News of: Friday, 26th of March, 2010
On the eve of the anniversary of the genocide committed by Pakistan occupation forces in 1971, the government yesterday announced the tribunal, investigation agency and prosecution team for trying war criminals of the Liberation War.
Investigation into the killing of a schoolgirl's parents at Gulshan reveals a year's history of fear and torment.
Sajjad lay panting at the bed of the shallow gorge. Bullets were flying overhead. He knew he was safe in the dried-up gorge. But for how long?
The horrors of March 25 night return to haunt the nation as it observes the 4oth Independence Day today, but this time with a mixed emotion of joy and worry as the government is set to start the process of trying war criminals.
Hours after his appointment as the country's first ever war crimes tribunal chairman, Justice Md Nizamul Huq said yesterday this is a new assignment for him but his task remains the same since as a judge he has to ensure justice.
The High Court yesterday directed the government and the authorities of different organisations to submit reports to it within two weeks on what steps they have taken to prevent sexual harassment against women.
Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, whose top brass opposed the country's Liberation War, stays mum about yesterday's formation of the war crimes tribunal.
The government has been served with a legal notice asking it to immediately remove police from Drik Picture Library and allow its photography exhibition on "crossfire" to open.
Praising the government's move to form tribunal for trial of war criminals, experts and offspring of liberation war martyrs said the entire process should be carried out neutrally and in a transparent way.
Col Jamil Uddin Ahmad, who was the military secretary to the then president Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, has been promoted to brigadier general (posthumous).
Two imaginary war criminals were sentenced to death by a make-believe tribunal in a mock trial yesterday, for carrying out, and aiding and abetting genocide during the Liberation War of Bangladesh.
The local miners, who have kept confined 760 people, including 370 staff to Barapukuria Coal Mine Company Ltd (BCMCL), allowed baby food to its complex yesterday, third day of their strike to realise their demand for pay hikes.
At least 50 people were injured, four with bullets, in a clash between two factions of ruling Awami League in Gangni upazila of Meherpur yesterday.
Rajshahi University Shibir president Shamsul Alam Golap, who was arrested early yesterday, admitted to Rab of having instructions from some central Jamaat and Shibir leaders during and prior to RU violence that left a BCL leader dead, Rab sources said.
March is the month of tragic memories and of launching the war for independence of the nation. But for a Jamaat-e-Islami leader, posing as a freedom fighter, March is the “month of victory”!
Some 500 tolas of gold ornaments worth Tk 1.52 crore and Tk 2 lakh in cash were stolen from a jewellery shop of Chittagong New Market on Wednesday.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said that everything related to the great Liberation War will be preserved for the next generation.
The Election Commission yesterday ruled out main opposition BNP's demand for deploying army during the upcoming by-polls in Bhola-3 parliamentary constituency.
Khasia people once again prevented loggers from felling unmarked trees in Moulvibazar in Srimangal yesterday.
The observance of Independence Day this year as in any other year is an opportunity for the Bengali nation to retrace its steps into that annus mirabilis of 1971, for the particular reason that the year remains symbolic of all our dreams about our future. Thirty nine years after the formal declaration of Bangladesh's independence, it is for us to recapitulate an era that was to push us into unmitigated tragedy caused by Pakistan's initiation of genocide and eventually on to a sun-dappled dawn of freedom nine months later. This morning, we pay tribute to the people of Bangladesh, to the Mukti Bahini and indeed to the leadership of the time for the steadfastness of purpose they demonstrated in the face of the terror typified by the Pakistan occupation army. The three million Bengalis who died in order for us to live and thrive in freedom will always have our undying gratitude. The two hundred thousand Bengali women who went through unspeakable agony at the hands of the occupation forces will be the repository of our enduring respect.
How unprotected young girls are and, by a fatal extension their parents can be, was amply proven by the gory incident in a city flat on Wednesday morning. An armed youth with a friend barged into the apartment to force at gun point a marriage proposal for the daughter of the family. As the parents resisted the attempt at physically dragging the girl away, first the father was shot in the head to die instantaneously and then the mother who later succumbed to her injuries.
It has become a common practice that the team think-tank searches for some positives after the conclusion of any series. On most occasions they quickly single out some important individual efforts for praise. However, if someone dissects the performance of Shakib al Hasan's men in the recently concluded series against England there will be much more to cheer about for the Tigers, than is usual.
Bangladeshi athletes enjoyed a successful day yesterday, the first day of competition of the Indo-Bangladesh Bangla Games in Kolkata yesterday.
When we first started playing cricket, the game is more individual than collective. We join an academy or a club where we play with hundreds of other kids and compete with them. More than scoring runs and taking wickets, it is about who has the best shots, who knows all the bowling grips and who can take the most catches. Then as is the case in any group activity in Bangladesh, the measure of one's background regularly becomes part of the competition.
Defending champions Abahani take on Police AC while another powerhouse Mohammedan SC face off with Ajax SC when the season's curtain-raising hockey tournament, the Dhaka Bank Club Cup, sets off on Sunday at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium.
Twelve women cricketers have been brought under one-year contract of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) yesterday. The cricketers have been placed in Grades 1, 2 and 3, said a press release from the BCB.
The start of this year's Port City Cricket League (PCL) has been deferred to March 28 due to visa complications.
Damien Martyn, the former Australian batsman, has headed home after being excluded from a trimmed Rajasthan Royals squad. He played only one game in the tournament after being surprisingly picked at the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction, despite being out of top-level cricket for several years.
Younus Khan Thursday challenged Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) decision to ban him indefinitely.
David Warner exploded at the top and Kedar Jadhav provided a fiery finish to charge Delhi Daredevils to a strong 183, which they defended with relative ease in the Indian Premier League yesterday. It was Delhi's first win after three losses and also marked Royal Challengers Bangalore's, who were restricted to 166, first loss at home.
Record signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored his 14th league goal of the season as champions Barcelona went back to the top of the Spanish league with a hard-fought 2-0 home victory over Osasuna at Camp Nou on Wednesday.
Chelsea closed to within just a point of Premier League leaders Manchester United with a 5-0 victory away to bottom-of-the-table Portsmouth on Wednesday.
Cameroon forward Samuel Eto'o scored a brace as Serie A leaders Inter Milan ended their recent blip with a 3-0 victory over rock bottom Livorno to move four points clear at the top of the table.
Schalke 04 0 Bayern Munich 1 (Robben 112) after extra-time
Dutch winger Arjen Robben produced a wonder goal in extra-time to seal Bayern Munich's 1-0 win over Schalke on Wednesday in their German Cup semifinal to set up a final against holders Werder Bremen.
The touchline clash between David Moyes of Everton and Roberto Mancini of Manchester City on Wednesday night shows that managers are human after all according to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.
French football great Michel Platini announced on Thursday that will stand for re-election as president of European football's governing body UEFA next year.
Spain is set to play away friendlies against Argentina and Mexico after this summer's World Cup.
CSKA Moscow have denied holding an interest in Albert Riera, but the Liverpool winger is still expected to move to the Russian Premier League.
Sachin Tendulkar was the rudder, Shikhar Dhawan provided propulsion. They combined for a 92-run opening partnership which charted Mumbai Indians' course for success against Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League at the Brabourne Stadium yesterday. The victory helped the hosts steam past Royal Challengers Bangalore and take top spot in the league with a game in hand.
Shane Watson's chances of playing the second Test in Hamilton looked promising after he had a strong workout during a batting session in the Seddon Park nets on Thursday. Watson appeared unencumbered by the hip strain that kept him out of the win in Wellington, driving and pulling with full power against Clint McKay and a group of local bowlers.
Brendon McCullum has warned "one-day cricket is in danger" as an international format.
Justine Henin advanced to the second round of the Sony Ericsson Open by beating Jill Craybas 6-2, 6-2 on Wednesday.
Pakistan's Twenty20 captain Shahid Afridi is the first to appeal against his punishment following a disastrous tour of Australia that saw the country's cricket board come down hard on top players.
Ron Hamence, who toured England with Don Bradman's 'Invincibles' 1948 team, has died at the age of 94, Cricket Australia said on Thursday.
New Zealand has called up fast bowler James Franklin to join the squad for Saturday's second Test against Australia in Hamilton.
World No. 1 Serena Williams won the 2009 WTA Tour Player-of-the-Year award and also took the Doubles Team of the year honours with sister Venus at a ceremony held at the Sony Ericsson Open on Wednesday.
