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News of: Wednesday, 26th of November, 2008
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Political parties are gearing up for the December 29 elections as candidate nomination and seat-sharing negotiations by both major alliances are in full swing despite reservations of the two main parties about electoral rules and upazila polls.
Awami League (AL) has picked seven new faces for constituencies in the capital mainly on grassroots recommendations backed by its President Sheikh Hasina.
Convicts under Emergency Power Rules, so-called reformist leaders of BNP and many fresh faces collected nomination forms from BNP central and city offices in Naya Paltan yesterday, the first day of BNP's nomination process.
The Election Commission (EC) yesterday decided to formally ask 39 registered political parties and their nominees for the upcoming parliamentary election to abide by the electoral laws and code of conduct.
The caretaker government yesterday announced that the state of emergency would be lifted at a 'reasonable time' before the parliamentary polls scheduled for December 29.
BNP leaders at the grassroots level are still in the dark as they have not yet received any instruction on sending panels of nominees for the December 29 parliamentary election.
A UN election assessment team took an overview of election affairs in a meeting with three advisers to the caretaker government yesterday and expressed the hope that the state of emergency would be lifted before the polls now slated for December 29.
The High Court (HC) yesterday stayed for four weeks operation of the Election Commission's (EC) decision banning Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) Mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka from running in the parliamentary polls.
If Awami League (AL) is voted to power, it would take initiatives, including request names from the opposition parties for the post of deputy speaker, in order to make the parliament effective.
The Election Commission (EC) thinks the upazila election has to be held according to the current schedule since holding it under a fresh schedule could push the election date to the end of 2009.
The High Court (HC) yesterday ruled that five powdered milk companies in question would not publish any advertisement for their brands until January 3, 2009.
The Ministry of Shipping has formed a committee to investigate the toxicity of oil tanker 'MT Enterprise' blacklisted by environmental group Greenpeace for containing hazardous substances.
The overall inflation rate on a point-to-point basis dropped by 2.93 percentage point to 7.26 per cent in October as prices of both food and non-food items fell.
The Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal here yesterday sentenced Chittagong divisional chief of banned Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) Javed Iqbal and three other JMB cadres to 20 years' rigorous imprisonment (RI) each for bomb attack on a judge in 2005.
The Thai government insisted yesterday it was "fully functional" but refused to disclose where officials were working to avoid provoking more protests with anti-government activists who have vowed to bring the administration to a standstill.
A Dhaka court yesterday issued arrest warrant against fugitive former Jatiya Party lawmaker Golam Faruq Ovi, who is accused of murdering model Tinni.
Bangladesh Railway (BR) has arranged seven special trains and 40 extra coaches to facilitate the journey of homebound passengers on the occasion of upcoming Eid-ul-Azha.
Bio-waste generated at the city's kitchen markets might no more be used for land filling and such other purposes since it is now being utilised as a raw material for producing quality bio-fertiliser.
Security forces ambushed and killed scores of Tamil Tigers in northern Sri Lanka yesterday, the defence ministry said, adding its troops were poised to take the rebels' political capital.
At least 20 people were injured yesterday in a clash between students of Habibullah Bahar University College and businessmen of Karnaphuli Garden City shopping complex at Shantinagar in the city.
Bangladesh batsmen need to come up with their best to survive against the lethal pace attack when they meet South Africa in the second and final Test at the SuperSport Park in Centurion today.
Public Service Commission (PSC) will not change the announced results of the much-talked 27th Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) examinations although the education adviser a few days ago assured the unsuccessful agitating candidates of considering their demand.
Pirates kidnapped 70 fishermen for ransom and injured 12 others in the Bay near Mongla and Sharankhola upazila early yesterday.
Suspected communist rebels blew up a bridge in India's restive east yesterday, killing five police officers who were escorting election officials, police said.
The High Court (HC) yesterday stayed for two months the proceedings against former BNP Whip Zahed Ali Chowdhury in a corruption case filed by the Anti-corruption Commission (ACC).
Somali pirates have hijacked a Yemeni cargo ship in the Gulf of Aden, a maritime official told AFP yesterday.
Dialogue between religions, in the strict sense of the term, is impossible, said Pope Benedict XVI in the preface to a book published in Italy yesterday.
