News of: Wednesday, 22nd of October, 2008
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Some provisions in the revised constitution of Jamaat-e-Islami still run counter to those in the republic's, finds the expert committee assigned by the Election Commission (EC) to examine the applications for registration.
The new provisional constitution of BNP has been virtually a secret document as only the party 'high command' and the Election Commission (EC) officials so far had the seemingly coveted privilege of having copies of it.
Samples of powdered milk of eight brands that had tested positive for melamine contamination were handed over to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) yesterday for further testing.
Eminent jurist Dr Kamal Hossain has said 206 bails in just 100 minutes and the commerce adviser's meeting with corrupt politicians are signs of a weakening in the caretaker government's fight against corruption.
The government has decided to cut prices of fuel oil by eight to ten percent, which is likely to come into effect sometime next week, according to energy ministry officials.
Eminent citizens of the country yesterday decided to bring all the organisations protesting the removal of Baul statues from the airport roundabout under one platform in a day or two to forge a people's movement against fundamentalist forces.
Artists from 27 countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America gathered in Dhaka as the month-long 13th Asian Art Biennale 2008 began at the Osmani Memorial Hall in the city yesterday.
Robbers posing as customers robbed a jeweller's, stealing at least 700 tolas of gold at Sobhanbagh in the capital yesterday.
Daniel Vettori, evoking memories of Inzamamul Haq in Multan and Ricky Ponting in Fatullah, played out of his skin to hand Bangladesh a close three-wicket defeat in the Brac Bank first Test at the Chittagong Divisional Stadium yesterday.
A Thai court found former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra guilty of corruption yesterday and sentenced him to two years in prison, deepening the country's paralysing political crisis.
Some 50 workers of a garments factory at Fatulla in Narayanganj were injured in a clash with police yesterday.
Awami League (AL) yesterday demanded that the Election Commission (EC) hold the upcoming national elections with the previous constituencies if the commission failed to resolve within a week all complexities centring re-demarcation of constituencies.
The European Commission (EC) expects an announcement from the caretaker government soon about lifting or relaxing the state of emergency as a 10-member core team from Brussels comes here on November 6 to assess the pre-poll situation.
The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday upheld the High Court (HC) orders which granted bail to former minister Mirza Abbas, ex-state ministers AKM Mosharraf Hossain and Dr Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir and former lawmaker Kamal Ahmed Majumder in separate corruption cases.
India takes a giant leap today with the launch of a lunar mission that will boost its space programme into the same league as regional powerhouses Japan and China.
In a rejoinder to our reports headlined "IGP show-caused: asked to explain his frustration over Police Ordinance" and "IGP notice portraits police as weak force: feel reform aspiring cops: IGP replies to Home", the home ministry said no show-cause notice was served on IGP.
Police yesterday arrested 13 madrasa students on charge of violating Emergency Power Rules (EPR) by trying to form a human chain in front of the National Press Club in the city.
Students of Jahangirnagar University (JU) yesterday assaulted drama and dramatics (D&D) department head Sanowar Hossain Sunny, who had been cleared of sexual harassment charges by the syndicate .
The High Court (HC) yesterday acquitted former BNP lawmaker Abul Hossain Khan who was earlier sentenced to seven years' imprisonment in a case filed against him on charges of possessing illegal arms.
The High Court (HC) has fixed today for hearing three pending writ petitions regarding the Election Commission's (EC's) re-demarcation of parliamentary constituencies.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) has arrested three people in Munsiganj, Khulna and Jessore on charge of their involvement in the killing of Khan Ibne Zaman, senior joint secretary of Khulna city Awami League.
Pakistani helicopter gunships and fighter jets yesterday pounded militant hideouts in a tribal region near the Afghan border, killing 11 rebels, a security official said.
Talks were being held in Dubai last night between the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Pakistan, which faces the threat of defaulting on its foreign debt.
At least 11 people were killed and 15 others were injured when a powerful bomb exploded yesterday in Imphal city in northeastern India, police said.
