News of: Tuesday, 21st of October, 2008
Finally, anti-liberation Jamaat-e-Islami has recognised the historic Liberation War of Bangladesh in its newly revised constitution.
Absolute authority of BNP chairperson to form the party's standing and executive committees has been clipped in its revised constitution submitted to the Election Commission (EC) yesterday with the application for registration.
The caretaker government will sit with political parties again this week for a second round of dialogues, aiming to reach a consensus on an atmosphere conducive to holding a credible election, a government adviser said yesterday.
Clashes between the students of Dhaka College and Dhaka City College, campus violence at Jagannath University and Dhaka Polytechnic Institute over separate matters yesterday left at least 60 people injured.
The traffic department of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) is releasing seized unfit buses due to insufficient dumping space in Rajarbagh Police Lines.
It is beyond anyone's imagination that installing simply a pan in a toilet might need 122 labourers, but such is the case, at least on papers.
A five-member committee yesterday collected samples of the eight milk-powder brands tested positive for toxic melamine to retest them at laboratories home and abroad for confirmation.
Jamaat-e-Islami Secretary General Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojahid thinks the country's constitution can have an article to prevent abuse of emergency provisions.
Mashrafe Bin Mortaza ran hard from point to short third-man, picked up the ball and in one swooping motion gave Bangladesh a much-needed spark at the end of the fourth day of the first Test against New Zealand yesterday.
Disputes between central and mid-level Dhaka University (DU) leaders of the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) over forming new committees for residential halls are turning for the worse.
The BNP-led four-party alliance yesterday announced to hold protest rally across the country on October 26 to press home their seven-point demand including the total lifting of emergency.
A total of 107 political parties have applied for registration, a new provision made mandatory under the amended Representation of People Order (RPO) as part of political and electoral reforms in the interim period.
Islamic Democratic Party (IDP), a new party floated by leaders of the now banned Islamist outfit Harkat ul Jihad Al Islami (Huji), yesterday submitted an application to the Election Commission (EC) to register themselves for the upcoming parliamentary polls.
The fundamentalist forces in the country are running their activities with the patronage of the present government, speakers alleged at a rally protesting the removal of the five sculptures of bauls near the Zia International Airport.
Teachers of Dhaka University (DU) yesterday expressed concern over Saturday's vandalism at the office of DU Vice Chancellor (VC) Prof SMA Faiz by a group of madrasa students.
The World Bank (WB) has committed the highest-ever assistance of $1.34 billion to Bangladesh for the current fiscal year while the country has been elected to two committees for making the bank's Strategic Climate Change Trust Fund operational.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) will appeal against the court order that stayed the Barapukuria Coalmine corruption case filed against former prime minister Khaleda Zia and 15 others.
A court here yesterday exempted Chittagong City Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury from the charges in one corruption case and framed charges against him in another.
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina may return in the first or second week of November after completing her medical treatment in the US.
Bangladesh has extradited 11 suspected Indian insurgents between June and August this year as legal process is underway to return several other criminals as part of efforts for mutual confidence building, security officials said.
The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday upheld the High Court (HC) orders granting bail to detained former ministers Khandker Mosharraf Hossain and Altaf Hossain Choudhury, former state minister Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir and BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain's son Khandaker Akhter Hamid Paban in separate corruption cases.
At least 33 Sri Lankan government soldiers and 11 Tamil Tiger rebels have been killed in the latest heavy fighting in the north of the island, the defence ministry said yesterday.
Barack Obama yesterday aimed to put another dent in John McCain's comeback hopes with a double-bill rally in Florida with ex-foe Hillary Clinton to kick off a frenetic final fortnight of the White House race.
An Afghan official says 34 Taliban were killed in an operation by Afghan and foreign forces near a key southern Afghan city.
Momentum increased yesterday for a new economic stimulus package to help cash-strapped Americans as President Bush and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke threw their weight behind an idea they earlier opposed.
