News of: Sunday, 3rd of August, 2008
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Against the backdrop of food and fuel insecurity and threat of both terrorism and climate change, South Asian leaders yesterday promised effective cooperation in all potential fields to fight hunger and achieve faster economic growth to improve the lifestyle of their people.
Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed has proposed adopting a clear roadmap for Saarc to fight out poverty and hunger and attain accelerated economic growth to ensure socioeconomic progress for some 1.5 billion people in South Asia.
Campaigns for tomorrow's elections to four city corporations and nine municipalities were wrapped up by midnight yesterday with preparations almost completed for holding the polls in a peaceful atmosphere.
It's either forests, or nothing. This is how one can define livelihoods in the hill tracts.
Even though the electorate expect a clear stance on the militancy issue from the mayoral candidates of Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC), the candidates, however, avoided talking about it fearing it would affect their vote tally.
The government plan of action for dealing with climate change will focus on building the country's capacity to meet the challenges from shifts in global weather patterns over the next 20-25 years.
South Asian leaders yesterday demanded strong action to stop terrorism spreading like "wildfire" as a regional summit opened here dominated by heightened tensions between India and Pakistan.
Another 118 deported Bangladeshi workers arrived in Dhaka yesterday from Kuwait, raising their total number to 464.
The main fight in tomorrow's city corporation mayoral election in Khulna will be between Talukder Abdul Khaleque and Moniruzzaman Moni although there are four other candidates contesting the poll.
Awami League (AL)-backed Shawkat Hossain Hiron and expelled BNP leader Ahsan Habib Kamal brace themselves for a close finish in the mayoral race in Barisal City Corporation (BCC).
As the incumbent mayor of Sylhet City Corporation Badaruddin Ahmed Kamran languishes in jail, he well illustrates the caretaker government's reputation for detaining high-profile leaders on multiple charges of corruption.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday said his government would take necessary steps to ensure efficient management of duty-free access for Bangladeshi products to the Indian market.
The holy Shab-e-Barat will be observed on the night of August 16 as the moon of the Arabic month of Saban was sighted yesterday.
The Maldives will host the 16th summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) in Male, diplomatic sources said.
Shohag Hossain never studied at night in preparation for his SSC examination.
A group of eminent citizens yesterday urged voters to use their best judgement while casting votes tomorrow at 13 constituencies so that honest and competent candidates without war crimes allegations can be elected as their representatives.
The prime ministers of nuclear-armed India and Pakistan ended closed-door talks in Colombo yesterday with an agreement to keep alive their peace process despite escalating tensions, diplomats said.
Sri Lankan government troops have entered the district housing the Tamil Tiger rebels' de facto capital for the first time in 11 years, the military said Saturday as a regional summit opened in the capital.
Former finance minister M Saifur Rahman returned home in the early hours today after a three months' stay abroad.
IT is obvious that the Election Commission is in a state of helplessness. That happens to be so because a number of candidates for the city corporation and municipal elections are taking part in the polls despite their non-compliance with mandatory provisions regarding furnishing some specific personal information to the EC. The non-compliance is of two sorts. The first relates to their submission of false information about themselves in the affidavit, while the second concerns incomplete information they have supplied to the EC. It is quite understandable, therefore, that as election day approaches (and that is tomorrow), the EC will be perturbed without in any way being able to do anything at this late stage to prevent such people from taking part in the elections.
WE are concerned at the slow progress in containing the baby boom for which the Millennium Development Goal (MDG-5) is likely to be difficult to attain by 2015. MDG was set at reducing total fertility rate (TFR) to 2.2 percent by 2010. According to Bangladesh Demographic Health Survey 2007, the TFR in the period 1993-94 was 3.4 percent, which came down to 2.7 in 2007 but did not come down any further. Poor management of the programme is widely considered the main reason for the stagnancy in achieving the target.
I had the privilege of participating in a very recent workshop on "Gas Sector Reform Roadmap and Gas Demand -- Supply Balance" of the Gas Sector Development Program, organised jointly by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Technoconsult International Limited (TCIL). Frankly speaking, "reform" and "roadmap" are the key words that drove me to this workshop. Usage of the terms reform and roadmap are so common nowadays that they cease to be nouns, but noises. What then are the roadmap and reforms regarding our gas sector -- the linchpin of growth and development?
