News of: Monday, 5th of October, 2009
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The final hearing of long pending Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman assassination case will start today at the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, as a bench was constituted yesterday for hearing the appeals filed by five convicts against their death sentences.
Ruling Awami League is yet to make a move to formulate a code of conduct for political parties in line with its electoral pledge to bring changes in the country's political culture and establish good governance.
Children of Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh Rehana will be given lifelong special security along with their mothers, says a new government bill.
The government yesterday suspended police officers Mazharul Haq and Kohinoor Miah on charge of "professional misconduct".
Ruling Awami League lawmakers yesterday in the third session of parliament demanded immediate resumption of the task to enroll educational institutions in the monthly payment order (MPO) system as they are facing public wrath in their constituencies for its non-operation.
The main opposition BNP and five other political parties will have to submit their ratified constitutions to the Election Commission by January 24 next year to retain their registration with the EC as per a provision of a new bill placed in parliament yesterday.
With a section of ruling party still forcing local newsmen to stop further digging into the incident of September 25 gang rape of a teenage girl, district and police administration of Patuakhali district have not yet taken any steps to nab the kidnappers and rapists.
Government hospitals have started realising increased service charges, fixed by the health and family welfare ministry last month, putting an additional burden on poor patients.
The draft National Health Policy-2009 suggests 'user fee' to be given by the patients for getting health services from public hospitals, which the health experts describe as a blatant attempt to commercialise the health sector.
Rescuers held out scant hope yesterday of finding more Indonesian quake survivors, leaving clean-up teams the grim task of retrieving the decaying bodies of thousands of victims from the rubble.
Three days after the death of a wild male elephant in Naikhhongchhari, forest department claimed yesterday that the animal died of diarrhoea.
A five-year long 71.2 million US dollars clean air project formally begins today to improve air quality in the capital and five other divisional cities.
The government will recruit around 32,000 police personnel, prioritising women, in the next three years to ensure security of people, Home Minister Sahara Khatun said yesterday.
The developing world will suffer about 80 percent of the damage from climate change despite accounting for only around a third of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, the World Bank said yesterday.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh wants to include Nepal and Bhutan in establishing the transit with India.
Leaders and activists of the local Mohila Awami League have occupied 12.77 acres of hilly land owned by Bangladesh Shipping Corporation in the city's Pahartoli area to build their party office.
BNP's plan to hold national council by the end of this year after formations of all grassroots level committees is unlikely to be successful as the party failed to gather momentum in its reorganisation process.
A Dhaka court yesterday asked two Harkatul Jihad al Islami (Huji) members to explain by October 14 why their bail, granted earlier in the August 21 grenade attack case, would not be cancelled.
A group of Awami League leaders and activists mercilessly beat a youth at the residence of AL lawmaker Ilias Mollah early hours of yesterday and later handed him over to Pallabi police for allegedly demanding extortion from the lawmaker.
Police early yesterday arrested two members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in connection with two separate looting incidents in the city last month.
An alleged criminal was reportedly shot dead by his cohorts yesterday evening in the city's east Dholaipar under Kadamtoli Police Station.
THE latest round of BBC Shonglap, as reported in the media, has thrown up some rather interesting as well as intriguing observations. On the one hand, participants on the show as well as part of the audience would like the enactment of a new law to improve law and order rather than a continuation of 'crossfire' methods to dispose of 'criminals.' On the other (and this is where the intriguing bit comes in), there are individuals who seemingly believe that 'crossfires' are an effective way of restoring law and order and ensuring security for citizens. It is this second aspect of the BBC-sponsored dialogue which causes concern. One of the prime reasons behind the voicing of such concerns stems from the views aired by Shipping Minister Shahjahan Khan at the dialogue. In his opinion, conventional ways of dealing with criminals have not worked and only 'crossfires' can lead to a restoration of security for people.
THE PM must have been riled enough to direct the minister for communications to do something to ease the unbearable traffic jam in the city's as the party's central committee meeting took up the issue on Saturday. And the minister came under pressure from his colleagues for a substantive effort to reduce, if not rid the capital of its traffic problems.
TEACHERS, since 1994, have observed World Teachers' Day on October 5. The aim is to mobilise support for teachers and ensure that the needs of future generations continue to be met by teachers. According to Unesco, World Teachers' Day represents the awareness, understanding and appreciation displayed for the vital contribution that teachers make to education and development.
