News of: Monday, 26th of October, 2009
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Lutfar Gazi doesn't even tries to recall that disastrous day when cyclone Aila ripped through the area he lives and wrecked havoc on his life in May this year. Since then he is too busy struggling to cope with the plight with little time to look back to his past.
The Election Commission (EC) will hold talks with the political parties to raise their political funds with the government contribution to bring transparency in their income and expenditure, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) ATM Shamsul Huda said yesterday.
Detective Branch of police yesterday arrested another Freedom Party leader in the city's Segunbagicha for suspected link to the Wednesday's bomb attack on Awami League lawmaker Fazle Noor Taposh.
Pressurised by developing partners including the World Bank, the finance minister has moved to restore in Public Procurement Act the previously dropped provision for having prior experience and discontinue the lottery system for getting government work up to Tk 2 crore.
Jobaida Rashid, wife of fugitive convict in Bangabandhu murder case Khandaker Abdur Rashid, was the 'real planner' of the incidents of August 15, 1975.
A legal notice has been issued on Bashundhara Group Chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan and four others for recent publication of libellous, false and baseless advertisements in different national dailies, publishing derogatory posters and leaflets, and its ill attempt to file a fabricated case against the daily Prothom Alo.
Two suicide car bombs exploded in downtown Baghdad yesterday, killing at least 136 people and delivering a powerful blow to the heart of the fragile city's government in the worst attack of the year, officials said.
Police yesterday raided the Dhaka central office and Sylhet divisional office of recently banned Islamist organisation Hizb ut-Tahrir Bangladesh, and seized its publications, and various other documents and properties.
The outdoor department and emergency ward of Sir Salimullah Medical College and Mitford Hospital remained closed for several hours yesterday due to a demonstration staged by a faction of Bangladesh Chhatra League in protest at Saturday's attack on them by another BCL faction.
Despite repeated attempts since Saturday, the New Age journalist FM Masum could not file a case against the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) personnel who picked him up and tortured three days ago.
Bangladesh signed with Russia a protocol deal on cooperation in the field of peaceful usage of atomic energy as the country plans to install a nuclear power plant.
Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha pulled down about 150 shops at two shopping malls in Mirpur yesterday during a drive to retrieve designated car parking spaces in buildings.
BNP yesterday urge the Election Commission (EC) either to declare Maj (retd) Hafizuddin Ahmed winner for Bhola-3 constituency or hold re-election only among the valid candidates in December 29, 2008 polls.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arrived here yesterday evening to a red-carpet reception on a two-day official visit to Qatar.
Energy Adviser to prime minister Dr Towfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury yesterday said the ongoing daylight saving time will not be changed back.
The home ministry yesterday directed the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR), Coastguards and the local administration in Chittagong and Cox's Bazar to take measures to prevent further illegal entry of Rohingyas into Bangladesh.
President Barack Obama has declared swine flu a "national emergency" as the United States reels from millions of cases of infection and more than 1,000 deaths.
Gunmen shot dead a minister of the Baluchistan provincial government in the insurgency-hit southwest of Pakistan yesterday, police said.
Pakistan on Saturday appointed Judge Malik Muhammad Akram Awan to replace Judge Baqir Ali Rana of Rawalpindi's Anti-Terrorism Court 2 hearing the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks case.
PRIME Minister Sheikh Hasina's call in Stockholm for a realistic fund to be established to help countries like Bangladesh deal with the effects of climate change in the face of a dire need to scale up finances for the purpose has been timely. And it's because of the all too loud alarm bells sounded in recent times about the dangers to which the least developed countries of the world are exposed. We believe the Bangladesh leader was speaking for all vulnerable nations when she suggested that the finance they need should not come in the form of loans. In other words, climate change adaptation financing, in her view, must be distinct from and also in addition to ODA targets of gross national incomes for developing as well as least developed countries.
THE administration's decision to conduct land survey in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT), has now come under the scrutiny of experts and advocacy groups.
THE country's two top political leaders, Sheikh Hasina and Madam Zia, were to address a national convention from the same platform to give their perspectives with regard to poverty alleviation on the International Poverty Alleviation Day -- thus initiating a united approach to fight the scourge. It was big news, and had been eagerly awaited.
THE famous French novelist Victor Hugo said that history repeats itself, first time as tragedy, then as farce. Only it's hard to tell which phase constitutes the tragedy and which the farce.
