News of: Wednesday, 5th of December, 2007
A speedy trial court of Rajshahi yesterday sentenced four Rajshahi University (RU) teachers to two years' rigorous imprisonment for violating Emergency Power Rules (EPR) 2007 by bringing out a silent procession on the campus on August 21.
The caretaker government yesterday cancelled the allotments of NAM apartments to 108 former members of the parliament (MP), who are either convicted or accused or under trial for corruption, or who have failed to submit their wealth statements.
The United Nations (UN) yesterday said that the damage from Cyclone Sidr is worse than initial estimates.
The agriculture ministry has approved a fund of Tk 69 crore for immediate distribution in the first phase of its rehabilitation programmes to recover from agricultural damage caused by cyclone Sidr.
While there is an acute lack of work in many places, there are allegations that labourers are foregoing the little work available, preferring to queue for hours to receive relief materials instead.
Most of the Sidr victims in the worst-hit Southkhali in Bagerhat's Sharonkhola upazila are apparently happy about relief distribution, but they all want to return to their previous jobs that include agriculture, fishing, and small businesses.
Khandaker Delwar Hossain, Khaleda Zia-appointed secretary general of BNP, is allegedly under renewed pressure to accept the 'unity proposal' given by Saifur Rahman, the acting chairman appointed by the party's standing committee.
Maj Gen (retd) Syed Mohammad Ibrahim yesterday launched a political party named Bangladesh Welfare Party, declaring himself as its chairman for three years, and urged people to join the party to bring a 'change in politics'.
The newly formed Regulatory Reforms Commission (RRC) yesterday submitted two proposals to the government for compiling all rules and regulations and sending any new regulation to elicit public opinion before gazette notification.
The five JMB militants imprisoned in Comilla claim their attempt to break free was their own effort, but the probe committees suspect some jail officials and employees were involved.
Dhaka University Vice-chancellor (VC) Prof SMA Faiz yesterday said the teachers and students who were arrested in connection with the August 20-22 violence on the campus might be released soon.
The World Heritage Centre (WHC) has invited a formal request from Bangladesh for getting support from its emergency response fund for the Sundarbans, the lone world natural heritage site of the country.
Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday requested the non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to be lenient as much as possible in realising loan instalments from the cyclone-affected people.
A Dhaka court yesterday ordered attachment of property of former Awami League (AL) lawmaker Mirza Azam and a businessman in a graft case.
The government yesterday asked all commercial banks and financial institutions to provide monthly updates on frozen bank accounts held by corruption suspects.
Law Adviser Mainul Hosein yesterday said the location of Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Court has been changed with permission of the Supreme Court to try an extortion case against former prime minister Sheikh Hasina.
The authorities of National University (NU) have cancelled the English examination for Honours second year in all disciplines as allegation of question leak was primarily proved.
Public Works Department is going to take control of Akhteruzzaman Centre, a 9-storey private commercial building in the port city's Agrabad area, in a day or two.
The government yesterday announced names of pre-qualified bidders for the 450-MW Bibiyana Power Plant project.
First Iraq, now Iran. The United States has operated under a cloud of faulty intelligence in both countries.
Pakistani opposition leaders Nawaz Sharif and Benazir Bhutto set their parties to work yesterday on a list of demands they say the government must meet to stop them boycotting elections in January.
Israel said yesterday it is seeking bids to build more than 300 new homes in a disputed east Jerusalem neighborhood, drawing Palestinian condemnations that the move is undermining the newly revived peace talks held last week in Annapolis, Md.
The National Board of Revenue has reasons to revel in substantial growth in tax revenue but no cause to celebrate. Not as yet, because less than one-third of the total tax payer base of two million submitted their tax returns. And taking into account the fact that there may be several millions without TIN number whose incomes are taxable and yet who have not filed their returns, the extent of tax evasion makes us sit up and take note.
The worries of the chairman of the Anti-Corruption Commission are also ours. If indeed bureaucratic tangles have come in the way of a recovery of money siphoned off abroad by corrupt elements in Bangladesh, then the crusade against corruption remains incomplete. Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury informs us that owing to an absence of official arrangements with other countries vis-ŕ-vis investigating corruption, it has not been possible so far for the money stashed away to be brought back to Bangladesh. Besides, an inadequacy of authentic information regarding the money smuggled out abroad has also impeded a prosecution of those responsible for such unlawful conduct.
