News of: Friday, 27th of February, 2009
The 33-hour mutiny by disgruntled border guards ended yesterday in their surrender at the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) headquarters after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina warned of tough action to take them off a "suicidal route".
As the bloody mutiny at BDR headquarters in the capital played itself out to an end yesterday, paramilitaries in some districts took position on the highways and roads, leaving a long stretch of border unprotected.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday warned the mutinous border guards (BDR) of tough action against them for the sake of national interest unless they surrender arms immediately to go back to the barracks.
Major General Shakil Ahmed, director general of BDR, died in a hail of bullets within 10 minutes after the shooting began at the Pilkhana darbar hall Wednesday morning, confirmed Lt Col Syed Kamruzzaman, who survived the killing-spree of border troops.
Traumatised survivors of the bloody mutiny told harrowing tales of their two-day ordeal as they came out of the BDR headquarters yesterday.
Home Minister Sahara Khatun yesterday told the House that rebel BDR members had returned to their barracks responding to the call of the prime minister.
The sluice gate of a sewage line from BDR headquarters turned into a hole for the dead as more bodies of BDR officers killed in Wednesday's mutiny floated out of the gate at Nawabganj Bazar yesterday morning.
The evening finally brought relief to the city dwellers, who all day long yesterday were in panic, confusion and anxiety with uncertainty looming large over surrender of BDR mutineers.
Relatives of missing army officers continue to search the city hospitals frantically for their loved ones.
No grievances can justify a mutiny and killings by a disciplined force anywhere in the world and those who murdered officers at the BDR headquarters should be tried under the laws of the country.
All mobile phone operators have been asked to switch off their networks across the country to save the capital as the BDR mutiny at the headquarters sparked a backlash in many other camps.
Commerce Minister Mohammad Faruk Khan said there might have been “other forces” behind the BDR mutiny and a high-powered investigation committee has already been formed yesterday to dig out the actual facts.
At least 29 officials and families of around 50 other officials confined by the BDR rebellions were rescued till yesterday. The rescue operation began Wednesday night when Home Minister Sahara Khatun entered the BDR Headquarters.
It looked like that there was nothing left to do but just wait for the exchange of fire -- or a war -- between the army and Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) at Pilkhana to get over.
Leader of the Opposition in parliament Khaleda Zia yesterday urged people, including country's all disciplined forces, to remain calm, united and alert to preserve national interest, independence and sovereignty.
Speaker Abdul Hamid yesterday did not allow any unscheduled discussions on the bloody mutiny at the Bangladesh Rifles headquarters.
Scheduled examinations and programmes of different institutions and organisations have been postponed for an indefinite period due to the unprecedented mutiny in Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) on Wednesday.
Eid-e-Miladunnabi, marking the birth and demise of Prophet Hazrat Mohammad (SM), will be observed on March 10.
Unknown criminals yesterday killed three of a family--a one-and-a-half-year-old baby and two women--in Keraniganj on the outskirts of the capital.
The Indian Border Security Force (BSF) yesterday stopped trade through Benapole border when the BDR mutiny in Dhaka was going on.
A stray bullet hit the car of a Supreme Court (SC) lawyer on the SC premises yesterday spreading panic among counsels and judges.
Most of the markets and shopping malls in Dhaka are running without adequate firefighting equipment, keeping at stake life and property of owners, tenants and customers.
The United States on Wednesday reported widespread human rights violations across South Asia but also noted glimmers of hope thanks to political transitions in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal.
Pakistan has now demanded that India reply to its 30 queries, within 30 days, regarding the Mumbai terror attacks, which it tabled before New Delhi following acceptance of its involvement in the 26/11.
Pakistan's Foreign Minister has said that his country has asked the United States to provide unmanned aircraft that would allow Pakistan to strike extremists hiding in rugged terrain along the Afghan border.
The European Union expressed reservations yesterday about hosting Guantanamo inmates until the United States addresses EU security concerns, with no decision on accepting them likely for months.
