News of: Friday, 22nd of October, 2010
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The statement Dr Abul Khair Chowdhury of Directorate of Drug Administration (DDA) gave in court on Wednesday is a glaring example of the authorities' neglect and an existing nexus between dishonest officials and drug adulterators.
The committee formed by Bangladesh Railway to investigate the October 11 Sirajganj incidents has identified construction of podium for a BNP rally in risky proximity of rail line as the main cause of the accident that claimed five lives.
News media editors and senior journalists yesterday called for bolstering ethical practices in the field, saying the media has to play its due role in strengthening democracy, although money has started influencing it, and some politicians are attacking it viciously.
Over 3 crore children of Bangladesh live below the poverty line, said the Unicef yesterday urging the government to raise the allocation for the disadvantaged.
Bangladesh's health sector will have to spend at least 2.08 billion US dollars to tackle the probable consequences of climate change the country may face over the period from 2010 to 2021.
Facing the wrath of stalkers for protesting stalking, college teacher Mizanur Rahman of Natore was lying clinically dead on a bed of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Hospital yesterday.
Biman yesterday warned pilots of legal action for their ultimatum to force the national carrier to provide them with benefits during the extended retirement period.
Maj Gen Abul Kalam Azad, director general of Directorate of Drug Administration, yesterday said journalists are not authorised to talk to him.
The deep depression over east central Bay and adjoining northeast Bay moved slightly northwards and intensified into cyclonic storm “Giri” over the same area.
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is unaware about the statistics of the country's new population figure revealed by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) in Dhaka on Wednesday, highly placed sources said yesterday.
Former NSI chief Rezzaqul Haider has told CID that former state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar assigned him to handover the 10-truck arms to United Liberation Front of Asom (Ulfa) on Sherpur border.
Commerce Secretary Ghulam Husain has lined up with private sector stakeholders in criticising successive governments of the country for their failure in facilitating trade and reducing cost of business.
A special BDR court yesterday completed framing charges against 622 accused jawans for links to the mutiny at the Pilkhana BDR headquarters.
A combined MBBS admission test for both the public and private medical colleges is going to be held today for the first time.
A female student of a private university was stabbed to death allegedly by her friend in Amirbagh area of the port city yesterday.
Fatullah Model Police Station yesterday finally recorded a rape case, three days after a 16-year-old mentally challenged girl was violated at Bhuiyanbag in the town.
Police recovered a body of a teenage boy from capital's Sabujbagh early yesterday.
A parliamentary body yesterday recommended devising a new defence procurement policy to ensure transparency, accountability and speed up the procurement process in armed forces that involves huge public money.
Military-ruled Myanmar unveiled a new national flag yesterday, just two weeks before an election that the government calls a major step in a transition to democracy but critics say is a sham.
The body of Japanese national Kazuko Uful, who died on October 18 mysteriously, was taken to the capital's Apollo Hospitals mortuary yesterday after autopsy at Dhaka Medical College Morgue.
A very senior lawyer and one whose comments and views receive a lot of public attention, recently made some serious allegations against our High Court. For far less critical comments we in the media would have been hauled up for contempt, but that is a different matter, about which we reserve the right to talk another day.
The revelations made by the latest UNFPA report are a very good reason why the government and indeed informed sections of society must sit up and take notice. Population-wise, in a country of slightly more than 54,000 square miles we now have 16.44crore (or close to 161 million) people. It is clearly a stunning discovery, coming at a time when we thought population growth had tapered off and the nation could now go ahead in identifying the various ways by which the quality of life could be improved. Our surprise comes in knowing that where the census of 2001 spoke of the population being 12.43crore, this jump by 4crore in just a decade is an unmistakable sign of how and where the national effort toward family planning and population control may have gone awry. The prospect of further rise in another decade or two at the current unbridled rate is simply a nightmare.
Brothers Union became the first team to reach the last four of the 23rd Grameenphone Federation Cup when they blanked defending champions Mohammedan Sporting Club 2-0 thanks to yet another mesmerising performance from their Brazilian recruit Everton under lights at the Birshreshtha Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.
