News of: Thursday, 25th of October, 2007
An arrest warrant was issued yesterday against Sheikh Rehana, sister of detained Awami League (AL) chief Sheikh Hasina, along with an order to attach all her properties in connection with a Tk 2.99 crore extortion case.
Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday said his interim government is working tirelessly for a government truly of the people, by the people and for the people.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday quizzed 10 people including an assistant director of the planning ministry, and an incumbent and a former secretary of Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) over the Gatco graft case.
Everyone would be happy if Hasina was released after being proven innocent, said Army chief General Moeen U Ahmed yesterday to Sajeeb Wazed Joy, son of detained former prime minister Sheikh Hasina.
Dhaka is in two minds about signing the Saarc mutual legal assistance (MLA) treaty on criminal matters as it is likely to reopen the discussion on a similar bilateral deal with India that includes a clause for extradition between the two neighbours.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested four Yaba traders including two women with 425 tablets and a Ugandan national, but narrowly failed to hold a key person who Rab believes smuggles the drugs into Bangladesh.
Forty-four out of 573 cases filed against high-profile corrupt suspects and their relatives have been disposed of during the present caretaker government's nine-month tenure.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has drawn up a list of first-class government officials having corruption charges in a bid to make the administration corruption-free.
The joint forces last night raided residences of adviser to former prime minister Khaleda Zia and LDP leader Prof Jahan Ara Begum, former Awami League (AL) lawmaker AKM Rahmat Ullah and Proshika Chairman Dr Kazi Faruque.
Sector Commanders Forum, a platform of sector commanders of the Liberation War, has demanded that the caretaker government ban 'anti- independence' forces like Jamaat-e-Islami from taking part in elections.
Law Adviser Mainul Hosein yesterday requested the Supreme Court (SC) to check whether giving the executive magistrates some judicial power conflicts with the law, sources said.
The director general of India's Border Security Force (BSF), Ashish Kumar Mitra, arrived in Dhaka yesterday on a six-day tour to review cross-border crime and discuss outstanding border issues with his Bangladesh counterpart.
The advisers' committee on purchase yesterday approved import of 1,37,500 tonne of urea on an urgent basis to avoid any possible crisis of fertiliser ahead of the Irri-Boro season.
Metropolitan Magistrate Rokon Ud-Doula yesterday sought apology from the chief justice, the government and others concerned for the broadside he had fired Sunday at the separation of judiciary.
The Awami League (AL) has had disputes within the party in the last two days about inclusion of fresh names in its committee for dialogue with the Election Commission (EC) over electoral reforms.
Hearing on the seven-day remand prayer to interrogate detained former prime minister Khaleda Zia's younger son Arafat Rahman Koko in the Gatco graft case was not held yesterday due to his illness.
The Election Commission (EC) will train up around 16,000 school and college level teachers who take part in field level voter registration process in the capital from December 1.
Four people including a leader of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), BNP's student wing, were murdered yesterday in separate incidents in the capital.
Academic activities of Chittagong University (CU) resumed yesterday after a closure of 63 days.
BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain has called for a meeting of the former MPs of the party today to discuss the next course of action.
China yesterday launched its first lunar orbiter in an event broadcast on national television, with the mission a key step in the nation's plans to put a man on the moon by 2020.
Turkish warplanes bombed Kurdish rebel targets along the Iraqi border yesterday as government and military leaders weighed their next move against rebel bases in northern Iraq.
The senior detective leading the investigation into the suicide attack on Benazir Bhutto withdrew from the case after the opposition leader accused him of involvement in the torture of her husband, a senior official said Wednesday.
The decision of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) to address the issue of "unlawful arrests," which really amount to police excess of the most objectionable kind, is a commendable one. It is a good disciplinary move that the DMP will henceforth punish police personnel guilty of arresting people in violation of the law.
Within a week of her celebrative homecoming turning bloody with a heinous carnage, Benazir Bhutto has received death threats from a female suicide squad suspected to be linked to terrorists groups like al-Qaeda. In the thicket of allegations about three senior government officials, or Jihadi loyalists of ex-president Ziaul Haq or extremists from Pakistan's restive tribal areas being behind the last week's suicide bomber attacks, investigations into them have got nowhere near identifying the culprits. As a result, the security risk on the life of former Pakistan prime minister and now chairperson Pakistan People's Party aggravates by the day.
