News of: Thursday, 27th of September, 2007
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Bangladesh has dropped from the position of the 3rd most corrupt country to a tied position of the 7th most corrupt in this year's Transparency International (TI) world corruption perception index (CPI).
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday sued detained BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Tarique Rahman, his wife Dr Zubaida Rahman and mother-in-law Iqbalmand Banu for concealing wealth information.
Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed exchanged pleasantries with US President George W Bush at a reception hosted by the latter in New York Tuesday evening.
A teacher of North South University (NSU) was strangled to death allegedly by muggers at Gulshan in the capital on Tuesday night.
Bangladesh slid down 18 steps to the 107th position among 178 countries in terms of ease of doing business in a country, said a global survey report jointly prepared by International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the World Bank (WB).
Thousands of job seekers are crossing the age limit for appearing at Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) examinations under the Public Service Commission (PSC) as it did not invite applications for the examinations in the last two years.
The caretaker government might start the construction work of metro rail or elevated expressway before it hands over power next year, the communications adviser said yesterday.
Former communications minister Nazmul Huda and 12 others were sued on Tuesday for taking bribe.
A team of Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday arrested three top Chittagong Wasa engineers, accused in a graft case in 2004.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has started procuring 8,000 laptops for the Election Commission (EC) following the latter's proposal for preparing the voter list with photographs.
Garment workers went on the rampage at Salna in Gazipur yesterday following rumours that law enforcement agencies beat up and detained some of their colleagues.
Detained former premier Khaleda Zia yesterday expressed deep concern and shock over filing of a case against her elder son Tarique Rahman, his wife Dr Zubaida Khan Rahman and mother-in-law Syeda Iqbal Mand Banu.
Demanding release of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina, the BNP chief's adviser Brig Gen (retd) Hannan Shah yesterday said the then prime minister Khaleda had no role in awarding a contract to Gatco for container handling.
The Dhaka-Khulna highway near Kamarkhali Bazar in Modhukhali, Faridpur was barricaded yesterday for about half an hour by several hundred farmers agitating for fertiliser.
A Dhaka court yesterday closed recording deposition of prosecution witnesses in connection with an arms case filed against detained former state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar.
Students of a Chittagong college blocked the Dhaka-Chittagong Highway near the port city yesterday, protesting the death of a fellow student in a road accident the previous day.
Over 4,500 fowls were culled on Tuesday night after detection of avian influenza virus at a poultry farm of Lahoripara union in Bogra.
Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) President Manzurul Ahsan Khan yesterday rejected possibility of joining the Awami League-led 14-party alliance.
Nato and US-led troops backed up by warplanes said yesterday they had killed nearly 170 Taliban in two major battles in southern Afghanistan, while a US-led coalition soldier also died.
At least four people, including three Buddhist monks, were killed yesterday as Myanmar security forces used weapons and tear gas to crush protests that have erupted nationwide against the military junta.
Former Pakistan premier Benazir Bhutto's party fielded a presidential candidate against Pervez Musharraf yesterday, saying that the military ruler was no longer capable of tackling al-Qaeda.
Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed's address at the UN General Assembly, focusing on the disastrous consequences of climate change triggered by gas emission, is the latest reminder of the great danger that countries, including Bangladesh, are exposed to. If predictions are anything to go by, global warming, if it continues unabated, will lead to rise in sea-level and uproot 25-30 million people in Bangladesh alone!
Transport fare hike during the festive seasons, particularly during Eid holidays, has been a regular phenomenon for years. From this standpoint, we welcome the declaration by transport owners that they would not charge fares beyond what the government has fixed. It is heartening to learn that in the government sector Chairman of BRTC has said that stern action would be taken against any bus operator found guilty of charging fares higher than what has been fixed.
In a corner of our club at Jahangirnagar University (JU), some of us sit together to gossip. This informal meeting takes place almost everyday from 7 pm to 10 pm, covering all aspects of our lives and the society that we live in.
