News of: Sunday, 4th of July, 2010
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Germany crushed Argentina 4-0 with a sparkling display of attacking football on Saturday to book their spot in the World Cup last four.
Hundreds of migrant workers might see their dreams of working abroad dashed because of the government's poor handling of machine readable passports (MRPs) introduced in April.
Thousands of locals in Gazipur yesterday vandalised over 200 vehicles, torched a garment factory and barricaded roads for hours--all on rumours that Rajuk was acquiring land to build a satellite town.
Although the police is denying the custodial deaths of Mizanur Rahman and Mujibur Hossain, The Daily Star investigation has found that the fact is quite the opposite to that of the police version of the incidents.
The government yesterday promised to make investment in the cash-strapped power sector more attractive.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said that Khaleda Zia must have to be answerable for the attack on an AL rally in 2004.
Police yesterday focused on Jamaat-e-Islami's alleged link with banned militant outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) as they interrogated detained Jamaat leaders Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojahid and Delwar Hossain Sayedee.
The government exchequer is deprived of about Tk 100 crore every year as a huge amount of motor vehicle tax and fees deposited through post offices remain unaccounted for, says a communications ministry report.
At least 200 people are feared dead after an oil tanker exploded and set fire to parts of a village in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami yesterday came up with a fresh five-day programme including demonstrations across the country today and tomorrow, demanding the release of its top three leaders.
A youth died as family members of a murder victim beat him up suspecting his involvement in the killing at Jhapjhapia in Bhangura upazila of the district yesterday.
The Wildlife Division of Forest Department rescued a river dolphin (Platanista gangetica) locally known as Shusuk from Bhurungamari upazila in Kurigram and released it in Dudhkumar river on July 1.
Law Minister Shafique Ahmed yesterday said the women and children repression prevention act should be amended in order to prevent its misuses by the victims.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia last night had a meeting with top leaders of Islami Oikya Jote, a partner of BNP-led four-party alliance, to discuss political developments following the arrest of three top leaders of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami.
A cargo vessel which failed to dock with the International Space Station is under control, a Russian space agency official has said.
Search engine giant Google has entered the travel market after acquiring flight information firm ITA Software.
The political wing of Thailand's pro-royalist "Yellow Shirt" protest movement appointed a new leader on Saturday as the party gears up for a general election expected next year.
Bagerhat Municipality Mayor Khan Habibur Rahman yesterday gave a 2.5-tola gold key as gift to Awami League lawmaker Sheikh Helal at a citizen reception in Bagerhat stadium.
BNP and its ally Islami Oikya Jote yesterday decided to go for a tougher united movement against what they said government repression on opposition, and violation of human rights.
REPORTS of three deaths of people in police custody only within a span of 5 days are simply unacceptable. If police are the public face of the government then it is a very scary face indeed that the citizens are watching recently. The latest incident of death of a man Mujubar by name under inexplicable circumstances has allegedly happened at the hands of the Darussalam police in the city last Thursday. The man was picked up from the Savar area the same day in the afternoon by a group of policemen and by night his body was found floating in the Turag river bearing torture marks on his lifeless body. According to the brother of the deceased, the policemen had allegedly demanded money from him for his release but when he failed to give it he was beaten to death. This stands corroborated by Iqbal, the deceased person's son who described in a prominent Bangla daily how the police treated his father: "They handcuffed him, gave him blows, kicked him, choked him in water by the river side, asked him for money, which his father said he didn't have, before hauling him up on to a boat." The police, however, denied all allegations of beating the person to death and rather branded him as a drug peddler.
Anew suicide attack in Pakistan further demonstrates the increasing vulnerability of the country at the hands of religious extremists. This time, the victims have been worshippers at a well-known shrine in Pakistan's cultural capital of Lahore. As many as 42 worshippers have died as a result of the blasts at the Data Ganj Bakhsh shrine, with the macabre possibility that there could be fresh new casualties coming up from among those severely wounded in the explosions. This is not the first time that Lahore has been the target of a militant attack. In May this year, an assault on an Ahmadiyya mosque led to the death of 82 worshippers. All over Pakistan, in these past three years, no fewer than 3,400 people have been killed in such attacks, with the security forces proving powerless to prevent such violence.
