News of: Friday, 3rd of September, 2010
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The Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority is going to launch a Tk 6.6 crore project to dredge parts of the Buriganga river although some traders are offering to do it free of cost and would rather pay for the extracted sand.
The Biman board of directors yesterday finally conceded to its employees' demand for revising a new pay scale, reinstating their pension scheme and giving pay raises in line with the government salary structure.
Kamal Hossain Kala, driver of Awami League lawmaker Nurunnabi Chowdhury Shaon, yesterday confessed to shooting AL activist Ibrahim Ahmed during a tussle.
Agitating dairy cooperatives yesterday resumed supply of milk to Baghabari unit of Milk Vita after getting assurance from the government authorities on meeting their demands in phases.
A six-point recommendation had been put forward from yesterday's meeting of the National Population Council to keep the country's population growth rate at a balanced level.
The local government bodies in cooperation with non-government organisations should deal with illiteracy while the government leads as the planning and executive authority, said speakers at a roundtable yesterday.
Three babies died within hours after they were vaccinated against measles under Expanded Programme of Immunisation (EPI) at Kalikapur Community Health Clinic of Guabaria union in the district's Hizla upazila early yesterday.
President Zillur Rahman has summoned the sixth session of the ninth parliament on September 20 at 4:00pm, a parliament secretariat press release said yesterday.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday sought cooperation of the media so that none can take over power unconstitutionally in future.
The special committee of the Jatiya Sangsad on constitutional amendment has deferred its series of meetings scheduled for September 4, 5 and 6, a press release from the Parliament Secretariat said last night.
Awami League (AL) will resist the anti-government movement called by the main opposition BNP after Eid-ul-Fitr, Mahbubul Alam Hanif, acting general secretary of AL, has said.
The Rajshahi University correspondent of The Daily Star was assaulted by a Bangladesh Chhatra League activist Wednesday night for writing news reports on some offences committed by the organisation's RU unit members.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina greeted Opposition Leader Khaleda Zia on the occasion of holy Eid-ul-Fitr.
A parliamentary sub-committee will probe the alleged corruption of Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk).
A speedy trial tribunal of Sylhet yesterday again deferred the date for filing the report on "further investigation" in Kibria killing case to September 9.
A college girl was killed when Chittagong-bound Mahanagar Express train hit her as she was passing through a level crossing and talking over her cellphone at the same time at Pubail college gate area in Gazipur yesterday.
Iraq cannot yet sustain its army despite having managed to quell a violent insurgency, US and local commanders told AFP, raising the prospect that American troops will stay on beyond 2011.
A senior Pakistani diplomat has called for an inquiry into allegations that rich landowners diverted water into unprotected villages during the floods to save their own crops.
The uncontrolled urban sprawl has already gobbled up the open spaces and the wetlands that once added to the beauty of the city and a breather for its inhabitants. It has also eaten up 47 canals that crisscrossed the length and breadth of city. As a consequence, we have now only 17 per cent of the metropolitan area as wetlands whereas in 1989 it was 29 per cent. And oddly enough, since 2000 when the Wetland Conservation Act was in place, the rate of decline in the wetlands has become even faster at 2000 hectares every year.
Ending combat operations by American soldiers in Iraq has long been a plank of Barack Obama's political programme. Understandably, for one who was opposed to the war as a senator and who in fact voted against it, it was particularly painful to have to inherit the very conflict he thought was unnecessary when it began in 2003. Mr. Obama reminded the electorate in his campaign for the White House that he would end American involvement in Iraq as president. Now that American forces have officially gone ahead with the draw-down, it is important to assess what the impact of the US decision will likely be.
From a distance, you could just spot a huddle, with probably cards in front of them or, for an easier presumption of the vagabond, they are snorting the wrong stuff. As you go closer, or vice versa, they would seem like the regular hangers-on around the cricket fields of Dhaka, those who make silly enough comments on the play to make you walk away.
Three Pakistan cricketers accused of involvement in an illegal betting scam maintained their innocence Thursday after withdrawing from their team's scandal-tainted tour of England.