We are again observing labour unrest in many ready-made garments (RMG) factories this year as well. Last year, around May-June, we had noticed disagreements between workers and management in number of RMG factories on issues like low pay scale, working environment, etc. At one point of time, the disagreements and dissatisfaction turned into violence and pandemonium.
Mr. "A" is a teacher of mathematics in a government high school situated in the heart of a district town. He joined the teaching profession in 1994. Now, he lives in his own home built with a large sum of money earned from private tutoring. He starts his day with the first batch at dawn, and carries on with private teaching till evening. He has a lot of batches, each comprising thirty to forty, or at times fifty, students. He receives Taka five hundred from each student in exchange for the light labour done only three days a week.
Police battled to contain surging crowds wild-ly celebrating the return home Wednesday of the Indian team after lifting the inaugural Twenty20 world title against Pakistan.
For once, please look at the bigger picture, the greater good. It will be much less troublesome if the three clubs, who are holding back their relegation play-off matches, comply with the authorities.
Pakistan deployed dozens of police officers including elite commandos as the South African cricket team arrived here Wednesday for a month-long tour of the country.
Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik said on Wednesday that his young team can transform their Twenty20 form into success in the forthcoming Test series against South Africa.
Australian academy coach John Harmer withdrew his name as a hopeful for the position of Bangladesh cricket coach.
The National Sports Council (NSC) will soon start renovation works at the Bangabandhu National Stadium as per FIFA suggestions but there is no chance of rebuilding the drainage system of the ground in near future due to time constraints.
It is almost impossible not to compare Rahul Dravid with Shakespeare's Brutus, because as captain he seemed to be at war with himself. There was always an aspect to his captaincy where he wondered whether he was doing right by his players. This is the problem with an individual who by nature keeps his feelings to himself, and if he confides at all it would be to people who are close to him. But outside his family, who? Maybe if Greg Chappell, the Australian who coached India, had continued he might have helped the Karnataka lad come out in the open. That was not to be as Greg was pulled into the quagmire that Indian cricket can sometimes be.
From no-hopers to world champions - all it took was two weeks for India to traverse the journey. A new captain, a young team, and lack of experience in this format were all touted as reasons why India could not win, but these were weaknesses only on paper; out on the field, each of these turned out to be strengths: Mahendra Singh Dhoni was vibrant and positive in the field, backing his hunches at key moments; the young team added oodles of energy to fielding, while the lack of experience in playing this game freed them of excess baggage and allowed them to learn quickly and formulate customised strategies which they believed would work for them: a prime example was the decision to bat first, even as most experts suggested chasing was the way to go.
Bangladesh Special Olympics team will leave today for Shanghai to take part in the Special Olympics Summer World Games (OSWG) to be held in China from October 2-11.
Schalke 04 striker Kevin Kuranyi and Halil Altintop fired Schalke 04 into second in the Bundesliga as the Royal Blues maintained their unbeaten record with a 2-0 win over Duisburg on Tuesday.
Defending champions Germany crushed arch-rivals Norway 3-0 to storm into their second successive women's World Cup final on Wednesday.
Rafael Benitez refused to promise Fernando Torres a regular starting place despite seeing the Spaniard score his first Liverpool hat trick in their League Cup third round win at Reading.
Chelsea have been forced to deny reports that they have offered Marco Van Basten the chance to become the long-term successor to Jose Mourinho.
Michael Ballack admitted on Wednesday that he was still "a few weeks" away from a return to full fitness following two operations on his damaged ankle.
Uruguayan Rodrigo Lopez scored twice in two minutes as America thrashed fellow Mexican team Pachuca 4-1 Tuesday in the first leg of their Copa Sudamericana second round match up.
Romania's National Anti-Corruption Prosecution Office (DNA) confirmed on Wednesday they are in the process of finalising their investigation into alleged match-fixing and tax evasion in the country's league.
Chelsea's problems deepened on Tuesday when Nigerian midfielder Mikel John Obi was banned for three matches after failing in an appeal against the red card he received in Sunday's 2-0 defeat at Manchester United.
Bayern Munich manager Uli Hoeness insisted on Wednesday that German striker Lukas Podolski still has to prove himself - more than a year after joining the Bundesliga giants.
