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News of: Sunday, 16th of December, 2007
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The country yet again suffered electricity blackouts for hours yesterday due to national grid failure.
The nation today celebrates the 36th anniversary of its glorious victory over Pakistani occupation forces in the nine-month Liberation War with the demand for trial of the war criminals gathering momentum.
The constitution provides the government with unlimited power to try the war criminals of 1971 by enacting any laws no matter whether those contradict the provisions of the constitution or not.
Bangladesh Better Business Forum in its first meeting yesterday decided to form working committees on six areas to recommend measures for improving the country's business environment and help the economy grow.
The sector commanders of the Liberation War have demanded drawing up a list of collaborators of the Pakistan occupation forces alongside preparing a complete and authentic list of the freedom fighters.
World Bank Vice-president Praful Patel yesterday said the issue of climate change will be mainstreamed into Bangladesh's development agenda while the bank will provide $325 million to Sidr relief and rehabilitation programmes.
The Sector Commanders' Forum and pro-Liberation War political and social organisations will boycott the Victory Day reception party at Bangabhaban hosted today by President Iajuddin Ahmed and his wife, protesting invitation to anti-Liberation War forces.
The final draft of the coal policy discourages aggressive development of the country's coal sector and places national bodies into the driving seat to lead the sector by pushing private and foreign investors into the backseat.
Demanding trial of the war criminals, senior BNP leader Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday said that the government should take initiative to try the war criminals, as it would not be possible for any individual to file cases now.
Rescuers took out one more decomposed body from inside the rubble of Rangs Bhaban yesterday which caved in partly December 8, raising the death toll from the collapse to five.
Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed leaves for Makkah via Jeddah this morning to perform hajj.
A construction engineer was killed and 12 workers were injured as an under construction concrete canopy of a CNG filling station collapsed on them at Kanchpur of Sonargaon upazila yesterday.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested a member of Harkat-ul-Jihad Bangladesh (Huji) along with arms and ammunition at Porabari Narayanpur village here on Friday night.
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf lifted his unpopular state of emergency yesterday , but only after a last-minute move to shore up his powers before general elections three weeks away.
World climate negotiators set a 2009 deadline yesterday for a landmark treaty to fight global warming after two weeks of intense haggling led to a climbdown by an isolated United States.
Bird flu has resurfaced in parts of Asia, with human deaths reported in Indonesia, Myanmar, Pakistan and China and fresh outbreaks plaguing other countries during the winter months when the virus typically flares.
We remember the historic victory the Bengali nation achieved on this day in 1971. A recapitulation of it pacquires increased intensity when we recall the many tribulations and the immensity of suffering that went into our national triumph. The emergence of the sovereign state of Bangladesh in 1971 was not a run of the mill affair brought about by political negotiations around a table. It was an achievement arising out of a concerted war of national liberation, in which tens of thousands of men and women in the Mukti Bahini in particular and the people of Bangladesh in general put their lives on the line as they sought to send the Pakistan occupation army and its local collaborators packing. It was a war forced on us and over the nine months of it 3,000,000 of our fellow Bengalis were to die; 200,000 women would be raped by Pakistan’s soldiers; 10,000,000 would seek refuge in India and whole villages and towns would be left ravaged. We opted to hit back, to let the enemy know that the country belonged to us and that sooner rather than later his stranglehold on Bangladesh would go.
If anything, the way RAJUK has gone about the business of demolishing the Rangs Bhaban exposes grave shortcomings of government agencies in undertaking a sensitive and delicate operation demanding maximum precision such as demolition of a high-rise building. It is a classic example of a shoddy and clumsy work, undertaken without detailed planning and adequate precaution and safety measures
I listened to it spellbound. It was a brief, mesmerising news bulletin announcing the fall of Dhaka. The broadcast was loud and clear: Dhaka had fallen and there was a ceasefire in the eastern front under local arrangements.
The nation celebrates today the 36th Victory Day for paying tributes to the untold number of martyrs who sacrificed their lives for liberating our motherland from the clutches of Pakistani occupation forces. Freedom had dawned on this day 36 years back at the end of a nine-month long war against an enemy who did not desist from committing genocide to retain their repression and exploitation over the people of this land.
