News of: Monday, 24th of September, 2007
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) will question eight former ministers, including M Saifur Rahman, Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan and Matiur Rahman Nizami tomorrow in connection with a graft case filed against detained former prime minister and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) ATM Shamsul Huda yesterday said the ongoing state of emergency must be relaxed by the end of this year in areas where local government elections are planned from January.
The caretaker government is looking to form a national constitutional council to ensure appointments to constitutional posts are made in a transparent manner.
Around 200 fishermen of 15 fishing boats that went down in the turbulent Bay of Bengal Thursday are still missing while loading and unloading of goods at Mongla Port remain suspended for two days due to bad weather.
The Supreme Court yesterday granted the applications by the condemned prisoners in the Bangabandhu murder case seeking leave-to-appeal against their death sentences.
Dhaka is looking to cut bilateral telecom tariffs by 25 to 30 percent with Saarc countries, despite existing mechanisms allowing for tariffs to be cut as high as 50 percent.
The government may consider releasing arrested businessmen if they disclose their ill-gotten wealth and agree to hand those over to government.
Six financial institutions including three foreign ones have submitted expression of interest (EoI) for purchasing majority shares of Oriental Bank Ltd (OBL).
Trial of six detained Rajshahi University (RU) teachers for violating emergency power rules began at the Metropolitan Magistrate's Court for Speedy Trial in Rajshahi yesterday.
Both groups of BNP leaders led by Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan and Khandaker Delwar Hossain have claimed the party's unity under their leadership and accused each other of creating confusion among the party men and people.
Dhaka Phone, a privately owned public switched telephone network (land phone), launched its services in Dhaka yesterday, with an eye to adding 25,000 subscribers in the capital in next three months.
The demonstrating workers of Nassa Mainland, a factory owned by Nassa Group, have agreed to return to their work from today after the factory authorities agreed yesterday to fulfil some of the workers' demands.
India and Pakistan aim to provide the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 Championship with an exciting climax when they meet in the final in Johannesburg today.
Amid strict monitoring of the capital's kitchen markets by law enforcing agencies, prices of essentials still fluctuated in rapid successions on both wholesale and retail markets in the last few days.
Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed arrived in New York yesterday on an official visit to attend the 62nd session of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
National Board of Revenue (NBR) yesterday filed separate cases against former state minister for LGRD and cooperatives Ziaul Haq Zia and his wife for concealing wealth information and dodging tax.
A Kushtia court yesterday sentenced nine activists of "Allahr Dal" to five years' rigorous imprisonment in a case filed in connection with carrying out militant activities.
Over 300 workers of Alim Jute Mills yesterday held a sit-in to protest the authorities' decision to suspend operations of the factory.
A Chittagong court yesterday re-fixed October 17 for framing charge against former BNP state minister Mir Mohammad Nasir Uddin and his son barrister Mir Mohammad Helal Uddin in two separate tax evasion cases.
Former BNP lawmaker Sohrab Uddin and four others were sued yesterday for extortion.
Emboldened after a march to see Myanmar's democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, 20,000 people led by Buddhist monks yesterday launched the biggest challenge against military rule in nearly two decades.
Iran bluntly warned the West yesterday against launching an attack after a defiant display of its military prowess, including a new longer-range missile that could reach Israel.
Workers taking to the streets on Saturday at Tejgaon industrial area, going on a rampage, damaging 20 factories and torching a bus were no doubt highly reprehensible but given its origins in demands for an increase in Iftar allowance and Eid bonus the matter sounded avoidable through timely dialogue and negotiations.
Bangladesh cricket team has come back from the much-hyped ICC World Twenty20 Championship in South Africa with no feather added to its cap. Except for a few flashes of individual brilliance, the performance as a team was anything but lacklustre, especially when a tournament like Twenty20 demands the very best in all the departments. By ensuring a well-fought six-wicket victory over West Indies, Bangladesh reached the second round in style, thus raising hope in the minds of the countrymen. And this needs to be mentioned that the Bangladesh team captain Ashraful had even etched his name in the history book by scoring the fastest fifty in that match (which was however broken later by Yuvraj Singh of India). Nevertheless, the general feeling among the cricket pundits was that the young side would add the expected spice to the tournament. Unfortunately, it was not to come.