There have been efforts to brand Pakistan as a terrorist state where, according to some quarters, the so-called Islamic militancy is actually uncontrollable. Such quarters are of the view that the Muslim mind, particularly in Pakistan, is predisposed to becoming the wellspring of terrorism. Proponents of this view strongly feel that the Muslim mindset needs to be somehow suitably molded and rounded up to accommodate and live with modernity.
The south Asian island state of Sri Lanka seems to be inexorably moving towards resumption of the full blown war following a number of developments that clearly indicate the hardening of the stance of both -- the government and the Tamil militants. T
The concept of local government is not new to Bangladesh. The British attempted to introduce it as early as 1787. The permanent settlement of 1793 resulted in emergence of a system of landlords who became the local agents of the British government. In 1842, municipalities were established in some provinces of India. In 1870, the Chowkidar Panchayet Act was enacted.
The Bangladesh batsmen on Tuesday got a little idea about what is exactly coming at them in New Zealand.
Stand-in captain Younis Khan staved off a spin threat with a responsible century to help Pakistan draw the second Test against India here on Tuesday.
Be it exhibition or competitive, the tension seems to hang around an Abahani-Mohammedan clash.
Former national captain Habibul Bashar will lead a depleted Khulna side today when they take on hosts Chittagong in a seventh round match of the 9th National Cricket League.
Kumar Sangakkara became the first batsman to hit 150-plus scores in four consecutive Tests as Sri Lanka pressed for victory in the first Test against England on Tuesday.
Bangladesh and a New Zealand team will play a Twenty20 match this month to raise funds for victims of November's deadly cyclone.
Reefat Bin Sattar and his fellow Bangladeshi Grand Master Abdullah Al Rakib maintained their winning run in the second round of the Commonwealth Chess Champion-ship in New Delhi, India.
The Metropolis First Division Chess League will begin in Dhaka on December 12 at the Bangladesh Chess Federation hall-room.
Pakistan have called up uncapped fast bowler Abdur Rauf for the final Test against India, a team official said on Tuesday.
In a sudden turn of events, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday climbed down in its standoff with chief selector Dilip Vengsarkar, saying it would go into his "legitimate" demands for compensation for not writing columns.
Cristiano Ronaldo made up for missing out on the European Footballer of the Year award by scoring both goals as Manchester United moved to within three points of leaders Arsenal with a 2-0 win against Fulham at Old Trafford on Monday.
Police confirmed Monday they were investigating an incident that saw a spectator shine a green 'laser' beam into the face of Chelsea striker Didier Drogba during his side's 1-0 Premier League win at home to London rivals West Ham last weekend.
Shay Given has insisted that Newcastle United manager Sam Allardyce is not facing a player revolt after a run of poor results has led to increasing speculation over the former Bolton boss's long-term future with the north-east club.
Jose Mourinho is among at least four confirmed candidates on the Football Association's radar in its search for the next England manager.
Champions Inter Milan and main title challengers Roma are hoping to put daylight between themselves and the rest on Wednesday when they play their respective matches in hand.
Barcelona striker Bojan Krkic, who has shined in Spain's Under-21 side and the Catalan club, could debut on the full national team earlier than expected, Spain coach Luis Aragones said Tuesday.
Takeshi Okada will be named Japanese national team coach after accepting an offer to return to the post, the Japan Football Association (JFA) said on Tuesday.
Barcelona's Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o has received the all-clear to resume playing after three months out injured and could return in this Sunday's league match against Deportivo La Corogna, the Catalan club announced.
Test cricket's leading wicket-taker Muttiah Muralidaran said on Tuesday he rated Sri Lanka's World Cup triumph in 1996 as more memorable than his own individual world record.
The appointment of former South Africa batsman Gary Kirsten as the new India coach has been delayed, with the cricket board citing minor last-minute glitches Tuesday.
India skipper Anil Kumble said on Tuesday he was looking forward to an improved performance from his fielders in the third and final Test against Pakistan.
Asia's number-one side Korea have taken over from the Netherlands as favourites to win the Champions Trophy, as teams struggle to cope with hot and humid conditions midway through the tournament.
Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara said on Tuesday hard work was the secret to his record-breaking run of scores.
India pace bowler Shanthakumaran Sreesanth Tuesday said he would not be intimidated by Australian crowds during this summer's series down under and was confident of taking wickets.
We published a picture in this page on Tuesday where the caption read Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard converting a spotkick against their Premiership rivals Bolton. Actually Gerrard was scoring from the spot against Porto at Anfield during a UEFA Champions League match on November 28. We regret the slip.
A battle has broken out for control of the Bashundhara Group, one of the country's largest industrial conglomerates, that is presently mired in a corruption scandal.