Without any doubt the historic series victory against New Zealand pleased Bangladesh coach Jamie Siddons the most. Nothing could have been better for a mentor than gaining from this stupendous success before the World Cup campaign. But in no way the team think-tank can be complacent with the success because there are still some areas they must focus on to keep the momentum going.
Samuel Eto'o struck twice in a 4-3 win for Champions League holders Inter Milan as they survived a thrilling Tottenham Hotspur revival on Wednesday while Nani lifted the Rooney gloom at Manchester United.
Lionel Messi's seemingly endless love affair with the Champions League continued with another virtuoso two-goal performance on Wednesday for Barcelona.
Spanish striker Raul made history on Wed-nesday as Bundesliga strugglers Schalke 04 kept up their Champions League hopes of a place in the Round of 16 with a 3-1 win over Hapoel Tel Aviv.
Pakistan's former captain Younis Khan said Thursday he wanted to move on from bitter troubles this year and rebuild his career, after winning back a place in the national team.
The Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) said on Thursday it needed time to "absorb" FIFA's decision to suspend two of its most senior officials over an alleged World Cup vote-selling scandal.
In a series that ends in a whitewash, one would expect there to be a considerable difference between the number of runs each side scored from their respective batting Powerplays. It makes sense that the winning team would dominate in that particular department. What one may not expect to find is that this difference would be in favor of the team on the receiving end of what in all other aspects, was a hiding.
Manchester United stars have reacted to Wayne Rooney's shock revelation that he wants to leave Old Trafford by insisting they can cope without the England striker.
Shooter Abdullah Hel Baki will carry the Bangladesh flag in the march past of the opening ceremony in the 16th Asian Games, scheduled to be held in Guangzhou, China over November 12-27.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was to hold a crisis meeting with club officials here Thursday, seeking a swift end to the saga of Wayne Rooney's departure.
Bangladesh have been drawn in Group A in the 2011 AFC Challenge Cup qualifiers along with Myanmar, Palestine and the winners of play-off between Philippines and Mongolia.
Virat Kohli, who starred in India's five-wicket win on Wednesday, said he was under pressure to perform and the 118 against Australia would certainly give him a lot of confidence.
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni praised the batting department for scripting a five-wicket win over Australia in the second ODI, which also helped the hosts take an unassailable 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
The 5th National Games of the Special Olympics will begin today at the BKSP in Savar.
The South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) has decided to hold the first-ever Club Championship two months before staging the SAFF Championship next year.
Russia won the women's team title for the first time at the World Gymnastics Championships here on Wednesday.
Bhorer Sathi Club defeated Soukhin Sporting Club by 1-0 goal in the opening match of the Second Division Football League at the Shaheed Miraz-Tapan Stadium here Thursday.
Newcastle striker Andy Carroll had his new car torched outside the home of team-mate Kevin Nolan just three days after a court appearance on assault charges.
The South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) has decided to hold the first-ever Club Championship two months before staging the SAFF Championship next year.
Bangladesh Jail became First Division Kabaddi League champions after their 44-28 win over Maniknagar at the Kabaddi Stadium yesterday.
John Terry admits Wayne Rooney would be the ideal signing for Chelsea if the unsettled Manchester United striker is allowed to quit Old Trafford.
Companies with Tk 18 crore in minimum paid-up capital will be allowed to go public, according to new rules set by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday.
Citi Foundation yesterday launched the Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards programme to recognise and honour leadership, entrepreneurial skills and best practices of individual micro-entre-preneurs in Bangladesh.
Bangladesh will demand a separate quota for raw cotton from India to ensure the item's adequate supply for the readymade garment sector, the prime foreign exchange earner.
A spike in the prices of yarn and fabrics has put small and medium fashion boutiques in a tight corner, as their production costs are rising.
The government has been working to find ways of cutting the income inequality, said the finance minister yesterday.
After a short spell of stagnation due to global recession, Bangladesh's exports of RMG products is surging again to the US market.
G20 nations will pledge to "refrain from competitive undervaluation" of their currencies, according to a draft statement before a weekend meeting of finance ministers.
Consumer complaints and dispute handling centres should be set up at upazila and district levels to create awareness among consumers about the qualitative standard of products and services, and to provide legal support to the cheated consumers, stakeholders suggested yesterday.
A 16-member delegation of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) left for India yesterday to discuss bilateral trade.
The traditional council of Nongtrai village in the Indian state of Meghalaya, where Lafarge's limestone mining project is located, has extended no objection to the French cement giant.
Bangladesh Bank's housing refinance scheme will get an additional Tk 57 crore to adjust the excess credit already disbursed by banks and other financial institutions.
Criticism is mounting of a deal to water down ambitious EU plans to hammer states that live beyond their means, led by unusually stern objections from the European Central Bank.
China said Thursday its economy grew at a slower but still robust pace in the third quarter, which according to analyts showed that efforts to steer the country toward more sustainable growth were working.
World oil prices fell on Thursday as traders took profits from a rally the day before, analysts said.
LGRD and Cooperatives Minster Syed Ashraful Islam urged the Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) to explore new revenue sources for increasing its own income to implement more development projects.
The main opposition BNP yesterday announced that it will prepare a list of its leaders and activists who have been killed and injured during this Awami League-led grand alliance government.
President Zillur Rahman yesterday stressed on projecting work and contributions of Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib, wife of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, before the new generation and encourage them to do noble work imbued with patriotism.
Gross violation of Right to Information (RTI) Act and neglects and the narrow mindedness of officials to expose information still hinder the law's implementation at five government organisations in Rajshahi, reveals a survey.
Chief Justice ABM Khairul Haque has begun taking opinions of jurists and leaders of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) before making up his mind about administering oaths to the remaining two “controversial” additional judges of the High Court.
Fertility rate in Sylhet is 3.7 percent, 1 percent higher than the national fertility rate, due to lower use of contraceptives, finds a study.
Bashabo is a large residential area under Sabujbag police station at the southeast part of Dhaka metropolis. Hundreds of thousands of people live here. It is a planned residential area built by the then Railway Diversion Division to rehabilitate the people who had been affected by the shifting of Dhaka rail station from Fulbaria to Kamalapur in the sixties. In the 70s, all the roads were carpeted by the then Dhaka Municipality to meet the demand of local people. Thereafter, repair works were done at different times on different roads. But at present the condition of most of the roads is not suitable for traffic movement or pedestrians' use. Re-carpeting of all the roads is necessary.
Foreign Minister Dipu Moni reiterated Bangladesh's readiness to share its development experience with Afghanistan.
Political leaders and cultural activists yesterday urged the government to intensify the process of trying war criminals to help the nation get rid of a stigma.
Three people were killed and two others injured in separate road accidents in Pabna, Netrokona and Kishoreganj on Wednesday night and yesterday.
Two groups are raising allegations against each other of grabbing the property of Sree Sree Radhamadhab Jew Dev Bigraha Mandir (temple) at Radhika Mohon Lane in the city.
An alleged mugger was shot dead by Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in the city's Banani Wednesday midnight.
The government is intriguing to oust Khaleda Zia from the country to implement the agenda by foreign forces, BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain said yesterday.
Buddhist community will today celebrate Prabarana Purnima, the 2nd largest festival of the community, across the country with much enthusiasm, solemn devotion and traditional festivity.
Drutojan express, an intercity train of Dhaka-Dinajpur route, is going to start its journey today after a suspension of 11-day due to an accident at Soidabad in Sirajganj.
The government has decided to evict illegal occupants from footpaths of the streets in the city from November 1 to facilitate the movement of pedestrians as well as to ease traffic jam.
Tripura state government will construct a mausoleum and memorial park in memory of the Bangla-desh's Liberation War in 1971, official sources said.
Admission tests for the first year graduation courses, 2010-2011 session, of Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology (Cuet) will be held at 10:00am on November 4.
A Dhaka court yesterday sent a former manager (dismissed) of Rupali Bank Limited to jail rejecting his bail prayer in a money embezzlement case.
Unknown criminals killed a garment worker at South Solna bazar area under Sadar upazila of the district Wednesday night.
