News of: Friday, 24th of July, 2009
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Health Minister AFM Ruhal Haque revealed use of poisonous chemicals meant for tannery and rubber industries in paracetamol syrup of Rid Pharmaceutical Company as another child died from intake of the "medicine" yesterday brining the death toll to 25.
Several hundred buses operating from Fulbaria and Joykali Mandir bus terminals are parked on the roads in Gulistan area, causing severe traffic congestion in that part of the capital.
The parliamentary delegation finally is going to India to visit the proposed Tipaimukh dam site without having any representative from the main opposition BNP.
Bangladesh has sought additional assistance of $500 million from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to generate more employment in the country against the backdrop of global economic recession.
All eyes are on the Awami League's national council that starts today amid huge speculations on how the policymaking level of the ruling party is going to be rejuvenated conforming to its "charter for changes".
The rail communication between Dhaka and Chittagong was snapped for around 12 hours yesterday as a passenger train rammed into a rig at Fatehpur level crossing on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway in Feni.
All eyes are on the Awami League's national council that starts today amid huge speculations on how the policymaking level of the ruling party is going to be rejuvenated conforming to its "charter for changes".
The parliamentary standing committee on public undertakings yesterday blasted Bangladesh Oil, Gas, and Mineral Corporation (Petrobangla) for not taking measures to explore oil and gas in the country during the regimes of BNP-Jamaat, and the immediate past caretaker government.
The average dropout rate in each class of primary level has increased to 11.5 percent in 2008 which was 5.6 in 1998, said a draft report of Education Watch Study 2008.
A four-member parliamentary sub-committee was formed yesterday to investigate the overall situation in the drug industry and find out the causes of death of 24 kids who took a drug of Rid Pharmaceutical Company.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina sought increased assistance from the Asian Development Bank for expediting the country's sustainable socioeconomic development in all sectors, including roads and bridges.
The hearing of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman assassination case will begin at the Appellate Division after the present status of the case is formally conveyed to the chief justice, said Law Minister Shafique Ahmed yesterday.
The holy Lailatul Barat will be observed on the night of August 6 as the moon of Shaban was sighted yesterday.
The cabinet committee on economic affairs yesterday sent back the proposals for underground metro rail project and offshore oil and gas exploration bids for further scrutiny.
Police arrested a Bangladeshi national with suspected links to Pakistan-based Islamist militant outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) at Kamalnagar in Satkhira town on Wednesday night.
A group of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists at Rajshahi University yesterday physically assaulted a female student after she refused the advances of a BCL activist.
The government will restart its open market sale (OMS) to sell rice and also distribute food grains among the poor under its Vulnerable Group Feeding programme during Ramadan to ensure stability in prices of essentials.
Flights for 54,000 hajj pilgrims will start from October 20, Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister GM Quader said after an inter-ministerial meeting at the secretariat yesterday.
A Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) jawan "committed suicide" at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital early yesterday. With this incident the number of unnatural death of BDR jawans after February 25-26 BDR mutiny stands at seven.
A mother gave birth to two conjoined babies, sharing a single body, at a local clinic in the town through caesarean surgery on Wednesday.
The results of the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examinations 2009 held under eight education boards, the Alim exams under the Madrasa Education Board and Business Management exams under Technical Education Board will be published simultaneously tomorrow.
The second meeting of the transport ministers of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) countries will be held in Colombo on July 25.
North Korea yesterday described six-party disarmament talks as dead and urged the United States to drop its "hostile" policy, Seoul's Yonhap news agency reported from the Thai resort of Phuket.
Tests of a missile-defence system meant to shield Israel from Iranian attack were aborted over the past week on three occasions because of various malfunctions, Israeli defence officials said yesterday.
THE national council of the Awami League, meeting in session today, is from many perspectives an encouraging happening. In the sixty years since its birth in 1949, the party has weathered many storms and defied many predictions to turn itself into a large, deep-rooted political organization in pre and post-1971 Bangladesh. Indeed, it is to the credit of the party that it played a leading role in transforming the political destiny of Bengalis through its spirited defence of their rights and eventually providing the nation with the leadership that would steer it to freedom. At this point of time, therefore, one recalls the strong political traditions that have been set through the role of the Awami League and the evolution it brought about in the public perception of politics as the art of the possible and the enlightening.
OUR cricket is showing some signs of coming of age. The series win away from home against West Indies which came at Grenada on Tuesday is certainly the biggest achievement of our cricket to date. It has been a fine showing by a team coming constantly under criticism for their poor performance.
A village court in Faridpur forced the father and uncle of a 15-year old boy to pluck out his eyes as punishment for stealing a mobile phone. There was also a cash fine of 30,000 taka attached to that cruelty, which makes it even harder to calculate the price of the stolen good. An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind. What about two eyes for a mobile phone? The deafening sound of its dismal ring tone hasn't stopped since it made news.
ON the 84th birth anniversary of Tajuddin Ahmed one tends to become contemplative. There are so many reasons to do so. Whenever we think of Tajuddin the mind tracks backward to the tumultuous days of 1971, when death stalked every Bengali every minute; when the air of Bengal was filled with the burnt smell of gunpowder; when vultures circled low in the sky and when Bangladeshis had to run across the borders to take refuse in India for fear of their lives.
THE most communal punishment you can inflict upon any community is to deny it an education. Ignorance is the other face of poverty. No one is illiterate by choice. Which child would bleed her fingers rolling a beedi in preference to a classroom?
For a few fleeting hours in Grenada, Captain Shakib Al Hasan may well have been the doppelganger of Captain Jack Sparrow, the charismatic, happy-go-lucky pirate from the Disney movie. Impetuous, sharp and overall just scratch-your-head-pump-your-fist brilliant, Shakib revelled in the role of captain and truly established himself as the Pirate of the Caribbean.
Pakistan remained on course to win the third and final Test against Sri Lanka after denting the home team's chase of a world record target on Thursday.
Having wrapped up the Test series comprehensively, Bangladesh start their preparations for the upcoming ODI series against the West Indies with a warm up match against University of West Indies Vice-Chancellor's XI today at the Benjamin's Park, Portsmouth in Dominica.
Andrew Flintoff fears Kevin Pietersen's absence for the remaining three Tests against Australia could wreck England's chances of regaining the Ashes.
Clive Lloyd and Michael Holding have blamed the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and the West Indies Players' Association (WIPA) for dragging West Indian cricket into a corner. The WICB and WIPA, which is negotiating on the cricketers' behalf, have agreed to resolve the impasse through mediation and the appointment of former Commonwealth secretary-general Shridath Ramphal as arbitrator but Lloyd and Holding said the problem would not be solved with a temporary resolution.
England have been fined for a slow over-rate during their 115-run win over Australia in the second Ashes Test at Lord's, the International Cricket Council (ICC) anno-unced on Wednesday.
Clive Lloyd has expressed disappointment and concern at the impact of Twenty20 on cricket's traditional format, fearing that Andrew Flintoff's retirement from Tests could set a dangerous precedent. Lloyd, the former West Indian captain and current chairman of the International Cricket Council's (ICC) cricket committee, said Flintoff's retirement had set a bad example for younger players and that others would soon follow unless money was not pumped into Test cricket.
The DC School Kabaddi (Boys and Girls) Tournament began at the Dhaka Kabaddi Stadium on Thursday.
Shane Watson admits Australia may have to get nasty in the Ashes because their competitive edge has been blunted since they were told to stop sledging.
Sri Lankan coach Trevor Bayliss believes the ploy of going into the third and final Test against Pakistan with one spinner has not worked to their advantage. The visitors batted themselves into a strong position on the third day at the SSC, with their lead swelling to 366 and Sri Lanka facing an uphill battle.
England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff has reiterated his intention to play through the pain barrier as he seeks to get fit enough to face Australia in next week's third Ashes Test at Edgbaston.
Sheikh Russell KC and Meradia Rebel Club won their respective group matches to emerge as group champions in the Metropolis 3rd Division Cricket League qualifiers at separate city venues on Thursday.
Russia's Natalia Ishchenko secured a double title haul by winning the synchronised swimming solo free gold medal at the World Championships here on Thursday.
