News of: Monday, 25th of February, 2008
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In efforts to ensure access to justice for the hills people, sessions courts will start functioning in the three districts of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) within next 10 days.
Responding favourably to a tidal rise of the demand for trial of war criminals, the Election Commission (EC) yesterday announced that it will make a recommendation to the caretaker government to initiate steps for the trials.
A special court dealing with corruption cases yesterday sentenced former Awami League (AL) lawmaker Sheikh Helaluddin to 13 years' imprisonment for amassing wealth illegally and concealing information about wealth from the ACC.
Authorities concerned culled 58,032 domestic fowls and destroyed 53,434 eggs in eight districts yesterday following detection of avian influenza.
Jacques Kallis' five-for in the morning session all but shattered Bangladesh's dreams of setting a challenging target as South Africa finished the third day of the first Test on the verge of a win at the Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday.
The Korean Export Processing Zone (KEPZ) is expected to begin its journey in a few months by starting to set up its first industrial unit, claimed to be the world's largest shoe manufacturing factory.
Although the government decided to recruit 13,202 police personnel in 2006-08 fiscal years, only half the target joined the force due to bureaucratic red tape with the deadline expiring in four months.
The advisory council approved a proposal for constructing fencing boxes inside Bangladesh and India 150 yards from the zero point for operating passenger-train services between the two countries.
It is becoming exceedingly difficult for the government to keep high profile corruption suspects in detentions as the High Court has decided not to extend the duration of a number of such detentions under Special Powers Act.
The government did not allow international human rights lawyer William Sloan to hold press conference in Dhaka on February 22 as he came to Bangladesh on a tourist visa, a home ministry release yesterday said.
Chief of Army Staff General Moeen U Ahmed arrived in New Delhi yesterday on a weeklong visit to India at the invitation of Indian Army Chief General Deepak Kapoor.
Two detained Harkatul Jihad Al Islami (Huji) militants who were involved in the August 21, 2004 grenade attacks were placed on three days' remand yesterday.
Commerce Adviser Dr Hossain Zillur Rahman yesterday admitted the government's failure in controlling prices of essentials and pledged to check the unsteady rise in prices, which is not consistent with the international market.
Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday said they would resist any attempts to hinder the present caretaker government announced electoral roadmap.
The government yesterday reconstituted the Biman board of directors and appointed Special Assistant to the Chief Adviser Mahbub Jamil as its head to bring efficiency and dynamism in the activities of the national flag carrier.
Convict Aman Ullah Aman, also a former state minister, was shifted to Narayanganj Jail punitively yesterday from Dhaka Central Jail for violating the jail code.
Jatiya Party (JP-Manju) yesterday demanded holding the polls under the supervision of a 'national government' comprising of all political parties, except the anti-liberation war elements, to make the election acceptable to all.
A special tribunal today indicted former Awami League lawmaker Kazi Zafarullah for extorting Tk 50 lakh from a businessman.
A Dhaka court yesterday issued arrest warrants against former state minister for law barrister Shahjahan Omar, his wife Mehjabin Farzana Omar and their son Adnan Omar in a case filed for concealing information in their wealth statements.
BNP chairperson's adviser Brig Gen (retd) Hannan Shah said he is ready to sit with the reformist group without any pre-condition and hoped for forging unity in BNP.
Left Democratic Front (LDF) leaders yesterday said many people have raised questions about the neutrality of the Election Commission (EC) as it is trying to impose some undemocratic rules in the name of registering political parties.
Police yesterday detained an alleged Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) member while he was giving money to an accused JMB man at a Chittagong Court.
Taliban militants are ready for peace talks with Pakistan's new government, a rebel spokesman said Sunday, after opposition parties trounced President Pervez Musharraf's allies in elections.
A suicide bomber blew himself up amid a crowd of Shia pilgrims south of Baghdad yesterday, killing at least 40 people, police and medical officials told AFP.
Iran vowed on Saturday to retaliate if the UN Security Council imposes new sanctions after the latest UN atomic agency report on its nuclear activities spoke of progress.
The US presidential race turned more aggressive yesterday after Hillary Clinton launched a scathing attack on Democratic rival Barack Obama in a bid to restore her front-runner status.
FOWLS and eggs have dropped off the household menu due to heightened incidence of bird flu. Many restaurants, especially the wayside food vending shops are suspected to be selling curry made of cheaply bought off sick chicken to poor consumers. Due to their initial denial mode, the authorities failed to take timely precautions. The spread of avian flu has overtaken the livestock department's containment measures. Thus we face a fully blown crisis.
