News of: Wednesday, 14th of October, 2009
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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has directed the communications ministry to speed up tendering for the contract to construct an elevated expressway in the capital.
The parliament yesterday decided to recover money from former speaker Jamiruddin Sircar, his deputy Akhtar Hamid Siddiqui, and former chief whip Khandaker Delwar Hossain through legal actions, for their alleged misappropriation of the money as medical bills, additional fuel allowances, and other expenses during the last parliament.
The government yesterday decided to withdraw an extortion case against Senior Joint Secretary General of BNP Tarique Rahman, and a corruption case against Jatiya Party Chairman and former president HM Ershad for misuse of state power.
He is not a government functionary; nor is he a lawmaker from any local constituency or elsewhere. Still his party ruling Awami League decides to accord him a big-budget homecoming reception.
Three workers died of gas inhalation at a ship-breaking yard at Sitakunda in Chittagong yesterday.
Corruption allegations about renovation work of Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel in the capital remain ignored despite repeated whistle blowing for the last five years.
Quoting from a High Court (HC) verdict, Barrister Abdullah-al Mamun yesterday told the Supreme Court (SC) that Maj (retd) Aziz Pasha took a sten gun from the hands of Risaldar (retd) Moslemuddin and gunned down Begum Fajilatunnesa Mujib, wife of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, on August 15, 1975.
Parliament yesterday passed a bill providing lifelong special security arrangement and secured residences to Sheikh Hasina, Sheikh Rehana and their children.
Two factions of Bangladesh Chhatra League exchanged at least 20 shots during a clash over giving shelter to a BCL activist at Haji Muhammad Mohsin Hall of Dhaka University early yesterday.
The High Court (HC) yesterday directed the authorities concerned to interrogate former BNP deputy minister Abdus Salam Pintu at the jail gate in the cases against him.
Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) bulldozed at least 15 shops on the Mirpur road yesterday in Kalabagan and Dhanmondi areas as part of its ongoing drive to retrieve car parking spaces from illegal occupants to ease nagging traffic congestion in the capital.
Asian Development Bank board yesterday approved $744 million loan for Bangladesh so that the country can face the world economic recession fallout.
Unruly university and college students yesterday set ablaze a bus, vandalised 20 vehicles and put up barricades on roads in separate clashes in the capital's Kakoli, Mohakhali and Mirpur.
An audacious weekend assault by Islamic militants on Pakistan's army headquarters is again raising fears of an insurgent attack on the country's nuclear weapons installation.
As the Rajuk bulldozer began to roll towards Alta Plaza at Dhanmondi to knock down its ground floor designated for car parking space, Salahuddin Matin -- owner of the plaza -- dashed out, made an eye contact with the driver and gestured him to go away.
Bangladesh Public Service Commission (PSC) yesterday published the preliminary test results of the 29th Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) examinations with a total of 13,536 candidates qualifying for the written test.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked the education ministry to work on forming a trust fund in an effort to ensure free education in the primary and secondary level.
A Dhaka court yesterday rejected a bail petition of businessman Giasuddin Al Mamun in connection with a case filed against him for dodging Tk 14 crore in income tax during 2000 to 2007.
Speaker Abdul Hamid called on lawmakers yesterday to join the campaign against poverty at Bangabandhu International Convention Centre on October 17.
The cabinet committee on public purchase yesterday approved the import of two lakh metric tonnes of urea fertiliser to ensure its supply in the next Boro season.
In a report published in The Daily Star on Tuesday under the headline “Poor JS Attendance: PM embarrassed, Latif annoyed”, we inadvertently mentioned former deputy speaker Akhtar Hamid Siddiqui as incumbent deputy speaker. Shawkat Ali is the deputy speaker now.
THE plans formulated about what was then given out as Pakistan's second capital in Dhaka (and that was in the early 1960s) were aimed at marking off and developing an area to be noted for its architectural as well as aesthetic beauty. In time, as a result of Bangladesh's War of Liberation, the second capital became Sher-e-Bangla Nagar, housing the Jatiyo Sangsad and the sprawling verdant area around it. Conceived and shaped into form and substance by the reputed Louis Kahn, the area was expected to maintain its pristine nature and serve as a proper and elegant symbol of Bangladesh's democratic politics. That, unfortunately, appears to have been an aim much to be trifled with. As a report and a photograph in yesterday's issue of this newspaper show, for yet one more time the Sher-e-Bangla Nagar complex is under grievous assault and this time in a way that can only leave the entire structural pattern of the area mutilated.
