News of: Friday, 29th of October, 2010
There will be no flights of Biman Bangladesh Airlines today and tomorrow.
The proposed site of the Army Housing Scheme in Rupganj includes designated flood flow zone, water bodies and rural homesteads, where no construction or earth-filling is permitted by the Dhaka Metropolitan Development Plan.
The Awami League-led government has taken no significant anti-graft move so far in the 22 months of its tenure although curbing corruption through multi-pronged measures was one of its major electoral pledges.
Police yesterday arrested Rajon, the main accused in Natore college teacher Mizanur Rashid murder case, from Chakrampur village of the district.
The owners of CNG refuelling stations yesterday decided to go for an indefinite strike from November 26 instead of November 1 following a meeting with State Minister for Power and Energy Mohammad Enamul Haque at his office.
Police detained 20 Jamaat-e-Islami men, including former lawmaker Mujibur Rahman, with "bomb making materials" and "anti-state" leaflets from the capital's Mirpur area yesterday.
Expressing serious resentment over delay in shifting chemical warehouses from the capital's old town, a parliamentary committee yesterday asked the environment ministry to look into possible strict legal deterrents to storing harmful chemicals in any residential area.
Doctors of a private clinic in the port city removed a pouch of Yaba tablets from the abdomen of a middle-aged male patient last Tuesday.
An Awami League activist was shot dead and 30 others were injured in a clash between the workers of ruling AL and main opposition BNP at Baghaikandi of Raipura upazila early yesterday.
Pedestrians should be careful while crossing busy roads to avoid tragic accidents, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said yesterday, and also directed the authorities concerned to strictly implement traffic rules to ensure safety for all commuters.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) shot three alleged robbers at Mugda in the city in the wee hours of today.
Police are yet to arrest Devashish Saha Rony, who killed a mother by running his motorbike over her on Tuesday in Faridpur for protesting the harassment of her two daughters.
BNP will continue their agitation against the government's move to evict party chairperson Khaleda Zia from her cantonment house, said party Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain yesterday.
The High Court (HC) yesterday cleared the way for continuing the trial of a corruption case filed against former BNP lawmaker Nasiruddin Ahmed Pintu on charge of misappropriating corrugated iron (CI) sheets meant for relief.
In a drive to free Shyampur canal from grabbers, 28 makeshift structures were demolished and 16 trees uprooted yesterday.
The Chairman of Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) Reazuddin Ahmed yesterday offered unconditional apology to the High Court for allowing two toxic ships for breaking to enter the country despite its order of restriction.
The High Court (HC) yesterday directed the government to continue operation of mobile courts across the country to tackle food adulteration and price spirals for three more months.
A fire broke out in a chemical warehouse at Armanitola of Old Dhaka yesterday.
European Union Ambassador Stefan Frowein yesterday suggested that political parties of Bangladesh turn away from the path of confrontation and called for dialogue between ruling and opposition parties.
Sixty-five people, most of them women and children, died when a floor collapsed at a wedding in one of the most remote regions of northern Afghanistan, an official said yesterday.
The head of MI6, the Secret Intelligence Service, has insisted it has "nothing whatsoever" to do with torture but warned that it had to work with agencies from other countries which were not always "friendly democracies".
The murder of a mother in Madhukhali upazila of Faridpur for protesting the stalking of her twin daughters is once more a sign of the menace of sexual harassment of young women taking on uglier colours. Worse, it is a powerful indication of how our law enforcers have been failing, consistently and embarrassingly, to take action against those who have been committing such nefarious deeds. Only the other day, the prime minister spoke of tougher laws being enacted to deal with these culprits. She reassured the nation that no one caught stalking women would be spared. Our question, which is also that of society as a whole, is pretty simple: do we need newer laws to handle such criminality or do we need some effective, deterrent action on the ground to see to it that the menace is put to an end? The statistics, as a report by Ain-o-Salish Kendra makes clear, inform us that despite the growing public condemnation of stalking, incidents of such manifest criminality have steadily gone up. And they have gone up because of the gross failure of the authorities to bring to justice those who have been indulging in the crime.