PRIME Minister Sheikh Hasina's stern call has had the desired effect, and has led to the surrender of the rebel BDR troops. This brought to a peaceful end in Dhaka to what can be termed as the most serious incidence of breach of discipline of any part of the security force.
THERE are two other observations blended with words of counsel which the PM uttered through her speech yesterday afternoon that deserve to be commented and elaborated on. That is because of the sheer relevance they hold to the imperative of positively addressing the current situation stemming from the BDR imbroglio.
IT'S over. As I write this piece it looks as though the BDR mutiny that had brought the capital to a stand-still for the past two days has finally come to a close, and that the rebelling jawans have surrendered unconditionally, are handing in their weapons, and freeing all hostages.
Atrocities committed by BDR mutineers on February 25 will put to shame any force no matter by what name you call this force and no matter how the mutineers and their supporters would try to justify the mutiny.
It was Jack Benny, the American comedian, who said that he didn't deserve the award he had received, but he had arthritis, which he didn't deserve either. An award is meant to grant recognition that is merited by a deserving person. But, sometimes, like target practice, it hits a few and misses others. People who get awards don't always deserve. At times deserving people don't get awards. Hey! Mahatma Gandhi didn't win a Nobel Prize.
Biman remained on top of the Premier Cricket League table while defending champions Abahani kept breathing on the leaders' neck after the sixth round but Mohammedan, one of the pre-league favourites and this year's Twenty20 champions, suffered yet another defeat yesterday.
Captain Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke shared a century partnership as Australia fought back after a poor start on the first day of the first Test against South Africa at the Wanderers Stadium here on Thursday.
A seven-wicket win in the opening Twenty20 cricket international against India has made a world of difference to New Zealand who go into the second match here Friday with their tails up.
Pakistan and Sri Lanka criticised the lifeless wicket prepared for the drawn first Test here, with captains fearing such tracks will turn five-day cricket dull and make bowlers an endangered species.
Yossi Benayoun's late header gave Liverpool a valuable 1-0 win at Real Madrid on Wednesday, while Bayern Munich crushed Sporting Lisbon 5-0 to virtually guarantee a spot in the quarterfinals.
Sharmin Sultana Shirin maintained her winning streak in the 30th Parachute National Women's Chess Championship yesterday to take solo lead after five rounds.
Abahani foreign recruit Yalaka Venugopal Rao who also plays for the Deccan Chargers in the Indian Premier League, has left the city yesterday evening citing safety reasons.
Lalbagh SC and Rahmatganj SC won their respective matches in the Citycell Metropolis 3rd Division Football League at the Bir Shreshtha Shaheed Sepoy Mohammad Mostafa Stadium at Kamalapur yesterday.
Seven teams -- Satkhira, Chittagong, Bogura, Jhalokathi, Chuadanga, Tangail and Narayanganj -- reached the final round of the Under-13 Football Festival after emerging champions in their respective zones. The finals will be held in Dhaka.
In two years Younis Khan has gone from shunning the captaincy of Pakistan's cricket to being hailed Thursday as its saviour after his epic 313 runs in the first Test against Sri Lanka this week.
The Indian board faces an embarrassing situation after letting Sachin Tendulkar appear for a Masters Twenty20 match in Wellington on Friday where he will play alongside Hamish Marshall, the former New Zealand batsman who featured in the unauthorised ICL last year.
In a field where art is movement, and where pace is paramount, it takes someone special to score out of stillness. Juninho Pernambucano is special, even by the standards of the great Brazilians who down the decades made us gasp at the impudence of their free kicks.
Pakistan captain Younis Khan's triple hundred in the drawn Karachi Test against Sri Lanka catapulted him to the top of the ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen which has only one Indian, Gautam Gambhir, in the top 10.
Big-hitting Australian batsman David Warner on Wednesday signed to play for Durham in the Twenty20 Cup, the English county announced.
Chief executives of major cricket countries agreed Wednesday that host boards will have to guarantee the suitability of grounds for international matches following the Antigua fiasco.