THE unwarranted violence and arrest of our migrant workers by the Kuwaiti police for staging strikes in demand of promised pay and other facilities, is an extremely shocking piece of news. This was front-page news on The Daily Star and other national dailies on July 31, accompanied by a picture of a deported worker in bandages and wearing a bloodstained T-shirt, who was reported to be dragged out of his residential camp and was mercilessly beaten up by the police though he did not take part in any protests.
DESPITE President Bush's description of Pakistan as a "strong ally and vibrant democracy" during the recent visit to Washington by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, a suspected US missile attack inside Pakistan that reportedly killed a top Taliban biological and chemical weapons expert underscores US suspicion that Pakistan is not doing enough in the fight against extremists and terrorists and Afghan President Karzai's accusation that Pakistan military intelligence is not doing its best to prevent cross-border militancy by Afghan Talibans from their sanctuary in some areas of the Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA).
Mohammad Rafique loves to do things practically and there was no exception when he was requested to share his South African experience with the cricketers of GP-BCB National Cricket Academy.
Sri Lanka grabbed three big wickets in the closing session to throw the second Test against India wide open on the third day here on Saturday.
Six days before the Beijing Olympics, Chinese and international organisers were working together on a compromise to unblock more censored websites for foreign media, a senior IOC official said Saturday.
Sunrise Sporting Club, Dhaka Wanderers and Victoria Sporting Club completed the line-up of the final round of the Citycell Federation Cup after winning their respective qualifying matches at the different venues yesterday.
Dollar Mahmud snapped up five wickets after Rokibul Hasan's unbeaten century as Bangladesh A comfortably beat Marylebone Cricket Club by 80 runs at the Racecourse in Durham University grounds on Friday.
Andrew Flintoff struck twice as South Africa stumbled in their pursuit of a series-deciding win on the fourth day of the third Test against England at Edgbaston on Saturday.
Brazil, led by AC Milan star Ronaldinho, beat Vietnam 2-0 in a friendly on Friday that served as a pre-Olympic warm-up for the South American giants and meant the world to Vietnamese fans.
Lilian Thuram's retirement has meant one of France's finest players of the past decade, who transcended the sport and made an impact in political and social circles, has finally hung up his boots.
Cesc Fabregas will get the chance to test his belief that Arsenal can revolutionise European football when his side take on Juventus and Real Madrid in the Emirates Cup this weekend.
Rafael Nadal marked an historic changing of the guard in tennis with a quarterfinal win at the Cincinnati Masters on Friday, ensuring Roger Federer will fall from the summit after more than four years.
Paul Collingwood overcame what he admitted was huge pressure as he and Kevin Pietersen gave England a chance of a come-from-behind victory on the third day of the third Test against South Africa at Edgbaston on Friday.
Australia's Olympics chief John Coates has predicted that China will top the United States in the gold medal tally at the Beijing Games, a report said Saturday.
Michael Phelps warned Saturday he had never felt better as he attempts to win an unprecedented eight Olympic gold medals, but made clear he does not want to be remembered as "the second Mark Spitz".
Italy coach Marcello Lippi has backed Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson's determination to block Cristiano Ronaldo's desired move to Real Madrid.
Inter Milan midfielder Patrick Vieira risks missing the start of the season after the Serie A champions said on Friday he has injured his left thigh.
Rampura Krira Chakra brightened their chances of reaching the semifinal of the Dhaka City Corporation Pioneer Football League after winning over Mansoor Sporting Club 3-1 at the Bir Shreshtha Shaheed Sepoy Mohammad Mostafa Stadium in Kamlapur yesterday.
Chelsea once more had a penalty shootout defeat in Moscow, in the Railways Cup tournament on Friday night, following their Champions League final loss to Manchester United in May.
Grand Master Ziaur Rahman and Indian International Master Himanshu Sharma won their respective fifth round matches to jointly lead the table of the 8th United Insurance & United Leasing International Masters Chess tournament yesterday.
Barcelona have appealed against FIFA's decision ordering them to release Argentine under-23 player Lionel Messi to compete in the Olympic Games, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that William Gallas will remain as captain for the new season.
Argentina's Hector Cuper was on Saturday appointed coach of the Georgian national football team.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson on Saturday warned his players that there will be no room for complacency in his squad this season.
Amal Roy and Ranjan Ram are among 14 players who moved into the second round of Dhaka Open tennis tournament at the National Tennis Complex in Ramna yesterday.
Daffodil International University (DIU) rode on two goals from Abdul to beat BRAC while East West University (EWU) thumped Atish Dipankar 3-0 in the University Champions Trophy at the Chairmanbari ground yesterday.
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the National Shooting Federation was held at the Shooting Complex in Gulshan yesterday.
Serbian Jelena Jankovic's latest bid to grab the world number one ranking ended Friday with a quarterfinal exit from the 1.34 million-dollar WTA hardcourt tournament here.
The government will finally take a decision in a meeting today on signing of a free trade agreement (FTA) with its neighbouring trading partners India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (BPC) is to develop the country's first-ever cable car, connecting two slopes at Mirinza in Banderban district, by the year-end.
Local insurance companies fear that allowing foreign investments into the country's insurance industry may force local firms, especially weaker ones, out of the business.
The realtors yesterday urged the government to backtrack from the promulgation of new ordinance for the housing sector.
Speakers at a discussion in Dhaka yesterday demanded land reform and formation of farmers' cooperative to ensure food sovereignty.
Commerce Adviser Dr Hossain Zillur Rahman yesterday urged the leading business bodies of the country to run fair-price shops of essential commodities during the month of Ramadan to keep the prices of such commodities under control.
Integration between the private sector and the business schools is necessary for developing human resource (HR) management in the country, said the president of Bangladesh Enterprise Institute (BEI) yesterday.
Finance Adviser Dr Mirza Azizul Islam yesterday said the government-owned commercial banks (GCBs) are still at a premature stage to float shares in the stock market.
If anybody has the will, confidence, perseverance and enterprise, he can make any hard task easier. Mohammad Shah Alam, 38, of Borni Kishori village in Tangail has proved it by exporting bamboo made handicrafts to different parts of the globe.
The other day I was invited to give a guest lecture on 'business ethics' to a group of Bachelors of Business Administration (BBA) students at North South University. As I opened the talk I posed the question whether based on our day-to-day experience the phrase is a contradiction in terms. Of course with the Arthur Andersens, Enrons, Parmalats, and Bdfoods of the world fresh in our memory, it is hard to imagine that businesses can be anything but self-serving amoral institutions devoted to mindless profiteering.
Oil prices jumped higher Friday on renewed jitters over Iran's disputed nuclear program, as Israel's deputy Prime Minister, Shaul Mofaz, said Tehran was playing for time.
The three-day long Youth Brand Fair 2008 that began on Thursday ended at the city's Bashundhara Expo Centre yesterday with high response from the visitors, said a press release.
Standard Bank Limited approved 12 percent dividend for its shareholders for the year 2007.
Shares in building materials and cement group Lafarge fell heavily on Friday on a slip in first-half profits that came despite strong business activity in emerging markets.
The US unemployment rate hit a four-year high in July as employers shed jobs for a seventh straight month amid economic uncertainty, a Labor Department survey showed Friday.
Brazilian aircraft maker Embraer said Friday it plans to become the world leader in executive jets within the next decade by investing heavily to get a bigger slice of the rapidly expanding market.
The German luxury car maker BMW joined rival Daimler on Friday in warning it would miss its 2008 targets, a sign that high-end manufacturers have been caught by the international financial crisis.
The Total oil group raised its adjusted first-half net profit by 15 percent to 6.977 billion euros on high oil prices, but warned on Friday that world oil production capacity remained tight.
July 27-July 31, 2008
Local FX Market
This week, there was ample liquidity in the local market, and US dollar remained almost unchanged against the Bangladesh Taka. The demand for dollar was steady.
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday said all kinds of relationships, including political, social, cultural, economic and diplomatic ones, and cooperation between Bangladesh and India will have to be built up even for the own benefits and interests of Bangladesh.