At this stage in the proceedings, there is broad agreement between the major political parties and alliances and the EC on all major issues, and, as such, there should be no bar to the holding of parliamentary elections participated in by all parties on December 29 as scheduled.
One could call it a storm in a teacup. And yet what happened in the Dhaka University area on Monday turned out to be something worse. An argument at a tea stall between students and the stall owner over change for a hundred taka note took an unexpected turn when policemen tried to calm everyone who happened to be getting agitated. And so what followed was predictable. Students of the university tried to resist the police, who in turn went into action to discipline the young men. What happened to the tea stall owner is not known. That is natural, for all too often the causes of a bad situation often get lost when bigger elements are thrown into the chaos.
Everyone is talking about the moment Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia met the other day, about the way they greeted each other and smiled at each other. Knowing the way things go in Bangladesh, you can be sure that it is a subject over which a lot of people will spend a lot of time talking. The process is already under way, and not even the adviser for home affairs could resist the temptation of telling us what actually transpired at the armed forces day reception. It was he who let us in on the revelation that the Awami League chief had sometimes cooked her own food while in incarceration and had sent some of it to the Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson. We have not been told, though, if Begum Zia had done some cooking on her own and whether she had reciprocated Sheikh Hasina's gesture.
A flicker of hope appeared amid the lingering gloom of uncertainty over the ensuing national election when its latest rescheduling, with the shifting of vote-casting day to December 29, and the BNP welcoming the move conditionally. Although no unequivocal declaration of the BNP's participation in the election was made, it was taken to be a positive stance of the BNP in favour of its participation in the election.
It doesn't get any tougher than playing South Africa in their own den and for the Tigers it was like a knife's edge that ripped them apart in the first Test which they lost by an innings and 129 runs last week.
Captain Touati Youness fired a 90th minute winner to help Sheikh Russel reclaim pole position with their fifth win and end Brothers Union's unbeaten run in the Citycell B. League yesterday.
If 250 was the par score on Day One, it was the turn for scores below 100 runs as Khulna were destroyed and Chittagong struggled on the second day of National Cricket League's seventh round yesterday.
India will approach Wednesday's fifth one-day international against England as the start of a new series after clinching a decisive 4-0 lead, with the tourists out to salvage some pride.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan has said he is ready to return to international cricket after a spell on the sidelines since standing down as skipper in August.
The newly elected executive committee of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is expected to elect a senior vice-president and two vice-presidents through secret ballot in its first meeting this afternoon.
Left-arm seamer Syed Rasel will have no activity for up to three weeks, according to chief selector Rafiqul Alam.
Muktijoddha Sangsad's struggle continued despite the club received Tk ten lakh from their B. League sponsors recently.
Bangladesh men's team blanked Thailand 4-0 in the 11th and final round of the Open Section on Monday to finish 47th among 154 teams at the 38th Chess Olympiad at Dresden, Germany.
The carrot of qualifying for the last 16 of Europe's premier club competition is dangling in front of some of the biggest teams involved in this year's Champions League.
Uzbekistan's Server Djeparov was Tuesday named Asian player of the year while Gamba Osaka was voted club of the year and Japan the national team of the year at a glittering ceremony in Shanghai.
The entire Indian squad came out onto the field hours after play got over. They had the run of the empty stadium, and a jubilant team made the most of it. Running, screaming and having fun -- -- a victory lap and a victory dance away from the fans, but in the middle of the stadium -- -- the perfect way to celebrate.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni's threat to resign to back a player of his choice did not find much support among former cricketers, who Tuesday insisted that while a captain does have the right to give his inputs, the final call should rest with the selectors.
Corporal Abu Abdullah set a new national mark in the 100-meter sprint of Bangladesh Army Annual Athletics Championship with a timing of 10.13 seconds on the closing day of the meet at the Army Stadium in Banani yesterday.
Former Warwickshire batsman Andy Moles was Tuesday appointed to replace John Bracewell as the new coach of the New Zealand cricket team, after front-runner Matthew Mott pulled out at the last minute.
United International Univer-sity (UIU) clinched the team title of the 3rd UIU-Bank Alfalah table tennis tournament defeating Brac Univer-sity 3-1 at the UIU auditorium yesterday.