David Villa scored the only goal as European champions Spain beat Paraguay 1-0 at Ellis Park on Saturday to set up a World Cup semifinal against Germany.
Diego Maradona admitted Saturday he was devastated to be out of the World Cup and indicated that he may quit as Argentina coach, but said that he needed time to think about his future.
Uruguay's usually eloquent coach Oscar Tabarez was almost at a loss for words after his team's nail-biting duel with Ghana saw the South Americans reach the World Cup semifinals for the first time in 40 years.
Brazil's Kaka has bowed out of the World Cup for the second time in a row with the frustration of failing to produce his best on the biggest stage.
Netherlands finally put themselves among the favourites to win the World Cup after their impressive 13th straight competitive win knocked towering favourites Brazil out of the tournament.
The word "saudade" is one of the most distinctive and frequently used in the Portuguese language, a barely translatable term used to describe deep longing for something or someone that is gone.
Netherlands striker Robin van Persie was taken to hospital on Saturday for a scan on an arm injury three days before their semifinal with Uruguay in Cape Town, coach Bert van Marwijk said.
Ghana forward Asamoah Gyan brushed off his last-minute penalty heartache and vowed to bounce back following his side's World Cup quarterfinal elimination by Uruguay on Friday.
Uruguay striker Luis Suarez claimed on Saturday that his deliberate extra-time, last-minute handball, which denied Ghana a World Cup semifinal place, was the 2010 version of the "Hand of God".
A handball on the goal-line by Luis Suarez prevented Ghana's Dominic Adiyiah from scoring in the last minute and Asamoah Gyan missed the penalty -- with Uruguay triumphing in the shoot-out to make the World Cup semis.
Ghana's painful penalty shootout quarterfinals loss to Uruguay was plastered across the country's media on Saturday which described it as heart-breaking.
FIFA's disciplinary committee will meet to decide whether Uruguay striker Luis Suarez should face extra punishment for a deliberate handball on the goalline in their quarterfinal against Ghana.
Uruguay's Luis Suarez said his conscience was clear after being dismissed for a handball that denied Ghana a last-gasp winner in their World Cup quarterfinal on Friday.
Questions of morality compounded Luis Suarez, questions of hopelessness compounded Asamoah Gyan, questions of glory itched at Wesley Sneijder and questions of what-ifs hounded Felipe Melo.
Rafael Nadal believes a conversation with David Beckham has provided him with the perfect inspiration ahead of his Wimbledon final showdown with Tomas Berdych on Sunday.
Paul Hawkins, the man behind 'Hawk Eye', has revealed in an exclusive interview with Soccernet that the technology could be introduced to football -- providing accurate and instant verdicts to contentious goal-line decisions.
Defending champion Serena Williams won her fourth women's singles title at Wimbledon with a crushing 6-3, 6-2 victory over Russian 21st seed Vera Zvonareva in the final on Saturday.
Abahani took the top spot in the Green Delta Insurance Premier Hockey League after their 7-1 win over Ajax Sporting Club at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium yesterday.
Youngmen's Fakirerpool Club beat Badda Jagarani in the lone match of the Basundhara Senior Division Football League at the Birsreshtha Sepoy Mustafa Kamal stadium yesterday.
Bangladesh got off to a really bad start to their one-day tour with a terrible performance against Sussex yesterday.
The government has failed to bring a single company to stockmarket in the last one and a half years although it announced plans to list 26 state-owned enterprises by June.
A suggestion came at a seminar yesterday for diversion of funds from central bank reserves to invest in the power sector.
Global bank HSBC agreed on Friday to buy the Indian commercial and retail banking assets of British state-controlled Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), expanding its base in the emerging nation.