WE welcome the decision by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party and the Jamaat-e-Islami to bring about the necessary changes in their party constitutions and, by extension, their organisational structures. The move, which the parties made separately, should now facilitate the process of their registration with the Election Commission. The decision has surely been a matter of relief and has removed the tension which lately had taken hold of the nation owing to the earlier intransigence of the parties regarding the registration issue. Even as we applaud this change of mind, we are constrained to point out that the BNP and the Jamaat, had they done earlier what they now have done, could have spared the country the uncertainty it had been put through all this while.
THE government's initiative to introduce uniform charges for all diagnostic and imaging tests in public hospitals is commendable, as it will at least ensure that patients won't have to pay amounts of money arbitrarily fixed by any hospital authority. They will also be in a position to know in advance how much a particular test will cost. But given the heap of anomalies and irregularities that has accumulated over the years in the hospitals, it seems the government will have to go far beyond fixing such charges to ensure service delivery. A piecemeal approach is clearly not enough here.
THERE may be little substance in whatever passes off as politics in this country, but one must agree there is plentiful slapstick comedy in it that keeps entertaining us all the year round. Play-acting or playing to the gallery is all that most of our politicians are good at. And for that they want a return of the traditional politics. Oh, how they miss those public meetings where they could foul-mouth the opposition! But when it comes to doing something worthwhile for the nation, they are nowhere to be seen.
A majority of Americans, and the world outside, cannot wait much longer to see Senator Barack Obama's November 4 election victory. That is making his rival, Senator John McCain, visibly desperate.
NOW that the hurly-burly's done, now that the battle's lost and almost won, it all boils down to this. Can white Americans who are more white than American, defeat a black-and-white candidate with an "Arab" name for what is still the most powerful job in the world?
With the match suspended on a tiny thread that is the final day, tension has apparently boiled over on and off the pitch at the end of the fourth day of the first Test between Bangladesh and New Zealand.
Aaron Redmond is playing only his fourth Test match for New Zealand but could well be on way to bigger things.
The school children who gathered in the northeastern galleries of the Chittagong Divisional Stadium escaped serious injuries yesterday.
Opener Nazimuddin hit a cracking fifty as Dhaka Warriors produced an impressive 174-5 in their third match of the rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL) against Delhi Giants at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad yesterday.
Bangladesh national football team will return from Malaysia without accolades, but not in empty hands after holding Vietnam to a 2-2 draw in their last group match in the Merdeka Cup yesterday.
Farhad Hossain struck after Sohrawordi Shuvo as hosts Rajshahi were on the brink of an outright victory against Chittagong after end of the third day of the four-day match in the Ispahani Mirzapore Tea 10th National Cricket League yesterday.
Australia were staring at defeat after losing their top five batsmen for just 10 runs on the fourth day of the second Test against India here on Monday.
The Indian selectors have named an unchanged squad for the last two Tests against Australia. They decided to release leg-spinner Amit Mishra from the NKP Salve Challenger Trophy, which is scheduled from October 23 to 26, and retain him in the Test squad. Mishra's place in the India Blue team has been given to another Delhi leg-spinner Chetanya Nanda.
Attacking players Wayne Rooney, Dimitar Berbatov, Luca Toni and Robin van Persie are the talking points as Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Arsenal return to Champions League action on Tuesday.
Cameroon international Samuel Eto'o produced a world-class finish to fire Barcelona to a 1-0 win at Athletic Bilbao on Sunday as Pep Guardiola's side closed to within three points of leaders Valencia.
Juande Ramos admitted he is starting to feel the pressure after Tottenham's miserable season hit a new low with a 2-1 defeat at Stoke.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic fired champions Inter Milan to the top of Serie A with a brace in a 4-0 thrashing of AS Roma in the capital's Olympic stadium on Sunday.
Hull manager Phil Brown insists he won't get carried away by his side's dream start to life in the Premier League after they rose to third place with a 1-0 win over West Ham.
Manchester United's impressive Champions League and Premier League triumph last season has earned four players nominations for the European Footballer of the Year award, organisers announced Sunday.
Marseille, the only unbeaten team in the French league, swept to a 3-1 win at Valenciennes on Sunday to close the gap on champions Lyon to just one point.
