News of: Sunday, 23rd of September, 2007
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Several thousand garment workers staged fierce demonstrations against sudden closure of a factory in Tejgaon Industrial Area yesterday.
As part of a measure to resolve future gas crisis, the government in October may announce the third round of block bidding for oil and gas exploration in the offshore and deep-sea areas of the Bay of Bengal.
The Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) has urged the government to release businessmen, including its two former presidents and two sitting directors, who are not facing any specific charges.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday arrested six people accused in the GATCO graft case -- in which former prime minister Khaleda Zia and her younger son Arafat Rahman Koko were also charged.
At least 177 fishermen of 15 fishing boats that went down in the Bay of Bengal Thursday due to a storm are still missing, surviving fishermen said.
Friday's demonstrations by some Islamist groups centring the publication of a cartoon in the daily Prothom Alo's weekly satire magazine Aalpin defied the state of emergency, said speakers at the BBC Bangladesh Sanglap yesterday.
Both factions of BNP are planning to discuss with other four-party alliance leaders the matter of sitting down in a dialogue with the Election Commission (EC) regarding electoral reforms.
The recent violent protests at various garment factories are a 'conspiracy' of a certain quarter and a small number of rowdy workers have been inciting the violence, ready-made garment factory owners said yesterday.
Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed left for New York last night to attend the 62nd session of the United Nations General Assembly.
India stunned favourites Australia by 15 runs yesterday to set up a mouth-watering final against Pakistan in the Twenty20 world championships.
Counsels for the detained former prime minister Khaleda Zia are likely to move to the High Court in a day or two to seek her bail.
Eighty Bangladeshi workers, who were deceived by a Malaysian recruiting agency, will get expenses to return home from the agency and all their money deposited with it.
Jatiya Party (JP-Ershad) yesterday announced a 16-member committee for necessary reforms of the party.
The state-owned Alim Jute Mills at Atra industrial area in Khulna was laid off for 30 days from 6:00am yesterday.
Three robbers were beaten to death by an angry mob at Garangia village in Chittagong's Satkania upazila on Friday night.
About 10,000 Buddhist monks marched through Myanmar's central city of Mandalay yesterday, witnesses said, in one of the largest demonstrations against the country's repressive military regime since a democratic uprising in 1988.
A soldier and two women were killed in attacks by pro-Taliban militants in a restive Pakistani tribal region near the Afghan border, officials said yesterday.
Rab has recovered 14 illegal firearms, four bombs and ammunition conducting combing operations in Khulna, Bagerhat, Satkhira, Jessore, Narail, Jhenidah, Chuadanga and Meherpur.
Iraq's Interior Ministry has expanded its investigation into incidents involving Blackwater USA security guards amid the furor following a shooting that claimed at least 11 lives, a ministry spokesman said Saturday.
The limping power sector is showing signs of recovery, as the load shedding, which was hovering around an unbearable 1200MW, has been reduced to 200MW in the last two months. That's no doubt a significant development, as the sector is known to be grappling with problems ranging from a huge shortfall in power generation to the cumulative effects of administrative interference in a highly technical field.
It is disquieting to learn that one of the finest coral islands in the world is facing the prospect of damage due to various factors including its use for 'commercial-tourism', according to environmentalists. Bangladesh Paribesh Andolon (BAPA) wants it to be regarded as 'marine protected area'.
In the euphoric global rush to embrace open and competitive market economy, to the untrained mind the difference between laissez-faire and capitalism may sometimes become blurred. Laissez-faire doctrine advocates economic activities to follow their natural course with the least degree of governmental control, if any. Capitalism, on the other hand, describes an economic system where private actors are allowed to own and use property as they wish in furtherance of their interest but subject to the laws of supply and demand, where the government has a role to play in order to maximise the interest of the society and not to maximise the interest of the few.
Even the best of democracies decay in the absence of rulers' touch with the people. The media and the intelligence agencies provide information, not contact. This task is best done by institutions like the parliament and the state legislatures. Voicing the needs and aspirations of their constituents is the task of the elected representatives. The different opinions from different areas make what is known as public opinion.
The beating up of the cheated migrant workers for seeking justice in Malaysia is a piece of news that is extremely shocking as well as provoking. The Daily Star carried this awful news on its front page on September 16, saying that Bangladeshi workers, who had been on a hunger strike on the premises of Bangladesh High Commission in Kuala Lumpur, were beaten up by the goons of the recruiting agencies.
