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News of: Sunday, 5th of October, 2008
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The knitwear sector recorded a sharp exports growth fetching $640.50 million in July, an 84.72 percent rise over the corresponding period of last year, while the total export grew by 71.01 percent.
Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed has said the caretaker government wants to continue with the state of emergency until the general elections to "retain control" over the old problems of money and muscle power during polls.
Awami League (AL) will formally start election preparations next week by finalising draft election manifesto, proposing amendments to the party constitution to get registered with the Election Commission and holding talks with components of the 14-party combine led by it.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Tuesday approved submission of charge sheet against former premier and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, 10 ex-ministers of her cabinet and five others in the Barapukuria coalmine case.
The hustle and bustle of Dhaka came down for a few days relieving the city of nagging traffic congestion and persisting load-shedding following Eid vacation and exodus of a huge number of residents.
At least eight people, including three women, were murdered in the capital in the last five days.
At least 36 people including a Rab member were killed and about 200 others injured in road and launch accidents across the country in the last five days.
Supporters of reformist and pro-Khaleda faction of BNP engaged in a clash Friday at Gauranadi in Barisal that left at least 35 people including a policeman and a journalist injured.
The 10 Hizb ut-Tahrir leaders and activists arrested on September 18 were released from Rajshahi Central Jail Tuesday night.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia Thursday called for efforts across the board in order to restore democracy in the country.
The Election Commission (EC) will publish on October 12 a draft list of around 34,000 polling stations across the country prepared for the upcoming parliamentary elections for public inspection to make it acceptable to all.
The holy Eid-ul-Fitr, one of the biggest religious festivals of the Muslims, was celebrated across the country on Thursday, marking the end of a month-long fasting.
The five-day long Durga Puja, the largest religious festival of HinduSbegins today through the Mahashashthi puja.
Suspected US missiles hit buildings in two Pakistani villages close to the Afghan border, killing 20 people, most of them alleged militants, officials said yesterday.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has recommended tight monetary policy to check soaring inflation, which it says poses a major challenge to the economy in Bangladesh.
After two weeks of anguishing debate, Congress has passed and President Bush signed a massive plan to save the financial industry and the economy at large from an unthinkable free fall. Now, the world holds its breath, seeing if it will work.
Army chief General Moeen U Ahmed on Thursday expressed the hope that the country would get good leadership next January that will steer the nation in the right direction.
Dhaka Power Distribution Company (DPDC), Dhaka Electric Supply Company (Desco) and other power distribution companies will urge Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BTRC) to raise power tariff at retail level to cope with the increased tariff at bulk level.
The High Court (HC) will hear tomorrow two petitions filed by Awami League President Sheikh Hasina, now abroad on parole, seeking bail in the Niko and barge-mounted power plant corruption cases against her.
The US Senate has endorsed a landmark US-India nuclear agreement, removing the final legislative hurdle for resumption of civilian nuclear trade between the two countries after three decades.
Two suspected criminals including an outlawed party leader were killed in the capital city and Ataikula upazila of Pabna in separate encounters between the thugs and the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) early yesterday.
Three Bangladeshi workers were killed in a fire at a sofa factory in Saudi Arabia on September 29.
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) shot a Bangladeshi dead at Gede border point in Chuadanga on Thursday.
The Daily Star does not carry Star Business today as the Eid vacation has slowed business activities. We will catch up on coverage in our next edition tomorrow.
THE near deserted look of the capital city certainly conveys a sense of placidity in what is normally a life of hectic activity for us. Realistically speaking, though, this is a welcome lull which will soon be overtaken by the normality we are so accustomed to. But the sheer delight of inhaling fresher air, because of the holidays, should enthuse us into a new realisation of how important it is for us to have a cleaner environment to live and work in.
A private testing laboratory named Plasma Plus confirming the presence of melamine in a sample of Chinese brand baby milk products available in the market, the government testing institute acronymed BSTI and the Department of Chemistry, Dhaka University, are set to mount a wider surveillance on imported baby food. Although the government has imposed ban on sale of three brands of powder milk for the health hazards they pose, many more milk products are suspect, according to knowledgeable circles.
