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News of: Tuesday, 2nd of March, 2010
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BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's younger son Arafat Rahman Koko and former BNP state minister Fazlur Rahman Patal were yesterday sued for dodging income tax.
The government plans to create a pool of 20,000 primary school teachers to tackle teacher shortages due to leaves of absence.
Absconding Mohiuddin and his brother Salahuddin had a link for at least five years with Pakistani national and suspected coordinator of Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in Bangladesh Rezwan Ahmed before his arrest on February 24.
The cabinet yesterday approved in principle the Border Guard Bangladesh Bill 2010, keeping a provision of death penalty for offences like mutiny, killing, and arson within the country's frontier security force.
The government will purchase land in Makkah to build houses with a capacity of 60,000 people in efforts to mitigate the accommodation problem Bangladeshi pilgrims face during hajj in Saudi Arabia.
The construction work of 3.1 km Kuril flyover will start this month to connect the capital with Purbachal New Town.
Leaders of Samo Odhikar Andolon, an organisation of Bangalee settlers, with the assistance of a number of people in military uniform allegedly led the February 19-20 arsons at Adivasi villages in Baghaichhari.
The cabinet yesterday okayed an amendment to the public procurement act to drop the provision requiring suppliers to have experience to compete for contracts worth up to Tk 2 crore.
The first phase work for construction of the deep-sea port in Sonadia Island is likely to be completed by 2015 with an estimated cost of Tk 15,000 crore, Shipping Minister Shahjahan Khan told the House yesterday.
BNP-led opposition lawmakers stormed out of the Jatiya Sangsad yesterday protesting against a senior ruling party lawmaker's remark labelling BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami as patrons of militancy in Bangladesh.
Armed muggers took away Tk 1 lakh and a private car at gunpoint from a Bangladeshi expatriate in the city's Banani on Sunday night.
The company commander level flag meeting between the BDR and BSF at zero line near the border pillar number 1,285 ended yesterday without resolving the dispute over the ownership of a swamp near Dibir haor.
Amnesty International yesterday called upon the government to launch an investigation into the deaths of two indigenous people in Rangamati allegedly in army fire on February 20.
Two persons were killed and four injured during a protest by Muslims over an article by Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen in a vernacular daily in Shimoga town of southern Indian state of Karnataka yesterday.
Bangladesh Army yesterday changed its Khagrachari unit brigade commander and Rangamati district's Baghaihat army zone's commanding officer in the wake of recent unrest in the hill districts that claimed three lives.
BDR Havilder Enamul Huq, 52, an accused in the BDR mutiny case, died at Kashimpur Jail yesterday morning, jail and hospital sources said.
Two women committed "suicide" in the city's Uttara and Gendaria yesterday.
Sajeeb Wazed Joy, son of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, arrived in Dhaka yesterday morning from the USA.
The Power Development Board yesterday initiated the tender process for four independent power projects aiming to generate up to 820MW through publishing pre-qualification criteria for interested bidders.
Syed Moazzem Hossain Alal has been made the president of Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal, the youth front of BNP, while Saiful Alam Nirob its general secretary, said a BNP press release.
A senior Taliban commander has been killed in a clash with security forces in Pakistan's Swat Valley, where the military claims to have quelled an Islamist uprising, officials said yesterday.
Rescue teams searched for survivors yesterday after Chile's quake toll topped 700 and the extent of the disaster became clear in coastal areas where giant waves left behind a path of death and destruction.
Egypt's state security prosecutor yesterday ordered the release of seven people accused over a deadly bazaar bombing in February 2009 that killed a French tourist, the official MENA news agency said.
Hannibal Kadhafi met in jail yesterday with a Swiss businessman detained in Tripoli since the Libyan leader's son was briefly arrested in Geneva, sparking a diplomatic row.
The High Court yesterday issued a rule upon the government to explain within two weeks why it should not be directed to bring back 156 Bangladeshi nationals who have been languishing in an Indian prison even after the end of their jail terms.
Health Minister AFM Ruhal Haque yesterday said it would not be possible to ensure proper treatment of the people unless the tendency of doctors to be posted in Dhaka is reduced.