ACCORDING to various media sources, political and foreign relations analysts at home and abroad have described Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's visit to the United States, in connection with the UN General Assembly session, a wonderful achievement for the country's foreign policy and foreign affairs management. Many have said that the rapport developed with the world's most influential country, through a series of interactions in a brief period, has warmed Dhaka-Washington ties, particularly when US foreign policy is going through a series of changes under the Obama Administration.
New Zealand will adopt a familiar role of underdogs when they confront title -holders and hot favourites Australia today in the ICC Champions Trophy final.
Newcomers Beanibazar SC and Sheikh Russel KC both moved into the quarterfinals of the Citycell Federation Cup after their respective Group C matches at Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
Brett Lee has set his sights on regaining his Test spot and becoming the first Australian bowler to take 400 wickets in both major forms of the game. In his last ten ODIs, Lee has taken 16 wickets to move to 321 overall and he felt the form was good enough to merit a recall to the Test side.
Nathan Bracken, the Australian medium-pacer, has said the knee injury that forced him to return home before the start of Australia's ICC Champions Trophy defence in South Africa had reached a stage where he "couldn't go on any more". He felt it had constrained his bowling and hoped that surgery would allow him to bowl more freely in the future.
Three officials of the Bangladesh Boxing Federation were reported to have gone 'missing' in Italy as they yet to come back home, four days after their scheduled return home after joining a world boxing seminar in Milan.
Paul Collingwood could miss the Delhi Daredevils' campaign in the inaugural Champions League Twenty20 after the England batsman picked up a buttock injury during the semifinal defeat against Australia in the ICC Champions Trophy. He will undergo a medical check-up when he returns to England from South Africa.
Pakistan captain Younus Khan has conceded that a dropped catch against New Zealand cost his team the Champions Trophy semifinal on Saturday.
No play was possible on the third day of the 4-day match between Bangladesh A and hosts Maharashtra Cricket Association due to rain at the Poona Club Limited ground in Pune on Sunday. Bangladesh A were in a precarious position at the end of day two as the hosts were leading by 280 runs with nine second-innings wickets remaining.
The Umpires Committee of Bangladesh Cricket Board will conduct an umpiring course for women from 5 to 8 October at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur. The participants have been nominated by the BCB Women's Wing, said a press release from the Media & Communications Department of BCB.
Bayer Leverkusen took over at the top of the Bundesliga on Saturday as they hammered struggling Nuremberg 4-0 while both Bayern Munich and defending champions Wolfsburg drew.
Defending champions Bordeaux slumped to a shock first loss of the season on Saturday when Saint Etienne handed Laurent Blanc's weary side a 3-1 defeat.
Former manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has tipped England for World Cup victory in South Africa next summer, but only if they succeed in ignoring the "ludicrous" pre-tournament pressure and hype.
Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder scored in the dying moments to send Italian champions Inter Milan to the top of the Serie A on Saturday with a 2-1 win at Udinese.
A terrific strike from Pedro Rodriguez helped Barcelona equal their best ever start to a league season with a nervy 1-0 home victory over Almeria on Saturday.
Wolfsburg's Brazil striker Grafite hit out at coach Armin Veh on Sunday for repeatedly substituting him while the defending Bundesliga champions struggle for form.
Despite escaping without a ban for his goal celebration against Arsenal last month, Manchester City's Emmanuel Adebayor claims the punishment handed down by the Football Association was "excessive".
David Beckham admitted on Saturday he is close to agreeing a return to AC Milan as he steps up his bid to feature in Fabio Capello's England World Cup squad.
Ex-Germany goalkeeper Jens Lehmann was on Sunday warned to watch his future conduct by his Stuttgart coach Markus Babbel.
Kevin Pietersen has joined the growing band of players voicing concerns over the gruelling international calendar and said that with lucrative Indian Premier League deals on offer, they would not be as keen to accept central contracts from their boards.
The England and Wales Cricket Board's (ECB) proposed plan to host the first floodlit Test next year has been ditched after two counties refused to experiment with the pink ball, according to a report in the Sunday Times.
