News of: Saturday, 28th of February, 2009
Army and Rab rescuers yesterday found a mass grave on the premises of BDR headquarters and recovered bodies of 38 officers including the slain director general of the paramilitary force.
As the bodies were being brought out from the sewer one by one, and as a mass grave was being excavated within the BDR headquarters, the people of Bangladesh, perhaps of the world at large, stood aghast at the extent of the barbarity perpetrated on the officers of our border security forces. As we watched on television the heart rending scenes of distraught families desperately trying to get a last glimpse of the mutilated bodies of their loved ones and others anxiously waiting for some news of those missing, the natural question that came to our mind was, for what “crimes” were these officers meted out such inglorious death? For what unprofessional acts were life snuffed out of them at the height of their career? For what possible action of theirs could a section of BDR jawans murder their officers in such an inhuman and un-soldierly manner? The answer escapes reason, words and logic. However, one thing can be said with certainty, if there were some sympathy for the points raised by the rebellious jawans, not an iota of it remained in the public mind after the initial extent of the crime became evident yesterday.
Major Mominul Islam and Soniya, a happy couple, had been longing for a child for seven years. Finally, their dream came true. They were expecting a baby by mid-March and bought all the necessaries for an infant. Unfortunately, Maj Mominul is missing since the Wednesday's BDR mutiny.
The mutiny in Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) was spearheaded by a group of 20 to 25 non-commissioned soldiers who forced others to take up guns and participate in the savagery that followed, according to information shared by surviving officers and some fleeing mutineers.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said those who committed the killings during the BDR mutiny would not be under the declared general amnesty.
The police yesterday took control of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) sector and battalion headquarters across the country while BDR jawans deserted several border outposts leaving those vulnerable.
It was half an hour before Magrib prayer when the team of about ten newsmen was permitted to enter the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) headquarters compound. Moving through the gate, they passed a heavily deployment of law enforcers and army men.
Killers dug a hole and dumped 38 bodies of the officers of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) during the 33-hour mutiny of border guards at its headquarters in the city.
Smearing the blood of an unfortunate officer on his face and playing dead, Major Monir cheated almost certain death when BDR jawans were on a killing spree in Darbar Hall at Pilkhana Wednesday.
The namaz-e-janaza of seven BDR officers killed during the Wednesday's BDR mutiny was held at the Army Central Mosque in the Dhaka Cantonment yesterday.
Several thousand BDR personnel who were in their headquarters at Pilkhana started to flee at around 1:00 pm on Thursday, sensing trouble.
Leader of the opposition in parliament, Khaleda Zia, yesterday demanded tough actions and trial of the killers of army officers and others in BDR Headquarters, through proper investigation of each killing and torture.
President Zillur Rahman yesterday urged the countrymen to extend their all-out cooperation to the government in facing the situation arisen out of BDR mutiny.
Eight firearms, 18 magazines and about 7,000 rounds of bullet abandoned by Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) soldiers were recovered from several ponds at the BDR headquarters at Pilkhana yesterday.
US Ambassador to Bangladesh James F Moriarty has condemned the violence associated with protests at the headquarters of the Bangladesh Rifles.
The government yesterday appointed Brigadier General Moinul Hossain as the new director general (DG) of the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR).
1. Maj Gen Shakil Ahmed
CIA Director Leon Panetta has said that the US aerial attacks against al-Qaeda and other extremist strongholds inside Pakistan have been successful and would continue despite concerns about a popular Pakistani backlash.
Afghanistan, Pakistan and the United States vowed Thursday to fight a common threat of terrorism, pledging to chart out a new strategy despite sharp differences simmering below the surface.
President Barack Obama told lawmakers on Thursday he plans to withdraw most American troops from Iraq by August 2010 but leave tens of thousands behind to advise Iraqi forces and protect US interests, congressional officials said.
President Hugo Chavez yesterday blasted US criticism of his government for alleged human rights abuses, and said there was no reason for much hope from the Barack Obama administration.
