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News of: Thursday, 20th of December, 2007

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Mad rush for home

With the Eid-ul-Azha only a day away, thousands of city dwellers are braving a lot of troubles to go back to their village homes to celebrate the second biggest religious festival of the Muslims with their near and dear ones.

Hajj pilgrims stone Satan in Mina

Around two million Muslims massed in the holy Saudi city of Mina on yesterday for the symbolic stoning of the devil, one of the high points, but also one of the most risky, of the annual hajj.

News reports, photos enough for trial

The International Crimes Act 1973 provides the government with enormous power to still try the war criminals of 1971 by setting up tribunals without facing legal hurdles since the law makes newspaper reports and photographs of war crimes admissible in court as evidence.

Khaleda's nephew sued for graft

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday filed cases against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's nephew and a detained former state minister for amassing wealth beyond known sources of income and concealing information about it.

UK offers $60m to tackle climate change fallouts

UK Secretary of State for International Development Douglas Alexander yesterday announced over $200 million as grant for various programmes in Bangladesh, including $60 million to help the country adapt to the impacts of the global climate change.

Eid-ul-Azha tomorrow

Holy Eid-ul-Azha, the second largest religious festival of the Muslims, will be celebrated across the country tomorrow amidst due religious fervour and spirit of sacrifice.

Shakira grieves with Sidr-hit children

It is hard to imagine celebrities being emotional. Let alone global mega pop stars. But, when Colombian singer and songwriter Shakira sat in a Dhaka hotel visibly shaken from her visit to Sidr-hit areas, it is easy to understand why she was chosen as a Unicef goodwill ambassador.

Bhuiyan sued for giving 'death threat' to lawyer

Former BNP secretary general Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan and two others have been sued for giving death threats to a lawyer.

Cattle price dips for lack of buyers

Prices of cattle were found comparatively lower yesterday in cattle markets in the capital as the supply of sacrificial animals was much higher than their demand.

Comilla prison high-ups ignored warnings

Repeated violation of Jail Directorate's orders and ignoring of its warnings led to the prison-breaking attempt at Comilla Jail by five members of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) on November 25.

EC targets next March to hold polls in 4 city corporations

The Election Commission (EC) targets end of March 2008 to hold elections to Rajshahi, Khulna, Barisal and Sylhet city corporations.

Hasina's trial resumes Dec 26

A Dhaka court yesterday fixed December 26 for resumption of trial of detained former prime minister and Awami League (AL) chief Sheikh Hasina and two others in the Tk 2.99 crore extortion case.

Trial of another case against DU teachers, students begins

The trial of the second case that was filed against four Dhaka University teachers and 15 students for purportedly breaking the emergency power rules began at a Dhaka court yesterday.

18 Bangladeshi hajj pilgrims die

At least 18 Bangladeshi pilgrims have died while performing hajj this year.

Eid holidays of DCC cleaning staffs cancelled

Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has cancelled Eid holidays of the conservancy and other departments concerned to carry out cleanliness drive during the religious festival.

Matin wants TIB to make 'constructive criticism'

Communications Adviser MA Matin yesterday suggested that Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) should offer constructive criticism rather than only complaining.

Khulna mayor charged with extortion

The charge sheet of an extortion case against Khulna City Corporation (KCC) mayor Sheikh Tayebur Rahman and seven others was submitted to the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's (CMM) Court here yesterday.

RMG workers vandalise factory for salary, bonus

Garment workers in Gazipur's Degerchala area yesterday went on the rampage for salary, Eid bonus, overtime bill and allegations of underpayment.

Pak train crash kills at least 56

A Pakistan train packed with holiday travellers slipped off the rails overnight and crashed, killing at least 56 people and leaving more than 100 injured, officials said yesterday.

Editorial

Celebrating Eid-ul-Azha

EID-UL-AZHA, the second biggest religious festival of the Muslims, will be celebrated tomorrow. Prayers will be offered for world peace as well as prosperity of mankind. That's indeed one of the most remarkable aspects of any Muslim festival -- Divine blessings are sought and the solemnity of the occasion maintained in a joyous mood. Eid-ul-Azha revives the memory of Prophet Ibrahim's (Pbuh) faith in Allah and his complete readiness to sacrifice his dearest son as a token of surrendering himself to the divine wishes. That's where lies the message of Eid-ul-Azha. The Almighty, in His infinite kindness and being satisfied with the prophet's resolve, finally withdrew the decree and permitted him to sacrifice an animal. So, it was much more than an act of sacrificing an animal -- a triumph of belief in the Almighty's endless beneficence over any earthly possession.