Dinara Safina and Serena Williams, the world number one and two, advanced Sunday to the second round of the China Open, where the US superstar will look to wrest the top ranking from the Russian.
After being elected South Asian Football Federation president, Kazi Salahuddin is dreaming of introducing a club competition in this regional in the model of the European Champions League.
Bangladesh Bank Governor Atiur Rahman said yesterday high remittance inflows have created a liquidity overhang in the country's financial markets and put strain on macroeconomic management.
Grameenphone yesterday received overwhelming responses on the first day of its five-day nationwide subscription for an initial public offering (IPO), the largest of its kind in the history of Bangladesh capital market.
Local development campaigners yesterday blamed rich countries for not fulfilling their pledges to provide official development assistance (ODA) to least- developed countries for achieving millennium development goals (MDGs).
World Bank President Robert Zoellick yesterday assured Bangladesh of all-out cooperation in the country's efforts to face the challenges of the global recession.
United Commercial Bank Limited (UCB) and 50 other companies have been taken off the main board of Dhaka Stock Exchange and these securities will trade on the over-the-counter (OTC) market.
A key panel of the International Monetary Fund said Sunday that it supports giving more voting power to emerging market and developing countries, warning that the legitimacy of the institution was at stake.
Asian textiles, once considered a fading industry, are now showing strong growth prospects thanks to technology and demand from expanding middle classes, a leading industry player said.
Ambika Biswas looks at her grocery bag and winces. She is buying food for her family in one of New Delhi's cheapest markets -- yet her grocery costs are far higher than last year.
Asian currencies ended the week firmer against the dollar, as the US currency continued its downtrend in the absence of a signal from the Fed on interest rates.
Dhaka market yesterday stayed positive with key indices continue moving up for a second day, backed by shares of non-banking financial institutions (NBFIs).
Britain and France said Saturday they would mobilise four billion dollars (2.7 billion euros) for poor countries by giving up part of a recent IMF allocation of an international reserve asset.
Industries Minister Dilip Barua yesterday urged Bhutan to come up with joint ventures investment in different fields, including textile engineering, information technology, pharmaceuticals and education.
The government will issue security bonds of Tk 500 crore on Bangabandhu Bridge against its toll collection revenue in near future.
The crisis is redrawing the world map of economic power as the influence of US consumer spending declines and major emerging markets like China and India take the lead, finance chiefs said.
In a mission to project investment opportunities Bangladesh offers for foreign entrepreneurs, a high profile business delegation left Dhaka yesterday on a 4-nation tour.
Africa's poorest nations on Sunday demanded representation within the Group of 20 (G20) developed and emerging economies.
Former US president Bill Clinton, visiting Haiti in his capacity as a United Nations special envoy, wrapped up a two-day trip with a call for tourists to visit the Caribbean country.
The International Monetary Fund welcomed on Sunday the new Japanese government's plan to use stimulus funds to boost social spending, saying it would bolster much-needed private demand.
German car maker Volkswagen is seeking to end or sharply reduce its ties with car parts maker Magna after the Canadian group's takeover of VW rival Opel, according to a report to be published Monday.
China's Xian Aircraft Industry group (XAC) has taken over Austrian aircraft components builder FACC, an announcement said Saturday.
Local Market FX
Local inter-bank FX market was subdued today as the international market was closed for the weekend. There was ample liquidity in the market and the USD/BDT rate traded in a similar range to the previous working day
Sumon, a student of the Institute of Education and Research at Dhaka University (DU), was sleeping in his room at Surya Sen Hall like other nights, but all of a sudden, he felt that something hard fell on his body causing an injury to his chest.
Food and Disaster Management Minister Abdur Razzaque yesterday said the government decided to gradually retrofit the public and private buildings in the city to bring down the damages that might be caused by any earthquake.
Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid yesterday said the government is working to form a separate pay commission for teachers from primary to university levels to increase their salaries, facilities and social dignity.
The Child Rights Week 2009, organised by Bangladesh Shishu Adhikar Forum (BSAF), begins today with the hope to protect children from hazardous working atmosphere.
Former caretaker government advisers, civil society members and eminent citizens yesterday said if the existing provision of caretaker government system is dissolved without a national consensus a fresh complication will crop up centring the election result.
