News of: Monday, 17th of August, 2009
It was around 9:30am. A group of workers at Swarighat chemical market were loading a large pushcart with empty plastic barrels, used for containing one of the 112 toxic chemicals used for the tannery industries in Hazaribagh.
Bangladesh coasted to an historic triumph in Bulawayo yesterday after chasing down their target of 313 with 4-wickets in hand and thirteen balls remaining to take an unassailable 3-1 lead in the Grameenphone Cup.
No effective measure was taken by any government to punish the patrons of the outlawed Islamist outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) that launched an unprecedented countrywide bomb attack on August 17, 2005.
The High Court (HC) yesterday directed the government to suspend the ongoing withdrawal of troops from Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) until August 19.
The government is to introduce several new training courses for youths to turn them into skilled workers for job markets both home and abroad.
The government has decided to take punitive action against former high commissioner to Malaysia M Khairuzzaman for violating official orders to come back to Dhaka.
Two major political parties--Awami League (AL) and BNP -- are not fostering intra-party democracy, which is an imperative to strengthen country's democracy, speakers at a round-table in the capital said yesterday.
Law enforcement agencies conducted raids in various parts of the country, including Chittagong and Rajshahi on Saturday night and early yesterday following an alert message from the police headquarters on possible militant attacks.
The rape of a schoolgirl at Charvodrason in Faridpur sparked protests in the district town yesterday as different human rights, social and women rights organisations came forward in aid of the victim.
Awami League (AL) President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday vowed to root out militancy and corruption from the country to build a prosperous Bangladesh free from poverty and hunger to realise the dream of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Co-chair of the International Commission on Chittagong Hill Tracts Lord Eric Avebury yesterday praised the government's move to withdraw troops from the region as a part of the peace process there.
Criminals kidnapped two rubber garden staff in separate incidents in Naikhangchhari upazila on Saturday night.
A Dhaka court yesterday asked former Army Chief Gen (retd) Moeen U Ahmed to reply to it by September 13 in a Tk-100 crore defamation suit filed against him by former BNP state minister for energy Iqbal Hassan Mahmood Tuku.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday filed seven cases against eight people including former pro-vice chancellor of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Prof MA Mannan on charge of misappropriating Tk 4 crore in purchase of medical equipments.
Former speaker Jamiruddin Sircar yesterday filed a writ petition with the High Court (HC) challenging the formation of a parliamentary subcommittee to investigate graft allegations against him.
An elderly woman yesterday alleged that the commanding officer of Rapid Action Battalion-1 sent her a threat to kill her son by putting him in so-called crossfire, in a sequel to a previous enmity.
A mysterious explosion yesterday morning damaged the Gulshan residence of late BNP minister AM Zahiruddin Khan and injured three persons including the son of former industry minister.
Reckless extortion through the supply chain makes vegetables and other essentials dearer as two senior ministers of the government yesterday recognised the criminalisation of the market system.
The hearing of a case against Rid Pharmaceutical Limited's bosses on charge of manufacturing drugs lacking specified standards will be held at District and Sessions Judge A S N Mustafa's Court today.
Over a hundred people got injured as agitating garment workers clashed with police in Ashulia yesterday.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday said the young people are now joining BNP, as they can now understand that they were made confused before December 29 general election.
The government is going to realise Tk 2.61 crore outstanding telephone bills from the 199 present and former members of parliament (MPs).
Forty-one women and children were killed and dozens more injured when a fire ripped through a packed wedding party in Kuwait, triggering a panicked stampede, officials said yesterday.
The Taliban yesterday threatened for the first time to attack Afghan polling stations, escalating their bid to derail key elections this week after striking Nato in the heart of Kabul.
The Afghan defence ministry said Sunday that more than 30 rebels, including foreigners, were killed in an operation pounding Taliban centres in a bid to secure a northeast troublespot for key elections.
DHAKA Metropolitan Police (DMP)'s modernisation has long been overdue. As the city is growing at a breakneck speed, so is the incidence of crimes and snarl-ups increasing at the numberless road junctions. Naturally the city police were at their wits' end to fight crime and ease movement of traffic with their limited manpower and technical resources.
