News of: Sunday, 30th of August, 2009
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Thirty-one new cases of swine flu were detected yesterday with experts warning Bangladesh's alert level may soon be upgraded to "level 3" as the virus is quickly spreading from small clusters to the wider community.
As the prime minister sought explanation from Petrobangla chairman why he was so eager to award US company Chevron a $52.7 million contract to install a gas compressor station over the Gas Transmission Company Ltd (GTCL) system by cancelling an open tender, the chairman gave a smoky response last week.
Due to lack of manpower, other facilities and increasing number of patients, doctors at the outdoor departments of important city hospitals can only see a patient for as little as less than two minutes.
The United Nations has asked its staff not to fly Biman Bangladesh Airlines for lack of safety and security arrangements and flight delays, landing another blow to the reputation of the national flag carrier.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina sought strong international support and high technological and financial assistance for implementing comprehensive programmes being undertaken for adaptation to climate change and mitigation of its severe adversities in Bangladesh.
The government is going to introduce exclusive bus services for school children by late October as part of its effort to ease terrible traffic jams that waste valuable time and energy of people living in Dhaka.
Six alleged robbers were beaten to death by mobs and another was killed in a 'shootout' with cops in separate incidents yesterday.
Swine flu spreads four times faster than other viruses and 40 percent of the fatalities are young adults in good health, the world's top health official warned in an interview appearing yesterday.
Thugs beat up an Iranian national and snatched her cash and jewelries on August 26 while she was traveling on a taxi.
The present government has no authority to hold the trial of 1971 war criminals, BNP lawmaker Salauddin Quader Chowdhury said yesterday.
Police arrested Managing Director of triple super phosphate (TSP) fertiliser factory Zahirul Haq from his residence in the city early yesterday on charge of raping a domestic help.
A female physician was allegedly killed by her husband, also a doctor, for dowry at her Bibir Bagicha residence in the city's Uttar Jatrabari yesterday.
Criminals hacked two youths to death in Dakkhin Khan of the capital and Savar yesterday.
An operative of outlawed Gono Bahini was killed in a 'shootout' with law enforcers in Bamongram in Sadar upazila early yesterday.
With land prices rocketing in Kuakata, a gang of land grabbers has embarked on grabbing the beach defying court orders.
Criminals hacked a local Jubo League leader to death in Belkuchi upazila of Sirajganj yesterday.
The Mawa-Magurkhanda-Nauduba channel, an important river channel on Mawa-Kawrakandi route in the southwestern region, may close anytime as the waterway has lost its navigability due to continuous deposition of silt.
The Yemeni army said on Saturday it has inflicted heavy losses on Shia northern rebels as it continues a near three-week-long offensive on their strongholds in the region round Saada city.
Two civilians working for UNAMID, the joint UN-African Union peacekeeping mission, were kidnapped at gunpoint in Darfur at dawn on Saturday in the first abduction targeting the force.
India faces a "severe" drought but the country's ample food grain stock will ensure no one goes hungry, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said yesterday.
WITH a hundred and sixty-three reported cases of Swine flu in the country since the affliction in Mexico made international news almost over quarter of a year ago, the rate of incidence in Bangladesh may not have been scary. Yet, what needs to be noted is that in the recent days there has been a sharp increase in the number of identified cases. An added concern could be the possible number of unreported cases that has evaded screening. According to experts therefore, all this is a cause for worry for a country that is densely populated and having plenty of open crowded places where people mingle or come in close contact with each other making them vulnerable to contagion.
GERMAN Chancellor Angela Merkel's call for Israel to freeze its settlements in Palestinian territory is a powerful indication of the pressure which Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is under. It is just as well that Netanyahu be under such pressure because of the particular reason that he has so far given no indication of his willingness to go for accommodation with the Palestinians. And the pressure is not just Ms. Merkel's. The Obama administration too has been trying to convince Israel's leader that progress in the Middle East is eventually dependent on whether or not his government is ready and willing to put an end to its settlements in the region. Unfortunately, and in defiance of objective reality, Mr. Netanyahu has chosen to look away from the issue.