Speaker Abdul Hamid Advocate yesterday asked Home Minister Sahara Khatun to take necessary measures for an enquiry into the incident of an attack on independent lawmaker Fazlul Azim and ensure his security.
Despite the withdrawal of the extortion case filed by businessman Azam J Chowdhury against Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina from the trial court, an appeal against the High Court (HC) order for granting a bail to her in this case is still pending with the Supreme Court (SC) as the attorney general's office did not inform the SC about its withdrawal.
Businessman Osman Gani yesterday demanded exemplary punishment to BNP leader and former lawmaker Amanullah Aman on charges of attempting to kill him.
Railway Security Forces (RSF) yesterday seized 38 bundles of tender documents while being stealthily shifted from the chief engineer's office in Rajshahi Rail Bhaban to elsewhere.
Militant fighters streaming from a village and a mosque attacked a pair of remote outposts near the Pakistan border, killing eight American soldiers and as many as seven Afghan forces in one of the fiercest gunbattles of the troubled eight-year war.
Detective Branch (DB) of police yesterday arrested seven people, including a woman, from Bagerhat in connection with a burglary at a jeweller's at Gulshan in the city and seized around 140 tolas of gold and Tk 2.5 lakh from their possession.
At least eight people were killed and 40 others injured in separate road accidents in Tongi, Pabna, Jhalakathi and Bogra yesterday and on Saturday.
Political and economic empowerment of women at the grassroots level is a must to ensure democracy, speakers said at a seminar yesterday.
Two factions of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) yesterday clashed at Dhaka Polytechnic Institute at Tejgaon in the city over establishment of supremacy on the campus that injured at least 15 people.
University Grants Commission (UGC) of Bangladesh will today hand over the UGC Award for the years 2006 and 2007 to 19 teachers of different public and private universities in recognition of their fundamental research works.
Three people, including a son of former BNP lawmaker Hafiz Ibrahim, were arrested from the city's Gulshan area on charge of assaulting three policemen early yesterday.
A nine-member delegation of Jagannath University (JNU) led by its Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mejbahuddin Ahmed paid a courtesy call on President Zillur Rahman at Bangabhaban yesterday.
Amena Begum, additional superintendent of police of Chittagong, has been elected coordinator of Region-15 of International Association of Women Police (IAWP), says a press release.
Fire gutted properties worth around Tk 7 lakh of a six-storied building at New Distillery Road at Gandaria in old part of the city yesterday.
A four-colour camouflage uniform comprising black, dark brown, light brown and ash colours will be applicable for the Bangladesh Rifles.
Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK) in a statement yesterday condemned the remarks of Shipping Minister Shahjahan Khan at BBC Sanglap where he had said that criminals should be killed in crossfire and it is not possible to try them as per the existing laws.
The number of swine flu patients in the country has risen to 646 since the first case was detected on June 18, the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) confirmed yesterday.
US Ambassador James F Moriarty yesterday said the US would provide Bangladesh with more assistance to face the impacts of climate change and global warming.
Bangladesh Adivasi Odhikar Andolan yesterday strongly condemned the death threat to Prof Mesbah Kamal, general secretary of Bangladesh Adivasi Odhikar Andolan.
Classes of Jahangirnagar University (JU) will resume tomorrow after a 24-day vacation of Eid and Durga Puja.
Mohius Sunnah Chowdhury commonly known as Sunnat Chowdhury, a tea planter and philanthropist in greater Sylhet region, passed away due to prolonged illness at a private hospital in Sylhet city yesterday at the age of 89.
A Habiganj court yesterday issued arrest warrants against outlawed Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) chief Maulana Saidur Rahman and two other cadres and ordered attachment of their property, while Rab arrested a member of the outfit in Nilphamari on Saturday night.
A land grabber at Bordingpara village under Debiganj upazila in Panchagarh district has forced a hapless family to leave their ancestral land without fully paying the price of the land.
A leader of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) was abducted allegedly by the armed cadres of United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) from his house at Kengrachhari village under Bilaichhari upazila on Friday night.
The students of the Comilla University yesterday kept Vice Chancellor Prof Dr AHM Zehadul Karim confined to his office room for one hour demanding his removal.
A teenage tailor worker was raped allegedly by a local youth at Bhuli village in Thakurgaon Sadar upazila on Monday last.
