News of: Sunday, 1st of August, 2010
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More than 200 RMG workers and 20 policemen were injured in clashes between the two sides in Ashulia after the labourers protested a new wage hike, which they say is still too low.
Two high-ranking government officials were killed in a head-on collision between a rashly-driven bus and their car early yesterday morning at Uthuli of Manikganj on Dhaka-Aricha Highway.
A clique at the BNP chairperson's Gulshan office is responsible for the gap developing between the opposition leader and the party faithful, said grassroots level leaders at the national executive committee meet yesterday.
The government is mulling winding up Privatisation Commission.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday warned that the government will not tolerate any anarchy and destructive activities in the garment sector.
The eight Bangladeshi jobseekers, whom an organised gang deserted in Malaysia with fake visas of New Zealand, returned home yesterday.
During the 27 years of conjugal life, Nazrul Islam Khan never forgot to say goodbye to his wife when she left on any trip. He was there during her early morning trips or the ones she had to start very late in the night.
Siddiqur Rahman was a passionate advocate for raising awareness to curb road accidents as he lost two of his daughters in a tragic road crash four months ago.
Students of Chittagong University (CU) yesterday boycotted classes and demonstrated against fee hikes and cases filed against 11 CU students Thursday night.
The Election Commission (EC) will decide whether to cancel registrations of religion-based political parties in the country, Law Minister Shafique Ahmed said yesterday.
A person was killed and 15 others were injured yesterday in a clash between two factions of Awami League over establishing supremacy at Dogachipara village in Jhenidah.
British troops targeting a Taliban stronghold in southern Afghanistan have found a cache of bomb-making equipment, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said.
After an intensely secretive build-up, Chelsea Clinton and her Wall Street banker beau were tying the knot yesterday at a lavish bash outside the quaint town of Rhinebeck, rural New York.
WE are appalled at the unprecedented violence which ravaged parts of the capital on Friday. On the face of it, it was garments workers who seemed to be protesting against the new wage structure announced earlier. However, the rampage into which the protest degenerated showed clearly that the protests were anything but grievance-centred. The mayhem that was conducted in Gulshan and Banani was clearly aimed at causing maximum damage. It is something that is unacceptable and reprehensible. What is equally outrageous is that the police were nowhere to be seen during the first outbreak of violence. And when they did appear on the scene it was with belated action that really was ineffectual.
The police force deserves accolade for being consistent in hunting down militant groups that are out to create anarchy in the country. In the recent past, a large number of militants have been apprehended by the police and Rab to keep the groups under pressure and on the run. On Friday, a contingent of metropolitan police unearthed yet another secret hideout of the militants in city's Mirpur area and seized firearms of various description including live ammunition, grenade cases and splinters, 35 books on jihad as well as 35kg of explosive-making powder.
Bangladeshi golfer Siddikur Rahman is on the verge of a unique feat as he maintained the third-round lead at the Brunei Open in Bandar Seri Begawan yesterday.
Fourteen-year-old Belal walks all the way from Asad Gate to practice cricket on weekends at the Abahani ground. Away from the grind of daily life, the young boy looks forward to these few hours that let him play his favourite game.
Umar Gul starred with both bat and ball but England still built a lead of nearly 300 runs against Pakistan at tea on the third day of the third Test at Trent Bridge here on Saturday.
Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has offered his services as a batting coach for a national side struggling to score runs in England.
Shooter Abdullah Hel Baki finished 32nd in the men's 10m air rifle competition of the 50th ISSF World Championships in Munich yesterday.
Kashem Smriti Sangsad emerged champions after defeating Janaprio XI 14-6 in the second phase of Kabaddi Mela held at the district stadium yesterday.
India's cricket chiefs on Saturday turned down a request from beleaguered Commonwealth Games organisers for a grant of one billion rupees (22 million dollars).
Manchester United signing Javier Hernandez scored against his new team while playing the first half for old club Chivas Guadalajara as the Mexican side won 3-2 in Friday night's friendly.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes the new restrictions on Premier League squads will prove a "disastrous decision for football and for the players''.
Barcelona sporting vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu says the Spanish champions "respect" Arsenal's wish not to sell Cesc Fabregas and insists there is no dialogue between the two clubs at present.
Interim coach Sergio Batista's future with the Argentina team will be on the line in upcoming friendlies against Ireland and World Cup champion Spain.
Bordeaux captain Alou Diarra declared himself "100 per cent" committed to the club here on Friday, despite speculation linking him with a move to French champions Marseille.
Portugal coach Carlos Queiroz was on Friday asked to appear before the country's football federation over claims he insulted a team of anti-doping agents prior to the World Cup.
UEFA rejected financially troubled Real Mallorca's appeal against their exclusion from this season's European competition.
Mexico captain Rafael Marquez, who has been strongly linked in the media with a move to New York Red Bulls, has reached a deal with La Liga champions Barcelona that releases him from his contract.
Genoa have signed Portugal midfielder Miguel Veloso from Sporting Lisbon for an undisclosed fee, Sporting said on Friday.
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has flown back to Europe during his team's US tour because of a family illness.
Bruno Souza, a Brazilian star goalkeeper suspected of having his ex-girlfriend killed, was on Friday formally charged with her murder, officials said.
French sensation Christophe Lemaitre completed the sprint double at the European Championships on Friday by powering to victory in the 200 metres just two days after his 100m triumph.
Pakistan captain Salman Butt defended his side doing without the controversial Umpires Decision Review System (UDRS), during a batting collapse in the first Test against England, by saying the technology on offer was "not a hundred percent".
Top seeded Andy Murray, who is looking for his first ATP title of the year, beat Alejandro Falla 7-6 (7/3), 6-1 in the quarterfinals of the 600,000 dollar Farmers Classic on Friday.
India's cricket chiefs Saturday endorsed New Zealand's Alan Isaac as the next vice-president of the world governing body after former Australian Prime Minister John Howard was snubbed for the job.
Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir and Harbhajan Singh have all been rested for the tri-series against Sri Lanka and New Zealand that kicks off on August 10. Yuvraj Singh makes a return to the 15-man squad after being dropped for the Asia Cup, the first time he had been omitted since cementing his place.
Celtic manager Neil Lennon hopes his side's gutsy fightback to earn a 2-2 draw against Lyon in the Emirates Cup will prove his players with the inspiration for a great escape in the Champions League.
Catania's match with Greek side Iraklis was abandoned because of players fighting, the second pre-season friendly involving a Serie A club to be halted because of violence in two days.
Leading trade unions are divided over the issue of minimum wage as some have accepted Tk 3,000, while others still demand Tk 5,000 as the monthly salary for the garment workers.
Biman has shelved re-branding activities as the cabinet decided that the original logo and livery will stay put.
The export of chemical products nose-dived in 2009-10 to less than half the dollar amount of the prior fiscal year, mainly due to inadequate gas supplies that slashed production of chemical fertilisers.
Indian billionaire Anil Ambani's entertainment group is close to signing an agreement with Universal Studios to build a $1.5 billion film-themed amusement park.
Steps would be taken to amend the Money Laundering Prevention Act 2002 in the next parliament session, said Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday.
The House of Representatives on Friday approved the toughest reforms ever to offshore energy drilling practices, as Democrats narrowly pushed through an election-year response to BP's massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
The stalemate over imported coal from the Indian state of Meghalaya has ended, as imports cleared through the Charagaon land customs station in Sunamganj Friday, according to customs officials.
Iran's main economic partner China has invested around 40 billion dollars in the Islamic republic's oil and gas sector, a senior Iranian official said on Saturday.
China has overtaken Japan to become the world's second-largest economy, the fruit of three decades of rapid growth that has lifted hundreds of millions of people out of poverty.
An increasingly heated battle in the global smartphone market is set to weigh on handset vendors' profit margins for the rest of the year, analysts said on Friday.
According to The Economist magazine, “Managers have much to learn from game theory provided they use it to clarify their thinking, not as a substitute for business experience.”
US stocks are expected to face a volatile week as Wall Street awaits a key government jobs report expected to show unemployment at elevated levels.
Asian investors are more likely to buy gold in the next six months than their North American and European counterparts, a global survey found.
World oil prices climbed Friday as investors shrugged off concerns that the US economic recovery could stall following a slower economic growth rate in the second quarter.
ICICI Bank, India's No. 2 lender, posted a 17 percent rise in quarterly net profit, meeting forecasts, on strong corporate and retail loan demand in a rapidly growing economy.
Research In Motion will introduce a tablet computer in November to compete with Apple Inc's iPad, Bloomberg News reported on Friday, citing two people familiar with the company's plans.
Walt Disney Co has struck a deal to sell Miramax, the studio behind such films as "Trainspotting" and "No Country for Old Men," for more than $660 million to a group that includes construction magnate Ron Tutor and investment firm Colony Capital LLC.
Singapore Airlines said Friday it is to introduce an electronic version of its inflight magazines as part of its plans for paperless planes.
BP Plc is seeking to sell its German petrol station chain Aral for around 2 billion euros ($2.6 billion), German magazine Wirtschaftswoche reported on Saturday, citing investment bankers familiar with BP's plans.
Managing Director of Commercial Bank of Ceylon AL Gooneratne is scheduled to arrive in Dhaka today on an official visit, the bank said in a statement yesterday.
July 25- 29, 2010
The international markets rallied on the back of positive data, and there was a general pick up in risk appetite. The euro hit an 11-week high against a broadly weak dollar on Thursday as month-end demand for the single currency helped push it beyond a key barrier.Market participants said some Asian central banks were buying the euro, helping to push the dollar to a three-month low versus a currency basket. Data showing a slide in Germany's unemployment rate to 7.6 percent in July, adding to other recent upbeat data on Europe's biggest economy, also helped to support the single currency. Other analysts added that investors who had been wary of buying the euro before last week's bank stress test results had resumed picking up the single currency before the month ends, while position adjustments would also work in the euro's favour. Analysts said ongoing optimism about second-quarter U.S. corporate earnings would add to the view of an improving global economy, which would support shares and keep euro demand intact. European stocks rose 0.5 percent in early trade. The dollar dipped 0.2 percent to 87.16 yen, and posted bigger losses against sterling , which hit a five-month high, and the Australian and New Zealand currencies. Some in the market said that an announcement by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger that the US state was in a state of emergency over its finances was another reason to dump the dollar as it highlighted fiscal problems in the country. The New Zealand dollar rose 0.8 percent against the USD after the central bank raised interest rates by a quarter point although it warned further hikes could be more gradual.
Local Money Market
The call money rates remained steady this week and traded in the 2.5-2.75% range mostly.
Local Market FX
USD/BDT was relatively stable this week.
Speakers at a meeting yesterday called for forging greater unity between the government and all stakeholders for a more impressive implementation of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, says a press release.
Bangladesh Upazila Parishad Association (ABUP), a platform of upazila parishad chairmen, yesterday demanded the government to amend different provisions of Upazila Parishad Act, 2009.
Chairman of parliamentary standing committee on law ministry Suranjit Sengupta yesterday said the chief justice has done discrimination by not administering the oath to two designated High Court (HC) judges.
A Minutes of Meeting on JICA Technical cooperation named “Project for Capacity Development on Natural Disaster-Resistant Techniques of Construction and Retrofitting for Public Buildings” was signed on July 27, says a press release.
A man strangled his wife to death in the city's Mirpur area early on Friday.
Awami League (AL) and its associate organisations yesterday announced a month-long programme to observe national mourning day on August 15, death anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Leaders of Ekatturer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee urged the government to immediately cancel the 8th constitutional amendment containing the words 'Islam as state religion'. This is in the light of recent Supreme Court judgement that scrapped the 5th amendment, says a press release yesterday.
Prof Amena Mohsin, former chairperson of Dhaka University's International Relations Department, yesterday said intensive courses and seminars are needed to help Bangladeshi students face academic challenges in other countries.
Home Minister Sahara Khatun yesterday said the evil forces, which killed Bangabandhu in 1975 along with most of his family members, are hatching conspiracy to foil war crimes trial.
Speakers at a seminar yesterday expressed concern at the increasing number of people who are suffering from heart diseases, saying that it was mainly due to faulty lifestyle, intake of non-nutritional foods and lack of physical work.
The Mawa-Charjanajat route, one of the two important ferry routes between Dhaka and southern-western region of the country, is facing serious navigability problem for smooth ferry movement.
Human rights will not be established in the society unless people exercise self-rectification, speakers yesterday said this at a function observing the first founding anniversary of Bangladesh Human Rights Foundation (BHRF) at BIAM auditorium.
Jamaat-e-Islami was involved with all militancy and terrorist activities in the country and they nurtured the forces to transform the country into a communal and fundamentalist country said Suranjit Sengupta yesterday.