Ian Bell suffered an Ashes setback Wednesday when he slumped to his second-lowest score of the season, just hours after Kevin Pietersen was ruled out of the remaining three Tests against Australia.
Somerset's Justin Langer became the highest-scoring Australian batsman in first-class cricket when he overhauled Sir Donald Bradman's career total of 28,067 runs on Thursday.
Disgraced Pakistan paceman Mohammad Asif lauded his "rebirth" Thursday, determined to put his derailed career back on track after learning his lesson from brushes with drugs.
A great second-half strike by Sutee Suksomkit earned Thailand a well-deserved 1-1 draw with Premier League giants Liverpool in a pre-season game here on Wednesday.
Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez played down reports Thursday that Xabi Alonso and Javier Mascherano are on the verge of leaving the club.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has been told he can spend up to 60 million pounds on new players.
European champions Barcelona return to the scene of one of the greatest triumphs this weekend as the Spanish giants take part in a four-team pre-season tournament at Wembley Stadium.
Juventus new boy Felipe Melo is targeting a wealth of silverware after completing his move from Fiorentina.
Samuel Eto'o has agreed terms for a move to Inter Milan, according to his agent Jose Maria Mesalles.
Brazil's three-time world player of the year Ronaldo has agreed in principle to star in a film about a Palestinian child fan of his who dies in a refugee camp, it was reported on Wednesday.
The hard-working Park Ji-Sung is to be rewarded with a new contract by Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, who praised the South Korean midfielder's intelligence and penetration on the field.
Manchester City have sealed a friendly date with European champions Barcelona, the English Premiership side announced Thursday, revealing they will face off at the Nou Camp on August 19.
Diego Maradona's lawyer has claimed that the Argentina boss could quit his job to join Sulaiman Al Fahim's Portsmouth side as a "global ambassador".
Marouane Chamakh, Bordeaux's unsettled Moroccan striker, flew with the rest of the squad on a pre-season visit to Canada on Thursday, in spite of claims by the player that he was expecting to be signed by an English premiership club.
The Asian Development Bank president has suggested Bangladesh forge a better cooperation with its neighbours India and Nepal in transport and energy sectors.
The Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) said yesterday that Bangladesh Bank in its recently announced Monetary Policy Statement (MPS) has failed to address a series of issues relating to industrial term loans, bad debt and interest rate spread.
Grameenphone's revenue increased by 10 percent in the second quarter of 2009 to Tk 1,628 crore, compared to the same period a year ago.
The central bank governor has reminded the banks and non-bank financial institutions of their crucial role in making the public-private partnership (PPP) programme successful.
Importers are facing problems in storing a large quantity of food grains as the authorities continue to press them to vacate warehouses at the Halishahar Central Storage Depot (CSD) in Chittagong.
The stock market regulator has said that the central bank has made an assurance not to take any measure that may adversely impact the market.
The Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Foundation plans to expand its credit-wholesaling programme soon, said its managing director and CEO yesterday.
Speakers at a programme yesterday emphasised strengthening role and activities of grassroots business communities.
India's inflation rate remained in negative territory, official data showed Thursday, despite a rise in food prices.
Sales of existing homes in the United States rose for the third consecutive month in June, suggesting that the troubled housing market may be hitting bottom, private data showed Thursday.
Consumer spending in Italy held steady in May compared with the level in April, the national statistical institute ISTAT said on Thursday.
United Airways, a private commercial airline in the country, recently launched a direct flight to Dubai from Bangladesh.
Building Technologies and Ideas Ltd (BTI) has organised a project launching fair on the company premises in Dhaka recently.
Taiwan said Thursday that June export orders fell 10.9 percent year on year -- the smallest decline in eight months -- to 27.94 billion US dollars as demand picked up in its key markets
In the world of glitz and glamour, it took Tumpa, a renowned model, a decade to make her mark.
Japan's trade surplus grew in June for the first time in 20 months as an export slump eased, data showed Thursday, supporting hopes the world's number two economy is crawling towards a recovery.