THERE appears to be no let up in the rise of prices of vegetables and daily consumer items. We saw a comedy being played out in the month of Ramadan when the FBBCCI and the ministry of commerce through the so-called joint efforts of market surveillance were successful in doing nothing at all to check price hike. If anything, the empty rhetoric emanating from some government high-ups only helped to raise price level even further. And strangely, it is only in Bangladesh that price rise of essential commodities have a ratchet effect, once it goes up it never comes down. Statistics will bear out the assertion.
FOREIGN Minister Dipu Moni makes a point. It is one that all journalists, especially those with a fascination for foreign diplomats based in Bangladesh, ought to take note of. No, there is nothing wrong, at least not much, with the diplomats. But there appears to be something grossly not right with a section of our journalists, who seem to have come upon the truth (and have held on to it firmly) that it is all right to seek foreigners' opinions on our domestic political circumstances.
PRESIDENT Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize in a stunning decision that honoured the first-year of his tenure as US president.
PRIME Minister Sheikh Hasina has been gaining laurels for upholding crucial global issues in the world's forum with creative suggestions while addressing core issues. She is now in the global limelight for playing a big part in the 64th UN General Assembly (UNGA), putting an end to the country's negative impression.
Newcomers Beanibazar Sporting Club moved into the semifinals of the Citycell Federation Cup with a 2-0 win over Chittagong Abahani in the third quarterfinal at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
Pakistan cricket captain Younus Khan offered to resign on Tuesday in protest at a meeting called to investigate the team's defeats by Australia and New Zealand in the recent Champions Trophy.
The Twenty20 format is supposed to be about big hits and large crowds. There wasn't much of either at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Tuesday evening as Victoria qualified for the next stage despite losing to Wayamba, who were eliminated in a low-scoring scrap on a sluggish pitch. Both teams competed in the go-slow stakes: Wayamba making the fewest runs in the Powerplay (16) in Champions League Twenty20, and Victoria taking until the 13th over to reach 50.
A magnificent 93 not out from left-handed batsman Mominul Haque propelled Bangladesh under-19s to a comfortable four-wicket victory over the visiting England under-19 team in their first limited overs practice match at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.
Injury-plagued New Zealand all-rounder Jacob Oram announced Tuesday he is retiring from Test cricket in a bid to prolong his career in the shorter forms of the game.
Eastern Bank Limited (EBL) has earned the rights of selling tickets for the upcoming one-day international series between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.
Local boys Rustom Ali and Biplob Ram upset the top seeds to advance into the semifinals of the Prime Bank ATF under-14 Tennis Tournament at the National Tennis Complex in Ramna yesterday.
South America's gauchos are renowned for toughing things out in harsh conditions - but few would see much wisdom in changing their horses in mid-stream.
No Costa Rican team has won a World Cup qualifier on US soil in 24 years but the Ticos must end that drought Wednesday to ensure themselves a berth in the 2010 South Africa World Cup.
Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo could endure an agonising night this Wednesday when he watches from afar as Portugal launch a final bid to qualify for the 2010 World Cup.
Salomon Kalou has become the latest Chelsea star to agree a new long-term deal, with the Ivory Coast striker signing a contract that will keep him at Stamford Bridge until 2012.
Crisis-hit AC Milan head into a perilous pair of matches in the coming week that could make or break their season, but Brazilian forward Ronaldinho believes that could inspire his team.
Argentina coach Diego Maradona, already reeling after a shaky World Cup qualifying campaign which could yet end in failure, suffered more irritation Monday when a Peruvian fan hacked into his website.
Steven Gerrard has been ruled out of England's final World Cup qualifier, against Belarus on Wednesday, with a groin injury.
Bangladesh Football Federation yesterday decided to start the third edition of B. League from October 25, four days after the completion of the ongoing Citycell Federation Cup.
Hamilton Masakadza's career-best 156 set up Zimbabwe for a handsome 91-run victory in the first one-day international against Kenya in Harare on Monday. His mammoth effort helped the home side to an imposing 313 for 4 and the visitors never threatened to get close as Kyle Jarvis impressed on his debut.
