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News of: Tuesday, 26th of February, 2008
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Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) ATM Shamsul Huda yesterday said the election commissioners do not want to become national traitors by reneging on the commitment to the nation for holding the stalled ninth parliamentary election before the year end.
Awami League (AL) yesterday proposed that the state provide funds for political parties and their candidates to contest the next general election.
The three Dhaka University (DU) teachers convicted in connection with the August, 2007 campus unrest and then released on presidential clemency filed separate appeals yesterday challenging their conviction.
A team from the Criminal Investigation Department of Police (CID) yesterday interrogated detained former state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar in a prison cell in Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Hospital in connection with Sabbir murder case.
Hearing on the government's leave to appeal petition against the High Court's landmark judgment that quashed a Tk 2.99 crore extortion case against former prime minister and Awami League (AL) chief Sheikh Hasina began yesterday in the Supreme Court (SC) amid stepped up security around the court.
Over 150 supervisors and meter readers of Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Ltd became millionaires by tampering with bills, depriving the government of crores of taka in revenue income.
The defeat was inevitable for the Tigers as South Africa completed their task in 45 minutes on the fourth morning of the first Test of the two-match series at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.
Contradictory information provided by detained leaders of Harkatul Jihad Al Islami (Huji) left investigators of the August 21, 2004 grenade attack clueless about the masterminds of the attack.
A suicide blast killed the Pakistani military's top medical officer and seven others yesterday, as key US "war on terror" ally President Pervez Musharraf rejected fresh pressure to step down.
Fresh efforts to use the name of Aitzaz Ahsan for creating misunderstandings between PPP Co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari and PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif have failed. Some elements in an intelligence agency were using their links in PPP and the media to establish that Supreme Court Bar Association President Aitzaz Ahsan is trying to become a candidate for prime minister and president through PML-N, but they could not trap anyone for achieving their goals.
Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday urged the people to cast their votes judiciously in local body and national elections, and elect honest and dedicated candidates to fulfill the nation's aspirations for a strong and sustainable democracy.
On his maiden visit to India, Bangladesh army chief Gen Moeen U Ahmed yesterday met Indian army chief Gen Deepak Kapoor and Indian Air Force chief Air Marshal Homi Major and promised to usher a new era of close defence cooperation with India.
The importers and wholesalers agreed to keep prices of edible oil stable until March 9, as a meeting between the government and the traders yesterday fixed the selling rates to contain an overheating market.
Jamaat-e-Islami yesterday issued a rejoinder to a report headlined "Only Jamaat opposes EC plan for poll fund transparency" published in The Daily Star on February 24.
Children left orphaned by Cyclone Sidr will receive government assistance and the government will formulate a policy in this regard in the first week of March, Rasheda K Choudhury, primary and mass education adviser, said yesterday.
The new board of directors of Biman Bangladesh Airlines Ltd will soon decide on buying new aircraft and reorganising its routes to make the national flag carrier a profitable venture.
Culling of fowls in bird flu affected areas in the country continued with 20,185 chickens slaughtered and 49,507 eggs destroyed yesterday in Dhaka, Satkhira and Kishoreganj.
Indian President Pratibha Patil yesterday hoped that the people of Bangladesh would be able to exercise their will through a free and fair election for restoring full-fledged democracy.
Brig Gen (retd) Hannan Shah, leader of pro-Khaleda faction BNP, has started discussion with pro-Saifur leaders as part of his initiative to bring unity in the party, said sources.
A special court will deliver its order today on former premier Sheikh Hasina's bail prayer in the Tk 3 crore barge-mount power plant corruption case.
A three-day long student strike begins today at all public universities including Dhaka University (DU) demanding revision of the existing quota system in Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) examination.
The Jamuna Bridge authorities have taken initiative to reinvestigate the reasons for the bridge developing and expanding cracks.
Ali Hussain Allya, who has been languishing in jail for 15 years without conviction, finally received bail from the High Court yesterday.
At least 36 Tamil Tiger guerrillas and five Sri Lankan government soldiers have been killed in fresh fighting in and around rebel-held territory, the island's defence ministry said yesterday.
Violent thriller "No Country for Old Men" won the best picture Oscar at the 80th Academy Awards late Sunday as European stars scored a clean sweep in the acting honors in an historic Hollywood night.
The most disconcerting aspect of the matter is that even after two years of the discovery of a crack in the country's most expensive and strategically important structure, the Jamuna Bridge, very little substantive action has been initiated to repair the damage.
