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News of: Friday, 10th of December, 2010
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The police are the most corrupt institution followed by the civil service, political party and the judiciary in Bangladesh, shows the first public opinion survey of Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB).
Signal violation by the loco master of Chattola Express was the main reason behind Wednesday's train collision at Narsingdi, revealed preliminary findings of an investigation team.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday in parliament said BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia had illegally kept 60 kathas of military land in her possession during her stay in the cantonment house.
Hackers stepped up their cyber war in support of WikiLeaks yesterday.
The shipping minister in parliament yesterday refused to make a statement on the hijacked ship in the Arabian Sea while sailors formed a human chain in Dhaka demanding the prime minister's intervention in the matter.
With winter knocking at the door, incessant rainfall inundated many places in the country and its capital taking a toll on life and trade.
Indian border security force (BSF) routinely gun down civilians crossing the border with Bangladesh despite negligible evidence of any crime, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report released yesterday.
All 60 notices submitted by opposition lawmakers demanding discussions in parliament on price hike of essentials, law and order, stalking, spike in house rent in the city and other issues were rejected yesterday.
A house owner allegedly set fire to a female tenant in the city's Kadamtoli yesterday for rejecting his advances.
Unguarded level crossing, frequent mechanical and human failures, dilapidated rail tracks and outdated signalling system were the main reasons behind 590 rail accidents this year.
A parliamentary body yesterday recommended that the House pass a bill seeking amendments to the Code of Criminal Procedure 1998 scrapping the provision for directly issuing arrest warrant against journalists, writers and others for writing or saying anything defamatory.
The main opposition BNP has extended all-out support to December 26 countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal called by Sammilita Olama Mashayekh Parishad to protest the National Education Policy.
A Jubo League activist was shot dead by unknown assailants near airport in the town last night.
The Nobel Peace Prize panel yesterday defended its award to jailed dissident Liu Xiaobo as based on "universal values," rejecting Beijing's accusation that it is trying force Western ideas on China.
Liberation War Museum will hold different programmes in observance of Bijoy Utsab today and tomorrow on the museum premises.
India's communist party leaders are to be sent back to school to brush up on their Marxist ideology, a party spokesman told AFP yesterday, as the revolutionary movement struggles to retain popular support.
The head-on collision of two trains, the Mahanagar Godhuli and Chattala Express, in Narsingdi on Wednesday raises the question of how safe railway services are in Bangladesh. There is a particular reason why such a question comes up, given that the general feeling has been that compared to other means of public travel, such as bus and launch services, railway journeys have been looked upon as relatively secure. The accident rate in the case of the railways is lower than that in the case of bus and launch journeys. But, of course, we do realise that accidents do happen all the time and in every area. The idea remains, though, that there ought to be as few of them as possible.
At a moment that the country is facing a crisis of energy and power, it is needless to emphasise that the issue of controlling wastage of power should be one of our main concerns. In this perspective, introduction of the 'National Electricity Week' which is being observed since December 7 marks the date of commemoration of Dhaka's getting its first power connection about a century and a decade ago (1901). This is undoubtedly a very inspiring idea. But the quality of being novel and at the same time inspiring is one thing, while getting the people habituated to saving electricity is another.
Bangladesh's hope of clinching the one-day series against Zimbabwe today with a match in hand has been dealt a blow due to a lengthy spell of heavy rain yesterday that also curtailed their training session on the eve of the fourth one-dayer at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.
The 1996 World Cup can be said to be the beginning of the modern era in cricket. The balance of power shifted irrevocably in favour of batsmen, with flat pitches burying all but the best bowlers. It was also the first Cup for a lot of stalwarts who have retired over the past four or five years, and one or two who are nearing the end of their careers.
Bangladesh golfing sensation Siddikur Rahman continued his meteoric ascent in style on Thursday, after finishing the first round of the 300,000-dollar Johnnie Walker Cambodian Open on third place.