Democrat Barack Obama will leave the White House trail later this week to head to the side of his gravely ill 85-year-old grandmother in Hawaii, just 11 days before the election.
A sudden surge in student violence in the nation's capital leaves us all worried. The other day, factions of the Chhatra League went into battle against each other over the formation of new university hall committees of the student organisation. Alongside that came news of the violence which erupted at the Teacher-Student Centre centering around the selling of admission forms for prospective students of the university. And as if that were not enough, students of Dhaka College and City College went into pitched battles on Monday over the harassment of a female student of the latter institution by one of the former. Indeed, the clashes between the students of the two colleges resulted in a long and asphyxiating traffic snarl which affected not only the area around New Market and Science Laboratory but also other neighbourhoods.
THE reported cases of corruption in the Khulna offices of Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Limited (BTCL), formerly BTTB, illustrate the utter disregard for accountability and a minimum standard of honesty of all those involved. This one instance has robbed the government exchequer, and consequently the tax-payers, of more than Taka 30 crore over a period of seven years. It is not only the amount involved, but also the manner in which public money was embezzled, that leaves us dumbfounded.
A government ought to have better priorities than decreeing the time when children must go to school. For governance is something rather serious. Of course, part of that seriousness comes with being able to determine the nature of traffic on the roads and the way in which it will flow.
THERE is a saying that when America sneezes, the world gets flu. This is evident, as the American financial crisis has spread throughout the world. America can come out of this crisis, but countries with weaker economies will suffer heavily.
IT is a moment of danger. The Pakistan economy is faced with a default on its external liabilities, both in the short run and until the first quarter of the next calendar year.
Captain Daniel Vettori hoped that his side could carry on from their performance in the first Test at the Chittagong Divisional Sta-dium yesterday.
His actions usually speak louder than words but during yesterday's press conference, Mohammad Ashraful looked exasperated for a moment.
Defeat at times is graceful. And wasn't that wonderful to watch the young brigade of Mohammad Ashraful pushing the mighty New Zealand on the fifth day of a Test match till conceding a defeat in the final session and then, for a change, leave the field with their heads held high.
A sizzling performance by Zaheer Khan in the second Test here on Tuesday helped India to a crushing 320-run win against Australia and go 1-0 up in the four-Test series.
Referee Rob Styles found himself embroiled in another controversial penalty decision as 10-man Newcastle drew 2-2 with Manchester City at St James Park on Monday night.
Premier League leaders Chelsea and Liverpool face compelling ties as they reach the midway point of the Champions League group stage on Wednesday.
The 2010 World Cup-African Nations Cup final round qualifying draw in Zurich Wednesday holds no fears for leading 2008/09 English Premiership scorer Egyptian Amr Zaki.
World Cup winner Rivaldo has committed to fulfilling his contract at Uzbekistan club Bunyodkor regardless of the outcome of today's Asian Champions League semifinal against Australia's Adelaide United in Tashkent.
As expected Dhaka and Rajshahi secured outright wins on the final day of the four-day matches in the Ispahani Mirzapore Tea 10th National Cricket League yesterday.
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Tuesday said he had never seen Australia struggle so badly after their thumping 320-run defeat in the second Test here.
Tamim Iqbal and Mashrafe Bin Mortaza yesterday confirmed that they had refused an offer from an agent associated with the rebel Indian Cricket League.
New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori proved to be the kingpin as his side won the first Brac Bank Test against Bangladesh at the Chittagong Divisional Stadium yesterday.
Scrambled eggs and a massage are behind veteran centre-back Sol Campbell's return to form, according to Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp.
Werder Bremen will be without goalkeeper Tim Wiese, striker Daniel Jansen and midfielder Aaron Hunt for Wednesday night's Champions League game against Panathinaikos.
Croatian first division outfit Hajduk Split has become the first in the Balkans country to be listed on the stock exchange to resolve a financial crisis, a club statement revealed Tuesday.
