News of: Friday, 5th of October, 2007
The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday stayed a recent High Court (HC) order for granting bail to detained former prime minister and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in a graft case regarding awarding Gatco a contract.
A three-member team of the anti-graft national taskforce yesterday quizzed former prime minister Khaleda Zia at sub-jail about her wealth statement submitted to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).
The Anti-corruption Commission (ACC) published the fourth list of graft suspects yesterday, comprising 35 people including 11 former BNP legislators, five former Awami League lawmakers, a former Jatiya Party MP and five bureaucrats.
Dhaka believes the suspension of the recruitment of Bangladeshi workers is temporary and looks forward to seeing the withdrawal of the decision by Kuala Lumpur soon, said M Khairuzzaman, Bangladesh high commissioner to Kuala Lumpur, while talking to Malaysian newspaper The Star.
Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday reiterated that the next general election would be held by December 2008.
Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) has termed the NGOs of the country a mid-level corrupt sector and recommended forming an independent NGO commission to oversee their activities.
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced Harris Chowdhury, political secretary to former prime minister Khaleda Zia, to three years' simple imprisonment for possession of huge foreign currencies.
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) ATM Shamsul Huda yesterday said the Election Commission (EC) is not frustrated with the political parties and it is to them that the EC owes its existence.
A crucial hearing on an appeal by a US rights group for withdrawal of the US Generalised System of Preference (GSP) for Bangladeshi products was due to begin yesterday with Dhaka hoping that Washington would not discontinue the GSP facilities.
Bangladesh has made a strong case for senior positions at the headquarters and field-level of the United Nations Peacekeeping Operations as the country is one of the major contributors of troops to the UN missions.
The Asia director of Britain's Foreign Office, John Dennis, yesterday backed the Election Commission's roadmap for elections by end of 2008 but urged the government, army and law-enforcement officials to act impartially and respect human rights.
Police on Sunday pressed charges against two boys in connection with a case filed for breaking open a shop and stealing valuables.
Awami League (AL) acting President Zillur Rahman yesterday called on the caretaker government to lift the state of emergency immediately saying that it is necessary for holding the local government election in January.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday quizzed four members of the inter ministerial committee, which was involved in the process of awarding container handling job to Global Agro Trade (Private) Company Ltd (Gatco), and three incumbent bureaucrats in connection with the Gatco graft case.
Telecommunication with 22 countries and internet service were hampered for seven hours from 10:00pm Wednesday as criminals cut submarine cable here.
Bangladesh will receive US$ 75 million credit from the International Development Association (IDA) which will help finance part of the 2007-08 fiscal year resource gap incurred because of floods.
A Dhaka court yesterday re-fixed October 24 to decide whether to accept the charge sheet against Awami League President Sheikh Hasina, her sister Sheikh Rehana and their cousin Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim in a Tk 3 crore extortion case.
The North and South Korean leaders called yesterday for a nuclear-free peninsula and a permanent peace pact to end the world's last cold war divide as they wrapped up a rare summit.
Former Pakistani premier Benazir Bhutto said yesterday she was "optimistic" about a power-sharing deal with President Pervez Musharraf and hinted she would not obstruct his re-election bid this weekend.
Law Adviser Mainul Hosein's comments on the possibility of the formation of a Truth Commission that will give businessmen accused of corruption the scope to 'confess' and so let them get back to doing their jobs took us a bit by surprise. Part of our surprise springs from the fact that the commission is meant only for businessmen. The suggestion also lacks details. While we certainly appreciate the novelty of the idea, there are some significant aspects of the issue that are not known to us. Among those aspects are the probable terms of reference of the body, its legal basis, the morality governing its establishment and functions and finally the applicability of the commission's decisions. Besides, to what extent does such a commission affect the working of the normal laws pertaining to criminal conduct?
There is no denying a sense of loss being unfortunately felt over the Malaysian authorities applying a freeze on fresh intake of Bangladeshi workers into their country. In the middle of last month two incidents occurred highlighting mismanagement and nexus between Bangladeshi agents and their counterparts in Malaysia over export of manpower to that country. Bangladeshi workers' agitation and hunger strike at the Bangladesh High Commission premises protesting poor working conditions and a few thousand of them being stranded at the airport without any Malaysian company receiving them created a disconcerting situation for all concerned. While the poor exploited workers suffered in the process and there was no satisfactory resolution of the issues, the suspension of new intake comes as a heartbreaker for the employment seekers from Bangladesh. More so because an earlier ban put in 1999 had been lifted not so long ago. Currently, the country is hosting about 200,000 Bangladeshi workers and 100,000 more are expected to arrive in Malaysia by virtue of a previous approval. The potential for intake is huge into that country.