Defending champions Abahani started their pursuit of a hattrick title campaign of the professional football league with a convincing 3-1 win over newcomers Beanibazar SC on the opening day of the Bangladesh League at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
If the best way to spark interest in a sevaen-match ODI series is to stage a brilliantly tense opener, then Australia and India achieved their goal in Vadodara on Sunday. Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey set up what looked like being a comfortable Australian win until a lively, crowd-lifting partnership from Harbhajan Singh and Praveen Kumar threatened to snatch victory for India.
Hosts Bangladesh will begin their SAFF Championship campaign taking on Bhutan in one of two opening day matches on December 4 as the South Asian Football Federation yesterday revealed the fixtures of the sixth edition of the regional football meet.
Zimbabweans shrugged off Friday's shock-loss with a 192-run thumping of the BCB XI in their second and last practice match at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium yesterday.
Brendon McCullum has been stripped of the vice-captaincy of the Black Caps, following the decision of New Zealand cricket authorities to make the position redundant.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) yesterday formed a three-member committee to explore the possibilities of introducing franchise concept in the domestic first-class league.
Huma, the wife of former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram, has died on Sunday after developing heart and kidney complications. She was admitted to the Apollo Hospital in Chennai last Tuesday after her condition deteriorated on board an air ambulance flying from Lahore to Singapore, where she was due to be treated at the Mount Elizabeth Hospital.
Former Australian wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist has said that the seven-match one-day series between India and Australia would be "hard fought".
Italy's Francesca Schiavone won just the second title of her career here on Sunday by defeating Olga Govortsova of Belarus 6-3, 6-0 in the Kremlin Cup final.
Defending world champion Valentino Rossi claimed his seventh MotoGP title in a thrilling race in wet conditions on Sunday at the Malaysian Moto GP.
New Zealand's captain and de facto coach Daniel Vettori believes former skipper Stephen Fleming would make a wonderful Black Caps coach.
Faizul Islam of Orient Sporting Club grabbed a five-wicket haul to see his side post a four-wicket victory over Lalmatia Club in a low scoring affair at the Mirpur City Club Ground on the second day of the First Division Cricket League yesterday.
Former world number one Pete Sampras beat long-time rival Andre Agassi at an exhibition match in Macau Sunday, the first time that the retired American champions have faced off in seven years.
Australian bowling legend Shane Warne has said that the biggest threat to the art of spin bowling comes from coaches and captains who lack the understanding of the art.
Frank Lampard scored twice as Chelsea leap-frogged champions Manchester United into top spot in the English Premier League with a 5-0 rout of Blackburn Rovers at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
A teenage Liverpool fan who caused one of the oddest goals in English football history came out of hiding Sunday to apologise profusely for belting a beach ball onto the pitch.
After losing to AC Milan in the Champions League in midweek, Real Madrid dropped two points in the title race with a 0-0 draw at Sporting Gijon on Saturday as they failed to score for the first time this season.
Belgian defender Daniel van Buyten made amends for his dismissal at Bordeaux in midweek by heading a late winner for Bayern Munich in a 2-1 home win over Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.
Inter Milan maintained their two point lead over Sampdoria at the Serie A summit as the top two both won on Saturday.
French champions Bordeaux took advantage of a shock 4-1 defeat for Lyon at Nice to return to the top of the table with a 3-0 home victory over Le Mans on Saturday.
Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola said Saturday he continues to have faith in his side despite the wave of criticism the European and Spanish champions have received.
Defender Daniel van Buyten headed Bayern Munich's late goal which sealed a 2-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt and insisted it was the German giants' determination which saw them through.
The gas supplying authority yesterday approved a solution for Monno Fabrics to ease a severe gas pressure crisis that forced the leading textile factory to suspend operations from October 22.
Telephone Shilpa Sangstha Limited (TSS), the state-run telephone equipment manufacturer, is set to go under an automated production system by December, eyeing production of more than a thousand landline sets a day.
A delay in setting up effluent treatment plants (ETPs) is annoying international apparel buyers as they have been putting pressure on manufacturers over the years to make products following internationally recognised compliances, industry insiders said.
Bangladesh's mobile penetration rate stood at 28 percent in 2008 lagging behind war-ravaged Afghanistan's 29 percent in South Asia, according to a regional report.
Asian countries should club together to boost their influence on the global financial stage and find "co-ordinated positions" ahead of key world meetings, a summit statement said Sunday.
