News of: Tuesday, 30th of September, 2008
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The High Court (HC) yesterday rejected a bail petition filed by Awami League President Sheikh Hasina in an extortion case filed by businessman Noor Ali.
A High Court (HC) bench yesterday dropped from its cause list a writ petition challenging the Election Commission's (EC) re-demarcation of the parliamentary constituencies.
The new code of conduct for parliamentary polls officially took effect on September 18, but Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) ATM Shamsul Huda yesterday said the Election Commission (EC) is unable to enforce the rules mainly due to non-registration of the political parties.
Traces of melamine have been found in the Chinese baby formula Yashili 2 that was earlier found available in markets in some parts of the country.
Average bulk power tariff has been increased by 16 percent to Tk 2.37 per kilowatt, to be effective from tomorrow, which is Tk 2.04 right now.
The Appellate and High Court (HC) divisions of Supreme Court (SC) have been without adequate judges as two judge's posts at Appellate Division have remained vacant since July 2 and no new judge was appointed to the HC in more than four years.
Eid-ul-Fitr, the biggest religious festival of the Muslims, will be celebrated across the country tomorrow if the Shawal moon is sighted today.
Awami League (AL) yesterday expressed disappointment over the High Court judgement that rejected party Chief Sheikh Hasina's bail petition in an extortion case.
Almost all tickets for journeys out of Dhaka to other districts in the country have been sold as the Eid rush reached its peak yesterday. A few tickets that remain are being sold at incredibly high prices.
The government offices will remain open today despite a daylong speculation about a holiday announcement at the secretariat yesterday.
The Awami League (AL) has not yet decided whether they will join any Eid receptions hosted by the president and the chief adviser, party leaders yesterday said.
Army chief General Moeen U Ahmed yesterday expressed the hope that the next elected government would take decision on the trial of war criminals.
An Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) investigation into the Tk 2.10 crore embezzlement case against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, her elder son Tarique Rahman and five other people has found enough evidence against the accused.
Last year Mishuk driver Mujibur Rahman Sikder had saved Tk 10,000 to spend on his family for Eid.
Ailing BNP leader Tarique Rahman may be admitted to Wellington Hospital in northwest London towards the end of this week.
A few hundred workers of Joya Garments at Kanchpur yesterday again clashed with police and barricaded Dhaka-Sylhet Highway for about two hours causing untold sufferings to people heading home for Eid holidays.
Ailing Awami League (AL) Joint General Secretary Obaidul Qader left Dhaka for New Delhi yesterday morning for better medical treatment.
At least four people including a young girl were killed in the city in separate incidents in a span of 20 hours from Sunday afternoon to early hours of yesterday.
Pakistani forces seeking to conquer a Taliban and al-Qaeda stronghold near the border with Afghanistan killed 15 insurgents in ongoing clashes, officials said yesterday.
Tamil Tigers have suffered heavy losses in a major Sri Lankan government push into their northern fiefdom, with the latest clashes leaving 30 rebels dead, the defence ministry said yesterday.
EID-ul-Fitr comes once again with its message of remembrance of the Almighty and caring for those who are less privileged than us. With the end of the holy month of Ramadan, it becomes our particular responsibility to go for self-assessment on what we have endeavoured to do during the period and what we could yet have done to bind our spirit with the higher calling of faith. Ramadan is a testing time for all Muslims. In this month, it is questions of how we have fared as a society, of how the gap between rich and poor keeps us pinioned to disappointment that we deal with. Ramadan is also a reminder that Islam is a religion of peace and abjures all forms of extremism. Exploitation of faith for the purpose of attaining ulterior motives is an idea abhorrent to Islam. Ramadan is also a message about the higher moral quality we need to bring to life and a necessary lesson that life lived on earth is but a preparation for the world hereafter.
THE BNP's demand for withdrawal of the Representation of the People Order (Amendment) 2008, and its apparent backpedaling on its position on the next general election, has come as a shock to us. The initial signs and signals, particularly after Begum Khaleda Zia's release, appeared to be rather positive as the party looked settled, though not without some visible quirks, on the course that all other political parties have agreed toa return to democratic order by the year-end. But the BNP's latest stance is intransigent and obstructive enough, putting a spanner in the works.
AN awful lot has been deliberated on and tons of papers have been photocopied in our never-ending search for the perfect strategy for poverty reduction. If you keep your eyes and ears open you will notice that it has become the fashionable subject to discuss during high-profile lunch and dinner where local and foreign elite try to discover the line that differentiates between poverty and non-poverty. In such discussions, the poor are merely percentages...60 percent...40 percent...and so on.