TIB's findings

MEDIA, both electronic and print, have on and off highlighted the shortcomings of the relief efforts. The focus has been on lack of coordination, relief material not reaching the needy, particularly in remoter inaccessible areas, UP chairmen and members being accused of distributing these to their favourites.

Destroying is more difficult than building …

And perhaps costlier too, at least in terms of human lives. This has been very amply demonstrated in what can appropriately be described as the sad saga of Rangs Bhaban.

Will the EU ever have a common foreign policy?

It is now generally agreed that a genuine EU Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) would greatly help in containing unilateralism in international affairs. The importance of such a common platform is being viewed with urgency given the gradual polarisation in international affairs.

Jamaat's piece de resistance

WITH the coming of the month of victory, even as millions mourn for the dead, missing and dishonoured, the quislings of 1971, mainly from Jamaat-e-Islami patronised by their acolytes in the country's "nationalist" political camp, continue to have a junket over the gains they have garnered. However, the time for their piece de resistance has come now, with the Jamaat's audacity in baring its fangs after thirty-six years of independence.

Sports

Clarke to open

Australia's batting order has been reshuffled with Michael Clarke pushed up to open in the absence of Adam Gilchrist for the deciding Chappell-Hadlee Series match. Australia lead 1-0, but New Zealand can retain the trophy if they win in Hobart on Thursday and will look to take advantage of the opposition changes.

Mahela strokes 149no

Skipper Mahela Jayawardene became Sri Lanka's leading century-maker on Wednesday to dampen England's hopes of a series-levelling win in the third and final Test here.

Morkel shocked Steyn

Fast bowler Dale Steyn says that the competition from his Titans and South African teammate Morne Morkel is a big reason for his flat-out aggressive bowling.

Of rebels and a comeback

The chaotic world of Indian cricket hit a new low in 2007 with reluctant captains, invisible coaches, warring officials and rebel games hogging the spotlight.

ICC plans eves' T20

Women's cricket is set for a massive boost as the ICC has provisionally approved a World Twenty20 to run alongside the men's. The move, which is subject to budget approval, would come into effect for the next tournament in England in 2009.

Footballers, organisers slam Sultan

Footballers and organisers yesterday said they were embarrassed about Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) president SA Sultan's abrasive remarks about Sports Adviser Tapan Chowdhury and the media.

Rajin to cover for Tushar

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has decided to send batsman Rajin Saleh to New Zealand for the rest of Bangladesh's tour as cover for injured Tushar Imran.

AB Bank to sponsor U-19 cricketers

The recent impressive show of the Bangladesh Under-19 cricket team has brought them a handsome financial boost from the AB Bank Limited, which became official sponsors of the Junior Tigers for next three international engagements including the World Cup.

Flemo to lead NZC XI

New Zealand's finest captain Stephen Fleming will lead the New Zealand Cricket Eleven to play Bangladesh in a Twenty20 game at Seddon Park in Hamilton on December 23.

'Barca won't need me'

Barcelona's top scorer Lionel Messi, sidelined for five weeks due to injury, believes his side has enough talent to beat Madrid when they meet on Sunday despite his absence.

Spurs make Ramos happy

Juande Ramos has hailed Tottenham's League Cup quarter-final victory over Manchester City as the most impressive performance of his brief spell in charge at White Hart Lane.

Arsene's faith vindicated

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has backed his youngsters to win the League Cup and believes the fringe players he has used in the competition would even fair well in the Premiership.

Collina pitches ref case

Pierluigi Collina's steely gaze tells its own story. He is about to let rip and suddenly it's easy to see why David Beckham once admitted the Italian was the only referee who scared him.

Rape in MU party

British police arrested a man on Tuesday in connection with an investigation into claims that a woman was raped at a hotel where the Manchester United football team was having a pre-Christmas party.

