News of: Friday, 11th of July, 2008
The Awami League (AL)-led 14-party combine last night announced the names of its mayoral candidates in the August 4 polls to four city corporations.
The Election Commission (EC) yesterday issued a gazette notification finalising the list of parliamentary seats with district-wise redrawn boundaries, eliminating all doubts raised by political parties about the initiative's success.
A long stretch of the Turag River circling the capital is being encroached upon and filled up again rendering a large section of the city clearly susceptible to major flooding.
India will seek transit facility and greater cooperation in bilateral security from Bangladesh at the foreign secretary level bilateral talks to be held in New Delhi on July 17.
Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday appealed for austerity in electricity and energy consumption by using energy-saving light bulbs and applying newer technologies for an optimum utilisation of the nation's scarce natural resources.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday filed cases against former Awami League (AL) ministers Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury and AKM Jahangir in connection with amassing wealth illegally and concealing wealth information to the commission.
The media should provide information about contestants running in local government elections so the people can choose the best candidates, Shushashoner Janney Nagorik (Shujan) President Prof Muzaffer Ahmad said yesterday.
While re-digging his pond recently, Mongal Member at Sultanpur of Brahmanbaria Sadar upazila found a 10th century statue of Lord Vishnu five metres below the ground.
The Election Commission (EC) will ask the establishment ministry to take disciplinary action against additional divisional commissioner (ADC) of Rajshahi for clearing the way for five disqualified candidates to contest the Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) polls.
The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday upheld the High Court (HC) orders staying the proceedings against former prime minister Sheikh Hasina in the Niko and barge-mounted power plant cases filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).
Even though the importers and wholesalers on Wednesday fixed the wholesale price of edible oil, traders refused to sell at the fixed prices saying they will incur loss.
Detained former premier Khaleda Zia yesterday filed a writ petition with the High Court (HC) challenging the legality of the Gatco corruption case against her.
The government has cancelled the licences of 1,969 rice mills across the country, mostly those who did not cooperate in the government's food procurement drive.
European Parliament members urged the Bangladesh government to lift the state of emergency as the most important step required to prepare for holding the country's next parliamentary elections.
The trial court of Tk 21 crore bribery case against detained BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Tarique Rahman and seven other people will pass its judgment on whether to frame charges in the case on July 14.
Price hike of food items will have an adverse impact on public health raising the number of the country's malnourished people above three crore.
Former Awami League (AL) lawmaker Mohammad Mohiuddin was sentenced to 10 years' rigorous imprisonment (RI) and one year's simple imprisonment on two counts in a corruption case yesterday.
Army Chief General Moeen U Ahmed yesterday said the country will be self-sufficient in food in the future if crops are grown on uncultivated land.
An aircraft of Best Air, a private airline of Bangladesh, had to return to Zia International Airport (ZIA) half an hour after taking off as the pilot of the plane smelt something burning in the cockpit.
The High Court (HC) yesterday stayed for four months proceedings of a relief scam case against former BNP lawmaker and ex-president of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) Ali Asghar Lobi.
A criminal was killed during a “shootout” between his cohorts and members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) at Mansurabad under Adabar Police Station in the city early yesterday.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice warned Iran yesterday that the United States will not back down in the face of Iranian threats against Israel.
Fierce trench warfare and a series of ambushes in northern Sri Lanka killed 31 rebels and three soldiers, the military said yesterday.
THE death of a poor farmer due to the utter negligence of the DMCH is representative of the general slide in the dutifulness of the public service providers in the country. The unfortunate man died, having waited, not one, or two, but six long agonizing hours, for medical attention, which he did not get. A doctor did see him at last, but half an hour after he had passed away -- to pronounce him dead. One wonders whether one could find a better example to illustrate the miserable conditions of our government hospitals. This is an act of criminal negligence.