A visiting German business delegation yesterday expressed its interest in forming a sustainable, long-term partnership in shipbuilding and other sectors in Bangladesh.
The Dhaka market saw a bull-run yesterday, as a verdict date announcement on a mutual fund case triggered the investment sector price jump.
President Zillur Rahman yesterday urged the authorities of Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) to take necessary initiatives for attracting new investors along with steps to protect interest of the small investors.
Industrial entrepreneurs yesterday called upon the government to immediately improve the supply of gas and power, and law and order situation to attract domestic and foreign investments.
Bangladesh will get increased access to The World Bank's funding and the lending amount may be more than for many other countries, said Robert L Floyd, interim country director of the World Bank, Bangladesh.
China will launch trading on its long-awaited Nasdaq-style board on Friday in the hope of harnessing the vast amount of liquidity circulating in the economy for cash-strapped businesses, experts say.
Asian markets fell for a second successive day on Thursday as another tumble on Wall Street combined with profit-taking and below-forecast growth figures from China.
A three-day British fusion food festival -- Taste of Britain Curry Fest -- is set to start at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel today, which will present the culinary success of British Bangladeshis in the UK.
About 3.50 lakh tonnes of sugar are on import pipeline and TCB will sell essentials through its dealers before Eid-ul Azha to stabilise the market.
The US Agency for International Development (USAID) and Grameen Foundation announced a new private-public partnership to support local currency financing to micro-finance institutions (MFIs) throughout the developing world, says a press release.
Holcim Bangladesh has arranged a series of regional seminars starting in Dhaka for its contest styled "Holcim Green Built Bangladesh" since Thursday, the company said in a statement.
Dr Bandana Saha has been appointed the director general of Bangladesh Institute of Bank Management, says a statement yesterday.
World oil prices slid Thursday on profit-taking after soaring overnight to 82 dollars per barrel, striking a one-year peak on the back of sliding US energy reserves and the weak greenback, traders said.
India's largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki reported Saturday that its quarterly net profit had soared 93 percent year-on-year, amid signs pointing to a reviving domestic economy.
Russia is out of recession and its economy will grow by two percent in the fourth quarter owing to a rise in oil prices, Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin was quoted as saying on Saturday.
Ailing Japan Airlines will restructure itself under a state-backed corporate turnaround firm while the government mulls a special law to cut the carrier's high pension payouts, reports said Sunday.
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said he had raised the issue of detained mining executive Stern Hu during talks with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao because the case was a "matter of concern" to Australia.
Local Market FX
Local inter-bank FX market traded actively today. The USD/BDT rate traded at a similar level compared with the previous day. The market has been on a strong uptrend in the past few days.
The government will fix a price limit for food grains in the food procurement policy to make sure that farmers get due profits and produce adequate crops to cut dependency on food import, Food and Disaster Management Minister Abdur Razzaque said yesterday.
Chhatra Mukti, the student wing of banned Islamist political party Hizb ut-Tahrir Bangladesh, is still carrying out its activities on the Dhaka University (DU) campus secretly, sources said.
Police arrested three Islami Chhatra Shibir men yesterday following Saturday's clash between members of Shibir and Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) at Chittagong Medical College (CMC) while a five-member committee was formed to probe into the matter.
Shipping Minister Shahjahan Khan yesterday said survey of the rivers are going on as per the High Court order and after the completion of the task by November drive would be conducted to dismantle illegal installations and evict grabbers.
Speakers at a programme of the College of Engineering and Technology (CEAT) said 80 percent allocated resources at tertiary education level are enjoyed by the students from elitist class who constitute 20 percent of the society.
The Police Reform Programme (PRP) has been extended for another five years to support the transition from a colonial style police force to democratic policing for enhancing human security in Bangladesh.
The High Court (HC) yesterday issued a rule upon the government to explain within two weeks why it should not be directed to immediately implement the rules of Disabled Welfare Act 2001 and the prime minister's recent directives for ensuring the rights of persons with disabilities.
The government is set to procure three large dredgers worth Tk 200 crore from the Netherlands to increase the dredging capacity of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA).
A Dhaka court yesterday again directed the police to submit reports before it by November 19 on whether the arrest warrants against two accused were executed or not in the Zia Orphanage Trust embezzlement case.
