News of: Saturday, 24th of January, 2009
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Widely reported claims of upazila election observers and also the Election Commission (EC) that voter turnout was low in Thursday's polls, are not substantiated by the result sheets disclosed so far.
Over a half of the total 8,090 candidates in the just concluded upazila parishad elections lost their security deposits due to dismal performances, and almost all of them did not get any major political party's backing.
A national taskforce blames Chinese telecom vendor Huawei for supplying substandard equipment and its failure to complete within deadline any of the government's three telecom projects involving around $40 million.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is annoyed with a minister and some lawmakers for tainting the government's image by meddling in Thursday's upazila elections, said sources in her party.
A case was filed against Awami League lawmaker from Cox's Bazar-4 constituency Abdur Rahman Bodi Thursday night accusing him of violating electoral code of conduct and beating up assistant presiding officers at a polling centre during upazila polls.
Shakib Al Hasan celebrated his ascent in the rankings with another all-round performance as Bangladesh won the fog-curtailed third and final one-day match against Zimbabwe by six wickets to clinch the series 2-1 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.
The Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) will start distributing the plots under Uttara Model Town third phase from June this year, instead of this month, as 20 percent work of land filling is still incomplete.
At least three people were killed and sixty-five others injured in post upazila polls violence across the country yesterday.
The country was covered with dense fog disrupting normal life and affecting launches and ferry services and other vehicles, especially inter-district buses yesterday.
BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain yesterday said people's expectations were not reflected in upazila elections that witnessed 'a continuation of vote rigging.'
Newly appointed Khatib of Baitul Mukarram National Mosque Mohammad Salauddin led Juma prayers on the second consecutive Friday yesterday amid protests and clashes inside and outside the mosque that left at least 25 people injured.
The break-in at Bangladesh Railway (BR) headquarters on Saturday night was not an incident of mere theft. Criminals broke into the office rooms to take away something that is "valuable but illegal".
Britain is in recession for the first time since 1991, official data showed yesterday, triggering a plea from Prime Minister Gordon Brown for renewed international help to tackle the financial crisis.
The nation observes the 40th historic Mass Upsurge Day today to commemorate the valiant sons of the soil who sacrificed their lives during the mass upsurge that culminated in independence.
Awami League (AL) and BNP will have their parliamentary party meetings before inauguration of the ninth parliament tomorrow.
Bangladesh Judicial Service Association (BJSA) yesterday demanded removal of Law Secretary Kazi Habibul Awal as the High Court (HC) had earlier declared his appointment illegal.
Missiles fired from a suspected US drone killed eight people yesterday just outside a notorious hub of Al-Qaeda activity in a tribal area of northwest Pakistan, security officials said.
The world will need to donate hundreds of million of dollars for Gaza to repair greater than expected destruction by the Israeli offensive on the territory, the UN humanitarian chief said yesterday.
A mobile court here on Thursday convicted three people and awarded them six months imprisonment for casting fake votes and creating anarchy in a polling centre in Sadar upazila during the upazila polls.
US President Barack Obama on Thursday picked two seasoned and high-powered envoys to the Middle East and Afghanistan and Pakistan, making another swift break with Bush administration policy.
Hillary Clinton took charge Thursday of US foreign policy proclaiming a "new era for America" based on robust diplomacy and a fresh unity of purpose.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is to undergo a coronary artery bypass surgery at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) today, an official announcement said.
To say the least the just concluded UZ election has been an anti-climax after the national elections of 29 Dec. We are distressed by the brazen use of political clout to influence the conduct of the local government election by the Awami League.
It is with cautious optimism that we greet the news of our garment sector maintaining steady growth in export, pretty much unruffled by the buffetings of global recession. This has been made possible by timely diversification involving addition of some new destinations to our export map. The process began in earnest since mid-2008 with our garment products penetrating Brazil and Mexico markets.
ON January 20th history was created in the United States and the spirit of democracy vindicated. The world will now wait and watch how a transformed America, with its renewed emphasis on human rights and dignity, engages with crisis ridden situations under President Obama.
SHAIKH Hasina has emphasised the urgency of stamping out terrorism, and has reportedly instructed the Home Ministry to take immediate steps in that direction. The government also intends to launch fresh investigation into the terrorist activities perpetrated during 2001-2006, and identify the masterminds and their national and international links.
