News of: Friday, 7th of December, 2007
Public service oriented institutions in government and private sectors will be the prime target of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) at the beginning of its new dimensional drive against institutional graft set to start this month.
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) Mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka in his wealth statement submitted to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday declared that he owns movable and immovable property worth Tk 9 crore.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday raided the head office of Grameenphone after it "found out Grameenphone's involvement" in providing illegal VoIP (voice over internet protocol) equipment to an Internet service provider (ISP).
Despite a court order, Tejgaon police yesterday refused to register a sedition case against two top Jamaat-e-Islami leaders and a former Islami Bank chairman for their anti-liberation activities, saying they did not have necessary government sanction.
Shifting from its earlier estimate, the government yesterday came up with a fresh calculation, saying import of 14.20 lakh tonnes of rice, and not 31 lakh tonnes, is needed to meet the domestic deficit due to crop damage in floods and cyclone.
The Anti-corruption Commission (ACC) will begin from December 11 scrutinising around 70,000 allegations that have so far been submitted to the commission and initiate investigation according to the importance of the complaints.
The government has finalised 'Private Security Service Rules' that will make it mandatory for private security service companies to have licence.
A group of Dhaka University (DU) teachers yesterday staged a silent demonstration, protesting against the imprisonment of four Rajshahi University (RU) teachers in connection with the August campus violence.
It was only 11:00am and the day was sunny. But still the premises of the Bakchar primary school looked foggy Monday morning.
Grameenphone CEO Anders Jensen in a statement last night said some additional irregularities have been found relating to Grameenphone providing special service to illegal VoIP operators.
Brac has decided to write off micro-finance loans amounting to Tk 100 crore in the areas devastated by cyclone Sidr.
Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday called for empowering poor, disadvantaged and rural population through providing them with access to the information superhighway for building a prosperous Bangladesh.
A magistrate yesterday felt 'embarrassed' to hold the trial of the case against four Dhaka University (DU) teachers and 15 others on charge of instigating violence on DU campus in August this year.
The remains of Birshrestha Hamidur Rahman will be brought back from the Indian state of Tripura on December 10.
The caretaker government should try the war criminals under special tribunals and the sedition case filed by an individual at a regular court is a conspiracy since war crimes are not recognised under the Bangladesh Penal Code, said legal experts, academicians and freedom fighters yesterday.
The verdict in the case against two Rajshahi University teachers and 12 others has been deferred yesterday till December 12 by the Speedy Trial Court of Rajshahi.
Foreign Affairs Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury held a meeting with his Indian counterpart Pranab Mukherjee in New Delhi yesterday and requested him to expedite action on the delivery of the requested amount of rice to Bangladesh.
The destruction Sidr inflicted on much of southern Bangladesh is not so apparent in the tourist resort of Kuakata, nevertheless the cyclone has left this community in total disarray.
In a major reshuffle in the police department yesterday, 42 police officials including six deputy inspectors of police (DIGs), 11 additional DIGs, 24 superintendents of police (SPs) and one additional SP were transferred.
Chief of Army Staff General Moeen U Ahmed yesterday said the government would continue to stand by the cyclone-hit people until they rebuild their lives and unveiled a new livelihood plan.
A court in Dhaka yesterday placed Tarique Rahman on a one-day remand in a case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) for concealing information in his wealth statement.
The government yesterday approved the final recommendations of the 6th Wage Board Award relating to salaries, allowances and other benefits for the journalists, employees and press workers.
US military emergency relief operation in Bangladesh's cyclone-battered coastal districts ended yesterday after two weeks of their work, but USAID will continue post-cyclone reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts.
The government is committed to protecting the natural wetlands in the capital and it will cancel all allocations of land on Hatirjheel and Begunbari canals and the adjoining water bodies, reiterated Law Adviser Mainul Hosein.
Two people were reported killed and 30 others, including four women, injured in a gunfight between two rival groups in Kalarmarfora area of Moheskhali Island yesterday.
Extortionists shot dead a factory worker and injured another at a hosiery factory in Gabindapur in Jatrabari in the capital city yesterday.
