News of: Friday, 6th of August, 2010
The government's desperate bid to end load-shedding from early next year through awarding contracts of two dozen fast-track oil-based power projects may significantly cut power crises, but it would also impose huge petroleum import cost on the national exchequer.
The High Court yesterday declared illegal the use of Bangladesh national anthem as ringtone or callers' tune on mobile phones and charging subscribers money for this service.
Distraught over her husband's second marriage, a housewife in the city's Kamalapur doused herself and her two children with kerosene and set all on fire yesterday.
Amendments to the country's constitution since 1973 contributed little to fortify it, rather many changes made with ulterior motives largely destroyed its basic features.
Brandishing firearms and sharp weapons, scores of Bangladesh Chhatra League activists chased a group of Jubo League (JL) men on Rajshahi University campus yesterday over a trivial matter.
The construction of infrastructure for the Ashuganj river port is yet to start, delaying the transhipment of equipment for a power plant in the Indian state of Tripura through Bangladesh territory.
The High Court yesterday rejected Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority's petition for directives not to demolish the commercial establishments it had permitted to be set up on the four rivers around the capital.
Anti-Corruption Commission yesterday gave charge sheets against five Bangladesh Bank (BB) officials including its former general manager Chowdhury Mohibul Haque of Barisal branch and one Shilpa Bank official on charges of embezzling Tk 24.11 lakh worth of savings instruments.
The government has taken special measures to recover over 1,000 acres khas lands from the Bhawal forest.
An aged leopard died of liver disease at the Dhaka zoo yesterday two weeks after the death of elephant Pabantara at the wildlife park, said zoo authorities.
Twenty vigilance teams of the Health Ministry will conduct surprise visits from next week to monitor the functioning of the government hospitals and Upazila health complexes across the country.
Businessman Noor Ali has confessed doing various illegal work during the tenure of previous Awami League, and BNP-Jamaat-led alliance governments in constructing a 20-storey public building in the capital, a parliamentary body said yesterday.
The parliamentary special committee on constitutional amendment has sought opinions from the law ministry and the law commission about a draft report on the apex court's verdicts on the fifth amendment and the constitution.
Detective Branch of police held an ex-cop turned mugger from Chhotopole area in the port city yesterday evening.
Three-and-a-half-year-old Jennifer Islam Tanha's alleged killer and her mother's lover Rajib stayed in their Mirpur house since the killing until he escaped on Wednesday night.
The 69th death anniversary of Nobel laureate Rabin-dranath Tagore will be observed across the country today, paying due tribute to the most celebrated Bengali poet, playwright, novelist, composer and painter.
Six detained students of Chittagong University were taken on one-day remand each yesterday in a case filed for assaulting police, and obstructing their duties during the recent campus violence over fee-hike.
A leader of Dhaka Lawyers' Association last night filed a general diary against former Jamaat-e-Islami lawmaker Syed Abdullah Mohammad Taher on charges of issuing threat to the state.
The son of Benazir Bhutto and President Asif Ali Zardari of Pakistan is expected to make his first speech Saturday since leaving university in Britain, fuelling talk he is stepping up his political career.
DOCTORS skipping their duties after being posted in the rural areas are failing on two counts: They are being insensitive to the suffering humanity as well as running foul of their own professional code of conduct. The Prime minister Sheikh Hasina has rightly taken them to task for their playing truant after being placed at their rural postings.
IF GDP growth erosion is 2 per cent on account of corruption, it would do the decision-makers well now to calculate the loss of productivity and fuel caused by spiraling traffic congestion in the capital. This will help them realise what a formidable challenge faces the national development goals. From the waste of valuable time in waiting on cars and buses between trips through the hardship of the majority who are stranded in the streets to the sapping of physical energy and mental disorientation, the cumulative negative effect on the national psyche is simply stupendous.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called upon all concerned in the country to strive to make the upcoming 2011 ICC World Cup a success.
Defiant batting by India's tailenders and twin blows by part-time spinner Virender Sehwag left the third and final cricket Test against Sri Lanka evenly poised at the P Sara Oval here on Thursday.
Mohammad Asif has urged Pakistan's batsmen to follow the example of England's Eoin Morgan as the tourists look for a series-levelling win in the second Test that starts today here at Edgbaston.
Indian League (IL) football clubs face expulsion from local and regional competitions unless they comply with Asian Football Confederation (AFC) rules.
Uttar Baridhara Club played out a 1-1 goal draw against Motijheel T&T Club in the Bashundhara Metropolis Senior Division Football's Super League match at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.
India's sports minister Thursday sought to allay fears over New Delhi's preparations for the Commonwealth Games in October, which have been mired in delays and allegations of corruption.
Struggling middle-order batsman Marcus North will retain his place in the Australian team for the two Tests in India in October, chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch said on Thursday.
Real Madrid midfielder Kaka has undergone an operation on his left knee and could be ruled out for three to four months, the clinic which carried out the surgery said on Thursday.
Ricky Ponting is not planning to retire from Tests after the Ashes and Australia's selection chairman is hoping he maintains the desire to stay on. Ponting's camp has dismissed speculation he is considering standing down and Andrew Hilditch has stepped in to support the 35-year-old's long-term ambitions.
England captain Andrew Strauss believes it's just a matter of time before batsmen Kevin Pietersen and Alastair Cook are back in the runs again.
Usain Bolt, the fastest man on Earth, will smash his world records yet again if he listens to his mum, she told AFP.
Jelena Jankovic had hoped to use the hardcourt season to prepare herself for the US Open.
The Bengal Gladiators flew off to Kuala Lumpur yesterday to take part in the 41st Kuantan Six-a-side Cricket tournament in the seaside resort.
South Africa coach Corrie van Zyl has said the 2011 World Cup is not the only priority for his team, although they have begun preparing for the tournament to be played in the sub-continent.
Italian football legend Roberto Baggio as expected joined the Italian Football Federation Technical Direction (FIGC) on Wednesday as Italy rebuilds after a disastrous World Cup which saw the 2006 champions exit in the first round.
Diego Maradona, sacked as coach of Argentina only last week, is in the frame to succeed himself, it emerged here on Wednesday in the latest twist in the saga involving the footballing icon.
China is funding a bid to buy Liverpool Football Club, as Beijing seeks to extend its rapidly growing global influence into the world of British sport, reports said Thursday.
Lionel Messi wanted Maradona to stay on as Argentina coach and is looking forward to playing in the same club side as Spain's Cesc Fabregas one day, the Barcelona forward said on Thursday.
France coach Laurent Blanc has kept a promise to leave 23 World Cup upstarts at home as he recalled Karim Benzema, Samir Nasri and Philippe Mexes to a 22-man squad in time for a friendly against Norway.
Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has handed Villarreal midfielder Bruno Soriano his first call-up to the national squad for the world champions' friendly against Mexico in Mexico City on Wednesday.
Chelsea have agreed to sign Brazil midfielder Ramires from Benfica for a fee of 22 million euros ($29.10 million), the Portuguese club said on Wednesday.
Brazil forward Robinho finished his six-month loan stint with Santos on a high note by helping the side win the Copa Brasil on Wednesday and hoped he could extend his stay after settling down in his native country.
Nicolas Anelka is taking legal action against L'Equipe over a report it ran during the World Cup about the France striker's half-time outburst against the team coach, the French sports daily confirmed on Thursday.
Bangladesh will face problems in international transactions if the country fails to formulate an action plan by October to adopt the global standards in its fight against money laundering and terror financing, a finance ministry report said.
Texting is going to be cheaper. The telecom regulator yesterday cut down the maximum SMS charge to Tk 0.50 each from the existing Tk 2, to be effective from August 15.
While policymakers and private sector players have said India's non-tariff barriers to Bangladesh's exports are yet to go, the commerce minister is hopeful of a solution by the year-end.
Despite worker disruptions and shortages, the principal port handled over nine percent more containers in fiscal 2009-10 than the year before, with cargo totalling nearly 13 million tonnes.
The government yesterday fixed the maximum mill-gate prices of unpacked soybean oil at Tk 76 and retail prices at Tk 80 a kg.
