News of: Tuesday, 11th of September, 2007
Offices of all political parties except BNP were teeming with leaders and workers in the capital yesterday after a six-month hiatus following a ban on indoor politics.
The Election Commission (EC) has made a move to regain the authority to punish any person for contempt of the EC.
The level of floodwater will start receding within the next 48 hours in the northern parts of the country while the situation deteriorated further in the south, central, and north-eastern regions, said a government flood forecasting centre bulletin last night.
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) ATM Shamsul Huda yesterday said it is not the duty of the Election Commission (EC) to determine the leadership of a political party.
Inflation rate on food items reached 13 percent in July measured on a point-to-point basis, according to figures from the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS).
Pakistan deported former premier Nawaz Sharif to Saudi Arabia yesterday, just hours after he returned from exile hoping to ignite a popular campaign to oust military ruler President Pervez Musharraf.
An anti-corruption court yesterday sentenced Mirza Khokan, ward commissioner of Dhaka City Corporation, to eight years in jail on two counts in a tax evasion case.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday pressed charges against detained former state minister for communications Salahuddin Ahmed and Kazi Salimul Haq, chairman of Econo Ball Pen Company Limited, in a Tk 1 crore bribery case.
South Africa were reminded of a painful home ambush four years ago as they prepared to open the inaugural Twenty20 World Championship against the West Indies here on Tuesday.
The World Bank (WB) will provide $75 million loan in budget support to Bangladesh as emergency flood assistance.
America marks the sixth anniversary of the September 11 attacks today with more low key commemorations than in the past and in the face of mounting concern over the US-led "war on terror."
Deputy Inspector General (Prisons) Shamsul Haider Siddiqui has dismissed the demand for telephone facility to former prime minister and Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina who is now in a sub-jail in Sangsad Bhaban area.
The United States, the United Kingdom and the European Union have welcomed the chief adviser's announcement of partial lifting of the ban on political activities in Bangladesh as part of a process of full restoration of democracy.
United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during his recent visit to southern Sudan applauded Bangladesh peacekeepers for their dedication in promoting international peace and security.
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in Rajshahi pressed murder charges against eight militants of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) yesterday in connection with the killing of Prof Muhammad Yunus, a Rajshahi University (RU) teacher.
The Dhaka University Teachers' Association (Duta) yesterday hoped that the four DU teachers, charged with instigating violence on the university campus last month, would be exempted from the case.
Roger Federer captured his 12th Grand Slam crown Sunday by winning his fourth US Open in a row, moving three major titles shy of surpassing the all-time record of 14 Slam wins set by Pete Sampras.
The government yesterday urged local and foreign airlines to temporarily operate additional flights to ease off the pressure of thousands of overseas-bound workers who are stuck here due to shortage of flights, especially to Malaysia and Middle East.
Sheba Phone, in a rejoinder to The Daily Star report headlined "VoIP operators grab over Tk 15,000 crore calls a year" published on September 1, said that while the report said that all phone companies were involved in illegal VoIP activities, Sheba Phone has been operating an honest business in 31 districts with good reputation.
The CA's address to the nation has touched upon many issues, apart from lifting ban on indoor politics. His assurances in tackling some of the urgent issues must be concretised. It must be ensured also that those do not get bogged down in bureaucratic red tape
Much drama has gone on in Pakistan's politics since March this year, when President Pervez Musharraf attempted to sack the country's chief justice. That move, as we now know, clearly backfired. Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry came roaring back once he was restored to his position by his peers in the Supreme Court. He then did not waste much time letting Pakistanis know how he intended to handle the military ruler who had tried to send him packing. He proved instrumental in accepting a petition from exiled former prime minister Nawaz Sharif that he be permitted to return home.
Recent media reports suggest that the constitutionality of the current non-partisan caretaker government (CTG) has again been raised by some quarters. This debate has re-emerged, according to some commentators, possibly because some confusion was injected when an adviser described the CTG as a "national government," although he later tried to explain why he did say so.
One of the oldest laws of politics is back at work: when a government is not in control of events, events take control of a government. Delhi, obsessed with itself, believes that events only take place in Delhi. Government is in a tight geographical ring; voters live outside this pseudo-magical circle.