THE men who raped a young girl in Faridpur recently and had the scene recorded on video and distributed in public have not yet been hunted down. This is inexplicable failure on the part of the police. Are we then to suppose that because the scandal has centered around a poor family it is all right to ignore the matter and pretend that it will be forgotten soon? It has been days since the incident took place and yet the local administration has seen little reason to move against the accused. On top of that, the police kept the victim's father confined at the police station in Charbhadrashon for fifteen hours after having picked him up to identify the houses of those who had allegedly raped his daughter. The situation has now come to a point where the father of the victim is now in fear of the police. And, of course, there is the shame that hangs over his poverty-stricken family.
THERE was no war-like situation in the month of August in the year 1975 in Bangladesh. A nascent government in a nascent country was trying its best to make all the loose ends meet despite internal and outside evil forces trying their best to make governance impossible. The evil forces, supported by the defeated forces in the War of Liberation, got desperate and plotted to kill Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
THE monsoon may well be a seasonal wind of the Indian Ocean. But it is accompanied by rains. The subcontinent, comprising India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, is dependent on them. Nearly two-thirds of the population of the three countries lives in the countryside. More rains make their life a bit easy and less pushes them further to the edge.
Charles Coventry(194 not out) made the joint highest individual score in an ODI but his effort was outweighed by a sparkling, cool-headed century from Tamim Iqbal (154), who broke the record for the most runs made in an innings by a Bangladesh batsman, as the Tigers took a winning 3-1 lead in the five-match series against Zimbabwe at the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo yesterday.
Grameenphone-BCB National Academy lost the series 2-0 against the Standard Bank National Cricket Academy of South Africa when the visitors crashed to a massive 178-run defeat in the second and final four-day match with a day to go at the Laudium Oval in Pretoria on Saturday.
Veteran batsman Rahul Dravid on Sunday made a return to India's one-day squad for next month's tri-series in Sri Lanka and the Champions Trophy in South Africa.
Andrew Flintoff stayed on course to make his farewell to Test cricket in next week's final Ashes match here at The Oval after being named in a 14-man squad on Sunday along with Jonathan Trott.
Last year's giant killers Rahmatganj MFS signed up 17 players yesterday as they pinned their hopes on young guns.
The Bangladesh Boxing Federation has decided to send eight boxers and two coaches for a four-week improved training in Bangkok ahead of the 11th South Asian (SA) Games in Bangladesh.
Defending champion Olga Kaniskina of Russia won the women's 20 kilometres walk world title here on Sunday.
Jonathan Trott vowed to stay as "relaxed as possible" after being handed arguably the most daunting set of circumstances possible in which to make his England Test debut.
Arsenal hammered out an early English Premier League title warning on Saturday when they crushed Everton 6-1 at Goodison Park.
Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal was far from pleased after the German giants squandered a string of chances in a 1-1 draw at home to VfL Wolfsburg on Saturday.
Wolfsburg's latest recruit Obafemi Martins scored on his debut as the defending champions came from behind to seal a 3-1 win at Cologne and maintain their 100 percent record on Saturday.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson insists players who pretend to be injured in order to cause stoppages in play are "killing the game".
Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has ruled out the possibility of signing Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas this summer.
Soccer fans in Italy will have to obtain a special supporters card from their club to see their team play away from home next year.
Marouane Chamakh brushed aside recent speculation surrounding his future at Bordeaux to help keep the French champions near the top of the league in a 3-2 away win at Sochaux on Saturday.
Andy Murray made sure of claiming the world number two ranking, but he'll have to get past Juan Martin Del Potro to claim the ATP Montreal Masters crown.
World number one Dinara Safina cruised into the final of the two million-dollar WTA Cincinnati Open on Saturday as Jelena Jankovic clawed her way into the title match.
Jonty Rhodes, the former South African player, has said home advantage will mean little in next month's Champions Trophy in South Africa since teams travel a lot more and are used to different conditions these days.
Sri Lanka are likely to go in with a new opening combination for the first Test against New Zealand beginning on Tuesday in Galle. Having sat out the limited-overs leg of the recently concluded home series against Pakistan due to injuries, Tillakaratne Dilshan is likely to feature at the top of the order on his return.
Sri Lanka are likely to go in with a new opening combination for the first Test against New Zealand beginning on Tuesday in Galle. Having sat out the limited-overs leg of the recently concluded home series against Pakistan due to injuries, Tillakaratne Dilshan is likely to feature at the top of the order on his return.
Vinod Kambli, who last played international cricket in 2000 and senior domestic cricket in 2004-05, has announced his retirement from international cricket. He will continue to make himself available for domestic selection.
Italy's Valentino Rossi on a Yamaha won the MotoGP race at the Czech Grand Prix meeting here on Sunday to extend his overall championship lead and all but clinch a ninth world title.
The commerce minister yesterday renewed his pledge to ensure availability of essentials including sugar, onion and gram from the first day of Ramadan.
The government should do adequate homework to ensure transparency and accountability before undertaking any project under Public-Private Partnership (PPP), speakers said at a seminar yesterday.
The World Bank (WB) has lauded Janata Bank's performance and expects the bank's loan default rate to drop to 7.55 percent by 2010, if the trend continues.
A disconnect is evident in the prices of essentials. Retailers claim lower prices to market watchers, but the things are not the same to real shoppers.
Guava farming is replacing paddy and changing the farmers' luck in Magura -- at least to some extent.
In a bid to take the communication industry to the next level, Bangladesh Brand Forum (BBF) will organise today an award giving ceremony to recognise effective communication in the country.
A tiny factory he runs for now. But there is a dream in his eyes.
Just one year ago, property prices in Dubai were surging to record peaks undeterred by a real estate slump in major markets, but they have since gone into free fall and have yet to find the bottom.
Dhaka stocks finished almost flat yesterday, as bank shares failed to continue its positive trade to the end.
While countries in western Europe have begun to snap out of recession, the economic decline has continued across much of central and eastern Europe despite some optimistic signs, analysts said.
Mobile operator Warid launched three new prepaid packages for its customers yesterday.
The US economy appears poised to emerge from recession but will struggle for some time, held back by a weak job market and cautious consumers, analysts say.
The Citi Financial IT Case Competition held its second round of competition recently, according to a press release.
Qatar Holding has annou-nced it will acquire a 17 percent stake in Volkswagen AG, which is merging with Porsche, in a deal that will exceed $10 billion.
Britain's finance minister Alistair Darling indicated he could legislate against bankers' bonuses in an interview published Sunday.
Volvo engineers have launched a bid to buy the loss-making Swedish automaker from US giant Ford to stop it from falling into Chinese hands, a newspaper report said on Saturday.
Two thirds of big Japanese companies expect the country's economy to recover by the middle of next year, according to a survey by Kyodo News released Sunday.
Germany's economy should contract less than the government's estimate of six percent in 2009 after upbeat data for the second quarter, an expert has told Der Spiegel weekly.
Local Market FX
Local inter-bank FX market was active on Sunday. The market was liquid and the USD/BDT rate was similar to the previous working day.
Yasir Chowdhury stood in the centre of a scrum that grew bigger in a minute. The fourth year medical student from King's College London intently listened to each person of the crowd, handed them a slip of paper and referred them to a doctor.
Despite budget allocation and updating of relevant laws, the government cannot start immediately the trial of war criminals as the Home Minister Sahara Khatun could not join the office due to her illness.
The law ministry yesterday sent to the premier the reference seeking Supreme Court's opinion on whether the people charged with mutiny and massacre at the BDR headquarters should be tried under the civil code or the military law for forwarding it to the president.
Speakers at a programme here yesterday underscored the need for learning good English at the secondary level to face global challenges.
Different socio-cultural organisations observed August 15, the National Mourning Day and the 34th death anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman with a call for execution of the verdict of Bangabandhu killing case and taking an initiative to repatriate the killers.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has ordered the authorities concerned to set up cardiology department at every government hospital with surgery facilities, including special unit for children.
Speakers at a workshop yesterday stressed the need for strengthening taskforce committee to implement the tobacco control act as well as to create massive awareness to reduce tobacco consumption that caused death to thousands of people every year, says a press release.
Home ministry has planned to engage lawmakers of the city by forming different law and order committees in their respective constituencies to improve the law and order situation and stop rising extortion in the metropolis.
BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain yesterday held a closed door meeting for about one hour with Nicholas Deen, deputy chief of mission of US embassy, at the party's central office at Naya Paltan in the city.
A septuagenarian man and a female university student committed suicide in the city yesterday.
South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR) has condemned the sentence handed down to Myanmar democracy icon and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.
Agriculturalists at a workshop yesterday emphasised spreading new technologies among the farmers to increase productivity.
State Minister for Law Qamrul Islam yesterday said BNP leader Salauddin Quader Chowdhury would be put on trial on charges of war crimes.
People living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV) are still facing discrimination in society that even forces them not to seek treatment in the healthcare centres, a study revealed yesterday.
A mobile court assisted by Bangladesh Standard and Testing Institute (BSTI) officials fined Tk 1,45,000 to seven sales stores for selling adulterated Ghee and having no license in old Dhaka yesterday.
The representatives of International Farakka Committee (INC) yesterday called on the government to form a national committee and hold a convention to halt the Tipaimukh dam project in order to protect the country from turning into a desert.
Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury yesterday stressed the need for controlling population to ensure food security.
Police arrested eight members of Tana Party, a crime syndicate who takes away valuables from passengers of running rickshaws and autorickshaws, from different parts of the port city yesterday.
Leaders and activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) yesterday demanded punishment to BNP leader Salahuddin Qader Chowdhury for commenting in favour of Bangabandhu's killer and involvement in war crimes.
Bangladesh National Museum has rescheduled visiting hours at various museums and galleries of the country for the month of Ramadan.
Two people were killed and 13 others were injured in a collision between a human hauler, known as Duranta, and a tempo in front of Siddhirganj Power Station in Narayanganj yesterday morning.
The High Court (HC) yesterday directed the government to pay the upgraded salaries and benefits to all the stationmasters, assistant stationmasters and station superintendents of Bangladesh Railway since 1977.
Jagannath University (JNU) Abritti Sangsad yesterday organised a rally, discussion and cultural programme to celebrate its first anniversary.
The education ministry yesterday decided to form a committee headed by its additional secretary with a view to ensuring corruption-free working environment at the ministry and its different offices.
A severed head was found yesterday morning at a Kushtia village less than a week after police had recovered three severed heads from the district town.
A Dhaka court yesterday asked Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to submit its probe report by September 30 on Pilkhana carnage at Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) headquarters on February 25-26.
A 15-day book fair on Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman began at Public Library in the city yesterday with a special offer of maximum 70 percent commission.
Bangladesh Export Processing Zone Authority (BEPZA) yesterday returned 59.28 acres of lands in Chittagong with its 35 godowns to Food and Disaster Management Ministry.
Today is the third death anniversary of poet Shamsur Rahman, says a press release.
Poet Mohammad Kafi Sheikh has been nominated for the Media Journalist Association of Bangladesh (MEJAB) Performance Award 2008 for his contribution to literature, says a press release.
The Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal here yesterday sentenced Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) Chittagong divisional chief Javed Iqbal alias Mohammad and one of his associates to ten years' rigorous imprisonment (RI) in a case for August 17 serial bomb blasts in 2005.
Four years into the serial bomb blasts by Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) in Khulna, trial of the four cases in connection with the blasts has remained incomplete.
Hundreds of processionists yesterday protested alleged corruption in the three hill district councils (HDCs) and demanded formation of fresh HDCs in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) through direct election.
Leaders of the Sector Commanders' Forum (SCF) yesterday said they will mobilise public opinion to put the war criminals on trial if the government fails to keep its poll pledge.
District and Sessions Judge of Sylhet Mohammad Momin Ullah yesterday deferred charge framing against 34 BDR mutineers of Sylhet sector headquarters.
The indigenous students at Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday demanded residential facilities at the university.
Police arrested one person along with fake notes at Miaerbazar in Sadar Dakshin upazila yesterday.
Academic activities other than examinations remained stopped at Rangpur Medical College (RMC) yesterday as a faction of the RMC unit of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) enforced a strike demanding punishment to the attackers on three college students on Saturday.
Two prisoners died in Habiganj District Jail on Friday and Saturday. They are Mujen Miah, 38, son of Abdul Miah of village Shibpasha under Ajmiriganj upazila and Motabbir Hossain Sadhu,63, son of late Zahur Ali of village Kaorakandi in Chunarughat upazila. According to jail officials, the deaths were normal. Mujen Miah is an accused in Apel Chowdhury killing case. Apel was nephew of the former IGP Modabbir Hossain Chowdhury. Jail officials said Mujen went sick on August 14 morning but doctors at Habiganj hospital said they had no scope to treat Mujen as he was brought dead to the hospital. Police said Apel Chowdhury was killed in a clash between rival groups of villagers at Shibpasha on February 16, 2008. Chief judicial magistrate of Habiganj on August 10 refused his bail prayer and sent him to the jail hajat. Motabbir Hossain Sadhu fell sick as he went to take a bath on Saturday afternoon. According to jail sources, he died on way to the hospital. He was serving life term in two murder cases.
At least 20 people were injured and two fishemen went missing in the nearby river when a tornado lashed Kamarjagi village under Ghior police station yesterday. The 30-minute storm that started around 12: 00 noon also damaged 25 kutcha houses, a mosque and uprooted a number of trees, Singjuri Union Parisad chairman said. All the 20 were injured due to tree falling or house collapse, the officer-in-charge of Ghior police station said.
A mentally ill father killed his girl child at Khesba village in Nachole upazila yesterday. Police, however, arrested Monirul Islam, 24, son of Erfan Ali, for killing his one and a half years
Two farmers were killed by lightning at two separate villages yesterday noon. Sahir Ali Munsi,48, of Hajiganj village under Aditmari upazila was struck by lighting at noon when he was planting aman in his field. Hasem Ali,30, son of late Mirazul Bapari of Sree Rampur village under Patgram upazila was killed by lighting when he was preparing soil for cultivation of aman paddy in his land, the victim's family sources said.
A court yesterday sentenced two persons to life imprisonment for killing a boy in Zakiganj upazila. The convicts are Rubel Ahmed and Abul Hossain. According to the prosecution story, Zakiganj police on February 16, 2002 recovered the body of Shihabuddin, 15, from a ditch at his village Borhanpur. Shihab's brother Khasrul Haque filed a case with the police next day. Police, on investigation, submitted chargesheet against Rubel Ahmed, Abul Hossain and Shahjahan Kabir of the same village on September 29. The judge awarded life term to Rubel and Abul and fined them Tk 25,000 each, in default, to suffer three more months in jail. Shajahan was acquitted of murder charge.
Water-logging is now a common problem in Dhaka and Chittagong cities during heavy downpour in every monsoon. These two cities have experienced severe water-logging for the last decade or so. Even a little rain causes a serious problem for certain areas.
Almost every year, most parts of the country are being inundated after a sporadic or spasmodic cloudburst for some time during the rainy season. And the consequences are well known. But is it indefensible? If the government tries its best, it can certainly mitigate inundation of the regions, urban as well as rural, at least in part.
The dowry system is the most contemptible as well as abused custom in our society. This heinous system is corroding the moral fabric of society. It has created never-ending troubles. It has become one of the major reasons of suicide of a large number women. Starting off with the best of intentions, it has now degenerated into a money making scheme, making despicable both the giver and the taker of dowry. There is no provision of dowry in Islamic rules.
With unalloyed support for independence and strong opposition against the barbarism committed by Pakistan in 1971, India, no doubt, contributed much to the establishment of Bangladesh, showing great neighbourly approach to the war-stained people of the latter nation. With the passage of time, the relations, however, between the two countries have been termed as a 'complex' one, as there has been fluctuation, if not bitterness, between them.
At present there are eight double-decked buses for the students of JNU. But these are not enough for the students. So, the students have to waste their money and valuable time using public transport.
The necessity and popularity of mobile phone, makes it part of our daily life. People mainly use this handy device for the purpose of communication. But now it has become a popular medium of entertainment too, as some advanced technology like MP3 player, mega pixel camera, video recorder, Internet connection etc have been added to it. Especially, the young generation or teenagers show much interest in such mobile phones.
The Awami League govt has initiated a number of sector-wise reforms. The prime minister in keeping with her election pledges has already announced that Rangpur would be the next division. It is only decentralization that can improve the socio-economic conditions of our people. It is only natural that for all practical purposes all the five southern districts namely Faridpur, Madaripur, Rajbari, Shariatpur and Gopalganj be incorporated within the fold of Barisal Division. This would minimize the sufferings of common people who have to travel all the way to Dhaka for legal and administrative purpose.
We feel enriched and proud that we have many renowned, top class and famous writers, editors, columnists, journalists and press reporters in our country.
Bangladesh, being a third world country, other nations' influence is always predominant here. As we need financial help from the developed countries to finance our development works and to build infrastructure, it is necessary to look forward to them for help. Because it is not possible to run development works with our limited resources. Consequently, taking the chance foreign countries' representatives meddle in our internal politics.
I could not help but notice the letter by Mr. Sikander Ahmed in The Daily Star on August 14,2009 and honestly, I can't say that I am surprised. As I have previously seen on many occasions his letters here that ONLY support the existence of rickshaws in Dhaka city roads.
Bangladesh is developing itself through thick and thin although many of us are not satisfied with our pace of growth from 1971 onwards. As we are famous for deficit budgets, we need assistance from international banking giants like WB and IMF. We have seen their suggestions for governing our state which in many cases have stood against our collective interest.
What is more disquieting now for the city dwellers than the frightful traffic jam? And it is not beyond the knowledge of the Communications Minister. Horrible, from Shyamoli to Gulistan, a path of 4-5 kilometres and a journey of half an hour at best took two hours by bus. The other main thoroughfare, Old Airport Road, especially from Jahangir Gate to Sheraton Hotel always sees the dead jam that many times the DS brought to the notice of the authorities through vivid pictures. But it is quite disheartening and dismaying that the new government with over six months in office could improve upon nothing in matters of traffic management, nor it is observed to be wrestling with the problem to reduce the commuters' awful plight.
The success in making an educated nation lies in the ability to offer free access to education, both at the intermediate and higher level. In our country, though we need to get the nation educated, the situation is bad for a number of reasons. One of those is paramount and poses a grave threat to the whole education system---that's admission trade. During admission season, our national dailies' headlines become replete with the news where we get the real picture of admission trade in which the student wing of the ruling party takes the position of market leader. Worse still, the trend is getting worse with the passage of time and the amount of bid depends on the status of the educational institutionfor example, while Dhaka College hoodlums demand Tk 50,000, in Sylhet or local districts the amount is Tk 15,000-20, 000. Maybe not all young politicians are involved in this virulent practice, but it undermines the education system as a whole.
Digital Bangladesh (DB) implies a science-based Bangladesh where all activities of governance, commerce, education, health etc. will be processed by information technology. The election manifesto of the Bangladesh Awami League pledged "Vision 2021", i.e. a vision to build a Digital Bangladesh by the year 2021, the year of the golden jubilee of the independence of Bangladesh. This visionary approach of AL's manifesto is considered one of the major factors that attracted a large number of young voters to vote for AL-led grand alliance. Now the making of a ICT-driven society in Bangladesh is a real possibility.
President Barack Obama's special envoy to Pakistan praised the country's "very significant" progress in taking back key territory from the Taliban and promised more weapons for the fight against extremists close to the Afghan border.
The US Embassy says an American man imprisoned for sneaking into the home of Myanmar's democracy leader has been flown out of the country.
Pakistan has been claiming that its nuclear weapons are protected with some world class security measures in place, and that there is no fear of them falling into extremists hands, but according to a German expert the threat to Pakistan's nukes is real.
Afghanistan's elections come at a pivotal moment for the US-led war effort as Washington pours troops and money into an increasingly ambitious mission with no end in sight.
An Iranian court yesterday started the trial of another 28 people arrested in protests against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's disputed re-election, local news agencies said.
North Korea followed recent conciliatory gestures toward the US and South Korea with a return to threats Sunday, warning them of "merciless retaliation" over sanctions imposed on its government, as well as nuclear attacks in response to any atomic threats.
More than 140,000 troops battled Sunday to reach survivors stranded a week after Typhoon Morakot struck as the United States and China offered helicopters to help in the rescue effort.
Prime Minister Gordon Brown insisted British troops are doing a "vital" job in Afghanistan Sunday despite controversy over Britain's role there as another soldier's death pushed the toll over 200.
China has issued strict rules to schools to curb the spread of swine flu, urging them to downsize classes and in some cases delay the start of the new academic year, state media said yesterday.
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Saturday began his first visit to the United States in five years, to meet his US counterpart Barack Obama for talks that will focus on Middle East peace.
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has rejected reports that the Army is trying to protect former president General Pervez Musharraf from high treason charges, adding that neither he, nor his party, has any love for the former general.
Heavy rains flooded camps housing some of Sri Lanka's 300,000 war refugees, officials said Sunday, raising fears for the welfare of the detainees.
Going off to war has always meant risking your life, but a wave of robotic weaponry may be changing that centuries-old truth.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Sunday exhorted the judiciary "to wipe every tear of every waiting litigant" by eliminating the scourge of a huge backlog of cases - the largest in the world.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Sunday he plans to appoint at least two women ministers to his new cabinet, a first in the Islamic republic.
A Lahore-bound flight of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) was reportedly forced to return to the Benazir Bhutto Shaheed International Airport on Saturday after renowned singer Shabnam Majeed claimed to have lost a handbag in the departure lounge.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has convened an internal security meeting of chief ministers here Monday, with a concerted strategy to defeat Maoist rebels, the state of coastal security, border management and modernisation of police forces top on the agenda.
Farmers freed 13 police officers and four civilians seized at a hydroelectric dam in Peru's Andean region after local officials agreed Saturday to provide them with fertiliser.
Five people, including four young children, died in a house fire in southern Australia early Sunday, police said.
A mother and her son share the same classroom space as students in a West Bengal school.
The United States flew a cargo plane to Taiwan Sunday as China offered to send helicopters to help rescue more than 1,600 people still stranded a week after Typhoon Morakot struck the island.
Arts & Entertainment
The Syed Shamsul Huda Painting Award was introduced this year to encourage young painters of Bangladesh. Nawab Syed Shamsul Huda was a member of the Bengal Legislative Council, an accomplished lawyer and a revered politician. He was born in a Zamindar family of Gokarna, Brahmanbaria district, in 1862. He devoted himself to educating disadvantaged Muslims in Bengal. Huda died in 1922.
Kazi Anan sat in his studio, eagerly observing and studying the different aspects of sounds and rhythms. In his words, he never "stepped into" the world of music; he was "born into" it. Music has been ingrained in him. His earliest memories involve music.
Baul Akbar Ali Shaijee regularly performs in Jhenaidah. The artiste mostly renders spiritual Pala Gaan, accompanied by other folk artistes.
The second episode of "Nodi Bachao, Dhaka Bachao, Pradhanmantri Shomipey" (a five-episode special talk show on recovering the rivers around the capital) will be aired on Channel i tonight at 11:30 pm.
To mark the 34th death anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Magura Shishu Academy organised a painting competition and essay writing contest for children at the auditorium of Sayed Ator Ali Public Library in Magura town last Saturday.
New TV serial "Babar Hotel" goes on air tonight on Banglavision.
Like a complete unknown.
THE two earthquakes of moderate magnitude that rattled a vast area of Bangladesh within a span of 24 hours in the past week have once again brought forth the earthquake concern as well as awakened the nation to the need of preparedness for facing the spectre.
A Pakistan court, acting on a petition regarding the house arrest of Supreme Court judges, has directed the police to lodge a case against former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf. The ruling has come as the latest legal woe for the former ruler, who is now abroad.
WILLIAM Carey (1761-1834), who arrived in Bengal on November 11, 1793 from England as a missionary, was born on August 17. Side by side with his missionary work he did great work in social reformation and renaissance, literature, translation and the print media, and many other fields. His great contribution to the preservation of environment is one such area.
As the bus pulled in by the harbour, we got down sleepily. The river in front of us lay dark and mysterious. A few lights from moored ships amplified the late night loneliness of the Rupsha river. We dizzily hauled ourselves onto an engine boat and the loud chug of the engine shattered the silence of the night. The lights dissolved and stirred in the waves.