Before heavy rain swept across Chittagong and its adjoining areas yesterday, Zimbabwe completed training as planned at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, on the eve of a crucial game. The visitors are down by two games to one but over the last three days, they claim to have regained some lost confidence through the only way cricketers can -- hard work at the nets.
Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club coach Zoran Kraljevic may not have the final say in selecting the starting eleven when the team begin their campaign in the fourth edition of the Bangladesh League which commences on December 27 at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium.
Bangladesh Athletic Federation (BAF) has finally promised to handover the cash reward of Tk 1 lakh within a week to the family of sprinter Mahbub Alam, who died in a road accident last Saturday.
The Exim Bank 21st National Women's Handball Championship begins at two venues in the capital tomorrow with eight matches to be played on the opening day.
Troubled former England star Paul Gascoigne avoided jail on Thursday despite being caught driving drunk.
High on confidence after steamrolling the opposition in the first three matches before snatching an improbable win in the next, a rampaging India would look to rout New Zealand with a 5-0 series whitewash in the fifth and final one-dayer on Friday.
Kapil Dev and Sir Vivian Richards feel that India are run-away favourites to win next year's ICC Cricket World Cup, but Imran Khan and Arjuna Ranatunga added a note of caution about their ability to soak in the pressure of playing at home.
Australia's struggling outfit has received some much needed good news after Ryan Harris was cleared of a serious shoulder injury and passed fit for next week's crucial third Ashes Test. Harris suffered the problem during the heavy loss in Adelaide, where he was the team's best bowler, but scans showed there was no significant damage.
Sri Lanka Cricket on Thursday postponed until January the limited-overs series against the West Indies because of persistent bad weather.
An International Cricket Council (ICC) team visited Eden Gardens on Thursday for a final inspection of the renovation and construction at the venue scheduled to host four ICC Cricket World Cup matches next year.
English Premier League leaders Arsenal avoided what would have been a shock exit at the group stage on Wednesday with a 3-1 home victory over Partizan Belgrade in their Champions League Group H match.
Last season's finalists Bayern Munich went through to the last 16 of the Champions League as Group E winners on Wednesday with a 3-0 win over Basel as midfielder Franck Ribery netted twice.
Chelsea travelled to Marseille here Wednesday seeking an upturn in their fortunes but it wasn't to be as their French hosts came away with a deserved 1-0 win in this concluding 'dead' Champions League Group F encounter.
Ajax beat AC Milan 2-0 at the San Siro here on Wednesday to ensure they take their place in the Europa League come the turn of the year.
Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti has warned coach Rafael Benitez that failure is not an option at the Club World Cup next week.
Turf grass with the image of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and the slogan "Get Ready for the 2018 WC" is available for purchase on the Russian Internet.
Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez has urged the club's fans to focus their energies on supporting City rather than taunting arch-rivals Manchester United.
Former West Ham boss Alan Pardew was on Thursday appointed the new coach of Newcastle, the Premier League club announced.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday said the capital market in the country would survive because such a large number of people -- some 3 million shareowners -- are now involved in it.
Bangladesh Petroleum Exploration & Production Company (Bapex) will drill an exploration well in Mubarakpur in the district to detect oil and gas reserves there.
The management of Hi-Tech Sportswear Ltd, a garment unit of Korean Youngone Corp, yesterday announced an indefinite closure of its Dhaka-area factory after a wildcat strike spread among senior workers this week.
The government has decided to upgrade its diplomatic offices in Tripura, aimed at boosting trade and people-to-people contact with the northeastern region of India.
The Export Promotion Bureau has ta-ken an innovative plan to seek export target from the country's missions abroad instead of the earlier goal fixed by the authorities concerned.
Reforms in law could make it a more effective tool to curb corruption, pointed out a seminar in Dhaka yesterday.
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday formed a four-member committee to probe the sudden unprecedented fall of share prices on the Dhaka Stock Exchange.
Bangladesh Cable Shilpa Ltd in Khulna will start producing optical fibre cables from January.
