News of: Wednesday, 12th of November, 2008
The caretaker government will not brook any election campaign or demonstration before November 27 as such activities violate the Emergency Power Rules (EPR). It warned of taking "stern actions" for breaching the rules.
The December 18 parliamentary election in the capital might get to a new dimension as the number of constituencies in the metropolis was increased to 15 from eight.
The home ministry has sent to the Election Commission a list of 103 politicians and businessmen who are convicted of criminal offences under Emergency Powers Rules, to assist the commission in keeping them out of the parliamentary and upazila parishad races.
Sirajganj District Health Department is stuck with adulterated milk being sold in Sirajganj district, as they don't have the funds required to carry out further tests to find out if any chemicals are present in the locally marketed milk.
The Awami League (AL) has primarily found almost all candidates for the 15 re-demarcated constituencies in Dhaka but is still looking for more competent candidates for a number of these parliamentary seats to ensure victory.
BNP is ill-prepared to field candidates for the seven new parliamentary constituencies added to the previous eight in Dhaka city.
The home ministry yesterday asked all to submit their licensed firearms to respective police stations across the country between November 20 and December 3.
Noted jurist Shahdeen Malik does not think BNP and Awami League leadership will change the way they lead their parties and break with the culture of confrontational politics anytime soon.
Political parties should bring a change in their election manifestos mentioning strategies about their dos and don'ts if defeated in the national polls, said speakers at a roundtable yesterday.
Police charged batons at a rally of Jamaat-e-Islami at the north gate of Baitul Mukarram Mosque in the capital, leaving at least 30 Jamaat workers injured.
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) ATM Shamsul Huda yesterday said candidates for parliament should include their spend on using the service of cable television operators for campaign purposes in their total election expenditure.
Tension on Bangladesh-Myanmar border continued yesterday with no sign of pull back of forces of the two countries deployed along the frontier in the last few days.
Ambassadors of the Netherlands, Italy and Sweden yesterday emphasised the need for former prime ministers Khaleda Zia and Sheikh Hasina working in unison to 'defend the country for its future generations'.
An Awami League (AL) delegation yesterday discussed with the Election Commission (EC) some polls-related issues, and problems in filling in nomination forms for the upcoming national election.
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the national elections must be held as per schedule on December 18.
BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain yesterday said the people will not accept any initiatives of forming a "rubber stamp" parliament or "puppet government" keeping the four-party alliance out of election race.
The government did not take any step yesterday to comply with the High Court (HC) order regarding test of powdered milk as it could not collect certified copy of the court order.
BNP leader M Saifur Rahman, detained in Barapukuria coalmine graft case, was shifted to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Hospital from Dhaka Central Jail yesterday.
All smiles and compliments, President-elect Obama and his wife, Michelle, called on President Bush and first lady Laura Bush Monday in a White House visit that was part political ritual, part practical introduction and a striking symbol of the historic transfer of power to come.
Dozens of masked insurgents blocked a mountain pass and hijacked at gunpoint a convoy of trucks carrying military vehicles and other supplies bound for US-led forces in Afghanistan, an official said yesterday.
Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed leaves for New Delhi today to attend the second summit meeting of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (Bimstec).
Regulatory Reforms Commission (RRC) Chairman Akbar Ali Khan yesterday suggested that the Election Commission (EC) may consider taking the government to court if it creates any obstacles to holding the parliamentary polls.
Bangladesh pace spearhead Mashrafe Bin Mortaza will miss today's third and final one-dayer due to a back injury, further denting Bangladesh's attempt to salvage some pride.
Former BNP ministers Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain and Altaf Hossain Choudhury were freed on bail yesterday afternoon from the prison cells of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU).
Taiwan's former president Chen Shui-bian was arrested yesterday as prosecutors sought to detain him in connection with a long-running corruption probe, officials said.
A flurry of moves has of late been made by loan defaulting political individuals seeking election to qualify for nomination through a rescheduling of their bank loans by November 13. Many of them have already begun the process of repaying or rescheduling the payment of their loans, while others are getting ready to do the same.
