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News of: Monday, 2nd of February, 2009
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Speaker of the Parliament Abdul Hamid yesterday turned down all 21 notices from BNP-led opposition lawmakers for holding discussions on various issues adjourning other scheduled businesses of the House.
Over two million Muslim pilgrims from home and abroad took part in the Akheri Munajat (final prayer) of Biswa Ijtema, the second largest Islamic congregation after the hajj, seeking divine blessings from the Almighty for the Muslim ummah.
Awami League (AL) lawmakers in parliament yesterday blasted President Iajuddin Ahmed for "violating the constitution and conspiring against democracy" in the last two years.
Leaders and activists of Airport police station unit of Awami League (AL) and its front organisations yesterday took control of the cab service counters at Zia International Airport after driving out the three lessees of Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB).
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said her government would ensure congenial atmosphere in all educational institutions across the country and reduce session jam at any cost.
Health and Family Planning Minister AFM Ruhul Haque and Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) President Hasanul Haq Inu are among those who have yet to turn in their election expenses returns.
The BNP National Standing Committee (NSC) yesterday decided to call in its grassroots leaders to the capital and give their opinions on party activities so it can finalise strategies to reorganise the party from top to bottom.
The Election Commission (EC) is preparing to hold the long overdue election to Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) based on a 15-year old delimitation of its wards, risking a lopsided representation of voters in the next city administration.
A total of 15,933 birds of 52 species have been spotted in Cox's Bazar, according to a census of aquatic birds.
The government has set up a secretariat on climate change under the environment and forest ministry to monitor the activities for combating climate change and deal with the climate change fund.
Bangladesh Bank yesterday issued show cause notices to five banks for not informing the central bank about suspicious transactions.
The BNP-led opposition yesterday decided to abstain from parliament proceedings until the speaker decides on their demand for three more seats in the front row of the House.
Two devotees drowned, and over 200 others were injured in two separate accidents when people were heading home from Biswa Ijtema yesterday.
Commerce Minister Faruk Khan yesterday blamed politicians' attitude towards trade for their failure in understanding the potentials of trade.
Two secretaries and two additional secretaries were made officer on special duty (OSD) and attached to the establishment ministry yesterday in another shake-up in the civil service.
The Public Service Commission (PSC) yesterday published the preliminary test results of the 28th Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) examinations with a total of 11,785 candidates qualifying for the written test.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia spent only Tk 3 lakh in Bogra-6 (Sadar) constituency in the last parliamentary election when her nearest rival Awami League Bogra unit President Momtaj Uddin spent Tk 14.92 lakh.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday pressed charges against former managing director (MD) of Rupantarita Prakritik Gas Company Limited (RPGCL) ABM Fazle Elahi in connection with embezzlement of Tk 7.33 crore from public fund.
After over two years of imprisonment, former BNP minister Nazmul Huda was released on bail last night from the prison cell cabin at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Hospital.
Villagers beat 2 policemen including a sub-inspector and kept one confined, for assaulting a housewife at Vatiari in Sadar upazila.
Danish Minister for Climate and Energy Connie Hedegaard arrives today to open a conference on 'Bangladesh on the road to Copenhagen - towards a global deal on climate change at COP15, December 2009'.
Rafael Nadal won a classic Australian Open final against Roger Federer to secure his first hard-court Grand Slam title and stop the Swiss equalling the all-time Majors record on Sunday.
The government yesterday prayed to the Supreme Court (SC) for withdrawal of the pending appeals filed by the Fakruddin-led caretaker government against the High Court (HC) judgment that directed the government to reappoint 10 additional judges with seniority.
Violence after the December 29 national elections caused the death of 17 people and left 500 injured, human rights organisation Odhikar said yesterday.
Unidentified criminals gunned down a contractor in the city's Khilgaon area yesterday.
Sri Lanka's top defence official has threatened to expel aid agencies, diplomats and foreign journalists seen as supportive of Tamil rebels cornered by troops in the island's north, a report said Sunday.
An overturned petrol tanker exploded as hundreds of people were trying to scoop up free fuel, killing at least 111 people and wounding 200, officials said yesterday.
