News of: Sunday, 27th of February, 2011
Maintaining utmost secrecy the government is set to amend the Anti-Corruption Commission laws clipping the anti-graft watchdog's authority to file cases against any public servant beginning from the head of state to the members of union parishads.
The government move to appoint an ombudsman to investigate allegations of corruption and power abuse by any public authorities has been gathering dust for more than a year.
Terrified residents braced for bloody battles in Tripoli yesterday as Muammar Gaddafi offered to arm civilians to defeat a popular revolt that poses the worst threat to his four-decade rule.
Shahid Afridi took four wickets and Misbahul Haq notched a second successive half-century as Pakistan upstaged Sri Lanka in a highly-charged World Cup Group A match by 11 runs on Saturday.
A Chinese company yesterday started moving 804 Bangladeshi nationals from troubled Libya to Greece by a ship while 300 have already taken refuge in Tunisia.
Cement plant engineer Golam Rabbani wanted to return home this February to finally settle down in the country and look after his three children. But his life now seems to be in grave danger as he has been taken hostage by “Libyan armed forces” in troubled Libya.
A Russian expert team visited the Rooppur nuclear electricity generation site in Ishwardi upazila after Russia signed a deal with Bangladesh on February 24, for installing a 2,000 megawatt plant.
Rickshaw puller Joynal Abedin, 55, saw his father suffer and die without any treatment 25 long years ago. It was because they were doomed in poverty coupled with dearth of health care service.
A woman rickshaw-puller of the city suffered burns in an acid attack by her husband early yesterday for not withdrawing a torture case against him.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the main opposition BNP is trying to do politics again centring the BDR carnage as it did not want to see peaceful solution of the crisis.
Two youths arrested early yesterday in connection with the murders of Awami League leader Mohammad Ullah and his driver in Jurain claimed that two Swechchhasebak Dal leaders coordinated the homicide.
Seven people including two policemen were injured while law enforcers were pursuing a crime gang's car from Jurain to Demra in the capital yesterday.
Archaeologists of a French excavation team recently unearthed an ancient brick wall of Maurya dynasty during a Bangladesh-France joint excavation at Mahasthangarh.
The Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina has rebuked the party's Chittagong city unit leaders yesterday for their recent internecine quarrel and asked them to work as a unit to strengthen the party.
Scientists in the United States have found newborn mice can re-grow their own hearts.
A massive countrywide movement will be launched if the government moves to ban fatwa (religious edict), said a leader of Islami Oikya Jote (IOJ) yesterday.
The country's first national E-information Cell goes online today, making access to information much easier than ever before.
Police recovered the body of a construction worker from the fifth floor of an under-construction building near Jibon Bima Bhaban at Motijheel in the city early yesterday.
The Bangla Academy Sahitya Award- 2010 was conferred to two poets and four writers yesterday for their contribution to the Bangla literature.
A Kuala Lumpur-bound passenger was offloaded from a Bangladesh Biman flight at Shahjalal International Airport and detained last night for carrying foreign currencies worth over Tk 3.24 crore.
A Pakistani court yesterday remanded in custody an American national thought to have been working for a private security company, after he outstayed his Pakistani visa, police said.
Begum Khaleda Zia has demanded a mid-term election in order for the government to avoid what she called a disgraceful exit. She has hinted at a major uprising, of the kind that has lately taken the Middle East by storm. Such an uprising, she thinks, can be avoided if there is a power transition without delay. We are surprised by the opposition leader's reading of current conditions in Bangladesh. It is with incredulity that we observe her attempts to draw a comparison of the situation here with what has been happening in Tunisia, Egypt and now Libya.
It was not until the last Irishman Boyd Rankin was brilliantly caught at short midwicket by Junaed Siddique off the bowling of Shafiul Islam that much coveted victory was sealed. The turning point came when Tamim made a spectacular diving catch in the deep to dismiss Niall O'Brien. Then on, Tigers fought back with all ferocity to keep the dreams alive for Bangladesh to play on in the World Cup.
When the Bangladesh cricketers return to their business tomorrow after two days' break, the team think-tank should look to plug the holes even though they would be on a high following their 27-run victory over Ireland on Friday in their second Group B match.
There will be a review of Bangladesh's performance against Ireland tomorrow when they get together after a two-day break and while it is clear there will be some pats on the back, tough questions are in store for few of the batsmen.
Forgive me for being the killjoy here. Somehow the sight of a Test playing country being stretched to its very limits by an associate member and barely being able to stumble groggily across the finishing line was not a pleasant spectacle. Understandably the national fever surrounding the match was worthy of medical attention, but there ended all pretensions of what should have been a cut and dried affair for the Tigers. But it was not to be.
Cricket fever swept through Sri Lankan capital Colombo on Saturday as fierce South Asian rivals Sri Lanka and Pakistan clashed in a blockbuster World Cup sell-out.
Australia captain Ricky Ponting believes Sri Lanka will provide his side with a severe examination of their World Cup credentials when the champions next take the field.
West Indies' World Cup hopes suffered a major body blow on Saturday when key all-rounder Dwayne Bravo was ruled out of the rest of the tournament with a knee injury.
India look set to beef up their spin options for their blockbuster clash against England on Sunday as both sides face the first major Test of their World Cup credentials.
Sachin Tendulkar and Kevin Pietersen are poised for a heavyweight World Cup clash of superstars on Sunday when India and England go head-to-head.
England will have problems if hard-hitting Indian opener Virender Sehwag bats through the innings in Sunday's World Cup clash, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said.
Caroline Wozniacki blitzed Marion Bartoli in straight sets to storm into the final of the WTA Qatar Open here on Friday.