There is a school of thought that not only describes three great civilisations -- Greek, Egyptian and Roman -- as slavery based civilisations, but has also ascribed their eventual demise on being based only on sword and not on values.
The first warm-up match in New Zealand is expected to give the Tigers a much-needed insight into how they are shaping up for the ODI series in two weeks time.
Chittagong's seam bowlers made it difficult for Rajshahi to retain the top spot in the four-day table of the National Cricket League. The visitors came back strongly from their brittle batting to take the upper hand at the end of the second day of their eighth round game yesterday.
A quintet of India's golden generation of cricketers have a final tilt at glory in Australia when the team embark on a difficult tour next week.
Fresh from a glorious 169 in the Bangalore Test against Pakistan, Yuvraj Singh is looking ahead to what he hopes will be an equally successful tour of Australia. The pitches will be bouncier, and the quality of the opposition bowlers will be a lot better, but Yuvraj is confident he, and the rest of the Indian team, will cope well.
The Bangladesh Football Federation's (BFF) meeting was adjourned once again yesterday.
Bangladesh Under-19s bounced back strongly to take the lead again in the five-match one-day series against Sri Lanka Under-19s when they secured a 44-run victory against the visitors in the third game at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium in Bogra yesterday.
Rangamati clinched the title of the second inter-district women's football competition beating hosts Dhaka by 2-0 goals in the final at the Dhanmondi Women's Sports Complex yesterday.
Fabio Capello was appointed as England coach last night following the conclusion of negotiations between his legal team and Football Association officials at Soho Square. The Italian, the 15th man and second foreigner to do the job since the war, will begin his 6.5m pounds-a-year, four-and-a-half-year contract on January 7 and will meet the media on Monday.
Rafael Benitez has spent the week playing down the significance of Manchester United's visit to Anfield on Sunday.
Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal's showdown with Chelsea on Sunday will go a long way towards deciding the destiny of the Premier League title.
New England coach Fabio Capello has an iron philosophy for success - never be a player's friend.
Italian powerhouses AC Milan hope to end their "hard and difficult adventure" on a winning note against Boca Juniors of Argentina in the Club World Cup final on Sunday.
Football's governing body FIFA Saturday banned all matches it sanctions at an altitude of more than 2,750 metres (9,022 feet) "without acclimatisation", relaxing its earlier limit.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has been banned from the touchline for two matches and fined 5,000 pounds for verbally abusing a referee.
Arsenal star Cesc Fabregas has suggested the lack of English players trying to improve themselves abroad may be just as harmful to the English game as the steady influx of foreigners in the Premier League.
Belgian side Anderlecht and Italian giants Lazio were both fined 18,000 euros by UEFA on Friday after their fans disrupted matches in the Champions League and UEFA Cup this season.
Irfan Pathan has said he can be good allrounder but he sees himself as a bowler who can bat. "I'm happy to be able to contribute with the bat," Pathan told the Times of India. At the end of the day, if you have scored runs for your team, it helps your bowling to a great extent. I'm grateful to God for giving me the chance to score that hundred against Pakistan. I really cherished the moment."
Veteran South African all-rounder Shaun Pollock sent the West Indians crashing to a narrow defeat against a Makhaya Ntini Invitation XI in a rain-affected opening match of their tour at Buffalo Park Friday.
Australian spin legend Shane Warne will be the highest paid cricketer in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) sponsored Indian Premier League (IPL) with a staggering 400,000 dollars in his kitty.
Unseasonal rain has left groundstaff battling to get the Galle venue ready in time for the final Test between England and Sri Lanka on Tuesday.
Mahela Jayawardene's Sri Lanka will leapfrog from world number five to second behind Australia if they win the third and final Test against England starting here on Tuesday.
Pritam Prijam Chess Club took solo lead securing 18 points after the fifth round matches of the Dutch-Bangla Bank First Division Chess League at the federation hall room yesterday.
Shoaib Malik is to retain the Pakistan captaincy until the end of next year despite the series defeat against India, Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Dr Nasim Ashraf said on Thursday.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) all-powerful Working Committee is to meet here today to discuss the contentious seven-point guidelines issued to the selectors.
Bangladesh Rifles emerged champions in the Victory Day Kabaddi Competition outplaying Bangladesh Army by 34-19 points with two creditable `lona' in the final at the Kabaddi Stadium here today (Saturday).