Asian economies will likely bounce back from the global economic slump in 2010 but fears remain over the sustainability of growth if there is no wider recovery, the Asian Development Bank said Thursday.
Increased confidence that the US and Chinese governments will continue with their loose economic policies, as well as a weaker yen, helped push Asia's stocks higher on Thursday.
New claims for US unemployment benefits jumped last week, in line with market expectations, as employers shed payrolls to cope with the severe recession, government data showed Thursday.
Ford Motor Co posted a surprise second-quarter profit of $2.8 billion Thursday, due to income related to a reduction of debt.
French industrial confidence edged up in July for the fourth month running but remains low after collapsing early in the year, official data showed on Thursday.
The German government still prefers the bid of Canadian auto parts firm Magna to take over struggling General Motors subsidiary Opel, a spokesman said Wednesday, following an initial assessment.
British retail sales jumped in June as heavy discounting and sunny weather boosted consumer demand despite the recession, official data showed on Thursday.
Oil was higher in Asian trade Thursday as investors focused on Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke's comments about the US economy, analysts said.
Indian carriers could require 1,000 aircraft worth 100 billion dollars over the next two decades, according to the Indian unit of the US aeronautical giant Boeing.
The European Commission said on Thursday that it would take account of the financial crisis when assessing bank restructuring plans but warned that banks would have to make sacrifices.
Porsche chief executive Wendelin Wiedeking is leaving the luxury sports car maker after 16 years at the helm, a move widely expected to clear the way for a merger with Volkswagen AG.
Swiss banking giant Credit Suisse on Thursday posted a 29 percent jump in second quarter profits, adding that it is well positioned to "perform well" even if the economic environment were to worsen.
Local Market FX
Local inter-bank FX market was active on Thursday. The market was liquid and USD/BDT rate was similar the previous working day.
Spectrum Lanka Technology Solutions Limited points to an error in a caption with a news item published yesterday with the headline, "Method to push up industrial profit". The part of the caption said workers were in a "disorganised line". The photograph in fact showed International Classic Composite Ltd as "the ideal garment factory for compliance and efficiency which can be the example for the rest of the Bangladesh garment industry". Spectrum Lanka Technology Solutions is the consultant for International Classic.
Foreign Minister Dipu Moni yesterday exchanged views with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on various issues, including climate change and counter-terrorism, on the sidelines of the 16th Ministerial Meeting of the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) in Thailand.
President Zillur Rahman yesterday urged the scout leaders to extend their activities to remote areas and help build a nation with trained and competent manpower matching with the milieu of the modern world.
Speakers at a conference in the city yesterday said inclusion of disability issues in the mainstream policy and development practice is a must for the overall progress in the country.
The Cabinet Purchase Committee yesterday approved a number of tender proposals for the import of 250,000 metric tons of urea fertiliser for the next farming season.
Metropolitan public prosecutor of Dhaka begins scrutinising dockets and documents of cases filed against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and her family members who had earlier submitted applications for withdrawal of 20 cases filed against them.
The funeral of veteran leader of women rights and leftist movement Hena Das was held with state honour at Narayanganj crematorium yesterday.
The health ministry and EngenderHealth jointly launched a project titled 'Mayer Hashi' or Smiling Mother to make mothers free from the danger of repeated and unplanned pregnancies and to promote child health.
Students of Shamsunnahar Hall of Dhaka University (DU) and different student organisations yesterday staged demonstrations on the campus demanding exemplary punishment to the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) cadres and police those who were involved in the atrocities on female students at the hall on July 23 in 2002.
Nine people were killed and 45 others injured in separate road accidents in Faridpur, Dinajpur, Nilphamari, Sherpur and Manikganj yesterday.
The head of the United Nations agency entrusted with coordinating the fight against HIV/AIDS has called for a virtual elimination of mother-to-child AIDS transmission worldwide by 2015.
Speakers in separate discussions yesterday said Tajuddin Ahmad, the first prime minister of the country, had dreamt of a country free from poverty and corruption..
State Minister for Foreign Affairs Hasan Mahmud yesterday urged the visiting Chinese team to increase investment in Bangladesh to remove trade imbalance between the two countries.