Robert Rubcic has been named as the new head coach of the national football team after the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) yesterday confirmed the appointment of the Croatian.
The three Pakistan cricketers at the centre of a betting scandal have been released from the squad for the remainder of the tour of England, team manager Yawar Saeed said Thursday.
Britain's Andy Murray breezed into the second round of the US Open on Wednesday while ninth seed Andy Roddick and Wimbledon runner-up Tomas Berdych made early exits from the year's last Grand Slam event.
Pakistan cricketer Mohammad Asif's ex-girlfriend, actress-model Veena Malik, has handed over "proof" of his alleged links with Indian bookies to an official of the ICC's Anti-Corruption Unit.
Rabeed Imam has been appointed as the ICC media manager for the Bangladesh part of the 2011 Cricket World Cup.
GM Niaz Murshed shared the lead in the Seventh IGB Dato Atherton Malaysia Open Chess Championship along with 20 players at the close of second round at CitiTel MidVally, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia yesterday.
Manikganj City Club defeated Dautia Bulbul Club 3-1 in the Hafijul Islam Khan Uttu Smriti First Division Football League at the Shaheed Miraz-Tapan Stadium yesterday.
India's Sania Mirza saw her US Open hopes come crashing down on Tuesday when she lost a second-round tie 6-2, 6-4 to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia.
Sweltering conditions and gusting winds proved a handful at the US Open on Wednesday, but it was the consequences of a simple training stumble by Belarus starlet Victoria Azarenka that shocked fans.
Wicketkeeper Brad Haddin was not included in a 15-man squad named on Thursday for Australia's two Tests in India next month.
Three Pakistan cricketers should face a life ban if they are found guilty of being involved in a betting scam, Australian leg-spin great Shane Warne said on Thursday.
Low temperatures and high winds did nothing to stop the flow of 22 goals in three matches in Pool A of the women's field hockey World Cup here Wednesday.
American star sprinter Tyson Gay put Jamaican rival Nesta Carter in his place on Wednesday when he easily beat him in the 100 metres race at the Zagreb Grand Prix meeting.
Top European club coaches on Thursday welcomed the experiment with two extra assistant referees in the Champions League this season.
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho hit out at his club for not backing him in the transfer market and leaving him short up front.
It will be a new-look Italy that takes to the field in Tallinn on Friday for their opening Euro 2012 qualification match against Estonia.
Fabio Capello launches his quest for redemption on Friday knowing only a convincing victory by a makeshift England team over Bulgaria can hush a growing band of critics clamouring for his dismissal.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Wednesday took another swipe at Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola, dismissing him as a "small time" coach.
Holland coach Bert van Marwijk on Thursday reacted to criticism from Bayern Munich over Arjen Robben's injury, insisting that he had been "very careful" with the winger at the World Cup.
Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has been left out of Juventus's 25-man Europa League squad.
Former Germany international goalkeeper Timo Hildebrand has signed a one year deal with Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon.
About 40,000 individual taxpayers of Dhaka will be able to submit their tax returns online from Sunday.
Software and information technology (IT) companies are now allowed to remit up to Tk 69,000 ($1,000) in foreign exchange at a time without prior approval of the central bank.
Thirty listed companies are yet to convert their paper shares to electronic ones, as desired by the stockmarket regulator.
Burger King Holdings Inc, the No. 2 US fast-food chain, agreed to be bought by investment firm 3G Capital for $24 per share, or about $3.26 billion.
The prices of essentials will remain stable even after Eid, said a government official yesterday.
The government should consider making an employment guarantee law to help eradicate poverty, said the chairman of Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) yesterday.
A joint committee, with representations from workers and owners, is now working on ensuring the payment of garment workers' dues, monthly salary, festival bonus and overtime bill before Eid-ul-Fitr.
Chinese mobile makers are upbeat on Bangladesh as a large segment of the low-income group is increasingly using the communication gadget.
Dhaka stocks ended the week with a big jump yesterday, as the shares of nearly all sectors rose.
US Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said on Thursday he could not have legally saved Lehman Brothers from bankruptcy and the firm's catastrophic failure in 2008 was a source of sadness.
Export-import activities through Sonamasjid land port resumed after a five-hour halt yesterday following a protest against the assault on an official of Sonamasjid-Panama port link Ltd in Chapainawabganj.
As per DSE listing regulations, the company's board meeting will be held on Sunday (at 4pm) to consider, among others, audited financial statements as of June 30, 2010.
Oil prices edged slightly down in Asian trade Thursday after soaring in New York the previous day on strong US manufacturing data, analysts said.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will be requested by home ministry to raise the issue of sending members of Ansar and Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) to United Nation's (UN) peacekeeping missions when she attends the UN's 65th general assembly next month.
A programme involving Tk 1,000 crore is set for generating employment opportunities for thousands of ultra poor all over the country.
Bangladesh Railway (BR) has undertaken a project to construct new railway lines from Kashiani to the grave of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Tungipara via Gopalganj.
A two-day long Geneva Dialogue on Climate Finance began here yesterday to form a new financial fund to face the adverse effects of the climate change.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has asked the ministries and departments concerned, city corporations and municipalities to beef up family planning programmes to control population boom in the country.
Bangladesh Inland Waterways (passenger carrier's) Association has decided to reduce launch fares by 10 per cent for passengers to travel on the deck ahead of the Eid.
At least 77 women were killed in various incidents and 44 women and children became victims of rape in August this year, says a report of Bangladesh Society for the Enforcement of Human Rights (BSEHR).
President Zillur Rahman yesterday emphasised the need for further boosting bilateral and commercial ties with the Maldives through exporting more Bangladeshi skilled and semi-skilled manpower there to help its public and private sectors.
Twelve civil society organisations at a press conference yesterday demanded that the government should cancel all World Bank (WB) and Asian Development Bank (ADB) loans in agriculture and education ministry projects, said a press release.
One day a dog bit his leg and took away a bit of his flesh while both were fighting for the same scrap of food from a dumpsite at one stage of collecting recyclable materials by the latter.
The Department of Environment (DoE) yesterday fined Tk 10.2 lakh to two dyeing factories under anti-environment pollution drive in Kalurghat and Nasirabad Industrial areas in the port city for polluting river Karnaphuli.
Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) Mayor M Manjur Alam yesterday said 20 standing committees of the CCC would look into irregularities or corruption took place in the past.
Sramik Karmachari Oikya Parishad (Skop) yesterday demanded that workers of ready-made garments and other industries be paid all their dues and overtime bills before the Eid-ul-Fitr, said a press release.
The United States Embassy will remain closed on September 5 and September 7 in observance of the US Labour Day and Shab-e-Quadr.
Construction of the bridge over the river Padma would start in January next year and is expected to be completed by 2013.
Deputy Inspector General of police Md Mukhlesur Rahman yesterday officially took over as the director general of Rapid Action Battalion at its headquarters in Kurmitola.
A Dhaka court yesterday framed charges against four members of banned Islamist outfit Hizb ut-Tahrir including its Chairman Mohiuddin Ahmed in connection with a case filed for plotting subversive and terrorist activities across the country.
The government yesterday, in association with two mobile phone operators launched early warning signal for flood on mobile phones, using cell broadcasts for the first time in the country.
Teachers have to work to help build a corruption-free, educated and developed Bangladesh, said National University Vice Chancellor Prof Kazi Shahidullah yesterday.
Police arrested six people, five of them women, with fake notes worth Tk 48,500 at Kunjachhaya Ananda Bazar in the port city on Monday.
An elderly woman was killed in a road accident on Wednesday night on Thakurgaon-Baliadangi road at Kalmegh village of Baliadangi upazila in Thakurgaon.
Today is the 112th birth anniversary of Abul Mansur Ahmad, a renowned litterateur, journalist and statesman of the sub-continent.