Belgian coach Eric Gerets has been called in to save struggling French giants Marseille in place of Albert Emon, the club confirmed on Tuesday night.
Arsene Wenger could barely disguise his delight after seeing his youthful second string Arsenal team knock Premier League high-fliers Newcastle out of the League Cup.
Enamul Hossain Rajib lost his eighth round match of the VI Asian Individual Chess Championship to Indonesian Grandmaster Susanto Megaratna in Cebu City in Philippines yesterday.
Sports Adviser Tapan Chowdhury and Chief of Army Staff General Moeen U Ahmed, also the chairman of the National Sports Council, congratulated Abdullah Al Rakib for becoming the fourth Grand Master in the country.
Bullet struck twice as Jirabo SC edged Dhaka Junior SC 2-1 in yesterday's Third Division Football League at the Bir Shreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur.
Bodyline CC and Altaf Cricket Foundation won their respective matches in the 3rd Division Qualifying Cricket League in the city yesterday.
Two-time UEFA Cup winners Sevilla extended their losing streak to three matches on Tuesday with a 3-2 loss at home to Espanyol.
A confident United States pit their wits against flamboyant Brazil for a place in the World Cup final on Thursday, with both sides predicting a physical and exciting game.
India's first Formula One driver, Narain Karthikeyan, said Tuesday he was in talks for the 2008 season with Dutch-based team Spyker, now owned partly by liquor baron Vijay Mallya.
The newly formed selection panel of Bangladesh Football Federation (NFF) yesterday sat at its first meeting at the BFF Bhaban.
Uttar Baridhara FC set a final clash against Kolkata Mohammedan Sporting Club in the Datta Narayan Adhikary Smrity Winners football tournament in India when the second division side from Dhaka defeated Modern Boyz Club of Shiliguri 2-0 yesterday.
Defending champions BKSP crushed Rangpur 16-0 in yesterday's Araf Apparels 21st National Youth Hockey Championship at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium.
Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who has been a perfect picture of cool and composure in the Twenty20 World Cup, today confessed that he had feared Misbah-ul-Haq's now-infamous scoop might elude S Sreesanth.
Bimstec (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectorial and Economic Cooperation) trade negotiation committee (TNC) after its 3-day deliberation reached consensus on various outstanding issues including reduction in negative list of products up to 15 percent of the total 5226 tariff lines.
Citigroup Global Markets Bangladesh Private Limited, the first-ever Bangladesh incorporated entity of Citigroup, world's leading financial conglomerate with operations in investment banking and insurance, has started merchant banking activities in Bangladesh.
India's central bank has liberalised foreign exchange norms increasing the amount local companies and mutual funds can invest overseas.
The US dollar plunged Wednesday to another all-time low against the European single currency on growing concerns over the United States economy, analysts said.
High taxes and red tape are eroding confidence in Sri Lanka, one of the worst places to do business in South Asia, a study by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) showed Wednesday.
World Bank President Robert Zoellick on Tuesday assured Dhaka of their support further for various development projects of Bangladesh.
Singapore once again topped the World Bank's ranks for the best place in the world to do business, and Egypt is the leader in reforms to invite more business, the World Bank said Tuesday.
Russia could emerge as an attractive market for Bangladesh's ready made garments (RMG) as the Russian buyers showed huge interest in the item at a recent textile fair in Moscow.
A weeklong international trade show to be participated by women entrepreneurs will begin in Dhaka from September 29, says a press release.
Garisan Etika Bangladesh Ltd is going to set up a 50MW power plant in the Adamjee Export Processing Zone (EPZ) to ease the power crisis of the EPZ and surrounding area.
The decline in the US dollar is causing concern to the Gulf states whose currencies are pegged to the US unit, prompting calls for revaluation of the currency.
Saudi Arabia's new labour law for its seven million strong foreign work force, majority of whom are Indians, offers better working conditions like increased leave and higher end-of-term benefits.
The Indian stock market hit a record high Wednesday, vaulting over the key 17,000-point level amid optimism high economic growth will deliver big corporate profits and lure more investors.