The authorities of Kushiara Knitwear Ltd, a garment factory at Sreepur in Ashulia, closed its operation for an indefinite period from Friday night following workers' unrest.
Analysts have suggested subsidy for implementing crop insurance to hedge farmers from the risk of losses due to natural disasters.
Dhaka stocks edged down last week, as profit-booking sales and a price fall in the telecom sector shadowed the market.
Bangladesh Garment Manufactures and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has explored Latin America for apparel products and expects to export $500 million worth of items to the alternative market in two years.
Germany's state-owned rail operator Deutsche Bahn plans to make the biggest investment in its history between now and 2014, a company official told the Berliner Zeitung Saturday.
Apple Inc came clean on Friday about an embarrassing software glitch that overstates network signal strength in its hot-selling iPhone, as complaints mounted about the phone's wraparound antenna.
Tourists in Bangladesh will now find an addition to their menu as the country's lone crocodile farm has taken the initiative to sell the croc eggs commercially.
National Credit and Commerce (NCC) Bank has promoted Golam Hafiz Ahmed to additional managing director, the bank said in a statement.
Operations of Hili land port in Hakimpur upazila came to a halt yesterday after workers went on strike, demanding a wage hike and payment of their dues.
From an invitation to an event, to by-the-by talks on social business, two minds came together to conceive the idea of a joint venture to produce fibreglass products in Bangladesh -- a dissemination of the concept of social business.
India inaugurated a multi-billion-dollar airport terminal in New Delhi on Saturday -- a shiny glass-and-steel symbol of the country's aspirations as an emerging global power.
US stock markets, beaten down by negative economic reports, will have a holiday-shortened week to regroup before the company earnings season gets underway.
India's central bank on Friday hiked two key short-term interest rates by 25 basis points in a bid to tame double-digit inflation.
Britain's biggest retailer, the supermarket chain Tesco, faced a revolt by shareholders on Friday when more than one third of them voted against the high pay rewards handed to its executives.
Oil was up in Asian trade Friday, but weak economic data out of the United States and China, the world's number one and two energy users respectively, weighed on investor sentiment, analysts said.
India's Bharti Airtel Ltd will invest about $100 million in Niger to improve the reach and quality of its network in the West African nation by the end of 2012, the mobile phone company said on Friday.
US President Barack Obama announced Saturday the awarding of nearly $2 billion to two solar energy companies that have agreed to build new power plants in the United States, creating thousands of new jobs.
Toyota Motor Corp said on Friday it would recall 270,000 of its luxury Lexus models and Toyota Crown sedans for the chance that faulty valve springs may cause engine stalling.
US aircraft manufacturer Boeing has eclipsed European rival Airbus in net orders received since the start of the year, 133 to 117, company data showed.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged opposition leader Khaleda Zia to leave the disputed Dhaka Cantonment house and reside in her another allotted house in Gulshan as army officers currently facing acute accommodation crisis.
Issues of child rights and children's rights to information have been completely ignored in the Rights to Information Act 2009, speakers said at a roundtable discussion yesterday.
In line with the present government's vision to build Digital Bangladesh, Panchagarh district administration has set up a glaring example of providing necessary information to the people by setting up digitalised union information centres (UICs) in all its 43 unions.
Eight people, including housewives, were killed in separate incidents at different places in Rangpur during the past 48 hours till Friday night, police said.
The war criminals have been hatching conspiracy by creating law and order situations at different places of the country to hinder their trial hunching they would be brought to the book immediately.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina called on President Zillur Rahman at Bangabhaban yesterday evening and enquired about his health who recently had medical checkup in London.
A total of 1,111 doctors yesterday in a statement demanded withdrawal of suspension order sent to 47 teachers and administrative officials of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU).
The rare species of birds seized from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport while being smuggled to Pakistan on Friday have been released in Bangabandhu Safari Park in Cox's Bazar.
There is no alternative to a free media with independent sources for ensuring peace in the South Asian region, speakers at a roundtable said yesterday.