Cesc Fabregas said it was a "proud moment" and a "great honour" after being handed the captaincy of Arsenal.
Aston Villa's bright start to the season could be undermined by fatigue, coach Martin O'Neill has said.
The Asian Football Confederation is becoming increasingly authoritarian, a former top official said Tuesday, urging member nations to block an "insulting" plan to shift its headquarters from Malaysia.
Revolutionary starting blocks are expected to send world swimming records tumbling again in 2009, after an Olympic year when hi-tech suits helped competitors go faster than ever.
Senegalese international Henri Camara's goal gave Wigan a much-needed 1-0 win over Everton here on Monday in their Premier League clash and lifted them out of the relegation places.
Football's world governing body FIFA said Tuesday it has suspended Peru's Football Association (FPF) with immediate effect over a row with the government over alleged political interference.
Chelsea forward Didier Drogba has been in talks with the agent of Inter Milan boss Jose Mourinho, the Gazzetta dello Sport website reported on Tuesday.
Motijheel T&T Club advanced to second position in the Second Division Football League after a 1-0 win over Euro Famous Club at the Kamalapur Stadium yesterday.
Pakistan's cricket chief on Tuesday said Rawalpindi has been dropped as a venue for the upcoming home series against India because the central city's stadium is not ready.
All set to begin a new innings as a commentator, maverick South African batsman Herschelle Gibbs said barring miracles, either Rajasthan Royals or Chennai Super Kings would clinch next month's Champions League Twenty20.
Biman Bangladesh crossed major hurdle in the Fahami Group First Division Badminton League when they edged fellow title contenders Knitt Concern 3-2 in the men's competition at the NSC Woodenfloor Gymnasium yesterday.
Germany targets Bangladesh as a lucrative investment destination considering the latter's steady economic growth for the past several years despite political instability.
The rich world is plunging into the worst economic downturn in decades, the OECD forecast on Tuesday, as governments scrambled to prepare their nations for soaring unemployment and recession.
Dhaka stocks slumped yesterday for a second day, driven mainly by a persistent lack of confidence among investors.
Bangladesh's textile industry apprehends an economic shock on a European Union move to change the rules of origin (RoO) by the year 2010 that favours a single-stage transformation with regard to garment manufacture.
The government is set to introduce key performance indicators (KPIs) to monitor work of ministries on a quarterly basis to speed up implementation of the objectives laid out in the budget.
The International Monetary Fund said Monday its executive board had approved a credit of 7.6 billion dollars for Pakistan, the Fund's first rescue in Asia since the global financial crisis began.
Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) President Fazlul Hoque yesterday asked the government to properly monitor the global economic crisis to save the country from its brunt.
Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has drafted guidelines for licensing the unauthorised small internet service providers (ISPs) at minimal fees.
German consumer confidence has risen slightly despite Europe's biggest economy falling into recession, but could drop quickly if hit by gloomy jobs news, a poll released on Tuesday showed.
Delta Brac Housing Finance Corporation Ltd (DBH) was rated 'AAA' (triple A), top of the rating scale for long term and ST-1 for short term for the third consecutive year.
AKM Rafiqul Islam has been elected chairman and Nizam Uddin Ahmed vice chairman of Bangladesh Insurance Association (BIA) for a two-year term (2009-10), said a press release.
Banglalink has recently launched 'Healthlink Service' for its subscribers, according to a press statement.
Asian markets surged yesterday following a rally on Wall Street after the US government agreed a massive support package for banking giant Citigroup.
The 18th annual US Trade Show will begin here at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel on February 26 next year.
An executive-looking young man in crisp black and white uniform welcomes a visitor to a stall. The look is unbeatable, as sharp as the brand he is representing.
The rescue of US banking giant Citigroup and steps by governments to spur economic growth calmed fears of financial turmoil on Tuesday, tempered with caution over the wider scope of the crisis.
Asian stocks soared Tuesday after stellar gains on US and European markets as investors welcomed a rescue of US banking giant Citigroup and steps by governments to spur economic growth.
EPB and jute exports
I was browsing the Export Promotion Bureau's (EPB) website the other day and it gave me a dismal scenario. In the introduction it is stated, “Employment opportunities can be created in a populated country like ours with the promotion of export.” Authorities of EPB can easily say this but I am skeptical about how much help the exporting companies receive from EPB in this regard.