The Sri Lankan (SL) government is very concerned about the way LTTE terrorism is taking a new turn, regrettably some feel, for the worst, since the peace accord with the LTTE fell through in 2005 after four years of relative peace.
For a "made to order" event for terrorists (and motivated others) there could have been no better occasion to run riot than Ms. Benazir's homecoming after nearly a decade in self-exile. Once October 18 was announced as "BB" Day, wheels would have started turning in many dark corners about how to mar her "victory parade" in the worst possible way, and if possible to eliminate her.
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) will wait for the result of Bangladesh's 2010 World Cup pre-qualifier on October 28 against Tajikistan before deciding the fate of Indian coach Syed Nayeemuddin.
Without any doubt, the new look National Cricket League made an impressive start. But it seems that a major issue remains unchanged: want a true pitch.
Daniel Vettori faces a tough challenge as New Zealand's new cricket captain on their tour of South Africa that starts with a four-day match against a South African Invitation XI in Bloemfontein from Thursday.
The final ODI between Pakistan and South Africa has been shifted to Lahore from Karachi following security concerns raised by the tourists.
Sri Lanka have landed in Australia in a buoyant mood and are confident of posting their first Test win in the country during the two-match series. Despite losing a one-day contest to England already this month, Mahela Jayawardene, the captain, believes the squad is good enough to compete with the new-look hosts.
Seven players, who leave Dhaka today to play the Hong Kong sixes, will miss second round matches of the National Cricket League that starts on October 26.
The national under-23 team's participation in the Grand Royal Cup in Myanmar looks uncertain after the host federation has failed to confirm Bangladesh's schedule.
Bangladesh Under-16 football team will meet Uzbekistan in their fourth match of the Group D qualifiers in the AFC Youth Championship today in Abu Dhabi.
Raihan picked seven wickets as Golden Age crushed Winsome Cricket Academy by 146 runs in the Third Division Qualifying Cricket tournament at the Gulshan Youth ground yesterday.
India's one-day captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has become the highest individual income tax payer in Jharkhand with the IT department expecting around four crore rupees from the dashing cricketer.
Manchester United and Arsenal are within touching distance of the Champions League knock-out stages after maintaining their perfect starts in the group phase.
German league leaders Bayern Munich will be without a clutch of key players against former European champions Red Star Belgrade in their UEFA Cup Group F match on Thursday.
Veteran German goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has launched a scathing attack against his club manager Arsene Wenger and the two goalies keeping him on the sidelines at Arsenal.
Theo Walcott had been stuck in the shadows for too long but Arsene Wenger believes the teenage Arsenal striker is finally ready to take centre-stage.
Argentina have moved up one place to go top of the FIFA rankings for October, released by world football's ruling body on Wednesday.
The Springboks victory in the rugby union World Cup in France at the weekend should work as motivation for the organisers of the football World Cup due to be held in South Africa in 2010, Danny Jordaan, a member of the organising committee said on Tuesday.
Juventus coach Claudio Ranieri has been hit with a one-match ban and Czech midfielder Pavel Nedved has been suspended for two matches following their respective red cards against Genoa on Sunday.
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown will meet the president of world football's governing body FIFA, Sepp Blatter, on Wednesday, to discuss a possible bid by England for the 2018 World Cup finals.
Rangers may sit joint top of their Champions League section after their draw with Barcelona on Tuesday but manager Walter Smith says there is still a lot of work to do.
Birthday boy Wayne Rooney's magical goal-scoring month has drawn praise from Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson as the England striker added to his impressive tally in Kiev.
Lyon spurned a handful of clear-cut chances on goal but eventually had a deflected Fabio Dos Santos strike and a Karim Benzema goal to thank for a morale-boosting 2-0 win over Stuttgart in the Champions League.