Hedayetullah Al Mamoon, ndc, former cultural secretary, joined the information ministry as its secretary yesterday.
Crista Räder, the newly appointed representative of United Nations World Food Program (WFP) in Bangladesh, presented her credentials to Foreign Minister Dipu Moni at her office in the city yesterday.
Connectivity and increase of trade and commerce with India's seven North-Eastern states will dominate Foreign Minister Dipu Moni's talk with Tripura's state government during her upcoming visit.
Jan Gerhardus De Waal has assumed office as the executive director (ED) of World Vision Bangladesh, said a press release yesterday.
Affected people of 10 villages around Barapukuria 250MW Power Plant in Parbatipur upazila of Dinajpur district yesterday warned of launching a tough programme on October 26 if their three-point demand is not met within October 25.
Deprived of basic rights to education, employment and housing, members of the Harijan community, widely termed as 'the untouchables', are living in appalling condition in Barisal city.
Sand lifting from the Atai River in Digholia upazila of Khulna district threatens homesteads in the area.
Internal feud in Satkhira BNP has surfaced anew over formation of the committees of Sadar upazila and pourasava units.
A special court yesterday fixed December 27 for framing charges against 61 mutineers of Sylhet BDR sector headquarters.
The state-owned People's Jute Mills in Khalishpur is expected to resume its commercial production in the last week of this month.
A Pabna court on Tuesday acquitted all the 10 accused, including a UP chairman, in Jubo League leader Saiful Alam Sabu murder case.
A transport worker was beaten to death at Brindabanpara in the town early Wednesday.
Police arrested three smugglers in Teknaf upazila of the district early Wednesday yesterday and seized 600 yaba tablets and 768 cans of beer from their possession.
Police arrested two cadres of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-Janajuddho) faction with two firearms at Kalogram village in Santhia upazila early yesterday. The arrestees are Md Shajahan Ali, 48, son of Ekan Ali of Kalogram village, and Md Jalal Uddin, 35, son of Abdul Hakim of Pushpapara village in the upazila. Acting on a tip-off, police raided a house at the village where PBCP cadres were holding a meeting at around 3:00am. The law enforcers arrested the two while the rest managed to flee. They (police) also recovered two guns from the outlaws.
Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested three car lifters and recovered a private care (Dhaka-Metro-kha-12-6831) from their possession near Kakoli Press at Ahsan Ahmed Road under Khulna Sadar Police Station on Wednesday. The car that belongs to Dhaka head office of Meghna Life Insurance Company was lifted from Motijheel area of the capital. According to Rab-6, the three were caught at the time of bargaining with a customer to sell the car. The arrestees are Md Azharul Islam, 38, Ruhul Amin, 30, and Md Mohsin, 28. They all hail from Dhaka. A case was filed with Khulna Sadar Police Station on Wednesday night.
A housewife was killed allegedly by her husband at Basta village under Singair upazila of Manikganj district on Wednesday. The victim was identified as Latifa Begum, wife of Delwar Sikder. Locals said Delwar picked up a quarrel with Latifa as she protested his illicit relation with a woman. At one stage, he strangled Latifa, they added. Soon after the incident, Delwar and his family members have gone into hiding. Being informed, police went to the spot, recovered the body and sent it to Manikganj Sadar Hospital morgue for autopsy.
A timber worker was electrocuted and another received injuries in Stadium area of the district town yesterday. Locals said the victim, Lokman, came in touch with a live electric wire while drying his lungi at around 10:00am. He died instantly. His neighbour Shahin Akhter, 28, was injured as he came in aid of Lokman. He was admitted to a local hospital.
Child labour is the most severe form of child exploitation. They are forced to work for a living, sacrificing their childhood as well as their future for bare survival of self and family. Bangladesh is the home of 6.6 million working children, accounting for more than five percent of the world's working children. In Bangladesh children are found working in almost all sectors of the economy. Many of them work 48 hours a week on an average, earning less than Tk. 500/- per month.
