News of: Friday, 9th of May, 2008
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The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday finally approved the charge sheet against detained former premier Khaleda Zia, her younger son Arafat Rahman Koko and 22 others for illegally awarding container-handling job at two container depots in Dhaka and Chittagong to Gatco.
The approved charge sheet dropped the names of seven of the 18 persons, including former bureaucrats and ministry high officials, proposed by the investigating officer of the case in his probe report submitted on November 1 last year.
The Supreme Court yesterday paved the way for the government to proceed with the extortion case against former premier Sheikh Hasina that was brought under EPR, though the alleged offence was committed before declaring the state of emergency.
The apex court yesterday pronounced its judgment allowing the government appeal against a High Court verdict and clearing the government apprehension of getting embargo on proceedings of several graft cases brought under EPR after emergency was declared on January 11 last year.
Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday reaffirmed his government's commitment to holding a free, fair, neutral and credible election following the roadmap announced by the Election Commission (EC).
The Anti-corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday said it has formed a special team to investigate institutional corruption in Dhaka City Corporation (DCC).
The pro-reform BNP faction finds itself in a leadership crisis after the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday approved charge sheet in the Gatco graft case including names of Saifur Rahman and Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan.
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced detained former state minister for labour and employment Amanullah Aman to seven years' rigorous imprisonment (RI) for extorting Tk 10 lakh from a businessman in June of 2004.
The Election Commission (EC) has strongly opposed the caretaker government's move to introduce direct elections to the post of zilla parishad chairman.
At least 64 Tamil Tiger rebels and two Sri Lankan soldiers have been killed in the latest battles in the island's north, according to the defence ministry yesterday.
Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) will not give traditional farewell to the incumbent Chief Justice Mohammad Ruhul Amin when he retires next month.
Awami League (AL) leaders yesterday decried the Supreme Court verdict against the High Court judgment in detained Awami League President Sheikh Hasina's extortion case as “illegal and unjust”.
Visiting US State Department Coordinator for Counterterrorism Dell L Dailey yesterday expressed satisfaction over Bangladesh's success and commitment in combating terrorism.
Pro-Khaleda faction of BNP yesterday announced a set of programmes aiming to realise an 11-point demand that includes release of its Chairperson Khaleda Zia.
Politicians and civil society members yesterday urged the caretaker government to immediately introduce rationing system for providing lower and lower-middle class people with rice and other essentials at low price.
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) last night filed a case against former state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar and three others for taking and giving bribes to suppress the murder case of Humayun Kabir Sabbir, a director of Bashundhara Group.
The Election Commission (EC) plans to begin the process for registration of political parties with it from June and extend the deadline by three months for completing the job before announcing the election schedule in October.
The European Union (EU) yesterday called for general elections by the year-end saying that political parties will have to bear the responsibility for taking Bangladesh back to a pre-1/11 situation if they boycott polls.
A Dhaka court yesterday granted Criminal Investigation Department (CID) permission to take Harkatul Jihad (Huji) leader Arif Hasan Sumon on a five-day remand in connection with the CBP rally blast on July 20, 2001.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday quizzed former adviser to a caretaker government Justice Fazlul Haque, his wife and two brothers as part of investigation into a graft case filed against him.
Myanmar's isolationist regime allowed the first plane of a major international airlift to land yesterday with aid for cyclone survivors, a UN official said, amid fears that lack of safe food and drinking water could push the death toll above 100,000.
AFTER months of wrestling with higher prices, marked by a recriminatory phase in the government-business relationship, both sides seem to have arrived at a common ground at long last. The FBCCI has formed a composite taskforce comprising representatives from business community, consumer rights protection association, ministries concerned and joint forces to monitor price situation in retail and wholesale markets and implement measures to keep the prices in check.
THE humanitarian crisis that has been unfolding in Myanmar leaves people around the world deeply concerned about the devastation wrought by Cyclone Nargis. And we in Bangladesh are particularly worried because of the close neighbourly links we have always had with Myanmar. While we heave a sigh of relief that the cyclone missed us in a miraculous way, we feel extremely disturbed at the mounting casualties it caused in Myanmar. More than 100,000 people have lost their lives; and the infrastructure is in a mess. As neighbours, it devolves on us to come forth with all the succour we can in this hour of need in Myanmar. Happily for us, ours happens to be one of the few countries to have gone ahead with assistance. A team of our armed forces is already in Yangon with medical and related help for the survivors of the disaster.