POVERTY alleviation being an area of major policy thrust of the successive governments this year's Asian Development Bank (ADB) poverty figures for Bangladesh have come as a shocker. The figures show that more than 50 percent of the population are now living below the extreme poverty level. To measure extreme poverty, the amount of income of a person that the poverty researchers in the UN have agreed upon is equivalent to $1.25 per day. So, if one is to go by the ADB-supplied figures, then the progress the country has made so far is very poor given the amount of emphasis laid on the issue by the different governments and the concern expressed by the donor communities.
IN reply to my email inquiry about how price hikes are affecting his life and living, a reader of my column -- a former Vice-Chancellor and now a professor wrote:
CAN this possibly be true? On August 25, 1909, the New York Times reported: "As a result of the death of Miss Helenora Catherine Horn-Elphinstone-Darlrymple, sister of Sir Edward Graeme Elphinstone-Darlrymple, during a dry shampoo with carbon tetrachloride at Harrods Stores, charges of manslaughter were yesterday preferred at Westminster Police court against Mr. William H. Eardly, the manager of the department, and Miss Beatrice Clarke, one of the assistants. Miss Horn-Elphinstone-Darlrymple went to Harrods for a dry shampoo on July 12. She was warned she might feel faint "
FIDE Master Mehdi Hasan Parag earned his first IM norm when he beat Kazakhstan's GM Anuar Ismagambetov in the final round of the 9th United Insurance Grandmasters Chess tournament at the NSC Tower Auditorium Lounge yesterday.
After a miserable performance in the last season, Arambagh Krira Sangha set their sights on the recuperation as they signed up 13 players yesterday to give a final shape to its squad.
Australia's tour of England enters its closing stages with the first of two Twenty20 matches at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Shakib Al Hasan all but confirmed his switch to defending champions Abahani from Bangladesh Biman.
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Saturday released the itinerary for the Zimbabwe's tour of Bangladesh.
Pole vault queen Yelena Isinbayeva banished her World Championships blues by setting a new world record of 5.06 metres on Friday while sprint king Usain Bolt overcame a "shaky" start to win the 100m.
Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath grabbed four wickets as Sri Lanka pushed New Zealand towards a massive defeat in the second and final Test here on Saturday.
Julian Hunte, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) president, has said that the Indian cricket board shot down a proposal mooted by the ICC to organise Test cricket around the four-year Test Championship cycle.
Australian stars such as Michael Clarke and Mitchell Johnson have been warned that as and when they decide to join the Indian Premier League (IPL), they can expect far smaller wage packages than they would have received by joining for the inaugural tournament.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has assured Pakistan that international cricket would return to the troubled nation as soon as it is safe to for the foreign teams to return there.
Carlo Ancelotti's English honeymoon will stretch into September after Chelsea eased to a 3-0 win over Burnley on Saturday.
Italian Politicians and Muslim leaders have sprung to the defence of Jose Mourinho after reported threats were made against the Inter Milan coach on extremist websites.
Argentine superstar Lionel Messi lit up the European Super Cup on Friday as Champions League winners Barcelona defeated UEFA Cup holders Shakhtar Donetsk 1-0 after extra-time to claim the trophy.
Real Madrid are preparing an audacious 60 million euro last minute bid to lure Franck Ribery away from Bayern Munich before the transfer window closes at midnight on Monday, Spanish sports daily Marca suggested here Saturday.
Jamaican treble world and Olympic champion Usain Bolt looked in trouble before pegging back compatriot Asafa Powell to win the 100 metres at the Golden League meeting here on Friday.
Arsene Wenger has accused UEFA of launching a witch hunt against Eduardo after European football's governing body began disciplinary proceedings against the Arsenal forward following his Champions League dive against Celtic.
