News of: Sunday, 10th of January, 2010
Bangladesh and Myanmar yesterday decided to demarcate the maritime boundary of the two countries, accommodating the demands of both equidistance and equity of resources as the guiding principles.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today embarks on her first state visit to India since assuming office a year ago with Bangladesh pinning high hopes on opening up a new chapter in Indo-Bangla bilateral relations and keeping the issues of yawning trade imbalance, security and water sharing high on the agenda.
Bangladesh created a small piece of history on Saturday night when the 2011 World Cup, the flagship event of International Cricket Council (ICC) was officially launched at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre.
The nation celebrates today the historic homecoming day of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Wishing Sheikh Hasina success on her visit to India, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia said the premier should elicit assurance from India about some important issues like water sharing, maritime boundary, trade and market extension for Bangladeshi products and permission for Bangladeshi TV channels in India.
Three of the five death-row convicts in Bangabandhu murder case yesterday sought presidential mercy through the jail authorities.
Different professionals have expressed the hope the prime minister's visit to India would end existing "mistrust" and "non-cooperation" in resolving the problems in trade, maritime boundary, border management, regional connectivity and sharing waters.
Despite forewarning from the district police administration about Bangladesh Chhatra League's preparation for an attack, the ruling party leadership in Rajshahi failed to tame their student wing resulting in Chhatra Moitree leader Sunny's death on Thursday.
Cherie Blair, wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, called for investing in women education as she launched a fellowship programme at the Asian University for Women (AUW) in the port city yesterday.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will offer floral tributes to the memorials here of three Indian prime ministers on January 12.
The government has a plan to increase the allowance for the elderly people, said Law Minister Shafique Ahmed yesterday.
The condition of Marxist patriarch Jyoti Basu deteriorated Saturday with the doctors saying the 95-year-old leader has slipped into drowsiness and his internal organs were affected.
Two Bangladeshi cattle traders were killed by Indian Border Security Force in Chapainawabganj and Benapole yesterday.
An alleged robber was killed in a "shootout" between his cohorts and police yesterday morning at Rupnagar of Pallabi in the capital.
Rockets fired at a building that will house the US consulate in the western Afghan city of Herat damaged two floors but caused no casualties, an Afghan official said yesterday.
Hobbled by leg irons, a young Nigerian accused of trying to blow up a US plane on Christmas Day pleaded not guilty during his first court appearance amid heightened security.
BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain yesterday asked his ruling Awami League counterpart to substantiate the claim that Pervez Musharraf and Anup Chetia met in Dhaka during the BNP-led alliance rule.
Indian frontier troops yesterday accused their Pakistani counterparts of firing at least six rockets across the border into northern Punjab but said there were no casualties.
WITH the visit of Bangladesh Prime Minister to India we are hoping to see a change in bilateral relations between our two countries that were marked by suspicion and acrimony. We hope a new beginning will dawn that will reflect a shared attitude in which each country see to the welfare and good of the other and contribute to their mutual wellbeing. Let the layers of mutual suspicion and distrust created over time give way to positive atmospherics for a dramatic healing of sore points, resolution of longstanding irritants.
IT is quite clear that for all the steps taken or reassurances voiced regarding the safety of Bangladesh's workers abroad, they still remain prey to the whims of their employers as well as their recruiting agencies. The latest that we have on this front is the disconcerting news from Libya that 46 Bangladeshi workers there have been going without wages for the past six months. And how life can turn into a nightmare for men with no wages abroad can only be imagined. The harrowing experience of these men has been compounded by the fact that they have now been deprived of the food and water, scanty though they have been, so long provided to them by the firm which employed them. At this point, it is starvation that these workers face. Back home in Bangladesh, it is their families which struggle with the twin problems of paying the interest taken on the loans (taka two lakh for each worker) needed to send them abroad as well as keeping themselves going in the absence of any remittances from their hapless relatives in Libya.
It is hardly surprising that most of the ruling Awami League (AL) leaders have evaluated their first year in office in a very positive light. As expected, to the opposition and its alliance partners, the AL-led government's one year of performance was nothing to write home about.
Post-Cold War political theorists are now engaged in interrogating the different visions of democracy (Nadia Urbinati of Columbia University, "Two visions of democracy," Dissent magazine). One vision questions the inclusion of Islam among the cultural and religious differences within a democratic community. The other does not exclude Islam within the expression of liberal multiculturalism because this school of thought does not see Islam as "a subspecies of totalitarianism," contradicting Pascal Bruckner's, a well-known French "noveaux philosophes," description of people being chained to their roots and consequently unable to change and adapt to modernity.
Hundreds of years ago, the banks of the Buriganga were a prime location when the Mughals made Dhaka their capital in 1610. The house-turned-museum of the Nawab (ruler) overlooks the river, which is the country's main waterway for trading and ferry travel. It was once the main source of drinking water for Dhaka's residents, and an hour downstream from the capital city the river is still crystal clear. But as it flows through the capital, waste from sewers and factories -- especially tanneries -- pour into it.
The organisers of 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup have expressed their satisfaction over the progress of the preparations for the mega event to be co-hosted by Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka.
An in-form Sri Lanka side will welcome the return of their most prolific batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan when they face India in their last group match of the triangular Idea Cup at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium today.
Title contenders Abahani, Mohammedan and Sheikh Russel sailed past their respective opponents in away matches of the Bangladesh League in different venues across the country yesterday.
Pakistan will hope to pick up the pieces from the traumatic Sydney defeat as they build-up to what will now be a dead rubber at Hobart, where the best they can do is avoid a fourth successive whitewash at the hands of Australia.
The Bangladesh League, the professional football league, will remain suspended for at least seven weeks for the participation of the Under-23 national team in South Asian Games in Bangladesh and the senior teams in the AFC Challenge Cup finals in Sri Lanka.
American Venus Williams on Friday dismissed speculation she is mulling retirement as the seven-time Grand Slam champion gets set to play in the Australian Open later this month.
Togo's football team would decide Saturday whether to pull out of the African Nations Cup after hooded gunmen ambushed their vehicle killing the driver and injuring nine, the squad's captain said.
Togo have withdrawn from the Africa Cup of Nations following the gun attack on the team bus that killed the driver and two staff members yesterday as it crossed the border from the Democratic Republic of Congo into the Angolan enclave of Cabinda.
Premier League clubs have expressed concern for the safety of their African footballers after gunmen killed a driver and injured nine when opening fire on the Togo team bus as it travelled to the African Cup of Nations in Angola.
Five of this weekend's English Pre-mier League fixtures have been postponed because of concerns for the safety of spectators making their way to grounds in freezing conditions.
Carlo Ancelotti has firmly denied having any interest in Sampdoria star Giampaolo Pazzini, while another Italian striker, Vincenzo Iaquinta, has stated he will not be moving to Stamford Bridge.
Ryan Babel's future at Liverpool remains unclear, with Anfield boss Rafael Benitez maintaining that the winger has said he does not want to leave the club.
Roberto Mancini insists Manchester City defender Micah Richards is staying at Eastlands, claiming the youngster is an important part of his plans.
Coach Andy Flower hailed Paul Collingwood's "bulldog spirit" after his role in England's latest great escape at Newlands, saying that it typified the fight of the team. Collingwood added 112 in 57 overs with Ian Bell for the sixth wicket, but England still needed Graham Onions to block out the final over -- in a repeat of his heroics from Centurion -- to secure the thrilling draw.
England pacemen James Anderson and Stuart Broad both insisted Saturday they had nothing to be ashamed of after being caught up in suggestions of ball-tampering during the third Test against South Africa.
Tommy Robredo lifted Spain off the canvas to win their third Hopman Cup title with a 2-1 win over Great Britain in a thrilling final here Saturday.