Former deputy director of National Security Intelligence (NSI) Maj (retd) Liakat Hossain was placed on a four-day fresh remand in connection with the sensational Chittagong arms haul case yesterday.
Democratic Lawyers' Association of Bangladesh (DLAB) formed a human chain on different demands on the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) premises yesterday.
Khulna district Jail has been placed on high alert as Maj (retd) Zainul Abedin Khan, a close associate of Maj (retd) Bazlul Huda, a convicted killer of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, landed in a cell after his arrest on Wednesday.
The High Court (HC) yesterday adjourned until July 27 the hearing on the bail petition filed by detained former director of National Security Intelligence (NSI) Sahab Uddin in the sensational Chittagong arms haul case.
Mohammad Shaukat Ali, a head constable of Bangladesh police, posted at the UN Peace Mission in Ivory Coast, died of a cardiac arrest on July 20.
Cadets84, a platform of former students of cadet colleges, will hold a concert today to raise funds for Anisha, a four-year-old girl who has been suffering from acute lymphocyte leukemia, says a press release.
Speakers at a discussion yesterday called for forging national unity and holding a national convention to resist construction of Tipaimukh dam and joining the Asian Highway.
Jatiya Party (JP) yesterday submitted its amended constitution to the Election Commission, says a press release.
Chief Election Commissioner ATM Shamsul Huda yesterday said the Election Commission (EC) would remove all inconsistencies in the electoral law after consulting with the political parties.
The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday upheld a High Court (HC) order granting bail to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in Zia Orphanage Trust Fund Embezzlement Case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).
US Ambassador in Dhaka James F Moriarty yesterday said his country would continue to provide support for the energy sector of Bangladesh, both technically and financially, in future.
The government is working on a plan to set up rail link between the capital city and the country's southwestern region through the proposed Padma bridge, official sources said.
Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) Deputy Residential Representative Kong Moo Heon called on Dhaka University (DU) Vice Chancellor Prof AAMS Arefin Siddique at his office yesterday, says a press release.
Muktijoddhar Shantan organised a drawing programme in front of Anti-Corruption Commission office in the city yesterday with a call to uproot corruption.
Some unidentified criminals gunned down an activist of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) at Harinakunda in Jhenaidah yesterday.
About 21,750 people of several riverbank areas are likely be landless and homeless as erosions by the Jamuna, Padma and Ganges rivers will devour 2,178 hectares of land in 17 districts of the country this year.
Detective Branch (DB) of police on Tuesday night arrested a fugitive militant of banned Islamist outfit Jama'atul Mujahidin Bangladesh (JMB) from a shrimp enclosure at Sarulia village in Tala upazila.
Rival party men stabbed Pabna district Awami League Joint Secretary Advocate Belayet Ali Bilu yesterday morning as a sequel to internal feud of the unit.
A police sub-inspector was stabbed during a clash between two factions of Jubo Lague Khagrachhari district unit over control of north Shalbagun area under Sadar upazila early yesterday.
A union parishad chairman in Dimla upazila has gone into hiding following filing of a case on charge of raping a poor teenage girl.
Twenty-eight Rohingyas were arrested from a rubber garden in Gumdhum area of Naikhongchari upazila on Wednesday evening during a joint raid conducted by Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and police.
Sylhet district BNP convener and former lawmaker M Ilyas Ali, his younger brother and 44 others appeared before chief judicial magistrate's court here yesterday in connection with a case of snatching of ballot papers during December 29 parliamentary elections last year.
A boy was killed when a herd of wild elephants attacked border village Bonpur Para under Lama upazila in the district on Wednesday night. Rassel, 12, son of Lutfur Rahaman was killed while he was going to the Bonpura bazar. Witnesses said six wild elephants from across the border entered Bonpura and chased him. Rassel ran for life but the elephants killed him on the spot. The elephants also damaged houses and huge quantities of paddy in the fields.
