News of: Thursday, 17th of April, 2008
Seventeen persons were killed and 25 others injured in a fatal accident early yesterday when a Dhaka-bound intercity train rammed a passenger bus on a level crossing in Kalihati upazila of Tangail.
The Election Commission (EC) yesterday formally invited both factions of the BNP to sit with it today in an effort to resolve their differences so they can join the long stalled electoral reform talks together.
Stressing institutional reforms for a 'meaningful democracy', leaders of pro-Saifur faction of BNP yesterday said all political parties should become pledge bound through formulating a 'code of conduct for political activities' before the poll, so the people's verdict is reflected on the post election system of governance.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday instructed nearly a dozen banks to seize 20 accounts and a savings certificate worth Tk 15 lakh belonging to Dhaka Mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka and his family members.
It is now hard to be recognised even as a canal, although the foundation stone of the bridge over it connecting the Hotapara and Pirujali roads still reads "Bridge on Labandaha River".
Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday called on textile entrepreneurs to ensure the welfare of workers.
Price of coarse rice is likely to remain Tk 27 to Tk 30 per kg even if the country witnesses a bumper Boro production this season, food ministry sources and economists say.
Ras Al Khaima Investment Authority (Rakia) on Tuesday sought from the Bangladesh government large chunks of land in Chittagong and Cox's Bazar to establish an economic zone and a tourism township.
Bangladesh will push for a special UN programme on Global Food Security at the twelfth UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) meet in Ghana next week to increase food availability around the world.
Commerce and Education Adviser Hossain Zillur Rahman yesterday said the formal dialogue between the government and the political parties will begin within this month.
President Iajuddin Ahmed has written a letter to Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud seeking clemency for eight Bangladeshis sentenced to death for murder in Saudi Arabia.
Shakib Al Hasan's fighting hundred went in vain as Pakistan downed Bangladesh by seven wickets in the fourth day-night international at Multan Stadium on Wednesday.
The government plans to create a disaster management fund in the next budget to fight the fallout of natural hazards like floods and cyclones which severely affected the country's economy last year.
Army chief Gen Moeen U Ahmed yesterday said potato cannot be an alternative to rice, but a food supplement that might reduce dependency on rice.
Bangladesh has a huge potential for wealth creation but the country needs to invest in education and infrastructure, and develop deeper connections with the international economy, says Standard Chartered group Chief Executive Peter Sands.
Acting Awami League (AL) President Zillur Rahman yesterday said a free, fair and credible election is not possible in the country without releasing former prime minister Sheikh Hasina from jail.
The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday refused to entertain the Anti-Corruption Commission's (ACC) appeal for clearing the way for trial of BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Tarique Rahman in a graft case.
The high-powered committee for reviewing the National Women Development Policy 2008 yesterday finalised its draft recommendations on it.
Around 470 passengers remained stranded in different city hotels as the flight of GMG airlines scheduled to fly them to Dubai on Monday was delayed for about 72 hours due to technical glitches.
On-board visa checking facility is among the steps India and Bangladesh are considering to make travel by Maitree Express train service between Kolkata and Dhaka easier.
At least 44 people, nearly all children heading to school for final exams, drowned yesterday when their bus plunged off a bridge into a canal in western India, police said.
Soaring food prices are causing logistical headaches for aid agencies committed to fighting hunger, not least the World Food Programme -- known to many as the granary of the United Nations.
A Sunamganj court yesterday placed chief of the outlawed Harkat-ul Jihad Al Islami (Huji) Mufti Abdul Hannan and his brother on a two-day remand in a case for blasting bombs at an Awami League rally in Sunamganj on June 21,2004.
An enthralled South Lawn crowd of more than 9,000 sang "Happy Birthday" to Pope Benedict XVI yesterday, and President Bush said that the first papal White House visit in 29 years was a reminder for Americans to "distinguish between simple right and wrong."
Firefighters resumed the battle yesterday against three wildfires that blazed across thousands of acres of grass, forcing hundreds of residents to evacuate and leading to the deaths of two firefighters and a pilot.