Bangladesh Bank Governor Atiur Rahman said Bangladesh will be one of the 30 rich countries in the world by 2030. The central bank has taken massive programmes to help achieve the target.
Malaysian long-haul budget airline AirAsia X is to launch regular flights between Kuala Lumpur and Tokyo starting on Thursday, airport officials said.
Textile and garments exports to France posted a 13 percent rise in the first 10 months of 2010, compared to the same period last year, said the head of France-Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry yesterday.
Freezing temperatures in Europe helped push oil prices above $89 in Asian trade on Thursday, analysts said.
Shareholders of the insurer at an extraordinary general meeting held on October 10 have unanimously resolved to change market lot from 10 to 100 shares instead of earlier proposed 10 to 200 shares.
The parliament yesterday adopted a resolution for implementation of Ruppur Nuclear Power Plant Project to resolve country's power crisis.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called upon all to build strong social resistance against repression on women.
The Awami League yesterday decided to urge all its ministers and lawmakers not to pick their relatives for contesting the upcoming municipality elections scheduled for January next year.
Department of Environment (DoE) fined Tk 14.44 lakh to a hotel, a trawler and three individuals for disturbing the ecological balance of the Saint Martin's Island and for polluting environment yesterday.
The European Union (EU) Delegation and Swedish Embassy praised activities of human rights defenders in Bangladesh, who are seeking to end discrimination.
State Minister for Science and ICT Yeafesh Osman yesterday said Bangladesh must build on scientific success stories like uncovering the jute genome by ensuring that science and technology are at the heart of all government agencies.
The High Court yesterday directed the government to reinstate 24 sub-inspectors (SIs) of police immediately who were sent to forced retirement during the last BNP-led four-party alliance government.
Today is the 39th death anniversary of reno-wned journalist Sirajuddin Hossain.
Speakers at a discussion yesterday said anti-corruption movement cannot be a success without reducing repression on women, as the movement and women's rights are interlinked.
Communications Minister Syed Abul Hossain yesterday termed Wednesday's train accident in Narsingdi an 'unusual incident' and said it is difficult to say whether it was an accident or sabotage.
A physician of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) sustained severe injury as unidentified criminals stabbed him in the abdomen at his Shyamoli residence in city's Adabor area early yesterday.
Four new additional judges were appointed in the High Court Division of the Supreme Court for two years yesterday.
The World Human Rights Day will be observed in the country as elsewhere across the globe today.
Bangladesh on Wednesday highlighted the areas of its vulnerability to climate change and extreme weather events to world media, revealing the fact that the country suffers from loss of at least one percent GDP due to climate hazards.
Law Minister Shafique Ahmed yesterday said the government might enact a separate law to remove any discrimination against indigenous people, if they recommend, although the country's constitution has guaranteed their rights.
Leading Indian journalist Manosh Ghose has said the massacre of Bangalees in 1971 is the worst since the holocaust perpetrated by Hitler in the Second World War.
Foreign Minister Dipu Moni yesterday called upon the international community for immediate concerted efforts in mitigating the adverse impacts of climate change taking it an issue of justice.
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) received allotment of 3.83 acres of land adjacent to its premises yesterday to extend and modernise the country's lone medical university.
Bangladesh National Museum authorities yesterday announced new schedule of working hours of the officials and visiting hours of galleries of different museums across the country during the winter (October to March).
Five activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) of Jagannath Hall unit were injured in a factional clash at Dhaka University last night.
A police sub-inspector was punished for neglect in arresting a stalker while four stalkers landed in jail yesterday and the day before.
The decomposed body of a female official of the state-run Jalalabad Gas Company was recovered from her house in Sylhet city yesterday evening.
Four alleged collaborators of Pakistani occupation forces have been sued on charges of killing a freedom fighter, looting his house and setting it afire in Tala upazila of the district in 1971.
Mymensingh, Narail and Madaripur were freed from the Pakistan occupation forces on December 10.
