News of: Friday, 2nd of November, 2007
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Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday inaugurated the Dhaka District Judicial Magistracy and Dhaka Metropolitan Magistracy and said the day will serve as a "glorious milestone" for advancing the rule of law in the country.
Harkat ul-Jihad-i-Islami (Huji) leader Mufti Mohammad Hannan and two others of the banned outfit last night confessed to carrying out the August 21 grenade attack with intent to kill now detained Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina.
The Election Commission (EC) should consist of three election commissioners, one of them a woman, appointed by parliament, says a draft law on the formation of the commission.
Different international airports including Heathrow Airport strongly criticised Bangladesh Biman for its repeated failures to maintain flight schedules and warned of not granting slots if it failed to be punctual.
Chief Justice Mohammad Ruhul Amin yesterday called for a greater cooperation and integrity of the judges and lawyers to ensure true independence of the judiciary and thus justice to every citizen of the country.
Following the separation of the judiciary from the executive, an independent judiciary started working across the country yesterday amid enthusiasm and high hopes.
Law Adviser Mainul Hosein yesterday said that a law is being made to ensure transparency in the appointment of judges to the Supreme Court.
Bangladesh's western development partners yesterday welcomed the separation of judiciary from the executive, saying that it is an important step towards ensuring independence of the judiciary and strengthening democracy in the country.
The British government has decided to cancel a £16 million (Tk 230 crore) loan to Bangladesh Roads and Highways Department (RHD) on the grounds of corruption concerns.
Awami League (AL) yesterday strongly demanded the caretaker government take legal measurers against the leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami who repressed women during the Liberation War and made insolent comments over the nation's war of liberation.
A suicide bomber yesterday killed eight Pakistan air force personnel and 70 militants died in clashes, amid mounting fears that President Pervez Musharraf could declare emergency rule.
The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday hauled in industrialist and private TV director MNH Bulu and his wife Pushpita Noor for questioning in connection with Yaba trading and later released them.
A number of political parties and organisations have demanded a ban on Jamaat-e-Islami accusing it of hatching conspiracy against the nation.
The much-talked-about "Truth Commission" will not be functional and have no legal acceptability and credibility if formed to assist a specified group of people, said Anti-Corruption Commission Chairman Lt Gen (retd) Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury yesterday.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's Adviser Brig Gen (retd) ASM Hannan Shah yesterday said party leaders and workers outright rejected the "midnight drama" of Saifur Rahman and his followers.
The government yesterday formed a committee to find out Yaba traffickers, addicts and smuggling routes following a big haul of the deadly drugs in recent weeks in the country.
Finance Adviser Mirza Azizul Islam believes that the targeted GDP growth can be achieved in the current fiscal year differing with a recent International Monetary Fund (IMF) projection of a slowdown in GDP growth.
Four police officers of Narsingdi Model Police Station and two others have been accused in a murder case.
Sangbadik Sramik Karmachari Oikya Parishad, an organisation of journalists and media employees, yesterday expressed concerns following reports that a detective agency is creating panic by collecting the details of journalists across the country.
US Senator Edward M Kennedy has urged the caretaker government to release 12 teachers and students of Dhaka University (DU) and Rajshahi University (RU) detained in connection with student protests in August.
Switzerland will provide Bangladesh with $1 million for the “Preparation of Electoral Roll with Photographs” (PERP) project to be implemented by the Election Commission (EC).
The new head office of Standard Chartered Bank Bangladesh was opened yesterday on Gulshan Avenue in Dhaka with a view to provide hassles free services to its customers.
Sri Lankan jets bombed a suspected Tamil Tiger training base inside rebel-held territory Thursday as ground troops killed at least 30 guerrillas for the loss of two soldiers, the defence ministry claimed.
World oil prices rocketed to a record 96.24 dollars per barrel on Thursday as traders absorbed a surprise fall in US crude stocks alongside the Federal Reserve's interest rate cut.
It might take as long as half a century before US troops can leave the volatile Middle East, according to retired Army Gen John Abizaid.