TWO hundred and forty thousand transparent ballot boxes required for the forthcoming polls have started arriving. The first shipment of many is already here. The Election Commission apparently ordered them about six months ago and our development partners stepped in to finance the import.
PAKISTAN-American relations are more important than any other story, except Pakistan economy's straits. President Asif Ali Zardari went to New York supposedly to impress upon the American president that the US should not take unilateral military action on Pakistan territory because of its supposed right of hot pursuit. The outcome is known.
THERE is perhaps no universally recognised definition of democracy, but it generally means 'government of the people by the people for the people' and a system which is governed by the rule of law where all citizens irrespective of caste, creed and colour have access to government and all citizens enjoy freedom and liberties. The government is accountable to people and transparent in governing the country. Where freedom of political expression, freedom of speech, and freedom of press incorporated in the constitution are supposed to be strictly followed.
The Tigers got back to business yesterday after Eid holidays to prepare for the coming home series against New Zealand.
New Zealand cricket team arrived in the capital on Tuesday night to play three one-day internationals and two Tests against the Tigers.
India's former captain Sourav Ganguly has been chosen in the team for the first two Tests against visiting Australia, giving him a chance to prolong his international career that had come under cloud.
The batting team will decide when to introduce either the second or the third Powerplay during their innings, starting with the one-day series between New Zealand and Bangladesh in October. The change from the earlier scenario, in which the fielding side decided when Powerplays would be taken, is part of the ICC's new playing conditions that started taking effect from October 1.
Bangladesh Football Federation vice-president Badal Roy and member Hasanuzzaman Khan Babloo returned home from hospital after being injured in a car accident near Ashulia on the outskirts of Dhaka on October 2.
Australia captain Ricky Ponting said Tuesday his team was satisfied with security arrangements for the upcoming Test series in India following recent blasts in the country.
Mitchell Johnson proved pick of the Australian bowlers but the left-arm quick is far from happy with the little reverse swing he managed in the warm-up match against Board President's XI.
Australian selectors on Saturday picked untested Cameron White to replace injured fellow leg-spinner Bryce McGain in the squad for the upcoming series against India.
It's billed as the mother of all cricket battles, greater than the Ashes for many Australians and bigger than any Pakistan rivalry in the eyes of many Indians.
Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro continued his stunning run of form Saturday to set up a showdown against Tomas Berdych in the final of the Japan Open.
Cricket's governing body on Wednesday took pre-emptive steps to ensure the upcoming Test series between India and Australia is free from acrimony and bitterness.
Banish the thought that Australia's untested spin attack would hand India a major advantage ahead of the highly-anticipated Test series starting next week.
India coach Gary Kirsten has sought to end the debate over the future of senior players in the team and called for a collective effort to drub Australia in the upcoming Test series.
The venue for the fourth one-day international between India and England has been changed, the Indian cricket board said on Wednesday.
Rafael Benitez has warned Manchester City that their new billing as the world's richest football club will not guarantee success for manager Mark Hughes at Eastlands.
Dimitar Berbatov's first two goals for Manchester United helped secure a 3-0 win over AaB Aalborg in Champions League Group E on Tuesday, while Juventus had to fight back for a 2-2 draw at BATE Borisov in Group H.
Zubaida Belim, mother of national cricketer Javed Omar Belim, passed away on Wednesday.
Captain Michael Ballack and veteran midfielder Torsten Frings are back in Germany coach Joachim Loew's squad named Friday for the World Cup qualifiers against Russia and Wales.
Liverpool striker Fernando Torres was on Friday named in the Spanish squad for World Cup qualifiers against Estonia on October 11 and Belgium four days later.
Coach Raymond Domenech has recalled both Patrick Vieira and Franck Ribery to the French squad for the World Cup qualifier against Romania in Bucharest on October 11.
Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar has temporarily come out of international retirement to help the Netherlands in World Cup qualifiers against Iceland and Norway.
Poland's Sports Ministry demanded on Friday that FIFA drop its Monday deadline for the reinstatement of the suspended national football federation (PZPN) in a row which could see Poland serve a two-match World Cup ban.