Chairman of Bangladesh Jute Association (BJA) Sheikh Faruque Hossain has urged about 14,000 workers belonging to Daulatpur Jute Press and Bailing Workers' Union to resume their work for greater economic interest of the country.
Argument between the prosecution witnesses and the accused in Khagrachhari BDR mutiny case will begin at the special court-15 on December 23.
Bangladesh Coast Guard (east zone) on Wednesday arrested 28 pirates in the Bay of Bengal while they were committing robbery on a scrap ship from Singapore.
An indigenous boy was 'poisoned to death' allegedly by a landlord at Khagrakandor village in Tanore upazila on Tuesday night.
At least one person was killed and 10 others received injury when two speedboats collided head-on in Kathalbari area under Shibchar upazila on Wednesday night.
At least 15 shops were gutted in a fire at Mrigi Bazar area under Pangsha upazila of Rajbari on Wednesday night.
Telecommunication between port city Benapole and rest of the country remained suspended for the last 10 days. At least 800 telephone lines under Sharsha upazila digital telephone exchange went out of order several days ago, but the authorities did not take any step to repair those. Due to the telecom failure, the customs and port authorities are facing serious problems. Abdul Hannan, officer of the exchange said some cables of the telephone lines near Amrakhali BDR check post were cut and stolen a few days ago. The problem will be solved with a day or two, he added.
Rab arrested three illegal arms traders including a Jubo League activist along with a firearm and a few bullets from Chandra crossing in Kaliakoir upazila on Sunday night. The arrestees were identified as Jubo League activist Mohammad Opu alias Dosta Opu, 30, his accomplices Rony, 25, and Rana Mia, 24, of Chapair village in the upazila. OC of Kaliakoir PS Farook Hossain said Rab-1 members, in disguise of arms buyers, made a trap to buy arms from Opu and his accomplices at a restaurant of Hafiz Uddin in the area at about 8pm. Sensing the presence of the Rab personnel, while Opu and his accomplices tried to flee the scene Rab opened fire on them leaving Opu bullet injured. Rab later caught Opu and his accomplices Rony and Rana Mia from the spot along with a shutter gun and some bullets. They were handed over to the police.
A criminal and drug peddler was killed by his rivals in Amirabag area early Wednesday. The deceased was identified as Mostafizur Rahman alias Raja, 32, son of Abdul Gani of the area. Police said there was a longstanding dispute between drug peddlers "Lengra" Swapan and Raja over establishing supremacy in two drug spots in Amirabag and Borishur areas. As a sequel to the dispute Swapan along with his gang tactfully called Raja out of his house and took him to nearby Arambag School field at around 3am. Later, they chopped Raja to death and fled the scene.
A farmer was murdered by his rivals at Saruguna village in Shalikha upazila on Monday night. The deceased was identified as Billal Hossain, 45, of the village. Police quoting family sources there was a longstanding rivalry between Billal Hossain and Sher Ali over land dispute. As a sequel to the dispute Sher Ali along with his supporters entered the house of Billal Hossain and slaughtered him to death. Police recovered the body on Tuesday morning. Nurjahan Begum, wife of the victim filed a case. Police arrested Sher Ali, Lal Mia and Yunus Ali in connection with the murder.
Our country is faced with three grave and chronic problems:
We know that the increased number of vehicles on the roads of the capital is the reason behind severe traffic jam. But parking problem is also a reason that should not be ignored. The vehicles cannot run smoothly on the roads, because the parked vehicles occupy a part of the roads. Vehicles are parked on the roads because no designated car-parking spaces are available for them in the city. When various organisations build markets, houses and offices, they forget to set aside car parking spaces! So, people are compelled to park their vehicles on the roads obstructing vehicle movement, which causes severe traffic jam.
Despite sustained denials by the Pentagon, the leaked cables from WikiLeaks confirm that U.S. military special operations forces have been secretly working with the Pakistani military to conduct offensive operations and coordinate drone strikes in the areas near the Afghan border.