THE return of the priceless artefacts to their country of origin, Bangladesh, is no doubt an occasion to exult. We are happy that all the 42 pieces of supreme intrinsic value taken in a cultural exchange programme to the Paris-based Guimet Museum have come back in good condition on Saturday. And we take the occasion to thank the French government for sending them back to Bangladesh as per schedule.
THE pro-Musharaf leaguers wanted at least another term in power, and hoped against hope that the general would oblige them. Belying those hopes, President Musharraf, who had earlier declared both Nawaz Sharif and Benazir Bhutto as the most corrupt politicians and accused them of destroying the institutions and bringing the country to the brink of economic collapse, allowed the duo to return and contest the election.
A Common Man's Budget has some remarkable characteristics. To begin with, it is not very common. The Common Man should consider himself extremely lucky if he gets a budget allotted to him once in the natural life of an elected government. He should thank his fortune, rather than crib, even if this budget turns up only in an election year, the only time that the Common Man gets any attention from a government.
Pickering: "Excuse the straight question, Higgins. Are you a man of good character where women are concerned?"
Despite the fact that the Tigers started the third day of the first Test on top against the formidable South Africa, the turnout was surprisingly low - - sparsely a couple of thousand turned up to watch the start of the day.
Bangladesh took revenge of their defeat to West Bengal in the inaugural Indo-Bangladesh Bangla Games when the hosts secured more than half gold medals at stake in the second edition yesterday.
While their seniors were battling to save a Test match at home against South Africa despite going neck and neck on the first three days, Bangladesh Under-19s lost the tempo after a great show in the group stage when they crashed to a humiliating 201-run defeat to the Proteas in the Under-19 cricket World Cup in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
Orient SC registered an emphatic seven-wicket win over Dhaka Wanderers Club in the Metropolis First Division Cricket League at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium yesterday.
BKSP, Bhola and Moulvibazar moved into the finals of the 4th JFA Cup Under-15 Football Championship yesterday as their respective zonal champions.
Qualifier Shamima Akhter Liza upset defending champion IWM Rani Hamid in the third round of the Aromatic Gold 29th National Women's Chess Championship at the federation chess-room yesterday.
A sparkling century from Gautam Gambhir could not save India from an 18-run defeat at the hands of Australia in their tri-series match here on Sunday.
Even less than a month after the racism row involving Andrew Symonds and Harbhajan Singh was resolved, the Australian all-rounder once again was seen mired in a heated exchange of words with an Indian bowler -- this time Ishant Sharma.
Cricket is poised for a revolution like never before as the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) takes shape, but there are fears it could change what was once a leisurely afternoon sport for ever.
Former national coach John Buchanan has urged Australia's cricketers to tour Pakistan next month as Cricket Australia prepares for a government briefing about travelling to the strife-torn nation, reports said Sunday.
Maria Sharapova maintained her unbeaten record in 2008 with a hard-hitting win over Agnieszka Radwanska which carried her to the final of the 2.5 million dollar Qatar Open on Saturday.
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was asked to change his wicketkeeping gloves during his team's tri-series match against Australia on Sunday after pulling off a spectacular catch to dismiss Adam Gilchrist.
Opening bowler Alicia Smith took five wickets for seven runs as South Africa crushed Pakistan by eight wickets in the final of the Women's World Cup Qualifier tournament at the Stellenbosch University ground Sunday.
India has rejected an invitation to play a three-match one-day series in Pakistan in March, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said on Sunday.
Rising New Zealand star Jesse Ryder is out of cricket for up to three months after injuring his hand in a bar celebrating New Zealand's one-day series win over England, officials said Sunday.
Werder Bremen midfielder Diego was red-carded as his second-placed side were beaten 1-0 by Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday to give Bundesliga leaders Bayern the chance to open a six-point gap.
Manchester United have cut Arsenal's lead at the top of the Premier League back to three points after a Saturday filled with pain for the Gunners.
A controversial penalty in the third minute of injury time gave relegation-threatened Reggina a shock 2-1 win over Juventus on Saturday and dented the Turin giants' push for a Champions League place.
Brazil striker Luis Fabiano scored twice as Sevilla hammered 10-man Real Zaragoza 5-0 with the help of two own goals in the Primera Liga on Saturday.