Leaders of different political and worker organisations yesterday rejected the government decision of fixing the minimum wage of garments workers at Tk 3,000 and demanded reconsidering it to Tk 5,000.
Professor Ameena Mohsin, chairperson of Dhaka University's International Relations Department, yesterday said intensive courses and seminars are needed to help Bangladeshi students face academic challenges in other countries.
Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) will observe a demand week for the immediate trial of war criminals, restoration of the 1972 constitution and immediate resolution of crises in public life.
Speakers at a discussion yesterday said the death of Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan has created a void in the country's political arena as he established himself in the national politics by dint of hard work and dedication.
Several hundred leaders and activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) put up a barricade on the main thoroughfare in Gazipur town protesting announcement of a new district committee.
Construction workers' trade union yesterday demanded re-fixing of their wage structure.
Good yield of jute this season fails to make farmers happy as they are facing problem to rot and process the natural fibre due to lack of water in absence of adequate rain in the ongoing monsoon.
Work under the much-talked project for reclaiming 11 canals and natural streams in Sylhet city has remained suspended for over two weeks.
Water of around 40-kilometre area of Chitra River in Narail district has become dangerously polluted as farmers are rotting jute in the river due to lack of sufficient water in the beels, marshy lands and ponds.
Erosion by river Dharla rendered at least 500 more families in six villages of Mogholhat union in Sadar upazila homeless in the last four days.
Police arrested one more suspect in Pabna police killing case at Savar in Dhaka district on Friday night.
Agitated people ransacked Avecinna Hospital at Mujib Sarak in the town on Friday night following death of a five-month old baby.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) recovered 13 firearms from five districts on Thursday and Friday.
Four people have been electrocuted in Mymensingh and Lalmonirhat and Dinajpur districts.
Students of Goswami Durgapur High School in Kushtia Sadar upazila yesterday boycotted their classes and examinations demanding immediate arrest of and exemplary punishment to those involved in assaulting two teachers of the school on Thursday.
Seven people, including three robbers, were injured in a fierce clash between robbers and villagers at Pirpurkulla village in Damurhuda upazila on Friday night.
A man was killed and nine others were injured in a clash over land dispute at Padaganj Madrassahpara in Mithapukur upazila of the district Friday noon. Locals and police said, Moktar Hossain Master of the village bought 36 decimals land a few years ago from Nesar Ali of the same village. But Nesar did not register the land in the name of Moktar Hossain and sold the land secretly to one Shafiqul Islam of the same village. Shafiqul on Thursday transplanted aman seedlings on the land. On information, Moktar along with his men uprooted the seedlings from the land on Friday. Later, a bloody clash ensued between them at noon leaving 10 people injured, three critically. Injured Anwarul Islam, 42 died in the hospital. He was the son of Raju Miah of the village.
A student of Jahangirnagar University (JU) was found dead near Shahpuri Island jetty ghat in Teknaf upazila Wednesday morning. Police recovered the body of Sohanul Hasan Sohan, 24, Botany department final year student of Jahangirnagar University. Son of Mohammad Babor Ali, he hailed from Baro Bazar of Meherpur Sadar upazila. Police said being refused by a girl, Sohan decided to commit suicide at Bay in St Martin's Island on July 25. As per his decision, he left for St. Martin's on July 23 and switched off his cell phone. Since then, he remained missing. His elder brother Zahir Raihan identified the body at Teknaf police station on Wednesday morning. Before committing suicide he left a chit in which he wrote about his affairs with a girl and decision to commit suicide, police said.
Police arrested a fugitive convict on Friday night at Pachghoria village under Haripur upazila in Thakurgaon. The convict was identified as Jahangir Alam,38, son of Rafizuddin of the same village. Police said a police team of Haripur police station led by sub-inspector Rezaul Karim raided Jahangir's house and arrested him. A Thakurgaon court awarded Jahangir Alam one -year imprisonment on 23 June 2010 for embezzling money of Thakurgaon Sugar Mills.
Lalmonirhat district Jatiya Party (JP) held its conference yesterday after long 13 years. A discussion meeting was held on the occassion at district auditorium cum community center at noon, where the Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister GM Quader, MP, was present as chief guest. All the leaders, workers of Jatiya Party and its front organisations joined the programme. Sources said, the activities of Jatiya Party in Lalmonirhat district could not be held properly during the last 13 years as there was no chain of command in the party. JP leader Nazrul Islam NDC was elected president of Lalmonirhat district JP uncontested. Mahbubur Rahman and SK Khaja Moinuddin were contesting for the post of secretary till filing of this report at 4pm yesterday.