Banglalink, the mobile telephone operator, will have 10 million subscribers and start making profits by the end of next year, according to the Egyptian owned company's chief executive officer, Rashid Khan.
Dhaka stocks closed higher yesterday due to availability of loans from brokerage houses after chaos on Monday, traders said.
The world is eating more than it produces and food prices may climb for years because of expansion of farming for fuel and climate change, risking social unrest, an expert and new report said Tuesday.
In a bid to increase further its micro finance activities in rural areas, Brac, a leading micro finance institution in Bangladesh, has completed the closing of a new US$ 55 million equivalent taka loan facility from a group of international lenders.
A face-off is tipped to be developing between two bankers with origins in the two countries for the position of CEO at the world's largest bank Citigroup, reports Indian website rediff.com.
Europe's main equity markets sank on Tuesday as investor concerns resurfaced over the global credit squeeze after a pullback earlier in Tokyo and overnight in New York, analysts said.
Finance Adviser Dr Mirza Azizul Islam yesterday asked the donors to make the procedure simple and reasonable for funding.
The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) Ltd in Bangladesh has launched Saturday banking for the bank's customers at its GEC branch in Chittagong, says a press release.
Summit Uttaranchol Power Company Limited, a subsidiary company of Summit Power Limited, signed a contract with GE Jenbacher GmbH & Co OHG, Achenseestraße 1-3, 6200 Jenbach, Austria ("GE Jenbacher") to buy equipment for its 11 MW power plant to be set up in Ullapara, says a press release.
The three-day long fifth Medexpo-2007, an annual exposition of medical services and equipment, kicks off in the city tomorrow.
World oil prices paused close to 90 dollars a barrel Tuesday on the eve of a crucial Opec production meeting in Abu Dhabi.
Leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have decided at their annual summit to stick to a 2010 date to launch their single currency, the GCC chief told reporters on Tuesday.
Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday hoped that the development partners and friendly nations would come forward to help Bangladesh in its long-term rehabilitation programme.
While there is no official statistics on the number of Bangladeshi workers living abroad, a study conducted by a private research organisation says over 4.37 lakh female and 27.70 lakh male Bangladeshis are presently working abroad on temporary basis.
LGRD and Cooperatives Adviser Anwarul Iqbal yesterday said Bangladesh being one of the major source countries of migrant workers is facing challenges of managing the movement of hundreds of people everyday.
Two of the nine extortion cases and an arms case against the detained mayor of Khulna City Corporation, Sheikh Tayebur Rahman, were brought under Emergency Power Rules yesterday.
Different political parties and student organisations yesterday demanded immediate release of four Rajshahi University (RU) teachers sentenced to two years' rigorous imprisonment each on charge of bringing out silent procession on August 21 violating the emergency power rules.
The George Harrison Fund for UNICEF has announced a donation of 450,000 US dollar for relief and recovery efforts for the cyclone victims in Bangladesh.
A Dhaka court yesterday placed detained EARTH Foundation director Syed Mahiuddin Ahmed on a three-day remand for interrogation in a criminal case.
Robbers looted ornaments, cash and valuables worth over Tk 4.5 lakh from the residence of a businessman at Saraipara under Pahartali Police Station in the port city yesterday.
Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury was produced before a court in connection with a graft case concerning Bijoy TV yesterday for the first time since he was arrested on March 7.
Bangladesh Scouts has chalked out an eight-day camp (COMDECA) 2007 at Cox's Bazar sea beach beginning from Friday in observance of the Centenary of Scouting.
Different government and non-government organisations, political parties and social bodies continued to stand by the Sidr-affected people.
The nation observes the 44th anniversary of death of Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy, one of the great leaders of the sub-continent.
Litterateur Mokbula Monjur has been awarded Anannya Literary Award 1414 in recognition of her contribution to Bangla literature.
Freedom fighters from the grassroots level yesterday assured the Liberation War sector commanders of all-out cooperation in realising the demand for the trial of war criminals.
SWID Bangladesh was elected a board member of the Asian Federation for the Intellectually Disabled (AFID) recently, says a press release.
Swami Atmasthanandaji Maharaj was elected president of the Ramkrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission at a meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Math and the governing body of the Mission on December 3, says a press release.
A housewife was strangled allegedly by her husband at their house at North Badda in the city yesterday.
Darpan, a seven-year-old boy, sustained severe electrical burns in an accident in September and is now undergoing treatment at South View Hospital in Mirpur, says a press release.
Stephen Murray, an educationist of international repute, has recently joined the International School Dhaka (ISD) as its chief executive officer, says a press release.