Buildings are supposed to last for generations. Some of ours fall before they are finished. The latest such incident occurred in Dhakkhin Khan area of our city where a three-storied apartment complex just fell on its side as a toy house used by children. Thankfully, there were no deaths, even in the neighbouring house on top of which the building fell. The photograph speaks volumes about the fragility of the structure and clearly shows, even to the untrained eye, that the foundation was far too weak for it to support the so-called apartment building. Most basic norms of construction were not followed. The question arises as to how could any one start building a structure based on such an ill-conceived design in the first place? Is there no monitoring body that keeps tab on construction in the city areas? Can anybody just build any structure, however flawed, anywhere at any time. This speaks volumes about our whole system of governance -- how building permission is given, who are qualified to raise a structure, under what soil conditions and with what safeguards -- there is no way of knowing whether any authority has satisfied itself that the concerns have been at all met before laying of the first brick.
Experienced campaigner Sabura Khaun returned to top-flight competitions with a bang after setting two records on the opening day of the Walton 24th National Swimming Championships at the National Swimming Complex in Mirpur yesterday.
Siddikur Rahman finished level on seventh place alongside two-time US Open champion Retief Goosen, and ahead of Robert Allenby in the PGA Tour-sanctioned CIMB Asia Pacific Classic in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
Rusty Theron took a career-best 4-27 to help a clinical South Africa upstage Pakistan by six wickets in the second Twenty20 international here on Wednesday to take the two-match series 2-0.
South Africa and Pakistan gear up for next year's World Cup with a five-match one-day series starting here from Friday, as captains Graeme Smith and Shahid Afridi urged their teams to keep focus.
Shahjahan Ali Rony, the just-concluded Commonwealth Games' semifinalists in 50m breaststroke, was ignored in the swimming squad for the upcoming 16th Asian Games to be held in Guangzhou from November 12 to 27.
The much talked about constitution amendment issue was not discussed in the board of directors' meeting of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) yesterday.
Bayezid Alam Jobair Nipu has been selected as the technical director of Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) after the body's development committee led by vice-president Kazi Nabil Ahmed gave his approval on the issue.
Former Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari lost his cool during the post-match media conference when he was asked why he had fielded midfielder Jorge Valdivia.
Caroline Wozniacki must wait at least one more day to become year-end world number one, after suffering a surprise defeat at the round robin stage of the WTA Championships here Wednesday.
Kevin Pietersen insists he will use the forthcoming Ashes showdown with Australia to prove he is still one of the world's best batsmen.
Six Seasons, a chess organisation led by Grand Master Niaz Murshed, is all set to roll out its seventh tournament titled "Berger Six Seasons Grand Master Chess Tournament" from Sunday.
Viqarunnissa Noon School & College emerged champions in 13th Delta Life Women's College Handball tournament with a 4-2 win over Siddhe-swari Girls College in the final at the newly-built Handball Stadium yesterday.
New Zealand cricket coach Mark Greatbatch on Thursday gave a damning verdict of his players' performance against Bangladesh, saying the Black Caps "played like dicks" and must redeem themselves in India.
Prolific Indian opener Gautam Gambhir feels that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCB) should renew the contract of coach Gary Kirsten after it expires at the end of the Cricket World Cup next year.
England winger Theo Walcott scored twice as Arsenal cruised into the quarterfinals of the League Cup on Wednesday with a 4-0 rout of Newcastle at St James Park.
Third-placed Inter Milan are under pressure to react to rivals AC Milan and Lazio's early season surges as they travel to Genoa on Friday.
Bundesliga leaders Mainz crashed out of the German Cup on Tuesday night when they suffered a shock 2-1 defeat at second division Alemannia Aachen, while Dortmund also exited in the second-round.
Goals by former Lyon stars Mathieu Bodmer and Ludovic Giuly saw Paris Saint Germain come from behind and defeat Lyon 2-1 after extra-time handing them a place in the League Cup quarterfinals on Wednesday.
Michael Owen has hinted he will consider retiring if Manchester United don't offer him a new contract at the end of this season.
Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has warned Sir Alex Ferguson to forget about luring Spanish goalkeeper Jose Reina to Manchester United.
Germany defender Philipp Lahm said Thursday he is waiting for a signal from Bayern Munich's bosses to extend his contract past 2012 and wants to commit his long-term future to the German giants.
Bolton striker Ivan Klasnic has been arrested on suspicion of rape, it was confirmed on Thursday.
The advanced world of technology should open its doors to social business to solve some crucial problems facing the poor, Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus said yesterday.
Institutional reforms in agriculture will help Bangladesh offset the impacts of a free farm policy the country has adopted, according to a report launched yesterday.
Germany's Otto GmbH and Co KG plans to set up a textile factory in Bangladesh in line with the social business model.
The key index and turnover set yet another record yesterday, as Dhaka stocks continued bull run for a seventh consecutive session.
