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News of: Sunday, 28th of October, 2007
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All advisers of the government have been asked to make weekly field visits across the country starting next Friday to ensure smooth supply of fertiliser to farmers and take prompt decisions to stem the rising prices of commodities.
Accounts of the occupation force members too bear out how Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh and its paramilitary wings styled Razakar, Al Badr, and Al Shams Bahini worked fervently against the country's war of independence.
The use of Yaba had been sweeping through the youth populace in the city's posh neighbourhoods until the recent hauls.
Known Jamaat-sympathiser and former Islami Bank chairman Shah Abdul Hannan has described the Liberation War of 1971 as a "civil war". He denied that genocide took place in the country at that time and that war criminals exist here.
Local collaborators of Pakistani occupation forces or war criminals charged with specific allegations of committing atrocities during the Liberation War have never been pardoned although propaganda campaigns are on claiming that they were granted general amnesty by Bangabandhu-led post-war government.
Dr MA Hasan, an expert on war crimes during the Liberation War in 1971, yesterday came down heavily on Jamaat leader Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed's statement regarding the existence of war criminals in Bangladesh and termed it a blatant lie.
The move for keeping the BNP united through restructuring is facing obstacles due to pro-Khaleda Zia leaders' latest firm stance on the initiative, forcing the initiators to postpone a scheduled meeting twice.
The EARTH Foundation has recently advertised in newspapers for arsenic filters it claimed to have invented, seeking invitation for tenders for supplying five lakh filters without taking necessary approval of the authorities concerned for their marketing.
The functions of the managing or governing committees of the non-government educational institutions across the country are about to collapse as government officials heading the bodies find it hard to cope with the mammoth task alongside their regular duties.
Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Chairman Lt Gen (retd) Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury yesterday urged reporters to seek their own ways to get the correct news without being shackled by the Official Secrets Act and certain other laws and government rules.
Academic activities of Dhaka University (DU) resume today after a closure of over two months following student unrest on the university campus from August 20 to 22.
BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain yesterday said the people of the country know the names of those who opposed the Liberation War in 1971.
Jatiya Party (Ershad) yesterday slammed Jamaat-e-Islami for its anti-liberation role in 1971 and demanded bringing the culprit Jamaat leaders to book.
Voter listing in the capital, the most arduous job for the Election Commission in the nationwide task, will start on November 20.
An email address (feedback@ pmo.gov.bd) and a web page (www.cao.gov.bd/feedback/comments.php) have been opened at the Chief Adviser's Office so all can directly communicate with the head of the caretaker government.
Assailants gunned down a businessman inside his residence cum office at Jigatala in the city last night.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday recovered the body of a schoolboy, who was killed by kidnappers 10 days ago, from an under-construction building at Tongi.
Militants seized and beheaded 13 civilians and security officers in northwest Pakistan after government troops launched an assault on a radical cleric's hideout, officials said yesterday.
At least 18 people, including a former minister's son, were killed overnight when Maoist rebels opened fire on a group of football spectators in eastern India, a police official said yesterday.
Only the day before yesterday Mr. Mojaheed, the Jamaat secretary-general unabashedly denied that there were any war criminals or anti-liberation forces in Bangladesh.
The crackdown on Yaba peddlers by Rab has exposed the magnitude of the problem of drug use among the affluent youths in the city. Kudos to the Rab team. The details pouring in are mind-boggling, to say the least. Moral degeneration has reached an abysmal state, without our even knowing what has been going on. The situation has turned critical, as addiction looks like threatening a whole generation of youths.
It is really heartening that the Election Commission (EC) has initiated a move to include the expatriate Bangladeshis in the electoral roll to provide them with the opportunity of casting vote for their chosen candidates from abroad. The EC has already reviewed the concerned laws and decided to make some amendments in the Representation of the People Order 1972 for this purpose.
The law adviser has reportedly lamented that economists have not provided the government with the correct policy advice. It is not clear whether the adviser meant the economists within the government or those without. Given that self-criticism is almost unknown in the government, one may take the liberty to assume he pointed fingers at the economists not in the government as culpable for the wrong, or less than useful, advice.
