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News of: Wednesday, 19th of November, 2008
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The government's renewed scramble for reaching an all party consensus about the parliamentary poll date failed to produce any result yesterday as BNP stuck to its demand for postponing the poll at least until mid-January next year while Awami League-led alliance refused to accept any date past the year end.
Awami League (AL) and Jatiya Party (JP) yesterday said they will take part in the December 18 national election as an alliance and form government if voted to power.
Awami League's nomination of candidates in the upcoming parliamentary polls kicked up an uproar among grassroots leaders, activists and supporters in some constituencies, with protesters donning shrouds in the capital.
The BNP-led four-party alliance is using religion as a political weapon--violating the electoral code of conduct--to force the caretaker government and Election Commission (EC) to reschedule the December 18 parliamentary polls, said legal experts.
A black foreign particle was found in an ampoule of Amibac 500mg injection manufactured by Popular Pharmaceuticals Ltd and widely used for short-term treatment of serious infections.
Chiefs of police and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday made public announcements promising to make sure that the upcoming elections are unfettered by hooliganism and use of illegal firearms.
The European Commission (EC) has decided to deploy election observers for the December 18 general election, a European Union (EU) announcement in Dhaka yesterday said.
The government yesterday filed two separate criminal cases against two local distributors of Chinese powdered milk Yashili-1, Yashili-2 and Sweet Baby-2 on charges of importing and marketing those without approval of the authorities concerned.
Though only nine percent of the Annual Development Programme (ADP) allocation was spent in the first three months of the current fiscal year the government borrowed 48 percent of the annual target from the banks in the first four months.
Ayesha Begum and Prafulla Adhikari each had to bribe the local union parishad (UP) member Tk 5,100 to get the construction materials that the Saudi government sent as relief for the victims of Cyclone Sidr.
The High Court (HC) yesterday stayed for two months the proceedings against former ministers Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury, M Shamsul Islam and MK Anwar, and former state minister AKM Mosharraf Hossain in two corruption cases filed by the Anti-corruption Commission (ACC).
Awami League yesterday issued letters of party nomination for the upcoming parliamentary election to 62 more candidates.
Leaders of the Sector Commanders Forum (SCF) has decided to boycott the reception ceremony of Armed Forces Day on November 21 since war criminals have been invited to the function.
Security forces yesterday started a special drive at bordering Thanchi upazila in the district following killing of 'mouja headman' Pai Thoai U and two other tribal men by the armed criminals at two points within a short span of time Monday night.
Awami League has nominated Engineer Mosharraf Hossain for contesting the upcoming parliamentary election from Chittagong-1 constituency.
Over 8.93 million tonnes of additional Boro and Aman paddy production worth Tk 13,395 crore can be achieved every year if a slightly-tweaked traditional seed processing technology is used across the country.
Former financial consultant of Westmont Power (Bangladesh) Limited Syed Arif Niazi yesterday brought allegations of financial corruption and irregularities against the multinational company.
Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday said he is against deferring the general election in the face of any threats, but suggested that the Election Commission may yet consider changing the polls schedule if the BNP's demands are logical.
A High Court bench yesterday acquitted Mizanur Rahman Minu, the former Rajshahi City Corporation mayor, in an extortion case as the charges brought against him were not proved.
A court here yesterday acquitted all the six accused in a case filed in connection with the August 17 serial bomb blasts in Nilphamari.
Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Motiur Rahman Nizami has urged the ulema (Islamic scholars) to foil the conspiracy of Jews and idol-worshippers against the country and the Muslim Ummah as a whole.
A Dhaka court yesterday deferred the hearing of a civil suit filed against 36 people for alleged war crimes to November 27.
Former president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury-led Bikalpadhara Bangladesh (BDB), Dr Kamal Hossain-led Gono Forum and a few other political parties yesterday launched a new alliance styled 'Jatiya Juktafront'.
Bangladesh will face a tough challenge in an attempt to improve their performance against South Africa when the first Test begins at the OUTsurance Oval here today.
The bitter general election campaign behind them, President-elect Barack Obama and Sen John McCain are seeking common ground on a range of issues in hopes of engendering greater bipartisan cooperation in Washington.