Steve Staunton has stepped down as Republic of Ireland manager on the back of a string of poor performances that culminated in his team's elimination from the race to qualify for Euro 2008.
Didier Drogba admits he has kept in touch with Jose Mourinho since the former Chelsea manager's emotional departure from Stamford Bridge.
Tottenham Hotspur may be planning for life after Martin Jol, but the departure of Dimitar Berbatov, who was left out of the team for the 3-1 defeat by Newcastle United on Monday, would be an unwelcome development. The Bulgaria forward's discontented body language has told its own story since he was informed that he could not move to Manchester United in the last week of the summer transfer window and he could seek a move away from White Hart Lane when the market reopens in January.
Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralidaran arrived on Wednesday for his first full Australia Test tour in 12 years braced for a chilly reception from fans as he bids to break Shane Warne's wickets record.
On some days it just isn't worth your while running into Shahid Afridi. He'll hustle you when he bowls, he'll bully you when he bats and he'll jeer and taunt you when he fields. He'll pop up wherever and whenever the opposition don't want him to, etiquette be damned.
Spin me once, shame on you. Spin me twice, shame on me. South Africa went through the Test series calmly picking apart the myth that they wilt in the face of spin. On turning wickets, they rarely looked in any kind of trouble. But suddenly, twice in succession, an inability to prosper against spin has cost them matches.
Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene will play English county cricket for Derbyshire next year, the county's official website said on Wednesday.
Ian Chappell has come out swinging over England legend Ian Botham's claim that he decked the former Australian captain in a bar room brawl 30 years ago.
Matthew Hayden has urged Cricket Australia not to adopt a zero-tolerance approach on drugs because he believes the issue needs flexibility. The board is set to announce a new policy and Hayden, who is strongly opposed to drugs in sport, would welcome a "two strikes" rule that would give players one chance at rehabilitation.
Government is going to form a separate regulatory body by mid-November to provide policy support for local traders and investors.
After a 10-day inspection, the two-member team of European Union has found lack of coordination among the regional fish inspection and quality control (FIQC) units in Dhaka, Khulna and Chittagong.
Bangladesh has experienced yet another severe flood this year. The flood affected 262 upazilas from 39 districts, most of them twice. The second flood receded when there was no further possibility of recovering the loss through replanting of aman paddy. So, the effect of the flood on food production for the affected households would be substantial. According to the Department of Agriculture, the flood has damaged 360 thousand hectares of rice- land completely, and 180 thousand hectares partially. Assuming an average paddy yield of 3.0 t/ha, the total loss of rice production would be about 0.85 million tonnes.
The government is likely to appoint an international audit firm to scrutinise the price quoting of the pre-shipment inspection (PSI) companies by next month.
China has become less willing to cooperate with the United States in some intellectual property areas after US complaints at the World Trade Organisation, a senior US official said Wednesday.
South Korea is well placed to achieve its goal of becoming a regional financial hub but must develop its foreign exchange market, a senior advisor said Wednesday.
Speakers at a book launching ceremony in Dhaka yesterday emphasised a strong global voice against the WTO rules and regulations that create problems for poor countries like Bangladesh.
Malaysia may scrap its remaining capital controls, introduced during the 1997 financial crisis, and allow offshore trading of the ringgit, the central bank chief said according to a report Wednesday.
Manufacturing activity in the 13-nation eurozone slowed in October to a two-year low amid a surging euroand record oil prices, according to a survey released Wednesday.
World oil prices fell for the third straight day in Asia on Wednesday, pulling back further from record highs reached last week.
Bangladesh is one of the countries India's Godrej Consumer Products Limited is looking at to expand its hair-colour and hair care products business through strategic investments and acquisitions.
The Janata Bank has been adjudged the best bank in Bangladesh by the Global Finance Magazine of Washington recently.
A senior European Union official urged China Wednesday to address a yawning bilateral trade imbalance, arguing the EU nations export even less to the Asian giant than it does to Switzerland.
Japan's trade surplus in September jumped 62.7 percent from a year earlier on strong exports of automobiles and lower imports of oil, the government said Wednesday.