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have lined up Dav Whatmore as coach, putting an end to months of speculation and uncertainty after the exit of John Buchanan. Whatmore, who guided Sri Lanka to the 1996 World Cup title, has been given the job more than three months after the team sacked Buchanan following two disastrous IPL seasons in which they finished sixth and eighth.
Lleyton Hewitt advanced into the second round of the Shanghai Masters with a 6-2, 6-4 win over John Isner Tuesday with the Australian's eyes firmly fixed three months into the future.
The stakes were high, the task unambiguous: the winner would progress to the second round of the Champions League, the loser would to go home. And Jacques Kallis chose this stage to deliver a tremendous performance, one that ensured Bangalore's qualification, and Otago's elimination, from the tournament: his unbeaten half-century was the bedrock of a destructive batting exhibition, and his three-wicket opening spell knocked the stuffing out of the opposition's chase.
Andrew Flintoff wants to have a spell playing domestic cricket in Australia before the end of his career.
A leading expert is checking signatures by late cricket legend Donald Bradman sold by ex-England player Dermot Reeve which are said to be too messy to be genuine, the Bradman Foundation said on Monday.
Marseille defender Souleymane Diawara has apologised for a tackle that has left Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo facing up to a month out.
Italy coach Marcello Lippi has wasted no time in launching preparations for next year's World Cup, insisting that anyone can force their way into his plans.
Wantaway Standard Liege midfielder Milan Jovanovic, who scored twice for Serbia at the weekend, is in talks with Spanish top flight club Valencia.
The insurance industry is concerned with the claim settlement provision recommended in the report of the standing committee on finance ministry that has proposed to empower the regulator greatly.
The knitwear sector trade body chief in a press briefing yesterday pointed his finger at the absence of strong trade negotiations on the government's part, a setback to raising Bangladesh's capability to tap the $1.2 billion South African apparel market.
Knitwear and woven garment exports, which account for over 80 percent of total shipments, slipped in the July-August period, dimming prospects for Bangladesh's overseas sales.
The government formed a high-powered task force early this week to encourage and monitor investments in tourism sector from home and abroad, said the civil aviation and tourism minister yesterday.
The Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE) opened its office in Sylhet on Monday.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday called upon industry owners to increase the processing of frozen fish and vegetables and export the food items to meet growing demand for Bangladeshi expatriates the world over.
Commerce Minister Faruk Khan yesterday sought Japanese investment in shipbuilding, textile and solar energy sectors.
Import of onion through Benapole land port has decreased as the Indian government has raised the price of the produce because of a poor harvest and supply.
A four-day real estate fair, 7th BD-RED Abasan Mela 09, began in Chittagong yesterday, with a commitment to developing environment-friendly housing for all.
A 3-day fair, Sylhet Housing Fair 09 will begin in London from December 27.
Warid Telecom offers international roaming services to its prepaid subscribers, said the mobile operator in a statement yesterday.
The Swedish investment group Investor said on Tuesday it had earned a profit in the third quarter as it took advantage of renewed stability on global financial markets.
Leaders of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) have invited the business community of Switzerland to invest in potential sectors of Bangladesh, said the apex trade body in a statement yesterday.
The euro leapt above 1.48 dollars in choppy trade on Tuesday as dealers digested a mixed German investor confidence survey, while the British pound fell on news of sliding inflation.
A lot of memories have been packed into Osman Morad's five years in Bangladesh as the Standard Chartered CEO. He is a witness to a lot of changes -- high and lows -- in the banking industry, economic growth and the country's resilience to the global downturn.
One scholar studies how best to manage resources like forests, fisheries and oilfields. A fellow American looks at why some companies grow so large. Together they're winners of this year's Nobel Prize in economics for groundbreaking work that could affect efforts to prevent another global financial crisis.
Asian markets moved higher Tuesday as stronger oil prices boosted commodities stocks, while sentiment was also buoyed by a Wall Street rally based on hopes for the upcoming earnings season.
Oil prices rose towards 74 dollars on Tuesday, driven by prospects of improved demand as the economy recovers and as cold weather hits the United States earlier than expected, analysts said.
British American Tobacco Bangladesh (BATB) Chairman Golam Mainuddin has joined the board of directors of Advanced Chemical Industries Ltd (ACI) as an independent director.
