News of: Sunday, 24th of October, 2010
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Thousands of villagers fought pitched battles with law enforcers yesterday over “forced purchase of land” for an army housing scheme in Rupganj of Narayanganj.
Bangladesh and India yesterday signed two separate agreements for setting up two border haats (markets) and allowing each other's trucks to move into their territories to carry goods right up to the warehouses.
A Dhaka-Kuala Lumpur flight of Biman was cancelled yesterday as the authority failed to persuade any of its pilots to fly the aircraft after the designated pilot fell ill.
Malaysia still keeps mum about lifting the ban on Bangladeshi jobseekers imposed early 2009 following widespread allegations of malpractices in recruitment process.
Police arrested the prime accused in Sarima Rahman killing case from a Chittagong-bound bus at Bhatiari under Sitakunda upazila early yesterday.
Joint General Secretary of the ruling Awami League Mahbubul Alam Hanif held BNP responsible for yesterday's clash in Rupganj of Narayanganj.
Whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks on Friday released nearly 400,000 classified US military files chronicling the Iraq war from 2004 through 2009, the largest leak of its kind in US military history.
Latest meteorological observation, model product, radar and meteorological satellite imageries indicate that the severe cyclonic storm 'Giri' over Akyab in Myanmar and adjoining land areas moved northeastwards and weaken gradually.
From now on, the United Nations will observe February 21 as the International Mother Language Day every year.
Four people were drowned after a trawler capsized in the Ichhamati River in Sirajdikhan upazila of Munshiganj on Friday night.
Villagers and civil society members are protesting government-sanctioned felling of age-old trees, which they consider as part of their heritage, along several highways in Jessore.
After fighting for life for 12 days, Natore college teacher Mizanur Rashid died at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Hospital early today.
Two pirates were killed in a 'shootout' with Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in the Baleshwar river of Patharghata upazila in Barguna early yesterday.
A local vested group that has been obstructing Army Housing Scheme (AHS) for last few months is responsible for yesterday's incident at Rupganj in Narayanganj.
A local government official says Pakistani army airstrikes have killed 12 suspected insurgents near the Afghan border.
Former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher was said to be feeling "a lot brighter" in hospital yesterday as she recovers from a bout of flu.
Qaeda's American spokesman, Adam Gadahn, has urged fellow Muslims in the West to carry out attacks in the "Zio-Crusader coalition" states, SITE Intelligence Group said yesterday.
One does not need much wisdom to know how vulnerable Bangladesh's children are to a host of circumstances. And that is a truth which once more has been highlighted, this time through the grim statistics provided by Unicef. Over three crore children in the country are condemned to live in dire poverty, which is as much as to say that they subsist below the poverty line. Now, with 45 per cent of the country's population comprising children and with 46 percent of those children leading lives that are way below accepted definitions of poverty, the risks to which our children are exposed are all too manifest. Add to these worries those which have patently been brought out into the open by last Friday's issue of the Star magazine, which informs us in no uncertain terms that the problems which children and mothers face in Bangladesh are related not just to hunger. There are too such crucial issues as under-nourishment and malnutrition. How else should one explain the fact that as many as 43 percent of children in Bangladesh happen to be too short or stunted for their age?
Whereas normally the daily onrush of diarrhoea patients to ICDDR,B during this time of the year would have been 250 to 300, the number has soared to 450 to 500 during each of the last ten days. Why? The reasons are not only bigger in number but also more complex in nature. One has known diarrhoea to be a water borne disease, plain and simple -- resulting from intake of germ-infested water. Also, usually it is said to be contracted from eating rotten food.
Muktijoddha Sangsad eased past Brothers Union 3-0 in their Group B encounter at the Birshreshtha Mostafa Kamal Stadium yesterday to qualify for the Federation Cup semifinals. Brothers also made it to the last four behind Muktis, while this result eliminated defending champions Mohammedan from the group stage.
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president AHM Mustafa Kamal is all set to feel the pulse of his councillors about his stubborn stance of upholding professionalism when he attends the first annual general meeting (AGM) of his one-year tenure at the Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel today.
