News of: Monday, 13th of October, 2008
BNP will launch a countrywide survey in a day or two to pick out prospective candidates ‘with clean image’ for the December 18 parliamentary election.
The Awami League (AL) has finalised draft proposals for amending the party constitution to get registered with the Election Commission (EC) but kept the provisions for associate organisations and foreign chapters.
BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami yesterday formally asked the Election Commission (EC) to extend the time limit for registration by a week.
The stock market yesterday suffered a heavy decline as fears of fallout from the global financial meltdown ran deep on the home front.
A Dhaka court yesterday again directed BNP Chairperson and former prime minister Khaleda Zia and other accused in the Barapukuria coalmine corruption case to appear before it on October 16. A number of the accused failed to appear before the court on health grounds yesterday, the date scheduled for their appearance in court.
The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank were meeting Sunday as the most severe financial crisis since the 1930s threatens to undo recent progress made by developing countries.
Barrister Rafique-ul Huq, principal counsel of former premiers Khaleda Zia and Sheikh Hasina, has alleged that a junior army officer "takes care" of the cause list for hearing of petitions by the chamber judge of Supreme Court.
Election Commissioner Brig Gen (retd) M Sakhawat Hossain yesterday said an unforeseen situation would evolve in the country if the upcoming polls were disrupted.
Leaders of the BNP-led four-party alliance yesterday vowed to resist any initiatives to hold a stage-managed election warning that the alliance would not participate in any such election.
Commerce and Education Adviser Dr Hossain Zillur yesterday said his recent meeting with BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia focused on participation of her party in the forthcoming parliamentary elections.
Police could not arrest Jamaat-e-Islami Secretary General Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojahid, wanted accused in the Barapukuria coal mine corruption case, at his Uttara home.
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) and the Ministry of Cultural Affairs have locked horns over implementation of the second phase of a project titled Training on Fine and Performing Arts.
The Council of Advisers yesterday amended the policy guidelines for Small Power Plants (SPP) enabling the private producers to sell their surplus output to government's power distribution companies, as the country runs short of electricity.
Awami League acting General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam yesterday asked the caretaker government to ensure special security for party chief Sheikh Hasina ahead of parliamentary polls.
Jatiya Party (JP) Chairman HM Ershad yesterday said his party will seek to share 60 seats with Awami League-led grand electoral alliance in the upcoming parliament poll.
Bangladesh Petroleum Exploration Company (Bapex) yesterday started supplying additional 20 million cubic feet of gas per day from Fenchuganj Gas Field of Moulvibazar to the national grid.
Dreaded criminal Trimoti Subrata Bain was arrested in Kolkata, India.
Police yesterday seized 22 lakh banned sedative and addictive tablets raiding a house at Sabujbagh in the capital last night.
The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday deferred for two weeks the hearing on a petition filed by Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina seeking a stay on the High Court (HC) order rejecting her bail prayer in an extortion case.
A fierce clash between police and angry mob following the death of a student in Chakoria upazila left 20 people, including two policemen, injured yesterday.
Following a row over the effectiveness of Miltefosine capsules and several deaths, the government has decided to halt treatment of Kala-azar (Visceral leishmaniasis) with Miltefosine.
A war of words with racial undertones marked the White House race Sunday after civil rights icon John Lewis accused Republican John McCain of sowing "hatred" against Barack Obama.
The latest in a barrage of suspected US missile strikes in Pakistan's northwest killed five people, but none were believed to be foreign al-Qaeda fighters, officials said yesterday.
The commander of international forces in Afghanistan, US General David McKiernan, said yesterday that the West had not lost the war against Islamic insurgents but more troops and equipment were needed to tackle the rebels.
THE election tempo has been set in motion with the EC announcing the election dates for the parliament and the upazillas, and, other than certain conditions put forward by a few parties on certain electoral issues, none of them had so far taken an anti-election stand. We, however, note that the Awami League and BNP have now taken a stand not to participate in the forthcoming parliamentary election if their party chiefs are prevented from participating in the same.