A senior economist at the World Bank (WB) Dhaka office yesterday pointed out that an increase in garment worker's wages would hardly affect the profit margin for apparel exports.
The chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on the expatriates and welfare employment ministry yesterday likened Baira, the association of agents who charge Bangladeshis who seek work abroad, to children, for ignoring his inquiries.
Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) yesterday urged the government to beef up security in the apparel industrial units with additional police forces so that peaceful atmosphere is maintained in Ramadan.
British-based bank Standard Chartered has said net profits rose 9.5 percent in the first half of 2010, as it drew strength from the "positive" economic mood across emerging markets.
Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry yesterday urged Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to save the ship-breaking industry.
India's state-run trading company Project Export Commodities (PEC) has short-listed 12 firms for exporting non-basmati parboiled rice to Bangladesh.
IDLC Finance has recently celebrated its silver jubilee of operations in Bangladesh.
Fareast Islami Life Insurance Company Ltd has appointed Mohammad Hemayetullah as managing director (current charge), the insurer said in a statement yesterday.
Mahindra & Mahindra is expected to bid up to $400 million for troubled South Korean automaker Ssangyong Motor, three sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Thursday.
Oil prices headed down in Asian trade Thursday despite a dip in US crude reserves as distillate and gasoline inventories unexpectedly rose, analysts said.
The company said the subscription period for rights issue will now be from November 7 to December 6 instead of November 7 to December 8.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked the authorities concerned to take effective measurers for the convenience of the Hajj pilgrims this year.
The government is working to prepare separate policies for both electronic and print media to bring a complete discipline in media sector.
Leaders of main opposition BNP yesterday warned the government of taking tougher agitation course if it obstructs its mass procession scheduled for August 9.
The High Court (HC) yesterday summarily rejected a writ petition on "Qurbani" written in the textbooks of Islamic education, and also fined Tk 5,000 to the petitioner as it may hurt religious sentiment of the Muslims.
Youths can contribute to the development of the society by sharing their experiences, speakers said at a workshop on experience sharing between youths of Bangladesh and Singapore yesterday.
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) yesterday fixed price per kg meat of local cow at Tk 250, foreign cow at Tk 220 and mutton at Tk 350 during Ramadan.
President Zillur Rahman has urged the Iranian businessmen to import world class products from Bangladesh, particularly jute and jute goods, leather and leather goods and
Health and Family Welfare Minister Prof Dr AFM Ruhal Haque yesterday said enhanced awareness at the family level, especially among mothers and mothers-in-law, needs to be created about breastfeeding to protect newborns from malnutrition and other complications.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) unearthed a counterfeit note producing factory at Niketan in the city's Gulshan area and arrested three people, including two foreigners, for their involvement in producing and marketing them in and out of the country.
High Court (HC) yesterday adjourned for two weeks the ongoing hearing on the writ petition filed by Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Chairperson Khaleda Zia challenging legality of a government notice to vacate her cantonment house.
Md Nazrul Islam and Khokon Chandra Das (Arup) were elected uncontested the president and general secretary of The Daily Star Employees' Union, says a press release.
Failure in controlling population growth will lead to overall failure of development efforts of Bangladesh, said experts at a discussion here yesterday.
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested two drug peddlers along with 300 grams of heroin from a private car at Dhaleshwari Bridge on Dhaka-Mawa Road yesterday evening.
The High Court (HC) yesterday scrapped a 13-year prison sentence handed down by a special court to former BNP foreign minister M Morshed Khan in a corruption case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) during the regime of caretaker government.
Leaders of indigenous communities and some noted personalities yesterday demanded constitutional recognition of indigenous people to end discrimination against them.
Prime Minister's Adviser to Energy and Mineral Resources Dr Toufique E Elahi Chowdhury yesterday said the government is working hard to bring back discipline in energy and power sectors as these sectors remain worse since the four-party alliance rule.
Professional sweepers, widely known as Harijans, yesterday formed a human chain in front of the Jatiya Press Club in the city and other parts of the country demanding reservation of 80 percent quota in all recruitments as sweepers and cleaners.