WE are glad to note that a potential conflict situation with Myanmar has been averted. The situation had stemmed from Myanmar's illegal conduct of exploration activity in our territorial waters. It is on record that Bangladesh had, thorough an act of parliament, defined its various territorial limits in the Bay of Bengal as long back as in 1974, which is in consonance with the international laws and regulations.
AFTER the euphoria of the election, it is now time for Barack Obama to prepare to govern. For a man who has held no executive office, who has been a senator for only four years, Obama will need to climb a mountain. That is no hint, though, that he will falter, that he might stumble and, indeed, will not be able to live up to the high hopes he has aroused in all Americans.
OBAMA'S ascent to power in the US is an occasion where the use of clichés cannot be avoided. It is a historic occasion. He has successfully crossed many divides in American politics: there were racial and economic disparities and, of course, partisanship. He is the best president that America can have according to most other nations, including those in South Asia.
MALDIVES has created history on two counts -- it has finally gone democratic and a former political prisoner has unseated Asia's longest-serving leader.
Much is being made of the apparent 'disinterest' of Tigers pace spearhead Mashrafe Bin Mortaza in representing his country by constantly citing injuries. But for the man from Narail, the signals he is receiving from his body are indeed cause for concern.
Bangladesh held Myanmar to a goalless draw in the opening match of the 3rd Grand Royal Challenge Cup football tournament in Yangon yesterday.
The series is over after South Africa made it 2-0 and now both teams hoped that they will get better weather in the day-night third game which will take place at the Buffalo Park, very near to the Indian Ocean.
Bangladesh team management is considering to keep the same squad for the two-match Test series against South Africa.
With the Caretaker Government in power, everyone would hope for today's Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) elections to be fair and free of any influence like it happened in football about seven months ago.
Munshiganj (165) beat Rajbari (109) by 56 runs in the 29th National Cricket Championship at the Faridpur Stadium yesterday.
The Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA) will organise the Olympic Day Run on Friday.
Left-arm spin duo Nabil Samad and Monir Hossain destroyed Chittagong and put Sylhet in the driver's seat in their fifth round National Cricket League match at the Chittagong Divisional Stadium yesterday.
West Indian captain Chris Gayle said Tuesday fit-again paceman Shoaib Akhtar will be the key factor for Pakistan in the three-match series starting here from Wednesday.
Harry Redknapp, whose magic touch since taking over at Tottenham has seen him dubbed the Harry Potter of English football, will be hoping to cast another spell on Liverpool when the Reds visit for a League Cup tie on Wednesday.
Juan Martin del Potro won a tense encounter with French livewire Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (7/5) to breathe life into his Masters Cup campaign on Tuesday.
Newly-appointed Argentina coach Diego Maradona said Monday he had lined up Liverpool's midfield destroyer Javier Mascherano for the captaincy.
Real Madrid, suffering a shortage of strikers, want to sign Russian Andrei Arshavin from Zenit St Petersburg in January on a six-month loan, a Spanish sports newspaper said Tuesday.
Roma captain Francesco Totti has hit back at claims that he is finished as a player.
Inter Milan striker Julio Cruz is expected to leave the club in the January transfer window according to Tuesday's La Gazzetta dello Sport.
Real Madrid's Dutch striker Ruud Van Nistelrooy has left for the United States to receive treatment for a knee injury from the same specialist who operated on him eight years ago, the club said Tuesday.
Ajax's Dutch international striker Klaas Jan Huntelaar will be out for at least six weeks after tearing ankle ligaments in Sunday's win over Sparta Rotterdam, the club said Monday.
A group of 30 top players will face random drugs tests five times a year under a plan to tighten English football's controls on the use of performance-enhancing and recreational drugs, it emerged on Tuesday.
England's brittle batting was exposed once again when they crashed to a 124-run defeat against a scratch Mumbai side in a one-day warm-up game here on Tuesday.
In what was tipped as a clash between the leviathan and traditional giant, The Daily Star defeated The Daily Ittefaq by 13 runs to storm into the last eight of the DRU-Pepsi six-a-side cricket tournament at the Maulana Bhashani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.