Management Net, organisation of the former students of 10 batches of Department of Management (83-92) of Dhaka University, will hold its grand reunion on December 7 at Business Studies Bhaban on the Dhaka University campus, says a press release.
An uneasy calm prevailed at Sylhet City Corporation (SCC) office yesterday, a day after dismissal of 431 employees by LGRD ministry. There was no work at the office for the second day.
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Dr. Md. Shamsul Huda yesterday said it is time to 'rebuild democracy' and establish good governance in the country through holding a free, fair and credible national election.
Bangladesh Bank governor Dr Salehuddin Ahmed yesterday asked officials of nationalised and private commercial banks to complete disbursement of loans to farmers in Sidr-hit areas on priority basis by January next year.
Freedom fighters at a reunion meeting yesterday demanded punishment of war criminals.
A criminal has been arrested from the town by members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab).
Jagrata Jubo Sangha (JJS), an NGO has opened three shelter homes for the ill-fated children who lost their parents after the devastating Sidr that swept over Swarankhola upazila in Bagerhat on November 15.
Parbattya Chtragram Bangali Samo Adhikar Andolon yesterday demanded cancellation of the Committee for Voter List Monitoring and Management in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT).
In 1971 I was in my early twenties. I had my loving parents, affectionate brothers, hearty friends and also someone to love. I had enviable educational degrees and reserved seat in the coveted Superior Service of Pakistan(selected by Central Public Service Commission). Leaving this rosy life I opted for the uncertain and risky life of a guerrilla fighter, not for anything less than freedom of my nation. My father an educationist bade farewell with a single sentence "Come back with honor". I could not face my mother at the time of departure.
The most fierce and powerful super-hurricane Sidr hit the entire coastal belt of Bangladesh on the night of Nov. 15, 2007 and it ravaged a very large part of Southern Bangladesh and some upland districts over a period of about 12 to 16 hours.
The political drama in Pakistan took yet another turn when the government finally allowed former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to set foot on Pakistani soil. This former chief minister of Punjab, who had served twice as prime minister, suddenly seems to be the hero in this game of politics in contrast with the other former prime minister who is said to have negotiated a deal with the ruling establishment. But the real question is what next?
Koraish Munshi Bazar under P.S. Dagunbhuyan, Dist. Feni is in dire need of a bank branch for obvious financial reasons. The locality surrounding the markets has the following favourable points for opening a bank branch.
On TV and on newspaper we see the news “CA becomes accessible by email” and the CA's press secretary has said that the CA would establish contacts with complainants and give replies.
Last year Bangladesh was in the world media because of Nobel Peace Prize. The nation paid its homage to Grameen Bank and its founder Professor Yunus. But where is our Nobel laureate at this critical moment of the country? We have not heard his voice yet, although we heard a lot about his future plans to remove poverty from the country. Sidr has taken away everything from a large part of the country. The affected people's cry gives us a clear signal as to what they need now. Grameen Bank has a large network. Since it has been given Nobel Peace Prize, let us listen from it how the Sidr affected people can lead a peaceful life in future. Only tin-shed katcha houses are not the solution. These people need at least one well built pucca house in a family which can stand cyclones like Sidr.
The US and India are coming closer, with various models of pacts and exercises. For obvious reasons, to contain mighty China's hold on South Asia, the long-term strategy of America is to form a seamless region, similar to the former British India.
About 15 to 20% people of this country actively participate in politics. Except for some minorities, most of them from top leadership to grassroots level activists involve themselves in politics for their own vested interest. Eighty percent people of this country were being exploited under the pre- 1/11 corrupt political system. After 1/11 a new era of hope has ushered in. But this new situation has brought misery for most of the political activists. Sensing their political demise, they are desperately trying to save their supreme leaders, most of who are corrupt, so that they can preserve their old corrupt political system. For this reason they are showing blind loyalty and support to their supreme leaders. Nation's interests come last to these political activists. But they should by now realise that their days of exploiting this nation has come to an end under a sham democracy. No matter how hard they try they cannot turn back the clock before 1/11 and deceive this nation any more.
“Hum Namaj parega, Roza Rakhe ga, hum Musalman hai etc”. This was the Urdu reply of my father who was a 60 years old, influential village man with no knowledge of Urdu at all. He had to prove that he was a Muslim to a squad of Pakistani soldiers who were led to our home by a group of Razakars. One of the members of Razakars was my father's brother-in-law. My poor father could not satisfy the brutal Pakistani soldiers by his poor Urdu about his Muslim identity. He was trembling with fear. While the squad was leaving, one of the soldiers hit my father by the butt of his gun on his chest. The pain of this hit on his chest persisted till his death. He was complaining about the pain and I still feel that if I could found that soldier I would have killed him. Even if I face him today, probably I will hurt him if I can't kill him.
