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News of: Sunday, 6th of September, 2009
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Former finance minister M Saifur Rahman died in a road accident on Dhaka-Sylhet highway in Ashuganj yesterday.
Five workers sustained severe burns at a ship-breaking yard in Sitakunda upazila yesterday.
Health screening at land ports has been sloth against the widespread occurrence of swine flu infection in the country.
The government has finally amended public procurement rules despite donors' objection, keeping the provision for limited qualification for development project purchases worth up to Tk 2 crore and dropping reintroduction of the lottery system.
Politicisation, mismanagement and the practice of graft marred the very purpose of providing the poor with free food under the government's special vulnerable group feeding (VGF) programme devised for the month of Ramadan.
Five members of a family were killed and as a speeding truck collided head-on with a taxicab and reduced it to wreckage on Pallabi Beribadh in the city's Mirpur yesterday. The cab driver sustained severe injuries.
Bangladesh can have access to an alternative submarine cable if it allows two Indian companies to build a fibre optic network to take low-cost telecommunication services to India's seven sister states.
The government has decided to appoint 101 assistant judges to lower courts in addition to 207 whose appointments are now almost at the final stage.
An assiduous person that he was, Bangladesh's longest serving finance minister M Saifur Rahman was loved by the audience for his serious remarks laced with humour, often in his own Sylheti dialect. Wherever he was, he always carried an air of freshness in ideas, vigorous conviction and straightforwardness. And through decades of his political career and wisdom, Saifur almost became a true statesman, often criticising his own party stances on issues such as hartal and anti-privatisation sabre-rattling. Inside his party, he was one of the few saner heads respected across the file and rank.
A monsoon depression in the northwest Bay and adjoining areas might trigger a heavy rainfall and 3-5 feet high wind-driven surge inundating low-lying areas of 14 coastal districts, offshore inlands and chars.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina called upon the expatriate Bangladeshis to extend their wholehearted support to her government in building a modern digital Bangladesh by 2021 through salvaging the country from what she said the ruins left over by past rulers.
With a view to providing a uniform treatment management of swine flu across the country an 18-member national technical committee was formed yesterday to prepare a guideline on clinical management of the pandemic influenza A/H1N1.
* Born in Baharmardan village of Moulvibazar in 1932
Saifur Friday made his last visit to Sylhet where he went to college and competed in parliamentary elections of 1996, 2001 and 2008.
Three suspected criminals were killed in separate incidents of 'shootout' in Khulna, Kushtia and Pabna Friday night and early yesterday.
The Foreign Ministers of Bangladesh and India hold bilateral talks in New Delhi on Tuesday (Sept 8) for a review of the entire range of bilateral issues as well as finding out newer avenues of cooperation between the two next-door neighbours.
Local people and police jointly foiled a robbery in Agrani Bank under Sadullapur upazila while police caught two robbers of the gang of four members red-handed from the spot around 12:30am on Friday.
The government will deploy 5,000 Rab members all over the country ahead of the Eid-ul-Fitr festival to check black marketing of tickets for bus, train and launches for homebound people.
Educationists, academicians and teachers at a discussion yesterday urged the government to make the draft report on National Education Policy 2009 public to have opinions of mass people on it before its implementation.
The high court in the Indian state of Gujarat has ordered the government to lift the ban on a controversial book on Pakistan's founder Mohammed Ali Jinnah.
Pakistani forces yesterday killed at least 43 Islamic militants and destroyed their headquarters in the lawless Khyber tribal area bordering Afghanistan, officials said.
Fifteen people, including several Bulgarians, died Saturday when an ageing tourist boat sank within seconds into Macedonia's Lake Ohrid, a popular attraction in the Balkans, officials said.
LET there be no mistaking facts here. The upazila system is in a state of emasculation. Where it was thought that upazilas would serve as a strong foundation of the local government structure, it is now clear that the Awami League-led government is in little mood to have such a system take root. This of course runs contrary to the pledge the AL made in its election manifesto about a strengthening of local government bodies, with upazila parishads being a pivotal factor in such a plan. Since taking office, however, and particularly since the upazila elections in January this year, the government has backtracked on its commitment obviously in order to satisfy lawmakers. That has been done through empowering MPs to play a supervisory role in the functioning of the upazilas, so much so that upazila chairmen can only have projects implemented if and when they are approved by local lawmakers. That negates the overall concept of devolution the upazilas were supposed to be an embodiment of. What has now happened is a dilution of the authority local bodies should have had under a properly functioning upazila system.
