News of: Friday, 5th of November, 2010
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Chief Justice ABM Khairul Haque yesterday administered oath to four additional High Court judges amid raucous demonstrations by pro-BNP-Jamaat lawyers.
US President Barack Obama says he believes US voters are feeling frustrated with the pace of economic recovery, after mid-term poll losses.
A local power company along with its American partner General Electric yesterday had its third winning bid in a major power project -- Bibiyana phase-II -- to become the first one in the country going for a total investment of one billion dollars in this sector.
Sepoy Selim Reza, one of the main accused in the Pilkhana mutiny case, once again drew media attention yesterday by bringing an allegation of assault on a co-accused by an army official in the courtroom.
The government yesterday increased the CNG-run auto-rickshaw fare, fixing the lowest fare at Tk 25, with effect from next January.
A police officer sustained head injury when activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League and local goons attacked the law enforcers for detaining a youth on charge of stalking garment workers in the port city on Wednesday night.
Five army personnel were convicted and sentenced to five years' imprisonment yesterday in connection with the attempted murder of ruling Awami League lawmaker Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh in October last year.
Visiting British Labour party lawmaker Rushanara Ali pledged continuous support of her country for Bangladesh as she called on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and opposition leader Khaleda Zia yesterday.
Over 14 lakh class-eight students from schools and madrasas across the country participated in the first ever Junior School Certificate (JSC) and Junior Dakhil Certificate (JDC) examinations yesterday.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked the
The hearing on charge framing against Rid Pharma-ceuticals managing director and four other officials in the case filed for manufacturing toxic paracetamol syrup delays as the accused and defence lawyers keep seeking adjournments.
Bangladesh has been ranked number one in Lonely Planet's list of the Best-Value Destinations for 2011.
BNP will allow transit facilities for India if it proves profitable for Bangladesh, but will go tough against the government move if the facilities do not serve national interest.
The Supreme Court will start hearing on Sunday the long pending appeals against the High Court's acquittal of six former military personnel in the jail killing case.
Four textile and dyeing factories in Gazipur were fined Tk 37 lakh for discharging untreated liquid waste in the Turag River yesterday.
Five years after a Nasa spacecraft bombarded a comet, it will visit another one Thursday. This time, there won't be celestial fireworks.
President Obama's plain and simple sentence says it all. It feels bad, said he at his news conference on Wednesday about the results of the mid-term elections. And well he might, for the outcome of the polls has clearly placed his policies in jeopardy. It may well be that the results will have an impact on his prospects for re-election in 2012, though it might be argued that at this point in their presidencies, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton went through a similar experience in mid-term defeat. The difficulty for Mr. Obama, though, is that he came to office two years ago promising change in America. His slogan of “yes we can” resonated all across the country, to a point where he was able to beat more well-known rivals for the Democratic nomination before going on to beat the Republican John McCain at the election. Today, it is his enemies who are truly crowing. The president has himself acknowledged the difficulties he will clearly have with a Congress whose incoming speaker has publicly asked him to change course.
The violence at the Stamford University has raised eyebrows, since compared to public universities the privately run universities are known for campus peace and discipline. But the way the brawl over disallowing a student to participate in the exam conflagrated into mayhem on that campus has dealt a blow to the image of that particular university, which it will take time to slough off.
With only a four-day preparation and despite an unsatisfactory record against their scheduled opponents, the Bangladesh U23 football team is dreaming big and hoping for qualification for the second round of the Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.
Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid struck centuries in contrasting fashion as India racked up 329-3 on the opening day of the first Test against New Zealand on Thursday.
It seems that Mashrafe Bin Mortaza is in a hurry to return to action as the pace spearhead has already started to bowl during practice yesterday at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.
Pakistan cricket authorities have suspended the contracts of players Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer, under investigation over spot-fixing allegations, an official said Thursday.
Real Madrid struck late on to earn a 2-2 draw at AC Milan on Wednesday and secure a place in the Champions League knockout phase, where they were joined by Chelsea and Bayern Munich.
GM Ziaur Rahman lost his solo lead in the Berger Six Seasons Grandmasters Chess Tourna-ment when he drew against Uzbek GM Vakhidov Tair in the sixth round at the Tulip Lounge of Uttara Club yesterday.
Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club crushed North Bengal Cricket Academy by eight wickets in the First Division Cricket League at the Dhaka University ground yesterday.
Bangladesh Army clinched the inter-service volleyball title at the Volleyball playground in Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) Base Kurmitola yesterday.