Sale of rice through fair price card will begin from Monday or Tuesday in Khulna city. Each card holder will get 20 kilograms of rice a month at the rate of Tk 22 per kg under this programme. Though many city dwellers are yet to get their fair price cards, I have been asked by higher authorities to take necessary preparations in this respect, said District Controller of Food Md. Monirul Islam. Five dealers would be appointed in every ward for this purpose, he said ruling out possibility of any crisis of rice and politicisation in appointment of dealers. The appointment of new dealers would be completed by Sunday, he said. There are 33,400 metric tons of rice in stock in two central food godowns in Khulna. He said that two foreign ships reached Mongla Port last Monday carrying 6,380 metric tonnes of rice imported from Pakistan.
RMG sector is the vital sector for our economic growth. It earns about three-fourths of the country's earning from export of goods. Approximately 3.5 million people are directly employed in this arena. Ipso facto it is a very sensitive sector.
I am just ending my varsity life. I had some painful experience along with lots of happy and impressive events. The most painful experience of my university life is the state of our dormitories. I think after coming to university, every student needs motivation and facilities relating to studies. Most of the students reside in dormitories. These dormitories are in very poor shape.
It seems that the traffic congestion is going to be a typical feature of urban life in Dhaka city and it is getting worse day by day. The ever-increasing number of private cars is evidently responsible for this situation. On the other hand, with the upcoming Ramadan, the invasion of unauthorized rickshaws has already started. In this situation, can we consider some of the following measures?
While appreciating the various improvements initiated by SEC and DSE to lessen the difficulties of general investors, (the small, aged and women investors), I would draw the attention of the controlling authorities to some anomalies that remain, especially those relating to the refund process.
Over the last few days this subject has been brought up by Sir Frank Peters, and I believe his views must be seriously considered. Climbing Mount Everest is one such achievement, accomplished by a self motivated Bangladeshi climber Musa Ibrahim! Giving him national recognition and award is the least that he deserves; and it has rightly been given to a real adventurous spirit, that he had really earned, without any official encouragement, backing or support!
Recently good news came to us. That is Dhaka-New Delhi are finalizing the modalities of implementing the $ 1 billion Line of Credit that India offered to Bangladesh last January. The government is going to sign a deal with India's Exim Bank through which New Delhi will route the credit line. The Exim Bank would possibly sign an agreement with Bangladesh government within a month for utilization of the credit line. That is good news for our country.
Recently an unidentified flying object (UFO) was seen flying across the sky in Hangzhou, China. This caused massive flight delays in Xiaoshan airport on July 09, 2010. The mystery of the UFO has yet to be revealed.
It is very sad that almost every day innocent Bangladeshis are killed by the BSF. According to statistics, about 38 people were killed by the BSF in the last six months.
I refer to the picture news published in the DS on 21st July, 2010. There it was said that Prof Yunus and the Japanese Prime Minister had discussed application of the concept of the social business in Japan and other countries. So far other countries are concerned, the idea may look good because the other countries like the Third World ones are poorer. Any good idea to help the poor in changing their lots for good would be a welcome proposition. But I am at a loss to understand what good it 'd bring to the Japanese people who are already rich even by European standards. Suggesting this idea to them, at least to me looks like carrying coal to New Castle, a phrase we 'd learnt in our school days.
The killing of three policemen in Pabna is really shocking news for us. Killing of law enforcers is a very serious matter, as people expect security from them. According to the reports, 29 law enforcers died this year. Naturally, the question arises whether we are safe. Local people claimed that they were killed by the members of the banned Sarbohara Party.
Germany was defeated in the semi-final of the World Cup, till then the performance of the German team was brilliant; the young players captivated the world with their agility.
On 21st. July I was a bit pleasantly surprised seeing SBA'S very well written article captioned "Politicians and generals--". Usually we know that our newspaper editors don't feel comfortable to publish these sorts of topics!!! SBA is very correct in his observations. But I would like to add a bit that the Bhuttos in Pakistan were the civil faces of the military.
