News of: Wednesday, 5th of August, 2009
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In a major development towards implementation of the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Peace Accord, the CHT Land Commission yesterday decided to ask the government to complete land survey in the three hill districts by October this year.
India would not launch any projects that would harm Bangladesh, said Abdur Razzaq, head of the parliamentary delegation that returned yesterday after a visit to the neighbouring country to assess impacts of Tipaimukh dam.
Two projects aiming to improve communications between Dhaka and Chittagong, the most vital road link for the country's economic growth, get entangled in loopholes in floating tenders and lack of coordination among the authorities concerned.
Former British high commissioner to Bangladesh Anwar Choudhury yesterday denied any role in the events of 1/11, but said his government supported the clear commitment of the caretaker government to hold a free, fair and safe election. He resented the allegation that he was one of the architects of the 1/11 changeover.
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) is set to prepare a digital database of criminals, which will be completed in three to four years.
A Dhaka court yesterday quashed the convictions of three Dhaka University professors for breach of the emergency power rules during the student unrest in August 2007.
India recorded its first death from influenza A (H1N1) virus in the western Indian city of Pune Monday while two fresh cases of swine flu were detected in Bangladesh yesterday.
The government yesterday promoted 19 additional secretaries to the rank of secretary and made them officer on special duty (OSD).
The World Bank (WB) is unwilling to provide funds for road sector due to corruption in the sector although it is among the priority areas, Finance Minister AMA Muhith said yesterday.
At the directive of National Sports Council authorities, three mosaic portraits of late president Ziaur Rahman were removed from the Bangabandhu National Stadium and destroyed early yesterday.
LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Syed Ashraful Islam believes the five-year tenure of parliament and local government bodies is too long and should be shortened.
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) early yesterday shot dead two Bangladeshi cattle traders on Telkupi border under Shibganj upazila of the district.
Australian police said yesterday they had arrested four people after foiling a Somali-linked suicide plot to storm a military base in what would have been the country's worst extremist attack.
State Minister for Home Affairs Shamsul Haque Tuku yesterday said people are not safe in the country now, no matter if they are on foot or in a car.
A mother and her two baby girls were crushed to death by an express train at Bhangura in Pabna yesterday afternoon.
The new pay scale may be implemented after the Eid-ul-Fitr so that prices of essentials do not go up during the month of Ramadan.
Criminals hijacked a car from an army officer in the city's Mirpur area early yesterday.
A band of armed miscreants kidnapped a businessman in Bandarban yesterday noon.
Five bodies were found floating in the canals of Sundarbans yesterday following Sunday's fierce gunfight between two pirate groups.
Suicide and rocket attacks killed five people and wounded more than 20 others across Afghanistan yesterday, fanning security fears just over two weeks before elections.
A UN Commission investigating the assassination of former Pakistan premier Benazir Bhutto will question former president Pervez Musharraf next month contrary to the mixed signals coming from the ruling PPP-led government.
Four policemen and a listed criminal sustained bullet wounds in a shoot-out between police and his party at Dattapara in Narsingdi town yesterday.
The High Court (HC) yesterday again adjourned the hearing on the writ petition filed by BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's son Arafat Rahman Koko till today.
Georgia warned of the risk of a new war with Russia yesterday as Moscow raised the battle-readiness of its forces ahead of the first anniversary of their war over the rebel South Ossetia region.
The Saudi offices of a Lebanon-based satellite station controlled by tycoon Prince Alwaleed bin Talal could face closure over a racy talk show featuring a man boasting about his sex life, a newspaper reported yesterday.
The Chittagong hill tracts with their natural endowment of resources make up a region that is capable of firing the imagination of any development planner with a vision. Apart from its contoured topography, home to a rich bio-diversity of flora and fauna, being an environmental asset and tourist attraction in its own right, the potentialities for economic development the hill districts have are also immense. But unfortunately, all of this enormous possibility of the region, has hardly ever crossed the academic threshold, the rhetoric wish-list, as it were.
The idea of introducing disaster-related issues in school curricula surely promises to bring a new dimension to education in the country. For a developing nation such as ours, the ubiquity of problems it faces calls for new and sometimes radical approaches toward a resolution. That necessarily brings the question of the school syllabi into focus. We are of the opinion that the national convention on Monday on disaster risk reduction through schools is a step in the right direction and one that should lead to other and meaningful steps where imbuing the young with new ideas is concerned.
THE Bangladesh Nationalist Party is pretty unhappy about the Tipaimukh affair. That is quite understandable. But what surely gets to be upsetting, even a trifle irritating, is its characterisation of the planned trip to the site of the proposed dam by a group of parliamentarians as a picnic.
PRESIDENTIAL election was held across the Indonesian archipelago on July 9. The Election Commission announced the result on July 25, declaring current President Dr. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, a soft-spoken former general of the Democratic Party, for another five years.
LOAN default has, of late, assumed an alarming proportion -- alarming because it has touched the roots of the national economy, in as much as the finances of the aggrieved banks and financial institutions (FIs) are in disarray, and have crushed them. The result is that a huge amount of liquid fund has been stuck for a long time, which has had a three-pronged adverse affect:
The national team management committee has seemingly changed their stance on the eight 'rebel' footballers after having met with Brazilian coach Edson Silva Dido, who is determined to stick to his policy of training the players separately.
Michael Clarke's unbeaten century guided Australia to a draw against England in the third Ashes Test at Edgbaston here on Monday.
England's selectors added left-arm quick Ryan Sidebottom and uncapped batsman Jonathan Trott to the 14-man squad they announced Tuesday for the fourth Test against Australia here at Headingley.
India's cricket chiefs have received a request from the country's cash-starved football body to fund the national team, a newspaper reported on Tuesday.
Olympic great Michael Phelps found all the motivation he needed to launch out on the long road to the 2012 Games at the swimming World Championships.
Andy Roddick declared himself mentally and physically ready for his return to competition after a month off following his heartbreaking loss to Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final.
Aaron Mokoena has revealed he was forced to quit Blackburn and join Premier League rivals Portsmouth to preserve his dream of captaining South Africa at the 2010 World Cup.
France coach Raymond Domenech has sprung a surprise by naming Bayern Munich midfielder Franck Ribery in his 22-man squad for the World Cup qualifier with the Faroe Isles in Torshavn on August 12.
UEFA, European football's governing body, fears several Premier League clubs are in danger of financial meltdown if they continue to spend vast sums on signing star players.
Frank Lampard believes England are finally ready to deliver at the World Cup thanks to Fabio Capello.
Ipswich are considering paying tribute to Sir Bobby Robson, who died of cancer on Friday, by naming a stand at Portman Road after their legendary former manager.
Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA) yesterday revealed the draft list of councillors who will elect the new president of the association on the 20th of this month.
Pakistan captain Younus Khan has rejected claims that 'groupism' within the team has led to below-par performance during the ongoing tour of Sri Lanka. Instead, the poor structure back home is to blame, Younus said. "The problem with Pakistan cricket is that our domestic structure is flawed," he said.
Unseeded Maria Sharapova easily defeated Jarmila Groth of Slovakia 6-0, 6-4 in the first round of the 700,000 dollar WTA Los Angeles Tennis Championship on Monday.
Argentinian striker Franco Di Santo signed for Blackburn Rovers on loan from Premier League rivals Chelsea on Monday.
Formula One driver Felipe Massa arrived in his native Brazil late Monday, flying in from Hungary where he had surgery for serious head injuries sustained in a June 25 racing accident.
Aston Villa are close to signing teenage star Fabian Delph from Leeds after agreeing a transfer fee for the England Under-21 midfielder.
Australia captain Ricky Ponting saluted the resilience shown by batsmen Michael Clarke and Marcus North to guide his side to a draw here in the third Ashes Test at Edgbaston.
British media sounded a nervous warning Tuesday about the effectiveness of England's bowlers after the side drew the third Ashes Test against Australia at Edgbaston.
Australia's battling draw in the third Test has exposed weakness in England's bowling attack and given Ricky Ponting's men a fighting chance of retaining the Ashes, media here said Tuesday.
Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky believes his side will mount a strong challenge for the Premier League despite the pre-season departures of Emmanuel Adebayor and Kolo Toure.
Export growth hit a six-year low of 10.31 percent in the immediate past fiscal year, evidence of an impact of global recession on the country's shipments.
Apparel manufacturers and exporters yesterday urged the government to form a parliamentary caucus on readymade garment (RMG), which will negotiate with the government for fixing up different problems prevailing in the garment sector.
On completion of around 60 percent work, the new Tk 215 crore manufacturing unit of Acme Labora-tories Ltd plans to go into production next year.
A House panel yesterday made a set of recommendations incorporating a cut in lending rate and cash reserve ratio (CRR) to keep up the pace of domestic demand and bring a momentum in business activities amid the ongoing global recession.
Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) yesterday approved four projects involving expenditure of about Tk 1537 crore.
Commerce Minister Faruk Khan yesterday said the government is sincere to keep the market stable in Ramadan by ensuring adequate supply of essential commodities.
Standard Chartered yesterday announced a record performance for the first half of 2009 with income rising 14 percent to $7.96 billion and operating profit before tax by 10 percent to $2.84 billion.
The government reviews the financial stimulus package today for the industries hurt by the global economic crisis.
Austrian Airlines, being taken over by Germany's Lufthansa, flew deeper into loss in the first half of the year, the company reported on Tuesday.
In previous columns we have written about the untapped potential of our diaspora, the technical term for non-resident Bangladeshis (NRBs). As a former long-term NRB, it is certainly a subject we feel strongly about.
Swiss banking giant UBS reported on Tuesday an almost quadrupled net loss of 1.4 billion Swiss francs during the second quarter and warned that it needed more time to return to profitability.
A swift conclusion to a new world trade pact could serve as a powerful stimulus for recovery from the global financial crisis, WTO chief Pascal Lamy said in an interview published Tuesday.
Asian markets were broadly up on Tuesday as another set of upbeat data from the United States and better than expected earnings reports bolstered confidence in the global economy.
Oil traded above 71 dollars a barrel in Asia Tuesday despite a bout of profit taking after a dramatic rally overnight on signs the ailing global economy was on the mend.
French bank BNP Paribas posted a 6.6-percent rise in second-quarter net profit on Tuesday -- the latest lender to report a pick-up as signs mount that the worst of the economic crisis may be over.
Toyota Motor announced Tuesday a smaller than expected first-quarter loss and upgraded its outlook for the rest of the year, offering another glimmer of hope for the battered industry.
US companies are increasingly turning to offshoring their functions to achieve cost savings, and few plan to bring those jobs back to the United States, the Conference Board said Monday.
China Tuesday warned of a "grave" situation in the jobs market with millions of graduates and migrant workers yet to find work as companies continue to struggle with the effects of the global slump.
Japan's Yamaha Motor Co. said Tuesday its loss in 2009 would be more than four times bigger than previously expected because of sluggish motorcycle sales and a strong yen.
Munich Re, the world's biggest reinsurance company, posted on Tuesday a 14 percent rise in second quarter net profit and said it had suffered limited effects from the global economic crisis.
The safe-haven yen lost ground in Asian trade on Tuesday as growing hopes of a global economic recovery lifted risker currencies such as the euro, the New Zealand dollar and the British pound.
Australia's central bank left interest rates unchanged at a 49-year low of 3.0 percent for the fourth successive month on Tuesday, expressing increasing confidence the global economy was stabilising.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday stressed the need for removing Bangladesh's widening trade imbalance with Pakistan.
Doctors for Health and Environment (DHE) at a press conference yesterday urged the government for more consultation with the stakeholders before finalising the national health policy.
Almost all mutual funds gained yesterday on anticipation of the settlement of a case removing all the obstacles fund managers now face in declaring dividends.
Law Minister Shafique Ahmed yesterday said steps are being taken to introduce Alternative Dispute Resolution system with a view to reducing backlog of cases and people's suffering.
Shipping Minister Shahjahan Khan has said a container terminal would be built in two months in Narayanganj.
Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid yesterday underscored the importance of expanding technical as well as timely education to turn the country's huge population into skilled human resources.
Six people were killed and 25 others injured in separate road accidents in Keraniganj, Nilphamari, Barisal, Brahmanbaria and Mymensingh yesterday.
In a bid to implement the government's mega plan for giving a fillip to the problematic power sector, the power and energy ministry has taken an initiative to complete the tender invitation process within next three months for setting up numerous power plants.
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) seized 13 tonnes of gingers, 150 jerrycans of chemicals and a covered van, which were snatched on August 2 from Chandina in Comilla, and arrested six people in this connection in Gazipur yesterday.
The national convention on 'Disaster risk reduction through schools' concluded yesterday with a 10-point declaration.
A critically injured youth yesterday escaped from the operation theatre of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) yesterday sensing the presence of policemen.
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has taken a crash programme to clean the surface drain and storm sewerage lines in the city.
To materialise the dream of a digital Bangladesh, it is essential to develop English language skills which can help keep pace with globalisation and information technology, speakers at an orientation meeting of 'English in Schools (EIS)' project said yesterday.
Information Minister Abul Kalam Azad yesterday said the government has taken an initiative to formulate a pro-people national broadcasting policy as soon as possible to ensure free flow of information.
Speakers at a seminar yesterday called for promoting productive use of water at all levels to ensure safe water for all and enhance livelihoods.
The High Court (HC) yesterday directed the police to immediately return the private car of Kashmiri Kamal, wife of Awami League lawmaker AHM Mostafa Kamal popularly known as Lotus Kamal.
Oscar winner Indian music composer Dr AR Rahman inaugurated Apollo Children's Hospital in Chennai, the first quaternary care paediatric hospital of Apollo Hospitals Group recently, says a press release.
Dr Pranab Kumar Panday took charge as chairman of Department of Public Administration at Rajshahi University (RU) on August 1, says a press release.
BNP Chairperson and leader of the opposition in parliament Khaleda Zia yesterday called on the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leaders to forge a movement against injustice and wrongdoings of the government.
Former vice chancellor of Dhaka University Prof Emajuddin Ahmed has said the parliamentary delegation should have closely visited the site of Tipaimukh Dam as it involves the interest of the country.
Inter-ministerial coordination must be strengthened to incorporate victims of violence against women into mainstream development and to prevent such incidents, said the speakers at a seminar yesterday.
Barisal City Corporation (BCC) has started demolishing the main gate of century-old Chowdhury Bari building on Sadar Road two days ago to construct footpath and drain beside the road.
World Indigenous Day was observed here yesterday with a call for constitutional recognition to the rights of indigenous people.
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) could not unearth clues to the bomb blasts that took place simultaneously at two cinema halls in Sylhet city on this day four years ago.
Cargo handling at Mongla port was yesterday disrupted as over 2,000 dock workers laid siege to the office of Mongla Port Authority (MPA) for four hours from 11:30am to press home their four-point demand.
Doctors and medical staff observed a daylong strike at Jessore General Hospital, upazila health complexes under the district and clinics in the city protesting killing of Dr Shafiqul Islam, joint secretary of Jessore unit of Swadhinata Chikitsok Parishad.
A dowry greedy man threw his wife into Kaliganga River from Tora bridge on Dhaka-Aricha highway in Ghior upazila of Manikganj on Monday night.
Two fishermen yesterday afternoon fought a half an hour battle with a tiger in the Sundarbans and survived the attack.
An alleged cadre of an outlawed party was chopped to death at village Mongolgram of Faridpur upazila in the early hours of yesterday. Shahidul Islam alias Shahadat,35, son of Sayed Ali of village Lakhmipur in Santhia upazila is a hardened criminal and regional leader of Janajudhha faction of the outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP), police said. Police said rivals chopped him to death at a field. Being informed, they rushed to the spot and recovered the body from the spot at noon yesterday. Police later sent the body to Pabna General Hospital morgue for autopsy. A case was filed with Faridpur police station in connection with the murder.
Asma Begum,25, wife of Kiran Mia of village Challisa under Sadar upazila allegedly committed suicide Monday midnight. Netrakona Sadar police went to the spot yesterday morning and found her body hanging from the ceiling of the house. Police and locals said, Kiran beat up Asma last night for dowry. A case was filed with Netrakona Police Station in this connection. Officer-in-charge (OC) of Netrakona Police Station said Kiran used to torture Asma for dowry. He apprehended that Kiran might have killed Asma and hanged her body from the ceiling.
Satkhira BDR Monday night rescued a teenaged girl from Boikari border area in Sadar upazila while she was being trafficked to a neighbouring state. Police also arrested a woman in this connection. Shapna Akhtar Bonya, 18, daughter of Shaheb Ali Gazi of village Gojalia in Chitolmari upazila in Bagerhat district was taken to the border area on Sunday on promise of a lucrative job across the border, police said. BDR arrested alleged trafficker Salma Akhtar Juthi, 24, daughter of Wahab Ali Sheikh of village Dhulihar in Sadar upazila of Satkhira but two of her accomplices however managed to escape.
A son allegedly killed his mother at Satlol Mohollah of Chapainawabganj municipality area yesterday morning. Victim Rahima Begum alias Gajoli, 75, was wife of late Tamijuddin. Police said, at a stage of a family feud, day labourer Jaijuddin,50, hit his mother with a sharp weapon at around 5:30 am. Receiving information, police recovered the body from his house and sent it to Chapainawabganj Adhunik Sadar Hospital morgue for autopsy and arrested Jaijuddin on charge of murder.
Decomposed body of a young man was recovered from the Isamoti River near Baghadanga frontier under Moheshpur upazila on Monday. The victim could not be identified till filing of this report yesterday evening. Police said, locals saw a body floating in the Isamoti. They informed the matter to police. Officer-in-charge (OC) of Moheshpur police station said, criminals might have abducted him from anywhere and threw the body into the river after killing. He added that the body was sent to Jhenidah Sadar Hospital morgue for autopsy.
Parbatipur police on Sunday exhumed the body of a boy allegedly murdered last month. A Dinajpur court directed police to exhume his body for fresh autopsy after a case was lodged on July 13 accusing eight people including Shadhin, Mukur Sarder, Sajib and Arman. Reazul Islam, father of the slain boy filed the case with Dinajpur magistrate's court. Family sources said, some villagers on June 24 lured Milon to Dhaka for giving job. Four days later Narsingdi police rescued critically stabbed Milon from a rail gate and admitted him to a hospital. The boy later died at Rangpur Medical College and Hospital on July 1.
No doubt, we are a peaceful nation, and even the people across the globe recognize us likewise until they find the report in which thousands of ethnic people are stated to have been attacked by a group of musclemen. When I looked at the report, and thereby knew that some local musclemen led by one Nur Hossain Master demolished a community in which indigenous people live in, the whole thing stopped me for a while, as I was thinking about the national identity. At the same time, it was haunting me, I wanted to know the multiple answers: why did thousands of people lose their accommodation rights? Why were they oppressed severely by the land grabbers? Why did the attackers damage and torch their homes? Where is the provision to stop the heinous crime?
The prices of commodities increase higher and higher day by day. If the price of a particular commodity increases by a certain percentage, then it never gets back to its previous position, regardless of what is happening in the market. The price of a particular product will be estimated at the equilibrium level where the supply and demand intersects. But the prices in our country fly much higher than the equilibrium level. Greater demand and lower supply is one of the major reasons of price increase. There are also some natural and man-made causes which play their due role in price increase. Natural causes like floods and droughts are unpredictable and we need to be prepared for that. Apart from natural causes, man made causes increase the prices and a particular group of people take advantage of increasing price level. It is quite common that the prices of essentials increase in the holy month of Ramadan. Certain commodities are used mostly in Ramadan for preparing Iftar, but what's the reason behind increasing the prices of other commodities? The government has asked TCB to import several essentials which are consumed mostly in Ramadan to ensure smooth supply.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith has stressed the role of ICT in creating a corruption free country while speaking at a seminar in Sylhet on Digital Bangladesh. He raised different issues and sectors that can benefit through creation of a digital country. Though it is a bit late, the initiative taken by the minister is appreciable. It will be wise for all members of parliament (MPs) to follow him and arrange similar seminars and workshops in their respective constituencies or regions. The seminars and workshops should be held in local institutions like schools (general, vocational and madrasah), colleges, institutes and universities. Not only the students and teachers will attend but the local people must be invited and encouraged to attend the events. The most important thing is to raise awareness among common people about the benefits of ICT which is the main tool for a digital country. Once they make up their minds to take such initiatives, experts from the respective regions will come out to cooperate and to lead the programme further. They can be termed as the hidden human resources for the region. Their expertise can be utilized for the welfare of the localities.
The results have been digitalised. The HSC results were published on July 25. The prime minister inaugurated the process of publishing the results by clicking the laptop. It is the first year when only for the results a website (www.educationboardresults.gov.bd) has been introduced. The results were not digital but the result publishing process has been digitalized.
The news of cutting down four hundred trees around Zia International Airport has made me indignant and very upset. This is an unforgivable crime, which has been committed by miscreants with the help of some CAAB employees devoid of morality.
A few days, DS printed a revealing article about the spoiled children of some our privileged class, careening about town especially after dusk, showing-off their new 'toy' with friends of both sexes and terrorizing unwary pedestrians with all sorts of gadgets fixed on their luxury cars, mostly the 'howler' horns that sounds like banshees from hell.
Constructive criticism is very important both at individual and national levels. It is said that my critic is my best friend. It is very natural that people make mistakes knowingly or unknowingly while performing their duties and critics help them to be on the track by pointing out the wrongs. Unfortunately, we as a nation have very little power of tolerance and that's why we react very sharply to the slightest criticism we get from our opponents. The political parties show very little endurance which is of great importance in maintaining peace and harmony in society.
This is nothing but public perception of political events unfolding in Bangladesh. The BNP has made a political mistake by not attending parliament on a flimsy ground of 'front row seats' They have now committed the most irreparable political blunder by refusing to participate in the parliamentary team that went to Tipaimukh on a fact finding mission. The non-cooperation by the opposition parties is only strengthening the hands of the Indian government to deal with the issue of Tipaimukh in their own way.
It is difficult to believe that the Public Service Commission building has no space for accommodating three new members thereby making the commission totally inactive to discharge its obligations. This situation will aggravate the government's plans to bring dynamism in the administration for overall development of the country.
Dear Tigers, congrats.....Please always keep in mind that you are the best and you can beat any team in this world no matter who are they. Because to get a batsman out it needs only a good delivery, but to make a hundred it needs minimum 17 balls if the batsman hit all the boundaries.
In the World T20, the defeat of Bangladesh to Ireland was shocking as well as casting doubt on the ability of the current cricket team of Bangladesh in coping with world-cricket at that level.
Gas hydrates look like ordinary ice crystal, and burn like many conventional fossil fuels. They are crystalline compounds formed from water cages stabilized by guest molecules such as methane, ethane etc. usually at low temperature and high pressure. One unit volume of gas hydrate provides as much as 160 volume of gas at standard temperature and pressure. Gas hydrates therefore have been considered as one of the potential energy resources. Since the 3rd decade of the last century gas hydrates have been paid special attention due to their potential to block the oil and gas flow lines. Beside the energy concern, gas hydrates show various beneficial applications such as water desalination, gas storage and transportation of methane. The see floor and permafrost regions set optimum temperature-pressure conditions for the natural occurrences of gas hydrates. Recent reviews on the concerned subject show that more than 90 sites on the globe have been directly (experimental evidence) or indirectly (Geophysical data analysis) identified to contain natural gas hydrates. Current estimates show hydrates could contain from 10(to power 15) to 10(to power 17) m3 of methane at standard temperature and pressure.
Recently, Samina Chowdhury lunched her Rabindra Sangeet album “Tomar Khola Hawa”. Samina has already won thousands of hearts through the magic of her voice. As a blind fan of Samina, I hope that this album would give a new dimension to her popularity. Popular musician Bappa Majumdar also deserves credit for arranging theme-based music for her album.
28th July was a rainy day and I got the worst experience while I was waiting for a bus in the morning at Kakrail bus stand. My office is at 8:00am. I live in Circuit House Road. Because of heavy rain the previous night the road was under water. Water was up to the knee level. I had to go to the bus stand on foot through water, folding trousers up to the knees. I found people waiting for the bus standing in the water. Some vehicles were plying and watering the standing people. I was also drenched. Two buses (shuprovat) were stuck in the water. Luckily, I found a bus (shuprovat) and got into it. My dress was wet. Others were also suffering like me.
Due to heavy downpour almost the whole of the city of Dhaka was inundated on July 28, 2009. Life came to a standstill. Millions of city dwellers were in deep trouble. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, like all her former CEOs of Bangladesh, lost her patience and summoned all the ministers and bosses of the concerned departments and organisations to her office to give them a bit of her mind. It all came in the media next day. We, the ordinary citizens of Dhaka, felt satisfied that the matter has been noted by the prime minister. Like every time in the past, this time too, our hopes will run high. But shall we be disappointed again like it happened umpteen times in the past ? Shall the govt take stern actions this time against those land grabbers, corrupt bureaucrats and insincere politicians who make a natural disaster more disastrous by human machinations? Or, shall we have to wait for the next year when the prime minister will again show her anger and displeasure to her ministers and officers on the same issue?
Fatah kicked off its first congress in 20 years yesterday with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas urging his party to seek "a new start" and admitting a litany of past errors.
North Korea welcomed former president Bill Clinton to Pyongyang with flowers and hearty handshakes yesterday as he arrived in the Communist nation on a surprise mission to bring home two jailed American journalists.
An extremist Shia group believed responsible for the killing of five American soldiers in a bold raid south of Baghdad and the kidnapping of five British men has agreed to renounce violence, a government adviser said Monday.
The United States warned on Monday it may seek tough new sanctions on Iran if the Islamic republic misses a September deadline for agreeing to hold talks on its suspect nuclear programme.
The United States and the European Union hit out Monday at Israel for evicting Palestinian families from east Jerusalem, warning that such moves endangered the Middle East peace process.
Osama bin Laden's right-hand man Ayman al-Zawahiri took aim at US President Barack Obama in a new video, accusing him of continuing to spill the blood of Muslims and saying Israel was a "crime" that must be wiped out, according to a US monitoring group.
Frightened civilians fear the Taliban will pounce again on Pakistan's Swat as residents try to rebuild shattered lives and shot nerves in the mountain valley once likened to Switzerland.
Pakistan's Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has showered praise on his Indian counterpart Dr. Manmohan Singh, saying that he had no doubt about his sincerity towards the peace process.
A day after issuing a three-day "ultimatum" to the government to restore "civilian supremacy" in Nepal, the Maoists yesterday announced their months-long agitation plan that will start with a blockade of parliament on August 7.
Opposition parties walked out of the Lok Sabha yesterday on the issue of the Pakistani Supreme Court indefinitely adjourning the case against the release from house arrest of Jamaat-ud Daawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed, who India says masterminded the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.
The British government was hiding behind a "wall of secrecy" over allegations security agents colluded in the torture of terrorism suspects, an influential committee of lawmakers said yesterday.
The New York-based group Human Rights Watch yesterday pressed for an international probe into the killings in Sri Lanka of 17 local employees of a French charity three years ago.
Authorities killed rats and fleas yesterday as they disinfected a town sealed off after three people died of pneumonic plague in a remote farming town in northwestern China, according to the provincial health department.
Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that officers of the rank of Major, who wanted to target army generals and elements in the intelligence agencies sympathetic towards terrorists, have been arrested.
Nato's new civilian and military leaders briefed top members yesterday on command changes in Afghanistan and other matters affecting the escalating war, a spokesman said.
A pilot was killed and seven passengers injured yesterday when a commercial jet skidded off the runway as it landed on Thailand's resort island of Ko Samui and hit an old control tower, the airline said.
Four people including a couple and their eight-year-old daughter were killed in a blast in Vietnam while they were trying to remove explosive material from a war-era bomb, police said yesterday.
A media committee in Venezuela's parliament is set to begin Tuesday studying a draft law that, if approved, could jail anyone publishing comments that authorities consider a threat to national interests.
Arts & Entertainment
As a playwright, Abdullah Al-Mamun looked at society as a whole entity, where the poor, middle and upper class occasionally confront one another but, nevertheless, coexist. In his plays, Mamun beautifully outlined the issues of middle class with compassion, and studied the causes that haunt them everyday. His "Shenapati" is one such effort. The protagonist is an educated, multi-faceted individual from a middle class background.
Renowned singer Abida Sultana, aka Shikha to her near and dear ones, can sing in multiple languages and has performed at several major international events. Recently she took some time off from her busy schedule to have a chat with The Daily Star. Excerpts from the interview:
Katha Lalitakala Academy observed its 16th anniversary on August 3 at National Music and Dance Centre, Bangladesh Shipakala Academy (BSA).
A documentary on the life of Language Movement martyr Shaheed Abul Barkat will be premiered this evening at Shaheed Zia Auditorium, National Museum. The documentary, titled "Bayanno'r Michhil," has been produced by MRA Taha and directed by noted actor Rokeya Prachi.
Face-huggers, a killer creature with way too many teeth and, of course, the chest-bursting scene.
TV serial "Meghbondhu" will be aired tonight at 8:15pm on Banglavision. The serial has been written by Shafiqur Rahman Shantonu and directed by Shokal Ahmed.
EVERY year over 20 million children in the developing world die from malnutrition -- the single biggest contributor to child mortality. Today, the number of undernourished people in the world is close to one billion, and nowhere is this problem bigger than in South Asia.
THE ancient Greek deity Poseidon, or his Roman analogue, Neptune, once ruled the waves with a mere trident as their only weapon. True, being gods, they were able to put it to manifold uses, including wreaking disasters like horrific earthquakes to punish those who incurred their wrath.