NOW that the World Climate Conference-3 has concluded with the decision to create a 'Global Framework for Climate Services', we earnestly hope all the countries will work sincerely towards implementing the pledges. The framework aims to help the world community better cope with the challenges of the unpredictable climate behaviour, as drastic changes in the weather pattern and resulting global warming is poised to wreak havoc in many countries, including Bangladesh. Hence, the Bangladesh government needs to keep its attention focused on how and when the recommendations will be translated into action.
The prime minister has called upon the Bangladeshi expatriates of Europe to invest at home to accelerate country's economic development. The expatriate community's contribution to the economy cannot be overemphasised, especially for the remittance they send home regularly. Reassuringly though, the volume of foreign remittance is gradually on the increase despite the impact of the all-engulfing global recession on the developed economies where our expatriates live and work. Considering their unflinching support matched by robust contribution to the national economy under all circumstances, it is hardly surprising that the government would expect more from the Bangladeshi diaspora, especially who have also the capital, to come in a still bigger way and invest in the country. The prime minister's call in this connection is therefore only reflective of the nation's rising level of expectation from them.
THE contagion of global meltdown that started in the US has caught up with the others. George Soros, in his book The crash of 2008 and what it means, writes: "The size of the problem is even larger than it was in the 1930s. This can be seen from a simple calculation. Total credit outstanding was 160 percent of GDP in 1929, and it rose to 260 percent in 1932 due to the accumulation of debt and the decline of GDP. We entered into the Crash of 2008 at 365 percent, which is bound to rise to 500 percent or more by the time the full effect is felt. And this calculation does not take into account the pervasive use of derivatives, which was absent in the 1930s but immensely complicates the current situation." He blames the collapse of the "housing bubbles" for the financial crisis.
The season's transfer market for the upcoming Premier Division Cricket League has been stirred up by the high demands of some of the national players. The chief attraction for this year's transfer market was none other than star Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who not only signed a record deal with champions Abahani but also paved the way for some of his colleagues to up their price tags.
Abahani's Argentine trainer Diego Alvaro slammed the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) for delay in finalising the schedules of the season's curtain-raising tournament, the Federation Cup, as the Dhanmondi-based outfit began their second phase of training yesterday at the Dhaka University ground following a half-a-month conditioning camp at the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan.
Six-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal, trying to complete a career Slam, and British second seed Andy Murray withstood fightbacks to reach the third round on Friday at the US Open.
Daniel Vettori's New Zealand recorded their second Twenty20 success over Sri Lanka in three days with a 22-run victory on Friday that helped them sweep the two-match series.
Australia captain Michael Clarke praised two of the newcomers to the tour of England as his side put their Ashes defeat behind them with a tense four-run win in the first one-day international.
Grand Master Enamul Hossain Rajib slipped to second position in the 4th Kolkata Open International Grandmasters Chess after dropping a point in the fourth round game held on Friday at the Gorky Sadan.
South Korea outclassed Australia 3-1 in a friendly on Saturday in what coach Huh Jung-Moo said was a useful work-out ahead of next year's World Cup.
Virender Sehwag, who spoke out against the Delhi cricket administration's unfair selection process and forced top officials to pay heed to players' concerns, has said his intent in raising the issue of selection was to change the system and not target any individual.
Dautia Bulbul Club came from behind to register a 3-1 win over Katigram Sporting Club in the Hafijul Islam Khan Uttu Smriti First Division Football League at the Shahid Miraz-Tapan Stadium in Manikganj yesterday.
Wins for Venus Williams and Kim Clijsters on Friday set up a mouth-watering US Open fourth-round clash between the two former champions.
Dwight Yorke, the former Manchester United forward, has retired from football after being released by his last club, Sunderland, at the end of last season.
Scotland skipper Darren Fletcher believes the heavy criticism he and his teammates received after the recent defeat in Norway can inspire them to get their World Cup bid back on track.
Former Chelsea chairman Ken Bates has welcomed FIFA's transfer ban for the Blues over their controversial capture of teenager Gael Kakuta, saying top clubs have been riding for a fall in trading youngsters "like horsemeat."Carlo Ancelotti's side were rocked this week by a FIFA ban on signing any players during the next two transfer windows after snatching Kakuta and the English Premiership side have appealed the decision.