After a shocking defeat in the tri-nation opener, things went from bad to worse as the Bangladesh lost the first game of the three-match series by two wickets. However, the Tigers yesterday savored success by securing a 2-1 series victory against Zimbabwe yesterday.
It was a special day for Shakib Al Hasan as he took centre stage yesterday as he started the match as the best all rounder in the world.
Mohammedan will have a last shot at the Citycell B. League title when they take on archrivals Abahani today in a crucial encounter that kicks off at the Bangabandhu National Stadium at 4.30 pm.
Pin-up Ana Ivanavic slumped out of the Australian Open Friday but a flawless Roger Federer powered towards a 14th Grand Slam title as ethnic violence again overshadowed the tournament.
Barcelona, having established a huge 12-point lead over Real Madrid and Sevilla, on Saturday will attempt revenge on little Numancia, the only team to have beaten them in the Spanish League this season.
South Africa sealed a three-wicket win in the third one-day international against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground Friday to build a 2-1 lead in the five-match series.
Injury-plagued Juventus face a stern test of their title credentials when they host Fiorentina in the standout match of the weekend.
Brazilian coach Edson 'Dido' Silva is due to arrive in Dhaka this morning to take charge of the Bangladesh national football team.
England and Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard said Friday he would plead not guilty to any involvement in a nightclub brawl.
Former national football captain Jewel Rana will hang up his boots during today's B. League match between Abahani-Mohammedan at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.
Manchester United's meeting with Tottenham will attract the biggest crowd while Liverpool's derby clash is arguably the most enticing of this weekend's FA Cup fourth round ties.
Motijheel T&T Club won their second consecutive match of the First Division Twenty 20 cricket tournament yesterday when they defeated Brothers Union by six wickets at the Dhaka University ground.
Sheikh Russel recorded a hard-fought 2-1 win over lowly Muktijoddha in yesterday's Citycell B. League match at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.
Muttiah Muralidaran needs five more wickets to become the highest wicket-taker in one-day cricket history as Sri Lanka take on Pakistan in the third and deciding one-day match here Saturday.
England will launch a bid for Test revenge over South Africa next December at SuperSport Park in the Highveld town of Centurion.
John Dyson is looking for a spin bowler to make a big impact on the West Indies' home Test series against England, starting next month.
The slanging match between Casey Dellacqua and former Lleyton Hewitt coach Roger Rashed has intensified with the player insisting she is not overweight and out of shape as charged.
John Terry has been ruled out of Chelsea's FA Cup tie against Ipswich on Saturday after the latest in a long line of back injuries.
Manchester United's injury woes worsened on Friday with the news that defender Jonny Evans and midfielder Anderson will be out of action for three weeks with ankle injuries.
Lazio booked their place in the Coppa Italia semifinals with a come from behind 3-1 victory against Torino at Rome's Stadio Olimpico on Thursday.
Aston Villa's drive for a place in the Champions League suffered a serious setback on Friday when the club revealed that captain Martin Laursen will be out for two months.
Commerce Minister Lt Col (retd) Muhammad Faruk Khan yesterday assured the entrepreneurs in Readymade Garment (RMG) sector of all necessary policy support so that Bangladesh could secure the top position among the RMG exporting countries.
Dhaka Divisional Mathematics Festival was held at Govt Laboratory High School in the city yesterday in a festive mood with the participation of students from 100 schools of Dhaka, Gazipur, Narsingdi, Narayanganj, Munshiganj and Manikganj districts.
Home Minister Advocate Sahara Khatun yesterday sought cooperation of the people of all strata to build a peaceful Bangladesh by eliminating corruption, terrorism, militancy, killing and extortion.
Commerce Minister Lt Col (retd) Muhammad Faruk Khan yesterday called upon the businessmen to make minimum profit and help keep the prices of essential commodities at reasonable level in line with the declining international market prices.
At least 10,000 students yesterday took pledge to build the country keeping in their mind the true history of the liberation war and deep respect for the freedom fighters and wipe out the anti-liberation forces.
The government is keen to safeguard the interest and rights of Bangladeshi migrants and to expedite the process of introducing Machine Readable Passports (MRP).
Janatar Sangsad, a platform of civil society members, yesterday placed a 26-point proposal for the government to institutionalise democracy and establish rule of law in the country.
The Indigenous Development Institute was launched yesterday with a view to establishing the rights of the indigenous people and ensuring their development in the society.
The alumni association of Mass Communication and Journalism department at Dhaka University yesterday accorded a reception to Prof AAMS Arefin Siddique for his becoming the new vice chancellor (VC).
