commodities during the month of Ramadan, Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industries (CCCI) on Sunday placed a nineteen-point recommendation.
Eskayef Bangladesh Ltd, one of the leading pharmaceutical companies in Bangladesh, has launched Zofra ODT orally dispersible tablet and Zofra oral solution in the market, says a press release.
Former US Treasury secretary Larry Summers said Sunday it was too early to declare the financial markets crisis over and said chances had risen sharply of an economic downturn in the United States.
Endowed with vast energy resources, military ruled Myanmar wants to be a major supplier of oil and gas to its neighbours, a government official said Monday.
Warid Telecom has introduced an advanced SIM Tool Kit (STK) for all its subscribers, says a press release.
AMM Shahadat Hossain has joined Summit Alliance Ltd as its senior executive director with effect from August 1, 2007.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday urged China to respect the rules of international trade and development, as Premier Wen Jiabao insisted the rising Asian giant was no threat.
The euro fell against the US dollar on Monday with nervousness still present on global markets ahead of US existing homes data later in the day, dealers said.
Law Adviser Mainul Hosein yesterday called for greater vigilance against terrorism coming from outside the country.
Cancer is no more a killer disease, said the experts at a roundtable in the city yesterday.
Country's 38 percent households, which are headed by uneducated parents, have no education at all, revealed a report yesterday.
Finance Adviser Mirza Azizul Islam yesterday advised NGOs to find out the reasons why people slip back under the poverty line after graduating from it depending on micro-credits.
Children affected by the recent floods are particularly vulnerable and often have to bear long term burdens left by natural disasters, says a study of the United Nations Children's Agency.
More professional bodies and youth organisations yesterday demanded an immediate and unconditional release of five teachers of Dhaka and Rajshahi universities who have been arrested by the joint forces.
At least four people, including two boys, were killed in separate road accidents in Dhaka, Chittagong and Magura yesterday.
Different government and non-government bodies, political parties and social organisations continue to distribute relief materials among the flood victims as well as making donations to the Chief Adviser's Relief and Welfare Fund yesterday.
The state-owned Petrobangla refused to supply gas to all but one of the seven under-construction power plants in Chittagong, Comilla and Feni apparently for an administrative mismatch.
Belgian Ambassador Patrick de Beyter called on Foreign Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury at his office yesterday and expressed his interest to support the caretaker government's reform measures.
Unidentified criminals stabbed an executive of a garment factory at Paltan and shot a businessman at Mirpur in the city on Sunday.
The recording of statements of prosecution witnesses in a case filed in connection with the grenade attack on British High Commissioner Anwar Choudhury continued in the Speedy Trial Tribunal of Sylhet division for the second day yesterday.
Workers Party of Bangladesh and Jatiya Mukti Council yesterday condemned the remark of the British high commissioner (HC) on the recent Dhaka University (DU) students' upsurge which later spread to other academic institutions.
The 31st anniversary of death of national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, popularly known as "rebel poet", was observed across the country yesterday with due respect.
The body of a Bangladeshi cattle trader, who was gunned down by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) on August 22, was returned back to BDR last night after a flag meeting.
A teenage domestic help committed suicide at a house at Lalbagh in the city yesterday.
Foreign Secretary-level talks between Bangladesh and Pakistan will be held in the city tomorrow for a fresh review of the entire range of bilateral affairs as well as regional and international issues of common concern.
A Chittagong court yesterday sentenced three people to four years' imprisonment for raping a housewife.
Kingdom of Bhutan has appointed a new ambassador to Bangladesh as the current envoy has completed his tenure.
The joint forces picked up Mujibur Rahman Moju, the commissioner of Ward No. 58 of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC), from his Hazaribagh residence in the early hours of yesterday.
Balika (The Girl), Aly Zaker's maiden photography exhibition, opens at Art Club at Gulshan in the city at 7:00pm today, says a press release.
Foreign Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury has greeted newly appointed Japanese Foreign Minister Nobutaka Machimura.
Social Investment Bank Ltd (SIBL) and Fashion Eye Hospital jointly organised a free eye treatment programme for poor truck drivers and helpers at Gabtoli Bus Terminal in the city last week, says a press release.
Flood has damaged 4,000 kilometre (KM) roads and 450 bridges and culverts completely or partially in all nine upazilas here.
Flood has damaged standing crops worth over Tk 29 crore in eight upazilas, according to an official estimate of the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) here.
Farmers in eight northern districts including Nilphamari have started harvesting jute.
A BNP leader here has been remanded for five days in an extortion case filed with Kishoreganj police station.
A magistrate court here yesterday sent a lawyer to jail for filing false rape cases against innocent persons through his daughter.
Joint forces arrested four terrorists from Pulerhat area under Morelganj upazila and seized one shutter-gun along with four rounds of bullet from their possession on Saturday night.
A total of 200 landless families of Laukathi under Sadar upazila of the district have received letter of allotments for dwelling houses.