The move to transform the Anti-Corruption Commission into a self-governing body is welcome. In the past many months, especially since the imposition of a state of emergency in the country and a consequent reconstitution of the ACC, the anti-corruption watchdog has made some impressive strides in handling cases of wrongdoing at various levels of politics and administration. However, the increasingly complex responsibilities it will now be expected to carry out call for special skills and competence in order for it to deliver the goods. We hope that in the days ahead the ACC will live up to the expectations reposed in it by the nation.
At any given point in time a good number of faculty members of Dhaka University would be overseas pursuing higher academic and research attainments. It is only natural that teachers of Dhaka University, or for that matter, any higher seat of learning, acquire further knowledge and advanced degrees in their chosen fields to let their students benefit from their accomplishments in due course. We grant, there is also the right to career development.
Ever since 1/11 there has been endless debate as to the parameters of the role of the caretaker government. Under the constitution, the caretaker government is tasked with assisting the Election Commission in "holding the general election of members of parliament peacefully, fairly, and impartially."
Thanks to Rudy Giuliani, ex-Mayor of New York, because what he has recently said about Iran brought back memories. He said that if he were to become the next president of the United States, he would attack Iran if it were to produce the nuclear weapon.
The Primary Education Development Program, PEDP II, (2004-2009) is the main national program for improving primary education, with a price tag of $1.8 billion. Eleven donors are supporting it. Its mid-term review is planned for October 29 to November 12. In spite of the promise from donors and the government to be transparent and open in consulting and involving stakeholders such as concerned NGOs and research institutions, the review appears to be a close-door process between the government and the donors.
Leaders Raj-shahi will play their first away match against struggling Chittagong while Dhaka face Barisal in their second home match of the National Cricket League today.
Having bagged the inaugural professional football league title at the start of the season, Abahani are looking forward to seal the year with international success.
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) acting general secretary Manzoor Hossain Malu confirmed yesterday the federation has decided to terminate Syed Nayeemuddin's contract.
Pakistan's cricketers flew into India on Thursday to resume the fierce cricketing rivalry that their Australian coach Geoff Lawson has described as "bigger than the Ashes."
Stuart MacGill faces a battle with Brad Hogg for the leg-spinner's role in the Australian team for next week's opening Test against Sri Lanka in Brisbane.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is all set to launch a second tier competition of the National Cricket League this month.
Pakistan will be keen to fall into the groove straightaway as they prepare for the high-profile cricket series against archrivals India with a warm-up game against the Delhi Ranji team here on Friday.
The two-day camp for the Indian cricket team will be held as per schedule at Kolkata's Eden Gardens today.
Real Madrid consolidated their lead of the Spanish first division by thrashing hapless Valencia 5-1 on Wednesday, equalling the heaviest home defeat in the Mediterranean side's history.
New Tottenham manager Juande Ramos demanded improvement in all areas of his team's performance after seeing it progress to the quarterfinals of the English League Cup.
Avram Grant admitted Frank Lampard had saved Chelsea's blushes after the England midfielder's hat-trick inspired a dramatic 4-3 League Cup win over Leicester.
England's Football Association confirmed on Wednesday that it will be bidding to host the 2018 World Cup.
Brazil coach Dunga on Wednesday announced a largely unchaned squad for the South American zone World Cup 2010 qualifying matches against Peru in Lima on November 18 and Uruguay at Sao Paolo three days later.
Barcelona reiterated on Wednesday that Brazilian star Ronaldinho is not for sale, despite new press rumours announcing his imminent departure.
Brazilian football legend Pele described as "fantastic" the selection of his country to host the 2014 World Cup.
Opening batsman Phil Jaques and leg-spinners Stuart MacGill and Brad Hogg were named in a 13-man Australian squad Thursday for next week's opening cricket Test against Sri Lanka in Brisbane.
Sri Lanka pace spearhead Lasith Malinga has vowed to go after the Australian batsmen in their two-Test series getting underway here next Thursday.
Monty Panesar's omission from the England squad during the Ashes was largely blamed on Duncan Fletcher, but the former coach reveals he was the only one wanting to have the left-armer in the side despite a unanimous vote in favour of Ashley Giles.