The year 2007 will remain as a nightmare for every Bangladeshi, may be for many generations. In 2007 the country witnessed two most devastating floods, one after another, within a short span of time. It devastated lives and properties including standing crops twice. The country has not recovered yet from the losses caused by floods.
US President George Bush threatens World War III if Iran goes nuclear: George Bush has perhaps forgotten that British forces invaded and occupied Washington the capital of the USA in 1812-1814, burnt down White House and the US President James Madison fled away from Washington like a coward. Later on, the White House was painted white to cover the mark of fire. Bush has also forgotten 9/11.
A US intelligence report saying Iran halted its nuclear weapons programme four years ago confirms the UN atomic watchdog's assessment that Tehran represents "no imminent danger", a senior IAEA official said Tuesday.
Representatives from some of the world's poorest nations yesterday appealed for help in dealing with crippling floods, droughts and other extreme weather caused by climate change.
A US intelligence appraisal downplaying Iran's nuclear weapons quest may have undermined arguments for war, but still gives plenty of fodder to the Islamic republic's ardent critics, analysts said.
Sri Lankan rights groups Tuesday slammed the government arrest of nearly 2,200 minority ethnic Tamils after Tamil Tiger rebels were held responsible for two bomb attacks last week.
Myanmar's military government has granted amnesty to 8,585 prisoners as a gesture to the United Nations and to celebrate progress on its long-awaited constitution, state media said Tuesday.
Israel vowed to keep targeting militants in Hamas-run Gaza on Tuesday as it mulled whether to launch a widescale offensive against the territory amid revived peace talks with the Palestinians.
The top US nuclear negotiator for North Korea visited its reactor, becoming the highest-level American official to go there, an official said Tuesday, amid progress in efforts to end the communist nation's decades-old pursuit of atomic weapons.
Iran has ordered Canada's ambassador to leave the country, the Canadian foreign minister said late Monday, calling the move unjustifiable.
A British teacher jailed in Sudan for letting her students name a teddy bear Muhammad as part of a writing project arrived home Tuesday after being pardoned ending a case that set off an international outcry and angered many moderate Muslims.
Arts & Entertainment
For the first time a troupe of folk artistes will present an indigenous performing art form -- Kushan Gaan -- at a cultural festival abroad, informed Golam Sarwar, deputy director, Department of Theatre and Film of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. Sarwar is accompanying the performers -- Kripashindhu Roy and his troupe -- as the coordinator to the SAARC Folklore Festival '07. The four-day festival, a part of ongoing cultural exchange programme between the member countries of SAARC, will begin on December 6 in New Delhi, India.
Bangladeshi film director Golam Rabbani Biplob's success story continues.
Bangla Academy celebrated its 52nd anniversary on December 3 at its premises. On the occasion, the Academy conferred honorary fellowships to seven distinguished individuals for their remarkable contribution to respective fields in 2007.
The 2nd LWM International Festival of Docufilms on 'Liberation and Human Rights' began at the Liberation War Museum on December 3.
Today is the forty-third death anniversary of Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy. Born in Medinipore in the then Bengal (now part of West Bengal state in India) on September 8, 1892, he breathed his last on December 5, 1963 in a lonely hotel room in Beirut under mysterious circumstances. He was buried in Dhaka on December 8, 1963 beside Sher-e-Bangla A.K. Fazlul Huq's grave, adjacent to the then Race Course Maidan.
It has been thirty-six long years since the Liberation War of the nation was won through the supreme sacrifice of millions, but the historic sites where atrocities and mass killings were committed by Pakistan Army and their local collaborators still remain unprotected.
When Mahfuzur Rahman purchased his brand new microwave oven in 2005, it came with a shiny three-year warranty card and smiles of assurances from the beaming sales officials. Only if he knew how much hassle awaited him!
While the government has retreated from holding a fair at Dhanmondi playground, a similar ground in Uttara Sector 4 has been rented out to a commercial amusement set-up.
Inter-Ministerial Steering Committee (IMSC) at a meeting decided to formulate strict rules for preservation and management of hills as well as for proper development of drainage and traffic systems in the port city.
CNG-run auto-rickshaws continue to ply the city roads without meters, ignoring repeated warnings from Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP).