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News of: Thursday, 9th of April, 2009
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The government yesterday cancelled the allotment of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's house on Shaheed Mainul Road in Dhaka Cantonment, 'due to a number of anomalies regarding the allotment within the military zone'.
The government would follow the procedures of already held trials of various war crimes committed in different countries and incorporate some of the good sides while trying the 1971 war criminals, officials say.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has refused to appear before the parliamentary standing committee on public undertakings saying the summons is "beyond jurisdiction of the committee."
With the passing of the new upazila parishad bill in the Awami League (AL) majority parliament, the government empowered lawmakers to meddle in the functioning of upazila parishads, burying AL's electoral pledge of making the parishads self-reliant and autonomous.
The use of compressed natural gas (CNG) in the transport sector has not only reduced carbon emission but also is saving over $800 million worth of petroleum import annually, Petrobangla sources say.
Excessive use of underground water of the capital through deep tube wells, and filling up of low-lying land, canals and water bodies are causing the underground water level to drop alarmingly.
The labour wing of the Bangladesh High Commission in Malaysia wrote a misleading letter to the government in August last year, saying that migrants' rights bodies are conspiring against Bangladesh's labour market in Malaysia and instigating workers to return home.
The government has formed a 16-member committee to review the report of Shamsul Haque Education Committee-1997 in order to formulate a modern national education policy in line with the Qudrat-e-Khuda Education Commission-1974 report.
Vehemently opposing the government's decision on cancellation of the allotment of the cantonment residence to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, main opposition BNP yesterday night announced a two-day protest programme.
The government yesterday replaced 23 deputy commissioners (DCs) in a major reshuffle in the field level administration.
Amnesty International (AI) has welcomed the UN assistance to Bangladesh's efforts to investigate and prosecute crimes against humanity and other serious violations of humanitarian law during the War of Liberation in 1971.
Seven lawmakers elected in the recently held by-election were sworn in yesterday at a ceremony filling up all 345 seats including reserved ones for women in the House.
The villagers affected by the land subsidence in Barapukuria Coal Mine area yesterday formed a human chain demanding rehabilitation and compensation from the authorities concerned.
Dhaka Medical College (DMC) will reopen on Saturday after a closure following a fierce clash between two factions of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL).
Police in a raid detained six activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and an outsider from Salimullah Hall of Dhaka University early yesterday.
Prime Minister and Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina has refused to talk with Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), AL student wing, leaders until they refrain themselves from violence, tender manipulation and other sorts of unlawful activities.
Army, Rab, CID and police personnel yesterday jointly raided abandoned houses of six fugitive BDR members in Lalbagh area and talked to people residing around Pilkhana.
More than 100,000 anti-government protesters rallied in Bangkok yesterday in their biggest bid yet to topple premier Abhisit Vejjajiva, deepening Thailand's political crisis ahead of a key Asian summit.
The war crimes court for Sierra Leone yesterday handed down sentences of up to 52 years in prison for three rebel leaders convicted of overseeing a trail of rapes and killings.
Police in Pakistan's financial capital said yesterday they had arrested five members of one of the country's most feared militant groups for allegedly plotting to bomb sensitive sites in Karachi.
The United States and five other key world powers are to invite Iran for direct talks on its nuclear plans and other issues, they said in a joint statement on yesterday.
PRIME Minister Sheikh Hasina and Leader of the Opposition Begum Khaleda Zia were in a fiercely attacking mood trading some outlandish charges against each other as the eventful first session of the ninth parliament drew to a close on Tuesday night.
GOVERNOR, Bangladesh Bank, in a meeting with chief executives of commercial banks, has announced a few steps to bolster investment and export currently pitted against a dampening of demands in the context of global financial downturn. These mainly include cutback on the lending rate to 13 percent and the loan rescheduling facility without down payment for six months in such sectors like garment, frozen food, leather, jute, textile and tea.
