News of: Monday, 26th of April, 2010
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Rushing to make up for the country's power deficit, the government is reportedly poised to sign up to 10 contracts by May 31 to eventually deliver up to 1,000MW power--enough to light up half of the populous capital city.
Police took more than eight months to submit a report before the Drug Court that three Rid Pharmaceuticals officials charged with manufacturing adulterated paracetamol syrup are absconding.
Boro paddy on several hundred acres of land has been almost destroyed as Rajuk filled up a centuries-old natural canal blocking drainage in vast low lying areas of Khilkhet in the capital.
The Bhola-3 by-poll brought to the surface the ugliness of the country's intolerant political culture once again, after a pause of over three years.
Normality is returning to Bhola-3 constituency after the Saturday's by-polls amid a few stray incidents of post-polls violence.
Benin authorities have assured Bangladesh of their assistance in repatriating 31 Bangladeshi seamen stranded offshore the West African country.
Business and public life are weighed heavily down by the electricity crisis as the country has been experiencing power cuts for up to ten hours a day for the last two months.
Over 785 tolas of gold worth over Tk 2.35 crore was burgled at a jewellery shop of Muktijuddha Super Market in the city's Mirpur-1 on Saturday night.
The government has made it mandatory for all lawmakers to mention their detailed identities on the number plates of their duty-free imported cars.
BNP will hold protest rallies in all city corporations and district headquarters on Wednesday demanding cancellation of Bhola-3 by-poll results and resignation of chief election commissioner and his two deputies.
Anwara Begum is now the living evidence of her husband's cruelty.
A Dhaka court yesterday dismissed the defamation case hours after it was filed against Chief Election Commissioner Dr ATM Shamsul Huda for hurting the sentiment of Muslims.
Investigators are likely to provide prosecutors with reports on allegations against some identified war criminals by next month to start the long-awaited trial.
At least four people, including a garment worker and a bus helper, were killed in separate road mishaps in the city's Pallabi, Paltan, Mirpur and Khilkhet areas.
The devotees of a mosque yesterday obstructed the burial of an elderly woman of Ahmadiyya community at a graveyard in the city's Tejgaon Industrial area.
The standing committee of the eight-nation South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) yesterday agreed to implement the free trade agreement subject to the final endorsement by the heads of government of the member countries during their 16th summit later this week.
Three dacoits were killed in a mob attack in Comilla Saturday night while two muggers stabbed to death by their rivals in Gazipur yesterday.
Japan government will provide five water purification mobile desalination plants to Bangladesh to improve the capacities of coping with natural disasters caused by climate change.
US Democrats said yesterday they were closing in on a deal on the most sweeping financial overhaul in decades but Republicans held out ahead of a showdown vote on Monday.
Crude oil is spewing from a sunken oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, leaving a massive slick covering an area of 400 square miles (1,035 square kilometers), officials said yesterday.
In the ageless contest between man and nature, nature reasserted its primacy for an entire week, crippling air travel around the world and sending shudders through the global economy.
Information Minister Abul Kalam Azad called upon the media people to build a social movement against the tobacco consumption as the rate of tobacco consumption is rising alarmingly in Bangladesh.
AS expected the result of the Bhola-3 by-election has been rejected by the BNP who has demanded cancellation of the same and has called for a fresh election. Also as expected, the AL, who carried the seat, has rejected BNP's demand, claiming that the election was held in a free and fair atmosphere.
THE political crisis in Thailand does not show any sign of ending any time soon. With Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva's rejection of the demand by the opposition Red Shirts for fresh elections within thirty days, the stage now seems set for an exacerbation of a situation that has already claimed 26 lives. The prime minister has made it known that the demand cannot be accepted because, in his opinion, the Red Shirts, all followers of deposed leader Thaksin Shinawatra, have been using violence and intimidation in support of their political goals.
It was a day belonged to the visitors in the Citycell Bangladesh League as three out of the four touring teams won their respective games at different venues across the country yesterday.