AC Milan have dismissed speculation that the club is looking for a buyer following a report in a national newspaper on Friday.
Roman Abramovich, the billionaire owner of under-fire English premiership giants Chelsea has begun scaling Africa's highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro, at the start of a 10-day visit to Tanzania, officials said on Friday.
Fabio Capello confirmed Friday that he intends to remain England manager until after the next European Championships in 2012.
South Africa wants to change to the nation's wardrobe in the run-up to the 2010 World Cup, urging people to wear football jerseys every Friday until the kick-off in June.
Renault were told on Friday they must appear before an extraordinary hearing of the FIA's World Motor Sport Council to answer charges that they caused a deliberate crash in last year's Singapore Grand Prix.
The world's leading batsman Sachin Tendulkar of India has suggested that 50-over one-day internationals be split in two innings of 25 overs each to revive interest in the game.
How quickly the momentum has shifted. After bossing New Zealand around in the Tests, Sri Lanka have been slightly deflated with a loss in momentum, after defeats in both Twenty20 contests over the past three days. New Zealand followed up their three-run victory on Wednesday with 22-run win on Friday to start the limited-overs part of their tough tour on a definite high.
Accolades poured in from top economists for M Saifur Rahman, a former finance minister and a passionate promoter of free-market economy, who died in a road crash yesterday.
Agrani Bank may fail to meet its profit target this year because of sluggish trade and commerce in the country although the bank made more profit than its target last year.
The telecom watchdog is set to allow new investors for 3G licences, aiming to ensure a competitive price through biding by the year-end.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith has downplayed the garment owners' demand for Tk 3,000 crore to pay salary and bonus to their workers before Eid, saying it is their 'tactic' for realising money from stimulus package.
Prices of essentials except sugar and lentil are showing a sliding trend because of an adequate supply of the items, apex trade body FBCCI said yesterday after a market watch.
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown called on world leaders to make a strong and clear commitment to further efforts to boost growth, saying Saturday that the global economy is at a "critical juncture".
Dhaka stocks finished slightly up last week, led by non-bank financial institutions (NBFIs) and insurance companies.
Fenchuganj power plant project is likely to go into operation in the next three months, as the tax-related dispute between the Power Development Board (PDB) and Chinese contractor Harbin has been resolved recently.
Most South Korean big businesses plan to maintain or increase their numbers of new recruits from last year.
The price of gold raced higher this week, reaching almost 1,000 dollars an ounce as investors sought a safe-haven amid concerns over the strength of economic recovery, analysts said.
Honduran business leaders are drafting emergency measures to deflect the potentially devastating impact of a massive cut in US aid, a top industry insider said on Friday.
G20 finance ministers are close to agreeing new rules on bankers' bonuses, a source said Saturday, after splits between the US, Britain and the rest of Europe threatened to cloud a key meeting in London.
A year after the near-collapse of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the mortgage giants remain dependent on the government for survival and there is no end in sight.
As caution creeps back into Wall Street, investors have pulled back to consolidate recent hefty gains amid questions about whether stocks have hit their peak for 2009.
Oil prices fell Friday after the world's biggest energy consumer the United States reported a rise in its unemployment rate and as traders booked profits before a long US holiday weekend.
Zimbabwe has received about 400 million dollars in support from the International Monetary Fund, the lender said Saturday, part of its broader effort to cushion the blows of the global economic crisis.
The US unemployment rate jumped to 9.7 percent in August as 216,000 jobs were lost, the government said Friday in a report showing improving labour market conditions.
With the country still reeling from a severe recession, US President Barack Obama unveiled Saturday new incentives to encourage individual savings to secure the future of the country's retirees.
The European Central Bank's head stressed Friday that the global financial crisis was not over and said the ECB would maintain special support measures, despite growing optimism for a recovery.
The World Trade Organisation has judged European subsidies paid to Airbus illegal, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing a source "familiar with the matter".
Japan's Suzuki Motor Corp. plans to build a new plant in India in 2011 in a bid to meet growing demand for cars in the country, a newspaper reported on Saturday.
Ten people were killed in separate road accidents in Gaibandha, Satkhira, Tangail and Sylhet in last two days.
