News of: Sunday, 20th of January, 2008
Former caretaker government adviser Dr Akbar Ali Khan yesterday said an "economic emergency" also exists in the country along with the political state of emergency and the country's economy may face a grave crisis unless an elected government takes over soon.
Although investigators confirmed the information about former deputy minister Abdus Salam Pintu's involvement in the August 21 grenade attacks, they are also trying to trace if more influential people had also been among the masterminds of the attacks.
A high level meeting chaired by Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday discussed how to find a respectable solution to the crisis at Dhaka University (DU) over the release of its detained teachers and students, sources said.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia was released on parole yesterday to have last glimpse of her mother who died Friday night.
Army Chief General Moeen U Ahmed has said seizing power or imposing martial law by the army is not right and no-one in the modern world would accept that.
The council of advisers to the caretaker government is likely to meet tomorrow and discuss how to kick off talks with the political parties, said sources close to the military-backed administration.
Leaders from across the political spectrum yesterday said there should be no return to politics of the pre-1/11 era and reforming democracy should mean greater democratisation in the country.
The early afternoon of yesterday belonged entirely to four exceptional micro entrepreneurs and a microcredit institution, who were awarded for their individual and organisational successes, their visions, and their enterprising spirit.
Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates in a meeting with Nobel laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus has expressed his interest in investing in the improvement of health care facilities for the poor in Bangladesh.
Eminent economist and former adviser to a caretaker government Prof Wahiduddin Mahmud has said the government should take steps to restore confidence in the businessmen instead of engaging law enforcement agencies in the market monitoring.
The prices of rice at retail and wholesale markets in the capital dropped slightly yesterday due to joint forces' strong monitoring and a steady supply of rice during the last few days.
The holy Ashura will be observed across the country today to commemorate the Karbala tragedy in which Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) along with his family and followers embraced martyrdom.
The 72nd birth anniversary of late president Ziaur Rahman, the founder of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), was observed yesterday in a low-key manner.
Democracy might be in jeopardy and unwanted elements might assume power if the present caretaker government does not hold dialogues with political parties soon to find a solution to the prevailing political crisis, said speakers at the BBC Bangladesh Sanglap yesterday.
All Bangladesh missions are being instructed to give utmost priority to welfare of Bangladeshi workers abroad, a spokesman for the foreign ministry said yesterday.
An Ahmadiyya family was forced to leave their village home in Kushtia following harassment by bigots.
Pakistani soldiers killed up to 90 Islamist militants near the Afghan border Friday, as the chief of the CIA linked the leader of the extremists in the region to the assassination of Benazir Bhutto.
PPP Co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari has regretted a proposal of becoming caretaker Prime Minister for one year. Well informed sources have confided that some people close to the establishment approached Zardari recently and suggested that elections must be delayed for one year and a broad based national government is the urgent need of time.
Iraqi security forces overran a mosque in southern Iraq where fighters of a shadowy Shia messianic sect were holed up yesterday, ending two days of clashes in two cities that killed more than 70 people, police said.
The People Power Party, which supports deposed Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra, unveiled a coalition government yesterday, capping a dramatic political turnaround 16 months after his ouster.
Pakistani police have arrested a teenager who was allegedly part of a five-man squad in the plot to kill opposition leader Benazir Bhutto last month, security officials said yesterday.
The 10th day of Muharram is a day of mourning for the Muslims of the world. It is also a day of triumph.
WE in Bangladesh have observed two strands of reaction to the question of terrorism. There are those who have always cried wolf at any mention of terrorism, to a point where they have ended up exaggerating or over-estimating the influence of religious extremism in the country. That has often created a rather sickening doomsday scenario. And then there is the other, equally lamentable truth, which is that influential quarters in the government have always been in denial mode on the terrorism question. One has only to go back to the JMB issue to know how resolutely the government of the day denied its presence, with consequences that were to be horrific. The point here is that we as a nation cannot afford to fall into the pitfalls created by either of the two assumptions above. In other words, we cannot afford to panic and at the same time must not be tempted into adopting a laid-back position.
IF conflict between civilizations is replacing the ideological animosity that ended with the cold war then it becomes necessary to understand the term civilization, that Samuel Huntington described as basically a cultural entity, and that the most important conflicts in the future will occur along the cultural fault lines. The differences among civilizations are not only real but are also basic. Among these differences the most important is religion.
