News of: Sunday, 7th of November, 2010
The five army officers dismissed recently for the bomb attack on Fazle Noor Taposh had done so, believing that the Awami League lawmaker had a hand in the BDR mutiny.
Different NGO activists and politicians yesterday demanded government's effective measures to recover the illegally occupied canals and wetlands in the city to maintain ecological balance and to make the city liveable.
US President Barack Obama announced $10 billion in business deals yesterday as he arrived in India to boost US exports and jobs after a mauling in mid-term polls, but he ran into immediate controversy over Pakistan.
A leader of Swechchhasebak League was shot dead at Gandaria in Old Dhaka early yesterday.
At least 50 people including an assistant superintendent of police and 14 other policemen were injured as garment workers clashed with law enforcers at Naojore in Gazipur yesterday.
Regional cooperation and understanding are the two main ingredients for resolving water sharing and management issues in the region.
A ruling Awami League (AL) leader and his men yesterday vandalised the Kashiani upazila youth development office in Gopalganj as his candidates were not listed for government jobs.
Jamaat Ameer Motiur Rahman Nizami, now detained, masterminded the massacres in Santhia upazila and elsewhere in the district in 1971, a war crimes probe finds.
Country's three maritime ports have been asked to hoist warning signal No 2 as the severe cyclonic storm 'Jal' over southwest Bay and adjoining southeast Bay moved slightly northwestwards over the same area.
Beximco Group has paired up with other investors to buy a 55 percent stake in home appliances giant Singer Bangladesh.
As Foreign Minister Dipu Moni lays the foundation of a memorial in a verdant park of Tripura, it opens a new chapter in tributes to Indian soldiers and Mukti Joddhas martyred in the Liberation War, 1971.
The National Moon Sighting Committee will meet today at Islamic Foundation to fix the date of holy Eid-ul-Azha after reviewing the moon sighting news of Jilhaj month.
Labour MP Paul Farrelly has admitted he "wrestled" a man to the floor inside the Houses of Parliament.
A new album by Michael Jackson is to be released next month, including never-before-heard songs by the self-styled King of Pop before his death last year, his record company said Friday.
There are no signs North Korea has resumed nuclear activity at the site where it previously produced weapons-grade plutonium, a former US envoy was quoted as saying yesterday after a trip to the country.
US Vice President Joseph Biden today will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is coming to the United States after a Republican victory that is unlikely to ease US pressure on Israel over stalled peace talks.
Good news has always a cheery ring to it. There are all the moments when the state of the country's politics has a disquieting effect on us all and for the right reasons. Even so, for all the confrontational nature of politics, for all our feeling that we may have been caught up in a morass, we do get to be encouraged when we are given a glimpse of the inner strength of our people which reports of a global nature sometimes hold up for us. The UNDP's Human Development Report 2010 is one of those instances that should be acting as a spur to our goals, to a fulfillment of them, for the future. In a wide-ranging survey of countries, the report places Bangladesh in third position among 95 countries in terms of an improvement in the quality of life. For good measure, the report shows that the Human Development Index in Bangladesh has gone up by as much as 81 per cent since 1981. Of course, one does not really require a report to know of the various areas where the country has made advances. In terms of the economy, such fields as garments have performed remarkably. In similar manner, the remittances that have made their way into the country from abroad, owing to the presence of a large body of Bangladeshi manpower in various countries, have brought about qualitative changes in life, particularly at the rural levels.
As successful women entrepreneurs are leading the way, more and more women are being drawn to follow in their footsteps. It is at this stage of edging out in different directions of enterprise that they are having to face newer challenges. These are in terms of access to information and resources, acquiring required entrepreneurial skill, overcoming vestigial remnants of social barriers and, above all, tiding over their vulnerability to corruption.
The two-day bourse of the Premier Division Cricket League began at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday, without much excitement.
Abdur Razzak, hardly the captain's most trusted fielder, never ran so fast, that too under a swerving ball that hasn't yet passed over his shoulder. Grant Elliott's top-edged sweep off Shakib Al Hasan that took off over square-leg began its abrupt descent while Razzak was still a few metres short of being under it.