A lot of articles have appeared in the newspapers recently on the proposed face- to-face dialogue between the two former prime ministers. Some writers and politicians doubt whether any fruitful outcome would emanate from their talks.
INDIA is witnessing an increase in the incidence of both anti-minority violence and terrorism. Christians are under attack in Orissa, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, and even Kerala, long held up as a model of pluralism.
Things are all set for the New Zealand cricket team to make a quiet arrival in the capital tonight as a long holiday starts from today to celebrate the Eid-ul-Fitr.
Former national captain Khaled Mashud has observed that the selectors created the majority of problems for the players in Bangladesh cricket as they are not transparent enough in their work.
The Indian Cricket League (ICL) has further strengthened its players base, roping in four overseas and a domestic cricketer for its new season starting October 10.
Sachin Tendulkar has said the India-Australia series is about more than just how the Indian seniors play. "It's India versus Australia, it's not certain individuals versus certain individuals in their team," he said, responding to a question whether the seniors were under extra pressure, especially after Sourav Ganguly was not picked for the Irani Cup.
Ronaldinho scored his first goal in Italian football to give AC Milan a vital 1-0 victory over Inter Milan in a pulsating city derby at the San Siro on Sunday.
Top batsman Sachin Tendulkar on Monday played down security concerns for the Test series against Australia, saying cricketers will never be targeted in India.
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has arranged a friendly match on the Eid Day at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.
Manchester City manager Mark Hughes took out his frustrations on referee Steve Bennett after his side crashed to a 2-1 defeat at Wigan.
AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti has called for calm following his team's 1-0 victory over cross-city rivals Inter in Serie A action on the weekend.
David Villa's hot streak in front of goal continued with two goals as Valencia returned to the top of the Spanish first division after a 4-2 home win over Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday.
Everton manager David Moyes admits his failure to sign a new contract could have played a part in his side's disappointing start to the season.
One of Silvio Berlusconi's players at AC Milan has declared he is a fascist. Christian Abbiati, 31, an Italian international, said: "I am not ashamed to proclaim my political beliefs. I share [the] ideals of fascism, such as the fatherland and the values of the Catholic religion."
Espanyol plans to make an official protest over the "anti-sporting" behaviour of some Barcelona players during incidents in the derby match at the weekend.
Adam Gilchrist, the former Australian wicketkeeper-batsman, has been appointed captain of the Deccan Chargers, replacing VVS Laxman, who led the team during the inaugural season of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Owais Shah and Graeme Swann have been named in England's 15-man squad for the forthcoming two-Test tour of India.
Sunil Gavaskar believes India and Australia are risking overkill by scheduling too many series with not enough time in between. Australia won the Border-Gavaskar Trophy at home in January and nine months on, the prize will be up for grabs again in a four-Test series in India.
Leg-spinner Bryce McGain and off-spinner Jason Krejza will be competing for the specialist spinners' spot in Australia's line-up after coach Tim Nielsen indicated they are likely to field three fast bowlers and a spinner for the Tests.
Serbia's Jelena Jankovic, fresh off her win at the China Open, says she is determined to finish the year as the WTA's top player and is eyeing Grand Slam glory next season.
VVS Laxman has said India will need to seize every opportunity to win the upcoming home Test series against Australia. "I think you should grab the opportunities and not lose them," he told the Indian news channel CNN-IBN on Monday.
South Australia have denied reports in the weekend's newspapers that Michael Vaughan will look to them to provide him with a chance to regain his place in the England side.
Andrew Symonds has been handed extra responsibility as he aims to work his way back to international cricket, having been named captain of Queensland for a Twenty20 match against the Kolkata Knight Riders. Symonds will be handed the reins for a game in Brisbane on Tuesday even though the Bulls' full-time leader Chris Simpson will also play.
Lance Armstrong's cycling comeback is in doubt because of a technicality over anti-doping re-entry rules.
Guesthouses and hotels in tourist spots have almost been booked out due to pressure from local tourists seeking to spend long Eid holidays with their loved ones.
The telecom regulator yesterday allocated 17.5 MHz additional spectrum to three top mobile operators at a cost of Tk 80 crore per MHz.
Customers will be able to take balance confirmation certificates from banks for free twice a year, according to a decision of Bangladesh Bank (BB).
Finance and Planning Adviser Dr Mirza Azizul Islam yesterday said the country's economy, having no major stress at present, is unlikely to be affected largely due to the near recession in the United States and elsewhere.
The government yesterday took a move to amend the breast milk substitute regulation of marketing ordinance to prevent sales of health hazardous contaminated milk in the local market.
A 700-billion-dollar deal to save the US economy awaited approval Monday but the global crisis swept on regardless, hitting European banks, slamming stocks and freezing money markets.