Everton manager David Moyes said on Friday he was disappointed by the Football Association's decision to uphold Australian international Tim Cahill's three-match suspension.
Bayern Munich coach Jurgen Klinsmann insists he has no regrets about becoming boss of the German giants despite the defending Bundesliga champions making their worst league start in 31 years.
Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho, who famously described himself as the Special One during his time at Chelsea, on Friday admitted he was 'arrogant' and 'nasty.'
Indian police have arrested four people, including three Bangladeshi nationals, in connection with serial bomb blasts in Agartala on October 1.
Foreign Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury said Bangladesh is consistently playing the role of a major global peacekeeper on behalf of the United Nations, which is a source of pride for the nation.
India's Congress-led UPA government has welcomed the US Congressional nod to a landmark civilian nuclear deal between the two countries terming it a “monumental achievement” while the opposition parties dismissed the pact as a “surrender” to Washington.
Bangladesh will mobilise massive private sector funds to invest in much-needed infrastructure projects with the help of a $165 million loan being provided by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
Like previous years, the city people under the banner of 'Dhakabasi' brought out a joyous procession in the capital on Friday to mark the holy Eid-ul-Fitr.
“I couldn't even try to realise how and when the Eid days had passed”, said rickshaw puller Ariful Islam as he was sitting idle on his rickshaw near a tea stall at Kumarpara in the city with a shadow of gloom on his face yesterday afternoon.
Over 50 dwelling houses were ransacked in reprisals following the death of a villager in feuding over fishing at Dakkhin Mirzanagar village under Raipura upazila here in the early hours of yesterday.
The three UN peacekeepers -- Lance Corporal Md Jahangir Alam, Sainik Md Abdul Khalek and Sainik Md Nurmin Nurulla - were laid to rest at their respective village homes with full military honour, says an ISPR release.
Next time you light up the rolled tobacco in public places in India, be ware. A ban on smoking imposed by Indian government went into force from October 2 coinciding with the birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi.
Bangladesh Navy ship Khalid Bin Walid left Chittagong Port on October 2 for Qatar to join an international sea exercise 'Exercise Ferocious Falcon' scheduled to be held on October 11, says an ISPR release.
Vice-Chairman of the Myanmar State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) Maung Aye will pay an official visit to Bangladesh from October 7-9, officials said.
A mugger was beaten to death by a mob in the port city on Friday.
Hundreds of relatives of the prisoners thronged the gates of the Central Jail in the city on the Eid day to have a glimpse of their nearest and dearest ones creating a touching scene.
Proshika chief Qazi Faruque Ahmed is going to float a new political party in a latest move to launch political parties during the regime of the caretaker government.
A boy and his sister drowned in the river Buriganga in the capital when their boat capsized after being hit by a launch on October 1, a day before Eid.
Two suspected robbers were killed in a mass beating at Noakandi village in Monohardi upazila early yesterday.
Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad yesterday underscored the need to hold general election within the scheduled timeframe, saying that an unelected government should not stay in power for long.
Ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh Matiur Rahman Nizami has said conspiracies have been hatching for the last one and a half years to create a rift in the BNP-led four-party alliance so that it cannot come to power.
A new licence office of Bangladesh Television (BTV) was inaugurated recently, says a press release.
Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Secretary General Prof Jahanara Begum said there is no question of party President Col (retd) Oli Ahmed or any of his colleagues joining the BNP-led four-party alliance.
Four muggers were arrested in the port city yesterday while speeding away after snatching valuables from two women travelling in a rickshaw.
Bangladeshi Students' Association (BSA) in London launched a website recently to build a network among the students studying in the UK.
A teenage girl was gangraped in Khulna on Thursday.
Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral Sarwar Jahan Nizam left the city yesterday to attend the West Pacific Naval Symposium (WPNS) Seminar 2008 and Maritime Air Defence Exhibition 2008 (MADX '08) which started in South Korea on the same day, says an ISPR release.