On September 11, Law Adviser Mainul Hosein told reporters that the government was considering enacting a new law -- a "plea bargain" for an accused criminal in exchange for a reduced penalty. Such a practice existed as early as 1633, when Galileo was given house arrest by the Inquisition in exchange for reciting penitential psalms weekly and recanting Copernican heresies.
When a coalition begins to melt, its partners subtly, if not silently, begin to shift their public agenda from common concern to individual need. The debate over the bridge built by Lord Ram between the Tamil coast and Sri Lanka is hardly new. A year ago, the supreme leader of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, Mr. M.K. Karunanidhi, would not have fractured sensibilities nationwide with intemperate, unacceptable remarks about Lord Ram, revered and worshipped by Hindus as the paradigm of virtue.
The young guns of India and Pakistan will square off in a dream final of the ICC World Twenty20 Championship Monday at the culmination of the exciting tournament.
India's fairy-tale continues. In a tournament in which few gave them a chance, they have now played three successive high-quality games, each performance a little better than the previous one. The latest one on Saturday means we are in for a mouth-watering Monday-afternoon finale, with India taking on Pakistan to decide who will be called the World Twenty20 champions.
Pakistan cricket great Wasim Akram is expecting an "explosive" World Twenty20 Championship final on Monday between traditional South Asian rivals India and Pakistan.
Bangladesh cricket team returned home last night after a 26-day tour of Africa.
The national football squad will play their first warm-up match tomorrow after a three-week physical training programme in Cox's Bazar when they take on a local eleven.
Emmanuel Adebayor scored a hat-trick as Arse-nal turned up the heat on their Premier League title rivals with a 5-0 thrashing of Derby at The Emirates stadium on Saturday.
Jose Mourinho's relationship with John Terry has broken down completely over the Chelsea and England captain's central role in his departure from Stamford Bridge last week.
Barcelona celebrated the 50th anniversary of their Camp Nou Stadium on Saturday and Argentine sensation Lionel Messi ensured the party continued all night scoring twice to sink title rivals Sevilla 2-1.
AC Milan continued their early season stumble through Serie A with a disappointing 1-1 draw at home to Parma on Saturday.
Mark Viduka scored twice on his return from injury as Newcastle turned on the style to beat West Ham 3-1 at St James' Park on Sunday.
Ronaldinho's love of the good life was the target of criticism by the media here Sunday after he missed Saturday's win over Sevilla.
British architect Norman Foster on Saturday unveiled his proposal to remodel Barcelona's famed Camp Nou stadium inspired on the colourful works by the late Catalan architect Antonio Gaudi.
Manchester City's Danish Under 21 international goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has been rewarded for his impressive form with the Premiership high flyers in the shape of a new four year deal.
A confident Mahendra Singh Dhoni praised his bowlers for the fantastic win against Australia which has put India in the final of the ICC World Twenty20. Dhoni also lauded the team spirit in the camp, saying the entire squad was enjoying themselves in the field, and playing hard, but with little pressure of expectation.
India's achievement in winning the cracker of a semifinal -- and ensuring that there will be one world trophy without Australia's name on it -- can hardly be overstated. Or can it? Were there signs of weakness in the Australian team from the start?
Enamul Hossain Rajib held on to the third place in the VI Asian Individual Chess Championships when the Bangladeshi International Master drew with local Grandmaster Antonio Rogelio Junior in Cebu City, Philippines yesterday.
Indian fast bowler Sreesanth has been fined 25 per cent of his match fee for excessive appealing during India's semi-final victory against Australia in Durban. In addition, the Indian team has been fined for it's slow over rate, having being found one over short in the allocated time.