A Fred double earned Olympique Lyon a 2-0 home win over bottom club Metz as the six-times champions opened a four-point gap at the top of Ligue 1 on Saturday.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger could not contain his anger at Birmingham's Martin Taylor after the defender's horror tackle left Eduardo fighting to save his career.
Rafa Benitez admitted that he is still prepared to rest Fernando Torres despite seeing the Spanish striker rescue Liverpool with a hat-trick in Saturday's 3-2 win against Middlesbrough.
AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani insisted Saturday that coach Carlo Ancelotti was guaranteed his job with the European champions next season despite reports linking Marcello Lippi with the post.
Birmingham defender Martin Taylor on Saturday insisted there was "no malicious intent" in the horror tackle which left Arsenal striker Eduardo with a suspected broken leg.
Juventus have hit out at the Italian league and federation after a controversial late penalty handed them a 2-1 defeat at Reggina and hit their hopes of overhauling Roma in second place in Serie A.
The German Football Federation (DFB) have launched an investigation after Germany international Mario Gomez called Karlsruhe defender Maik Franz "an arsehole" live on television.
Sevilla striker Luis Fabiano's family were robbed at gunpoint in their home last Friday the day after goalkeeper Andres Palop had his house burgled, manager Manolo Jimenez said.
Newcastle Jets won a drama-charged Australian A-League grand final 1-0 with the Central Coast Mariners players furious over a disallowed injury-time penalty at the Sydney Football Stadium on Sunday.
The lenses used in some of the world's most famous camera brands are being produced in Bangladesh with such success that the company involved plans to expand it operations.
As China's factory floors feel the pressure from spiralling costs, there is growing nervousness in the rest of the world that the Asian giant's next big export could be inflation.
Cyclone Sidr caused Tk7.59 billion of losses to industry, commerce and tourism, according to a report by the joint mission of donor agencies.
Another local shipbuilder, Western Marine Shipyard Ltd, enters the global shipbuilding market today with the company starting construction of two ocean-going ships to be exported to Denmark by 2009.
The election for the posts of directors of Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) scheduled for March 9 was thrown into further uncertainty yesterday when the remaining three candidates pulled out of the race.
Microfinance stakeholders gathered in Dhaka yesterday to share best practices to establish partnerships and strategic alliance among microfinance institutions (MFIs), regulators, donors and private enterprises.
The government is to announce a poultry policy aimed at ensuring a hygienic, well-managed and sustainable industry.
Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman, Faruq Ahmad Siddiqi, cautioned the investors yesterday not to buy shares on rumors so as to avoid loss in the capital market.
In the villages of Sylhet you don't have to travel far before you find a newly built house, complete with a neat wall and imposing entrance. Chances are it will belong to the family of one of the millions of Bangladeshis of Sylhet descent who now live abroad.
Sylhet Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) has selected 1,000 acres of land for setting up an special economic zone in order to attract investment especially from the non-resident Sylheties.
A Canadian marketing mission, led by the agriculture and food companies of Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership (STEP) involved in Saskatchewan's pulse sector, will visit Dhaka and Chittagong from March 3-7.
Asian currencies were mostly up against the greenback this week as concerns in the region continued that there will be a recession in the United States.
Submissions in the US$ 2 million Holcim Awards competition to promote sustainable construction will close on February 29, says a press release.
Japan successfully launched Saturday an experimental satellite aimed at providing high-speed Internet access across Asia, even when terrestrial infrastructure goes down, the space agency said.
India's centre-left government will focus on fighting poverty and helping debt-hit farmers when it delivers this week what could be its last budget before the next general election, economists say.
Britain's ailing mortgage lender Northern Rock, hit by a global credit crunch, is now in public hands, the government said Friday after announcing it had acquired all the bank's shares.
Japanese automobile sales in other Asian markets are forecast to reach five million units in 2008, surpassing the domestic market for the first time, a newspaper said Sunday.
MTI Consulting has formed a strategic alliance with UK's leading intangible asset valuation company Intangible Business Limited, says a press release.
Fifty-five percent of non-merit quota in Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) examination is unconstitutional and it should be revised immediately to enhance the efficiency of the civil service, said the experts at a discussion yesterday.
Students of five female halls of Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday demanded immediate measures to beef up security at their dormitories in the wake of an incident of theft at Tapasi Rabeya Hall.