A notice was served yesterday on Square Hospitals Limited and Apollo Hospitals asking them to stop collection of value added tax (VAT) from patients within 24 hours as per the High Court (HC) directives.
Civil society activists yesterday demanded punishment to culprits who provoke women to commit suicide.
Police recovered a slaughtered body from the sixth floor of Nagar Bhaban in the city last night.
Two separate clashes between rival factions of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) left three activists injured on Dhaka University campus yesterday.
The High Court (HC) yesterday issued a rule upon the government to explain within three weeks why the appointment of Syed Yusuf Hossain as chairman of Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) should not be declared illegal.
Speakers at a dialogue yesterday demanded steps to abolish child labour from hazardous occupations immediately.
Bangladesh Army is going to replace its contingent at United Nations Assistance Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), Sudan.
A 31-member Chinese PLA National Defence University (NDU) delegation led by its Vice-President Lt Gen Wang Chaotian paid a courtesy call on Chief of Army Staff Gen Md Ab-dul Mubeen at Army Head-quarters in the city yesterday.
Chittagong University (CU) syndicate yesterday dismissed a lecturer of international relations department from service for his involvement in unsocial activity.
Today is the 136th birth anniversary of renowned politician and social worker Sher-e-Bangla AK Fazlul Haque.
Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) yesterday announced its grant for an annual award to recognise investigative journalism on environmental issues, says a press release.
Criminals yesterday afternoon shot an employee of an underconstruction building and stabbed a construction labourer in the city's East Kazipara area under Kafrul Police Station as the owner refused to pay toll.
Speakers at a consultation meeting emphasised on enhancing professional skills of media men for reduction of disaster risk across the country.
Mohiuddin Babar, columnist, researcher on CSR and a broadcaster, has been selected by the Manila-based Asian Forum on CSR to chair the jury for Asian CSR Awards for 2009.
A few hundred students of Auliapur Hat Government Primary School in Patuakhali Sadar upazila have to attend classes under the open sky as the school building cum cyclone shelter was declared abandoned more than a year ago.
A brand new ambulance meant for carrying patients of Khulna Medical College Hospital (KMCH) is being used as a private vehicle of the director of Nucleus Medicine and Ultrasound Centre on the KMCH campus.
Police yesterday came to know the identity of Kohinoor who was one of the 11 women killed by self-confessed serial killer Rasu Khan.
Intra-party conflict in Moulvibazar BNP has taken a serious turn as a faction on Saturday demanded removal of district convener M Naser Rahman for his alleged involvement in anti-organisational activities.
A pirate gang leader and one of his accomplices were held in Musapur area of Companiganj upazila on Saturday.
A union level Awami League leader was hacked to death at Batjala village in Sadar upazila Saturday night.
Visiting Deputy Executive Director of World Food Programme (WFP) Staffan de Mistura yesterday said they would like to expand their programme including school feeding in backward areas and scheme for providing food security for the ultra poor in Bangladesh.
Leaders and activists of Awami League upazila units under Khagrachhari district yesterday sent a memorandum to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina through the deputy commissioner demanding removal of the chairman of Khagrachhari Hill District Council (KHDC) and its three councillors for their alleged involvement in corruption and patronising the JMB militants.
Workers Party President lawmaker Rashed Khan Menon yesterday said the government will be isolated from the people if it fails to check corruption and restore good governance in all sectors.
At least 10 people were injured as ruling party cadres attacked villagers at Mridhakandi under Pachchar union of Shibchar upazila yesterday evening.
Fire gutted six dwelling houses in Tegharia Ampara area of the district town on Saturday morning.
Three people were injured yesterday as the activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and Chhatra Moitree clashed on the Rajshahi University (RU) campus.
Two groups of farmers of Bangladesh and India clashed on Bothgaon border under Atwary upazila in Panchagarh Saturday afternoon, leaving six people from both sides injured, BDR and locals said.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday morning arrested an outlaw along with arms at Chandrapur village in Bagmara upazila. Outlaw Chandu Pramanik alias Badsha, is son of Ayruddin Pramanik of Baje Goalkandi village of the upazila and a cadre of ML-Lal Pataka. Rab sources said, a gang of extremists snatched a firearm after killing a police constable on May 2, 2008 at Taherpur weekly market in Bagmara. It is suspected that Chandu might have link with the killing and looting his firearm. Yesterday, one pistol, one magazine and two bullets were recovered from his possession.