The GP-BCB National Cricket Academy put on some good fightback to keep South Africa Academy at bay and chalk out a draw on a rain-marred final day of the first four-dayer at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong.
Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni led his team like a true general and his deputy Suresh Raina batted, fielded and bowled like a champion as Chennai Super Kings lifted the third Indian Premier League with a 22-run win over Mumbai Indians in a pulsating final at the DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai yesterday.
South Africa A rode on two huge tons from Heino Kuhn and skipper Thami Tsolekile after Alviro Petersen's century to put up a massive 676 for 9 before restricting hosts Bangladesh A to 148 for three at the end of Day Three of their first unofficial Test at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.
The century-old traditional Jabbarer Boli Khela was held at the historic Laldighi Maidan in Chittagong yesterday. The event is a traditional wrestling competition and one of the oldest traditions of the port city.
Indian Premier League (IPL) chief Lalit Modi on Sunday said he would attend a meeting of the cricket tournament's governing council at which he faces the sack over corruption allegations.
The BCCI has suspended Lalit Modi, the IPL chairman, following several allegations of financial misconduct over the past fortnight. The suspension notice was served on him by Rajeev Shukla, a BCCI vice-president, at the conclusion of Sunday's tournament final in Mumbai, with Shashank Manohar, the board president, sending an email to the same effect.
Salomon Kalou scored a hat-trick as Chelsea returned to the top of the English Premier League with a 7-0 thrashing of Stoke at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
Indian cricketers Harbhajan Singh and Mahendra Singh Dhoni have paid tribute to Sachin Tendulkar, who turned 37 on Saturday. According to Harbhajan, age was "just a number for Paaji [Tendulkar]" while Dhoni said he often joked there was a chance that he might retire before Tendulkar.
A six-member Bangladesh tennis team will leave for Iran today to take part in the 2010 Davis Cup (Asia/Oceania region-3) which will held in Tehran from April 26 to May 1.
Retired XI defeated Sir Sadat Ali Memorial Club by six wickets while Tiger Sporting Club defeated Biltu Club by three runs to move into the semifinals of the Khan Real Estate Second Division Cricket League at Manikganj Government Boys' High School playground yesterday.
Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi's roller-coaster international career has reflected the fortunes of his team -- brilliant, baffling and controversial.
When Daniel Vettori leads New Zealand into the World Twenty20 it will start a long and calculated farewell across the world stage by New Zealand's cricket figurehead.
Sri Lanka, world champions in the 50-over format in 1996, are desperate to add the Twenty20 title to their collection in the Caribbean after a series of near-misses.
The untamed bleached blond locks have been dyed black as Sri Lanka's sling sensation Lasith Malinga tempers his looks and polishes his armoury for the World Twenty20 in the Caribbean.
Eight players are jointly on the top of the points table at the close of the second round of the 4th Metropolitan Deaf Chess Tournament at the Bangladesh Chess Federation hallroom yesterday.
Mohammadpur Basketball Club came from behind to record a hard-fought 51-48 win over Wraiths Club in the Premier Bank First Division Basketball League at the Dhanmondi Basketball Gymnasium yesterday.
Bangladesh Olympic Association president General Mohammad Abdul Mubeen expressed his condolence at the death of Juan Antonio Samaranch, the former president of International Olympic Committee (IOC).
GM Ziaur Rahman registered his third victory in the 9th Asian Continental Individual Chess Championship in Subic free Port City in Philippines yesterday.
South Africa will host the next Champions League Twenty20, to run from September 10 to 26, the tournament's organisers have announced. The tournament chairman Lalit Modi confirmed the decision, following a board meeting in Mumbai where it was formally agreed to accept Cricket South Africa's invitation to stage the event.
Brazilian super-sub Kaka ended a six-week injury absence by grabbing the winner for Real Madrid in a 2-1 victory over Zaragoza on Saturday which kept his side on the shoulders of Barcelona at the top of La Liga.