The Bangladesh Sports Journalists Association (BSJA) awards, scheduled for tomorrow morning at the NSC Tower, have been postponed due to unavoidable reasons.
Andy Murray, who began 2009 as favourite to win the first Grand Slam of the year, admitted that he has been bugged by a virus ever since the Australian Open as he announced his withdrawal from the Dubai Open on Thursday.
Guus Hiddink believes Chelsea are in pole position to reach the Champions League quarterfinals despite the slender margin of their last 16 first leg victory over Juventus.
Rafael Benitez emphasised he had no intention of resigning at Liverpool amid the growing rumours and saluted his side for their 1-0 victory at old club Real Madrid in the first leg of the last 16 Champions League tie at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday.
Bayern Munich coach Jurgen Klinsmann insists his side must build on their impressive 5-0 routing of Sporting Lisbon after the Champions League Round of 16 first-leg tie on Wednesday.
Juventus midfielder Pavel Nedved has confirmed that he will end his playing career at the end of this season.
Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho has been cleared of any wrongdoing following his controversial comments that Manchester United were favoured by the referee during Tuesday's Champions League 0-0 draw.
Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti said he was confident his side would progress to the Champions League quarterfinals despite seeing them dominated by Manchester United in their second round first leg clash at the San Siro.
The Norwegian and Swedish football authorities on Thursday announced a joint bid to stage the Euro 2016 football championship.
Turkey star Tuncay Sanli lifted Middlesbrough from the gloom of their Premier League survival scrap by firing the Teesiders into the last eight of the FA Cup on Wednesday.
The second day of a bloody mutiny by border guards put brakes on business yesterday in the areas close to the Pilkhana BDR headquarters and other parts of the city, as panic gripped shoppers and traders.
The government has reinstated procedural restrictions on the import of yarn through Benapole, following concerns of local millers and bankers.
Bank distress levels hit a new pitch Thursday, with a record British corporate loss chalked up by RBS topping a list of disastrous results as governments tried new ways to beat the economic crisis.
Stocks on the country's two bourses continued to fall yesterday, as fallout from a bloody mutiny by a band of renegade border guards in Dhaka lasted into a second day.
A senior economist of the World Bank said yesterday Bangladesh must create additional fiscal space to stimulate demand focused on job creation to deal with fallout from the global financial crisis.
Industry trackers on Wednesday slashed projections of global spending on information technology (IT) and said computer chip makers could be hit with an unprecedented plunge in revenue.
The government and businessmen will work together to overcome the impact of the global financial meltdown on the economy, said the commerce minister yesterday.
With his long hair and crumpled shirt, Chen Honglin looks every inch the budding artist, but these days he thinks less about expressing himself and more about surviving in China's fake art capital.
The government should make available necessary infrastructure and ICT equipment to the masses to realise the “Digital Bangladesh” dream, said the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry president.
The dollar rose to a more than three-month high against the yen in Asian trade Thursday on renewed hopes of action by Washington to help banks hammered by the credit crunch.
Big banks are taking turns on the treadmill to see how well they can take a pounding.
Jay Capelle would give anything to get back his factory job of 32 years. At the same time, he's grateful to have extra time on his hands these days to care for his ailing wife, stay in shape and work on a long-planned baseball documentary.
Asian markets slipped Thursday as cautious investors weighed the prospect of more grim corporate earnings against increasing evidence of a worsening global recession, dealers said.
Oil prices extended gains on Thursday, pushed upwards by a surprise drop in US motor fuel reserves, dealers said.
Bailed out Franco-Belgian bank Dexia on Thursday announce a larger than expected 3.3 billion euro (4.2 billion dollar) net loss for last year thanks to US sub-prime toxic assets.
Britain's Lloyds Banking Group, which is 43-percent state owned, said Thursday it was in talks to take part in a government scheme to ring-fence toxic assets.
Singapore is the world leader in terms of innovation and competitiveness while South Korea ranks fifth and Japan ninth, according to a report released here on Wednesday.