Defending champions and record ten-time winners Mohammedan Sporting Club bowed out of the Grameenphone Federation Cup even before they took to the field for their last group B match against Feni Soccer Club as Muktijoddha Sangsad eased past semifinalists Brothers Union 3-0 at the Birshreshtha Mostafa Kamal Stadium yesterday.
"My god I have never seen rain like this before," John Hastings, the Australia all-rounder, tweeted on Saturday afternoon. "Chances are slim."
The opening day of the National Cricket League's one-day competition lived up to the battlefield for national team places billing as one of the incumbents -- Rokibul Hasan -- made a firm statement in Barisal's 5-wicket stroll over Sylhet at the Shaheed Kamruzzaman Stadium in Rajshahi yesterday. Alok Kapali, eyeing a place in the World Cup squad, had earlier made a good start to his season with a half-century.
Chelsea opened up a five-point gap at the top of the English Premier League here Saturday, goals from Florent Malouda and Salomon Kalou goal wrapping up a 2-0 victory over Wolves.
Bangladesh Hockey Federation has announced a 20-member team for the upcoming 16th Asian Games to be held in Guangzhou, China from November 12.
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has fixed the ticket rates for the five-match one-day series against Zimbabwe.
St. Joseph defeated Mohammadpur Govt. High School 5-4 in penalty shootout to clinch the Pran Mango Juicepak School Champions Trophy football tournament at the Banani Chairmanbari ground yesterday.
Mofazzal Hossain of Gulshan Club became champion of the inaugural National 6 Red Snooker Championship at the Dhaka Club billiard room yesterday.
Green Boys' Society defeated Joymantop Satata Sangha 3-2 in the Second Division Football League at the Shaheed Miraz-Tapan Stadium here yesterday.
Bangladesh Army became the men's champions in the Korea Cup taekwondo competition at the NSC gymnasium yesterday.
Holy Cross College will take on Central Women's College today in the opening match of the 13th Delta Life Women's College handball tournament at the Handball Stadium.
Disgraced Fiorentina striker Adrian Mutu has reportedly attacked a barman in Florence, a little over a week before his return from a doping ban.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) said Friday that Pakistan's fast bowler Mohammad Asif had withdrawn his challenge to the provisional suspension handed down last month for alleged match-fixing.
The New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has put on hold any sweeping changes following the team's disastrous tour of Bangladesh, where they lost all four one-day internationals.
JP Duminy and AB de Villiers hit centuries as South Africa's batsmen went on the rampage in the third and final one-day international agai-nst Zimbabwe at Willow-moore Park on Friday.
Viktoria Azarenka of Belarus reached her fourth final of the season here on Saturday, defeating Spain's Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez in the semifinals of the WTA Kremlin Cup.
Skipper Kumar Sangakkara hammered 110 off 95 balls as Sri Lanka blazed to a score of 301 on their way to a 112-run win over Queensland in their opening Australian tour match on Friday.
A blunder by Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard helped Tottenham grab a 1-1 draw against Everton and move
Manchester City have a golden opportunity to prove their credentials as contenders for the Premier League on Sunday when they host title rivals Arsenal.
Spain's 23-man World Cup-winning squad was awarded Friday a prestigious award but only coach Vicente del Bosque and ten players attended the glittering ceremony broadcast live on television.
AC Milan face the tricky trip south to Naples on Monday looking to prove they have learnt their lessons from their Champions League chastisement in Madrid.
Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal admitted he was disappointed with the Bundesliga champions goalless draw in Hamburg, but insisted his side 'gave everything they had'.
Togo striker Emmanuel Adebayor has said he is determined to battle on for his place at Manchester City despite admitting that he has had strong words with manager Roberto Mancini.
Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema is confident he will get the chance to shine at the Spanish giants and has dismissed reports that he does not get along with new coach Jose Mourinho.
Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen will be without veteran Finland defender Sami Hyypia for several weeks after he damaged ankle ligaments, the German club revealed Saturday.
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) will soon introduce a countrywide spot assessment for new taxpayers.
