News of: Friday, 3rd of December, 2010
The 16 ship-breakers who have been granted temporary environmental clearance are not doing much to fulfil the 56 conditions on which they obtained the go-ahead, said industry insiders.
Finally municipalities go to polls in January, around two years behind schedule, paving the way for holding an array of elections to local government bodies including union parishads.
Khaleda Zia's relatives and lawyers will collect today the goods she left behind at the house on Shaheed Moinul Road in Dhaka cantonment, her family lawyer told The Daily Star last night.
The Daily Star is publishing this story a day late. For that, we owe an explanation to our readers. The news was extremely important in that it dealt with an institution and a person who brought the highest honour and accolade for Bangladesh. We seriously read the story that was released by a news agency. This newspaper wanted to verify the allegations and get an explanation from the organisation that stands accused. Moreover, this newspaper wanted to read the documents available and be sure about what has been levelled against the person and the organisation. What we have found is interesting.
Surging prices for staple foods in 2008 and 2010 may be just a foretaste of the future as the impacts of climate change and population growth combine, a report issued at the UN talks in Cancun said on Wednesday.
A teenage boy died in police custody at city's Jatrabari five days into his detention on November 30 at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) allegedly from police torture claimed his family members, yesterday.
Two years have elapsed and police are yet to reveal the mystery behind the fire incident that killed Ganotantri Party President Nurul Islam and his son Tamohor Islam at their Lalmatia residence in the city on December 3, 2008.
The government will organise seminars and brainstorming sessions to discuss and present study reports on transit with India, Nepal and Bhutan.
The Power Development Board yesterday held a pre-bid conference with around eight companies over two private coal-fired power projects to be undertaken in Chittagong and Munshiganj.
Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samiti (PCJSS) president Jyotirindra Bodhipriya Larma yesterday called upon the indigenous people to strengthen the movement for implementation of the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) peace accord to establish their rights.
Violating High Court orders, shipping and environment departments have permitted 16 more toxic ships to enter the country.
Construction work of the 84-kilometre marine drive from Cox's Bazar to Teknaf has been suspended as the communications ministry yesterday decided to conduct a comprehensive study and work out a revised design to protect the road from tidal surge.
The High Court (HC) yesterday revoked its order that asked the government to produce before it records concerning martial law trial and execution of Col Abu Taher, since no such records are available.
Swedish police said yesterday they would issue a new international arrest warrant for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to replace one that could not be enforced because of a procedural error.
In a secret memo from 1998 beats the Norwegian Embassy in Bangladesh alarm: Peace Prize winner Yunus has quietly tapped the Grameen Bank -- the poor bank -- for 608 million aid dollars, and moved the money into a company that Norwegians have never heard of.
BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain yesterday said the government is plotting to come to power again by appointing partisan man the chief of the next caretaker government.
The High Court yesterday stayed for three months a government decision to distribute half of the user fees taken from patients of government hospitals among their staff.
Russia has been chosen to host the 2018 World Cup football and Qatar has been selected to stage the 2022 tournament.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina returned home yesterday night concluding a three-nation tour that took her to Russia, Belgium and Japan.
Myanmar and Thailand are cooperating in building a deep seaport, industrial zone and road and rail link to Thailand in southern Tanintharyi region following the signing of a framework agreement on the Dawei deep seaport and its related infrastructure.
If ever there was a moment for BNP to introspect and seriously look within for a renewal of their party's politics, the time is now. It is true that the party is in disarray but it will be mistake to think that it has lost its capacity to play a major role in the future politics of Bangladesh. There is no denying that BNP is facing perhaps the most serious crisis in its short but eventful life. But it is a crisis that the party has enough internal strength and public support for it to recover from.
The move by the Dhaka University authorities to recommend the dismissal of six teachers from service because of the latter's staying abroad and not reporting back for duty once more draws attention to an old issue. This is not for the first time that DU has spoken of action against academics who, once they go abroad, at some point decide not to return home. There have been recurrent reports down the years of many of these teachers (there are exceptions, of course) finishing their higher studies abroad and then taking up employment there. The fact that not all of them may be taking up jobs at the university level, that in fact they might be veering off into other kinds of work, is irrelevant. What matters is that by not returning to their actual places of work, in this case Dhaka University, they are certainly displaying a poor sense of responsibility to themselves and to their students.
