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News of: Tuesday, 4th of September, 2007
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A Dhaka court yesterday sent BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia to jail and placed her younger son Arafat Rahman Koko on a seven-day remand a couple of hours after they were arrested on graft charges at their cantonment residence.
Seldom did an elected leader, especially in parliamentary democracy, receive the type of popular mandate as Khaleda Zia did in 2001. In fact she is the only leader who got elected as prime minister twice (We are not counting the controversial election of February '96) in our country's history. Of the 15 years of our unbroken succession of elected governments she was in power for ten years. In the last election in 2001 her party, the BNP, alone won 194 seats in a parliament of 300 seats. With her allies, her total strength in parliament was 217.
A split in BNP now seems only a matter of time as the detained party Chairperson Khaleda Zia expelled its Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan and Joint Secretary General Ashraf Hossain from the party for their alleged conspiracies to break up the organisation.
Arafat Rahman Koko, younger son of former prime minister Khaleda Zia, amassed huge fortune allegedly by taking huge bribes in exchange for approvals of deals through the use of influence of his family dynasty.
People of different walks of life yesterday expressed mixed reactions over the arrest of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and her son Arafat Rahman Koko while many said they were not surprised at the government's move to arrest them.
Khaleda Zia's political life has been defined by her rise from a reclusive and shy housewife of a slain president to the longest serving prime minister in Bangladesh's history.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday said she is being implicated in false and baseless cases as part of a conspiracy to split her party.
The Awami League (AL) yesterday described the graft case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission against Sheikh Hasina on Sunday as "baseless" and called for justice to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.
The caretaker government yesterday lifted restrictions on reopening of public universities and said the syndicates will now decide on resuming academic activities at the institutions.
Civil society members yesterday said the government should prove its neutrality in netting people and ensure that nobody is harassed for unjustified reasons.
Most key leaders of four-party alliance yesterday declined to comment over alliance leader and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's arrest while the 14-party coalition leaders observed that BNP-Jamaat leaders with numerous corruption charges should have been arrested long before.
Human rights activists have demanded fairness and transparency in the trial processes of the detained chiefs of the two main political parties.
She seemed reluctant to meet her fate. As law enforcers knocked at the door of Khaleda Zia's house at 5:30am, she appeared on the veranda more than 45 minutes later and asked: "Why are you here?"
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia expelled Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan and Joint Secretary General Ashraf Hossain from the party, according to notification letters sent to both the leaders.
Law, Justice and Information Adviser Mainul Hosein yesterday said the arrest of former prime minister Khaleda Zia has proved the impartiality of the government.
The United States and the United Kingdom have urged the caretaker government to ensure due process of legal and constitutional rights in dealing with former premier and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, who was arrested along with her youngest son early yesterday.
4:40am: Four vehicles of the joint forces enter Dhaka Cantonment through Jahangir Gate and move towards Khaleda Zia's Shaheed Mainul Road residence.
The newly-picked secretary general of the BNP, Khondaker Delwar Hossain, joined General Zia's political platform in 1978 from the National Awami Party (NAP).
Arafat Rahman Koko, youngest son of detained former prime minister Khaleda Zia, fell sick in the magistrate's court yesterday morning.
A Dhaka court yesterday asked the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to submit probe report in a Tk 3 crore graft case against Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina and six other prominent personalities by October 3.
Three BNP leaders including former lawmaker Helaluzzaman Talukdar Lalu were sentenced to different terms of punishment for misappropriating government relief materials.
BNP will not participate in any dialogue with the Election Commission or hold party council until its detained chairperson Khaleda Zia is released, party leaders loyal to him said yesterday.
A Chittagong court yesterday sentenced former general secretary of Chittagong City BNP unit Dastagir Chowdhury and his personal assistant to six years imprisonment each in connection with a case filed for extortion.
The government has suspended 12 pourasabha (municipality) chairmen while removed one as they are accused in criminal cases.
Three people including a minor girl were murdered and two others received bullet injuries in separate incidents within 14 hours in the city.
Janmastami, the birthday of Lord Krishna and one of the biggest religious festivals of Hindus, will be celebrated across the country today.
The joint forces yesterday seized a number of mobile SIM cards and documents from the residence of detained former prime minister Khaleda Zia, sources said.
Justice Habibur Rahman Khan heading the judicial probe into the untoward incidents at Dhaka University (DU) yesterday said the commission's work would not be influenced by any media or intelligence report or the army's account of the incidents.