LISTENING to the angry rhetoric of some of the so-called cleric regarding the National Women Development Policy (NWDP), 2008 one wonders whether or not we are heading back towards the days of the Jaheliat. All the arguments put forward against implementation of the bill, and also the CEDAW in the light of the 1995 Beijing declaration, actually run counter to the fundamental teachings of Islam -- equality.
FALLING in love, courtship, nuptials, bridal parades, guests, gifts, illuminations, dowries, honeymoons and consummations are still lined up. There is motion and speed in today's marriage, but the momentum gives away as quickly as it picks up. Sooner or later, a large number of marriages run out of steam, because men and women who are eager to take the vow do not have patience till death do them part.
ADDRESSING a crowd in North Carolina two days ago, Hillary Clinton said that how North Carolinians voted could be a "game changer" in the Democratic Party nomination. It was -- for Barack Obama! In spite of Hillary's devastating attacks, his own "bitter" comment and the sudden reappearance of Rev. Wright at the most inopportune time, Barack Obama won the North Carolina primary by a whopping 15% margin (57.5 % to 42.5%) on May 6.
The tussle of the top six clubs notwithstanding, all eyes will firmly be on the national cricketers when the Premier Super League begin in three different venues today.
With surprise pack Afghanistan sitting on the top of Group C qualifiers of the AFC Challenge Cup, it is confirmed that another South Asian nation will join the tournament proper, the 8-team finals to be held in south Indian city Hyderabad from July 30-August 10.
Joint-champions Abahani and Usha Krira Chakra both crushed their opposition in contrasting styles yesterday in the Green Delta Insurance Premier Hockey League.
Javeria Khan's six-wicket burst scripted Bangladesh women's cricket team's 38-run defeat against Pakistan in their second leg Asia Cup match at the Dambulla International Stadium yesterday.
BKSP emerged champions in the 24th National Junior Athletics Championships that concluded at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) president Kazi Salahuddin promised that he would never let the national team face embarrassment during his tenure.
Bangladesh will play two Tests and three one-day internationals on their tour of South Africa in November, Cricket South Africa announced on Thursday.
Partisan fans at the Feroz Shah Kotla were treated to a cracker of a match as the Chennai Super Kings pulled off a dramatic last-ball win, sneaking past Delhi Daredevils' total of 187 for 5 by four wickets at Delhi on Thursday.
Sunil Gavaskar on Wednesday announced he was standing down as chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket Committee.
Three days after wrapping up the title Real Madrid showed Barcelona why they are the new Spanish champions crushing their arch rivals 4-1 in El Clasico at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday.
Inter Milan reached their fourth consecutive Italian Cup final after second-half goals from Pele and Julio Cruz sealed a 2-0 win at Lazio on Wednesday. The Serie A leaders will go in search of a second league and cup double in three years and a third cup triumph in four attempts after prevailing 2-0 on aggregate following last month's goalless first leg.
Lyon's Juninho Pernambucano scored the only goal of the game against Sedan at the Gerland stadium on Wednesday to set up a French Cup final against Paris Saint Germain at the Stade de France later this month.
Jurgen Klinsmann, who is set to take over as coach of Bayern Munich in July, has met with the bosses of the newly-crowned Bundesliga champions to outline his vision to speed up Bayern's game.
World number two Rafael Nadal's bid to win the Rome Masters for the fourth successive year was buried on Wednesday when he lost 7-5 6-1 to Juan Carlos Ferrero.
A new reality television show along the lines of hit singing series American Idol is to be launched to find the next global football superstar.
Former defender Fernando Giner and his Valencia teammates received a "substantial" cash incentive from Barcelona to perform well against Deportivo La Coruna in a 1994 Spanish league match.
FC Bruges' Belgian international Francois Sterchele was killed in a car accident on Wednesday night, Belgian media report Thursday.
England goalkeeper David James has declared himself fit to play for Portsmouth in next week's FA Cup final against Championship side Cardiff.
Sven-Goran Eriksson, expected to be ousted as Manchester City manager after just one season in charge, has been offered a three-year contract to manage his former club Benfica, local media reported Thursday.
French international defender Willy Sagnol's no show at the Allianz Arena party to celebrate Bayern Munich's league title has fuelled rumours he is set to quit the German giants.