Are we a violent people or a sick people? Whenever there is something wrong people go wild and violent. Please refer to the death of a garment worker from a rooftop fall at Mirpur. Does this constitute sufficient reason for the people to agitate and vandalize, destroying public and private property. What is the motive behind such agitation? Who are responsible for all these agitations resulting in the loss of property worth millions?
The fact is that no single particle in the world can be defined as perfect, similarly, no single country can be modelled as PERFECT...so is our beloved motherland, Bangladesh. The very last day I was in my business studies classes, my respected teacher said that a friend of his had narrated a story, where there was an eminent man from Bangladesh visiting a hospital abroad with pain in his ear. The doctor affirmed that the tests he had done in Bangladesh were perfectly alright and his very minor ear difficulty was not that serious. To this, the man began bellowing, that doctors in Bangladesh are not reliable and not much qualified and trustworthy. After hearing this incident the doctor commented "Believe me, Bangladesh will never develop, because no single country can develop when people of its very own soil undermine it!”
It is noted with grave concern that more and more foreign management level staff is being recruited by different companies of Bangladesh. The simple excuse is that competent manpower is not available in BD! Have the companies put any ads in local newspapers? Have the local available resources been tapped? It is pathetically negative.
A couple of weeks back, on a discussion of health matters, in the TV, our Health Minister and Dr. Prangopal Dutta (BSMMU) were taking part. A questioner asked Dr Dutt, the reason why the top doctors give so little time to their patients. Is it really possible to diagnose a patient in a couple of minutes?
I have read with great interest the post-editorial of Mr. Shahnoor Wahid appearing on Tuesday in The Daily Star. His idea about underground transport system as a positive solution to the existing terrible Dhaka traffic jam is a subject worth looking into. The fact is that it is a tested device in many countries, I do not find it as an absurd and unfeasible idea. Certainly, the idea deserves to be taken up seriously. As regards his apprehension about the capability of a civil govt. which is always under stress and strain and often fails to implement any worthwhile project because of conflict of interest of various persons within the govt, I can not agree with him more. But I often fail to understand as to why an elected government with more than three-fourths majority members in parliament fails to appreciate a good idea and why the existing traffic problem and for that matter other affairs like energy problem or similar other issues cannot be tackled by the govt. If the author has meant that it is difficult or impossible for an elected civil govt. to solve its burning problems, it is really a pity.
Rescue workers and troops in northwest Pakistan struggled yesterday to reach thousands of people affected by the country's worst floods in living memory, as the death toll rose to 800.
A diplomatic spat with implications for international counterterrorism escalated yesterday after Pakistan's spy chief cancelled a visit to London following comments by the British leader suggesting Pakistan exports terrorism.
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said his country will never compromise on its nuclear program.
Violence continued to rage across Indian Kashmir yesterday with two people shot dead and five wounded after police in two towns opened fire on protesters who attacked their camps and pelted them with rocks.
Osmania University here was tense yesterday as yet another student committed suicide in the campus demanding formation of a separate Telangana state, and hundreds of students joined in the funeral procession.
Washington is holding up the formation of a new Iraqi government by insisting the two main election winners form a coalition, allowing Iraq's neighbours to meddle in its affairs, a top Shia politician told Reuters.
US officials are worried about what other secret US documents the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks may possess and have tried to contact the group without success to avoid their release, the State Department said on Friday.
More than three years after he was arrested on vague allegations, Saudi political detainee Suliman al-Reshoudi who has yet to be tried or even charged with a crime is now taking on the system.
Hamas vowed revenge yesterday after Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip killed a senior militant and wounded eight other people.
Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro on Friday stepped up criticism of the United States over its treatment of five Cuban agents imprisoned for more than a decade for spying and said one of them was in a cell so small it amounted to torture.
Sgt Thomas Riordan didn't want to return to Afghanistan after home leave. He had just fought through a battle that killed eight soldiers, and when he arrived home his wife said she was leaving. He almost killed himself that night.
US President Barack Obama has warned Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas that failure to resume direct peace talks with Israel could undermine US-Palestinian ties, Palestinian officials said yesterday.
Recovery workers found the "black box" flight data recorder yesterday in the wreckage of Pakistan's worst-ever plane crash, and it appeared to be in good condition, officials said.
An Iranian documentary filmmaker who returned home after reportedly spending two months in US custody has said the FBI held him in solitary confinement and put "pressure" on him, state media reported yesterday.