Priyanka Gandhi, daughter of the current President of the Indian National Congress Sonia Gandhi, will arrive here tomorrow afternoon to get a first-hand experience of rural development projects run by Brac.
Israel vowed to strike back at Hamas yesterday after renewed rocket fire from the Islamists' Gaza stronghold two weeks after the end of a bloody war in the battered Palestinian territory.
An Indian jet with 150 people on board was taken to an isolated area of New Delhi airport yesterday after a male passenger started behaving in an unruly manner, officials said.
We welcome the government's decision to have all the 122 ordinances, promulgated by the erstwhile CTG, scrutinised by a special committee of the parliament, notwithstanding an expert committee's recommendation in this regard to be selective about it. Not only should all these be scrutinised, they must be put up in the House for discussion before adoption or rejection, as deemed appropriate. That, we are certain, will cause the ownership of the laws passed to devolve on to the current parliament. And that is as it should be.
Binod Bihari Chowdhury strikes a responsive chord when he demands a cancellation of plans to have two old and reputed schools demolished in Chittagong. More to the point, the veteran revolutionary echoes our collective belief that heritage, being a part of a nation's history, cannot be subsumed to interests of a mundane nature. That is why the plans of the Chittagong City Corporation to have the two schools, Aparna Charan City Corporation Girls' High School and Krishna Kumari City Corporation Girls High School, demolished so that a 16-storey structure can be constructed on the premises appear untenable not only to residents of the port city but also citizens all across the country. It is simply outrageous that the city corporation plans to relocate the schools in the new building and set up with it a number of commercial establishments.
In a democratic polity a political party with big electoral win is never a boon for it might develop a jaundiced outlook. Worse, it tends to take everyone and everything for granted -- a syndrome of authoritarian impulse. But many small political outfits breed instability and horse-trading of coalition politics. An ideal equation is perhaps one where political parties of comparable strength exert their weight on politics and keep the country on an even keel. We have seldom came across that scenario.
The Ministry of Education seems to have rightly (and quickly) taken on board the issue of formulating an education policy for the country. This is reflected from a recent meeting of the Hon'ble education minister with renowned educationists of the country. I would like to present a personal perception on education to invoke insights.
The honeymoon period for the newly installed government is yet to be over. Various analyses of the electoral results have revealed that the young generation, who were more than one-third of the voters, had indeed brought this overwhelming victory for AL. Presumably, the visionary approach of AL's manifesto might have allured the young voters, especially its "Vision 2021" which envisions a "digital Bangladesh."
Rafael Nadal held off Roger Federer in another momentum-swinging, five-set final to win the Australian Open on Sunday, keeping the Grand Slam singles record safe for now.
Despite having a six-point lead in the Citycell B. League table, leaders Abahani are not going to relax when they face Brothers Union in today's heavyweight clash at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.
Roger Federer says he was overcome by the emotions of a major defeat when he broke down in tears on the presentation dais after losing the Australian Open to Rafael Nadal on Sunday.
Ross Taylor was New Zealand's hero as they won the first game of their one-day international series against Australia in Perth by two wickets on Sunday.
Pakistan women's cricket team will arrive in Dhaka today to take part in a tri-nation tournament also involving Sri Lanka.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) Sunday decided to relocate the 2009 Champions Trophy from Pakistan due to lingering fears over the security situation in the troubled nation.
Ahead of Tuesday's Premier Division Twenty20 semifinal, Biman face an injury scare to their superstar Shakib Al Hasan, who is reportedly suffering from a groin problem.
China's Yuan Tao Pan beat Taiwan's Chi-Shan Jao 7-5, 6-3 in the AWR 7th BKSP International Junior Tennis Championships at BKSP yesterday.
Dilkusha Sporting Club handed a 2-0 defeat to Swadhinata Krira Sangha in the Citycell 3rd Division Football League at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.
Real Madrid's captain marvel Raul joined Alfredo di Stefano as the club's all-time leading scorer with 307 goals on Saturday as he helped his team cut Barcelona's lead to nine points.
Hoffenheim went back to the top of the Bundesliga on Saturday with a 2-0 win over Energie Cottbus to prove they can cope without injured striker Vedad Ibisevic as their fairytale run continues.