THE Chief Election Commissioner has, as we understand, invited the two factions of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party to tea today, separately of course. In light of the fact that earlier he ruled out the possibility of inviting both factions of the party to a dialogue, this is encouraging news. We, however, feel that the Election Commission should issue formal invitations to both factions to the dialogue it has initiated with the political parties. Given that the caretaker government itself has initiated a move to talk to the Delwar-led group as well as the pro-reform faction of the party, the stand adopted by ATM Shamsul Huda smacks of a paradox. The point is simple: if the government can go for a political dialogue with both groups, what prevents the Election Commission from doing the same to ensure smooth elections? Besides, it must be remembered that the roots of the present problem regarding the BNP lie in the earlier, obviously ill-considered move by the EC to invite the pro-reform faction of the BNP to the talks. It was that move which led to the present impasse; and the CEC cannot absolve himself or his colleagues over their role in the making of the crisis. It was a mistake which the CEC is yet to acknowledge.
THE government has rightly decided to address traffic congestion in the city, which is worsening day by day, through implementing the recommendations of a committee constituted to examine the traffic issue in all its ramifications.
THE forthcoming parliamentary election could turn out to be a poll that marks a turning point in Bangladeshi politics. Exasperated with the performance of the democratic governments in 15 years, voters will have a chance of either putting things straight or catapulting the country into a crisis. The 2008 Parliamentary election may be an episode in the country's development into a mature democracy.
THE stunning showing by the ultra-left Maoists in Nepal's historic elections may have surprised many, but their resounding success is being seen as a kind of logical development for changes towards a "New Nepal" that attracted the ordinary voters. A variety of promises, highlighted by drastic economic and social reforms along with a tough anti-monarchy stance, helped them win the hearts of the masses in a country where the throne ruled for long and conventional political parties failed to deliver when they were at the helm. The final result has not been announced, but indications are clear that the once dreaded radicals will be in the driving seat in changing political dynamics.
HILLARY Clinton and the Republicans are ecstatic! For once, they can attack Barack Obama for something he has said, without appearing racist.
Shakib Al Hasan's century yesterday would remain a landmark for two reasons, one overriding the other. It was the 10th one-day international century for Bangladesh, but more importantly it was the only hundred that was scored in the midst of a shabby batting display; when everything for the Tigers was lost.
West Indies won the three-match one-day international series with Sri Lanka 2-0 after rain washed out the final match at the Beausejour Stadium here Tuesday.
Mohammad Aamer ripped through the batting line-up of GP-BCB National Cricket Academy yesterday to give Pakistan Cricket Academy a thumping nine-wicket win at the Chittagong Divisional Stadium.
Second-placed Werder Bremen won 2-1 at Hansa Rostock on Tuesday night to reduce their deficit to seven points behind leaders Bayern Munich in the German league.
Petr Cech has warned Manchester United to forget about starting an early title party after insisting Chelsea are still in the race to win the Premier League.
Fabio Capello made it clear Wednesday that England players would be putting their international careers in jeopardy unless they showed total commitment to their country.
Roger Federer made a solid start to his clay-court season, relying on the counsel of provisional coach Jose Higueras to advance into the second round of the Estoril Open on Tuesday.
Squash legend Jahangir Khan Wednesday said he hoped the Olympic torch relay would spark greater interest in sports among Pakistan's youth and help raise falling standards.
England captain Michael Vaughan has made it clear he wants star all-rounder Andrew Flintoff back in international cricket as soon as possible, ideally during the upcoming series against New Zealand.
Kevin Pietersen is encouraged by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) meeting with Allen Stanford, the Texan billionaire behind the domestic Stanford Twenty20 competition in the West Indies.
Bangladesh national women's handball team will leave for India tomorrow to participate in the third SAF women's handball championship to be held in Lucknow from April 23.
Chelsea defender Tal Ben Haim has insisted he would never have signed for the club had he known Jose Mourinho was about to be replaced as manager by Avram Grant.
A cash-rich Japanese football club is interested in acquiring Brazilian superstar Ronaldo on loan as the AC Milan striker recovers from a ruptured tendon, a report said Wednesday.
Spain coach Luis Aragones said on Tuesday he wanted to carry on coaching after the Euro 2008 finals in Switzerland and Austria.
France striker Karim Benzema sent Ligue 1 leaders Olympique Lyon into the French Cup semifinals on Tuesday with a 1-0 home win over Metz.
Rajani Kanta Barman will decide tomorrow whether he will join the national camp at BKSP or not.
Indian Test skipper Anil Kumble may miss the inaugural match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) for his team, the Bangalore Royal Challengers, as he has still not recovered from his groin injury.
The Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolis (CCDM) found nothing wrong in the proceedings of the Premier Division Cricket League match between Old DOHS and Partex Sporting Club.