Benfica have signed young Brazilian attacking midfielder Felipe Menezes, subject to the 21-year-old passing the traditional medical, the Lisbon side announced on Saturday.
Premier League side Sunderland on Friday completed the signing of Ghana international defender John Mensah from former French champions Lyon, the English side announced on their official website.
David Hussey smashed his first one-day international century as Australia began life without the Ashes by cruising to a 189-run win against Scotland in a 50-over clash at Edinburgh on Friday.
Dumped Australian opening batsman Phillip Hughes is seeking a meeting with Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar as he attempts to resurrect his stalled Test career, reports said on Saturday.
Japan proves to be a lucrative garment export destination for Bangladesh as RMG shipments to the Asian giant have more than doubled in fiscal 2008-09 from a year ago.
Share trading is gaining popularity in Rajshahi as more people are now investing in stocks.
Garment manufacturers seek Tk 2,000 crore in a 'rescue fund' to meet urgent requirements ahead of Eid, as workers are mounting pressure on factory owners to pay two months' salaries and festival allowances.
The government plans to sell sugar in open market, aiming to lower the high prices of the sweetener, said the commerce minister yesterday
The prices of commodities except for sugar are showing a downward trend due to an abundant supply of the items, FBCCI said yesterday after a market watch.
The commerce minister yesterday said that the government will do everything to protect the interests of the people who have been facing harsh economical and social fallout from the increased salinity and diminished fertility of lands.
Marico Bangladesh Limited yesterday held a lottery for the allotment of shares in the initial public offering (IPO), the company said in a statement.
Japan announced Friday its jobless rate hit a record high last month, raising doubts about prospects for an economic recovery and dealing a blow to Prime Minister Taro Aso ahead of a weekend election.
It was the first time we attended an international workshop held at our Bogra Learning and Devel-opment Centre on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), a phrase used interchangeably with Corporate Responsibility or Corporate Affairs. Until then, I viewed CSR as a do-good, generosity laden activity in support of hapless organisations struggling to make ends meet, as they provided wherewithal to the society's ignored and down-trodden.
Assets held by the world's 100 biggest Islamic banks grew 66 percent in 2008 from the previous year despite the financial turmoil that clobbered mainstream lenders, a report said Friday.
With confidence rising of a recovery from recession, Wall Street faces historically its worst month of the year with memories still fresh from last September's financial market debacle.
The dollar traded mainly higher Friday as currency traders turned more cautious in the face of a struggling stock market and mixed economic news.
Dhaka stocks finished down last week, as the market expected an inflow of new shares this week and in the coming weeks.
With confidence rising of a recovery from recession, Wall Street faces historically its worst month of the year with memories still fresh from last September's financial market debacle.
Toyota Motor said Friday it was abandoning a plant in California that it jointly owned with ailing US giant General Motors -- the first time the Japanese firm has ever pulled the plug on a factory.
Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk congratulated his country on Friday after the economy grew 0.5 percent in the second quarter, making it the only EU state to come through the crisis with flying colours.
Oil prices edged higher Friday amid resurgent demand in Asia and positive economic data in the United States and Europe that supported hopes the global economy is pulling out of recession.
PetroChina, the nation's largest oil producer, said Friday its net profit fell 7.2 percent year on year in the first half due to lower oil prices and weaker demand.
Germany Friday threw its weight behind a scheme to limit bonuses for bankers as part of a drive towards greater financial market regulation to be debated at a key Group of 20 (G20) meeting next month.
European equities rallied Friday, boosted by some better-than-expected company news and data showing that the British recession was not as deep as expected in the second quarter, analysts said.
The dollar traded mainly higher Friday as currency traders turned more cautious in the face of a struggling stock market and mixed economic news.
Becky Lo, managing director and regional head of client delivery of Citi Group, arrived in Dhaka yesterday on a two-day official visit, the company said in a statement.