US Sen Hillary Clinton plans to accept the job of secretary of state offered by Barack Obama, who is reaching out to former rivals to build a broad coalition administration, the Guardian has learned.
At least nine militants and a soldier were killed in exchanges of fire in Pakistan's northwest while 10 people were killed in gun battles between Taliban militants and pro-government tribal leaders in the same region yesterday.
THE chairperson of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party has served notice on the caretaker government that it must meet its four demands within 48 hours if it wants the party to participate in the elections. The notice, which is really an ultimatum, comes as an unfortunate surprise at a time when the country is in the mood for elections and other political parties are busy finalising their preparations for the elections. More importantly, when the government has been taking steps to accommodate the demands and desires of the political parties, especially of BNP, it makes little sense for any party now to issue ultimatum to have their way. The Election Commission, in order to ensure the participation of all parties, agreed to reschedule the date for submission of nomination papers. It also made changes in the timetable of the upazilla polls. The government has also engaged in serious, concerted dialogue with the parties. In other words, to date the government and the EC have been even-handed in the way they have gone about planning the general elections.
THERE is hardly any need to stress the importance of the role played by the deputy commissioners and the superintendents of police in any election -- more so in the forthcoming one. The nation, having waited for the last two years, cannot afford to have the election tainted through any inability of the DCs to play their due role as returning officers, or due to lapse in law and order function of the police.
THE nation's business leaders have appealed to the political parties for an end to hartals in the future. As citizens who remain aware of what has not been achieved in Bangladesh in the last thirty-seven years, and what must be done in order for us to come level with the rest of the world, we will tell these good men and women that we are with them.
STANDING before 250,000 fans at the Grant Park, Chicago on November 4, when the sweet scent of victory was fresh in his nostrils, president-elect Barrack Obama, in his victory speech, underscored that it was important that everybody understood that the promises he has made during the campaign could not be fulfilled overnight. There has to be a realistic expectation of what can happen and how quickly.
WHAT should Barack Obama do with the 250 men who are still locked up in the Guantánamo Bay prison camp? Of the many problems the new president will face, this is the most difficult, and one he must get right.
It apparently looked that the team management threw the ball into the court of Mashrafe Bin Mortaza about his fitness ahead of the first Test of the two-match series which will start today at the OUTsurance Oval.
Bangladesh coach Jamie Siddons said that the toughest challenge for his charges would be to encounter the deadly Dale Steyn when the first Test against South Africa starts at the OUTsurance Oval today.
Freedom fighter and legendary swimmer Arun Nandi left his hometown Chandpur by Sonar Tori (launch) at 2.40 pm on November 3 to cure various diseases but it was his dead body that returned home yesterday.
Talha Jubair and Hannan Sarkar kept Barisal afloat in the crucial sixth round tie of the National Cricket League against Rajshahi at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium in Bogra yesterday.
The Habibul Bashar-led cricketers left the capital yesterday to play the rebel Indian Cricket League World Series that starts from November 23.
Eight members of the national football team including team leader Badal Roy returned home on Monday night after their campaign in the 3rd Grand Royal Challenge Cup ended in Myanmar.
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) vice-president Badal Roy realised that the national team's strength is two weak to compete against higher-ranked teams in the continent after their failure to win a single match in five internationals.
Diego Maradona, who took his first training session on Monday night since being appointed Argentina head coach, says his players must fight to win against Scotland here on Wednesday.
Inter Milan midfielder Patrick Vieira is expected to make his first international appearance in nine months when France welcome Uruguay to the Stade de France for a friendly game here on Wednesday evening.
With both teams top of their World Cup qualifying groups, respective coaches Joachim Loew and Fabio Capello believe Wednesday night's Germany-England friendly here is a chance to put some new talent in the spotlight.
David Beckham's career should be over, England's 1966 World Cup winner Martin Peters said following the LA Galaxy midfielder's run of substitute appearances.
Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho on Monday said he regretted that the Italian game was perceived elsewhere as being a cagey, less entertaining affair than other European leagues.