Telecom giant Grameenphone earned Tk 1,934 crore in revenue in the third quarter, up 17
Agriculture loan disbursement increased by 32 percent in the first quarter of the current fiscal year due to the central bank's move to speed up credit to rural areas.
Bangladesh's economic ties with Japan are set to deepen, as the two sides are in talks on a comprehensive economic partnership agreement (CEPA), which is likely to be signed during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's visit to Tokyo next month.
The National Board of Revenue (NBR)is set to appoint fresh firms to carry out pre-shipment inspection (PSI) for two more years.
India yesterday said it will soon export five lakh tonnes of rice and wheat to Bangladesh despite a ban on outward shipments of the food grains.
BRAC Bank yesterday unveiled a new debit card to help create a green fund.
Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) has planned to develop the country's growing shipbuilding industry into a billion-dollar industry after the readymade garment (RMG)sector.
Dhaka stocks continued a bull-run for the fifth week, with a record-breaking rally in the key indices.
Leading mobile phone operator Grameenphone (GP) is set to supply solar generated power in bulk to 140 of its sites by the yearend.
A diamond-studded saucepan was attracting plenty of interest at Moscow's top annual luxury fair, offering the usual array of sparkly bling, fast cars and vast price tags.
Bangladesh Bank Governor Dr Atiur Rahman yesterday called upon all banks to extend their hands of cooperation for the development of agriculture sector to build a sustainable economy.
Chain superstore Agora Wednesday invited journalists to its agro farm at Radio Colony in Savar to witness the farm's maintenance system.
Pallibadhu Kalyan Shongstha (PBKS) and Rigs Herbs jointly introduced a natural tea, Tulsi Pati, in the country yesterday.
Wall Street heads into next week hesitantly after a third week of gains following a flood of robust corporate earnings and a stronger outlook for the US economy.
Singapore's stock exchange is preparing to launch a takeover of its Australian counterpart to form a 14 billion dollar (13.8 billion US) alliance, a report said Saturday.
Rupali Life Insurance and Bangladesh General Insurance Company (BGIC) recently signed a trust deed to launch 'Rupali Life Insurance First Mutual Fund', a close end mutual fund.
China has become the third largest market for Volvo, which was recently acquired by Chinese car maker Geely, state media reported Saturday.
India slapped a 2.53-billion-dollar tax bill on British cell phone giant Vodafone on Friday over its 2007 purchase of an Indian mobile company and demanded payment within 30 days.
Turkmenistan's president told his Russian counterpart on Friday that Turkmenistan wanted to increase its gas exports via Russia.
Ericsson, the world's biggest mobile network maker, revealed surprisingly strong quarterly net profits on
October 17- 21, 2010
The week marked another volatile week in international currency markets. After the China rate hike in the early part of the week, which caused a strong pull back in risky assets, the markets again resumed selling the USD and moving into the EURO and Asian currencies.
The government is working to formulate a new law to protect victims and witnesses of crimes, Law Minister Shafique Ahmed has said.
Some eminent personalities yesterday stressed the need for formulation of policies to strengthen local government administration decentralising power in every tier of administration.
Chief Justice ABM Khairul Haque yesterday urged the judicial magistrates to follow the constitution and the law in discharging their duties and not to give in to any pressure.
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has written a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, urging him to set up a team of technical experts to examine the safety of proposed hydro-power projects and dams in adjacent northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh.
A minor boy died on being struck on the head with a brick by another in city's Khulshi area on Friday evening.
Attorney General Mahbub-e Alam yesterday said victims in women repression cases should be given the right to appoint lawyers along with public prosecutors to ensure justice.
A grand reunion of the department of management studies of Dhaka University was held at TSC auditorium yesterday.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police on Friday night arrested 49 suspected drug peddlers and addicts with some drugs in a drive at the slums along rail track in the city.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina urged the international community to strengthen its efforts to further democratise the UN for a greater voice of developing countries to realise these noble goals for the common good of humanity. She made the call in a message issued on the occasion of United Nations Day, 2010 to be observed today.
In a move to expedite implementation of the joint communiqué issued on the visit of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to India in January, the government has called for an inter-ministerial meeting today to review the progress.