Mahesh Bhupathi and Sania Mirza say their historic Australian Open mixed doubles success on Sunday will give the sport a huge boost back home in cricket-obsessed India.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored from the penalty spot as Manchester United beat Everton 1-0 on Saturday to open up a five-point gap at the top of the Premier League.
Narayanganj, Ansar, Rangamati and VDP stormed into the final round of the First Citycell National Women's Football Championship by winning their respective matches yesterday.
Abahani have finally agreed to host their qualifying group of the AFC President's Cup, the continental club competition for third-tier nations in the Asian rankings.
Serie A's in-form team Cagliari stunned Juventus 3-2 at Turin's Stadio Olimpico to put a huge dent in the Italian giants' title hopes on Saturday.
Defending Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich are to loan teenage wunderkind Toni Kroos to Bavarian rivals Bayer Leverkusen for 18 months, his club have announced.
The month-long AB Bank national table tennis coaching camp began at the Woodenfloor gymnasium yesterday.
The Maple Leaf annual sports competition began at the Sultana Kamal Women's Sports Complex on Saturday.
Shamima Akter Liza, Abdullah Al Saif and Mohammad Sagar continued their winning runs to share the lead in the BASIC BANK 30th National Junior Chess Championships at federation hall-room.
Afghanistan booked their place in April's qualifying event for the 2011 World Cup on Saturday when they defeated the Cayman Islands by 82 runs to finish top of the World Cricket League Division Three.
Andrew Strauss, Kevin Pietersen, and Paul Collingwood all came close, but failed to cross over the hundred-run threshold as England's tour match against West Indies-A ended in a draw on Saturday.
International trade analysts yesterday stressed regionalisation of transit in South Asia to benefit the countries such as Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal.
Empowerment of the poor, mainstreaming informal economy and developing the agricultural sector are keys to poverty reduction through trade in South Asia.
A three-day housing fair organised by REHAB concluded here in the port city on Saturday making a business of Tk 200 crore, with the organisers and participants expecting an additional Tk 100 crore from the intended customers.
The poor, or workers are yet to benefit from the zero tariff facilities Bangladesh enjoys from developed economies with an objective of poverty reduction and development, a Dhaka seminar was told yesterday.
Around 20,000 contractual workers in the jute industry were forced out of their jobs in the last two months on the back of a decline in demand for jute in the international market, said industry people.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday said it might not be possible to keep the current exchange rate of the taka against the dollar due to sharp devaluation of the currencies of major trading partners.
Spinning mills, apparently affected by the global financial crisis, have reported Tk 30,000 crore worth of yarn in unsold stocks.
The world is entering an era of big government with only state muscle powerful enough to fight the economic crisis, top leaders signalled at the Davos summit.
After 38 years of international donors working with NGOs in Bangladesh and millions of dollars spent to try to alleviate poverty, 40 percent of the population still live on less than $1 per day with an annualised progress rate of about 1 percent. Surely after such a long experiment and such a slow progress, it is time to look for new methods to deal with this problem.
Asian currencies ended the week down against the dollar in light trade ahead of the release of US growth data, which showed the worst contraction in the world's biggest economy in 26 years.
China's government Sunday warned 2009 could be the "toughest year" since the turn of the century for development of the countryside, which has fallen behind as reforms favoured the cities, state media reported.
Industries Minister Dilip Barua said the government would give priority to flourish motor industry alongside the other industrial units in creating employment opportunity for the unemployed population.
Asian airlines are cutting routes and taking other measures to avoid flying half-empty planes during a travel slump caused by the global economic crisis, analysts and industry players say.
To make people aware of the latest cellular phone technologies, the first Sylhet International Telecom Fair 2009 will begin in the divisional city from April 1.
The global financial crisis has started to weave its way into Yiwu, the world's largest wholesale market for small consumer goods, but the city in east China still nurtures expansion plans.
Japan's Panasonic Corp. will incur a consolidated net loss after tax of about 350 billion yen (US$3.9 billion) in fiscal 2008, The Yomiuri Shimbun learned Saturday.
Japanese listed companies suffered a 71 percent fall in pre-tax profit in the three months to December due to shrinking demand and the yen's surge against the dollar, a newspaper survey showed Sunday.