People in the CHT will henceforth have access to the judicial system, as the government has decided to set up criminal courts in three districts in the region within the next 10 days. It is indeed not justifiable that no such courts could be instituted in the districts even in 36 years, which left the hills people out of the purview of the judiciary -- a strange yet stark truth of their lives.
WE do not need high profile seminars or World Bank prescription or a series of articles to perceive the hard reality that Bangladesh needs honest, smart, intelligent, educated and energetic leadership to elevate itself to the ranks of the other developed countries of Southeast Asia. Such leaders with vision and drive in some of those countries have worked round the clock to pull their own people from abysmal poverty and disease to build a new country altogether. As a result, they now dominate the markets in Asia, as well as many in the West, as leaders in the global scene.
THE Pakistani people, long chided, cheated, and put down by military rulers, have emphatically affirmed their democratic sovereignty and delivered a stinging verdict against the ruling coalition headed by the Pakistan Muslim League (Q), a puppet of General Pervez Musharraf. They have also voted decisively against religious extremism.
ON February 18, Pakistan held its National Assembly and Provincial Assemblies' elections, in which President Parvez Musharraf's party Pakistan Muslim League (Q) suffered a humiliating defeat. It has secured only 55 seats in the National Assembly while it has no lead in any province except Balochistan, where the nationalist parties boycotted elections.
Bangladesh lost yet another Test match against South Africa, but their five-wicket defeat in the first of the two-match series was in no way a meek surrender like four previous occasions.
It took only forty-five minutes on the fourth morning to see the South Africans complete their job to take a 1-0 lead in the two-Test series against Bangladesh.
Bangladesh dethroned West Bengal yesterday to bag both the men's and women's football gold medals in the 2nd Indo-Bangladesh Bangla Games.
Mohammedan Sporting Club will leave Dhaka today to participate in the century old IFA Shield in Kolkata.
The 23rd edition of the Bangladesh Amateur Golf Championship will tee-off at the Kurmitola Golf Club in the city tomorrow.
South Africa have been fined for maintaining a slow over-rate during their five-wicket win over Bangladesh in Dhaka.
Contributions from Shihab and Apurba ensured Gazi Tank Cricketers continued their winning run in the First Division League yesterday.
Jonathan Woodgate's extra-time header settled a pulsating League Cup final on Sunday as Tottenham came from behind to beat Chelsea 2-1 and claim their first trophy in nine years.
Defending champions Pakistan stayed on course for a hattrick of under-19 World Cup titles with a six-wicket win over Australia on Monday to enter the semifinals.
It's a face-off that both India and Sri Lanka could have avoided, but they have only themselves to blame for turning their final encounter of the CB Series into a virtual semifinal for one and knockout for the other. Despite holding the edge on at least one occasion against Australia, both teams would envy Ricky Ponting's men letting their hair down at Tuesday's Allan Border medal presentation while they get into a dogfight at the Bellerive Oval.
Indian paceman Ishant Sharma has been fined 15 per cent of his match fee after clashing with Australia's Andrew Symonds in their latest tri-series match, spiking tensions between the sides again.
Australia's Shane Warne said on Monday he was looking forward to playing alongside long-time antagonist Graeme Smith when the Indian Premier League (IPL) starts in April.
Sohel Hossain slammed five goals as Narayanganj destroyed Narshingdi 8-1 here yesterday to reach the final round of the 4th JFA Cup Under-15 Football Championship as Manikganj zone champions.
Trinidad and Tobago, led by a four-wicket haul from Dave Mohammed, cruised to a nine-wicket win over Jamaica with 64 balls to spare to claim the $1 million jackpot in the second edition of the Stanford 20/20.
Five players shared the lead in the 29th Aromatic Gold National Women's Chess Championship at the federation hall-room yesterday.
West Indies' Marlon Samuels has been suspended from bowling in international cricket for a suspect action, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced here on Monday.
Owais Shah enhanced his claims for a place in the England team for next month's test series against New Zealand with 96 in the tour match against Otago on Monday.
Getafe upset Real Madrid 1-0 at the Bernabeu to blow open the Primera Liga title race on Sunday as Barcelona closed to within two points of the leaders after thumping Levante 5-1.
Brazilian midfielder Ze Roberto scored a second-half equaliser as ten-man Bayern Munich came from behind to draw 1-1 with Hamburg on Sunday and open a four-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga.
Tottenham manager Juande Ramos described his side's League Cup final win over Chelsea as one of the sweetest triumphs of his career.