A 1.2 billion dollar deal between British jet engine maker Rolls-Royce and Hainan Airlines of China was announced Friday as British and Chinese firms signed deals worth up to 1.9 billion dollars.
THE extent of barbarity perpetrated by BDR troops on the serving army officers, as was revealed yesterday and the mass graves and bodies from sewerage that were uncovered have shocked us beyond measure. We have no words to express our outrage, anger and disgust at what a section of BDR jawans have done.
OUR disregard for human lives is once again demonstrated by the fact that most of the high-rise malls in the city are without adequate measures to prevent occurrence of fire and have even less capacity of fighting it properly once it breaks out. This we suspect is true of malls as well as most high-rise apartment buildings not only in the capital but also in other major cities of the country.
THE last few weeks have seen a series of reports expressing apprehension that the slowdown of global growth may affect our country's export performance. It has also been underlined that we might be unable to achieve the anticipated GDP growth over the next three years. It is being stressed that several challenges will also cast a shadow on the overall performance of the country's economy in the near and medium term. They include rising inflationary pressures, infrastructure constraints, adverse impact of global slowdown on aid flow and workers remittance, comparatively weak financial capacity of manufacturers and relative absence of design and product development capability.
THE Police Superintendent's office at Gazipur trembled on February 21 with the explosion of a grenade detonated by a handcuffed JMB operative. At least 15 people were injured. The recent blast, following the bomb attacks in Naogaon in 2004, serial blasts in August 2005 and the blasts that killed two judges in Jhalakathi, is a reminder that no place, not even the police superintendent's office, is immune to JMB's activities.
Brendon McCullum carried New Zealand to a five-wicket win over India with an unbeaten 69 in a gripping Twenty20 cricket international decided on the last ball here Friday.
Andrew Strauss believes it was his responsibility to set England on the right path in their bid for a series-levelling victory over West Indies in the fourth Test which opened on Thursday.
South Africa eventually removed a stubborn Australian tail to dismiss the tourists for 466 runs on the second day of the first Test at the Wanderers Stadium here Friday.
England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff will fly home from the tour of the West Indies due to a hip injury, the England and Wales Cricket Board confirmed on Friday.
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Friday asked his teammates not to sulk after losing both the Twenty20 Internationals against New Zealand and gear up for the forthcoming ODI cricket series against the hosts.
Sharmin Sultana Shirin crossed a major barrier in the 30th Parachute National Women's Chess Championship when she defeated last year's runner-up WFM Shamima Akhter Liza in the sixth round at the federation hall-room yesterday.
Hosts Chapainawabganj became the last team to qualify for the final round of the Under-13 Football Festival with a thrashing 5-1 victory against Naogaon yesterday.
Today's Bangladesh Sports Journalists Association (BSJA) awards giving ceremony has been postponed due to unavoidable reasons.
The Indian team management has withdrawn Sachin Tendulkar and Dinesh Karthik from Friday's Masters Twenty20 match in Wellington because they would have played alongside Hamish Marshall, the former New Zealand batsman who featured in the unauthorised ICL last year.
Pakistan coach Intikhab Alam says he is pleased with the pitch for the second Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, starting Sunday at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. "The wicket is firm and looks good to me," he said. "We want a pitch that helps fast bowlers on the first day and benefits the spinners in the second innings, with the ball coming on to the bat. Nowadays, with one-day cricket being played so often, people expect a result in five-day matches with 90 overs being played a day."
Buoyed by their Champions League victory at Real Madrid in midweek, Liverpool this weekend have a chance to breathe new life into a Premier League title battle that most pundits have already awarded to Manchester United.
Shane Warne has expressed disappointment at the omission of Bryce McGain for the first Test against South Africa in Johannesburg, and implored Australia's selectors to show more patience with their slow bowlers in future. The Australians have trialled six specialist spinners in the 19 Tests since Warne's retirement and, of those, only Cameron White has managed more than three consecutive appearances.