"RS 1 lakh car drives 1 billion dreams," "Tata reinvents the wheel," screamed the headlines as the media rapturously welcomed Tata Motors' Nano amidst rousing music. The car has been called "revolutionary" and a "historic breakthrough" which makes "every Indian inches taller," and will trigger innovation in manufacturing technology the world over!
BUSH ended his eight day Middle East trip a few days ago, sparking questions concerning various issues, particularly the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Iran's nuclear capability. But the most significant part of his tour has been the resumed peace process between Israel and Palestine, which had remained dormant for more than seven years as it received very scant importance from the Bush administration. George Bush's visit to Ramallah gave the green signal for the Middle East peace process, as he called for an end to Israel's 41-year occupation of Palestinian lands and stated a commitment to forge a peace agreement before the end of his tenure in office. Bush said: "I believe its going to happen, that there's going to be a signed peace treaty by the time I leave office." He further emphasised that the Palestinian refugees would be paid compensation for the loss of homes when they fled after occupation by Israel.
Indian captain Anil Kumble hailed one of the greatest wins of his career after his side again halted a record Australian winning streak with a famous 72-run victory in the third Test at the WACA Ground here Saturday.
Shaun Pollock's farewell tour of South Africa started in triumph when he steered his team to victory in a Twenty20 international against the West Indies at the Wanderers Stadium Friday.
Bangladesh Army were unbeaten champions in the President Cup Super Four volleyball competition when they won the final against Bangladesh Navy 18-25, 25-20, 21-25, 27-25, 16-14 at the Dhaka Volleyball Stadium yesterday.
There were some amazing figures in the Parachute Women's Open cricket tournament at different venues across the country yesterday.
Irrespective of what has gone in this series and what lies ahead, Ishant Sharma's mesmeric spell to Ricky Ponting will remain one of the highlights of the series, and will be remembered for years to come. Cricket lovers still talk about the working-over Andrew Flintoff gave Ponting at Edgbaston but that lasted only one over. Here at the WACA, the torment continued for an hour. Harbhajan Singh has had his number for some time now but rarely has Ponting been shown up as so vulnerable for such a long period of time since he established himself as Australia's best batsman. That Ishant is 19 and playing his fourth Test only added to the drama and romance.
Australian captain Ricky Ponting admitted the prospect of a suspension affected his tactics after he was fined 20 per cent of his match fee for a slow over rate during the 72-run loss to India in the third Test Saturday.
The national selection committee will meet here today to choose the Indian cricket squad for next month's triangular ODI series in Australia with the biggest dilemma facing it whether to recall former captain Rahul Dravid.
Roger Federer flirted with Grand Slam disaster before pulling off a desperate five-set Australian Open victory Saturday, but there were no such dramas for young Serb hotshot Novak Djokovic.
Kevin Keegan has set his sights on breaking into the top four after insisting Newcastle United are fully-equipped to upset the Premier League big guns.
The west African state of Ghana is about to take its place in the international spotlight as hosts of the 26th African Nations Cup.
World number two Svetlana Kuznetsova slumped to a shock loss at the Australian Open Saturday, joined by sixth seeded fellow Russian Anna Chakvetadze as the upsets continued at Melbourne Park.
Manchester United's pursuit of global domination will see a squad including Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney land in Saudi Arabia on Sunday for a visit that will see the Premiership champions play in a testimonial game for Saudi legend Sami al-Jaber.
Playmaker Juan Roman Riquelme and midfielder Javier Mascherano will play for Argentina at the Beijing Olympics where the South American giants are the defending champions.
Barcelona's teenage sensation Bojan Krkic could be in line for a shock call-up to the Spanish national side for this summer's European Championships after impressing Spain coach Luis Aragones.
Valencia are building a wall around their training ground at Paterna to keep out prying eyes after Ronald Koeman complained he needed more privacy when coaching the team, Spanish media reported on Saturday.
Dutchman Louis Van Gaal on Friday made his desire to return as coach of the Netherlands official.
Chess legend Bobby Fischer's victory in the 1972 "match of the century" with Soviet world champion Boris Spassky elevated the game into a Cold War weapon and turned the eccentric young American into a national hero.
Buoyed by their stunning 72-run win in Perth inside four days, India have set themselves to square the four-Test series against Australia.
Australia captain Ricky Ponting said Saturday his team weren't pressing the panic button following their first Test loss in two years, but admitted they erred in team selection for the third Test against India.
