News of: Friday, 26th of February, 2010
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Bangladesh Army, Bangladesh Rifles and Rapid Action Battalion yesterday observed with a heavy heart the first death anniversary of the martyrs of the Pilkhana carnage.
Just one bullet ruins seven lives.
A year ago during the bloody mutiny in BDR headquarters at Pilkhana, a bullet snatched the life of rickshaw-puller Amzad Ali and it made the life of his wife and six children a mess.
The government and tannery-owners yesterday explained to the High Court their reasons for not having taken any steps to relocate the tanneries from the city's Hazaribagh area.
It's been a year since Col Mojibul Haque was brutally killed in the bloody mutiny at Pilkhana BDR Headquarters. But his wife Neheeren Ferdousi seemed to be in a trance and was hoping her husband was posted somewhere and would return anytime.
No institution or individual will be allowed to establish a private medical college without two years' experience in running a hospital, according to a policy modification on setting up private medical colleges.
At least 21 garment workers, including 15 women, died from smoke inhalation in a fire at a sweater factory in Bhogra of Gazipur last night.
The situation in Khagrachhari hardly improved, although the district administration brought out a multi-ethnic peace march in the town yesterday as a part of a peace initiative it had started the day before.
BNP leaders yesterday said the roles played by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and former army chief Moeen U Ahmed during the BDR mutiny last year were questionable.
Civil society members yesterday gathered on the Central Shaheed Minar premises in the capital raising their voice against the recent aggression by Bangalee settlers towards the indigenous people of Rangamati and Khagrachhari hill districts.
The High Court in a verdict yesterday cleared the way for the Election Commission's declaration of schedule for holding elections to Dhaka City Corporation and its wards, by discharging five separate writ petitions challenging the process of demarcating the DCC areas.
Lobbying and grouping among leaders of Jatiyatabadi Mohila Dal, women's wing of BNP, reached extreme levels as BNP high-ups are now working to finalise the central and Dhaka city unit committees of the organisation.
After failing to fulfil contractual obligations and then suing the government to dodge penalty for that, local company Energy Prima is now asking the Power Development Board to take 14 megawatts of “free” electricity from its 24 MW Bogra rental power project.
Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) is set to increase the power tariff by 3 to 5 percent at the retail level from March 1.
In the face of exhortation by newly emerging Islamist outfit Hefazat-e Islam, police yesterday released all 40 madrasa students who were arrested Wednesday on charge of clashing with law enforcers in Chittagong.
A young mother and her baby daughter burnt to death at home in a fire as the season's first nor'wester in Sirajganj Wednesday night wrecked some thatched houses.
Sajeeb Wazed Joy, son of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, joined Awami League as a primary member in Rangpur yesterday.
Expressing deep concern over the arson attacks and killings in Rangamati and Khagrachhari, the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Commission yesterday urged the prime minister to immediately pursue a high-level, independent and impartial enquiry into the violence.
Relatives and family members of the missing people are waiting anxiously for the return of their near and dear ones although they are not getting any information after a week of violent incidents in remote Baghaichhari upazila of Rangamati.
Two Jamaat leaders arrested over the recent violence at Rajshahi University were sent to jail yesterday after end of their remand.
A Bangladeshi cattle trader was shot dead by the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) near Wahedpur in the district's Shibganj upazila early yesterday.
Techno Drugs Pharma-ceuticals will market anti-cancer drugs from March this year with a view to providing cancer patients with good quality drugs at a cheaper rate.
India said yesterday its first official talks with Pakistan in 14 months had been a "first step" towards putting their volatile relationship back on track after the devastating 2008 Mumbai attacks.
UN environmental experts yesterday issued an urgent call to study the crucial role the oceans -- as massive carbon stores -- can play in the fight against global warming.
THERE is yet a good deal more that must be done for normal conditions in the Chittagong Hill Tracts to be restored. News reports of road and waterways blockades being put up by agitated people (and the latest concerns a group of Bengali settler students) are a huge damper on efforts to restore confidence among the population in Khagrachhari and Rangamati, enough to convince them that they can resume their normal life. At least six people, we understand, have been killed in the violence and scores of arrests have been made. That in itself is a sign of the grave nature of the situation. When you add to that the figures for the number of families affected, 94 in all, and the number of homes razed to the ground, 500 altogether (of which 400 happen to be those of the adivasis), it is easy to imagine the bitterness that must have caused tragedy on such a scale.
