News of: Wednesday, 25th of November, 2009
The much-talked-about trial of BDR mutiny began yesterday through pressing charges before the three-member court against nine soldiers of 12 Rifle Battalion of the Rangamati sector.
It seemed that we were standing on the premises of a huge sawmill. Actually we were right in the middle of Kalinga forest in Srimongol, supposed to be one of the largest and pristine rainforests of the country.
Dhaka has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Delhi seeking open-ended import and export of power with the option to purchase power from both public and private sectors of India, said a top official of the Power Development Board (PDB).
President Zillur Rahman yesterday called for nurturing the rich culture of the country and artists of all medium, saying that creative works inspire people to be patriotic and to connect the past with the present, while helping nations to move forward as well.
Eighteen baby crocodiles went missing on Sunday from Karamjal Crocodile Breeding Centre, which had been launched in 2000 in efforts to save the Sunderbans' declining crocodile population, in Dakop upazila of Khulna district.
Police and intelligence agencies suspect unrest may arise in 138 garment factories in Dhaka and its outskirts over non-payment of salaries and bonuses before Eid-ul-Azha.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina leaves here today for Port of Spain, the capital of Trinidad and Tobago in South America, on a six-day official visit to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).
With Eid-ul-Azha only three days away, thousands of city dwellers have started to leave Dhaka to celebrate the second largest religious festival of the Muslims with their near and dear ones.
Bangladesh has been de-listed from the US watch list as the American government is now happy with the situation of human rights, minority communities, and women's safety and empowerment in the country.
Bangladeshi twins Trishna and Krishna have left intensive care as they continue their remarkable recovery from surgery to separate their conjoined heads, the hospital said.
The government will continue to control Dhaka's traffic using automated signals and introduce 100 specialised school buses in next two months to ease traffic congestion in the city.
Internationally renowned agriculture scientist and photographer and author of a number of books on photography Dr Nawajesh Ahmed passed away yesterday.
As the trial of the February 25-26 BDR mutiny started in Rangamati, Home Minister Sahara Khatun said yesterday that the trial of killings at the BDR headquarters would also begin soon.
The High Court yesterday directed the government to allow BNP lawmaker Salauddin Quader Chowdhury to go abroad for two months.
THE parliamentary standing committee on the law, justice and parliamentary affairs ministry has put forward a legislative proposal aimed at compelling individuals summoned by it or any other such committee to appear before it. The proposal also stipulates that the committees must be provided with any documents they ask for at any time. On balance, we at this newspaper feel that the proposal has much merit about it. And we feel that way because we think powerful, purposeful and functional parliamentary committees are one of the factors which strengthen the democratic process in a country. That is ensured through such committees stressing the need to study various issues in detail and clarifying the various aspects of a given situation through seeking information from relevant individuals. We have had occasion to observe the workings of parliamentary committees in the West, especially Britain and the United States. The precedents established by these committees abroad could serve as the foundations our parliamentary committees are based on.
WE note with a sense of relief, as most people in the country, we believe, do that after about nine months since the BDR carnage, the government is finally able to hold a trial on it. After a long period of animated suspense, the public are in a position to feel that a headway has been made in responding to the demand for trial and that it should be taken to its logical and purposeful end.
THERE are the many spells of sadness we have gone through in this country. There have been the sepulchral silences we have enveloped ourselves in. There are the tears we have shed for those we have lost, through the laws of mortality or the predatory instincts of men. But nothing, absolutely nothing, compares with the vacuity you spot in the eyes of the widows and children of the military officers murdered in such insanity at Peelkhana earlier this year. A silence, one you cannot quite put into words, has come over Nehreen Ferdousi. She is not the Nehreen you knew only months ago, regaling people with her conversation, making her way to places where she knew people would sing good songs. And, yes, she and her husband, Colonel Mojibul Haq, always made sure that at the end of the day the soul would give of itself to melody, to poetry.