Ricky Ponting refuses to believe Australia's global domination is over after their record-equalling winning streak was ended in Perth. While India's 72-run victory gave the world hope that the gap between Australia and the rest was closing, Ponting was not convinced his team was "on the slide".
The end of the era came quickly. An Australian unit that seemed unbreakable over the past 24 months had actually been admirably masking the dints. During the past four days they could not survive any more collisions and Ricky Ponting's stunning tower has toppled.
Four television channels filled up the semifinal spots to be played out on Monday in the Pepsi Media Cup six-a-side cricket tournament at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium yesterday.
The first-ever Maxcom Athletics competition began at the Army Stadium in Banani yesterday with one national record set on the first day.
Local boys moved to the second round in the boys' singles Group II opening matches of the Mobil ITF Asian Tennis U-14 Championship at the National Tennis Complex in Ramna yesterday.
Sunrise Sporting Club (SSC) secured their first win in the Metropolis Senior Division Football League with a 2-0 victory over Dipali Jubo Sangha at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Sepoy Mohammad Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.
Shakil smashed 71 as Bangladesh ICT Journalists Forum (BIJF) won their second consecutive match, with a 69 run win over D-Net, in the BCS Cricket Fiesta at the Kalabagan Club ground yesterday.
Long jumper Al Amin left for Malaysia last night for a high performance training programme.
High interest rate, increased tax and political uncertainty hit the local investment in the country's primary textile sector last year with entrepreneurs seeing another weak investment year.
A mere pleasure trip gave him a new business idea: manufacturing of ice-cream sticks. Md Anwarul Islam, who was adjudged Best Innovative Microentrepreneur of the Year 2007 yesterday in Dhaka, saw a factory producing ice-cream sticks during his visit to India in 1992.
It was a remarkable occasion for three personalities and one non-governmental organisation (NGO) when they received Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards 2007 for their individual and organisational success and vision and spirit at a gala function in Dhaka yesterday.
An in-depth review of the performance of Bangladesh economy during the first six months of FY2007-08 (henceforth FY08) by the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) identified seven indicators of hope and eight indicators of disquiet. The review was published yesterday. In view of the developments during the first six months, eight major challenges have to be addressed by the Caretaker Government (CTG) during the next six months of FY08.
The failure to enact a consumer protection law in Bangladesh has left consumers without real rights in ensuring they gain quality products and services, the Consumers Association of Bangladesh (CAB) claimed yesterday.
India's biggest share offer by Reliance Power was oversubscribed 73 times as investors scrambled to apply for a slice of the nearly three-billion-dollar flotation, final figures showed on Saturday.
US stock markets extended their downward spiral Friday closing lower as President George W. Bush's outline of a major economic stimulus plan failed to calm skittish investors.
When the first generation Proton Saga was launched 23 years ago, the nation stared in awe at the car. Just like the very first car that rolled out from the Perusahaan Otomobil Nasional Bhd factory in 1985, the new Saga, which was launched yesterday, created the same effect.
The 5th Dhaka International Textiles and Garments Machinery Exhibition-2008 kicks off in the city tomorrow with a view to showcasing textile and garment machinery.
Salaried workers in Asia are tipped to enjoy the world's largest pay increase of 7.3 percent on average this year, an international human resources firm said.
The three-day REHAB Fair Chittagong - 2008 ended yesterday.
A two-day regional seminar titled “Safta and
The British government is to support a plan to turn the Bank of England's loans to troubled bank Northern Rock into bonds for sale, the BBC reported Saturday.
Anju Man Ara and Dil Rawshon Ali, both from Dhaka, won chef of the year awards in amateur and professional categories respectively.
The annual conference 2007 of Eskayef Bangladesh Ltd, one of the fastest growing pharmaceutical companies, was held on Thursday in Cox's Bazar, says a press release.
Ukraine hopes to join the World Trade Organisation on February 7, an advisor to President Viktor Yushchenko said on Friday.
The year 2007 saw a marked increase in the number of floods compared with the average of last seven years, and Asia was the continent hit hardest by disasters, said United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) and its collaborating centres.
As the grave of Lt Col Mohammad Abdul Qadir, a martyr of the Liberation War, was finally traced after 36 years, freedom fighters now seek to protect the site in order to pay homage to him and other martyrs buried there.
Civil society members and political leaders at a discussion yesterday demanded a ban on Jamaat-e-Islami, saying that it had opposed the Liberation War and its constitution is inconsistent with the country's constitution.
Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) Chairman Prof Muzaffer Ahmad said the system of electing country's president should be changed for direct election as he observed the incumbent has 'tarnished' the image of his position being 'influenced' by the prime minister.
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday urged journalists and media workers to be objective in presenting news related to the preservation of national resources.
City's Lalbagh Fort was declared a no-smoking zone yesterday.
Mayor of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) Sadeque Hossain Khoka and Vice Chancellor of Dhaka University SMA Faiz will jointly lay the foundation stone of 'Asad Sarani' at Chankherpol in the city on the occasion of Asad Day today.
LGRD and Cooperatives Adviser Md Anwarul Iqbal yesterday said the government will allocate necessary funds soon for the construction of two sluice gates at the junction of Chaktai and Mohesh canals in the port city at a cost of Tk four crore.
Dependents of eight accused in the murder of former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria yesterday appealed to the government for action against the investigation officer (IO) for filing motivated charge sheet.
International Islamic University Chittagong (IIUC), Dhaka campus has given Best Human Resources Professional Award-2008 to five top HR professionals of the country.
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between Pakistan's Islamia University of Bahawalpur (IUB) and the University of Dhaka (DU) in Bahawalpur last week for bilateral cooperation in the field of education and research, says a press release.
At least two people were killed and 26 others injured in separate road accidents in Brahmanbaria, Jhenidah and Gazipur yesterday.
Two trains collided head-on at Kotchandpur railway station early yesterday, disrupting train communications on the route for three hours.
BDR jawans seized a huge quantity of Indian cloths worth about Tk 1.5 crore from a covered van at Padua bazar in Sadar Dakkhin upazila early Friday.
A five-member team of the European Commission's (EC) Delegation to Bangladesh will visit Khulna and Satkhira on January 21 and 22 to observe field activities of FoSHoL-ActionAid, says a press release.
The Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) celebrated its 15 years of existence with the orientation ceremony of spring semester 2008, says a press release.
Speakers at TIB's regional conference here yesterday said the government should guard against about abuse of power in its drive to curbing corruption.
Former chief justice Habibur Rahman yesterday said education is the only way for development.
Former BNP lawmaker from Meherpur-1 Masud Arun and Meherpur municipality chairman Motassim Billah Motu and three others have been sued for allegedly taking money by promising job.
AKM Fazlul Huq, assistant director of Barisal Anti Corruption Commission (ACC), submitted charge sheet against nine accused including BNP leaders and bank officials in Tk 25 core Barisal Rupali Bank loan scam case.
Benapole border in Jessore and Bhomra border in of Satkhira have been put on high alert to check entry of poultry from India, said Md Abdul Hai, Deputy Director of Khulna divisional office of Livestock Department.
A gang of smugglers yesterday snatched a pick-up van loaded with timber from BDR at Dakshinbhag Bazar on Kulaura-Baralekha road in Juri upazila.
A fake milk factory was detected yesterday at Alur Bazar on the bank of the Meghna, 10 kilometres southwest of Chandpur town, said sources in Coast Guard.
Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday rescued a minor boy from abductors at Chandpur village in Nandail upazila in Mymensingh.
The plaintiff of a case was arrested and sent to jail here yesterday for filing a false case under Women and Children Repression Act, police and court sources said.
Israel kept up strikes against Gaza militants yesterday, killing at least two in a new raid, as its lockdown of the impoverished Palestinian territory started to take its toll on residents.
The departure of the State Department's No. 3 official adds uncertainty to a US nuclear deal with India that is already in deep trouble.
At least 31 Sri Lankan guerrillas and one soldier were killed in heavy fighting between government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels across the embattled north, the defence ministry said yesterday.
Clashes between rival tribes armed with machetes and bows and arrows on Friday marked the third, the bloodiest and what the government hopes is the last day of opposition protests over Kenya's disputed presidential election.
Voters in two states a continent apart were choosing among Republican and Democratic candidates for president in contests shadowed by racial politics and the threat of recession.
An Indian court has convicted 12 Hindu men, including a policeman, over the gang-rape of a pregnant woman and the murder of her family members in 2002 anti-Muslim riots in Gujarat state, a report said.
Two million devout Shia Muslims attended the annual Ashura ceremonies in the Iraqi shrine city of Karbala, the provincial governor said on Saturday as the week-long event drew to a close.
More than 20 Taliban rebels were killed and over a dozen wounded in a joint operation between Afghan and Western forces in eastern Afghanistan, officials said yesterday.