RECENT arrest of several members of Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorist group is very disconcerting indeed. This is the second instance where foreign terrorist organisation members have been apprehended in Bangladesh.
THE High Court has given another six months to the government and tannery owners to relocate the tanneries from the city's Hazaribagh area to Savar. The extension of the deadline for shifting the tanneries located at a densely populated area, however, comes in the wake of almost nothing being done by either owners or the government in the last few years to relocate the environmentally dangerous tannery units. The government's plan has been to give the smaller tannery units the facility of using on payment a centrally placed ETP at a special industrial zone at Savar which has not come off the drawing board as yet.
THE people of the hills and the people of the plain lands are two diametrically opposite entities. They do not belong to each other's worlds. Their religion, traditions, customs, values, food, language and lifestyles are worlds apart. "Never the twain shall meet." So, let's face it, with due honesty, they can never live side by side in peace and harmony. Therefore, it is sheer foolishness to politically sweet-talk them or militarily force them to live as neighbours. Everyone is paying a high price for this. Today, in their own land, hill people are searching for cover to save themselves from the cutters of the settlers. So, our progeny, for centuries to come, will often wake up hearing the cries of death and destruction in the hills, unless the process is reversed.
IT is not at all surprising that Dhaka has been ranked as the 2nd worst city in the world in a recent global survey of livability, as living conditions are deteriorating fast.
In a brave move not taken by many of his peers, Mushfiqur Rahim admitted yesterday of his struggle behind the stumps.
Several fresh faces were called up when the cricket selectors yesterday named a 30-man preliminary squad for the upcoming World Twenty20 Championships in West Indies.
A late strike from substitute Motiur Munna helped holders Abahani defeat Brothers Union in the Bangladesh League encounter at Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
Chittagong is all set to host a warm up match, an ODI and a Test match between Bangladesh and the touring England scheduled to begin from March 5 at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.
Dhaka tightened the noose around Rajshahi's neck getting them bowled out for 241 in their first innings to take a lead of 159 runs on the second day of the second phase of the 11th National Cricket League match at the Khulna Divisional Stadium yesterday.
Michael Hussey has another chance to regain the number-one batting position in the International Cricket Council (ICC) ODI Championship when Australia go head to head with New Zealand in the five-ODI series starting in Napier on Wednesday.
Alastair Cook, England's current Test and ODI captain, has been omitted from England's 30-man provisional squad for the World Twenty20 that starts in April in the Caribbean. Cook's new ODI opening partner, Craig Kieswetter, has been included, alongside Peter Trego and Michael Lumb, after their success on the England Lions tour to UAE.
Armanitola High School of Dhaka and Arjot Atarjan School of Kishorganj qualified for the final round of the Ecstasy School Hockey Tournament after winning their respective matches yesterday.
Raisul Islam Ratul of Bangladesh advanced to the second round of the Grameenphone 24th ITF Junior Tennis Championships with a 6-3, 4-1 victory over Arpit Sharma of India at the National Tennis Complex in Ramna yesterday.
Veteran Sri Lanka batsman Sanath Jayasuriya came under fire Monday for his decision to enter politics while still playing for the national team.
Wayne Rooney came off the bench to ensure Manchester United retained the League Cup by beating Aston Villa 2-1 on a painfully bittersweet afternoon for his team-mate Michael Owen.
France international Franck Rib-ery fired German giants Bay-ern Munich to the top of the Bun-desliga on Sunday for the first time since winning the title in 2008, beating fourth-placed Hamburg 1-0.
Marseille kept alive their hopes of winning the French title on Sunday with an impressive 3-0 victory over bitter but ailing rivals Paris Saint Germain which saw visiting fans boycott it because of what they saw as over the top security measures.
Inter Milan survived a late scare and depleted resources to win 3-2 at Udinese and maintain their four-point lead at the top of Serie A on Sunday.
Nine-man Valencia crashed to their fourth defeat of the season falling to a 4-1 loss at Atletico Madrid on Sunday with the dismissal of Spanish international defender Carlos Marchena turning the game on its head.