The special court yesterday adjourned the hearings of corruption cases against detained former state ministers Amanullah Aman and Iqbal Hasan Mahmud Tuku and his family on different pleas, court sources said.
US President George W Bush paid a surprise visit to Iraq yesterday as Britain withdrew the last of its forces from Basra city in the south after four and a half inconclusive years.
Military forces fought major battles with Taliban just outside Kandahar city Sunday that Afghan police said killed more than 120 rebels, although the US military issued a much lower toll.
The ex-PM's arrest does not come as a surprise. In fact the news of Khaleda Zia's impending arrest had been in the air for sometime, particularly after the arrest of Sheikh Hasina. Many had been left wondering after July 16, 2007 as to what kept an immediate past PM out of the reach of the law while an ex-PM, whose tenure of office had been long over, was incarcerated.
It is time to reflect on the recent incidents around Dhaka University again. We need hardly reiterate our feeling that the violence, which erupted on August 20, 21 and 22 was a matter of deep sorrow for all of us. It should not have happened. But it did, and we are aware of the repercussions that followed. Both the student community and the army were affected and, in a broad psychological sense, it was a whole nation that suffered in those few days.
The president is elected by members of Parliament, and holds office for a term of five years from the date on which he enters office. The powers and functions of the president are described in Articles 48 to 54 in Part IV of the Constitution.
Never before has an insignificant incident been blown to such a colossal proportion by so few with so little national interest, with so deplorable an act of carnage, with so deep a devastating consequence (had it reached its fruition) and with so much idiocy by the surreptitious protagonists.
When Bangladesh play their last game of the Quadrangular Twenty20 tournament against Uganda at the Gymkhana Club ground in Nairobi today, one batsman in the Tigers' rank will unwittingly walk in the middle to solve a riddle -- being consistent.
Bangladesh bounced back in the 7th Asia Cup hockey tournament with a 3-2 win against Sri Lanka in Chennai yesterday morning.
Sachin Tendulkar returned in style to the Headingley ground where he was Yorkshire's first overseas player as he set up India's 38-run win against England under the Duckworth/Lewis method in the fifth one-day international here Sunday.
Justine Henin and Serena Williams advanced to a US Open quarterfinal showdown in impressive fashion Sunday while Wimbledon winner Venus Williams ousted one Serbian star only to be faced with another.
The bowlers did an excellent job after impressive batting as BCB National Cricket Academy (NCA) team continued their domination against Tasmania on the second day of the Crocodile Cup three-day match at the University ground in Darwin yesterday.
Aspirant John Harmer left Dhaka yesterday after making his presentation for the position of Bangladesh national cricket coach.
All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan's injured right index finger is showing signs of improvement.
The inaugural Twenty20 World Championship will provide South Africa with the perfect opportunity to end their trophy hoodoo on their home soil, Proteas coach Mickey Arthur said on Monday.
When Indians are under attack for their poor fielding, Mahendra Singh Dhoni provided a ray of hope by engineering six dismissals behind the stumps to equal the world record for maximum dismissals by a wicketkeeper in a one-dayer.
Sachin Tendulkar has for the first time admitted that it is increasingly becoming difficult for him to play one-day cricket with long recovery time after matches taking toll on his body.
Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting may miss the inaugural Twenty20 World Championship in South Africa because of undisclosed family reasons.
Jose Mourinho admitted he could not blame Roman Abramovich for leaving early after Martin O'Neill's Aston Villa became the first side to beat Chelsea this season.
A last minute goal from Giorgio Chiellini gave Juventus a 3-2 win at Cagliari and allowed the disgraced former champions to hold onto top spot in Serie A on Sunday.
Brazilian Ronaldinho scored twice as title favourites Barcelona notched their first win of the new season with a convincing 3-1 victory over Athletico Bilbao on Sunday.
The British wife of French football star Thierry Henry divorced him in London's High Court on Monday, citing his ongoing "unreasonable behaviour."
Veteran Roma defender Cristian Panucci was recalled to the Italian squad for the first time in three years on Sunday for the crucial Euro 2008 qualifiers against France and Ukraine.
England have called up Everton defender Joleon Lescott for crucial Euro 2008 qualifiers against Israel and Russia after veteran centre-back Sol Campbell withdrew with injury.
Liverpool's Spanish striker Fernando Torres said he plans to stay with the English Premiership club "for many years to come".
Former international defender Vincent Candela, who figured in France's 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000-winning squads, has called time on his career at the age of 33.