Krishna Kumar hit a hattrick to give Sonali Bank a thumping 7-0 victory over Dhaka Mariner Youngs Club in the Brac Bank Club Cup hockey tournament at the Maulana Bhasani National Stadium yesterday.
The election commission (EC) for the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) polls to be held on April 28 last night confirmed 112 councillors.
Indian cricket star Sachin Tendulkar on Wednesday pulled out of the Olympic torch relay to avoid aggravating a groin injury, a source close to him said.
Cricket's governing body is investigating the awkward wicket prepared for the final Test between India and South Africa in Kanpur, a top official said on Wednesday.
Australian veteran Darren Lehmann will stage a shock comeback in the Indian Premier League (IPL) after answering a call from former teammate Shane Warne, a report said Wednesday.
Victoria Club ran away with a 13-run victory against Provat Sangha in the last first round game of the Colonel Malek Smriti First Division Cricket League at the Shaheed Miraj-Tapan Stadium here yesterday.
The Kanpur pitch may have kicked up a storm for being too favourable for spin-reliant India against South Africa, but coach Gary Kirsten on Wednesday said there nothing wrong in taking the home advantage as long as the tracks are not dangerous for the visiting sides.
Bangladesh Bank Governor Dr Salehuddin Ahmed yesterday said he continues to persuade commercial banks to cut interest rates reasonably.
The government should break the monopoly in scrap ship import to reduce the prices of rod, steel and re-rolling mill owners said at a press conference in Dhaka yesterday.
Sate-owned Power Develop-ment Board's electricity transmission lines will soon be opened to private sector use, Dr M Tamim, special assistant to the chief adviser in power, energy and mineral resources ministry, said yesterday.
Apex Group shares on the Dhaka bourse jumped by 9 percent to 15 percent yesterday after Apex Adelchi Footwear announced 25 percent cash and 50 percent stock dividends.
Emerging Asia Fund, launched by Fidelity Investments Management (Hong Kong), lists China, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, and the Philippines as emerging markets while Pakistan, Vietnam, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka are listed as the frontier markets.
Bangladesh has a huge potential for wealth creation but the country needs to invest in education and infrastructure, and develop deeper connections with the international economy, says Standard Chartered Group Chief Executive Peter Sands.
My girlfriend, a dermatologist and an entrepreneur, started investing in the stock market in 1999, the year of her graduation from medical school. She targeted pharmaceutical stocks following the simple “buy and hold” as her preferred investment strategy. Over the years the portfolio experienced an increase in the number of shares due to bonuses received, a decrease in the value because of poor performance, and the total disappearance of share certificates (paper) due to the arrival of the Central Depository Bangladesh Limited (CDBL).
Dragonair will increase the number of flights to Dhaka from four times a week to five from July 7 to cope with the increasing market demand, says a press release.
India's central bank governor says inflation is unacceptably high and that the bank will make an announcement after its next policy meeting on how it will seek to tame it.
Habibullah N Karim has been elected president of Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS) for the term 2008-2009, says a press release.
Prime Bank Ltd will celebrate its 13th founding anniversary today, says a press release.
Syed Abu Naser Bukhtear Ahmed joined Agrani Bank Limited Tuesday as chief executive officer (CEO) and managing director, says a press release.
An India-Hong Kong joint venture company will set up a garment accessories manufacturing plant in Adamjee Export Processing Zone.
Asian stocks closed mostly up Wednesday after official figures showed robust Chinese economic growth and record oil prices boosted resources stocks, but concerns about inflation grew.
US company AES Corp. said Wednesday it had closed a deal to buy a coal-fired power plant from the Philippine government for 930 million dollars.
Intel Corporation announced Tuesday a dip in profit despite record-high revenues of 9.7 billion dollars in the first three months of 2008.
The euro struck all-time peaks against the dollar and pound Wednesday as eurozone inflation spiked to a record high.
Malaysia is appealing for help from employers to end the reliance on legal and illegal foreign workers in the country, where numbers have topped three million, reports said Wednesday.
Losses because of the financial crisis sparked by the US subprime mortgage crisis could rise as high as 422 billion dollars (267 billion euros), an OECD report said Tuesday.
China's economic growth slowed in the first quarter of the year but soaring food prices kept inflation near a 12-year high, the government said Wednesday.
Hong Kong has the world's priciest apartment rents, with the lease for a three-bedroom unit costing more than 9,700 US dollars on average a month, a survey released Wednesday said.