Increasing activities by gangs of muggers over the last few weeks have created panic among the city dwellers.
The 180th founding anniversary festival of Rajshahi Collegiate School began yesterday amid huge enthusiasm and joy.
Prothom-alojobs.com organised a workshop on 'Managerial excellence through leadership and team building' at the seminar room of the daily Prothom Alo office yesterday, says a press release.
The 45th convocation of Dhaka University (DU), which was scheduled for January 29, has been postponed.
The colourful celebration of "America Week" will begin in Barisal on January 26 as part of continuing a tradition of outreach across the country.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members recovered 12 bombs from near a school in Muradnagar upazila yesterday.
Candidates of the 27th BCS examinations, who became unsuccessful as per its 2nd phase results, yesterday renewed their demand for resignation of the Public Service Commission chairman and their appointment as per the previous results.
A staggering 33,110 ballots for upazila chairman posts, 51,427 ballots for vice-chairman posts and 65,412 ballots for female vice-chairman posts were cancelled in six upazilas under the district in Thursday's upazila election.
The government will set up agro-based industries in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) region.
Academic activities at the newly established Rangpur University have been stopped following issuance of a government circular.
Eight supporters of Awami League (AL) lawmaker Kazi Abdul Wadud Dara, arrested while capturing the Hatinada Non-government Primary School polling centre during Thursday's upazila election, were released on bail yesterday.
Robbers killed an employee of a wholesale shop at Amtoli rail crossing at Shibgonj village under Sadar upazila on Thursday night and took away Tk 5 lakh from him.
Barisal Sadar upazila -- Kotwali BNP president Akkas Hossain, Gournadi upazila -- Shah Alam (AL), Agoiljhara -- Golam Murtaza Khan (rebel AL), Babuganj -- Sultan Ahmed Khan (BNP), Banaripara -- Golam
Over three weeks into the start of the academic session, most of the high school students in the region are yet to get their textbooks.
Police have arrested two activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) Khulna city unit at Barho Bazar on charge of demanding toll from a businessman.
Anti-Corruption Commission filed two cases against Jatiya Party presidium member Moshiur Rahman Ranga and former deputy minister Asadul Habib Dulu for amassing illegal wealth and concealing information of their assets in the statements submitted to the commission.
Army personnel recovered body of an activist of pro-peace treaty Parbatya Chattagram Jano Sanghati Samity (PCJSS), a sub-machine gun (SMG) and a bullet-loaded magazine from a pond at Khedermara village in Longadu upazila on Thursday, security sources said.
Police in Mumbai were yesterday granted extra time to hold and question two suspected members of an Islamist group blamed for the deadly attacks on the city in November, a senior officer said.
By heeding the advice of his feng shui master, Freddie Low saved his share portfolio from getting burned last year in the worst global financial crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s.
Angry parents of victims in China's milk scandal accused the government yesterday of holding show trials and giving little help to their sick children, after the high-profile sentencing of 21 people.
Sri Lankan troops have advanced to a key area held by Tamil Tigers and are on the verge of destroying the rebels' artillery, a military official said yesterday.
Protesters yesterday demanded an end to Pakistan military operations and US missile attacks against Taliban militants in lawless areas bordering Afghanistan, witnesses said.
The United Nations has expressed concern for the plight of 174 Myanmar boat people in Indonesian custody who were allegedly left to die at sea by the Thai military, a spokeswoman said yesterday.
Nearly seven years after its birth, the International Criminal Court will start hearing its first trial Monday -- that of Congolese militia leader Thomas Lubanga on charges of using child soldiers.
US President Barack Obama's decision Thursday to shut secret CIA-run prisons abroad brought renewed calls for their locations to be disclosed as well a fresh denial from Poland, one of two eastern European countries most closely linked to the practice.
Nine members of an Iraqi family, including six women and a child, were killed when unknown gunmen stormed their home yesterday near Baquba in the restive province of Diyala, police said.
Two children and an adult were killed yesterday when a man armed with a knife went on a rampage through a child day-care centre northwest of Brussels, a local prosecutor said.
Barack Obama celebrated the first triumph of his presidency on Thursday, revealing he will get to keep his beloved BlackBerry.
More than 50,000 people are now infected with cholera in Zimbabwe's epidemic, which has so far killed 2,773 people, the latest figures from the World Health Organisation said yesterday.