Khaled Ma-shud missed his hundred but Rajshahi were still on top against Barisal at the end of the second day of the second round 9th National Cricket League four-day match at the Rajshahi Divisional Stadium yesterday.
Bangladesh played three games but managed only one win against Australia on the opening day of the Hong Kong Cricket Sixes tournament at the Kowloon Cricket Club yesterday.
With the threat of intense cold Bangladesh football team take on Tajikistan in their away match of the 2010 World Cup pre-qualifiers at the Dushanbe Stadium today.
Controversial paceman Shoaib Akhtar earned a recall for next month's five-match one-day series against India after ending a lengthy ban, Pakistan's chief selector announced here on Friday.
Former India captain Rahul Dravid was on Saturday dropped from a 15-man squad to play in the first two one-day internationals against archrivals Pakistan next month.
Cricketing greats Shane Warne, Brian Lara and Glenn McGrath Saturday starred on the opening day of the Hong Kong Sixes -- one of the sport's most colourful tournaments.
The Bangladesh cricket team is likely to play one more three-day game during their tour of New Zealand in December-January.
Disgruntled Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq on Saturday reversed his decision to retire from international cricket, saying he will fight to get his place in the national team back.
In a nice gesture, Khulna team has decided to donate all the prize money it will get from the ongoing 9th National Cricket League to the family of deceased cricketer Manjarul Islam Rana.
Barisal captain Shahriar Nafees was yesterday fined for making comments on umpiring after the first day's play of the second round four-day match of the 9th National Cricket League against Rajshahi on Friday.
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) will not send the under-23 team to Myanmar's Grand Royal Cup which is scheduled to start from November 1.
Avram Grant admits Andriy Shevchenko is struggling to recover from the shock of being benched by Jose Mourinho.
Juande Ramos has spoken for the first time to explain why he quit Sevilla to replace Martin Jol as manager of struggling Spurs.
Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez has moved to shrug off mounting concerns over his leadership by insisting his side will reverse the slide which has dented the club's European and domestic ambitions.
Injured Roma captain and striker Francesco Totti is in doubt for the Serie A match against AC Milan this weekend, coach Luciano Spalletti said Friday.
Jermaine Pennant needs surgery on his right leg, Liverpool football club revealed on Friday, meaning he will be out of action for 10 weeks.
Roy Keane has endorsed David O'Leary's candidature to be the next manager of the Republic of Ireland and urged the Football Association of Ireland to appoint the former Leeds United and Aston Villa manager.
Germany's Otto Pfister has been named coach of the Cameroon football team, the country's sports ministry said on Friday.
German captain Michael Ballack is back in training with Chelsea, six months after the midfielder first damaged his ankle playing for the English giants.
Pakistan's Shoaib Akhtar vowed Saturday to make the upcoming tour of India memorable after the paceman was recalled to the team for the crucial series against the archrivals.
England believe they have a serious chance of beating an All-Stars team that includes cricketing greats Shane Warne, Brian Lara and Glenn McGrath at the Hong Kong Sixes on Sunday.
Toxicology tests on Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer showed conflicting results as to whether he had ingested poison, a Jamaican forensic analyst told the inquest into Woolmer's death here on Friday.
A 12-member Bangladesh national kabbadi team left for Macao yesterday to take part in the second Asian Indoor Games with a hope to win at least one medal.
The Hong Kong Sixes produces many sights not often seen at a cricket match: boundaries virtually every ball, matches lasting no more than 45 minutes -- and the world's greatest batsman keeping wicket.
Sri Lankan opener Sanath Jayasuriya opened his final tour of Australia in spectacular fashion when he blasted 154 against a Chairman's XI here on Saturday.
Former England coach Duncan Fletcher says Andrew Flintoff "let him down" with his World Cup drinking antics.
All-rounder Jacob Oram bowled the touring New Zealanders into a strong position on the second day of a four-day match against a South African Invitation XI at Goodyear Park Friday.
Panchagarh and Dhaka reached the final of the first Invitational Women's Handball Tournament winning their semifinal matches at the Tetulia Pilot High School ground in Panchagarh yesterday.
Dr Debapriya Bhattacharya, the newly appointed permanent representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations (UN) office in Geneva, yesterday urged business leaders for appointing a permanent representative at the UN office to ensure private sector representation in the WTO (World Trade Organisation) negotiations.