Defending French champions Bordeaux's bid to qualify for next season's Champions League received another body blow when they were beaten 1-0 at Lorient on Saturday.
Ryan Giggs scored two penalties as reigning champions Manchester United returned to the top of the English Premier League with a 3-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on Saturday.
Inter Milan came from behind to beat relegation-threatened Atalanta 3-1 at the San Siro on Saturday to leapfrog AS Roma at the top of the Serie A table.
Germany striker Miroslav Klose spared Bayern Munich's blushes on Saturday with a second-half equaliser to seal a 1-1 draw at Moenchen-gladbach.
Liverpool striker Fernando Torres fears a lengthy spell in the Premier League could result in chronic long-term injuries.
AC Milan coach Leonardo waved away questions about his future after his side lost for the seventh time in Serie A this season, going down 3-1 at Palermo.
Inter Milan's Wesley Sneijder could miss Wednesday's Champions League semifinal, second leg at Barcelona after suffering a thigh injury in Saturday's 3-1 Serie A win over Atalanta.
Real Madrid star Kaka believes his late match-winner against Real Zaragoza was the perfect response to the criticism that has been levelled at him.
Schalke 04 coach Felix Magath hit back at Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich on Sunday as the war of words escalated between the two sides bidding for the league title with just two games left.
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has named Barcelona forward Lionel Messi as the best player in the world.
A $110 million shoe factory is being set up at the Korean Export Processing Zone (KEPZ), with remarkable progress in infrastructure development in the last two years.
The government has decided to withdraw a four-decade ban on import and display of Indian films in cinema halls.
Every year a huge amount of unclaimed deposits goes to the government treasury, as many accounts holders do not operate their accounts for a certain period.
The World Bank (WB) has expressed satisfaction over the progress of a Bangladesh Bank (BB) project initiated in 1993.
A high-level meeting between the stakeholders and the government failed yesterday to set a rational price of yarn that has been witnessing an abnormal price hike for months.
"A name, term, sign, symbol, or design, or a combination of them, intended to identify the goods or services of one seller or group of sellers and to differentiate them from those of competitors" -- that is how marketing guru Philip Kotler defines “Brand”. In other words, a brand is basically a name used to identify and distinguish a specific product, service, or business.
Shanghai has commissioned a new landmark to be unveiled during the World Expo that captures the city's rising global ambitions: a beefed-up replica of Wall Street's "Charging Bull".
Eastern Bank Ltd (EBL) yesterday introduced two new loan products, tailored for small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
Mobile handset importers have urged the government to fix the import duty on each handset at Tk 100, saying the existing tax structure encourages illegal traders to dodge import taxes.
German Ambassador in Dhaka Michael Holger has said experienced companies are not participating in power project bids because of a negative perception on Bangladesh.
The governments of Saarc countries should emphasise a private sector-led economic integration for the region's economic acceleration, business leaders have suggested.
The International Trade Fair 2010 organised by Khulna Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) in the metropolitan city has failed to pull in international participants this year.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is stressing the need for a better regulation of international financial markets, saying there is still "too much speculation going on" as exemplified by the financial crisis in Greece.
Europe faced mounting pressure to quickly bail out debt-stricken Greece on Saturday amid fears the crisis could spread and threaten the global economic recovery.
The IMF welcomed on Saturday signs that a global economic rebound was on track but said many challenges still stood in the way, in particular those related to government finances.
Raising money for global aid and giving emerging countries more say in how it is distributed are core World Bank issues to be mulled Sunday at a meeting in Washington.
Israel has ended its ban on Apple's iPad tablet computer, imposed over concerns its wireless signal could be disruptive.
Mobile phone operator Robi has introduced two new offers for its prepaid customers, the company said in a statement yesterday.
Bangladesh Property Fair 2010 will be organised in two European countries in July.
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp on Friday shut down seven banks in Illinois, putting the number of US bank failures this year at 57.