The head of Pakistan's parliamentary committee on sports has called for the sacking of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ijaz Butt, calling him "physically unfit" and questioning his handling of the aftermath of the Lahore attack on the Sri Lankan team's bus last March.
Belgium's Kim Clijsters beat fellow countrywoman Justine Henin 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (8/6) to win a drama-charged final of the Brisbane International tennis tournament on Saturday.
Belgium's Kim Clijsters beat fellow countrywoman Justine Henin 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (8/6) to win a drama-charged final of the Brisbane International tennis tournament on Saturday.
Zaheer Khan has leaked runs in the two matches India played in the Idea Cup tri-series here so far but his junior India teammate Virat Kohli feels the pace spearhead is experienced enough to come up with a strong performance in the next couple of games.
The Indian Premier League riches have failed to enthuse rising Australian pacer Peter Siddle, who has opted out of the cash-awash Twenty20 event to ensure peak fitness for national commitments.
Not even Tiger Woods is bigger than the sport itself and golf will continue to prosper with or without its marquee star, says 18-time major championship winner Jack Nicklaus.
The Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA), under fire for the Kotla pitch fiasco, is willing to consider a long standing demand to form a Cricket Improvement Committee for efficient and transparent functioning of the body.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's visit to India is an opportunity to qualitatively transform bilateral ties by resolving all outstanding issues and New Delhi should make substantive concessions to allow more goods from Dhaka to Indian market, leading foreign policy analysts say.
Banks' credit-deposit ratio continued to remain over 100 percent until the first four months of this fiscal year, much higher than Bangladesh Bank's norms of 82 percent.
Bangladesh Bank is set to announce the monetary policy for the second half of current fiscal year on January 19.
The government will amend the Stamp Act 1899 in a bid to increase revenue collections from the sales of revenue stamp and stamp paper.
Exports of freshwater shrimp, the country's second-biggest foreign-currency earner, to the European Union (EU) resumes tomorrow after six months' suspension since last June following a perceived act of disservice.
Japan Airlines (JAL) is set to file for bankruptcy on January 19, the first step in a court-led rehabilitation process for the debt-ridden Japanese carrier, news reports said Saturday.
Bangladesh Krishi Bank (BKB) failed to attain the satisfactory level of agriculture loan disbursement in six districts of Barisal division in the first half of the current fiscal year.
Samsung Electronics, the world's top TV maker, has said it aims to boost its LCD TV sales to 35 million units this year, which it said would be driven by LCD TVs backlit by light-emitting diodes. Samsung earlier said it targets 10 million units of LED LCD TVs.
It was the need for a home of his own that prompted 34-year-old Riaz Ahmed, a lawyer, to come to a housing fair.
The US economy lost 85,000 jobs in December while the unemployment rate held at 10.0 percent, the government said Friday in a report highlighting a slow and painful recovery from recession.
Commodities enjoyed a bright start to 2010, with oil bouncing above 83 dollars and sugar striking a 29-year high as traders eyed recovery hopes despite poor US jobs data.
Asian shares were higher Friday, lifted by gains on Wall Street as Japanese exporters were boosted by a lower yen in the wake of remarks by Japan's new finance minister.
Nokia chief executive Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo praised the mobile phone on Friday as a history-changing tool and challenged developers to create programs for poor countries.
Finance minister Alistair Darling warned on Saturday that Britain faces its toughest spending cuts in two decades if the ruling Labour party wins this year's general election.
International financial regulators on Friday issued new recommendations to toughen up regulation of the industry, including the mortgage sector, in a bid to prevent a repeat of the global credit crisis.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez devalued the bolivar Friday for the first time since 2005, creating a dual foreign currency system.
With the start of the new year, USD gave up some of its gains it had made leading up to the year end, in thin holiday trading. With the big players back in the market, the riskier currencies gained on the back of positive expectations. Market participants eagerly awaited non farm payroll data to come out on Friday.
