News of: Tuesday, 26th of May, 2009
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Dredging of the rivers under the 'Circular Waterway' project facilitated encroachment on the rivers, riverbanks, floodplains, canals and other wetland as the grabbers could easily bring sand on cargo boats.
Cyclone Aila hit the country's south-western coast yesterday afternoon, killing at least 18 people and washing away several thousand homes, as wind-driven tidal surge inundated vast tracts of land.
A Dhaka court yesterday issued an order saying Bashundhara Group Chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan Shah Alam, his wife, and their two sons will remain free till June 25 in connection with a tax evasion case in which they had been convicted and sentenced to imprisonment in absentia.
The government has increased the compensation money to Tk 2 lakh from Tk 1 lakh for the families of the expatriate Bangladeshi workers who die aboard.
The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the Jatiya Sangsad yesterday formed four sub-committees in an effort to expedite actions regarding 1,742 unresolved audit objections involving Tk 14, 848 crore since FY 2000-2001.
The government will create a fund for the war criminals' trial expected to begin next month through formation of a tribunal and appointment of an investigation agency and public prosecutors.
The parliamentary standing committee on environment and forest ministry yesterday formed a sub-committee to take necessary steps to save the country's rivers especially the Buriganga, Turag, Balu and Shitalakhya from pollution and grabbers.
The government yesterday constituted a high-powered seven-member committee to review the recommendations of the National Pay Commission on salary hikes of government employees.
Apprehending that rough weather might turn worse, 35-year-old Ataur Rahman was having early lunch at 12noon with his 60-year-old mother Fatima Khatun at her house in Patakhali village in Satkhira. Halfway through the lunch, they noticed water was rushing in the house and ran for safety immediately.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday said there is no internal conflict in her party but only competition and contest over the leadership as a big political party.
Two separate leave-to-appeal petitions were filed with the Supreme Court (SC) yesterday against the High Court (HC) judgment over the fifth amendment to the constitution.
Commerce Minister Faruk Khan yesterday said 'necessary parts' of the national probe committee's report on the BDR carnage would be made public through parliament.
* Decision to take steps to save rivers across the country.
Awami League (AL) lawmaker Abdur Rahman Bodi from Cox's Bazar-4 constituency has manhandled lawyer and rights activist of the district advocate Rakhal Mitra.
The results of this year's Secondary School Certificate (SSC), SSC (vocational) and Dakhil examinations under eight education boards, Technical Education Board and Madrasa Education Board will be published simultaneously today across the country.
"I want to ensure independent functioning of the commission," said newly-appointed Chairman of Anti-corruption Commission (ACC) Ghulam Rahman, adding that he would not bow to any pressure from the government.
The High Court (HC) yesterday adjourned until 2:OOpm today the hearing on the writ petition filed by BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia concerning her Dhaka Cantonment house.
Production of litchi in the northern region is likely to be less by 80 percent compared to the previous years due to prolonged dry spells during sprouting of season's most mouth-watering fruit.
A parliamentary sub-committee on the crisis involving 1,022 BCS candidates, who had qualified in the first phase of the 27th BCS examination, will make 'satisfactory' recommendations soon, chief of the body said yesterday.
Pakistan's military said yesterday it was facing "stiff resistance" as it battled to wrest Swat valley out of Taliban hands, in an offensive that has now scattered 2.38 million terrified civilians.
Two protesters were killed in India's Punjab state yesterday in fierce rioting sparked by the shooting dead of a guru in fighting between rival Sikh communities in Austria, police said.
North Korea carried out a powerful underground nuclear test Monday much larger than one conducted in 2006 in a major provocation in the escalating international standoff over its rogue nuclear and missile programmes.
WE are gratified to note the government's announcement that it is moving ahead with a plan to automate the operations of the Dhaka Custom House (DCH) and that this is merely the first step in an ambitious plan to computerise the entire governmental apparatus during this government's five-year tenure.
A young woman in Daudkandi was whipped mercilessly, following a decree by the influential locals in the name of salish. The girl was lashed 39 times, and had to be hospitalised, as she failed to 'prove' that she had been cheated by a neighbour, who actually rejected her claim that he was the father of her newborn baby. It is another sordid example of a young woman being subjected to gross injustice by the village headmen assuming the role of arbitrators.