1ST BSRS MUTUAL FUND
On the close of operation on Thursday, the fund reported net asset value of Tk 1,375.56 per unit on current market price and Tk 157.07 per unit on cost price against face value of Tk 100. Net assets stood at Tk 78,535,805.67 after considering all assets and liabilities of the fund.
Local Market FX
The local interbank market was slightly subdued yesterday as the international markets were closed. USD/BDT rates were trading in a similar range yesterday. The market was liquid.
Only two surveyors are working to verify fitness of around 10,000 registered and a good number of unregistered water vessels across the country.
The proposed national education policy is expected to be placed in parliament at its next session, said Prime Minister's Adviser Alauddin Ahmed yesterday.
The High Court yesterday directed the superintendent of police of Pirojpur to arrest within 48 hours the persons involved in occupying lands of Hindus in the district.
Agitating teachers of Jahangirnagar University (JU) yesterday demanded Abdullahil Kafi, chairman of international relations (IR) department, be temporarily relieved of all the duties until the probe into the allegation that he harassed a female teacher of the department sexually is completed.
Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Motiur Rahman Nizami yesterday claimed that people who talk about the trial for crimes against humanity do not think about crises of countrymen.
Awami League (AL) yesterday rejected the allegation of intimidating voters on the day of Bhola-3 by-election, saying that the government did not interfere in the election in any case.
Banned Islamist outfit Hizb-ut Tahrir Bangladesh chief Mohiuddin Ahmed was taken on a fresh remand for four days yesterday in three separate cases under Anti-Terrorism Act-2009 by Uttara police.
Bangladesh National Women Lawyers Association (BNWLA) at a press conference yesterday demanded proper implementation of the High Court's (HC) guidelines on sexual harassment.
The Netherlands government is going to expand its assistances in water sectors of Bangladesh under their 'Global Water' programme.
The High Court (HC) yesterday directed the government to submit a report within a month on what steps it has taken for the welfare of the persons with disabilities after enactment of Disability Welfare Act in 2001.
Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury yesterday called on all concerned to concentrate on increasing the productivity of Aman, which is produced during monsoon and which requires less extraction of underground water.
The government will immediately form a taskforce, which will work to stop the production of polythene in a bid to protect the environment.
President Zillur Rahman yesterday emphasised initiatives to create new job opportunities for the young generation with a view to flourishing their talents, thoughts and creativity.
The first annual high-level meeting for Sanitation and Water for All ended in Washington DC yesterday with an aim to find out ways to stimulate urgent action towards ensuring access to sanitation and safe drinking water in different countries.
The definition of trafficking in the upcoming Saarc Convention needs to be amended for addressing the problem in the region efficiently, said speakers at a press conference yesterday.
A Dhaka Court yesterday asked the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to submit the probe report of a case filed for bomb attack on late Prof Humayun Azad by May 30.
The 3rd Hajj and Umrah Fair will begin at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the city on April 29.
Purnima Mane, deputy executive director (programme) of UNFPA, arrives in the city today on a six-day official visit to Bangladesh.
Prime Minister's Health and Social Welfare Adviser Prof Syed Modasser Ali has been nominated for a World Health Organisation (WHO) award for his contributions towards tobacco control.
Rakib Ahammed of The Daily Star and Sidur Rahman of the Daily Ittefaq have been unanimously elected president and general secretary of Dhaka University Journalists' Association (DUJA), a platform of DU correspondents.
Dhaka University Teachers' Association (Duta) in a statement yesterday condemned the incident of vandalising and setting fire to two teachers' buses at Chittagong University, says a press release.
The leaders of Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) yesterday demanded formulation of rules for recruitment of higher court judges in the light of the Supreme Court (SC) guidelines.
Election Working Group (EWG), an observer organisation of Bhola-3 by-polls, in its report yesterday said the election was held in a peaceful manner amid some sporadic incidents of violence.