A wildcat strike by Indian Petrapole land port workers suspended the export-import activities between Bangladesh and India through Benapole yesterday.
US personal computer giant Dell reported a 23-percent decline in quarterly net profit on Thursday but surpassed the expectations of Wall Street analysts, sending its shares sharply higher.
Investors in the British stock market, which hit a 10-month high this week, will next week look forward to the Group of 20 finance ministers' meeting in London amid a dearth of company results.
More than 90,000 jobs are in danger in Germany's automobile industry as the government's "cash-for-clunkers" scheme comes to an end, a report showed on Friday.
Hitachi Ltd., NEC Corp and Casio Computer Co are in talks about a possible merger of their mobile phone businesses in a bid to improve profitability, reports said Friday.
August 23rd-August 27th, 2009
In Keraniganj near Dhaka, most of the canals which once had link with Buriganga and Dhaleshwari rivers were filled up either totally or partially due to continuous encroachment and dumping of solid wastes.
Institute of Governance Studies (IGS) of Brac University in its annual research report 2008 recommended downsizing the government and building strong media and civil society to ensure good political governance in the country.
The death of a five-day-old baby due to alleged wrong treatment sparked violent protests at Dhaka Shishu Hospital in the early hours of yesterday.
Hundreds of villagers in bordering villages in Sunamganj has been suffering a lot as landslides in Meghalaya, India, sending sand and rocks across the border into these villages, causing permanent damage to croplands.
Leaders of Bangladesh Garments Workers Unity Council (BGWUC) yesterday announced a series of programmes to press home their five-point demand, including revision in their wage structures and payment of all arrears before Eid.
The Government has decided to set up three 50-bed hospitals for Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) in Chuadanga, Thakurgaon and Khagrachhari to provide healthcare services for 45,000 people including BDR personnel and their family members.
Officials of the Department of Narcotics Control (DNC) yesterday arrested three members of a family from a house at SK Das Road under Sutrapur Police Station and seized 1000 ampoules of injection from their possession.
Nagorik Uddyog and Partnership of Women in Action yesterday demanded immediate arrest and exemplary punishment to the officials concerned of Rid Pharmaceuticals for producing toxic paracetamol syrup that killed 28 children, says a press release.
BNP will observe the first anniversary of release of the party chairperson Khaleda Zia and her eldest son Tarique Rahman from prison next month.
Shipping ministry will send all documents of corruption and irregularities to Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) within a day or two to take action against former shipping adviser Maj Gen (retd) MA Matin.
The government is going to set up a tribunal at Abdul Gani Road in the city within a month to hold the trial of war criminals, Law Minister Shafique Ahmed said yesterday.
Speakers at a roundtable here yesterday said Bangabandhu and independence of Bangladesh are inseparable and independence is incomplete without Bangabandhu.
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown made a surprise visit to Afghanistan yesterday, where he pledged to speed up the training of Afghan security forces, the BBC and Sky News reported.
Khulna Poultry Fish Feed Owners' Association will open eight outlets in Sadar and Sonadanga Police Station areas in Khulna city today to sell eggs at fair price.
After decades of quiet but desperate searches, journalist Nadeem Qadir discovered the grave of his illustrious father, Lt Col Muhammad Abdul Qadir, the senior most Bangalee military officer to embrace martyrdom at the very onset of the liberation war in 1971.
Coastal people in the disaster-prone southern part of the country underscored the need for launching programmes immediately to protect their livelihood, food and water security from adverse impacts of climate change which hit the region frequently.
Speakers at a discussion on Friday urged the youths to take vow for avoiding drugs for establishing a drugs-free society.
Seventy-one organisations at a joint meeting yesterday called on the government to announce a road map to the trial of war criminals and start the activities of tribunal through forming investigation committee and appointing lawyers immediately.