Commerce Minister Faruk Khan on Wednesday took a swipe at businessmen for a hike in prices of basic commodities and for their alleged abuse of the delivery order (DO) system.
Bangladesh's dilapidating environmental conditions pose a serious challenge to companies and businesses, said a diplomat yesterday.
DACCA DYEING AND MANUFACTURING COMPANY
The company has recommended 12 percent stock dividend, as of June 30, 2010. The AGM will be held on December 7 (at 10am) at Institution of Diploma Engineers in Dhaka. The record date is November 9. The company has also reported earnings per share of Tk 1.34, net asset value per share of Tk 14.42 and net operating cash flow per share of Tk 0.06, as of June 30, 2010 against Tk 1.05, Tk 18.15 and Tk 4.30 respectively, as of June 30, 2009. There was no price limit on share trading yesterday following its corporate declaration.
As the flash floods susceptible mono-crop areas pose risks to the poor every year, agriculturists have suggested turning the country's vast haor into a two-crop area by growing varieties of short-duration vegetables beside boro rice.
Members of civil society submit a memorandum to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina through Poba Upazila Nirbahi Officer demanding arrest of the stalkers who killed Natore college teacher Mizanur Rashid
The government staff still obsessed with secrecy are challenging the prime minister's decision to ensure people's right to information, said Obaidul Quader, chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on the information ministry.
At least five people were killed and nine others injured in separate road accidents in Satkhira, Noakhali, Benapole, Kurigram and Gopalganj yesterday and on Wednesday.
President Zillur Rahman yesterday asked the private universities to ensure permanent infrastructures with adequate open spaces to groom students as enlightened human beings.
LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Syed Ashraful Islam said a political quarter is trying to create disorder in the country with an aim to save war criminals and its corrupt, self-exiled, and detained leaders.
In the wake of alleged irregularities in distributing government's donation to the ultra poor, a parliamentary body yesterday asked authorities concerned to enquire whether any corruption or nepotism took place to this end.
Environmentalists at a rally yesterday sought the prime minister's intervention in saving the city's playgrounds by removing concrete structures built on them.
The Australian High Commissioner on Wednesday celebrated completion of “Great Aussie Rickshaw Ride”, a unique idea to raise awareness about global poverty and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) through riding rickshaw across Australia.
Every year about 1.5 lakh newborns in Bangladesh suffer from the chronic hepatitis B virus, easily preventable by vaccination, said National Professor MR Khan at a conference yesterday.
At least 26 shops and 10 houses were gutted in a fire in the port city early yesterday.
The government should take measures to raise people's awareness about the harmful radiation from mobile phones and other electronic devices, which silently and invisibly pollute the environment and damage health as well.
President of Jamaat-e-Islami-backed Islami Chhatra Shibir Rezaul Karim yesterday made some provocative remarks about the prime minister and home minister, referring to the BDR canage and Paltan killings.
Speakers at a condolence meeting called upon the government to take steps to preserve the memory of one of the liberation war organisers Mirza Aziza Idris.
The High Court yesterday directed the government not to bar Khandaker Mahbub Hossain, Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) president, from going abroad.
Intern doctors at Dhaka National Medical College Hospital under Sutrapur finally called off their strike and joined work yesterday after 27 hours of work abstention.
Unidentified criminals exploded a 'bomb' targeting the offices of private television channel Desh TV and the daily Bhorer Kagoj at Shahid Sangbadik Selina Parveen sarak in Malibagh in the city last night.
A Dhaka court yesterday asked daily Kaler Kantha editor and publisher to appear before it on January 18 in connection with a defamation case filed by Xenovalley Model Town against them.
Prospect of sugarcane production in Mohimaganj Sugar Mills areas in Gaibandha seems bleak following widespread pest attack that badly affected sugar production ahead of the coming crushing season.
Greater Khulna Development Action Coordination Committee (GKDACC) yesterday formed a human chain at Picture Palace Cinema Hall intersection in the city yesterday to press for its 13-point demand for development of greater Khulna.
Two members of outlawed outfits were shot dead over internal feuds in two incidents in Pabna yesterday.
Victim of merciless beating by his teacher on Tuesday, a class II student, is undergoing treatment at a local clinic.
Police recovered 350 chocolate bombs and explosives from a passenger bus in Juri upazila of Moulvibazar district yesterday while Rab seized two firearms from a bus counter on Wednesday night in Kushtia.
A court here yesterday acquitted all the three accused in Mongla Pourasava chairman M A Baten murder case.