After a two-year gap, the Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) revives the National Youth Hockey Championship, which begins today in Dhaka.
Russian Maria Kirilenko won her second WTA singles title with a 6-0, 6-2 hammering of Mariya Koryttseva at the 175,000-dollar Sunfeast Open here Sunday.
Youssouf Hadji took another step away from the limelight of his older brother Mustapha with two late headers to keep Nancy top of the French first division on Saturday.
Striker Hugo Almeida hit two goals in 54 seconds on Saturday as Werder Bremen beat Bundesliga champions VfB Stuttgart 4-1, while Hertha Berlin took a temporary lead at the top of the table.
Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing denied a report from an Italian sports website that said he would make an offer to buy Inter Milan, a spokeswoman for the tycoon said Sunday.
Hertha Berlin coach Lucien Favre was a happy man on Sunday after his side picked up their third-straight win by beating Borussia Dortmund and get amongst the Bundesliga's title contenders.
Norway sent hosts China packing and Brazil did the same to Australia as they clinched their places in the women's World Cup semifinals on Sunday.
Energie Cottbus, winless this season after six matches and lying bottom of the Bundesliga, have sacked their manager Petrik Sander.
Bangladesh will offer to cut the number of items it wants to protect from tariff reductions at trade negotiations with Bimstec countries to be held in Dhaka today.
Handloom weavers are facing huge losses in the crucial Eid-ul-Fitr sales period as production has been shutdown for over a month due to the devastating floods.
The government's net borrowing from banking sector reduced to Tk 326 crore from July to the first week of September this fiscal.
When synthetics crowded out the demand for jute in international markets in the 70s, Bangladesh's 'golden fibre' jute was believed to have been extinct. It was for a while until recently when demand for jute resurfaced in the global market, particularly in light of the environment-friendly and renewable nature of the product. A surge in global demand resuscitated exports of jute, both raw and products, from Bangladesh. Export of these two items increased by 120 percent and 40 percent respectively over the last six years. Availability of superior grades of jute makes Bangladesh well placed to enter and compete in export markets for high value-added and price-competitive jute products.
Sri Lanka needs to slash state spending and contain the budget deficit, the International Monetary Fund said Sunday, warning that the island's debt exceeds gross national production.
After having earned an estimated 90 billion won from an illegal price colluding scheme, South Korea's industrial motor makers Hyosung Power & Industrial Systems PG and Hyundai Heavy Industries Co were fined a combined 4.9 billion won ($5.3 million) the Fair Trade Commission has said.
Popular Pharmaceuticals Limited (PPL) has recently signed a contract for exclusive marketing and distribution of world renowned brands of Merck KGaA, Germany in the field of advanced cardiology and anticancer therapy, says a press release.
Bank Asia Limited yesterday relocated its Scotia Branch from its old location at Rangs Bhaban on Bijoy Sarani to 32 Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue in Dhaka, according to a press release.
KFC Gulshan has announced a meal in a box for Iftar during the Ramadan at Tk195 (inclusive of VAT), says a press release.
Thailand's both exports and imports hit historic highs last month, with exports growing 17.9 percent year on year to US$13.91 billion (Bt464 billion) and imports up 14 per cent to $13.14 billion. The official figures were provided on Friday by the commerce ministry.
India has launched a major drive to step up exports of agricultural and processed food products to the Gulf countries and attract investment in the sector.
The fall in the value of the dollar against the euro is gathering pace, creating some advantages but also serious difficulties on both sides of the Atlantic, analysts say.
Ambitious plans for big Wi-Fi networks to provide free or low-cost wireless Internet access are being abandoned or scaled back by US cities as the economics of the deals turn out to be more challenging than expected.
Local government experts and leaders at a workshop yesterday urged the government to authorise the local government institutions to realise taxes and prepare village-based development planning.
Inefficient traffic administration in the city causes severe traffic congestion which must be solved in an integrated way, said the speakers at a roundtable yesterday.