The Citycell B. League resumes today after a two-day break with the seventh round match between Sheikh Russel and Muktijoddha at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.
Northern University bounced back in the Mentors' Inter-private university football tournament yesterday with a huge 6-1 win against Independent University of Bangladesh but contenders North South University (NSU) were held to a draw in their second match.
Mymensingh Zila Dal defeated Gazipur Zila Dal by seven wickets on the opening day of the Dhaka divisional under-14 cricket tournament at the local stadium on Monday.
Bangladesh men's kabaddi team bagged bronze medal in the 1st Asian Beach Games when they defeated hosts Indonesia 57-34 in their last match at Bali yesterday.
India's Zaheer Khan was Tuesday fined 80 per cent of his match fees following a heated on-field clash with Australia's Matthew Hayden during the second Test here.
Bangladesh Boys Club were held to a 1-1 draw by T&T Club Motijheel in the Second Division Football League at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.
Sales of powdered milk suffered a massive slump in the last couple of days as consumers refrained from buying amid scare over the presence of melamine in the product, manufacturers and retailers said yesterday.
Golden Son, a listed engineering company, has set up a garment accessories manufacturing unit as part of a plan to expand business into the import-dominated market.
Finance Adviser AB Mirza Azizul Islam said Monday the Bangladesh economy would not be adversely affected by the global financial recession as the country's financial sector is "well-managed".
Representatives of 20 of the world's leading economies meet Tuesday to discuss how to crack down on so-called tax havens, with the global financial crisis boosting calls to tighten the screws.
Raising productivity and aggressive drive for both product and market diversification are keys to being competitive in the global RMG market in case of economic recession, observed noted economist Wahiduddin Mahmud.
World markets showed further signs of recovery Tuesday, with most Asian and European stocks rising on hopes of another US economic stimulus package and a thaw in frozen credit markets.
Bangla Trac Communications, one of the private international gateway operators in Bangladesh, has selected Ericsson to manage operations of its new switching infrastructure for international call termination.
Bangladesh Bank will soon circulate Taka 1,000 notes, Governor Dr Salehuddin Ahmed said last evening.
As soon as the new real estate ordinance was approved in principle by the cabinet in late July, industry leaders began to oppose the law, saying it would destroy the sector that contributes around eight percent to the GDP.
Optimism grew Tuesday that the global financial crisis was being brought under control as stock markets surged in expectation of another government spending package to kick-start the US economy.
Too much concentration on too few securities pulled down Dhaka stocks for a fifth day.
A nine-day information technology (IT) show styled 'Elephant Road Computer Samity (ECS) IT Fair 2008' will begin in Dhaka on October 30.
Readers of a leading travel magazine, Business Traveller Asia-Pacific, have voted Singapore Airlines as “Best Airline” for the 17th time, according to a recent poll.
World oil prices dipped on Tuesday on profit-taking, after recent gains made in the expectation that the OPEC crude producers' cartel will unveil plans to cut output later this week.
With or without funding from the World Bank, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) plus China, Japan and South Korea (Asean+3) will pursue new initiatives to reinforce the region's defences against the worst global financial meltdown in 80 years.
The euro hit a 19-month low on Tuesday against the dollar on news of another plan to stimulate the US economy as evidence mounted of a European slowdown, traders said.
India and Pakistan began trading between their respective parts of Kashmir for the first time in six decades on Tuesday, raising hopes of a drop in tension in the disputed Himalayan region.
The gap between rich and poor has grown in most developed countries over the past 20 years, leading to an increase in child poverty, an organisation of 30 leading economies said in a report Tuesday.
Japan is ready to inject public funds into big or small banks if they fall victim to the credit crunch, the country's economic and fiscal policy minister said Tuesday.
Southeast Asia's economies will suffer if a growing shortage of managers and skilled professionals is not addressed, the International Labour Organisation warned Tuesday.
Mobile abuse among youngsters
Nowadays people cannot think without mobile communications even a moment. Mobile companies (multinational) are booming their business in Bangladesh.