ON Wednesday a number of mugging incidents occurred in and around the city clearly indicating a spate in crime. These cannot be dismissed as petty offences which is how these are categorised in common parlance. Actually, they are pretty serious, often, life-threatening offences seeing the manner in which these were carried out and their fallout.
FEBRUARY 21. A red-letter day in Bangladeshi history. The day we Bangladeshis celebrate our language and cultural heritage. The day we remember the four martyrs cut down during the 1952 language movement that was the foundation stone in our struggle for self-determination and the formation of a national identity that culminated in independence in 1971.
WHAT'S in a name?" Juliet asks in Shakespeare's drama. If she were to ask that question to our politicians, their reply would be strikingly opposite of what she tells her lover. A rose doesn't smell as sweet to them when it's called by an opponent's name. As a matter of fact, it stinks when anything is named after him at all. Name is logo to the political brand. In this country, the change of name is the name of change.
The axe finally fell on Mohammad Ashraful for poor form as national selectors announced a 13-member squad last night for the three-match one-day series against visiting England.
Mashrafe Bin Mortaza made his long awaited comeback with an unspectacular performance against England at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium yesterday. The 27-year old from Narail, who has had numerous injuries throughout his career, made his comeback when he took the field as part of a BCB XI against the touring England side in a limited overs practice match.
Chittagong posted a massive 218-run victory against Dhaka on the fourth day of their second round match of the second phase of the 11th National Cricket League at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium in Khulna yesterday.
Indian media lined up on Thursday to shower the 'God' Sachin Tendulkar with front-page tributes and predict the record-shattering batsman was not finished yet.
Bangladesh pair Iqbal Islam and Noor Uddin Salim bagged a bronze medal in the Commonwealth Shooting Championship yesterday at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range in New Delhi.
The MCC has confirmed it has explored the possibility of joining a consortium bidding to buy an IPL franchise. There are two new franchises, which will be revealed on March 7, up for grabs with 12 Indian cities in the running.
Australia will try to mess up New Zealand's successful summer at home when they face off in the first Twenty20 international in Wellington today.
Masuda Begum of Barisal maintained her solo lead with 4 and a half points after the end of the fifth round in the preliminary phase of the 31st National Women Chess Championship at the Bangladesh Chess Federation Hall Room yesterday.
Jose Mourinho got one over his former employers as Inter Milan beat Chelsea 2-1 in the Champions League last 16, first leg clash at the San Siro here on Wednesday.
Manchester City's hopes of turning petrodollars into silverware this season were crushed on Wednesday when Stoke ended their interest in the FA Cup with a 3-1 extra-time win in a fifth round replay.
Brazilian striker Pato scored two minutes into injury time to give AC Milan a crucial 2-1 victory at Fiorentina which moved them up to second in Serie A.
CSKA Moscow came from behind to draw 1-1 with Spanish side Sevilla in their Champions League last-16 clash here on Wednesday, leaving the return leg in two weeks time delicately poised.
Togo goalkeeper Kodjovi Obilale, injured in a rebel attack at the Africa Cup of Nations in Angola, is stuck in South Africa with unpaid medical bills, the president of the player's French club said Thursday.
Manchester City defender Wayne Bridge has turned his back on England after deciding the fall-out from John Terry's alleged affair with his ex-girlfriend has made his position in the team untenable.
Romania captain Adrian Mutu's lawyer believes the Fiorentina player will be cleared of doping when he faces trial next week after twice testing positive for a banned substance.
Manchester United midfielder Anderson has lost any chance of playing for Brazil at the World Cup after being ruled out of action for six months with a serious knee injury.
The cull of leading players at the Dubai Open continued in spectacular fashion as Australian Open finalist Andy Murray, Nikolay Davydenko, and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga all fell in the second round on Wednesday.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul is one of four players who will return to the West Indies' line-up for Sunday's Twenty20 International against Zimbabwe at Queen's Park Oval.
New West Indies coach Ottis Gibson has set earning the respect of his players as a major goal during their brief series against Zimbabwe.
West Indies captain Chris Gayle has been granted "compassionate" leave to be with his sick mother and has not been dropped from the squad, West Indies Cricket Board chief executive Ernest Hilaire said Wednesday.