Fernando Torres marked his first English Premier League start of 2010 by hitting the winner as Liverpool triumphed 2-1 in a bruising encounter with Blackburn at Anfield on Sunday.
Italy coach Marcello Lippi picked three new players for his squad to face Cameroon in a friendly in Monaco on Wednesday.
Brazil coach Dunga hopes Tuesday's friendly against the Republic of Ireland in London will underline his conviction that his side can be successful at the World Cup without Ronaldinho.
France legend Zinedine Zidane says he would "rather die" than apologise to Marco Materazzi for his infamous headbut of the Italian defender in the 2006 World Cup final.
At the halfway stage, West Indies' winless streak looked almost certain to be snapped after astonishing spells from Sulieman Benn and Darren Sammy, but Zimbabwe's spirited army of spinners scripted a memorable fightback to help the visitors clinch a low-scoring scrap in Trinidad on Sunday.
India outplayed arch-rivals Pakistan 4-1 in the men's field hockey World Cup on Sunday.
Prosper Utseya, the Zimbabwe captain, was delighted with his team's shock defeat of West Indies in the Twenty20 fixture in Trinidad, and lauded his team's self-belief for the victory.
Ottis Gibson, the West Indies coach, is disappointed after his side's embarrassing 26-run defeat against Zimbabwe in the lone Twenty20 game in Trinidad on Sunday, but insisted that his side had not taken the opposition lightly.
The government has decided to resume flights to all domestic airports across the country next month.
Cold storage operators have increased space rent for potato by over 18 percent to Tk 260 per sack for the current year on the ground of a rise in electricity tariff, labour and other costs.
The growth of the services sector that accounts for half of GDP is expected to dip this year, the central bank predicts in a report.
The stockmarket regulator has decided to set a uniform face value of stocks in line with a government instruction.
The first meeting of industry ministers from the developing eight countries (D8) began in Tehran yesterday. Industries Minister Dilip Barua is participating in the meeting.
Agriculture input assistance cards are being distributed among farmers in Jamalpur.
British insurer Prudential PLC says it will buy the Asian unit of bailed-out US insurance company AIG in a deal worth $35.5 billion. Prudential will pay $25 billion in cash and $10.5 billion in securities. Prudential said Monday that it will raise $20 billion of the cash through a rights issue.
With the mobile phone becoming effective in transferring money around the world, the stakeholders of the mobile banking eco-system need security and mutual trust to introduce the service in Bangladesh.
Ship breakers and MS (mild steel) rod producers yesterday demanded that the government cancel the order that restricts entry of any breakable ship into Bangladesh without a pre-cleaning certificate.
Bangladesh Bank (BB) yesterday rolled out a farm loan monitoring system through mobile phones.
Intertek, a global provider of quality and safety solutions to industries, has signed a commercial inspections deal with Mutual Trust Bank in Dhaka, Intertek said in a statement yesterday.
Japanese investors are keen to invest in Bangladesh, especially in the pharmaceuticals, construction and reconditioned car assembling, said George Hara, leader of a 10-member Japanese business delegation, yesterday.
The insurer's board of directors has recommended 20 percent stock dividend for the year 2009. The company's annual general meeting will be held on May 3 (at 11am) at BIAM Auditorium in Dhaka. The record date is March 15. The company has also reported earnings per share of Tk 28.68, net asset value per share of Tk 143.80 and net operating cash flow per share of Tk 19.27 as of December 31, 2009.
Oil prices extended gains made last week to push above 80 dollars a barrel in Asian trade Monday on the back of a weaker dollar and signs of a stronger US economy.
United Commercial Bank Ltd promoted Mirza Mahmud Rafiqur Rahman to deputy managing director, the bank said in a statement yesterday.
China will provide all out support for communication and socio economic development to build a digital Bangladesh.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said that the International Mother Language Day would be a weapon for people of all languages to establish their cultural rights.
Speakers at a seminar yesterday stressed the need for taking necessary steps for adoption of more projects under Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) to ensure sustainable development of the country.
