News of: Friday, 8th of October, 2010
It is Ashwin in Bangla calendar, officially autumn in Bangladesh and usually the season of benign sunlight. And so it happened for generations.
The highest authority of the then BNP-Jamaat-led government was aware about the seizure of 10-truckload of arms and ammunition at the Chittagong Urea Fertilizer Ltd (CUFL) Jetty on April 02, 2004.
Efforts by successive governments to make the local government bodies vibrant and fully functional through necessary reforms remain confined mainly to formation of commissions to that end.
Heavy rainfall and tidal surge influenced by the low in the Bay of Bengal have inundated many districts and chars in the coastal belt.
The government yesterday lifted the month-long anthrax red alert, claiming the situation is under control following effective measures taken by the authorities.
US First Lady Michelle Obama shot up 40 places on this year's Forbes magazine list of powerful women to claim the top spot, replacing German leader Angela Merkel.
A Pabna court issued a show cause notice to the district's civil surgeon yesterday after a jobseeker filed a case against the official for violating the freedom fighters' family quota in hiring office staff.
In a clarification, the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) contested a report published in this paper on September 3, 2010 headlined “Buriganga River Sand traders offer free dredging”.
Hajj flights of Biman Bangladesh Airlines begin tonight with a Boeing-747 carrying 477 pilgrims to Saudi Arabia.
The High Court (HC) yesterday exempted Election Commissioner Muhammed Sohul Hussain from personal appearance before this court in connection with a contempt of court petition.
A ward level Jubo League leader was allegedly beaten to death by a group of local Bangladesh Chhatra League activists in a row over tender bidding in the city's Moghbazar yesterday.
Two mobile courts yesterday fined five warehouses Tk 9.4 lakh for storing inflammable chemicals at Tipu Sultan Road, Lalbagh and Bangabandhu Avenue in the city without obtaining licence from the fire brigade.
The government is going to carry out the 5th Population and Housing Census from March 15 to 19 next year, using digital technology for the first time.
Police worship power instead of serving common people in the countries like Bangladesh, said Kiran Bedi, a Ramon Magsaysay awardee and internationally renowned prison reformer from India, to the reporters yesterday.
The Wednesday's chemical factory fire in Dakkhin (South) Jatrabari claimed two more lives.
The grisly BDR mutiny at Pilkhana would not have taken place had the border guards on duty at the Central Quarter Guard not allowed the rebel soldiers in, and given away the keys of the armouries to them.
Peruvian Mario Vargas Llosa, one of the most acclaimed writers in the Spanish-speaking world who once ran for president in his homeland, won the 2010 Nobel Prize in literature yesterday.
Sri Lanka's ex-army chief and opposition leader Sarath Fonseka has lost his seat in parliament following his conviction by a military court, an official said yesterday.
THE enactment of the Domestic Violence (Protection and Prevention) Bill 2010 into law by the Jatiyo Sangsad is a measure of how seriously the nation takes the issue of violence in the home. For decades altogether, violence in the household, owing fundamentally to the male-dominated social structure in Bangladesh, has been a sad feature of life for countless women and children. And yet there have not been any outlets, at least up to this point, for the victims of such violence to take measures to prevent their falling prey to mental and physical torture. The absence of relevant laws to ensure the dignity of women and children within the confines of families was felt acutely. In recent years, however, the rise of social organisations, including a very significant number of women's bodies, and their spirited campaign to ensure safety in the home for women and children has emphasised the point that without women and children feeling secure within their families, it will be difficult for society to reach its cherished goals of advancement.
TUESDAY'S inferno at a Jatrabari chemical factory that claimed seven lives including critical burn injury to four is yet another instance of how insensitive we are as a people towards human life. It appears, the devastating Nimtoli blaze and some similar cases of smaller fires that followed were not enough to bring either the authorities concerned, or the operators of these factories dealing with flammable substances to their senses. And it is this inexplicable collective indifference to the gaping problem that has been responsible for the latest lethal fire at Jatrabari.
