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News of: Wednesday, 5th of November, 2008
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Democrat Barack Obama is joining the nation's earliest voters in filling in a ballot in his historic presidential contest with Republican John McCain.
In a quite surprising move, BNP is now evaluating Jamaat's performance in the past three parliamentary elections and also its own gains from forming its electoral alliance with the religion based party, said BNP insiders.
Six more political parties yesterday received certificates of registration with the Election Commission (EC) as parliamentary party. They are BNP, Jatiya Party (JP-Ershad), Bikalpadhara Bangladesh, Workers Party of Bangladesh, Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) and Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD-Inu).
Awami League's (AL) parliamentary nominations will be largely based on the list prepared prior to the stalling of the January 22, 2007 election with minor changes in it.
Despite being in a quandary over polls participation, BNP is gearing up for the December 18 national election.
The jail authorities have requested Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) to send back 12 high-profile prisoners for overstaying in its hospital with fake sickness.
The historic 2008 US presidential race has triggered widespread debate over poll expenditure of the contenders for White House, as the existing presidential public financing system for electoral campaign has apparently failed to arrest unbridled campaign spending.
The High Court (HC) yesterday directed Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer and former minister Motiur Rahman Nizami to appear before the trial court by November 10 to face proceedings in Barapukuria coalmine case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).
Troops will start returning to barracks from emergency duties across the country today as the home ministry yesterday wrote to the Armed Forces Division with the request.
Traders are now awaiting a decision from the High Court (HC) before restarting display and sales of five brands of powdered milk, which the government on Monday declared melamine-free after tests at home and abroad.
Petrobangla yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Korea Consortium led by obscure and inexperienced Korean company Luxon Global that wants to invest $ 7 billion in power and coal sectors in Bangladesh in the next few years.
Bangladesh Navy last evening asked ships of Myanmar to stop oil and gas exploration inside Bangladesh maritime territory as Bangladesh's special envoy is to hold a dialogue with the Myanmar government today.
In a drastic action yesterday, the government removed the vice chancellor, pro-vice chancellor and treasurer of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) following various allegations of corruption, and particularly forgery concerning medical certificate for former BNP lawmaker Mosaddak Ali Falu.
Former caretaker government adviser ASM Shahjahan has said the 1/11 changeover immediately saved the country from hell but it could not take it to heaven as everyone dreamt.
The caretaker government is taking steps to arrange accommodation and transport facilities for the upazila chairmen going to be elected in the ensuing polls slated for December 28.
Sector Commanders Forum yesterday made public their preliminary list of 50 war criminals, which includes the names of Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Matiur Rahman Nizami and its Secretary General Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojahid.
The Election Commission (EC) has sent a list of around 9,000 prospective candidates in the upcoming parliamentary election to the state-owned banks and utility service providers to identify defaulters among them.
Education and Commerce Adviser Dr Hossain Zillur Rahman said yesterday that the government is working to create an election-friendly environment in the country so as to hold an election contested by all political parties.
The Supreme Judicial Commission (SJC) is likely to make a final decision today regarding appointment of new judges to the High Court (HC) division of the Supreme Court (SC).
The daily Prothom Alo yesterday celebrated its 10th founding anniversary with the pledge to bring about a change in the society.
Bangladesh launch their South Africa campaign today with a Twenty20 international against the hosts at the New Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg.
At least 25 students of Dhaka University (DU) were injured yesterday in fresh clashes between the students of two DU dormitories on the university campus.
Prices of non-brand edible oil increased by Tk 5-10 per litre in city markets in the last three days.
Detained businessman Giasuddin Al Mamun was sent to jail yesterday by a Dhaka court on completion of a three-day police remand in connection with a case filed for swindling Tk 8.4 crore out of a businessman.
Thirty-nine people were killed yesterday when a ferry capsized in a freak accident in the central Philippines, the local police chief said, the latest in a line of maritime disasters to hit the country.
Insurgents killed at least 14 people and wounded dozens more in the Iraqi capital on Tuesday, including seven who lost their lives in a bomb attack on a bus depot, security officials said.