A meeting of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of Planning was informed yesterday that 32,000 government primary teachers would be recruited by this month.
The High Court (HC) yesterday directed the police not to torture Advocate Montu Ghosh, adviser of the Garment Sramik Trade Union Kendra, in any manner after taking him on remand in the cases filed against him.
A Chittagong court yesterday asked three central leaders of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) to appear before it on September 23 this year in connection with a sedition case.
At least three people, including two minors, were killed in separate road accidents in Kishoreganj and Jhenidah yesterday.
More than 100 students of the city's Banani Model School got opportunity of eye screening free of cost under a programme held on its premises yesterday.
A gang of muggers yesterday snatched Tk 25 lakh from the owner of a money exchange agency after shooting him in the city's Uttara yesterday.
A truck driver was killed as his vehicle collided head-on with another truck on Dhaka-Chittagong Highway at Demra in Dhaka early yesterday.
Sylhet district and city units of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) yesterday demanded expulsion of district BNP president and former lawmaker M Ilyas Ali from the party on charge of his anti-party activities.
At least 40 people were injured in a clash between two groups of Awami League (AL) at Putimari village under Shailakupa upazila of Jhenidah district on Wednesday night.
A large number of people from all walks of life yesterday besieged the office of Narcotics Control Department in Chapainawabganj town protesting alleged involvement of some office staff with drug trading.
A local BNP leader was critically injured in a bomb attack in Gangni upazila of Meherpur Wednesday night.
The villagers of Pagachang and Chandpur under Brahmanbaria Sadar upazila again clashed yesterday, leaving at least 50 people from both sides injured.
A BDR member of Nildumur-7 Rifles Battalion in Shyamnagar upazila allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself in an under-construction building on Wednesday.
Two leaders of district Jatiya Sramik League were expelled from party yesterday for their alleged connection with local Jamaat leaders.
Members belonging to the Harijan community yesterday formed human chains and staged processions in different districts across the country to protest hiring of cleaners and sweepers at government and non-government organisations from other castes.
Angry people and students in Tangail and Bogra on Wednesday and the day before attacked and vandalised local power offices protesting erratic power supply.
Jubo League activists led by Matiranga municipality unit President Mohammad Ala Uddin Liton closed four shops at the local market on Wednesday noon.
Several hundred students of Chittagong City Corporation (CCC)-run Premier University here yesterday formed a human chain to press home their 10-point demand including recruitment of efficient teachers.
Students of Bhulua Degree College allegedly manhandled the principal yesterday as he served a show cause on a teacher.
An eight-year-old boy drowned in a pond at Jagdal Bazar under Sadar upazila yesterday. The boy was identified as Shishir, son of Nur-un-Nabi, a bank staff of the same area. Witnesses said the boy was playing around his house. Somehow he fell in the pond beside his house and drowned as he didn't know how to swim. Later his body was found floating in the pond. Locals rushed him to Panchagarh Sadar Hospital where the on-duty doctors declared him dead.
A tribunal here on Wednesday sentenced a man to death for killing his wife for dowry in 2002. The court also fined convict Abul Kalam, son of Emam Hossain of Digjan village in Sadar upazila Tk 50,000. According to the prosecution, Kalam used to torture his wife Kason alias Ambia, daughter of Fazar Uddin of Mulgaon village in Kalmakanda upazila, for dowry since their marriage 10 years ago. On April 25 in 2002 Kalam asked Ambia to bring Tk 50,000 as dowry from her parents. As she refused to do so, he strangulated her to death. Later, a case was filed by victim's brother Hossain Ali against Kalam and his two brothers. After examining the records and witnesses, Judge of the Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal-2 Ekramul Haque Chowdhury handed down the verdict acquitting his two brothers.