With less than a month remaining for Pakistan's general elections, the party led by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif is insisting that President Pervez Musharraf must quit.
Maoist rebel leader turned politician Prachanda said Friday he would stand for election in key polls set for April that will decide Nepal's political future and formally abolish the monarchy.
Laboratory workers yesterday analysed new samples from dead chickens amid fears that India's worst-ever bird flu outbreak may have spread in eastern India as locals resisted a massive cull.
Arts & Entertainment
WAKILUR Rahman, settled in Berlin for the last 20 years, is currently having an exhibition at Galleri Kaya to present his ideas and views. He has done this before repeatedly at the popular Dhaka galleries like Chitrak, Alliance Francaise and Goethe-Insititut. Wakil believes that viewers should be given space to pause and think in peace and harmony. His play of space is with colours and lines, in different mediums.
“What does art do for us? It shapes the human experience and connects the past and future to our present. It tells us how we want to see our lives, what would be the ideal vision. Art is the soul of a nation,” said eminent litterateur Syed Shamsul Haq, chief guest at the certificate giving programme of the 13th batch of Prachyanat School of Acting and Design.
Cultural organisation Kranti Shilpi Gosthi (KSG) arranged a special programme to pay tribute to the Language Movement veteran poet Mahbub ul Alam Chowdhury. Mahbub ul Alam Chowdhury, the writer of the first poem on 'Amar Ekushey' Kandte ashini, phashir dabi niye eshechhi passed away on December 23 at the age of 82. The programme was held at Rabindra Sarobar, Dhanmondi on January 18.
“Everyone or no one
All human beings are born free and equal
In dignity and life”
--- Article 1, Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Cultural organisation Nrittanchal arranges a dance festival from January 25 to 28, says a press release. Co-ordinator of Nrittanchal; Muhammed Jahangir, directors Shamim Ara Nipa and Shibli Mohammed were present at the press conference.
ASHOURA, on the tenth of Muharram, occupies a unique and significant place in the annals of history. It is sacred and important not only for the Muslims, but also for the Jews and the Christians, who consider it to be an auspicious occasion. It is the only occasion, which is regularly celebrated with due solemnity and sobriety by two religious communities, the Muslims and the Jews.
IT was about 10 O'clock in the morning when I opened the window of my office to take a look at the Calu Turag river that carries tons of silver coloured water on her chest, I saw some patches of dark grey cloud racing to gobble up the crimson red sun that was travelling along the midstream of Turag. The leafy green trees in the surrounding seemed still. At a distance I could see a few soldiers in their marching fatigues sitting around a radio and listening to something. Some of them were wiping their eyes frequently.
YOU want to see the front line in the fight against terrorists? You don't have to go to Iraq. The cop on the beat is walking it every day where it really counts, right at home, because terrorists don't care about lines, they care about getting you where you live. And in New York City, home to ground zero, the NYPD has created over the last six years what one CIA veteran in Washington calls "the best counterterrorism center in the world."
Inadequate number of delivery tables, spotlights and scarce medical equipment are some of the nagging problems faced by the doctors and nurses at the Labour Ward of the Mitford Hospital.
The authorities of Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) have been turning a deaf ear to the abuse of a huge playground in Sector 4 of Uttara ever since it was rented out to a commercial amusement park operator.
In the midst of all the hustle and bustle of the capital city, the BDR headquarters compound at Pilkhana stands with its beautiful landscape, gardens full of colourful flowers and a calm and quiet atmosphere.
May be you are anxiously looking for tips "to do" and a diet to "go on," which are essential to successful weight loss, but those are not the only things that you need to know.
For the last few decades, most countries including Bangladesh have been in the grip of the epidemic of addiction. Increasing illicit drug-trade, lack of awareness, improper treatment and rehabilitation — all are responsible for the spate.
Undernutrition causes more than a third of child deaths worldwide, but simple programmes like promoting breastfeeding and providing supplements could keep some of those children alive, experts said.
Bank cashiers and others working with large quantities of paper currency are vulnerable to catching various types of flu from the germs living on notes, a Swiss researcher said recently.
A stroke occurs when there is bleeding into our brain, or normal blood flow to our brain is hampered. Within minutes of being deprived of essential nutrients, brain cells start dying — a process that may continue over the next several hours.
Five thousand children die every day globally because they do not have access to clean toilets, health experts said.