In a startling turn against its former ally, Rwanda has arrested Congo rebel leader Laurent Nkunda after he fled a joint operation launched by the armies of the two nations, military officials said yesterday.
Arts & Entertainment
Every country's artists have a unique language. This distinct style is crucial and enriches global art on the whole. The language of art consists of themes, tones, textures, use of space, compositions and colours. Themes and compositions are well connected to environment, as well as political and social structure. Time and history are other dominant aspects of paintings.
Officials of the Department of Archaeology has decided to display recently found artefacts at the 'Basu Bihar Archaeological Site' in Bogra district.
Political themes weigh heavily in three films nominated last Thursday in the Oscars' foreign-language race, with the animated anti-war movie "Waltz with Bashir" in the running to win Israel's first Academy Award.
New drama serial "Sakin Sarisuri", written by Brindabon Das and directed by Salauddin Lavlu goes on air tonight. The serial will be aired every Saturday and Sunday at 7:50 pm on Channel i.
On tonight's episode of talk show "Amar Ami", newly married celebrity couple Monir Khan Shimul and Nadia will be present as guests.
Channel 1 is celebrating its third anniversary with a range of special programmes, starting from January 23 to 25. Under the ownership of Masud Entertainment Ltd, a sister concern of One Group, the channel formally went on air from January 24, 2006.
Mike Myers' "Love Guru" may speak of "yin and yang," but the Hollywood version of bad balanced by good might be the Razzies and the Oscars.
WITH 50 per cent of the students admitted to class 1 dropping out before completing class 5, as revealed in a seminar, it will be a challenge for the government to implement its pledge of achieving 100 per cent literacy by 2014. Out of 44 lakh students admitted to class 1, only 22 lakh completed the primary level. Though poverty is the prime cause of such heavy dropout, the government must take measures to meet the shortage of trained teachers, availability of textbooks, and accountability of the educational institutions.
THE Mahajote's victory in the recent Bangladesh Parliamentary election may be seen as one of the most important event in the history of the country. It is eventful because when the world was busy to project Bangladesh as a breeding centre for Islamic fundamentalism, the outcome is certainly a paradigm shift. The Mohajote has been able to reach across divides of religion, race, gender and politics and unify the country once again after 1971 war of independence.
THE only wealth in this world is children, more than all the money, power on earth". Mafia Don Michael Corleone when uttered these innocent words in Godfather movie, viewers were just mum and one more time they could feel that the importance of children was same to all. In that particular moment, all parents' hearts must have filled with love for their children. But in the practical world, we are perhaps ignoring this simple truth, especially in Bangladesh.
I would like to begin by quoting Henry Kissinger, Secretary of State under Ford Presidency: "No country has influenced internationals as decisively and at the same time as ambivalently as the United States. No society has more firmly insisted on the admissibility of intervention in the domestic affairs of other states, or more passionately asserted that its own values were universally applicable". That was precisely the foreign policy trend of the government of the United States. But disastrous foreign policy was presented by President George W. Bush when he invaded Afghanistan in 2001 without presenting evidential proof that Osama bin Laden, a Saudi Arabian, who was a guest resident of Afghan government, was responsible for launching attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York and without the authorization of the United Nations.
BANGLADESH is considered highly vulnerable climate change and climate variability. Various predictions of sea level rise puts 55% of its population on the threat of inundation. It will affect infrastructures including water systems, housing and settlements, transport networks, utilities, and industry. In recent years the recurrence of natural disasters has increased the vulnerability of the urban poor who are considered to be most affected by climate change and climate variability. The prevalence of diseases will increase their vulnerability and constrain economic activities.
WHEN I was a kid I used to see hundreds of vultures in my backyard but now a glimpse of these charismatic creatures has become extremely rare”, utters Abdul Mia, the owner of a vulture turf in the plains of Nobiganj.
THE term “Industrial Ecology” has been evolved as a outcome of thoughtfulness to carry on industrial activities without impairing the environmental quality. The concept of Industrial Ecology (IE) though initially based on mainly engineering and natural science aspect is needed now to be integrated into the management and policy aspects to establish it as a sustainable business strategy.
One of my earliest memories of the mystery of death is my recollection of a story we read in elementary school. In the story, we learned about the reaction of Siddhartha, who later came to be known as Gautam Buddha, when he had a face-to-face encounter with death in Kapilavastu. His father, King Sudhhodono, did not want his son to have to deal with death or human suffering. But Gautam witnessed both, in spite of the king and his courtiers. Since the time I read the story, it has stayed with me, and the manner in which Siddhartha went about on his now legendary quest for the meaning of life and death has always fascinated me. Later I realized that, amongst my friends, like many others growing up in the Indian sub-continent in the 60's and 70's, we had a shared feeling that real search for truth begins only after you witness death or experience love.