Turning down the government plea, the Supreme Court yesterday upheld the High Court order that granted bail to Brig Gen (retd) ASM Hannan Shah, an adviser to detained BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.
American climate negotiators refused to back down in their opposition to mandatory cuts in greenhouse gas emissions Thursday, even as a US Senate panel endorsed sharp reductions in pollution blamed for global warming.
A teenager who wanted to die "famous" shot dead eight Christmas shoppers with an assault rifle at an Omaha shopping mall before killing himself.
India staged a successful missile intercept test over the Bay of Bengal yesterday after thousands of people were evacuated ahead of the exercise, a defence official said.
On a day when the Mortgage Bankers Association reported that home foreclosures hit an all time high, President Bush is scheduled to announce a plan to freeze interest rates for five years for thousands of strapped homeowners whose mortgages were scheduled to rise in the coming months.
Ten thousand Bangladeshis are said to be languishing in prisons in foreign countries under different charges like overstaying, violation of statutory conditions of visa including criminal offences. In bits and pieces we have heard about our citizens being stranded, detained, im-prisoned and deported, but only when such a consoli-dated figure appears in print that we sit up and take note. Or do we? May be we would be nudged to feel for them, perhaps only momentarily, at their plight in in-hospitable conditions and curse their gullibility in keeping faith with cheats.
The move by the Pakistan government to send 37 judges of the Supreme Court and the various High Courts into forcible retirement spells grave danger not only for Pakistan's judiciary but also for the future of its politics. At a time when the country's politicians, law-yers and other classes of people are engaged in a strug-gle to have democracy underpin the political process, the dismissal of the judges, for dismissal it is, smacks of a crude attempt to have a pliant judicial system in place for Pakistan's rulers.
WE eat to live, not live to eat. Try telling these lofty words to my man the court clerk and he will give a piece of his mind. With the price of rice hovering around Tk 40 per kilo, and the average price of the same amount of vegetable wobbling at Tk 20, while the prices of other essentials are keeping pace with these hikes, this man is now in a double whammy. His income has diminished since the anti-corruption drive forced him to stop charging his "facilitation fees." On the other hand, the rising prices are eating up his purchasing power within the existing income. At this rate, all his money will be spent on food. He will be lucky if he lives only to eat.
THE opposition parties are making a spectacle of themselves. The All Parties Democratic Movement, minus JUI of Maulana Fazlur Rehman, has decided that the January 8 election should be boycotted. The reason given is that it is unlikely to be free, and would only perpetuate Mr. Pervez Musharraf's rule.
THE media worldwide abound with reports about China's economic prowess and rising military capabilities. Little noticed is China's quiet effort to build "soft power" in its long-term objective of becoming a Great Power. China has found the source of its soft power in the millennia-old Chinese language and culture.
Sylhet had a handsome lead over Dhaka while Chittagong kept their upper hand over Khulna and Barisal took a slender lead over Rajshahi on the second day of the 9th National Cricket League across the country yesterday.
Late Ataul Huq Mullick -- a journalist who lived in cricket -- was reportedly removed from the National Sports Awards list last year as a vice-president of the previous executive committee of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) manipulated the selection.
With the day's practice almost over, fielding coach Salahuddin was putting up one skier after another towards Tushar Imran, the last man in the dapper coach's radar. “You can't expect them to come to you,” said Salahuddin to the talented middle-order batsman, who was visibly waning after a tough day's workout at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.
Pakistan will draw inspiration from their series-levelling victory here two years ago when they clash with India in the third and final Test from Saturday.
Misbahul Haq's solid run of form is adding steel to a Pakistan middle-order that had started to look a little shaky following the retirement of former skipper Inzamamul Haq.
Warm-up over, Abahani and Mohammedan gear up for the third and final match of the Teletalk Series hoping that the decider will put an end to the scarcity of crowd.
Bangladesh Under-19s will look forward to bank on their remarkable comeback in one-day series when they take on Pakistan U-19s in the fifth and final match today in Karachi.