The decision by the government, hot on the heels of the announcement of the election schedule, to go for a relaxation of the state of emergency is welcome. There can be no denying that the move eases further the situation vis-à-vis the holding of the general elections next month. The fetters that have been there since January last year now have been removed in order for politics to get back to normal. At the same time, by revoking certain clauses of the Emergency Powers Rules, the government has removed the hindrances that have so far stood in the way of the working of the media. There have already been notable developments among the political circles, with parties like the Awami League taking preparations for participation in the polls. It is expected that other parties will take the cue and go fully into election mode in the next few days.
We are seldom surprised by reports of bribe taking in public establishments. Nevertheless, as reported in this newspaper yesterday, the method employed by a land office in Chittagong, the wanton manner in which the staff had gone about taking bribe from the public who were seeking their service, has startled us.
THE knives are out again, in all their sinister gleam, to stab us in the back once more. This time it is the very ethos of the People's Republic of Bangladesh that has come under assault. Hannan Shah of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party and Ali Ahsan Mujahid of the Jamaat-e-Islami have given us to understand that the general elections of 1970 were organised by the regime of General Yahya Khan to favour a particular political party. And, of course, that party was the Awami League, though they shy away from saying it.
FORMER political prisoner Mohamed "Anni" Nasheed (41) routed Asia's longest serving leader, Maumoon Abdul Gayoom (71), in the Maldives' first democratic presidential election. Gayoom has been defeated by a human rights campaigner who was thrown in jail by him. Nasheed was a former Amnesty International prisoner of conscience.
PAKISTAN'S economy is failing and it has to seek IMF aid to avoid being declared insolvent. Pakistan cannot pay all its liabilities, which include those bonds that mature early next year as well as debts owed to western powers. Criticism of Pakistani policies is well deserved because, while it has continued to borrow and also undertake some development, it has never seriously tried to build the ability to repay all its debts as and when they fall due. Hence the crisis.
Mohammedan's striking pair was on target to help the title contenders topple a major hurdle in the Citycell B. League with a 2-1 victory against Sheikh Russel yesterday.
Arsenal host Fenerbahce in the Champions League on Wednesday knowing a win is vital to boost team spirits, while north of the border Celtic will attempt to halt the Manchester United juggernaut.
Obafemi Martins scored both goals as Newcastle United climbed off the bottom of the Premier League table with a 2-0 win against Aston Villa at St James' Park here Monday.
Over 14 thousand people legalised over Tk 780 crore undisclosed income this year availing of the government's special privileges by paying over Tk 100 crore taxes as penalty.
Australia captain Ricky Ponting goes into the crucial fourth and final Test against India here on Thursday praying his fast bowlers return to their wicket-taking ways.
Dhaka closed in on their second victory while the Sylhet-Rajshahi tie hangs in the balance at the end of the third day of the Ispahani Mirzapore Tea 10th National Cricket League's fourth round yesterday.
Ricky Ponting has been likened to inheriting a family business on the slide as Australian cricket comes face-to-face with reality.
Pakistani selectors sought a replacement for Mohammad Yousuf Monday after the star batsman joined the Indian Cricket League hours after being named in a one-day series squad against the West Indies.
When Diego Maradona was named Argentina coach last week he joined an exclusive club of legendary stars who have moved from playing for to managing their national teams.
Enamul Hossain Rajib dropped points in the third round of the 12th Bavarian Open International Chess Championship when the Bangladesh Grandmaster drew with Bernhard Nagel of Germany at Bad Wiessee in Germany on Monday.
Rana Das struck twice to give Police Athletics Club a 2-0 win over Barnak Samaj in the Green Delta First Division Hockey League at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.
World number one Rafael Nadal of Spain said on Monday that he had pulled out of the season-ending Shanghai Masters due to fatigue after a long season and to focus on the Davis Cup in Argentina.
Former Pakistan captain Salim Malik said Tuesday he has accepted an offer to become national academy coach, a month after a court overturned his life ban on alleged involvement in match-fixing.
The Ispahani National Team Bridge Championship will begin in Dhaka on November 14.
Atletico Madrid coach Javier Aguirre has warned Manchester City that all the money in the world will not buy them Sergio Aguero.
Barcelona coach Josep Guardiola on Monday reprimanded Argentine striker Lionel Messi, who appeared in television images to have spat at Portuguese midfielder Duda during his side's 4-1 win at Malaga over the weekend.