New Zea-land's least-favourite claim to fame is their status as cricket's most reliable semifinalists. In five of the nine World Cups they have reached that stage of the tournament and gone no further, and that pattern was repeated in the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 championship.
As the Bangladesh team return home from South Africa today, The Daily Star Sport have chosen to give an X-ray report of the Tigers and its support staff's performance in the ICC Twenty20 World Championships. The marks, out of 10, are solely a product of our judgement.
His son may be blazing on the field but Yuvraj Singh's father says the player may have a feeling that he has been ignored for captaincy.
The Bangladesh national football team, now in Cox's Bazar for a month-long residential conditioning camp, will play an exhibition match with the Cox's Bazar District Eleven at the local stadium on September 25.
Former Australia fast bowler Damien Fleming advised Shane Watson to play domestic cricket for an extended period of time after the injury-prone allrounder broke down with a hamstring sore in Australia's Super Eights match against Sri Lanka in the World Twenty20.
Gulistan Club opened the goal gate on Mirpur Chalantika SC in a 12-0 trashing in the Metropolis 3rd Division Football League at the Outer Stadium yesterday.
International Master Enamul Hossain Rajib secured three points to share the third position in the Asian Chess Championship with eight others after the fourth round at Cebu City in the Philippines yesterday.
Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon claims Jose Mourinho had to leave because the club had outgrown him.
Jose Mourinho claims his next job will not be in the Premier League but he would love to return to the English top-flight later in his career.
A new era without Jose Mourinho gets underway at Old Trafford for Chelsea on Sunday, as they play their first Premier League match under new manager Avram Grant against Manchester United.
Jose Mourinho may have unexpectedly beaten Sammy Lee and Martin Jol in the race to become the first Premiership manager to lose his job this season but both men know that a defeat at the Reebok Stadium could see them suffering the same fate as Mourinho.
A pall of gloom fell on the sports arena yesterday with the spread of the news of the untimely demise of national hockey player Shamim Reza who breathed his last at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital late Friday night.
Avram Grant, appointed Chelsea's new manager after Jose Mourinho's shock departure on Thursday, lacks the required coaching qualification to run a Premier League club.
Ruthless defending champions Germany and the top ranked United States stormed into the World Cup semi-finals on Saturday, leaving North Korea and England to rue missed chances.
Barcelona captain Carles Puyol has trained with the rest of the squad for the first time since he injured his knee at the end of last season, the Spanish club said Friday.
Asafa Powell used a strong start to win the 100 meters Saturday at the World Athletics final in 9.83 seconds.
Avram Grant believes he can succeed where Jose Mourinho failed by turning Chelsea into the Premier League's great entertainers.
Hungarian teenager Agnes Szavay ended the Chinese challenge in Beijing on Saturday with a 6-1, 6-2 semifinal defeat of Peng Shuai.
Indian batsmen are a "scared species", making them an easy prey for the Australian pace battery in the upcoming ODI series, feel former Aussie bowlers Ray Bright and Rodney Hogg.
Former Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq has been served witness summons by a London tribunal following umpire Darrel Hair's suing of the ICC and the Pakistan board for racial discrimination in the aftermath of the Oval controversy.
The deadline for submission of Expression of Interest (EoI) to buy problem-ridden Oriental Bank expires today with a number of local and foreign investors showing interest to have its shares.
A former finance adviser to the caretaker government has spelt out a new mechanism to contain price spiral of essentials.
Homegrown employment-friendly industrial policy is needed in the country to reduce poverty rate, speakers told a seminar in Dhaka yesterday.
Crude oil prices surged to all-time highs this week, striking a record peak of 84.10 dollars a barrel in New York owing to heightened concerns over tight supplies in the United States.
US authorities on Friday announced a recall of one million cribs made in China after at least two babies became trapped and died, and more than 60 other incidents were reported.
Wall Street indexes are flirting with record highs on the heels of a hefty Federal Reserve rate cut, but the market faces headwinds with data in the coming week likely to show a struggling economy.
The number of Indian mobile phone subscribers has passed the 200 million mark after the country added another eight million customers last month, industry figures show.
The housing crisis and credit crunch will crimp US holiday spending this year, a retailers' association warned Thursday.
Citibank NA Bangladesh and Arab Bangladesh Bank Ltd have signed a correspondent banking agreement, enabling Citibank to expand its collection and disbursement channel in the country, says a press release.