Bangladesh have been further handicapped on the eve of their first match against Uzbekistan today after the skipper and veteran goalkeeper Aminul Haque was struck down by fever. He joins the long list of probable absentees that include defenders Wali Faisal, Atiqur Rahman Meshu and winger Zahid Hossain, who are also expected to miss today's match due to injuries.
Jesse Ryder struck a remarkable 103 and shared a 194-run partnership with debutant Kane Williamson to defy world number one India on the third day of the first Test against New Zealand on Saturday.
The national players are likely to play in the second phase of the National Cricket League one-day competition that begins tomorrow.
A rearguard half-century from Shuvam ensured a face-saving draw for the CAB Under-17 side in their three-day game against Bangladesh Under-17s at the Comilla Stadium yesterday.
GM Ziaur Rahman of Biman is once again in solo lead of the Berger Grandmasters Chess tournament with 5.5 points after end of the eighth round at the Tulip Lounge of Uttara Club yesterday.
Khulna, Bangladesh Navy and Bangladesh Rifles won their respective matches of the Citycell 24th National Basketball Championship at the Dhanmondi Basketball Stadium yesterday.
Rajshahi, Kushtia, Dhaka University, Natore, Mymensing, Chapainawabganj, Bandarban and Madaripur won their respective matches on the opening day of the EXIM Bank 20th National Men's Handball Tournament yesterday.
AC Milan players Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Oguchi Onyewu were involved in a furious training-ground bust-up on Friday, according to reports.
Pakistan tail-end batsman Zulqarnain Haider and Wahab Riaz pulled off a sensational one-wicket win for their team over South Africa in the fourth one-day match after Younis Khan's fifty here on Friday.
Australian newspapers Saturday accused Ricky Ponting's men of embarrassing, hapless and woeful play against Sri Lanka after the visitors scored their first-ever series success down under.
South African skipper Graeme Smith and Pakistan team coach Waqar Younis both described the fourth one-day match between their two teams as having been exciting and good for 50-over form of cricket.
Sweden's Robin Soderling put his title credentials on display with a 6-3, 6-2 domination of Frenchman Gael Monfils in the quarterfinals of the Valencia Open 500 on Friday.
Top-ranked Rafael Nadal withdrew from the Paris Masters on Friday because of a shoulder injury that will keep him sidelined for at least a week.
Australia, on Sunday will be fighting to avoid setting their worst losing streak in history when they take on Sri Lanka in the third ODI at Brisbane. Sri Lanka's breakthrough tour began with a Twenty20 victory and was followed by a great escape in Melbourne.
England received a stark reality check ahead of the Ashes in their three-day match against struggling Western Australia at the WACA Ground.
DRU-Pepsi Inter-House Media cricket tournament started at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium yesterday.
Former Spanish international great Raul scored a brace as Bundesliga strugglers Schalke 04 finally ended their jinx at the Veltins-Arena with a 3-0 home defeat of St. Pauli on Friday.
Arsenal teenager Jack Wilshere has vowed to add bite to Arsene Wenger's midfield by emulating Gunners legend Patrick Vieira.
Carlo Ancelotti has told his Chelsea stars that stopping in-form Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard is the key to victory at Anfield on Sunday.
Marseille's Argentine international defender Gabriel Heinze on Friday blasted a decision to deny access to visiting fans for Sunday's crunch showdown with old rivals Paris St Germain at the Parc des Princes, accusing the authorities of "knowing nothing about football."
Patrice Evra could be set to leave Manchester United in the summer as reports suggest that he is keen to move to Real Madrid amid concerns over investment in the squad.
France midfielder Franck Ribery's return to the Bayern Munich side after a six-week break has been further delayed by another week after the funeral of his aunt, it was revealed on Saturday.
December's classic Bundesliga showdown between rivals Schalke 04 and defending champions Bayern Munich will be televised with an added twist next month when an improvisation opera group will sing along.
Reports that Diego Maradona is keen to manage Iran are wide of the mark as the former Argentina boss prepares to visit the country.
Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge admitted Saturday the German giants are close to agreeing a compensation deal with the Dutch Football Federation (KNVB) over Arjen Robben.
Regent Airways, a venture of Chittagong-based conglomerate Habib Group, has made a foray into the aviation sector. Its maiden flights will take off Wednesday.
Mobile phone operators Grameenphone (GP) and Warid Telecom have recently struck a deal to share their telecom infrastructure.
Lafarge's plan to set up a Rs 1,000 plant in Meghalaya has hit a roadblock with locals stepping up their protests against the proposed project citing environmental hazards.
American International Group said Friday it lost 2.4 billion dollars in the third quarter, led by restructuring charges as the US government-rescued insurer struggles to pay back its bailout.
It was a busy weekend morning, when a few hundred visitors were placing queries at stalls at a five-day housing fair on the international trade fair ground in Agargaon yesterday.
Pressures mount on microlenders after the finance minister yesterday urged them to analyse their failure to bring down the number of extreme poor people in the country.
Bangladesh could not yet implement some major action plans, including the coal policy and tax reforms agreed at the last meeting of Bangladesh Development Forum (BDF).
Unfair trade is on the rise, as Bangladesh Tariff Commission (BTC) remains weak, said the commission's Chairman Mujibur Rahman yesterday.
Dhaka stocks went through another positive week. However, instead of gaining in every session of the last week, the indices lost marginally in three trading sessions, while those gained handsome in the last day of the week, reaching another new high.
AKM Shamsuddin has recently joined Premier Bank Ltd as deputy managing director, said a statement.
Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) Bangladesh is facing regulatory barriers to introduce structured financial products and expand its operations in the country.
President Barack Obama hailed India on Saturday as a vital source of US growth and jobs as his administration announced relaxation of U.S. export controls to spur trade between the two countries.
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke acknowledged Friday that emerging market growth had fuelled commodity prices rises, but said most of the increases would not be passed on to US consumers.
Wall Street stocks regained pre-crisis levels over the past week after the Federal Reserve promised a new massive stimulus plan.
Gold hit a record peak close to $1,400 an ounce after the US Federal Reserve agreed to pump the world's biggest economy with fresh stimulus.
The International Monetary Fund has decided to double its capital and adopted other reforms that will give China and other emerging-market economies a greater say in the financial institution.
Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Steve Ballmer sold $1.3 billion worth of shares in the company, cutting his stake by about 12 percent, but said his first stock sale in seven years should not be taken as a lack of confidence in the world's largest software firm.
Google Inc will begin blocking Facebook and other Web services from accessing its users' information, highlighting an intensifying rivalry between the two Internet giants.
US computer giant Dell has not ruled out going private as it weighs its options for the future, chief financial officer Brian Gladden said in an interview published Friday
October 31- November 4, 2010
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday directed the ministry concerned to finalise a national cooperatives policy on an urgent basis to infuse dynamism into cooperatives activities.
Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister G M Quader yesterday urged the hajj pilgrims to confirm their air tickets by today.
Speakers at a discussion yesterday said Col Taher was killed cold-bloodedly to diminish the spirit of the Liberation War, which tells of socialism, secularism, and economic freedom of the people.
Awami League (AL) General Secretary and LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Syed Ashraful Islam yesterday told party leaders and workers that there was nothing to be worried as AL was on the right track.
BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain yesterday termed Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's remarks over the party Chairperson Khaleda Zia's Gulshan office hours as narrow-mindedness.
Many residents at Habibnagar of Kadamtoli went into hiding in fear of being arrested in relation to Friday's incident in which five suspected robbers were beaten to death.
Speakers at a rally yesterday demanded immediate steps from the authorities concerned to reconstruct Salehpur Bridge and its approach roads to prevent road accidents.
A schoolgirl allegedly committed suicide at Jatrabari in the city yesterday evening.
Child Specialist and National Prof MR Khan yesterday called upon the leaders of the country to spend at least four hours of a week for the welfare of the country.
Main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) will observe 'National Revolution and Solidarity Day' today.
Governor of the US State of Oregon, Ted Kulongoski, will arrive in Dhaka on a three-day visit to Bangladesh on November 10.