The government plans to invite Japanese, South Korean and Malaysian investors to invest in the country's information technology sector to tap opportunities stemming mainly from WTO's Information Technology Agreement (ITA).
The National Board of Revenue is going to decide the fate of Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI) companies by next February as they are implicated in complaints of improperly doing their import-inspection jobs.
China will pursue exchange rate reform, the deputy head of the Chinese central bank pledged here Friday in the face of mounting pressure in the West for Beijing to ease restrictions on its currency.
Free trade, changing diets, and rapid urbanisation is leading to a decline in rice production, one of the world's leading experts on the crop said.
Foreign Secretary Touhid Hossain has called upon developed countries to provide duty-free and quota-free market access for all products from all least developed countries (LDCs) without any restriction.
A massive $6.3 billion (US$4.33 billion) plant for making solar energy products is to be built in Singapore. It is set to be the largest plant of its type in the world.
National Board of Revenue (NBR) Chairman Mohammad Abdul Majid on Friday visited Benapole Customs House to discuss ways to collect more revenue.
Asia Pacific General Insurance Company Ltd has declared a 10 percent dividend for its shareholders for the year that ended on December 31, 2006.
The White House on Friday rejected any suggestion that sky-high oil prices stemmed from new US sanctions against Iran and escalating US rhetoric against the Islamic republic.
Pakistan is one of world's top producers and exporters of pirated CDs and DVDs, with illegal factories producing over 230 million discs in 2004 before authorities launched a crackdown.
In a sharp criticism of the USD 4.2 billion UN budget presented by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for 2008-09, India has slammed its emphasis only on peace, security and human rights rather than on resolving the basic causes of conflicts including lack of development and socio-economic inequities.
Popular Life Insurance Company Ltd has approved a 12 percent cash dividend for its shareholders for the year 2006.
The Malaysian ringgit hit a new high of 3.3480, a level not seen since March 1998, before the currency was pegged to the US dollar.
China may allow small rural lenders, which are currently only allowed to issue loans, to restructure into village banks or lending companies, as the country moves further to improve financial services in rural areas.
Apple Inc no longer accepts cash for iPhone purchases and now limits sales of the cell phone to two per person in a move to stop people from reselling them.
Russia has offered to freeze duties on wood exports, a proposal that a Finnish official described as "interesting and positive" in light of a Russian-European Union dispute on the matter.
The case filed by Workers' Party of Bangladesh against Jamaat-e-Islami in connection with the violence of October 28, 2006 remains stalled following an order of the High Court, while the case against the leaders and workers of 14-party alliance is under investigation.
The Greater Mymensingh Cultural Forum yesterday honoured economists Dr Debapriya Bhattacharya and Anu Muhammad and The Daily Star Editor and Publisher Mahfuz Anam for their outstanding contribution to society and culture.
The dropout rate among students of primary schools under the Primary Education Development Project (PEDP-II) has increased to 47 percent in 2006 from 33 percent in 2002, according to a study conducted by 10 NGOs working at the grassroots level.
Acting AL President Zillur Rahman yesterday urged the government to take action against Jamaat-Shibir and its patrons who were responsible for the carnage on October 28 last year.
Residents of Tejkunipara in the city yesterday urged the government to give them enough time to shift their belongings from their households.
Speakers at a workshop here yesterday said violence against women is a social vice, which can be controlled by creating awareness and punishing the culprits.
A mobile court yesterday seized an inland cargo vessel on charge of creating risk of collision with a merchant vessel at the Chittagong port channel on Friday.
The first round of the 16th National Immunisation Day (NID) was observed across the country yesterday with a target to immunise more than 24 million under-5 children through vaccination.
No students of Chittagong University (CU) appeared before the committee formed to probe the August 22 incident on the campus yesterday, the first day for the students to give deposition.
The certificate award ceremony of workshops on five thematic issues on literacy/non-formal education for mid-level government and non-government managers, policymakers and other stakeholders was held at the Ahsania Mission Bhaban Auditorium in the city yesterday, says a press release.
The law enforcers arrested three more people, including a girl, along with Yaba tablets in Old Dhaka last night.