As the two Twenty20 games against India prove, Brendon McCullum has evolved from a slogger to a finisher and the star Kiwi stumper-batsman says he will maintain the same approach in the forthcoming ODI series against Mahendra Singh Dhoni's team.
Manikganj Government Boys High School defeated Bandutia High School by 248 runs to emerge Manikganj regional champions in the under-14 National Cricket Championship at the Shahid Miraz-Tapan Stadium in Manikganj yesterday.
Pakistan on Friday rescheduled the itinerary of their neutral venue cricket series against Australia, in which they play five one-day and a Twenty20 match.
Acknowledging the island's immense contribution to the world cricket, the International Cricket Council has inducted six Barbados giants, including Sir Garfield Sobers and the three Ws, into the Cricket Hall of Fame at the Kensington Oval.
Having already slain the apparently invincible Barcelona, giant killers Espanyol now turn their attention to Real Madrid who have reduced the gap at the top of the table to seven points with a nine match winning run in the league.
Luca Toni insists Bayern Munich must use the same passion they showed in their Champions League hammering of Sporting Lisbon in midweek to get their Bundesliga campaign back on track in Bremen on Sunday.
After the Italian teams' poor showing in European competition in midweek it's back to the domestic grindstone as Inter Milan look to maintain their nine-point lead in Serie A.
David Beckham admitted on Friday he has become frustrated over the protracted transfer saga surrounding his proposed move from Los Angeles Galaxy to AC Milan.
Italy midfielder Mauro Camoranesi is set for a prolonged period on the sidelines after breaking a rib during Juventus's 1-0 Champions League defeat at Chelsea.
Brazilian international striker Fred has terminated his contract with French champions Lyon, who last weekend suspended him from club duties, the club announced on Thursday.
Draw for the last 16 of the UEFA Cup following the conclusion of the round of 32 on Thursday:
Manchester United defender Rafael da Silva will be out of action for a month after suffering an ankle injury, manager Sir Alex Ferguson revealed on Friday.
Amnesty offered to mutineers should be viewed as a strategy of the government to end the crisis but perpetrators must be punished for killing innocents and civilians, speakers said this at a discussion yesterday.
A month-long folk festival and fair began on the vast premises of Bangladesh Folk Art and Crafts Foundation (BFACF) in Sonargaon upazila with much enthusiasm and jubilation yesterday.
Political leaders and eminent personalities yesterday lauded the role of the government for its successful resolution of the bloody mutiny at Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) headquarters peacefully on Thursday.
After searching a sewer pipe for about 10 minutes, Chand Miah, a rescue worker, came out of a manhole near the No. 3 gate of the BDR headquarters and informed the rescue team leader that nobody was found there.
The two-day 25th district conference of Rotary International District 3280 Bangladesh began at the Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in the city yesterday.
Captain Mazharul Haider Rubel, who was killed inside BDR headquarters during the mutiny by BDR jawans, was buried at his family graveyard at Birpushia in Tangail yesterday.
The police recovered three firearms from Maulana Bhasani Hall of Jahangirnagar University during a raid on Thursday night.
A court on Thursday convicted one person to suffer life term punishment in jail and fined Tk 5000 in default to suffer more six months RI in jail on charge of child trafficking.
A fish trader was stabbed to death at a village in Paikgachha upazila on Thursday midnight.
At least four people were killed and 32 others injured in separate road accidents in Faridpur and Gaibandha yesterday.
Different social and political organisations yesterday condemned the mass killing at the BDR Headquarters in the city's Pilkhana area.
Md Golam Mostafa (Zillur), a student of Pharmacy department at University of Development Alternative (UODA), is suffering from Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS), a disorder in which the body's immune system attacks part of the peripheral nervous system.
Today is the 8th death anniversary of Habibur Rahman, founding managing director of APPL, says a press release.
Transport workers yesterday again clashed over control of Rangpur Central Bus Terminal, leaving at least 50 people, including ten policemen, injured.