A rights body yesterday filed a writ petition with the High Court, seeking direction upon the government to properly enforce the House Rent Control Act 1991 in order to prevent the house owners in the city from arbitrarily collecting excess rents and advances from their tenants.
Bullets were continuously coming through the dredgers' pipes from the river Balu along with sand and water since the last three days, as a pond was being filled up by Talna High School authorities in the city's Khilkhet area.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has asked the authorities concerned to take measurers against the farming of piranha and African catfish (magur) as these fishes destroy the local fish varieties.
Brick kiln owners in Subarnachar upazila of Noakhali district are flouting government rules, especially regarding burning of firewood, setting up of chimneys and use of land, as there is very lax vigilance by authorities concerned.
Farmers put up blockade at Bharaduba on Dhaka-Mymensingh highway in Bhaluka upazila from 11:00am t0 3:30pm yesterday protesting flow of toxic water from a textile mill in their crop fields.
Two factions of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) Bogra Azizul Haq College unit clashed on the campus yesterday, leaving 12 from both sides injured.
Railway communications between Chittagong and other parts of the country remained snapped for nine hours from 3:10am yesterday following derailment of a freight train at Lalmai Station in Comilla.
Two senior teachers of Chittagong University (CU) were hurt as unidentified people threw stones at a CU teachers' bus in the city yesterday morning.
At least 13 people were wounded when a group of ruling Awami League swooped on another group at Khunerchar village in Kalkini upazila of the district yesterday.
A court in Madaripur yesterday noon sentenced 11 people of Rajoir in the district to jail for life and also fined each Tk 25,000, in default, to suffer another year in jail.
Over 300 students of different institutions of Aila affected Dakop and Koira upazilas of Khulna district held a human chain yesterday at the Picture Palace cinema hall intersection in the town to protest government indifference to their untold sufferings.
Criminals attacked the house of a rickshaw-van puller and set it afire allegedly for grabbing his homestead at Saptibari village under Aditmari upazila of Lalmonirhat district on Saturday night.
The students of Pabna University of Science and Technology (PUST) blocked highway in front of the university campus yesterday noon protesting increase of session fees.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) personnel arrested a fugitive convict at Kumargaon village in Sadar upazila on Friday night.
A drug addict chopped his father to death in city's Haji Mohsin Road early Saturday. Police quoting family sources said one Badrul chopped his father Hasan Mohammad Shahidullah, 72, by a sharp knife following a family feud at 5:00am. On information, police recovered the body and sent it to Khulna Medical College and Hospital morgue for autopsy. The killer went into hiding. Last year Badrul beat up his father mercilessly following a brawl. Later, his father filed a case and Badrul was in jail for six months.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) on Saturday night arrested an Imam turned outlaw from Badiapara in Gangni upazila in Meherpur and recovered two bombs from him. Arrestee Tofazzol, 50, is son of late Amir Ali of Dhankhola in Gangni upazila. He was a part-time Imam at a local mosque. Rab said in the guise of Imam, Tofazzol worked for outlawed Janajuddho, a faction of Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-ML). A team from Rab-6 intercepted Tofazzol at Badiapara village at about 7:30 pm, on receiving information that he was carrying bombs. Tofazzol tried to flee by his bicycle but Rab men arrested him and recovered two bombs searching his handbag.
A court here yesterday sentenced a man to life term imprisonment and jailed another for selling arms. The convicts are Badiur Rahman, 50, son of Saifuddin Mondol of Modhupur village who got life term imprisonment and Rafiqul Islam,42, son of Altaf of Bablabona -Chhiattordighi of Shibganj upazila. According to the prosecution, a special team of Rapid Action Battalion-10 from Dhaka raided Badiur's house on December 7, 2006 and arrested two arms peddlers Badiur and Rafiqul. The team also seized 13 pistols from the house. Rab lodged a case against Badiur and Rafique with Shibganj police station under arms act on the same day. Sub-Inspector (SI) Shahidul Islam of the police station pressed charges against them on November 11, 2007. After examining the witnesses and records the judge pronounced the verdict in presence of the accused.
