News of: Monday, 19th of April, 2010
Breaking away from the tradition, no judges of the Appellate Division were present yesterday when the chief justice swore in the newly appointed 15 High Court judges.
Coming down heavily on the government for filing false cases one after another against the opposition men, Khaleda Zia yesterday said it is a lesson for BNP.
The Election Commission has taken some innovative measures including use of 12 video cameras to ensure a credible upcoming by-election in Bhola-3 parliamentary constituency, in the wake of a mounting tense situation there, sparked by some recent poll related violence.
The BDR Special Court-3 in Feni yesterday sentenced 57 out of 62 mutiny accused jawans of 19 Rifles Battalion to different terms in prison. The rest five were acquitted of the allegation.
Implementation of a Rajuk plan for construction of around 52,000 flats for lower and lower middle-income people under three massive projects begins on Wednesday.
Local and foreign militants are still suspected to have been obtaining Bangladeshi passports using false information to leave the country to escape or have training and take part in 'Jihad'.
Millions of stranded travellers face further air chaos as the volcanic ash from Iceland that has closed most of Europe's airspace continues to spread.
A number of Awami League leaders of Kurigram yesterday kept Roads and Highways Department's executive engineer confined to his room and forced him to give a road construction work to their contractor cancelling the (first) lottery result.
The government should spare the river terminals and jetties from ongoing drives to demolish structures on the riverbanks of Dhaka, Narayanganj and Gazipur, urged the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) yesterday.
Twelve people were killed and 30 others seriously injured in an accident on Lata Bridge bypass road in Dumuria upazila while they were travelling by a bus to join the rally of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in the city yesterday.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) is going to question former speaker Jamiruddin Sircar, his deputy Akhtar Hamid Siddiqui and former chief whip Khandaker Delwar Hossain regarding alleged misappropriation of Tk 2.5 crore as part of a second phase inquiry.
Bangladesh Bank has directed all banks not to grant any kind of loan facilities for tobacco farming as it poses a serious health hazard.
Shashi Tharoor was forced to resign as minister of state for external affairs last night in the wake of a raging controversy over IPL Kochi team, ending a weeklong political drama that threatened to sully the image of the government and the Congress.
A man allegedly strangulated his wife to death at the city's Hazaribagh on Saturday while police recovered two bodies from Jatrabari area yesterday.
The construction work for upgrading the Dhaka-Chittagong Highway into a dual carriageway has gained momentum after three consultants of the Pakistani firm Nespak joined the project two weeks ago.
Biman Bangladesh Airlines further delayed its two London-bound flights yesterday for 48 to 72 hours. The country extends its airspace ban as volcanic ash from Iceland continues to spread causing air travel lockdown across Europe.
Top listed criminal Nurul Amin Maksud's bullet-ridden body was found yesterday morning in a field near Talutia bypass road in Gazipur.
Armed muggers on motorbikes shot an employee of a business firm yesterday in the city's Banani and rode away with Tk 26.56 lakh he was going to deposit in a bank.
In the caption of the file photo published in our yesterday's issue, we mistakenly mentioned that Khasruzzaman kicks the door of Chief Justice's Office on November 30, 2006. In fact, it was the main entrance to the Attorney General's office building on Supreme Court premises. We regret the error.
IN an unprecedented move that the Chief Justice was constrained to take yesterday, he administered oath to 15 of the 17 judges to the High Court recommended for appointment by the government and approved by the President. By taking this position, we think, he has asserted his sense of integrity and shown boldness where it was required which we appreciate. We are hopeful that this will help enhance public confidence in the judiciary.