Paribesh Bachao Andolan and Barnak Samaj yesterday jointly launched a programme to free "Lal Math" of Mirpur in the city from encroachers.
The boatmen of Basila-Waspur Ghat yesterday demanded unconditional compensation and rehabilitation as the opening of the third Buriganga Bridge has rendered them jobless.
The degree pass and certificate course examinations under the National University (NU) will begin today.
State Minister for LGRD and Cooperatives Jahangir Kabir Nanak yesterday said the time for free birth registration for under-18 children has been extended for one more year to make the universal birth registration programme for all a success.
A 13-member delegation led by Sister Prema, Director of Mother Teresa Centre, yesterday called on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the Gono Bhaban in the city.
The grand finale of "reality show" on photography titled "Lumix Click to Fame" was held at a hotel in the city on Friday evening.
At least five people were killed and 25 others injured in separate road accidents in Gopalganj and Dinajpur yesterday.
Primary and Mass Education Minister Dr Afsarul Amin yesterday said the government wants to alleviate poverty from the rural area turning each house into a centre of development in the country under 'One House One Firm' project.
Dr Abbas Bhuiya has been appointed Deputy Executive Director (DED) of International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B).
Bangladesh Navy seized a boat with contraband 2,686 bottles of foreign wine in the Bay of Bengal near Kutubdia of Cox's Bazar on Thursday.
Bangladesh International Tutorial (BIT), a renowned English medium school, organised a graduation ceremony for the GCE ordinary and advanced level classes at the Red Brick School at Uttara in the city recently, says a press release.
Speaker of the Jatiya Sangsad (JS) Abdul Hamid Advocate yesterday urged the voters to be conscious in electing competent public representatives so that they can play due role at home and abroad.
President Zillur Rahman and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina felicitated US President Barack H Obama on the occasion of the Independence Day of the country that falls on today.
Three employees of Gaibandha Municipality were suspended on Friday for allegedly using ammonium sulphate in drinking water at a treatment plant.
BDR handed over seven Indian nationals to BSF yesterday and arrested on Friday 13 Bangladeshis while returning from the neighbouring country without valid documents.
One person was shot dead and three others were injured by pirates in Fulbarir Char area on the river Jamuna under Belkuchi upazila of the district at about 9:30 pm Friday.
Criminals on Friday night demanded Tk 2 lakh ransom for release of a Chuadanga businessman.
Local people led by an Awami League (AL) leader stopped a Jubo League leader's act of illegal tree felling on the premises of Kamlapur Primary Teachers Training Institute (PTTI) in Alamdanga upazila under Chuadanga district on Friday.
Freedom fighters and pro- liberation organisations held rallies, processions and blocked roads in different districts across the country yesterday demanding immediate trial of war criminals.
Food and Disaster Management Ministry has allocated Tk 20 crore for rehabilitation of 10,000 Aila-hit families of two upazilas of the district.
Three Shibir cadres were arrested as they along with a few others brought out a procession in the town yesterday. The arrestees are Md Monir Ahmed, district unit president and Rashedul Karim Rana, district unit secretary and Khaled Saifullah, town unit secretary. Police said, after Zohr prayers the Shibir workers headed by the aforesaid three leaders gathered at Madina Mosque at Paikpara here. At 2:00 pm they brought out a procession protesting arrests of the three Jamaat leaders. Police arrested the aforesaid three while the others fled away.
Rapid Action Battalion on Thursday arrested an alleged extortionist from Kawnia BSCIC area of the city and recovered a foreign pistol and two rounds of bullets from his possession. The arrestee was identified as Md Abdul Manna alias Mona, 38, a member of Metropolitan Jubo Dal. Rab official's sources said, acting on a tip-off, they arrested Mona from a place near the textile mill area, while, he was holding a meeting with his fellow criminals. Following his statement, Rab later recovered the weapon from a pillow at his residence.