China and Russia on Tuesday cemented their burgeoning trade relationship with billions of dollars in new deals as Prime Minister Vladimir Putin met his Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabao.
Electronics manufacturing giant Flextronics International said Tuesday it will hire more than 6,000 migrant workers in mainland China this month because of a rise in demand ahead of Christmas.
Germany, Europe's top economy, is recovering from its worst recession in 60 years, a closely watched survey suggested on Tuesday, but any upturn is likely to be gradual and the road to recovery bumpy.
RBS Coutts, the private arm of the Royal Bank of Scotland, said Tuesday it plans to hire 200 wealth managers in Asia as it tries to latch on to an expected explosion of millionaires in the region.
Local Market FX
Local inter-bank FX market was active today. The USD/BDT rate traded at a slightly higher rate compared to the previous working day
Speakers at a press conference yesterday demanded cancellation of land survey in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) before resolving the land disputes in the hilly areas.
Reviewing the draft national education policy, Sammilita Samajik Andolon yesterday placed its nine-point demand, including ensuring unitrack education system up to class VIII.
Bangladesh National Women Lawyers (BNWLA) yesterday urged the government to activate the women and children repression prevention committee to stop domestic violence.
RDRS Bangladesh, an NGO committed to changing through empowering the rural poor, on Monday invited reports from the journalists working in different electronic and print media in Rangpur and Dinajpur districts to offer 'RDRS Media Award'.
A female admission seeker of Rajshahi University, who burned herself on Monday, expired in the early hours yesterday fighting for her life for 12 hours at Rajshahi Medical College Hospital (RMCH).
A mobile court yesterday shut down a blood bank penalising its owner Tk 60,000 and sending his partner to jail on charge of collecting blood from drug addicts in the city.
Speakers at a consultation meeting yesterday called on the government to ensure primary education for all children in the country.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has suggested incorporating measures in the long-term national planning and budgeting to address climate change, looking at the human impacts on the most vulnerable.
The three persons who were arrested with 10 Arges grenades were taken on a five-day remand yesterday after Jhinaigati police produced them before a Sherpur court.
The government would open up two hostels soon exclusively for the persons with disabilities (PWDs) involved in various occupations to ease their accommodation crisis.
A two-day international seminar on flight safety organised by Bangladesh Air Force began at Falcon Hall at Tejgaon in the city yesterday.
Officials and employees of Narayanganj municipality began work stoppage for indefinite period yesterday to protest the attack on mayor, councilors and employees of the municipality by a group of miscreants on Monday.
A reunion of Dhaka University Political Science Department Alumni Association (DUPDAA) will be held on October 23 at the TSC of the university.
An elderly woman yesterday made an appeal to the government to rescue her son from the kidnappers or take the responsibilities of the victim's four children as their mother is also dead.
Faridganj police took serial killer Rasu Khan on a two-day remand for second time yesterday.
FAO Representative in Bangladesh Ad Spijkers called on Foreign Minister Dipu Moni at Foreign Ministry office yesterday, says a press release.
Doctors Association of Bangladesh (DAB) announced to boycott the election of Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA) slotted on November 5 terming it a farce.
The High Court (HC) yesterday suspended the conviction of former state minister for civil aviation and tourism and BNP leader Mir Mohammad Nasiruddin in a corruption case filed by the Anti-corruption Commission (ACC).
Former BNP minister Shahjahan Siraj was released from jail on bail yesterday.
BNP Chairperson and Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Khaleda Zia on Monday night called on the countrymen to check all steps against people's interests, as she apprehended alien powers at play.
A seven-day Malaysian Food Festival organised by Radisson Water Garden Hotel Dhaka began on Monday.
The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday fixed November 12 for hearing the appeal against the High Court (HC) verdict, directing Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) to stop setting up cattle markets in open places or on streets in the capital before Eid-ul-Azha.
Speakers at a meeting said there are 40,000 visually impaired children in the country and, of them, 12,000 are facing sight problem due to cataract which can be treated by a simple operation.
A sanitary shop employee was strangle to death at his mess at Kathalbagan early yesterday and police recovered a body of a 45-year-old man from an abandoned house at Kotbari under Darussalam Police Station in the city on Monday night.