Tottenham's Croatian defender Vedran Corluka was given the all-clear on Sunday after suffering a blow to the head during his team's 2-1 Premier League defeat at Stoke.
Australia will resist the temptation to fast-track Andrew Symonds's return from exile and send him to India to bolster the struggling Australian team, reports said Monday.
Andy Murray insisted on Monday that despite winning successive Masters titles, he is still far behind the big three elite of the men's game.
In a week of surprising, distressing events -- turbulence in the airline industry, the crash of the stock market and the collapse of a flyover in Delhi -- the one foreseeable positive was Sachin Tendulkar becoming the world's leading run-getter in Tests. Yet when he got it the response at the ground was underwhelming -- because the stands were largely empty.
The Olympics might not want it, but the 2010 Asian Games is ready to embrace Twenty20 cricket as one of five new sports making their debut in the Chinese city of Guangzhou.
Top-level football returned to Rajshahi after a long time with the DSA Cup Premier and First Division leagues kicking off at the north-Bengal headquarters.
Kapil Dev, the Indian Cricket League (ICL) chairman, has said taking legal action will be the only option left if the International Cricket Council (ICC) doesn't respond to the league's bid for official recognition at its next board meeting, possibly in November.
The administrative revamp of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) continues apace with Shafqat Naghmi, an influential senior official from the previous regime, wanting to step down with a new chairman now in place.
Baderganj upazila defeated Pirganj 2-1 in the Inter-upazila football tournament which began here at the Rangpur Zila School ground yesterday.
IBAIS and Asian University of Asia Pacific (AUAP) recorded identical 3-0 wins in the Inter-private university football tournament at the Army Stadium yesterday.
Pakistan Test batsman Younis Khan will make his debut for Australian state side South Australia in their Sheffield Shield match against New South Wales starting in Adelaide on Friday, team officials said.
The International Cricket Council's (ICC) medical committee has expressed concerns about the players performing in extremely hot conditions and will study the issue in detail next year.
South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis has turned to former England coach Duncan Fletcher as he tries to end a batting slump before facing bitter rivals Australia in an end-of-year Test series.
The Mongla Port authorities have taken initiatives to allow ships with reconditioned cars to berth at the port in a bid to make the country's second seaport economically viable.
Aftab Bahumukhi Farms Ltd is in talks with a Chinese company, Yuan Longping High-Tech Agriculture, to form a joint venture to develop parent lines of hybrid rice seeds in Bangladesh.
The financial crisis could lead to record global unemployment with 20 million more people out of work by the end of 2009, International Labour Organization chief Juan Somavia warned Monday.
Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed asked RMG leaders on Monday to devise a strategy and explore new markets to face the possible impact of the global economic crisis.
Yahoo plans to announce significant cost cuts, including layoffs, possibly as early as Tuesday when the troubled Internet firm announces its third-quarter results, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday.
It is a matter of heated debate that the recently proposed ordinance on the real estate contains controversial provisions which, if enforced, could land developers in jail in non-bailable cases.
I was not at all surprised to see state-owned Sonali Bank being adjudged as the best banking 'brand' in Bangladesh by Brand Forum. Who could win the hearts of millions of Bangladeshis as a 'neighbourhood bank' other than a large public sector bank? I have seen my eighty-year-old father, who retired from government service, and seen the trust he deposes on Sonali Bank, which holds all his pension funds, not his son's very illustrious multinational bank or grandson's very progressive private sector bank. This is all because of the trust and confidence the public sector banks still enjoy from the common people of this country.
Dhaka stocks fell for a fourth day with investors remaining cautious following a three-day slump.
The dollar fell against the euro and rose versus the yen in European trading on Monday after the latest banking-sector bailouts and news that world leaders plan summits on the financial crisis.
Malaysia will inject 1.4 billion dollars into the ailing stock market and cut its growth forecast for 2009 amid a worsening global financial crisis, the Finance Minister said Monday.
The number of passengers travelling through Hong Kong's airport dropped 4.7 percent year-on-year in September as the global financial crisis hits the aviation industry, the airport authority said.
A record 20.2 million personal computers were sold in the Asia-Pacific region outside Japan in the third quarter, but global market turmoil could hurt demand, industry monitor IDC said Monday.