Regulatory Reforms Commission Chairman Dr Akbar Ali Khan yesterday called for introduction of aptitude tests such as Graduate Record Examination (GRE) at the university level and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) at the SSC level in order to improve the quality of education.
Speakers at a consultation have called for making remittance transfer mechanisms more transparent and accountable, says a press release.
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies yesterday warned that the scale of the destruction wrought by cyclone Sidr is too massive for the aid agencies to provide meaningful assistance to all of those in dire need, says a press release.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday pressed charges against a former member of National Board of Revenue (NBR) and his wife in a case filed for amassing wealth through illegal means.
The teachers of Dhaka University (DU) will take classes and examinations wearing black ribbons today demanding immediate withdrawal of the state of emergency.
Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday busted an illegal factory manufacturing fake powdered drink at Zinjira in Keraniganj and arrested its two owners yesterday.
Foreign Adviser Iftekhar A Chowdhury welcomed the Nepalese election results, saying that the Bangladesh government would be happy to work with any democratically elected government.
Bangladesh Chhatra Federation (BCF), a left-leaning student body, yesterday staged a demonstration on Dhaka University (DU) campus urging the government to control the price hike of essentials.
A Dhaka court yesterday ordered a judicial inquiry into the college student Kamrul Islam Momin murder case filed against AKM Rafiqul Islam, a suspended police officer, and 25 others.
Speakers at a discussion on the implementation of 'Bangladesh National Building Code-2006' yesterday urged the government to consider the violation of building code as the criminal offence.
Speakers at a seminar on Tuesday underscored the need for specific housing and landscape plans for better living and better environment, says a press release.
Education Adviser Dr Hossain Zillur Rahman yesterday said media is a strong actor for flourishing of democracy in the country.
A union parishad (UP) member under Rajoir upazila in Madaripur was arrested yesterday on charge of taking bribe from a woman in exchange for providing her a VGD (Vulnerable Group Development) card.
At least 107 construction workers died in 2007 while working, says a report of the Occupational Safety and Health Environment Foundation (OSHE) yesterday.
Five people were killed and five others were injured in separate road accidents in Patuakhali, Gaibandha, Narail and Dinajpur in the last two days.
Bangladesh Mahila Parisad (BMP) yesterday demanded proper investigation into the suicide incident of Chhanda Rani Sarker, a resident of Rokeya Hall of Dhaka University (DU).
The historic Mujibnagar Day will be observed today commemorating the formation of Bangladesh's first government-in-exile at Baidyanathtola mango grove in Meherpur on this day in 1971.
Leaders of different political and social organisations yesterday demanded stern action against the Islamist outfits who resorted to violence in Baitul Mukarram area recently while protesting the National Women Development Policy.
The government has allocated Tk 51.33 crore, out of Tk 100 crore, for 23,060 projects under the 'money for work' programme to create income generation for the ultra-poor and labourers in rural areas in 64 districts.
Community primary teachers will observe a six-day work abstention wearing black badges across the country from April 19 demanding nationalisation of their jobs under the national pay scale 2005.
The third Jail Week in the country begins today.
Australian High Commission celebrated the Bangla New Year by donating Tk 13 lakh to two local NGOs, says a press release.
Around 1,000 garment workers yesterday brought out a procession and blocked the Dhaka-Aricha highway following an attack on one of their fellowmen.
The disbursement of Tk 86.75 crore arrear payment of the laid-off jute-mill workers under Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC) will start on Saturday after a long wait.
The ruling party in Malaysia should stop "bickering and pointing fingers" and get on with the job of running the country, a pro-government daily said yesterday.
A convicted prisoner of Comilla Central Jail died of cardiac arrest at Comilla Medical College Hospital yesterday.
A young man was yesterday awarded life term for deflowering a teenage girl with promise of marriage in a remote village of Kalmakanda upazila six years ago.
Rajshahi police yesterday closed two sub-inspectors (SI) for negligence of duty.
The forty-one member central committee of Bangladesh Chhatra Union (BCU), a left leaning student body, has been formed recently with Khan Asaduzzaman as president and Manabendra Dev as general secretary, says a press release.
Detained former BNP lawmaker Sarwar Jamal Nizam was admitted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) last night as his condition deteriorated while being taken to Comilla jail from Chittagong jail.
The first-ever open scout group secretary conference of Bangladesh Scouts will begin at Mouchak in Gazipur today, says a press release.
The Institute of Bangladesh Studies (IBS) of Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday organised a seminar on 'Baul Songs of Bangladesh' at IBS seminar room on the campus.