AGAINST the backdrop of horrendous traffic congestions, what the suffering citizens want to see now is strict implementation of existing rules and regulations to bring discipline on the city roads. There is obvious lack of effective traffic management, which is causing congestions lasting hours together in the capital, every day from dawn to late evening, thereby making life and living next to impossible. The rush of vehicles that turns the roads into veritable traps for commuters also results in other fallouts, such as loss of valuable fuel and that of man-hours. Surprisingly, it has been going on for years together but no relevant agency came forward to stop the slide.
ONLY the flunkeys will deny the fact that the unusual caretaker dispensation of the day has failed to deliver. It's not for nothing that it has started drawing flak from the public who gave this government blanket support on its advent eighteen months ago amid great relief and rejoicing. There is no denying the fact that it made some waves with its anti-terror and anti-corruption drives. Now, with the motives of those popular steps put to question, the redeeming works visibly coming to a naught, and the country's political forces gaining primacy irrespective of their past records and background, the credibility of the caretakers couldn't but plummet drastically.
IT often needs a startling image to convey the dimensions of a crisis. Bloggers have time to discover such startling analogies. Someone on the net has had the time and patience to conjure up this image about $700 billion, the most dramatic figure among the many mountains of cash that governments have doled out to capitalism's poster boys in order to save capitalism.
SENATOR John McCain must be thanking his stars that Barack Obama did not take him up on his offer of ten town hall debates. For reasons that have little to do with politics, any time McCain and Obama are on the same stage, Obama wins.
Both Bangladesh and visiting New Zealand cricket teams arrived in the port city yesterday to play the third and last one-day international of the Brac Bank Series tomorrow at the Chittagong Divisional Stadium.
Rajin Saleh's first century of the season went in vain as hosts Khulna beat Sylhet by 35 runs on the third day of their first round National Cricket League match at the Birshreshtha Matiur Rahman Stadium yesterday.
National football coach Shafiqul Islam Manik received a warning of what to come in the Merdeka Cup when his side lost their only warm-up match for this month's international tournament in Malaysia.
Australian captain Ricky Ponting faced a tricky decision on a likely target for India after the hosts clawed their way back into the first cricket Test on Sunday.
Sourav Ganguly has always played cricket-and lived-on his own terms. His standards are uniquely his own, be it batting or fitness, success or failure. He could be a cricketer of sublime beauty and a competitor unafraid to look ugly, a man capable of great generosity and surprise, and an equally baffling source of frustration.
The Dhaka Warriors failed to benefit from a fine start given by opener Shahriar Nafees and a tight bowling spell by veteran spinner Mohammed Rafique as they went down by six wickets against Chennai Superstars in their lung opener of Indian Cricket League's Twenty20 competition at the Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium here on Saturday night.
Pakistan defeated Sri Lanka by three wickets to win their Toronto Twenty/20 clash with just one ball to spare on Saturday.
Former champions France and 2006 semi-finalists Portugal were struggling to keep their 2010 World Cup dreams on track on Saturday as Europe's major powers toiled on the rocky road to South Africa.
French veteran Thierry Henry led the way on Sunday as the France squad spoke up for embattled coach Raymond Domenech, under pressure after a poor Euro 2008 and less than scintillating start to the World Cup qualifiers.
Arsenal star Emma-nuel Adebayor ended a one-month national team boycott by scoring four goals as Togo sank Swazi-land 6-0 Saturday in a 2010 World Cup-African Nations Cup qualifier.
Germany coach Joachim Low said on Sunday he would no longer select striker Kevin Kuranyi after he went absent without leave, disappearing from the stadium following Saturday's 2-1 win over Russia in a World Cup qualifier.
Richard Fuller scored in the 14th minute and Jamaica defeated Mexico 1-0 Saturday in a World Cup 2010 regional qualifying match, denying the Mexicans a chance to advance to next year's final phase.