MUCH heat is being generated over the forthcoming by-election for the Bhola-3 constituency. The by-election, scheduled for 24 April, has already come under a cloud with the ruling Awami League and the opposition BNP accusing each other of trying to foil the election or engineering a result that will favour either one of them. Leading figures of the Awami League have charged the BNP with creating the ground for chaos if the opposition candidate does not win the by-election. For their part, senior politicians of the BNP have consistently warned that the ruling party is engaged in a ploy to deprive the opposition nominee of victory at the polls. To substantiate their arguments, they have pointed to the instances of violence which have marred the campaigning of the BNP's Hafizuddin Ahmed. Indeed, the BNP election coordinator Nazimuddin Alam came under attack allegedly by Awami League activists last week. The AL has rejected the charge and has instead suggested that the BNP itself orchestrated the attack as a way of undermining the voting.
Kings of Khulna completed the semifinals line-up of the Destiny Group National Cricket League (NCL) T20s after their 45-run victory over Barisal Blazers at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.
Tamim Iqbal's World Twenty20 prospects looked dismal after scans done yesterday revealed a bigger fracture than it was first imagined.
A double from striker Enamul Haque powered holders Abahani to an emphatic 3-0 win over Arambagh KS in their away match of the Bangladesh League at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
Tottenham Hotspur breathed fresh life into the English Premier League title race with a 2-1 win over leaders Chelsea on a dramatic day of top-flight action in England on Saturday.
Asking for a full explanation about the farcical ending of the Club Cup Hockey final, Abahani Limited have threatened to boycott the upcoming Premier Division League until the issue is settled.
Azad Sporting Club scored a massive 88-run victory over Kalabagan Krira Chakra in their Women's Club Cup Tournament at the Gulshan Youth Club Ground yesterday. Batting first Azad Sporting scored 203 for seven in their stipulated forty overs with valuable contribution from Rita Khatun (40), Sohely Sultana (38 not out) and Rehnuma Zaman (24). Kalabagan conceded as many as 45 extra runs, most of them wides.
Deccan Chargers made it into the Indian Premier League semifinals with a tight 11-run win over Delhi Daredevils at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi last night.
Yorkshire announced Saturday they had signed West Indies fast bowler Tino Best.
Defending champions Pakistan suffered a major blow less than a fortnight from the World Twenty20 in the Caribbean when Umar Gul and Yasir Arafat were both officially ruled out of the tournament, having failed to recover sufficiently from injuries picked up in the ongoing training camp.
Arjen Robben hit a hattrick as Bayern Munich warmed up for their Champions League semifinal with Lyon by hammering Hanover 7-0 on Saturday to go back to the top of the Bundesliga.
Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti insisted his side could still go to win the English Premier League title despite going down 2-1 away to Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Saturday.
AC Milan coach Leonardo on Saturday denied claims in the Italian media that he had left his post at the seven-time European champions.
Champions Barcelona let Real Madrid firmly back into La Liga title race following a 0-0 draw at neighbours Espanyol on Saturday meaning Madrid can move to within one point of their rivals with a home win over Valencia on Sunday.
Defending champion Jenson Button Sunday delivered a perfectly judged drive in treacherous wet conditions to win a dramatic Chinese Grand Prix ahead of his McLaren teammate Lewis Hamilton.
Barcelona will travel to Italy to face Inter Milan by coach ahead of Tuesday's Champions League tie.
Investigators have questioned two French national footballers as part of an inquiry into prostitution involving a minor, a judicial source told AFP.
Nigerian left-back Taye Taiwo converted a high-pressure injury-time penalty to give Marseille a 2-1 win at Boulogne-sur-Mer on Saturday that keeps them on course for the French title.
Germany team manager Oliver Bierhoff hinted Saturday that rebel striker Kevin Kuranyi could be set for a shock recall to the national side in time for this June's World Cup.
Rafael Nadal charged back to clay-court supremacy with overwhelming force on Sunday, crushing Fernando Verdasco 6-0, 6-1 to claim an unprecedented sixth straight title at the Monte Carlo Masters.
The semifinals of the Indian Premier League (IPL) have been moved out of Bangalore and will be played at the DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai.
A pumped-up Mahendra Singh Dhoni again showed why he's one of the great finishers in the game, blasting 25 runs in the final two overs to make Chennai Super Kings the first team to reach the semifinals of each IPL. Chennai's chances seemed dim after Shaun Marsh's sparkling innings had powered Punjab to a massive total, but meaty innings from Suresh Raina and S Badrinath set the stage for a Dhoni onslaught in a tense finish.