HSBC Holdings, the British-based banking giant, announced Friday it will close its subprime mortgage subsidiary in the United States, saying it was "no longer sustainable."
South Korea's chief negotiator in free trade talks with the European Union said Thursday that its goal of reaching a free trade deal by year's end is valid, although both sides still are sparring over the difficult issue of tariffs, according to Yonhap News Agency.
A senior executive of Mattel, the world's largest toymaker, apologized on Friday for damaging China's reputation after the company's recent massive recalls of made-in-China toys, admitting that most of the items were defective because of design instead of manufacturing flaws.
The Chinese mainland is to impose a quota on investments on the Hong Kong stock market, which will reduce capital outflows to a fraction of the US$100 billion-plus forecast when its outward investment scheme was announced last month.
Sanyo Electric Co has decided to sell all shares of its solely owned subsidiary Sanyo Semiconductor Co to Advantage Partners, fully withdrawing from the semiconductor business, it has been learned.
The former president of the World Bank said Friday that rich countries were ill-prepared to deal with the "tectonic shift" in economic power towards developing nations, in particular to India and China.
Though Bangladesh contributes very little to global warming, it would be one of the worst affected countries, speakers at a seminar said yesterday.
The South Asian countries need to rise above geographical boundaries and cooperate with each other for lifting the under-developed neighbours to ensure a balanced regional development, said the speakers at a discussion yesterday.
A 16-member reform committee of the Jatiya Party (JP) will meet at its Banani office in the city today to discuss reforms in the party constitution.
At least three people were killed in separate road accidents in Comilla, Manikganj and Pabna yesterday and on Friday.
Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed greeted the king and the deputy prime minister of Saudi Arabia on the occasion of the national day of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia today.
A mobile court yesterday fined the owner of a building at Halishahar in the city Tk 1.29 lakh for pilfering Wasa water through illegal connection.
Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh has strongly protested the support of Awami League (AL) to left parties' demand for not registering religion-based political parties including the Jamaat and refusing the party its scale symbol.
An official of a private firm was strangled by unknown assailants in the city on Friday night.
A salt warehouse and property worth Tk 20 lakh were gutted in a fire at Patiya upazila here yesterday.
A 12-member coal policy advisory team held a review meeting yesterday following its visit to Barapukuria coalmine, Phulbari and Dighipara the day before.
Sagornal Bamboo Mohal of forest department in Juri was sold at only Tk 1.2 crore this year, about Tk 2 crore less than the price it fetched in 2000.
Speakers at a workshop here yesterday said rampant corruption at all levels is destroying the economic potential of the country.
Declaration of 10 newspapers published from Moulvibazar district has been cancelled for failing to publish regularly and not maintaining offices at the mentioned addresses.
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) and the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) traded gunfire across border areas in Sadar and Debhata upazilas of the district early morning yesterday.
The law enforcing agencies including Pabna Sadar thana Police and the members of the elite force have arrested
Law enforcers recovered firearms, bombs, ammunition and drug in separate raids in Meherpur on Friday night.
Indigenous leaders yesterday called upon the government to take steps for protecting the traditional culture of the indigenous communities, ensuring their rights in land and giving constitutional recognition of their rights.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned Friday that any attempt to wage war on Iran could disrupt the flow of oil to Western countries and prompt a flow of refugees to Russia.
Iran yesterday showed off a longer-range missile in public for the first time and proclaimed a string of anti-Israel slogans, in a military parade held amid warnings of conflict with the West.
North Korea's No 2 leader met with a Syrian delegation in Pyongyang on Saturday, the North's media reported, amid suspicions of a secret nuclear connection between the two countries.
Looking alert in his first video aired in three months, Cuban leader Fidel Castro responded to rumours of his death with a simple answer: "Well, here I am."
The US State Department has reissued a travel warning for Pakistan that said the threat of terrorist activity makes non-essential travel there too dangerous.
A Russian boy suffers head injuries after falling from a window while trying to elude police. A North African man slips from a window ledge and fractures his leg while fleeing officers. A Chinese woman lies in a coma after plunging from a window during a police check.
Iraq and its neighbours are to huddle with major powers and donors here Saturday to discuss ways to speed up efforts to put the war-ravaged country back on its feet despite poor security and continuing sectarian divisions.
Former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori was extradited from Chile on Saturday and bound for Lima to face trial on charges of corruption and massacres by death squads during his rule.