In weather like yesterday's when most people want to curl up under a blanket at home, the Tigers resisted the temptation unlike their New Zealand counterparts and held a practice session in the indoor stadium at Mirpur ahead of the today's second one-dayer of the five-match series.
He might not have timed his best, but there was something to cheer about for Shahjahan Ali Rony as the 2006 South Asian Games gold medal-winning swimmer first qualified and then was eliminated from the 50m breaststroke semifinals in the XIX Commonwealth Games at the Dr SP Mukherjee Swimming Complex here yesterday.
Allegations of player poaching ruled the transfers talk as traditional powerhouse Mohammedan Sporting Club and challengers Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra completed their registration formalities of local players on the last day of local players' bourse at the Bangladesh Football Federation House yesterday.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) had to work very hard to convince Shakib Al Hasan to lead the team in today's second one-dayer of the five-match series at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.
After the problems of snakes, dengue and insects, the athletes' village of the XIX Commonwealth Games is facing another civic problem as condoms are clogging toilets at the apartments. However, this time the athletes themselves are to blame.
Md Hafizur Rahman became runners-up in the 26th Handi-marathon in Japan, a wheelchair run competition for persons with disability.
The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) were desperately looking for a solvent sponsor after mobile operator Citycell abandoned them, and it seems they have found even a better partner.
Northern Ireland are plotting another ambush as they seek to add Italy's name to the list of high-profile footballing nations who have been beaten at Windsor Park here on Friday.
Having managed to avoid major mishaps in their opening Euro 2012 qualifiers, the challenge facing Europe's top sides is to sustain their momentum as injuries and other distractions begin to surface.
Germany coach Joachim Loew has admitted he is wary of Turkey ahead of Friday's Euro 2012 qualifier and compared Guus Hiddink's side to Bundesliga surprise package Mainz.
Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi says he is ready to strut his stuff in Argentina's friendly against Japan on Friday, which could prove crucial to the future of caretaker coach Sergio Batista.
Liverpool's board of directors agreed Wednesday to sell the English football giants to the owner of the Boston Red Sox baseball team, despite fierce opposition from the club's current American owners.
Goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer was the big winner at the 2010 Australian Football Awards ceremony in Sydney on Thursday.
Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo says the Spain's top division is no longer a two-horse race and the club will have to work hard to achieve anything this season.
It will be a battle between Europe and the Rest of the World when the two-day Rover Cup, Bangladesh's annual equivalent of the Ryder Cup, kicks off at the Kurmitola Golf Club today.
Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki claimed the world number one ranking on Thursday when she breezed into the quarterfinals of the China Open, dethroning American tennis superstar Serena Williams.
Jamaica's Lerone Clarke made the most of Usain Bolt's absence to claim the Commonwealth Games 100m gold on Thursday while Australia's Sally Pearson controversially powered to the women's crown.
Bangladesh have been pitted along with Uzbekistan, United Arab Emirates and Hong Kong in Group E in the football event of the 16th Asian Games which will be held from November 7 to 25 in the Guangzhou province of China.
The tournament committee yesterday postponed the ongoing 12th National Cricket League due to inclement weather and unfavourable forecast across the country for the next few days.
Japan beat Bangladesh Police 23-8 with two creditable 'lonas' in the opening match of the Meizan International Club Cup Kabaddi that began yesterday at the Kabaddi Stadium in Paltan.
Indian batting icon Sachin Tendulkar, who on Wednesday won the ICC Cricketer-of-the-Year award, credited his and the cricket team's recent success to the efforts put in by coach Gary Kirsten.
Pakistan on Thursday left out former captain Shoaib Malik from their 15-man squad and also delayed naming a captain for their neutral venue series against South Africa starting later this month.
Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Claude Makelele has pressed charges against a former girlfriend following an altercation between the pair, police sources revealed on Thursday.