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in a raid recovered four firearms at Gayaspur village in Sadar upazila Thursday early hours. Acting on secret information that a gang of 10/12 terrorists were preparing to commit a crime, a team of the elite force encircled the area late at night. Sensing danger the criminals fled the scene leaving the firearms behind. Later, the Rab members recovered two light guns (LG) and two shutter guns from the spot.
BDR men on Thursday arrested a fake Rab member from Benapole check post. The arrestee was identified as Shah Alam, son of Idris Ali Prodhan of Asad Avenue area under Mohammadpur police station in Dhaka. Sources said, Alam was pressing the BDR members at check post to send some five people to India through illegal way. When The Border Guards asked to show his identity card, he failed to produce it before them.
A construction worker died from electrocution and another sustained injuries at Ekrampur village in Bandar upazila on Friday. The deceased was identified as Monirul Islam, 23, son of Sultan Mia, hailed from Guruchar village in Mymensingh district. Police and locals said Monirul died on the spot and his assistant Masud, 28, was injured in the morning as they came in contract with a live electric wire while working in an under-construction building in the area.
Satkhira municipality on Wednesday announced a proposed budget of Tk 18.85 crore for fiscal year 2010-2011. Announcing the budget at Pourasava auditorium, Satkhira municipal Mayor Sheikh Ashraful Haque said that the budget is a development-oriented one aiming at providing better civic facilities to town dwellers. No new tax has been imposed in the budget but Satkhira municipality is determined to realise arrears, the mayor said. According to the budget Tk 6.65 crore will come revenue while the rest Tk 12.20 crore will be provided by the government as grant to meet the development expenditure. Tk 85 lakh has been earmarked for construction and renovation of roads, Tk 52 lakh for improving drainage and water supply, Tk 7.5 lakh for reconstruction of local markets, Tk 1.5 lakh for sanitary project, Tk 3 lakh for reconstruction of bridges and culverts, Tk 18 lakh for construction of park and Tk 4 lakh for reconstruction of schools.
A 15-day long divisional level tree fair began yesterday at Shaheed Hadis Park in the city. Khulna district administration and Sundarbans forest division have jointly organised the tree fair as part of countrywide tree plantation programme of the government. KCC Mayor Talukder Abdul Khaleque while inaugurating the tree fair at 9am yesterday as chief guest called upon the people to turn tree plantation into a social movement. Fifty-two stalls have been set up at the venue of the fair to put on display different species of trees. The stalls will also display saplings of various flowers and fruit bearing trees. Seminars and cultural functions will also be held during the fair.
A freshers' reception, distribution of free books and stipend among meritorious students were held at Khahra Churain Ideal Degree College at Sreenagar in the district yesterday. President of the college governing body Noor Ali presided, managing director of Eastern Bank Ali Reza Chowdhury Iftekhar was the chief guest. Director of Al Falah Islami Bank Neaz Ahmed, Chairman of Debate for Democracy Hasan Ahmed Chowdhury Kiron, veteran teacher Azizur Rahman Fuku, deputy secretary of the education ministry Jibon Chowdhury and Monaem Pathan spoke. The guests at the function announced a grant of Tk 25 lakh for overall development of the college.
It is a matter of great regret that even after many news reports in several dailies and telecasting in various satellite channels regarding the ordeals and sufferings of helpless patients in hospitals, especially in city areas, impoverished people are still facing the same misconducts of a group of hospital employees and the influence of brokers hanging and lurking around the hospitals. Most of the government hospitals in city areas have been under the control of a good number of brokers, who are one of the major reasons behind the plight of patients. For instance--a few weeks back a watchman from our building went to a hospital in the city for treatment since he was suffering from TB, lever disease and bronchitis. He went to see some doctors hoping to be treated well in that hospital, but his all hopes had been shattered when he experienced the horrible ordeal on that day. After he had arrived at the hospital when he tried to communicate with the hospital authorities concerned, he was intercepted all the way by a group of brokers and told to wait. He started waiting and found those people who told him to wait were whispering with each other. A few hours later one man came to him and heard about the diseases from the watchman. Afterwards he (victim) was given the promise by that broker to make the provision to help him get proper treatment. Then it was nothing but just waiting as the poor helpless watchman was under the process of being swindled. At the eleventh hour he had been briefed as to how he (broker) was going to get the treatment done through undergoing a cheap surgery by the very next week on the rooftop under the open sky of that hospital, when the doctor would be available. Listening to the broker exhausted feeble poor watchman came back home with a distraught face at the end of the day. He was sobbing during telling this awful tale of swindlers some days before his death. However, I would earnestly request the authorities concerned to intervene and make things better.