Bangladesh Handball Federation will hold two exhibition matches (men's and women's) on the Victory Day at the Outer Stadium Handball court.
Sri Lankan veteran Sanath Jayasuriya has signed up to play for Warwickshire in the English counties' Twenty20 competition next year, the county announced on Friday.
India's private airline Jet Airways enters Bangladesh sky today to operate flights on Dhaka-Kolkata and Dhaka-Delhi routes, a move industry experts believe will intensify competition in the market.
The Indian commercial vehicle manufacturing segment is set to perk up with two major joint ventures involving two leading domestic companies and as many multinational auto giants being announced in four days.
Finance Advisor Mirza Azizul Islam said the government has initiated move to explore natural gas in the country's north, mostly an agrarian region that also holds a cache of coal and other minerals.
China may be losing its competitive advantage, mainly because of rising costs, according to a survey of companies compiled by the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai.
The central bank governor has suggested that banks should employ the human resources who have technical know-how so that they can adapt with complex business transactions.
India has opened up its stock exchanges to foreign direct and portfolio investment, a decision that had been hanging fire since long.
The European Union economy will continue to grow despite recent market turbulence because its fundamentals are strong, EU leaders said Friday, but they stressed the need for reforms to help the bloc compete globally.
The United States boosted its pledged contribution to the World Bank arm that aids the world's poorest countries by 30 percent, to 3.7 billion dollars, the US Treasury said Friday.
Bank Asia Limited has launched Western Union service at all its branches throughout Bangladesh.
Singapore looks set to have a bumper year for jobs and this is likely to continue into the new year.
The US Senate passed Friday a massive farm bill packed with consequences for global trade, but its fate remained unclear because it already has drawn a presidential veto threat.
Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday said relief and rehabilitation activities in the cyclone-affected southwestern region are going on in full swing.
The loss of livestock during cyclone Sidr was high due to lack of preparedness, a government official said yesterday.
Chief of Army Staff General Moeen U Ahmed yesterday urged the government to rebury all the seven Bir Shreshthas in a single compound so that people could pay their homage to all the valiant freedom fighters at a time.
Awami League (AL) yesterday hoped that the caretaker government (CG) would initiate the trial process of the war criminals, while BNP observed that the next political government should start the process, as the main agenda of this government is to hold a free and fair election.
A total of 56 Army and Navy personnel have been granted honorary commission and promotion on the occasion of the Victory Day.
Police yesterday pressed charges against Khulna City Corporation (KCC) Mayor Sheikh Tayebur Rahman and KCC Public Relations Officer (PRO) Sardar Abu Taher in an extortion case filed with Khulna Sadar Police Station on November 2.
Political will is a must to turn Bangladesh into a middle-income country by 2021, speakers at a view exchange meeting said yesterday.
A fire ripped through South Begunbari slum in the city's Tejgaon area yesterday, destroying around 200 shanties.
The government has decided to form a committee to review the recommendations in the just-declared sixth Wage Board Award for the newspaper industry.
A joint meeting of editors of newspapers and news agencies and the leaders of Sangbadik-Sramik-Karmachari Oikya Parishad (SSKOP) yesterday called for formation of a committee to review the 6th Wage Board Award for journalists and employees in the newspaper industry.
Considering the nutritional requirements of diabetic patients, Foundation for Economic Development (FED) has developed DIA-ATA through intensive research with all microelements.
Prizes were distributed among the winners of National Children's Art Competition at a function at Sufia Kamal auditorium of the National Museum in the city yesterday.
Promothesh Barua, a steel furniture trader, was killed in a road accident on Friday night after a bus had ran over him near Garibullah Shah Mazar in Nasirabad area.
A two-day convention on 'Indigenous people and the environment of Bangladesh' begins at the Institute of Engineers, Bangladesh (IEB) auditorium on December 17.
Police recovered two bodies, including an army man, from the city and Amin Bazar yesterday.
A Victory Day live concert will be held at Fantasy Kingdom on 4:00pm today. Popular band LRB Yaatri and Nagar Baul will perform on the concert, says a press release.
Kochua police, acting on a tip-off, arrested 12 more suspected militants belonging to Hizbut Tawhid from the town and Sachar Friday night.