Welcoming the caretaker government's decision to implement the separation of the judiciary from the executive, Awami League yesterday called for necessary steps to ensure that common people get justice from the independent judiciary.
The authorities of a garment factory at Tejgaon Industrial area in the city have closed the factory indefinitely in the wake of work abstention by workers demanding release of their six fellow workers.
Sale of tickets remained suspended for eight hours at Chittagong Railway Station yesterday due to technical glitch at the server of the contractor firm responsible for the station's computer networking system, causing immense suffering to the passengers.
Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday said he wants to see that the next general elections and all other future polls in Bangladesh be held in a free, fair and credible manner.
At least four people were killed in separate road accidents in Chittagong, Noakhali and Sirajganj yesterday and on Tuesday night.
Physical assault constitutes 77.9 percent while rape constitutes 18.1 percent of the total violence against women (VAW), revealed a study yesterday.
Brig (Retd) Hannan Shah, adviser to BNP chairperson, yesterday said bureaucrats always frustrated the moves of the previous governments to separate judiciary from the executive.
Speakers at the launching of the preparatory phase of a project yesterday underscored the need for raising the coping capacity of the most vulnerable people side by side cutting down risks and hazards in a planned and integrated manner.
Speakers at a seminar yesterday urged the government to formulate climate-friendly policies for future development plan in view of the global climate change.
Two seminars on Bangladeshi garments were held in Tokyo and Osaka of Japan recently to help expand the markets of garments there.
The Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's court, Rajshahi yesterday sent journalist and human rights activist Jahangir Alam Aakash to jail custody after the police produced him before the court showing him arrested under Section 16 (2) of the Emergency Power Rules.
Dhaka cleared her position on operationalisation of the passenger train service between Bangladesh and India as a question arose in some sections of the press about Bangladesh's 'reluctance'.
The Dhaka University will build three ten-storied library buildings equipped with modern library facilities to meet its growing demands.
Detective police arrested three car lifters from different places in the last three days and recovered three stolen private cars following their information.
Goods worth Tk 2 crore were gutted in a massive fire at the Akij Cement Factory in Narayanganj yesterday.
The Sylhet Sadar Cognizance Magistrate's Court yesterday deferred the hearing of discharge petition of 40 Awami League (AL) leaders, who were held under emergency regulations from a house in the city suburb on May 14 this year.
National Poetry Council will hold a condolence meeting at Dhaka University today commemorating the death of poet Shimul Mohammad.
An arms smuggler was arrested with a foreign-made pistol, a bullet and a dagger from Gatipara village in Benapole yesterday morning.
A court in Khulna has sentenced four people to three years rigorous imprisonment (RI) and fined them Tk 5000 each, in default, to suffer six months more imprisonment in an extortion case.
An earthquake of 'moderate intensity' was felt at 01 hours 56 minutes 42 seconds (BST) yesterday.
The Third Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge Court yesterday sentenced two people to seven years' rigorous imprisonment each and another to 10 years imprisonment for keeping illegal arms.
A total of 5,954 forms have been submitted for the first year admission test under academic session 2007-08 at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet), as the deadline ended on October 17, a press release said.
Grameen Shakti has won Katherine M Sawnson Equality Tech Museum Awards 2007, says a press release.
Body of an electronics goods trader, kidnapped on Tuesday from Khulna court premises, was recovered inside a brickfield at Peroli Ferry Ghat under Digholia upazila in Khulna district yesterday.
A mobile court in the port city yesterday recovered around seven kathas of land worth Tk two crore through demolishing different illegal structures, including offices of two labour organisations.
Bordering Chilahati town in Nilphamari district is yet to be declared as land port despite assurance from and initiative by authorities on different occasions.
Police is yet to unearth the 'mysterious theft' of three touchstone-made idols at Dasbhuja Temple in Susang Royal Palace in Durgapur upazila on July 17, 2005 although two months have passed after police started vigorous investigation in to the incident.
Eliot Bridge, a glorious heritage of the district town, still attracts thousands of tourists from home and abroad.
Members of Manikganj Bar Association, in a joint statement here, hailed separation of judiciary from administration.