Bangladesh Under-17s rode on Saikat's six-wicket haul to take control on the opening day of their three-day game against Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) Under-17 side at the Comilla Stadium yesterday.
Stand-in captain Michael Clarke said Wednesday Australia's inability to kill off opposing teams was becoming a serious issue.
Roger Federer turned in a second consecutive dream performance on Wednesday to give his home fans more satisfaction as he rolled Serb Janko Tipsarevic 6-3, 6-4 at the Swiss Indoors.
Former Indian Premier League (IPL) Chairman Lalit Modi has stressed at a London conference that he was not hiding, but would not consider returning to India to answer corruption charges.
Australia have now lost six internationals in a row since July, and three weeks from the first ball of the Ashes that's a worrying position to be in. More immediately, they must find a way to bounce back at the SCG in the second ODI of the three-match contest, or Sri Lanka will win a series in Australia for the first time.
Bollywood stars Shah Rukh Khan, Anil Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra will bid farewell to retiring South African fast bowler Makhaya Ntini in a glittering concert in Durban on January 9 next year.
The 12th Standard Chartered School Chess Tournament gets underway today at the Auditorium lounge of the National Sports Council Tower with an expectation of over 150 participants.
Out-of-favour veteran South Africa opener Herschelle Gibbs has no regrets about the "bunch of animals" remark directed towards the Pakistani fans during a Test at Centurion in 2007 but said by no means he was a racist.
England team announced on Thursday for this week's three-day tour match against Western Australia, ahead of the Ashes Tests starting November 25:
Bangladesh Police annihilated Jessore 103-42 in the Citycell 24th National Basketball Championship at the Dhanmondi Basketball Stadium yesterday.
While Tottenham Hotspur have attacked the Champions League like an average sprinter in his one Olympic shot, London rivals Chelsea are like Usain Bolt, using the group stage to ease smoothly into their stride.
France striker Andre-Pierre Gignac hit a hattrick as Marseille recorded the biggest ever Champions League away win on Wednesday in a 7-0 demolition of Group F whipping boys Zilina.
Eduardo da Silva ended Arsenal's 100 per cent start in the Champions League as the Croatian's clinical strike gave Shakhtar Donetsk a 2-1 win over his former club on Wednesday.
Former Inter Milan striker Mario Balotelli admits his full Premier League debut for Manchester City against Wolves last weekend gave him a fresh insight into the unforgiving nature and pace of the English game.
Argentine football icon Diego Maradona received a royal welcome in Beijing Thursday, offering his services to the nation and expressing bemusement as to why Team China has failed to shine.
Aston Villa striker Emile Heskey has been ruled out for up to a month after picking up a knee injury in training, the Premier League club said on Thursday.
Former Germany coach Jurgen Klinsmann will join Major League Soccer (MLS) side FC Toronto as an advisor, the Canadian club announced on Wednesday.
Liverpool announced the appointment of former Tottenham sporting director Damien Comolli on Wednesday, as part of their bid to overhaul their recruitment process.
Germany's World Cup captain Philipp Lahm has agreed a new deal with Bayern Munich that will keep him at the Bundesliga champions until 2016, the club said Thursday.
Aggressive reforms have eased way for doing business in Bangladesh and lifted the country's overall ranking by four places to 107th in the World Bank Doing Business Report for 2011.
The price of AIMS 1st Mutual Fund soared by a maximum of 20 percent yesterday, as the stockmarket regulator has approved the fund's rights offer and bonus dividend.
Inward remittance increased slightly in October, but the total amount fetched in the first four months of the current fiscal year marked a fall.
The European Business School (EBS) University in Germany has launched a Social Business Chair to develop competences and skills for leadership of a new economic model.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $23 million technical assistance loan to Bangladesh to expedite the implementation of prioritised sub-regional transport projects.
Bangladesh Bank has directed all scheduled banks to bring private sector credit under watch to stop any diversion to unproductive sectors.
The country's biggest housing expo started yesterday on an upbeat note as realtors expect to bag brisk orders from homebuyers.
The country's first-ever hi-tech park at Kaliakoir in Gazipur is almost ready for landing of investors in hi-tech sectors, especially, information technology, electronics and telecommunication.
Microlenders should revise the lending system and develop products appropriate for borrowers as the loan-only-method is failing to eliminate poverty at desired pace, an economist said yesterday.