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) shot dead two Bangladeshi cattle traders on Anayatpur border under Biral upazila of Dinajpur district yesterday, BDR officials said.
Boro cultivation on over 700 bighas of land in 15 villages under Shyamnagar upazila in the district has become uncertain as influential people have cut a sweet water reservoir along Chuna River to draw saline water from the river to their shrimp enclosures.
Stabbing of a leader of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) near Kajla gate of Rajshahi University by unidentified youths on Thursday night, sparked tension over the campus yesterday.
Sacked dockworkers of Mongla Port withdrew their fast unto death programme on Thursday night as Khulna City Corporation Mayor Talukder Abdul Khaleque assured them of meeting their demand after consultation with authorities concerned.
Eight suspected members of banned Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), arrested in Muktagacha on Thursday, have been placed on a four-day.
Forest guards yesterday morning recovered about 300 square feet teak timber worth Tk 6 lakh from a truck and arrested its driver and helper from Changini area in Sadar Dakkshin upazila on Dhaka-Chittagong highway.
The courtroom of an executive magistrate was ransacked following detention of a lawyer on Thursday.
Former Pakistan prime minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif has said that President Asif Ali Zardari betrayed him and his brother Shahbaz Khan by enforcing a false decision of disqualifying them from contesting elections.
The UN refugee agency said yesterday it was preparing for the arrival of tens of thousands of displaced people fleeing the conflict zone in northern Sri Lanka over the coming weeks.
A major US effort to erode support for the Taliban and al-Qaeda by pumping millions of aid dollars into the violence-wracked Afghan border region is being threatened by attacks on aid workers, corruption and layers of bureaucracy.
Pakistan's naval chief Noman Bashir on Friday denied that Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving alleged gunmen in the Mumbai attacks, entered India from Pakistani territorial waters.
Holding a secretary-level meeting with Pakistan for the first time after the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, India Thursday urged its neighbour to do more to bring the perpetrators to book and 'take credible action to dismantle the resources of terrorists'.
The United States and Britain have warned their citizens against travelling to Pakistan, saying al-Qaeda and Taliban may target them during their visit to the troubled region.
Afghanistan's foreign minister said Thursday that Pakistan should be the world's main concern as the two countries held a three-way "war on terror" review with the United States.
European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana toured the war-torn Gaza Strip on Friday the highest ranking European official to visit the territory since it was overrun by Hamas militants nearly two years ago.
Iraq's leaders believe their forces have the muscle to ensure the country's security after US troops pull out under orders from President Barack Obama, but foreign advisors are less optimistic.
The United States has no intention of trying to topple North Korea's regime despite concerns about its behaviour and questions over succession, a senior US official said Thursday.
A new Southeast Asian human rights body will promote fundamental freedoms, but will lack the power to punish violators such as military-ruled Myanmar, according to a draft proposal obtained yesterday by The Associated Press.
Gunmen yesterday ambushed a minibus carrying children to school in remote northwest Pakistan, killing the driver, wounding two children and apparently kidnapping six others, police said.
The United States will adopt a policy of "wait and watch" on the peace agreement signed between the Taliban militants and Islamabad in Pakistan's Swat valley, Obama Administration's top military and defence leaders have said.
China and the United States have sparred again over human rights, just days after US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said she hoped the ever-prickly issue would not colour relations.
A villager was killed when a gang of criminals hurled bomb targeting a group of villagers while gossiping at an intersection at Ashashthali village under Sadar upazila in Jhenidah yesterday.
Britain admitted for the first time Thursday handing over two terror suspects captured in Iraq in 2004 to US agents who transferred them to Afghanistan for interrogation, in a case of rendition.
China called on the United States yesterday to ease military tensions between the global powers, as the two sides resumed defence talks here following a rift over planned US arms sales to Taiwan.
Supporters of ousted Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra yesterday abandoned a protest camp outside the prime minister's office but vowed to continue their fight to unseat him.