Students of Chandaikona Haji Mariam Degree College blocked the Dhaka-Bogra Highway near Chandaikona bus terminal in Raiganj upazila yesterday protesting assault on a student and a teacher of the college by some bus workers. Police and college sources said, a group of bus workers assaulted teacher Haider Ali and student Sujon following an altercation over bus fare. Hearing the news, the students rushed to the area and put up road barricade for about an hour. The students also vandalised two buses on the spot.
Moulvibazar Sadar police on Wednesday night arrested one Anwar Hussain and recovered 20 bullets and drugs. Police suspect that he is an Indian national and professional arms and drug trader. Anwar was arrested when police were checking the vehicles plying on Moulvibazar-Dhaka highway. Officer-in-Charge (OC) of the police station said Anwar claimed that he resides near Indian border in Kanaighat upazila. But police suspect him as an Indian national, he said.
Faruque Ahmed, chairman of Bashari Union Parishad under Naikhongchhari upazila was arrested again on Tuesday on charge of misappropriation of relief goods. Police said Faruque was arrested earlier on October 10 last in a case of rice misappropriation. Locals said Faruque was caught red-handed by the villagers while he was removing two bags of rice from UP godown on Monday night. The villagers also seized five more bags of rice from three other places. Following allegation of locals police checked the stock and found seven bags of rice missing from the godown.
Three more journalists of Boalmari upazila of the district were sued on charge of extortion. The journos are correspondents of three national dailies. They are Rezaul Haque, Nazmul Haque and Amirul Chowdhury. One Mosaddek Hossain of Boalmari upazila filed the case accusing 15 of extortion, of which three are journalists. With this a total of six journalists of the district face extortion cases in last few days. Meanwhile, journalists of the district condemned filing of 'fabricated' case and have called a protest meeting at Faridpur Press Club tomorrow to protest the filing of 'false' cases and demanded their unconditional withdrawal.
Armed robbers killed a householder and injured his wife and son at village Bagha in Golapganj upazila on Wednesday. They decamped with gold ornaments and cash worth Tk 5 lakh. Police and locals said, the robbers numbering about 10 to 12 entered the house of Manoranjan Dev in the early hours and hit him with a rod. As his son Tipu Dev came to his rescue, they chopped him with a machete. Manoranjan died on the spot. The gang also beat up wives of Manoranjan's brothers-Milu Deb and Ranjan Dev. They tied the other inmates like Manoranjan's wife Minu Bala Dev and daughter Rumi Rani Dev with ropes and beat them mercilessly.
An elderly man was stabbed to death at Islamnagar village under Sadar upazila on Thursday afternoon. Police and locals said Khar Ali, 70, went to Manik Hossain's shop and locked in an altercation over a disputed land. At one stage Manik came out of his shop and stabbed Khar with a sharp weapon leaving him seriously injured. Locals took him to Thakurgaon Sadar Hospital where the on-duty doctor declared him death. No case was filed and none was arrested till filing of this report at 7:30 pm.
At least 13 shops were gutted in a fire at Aserparbazar in Monharpur upazila Thursday morning. Shop owners estimated the damage at Tk 80 lakh but fire service officials put the figure at Tk 50 lakh. Locals said, the fire originated from electric short circuit at a laundry shop at about 5.00am.
India should invite the Bangladeshi journalists to visit the Tipaimukh dam. Through this dam the relation wall between the two countries is going up. It is bearing negative signs for both the countries. The Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka uttered a few words on 21 June, which further worsened the situation.
The Holy Quran says-"O people! Be careful of (your duty) to your Lord, who created you from a single being and created its mate of the same (kind) and spread from these too many men and women." The Constitution of the people's Republic of Bangladesh declares: 28(2) No citizen shall, on grounds of only religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth, be discriminated against in respect of, any employment or office in the service of Republic.
We have lost a great lady. She is our Hena Das. Her whole life would remain as a lesson for us. At her early age, she was influenced by the anti-British movement. Later on she participated in our liberation war. Her life was a dedicated one. Although best known for her pioneering work in the field of gender justice, she has also been deeply involved with the communist party, farmers' rights, teachers' rights, and labour rights. At the same time, she was a great educationist. As a great thinker, her attitude towards life was progressive and humanitarian. Her reputation is not confined within our national boundary.