A Bangladeshi IT firm has come out second in a global competition for innovative technology in the Microfinance Recognition Awards in Washington recently.
The second international tourism fair kicked off at Ichhamati Hall of Hotel Agrabad in Chittagong yesterday.
A major Thai construction firm said on Thursday that it had signed an infrastructure deal with Myanmar, in a project that includes building a giant deep sea port in the impoverished nation.
Unaudited quarterly accounts for the third quarter to September 30 show the insurer reported net profit of Tk 9.46 million with earnings per share (EPS) of Tk 5.07 against Tk 9.65 million and Tk 5.17 (restated) respectively for the same a-year-ago period. Net profit was Tk 48.68 million with EPS of Tk 26.08 for the period of nine months to September 30 against Tk 25.98 million and Tk 13.92 (restated) respectively for the same period of the previous year.
A larger-than-expected US Federal Reserve spending injection helped push oil past 85 dollars in Asia on Thursday, analysts said.
Speakers at a discussion yesterday categorically demanded restoration of the '72 constitution to establish a non-communal democratic and repression-free country and protect human rights.
Jamaat leaders Motiur Rahman Nizami, Abdus Subhan, Ishhaque, 50 to 60 of their men and some Naxalites worked as the collaborators of the Pakistan occupation army and killed innocent people of the district during the War of Liberation.
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Hassan Mahmood Khandker requested the media to term ''eve teasing'' sexual harassment or women repression or an offence so that culprits cannot evade due punishment.
British oil and gas exploration giant Cairn Energy is going to sell out its stakes in Sangu gas field and also the Block-16 exploration acreage to its Australian partner Santos.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged Sweden to import ships from Bangladesh as the country is manufacturing ships that meet the international standard.
Additional 16 trains and 200 buses of BRTA will run on different routes across the country ahead of holy Eid-ul-Azha to ensure easy and safe journey of homebound people.
At least three people were killed and 27 others injured in separate road accidents in Mymensingh and Sirajganj yesterday.
A number of ward councillors of Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) here yesterday condemned the confinement of the mayor by members of an outdoor advertisement owners association on Tuesday.
Bangladesh Bank yesterday asked all commercial banks to give information about bank accounts of BNP leader Mirza Abbas and of his family members within three days.
A three-day long 'Teachers' Training Programme' on International Humanitarian Law (IHL) for faculty members of arts and social science from different universities of Bangladesh will start here from November 7.
The Bangladesh Telecommunication Company Limited (BTCL) is planning to kick off National Internet Exchange (NIX), the country's first ever state-run initiative, on December 31.
The Hindus will celebrate the Dipabali and Shyma Puja (Kali Puja) tonight across the country with festivities and traditional rituals.
The government yesterday initialled two more rental power contracts with two local companies for generation of around 130 megawatts of electricity.
A security guard of a housing and developers' company was strangled in its corporate office in the city's Uttara early yesterday.
Doctors, nurses, medical and nursing students and staff of Barisal Sher-e- Bangla Medical College and Hospital (SBMCH) yesterday formed a human chain on the campus demanding improvement of service, work environment and arrangement of modern medical equipment.
Sylhet Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal has fixed November 22 to start trial proceedings against seven accused, including outlawed JMB chief Maulana Saidur Rahman, in two cases for serial blasts in Habiganj town on August 17 2005.
Sixteen Bangladeshi national, arrested by the Border Security Force (BSF) of India for illegal entry into that country through Kashipur border under Fulbari upazila of the district on Tuesday, were handed over to Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) personnel on Wednesday.
A widow, who sustained severe burn injuries in an acid attack in Goainghat upazila on Wednesday, is fighting for life at Sylhet Osmani Medical College Hospital.
Five young men, arrested in connection with the abduction and murder of 4-year-old Nahid, yesterday confessed to killing the boy for ransom.
She was born with one hand and that too is badly deformed.
A bailey bridge, which was declared unfit for movement of heavy vehicles three years ago, finally collapsed on the night of October 30 in Kalmakanda upazila of Netrakona district.
Five people were injured, two of them critically, in a bomb explosion at Mothurapur village in Gangni upazila of Meherpur yesterday morning.
A court here yesterday sentenced four people to death and fined Tk 25,000 each for killing a photographer of Monohordi upazila of the district.