Nongovernmental organisation Brac plans to introduce crop insurance in the country for the first time in a bid to help farmers reduce their risks in cultivation.
US oil giant Chevron believes that Bangladesh's ongoing gas crisis can partly be solved by increasing production from its existing gas fields, but, for that the country also needs to quickly install adequate pipelines.
Reconditioned cars sales have grown 43 percent in 2009 mainly because of the increased purchasing power of landowners on the outskirts of Dhaka.
Bangladesh ranked 118th in the global Network Readiness Index in 2009-10 up from 130th a year ago, showing an upward trend in the information and communication technology sector.
The Bangladesh Bank (BB) governor yesterday asked all commercial banks to prioritise providing loans to women entrepreneurs of small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
The government's inertia in offloading shares of state enterprises has again come under fire at a press meet in Dhaka yesterday.
The Rural Electrification Board is receiving almost half the supply of daily demand for about 2,500MW power in rural areas, said the REB chairman yesterday.
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has reached an agreement with Bangladesh to bankroll four projects with $431 million in overseas development assistance.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday demanded ahead of a EU summit that Greece seek rescue finance from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
Dubai said Thursday it would inject 9.5 billion dollars into Dubai World, which announced it was asking creditors to wait for up to eight years to be repaid in full.
The bank's board of directors has decided to hold its fourth extraordinary general meeting on May 6 (at 10.30am) at Pubali Bank Auditorium in Dhaka to transact, among others, the following business: to increase the authorised capital of the bank from Tk 500 crore to Tk 1,000 crore.
Oil prices extended losses in Asian trade Thursday on US demand worries after a government inventory report showed a surge in crude stocks in the world's largest energy consumer, analysts said.
"Celebrations of Bangladesh National Day always take me back to the heady days of 1972 when Sheikh Mujib signed a treaty of friendship with India, and India drew up a plan to assist in reconstructing his country which had been ravaged by the Independence War."
Sector Commanders' Forum (SCF), a platform of sector commanders in the Liberation War, put off lights for a minute from 11:59pm to 12:00am in front of Shikha Chirantan in memory of millions of unarmed Bangalees who were killed by Pakistani invasion forces on this black night in 1971.
President Zillur Rahman and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued messages on the occasion on the occasion of the Independence Day.
Different socio-cultural and political organisations will observe the Independence Day 2010 in the city today by holding a series of programmes throughout the day.
The publication ceremony of 'Ekatturer Diary' by freedom fighter AHM Bazlur Rahman and Sarder Zahurul Anwar was held at Channel i office in the city yesterday.
A Dhaka court yesterday asked Shawkat Mahmud, BNP chairperson's adviser, to appear before it on April 11 in a case filed against him on charges of calling State Minister for Law Advocate Qamrul Islam ''a Battalar Ukil''.
The High Court yesterday adjourned till April 4 the final hearing on the petitions filed by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for quashing the proceedings of four corruption cases against her.
In view of the decision of not effecting the change in Daylight Saving Time from April 1, the Biman flights both on domestic and international routes will now be departing one hour in advance from the pre-scheduled time, says a press release.
Two informative posters on the Amar Ekushey and the historic liberation war were published recently in an effort to project the true history to the young generation.
Bangladesh Institute of Peace and Security Studies (BIPSS) will organise a two-day international expert roundtable on Security Implications of Climate Change in South Asia at a hotel in the city on Sunday.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday inaugurated a six-day hardware display on the occasion of Independence Day 2010 at the east and west sides of the old airport runway.
None could be arrested in schoolboy Shoumen Biswas killing case till yesterday, although three days had passed since the killing.
Eighteen new Japanese Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV) arrived in Bangladesh on Wednesday.
Japanese Ambassador Tamotsu Shinotsuka handed over Japanese language equipment to Dr AKM Moazzem Hussain, president of Japanese Universities Alumni Association in Bangladesh (JUAAB) on Wednesday under the Grant Assistance for Cultural Grassroots Projects of Japan.
The Supreme Court Appellate Division yesterday upheld its chamber judge's decision to stay a High Court order on granting bail to former BNP lawmaker Nasiruddin Ahmed Pintu in a BDR carnage case.