AC Milan's Ronaldinho was once again left out of the Brazil squad as coach Dunga on Monday named his 22-man squad for a friendly with Portugal on November 19.
Serbian Sinisa Mihajlovic was on Monday named the new boss of Serie A strugglers Bologna after they fired Daniele Arrigoni.
Former German international goalkeeper Jens Lehmann will not have his wish granted of making a nostalgic final appearance in the friendly with England here on November 19, German coach Joachim Low announced on Monday.
A steep decline in commodity prices in international markets has made Bangladeshi banks conservative about financing commodity imports, although the price fall is expected to ease inflation, industry people said.
The country's promising light engineering sector has much developed from an informal cottage status, but with a lot of constraints, over the years.
Repeat orders for fashionable knitwear items recorded a drop last month as the global economic meltdown hit retail sales in the US and Europe, said a representative of Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) yesterday.
The stock market regulator will issue merchant banking licences to new firms, a move that will lessen the dominance of the existing merchant banks in the stock market.
Foreign Adviser Dr Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury yesterday said remittances received from workers abroad so far this year, amounting to US $7.4 billion, has already crossed last year's record figures.
Proper funding, market access and training are required to promote women entrepreneurship in the country, speakers observed at a seminar in Dhaka yesterday.
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday emphasised increasing trade relations between Bangladesh and Sudan as he offered Bangladesh's world-class products for the market of the African country.
Around 1,200 containers of imported goods bound for the Dhaka Inland Container Depot (ICD) have stockpiled in Chittagong port in the last couple of weeks due to the malfunctioning of handling equipment at ICD.
Etihad Airways, national airlines of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), celebrates its fifth anniversary of operation today.
The government will soon declare Broadband Policy-2008 (proposed) with a view to provide internet facilities quickly and cheaply to the people, as the country lags in the journey on the global information superhighway.
Sonali Bank has introduced online remittance system in the district for the first time to facilitate the expatriate Bangladeshis in sending their money to the country.
China expects international iron ore prices to plummet next year amid falling demand from its steelmakers stung by the global economic downturn, state media reported Tuesday.
The mobile phone, a statement of lifestyle, has completely taken over every sphere of daily life. Inforev Limited, a local value-added service provider, has developed software that will act like a guide, directing customers to the nearest customer care location, at times when the mobile set gives trouble.
Indian builders hit by slipping profits are offering free cars and gold to kickstart once-booming demand but experts warn the gimmicks may not keep the housing industry afloat.
Diesel for Boro farmers
Oil price in the international market rose up to $147 dollars per barrel just a few months ago. Due to the global economic crisis, oil prices stumped below $60 per barrel. More than an 80 percent decline in oil prices has given farmers in our country a moral right to enjoy diesel, kerosene and other oil related lubricants at this present low international rate.
Dhaka stocks bounced back yesterday with a jump in prices on speculations about a positive outcome from a meeting among the regulator, merchant banks and authorities of the two bourses.
The price of oil sank to a near 21-month low point under 59 dollars a barrel in London trade on Tuesday owing to weak energy demand worldwide, but later recovered on bargain-hunting, dealers said.
Weakening global economies have dampened India's export growth to its slowest rate since April 2007, clocking a growth of 10.4 per cent in September while imports continued to rise by a robust of over 43 per cent.
Malaysia on Tuesday slashed its 2009 growth forecast and announced a two billion dollar spending programme in a bid to boost the economy.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) said Tuesday it will cut its fuel surcharge on air tickets, but only for passengers travelling in economy and business class.
BMW, the German luxury carmaker, said on Tuesday that it could no longer give a forecast for 2008 and was downbeat for next year too after getting hit head-on by the international financial crisis.
War Crimes Facts Finding Committee (WCFFC) has taken an initiative to install genocide plaques at the killing fields of 1971 lying all over the country.
Different political and student bodies yesterday protested and condemned Myanmar's effort to explore gas in Bangladesh's territorial water.
Speakers at a birth certificate distribution programme yesterday said the nation has been moving one step foreward towards the socio-economic development through initiating the programme that would increase accountability of the state.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the government yesterday signed a loan agreement of 87 million US dollar to improve the basic services and infrastructure in municipal towns of Bangladesh.
Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) President Prof AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury yesterday said the administration will have to function neutrally during the next general election to make it free, fair and credible.
Angry mob set fire to a city service bus in the port city yesterday after it hit a pedestrian.
Ekatturer Ghatok Dalal Nirmul Committee and South Asian People's Union against Fundamentalism and Communalism (SAPUFC), yesterday sternly criticised the Election Commission's (EC) decision to register Jamaat-e-Islami.
Bangladesh Judicial Service Association yesterday expressed its deep concern over appointment of an additional secretary to the law ministry from the administrative cadre, says a press release.
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday urged the government to incorporate the children of the sex workers into the mainstream by ensuring their right to education.
Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) has asked its party members to submit applications for party nomination for the national polls and upazila election by November 10, says a press release.
Mothers of the candidates, who came out successful in the 1st phase result the 27th BCS examinations, submitted a memorandum to the chief adviser yesterday demanding return of the jobs of their sons and daughters.
Iranian Ambassador Hassan Farazandeh yesterday welcomed the relaxation of the state of emergency and said Tehran hoped that a good election would take place here in December.
The month-long emergency repair work of Meghna Bridge on the Dhaka-Chittagong Highway will begin today.
Former director general of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) Maj Gen Sadiqur Rahman Chowdhury passed away at Combined Military Hospital on Monday night at the age of 67.
A total of 200 women fell victim to repression last month, according to a survey report of Bangladesh Mahila Parishad.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday filed a case against former adviser and Secretary General of Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Prof Jahanara Begum for amassing wealth illegally and concealing information of her assets in the statement submitted to the commission.
A terrorist was killed in a shootout between police and his accomplices at East Bonomala at Tongi in the city early yesterday.
Japan Bangladesh Friendship Hospital and Channel i will organise free healthcare programmes for the farmers in Kushtia and Bogra on November 6 and 7 respectively, says a press release.
Social networking site hottDhaka.com is introducing a 'Forums Contest' in the month of November.
Unidentified criminals slaughtered a scrap metal trader at his house at Arsin Gate in the city's Shyampur area in the early hours of yesterday.
Two abducted Brac officials, who were released after nine days of captivity, returned home from the Afghan capital of Kabul last night by a flight of Emirates Airlines.
Jatiya Party (JP) formed a seven-member parliamentary board yesterday according to its constitution, says a press release.
Satkhira district Awami League (AL) at an extended meeting yesterday demanded nomination of party men from all four constituencies in the district in December 18 parliamentary election.
National University Vice Chancellor Prof M Mofakkharul Islam yesterday said harassment of teachers by governing body members continued even after political leaders were replaced by government officials.
Jatiya Party chief Hossain Mohammad Earshad yesterday announced Awami League member Md. Delwar Hossain as his party's candidate from Dinajpur-6 constituency in December 18 parliamentary election. Delwar, a long time member of AL and chairman of Kushdaha Union Parishad for 36 years, expressed surprise at Ershad's announcement made at a way side meeting. Md. Delwar Hosain is a member of Nawabganj Upazla AL.
Participants at a workshop on 'Women's Political Empowerment' demanded equal rights in running political organisations and balanced sharing in nomination for national election according to the ratio of female voters in constituencies.
Bangladesh Tripura Kalyan Sangsad (BTKS) yesterday withdrew the press release that was given to local reporters demanding immediate release of Khagrachhari Hill District (KHDC) Chairman Monindra Lal Tripura.
At least one Bangladesh man was killed by Indians just across the border in Borshshi village in Boda uapzila of Panchagarh in the early hours of Tuesday, according to BDR and family sources. Another man is missing.
Two persons have been awarded death sentence and 19 others including a former UP chairman life term in the case for killing Jasim, a youth murder case in Patuakhali after 14 years of the incident.
Melamine is being detected in imported milk. The departments concerned, importers, traders and testing institutions are engaged in heated debate claiming their tests as true and correct. The government was rather hesitant at the beginning in dealing with the matter. Now the matter is in the court, awaiting test results from overseas.
Bangladesh cricket team continues to play unpredictably. A few wins against Pakistan, Australia, India, New Zealand etc. worked as tonic and magic for the team and the whole country. It seems to have satisfied their appetite for the 'kill'. It bolstered the morale and confidence of the team for the time being. Then they became complacent and performed poorly. So, we are yet to get our money's worth in terms of expenditure, electric bill and time consumed for watching cricket.