Final phase of Arlin Developer 31st National Women Chess Championship-2010 will start on the 24th April at Narayangonj Club, said a press release from Bangladesh Chess Federation. The event will be held in round-robin league system. Twelve players are participating in the event. The number draw of the participating players will be held on April 23. Participants have been requested to report at Bangladesh Chess Federation office on that day by 12:00 noon.
Premier Bank First Division Basketball League starts today at the Dhanmondi Basketball Gymnasium. A total of 15 clubs are to take part in the league. Member of Parliament Barrister Fazle Noor Taposh will inaugurate the event as chief guest while managing director of Premier Bank Niaz Habib will also be present as special guest.
Australian Commonwealth Games chief Perry Crosswhite said the bomb attack that injured at least eight people at a weekend Indian Premier League cricket match was not a direct threat to October's Games in New Delhi.
Federation Cup Invitational Table Tennis Tournament 2010 will be held from May 8 to 13 at the wooden floor gymnasium in Paltan, said a press release from Bangladesh Tennis federation. Top eight finishing teams from the 30th National Table Tennis Championship will be participating in the event. Besides, other clubs from the senior Dhaka metropolis division can also take part at their own cost. Teams will be competing in six different categories. Teams have been asked to send their entries to the federation on their clubs' letterheads by May 2.
Businesses and travellers are left high and dry as travels to Europe have been cancelled or rescheduled, as a large part of airspace in the continent has remained shut for a fourth day.
Alliance Holdings Limited, a diversified holding company with a dynamic investment portfolio, is set to go public using the book building method, a modern pricing mechanism for initial public offering (IPO).
Higher margins charged by retailers are partly to blame for a price hike in essential commodities, according to a study released yesterday.
The government should take measures to improve the country's image further and utilise Bangladeshi diaspora to attract more foreign direct investment, an analyst has suggested.
A Bangladeshi delegation yesterday left for Washington to lobby for passage of a bill that will provide duty-free access for Bangladesh apparels to the US market.
As part of his Cairo Speech last summer, US President Barack Obama promised a more constructive engagement with the Muslim World to find opportunities for mutually beneficial partnerships and collaboration in commerce and innovation.
The volcanic ash hanging over Europe has mushroomed into a dark 1.5 billion dollar cloud with no hope of a silver lining, analysts warned.
Emirates SkyCargo introduced a scheduled weekly Boeing 777 freighter service to Dhaka to provide additional cargo capacity to Bangladesh's growing export market.
Cabinet Committee on Public Purchase in a meeting yesterday approved six proposals from different ministries for the procurement of goods and services.
The bank's audited financial statements, as of December 31, 2009, and other matters will come under perusal at its Board of Directors meeting today.
A White House plan to reform regulation of the financial sector has already attracted Republican opposition, but US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is "very confident" the overhaul will pass.
A Bangladeshi company will set up a garment-manufacturing factory at Karnaphuli Export Processing Zone at $8.142 million.
The stockmarket regulator has barred its employees from taking part in the primary share market business.
India's central bank is set to hike interest rates this week for a second time in just under a month in an attempt to check near double-digit inflation, analysts say.
Rising petrochemical and plastics prices boosted net profits at Saudi petrochemicals giant Sabic to 5.43 billion riyals (1.45 billion dollars) in the first quarter of 2010, it said on Saturday.
Three of the leading figures at the European Central Bank each warned on Saturday that ideas for a levy on bank profits, pushed as a way to create a buffer against future crises, need much more work.
President Hugo Chavez has announced an agreement with China that would have the Asian economic giant devote $20 billion to financing long-term development projects in Venezuela.
Mahmud Hasan Raju, Ahasan Habib Alamgir and Murad Hossain have been elected president, senior-vice president, and vice president of Thakurgaon Chamber of Commerce and Industries.