THE BIMSTEC ministerial conference on poverty alleviation in the region is certainly a timely move. And it is so because of the very crucial issues which the region in particular and the world in general happen to be confronted with at the moment. The Chief Adviser has pointed to some of those issues. We may note that tackling those issues are important if the programme against poverty is to have any meaning. In this context, it would be well to recall the very reasons for which the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) was established in 1997; and of course those reasons are all self-explanatory. At a time when regional cooperation around the world on fundamental economic and political issues has become something of a norm, and necessarily so, it is only natural that BIMSTEC too will be expected to throw up the results one desires of it.
IMAGINE for a moment what it is like to live your life in fear. You are 12 years old, studying in class seven, enjoying spending time with your school friends, watching your favourite soap operas and reality shows instead of doing homework, listening to new artists on the radio, slipping out of the house to spend time giggling and gossiping with your friends, pleading with your parents to buy you a mobile phone, your whole life ahead of you.
WILLIAM Shakespeare writes in Romeo and Juliet that if we call a rose by any other name, it would still smell as sweet. But is that true for words in the realm of language? If we fail to use the right word or write it in wrong spelling, would it still ring the same sweet meaning to a listener or reader? Just think of one example. If you say "wart" and the doctor thinks "nose," would you care to ask him to remove a wart from your face?
WORLD oil prices have risen by nearly 50% since the beginning of 2008, and nearly doubled over the past year. Both economic and political factors have driven this unsettling rush in oil prices. However, some recently proposed remedial measures here in the US appear nonsensical. President George Bush and presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain both have recently proposed withdrawal of the 1990 federal moratorium on offshore oil drilling.
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) is looking for a sponsor who will support its 9-figure budget for one year and the quest is likely to be accomplished within this month.
South Africa hit back with three wickets in quick succession as they started to justify captain Graeme Smith's decision to field in the first Test against England at Lord's here Thursday.
A corporate five-a-side indoor football competition kicks off at the STM hall premises in Uttara today. The tournament, sponsored by Ascent Group, is being organised by Excalibur Entertainment. The final of the competition will be held on July 18.
Powerhouse nations like China, the United States and Russia might grab all the Olympic gold medal attention but the world's sporting minnows plan to grab at least some of the limelight.
The Aga Khan Gold Cup, once a top-ranked club tournament in Asia, looks certain to return to the calendar of Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) after the federation high-ups got positive response from the patrons yesterday.
Eight members of the gold medal-winning Athens line-up were Thursday named in the Australian men's field hockey team along with eight Olympic debutants for next month's Beijing Games.
A new look Bangladesh A face Warwickshire in their second three-day match at Edgbaston in Birmingham today.
Indian duo Mohona Sengupta and Swati Majumder jointly led the girls' group in the 10th Standard Chartered School chess tournament after three rounds yesterday.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter has urged Manchester United to stop treating Cristiano Ronaldo like a 'modern-day slave' and let the Portuguese player join Real Madrid if he wants to.
Woe betide soccer clubs who ignore the views of their supporters.
Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez has warned Dutch winger Ryan Babel that playing in the Beijing Olympics could wreck his first-team prospects.
French striker David Trezeguet has announced his retirement from international football following news that Raymond Domenech is to stay on as national coach, the Gazzetta dello sport reported on their website Wednesday.
Barcelona have reached an agreement with Arsenal to sign Belarussian midfielder Alexander Hleb for 15 million euros (23.5 million dollars), Spanish sports media reported Thursday.
Real Betis have agreed to sign Brazilian-born Turkey midfielder Mehmet Aurelio who was out of contract with Fenerbahce, the Primera Liga club said on Wednesday.
Real Madrid have offered 20 million euros (31.4 million dollars) to sign Hamburg midfielder Rafael van der Vaart for five seasons, Spanish sports daily Marca said Thursday.
Scotland's proposed friendly against Argentina in November could be called off after fans refused to foot the bill for playing the South Americans.
Four years on from Athens, Michael Phelps will arrive in Beijing poised to make Olympic history - and join the select few whose feats see them transcend their sports.
Australia have announced their preliminary 30-man squad for the Champions Trophy in Pakistan in September, with Shaun Tait being recalled as he continues to work his way back into international cricket after taking a self-imposed break due to exhaustion. The squad also includes five newcomers in Xavier Doherty, Ryan Harris, Brett Geeves, George Bailey and Tim Paine.