Fresh flood inundated five villages in Pratapnagar union under Assassuni upazila as the reconstructed embankment of Kobadak river at Nakna breached again Friday night within a month.
A regional conference on 'Media Reporting -- Armed Conflict and Violence' will begin at Sheraton Hotel in the city today with the participation of 22 editors and columnists from the Saarc countries.
LGRD and Cooperatives Adviser M Anwarul Iqbal returned home yesterday after attending the Saarc Home Ministers' meeting in New Delhi.
Unique Power Plant Ltd, a subsidiary of Menghna Group, yesterday signed a deal with Rural
Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) held a daylong programme titled 'Celebrating 60 years of engineering education in Bangladesh' on its campus yesterday.
Navy-led joint forces arrested a local Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leader from a market in the district town yesterday.
Naser Ahmed, director, External Affairs, Chevron Bangladesh, has been awarded '2007 Nehemiah Award' by the International Board of Director (IBOD) of Habitat for Humanity International, Asia Pacific region, says a press release.
At least four people were killed and 35 others injured in separate road accidents in Chittagong, Sylhet and Pabna yesterday and on Friday.
The level of lead pollution in Dhaka is one of the highest in the world, says a press release.
US Defence Secretary Robert Gates is to visit Japan next month, a report said yesterday, as Washington seeks to persuade Tokyo to maintain its support for forces in Afghanistan.
India, being an upper riparian country, cannot unilaterally withdraw water from the common rivers and any such move should be effectively dealt with at home and abroad, speakers said at a roundtable in Sylhet city yesterday.
A daylong Harijan Children Rights Fair and a discussion meeting were held in Kushtia yesterday.
Several hundred enthusiastic people, both male and female, assembled at Horimondir Para village of Laxmichhap union in Sadar upazila yesterday to share their experience of overcoming poverty.
Syed Muhammad Yunus, a millionaire contractor arrested in some cheating cases, was sent to jail yesterday.
The present caretaker govt. deserves congratulations for the recent initiative to make the roads rickshaw free. It is so refreshing. The capital city cannot afford to witness such chaotic traffic causing immense sufferings to the city dwellers.
Do we really understand the meaning of equality and human rights? If we do, then why are the people of Chittagong facing the danger of being washed away and thrown into the drains, or falling into manhole and being lost forever during a heavy shower? The reason is lack of proper drainage system. The very well known 'Chaktai Khal'and a number of other less known khals have been occupied, of course illegally and filled up by sand coming down from the innumerable hills cut down by land grabbers. So long we have been living in a fool's paradise. Every year during the rainy season we hear that a sizeable fund has been made available and very soon the 'Chaktai Khal' will be dredged and the drains from all around the city leading to the 'Khal' cleared, which will stop water logging in the city. Alas! Nothing has been done and the situation has gone from bad to worse. Main areas of the city go under water and the ground floor of houses and shops are inundated.
It is a fact that due to the peculiar socio-economic approach of our country, women are to struggle harder than their male counterparts to achieve their goals.
The proposal for enhancement of retirement age for govt. servants including freedom fighters from 57 years to 60 years is being mooted since long without any realistic steps being taken to implement the same. Recently, though a proposal by the ministry for freedom fighters to enhance the retirement age of freedom fighters serving in government jobs up to 65 years has been placed in the upper echelon of the govt, but it is yet to yield any outcome. The government has formed a new committee with a view to scrutinizing all such public committee reports and to make final recommendations. On 30 July last, reportedly in a meeting of the said committee, the previous proposal of all the committees to enhance the retirement age-limit to 60 years has been rejected due to strong opposition of some influential and young bureaucrats (Amla). It was said in the report that instead of discussion on enhancing the age limit, it was discussed as to how to decrease the age-limit from present day 57 years to 55 years. If the report is correct, then it is not only surprising, but also devoid of practicality.
Britain and France are leading a push for new EU sanctions to punish Iran over its nuclear programme. But while European nations increasingly fear a war in their backyard, the continent is divided over how to deal with the crisis.
Iran’s leadership boasts it is safe from US military action, saying Washington knows an attack would find no world support and send oil prices skyrocketing.