Association of Former United Nations Staff of Bangladesh (AFUNSOB) will organise a get-together of all members/prospective members with their spouses, says a press release.
A fire broke out in a compressor room of Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel in the city last night, damaging two air compressors partially and causing panic among its boarders.
State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Enamul Haque Shahid yesterday said there is no alternative to going for coal to produce electricity in the country.
BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain yesterday said the party's national council will be held by December although different vested quarters are trying to create obstacle in the way of implementing the party's reorganisation plan.
A sexagenarian died while he was on remand at Bangshal Police Station in the city last night.
Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) yesterday put forwarded a 16-point amendment-proposal on Draft National Education Policy 2009 in the education ministry.
People of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) area are passing days amid concern about food supply in the aftermath of 2007 rodent attacks that caused massive destruction to their crops in fields and stores.
Sylhet Divisional Speedy Trial tribunal yesterday gave the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) another month until November 15 to submit report on 'further investigation' into the case for killing former finance minister SAMS Kibria and others.
Trial of a member of Indian Border Security Force (BSF) has begun for killing three innocent Bangladeshis by crossing the border in Tentulia upazila of Panchagarh district on November 16 last year.
The medical centre of the Islamic University (IU) in the district is limping due to acute shortage of doctors, medicine and nurses causing immense suffering to the patients there.
Members of the Bogra Bar Association will boycott courts until 1:00pm tomorrow if the persons involved in assaulting Additional Public Prosecutor (PP) Helalur Rahman Helal are not arrested by today.
Indigenous people of remote Laxmichhari upazila have stopped selling and buying goods at Laxmichhari Bazar protesting attack on some indigenous people and leaders of the United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) at the bazar allegedly by the activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and Banglalee Chhatra Parishad (BCP) on October 9.
The seventh death anniversary of legendary peasant leader Ila Mitra passed silently yesterday in her paternal home at Bagutia village in Shailkupa upazila of Jhenidah district.
Diarrhoea situation in Pabna sees no improvement as at least 149 more people contacted diarrhoea in 24 hours till Tuesday afternoon.
Harkat-ul-Jihad (Huji) operative Abu Obaida alias Harun, 28, an accused of plotting to kill Sheikh Hasina in Sylhet in 2001, was yesterday produced in the magistrate's court that sent him to jail.
Former general secretary of Moulvibazar district unit of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) Abdullah Al Pervez was critically injured as unidentified criminals attacked him on Monday night.
Four suspected members of a criminal group were arrested yesterday morning by police in Koikkhong Jhiri area under Ruma upazila.
A one-year-old girl was killed allegedly by her father yesterday morning at Mohipur area under Kalapara upazila.
Rajshahi University (RU) authorities yesterday expelled two 'fake' examinees during admission test of Islamic History department under 2009-10 academic session. They were identified as Shahidul Islam of Natore and Selim Reza of Dinajpur district. Administration sources said the invigilators expelled them during admission test at Momtaz Uddin Arts Building and handed them over to the law enforcers. RU proctor Prof Chowdhury Zakaria told this correspondent that he later released them after an undertaking. Earlier on Monday, RU authorities caught a fake examinee during the admission test of Philosophy department and freed him on similar condition.
Body of an unidentified youth was recovered on Sunday from the Bashia River in Bishwanath upazila. Police said, locals saw the body of the youth, aged about 15, floating in the river and informed police. Police went to the spot and recovered the body. They suspect that assailants might have thrown the body into the river after murder. An unnatural death (UD) case was filed with local police station.
A housewife allegedly committed suicide on Sunday by hanging from the ceiling of her house at Taltala village in Sadar upazila. The victim was identified as Salma Akhter, 20, wife of Uzzal Mia. Family sources said, Slama, following a family feud, took her own life. On information, police recovered the body and sent it to hospital morgue for autopsy. An unnatural death (UD) case was filed with local police.
Rapid Action Battalion, in separate drives, held four alleged drug peddlers along with 2,300 bottles of banned phensidyl syrup from different parts of the district on Monday and Tuesday. Being tipped off, a team of Rab-5 raided a truck at Belabazar in Gomostapur upazila at about 6:30am and recovered 2,000 bottles of phensidyl syrup. The elite force members also arrested truck driver Babu in this connection. Another Rab team conducted a drive in Barik Bazar area under Shibganj upazila on Monday. They arrested one Khairul and his two cohorts Mozammel and Saban from a house along with 300 bottles of the banned syrup.