Experienced batsman Al Shahriar received an invitation to play for Havelock North Cricket Club, a premier division side in New Zealand's north island.
Prolific Sri Lankan Kumar Sangakkara took over as the number one Test batsman after his record-breaking feats in the first Test against England, according to official new rankings released Thursday.
Inter Milan and AS Roma are threatening to disappear over the hill as Serie A's top two sides both won their games in hand on Wednesday.
Chelsea have been rocked by the news that Didier Drogba is facing a knee operation that could keep him out for several months. The Ivory Coast striker had a scan yesterday that revealed degeneration in his left meniscus, which requires surgery. A decision on whether to operate immediately or patch him up in the hope of getting him through the Christmas period will be made in the next few days.
AC Milan are raring to avenge Boca Juniors in the Club World Cup opening here on Friday with Ronaldo, back from injury, ready to join playmaker Kaka and fellow goal-machine Filippo Inzaghi.
The latest wonder striker from Emmanuel Adebayor was not enough for an under-strength Arsenal to claim all three points as Newcastle hit back to secure a 1-1 draw with the unbeaten Premier League leaders.
Barcelona's Brazilian play-maker Ronaldinho is finding the situation at the Spanish club "untenable", according to El Mundo newspaper on Thursday.
South Korea's search for a new head coach took another twist on Thursday after Gerard Houllier turned down the job.
Felix Magath, coach of Bundesliga side VfL Wolfsburg, says he is interested in signing Arsenal's disgruntled goalkeeper Jens Lehmann, it was revealed on Wednesday.
Second-placed Nancy moved to within five points of leaders Lyon after snatching a 1-1 draw against ten-man Toulouse in Wednesday's French league game.
New Zealand coach John Bracewell Thursday urged veteran strike bowler Shane Bond to continue his international career, despite his latest injury setback.
European champions the Netherlands surrendered any remaining chance of retaining the Champions Trophy after drawing 3-3 with world number ones Australia here Thursday.
Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene praised his bowlers after their 88-run victory over England in the first Test in Kandy on Wednesday.
Less than three weeks before India's high-profile Test series in Australia, concerns persist over the form of batting mainstay Rahul Dravid.
Former wicketkeeper Moin Khan feels Pakistan can continue with Shoaib Malik as the one-day captain but if they are to do better in the longer version of the game, veteran batsman Mohammad Yousuf should be made skipper of the Test squad.
South African bowler Nicky Boje will not be able to leave India without assisting police inquiries into a major match-fixing scandal in 2000, officials said Thursday.
The 2nd Inter-district Women's football competition, organised by Bangladesh Women Sports Association, will begin tomorrow at the Dhanmondi Women's Sports Complex.
Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Asif is expected to be out of action for two more months after surgeons in Australia recommended that he needs to have corrective surgery for his nagging elbow problem.
Sports Adviser Tapan Chowdhury said that the government will try its best to implement the recommendations of the 'task force' report to make the sports arena corruption free.
Everton, Atletico Madrid, Villarreal, Hamburg and FC Basel all won Wednesday to advance to the UEFA Cup's round-of-32 on Wednesday.
Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini dismissed suggestions he needs to strengthen his injury-ravaged squad in the January transfer window, despite losing Olivier Dacourt for the season.
Dutchman Pim Verbeek was unveiled Thursday as the new coach of Australia, tasked with guiding them to the 2010 World Cup finals.
Oleg Blokhin on Thursday stepped down as coach of Ukraine after the team's failure to qualify for Euro 2008, according to local media.
The government yesterday stepped in to end the row inside the FBCCI by appointing Syed Manzur Elahi as administrator and charging him to hold an election to the country's leading trade body within 120 days.
The increased number of quality private hospitals in Dhaka has reduced the number of patients who travel abroad for treatment, a manager at a leading local hospital claimed yesterday.
Bangladesh will see a moderate 6 percent growth in FY '08, down from 6.5 percent in FY 07, due mainly to political volatility, high inflation rate and fuel prices, said Citigroup.
India is becoming more business-friendly but has a long way to go before it catches up with fellow fast-developer China, a World Bank report released Thursday showed.