Mohammad Ashraful and Mahmudullah Riyad are likely to be dropped for the Tigers' second one-dayer against Zimbabwe at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium today.
Everybody was curious to know yesterday how the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) would react to Shakib Al Hasan's post-match outburst after Wednesday's nine-run defeat to Zimbabwe.
A third tour of Bangladesh in the space of two years has begun well for Ray Price. The left-arm spinner picked up two wickets in another economical 10-over spell that was pivotal in Zimbabwe's nine-run win in the first one-dayer.
The 1987 World Cup was the fourth cricket World Cup, and the first to be held in the Indian subcontinent.
Favourites India and hosts Bangladesh will start their SAFF Women's Football Championship campaign in the same group after the lots were drawn for the first of its kind regional tournament yesterday at the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF).
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) will hold a concert as well as a fireworks show at the Bangabandhu National Stadium (BNS) to celebrate Bangladesh's 10 years in Test cricket this month.
Zaheer Khan, the India fast bowler, has been included in the squad for the remaining three ODIs against New Zealand after he missed the third Test and the first two ODIs with a groin strain.
China is making a bid to host its first major international cricket event by showing interest in staging the 2012 Asia Cup in Guangzhou, the venue that hosted the first-ever Asian Games cricket tournament in November.
Olympiakos's Spanish winger Albert Riera has fallen victim to burglars who stole cash, jewellery and two cars, Greek press reports said Wednesday.
England skipper Andrew Strauss said Thursday Australia had made a "big call" dropping their strike bowler Mitchell Johnson for this week's second Ashes Test at the Adelaide Oval.
Sri Lanka grabbed two wickets off successive overs to restore the balance in the third and final Test against the West Indies on Thursday.
Andrew Hudson, convenor of selectors for the Proteas, said that South Africa would concentrate on their strong points when they announce their Test squad for the upcoming series against India.
Captain Andrew Strauss on Thursday urged his England team to use the micro-blogging website Twitter responsibly after Kevin Pietersen branded Adelaide Oval groundsmen as "pathetic".
Kim Clijsters, whose five titles in 2010 included her second US Open crown in a row, was named the WTA Player-of-the-Year in awards voting announced by the tour on Wednesday.
Russia and the tiny Gulf state of Qatar were awarded the 2018 and 2022 World Cups Thursday after an acrimonious bidding war marred by allegations of corruption and illegal deal-making.
Manchester City soothed their domestic woes with a resounding 3-0 defeat of FC Salzburg to book their place in the knockout round of the Europa League on Wednesday.
Marseille failed to capitalise on the chance to pull clear at the top of the French table when Didier Deschamps' defending champions were held to a goalless draw by Rennes at their Stade Velodrome on Wednesday.
Birmingham knocked city rivals Aston Villa out of the League Cup with a 2-1 victory at St Andrews on Wednesday.
Inter Milan chairman Massimo Moratti on Wednesday reflected that former striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic "left Inter the wrong year" as the club completed a rare treble under Jose Mourinho while the player struggled to impress after joining Barcelona.
Schalke 04 are to keep faith with embattled coach Felix Magath, the Bundesliga club confirmed after crisis talks late Wednesday.
In the first nine months of this year, the banking sector exceeded the whole year's target for giving loans to small and medium enterprises (SME) -- but only thanks to a new definition of SME loan, according to some bankers.
The central bank issued a circular on November 4, asking banks to intensify efforts to monitor whether the loans were properly used
Social Islami Bank has filed a suit against Gonoshasthaya Grameen Textile Mills for not paying off a Tk 3.66 crore loan in time.
The key index of Dhaka Stock Exchange, DSE General Index (DGEN), reached another new high at 8,838 points, as the stocks continued to gain for third straight sessions yesterday, the week's last trading day.
Bangladesh has achieved remarkable success for improving its regulation and control of veterinary drugs in shrimp farming as well as for the development of a unique traceability system under public private partnership (PPP), said a government official.
The World Trade Organisation (WTO) Tuesday rejected Pakistan's bid for preferential trade status and cancelled Sri Lanka's status, at its meeting in Geneva.
Ezetop, an Ireland based top-up facility provider, is set to provide services to non-resident Bangladeshis (NRB) from March.
India's annual food inflation eased to its lowest level in 18 months in the year to Nov 20, pressed down by lower prices of potatoes, pulses and vegetables.
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) has opposed the energy ministry's move to provide special facility for coal extraction companies.
Whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks, which is causing an international storm over its release of confidential diplomatic cables, said it would also publish disclosures from the corporate world.
Asian markets soared Thursday on strong US jobs and manufacturing data and an upbeat assessment of the world's biggest economy, putting aside concerns over the eurozone.
Mutual Trust Bank has recently introduced four new retail loan products for individual customers, says a statement.
Brummer & Partners Asset Management (Bangladesh) Ltd Wednesday signed a deal with Impress-Newtex Compo-site Textiles Ltd to buy the latt-er's stake, says a statement.
Bangladesh Bank yesterday promoted M Mahfuzur Rahman to executive director, the central bank said in a statement.
Crude was slightly lower in Asian trade on Thursday as the greenback strengthened but was supported by positive economic news from key regions and a cold snap in Europe, analysts said.
A meeting to discuss projects under the suppliers' credit yesterday did not consider any of the project proposals submitted by three divisions of the planning commission for non-compliance with the guidelines of the Economic Relations Division (ERD).
Thirty-eight alleged mutineers of 24 Rifle Battalion of the Pilkhana headquarters cross-examined three witnesses yesterday.
Attorney General Mahbubey Alam yesterday said that Khaleda Zia's counsel Moudud Ahmed initiated a petition expressing “no confidence” in the Supreme Court judges, to conceal their failure of protecting the cantonment residence.
India-Bangladesh production "Moner Manush," directed by Gautam Ghosh, yesterday won the top award Golden Peacock at the 41st International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2010.
The Dhaka University (DU) yesterday bestowed "Blue" award on Musa Ibrahim, the country's first Mount Everest conqueror.
Police recovered the hanging body of a female domestic help from a residence in city's Ramna area yesterday morning.
The European Union (EU) will provide €10 million (Tk 90 crore) as grant to protect and manage the Sundarbans Reserve Forest (SRF).
A foam manufacturing industry in Tejgaon was fined Tk 7 lakh yesterday for operating without environment clearance certificate in the city.
Film actor Monwar Hossain Dipjol, also a Dhaka city corporation (DCC) councillor, admitted assaulting an on-duty traffic police constable at gunpoint and apologised for the offences during a one-day remand yesterday, said police.
Patients with cardiovascular diseases will get primary treatment at all public district hospitals to reduce the referral hospital's pressure which increased tremendously, said Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr AFM Ruhal Haque yesterday.
Odhikar, a rights organisation, expressed concern over human rights situation in the country, as it observes unabated extra-judicial killings and disappearances of people following arrests by law enforcers.
The Supreme Court stayed till March 10 next year the High Court order that had halted the effectiveness of preconditions issued by the Dhaka University (DU) authorities restricting the Madrasa students to appear for its 'Kha' and 'Gha' units' admission tests.
Ethiopian State Minister for Agriculture Ato Mitiku Kassa called on Dhaka University (DU) Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr AAMS Arefin Siddique at the latter's office yesterday.
President Zillur Rahman yesterday asked the army chief for increasing the vocational training facilities to create opportunities of self-employment for the retired members of the army.
Leaders of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) yesterday once again urged the government to take steps for full implementation of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) peace accord signed on December 2 in 1997.
Hard rock mining resumed as 50 out of 292 agitating miners of Madhyapra Granite Mining Company Ltd (MGMCL) joined their work yesterday morning.
Bogra district administration and Mahasthan Mazar Unnayan Committee yesterday started construction for a 'development work', removing ancient structures at Mahastangrah Archaeological Site.
Indian Khasia people backed by Border Security Force (BSF) intruded into Bangladesh territory through Amswapnapur border yesterday morning and took away aman paddy from about an acre of land.
Siddhirganj police yesterday submitted charge sheet in the case filed against alleged Bangladesh coordinator of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) Maulana Mohammad Imran.
On this day in 1971, Thakurgaon was liberated from the Pakistani occupation forces.
Nazirpur massacre day was observed in Pabna Sadar upazila on Wednesday, paying homage to the martyrs and demanding trial of war criminals.
A court here on Wednesday sentenced a man to death and three of his accomplices to life tern imprisonment for killing his wife at Kodalia village under Mollarhat upazila of the district on April 8, 2006.
The alleged killer of mine-year-old Farzana Akter Mila of Ekabbarpur under Pirganj upazila in a statement to court on Wednesday confessed to killing the girl on October 13 in a bush as she tried to scream during a rape attempt.
