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News of: Thursday, 25th of February, 2010
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Family members of the victims of February 25-26 BDR carnage want justice since it is the only thing at present that can console their broken souls.
For three months Colonel Gulzar had been planning to go on a vacation with his family. But before he got the opportunity, an irreversible turn in life took him to the place where he would never need a vacation anymore.
One year into the death of her son, Hamida Begum still searches for an answer. For her, some compensation was no consolation, will never be.
Around 19 people including six policemen were injured, one critically, in a violent clash between madrasa students and law enforcers in the port city yesterday.
At least three persons were injured by gunshots while Tk 30 lakh in cash and valuables worth Tk 10 lakh were looted in separate incidents of robbery yesterday in the capital.
A large number of Islami Chhatra Shibir leaders of different tiers are actively considering resigning following internal conflicts between top leaders of Shibir and its parent organisation Jamaat-e-Islami.
Ethnic violence in Khagrachhari resumed late last night after a day long eerie calm in the district town, six days into the start of gory clashes between Bangalee settlers and the adivasi communities in Chittagong Hill Tracts.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said whoever found involved in the BDR carnage at Pilkhana must be tried and provocateurs will not be spared.
BNP, the main opposition in parliament, yesterday demanded neutral investigation of Tuesday night's explosions in front of the party's Gulshan office, and exemplary punishment for the perpetrators.
India's Sachin Tendulkar became the first man in the 2,962-match history of one-day internationals to make a double century when he scored 200 not out against South Africa here on Wednesday.
The Election Commission has asked the LGRD ministry to amend the municipality act, scrapping the provision for re-demarcation of municipality wards maintaining no more than 10 percent population disparity among them, before their upcoming elections.
A parliamentary caucus on indigenous affairs was formed with 17 parliamentarians yesterday to protect the rights of indigenous people.
India yesterday announced that a special train will run between India and Bangladesh to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore next year and a proposal for passenger train between Agartala and Akhaura has been put forward.
Bangladesh Chhatra League men beat a woman affairs officer after failing to get government loans meant for the poor and ransacked her office at Durgapur upazila here yesterday.
The first hailstorm of the season raged over the capital yesterday afternoon triggering a chain of events that claimed the life of a street child.
Two alleged robbers were killed during a "shootout" between Rapid Action Battalion personnel and their cohorts at Rustompur Beribadh in city's Pallabi last night.
The High Court yesterday summarily rejected a petition for dismissal of a Tk 100-crore defamation case filed against former army chief Gen Moeen U Ahmed by former BNP state minister for energy Iqbal Hassan Mahmood Tuku.
WE are heartened to learn of the government's plans, in light of the agreement reached between the government and the development partners at the recently concluded Bangladesh Development Forum, to move ahead with 26 action plans aimed at improving governance and making more effective use of donor assistance.
FEBRUARY 25 saddens us greatly, as it brings back memories of 75 persons including 57 army officers, having been killed under most unfortunate circumstances at the BDR Headquarters just a year ago. It was a rude shock for all of us, leaving the whole nation numbed with a sense of inconsolable grief. The slain officers were unarmed and killed in the line of duty. Even their families were not spared as the mutineers engaged in a frenzied, brutal action.
THE recent clashes in Baghaichari in Rangamati and Khagrachari are not a law and order issue and would need more than investment of security forces to quell the situation. It has to do primarily with the way progress has been made in implementing the CHT Accord. It will be fair to say that in the 12 years of its signing till 2009, which includes more than four years of the AL rule, and the five years of the BNP's, except for some superficial actions, very little worth the mention has been done.
AN unexpected burst of violence engulfed Dhaka a year ago. Of all the events in the past decade that have caused collective grief to this city and damaged its social fabric -- serial bomb blasts, violent strikes, logi-boitha, the Dhaka University student-military face-off -- this was the worst. Make no mistake about that.
It took nearly 40 years of waiting and it was well worth it. Sachin Tendulkar chose arguably the best bowling attack doing the rounds, to eclipse the record for the highest score ever, before bringing up the first ever double-hundred in the game's history. The spectators at the Captain Roop Singh Stadium here became the envy of world cricket as they witnessed one of the country's favourite sporting heroes play a breathtaking innings which not only set up a 153-run annihilation but also the series victory for India. He may have been run out cheaply in the previous match, but nothing could deny him Wednesday -- be it bowlers, fielders or mix-ups. Dinesh Karthik, Yusuf Pathan and MS Dhoni stood by and admired as the master unfurled all the shots in his repertoire in the second one-day international against South Africa.