The Securities and Exchange Commisson (SEC) has come under criticism for Monday's quirky decision to delist a number of important companies from the bourses and put them on the over-the-counter (OTC) market -- only to reverse the decision overnight.
Bangladesh is enjoying the benefits of the EU decision to withdraw zero-tariff from Sri Lanka, among other factors now boosting garment exports.
The International Monetary Fund in its latest economic outlook has projected Bangladesh's economic growth at 6.3 percent for the current fiscal year, higher by 0.5 percentage point than last year.
Bharti Airtel, the latest entrant to Bangladesh's telecom market, has inked a deal with global network service
The last date for the submission of tax returns ended yesterday as the government refused to extend the
Logitech International SA showed off on Wednesday its $300 set-top box for the soon-to-be-launched Google TV, the first glimpse of what the Web search giant's holiday-season television-streaming product will look like.
Bangladesh, despite being a low-income small economy, retained firm footing on sustained growth path during and after the global crisis, thanks to prudent domestic economic management, the central bank governor has said.
The International Monetary Fund on Thursday sought to head off a battle over currency values and restore global economic cooperation strained by an uneven recovery from the financial crisis.
Bangladesh's microfinanciers could "step in to fill the gap" left by the government's limited ability and market's failures to bring healthcare services to the people, a leading health economist said yesterday.
Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) and Spanish retail giant Inditex have jointly opened a testing laboratory at the BGMEA office in Dhaka to conduct chemical and dye tests of exportable clothing items.
General Motors recalled 3,996 Cadillac SRX sport utility vehicles in the United States and China Thursday because of a defect which could cause a fire in the engine.
Bay Leasing and Investment Ltd has appointed Iftekhar Ali Khan as its managing director recently, says a statement.
Shares in Indonesian noodle maker Indofood Consumer Branded Products (ICBP) soared on its debut Thursday after last month's massively oversubscribed initial public offering, dealers said.
Shares in French auto group Renault rose sharply on Thursday on news the company had sold most of its holding in Swedish truck maker Volvo AB for about 3.0 billion euros (4.1 billion dollars), reducing its debt.
Weather permitting the second one-dayer between Bangladesh and New Zealand will take place at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur today.
A sharper-than-expected drop in US gasoline and distillate inventories pushed up oil prices in Asian trade Thursday.
FIRST SECURITY ISLAMI BANK
The SEC has approved the rights offer of the bank for 5.06 crore ordinary shares of Tk 10 each at par totalling Tk 50.60 crore only at a ratio of 1R: 5 (one rights share for existing five shares). The approval has been accorded subject to the condition that the bank shall comply with the requirements embodied in the Securities and Exchange Commission (rights issue) Rules, 2006 and other relevant laws and regulatory requirements.
Prime Minister and Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina will exchange views with her grassroots level leaders to bring coordination among the rank and file of the party and diminish the existing gap between the government and the party.
Terming the debate over amendment of the constitution "unnecessary," Workers Party of Bangladesh President Rashed Khan Menon MP yesterday said only the parliament has the authority to amend it.
The government has increased 50 more seats at a public medical college from 2010-2011 academic sessions to provide meritorious students a scope to study medicine.
Police will raid trains across the country seven days a month to check smuggling, especially drugs, on rail routes.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the government would not tolerate any negligence in Hajj management.
Proper and regular hand washing could halve diarrhoeal deaths of under-five children in Bangladesh.
The government has framed the Power and Energy Fast Supply Enhancement (Special Provision) Act, 2010 with a view to taking quick steps to address the power crisis in the country.
Thirteen-year-old Tumpa, a domestic help of the city's Mohammadpur, wants to run own boutique shop to be self-reliant as she has learned the skills in a training programme.
Two motorcyclists were killed in a road accident on Jhenidah-Kushtia highway near Srirampur village at Shailokupa upazila in Jhenidah on Wednesday night.