Inspector General of Police Nur Mohammad yesterday stressed the need for promulgating and implementing the Bangladesh Police Ordinance 2007 to remove the gap between people and police and enable the law enforcers to become friends of people instead of a source of panic.
Abject poverty had forced Fatema Begum of Kapasia to stop her study after she passed SSC examinations in 1993 but could not take away the thirst for knowledge from her.
Jute Traders' Association threatened to stop supply jute to the state owned jute mills if arrears are not paid by August 7.
UBINIG and Odhikar yesterday protested a proposed convention to form unified agriculture system (UAS) for Saarc countries which is at the final stage of being signed by the heads of state and government during the ongoing 15th Saarc summit, apprehending that UAS would destroy indigenous varieties of paddies in our country and create dependency on commercial seeds of multinational companies.
BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain yesterday said his party is ready to sit with the caretaker government if it agrees to hold talks over the release of their party Chairperson Khaleda Zia.
Launching campaign for Jatiya Party (JP) candidates for upazila parishad elections, JP Chairman HM Ershad yesterday said now there is no bar for candidates to using their party affiliations following a recent High Court ruling.
The Power Cell completed the evaluation of technical bid for 450 MW Bibiyana power plant, which was submitted by the lone bidder Powertek Berhad of Malaysia.
A Boeing 747-300 aircraft of Biman Bangladesh Airlines Ltd suffered technical glitches on Friday at the Dubai International Airport a day after it faced similar trouble in Jeddah.
A total of 30,000 biogas plants have so far been installed in rural areas in the country as an alternative source of energy to reduce the use of firewood.
Speaker Jamir Uddin Sircar yesterday said the existence of the country will be at stake if the parliament election is not held by December.
A sexagenarian woman was hacked to death allegedly by her mentally disordered son while an unidentified person was shot dead in the city last night.
To mark the August 15 as National Mourning Day, a citizens' committee has been formed in the city yesterday.
At least four people were killed and 10 others including six policemen injured in separate road accidents in the city, Brahmanbaria and Narsingdi in last two days.
Santal Students' Union (SASU) in Rajshahi, an organisation for indigenous students, at a discussion called on the caretaker government to increase quota of indigenous students at all educational institutions, including the university.
With the view to curbing the traffic harassment and diabolical jam in the city, the traffic department of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) yesterday started a new traffic management system under its innovative 'traffic guidelines'.
Goods and machinery worth around Tk 3 crore were gutted in a fire at a textile mill in the port city yesterday.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members arrested two people with 11 fake banknotes of Tk 500 denomination at Daulatganj Bazar in Laksam on Friday.
A man was trampled to death and two others were injured by a wild elephant at Headmanpara in Lama upazila early yesterday.
Today is the 68th birth anniversary of Bazlur Rahman, a prominent journalist and the late editor of the daily Sangbad, says a press release.
Jamaluddin Tipu, a young staffer at National University, has been suffering from deadly aplastic anemia, says a press release.
Dhaka University students staged a daylong token hunger strike in front of the vice chancellor's (VC) office on the campus yesterday demanding immediate release of BCL general secretary Mahfuzul Haider Chowdhury Roton.
Khulna bound BIWTC streamer PS Masud from Dhaka is stranded on turbulent Meghna waters at Katakhali, about 10 kilometres south of Chandpur town following a mechanical breakdown, BIWTC Manager at Chandpur Mohammad Zahir told this correspondent at about 8 last night.
Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) president Oli Ahmed yesterday demanded holding of parliament election before upazila election to establish democracy.
Awami League Advisory Committee member AMA Muhith yesterday said several provisions in the rule for the city corporation polls are misguiding, impractical and inconsistent.
The probe body formed to investigate the Monday night's assault on a teacher at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Hall of Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) yesterday submitted report to BAU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Md Akhtar Hossain, suggesting action against the culprits.
Five suspected child traffickers were arrested in Patuakhali and Barguna districts in seven days.
The district administration yesterday sent the dumb women, kept in the safe custody in Khagrachhari district jail from August 20 last year, to the safe home for women and children at Farhadabad in Chittagong.