The World Cup which is regarded as the biggest soccer event in the world started its month long journey last month.
Will this massive craze of torturing women in our society ever come to an end? Why is it that when women's rights are discussed we always find ways to back out by simply saying, “We're working on it” or “I think women have been given much more respect and rights than before through our initiatives or campaigns”? Where do we, women, actually stand in a country like Bangladesh, where a single woman is left all alone to fight her battles while some elite people in our society are too busy running their so called social campaigns? A survey conducted by Bangladesh Health and Injury brought to light that over 2200 children commit suicide every year--which is almost six per day, of which four happen to be females. Even in a country like Bangladesh with a moderate economic growth and the increasing awareness among people, we still turn a deaf ear to the cries of the women not only in the most primitive of areas but in the city as well.
As a cricket loving man, unless otherwise busy, I do not miss any international fixture in which Bangladesh is featured. I did not miss the last four games, two Tests in England and two ODIs of Asia Cup in Sri Lanka. I am writing this letter not because Bangladesh lost all last four games, I am writing this letter just to say something to the Bangladesh cricket officials about performance of our players. As a commoner fan, without having much technical knowledge, I noticed the Bangladesh players are as talented as others, but I found in them some serious psychological problems.
I am gratified that at last I have got a response and from a lady foreigner at that, to the 69 letters I have written on the subject over the last 2 years and 9 months. My grateful thanks to Angela Robinson for backing me up and for the many entertaining and informative letters from her that have appeared in DS in the recent past!
Many political pundits will explain Chittagong election results from different angles. The AL has accepted the defeat gracefully. But do they learn anything from this debacle? Will they take little pains to organise the party rank and file? Will they choose cleaner, better and approachable candidates for Dhaka city and other forthcoming elections? MPs and ministers should come down to earth to meet the people.
Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), the technological study leader of Bangladesh, is enervating its reputation through some of the undermining activities during the past few years. The pioneer university was once again shut down over an amateurish behaviour of its students! The reason behind the scene is too ridiculous to explain and one may be surprised but the truth is truth. It is a pity that BUET was closed several times over such untoward and unwanted incidents.
Recently, one issue made all sensible citizens of the country worried. It is issuance of a direct threat to the government officials by a top political leader belonging to the opposition. Any such direct or indirect threat will not bring any good result for the country and will harm it in the long run.
We are going to observe the Holy Miraj on July 09.
Irene Khan's write up on June 19 should serve as a stark reminder of the apparent failure to stand against the menace which has so far claimed many innocent lives. Empowerment of the powerful women ( prime minister, home minister, leader of the opposition etc) is indeed meaningless if the dangerous harassment to members of their gender still continues.
It is unfortunate for the whole nation that the BSF members most frequently assault our people. Very recently two Bangladeshis were injured at Bisnakandi stone quarry on the Gowainghat border in Sylhet. The injured were Nasir Uddin, 30, a resident of Bisnakandi, and Lilu Miah, 28, a resident of Bagaiya at Gowainghat in the district.
At the CRP, Ms. Valerie is trying to give mobility to the paralysed persons with the help of her dedicated physiotherapists. Our health minister himself is an eminent orthopaedic surgeon.