A man was stabbed to death at Shyambazar in Sutrapur of Old Dhaka early yesterday by two unidentified assailants.
The newly introduced online process to enrol students in the admission tests for first year honours courses at Dhaka University is running successfully, said Vice-Chancellor Prof AAMS Arefin Siddique yesterday.
Dhaka University authorities identified a fake student in the department of mathematics and handed him over to police yesterday.
The High Court (HC) in a verdict yesterday directed the kazis (marriage registrars) to examine birth certificates of girls before registering their marriages, so that child marriage cannot take place in the country.
Speakers at a discussion meeting on Tuesday stressed the need for effective measures to conserve and protect the heritage and archaeological sites in the country.
The admission test of honours courses of Chittagong University for the 2010-2011 session started yesterday.
A legal notice was served yesterday on the authorities concerned for the cancellation of parliamentary membership of BNP lawmaker Md Mozahar Ali Prodhan for providing false information to the Election Commission (EC).
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina from her welfare fund donated Tk 5 lakh in aid of 'Pop Guru' and valiant freedom fighter Azam Khan, who has been suffering from oral cancer.
Journalists in the port city will observe the programmes of roadblock and sit-in on October 13 at Jakir Hossain road crossing to press home their demand for implementation of the 7th Wage Board Award in the Daily Purbokone.
Qulkhwani of Md Aminul Alam, a BRAC governing body member and executive director of international programme, will be held at the BRAC centre at Mohakhali in the city around 5:00pm.
Huge quantity of orchard-based agricultural products and different fruits produced in the forest rot every year as there is no agriculture-based industry or processing zone in Madhupur upazila.
Thirty of the 37 government high schools in Rajshahi division have been running without any regular headmaster for long, much to the hampering of academic and administrative activities of the institutions.
Affected potato farmers yesterday warned of launching an indefinite road blockade programme if authorities of Uttara Himghar Ltd, a cold storage at Boroil village under Dinajpur Sadar upazila fail to give them compensation for rotting of their potatoes within Sunday.
Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) men cut tendon of a BCL activist's leg and stabbed another activist in the city's Shibganj area on Wednesday night.
Sylhet Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal Judge Muhammad Mahbub Ul Islam yesterday fixed October 12 for argument in the cases filed after grenade attack on a rally of AL leader Suranjit Sengupta MP in Sunamganj in 2004.
Khulna Baro Bazar businessmen called off their indefinite strike yesterday following a meeting with handling workers with Businessmen's Alliance Committee (BAC) Convenor Kazi Aminul Hug in the chair.
At least six cases were filed with Bagha Police Station against 116 people in connection with the clashes between two factions of local AL unit on Tuesday and Wednesday.
What should be the right approach to the development projects in the public sector by the succeeding elected regimes, especially in the developing countries? In Bangladesh, is the approach in the right direction, and the right attitude? There is a tendency to go for mega projects, and mega publicity. In the LDCs, political governance is conducted on the front stage, not in the background, and it is noisy and loudspeaker based.
From its origin cricket has been tagged as the game of the kings. The aristocrats have enjoyed it for centuries. But as time passed it has been adopted by the wider society. The gradual rise in popularity has transformed cricket from a royal pastime to a highly professional sport. What makes cricket such a distinguished sport is its very nature.
Some news reports published recently in the leading dailies of our country shows that a very large group of wholesale fruits traders all over the country are using dangerous chemicals to ripen local fruits like -- bananas, mangoes, litchis, guavas, pineapples, oranges, etc. People are buying and eating these fruits daily without being aware of the problems it would cause them. It is feared that a very large number of our population have already been badly affected.
WASA had undertaken three months ago a project to set up a deep tube-well at a place on Gulshan West Lake side following demand of the local residents and Gulshan Society. The deep tube-well was supposed to be commissioned within, at best, 45 days. Former President and local MP H.M. Ershad laid the foundation of the project on July 1 in the presence of local residents, and the concerned WASA officials assured that the sufferings of the Gulshan people due to shortage of water supply would be over as soon as the deep tube-well was put into commission. The concerned engineers were of the view that the pump could hopefully be able to supply water before Ramadan (11 August). That didn't happen even after three months. Rather the situation has worsened with time.