At least 25 people were injured in a fierce clash between two groups at Danga village in Tungipara upazila on Saturday. Police said Asad of nearby Sriramkandi village engaged some labourers including Imam Hossain, Shahjahan, Alim, Haider and Jubayer of Danga village three days ago. But he did not clear the arrears of the labourers. On Friday following an altercation with Asad over the payment of arrear wages the labourers manhandled him. Later, Asad informed the matter to his villagers which angered them. On Saturday morning a group of people led by Jahangir Sheik raided Danga village and vandalised some shops and dwelling houses. Later, the people of the village equipped with lethal weapons attacked the attackers that left 25 people from both sides injured.
Around 5,000 workers on 19 April 2010 ransacked the Esquire Knit Composite Ltd. at Kanchpur, damaged at least 12 vehicles and clashed with police that left 40 people, including 20 policemen, injured. The workers also barricaded the Dhaka Sylhet highway for about four hours demanding salary hike.
The Sri Lankan model of long term power planning was published on April 18 in a local daily, which should be applicable for any country.
Around 100 brick kilns in Bandarban, Khagrachhari and Rangamati hill districts use 5.40 lakh tonnes of loamy soil every year, much to the harm of agricultural lands in addition to causing damage to the hills, forest resources and environment.
NGO or non-government organisation is the most discussed issue these days. Although this concept is highly concerned with the third world countries, it has come from the first world.
Really the veracity of the old saying “A Picture is worth a thousand Words” was proved right by the realistic picture on pg 16 of DS, 21 April. The situation shown is pitiable. No heed was apparently paid by the authorities to The Daily Star's warning some years ago that having a 60 ft funnel at the end of a 120 ft road, would further exacerbate an already serious situation. And so it has proved to be, just a few moments after being declared opened by the prime minister herself.
Human civilization survived & flourished for the last 5,000 years, since the era of Babylonia and Egyptian Faros, however, we started destroying our mother nature since the era of industrialization in less than 100 years! Global warming, widespread pollution and depleted fossil fuel threats are looming large. The human race never faced so many challenges since their existence on earth.
We are all the products of our own individual upbringing and experiences so it is completely natural that we will all have differences in opinions, outlooks and beliefs. The world would be a very dull place if we were all the same and it's the incredible diversity amongst people throughout the world that makes it such a fascinating place. To feel comfortable about people whom we encounter, we must understand that people with their differences are part of one human race.
We are appalled by the news that Awami League men attacked a BNP rally in Dhaka on April 21, 2010, which left 10 people injured. The BNP organized the rally in demand of power, gas, and water, the scarcity of these has made lives of people miserable. So, this demand is not only of the BNP, it is the demand of the whole nation.
Among all public and private jobs, BCS is considered to be the most prestigious. Hard labour and endeavour are needed to pass in each step of the BCS exams. Only a student having outstanding merit deserves to be a BCS cadre. Since BCS cadres are concerned with important activities of the government, it goes without saying that they ought to be meritorious.
Education, a basic human right, has yet remained as a privilege mainly to the well-off city dwellers and not the far-off villagers.
Campus violence not only ruins the academic atmosphere but also claims the lives of many promising students. Students should, therefore, always stay away from any type of violence. They also need to avoid bad companions.
The idea of local government is old enough. Even in the Indian sub-continent, the idea was introduced long ago. There are four stages of evolution of local government in Bangladesh such as--( 1 ) Pre-British period (2 ) British period ( 3 ) Pakistan period ( 4 ) Bangladesh period.
The contradiction could not have been starker. A former vice-chancellor of Dhaka University, in a signature campaign programme held for the unconditional release of the son of a former prime minister, urged the people present there to avoid “blind praise and sycophancy.” The contradiction was that he himself in the same programme said that the former PM's son “is one of the shining stars of the young generation and that he is the symbol of the country's independence.” (Bdnews24.com; April 21, 2010).