Like countless other Beijing prostitutes, "Kelly" had viewed the Olympic rings as akin to dollar signs, expecting a big pay-day as the city shifts into party mode for next month's Games.
Sri Lanka's cricketers want next year's hastily arranged Test tour of England to be rescheduled as the dates clash with the lucrative Indian Premier League, sources close to the team said Thursday.
Bangladesh begin their 6th Junior Asia Cup hockey campaign today when they take on South Korea in the inaugural match in Hyderabad.
The Mentor's 3rd Inter-Private University football tournament will begin in the second week of October at the Army Stadium in Banani.
Transportation costs for each TEU container by sea between Bangladesh and the US-Europe have shot up over US$ 200, or over100 percent, in the past one year in the wake of soaring oil prices on international markets.
Soaring prices of essentials, industrial raw materials and petroleum products in the international market pushed Bangladesh's imports to US$ 20 billion, a 27 percent up in fiscal year 2007-08 from that of 2006-07.
Domestic soft drinks market shows a sign of recovery as manufacturers said they posted higher sales in the first half of 2008 due mainly to a hot summer and late arrival of monsoon rain.
The finance adviser yesterday ruled out the possibility of escalation of rural inflation on implementation of the government's 100 days of employment generation scheme.
Trading took place on the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) for the whole day yesterday after more than 120 brokerage houses' virus infected computers were cleaned.
The number of US firms among the Fortune 500 list of top global companies slipped to the lowest level in over a decade while Chinese, Indian and Mexican firms gained, the magazine reported Wednesday.
The government is trying to introduce mobile banking system to encourage migrants to send money through banking channels, the central bank governor said yesterday.
Draxell Mayer, an industrial giant of Germany that manufactures spare parts of luxurious vehicles like BMW and Mercedes Bench, has showed its keen interest to invest in Chittagong.
The Board of Directors of Dutch-Bangla Bank Limited was held at the bank's head office in Dhaka on Wednesday that approved the half-yearly provisional unaudited financial statement-2008.
As a part of Citi's strategy to continuously build and export out its local talents across the globe, Citibank, NA Bangladesh arranged the placement of 4 of its senior officials to Vietnam, Indonesia, Singapore and India franchise, says a press release.
You can't avoid them. From the car and buses you are traveling on or your mobile handset, and also from tea stall to your home, the humming of radio jockeys of different FM radios are drawing your attention with songs, traffic updates and many more.
The fight for customers in the young professional market segment between several large international fashion chains and numerous local boutiques in Shanghai is coming to a head as economic uncertainties are threatening to shrink consumer spending.
Asian stocks closed mostly down Thursday after a Wall Street slump soured sentiment and key economic numbers painted a picture of slowing regional growth.
Tension on oil markets is set to ease early next year amid a US slowdown, the IEA forecast on Thursday, noting strong output by OPEC this year.
India imposed the maximum measures and ordered the highest number of probes into dumping of goods from different countries, including China, during July 1 to December 31, 2007, a WTO report has said.
Foreign direct investment in the Philippines plunged 43.5 percent from a year earlier to 820 million dollars in the four months to April, the central bank said Thursday.
The European Central Bank warned on Thursday that inflation would stay clearly above its target for longer than expected.
China's currency the yuan Thursday broke the 6.85-mark to set a new high against the US dollar since the country unpegged its currency from the greenback in July 2005.
China's export of shoes was 3.39 billion pairs in the first five months of this year, dropping 3.6 percent year on year, according to statistics from the customs.
Sri Lankan government workers Thursday held a one-day token strike for higher pay organised by opposition-backed labour unions but essential services were largely uninterrupted, officials said.
Speakers at a consultation yesterday called for fixing minimum wages for migrant workers and increasing cooperation between the labour sending and receiving countries to ensure rights of the workers who are the lifeline of the national economy.