President, speaker and deputy speaker of the parliament, leader of the opposition and leaders of different political parties yesterday expressed deep shock at the tragic death of the country's veteran political leader and longest-serving finance minister M Saifur Rahman.
BNP has announced a three-day mourning period beginning today in memory of its leader and former finance minister M Saifur Rahman, who died in a road accident yesterday.
Five women bearing the marks of acid burns in their faces and lives made their mark in embroidery works, thanks to an initiative from Acid Survivors Foundation (ASF) in association with Australian Small Scheme Human Rights Grand Fund.
The government must invite the opposition to forge a people's unity to address the issue of India's proposed Tipaimukh dam, said noted experts at a roundtable yesterday.
Noted economist Prof MM Akash yesterday said the BGMEA's demand for Tk 3,000 crore to pay the workers' wages and bonuses is an attempt to blackmail the government.
An assistant sub-inspector (ASI) of Bogra Sadar Police Station and three local photojournalists have been accused of mugging Tk 22,000 from a hotel manager in the town.
The Directorate General of Health Service (DGHS) yesterday formed an 18-member committee to develop a treatment protocol for the pandemic H1N1 2009, which has already affected 281 people as of Friday and killed two persons since the first case detected on June 18 in Bangladesh.
Today is the 20th death anniversary of National Professor Dr Mohammad Ibrahim, founder of the Bangladesh Diabetic Association (BDA).
The thirty activists of Hizb-ut Tahrir, who were arrested near Baitul Mukarram National Mosque on Friday, were sent to jail after they were produced before a court in the city yesterday.
Urdu-speaking Biharis staged a demonstration and blocked the Humayun Road at Mohammadpur in the city yesterday evening protesting the shooting of a teenage boy belonging to their community by members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab).
Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has introduced a modern computer-based vehicle tracking system in the country.
The Association of Private Universities of Bangladesh (APUB) yesterday opposed the proposed Private University Act 2009 demanding its immediate cancellation.
Agriculture Minister Begum Matia Chowdhury yesterday urged the opposition to join parliament session saying that those got people's mandate have no right to stay out of it.
Bangladesh Dalit and Excluded Rights Movement (BDERM) leaders at its first general council yesterday called on the Dalit community to be united to press the government in order to meet their basic human rights, as years after years they have been deprived of these rights as citizens of the country and human beings as well.
An elderly woman suffered serious burns as her rivals threw acid on her over a land dispute at Nazirpur village in Habiganj yesterday.
Bangladesh and India would discuss the entire gamut of bilateral ties, including the existing ones like the cross-border Tipaimukh dam, as Foreign Minister Dipu Moni is to arrive here tomorrow on a four-day visit, informed sources said yesterday.
Speakers at a certificate giving ceremony of a workshop yesterday called on the television channels to present news in sign language to ensure the right to information for the people with hearing impairments.
The government will bring changes to quota system considering legal and constitutional provisions and talents of the job seekers so that the meritorious are not deprived, said Law Minister Shafique Ahmed yesterday.
A gang of extortionists hurled a number of handmade bombs at a sand trader, leaving him injured at Matikata in the city's Cantonment area early yesterday.
A seminar titled 'Role of civil society in promoting democracy' jointly organised by MAAPSI and Dr Ambedkar Foundation was held at Ambedkar Foundation in the city yesterday, says a press release.
Hundreds of families in Shyamnagar upazila, made homeless by cyclone Aila and tidal surge on May 25 last year, are still passing miserable life on roads and embankments and in makeshift tents on high lands as they are yet to be brought under rehabilitation programme.
Krishak Dal leader Gazi Salauddin, injured in a clash between two factions of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) in Pirojpur on Thursday, died at Labaid Hospital in the capital yesterday.
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) rescued 11 people including six children and two women from bordering village Shaljhor under Bhurungamari upazila of the district early yesterday.
Carnivorous piranha is openly selling as Thai Rupchanda at different fish markets in 12 upazilas of Tangail district although there is a ban on import, sale and farming of the dangerous fish native to South American rivers including the Amazon.
The students of Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday launched a campaign to create awareness against swine flu. They formed a human chain in front of the university central library at around 11:00am, urging the government and the university authorities to take measures to test swine flu at the university medical centre free of cost. They advised students to consult doctors if they have a high temperature accompanied by sneeze and cough.