Former England manager Sir Bobby Robson insists there is room for both Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard in the England midfield engine room - but wants Fabio Capello to use them in a 4-4-2 formation.
EUROPEAN ZONE QUALIFIERS
Geoff Lawson, the Pakistan coach, has said he has no plans of stepping down from his post before his two-year term finishes next year. Lawson was responding to reports from Pakistan that the newly-appointed Pakistan Cricket Board chairman, Ejaz Butt, was unhappy with his performance.
David Morgan, the International Cricket Council (ICC) president, has said the 70-million-dollar proposal between Sri Lanka Cricket and Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Lalit Modi is "quite unacceptable behaviour against the background of Sri Lanka's signed agreement with the ECB".
World number one Jelena Jankovic of Serbia beat Russian Vera Zvonareva in the final to win the women's draw of the 2.4 million dollar Kremlin Cup here on Sunday.
Yuvraj Singh, Mohammad Kaif and Subramanium Badrinath have been picked to lead India Blue, Green and Red respectively in this year's NKP Salve Challenger Trophy.
Dhaka stocks slumped yesterday amid selling pressure especially from retail investors, shaken by the current global financial crisis.
The global financial turmoil is likely to weigh on remittance inflows and exports, the two vital areas that provide a lifeline to the Bangladesh economy, said analysts yesterday.
The country's stock market regulator and the premier bourse management yesterday took a move to douse fears of any fallout on the local capital market, caused by the ongoing global financial crisis.
The central bank has played down the impact of the global financial crisis on local banks, but said a prolonged turmoil would adversely affect the economy.
Analysts are bracing themselves for more nervousness when markets open today, after an important meeting of the world's most powerful economies threw up tough words but no action plan on how to deal with the financial crisis.
The United States of America has now agreed to sign the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (Tifa) with Bangladesh after keeping the initiative into freeze for three years as the country has recently ratified the UN Convention Against Corruption- UNCAC.
As the global financial storm blows fear through Asia's stock markets, Filipino maid Christy Arciaga is jittery -- even though she does not own any shares.
The commerce adviser sat down with the export industry dons last Wednesday to finalise the export targets for fiscal 2008-09. This happens to be a routine exercise done every year by the commerce ministry against which the export performance of the nation is measured. Over the years, the ministry has worked out a definitive protocol of arriving at these target figures each year in advance.
Investment will depend upon the country's future political stability, said Foreign Investors' Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Ficci) in its outlook yesterday.
Finance Adviser Dr Mirza Azizul Islam said despite food and energy price rises worldwide, Bangladesh has successfully managed macroeconomic stability and the caretaker government carried on reforms that began to pay off.
Asian currencies ended the week mainly down against the US dollar -- with the notable exception of the Japanese yen -- amid a flurry of high-level government meetings on the ongoing world market turmoil.
The bilateral trade between Bangladesh and Turkey would be raised to US$ 1.0 billion in the next one year from the present level of US$ 300 million, Turkish Ambassador to Bangladesh Sakir Ozkan Torunlar said here yesterday.
The World Bank will provide $ 1 billion in a package of assistance to Bangladesh by December this year for financing projects in some major areas.
With world markets in turmoil, investors are flocking to buy the yen, but it is no vote of confidence in Japan's economy, which faces several quarters of stagnation or recession, analysts say.
Taiwan on Sunday announced further measures to cushion the impact on the island's stock market of the spiralling global economic crisis.
The Saudi stock market, the largest in the Arab world, rose Sunday for the first time in two weeks, closing up slightly after authorities cut the repurchase (repo) rate by a half percentage point to five percent.
Businessmen and women, hit by the global financial crisis, are cutting back on their trips and forcing airlines to either slash their prices or to reduce capacity, analysts said.
The Australian government will guarantee all deposits in domestic banks as the financial crisis enters a dangerous new phase and threatens growth, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said Sunday.