What is the definition of ''Digital Bangladesh''? So far what we have seen is that collecting data for recruiting AL men, promotion based on party loyalty, increasing viva numbers for recruiting primary teachers, office-land-car for MPs, adhoc recruitment for making scope to recruit political personnel, no role of opposition in parliament etc are the trends.
The other day I was watching the prime- time news in a private TV channel. It was a break and commercials were being aired. At one stage, I was really captivated to see a family planning advertisement campaigning with the slogan “One child is enough; son or daughter”. The Dutch-Bangla Bank really deserves thanks for joining the campaign to address the number one problem of Bangladesh, Population Boom. But I am not going to write today anything about the problem, its challenges and the way out of it. Suddenly, an idea came to my mind and I want to share it you with my co-readers of The Daily Star.
The comments made by a UK citizen named Mr. Timothy Barnos published on 15 July 2009 in The Daily Star on the article of Engineer Shafi Ahmed drew my attention. I appreciate the comments of Mr. Barnos who provided a good idea in a nutshell about the promotion of tourism attractions of Bangladesh in the eyes of a tourist.
A fierce debate on trade unionism in apparel industry has recently been finished, not catching up with the ultimate solution. While politicians and labour leaders see it as safeguard against recurrent labour unrest, FBCCI chief and other factory owners, along with those from a private think tank defined it as the bad experience of factory owners frequently encountered with. Meanwhile, the commerce minister described it as the election promise, and ensured that things would improve soon, though it is still unclear whether through trade union or other protective measures.
Home Minister Sahara Khatun has claimed that criminal activities have come down considerably. But alas, we see no sign of it. From reports of the media we learned about quite a number of daring crimes.
On 8 July 2009 I wanted to draw my pension. I took my pension book, cheque for the amount of money, and the deposit book in a large white envelope. Got out of home and hired a baby taxi to go to the bank.
“It was unbearable”, says Reksona Begum, one of the victims of trafficking, who has returned from Saudi Arabia with painful memories.
Khaled Abu Toameh is an Arab journalist for The Jerusalem Post. When he was studying at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, he worked for Al Fajr (The Dawn), a newspaper of the Palestine Liberation Organisation. He left the paper when he realized it would never publish anything but propaganda.
I fully agree with DSE's view regarding Bangladesh Bank's recent move of 'controlling' the stock market. It has other jobs to do and there is the SEC to look after these issues. On what authority could the bank intervene even if we agree that there was manipulation in share trading.
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President Barack Obama's special envoy to Pakistan said yesterday that securing hard-fought gains in the Swat Valley and ensuring the safe return of refugees uprooted by the government's anti-Taliban campaign should be Islamabad's top priority.Pakistan's military is winding down an offensive that began in late April in the country's northwest and displaced some 2 million people from Swat and surrounding areas, according to the United Nations.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations will not consider expelling Myanmar over the detention of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, rejecting US calls, Thailand's prime minister said Thursday.
The UN Children's Fund estimated Wednesday that about half of an estimated two million people who fled fighting in northwestern Pakistan could remain displaced for the rest of the year.
Pakistan Army and Inter-Services Intelligence agency have launched concerted efforts to be involved in talks with India.
One of Osama bin Laden's sons may have been killed by a US missile strike in Pakistan earlier this year, National Public Radio reported Wednesday.
Pakistani parents buried paralysed children up to their necks in a muddy river bed Wednesday, believing that a total eclipse of the sun would allow them to walk.
President Barack Obama pressed plans to remove US troops from Iraq in 2011 in talks with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, and promised to help Iraq lift the burden of longstanding UN sanctions.
US Vice-President Joe Biden has told the BBC that the war in Afghanistan is in the interests of the US and the UK.
Prime Minister Gordon Brown, still recovering from last month's leadership crisis, braced for a new poll blow Thursday from a by-election in eastern England dominated by a row over expenses.
Federal agents and detectives swooped on the offices of Michael Jackson's doctor Wednesday, as lawyers for the physician revealed police are treating the star's death as possible manslaughter.
Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic said Thursday he wants access to DNA from mass graves in an attempt to show that the death toll in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre of Muslim men has been exaggerated.