Withdrawing scripts from the National University, Gazipur, I reached Chandura to catch a Lalpur bound bus. The bulky bag limited my movement and peace of mind. Anxiety to have a bus and concern for the safety of the bag and inexperience led me to fall into the trap of the ticket middleman. They took from me the money in full but I found myself in the lowest class of bus. The crammed bus was always uncouthly noisy with constant haggling of the conductors over the fairs. A passenger was also beaten in the counter but the weak labourers could not protest it. The years of hard labour, low payment and humiliation has made them expendable. The rough appearance of the labourers speak volumes of their abject condition. Lack of education, consciousness has prevented them from making the best use of their minimum means. The bus we were travelling on presented us the worst kind of travelling experience. It halted frequently to board and onboard the passengers. Passengers swore and shouted at the conductors and the driver but to no avail. The reality is the money they get from the passengers is very little. While good buses charge 300 taka for travelling from Dhaka to Rajshahi, this dilapidated buses take only 100, 80 or even only 50 taka from a passenger.
The Fitra system for Hajjis means the Hajj Agent will collect Hajjis at a rate much lower than the rate declared by the government. They generally allure the intending Hajjis telling that their accommodation at Mecca will be very close to holy Haram, and the Hajjis fall in their trap and what actually they do is take them to Mecca and keep them in a house near to holy Haram and after three or five days the Hajjis are taken to Medina Sharif and from there they are escorted to Mina just on the 8th day of Zilhaj and after five days of Hajj rituals at Mina, then to Arafa, Arafa to Mujdalifa and then again to Mina. Thus all the formalities are closed and the Hajis are kept in a house near to Mina at Azizia or Shirsha from where the distance of holy Haram is not less than nine to ten kilometers. Then the Hajjis of this Fitra system face a great problemthe problem is to cross the big way to come to the holy Haram and engage themselves in Ibadat.
The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Communications has recently proposed to the government to create a new ministry for railways (DS:23.06.10). I praise this proposition as it was overdue and a long felt necessity. The railway has huge manpower, huge land property and resources and enormous prospects. But as has always happened in all pristine departments in our country; lot of unnecessary, worthless and political elements in the name of workers and experts intruded into the organisations. The same has quintessentially happened in the railways. Umpteen times the railway tried to sell out its property, especially precious lands to the private parties and sometimes they succeeded. Though the railway is a losing concern of the government, yet the luxurious lifestyle and benefits taken from the government and the organisation by the officials and some union leaders will tell the real story of its dilemma.
Amnesty International urged India to investigate recent killing of civilians in Kashmir yesterday, as thousands of troops enforced a strict curfew in parts of the revolt-hit region.
The new US commander in Afghanistan has called for civilian officials and the military to make a "united effort" to tackle the nation's nine-year conflict.
The European Union urged Sri Lanka's government on Thursday to cooperate with a UN panel probing alleged war crimes during the country's civil war.
A Maldivian court has extended the house arrest of two key opposition lawmakers amid a dragging power struggle between the country's president and parliament, an official said Saturday.
Shops and offices were shut across the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore in a protest strike over twin suicide attacks on an Islamic shrine, which killed 43 people.
US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has ordered a tightening of the rules covering the US military's dealings with the media.
New Australian leader Julia Gillard vowed yesterday to provide "solutions not slogans" on the sensitive issue of boatpeople as she works to shore up her position ahead of looming elections.
A couple detained in the US-Russia spy scandal confessed to being Russian citizens living under fake identities, prosecutors said, as they prepared to reveal new evidence of the 11 suspects' alleged conspiracy against the US government.
Interim leader Rosa Otunbayeva has been sworn in as president of the troubled republic of Kyrgyzstan.
Iran has moved radar to Syria that could provide early-warning against a possible surprise Israeli air attack against Tehran's nuclear sites, a US defence official said on Friday.
Amnesty International has challenged the official Chinese version of events in Xinjiang a year ago, when nearly 200 people were killed in ethnic clashes.
The United States and Poland yesterday signed a deal on a future US anti-missile shield in Europe which Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said would help ward off threats from Iran.
At least 13 people were killed and nine others suffered severe burns in northern Nigeria when a tanker truck carrying fuel exploded after skidding off the road, road safety officials said on Saturday.