Details of Flavio Briatore and Bernie Ecclestone's 14 million pound (20 million euros) takeover of Queen Parks Rangers were released on Monday.
Nine days of sweat and tears at the World Athletics Championships ended with the United States firing a clear warning to China ahead of next year's Olympics.
England captain Paul Collingwood believes the inaugural Twenty20 World Championship, which gets underway later this month, is wide open.
Twenty20 cricket international records ahead of the inaugural World Championships in South Africa from September 11-24:
How Twenty20 cricket is different from the regular 50-overs-a-side internationals:
Sourav Ganguly marked his 300th one-day international (ODI) with a man-of-the-match winning display during India's victory against England here at Headingley.
Dighinala reached the final of the Second Deputy Commissioner Gold Cup football tournament when they ousted defending champions Khagrachhari Sadar in tiebreakers in the semifinals here yesterday.
Raju Mia slammed a double hattrick while Khalilur Rahman a treble as Rainbow SC crushed Mirpur Chalantika SC 11-1 in yesterday's Third Division Football League at the Outer Stadium.
The eight-team final round of the Fresh IGP Cup National Youth Kabbadi championship will begin at the Outer Stadium kabaddi court tomorrow.
A Khulna city road was yesterday named after Manzarul Islam Rana, the national cricketer who died in a road accident in March this year.
Bayern Munich coach Ottmar Hitzfeld admitted he was bitterly disappointed on Sunday after Hamburg striker Mohamed Zidan scored a late equaliser to rob the Bundesliga leaders of their 100-percent record.
Wesley Sneijder may not sell as many Real Madrid shirts as David Beckham but the Dutch international, who inherited the England star's number 23 shirt, certainly has his dead-ball skills, scoring twice as the champions crushed Villareal 5-0 on Sunday.
Paris St Germain and Marseille did themselves no favours as the French giants played out a 1-1 draw at the Parc des Princes on Sunday.
Arsene Wenger believes Cesc Fabregas will come of age this season and prove that Arsenal don't need to spend big money to win the Premier League title.
Benni McCarthy opened his Premier League scoring account for the new season as Blackburn took the wind out of Manchester City's sails with a 1-0 win at Ewood Park on Sunday.
Mighty Al-Ahly of Egypt overcame a recent slump to beat ASEC of Ivory Coast 2-0 Sunday and reach the African Champions League semifinals.
Slovakia will be without injured captain Robert Vittek for the Euro 2008 qualifiers against the Republic of Ireland on September 8 and Wales four days later.
Northern Ireland goalkeeper Roy Carroll has pulled out of Euro 2008 qualifiers against Latvia on September 8 and Iceland four days later to concentrate on club duties with Rangers.
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday withdrew the directive for trading of shares in the five companies under spot market.
Asian Development Bank (ADB) is eager to continue its support in developing the infrastructure of Bangladesh and priority will be given in this regard to the Chittagong Port.
Rising productivity levels in Asia are a boon and not a threat to the world economy, as growing prosperity spurs a demand for products made elsewhere in the world, the International Labour Organisation said on Monday.
The Malaysian High Commissioner in Dhaka yesterday called for developing a manpower training institution to train up overseas-bound Bangladeshis.
Export of Nepali readymade garments to the United States (US), which is the single largest market, suffered heavily for yet another month, as the month of August 2007 saw a decline of 27 percent in terms of value.
Capital investment by Japanese companies fell in the three months to June for the first time in 17 quarters, raising fears for the economy as a whole as the service industry faltered, data showed Monday.
Asia-Pacific leaders will this week press for the urgent revival of deadlocked world trade talks and urge crucial concessions from the major players, according to a draft statement seen Monday.
Toyota Motor Corp's sales plan that envisions the company becoming the world's first automaker to sell more than 10 million cars annually across the globe shows the carmaker's determination to establish itself as the world's largest.
India's trade deficit widened to 5.01 billion in July from four billion dollars in the same month last year as imports jumped, official data showed on Monday.
Global banking giant HSBC said Monday it had agreed to buy half of South Korea's sixth-biggest bank, but the deal could face regulatory problems because of legal cases involving the current owner.
Swiss food giant Nestle said on Monday that it had completed its 5.5 billion dollar (4.1 billion euros) takeover of Gerber, the biggest baby food maker in the United States.
AKM Rafiqul Islam has recently been unanimously elected chairman of the Bangladesh Insurance Association for a two-year term (2007-08), says a press release.