In our report headlined "Light engineering in limelight," published on Jan 8, it was wrongly mentioned that Mohammad Harun-or-Rashid Raju is the chairman of Rahim Engineering Workshop that innovated Bangla Car, a battery-run car with a capacity of 60 kilometres per hour.
President Zillur Rahman yesterday urged the country's private universities to reduce their tuition fess alongside creating more opportunities of higher education for the students of middle class families.
The future of Bangladesh does not just belong to English medium or Bangla medium or Madrasa students, it belongs to the youth leadership, said Stephen Evans, British High Commissioner to Bangladesh, at the graduation ceremony of a youth leadership training programme held at Lake Shore Hotel in the city yesterday, says a press release.
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) launches the fourth 'Clean Dhaka' campaign today to raise awareness and involve the people in the solid waste management.
State Minister for Home Shamsul Haque Tuku yesterday said Rohingyas are hampering the law and order situation in the country.
BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain yesterday called on the government to hold a mid-term election to test the popularity of BNP and its Senior Vice Chairman Tarique Rahman.
Cherie Blair, wife of former British prime minister Tony Blair, has called on all to ensure education of girls as well as women to let their voices be heard and opinions be expressed through harnessing talents.
A faction of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leaders and activists staged a demonstration on the Dhaka University campus yesterday demanding cancellation of the newly declared committee of the associate body of BNP.
A seven-member delegation led by Director General of Bangladesh Rifles Maj Gen Md Mainul Islam left Dhaka for Myanmar yesterday to discuss border related issues with Myanmar authorities.
Four workers were injured in a boiler explosion at export-oriented Radian Knitwear garments in Shibu Market under Fatullah upazila here yesterday.
A rickshaw puller was killed in mudslide in Kutubpur Haripur area under Bandar upazila yesterday.
A schoolboy was killed in a road accident in Gazipur yesterday.
Institute of Education and Research (IER) of Dhaka University has extended its time for collecting and submitting application forms for admission test of the first year for the session 2009-10.
About 70 percent of cancer cases can be easily prevented through changing personal lifestyle, which is also the cheapest way to fight the deadly disease, cancer specialists said at a seminar yesterday.
The Halda river in Chittagong, considered as the major source of Indian carp, is going to lose its fish resources over the next two decades due to intrusion of saline water apprehended to be caused by sea level rise.
Dr Syed Gowher Rizvi, international affairs adviser to the prime minister, yesterday said that the developing and developed countries must have mutual respect for each other and engage in meaningful dialogue as the future of knowledge depends on collaboration.
Environmentalists yesterday demanded steps to stop hill cutting in Cox's Bazar to save the environment and ecology of the world's largest sea beach.
The 18th National Immunisation Day (NID) will be observed across the country today to provide polio vaccine, vitamin A capsule and deworming tablets to 2.20 crore children aged within five years.
The Bangalisamagra Jadughar will hold a programme marking the 100th birth anniversary of anti-British movement veteran Binod Bihari Chowdhury at Madhur Canteen on the Dhaka University campus today.
Today is the second death anniversary of Mohammad Alam, a freedom fighter and former chief photojournalist of the daily Ittefaq, says a press release.
Local leaders and workers of Chhatra League allegedly drove out the men of legal lessee and occupied a sand quarry in Muhuri River at Barukhuna village under Parshuram upazila of Feni district yesterday.
Medicinal plant kalomegh is being cultivated in two hilly upazilas of Tangail on commercial basis as local farmers are earning high profit from it.
A group of students of Pabna Textile Engineering College yesterday put up a barricade on Dhaka-Pabna highway for one and a half hours and ransacked college rooms demanding re-evaluation of their 4th and 6th semesters results.
Nine local leaders and activists of Awami League (AL) and Juba League (JL) have been sued for allegedly assaulting a sub-assistant engineer of the Water Development Board (WDB) at Shyamnagar.
Biting cold claimed nine more lives in Aila-hit Dakope upazila of Khula district in the last three days.
Eight activists of Bangladesh Chattra League (BCL) and Jatiyatabadi Chattra Dal (JCD) were injured in a clash at Rangamati Government College yesterday.