In a bid to boost its capacity, Italy-Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce & industry (IBCCI) organised a chamber management workshop on Sunday in Dhaka, says a press release.
Bangladesh Bank yesterday asked all commercial banks to keep their branches open on Saturday (Sept 29) to facilitate the collection of government revenue.
The European Central Bank said Wednesday it would inject 50 billion euros (70 billion dollars) into euro money markets via a regular long-term liquidity tender.
Six major NGOs have drawn up one-and-a-half-month countrywide programmes to observe the International Right to Know Day with a view to promoting the right to information as a fundamental right and reiterating the demand for enactment of a law in this regard.
Eleven Bangladeshi workers who went to Malaysia in April for job but faced extreme suffering returned to Dhaka by a flight of Bangladesh Biman Airlines on Tuesday night.
Domestic Workers' Rights Network (DWRN), an alliance of 13 rights organisation, at a roundtable yesterday demanded the government recognise the domestic workers as labourers and bring them under the purview of labour law.
A total of 50 cultural personalities yesterday demanded release of Awami League President Sheikh Hasina before Eid-ul-Fitr, says a press release.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov who leads the Russian delegation to the UN General Assembly session said Moscow was keen to expand cooperation with Dhaka in bilateral areas as well as in the international arena.
A total of 12 organisations formed a National Watch Group on September 25 for re-establishing the rights of disadvantaged children especially those of the sex workers.
Secretary of Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB) yesterday visited Chittagong to investigate into the sale of damaged sugar at different points in the port city by the TCB.
A number of former teachers of Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday demanded immediate release of all detained teachers and students of the university, who were arrested over the violent clashes on and around the RU campus that spread from the Dhaka University in the last week of August.
A mobile court in the port city yesterday fined Misti Mela Food Products Tk 2 lakh and sentenced its manager to one month's imprisonment for using rotten ingredients in Iftar items.
YKK Bangladesh Pte Ltd, a renowned zipper manufacturing company situated in Dhaka Export Processing Zone (DEPZ), arranged a free medical service at Mohadevpur Union Degree College in Manikganj Tuesday, says a press release.
The Chief of Army Staff General Moeen U Ahmed hosted an Iftar party in honour of the injured freedom fighters at Senakunja at Dhaka Cantonment yesterday, says an ISPR press release.
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) organises a workshop titled 'Landfill Operation Workshop' at Matuail landfill site in Dhaka today, says a press release.
Metropolitan Magistrate Muhammad Salehuddin yesterday issued arrest warrants against the editor, executive editor and a reporter of the daily Nowroj after a judge filed a defamation case against them.
The World Tourism Day will be observed today in the country, as elsewhere in the world, celebrating women's achievement in tourism sector.
At least two people were killed and three others injured in a road accident on Dhaka-Bogra highway near Ghurka-Dadpur bridge at Raiganj upazila in Sirajganj yesterday.
Impress Telefilm, the leading producer of telefilms and entertainment programmes and Interface Communications, a renowned PR and marketing support organisation, signed an agreement yesterday to appoint Interface Communications as the sole distributor of Impress Telefilm's full-length Bangla films, telefilms and other programmes for screening as in-flight entertainment of different airlines, says a press release.
Unilever Bangladesh Limited will launch its nationwide campaign titled 'Shaada Moner Manush', in search of the white soul, says a press release.
Jalal Ahmed took over the office as the chairman of Bangladesh Oil, Gas and Mineral Corporation (Petrobangla) on Monday, says a press release.
Majority BNP leaders in Patuakhalia have expressed their support to the party's new secretary general Khondokar Delwar Hossain, some front ranking leaders in the district committee claimed.
Ambassador of the Republic of Korea Park Suk Bum yesterday expressed his satisfaction over preparation of electoral roll with photograph and issuance of National ID cards in Mymensingh Sadar upazila.
A staggering 12 lakh people of some 29 lakh population in Brahmanbaria district are carrying tuberculosis (TB) germ, said speakers at a roundtable conference Tuesday.