Kaka not good enough for Real!

AC Milan's Brazilian star Kaka would struggle to make the first team at Real Madrid despite being named the outstanding footballer of 2007, the Spanish club's president said.

'Lehmann still number one'

German coach Joachim Loew insisted Tuesday that he still considers out-of-favour Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann as his number one choice for Euro 2008.

Carragher cool on return

Fabio Capello has received his first setback in his bid to revive England's football fortunes after Jamie Carragher said he was unlikely to agree a return to international football.

Ballack pledges top form

Germany captain Michael Ballack told Wednesday's German press he would be "in top form" for the Euro 2008 finals although he has spent more than seven months on the sidelines.

Wedding bells ring for Rooney

Wayne Rooney is to marry girlfriend Coleen McLoughlin next June, after his diary was left clear by England's failure to qualify for Euro 2008, he said in comments published Tuesday.

Castillo pays for City move

Manchester City have signed Mexico forward Nery Castillo on a one-year loan from Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk, the English Premier League club confirmed on Tuesday.

Moores still upbeat

Coach Peter Moores refused to be too downbeat after England's hopes of winning the third Test against Sri Lanka were left hanging by a thread.

Hogg banks on pitch

Brad Hogg hopes Melbourne's drop-in pitch will help earn him a Test recall after a four-year absence. The condition of the MCG surface will be crucial for Australia's selectors as they decide between four fast men or the more likely make-up of three quicks and Hogg.

Hitzfeld fuels speculation

Bayern Munich coach Ottmar Hitzfeld on Tuesday fuelled speculation that he could be set to leave the Bavarian giants.

SL under-19s reduce margin

The Bangladesh under-19 team suffered a six-wicket defeat in the fifth and final one-day match at the hands of the visiting Sri Lanka under-19 side at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.

Youth football camp resumes Dec 23

The coaching camp of youth footballers under the assistance of Canary Wharf, UK, will resume after the Eidul Azha.

Business

Local tanners eye bright prospect as US, EU quitting leather processing

As most of the European countries and USA are discontinuing leather processing considering it an environmentally hazardous job, Bangladeshi tanners eye to cash in on this opportunity.

Business confidence restoring in leather sector

As political interference remains no barrier, the leather sector entrepreneurs now feel free to collect rawhide during Eid at an affordable price.

Govt starts offloading its stakes in IFIC Bank

The government has started offloading its stake in International Finance and Investment Corporation (IFIC) Bank as part of its earlier move to offload its stakes in different companies, including the bank.

10pc of special ADB funds reserved for women entrepreneurs

The government has reserved at least 10 percent of Asian Development Bank's 300 million-US dollar fund for promotion of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) for the women entrepreneurs to ensure their easy access to industrial loans.

Call money rate remains low

The inter-bank call money rate remained lower before this year's Eid festival compared with that of the last year due to excess liquidity in banking system, said managers of treasury department of some private and public banks yesterday.

BB governor optimistic about moderate growth this fiscal year

The Bangladesh Bank (BB) governor is optimistic about achieving a moderate growth this fiscal rate in the current fiscal.

Govt urged to ensure security of existing one

The government should at first ensure security of the country's existing submarine cable before installing another one, as the existing one has faced disruption for a good few times, speakers told a discussion.

India starts exporting diesel to Bangladesh

India's state-owned Numaligarh Refinery Ltd (NRL) has started exporting high-speed diesel to Bangladesh with the dispatch of first consignment having taken place on last Sunday.

Dhaka bags Tk 2.34cr spot orders from Delhi fair

Bangladeshi companies received confirmed spot orders of around Tk 2.34 crore and prospective export orders worth around Tk 82.8 lakh from the recently concluded India International Trade Fair-2007.

Dulamia Cotton declares 5pc dividend

Dulamia Cotton Spinning Mills Ltd has declared a 5 percent dividend for the year 2006-07.

Increased Boro output stressed to minimise Sidr loss

The government should extend all out support to Boro production for minimising the effects of two floods and cyclone Sidr in a year, World Bank Country Director Xian Zhu said yesterday at his office in Dhaka.

BEA president, secy re-elected

Dr Quazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad and Dr Abul Barakat have been re-elected president and general secretary of Bangladesh Economic Association (BEA) for the next two-year term.