The Indian sub-continent has transformed from a cricketing afterthought in Australia to a financial powerhouse increasingly important to players and officials down under, a history of Cricket Australia reveals.
A key witness in the inquest into the death of cricket coach Bob Woolmer refused to testify Wednesday saying she had received telephone threats from members of the Indian community.
Sachin Tendulkar might not evoke terror in the hearts of touring sides like his days of yore, but Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria has warned his team not to take him lightly as the genius might just have a few points to prove in the forthcoming series.
Ricky Ponting believes Michael Clarke is the obvious candidate to be Australia's next captain but he says Clarke does not need to be thrown into official on-field leadership roles yet.
Orient Cricket Academy notched a comfortable 77-run victory over Udiyaman Cricket Academy in the Third Division qualifying cricket league at the Dhaka University ground yesterday.
The 3rd Japan Cup Karate Competition begins today at the National Sports Council gymnasium.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is still awaiting a positive response from their Indian counterparts on allocating tickets for thousands of fans keen on travelling to India to support their team.
AC Milan set aside the stories of crises and desperate home form to thrash Sampdoria 5-0 away in the latest round of Serie A matches on Wednesday.
German Cup holders Nurem-berg's travails this season continued apace as they lost their title on Wednesday losing to Second Division strugglers Jena 5-4 on penalties after the match ended 2-2.
Manchester United will welcome back captain Gary Neville at Stockport on Thursday night in what will be his first game in seven months.
Football Federation Australia (FFA) chairman Frank Lowy said Thursday his country has a good chance of winning the race to host the 2018 World Cup, despite England being widely tipped to get the nod.
PSV Eindhoven confirmed that the former Barcelona hero Ronald Koeman will leave to coach Spanish side Valencia, the Dutch club said on Wednesday night.
Despite a continued surge in remittances from Bangladeshi expatriates, the country's current account slumped to a $132 million deficit in July due to falls in exports, foreign direct investment and net foreign aid.
Congressman Jim McDermott, who recently introduced the bill 'The New Partnership for Development Act 2007' (NPDA) in the US Congress, has expressed optimism about the passage of the bill.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations should take "bold steps" to achieve a single aviation market by 2015, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said Thursday.
The G20 group of developing economies in the WTO will meet here next month in a final attempt to drive global trade talks ahead, Brazil's Foreign Minister Celso Amorim said Wednesday.
Despite a flourishing US economy, global momentum remains vulnerable to financial market tension that could dampen critical consumer spending and bedevil the corporate and housing sectors, analysts warn.
A single country fair of Bangladeshi knit products began in Toronto, Canada on Tuesday, says a press release.
The new head office of Standard Chartered Bank Bangladesh located on Gulshan Avenue in Dhaka was opened yesterday with a view to providing more comfortable services to its customers.
Bangladesh-British Chamber of Commerce (BBCC) has offered to set up a training institute for human resource development in Bangladesh under joint venture initiative.
The export-import activities between Bangladesh and India through the Benapole land port resumed yesterday after a 12-hour shutdown.
South Korean business conglomerate Lotte Engineering & Construction has expressed its keen interest in investing in Bangladesh's infrastructure sector.
Unilever Plc/NV, the world's third-biggest food and consumer goods group, met forecasts with a 4.5 percent increase in third-quarter underlying sales and its shares rose on confidence it will meet its 2007 sales and margin targets.
IFIC Bank Ltd has approved 10 percent stock dividend for the years 2003, 2004 and 2005, and 24 percent for the year 2006.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is providing Bangladesh $150 million in loan to better equip the country in its fight against corruption and to foster economic growth by strengthening its system of governance.
National Youth Day 2007 was observed in the country yesterday with a call for self-employment of the youths for establishing a nation free from poverty.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) launched its Country Cooperation Strategy (CCS) 2008-2013 yesterday to facilitate collaboration between WHO and Bangladesh.
Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) yesterday called on the government to ban religion-based politics and try the war criminals in special tribunal.
Interrogators are yet to glean any information from Akhter Hamid Paban about two firearms that he allegedly supplied to a criminal gang for hijacking a taxicab.