The audacity of international players will be put on show in the next two weeks of cricket. Twenty20 World Championships will be a dream event for the batsmen as much as it is a nightmare for bowlers but it won't do any harm to the reputation of the game.
Sanath Jaya-suriya is one of the world's most uncompromising strikers of the ball. His jab over cover and point is his favourite shot and the first six overs would be crucial for the opposition if they hope to stop this Sri Lankan superstar. Interestingly, he is the only player in this tournament to have played in the 1992 and 1996 World Cups. Sixes: 302.
A total of eighteen wickets tumbled on the first day of the Crocodile Cup four-day match but still, the BCB National Cricket Academy (NCA) managed a huge lead against Northern Territory Strike at the University ground in Darwin yesterday.
Bangladesh vice-captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza served a warning for his teammates to learn from the mistakes of their disappointing six-wicket defeat to Kenya in the last ICC World Twenty20 warm-up game on Sunday.
The Prime Bank Asian Under-14 Tennis tournament, organised by Bangladesh Tennis Federation, will begin tomorrow at the National Tennis Complex in Ramna.
An hour after Roger Federer struck a most familiar pose, hoisting that silver trophy over his head, another celebration took place at the U.S. Open.
Russian tennis heart-throb Maria Sharapova and actor Robert De Niro added celebrity status and romantic gossip to the supporters' section for Serbia's Novak Djokovic in Sunday's US Open final.
Novak Djokovic may have given Roger Federer a few worrying moments in Sunday's US Open final, but the world No.1 still considers Rafael Nadal as his biggest threat.
France coach Raymond Domenech fears that Euro 2008 qualifying rivals Scotland could be given an advantage by playing on a pitch likely to be churned up by a rugby world cup match.
Manchester United winger Park Ji-sung hopes to be back in action by January as he recovers from knee surgery.
Franz Beckenbauer, the president of the 2006 World Cup's steering committee, is convinced the 2010 tournament in South Africa will be a "great success."
India will go into the inaugural Twenty20 world championships fresh and confident despite a mixed tour of England, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said on Monday.
England's 4-3 one-day series win over India last week had given the team confidence to do well in the inaugural Twenty20 World Championship, captain Paul Collingwood said on Monday.
Syed Nayeemuddin yesterday said he would consider bringing senior players into the preliminary squad of the national team if he feels the absence of experience.
Thirty-two years ago, world cricket entered unknown territory when England hosted the first World Cup in 1975 -- the form of the game was called limited-overs internationals, and only 18 such games had ever been played when England and India played the first match of the tournament. On Tuesday, it's time to set into motion another experiment as South Africa and West Indies kick off the World Twenty20 in a format which is only 16 matches old.
England have selected off-spinner Graeme Swann and all-rounder Luke Wright for their forthcoming one-day international tour of Sri Lanka.
Rajshahi Players Welfare Association (RPWA) emerged champions in the DC Gold Cup football tournament beating Panchagarh Chamber of Commerce XI 5-4 in the tiebreakers after the exciting final ended 1-1 at the jam-packed Panchagarh Stadium yesterday.
Lambasting the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for creating a spoilt brat like Shoaib Akhtar, former captain Asif Iqbal demanded a life ban for the erratic speedster following the Johannesburg brawl that tarnished the country's image.
Defending champions Germany kicked off the fifth women's World Cup on Monday with a stunning 11-0 demolition of Argentina -- the biggest rout in the tournament's history.
Steven Gerrard has warned England they can't afford to let their convincing win over Israel lull them into a false sense of security ahead of a vital Euro 2008 clash against Russia.
Argentina midfielder Javier Zanetti believes their friendly against Australia here on Tuesday will play an important role in the build-up to the South Americans' 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign.
Injured German captain Michael Ballack admitted on Sunday he was disappointed to be left out of Chelsea's Champions League squad, while reports from Britain have linked him to Real Madrid.
Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez admitted he breathed a sigh of relief after Steven Gerrard emerged unscathed from England's Euro 2008 qualifier against Israel.
The government is prepared to sell off shares in Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) by next year, Finance Adviser Mirza Azizul Islam indicated yesterday.
A French energy and power group executive yesterday said his company is considering establishing alternative energy plants in Bangladesh in order to counter the country's dependency on natural gas.