Zimbabwe may be underdogs for the upcoming limited-overs series against West Indies, but batsman Tatenda Taibu has said the team will be aiming to "play hard cricket" and win games.
The Australian Cricketers' Association remains hopeful that its IPL security requirements can be met despite Lalit Modi's blunt criticism of players' concerns this week. The ACA chief executive, Paul Marsh, said there were positive signs that the IPL's security firm was taking seriously the list of safety issues that worried players after an independent report found that a terrorist threat against the league was credible.
An eight-point declaration adopted by two major trade bodies in Dhaka yesterday to strengthen trade ties between Bangladesh and India, especially north-eastern states was handed over to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Trade and commerce need good connectivity to be successful, and developed infrastructure is the prerequisite to establish such link-ups, said Dr DD Lapang, chief minister of India's northeastern state of Meghalaya.
Banks and non-bank financial institutions (NBFIs) have set a combined loan target of Tk 23,995 crore to be disbursed among small and medium enterprises (SMEs) this year, central bank data shows.
Dhaka Stock Exchange management yesterday suspended trading of AIMS 1st Mutual Fund following a dividend declaration by the fund.
Deputy Chief Minister of Meghalaya BM Lanong says he is confident that the supply of limestone from the Indian state for Lafarge Surma Cement Ltd in Bangladesh will resume soon.
Maksons Spinning Mills, a listed company, has planned to set up a fully export-oriented composite home textile unit that promises to add Tk 300 crore to total turnover a year.
Neighbouring countries need to develop mutual trust and confidence to boost regional prosperity and their own trade and investment, said the finance minister yesterday.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked the authorities concerned to work in full swing for exploring gas on an emergency basis.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina emphasised paying tax by all eligible taxpayers -- a practice that can ensure better services from government.
Bangladesh garments and knitwear manufacturers and exporters got export orders of around $107.96 million with instant confirmed order of $26.81 million in a show in USA.
Institutional bidding for shares of Ocean Containers Ltd (OCL), which is going to be listed directly within the next seven days, ended Wednesday night with 7.5 times oversubscription.
SOUTH EAST BANK
The bank's board of directors has recommended a 35 percent stock dividend for 2009. The bank's annual general meeting will be held on March 29 (at 10am) at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in Dhaka. The record date is March 11. The bank has also reported earnings per share of Tk 54.64, net asset value per share of Tk 331.88 and net operating cash flow per share of Tk 316.77 as of December 31, 2009. The bank's board has also decided to change the denomination of shares from Tk 100 to Tk 10 and to determine the market lot of shares from 50 to 250 shares per lot. The board has also decided to form a subsidiary for merchant banking -- Southeast Bank Capital Services Ltd -- with an authorised capital of Tk 300 crore and paid-up capital of Tk 125 crore.
World oil prices weakened on Thursday as prices struggled for support above 80 dollars a barrel, with global crude supplies still outstripping demand, traders said.
Foreign Minister Dipu Moni yesterday expressed her belief that the trial of war criminals would not, by any means, affect Bangladesh's bilateral relations with Pakistan.
Bangladesh Water Development Board has taken up an initiative to give a new lease of life to the rivers of Buriganga, Turag, Balu and Shitalakkhya by supplying water from the river Jamuna.
Eleven people, including a female ready-made garment (RMG) worker and minor boys, were killed and 11 injured in separate road accidents across the country in the last 24 hours.
Speakers at a seminar yesterday stressed the need for pursuing education in respective mother tongues for the children of ethnic communities across the country at the initial stage of learning.
Different organisations yesterday expressed deep concern over violence between ethnic minorities and Bangalee settlers at Rangamati and Khagrachhari.
Three female students were injured in a factional clash between two groups of activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) unit at Badrunnesa Government Girls' College in the city yesterday.
The ruling Awami League (AL) yesterday sought names, addresses and profiles of war criminals and descriptions of their wrongdoings during the War of Liberation in 1971 from the people in each ward across the country, saying the trial of the war criminals would be started in March-April.
Nuzhat Saom, Irene Amir and Sayma Sultana won the 'Meril Splash-Persona Inspiring Freshness' competition, says a press release.