At long last, a court allowed private custodian for Jharna, a poor child, recently ending her four months' virtual jail life in the name of safe custody.
At least six people were killed and 50 others injured in separate road accidents in Gaibandha and Comilla yesterday.
Different trade and rights organisations yesterday expressed grave concern over the tension that shrouded the garment sector after Saturday's vandalism by RMG workers and demanded the owners pay the bonus and arrears of the workers immediately.
With a view to highlighting child issues and recognising the importance of children, Meena Day will be celebrated across the country today, says a press release.
Swedish, Danish and Norwegian Ambassadors will visit Bogra today to observe the voter registration activities, according to the District Election Office (DEO).
Bangladesh Chhatra Union (BCU) and its different wings yesterday condemned the fresh remand of its leader Manabendra Dev and demanded his immediate release, says a press release.
US chapters of BNP and Awami League (AL) will stage demonstrations in front of the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York on September 27 when Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed will address the 62nd session of the UN General Assembly.
The plaque of Globeleq-Ibrahim General Hospital was unveiled at Kaliganj under Sonargaon upazila in Narayanganj yesterday.
Police in separate drives arrested 3,697 people on various charges across the country in last 72 hours ending at 6:00am yesterday.
Police recovered the body of an unidentified youth from the National Botanical Garden in the city yesterday.
Nari O Manabadhikar Foundation (NAMAF), an alliance of women rights organisations, will organise different programmes in different districts to mark the 'Child Rights Week 2007' that begins today.
Sangbadik-Sramik-Karmochari Oikya Parishad (SSKOP) has expressed deep concern over the situation prevailing in The Daily Ittefaq, says a press release.
A housewife was slaughtered in front of her two minor children in Keraniganj on the outskirts of the capital yesterday.
Fazal M Kamal, a former editor of the Holiday and the Bangladesh Times, yesterday joined bdnews24.com as executive director for News and Public Affairs, says a press release.
Bangladesh Trade Union Centre (BTUC) yesterday condemned the vandalism unleashed by the workers at different garment factories at Tejgaon in the city on Saturday, says a press release.
Dhaka-bound trains Padma Express from Rajshahi and Sundarban Express from Khulna started operating up to Dhaka Cantonment Railway Station since Saturday as the setting up of dual-gauge rail-line up to the station had been completed, says a press release.
The inaugural ceremony of the English Language Laboratory of Daffodil International University (DIU) was held on September 22, says a press release.
More than 500 agriculturists of Agriculturists' Association of Bangladesh (AAB) yesterday demanded immediate release of Khaleda Zia, says a press release.
Dr Mohabbat Ali, former professor of Chemistry department at Dhaka University (DU), passed away due to old age complications at his son's residence at BCSIR Officers' Quarter in the city on Saturday at the age of 88, says a press release.
East West University (EWU) yesterday handed over Tk 25000 to each of the families of six victims who were burnt alive in a fire on the university campus on February 21, 2006, says a press release.
Eleven Jubo League and Chhatra League leaders and activists have been chargesheeted in BNP leader Habibullah murder case.
Cultivation of prawn in sweet water is expanding in different areas of Satkhira district as it is environment friendly and also more profitable than shrimp cultivation in saline water.
The family of a forest officer did not get the pension money 12 years after his death.
People of Arpara and adjoining areas in Kaliganj upazila in Jhenidah district are paying through the nose as drug traders have ganged up in the village allegedly under police protection and are running their profitable illegal business.
Police are yet to trace out businessman Mozaffar Ahmed, who was allegedly abducted on September 9 from Agrabad CDA residential area.
A father and his son were killed and his wife was injured in a road accident yesterday at Baro Bazar on Jhenidah-Jessore highway in Kaligong upazila in Jhenidah district.
Three prosecution witnesses were cross-examined yesterday in the relief goods misappropriation case against former BNP lawmaker Shafi Ahmed Chowdhury.
Deposition of prosecution witnesses (PWs) in one of the two cases filed in connection with grenade attack on British High Commissioner Anwar Chowdhury will resume at the Sylhet Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal tomorrow, court sources said.
Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested two persons while extorting illegal toll from fruit traders at a market in Palashbari here, police said.
The Rajshahi University (RU) authorities will begin distribution of forms for admission into first year honours classes for the 2007-08 academic session today, campus sources said.
It is reported that most of our tubewells in the flood affected areas have gone under water and there is an acute shortage of drinking water.
It is a fact that once the strongest pillar of the Bangladesh economy is now sinking fast and will soon become a part of history. There is a big conspiracy behind this sector's total destruction in Bangladesh whereas its neighbour i.e. India and even Napal are constructing new jute factories. In India old and closed factories are revived with raw jute being supplied from Bangladesh. The closure of the biggest factory in Asia i.e. Adamjee and then subsequent closure of factories in Khulna and other places is bringing unemployment and poverty to thousands of families.
It was quite astonishing for me to read in the magazine “Bloomberg Markets” about the existence of inhuman slavery still today in this modern civilised world. It was an investigative story in Latin American countries like Brazil and Peru where people worked in timber, charcoal or gold mines without any wage and just for food. They work so hard and suffer from diseases like TB, malaria in Amazonian forests and in unhygienic gold mines in Peru that many of them embraced death at their early age. There is no authority to look into this matter. Even the countries which boast of humanity and are beneficiaries of these mines, especially the USA, are not aware of the situation.
It is unfortunate that the Pakistani politicians are consistently reducing the options before President Gen. Pervez Musharraf. Once the political crisis almost forced Musharraf to declare emergency but he retraced his decision to clamp emergency so as to offer as much freedom as it is desirable for Pakistan, though the opposition leaders, cutting across the political divide, are out to destabilise the already fragile state.
I was surprised by your use of the word "foot overbridge". I wonder if this is the proper terminology.
I am a resident of Road no 30, Gulshan 1. Recently the caretaker government took the good initiative of protecting the Gulshan Lake by erecting walking pathways on both sides of the lake. Accordingly, the work has started on Gulshan 1 Lake from next to Warid Telecom Office up to the Mohakhali Road on both sides of the lake.
The frequency of robberies in the country is rising at an alarming rate. The police resources are not enough (plus poor service conditions).
Politics has gone for a walk in the woods. Where? In Bangladesh? Yes, and in other places too. The 21st century is slowly, but firmly, keeping its promise to change the shape of things that we were used to in the previous centuries. Politicians all over the world either cautioned their citizens about the ferocity of changes that this century would bring or promised a "Brave New World".
Please refer to Syed Badrul Ahsan's review published in The Daily Star of 8 September 2007 of K.M. Shehabuddin's book “There and Back Again. A Diplomat's Tale”. It has only recently been brought to my notice and therefore, this rejoinder.
One of the most shocking terrorist attacks was launched on 9/11. This attack, by the Islamic militants, not only took many innocent lives but also created a huge barrier for Muslim students to getting access to higher education in the US. That is, they are deprived of higher education in the US and also in many other parts of the world.
At present, our National Working Hours (NWH) is 8 x 5= 40 hours per week. To speed up our development, we should increase the NWH and ensure complete utilistion of manpower. By increasing working hours, we can ensure massive participation in developmental works that will simultaneously remove unemployment problem and develop the country. The NWH could be increased to 12 hours per day (i.e. 12 x 5= 60 hours per week) where the workers and employees will work in two shifts. Each of the shifts will be of 6 hours (8:00am to 2:00pm and 2:00pm to 8:00pm). Such schedule may offer many advantages like-
Many readers write in your daily expressing their concern about the ailing national career, Biman Bangladesh Airlines. The common feeling is that Biman should be turned into a profit-making airline. But how? One point that has never come up for discussion is that Biman has lost its goodwill in aviation market. In business if your goodwill and prestige is destroyed you stand nowhere. Biman's reputation in business deals with aircraft suppliers has eroded so badly that no one is willing to come forward and help. In the last decade or so, Biman has floated on several occasions tenders for strategic partners and aircraft lease/charter but the response has been very poor. This is ample proof that Biman has lost its creditability in the aviation industry. This is not the end. The story goes that on many occasions Biman even failed to pay on time handling charges at overseas airports and its flights were barred from taking off till the dues were cleared.