European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso on Sunday ordered a detailed probe into the economic fallout from the biggest airspace shutdown since World War II.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has directed government officials to work for the betterment of the people, keeping themselves 'above' their varying beliefs and views.
A parliamentary body yesterday expressed deep concern over the unplanned use of land across the country for constructing residential and commercial buildings.
Experts at a press conference in the city said yesterday some 8 to 10 per cent of Bangla-desh's population suffers from voice related problems.
The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Foundation, Bangladesh yesterday recognised 480 students from different educational institutes for successfully completing the requirements of the Bronze and Silver awards.
Speakers at a discussion yesterday said only eight districts have attained cent percent birth registration since the programme began in the country on July 3, 2006.
A minor boy was killed as a truck ran him over at Sagorika industrial area in the port city yesterday.
Regional cooperation is needed in the energy and water sector for sustainable rural livelihood of millions of South Asian poor against the backdrop of global climate change, speakers said yesterday.
Shipping Minister Shahjahan Khan yesterday said the government has decided in principle to withdraw the leasing system of Sadarghat launch terminal from next July to lessen harassment of passengers as well as to provide better services.
BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed yesterday said the government and Election Commission (EC) have deferred the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) election to avoid the defeats of the pro-government candidates in the race.
President Zillur Rahman yesterday asked the Bangladesh Judicial Service Commission to take initiatives to make quick appointments to the vacant posts of lower court judges.
More recognition to their work and empowerment are needed to encourage more female journalists to join the profession, experts told a workshop on 'Portrayal of women in Bangladesh media' in the city yesterday.
Two people were killed in separate road accidents in Natore and Dinajpur in the last two days.
Elimination of child labour is vital to ensure education of children and development of human resources, speakers at a national consultation said yesterday.
Detained UK unit chief of banned militant outfit Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami (Huji) Golam Mostofa was a close aide to another fugitive Bangladesh-born UK citizen Mustafa Faisal and an adviser to his Green Crescent Madrasa in Bhola.
Freedom fighters formed a human chain in Chittagong yesterday demanding immediate trial of war criminals.
Two persons were killed and 100 others injured while over 10 thousand hectares of boro crop and 500 mud huts were damaged during a nor'wester accompanied by hailstorm that lashed three upazilas of Netrakona Saturday night.
Seven people sustained stab injuries in a clash over allotment of shops at Madanpur Islamia Super Market under Bandar upazila of the district on Saturday night.
Speakers at a meeting of Narayanganj District Law and Order Committee yesterday expressed dissatisfaction over the role of police in containing drug peddling.
The personal officer (PO) of Justice M Joynul Abedin of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court (SC) yesterday fled away with around Tk 70 lakh of the judge and his wife from a bank through forging their signatures.
High-quality researches and studies should be conducted on the climate change issue and the knowledge from the researches should be used at field level, speakers said yesterday.
Dhaka University (DU) students beat up a youth at TSC last night and handed him over to police as the youth and his three associates stalked a female student of Rokeya Hall.
A 300-metre long crack has developed at Nawpara village under Mohonpur upazila of Rajshahi district.
Sylhet district and city BNP yesterday afternoon announced a fortnight long agitation programme from April 20 in the region to press 11-point demand.
General students of Chittagong University (CU) here yesterday gave a 24-hour ultimatum to the university authorities to accept their five-point demand including immediate arrest of the culprits involved in the killing of CU student Asaduzzaman on April 15 night.
A Rajshahi court yesterday rejected bail prayers of 14 leaders and activists of Jamaat and Shibir in connection with the Rajshahi University (RU) violence cases.
Twelve of the 13 rooms of Rangpur Union Parishad in Dumuria upazila of Khulna district are still used by police since setting up of a camp in two buildings of the UP office on July 19 in 2003.
A district court yesterday rejected bail prayer of 10 people including seven councillors and former chief executive engineer of Dinajpur municipality in a Tk 62.30 lakh embezzlement case filed by the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC), Dinajpur.