The department of telecom is considering introduction of a mobile phone directory through public-private partnership mode, a move strongly opposed by private operators.
Japan and Chile on Monday entered a free trade agreement, Tokyo's first with a South American nation, meant to provide the Asian economic power with a steady supply of minerals.
Beximco Pharmaceuticals Ltd declared five percent cash and 10 percent stock dividend, says a press release.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has begun investigations into the graft cases filed against detained former prime ministers Khaleda Zia and Sheikh Hasina on Sunday.
Shujan President Prof Muzaffer Ahmad yesterday said any decision regarding the formation of National Security Council (NSC) should be finalised after the national election and a thorough discussion in parliament.
Speakers at a discussion yesterday called on the government to fully implement the Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (Cedaw) and incorporate it into the country's law.
A delegation of the National Defence College (NDC) of India, led by Air Vice Marshal Shanker Mani, called on President Iajuddin Ahmed at Bangabhaban in the city yesterday.
A Jubo League leader was stabbed to death at Krishnapur at Dhubaura in the district on Sunday night.
A mobile court yesterday recovered 19.6 acres of occupied Wasa land worth around Tk 50 crore at Middle Halishahar near the bank of the Bay of Bengal.
The US Chapter of BNP yesterday held protest rally following the arrest of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, says News World from New York.
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) in a board meeting yesterday decided to file a tax evasion case against Mahfuzur Rahman, former Public Service Commission (PSC) member.
South Asian People's Union Against Fundamentalism and Communalism (SAPUAFC) and Forum for Secular Bangladesh (FSB) yesterday blasted an intelligence report that claimed to have found a conspiracy between some university teachers and Indian officials behind the recent clash between the students and law enforcers.
Retrenched workers of the state-owned Crescent Jute Mills Ltd have threatened to launch indefinite hunger strike from September 16 if their demand regarding full payment of their arrear wages, gratuity and provident fund is not met.
Four people were killed and 2 others injured, one of them critically, when a passenger train rammed a autorickshaw at Dogoria railway crossing under Nangolkot upazila of the district yesterday.
Warid Telecom International, Abu Dhabi Group and Bank Al-Falah donated Tk 10 crore to the Chief Adviser's Relief and Welfare Fund for the flood victims yesterday.
To assist Bangladesh's effort to hold a credible election, the Government of the Republic of Korea has donated $5 lakh for 'Preparation of Electoral Roll with Photographs (PERP)' project, says a press release.
At least three people were killed in separate road accidents in Comilla and Barisal yesterday.
A group of 51 lawyers of the Supreme Court came sharp with their demand for immediate release of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia through “legal process”.
Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday allocated a heart valve and an oxygenator from his quota to a poor schoolboy for transplant as his heart valve has been damaged.
Six people gave depositions before the probe committee formed to investigate into the August 22 incident on Chittagong University (CU) campus on the second day of giving deposition yesterday.
Verdict of the tax evasion case against former Awami League lawmaker Shamim Osman would be delivered on September 12.
Chief of Army Staff General Moeen U Ahmed received computers (laptops) from different mobile phone companies and a bank as technical assistance in preparing voter ID cards at
A five-week-long professional development training programme on 'Effective business correspondence in English', organised by the Professional Development Programme Unit of Moazzam Hossain School of Business at Presidency University (PU), has just concluded.
The time of Aly Zaker's first solo photography exhibition entitled 'Balika' has now been extended up to September 6, says a press release.
A court in Satkhira has sentenced former Assassuni Upazila Nirbahi officer (UNO) Nurul Amin Khan and former Jamaat-e-Islami lawmaker's son Nurul Afsar to three years' imprisonment for violating a court order.
Speakers at a discussion meeting here yesterday urged the government to fully ratify the Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and withdraw its reservation on some provisions.
Freedom fighters at a rally at the district counmcil auditorium in the city yesterday demanded 'cleansing the country's politics' and said they would join the 'war on corruption' launched by the caretaker government.
A new energy saving device was introduced at remote Agsuail village in Chatmohar upazila in Pabna district yesterday.
Police are friends of the people and following the complaint of the victims they will take necessary steps to reach the services at the door steps of the people, Mymensingh police superintendent told this in a open discussion at Kotwali police station yesterday.
Rannan Malitha, nephew of former BNP lawmaker from Kushtia-2 Sahidul Islam, yesterday gave confessional statement to a First Class Magistrate regarding his involvement in the murder of businessman Sahidul.