ONE is a little bit confused by comments on terrorism that have emanated from some quarters, amongst which are ministers and government officials.
FROM the president of the country to senior advocates in the High Courts to leading activists in the political sphere, it is the dictatorship of the "aged." Reverse age discrimination in Bangladesh is rampant, alarming and abysmal.
As the qualification battle for a place in the AFC Challenge Cup finals gets nearer, new Bangladesh head coach Edson 'Dido' Silva is putting pressure on the gas pedal to prepare the team for his first assignment.
The Bangladesh Football Federation's (BFF) quest to bring life back into the districts received a big boost as Bashundhara Group came forward to sponsor the district football leagues.
When one searches for the most encouraging sign from this season's domestic cricket, particularly in the Premier League, it would definitely be the dominance of the local batsmen.
FC Porto and Arsenal scored crucial away goals Tuesday, giving both teams the advantage heading into the second leg of the Champions League quarterfinals next week.
Pakistan captain Younus Khan Wednesday said he regretted that Australia had rested some of its best players from the squad to face his own in limited-overs series later this month.
Wisden published its first ever Test match Dream XI on Wednesday with Kevin Pietersen the only England player to make the line-up in the sport's annual of record.
Soft-spoken, laid back and a reluctant orator, former Test captain Mohammad Azharuddin hardly fits the image of the archetypal boisterous Indian politician.
Dwayne Bravo's surgically-repaired ankle has been deemed too fragile for West Indies' Test series in England, but strong enough to withstand the rigours of Twenty20 cricket. Bravo, speaking prior to boarding a Durban-bound flight on Tuesday, confirmed he will represent the Mumbai Indians in the IPL while his West Indian team-mates play two Tests against England.
Australia omitted a trio of star players from its squad to face Pakistan this month, preferring to rest them ahead of the Ashes campaign in England.
The `Ka' zone matches of the Exim Bank 20th National Women's Handball Championship will start today at the Rangpur Stadium.
Macau put a foot in the AFC Challenge Cup 2010 qualifiers after defeating Mongolia 2-0 in the first leg of the play-offs here at the Macau Stadium on Tuesday.
Top-seeded James Blake and second-seeded Mardy Fish tumbled out of the first round of the 500,000-dollar US Men's Clay Court Championship here Tuesday.
Brian Lara believes Twenty20 can help revive what he has called the "dying sport" of cricket and he hopes classical batsmanship can find a place in the shortest format. Lara's experience of playing Twenty20 was limited to a handful of appearances for the Mumbai Champs in the Indian Cricket League in 2007.
Pakistan will not field rebel cricketers until it receives clarification on the status of their contracts in India and a decision by the sport's governing body, an official said Tuesday.
Former captain Rameez Raja opposed the inclusion of Indian Cricket League players in the Pakistan national team, saying such a move would set a wrong example.
A brilliant acrobatic equaliser by Emmanuel Adebayor earned Arsenal a 1-1 draw and a crucial away goal in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal against Villarreal here on Tuesday.
Sir Alex Ferguson has challenged Manchester United to keep their Champions League title defence alive by becoming the first English team to win in Porto.
Manchester City defender Nedum Onuoha says medals and not money will tempt new recruits to the big-spending club, ahead of their UEFA Cup quarterfinal first leg at Hamburg.
Czech football was left reeling on Wednesday after the sacking not only of under-performing coach Petr Rada but also six senior players for allegedly cavorting with prostitutes after a World Cup qualifier last week.
Barcelona's Argentina forward Lionel Messi is already the best player in the world, according to his club president Joan Laporta.
Inter Milan striker Adriano has taken refuge in his home favela in a state of depression after a painful break-up with his girlfriend, his former companion claimed here Tuesday.
Serie A club Napoli will donate the proceeds from their next home match against Atalanta on Saturday to the victims of the L'Aquila earthquake.
Chelsea captain John Terry, has revealed he is still haunted by his penalty miss in last season's Champions League final and is unsure whether he will ever truly get over the experience.