Unilever Bangladesh and Bangladesh Dental Society (BDS) will observe the second 'Pepsodent-Bangladesh Dental Society Oral Health Day 2007' on November 16.
Rajshahi University (RU) authorities have increased dining hall meal charges at the dormitories without any discussion with residential students and student leaders.
Awami League will observe the Jail Killing Day in a befitting manner tomorrow.
Feroza Hossain, wife of Awami League leader Amir Hossain Amu, passed away due to cancer at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore yesterday at the age of 55.
The district office of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Wednesday collected the copies of a general diary (GD) filed against Khulna City Corporation Mayor Sheikh Tayebur Rahman to initiate an investigation into the allegations of corruption against him.
Family members of Deen Islam Angel, a second-year student of mass communication and journalism department of Dhaka University who has been detained along with some other students on charge of campus violence on August 20-22, have urged the government to release him.
Police recovered two unidentified bodies, including that of a three-year-old girl, from Demra and Keraniganj in separate incidents yesterday.
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday reached Columbus, capital of Ohio State in the United States, reports News World from New York.
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) is yet to return the five Bangladeshi fishermen, who were caught from the bordering river Kushiyara on October 30.
Police in separate drives across the country arrested 1,119 people on various charges during the last 24 hours until 6:00am yesterday.
Passport form will be available and deposited in seven post offices in Dhaka City from November 6.
A journalist was killed by his stepbrother over a piece of land at Birganj in Dinajpur on Wednesday.
The history department of Rajshahi University organises a seminar on 'Sepoy rebellion 1857' at the dean complex auditorium today marking the 150 years of the great revolution.
I was astonished to read the recent reports in The Daily Star regarding the statements by leaders of the Jamaat that there were no anti-liberation collaborators of the Pakistan Army during the Liberation War of 1971. The Daily Star has rightly pointed out that there is enough written evidence to the contrary.
‘Fees for national ID Cards Set'- This news published in the front page of The Daily Star on 22nd Oct 2007 took me aback. I was rather shocked seeing the government's series of unwise and thoughtless steps regarding national ID cards. National ID is surely a big buzz word for those involved in this project in our government, but it's part of my profession. It does not make sense to me; we have not even started the groundwork for the National ID card and how on earth we can set the price tag to the National ID card. Excuse my loud and facts-based assumption! It seems the National ID card project is going to be another breeding ground for corruption!
I was very happy when the government took the decision of running the CNG auto-rickshaw by the meter and also that the drivers will go to any destination according to the passengers' needs. And for that you reduced the deposit money of the CNG drivers to their owners and increased the fare from Tk. 12 to 13.50 for the first 2 kms.
I had the opportunity to visit Chittagong on a number occasions during the last few months. For that purpose I had to travel through Shah Amanat International Airport. I was shocked to come across distorted history on the mural at the departure lounge. The mural inscribes the distorted message of Major Zia proclaiming the Independence and urging different governments to accord recognition to our newborn country. Such was the norm during the Jote Sarkar. The mural does not mention the actual message that Major Zia read at the Kalurghat Radio station on 27th March 1971. In the actual short message delivered, Major Zia mentioned thrice that he was declaring Independence “on behalf of the great leader Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman”. I heard it myself. There is nothing wrong in quoting the correct history. I would like to congratulate the present caretaker govt. for taking the initiative to correct the distorted history and the mess created by the BNP-led government. And also for recognising Bangabandhu as the Father of the Nation. I would, therefore, request the authorities concerned to immediately take necessary steps to remove the distorted history from Shah Amanat Airport and correct the mural inscriptions with the actual message read out by Major Zia.
We the people of South Bisil located at Mirpur-1( west of Dar-Us-Salam Road heading towards Mirpur-1 bus stand) are suffering a lot for this road. Though it was a good road 10 years back, but due to poor maintenance now it's worse than a muddy village road. This road is connected to Mirpur Shah Ali Market as well as the Mirpur-1 bus stand. But we are unlucky that despite paying tax round the year, we don't find any improvement done by the DCC to this particular road.