Bangladesh's SQ Group and UK-based Crystal Martin Knitwear have signed a $ 6.5 million joint venture deal to manufacture sweaters, especially for clothing retailer Marks & Spencer, according to a press statement Thursday.
International food chain Pizza Hut will open its third outlet in Bangladesh next week.
The High Court yesterday declared eligible five BGMEA leaders to become voters for election to the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI), the country's apex trade body.
The City Bank Ltd yesterday launched three new deposit schemes in a bid to attract more savers to the bank.
Oil prices dropped below $87 a barrel Thursday to their lowest levels in six weeks after an overnight report showed an increase in U.S. supplies of gasoline and distillates, as well as of crude at a key Midwestern terminal.
The rights of women and gender equality will not be ensured without the establishment of an ideal democratic state, speakers said at a seminar yesterday.
Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday said the government would carry out its efforts to build improved infrastructures in the cyclone-battered southwestern region under its long-term programme with domestic and foreign cooperation.
A second loan agreement for Kuwaiti Dinar 40 lakh for financing the ongoing Greater Chittagong Power Transmission and Distribution Development Project (Phase-III) was signed yesterday with Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED).
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday termed the country's universities 'centre of excellence' and urged all concerned to ensure a congenial academic atmosphere on the campus for the greater interest of the nation.
French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs granted 3,00,000 euro to help families affected by Cyclone 'Sidr'.
Speakers at a seminar yesterday called upon the womenfolk of the country not to vote for the political parties that oppose the proposal of Election Commission (EC) to reserve 33 percent posts within a party.
At least three people were killed in separate road accidents in Dinajpur and Jhenidah yesterday.
Eminent citizens in a statement yesterday demanded withdrawal of the comment of Law Adviser Mainul Hosein, who on December 2 said Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Peace Accord could be reviewed.
Four young men were sentenced to death yesterday, for raping and killing a minor girl in Kapasia and two others for murder in Rangpur town.
A court here yesterday sentenced a fake lawyer to 14 years imprisonment for forgery in his LLB certificate.
A woman was killed when a sunshade of an under-construction residential building of the staff of Dhaka Commerce College at Mirpur fell on her yesterday.
Dhaka University 69 Batch, a platform of the former students of Dhaka University (DU), formally distributed scholarships among handicapped students of the university yesterday.
Assistant Administrator of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) Dr Kent Hill will arrive in Dhaka today on a three-day visit.
Artist Mahbubur Rahman will hold a solo exhibition of his installation art, an alternative form of art, at the Galleri Kaya at Uttara in the city today.
An anti-corruption cartoon exhibition organised by the Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) begins in the city today.
Italian Development Cooperation has procured wheat worth 2 million euro as per the deal signed between the Government of Italy and Bangladesh government on June 20, says a press release.
The admission test for MBA day course for the academic session 2007-08 under the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Rajshahi University will be held today.
These days most newspaper columns are replete with stories of the cyclone hit areas depicting peoples' struggle to put their lives together. Various agencies, particularly Bangladesh Forest Department, are already making an assessment of the damage to Sundarbans as a result of cyclone Sidr. Some experts voiced their opinions on the recovery strategies. Nonetheless, it is important that the ecological dynamics of Sundarbans be taken into consideration before putting any such strategy into action.
The letter from Mr. M Ferdaus Masud, UK, on the trial of anti-liberation forces referred. Mr. Masud has made several observations that deserve response from the discerning citizen of Bangladesh, more so at a time when our beloved Bangladesh is passing through a phase that will determine the future for the better or worse, depending on how the majority of the people think and act now. Whilst there is absolutely no problem with agreeing to the comments and views of Mr. Masud, however, in the final analysis he has given ample reasons to discard his recommendation as to the current course of events vis-à-vis priorities of the nation. For clarity, lets look at Mr. Masud's comments one by one.