Veteran French international defender William Gallas faces a long lay-off after suffering a medial ligament injury during Arsenal's 1-1 away draw with Villarreal on Tuesday according to Gunners manager Arsene Wenger.
Germany defender Arne Friedrich will miss most of his club's remaining Bundesliga matches in the title race after the Hertha Berlin captain had a knee operation on Wednesday and now faces six weeks out.
England's World Cup qualifier win over Ukraine has pushed Fabio Capello's side up two places into seventh in FIFA's latest world rankings released on Wednesday.
About 20 banks moved to cut the interest rates offered on fixed deposits by as much as 1.5 percentage points, a day after the central bank reset the lending rate at a maximum of 13 percent, top bankers said yesterday.
The average month-wise exports of ready-made garment (RMG) products slowed in February, compared to the previous month of this fiscal year, because of the ongoing global recession, the latest data of Export Promotion Bureau shows.
Amid the global financial crunch, selling pressures by foreign fund managers or investors continue in Bangladesh stock market in the first quarter of this year.
Bangladesh high commission to the UK has expressed concerns that remittance inflow from the fourth largest remitter may lose pace amid increasing job losses and financial meltdown in the lucrative European economic powerhouse.
The Bangladesh Chamber of Industries (BCI) yesterday sought government assistance for the industries aligned to domestic demand in an effort to cut import dependency.
Speakers at a view exchange meeting yesterday urged the government to allocate more funds to women in the upcoming national budget for fiscal year 2009-10.
Ganesh Kuban was forced to drop out of school when he was 10 after his father died. He has been supporting his family ever since by fixing scooters at a roadside mechanic's shop in central Mumbai.
The government might go harsh on the corporate sector in the next fiscal budget with the denial of their long-time plea for reducing the corporate taxes, presently ranging up to 45 percent.
The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) will host six international trade fairs this month in a bid to offer trading opportunities mainly to the vendors and buyers in Bangladesh as the country has a significant trade potential with Hong Kong.
The Infrastructure Development Company Ltd (IDCOL) has appointed Islam Sharif as its executive director and chief executive officer, according to a press release.
Prime Finance Asset Management Company Ltd, an associate company of Prime Finance & Investment Ltd, has recently appointed Moin Al Kashem as its managing director and chief executive officer, says a press release.
It sounds crazy: Just a week after the White House scolded Chrysler LLC for relying too much on gas guzzlers, the company is heading to a marquee auto show Wednesday to unveil a new SUV.
The global financial crisis, brewing for a while, has really started to show its domino effects in the global economy for more than a year now. Around the world, stock markets have fallen, large financial institutions have collapsed or been bought out, and governments in even the wealthiest nations had to come up with rescue packages to bail out their financial institutions.
Asian and European equities fell sharply again on Wednesday after overnight losses on Wall Street, where worries about the earnings season were underscored by a huge loss at US aluminium giant Alcoa.
Oil prices fell on Wednesday, in line with weak global stock markets, ahead of a US energy inventories report which could highlight weak demand in the depressed American economy, traders said.
Indian passenger car sales growth edged higher in March from a year earlier but commercial vehicle sales plummeted, reflecting a worsening economy, industry figures showed Wednesday.
A US Federal Reserve regional head, Richard Fisher, said Wednesday that the US unemployment rate could exceed 10 percent by the end of this year.
A Japanese cellphone maker accused of coercing employees into working for free on weekends during the recession said Wednesday that it would pay them overtime, blaming a breakdown in communications.
The Bank of Thailand cut the key interest rate by 25 basis points to 1.25 percent Wednesday to help spur the economy amid the global financial downturn, an official statement said.
Expressing deep resentment over gross irregularities and confusions in the activities of Jiban Bima Corporation (JBC), a parliamentary standing committee yesterday asked it to remove all its anomalies as soon as possible.