Football legend, Diego Armando Maradona has been offered to take over as Argentina's coach. According to the reports, former Argentina coach of 1986 and 1990 World Cups, Carlos Bilardo, would be the General Director and Maradona would be the Head Coach. In addition to that, Sergio Batista (2008 Olympic Gold Medallist Coach), Hector Enrique, Jose Luis Brown (scored the first goal with a header off a Burruchaga cross against Germany in 1986 World Cup Final), Pedro Troglio, Maradona's team mates from 1986 and 1990 World Cup Team, would be playing some roles in this technical team.
The epidemics in many countries of South Asia are now entering a new phase. One of the first populations to be affected by HIV in South Asia were injecting drug users. In areas where drug injection has been long established, such as Manipur in north-eastern India, HIV prevalence rates of over 40 percent have been recorded for several years. Several hundred thousand people infected during the explosive start of epidemics are becoming ill and undergoing treatment. The treatment of infections becomes a great burden for the country concerned, because HIV/AIDS requires long-term and effective medical care, periodical hospital-based care and trained manpower to provide comprehensive healthcare services. For countries where resources are scarce, easy access to treatment and care remain very difficult and prohibitive for many PLWHAs. (People Living with HIV/AIDS)
People who sacrificed a lot during our liberation war are the freedom fighters. Perhaps, we are going to forget them. Our upcoming generation may remain in the dark on this issue.
Nowadays cricket is the most popular game in our country. Although cricket is an old game and our cricketers have been playing for a long time, still their performance is not good. As far as I know, there are all sorts of facilities available, then why do our cricketers perform so poorly in comparison to any other Test playing country? Our national cricketers never go through any financial crisis.
It has become a custom among people to give valuable gifts. There is no reason to worry about the rich, but the middle and low income people face a big trouble.
In Dhaka city traffic congestion is a common phenomenon. City dwellers are facing this problem on a regular basis.
The Jamaat has a large number of clandestine activities that distinguish it from other political parties. The party has its own economy that consists of banks, shops, factories and even print and electronic media. It has infiltrated its cadres into various government organisations such as the civil service, the judiciary, and even educational institutions such as cadet colleges! I know of a case where a Jamaat member got a job in BUET but he was ordered by the party to join the BCS. No other political party resorts to such activities. The Jamaat economy can be termed as an economy within the economy of Bangladesh and its organisation a state within the state of Bangladesh. Their clandestine activities are a threat to democracy and human rights. Moreover, due to their clandestine activities and their wrong interpretation of Islam, they are portraying Islam in a negative manner. Also a political party should not monopolize Islam or any other religion. This is wrong and dangerous particularly in a country where there are a large number of uneducated poverty stricken people. It also places the regular political parties at a disadvantage.
It is surprising and contradicting how many of the media people and even general members of the public in the USA are trying to justify that Mr. Obama is not a Muslim and he never was and, on the other hand, how many are trying to establish that Mr. McCain's adopted daughter is not raised as a Muslim, even though both of them have Islamic backgrounds. These media outlets and citizens of a civilised nation are trying to confirm that they are not against Islam, rather against extremist Islam. At the same time, it seems from their propaganda that being a Muslim or even being in contact with Islam in any way is a crime!
For the first time in the history of Bangladesh, the price of something which went up has come down! It is a welcome development. Though the oil price has come down by 10 percent, I don't think it will have any positive impact on the national economy.
There is every indication that Democratic nominee Barack Obama will become the next US President. He is favoured over McCain, he has got all the qualities a president should have--a very impressive person indeed.
Nowadays people cannot think of life without mobile communication, even for a moment. Mobile companies (multinational) have a booming business in Bangladesh. Updated mobile technologies keep coming one after another. The mobile companies have adopted some business policies to attract youngsters. Mobile phone has brought a radical change to our information and communication systems in Bangladesh. A person can enjoy internet, audio, video, MP3 player, games, recording, video, picture and so many multipurpose systems in a mobile phone.
It is definitely horrifying and alarming news for us that Assam is now the new target of terrorists. It is hard to tell which group is responsible for this massacre but there is no doubt that they are now targeting the areas which were not their target before and the security systems appear to be a bit lax. So the Indian government should have a strong anti-terrorism system in place, so that this kind of crimes cannot be committed in future.