Real Madrid's players were furious with themselves after making a foolish mistake that gifted Getafe a 1-0 win at the Bernabeu to further erode their advantage at the top of the Primera Liga on Sunday.
Guus Hiddink has revealed that managing the Russian national team could be his last active coaching job but is keeping his options open.
Inter Milan's lead in Serie A was reduced to nine points on Sunday when the champions drew 1-1 at Sampdoria and second-placed AS Roma beat Fiorentina 1-0.
Aston Villa maintained their pursuit of a Champions League place on Sunday with a 2-1 Premier League victory at struggling Reading.
Girondins Bordeaux missed the opportunity to cut the gap with Ligue 1 leaders Olympique Lyon to one point when they were held 0-0 at home by Lille on Sunday.
A deep rift has emerged between the country's public and private airlines over the new Indo-Bangla air services deal that allows more flights between the countries, but which Bangladeshi flag carrier Biman fears will undermine its long haul routes.
Inflation alarm bells are ringing in financial markets as soaring energy and commodity prices and signs that companies are regaining pricing power spook investors already nervous about an economic downturn.
The construction industry will face a ruin on any further hike in the price of iron rod, an important construction material, as apartment prices have already gone beyond the reach of common buyers, a seminar in Dhaka was told yesterday.
“It's unbearable to see the ruins. Please don't ask me to come,” the Hen's Garden owner Nazmul Huda Shahin told The Daily Star over the phone.
Finance Adviser AB Mirza Azizul Islam yesterday disagreed with a view that unemployment had increased in Bangladesh.
Bangladesh is not a country where you expect to find a Tk75,500 bed, but such items are being produced in Dhaka and are becoming the country's latest export success.
“The pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty” Winston Churchill.
If you see an English child on their way to school, chances are their uniform will be made in Bangladesh.
The Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) takes decision at a board meeting today about holding the annual general meeting (AGM) scheduled to be held on March 13.
A dozen years ago, many believed that India's Tata Group the country's oldest and largest conglomerate was a bloated behemoth that would eventually go under.
The United Nations agency in charge of alleviating world hunger will be forced to consider rationing food aid because of rising prices, its executive director said in an interview published Monday.
The state of emergency, now in force in the country, is a hindrance to the economic activities as it discourages foreign investors, according to AmCham president.
The long-awaited national consumer protection act will come into force within March, said Special Assistant to the Chief Adviser Mahbub Jamil yesterday.
The dollar edged up against the yen and euro in Asian trade on Monday as a report of a rescue plan for a top US bond insurer reassured the market following recent turmoil, dealers said.
Former businessman Lee Myung-Bak took office as South Korea's president Monday, promising economic revival for his nation and a better life for impoverished North Korea if it scraps its nuclear drive.
A Dubai court has sentenced 45 Indian construction workers to six months in jail followed by deportation over a violent protest to demand wage increases, a local newspaper reported on Monday.
World oil prices rose to near 100 dollars a barrel in Asian trade Monday, with Turkey's military offensive in northern Iraq and reports Iran would back an Opec output cut sparking fresh concerns, dealers said.
Speakers at a seminar yesterday called on the government to review the Disability Welfare Act 2001, saying that it is not consistent with the standards set out by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and other international gadgets on disability rights.
Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Chairman Lt Gen (retd) Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury yesterday said the commission will investigate the corruption within the military in accordance with its schedule of offences.
Newly appointed Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) Ahmed Ataul Hakeem called on President Iajuddin Ahmed at Bangabhaban yesterday.
International oil company Chevron has shown keen interest in working with the forest and environment department and NGOs to ensure proper monitoring of its planned seismic survey in environmentally sensible Lawachhara forest in Moulvibazar.
Speakers at a meeting yesterday called on the caretaker government to lift the state of emergency and hold the general election without delay.
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday called for raising awareness among the road users and improving traffic management in order to prevent road accidents.
The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday busted shops of three book publishers in the city and seized more than 5000 copies of textbooks which were printed illegally.
A domestic help was injured seriously after she jumped from the rooftop of a seven-storey building in the city's Maghbazar area yesterday in a bid to commit suicide following alleged torture by her employer.
Students of five female halls at Rajshahi University (RU) have continued their demonstration on the campus demanding immediate measures to beef up security at their dormitories in the wake of an incident of theft at Tapasi Rabeya Hall.
At least six people were killed and 32 others injured in separate road accidents in Madaripur, Chapainawabganj and Pabna in the last two days.
Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed will distribute the highest award for cub scouting 'Shapla Cub Award' to 81 successful cub scouts at 10:00am at his office in the city today, says a press release.