The Philippine economy may slow down amid the global financial crisis but there is no chance of a crash, an official said Sunday.
The Iranian capital's traditional bazaar stayed on strike on Sunday demanding that a decision to bring in VAT be scrapped, even after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad froze its implementation for two months.
Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday called on the Rover Scouts of Saarc countries to take every opportunity of making new friends in their assembly to foster greater regional cooperation in attaining shared prosperity.
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday urged the caretaker government to prepare the national health policy after holding talks with people from all walks of life and leave the policy for the next democratic government to finalise it.
Anti-Corruption Commission Chairman Lt Gen (retd) Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury yesterday said ACC would continue its anti-corruption drive in coordination with the government as it would not be possible to work independently if the government does not want to do so.
Around 25 percent of female cancer patients of the country have been found to be suffering from breast cancer, doctors at the National Institute of Cancer Research and Hospital said yesterday.
Leaders of Forum for Secular Bangladesh, also known as Ekatturer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee, at a meeting yesterday said Jamaat-e-Islami is hatching a conspiracy to foil the next general polls.
Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury in an office order has suspended some official activities of the city corporation.
Rony Biswas, founder of the outlawed Communist Juddho, one of the factions of Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-ML), was killed in a 'shootout' between Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and police and the cadres of the outfit in Chuadanga early yesterday.
More than half of the adult people (58%) have the knowledge about the legal age of marriage for a girl while one-third (31%) perceive marriage of a girl between the age of 15 and 17 as child marriage.
Dhaka University authorities will start selling admission forms for the first year honours courses of academic session 2008-09 on October 19.
The 26th conference of the Commonwealth Journalists Association (CJA) will begin in Malaysia today.
An admission seeker drowned in the Shahidullah Hall pond at Dhaka University (DU) yesterday.
Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal SM Ziaur Rahman left Dhaka yesterday for Czech Republic on a four-day visit, says an ISPR release.
Two people, including a medicine trader, were gunned down in and around the city last night.
An accused in a case tried to commit suicide by slashing different parts of his body with a blade during his trial in a court in the city yesterday.
A Dhaka court yesterday issued arrest warrants against former prime minister Khaleda Zia's Assistant Private Secretary (APS) Shamsul Alam and his wife Khadiza Anam in a case filed for amassing wealth worth Tk 1.04 crore illegally and hiding wealth information to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).
Today is the first death anniversary of eminent journalist Obaidul Huq.
A Barisal court yesterday sentenced two activists of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) to life imprisonment in a case filed in connection with the serial bomb blasts in front of Barisal Central Jail on August 17, 2005.
Several hundred freedom fighters at Godagari in Rajshahi district yesterday demanded immediate arrest and punishment to killers of freedom fighter Sajjad Hossain.
One hundred and seventy four lawyers of Khulna District Bar Association have brought allegations of corruption against Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Md. Mahabubur Rahman.
Awami League (AL) in Patuakhali-1 constituency (Patuakhali, Mirzagonj and Dumki upazilas) at two meetings have decided that they will not accept Jatiya Party (JP) secretary general ABM Ruhul Amin Howlader as a 14-party alliance candidate in the area.
One of the two 'rival committees' of Baralekha upazila BNP has sent recommendation to BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hussain to take punitive measures against former state minister advocate Ebadur Rahman Chowdhury.
Protesting Thakurgaon Municipality authority's decision to name two important roads in the town after two Razakars, freedoms fighters yesterday gave a 12-hour ultimatum to withdraw the decision.
Two factions of BNP here organised two separate meetings yesterday to realise five-point demand of the party.
Barisal City Corporation (BCC) councilors yesterday elected a three-member panel of mayors.
A court here yesterday sentenced two persons to 20 years rigorous imprisonment for trying to sell a garment worker in a brothel.
Three children died here yesterday and over 150 others were attacked with pneumonia that broke out in an epidemic form in the district.
The people who believe that we are free from every kind of colonial influence are not being realistic.