It is encouraging that the Commission is empowered to investigate violation of human rights by any person, organisation, public servant or statutory body and even defence services. It can conduct investigation on its own or after receiving a complaint. In case of investigation and inquiry, the Commission shall have the same power as a Civil Court under the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908, according to Section 16 of the Act, passed recently with a view to establish Human Rights Commission.
This time they fought like tigers with their symmetric and graceful performance and clean swept the formidable 'Kiwi feathers'. A feeling of 'we can' coursed through our veins. Every drop of our blood bubbled inside us in joy. Four consecutive wins against a top opposition is no fluke. It is our cricketers that have at last redeemed our image of being a weakling. Our cricketers have torn the shackles of failure. They are no more paper tigers.
I am glad to come across the message of “Global Handwashing Day”, four days prior to its celebration (on 15th October). I have realised the importance of Hand Wash by personally witnessing its ignorance among illiterate village people. Illiterate parents do not prohibit their children to use dirty hands, while taking food. As our government has taken strong measures to expand education throughout the country, it is possible to propagate the message among the children of primary classes.
The road to power sector's objective of providing 7X24 power for all is very bumpy, though mapping the road is easier. Getting the road finished is easier said than done! On the matter an essay was published in a local English daily on October 9. Road maps were drawn with pious wishes, backed by popular and much welcomed pre-election speeches. Now in the real world, we see only a yawing gap 'between the cup and the lips'. Between the promises and reality in this case.
The government came down heavily on opposition leader's remarks that the government had deliberately orchestrated the train accident at Sirajganj. Such remark from a person who was an elected prime minister for two times is totally frustrating for the nation. It is a sign of negative politics. Main opposition and its supporters are yet to come out of the culture of destructive politics. The incident of setting fire to the train, which is a state property, is a highly condemnable act.
As I have witnessed, traffic signals are not operated properly in the city, which contributes to the increase in the frequency of traffic jams. The time management is not rational. Most traffic signals, operated manually, block traffic flow on one side of the crossing for a long time, while on the other side it is allowed to flow in short intervals. This creates a long queue of vehicles on the road.
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An estimated 54 per cent of 1.07 crore voters exercised their franchise till yesterday in 47 of the 243 Assembly constituencies that went to poll in the first phase of Bihar elections.
French protestors blocked key sites and clashed with police yesterday as unions called for further "massive" nationwide protests against President Nicolas Sarkozy's bid to raise the retirement age.
China will try to prevent the publication of a United Nations report that alleges Chinese bullets were used in attacks on UN peacekeepers in Darfur.
Pakistan's Supreme Court yesterday ordered parliament to review a controversial new procedure of appointing judges but stopped short of scrapping the constitutional amendment introduced this year.
Myanmar's Supreme Court has agreed to consider opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's appeal against her house arrest, due to end days after controversial elections next month, her lawyer said yesterday.
Jewish settlers have started building at least 600 homes since the end of a building ban on September 26, a pace four times faster than before the freeze began last year, Peace Now said yesterday.
Egypt's octogenarian President Hosni Mubarak, in power for 30 years and whose health has raised questions, is to run for re-election in 2011, a high-ranking ruling party official said yesterday.
The United Nations cultural organisation Unesco bowed to pressure from anti-corruption campaigners yesterday and suspended a science prize named after Equatorial Guinea's President Teodoro Obiang Nguema.
Prime Minister Najib Razak yesterday moved to silence a debate over the rights of majority Malays, saying it could cause cause racial conflict that would destroy the nation's achievements.
Indian-born British writer Salman Rushdie, who spent a decade in hiding after his novel, "The Satanic Verses", sparked threats against his life, is writing his memoirs, the publishers said yesterday.
The European Court of Human Rights has fined Russia for banning parades organised by the country's gay community.
Sunni leaders in Anbar, an ex-bastion of insurgents, warned yesterday that foreign firms will not be allowed to work unless the Iraqi province's residents benefit from a gas field development.
Nine people were killed yesterday when a bomb exploded aboard a packed passenger bus in the troubled southern Philippines, authorities said.
A Nato soldier and four Afghan police were killed in attacks in Afghanistan yesterday, officials said.
An Afghan government peace body called on Taliban leaders yesterday to lay down their arms and enter talks to try to end a war now in its 10th year.