Bangladesh pair U Shew Shew and Mofazzal Hossain lost to their Indian counterparts in the first Junior South Asian Tennis Championship at the Ramna National Tennis Court complex yesterday.
The discovery of toxic levels of melamine in several Chinese food products is a matter of concern for consumers all across the globe. The ordeal has widespread impacts as millions consume the products.
The stock market regulator has decided in principle to increase the margin loan ratio in a bid to enhance the loan giving capacity of merchant banks.
The public works adviser has urged realtors to take up low-cost housing projects outside big cities contributing to resolve the housing problem of the people belonging to the low-income group.
Grameenphone aims to become the leader in data and internet-based services and keep up the market's top position, said Oddvar Hesjedal, a day after he was appointed chief executive officer to the company.
The government plans to take new measures to tackle the import of counterfeit products, an adviser said yesterday.
Commerce Adviser Hossain Zillur Rahman yesterday asked non-resident Bangladeshis not to confine their focus to any particular zone for investment, but to think of Bangladesh as a whole to make investment.
The US Federal Reserve Monday authorized giving credit card giant American Express full status as a bank holding company.
The dollar fell against the yen in Asian trade Tuesday, hit by renewed worries about the health of corporate America following a huge loss at US insurance giant AIG, dealers said.
Need for a young entrepreneurs' chamber
The Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) celebrated the auspicious occasion of its golden jubilee recently. The fiftieth anniversary of this business body comes at a time when the global economy is suffering beyond the imagination. DCCI needs more experience to deal with the present economic turmoil.
The decision to return home from the US was like a 'make-or-break' for Ali Ishtiaq, a Bangladesh-born career software engineer graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and now managing director of Pyxisnet, a local software exporting company.
No prizes for guessing the latest 'burning issue' doing the rounds of our seminars, talk shows and roundtables (where the tables are always oval) and no, its not about which party is refusing go to election and why, this time around. Hint: economic meltdown, Bangladesh, effects.
The European Central Bank said Tuesday it would lend more than 334 billion euros (425 billion dollars) during a regular weekly operation which underscored strong demand from eurozone banks.
Etihad Airways has won the British Travel Awards as it was voted 'Airline of the Year' in recognition of its tremendous growth and innovative services.
Asian markets retreated Tuesday as further corporate news from the US piled more misery on investors already fearful for the future of the global economy.
Oil prices eased in Asian trade on Tuesday after optimism over a Chinese economic stimulus package wore off, analysts said.
More than 1,300 companies shut down, suspended operations or moved out of south China's Pearl River Delta in the first nine months of the year due to the global downturn, state press said Tuesday.
The global financial crisis closed in on two more victims Tuesday after General Motors said it would need a government rescue and major US electronics retailer Circuit City filed for bankruptcy.
The economic crisis claimed 1,429 companies in Japan in October, the most so far this year, a survey showed Tuesday.
Cutting iron ore production was a prudent move by Australian miners battling a slowdown in demand from China ahead of negotiations on contract prices with the Asian giant, analysts said Tuesday.
Human rights activists at a discussion yesterday demanded steps to rehabilitate sex workers in society before evicting them.
A Dhaka court yesterday adjourned the hearing of the grenade attack cases until November 17 following a time petition by the defence lawyers, even though the complainant appeared before the court to give his statement.
Speakers at the launch of a new national women's alliance yesterday demanded that 33 percent of seats in parliament be reserved for women and the existing quota system at higher levels of administration and policy-making bodies be reviewed.
An estimated 30,000 children die of injury related cases every year in the country, while 13,000 children survive with permanent disabilities.
Leaders of the Jatiya Nabanno Utsab Udjapan Parshad yesterday urged the government to declare Agrahayan 1 as National Nabanno Utsab.
Speakers at a sanitation fair yesterday sought for public-private efforts to reach the goal in attaining 100 percent total sanitation by 2010 in the country.