2007 continues to be the year of sweeping changes and thorough-going reform. Institutions are being shaken up and reimagined and reformulated as the current dispensation attempts to put in place the framework for the brave new democracy they hope to usher in. The latest big idea to be floated is a truth commission.
In 1922, American novelist Sinclair Lewis bragged about his country. He said that in other countries art and literature were left to a lot of shabby bums who lived in attics and fed on spaghetti and booze.
The relegation play-off match between Indira Road and Brothers Union 'fell through' after the teams did not turn up at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.
The national football team will return to Dhaka today after a weeklong camp at BKSP to play their only warm-up match ahead of the 2010 World Cup pre-qualifier against Tajikistan.
Pakistan were inspired by a fiery unbeaten 93 from Younis Khan as they chased a record South African target featuring Jacques Kallis's second successive century in the first Test here on Thursday.
The daytime temperature in Hyderabad is around 32 degrees Celsius. It gets hotter inside a stadium filled with tens of thousands of noisy fans and when there's no love lost between the two teams, the contest could well and truly boil over. India and Australia play each other in the third of seven ODIs at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Friday, and if the walk matches the ample talk from both teams, it could be a bumpy but exhilarating ride.
England again demonstrated their ability to bounce back from adversity with a commendable 65-run win to draw level in the one-day series at Dambulla on Thursday, their first one-day victory in Sri Lanka since 1982.
BKSP retained the youth hockey title the hard way when Savar sports institute won a five-goal thriller in the final of the Araf Apparels 21st National Hockey Championship yesterday.
AKM Saidul Islam of Bangladesh won silver medal in the men's singles of bocce at the Special Olympics World Summer Games that began at the Jia Ding Sports Centre, some 50-kilometres from Shanghai city in China.
Dilip Vengsarkar, India's chairman of selectors, has expressed confidence in Mahendra Singh Dhoni as captain.
Mohammad Yousuf, the Pakistan middle-order batsman, has joined the Indian Premier League (IPL), which is organised by the Indian board, a week after cancelling his contract with the unofficial Indian Cricket League (ICL).
England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff is highly unlikely to play again in 2007 as he battles to overcome a worrying ankle problem, BBC Sport understands.
Tongi KC and Euro Famous recorded slim wins in yesterday's Third Division Football Super League at the Bir Shreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur.
Celtic striker Scott McDonald gave his side a sweet taste of Champions League revenge as his last minute goal clinched a 2-1 win against AC Milan on Wednesday.
Chelsea and England captain John Terry may have had better games in his career but his brave contribution to the London side's 2-1 win over Valencia was hailed by even his rivals on Thursday.
Rafael Benitez has described Liverpool's Champions League defeat by Marseille as one of the club's worst performances at Anfield since he took charge just over three years ago.
Celtic beat reigning champions AC Milan 2-1 in Wednes-day night's Champions League action to complete a Glasgow double while downcast Chelsea gained some cheer with victory at Valencia.
Manchester United have been left with veteran Paul Scholes as their only fit central midfielder after Michael Carrick joined Owen Hargreaves and Darren Fletcher on the sidelines with a fractured elbow.
Arsenal captain William Gallas has been called up by France coach Raymond Domenech for the World Cup finalist's must-win Euro 2008 qualifiers against the Faroe Islands and Lithuania later this month.
Celtic were Thursday sweating over the prospect of heavy sanctions from UEFA as a supporter who attacked AC Milan goalkeeper Dida and then fled the stadium gave himself up to police.
The tone had been set before the first ball of the series was bowled. Andrew Symonds said he was spurred by India's elaborate Twenty20 victory celebrations. Robin Uthappa said India would challenge Australia and fight "fire with fire".
The work ethic of the West Indies cricket team during the recent tour of England was a major concern of management officials. This was disclosed in comments by the acting Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) president Conde Riley, who is also a West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) director.
Experts called on the authority to include games and sports for the persons with disability (PWD) in the national policy for their recreation during the launching ceremony of a booklet yesterday.
Even as Pakistan Cricket Board chief Nasim Ashraf meets Inzamamul Haq to discuss his future, skipper Shoaib Malik reportedly does not want him back in the team which may become a crucial factor in deciding the former captain's fate.