Unemployment is a major concern in Bangladesh. Every year hundreds of thousands of students are graduating from colleges and universities. At present the unemployment rate of Bangladesh is 2.5 percent. Though it is one of the major responsibilities of the government to provide jobs to the young generation but the government has failed to meet the job demand of the large population.
Religious fundamentalism mutually with ethnic conflicts and terrorism has appeared on the worldwide ground with extraordinary vigor, and commonness. The customary thought of the expression safety has turned out to be out-of-date.
The government has decided to recruit as many as 1968 assistant teachers in the secondary level for the double-shift schools. A circular has already been published in different dailies in this regard. Regrettably, there is no post for recruiting agriculture teacher in that circular. In 1995, the then government appointed an agriculture teacher in each government school. Recently, the government has ordered opening double-shift classes in 80 schools at the district level. Now, if the agriculture teacher is not appointed in these schools, there will be an imbalanced stuffing pattern between day and morning shifts.
Nowadays the BNP is trying to wage a movement against scarcity of electricity, water and gas. They are shamelessly tying to cash on people's plight which they themselves have created. We fail to understand under what moral authority they want to launch this movement. In their last tenure, the BNP commissioned only one 75 megawatt power generation plant which tripped more than 100 times. The BNP hardly improved the water and gas situation in the country while they were in power. They were busy in looting and plundering. They are more than 100 percent responsible for all our problems in electricity, gas and water sectors. Our memory is not that short. We remember all their misrule and plunder of state wealth.
To ease the power crisis, the government must encourage alternate sources of energy. Solar energy can play a most important role here. It is comparatively cheap and environmentally friendly. The climate of Bangladesh is also favorable as here we have a much-prolonged summer. In Dhaka city, the equipments for utilizing solar power are not quite available to the general people. Many people don't even know about the benefits of solar electricity. Both the government and the private enterprises should look into the matter as this sector has a great prospect of growth if proper opportunities are provided.
Thailand's embattled premier vowed to clear Bangkok's commercial heart of anti-government Red Shirt protesters as he appeared on national television Sunday in a show of unity with his army chief.
Rock-throwing Palestinians clashed with Israeli police yesterday near a march being held by Israeli right-wingers through a tense neighbourhood of annexed Arab east Jerusalem.
US President Barack Obama has invited President Abbas to Washington in May in a fresh bid to relaunch Middle East peace talks, a Palestinian official said yesterday.
At least 55 people were killed and 85 wounded in fighting between the south Sudan army and Arab nomads from the western region of Darfur, a tribal chief said yesterday.
Nearly 100,000 protesters attended a rally on Okinawa yesterday to demonstrate against a US air base in a row that is dominating Japan's national politics and souring its ties with Washington.
Storms in the US state of Mississippi have left at least 10 people, including children, dead.
With polls suggesting a hung parliament after the May 6 election, the leader of likely kingmakers the Liberal Democrats warned yesterday he would not prop up a weakened Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) has confirmed that two of its top leaders were killed in a joint operation by Iraqi and US forces a week ago.
Starting smoking and addiction to it could be driven to a large degree by your genes, a trio of studies published yesterday suggested.
Gunmen in Pakistan destroyed four tankers transporting fuel to Nato troops in neighbouring Afghanistan and killed three police officials in an exchange of fire on Saturday, police said.
The United Nations has expressed concern at the fragile security and political scenario in Nepal that has adversely affected children in the Himalayan nation.
Monday's unveiling of a climate bill in the US Senate has been postponed, after a row over immigration reforms.
A passenger plane flying from Dubai to India yesterday plunged 200 feet (60 metres) after hitting air turbulence, injuring 20 people, officials from the Emirates airline said.