Australia's largest property developer Lend Lease said Thursday it would lose about 1,700 jobs worldwide due to the global financial crisis, the second national company in as many days to flag job cuts.
Speakers at a rally in the city yesterday demanded speedy trial of Shah AMS Kibria murder case and exemplary punishment to his killers.
Southeast Asian leaders yesterday faced renewed pressure to deal with rights abuses in Myanmar on the eve of an annual summit likely to be dominated by the global economic crunch.
China accused the United States of hypocrisy yesterday as it issued a report on the US human rights situation, hitting back at Washington's criticism of its own rights record, state media said.
Residents of different halls of Dhaka University were seen leaving the dormitories with their belongings yesterday as panic prevailed on the campus due to the BDR mutiny in the nearby Pilkhana area.
The government made hectic efforts for the second day yesterday in search for a peaceful ending to the mutiny at the BDR headquarters.
Different political and professional organisations yesterday expressed deep concern about the sanguinary revolt of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) jawans at BDR headquarters in the city on Wednesday.
The Supreme Court (SC) will deliver the judgement on Monday on the leave to appeal filed by 29 sitting High Court judges against the HC verdict directing the government to reappoint 10 additional judges with seniority.
Abducted Awami League leader and newly elected Upazila Parishad Chairman Santosh Kumar Chakma was set free on Tuesday, 35 days after his abduction.
Examinations of HSC, BA, BSS, MEd, MBA, CEMBA and CEMPA programmes run by Bangladesh Open University (BOU) scheduled for today have been postponed due to unavoidable circumstances.
Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso said yesterday Tokyo would call on the US to help it defend a disputed island chain, triggering immediate protest from China.
The Air Force Headquarters denied media reports that shots were fired from its helicopter on the rebel BDR members during mutiny at the BDR headquarters in the capital on Wednesday.
Three renowned writers were awarded Bangla Academy Sahitya Purashkar 2008 at a ceremony on the Bangla Academy premises, the venue of Amar Ekushey Book Fair, in the city yesterday.
The annual picnic of Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU) scheduled for today has been postponed due to unavoidable circumstances.
Due to unavoidable circumstances all programmes of Silver Jubilee Celebration of Samorita Hospital Ltd scheduled to be held today has been postponed. Fresh programme will be announced later on, says a press release.
I can still vividly recall the day when I enrolled myself in class VI after finishing my primary education. I dreamt about new school, new environment and new textbooks. I eagerly waited to buy new textbooks as soon as possible. A certain curiosity to see what new contents, pictures and graphs were in the new textbooks was one of the main reasons to buy them quickly. I could not even sleep on the day before buying new textbooks. What I am saying till now is nothing but the true feeling of a school boy/ girl like me.
Hatirjheel project is indeed a very good project initiated by the then caretaker government. Better late than never we came to know that the previous four-party alliance issued plots to different organisations without having looked into the issues of environmental degradation & the free flow of water through the canals which in fact caused the water deadlock during the rainy season as all outlets to these areas were filled up with sand, soil, & illegal structures.
Every week or month some fire accidents occur. Still no measures have been taken to protect the capital city. The small and big incidents of fire ought to serve as a wake-up call for our complacent authorities to check the city's haphazard growth and put in place an effective fire-fighting mechanism.
We are facing the serious problem of road accidents because of the large number of vehicles and the negligence of drivers and people. Bangladesh has one of the highest fatality rates in road accidents, over 100 deaths per 10,000 motor vehicles. About 70 percent of road accident fatalities occur in rural areas including rural sections of national highways.
It is high time the current ruling party acknowledges the contribution of some really dedicated workers who have sacrificed their personal lives for the sake of the party. It was seen in 1996 when the AL came to power, those women were totally neglected and that had caused enormous harm to their political careers and amongst those were women who had dedicated their youth to the party. The party should look into the applications with utmost care and then decide whom to nominate.