A high level team from the Chief Election Commissioner's office if expected to arrive Khulna today or tomorrow to probe the allegation of enrollment of some Indian nationals on the new voter list.
The Barisal district branch of Bangladesh Puja Udjapon Parishad, has decided to curtail expenditures for observance of Durga Puja, the main religious festival of the Bengali Hindu community, as a gesture of charity to the flood victims.
Workers of laid-off Platinum Jubilee Jute Mills (PJJM) postponed their agitation programme following assurance by the mill management to withdraw the lay-off notice by Tuesday or Wednesday next.
Influential land grabbers are allegedly trying to grab land of a poor speech impaired man belonging to Hindu community at Tentultala village in Shibpur union under Sadar upazila.
A former executive engineer of Gaibandha Pourasabha who was sued for cheating has been sent to jail on surrender before the sessions judge court here yesterday.
The European Union yesterday began drawing up new sanctions against the Myanmar regime, following a police and military crackdown on peaceful protests led by Buddhist monks in Yangon.
Nepal's Maoists have accused the country's armed forces of plotting a coup aimed at preventing the abolition of the embattled Himalayan monarchy.
The Islamist Hamas movement ruling Gaza called on Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries yesterday to stay away from a US-sponsored Middle East peace meeting expected in November.
Eleven suspected Muslim militants and a policeman were killed in gunbattles in Indian Kashmir, police said yesterday.
Sleaze is hobbling the recovery of war-ravaged countries like Iraq and Somalia, which joined Myanmar among states perceived as the world's most corrupt, an anti-graft watchdog reported yesterday.
Iraq was rocked by powerful car and suicide bombings for a third straight day yesterday, with blasts and shootings in the north of the country killing at least 27 people and wounding dozens, officials said.
New Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda was ceremonially sworn into office yesterday as he headed toward a showdown with the resurgent opposition amid growing calls for snap elections.
The chief US nuclear negotiator yesterday expressed hope North Korea will disable its nuclear programmes by the end of the year, a day before a fresh round of disarmament talks kick off in Beijing.
Pakistan's government yesterday condemned ex-premier Benazir Bhutto for saying she would let the UN quiz the disgraced father of the country's nuclear bomb if she regained power.
Arts & Entertainment
A photo exhibition titled “Majority World Photographs” opened at the Drik Gallery, Dhanmondi on September 25.
October 1 marks the 8th anniversary of Channel i. To celebrate the occasion, Channel i has chalked out special programmes starting from today.
Written, directed and hosted by Tanveer Hossain Probal, Ekushey TV's new live show Nishikutum will be aired tonight at 8:30 pm. Audiences can take part in this interactive one-hour show through phone calls.
Drama serial “111 a Nelson Number” will be aired tonight on ntv at 9:45pm. Written by Sirajul Islam, actor Ferdous is the producer and Nayeem Imtiaz Neyamul is the director of the serial.
Hindi feature film “Eklavya”, a tale of mystery and action against the backdrop of a royal family, has been chosen as India's official entry for the Oscars in the best foreign film category.
Every year, the United Nations celebrates World Tourism Day on September 27. This year the theme of the day is "Tourism opens doors for women." The theme means that tourism is a sector of the economy that not only employs significant numbers of women, but also provides enormous opportunities for their advancement.
The principle challenge facing Bangladesh today is the escalating prices of essentials, be it rice, wheat, daal, edible oil, chola, onions, brinjals, green chillies, other vegetables, beef, mutton, in fact almost everything. Almost 90 percent of the people are affected by it, 50 percent of us very severely. There continues to be a lot of debate on the causes, but very little concerted action to remedy the situation.
Since the foundation of Bangladesh, the aviation industry has been choked. Air travel in Bangladesh, by default or design, is limited to only a small segment of society because of the sky-high fares. The General Sales Tax, airport tax, Civil Aviation landing/ parking rates, and protection to our national carrier Biman Bangladesh Airlines are the main factors that literally not only stopped the growth of the aviation industry in Bangladesh, but also badly affected economic growth.