The focus will be on Mashrafe Bin Mortaza when the second limited-over warm-up match between visiting England and BCB XI takes place at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium today.
Nazimuddin hit a magnificent hundred to put Chittagong on top against Dhaka on the third day of the second round match of the second phase of 11th National Cricket League at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium in Khulna yesterday.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has been facing a big problem to get a title sponsor for the Bangladesh-England home series which will kick off with the one-day match of the three match series on February 28 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.
In the South Asian Games held in Dhaka, Sharmin Akhter Ratna followed up her team success with an individual gold in the 10m air rifle event. And while the country expected a repeat, the talented shooter fell short, managing to only land silver in the same event of the Commonwealth Shooting Championship yesterday. Bangladesh's great hope fell to India's Neha Sapte at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range in New Delhi yesterday.
Australian fast bowler Brett Lee cut a fearsome figure on the cricket field but the tough demeanour masked a gentle temperament that even saw him criticised for being "too nice".
Lalit Modi has strongly criticised parties that have expressed concern over the security situation at the Indian Premier League (IPL), including the Federation of International Cricketers Association and Ricky Ponting.
Nikolay Davydenko, the ATP World Tour champion, is a doubt for Russia's Davis Cup tie against India in Moscow on March 3-5 after retiring from the Dubai Open Wednesday with an damaged left wrist.
Masuda Begum of Barisal took solo lead in the preliminary round of the 31st National Chess Championship at the close of the fourth round games at Bangladesh Chess Federation hall room yesterday.
Stuttgart gave reigning champions Barcelona all they had in their Champions League last-16 clash on Tuesday, but the Spanish side kept their cool to draw 1-1 and enter the second leg as clear favourites.
Wayne Rooney scored twice as Manchester United kept the pressure on Premier League leaders Chelsea by defeating West Ham 3-0 at Old Trafford on Tuesday.
Bordeaux took a big step towards the Champions League quarterfinals after beating Greek champions Olympiakos 1-0 in the first leg of their last-32 clash here on Tuesday.
England manager Fabio Capello warned his World Cup squad Tuesday that players with high-profile personal problems could be left behind.
Three English Premier League sides face tough away tests in the second leg of their Europa League round-of-32 matches this week as they look to protect precarious single-goal leads.
Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho revealed on Tuesday that he was once offered the England manager job but had turned it down.
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand will miss Sunday's League Cup final against Aston Villa due to a back injury.
Chelsea and England footballer Ashley Cole and his pop star wife Cheryl have split, her publicist said Tuesday, following allegations of his infidelity.
Malaysia's Penang Port has finally agreed to work with Chittagong Port as a sister port to increase mutual trade from next year.
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) is set to introduce the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) system next fiscal year to ensure recovery of the Tk 8,000 crore stuck in lengthy court procedures.
Benchmark index of Dhaka Stock Exchange bounced back yesterday, steered by Grameenphone (GP) shares.
The first Bangladesh-India joint trade show starts in Dhaka today with a special focus on trade and investment between the two countries.
Embattled US mortgage finance giant Freddie Mac said Friday it posted a net loss of 6.5 billion dollars in the fourth quarter to cap a whopping full year deficit of 21.55 billion dollars.
Newly installed solar power systems have changed lifestyle of the char people in three off-grid upazilas of Noakhali district.
The International Monetary Fund urged governments Tuesday to cut their budget deficits as they pull back from stimulus efforts to help sustain a long-term economic recovery.
Five months after the G20 took over as the world's official economic forum, experts are asking whether it can confront new and more pressing challenges grappling nations emerging from financial crisis.
World trade last year suffered its biggest collapse since World War II, an unprecedented 12 percent drop according to new WTO figures, with worrying signs suggesting 2010 threatens only mediocre recovery.
Hong Kong said Wednesday it would introduce a series of measures to cool the overheating property market, such as increasing residential land supply and hiking stamp duty for luxury flats.
Akio Toyoda, the mysterious scion of the Toyota empire, apologised Wednesday before a House committee investigating deadly flaws that sparked the recall of 8.5 million cars.
Australia on Wednesday resumed free-trade talks with China after a 14-month gap, sweeping aside a brief plunge in ties to focus on a booming partnership tipped to deliver decades of growth.
Greek unions staged a nationwide strike Wednesday, grounding flights, shutting schools and crippling public services, in a show of strength against government austerity measures aimed at pulling the debt-ridden country out of financial crisis.