Result of first year admission test of Ka unit of Dhaka University (DU) was published yesterday.
Eminent citizens and cultural activists yesterday said Kalim Sharafi will stay alive in people's mind for years as a prominent singer as well as an activist to the movement for establishing a society where healthy cultural activities are encouraged.
Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid yesterday said initiatives would be taken to form a pay scale and enhance dignity of the teachers.
Bangladesh Anti-Tobacco Alliance (Bata) demanded removal of shops that sell bidi and cigarettes near schools and colleges, as stalkers generally take position at these places and harass the girls.
Gross irregularities have been alleged in the preparation of list of affected farmers for distribution of agriculture inputs in Sunamganj district, which was severely hit by the devastating floods this year.
Locals call it Shakha Borak River. But the watercourse dries up fully in winter and during the monsoon it appears like a narrow canal.
Trial of 24 mutineers of Lalmonirhat 31 Rifles Battalion under Rangpur sector begins at special court-13 at the battalion headquarters in Lalmonirhat today.
Bangladesh-born British MP Rushnara Ali has said wealthy nations have a great role to play in reducing carbon emission and providing financial assistance to the vulnerable countries to enhance their capability to adapt to the global warming.
Devashish Saha Rony, prime accused in Chanpa Rani Bhowmik murder case, was yesterday sent to jail
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and task force members seized three trucks loaded with smuggled Indian clothes worth about Tk 13 crore in Rajshahi and Satkhira yesterday and the day before.
People of 16 districts of Khulna and Barisal Divisions under West Zone Power Distribution Company Limited (WZPDCL) are suffering due to severe power outage as two plants of Khulna Power Station (KPS) have remained inoperative due to technical glitches.
At least 20 activists were injured in a gunfight between two factions of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) at Biani Bazar upazila headquarters yesterday.
Police recovered the body of a college student from Jamuripara village under Sadar upazila yesterday.
Although waterways is a popular form of water transport, shallow depth of many rivers, canals and beels, compels to take longer detours. Further, shallow draft prevents having permanent ferry crossings and IWT launch terminals and wayside stations. These need to be shifted practically every year or so along with approach roads on both sides of the river for ferry crossings to enable motor vehicles to board the ferry. This is practically a regular problem for most of our land routes where one or even more ferry crossings have to be made.
Bangladesh cricket team's recent success against New Zealand is due to the combined leadership offered by all agencies concerned. But one aspect stands out (in the background): the captaincy of Shakib Al Hasan.
I have read Mr. Zafar Alam Bhuiyan's letter entitled 'Make early education interesting' in The Daily Star of October 20, 2010. I agree with him that a good and caring environment should be ensured for the children from the very beginning of their education. And it is the sacred duty of both the guardians and the teachers to guide them properly.
Dhaka is the 9th most populated capital city in the world. Its all areas, localities, roads and streets, govt. offices and commercial places, markets and bazaars, schools, colleges and universities, bus terminals, river stations, railways stations, banks and hospitals and what not are over crowded and jam-packed.
When there is acute shortage of gas supply for preparation of our meals the demand of the CNG stations for round the clock provision for supply to the private cars is just imprudent. For the last few months our women in the home have been facing dire odds to keep burners on and keep us fed in time. Gas, apart from household use, also caters for production of electricity, and to speak the truth, the power outage could never be so awful and miserable if priority for generation of power (electricity) was considered more imperative than granting the provision for random supply of gas to private cars. And making CNG available at a cheaper rate induced the haves to rush to buy cars and as a result Dhaka has witnessed the boom of private cars that has singly attributed to the present insoluble problem of traffic jam. However, public transport like three wheelers could get preference for obvious reason.
Some time ago, anxious to buy a railway ticket for over Eid, I went to Banani Railway Station, as instructed by the friends I am visiting, to buy the ticket I needed for a journey on November 13th. I was told I could not book until 9 days before the journey i.e. November 4th, so, on that afternoon, I duly joined the queue. After a time, there was an electricity cut and we were informed that, as the ticket machine worked by electricity, we would have to wait an hour. I waited in my car for an hour but, when I returned and was kindly pushed to the front of the queue, I was taken to one side and informed that the ticket could not be given to me as I had to get it on my mobile. My mind boggled. I was told I had to go to the Grameen Centre. Now in a daze, my car faced the jams back to Gulshan 2 once more.