Chelsea striker Didier Drogba admitted on Monday a Football Association (FA) charge of violent conduct after throwing a coin back into the crowd at Stamford Bridge during last Wednesday's League Cup defeat against Burnley. An FA statement said a regulatory commission would hear Drogba's case on Tuesday based on video evidence and written submissions.
Asian Football Confederation (AFC) chief Mohamed Bin Hammam admitted Tuesday he was ambitious but played down suggestions he could run for FIFA president.
New Zealand remain full of hope as they attempt to break a 23-year drought without a Test win in Australia and erase some poor recent results. The tourists barely managed to beat Bangladesh in the first Test last month and lost a warm-up game against New South Wales on Sunday, which was not ideal preparation for Thursday's opening match at the Gabba.
The success of Mahendra Singh Dhoni as Indian cricket captain is a combination of some skill and loads of good fortune, feels senior Pakistan batsman Younis Khan, who says it would be interesting to see how he fares once his luck runs out.
Khulna took the zonal honours after a six-wicket victory over Jessore in the 29th National Cricket Championship at the Jessore Stadium yesterday.
Khulna's Jayanto Das will lead the Bangladesh Under-17 cricket team for a tour of Nepal that begins on November 21.
Kris Srikkanth, the chairman of India's national selectors, has backed Yuvraj Singh to take the Test middle-order spot vacated by Sourav Ganguly, the former captain who has retired.
Bangladesh men's and women's teams returned to winning ways at the 38th Chess Olympiad on Monday, defeating Albania and Iceland in their respective fifth round ties at Dresden, Germany.
East End Club and Prantik Krira Chakra recorded comfortable wins in yesterday's Second Division Football League at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.
Although prices of mild steel (MS) rod, which accounts for 30 percent cost of flat construction, have declined by 20 percent in local market recently, it is not affecting apartment costs.
Local cement makers now weigh the feasibility of several import proposals they recently received from Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Kenyan companies.
ACI Formulations and Shinepukur Ceramics, two private sector companies, received good responses from retail investors yesterday, on the very first day of their share trading, an evidence of encouragement for listing profitable companies under direct listing regulations.
The country's second largest mobile phone operator Banglalink posted a 19 percent revenue increase in third quarter compared to the previous quarter, thanks to its lower subsidy given to new connections.
The export promotion boss yesterday ruled out any fallout from the global credit crunch on Bangladesh's garment exports after two main items, woven and knitwear, registered 44.66 percent growth in the first quarter of the current fiscal year.
The stock market regulator yesterday raised the margin loan rate by 50 percent re-fixing the margin loan ratio at 1:1.5, instead of 1:1 ratio, officials said.
A four-day exhibition on compressed natural gas (CNG) is set to begin in Dhaka on November 22, aiming to expand the market for natural gas-based vehicles and accessories, by creating awareness about the technology and safety issues, organisers said yesterday.
General Pharmaceuticals Limited (GPL), a first generation medicine manufacturing company in Bangladesh, signed a Tk 65 crore syndication loan agreement with some local banks on Monday to set up an internationally accredited manufacturing plant.
Asian stock markets tumbled Tuesday as fears of a painful global recession were reinforced after US banking giant Citigroup slashed 50,000 jobs and the financial crisis showed no sign of easing.
Bangladesh's ready-made garments (RMG) sector, it seems, is stuck between two walls made of glass. On one hand, exporters operate under intense competition, pushing selling prices to rock bottom. On the other hand, international buyers are playing ace after ace, as they demand rebates or discounts on shipped products.
Sitting outside his Thai kickboxing equipment shop in Bangkok, Soombut Yinglap says he has a plan for coping with the global financial downturn -- eat less and hope the tourists eventually arrive.
Reforming revenue administration: The other view
The write-up titled “Reforming the revenue administration” by the banker- columnist Mamun Rashid, prompted me to go through the article. I surely know him to be a serious person as far as issues of fiscal policy or, NBR reforms are concerned.
Dhaka stocks fell for a third day with investors still remaining cautious about investment in securities.
Iran has shown its keen interest in providing employment for skilled Bangladeshi workers and assisting in energy sector.
UK-based organisation Edexcel yesterday launched its new course on the garment industry in Bangladesh.
