News of: Sunday, 2nd of August, 2009
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Petrobangla continues to hammer hurriedly awarding US oil company Chevron the contract for an over-priced gas compressor station project in the Gas Transmission Company Ltd (GTCL) system through a questionable process by totally sidelining a host of technical and financial questions raised by a GTCL consultant, sources said.
Half-centuries from Zunaed Siddiqui and Mahmudullah Riyad led Bangladesh to a three-wicket victory, and a 3-0 cleansweep of the one-day international series over West Indies on Friday.
At least 20 employees of Proshika were injured on their way to office yesterday in separate attacks carried out in Mirpur by hired men of the NGO's expelled chief Qazi Faruque Ahmed.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) launched a simultaneous drive in the capital and elsewhere in the country last night to track down a group of fugitive militant convicts and arrested six of them following latest intelligence information about their preparations for subversive activities.
Torrential rain yesterday prevented the Bangladesh parliamentary delegation from undertaking a ground-level visit to the proposed site of the Tipaimukh project in Manipur for the second consecutive day.
A summary of the long-pending Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman assassination case is likely to be submitted to the Supreme Court (SC) by the end of this week for hearing of the appeals in the case.
Over 1 lakh people are illegally living on about 600 acres of the forest department's hilly land worth about Tk 700 crore under serious threats of landslide during heavy rains.
The government yesterday increased gas tariff by 11.2 percent on average with a view to generating fund for gas development, said a member of the Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC).
In the wake of 10 deaths caused by landslides in Lama upazila in Bandarban on Friday, the local administration yesterday began shifting people from their houses at the foothills and slopes to safer places.
Police arrested six militant suspects at Chandmari in Faridpur district on Friday and Saturday due to their alleged involvement with an Islamic outfit.
Sixty-three staff, including eight physicians, of Magura Sadar Hospital began an indefinite strike yesterday demanding arrear salaries for the last 67 months and placing their job under revenue budget.
The Bus-Truck Owners' Association in six southwestern districts called an indefinite transport strike yesterday, demanding a stop to operation of unauthorised vehicles on the highways of the region.
Unplanned urbanisation and lack of coordination between the authorities in the government are turning Dhaka into an uninhabitable city, Prof Muzaffer Ahmed said at a press conference yesterday.
A month-long mourning programme began yesterday commemorating the assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and most of his family members on August 15, 1975.
Prices of pulses, sugar, onion, chickpea and different kinds of spices have increased in the market ahead of Ramadan though the commerce minister had pledged that the market would be stable during the holy month of fasting.
Newly appointed State Minister for Home Affairs Shamsul Haque Tuku said his first task would be to ensure security of life and property of the people by eliminating criminal acts and militancy.
The authorities of Chittagong University's (CU) Suhrawardy Hall yesterday took control of two rooms being used illegally by the activists of Islami Chhatra Shibir for political purpose.
At least 15 people were injured as armed criminals yesterday attempted to grab two houses, one at Kamrangirchar and the other at Pallabi.
Around 100 more workers of Pearl Garment at Ashulia in Savar fell sick yesterday after drinking contaminated water supplied by the factory authorities.
Former Philippines president Corazon Aquino, whose "People Power" revolution toppled dictator Ferdinand Marcos and restored democracy to the nation, died Saturday after a battle with colon cancer.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said it would be easier for a correct leadership committed to the people to steer the country forward by combating all conspiracies in the future.
Criminals beat Sario CNG Filling Station's employee to death at Uttara in the capital yesterday.
More than one hundred female employees at Proshika's head office yesterday passed the day in a state of constant panic as a group of people reportedly led by its recently sacked chief Qazi Faruque Ahmed swooped on them during their entry into the office.
Unidentified criminals shot dead an activist of Awami League (AL) and injured two others at Sadarpur village in Mirpur upazila in the district yesterday.
Muggers stabbed two brothers at Pallabi in the city last night and snatched Tk 3.5 lakh from them.
Iran yesterday put on trial around 100 people, including top reformists and aides of opposition leaders, on charges of rioting after the disputed re-election in June of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as president.
Five criminals of an organised gang were arrested from different parts of the port city in last two days for their involvement in snatching incident.
Pakistan's top court ruled Friday that former president Pervez Musharraf's decision to impose emergency rule and dismiss dozens of senior judges two years ago was unconstitutional.
Saudi Arabia on Friday rebuffed Obama administration appeals for immediate Arab gestures toward normalising ties with Israel the kingdom urged the Jewish state to show it was serious about peace.
AFTER the restructuring of the party committees with several new faces inducted, prime minister Sheikh Hasina has brought in changes in the council of ministers, too. Here, she has taken in some new faces as well. The choice of the new faces is marked by inclusion of persons having a clean track record. Another positive feature is that six members of the new ministerial council are women. This is a welcome development from the point of view of bridging gender gap in the government.
AN old story has been repeated. A mudslide in Bandarban has led to the deaths of ten individuals and the destruction of as many as fifty homes. The tragedy occurred in Harinmara, Lama, the other day as a result of incessant rain over a period of four days. Such mishaps are quite common affairs in the rainy season, but need not be. And yet there is cause for concern. The concern stems from the fact that few or no lessons have been learnt from disasters of this kind in the past. Despite all the editorial comments in the newspapers after every such tragedy about the need to undertake safety measures for people as well as preventing the hills in the area from being encroached upon, little action is taken barring an expression of the usual platitudes about corrective steps.
THE overnight downpour of last Monday (July 27) and the limitless suffering it caused to the city dwellers should serve the authorities looking after its welfare with fresh warning as to how this mega-city is teetering as it were on the edge of a precipice.
THE much-awaited Right to Information (RTI) Act 2009 has come into full effect from July 1, aiming to ensure people's right to information and to establish good governance in government offices and NGOs, thus increasing transparency and accountability.
Bangladesh held their nerve despite wobbles at significant junctures to complete a whitewash in St Kitts. Set a target of 249, they were given a fiery start by Tamim Iqbal and Zunaed Siddiqui before Mahmudullah steered the side through nervy moments to clinch a historic victory.
Bangladesh completed a series whitewash against a weakened West Indies side after winning the third one-dayer by three wickets and it was Bangladesh's stand-in skipper Shakib Al Hasan who got the man-of-the-series award for his brilliant all-round performance.
The Bangladesh Under-19 team returned home on Friday after an impressive performance in England.
No clubs tuned up on the opening day of the month-long Inter-club players transfer of the 3rd B. League at BFF House yesterday.
The third day's play in the third Ashes Test between England and Australia at Edgbaston here on Saturday was abandoned without a ball being bowled because of persistent rain.
Chittagong emerged champions in the Diamond Melamine First National Rugby Championship with a massive 43-3 points win against Faridpur in the final at Outer Stadium adjacent to the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
Chamara Kapugedera hit an unbeaten 67 as Sri Lanka overcame early shocks to defeat Pakistan by six wickets in the second one-day international here on Saturday.
Aaron Peirsol reclaimed the 200m backstroke world title here Friday, his world record-smashing swim easing the memory of his failure to reach the 100m backstroke final.
Australian Samantha Stosur shocked top seed Serena Williams while second seed Venus Williams overpowered Maria Sharapova in WTA Bank of the West Classic quarterfinal matches Friday.
American sprinter Tyson Gay stormed to victory in the 100m at the Stockholm Super Grand Prix on Friday in a time of 9.79sec, two-hundreths of a second slower than his world-best this season.
India Emerging Players, aided by Virat Kohli's century and Sudeep Tyagi's four wickets, clinched the Emerging Players Tournament by defeating South Africa at the Allan Border Field in Brisbane. In South Africa's only loss of the tournament they went down to India in the final by 17 runs, losing their last five wickets for 30 runs.
Juventus beat Real Madrid 2-1 Friday to reach the final of the Peace Cup as the big-spending Spanish club failed to shine in its first major pre-season test.
Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho has paid tribute to the late Sir Bobby Robson, the man who launched his own career in football coaching.
Big-spending Spanish clubs Real Madrid and Barcelona are still no match for English Premier League sides, Liverpool striker Fernando Torres said Saturday.
Former England star Paul Gascoigne said Friday he was devastated by the death of Sir Bobby Robson, who he described as being "like a second dad".
England striker Darren Bent was forced to apologise after using Internet networking site Twitter to blast Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy for failing to rubber-stamp his proposed move to Sunderland.
West Ham signed Switzerland Under-19 defender Fabio Daprela from Grasshoppers for an undisclosed fee on Friday.
Spanish Primera Liga side Villareal on Friday presented their new Brazilian player Nilmar da Silva, the most expensive signing in their history.