Nurses at Magura Sadar Hospital yesterday postponed their work abstention programme for seven days after local lawmaker Prof Mohammad Serajul Akbar and Magura Sadar Upazila Parishad Chairman Abu Nasir Bablu assured them of taking action against the person who assaulted a female nurse at the hospital on September 26.
Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (Ruet) will hold the admission test for first year students for 2009-'10 academic session on November 21. According to the admission rule this year, only the students who have passed Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) Examination- 2009 or equivalent certificate can apply for admission. There will be 50 marks out of total 100, in Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) in mathematics, physics, chemistry and English. Only 425 students will be admitted under three faculties this year, Ruet sources said. The admission seekers can get further admission related information on Ruet website at www.ruet.ac.bd. The admission form distribution and collection will start on October 11 and continue till November 5.
A boy and his sister were drowned in a canal adjacent to Brahmaputra flood control embankment at Purbo Barobaldia under Gaibandha Sadar upazila yesterday afternoon. Locals said Mona, 10, daughter and Babu, 7, son of Moinul Mia of village Purbo Barobaldia went to take a dip in the canal. Babu suddenly fell in the canal. To rescue her brother, Mona jumped into the water and both were drowned. Locals later recovered the bodies of the boy and the girl.
One person was killed and four others were injured yesterday in a feud over a disputed land in Mehendiganj upazila. Rahman Molla, son of deceased Malek Molla lodged a murder case with Mehendiganj police station and police arrested Fazlu Molla, Faruk Molla, Bellal Molla, Saiful Molla, four accused siblings and cousins of the victim. Police said families of two cousins of Malek and Fazlu of Mollabari in Lata Goraghat village under Andharmanik union of the upazila had a long-standing dispute over land of their grand father. On Saturday afternoon, one group led by Fazlu Molla attacked their rival cousins led by Malek Molla during a feud over taking possession of a disputed land. Malek Molla,50, his wife Jasmin Begum, 35, and brother and sister Rob Molla,40, Razia Begum, 45, were beaten up and stabbed. Locals sent them to Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College and Hospital in a critical condition where Malek Molla succumbed to his injuries.
Eggs worth about Tk 4 lakh were damaged in a fire at Patbari of Benapole yesterday morning. Sources said, the fire that gutted at least 63,000 eggs in a godown, originated from an electric short circuit. GM Enterprise recently decided to import 14,70,000 eggs through Benapole land port. After taking delivery of 63,000 eggs on October 1, he kept them in the local godown. Fire fighters rushed to the spot and doused the fire in a struggle for over an hour.
Three youths were electrocuted at Kashar in Bhaluka upazila on Saturday when they came in contact of live electric wire. They were identified as Rasel, 17, son of Abul Hossain of Akua in Mymensingh town, Akkas Ali, 24, and Joynal Hazari, 25, of Faridpur district. Police said the victims died instantly when they were working at a textile mill at around 1.30 pm. Their bodies, recovered by police, were sent to Mymensingh Medical College and Hospital (MMCH) for autopsy. A case was lodged with Bhaluka police station in this connection.
Thirty people were injured in a clash between two rival groups at Haripur village under Sadar upazila yesterday. Police said, Saban Hossain and Moniruzzaman of Haripur village had deep tube well business. On Sunday morning, they sat together to examine the expenditure of their joint business. But at one stage they locked in an altercation and started to beat each other. After a while their supporters equipped with batons and iron rods joined the clash. During the clash, Abdur Rashid and Israil Hossain received serious injuries. They were rushed to Khulna hospital.
The volume and number of transactions in the market of Stock Exchange is the barometer of the economy of a modern country. Although we are a developing country we have two houses ( Dhaka and Chittagong ) and we see an increasing trend of the people towards this 'paper' market.
Population of Bangladesh stands at more than 162 million at present. The country is already bursting at the seams. There is a news item in The Daily Star that there will be crisis of the basic tools for population control like condoms, oral pills (OCP), injectable contraceptives etc. in the very near future. It is alarming news, and warrants immediate intervention by the government and the donor agencies.
Re: "Mahatma Gandhi" by Ashikur Rahman (Sept. 30).