The publication ceremony of a book titled 'Sonajhara Din', the Bengali version of a novel 'A Golden Age' by Tahmima Anam, was held at the Goethe Institut in the city yesterday.
War Crimes Facts Finding Committee yesterday called on the caretaker government to take initiatives to hold a constructive dialogue before March 25 in order to set up an inquiry commission to investigate the war crimes and the crimes against humanity during the War of Liberation.
Foreign Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury left for Tokyo yesterday morning on an invitation of Japanese Foreign Minister Masahiko Koumura.
Four people were killed and 22 others were injured in separate road accidents in Sylhet, Magura and Sirajganj districts.
Amar Ekushey and International Mother Language Day was observed in Bangladesh missions abroad with due solemnity and in befitting manner.
Additional 30 lakh tons of rice could be produced in the country per year through successful promotion of 'leaf colour chart' (LCC) at the growers level.
A High Court bench yesterday issued a show-cause notice to the Anti-corruption Commission (ACC) chairman, ACC secretary, the deputy director of the commission's Sylhet office and the law secretary as to why the issuance of an ACC notice asking for the wealth statement of M Ilyas Ali should not be declared illegal.
A High Court (HC) Division yesterday issued a rule asking the government to explain why the order to include Moshiur Rahman Kochi in the list of top criminals instead of Omar Faruque Kochi, an accused in 100 criminal cases, should not be declared illegal.
Deposition of the witnesses in the sensational Bahodderhat murder case ended here yesterday.
The 9th joint governing body meeting of National Defence College (NDC) and Defence Service Command and Staff College (DSCSC) was held at Bangabhaban yesterday with President Iajuddin Ahmed in the chair.
A seven-day training programme titled 'Regional learning by doing VCA (vulnerable capacity assessment) exercise' started at a city hotel yesterday, says a press release.
The inaugural ceremony of the Unesco Book Fair 2008 will be held at the Central Public Library at 11:00am on Wednesday.
Anti-adulteration drive will resume in full swing very soon, said Industries Secretary Dr Mohammad Nurul Amin while inaugurating a One Stop Service Centre at Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institute (BSTI) in the city yesterday.
A weeklong workshop of Bangladesh Nari Sangbadik Kendra began in the city yesterday to help increase the expertise of women journalists.
A woman along with her daughter was stabbed by her brother-in-law over a family feud at Soilargati under Tongi police station on Saturday.
A dockyard worker was stabbed to death at South Keraniganj on Saturday night.
Extortionists shot a mason at Rampura in the city yesterday as the owner of an under-construction building where he works refused to pay extortion to the criminals.
The National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Electricity and Port yesterday condemned the death threat to its member secretary Prof Anu Muhammad.
Foreign Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury yesterday expressed deep shock at the death of four Bangladeshi workers in Saudi Arabia, said an official handout.
The three-day third international conference of the Asia Pacific Disability Forum will begin in the city on Wednesday.
Community policing was launched at ward no 20 of Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) yesterday with a call to make the ward free from different crimes.
President Iajuddin Ahmed and Chief Adviser Fakhruiddin Ahmed have greeted their Kuwaiti counterparts on the occasion of the National Day of Kuwait that falls on Saturday.
Language movement veteran Khan Ziaul Huq at eighty now works to contribute to nation-building and still dreams that Bangla will be used in every sphere of national life in near future. He also likes to dream a better future for the nation.
Road development projects in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) are progressing fast as Engineering Construction Battalions (ECBs) of Bangladesh Army are working with a few government departments and international organisations engaged in the sector.
An alleged cadre of Jama'atul Mujahideen, Bangladesh (JMB) was arrested in Tangail Saturday night.
Baukul, a wonder fruit, is now an agricultural buzzword and promises fortune for farmers. But few people know about the men behind it.
Moulvibazar district is in high risk of avian influenza (bird flue) as haors in the area are favourite places of migratory birds that are potential carriers of the virus.
Sylhet City Corporation (SCC) has taken initiative to remove illegal structures along the banks of 15 natural streams (locally called chhara) flowing through the city.
Police authorities have taken disciplinary actions against eight police personnel under Barisal range on various charges including that of corruption within three weeks of the current month, sources in the office of the deputy inspector general (DIG) of police said.
Six widows who lost their husbands during Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971 have appealed to the caretaker government to provide them with monthly allowance needed for their survival.
A police official has been closed to Chittagong range for his negligence in duty.