North Korea's foreign minister met his Myanmar counterpart during a trip to the country, Pyongyang media reported yesterday; in a visit likely to be watched by Western nations fearful the two regimes could be co-operating on nuclear weapons.
Arts & Entertainment
A two -day music festival starting from July 30 ended yesterday at TSC auditorium, Dhaka University (DU). The Department of Music of DU had arranged the festival for the second time after its emergence as a new department from “Natyakala O Sangeet” on the University Day (July 1, 2009).
On the occasion of its 10th anniversary, Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts has organised a four-day cultural festival and art camp at Bengal Centre on Airport Road, Dhaka. The art camp is dedicated to the 150th birth anniversary of great Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore. Painters Aminul Islam and Qayyum Chowdhury, Professor Emeritus Anisuzzaman and Professor Emeritus Jogen Chowdhury jointly inaugurated the art camp. The festival, which began on July 29, ends today.
The inauguration of cultural organisation Uttorayon was held on July 30. The event coincided with the upcoming celebration of the 150th birth anniversary of Kabiguru Rabindranath Tagore and the 100th year of his timeless work “Geetanjali”.
Different satellite channels will celebrate Friendship Day through airing special programmes. Here are highlights of some of them.
Cultural organisation Chhayanaut arranged a musical programme, “Barshar Shuur Lahori”, featuring songs on the rain at its main auditorium in Dhanmondi, on July 30. Students and teachers of the organisation as well as noted singers of the country rendered songs of Rabindranath, Kazi Nazrul Islam, Atul Prasad Sen and Dwijendra Lal Roy at the programme.
Khalid Mahmood Mithu's debut feature film “Gohine Shobdo” has won the top prize in an international film festival in Canada, according to a press release. The film, which features an impossible love-story, won 'Best Feature Film Award' in the International Section in Okanagan International Film Festival, Vancouver, Canada. The award was announced on July 25.
Uttaran Shahittya Ashar, a poets and writers' organisation celebrated its second founding anniversary in Pabna on Friday amid festivity. A discussion, reception and cultural programmes were held on the occasion at Pabna Zila Parishad auditorium.
Entertainment giant Walt Disney has announced the sale of its Miramax film division for about $660m to a group of private equity investors. The investors, Filmyard, includes construction magnate Ron Tutor and investment firm Colony Capital.
The step taken by the AL-led alliance government towards restoring the original constitution of Bangladesh has created a sense of disappointment as both the major parties -- AL and BNP -- are raising conflicting arguments on this issue.
IT would be odd, and wholly unacceptable, if secularism were to be defined by the fate of a gangster in Gujarat. At stake in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh case is not the religion of the individual, or his preferred means of sustenance [in this case, crime], but the rule of law.
THE first World Cup I saw, in quality footage, was the competition in Britain in 1966, which was won by England defeating West Germany, 4-2, in the final at Wembly. I saw the film of this competition when I arrived in London towards the end of 1966 and in later years, videos of some individual games such as the final. I cannot say that I was particularly impressed with the skills of the English football team. Geoff Hurst, the West Ham striker, who scored a hat trick in the final was hardly a top class player, nor were other members of the team, except for Bobby Charlton and their world class goal-keeper, Gordon Banks. I thought England were lucky to defeat the Portuguese team in the semi-final, with Eusebio, who was the star of the tournament, in top form.
WHO could have predicted that Brazil and Argentina would be out of the World Cup within a day of each other, without even making it to the semi-finals?
THE national parliament has finally passed a new law for private universities. It has taken almost eight years, spanning three governments, and a divisive process to arrive at this law. Sections of the government, public intellectuals and the media have argued throughout this process for a very strict law to ensure quality and to rein in alleged irregularities by some universities. A majority of the trustees were opposed to the new law, fearing excessive government controls. Frankly, there can be little doubt that a new law was needed. How it can be best used now to bring about a new reality, and whether enforcement of the law alone is sufficient, is the question.
LESS than a day after Andres Iniesta brought to a close a month-long festival of flag-waving with a thumping strike past Maarten Steklenburg, most hard-core football fans were already looking forward to the next season of club football.
GANDHI not only spent his childhood among Muslim neighbours who were frequent visitors to his house, six generations of Gandhis had also served as ministers of the ruler of one of the principalities of Kathiwara where Gandhi was born.