Police on Monday arrested another person suspecting his involvement in killing of advocate Gias Uddin Khan Masud at Kachukathi in Kaukhali upazila of Pirojpur district. Acting on a tip-off, a team of Detective Branch (DB) of police arrested Santu from Kachukathi area and handed him over to Kaukhali police. Earlier, police arrested two people -- Kamrul Islam, local coordinator of NGO Jubok, and Hemayetuddin Shikdar, a clerk of local sub-registrar office - in this connection. Advocate Gias Uddin Khan Masud, 38, was shot dead by a group of armed assailants near Kachukati bridge on Kaukhali-Swarupkathi road on Sunday.
A Jubo League activist was hacked to death on Saturday night following a feud over a water body. Victim Monirul Islam Pikul, 28, was son of Abu Zafor Biswas of Dogacha village under Sadar upazila. Police arrested two BNP activists in connection with the murder. Locals and relatives said, Pikul had a long-standing dispute over ownership of a water body at the village with some local BNP activists. When he came out of his house at about 10:30 pm on Saturday he was hacked by some rivals leaving him seriously injured, they said. Pikul was rushed to the hospital but he succumbed to his injuries at about 3:00 am. Police arrested Saiful and Shaheenur the same night.
Five people were injured when rivals attacked a BNP meeting in Dewanganj Sadar union here on Monday. Witnesses said, a gang launched the attack on the meeting at about 12 noon, leaving at least five BNP leaders and activists injured. Union BNP unit arranged the meeting to form its convening committee. The attackers also ransacked a number of houses and damaged a motorbike.
Jessore Kotwali police on Sunday night arrested a couple with a 9 mm pistol from Benapole area in connection with an abduction case filed by one Motaleb Hossain. They arrestees are Syedur Rahman, 28, son of Nurul Islam of Talbaria village and Runa alias Rekha, 22, daughter of Abdul Haque of Chanpara under Sadar upazila. Police said, Motaleb filed the case alleging that Runa is the second wife of his brother Kabir Hossain who has been missing since May 1 this year. Runa and her lover Syedur abducted his brother, according to the complaint. The couple had been living at Mohisdanga village in Benapole as husband-wife for last two months, locals said.
After reading the newspapers I am saddened to know that 100 unregistered Rohingya refugees' houses have been demolished by the authorities. Is this not against humanity because they are staying now under the open sky in rainy season which is a pathetic scene because they are human beings too. As far as I know about 12,000 unregistered Rohingya refugees illegally intruded into Bangladesh a few years ago. Actually they are political refugees because they were deprived of their fundamental rights in Myanmar and had severe restrictions imposed upon them. They have been compelled to leave their native Arakan in search of livelihood and justice or a political solution. They do not have any means of daily earning. They are passing their days in polythene sheds without adequate food and other essentials. As far as I know, they are expecting a permanent solution to their issues and then they will be back to their homeland under UN guarantee.
The ship breaking industry of the largest breaking zone of this country has turned out to be a death trap for the helpless workers who work there for a mere pittance. On an average a labourer dies almost every day as the job entails risk--an accidental fire here, an explosion there and so on. Even if they survive they suffer from deadly diseases as a result of their contact with the toxic elements. Sometimes they sustain ugly injuries that force them to retire and join the ranks of the disabled.
Although Bangladesh is primarily considered an agrarian economy, industry now makes a significant contribution to GDP of the country. There are industrial zones pivoting around principal urban centres of Bangladesh. Besides, various small and medium scale industries are scattered all over the country. A recent survey conducted by the DoE (Department of Environment) notes that more than 1200 industries discharge about 35,000 cubic meter wastes that leads to environmental degradation. In my view to save the environment from industrial pollution, the government should adopt the following pollution control strategies:
The editorial of The Daily Star of dated 2 October 2009 depicting the nature's fury in large part of Asia is very timely and a call for our government and the people to undertake emergency preparedness plan for a high intensity earthquake here in Bangladesh that is not a remote possibility. The editorial will also promote our image as sympathizers to the suffering survivors of the disasters and bring us all closer to one another in regional and global perspective.