It was the most tense and eagerly awaited moment for Sri Lankans as well as the cricket lovers all over the world to watch Muttiah Muralidharan, the wizard of both off and leg spin which he called dusra, getting the highest number of wickets in Test cricket, breaking the record set by the legendary Australian Shane Warne. Muralidharan surpassed Shane Warne's record of 708 wickets by taking the wicket of Paul Collingwood of England in his home ground in Kandy, He leveled the record when he took the wicket of Ravi Bopara. But Murali had to wait patiently for his prized possession because rain delayed play. However, luck finally smiled on him.
It has been reported that the big parties are not finding good mayoral candidates, which seems to be a problem. They encouraged the corrupt people to be in politics in the last 36 years and sidelined the good people. So the parties have created this problem.
People, mainly in the western parts of the globe, are of the opinion that life begins at fortyand they act accordingly! There have been many people from many disciplines proving that point right!
Flora and Captain Richard Husband came from Scotland and lived to work in Dhaka. They lived in Bangladesh for ten years till 1969 when they returned to their home in Norfolk, UK.
The report submitted to the government by the Local Government Reformation Commission suggested making each unit of Local Government self-sustaining. It means the Union Parishad or Upazilla Parishad will have to impose taxes on residents at higher rates for all development works and other poverty reduction programmes. With this end in view, the UP Chairman will impose taxes mainly on small traders, marginal farmers and his rival party supporters heavily and intentionally as we observed in the past.
Two odd things caught my attention when the southeastern part of the country was devastated by the deadly cyclone Sidr.
I came to learn from the newspaper about Yaba addiction among the young boys. Even the girls are getting addicted to it. It is a new addition to the world of drug abuse in our country.
University of Alabama at Birmingham Associate Professor Akhlaque Haque, Ph.D., is in Bangladesh on a mission to create that nation's first comprehensive digital maps, starting in the capital city of Dhaka. Haque, a Bangladeshi, says that currently, there are no digital maps of the city available to the public.
Recently, some political parties have appealed to the EC to ban religion-based political parties from participating in elections. They argue that the founders of the religion-based parties are war criminals and also that allowing such parties to contest in elections will go against the secular nature of the state. Well, I am not writing in support of any proven war criminal, but I want to assert that the founders of all religion-based parties are not proven war criminals. The spirit of our liberation war was to ensure that every individual has the right to practise his/her respective religion peacefully. The constitution of Bangladesh also guarantees different political parties having different political ideologies to contest in polls with the common people reserving the right to decide which one of them should rule the country.
After 36 years of independence a section of the population complains of total failure of Bangladesh's entire state system--socio-political and socio-economic. Unfortunately, they are correct to a certain extent. What is extremely unfortunate is that the exponents of this theory do not want to recognise even whatever little we have achieved under adverse circumstances.
There is always a good timing to do everything in life. If anyone can hit the perfect time, he will get the best score in his life. Taking great decisions and accepting real facts of life, anyone can make his or her life peaceful, and can create a nice world.
I strongly feel that the war criminals should have been tried long before, but the demand for such trials appear to have come at a wrong time and from the wrong people. The people who virtually established the Jamaat in national politics have now suddenly become vocal and want to put the gun on someone else's shoulder to wipe them out. One gets a strong feeling that the Jamaat, by now, has already made inroads into national politics and even if they compete independently in the coming election they are likely to become a force to reckon with. Keeping this in mind they are now out to eliminate the Jamaat on some pretext or the other. Let the people decide whether they should be eliminated or not through the ballots. The Law Adviser has rightly pointed out that they don't want to be a scapegoat to handle such a sensitive issue and those who have not tried the war criminals in the last 36 years should be taken to task first.
Lanka warned of more Tamil Tiger attacks against civilians yesterday, a day after the guerrillas were accused of setting off a road side bomb blast that killed 16 bus passengers.
One in every four people has been asked to pay a bribe to the police, and political parties and parliaments are the most tainted by corruption, a Transparency International study released on Thursday shows.
A peace process in Nepal aimed at bringing Maoist insurgents into the political mainstream and ending a decade of civil war has "lost momentum", the European Union warned yesterday.
Riot police Thursday blocked former premier Nawaz Sharif from meeting Pakistan's deposed chief justice, who is under effective house arrest for refusing to endorse emergency rule, witnesses said.