Leaders and activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), student wing of BNP, yesterday demonstrated on Dhaka University (DU) campus protesting the cabinet decision that cancelled the lease of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's cantonment residence.
Attorney General Mahbubey Alam in an instant reaction yesterday hailed the government's decision to cancel the allocation of the Mainul Hossain Road house at cantonment for BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.
Russia, already on negotiation with Bangladesh for building a nuclear power plant, now offered to provide both technical and financial support for setting up small hydropower plants for catering area-based demands.
Cooperation between the government and the opposition and coordination with the mass media are vital to combat militancy in the country, speakers at a dialogue said yesterday.
Privatisation of printing and marketing of textbooks and making an arrangement to buy papers through open tenders can resolve textbook crisis, proprietors and representatives of textbook publishing and printing bodies have proposed this to the national textbook expert committee to ensure textbooks in time.
The Detailed Area Plan (DAP) for Dhaka city was completed in a hurry and failed to put forward a pro-people strategy to make the city liveable for all, speakers at a seminar said yesterday.
Bangladesh is one of the worst sufferers of road accident with at least 12,000 deaths a year, experts said at a meeting on Monday.
Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) during a three-day drive in the port city arrested nine robbers, including gang leader and a woman, and seized five firearms and nine cellphone sets from their possession.
Three British citizens, including two of Bangladeshi origin, started a bicycle tour from Sobhanighat in Sylhet to Cox's Bazar yesterday with a view to introducing the scenic beauty of Bangladesh to the world and raise awareness about cancer.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has expressed deep shock at the tragic loss of lives in Monday's devastating earthquake in Italy.
A group of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists yesterday launched a signature collection campaign on Dhaka University (DU) campus with a view to urging Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to reconsider her decision of withdrawing herself as the organisational chief of the student body.
The government has been losing control of huge abandoned properties worth crores of taka due to 'unreasonable delay' in initiating legal moves to recover them.
Five people were killed and 15 others injured in separate road accidents in Tangail and Mymensingh yesterday
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) yesterday recorded the statement of former Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) Commissioner Mokhlesur Rahman in connection with the August 21 grenade attack case.
Prof Abdus Sattar, registrar of Kushtia Islamic University, has been appointed as the new vice-chancellor (VC) of Jessore University of Science and Technology (JUST).
Former law minister Moudud Ahmed MP yesterday filed a petition with the Supreme Court (SC) to allow him to use his bank accounts, which were made frozen during the immediate past caretaker government.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday apprised President Zillur Rahman of various decisions taken by her government in its first three months.
Norway`s State Secretary for International Development Hakon Arald Gulbrandsen will pay a 4-day visit to Bangladesh beginning April 18 to discuss various issues, including climate change, with government leaders.
Feni Awami League (AL) leaders Joynal Hazari and Abdul Quader Mirza, brother of central AL leader Obaidul Quader, were acquitted by a court here yesterday of charges of killing four BNP activists in Feni about eight years ago.
The High Court (HC) yesterday dismissed two separate writ petitions challenging the legality of the Prime Bank's move to auction off the equipment of Channel 1, a private television channel.
Rich nations must commit to more ambitious targets for slashing greenhouse gases by 2020 to help stave off the ravages of climate change, the UN's top climate official said yesterday.
A first year student of Malibagh Biggyan College was found dead on the roof of the college at Malibagh intersection in the city last night.
A Chittagong court yesterday sent an adolescent, accused in a murder case, to juvenile development centre at Tongi near Dhaka.
Ten top leaders of Ahle Hadith Andolon resigned from the party on Tuesday after accusing its Ameer Dr Muhammad Asadullah al Galib of anti-party activities.
Andaleev Rahman, a lawmaker from the opposition Bangladesh Jatiya Party (BJP), yesterday resigned form the parliamentary standing committee on home ministry, reconstituted on Tuesday.
Bangladesh has sought assistance of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to set up another crude oil refinery and the UAE has responded positively in this regard.