The final investigation into the Anti-Corruption Commission cases against former BNP lawmaker MA Karim Abbasi, his wife and two sons, former state minister for home Lutfuzzaman Babar's APS Mirza Haider Ali, his wife, and Babar's cousin Salauddin Chawdhury is yet to be started as no Investigation Officer (IO) has been appointed.
Members of a victim family from Dighol village in Ullapara of Sirajganj yesterday demanded immediate withdrawal of 'false cases' filed by a land grabber.
Voters' registration with photos and national identity cards began in Sunamganj pourasava and an adjacent union of the district headquarters yesterday.
A Bangladeshi cattle trader, fighting for life for over a month after receiving bullet injuries by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) on Panihati border in Swarupnagar in 24 Parganas district of West Bengal, succumbed to his injuries at Khulna hospital last night.
A country-made rifle was recovered on the roof of Bangabandhu Hall of Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday, the day before reopening of RU dormitories.
A gang leader of armed robbers was killed in a gunfight with police in Karimganj upazila yesterday, police said.
Property worth Tk 1 lakh was gutted as five houses were burnt to ashes at Porahati union in Jhenidah Sadar upazila yesterday noon, official sources said.
Every now and then US leaders try to teach us democracy, human rights and justice. They also tell us that the USA is the most successful democracy in the world. Former US President Bill Clinton moves a step forward and claims that the USA is the greatest civilisation on earth.
Tajuddin Ahmed was really a great leader. But this is very much deplorable that he did not have his rewards. July 23, his 82nd birth anniversary, passed silently. I read only one write-up on him written by Mr. Shahnoor Wahid under the title 'Tajuddin Ahmed: The lonely warrior" which appeared on 24 July, 2007.
Again the prices of vegetables, oil, rice, potato, onion and eggs have increased just a few days after Eid. The wholesalers are making the excuse that the rise in prices is due to short supply of goods. The prices came down when the RAB roamed around the markets before Eid. But this came to nothing as soon as the RAB stopped its drive to prevent shopkeepers from charging too high. The government has to find out the mysterious causes behind this sudden rise in the prices of essential commodities. It was easily prognosticated that the prices would increase once the RAB stopped its mission and that's exactly what has happened. There are business people who want to make undue profits.
Russia roared back from behind to spectacularly defeat England 2-1 at Luzhniki stadium in Moscow on Oct 17, increasing its chances of reaching the European Championship. The match unfolded peacefully on the artificial pitch, but the victory, Russia's most impressive since beating world champions France in 1999, was spoiled by violence. England went ahead in the 29th minute with a stunning volley from Wayne Rooney, although he looked offside.
I am very disgusted and shocked to read in the newspapers about the distasteful blue films being made and sold in Dhaka by young men belonging to the posh residential areas of the city. I commend and salute the RAB & the Joint Forces for busting these evil circles that are corrupting our culture and destroying our youths. They should be dealt with very seriously before they destroy the decency and décor of the very fabric of our society.
The above-mentioned news item is being published in various national dailies to draw the attention of the Bangladesh Public Service Commission in fixing the age of the candidates for the upcoming 28th BCS exams. No advertisement was issued in the last two years. As a result, a good number of candidates have already crossed the age limit. Who will take this responsibility? Are the candidates responsible for it? We, as citizens of Bangladesh, have the right to appear in the general BCS every year.
Mr. Mohammad Badrul Ahsan's erudition in and insight into the endless subjects, either on history, politics, theology or that relate to day-to-day life (I love to cite a few of the titles, among hundreds, 'Midlife Misery', 'God and truth', 'Legends of life', 'Laden and Bush', 'Other side of history', 'Garden of Life') from romance to pains of estrangement, from affluence to poverty, from everything to nothing, defy all description and one simply gets startled to get to the depth of his knowledge and at the beauty in his style of writing, always using sharp contrast. And the piece, 'Under cross talk' is, therefore, such a one that if one misses it, one misses great pleasures of reading apart from knowing what one was/is ignorant of.