Load shedding, coupled with rise in f day temperature have made life miserable in 21 districts of Barisal division under the command area of West Zone Power Distribution Company (WZPDC).
The Task Force began work formally in Khulna City Corporation (KCC) yesterday to make it a people-oriented institution.
Police rescued three officials of the fractionation plant at Rupantarita Prakritik Gas Company Limited (RPGCL) yesterday evening after 23 hours of their confinement at their offices by workers to press their demands for job regularization.
Freedom fighters and different local organisations will today observe mass killing day in Thakurgaon district.
Police arrested three bullet-hit criminals including the gang leader and recovered arms after a shootout in Jessore
A Sylhet court yesterday deferred charge framing against detained Sylhet City Corporation (SCC) mayor Badar Uddin Ahmed Kamran in a case for keeping foreign liquor at his house.
Eight local journalists working for different national dailies were awarded "Best Reporters of the Year- 2005 and 2006 Awards" at a function held at a local hotel here yesterday.
Norway Ambassador Ingadjorg Spotroing yesterday visited different development projects under RDRS (Rangpur-Dinajpur Rural Service) funded by Norway government in Birganj upazila of Dinajpur.
Invasion of Iraq "was the right decision" and because of it, "the world is a better place to live in "-- attributed to Bush and reported in the media internationally. He is the only Bushman among the political leaders in the world today and the most provocative sabre-rattler of this age! He is another, and a rather presentable version of Idi Amin!
Maitree Express between Dhaka & Kolkata is running after a long hiatus of forty-three years! Felicitations to both the governments of Bangladesh & India. Certainly, it's a sign of rapprochement between the two countries. This year epar Bangla-opar Bangla(Bengalis from Bangladesh & India) could celebrate the occasion with the Bengali New Year & restore the relationship. At this historical moment, I want to request the Bangladesh government & railway authorities to ponder about the future prospect of Bangladesh railways. Indian railways have made a Rs. 200 billion ($ 4.5 billion) profit during the fiscal year 2006-07 (Source: IR website) after losses of several years & for this tremendous achievement credit goes to Lalu Prasad Yadav, Indian Railways minister.
These days we observe with great concern that some unscrupulous people, accidentally recovering stray ancient sculptures fancifully valued at 'crores of taka' are smuggling these out of the country. An instance in point is the latest news item with pictures ( 9 March Sunday) where two artefacts recovered from Bogra were given the price tag of Tk 9 crore. Such grossly speculative valuation of antiquities is, in fact, doing more harm than good to our art and antiquarian treasures, for these antiquities are not saleable articles, rather strictly forbidden objects of trade. As such, there cannot be any price tag on these antiquities. Such unchecked fanciful pricing is always the outcome of unbridled imagination of the discoverer or the reporter and as such only whets the cupidity of the smugglers for clandestine traffic in antiquities.
It is widely believed that after the declaration of the state of emergency the newspaper industry is struggling for survival. Not only are they suffering from dearth of advertisements but also the unusual price hike of newsprint makes them vulnerable.
Despite being incarcerated, Sheikh Hasina has been vocal about different problems that Bangladesh is now facing. As for the present food crisis, she frequently refers to her government's success in food production.
The Inspector General of Police (IGP) has said on several occasions that during the period of the present caretaker government he is working freely as there is no external pressure (such as from politicians).
Whenever questions of inheritance under Shariah Law are addressed, it seems that people take for granted that each and every parent would leave behind huge properties and their heirs have to share and enjoy the same. In fact this is a misconception. Many a father leaves behind huge debts. Who pays back the debts of the deceased parents? Usually in our society a girl is not asked to pay the debt of her parents.
This is about a recent press report that the existing Income Tax Ordinance, 1984 has been sought to be replaced by a new draft by the International Monetary Fund. This is rather an extraordinary move in view of the fact that after much deliberation drafting of the existing ordinance was completed.
Key parties in Nepal's ruling alliance have indicated they may not join the next government to be formed under the leadership of Maoists, who have emerged as the surprise single largest victors in the landmark Constituent Assembly polls.
An opposition group says its leaders, including a former president, have been meeting with the Taliban and other anti-government groups in hopes of negotiating an end to rising violence in Afghanistan.
Three Israeli soldiers and four militants were killed on Wednesday as troops backed by assault helicopters stormed into the Gaza Strip and battled heavily armed Palestinians.
United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said here on Tuesday that, "Pakistan now will need to find a way to have very solid civilian control of the armed forces."
