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News of: Thursday, 13th of December, 2007

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DU teachers' ordeal drags on as charges framed again

Another Dhaka court yesterday framed charges against four teachers and 15 students of Dhaka University (DU) of breaching the emergency power rules during the August violence on campus.

Govt needs $2.2b for Sidr rehabilitation

The country needs $2.2 billion for rehabilitation projects and budgetary support and the government expects a one percentage point drop in expected GDP growth while one percentage point jump in inflation in FY08 due to Cyclone Sidr.

Aziz appointment as CEC was illegal for holding dual offices

The High Court (HC) yesterday declared "illegal" the appointment of Justice MA Aziz as the chief election commissioner who preceded the current CEC, sealing the scope for the government to allow any person to concurrently hold two constitutional posts.

Hasnat Abdullah gets 9yrs for tax evasion

A special court yesterday sentenced former chief whip and Awami League leader Abul Hasnat Abdullah to nine years' imprisonment for three counts of tax evasion.

CA calls for turning educational instt into centres of excellence

Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday called for transforming educational institutions into "centres of excellence" instead of "centres of politics" to elevate Bangladesh to a moderate-income country over the next decade.

Legal notice served on Saudi prince for $458m

The Privatisation Commission served a legal notice to the Saudi prince on Tuesday, asking him to deposit $458 million within December 26 as per the commission's tender participation rules for taking over Rupali Bank.

Rescue act stopped on security ground

The rescue operation at Rangs Bhaban, which had resumed yesterday five days into the cave-in of the building, was stopped on safety grounds 10 minutes after the operation had started.

Journalists march streets to protest wage board award

Journalists, press workers and employees of newspapers and news agencies in the capital yesterday took to the streets demanding amendments to the recently announced sixth wage board award for them.

Manju, wife face bribery charge

The Anti-corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday pressed charges against Jatiya Party (Manju) Chairman Anwar Hossain Manju, his wife Tasmima Hossain and his cousin Mahmud Hossain in a case filed in connection with taking Tk 1 crore as bribe from a construction company.

ACC to probe Syed Iskander's wealth

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has decided to initiate a primary inquiry into the wealth of former prime minister Khaleda Zia's younger brother and former BNP lawmaker Major (retd) Syed Iskander.

Hasina claims innocence in Niko case

Detained Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday said she did not cause any loss to the state by awarding a gas deal to Canadian gas exploration company Niko.

CID says no bullet marks on Hasina's Mercedes

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has said that they found no bullet mark on the bullet-proof window glasses of Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina's Mercedes Benz, which was badly damaged in the grenade attack on an AL rally in 2004.

Tigers leave for New Zealand

Bangladesh cricket team left Dhaka yesterday for New Zealand on their first assignment under new coach Jamie Siddons, knowing they will miss this month's Victory Day and Eidul Azha celebrations.

Congress passes bill for Sidr help

The US Congress on Tuesday passed a bill unanimously requesting the US Government to provide support to the people affected by the Cyclone Sidr in the southwest Bangladesh on November 15.

Car bombings kill 33 in south Iraq

Four car bombs killed at least 33 people in Iraq yesterday, including 28 in the southern city of Amara, as Baghdad said it would retake control of Basra province from British forces on December 16.

Young woman dies in acid attack

A housewife with acid burns succumbed to her wounds at her home in Gazipur's Baghalbari area yesterday after fighting for life for a month.

ACC chief says donation to relief fund won't spare corrupt

Anti-Corruption Commission Chairman Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury yesterday said corrupt people, who are donating to the government relief fund, should not think their contributions will spare them from future anti-graft actions.

RU students withdraw class-boycott

The students of mass communications department at Rajshahi University withdrew their class-boycott programme yesterday following the release of four university teachers who had been convicted last week for breaking the emergency power rules.

India building 6,000-km N-capable missile

India announced major plans to increase its nuclear capabilities yesterday, saying it was close to testing a ballistic missile capable of hitting targets up to 6,000 kilometres (3,800 miles) away.

Editorial

Honest and competent candidate for election

With the Supreme Court rejecting the appeal against High Court ruling requiring candidates to submit eight items of personal information to the EC to qualify for nomination, HC's verdict now stands to be implemented. The civil society and the media's relentless campaign for clean, honest and competent candidates for the national elections is vindicated through a legal process.

Mental health concerns

It is disquieting news that no less than 16 percent of the country's adult population is suffering from some kind of mental disease or disorder. It is the finding of the latest survey conducted by the National Institute of Mental Health. The study has also found that women are more vulnerable to mental disease than men.