Classes of Bir Shreshtha Noor Mohammad Rifles Public School and College will resume on Saturday, says a press release yesterday.
At least 30 shanties were gutted in a fire at a slum in the city's West Rayerbazar yesterday.
President Zillur Rahman left for Singapore last night for a medical check-up at Mount Elizabeth Hospital.
To reduce pressure of the overpopulated Dhaka city, small and medium-sized cities and towns across the country must be developed with adequate economic activities, Adviser to Prime Minister Dr Mashiur Rahman said yesterday.
Labour and Expatriates' Welfare Minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain yesterday said open pit mining in the North Bengal's coal mines would help solve not only power problems, but also check desertification in that region.
Nineteen alleged collaborators of Pakistani occupation forces have been sued for killing six people, including two freedom fighters, in Rajshahi, Netrakona, Dinajpur, Comilla and Faridpur in 1971.
Potato price is galloping in the northern districts as the production faced a setback in the region this year.
Three girls including a six-year-old one have been violated in Panchagarh, Rajshahi and Jessore districts.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has pressed charges against 'fugitive' district BNP general secretary Shish Mohammad for amassing wealth worth over 89 lakh allegedly from sources beyond his legal income.
Farmers in Khulna and Bagerhat districts are now firm to resist saline water-based shrimp cultivation while women workers in shrimp processing plants in the districts have vowed to stop exploitation by the owners by depriving them of due wages and facility.
An engineer of Chittagong Development Authority (CDA) was injured in an attack allegedly by a land grabber and his men in the city's Colonel Hat area yesterday.
Army arrested a United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) man while he was collecting toll for party from the traders of a market under Laxmichhari upazila yesterday.
Direct road communication from Sirajganj to Bogra suspended from yesterday following a dispute between bus workers of the two districts, causing untold sufferings to commuters.
Police and tribesmen battled Taliban militants attempting to expand their stronghold in Pakistan's Swat Valley, leaving at least five people dead, authorities said yesterday.
United States intends to step up its use of drones to strike militants in Pakistan's tribal areas and might extend them to a different sanctuary deeper inside the country, the New York Times said Tuesday quoting US officials.
Indonesians will cast their ballots today in only the third general election since the fall of the Suharto regime in 1998, which ushered in a new era of democratic reform.
A bomb blast near a Shiite shrine in Baghdad yesterday killed seven people and wounded 23, among them women and children, in the third straight day of attacks in the capital, officials said.
A demonstration outside London's parliament by Tamils urging Britain to intervene in Sri Lanka's armed conflict dwindled on its third day yesterday.
Alleging that Railways Minister Lalu Prasad poses a threat to her son Varun Gandhi's life, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP from Pilbhit Maneka Gandhi on Wednesday complained to the police.
"There is still a lot of work to do here," President Barack Obama declared in Baghdad.
Twelve Palestinians were wounded yesterday when clashes erupted in a West Bank village after Israeli residents of a nearby settlement went on a rampage there, witnesses and medics said.
Fresh aftershocks have rattled earthquake-hit central Italy, killing at least one more person and hampering the search for survivors.
A gunman opened fire at a remote Korean Christian retreat centre Tuesday night, leaving one person dead and at least three people injured, authorities said.
The White House said yesterday it was "closely monitoring" the fate of a Danish-owned, US-flagged ship grabbed by pirates off Somalia's coast and worried about the safety of the crew.
US-Iranian journalist Roxana Saberi, who has been detained in a notorious Tehran prison since January, has been charged with spying, deputy prosecutor Hassan Haddad said yesterday.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il's eldest son has denied he is to succeed his father as the head of the secretive communist state, Japanese television reported Wednesday.
Czech President Vaclav Klaus, whose country holds the European Union presidency, will appoint Jan Fischer as prime minister on Thursday, Klaus's spokesman said in a statement Wednesday.
Hours after detaining Jarnail Singh, a journalist who flung his shoe at Union home minister, P Chidambaram on Tuesday, the Delhi police set the journalist free.