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday called upon all concerned to extend wholehearted cooperation towards holding a free, fair and credible election in December.
Bangladesh has won six prizes in the prestigious Manthan Award for best ICT and digital content development in South Asia.
Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide a loan of $165 million to help Bangladesh boost private investment in infrastructure, mainly in the energy sector.
It is the time for the students of indigenous community to get united to realise their constitutional and basic rights, said Jyotirindra Bodhipriyo Larma alias Shantu Larma, chairman of Chittagong Hill Tracts Regional Council, yesterday.
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced ten people to life imprisonment for killing four villagers in Savar in February 1997 in a bid to grab lands on behalf of the Partex Real Estate Ltd.
Five people were killed and 70 people injured in separate road accidents in Patuakhali and Netrakona yesterday.
The British Curry Awards 2008 reached the dizzy new heights in the UK as the annual competition awarded 10 restaurants as winners -- one for each of its 10 regions.
Diets worldwide that are rich in fried and salty foods increase heart attack risk, while eating lots of fruit, leafy greens and other vegetables reduces that risk, a groundbreaking study showed.
Japan's lower house of parliament voted yesterday to extend a controversial naval mission backing US-led operations in Afghanistan.
A mob beat a suspected criminal to death and injured another critically at Begunbari Balurmat in Amin Bazar area in Savar yesterday.
The police recovered the body of a newly married woman hanging from the ceiling of her bedroom at Dakkhin Dharmasur in Keraniganj yesterday.
The Local Government Commission (LGC) will start functioning from November 1 after completion of its formation this month.
A top Bangladesh cricket official Tuesday rejected accusations from Pakistan that it failed to offer its support in the row over the rescheduled Champions Trophy.
The Ministry of Environment and Forest has extended the date for setting up of effluent treatment plant (ETP) on different mill and factory premises until November 15, considering the country's socio-economic condition.
District police in separate drives arrested two absconding convicts from Anowara and Mirsharai upazilas in the district at last night.
The Philippines has assured the caretaker government of support in its efforts to hold the national elections slated for December 18.
Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Chittagong here filed a case against Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) yesterday for amassing wealth from unknown sources of income.
Former state minister and Awami League (AL) presidium member Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir was released on bail from the prisons cell of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Hospital yesterday.
Awami League Presidium Member Amir Hossain Amu yesterday said several issues need to be solved for holding a credible parliament election scheduled for December 18.
The 2nd governing board meeting of the Saarc Agriculture Centre begins today at the Bangladesh Agriculture Research Council (BARC) at Farmgate in the city.
Manarat Dhaka International School and College will compete for the national championship of seven other member countries of Saarc at the regional-level round to be held from October 24 in New Delhi.
From now on drivers of vehicles would lose points on their licence for offence on roads as part of a decision to cut traffic jam in the city following directive by the chief adviser, home ministry sources said.
A Barisal court yesterday sentenced a man to death for killing his neighbour at Barajalia village in Hizla upazila one year ago.
Police seized huge Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) equipment worth Tk 60 lakh in the port city on Monday night.
Diabetic Association of Bangladesh (DAB) yesterday extended its medical services at Rupnagar residential area at Pallabi, says a press release.
Associate Professor Apon Kashem of Texas State University in America has won the IBM Award this year.
Secretary General of Jamaat-e-Islami Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojahid yesterday said the politics should be parliament-centred.
Relatives of a newborn baby vandalised Ad-Din Hospital at Moghbazar in the city yesterday and attacked its employees just after the death of the baby, alleging that negligence of the hospital authorities led to his death.
Manarat Dhaka International School and College will compete for the national championship of seven other member countries of Saarc at the regional-level round to be held from October 24 in New Delhi.
Academic activities of much awaited Rangpur University will begin today, fulfilling a long cjherished dream of the people of northern districts.
Grassroots BNP leaders and activists of Dinajpur have demanded nomination of party candidates in all six constituencies in the district for the upcoming parliamentary election.