A Dhaka court yesterday rejected a five-day remand prayer for Rafiqul Islam Khan, Dhaka city unit chief of Jamaat-e-Islami and directed Detective Branch (DB) of police to interrogate him for two additional days at the prison gate in the case filed for torching a bus.
A 10-year-old boy, who used to hawk newspapers, died of injuries sustained after a bus hit him at Moghbazar level crossing in the capital yesterday.
Police on Wednesday night arrested a Chhatra League activist of Rajshahi University unit in connection with campus violence.
Wife of Nurul Islam, who was killed allegedly in firing by the Detective Branch (DB) of police at remote Alinagar village in Madhabpur upazila of Habiganj district on Sunday night, yesterday filed a case against four DB men and two alleged drug peddlers in connection with the killing.
Sylhet Agriculture University (SAU) yesterday punished nine Chhatra League (BCL) and seven Shibir men for unruly activities on the campus.
Khulna district Jail authorities have sent a list of nine war criminals, who were convicted under Collaborators Act and sentenced to the jail, to Internal War Crime Tribunal.
Acute crisis of green fodder in Teesta and Dharla river basin areas in Lalmonirhat district adds to the worry of flood-affected farmers, especially those who mainly depend on rearing domestic animals for livelihood.
Bodies of two young men were recovered from train and sugarcane field yesterday and the day before.
A committee led by Dimla sadar Union Parishad (UP) Chairman has allegedly misused 'food for work' resources to fill up a local pond without environment department's approval.
A shop belonging to a local leader of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), student wing of main opposition BNP, was captured allegedly by ruling party men on Wednesday.
Fourteen alleged collaborators of Pakistani occupation forces have been sued for killing, looting and setting fire to a house in Mongla upazila of Bagerhat district in 1971.
At least 21 more people are feared to be infected with anthrax at Bilgathua village in Daulatpur upazila of Kushtia yesterday.
Police arrested an underground operative at Shalonda village under Santhia upazila of Pabna district early yesterday. The arrestee Md Abdul Majid alias Driver Majid, 40, is a regional leader of Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-red flag), police said. Acting on a tip-off, police raided Shalonda village at around 3:00am and arrested Majid at a house. The officer-in-charge of santhia Police Station said the outlaw was wanted in 12 cases including one for murder. Police produced him in a court that sent him to jail.
A fisherman was killed by Royal Bengal Tiger near Bhimrulkhali in the Sundarbans on Wednesday. The dead is Nawsher Ali, 60, son of Abdul Jabbar of Jayakhali village in Shyamnagar upazila. Sources in Kaikhali forest office said Nawsher and two other went to the Sundarbans in the morning, taking pass from the forest office. When Nawsher was fishing in Dhanghora canal at around 11:30am, a tiger swooped on him and dragged him into the deep forest. Forest guards and local people recovered the body at around 2:00pm.
A prisoner died at Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital Tuesday afternoon. The prisoner, Julhas Miah, 40, of the city's Kadomtali area, was arrested on charge of drug peddling. He fell sick Tuesday noon and was immediately sent to the hospital where he died soon after admission. Jail officials quoted hospital sources as saying that Julhas died of cardiac arrest. Julash's body was handed over to his family
Forest guards arrested two poachers and recovered 38 kg venison from their possession at Sonatola village under Sharankhola upazila of Bagerhat district on Wednesday night. The arrestees are Nasir Hawlader, 32, son of Nehal Uddin Hawlader and Esharat Malik, 30, son of Amir Malik of the village.The arrestees were yesterday produced before a court that sent them to jail. Acting on a tip-off, forest guards conducted a drive at Sonatola village and arrested the two with 38 kg venison.
Indian Border Security Forces (BSF) handed over three Bangladeshis, who were in Indian jail for the last 29 months, to BDR on Wednesday.
Bangladesh is fast acquiring desert conditions due to destruction of our trees. When we travel on the highways of Chittagong-Cox's Bazar the heaps of logs piled near timber depots remind us of how fast we are destroying the work of nature by cutting down trees. No one bothers to plant trees in replacement.