Oil prices slid on Tuesday as traders banked profits following sharp gains won a day earlier, analysts said.
The world's biggest miner BHP Billiton announced Tuesday it was dropping its controversial hostile takeover bid for rival Rio Tinto due to the state of the global economy.
The European Central Bank said on Tuesday that it lent eurozone banks more than 334 billion euros (429 billion dollars) for a week in its latest operation to boost interbank lending on money markets.
The boss of European aircraft manufacturer Airbus says he has not ruled out a cut in production if the economic crisis worsens, while promising to back clients facing difficulties financing the purchase of planes.
Swedish construction group Skanska announced on Tuesday that it is to cut 3,400 jobs in the Nordic region of which 2,000 are to go in Sweden owing to slowing activity in the economy.
Speakers at a discussion yesterday said though the prevalence of HIV/AIDS is still only one percent, there is nothing to be contented as Bangladesh is one of the most vulnerable countries for its geographical location, huge population and low-level educational status.
Architects, planners and environmentalists at a press conference yesterday said the final draft of Detailed Area Plan (DAP) of Dhaka metropolitan city has deviated from the original Dhaka Metropolitan Development Plan (DMDP), also known as master plan.
Ensuring transparency and accountability in the government institutions can effectively curb corruption in the country, Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Chairman Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury said yesterday.
The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women was observed across the country yesterday.
Speakers at a seminar yesterday criticised the Election Commission (EC) for framing a code of conduct for the mass media covering the national election, saying that such restrictions may lead to a 'controlled' election and manipulation.
Speakers at a seminar yesterday expressed concern over high level of natural and man-made environmental pollution.
Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday had a minor operation at Dhaka Combined Military Hospital.
The Election Commission (EC) has shortened the holidays of Eid-ul-Azha from three days to one day for its officials and employees due to parliament and upazila elections.
A two-day regional workshop on rights-based approach in anti-trafficking intervention was held at Brac Centre Inn in the city yesterday.
The country's tourist sites are being destroyed due to lack of a coordinated policy as businessmen and opportunists are cashing in on the unrestricted sites, speakers said at a programme yesterday.
One in every seven people in the country has been suffering from kidney diseases and 40,000 die of longtime kidney failures annually, experts told a convention and scientific seminar yesterday.
Home Adviser Maj Gen (Retd) MA Matin yesterday asked police to speed up the investigation into the Ramna Batamul bomb blast and the SAMS Kibria murder as a high-level meeting reviewed the probe progress of sensational cases.
Speakers at a view exchange meeting yesterday called on the youth to be conscious against the sexual harassment and exploitation at the education institutions.
Sector Commanders' Forum-Muktijoddha '71 will organise a rally of the family members of the martyrs who sacrificed their lives during the War of Liberation in 1971, demanding trial of the war criminals at Rabindra Sarobar at Dhanmondi in the city at 3:00pm tomorrow.
Taslima Akter Toma, founder principal of Rajdhani Preparatory School and Girls' College in Rayerbazar, has been suffering from breast cancer.
Leaders of Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal (BSD) and Indigenous Rights Movement demanded rights to land and constitutional recognition of the indigenous people.
Speakers at a dialogue yesterday underscored the need for encouraging the use of biotechnology to make the country's position stronger in the global revolution of its use.
Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) leaders at a meeting of the election coordination committee of the party yesterday said the path to go to power could be established by allying with war criminals and autocrats but that will not resolve the fundamental problems of the people.
Today is the 37th death anniversary of Yusuf Ali Chowdhury (Mohan Mia), a renowned politician of the sub-continent, says a press release.
An elderly person was killed in a road accident at Nawabganj in the district early yesterday.
Forest officials, in separate drives, arrested 12 poachers from the Sundarbans area early yesterday.
Foreign Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury yesterday said non-resident Bangladeshis have been contributing a lot to the country's national economic development for decades.
Speakers at a seminar yesterday called on the civil society members to come forward to ensuring a violence-free society for women.
The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab-4) seized fake revenue stamps worth about Tk 8.5 crore in the city on Sunday night and arrested two traders.