Over 300 roadside illegal structures were demolished at different places under Ashulia Police Station on Sunday.
The government yesterday transferred four secretary-level officials including acting secretary of food and disaster management ministry Ayub Mia.
Three beheaded bodies of unidentified youths were recovered from Gozari forest in Sadar upazila here yesterday.
Japan and Bangladesh signed an agreement in Tokyo yesterday concerning Japanese loan assistance of US$ 65 million for 'emergency disaster damage rehabilitation' project in the country.
The caretaker government has decided to construct a farmer market in all unions in the country to help growers to sell their farm products at fair price, as part of a plan for building an effective marketing system.
A Dhaka court yesterday allowed Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to interrogate detained former premier Khaleda Zia's younger son Arafat Rahman Koko at the jail gate about his wealth statements submitted earlier to the ACC.
The 59th advanced course on administration and development began at Bangladesh Public Administration Training Centre (BPATC) yesterday, says a press release.
The United Kingdom will provide Bangladesh with a grant of 65 million pound (equivalent to Tk 884 crore) for implementation of a project under the Rural Development and Cooperative Division.
Members of the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) seized heroin worth over Tk 2.5 crore at the border village Dakhin Kodalkati under Sadar upazila in Chapainawabganj yesterday.
Bangladesh National Commission for Unesco (BNCU) invites applications for advanced training programme in educational planning and management, says a press release.
Cheques of this month salary, government part, for the teachers and employees of the private educational institutions (school, college and madrasha), SSC (vocational), HSC (business management) and Madrasha (vocational and business management) were handed over to banks yesterday.
United States is ready to accept "binding international obligations" to reduce greenhouse gases, which could be announced as soon as July, a senior White House official said here yesterday.
Five influential leaders of Awami League (AL) were involved in the plan for murder of Khulna city president of the party advocate Manjurul Imam.
Speakers at a discussion meeting here yesterday urged the government to protect forests and the ecology to save the wildlife in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT).
A reception was accorded to four renowned language heroes of the district at Pabna Annada Gobinda Public Library auditorium yesterday.
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) shot dead two unidentified youths on the border areas of Chowgachha upazila in Jhenidah and Nageshwari upazila in Kurigram early yesterday and on Sunday night.
Speakers at a seminar held at Patuakhali Science and Technology University (PSTU) yesterday underscored the need for massive afforestation along the coastal belt to reduce damage in natural disasters like cyclone and tidal wave.
The narcotics case filed against detained Sylhet City Corporation (SCC) mayor Badaruddin Ahmed Kamran was shifted to Additional District and Sessions Judge's Court in Sylhet yesterday.
Police recovered 11 bombs, three pipe-guns, two bullets and several kg bomb-making materials from the district town and an adjoining village on Sunday night.
A court here yesterday issued warrant against Sirajganj district BNP president Mokaddes Ali in a case for allegedly realising Tk 61 lakh as toll from a contractor.
The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) has issued a notice on BNP leader and former chairman of Srimongal Pourasava Mohsin Miah Modhu to submit his wealth statement.
Trial of the first extortion case against detained Khulna City Corporation (KCC) Mayor Sheikh Tayebur Rahman has been deferred till March 2.
Former premier Nawaz Sharif called yesterday for Pakistan's ousted judiciary to rule on the legality of President Pervez Musharraf's position before any parliamentary move to impeach him.
Pervez Musharraf is considering stepping down as president of Pakistan rather than waiting to be forced out by his victorious opponents, a report in The Sunday Telegraph said quoting his close aides.
Talks in Nepal aimed at resolving an ethnic strike that has left the capital almost without fuel and endangered plans to hold key elections have made progress, an official said Monday.
White House hopeful Hillary Clinton was to fire up her campaign Monday, just over a week before key primaries billed as a make-or-break date in her bid to be the country's first woman president.
Cuba's new president Raul Castro could usher in changes in economic policy and improved relations with Washington, but his room for manoeuvre could be limited by an orthodox old guard and the still-looming presence of his brother Fidel Castro.
Palestinian schoolchildren were forming a human chain the length of the Gaza Strip yesterday to protest a crushing Israeli blockade, with Israeli forces on alert for any rush on the border.
Killer bees introduced to South America in 1956 have adopted some of the traits of the more docile honey bees they replaced, a study released Monday found.
World governments focus too much on fighting terrorism while obesity and other "lifestyle diseases" are killing millions more people, an international conference heard Monday.