A housewife was killed allegedly by her husband and in-laws over dowry at Buropara village in Alamdanga upazila of Chuadanga Friday night.
People of the region especially the businessmen, city dwellers and HSC examinees have been suffering badly due to acute load-shedding and voltage fluctuations.
District unit president of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) Aktaruzzaman Jewel lodged a general diary (GD) with Nilphamari Sadar police station against Shamsuzzaman Zaman, district unit general secretary of BNP, on Thursday night. Aktaruzzaman Jewel in his GD said the district unit JCD had called for a general meeting on April 22. In this connection he rang up Shamsuzzman Zaman over cell phone of district JCD general secretary Morshed Azam on Tuesday afternoon seeking cooperation of the BNP leader. But instead of extending cooperation, the BNP secretary used abusive words and threatened to kill him by hired criminals, he alleged. Contacted, Aktaruzzaman Jewel told newsmen that he had filed the GD as he is concerned about the security of his own life.
Chief Justice Mohammad Fazlul Karim and his wife on Saturday enjoyed the natural beauty at the char of the River Padma at Munshiganj. They were accompanied by 29 other justices of the Supreme Court. They arrived at Louhajang at around 11:30am. Police said, High Court Judge AHM Shamsuddin's paternal home is at Paisa village in Louhajang upazila. The chief justice and the Supreme Court judges came to visit Louhajang at the invitation of Justice Shamsuddin. Whip of the Jatiya Sangsad Sagufta Yasmin Emily, who was on an official visit to her electoral constituency Louhajang, after being informed of the visit by the Supreme Court justices met them and exchanged pleasantries. The guests later at 4:00pm went to Padma Resort Centre and spent some time there. They also enjoyed an hour-long speedboat ride on the Padma. They left for Dhaka at around 6:30pm.
A criminal was killed in a 'gunfight' with Rapid Action Battalion at Kaliganj in Bishwanath upazila of Sylhet early Thursday. The deceased was identified as Ansar Miah, 28, son of Ehsan Ali of the upazila. Acting on a tip-off that the criminals were holding a secret meeting at Kaliganj, a team of Rab raided the area. Sensing their presence, the criminals opened fire on the elite force, which forced them to fire back. At one stage, Ansar was caught in crossfire and died on the spot. Ansar was accused in more than 15 cases including for murder and robbery. Police later recovered the body and sent it to Osmani Medical College and Hospital.
Delinquent Alam, 20, prime accused in sensational Chand Moni suicide case, surrendered before Kishoreganj Magistrate Court on Thursday. Bilkis Afroj Chand Moni, 14, daughter of Abdul Mutalib of Satal Battarjo Para in Kishoreganj Sadar and a class nine student of local Azim Uddin High School allegedly committed suicide on March 17 in her house due to teasing by her cousin Alam and three other Alam's accomplices. The following day Abdul Mutalib, father of Chand Moni, filed a case with Sadar police station accusing Alam, Saddam Hossain, Abdur Rahman and Rasel Mia.
The trainee teachers at the Sylhet Primary Teachers' Training Institute (PTI) agitated for the third day yesterday against three instructors accusing them of 'misconduct'. They handed over a memo to the District Primary Education Officer yesterday demanding immediate withdrawal of the three instructors and withdrawal of the showcause notice on the trainees. The official assured them of taking appropriate measures on enquiry. The trainees alleged that instructors -- AKM Ibrahim, Diponkar Mohanta and Idris Ali Khan -- often misbehave with them for unknown reasons. Besides, the instructors also used abusive words in classes, the trainees alleged. The PTI authorities earlier issued showcause notices on the trainees for their alleged absence on April 14, although they all attended the Pahela Baishakh celebration, they said.
Though Bangladesh is a small country in size, it retains multicultural heritage from the primordial era. The people of this region are caring enough to celebrate festivals. With the help of modern technology (e.g. cell phone, satellite channels) this trend is increasing rapidly. This tendency has been amplified in the last few years tremendously in case of celebrating the Bengali New Year.