Police have recovered the body of an unidentified young man from a canal at Boiragir Dop in Goalanda Ghat.
As many as 398 students of Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday received gold medals and scholarships for their outstanding academic performance.
An unidentified robber was killed early yesterday when a union parishad (UP) chairman fired bullets from his licensed gun during a robbery at his house at Nuralpur village in Sadar upazila of Narsingdi.
West Zone Power Distribution Company (WZPDCO), a subsidiary of Power Development Board in southern region, will distribute 1,33,000 energy saving compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) among 30,000 clients for free in three districts of Barisal division.
Pourasava Councillor Momin Ullah Mohon, also joint general secretary of Satkhira City Awami League (AL), and Jubal League activist Mokhlesur Rahman Mukto were injured in an attack allegedly by hired goons of a kindergarten director at Munjitpur in the town today. They were admitted to Sadar Hospital. Police quoted local people as saying that Anisur Rahim set up a kindergarten school at a rented house owned by Satkhira district Mahila AL President Rifat Amin. The house owner requested the school director Anisur Rahim to leave the house as it was declared dilapidated by Public Works department. But the director of the school did not pay heed to the request. When the house owner tried to demolish the dilapidated building yesterday morning, the hired goons of the kindergarten director swooped on him. They also attacked pourasava Councillor Mohon and Juba League activist Mukto who went there to see the situation, sources said. Mohon's wife Ruby Begum filed a case with Sadar Police Station against six people including Anisur Rahim.
National Science Olympiad 2010 for the Rangpur region was held at Begum Rokeya University on Friday. Vice Chancellor of the university Prof Abdul Jalil formally inaugurated the event organised by Bangladesh Science Academy at 10:30am. The written competition for the participants was held in MCQ system. A total of 450 students from different primary and secondary schools in the region participated in the event. Students from class V to class VII participated in 'Ka' group while students from class VIII and class IX in 'Kha' group.
Durgapur upazila administration imposed section 144 on Durgapur Poura Bhaban premises and its adjoining areas yesterday apprehending violence as local BNP and AL units called council session and a rally at the same venue at the same time. Durgapur upazila BNP had earlier taken permission from upazila administration to hold its council on Durgapur Poura Bhabon premises at 11:00am yesterday. But local AL unit on Friday night announced that it would hold a workers' rally on the same venue at the same time.
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said yesterday that further UN Security Council sanction will not deter Tehran from pursuing its controversial nuclear programme.
The Jordanian doctor who killed seven CIA employees in a suicide attack in Afghanistan said all jihadists must attack US targets to avenge the killing of the Pakistani Taliban leader, according to a video that appeared posthumously yesterday on an Arabic news channel.
The Palestinians yesterday insisted on a full Israeli settlement freeze before renewing peace efforts, putting a damper on a US call to revive talks with no preconditions.
A month before a Nigerian man whom American intelligence suspected of terrorist ties tried to blow up a Detroit-bound jetliner, Indonesian authorities successfully used a US watch list to pick out an arriving passenger.
Europe faced weekend weather misery with scores of flights cancelled Saturday as snow blanketed swathes of the continent, severing key highways and disrupting rail and electricity links.
Italian authorities sent in extra police and evacuated migrants yesterday from a southern Italian town after residents violently attacked African farm workers protesting against their conditions.
US astronomers have detected the second smallest exoplanet ever discovered with a mass just four times heavier than the Earth, adding to a growing number of low-mass planets dubbed "super-Earths."
Voicing concern over reports that a large number of militants from PoK are waiting to cross the LoC into Kashmir, Defence Minister AK Antony yesterday said almost all terrorist groups are "still active" in Pakistan which has not cracked down on them, despite repeated requests from India.
Suspected US missiles killed four people in northwest Pakistan, the latest in a surge of such attacks since a suicide bomber staged a deadly assault on CIA employees just across the border in Afghanistan.