Criminals robbed a Chittagong-bound rice-laden truck from Gazipur and left it after looting 280 bags of rice worth Tk 4.67 lakh early Monday.
Police arrested a youth for stalking a schoolgirl in Namoshankarbati area in Chapainawabagnj town yesterday.
A man was killed over land dispute at Shahapara village under Debigonj upazila of Panchagarh district on Wednesday.
Incidence of dengue fever is on the rise in the capital. This is a mosquito-borne endemic disease which has no specific treatment. Dengue is caused by any one of four dengue viruses spread by Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes. They thrive in and near human habitations where they breed in the cleanest water. The city dwellers have been getting infected by dengue for the last two or three months.
The government has decided to shut down the CNG filling stations for six hours a day in Dhaka city in order to meet the household demands. But I suggest the govt. stop the supply of CNG to private vehicles totally. It should be provided to public transports only, which are used by the general mass of the people.
Bangladesh has made rapid stride in the shipbuilding sector, and we are now building small ships for the foreign countries. With the proper implementation and regulation of R&D, QC and safety measures, this sector could brighten up the economics of the nation.
The World Health Organization (WHO) notes with concern that the trend in tobacco consumption in many developing countries is worrying. About 70 percent of tobacco used in Bangladesh is smoked as cigarettes or 'bidis'. 20 percent of tobacco is chewed and the rest is used in hookahs, pipes, etc.
As a people, we Bangladeshis are so used to bad tidings that we tend to go overboard at the mere hint of a silver lining in the dark clouds that envelope us most of the time. The “reward” of a plot of land (where?) and a car (SUV?) to 20 members of the Bangladesh cricket team is, to say the least, a knee-jerk action, that is not justified by their performance on the field. Please consider the facts:
Law and order has deteriorated severely in the capital. Almost everyone I know living in the capital, has an experience of getting mugged. I was mugged twice this year in the city's College Gate area. One of my friends was not only mugged but also physically attacked by the muggers as he refused to give in to their demands. He is still suffering from severe injuries. The incidents of mugging occur in daytime also. We are never safe while commuting in the city.
Believe it or not, Bangladesh might enter the Guinness Book of Records as the mega beggars of the world, judging by the photo published in The Daily Star of 28/9/10 of a trained elephant begging for money at a Dhaka street (a mother with a child in her lap offering a GC note to the extended trunk of the elephant). Is begging going to be a mega business soon in Bangladesh?
Your staff correspondent's report on the subject matter, published in your pages on 16th October, where it was stated that Prof. Abdullah Abu Sayeed of Bishwa Shahitya Kendra talked about the journalists' capability in writing correctly, grammar and composition wise. I agree with his views based on my regular reading of four English dailies of Dhaka, practically from the first to the last page, as well as their weekly magazines and other English weeklies.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni started his life as a ticket collector in the Indian Railways. Now, after playing cricket for some years, he is rich beyond imagination. He lives in a palatial house in Ranchi, owns many expensive sports cars, motorcycles and what not. Thanks to the game of cricket, more aptly to over commercialisation of cricket. Cricket sells and sells like crazy.
To the utter dismay of the investors, the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) is interfering very much in the share market in the name of preserving the interest of small shareholders, by restricting loans, right shares, company's dividend, and by asking unnecessary explanation from the companies or by forming committees to investigate companies' affairs. Thereby, the share market is becoming volatile.
The present government has imposed tax on cars, as they did during their previous tenure. The BNP government led by Khaleda Zia did away with such a ridiculous tax when it returned to power. I wonder in how many countries of the world, this tax on cars is prevalent, at least I have not found it in Houston, Texas.
Let us have a look at the CNG filling stations in Dhaka city. What do we see? Traffic jams and long queues of course. The government has ordered that all gas pumps must be closed by three in the afternoon. It has created nothing but traffic jams. My school journey in the morning is a nightmare. The roads are packed with cars and these create gridlocks everywhere. I am getting late for school almost every day. Previously, when this rule wasn't there, everyone used to take gas whenever they needed it. I urge the govt. to withdraw this order.
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The death toll from a tsunami that pummelled remote Indonesian islands soared to 343 yesterday as questions mounted over whether an elaborate warning system had failed.
France and some allied Nato armies could begin to withdraw some of their forces from the conflict in Afghanistan as early as 2011, Defence Minister Herve Morin said Thursday.
The US government has spent about $55bn on rebuilding in Afghanistan since 2001 but cannot easily show how the money was spent, a government watchdog says.