Indian Border Security Forces (BSF) abducted two Bangladeshi cattle traders from Mohammad border point in Daulatpur upazila in the district on Sunday.
Stalled talks on a deal between Pakistan military ruler Pervez Musharraf and former premier Benazir Bhutto are expected to resume soon, with the venue moving to Dubai, ministers said yesterday.
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown defended Monday the withdrawal of troops from Basra city in Iraq, but the move will do little to ease mounting signs of tension between London and Washington.
North Korea agreed Sunday to account for and disable its atomic programmes by the end of the year, offering its first timeline for a process long sought by nuclear negotiators, the chief US envoy said.
Troops in Sri Lanka have blocked a key supply route used by the Tamil Tigers in possible preparation for a delayed major assault on the rebels' northern heartland, military experts said yesterday.
Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei pledged on Monday that Iran would never yield to Western pressure over its nuclear programme, and it would outsmart "drunken and arrogant" Western opponents in the standoff.
Two ethnic groups from Nepal's restive southern Terai region claimed responsibility Monday for bombs that killed two people and injured around 30 in the country's capital over the weekend.
Thailand's army-backed Premier Surayud Chulanont said Monday the government was considering lifting martial law amid growing calls for its end before the nation's post-coup elections in December.
A Thai criminal court yesterday approved a second arrest warrant for ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra, owner of the Manchester City football club, over fraud charges tied to a controversial share sale.
The visiting Indian National Defence College (NDC) team called on three services chiefs at their respective offices yesterday, says an ISPR press release.
Arts & Entertainment
Early 2005: 26 Bangladeshis stranded at the Mediterranean Sea. No food or water for over a week has left 10 of them dead. A few of them have started considering their compadres as potential “food”. Festering corpses had to be dumped in the sea… continents away from loved ones.
Bangla feature film Swapnodanay (On the Wings of Dreams) will take part at the 32nd Annual Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), says a press release. The event is scheduled to start from September 6.
To mark the 31st death anniversary of our National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, several programmes were arranged in the Sylhet city recently.
Yet another adaptation of Moleire's comedy will be staged today at the theatre festival in aid of the flood victims. The festival is jointly organised by Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. By staging Kanjush, an adaptation of Moliere's The Miser, at the National Theatre Stage tonight, Loko Natya Dal adds one more show to their drama staged for a record number of times in Bangladesh. This is the 515th show of Kanjush.
To help the flood victims, Faridpur Lalan Parishad arranged a cultural programme at Jasimuddin Hall recently.
There's a phantom stalking Rob Zombie's Halloween, and it's not the hulking guy in the white rubber mask. It's the memory of John Carpenter's sublime 1978 shocker. Thirty years on, it still haunts the memory with nagging dread, overshadowing Zombie's effort to revive the story and make it his own.
It has been specifically proclaimed in the "Bhagavad Gita" by Lord Krishna Himself that He descends to this mundane world at different ages whenever it becomes necessary for protecting the virtuous and the innocent from the atrocities and cruelties of the devilish and the oppressive, for establishing religion in its true glory and sublimity by eliminating the evil. Following this unequivocal celestial commitment, Lord Krishna, as the embodiment of Supreme Eternal Personality, descended to this planet earth on the eighth waning night in Bhadra during Rohini Nakshatra (asterism) posing as the worldly son of Devoki and Basudev. It is this enchanting descent of Lord Krishna to the earth that is celebrated as Janmastami by the Hindus the world over.
The Hindu culture and tradition is not derived from any one prophet or founder. It has neither a uniform creed nor any organised church. Its history and prehistory are ageless. The Vedas, which are the scriptures of the Hindus, are unique in character. We find in the Vedas a great variety of subjects and a great flexibility of doctrines.
This interim government must always remain focused on its primary task of holding a credible parliamentary election by the end of 2008. With this end in view it must set its priorities right and, at the same time, be prepared to face challenges as they unfold. A credible election in the context of the murky state of our politics means much more than just a free and fair election.
Apopular slogan in Bangladesh's student politics has been Shikkha shujog noy, audhikar (Education is a right, not a privilege). The Geneva Declaration of the Rights of the Child (1924), Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), Declaration of the Rights of the Child proclaimed by the UN (1959), United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989) and all other international declarations and covenants on rights of the child admit of children's right to education. The latest admission of this as a right is in the Dakar Forum on Education for All (EFA) and also Millennium Development Goals in 2000.