The door to Nato membership remains open for Ukraine but the strategic ex-Soviet state does not need to choose between Russia and the West, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in Kiev Friday.
Heavy rains unleashed by Alex, the first hurricane of the Atlantic season, caused the deaths of at least seven people in northeast Mexico, the Nuevo Leon state governor said on Friday.
Indian police said yesterday they had killed a top Maoist leader during a gunfight with the rebels in a densely forested region of the southern state of Andhra Pradesh.
Nato forces accidentally killed two civilians, including a woman, and wounded another during an operation against Taliban militants in southern Afghanistan, the alliance said on Saturday.
The United States voiced hope Thursday that all sides in Nepal would pull together after the prime minister resigned, saying it was "vitally important" to make progress in the peace process.
At least 14 people were killed and four others were injured when their minibus fell into a ravine in Pakistani-administered Kashmir, an official said yesterday.
Arts & Entertainment
Renowned dancer Shibli Mohammad will be one of the main judges on an upcoming reality show to be aired on ETV Bangla, Kolkata. The Bangladeshi artiste will join famed Kolkata actress Deboshree Roy as the regular judges. Artistes -- both from Bollywood and Tollywood -- including Malaika Arora, Mahima Chowdhury, Priyanka Trivedi and Sulekha Mitra will appear as guest judges on different episodes.
Chanchal Chowdhury is a busy and popular TV and film actor. After his debut blockbuster film “Monpura,” Chanchal is busy with a new film, “Rupkathar Galpo” and plays a role in Gautam Ghosh's film, “Moner Manush” as well.
Akramul Islam stepped into the spotlight at the age of 22 with the famous song “Shona bondhey amarey deewana korilo, Na jani ki montro pori jadu korilo,” written by the mystic poet Hason Raja. It was Islam who had composed the tune for the song and it has stuck to the listener's heart ever since.
The world has football on the brain right now, what with the ongoing World Cup throwing up one great match after another.
Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan chose the first day of July to do two things: to join micro blogging site Twitter with an Urdu couplet dedicated to veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan and launched the promos of his latest production “Peepli Love” which is believed to address the issue of farmers' suicide.
TV serial “Shimanto” will be aired tonight on Desh TV at 8:15pm. The serial is written and directed by Badrul Anam Soud.
TV serial “Jamai Mela” will be aired tonight on Banglavision at 8:15pm. Written by Brindaban Das, the serial has been directed by Azharul Karim.
ONE cannot be faulted if one feels transported to Brazil or Argentina while passing through any part of Dhaka. Thousands of Brazil and Argentina flags flutter from rooftops, windowsills and car bonnets. One will not see an excess of flags, some as much as fifty feet long, elsewhere in the world. There are also big hoardings of World Cup 2010 teams, with local favourites hogging most of the cutouts.
WHILE economies around the world continue to be in turmoil, the leaders of rich industrial nations and "emerging economies" met in Toronto on June 25-27.
IT is vital to realise that Digital Bangladesh is not a promise for a different world. It is actually a promise for the same world, but much better, much quicker, much more responsive and less costly.
IS this expansionary budget ambitious? Yes. But is this a criticism or a compliment?
IN a modern democratic society, the national budget does not merely delineate the sources of revenues and identify the channels of resource flow to various directions of the economy.
IT is very easy and attractive to state that we want a creative education system with a proper learning outcome. However the reality is that the education culture of this sub-continent is geared towards obtaining marks, and hence is an exam-oriented system.
THE budget speech started in an innovative fashion that I much appreciated. The FM explained that he would depart from the conventional approach and not read the entire long speech that was already circulated in written form to the House.
YET another meeting, yet another round of completely pointless discussion. Each session sounds the same: a model project, awareness campaign, broad national agenda, working with the government -- but no funding, no project; no one at the meeting can actually guarantee any funds -- must check with supervisor to see if funds are available; but this project is crucial for further empowerment, community mobilisation, strengthening institutions … so it goes.