Despite promises to tackle recession together, EU governments are scrambling each in their own corner to come up with new measures to revive their economies, threatening the bloc's unity.
Banks collecting billions of dollars in federal bailout money sought government permission to bring thousands of foreign workers to the U.S. for high-paying jobs, according to an Associated Press review of visa applications.
A blizzard of bankruptcies and job cuts has brought British Prime Minister Gordon Brown crashing back down in the opinion polls, after an initial ratings boost from his handling of the credit crunch.
The US Senate begins debate Monday on President Barack Obama's massive economic stimulus package, with opponents vowing to stand firm against the 819-billion-dollar plan that passed in the House of Representatives with no Republican backing.
Jamuna Bank Limited has recently appointed Md Motior Rahman as the bank's managing director, says a press release.
A strike by some 24,000 refinery workers was averted, at least for now, as both sides agreed to extend negotiations for at least 24 hours.
Bangladesh Civil Service (Taxation) Association has elected MA Quader Sarker, commissioner of taxes, its president and Salim Afzal, additional commissioner of taxes, secretary general for a two year term, says a press release.
NBC said on the eve of Sunday's Super Bowl that it has sold the last two of the 69 advertising spots for the game, pushing total ad revenue for the event to a record $206 million.
Aftab Automobiles Ltd in a rejoinder to a report headlined 'Aftab Auto soars on Navana listing rumour', published yesterday, differed with part of the report, "Kamal admitted that Aftab has shares in Navana CNG but did not disclose the shareholding positions". The rejoinder said: "Neither Shafiul Islam (Kamal) admitted this nor Aftab has shares in Navana CNG."
Law Minister Shafique Ahmed yesterday said the government is weighing measures to settle the land disputes between indigenous communities and Bangla-speaking settlers in Chittagong Hill Tract (CHT) areas.
Leaders of the Youth Gono Forum yesterday urged the government to take immediate steps to ensure employment for youth as per electoral manifesto.
BNP Secretary General Khandker Delwar Hossain yesterday expressed grave resentment over the killing of party activist Daud Hossain by the ruling party cadres at Baneswar union under Puthia upazila in Rajshahi.
The month-long Amar Ekushey Book Fair began on the Bangla Academy premises in the city yesterday amid much enthusiasm among readers, writers and publishers.
Different student organisations yesterday demanded the National University (NU) authorities evaluate the answer scripts of the admission test for the first year honours excluding 13 Islamic religion-based questions in general knowledge section.
A writ petition was filed yesterday with the High Court (HC) for directing the government to form a judicial commission to probe into the post-election violence in 2001.
Newly promoted Additional Secretary Dr Khandoker Shawkat Hossain has been made the divisional commissioner of Dhaka.
Chinese Ambassador in Dhaka Zheng Qingdian yesterday paid a courtesy visit to the office of The Daily Star in the city.
Six people were killed and 41 injured in separate road accidents across the country yesterday.
Additional Inspector General of Police (IGP) Nobo Bikram Kishore Tripura yesterday said tourist police unit will be set up soon to ensure the security of visitors in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT).
Speakers at an award distribution ceremony yesterday emphasised the importance of a non-violent policy of Gandhi in the present unstable world order.
Snatchers killed one of their fellows over sharing of the booty after a snatching in Narayanganj yesterday.
The poverty-stricken mother could not bring back home the body of her expatriate son, who was killed in Saudi Arabia, due to lack of money.
A contempt of court petition was filed yesterday with the High Court (HC) against Mizanur Rahman, a senior journalist of the daily Prothom Alo, for publishing a news item titled 'Various events with the bail of Babar' on January 29.
The inaugural ceremony of National Defence Course-2009, which is being conducted by National Defence College (NDC), was held on the college premises at Mirpur Canton-ment in the city yesterday.
Internationally acclaimed economist Prof Chamhuri Siwar of National University of Malaysia at a seminar yesterday stressed the need for rural development strategies.
A freedom fighter yesterday filed a civil suit against Abdul Ahad Chowdhury on charges of holding the post of chairman of the Central Command Council of Bangladesh Muktijoddha Sangsad (BMS) illegally as his tenure of office expired four years ago.