It was a solemn occasion when Nilmoni Gallery, a local sports and cultural organization, accorded a reception to families of martyred freedom fighters in Pabna.
Five people including the acting chairman of Keragachahi Union Parishad (UP) in Kalaroa upazila, Abdul Gafoor have been sued for misappropriating and selling VGF rice, police said.
A three-day training programme on economic and business reporting will conclude here today.
Armed criminals allegedly belonging to an outlawed party abducted a school student for ransom at Garabaria village in Gangni upazila in Meherpur Friday night.
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf Friday amended the constitution to further legitimise his emergency rule, a day before lifting the state of emergency in the country, officials said.
European countries and green groups put on a brave face to mask their anger and disappointment Saturday after the US thwarted their main goals for tackling dangerous climate change.
The United States will offer the moderate Palestinian leadership more than half a billion dollars at Monday's international donors' conference in Paris, a US official said Friday.
Clashes between Sri Lankan soldiers and separatist Tamil Tiger rebels in the country's embattled north left 31 guerrillas and one soldier dead, the military said yesterday.
Two bombs struck the Afghan capital yesterday, one of them killing five civilians, while nine people died in new attacks in a Taliban insurgency that is in its bloodiest year so far, officials said.
One person was killed when police fired on hundreds of students calling for a college to be set up in their town in revolt-hit Indian Kashmir, police said yesterday.
At least five people were killed and five wounded when a suicide bomber blew himself up outside an army facility in northwest Pakistan yesterday, the military and police said.
India's top security official said New Delhi regards embattled Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf as an "elected president" and will continue doing business with him, according to a report yesterday.
Nuclear-armed India said on Friday it was ready to jump-start production of long-range nuclear missiles which can hit targets deep in China or Pakistan.
There were fears Bolivia could tip into civil unrest Saturday, as its four wealthiest provinces move to declare autonomy amid warnings from President Evo Morales that the army could intervene.
al-Qaeda number two Ayman Al-Zawahiri lashed out at last month's US-hosted Middle East peace conference, calling it a betrayal of the Palestinians, in an audiotape broadcast on an Islamist website on Friday.
Arts & Entertainment
We shall overcome,
We shall overcome someday.
Oh, deep in my heart, I do believe,
We shall overcome someday.
With great risk veteran photographer Naibuddin Ahmed captured scathing images of brutality and how people survived the terror unleashed by the Pakistani army in 1971 that helped publicise the war to the world. These images now survive as documents of the Liberation War.
Popular music composer Ahmed Imtiaz Bulbul is renowned for his evergreen compositions. In his illustrious career, Bulbul has composed songs for over 350 movies. He is the lyricist of most of these songs. He has composed and written many remarkable adhunik and patriotic songs. His contribution to the music industry has earned him several awards including the National Award, the President's Award and the 'Shikha Anirban' award' -- the highest honour conferred by the Bangladesh Armed Forces. Bulbul has won the Bachsas Award 11 times.
To mark the Martyred Intellectuals' Day, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) arranged a discussion and cultural programme at the National Theatre Stage of BSA on December 14. The cultural programme featured recitation, music and drama.
In our article titled “Victory Day celebration” published on December 14, in the Culture Page, the word 'just' was inadvertently dropped. The text should have read …“In his speech Colonel (Retd) Kazi Nuruzzaman said, “Our Liberation War was not just a fight against the Pakistan Army...” We sincerely regret the error.
For the people who were holed up in Dhaka on December 16, 1971, the memories of the Victory Day are more of relief from days of nightmarish fear and deep anxiety over an uncertain outcome than joy of victory.
It was early March 1971 when songs became part of the Bengali political consciousness. As the non-violent non-cooperation movement launched by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to counter the conspiracies of the Pakistan ruling junta against popular democratic aspirations progressed, Dhaka Radio introduced Bengalis to a riveting song.
On December 11, the nation with great pride welcomed home the remains of Birshrestha Hamidur Rahman. More than 36 years after Hamidur sacrificed his life for the cause of country and its people, he returned to the liberated Bangladesh that he did not live to see. We laud the government for their initiative in bringing back the remains of this glorious son of the soil who, along with his other six birshrestha comrades, and the millions of others gave their lives in 1971.