Brian Cloughley's fascinating article, analysing in details, the US duplicity on this vital issue, is a must-read article for all. It was published in a local English daily on October 6th, and is worth being reprinted as many have missed it! I hope that all our newspapers reprint this article next weekend. It lays bare the US duplicity against peaceful Muslim nations and their wanton destruction. The article is unbelievable; and sends shivers down the spine!
We all know that time and tide wait for none and also that time is money but still we are forced to waste time on commuting. The buses are broken and overcrowded and the drivers drive recklessly and there is traffic jam everywhere!
It is a tradition that the ministers, chiefs of three forces, high ranking officials and foreign ambassadors will be at the airport at the time of arrival and departure of our head of the government. But so many people's presence at the airport creates many problems and it is a wastage of time.
On 5th October, World Teachers' Day was observed. Along with many other countries Bangladesh too observed this day.
Almost all the secondary roads in Gulshan-Banani area are in dilapidated condition. They are full of potholes, lumps and bumps etc. We have to drive through these roads every day and the broken roads cause damage to our cars and also to the passengers. Bad conditions narrow the road width and add to already existing intolerable traffic jam. Rickshaws, CNG scooters get broken down easily. Rainfall and resultant cesspools smudge the clothes of walkers.
As I entered the shopping complex, a placard drew me near a table. At the back of the table a gentleman was standing.
The government enhanced service charges of public hospitals recently. It is true that maintenance costs of public hospital have increased with the increase of the prices of inputs and remunerations of health personnel. The purchasing power of services of public in general has also increased in recent years. Even then, more than 40% people in Bangladesh are very poor. Considering the ground reality, increase of service charge is inevitable. But the increase should have been rational, considering the poverty and helplessness of common people.
I am very shocked to see/hear the death of so many animals in Dhaka Zoo. This place is a great amusement spot for me and my brother but now I hear that all the animals have fallen sick, they are not getting medicines and good care and they are dying. I feel too sad. I am also very angry and displeased with the zoo officials. It is the callous attitude of these officials which is costing the lives of innocent animals.
The 2009 ICC Champions Trophy was a One Day International cricket tournament held in South Africa between 22 September and 5 October, at Wanderers Stadium and Centurion Park. It was the sixth ICC Champions Trophy, and was formerly recognized as the ICC Knock-out. Two teams from two groups of four qualified for the semi-finals, and the final was staged in Centurion on 5 October.
The famous Italian film director Federico Fellini used to call a change of scene or a turnaround, “Volta”. In other words, a new scene was called “Volta” by him. After the two years of the military backed caretaker government rule and after the Dec 29 parliamentary elections, we also expected that we would be entering a new scene. We expected that this time around things would be different and that this time we would see a real “change” in the mindset of our politicians, especially after the two years of lesson they had been through ( for all the flaws of the Fakhruddin Ahmed-led government).
When Dhaka is writhing under vicious traffic turmoil, the words of the prime minister in parliament gave us a sort of relief. On Oct 7 she said before the assembly in a question-answer hour that elevated expressway, underground railway and monorail for Dhaka city and a four-lane highway for Dhaka-Chittagong route were very much under the government's active consideration. Tenders submitted for the conversion of the highway to four lanes were already under scrutiny. On the city traffic imbroglio she also stressed the urgent need of constructing more car parks and additional roads, introducing staggered timetables for offices and educational institutions, school bus services, expansion of traffic police force, and advised the drivers to follow traffic rules. The theoretical aspects are honestly portrayed and there can be no second opinion on the facts produced.
All of us have some relatives who are unfortunately poor. These poor relatives usually feel uneasy to meet their rich relatives. Some rich relatives also do not want to recognise their poor relatives. But this should not be the case. Relatives are relatives. This relation cannot be judged by money or status. We must remember that our poor relatives suffer mentally for being poor. We should not add more pain to their sufferings by being rude to them. Our greatest and dearest Prophet (SM) warned us that those who cut off relations with their relatives will not be allowed to enter the heaven.
Parents are caught between a rock and a hard place with mobile phones. They are a great source of comfort and security, because they allow parents to find out where there children are and keep in touch with them. At the same time they make young people targets of crime. Obviously, mobiles need to be used with great caution in public. Parents need to the aware of the dangers, and should make them clear to their children.