Sri Lanka may scrap the state of emergency laws that gave sweeping powers to police and troops during the island's long ethnic conflict with Tamil rebels, a newly appointed minister said Sunday.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai arrives New Delhi on a two-day visit, his Foreign Minister Zalmay Rassoul reached the Indian capital yesterday on a daylong trip for talks that are expected to see India airing its concerns over a proposal to reintegrate the Taliban in Afghanistan.
A suicide bomber has killed four people and injured several others in an attack at a bazaar in the southern Afghan province of Zabul, officials say.
Pakistan has asked India to hand over the lone surviving gunman of the 2008 Mumbai attacks so that it can complete its own trial of seven suspects linked to the assault, officials said yesterday.
Authorities say more than 80 schoolgirls in northern Afghanistan have fallen ill in three cases of mass sickness over the past week. That's raising fears that militants who oppose education for girls are trying to poison them to scare them away from school.
Arts & Entertainment
Upholding the spirit of our sublime Liberation War, one of the city's well-known theatre troupes, Padatik Natya Shangsad Bangladesh, inaugurated Kochi Sharok Padatik Natya Utshab for this year at National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) on April 24.
It started off as a brave experiment in social mobility by the Shah Cement Company, and the management consistently showed enthusiasm and support for the contestants in the singing competition they sponsored -- and also delight in seeing workers in their industry recognised as talented human beings.
Featuring different folk theatre forms of rural Bangladesh, a weeklong festival has begun at the Experimental Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) on April 24. Organised by the Department of Drama and Film, BSA the festival features traditional theatre forms such as 'Padmar Nachan', 'Bahurupi', 'Bandhani Gaan', 'Ram Jatra', 'Madar Pirer Gaan' and 'Royani'. Troupes from Kushtia, Manikganj, Dinajpur, Thakurgaon, Rajshahi and Bagerhat are performing at the festival.
Rock music is a genre that lacks wide acceptance because of its loud and electrifying riffs. However, those who can stand and let the energy of this music flow through their vein tend to live life in the extreme and push the limits.
U2 and their manager Paul McGuinness top the Irish Sunday Times Music Millionaires Rich List.
Theatre Art Unit staged its latest production “Magaj Shamachar” at the Studio Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy recently. Adapted by Hasan Shahriar from Rabindranath Tagore's poem “Juta Abishkar”, the play has been directed by Saif Sumon. The satirical play centres on an egoistical king of an imaginary country. The king is surrounded by worthless ministers who keep him in the dark about the state of the country and its citizens.
IF democracy is about freedom of speech and right to gather, hold demonstrations and protest, then our democratically elected governments are consistently failing to adhere to this basic principle. Surprisingly, the major political parties, when they are in opposition shed crocodile tears for these basic principles and values on which democracy stands and at the same time slam the party or parties in power for their oppressive actions against the opposition on the street. And while criticising the government of the time for its undemocratic attitude, they vow to restore democracy in all its beauty once they are in power.
THE Daily Star of April 18 carried a front-page report which said that the five-member sub-committee formed by the parliamentary committee on law, justice and parliamentary affairs ministry was going to recommend enactment of a law for setting the criteria, qualities and qualifications for appointment of the Supreme Court judges.
THE Bhutanese capital Thimphu is all set for hosting the 16th Summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc), slated for April 28-29, aiming to set up a green South Asia. The theme of this year's summit is "Conservation of Environment and Climate," which was decided during Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's visit to Bhutan in November. This year's summit is of special significance as the regional grouping completes 25 years of its existence.
HAVING succeeded in bringing radical change in the age-old healthcare system at home, President Barack Obama has caste his glance at international issues. The stated reason of the 47-nation summit is to keep nuclear arms out of the hands of terrorists. But there is a second equally important reason -- to convince powerful states like China to impose a new round of sanctions on Iran, which is believed to be working towards producing nuclear arms.
A regular comedy show has been discovered in North Korea. Yes, even in the least funny part of Asia, serious attempts are being made to generate laughs.