THE heads of government of 53-member states of the Commonwealth will meet in Port of Spain, capital of Trinidad and Tobago, from November 27 to 29.
IT is indeed heartening to note that the highest court in Bangladesh has directed the concerned executive organs to explain the reported continuance of extra-judicial killings. In a scenario where the police have been unsuccessfully struggling to transform themselves and the political class of the country is apathetic towards the need to revamp the police, the concern of the judiciary to keep the law-enforcers on the democratic track is gratifying.
Bangladesh Under-19 team are looking not only to carry their impressive run of form into the tri-nation series in Sri Lanka but have also set a target of getting their batting in shape ahead of the World Cup.
Opener Gautam Gambhir top-scored with 167 as India piled up a record 417-2 on the first day of the second cricket Test against Sri Lanka here on Tuesday.
The national football team put behind their disappointment of the first practice match when they won the second game against BFF XI 2-0 at the BKSP in Savar yesterday.
Rafael Nadal was beaten in straight sets by Robin Soderling in his opening match at the ATP World Tour Finals on Monday, the Swede repeating his shock French Open win over the Spaniard.
Pakistan paceman Mohammad Asif celebrated his international cricket recall with three vital wickets to have New Zealand at 276-6 at stumps on the first day of the first Test here Tuesday.
Shane Watson is fast learning that friendly fire isn't always so friendly. Having spent the majority of his career pursuing a Test berth, Watson now finds himself in the uncharted waters of incumbent status entering an Australian summer -- and the internal challengers are circling.
The first priority of the umpire review system is to eliminate obvious mistakes but the man in charge of implementing the technology hopes it will also lead to a new generation of walkers. Dave Richardson, the ICC's cricket operations manager, believes an indirect benefit of the two-appeals-per-innings innovation, which was implemented full-time in New Zealand on Tuesday and Australia from Thursday, will be more batsmen not hanging around when they've edged behind.
West Indies fast bowler Jerome Taylor has said that the current Australian team is beatable.
Dr. Omar Faruque was laid to rest at the Banani graveyard yesterday.
Real Madrid have been dreaming of winning this season's Champions League final at their Santiago Bernabeu stadium but first they need to get out of the group stage and there is still some work to be done going into Wednesday's home match against FC Zurich.
Real Madrid and AC Milan have 16 Cham-pions Lea-gue titles between them but both have work to do on Wednesday if they are to book their places in the next round of this season's competition.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter has called an extraordinary general meeting for December 2 following the Thierry Henry handball incident and an ongoing investigation into match-fixing in Europe.
Asian stars and officials are split over the use of video technology in football with one ex-top Saudi player Tuesday expressing fears that it will "kill fan enthusiasm."
Wigan's shell-shocked players on Monday offered to refund supporters who travelled to London to watch their side being thrashed 9-1 by Tottenham.
Martin Hansson, the referee at the centre of the Thierry Henry handball furore, has spoken at length for the first time about his "turbulent" ordeal and admitted he considered retiring during the fallout from the affair.
Tunisia have sacked coach Umberto Coelho after their failure to qualify for the 2010 World Cup, the Tunisian Football Federation (FTF) announced on Monday.
French midfielder Franck Ribery has been quarantined and is training alone at German giants Bayern Munich after it was revealed Tuesday his wife has contracted swine flu.
France coach Raymond Domenech on Monday dismissed claims that he had received a bonus of 862,000 euros for successfully guiding the side to next year's World Cup finals.
Italian striker Luca Toni on Tuesday revealed his relationship with Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal is at breaking point and admitted he wants to return to Italy to secure his World Cup place.
The Asian Football Confederation on Tuesday extended its agreement with marketing partner World Sport Group until 2020, delivering an expected one billion dollars in revenue to the AFC.
The number of coaching changes in Serie A this season rose to eight on Monday after rock-bottom Siena fired Marco Baroni and hired Alberto Malesani.