About 65% of the surface of Metro Dhaka was water bodies (Ponds, small lakes, steams etc.) about 20 years ago. The soil profile of Dhaka and its surrounding areas is clay with silt with some silt-loam composition. Water percolates very slowly through these soils from the water bodies to recharge the ground water table. During the rainy season the water bodies around Dhaka were filled up and a significant quantity of surface water would also runoff into the streams and rivers. Water from the filled up water bodies used to slowly percolate over time and recharge the groundwater, thus elevating the water table to a constant level every year until lately with introduction of massive land filling projects to build houses for an ever growing Dhaka population. A significant portion of those water bodies was filled and so most of the rainwater escapes Dhaka through surface runoff, creating artificial flooding in many areas. Because of land filling surface water does not percolate and recharge the groundwater table. It is estimated that we are losing 1-2 inches of water table every year. With more and more land filling and concretisation of Metro Dhaka, this rate of groundwater depletion would be worse.
I am highly optimistic after reading the article “Power Crisis” ( The Daily Star: 12-04-2010). Grameen Shakti's power generation by using solar power is undoubtedly praiseworthy in the sense that it can compensate for the future & further shortage of electricity in the capital! The matter is in our government's hand. Looking at the further/ ongoing construction of high-rise buildings, GoB can make it obligatory for REHAB members to install such Solar Power System in their buildings. Prices of all electronic commodities are falling day by day; which are benefiting this wealthy population! Why can't they spend on this scheme? Let us proliferate the Solar Home System Providers! As the raw material i.e. solar power is more than abundant, is it impossible to implement the project?
A report on the subject was published in a local English daily on 4 April. It was based on a first hand write-up from the site, where an arsenic filter was recently installed and is being used in a village in Kushtia.
Nowadays people are talking about women empowerment everywhere throughout Bangladesh. The government is creating many opportunities for bringing women under the development activities. But these opportunities do not help women. Girls are facing serious problems while going to school. They take away their lives after becoming victims of eve teasing. Thanks to the Star Magazine for raising the topic.
Chittagong University is one of the prominent universities in our country. But, unfortunately, many children are working in CU cafeteria and restaurants. They are deprived of education, though they are eager to become educated.
The month April is significant because great dramatist Shakespeare was born in this month. Shakespeare is a unique figure in the world of literature. The more I read, the more I get from his dramas.
Without an iota of doubt it can be said that the world is getting warmer and subsequently the world climate is getting changed. But the people of this planet are not well prepared to face these natural ups and downs. A good number of countries are the worst sufferers of this cataclysmic hazard such as Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Sri Lanka, especially the whole South Asian region. People were not much acquainted with the term 'Climate Change' in the past. Lately, it has become a buzzword. Of course, natural “dis-equilibrium” creates many changes in the whole process of climate. Generally, we know that any change in climatic process occurs after a long time pause. In recent years, the changes have been happening very rapidly. It is obvious that men made activities are massively responsible for climate change.
We, on behalf of the retired Armed Forces employees, are humbly drawing the attention of the Honourable Prime Minister to an important issue. Our Honourable Finance Minister recently declared that the government officers and employees, who took retirement up to July 2008, would be included in the new pay scale, which came into force in July 2009. In accordance with the declaration of the finance minister, the government civilian officers and employees have been included in the new scale. But it is a matter of great regret that the retired Armed Forces employees were not included in the pay scale. Even we, who have gone into retirement in January 2010, have not been made the beneficiaries of these facilities.
This refers to the prime minister's concern regarding the civil servants that her government is still trying to bring back confidence among the public servants that was lost during the army-backed caretaker regime. She alleged that a sluggish situation is still prevailing, the regime is facing trouble in doing government's works for the people. She also alleged that the army-backed caretaker government was engaged in absurd works in the name of eradicating corruption. She also accused the BNP-led 4-party alliance government of destroying the morality of the public servants. There were stalemate, fear and panic. She added that her government could not overcome these adverse factors yet. But she said that in the near future these obstacles created by the caretaker government would be removed.