German champions VfL Wolfsburg confirmed on Saturday the signing of Nigerian international striker Obafemi Martins from relegated English club Newcastle.
AS Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi on Saturday ruled out a possible move to English Premier League side Arsenal.
Five-star hotel revenues slumped by around 15 percent in the immediate-past fiscal year, compared to a year ago, as global recession slowed business travel to Bangladesh.
State banks find it increasingly more difficult to retrieve bad loans from top 20 defaulters than from other borrowers.
Business leaders yesterday welcomed the decision of a gas price hike, which the government announced Thursday aiming to form a gas development fund with the extra earnings.
The IPO subscription of Marico Bangladesh, a leader in fast-moving consumer goods, stars today.
Weak and inconsistent statistical databases remain an impediment to making plans on economic and development issues, economists and business leaders said yesterday.
The government would soon provide loan facilities for poor fishermen to develop the sector, said the finance minister yesterday.
A lack of specialised economic policy and financial management system, energy and power crisis, and problems in investment and marketing procedures are hindering the development of the country's western region, said speakers at a seminar in Rajshahi yesterday.
Compliance is a must for attracting more foreign buyers in the country's knitwear sector against the
BRAC Bank Ltd has acquired 51 percent stakes in Equity Partners Ltd (EPL) and Equity Partners Securities Ltd (EPSL), says a press release.
Even when their profits dried up and they turned to taxpayers to stay afloat, the nation's biggest banks kept paying huge bonuses. But much of the money went not to top executives, but to star traders and salesmen, even as the economy battled through the worst recession in a generation.
After getting on board China's property boom only three months ago, Beijing property agent Li Zhiwei already has plans to use the profits from his new career to open a karaoke complex.
Total and Eni reported huge profit falls in their second-quarter results on Friday, marking a bad week for the majors hit by slumping prices in the worst global downturn since the 1930s.
Dhaka stocks turned around last week following a bearish sentiment for three straight weeks, backed by the central bank's positive statement on the market that raised investor confidence.
The euro rose against the dollar on Friday despite poor economic data and downbeat company earnings in the recession-struck eurozone as well as a mixed report on the crucial US economy.
Oil prices eased Friday as traders paused for breath after a roller coaster week and awaited economic growth data in the United States, which is the world's biggest energy consuming nation.
July 26th-July 30th, 2009
The currency markets continued to remain highly volatile this week. Early in the week , driven by earnings optimism and good readings from Eurozone PMI and German IFO data the higher yielding currencies posted significant gains versus the USD. The Sterling however stumbled on weak UK GDP figures. Stock markets continued to rally strongly and this further buoyed the so called riskier currencies. The dollar suffered broadly and hit 8 week lows versus the euro. However from Wednesday, the reversal started as the risk rally stalled. The dollar and the yen gained as investors took profit on risky assets. China's benchmark Shanghai Composite Index had ended 5% lower on fears, that their Central Bank would tighten credit as inflation fears loomed. However the next day after clarification from the Chinese Central Bank, the market retraced back 1.7 % and this contributed to an increase in risk sentiment. US, Japanese and European shares all closed up on Thursday. The improved risk sentiment helped the higher yielding currencies to claw back some of the losses from the previous day against the US dollar. The dollar index, a gauge of the greenback's performance against six other major currencies, fell 0.3 percent to 79.317.
Struggling British Airways said Friday that it slumped to a historic first-quarter pre-tax loss and warned the outlook remained uncertain as the global economic downturn slashes demand.
France is in "severe recession", the IMF declared on Friday but said the slump was less bad than in other eurozone economies and advised the government to aid the banking sector and keep budget deficits in check.
South Korea posted a trade surplus for a sixth consecutive month in July largely due to a sharp fall in imports, government data showed Saturday.
French building materials giant Lafarge reported a 59-percent slump in first-half net profit on Friday and did not give guidance for results for the full year.
Anurag Adlakha, regional chief financial officer of Standard Chartered Bank for India and South Asia, is scheduled to arrive in Dhaka today, says a press release.
Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB) will sell four thousand tonnes of edible oil and 45 tonnes of sugar in Ramadan in Khulna.
The major private airlines in India will remain grounded on August 18 with a view to seeking government's bailout package in the form of lowering fuel prices and airport taxes.
Sun Pharmaceutical Bangladesh Ltd has recently introduced 'Nitrest', a 10mg Zolpidem tablet as a cure to insomnia and sleep deprivation for other diseases, said a press release.