Dr Shamsul Huda Harun, a renowned political scientist, psephologist and vice-chancellor of Royal University, passed away at the Apollo Hospitals at 2:30pm yesterday after a prolonged illness at the age of 75.
Two people were killed and two others injured in lightning at Gouripur Baro Haor in Nikli upazila yesterday.
Tobacco use and smoke from coal and wood are likely to claim tens of millions of lives in China over the next quarter-century, according to a study published online yesterday by the British journal The Lancet.
Attack of wild pigs on jhum crops in remote hilly areas in Thanchi and Ruma upazilas in Bandarban has added to the hardship of marginal and landless indigenous jhum farmers who are yet to recover from last year's 'indur banya' (massive rat invasion).
Conch collected from beaches in Patuakhali and Barguna and other southern areas is being smuggled out of the country.
Most of the front ranking leaders and former lawmakers in 23 constituencies in Barisal region were absent from their areas during the Eid vacation while six of them passed the holy day in prison.
At least 13 people including law enforcers were injured in a clash between police-BDR and Bengalee settlers at Mrishya Bazar in Baghaichhari upazila yesterday.
Police yesterday arrested four people on charge of involvement with militancy from Pabna and Gaibandha.
An employee of Bangla daily Prothom Alo was killed and two of his cousins were seriously injured by members of a neighbouring family over land dispute at Kafatia village under Manikganj Sadar upazila on Friday.
A day labourer is fighting for life at Mymensingh Medical College Hospital (MMCH) following acid attack on him by a group of money-lenders at Rasulpur village in Nandail upazila on Wednesday, police said. Day labourer Md Motiur Rahman, 35, took Tk 2,000 as loan from Krishak Samity office at his village three months ago for treatment of his ailing child. As he failed to pay interest of the loan money in last three months, the money rose to Tk 2,800.
A Tk 1,276 crore Asian Development Bank (ADB) funded project of gas pipeline installation work from Tangail to Khulna via Bheramara in Kushtia is likely to begin soon, a highly placed source of Sundarban Gas Company Limited (SGCL) here said.
I was not born in 1971, but that doesn't mean that I cannot have any say in matters pertaining to our liberation war or cannot represent those who fought for our motherland. Bangladesh lost hundreds of thousands of lives in the liberation war in 1971, fighting the Pakistani Army. In losing so many lives, few of our own so-called Bangladeshis helped the Pakistani army whom we call razakars. However, they used to call themselves member of the Peace Committee where their manifesto was to provide help and support to the Pakistani army to capture the freedom fighters, rape their wives, mothers or sisters and take over the possession of their land, houses and other assets. I live in Australia, far away from Bangladesh, but my mind is always with my country. We always hear about the war criminals facing trials worldwide and getting the justice they deserve, unlike Bangladesh where it's a different picture. We reward our war criminals in many ways!
Sometime back in the “The Star Campus”, The Daily Star published an article on the “State of Science Education in Bangladesh: Current Status and Future Trends.” The material for this write-up was generated from a Round Table Conference jointly organised by The Daily Star and the Bangladesh Academy of Sciences. While agreeing with most of the viewpoints expressed in that conference by the eminent scientists of the country, I will focus on one major factor; i.e., lack of good textbooks that, in my opinion is one of the reasons why the students are gradually losing interest in science. To illustrate my point I will discuss about one textbook that I came across the other day. The name of the book is: “Paribesh Parichiti Bigyan,” prescribed for Class V by the National Curriculum and Textbook Board.
Everybody living in Bangladesh faces traffic jam throughout the day and in almost every place. Although we have reached 21st century where technology is progressing everyday and new innovation has captured the whole world, but Bangladesh is nowhere in this race.
Both the big parties are demanding release of all "raj bandis" before election i.e. the leaders belonging to those parties who were arrested and charge-sheeted for corruption, extortion crimes like murders, helping murderers from prosecution, siphoning of state wealth to foreign banks etc. If those arrestees are glorified as "raj bandies" meaning "political prisoners" then what should we name others who are not members of any political party but involved in the same kind of activities like our so-called "raj bandis"? I think, our writers should find some new definitions exclusively for the latter to differentiate with the former.