Bali conference on climate change

Faced with melting polar ice, frequent occurrence of cyclones and floods and worsening droughts, climate experts at a massive UN conference on December 3 began asking searching questions as to how quick action towards an international agreement that will limit the rise in global temperature can be negotiated.

This will not stand!

With the PML(N) wisely deciding not to leave the field open to the PPP and PML(Q) in the Jan 8 elections, the electoral exercise has now some legitimacy. Heavens have not fallen with the presence of these national leaders, tainted or otherwise, in Pakistan. If Ms. Benazir can be given blanket amnesty for corruption then there is no earthly reason to deny Mian Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz, their God-given right, to compete for parliamentary seats. Heavens will also not fall if all of them can freely exercise their challenge before the electorate. This anomaly must be corrected.

Sports

Ashraful focuses on ODIs

Mohammad Ashraful's men flew out of Dhaka yesterday for New Zealand hoping to make a happy return in the New Year after playing good cricket in the demanding trip.

27-year wait over

Anil Kumble raised visions of a dramatic Indian victory with a five-wicket haul before Pakistan managed to escape with a draw in the third and final Test here on Wednesday.

England look for a draw

England face the daunting prospect of playing out spin wizard Muttiah Muralidaran on the final day Thursday to draw the second Test and keep the three-match series alive.

BFF looks to previous statutes for shelter

The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) is contemplating walking into the past as the executive committee has decided to ask FIFA's permission to hold the next election according to the 2003 constitution.

Recall for Sehwag

The Indian selectors have sprung a major surprise by recalling Virender Sehwag to the Indian team for the four-Test series against Australia. Although he was not in the list of 24 probables Sehwag has got a recall after Gautam Gambhir was advised three weeks rest with a sore shoulder.

U-19s continue good run

The Bangladesh Under-19s continued their impressive run when they got off to a winning start against the visiting Sri Lanka Under-19s in the five-match series at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium in Bogra yesterday.

Solid start for Biman

Defending champions Bangladesh Biman crossed a major hurdle on the opening day of the Metropolis First Division Chess League yesterday when they edged last year's runners-up Leonine Chess Club 2.5-1.5 in a tough first-round draw.

N'ganj in semis

Narayanganj became the last team to confirm a semifinal berth in the Inter-district women's football tournament when they crushed Jessore 4-0 at the Dhanmondi Women's Sports Complex yesterday.

Victory Day sports

Eagles Club suffered consecutive defeats in the Total Victory Day basketball tournament when they heavily went down to Bangladesh Police 85-27 at the Shaheed Suhrawardy Indoor Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.

T20 cricket final today

Munshiganj Press Club handed a seven-wicket defeat to Munshiganj Municipality yesterday to set a final clash with DC XI in the Twenty20 cricket.

CA ponders D/N Tests

Cricket Australia (CA) is preparing to defy 130 years of tradition by trialling day-night (D/N) Test matches within three years.

Kumble defends late declaration

India skipper Anil Kumble defended his late declaration after bad light forced a draw in the final Test against Pakistan at the Chinnaswamy Stadium yesterday with India well-placed to win.

Asgiriya could be renamed as Murali

The Sri Lankan venue where Muttiah Muralidaran shattered the world bowling record could be re-named after the prolific off-spinner, the country's sports minister said on Wednesday.

WI could upset odds

Chris Gayle's West Indian touring team will attempt to succeed where their predecessors have failed when they take on South Africa over the next seven-and-a-half weeks.

Symonds in doubt

Australia face a mounting injury list as they prepare for the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy against New Zealand, with star all-rounder Andrew Symonds in doubt with an ankle injury.

Tait ready to launch

Tearaway Australian fast bowler Shaun Tait only bowled four overs in Tuesday's Twenty20 international victory over New Zealand. But he may have done enough in the first four balls alone to bowl himself into the side for the first Test against India at the MCG later this month.

Marvan stars for Jets

The Delhi Jets captain Marvan Atapattu's unbeaten innings guided his side to a six-wicket win over Chennai Superstars. Tamil Kumaran's single-run penultimate over made the 14th match of the tournament tighter than it appeared, but a driven four by Paul Nixon sealed victory with four balls to spare.

Liverpool show mettle

English giants Liverpool's habit of leaving it to the last to qualify for important stages of big tournaments was repeated on Tuesday as they inflicted a record 4-0 home defeat on Marseille to make the knockout stage of the Champions League.

Real full of belief

Real Madrid's authoritative 3-1 win over Lazio at the Bernabeu on Tuesday left them brimming with confidence about their chances of claiming a 10th European Cup this season.

Rafa relieved at revival

Rafael Benitez described Liverpool's 4-0 demolition of Marseille as "almost perfect" - he could just as well have been talking about his own position in relation to the club's owners.