Transport workers barricaded roads at Gulistan and Sayedabad areas in the city for half an hour yesterday afternoon, protesting the attack on one of their leaders by local Jubo League men.
Over 100 hired goons and security guards of Partex Group allegedly tried to grab the land of a local union parishad member in Bangla Bazar area under Sadar upazila here on Friday.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina hosted iftar party for political leaders at Ganobhaban yesterday, but neither opposition leader Khaleda Zia nor any of her party representatives did turn up responding to the PM's invitation.
SR Osmani, former chairman of Petrobangla, passed away due to a massive heart attack on Friday night.
Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) seized 1,200 pieces of yaba tablets and arrested three people, including a Dhaka City Corporation councillor, in this connection in the city yesterday evening.
A three-kilometre protection embankment along the Teesta River has been constructed in two days as people from six villages in Votmari union under Kaliganj upazila of Lalmonirhat rendered voluntary service for the task to save their life and property from river erosion.
Seven of the nine joint conveners of Moulvibazar district BNP yesterday sent a resolution to party Chairperson Khaleda Zia, Secretary General Khandakar Delwar Hossain and Joint Secretary General Nazrul Islam Khan to remove M Naser Rahman from the post of Moulvibazar district BNP convener.
A college student was stabbed to death by a gang of criminals at Akua in the district town on Friday night.
An 'Ehsar' member of the Islamic militant outfit, Jama'atul Mujahidin Bangladesh (JMB), was arrested at Bawra village of Patgram upazila on Friday night.
Three of a family were electrocuted while another was critically injured around 11:00 am yesterday at village Char Chakdah in Sreepur upazila of the district.
Criminals yesterday killed a local Jubo League leader in Belkuchi upazila.
An outlaw was bullet hit during a gunfight with police in Kotchandpur upazila on Friday night. Police arrested injured Ashman, 35, son of Mozibar Malita of Bherakhali village under Harinakundo upazila. Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Kotchandpur police station said, some outlaws were holding a secret meeting in a field of Kushna village on Friday night. When police cordoned the area, the outlaws opened fire prompting the law enforcers to retaliate. During the gunfight, Ashman was seriously injured while others fled away. Police recovered a shutter gun and two bullets.
A Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activist of Rajshahi University unit, who was given death threat by Shibir cadres on Thursday night, received a fresh threat yesterday after he filed a general diary against five of them. BCL activist Golam Mostafa of Nawab Abdul Latif Hall told this correspondent that some unknown shibir cadres yesterday threatened him for filing the GD and asked him to leave the campus. Mostafa met the RU proctor and sought security of his life. He alleged that the university authorities and police are yet to take any step for arrest of the Shibir cadres.
Police arrested a suspected outlaw from the house of one Akbar Majhi in Comillatila area under Sadar upazila yesterday. Arrestee Rafiqul Islam Howladar, 25, is son of Hanif Howladar of Gasbari village under Sadar upazila in Madaripur district. A police team raided Akbar's house to nab listed criminal Mizanur Rahman yesterday noon. Sensing police presence Mizan ran away but police found Rafiq who was asleep there. He was arrested on suspicion of being an outlaw. Rafiq informed police that he had come to Khagrachhari a few days ago following a family feud.
A Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) leader was shot by criminals at Doharpara in the town on Friday night. Nayem Ahmed Russel, 23, son of Abdullah Sheikh is a student of Pabna Edward College and a leader of college BCL unit. Police and locals said the criminals opened fire on Russell at about 11 pm when he was returning home from mosque after prayers. Nayem was rushed to local hospital but the doctors shifted him to DMCH as his condition deteriorated.
A 'regional leader' of outlawed PBCP Red Flag faction was arrested on Friday night. Arrestee Rawshan alias Rwaz,45, is son of Samad Pramanik of village Baguan in Vangura upazila. Police said they arrested Rawshan from his residence Friday midnight. The arrestee is also one of the most wanted criminals in Pabna. He is accused in at least seven cases including murder and robbery, police said.