It's not only a matter of shame but a national tragedy that an anti national and reactionary entity like Jamaat-e -Islami is still allowed to do politics in Bangladesh. This is not an anti-democratic stance but a matter of principle. Even if we accept the fact that there is nothing final in war and politics, the Jamaat's position is unique in Bangladesh.
I am a resident of Kakrail, Ramna, Dhaka. This place is known for Willes Little Flower School which is situated beside the VIP road. Every morning thousands of youngsters walk through the footpath holding hands of their parents on their way to the main gate of the school. But the footpath is occupied by some people who are homeless and mainly street beggars.
1. What are the most common channels when we sit before the TV set?
I beg apology at the outset if I hurt anybody's feeling with my funny question. The question is: Who will be a successful vice chancellor of a public university- an educationist or a police chief?
Shah Abdul Hannan is dead wrong and disingenuous when he claims that the war in 1971 was a civil war (DS, 28 October).
I agree with Shafi Ahmed that Mountbatten was no Solomon. But, then, neither was Jinnah. If a central government for a united India couldn't be trusted by Jinnah to look after the interests of the Muslim minority, how could Jinnah expect a single government in Kolkata or Lahore to be trusted by his political rivals to look after the interests of the Hindu and Sikh minorities?
The worst thing in the life of a common man is a visit to a government office. He is kept waiting for hours, days by members of administration-- from clerks to officers. This is the norm of offices in our impoverished country. Although the world is changing, our bureaucracy is static for the last two hundred years. People's expectations have gone high over the years. But high officials have agendas other than moving with public interests.
An individual deserves to be called a cultured person when any of the facets of art or culture has imprinted a certain amount of positive change in the life of that person. For being cultured, it is not enough to say that the person is connected to some cultural field. One might be a singer, a poet or doing fine arts. That does not necessarily mean that the person is cultured. The dictionary meaning of the word 'cultured' can be taken as enlightened and/or refined.
Afghan forces said yesterday they had killed 50 more Taliban militants in the heaviest fighting in a western province since the fall of the Islamist regime in 2001.
Turkey yesterday stepped up pressure on northern Iraq, imposing economic sanctions over the safe haven Kurdish rebels enjoy in the region, as Washington said it was supplying Ankara with intelligence on the separatists' positions.
Pakistan's top court is unlikely to rule on the legality of Pervez Musharraf's victory in last month's presidential vote until November 12 -- three days before his current term ends, a judge said.
Influential former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani on Thursday warned Iran to be alert in the face of "unprecedented" actions by its arch-foe the United States.
Japan yesterday ordered home ships engaged on a refuelling mission in the Indian Ocean, halting the close US ally's main role in the "war on terror" due to domestic opposition.
King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia had a "meeting of minds" in talks Wednesday with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown on taking forward the Middle East peace process, a spokesman said.
Former Pakistani premier Benazir Bhutto left for Dubai Thursday, officials said, in a surprise move after cancelling the trip overnight due to rumours of an impending state of emergency.
Sri Lanka's government said yesterday it would not censor reports on its war with Tamil Tiger rebels, just hours after it introduced the blanket restrictions.
Sixty-six guerrillas surrendered Thursday in India's northeastern Assam state in a sign of cracks in the rebel force blamed for 15,000 deaths in separatist violence in the past three decades.
US State Department diplomats have criticised new rules that will force some to work in Iraq against their will or risk dismissal, the Washington Post reported Thursday.
Arts & Entertainment
Kabori Sarwar, the heartthrob of the 60's and 70's Bangladeshi big screen has recently won the prize for best direction, awarded by Bangladesh Cultural Reporter's Association. Is the veteran actress turned director heady with success? She was cool and self-contained as she spoke to The Daily Star about her achievements and experiences in life.
Department of Dance and Music, Bangladesh Shipakala Academy (BSA) organised a discussion and musical soiree to bring to light the contributions of the great performer Kobial Ramesh Sheel on October 31. The programme was held at the auditorium of National Dance and Music Centre.
Rajasthan: the blazing Thar desert, turquoise lakes and pools, numerous havelis, mahals and qillas, a mesmerising blend of Mughal and Rajput architectural trends, piercing eyes and exotic dark faces that are partly veiled, colour coordinated cities, vibrant hues of bandhni (tie-dye), the ghoomar dancers swirling to rustic tunes of dholak or sarangi…It's a land of enchantment; can't get better than this for an enthusiastic photographer.