Boca sneak into final

Neri Cardozo struck home the sole goal to lead South American champions Boca Juniors of Argentina to a 1-0 win over Etoile Sahel of Tunisia in the Club World Cup semifinals on Wednesday.

Gerrard falls to burglars

Steven Gerrard last night became the sixth Liverpool footballer to have his house burgled in the last 18 months. While Gerrard was playing - and scoring - in Liverpool's impressive Champions League win over Marseille, his wife Alex Curran and another woman were confronted by four burglars at the couple's mansion in Formby, Merseyside.

Calls resurface for Raul

Real Madrid's Raul Gonzalez gave another convincing demonstration of why many Spaniards believe he should be recalled to the national side in the Spanish giants' 3-1 win over Lazio on Tuesday.The Real captain, as described by the Spanish sports daily Marca on Wednesday: "scored one goal, had another disallowed, and also hit the post with a header. He had a great first half and, in the second, he showed his class."

Sheva has Grant's backing

Avram Grant believes Andriy Shevchenko will be ready to shoot down Arsenal in Sunday's Premier League showdown despite his lacklustre display against Valencia.

Ronaldo out of Club WC

Injury-plagued striker Ronaldo has lost his battle to be fit for any of AC Milan's Club World Cup campaign, the Serie-A side's general manager Adriano Galliani said Wednesday.

Jose rumours motivate Carlo

Carlo Ancelotti said Wednesday he has been motivated as AC Milan coach over speculation that sacked Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is going after his job.

Bayern to sign Breno

Teenage Brazilian defender Breno will join German giants Bayern Munich over the festive period after flying to Bavaria for a medical, his manager confirmed on Wednesday.

Mazzone indicted of manslaughter

Former Fiorentina coach Carlo Mazzone is one of three people being investigated over the 1987 leukaemia death of player Bruno Beatrice after allegations he underwent radiation treatment to cure an injury.

Porto sew up qualification

Goals by Lucho Gonzalez and Ricardo Quaresma gave Porto a 2-0 victory over Besiktas and a place in the Champions League last 16 on Tuesday.

Nuremberg want Koller

Monaco's unsettled Czech international Jan Koller is in talks with German first division side Nuremberg about a return to the Bundesliga.

Business

Local garment accessory industry meets 80pc demand

Around 80 percent demand for accessories used in exportable garment and knit items are now locally met as more than 100 accessory manufacturing industries have so far sprang up in the country, according to industry insiders.

'Extended family' culture still influences recruitment process

An 'extended family' culture in Bangladesh still influences recruitment process in firms and organizations, as employers prefer hiring through known contacts, said an HR practices survey in Bangladesh.

Asian stocks slide after US interest rate cut

Asian stock markets skidded lower Wednesday, following Wall Street into the red on fears a quarter-point interest rate cut by the Federal Reserve may not be enough to ward off a US recession.

China tells US to fix its own economic problems

China told the United States Wednesday to fix its own economic problems rather than deliver lectures, as the two sides warned at top-level talks here that protectionism threatened their trade ties.

EU agrees free trade access for 15 poor nations

EU foreign ministers on Monday adopted rules allowing practically free access to the European market for products from 15 African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) nations who have agreed an interim trade deal with the bloc.

Visitors throng mobile phone fair

Visitors thronged the venue of the five-day international mobile phone fair yesterday at Bangladesh China Friendship Conference Centre in Dhaka.

India logs surprise 11.8pc industrial growth

India's industrial production rose by an unexpectedly strong pace in October as the festival season boosted consumer demand, data showed.

WB VP Patel arrives today

World Bank Vice President for South Asia region Praful C. Patel arrives here today on a three-day visit to discuss the bank's support strategy with the government.

RMG makers pledge workers' wages by Dec 19

Readymade garment (RMG) sector leaders yesterday pledged to pay due salaries and allowances to their employees by December 19 to avert any unrest in the sector before the Eid-ul Azha.

Iran to launch 'Islamic car'

Iran is to lead the production of a new vehicle dubbed the "Islamic car" targeting Muslim markets and to be built only in Islamic states, its largest auto manufacturer Irankhodro said on Wednesday.

Bangladesh elected SATRC chair

Bangladesh has been elected the chair of the South Asian Telecommunications Regulators' Council (SATRC) for the next one year term.

Eastern Housing okays 15pc cash dividend

Eastern Housing Ltd yesterday declared 15 percent cash dividend, says a press release.

Ringgit rises to all-time high

The ringgit rose to an all-time high as players sold off dollars in anticipation of a possible interest rate cut by the US Federal Reserve on Tuesday.