The carnage and massacre committed in the BDR Headquarters in Pilkhana on the 26th February definitely called for an immediate investigation into the matter and suggestion for future course of action regarding its restructuring. The JS Panel constituted for the purpose has already submitted a list of suggestions for its remodelling and restructuring. I appreciate the panel for doing the hard work for preparing the suggestions. But I cannot agree with the suggestion of curtailing the BDR manpower by 30 percent. Decreasing the manpower by 30% will mean a reduction of more than 12,000 personnel. If this suggestion is implemented several problems might arise. Firstly, a huge number of able-bodied persons with modern military training will remain unemployed.
We cannot take the words of the LGRD minister so lightly. He has explicitly expressed that the government is facing pressure both at home and abroad not to try the war criminals. He said this on 18 August while speaking at a function organized by Jongibad Birodhi Mancha (a platform against communalism and militancy).
Bangladesh is a developing country, and by definition, poor. The state and society both have to cope with severe socio-economic and political pressures, such as a chronic scarcity of resources, unpredictable political changes and needs associated, frequently, with post-colonial upheavals, as well as the intervention of outside forces which bring with them alien ideas and often alter the dynamics of the country. These circumstances, accompanied by wide disparities in income distribution and the needs of vast numbers of people who survive under conditions of extreme poverty, add a new dimension to the prevalence of corruption.
The month of Ramadan is the month souls are purified. The social scientists studying ethics believe that acquiring ideal sublime and ethical conscience passes through three stages:
South Khararchar is a vegetable producing area of Dhamrai upazila under Dhaka district. This area is not far from Dhaka city, but there is no good road communication with the city.
A UK news report ( 17 Aug) mentions that Sir David Attenborough has recently joined as patron the Optimum Population Trust (UK) , and along with many other environmentalists and scientists are calling for a campaign to limit the world's population. Prominent supporters of this call are Jonathan Porritt ( former UK government environmental adviser), long standing population control advocate Paul Ehrlich, and Professor Chris Rapley, a British scientist who has suggested that the world's population be cut by two thirds.
The acronym OSD stands for Officer on Special Duty. It means the OSD officers are supposed to engage in a special kind of duty which ordinary officers cannot do. Special duty may be an assignment of project appraisal, or project preparation, giving special training to a group of officers, some kind of research work, pursuing higher degree abroad, etc. But the practical meaning of OSD in our government (excepting sending abroad) is to keep someone out of his job. In other words, it is a kind of silent punishment. The mechanism does not bring any good results, rather it creates acute frustration among the sufferers, sap their morale, humiliate them to the family and society as a whole. The money and the facilities spent for them is mere wastage.
Some able-bodied people are found pretending to be lame, blind or dumb or some healthy beggars collect a false certificate or prescription and pretend to be patients. They beg in front of shopping malls, in universities and in vehicles. They emotionally blackmail the students and people for getting alms. Thousand of street children are also begging during daytime. Those children are sent to the streets by their parents after coaching to earn some extra pocket cash, though they are not actually poor.
I have just returned from a 10-day trip to Dhaka after four and a half years. There were many pleasant surprises in terms of positive developments; the energy I noticed in the streets and the infusion of a sense of purpose with which the 16 million city dwellers seemed to go about their day says volumes about the growing economy despite the political and administrative incompetence of the country's leaders and civil servants. The inside of Zia International Airport was most impressive. The $10bn remittance sent by expat workers is having an effect on the way of life in Bangladesh. The traffic alas is the bane of Dhaka!
I was moved very much with the volume of news reports and photographs published in different dailies and also with the emotional outburst of Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner Shahidul Huq in a recent meeting(20-08-09) held under the chairmanship of Communications Minister Syed Abul Hossain telecast on TV. The full video of Shahidul Huq's speech was though not telecast on TV but the thrust of his contention was clear enough to the audience.