I am unhappy to learn that the Indian High Commission's visa office is going to be shifted to Road 7 of Banani residential area. It was situated in Gulshan but they were compelled to close it because the people of that location would not bear the noise, commotion etc.
The main opposition BNP has returned to the JS. It is very good news for parliamentary democracy. I congratulate the main opposition leaders and BNP parliament members.
Radio Jockey (RJ) Neerob is the most popular radio jockey in the industry today. Due to his sheer talent and spontaneous way of talking, he has achieved mass popularity in fm radio fraternity .RJ Humayun Kabir Neerob popularly known as RJ Neerob, is the RJ of private fm radio station radio today fm 89.6.
Change was the prime slogan on the occasion of the 44th US Presidential election and in our motherland it was “Din Badoler Sanad” which appealed to the new voters and also helped to establish democracy. Barack Obama has become 44th president by dint of the popular word `change'. On the other hand, Sheikh Hasina has become the 13th Prime Minister of Bangladesh through the election held on 29th December 2008.
Amor Ekushey is the noblest event in the history of Bengal. The Language Movement gave us the spirit of liberation. The language martyrs did not sacrifice their valuable lives for us to submit to a hopeless vision of our future.
The Awami League was a left-of-centre party during the war of liberation. Recently, it was elected as the 13th government party with a view to changing Bangladesh and making it a digital country. Will it be possible for the AL to implement its plan? Internal fight is a major problem of the party.
It is very surprising to see that there was no post for the veterinarians in the 28th BCS. In the 29th BCS also there is no post for the veterinarians. But we know that there is no way to neglect the veterinarians if we want to make a digital Bangladesh.
We congratulate Dr Anwar Hossain for having the Ekushey Podak this year. I thank him especially for bringing up a very important and interesting topic in Aajker Sangbadpatra episode moderated by Mr. Motiur Rahman Choudhury.
Mirza Zia Ispahani, Special Envoy of Pakistan visited Bangladesh to convey the message of greetings and goodwill from President Zardari and Prime Minister Gilani. Unfortunately, the message he delivered gave a wrong signal to the people here.
After a bitter struggle we got the recognition of our state language-- 'Bangla'. Now this is recognised as an international mother language all over the world. Nonetheless, this is not getting due recognition in our own country. If we look at the media, the 'Radio Jockey' (RJ) is one of the most glaring examples.
Lochoro, 38, a mother of five in Uganda's Karamoja region, struggles relentlessly to provide her children with something to eat.
Pakistan teetered on the brink of political crisis Wednesday after the Supreme Court barred former prime minister Nawaz Sharif from contesting the polls and also declared null and void the election of his brother, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif.
Pakistan's foreign minister vowed Wednesday his government would not tolerate al-Qaeda in its Swat Valley despite accepting a peace deal that includes imposition of Islamic Sharia law.
Rival Palestinian factions met yesterday for Egyptian-brokered talks aimed at ending their long-running feud and paving the way for a unity government that could work with the international community.
Influential US Senator John Kerry called Wednesday for an urgent boost in Western aid to Pakistan, warning "time is running out" to help the nuclear-armed US ally's civilian government survive.
Sri Lankan troops have killed at least 11 Tamil Tiger rebels in the battle for the last urban area still in the hands of the guerrillas, the defence ministry said Thursday.
Documents consisting details and maps of targets prepared by alleged LeT operative Fahim Ansari reached conspirators of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack via Nepal, said the chargesheet filed by Mumbai police.
Thousands of angry protesters marched across Pakistan on Thursday denouncing President Asif Ali Zardari after a court barred the main opposition leader Nawaz Sharif from running for office.
Protesters besieging the Thai premier's office vowed a "protracted" campaign to unseat his government as their rally entered a third day yesterday, threatening further turmoil on the eve of a key summit.
President Barack Obama is to announce his timeline for withdrawing US troops from Iraq on Friday, and is leaning towards a 19-month pullout rather than the 16-month target he backed when campaigning, officials said.
The United States vowed Wednesday to heed global concerns about its own human rights record in an annual report, which targeted abuses by other countries like China, North Korea and Zimbabwe.