Your staff correspondent's report published on 3rd October of alleged maltreatment by Russian officials of a Bangladeshi is a very serious matter. As the concerned officials responsible for the alleged cruelty and torture have been named, it is a very direct accusation, and our authorities cannot ignore the matter. However, one part of the report is not clear. The victim states that he failed to lodge a police complaint in Moscow, as the police stations there did not accept it! Nothing was said about his effort to contact our embassy in Moscow. This is an important part which was not provided in the report.
I completely agree with Mr. Nokib-E-Kibria (Toronto, Canada, 29th September) that the traffic condition in our country is deplorable. It takes laborious hours for students just to reach the schools, colleges and universities, and when it comes to facing quizzes and exams, the situation gets worse as no one can make it on time. The office employees who cannot afford any other expensive means of transportation end up going for the cheaper commutation means such as public buses. Hour after hour commuters have to stand in a long queue at the bus stand in the anticipation that their desired buses would come to pick them up. But those buses, too, get stuck in the jam en route.
The working children of Bangladesh perform in many different capacities - as domestic workers, garage helpers, and factory workers, porters in railway stations and markets in hazardous conditions. Many boys and girls do not have access to education and they are doing low-pay works that further binds them into the cycle of poverty. The picture is especially miserable for children living in urban slums.
A good teacher should not only have good academic qualifications but also a good teaching style. Nowadays, teachers are not sincere, dutiful and punctual. Not only that, they don't even have good academic qualification. At the university level, most of the teachers are being appointed on the basis of political consideration. Seeing this immoral recruitment process, many of the meritorious students are leaving the country.
A lot of time has been wasted in planning and arranging funds to develop city roads. Strict action should be taken against the drivers who drive recklessly. The best way to stop reckless driving is to set up speed-breakers on all city roads. It will not cost much. And the govt. should also set up RAB /police check posts to check suspicious movement of vehicles. The authorities concerned should immediately set up speed-breakers especially at four-way roads. These areas are prone to fatal accidents due to speedy movement of buses. We don't want to lose our lives in road accidents. We want to return home alive, and not as dead bodies.
Different forums work in our country on child rights. Recently a Child Parliament Session entitled "Education and Good Governance" was arranged by Save the Children, Australia, which brought to light some important issues. Child parliamentarians from 64 districts took part in the session. Local children came out with various proposals on different issues like facilities at schools, transport problem, private tuition, and so on. Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid was present at the session and listened to the children. It is good news for us that our children can raise their voices to establish their own rights.
Sometimes what a news item cannot say, a cartoon can depict it more completely (DS: 22.09.10). We should be thankful to the Health Adviser for telling the truth, what some other ministers or advisors prefer to hide. So, why do we blame our health adviser? He should be thanked for his honesty instead!
The Daily Star carried a front-page news on 30 Sept captioned “Reception at airport, sufferings on road.” This is not new in our country. The leaders of the third world countries never learn from history. As soon as they assume power, they forget the past, they forget what happened to their immediate predecessors.
Extortion means compelling someone to pay a particular amount of money, or taking away a particular amount of money forcefully from someone. Extortion is a crime and we the city people face this in several forms.
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Arts & Entertainment
The 14th Asian Art Biennale 2010 begins today. As part of the festival, exhibitions will be held simultaneously at two venues -- National Art Gallery of Bangladesh Shillpakala Academy (BSA) and Osmani Memorial Hall. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the event at Osmani Memorial Hall today at 10 am.