Three Google executives were convicted of privacy violations Wednesday in Italy because bullies posted a video online of an autistic boy being abused -- a case closely watched due to its implications for Internet freedom.
Speakers at a seminar yesterday called for steps to increase taxes on tobacco and tobacco products to control their use, thereby contributing to poverty reduction.
Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid yesterday said the government has formulated a private university law in a bid to ensure discipline, progress, standards and good management in the country's private universities.
Bangladesh Environment Lawyers Association yesterday urged the prime minister to take necessary measures to enact laws to monitor the ship breaking industries and import of hazardous ships in the country.
Speakers at a workshop yesterday urged the government to provide women with training on information communication technology (ICT) to cope with the competitive job market.
The Supreme Court yesterday stayed for four weeks a High Court order that granted bail to former BNP lawmaker Nasiruddin Ahmed Pintu in the Pilkhana carnage case.
Prof Abu Rushd Matinuddin, an eminent educationist and litterateur, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 91.
A total of 11,640 women of ultra-poor female-headed households across the country have successfully managed to step out of extreme poverty and are equipped to start up micro-enterprises with support from Rural Employment Opportunities for Public Assets (REOPA) project, says a UNDP release.
The first hailstorm of the season yesterday hit the Amar Ekushey Book Fair 2010 hard, causing a huge loss to publishers as a large number of books were damaged by the rain.
The 2nd death anniversary of Bazlur Rahman, a freedom fighter and former editor of the daily Sangbad, will be observed tomorrow.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) picked up 27 people from the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) office area at Mirpur in the city yesterday on charges of cheating people.
China is eager to construct a bridge over the mighty river Jamuna at Balashi Ghat point in Gaibandha to further facilitate the communications system of Bangladesh.
Chittagong University (CU) and Silver Bells Girls' High School clinched the championship titles in the university- and school-level events of 'Berger-Star Campus Brainstorming Business Case-Solving Competition 2010' in the port city of Chittagong on Tuesday.
One-third patients of Bangladesh have been suffering from lung diseases, including lung cancer, tuberculosis and asthma, said health experts at a scientific seminar yesterday.
President Zillur Rahman yesterday asked the Public Service Commission (PSC) to take steps to stop once for all the recurrent question leakage that scandalises BCS examinations.
A house tutor was arrested from an examination centre in Melandaha upazila on charge of giving proxy for his private student in SSC examinations on Monday.
President Zillur Rahman yesterday urged South Korea to recruit more manpower from Bangladesh as they could contribute to the economies of both the countries.
Children staged a drama at the Shilpakala Academy auditorium in the city yesterday to raise awareness about their rights set out by The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
A mobile court of Bangladesh Standards Testing Institute (BSTI) fined 15 business establishments Tk 2.27 lakh during an anti-adulteration drive in the city yesterday.
The government has organised nearly all the necessary logistics for war crime tribunal including the venue and offices for holding trial of the war criminals, said three ministers yesterday.
Amnesty International has said the government of Bangladesh must refrain from arbitrary mass arrests, which appear to have been directed only at the opposition student activists.
The High Court yesterday summarily rejected a petition for dismissal of a Tk 100-crore defamation case filed against former army chief Gen Moeen U Ahmed by former BNP state minister for energy Iqbal Hassan Mahmood Tuku.
A human rights and environmental organisation yesterday served a legal notice on Commerce Minister Faruk Khan for seeking not to demolish some jetties on the bank of river Shitalakkhya at Rupganj despite a High Court order for demolition of all structures.
Police along with university authorities yesterday raided several rooms of Islami Chhatra Shibir men at Madar Bux Hall and recovered a cocktail, huge iron rods, stones and sticks.
Lalmonirhat District Bus and Minibus Workers Union yesterday started an indefinite strike on Lalmonirhat-Burimari land port route yesterday, protesting vandalising of a bus and assault of a bus worker at Barokhat bus stand in Hatibandha upazila of Lalmonirhat.
Two outlaws were held in Naogaon and Pabna on Tuesday and Monday while wife of an operative was arrested and arms recovered in Kushtia on Tuesday.
The injured Assistant Commissioner (AC-Land) of Kachua upazila filed another case against seven people, including upazila Chhatra League Joint Secretary Emran Hossain, on Tuesday.
Leaders and workers of Kahalu upazila Awami League yesterday brought corruption charge against a woman lawmaker and surrounded her at the upazila headquarters.
Police on Tuesday arrested three members of a fraud team on charge of taking Tk 1.5 lakh from a person assuring him the job of a police constable.
Twenty-eight activists of Jubo League and Chhatra League were sued on Monday for launching attack on a procession of opposition BNP in the district town.