In the backdrop of the recent news item in DS about the poisoning, netting and sale of guest birds in Hakaluki and presumably in other wetlands as well, it was a pleasant surprise to see on Eid Day, a flock of about 200-300 white egrets suddenly appearing in the Niketon Lake. They fly in every day at 6.45 am exactly and leave at dusk giving Dhakabashis a rare sight in their midst.
Once again Bangladesh cricket team has followed their dreams to win the first ever gold for the country in any Asian Games. Every good news boosts our confidence and light a candle in the otherwise dismal milieu marked by traffic jam, poverty stricken faces and the highway of success choked with dirt, filth and corruption. On the financial front, Bangladesh's leading ship building company, Western Marine Shipyard, raised us from our image of ship breaker to ship builder by delivering two ocean-going vessels to its German owner, Grona Shipping GmbH Co KG.
Private University Act has opened a new opportunity for higher education in our country. Jamir Uddin Sirkar, the then Honourable Education Minister, amended the bill in the parliament in 1992. To date there are 51 private universities in our country. Millions of students, whose future was gloomy, got admitted there. They are becoming highly qualified and skilled manpower. Today, they have replaced unlettered and unskilled manpower of the country and become the “income ladder” for Bangladesh in the international job market.
Provocation and persecution, seems to occupy the major time and effort of our two major political parties, AL and BNP; both headed by women at loggerheads with a "tit for tat" performance, based more on personal rather than political reasons. Engulfed in this environment, they do not hesitate to ignore the rule of law, whenever in opposition. Now one of the top BNP leaders, a lawyer of repute has advised and suggested to sort out all issues in street battles!
There had been violence against women all over the world in all ages. Bangladesh is a developing country where most of the people are not educated. Moreover, political conflicts, ideological conflicts, poverty, etc. are some of the reasons behind this. Every day we find the sad and shameful news of violence against women in the newspapers. Acid throwing, domestic violence, rape and sexual abuse, abduction, etc., are very common incidents. Violence against women has become a never-ending issue. It is our responsibility to make people aware about this social evil.
The recent visit by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in Muslim costume to Sheikh Zayed grand mosque in Abu Dhabi has added a new dimension to multi-faith dialogue and religious tolerance. While deeply appreciating the Queen's noble gesture and goodwill, I would also laud the dynamic role of the UAE President, His Highness Sheikh Khakifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan for his sincere efforts towards expanding the great values of Islam throughout the world.
On November 22, a report was published on The Daily Star that said 40 trees were razed on JU campus; the authorities said they had cleared the view of university Shaheed Minar. We are keen to know the fact behind the razing of the trees. If the university authorities act like this, what would others do?
I am a student of The Aga Khan School, Dhaka, studying in grade-6 and I just want to ask- can't life be fresh and beautiful with clean air? Carbon-dioxide, nitrogen, methane and a lot of harmful gases are in the air. The cars, buses and taxis are using petrol and other harmful gases polluting the air. People are smoking everywhere. We have to breathe this polluted air!
Is Gulshan / Banani a piece of Europe/USA in Dhaka? A handful of people are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer day by day. When and how will we be able to follow and accept the article 19(2) of our sacred Constitution, which says, 'The State shall adopt effective measures to remove social and economic inequality between man and man to ensure the equitable distribution of wealth among citizens and of opportunities in order to attain a uniform level of economic development throughout the republic?” How and when will we be successful in building a Sonar Bangla?
It is shocking to read The Daily Star's view on Begum Khaleda Zia's eviction. It says Khaleda Zia's eviction from her cantonment residence is a personal matter and she should have returned the house by herself.
There are mainly two types of public buses plying on city streets, these are: seating service buses and local buses. During office time the driver and the helper of local bus raise the fare declaring their buses as seating service buses. The seated passengers also support them. As a result, most of the commuters cannot get on the buses. Generally the bus starts with no vacant seat from the first stoppage in rush hours. The helplessness of people who wait for the bus at different stoppages is beyond description.
The other day my grandmother offered me to have a glass of mango juice. The juice was purely blended. Just as I was about to sip it in, something caught my eyes. The glass was an ordinary small sized one and it contained a whole mango which only filled one fourth of it.