Rivals murdered an alleged robber at Borojala village in Pirojpur Sadar upazila on Saturday night. The deceased was identified as Alamgir Sheikh, 40, son of late Mostafa Sheikh of the same village. Officer in-charge (OC) of Pirojpur Sadar police station Gazi Md Ibrahim said a gang of criminals chopped Alamgir to death while returning home at about 11:00pm. Alamgir is an accused in two robbery cases and one murder case, police said. The body was sent to Pirojpur Sadar Hospital for autopsy.
Phulbari people on Saturday night burnt the effigy of Col Oli Ahmed protesting his recent visit to Barapukkuria Coal Mine Company Ltd and supporting the open pit method of coal extraction. Protesters urged Oli to withdraw his remarks against Phulbari agitators made during his visit on October 18. Sources said, hundreds of protesters from different villages of Phulbari upazila brought out several processions and gathered at Nimtola crossing Saturday night and held a rally. Later the protesters burnt the effigy of Col Oli.
Police on Saturday recovered the decomposed body of a housewife, allegedly killed by her husband three days ago, from a pond at Bari Madhupur village in Kishoreganj upazila. According to police, Nargis Akter, 25, was wife of Faruk Hossain and mother of a girl child. Locals said, Faruk used to torture Nargis on trivial matters and she remained missing since Wednesday night. They located her body under the mud of the pond Saturday afternoon and informed police. Police recovered the body and sent it to district hospital morgue for autopsy. Faruk went into hiding. A case was filed in this connection.
Members of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) in a drive on Saturday night recovered 2.4 kilogram of heroin from Suagazi bus stand area in Sadar Dakkhin upazila. BDR sources said, acting on a tip-off, members of 33 Rifles Battalion raided the area and recovered the heroin from an abandoned bag. Sensing presence of the border guards, the smugglers fled the scene leaving behind the heroin bag, they said.
Coast guards, in a drive early yesterday, seized egg-carrying mother hilsha worth about Tk 8.40 lakh from a passenger launch in Molehead area of the Meghna. But the fish was sold in open auction for only Tk 1.20 lakh, said Chandpur model police station officer in-charge (OC) Quazi Abdul Quayum. Coast Guard Chandpur station commander Captain Khawja Masum led the drive. Sources said, coast guards recovered about 70 maunds of mother hilsha from a launch named "Shariatpur-3" at around 1:30am yesterday. The launch was coming to Dhaka from Bhola via Chandpur. The fish were handed over to police.
Four people, including three activists of Chhatra League (BCL), were arrested along with lethal weapons, from Bilpar area of the city Saturday afternoon. The arrestees were identified as Chapal Das, 19, son of Sajal Das of Dariapara, Tilak Chowdhury, 20, son of Rakesh Chowdhury, and Khairul Islam, 21, son of Kabiruddin of Mirzangal area. Police said, they chased a group of 20-25 BCL activists when they, equipped with sharp weapons, were about to launch an attack on rivals in Bilpar area and arrested three of them. Later, three lethal weapons were also recovered from their possession. During the drive, police also held notorious snatcher Munna, 25, son of Zafar Ahmed of Khuliapara, from the area.
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) personnel on Saturday seized Indian goods worth Tk 7 lakh from a train at Panchbibi rail station. A team of BDR searched Rajshahi-bound Uttara train and seized 960 bottles of phensidyl syrup, 53 pieces of saris and some medicine. BDR searched the train as part of month-long anti-narcotics drive.
Six soldiers were killed when a Pakistani military helicopter crashed in a restive tribal area bordering Afghanistan overnight while three other soldiers and 15 militants were killed during fighting in the same area, the military said yesterday.
Pakistani intelligence agencies have warned about a series of terror strikes across the country targeting political and spiritual leaders.
Pakistani troops on Saturday fired at Indian army positions across the de facto border dividing Kashmir between the two nations, the Indian army said, accusing Islamabad of violating a ceasefire.
Going for status quo, Congress has named Ashok Chavan and Bhupinder Singh Hooda as leaders of its legislature parties in Maharashtra and Haryana, clearing the decks for their return as chief ministers even.
As Afghans prepare for a re-run of their presidential election after a first round marred by staggering levels of fraud, concerns are growing about how free, fair and safe a second round can be.
Days after their daring raid on a police station, the Maoist rebels triggered three landmine blasts and engaged the security forces in a heavy exchange of fire in West Bengal's Lalgarh belt Saturday evening.