South African batsman Jacques Kallis said a long break from cricket did him a world of good after he scored a century in each innings of the first Test against Pakistan here on Thursday.
Real Madrid were twice pegged back by Lazio in their Champions League Group C clash which ended 2-2 at the Stadio Olympico here on Wednesday.
Werder Bremen suffered Champions League heart-break on Wednesday night when Greek side Olympiakos fought back late to claim a 3-1 victory at the Weserstadion.
Cristiano Ronaldo could be found yesterday wearing dark shades and a diamond-encrusted baseball cap deliberately pulled low to conceal the gash above his right eye, inflicted by a flailing elbow during Manchester United's 1-0 victory over Roma. Typically, he wore the stitches like a fashion statement. "It's not a problem," he said. "In four or five days I will be beautiful once again."
Chelsea have reacted to reports that they have made an approach to Ajax coach Henk ten Cate by confirming that they are considering the appointment of a foreign coach to work alongside Avram Grant.
Another local private airline, Anmole Albab Airlines Ltd, is set to operate international passenger flights from mid-November.
Remittance inflow into the country recorded a 24 percent growth in the first three months of the current fiscal year.
Multinational companies believe their foreign investment will continue to grow over the next three years despite fears about financial instability, according to a UN survey released on Thursday.
The economy is on track for recovery in the long term, even if the pace of improvement may be slow. But the average annual income of company employees last year declined for the ninth consecutive year.
Fellow US foes Iran and Syria have signed an agreement for Tehran to export a billion dollars worth of gas every year to its chief regional ally, Iranian state television reported on Thursday.
North and South Korea agreed Thursday to expand economic cooperation that has flourished this decade in line with greatly reduced political tensions on their divided peninsula.
The High Court yesterday, following an application, extended its stay order on the election process of the country's apex trade body, Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI), until November 4.
A Ukraine Company will set up a footwear and shoe manufacturing industry in the Adamjee Export Processing Zone.
The 13 countries sharing the euro face growing risks to their economic outlook due to extreme volatility in financial markets, the European Commission warned Thursday.
A landmark aviation deal sealed between Singapore and Britain has opened the lucrative British domestic market and trans-Atlantic route between Britain and the United States to Singapore Airlines (SIA).
US and Chinese investors Wednesday launched what was touted as the first American financial services group jointly owned by a Chinese company, aiming to work on cross-border mergers and private equity deal.
The International Monetary Fund warned on Wednesday of the risk represented by a loan China has offered of more than five billion dollars (3.5 billion euros) to the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Goldtex Garments Ltd, a Chinese textile company, will invest US$ 9.63 million in Dhaka EPZ (export processing zone), says a press release.
The dollar nudged higher Wednesday, extending its rebound from historic lows, as traders assessed a report that showed the US service sector expanding, despite recent financial market turmoil.
Readymade garment (RMG) sector leaders and the government yesterday said some quarters are trying to create a major crisis in the sector before or after the Eid by provoking the employees over insignificant issues.
Changing the mindset and behaviour of the adults and increasing awareness are a must to protect the rights of children, speakers at a roundtable said yesterday.
Both the government and the Election Commission (EC) have no right to reform the political parties, rather the political parties will decide what types of reforms they want, Prof Ajoy Roy said at a view exchange meeting yesterday.
The expert committee on coal policy will submit its report in the last week of this month or early next month and the government will finalise the policy on the basis of the report, Energy Adviser Tapan Chowdhury said yesterday.
Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday said that some political parties of the Awami League-led 14-party coalition are not following the basic principles of the coalition.
The United States will provide $173 million or Tk 1,373 crore for funding health, economic growth and environmental programmes in Bangladesh.
The task of preparing voter list began yesterday in Sylhet and Barisal City Corporations.
Twenty-seven eminent citizens in a statement yesterday demanded release of former prime minister and Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina before Eid-ul-Fitr.
The government extended the three-month preventive detention of Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil for another three months yesterday.
The roadblocks to holding the first major international exhibition of Bangladeshi archeological masterpieces, scheduled to begin at Guimet Museum in Paris on October 23, are lifted as the Supreme Court yesterday stayed the High Court order halting for next two months the sending of 188 exhibits for the show.
Two unidentified robbers were lynched at Patiya in the district yesterday.
The final results of the first and the second year SSC examination-2006 under Bangladesh Open University (BOU) have been published yesterday, says a press release.