International cricket chiefs have banned hi-tech cricket bats that give an unfair advantage to batsmen, saying the move will help prevent the game becoming too predictable.
Just a day after Kazi Nabil was named Bangladesh's team leader for next month's SAFF Championship, the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) vice-president requested the federation to relive him off the duty.
Dhaka batsman Himel was one of two centurions in yesterday's matches of the 28th National Cricket Championship.
Matuail Cricket Academy crushed Tongi Cricket Academy by 104 runs in a relegation match of the Third Division Cricket League at the Jagannath Hall ground yesterday.
Mumbai's medium-pacers bowled a clever mix of bouncers, slower balls and cutters to restrict Rajasthan to a 103, the lowest first-innings total of the Indian Premier League, on a two-paced pitch at the DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday before some sensible batting sealed a hattrick of triumphs for the home team. In what was their second successive upset victory, after taming Delhi on Sunday, Mumbai prevailed over the table leaders yet again.
A lucrative new tournament, the iSixes World Series, was unveiled Thursday featuring teams from all nine Test playing nations, with one million US dollars going to the winners.
NANAVATI TO HEAR BHAJJI, SREE TODAY
The government is to inform Tata that the country right now is unable to ensure required gas supply to its proposed $ 3 billion investment in steel, fertilizer and power since Bangladesh faces shortage of adequate gas, energy ministry sources said yesterday.
BRAC Bank Limited, one of the fastest growing private commercial banks, has decided to acquire 51 percent stakes in GSP Finance Company (Bangladesh) Limited, a joint venture leasing company, at about Tk 19.5 crore.
Revenue of Banglalink, the second largest mobile phone operator, more than doubled in the first quarter of 2008 to Tk475crore, registering a 124 percent growth over the same period of the last year.
Local denim and home textile yarn industry is now under threat on exports of waste cotton.
BTRC has already embarked on the process of launching its own satellite in five years to help further develop the telecom and ICT industry in the country, said BTRC chairman yesterday.
Import of low quality cars, coupled with reckless driving, has sent some 8,000 taxi- cabs, out of a total of 11,000 cabs, to garages, operators alleged yesterday, expressing concerns of losing their investment of about Tk 8,00 crore.
Unlike his father and brother who hanged themselves, Labh Singh gulped down pesticide to end his misery, leaving his wife to look after five children and pay off the family debts.
The next national budget will attach priority to agriculture to boost the country's food production, National Board of Revenue (NBR) Chairman Abdul Mazid said in Chittagong yesterday.
Interest rate in call money market yesterday rose to 14 percent from the previous day's 8.5-9.5 percent, according to the fund managers of commercial banks.
Bangladesh Leasing and Finance Companies Association (BLFCA) yesterday demanded that the government reintroduce depreciation allowance for leasing and finance companies from the next fiscal year to help them sustain growth.
The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) Ltd in Bangladesh has launched OneWorld, enabling non-resident Bangladeshis (NRBs) residing in the UAE to send free remittances to HSBC accounts in Bangladesh by using their HSBC personal internet banking (PIB) or ATM, says a press release.
BOC Bangladesh Ltd has declared a dividend of Tk 7 per ordinary share i.e. 70 percent for the year that ended on December 31, 2007.
Asian stocks closed mostly down Thursday after the oil price rose to a fresh all-time high, triggering a Wall Street tumble and stoking fears of rising inflation.
Shoppers and food suppliers in Hong Kong have have been feeling the pinch in recent months as food prices have skyrocketed, showing the port city's vulnerability to global shifts in commodities markets.
The dollar gained against the euro on Thursday but fell against sterling ahead of interest rate decisions from the European Central Bank and the Bank of England, dealers said.
Philippine authorities would pursue an "aggressive" buying policy to boost rice stocks for one of the world's largest rice importers ahead of the typhoon season, the state grains trading agency said Thursday.
Asiatic Cotton Mill, privatised in 1982, was taken back under government management yesterday as the private owners failed to live up to the terms of agreement.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) said Wednesday it and its regional wing SilkAir will raise their fuel levy from next week to cope with soaring jet fuel prices.
Oil prices held near record levels Thursday after gains overnight to nearly 124 dollars as speculators dived into a market concerned about potential supply disruption, traders said.