Businesspersons should widen the periphery of activities under corporate social responsibilities to boost education, free environment from pollution and alleviate poverty in the country.
Opposition BNP leaders yesterday blamed the government for turning the country into a sanctuary of criminals.
Police arrested a suspected criminal with around two and a half kilogrammes of gunpowder at Kamrangirchar in the city on Friday night.
More than 72 percent of smokers aged between 26 and 40 get the addiction being influenced, mostly by friends and peers, a study reveals.
Bank Asia has selected 92 students for the Higher Studies Scholarship for 2010 as part of its corporate social responsibility, says a press release.
Admission tests for the first year honours courses, 2010-2011 session, of Jahangirnagar University will begin today.
A Supreme Court lawyer yesterday served a legal notice to the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) to stop earth filling on the Kirtonkhola river within 24 hours, says a press release.
Crops worth about Tk 135 crore have been damaged due to untimely flood, onrush of water from hills and prolonged waterlogging in six upazilas of the district.
A human chain organised by 'Jatiya Sangbadpatra Pathak Forum', at the Central Shahid Minar in the city on Friday morning ended with scuffle over distribution of money meant for people called to the programme of the hitherto unknown organisation.
Trial of 105 BDR mutineers of 41 Rifles Battalion started at special court-1 at Satkhira Battalion headquaters in yesterday.
A local Jubo Dal leader was killed allegedly by Awami League activists at Chatrakona village in Nokla upazila yesterday.
Siddiqur |Rahman, deputy inspector general (DIG) of police, Rajshahi Range, yesterday visited the spot where Boraigram upazila chairman and Bonpara municipal BNP president Sanaullah Noor Babu was killed.
Local people caught three alleged robbers and gouged out eyes of two of them near Jielmari Bridge in Rampal upazila of Bagerhat district on Friday night while law enforcers arrested two drug peddlers in Benapole the same night.
District administration imposed Section 144 at Jaldhaka municipality and two other places of the upazila to avoid possible clashes as two opponent groups of local BNP called public meeting at the same place and time yesterday.
Panchagarh district administration yesterday distributed education materials among over 100 affected students of Garati enclave under Panchagarh Sadar upazila.
Police recovered four live bombs from a paddy field beside Kharagoda-Dashmile Road in Sadar upazila yesterday.
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) destroyed illegal drugs worth Tk 5.80 crore at Sarail upazila headquarters Thursday evening.
At least seven people were injured as Islami Chhatra Shibir and Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists clashed at Cox's Bazar Polytechnic Institute at Muhuripara under Sadar upazila yesterday.
The Education for All Global Monitoring Report, 2010 has turned the spotlight on substantive questions of quality of teaching and learning. The report sponsored by UNESCO points out that in a large number of developing and least developed countries, the cognitive development of children remains below requisite minimum levels.
Again five BNP men were killed this time by the running train, not by the lathi and oar wielding AL cadres. The criminal train was unable to go off scot-free, because the mob was overwhelming in number and the revenge was quick.
It is very urgent that the trial of the war criminals is completed. People of Bangladesh are very keen to see the trial commence as early as possible.
Md Asadullah Khan draws the attention of the political regime to the article on the state of our society, appearing in The Daily Star of 25/9/10. The political pundits never broach these hot topics in their mike appearances, and the government is busy hunting for mega projects, while the moral foundations are cracking up!
Every time the authorities residing in their ivory towers come up with a new gimmick to solve the perennial headache of Dhaka's traffic jam, they never fail to amaze me with the depths of their ignorance. The latest official nightmare is electrically re-charged battery operated 3-wheel auto-rickshaws (e-bikes) that consume 250 MW of electricity, which is a waste. So it must be banned!
Majority of the students studies in the National University (NU). But session jam is very common here. Many students are leaving the NU in the middle of their education session as it takes seven years to complete a four-year honours course and four years to complete two-year LL.B course! So, many of the students are leaving the NU and getting admitted to private universities spending a lot of money, to complete their studies quickly.