India feted the return yesterday of the children who acted in "Slumdog Millionaire" and celebrated composer AR Rahman after the feel-good movie's stunning Oscar-winning streak in Hollywood.
A Tamil newspaper editor was abducted in Sri Lanka's capital Thursday, colleagues and family members said, the latest in a string of attacks on the war-wracked island's journalists.
Iranian and Russian engineers carried out a test-run of Iran's first nuclear power plant Wednesday, a major step toward starting up a facility that the US once hoped to prevent because of fears over Tehran's nuclear ambitions.
Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed al-Sabah flew into Baghdad yesterday on the highest-level Kuwaiti visit since Saddam Hussein's forces invaded the emirate in 1990.
A funky, psychedelic fish that bounces on the ocean floor like a rubber ball has been classified as a new species, a scientific journal reported.
North Korea has built an underground fuelling station at its long-range missile test site, making it harder for US spy satellites to predict the date of a launch, a news report said yesterday.
India has started building its own aircraft carrier, the navy announced yesterday, amid a protracted dispute with Russia over the cost of a Soviet-era carrier.
Arts & Entertainment
To solemnise the International Mother Language Day, Bangladesh Heritage Foundation and Bangladesh Research and Publications Ltd jointly organised a group art exhibition titled “Dali & Others” which is now on at the BILIA Auditorium, Dhanmondi.
Would it be an overstatement to say that we, Bengalis, are a nation obsessed with festivals and celebrations? There's a saying that goes, "Baro mash-e tero parban" (thirteen festivals in twelve months). And that's fine. We do need festivals, just as our festivals need us. Certain traditions and cultural practices indigenous to Bengal that are, or at some point were, on the verge of extinction certainly need exposure in the form of festivals. But there are times when our affinity towards festivals step outside the boundaries of oft-naive, giddy display of excess and manifest crass, obnoxious impropriety.
Two ivory tusks, dating back to the 16th century, have been found at the Mong Raja's residence under Manikchhari upazila in the hill district Khagrachhari.
The entertaining family game show "Ghorey Bairey" will be aired today at 2:40pm on Banglavision. Hosted by Shaila Simi, the programme is scripted, designed and produced by Kaunain Sourav.
Single episode play “Shahor Bhora Ka(n)cher Kokil” goes on air at 7:45 pm on Ekushey TV. Written by Faria Hossain, the play is directed by Chayanika Choudhury.
A painting competition for children was held recently to observe February 21. The event was organised at the premises of Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin Sangrahashala.
THE BDR rebellion must surely be the ruling coalition's baptism of fire, coming so soon after its assumption of the reins of the government. And just as when the nation was feeling elated, now that an elected government was at last in charge, the mutiny was a rude awakening to the fact that not everything is well in this land of ours.
IN order to develop a comprehensive decentralisation strategy for Bangladesh, one must first look at the country's ability to fund a reform program that can attain a sustainable outcome. So much money has gone down the drain in the name of decentralisation, Gram Sarkar under Zia (1980) and Khaleda Zia (2003), and Upazila under Ershad (1982), that Bangladesh is not prepared to see it again.
DID you know the world nearly ended last week? Two submarines carrying nuclear bombs crashed into each other.
I was literally counting the days and waiting impatiently for this year's Amar Ekushey Book Fair to start.
According to a report published in The New York Times, there is a growing belief among engineers and security experts in USA that the only way to fix Internet security is to recreate the Internet from scratch. What a new Internet might look like is being discussed, but one possible solution would create a system in which users would relinquish their anonymity and certain freedoms in return for safety.
There is great news for all Bangladeshi online game lovers!!!! A new Bangladeshi gaming portal “noobfeed.com” has just been launched for all the online gamers.
Western Digital (WD), a renowned global manufacturer of computer hard disk drives has announced the appointment of Computer Source Limited (CSL), a leading ICT product distributor in Bangladesh, as its authorized WD distributor.