The Mutual Trust Bank-The Daily Star Debate Contest 2008 began in Chittagong yesterday with a call to build an enlightened society through practice of logic and free thinking.
Six people were killed and 44 others injured in separate road accidents in Mymensingh, Sirajganj and Satkhira yesterday.
The jail authorities have decided to shut down the 50-year-old blanket factory inside the Dhaka Central Jail and use the factory building for accommodation of prisoners instead.
The government has developed a number of national guidelines on management of opportunistic infections (OIs) and manuals for health professionals and facilitators for HIV counselling and clinical management of HIV/AIDS.
Distortion of the history of the liberation war must be stopped and its true history should be upheld to the new generation to build the country on the basis of the spirit of the liberation war, said the speakers at a meeting yesterday.
A student leader of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), student wing of BNP, allegedly harassed some 25 students of Surya Sen Hall at Dhaka University for not attending a JCD meeting at the hall guest room on Wednesday night ignoring his command.
Faculty of Science of Dhaka University (DU) yesterday conferred Dean's Award on 28 students of different departments under the faculty for their outstanding academic results without sitting for any improvement exams.
The Barisal City Corporation (BCC) yesterday announced a Tk 274,65,26,483 budget for 2008-09 fiscal.
Police recovered five live bombs from the house of one Abdus Sattar at Chakla para in the town yesterday.
A teenage worker was found slaughtered at a candle factory at Saroda Gosh Road in the district town last night.
BNP Secretary General Khandoker Delwar Hossain yesterday called on the doctors to come forward to restore democracy and fundamental rights when the country is going through a critical period.
Furniture and cartons worth around Tk 5 lakh were gutted in a fire at a nylon factory at Faujdarhat under Sitakunda upazila in the district yesterday.
Detained BNP leader Salauddin Quader Chowdhury yesterday demanded steps to control the price hike of essentials to save the people from starvation.
Police recovered the body of a bus driver from the city's Sayedabad Bus Terminal in the early hours of yesterday.
Husna Banu, a Birangana (heroic woman), passed away at Sirajganj on Wednesday, says a press release.
Mitsubishi Motor Corporation has introduced its new slogan Dive@earth, according to a press release.
Afiz Uddin, a freedom fighter of Nilphamari district, is suffering from kidney disease, says a press release.
Saswota Sotto, a first-year student of mass communication and journalism department of Rajshahi University (RU), has been suffering from ankilosing spondylitis since 1998.
On June 30, 2008 the daily Prothom Alo brought to light some gross and inexcusable mistakes in the textbooks published by the NCTB for our school children. The same newspaper reported on July 01 that the honourable CA of the present CTG had taken the matter into cognisance and asked for explanation from the officials concerned. We hope that the matter will not end, like many other matters of the past, in paper correspondence only. This time we would like to see that the NCTB is reformed to perform its sacred duty to the nation with full professionalism. For that I would like to submit some comments from my 38 years of formal experience as a teacher and as an educational administrator. Before I put my comments it may not be out of context to briefly explain the functions of the NCTB for the general readers of your daily.
The Food Adviser had reportedly ruled out the possibility of increase in fuel prices which could upset the move towards attaining food security as reported by UNB and published in the dailies on July 2.
On an average about six natural calamities of great magnitude visit this land every year. These include floods, cyclones, earthquakes, landslides and so on. These disasters cause heavy loss of life and property. In most instances, these calamities catch the people unawares. Again, in many cases, the people are helpless in the face of a severe natural disaster. Just think of the damage wrecked by the cyclone ''Sidr''. This year we breathed a sigh of relief when cyclone Nargis swerved its course.
We were astonished to hear the news regarding stealing of a mobile phone set by an ASP from a Thai woman at ZIA. How can a police officer commit such an offence? At one stage, the women slapped the ASP. Actually, she slapped all Bangladeshis because we have such men even in our law enforcing agencies.