Days after the Indian Union finance minister, P Chidambaram, asserted that the runaway steel prices, along with cement prices, was the single largest driving factor behind the current rise in consumer price index, the country's leading steel makers on Wednesday acknowledged such concerns and decided to roll back prices of the alloy after securing an assurance from the government that it would look into their demand for not imposing duty on steel exports.
China has vowed to keep grain output above 500 million tonnes in 2008 as the world's largest producer and consumer of rice struggles to cope with rising global grain prices, state media said Thursday.
The World Trade Organisation said Wednesday it is highly unlikely that a ministerial meeting will be held this month given the scant progress in talks on liberalising agriculture and other thorny issues.
Bangladeshi migrants' rights organisations yesterday urged the South Korean government to legalise the irregular workers who have been living in South Korea for 10 to 15 years in a bid to ensure their rights to work.
The government will seek suggestions from different citizens' groups and professional bodies for qualitative change in politics during its talks with them in parallel with dialogues with political parties.
It was 35 years ago when Shanti's parents got married and they were not aware of the disease thalassaemia and its dreadfulness.
Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday said Poet Rabindranath Tagore remains a great source of inspiration in the nation's all out efforts for establishing a superstition-free and a knowledge-based developed society through a rigorous transition.
Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday said the present government is keen to facilitate cultural exchanges and youth empowerment programmes with other countries of South Asia and beyond.
A Dhaka court yesterday issued warrants for arrest of former principal secretary to Prime Minister's Office Dr SM Samad and five others for awarding gas exploration and extraction deal to Canadian company Niko Resources through corruption and abuse of power.
Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani has said his government is keen on developing close friendship and cooperation with Bangladesh.
About 25 acres of land subsided, causing crack to at least 30 houses in two villages near Barapukuria Coal Mine Project on Wednesday night.
Sector Commanders' Forum (SCF) President Air Vice Marshall (Retd) AK Khandker yesterday said justice and democracy would not be established in the society until the war criminals are brought to justice.
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), student wing of Awami League (AL), and Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), student wing of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), yesterday reiterated their demands for the release of Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia.
Seven people were killed and 25 others injured in separate road accidents in Tangail, Rajshahi, Pabna, Gaibandha and Brahmanbaria in the last two days.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested six accused of a murder case from the city's Mirpur area and recovered two firearms and 12 bullets from their possession.
Law Secretary Kazi Habibul Awal yesterday said laws and regulations of the country relating to overseas employment require thorough review and modification to check fraudulent practices and exploitation of migrant workers.
Two people were shot by a gang of armed criminals at Gandaria in the city yesterday.
The Duke of Gloucester, Prince Richard, yesterday visited Sidr rehabilitation project under Ghotoker Andua, a remote village under Mirzaganj upazila in Patuakhali district.
To make a special effort to promote the Millennium Development Goal-3 (MDG3 to promote gender equality and empower women) Danish Minister for Development Cooperation Ulla Tørnæs has established a MDG3 Champion Network, says a press release.
Chief of Army Staff General Moeen U Ahmed yesterday urged every family of the country to plant at least two palm trees at their homes to meet the demand for edible oil and eradicate poverty from society.
A gang of robbers stabbed a cloth trader and his wife and looted away gold ornaments, cash money and valuables worth over Tk 2.0 lakh from their house in Ram Chandradi area at Araihazar upazila on Wednesday night.
Patia Sachetan Nagarik Committee, Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) and Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) jointly organise a two-day anti-corruption youth rally at Patia in Chittagong beginning from tomorrow, as part of TIB and ACC's 'Jago Manush' campaign, says a press release.
Gas explosion at a soya bean boiler mill at Hayderganj bazaar in Raipur upazila on Wednesday night left a worker dead and 14 others injured.
Five villages under Koira upazila in Khulna were inundated as a dam of Water Development Board (WDB) collapsed at 6:00am yesterday.
A dumb girl was raped at Ghaserkandi under Araihazar upazila early yesterday.
Masafumi Kuroki, vice-president of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), will arrive in Bangladesh on a five-day visit tomorrow, says a press release.
A construction worker was killed after falling off the roof of a six-storey under-construction building during the storm at Mohakhali in the city last night.
Bachchu, a notorious member of banned Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP), was remanded yesterday for seven days for more interrogation.
I have read about the Buriganga river incident. I think our present non-elected government was responsible for what happened at the jetty. They took a decision without talking with the local people.