Democratic Left Alliance yesterday demanded holding re-election of Madarganj upazila election under Jamalpur district as it was farcical.
The government has given appointment to the posts of chairmen of Dhaka, Jessore and Rajshahi Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Boards on deputation.
A motorcyclist was killed in a train accident at Shyamlagachhi rail crossing at Sharsha of the district.
A week-long solo photography exhibition of artist Suman Shams began at Zainul Gallery of Fine Arts Faculty of Dhaka University (DU) yesterday.
The Fine Art Department of Rajshahi University organised a daylong Pitha Utsab (cake festival) on the department premises yesterday to celebrate winter.
Members of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) seized several hundred bottles of phensidyl and several bottles of Indian liquors and arrested six people in this connection at Sharsha in Jessore yesterday.
Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP) celebrated its founding anniversary on Saturday through a searing session of its former staffs as part of its monthly celebration on reaching 30 years, says a press release.
Dr MG Hossain has been appointed Director General (Administration and Finance) of Bangladesh Fisheries Research Institute (BFRI).
Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) Mayor Alhaj ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury will leave Dhaka for Switzerland today to attend a three-day mayoral international conference.
The poverty-stricken mother could not bring back home the body of her expatriate son, who was killed in Saudi Arabia, due to lack of money.
Today is the third death anniversary of Mizanur Rahman Chowdhury, former prime minister and one of the organisers of the Liberation War, says a press release.
The government recently appointed Dr Mohammed Abu Taher Khandaker (PEng) as the director general of Haor Unnayan Board, says a press release.
Prof Ava Hossain and Dr Md Sharfuddin Ahmed have been elected president and general secretary of the executive committee of Ophthal-mological Society of Bangladesh for the term 2009-10, says a press release.
Advocate Arfan Uddin Khan and Advocate Babu Pran Ballav Ghosh have been elected president and secretary general of the Dhaka Metropolitan Bar Association at its annual election in the city recently, says a press release.
Aminul Haque and Nilufar Karim have been elected president and general secretary of Bangladesh Sangbad Pathak Samity for the years 2009-1010 at its 12th Annual General Meeting in the city recently.
Parkway Health, which owns and operates Mount Elizabeth, Gleneagles and East Shore Hospital in Singapore, organised a seminar on 'Heart disease and neck and back pain' at Hotel Lake Shore in the city on Saturday.
A reunion of former students of Pirojpur Government High School living in the city will be held at Biam auditorium at 5:00pm on February 13.
Victims of forced child labour, a large number of minor boys are passing days amid horrendous conditions in the fishermen's colonies along the coastal belt of Dublarchar from where law enforcers rescued over a thousand of minor boys in last four years.
Spread of 'leaf blight' disease, locally known as patamora rog, has put potato farmers in five upazilas of Thakurgaon district in a difficult siatuation.
Crisis of textbooks is hampering study of students of high schools and madrasas in Chapainawabganj and Faridpur districts.
With around 25 percent fall in prices of paddy in the local markets during the recent days, marginal farmers in Barisal district are facing huge losses.
Teachers, students and employees of the Geology and Mining Department of Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday demanded execution of the verdict in Prof Taher Ahmed murder case.
A young housewife was killed for dowry allegedly by her husband at village Chaltartol in Lalmonirhat Sadar upazila yesterday, police said.
Five people were injured seriously as two tigers coming from India swooped on them at village Basnahar in Ranishankoil upazila yesterday, police said.
A few days ago our democracy was at stake. After two years of hiatus, we have again embarked on the road to democracy through the Awami League's winning a landslide victory at the elections. The result is unprecedented in our political history. Having the earlier experience of the BNP regime vivid in our minds, we are worried that this absolute power could lead the AL to an unfair exercise of power and consequently dysfunctional democracy.
Energy resources like water, gas, electricity and petroleum crude oil are indispensable in the running of a country. In our daily life we use them for making our lives easier. But the thing is that our manner of using these is indiscreet, as we do not hesitate squandering them carelessly. For instance, let us consider water and how we misuse it.
Though children's labour may be necessary to the survival of some families, it does not represent the ideal for children or their families. Putting children to work too early can stunt their development socially and educationally as well as expose them to physical risks. This does not even factor in the daily peril faced by children working as prostitutes or soldiers.