I should not have spoken ill of winter in my earlier dispatch. Old man winter continues to wreck havoc - especially on the West coast. The Pacific coast, known for its balmy weather, was taken by surprise when they were dumped with snow of the amount many have never seen in their entire lives. Life literally halted. The most affected by this recalcitrant weather pattern were the holiday travelers as their travel plans went haywire with cancelled flights, delays and re-routings. Television news replayed pictures of sleep-deprived travelers anxiously waiting for a lucky break that would transport them from the no-man zone of the airport to their familiar abodes. Then there would be others, who would camp out in the waiting area, oblivious to the rest of the world. When I had booked a flight from Montreal to San Francisco five months ago, I had no idea I would be caught up in this travel frenzy myself.
Woman Reads the News
The rising outbreak of bird flu both in birds and humans has renewed fears of a pandemic that could kill millions of people. Highly pathogenic H5N1 strain of bird flu virus is gradually increasing its ability to spread efficiently and substantially among humans.
One of the most basic tenets of weight loss is to burn more calories than you consume. It is not terribly complicated, but it can easily lead to one of the most common weight-loss misconceptions: The less you eat, the more you lose.
A Japanese study conducted over 11 years has found that job stress can significantly increase the risk of stroke in men.
Children who suffer physical abuse, death of a parent or other childhood adversity and are anxious or depressed are at increased risk of developing asthma in adulthood, a study suggests.
Water for good health is an idea that goes back centuries. It is an old belief that an average person should drink at least '8 glasses of water' a day.
British doctors have delivered a baby girl two days after the mother collapsed and died from a brain haemorrhage, a hospital in Oxford confirmed, says a news on Times of India.
Is your plate piled too high with deadlines and obligations? Are you trying to cram too many activities into too little time? If so, you may find stress relief by learning how to say no to others and yes to yourself. Don't make up reasons to get out of an obligation. The truth is always the best way to turn down a friend, family member or co-worker. But let them down gently. Compliment the person or group's effort while saying that you are unable to commit at this time. It will soften the blow and keep you in good graces.
THE Gaza war planners have succeeded at most to mobilize Israeli public opinion in support of the military campaign against Gaza. Although the trio of leaders, Olmert, Livni and Ehud Barak, lack real support from the public to lead, they have succeeded to convince Israelis, getting 90% support, of the necessity of this campaign. Olmert, who has been questioned tens of times by the police, is suspected of receiving bribes and of other wrong doings, was forced to leave office early and to agree to early elections. He declared war on Gaza one and a half months before the elections as a transitional Prime Minister. Nobody knows how Prime Minister Olmert has succeeded to conduct a war given his current status as a Prime Minister under suspicion for taking bribes. Some argue that all the investigations against him were part of a grand deception to show that there is no Prime Minister functioning while at the same time planning the grand strategy of the war. Others argue that the military leadership decided to conduct a war exactly at this moment with a weak transitional Prime Minister.
THE Indian Foreign Minister Mr. Pranab Mukherjee is going to be the first high profile foreign visitor to Bangladesh when he arrives in Dhaka as a Special Envoy of the Indian Prime Minister on February 8th. India has figured high in this government's priorities. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has spoken of the need for jointly tackling militancy and terrorism which, the Foreign Minister has resonated. The Minister for Water Resources has also spoken of the need to reactivate the Joint River Commission. The Indian High Commissioner is also making his Ministerial rounds harping upon the need for closer Bangladesh-India cooperation. Clearly, intent from both governments for improvement of bilateral relations is obvious.
Geostrategy refers to the study of geographical and political factors that together shape the political and military planning of a nation. Based on geographical position of the state, it involves “planning and assigning means for achieving national, political, and military objectives”. It describes where a state concentrates its effort by projecting military power and diplomatic activities. Since the end of WW II, the subject of geostrategy has been of increasing interest to the politicians, diplomats, academics and the military leaders. A sound understanding of Bangladesh's geostrategy and the challenges and opportunities that it presents is important for future planning. The subject becomes all the more relevant as Bangladesh enters a new era of democratic administration that comes with a promise of change change for the better.