Leaders of BNP-led four-party alliance at a meeting in Kumarkhali upazila yesterday demanded nomination of a person other than former BNP lawmaker Syed Mehedi Ahmed Rumi for the upcoming parliamentary election.
Brahmanbaria unit of Sammilita Sangskritik Jote, joined by at least 25 other socio-cultural organizations and freedom fighters, formed a human chain and brought out a silent procession in the town yesterday protesting demolition of Lalon's sculpture near Zia International Airport in Dhaka.
Jhenidah Additional District Sessions Judge Court, in a verdict pronounced here yesterday, sentenced four people to death and two others to life term rigorous imprisonment for killing a man at Sabdalpur bazaar in Kotchandpur upazila, court sources said.
Police recovered six hand-made bombs from Madhavpasha High School compound in Babuganj upazila yesterday.
A villager was killed and 40 others were injured in two separate clashes at Bhulak village of Nasirnagar upazila and Joydarkandi village of Sarail upazila yesterday and Monday night.
Mob caught a car hijacker, recovered the vehicle and rescued its injured driver at Shatghar village in Shivalaya Police Station Monday night.
Senator Obama is leading by more than 8 points. The battleground states like Pennsylvania, Ohio and Florida are still in favour of Obama. Nevertheless, the margin in Pennsylvania is more comfortable than Ohio and Florida, where there is close to a tie, considering the independent and undecided voters. If the election were held today, Senator Obama would win the Presidency, one can predict safely.
Throughout history water has confronted humanity with some of its greatest challenges. Water is a source of life and a natural resource that sustains our environment and supports livelihoods but it is also a source of risk and vulnerability. In the early 21st century, prospects of human development are threatened by a deepening global water crisis. Debunking the myth that the crisis is the result of scarcity, this report argues that poverty, power and inequality are at the heart of the problem.
Cars pollute as soon as they are turned on, whether they are moving or sitting still in traffic. To blame air pollution on rickshaws because they slow down cars is outrageous. Even when moving smoothly and well-maintained, cars pollute. Cars are the major polluters of our air and the major contributors to climate change. Worldwide, the most serious air pollution is caused by the United States, not because their cars are slowed by rickshaws, or because their cars are poorly maintained, but because Americans drive so much.
National skipper Mohammad Ashraful was under tremendous pressure in recent times. A lot of criticisms were coming from even those people who don't know anything of cricket. Lack of form, rumours of joining in ICL, ineffective captaincy and many other things made his life complicated. But he has done the right thing in the nick of time. He scored a well-deserved half century in the first ODI against New Zealand.
I am a law-abiding citizen and I want to pay tax (with 7% additional penalty) on my undisclosed LEGAL INCOME during the last three years.
On September 25, I wrote in these columns about a friend who was lured into an affair by a male teacher, who persisted on her to continue the relationship, in secret, when she got out of it and married elsewhere. I wrote the letter at the time when JN University students were holding daily public protest against systematic sexual harassment by a male teacher, and were featuring in news headlines.
It is difficult to understand why you don't publish anything on the World Chess Championship which is going on in Bonn, Germany, between Anand and Kramnik. All the best newspapers in the world are actually dedicating full columns and supplementary pages to this occasion.
"Pakistan betrayed?" by Shamol Saha (Oct 14).
It all started with the oil prices going through the roof having a massive impact on economies around the world. Countries found themselves grappling with it. Then came the inevitable- global warming, affecting every aspect of life and becoming more and more menacing. Erratic and fierce storms and hurricanes wrecking towns and cities struck with unbelievable ferocity, never seen before. Forest fires ravaged and destroyed wide swathe of forests and natural habitats. As we were taking stock of the situation came the breaking news of global food crisis, the price hike, food shortage world over, not even the USA was spared, empty godowns, food riots, famine, starvation and malnutrition. We also learned about crops cultivated for bio-fuel as an alternative to oil and used to run cars and machines aggravating the food crisis. Global warming caused unprecedented floods, storms and natural disasters. The frightening situation was absorbed slowly as we came across more earth shaking news.