Extortionists shot a businessman at Sutrapur in the city yesterday.
A schoolgirl was killed and four other launch passengers were injured in a collision between a trawler and a launch at Saheberhut-Tungibaria channel, four kilometers from the Barisal port on Thursday morning.
Some 6,000 members of police and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) will be deployed in the capital on the eve of Eid-ul-Fitre and Durga Puja, the largest religious festivals of the Muslim and the Hindu communities.
Two women and a boy of indigenous community were injured seriously when an abandoned mortar shell went off at a village near Jalalabad Cantonment on Wednesday evening.
A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) writ was filed yesterday with the High Court seeking a court direction to ask the Election Commission to hold parliamentary polls by February 28, 2008 after completion of the final voter list.
Reformist BNP leader and former whip Ashraf Hossain failed to hold a meeting of Khalishpur, Daulatpur and Khanjahan Ali thana units at his residence at Khalishpur in the city yesterday as only a few of the activists showed up.
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested 12 muggers who allegedly belong to what is popularly known as 'Malam Party' and used to snatch away valuables from people applying ointment on their eyes, from different places in the city and seized three taxicabs in this regard on Wednesday.
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) killed a Bangladeshi national and injured another near Atwari border in Panchagarh.
With natural calamities around the globe, in different forms of extreme rainfalls, earthquakes, tsunami etc and with the global leaders going busy (lately enough though) to sort out measures to cope with them, the world seems, however, to have a little respite before conceding some unprecedented damage.
The spotlight is on the Election Commission again. The BBC "Prottusha" programme aired a very significant and delicate issue analysed and presented by a distinguished member of the TIB, and by a very eloquent speaker and analyst of the department of history of Dhaka University. The principal task of the Election Commission is to arrange a credible, free and fair general election. The distinguished members of the Election Commission are oath-bound to accomplish this task.
The toughest leadership job in the world: captaincy of the Indian cricket team, according to an article in the Internet, reprinted in the Dhaka press (Sep 20). Dhoni was under the microscopic test, after R Dravid stepped out voluntarily, (earlier Tendulkar).
Next door in Myanmar, a military dictatorship has cracked down on citizens who are demonstrating for establishing their legitimate civil and political rights. The carnage is beyond belief.
A new post has been created in the RMG sector. That is compliance officer. Nowadays it's a very challenging & sensitive post. The value of this post is increasing rapidly. But a compliance officer cannot perform his duties independently because some owners want to recruit compliance officers only to display before the buyers that they are complying with the set standards.
I am prompted to write this letter to tell some truths which Mr. Reaz Rahman in his letter published in The Daily Star on 24 September preferred to conceal. Rahman refers to his crossing over to Afghanistan when he was denied permission to join Bangladesh in 1971. The fact is that Rahman crossed into Afghanistan only in early 1973 with many thousands of other Bengalis who were following the same hazardous route of the Pakistan-Afghanistan frontier and from there to Kabul and onward to New Delhi. These people after crossing the frontier to Afghanistan would make their way to the Indian embassy in Kabul and the Indian embassy would in its turn arrange air tickets from Kabul to New Delhi for them by Afghanistan's Aryana Airlines. The Bangladesh High Commission officials in New Delhi were receiving these Bengalis returning from Pakistan via Kabul at Delhi airport and arrange their onward journey to Calcutta and finally their home country.
Rahat, a teenager, has become a drug addict after the separation of his parents. He left his college and mixed with bad fellows and has started taking different types of intoxicants. Rahat's mother has become anxious about his condition but finds no way to take him out of this. Another boy from an aristocratic family has developed relationship with a woman who is older than him. This has become an acute problem in many families. The c problem is worse in the aristocratic and lower class families, rather than in any middle class family. Teenage girls face the same kind of problems. The psychologists have noticed that the age between 13 to 22 is a very critical period in a person's life because most of the mental and physical changes occur during this period. The malicious attributes can easily influence them. Their parents pursue them to give up addiction and they fail to do that. Their fortunes are nipped in the bud. The factors behind the problems of the teenagers are :(1) Too much mental pressure and rules and regulations that have been imposed by the parents, (2) Mental and physical changes (3) Negligence of the parents, (4) The confused and curious ideas about sex, (5) Lack of family bond and religious values, (6) Influence of Western culture and so on. Parents have to take the most important responsibility to save them from this kind of moral degradation. They have to make their children aware about their future. Life is only one, so if a person has done anything wrong , there is no way to amend the fault by returning back to the past. So, the teenagers have to be cautious when they take a step. Parents must make their children's life more enjoyable and panic-free. They must be friendly and expressive and they must talk with their children openly about their problems. They must teach their children about moral and religious values and also about our culture.