SOME days back, a friend of mine sent me an interesting article written by a Pakistani college girl. I shall not reveal her name here. She wrote this after arrival in a foreign country, where she went to study at a university. But her heart was left on the soil of Pakistan. The brutality unleashed by the Talibans in Swat and adjacent townships motivated her to write the poignant tale that came from the heart. I reproduce below some paragraphs from her write-up for our readers.
THE Parliamentary Standing Committee for Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives, in its meeting on May 20, was in favour of forming a metropolitan government for Dhaka Metropolitan City, combining Gazipur and Narayangonj, to address the urban population growth and also to improve city life.
The Tigers play their first practice match against New Zealand at the Wormsley Cricket Ground today.
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has decided not to get involved in a tug-of-war with Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) for possession of the Bangabandhu National Stadium (BNS).
The third and final one-day match between Bangladesh A and Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) was abandoned in Khulna due to inclement weather.
The draw was the order on Monday in the Bashundhara Champions Club Cup Football as half of the matches ended in stalemates at different venues across the country.
Javed and Rubel slammed hattricks in the final round of the Citycell National School Football Championship that was played in inclement weather at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
Paolo Maldini's final match in front of the San Siro crowd ended in disappointment as AS Roma stunned AC Milan 3-2 on Sunday.
In the context of his overall career an Indian Premier League (IPL) title may not be the pinnacle, but Adam Gilchrist's contribution to Deccan Chargers' 2009 triumph will make this a truly special achievement.
Rafael Nadal, bidding for an historic fifth successive French Open title, swept into the second round on Monday while women's top seed Dinara Safina engineered a brutal centre court humiliation.
Maria Sharapova made a winning return to Grand Slam tennis when she came from behind to beat Belarus's Anastasiya Yakimova 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 in the first round of the French Open here on Monday.
Grand Masters Ziaur Rahman and Niaz Murshed won their respective first round matches in the second Subic Open International chess tournament at Subic Freeport, Olongapo City, Philippines yesterday.
Pakistani off-spinner Saeed Ajmal said Monday his focus would be his team's bid for victory in next month's World Twenty20 after he was cleared of a suspect bowling action.
England's momentum shows no sign of slowing after their impressive six-wicket win at Bristol Sunday and now their aim is to wrap up the three-match one-day series in style at Edgbaston on Tuesday before moving onto the ICC World Twenty20.
Victorious Deccan Chargers captain Adam Gilchrist said Monday he was surprised star all-rounder Andrew Symonds was not in the Australia Ashes squad.
Agence France-Presse's Indian Premier League (IPL) 'dream team' after the 59-match, five-week IPL ended Sunday with Deccan Chargers defeating Royal Challengers Bangalore in the final.
India will host a multi-nation Champions League Twenty20 competition in October to cash in on the growing popularity of the sport's shortest version, organisers said on Monday.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has cleared Iftikhar Anjum's name as a replacement of Shoaib Akhtar in the Pakistan Squad for the T20 World Cup, beginning next month in England.
A galaxy of Bollywood stars added glitz and glamour to the spectacular closing ceremony of the Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 championship after the final game won by Deccan Chargers here Sunday.
Newcastle became the biggest Premier League casualties since Leeds dropped out of the top flight five years ago after a final-day defeat at Aston Villa condemned Alan Shearer's side to relegation.
Gary Neville is on the verge of becoming England's most-capped full-back after being handed a surprise call-up by Fabio Capello for next month's World Cup qualifiers against Kazakhstan and Andorra.
Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano has told his Argentina team-mate Carlos Tevez to join him at Anfield.
Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is to have meetings with Alan Shearer this week to work out the way forward for the club following their relegation from the Premier League.
Fabio Cannavaro took his leave of Real Madrid's fans on a losing note on Sunday but insisted he had enjoyed his time in Spain.
Bordeaux midfielder Yoann Gourcuff was named by his fellow professionals on Sunday as France's Player of the Year.
Iran on Monday said that it had received a request from the US football federation for a friendly match and it was studying the proposal, the ISNA news agency reported.
The authorities of the country's premier seaport here have been struggling for the last few weeks to accommodate a large number of imported reconditioned vehicles as the importers of such vehicles are on an import spree ahead of budget assuming an increase in duty.
The Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism has drafted a new policy with several recommendations such as one-stop-service for private investment in the tourism sector, aiming to make it time-bound and pragmatic.
The government is likely to waive duties on the import of computers and computer accessories, in the budget for fiscal 2009-2010.