Malaysia's new premier Najib Razak will unveil his cabinet today, officials said, with expectations for a streamlined team aimed at helping him push through promised reforms.
Arts & Entertainment
To encourage young authors of the country, monthly literary magazine Kali O Kalom and banking giant HSBC have jointly taken an initiative to honour and encourage them with "HSBC-Kali O Kalom Tarun Kobi O Lekhak Purashkar." At a programme at the Shaheed Zia Auditorium, National Museum, the awards for the year 2008 were formally conferred to Obayed Akash and Simon Zakaria on April 7. Akash and Zakaria received the honours for poetry and creative writing respectively.
Singer-researcher-composer Moushumi Bhowmik was in Delhi recently for a presentation and performance of “Music as Absence, Memory and Desire: A journey through 'biraha' in the folk repertoire of Bengal.” Kolkata-based Moushumi has a clear perspective of 'biraha.' In her words, “In Bengal, we don't categorise 'biraha' as a distinct tradition or genre. It is more an emotion and in Bengal the word means longing in a state of separation.”
Though five years have passed, Sultan Sangrahshala is yet to open its doors. Despite a plan to exhibit priceless paintings by master artist S.M. Sultan, shortage of staff has stymied the proposal.
Film Viewers' Forum, a platform of cine lovers of Dinajpur, was recently launched. On the inaugural day, four movies directed by Oscar winner Satyajit Ray were screened. These went down very well with cine goers as the private movie theatres are in a dilapidated condition.
Telefilm "Pirit" will be aired on Desh TV at 9:30pm tonight. Prashanta Adhikari has directed and written the script of the telefilm.
Mitali, Indo-Bangladesh Cultural Society, observed the 9th death anniversary of legendary Rabindra Sangeet singer and exponent Kanika Bandopadhyay at Mohar Kunja (a park opposite Rabindra Sadan on Cathedral Road, Kolkata) on April 5, says a press release.
A-two day long fair titled, "Grameen Jibon-jatra Mela-1415," organised by a local NGO, Trinamul Unnayan Shangstha, ended yesterday at the Tribal Cultural Institute (TCI) under Sadar upazila in the hill district Khagrachhari.
THE impact of the still unfolding global crisis on the economy of Bangladesh and actions needed to counteract/minimise the potential adverse consequences have become subjects of intense discussions in various circles. Policy choices in this regard must be based on: (a) the identification of the channels of transmission of the crisis to our economy, (b) assessment of the intensity of negative impact, if any, and (c) evaluation of trade-offs among policy instruments.
AROUND the world, more women than ever have greater equality in legislative rights and more rewarding opportunities in economic activities. A greater proportion of women than before hold authoritative positions in politics, business and academia today. The change is a positive development. However, it does not mean that true gender equality has been achieved. The material and visible changes might seem remarkable however, the social and mental acceptability have been improving at a relatively slower pace. There is a lot of cosmetic demonstration of accommodation of women in different spheres because of the pressure from civil society, legislation, and government. However, the true acceptance is reflected through different day-to-day behaviour of men in their day-to-day interaction in life.
THE first pattern of this general election has emerged; the really fierce contest is not between traditional foes, but between yesterday's friends, particularly where they shared power. The BJP's sense of betrayal in Orissa is palpable. The more decisive story is within the UPA, where shifting mindsets have ignited a splinter-explosion.
GONE! I was horrified to discover that thieves had stolen my three children's bicycles from outside our building.
The number of road accidents is on the rise in Chittagong due to reckless driving and unfit vehicles.
Full bloom of Amropali trees have increased prospect of a bumper production of mango in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) this year.
Full bloom of Amropali trees have increased prospect of a bumper production of mango in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) this year.
Study of science emphasised
Chittagong University (CU) Vice Chancellor (VC) Prof Dr Abu Yusuf Alam emphasised the need for more study on science to ensure national progress.