We know that since the beginning of the Pakistani era, the act of breaking the images of the Hindu goddesses and defiling their places of worship has been the favourite pastime of some people. It happened last year despite the Rab deployment (we shall not talk about the years of the 4 party alliance rule when those acts were rampant) and it has happened this year.
Economists all around the world would agree that free market has become a cliché in today's world. Today, free market is a blended version of capitalism's perfect market competition and government monitoring don't confuse that; we call it mixed economy. However, whenever a third world government plays regulatory role our "development partners" still mischievously use this concept as a tool to suggest that "laissez-faire"(which means market mechanism bypassing government participation) is the best way to go about operating market. "Customer sovereignty", "better regional market balance" and "effectiveness of private capital management" --these are the very old pretexts that have been shown behind their prescriptions and not very surprisingly been duly carried out by our somewhat "spineless" governments of the third world (or more specifically LDCs) despite strong and spirited protest from local economists.
There is enough evidence in the news presented by the media today that the date of registration of the political parties would be extended. The next question is: whether the date of election would be refixed and extended by a couple of months. Yes, the reason is the BNP. They have not found sufficient time to stabilize their party discipline until the chairperson was freed from custody. The "king's parties" are loudly asking for extension to rebuild their party strength and finalise the coalition partners. The comment of the AL chief in London has indication of change in the election date.
I am astonished to know that this year a renowned and about 300 years old festival is not going to be held. Yes, I am talking about the “Gurpukur mela” of Satkhira. The reason is that some terrorists have threatened to stop it. So, my question is, what are the law enforcement agencies doing?
I have gone through the letter "BNP's structure" in 22 September'08 issue written by Dr Jamir Chowdhury. He has rightly pointed out the fallacy of democracy and governance issue.
Business houses and socio-political organisations are putting the "Islamic sticker" with the name of their organisations. There is no reason that I can have reservation about their choice. I am looking for the rationale. I wonder what kind of thinking is there behind the idea. Is it to add Islamic value and practice into the operation of these organisations? Or, this is just “religious consumerism” and promotional activity to attract more customers and reach the target customers of services in those fields ?
In the first presidential debate, McCain behaved like Mr. Knowall from the barracks -- overconfident and arrogant. Obama looked powerful and presidential and yet more friendly and compromising.
No doubt, it will be a great achievement of the military-backed caretaker government if they succeed in bringing the two major parties to a dialogue in the greater interest of the nation.
Please allow me to voice my frustration over the much publicized promiscuous behaviour the Pakistani president displayed during his meeting with the American vice-presidential hopeful Sarah Palin. If his personal remarks, unbecoming of a head of state, were not embarrassing enough for the Pakistani community settled in America, most of us are dumbfounded over the spin his party is putting in his defence; e.g. it's considered as a compliment in US.
I am observing from here that you are trying your best to bring positive changes in the socio-economic condition of Bangladesh, after assuming the responsibility of the Chief Adviser. Now you have very limited time in hand.
We, the Cox's Bazar beach lovers, are shocked to learn that the Directorate of Environment has issued letters to three renowned beach restaurants--Angel Drop, Sweety's Finger and Tropicana alleging that they are polluting the environment and asked them to remove the structures.
The current Chinese milk powder contamination is a serious blow to the trust on all Chinese products! We in Bangladesh must re-look for different sources, as we import many things from China. Starting from plant and machinery to consumer goods, toys, medicines, processed food and many primary and semi-finished raw materials and primary and ready to use chemicals, paints etc. All these and many more items coming from China are now suspect.
The service delivered at the one stop service at the passport office at Agargaon is simply outstanding and deserves appreciation. There has been a significant improvement in the overall service.
What could be more important news for this impoverished nation than the above? How else to serve the nation better? What else could be the best way of spending our hard earned forex, primarily earned through the remittances of our expatriate poor labourers? Coming to power our leaders get mad to visit foreign countries at state cost, not realising how dearly it costs the nation. The nation bleeds.