Sugar price hike is caused by two very simple reasons. First, we are a heavily sugar-deficit nation. Secondly, the second biggest exporter of the sweetener in the International market, India, has suffered crop-failure this year resulting in less production of sugar and ban on export sale. Meanwhile, in global market sugar price has risen quite sharply. We know in market-economy price of a commodity is solely determined on demand-supply formula, no amount of moral persuasion or punitive threat can hold the pattern in check.
Mr S A Mansoor is himself a magical writer. His gems of wisdom, advice and anecdotes from a fertile memory, are a must-read for readers and I always look first for his contributions in the Letters Page of DS. His information on the number 9 is familiar to most of us. Many more computations have since come to light over the last 8 decades, but at the moment memory fails.
Nupur, a poor girl, was raped recently in a village in Shariatpur district..
Needless to say that tax, vat and levy are essential economic factors in the running and development of a nation. However, this indispensable source of economic contribution declines through tax evasions on account of the complicated procedures. Apart from aforesaid rationale other causes of non-compliance are lack of awareness, officials' harassments, complicated law, reluctance to disclose income and assets, venal tax officials, nepotism, high compliance cost and political pressure and so forth. Tax accounts for 80% of the revenue receipts while remaining 20% is derived from other sources. There are very few citizens who pay their income tax to the government while most of us are evading it due to mainly complicated and inconvenient process, lack of awareness and lack of stringent actions against tax evaders. Let us come to the main point: our prime minister has pledged to digitalize Bangladesh by 2021 which needs not only the governments' honest all out efforts but also the assistance of its citizens to make the dream come true. There is no doubt that economic strength is the number one requirement to see Bangladesh as a digital nation. If the figure of tax evaders keeps growing, then it will remain a dream forever.
The library facilities on the Rajshahi campus of AUB are not satisfactory. And the reading room inside the library is not spacious. But when the students are admitted here they are informed by the authorities that course materials will be given by them. But many books, especially English texts, are not available in the library. As a result, in every semester the students of English department are bound to buy a lot of books. These books are very costly.
According to the definition of Oxford dictionary "terrorism" means 'the use of violent action in order to achieve political aims or to force a government to act'. As per the extroversion of international law, there are different tyres of terrorism viz. international terrorism, national terrorism, communal terrorism, racial terrorism and so forth. But we cannot find any place for “student terrorism” in international law.
Drug addiction is increasing at an alarming rate in our country. Like all other problems, this problem also has a solution. Many developed and developing countries are adopting those ways but in our country, there are no special effects of those steps. We are facing difficulties to solve this problem because of the scarcity of caring Drug Rehabilitation Centers (DRC). Though we have a small number of DRCs, they are not trained enough to manage drug addiction.
Ten professors and an associate professor of different departments of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), were dismissed for their alleged political affiliation. The Registrar of the University said that the decision was taken by the BSMMU syndicate.
SMEs are the driving force behind any growing economy like Bangladesh. When the country is suffering from scarcity of investment, the SMEs are showing great enthusiasm to invest more, though they are facing hurdles due to the fact that the commercial banks and non-bank financial institutions (NBFIs) charge high interest rate on loans.
Tourism in Bangladesh is a slowly developing foreign currency earner. The country has much to attract international and domestic tourists.
There is a good saying for a man to be a good person --"hear no evil, speak no evil and see no evil". If we hear no evil, we will be happy, if we speak no evil, we will not harm others and if we see no evil, we will be in peace. In Bangladesh almost every hour of the day there are talk shows in private tv channels, sometimes simultaneously. Whenever, we tune to a Bangladeshi channel, we find a talk show going on. The viewers feel the private channels have no other programmes except ads and talk shows to keep their channels running. We believe, the channel authorities bring in participants from "shushil shomaj" who are experienced, high profile politicians or former high officials.
The nation in general and the Awami League and its front organisations in particular celebrated birth anniversary of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina with due fanfare and enthusiasm. But we are yet to know the actual number of her birth anniversary this year. Different TV channels observed her 63rd birth anniversary through news telecast, while The Daily Star in its 28th September, 2009 issue mentioned it as 62nd birth anniversary.
UN nuclear inspectors are to visit Iran's new uranium enrichment plant that has raised alarm in the West on October 25, the UN atomic watchdog head announced on Sunday after talks with Iranian officials.