Agriculture experts at a workshop here yesterday said proper utilisation of urea fertiliser can cut agricultural expenditure by about Tk 630 crore as it would save 3 lakh tonnes tons of urea. Besides, rice production will increase by 30 lakh tones annually by proper utilization of urea.
Somo Odhikar Andolan (SOA), a platform for Bangali settlers, at a press conference at Rangamati Reporters' Unity office yesterday demanded immediate stoppage of alleged harassment and conspiracies against them in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT).
Aggrieved casual workers of six state-owned jute mills yesterday burnt effigy of BJMC Chairman Ataharul Jslam at on the compound of Eastern Jute Mills at Atra industrial belt.
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) returned bodies of two Bangladeshis after a company commander level flag meeting with Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) yesterday, BDR sources said.
A man-eater Royal Bengal Tiger yesterday morning killed a teenaged boy when he went to collect leaves for the deer of Burigoalini forest office at Bakhrakhali in the Sundarbans.
There is no alternative to democracy for good governance and prosperity of the nation. At the moment we are passing through a crucial period of institutionalisation of democracy in our country. The present government is working to give us a genuine voter list, bringing reforms in the political parties, identifying the corrupt people and musclemen, to keep the electoral process away from their unholy influence. We are very much hopeful about the success of the CTG. The foreign powers are also pressing the government to lift emergency and hold an election as soon as possible because our development partners want to see a democratic Bangladesh as their partner.
Many communities like Chakma, Marma and Rakhaines are living in different places in Bangladesh. But they are on the verge of losing their linguistic identity.
We are watching with keen interest the election campaign of the United States. We are excited and engrossed by the unfolding drama and holding our breath to see the outcome of the election.
There seems to be a huge applause in Pakistan on Musharraf's imminent ouster. We as Bangladeshis welcome the end to a military regime. But we should also not forget that the General is the only Pakistani leader who expressed regrets for the genocide in 1971. During his time, Pakistan enjoyed the best relations with India and had a long economic upturn. It is the same politicians who were ousted for corruption that came back to defeat him. Let it be a reminder for all Bangladeshis that we have to finish the anti-corruption drive and make sure that the rule of law is established.
Thanks to the Bangladesh Bank for the belated step in directing the commercial banks of the country to find ways to reduce the wide gap between lending and deposit rates . But it is not always the deposit rate which affects the cost of funds in a bank. Although it has a direct link, but free money (about 20% app.) in the banking channel plays a great part in arriving at the funding cost of any bank which means actual effective funding cost of any bank is much less than the real deposit rate. Therefore, it would have been better if the equation could be made between their cost of fund and the lending rates. The spread in such circumstances would be more yawning. A spread of seven percent and above at the sweet will of the banks is too high for the entrepreneurs to do business profitably by taking bank loan, and if allowed to continue this trend will undoubtedly impede industrial development in the country.
The word "Pitha" gives us the smell of delicious cakes. And to make pithas more popular, pitha festivals are the best occasions. That's why to inspire the young generation not to forget our traditional foodstuff, some people organised a pitha festival in Rajshahi.
This editorial of 6 February is quite timely. The problem has arisen because of the clever attitude of some Bangladeshis ( mostly abroad) who have managed to identify the language of Bangla with Matri Bhasha or Mother tongue. Of course a proper language must have its alphabet, its vocabulary and grammar and a standard pronunciation over a large area of population for mutual understanding, and thus Bangla Bhasha has evolved over centuries from many dialects of various mother tongues or brojo-bulee, matri-bulee etc. When a bulee becomes a bhasha with all necessary elements, it is the bhasha which must be given prominence by the educated citizens and matri bulees or dialects must only remain in the background of culture or literature, but never occupy the centre stage.
After reading a few correspondences in the newspapers on the above issue, I felt an urge within myself to clarify it further. Following is the existing law in brief as per the gazette notification vide the ordinance no. LVII of 1976 relating to the Public Servants ( Marriage With Foreign Nationals ) Ordinance,1976, issued under the signature of the late President A.M. Sayem dated 7th July 1976.
This morning (19 Feb) sometimes after 9:am, I was coming up the Gulshan Avenue (south to north) towards the first circle intersection, when a police pick-up with horn blaring was leading a Bangladesh flagged car.