Nobel laureate and former World Bank chief economist Joseph Stiglitz strongly criticised FTAs involving the United States, saying they have not benefited developing countries that entered into such deals.
Japan's economy contracted in the second quarter of 2007 as firms cut spending on new factories and equipment, the government said Monday, adding to jitters over the global economic climate.
Russia is set to introduce taxes of up to 25 percent on grain exports, the Kommersant daily reported Monday quoting an official, but experts warned such a move would undermine struggling farmers.
Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) yesterday hailed the assurances the chief adviser and the army chief recently made to the businesspeople at a dialogue with them.
With a view to providing up-to-date information for the small and medium enterprises (SMEs), a new SME helpline centre (SME-HC) was launched in Dhaka yesterday.
Saifudin M Naser has recently been appointed the new managing director & CEO of BRAC Afghanistan Bank, says a press release.
A month long Thai product festival begins on September 14 at stores in Dhaka and Chittagong.
HSBC Holdings signed an agreement Monday to form an insurance venture with two state-owned Indian banks, gaining access to more than 40 million customers in an expanding market.
Asian stock markets ended mostly weaker Monday, hit by heavy losses on Wall Street after a surprise drop in US payrolls sparked fears the world's largest economy may be heading for recession, dealers said.
Crude oil prices were lower in Asian trade Monday, one day ahead of a key OPEC meeting in Vienna, dealers said.
The dollar suffered fresh losses in Asian trade on Monday after a surprise fall in US employment raised concerns that the world's largest economy is rapidly losing steam, dealers said.
United Commercial Bank Ltd has declared 30 percent stock dividend (bonus share) for its shareholders from the profit of 2001, says a press release.
Citi, with its newly received licence to perform merchant banking activities in Bangladesh, has appointed Silmat Chisti to head its capital markets business, says a press release.
Noted economists and development experts at an international workshop yesterday suggested expansion of social safety-net programmes and creation of short-term employment opportunities to help ultra-poor people cross poverty line.
Women continue to face discrimination in every aspect of life, especially at work, although they have immense contribution to the country's economy, speakers at a view exchange meeting said yesterday.
Experts at a seminar yesterday expressed concern over the government decision to send archaeological masterpieces to Guimet Museum in Paris for an exhibition, which is scheduled to kick off in October.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday said it was not involved in preparing the list of 220 corruption suspects as mentioned by the chief adviser in his Sunday's address to the nation, but the list would be published by the commission.
Experts at a view-exchanging meeting yesterday underscored the need for a separate policy to check violence against children and women.
Adviser for Ministry of Women and Children Affairs Geeteara Safiya Choudhury left Dhaka yesterday for South Korea to attend a ministerial meeting on 'Women of the 1st World Women's Forum' to be held on September 12-14 in Seoul, says a press release.
A seminar on 'Multi-Stakeholder National Consultation: CSOs and Aid Effectiveness' was held in the city yesterday.
President Iajuddin Ahmed underlined the need for enhancing bilateral trade and commerce between Bhutan and Bangladesh.
Australia has donated over 38,550 tonnes of wheat worth about Tk 78.2 crore to Bangladesh to support its food-based programmes for the ultra-poor, says a press release.
At least two people were killed and 20 others injured in separate road accidents in Pabna and Lalmonirhat yesterday and on Sunday night.
The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday ordered maintaining status quo for three weeks on the stalled trial proceedings of the much-talked-about MiG-29 purchase scam case against detained former prime minister Sheikh Hasina and others.
Two leaders of banned outfit Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) were killed in a gun battle between outlaws and Rab members at Ataikula in Pabna yesterday.
The High Court yesterday stayed midway the current proceedings of a graft case against detained former telecommunications minister Mohammad Nasim involving the WorldTel scam.
Teachers and examinees of two Ayurvedic (herbal medicine) colleges assaulted two journalists for photographing unfair means at Chittagong Law College yesterday.
An amendment to the Emergency Power Rules 2007 is likely to be brought to relax a provision that denies bail to a detainee facing a corruption case, law ministry sources said.
Former state minister Fazlur Rahman Patal and 15 others have been sued on charges of extortion.
Rajshahi University (RU) authorities yesterday said the report on suspension of six teachers of the university was not correct.
A sub-contractor of a construction firm was allegedly killed by unknown assailants at Uttara in the city on Sunday night.