It is learnt from The Daily Star (26 January 2009) that Pabna University of Science and Technology (PUST) is going to admit 200 students under two faculties. The subjects that will be taught are Computer Science and Engineering (CSE), Electrical and Electronics Engineering (EEE) and Mathematics under the faculty of Science and Engineering. The other faculty is Business Studies, with the subject Business Administration.
The Trans-Eurasia Information Network (TEIN) is one of the new initiatives endorsed by ASEM III (October 2000, Seoul, Korea) to connect research networks between Asia and Europe by linking EU's GEANT, the pan-European gigabit research network, with Asia's research networks such as the APII Testbeds in order to promote information exchanges in research and development and education.
Road 11 in Banani has become a nightmarish highway of sorts!
In politics, no ruler or politician is above criticism. Sheikh Mujibur Rahman has faced multifarious criticisms, particularly over the actions of his administration after our liberation. There are people who believe that he was a first class leader but not an administrator of that rank. But we all ought to admit that he was the main architect and founder of our country.
CNN recentlyreleased an exclusive interview of US President Barack Obama with Al-Arabia Television. This interview is considered as part of President Obama's commitment during his election campaign to improve relations between the US and the Muslim world.
I was not at all surprised. I have rather been trying to look for the benefits from the DU teachers' greeting spree! Though students missed their classes, with this hands-on demonstration on “political science” the students can learn “constructive politics” and master the art of succeeding in traditional Bangladeshi Politics. Not bad!
Although Barisal is one of the six divisions, it has been neglected by all governments. All previous governments made promises but their words did not come true. Education is imperative for all development activities but there is no university in Barisal city. If we look at all other divisional cities, we will find a different picture. Even many district towns have public universities. Doesn't it bear testimony to the unequal treatment meted out to Barisal? Although the present government has already treated Barisal badly not including anyone in the cabinet from the region, we hope it will set up a university in the city in order to make Barisal a part of Digital Bangladesh.
The AL said before the election that it would appoint the deputy speaker from the opposition. Within days of winning the election the AL has forgotten that pledge. We feel disgusted, but we are not surprised. Clearly, what was once a “pledge” has now become a “lie”. And to cover up that lie the AL is now planning to create a new seat for a second deputy speaker!
There is an unnecessary obstacle in our economic sector.
A few years ago Mohakhali Railway overbridge was constructed and it has facilitated traffic movement on the road to some extent. But a big problem still continues to afflict the residents of the area. People of Mohakhali DOHS, Shahinbag, Arjat Para, etc., have to go to Mohakhali kutcha bazar everyday with big serious risks to their lives as they cross the road. This is an everyday hazard which puts a lot of pressure on their nerves. Hence a foot overbridge connecting Mohakhali kutcha bazar is a long felt necessity.
A daughter of mine recently got her Ph.D from Harvard and came home for a few weeks to meet family and friends before returning to Harvard to do research as a prestigious Swartz Fellow in the newly established Department of Neuroscience. Her sponsors were so keen to have her that they paid a huge amount of money as special fees, so that her H-1B visa for a temporary worker could be processed in only two weeks. The embassy here too was very cooperative and gave her a visa within two days of the interview.
Fears grew yesterday for tens of thousands of civilians trapped by fighting in Sri Lanka as a government deadline expired for cornered Tamil Tiger rebels to allow non-combatants to leave the conflict zone.
Peace will only come to Afghanistan if Pakistan can sort out the militants on its side of the border, where US strikes are not helping, the head of Britain's armed forces told The Sunday Times newspaper.
Pakistani troops killed at least 16 militants in the troubled northwestern Swat valley, the military said yesterday.
Cooperation between India and Pakistan will be crucial for the successful prosecution of persons involved in the Mumbai terror attacks, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said today.
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif said on Saturday the rift between the PML-N and the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) was deepening with the passage of time, a private TV channel reported.
Allies of Iraq's US-backed prime minister appeared yesterday to have made gains in the provincial elections, rewarding groups credited with reining in insurgents and militias, according to unofficial projections.
The biggest gains in the Gaza war have gone to the hard-liners on both sides. Hamas is declaring victory, while Israel's leading hawk is the front-runner in elections just over a week away.
