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News of: Thursday, 20th of December, 2007
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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Former BNP secretary general Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan and two others have been sued for giving death threats to a lawyer.
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.
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.
The Election Commission (EC) targets end of March 2008 to hold elections to Rajshahi, Khulna, Barisal and Sylhet city corporations.
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.
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.
At least 18 Bangladeshi pilgrims have died while performing hajj this year.
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has cancelled Eid holidays of the conservancy and other departments concerned to carry out cleanliness drive during the religious festival.
Communications Adviser MA Matin yesterday suggested that Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) should offer constructive criticism rather than only complaining.
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.
Garment workers in Gazipur's Degerchala area yesterday went on the rampage for salary, Eid bonus, overtime bill and allegations of underpayment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bayern Munich coach Ottmar Hitzfeld on Tuesday fuelled speculation that he could be set to leave the Bavarian giants.
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.
The coaching camp of youth footballers under the assistance of Canary Wharf, UK, will resume after the Eidul Azha.
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.
As political interference remains no barrier, the leather sector entrepreneurs now feel free to collect rawhide during Eid at an affordable price.
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.
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.
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.
The Bangladesh Bank (BB) governor is optimistic about achieving a moderate growth this fiscal rate in the current fiscal.
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'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.
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 Spinning Mills Ltd has declared a 5 percent dividend for the year 2006-07.
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.
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.
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.
Group 4 Securicor (G4S) plc has entered the FTSE 100 Index, the UK's premier share index, says a press release.
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.
A decision was taken yesterday to form a national advisory council to tackle cyclone and other natural disaster, says BBC last night.
Fire fighters yesterday suspended the rescue operation at Rangs Bhaban in the capital after twelve days of partial collapse of the building.
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.
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.
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.
At least four people were killed and nine others injured in separate road accidents in Gopalganj and Dinajpur yesterday.
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, 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 will remain closed from today to December 24 on the occasion of the Eid-ul-Azha, says a press release.
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.
Thirty sacrificial animals drowned and 27 others were injured as two engine boats capsized in the Jamuna in last two days, police said.
At least four Jamaat-e-Islami leaders were sued yesterday for allegedly cheating 55 people in the name of sending them for Hajj.
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.
A judicial magistrate of Brahmanbaria yesterday granted five-day remand to interrogate Ismail, a suspected killer of train guard Gopal Chandra Mandal.
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.
A three-member team of foreign envoys yesterday visited Bandarban to see the ongoing voter listing activities.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
A remote-controlled bomb exploded in Pakistan's restive southwest province of Baluchistan yesterday, killing two pro-government tribesmen, security officials said.
Arts & Entertainment
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.
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.
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."
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.