Planeloads of relief supplies, and international rescue teams with sniffer dogs and specialist equipment, are flowing into Indonesia's earthquake zone, officials said yesterday.
With no outside help in sight, villagers used their bare hands Sunday to dig out rotting corpses, four days after landslides triggered by a huge earthquake obliterated four hamlets in western Indonesia.
Foreign forces ousted the Taliban from power in Afghanistan in 2001, but eight years on a growing insurgency and widespread discontent among locals are raising fears of failure among Western countries.
China's premier met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Il on Sunday at the start of a state visit amid signs the North may be willing to restart talks over its nuclear programmes.
The anti-terror law in Pakistan has been amended allowing authorities to act against members of outlawed groups that set up new outfits with different names, a move which may have ramifications for Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) whose founder Hafiz Saeed floated Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) after it was banned.
Former Pakistan president General Pervez Musharraf has said that the US and Pakistan both lost track of al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden five years ago, The Dawn reports.
Sucked to her death in a muddy river bed, a baby woolly mammoth spent 40,000 years frozen in the Siberian permafrost where her body was so perfectly preserved traces of her mother's milk remained in her belly.
Landslides buried two families in the Philippines as they sheltered in their homes from Asia's latest deadly typhoon, which killed at least 16 people and left more than a dozen flooded villages cut off Sunday.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad used to have a Jewish last name, a British newspaper reported Saturday.
Three top Nigerian militant leaders in the volatile oil hub of the Niger Delta gave up their weapons along with thousands of fighters on Saturday under a government amnesty.
Nepal is to deploy armed police along its northern border with Tibet, the country's home minister has said, days after nearly 80 Tibetans were arrested in the capital Kathmandu.
Former Japanese finance minister Shoichi Nakagawa, who was forced to resign over his apparently drunken behaviour at a meeting of world powers, has been found dead at his home, police said Sunday. He was 56.
Arts & Entertainment
Mostafa Sarwar Farooki's latest movie "Third Person Singular Number" will have its world premiere at the upcoming 14th Pusan International Film Festival, South Korea. The film will participate as part of 'A Window on Asian Cinema' category at the festival.
Film enthusiasts of the country will soon get an opportunity to watch last year's multi-Oscar-winning film "Slumdog Millionaire" on big screen. Production house Impress Telefilm Limited and mobile phone operator Aktel have brought the film to Bangladeshi theatres.
Last Saturday a musical soiree and drama based on the mythical characters -- Gazi, Kalu and Champabati -- were held at the Jhenidah Shilpakala Academy. The programme, on the occasion of Eid and Durga Puja reunion, was held at the initiative of reputed local cultural organisation Ankur Natya Academy.
The indomitable cricketer Shakib Al Hasan is trying his hand at acting. Shakib will act in a TV play titled “Romance with Cricket.”
Thousands of people thronged along the banks of Surma and on the Keane bridge in Sylhet city on Saturday afternoon to enjoy a boat race jointly organised by the Bangladesh Rowing Federation and Sylhet divisional Sports Association. Pubali Bank Limited sponsored the annual event.
Ramkrishna Sheba Ashram, Pabna recently organised a get together and cultural programme to mark the end of the Durga Puja festival. The programme was titled 'Sharadia Utshab'. Along with the cultural programme, a discussion and children's drawing competition were held on the organisation's premises.
Lady Gaga isn't letting her ill-fated tour with Kanye West keep her from her fans.
The Best Singer Competition-2009, organised by Bangladesh Betar (radio), Khulna centre began last Thursday at the Independence Square. Khulna City Mayor Talukder Abdul Khalek inaugurated the ceremony, while Khulna Deputy Commissioner NM Ziaul Alam was present as special guest.
ACCORDING to American political philosopher John Rawls, a society should be judged on the welfare of its most vulnerable. In this regard, macroeconomic survival of the global recession or buoyant foreign reserve is not enough to understand the quality of our social life. Since children are among the most vulnerable in any society, a good test using the Rawlsian framework of how the Bangladeshi society is faring would be to look at how our children are doing.
THE government recently declared that, after the end of NSAPR II in 2011/12, it intended to prepare a five-year development document. NSAPR adheres to a certain process and includes certain characteristics that can be considered as improvements over the past process of FYP preparations and its characteristics.