Ericsson, the world leader in mobile phone network equipment, reported on Monday a 28-percent drop in third-quarter net profits, but insisted it remained largely unscathed by financial turmoil.
Some 10 to 30 million people already displaced by the impacts of climate change in Bangladesh should receive preferential treatment for migration to safer regions.
Indigenous leaders at a convention yesterday demanded their constitutional recognition and ensuring their rights to their mother tongue, culture and land.
The government took a scheme to cultivate BRRI dhan-33, a short duration variety of aman paddy, in five districts to generate job opportunities for the Monga-stricken people of Rangpur region during off-season.
An adviser of former caretaker government yesterday expressed his unhappiness for not seeing, what he said, the expected results from the fight against corruption being carried out by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).
The Child Rights Week-2008 concluded in the city yesterday with an awareness raising debate on 'Rule of law can cure teasing'.
LGRD and Cooperatives Adviser Anwarul Iqbal yesterday said the 2nd phase of Urban Primary Health Care Project (UPHCP) is in operation to reach health services to the poor living in urban slums after the successful completion of its first phase.
At least eight high officials, including the Public Works Department (PWD) Secretary ASM Rashidul Hai, were injured in a construction site accident yesterday when they went to visit the construction of Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue-Tongi Diversion Road link road.
The High Court yesterday acquitted former BNP lawmaker Shahidul Alam Talukder of Patuakhali, who was earlier sentenced to 10 years' imprisonment in a case filed against him on charges of possessing illegal arms.
The High Court yesterday fixed today for hearing a petition filed by the Election Commission (EC) for vacating the HC order staying the EC's recent re-demarcation of parliamentary constituencies.
Mahogani dust and oil extracted from this tree are being widely used as pesticides to save crops and livestock in the southern part of the country.
A minor boy was killed and three people, including the deputy commissioner of the district, were injured when the DC's jeep hit the boy and tumbled into a ditch at Pathankandi in Kishoreganj yesterday.
A woman, who was stabbed by her alleged drug-addicted stepson, succumbed to her injuries at the Chest Disease Hospital at Mohakhali yesterday.
A housewife succumbed to her burn injuries yesterday at the Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) after fighting for life for five days.
Maj Gen (retd) Fazle Elahi Akbar has been appointed 'security and defence coordinator' to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.
Ambassador of Saudi Arabia in Dhaka Abdullah Bin Naser Al-Busairi has handed over two cheques for Tk 2.75 crore to the representatives of GBB Ltd and Siddiqui and Partners in donation from the Saudi government to complete the extension work of Baitul Mukarram National Mosque, says a press release.
A schoolboy, who was kidnapped on October 11 at Pakundia, was rescued from a house at Kanchpur Bazaar in Narayanganj early Sunday.
Wearing shrouds, unsuccessful candidates of the 27th BCS examinations yesterday staged a demonstration on the Dhaka University campus yesterday demanding immediate cancellation of its 2nd phase result.
Indian Border Security Forces (BSF) shot dead a Bangladeshi national at Darshana border point in Chuadanga on Sunday night.
The Department of Environment (DoE) in a special drive filed cases against a number of vehicles and fined them yesterday for creating noise pollution, says a press release.
Two Africans were arrested after the Bangladeshi flag carrier vessel, which they illegally boarded on at a Ghana port to leave Africa for job opportunities, returned to Chittagong Port yesterday.
Around 2000 children at a gathering in the city yesterday called on the government to end violence against them.
The month-long 13th Asian Art Biennale '08, organised by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, begins in the city today.
A Dhaka court yesterday issued arrest warrants against two sons of detained former Awami League state minister Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir in connection with two cases filed for non-submission of wealth statement to the Anti-corruption Commission (ACC).
The admission test of the BBA programme under Institute of Business Administration (IBA) of Dhaka University (DU) for the academic session 2008-09 will be held at 10:00am on October 31.
Allegations of massive irregularities have been reported against a large number of local body leaders in listing names of beneficiaries under the government's '100 Days Karmo Srijon Karmosuchi' in Rangpur.