A three-member probe committee of University Grants Commission (UGC) today begins probe into alleged irregularities and corruption in recruitment at Rajshahi University (RU) between 2005 and 2008.
Once our country was noted for its lush greenery. People from all over the world would call this country the “daughter of nature”. But the matter of great regret is that over the years our country has lost its beauty. For example now if we go to Madhupur we will see that most of those Sal trees of this area have been demolished. Only a few Sal trees can be seen in the Madhupur forests. The same appalling situation can be seen in the CHT and in the greater Sylhet district. Unlawful encroachment, illicit trade in forest-produce, incompatible use of forest land, lack of conservation initiatives to protect the flora and fauna, increased salinity, lack of accountability of the forest officials, absence of people's involvement in forest managementall these are the main reasons behind deforestation. This deforestation has severely affected our economic and ecological stability, forest dwellers and wildlife. We know well that a country needs 25% forest on its total land mass. But we have only 8% or 9% forests. So from this we can easily realise that very soon our country will turn into a desert, unless we, the citizens, do something to protect our forests.
The lead news in The Daily Star internet edition is that "5500 local and international observers to monitor polls". There might be lot of people in Bangladesh who would be delighted to see the news and at the same time disagree with my opinion on the question of observers monitoring the elections in Bangladesh. Firstly, I am totally against any foreign or local observer doing the work: and, secondly, I find it disgraceful to the nation. These events have so far successfully managed to demonise the role and authority of the Election Commission and grown as "orchid " bodies to deter the growth of the EC as an independent and neutral institution, fully capable of conducting and monitoring the entire electoral process.
It is a sheer disappointment to see the water logging of Dhaka city after rain. It makes me wonder whether our engineers are aware of the fact that one of the most important design considerations of road construction is drainage. This is needed to remove water efficiently from the surface of the roads to provide a safe passage for all vehicles and pedestrians. Drainage of rainwater minimizes road maintenance cost and hence maximizes the operational lifetime of the roads. It is a simple math.
I very much enjoyed the article by Abdul Bayes, Professor of Economics at Jahangirnagar University, on poverty traps. We in the United States are watching the middle class consumers dropping into the poverty ranks. Americans are losing their homes and their jobs and the situation is becoming most unpleasant.
I have been living in Pallabi for the last 7 years. It is my finding that missing child is a serious problem in Mirpur & Pallabi areas. It is for your information that on an average I have heard mike announcements for missing child every week in the last seven years.
The government is holding the upazila elections before parliamentary elections. It is one of the good initiatives by the military backed caretaker government. But the political parties have opposed the plan. Their attitude is undemocratic. The local government is constitutionally non-partisan.
One of your writers stated that it was not befitting for a party founded by a valiant freedom fighter like Ziaur Rahman to include Jamaat in its folds.
After so-called 1/11, this government has taken different initiatives to reform some statutory bodies. EC, ACC, PSC, UGC etc. The motivation behind this venture was to strengthen the bodies, so that they can introduce and implement the rules for the welfare of mass people. We became very optimistic over their verbose expressions. They have arranged so many discussions, seminars, dialogues, campaigns or even finally 'Road show' to form public opinion in favour of them. But what is going on in their 'test case'? In city corporation & municipality elections, are they being successful? The answer is 'no'. Absolutely not.
"To kill the devil you need an evil, I want to be the one"...this is what came out of the mouth of the renowned terrorist Khondokar Tanvir Islam (Joy). Most interestingly, while he was released from jail on bail and taking treatment from a Calcutta hospital under police surveillance, he spoke freely to the local media about some ground realities. There are a group of people namely opportunist groups of politicians, who are part of our society, same are a big group of bureaucrats and religion based fundamentalists, looting the country for long time...Joy wants to expose these groups of people. I think our government should welcome his return and facilitate his activity, so that he is able to perform those noble duties which the government could not!
It is an unpleasant truth that the Muslims in this subcontinent (and in the Middle East as well) are generally 'taught' to hate the Jews. Dr. Syed Ashraf Ali, the renowned Islamic thinker, is perhaps the only Islamic scholar in the subcontinent who over and again reminds the Muslims that the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sm) always considered Islam to be the only Deen chosen by Allah, but he never hated the Jews or the Christians. Dr. Ali has cited a historic incident in numerous television discourses and write-ups. When a bier carrying a Jew's corpse was passing by, the Holy Prophet of Islam (Sm) stood up to show respect. He also urged his disciples to do the same.