'You see a huge signboard here. Advertisements say plots are ready, but you see the land is still under 10 feet deep floodwater.' About a month back, the daily Prothom Alo ran a news report about private land developers taking full payment from buyers and they take 2-4 years to hand over the plots.
The damage caused by this year's devastating flood particularly to our agriculture and infrastructure is enormous. With a view to helping our farmers to recover from the loss, the teachers, officers, and staffs of Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University (SAU) in a recent meeting under Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. AM Farooque's chairmanship decided to donate their one day's salary to the Chief Adviser's Flood Relief Fund. A committee has also been formed to raise seedlings for distribution among the flood affected farmers. The students have also contributed to the relief fund formed by SAU.
I was surprised by Begum Zia's request to the CTG to send her son Koko to Singapore or Bangkok for better treatment (your daily 27 September 2007). Why Madam? I recall your last speech to the nation on TV and radio before abdicating power last year. You gave a long list of developments and achievements made by your govt. Didn't you develop our hospitals well enough so that your son could be treated here in Bangladesh?
Reading the first few lines of this letter will probably get you thinking that this is one of those same old boring write-ups trying to get a point out to the world, blah, blah, blah.. I assure you this is nothing like that. It takes a lot of nerves to sit down right now and write. Let me tell you why. I just came back home from the Dhaka Medical College Hospital. Not a place anyone would like to go to every day, but unfortunately some of us are unlucky to end up there somehow.
Arts & Entertainment
After a decade of slumped trade, the film industry in Bangladesh is expecting a pick-up this coming Eid. People in the mainstream film industry, otherwise known as 'Dhaliwood', are hopeful to reset cinema as one of the major sources of mass entertainment during the Eid festivity.
Eid brings in a festive air. After a month of fasting, everyone tries to make this occasion a little more special. How do celebrities celebrate the occasion? What do they think of this day? A familiar face on the small screen, Bonya Mirza, shares her thoughts.
With Eid-ul-Fitr just around the corner, the music market is abuzz with new releases. One of the major releases -- Habib's Panjabiwala.
Written by Sirajul Karim and directed by Naim Imtiaz Neamul, single-episode TV play Ghorot Ferot will be aired tonight on ATN Bangla at 8:00 pm.
The 'Sismpur Band' will feature in this year's Anandamela, a special programme on Eid-ul-Fitr on BTV.
Prince Charles, who chickened out of a royal premiere of the controversial film Brick Lane last week, may not know what he missed. But over 300 journalists and trade representatives who watched the film at the Toronto International Film Festival stayed glued till the end.
Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai is set to star in a major film about the Taj Mahal, India's immortal monument to love.
If there is anything that disturbs and unnerves people as much as political violence, it is unbridled price hike of essentials, especially food items. And if there is anything challenging to the administration, it is controlling it. The country now faces a daunting list of problems that is a legacy of the past alliance government. Corruption has eaten away at the basic processes of administration.
Over the past few years, there have been several instances of building collapse, as in structural failure, some with devastating and telling tolls so much so as to awaken concerned professionals to search for answers as to who, why and how. 'Where' was as obvious as the heaped debris, burial mounds may be more appropriate an expression, and 'when' was a simpler inquest.
One 9-storied sweater factory building owned by Spectra Sweaters Ltd., located at Palashbari Village under Savar Thana of Gazipur District collapsed in the early hours (1.15 am) on April 12, 2005 killing more than 60 and injuring more than 100 workers. The nation was deeply shocked by the incident. The Honourable President and Prime Minister of the Government of the Peoples' Republic of Bangladesh visited the site a short time after the incident. The site was also visited by political leaders, members of IEB, RAJUK, BGMEA, BUET, BACE and other concerned organizations a short time after the incident and several times later. Separate investigation committees were formed by different organizations to find out the causes and frame comprehensive recommendations to prevent this type of failure in future.
Nature of the problem
Building collapse rescue is an often complex and confusing situation. It will frequently involve large numbers of specialized rescue personnel and equipment that might not be generally recognized as being part of a normal rescue organization. It should also require a combination of a variety of technical rescue skills and an advanced knowledge of building structures and materials.