A day-labourer died inhaling toxic gas after he went down into a manhole to clean it without wearing a mask in the city's Tejgaon industrial area yesterday afternoon.
Detective Branch (DB) of police on Wednesday night arrested two alleged car lifters, who allegedly took away a private car killing its driver on March 1, from the city's Kamarpara under Turag Police Station.
Power outage for around 20 hours a day is causing serious disturbance to activities in Benapole land port, much to the nuisance of exporters, importers and port officials.
Aggrieved farmers blocked highway in Chirirbandar upazila of Dinajpur district while Bangladesh Krishok League brought out a procession and submitted memorandum to Chapainawabganj deputy commissioner yesterday demanding smooth supply of power during the peak Irri-boro season.
Police yesterday recovered knife, used for killing a brick field worker, and charred teeth and scull of the victim from a kiln at MNB brick field at Nangtihara village under Baliadangi upazila of Thakurgaon.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested four operatives of outlawed PBCP (Janajudhha) and recovered five bombs and firearms from them at Shimulchara village in Ataikula upazila of Pabna district on Wednesday night.
A court here yesterday framed charges against three people in Rajshahi University (RU) student Lima Parvin Mishma murder case.
At least 40 people were injured, 14 of them seriously and five houses ransacked during a clash between the supporters of Awami League and BNP at village Kamarpara in Magura Sadar upazila yesterday noon.
At least 300 shops and houses were gutted in a fire at a market in Alikadam upazila early yesterday.
A case was filed with Judicial Magistrate's Court in Galachipa upazila yesterday accusing five people of war crimes in the district.
Representatives of the government and private college teachers of Sylhet district yesterday submitted a memorandum to Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid demanding immediate arrest of and punishment to the killers of Prof Harun-ur-Rashid.
The United States has stepped back from a series of harsh measures against Iran and softened proposed UN sanctions to win the backing of China and Russia, the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's trip to the United States to patch up relations ended in "humiliation" as Washington dressed down its close ally over settlements, Israeli media said yesterday.
Osama bin Laden has warned al-Qaeda will kill Americans if the mastermind of the 2001 attacks on the United States, Khaled Sheikh Mohammed, is executed, in a audio tape Al-Jazeera television aired yesterday.
Pakistani Prime Minster Yousuf Raza Gilani hailed on Wednesday a "major paradigm shift" in US policy towards his country, as top Pakistani officials were in Washington for a "strategic dialogue".
The United States said Wednesday that it was up to India and Pakistan to decide on their own relations after Islamabad renewed its call for a US role on the Kashmir dispute.
The UN Human Rights Council yesterday narrowly passed a resolution condemning Islamaphobic behaviour, including Switzerland's minaret building ban, despite some states' major reservations.
Pakistani police said yesterday they had arrested two of the men who kidnapped a five-year-old British boy for 12 days this month, and paraded the hooded and shackled suspects before the media.
Maoists abducted and killed a leader of Communist Party of India (Marxist) in Midnapore district of West Bengal on Wednesday. Maoists kidnapped CPI-M leader, identified as Basir Khan whose body was recovered from Joynagar, two kilometers from his home.
Top Democratic US lawmakers have been forced to call the police and FBI after House members who voted for historic healthcare reform received violent threats and obscene, abusive messages.
Most Nepali leaders have described a recent statement by former Nepal monarch King Gyanendra that "the monarchy hasn't completely ended" as a daydream.
A close aide of Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar and former governor of Afghanistan's Oruzgan province, Abdul Hai Salik, was arrested in Karachi yesterday, a media report said.
Arts & Entertainment
In the early and mid '70s, a number of painters made the Liberation War the subject of their works. At that time, painters used mediums like oil, charcoal, gouache, ink and their modes of expressions were more distinct. A number of painters had actively participated in the war. After independence, they expressed their experiences through art.
On the occasion of the 39th Independence Day, Shammilito Shangskritik Jote (SSJ) has begun a three-day 'Swadhinota (independence) Festival' at Central Shaheed Minar from March 24. One of the organisers of Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra, Belal Mohammad, formally inaugurated the festival.