Mizanur Rashid was a solid man. He did not win a medal in the last Commonwealth games, neither did he fight a renowned case in the court and win. His achievements are within his own perimeter of work. He tried to protest a wrongdoing. That was not done with a view to achieving any personal gain. In fact, not only did he volunteer in favour of discipline and decency, but he also was ready to put himself in danger doing so. He was ready; he was upright and bold to protect his students come what may. I believe that is called courage and dignity. He considered it his duty to uphold the honour and dignity of people around him. He wanted to ensure their rights.
This year CU, IU and JU held the admission tests before medical college, BUET and DU. If a student gets admitted to CU or IU first, later, when he is selected for admission to Medical college or BUET, he will obviously leave the previous university and get admitted in Medical college or BUET. In this way, the guardians are compelled to waste a lot of money every year.
I am pleased to hear that the government will supply 6,740 new taxi cabs but I seem to remember the same thing happened some years ago and the only result was that the drivers behind the wheels of the new cars were, on the whole, more arrogant and undisciplined than those behind the wheels of the old ones! How old a taxi is, surely, is less important than a taxi service being managed effectively so that they serve at least one section of the travelling public, though admittedly a small one. When I lived in Lalmatia, some years ago, with no car, I remember trying to get home from Gulshan and the taxi drivers lined up to vie with one another to humiliate and mock this single foreign woman, shouting higher and higher prices. Today, several people I know without cars have given up trying to visit other parts of Dhaka because of bad experiences of trying to get home by taxi.
The ruling Grand Alliance committed in their election manifesto to bring down prices of essential items within the reach of common people. With that end in view they provided additional subsidy of taka two thousand crore to urea fertiliser soon after coming to power. But in reality, prices of rice and wheat have gone up despite the bumper crop.
Digital Bangladesh is indeed a name of a dream. To implement the dream, the present government has launched online-based academic activities, mobile-based rail tickets service, etc.
The government's decision to keep CNG filling stations closed for 6 hours is not well thought out and without any sense of proportion. The magnitude of miseries caused by this decision is enormous and people of all walks of life are suffering.
Kids today, I'm talking about 10-year-olds, have convinced their parents that they desperately need cell phones. And not just any cell phones! They need unlimited 'texting' options, internet access, mp3 downloading capabilities and more. Granting kids free access to too much information through the cell phones can be harmful. If they can't handle it responsibly they shouldn't be accessing it in the first place. We live in a very difficult and sometimes dangerous world. It is very easy for the children to receive text messages and pictures that the parents may not approve of. Along with that, cell phones pose serious health hazards to the children. Sometimes eve-teasing starts with a simple phone call to a teen.
Only a few days ago Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said that Islamist parties wouldn't be banned. But on October 25, 2010 we have learnt from the news media that our Law Minister has said that Islamist parties will be automatically banned if the Constitution is reprinted in the light of Supreme Court interpretation.
The DS's news of 7th October entitled “People worried at bad governance” drew my attention. The news was on a lecture given by Justice Mohammad Habibur Rahman, the ex-CJ and former Chief Adviser to the Caretaker Government.
I am a great admirer of writings of Nur Jahan of Chittagong. But in this particular case, I would respectfully like to differ with her.
Both avalanche/landslide are similar except in the composition of their matter snow/ice and earth/mud. When snow does not compact to bear fresh snow on steep slopes, adverse weather causes un-stability and avalanches. Similarly, deforested hills crumble into landslides after heavy rainfall. Everything in their path is swept clean.
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Half of Nepalese children under five years old suffer from stunted growth as a result of a chronic lack of food, the government and the United Nations said in a report released yesterday.
Afghanistan's international airlines are facing a possible ban from European air space on safety grounds as early as next week, officials said yesterday.
A massive cyber attack has crippled Internet services in Myanmar ahead of Sunday's election, IT experts and web service providers say, raising fears of a communications blackout for the vote.
Pakistan will need to walk a tightrope to secure its interests in US-backed reconciliation efforts in Afghanistan, at risk of being sidelined by the Taliban and the Kabul government, analysts say.
A weakened US President Barack Obama visits India this week to counter perceptions he has relegated the Asian power behind rivals China and Pakistan, but he may struggle to seal deals to help usher in billions of dollars of business.
Serbian President Boris Tadic has apologized for Serb wartime atrocities at the site where more than 200 Croats were slain by Serb rebels during the 1991 war.
This is a two-person, two-party town now.
One of the two parcel bombs intercepted last week after being sent from Yemen was defused 17 minutes before it was due to explode, France's Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux has said.