Bangladesh is a plain land of alluvial soil. We have canals and water reservoirs ( on the sides of roads and railway) owned by the govt. These water bodies/reservoirs can be developed to a high potential water resource for agricultural irrigation in dry season, fisheries etc. It will also contribute to environmental development to a great extent.
Going through a daily newspaper on 02-07-08, I learned that the education ministry had asked the principals of established colleges at Dhaka to open second shift in their respective colleges, so that they can accommodate the surplus students who will not be able to take admission in those colleges for want of seats, though they have got A+ in the public exam. The chairman of the Dhaka Board has also urged them to introduce second shift. I disagree with them in this regard. At the same time I would like to request the government to turn the colleges at upazila headquarters into Model College.
Under Tarique Zia's rule (2001-2006), there were illegal promotions/ postings and most undue favours.
An ad appeared in your daily that Biman needed an MD to be recruited. This is for the first time that open invitation to fill in the post has been made. Traditionally appointment to the post used to be made by the government mostly by selecting a civil or military bureaucrat without any aviation background, airline operation knowledge and experience in business affairs. They ran Biman like a government office and naturally cut sorry figures. A cost accountant and an Infantry officer were the MD for a good number of years. Efficiency and commercial considerations were sacrificed at the altar of favouritism.
Finally, the City Corporation is pleased to remove the historical environment polluting garbage container stationed at the entry point of College Gate on Mirpur road about which this correspondent and all the SAU reporters of different newspapers wrote a lot!
BOESL Managing Director in an interview with a TV channel last week said that only 1 to 2 percent or ten to twelve thousand Bangladeshi workers are suffering abroad. And he termed it insignificant.
I have read Ms Angela Robinson's letter on the above subject wherein she made an assessment on the significance of or the urgent need for extra training for the teachers of English and some practical obstacles thereof. I am not fully certain if her objectives were only for the teachers of English medium schools. I support the idea of grounding or exercise of instruction for all who are concerned.
All the political parties may be invited to submit their party constitution along with written plans highlighting how they will be facing the following challenges:
Warning that terrorism has emerged as the "single biggest threat" to stability, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday asked Saarc countries to jointly battle the "ideologies of hatred" and those seeking to destroy their social fabric.
India's relations with Pakistan have hit their lowest point in years, India's foreign secretary said Friday, amid tensions over an attack on the Indian embassy in Kabul and clashes between the two sides in the disputed Kashmir region.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Friday that his country will use force against its "enemies" to defend its nuclear drive, state television reported.
A suspected rebel bomb struck a minibus carrying a newly married couple in southern Afghanistan yesterday, killing the bride and groom and 11 wedding guests, police said.
South Asian leaders opened a summit in Colombo Saturday focusing on spurring regional economic cooperation as raised tensions between India and Pakistan dampened hopes for any big progress.
Three Palestinians were killed and dozens hurt in running street battles yesterday between militants of the rival Islamist Hamas and Fatah movements in Gaza City, prompting Israel to sound an alert.
Even if India finalises the nuclear safeguards agreement with IAEA , experts say the Indo-US nuclear deal may still fail to reach the US Congress for a vote.
At least six policemen were killed Saturday when a remote-controlled bomb exploded near their vehicle in northwestern Pakistan's troubled Swat valley, security officials said.
Pakistan's military said yesterday it had no information on a US media report that al-Qaeda's deputy leader Ayman al-Zawahiri may have been wounded or killed in a missile strike.
Indian soldiers were patrolling the streets in two districts of Kashmir yesterday after protesters clashed with police in a row over transfer of land in the Muslim region to Hindus.
The trial of Osama bin Laden's former driver, Salim Hamdan, before a special US military tribunal in Guantanamo will enter its final phase next week, US officials said on Friday.
Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Uma Bharti was detained on Saturday in the trouble-torn Jammu region while Sadivi Ritambhara was sent back, official sources said.