Visiting US Marine Commander for Special Operations, Pacific Command, Rear Admiral Sean A Pybus yesterday visited Chittagong naval zone as an American frigate arrived in the Bay of Bengal for joint exercises with Bangladesh navy.
A youth is fighting for his life at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) after miscreants threw acid on him and set fire to his body in the district's Char Syedpur area on Saturday night.
Leaders of Jago Bangladesh Garment Sramik Federation yesterday demanded compensation of Tk 10 lakh for each family of the 21 garments workers who were killed in a devastating fire at Garib & Garib Sweater Factory in Gazipur on February 25.
Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) and Bangladesh Debate Federation (BDF) for the first time is going to organise a shadow parliamentary anti-corruption debate competition and training for high school students.
Foreign Minister Dipu Moni yesterday said the Bangladesh government is working to build a society free of exploitation with human rights and fundamental freedoms protected and justice as well as equality secured by 2021.
The election of the 14-member executive committee of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) for 2010-11 will be held on March 24-25.
The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) made popular folk singer Momtaz Begum MP its Migration Goodwill Ambassador in Bangladesh for two years to create mass awareness about safe migration and human trafficking.
The Jatiya Press Club and 17 eminent citizens have condemned the death threat to the New Age Editor Nurul Kabir.
A book on senior vice president of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Tarique Rahman was launched in the city yesterday.
Koha, the first and most advanced Open Source Integrated Library System (ILS) in the world, was launched at Brac University Ayesha Abed Library recently, says a press release.
Information Minister Abul Kalam Azad yesterday said community radio can play a significant role in turning Bangladesh into a middle-income country through contributing to cutting poverty, promoting primary education, promoting gender equality and reducing mortality rate.
A BCL leader and a trader were injured in a clash between two rival groups over Jhut (garment wastage) trade at West Tejtury Bazar in the city's Tejgaon area yesterday.
Rail communication between Chittagong and other parts of the country was suspended for seven hours yesterday.
The Jatiya Sangsad passed Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Novo Theatre Bill 2010 and Bangladesh High-Tech Park Authority Bill 2010 yesterday, amid absence of opposition BNP lawmakers.
European Union (EU) is keenly interested to set up a training centre in Bangladesh for investigation officers (IOs) and lawyers to equip them with legal weapons for curbing terrorism in the country.
Police arrested a Jamaat leader in Gopalganj and five Jamaat-Shibir men in Rajshahi on Sunday.
At least 500 bigha of lands cultivated with winter crops including boro have been washed away following collapse of Water Development Board irrigation canal dike at Sondoho village of Bera upazila under the district on Saturday.
Three land revenue officials in Mymensingh district have been sent on forced retirement as investigations into departmental cases for corruption found them guilty.
Journalists in Rangpur filed general diaries (GD) while the community in Khagrachhari held a meeting with the administration on Sunday seeking security of life while delivering professional duties.
The government has banned all types of fishing in the Meghna in Chandpur for two months till April 30.
Trading through Benapole land port resumed yesterday morning after a halt for three consecutive days.
A revolver and a bomb were recovered from the compound of the house of local JCD leader at Khladapania village in Jokiganj upazila Friday night.
In what is a clear reflection of an emerging strategic partnership, visiting Indian Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, and Saudi Arabian monarch King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz signed the historic Riyadh Declaration at Grandoise Al Rawdah Palace on Sunday.
Troops fired teargas and imposed a curfew yesterday to stop looters running off with trolleys loads of goods from the wreckage of Chile's quake as rescuers scrabbled through rubble for survivors.
Four Nato soldiers were killed in Afghanistan yesterday, the military said, taking the number of foreign troops killed this year to 105 and more than double those killed in the first two months of 2009.
When their 13th-floor apartment began to shake, Alberto Rozas pulled his 7-year-old daughter into the bathroom doorway and waited for it to stop.
Rescue teams were out in force yesterday after the fiercest winter storm in years left at least 59 dead in western Europe, with France by far the worst hit.
Iran is not cooperating sufficiently with the UN atomic watchdog in its investigation into the Islamic republic's contested nuclear activities, agency chief Yukiya Amano said here yesterday.