It is worth mentioning that Bangladesh has been introduced with the countries of the world in the last couple of years through cricket. Bangladeshi football cut a sorry figure on different occasions while they were given ample opportunity to prove their mettle and carry the flag of red -green in favour of our beloved country.
We, Bangladeshi people, heartily congratulate the Beijing 2008 Olympic Organising Committee, for holding the "Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, which started on 8 August and ended on 24 August 2008, with a most attractive and colourful ceremony in the Bird's Nest in Beijing.
Ancient human beings used to live in caves. They had no knowledge and essential instruments to construct houses. But hilly caves, for them, were just like houses, which saved them from hot, cold, rain and wild animals. One hundred thousand years ago the human beings were a bit different!
After the results of the SSC exams were published, we saw some news-reports containing pictorial illustrations of a good number of brilliant students belonging to the extremely poor families in the national daily newspapers. Even after facing grinding poverty and having no facilities at all and remaining totally deprived, their excellent results cannot but surprise us.
The present political scenario in our country has turned out to be a good one for reasons more than one: i) The CTG is heading towards elections. ii) The major political parties are reforming their parties and going to sit with the CTG on election issues. iii) Two major leaders of the major parties are preparing to sit face to face, of course not with indignation, but with a view to reaching a harmonious co-existence politically and thus enhancing the mutual thinking for the welfare of the country.
I live in Sonagazi upzila under Feni district. I am a student. But it is a matter of great regret that at night we get only one hour or at best two hours of electricity supply here, which causes serious problems for the students. This situation persists during daytime also. We can't say or do anything.
We congratulate our caretaker government, the Election Commission and all concerned on the wise, conciliatory and unanimous decision that the parliamentary election will be held before upazila election consistent with the demand of our two major political parties -- the Awami League and the BNP--and also host of other political parties.
The health situation of children in our country characterises that of a developing country. More than 1 (one) out of every 3 (three) children or 1.03 million babies each year are born with low birth weight according to UNICEF. The survey reveals that low birth weight is a major public health concern in Bangladesh. Children born with low birth weight are likely to suffer developmental impairment and have risk of illness and premature death.
The letter “Parochial politics” by Andrew Jameson from London, UK published on 22 September 2008 has drawn my attention. I am really astonished how he had been frustrated seeing developments in our Bangladeshi politics. Is he a Bangladeshi national? I think certainly not. He may be the citizen of a developed country like the UK. Till now, Britain's collaboration with the USA is killing millions of innocent civilians in Afghanistan and Iraq in the name of cleansing the Taleban activists. In Bangladesh, people face natural calamities like river erosions, floods, cyclones, climate changes, drought etc that occur due to global warming. Ecologists say the developed countries are responsible for global warming. Nevertheless, Britain ruled over and exploited our country for about two hundred years and left it with skin and bone only. We became independent in 1971. But after 38 years of our liberation, we are not free from financial control--“a ghost ruler” like the WB, IMF, and other donor agencies which are always imposing various plans and policies on us. There is a saying in our country, “Those who deserve criticism, should not criticise others.” Have a look at the mirror first!
Why are the Bangladeshi cricketers behaving the way they are? Returns are important in life. There cannot be one-sided love. A big politician's love for his party ideology inspires the activists of that party. The big politician is dedicated to the party. But he becomes a rebel when he is not properly evaluated, does not get nomination for election, or is left out of the cabinet. The same thing might have happened to the country's cricketers.
We are the inhabitants of a developing country, whose natural resources are very limited. Due to the growing population and fast dwindling land resources, we are facing serious problems. The only open source to meet our increasing demand is the least investigated Bay of Bengal. Most of the islands and maritime nations are largely dependent on the exploitable resources, primarily on seafood. During this crisis, we should give priority to our Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the Bay of Bengal for exploration, exploitation, conservation and management of its living resources.
Three babies died and at least 6,200 children fell sick, over 1,300 of them were hospitalised, in China in recent weeks after drinking milk tainted with melamine.
India's atomic energy pact with France represents a major step for the fast developing country, marking the moment it finally rid itself of its status as a nuclear outcast.