Businesses from rapidly developing economies spread their global reach

With the Chinese leading the way, firms from rapidly developing economies are spreading their global reach so fast they pose an "urgent threat" to top established industry leaders, says a US consultancy.

G4S enters FTSE 100 Index

Group 4 Securicor (G4S) plc has entered the FTSE 100 Index, the UK's premier share index, says a press release.

EU proposes to fine carmakers for missing CO2 targets

The European Commission proposed on Wednesday to impose gradually increasing fines on automakers that fail to meet their targets for cutting CO2 emissions from new cars from 2012.

Metropolitan

Nat’l advisory council soon to tackle natural disasters

A decision was taken yesterday to form a national advisory council to tackle cyclone and other natural disaster, says BBC last night.

Rescue operation suspended at Rangs Bhaban

Fire fighters yesterday suspended the rescue operation at Rangs Bhaban in the capital after twelve days of partial collapse of the building.

‘TB issue still neglected in media’

The issue of tuberculosis (TB) is still neglected in the media of the developing countries, speakers at a seminar and research publication programme said yesterday.

World leaders greet president on Eid

US President George W Bush joined heads of state and government of Muslim countries in greeting President Iajuddin Ahmed on the occasion of holy Eid-ul-Azha, being celebrated in the country tomorrow.

2 deals signed to install solar home systems

The World Bank yesterday signed two deals with Grameen Shakti and IDCOL for installation of Solar Home Systems in Bangladesh with the objective of reducing greenhouse gas emissions through the use of clean energy.

Road accidents kill 4

At least four people were killed and nine others injured in separate road accidents in Gopalganj and Dinajpur yesterday.

Dhaka now prepares for post-Bali roadmap

The country is now preparing for a post-Bali roadmap after playing an important role in international negotiations at the UN climate conference in Bali, Environment Adviser CS Karim said yesterday.

Dia Asiana launched

Dia Asiana, a magazine for the Asian women, was formally launched at a gala evening in the city yesterday to boost the growing fashion trends in the country.

US NGO’s help for underprivileged children

The Distressed Children International (DCI), a US-based non-government organisation, will provide education expenses to 800 underprivileged children in 2008, DCI President Dr Brian M DeBroff said yesterday.

Nafees wins Academy of Motion Picture award

Nafees Bin Zafar, a Bangladeshi software engineer, has been awarded the 'Scientific and Engineering Award' by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science, says a press release.

Qatar labour minister due on Jan 6

Labour Minister of Qatar Dr Sultan Bin Hasan Al Dhabit Al Dosari will arrive in Dhaka on January 6 to discuss import of more manpower from Bangladesh.

Special arrangements for Christmas

As Christmas approaches with all its excitement and wonder, Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel, like other major hotels across the globe, has made special arrangements for the guests.

Cultural activist Akbar killed in Barisal road crash

Akbar Hossain, a freedom fighter and a cultural personality in the city, was crushed under the wheels of a truck on C and B Road in front of Barisal BADC office yesterday morning.

20 injured as train derails in Mymensingh

At least 20 passengers were injured when two compartments and the engine of Dhaka-bound Balaka Express from Mymensingh derailed at Dhala Station at Trishal at around 4:30pm.

Uttara-6 cattle market shifted

The Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) yesterday formally shifted a makeshift cattle market from Azampur Primary School premises in Uttara to nearby places as the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) did not allow cattle traders to enter the market.

AGM of MIDAS held

The 15th Annual General Meeting of Micro Industries Development Assistance and Services (MIDAS) was held at its head office in the city on Monday, says a press release.

Extortion at Mawa Ghat alleged

Dakkhin Anchal Sarak Paribahan Malik-Sramik Joutho Parishad yesterday alleged that BIWTA and Munshiganj Zila Parishad are realising tolls from the vehicle owners separately at the Mawa Ferry Ghat, says a press release.

Liberation War Museum closed till Dec 24

Liberation War Museum will remain closed from today to December 24 on the occasion of the Eid-ul-Azha, says a press release.

National

1killed in 'shootout', 25 held in four dists

A listed criminal was killed in 'shootout' and 25 were arrested as police and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) started special drive in southwestern Kushtia, Chuadanga, Jhedidah and Meherpur districts on Monday midnight.

30 cattle drown as 2 boats capsize in Jamuna

Thirty sacrificial animals drowned and 27 others were injured as two engine boats capsized in the Jamuna in last two days, police said.

4 Jamaat men sued in Satkhira

At least four Jamaat-e-Islami leaders were sued yesterday for allegedly cheating 55 people in the name of sending them for Hajj.

Artificially fattened cattle flood markets in N dists

High prices are demanded for hefty cattle brought for sale as sacrificial animals in over one hundred big cattle markets in eight northern districts ahead of Eid-ul-Azha.

Killer suspect on 5-day remand

A judicial magistrate of Brahmanbaria yesterday granted five-day remand to interrogate Ismail, a suspected killer of train guard Gopal Chandra Mandal.

Schools asked to repay excess fees taken from SSC examinees

The Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE), Sylhet yesterday issued an order to all the headmasters of secondary schools to repay excess amount of money they realised from the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinees.

3 foreign envoys visit Bandarban

A three-member team of foreign envoys yesterday visited Bandarban to see the ongoing voter listing activities.

International

US Senate okays $70 billion for war in Iraq, Afghanistan

The US Senate late Tuesday approved a half-trillion dollar budget bill for 2008 that includes 70 billion dollars for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, handing a major victory to President George W Bush.

Iraq says Turkish raid an 'attack on sovereignty'

Iraq said yesterday it believed Turkey was unlikely to extend a military operation against Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq but sharply criticised Ankara for what it branded an attack on its sovereignty.

Kashmir militants halt random grenade attacks

The main Muslim rebel group fighting Indian rule in the Himalayan region of Kashmir yesterday announced a complete ban on militant grenade attacks in public places.

Israel mulls new east Jerusalem settlement

Israel said yesterday it was examining a plan to construct a new Jewish neighbourhood in occupied east Jerusalem, weeks after sparking world criticism for expanding another settlement in the city.

Spanish court convicts 47 over links to ETA

Spain's anti-terrorism court yesterday convicted 47 members of Basque separatist groups over their links to the armed organisation ETA and sentenced them to prison terms of between two and 20 years each.

Conservative Lee wins ROK presidency by landslide

A former tycoon who promises to reinvigorate South Korea's economy and take a tougher line with North Korea won a landslide presidential election victory yesterday, according to exit polls and partial official results.

Bomb kills 2 in southwest Pakistan

A remote-controlled bomb exploded in Pakistan's restive southwest province of Baluchistan yesterday, killing two pro-government tribesmen, security officials said.

Arts & Entertainment

What to watch on Eid

ATN Bangla
TV play “Ekdin...Hothat Ekdin”
Single-episode TV play Ekdin...Hothat Ekdin will be aired tonight at 8:50 pm. Written by Sumonto Aslam and directed by Shokal Ahmed, the story follows some hilarious incidents a family goes through. On a mundane morning a couple leave for work. Their daughters, along with their grandfather and the domestic help, encounter robbers at the house.

OP-ED

Eid-ul-Azha

Festivals are a time of thanks-giving and good cheer, of decorating the house and putting on new clothes, of exchanging gifts and greeting family and friends, of preparing special meals, of drinking life to the lees. But Eid-ul-Azha is something extraordinary, something totally different from an ordinary festival.

Health and human rights

GOOD health is central to creating and sustaining the capabilities that poor people need in order to get rid of poverty. It is a key asset of the poor, which contributes to their greater economic security. Good health is not just an outcome of development; it is a way of achieving development. Amartya Sen notes: "… good health and economic prosperity tend to support each other. Healthy people can more easily earn an income, and people with a higher income can more easily seek medical care, have better nutrition, and have the freedom to live healthier lives."

Time to focus on the re-rolling mill industry

THE re-rolling mill (RRM) industry in Bangladesh is one of the most important suppliers to the construction industry. Every square foot of construction requires 5-6 kg of rolled products. With the economy booming, (a growth rate of 5.7% per year for the past 15 years), and the construction industry in particular accounting for 9.2% of GDP, and growing at 8.0% per year, the scope and potential of the RRM is huge.



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