News of: Friday, 28th of January, 2011
The opposition BNP has won Habiganj-1, frustrating the ruling Awami League's bid to retain the two constituencies that went to by-elections yesterday.
The country's 18 lakh microcredit borrowers -- nearly a crore with their family members -- moved above the $1.25 a day earning threshold between 1990 and 2008, according to an international advocacy group.
Most of the 32 Arges grenades sent to Huji-Bangladesh by Pakistan-based militant outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) were used in at least seven major terror attacks in 2004-05.
British Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday assured Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of the UK's continued support to the economic development of Bangladesh.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday dismissed media reports based on WikiLeaks disclosure of diplomatic cables that British forces trained Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) for extra-judicial killings, UNB reports.
Home Minister Sahara Khatun has questioned whether human rights organisations are "siding with the criminals" killed in "encounters" with law enforcers.
The pro-BNP faction of Supreme Court Bar Association boycotted the chief justice's court, and staged a sit-in in front of the courtroom, creating tremendous chaos for one hour yesterday morning.
Dhaka City Corporation's ward-41 Awami League President Noor Mohammad was arrested yesterday on suspicion of plotting the murder of the unit's general secretary, Fazlul Huq.
A Dhaka court granted bail to two employees of a brickfield yesterday a day after Rab detained them on charges of forcing 30 people to work.
The work of upgrading the Joydevpur-Mymensingh Highway to a dual carriageway will start next month.
Second phase of the Biswa Ijtema, one of the largest congregations of the Muslims, begins today on the bank of Turag river in Tongi.
The High Court yesterday directed the government to take steps to stop production and marketing of eight substandard medicines and withdraw those from the market.
The High Court yesterday directed the police to immediately arrest Abu Taleb who allegedly torched a girl in Comilla, and report to it in this regard in three days.
A youth threw acid on his sister-in-law over dowry at Kurarghat in the city's Kamrangirchar Wednesday night.
Department of Environment yesterday fined a dyeing factory Tk 30 lakh on charge of polluting the Karnaphuli violating environmental law.
The High Court yesterday directed the chief inspector of Directorate of Explosives to submit a report by February 6 on the explosion at a ship-breaking yard in Sitakunda that killed four people on January 18.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said she looks forward to visiting India in April to advance the two nations' efforts to forge an even stronger strategic partnership to promote a secure and stable world.
Home Minister Sahara Khatun's assertion that no extra-judicial killings have taken place under this government flies in the face of reality. The minister's denial simply does not tally with the facts. As the human rights body Odhikar puts it, no fewer than 127 individuals lost their lives at the hands of the security forces last year alone. It is therefore surprising, even appalling, that the minister and her deputy have chosen to look away from what the rest of the country has been seeing for a long time. And then the minister contradicts herself when she says that steps are being taken against such occurrences. That is quickly followed by the suggestion that law enforcers can kill in self-defence. To our knowledge, there is as yet not a shred of evidence that those killed in any way attacked or in any way threatened the security forces. No sign has there been of any exchange of fire and not a hint has come of the 'associates' of the murdered men pouncing on the law enforcers.
This is a poignant story of a helpless schoolgirl of class VIII, who fell victim to sexual assault by her nearly middle-aged neighbour. The victim is now fighting death with serious burn injuries at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital's burn unit. All because the perpetrator of the crime would not take the responsibility for the consequent pregnancy now in its seventh month caused to the girl.
Holders Abahani maintained their supremacy over a 10-man Brothers Union after edging a tense encounter with a 1-0 scoreline in the Grameenphone Bangladesh League at the Birshreshtha Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.
Mohammad Ashraful, the youngest Test centurion, and architect of memorable Bangladeshi wins, including one in the 2007 World Cup, talks to The Daily Star Sport about the World Cups he has played in, and what he expects from the one round the corner.
The eyes of the world will be fixed firmly on the Bangabandhu National Stadium (BNS) in Bangladesh on February 17 as it will play host to the opening ceremony of the ICC cricket World Cup 2011.