Former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said yesterday Tehran's atomic plans were not of military nature, urging Russia to complete Iran's long-delayed nuclear power plant.
As Mumbai police make preparations to bring perpetrators of November 26 terrorist attack to book, another terror story is being unravelled.
Defence Secretary Robert Gates announced Thursday he had lifted a ban on media coverage of the return of flag-draped coffins of fallen soldiers from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, reversing a controversial policy dating back to 1991.
Fighting in the key southern city of Malakal this week has killed some 50 people and left another 100 wounded, a UN official said yesterday.
European powers are considering imposing new sanctions on individuals and institutions linked to Iran's nuclear programme, diplomats in several capitals said Thursday.
Anthropologists have uncovered ancient fossil footprints in Kenya dating back 1.5 million years, the oldest evidence yet that our ancestors walked like present-day humans, a study showed Thursday.
India has stepped in to prevent several of freedom leader Mahatma Gandhi's possessions, including his iconic round glasses, from being auctioned off next month in New York, a report said Friday.
Arts & Entertainment
Painting portraits is considered to be one of the oldest forms of art. Considering history, from ancient times this art form was predominantly used to glorify the influential and powerful in the society. All high-ranking families had a personal painter, who only did portraits of each family member. Sometime, the painter travelled with royalty on hunts. Many distinguished artists in the world were commissioned by monarchs. Gradually, this art form crossed the territories of royalty and became popular among the masses the world over.
Kabir Bakul is one of his generation's most successful lyricists. Over the last two decades he has been writing songs, some of which have been featured in films. He has worked with most of the talented and established singers and composers of the country. At present, this behind-the-scene cultural personality is also successfully hosting a musical programme. But his success did not come overnight. Recently in a conversation with The Daily Star, the lyricist talked about his struggle and success.
The band 'Mystique' truly lived up to its name. Bringing together, among others, exotic percussion music, 'ney' (Iranian flute), 'santoor,' 'tombek' and 'def' (both Iranian percussion instruments), 'Sephardic' music along with the 'bansuri,' electric guitar, violin, 'saaz' and 'rebab' it was an evening that lingered in the memory.
The Satkhira District administration, Shilpakala Academy and Sangskritik Parishad jointly organised a two-day programme featuring a discussion, competitions on handwriting and painting, prize-giving ceremony and a cultural function to mark 'Amar Ekhushey' (International Mother Language Day).
Renowned actor Raisul Islam Asad is the guest on tonight's episode of the talk show "Amar Ami." The programme is aired on Banglavision at 9:05 pm every Saturday.
Drama serial "Aim in Life" will be aired tonight on ntv at 8:15 pm. This is the 50th episode of the serial written and directed by Masud Sezan.
Drama serial "Sakin Sarisuri" will be aired tonight at 7:50 pm. Written by Brindabon Das, the serial is directed by Salauddin Lavlu. The serial is aired on Saturdays and Sundays.
Entertainment show "Jegey Achho Ki" will be aired tonight at 11 pm. Popular RJs Nawshin and Sayem are the hosts of the show.
Elected government bodies in the past have always rested the responsibility of the wildlife management and conservation in the country on the shoulders of the Forest Department and thought they had done their duties. But the net result has been that we do not have a single piece of forest be that in the Sundarbans or elsewhere in the country, in the Shal Forest belt or Mixed-Evergreen Forest belt in the erstwhile Chittagong Hill Tracts region that can be considered virgin.
Dhaka city is located on the floodplains of the distributaries of the Brahmaputra, and the topography is almost flat because of deltaic formation. Change in the floodplain water regime due to land development inconsistent with the floodplain topography is the main cause of rising flood hazard in Dhaka city. Some factors that are responsible for flood hazard, and steps necessary to address the issue, are briefly discussed below.