Navana CNG Limited, a sister concern of Navana Group, plans to list directly on stock exchanges by offloading Tk 18 crore shares.
The Tk 30,500 crore annual development programme (ADP) for the next fiscal budget will be placed before the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting today for its approval.
The government wants to make sick and closed state-owned industrial units operational under public-private partnership (PPP), said Industries Minister Dilip Barua yesterday.
The government will sit with European Union (EU) leaders soon to continue the existing two-stage transformation criteria for the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) for Bangladeshi apparel products to the EU, said Commerce Minister Faruk Khan yesterday.
India could ease curbs on the export of rice in view of bumper production and record procurement of the grain and as global prices are higher than in domestic market.
Garment manufacturers in the country must stop the use of carbon tetrachloride in production to safeguard international markets for their goods, as its use will be banned from the world soon, speakers said at a training workshop in Dhaka yesterday.
A three-day laptop fair that ended in Chittagong on Sunday received an overwhelming response, satisfying both participants and organisers.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Monday called for "tough" measures to economise during the next three years as he warned of a worsening outlook for his heavily oil-dependent country.
The United Arab Emirates and France are continuing negotiations on the Gulf Arab state's potential purchase of French Rafale fighter planes, the UAE's foreign minister said on Monday.
Western Union, a US-based money courier, plans to reach out to all villages and unions of Bangladesh to better manage the country's increasing flow of remittances under its 'massive expansion plan', says the company's senior vice president.
While the rest of the world reels from the global economic crisis, China is using its deep pockets to bolster its position in strategically vital Central Asia, analysts say.
Dhaka stocks continued to rise for a second day yesterday, driven by insurers and non-bank financial institutions (NBFIs).
Oil held above 60 dollars a barrel in Asian trade Monday ahead of a meeting this week of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec).
US automotive giant Ford on Monday said it had halted production at its Russian plant until June 5 in response to a slump in demand, a spokeswoman for the company said.
Share prices fell in Frankfurt and Paris Monday, dragged down by a mixed assessment from German businesses and auto sector weakness and in the absence of direction from London and Wall Street.
Italy and Japan have signed a nuclear cooperation accord as Rome prepares to revive its atomic energy programme mothballed more than 20 years ago, the Italian economic development ministry said Monday.
The sharpest economic contraction on record for the OECD grouping of rich countries struck in the first quarter of this year, the body said on Monday, in its latest gauge of the worldwide downturn.
Local Market FX
Local inter-bank FX market was subdued on Sunday as New York and London was closed. The market was liquid and USD/BDT rate was similar the previous working day.
Regional and global cooperation is needed to combat terrorism and radicalisation in the South Asian region, said former diplomats and international relations experts at a roundtable yesterday.
A Canadian reporter and an Australian photographer held hostage in Somalia for nine months said they are in poor health and want more help from their governments to secure their release.
Foreign Minister Dipu Moni called on OIC Secretary General Prof Dr Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu in Damascus yesterday and sought cooperation from the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) to help Bangladesh attain Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked the newly appointed Bangladesh High Commissioner to the United Kingdom to take effective steps to inspire Bangladeshi expatriates in the UK to invest in the country.
A Comilla court yesterday placed three people on a two-day remand in connection with a case filed against them for whipping a woman in arbitration following a fatwa (religious edict) at a village in Daudkandi on Friday night.
The government should make separate allocation in the national budget for children with a view to ensuring their welfare, said the speakers at a pre-budget discussion yesterday.
About 200 BNP men were sued yesterday for clashing with police at Kotwali in the city on Sunday.
President Zillur Rahman yesterday urged the new generation to deeply devote themselves to the study of national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam whose songs and poems inspired and encouraged the Bengali nation in every democratic movement, including the War of
In the wake of widespread threats and intimidation by extortionists over cellphones, Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has taken some initiatives to destroy the criminals' network within a month.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday congratulated the newly elected Nepalese Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal.
Ministers from economies accounting for 80 percent of the globe's greenhouse gases met here yesterday and heard warnings that "the world's destiny" may lie in the outcome of a mooted climate change pact.
Shahidul Islam Lalu, the youngest freedom fighter to have received Bir Pratik award, passed away at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) yesterday.
A total of 61 women in Cox's Bazar yesterday pledged to change themselves to bring about a positive change in the society as part of the 'Bodle Jao, Bodle Dao' (Change yourself, change others) campaign of the daily Prothom Alo.