I agree with the tone of the letter of Sakhawat Samir Choudhury (29th November). Finding good programmes on television is, indeed, difficult Moreover, it is perfectly natural to fear that the content of many programmes - and the advertising! - is brainwashing not only the young, but all of us with bad standards and values.
While coming back home in the evening on December 2, 2010, we came across a spectacular sight of two elephants gracefully parading the streets of the capital at the intersection of Mirpur road and Panthapath.
The major parties, AL and BNP are sworn enemies; and except for the common platform to remove Ershad from the seat of power, these two parties have been at loggerheads at all times. Their behaviour with each other is unlike major oppositions in many democracies in the world.
The recent death of a teenager in police custody has marred the already damaged reputation of our law enforcers. It has been alleged that some officials have demanded bribe in exchange of the release of the youth. The police officials claimed that he was a 'suspected' mugger and was caught with several of his accomplices. What happened next is hard to believe. The court sent the underage 'suspected' mugger on a two-day remand! After two days, the teen ended up in the hospital dead.
I work at Nokia in Finland where my office is like a mini United Nations with people from around the world. Many, if not all, are snow and skiing aficionados and Mount Everest conquerors like Musa Ibrahim are hailed as heroes. When Musa conquered the majestic mountain, interest in Musa and Bangladesh in general rose to a new peak in the office and I was very proud. Everyone had seen and read about him in the media and turned to me for more information.
India has denied visa to former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf who wanted to attend a seminar in India. General Musharraf was invited to be a speaker at a seminar, hosted by the Young Presidents' Organisation, an international outfit involving influential business leaders.
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UN human rights chief Navi Pillay yesterday called for the release of jailed Chinese Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, on the eve of the award ceremony in Oslo.
Climate negotiators voiced hope that UN-led talks would iron out differences to reach an accord on fighting deforestation and assisting poor countries worst hit by global warming.
Key points in the latest secret US diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks:
India's ambassador to US has been pulled from an airport security line and frisked by a security agent in Mississippi, it has emerged.
The Indian government has asked a retired Supreme Court judge to look into the telecom policies followed by different governments since 2001.
New video evidence has emerged linking Sri Lanka's military to the execution of prisoners during the final hours of the country's decades-long civil war last year, international human rights groups said yesterday.
Astronomers led by Indian-American Nikku Madhusudhan have discovered a giant planet with an atmosphere and core dominated by carbon, raising the prospect that diamond-studded stars may exist.
Defence Secretary Robert Gates on Wednesday said he was "convinced" the US strategy in Afghanistan was paying off, a year after President Barack Obama ordered in reinforcements.
Thailand's ruling Democrats escaped a political ban yesterday for the second time in less than two weeks, clearing the way for premier Abhisit Vejjajiva to lead the party into an election battle next year.
The UN's human rights chief yesterday expressed concern about pressure on private companies to stop providing financial or Internet services for whistleblower site WikiLeaks.
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas yesterday stood firm on his demand for a halt to settlement building before talks with Israel can resume, as US officials scrambled to rescue the collapsing peace process.
Arts & Entertainment
With an impressive acting lineage, Suborna Mustafa has established herself as a leading lady in Bangladeshi TV plays. To date, she remains unparalleled with her superlative theatrics, expressive eyes, and that beguiling and mysterious smile -- all attributes of a charismatic actress.
Banglalink held a press conference on December 8 at Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka to announce the launch of “Jagoroner Gaan 2”, a follow up to the original “Jagoroner Gaan” published jointly with Jagoran Sanskritichorcha O Gobeshona Kendra earlier this year. Banglalink's support of this collection of revolutionary songs, which rekindles the very spirit of freedom, is in line with the organisation's continued endeavour to promote and preserve Bangladesh's local culture and heritage, says a press release.
Today Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan will perform live at Army Stadium in Dhaka. This time the performance goes side by side with a campaign for the Sundarbans to become one of the Seven Wonders of the World on December 10.