Money transfer service provider Western Union revised its charges for transferring money from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to Bangladesh, said a press release.
The Consulate of Laos appointed Md Syedur Rahman as honorary consul of the Laos People's Democratic Republic in Bangladesh.
Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang, who earned the ire of many share-holders for rejecting a 47-billion-dollar takeover offer from Microsoft, is stepping down as chief executive of the Internet company.
India insisted Tuesday its economy would rebound next year from the global financial crisis, saying it expected to return to robust growth of nine percent.
Embattled US carmaker Ford said Tuesday it will sell a 20 percent stake in its Japanese partner Mazda for 540 million dollars to raise cash.
Wolseley, the world's biggest distributor of plumbing and heating products, said on Tuesday it planned to cut more than 2,300 jobs, mainly in Britain but also in the Nordic region, as its profits slump.
Oil prices rose in Asian trade on Tuesday after falling around two dollars on worries over a deepening global financial crisis, dealers said.
Rekha Ali Basko cannot forget the days when she was not allowed to drink water with the glass used commonly by others at her school as she was born in a Harijon family.
Speakers at a press conference called on the country's major political parties yesterday to incorporate the child rights issues in their election manifestos for the next general elections.
Karuna Begum, a war-maimed freedom fighter, has been fighting for life at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) for last three months.
Speakers at a discussion yesterday said the defeated forces in the liberation war have recently vandalised the precious Baul sculptures to wipe out thousand years' traditional culture, history and heritage of the nation.
The society still lacks awareness regarding the issue of autism although it has already addressed different types of disabilities successfully, speakers at the inaugural session of a two-day workshop said yesterday.
Bangladesh Kalyan Party (BKP) has nominated 43 candidates to contest the 9th parliamentary elections.
Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed witnessed the spectacular firing exercise of Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) "Fire Power-2008" at the BAF Firing Range yesterday.
Three people were killed and 15 others injured in separate road accidents in Netrakona and Brahmanbaria yesterday.
Nari Maitree, a women's rights organisation, celebrated the silver jubilee at Cirdap auditorium in the city yesterday.
Five eminent citizens of the country in a joint statement yesterday said any “one-sided and incomplete” election initiative will intensify the prevailing political crisis, instead of brining any solution to the problems which will be unfortunate for the nation.
Panchagarh BDR handed over the border guard to BSF members yesterday after he was detained in a drunken stupor on Sunday midnight while he along with eight to 10 members were entering Bangladesh territory through Tetulia frontier.
Election to Bangladesh Bar Council will be held tomorrow.
Awami League leadership yesterday said parliamentary elections cannot be deferred for a single day from December 18.
Bangladesh-Korea Technical Training Centre was inaugurate at Mirpur in the city on Monday, says a press release.
The High Court yesterday exempted the Prothom Alo Editor Matiur Rahman, Publisher Mahfuz Anam and reporter Mizanur Rahman Khan from appearing in person before the court in connection with a contempt case.
A total Tk 16.1 lakh was received as donation in October for construction of Ahsania Mission Cancer Hospital (AMCH).
US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defence (DASD) for South and Southeast Asia James Clad arrives in Dhaka today on a two-day visit, says a press release.
Election to Bangladesh Bar Council will be held tomorrow.
M Shahadat Hossain, currently serving as the high commissioner of Bangladesh to Sri Lanka, has been appointed the ambassador to Qatar.
Robert Allen and Andrew Barclay, British experts from the International Centre for Prison Studies, held a daylong training programme with Bangladeshi prison officers on the development of prison management techniques and procedures yesterday.
One hundred and thirty-six members of Bangladesh Police and two Bangladeshi doctors have been awarded UN Peacekeeping Medals for their outstanding contribution to establishing peace in Darfur, Sudan.
Today is the 19th death anniversary of Major (retd) MA Jalil, commander of the Sector 9 during the War of Liberation, says a press release.
Grassroots Awami League leaders in several districts yesterday expressed sharp reaction over nomination of candidates, saying that the party high command fielded candidates ignoring their suggestions and depriving dedicated and acceptable leaders.