Bangladesh Road Transport Authority launched a massive drive against 20 years old buses and 25 years old minibuses, trucks, vans etc. on 13 July. For unfit vehicles the deadline was 15 July. Everybody in Dhaka city hailed the drive. Nearly 1446 buses, 8125 trucks and 2365 minibuses were found totally unfit for plying on city roods.
Rural people, especially the unemployed youth and women, should be considered assets in national development. The present government could decide as a policy priority to outsource functions such as digitisation of land records, data entry operations, collation of local data, and local resource mapping to the information kiosks run by self-help and community interest groups with the support of civil society organisations. Upazila and Union Parishad institutions could use connectivity to provide accountable and transparent local governance.
Last week there was a spate of articles on Traffic Jams in The Daily Star. These articles contained many useful and practical solutions for managing traffic but unfortunately did not take the present situation of traffic, roads, controllers, commuters, flows, frequency and time into consideration. Without exception, they totally ignored and/or negated the role played by rickshaws and vans on Dhaka's roads today. This requires to be repeated once again.
I am deeply shocked by the news of 33 miners being trapped underground in northern Chile. Twenty-one days have passed and it is feared that it may take three to four months to free them.
I fully endorse the writer's views on the subject published in the columns of a daily on 26th August. There can be no protocol when we stand in any jamat to pray to Allah! For Allah all men and women are equal, and their ranking, if any, is only based on their piety, faith and character in life, and nothing else. Only the righteous among us, in words and deeds, rank high in His esteem for His creation!
Almost every alternate day a poor Bangladeshi is killed by the BSF (Border Security Force) of India. Despite flag meetings, inter-ministerial meetings, the killing continues unabated. As reported by the media most of these unfortunate people are either cattle traders or poor farmers, living far below poverty line. Bangladesh is all surrounded by India except for in the south. There is all probability that a Bangladeshi living in the border area may venture into India knowingly or unknowingly. In the event of such an incident the BSF can easily scare them off by firing blank shots into the air. Life is dear to everybody, I am sure no one would like to get killed in this manner.
It is unfortunate that for many years the nation's policy and decision makers were sitting idle and let Banani and Gulshan lakes to be slowly encroached and now the lakes' water has become dirty and polluted with garbage, water hyacinths and sewages.
The price of iftar items is so high all over the country which is very unethical. Where are the concerned authorities? They did not take any legal steps against the businessmen and the people involved in this. We hope that appropriate steps would be taken so that people can get rid of this situation.
Alarmingly enough, Myanmar nationals are obtaining Bangladeshi passports by concealing their real identity as well as address and going abroad. These people are endangering our labour market abroad and besmirching our national image indulging themselves in illegal activities over there. Proper investigation should be done to track down the culprits responsible for giving Bangladeshi passports to wrong hands. To the best of my knowledge passport authorities across the country issue passports on getting positive police report conducted by SB branch of police and No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the authorities concerned in case of government employees. May be bribe tampers the process of police investigation or NOC issuance. But by no way passport authorities can issue passports without such apposite investigation report or authentication reports. Anything contrary to the rules, if ever happens, should be meted with due punishment.
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Israeli and Palestinian leaders have launched a new round of peace negotiations, holding their first direct talks in nearly two years at a US-sponsored summit in Washington DC.
Relief efforts in flood-ravaged Pakistan are being stretched by the "unprecedented scale" of the disaster, with the flow of international aid almost at a standstill, the UN said yesterday.
An apparent air strike by foreign forces killed 10 election campaign workers in Afghanistan's north yesterday, a government spokesman said, and Nato-led forces said they were investigating the incident.
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard won the support of a key independent MP yesterday, leaving her close to breaking the worst political deadlock in decades after elections failed to produce a winner.
US Defence Secretary Robert Gates arrived in Kabul yesterday on a surprise visit following a trip to Iraq, where he attended ceremonies to mark the formal end of the American combat mission there.
The Islamist Hamas movement vowed yesterday to press a campaign of attacks against Israelis, hours ahead of the relaunch of direct peace talks in Washington.