To celebrate Tagore's 150th birth anniversary, Navapratisruti, a prominent cultural organisation of Kolkata, recently held an evening of songs, recitation and dance. Featured performers included noted artistes of Bangladesh and India and the venue was the G.D. Birala Auditorium, Kolkata.
A two- day traditional 'Lathi Khela' Training Camp-10 ended on Wednesday.
What to make of an attempt to perform Shakespeare in a mixture of Bangla and English? Yes, I am talking about the recent staging of "Julius Caesar" organised by TARA ARTS London in association with Stage One Dhaka and British Council.
John Lennon fans have sung his songs, laid flowers and lit candles on the 30th anniversary of the Beatle's death.
To mark Universal Human Rights Day 2010 as well as to generate awareness against the decline of moral values in society, a music festival will take place today at the Mall Chattar of Dhaka University. Non-Government Organisation Manusher Jonno Foundation in association with UKaid and Royal Norwegian Embassy in Bangladesh will organise the programme.
YIPPIE! Norad has spoken at last. Last Wednesday, late in the afternoon Bangladesh time, it released a statement that should clear the smog of doubts hanging over Grameen Bank and Muhammad Yunus. The Norwegian aid agency has confirmed that there was no embezzlement done by the poor man's banker and his bank, although Grameen Bank did transfer Norwegian fund to Grameen Kallyan, “breaching agreement.”
Cutting off the nose to spite the face is an age old adage to describe an action out of pique. Albeit metaphorical, this defines a desperate act that would damage oneself more than the source of one's anger. I do not know why, but I am attracted to this proverb by the surreal controversy raised at the highest level of our country over an unproven charge of funds embezzlement against an individual who is an icon of pride and achievement for a nation otherwise known for poverty. Truly, I find no answer for this behavior among us unless we accept another expression that some people run after a kite to retrieve a headgear without checking their heads first.
Human Rights Day once again! The Declaration of Human Rights has been translated in about 400 languages. But the mandate has not been translated into action! The situation remains bleak all over the world. The picture with regard to the Millennium Development Goal is brighter, not bright. This speaks a great deal about the sad state of the first ever universal document on human rights. The theme for this year is "Human rights defenders who act to end discrimination." This year, one aim is to emphasise the primary responsibility of the governments to enable and protect the role of those who work for human rights.
I keep guessing how many people there are on the teeming roads of Dhaka. Not those on the cranky buses, slithering three wheelers, the most carefree rickshaws and the sleek cars, but the pedestrians streaming in any direction of their choice and the hawkers defiantly settled on the footpaths and spilling over into the roads with their merchandise, chanting their marketing hymns and describing the aphrodisiac potency in sensuous details. Surely, the numbers are bewildering.
It doesn't take a genius to understand the law, but you do have to be smart. Some might call the law a whole set of common sense statements, including a whole spate of things ranging from pronouncements to dictums, accumulated over a span of centuries. That is the case with the English common law that we follow in this country, and that is why many of our lawyers travel to the UK to attain the professional law certification to practice English law, something that I too have done, and become a bar-at-law, or the more respectable appellation barrister-at-law, most commonly known as "barrister."
With any new query that flashes your mind, what is the first thing you do? Do you instantly punch it into a Google, Yahoo or Wikipedia search engine on your laptop or smart phone?
Tablets or 'Tab', the newest trend in computing world are thriving across the globe. Every leading computer manufacturing company nowadays is releasing its own 'Pad' or 'Tab' to compete and take a lead in the global tech market.
Intel Corp said it is making headway getting its chips into tablet computers and that smartphones using its processors will go on sale late next year as it rushes to catch up in the fast-growing mobile market.
Microsoft Bangladesh recently organised a business solution session on Microsoft Dynamics ERP and CRM named "Microsoft Dynamics - Fuel your business productivity" at a hotel in the capital, said a press release.
Internet giant Google fielded a new champion on the mobile phone market battlefield on Monday, a "Nexus S" smartphone made by South Korea's Samsung.