Nine Muslim men accused of planning terror attacks went on trial under tight security here yesterday, as the trial of 12 other men charged with other terror-related offences continued in Melbourne.
Taliban militants threatened Monday to blow up telecom towers across Afghanistan if mobile phone companies do not switch off their signals for 10 hours starting at dusk.
The Border Security Force along the Indo-Bangla border in Meghalaya and Assam have been put on alert for the ensuing assembly elections in Meghalaya.
Russia's likely next president, Dmitry Medvedev, vowed yesterday to stick by Belgrade in its fight against Kosovo's Western-backed declaration of independence from Serbia one week ago.
Newly-elected MPAs of the Pakistan People's Party in Sindh want the party to form government in the province without the support of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement.
Lee Myung-bak takes office as the 17th president today (Feb 25), pledging to prioritise economic reform, political pragmatism and national unity.
Philippine President Gloria Arroyo's admission she allowed the signing of the us$329-million broadband deal with a Chinese firm despite knowing it was attended by corruption is a basis for filing another impeachment complaint against her, Senate President Manuel Villar said Sunday.
International efforts to reunify Cyprus received a boost after communist party chief Demetris Christofias was elected president vowing to renew contacts with the rival Turkish Cypriots.
Pakistan will not halt a military offensive in northwestern Swat valley until all Islamic militants are cleared from the once-popular tourist site, the region's army commander said yesterday.
Indonesia's police are to light up the silver screen in a new action-comedy film aimed at improving their reputation for inefficiency and corruption.
A Dubai court has sentenced 45 Indian construction workers to six months in jail followed by deportation over a violent protest to demand wage increases, a local newspaper reported yesterday.
A two-year-old Indian girl who was born with four arms and four legs has started to take her first assisted steps, more than three months after marathon separation surgery, family members said.
Arts & Entertainment
The month-long 'Amar Ekushey Granthamela' is perhaps the most eagerly awaited book fair in our country. Particularly enthused are the authors, publishers and readers.
Cultural organisation Geetanjali arranged a musical soiree to celebrate Bashanto (spring) at the Shawkat Osman Auditorium, Central Public Library on February 24. The musical soiree featured songs of Tagore on spring.
British artist Clare Mitten, who held an exhibition “Transformer” at the Bengal Gallery, making extraordinary works from everyday materials, said, “I worked with the Fine Arts students of the Dhaka University. The exhibition is about transformation and using everyday materials to build new structures, taking them out of contexts and letting them become something different. We can re-evaluate the items in a new way.
A seven daylong theatre festival was held at the Mahua Auditorium in Netrakona town recently. The festival was organised by Mitali Sangha Netrakona on the occasion of its 30th founding anniversary.
The Coen brothers completed their journey from the fringes to Hollywood's mainstream on Sunday, their crime saga No Country for Old Men winning four Academy Awards, including best picture, in a ceremony that also featured a strong international flavour.
The 25th episode of the drama serial To Let will be aired tonight at 8:25 pm on ntv. Matia Banu Shuku directs the serial. Joya Ahsan in the role of Nupur is a major attraction from the 18th episode onwards. Recently, Jaya talked to this correspondent about her role in the serial.
The 15-day long 'Zainul Fair' featuring arts and handicrafts at the Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin Sangrashala ended recently.
Tonight Banglavision will telecast the 116th episode of TV serial Mohanagar. Written by Ferdous Hasan, the serial is jointly directed by Sajjad Suman and Ferdous Hasan.
A jury trial is a legal proceeding in which a jury either makes a decision or makes findings which are then applied by a judge. It is to be distinguished from a bench trial, where a judge or panels of judges make all decisions. Typically, the jury only judges guilt, but the actual penalty is set by the judge.
LARGE-SCALE poultry farming started in our country in 1980s, and has drawn an investment of $1.457 billion. Resurfacing of the outbreak of bird flu has thrown this industry into a serous quagmire, as it is not only a health hazard but is also a serious blow to our economy.
EVERY one-dollar a household spends today on food, anywhere in the world, gets 90 to 95 cents worth compared to last year's price index. Food prices are continuing to soar, and within two/three months the prices of many items are bound to rise further due to unavoidable, and also manmade, reasons.
AS Bangladesh is taking tentative steps towards the return of democracy, it can learn from ancient Athens. The Americans, or the British, or the Arabs did not invent democracy. The ancient Athenians, who believed that ordinary citizens must have say in the government and aristocrats, invented democracy and elites should not rule them by virtue of their birth. So they invented a system of people's government and called it Demokratia -- government by the people.