A five-member CID team came to Khulna from Dhaka on Sunday to monitor investigation of Awami League (AL) leader Khan Ibne Zaman murder case, filed with Khalishpur police station on October 14 naming none as accused.
Leaders of district Awami League yesterday demanded immediate removal of Khagrachhari Hill District Council (KHDC) chairman and four members for their alleged involvement with BNP-Jamaat politics and trying to influence voters.
Feud between BNP and its key ally Jamaat-e-Islami in Kushtia took a new turn as Jamaat yesterday announced name of its candidate in Kushtia-4 (Khoksa-Kumarkhali) constituency for the coming parliamentary election.
A devastating fire gutted the sales-office of Ashuganj Zia Fertliazer Company Limited (ZFCL) yesterday.
Police yesterday recovered two bombs and bomb making materials from the house of Nurul Islam of Sarulia village in Tala upazila.
Speakers of workshop here yesterday called for protecting workers' rights in the export oriented frozen food industry.
BNP Pabna district unit leaders have demanded nomination of Shamsur Rahman Shimul Bishwas, a lawyer of Khaleda Zia, as four-party alliance candidate in Pabna-5 (Pabna Sadar upazila) constituency for the upcoming parliament election.
Thousands of anti-government protesters marched through the streets of Bangkok yesterday, calling the prime minister a "murderer" and demanding he resign over the violent quashing of a previous rally.
Pakistani forces killed up to 35 militants near the Afghan border, as the region's provincial chief called for "peaceful dialogue" in a meeting with a US State Department official.
The top US diplomat for South Asia met Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari yesterday and warned that international donors would only give carefully targeted aid to the troubled country.
Malaysia's deputy prime minister has secured enough endorsements to run for election as the ruling party's next president, according to an official count Monday, moving him closer to succeeding the country's unpopular leader.
Malaysia yesterday urged Thailand and Cambodia to restart peace talks to resolve a border conflict which has left two soldiers dead and threatens to embarrass other Southeast Asian nations.
The United States insisted yesterday that a planned security pact with Baghdad would ensure full Iraqi sovereignty as local leaders pored over the deal amid fierce opposition by some key players.
Egypt has invited the Islamist Hamas and the secular Fatah party of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas to meet in Cairo on November 9 for talks aimed at restoring Palestinian unity, Hamas said yesterday.
A Turkish court yesterday began hearing a case against 86 people accused of plotting to overthrow the Islamist-rooted government after a chaotic opening that forced an immediate adjournment.
A protestor was killed yesterday in eastern Turkey as police clashed with Kurdish demonstrators decrying alleged abuses against jailed rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan, officials and media reports said.
Saudi authorities said yesterday that they were in the final stages of preparations for the first trial of Al-Qaeda suspects in the kingdom which has been hit by more than five years of Islamist violence.
A bomb ripped through a Baghdad bus yesterday, killing at least two passengers and injuring seven, an Iraqi security official told AFP.
India began the countdown yesterday to the launch of its first unmanned mission to the moon that will mark a giant catch-up step with Japan and China in the fast-developing Asian space race.
Twelve paramilitary policemen were killed and six others injured in an ambush by suspected Maoist rebels in central India, police said Monday.
The Iranian government has drawn up legislation to gradually remove subsidies on fuel and water but will compensate people with cash payments, the local press reported yesterday.
A British chef, a former Mr. Gay UK, who killed his boyfriend and then cooked a section of his flesh was sentenced to life in prison yesterday.
Some 1,500 dogs bred for their raccoon-like fur have died after eating feed tainted with the same chemical that contaminated dairy products and sickened tens of thousands of babies nationwide, a veterinarian said yesterday.
Spain remains a target for al-Qaeda four years after the Madrid bombings that killed 191 people, the intelligence service said in a report quoted by a Spanish newspaper yesterday.
A financially strapped South Korean man went on an arson and stabbing rampage in Seoul yesterday, leaving six people dead and seven others wounded, police said.
Southern African leaders yesterday opened a special summit aimed at breaking the deadlock in Zimbabwe's political crisis, even though opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai was not in attendance.