Cricket-loving India suffered a sporting humiliation on Thursday when its most famous ground, Eden Gardens in Kolkata, was declared unfit to host its first fixture of next month's World Cup.
There has been no shortage of confidence for the Bangladesh team ahead of ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 as the Tigers are heading into the mega event on the back of two impressive series victories over New Zealand and Zimbabwe at home.
Shamim Khan of India took top spot after round two of the American Express Bangladesh Open 2011 with a six under par at the Kurmitola Golf Club yesterday. His cumulative score of eight under par took him two strokes clear of Indian Raju Ali Mollah and Bangladeshi Mohammad Zakiruzzaman, who were tied for second place with six under par at the end of the second day.
GM Niaz Morshed finished 13th in the Chennai Open International Grandmaster Chess Competition at the close of the eleventh and final round in India yesterday.
China's Li Na stunned top seed Caroline Wozniacki Thursday to set up a historic Australian Open final with Belgium's Kim Clijsters, who crushed world number two Vera Zvonareva.
Novak Djokovic once again mastered defending champion Roger Federer to reach the final of the Australian Open on Thursday.
Former women's world number one Justine Henin of Belgium retired for the second time on Wednesday, citing an elbow injury that had dogged her since last summer.
Barcelona put one foot in the Kings Cup final with a brace from Lionel Messi sealing a thumping 5-0 semifinal first leg win over Almeria at Camp Nou on Wednesday.
John Pantsil's second half own goal helped Liverpool to a nervous 1-0 win over Fulham at Anfield on Wednesday.
Italian football badboy Antonio Cassano celebrated his return to his former club Sampdoria on Wednesday as his new team AC Milan ran out 2-1 winners in their Italian Cup quarterfinal.
Birmingham's Craig Gardner booked a League Cup final showdown against Arsenal as his extra-time goal sealed a 3-1 victory over West Ham in Wednesday's semifinal second leg that secured a 4-3 aggregate win.
Manchester United's veteran goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar will retire at the end of the current season, his management agency confirmed on their website on Thursday.
Reigning Asian referee of the year Ravshan Irmatov of Uzbekistan has been picked to officiate the Asian Cup final between Australia and Japan, it was announced on Thursday.
German Cup holders Bayern Munich booked their semifinal berth on Wednesday with a comfortable 4-0 win at second division Alemannia Aachen as the German giants began life without Mark van Bommel.
Sky Sports presenter Richard Keys resigned on Wednesday in the aftermath of the sexism scandal that led to his colleague Andy Gray being sacked 24 hours earlier.
South Korean veteran Lee Young-Pyo has confirmed his retirement from international football after his side went out of the Asian Cup in the semifinals.
The rising cost of the dollar is pinching importers and consumers, while it gives a reward to exporters and remitters.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday advised the directors of state banks not to interfere in banking activities. He also urged them to keep public interest in mind.
Optimism capped a truncated trading week in the stockmarket yesterday after share prices showed clear signs of a rebound.
The probe body on the recent debacle on the stockmarket will start working on Sunday, and will complete the assignment 'precisely' in time, said Khondkar Ibrahim Khaled, chief of the committee.
Trades through Banglabandha port resumed yesterday as the Indian port workers withdrew a three-day strike at Phulbari port in India, officials said.
Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have decided to sign six agreements on investments, exports, exchange programmes, agriculture, fisheries and education to further intensify bilateral ties between the two countries.
A three-day international fair began yesterday in Dhaka in an effort to popularise and rebrand jute products made mainly by India and Bangladesh.
The second Bangladesh-India joint trade show will be held on May 5 to 7 at Sonargaon Hotel in Dhaka with a special focus on trade and investment between the two neighbouring countries.
The future of public private partnerships (PPP) in Bangladesh is similar to the country's prospects -- brimming with potential but crunching under infrastructure impasse.
At Mumbai's open-air Dhobi Ghat, Prem Shankar Kanojia picks up items from a pile of laundry stacked at the side of a concrete washing tank and submerges them in water murky with soap suds and grime.
Hyundai Motor's net profit jumped 48 percent in the fourth quarter to a record high as the automaker reaped gains from strong overseas sales.
Food inflation remained sticky in mid-January on higher onion and fruit prices while fuel inflation eased, but it is unlikely to affect expectations of further rates increases by the central bank in coming months.
Motorola Mobility posted a second straight quarterly net profit on Wednesday but the US handset maker said sales had slowed as customers anticipate the arrival of the iPhone with Verizon Wireless.
Swiss pharmaceutical group Novartis said on Thursday that its annual net profit grew by 18 percent in 2010 as strong sales helped it stay in line with forecasts.
Global business leaders pinned their hopes on roaring growth in emerging markets at the start of the annual Davos forum on Wednesday but rising inflation and political risks cast a long shadow.
India has a huge presence at this year's Davos meeting, with bullish bosses hailing a booming economy but warning that creaking infrastructure and wealth gaps could yet stifle its stellar rise.
Japanese high-tech giant Canon said Thursday its net profit nearly doubled to $3.0 billion last year on stronger office equipment and consumer product sales.
Microsoft Corp is set to report a dip in earnings on Thursday, a year after the launch of its Windows 7 operating system blew away Wall Street estimates, as sales of personal computers lag expectations and Apple Inc's iPad eats away at the fringes of its core market.
Japan's export growth accelerated for the second straight month in December, indicating a revival of overseas demand critical to the country's recovery.
The euro was mixed and European stocks headed higher Thursday as markets reacted to a ratings downgrade for Japan and a pledge by the US Federal Reserve to keep its stimulus measures in place.
The Daily Star in partnership with Champs21 is organising a nationwide online quiz competition titled “Brain Brats,” the first ever in Bangladesh.
Nine people were killed and 15 others injured in separate road accidents in Kishoreganj, Chapainawabganj, Sylhet, Netrakona, Sirajganj and Gaibandha on Wednesday and yesterday.
Admission process in both access academy and undergraduate programmes under the current session has begun at Asian University for Women (AUW) in Chittagong city.
Electrical Engineer Mohammad Sahabu Alam of hijacked Bangladeshi ship MV Jahan Moni, now suffering from high blood pressure and leg oedema, sought Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's initiative for their early rescue.
Students of Jagannath University yesterday demanded of the government to free several of its residential halls occupied by people of different quarters for long.
The final results of Degree (pass) examinations of 2009 under National University (NU) were published last night with a pass rate of 63.94 percent.
The Food Court of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) yesterday granted bail to Nobel laureate Dr Muhammad Yunus in a case filed on charges of food adulteration.
The state minister for housing and public works yesterday warned a section of developers not to fill up water-bodies and agricultural land, and use below-quality construction materials to multiply their profits.
Khulna city Mayor Talukder Abdul Khaleque yesterday said Bangladesh's reputation will increase and economy get stronger if the Sundarbans is elected as a natural wonder.
A Dhaka court yesterday fixed February 3 for hearing on charge framing against former housing and public works minister Engineer Mosharraf Hossain in connection with a graft case filed against him in August 2002.
Two separate cases were filed with Sreenagar Police Station on Wednesday night against 4,026 unidentified locals of the areas adjacent to Arial Beel in Mushiganj, the site for construction of a proposed airport.
Students of Shahjalal University of Science & Technology (SUST) in Sylhet donated 61-bag blood at a daylong campaign on the campus yesterday, said the organisers.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) recovered a black-stone statue of the Hindu God Bishnu and arrested an alleged smuggler at Godagari upazila in Rajshahi yesterday.
Six workers were critically burnt and valuables worth Tk 5 lakh gutted in a fire at Elite Paints factory of Bayezid area in Chittagong city yesterday.
Unidentified miscreants took away Tk 5 thousand and injured a student on Chittagong University (CU) campus yesterday.
Some eminent citizens of the country yesterday demanded immediate withdrawal of proposed draft of the Vested Property Return (amendment) Act, 2010.
Bank accounts of river grabbers can be seized as an innovative method to curb river grabbing, a roundtable was told yesterday.
Speakers at a seminar yesterday called for a stop to interference by lawmakers and bureaucrats in local government activities for better development at the grassroots level.
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) inaugurated 7 specialised outdoors under the pediatric outdoor on the 2nd floor of the cabin block yesterday.
Two suspected killers of the double murder in Gulshan in March last year were released from jail yesterday on bail from the High Court.
Mobile courts of Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) yesterday filed 22 cases against the CNG-run autorickshaws and their drivers for not going by meters and some other faults.
Women's Voluntary Association (WVA) will hold its International Meena Bazar at Banani Chairman Bari Field in Road #1 in the city from 10:00am to 7:00pm tomorrow.
The Dinajpur district administration yesterday closed Parbatipur upazila assistant commissioner (AC-Land) John Kennedy Jambil for meting out bizarre punishment, abusing his magisterial power during a mobile court operation against motorbike riders who violated rule the day before yesterday's election in Parbatipur municipality.
At the age of 84, freedom fighter Nosimuddin wishes to die after getting recognition from the government.
Former chairman of Khata Modhupur Union Parishad under Saidpur upazila was murdered in Kamar-Pukur Kala Bagan area near Saidpur-Dhaka highway early yesterday.
Potato growers in the district are in a quandary as huge amount of their firm produce has remained unsold due to price fall in the market.
A court yesterday granted bail to seven people including city corporation councillor Azadur Rahman Azad, also city Jubo League general secretary in the case filed by Bangladesh Manipuri Mohila Samity president S Rina Devi.
A safe drinking water plant was inaugurated on Tuesday at Dighalkandi village at Daulatpur in Kushtia.
Additional District and Sessions Judge-I of Sylhet Md Nazir Ahmed, also Special Tribunal judge yesterday awarded death sentences to five people for killing a businessman in 1996.
Three college students were fined here Wednesday evening for teasing Assistant Commissioner (Land) of Puthia upazila.
A mobile court led by Sherpur upazila nirbahi officer (UNO) sentenced a drug peddler to two years imprisonment on Wednesday.
An infant was burnt alive at village Uttar Mojlishpur in Nolerchar under Chanandi union in Hatiya upazila early Thursday. Victim Anika, daughter of Milad Hossain, was only 51 days old. Sub inspector of Nolerchar PS Fazlul Kabir quoting locals said that a group of criminals set the house of Milad Hossain on fire at around 2.30am. Hearing hue and cry, locals rushed to the spot and brought the blaze under control in 30 minutes. But they failed to save the baby. A case was filed in this connection.
Body of an elderly man was exhumed yesterday at the directive of a court. Police said Ekramul Haque, 60, died allegedly by hanging himself at Patuabari village of Palashbari union under Sadar upazila in 2007. He was buried near his former house at Uttar Pare village of Kachukata union in the same upazila. A UD case was filed at that time and the case was also dismissed as police reported it as a case of suicide. But the daughter of the deceased Maya Begum, 35, filed a murder case recently accusing 13 people of killing her father. The court accepted the case and ordered to exhume the body.
Around six tolas of gold ornaments and Tk 30 thousand in cash were stolen from Satya Narayan temple in Shitalla area of the city on Wednesday night. Hearing the news, Superintendent of Police Afzal Hossain and mayor Dr Selina Hayet Ivy of Narayanganj municipality visited the spot. Source said, on Wednesday night, criminals entered the temple by breaking open the back door of the temple and took away the ornaments from the bodies of goddess and the cash from a box.
It is about time that questions should be raised seriously concerning the competency of the regulatory body of our capital market. Recent massive slide in the prices of shares must not be overlooked with mere excuse that these things often happen in the capital market, but this unprecedented slide must be thoroughly investigated in the interest of the public, so that the capital market can be corrected in advance by the regulatory authorities and thus save millions of medium and small investors.
Awami League led grand alliance had many successes and some failures. It has showed outstanding success in education sector while in power sector the govt. has failed to achieve success. Now the manpower export sector is shrinking due to many reasons, especially for not sending efficient people abroad.
My wife and I went to Khulna on 2nd December 2010 by Sundarban Provati Express in first class chair coach. But the train journey was horrible. It appeared that the coach bearing number 3105 had not been cleaned properly for many years. Many passengers boarded the train from different stoppages without tickets. The speed was very slow though this broad gauge line locos used to run at speeds exceeding 50 miles an hour during British rules as I experienced. Enough is preached about development of Railways during every budget but the results speak otherwise.
Awami League led present government's two years experience in power sector is not satisfactory. It has spent its first year in making plans only. In the second year, it was busy with signing contracts. New projects for generating power are not being implemented as per the plans. The govt. wanted to establish expensive diesel based quick rental power plants to meet the growing demand of electricity. Rather they should think about a permanent solution to this power crisis. Adequate supply of gas is needed for gas based power plants. But the necessary gas cannot be provided to these power plants because of gas crisis.
We can easily perceive from the mistakes that often occur in most of the question papers of the competitive exams of the country, how insincere those people are who prepare these question papers! For the second time while taking the assistant teacher recruitment exam at public high schools, the candidates found same kind of mistakes in the question papers as in the last BCS exam.
Ours is the first English version school at a union level in Bangladesh. We started our noble journey on 2nd January 2010 with 61 students with a vision to build a smart generation. We got news coverage in The Daily Star (Star Campus) and the Daily Janakantha because of our good performance.
To be secular means that one does not consider religious values when making decisions, while following Islam means to promote Islamic values. Both cannot happen at the same time. Today, people are given the idea that societies must be secular to be fair to other religious groups. However, anyone can see in Islamic history that Christians, Jews and Hindus lived peacefully under Islamic rules. We are also given the idea that religion is a personal matter and should not play a part in forming a country's laws. That is not true, as Islam has social and legal components as well, and it is rightly described as 'deen' in the holy Quran, which means 'a way to lead life'.
I live overseas and travel to Dhaka quite frequently. Despite all the constraints, I am very hopeful about the prospect of Bangladesh. This has been driven partly by the entrepreneurship of the private sector. Unfortunately, our retail business sector is still far behind in their treatment of customers.
My two kids are studying in private schools. Being a teacher of a university, I can't bear their educational expenses. I am giving all my efforts to teach others' children. But I couldn't get my children admitted to renowned schools for shortage of money required for their admission.
All fingers pointed at one man, January 24, 2011
Pakistan and Afghanistan will establish a joint commission of civil and military officials aimed at bringing peace to the region, Pakistani foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said yesterday.
Activists trying to oust Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak extended protests against his 30-year rule into a third day yesterday, playing cat-and-mouse with police and making a new call for protests seeking change.
Russia yesterday searched for an ethnic Russian member of a North Caucasus militant group who vanished last year and is suspected of involvement in the horrific suicide strike on a Moscow airport.
Thousands of Yemenis are demonstrating in the capital Sanaa, calling on Ali Abdullah Saleh, president for more than 30 years, to step down.
The United States yesterday signalled that deadlock in global arms control talks should be broken this year to get a deal banning the production of new nuclear bomb-making material off the ground.
The Hubble Space Telescope has detected what scientists believe may be the oldest galaxy ever observed.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said she looks forward to visiting India in April to advance the two nations' efforts to forge an even stronger strategic partnership to promote a secure and stable world.
At least 12 militants including two suicide bombers were killed yesterday in separate incidents in Pakistan's northwestern tribal belt bordering Afghanistan, officials said.
Iraqi officials say the death toll from a car bomb near a Shiite funeral has risen to 48.
Falling birth rates will slow the world's Muslim population growth over the next two decades, reducing it on average from 2.2 percent a year in 1990-2010 to 1.5 percent a year from now until 2030, a new study says.
An explosion at a coal mine in north-eastern Colombia has killed 21, officials say.
Myanmar came under pressure in the UN human rights council yesterday to speed up genuine democratic reform, as western nations blasted "alarming" abuse and some Asian neighbours sought more change.
Lebanon's prime minister designate Najib Mikati yesterday began the difficult task of forming a new government, meeting with political leaders including his Sunni Muslim rival Saad Hariri.
A series of earthquakes hit southern Iran's Kerman province yesterday, damaging dozens of houses in the affected villages, state television website said.
Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev said Wednesday he thought the release of leaked US diplomatic cables by the WikiLeaks website could have a positive effect on international diplomacy.
British police arrested five people yesterday as part of an investigation into cyber attacks by the online group "Anonymous", which last year assailed websites that were hostile to WikiLeaks.
Lebanon's outgoing premier Saad Hariri yesterday asked his Hezbollah-backed successor to clarify his position on a UN tribunal probing the killing of Hariri's father before deciding on whether to join the new cabinet.
Australia unveiled a flood tax on higher earners yesterday as Prime Minister Julia Gillard warned the deluge would shave 0.5 points off GDP in fiscal 2010 and cost Aus$5.6 billion for recovery.
Arts & Entertainment
On the second day of the ongoing "Bijoyer Natya Utshab 2011" at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, three plays-- "Dalim Kumar" by Natya Kendra, "Jonmoshutro" by Theatre (Arambagh) and "Shikhandi Kotha" by Mahakal -- were staged respectively at the National Theatre Hall, Experimental Theatre Hall and Studio Theatre Hall. The Daily Star in association with Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation has arranged the festival.
Basilio is a newly opened art gallery at New DOHS in Dhaka. Maksudul Ahsan, a recognised painter, is the CEO of the gallery. The gallery's aim is to promote and give exposure to the artwork of promising and noted painters of Bangladesh in the country and abroad. On the occasion of its opening, the gallery has organised a group art exhibition featuring the works of Qayyum Chowdhury, Kazi Abdul Baset, Samarjit Roy Chowdhury, Rafiqun Nabi, Monirul Islam, Hamiduzzaman Khan, Mahmudul Haque, Abul Barq Alvi, Shahid Kabir, Biren Shome, Abdus Shakoor Shah, Mahbubul Amin, Alakesh Ghosh and Chandra Shekhar Dey.
I went to Star Cineplex to watch "Meherjaan" with a lot of expectations. The filmmaker Rubaiyat Hossain, a young academic who had studied the cases of Birangonas (war heroines of 1971) for her thesis, had said the film provides a female perspective of the Liberation War. The tagline of the movie is: "A story of war and love."
Bangla Academy organised a discussion and cultural programme recently on the occasion of 187th birth anniversary of Michael Madhusudan Dutt at the Seminar Hall of the academy.
On the fourth day (January 28) of The Daily Star-BGTF Theatre Festival, the following plays will be staged at 6:30pm at the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy:
In Shakespeare's Macbeth, the eponymous general in Duncan's army hired assassins who killed Banco, a fellow general and a potential threat to his lust for power. On a stormy night the witches summoned the apparition of eight kings who passed Macbeth, followed by murdered Banco himself carrying a mirror. Seeing this fearsome parade of ghosts, Macbeth fainted in terror.
The alternative idea for the proposed expressway suggested by Dr. Bosunia is no doubt innovative. However, it is necessary to look at certain basic issues before examining the technical details of the proposal.
There are hardly any major differences between the two leading political parties of our country. Both the parties are basically centrist parties. The party in power is slightly left of centre, with emotional ties to the country that supported us during the War of Liberation. On the other side, the party in the opposition is slightly right of centre and sees that country as a bargaining opponent.
The use of technology in the field of education is becoming indispensable worldwide. The effectiveness of using e-learning tools in the classroom has been studied and proved time and time again.
Facebook users who check in to a store or click the "like" button for a brand may soon find those actions retransmitted on their friends' pages as a "Sponsored Story" paid for by advertisers.
The biggest ICT exposition of the country 'BASIS SoftExpo 2011' will begin on February 1 at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the capital, says a press release.
Apple's App Store hit 10 billion downloads on Saturday, the California gadget-maker announced.
The Firefox and Google Chrome browsers are getting tools to help users block advertisers from collecting information about them.