Bangladesh Gram Police Karmochari Union (BGKU) yesterday demanded pay scale like fourth-class employees including retirement allowances Tk 60,000 for Dafadar and Tk 50,000 for Gram Police, says a press release.
Senior journalist Dr Humayun Kabir Chowdhury, former corporate manager of Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha and a special correspondent of the New Nation, passed away due to prolonged illness on Sunday night at a city hospital at the age of 74.
A parliamentary sub-committee on the crisis involving 1,022 BCS candidates, who had qualified in the first phase of the 27th BCS examination, will make 'satisfactory' recommendations soon, chief of the body said yesterday.
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced a sub-inspector of police to two years' imprisonment for taking bribe from an accused in a case he was investigating.
The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday vacated its chamber judge's orders staying the High Court (HC) verdicts acquitting film actor and Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) ward councillor Monwar Hossain Dipjol in two arms cases.
A labourer was killed in a road accident on Kishoreganj-Bhairab highway at Sagra in Kishoreganj Sadar early yesterday.
Asia Director of the International Centre for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) Patrick Burgess called on State Minister for Foreign Affairs Hasan Mahmud at the latter's office yesterday.
US Ambassador James F Moriarty attended the graduation of 40 new Naval Commando instructors at the Bangladesh Navy Special Warfare and Diving Salvage Centre (BN SWADS) at the BNS Issa Khan Naval Base in Chittagong, says a press release.
A three-member Bangladesh team led by Additional Inspector General of Police NBK Tripura will leave Dhaka today to attend an international conference on 'Conflict-Related International Policing' beginning in London tomorrow.
Police arrested a film actress on charges of torturing a domestic help from her residence in the city's Uttara area yesterday.
Movement of ferries at Mawa Ghat remains suspended from 8:00pm on Sunday till filing of this report at 2:30pm yesterday due to inclement weather.
Fahim Hasan Aronyo, a four-year-old boy, has been suffering from brain tumour, says a press release.
Although the grand alliance partners are yet to finalise their candidate for the Sunamganj-4 byelection, both AL and JP leaders have started informal campaign in favour of their party men.
Police arrested 16 more activists of Islami Chhatra Shibir during fresh raids on student messes near Rajshahi University (RU) campus and Shibir strongholds in the city early yesterday.
Fishermen yesterday started collecting fertilised eggs, locally known as swarna renu (gold sperms), released by indigenous species of carps including ruhi, katla, mrigel and kaliboush at the country's premier fish spawning centre of Halda River in the district yesterday.
Chittagong University (CU) Vice-Chancellor Prof Abu Yousuf has said the top priority of his administration is to maintain a congenial atmosphere on the campus and make the university a centre of academic excellence and research.
Jaldhaka College Principal Md Rahmat Ullah, forced to resign by the then Jamaat lawmaker Mizanur Rahman Chowdhury during the four-party alliance government, has been reinstated to the post through a court order.
Eight people have been sued for their alleged involvement in the killing of a freedom fighter in Biswambharpur upazila of Sunamganj district during Liberation War in 1971.
Teachers and employees of 250 educational institutions of greater Sylhet region at a rally yesterday demanded inclusion of their institutions in the monthly pay order (MPO) list.
Villagers of Fulgachh of Mogholhat union under Sadar upazila on Saturday socially boycotted Jamaat-e-Islami worker and his family members on charge of grabbing poor people's land and torturing villagers by political and muscle power. About 500 villagers assembled on the local mosque premises at night on Saturday. They decided not to allow Hatem Ali, 60, and his four sons at mosque, participation in local functions and vowed not to talk with them.
The Buddhist community people in the district on Sunday took out a procession in the town and held a rally on the premises of Rangamati Deputy Commissioner's office protesting what they claimed harassment of a monk by security personnel in Naniachar upazila on Thursday. In the rally, the speakers said, 18 locals were called to the zone camp on Sunday and asked to refrain from organising protests against the incident. The incident happened when Bishuddananda Bhante, chief monk of Naniachar Ratnankur Buddhist Temple, crossed the check post at Bogachhari violating signal.
Police on Sunday arrested one of the seven FIR-named accused of a double murder case in Jessore. Arrestee Mozaffar hails from village Ashingrhi in Jhikargachha upazila. Earlier, Nazrul Islam lodged a complainant naming seven people and 12 unidentified others as killers of Awami League leader Ansar Ali and his younger brother Jubo League leader Ruhul Amin. Two bombs were hurled on them on May 22 at village Kanairali when they were returning home at village Sadipur, killing both on the spot. The miscreants also slaughtered them to ensure their death.