Members of Rapid Action Battalion in separate drives yesterday recovered three golden statues, heroine, Yaba tablets and arms and arrested three people.
Convicted former Jamaat lawmaker Shahjahan Chowdhury was released on bail here yesterday.
University of Information Technology and Science (UITS), Rajshahi campus and Banglalink jointly launched a programme to vote for Cox's Bazar and the Sundarbans in the global contest for new seven wonders of the nature at UITS campus yesterday.Teachers, students and officials of the university joined the programme.
Robbers looted gold ornaments and other valuables worth about Tk 15 lakh from the house of a banker at Mirpur in the city yesterday morning.
Japanese Ambassador Masayuki Inoue said, "We expect a great deal from Japanese Development Scholarship (JDS) fellows for the development of their own country through making the best use of knowledge and experience acquired in Japan," says a press release.
The 37th death anniversary of martyred Rajshahi University teacher Mir Abdul Quayyum passed off yesterday without any programme by the university authorities.
As some BNP bigwigs may not be able to run the polls race, the party is in great problem in selecting candidates in five constituencies in Rajshahi, Noagaon and Natore.
With receding of water in the Jamuna River, at least 20 vessels including fertiliser and fuel laden ones have remained stranded for several days at different points of Jamuna River due to navigability problem in the dry season.
BNP stalwart M Saifur Rahman will contest from Moulvibazar-3 (Sadar and Rajnagar) constituency as the last polls race of his life.
All jails in Khulna division were put on high alert from yesterday on order from the Inspector General of Prisons.
Police in the early hours of yesterday recovered six rifles looted from an ansar camp in Bhaluka upazila after about one and a half hours of their loot.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in separate drives in last two days in six northern districts seized 47 bombs, and Indian fertiliser, currency and vaccine.
Today is Kamanna shaheed day.
Wife of former mayor of Khulna City Corporation (KCC) Sheikh Tayebur Rahman yesterday urged the government to release her husband immediately for his treatment abroad.
The director of Khulna Divisional Heath Directorate, Dr Aftabuddin Ahmed has been made an officer on special duty (OSD) on charge of corruption.
Three members of Indian Border Security Forces (BSF) were sued yesterday for killing three Bangladeshis including a minor boy and wounding another one at Maynakuri village near Majipara border of Tetulia upazila in Panchagarh on November 16.
Khulna University observed its 18th founding day yesterday with pomp and grandeur.
The nation is again in the grip of the two leaders, Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia. What they did during their stay in power in the past is known to all and what they will be able to do in future is also not beyond imagination. They have become leaders not by their leadership qualities but by virtue of luck and the failure of other politicians in both major political parties to come out of the shadows of the two ladies. I was in Saudi Arabia for a long time and had to listen to the joke from Saudis that there was no man in Bangladesh having moustache! This is the fate of this nation.
Street children are a worldwide phenomenon. That they are in the streets for many different reasons should not discourage attempts to look at their problems as a global responsibility. If you are an adult and you live on this planet, be aware now that many of our children are going to sleep hungry tonight, in the streets, with no adult protection or care. Millions of children are living in the streets, and the number is rising.
I refer to the PCP article by Professor Nazrul Islam entitled "Vital Reforms Ignored" on 21 Nov. His recommendations to reduce the tenure of an elected government from 5 to 4, to induce tolerance by the losers for the winner, is indeed a pragmatic idea and a newly elected parliament must take this on board for consideration. Four years has been the tenure of the elected US President from the inception of its constitution about 2 centuries ago and it has proved its worth over this time for the unity of such a disparate nation, and for the development of a tolerant democracy.
Edible oil price in local market has gone up again.
The BNP's backing down indicates that they would not boycott elections at all, even if they were held on the 18th as scheduled. Delaying the polls by 10 days really does not benefit the BNP. The rescheduling of the dates for nominations gives them a little additional time to prepare, but as far as the polls are concerned, 10 days will make absolutely no difference to their preparation or chances. The only logical reason that I can see for this demand is that delaying by a week to 10 days puts the elections during Christmas time. Many foreign observers will cancel their trips. I'm sure you are aware that there are still a fair number of BNP sympathizers within the administration, especially the EC, etc.