In Bangladesh, we (non Muslims) are the minority. The majority people are better placed. It is natural. But it is also natural to have our right to observe religious festivals established fully. Sadly, the reality does not reflect that. On 11 February, we observed our Saraswati Puja. Almost all of the educational institutions remain closed on this day. But the English medium schools are not caring about our religious values. They were running classes. Saraswati is our Goddess of knowledge, art, music and others. But our English medium students are not getting any chance of praying to our Holy Goddess. This is quite unfair. We must learn English but of course not at the cost of our own religious values.
Warriors and despots are generally bad economists - Richard Cobden, the19th century 'apostle of free trade'.
The students of DU should think first whether there is any quota system in their university for 'dependents of DU staffs'. And is it for the fourth class poor employees or for all including teachers and officers? They should abolish it first, if there is any.
The energy policy needs to be publicly accessible and this is a standard practice of any democratic nation. If it is open to general people it will remove the doubts on our leadership. Once the policies are rock solid, sensible and pro-national interest, it will be very easy for the people as well for the investors on energy or other areas to participate in international bidding. If the policies lack clarity, national interest will be harmed.
The recent setback experienced by Sen. Hillary Clinton, a deserving presidential candidate for nomination from the Democratic Party, proves the fact that the Americans perhaps need some more time to fully attain the goal of their propaganda in support of women's empowerment!
We welcome the announcement of construction of the Padma bridge next year by the respected Chief Adviser. We hope all preliminary work would be completed to implement this "Mega" project to further facilitate our communication link with the southern districts.
Fighting intensified Sunday between Turkish troops and Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq, amid US calls for Turkey to wrap up its military incursion in the region as swiftly as possible.
Days after opposition parties triumphed in elections, lawyers chanting for President Pervez Musharraf's resignation were tugging at the barricades around the home of the judge whose ouster and house arrest helped trigger Pakistan's political crisis.
The battle lines are clearly drawn in Sri Lanka with the government vowing to finish off the Tamil rebels, but after decades of bloodshed a final outcome appears as uncertain as ever.
As the clock ticks away for the nuclear deal with the US, the Indian government is planning to conclude a safeguards pact with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) latest by mid-March and has set itself an April-end deadline to force the issue with its Left allies which are determined to thwart the deal.
The European Union has withdrawn staff from a divided Kosovo city following violent protests by the Serb minority, an EU envoy said Saturday as Russia warned Kosovo's independence could increase terrorism.
When politician Adolf Lu Hitler-Marak stands for election in an Indian hill state next month, even he may have a tough time standing out in a field of the most unusually named candidates.
The motivation of the black-suited lawyer, campaigning noisily in front of barbed wire, barricades and several dozen riot police, could not have been simpler.
US presidential campaigns have certain rules: it's best to be rich, famous, show verbal savvy in attacking your opponent, and to have served as a state governor rather than in Congress before aspiring for the Oval Office.
Fidel Castro on Saturday rejected the idea of major political change after Cuba's parliament chooses a new president his final published comments as the nation's longtime leader.
Philippine President Gloria Arroyo is not losing sleep over loud calls for her resignation as a result of the purported bribery and overprice scandal attending the scrapped National Broadband Network project.
Controversy lies in store for the opening session of the new Pak National Assembly as the interim government's legal experts have decided to get printed a fresh edition of the Constitution, incorporating all amendments introduced by President Pervez Musharraf during the emergency rule.
The Ulysses solar probe, after 17 years of studying the sun and solar system, is about to die by freezing to death, Nasa and the European Space Agency said Friday.
Japan successfully launched Saturday an experimental satellite aimed at providing high-speed Internet access across Asia, even when terrestrial infrastructure goes down, the space agency said.
Three people were killed in an apparent suicide attack in Sri Lanka's restive east yesterday while security forces threw a blanket of security over the capital to prevent new attacks, officials said.
Nine months after the first arrest warrants were issued for those suspected of being behind atrocities in Sudan's Darfur region, the chief international prosecutor believes he has the masterminds in his sights.
The Ugandan government said it had signed a permanent ceasefire accord with the Lord's Resistance Army rebel group on Saturday, a landmark step in efforts to end more than two decades of civil war.
Insurgent attacks have tumbled in eastern Afghanistan, notably along the border with Pakistan, in recent months compared to the same period in 2007, a US general said yesterday.
India will host the second joint military exercises with China, as the neighbours continue to mend ties after a brief but bitter border war in 1962, a report said yesterday.