Over 100 workers have died during the construction of the metro railway in the Indian capital, Delhi, according to a submission by the metro authorities.
The death toll from suicide attacks that targeted a busy procession in Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore rose to 31 yesterday as six people succumbed to their injuries, officials said.
German General Egon Ramms, chief of operations of Nato-led forces in Afghanistan, criticised yesterday Afghan President Hamid Karzai for failing to support Nato forces in the war against the Taliban.
Discovery Channel HQ hostages freed as gunman was shot dead.
The United States has designated the Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP), or Pakistani Taliban, linked to the botched Times Square bombing attempt by a Pakistani American, as a Foreign Terrorist Organization.
There is no place for God in theories on the creation of the Universe, Professor Stephen Hawking has said.
Arts & Entertainment
Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts is holding an exhibition, titled “Apparitions and Cinegraphies”, featuring images by French photographer Jean-Philippe Pernot.
On the occasion of Janmashtami, the birth anniversary of Lord Sri Krishna, a colourful procession was brought out in the district town on September 1. The procession, joined by hundreds of devotees, attired as deities in the ancient Hindu pantheon, attracted many enthusiastic onlookers.
Drik Picture Library is celebrating its 21st anniversary on September 4 with a special programme, according to a press release. The celebration features lectures, photography and poster exhibition.
There was a time when Chittagong's theatre scene was vibrant and was admired for its distinguishing characteristics and unique style throughout the country. Although it has lost some of its glory, theatre in Chittagong is still up and running. Group Theatre Federation has been in action in Chittagong since 1973. A total of 29 groups are currently registered with the federation, of which some 10/12 are more active than others.
Actress Tannishtha Chatterjee, who earned plaudits playing the role of a Bangladeshi woman in “Brick Lane”, has become synonymous with arthouse cinema, but she is game for mainstream Bollywood films and wants more and more female directors to call the shots.
If a cat has nine lives, Hussein Muhammad Ershad has many more, because the former military dictator-cum-born-again-populist is back in the news. He has an enviable way of making it happen, perhaps the only living politician in this country who is comparable to Harry Houdini, the legendary magician, who specialised in tricks and escapes.
This month marks the second anniversary of September 15, 2008, a date that will be remembered as one of the worst moments in the history of the global economy. On that day US investment bank Lehman Brothers collapsed, triggering a major financial crisis and dramatically worsening a worldwide recession whose effects are still being felt.
IF we look at today's world scenario, surely women and children's condition is one of the measurement indices of good governance. The World Bank defines governance as the exercise of political authority and the use of institutional resources to manage society's problems and affairs. Peace and security, rule of law, human rights and participation, sustainable development, and human development are also considered by the new World Governance Index (WGI) to be pertinent indicators of good governance.
I have just finished watching a football match on the television, in which Atletico de Madrid (Real Madrid's rival in Madrid) smashed the long-cherished hopes of Italy's most important soccer team, Inter, to add the title of the champion of the European Super-cup to its string of recent successes in Italian soccer. It also confirmed my belief that Spain has, for now, become the king of the world of sports.
I recently visited an old cinema I hadn't been to for years. The scene reminded me of a true story. An announcement about a movie called Conan the Barbarian landed on the desk of the local newspaper's sub-editor.
Dual-SIM mobile handsets are gaining a strong hold in the local cell phone market ahead of Eid -- thanks to its growing availability and relatively lower prices.
Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC) and Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS) jointly organised a 'Job Placement Fair for BCC Interns (9th Batch) 2010' on August 28.
Spotlight on special prize winner in 'e-game category'
With the aim of building a better gaming community in Bangladesh, bdplay.com, is one of the newest gaming site out there with many different options such as games, information, forum, downloads and many more.
Apple has launched a music-centered social network at iTunes and unveiled slick new iPod and Apple TV gadgets that promised to win the iconic company more devotees.
Dell on Wednesday announced launching of its first state of art showroom -Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Bangladesh in collaboration with Express Systems Ltd (ESL).