At least 70 people were killed and 26 others trapped after an explosion at a coal mine in northern China Thursday, with the tragedy magnified by chaotic rescue work, official media said.
The top American general in Iraq, David Petraeus, expressed satisfaction on Thursday at the progress made in Iraq but said the military was still far from any victory dance.
The US on Thursday said it will move forward on the civilian nuclear deal whenever India is ready as it "understands" that New Delhi needs to work through the political process in the country.
A Pakistani court yesterday granted bail to the brother of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in a nine-year-old murder case, his lawyer said.
Troops retook two key towns from disciples of a pro-Taliban cleric in northwest Pakistan and freed dozens of people from a rebel jail set up in a girls' school, officials said yesterday.
A military judge rejected a request Wednesday by lawyers for a Guantanamo detainee to talk to the alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks, thwarting their attempt to show the defendant was a minor al-Qaida figure.
International forces in Bosnia staged a raid Thursday in the hunt for genocide suspect Radovan Karadzic, as a Serbian prosecutor said his main war crimes accomplice remained elusive.
An Indian Hindu nationalist leader accused of failing to stop deadly 2002 religious riots has sparked fresh controversy by saying an innocent Muslim man killed by police "got what he deserved."
Arts & Entertainment
Sajid-Bin-Doza, 34, an architect by profession who is also studying at BUET, is having his remarkable exhibition of sketches titled “Entity” at Gallery Zoom and Café Veranda of Alliance Francaise, Dhaka. The exhibition is drawing crowds of art and history enthusiasts. Preservation of our rich historical monuments is Sajid's aim.
Graceful songstress Shahanaz Rahmatullah recently received a lifetime achievement award from PTV. At her Baridhara residence Shahanaz spoke to The Daily Star on her experiences and views. The internationally acclaimed celebrity spoke with triumph and bright-eyed enthusiasm.
Satyajit Ray is widely regarded as one of the greatest auteurs of 20th century cinema. Akira Kurosawa, the great Japanese filmmaker declared, “Not to have seen Cinema of Ray means existing in the world without seeing the Sun or the Moon.”
Dhaka University Film Society arranged a three-day charity film show that ended yesterday. Proceeds from the show titled 'Aparajito' will be donated to the Sidr victims.
ATN Bangla will air the seventh episode of Sheishob Dinratri, a programme based on the Liberation War tonight at 6:40 pm. Hosted by Nusrat Rumana, the programme is directed by Biplob Rahman.
Drama serial Byasto Doctor will be aired tonight at 8:25 pm on Banglavision. Written by Prasanta Hawlader, the serial is directed by Debashish Barua.
The young stars of The Kite Runner may have been moved to a secret location after receiving death threats, but now the tricky part really begins for the film's distributor: Packaging a foreign-language movie with weighty themes and no stars as a mainstream release.
WE have lost everything we worked for during our lives. We do not know when and where to start again" was what I heard from most of the people of the devastated areas that I visited last week. Manikhali, Betaki and Amtali are the three places that I along with a few others visited after the ravaging cyclone Sidr, which razed everything on the fateful night of November 15.
OUT in the ravaged fields, days after Cyclone Sidr hit Bangladesh, the devastation was everywhere. Flattened houses, crops, trees, dead livestock and, sadly, also people. Yet even more evident was the resilient Bangladeshi spirit.
PRESIDENT Bush, in his news conference this week, said "nothing's changed" about the U.S. approach to Iran. On the contrary, everything has. What the U.S. president failed to acknowledge was that there had been an earthquake in Washington, which came in the form of this week's new National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iran. The most immediate impact is that the NIE resolved the big question hanging over the last 12 months of Bush's troubled tenure as president: will he attack Iran? The answer now is almost certainly no. The report also means that a host of international actors who are not necessarily friendly to America -- from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to Russia's Vladimir Putin to Mohamed ElBaradei, the controversial head of the International Atomic Energy Agency -- come out looking like winners. America's reputation in the world is the biggest loser.