A single jab of genes that produce light-sensitive pigments can make children with congenital blindness see, according to a new study.
Barack Obama has mail - from a place in Uttar Pradesh state in India that he would never have heard of.
Uruguayans voted yesterday in a presidential election that could bring to power an ex-guerrilla leader who was shot nine times and twice escaped from jail during the military dictatorship.
A court in Somalia's breakaway Puntland region yesterday sentenced 12 pirates to jail terms of between three and eight years, officials said.
Myanmar's prime minister told Asian leaders yesterday that the ruling junta sees a role for democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi in fostering reconciliation ahead of elections in 2010, Thailand said.
UN experts were inspecting Iran's controversial second uranium enrichment plant yesterday to verify whether the newly disclosed facility was designed for peaceful nuclear purposes.
A passenger train collided with the back of a second one just outside of Cairo on Saturday, destroying several passenger cars and killing at least 25 people, a police official said.
A Saudi female journalist said Saturday that a court has ordered her to receive 60 lashes for working at a television network that aired the sexual confessions of a man.
Leonard Kleinrock never imagined Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube that day 40 years ago when his team gave birth to what is now taken for granted as the Internet.
Clashes erupted yesterday between police and Palestinians at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in the latest violence to shake Jerusalem's flashpoint site holy to Muslims and Jews.
Arts & Entertainment
The indigenous Garo community of the Madhupur Garh region (located in Tangail and Mymensingh districts) recently celebrated their biggest annual festival 'Wanggala'. The traditional event -- observed by the indigenous community to dedicate their crops to their Gods -- had a unique touch this year with a large turnout as the festival could not be observed last year due to unstable political situation in the country.
A weeklong film festival in honour of screen legend Suchitra Sen began last Friday. It was the first such festival dedicated to the memory of the actress in her ancestral hometown of Pabna. The organisers are the Pabna district administration and the Suchitra Sen Smriti Parishad. The event was inaugurated by Kabori, noted film actress and lawmaker. A colourful rally, beginning from Pabna Town Hall premises, paraded the main streets of the district headquarters to mark the start of the festival.
'Meridian Channel i Khudey Gaanraaj' is back on Channel i. The launching ceremony of the second season of the musical talent hunt for children was held at Winter Garden, Dhaka Sheraton Hotel yesterday.
Sangeet Parishad, Sylhet held a musical soiree, titled 'Koho Kaney Kaney Shunao Praney Praney' at the city's M Saifur Rahman Auditorium last Friday. The event featured presentations of poems and songs of the five creative titans of Bangla literature -- Rabindranath Tagore, Kazi Nazrul Islam, DL Roy, Atul Prasad Sen and Rajanikanta Sen.
The annual cultural function of Chhinnamukul Academy, in association with the NGO Terre des hommes Foundation (TdhF) Bangladesh, was held in Kurigram last Friday.
BANGLADESH remembers today a great hero, a giant among men, who was born on this red-letter day in 1873. The whole nation honours and respects and admires this brave son of Bengal because he loved peace and did everything in his power to avert dire calamities; because he merited the high and exalted positions to which the suffrage of a grateful nation elevated him; because he was regardless of personal gains and cheerfully endured all toil and hardship so that he might elevate the masses of mankind; because he had a high sense of honour, respected the rights of conscience, and nobly advocated equality of privileges and the universal brotherhood of man; because he had an unshakable faith in Islam but never spoke ill of any other religion; because he was a man of the people. And Bangladeshis believe that he was one of us and that he was for us. Yes, Sher-e-Bangla A.K. Fazlul Huq, whose birth anniversary we celebrate today, really gave enormously of himself to the people, and he really loved the people.
BANGLADESH Development Initiative (BDI) held its second annual conference at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government on October 9 and 10. BDI's president, Professor Saad Andaleeb raised two challenging questions in his message to the conference participants: How can the world's seventh largest populous nation "count itself as a more positive and productive force for its own development?" How can this nation stir itself up, boost its potential and "rebrand itself as a far more progressive nation?"
WHEN the ageing but still incomparable Groucho Marx, now trundling into his eighties, was asked what he most wanted as a birthday gift, his reply was succinct: "Last year." Which year from their past would the BJP and Shiv Sena like as a gift? 2001. Since then it has been a steady trot downhill.