Awami League leaders and activists burst into angry protests in three constituencies in Rajshahi yesterday against party nominations to businessmen newcomers, instead of senior party leaders suggested from the grassroots.
Grassroots leaders of Awami League of Biral and Bochaganj upazila of Dinajpur blocked Dinajpur-Bochaganj highway for hours yesterday demanding nomination of Shatish Chandra Roy from Dinajpur-2 instead of Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury and threatened to resign from their party for non-compliance. Roy won from the seat four times since 1979.
Over 1800 leaders and activists of Awami League and its front organisations in its Galachipa unit yesterday tendered resignation en masse protesting the nomination of Golam Moula Roni, a member of the party in ward no. 54 in Dhaka city, to contest the upcoming parliamentary election from Patuakhali-3 constituency (Galachipa-Dasmina).
Anrgy leaders and activists of Awami league (AL) and its front organizations in Jhenidah yesterday staged demoinstrations and locked the patry's district office and its Moheshpur upazila office protesting nomination for Jhenidah 2 and Jhenidah-3 constituencies.
Police arrested three alleged activists of banned Allahr Dal at Domar bazar Monday night.
Khulna Hardboard Mill was closed Monday night due to severe crisis of furnace oil.
US Ambassador James F Moriarty said ethnic communities in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) contributed a lot to enriching Bangladesh's culture and tradition.
Awami League (AL) activists here expressed their happiness after learning the news of party nomination of six local AL leaders Monday evening for contesting the upcoming parliamentary elections from six constituencies of the district.
As far as my memory goes, I was born in Bangladesh which is in South East Asia. What I understand listening to the elders and reading books is that this part of the world was civilized much before Europe and America.
Hartal, procession and turbulence are very common things prior to election in our country. I have never seen any election without these 'essentials'. Lately, the apprehension of three political leaders has exhibited a sign of imminent political unrest. Besides, one of the major political parties has announced its seven point demand, signalling the impending political unrest. We understand that election under the state of emergency is unconstitutional and unlawful, but is creating anarchy and crippling the country by calling hartal and putting it into a deadlock lawful? Everybody wants a free and fair election but many of us don't want to make it happen under the state of emergency, why? We know that people do not enjoy fundamental rights, while living under emergency rules. Actually, what is our fundamental right-- is it like acting as a suicidal bomber, slaying innocent people and battling each other for grabbing power and freely getting involved in corruption to be rich overnight? Have we ever thought when does a country need to go under the state of emergency rules? In fact this govt. was necessary for this country to bring back the lost gloss of everything. Albeit the entire country has not yet been free of venality, but its authority has been striving their level best to eliminate the venal groups for the sake of prosperity. Already crores of taka illegally gotten by our so-called politicians has been refunded to the govt. exchequer for future development of this crippled country. Not only they (politicians) have proved that they will be on the rampage, making a chaotic situation, but also they will be indulging in corruption as soon as the emergency goes.
A great possibility has emerged in exporting garments products of our country. Many world famous retailers in this sector are eager to buy such products from our country.
We heard that IT study would be made compulsory at the SSC level. Obviously, it is very good news. But the reality is different. Most of the rural secondary schools have no electricity. I visited some rural schools recently. I knew that a school in rural areas in Rangpur got three computers, printers, computer tables and accessories and even a teacher trained on computer under this project from NOTRAMS some years ago. But I found nothing except three computer tables and the school has no electricity till now!
When our cars were run with octane, we could easily maintain log of how much oil was taken, how many kilometres the cars ran and keep our drivers' 'bad habits' under control (to some extent). With our cars being converted into gas, this has become quite difficult. However, I would like to share my experience which I think may help some of the car owners.
A couple of days ago I was reading a news item in your newspaper that around ten Muslim rebels were killed in a six-hour fire fight in the southern Philippines. They were recognized as the members of Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). However, there were no casualties on the government side, while 15 other MILF rebels were wounded.
The High Court's ruling on melamine tests as reported in a local English daily on November11 is a step in the right direction. One however wonders if it really covers all the milk, imported or produced in Bangladesh based on imported milk powder.