I am a Bangladeshi studying in Malaysia. I will be finishing my course soon, so I will be going back to Dhaka.
Melamine is a nitrogen rich white crystalline compound added to milk powder by dishonest producers to give fake appearance of higher level of protein. This compound in milk has adverse effect on renal system, particularly of children as reported in China and other parts of the world.
The top leaders of the two big political parties are now demanding release of those convicted/charge-sheeted for various crimes/corruption, so as to facilitate their participation in the upcoming general election and getting elected anyhow. One leader of a big party said that they would send the one to the election battlefield who would 'win' -- obviously by hook or by crook (be he a diehard criminal or corrupt).
A couple of good things were heard from the UCG. The number one is, rule of ethics to stop sexual harassment of girl students in our seats of higher learning. Secondly, they won't allow any more private university in Dhaka city. These are definitely good moves and should be followed in letter and spirit.
I live 12,000 miles away from you. I will be there in spirit and so will be tens of millions of Bangladeshis supporting you. We want a complete victory for your side. We want a balanced USA with a leader who does pay serious attention to dialogue and diplomacy. Someone who understands that the fate of the USA and the rest of the world depends on 'selling peace' and not military armaments.
There are no more obstacles in the way to participation in the elections by the two big leaders. It is a piece of news that brings great relief to us. Both the AL and the BNP, the two major parties, have vowed that without the participation of their leaders, their parties would not take part in any election.
Sri Lanka's decades-old war against Tamil Tiger rebels is close to being completed, the island's army chief was quoted as saying yesterday as the military reported further gains in the rebel-held north.
Even in reliably red states where Barack Obama has little chance of winning, unprecedented numbers of registrations and early votes have been tallied yesterday, and elections officials are predicting a record turnout in places where neither candidate even bothered to campaign.
Democrats reached for a blowout at the polls Tuesday in heavy early congressional balloting that could add more than 20 seats to their House majority.
Democrats have a chance of taking filibuster-proof control of the US Senate as Election Day dawns, late polls show.
After the longest and most expensive US presidential campaign ever, newspaper headlines on Tuesday reflected both the historic importance of the occasion and relief that the outcome will soon be known. Here are some sample headlines:
A world weary of eight years of George W. Bush was riveted Tuesday by the drama unfolding in the United States. Many were inspired by Barack Obama's focus on hope, or simply relieved that whoever wins the current administration is coming to an end.
The 44th US president, who takes office January 20, 2009, will enjoy sweeping powers defined by the US constitution and shaped by his political tug-of-war with Congress and the courts.
The United States will give its formal answer to proposed Iraqi amendments to a controversial bilateral security accord in the coming days, White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said Monday.
US presidential front-runner Barack Obama suffered heartache Monday with the death of his grandmother, losing his last beloved link to the family who raised him, just hours from election day.
Iran's parliament yesterday voted to sack Interior Minister Ali Kordan for lying about his credentials and presenting a fake degree from a prestigious British university.
Along with electing a president, voters in 11 states are choosing their state's executives yesterday.
More than 276,000 Afghan refugees have returned to their troubled homeland this year, most of them from Pakistan, under a voluntary repatriation programme, the UN refugee agency said Monday.
The prime minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo headed to Goma on Tuesday amid calls to beef up UN peacekeepers in the face of a rebel uprising.
Rockets fired by suspected Taliban militants yesterday slightly damaged the runway of airport in northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar, but caused no casualties, officials said.
A Guantanamo prisoner who made propaganda videos for Osama bin Laden and says he volunteered to be a Sept. 11 hijacker was convicted of terrorism charges and sentenced to life in prison Monday.
India's first unmanned moon mission entered lunar space early yesterday as part of its final journey this week into the moon's orbit, a top space official said.
A bus plunged into a gorge in northern India on Tuesday, killing 45 people and leaving five seriously injured, police said.
One of al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden's sons has asked for political asylum in Spain, an interior ministry spokesman said Tuesday, confirming a report in top-selling daily newspaper El Pais.
At least 100 cases of cholera have been reported in the Democratic republic of Congo's troubled eastern region, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF - Doctors Without Borders) said yesterday.