Model and actress Nusrat Imroz Tisha has been a familiar face to the TV viewers for a while, but her biggest claim to fame has been her critically acclaimed and audience-admired performance in Mostofa Sarwar Farooki's film “Third Person Singular Number”. The film has been selected as the Bangladeshi entry for the 83rd Academy Awards and will compete in the Best Foreign Language Film segment. She recently tied the knot with Farooki. Tisha became active in dancing, singing and recitation when she was very young, and earned a gold medal in the nationwide talent hunt “Notun Kuri” for her dancing skills in 1995. Since her introduction on TV through the play “Shat Poure Kabbo”, it has been a remarkable ride for the talented Tisha. The actress was on the hot seat at DS Café last week and responded to fans’ phone calls. Highlights from the session:
‘SM Solaiman Motivation Scholarship', conferred by Theatre Art Unit, will be presented today (October 8) at Experimental Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA), according to a press release.
A daylong 'Kishore-Kishori (adolescent boys and girls) Mela' was held in Tangail last Wednesday to generate public awareness on the need for psychological and physical development of adolescents.
With Durga Puja around the corner, the idol-makers of Pabna are a busy lot.
The cast of US TV show “Glee” have beaten The Beatles' record for the most appearances in the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart by a non-solo act.
NOW you see it, now you don't. One week the government officers in Pabna cry in front of reporters. Another week the prime minister's adviser denies those men ever shed any tears. So what do we make of those tearful faces we saw in the news? The honourable advisor has a plausible theory to tide us over. Those images were cooked up to embarrass the government, he said. In the same breath he also claimed it was the media which played up the whole thing.
THE extreme poor in Bangladesh are still to be meaningfully reached by government services and NGO poverty programmes. Despite the existence of some social protection provisions, which are specifically designed for them (such as the Vulnerable Group Development cards), the majority of extreme poor survive through informal sources of support from family and neighbours.
DELHI has been in security jitters over the past couple of weeks. First, to provide security to foreign dignitaries and thousands of athletes attending the Commonwealth Games, and second, the Allahabad High Court delivered on September 30, the long awaited verdict on ownership of Babri Mosque site, which had the potential of causing a communal flare-up.
THE name "Anthrax'"comes from the Greek word for coal because of the black skin lesion developed by the victims with cutaneous anthrax infection. Anthrax is an acute disease caused by the bacteria Bacillus anthracis. Bacillus anthracis is a rod-shaped, gr.positive aerobic bacteria.
Sumon's merely six-month-old notebook computer often gets alarmingly slower while working with several high-end software at the same time.
HP has introduced its first HP ProLiant MicroServer in the country, says a press release.
Facebook has unveiled tools to give users more control over personal information and let them set up cliques of friends, as the world's No.1 social network tries to protect its lead from a growing challenge by Google Inc.
A Microsoft slate to counter Apple's popular iPad tablet computer will be seen by the Christmas holiday, Microsoft's Chief Executive Steve Ballmer said on Tuesday.
Google has denied Oracle's complaint of copyright infringement in development of Android smartphone software and asked a US court to dismiss Oracle's lawsuit, court documents showed.
President Barack Obama is upset over a rash of intelligence leaks in Washington, the US intelligence chief said on Wednesday, excoriating officials who "get their jollies" from talking to reporters.
The toxic red sludge that burst out of a metals plant reservoir and inundated three villages reached the mighty Danube yesterday, but a Hungarian emergency official said no immediate damage was evident on Europe's second-longest river.
A commission investigating the response to the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has strongly criticised the White House in a number of areas.
Saturn's rings might have formed when a large moon with an icy mantle and rocky core spiralled into the nascent planet.
A Saudi prince accused of killing his servant admits manslaughter but denies murder and a separate count of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.
Pakistan said yesterday it has not decided when to reopen a key border crossing Nato uses to ship supplies to Afghanistan despite a US apology for a helicopter attack that killed two Pakistani soldiers.
Desmond Tutu officially began his retirement yesterday, bringing the curtain down on a career that saw him win a Nobel Peace Prize for battling apartheid before emerging as South Africa's conscience.