The low investment, low technology and labour intensive garments industry has developed tremendously well in the last two decades in Bangladesh. Huge demand of production ingredients like, knit & woven fabric, button, jeepers, level and packing materials, created scope for backward linkage industrial units. A good number of industrial units have been set up by the sponsors in the last couple of years to cater to the demand of the garments industry, especially yarn producing spinning factories, fabric producing factories, processing, dying and washing plants have come up and created jobs for the people. But these backward linkage industrial units are confronting shortage of technical experts in textile technology.
It is true that most of the people are happy with the present caretaker government's anti-corruption drive and various measures taken to curb crime. Nevertheless, it is also true that an interim government like the present one cannot be a total & complete solution of the problem Bangladesh is riddled with.
Bangladesh has had a good record in a number of macroeconomic indicators, but alas, when it comes to attracting large-scale investment, its record is wretched. So far, Bangladesh has been experimenting with Export Processing Zones for quite some time to attract investment. The county has had some success in attracting small-scale investments, mainly in the textile sector. The largest investment has been the construction of the fertiliser factory on the banks of the river Karnaphuli. Other than that, no other company made any significant investment. Recently, some large international companies have shown keen interest to invest in Bangladesh, but an apathetic attitude by the government has discouraged a number of those investors. Something needs to be done to encourage large-scale investment in Bangladesh, and the only way to do so seems to be the establishment of a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Bangladesh. Large-scale investment can help in employing a large number of people, establish ancillary industries, increase economic growth and provide new technology to Bangladesh.
The students of many schools and colleges are totally dependent on coaching centres. This is a bad sign for our future education. The guardians of the students are seen to admit their children in the coaching centres. The guardians should realise what the real purpose of education is.
Today's fascination with market economy has created dominating and dominated economies and weak economies are being trapped in the process of marginalisation. No country is economically safe in the face of stiff competition. So it is imperative to become proactive or reactive or at least protective, but protective strategy will no longer be effective. Protective economies that are lagging behind the race of economic integration are becoming more vulnerable to dominating economies. In this scenario of world economy, a country like Bangladesh should be strategically solvent and it's a ray of hope that the New York based Investment Banking Organisation Goldman Sachs has rated Bangladesh as one of the Next Eleven potential countries after Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC) which will influence the world economy.
A Pakistani opposition leader yesterday accused President Pervez Musharraf of trying to crush dissent after police held dozens of people who vowed to protest against the military ruler's re-election.
Sri Lanka offered yesterday to halt major military operations against Tamil separatists in exchange for peace talks following intense international censure.
As protests intensify against the military generals in Myanmar, world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly are expected to push the ruling junta to adopt democratic reforms.
Iraqi investigators have a videotape that shows Blackwater USA guards opened fire against civilians without provocation in a shooting last week that left 11 people dead, a senior Iraqi official said Saturday. He said the case was referred to the Iraqi judiciary.
Six years after the fall of the Taliban, the fighting in Afghanistan is growing more intense but so is talk of peace.
The commander of US military forces in the Middle East does not believe current tensions with Iran will lead to war and urges for greater emphasis on dialogue and diplomacy.
The terrorist risk for France is at a new high following threats last week from al-Qaeda and a failed suicide attack on French nationals in Algeria, the country's senior police officer said yesterday.
A high-level meeting on Iraq ended here Saturday with support for a bigger UN role in the war-scarred country but acknowledgment that this would require greater improvement in the security situation.
The Israeli Cabinet voted overwhelmingly on Sunday to release 90 Palestinian prisoners in an effort to shore up the moderate Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, in his power struggle with Islamic Hamas militants.