It has come to my attention that a few atheists' remarks about religion are very hostile. I do not want to argue with these “intellectuals” on either the scientific compatibility of the Qur'an or the fallacy of evolution. Instead, I wish to take a different approach. If they are not concerned about religion, why are they the first ones to talk about it and spend time on it? Sometimes, it seems like they need people to agree with them so that they feel a little less guilty (and more confident) about their assertions. There is so much hostility in their remarks directed to the Muslims. Their remarks are just creating greater division among people.
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Britain offered the United States a deal to keep stocks of cluster bombs on its territory despite London signing up to an international ban on the weapons, a US cable leaked by WikiLeaks said yesterday.
World climate talks struck a sour note on their third day Wednesday as Japan was accused of weakening the campaign for a post-2012 treaty by retreating from the landmark Kyoto Protocol.
China, pushed again by Washington to bring North Korea to heel after last week's artillery attack on the South, told Pyongyang their relationship had withstood international "tempests."
India's feisty media claim to be guardians of national democracy, but a scandal involving high-profile journalists and telephone taps has given the country its own WikiLeaks-style controversy.
The White House has set up a special committee to assess the damage from the flood of classified cables leaked by WikiLeaks and organise efforts to tighten security measures in government agencies.
About 40 people have been killed by a forest fire that is raging out of control in the Carmel Mountains near the northern Israeli city of Haifa, the ambulance service says.
Arts & Entertainment
Joya Ahsan, who stepped into showbiz as a model, has completed a decade of acting. She has made her way to the top and cemented her position as an actress. Joya has also worked in a Bengali feature film, “Guerilla”. Her TV plays and tele-films aired on the last Eid were remarkable in terms of quality.
A three-day lathi-khela (an indigenous combative art form) and camp, ended on November 29 afternoon at Shantibagh village, Magura sadar upazila.
After a hip look in “Break Ke Baad”, Deepika Padukone sheds her trendy wardrobe for simple saris in “Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey”.
Leading cultural organisation Chhayanaut has decided to open up its main auditorium as a theatre stage. From now on, popular theatre productions by noted troupes will be staged at the Chhayanaut Shangskriti Bhaban Auditorium, Dhanmondi, Dhaka on a regular basis informed Khailrul Anam Shakil, general secretary of Chhayanaut.
Nine days of kirtan performance at Norshingh Jeur Akhra in Netrakona town on the occasion of the traditional Ras festival ended recently.
History and cultured based organisation 'Ekaturer Jatri' will go in for the publication of poems based on our Liberation War, says a press release. Young and veteran poets' works will find a place in the publication. The organisation aims to publish the book on the occasion of the upcoming Ekushey Boi Mela. Poets can send their poems to the address mentioned below:
Victor Biaka-Boda, a witch doctor from Ivory Coast, was elected to the French Senate in 1948. After spending two years in Paris he returned home and toured his nation's hinterlands. He wanted to touch base with his electorate who were long complaining about food shortage. Biaka-Boda never returned from the tour because the hungry constituents ate the man. Truth is always stranger than fiction.
The UN Secretary-General has presented options for raising $100 billion a year to promote development while fighting climate change. This is timely, but for such funds to make a difference, we must get past a set of myths that prevent the efficient use of resources
In his book, Diplomacy, Henry Kissinger says that in the twentieth century no country has influenced international relations as decisively and at the same time as ambivalently as the United States. No society has more firmly insisted on the admissibility of intervention in the domestic affairs of other states, or more passionately asserted that its own values were universally applicable. That was precisely the foreign policy trend of the US in the twentieth century.
The issue of transit has been given special emphasis in the joint communiqué signed by the premiers of India and Bangladesh in January. The issue has again come up due to seizure of two Indian ships by Bangladesh customs in October 2010 because they refused to pay transit fee as stipulated by a fee structure determined by the National Board of Revenue in line with the agreements reached in the communiqué.
Abir Hossain, a business student of Northern University, came to a vangari, or scrap, shop in the city's Chankherpul area with an old 15" Samsung monitor.
The booming smartphone market shows no sign of slowing but manufacturers will have to fight hard to keep their customers as smartphone owners show little loyalty to their current brands, a GfK survey shows.
Amazon.com Inc. forced WikiLeaks to stop using the U.S. company's computers to distribute embarrassing State Department communications and other documents, WikiLeaks said Wednesday.
EU regulators opened a formal investigation into Google on Tuesday, putting pressure on the world's top Internet search engine to offer concessions to settle antitrust complaints and avert a lengthy battle like Microsoft.