The guava tree at the back of the building was slightly taller than the veranda. Once upon a time there must have been railings on the veranda; now it looked like an extra roof - above the ground floor and just below the real one. As kids we - my sisters and I - sometimes jumped over to the veranda from the tree. It once had a smooth cement floor, but now it was just dusty, rough concrete with cracks here and there. The pigeons did their business all over and the air was heavy with the pungent smell. We played house there and made lentil soup with mud, rice with the insides of cactus flowers, fish balls with the beadlike red seeds from a nearby hedge and served it all on plates of leaves.
When the latest issue of Kali O Kolom arrived for my review (an occasion I now look forward to, at least partly due to the fact that my friends have informed me that this reading exercise has had a markedly positive effect on my evening adda) I was mystified to find it unexpectedly voluminous. Publisher Abul Khair's Note however cleared up the mystery: Kali O Kolom has completed five years of its existence. Let us at The Daily Star be among those to congratulate the journal for stepping vigorously into its sixth year, and wish it a long and illustrious life. In this regard Mr Khair writes that while his literary publication has had its many well-wishers, yet that sentiment has not translated into concrete and material support for the journal. This news was surprising, to say the least, since one had expected the very opposite. However, it is heartening to see that Mr Khair has pledged, like the present government faced with an array of challenges, to carry on come what may. A hearty Amen to that!
About a year back Arun Kolatkar's book of poems titled Kala Ghoda Poems landed on my desk, waiting to be reviewed. Then other things intervened; time blew by; I forgot. It is time to make small amends.
Rashida Sultana is a short story writer and frequent contributor to the literature pages of Bengali dailies and little magazines. She is also an accomplished poet of ordinary life, infusing small moments with a heightened colour and clarity that underlines a quietly dissident feminine voice. Rashida has previously published two volumes of short stories, on the themes of loneliness, domestic discord and lovelorn lives of the Bengali middle and lower middle class, a social segment whose profiles she draws with a swift sureness. In her latest collection of short stories aimed at the Ekushey boi mela, Porolaalneel, she displays that same sharp eye and ear for their bedrooms and speech, but her convictions about society's victims, its transients, seem to have become stronger, and more emphatic. For readers whose tastes run along such lines, she is a good find, and even better read.
Kidney stone is one of the most painful disorders that lead a person to expensive and unpleasant emergency visits, hospitalisations and undergo surgical procedures.
Anger and other strong emotions can trigger potentially deadly heart rhythms in certain vulnerable people, U.S. researchers said.
Cervical cancer is a malignant cancer of the cervix uteri or cervical area, It may present with vaginal bleeding but symptoms may be absent until the cancer is in its advanced stages.
Most foods contain several different kinds of fats including saturated, polyunsaturated, monounsaturated and trans fats — and some kinds are better for your health while some are harmful. When choosing fats, pick unsaturated fat over saturated or trans fat. Here's how to know the difference.
For many decades, people have been using garlic to prevent a countless of health conditions from cold - flu to complicated heart problems and certain cancers (especially colon).
Apollo Speciality Cancer Hospital at Chennai has introduced the most advanced CyberKnife® Robotic Radio Surgery System recently, says a press release.
ISRAEL considers Iran the greatest enemy in the Middle East after Saddam Hussein was apprehended and executed with the help of the Bush administration. Iran's disapproval of the existence of Israel is also well known by several statements in public of the Iranian President.
Japanese Ambassador His Excellency Masayuki Inonyue had done two notable things since December 29th elections. He arranged a telephone conversation between Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the Japanese Prime Minister Mr. Taro Aso that should lead to positive developments in bilateral cooperation. Then in a seminar on export diversification he told his audience of businessmen that following the transition to democracy that will inspire Japanese investors, this is “very right time“ to attract Japanese investment, an advice if followed professionally could have dramatic impact on Bangladesh's economic development.
AMERICA needed Abraham Lincoln to get rid of slavery; they have President Obama to overhaul the breakdown of the colossus. One had accomplished the feat to sit on the imposing chair in Washington worshipped by the people; the other has just entered the Whitehouse to write a new chapter of American history. Change is inevitable.