Customer Perceived Value(CPV) is a very important concept for any business organisation. Many businesses are not facilitated to shape their “Point of Differences (PoDs)” for their product. Though they are not able to modify the product , they can increase the total customer benefits. Personnel benefit is a key to the way of achieving this goal.
If you keep our eyes open we can see that about 5% people are physically or mentally disabled. The rights of autistic people are strictly followed in the developed countries or they provide better facilities to them but the developing countries like Bangladesh could not afford minimum facilities to them.
I am sure that you are familiar with the nature of crisis in Bangladesh, so why are we not taking action? The trash in Dhaka is out of control. Everywhere we go we see paper, plastic, food wastes and construction site wastes in the streets.
Reading the daily newspapers we are shattered with shame and sorrow when we see how the girls are being dealt with. Due to the presence of some misguided young people, the innocent girls are leading themselves towards death. While going to school, the girls are irritated by stalkers with rubbish words and vulgar proposals and for getting rid of these they commit suicide. In some cases, even the parents have been killed and humiliated. They can't file any case as they are threatened by the criminals.
After reading this article, I found myself extremely sympathetic with the Palestinian cause. The gesture of the Israeli Prime Minister was childish at best and I can't believe a man with such a high international position would stoop to such low levels.
It seems that the recently formed investigation agency is directionless and not up to the task. This is because the persons appointed are not media savy. They seem to be shy of the media whereas the success of the entire process depends on people's support through the media. I suggest that smarter and more intelligent people be appointed.
The ongoing wastage of water, power and gas in some places, when the country is reeling under the combined effect of severe shortages of them, reminds me of a fact mentioned in the Holy Hadith. Once some followers of our dearest Nabi Hazrat Muhammad (Pbuh) asked him, ''Ya Rasulallah! Can we use as much water as we want during ablution when we remain on the sea?'' Our dearest Rasul (Pbuh) replied, ''No, rather you are allowed to use as much water as you require for ablution, even when you are on the sea.''
It has been a common trend for our so-called intellectuals to criticize young generation for wearing western dresses. On Pohela Baishakh, irrespective of age, people wear traditional panjabis and sarees. Young people refuse western dresses & fast foods on that day. They enjoy the day having our age-old makeup. But there are a lot of intellectuals who keep on blaming our young generation. On all other days, youths prefer western dress and makeup . Why do they wear traditional dresses only on Pohela Baishakh? This is the question asked by the guardians.
A suicide bomber rammed a truck loaded with explosives into a police station in north-western Pakistan yesterday, killing a child and six other civilians, police said. The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility.
Tens of thousands of grieving Poles packed Krakow yesterday for the burial of President Lech Kaczynski and his wife alongside past kings and heroes, though Europe's air travel crisis kept many world leaders away.
Backing the UN enquiry commission's report over former prime minister Benazir Bhutto's assassination, the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) has held former President General Pervez Musharraf responsible for the tragic incident.
Thailand's elite-backed "Yellow Shirts" vowed yesterday to take action if the government failed to deal with their rival red-clad demonstrators in Bangkok within a week, a spokesman said.
More than 100 people including dozens of civilians were killed in violence related to Afghanistan's ongoing war against the Taliban in the past week, authorities said yesterday.
The Philippines' Department of Justice has dropped murder charges against two members of a warlord clan accused in the massacre of 57 political rivals and journalists, sparking protests yesterday and bringing relatives of the victims to tears.
Britain's Liberal Democrats, normally the country's third-largest party, has soared so far up in the opinion polls that one even placed them on top yesterday, weeks ahead of the May 6 election.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said that he has written a letter to US President Barack Obama, contents of which will be published soon.
On April 22, celebrated by Communists worldwide as the birthday of Soviet leader Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, Nepal's Maoist party has announced fresh protests against the coalition government in an intensified struggle to dislodge it before the new constitution comes into effect May 28.