The noodles business is heating up as more and more households are opting for it as convenient snacks for home, school tiffin and guests.
Unlike the previous Eid festivals, the inter-bank call money rate is not bustling this year mainly because of Bangladesh Bank's injection of fresh fund into the market.
Bangladesh's economy is expected to grow at 6.1 percent in the next fiscal year (2010-11) after two years' growth of less than 6 percent, Citigroup forecasts on Bangladesh yesterday.
Dhaka stocks continued to gain yesterday for the fourth consecutive day, as the telecommunication sector advanced offsetting the fall in banking shares.
Dhaka stocks continued to gain yesterday for the fourth consecutive day, as the telecommunication sector advanced offsetting the fall in banking shares.
Dhaka Stock Exchange has brought about some changes in its Memorandum and Articles of Association, allowing retiring board members to take part in bourse elections.
The maximum buying price of per square feet of raw cowhide has been fixed at Tk 30 in Dhaka and Tk 25 for outside during Eid-ul-Azha.
Bangladesh Bank Governor Atiur Rahman has said sustained inclusive economic growth with advancement opportunity open to all will be the key to strengthening domestic demand by reducing poverty as a defence against a future financial crisis.
Leather sector leaders urge the government to take legal measures to extend the deadline for shifting tanneries from Hazaribagh in the capital to Savar.
Economists yesterday suggested the government redesign the safety net employment scheme targeting the slack unemployment seasons to help the poor in rural areas in fighting food insecurity.
Bangladeshi company Pitam Garments Limited will set up a garments and garments/accessories manufacturing industry in Chittagong EPZ investing US$ 3,411 million.
Alif Assets Management Limited has received licence from the Securities and Exchange Commission as asset management company (AMC).
Readymade garment factory owners are in a fix over the future of the industrial sector.
The French markets watchdog heard claims Monday that 17 current and former EADS aerospace executives saved themselves millions by exploiting insider knowledge of problems with the A380 superjumbo project.
Oil prices fell slightly on Tuesday amid lingering concerns about weak energy demand, analysts said.
China has issued a rare warning that it will impose curbs on banks unless they beef up their defences against bad loans as Beijing tries to put the brakes on a massive lending spree.
Indonesia's finance minister and central bank chief on Tuesday defended a 704-million-dollar lifeline thrown to a failed lender which has become the centre of the country's latest graft scandal.
German business confidence surged in November, a closely-watched survey showed on Tuesday, fuelling hopes that Germany, Europe's economic powerhouse, could lead the continent out of recession.
State-linked Singapore investment firm Temasek Holdings on Tuesday said it plans to raise 600 million Singapore dollars (433 million US) from new bond offerings.
Unaudited quarterly accounts for the third quarter to September 30, 2009 (July-September) show the company has made consolidated profit after tax and minority interest of Tk 437.40 million with consolidated EPS of Tk 22.54 against Tk 255.99 million and Tk 13.19 respectively for the same period of the previous year.
Local Market FX
Local inter-bank FX market was active today as the international markets opened after the weekend break. There was adequate supply of dollar in the market. The USD/BDT rate traded at a similar level compared with the previous working day.
The award giving ceremony of Celebrating Life, a composite competition in three categories -- film (documentary and fiction), photography and lyrics -- was held amid festivity and much enthusiasm at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the city yesterday.
A parliamentary body yesterday asked the information and cultural affairs ministry to scrap 'Film Control and Registration Act-1980', known as a 'black law', in a bid to encourage making of creative and better movies in the country.
Kuwait assured Bangladesh of providing all necessary supports for various development sectors as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina requested the oil-rich Gulf state to enhance its trade and investment here and import more Bangladeshi manpower and quality goods.
Security analysts, academicians and civil society members yesterday stressed the need to adopt a regional strategy to fight terrorism in South Asia.
Six people were killed and three injured in separate road accidents across the country yesterday.