A Barisal speedy trial tribunal yesterday acquitted 13 activists of the banned Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) of charges of serial bomb blasts in front of a mosque in the city on August 17, 2005.
The High Court yesterday issued a contempt rule on the Prothom Alo Editor Matiur Rahman, Publisher Mahfuz Anam and reporter Mizanur Rahman Khan for publishing a report on the number of orders passed by the HC benches.
The deans' committee of Dhaka University yesterday decided to wait for the court order on the complexities of admission prerequisites introduced in the seven departments that disqualify fresh Alim graduates for their admissions.
Criminals shot a contractor dead while he was sleeping in his bed at Badda in the city yesterday morning.
Education Adviser Hossain Zillur Rahman yesterday said a new law will be promulgated very soon for the managing committees of high schools and governing bodies of colleges for improving the classroom atmosphere and quality of education.
A Dhaka University team of teachers, led by Vice-Chancellor Prof SMA Faiz, called on Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed at his office yesterday.
Trial of a corruption case against Chittagong City Corporation Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury began in the Divisional Special Judge's court in the port city yesterday.
A delegation of the Muktijoddha Museum Trustee Board called on Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday to thank him for allotting a piece of land by the government for constructing a new building of the Liberation War Museum in the city.
At least seven leaders and activists of Bangladesh Chhatra Union (BCU) were injured when police charged baton on the agitating BCU activists to disperse them during their demonstration at Shaheb Bazar Zero Point yesterday.
Navy Chief Vice Admiral Sarwar Jahan Nizam yesterday inspected different operational activities of BN ships in the Chittagong naval area and asked for total preparedness to face future challenges by developing technical and human resources to protect the country's territorial waters.
The Old Car Club and Dhaka Club jointly organise an exhibition of vintage cars on the Dhaka Club premises tomorrow.
The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Bangladesh has issued 40,000 Hajj visas as of November 10, says a press release.
Speakers at a memorial meeting yesterday paid their rich tributes to veteran military officer Major Abdul Ghani, the founder of East Bengal Regiment, for his outstanding contribution to the country.
Advocacy Component of Comprehensive Disaster Management Programme of Disaster Management Bureau invited entries from journalists for the Disaster Management Media Award 2008.
Dr Pronoti Krishna Bose, an eminent scholar in the field of chemistry, physics and mathematics, passed away due to a cardiac arrest at Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital yesterday at the age of 65.
The officer-in-charge (OC) and a sub-inspector (SI) of Savar Model Police Station yesterday appeared before a Dhaka court and made an unconditional apology standing in the dock for over three hours, as they failed to recover a piece of land from illegal occupants.
BBC World Service will communicate with audiences in six cities in a special interactive campaign.
Local people put up a barricade on the road at Kachukhet in the city's Kafrul area and damaged several vehicles last night in protest against the killing of an oil trader.
A city road and a newly established community centre of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) were named after freedom fighter and DCC Mayor Sadek Hossain Khoka, says a press release.
Bus workers put up barricades on streets in Mirpur area yesterday to protest the attack on a fellow worker by students, creating severe traffic congestion for almost three hours.
On a review of our story headlined 'BTV held hostage under OSD's dictatorship' published in Page 5 on Sunday, we have come to the conclusion that it did not comply with the professional and ethical standards of the newspaper. Though the report brought allegations of wrongdoings in the BTV against Kamaluddin Ahmed of the establishment ministry, it did not give him a chance to present his point of view. We regret the error.
Water vessels have to move on Paturia-Daulatdia and Paturia-Kazirhat routes amid risk as there is absence of adequate lighting and mercury system.
The Ministry of Liberation War Affairs has taken decision to preserve recently salvaged MV Akram, a ship used by Pakistan occupation forces during the Liberation War, at Chandpur.
Rajshahi Divisional Special Tribunal yesterday awarded local BNP leader Shish Muhammad, also close aide to convicted former BNP minister Aminul Haque, three years of rigorous imprisonment in absentia for not submitting his wealth statement to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).
The recently published voters list shows numerical superiority of women voters in all the four constituencies under the district.