Afghanistan has this year recorded 13 new cases of polio, which is only endemic in three other countries worldwide, the health minister said yesterday.
The US military said Saturday it has released more than 10,000 detainees in Iraq so far this year more than in all of 2007 as it continues to try phase out its running of Iraqi prisons.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad arrived in Tehran yesterday to discuss the Islamic republic's nuclear issue as well as matters of mutual interest.
Under-pressure Thai premier Samak Sundaravej revealed his reshuffled cabinet Saturday in the wake of a series of damaging legal defeats and resignations for his battered six-month-old government.
Russian marriage offices have seen a surge of applications to wed this coming Friday due to the supposedly lucky character of the date: 08.08.08, officials and local media said.
Arts & Entertainment
It was a huge gathering of film directors, actors, behind the screen workers, producers, distributors, researchers and cine journalists at Bangladesh Film Development Corporation (BFDC) premises yesterday. Persons involved with film industry enthusiastically participated in the daylong Cinema Fair '08, the first of its kind in the country.
Maksuda Iqbal Nipa, who has recently returned from Japan, having done her Masters there, is having an exhibition of her 24 oil paintings at Bengal Gallery. Nipa says that nature and her environment in Japan influenced her recent work, much of which she did in Japan, during her stay there. It is the autumnal red of the cherry leaves, for instance that is the basis of many of her colours. Land forms and natural objects comprise her paintings as do a lot of abstract paintings.
A two-day anti-corruption campaign concluded on Rajshahi University (RU) campus on July 31. On the occasion, an anti-corruption cartoon exhibition was held on the opening day of the campaign.
Sundarban Nandini, a cultural organisation, arranged a meeting recently in memory of poet Samudra Gupta. The function was held at Satkhira Unnayan Kendra in the town, with poet Saleha Akhtar in the chair.
ATN Bangla will telecast the 10th episode of drama serial Shoa Paanch Arai Lane tonight at 8:00 pm.
People magazine has secured the US rights to the first photographs of Hollywood film stars Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's newborn twins.
WE are passing through yet another critical juncture of our history, where we must rise as a nation as we did in 1971, but this time, to stamp out corruption from the body politic of this country. It is the corruption of our political and social elites, the high and the mighty in the different strata of our society, which has made our country one of the poorest of the poor in the world. If we cannot combat this level of corruption effectively, no grandiose plan for poverty alleviation, no infusion of massive external aid and no elected government will be able to lift us from this abyss of poverty and make us the proud nation that we all want our Bangladesh to become.
TERRORISTS have struck again in India. But this time it is in Gujarat, a state that had seen one of the worst communal carnages only a few years before. The Indian government has taken timely measures to prevent any communal reprisal because, as in many similar cases before, the suspected perpetrators are some Muslim fringe groups. And every time such accusations take place, Muslims in general take cover since they could become the targets of mob fury.
MANMOHAN Singh's four-year term in office has been resurrected in the last few months of its existence. When his government this week defeated a no-confidence motion in parliament instigated by his former coalition partners, the communists, Indian television stations used a popular Bollywood song, "Singh Is King," as a backdrop.
I have a friend who has a bracelet on his wrist. It says WWJD and reminds him that he should never make a decision without asking himself: "What Would Jesus Do?"
Idris Ali never returns home from work without a pack of sweets. If it is amirti today, it would be balushahi or maoar laddu the next day.
There is much debate about the oldest sweet shop in Dhaka.
When the few hundreds of thousands of subscribers to the city's electricity supply authority received their electricity bill for the month of June, they may have noticed some major differences on the invoice.
The road at 47/3/D Saatnagar, Jigatola, left, is flooded with dirty water as its sewerage line is blocked with garbage. Besides, tannery effluents from nearby Hazaribagh mix with the water to make it stinky. Most pedestrians have to hire a rickshaw or a rickshaw-van to avoid dirt. In spite of informing the authorities several times no measures have been taken to fix the situation till now. The picture at right shows a road lies just 100 metres away from ward commissioner's office at Ward 27 near the busy Madartek Bazar. The road is riddled with stray pieces or uneven bricks for months. But the authorities turn a blind eye to the sufferings of the people.