A whopping Rs74 million have been spent on renovating Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani's official residence and his majestic secretariat in the past 30 months, reveal documents tabled in the National Assembly.
al-Qaeda number two Ayman al-Zawahiri called on Muslims yesterday to avenge the sentencing of Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani scientist jailed for 86 years by a US court, the SITE monitoring service said.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Tata Sons Chairman Ratan Tata are among the five Indians named among the most powerful people in the world by Forbes in its this year's list of 68 people "who matter".
The Australian airline Qantas has grounded its six-strong fleet of Airbus A380 airliners after one of the super jumbos made an emergency landing.
Afghanistan's top prosecutor has opened an investigation into the country's electoral authorities, saying they have not clearly explained their reasoning for throwing out nearly a quarter of the votes cast in September's parliamentary polls, an official said yesterday.
The White House will, of course, stay in Washington but the heart of the famous building will move to India when President Barack Obama lands in Mumbai on Saturday.
Thousands of Iranians chanted "Death to America" as they staged yesterday a mass protest against the "Great Satan" to mark the 31st anniversary of the capture of the American embassy by Islamist students.
In another grisly turn in Mexico's drug war, police have recovered 18 bodies from a mass grave announced in a YouTube posting a video saying the victims were from a tourist group kidnapped in Acapulco a month ago.
US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says the Obama administration is working "non-stop" on a path to resume stalled peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, and she plans to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he is in the United States next week.
Arts & Entertainment
The Daily Star recently caught up with popular movie actress Moushumi at FDC. Here are highlights from the conversation.
Noted actress turned politician Kabori has been invited to the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) to be held in Goa later this month.
The busy TV and film actor Mosharraf Karim, who was voted in as the celebrity of the month, took calls at The Daily Star office last week. The actor rushed from a shooting spot at Uttara to speak to his fans.
The weeklong 5th Annual Dhaka University Theatre Festival began on November 4 at the university's TSC Auditorium. The Department of Theatre, DU has arranged the festival, featuring four plays by different universities.
“This is where I find solitude and can leave my worries behind,” says petite danseuse Manjari Chaturvedi as one meets up with in her basement-studio in a busy South Delhi locality. The room is sparsely finished with several photographs of her dancing, a couple of bookshelves and a striking glass painting of Banke Bihari (Lord Krishna) from the holy land of Vrindavan. She settles down on floor cushions to talk about her upcoming Kathak concert, titled 'Radha Raas'.
Kanye West probably shouldn't look for an invitation to any of former US President George W. Bush's coming book parties.
TV serial “Chandrabindu” will be aired tonight at 9:05 pm on Banglavision. The serial is written and directed by Idris Haider.
Today on HBO at 3:15pm
A civilisation lives in its households although Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky would like to place it somewhere else. He argues that the degree of civilisation in a society can be judged by entering its prisons. Last week the Rapid Action Battalion entered a house in this city, and found it was a prison. A ten-year-old child was being detained there, inhumanely tortured by the lady of the house.
After decades of watching China follow Deng Xiaoping's dictum of taoguang yanghui -- translated as "bide our time and build up our capabilities" -- observers may be forgiven for thinking that China has decided its capabilities are sufficient and its time has come.
Planning requires analysis of more or less the entire spectrum of population development, although some variables are of direct relevance to the formulation of plan, while others are indispensable for understanding the population process. Because of this, demographic analysis should be as comprehensive as feasible. It must encompass the following topics: the size and growth of population and its components, the age-sex structure, the spatial distribution and redistribution, and the socio-economic structures of the population.
Dhaka is one of the most densely populated and rapidly expanding mega cities in the world. Over 30 million people live in various cities in Bangladesh, which is roughly around 24% of the total population. It is estimated that this number will increase to about 68 million by 2015.
Myanmar will hold multi-party national parliamentary elections on November 7. The hope is that the majority party in the parliament will form a civilian "democratic" government.
An old saying in the ancient 'Middle Kingdom' used to go like this -- “Even the loftiest towers rise from the ground”-- meaning that even the most successful venture in the world has its roots in one single idea or a dream.
Executives may not be able to beam a full three-dimensional image of themselves across the world just yet but researchers are a step closer to 3-D real-time images, an advance in holographic technology that could make video conferencing far more lifelike.
The highly anticipated Nokia N8, latest entertainment smartphone with Ovi services, is now available for pre-booking in Bangladesh, says a press release.
Qubee, a WiMAX service provider in the country has introduced its latest modem UH235, says a press release.