People will suffer from various diseases such as cholera, diarrhoea, bronchitis and some other vector-borne diseases due to impacts of global climate change, health and climate change experts said at a seminar yesterday.
A free health camp on kidney disease screening and detecting hypertension and diabetes will be held at Ati Panchdona High School in Keraniganj from 7:00am to 2:00pm on February 27, says a press release.
Five Bangladesh Chhatra League activists (BCL) of Dhaka University (DU) unit were temporarily expelled by the DU authorities yesterday for assaulting a female student of a college on February 21.
Saudi Arabia has announced the names of the winners of King Faisal International Prize for 2010 recently, says a Saudi embassy press release.
The government yesterday launched the distribution of 'Fair Price Card' among the poor through which a family would be able to purchase 20 kg of rice at the price fixed by the government.
Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) Khulna city unit Joint Secretary Abdullah-hel-Kafi alias Shakha was severely injured in an attack by his party men in the compound of School Health Clinic at Shamsur Rahman Road here on Wednesday night.
Speaker Abdul Hamid Advocate on Wednesday called on the Australian government to provide fund for Multi Donor Trust Fund created by the Bangladesh government to fight the adverse impacts of climate change.
The Executive Committee of National Economic Council (Ecnec) yesterday approved nine development projects involving Tk 1163 crore, including a Tk 330 crore project aid.
Police along with university authorities yesterday raided several rooms of Islami Chhatra Shibir men at Suhrawardy Hall and recovered bomb making materials, hockey sticks, huge iron rods, stones, sticks, leaflets and fake identity (ID) cards.
At least 50 houses in Badarpur and Toragarh areas in Hajiganj upazila were badly damaged by a tornado that lashed the area early morning yesterday.
Pabna Jubo league leader's house came under attack allegedly by district Krishak League leader and his supporters at Joutgari village under Sadar upazila early yesterday, while BCL factions clashed at Kulaura under Moulvibazar district the day before.
Mango growers and experts see bright prospect of a bumper production of mango this year as trees are in full bloom in Chapainawabganj and Rajshahi districts.
Muggers yesterday morning killed an assistant sub-inspector (ASI) of Detective Branch (DB) of police in Naogaon.
Wife of a martyred freedom fighter yesterday filed a case against 12 'razakars' people including Jamaat-e-Islami central nayeb-e-ameer Abul Kalam Muhammad Yusuf on charge of killing two freedom fighters at Bagerhat during the Liberation War.
Eight cocktails were found at Talukdarpara village in Karotia in Tangail Sadar upazila yesterday morning. Police recovered the cocktails wrapped with scotch tape and left near a pond at about 10:00am. The cocktails were brought to the police station and kept in water in a bucket. Informed by police, a bomb disposal team from Ghatail cantonment in the district led by Captain Touhidul Islam came to the police station. Later, the army team exploded the cocktails in lonely Bhallukkandi area near Tangail town at around 6:00pm, said Jasim Uddin Sarkar, officer-in-charge of Tangail police station.
Lalmonirhat motor workers union withdrew its indefinite transport strike on Lalmonirhat-Burimari land port route yesterday noon after police assured the workers of taking action against the attackers. The motor workers called the indefinite strike demanding arrest of the culprits who vandalised bus and assaulted a transport worker in Barokhata area under Hatibandha upazila on Tuesday. “If police fail to arrest the attackers within a week, the union will go for tougher programme,” warned secretary of the organisation Bul Bul Ahmed.
Rab members arrested four people and recovered a pistol and seven bullets from their possession at Saturia village in Rajapur upazila on Wednesday. Rab did not disclose the identity of the arrestees 'for the sake of investigation'. Acting on a secret information, a team of Rab-8 raided the den of infamous 'Mizan-Morshed Bahini' at the village and arrested the four along with the firearm and bullets. But they failed to arrest the two gang leaders. In another drive, Rab personnel recovered a sawn-off rifle in an abandoned condition from the BRTC bus counter premises in the district town in the morning.
Seven people including ruling and opposition party activists were caught while gambling at Taluk Khutamara village in Lalmonirhat municipality at around 11:45 pm on Wednesday. The arrestees are BNP activists Rezaul Karim, Mazmul Islam, Akhter Hossain, Awami Jubo League activists Saidul Islam, Islam Hossain and two local gamblers Jahangir Alam and Abdul Mannan. Following a tip-off, a police team from Lalmonirhat Sadar raided the house of Abdul Mannan where he and six others were gambling. Locals said, day and night gambling became a regular affair at the house of Mannan for the last one month.