The International Monetary Fund on Friday said it reached an agreement with Iceland to unblock the second instalment of a loan to the recession-stricken country.
India's stock market will this week track global markets, which have risen on positive quarterly earnings, dealers said.
The top US trade diplomat said Friday he would have a message of "tough love" for African nations on an upcoming visit after some complained about extending export preferences to other poor regions.
International credit ratings agency Fitch said on Friday it would keep Britain's rating at the top level of AAA but warned about the challenge of reducing rising public debt.
In a news item published on this page on Thursday with the headline "Employers Federation gets new president", it was inadvertently mentioned that Rokia Afzal Rahman is a committee member of Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and president of Women Entrepreneurs' Association, Bangladesh. Actually she was a committee member of the chamber and president of the association earlier. We regret the mistakes.
Speakers at a seminar yesterday blamed land grabbers and corrupt officials of Rajuk, Dhaka City Corporation, Public Works Department and Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) for severe waterlogging in the capital.
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday protested incorrect information about and wrong representation of indigenous people in school textbooks.
Withdrawal of army from the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) to implement the CHT Peace Accord is a positive step, and civil law enforcers should keep the law and order situation under control, said the speakers at a BBC Bangladesh Sanglap yesterday.
Different district administrations in defiance of a gazette notification have evaded handover of a number of declared river ports and foreshores to BIWTA for decades, causing anarchy in the conservation of rivers.
Law Minister Shafique Ahmed yesterday asked the executive magistrates to cautiously use the mobile court law to avoid any kind of harassment to the innocent people.
Nobel laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus visited Japan-Bangladesh Friendship Hospital in the city on Friday, says a press release.
The rebel faction of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal finally reversed its stance and extended support to the newly formed JCD central committee yesterday.
Civil society organisations from across South Asia will gather in Dhaka this week to take part in a grant competition where they will display some of the best and most innovative ideas on how to improve nutrition in the region, says a press release.
Bangladesh Educational Institutions Employees Federation yesterday demanded the government to formulate service rules for the employees of private educational institutions.
Speakers at a seminar here yesterday emphasised a common system for leasing out government water bodies among poor fishermen to create employment opportunities in rural areas.
The 21st death anniversary of former president Justice Abu Sayeed Chowdhury will be observed today, says a press release.
Rajshahi University (RU) unit of Bangladesh Mahila Parishad (BMP) yesterday expressed concern over the rise of women repression in four districts -- Rajshahi, Chapainawabganj, Natore and Naogaon -- in the northern region in recent months.
Primary and Mass Education Minister Dr Afsarul Ameen said measures to be taken to involve students in ongoing movement for tree plantation.
The three-day international conference on access to reproductive health services ended in Kathmandu, capital of Nepal, on Thursday with the adoption of a 20-point declaration.
Communications Minister Syed Abul Hossain yesterday said old and junk vehicles plying in the city for more than 20 years would be removed from the roads.
Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid yesterday said technical education would be the right tool to eliminate unemployment from the country.
Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan yesterday said here the river routes around Dhaka city would be dredged and made navigable on priority basis to reduce traffic jam.
Bangladesh Railway (BR) has planned calling back its retired station and locomotive masters to keep some stations functional, which were closed over the days due to shortage of manpower.
Parbatya Bangalee Chhatra Parishad did not bring out any protest procession or hold any meeting as per its 48-hour agitation programme to create pressure on the government to change its decision to withdraw one brigade of army and 35 temporary camps from several places in Chittagong Hill Tract (CHT) by September.
A two-day national convention on 'Disaster risk reduction through school' and a 'Disaster preparedness-related film festival' will begin in the city tomorrow.
An eleven-member parliamentary delegation led by Speaker Abdul Hamid left for London last night to attend a conference on trade, investment and remittance organised by Centre for Non-resident Bangladeshi (NRB).
BNP lawmaker Salauddin Quader Chowdhury yesterday accused former British high commissioner Anwar Chowdhury of having a hand in the 1/11 changeover.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed her profound shock at the demise of former Philippines President Corazon Aquino.
Pintu Chakma, 33, who hails from Khagra-chhari, has been suffering from kidney ailment.
Around one lakh people in Cox's Bazar district have been marooned as incessant rain for the last four days and onrush of water from the upstream flooded different areas of the district.