Four men accused of involvement in the deadly Islamabad Marriott hotel bombing were remanded yesterday in custody pending trial, officials said.
Arts & Entertainment
Mystic bard Pagla Kanai was born to Messer Ali and Momena Khatun in Labutala Madhabpur village under Jhenidah district on March 18, 1809. Kanai became renowned for his folk songs. He composed a good number of devotional songs but a large number of these have not been preserved. An auditorium and library named after him now stand near the 'mazaar' (shrine) of Pagla Kanai, but the area often becomes a grazing space for cattle.
Artist Yeasmin Jahan Nupur attained attention for her political satires on canvas. Nupur has switched to a different medium and new theme: installation featuring social discrimination. And for her first installation on the subject, Nupur has won an honourable mention at the ongoing Asian Art Biennale '08 organised by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
Renowned Tagore artiste Rezwana Chowdhury Bannya, performed at a sold out concert at Melba Hall, Melbourne University on November 1. The programme was organised by the Melbourne-based cultural group 'Srotar Ashor.'
For Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, celebrating 35th birthday was not an occasion to let her hairs down. Instead, accompanied by her husband Abhishek, she was busy shooting for Mani Ratnam's next film in the woods in Kerala on November 1.
Oscar-winning actress Jane Fonda will return to Broadway after a 46-year absence to perform in "33 Variations" in 2009.
First episode of "Business Blog," a new talk show, will be aired tonight on Rtv at 11:30 pm. The show highlights latest business issues and methods implemented in various sectors. Produced jointly by Rtv and Sufi & Associates, the show is directed by Shabab Arzoo. Sufi Faruq Ibne Abu Bakar hosts the show conceptualised by Paula Aziz Faruq.
Children took part in an art competition on the theme of Liberation War last Friday at Rajshahi District Council Auditorium premises.
The cricket series between the Bangladesh national team and South Africa starts today. ATN Bangla is airing a special programme on the series titled “Ashiyan City Top Spin.” The second episode of the show will be aired today at 11:15 pm.
A memorial meeting in honour of the prominent dramatist and educationist Professor Zia Hyder was held last Saturday in Pabna. The Ekushey Book Fair Celebration Committee, Pabna organised the programme at Pabna Press Club auditorium. Educationists, journalists, cultural activists and people from all walks of life attended the event.
Shadhona, a centre for the advancement of South Asian Music and Dance, will stage "Hey Ananta Punya" on November 9 at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, says a press release.
A.S.M. Shahjahan was born in Noakhali in 1941. He obtained MCom degree in combined commerce from Dhaka University. He joined Pakistan police service in 1966. Shahjahan served as IGP from 1992-1996, and later as youth and sports secretary from 1996-1999. He served as education and youth and sports adviser to the caretaker government in 2001. He also served as vice-chancellor of Asia Pacific University from 2001-2003. Shahjahan is a member of Shushashoner Jonnoy Nagorik, a senior adviser of UNDP, and chairman of the advisory board of Coordinating Council for Human Rights. Shamim Ashraf took the interview.
THE US is going through what is arguably the most important election in its recent history. Barack Obama looks set to win, and most Bangladeshis I know will be delighted. But what would Obama's election, or McCain's, for that matter, actually mean for this country?
POLITICS is the game of creating a message where there is none. Striking a chord, more in perception than reality, of a monster in the darkness or a victimisation of a major voting block, and there you have it -- presto, a winning campaign.
6 PM EST (4 AM Bangladesh Standard Time). Polls close in portions of Indiana and Kentucky.
Traditionally, these are the first states to get called by the networks, spotting the Republicans a quick 19 points in the Electoral College. This year, however, is liable to be a little bit different. Indiana is far more competitive than usual, and is probably the state with the greatest disparity in ground games: the Obama campaign has 42 field offices open there, whereas McCain neglected the state entirely until recently.
The street-side business of potteries and terracotta showpieces are flourishing in the city helping hundreds of potters revive the traditional craftsmanship.
The police check posts, set up to ensure safety of commuters and passer-by in city streets, have been a source of inconvenience for busy commuters.
The authorities have started fresh earth-filling in the Gulshan-Banani Lake for construction of a connecting road, in disregard to the environmental laws, a High Court directive and widespread public outcry against the move.