In the largest call-up of US diplomats since the Vietnam War, the State Department is planning to order some of its personnel to serve at the American Embassy in Iraq because of a lack of volunteers.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is looking to the past for lessons on how to make next month's Mideast peace conference a success.
Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto visited her ancestral village Saturday to pay respects at her father's tomb, her first trip outside Pakistan's biggest city since an assassination attempt against her killed 143 people nine days ago.
A suicide bomber detonated his explosives at the entrance to a US base in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, killing four Afghan soldiers and one Afghan civilian, a US official said.
A serpentine column of India's poorest of the poor is moving across cities, determined to reclaim their land taken over in the name of the country's heady economic boom.
Arts & Entertainment
Though Nadira Begum is capable of performing the different genres of Bangla songs, the artiste has made a name for herself as a bhawaiya (a folk genre) singer. For years she has been enlisted as a 'Grade A' artiste in radio and TV. The current president of the Bhawaiya Academy, Nadira Begum is also working on a compilation of authentic bhawaiya songs. This year Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy has honoured the singer for her contribution to the folk genre.
Film director Soovas Dutta, won the Fazlul Haq memorial award this year for direction. Hiren Dey, a cine-journalist won a similar award. Each received Tk twenty- five thousand, a certificate and a crest. Novelist Syed Shamsul Haq and artist Quayyum Chowdhury were chief guests at the programme which was held at a local hotel on October 26.
To generate awareness on eye diseases among the rural people, Grameen Advocacy Centre Sirta in Sadar Upazila, organised a cultural programme at the Renaissance Girls High School here recently.
In recognition of the contribution in different areas of entertainment in the year 2006 Bangladesh Cultural Reporter's Association (BCRA) gave awards at a grand ceremony at the Plenary Hall of Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre on October 26. In presence of many stars of film and television, the award giving ceremony virtually became a get together for them.
Jackie Chan has flexed his vocal muscles for the Olympics. The 53-year-old actor, best known for his daredevil stunts, has recorded We Are Ready, the official countdown song to the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics.
Veteran activist of the Bangladesh group theatre movement and poet, Gazi Sadekul Islam (Khasru) passed away last Friday. He was 67.
In spite of progress in harnessing technology for food production in Bangladesh, ten million people, not assured of three square meals a day, suffer silent hunger. A million hectares of farmland is lost to non-farm use every year, and food security of at least 1.5 million additional people comes under threat.
Back in the seventies when applying for a government scholarship for higher studies abroad (as a civil servant) I was required to state in one of the application forms whether I was in a professional or a non-professional cadre. The question nonplused me as I was not aware that there was any job in the government that qualified as non-professional.
Every night before going to sleep Noorjahan wonders if she would be alive the next morning. “I pray every night, thinking whether it will happen in the dark of the night while we are all asleep. In the next morning I pray again to the Almighty because the building did not cave in and thank him for keeping us alive to see another day.”
The government-promoted training programme on effluent treatment plant (ETP) received poor response from owners of dyeing and textile mills.
Road safety is a concept that seems to be of little value to the city bus drivers as it appears that their main concern is to get ahead of other buses by any means.
The battle against AIDS has taken in many directions over the last three decades. HIV infection continues to grow rapidly among high risk groups and there is concerning evidence of increasing new HIV infection rate despite prevalence rate said to remain low.
Modern insulins (also called insulin analogues) are genetically engineered, modified insulins that have changed treatment by insulin and improved blood glucose control in diabetes patients.
Depression is more damaging to everyday health than chronic diseases such as angina, arthritis, asthma and diabetes, researchers said.
Microsoft has acquired "health intelligence" software that pulls patient data from various sources into one location and allows instant access to health records.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Taxotere (Docetaxel) injection concentrate in combination with Cisplatin and 5-Fluorouracil (TPF regimen) for induction therapy of locally advanced squamous cell carcinoma of head and neck before patients undergo surgery and chemo-radiotherapy, says a recent press release.
Adults should engage in moderately intense exercise for at least 30 minutes five days a week or vigorous exercise at least 20 minutes three days each week, experts recommended.
A low-fat diet may protect women from ovarian cancer, US researchers said.
Men who regularly consume milk, cheese and yogurt may be less likely to develop a cluster of risk factors for diabetes and heart disease, a study suggests.