The Aila affected people in Munshiganj union under Shyamnagar upazila have reconstructed the damaged flood protection embankment on the Chuna River through voluntarily service for over two months.
General students of Gafargoan Government College yesterday boycotted their classes and took out a procession at the upazila headquarters protesting attack on a teacher of the college by Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) men on Friday.
Victim of rape on Friday afternoon, a physically challenged indigenous girl is fighting for life at Khagrachhari Adhunik Sadar Hospital.
Detective Branch (DB) of police last evening unearthed a clandestine fertilizer factory near Rajshahi City Hat and arrested its owner and manager.
Three children drowned in a pond at Gaira village under Chowgachha upazila of Jessore district yesterday. The deceased were identified as Barsha, 10, daughter of Arman Ali, Tania, 8, daughter of Jammat Ali, and Sathi, 9, daughter of Jurman Ali of Batan Gachi village under Moheshpur upazila of Jhenidah district.Locals said, the three were cousins and went to their relative Amjad Ali's house at Gaira village under Chowgachha upazila on Friday. At around 11:00am yesterday, they went to bath in a nearby pond belonging to Mozaher Master of the village and drowned. After a two hours frantic search, family members recovered the bodies from the pond.
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) personnel seized 285 sacks of adulterated fertiliser from a truck at Sultanganj under Godagari upazila of the district yesterday. Acting on a tip-off, BDR men took position at Sultanganj on Chapainawabganj-Rajshahi highway at noon and stopped the truck that was carrying the adulterated MOP fertiliser. No one was arrested in this connection. Another team of the border guards recovered 1380 bottles of phensidyl from Chhoyroshia village in Shibgonj upazila on Friday night.
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) recovered a large quantity of firearms, ammunition and bombs from village Hamidpur in Jessore Sadar upazila on Friday. Being informed that a gang of criminals gathered at a field, the Rab team conducted the raid at dead of night and recovered seven firearms including five guns, two revolvers, nine bullets and five bombs. Sensing presence of the elite force, the criminals fled away leaving the arms and ammunition.
BDR personnel seized heroin worth over Tk 50 lakh from a train at Rasulpur Railway Station under Sadar upazila yesterday morning. Acting on a tip-off, a BDR team led by Lt Col Fakruddin Ahmed, raided a Chandpur-bound local train from Bhairab and recovered 500-kg of heroin from a compartment. No one was arrested in this connection.
Police arrested a Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leader in Rajbari Bazar area yesterday afternoon. The arrested is Mostafizur Rahman alias Likhon, general secretary of Rajbari district unit of JCD. Police said, he was arrested on charge of illegal drug trade. A case was filled with Sadar police station in this regard.
A joint force of Rab and BDR seized a truck loaded with contraband sarees worth Tk 50 lakh at Helenchabari under Nawabganj upazila early yesterday, Rab sources said. Acting on information, the joint force raided the spot and seized the truck containing the contraband Indian sarees. But the joint force could not arrest anybody in this connection.
Clean Dhaka depends to a great extent on better domestic waste management. Domestic waste is mainly of two types-- kitchen waste, other wastes. Kitchen waste is the major component of the domestic waste. Culturally and habitually we are used to non-frozen kitchen foods. Non-frozen foods are dressed and prepared in the house resulting in big volume of kitchen waste. In case of frozen foods, wastes are left in the factory. Due to culture and habit we are producing more domestic waste, raw in nature producing bad smell and polluting the nearby environment. Big volume of raw domestic waste causes DCC to maintain big fleet of vehicles and equipment, manpower with huge involvement of money. In the months of June-August the situation becomes difficult with the addition of leftovers of mangoes and jackfruits. We cannot change the habits overnight but we can follow some rules to help waste management.
What I understand is that the then Pakistani government did nothing to modernize the railways, except building the Kamlapur Station which is probably still incomplete according to many.
While writing on “The life and principles of Tajuddin Ahmed” Mr. Syed Badrul Ahsan writes:
In Kathmandu, every morning, on way to office, I cross river Bagmati. For people of Kathmandu valley, its akin to our Buriganga. In so many ways, Bagmati defines their daily life. Elders say, Bagmati is not only a river, “its our living civilization”. Kathmandu's history is intricately linked with 'Bagmati civilization'. It's just two decades back when Bagmati water was just pure and clean as one could imagine! Thanks to mindless civil works, dumping of sewage (municipal and industrial), for most part of the year, passing through Kathmandu valley, Bagmati is today reduced to a narrow drain, with its blackish and stinking liquid called 'water'. For months between October through May, hardly one can pass by Bagmati avoiding its stinking, heavy air!