Trade union leaders yesterday demanded the government do not privatise any state entity in the service sector, but contain corruption and make them efficient to upgrade public service.
A Dhaka court yesterday rejected a bail petition of Kamrul Haque Swapan, brother of Maj (Retd) Shariful Haque Dalim, a convict in the Bangabandhu murder case, in connection with the case filed for bomb attack on Awami League (AL) lawmaker Barrister Fazle Noor Taposh.
Colonel Mojib Trust launched a book on BDR carnage at a function in the city on Monday, says a press release.
Nalta Hospital and Community Health Foundation yesterday organised a seminar on Ponseti Method that corrects congenital clubfoot without invasive surgery.
State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury yesterday said the draft bill of Domestic Violence (prevention and protection) Act-2009 would be placed in the next parliamentary session.
The High Court yesterday in a rule directed the government and Biman Bangladesh Airlines Ltd to explain within two weeks why the management of Biman should not be prevented from re-opening Dhaka-New York-Dhaka route that incurs a loss of Tk 40 lakh per flight.
The government has declared four rivers surrounding Dhaka city as Ecologically Critical Area (ECA) as part of the plan to protect the rivers from encroachment as well as conservation of the biodiversity of the ancient water courses.
Bangladeshi migrants working in different Arab countries are vulnerable to HIV/AIDS as 20 percent of them are abused sexually in their workplaces, according to a report of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
The High Court yesterday adjourned till December 3 the hearing on a writ petition challenging the government action that stopped the test transmission of Jamuna TV, a private satellite television channel.
Opposition Chief Whip Zainul Abdin Farroque yesterday urged the government to place a bill in the Jatiya Sangsad seeking an end to torture of the accused in the name of interrogation during remand.
The newly introduced biggest public examination for class V 'Primary Education Terminal Examination' ended on the last day yesterday with average participation of over 92 percent students.
Mob lynched an alleged extortionist at North Ibrahimpur in Kafrul early yesterday after he along with two accomplices hurled homemade bombs at a local NGO there for toll.
The government has appointed former ambassador Mohammad Ziauddin as an ambassador-at-large (special envoy) with the rank and status of a state minister.
Eminent citizens of the country yesterday said it should be made mandatory for the candidates in the local government elections to submit their personal information through affidavit to the Election Commission, which will bring about qualitative changes among the elected representatives.
Most of the cattle brought for sale as sacrificial animals in the northern districts ahead of Eid-ul-Azha are fattened allegedly through harmful ways as a section of unscrupulous cattle traders ignore the scientific formula prescribed by Livestock Department.
A tense situation is prevailing in Sylhet city as two factions of the district unit are going to hold councils at closely located venues under Dakshin Surma upazila today.
Robbers killed an expatriate and injured five others during a robbery at a house at Paschim Bharni village in Bishwanath upazila early yesterday.
Four people were bullet-hit while two robbers beaten up as the villagers clashed with a gang yesterday afternoon.
Scores of acid victims, mostly women and children, brought out a procession in Bogra town yesterday morning to raise awareness against acid violence.
Commercial cultivation of papaya has been gaining popularity among the farmers here as its cultivation proved to be more profitable than other crops.
Police yesterday foiled an attempt to create chaos by a rival faction of Comilla South BNP unit following declaration of a new committee at the council of the unit.
Journalists here yesterday held a protest rally demanding withdrawal of a 'false' extortion case filed against their two colleagues with Durgapur police station on Friday last.
A Narayanganj court yesterday sentenced five people to death and 23 others to life term rigorous imprisonment (RI) for murdering power loom businessman Abdul Latif at Mordasadi village in Araihazar upazila.
Nasir Uddin, head clerk of Carew's and Company who was suspended recently on charge of misappropriation, died on Monday.
Bogra district unit President of Awami League Momtaz Uddin has filed a Tk 50 crore libel suit against Altamash Kabir, the editor, publisher and printer of the Sangbad and news editor of the Bangla daily.