British Foreign Secretary David Miliband said yesterday that stability and security in war-torn Afghanistan depended on Pakistan and its own battle with Taliban militants.
Allying with the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) of Lalu Prasad was a big mistake, Congress leader Jagdish Tytler has said, as his party prepares for the Bihar assembly elections by highlighting central welfare schemes and targeting youth through Rahul Gandhi.
An Indian man was allegedly attacked and set on fire by four men while he was parking his car in the northwestern part of the city in the early hours of Saturday.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai presented a second slate of nominees to fill his Cabinet on Saturday after parliament rejected 70 percent of his first picks.
The EU's anti-terror coordinator Gilles de Kerchove backs the use of full body scanners at airports, saying they would be "very effective" as long as privacy concerns can be overcome.
The cabinet Saturday discussed the vexed issue of statehood for Telangana but could arrive at no decision on the roadmap ahead, informed sources said.
A Japanese craft has sniffed the moon's whiff of an atmosphere, and has confirmed that it comes largely from sunlight brutally hammering the lunar surface.
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has clarified that he doesn't have any differences with President Asif Ali Zardari, and he would stand by the PPP chairman in his "rise and fall."
Arts & Entertainment
Liberation War, Language Movement and the familiar scenic beauty of Bangladesh are the major themes at the current exhibition of Biren Shome. Shome is one of the noted painters of the '60s who has maintained a significant role in the contemporary Bangladeshi art scene. Throughout his illustrious career, the artist has worked on varied themes, portraying them in his personal style and technique. His themes have always been closely connected to the essence of Bengal and its people. His works plunge deep into an assortment of forms like abstract, pure-abstract, realistic and semi-realistic.
Mohammadpur Government School celebrated its 6th reunion on the school campus on January 8, after around 17 years. The batches from 1969 to 2009 were present at this reunion. The media partners of the event were Rtv, Dainik Shomokal and Radio Foorti.
Filmmaker Mostafa Sarwar Farooki is the guest on tonight's episode of Banglavision's weekly celebrity talk show "Amar Ami". Farooki's latest feature film "Third Person Singular Number" was recently released and has gained much appreciation from the audience at home and abroad at international film festivals. Apart from filmmaking Farooki is also a successful TV play director and always tries to offer the audience something innovative.
After a break of eight years, the seventh council of Shammilito Shangskritik Jote (SSJ) was held at Shawkat Osman Memorial Auditorium, Central Public Library in Shahbagh on January 8. National Professor Kabir Chowdhury inaugurated the daylong event. At the council, a new 47-member executive committee for the term (2010-2012) was elected.
To commemorate its 14th anniversary, C-Zone Art School arranged a group art exhibition at Drik Gallery. The exhibition opened on January 8.
Nabaganga Sahitya Goshthi (a literary organisation) in Magura is holding a weeklong cultural programme to mark its 35th anniversary.
ALL these years after it happened, the magic still holds the soul in thrall. To know that the Father of the Nation was on his way back home, to hear him inform the world at a dream of a news conference at London's Claridge's, that he was alive and well after all those months of darkness in a Pakistani prison, was a powerful message for Bengalis: that all was on track and that indeed the future was theirs to shape.
IT is time for Bangladesh to realise the importance of developing a mutually beneficial and trustful relationship with its emerging superpower neighbour, India, which is poised to be the world's number two economic, political and military superpower in no later than 2050. Bangladesh can select either a wiser path of coexistence with its mighty neighbour to the road of cooperation and prosperity or settle for the path of fear, confrontation and distrust created by the British and later nourished by Pakistan.
I can't hide that I'm "Abdul" and also "Abu" (for A). Am I in any kind of jeopardy with two Muslim sounding names and also being a Muslim? For sure, I'm a prime candidate for profiling -- if I've not already been so processed. If the Right-Wing Republican (RWR) groups have their wishes realised, I will also be subjected to "full body-see-through screening," including cavity areas (X-ray imaging recorded on films), and also may have to go through a separate check-point line at airports.