One person killed his younger brother over land dispute here on Wednesday night. The incident occurred at Bharuapara village under Sadar upazila. Deceased Abdul Mannan, 30, was son of Golap Rahman of the village. Officer-in-charge (OC) Sagir Mia of Jhenidah Sadar police station said, during an altercation among brothers over a piece of land on Wednesday night Raja and Liton were in one side while their father sided with other brothers. At one stage, Raja and Liton hit with a bamboo in the head of their brother Abdul Mannan alias Uzir leaving him dead on the spot. Father Golam Rahman, and brothers Hafiz and Khairul were also injured. After the incident Raja and Liton fled the scene.
Police recovered body of young girl yesterday from Nayadingi under Saturia police station in the district. Sub-Inspector of Saturia police station Mohammad Nazrul Islam said the body was dumped in front of the house of one Dalil Uddin of Nayadingi village after suffocating her with the help of a scarf. The identity of the victim could not be known immediately. However, owner of Alpana Beauty Parlor at Nayadingi Bazar, Shampa Akter said the girl visited her beauty parlor four months ago for learning the work. She was known to her as Bithi, she said. The body was sent to Manikganj Sadar Hospital for autopsy.
Rab arrested two leaders of the Habiganj district unit of Chhatra League (BCL) and one of the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and recovered a revolver, four bullets and some heroin on Wednesday. Rab sources said, former joint secretary of Habiganj district BCL Mamun Ahmed and member Salahuddin Kajol and Pourashava unit JCD president Mainuddin Shahin were held from a house in the town at midnight. Thirty-five grams of heroin were recovered from Mamun and Shahin while on the basis of confessional statement of Kajol, a revolver and four bullets were recovered from his house in Anantapur area.
The death toll from civil unrest in Indian-controlled Kashmir rose to 48 yesterday after two more people were killed when paramilitary forces opened fire on demonstrators angry about decades of Indian rule over the Himalayan region.
Pakistani authorities began evacuating half a million people living along the swollen Indus River in the country's south yesterday, as floods caused by the worst monsoon rains in decades threatened new destruction.
Afghanistan's government said a new investigation shows 39 civilians, all women or children, were killed in a Nato rocket attack last month, fewer than first reported but dozens more than foreign forces have conceded.
The son of Benazir Bhutto and President Asif Ali Zardari of Pakistan is expected to make his first speech Saturday since leaving university in Britain, fuelling talk he is stepping up his political career.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's special envoy to Nepal Shyam Saran yesterday assured the Maoist leadership that India was not interfering in formation of next government in the Himalayan nation.
US President Barack Obama said he remains willing to speak with Iran on its nuclear program and international sanctions if the Tehran follows "a clear set of steps," according to comments published yesterday.
Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has entered the election campaign with a stinging attack on the opposition Liberal leader Tony Abbott.
Italian leader Silvio Berlusconi has survived a key no-confidence vote - his first big test since a group of MPs left his ruling centre-right coalition.
Model Naomi Campbell says she was given "dirty-looking" stones after a dinner attended by ex-Liberian leader Charles Taylor which she was later told were likely to be diamonds.
The police team which was engaged in an encounter with Maoists in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada district returned yesterday safely.
South Korea has launched its biggest-ever anti-submarine exercises, the military says, despite warnings of retaliation from the North.
Preliminary results from Kenya's referendum indicate most voters have backed the new constitution, a key measure for political reform.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Iran is working on a three-stage rocket to carry a satellite 1,000 kilometres (more than 600 miles) into space, Fars news agency reported yesterday.
Arts & Entertainment
Dhaka metropolitan branch of Jatiyo Rabindra-Sangeet Shammilon Parishod (JRSSP) arranged a musical soiree, titled “Borshar Gaan,” at the main auditorium of Chhayanaut Sangeet Bidyayaton, in the city on August 4.
Rabindranath Tagore lived a long and extremely fruitful life. His literary output is simply colossal. What is more, it is of amazing variety and consistently of a high order. True, Tagore himself had his doubts about much of his writings, and he admitted perhaps it would have been better had he been a little less prolific. But at the same time he knew it was in his nature to be prolific, and he could not deny his nature.