A local Jubo League leader was arrested in Dhunat upazila yesterday on charge of extortion.
At least 10 houses were gutted at Jubilee Road near Enayet Bazar Mosque in the city yesterday. Sources said, the fire broke out at a tin-shed house at Lane No-1 at about 11:00 in the morning and soon engulfed nine adjacent houses owned by one Monir Ahmed. Four fire-fighting units from the city's Nandankanon and Agrabad fire stations rushed to the spot and managed to extinguish the blaze after two-hour effort. The fire originated from gas line leakage and damaged property worth Tk 2 lakh, said the fire fighters.
Criminals have murdered a night guard of Rajshahi University staff quarters. Police recovered his body from a papaya orchard behind Sayed Amir Ali Hall on Sunday night. Victim Zahrul Islam, 35, was son of Jhanu of Mirzapur area. His body was found in a dustbin. His eyes were tied with a piece of cloth and there was a rope around his neck. There were also injury marks on his throat and face, said Tofazzal Hossain, officer-in-charge (OC) of Motihar police station. Victim's brother Sirajul Islam said, Zahurul was missing for last three days. He used to pull rickshaw at daytime while worked as a guard at the staff quarters at night.
Nine sacrificial cattle were snatched at a point of Saidpur Rangpur road on Friday night. Sources said, Ashraf, Kalim and Atiq of Saidpur municipality bought the cattle from nearby Taraganj village market of Rangpur district on Friday night. While returning home with the cattle, a gang numbering 10-12 intercepted them near Chikli Bazaar. The snatchers beat them up and tied their hands and feet with rope and took away the cattle. The criminals came on a pick-up van, the victim said.
A Chhatra Dal (JCD) leader was found dead in bus stand area of Belkuchi upazila on Sunday morning. The dead was identified as Mokhlesur Rahman, 35, senior vice-president of Belkuchi upazila unit JCD. He was also the former VP of Belkuchi Degree College unit JCD. Family sources said, Mokhlesur was called out of his Subarnasara village house on Saturday afternoon by some unidentified people, but he did not return home. Police said, the JCD leader might have been murdered by rivals.
A female worker of a rice mill died when her sari was accidentally wrapped with the wheel of a machine at Badhalbazar in Kachua upazila on Saturday. The victim was identified as Selina Begum, 45, of the village. Witnesses said, Selina while working in the mill in the evening sustained serious injuries. She was rushed to a local clinic where the attending doctors declared her dead.
Primary Final Exam-2009 of class five began across the country from 21 November. A huge number of students have sat for their first public examination to prove their standard. The routine of the exam had been given earlier, so that the students could prepare themselves. This new system of primary final exam, a new initiative of the Primary Board, also an acid test for the education minister and his new education policy, will make our tender boys and girls competitive, challenging & courageous to face more public exams in future.
It was so heartening to learn about the long awaited judgment on the Bangabandhu murder case. The Supreme Court of Bangladesh unanimously upheld an earlier judgment that found all those 12 rogue officers of the armed forces guilty of the worst crime in the history of Bangladesh. Unless some miracle happens, these criminals will be hanged for the murder of Sheikh Mujib and his family members on August 15, 1975.
Information technology has made our life easier than the past. But we know everything has shortcomings. Nowadays cyber cafes have sprung up very rapidly and at the same time cyber addiction is also increasing. I am a sporadic user of net. As I do not have any PC, I have to depend on cyber café. However, in my experience about cyber cafe I notice an alarming thing.
Bit by bit the unplanned 400 year old capital city is becoming paralysed and coming to a stalemate due to encroachment on the riverbanks, illegally built-up buildings, vehicles and influx of a huge population into the city. Indeed it's no longer to be considered as the city of mosques as it has turned into a sea of vehicles and population. There is no guarantee that you can reach your destination within your desired time, but there is a guarantee that you will have to stay stuck in a gridlock of vehicles.