The parliamentary standing committee on the education ministry rejected the judicial probe report on the campus violence that took place on Aug 20, 2007 on Dhaka University campus by terming the report "inadequate and irrelevant". I also believe the three-day violence was state sponsored . Well, ministries are accountable to PSCs, but may I ask how a judicial probe report is rejected by a PSC without reviewing it?
Time & tide wait for none. This proverb should be applicable for those who run the country. Seven months have already been blotted out but no sign of development in any sector is visible.
The Arabic word Ramadan is derived from 'Ramad' which means - to burn or to destroy something by fire. The holy month of fasting is called Ramadan, as during this revered month the Muslims as a whole blaze all sorts of offensive acts including jealousy, evil propensity, bluffing, hostility and so on.
In New York on August 20, 2009 an adviser to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said "The government has made no decision on the abolition of the caretaker government system."
With the changing face of economy and education, there is a growing need for stronger industry-academia interface. There is a perceivable difference between classroom teaching and industry requirements. In Bangladesh, industry requirements move at a fairly fast pace. However, the pace of change in academics is relatively slower. While the syllabi get updated over periods spanning over five to 10 years, the industry evolves in a matter of few months, so does its resource requirements. Hence, faculty development and teaching modernisation have to be accelerated so that a young population can make the most of the industry opportunities. Some of the areas in which the gap exists include lack of quality faculty, lack of high quality ICT and connectivity infrastructure. The curriculum needs to be overhauled. There is a need to introduce application-oriented learning with meaningful exercises so that academic learning becomes relevant when students join industry. The focus on research areas should be on a par or ahead of the global innovation pace. Moreover, higher education in Bangladesh does not focus on soft skills (verbal or written communication, working on interpersonal skills and team collaboration), which should be a priority. Higher education reform should be given utmost importance in terms of policy as well as implementation at the university level. Public-private partnerships in higher education can play the role of a catalyst. Specific opportunities abound in areas of faculty development, skill development and curriculum changes where industry partners can provide knowledge, expertise and support to address gaps.
Mohakhali is the largest inter-district bus terminal in Dhaka city. Thousands of people from various districts such as Tangail, Mymensingh, Sherpur, Jamalpur, Netrokona, Sirajganj, Bogra etc use this bus terminal to enter/leave Dhaka city.
Helicopter gunships destroyed a training camp for suicide bombers in northern Pakistan's troubled Swat Valley overnight, killing 18 militants, the army said yesterday.
Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh said yesterday that relations with Pakistan are currently not conducive for the two sides to have talks at any level.
India has lost contact with its first mooncraft, an unmanned satellite launched amid much fanfare last October, the national space agency said yesterday.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) top brass met senior leader LK Advani at his residence late on Friday night for almost two hours.
Former Pakistan president General Pervez Musharraf is in no mood to return to Pakistan soon.
Japan's political leaders made their final pitches for votes today ahead of landmark polls that could end half a century of almost unbroken conservative rule and bring to power a centre-left party.
Fresh fighting erupted early Saturday in northeastern Myanmar after days of clashes between government troops and ethnic rebels drove tens of thousands of people into China, and a bomb tossed across the border killed at least one and injured dozens.
The Nepalese government should investigate the alleged human rights violations by its army during the decade-long Maoist insurgency in the country to make sure that the perpetrators are held accountable, a top UN official has said.
The United Arab Emirates has seized a ship carrying North Korean weapons to Iran, marking the first time a nation has acted on UN sanctions to stop the communist state's proliferation, a diplomat said Friday.
President Barack Obama, three former presidents and a nation's elite gathered in the rain yesterday to attend a grand Catholic funeral for Edward Kennedy, America's legendary political patriarch.
Allegations of vote-rigging in Afghanistan's elections gathered momentum yesterday as the main challenger said he would not accept a compromised outcome and Western powers called for transparency.