Media reports frequently point out collapse of the approach roads to the bridges (especially small bridges). What is the solution?
Perhaps the Hon'ble PM is kept well posted about what is happening across the country, or to say rightly, what majority of the activists belonging to different branch outfits of the AL are committing caring damn to what causes disrepute of the government. Their bullying, rowdiness, and muscle flexing, especially in the spheres of public works have been the talk of the country, and the nation is well taking note of them. Though she warned them of dire consequences, but people observe, they are still being dealt with kid gloves and so they could carry out the murder in Baraigram, Natore just after the sensational attack on the high-ranking public servants in Pabna.
I am writing this letter to state the plight of millions who live under extreme poverty. Out of five basic needs food is something, which comes first. After around forty years of our independence, have we yet met the demand of 16.44 crore people? The simple answer is “NO”.
Although Bangladesh is a developing country, still compared to the other countries the teaching methods are very old and hence monotonous. The students of our country are hardworking and serious. This is the reason why many Bangladeshi students are studying in many renowned educational institutions around the world.
Traffic jam is everywhere around and you can't just avoid it. The long queue in front of the CNG filling stations is one of the reasons. Secondly, thousands of vehicles are being added to the streets of Dhaka every day. People park their vehicles in wrong places, drivers try to overtake each other, stop their cars in the middle of the road, and start arguing. These are some of the major reasons behind severe traffic jam. Nowadays it's really hard for me to get to my school in time.
Good customer service is the lifeblood of any business. You can offer promotions and slash prices to bring in as many new customers as you want, but unless you can get some of those customers to come back, your business won't be profitable for long. In Bangladesh service providers hardly think that way. Good customer service is all about bringing customers back. And about sending them away happy happy enough to pass positive feedback about your business along to others, who may then try the product or service you offer for them and in their turn become repeat customers.
US President Barack Obama has said India and the US are united against terrorism, as he visited the scene of deadly attacks in Mumbai in 2008.
Books on US President Barack Obama and posters bearing his image are selling fast in New Delhi and Mumbai, the two cities he is visiting on a trip to India.
Some of the bigger parties contesting Sunday's election in military-ruled Myanmar have raised fresh complaints of unfairness, including voters being threatened if they don't back the ruling junta's party.
Canadian officials have detained a young Asian man who apparently boarded a flight from Hong Kong to Vancouver disguised as an elderly white male.
Visiting US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle will not be visiting the Taj Mahal but will have a view of the Humayun's Tomb here, an artistic precursor to the 17th century monument of love in Agra, today.
Scribbled notes from Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar have surfaced in mosques all over Afghanistan's ethnic Pashtun heartland, threatening death to anyone who takes up a government offer to negotiate for peace, according to a long-time Taliban member.
Airlines cancelled at least 36 flights to and from Jakarta yesterday, affecting international carriers from Europe to Asia, because of ash from the Mount Merapi volcano, an airport spokesman said.
Thousands of mourners attended the funeral yesterday of a Pakistani politician who was stabbed in London in September in a slaying that set off rioting in his hometown of Karachi.
Heavy rain from Hurricane Tomas has battered western Haiti, causing floods, which have killed at least four people.
Western officials are crediting a Saudi intelligence tip they received in early October, nearly three weeks before terrorists in Yemen managed to smuggle mail bombs onto airplanes, with heading off what could have been a series of catastrophic explosions aboard jetliners.
Pakistan has handed over to India its latest dossier on the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks and a formal request regarding its proposal to send a commission to interview key witnesses in India in connection with the trial of seven Pakistani suspects linked to the incident.
The top Democrat in the US House of Representatives has said she wants to continue to lead her party in the chamber despite its big losses in the mid-term elections.
Siddhartha Shankar Ray, former chief minister of West Bengal, died last night in Kolkata after a protracted illness.