Russia's Communist party vowed yesterday to re-nationalise "strategic" industries as opponents of President Vladimir Putin on the left and right set out their pre-election stalls.
Japanese ships, assisting military operations in Afghanistan, also supplied fuel for a US ship involved in Iraq, a report Saturday quoted a US official as saying, amid a row over extending the mission.
The number of children hospitalised with food poisoning after eating school meals at a kindergarten in northwest China has risen to 307, up from an earlier figure of 260, state media said yesterday.
A Hindu man serving a life sentence for burning alive an Australian Christian missionary and his two sons was given another jail term yesterday for murdering a Catholic priest in India.
Afghan authorities said they had seized dozens of Iranian and Chinese-made weapons after a brief battle yesterday with Taliban fighters near the border with Iran.
Arts & Entertainment
The students and teachers of Central Conservatory of Music, China were visibly moved by their first exposure to the songs and poetry of Rabindranath Tagore and Kazi Nazrul Islam. The biggest music school in China that specialises in Western and Chinese classical music organised the programme recently, says a press release.
Filmmaker Khalid Mahmud Mithu's researched-based documentary Endless Journey (duration: 26 minutes) has been selected to take part in the 'Art and Religion' category of the international film festival 'Religion Today 2007', says a press release.
A one and half month long Music Talent Hunt-2007 began recently at Kawkhali upazila in Rangamati.
New production of People's Repertory Theatre (PRT), Lalu, was staged at Theatre Lab, Banani yesterday at 7:00 pm, says a press release.
The daily soap, Doll's House, is aired on ATN Bangla at 11:30pm. Directed by Afsana Mimi and Badrul Anam Soud, the plot is based on Azad Abul Kalam's story and M. Rahman has written the scripts. The show is aired Thursday to Sunday every week.
The long-winded title isn't the only thing that sets The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford apart from two dozen or so other films about the legendary outlaw.
Over the past couple of decades, I have observed with dismay our politicians' propensity to hitch their carts to their leaders' bandwagon. There are still a few whose blind loyalty was their forte, and this took them far, wide, and high, while a few others felt suffocated by the sharp erosion of values, widespread corruption, blatant horse trading for power, and steady rise of political nonentities. Even a superficial attempt to unravel the psychology of these people will lay bare virtually the whole range of their inadequacies and frailties as human beings.
Perhaps all societies in the world are now yearning for peace -- be it social peace, cultural peace, or psychological peace! Political dynamism, democratic etiquette, or human rights, whatever we intend to establish in society are all geared towards pacifism. The vicissitudes we have experienced over the years across the globe in terms of politics and culture uncomfortably contribute to our uneasiness in systematising world peace -- a chimerical endeavour that human intelligence has been painstakingly involved in and ultimately tumbled down from.
As we all know Bangladesh is an agrarian economy, it has got a large base of farming community who toil hard to reap good harvests each season. As agriculture employs almost two-thirds of the workforce -- crop failure in any given season brings much miseries to the growers themselves as well as to the consumers. There is no provision of crop insurance -- and the farmers have to bear the brunt of losses incurred due to any crop failure.
Government agencies rarely obtain planning and design approval from Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) for construction of buildings, though it is required by the laws.
Street side Iftar stands, with contaminated Iftar items prepared and sold in unhygienic conditions, continue to pose serious health hazards to fasting devotees in the capital.
The south-west part of the city would not get rid of waterlogging as housing companies have occupied one-third of Hazaribagh canal for their roads.
Plans to introduce more CNG-run auto rickshaws in the city, where an effective public transportation system is absent and its limited streets are already crammed with small vehicles, promise commuters little respite from their unrelenting sufferings.
Brain controls all activities of our body. Like other parts of the body, brain also gets nutrition from blood. There are many diseases of brain like stroke, tumour, different kinds of infections, trauma, degenerative diseases and so on. Among them stroke is known almost to everybody. Some of us has misconception that stroke is the disease of heart, which is not correct. Stroke is completely a disease of the brain.
International humanitarian agencies have agreed on a new set of guidelines to address the mental health and psychosocial needs of survivors as part of the response to conflict or disaster.
Adding a new antibiotic to the standard mix of drugs used to treat tuberculosis could shave at least two months off the current grueling six-month regimen, U.S. researchers said.
Recently U.S. researchers unveiled a computerised prosthetic ankle and foot that could change the lives of amputees.