Extortionists shot and injured a businessman at Kafrul in the city yesterday apparently for his refusal to give them Tk 1 lakh in toll.
The government yesterday started selling rice under Open Market Sale (OMS) programme across the country through 15,440 dealers.
Eighteen more organisations and individuals yesterday donated Tk 1,71,54,669 to the
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) yesterday returned four Bangladeshi teenagers, trafficked to India three years back, to Bangladesh Rifles (BDR).
A team of Lifebuoy Friendship Hospital distributed relief among the flood-affected people of Char Bakuria, Khatiamari, Nichintopur, Ziadanga, Bage in Gaibandha district recently, says a press release.
The High Commission of India in collaboration with Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy is going to organise a concert titled 'Fusion Music Concert' at Shilpakala Academy in the city at 7:00pm tomorrow, says a press release.
With a view to increasing awareness on maternal and neonatal health, DAB Perinatal Care Project organised a conference at Birdem auditorium in the city yesterday, says a press release.
A gang of robbers looted valuables, including a refrigerator, from the residence of a former secretary at Srinagar in the district in the early hours of yesterday.
Former lawmaker and BNP central leader Jahiruddin Swapan was sued yesterday by a party rival for snatching, demanding toll, ransacking cars and looting office in Gournadi.
Raw rubber worth at least Tk 1.5 crore was stolen from profit-earning rubber gardens of Bangladesh Forest Industry Development Corporation (BFIDC) under its Madhupur zone in last four years, official sources said.
A large number of teachers of non-government primary schools in the northern districts are worried of losing Monthly Payment Order (MPO) following issuance of a recent government order asking them to face competency tests.
Angry workers made an attempt to assault Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC) chairman Ataharul Islam when he went to Platinum Jubilee Jute Mills here yesterday noon.
Speakers at a discussion held here Sunday evening said political will is a must for preservation of bio-diversity of the Sundarbans, the largest mangrove forest in the world.
Deposition by prosecution witnesses in one of the two cases filed in connection with the grenade attack on British High Commissioner Anwar Chow-dhury continued for the 6th day yesterday.
Foreign Affairs Advisor Dr. Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury yesterday said the government is sincere to redress sufferings of flood affected people and help them recover from the damage.
Around 35 fishermen of eight trawlers went missing in the Bay of Bengal as their trawlers capsized in the rough sea on Saturday and Sunday.
Farmers brought out a procession and blocked the Khulna-Kushtia highway at Shailkupa yesterday demanding fertiliser. Traffic on the highway was stopped for about two hours as angry farmers placed logs on it, sources said.
Speakers at a workshop held here yesterday said the southwestern (S-W) districts in the country are at high risk of HIV/AIDS as no entry points are checked here properly.
Two cadres of the outlawed Janajuddho faction of Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) surrendered to police yesterday.
I am writing with reference to the letter: "Sino-Russian military exercise," by Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal (August 29).
The question of whether to grant the stranded Pakistanis legal rights as citizens of Bangladesh should not be viewed from a legal standpoint, but rather on humanitarian grounds. I am glad that the administration is looking into the matter and I am hopeful that they will have some iota of compassion to influence their decision making process.
I had the opportunity to witness the first ever Martial Law in Pakistan imposed by General Ayub Khan in October 1958.
I agree with the letter writers on the above mentioned topic( The Daily Star, August 24).I, too, feel that if there was any real patriotism(not just in words) in us as a nation, we could never condone such rampant violence and destruction of public and private property that took place throughout the country, whatever the provocation might be. Admittedly, the incident involving the students and the army personnel at DU was regrettable, however that does not justify going on the rampage and burning vehicles and causing damage.
I note that the government of Bangladesh has announced that office hours for government and semi-government institutions during the month of Ramadan will be from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm with a 15 minute break at 1:00pm for Zohr prayers. Clearly, this arrangement is meant for Muslims, especially those choosing to fast. Since there are some 20 million non- Muslims in the country, many of whom are employed in government and semi-government offices on equal footing with Muslims, one wonders how would they abide by the new hours. The new hours are surely unfair to them. The 15 minute break for Zohr prayers is obviously not meant for them and is not long enough as a lunch break. It is not only reasonable that there should be a separate set of rules for these employees, it is also required under the constitutional obligations of the government to treat all citizens equally.