The term "just justice" was the heading of your back page UNB report on Chief Justice's advice to judges (Oct: 19). I wonder if the adjective "just" is appropriate with the noun justice. Delivering "just" justice or for that matter "unjust" justice, qualifying the noun "justice" seems totally out of place! One can however say impartial justice or sober justice or proper justice; which are examples of adjectives qualifying the word "justice".
The EU's Portuguese presidency yesterday urged Turkey to think twice before launching military action in northern Iraq, following deadly attacks on Turkish troops from Kurdish rebels in the region.
Six female Nobel Peace Prize winners called yesterday for more decisive international action to secure the release of their fellow laureate, the Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
China yesterday told the visiting UN envoy on Myanmar it would fully support his efforts to resolve the ongoing crisis in the Southeast Asian nation, state press reported.
The Nato-led force in Afghanistan should focus on training Afghan security forces and strengthening domestic institutions, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said in an interview broadcast on Tuesday.
The latest clashes in the Democratic Republic of Congo have driven 33,000 more people from villages in Nord-Kivu province and a cholera outbreak is suspected, UN agencies reported yesterday.
UN chief Ban Ki-moon warned yesterday that violence is on the rise in Nepal and called on political parties to push on a peace process stalled after key elections were cancelled.
Two Pakistani soldiers were killed yesterday in a roadside bomb blast near their convoy in a troubled tribal region close to the Afghan border, security officials said.
An Indian politician and his wife were convicted yesterday of killing the lawmaker's pregnant lover, the Press Trust of India said.
At least nine Tamil Tiger guerillas and a government soldier have died in fighting in northern Sri Lanka, the defence ministry said yesterday.
Police yesterday detained dozens of veiled women separatists protesting alongside many more over alleged human rights abuses by troops in Indian Kashmir, officials said.
King Mohammed VI said Tuesday that Morocco wants an "advanced status" with the European Union, calling upon France to help push its European partners to grant his north African country closer ties.
Insurgents in Iraq set off two coordinated roadside bombs yesterday on the southern outskirts of Baghdad, killing eight people, security officials and medics told AFP.
Pakistan has deployed more than 2,000 troops to a troubled northwestern district to bolster efforts to stem rising violence linked to pro-Taliban militants, a senior official said yesterday.
Arts & Entertainment
Rathin Kisku is a representative of new generation Santal singers who are shaping the Santali music scene today. Kisku has made an innovative introduction of 'Santali baul' songs, inspired by the Bangali tradition, while keeping himself rooted in Santali culture.
To celebrate the 78th birth anniversary of poet Shamsur Rahman, several organisations arranged special programmes at different venues on October 23.
Sarojini Naidu, child prodigy, freedom fighter and poet, described her as the 'Nightingale of India', while Lata Mangeshkar labeled her 'Tapaswini' (The Renunciate), Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan termed her 'Suswaralakshmi’ (the goddess of musical notes) and Kishori Amonkar called her the 'ultimate eighth note' or 'Aathuvaan Sur', which is above the seven notes basic to all music. These well-deserved plaudits go to Carnatic vocalist MS Subbulakshmi (September 16, 1916-December 11, 2004).
Starting from tomorrow, a new drama serial Mouchakey Dhil will be aired on ATN Bangla. Scripted by Abu Sufian and co-directed by Abu Sufian and Sabrina, the serial will be aired every Thursday at 8 pm.
Banglavision will telecast the first episode of the new drama serial Silvia March 16 tonight at 9:45pm.
Today is Prabarana Purnima. The Prabarana Purnima is the most significant and the second greatest religious festival of the Buddhist world.
May I take this opportunity to thank and congratulate The Daily Star and Mr. Zafar Sobhan for the excellent post-ed titled "We can handle it" published on October 15. To me, it is the most constructive and positive discussion on the truth commission I have come across since the idea was floated by the information and law advisor of the present caretaker government.
It's sheer audacity, breaking of service rules, and contempt of court. The way the officials of the administration cadre vented their so-called grievances is simply outrageous. In the name of holding a seminar, they a held trade union-like rally defying the state of emergency. Had it been anyone other than administration officials, by now, he or she would have been put behind bars and dismissed from the service of the republic.