The incidents of sexual harassment ( of students by teachers) in Rajshahi, Dhaka, BUET, Jahangirnagar and other universities have occurred over the decades, reminding us how little we have done to ensure the security of female students on campus.
Taliban militants launched a surprise attack on a key southern Afghan town, sparking a battle that killed some 60 insurgents, an Afghan official said Sunday. A second clash in the same region killed another 40 militants.
Separate battles between government forces and Tamil separatists across Sri Lanka's volatile northern region killed 30 rebels and two soldiers, the military said yesterday.
North Korea said Sunday it will resume dismantling its main nuclear facilities, hours after the United States removed the communist country from a list of states that sponsor terrorism.
The commander of international forces in Afghanistan, US General David McKiernan, said yesterday that the West had not lost the war against Islamic insurgents but more troops and equipment were needed to tackle the rebels.
The military leadership on Saturday backed the government's efforts to forge a consensus on counter-terror strategy.
Kerala nun Sister Alphonsa became Saint Alphonsa after she was canonised by Pope Benedict XVI at a ceremony at St Peter's Square in Vatican City on Sunday, becoming the first Indian Catholic woman to be so anointed.
Six persons, including three children, of a family were burnt to death after their house caught fire mysteriously in a village here yesterday.
A Soyuz spacecraft with two Americans and a Russian on board lifted off from Kazakhstan on Sunday for the international space station.
Arts & Entertainment
‘Shaheed Shadhan Music College', Pabna is an institution honouring the memories of martyred singer Golam Sarwar Khan Shadhan. Shadhan was an acclaimed local artiste in the 1960s and '70s who actively took part in the Liberation War and embraced martyrdom on September 10, 1971. Music enthusiasts of the area founded a music college in 1972 and the institution was named after Shadhan in his honour.
The tourism prospect of Taherpur was focused on while observing the greatest Bengali Hindu festival Durga Puja at the remote town under Bagmara upazila where the festivities were introduced 528 years ago.
Richi Solaiman embarked on her acting career in the much-acclaimed mini-series Iti Amar Bon in 1992. Over the years she has become a familiar face on TV and has won accolades for her moving performances in several plays and serials. Another identity of Richi that might be unfamiliar to the audience is that she is trained in kathak.
Tin Chakar Gaan, a special episode of the talent hunt Magic Tin Chakar Taroka, will be aired on ATN Bangla tonight at 8:45pm. The unique music competition provides rickshaw-wallahs and auto-rickshaw drivers with a platform where they can demonstrate their singing skills. The show started from June 9 this year.
Karishma Kapoor stages a comeback on the small screen after a hiatus of five years and she is keyed up for the occasion.
DVD of the popular drama serial House Full, aired on ntv, was launched by G-series on October 11, said a press release.
When Brazilian director Walter Salles films a movie, the journey is often more interesting than the final destination.
IT is needless to say that investment, both domestic and foreign, is vital for the economic development of a country, irrespective of its development status. It is more so for a developing country like Bangladesh.
THE nation is going to observe the death anniversary of the doyen on October 13 with a heavy heart.
During the war between Georgia and Russia, no European leader denounced Russia as strongly as Poland's president, Lech Kaczynski. He has also been a fervent backer of US plans to deploy 10 interceptor missiles on Polish territory. US and Polish officials signed the agreement for the missile shield soon after Russian troops crossed into Georgian territory. While visiting the United Nations last week, he talked with Andrew Nagorski, a former Newsweek senior editor and now director of public policy at the East-West Institute.
YOUR Humble Narrator just met one of the world's best-known princesses. She was totally wild.
Tripola Shangma, a 20-year-old Mandi (Garo) woman, ran away from home when she was fourteen, to fulfil her dream -- to work in a beauty salon.
More than a year ago the authorities unveiled a plan to ease the long-standing hassles of paying utility service bills.