I am shocked to learn that some Bengalee settlers reportedly set fire to 77 houses of indigenous people in Rangamati on the night of April 20. They looted all valuables before burning the houses. After burning the houses to ashes, the settlers continued to occupy their lands. But indigenous people have been living in those hilly villages from time immemorial. These are their ancestral lands.
What would M Tamim like to say about the problems that have been caused by his decision? I think it was absolutely wrong. Why didn't the Chief Adviser stop him from taking this decision?
Nowhere in the world an elected government of the people hands over power to an un-elected government for holding general election.
Recently, the Chinese Foreign Minister visited Bangladesh and showed interest in making a nuclear power plant that would provide electricity. Bangladesh should take this seriously and be quick to respond to this opportunity. The only ingredients involved in making nuclear powered electricity are water and uranium. It is very cheap, it costs only two cents to produce one kilowatt of electricity. It is environmentally friendly. The initial cost is a bit high, but if we invest a few billions of dollars it will be worth it in the long run. It can run continually for thirty years before renovation is needed. There are some people who spread rumours that nuclear energy is "dangerous" without knowing the facts. Everybody knows that the nuclear power accident that happened 22 years ago (1986) at Chernobyl was due to a human error. Nuclear plants always need proper maintenance. Developed countries have been using nuclear electricity for more than half a century. Electricity is the key power for all industrial development. Bangladesh should immediately start developing at least 5,000 megawatt capacity power plants.
All the obnoxious things of student politics are coming back. In Chittagong University, they beat up an assistant proctor. I couldn't understand how a student could beat his teacher! It's a shame! On the same day a group of Shibir cadre attacked the polytechnic institute and beat some teachers. Even in this time of Emergency rule they are impudent enough to create anarchy in the educational institutes.
The price hike of essentials has long been a burning issue. This trend of price hike has created a very difficult situation for the common people.
For some days, I noticed that in Sonargoan Road and in front of Oriental Bank and ETV office, there was a barricade with a red flag which was responsible for traffic jam. This road is known for traffic jam.
Hooray to Engr. Aminul Haque (DS, 4 May 2008) for joining the ranks of people like Mr. Rahat who want total elimination of rickshaws from Dhaka. He asserts that once this is done, the rickshaw pullers will 'quietly' go back to their villages 'to breathe fresh air, drink pure water and sleep in healthy huts' while starving to death. What sort of Utopia is Engr Haque living in? Does he not know the circumstances that made these unfortunate people come to Dhaka in the first place? I would laugh out loud if the matter was not so pitiable. The two letters on the same page “Well Done” (things are back to normal at Gulshan-1, Mr. Tajul) and “Commuters' Woes”(no solution in sight, Mr. Ashraf Hussain) partially answer the Engineer's assertions.
During the recent visit of the foreign minister of China, the government of Bangladesh expressed support for one China policy, despite the state induced repression on Tibet. If this is the right decision, what was wrong about the Pakistanis in 1971? Do people of Tibet deserve this?
During the last two decades, the Bangladeshis were introduced to an old but hidden culture (so long taboo); the term “systems loss” frequently appeared in the media news and reports. One analyst termed it is as a part of entropy, a scientific term familiar to the students of science. Some examples from daily life are cited below.
The people of Egypt and Iraq are Arabs. But as they live in two different countries they are also Egyptians and Iraqis respectively.
The National Institute of Kidney Diseases & Urology in Dhaka is the only one of its kind in the country.
A recent article by Bill Quigley ( a human rights lawyer and law professor at Loyola University, New Orleans) titled “ The US role in Haiti's food riots”, published in one of our English dailies, was one glaring example of how multilateral organisations such as IMF, under the auspices of the US, damaged Haiti's agricultural market. According to the author, in 1986 (after the removal of “Baby Doc” Duvalier), the IMF gave loan of $24.6m loan to Haiti. But as always they set certain preconditions i.e. Haiti was asked to remove tariff barriers from their rice and other agricultural products so that cheap and “subsidized” US rice could enter into their domestic market. And as a result, the Haitian farmers found it very difficult to compete against cheap US rice. Thus domestic farmers were adversely affected and lost the incentive to cultivate any further. There were other repercussions in the form of “rice wars”, and to make matters worse lives were lost.