Asian governments should look at the 15 to 20 million migrants in the region as a workforce to be tapped rather than convenient scapegoats for politicians, said a UN report released yesterday.
European Union nations began picking apart yesterday a vast package to combat climate change as their industries suffer under the weight of the global financial crisis.
Alitalia pilot Achille Zaghetti thought it was a missile.
Nasa on Sunday launched a probe into orbit high above earth to study the distant edge of the solar system where hot solar winds crash into the cold outer space.
Six Nobel prizewinners yesterday voiced outrage over death threats hounding the author of hard-hitting mafia expose "Gomorrah," urging the Italian government to assume its "responsibility" to protect him.
Installing toilets and ensuring safe water supplies where needed throughout the world would do more to end poverty and improve world health than any other possible measure, according to a new UN study.
Arts & Entertainment
Celebrated singer Kumar Bishwajit is now appearing on a talent hunt for children titled Khudey Gaanraj as a judge. His previous experiences as a judge on the first two seasons of the hugely popular talent hunt Close Up 1 were positive -- Biswajit's expert analyses were appreciated by the contestants and the audience. The artiste however is reluctant to judge contests that often. It was his interest in and concerns for the talented youngsters that persuaded him to join the show Khudey Gaanraj. The show has already become quite popular among children and adults. The Daily Star recently caught up with the singer about the show, his next solo album and more.
A ten-day solo art exhibition, featuring paintings, photography and sculpture by Romanian artist George Vasilescu ended yesterday at the gallery of Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.
An array of photographs, artworks and fascinating dances. Right from the word go, the audience in New Delhi was in for a cultural feast. Entering the foyer of the auditorium, at the Day of Tajik Culture in India, one was greeted with a whole host of photographs of Tajikistan. The photographs depicted Tajik President Emomali Rahmon with Indian dignitaries such as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, President Pratibha Patil and Sonia Gandhi. In addition there was a peep into Tajik landscapes and a reclining Buddha. A Tajik beauty in rich traditional attire was another photograph worth mentioning.
This is a Bond adventure that's badder, better but not bigger.
Channel i will telecast Meridian-Channel i Khudey Gaanraaj '08 tonight at 7:50 pm. The first musical talent hunt for children in the country, the programme has generated a huge response.
ATN Bangla will telecast the 13th episode of drama serial Jyotsna Kaal tonight at 9:20 pm. The story the serial revolves around a village lad Shajol who moves to the city in search of livelihood and a better future. A complete stranger to the urban life, Shajol finds people in the city very strange. He tries to understand them but fails. At one point he discovers a similarity -- all of them also dream of a better life just as he does. Shajol manages to get a job and the serial progresses forward.
Artist Camellia Shishir passed away at LabAid Cardiac Hospital on October 19. She was 43. She left behind a daughter Srabonti and husband, noted artist Shishir Bhattacharya. Camellia completed her MFA in Oriental Art from the Institute of Fine Arts (now Faculty of Fine Arts), Dhaka University.
Ali Ahsan Muhammad Mojahid, is the secretary general of Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh. He became the Ameer of the party's Dhaka City unit in 1983, assistant secretary general in 1988, and secretary general of the party in 2000. He was a minister during the BNP-led four-party alliance tenure in 2001-2006. He was president of the then East Pakistan Islamic Chhatra Shangha, which is known to have been involved with the acts of genocide committed by the Pakistan military in 1971. Rakib Hasnet Suman and Rashidul Hasan took this interview.
IS the global media completely oblivious to the gendered semantics of the recent Bangladeshi political events? News article after news article, from one country's press to the other, is repeating titles such as "battling begums," "feuding begums," and "battered begums." For brevity, I will keep this list short. But start with the Economist articles such as Politics in Bangladesh: The begums are back (September 20), One Begum down (March 10, 2007), Battered Begums (April 14, 2007).
"What caste were you when you came to mother earth?
And what caste did you 'wear' thereafter?
What would be your caste when you depart this world?
Think about it.
And give me an answer."
- From the hymn 'Jaat gelo jaat gelo boley'
Attributed to be the work of Fakir Lalon Shah