I do not think any patient will be kept in hospital in any country of the world month after month, year after year. If there is no hope for the patients, they will be transferred to the rehabilitation centre. If the patient is terminally ill, the life support will be taken out with the permission of the patient's relatives. It is out of the question that a patient will occupy a bed or a cabin in the hospital forever under any circumstances. The politicians can fool the people of Bangladesh but not the rest of the world. How dumb our authorities are! I think Bangladesh should be given an international award for its dumbness.
A good leader must have a projected plan, programme and a decision-making body before taking up the highest seat of the republic with the latest equipment and the most competent persons.
Instead of taking offence at Mr. Niraj Agarwalla's harsh comments on my letter, I feel I should enlighten him about the reasons behind my scepticism. It is very easy to be passionate and make sweeping remarks when you have no knowledge of how this group of people has suffered in the past and also how recent incidents have been surfacing on and off, giving fleeting glimpses of what easily could have been another Bradley Effect. Echoing my fear was my way of awakening all to what the consequences could be and how the world would look at it, if a man with Barack Obama's standing is not elected. This would have had a catastrophic effect on the world. We would have remained enslaved forever.
I am writing on a serious problem that the majority of Mohammadpur residents are facing. It is the problem of commuting. The restriction on non-motorised vehicles on some roads such as the Mirpur road and the Karwan Bazaar road has created a serious problem for the commuters.
In the latest version of thrilling cricket, ICL 20-20 championship, 2008/09, Dhaka Warriors with all Bangladeshi players and at their first appearance secured the fifth position surpassing Delhi Giants, Ahmedabad Rockets, Chandrigarh Lions and Mumbai Champs in the Standings Table.
Cox's Bazaar has only one unique feature , and that is its length--more than 100km, and that's all. The tourists once going there will never think of going again. The beach has no security. After evening! God help you. No lights, no security personnel, no transport and what else do you expect? Can't the authorities make some safety arrangement for the people who go for swimming? It's not that difficult. Just put more people to take care of swimmers. The canyons in the shore are not too many. They can be covered by strong poles and even nets with large holes, which will not resist the water flow but stop the people from falling into the trap of those deep holes or canyons.
The UK government has recently amended its employment laws to restrain any job vacancy advertisement which restricts applicants within an age bracket. It is inhuman and a national financial loss to restrict a massive experienced wise workforce from offering the nation its expertise by restricting age-limits of the applicants.
Everyone knows that the independence of Bangladesh in 1971 gained momentum due to the political party " Awami League". And its slogan 'Joy Bangla' worked as a strengthening factor in the battle for our political freedom.
The Chief Adviser has finally spoken and vowed to hold the national election as per schedule he promised to the nation time and again. The nation has felt a sigh of relief hearing this news. This is what the people of all walks of life were waiting for. I believe the people of Bangladesh will remember the CTG if this happens and an elected government is in place at the dawn of 2009. Bangladesh is not anybody's personal property and an individual however powerful he/she may be cannot manipulate on his or her sweet will and dictate things as he/she wishes. If the people of Bangladesh have learnt something from 1/11, they should back the present CTG to bring change in the age-old confrontational politics based on lies, fake hopes and unhealthy rivalry.
Nowadays young generations of the country, boys and girls, are going for drug abuse. Furthermore, because or the inactivity of law enforcement agencies, the business of drugs is going on freely. Although the media is trying its best to raise social awareness among the general public, it is not enough to deal with the menace in the long run.
One of Britain's most authoritative judicial figures last night delivered a blistering attack on the invasion of Iraq, describing it as a serious violation of international law, and accusing Britain and the US of acting like a "world vigilante".
Sri Lanka's navy traded fire with a flotilla of Tamil rebel boats off the island's northeastern coast yesterday, a day after ground troops captured three guerrilla-held towns, defence officials said.
Taliban militants rejected an offer of peace talks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, saying Monday there would be no negotiations until foreign troops leave Afghanistan.
Palestinian residents in the Gaza Strip say Israeli tanks have moved into the area for the first time in a week. Militants say they fired rockets and mortars at the tanks.
In a dramatic escalation of high seas crime, Somali pirates hijacked a Saudi supertanker loaded with crude hundreds of miles off the coast of East Africa defeating the security web of warships trying to protect vital shipping lanes.