Members of the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) recovered Indian clothes worth Tk 2.5 crore from Kamlakantapur ghat in Shibganj upazila on Sunday night.
As the rainy season is drawing to the end, the rains have become less sporadic. In other words, the rains are about to bid adieu to us. However, one can see the tell-tale signs of the magnitude of the monsoon rains on the face of the city thoroughfares--the potholes, the loose gravels and stones and the crater-like formations. We, the common people, have to suffer a lot as travelling by a tempo or local bus has become, to a great extent, a bumpy ride. And I am talking about the main roads that are used by thousands of commuters every day. The condition of the narrow alleys is even more miserable.
It appears that flood in Bangladesh has become a part of our life and is destined to occur at least once in two or three years, if not every year. To try to find causes of flood or try to prevent it would be a futile exercise and an absurd proposition because such exercise would not help us in any way due to practical reasons. Therefore, instead of sitting idle and suffer as a fait accompli, perhaps we may try to adopt measures which may mitigate the sufferings of the flood stricken people, particularly belonging to the far flung areas.
It is sad to see pictures of student led agitations on the streets of Bangladesh. It is sad to read about the incidents of people being killed in violent clashes and public and private property being destroyed as a form of protest. It is even sadder to see teachers jumping on the band-wagon with unruly “students”. It seems even 36 years after independence we are unable to recognise that violence only hurts us as a nation since we are no longer under foreign occupation.
First, I demand a thorough investigation into the incidents of Dhaka University by an independent body which will find out the reason as to why such a small issue developed into such a big matter and who were instigating it.
Hindu nationalists staged a strike yesterday in protest at twin bombings linked to Islamic militants that killed 42 people here, accusing the Indian government of a "soft approach on terrorism".
Militants and soldiers exchanged fire in northwest Pakistan yesterday, an official said, killing one militant and injuring three civilians and a soldier in a lawless region where US authorities worry al-Qaeda is regrouping.
Iraq's fractious political leaders squeezed out a broadbrush deal early yesterday aimed at bridging the sectarian divide under mounting pressure from Washington.
Six civilians were killed yesterday, caught in the crossfire during clashes between US forces and the Mahdi Army militia near the city of Kut, southeast of Baghdad, security and medical officials said.
US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is resigning, officials said yesterday, as President George W. Bush's confidant fell victim to a political storm deepened by Democratic demands for a perjury probe.
Nepal's government has decided to nationalise five more palaces and eight private parks and forest reserves owned by the country's king and his family, an official said yesterday - the most recent in a series of steps that have undercut the power of the world's last Hindu monarchy.
Thailand has set December 23 as the date for its first general election since the coup that toppled premier Thaksin Shinawatra last year, the nation's top electoral official said Monday.
Leaders of Congress and Left parties would meet in New Delhi on Monday in a bid to resolve the current stand-off over the nuclear deal following the Left threat of serious consequences if the agreement with the US is operationalised.
President Nicolas Sarkozy yesterday called for a clear timetable for the withdrawal of foreign troops from Iraq as he outlined an assertive role for France in other world hotspots.
Arts & Entertainment
Observing Yeasmin Day as the National Day of Resistance of Violence Against Women, Kormojibi Nari held a programme on August 26 at Gallery Chitrak in Dhaka.
Nazrul, an icon in Bangla literature, a torchbearer during the anti-Raj movement, a poet of the world, should be reminisced with due honour, solemnity and interest by Bengalis everywhere. Unfortunately however, a poet of his stature has not been properly evaluated yet. Despite his key involvement in the nation building, Nazrul remains a sidelined icon.
A new drama serial titled Chandra Karigar, written and directed by popular litterateur and filmmaker Humayun Ahmed, will be aired from tonight (at 9:35pm) on channel i. The serial will be aired every Monday and Tuesday from now on.
Bollywood actress and former Miss Universe Sushmita Sen may have essayed a variety of roles in the 30 films in her career so far but says she has found shades of herself in a new character in Ram Gopal Verma's remake of the Hindi blockbuster Sholay.
Satellite TV channel ntv will start airing a new magazine programme on art, literature, culture and politics titled ntv Shamoyaki from tonight (at 9pm).
As part of enrolment of new talents in acting and music, Padatik Nattya Sangsad Bangladesh will begin a selection process soon, says a press release. Interested individuals, who have completed their S.S.C. or O Levels, are eligible to become members of the theatre group. Selected applicants will however have to go through a theatre workshop conducted by eminent theatre personalities. The last date for submitting application is September 6.
According to the power demand forecast outlined in the draft coal policy, in a low GDP growth scenario (5.5 per cent), Bangladesh will need 136 million tons (mt) of coal to add 19,000 megawatt power by 2025. If our GDP goes up to 8 per cent, we will need 450 mt coal to generate 41,000 mw power.
If you ask anybody what the number one problem of Bangladesh is at the moment, the answer will surely be "price rise." In a real sense, it has become a more serious problem than corruption, which the government is busy chasing relentlessly when it is itself being chased by the wild beast of rising prices.