The President of the Peoples Republic of Bangladesh has reportedly shown clemency and released a 'convict', a son of an influential ruling party leader. This was reportedly within his clemency power. I don't know what service the state will get from this gesture, but it will definitely give a bad message to the people that "a convict, if he or she is a relative of political leader may enjoy the privilege of Presidential Clemency.
The government has announced the seventh national pay scale fixing the highest salary at Tk 40,000 and the lowest at Tk 4,100. The new pay scale has come up with a 52 percent increase, on an average, in the basic salary of the public servants and the finance minister, while announcing this good news, assured the countrymen that the new pay regime would not negatively impact the kitchen market. This enhanced pay scale will require the government an additional amount of Tk 62.22 billion annually.
Outside Dhaka two time standards are maintained.
The recent translation of Gora of Rabindranath Tagore by Radha Chakraborty ( wife of the present Indian High Commissioner in Bangladesh), published from New Delhi was reviewed by Mohsena Reza is in your paper (15 Nov). This translation was also widely acclaimed in the Bangladesh media when the book was published and launched last year.
As part of our training in a tour 'Know Bangladesh' we reached Lalmonirhat, and thereafter Dahagram Angorpota, a small chitmohol (enclave) of Bangladesh in Indian territory. On the way to Dahagram-Angorpota, our guide again and again reminded us not to take snap on the narrow passage known as tin bigha corridor. It is called tin bigha corridor because the total passage measures tin bigha. On zero line we got down from the bus and walked on to the corridor, a narrow passage marked by white colour on both sides of the passage. The guide warns us not to overstep the white marking. 'why?' I asked. ' That's India' he replied. I found BSF personnel standing firmly, guns in hand, eyes fixed on the corridor to notice any walker crossing the white marking. I found a BSF personnel, big camera in hand cautiously taking video of us, another one beside him was manually counting the poor, silent, timid walker passing over there. Again two or more personnel having kingly moustache and wearing half pant and tea-shirt casually sitting on chairs putting one leg on another, chewing gum or anything else and casting merciful look on the passers-by before them. Beside us the BSF personnel raising gun were patrolling their border on high speed open jeep.
Your paper did a splendid job in highlighting corruption when the BNP misruled this country. However, you have gone totally blind to the corruption ravaging the country under the present government.
The new Banani bridge connecting Banani and Gulshan has been a great relief for people of these two areas as well as people who come to visit this part of the city. The bridge was well managed at the beginning, but recently things have been let loose. First of all, there is no constant traffic policeman at this important bridge. Rickshaws, motorbikes even sometimes cars try to take advantage of this by coming from the opposite direction in this one-way bridge creating possibilities of accidents. Also, this bridge was rickshaw free at the beginning. Now, rickshaws have been allowed creating traffic jam. For the greater interest of Banani residents and for easing traffic jam, I will request the authorities concerned to provide traffic police in this bridge at least during commuting times for office and schools. Also, this bridge has significantly increased traffic flow at Road #11 at Banani. This road should immediately be made off-limits to rickshaws and this can also be turned into a one-way road as Kemal Ataturk Avenue runs parallel and that can be made one-way the other way around. Let's face it, it will be years before subways can be built in Dhaka. Till then, we must be smarter about traffic jam to make our city liveable, no one else will do it for us, we have to solve our problems by ourselves. This is a good time to start addressing the big problems through small steps and one step at a time. Kolkata can be a good example of how they have smartly managed their traffic by turning some key roads into one-way during peak times and reverse one-way after 1:00pm as well as turning all major roads off-limits to rickshaws and making auto-rickshaws run on selected routes only. We can start by implementing it at a few selective roads and take it on from there.
It is heartening to read in your 16 November issue, a technology report on the success of a local IT company, TigerITBD.com, in the global market of Automatic Fingerprint Identification System, and that the US Federal Bureau of Investigation intends to work with the company for the ID solution.