Workers Party (WP) president Rashed Khan Menon yesterday cautioned people against those who want to boycott the upcoming Jatiya Sangsad (JS) elections showing lame excuses.
Shahidul Islam, former BNP lawmaker from Kushtia-2 (Mirpur-Bheramara) constituency who has been absent in his area for last two years, urged party men to be united under his leadership for their 'greater interest' and retaining the parliamentary seat in the coming election.
Bangladesh Marma Sangathan Oikya Parishad leaders yesterday demanded release of Khagrachhari Hill District Council (KHDC) chairman Monindra Lal Tripura.
The Ministry of Local Government has dismissed Khorshedul Alam Pramanik, chairman of Chandipur Union Parishad in Sunderganj upazila on charge of misbehavior, autocracy and misuse of power.
It has been reported that more than four lakh students passed the HSC examination this year. Of the successful candidates 22,045 students scored GPA- 5. As the number of seats in the public universities is limited many students will fail to find a seat in those institutions. To be more precise, the total number of seats in the 29 public universities is about 15,000.Where will those remaining 7045 GPA-5 holders go?
I don't know about you people, but I am really bored. There is nothing exciting going on in Bangladesh these days. Our cricketers have been winning disappointments rather than trophies; our politicians have all been absent from the TV screen (due to no fault of their own, as we all know!); and all our extortionist brothers are playing hide-n-seek in Kolkata. (Why is it that as soon as our people become experts in a particular field, they move abroad? No wonder we have a huge brain-drain in our country.) Adding insult to injury, we have even turned our backs on our favourite pastime: hartal. Shock! Horror! What dark future are we leaving for our children? They are growing up without knowing anything about hartal. Remember the old proverb "vath, mas ar hartalay Bangali"?
The annual average rate of inflation is increasing. The government expects inflation rate to come down in this fiscal year. But the market is yet to see any downward inflationary trend. Money supply is continuing to increase, causing an increase in price level. Bangladesh Bank (BB) has to manage money supply in such a way that it does not squeeze the availability of funds for business and industry. It should encourage investments in productive sectors. It should consider lowering of interest rate while governments across the world are reducing the interest rate to make funds available to people.
This is a unique moment. For the first time in the history of America an African American has become the president. We were supporting and hoping that a change would come and this man, who struggled so much in life coming from a broken home and living in extreme poverty, would win back the White House for the Democrats. He stood up against all odds and stiff opposition to win this historic election. He galvanized the whole nation and got the young and old, whites and blacks all engaged in this process to help him get elected so that he could bring about a change in America and get it out of its crisis. He inspired the people and even those beyond America's borders. He displayed a rare quality and that was perseverance. Even in the face of verbal attacks, diatribes and racial slogans against him he did not retaliate and never slugged, all throughout the long campaign of almost two years. He really deserves accolade for that, especially when political campaigns are always very nasty. Obama has also proved that despite poverty and hardship a man can achieve what he wants to if he desires. All he needs is hard work and faith. He proved that education is the most powerful tool and he pursued it in the most difficult conditions and reached the top. I sincerely hope he will turn America around and bring about a change, which was his election campaign motto. It is a huge victory for him and a mandate for change.
If from today the whole world accepts the present "East as West and West as East" the Sun from tomorrow will start rising in the West and setting in the East. The truth is, the names of directions or existence of any thing that we call remain the same because names of all stars and planets are given by homo-sapiens and each member of this species call each of their names in their own languages. The objects do not change only the names do. Whatever the uncompromising leader of the BNP says is correct and there can be no change. Now she has said that no fair election is possible under this government and the CEC because both the institutions are playing different games. According to BNP Chairperson and its SG the government and the EC are preparing different playing fields for different parties.
It is really unfortunate to find out the kind of shabby treatment handed out to our national cricket team by Cricket South Africa (CSA). According to media reports “Players and officials had to stay five hours in the team hotel lobby on November 2 before being checked in after a fourteen-hour journey” (DS Nov.7). And this was not the end. Further reports add that Ashraful and Razzak were kept waiting on the dais for forty-five minutes only to be informed that there would be no post-match briefing! Such negligent and irresponsible treatment that our players have received is simply unacceptable. Whenever South Africa (or any other foreign cricket team) come to Bangladesh, they always receive warm hospitality and have been well looked after by our cricket authorities.