Around 20 people were killed in a series of clashes between Muslim separatist guerrillas and government forces in the troubled southern Philippines, officials said yesterday.
US president-elect Barack Obama vowed to strengthen Washington's ties with its allies in a message read out Tuesday at a Nato Parliamentary Assembly meeting in Spain.
Nato troops in eastern Afghanistan fired 20 artillery rounds at insurgents inside Pakistan after coordinating with Islamabad, officials said yesterday.
The central committee (CC) meeting of Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (CPN-M) held on Monday saw party Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal and leader of the hard-line faction Mohan Baidya present separate political documents.
Iraq's top Shia cleric said yesterday that the US-Iraqi security pact would only be viable if the country's main political groups backed it and it restored the country's full sovereignty.
A Taliban military leader threatened to carry out attacks in Paris unless French troops are pulled out of Afghanistan, in a video broadcast Monday on Al-Arabiya television.
A leading human rights group yesterday called for Indian police to be punished for torturing Muslim men detained after bomb attacks in a southern city last year.
Rebels steadily advanced in eastern Congo on Tuesday, and fleeing government soldiers even fought with their allies as army control in the region broke down, witnesses said.
Arts & Entertainment
Zaid Islam is a freelance photographer. This is hardly an apt introduction of a man who snapped photos at a time when the nation was mourning the after-effects of a natural disaster, Sidr; a name that conjures up senses of trauma, loss and tragedy even now.
Bangladeshi filmmaker Abu Sayeed's latest work "Rupantor" will be pitted against 14 other films in the competitive section of the upcoming International Film Festival of India beginning in Goa on November 22.
Freshly baked mounds of 'bakarkhani' and little potato 'shingara' can be seen at every street corner. There was a palpable festive feeling in the air for it was just a few days before 'Kali puja'; Kali is the fiery reigning goddess of Shakhari Bazar. Idols abound in different stages of completion, their straw innards covered and moulded with clay by artisan families; her tongue sticking out, on realising she has trodden on her destroyer god consort, Shiva.
Production house Expressions Ltd. has arranged a cultural programme this evening at 7:30 pm at Saffron Restaurant in Gulshan. The event is a celebration of Ramendu Majumdar being elected the president of ITI. Ramendu Majumdar is also the managing director of Expressions.
An unreleased, experimental track by British band The Beatles could be made public 41 years after it was recorded at London's Abbey Road studios, ex-member Paul McCartney has said.
A daylong 'mela' was held in Chapainawabganj amidst much festivity last Saturday. Different species of trees were on display at stalls set up by different government, private horticulture centres and NGO's at the Chapainawabganj Government College premises.
Children's Film Society Bangladesh will arrange the "2nd International Children's Film Festival" next year, says a press release. For this purpose, the organisation has asked Bangladeshi directors to submit their films.
OVER the last two years or so, Bangladesh had to live without an elected government. This goes against the very spirit of the constitution, which stipulates sovereignty of people to choose their own representatives to rule the country. In a modern world, nothing short of an elected government would be expected to claim a berth in a club of civilised nations. Why it took so much time to turn to election is a long story, and the author has no intention of delving into it. Suffice it say, however, that the country had been under emergency rule for the longest period in its history.
IT is perhaps a bit late in the day, nearly two weeks after November 4, to be writing about Barack Obama's electoral victory. This want of alacrity, however, is intentional.
AS recently as last May, American and Iraqi negotiators were at a dead end in efforts to forge a security agreement that would cover withdrawal of US forces. For one thing -- an important thing -- some opponents of a deal were framing the discussion in terms of the Americans trying to establish a permanent occupying force in the country.
THE news of his passing away came late to me, but did not come as a shock. It came as an immense sadness. K. Z. Alam, Shelley to his friends, had been fighting death for many long months. He lost the battle on September 14.
The rare medicinal plant collection at the National Botanical Garden in Mirpur is getting more attention in recent times from enthusiasts amid growing popularity of herbal medicines in the country.
Some of the medicinal plants are widely used across the country.
The 400th anniversary of Dhaka as the capital city will be celebrated amid massive festivity and colourful activities.