The European parliament awarded yesterday its prestigious Sakharov human rights prize to Cuban dissident Guillermo Farinas, parliamentary sources told AFP.
Arts & Entertainment
Despite her short innings in the media, Bindu has carved a niche for herself in this highly competitive field. The story dates back to her success in the Lux-Channel i Superstar talent hunt. Soon after this she landed a role in Tauquir Ahmed's “Daruchini Dwip”. Although her role was brief in the film, her performance was greatly appreciated.
The five-day programme on the occasion of 120th death anniversary of Fakir Lalon Shai wrapped up at Chheuria Lalon Akhra in Kushtia last Wednesday.
During the later half of the twentieth century, Jibanananda Das emerged as the most popular poet of modern Bengali literature. Popularity apart, Jibanananda had distinguished himself as an extraordinary poet presenting a paradigm hitherto unknown. It is a fact that his unfamiliar poetic diction, choice of words and thematic preferences took time to reach the heart of the readers. The poetry of Jibanananda has become the defining essence of modernism in twentieth century Bengali poetry.
Ustad Syed Zakir Hossain, a Bangladeshi maestro of the genres thumri and dadra, is critically ill. He was admitted to Popular Specialised Hospital, Dhanmondi, in the capital on October 18. At present he is unconscious and is being fed through IV.
Last Wednesday night two plays, titled “Jolbaiu Paribartan Ebong…” and “Putuler Biye” were staged by Jhenidah Theatre at the local Shilpakala Acadeny. “Jolbaiu Paribartan Ebong…”, a play on the effects of climate change, drew applause from the audience which included a good number of local cultural personalities.
Single-episode TV play “Paani” will be aired on October 24 at 9:30 pm on ntv. The play has been directed by Noyeem Imtiaz Neamul.
The Pink City of Jaipur in Indian state of Rajasthan is abuzz with reports of being the venue of a celebrity marriage -- between American pop star Katy Perry and British actor-comedian Russell Brand on October 23.
Where there is no imagina-tion there is no horror," writes Arthur Conan Doyle Sr., the famous creator of the detective Sherlock Holmes. There was imagination when the cadres of one political party hacked to death the local boss of another political party in Natore. There was imagination even when an angry mob of BNP activists set fire to a train in Sirajgonj after it had mowed down six of them and wounded many more. The horror came much later though, when politicians exchanged invectives instead of being sorry that lives were lost.
We are witnessing a "brave, grave new world" -- with the rise and fall of nations underway on a grand scale.
The term "joint chambers" generally means trade chambers involving bilateral or multi-pronged participation of countries. A joint chamber should support and strengthen business and economic cooperation between the concerned countries. This is a broad mandate, but one that befits an organisation that serves as a commercial bridge between two or more countries.
Food is a basic human right. Approximately 1.5 billion people in the world live on less than $1 a day, and every 3.6 seconds someone dies of hunger. Poverty, hunger and malnutrition silently kill the poor people and take away their ability to work and learn. So, adequate food is needed for survival, fulfilling the basic demands, ensuring constitutional human rights and achieving Millennium Development Goals (MDG).
Where's all the professionalism gone? Screenwriters all over the world owe a debt to UK police constable Jason Mepham. He recently made a real-life arrest which makes the most far-fetched screenplay believable. Trying to nab a bad guy, PC Mepham blasted him with pepper spray -- but the wind changed and blew the stuff into the officer's own eyes. Owww!
The 21st century has seen widespread advancement of women in various dimensions -- be it professionally, intellectually or on the domestic front. That is what we hear all the time. That is what the media is always talking about.
The idea of learning through the internet is new in the country and champs21.com has been a pioneer in this regard.
Norton, consumer division of Symantec Corporation, last Saturday launched their 2011 product line-up in the local market that includes Norton AntiVirus and Norton Internet Security (for Windows and Mac).
Apple Inc CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the thinnest, lightest Mac laptop yet, fusing features from its popular iPhone and iPad with its traditional line of personal computers.
BCS Computer city, country's largest computer retail market under one roof has recently celebrated its 11th founding anniversary.