A housewife has been beheaded at her husband's house at Irta village under Singair upazila of Manikganj.
A journalist was severely stabbed on Tuesday night near Bangabashi School at Khalishpur city.
Jamaat-e-Ahle Hadith Secretary General Rezaul Karim was released on bail from Rajshahi Central Jail yesterday.
The Pakistani delegation coming to India to take part in the foreign secretary-level talks today also includes a "physiognomy" expert, who would read the faces of the Indian officials and predict what they "actually" intend to say.
Countries will have to make far greater cuts in greenhouse gas emissions if the world is to limit the rise in global temperatures to two degrees Celsius or less, the UN has warned.
Pakistan's foreign secretary arrived in New Delhi yesterday for the first official talks with India since the 2008 Mumbai attacks froze a slow-moving peace process between the rivals.
A US drone missile strike targeting a militant compound killed six insurgents yesterday in Pakistan's northwest tribal belt near the Afghan border, security officials said.
Japan has offered to enrich uranium for Iran to allow the Islamic republic access to nuclear power while allaying international fears it might be seeking an atomic weapon, according to a report yesterday.
Moves by the Afghan president to take control of a key election watchdog have dismayed diplomats and analysts who said yesterday there is now even less chance that future polls will be free and fair.
On the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore this year, Indian Railways will set up two museums in West Bengal to commemorate him, Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee announced in parliament yesterday.
So-called date-rape drugs are on the rise, according to the United Nations drug control agency's annual report,
The son of one of the founders of Hamas spied from inside the movement for Israel's Shin Bet internal intelligence agency, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported in its Wednesday edition.
A Turkish court yesterday formally charged and ordered jailed seven senior Turkish military officers for allegedly plotting to overthrow the Islamic-leaning government.
Hopes faded Wednesday for more than 60 people buried under a massive landslide that killed at least 15 in Indonesia, as rescuers used their bare hands to dig for survivors.
Arts & Entertainment
Seasoned actress Bobita is busy with several upcoming films at present. She is working in seven to eight films simultaneously, Bobita informed. Acclaimed filmmakers like Kazi Hayat, Maleque Afsari and Nargis Akhtar are helming the films.
Ratan Dev is one of the active members and leading performers of Udichi's theatre wing. He has been involved with the cultural troupe since 1999. Primarily he was more interested in music, and he initially joined Udichi's musical wing. Gradually his interest in theatre grew and at present he is an integral part of the theatre troupe. So far, the young actor has performed in several acclaimed Udichi productions, including "Chilekothar Sepai", "Bou Basanti" and "Half Akhrai".
A three-day Street Theater Festival -- held in Chatmohar upazila -- ended last Tuesday. Chiknai Theatre, one of the leading cultural groups of the district, organised the 4th Street Theatre Festival at Chiknai High School in the district.
One of the "Close-up" finalists, up and coming folk singer Rinku staged his first solo concert at Bangladesh Shishu Academy, in the city, on February 23.
To observe International Mother Language Day, Alok Chitra Shilpi Sangsad (Ashis) organised daylong programmes at Baishakhi Mancha at Shaheb Quarter Park area in the district town on February 21. The programmes included a discussion, photography exhibition, poetry recitation for children and the screening of a short film on the Liberation War.
“I was asked to sort of tone it down,” the director James Cameron said on Monday evening.
Now that Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese have booked their return trip from "Shutter Island" -- following a weekend getaway that nabbed $40.2 million -- where will the A-list actor and the Oscar-winning director head next? Both men have a bevy of projects in various states of production for 2010 and beyond.
SHAHEED Colonel Quadrat Elahi Rahman Shafique, ndc, psc, was born on November 1, 1962 in Rangpur. He was a brilliant officer and was going to be promoted to Brigadier General when the Army Promotion Board sat in July-August 2009.
ON this particular day of 2009, 57 of Bangladeshi Army officers were killed by their very own brothers. The BDR soldiers had borne a grudge against the army officers for a long time, but on that day they transformed into animals and took the lives of many innocent officers.
WE spent 25 years together in joy and sorrow, in happy moments and also in bad times. Our life was full of ups and downs. We used to be happy with very little things. He also used to get upset when the question was about his country. He was proud to be a solider and, above all, he was proud to be a Bangladeshi.
The farmers in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) are upbeat with satisfactory harvest of coffee this year.
Objective journalism emphasised
Chittagong City Corporation mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury emphasised objective journalism by the newsmen to ensure proper service from the government.