Mobin Frough's eyes are red and bleary.
Bangladesh Standard and Testing Institution (BSTI) is set to kick off a special drive across the country to check the sales of adulterated food and other commodities that caused serious public health concern.
Citigroup yesterday agreed to a takeover of Wachovia Bank in a deal backed by regulators and which gives the government a stake in one of the nation's biggest banks.
Asian stocks tumbled Monday despite a deal being reached in Washington on a massive bailout plan for the US finance market and as the global credit crisis spread to Europe.
With the improvement in technology, India's small and medium enterprises' contribution to the GDP of the country is likely to go up by at least 5 per cent and touch 22 per cent by 2012, a study by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Assocham) has said.
Foreign investors have ejected US$540 million from the Pakistani stock market in only three months from July to September amid prolonged political uncertainty, burgeoning insecurity in the tribal belt of the country coupled with global and local economic slowdown.
Oil prices sank on Monday amid persistent worries about long-term global energy demand, as traders feared that the tentative US bailout deal would fail to boost slowing global economic growth.
The dollar shot up against the euro and also rose versus the yen on Monday as US lawmakers prepared to vote on whether to rubber-stamp a 700-billion-dollar bailout of stricken Wall Street banks.
The German public bank KfW said Monday it had fired two directors who were suspended after the bank transferred more than 300 million euros (434 million dollars) to Lehman Brothers after it filed for bankruptcy.
Japan will likely avoid a deep slump from the global credit crisis but faces "considerable uncertainty" and downside risks to growth, a top central bank official said Monday.
Japanese supermarket chain Seiyu, a subsidiary of US retail giant Wal-Mart Stores, said Monday it will close 20 stores in a bid to turn a profit after six straight annual losses.
Vietnam's economy grew 6.5 percent in the first nine months of the year, lower than its target rate but still "encouraging" in the "context of a deteriorating world economy", the government said Monday.
Fahima Begum, a mother of five-month-old boy, managed to save her child from a knife attack but could not protect herself. The attacker is none other than her husband who swooped on them failing to get dowry from his in-laws' house.
Expressing doubt over the holding of a long-desired upazila election under the next political government, leaders of Jatiya Samajtantric Dal (JSD) yesterday called for holding the same under the caretaker government (CG) on December 24 and 28 as announced by the Election Commission (EC).
Different organisations yesterday slated the police attack on the programme organised by the National Committee for Protection of Oil-Gas-Mineral Resources and Power-Port in the city to protest the government initiative for leasing out nine offshore blocks to foreign companies.
About 15 people, including five Ansar men, were injured in a clash between them and the security guards of Foy's Lake Amusement Park in the port city in the early hours of yesterday.
The British High Commission, in conjunction with the Bangladesh Police, completed a four-week programme aimed at improving the selection and pre-deployment training of Bangladesh police for UN missions overseas.
Although a large number of last-minute Eid shoppers are cramming into markets, the festivity could not touch the poverty-striken people of the northern region of the country.
Four people were killed and 28 others injured in separate road accidents in Chittagong, Gaibandha and Brahmanbaria yesterday.
Speakers at an orientation programme have called for raising greater awareness about the Right to Information (RTI) Ordinance so that the people can benefit from it.
Commodore ASMA Awal, ndc, psc, BN was promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral yesterday, says an ISPR press release.
Muggers took away Tk 1.05 lakh from a businessman at Jamal Khan intersection in the port city yesterday.
French embassy here introduces biometry (by fingerprints) to deliver visas for Bangladeshi visa seekers from October 6.
Different political parties, political leaders and religious bodies conveyed greetings to the countrymen for Eid-ul-Fitr.
The Old Faujians Association, the organisation of old cadets of Faujdarhat Cadet College, will hold a convention shortly, says a press release.
The unsuccessful candidates of the 27th BCS examinations yesterday submitted a memorandum to the education adviser to realise their six-point demand including immediate removal of PSC Chairman Dr Saadat Hussain.
Darul Ihsan University Vice-Chancellor Prof Syed Ali Naki passed away at Square Hospital in the city on Sunday at the age of 67, says a press release.
The admission test for the first year students at Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (Ruet) will be held on November 24, says a press release.
Aman paddy fields in five northern districts have been affected by massive pest attack, creating apprehension among farmers and agriculture officials about attaining the production target.
Leaders of National Oil, Gas, Power Mineral Resources and Port Protection Committee yesterday held protest meetings and formed human chains indifferent districts opposing leasing of offshore oil and gas blocks to the multi-national companies, our correspondent reported.