Global leaders quickly directed their anger at North Korea on Monday for carrying out a nuclear bomb test that US President Barack Obama called a threat to world peace.
The Taliban urged civilians yesterday to return to the main town in Pakistan's Swat Valley, promising they won't attack security forces battling insurgents there but stopping short of calling the move a ceasefire.
Two persons have been killed and many others injured on Monday as violence over the killing of a Sikh sect leader in Vienna spreads across Punjab and parts of Haryana.
Team Manmohan will begin its work with some ministers of the Union Cabinet who were allotted their portfolios on Saturday taking charge of their respective ministries on Monday.
A moderate leftist leader was sworn in as prime minister of Nepal on Monday, three weeks after the resignation of his Maoist predecessor over a dispute with the army.
Foreign ministers from Asia and Europe began two days of meetings Monday under the shadow of a North Korean nuclear test and the trial in Myanmar of opposition democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
The trial of democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi resumed Monday as Myanmar lashed out against Thailand one of its few supporters in an international community likely to halt recent moves to improve relations with the country's military rulers.
The Obama administration has appealed to China to provide training and even military equipment to help Pakistan counter a growing militant threat, US officials said.
The defeated Tamil Tiger rebels confirmed Sunday that their supreme leader was killed in the group's final battle against Sri Lankan troops.
After fourteen years of delayed negotiations over the IranPakistanIndia (IPI) gas pipeline project, Pakistan and Iran have finally signed the initial agreement in Tehran on Sunday.
US intelligence agencies have launched an intensive effort to examine the various tribes supporting the Afghan militancy to determine whether some can be broken off.
Climate change is widening viral disease among farm animals, expanding the spread of some microbes that are also a known risk to humans, the world's top agency for animal health said yesterday.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Monday that the Islamic republic will not hold nuclear talks with the group of world powers known as 5-plus-1.
Creating their own state is a "legitimate right" for Palestinians and necessary for Middle East peace and Israeli security, French President Nicolas Sarkozy has told the UAE state news agency WAM.
President Barack Obama shouldn't have assumed his Democratic allies in Congress were willing to pay for the shutdown of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. They weren't, at least not without a plan.
Nearly 100 human skulls and other skeletal remains were discovered in a dried-up pond in northern India, officials said Monday. The remains likely belonged to people whom police could not identify and were dumped there to avoid having to organise cremations.
Arts & Entertainment
The three-day Nazrul birth anniversary celebration programme by Nazrul Sangeet Shilpi Parishad (NSSP) ends today at Shawkat Osman Auditorium, Central Public Library, Shahbagh. The programme, starting on May 24, highlights performance by Nazrul artistes from across the country. Nazrul exponent Sohrab Hossain inaugurated the programme.
Yesterday marked the 110th birth anniversary of our National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam. To celebrate the occasion Channel i held a daylong 'Nazrul Mela' at its Tejgaon office.
On the occasion of our National Poet's 110th birth anniversary, two new albums -- “Gaan Guli Mor” and “Shei Mukh Porey Mone,” -- featuring Nazrul Sangeet recorded by accomplished singer Khairul Anam Shakil were launched recently by Laser Vision. Shakil is the general secretary, a senior teacher and head of Nazrul Sangeet Department, Chhayanaut.
Finance minister AMA Muhith has said that Shah Abdul Karim has contributed his life and works to inspire the masses. "These are the assets of the nation and we would have to uphold these treasures," Muhith said. He was speaking at the launching programme of "Shah Abdul Karim Rochona Shamogra." Khan Bahadur Waqf Estate of Sylhet has published the compilation of the bard's compositions.
“Wedding is an important facet of the cultures around the world, and the Bridal Show by Commonwealth Women's Association has relevance in our socio-cultural context," said Rokeya Kabir, wife of the Bangladesh Ambassador to USA, in her welcoming speech at the Bridal Show and Lunch for Charity organised at the Bangladesh Embassy recently, says a press release.
A folk music festival was held in Bera upazila, under Pabna district, recently. 'Bera Sangskritik Sangsad' organised the festival in Bera Pouro Public Library auditorium recently. A discussion was also held on the occasion.