I was again shocked to see a major Bangladeshi television channel reporting a microbus accident in Gazipur on 23 July. I don't understand why the television channels in Bangladesh keep on failing to care for the sensitive and weak-hearted or even for the children who might be watching the television. It was appalling to see the news camera covering the half-charred and half burnt body of one of the victims. I was also surprised that no one had the least sense of decency in showing respect to the unknown victim who was once someone's loved one. It appeared no one even bothered to put off the smouldering fire which was very much ablaze on the dead-man's body. Instead of being active in bringing the dead-man's burning body on our television screen, the television crew should have rather initiated the humane effort to put off the blaze from the body and that would have been more civilised.
Ref: Why are some Bangladeshis anti-Indian? By Professor, Habibul Haque Khondker (July 24, 2009).
Education and learning are of paramount importance in Islam. The very first word of the Holy Qur'an revealed to the Holy Prophet (Pbuh) is 'Iqra' which literally means 'read' in Arabic, and unlike other holy books, about half of the Holy Qur'an narrates about nature, space, weather, geography, biology etc. which are 'non-religious' subjects. Similarly, the Holy Prophet (Pbuh) asked his followers to even 'go to China' to acquire knowledge and during the Prophet's lifetime a war captive was freed if he could educate at least ten Muslims. Many such examples indicate the importance of 'secular' education in Islam. There was no (concept of present day) madrasa ( meaning 'school' in Arabic) during the times of Holy Prophet (Pbuh) and the Caliphs (Ra) and mosques were the centre of social and religious activities. Early madrasas were founded in around 10th century in Iran, West Africa, Spain and then spread all over the Muslim world to provide Islamic education as well as education on science, philosophy, public administration, governance etc. Later, the Ottoman rulers constructed a mosque with an adjoining madrasa but did not change much of the primitive madrasa education system and syllabus.
Day light saving Time (DST) was introduced by the govt. with the intention of saving electricity. But it could not bring the expected improvement. DST is an old concept that many countries abandoned long ago. The reason for introducing DST by our policymakers was dubious and not based on facts. In some western countries DST is practised not because of scarcity of electricity. DST facilitated citizens to have more time for outdoor recreation during summer days. Because during the winter, due to early dusk, people spend less time outdoor for entertainment and recreation.
Illegal drug promotion and marketing of substandard and unnecessary drugs in Bangladesh were very common before 1982. Instead of producing essential drugs, most drug manufacturers manufactured nonessentials such as vitamins, tonics, enzymes, gripe waters and cough mixtures.
I read with interest the op-ed piece by Mr. Habibul who tried to explain the anti-Indian attitude in 'some' of us. One needs to rationally look at the economic, cultural, political strategy employed by our neighbour to understand that the sentiment can reasonably be explained. Bangladesh has kept its part of the bargain with regard to Farraka, land corridors while India does not negotiate or want international arbitration - rather insists on bilateral discussions only. Bangladesh's trade, commerce and industry have become captive to Indian influence.
By letting an overwhelmingly large number of nauseatingly filthy ( also indescribably ugly) banknotes to go on circulating for so many years, the Bangladesh Bank has been contributing generously to the spread of disease in the country and committing an unforgivable offence against the people. How could the Bangladesh Bank be so blind and callous? Is it not time for our Health Minister, a physician himself, to take notice of this intolerable and unacceptable situation and use his influence and power to remove this grave health hazard for the people?
Nowadays it's becoming more difficult to have spare time from our robotic working life and focus on spiritual side of life. We are forgetting to think! We earn but barely have time to spend that in an enjoyable way. No time for family either. But whenever we get some time to contemplate it seems time is fleeting so fast, we are getting older, hairs turning grey. Our one wish becomes fulfilled, another replaces it. And it goes on and on…
It is an unwanted situation that in district and upazila level, the conflict between the administration and the police aggravates the law and order situation.
The other day I was looking for information on undergraduate admission in different public university websites for my sister who has just passed HSC examinations. After a few hours of browsing, I became surprised at the lack of information available on the various sites I browsed.
Welcoming the Supreme Court's verdict declaring former President General Pervez Musharraf's November 3, 2007 actions as 'unconstitutional' and 'extra-judicial', both Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and President Asif Ali Zardari have termed the decision as a "good omen".
A top Iranian reformist, accused of taking part in deadly riots after the June election, reportedly testified before a Tehran court yesterday that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's victory came after a clean vote.
Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the new head of Nato, said in an interview published Saturday he would support dialogue with "moderate groups on the outer reaches of the Taliban."
Scores of eager children headed back to school in northern Pakistan's battle-scarred Swat Valley yesterday, many taking classes in buildings damaged during recent fighting between Taliban militants and security forces.
The United States, Japan and Southeast Asia led international tributes to former Philippines president Corazon Aquino, who died yesterday after a battle with colon cancer.
President Hamid Karzai held his first campaign rally outside of the capital in a small village yesterday, promising a welcoming crowd a brighter future if elected this month.
North Korea accused a South Korean fishing boat of illegally entering its waters and said Saturday an investigation of four seized fishermen was under way.
Former Pakistan president General Pervez Musharraf may be heading former prime minister Nawaz Sharif's way as far as taking refuge outside the country is concerned.
Iran, a longstanding adversary of Washington, detained three US tourists on Friday after they crossed into the country from Iraqi Kurdistan, CNN reported.
Russia clinched a tentative deal Saturday allowing it to establish a second military base in Kyrgyzstan, where the United States also has an important air base.
More than 200 US lawmakers urged Saudi King Abdullah on Friday to push Middle East peace efforts forward with "a dramatic gesture" towards recognising Israel's legitimacy.
The Venezuelan government has ordered the closure of 34 radio stations, the head of national telecommunications regulator Conatel said Friday, in the latest bid to rein in the country's media.
Two Iraqi army officers, including a member of the presidential protection unit, were behind a Baghdad bank heist earlier this week that left eight guards dead, the interior ministry said on Saturday.
Malaysian police fired tear gas and water cannons, and made hundreds of arrests Saturday to disperse more than 15,000 people demonstrating against laws that allow for detention without trial.
Almost three months after he was sworn in as republican Nepal's second prime minister, veteran communist leader Madhav Kumar Nepal will begin his much-awaited visit to India on Aug 18, his foreign affairs advisor said Saturday.
The shuttle Endeavour descended safely to Earth on Friday, ending a successful 16-day assembly mission to the International Space Station (ISS) with the final piece of Japan's Kibo science laboratory.
Bodies littered the streets here Saturday after Nigerian forces crushed an Islamist sect's uprising and controversially gunned down the movement's leader after his capture.
Arts & Entertainment
Cultural organisation Sadhona arranged a dance recital titled "Nritya Dharar Taley Taley" at the Chayanaut Sangskriti Bhaban on July 31. The event featured Bharatnatyam-based dance performances directed by Arpita Shome.
Noted singer Samina Chowdhury's first solo Rabindra Sangeet album "Tomar Khola Hawa", has hit the market. The launching ceremony of the album was held at Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts on July 31.
PRIME Minister Manmohan Singh is juggling with a hydra-headed question that is both philosophical and practical. Worse, it is also immediate. How much benefit should one give to doubt?
The fortnight-long 10th National Theatre Camp for children and adolescents ended on July 31 at the Shawkat Osman Auditorium, Central Public Library, Shahbagh.
A day- long festival on the occasion of the 176th birth anniversary of Kangal Harinath, a pioneer of rural journalism, was observed on Thursday. The venue was Kangal Kuthir, the home of Harinath in Kumarkhali, Kushtia.
“Capitalism," the latest documentary from Fahrenheit 9/11 director Michael Moore, features in the official competition at this year's Venice Film Festival.
A musical soiree featuring classical artiste Sarathi Chattopadhyay was held at the Bengal Shilpalaya on July 30. Sarathi specialised in in the Benaras and Kirana "Gharana" of Indian classical music. Sartahi rendered raga "Megh" at the event.
Special TV play The Game will be aired on Banglavision at 8:15 pm on the occasion of World Friendship Day.
COPENHAGEN, 1995. We were there to attend the world summit on social development. Almost all the member countries of the UN were represented by their head of state or head of government. A phalanx of NGOs from all over the world descended on the premises to make their points through whispering, lobbying, postering, pamphleting, and raising their voices.
A Palestinian State is wishful thinking as long as Israeli's greed for land-grabbing and illegal settlements continues. Only a serious lack of sense of moral imperative drives Israel to justify illegal occupation on security and Biblical claims.