Sayeeda Jaigirdar's piece "London, 1971" published in 'The Daily Star' on 18 October, 2008 made me extremely nostalgic. In this column, she mentions me also as one greeting them in London's Heathrow airport on their arrival from Nigeria with 'smiles and warm clothes' following her father Mr Mohiuddin Ahmed Jaigirder's renunciation of Pakistan High Commission's diplomatic post of Third Secretary in Lagos to work from London for the liberation of Bangladesh under the leadership of Mr Justice Abu Sayeed Chowdhury.
I am not here to spoil your party but I would like use this euphoric moment to ask some hard questions. Please, feel good for witnessing this historic moment where American voters have chosen a great man to their highest office. The other candidate is also an American hero but this was not his time. The Obama tsunami was just too much for McCain.
I stood on the line at 7:15am. When I was done, it was 8:10am. About 70-80 people were on the line inside Delaware Technical & Community College. It was an exiting moment for me as I was practising a right for the first time, a right that I did not ever get a chance to practise in my own country. Indeed he made ALL eligible voters think 'my vote can make a difference this time'.
Losing my closest acquaintances was the main reason why I gave up smoking. When I gave up smoking, it was an unendurable situation at first but soon, when the first feelings sunk in, I felt a lot better. Losing friends was more painful than losing money for nothing.
The Republican candidate McCain congratulated Barack Obama. After knowing the results within 20 minutes he telephoned Obama and addressed him "My President" and pledged to work together for the betterment of their country.
The aggressive and oppressive US foreign policy would get a respite the rest of this year, and in the beginning of the new year , due to the unpredictable behaviour of the US dollar [Wall St, Sept. 2008]
Reference: The article "First black president still beyond belief" by Evelyn Myrie, November 6, 2008:
Though my exams were going in full swing, I went to Dhaka to be part of National Debate Festival '08 . Indeed, it was a great occasion for me.
Pakistan's leader said Monday he expects President-elect Barack Obama to re-evaluate the need for US military strikes on al-Qaeda and Taliban targets on Pakistan's side of the Afghan border.
President-elect Obama's advisers are crafting plans to close the Guantanamo Bay prison and prosecute terrorism suspects in the US, a plan the Bush administration said Monday was easier said than done. Under the plan being crafted inside Obama's camp, some detainees would be released and others would be charged in US courts, where they would receive constitutional rights and open trials.
Government forces in Sri Lanka have wrestled control of a small town from Tamil Tiger rebels in an ongoing military offensive, the defence ministry said yesterday.
No matter how people remember President Bush's time in office, let there be no doubt about how he wants to end it: gracefully.
Twenty-three pro-democracy activists arrested during anti-junta demonstrations in Myanmar last year were sentenced to 65 years each in jail by a special court yesterday, a family member said.
Outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said on Monday that Israel must give up most of the Arab territories it has occupied since 1967, including east Jerusalem, if it wants peace.
The UN yesterday accused government forces of widespread looting and human rights abuses against civilians in several towns in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
An Indian warship yesterday successfully defended a merchant vessel from being hijacked by pirates in the Gulf of Aden and escorted the ship to safety, a statement from the navy said.
Qayamuddin Kapadia, one of the key conspirators of the July 26 serial blasts in the city, has been arrested by the Madhya Pradesh police.
Former political activist and prisoner Mohamed Nasheed was today sworn in as the new President of the Indian Ocean archipelago Maldives.
Britain has lifted a ban on exporting sensitive nuclear technology to India for civilian projects, it said Monday, after an international accord to relax rules in September.
Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee on Tuesday accepted the resignation of five Janata Dal-United (JD-U) MPs from Bihar who resigned to protest the attacks on north Indians in Mumbai by activists of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS).