China's special envoy to Darfur on Sunday said he wanted to extend a "helping hand" towards solving the Darfur conflict, after criticism over Beijing's role as Khartoum's main arms supplier.
Nearly six million North Koreans are in chronic need of foreign food aid this year with children, nursing and expectant mothers and the poor most at risk, the World Food Programme said yesterday.
Moscow accused Washington of seeking to humiliate Serbia over Kosovo ahead of a visit today to Belgrade by Russian Deputy Prime Minister and presidential hopeful Dmitri Medvedev.
Fidel Castro's daughter said Sunday she believed her father may be deathly ill and was exerting progressively less power, as Cuba's one-party legislature readied to pick his successor.
Arts & Entertainment
Sheeter Pangktimala, a collection of poems by 45 prominent and promising Bangladeshi poets, was published by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) on February 23. Adviser to the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Rasheda K. Chowdhury launched the book at the National Music and Dance Centre of the Academy.
To observe 'Amar Ekushey', Dhaka University Film Society (DUFS) has organised a weeklong film screening session titled 'Amar Bhashar Cholochchitro 2008'. The festival is running from February 22 to 27 at the Teacher-Student Centre (TSC) Auditorium, University of Dhaka.
Bangladesh International Tutorial (BIT) inaugurated the three-day long cultural programme on the occasion of its Silver Jubilee at The Red Brick School Auditorium of its Uttara branch on February 23. Fazle Hasan Abed, founder-chairman of BRAC was present as the chief guest.
A daylong competition on language among students was held at Tangail on February 22.
The gala event of the 3rd Citycell-Channel i Music Awards will be held this evening at the Bangladesh China Friendship Conference Centre at 6:30 pm. It is the most elaborate award giving ceremony on music in Bangladesh, where singers and technicians will be awarded in twenty different categories.
A group of twelve artists from Dhaka have come together in aid of children traumatised by the Cyclone Sidr in Kuakata. Working for Better Life (WBL), a local organisation has coordinated an art camp with the help of the artists including Alokesh Ghosh, Tarun Kumar Ghosh, Ranjit Das, Mohammad Eunus, Kazi Salauddin Ahmed, Tayba Begum Lipi, Nazia Andaleeb Preema, Mahbubur Rahman, Sheikh Ahsan Ullah Mojumder, Kazi Sayeed Ahmed and Nahid Niazi Nipu, says a press release.
Ustad Captain Azizul Islam performed at the Chennai Seafarers' Club in Chennai, India recently, says a press release. The programme jointly organised by Chennai Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, Institute Of Marine Engineers and Company of Master Mariners was a solo flute recital by Ustad Captain Azizul Islam.
Born and raised in North London, Amy Winehouse spent her teenage years balancing school and boyfriends with hours locked in her bedroom, ears glued to classic song chord changes. Her voice, however was clearly living a secret life, staying out, getting high, breaking down, going to prison and violating parole by leaving the country with a gun toting maniac gangster. At least it sounds that way.
DESCENDING in a helicopter, through rain and mist, onto a crowded but remote char island, the enormous and immediate dangers of climate change suddenly, ominously, seemed very, very real. The island, in the middle of the massive Jamuna River, is a hostage to erosion, threatened by rising sea levels, and no stranger to severe flooding. On these shifting sands live some two million of Bangladesh's poorest and most vulnerable people; people for whom climate change is not a theory but a fact of daily life.
DR. Mahatir Mohamad, the former PM of Malaysia, had a vision. He converted his vision into reality in his lifetime. In the 1960s and 1970s Malaysia was a developing nation, and its destiny, becoming a middle-income nation, was achieved through the 20 year development plan of Mahatir's government.
THE decision by the opposition parties that won Pakistan's February 18 parliamentary election to work together offers the hope of bringing democratic stability to a dysfunctional nuclear state.
Millions of schoolchildren in the capital city and elsewhere have already lost almost two months of the academic year 2008 for not getting the necessary textbooks due to delay in delivering those by the authorities.
Experts say the shortage of textbooks and delay in getting them have serious effect on the students and their parents.
One of the leading experts of education policy Professor Muzaffer Ahmad said the current textbook crisis in the country is a general reflection of the education sector of Bangladesh. The crisis has become a regular phenomenon and it has to be altered.
The role of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) in maintaining the city's parks, playgrounds and open spaces has always been dubious, leaving these public places in a deplorable state.
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