The five veto-wielding members of the UN Security Council, plus Germany and the EU, failed yesterday to agree on an agenda for negotiations with Iran over its nuclear programme, an official said.
Sri Lanka stepped up air attacks against Tamil Tiger rebels yesterday, deploying jets and helicopter gunships as 12 guerrillas were killed in ground battles, defence officials said.
India's ruling Congress party official on Tuesday disapproved of attempts from a section within the party to project its young leader Rahul Gandhi as the prime ministerial candidate for the next election.
President Robert Mugabe's security forces clamped down hard on unrest during a general strike in Zimbabwe, arresting dozens of opposition supporters before the stoppage fizzled out on Wednesday.
Friends and foes targeted the Congress-led ruling coalition in the Lok Sabha yesterday over "failure" to check the price spiral with the CPI wondering whether there was any government in place.
Vitamin supplements taken by millions of people do not increase life expectancy and may raise the risk of a premature death , according to a review of 67 studies with more than 230,000 subjects.
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday reaffirmed his doubts about the accepted version of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, describing the strikes as a "suspect event".
Most Thais want a general election if any political parties are disbanded, according to results of a survey released Tuesday.
Growing ties between the governments of India and Brazil should move to the level of partnership between the people of two countries, President Pratibha Patil said in Brasilia while addressing the Brazil Senate.
Japan and Sweden yesterday pledged to step up cooperation on tackling climate change during a visit here by Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt.
Some 300 rescue and disaster experts from 18 countries held exercises in the Philippines to prepare and improve the emergency response to massive earthquakes.
Police in Nepal's capital detained over 100 Tibetan exiles yesterday as they tried to protest outside a Chinese embassy building in Kathmandu for the second day running, police said.
Arts & Entertainment
A solo exhibition featuring paintings by Ali Imam -- who is an architect by profession -- is on at the Alliance Francaise. For Imam, art is a journey into the mysteries of the cosmos. He wishes to reach the unknown terrain of human consciousness. Through bold bars of lines he wishes to present the unknown and the mysterious. The artist presents animals and humans to delineate stories within stories. They appear as characters and not simple depictions.
To celebrate the Bangla New Year (1415), Bangla Academy has arranged a week-long cultural programme titled Baishakhi Loko Utsab, starting from April 14. The festival includes discussions, cultural programmes, display of books, puppet show, nagor dola and more. On the second day (April 15) of the festival, a discussion and cultural programme was held at the Nazrul Mancha.
In memory of late dancer Ustad Yunus Ahmed Bablu, a discussion meeting followed by a cultural function was held at the auditorium of Zila Shilpakala Academy here recently.
A three-day workshop on sharing cultural experiences, involving the local indigenous communities was recently held at Idilpur under Modhupur upazila in Tangail.
Philip Glass' opera Satyagraha, is a landmark work of minimalism. When Satyagraha was introduced, in Rotterdam in 1980, Glass was following his own voice and vision, not firing a broadside against the complex, cerebral modernist composers who claimed the intellectual high ground while alienating mainstream classical music audiences. Happily, that divisive period is finally past.
The concluding episode of 111- A Nelson Number will be aired tonight on ntv at 09:45 pm. The serial has been produced by film actor Ferdaus, directed by Nayeem Imtiaz Neyamul and written by Sirajul Karim.
Atypical skinny, bearded farmer was examining his paddy field, which was attacked by a disease unknown to him and his co-farmers. Anxiety and uncertainty shadowed his face as the leaves of his hybrid paddy plants were withering fast (Prothom Alo, April 4, 2008).
LOCAL government has a long history in the subcontinent. The geographical boundary has changed twice by now, but local government has remained effective through numerous changes.
AT least 350 minor children who are living in jails with their mothers are denied even the minimum opportunities for primary education and recreation. This is a denial of constitutionally guaranteed fundamental human rights.
TIME heals all wounds as the saying goes, but, in my experience, time never healed my wound, it only gave a thin covering so that I could carry on with my life.
Autistic Children's Welfare Foundation that started its journey at a three-storey building in the port city in October last year has expanded its activities in the capital on April 11 in an effort to provide support to the autistic children.
Muggers in Chittagong have made a fearsome comeback in the last few days after letup between October 2007 and February 2008, much to the anguish and anger of the city dwellers.
Prof Dil Monowara principal of City College
Prof Dil Monowara Begum took office as the new principal of Chittagong Govt City University College on Sunday.