I refer to the timely comments made by former Ambassador M. Serajul Islam in his article "Civil Society and Bangladesh's foreign policy objectives, " published in The Daily Star on November 14, 2009 on 'Strategic Issues' page.
Bangladesh Football Federation officials are now famous for sacking foreign coaches, right and left. Recently, the axe fell on Brazilian coach Dido. His fault was he did not select experienced players. He did select players whom he thought would do well in South Asian Championship. So it would have been wiser for BFF to decide Dido's fate after the SAF championship. Now we will never know, whether Dido's player selection was a good one or not. Dido did not pick some experienced players, as he had conflicts with those which were never resolved. Dido should have been more lenient toward those players given the fact that the players did apologize. Perhaps Dido was trying to build a team consisting of young players for long-term good results. We should also remember that when a great player falls out of favour because of conflict with a professional coach, that player usually does not get regular playing time and in most cases he has to move to another team. While playing for Villarreal, elegant playmaker Juan Roman Riquelme lost his starting line up playmaking duty, as then Villarreal coach Chilean Manuel Pellegrini (now Real Madrid coach) did not like Riquelme's attitude. So finally Riquelme had to go back to Boca Juniors. But it was Riquelme's brilliant playmaking ability that took Villarreal to Champions League semi-final, a feat they failed to repeat after his departure. That did not matter to coach Pellegrini. World class Dutch striker Ruud Van Nistelrooy fell out with Sir Alex Ferguson that prompted Van Nistelrooy's departure for Real Madrid. A professional European and South American coach's thought process is just like what I describe about Chilean Pellegrini and Scottish Sir Alex.
A remote-controlled bomb exploded in eastern Afghanistan yesterday, killing six members of a family, including four children, authorities and relatives said.
A long-awaited public inquiry into Britain's role in the Iraq war opens yesterday, with former civil servants first to appear in hearings set to climax with Tony Blair taking the stand.
Two top Iranian officials said yesterday Tehran does not oppose sending its controversial low-enriched uranium abroad as long there is a simultaneous exchange inside the country of nuclear fuel processed by world powers.
The US ambassador to Iraq warned yesterday against "slippage" in holding the country's general election, which has been threatened with delays due to a stalled electoral law.
The Philippines declared a state of emergency in parts of the volatile south yesterday as anger spiralled over a savage political massacre that has left at least 46 people dead.
China executed two people yesterday for their roles in a tainted milk powder scandal in which at least six children died and more than 300,000 became sick.
The US will announce a target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions before next month's UN climate summit, according to a White House official.
The White House braced for a tough sell of President Barack Obama's long-awaited decision on whether to commit tens of thousands of new US forces to the stalemated war in Afghanistan, even as the president met Monday with top advisers for possibly the last major deliberations before an announcement.
Pakistani troops killed 18 militants in a fresh offensive yesterday against insurgents blamed for a wave of recent bombings in the main north-western city of Peshawar.
The Indian government tabled the Liberhan Report and an Action Taken Report in Parliament yesterday. Discussions on the report will be taken up later.
Three Palestinians were wounded early yesterday as Israel carried out three air strikes on Hamas-run Gaza in response to rocket fire from the enclave, witnesses, medics and the army said.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh offered a hand to the United States to help build an "open and inclusive" Asia as President Barack Obama prepared to toast him yesterday with his first state dinner.
The planet could warm by seven degrees Celsius (10.8 degrees Fahrenheit) this century, a figure that lies at the farthest range of expert predictions made only two years ago, scientists said yesterday.
Sri Lanka's election department said yesterday the presidential poll would take place between January 11 and February 13, with a final date set to be announced in the next two weeks.
Almost 60 million people have been infected by HIV and 25 million people killed by causes related to the virus since the epidemic started, according to new data published by Unaids yesterday.
Pakistan's government set yesterday to introduce a package of reforms in parliament in a bid to ease a separatist insurgency in Baluchistan on the Afghan and Iranian borders, a spokesman said.