The recent survey of World Bank has found the east-west income disparity in Bangladesh but could not find out the reason for it. In my opinion there are many but following are the few important ones:
Former Pakistan premier Nawaz Sharif, who was deported shortly after his return to Pakistan from a seven-year exile, yesterday said President Pervez Musharraf's "ego and stubbornness" was responsible for him not being able to stay in his own country.
The European Union urged Pakistan yesterday to respect its own supreme court ruling and allow former prime minister Nawaz Sharif to stay in the country.
Hundreds of thousands of people threatened by overflowing rivers caused by monsoon rains in India's northeastern state of Assam have been evacuated, officials said yesterday.
India's ruling party chief Sonia Gandhi yesterday called for Kashmir's "wounded hearts and minds" to be healed during a flying visit to the revolt-hit region.
Pakistani police arrested key supporters of former premier Nawaz Sharif and clashed with around 100 others as they tried to reach Islamabad airport to welcome him on his return from exile.
al-Qaeda's chief Osama bin Laden and Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar are alive and healthy, an anti-government militant group said after the Saudi millionaire appeared this month on a new video.
Israeli and Palestinian leaders yesterday reaffirmed their commitment to a two-state solution to the Middle East conflict and appointed negotiating teams ahead of a US-sponsored peace conference.
The Taliban said yesterday it was ready for talks with the Afghan government after President Hamid Karzai offered negotiations in a bid to end the rebels' nearly six-year bloody insurgency.
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki told lawmakers yesterday that Iraqi forces were not ready to take over security from the US military across the country.
Six years after the September 11 attacks on the United States, most Americans view the plane hijackings that killed around 3,000 people as the most significant historical event of their lives, according to a poll released Monday.
Arts & Entertainment
Delicate visual beauty that builds on smooth wash of colours and subtle lines is the speciality of Oriental art. This may be considered a limitation by many, but it has been a staple for a lot of art exponents. Artist Malay Bala is fully into this watercolour-based mode of art. His works are certainly in conformity with this distinct oriental characteristic. Portraying human figures is his forte. Following academic oriental style of rendering figures, mostly female, Malay has composed many canvases. Speciality of Mala's works remains in his power of imagination, use of vibrant colours and use of new mediums. Usually Oriental artists use watercolour in wash mediums, however, Malay has created a few washes in acrylic. Another aspect of his composition is dealing with sub-continental classics.
A six member delegation from Bangladesh recently went to attend the Uzbekistan Folk Festival titled Sharq Taronalari, says a press release. The team was led by renowned singer Syed Abdul Hadi. Nashid Kamal accompanied by four musicians, performed popular folk songs of Abbasuddin Ahmed at the event.
Rishilpi, a local NGO run by an Italian national is based at Binerpota village, in Sadar upazila. The organisation has initiated a cultural programme to generate awareness among the people, especially adolescent girls, about the evils of early marriage and dowry.
Young artistes of Dinajpur were awarded certificates by Dhruba Parishad, Bangladesh recently. The event was held at the Dinajpur Nattya Samity Auditorium, which was attended cultural personalities.
Focussing on the issue of violence against women, Abul Hayat directs a drama serial Moner Janala, written by Anisul Haque. The serial will be aired tonight at 8:00 pm on ATN Bangla.
Uttaran Sangskritik Sangsad (USS), Mymensingh organised a cultural function at District Shilpakala Academy recently. A launching ceremony of an audio album titled Tarai Tarai was also held. Poet Al Mahmud unveiled the cover of the album.
The entire nation saw the chain of events from August 19-22, where a simple quarrel in a football field led to widespread street violence and anarchy and ultimately imposition of curfew. What actually happened in the field, I don't know, but let's assume that the members of the armed forces were at fault. What happened next?
In November 1999, shortly after his takeover of the government of Pakistan as president, General Pervez Musharraf established the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), through promulgation of an ordinance, to combat corruption and graft in the country. The first two chairmen of NAB were retired army officers (with rank of Lt. General); the most recent appointee is a retired civil servant.
Salvador Allende Gossens was elected president of Chile in September 1970. Having earlier made several electoral attempts to win the presidency, Allende, a Marxist, was now poised to enter the La Moneda presidential palace with 36.2 percent of the vote.