I live in B block, Road 2, Halishahar, Chittagong. Our colony is constantly living in the fear of getting robbed at any time day or night. Every day, people of this colony are getting robbed. Till now a good number of people have also been attacked physically. We think the media can help us. We have not been sleeping for the last two nights; we can't even leave our home for work, because our family members are not safe in our home. I want The Daily Star to publish front-page news about this so that our PM can learn about the condition of the general people. Honourable Prime Minister, we want to sleep at night. There is no need to build a digital Bangladesh. At first, make our country safe so that we can feel safe in our homes.
People in general have a common complain against the doctors that they are not behaving rationally with their patients. They charge exorbitant fees for their advice and other health services, which are not commensurate with the average earning of the people. They advise unnecessary tests just to get some extra money from the diagnostic centres. They even do not examine the patients properly. Scarcity of doctors in the country is the main reason behind such irrational behaviour. Usually the doctors are reluctant to serve the rural health centres. It has become difficult to keep the doctors in rural areas. To address this problem, it is necessary to set up medical colleges in every district. And the govt. should recruit the doctors from their respective areas.
Recently a city bus plunged into the river near Amin Bazar. Some people died. Monowara Khatun Tara, a student of JU, also died in that accident.
Chittagong, the business capital of Bangladesh, plays a vital role to uphold the dignity of our country. But it is a matter of great regret that most of the important parts of the city, namely Chawkbazar, Chandanpura, DC road, Dewanbazar, Bogerbeel, etc., remain under water in the rainy season. Even the tidal water inundates Kalam colony and Goni colony every day, where approximately six lakh people live. In this circumstance, newly elected authorities are playing the role of observers.
Decentralising different offices and industries outside Dhaka is the only way to save this city. This city is literally dying in front of our eyes.
The accident that took place in Sirajganj is highly condemnable. Any loss of life is poignant but what occurred after the train accident is quite unacceptable. Torching the whole train was a subversive activity.
This morning a cop stopped me for not using the seat belt while driving. He asked me where my belt was, I showed him where it was. Then he said ,"I can sue you for violating traffic rules." I replied that this particular rule would be applicable from November 1, 2010, as has been mentioned in the media.
Road accident has become a serious problem in Bangladesh. Each year, as per police report, more than 3300 people lose their lives in road accidents and many more sustain injuries.
As a proud Bangladeshi I feel honoured that Sir Frank Peters has shown such concern and interest in the well being of Bangladesh and openly expressed his thoughts from which we can all learn. His well-rounded, down-to-earth, intelligent remarks cuts through all the waffle we hear from our lawmakers and deals honestly and sincerely with the real issues that affects all of us.
Boards made from particles of the stem from the hemp plant, mixed with a binder made from hydrated lime, can be safely used as a material for building houses! However, it needs a frame structure, made of wood, steel, brick or concrete, as the fibre boards from hemp called "Hempcrete" is not strong enough to be load bearing! Otherwise, it is a good insulator, for withstanding hot, cold and even wet weather, being waterproof against persistent rain and the damp environment associated with it.
Suspected Maoist rebels triggered a land mine in eastern India as a police vehicle drove past, killing six officers, a police official said yesterday.
The Sri Lankan government is paying a top British PR firm about £3m ($4.7m) a year to try to enhance the country's post-war image, the BBC understands.
A cyclone that hit the west coast of Myanmar has caused widespread damage, a local resident said yesterday, while a meteorological official said it was expected to weaken as it moved northeast through the country.
A suicide attacker driving an explosives-packed car blew up the entrance to a United Nations office yesterday in western Afghanistan, allowing at least three other militants wearing bomb vests to rush into the building, officials said.
Authorities yesterday lifted curfew from all parts of Kashmir as the Valley limped towards normalcy despite a strike call given by hardline faction of Hurriyat Conference.
Not wanting to take chances with President Barack Obama's security, US authorities have booked all 547 rooms at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel as well as its banquet halls and restaurants for the duration of his visit to Mumbai next month, sources said on Friday.
A secret operation has been launched to counter the incidents of target killings in Karachi, Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said.