Dr. Sarwar Ali has been actively involved in virtually all cultural movements during the pre-Liberation War years. A trustee of Liberation War Museum and treasurer of Chhayanaut, Dr. Ali recounted the cultural aspect of the independence movement.
Desh TV is celebrating its first anniversary today. On the occasion and to also mark Independence Day, the channel will telecast special programmes throughout the day. At 10:30 am a special musical programme "Muktijuddher Gaan" will be aired. Rathindranath Roy, Shahin Samad and Dalia Nawshin will perform on the show. "Jawharmala Shundori" a programme featuring pala gaan will be telecast at 12:15 pm. Featuring Subarna Mustafa in the lead role, telefilm "Alo Chhaya Ondhokar" (written and directed by Badrul Anam Saud) will be aired at 3 pm. Musical programme "Baul and Fusion" will be televised at 6 pm. Special programme "Bijoyer Golpo Boli" will be aired at 7:45 pm and single-episode TV play "Bhoy" will be aired at 9:30 pm. Directed by Animesh Aich, the play features Tarik Anam Khan and Aupi Karim in central roles.
A mega concert featuring artistes of Jagoron Shangskriti o Gobeshona Kendro along with leading bands and musicians of the country will be held today at the Bir Srestha Shaheed Sipahi Mohammad Mostofa Kamal Stadium, Komolapur, according to a press release.
Swiss troupe Mummenschanz performed at the International Theatre Festival (organised by Dhaka Padatik) on March 24. The two-hour performance, titled "Mummenschanz-3X11", was held at National Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. The production is a retrospective on 33 years of the troupe, which was formed in the ‘70s, when pantomime was becoming popular. The troupe uses props, costumes, changeable masks and employs elements of mime, dance and acting to connect with the audience.
IF each passing year is compared to the running of a race, then today this nation staggers across the finishing line for the fortieth time to celebrate its independence of as many years. When I say this nation staggers, I don't mean to undermine the felicity of freedom, which has come at a heavy price, weighed in blood. Neither is it meant to deprecate the sacrifice of our heroes and martyrs. Nor is it intended to diminish the significance of having our own separate homeland.
UNTIL the mid-90s Bangladesh was wealthier and more developed than Vietnam, but as Vietnam has moved decisively ahead of us in recent years, we now often look to them with envy to see what they have done right and we have done wrong.
MARCH 26 is our independence day. It is a day of reflecting on the past and looking forward to the future. Our independence was brought about by the supreme sacrifices of the people, and we remember them on this day with prayers for peace of their souls.
SOME people hate me a lot in Pakistan. They hate me because I said sorry to Bengalis two years ago in Islamabad Press Club for the atrocities committed by Pakistan Army in 1971.They hate me because I also demanded an official apology from the government of Pakistan to the people of Bangladesh for the genocide of March 1971.They say I don't know anything. They say I am not a good Pakistani.
The world is getting smaller by the day with information passing around at lightning speed. However, as more and more information is passed, the need for better telecommunication infrastructure to keep up with the increasing demand becomes an urgent necessity. Installation of optical fibre networks are being stressed upon the world over as the currently most viable solution. Installations in Bangladesh have already begun and its appropriateness to Bangladesh’s needs is being widely talked about. Inspite of so much talk about fibre optics, many may have questions about the very basics of fibre optics. Many of us must have already seen a fibre optic wire in our homes, but not identified it. Sometime around the 90s, a particular type of showpiece had started becoming increasingly popular in homes of Bangladesh. These showpieces had a mass of hair-like white plastic wires coming out of a golden coloured sphere and only the ends of these wires would light up when the showpiece was plugged in and switched on. Why am I reminiscing about a showpiece in the Star Tech section? My point here is that each of these wires were actually a single strand of optical fibre.
The nomination submission deadline for e-Content and ICT for Development Award 2010 has been extended to April 5. Earlier the deadline was March 20.
A study released last week indicated that the market for mobile device software programs should rocket to 17.5 billion dollars (US) within three years.
Tim Berners-Lee, the man credited with inventing the Internet, will head a new British institute for web science, Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced Monday.
For the second year in a row, Citi Foundation in cooperation with Development Research Network (D.Net) on Sunday called upon universities to create technological solutions for the financial sector under the programme - 'Citi Financial IT Case Competition'.