Theatre troupe Prachyanat staged their 14th production “Raja…Ebong Onnanyo” (King of the Dark Chamber...and Others) on August 4 at the Experimental Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. Directed by Azad Abul Kalam, the production is a contemporary, experimental theatrical presentation of the classic Tagore play “Raja” (1910). Tagore's “Raja” depicts a utopia where the presence of the King is felt only through the peace, harmony and disciplined life of the denizens; he is never seen anywhere in the country. Without changing the original story, Azad Abul Kalam treats the classic with a new approach and tries to portray the omnipresent King as a metaphor against the contemporary world of chaos, exploitation and imperialism.
We all know that Rabindranath won the Nobel Prize for his immortal works from “Geetanjali.” I'm also almost certain that not many of us have read all his works from the “Geetanjali.” Indeed, his literary works are so vast and diverse that it is almost impossible for any one person to read and internalise all these in a lifetime. In “Geetanjali” itself he has presented us with an array of literary output, each of which could be classified as an archetype and whole lot of new creations can follow from that. Rabindranath is primarily known for his songs and poetry. His songs are almost an integral part of the Bengali life. We sing them in our sorrow, we sing them in bliss, in our celebration of life or morose of death. After his songs and poetry, come his short stories. They have been popular with all ages of Bengali readers. Some of these are so popular that they have been adapted as plays and performed on stage. His “Noshto Neer,” “Khudhito Pashan,” “Kabuliwala,” “Shasti” and many other short stories have been made into brilliant movies by great Bengali filmmakers. Many of his novels have been very popular and were, indeed, made into successful films; the latest case in point being “Chokher Bali.”
I am in awe of how Rabindranath Tagore has touched nature in every aspect of his literature. In prose and poetry, on subjects of love, nature, worship and even human relationships, the bard expressed himself in many respects through nature. In the words of the poet, “I have been overwhelmed by another feeling. The one inseparable link between me and the universe, nature -- this everlasting unity of soul has drawn me intensely. How often sitting on a boat I have emptied forth my soul over the land, the water and the skies radiant with the sun's light. I have not then considered earth, quite apart from me, the water with its flow had passed within my heart raising its outburst of joy.” (A Tagore Testament)
On the occasion of the 69th death anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore, television channels of the country will broadcast various special shows, including plays, musical programmes, documentary and more. Here is a glimpse of the special programmes:
The universe was in chaos before there was any order. The Big Bang theory tells that the universe began with the explosion of a single mass of material, and the pieces are still flying apart. If you are watching the state of things in this country, you know it makes sense.
Bureaucracy from time immemorial has been the single most important factor in the administration and management of a country, whether in peacetime or during war. It is simply vital for the smooth functioning of a democratic state. Yet it has never been above controversy and suspicion, both real and perceived.
In December 1999, representatives from nine historic site museums met at the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Conference Center in Italy to found the International Coalition of Historic Site Museums of Conscience (now called International Coalition of Sites of Conscience).
Can private universities be ignored? I was with the question after reading Professor Mohit Ul Alam's article "Beating up on private universities" published in The Daily Star on July 29. I learnt that the government has, under a delusion that private universities are making RMG-like profit in their business of education, imposed tax on the tuition fees -- resulting in protest by the students and subsequent harassment by the police.
Santosh Gupta was, from every perspective, a man steeped in modernity. And that is what made him different from other men. He was unlike any other journalist in that he believed journalism had a larger role to play than being a mere presentation of news as it was shaped around the journalist.
Facebook, MySpace and Twitter are online social networks that can keep you busy all day long. But they are for more than just killing time, playing online games and connecting with friends, fans and family. The networks are also emerging as a powerful yet low-cost promotional tool for companies, large and small.
Nokia last Sunday announced launching of a new initiative styled 'Oviggota', supporting business students gain valuable work experience and training to help improve their employment prospects and career opportunities, at a hotel in the capital.
Smartphones running Google's Android software were the top seller among consumers in the United States in the second quarter, industry tracker NPD said on Wednesday according to Reuters.
Research In Motion unveiled a new BlackBerry aimed at wooing consumers away from Apple's iPhone and other rivals, but analysts said the handset won't blow away the competition.
Award giving ceremony of the first national e-Content and ICT for Development Award 2010 will be held at the city's National Museum on Monday evening.