US President Barack Obama is making final decisions on a broad new nuclear strategy for the United States that will permanently reduce the US nuclear arsenal by thousands of weapons, The New York Times reported yesterday.
Climate models project that the global average temperature will rise about 1 degree C by mid-century, if we continue with business as usual and emit greenhouse gases.
The Palestinian Authority held its weekly cabinet meeting in the West Bank town of Hebron yesterday to affirm its claim over a contested holy site at the centre of a growing row with Israel.
The warning was ominous, its predictions dire: Oceanographers issued a bulletin telling Hawaii and other Pacific islands that a killer wave was heading their way with terrifying force and that "urgent action should be taken to protect lives and property."
Participants attending an Oxford University seminar have termed Britain's immigration laws discriminatory and unjust for Pakistani students.
Wartime Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic ended a boycott of his genocide trial yesterday, defiantly declaring that a conflict which left 100,000 dead was "just and holy".
India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said yesterday that an independent Palestinian state was key to Middle East stability and called on arch-foe Pakistan to "act decisively" against terrorism.
A Pakistani general has claimed that key leaders of the Pakistani Taliban have been killed or captured in an onslaught of frontier ground and air attacks.
Defence Minister AK Antony on Sunday said India is concerned about the 42 terror camps existing across the border even after Mumbai terror attacks and Pakistan's non serious approach to dismantle them.
Bitter regional rivals Georgia and Russia reopened their only usable land border crossing Monday, restoring a vital transport route that had been closed since 2006.
Arts & Entertainment
The lilting strains of a Tagore song waft across the room. It's not the usual Rabindra Sangeet concert, but an art exhibition inspired by the songs and poems of the great bard. On the walls are paintings by two Italian artists, Karen Shah and Nike Borghese, that take the viewer through some stunning landscapes and images.
“From around 8 am in the morning to 12 pm, I usually have my [university] classes. After that I have shooting, where more often than not I stay till midnight. You could say it's a lot of pressure, but then again I wouldn't want to be someone who vegetated at home. That would just make me sick; I mean a day or two of relaxing is fine but then it gets really boring. I want to be up and out! " -- says Sadia Jahan Probha, the young vivacious actress of the mini-screen.
As part of their regular monthly activities, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) arranged a classical music and dance programme at National Music and Dance Centre on February 28.
Marking the arrival of the Bengali month Phalgun, cultural group Srijon held its monthly musical programme "Pheley Asha Din-er Bangla Gaan-er Ashor" at Sufia Kamal Auditorium, National Museum on February 28.
To celebrate its three decades, Dhaka Padatik will arrange a weeklong international theatre festival from March 19. Featuring reputed local troupes alongside teams from India and Switzerland, the festival will be held at the National Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
A cultural programme titled "Boshonto Shondha" was held on Saturday evening at District Shilpakala Academy Auditorium in Thakurgaon.
This year's Filmfare Awards saw the best acting prizes going to the lead actors in "Paa", with Amitabh Bachchan and Vidya Balan being named the Best actor and Best actress for their role in the film.
ON Friday, December 11, 2009, the mosque in the village of Yasuf in the West Bank was vandalised before dawn. The vandals burned prayer carpets and a bookstand with Islamic holy texts, and left graffiti on the floor reading: "Price tag -- greetings from Effi." The graffiti was accompanied by the more direct threat, "we will burn all of you."
IN the prime minister's question-answer session on February 17, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina disclosed in the House her government's plan to bring down unemployment rate to 15 percent from the existing 40 percent by the year 2021. She listed the programs that her government had already undertaken for employment generation to remove the curse of unemployment. These include, inter alia, imparting technical training to unemployed youths through 38 technical training centres, building 30 more technical training centres in those districts with no such centres, and upgrading syllabus of 23 courses run by the manpower, employment and training bureau to international standards, keeping in mind the demands of international recruiters.
DELHI lost its own plot one day before foreign secretaries Nirupama Rao and Salman Bashir sat down at Hyderabad House to reopen the dialogue between India and Pakistan.