At first I would like to congratulate Bangladesh Football Federation's president Kazi Salahuddin for becoming the president of South Asian Football Federation (SAFF). Once upon a time, Bangladeshi people would like football very much, but people almost forgot it when cricket became very popular. When Salahuddin took up its presidency, football got a new lease of life.
Threatening Iran with more sanctions would be counterproductive, Russia's foreign minister declared yesterday, resisting efforts by US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to win agreement for tougher measures if Iran fails to prove its nuclear programme is peaceful.
Pakistani jets bombed militant targets in the main insurgent stronghold along the Afghan border yesterday ahead of an expected ground offensive there, while the army killed 26 insurgents elsewhere in the northwest, authorities said.
An internal document circulated among members of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' political party says any hopes in the Obama administration "have evaporated."
President Barack Obama has approved the deployment of an additional 13,000 US troops to Afghanistan beyond the 21,000 he announced publicly in March, The Washington Post reported yesterday.
Pakistan's ISPR DG Major General Athar Abbas has revealed that the Taliban militants, who took 42 people hostage at the General Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi on Saturday, were demanding the release of about 100 terrorists.
Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah asserted Tuesday that Kashmir would never become a part of Pakistan, but said New Delhi would have to work out a middle path to resolve the political dispute.
Three Indian states went to the polls yesterday in the first test for the ruling Congress party alliance since it won a thumping general election victory in May on promises of economic reform.
Rising winter temperatures are shrinking Himalayan glaciers in Indian Kashmir at "alarming" speeds, threatening water supplies to vast tracts of India and Pakistan, according to a new study.
China Tuesday expressed 'strong dissatisfaction' over Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to Arunachal Pradesh, a state whose ownership they dispute.
Former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf has warned the United States that it should not try to "micromanage" Pakistan's anti-terrorism efforts against the Taliban.
Film star John Abraham, lyricist Javed Akhtar and his actress wife Shabana Azmi were among the early voters from the Bollywood fraternity who exercised their right to franchise for the Assembly elections in Maharashtra.
Arts & Entertainment
Popular band Artcell has recently turned ten. The band is celebrating this milestone occasion with a grand concert on October 23. Titled '10 years of Artcell In-sanity,' the event will feature performances by some of the leading rock bands and musicians of the country.
Of all the Eid releases this year, "Rock 202" and "303" were notable studio albums. The dual release comprises of 28 bands' songs and covers all genres associated with rock: thrash, heavy, black, death, funk, ballads, hard and alternate -- making this a must-have for any rock music enthusiast.
“All these will not be destroyed
At the end of time
By fire, earth or wind
Without becoming extinguished
They will pass into
-- Ancient Bon saying, quoted in a photographic exhibition on rivers.
Two new albums featuring popular old songs by noted artiste Ferdous Ara were launched at the Liberation War Museum on October 12. Noted cultural personalities were present at the event.
Fifth episode of the drama serial "Dhupchhaya" will be aired tonight on ntv at 9:45pm. The 26-episode serial has been written and directed by Ejaz Munna.
The King may be dead, but that doesn't mean it's too late to run your fingers through his hair. Elvis Presley's hair, at least a clump of hair that Presley may have lost to an Army barber when he went into the service back in 1958, is going on the auction block on October 18 at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in Chicago.
The Tate Modern has unveiled its latest giant installation -- one that is guaranteed to leave all visitors completely in the dark.
WHILE talking to newsmen at his secretariat office on September 24, Awami League (AL) General Secretary and LGRD & Cooperatives Minister, Syed Ashraful Islam, said that the government won't amend the Constitution unilaterally to decide the fate of the caretaker government system and tenure of parliament. Rather, it would try to reach a consensus on the matters.
MODHUMITA, a housewife and mother of two, hasn't had a full night's sleep since May not since her house and the small shrimp hatchery her family owned got washed away by Cyclone Aila and her two small children almost died.
THE USAID funded public private partnership (PPP) project was launched in Bangladesh in August. This project is meant to provide a sustainable guideline, creating a link between the public authority and the private body of the veterinary sector to protect animal diseases. This movement will bring together the public and the private sector in creating a better veterinary service for the nation. It also aims to focus on the strengths and the weaknesses of both the sectors. Development of guidelines for bio-security at commercial poultry farms, using the strength of both the sectors, will be considered a huge achievement of the project.