Arts & Entertainment
To mark the 150th birth anniversary of Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore which falls next year, a cultural programme was held at Selaidah Kuthibari on Friday evening.
Actors Mir Sabbbir and Chumki are perfectly matched. The two share a marriage based on the solid foundation of love and respect.
The Daily Star (TDS) interviewed them and found a couple at peace with themselves and each other.
Aminul Islam is one of the senior-most and acclaimed painters in our country. He was born in 1931 in Dhaka. Among his contemporaries are Murtaja Baseer, Rashid Chowdhury, Devbas Chakraborty and Abdur Razzaque. He made an immense contribution by introducing modern paintings in Bangladesh. He gradually changed his styles, and established himself as a significant painter in Bangladesh.
Noted troupe Aranyak Natyadal premiered its new play “Eit Yeokaste” at the Studio Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, on November 5. An adaptation of the Greek epic “Oedipus”, the play has been written and directed by Deepak Suman, a young member of the troupe. The play significantly centres on Jocasta, one of the lead characters from “Oedipus”.
A book launch of the compilation of Anis Chowdhury's works titled “Anis Chowdhury: Natyak Sangraha”, was held at Sufia Kamal Auditorium, National Museum on November 5. Noted educationist Professor Mustafa Nurul Islam, artist Quayyum Chowdhury, renowned cultural personality Jamil Chowdhury and Professor Anisuzzaman, among others, spoke on the occasion. Luva Nahid Chowdhury, DG, Bengal Foundation delivered the welcome speech at the programme. The speakers reflected on the life and career of Anis Chowdhury as well as his contributions to our literary milieu.
A cultural function featuring poetry recitation and songs was held at the inaugural ceremony of Magura Brittanta, a newly published weekly in Magura, on Friday afternoon at the auditorium of Sayed Ator Ali Public Library in the town.
After nearly two years of his previous hit movie "3 Idiots", Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan is ready with his next project as an actor-cum-producer--a suspense thriller.
The Rolling Stones plan to hit the road in 2011, despite rumours that they had retired from touring altogether.
Dhaka had an unforgettable taste of rock 'n' roll on November 5, as promising young bands of the city rocked a full house at Gulshan's Cuppa Coffee Club. 'Rock 'n' Roll: Episode 1' featured bands like Shunno, Bohemian, The Joint Family, Shade, Germantown, Alternation, Owned, Circus Police, Aftermath, Rainy Taxi, Silverlight, Hell Raizers, Onnoshob and SugarPlumFairy.
The delinquency pertaining to harassment and stalking of girls, called "eve-teasing" in this part of the world, has once again attracted widespread public and media attention. The Daily Star newspaper has editorially commented on the scary scale and intensity of this deviant phenomenon of stalking and harassment and has urged upon the authority to take adequate administrative action. It had also impressed upon the urgency of initiating social action to counter the menace of so called eve-teasing.
The much-anticipated Democratic Party debacle in US midterm elections has finally happened, toppling more than sixty House Representatives of the party and ushering in an equal number from its opponent, the Republican Party. Add to this the ouster of six Senators from the Democratic Party, and their replacement by their Republican opponents.
Prothom Alo has asked me to help mark its 12th anniversary by contributing a short essay on how I view the last two decades in Bangladesh, from the time I came to know the country well, to the present. During these two decades, of course, one of the more impressive successes in Bangladesh has been Prothom Alo itself.
IN the integration of population and development in the formulation of plans and policies, population is generally considered as more of an exogenous variable than as a factor that can be influenced by socio-economic development. It is suggested that the neglect of the population-planning concept in the process of socio-economic planning has led to its neglect at the operational level.
THE first Bengalee Muslim lady doctor of the then undivided Bengal Professor Dr. Zohra Begum Kazi was born on October 15th, 1912, at Ranjangaon, Madya Pradesh, India. Her father late Dr. Kazi Abdus Sattar was also a renowned physician and a political personality of the sub-continent, who hailed from the famous Kazi family of Gopalpur village under Kalkini upazilla of Madaripur district.