Chinese officials tried to defuse discontent following days of student protests in ethnically Tibetan areas, saying a plan to teach classes only in Mandarin Chinese was not aimed at wiping out Tibet's native tongue, state media reported yesterday.
Taiwanese rescuers searching mountainsides hit by massive mudslides unleashed by Typhoon Megi found mangled parts of a vehicle thought to be a bus that was carrying 19 missing Chinese tourists, the transport minister said yesterday.
People in Bahrain are set to elect representatives for the lower house of parliament, the third such vote since it became a constitutional monarchy.
The United States is trying to expand a secret CIA operation designed to eliminate radical Islamic militants' havens located in Pakistan near the Afghan border, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Whistleblowing organization WikiLeaks says it will soon publish 15,000 more secret Afghan war documents.
President Barack Obama has launched a last-ditch rescue mission for Democratic Senate chief Harry Reid, who risks taking a knockout punch from Republicans in mid-term polls.
WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange said yesterday that hundreds of thousands of classified US military documents leaked by the website showed the 'truth' on the Iraq war.
Commercial space travel took a step closer with the opening of the runway at the world's first spaceport in the US state of New Mexico.
The French Senate has passed a controversial pension reform bill, which has caused a series of strikes and protests around France.
North Korea's leader Kim Jong-il has bolstered his CV with a new skill - restaurant design.
Arts & Entertainment
Noted troupe Theatre's production “Baramkhana” premiered on October 22 at the National Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
Bengal Gallery's “Rooted Creativity-5”, a part of the celebration of the gallery's 10th anniversary, features the works of painters Syed Abdullah Khalid, Hamiduzzaman Khan, Biren Shome, Rezaul Karim, Hashi Chakraborty, Tarun Kumar Ghosh, Iftikhar Uddin Ahmed, Ahmed Nazir, Rafi Haque and Tasadduk Hossain Dulu.
A composer, music director, and creator of theme music for TV plays--- Farid Ahmed is a man of multiple talents. He began his career in music direction with Nur Hossain Bolai's film “Nishpotti” in 1987 and has worked for almost 10 movies since then. His works include music for “Karagar'” , “Joto Prem Toto Jala” and the latest “Gohine Shobdo”.
In keeping with a 150- year tradition, a eagerly awaited boat race was organised on the Sondha River on October 22 in Ujirpur Upazila of Barisal on the occasion of Lakkhi Puja.
Guess who features in this month’s DS Café? None other than the busy TV and film actor Mosharraf Karim, who has been voted in as the celebrity of the month. He will take your calls at The Daily Star office. Just ring 8126155 between 2-3 pm on October 26 and fire away all your questions to Mosharraf Karim. He will reply individually to each of your queries.
It has been reported in some newspapers that the process for recruiting judges to "the short-handed" Appellate Division of the Supreme Court begins this week after the puja vacation. Six posts of judges in the Appellate Division are reportedly lying vacant. Among the sitting five, two judges -- Justice Md. Abdul Matin and Justice Shah Abu Nayeem Mominur Rahman -- have gone on leave up to December 25 and January 27 respectively as they were superseded in the appointment of chief justice last month. Justice Md. Abdul Matin is scheduled to retire on December 26.
Three Bengalis could have become prime minister of India. Each was staring at the summit, ready for the final ascent, when he discovered that his oxygen supply had been cut off -- not by the enemy, but by the team leader.
… plus c'est la même chose. Which in plain English is: the more it changes the more it remains the same. This might sound like uncalled for Francophilia. But I hope you will agree that the English in this case cannot hold a candle to the French as a title of an essay.
Street protests peaked just before the senatorial debate was scheduled to take place. On Thursday October 21, the Senate of France witnessed acrimonious debates over the package of pension reforms proposed by France's rightwing ruler Sarkozy. The French president has put forward a plan for changes in retirement rules, which at first sight appear unexceptional.
Because of climate change as well as disasters such as river erosion and job crisis in rural areas people are increasingly migrating to cities. Most of them, and people of limited income, live in slums as it is cheaper. Because of overcrowding, the limited facilities of slum areas cannot cope with the demandanymore.