Recently, a tree fair was organised in Rajshahi. From the opening of the fair on 25 June, 2008 and till its closure on 10th July, 2008 the Rajshahi Madrasa field was full of enthusiastic visitors. Many were seen taking interest in the wide variety of plants and a lot of people were also buying them. As a part of the tree plantation movement, this initiative taken by the Forest Department, District Administration and Agriculture Extension Department was a tremendous success. Cultural functions in the evening were also organised to entertain the locals. There were numerous stalls showcasing medicinal herbs, little fruit trees, flower plants and even a nursery was training people on how to cultivate mushrooms.
Nuri Vittachi's column is a welcome relief from all the unwelcome news that I read every day. But I miss what I think was the best humour column in DS. That is the "The Week in Re (ar)view by Gorkha and Mood Dude in the Rising Stars every Thursday. What has happened to it? Aren't we going to get it back?
Perhaps, it is now clear to each and every citizen of the country that these people in the CTG and their supporters namely the SHUSHIL SHOMAJ are nothing but the agents of the neo-imperialists operating as the tools of the World Bank, IMF etc.
The decision makers are frequently telling us that the election will be held in December, 2008. But people in general are not that sure.
No doubt the inflation has assumed unmanageable proportions. Against the backdrop of global fuel hike, the government has taken the ruthless decision for the second time and increased the prices of fuel. This will have a negative impact on the economy as a whole. Prices of farm inputs will also increase.
Some teachers have raised their voices against EC's step to bar them from joining local government election. I have something to say about the subtle, crucial matter.
This refers to Prof. SAM's letter ( 4/7/08 ) on the above subject. Disapproving the existence of Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University (SAU) inside the capital city, Dhaka, Prof. SAM has suggested to correct the mistake of setting up SAU at the present location. Well, for his information I would like to say that it took nearly 20 years for the charismatic leader, Sher-e- Bangla A K Fazlul Haq, to make this costly mistake of establishing the SAU, the then Bengal Agricultural Institute in the heart of Dhaka. It was in 1938 that Sher-e-Bangla A K Fazlul Haq,
It is needless to mention that the Election Commission (EC) is free to hold election anytime, anywhere if it is due and necessary for the country. It can be during any govt., either elected or interim.
No election was held at upazila level since the system was disbanded during the early the nineties by the then BNP government. It was one of the root causes of BNP's defeat in the parliamentary election in 1996. The Awami League also faced a debacle for not reintroducing the upazila system during their tenure. The upazila system was popular and accepted by the local people as their government within the people's reach. It is not understood why the major political parties were apprehensive of the move taken by the caretaker government to hold the local government election in October or earlier. By and large, people are supporting the present government's initiatives in holding the election.
Women workers in Saudi are forcibly confined, exploited and abused by their employers. There are at least one million expatriate women working legally in some of the lowest-paid jobs in Saudi Arabia. The overwhelming majority of them are domestic workers in private households. Others are employed as hairdressers, beauticians and maintenance staff in gender-segregated public and private facilities. In case of women workers, exploitative labour conditions such as workdays stretching to twelve hours or longer, unpaid salaries, denied benefits, and threats and intimidation from employers are common. Employers demanded their passports when they arrived in the kingdom, and in most cases did not provide them with an official residency permit, the only document valid in Saudi Arabia for identification purposes. The evidence also demonstrates that many exploited women workers in Saudi Arabia suffer one gender-specific abuse: forced confinement.
I was reading the write up A nation for sale. I don't get it how the British East India Company and a modern corporation could be compared? It's not even apple and orange comparison.
I am an ordinary citizen of this country. The 'am janata'. I pay tax. I am told that taxes should be paid so that the government can provide us different services. Yet, every time I need something from the government I have to pay for it. Call it bribe, ghush, the oil that keeps the wheels of the government moving or whatever. I don't claim to be exceptional in any way. I lie, I cheat, I get into fights over trivial issues, but no way can I be held responsible for bringing the country to the brink of the abyss that we find ourselves in.
Every year Bangladesh is losing a lot of trees. But nobody is thinking about this problem.
Just when we began to envisage a new Bangladesh after 1/11, our dreams have been shattered.