Three people were killed by lightning in Muradnagar upazila of the district yesterday morning. The dead are Sumi Akhter, daughter of Rabiullah, Maksuda Khatun, daughter of Khair Khan and Mitu Akhter, daughter of Nabiullah of Alicher village. Sources said the three were struck by lightning while plucking water lily in a pond. Lightning also killed two people-- Eshon Miah of Chandnail village and Tahidul Islam of Shahapur village under the upazila--Thursday evening.
Criminals shot dead a young man at Jagannathpur village under Alamdanga upazila of Chuadanga district on Friday night. The body of Majnu, 22, son of Muktar Hossain of the village, was found beside a road near Alamdanga Railway Station yesterday. Police said Manju might have been killed while returning home from Alamdanga Bazar.
An octogenarian woman at Palashbari village under Sadar upazila filed a case with Sadar Police Station against her gambler son yesterday. Mokena, 81, was beaten up by her son Dulu Mia, 45, for protesting gambling at her house. Mokena said she tried time and again to persuade her son to give up the bad practice but to no effect. Finding no way, she filed a case against her son with Sadar Police Station.
National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports Thakurgaon unit yesterday held a rally in the district town protesting police action on a procession of the committee in the capital on Wednesday. The speakers also demanded punishment to those who charged batons on the leaders and members of the committee including its member-secretary Prof Anu Muhammad. Chaired by Thakurgaon unit convenor Principal Merazul Hossain, the rally was addressed, among others, by local press club secretary Akhter Hossain Raza and former president of Lawyers' Association Advocate Touhidul Islam. The committee also took out a procession in the town.
Police yesterday recovered the body of a housewife from a water body at Char Danga village under Alfadanga upazila. The body was identified as Champa Begum, 25, wife of Masud Molla at the village. Police and locals said Masud had an extra marital affair with Champa's married sister Sima Begum. Police suspect the extra marital affair of Masud might be the reason behind Champa'death. Police arrested Sima but Masud has gone into hiding. Police sent the body to Faridpur Medical College and Hospital morgue for autopsy.
Four people were injured as the rival activists of Awami League (AL) clashed allegedly over taking control of Ganjapara area under Sadar Upazila. They are Ganjapara ward Awami League president Suruj Ali, his wife Ambia Khatun, son Abu Bakar Siddik and daughter Sahida Begum. Police said, the clash ensued when a group of 10-15 people led by ward AL leader Zahangir Alam attacked the house of Suruj Ali, leaving four injured on the spot. Police rushed to the spot and sent all four to Khagrachhari Adhunik Sadar Hospital for treatment. No case was filed or none arrested.
Swine flu is taking an alarming turn as reported in the media. But it is very difficult to trace any serious and coordinated effort of the ministry to combat the situation taking both preventive and curative measures with appropriate speed and to increase the public awareness on the issue.
I strongly believe that there is ample scope for reviving the past glory of our golden fibre the Jute. What is needed is a pragmatic action plan plus strengthening the research and extension activities of Bangladesh Jute Research Institute (BJRI).
For nearly 40 years I have been writing against the activities of the Forest Dept from Chittagong, in a series of over 120 letters in the 70s, 80s and 90s mostly entitled “The Green Gold of our Hills” and “The Rape of our Forests”. Although front-paged in the national dailies and vehemently supported by the late Bobby Islam of the Morning Sun, these stark exposes of the corruption of forest staff with names, dates, facts and figures had absolutely no effect.
I felt obligated to write in reference to the news item “Rab man beaten to death in Habiganj” published in The Daily Star on August 29, 2009.
During the only T20 match in the West Indies, Mr. Atahar Ali Khan asked Mohammed Ashraful after he got out about what their strategy was towards this particular game. His answer was to get at least 60 runs in the first 6 overs. This was done however at the cost of losing 5 wickets and they were not able to hit the big shots towards the end of their innings and get a decent score.
The front-page report on the matter, published in the pages of a local English daily on August 22, is a very serious matter. One usually associates illiterates and criminals who tend to ignore court orders, but not responsible public and private organisations as such. From the report, and two other reports published alongside, it seems that private organisations like BGMEA and BGFEA too have disregarded court directives! The same is the case with public and private educational institutions too! It only reflects the indifference of the management of these large number of institutions, who think nothing of flouting court directives!