Alaska Gov Sarah Palin, amid speculation she'll run for president in four years, blamed Bush administration policies for the defeat last week of the GOP ticket and prayed she wouldn't miss "an open door" for her next political opportunity.
Barack Obama's incoming administration is considering a regional strategy to the war in Afghanistan that could include talks with Iran, the Washington Post reported yesterday.
The fate of an agreement that would keep US troops here for three more years rests with Iraq's largest Shia party, which must choose between its two main partners: the United States and Iran.
The United States abandoned a nuclear weapon under the ice in northern Greenland after it was lost following a plane crash in 1968, the BBC reported Monday.
Nasa on Monday declared an end to the Phoenix mission, some five months after the spacecraft became the first to land in Mars' arctic plains and taste water on another planet.
Arts & Entertainment
Contemporary Nepalese art burst into the international scene during a former Prime Minister, Jung Bahadur's visit to England in the early nineteenth century. A small group of traditional 'chitrakars' (temple artists) of Nepal were selected and commissioned to paint royal family portraits, scenes of royal hunts and landscape in the "European Court Style." Since then contemporary art in Nepal has matured into a unique form, developing its own individual characteristics.
A packed audience sang along with artistes as they were presenting "Agey ki shundor din kataitam," one of the most popular compositions of Shah Abdul Karim. The mystic poet was honoured last Friday night at the Derai High School premises in Karim's hometown. About a hundred artistes performed Karim's songs at the nightlong programme titled "Mon Mojaley Orey Baula Gaan."
Miriam Makeba, the musical symbol of black South Africans' struggle against apartheid, died at the age of 76 after collapsing at a concert in Italy.
As a pop and playback singer Baby Naznin needs no introduction to Bangladeshi music fans. This skilled singer has other interesting talents as well. Baby was an avid volleyball player when she was younger and represented her home division (Rajshahi). She has also taken part in many art competitions. Making sculptures is one of her favourite pastimes, she says.
B.R. Chopra, a leading Indian filmmaker who found rare success creating both hit Bollywood musicals and dramatic, socially conscious films, died last Wednesday at his home in Mumbai. He was 94.
TV serial "Ghar Jamai" will be aired on ATN Bangla tonight at 8:40 pm. Written by Mahfuzur Rahman, the serial is directed by Chanda Mahzabeen.
Fourteen films have been submitted to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in hopes of securing one of the three nominations available in the best animated feature category.
The three-day "International Travelling Children's Film Festival 2008" was held at the Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) recently. Dr. Muhammad Zafar Iqbal formally inaugurated the festival at the mini auditorium of SUST.
Dr. Shahdeen Malik studied law in Moscow (LLM), Philadelphia (LLM) and London (PhD). He started his career as a lecturer of law at Dhaka University in 1980. He later became involved with NGOs, particularly Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust and then became an advocate in the High Court Division from 2003. He is currently the director of Brac University School of Law. Shamim Ashraf took the interview.
THE equation in combining for synergy is that 2+2= 5, not 4. Yet, there are also downsides in synergistic efforts. And this is true of the airline industry more than any other. Additionally, the trend among airlines in South Asia, and to a great extent in South East Asia, is not to go in for full-scale strategic partnership. But that has nothing to do with geographic regions.
WITH the passage of time and with a little more transparency we are realising that mere good intentions are not enough to perform good work. It is awfully important to consider carefully whether the good deeds are acceptable to those whom they are meant for.
TODAY, boys and girls, we will focus on the popular topic of "investments" and other exciting forms of high speed wealth destruction.
The way the government is holding public hearing on Dhaka's Detailed Area Plan (DAP) is a futile exercise and will not serve the purpose of making it a perfect plan for the city, said experts.
It was a lazy afternoon on a weekday at the Dhakeshwari Mandir (temple). The priests were preparing for the final puja (worship) of the day set to begin right after sundown. The puja thali (offerings) was garnished with fresh fruits, sweets, a little bowl of milk, fresh flowers, rice, green grass, the elements considered as the symbol of earthly life.
Rickshaw, maybe a favourite form of transport, but has a few notoriety.