Israel has barred the entry of nearly all Palestinians from the West Bank as a security measure because of observances for Memorial Day and Independence Day.
Almost a week after his meeting with Barack Obama when he told the US president that India was eagerly looking forward to his visit, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Saturday said the American president would be coming on his first state visit to India in August or October.
An overseas holiday used to be thought of as a reward for a year's hard work, but Brussels has declared tourism a human right.
Arts & Entertainment
As part of the ongoing ITI theatre festival, Singaporean troupe Chinese Opera Institute staged its production "Painted Skin" at the National Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) on April 17. The staging was held to coincide with the world premiere of the production, directed by Dr. Chua Soo Pong.
Dhaka Art Centre, Dhanmondi, is a newly established art centre with varied activities. A group art exhibition featuring the works of 101 painters is now on at the gallery. The exhibition is the outcome of a two-day art camp held on January 1 and 2 this year as part of the inauguration of the centre. The art camp's main aim was to assemble artists belonging to different age groups, working on diverse themes and different mediums. The event has also become a platform, encouraging the exchange of ideas between senior painters with promising painters of Bangladesh.
After his outstanding and moving performances in TV plays like “Houseful", "420”, and the super-hit film “Third Person Singular Number”, Mosharraf Karim has found a niche in many a heart. Recently, this talented and spirited actor had a chat with The Daily Star on titbits of his career and his life off the glare of the camera.
To celebrate the 87th birth anniversary of veteran Nazrul singer Sohrab Hossain, a programme was held at the Dance and Music auditorium, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on April 16. Leading Nazrul singers and exponents of the country attended the event and congratulated Sohrab Hossain on the occasion.
A cultural function was held in Tangail on Saturday evening to mark the historic Mujibnagar Day (April 17).
Bangladeshis in Brunei celebrated Pahela Baishakh, the first day of Bangla year, with joy and fanfare, says a press release. To mark the biggest cultural festival of the Bangalees, the Bangladesh High Commission organised a Baishakhi fair at the Chancery premises at Sungai Akar. Around a dozen stalls were installed, where Bangladesh community members showcased Bangladeshi pitha (traditional home made cakes) of various types.
Ekushey Television observed its 11th founding anniversary in Pabna recently. A colourful rally, discussion and cultural programme were held on the occasion.
Asiatic Society organised a lecture session on “Our folk traditions: continuity and change” on April 10 at the Society auditorium, says a press release. The hall was packed with 200 scholars and enthusiasts. The speaker was Mustafa Zaman Abbasi, the doyen of folk music of Bangladesh, who transported the audience to the riverbanks and rural melas of Bangladesh to explain the melody and texts of Bhatiali, Bhawaiya, Bichedi, Dehatatya, Marfati, Murshidi, Baul etc. The members thoroughly enjoyed the two- hour programme, organised by Khuda Buksh Memorial Trust. Professor Nazrul Islam, Chairman of the trust presided over the event. He paid tributes to the speaker for a very illuminating lecture with melodic presentation.
WHEN the nation has been yearning for a piece of good news amidst the power, gas and water crunch, the news that Bangladesh has scored good figures in the first-ever global ratings on economy bears a special significance for all of us.
THAILAND, the land of smiles, has been in chaos for sometime. At the heart of the matter is the demand of the Red Shirts -- the followers of convicted former Prime Minister Thaksin Sinawatra
I drive to work each day, which is about thirty miles each way. Without over-dramatising my situation, I can say that no two days are the same as far as commuting and beating the traffic is concerned, and this is in part due to the daily variability in the traffic condition, which is truly an unknown factor in the daily challenge to get to work and come back in the shortest possible time.
FOR much of history, the people lived under despotic rulers. The monarch's will was all that mattered -- there was no rule of law. Political rights developed only in the last century. Soldiers would round up suspects; judges loyal to the monarch would try them. Until the Modern Age, the armed services and the police were one.
THE importance of trust was the theme of a business conference in Bangkok I attended. One by one, speakers clambered onto the stage and blissfully extolled the blessings of having faith in one another.