A man believed to be an American has been charged with attacking a US base abroad and providing information about New York's subway to the al-Qaeda network, according to court documents unsealed Wednesday.
Eight years after Nepal's crown prince gunned down most of his royal family, the government is to rebuild the house where the massacre took place, the prime minister's spokesman said yesterday.
Indonesian police have arrested a suspected would-be suicide bomber linked to the Malaysian terror mastermind believed to be behind last week's attacks in Jakarta, reports said Thursday.
A Niger court yesterday banned a 48 hour general strike called by the African nation's seven main trade unions to protest against President Mamadou Tandja's plans to extend his term, state-run media said.
An Indian judge accepted the confession of the lone surviving gunman from the shooting attacks in Mumbai, but said yesterday the trial would proceed anyway.
Arts & Entertainment
It is widely acknowledged that when BTV was the sole TV channel in Bangladesh during the 1970's, the plays that would be broadcast once or twice a week were extremely popular and eagerly anticipated by viewers. Some would go so far as to maintain that TV drama in Bangladesh reached its apotheosis during the black and white decades of the 70's and 80's. Indeed, if anyone had predicted channel surfing through the welter of mega serials and ubiquity of commercial breaks in TV now, that individual would have been unceremoniously consigned and confined to a padded cell!
The utter negligence of the authorities has put Mymensingh museum's rare relics in jeopardy. Today the museum is beset with many problems: inadequate space for 127 rare relics sculptures, metal and wooden works, among others-- garnered from zamindars' palaces in the Mymensingh region, poor preservation and display systems as well as poor lighting.
Born in Dhaka, Anupoma Mukti, a graduate from Home Economics College, Dhaka, entered the world of music at the tender age of four. Encouraged by her family, she completed a certificate course in Nazrul Sangeet from BAFA and began special training at the Nazrul Institute in the proper notation of Nazrul songs.
The first of the two-episode TV play "Eka Othoba Koyekjon" will be aired on Ekushey Television at 9:30pm tonight. The play is written and directed by noted actor duo Azad Abul Kalam and Afsana Mimi respectively.
Popular band artiste Shafin Ahmed and lyricist-composer Prince Mahmud feature as guests on talk show 'Dhrupodi Kahini.' Rtv will telecast the programme at 6:45 pm today.
To pay tribute to the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, Channel i will air his only film "Moonwalker" at 2:30pm today. The film, also known as "Michael Jackson: Moonwalker," was released in 1988.
Bollywood films have an evergreen appeal. Here's a run up to the recent popular flicks that have been released recently.
Even if one likes the Indian cricket team, he or she would be afraid to express that aloud in the presence of a room full of Bangladeshis because there will be several for whom it would be too much to take. However admiring individual Indians like Vidya Balan or A.R. Rahman is okay. But collectively anything Indian is bad in the opinion of a considerable section of Bangladeshis. My recollections are drawn from the days long before the Tipaimuk controversy. How can we account for the widespread anti-Indian sentiment in Bangladesh?
THE collapse of General Motors triggered an urgent call to my desk. "Can you help me write a song about an Asian car brand?" The caller was an amateur musician friend whose songs are totally brilliant, except for the words and the music.
Ever heard of a robot that is emotional? Robots are supposed to be cranky rude metallic creatures that seem to have machine-like robotic and completely emotionless voices, as started to be depicted by Isaac Asimov in his novels and to the more recent movie sequels of the Transformers. But behold! What if a robot, who looks meek and harmless, having stark similarities to one of the greatest physicists of all times, Albert Einstein looks at you and frowns? Or better still, gives you a sarcastic smile?
HP, the world's leading computer manufacturer company, in a glamorous event at hotel in the capital, has unveiled a new brand of affordable notebook PCs - ProBook Series - in Bangladesh that merge business functionality with sophisticated design to stand out from the crowd.
A leading English medium school in the capital is going to introduce 'tracking system', the first of its kind in the country, to help guardians know whether their children are attending or dodging classes.
Microsoft on Wednesday declared its next-generation Windows 7 operating system ready for delivery to computer makers.