Different measures have been proposed for reducing traffic congestion at Asad Avenue of Mohammadpur,Dhaka by different organizations including Dhaka Metropolitan Police. But one point is missing from those proposed measures. That missing point is that Mohamamdpur has become an educational town. There are many schools, colleges, and universities in and around Mohammadpur.
I would draw your kind attention to the news published in your newspaper on August 2, 2009 regarding admin cadre officers' promotions.
Biman used to advertise about its service as "Biman, your home in the sky".
As a layman, I agree with many experts that the rebels cannot be tried under the Army Act which was made for the Army. It is inequitable to pick and choose portions of the Act for prosecutor's' convenience; for instance, application only of the penal provisions but not the beneficial provisions of the Army Act which gave better salaries and promotion structure to army personnel and allowed them to go abroad for UN duties.
Before going into the main point of my letter, I'd like to thank the The Daily Star for providing exposure to the hard work we do. With us I mean the students who are studying under an international curriculum or the so-called 'English medium Students'. I think it's an excellent effort of the The Daily Star to encourage the students to do better by awarding the exceptional achievers with the 'The Daily Star' award. It stands out singly in recognizing the achievements of English medium students in this country.
The neurosurgery department of this medical college is the first if its kind outside Dhaka and second established in Bangladesh. This department was running very smoothly until recently, serving the people of south eastern part of our country.
Discourse is a natural extension of two logical minds of differing philosophies as they interact and strive to interject some cohesion. Successful discourse is constructed upon a good dose of healthy
It is pleasing to see that our Bangladesh cricket team is finally playing to its potential. First of all, BCB made a wise decision by stripping Ashraful off captaincy. Though Mortaza was appointed captain, it was Shakib Al Hasan who led the team against the depleted West Indies side and Zimbabwe because of the former's injury. Shakib not only captained the team brilliantly, but also his all round performance must have inspired his fellow teammates. It is the first time in Bangladesh cricket history when our batsmen are batting more consistently. Tamim, Zunaid, Ashraful, Mushfique, Shakib, Mahmudullah, Naeem Islam are playing good knocks. Only we should look for consistent batting display from Ashraful. Many a time he plays unnecessary shots that bring his early downfall. I hope he will be more sensible when he bats.
Women and child trafficking is one of the greatest forms of human abuse in the world today. Trafficking is lucrative and linked with criminal activity and corruption. It is often hidden and hard to address. Day-by-day it is increasing and taking various shapes worldwide. Trafficking always violates the human right to grow up in a family environment. It is common in poor regions, or politically unstable countries. But girl trafficking for sex trade is common in every country. It is a high profitable business. There are two types of trafficking -- human trafficking within the country (internal) and international trafficking.
Sweden's EU presidency said it was ready for talks or confrontation with Iran over its nuclear programme and qualified the appointment of a terror suspect as defence minister as a "provocation."
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said yesterday he sees no point in meeting Benjamin Netanyahu if the Israeli premier approves a fast expansion of West Bank settlements before considering a freeze.
The United States and South Korea on Saturday held top-level talks to discuss ways to press North Korea to return to disarmament talks, a day after the communist state's renewed nuclear sabre-rattling.
Dozens of people were killed or wounded in clashes between Shia rebels and the Yemeni army overnight when a ceasefire broke down after only four hours, a military source said.
Former US president George W Bush's top law enforcer John Ashcroft could be sued and held personally responsible for the wrongful detention of a US "terror" witness, a federal appeals court said.
Iran's opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi yesterday renewed fraud allegations against the authorities over June's disputed presidential election and called for protests against the result to continue.
Twenty-five people have been killed and several more wounded in clashes in the tense oil-rich Upper Nile region of south Sudan, a military spokesman said yesterday.
A former US soldier will spend his life in prison for the gang rape and murder of an Iraqi girl and the slaughter of her family, a judge ruled Friday.
A Nato bombing in Afghanistan that killed scores of people was a major mistake, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said yesterday as Germany defended the strike which its troops instigated.
A Communist Party leader and police chief in the troubled western Chinese region of Xinjiang have been sacked, the official Xinhua news agency says.
Afghan electoral authorities have cancelled the scheduled release on Saturday of the latest tranche of results from controversial elections that have been overshadowed by fraud allegations.
Majority of the Congress members of the Andhra Pradesh legislative council today unanimously backed the demand for making Y S Jaganmohan Reddy the new Chief Minister to succeed his late father Rajasekhara Reddy.