Scholastica Group re-launched as Ascent Group

Scholastica Group has recently changed its corporate identity by renaming it as Ascent Group, says a press release.

National Polymer okays 18pc dividend

National Polymer Industries Ltd has declared an 18 percent dividend, says a press release.

Citigroup appoints new CEO

US banking giant Citigroup announced Tuesday that it had appointed company executive Vikram Pandit as its new chief executive officer with immediate effect.

Metropolitan

Efforts on to make graft much riskier, less remunerative

Anti-Corruption Commission Chairman Lt General (Retd) Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury yesterday said the commission is striving relentlessly to make corruption much riskier and less remunerative than before to curb people's propensity for committing this crime.

Develop coordinated policy to tackle natural disasters

Awami League (AL) yesterday called on the government to develop a coordinated policy in consultation with all stakeholders and the political parties to tackle natural disasters.

Long-term rehabilitation programme stressed

A special meeting of the Council of Advisers yesterday planned some important measures for the cyclone Sidr-affected areas and stressed immediate start of a long-term rehabilitation programme.

Amend Disability Welfare Act

Speakers at a roundtable yesterday called for amendment to the Disability Welfare Act 2001 in order to ensure the rights of physically challenged people.

Help combat corruption

Dhaka University (DU) emerged as the champion of 7th Inter-University Anti-Corruption Debate Championship 2007 and Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) became the runner-up yesterday.

SC asks govt to submit report by Jan 14

The Supreme Court yesterday asked the government to submit a progress report by January 14 on the steps taken for providing supporting staff for the district-level judicial magistrates along with transport facility after separation of the judiciary.

Nat'l security, defence no longer depend on military power alone

President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday said national security and defence no longer depend on military power alone, but on the overall national power and capacity manifested in national development.

RMG worker murdered

A garments worker was killed when a pair of scissors hurled by another worker pierced his body at their factory in the city's Green Road area yesterday afternoon.

Incidents of crime on decline

Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Naim Ahmed yesterday said the incidents of crime have declined in the last three months.

US urged not to deport illegal Bangladeshis

The Bangladesh Embassy in Washington on Tuesday requested the US not to deport illegal Bangladeshis on the humanitarian grounds, as a violent cyclone caused massive damage to the economy of Bangladesh.

CUDS founding anniversary programme begins

A two-day programme marking the 12th founding anniversary of Chittagong University Debating Society (CUDS) began yesterday with a view to familiarising people with different formats of debate.

3 killed in road crash

Three people were killed and eleven others injured in a road accident at Dhinagar in Chapainawabganj Sadar on Tuesday night.

We were victim of deep-rooted conspiracy

The two Rajshahi University (RU) teachers, who were yesterday acquitted of the charges in a case filed for torching a DGFI vehicle, said that the verdict proved their innocence and they were victims of a deep-rooted conspiracy.

Indian ship at Ctg port with relief for Sidr victims

Indian Naval Ship (INS) Gharial carrying 400 tons of rice for the Sidr victims anchored at Chittagong Port yesterday.

Cases against DU teachers, students false

Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal (BSD) Convener Comrade Khalequzzaman yesterday termed the case against the Dhaka University teachers and students false and demanded withdrawal of the case and their unconditional release immediately.

BIRD FLU Need for creating mass awareness underscored

Speakers at a three-day workshop that concluded in the port city yesterday underscored the need for creating mass awareness and preparedness to prevent bird flu and pandemic flu.

'ICT offers new opportunities for girls’

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) opens up new doors of opportunities for the girls in the country, speakers at a conference said yesterday.

$200m loan agreement signed with ADB

A loan agreement to the tune of 200 million US dollar was signed yesterday in Dhaka between the government and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to finance Dhaka Water Supply Sector Development Programme.

Two housing projects fail to get govt approval

The inter-ministerial committee on land development yesterday did not approve two projects of Building Development and Design Limited (BDDL) and Amin Mohammad Foundation Limited for not complying with land development codes.

National

Food yield may fall by 3 lakh tonnes this season

Agriculture rehabilitation programme in Sidr affected areas of 11 districts under Barisal Agriculture Extension Department (AED) is yet to start, posing the risk of a production loss of around three lakh tonne food grain in the region during the coming winter season.

HC stays ministry order for 3 months

A Division Bench of the High Court yesterday stayed for three months the order issued by the local government ministry sacking 431 employees of Sylhet City Corporation (SCC).

Adopt effective info strategy to reduce climate risk

Speakers at workshop in Barisal yesterday said effective information strategy with easy to understand weather cautionary signaling systems for people of different regions can help reduce climate risk.