Change, change, and change. Change is everywhere and change is part of life. If we accept good changes, we will grow, if we reject them we will be lost. America shows that you can change yourself to new choices, new relations, new ideas, and finally to a new life. The question is how many of us are ready to embrace this shift in our paradigm.
Declaration of Pahela Agrahayan as the 'National Agriculture Day' by the government has sparked pulsation to the community life of our farming people. Farmers throughout the country have celebrated the Day with great enthusiasm and jubilation. The government deserves appreciation for declaring the National Agriculture Day by recognizing the men behind the plough who are actually the prime driving force of our economy.
I would like to pinpoint the present situation of our job market and the attitude of the employers of multinational companies. There is scarcity of job opportunities and the job seekers have to face the question-- "experienced or inexperienced?". My point is, nobody could be experienced while seeking his/her first job!
Rat killing drive is launched in our country under the patronage of the agriculture department of the government. The drive should be launched on a regular basis and the whole nation must be included in this task for the greater interest of the country.
None of the criminal cases against Michael Jackson could be proved beyond reasonable doubt. None of the civil suits could be proved with balance of probability. He is a clean man as per the definition of law. He even moved to the Middle East. But the witch hunting continues which is paradoxical to the human norms and laws of lands. He is innocent as not proven guilty. Now he has been confirmed to have converted to Islam like many other celebrities in the West against all propaganda and media campaigns against the faith. The Sun is one of the best selling tabloids in the UK where the story has grabbed the headlines of its 22 November issue with a shocking ridicule against Islam which put Jackson in a Burkha, as if Islam and Burkha were synonymous terms. Absolute example of disgusting taste in any form of civilised journalism.
The government and NGOs are working for improving the quality of secondary education across the country. Particularly BRAC and TQI (Teaching Quality Improvement Project) are providing training to head teachers and teachers. Obviously, there are other projects and NGOs also working for the betterment of English teaching-learning situation in secondary schools.
Bangladesh is fighting against poverty since 1971. Till now a significant chunk of the population is poor. Ensuring two meals a day is a major challenge for this country. The government is trying to ensure education for all to fight against poverty. But only a small section of our people is getting higher education facilities. It is a matter of regret that those seeking higher education are also not being educated according to the needs of the age.
Our resources are limited. We waste our resources indiscriminately. If it goes on, one day there will be no resources for our general use.
In the last few days, most national dailies have published photographs or reports about owners depositing their licensed arms in police stations. That is good news, as far as it goes, for reducing the possibility of violence during the election period. However, the real and important thing is seizing the unauthorised arms, bombs and explosives; as well as eliminating the many workshops where these are being manufactured. This is a critical need to ensure not only a peaceful election, but also a peaceful country, which we badly need.
It is interesting to see the Truth Commission, which shoulders the mammoth task of exorcising some accused with such alacrity, has got the dose of legal medicine, that is, the very legality of it formation is now in question.
The reclusive leader of Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers is to deliver his annual policy address this week from a besieged jungle hideout that could soon be totally overrun by government troops.
India and Pakistan began crucial talks in Islamabad yesterday on combating terrorism, drug trafficking and liberalising the visa regime under the composite dialogue process, as authorities freed 101 Indian prisoners, most of them fishermen in a goodwill gesture.
Britain introduced a new law yesterday bolstering rules against forced marriages, after Foreign Secretary David Miliband highlighted a case in Pakistan ahead of a visit there.
Israel reacted on Tuesday to militant rocket fire by again sealing off the Gaza Strip, where officials said the territory's sole power plant was forced to shut down because of the crippling blockade.
al-Qaeda is becoming a great uniting factor between the political and military leadership of Pakistan. In a new 30 minutes video statement American born al-Qaeda leader Adam Yahiya Gadahn declared President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and Army Chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kyani as the agents of American imperialism.
President-elect Barack Obama was set to expand his call for swift action to revive the stricken US economy yesterday in his second press conference in as many days focused on unveiling his economic team.
Thailand's powerful army chief on Tuesday vowed there would be no coup in the kingdom, despite pleas by anti-government protesters for the military to step in to end the current political crisis.
The head of the UN atomic watchdog, Mohamed ElBaradei, said Monday the IAEA had no legal right to deny Syria help in a nuclear power project, as called for by a number of western states.