Sri Lankan troops killed 42 Tamil Tigers and injured 53 in a ground and sea offensive aimed at dismantling the rebels' mini-state in the north of the island, the defence ministry said Friday.
The death toll from a deadly stampede at a Hindu temple in the northern Indian state of Rajasthan has risen to 224, police said late Wednesday.
Fifteen Turkish soldiers and 23 Kurdish rebels were killed after an audacious rebel attack near the Iraqi border, the army said Saturday, in the bloodiest skirmish in a year.
The Pentagon has notified the US Congress of its offer to sell India CBU-105 Sensor Fuzed Weapons (SFW) worth $375 million to help the "Indian Air Force to develop and enhance standardisation and operational ability with the United States".
Despite a gutsy debate performance by Republican VP pick Sarah Palin, she failed to turn the tide in the race for the White House, leaving John McCain struggling to revitalize his slipping bid, analysts said Friday.
Twin suicide bombings near Shia mosques in Iraq's capital killed 20 people on Thursday as worshippers celebrated Eid-ul-Fitr, which ends the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, officials said.
Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Thursday demanded a civilian nuclear agreement with the United States after Washington signed a similar deal with arch-rival India.
Thirteen suspected Muslim militants and an Indian soldier have been killed in one of the fiercest gunbattles in recent years in Kashmir, military officials said yesterday.
At least five people were killed and 80 injured in two separate bomb explosions set off by suspected terrorists in western Indian towns of Malegaon and Modasa in Maharashtra and Gujarat states respectively on Monday night.
The US military says it has killed a senior al-Qaeda in Iraq leader suspected of masterminding deadly bombings in Baghdad.
India's Tata Group announced Friday it was scrapping a plant in eastern India slated to turn out the world's cheapest car after weeks of violent demonstrations by farmers whose land was seized.
Shoot-at-sight orders were issued on Saturday in Assam's curfew-bound district of Udalguri, where seven people were killed and more than 50 injured in clashes between two communities even as a cluster of villages were set ablaze, officials said.
Arts & Entertainment
Shib Kumar Sheel's romantic play Smita, Shada Jama Eishob features two university students Smita and Suman, who like each other, but cannot articulate their affection. Both struggle to make their ends meet, as they are not from solvent families. They are private tutors.
As part of the special programmes on Eid, Channel-i will telecast the unique game show Krishoker Eid Anondo today at 2:30 pm.
Special TV play Biscuit will be aired tonight at 7:45 pm on ATN Bangla. Written by Anisul Haque, the play has been directed by Animesh Aich.
THE Inspector General, Bangladesh Police has expressed his frustration at the lack of speedy action in enacting revised Police Ordinance. Senior Police Officials who have served in the past have also echoed their concern at such a state of affairs. 'The Daily Star' has editorially impressed upon the necessity of a revised ordinance and wondered why the establishment does not evince sufficient interest in the matter when the Police hierarchy itself is earnest in reforming their organization. The Adviser, Home Affairs assures that a revised Police Act would be a reality soon during the incumbency of present Caretaker government. Nothing significant has happened thereafter to generate hope.
TODAY is World Teachers' Day. On this day in 1966, the UNESCO/ILO Recommendation Concerning the Status of Teachers was unanimously adopted by nations around the world in the inter- governmental conference. Bangladesh is a signatory to the Recommendation.
MICROLOANS were invented to help the poorest of the poor help themselves. Now major banks and pension funds are getting into the business, as they discover that the interest paid by the poor can produce high returns. Is it aid or exploitation?
Allotting a portion of Gulshan Central Park for setting up a squash complex will deprive the local community of an open space as this playground is already occupied with unauthorised structures, said noted environmentalists.
A young lady, browsing through online at her room, opens a website containing all kinds of dresses and other items. She is eagerly checking the prices at the virtual showroom and choosing some dresses for herself and her younger sister.
Plan to add 5,000 more CNG-run autorickshaws to the current fleet in the city hit fresh snags as one of the owners' association filed a writ petition with the high court against the decision to allot the three-wheelers only to drivers.