Pure water for Sidr-hit people in Morrelganj

About 8,000 families in six unions in Sird-hit Morrelganj upazila of Bagerhat district are getting pure water from two makeshift water purifying plants.

Double life term for possessing heroin, illegal arms

A court in Sylhet yesterday gave a man double life term in separate cases. The convict is Babla Rahat, 26, son of Muktar Miah of Khozarkhola area of the city.

Hearing on charge framing today

Hearing of charges against detained Sylhet city BNP chief Ariful Haque Chowdhury for tax evasion will he held today. It was deferred for the third time.

'Revise 6th wage board award'

Journalists Union of Dinajpur (JUD) a unit of Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalist (BFUJ), at a rally here yesterday urged the government to modify the sixth wage board award announced on Saturday.

Life-term convict held

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested an absconding life-term convict at village Boor Char in Sadar upazila early yesterday.

RU Arabic students demand Galib's release

A section of students of Arabic department of Rajshahi University yesterday demanded immediate release of their teacher Dr Muhammad Asadullah-Al-Galib, detained three years ago for patronising militancy.

Eco-cottage opens in Habiganj

Nishorgo Taraphill Eco-Cottage has been inaugurated at Rema Kalenga Wildlife Sanctuary in Habiganj.

International

ME talks open amid outcry over settlements, Gaza violence

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators sat down yesterday for the first time since reviving the peace process, with the talks overshadowed by Israeli settlement expansion and Gaza violence.

Over 50 Taliban killed in Afghan clashes

Afghanistan's defence ministry said yesterday that more than 50 Taliban were killed in two days of "intense clashes" near the southern town of Musa Qala, which was taken from the militants this week.

Rich countries should commit to slash carbon pollution

Talks on halting the juggernaut of climate change swung into top gear here yesterday with a blunt warning from UN chief Ban Ki-moon that the world was counting on a breakthrough.

Malaysia's opposition demands crisis talks with PM

Malaysia's opposition parties yesterday demanded crisis talks with Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi over a crackdown on dissent triggered by mass protests.

Pak troops kill 20 militants in Swat

Pakistani troops killed 20 militants in an ongoing offensive against supporters of a pro-Taliban cleric in the restive northwestern valley of Swat, officials said yesterday.

Army general assassinated in crisis-hit Lebanon

A top Lebanese army officer and his bodyguard were killed on Wednesday in a powerful car bomb that further destabilised the country as it grapples with a deep political crisis and presidential void.

Boy killed in India school shooting

A teenage pupil was shot dead in a school in an affluent town near the Indian capital Tuesday in the country's first reported school shooting, police said.

Hindu nationalists losing ground in Gujarat

Hindu nationalists are losing ground to the Congress party in elections in the western Indian state of Gujarat but are still expected to retain control, reports said Wednesday.

Arts & Entertainment

Reading from witness accounts of the war

The second day's programmes of the weeklong Victory Day celebration by Liberation War Museum (LWM) on December 11 were designed to generate interest among the young generation.

“Bhashar Larai”: A chronological look at the struggle for language

The Bengalis' struggle for the right to speak the mother language in Pakistan is widely known. However, going back in time, few are acquainted with the movements for language and freedom by the people of this land in the ancient times.

Nordic-Bangla poetry festival '07 at Alliance Francaise

A recitation programme titled “Nordic-Bangla Poetry Festival 2007”, featuring poems from the Nordic countries and Bangladesh, was held at the auditorium of Alliance Francaise in Dhaka on December 11. A book launch was also held at the venue.

Theatre in aid of Sidr victims

With the aim to help the Sidr victims, Bahurupi Nattya Sangstha, one of the renowned cultural organisations of the district, staged a play titled Baba Badal at the local Shilpakala Academy auditorium recently.

Children's art competition on Human Rights Day

A painting competition for children was held in Tangail recently to mark the Human Rights Day. Centre for Rehabilitation of Tortured Survivors (CRTS), an NGO, organised the event at the local Public Library Auditorium.

OP-ED

A hard road ahead

Into its twelfth month, roughly half-way through their self-declared time frame, it is probably the right time for the caretaker government of Dr. Fakhruddin Ahmed, that took oath of office on January 12 amid grave political turmoil centering national election, to take a close look at the progress they have made in reaching their ultimate goal -- a free, fair, and credible election and handover of power to a truly representative elected government.

New Boeings for Biman

As invariably as the fiery orb rises from the east, Biman has got its Hajj pilgrim transportation duty in a mess for this year's season as well. The mess is the result of two major problems: the absolute lack of management skills at the Ministry of Religious Affairs, and the dwindling number of airworthy aircraft in Biman's fleet to perform the flights.


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