Former President Alberto Fujimori returned to Peru on Saturday to face charges of corruption and sanctioning death-squad killings, a grim homecoming for the strongman who fled the country seven years ago as his government collapsed in scandal.
The White House will ask Congress next week to approve another massive spending measure for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan totalling nearly 200 billion dollars, The Los Angeles Times reported on its website late Saturday.
The veteran moderate Yasuo Fukuda easily won election as Japan's ruling party president Sunday, pledging to keep a pro-US foreign policy and improve ties with Asia after he almost certainly becomes prime minister later this week.
Serbia will offer full autonomy, or "independence within Serbia," to the breakaway southern province of Kosovo during face-to-face talks this week in New York, a report said yesterday.
France will chair a UN Security Council meeting tomorrow aiming to hasten the deployment of a UN-European Union force to the Central African Republic and Chad that would protect civilian victims of the conflict in neighbouring Darfur.
The world must act now to keep alive the prospects of a two-state solution in the Middle East or see the opportunity disappear, Britain's Foreign Secretary David Miliband said yesterday.
Fighting between two rival groups over a business dispute yesterday left at least nine people dead and 12 others injured in a Pakistani tribal area bordering Afghanistan, officials said.
A Pakistani opposition leader held after vowing to lead protests against President Pervez Musharraf's re-election said yesterday that he would challenge his "illegal" detention in court.
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will fly to France and Britain in late October for meetings with the countries' leaders ahead of a Middle East peace conference, a senior Israeli official said yesterday.
The United States is "watching very carefully" the rising protests for democracy in Myanmar, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said yesterday, calling the Southeast Asian state's ruling military junta "brutal."
Criminal gangs are trafficking hundreds of children into Britain and forcing them to work in cannabis factories, with at least one child per week being found by police, a report said yesterday.
Spain said yesterday it had signed a "permanent cooperation agreement" with the United States to boost the fight against terrorism and prevent attacks.
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Golam Ranni Biplob's award-wining film Swapnodanay (On the Wings of Dreams) is going to be screening at 43rd Chicago International Film Festival 2007, to be held from October 4 to 17, says a press release.
The 300 year-old Gur Pukur Mela started recently with devotees paying homage to the goddess Manasa at Palashpole in Satkhira town. However, many believe that the mela has lost some of its appeal.
Drama serial Hitlu will be aired tonight at 8:30pm on Ekushey TV. Written by Iraj Ahmed, the serial is jointly directed by Abida Nasreen and Russell O'Neil and Ashraful Alam Ripon.
There is no stopping the 84-year-old “evergreen” hero of Bollywood -- Dev Anand. After being an actor for decades and then turning to direction, Dev Anand has now focused to writing a book: his autobiography.
The ongoing debate on the corruption and political mismanagement in Bangladesh seems to have generated a consensus on the need for reforms. Various ideas have cropped up in different discussions. Like in the past, the politicians have managed to be at the forefront of all reform issues. After months of private discourses, they came up with a theory which became known to the public as "Minus Two Formula," meaning to deprive the two leaders of the two leading political parties of their leadership, as if they were the only two persons responsible for all the chaos.
In Bangladesh, 12,000 women die needlessly every year as a result of the complications of pregnancy and childbirth. We have the knowledge and technology to prevent most of these deaths. Progress has been made in reducing maternal deaths in Bangladesh, but it needs to be faster and it needs to benefit more poor people.
Individual assessees are required to pay income tax on their total income and submit their tax return within September 30 each year. Every year, the government brings changes in tax laws and promulgates those changes through finance bill/finance ordinance. The changes made in tax laws this year were also published through the finance ordinance-2007.
Acute water crisis gripped old part of Dhaka with the advent of Ramadan making life of people miserable.
The main thoroughfare and surrounding areas of Karwan Bazar, one of the busiest commercial hubs in the city, remain unnecessarily congested with hundreds of vehicles parked there haphazardly while the designated car parking for the area is left unutilised.
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