Thailand's deputy prime minister on Sunday rejected an ultimatum by thousands of protesters demanding the government step down, raising the prospect of more rallies in the turmoil-wracked kingdom.
President Barack Obama has set a goal of a "world without nuclear weapons" but the Pentagon is leaning in a seemingly contradictory direction: a modernised nuclear arsenal.
Russian authorities said yesterday they had found the remains of 23 people who died when a fire gutted a wooden retirement home in the country's remote northwestern republic of Komi.
Officials of Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) have requested to interrogate Fahim Arshad Ansari and Sabbauddin - two terrorists arrested earlier by the Uttar Pradesh Police and questioned by Mumbai Police in connection with the 26/11 terror strikes.
With US President Barack Obama still in the early days of his presidency, India is keeping a wary eye on policy changes that could irritate what has become a key strategic relationship.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il has hailed his troops as "invincible" as state media on Sunday warned of a possible military conflict with South Korea amid heightened tensions.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was yesterday discharged from AIIMS, more than a week after he underwent a successful coronary by-pass surgery at the prestigious hospital.
The half-brother of President Barack Obama was arrested for alleged possession of marijuana on Saturday near his home in a Nairobi shantytown, police said.
The friendly people of the neighbouring country India and Bangladeshis will observe the International Mother Language Day at zero point on Benapole border this year.
Police detained 36,455 people from across the country on charge of various crimes and recovered 157 firearms and 59 explosives in January.
Economic hardship and shrinking civil liberties in Madagascar are the root of the discontent spearheaded by a charismatic young mayor against the regime, analysts said yesterday.
The UN's top envoy to Myanmar on Sunday met the minister tasked with liaising with detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, an official said, in the latest talks aimed at nudging the junta toward reform.
Arts & Entertainment
I remember being introduced to Mahmudul Haque (affectionately known as 'Botu Bhai') on a winter evening at his Jhigatala home. It was pretty chilly and there was continuous drizzle. The city was quiet because of the cold weather. Eminent sculptor Syed Abdullah Khalid introduced me to him. At first glance, he seemed to be an individual who has struggled long and hard. He was a bohemian, yet completely sociable. Anyone who had once been introduced to him would never forget his warmth and generosity. His expressions were distinct. He was the focal point at any social gathering.
It was a live performance in the mid-1980s at the Bishwa Shahitya Kendra. Among the audience were Abdullah Abu Sayeed, Asad Chowdhury and KM Harun who appreciated my performance. Soon after, I was invited to perform on television.
Versatility is his strongest point; he renders radically different songs at equal ease. In an era when the younger generation is headed towards rock and hip hop, he has managed to play an important part in revitalising 'adhunik' Bangla songs and become one of the most celebrated singers of our time. Yes, we're talking about the multi-talented Asif Akbar.
From February 2, new drama serial "Mama Bhagney" will be aired on Banglavision Mondays and Tuesdays at 8:15pm. Jointly written by Nazrul Islam and M.S. Rana, and directed by Golam Sohrab Dodul, the humorous serial depicts the relationship of a man and his three nephews.
At 26, she's the youngest of this year's Best Actress nominees.
Veteran poet and author, Advocate Mohidur Rahman, passed away at his home in Bandutia village, Manikganj, last Saturday. He was 75. He was ailing from diabetes and other age-related diseases.
“The Class," the new film from director Laurent Cantet ("Time Out," "Heading South") comes garlanded with the top prize from the Cannes film festival and an Oscar nomination for best foreign-language film.
Bipartisanship means cooperative efforts of the government and the major opposition party to adopt legislation or resolve contentious issues. Consensus and compromise are the core of bipartisanship. Bipartisanship is also a strategic reaction to the demands of the electorate. Sometimes, partisan power struggle prevents a country from acting with a purpose and also tends to distort a political system.
Now is the time for President Obama to face the truth about Palestine and Israel. But what is this truth?
Bangladesh Bank (BB) issued its Monetary Policy Statement (MPS) on January 14. The MPS almost went unnoticed, except for the envisaged surge in credit to the public sector and a decline in the growth rate of credit to the private sector envisaged for the second half of FY 2009.