At least 43 people have been killed, including seven soldiers, and dozens wounded in clashes between troops and cattle rustlers in south Sudan, a military spokesman said yesterday.
Police in the US have apologised for missing an opportunity in 2006 to find kidnap victim Jaycee Lee Dugard who was freed after 18 years in captivity.
Iran is stonewalling the UN nuclear watchdog on "possible military dimensions" to its suspect nuclear programme, officials said Friday, urging the regime to clarify the mysterious role of a foreign explosives expert and shed light on other issues.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday dismissed doubts raised recently about the success of the country's nuclear tests in 1998.
The space shuttle Discovery blasted off from the Kennedy Space Centre on a 13-day mission to help equip the International Space Station.
Michael Jackson's death has been declared a homicide by Los Angeles coroners as they revealed the singer had a lethal cocktail of six different drugs in his body when he died.
Incumbent Hamid Karzai yesterday pulled further ahead of his main rival in the race for the Afghan presidency, based on the latest results unveiled by the country's election commission.
Eight people died and 18 are feared trapped inside a cargo vessel which sank on a river in Indonesia's Borneo island, an official said Saturday, though state media says the tolls could be much higher.
Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki arrived in Baghdad on Saturday to offer his condolences on the death of Shia politician Abdel Aziz Al-Hakim and recent truck bomb attacks in the capital.
Arts & Entertainment
Two Bangladeshi documentaries "Rudhho Koishor" (Barren Dreams) and "Joler Shilpomanjuri" (Waterworks) have been selected for the 4th International Film Festival on Water '09. Titled "Voices from the Water," the festival will be held in Bangalore, India from September 4 to 7.
This was no run-of-the-mill art exhibition. What made the event stand apart was that the 19 artists who displayed their 51 artworks were disabled, largely with hearing and speech impairment. From paintings of Ganesh, the Hindu elephant God, to scenes from rural Bengal, to works capturing Buddha and the zodiac signs, the artist's paintings revealed that disability need not spell an end to life -- instead it can spawn imagination and creativity. The exhibition, aptly titled 'Beyond Limits,' was organised by the Delhi-based NGO Family Of Disabled (FOD). The aim was to provide a platform for the talented artists so that their work could catch public notice despite their disability.
The last episode of "Nodi Bachao, Dhaka Bachao, Pradhanmantri Shomipey" -- a five-episode talk show on recovering the rivers around the capital -- will be aired on Channel i tonight at 11:30 pm.
On the 33rd death anniversary of the National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, Nazrul Shena School, an institution run by Nazrul Shena central unit, arranged a daylong prgoramme at its auditorium in the district town on August 27.
Written and directed by Mamunur Rashid, the 47th episode of drama serial "Naksha" will be aired on ATN Bangla tonight at 9:20pm.
At first, fans politely applauded the Roma performers sharing a stage with Madonna. Then the pop star condemned widespread discrimination against Roma, or Gypsies -- and the cheers gave way to jeers.
THROUGH monetary policy the central bank of a country controls supply, availability and cost of money so as to achieve optimum growth and economic stability. Monetary policy is flexible i.e. immediate changes can be made in response to shocks, as opposed to fiscal policy, which takes longer to manage and implement.
NOWADAYS, technology affects practically all activities in our life. Digital technology has covered the operation of all levels of education from kindergarten to doctoral studies. The new technology has even started challenging higher educational institutions worldwide to redefine their student constituencies and teaching practices. Bangladesh has just started a journey on a new vehicle equipped with digital technology and run by local national experts and technologists.
LEPROSY is not as big a problem in Bangladesh as many diseases like tuberculosis, malaria, typhoid, etc. are. But this disease is not merely a health hazard but also a social problem. Because of the stigma, which also causes self-stigma, the life of the affected person gets devastated. Nine NGOs have been working towards the eradication of this disease under the banner of National Leprosy Elimination Program under the Directorate General of Health Services.