Ali Ahsan Mojahid is an arrest-warrant-issued person. But he recently joined a dialogue with the government when police was looking for him. Our Chief Adviser was also present there.
I am blessed with a six-year old child. She was born in a hospital in Uttara. After her birth, we started vaccination as the doctors suggested and made a vaccination card. I am giving different vaccinations to my kid. HBS Vaccine is one of them. After completion of HBS Vaccination, the duty doctor inscribed a date for booster dose in her card. After one year on the scheduled date my wife went to the hospital for the booster dose. That day the duty doctor suggested my wife that the booster dose was not mandatory as she had already taken HBS Vaccine three times. Without checking her, the doctor did it.
The caretaker government has set up a search committee for appointing vice chancellors in public universities with the ultimate aim of choosing the very best for the top administration in the universities in a clear and transparent manner. Applications were sought to fill in the vacancies. Recently, a few appointments and selections were made which raised questions in the public mind. For a newly established general public university, two candidates were nominated with the background of purely technical education like agriculture. Why such experts should be appointed as VC of a general university while there were qualified candidates with general education background?
Once upon a time it was heard that Bangladesh was floating on natural gas. If we didn't sell our gas to other countries, our country might have exploded! But it is a matter of great regret that our natural gas will be finished by 2011. I think there are many reasons behind this. The most important reason is the pipeline gas. Because of pipeline system people keep wasting the valuable natural gas.
Telephone: We can talk to 35 or more countries at a reasonably economical rate i.e. @ Tk 7.50 per minute--- to the USA, Canada and so on. But we can't talk to our neighbouring country India, which is also a member of Saarc. We have more friends, relatives and business partners in India than New Zealand, Canada or Finland. Even we have thousands of Bangladeshis in Middle Eastern countries who are the largest foreign exchange remitting people but they do not fall in the category of EISD. Nearly 10% of the population of Bangladesh has somebody in India whom they need to talk to very often for various purposes. But the economy rate of telephone conversation is not applicable for India. Will the respected special adviser to the CA kindly look into the matter?
Recently, the govt. instructed all Dhaka based schools to start at 7:30am for better traffic management. In fact, our experience on the first day says it was a complete mess (it seemed like going from bad to worse!) from the early morning till late evening. In this situation, I am curious to know why the authorities took this decision. They had to revert to the original timing.
Iraq's cabinet was discussing a contentious security pact with Washington yesterday as the top US military chief warned that time was running out for Baghdad to back the deal.
Top US diplomat Richard Boucher has lauded the efforts of the Pakistan armed forces to clear the restive areas in the NWFP and the tribal belt along the border with Afghanistan of Taliban and al-Qaeda militants.
Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin says she supports a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, a break with John McCain who has said he believes states should be left to define what marriage is.
The world is on the brink of an avalanche in the spread of devastating weaponry, a new global non-proliferation group warned yesterday, saying that a nuclear incident would dwarf the September 11 attacks.
Florida kicked off early voting on Monday, with record crowds heading to the polls and voters waiting hours to cast their ballots. Elections officials said the few reported problems were minor.
The failure of Nato member countries to send the troops they promised to Afghanistan shows a "wavering" political will that is hindering the mission's progress, a top US general warned here Monday.
A massive offensive against Tamil rebels is taking longer than expected because of concerns for civilians trapped in the battle zone, Sri Lanka's president said yesterday.
At least 15 men were killed and 14 more wounded on Tuesday in fierce early morning clashes between insurgents and Sunni tribes in the central Iraq Shia province of Babil, police and a medic said.
Sporadic incidents of stone pelting at municipal and private buses were reported here this morning following the arrest of MNS chief Raj Thackeray in Ratnagiri.
Chinese police on Tuesday called on foreign nations to arrest and extradite eight alleged Islamic terror group leaders accused plotting attacks during the Beijing Olympics.
Afghanistan's insurgent Taliban told mobile telephone companies in the central province of Ghazni on Tuesday to turn off their signal towers for 10 days or face a "reaction."