A three-day film festival titled '2nd International Children Film Festival Chittagong 2007' began in the port city yesterday with a view to offer the children an opportunity to enjoy quality films made specifically for them.
To create awareness on eye diseases among the rural people, Grameen Advocacy Centre of Dinajpur organised a programme at Azimpur union of Biral upazila, Dinajpur recently. A rally, discussion and cultural programme were part of the event.
Eleven folk painting by renowned artists Abdus Shakur and Shambhu Acharya were exhibited at the 3rd China International Folk Painting Exhibition, which began on October 26 in Yoyang City of Hunan Sheng province, China, says a press release.
Award-winning filmmaker Abu Sayeed's 4th feature film Banshi will be released at Star Cineplex, Bashudhara City Shopping Mall on November 16th, says a press release.
Rural finance in developing countries is characterised by what Partha Dasgupta describes in "An Enquiry Into Well-being and Destitution" as an irony and a tragedy. The irony is that credit is readily available for rich people who can save and may not require it, whereas it is beyond the reach of the poor who are in desperate need. The tragedy is that the imperfect markets for credit nurture poverty through a process of ruthless exploitation.
Let us stop looking for what we do not have. Let us look at what we do have. We do have a small and promising group of young men and women who are smart, articulate, and impressive. Let them take the reins of our businesses. They may not have all the qualifications and experience that one may ideally seek but they will in the long run be better for one's business than the short tenure short horizon expatriate.
In Pakistan today there is a paradox crying for an explanation; it is a paradox, moreover, whose exploration can bring some clarity to the predicament of the Islamicate today.
Do you want to remember or do you want to forget?" If only this question had an easy answer. Remembering is not easy, but forgetting may be impossible, especially when it comes to surviving the atrocities of war.
Two bedroom flat. Father, mother, four siblings, and an uncle; all live together in the 500 sq. foot residential unit. Father, mother, and the youngest of the kids live in one bedroom. Another room is shared by the two sisters, one goes to college and one is in high school. The other brother, also in high school, and the uncle, who is struggling with his small business after graduation, share the bed which occupies a part of the living room. There is a small balcony, which is occupied with household items like an extra chair, a broken table, a shelf.
Rising food price inflation is a major, perhaps the most important, economic issue facing the country. But it's not only in Bangladesh where food prices are rising. It's a global phenomenon that the Economist has dubbed agflation. There are macro and microeconomic reasons behind agflation, and policies to combat it will have to take these factors into account.
The prime objective of the Environmental Site Assessment (Phase I) is to identify the environmental liability, or potential environmental liability, of the property under assessment. According to the American Society for Testing & Materials (ASTM), recognition of environmental conditions on the site means identifying any hazardous materials or petroleum products present on a property under conditions that would indicate an existing release, a past release, or the material threat of release of these substances into structures on the property, the ground, ground water, or surface water of the property. The assessment also evaluates environmental liabilities associated with real property acquisition and ownership. Information obtained through environmental site assessments can greatly influence the real estate property value.
Forest should be protected not only because it is the home of precious biodiversity but also because forests was and still is habitat for millions of people all over the world. The relationship of man with forest is more than commercial; not only for foods and raw materials for modern commodities or genetic pool for breeding high yielding plants and animals. To Kin of Homo sapiens forest is the paradise. Still people live in forests of Malaysia, Africa, South America and many other parts of the world, with their lifestyles interwoven with environment. Indeed, it is thought that many forest communities in Latin America have yet to contact the wider world.
Tamanna Ferdous is a 2nd year honours examinee. Just as she seats at the table, in the evening her music-minded neighbour switches on his hi-fi set up at its full blast. She attempts in vain to concentrate on the contents in her notes, with the piercing metallic sound coming from the next-door, it is next to impossible to study. Closing her note-book, she begins to wonder whether people like her neighbour cannot enjoy music without disturbing others. There are plenty of people who have much in common with Tamanna's neighbour, and not only with music but other things of their liking, too.