Myanmar has told its neighbours that democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi may be freed after the November 7 elections, according to a source at a summit where the junta is under fire over the discredited polls.
A system which could one day allow scientists to record people's dream has been developed.
An Afghan election watchdog has registered almost 6,000 complaints following last month's parliamentary poll, around half of which could affect the final results, an official said yesterday.
The head of MI6, the Secret Intelligence Service, has insisted it has "nothing whatsoever" to do with torture but warned that it had to work with agencies from other countries which were not always "friendly democracies".
An official says an 18-month-old baby has been found alive in a clump of trees days after the devastating tsunami that killed at least 343 people.
At least 11 suspected militants have been killed in drone strikes in north-west Pakistan in the past 24 hours, local officials say.
The controversial issue of stapled Chinese visas to Kashmiris and Sino-India economic ties are expected to figure in crucial talks between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabao here tomorrow.
Mohammed was the most popular name for newborn baby boys in England and Wales in 2009, according to official data released on Wednesday. But 12 different spellings of the name, each listed separately, meant that Oliver officially topped poll.
Gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire on a Japanese consular vehicle in Pakistan's largest city yesterday, wounding two of the mission's local employees and underscoring the poor security situation in the country.
A suspected al-Qaeda commander in the southern Yemen province of Abyan has surrendered to the authorities after negotiations conducted by tribal leaders, a security official said yesterday.
France believes that a audio message from al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden threatening attacks on French targets is genuine, the foreign ministry said yesterday.
Arts & Entertainment
I wasn't quite tuning into the music at first because I thought sitarist Firoz Khan was still tuning up.
Painter Malay Bala has earned much acclaim in the contemporary art scene. He is also a lecturer at the department of Oriental Art, Faculty of Fine Arts (FFA), Dhaka University. Mingling romanticism with mythical idyll is what sets his work apart.
Telefilm “Anubhabey Shimanto” will be aired today at 3:10 pm on Channel i. Written by Farhad Limon, the telefilm has been directed jointly by Sajjad Soni and MA Munna.
When Shironamhin's fourth studio album “Shironamhin Rabindranath” hit the market around last Eid-ul-Fitr, it generated much buzz among the band's fan base and music enthusiasts in general. The title of the album suggests that it features Rabindra Sangeet, but in a new avatar. Shironamhin has given the Nobel laureate poet's timeless compositions a rock makeover.
For the first time a workshop on Kathakali dance will be held in Bangladesh. Shanto Marium University of Creative Technology and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) are jointly arranging the workshop. The workshop started yesterday at the university's dance floor and will continue till October 31, according to a press release.
TWO week ago it was World Hand Washing Day. We have got Victory Day, Independence Day, Valentine's Day and many more national and international days. Why not observe one more, the National Depravity Day on October 28? Every now and then it will remind us that not so long ago this country was reeling on the brink of madness.
BANGLADESH'S progress in poverty reduction and move towards food self-sufficiency has been noteworthy. But while numbers hint at a success story, a more nuanced look at the story behind the numbers may bring little comfort. Over 40% of the population still lives below the food-consumption based poverty line and the overall incidence of poverty remains high. Malnourished and highly vulnerable, they lack the income and assets to protect themselves against livelihood fluctuations, diseases, monga or natural disasters.
IN a surprise move the Central Bank of China has just raised interest rates for the first time in three years. According to an announcement made by the People's Bank of China on October 19, effective immediately, the benchmark one-year deposit rate will be raised to 2.25% and the lending rate to 5.56%.
WE are very hopeful about the prospect of the Hasina-Manmohan Accord because both the governments appear to be enthusiastic about establishing good neighbourly relations. It is regrettable that at the implementation stage of the treaty we find the same slow pace as in the past, mainly because of lack of expected progress of implementation on the Indian side.
A global information and communication technology (ICT) report has lauded Bangladesh's two initiatives -- one by Banglalink and the other by Grameenphone that cater to the market information needs of rural farmers.
Australia's major telecom firm Telstra unveiled a tablet device to rival Apple's iPad on Wednesday, featuring many of the same functions but with the added bonus of also working as a mobile phone.
Since the inception of smartphone revolution, mobile widgets became one of its most crucial tools to add versatility. Mobile widgets are applications that can be installed on mobile phones or mobile devices to add useful functionality to the device. Mobile widgets provide various functions that make life a lot easier.
Country's largest annual ICT showcase 'BCS ICT World 2010' kicks off tomorrow in the city with the theme of building a 'Digital Bangladesh for the new generation'.