Geologists say they have discovered prehistoric animal tracks so densely packed on a 3/4-acre site that they're calling it a "dinosaur dance floor."
Arts & Entertainment
The Rabindra Memorial Museum at Shahjadpur in Sirajganj district houses some rare photographs of Nobel laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore and his family. Unfortunately these priceless items are wasting away because of poor maintenance and neglect.
The 180th anniversary of Pabna district was recently observed with colourful programmes. A discussion and a cultural programme were the highlights of the occasion. The venue was the Pabna Town Hall premises, where educationists, cultural activists, journalists and more from the district took part. The programme was organised by Heyday Creative Group, Pabna.
Veteran educationist and former Vice-chancellor of Assam University and North-Eastern Hill University of Shillong, Dr. Jayanto Bhattacharya has said that the historic division of Sylhet region (as part of the greater "Division of Bengal") remains mostly ignored. The novel “Pardeshi” delved into the historic incident and its impact on people. Social and personal issues in the lives of people have been illustrated in the novel, he added. Another aspect of the literary work is the portrayal of relation between the Bengalis and indigenous people of Shillong.
Sean Connery wasn't supposed to be James Bond. Keanu Reeves wasn't supposed to be "The One." So, who were the original choices?
Gwyneth Paltrow is helping her friend Madonna through the break-up of her marriage.
Talking Point, a late night talk show on contemporary issues, will be aired at 11: 30 pm on ATN Bangla tonight. Directed and hosted by journalist Munni Saha, the programme is produced by Tarek Ripon.
Drama serial “Adda” will be aired tonight on Rtv at 9:50pm. The screenplay of the serial has been done by Alvi Ahmed. Ahmed is the director of the serial as well.
A senior advocate of the Supreme Court, Dr Kamal Hossain received Barrister at Law degree from Lincoln's Inn, London in 1959. He obtained his BA Honours in Jurisprudence in 1957, Bachelor of Civil Law in 1958 and Doctor of Philosophy in 1964 from University of Oxford, England. Member of the parliament from 1972 to 1975, he was the chairman of the constitution drafting committee. He served as law minister in 1972, foreign minister (1973-1975) and minister of petroleum and minerals (1974-75). Dr Kamal also served as vice-chairman of Bangladesh Bar Council, president of Supreme Court Bar Association, chairman of the advisory council of Transparency International, chairperson of Commonwealth Human Rights Advisory Commission and UN special rapporteur on Afghanistan. He is the vice-chairman of International Law Association and has been serving as the chairman of Bangladesh Legal Aid and Service Trust since 1993. He formed Gono Forum in 1993. Shamim Ashraf and Hasan Jahid Tusher took the Interview.
THE world is in trouble, from Wall Street to Dalal Street, from Karachi, Tokyo and Singapore to Sao Paolo and Caracas. When the malaise is so widespread, it is unlikely that anyone will go unscathed, whether you are in Timbuktoo or in Dhaka.
AGAINST the backdrop of carnage at Islamabad's Marriott hotel, terrorist attacks on the US embassy in San'a and the Indian embassy in Kabul, and the resurgence of Al Qaeda in Algeria, few places in the Muslim world appear as placid as Indonesia. It's been three years since the country's last major terrorist bombing; Al Qaeda's local affiliate, Jemaah Islamiyah, is on the run. Democracy has blossomed: Parliamentary and presidential elections scheduled for 2009 will be the third consecutive free ballot since the end of General Suharto's 32-year reign in 1998.
Dhaka's taxicab service is on the verge of breakdown as more than 70 percent of the cabs have been taken out of service.
An hour inside Karwan Bazar kitchen market, the largest one in the city, could make anyone find Dhaka's notoriously hot, humid summer air heavenly, thanks to the city fathers' reluctance to the convenience of tax-payers.
Gulshan Model Town, which was originally a residential area, is turning into a commercial zone with uncontrolled growth of business establishments.