As India and Pakistan returned to the dialogue table after a 14-month long hiatus on Thursday, analysts believe resuming deliberations with Islamabad after the Mumbai terror attacks has become a personal priority and a political risk for Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh.
The United States and Israel yesterday resumed a "strategic dialogue" over Iran's nuclear programme for the first time since US President Barack Obama assumed office, officials said.
Myanmar's Supreme Court will rule today on detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi's appeal against an 18-month extension to her house arrest, a court notice said.
The Indian government is ready to hold talks with Assam's insurgent group Ulfa without their demand for sovereignty of state and ruled out immediate suspension of operations against the banned outfit, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said yesterday.
Sri Lanka's ex-army chief who was detained on accusations of sedition after losing presidential elections is set to lead a new opposition coalition in an April parliamentary vote, a party official said yesterday.
Viktor Yanukovych was inaugurated as Ukrainian president on Thursday, six years after massive protests over vote fraud got his first election victory tossed out.
The Afghan government took official control of the southern Taliban stronghold of Marjah yesterday, installing an administrator and raising the national flag while US-led troops rooted out final pockets of militants.
The Pakistan government has agreed to handover the top Afghan Taliban commander Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, who was nabbed in a joint operation by the Pakistani and US officials in Karachi earlier this month, to Afghanistan.
Turkey's army chief and civilian leadership pledged to resolve tensions over an alleged 2003 coup plot after crisis talks yesterday as prosecutors grilled top military figures.
The Afghan government took official control of the southern Taliban stronghold of Marjah yesterday, installing an administrator and raising the national flag while US-led troops rooted out final pockets of militants.
Arts & Entertainment
Renowned choreographer-dancer Laila Hasan has earned praise for her social activism as well. Hasan has been tirelessly organising events, encouraging people and actively participating in cultural movements over the years.
Renowned dancers Shibli Mohammad and Shamim Ara Nipa will be seen in the telefilm "Rupali Pordar Ontoraley" tonight at 8:30 pm on BTV.
A month-long cultural competition ended on Wednesday with a prize giving ceremony in Kushtia. The recently concluded programme aimed to pave the way for interaction between the children of the marginalised Harijan and mainstream communities.
After Woody Allen's "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger", Freida Pinto has now been reportedly picked up for epic "Dawn of War".
A daylong technical theatre workshop was held at the auditorium of Magura Shilpakala Academy last Tuesday.
Darkak (a noted little magazine) opened an art gallery called 'Safetypin' on Central Road, Dhanmondi in the city. Poet-painter Sanjib Purohit is the founder of the gallery.
Singer Fakir Alamgir is tonight's guest on "Basudha Tomar Jonno Amar E Gaan," a live music programme on Rtv. The show will be aired at 11:30pm tonight.
CHITTAGONG is on fire. The scattered, burning charcoal is still warm. People say it takes a whole life's work to save a little, ensure a roof above your head and have a family of your own to live with. As the shacks burn and people flee, the lives of the countless indigenous people are shattered in a single night!
IT'S been one year. One year of sorrow, one year of torment, one year of tears and tensions. One year of pride, one year of homage and one year of tribute.
THE Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) has triumphed in its tactics. It has emerged as the real opposition. After losing the last parliamentary election, it was keen to win over the Left, which could give the BJP -- rightist in outlook -- the image of being economically liberal. It finally duped the communists into believing that its Indian development agenda was more or less what the Left follows. In fact, efforts to woo the communists began the last session, but bore fruit only during the budget. Both found an understanding in their hurt.
Bangladesh, a language-driven country, loses much of its charm if the Bangla language is not present in computing.
With mind-blistering colours, chart-booster music and flashing lights at the Pan Pacific Sonargaon ballroom, Nokia launched its new top-of-the-line handset the Nokia X6 and the new web portal on February 18.
Microsoft Corp. is taking another step toward turning Outlook, its desktop e-mail program, into a hub for information from popular social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace.
Monitoring and safeguarding any vehicle is now possible from anywhere in the country.
Computer Source inaugurated its largest one stop Information Technology (IT) service center in Dhaka to provide international standard facilities on February 17.