External Affairs Minister SM Krishna attacked Pakistan yesterday by calling it epicentre of terror in this region, and said it's for Islamabad to decide what kind of ties it wants with India.
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has once again said that Islamabad would continue its support to the Kashmiri people and the government's decision to give autonomy to Gilgit Baltistan does not mean that it has shelved the Kashmir issue.
Trade and oil considerations played a big part in the decision to include the Lockerbie bomber in a prisoner transfer agreement between Britain and Libya, a senior British official said in an interview published yesterday.
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif has said that prosecuting former President General Pervez Musharraf under high treason charges for taking 'extrajudicial' actions on November 3, 2007 would help resolve all crises facing the country currently.
Iraq has deployed thousands of reinforcements along its border with Syria to prevent insurgents from crossing the desert frontier, as the government said Friday it has provided Syria with evidence linking Iraqis there to bombings.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L.K. Advani is set to start another nationwide 'yatra' to boost the morale of members and search for talent in a bid to rejuvenate the party.
A local court here has rejected the petition filed for registering a case against former President General Pervez Musharraf in connection with Baloch leader Nawab Akbar Bugti's killing.
A court in India's western state of Gujarat ordered the lifting of a ban on a controversial book about the 1947 partition of the subcontinent that angered Hindu nationalists, a report said Saturday.
A Sub divisional magistrate in Bhojpur in Bihar has issued a non-bailable arrest warrant (NBW) against Shiv Sena chief Balasaheb Thackeray on Friday for his alleged uncharitable and inflammatory remarks against the Biharis.
Sri Lanka has imported equipment to speed up mine clearing in the former war zone in the island's north, the defence ministry said yesterday.
Hong Kong has launched a search of ponds in public parks after at least 16 fish of an exotic species that can grow up to three metres (10 feet) long were discovered, apparently dumped by their owners when they grew too big.
Arts & Entertainment
With Sohanur Rahman Sohan's "Keyamat Thekey Keyamat," Bangladeshi filmdom got a new lease of life. Through this blockbuster, two stars were born -- Salman Shah and Moushumi.
Crafts are beauteous on many levels. It is, however, a time consuming medium and can be appreciated by all. In Bengal, crafts have been an inseparable part of our culture and heritage for ages. It is considered to be one of the most refined, yet accessible expressions of aestheticism.
The massive marble and concrete Great Mausoleum at Forest Lawn Memorial Park was slightly accessible by the public before Michael Jackson was entombed somewhere in its maze of floors and hallways.
The 37th death anniversary of world-renowned musician, Sur Samrat Ustad Allauddin Khan will be held in Brahmanbaria today.
Leading photographic agency and gallery Drik celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. To mark the special occasion, a two-day series of events begins today.
THE newly elected government's manifesto includes the realisation of Vision 2021 and the technology to implement it (Digital Bangladesh), envisages Bangladesh as a middle-income technology-savvy country by 2021. Although this is a much needed change in paradigm shift, it will require sustained effort and a long-term plan involving strategic investment in education and technology. For this to happen, there has to be unwavering commitment by the present and successive governments to elevate the present levels of higher education and scientific proficiency to contemporary international standards.
EDUCATION in Bangladesh is beset with many problems such as divisiveness, high drop-out rates, deteriorating teaching standards, lack of opportunity for higher education, low pay for teachers, dependence on coaching centers, commercialization of educational institutions, politicisation of both students and faculty and so on. Some of these problems stem from our system of structuring, some from financial constraints while others are caused by political polarization and administrative inefficiency and neglect. While the Ministry of Education has undertaken the task of reforming the entire educational system, my focus is on a single problem the structural weaknesses in our education system.
DIGITAL Bangladesh" and "Vision 2021" are catch phrases in Bangladesh these days. The buzzwords are no longer confined to the lexicon of information and communication technology (ICT) enthusiasts, but have entered the vocabulary of the educated section of the population. In its election manifesto leading up to the Ninth Parliamentary Elections in 2008, the Awami League (AL) coalition envisioned a Digital Bangladesh by 2021. The alliance led by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) countered with a promise of an even earlier delivery. ICT activists in the country may find this competition to own the issue heartening, as it may be a realization among the politicians that digitisation is synonymous with being modern and forward-looking, and that investment in ICT is important for national development.
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