The tabling of the Justice Liberhans Commission on Babri Masjid demolition in 1992 in Indian Parliament yesterday came at a time when main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is reeling under the impact of severe internal feud among its top leaders and a series of electoral reverses.
Maoists blew up a school building at Manjiladih in Jharkhand's Giridih district, police said yesterday.
Gunmen in southwest Pakistan torched four Nato vehicles carrying fuel for Nato forces fighting Taliban insurgents in neighbouring Afghanistan, police said yesterday.
Weeks after he resigned as Sri Lanka's Chief of Defence Staff, Gen Sarath Fonseka yesterday moved the Supreme Court seeking adequate security and its intervention to allow him to stay on at his official residence.
Iran is to release on bail prominent reformist Mohammad Atrianfar who has been convicted in connection with protests after June's disputed presidential election, news agencies reported yesterday.
Eight soldiers died in a munitions blast Monday in central Russia, a defence ministry spokesman said, at the same arms depot where two died in a huge accidental weapons explosion 10 days earlier.
A French court on Monday jailed 21 Tamil Tiger militants convicted of extorting millions of euros from the Tamil diaspora in France to fund their armed campaign in Sri Lanka.
Arts & Entertainment
The International Ibsen Seminar and Theatre Festival 2009 ended at the National Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) on November 23. A discussion and prize giving ceremony for the art exhibition and competition on theatre icon Selim Al Deen were the highlights of the closing day. Centre for Asian Theatre (CAT) staged it's latest production, "The Communicator", on the last day. It was the second show of the play at the festival.
A five-day photo exhibition showcasing creativity of a few unprivileged adolescents from rural areas was launched last Sunday at a city hotel. The aim was to inspire them to express their views through photographs.
Special tele-film "Ebong Banolata Sen" will be aired on ATN Bangla on the third day of Eid-ul-Azha at 4:30 pm. The film features four actresses in the famous literary character. Afsana Mimi, Tarin, Joya Ahsan and Sanjida Preety will play the epitome of Bengali beauty created by poet Jibanananda Das.
War Crimes Fact Finding Committee (WCFFC), an organisation based in the city, held a musical soiree, titled “Shesh Belar Aalo” at Poet Sufia Kamal Auditorium, National Museum on November 23.
British TV productions won five International Emmys on Monday night as Brazil claimed its first, and Brits Julie Walters and Ben Whishaw took the top acting awards.
THE period November 25 to December 10 has been marked as international fortnight to protest violence against women. The United Nations declared November 25 as International Day to Protest Violence against Women and December 10 as International Human Rights Day. This specific period of time, popularly known as 16 days campaign against violence against women, symbolises the link between violence against women and human rights.
THE United Nations declared November 25 the International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women on December 17, 1999 during the 54th session of the General Assembly. The General Assembly instructed "governments, relevant agencies, bodies, funds and programs of the United Nations system, and other international organisations and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), to organise on that day activities designed to raise public awareness of the problem of violence against women." The general assembly expressed "concern that violence against women is an obstacle to the achievement of equality, development and peace, as recognised in the Nairobi Forward-looking Strategies for the Advancement of Women and the Platform for Action of the Fourth World Conference on Women, which recommended a set of integral measures to prevent and eliminate violence against women, and to the full implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). Reiterating that, according to Article 1 of the Declaration on the CEDAW, the phrase " 'violence against women' means any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life." The General Assembly decided to designate November 25 as International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
Recently I was timing a car trip from Gulshan to Dhanmandi. As I reached my destination, I looked at the watch: it took exactly 11 minutes and 28 seconds. Surprised? Well, it was around 11:30 PM and the traffic was light. Not surprisingly, the social hour in some circles begins at unearthly times. Perhaps corporate executives who have much at stake will begin to reschedule their office hours in the not too distant future. Then schools, colleges and shopping malls may follow. Matching time slices with road capacity and traffic jams could become the norm one day.