The US State Department announced plans on Monday to promote online youth groups as a new and powerful way to fight crime, political oppression and terrorism.
Iraqi lawmakers made a final push yesterday to assemble a commanding majority to approve a controversial military pact that would allow US troops to remain another three years.
President George W Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Monday that the Middle East peace process which has so far failed to yield results will continue after the two lame-duck leaders leave office.
Pakistan's parliament will hold a session next week to talk about United States missile attacks on militant targets in the northwest of the country, defence minister Ahmed Mukhtar said yesterday.
Kuwait was plunged into a new crisis yesterday after the cabinet in the oil-rich Gulf state resigned over a standoff with parliament, in a move, which could lead to early elections.
Arts & Entertainment
Monirul Islam can interpret life's diverse dimensions with his remarkable style, techniques where colours, lines, textures and forms blend in synchronisation. Controlling the medium and technique with skilled mastery, he projects an aesthetic and stylistic uniqueness. Monir's paintings speak to the viewer in an intimate voice about childhood -- most often the favourite chapter of human life, immersed in bliss, woes and boundless endeavours. The result is a display of art centring on nature, human relationships and the meaning of life.
Renowned Darbesh (sage) Siraj Shah was born in 1750 at an area that is currently under Shailkupa upazila. His outstanding philanthropy and philosophies attained recognition throughout this region. In fact even mystic bard Lalon Shah called him "guru." Unfortunately Siraj Shah's 'mazaar' (shrine) has not been demarcated. There is no auditorium, library or a club within the precincts of the final resting place of this sage.
“Kua," a digital film produced Jol Foring-er Dol was premiered recently at the Sylhet Shilpakala Academy, says a press release.
Urbashi Abritti Parishad, Sylhet held a programme on the occasion of its 16th anniversary last Friday evening at the Saifur Rahman auditorium in the city. Sylhet Zilla Parishad's Chief Executive Officer Maniruzzaman was present as chief guest. Acting Editor of the daily Sylheter Dak, Dewan Toufique Majid; Principal Mahiuddin Shiru; Sammilita Natya Parishad's Shamsul Basit; Nazrul Academy General Secretary Mishfaque Ahmed and Mokhlisur Rahman also spoke on the occasion. Urbashi President Mokaddes Babul chaired the event.
Golam Rabbanai Biplab's internationally film "Swapnodanay" (On the Wings of Dreams) will be screened at the Kuala Lumpur International Film Festival, Malaysia on November 27, says a press release.
The Outback epic "Australia" is director Baz Luhrmann's first film since he dazzled audiences with "Moulin Rouge!" seven years ago, and critics are wondering if the $130 million drama can live up to its hype.
In the feature "All things old and wonderful" published on November 19, 2008 issue of Arts & Entertainment, it was inadvertently written that Dhaka's first urban re-development project can be traced back to the early 1900s... It should have read "The first urban re-development plans for Dhaka were conceptualised in the 1860s."
IT appears that we are now on the highway to a participatory and credible election in just over one month. This optimism stems from the fact that BNP led 4-party alliance has finally whittled down its initial 7-point demand to two points as pre-condition for participation in election on December 29. The two points are lifting of emergency from the last day of withdrawing nomination and scrapping of Section 91 (E) of the amended RPO.
BUSINESS leaders have asked the political parties to include in their election manifestoes a commitment to ban hartal, gherao and similar other programs -- if need be, by enacting a law in the next parliament. They have also decided to put up an economic program for the first 100 days of the elected government that is likely to take office by the end of the year.
IF any politician of this country is to be remembered for uncommon qualities of head and heart for nearly half a century of dedicated and selfless public service, the name of Yusuf Ali Chowdhury, known as Mohan Mia, comes to the fore. He died on November 26, 1971 at the age of only 66, with his dream of making a significant contribution to building the new country of Bangladesh remaining unfulfilled.
THERE was an article in the press the other day saying that the world's first piece of humour had been found: an ancient riddle composed in Sumeria, now called Iraq.
Instead of freeing the public roads from illegal occupancy, Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has embarked on leasing out roads of a residential area for car parking.
Although the quality is going down every day, the once famous delicacies of old Dhaka still today attract the food connoisseurs and gluttons.