India's embattled coalition government was yesterday in talks with other parties in a bid to ensure it can win a confidence vote sparked by a withdrawal of support from left-wingers, officials said.
India and the UN atomic agency have moved forward on implementing an agreement on subjecting the country's civilian nuclear sites to international controls for the first time, officials said yesterday.
Nepal's Maoists said yesterday they were still unable to form a government and fill a post-monarchy political vacuum because ethnic parties from the south were holding up the process.
Nato commanders in Afghanistan believe that India and Pakistan are indirectly playing in the hands of Taliban or any other "third force" by blaming one another for terrorist activities against each other.
US intelligence officials say there has been an increase in foreign fighters travelling to Pakistan to join up with al-Qaeda-linked militants in the country's tribal areas, the New York Times reported yesterday.
Malaysia's Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said Thursday he would step down in mid-2010 and hand over to his deputy Najib Razak.
Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej's five-month-old government was in disarray Thursday after the foreign minister resigned following a series of bruising court defeats for the cabinet.
Palestinian leaders are threatening to halt peace talks with Israel to protest the continued expansion of settlements in occupied territory, a senior Palestinian figure said yesterday.
At least six people were killed and nine others injured Thursday in a series of landmine blasts in a Pakistani tribal area bordering Afghanistan, an official said.
Arts & Entertainment
An often-quoted adage is: “An artiste is created by the audience.” This is also true for the artistes who have joined hands or formed professional bonds, be it on television, the silver screen or the stage.
Taaga by Aarong, the line catering for the stylish demands of the teens, brought out a fresh array empowered with bright shades and soft fabric next to the skin. From handloom, crushed cottons, denim, fine linen, silks to sheer muslins, the long range of fun and light wears in aqua, yellow, purple, and white redefined ready to wear. The models carried the line of tops, shirts, tunics, kurtis, and skirts with edgy cuts, daring fringes, sharp spikes, wisps and curls, and bold highlights harmonizing it with steel and metallic accessories. Farzana Shakil embellished the style statements further with sporty hairdo.
Today veteran Bangladeshi poet Al Mahmud turns 73. He was born in 1936, in Kasba, Brahamanbaria. It was a rainy night when he came into this world.
Black's much-anticipated album Abar was launched at Bashundhara City yesterday. The album, sponsored by Warid Telecom, has been produced by G-Series. This is the band's first album in five years.
Now that the script is done, popular filmmaker Mostafa Sarwar Farooki is set to shoot his latest movie, Third Person Singular Number from July 21.
To promote quality films, Impress Telefilm Ltd has taken initiatives to produce several cinematic works. The latest venture of Impress is to showcase seven of their full-length feature films at the film festival titled "Nakshi Kantha". The festival will held at the Gorki Sadan, Kolkata, that will run from July 21 to 26.
Channel- i will air the second episode of "Woman's World We Beautify" today at 6 pm.
The charismatic Indian director and actress Aparna Sen is an epitome of talent. All who have seen her later films such as 15 Park Avenue (2005) or Mr and Mrs Iyer (2002) cannot come away untouched. In similar vein is likely to be Aparna's newest film, titled The Japanese Wife, scheduled for release in October 2008.
IN the name of development we have done so many things over so many years, or call it decades, but without caring for many other things. We cared more for name or fame and of course money than the sustainability of facilities. The trend continued unabated and preference to immediate personal gain over future or community interest became a norm.
A new global deal on climate change, heralded by G8 leaders as a significant step forward, ran into trouble within hours as developing nations, including China and India, rejected it because they believe the commitments are not strong enough.
LIKE most Iraqis, Mohammad Abood expects the highly secured roads at the Baghdad airport to be safe. So when someone told him his father's car had broken down on his way to a job in the terminal, the son calmly went to assist him. But a cordon of US troops stopped him from reaching the car. Abood, 21, could only get close enough to see the two-door Opel engulfed in flames, incinerating 57-year-old Hafd Abood and two women colleagues from his office in an airport bank.
EVERY time the wet season comes, I ask myself the same question. Why are the largest, most terrifying things on the planet given the sweetest, cutest names?