The Election Commission yesterday sent show-cause notices on 20 councillor candidates in Sylhet City Corporation (SCC) polls for failing to submit statements on their election expenses even two weeks after the deadline.
At least seven villages in Gabura union adjacent to the Sundarbans in Shyamnagar upazila submerged on Sunday night as water entered the area following collapse of an embankment for the third time at Khalshibunia point on Kabodak River due to violent tide.
Most of the rooms of hotels and motels in Kuakata are already booked by tourists, showing a sign of a good number of tourists' arrival at the scenic tourist spot during the Eid vacation.
Body of a BNP leader was recovered from Chatrar Beeil in Ataikula in the district yesterday.
A magistrate's court here yesterday sent the mayor of Birampur Pourosabha in Dinajpur district, Md Hossain Ali, to jail on his appearance before court, court sources said.
Mohammad Ali, a former Jatiya Party MP from Rangpur-2 constituency, was sued yesterday for 'forgery'. Kazi Para Women's Model Technical College Principal Mohammad Anisul Haque lodged the case with Rangpur Chief Judicial Magistrate's Court.
Energy and Mineral Resources Secretary Mohammad Mohsin yesterday issued a rejoinder to a report published in The daily Star on page 15 on September 29.
UN nuclear watchdog chief Mohamed ElBaradei urged Iran yesterday to come clean on its contested atomic drive and North Korea not to resume its own nuclear activities as international disarmament talks founder.
Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari said in an interview broadcast Sunday that Islamabad's military is capable of quelling militant elements on its border with Afghanistan, and again urged the US military against launching incursions into its territory.
Five Lebanese soldiers were killed yesterday in a car bomb blast targeting an army bus on the outskirts of the restive northern city of Tripoli, security and military officials said.
Most people across the world believe the US-led "war on terror" has failed to weaken al-Qaeda and many think the group has actually grown stronger, a BBC World Service poll revealed yesterday.
A group of European tourists and their Egyptian guides who were kidnapped by armed bandits in a remote desert 10 days ago have been freed unharmed, officials said yesterday.
Indian and French leaders vowed yesterday to boost nuclear energy cooperation at an annual summit on EU-India ties dominated by trade, global warming and the world financial crisis.
India will buy 347 T-90 tanks from Russia and manufacture another 1,000 tanks under transfer of technology as the two countries yesterday gave a major boost to bilateral defence cooperation by extending the tenure of the Inter-Governmental Commission on Military Technical Cooperation by 10 more years on the expiry of its present term in 2010.
Pakistan and India are close to concluding an agreement on the Sir Creek maritime boundary dispute, which has been hanging fire for decades, with all issues having been resolved, former Foreign Minister Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri has said.
Nepal's new Maoist government has taken over the task of selecting a girl to be a "living goddess," ousting royal priests from a role they fulfilled for centuries.
Arts & Entertainment
With an end to Ramadan and the onset of Eid, it's time to unwind in front of the small screen. All the Bangla channels are offering a surfeit of entertainment ranging from special TV plays, telefilms, musical shows to variety programmes. Whatever the medium, there's likely to be something for everyone. A rundown of the Eid-special programmes on different channels:
EID" in Arabic means "joy" and fitr means "return to normalcy." Eid-ul-Fitr in is celebrated in the Muslim world as a day of joy and happiness, fun and frolic, pleasure and gaiety. But it was an Eid-ul-Fitr and yet the great Caliph Omar bin Khattab (RA) -- the man whose "walking stick," in the words of Emerson, "struck more terror into those who saw it than another man's sword," -- was weeping and trembling like a lamb ready for slaughter.
A spectre is now haunting Bangladesh. Politico-economic uncertainty stalks the nation. A non- political interim government presides while politics becomes increasingly fluid. Constitutionally described as a caretaker government, it is one with a difference. The like of such a caretaker government has not been seen since its formal inception in 1996 or its informal beginning in 1990.
AFTER observing siam in the holy month of Ramadan, when the moment the Shawal crescent is sighted in the sky, the people become joyous at the advent of Eid. Why is this great religious festival of the Muslims called "Eid-ul-Fitr?" The reason is not far to seek. It is obligatory on the part of every well-to-do Muslim to pay an amount of money, called "Fitra," equivalent to the cost of about 2 kg. of wheat, to an indigent person living in his neighbourhood, because it will enable him to also celebrate Eid properly. We must remember that Islam is a scientific religion. Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (peace be upon him) very much desired that the message of universal brotherhood should be discernible in the Islamic way of life. Besides, it would be certainly worthwhile to recall here what Almighty Allah has declared in Sura (Chapter) Maun, or neighbourly needs, of the Qur-an: