News of: Wednesday, 26th of August, 2009
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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday directed the authorities concerned to immediately formulate a complete action plan for dredging the country's silted up rivers.
A black taxi with its usual wobbly wheels and numerous dents ground to a halt in front of the vehicle inspectors at Bangladesh Road Transport Authority office. The squeaks, rattles, the blunt noises and the hissing went on, as the engine was kept running.
A parliamentary committee yesterday expressed disappointment over appointments of 400 inspectors to the National Board of Revenue (NBR), who do not even have the required minimum qualification for the job.
Thirteen more people have been diagnosed with swine flu yesterday across the country, brining the total number of swine flu patients in the country to 117.
The Department of Forest is losing control on a vast tract of greens in Tangail as big timber market and brickfields thrive largely on illegally felled trees.
The offences committed in the BDR mutiny cannot be tried under the military law since the BDR is not a disciplined force like the army, advocate TH Khan yesterday told the Supreme Court.
The National Education Policy Formulation Committee will submit the much-awaited National Education Policy to the government on September 2 with the recommendations of extending the primary education level up to class VIII and secondary level up to class XII.
The government's recent moves to rid the capital of nagging traffic congestion have witnessed dramatic improvement in the last two days much to the relief of city dwellers.
Emadad Ullah, 40, watched 19 people die in front of his very eyes 304 of them floated on two boats on the high waters of the Bay of Bengal.
Armed extortionists gunned down a construction worker after failing to realise extortion from the building owner in the capital's Mirpur while Kafrul police recovered a body of a housewife from Ibrahimpur area yesterday.
Two leaders of outlawed parties were shot dead during 'shootouts' with law enforcers in Kushtia and Magura yesterday.
Askir Khan, Awami League general secretary of Rajnagar upazila, is indeed a man eligible for a VGF (Vulnerable Group Feeding) card! His name was inserted into the list of VGF card recipients to the utter disbelief of locals.
The High Court (HC) yesterday directed the authorities concerned to investigate into the incidents of extra-judicial punishments by beating and lashing people in the name of arbitration or conciliation, and to take action against those responsible.
Michael Jackson's death has been ruled a homicide caused by a mix of drugs meant to treat insomnia, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press, while his personal doctor told investigators he was actually trying to wean the King of Pop off the powerful anaesthetic that did him in.
At least 20 policemen, including an assistant superintendent of police (ASP), and over 100 garment workers were injured in a series of clashes during the workers' demonstration over due salaries at Fatullah yesterday.
People who die after getting swine flu are 100 times more likely, compared to seasonal flu, to have been killed by the virus itself rather than secondary causes, a top French researcher said Monday.
Legal measures would be taken if irregularities were found over the tender process in Khadya Bhaban, Food and Disaster Management Minister Abdur Razzaque said yesterday.
The main opposition BNP yesterday declared a two-day programme to protest the price hike of essentials and law and order slide across the country.
As many as 15 food stores, restaurants and fruit shops in the capital were fined a total of Tk 5.49 lakh by five mobile courts for violation of food and hygiene standards yesterday.
State Minister for Home Shamsul Haque Tuku yesterday urged the garment factory owners to notify the law enforcement agencies when extortion takes place.
Former Pakistan president Gen Pervez Musharraf has said he would return to Pakistan soon and initiate talks with country's political leaders.
Around 60 villages have been devastated by floods in Majuli islands of Assam in India.
The government will reduce the maximum migration cost of overseas jobseekers to Tk 40,000, said Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain yesterday.
Pakistan yesterday urged the release of billions of dollars of promised international aid for development projects as it argued that economic prosperity was the best way to counter extremism.
WE are appalled at the sheer audacity with which Chhatra League and Jubo League activists prevented contractors from submitting tenders at the food department on Monday. The open manner in which these elements indulged in violence, to a point where the genuine contractors who had come to place their tenders were beaten up, certainly casts a shadow on politics in general and on the governance in particular. It is the general rule that everyone genuine contractor or construction firm has the right to submit his or its tender without intimidation of any kind. Sadly, though, what happened on Monday was a grave deviation from the norm.
ONE is deeply touched and perturbed at the sight of an elderly father with a sick grown-up daughter on his laps as depicted in a four-column photo news item that appeared in this newspaper's back page yesterday. Within the frame of one photograph are captured four extremely tell-tale images -- the helpless father, his daughter lying prostrate, a metallic glimpse of two empty auto-rickshaws and their indifferent drivers. Their indifference to the oldman's request for a ride to a hospital stemmed from the fact that the fares they charged from the old man having being clearly beyond his means he was unable to pay.
SANTU Larma has a point. And those of us who believe that values have a place in life cannot but agree with him. And we agree because we too think that the time is here and now for Bangladesh to take the shape and substance of an inclusive society, one that will treat all its citizens in equal measure, through guaranteeing them the rights the constitution says they ere entitled to enjoy.
THERE has been diplomatic pressure from the US and Britain for the government of Bangladesh to recognise Kosovo.
The preparations for the ICC World Cup 2011 is expected to gather pace now as the ECNEC (Executive Committee of the National Economic Council) has approved three stadium development projects worth Tk 152 crore yesterday to facilitate smooth holding of the showcase event in Bangladesh.
Newcomers Beanizabar Sporting Club yesterday signed up some proven campaigners from Mohammedan SC, Brothers Union and Muktijoddha Sangsad in a hope of giving some nervous times to the title contenders in the upcoming football season.
New Zealand will field a full-strength team in today's second Test against Sri Lanka after the tourists were plagued by a stomach bug in the first match.
Former Australia captain Ian Chappell has come out in support of current skipper Ricky Ponting despite the Ashes series loss in England.
As the England players savoured their lap of honour around The Oval with the Ashes secured, one key figure slipped quietly back into the dressing room. Andy Flower took charge of the side at their lowest ebb in January when the fall-out between Kevin Pietersen and Peter Moores ripped the team apart. Yet eight months later, he was taking the plaudits for forging a unit that produced a performance few thought possible.
The Youth and Sports Ministry yesterday decided to reinstate the original name of the Bangladesh Krirabid Kalyan Trust which is Bangabandhu Krirasebi Kalyan Foundation.
An own goal by Brazilian Lucas, Curtis Davies' header and Ashley Young's penalty helped Aston Villa to a surprise 3-1 win over Liverpool, who pulled one back through Fernando Torres, at Anfield, on Monday.
Real Madrid coach Manuel Pellegrini says Cristiano Ronaldo needs more time to adapt to his new club after the Portuguese winger failed to impress during his side's 4-0 trouncing of Rosenborg on Monday in the Santiago Bernabeu Trophy.
Arsene Wenger has warned his Arsenal stars not to let complacency hand Celtic a European lifeline in Wednesday's Champions League play-off second leg.
Premier League side Sunderland crushed League One rivals Norwich 4-1 in the League Cup second round at Carrow Road on Monday.
Big-spending Manchester City have signed veteran Brazilian defender Sylvinho on a one-year deal, the club announced Monday.
A Muslim leader in Italy on Tuesday criticised Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho for comments the Portuguese made about Ramadan at the weekend.
Australia losing the Ashes and slumping to number four in Test rankings is good for world cricket as it gives other teams the confidence to shine in the future, Pakistan great Wasim Akram said Tuesday.
Sri Lanka have named a largely expected 15-man squad for next month's Champions Trophy. Among the changes are the dropping of legspinner Malinga Bandara and seamers Dilhara Fernando and Isuru Udana from the side that played Pakistan earlier this month. There was no place either for Chaminda Vaas, who retired from Tests but wants to play one-dayers till the 2011 World Cup.
Any thoughts that winning the Ashes might be the summit of Stuart Broad's ambition were firmly dispelled by the England rising star just a day after the team's series win over Australia.
Grand Master Reefat Bin Sattar returned to the top of the points table and was joined by compatriot Mehdi hasan Parag and four other at the close of the sixth round of the 9th United Insurance & United Leasing Grandmasters Chess tournament at the National Sports Council Tower Auditorium Lounge yesterday.
England fast bowler Stephen Harmison says he is ready to continue his international career if selected for the upcoming tour of South Africa.
Abahani's Ghanaian defender Samad Yousuf is scheduled to arrive in the city today to join the Sky Blues ahead of the season's curtain-raising tournament, Federation Cup, which starts on September 10.
South Africa's world champion athlete Caster Semenya on Tuesday declined to speak about the order for her to undergo gender tests, instead praising her coach as she addressed reporters alongside President Jacob Zuma.
English Premier League side Everton have signed Lokomotiv Moscow skipper Diniyar Bilyaletdinov on a five-year deal, both clubs announced on their official websites Tuesday.
Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin will return to Australia to allow a broken finger to recover, officials said Tuesday, placing him in doubt for next month's ICC Champions Trophy.
Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram, former Indian batsman Pravin Amre and ex-India coach John Wright will make their presentations for the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) coach's post in Mumbai on August 30.
Martin Crowe has expressed concerns about the workload of Daniel Vettori, who has become the most powerful New Zealand captain in history after getting a place in the selection panel.
Italy full-back Fabio Grosso is nearing a return to his homeland with Juventus, according to Tuesday press reports.
Wesley Sneijder is on the verge of joining Inter Milan, according to Italian press reports on Tuesday.
Shopping ahead of Eid festivity has picked up the pace as retailers logged rising sales in the last two weeks.
Although Bangladesh achieved more than 10 percent export growth last fiscal year, the county's shipment to India slipped 22.76 percent, provisional statistics showed.
Lending rates stay high despite deposit interest rate cuts twice in just five months.
Malaysian Prime Minister Mohd Najib Razak has invited Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus to be a member of the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) Malaysia International Advisory Panel (IAP).
Malaysian Prime Minister Mohd Najib Razak has invited Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus to be a member of the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) Malaysia International Advisory Panel (IAP).
EBL First Mutual Fund, sponsored by Eastern Bank Limited, made trading debut on the stock exchanges on August 19.
Industrial and Infrast-ructure Development Finance Company (IIDFC) Limited yesterday signed two agreements with the Denmark government and World Bank to help brick making sector use efficient and clean energy.
Parliamentary Standing Committee on Fisheries and Livestock yesterday stressed the need for creating employment opportunities for landless people and women of 157 upazilas in the country by providing technical assistance under a project.
Australia's biggest retailer Woolworths on Tuesday announced a joint venture with US home improvement chain Lowe's to break into the hardware sector, in a major challenge to rival Wesfarmers.
Bangladesh's textile sector trade body has suggested feasibility study on the possibility of setting up a bonded warehouse for Brazilian cotton in Chittagong in order to cover the voyage lead time of shipment.
KDS Garment Industry has been selected 'Supplier of the year 2008' by Wal-Mart, the globally reputed US retailer.
President Barack Obama plans to reappoint Ben Bernanke to a second term as chairman of the Federal Reserve, a position from which he guided the economy away from its worst recession since the 1930s and, the White House hopes, toward an economic recovery critical to its legacy.
Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver is planning to launch 30 Italian family-style restaurants in Asia, with the first one set to open its doors to his gastronomic followers in Hong Kong early next year.
Germany has escaped the clutches of its worst recession in over 60 years, official data showed on Tuesday, as consumption helped Europe's biggest economy grow by 0.3 percent in the second quarter.
Asian shares fell on profit-taking Tuesday following strident gains the previous day, with markets awaiting key US data in the hope it will give support to the prospects of a global economic revival.
Oil prices eased Tuesday on profit-taking after they struck 10-month highs the previous day on hopes of a recovery in global energy demand.
Singapore-based budget carrier Jetstar Asia on Tuesday announced it would expand capacity and planned to begin flights to mainland China in December.
Resource-poor Japan is close to signing a deal with Iraq on the right to develop a huge oil field in the Middle Eastern country, corporate officials said Tuesday.
Commercial property prices in former boomtown Dubai in the United Arab Emirates are set to slide even further, consultancy firm Jones Lang LaSalle said in a report on Tuesday.
Hong Kong exports plunged 19.9 percent year-on-year in July, as overseas demand for Chinese goods remained subdued despite talk of a global economic recovery, the government said Tuesday.
The head of Russia's biggest car company Avtovaz has quit, the firm said on Tuesday, amid a structural shake-up at the crisis-battered manufacturer of the Lada automobile.
The dollar was mixed on Tuesday as dealers waited to see whether US economic data would support recent optimism over a possible recovery and eyed fresh falls on the Chinese stock market.
US home prices fell in June but at a sharply slower pace, a key survey of major cities survey showed Tuesday in a report providing fresh evidence the housing crisis is stabilizing.
Mitsubishi Motors has shuttered indefinitely a subsidiary's plant in Venezuela due to a lack of productivity and problems with worker discipline, the company said Monday.
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday urged the government to take measures for ensuring maximum use of road space and check illegal car parking to ease traffic congestion in the city.
Human rights violations against journalists go unpunished due to lack of proper documentation and follow-up of the incidents, speakers at a training workshop said yesterday.
It is necessary to allocate lands for all indigenous people so that they can have shelters, Chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee on land ministry AKM Mozammel Haque said at a discussion yesterday.
Two people were killed and 30 others injured in separate road accidents in Tangail and Nilphamari yesterday.
The Ministry of Education and Microsoft Bangladesh yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for providing training on advance computer to teachers of secondary schools.
Awami League (AL) Presidium Member Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim yesterday said BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, her son Tarique Rahman and former state minister for home affairs Lutfuzzaman Babar should be interrogated over the August 21 grenade attack.
The government must undertake medium- and long-term plans to address urban problems such as traffic congestion, high population growth and lack of utility facilities, noted economist Prof Wahiduddin Mahmud said at a discussion yesterday.
Eight students of Kobi Jasim Uddin Hall at Dhaka University who also belong to Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) were expelled from the hall yesterday for their involvement in a violent incident at the hall.
Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni said Bangladesh deserves technological and financial assistance in its adaptation and mitigation programmes considering consequences of global warming.
Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) seized Indian clothes worth around Tk 2.5 crore from a cargo at the river Buriganga at South Keraniganj on the outskirt of the city yesterday.
The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday stayed two out of four High Court (HC) orders granting bail to former BNP minister Shahjahan Siraj in four cases.
The High Court (HC) yesterday directed the government to allow former foreign minister and BNP leader M Morshed Khan to go to Singapore to visit his ailing wife undertaking treatment there.
Civil aviation ministry yesterday rejected a recommendation of a parliamentary standing committee to reinstate jobs of some 700 Biman employees who were sent into retirement under voluntary retirement scheme (VRS) during the immediate past caretaker government.
Police yesterday arrested 11 robbers, including four women, of a gang and seized 31 tolas of stolen gold ornaments from their possession in the city's Khilgaon area early yesterday.
Dhaka Mahanagar Rickshaw and Van Malik Kalyan Parishad, a welfare committee for rickshaw and van owners, has alleged that Dhaka Mahanagari Rickshaw Chor Protirodh Committee, an organisation to resist stealing of rickshaws, has running illegal activities of selling 'protection sticker' to rickshaw owners.
Notun Jibon, a Social Investment Programme Project (SIPP) that started as a small-scale pilot project in two of the poorest districts of Bangladesh -- Jamalpur and Gaibandha, has now been expanded to 10 more districts affected by recent floods and the cyclone Sidr.
Different political parties yesterday protested the approval of oil and gas exploration bids for three offshore blocks to foreign companies and demanded cancellation of the decision.
The Jagannath University (JNU) unit of Bangladesh Chhatra Union (BCU) yesterday deman-ded withdrawal of the case against nine students for their participation in the movement for recovering halls of the university.
Civil Aviation and Tourism Affairs Minister GM Quader received a 'death threat' by mobile SMS text message yesterday.
A parliamentary sub-committee has recommended transferring the officials and employees of Dhaka Zoo at Mirpur and appointing efficient ones on the emergency basis to bring dynamism to the zoo administration.
The High Court yesterday directed the authorities concerned to take steps immediately to stop cutting the hillock known as 'Shah Arfin Tila' at Companiganj in Sylhet.
University Grants Commission (UGC) yesterday asked Asian University of Bangladesh (AUB) to immediately stop the activities of its outer campus and distance learning programme.
The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Jute and Textile Ministry yesterday asked the authorities concerned to allocate more money to purchase jute since there is a bumper jute production this year.
Chittagong University (CU) authorities yesterday expelled three activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and declared two others persona non grata on the campus for their unruly behaviour and misconduct.
With breach of embankment and inundation of fresh areas, flood situation in Nilphamari and Gaibandha districts have worsened further.
A teen-age boy who was a witness in a case filed against a man on charge of provoking his 'deceived' sister to commit suicide was stabbed to death on Monday night.
Police yesterday arrested Sharif Uddin, guardian of a student, from his house at Hujrapur for threatening the principal and teachers of Chapainawabganj Government Technical School and College on Saturday.
An outlaw was killed allegedly by party rivals at village Chithulia under Dogasi union in the early hours of Monday.
The Tk 11 crore project for construction of an asthma centre at Nishindara in Bogra town has been cancelled as the allocated fund has been returned following failure of the ministry concerned to transfer the selected land to Public Works Department (PWD).
A young wood trader was murdered by unidentified criminals on Monday at Ramoniganj village under Barokhata union under Hatibandha upazila.
Members of Rab-1 arrested three people from Moilapota Road area in the town on Monday afternoon and recovered a large tiger skin from their possession. Arrestees Momin,24, Azizul,23, and Sheikh Raju Ahmed,22, hail from Dumuria upazila of Khulna district. Following a secret information that a gang smuggles tiger and deer skins from the Sundarbans, ASP of Rab-1 Abul Hossain went to their den in disguise of a customer to purchase tiger skin. The smugglers demanded Tk 60,000 for it. “We arrested them when they handed over the tiger skin on receiving the money,” Abul Hossain said.
Agitated locals put up road barricade for the third consecutive day yesterday to press for resignation of Lakhai upazila chairman and a sub-inspector of police. About 500 people barricaded Kaliadara bridge on Habiganj-Lakhai road from 11 am to 2 pm. A rally was held near the spot. The speakers vowed that the agitation would continue until the demands were met. Another rally would be held at 10 am today at Muriauk heli pad maidan, they said. According to local people upazila chairman Rafique Ali asked a police official four days ago to arrest upazila Jubo League joint convener Milon Miah allegedly due to previous enmity. Accordingly, sub-inspector Zakir Hossain arrested Milon and took him to the police station. Hearing the news, Milon's father Bolu Miah suffered severe heart attack causing his instant death. Police then released Milon. The incident triggered serious discontent in the area.
A debate competition on “Is police people's friend?” was held at Haripur Upazila Auditorium on Monday. Haripur Community Policing Committee organised the event to develop awareness among people about community policing and police services in association with RDRS Bangladesh, funded by GTZ. Haripur Mohila College team spoke in favour of the theme while Haripur Muslemuddin College opposed it. A discussion followed the debate. Upazila vice chairman Abu Taher attended it as chief guest while upazila vice chairman Sabina Yasmin and officer-in-charge of Haripur police station Jalaluddin attended as special guests. Haripur Muslemuddin College team was declared winner.
Every religion enjoins fasting for achieving purification of the soul. Fasting during Ramadan is obligatory for every adult Muslim. The Muslims fast from dawn to dusk to please Allah the Merciful, and to obey his commands. But Islam does not ask children, sick persons and very old people to fast. Moreover, the musafir who travels very long distances may also not fast. Fasting basically is an ancient form of prayer recognised by all previous religions. But Islam introduced a new vision, a new spirit into the fasting system. For the first time in history, fasting was blessed with a systematic regulation, a scientific method, a noble justification. In the days before the holy prophet (Pbuh) of Islam fasting meant privation in the hours of mourning and sorrow.
Bangladesh has the highest frequency of acid violence. Acid burns constitute 9% of total burn injuries in Bangladesh. Acid throwing is an extreme form of violence where the majority of throwers are men and the majority of victim-survivors women.
I would like to convey my best wishes to our cricket team for their historic win against Zimbabwe in the 4th ODI. Against any team, chasing runs over 300 is not a matter of joke. By doing that they actually proved their class. These two consecutive series wins are a message for cricket world.
Food poisoning is a major problem these days. It is commonly due to bacteria, fungi and other microbes present in food. It is related to unsafe food, dirty kitchen, dirty kitchen appliances, adulterated food, unhygienic and unsafe drinking water etc.
Bangladesh is a land of rivers. All these rivers originating from India, China and Myanmar are flowing over Bangladesh to the south. This is a boon for Bangladesh.
The other day while I was heading for Tangail, I experienced something thought provoking which could have been fatal as well. I was at Mirzapur rail crossing, waiting in the queue as there was red signal and the train was approaching. All of a sudden, two posh jeeps coming from behind crossed the rail line through the wrong side risking their lives. Having seen them crossing, a tempo (three wheeler) also took the chance. Just after a minute, the train came.
The salary structure of High Court Judges, and for that matter, all Judges in Bangladesh, are so low that, speaking from the point of view of practicality, it is impossible to expect honest and duly diligent deliberations from them in the dispensation of justice.
The Holy Quran appeared in the holy month of Ramadan and it is a complete and original compilation of the final revelation from Allah to humankind through the last and dearest Prophet of Islam, Muhammad (Pbuh).
The students of Dhaka College are facing accommodation problem. There are almost 25,000 students studying in 21 courses under humanities, science and business faculties including HSC. But there are only seven halls for 3,000 students.
On the 17th of March 1920 our nation gave birth to a leader. His name was “Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.” He led our nation to victory during the liberation war in 1971. A war that claimed many lives in apocalyptical proportions. It was a war that left the world silenced by the brutal atrocities committed by the Pakistani military. It was also a war that gave birth to a nation under the leadership of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. The nation was called Bangladesh.
Bangladesh is a country in which trial and error approach is widely used in designing and implementing policies. It is true in case of national economic plans or even educational policies. Our political governments are likely to materialize their own political agenda while they are in power. That's why we observe the frequent change of national policies with handing over of power from one party to another. Political parties may argue for changing national policies with the logic that the landscape of modern world is frequently changing. So they have to develop new policies and strategies to meet the challenge of the twenty-first century. We do accept their logic in this regard. But, we observe, in case of Bangladesh, that our political governments are introducing new policies without making any comprehensive cost-benefit analysis.
On 6 August, 2009 Ekattorer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee of UK in a round table conference opined that people with vested interests have raised the issue of "Resisting Tipaimukh Dam" with the ill motive of foiling the Bangladesh government's programme for trying the war-criminals of 1971. I fully endorse their opinion.
True, with a view to ending all hostilities and to establishing lasting peace, the present government has decided to withdraw army camps from the districts of the CHT region. A good step indeed! But there remain some questions - whether the indigenous people are fully prepared to enjoy a non-military but civilian control. Have all the anti-state elements living in and around surrendered to the law enforcing authorities with a pledge to living peacefully as bona fide citizens of Bangladesh without getting involved in any subversive activity?
My attention has been drawn to the news on the above subject published in your daily on August 16.
The first question that I want to ask is, how much do we know about global warming and how much conscious we are about this. According to the report from experts, one-third of Bangladesh will be under water within 50 years. Already we are suffering from over population and the seasonal floods that we experience every year. The reason for all this destruction is global warming. The only way to stop global warming is to plant trees. Trees are also called producers in scientific terms because plants are the only living thing that make their own food and also provide others with foods.
Those who know the ancient Indian history are definitely aware of the famous Indian king- Raja Bikramadditya. The king had nine famous men known as "Naba Ratna' in his court. They were brilliant in their respective fields (I do not remember their exact position and specialty).
It appears from the media reports that Begum Zia had mentioned 5th Sept. and then 19th August as her birthday in her school and in her bio-data during elections in 1991 respectively. Obviously, none of these dates can be confused with the 15th August!
Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad yesterday unveiled his government's plans to create a de facto state in two years as international efforts to restart Middle East peace talks grind on.
Several aides to former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami were put on trial on Tuesday on charges of masterminding post-election unrest and plotting a "soft coup" in the Islamic republic.
Incumbent Hamid Karzai narrowly led the race for the Afghan presidency with just two percent more votes than his closest rival, the election commission announced Tuesday in the first partial results.
North Korea has invited top envoys of President Barack Obama to visit the communist nation in what would be the first nuclear negotiations between the two countries under his presidency, a news report said yesterday.
New political fury hit President Barack Obama's White House Monday over Bush-era anti-terror policies, after Attorney General Eric Holder named a prosecutor to probe alleged CIA prisoner abuse.
Rebiya Kadeer, the leader of China's Uighur minority in exile, has highlighted a report that nearly 200 inmates were "tortured" to death in prison.
Four US soldiers operating under Nato were killed yesterday in a bomb blast in southern Afghanistan, the alliance said.
In what is being seen as a fence- mending meeting, Maoist chief Prachanda and top NC leader G P Koirala have explored ways to include the former rebels in the ruling coalition and discussed setting up of a consultative mechanism to take forward the fragile peace process, including the Constitution-drafting.
At least 11 workers were killed and three were missing in a gas explosion at a coal mine in north China's Shanxi province, a spokeswoman for the local government said yesterday.
If scientists have their way, solar cells could soon be produced more cheaply using nanoparticle "inks" that allow them to be printed like newspaper or painted onto the sides of buildings or rooftops to absorb electricity-producing sunlight.
Pakistan's interior minister yesterday dismissed reports that a new Taliban chief had been appointed as "all speculation," and said the feared militant outfit was in disarray.
Close on the heels of expulsion of Jaswant Singh from BJP, the woes of India's main opposition party compounded further with another senior leader Arun Shourie launching a vitriolic attack on the party's top leadership describing it as "Humpty Dumpty."
South Korea's first space rocket blasted off yesterday, less than a week after a launch was aborted at the last minute, but it failed to place a satellite into the designated orbit.
Iraq on Tuesday ordered its ambassador to Damascus to return home and demanded that Syria hand over two senior Baathist leaders alleged to have ordered last week's deadly truck bombings in Baghdad.
The space shuttle Discovery remained firmly on the ground Tuesday after Nasa scrapped a first launch attempt due to thunderstorms.
French police found two more ETA explosives caches on Monday and Tuesday, taking to 12 the number discovered since three suspected Basque militants were arrested in the Alps last week.
The long beaches and rocky inlets of western India have been a haven for contraband for centuries, with smugglers sneaking their goods into the country via the Arabian Sea.
The bodies of 14 men, most of them suspected Taliban, have been found in Pakistan's Swat valley, officials said Tuesday, raising fears of extra-judicial killings or brutal revenge attacks.
The Pakistan Peoples' Party (PPP) has decided to support a resolution seeking former President General Pervez Musharraf's trial under Article Six of the Constitution, despite having ideological differences with the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).
Arts & Entertainment
"When I was in class X in 1948, I started writing short stories. I was a student of Bogra Coronation Institution. During that time, I also wrote a play for my class," says one of the leading painters of the country Murtaja Baseer.
Two Bangladeshi youngsters participated at an international film festival in Iran as members of the jury. Roudro Sakib Karim and Proma Roy -- both around fourteen -- were selected as members of the jury board at the 'Farabi International Festival of Films for Children and Young Adults.' The festival was held in the Iranian city Hamedan earlier this month.
A five-day workshop on theatre criticism was held at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA). Jointly arranged by International Theatre Institute (ITI) and BSA, the workshop ended on August 24, says a press release.
Ekushey Television will telecast drama serial "Hitlu" tonight at 8:30pm. The serial is written by Iraj Ahmed and directed jointly by Abida Nasreen, Russell O'Neil and Ashraful Alam Ripon.
The 68th death anniversary of Bishwakabi Rabindranath Tagore was observed here yesterday to put across the ideology of the poet to the youngsters.
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.
Jet Li is returning to Chinese film with a reportedly non-kung fu movie after three Hollywood productions, a publicist said Tuesday.
AS a graduate student of economics in the late seventies in Boston University, I had studied bond and share markets along with their interactions with the interest rate regimes, exchange rate fluctuations and transnational capital movements. We were introduced to the writings of Walras, Tobin, Lucas, Barro and other prominent economists in this area.
AT the end of World War I, US President Woodrow Wilson decided that the horror of war should never be relived. He founded the League of Nations to establish a new order "based on the rule of law, the consent of the governed and the organised opinion of mankind."
FROM today, the disease discovered in Mexico can no longer be called "swine flu." The pork industry is introducing a shoot-to-kill policy on people who use those words.