A breakthrough took place in the history of American Medical Science as well as in the World Medical history on July,1990 at JAMA (Journal of Medical Association) Centre through a historical medical conference, organised by PMRI (Preventive Medicine Research Institute) of America and demonstrated by a young Harvard educated doctor, Dr. Dean Ornish, MD.
On 26th April 2008 morning, ETV showed one programme titled "Explosives" regarding the very poor quality of milk being marketed in our country. Apart from the TV presenter of the programme, it was attended by a doctor, one nutrition expert and a senior official of BSTI . It was mentioned:
More than one million homeless in Myanmar were battling to stave off disease and hunger Thursday, with the military government still limiting foreign assistance six days after a massive cyclone.
Top leaders of Pakistan's ruling coalition will meet in Britain this week for a final decision on how to reinstate judges sacked by President Pervez Musharraf, party officials said.
Some survivors arrived half-naked, others wore clothes they scavenged from the dead.
The tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan yesterday held its first parliament session, marking its shift from absolute monarchy after elections in March, officials said.
The World Bank Wednesday announced 50 million dollars in grants to support a peace deal in Nepal, after the country's former Maoist rebels scored a surprise win in landmark elections last month.
Russia's parliament has overwhelmingly voted to make Vladimir Putin the prime minister.
Iraqi soldiers for the first time warned residents in the embattled Sadr City district to leave their houses Thursday, signalling a new push by the US-backed forces against Shia extremist who have been waging street battles for seven weeks.
The leaders of Japan and China Wednesday moved to put the past behind them, agreeing to further lift bilateral ties and pledging not to view one another as a threat.
Her money drained and her options dwindling, a resolute Hillary Rodham Clinton vowed to press on with her presidential bid even as she and top advisers were hard-pressed to describe a realistic path for her to wrest the nomination from Barack Obama.
The home of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was lightly damaged in the weekend cyclone, but she was unhurt and remains in good health, her party said yesterday.
At least 26 people died and four were injured after a bus plunged into a river in Indian Kashmir on Thursday, and the death toll was expected to rise, police said.
Pakistan said it test-fired a short-range cruise missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead Thursday, one day after archrival India test-fired a long-range missile with nuclear capability.
Arts & Entertainment
Bangladesh Rabindra Sangeet Shilpi Sangstha (BRSSS) arranged a two-day programme to celebrate the 147th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) at the Shawkat Osman Auditorium, Central Public Library. The programme ended yesterday.
May 8 marked the 147th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore. To celebrate the occasion channel-i arranged a Rabindra Mela at its Tejgaon office yesterday.
Shila Momen and Sreyoshee Roy, two Tagore exponents in Chittagong belonging to different generations, believe that one needs much practice, devotion and greater understanding of Tagore's philosophy to master Rabindra Sangeet.
Besides some high profile TV artistes, quite a few who work behind the camera, were also successful over the last year. In the latter category is talented director Mezbaur Rahman Sumon, who has to his credit a TV serial and a number of single-episode plays. Sumon is also an active member of the fusion band Meghdol. During a recent conversation with The Daily Star, Sumon talked about his achievements and future plans in the spheres of direction and music.
Versatile actor and director Zahid Hassan is a popular name on the media scene. The actor recently spoke to The Daily Star about his latest work in Badnaam, a TV adaptation of Rabindranath Tagore's short story with the same title.
Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Dhaka University and FutureShorts are jointly organising a two-day short film festival. FutureShorts is a European organisation that promotes short films and provides an international platform for the filmmakers. The festival started yesterday at the IBA auditorium.
Tom Hanks is supporting presidential hopeful Barack Obama.
AMID deepening hunger crisis, Bangladesh is gradually beginning to stand on her own feet. One standing crop, Boro, is going to change the scenario. The impact of the healthy farm condition is being reflected in the wholesale and retail markets of staple foods, and the prices are going down everyday. The lines in the Open Market Sales (OMS) shops are shortening gradually.
THE tanker was pronounced dead. It was awaiting its final carriage into the ship's graveyard, the 20 km stretch of waterfront in Sitakundo, Chittagong, for scuttling and subsequent recycling. But it could not be done, as the carcass of the ship dug deep into the mud of the Gohira beach of Anwara, resisting unseating of its hull.
TIM Roemer is a gifted salesman working a tough territory. For weeks, the former Indiana congressman has been crisscrossing primary states trying to convince Roman Catholic voters that Barack Obama is their man. Just a few months ago, there were plenty of takers.