Liverpool visit West Ham United on Sunday with forward Dirk Kuyt insisting that a Champions League spot is still a realistic aim this season.
Roger Federer earned a chance of regaining one of his titles, and an early revenge upon Novak Djokovic, by reaching the final of the Dubai Open on Friday.
Ireland captain William Porterfield vowed to bounce back in the World Cup after gifting a 27-run victory to Bangladesh in their first match on Friday.
Former Pakistan Test captain Salman Butt and paceman Mohammad Aamer have lodged appeals against their bans for corruption at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, lawyers said Saturday.
Indian superstars Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and Mahendra Singh Dhoni may hog the headlines, but youngster Virat Kohli is grabbing the attention.
International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive Haroon Lorgat on Saturday condemned the violent scenes amid the World Cup ticket fiasco which saw desperate fans baton-charged by police.
Reprimanded and criticised for damaging a TV set inside the dressing room during a World Cup match at Ahmedabad, Australian skipper Ricky Ponting found a sympathiser in player-turned-commentator Ravi Shastri, who said such incidents are not new in international cricket.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has decided to set up a public ballot system for ticket sales for the semifinals and final of the World Cup. The ballot opens on February 28 and closes on March 6, and the application form can be
Three shops in Mirpur -- Konok Banijyo Bitan, Aboron and Nokshi -- were raided yesterday by members of the International Cricket Council's (ICC) legal team comprising two lawyers and four investigators, and aided by local police.
Former Dutch international Andy van der Meyde has retired from playing due to a succession of injuries, the winger said in an interview with Dutch weekly magazine NU-sport on Friday.
Rahimafrooz yesterday launched maintenance-free automotive battery Globatt in Bangladesh and set a target to emerge as one of the top three brands in South Asia by 2015.
Domestic resources will see a rise in the revised annual development programme (ADP), compared to the original layout, due to the government's failure to implement foreign-aided projects.
The initial public offerings (IPO) of five companies, now awaiting regulatory approval to float shares worth Tk 721 crore, are uncertain on the back of a current bearish trend on the stockmarket.
Global lenders such as World Bank and International Monetary Fund should not be blamed for a country's failure to adjust their policies to get benefit, said a former central bank governor yesterday.
A downtrend continued on Dhaka Stock Exchange for four weeks despite the government initiatives to bring back normalcy in the capital market.
Grameenphone in association with Facebook has taken an initiative to translate the social networking site into Bangla, the mobile operator said in a statement yesterday.
Md Monzur Rahman has joined Dhaka Electric Supply Company (Desco) as managing director on February 20, the company said yesterday.
AL Gooneratne, managing director of Commercial Bank of Ceylon, is now in Dhaka for an official visit, says a statement yesterday.
Global wheat prices will eventually fall, if there are no more major natural disasters in the near future, and the world food market will stabilise.
The Indian government is increasingly expected to begin easing foreign investment in multi-brand retail as it battles high inflation, but opening is expected to be gradual and a change in policy is seen to be at least a few months away.
Don't bother calling your favorite value investor on Saturday morning -- he or she will be busy devouring every last word of annual wisdom from the guru of that investing discipline, Warren Buffett.
Every organisation wants to attain its business objectives successfully. So, they focus on running their business as a team because it promotes synergy between people. But working in a team does not ensure success unless it is effective, says management experts.
Each employee wants to climb up the career ladder. So, they strive to discover the secret to reaching the finish line. However, a career expert says hard work, an eagerness to learn and readiness for change management are key issues for young professional in proving their potential.
Deep spending cuts by state and local governments pose a growing threat to an economy that is already grappling with high unemployment, depressed home prices and the surging cost of oil.
India will need to keep monetary policy tight to fight inflation as economic growth rebounds to pre-crisis levels of around 9.0 percent, the finance ministry said on Friday.
Boeing's triumph over European rival EADS for a major US Air Force tanker contract poses risks amid defense spending cutbacks and multiple delays to its commercial projects.
National carrier Malaysia Airlines said Friday its net profits had fallen in the fourth quarter as a result of fuel hedging losses, despite improving passenger numbers.
Chinese-owned car maker Volvo said Friday it hopes to become a global luxury brand and turn China into a major manufacturing base by investing $11 billion over the next five years.
The Russian central bank on Friday said it was raising its main refinancing rate 0.25 basis points to 8.0 percent, its first hike in interest rates since the economic crisis over two years ago.
Ireland on Thursday transferred more than 12 billion euros ($16.5 billion) of deposits from two of its crisis-hit banks to rival institutions, part of efforts to secure an international bailout.
Asian shares were mixed on Friday while oil surged amid rising tension in Egypt after President Hosni Mubarak enraged protesters by saying he would not step down.
Oil prices rose on Friday as heightened tensions in Egypt sparked crude supply concerns, analysts said.
Traders will next week feast their eyes on Britain's major banks as Barclays unveils annual earnings and details the size of bonuses for staff amid public anger over bankers' high pay.
Feb 6-10, 2011
The dollar rose broadly on Thursday, boosted by better-than-expected U.S. employment data, while the euro slumped as investors worried about Europe's lack of progress in tackling a sovereign debt crisis. Sterling fell against the dollar after the Bank of England left interest rates at a record low despite chatter about a possible hike, and traders said a recent spike in U.S. yields set the dollar up for further near-term gains. U.S. growth picked up in late 2010 and expectations of even brisker expansion this year have driven up bond yields to about nine-month highs, though the U.S. Federal Reserve has failed to signal plans to cut short a $600 billion bond-buying program. Adding to the optimism, U.S. claims for first-time jobless benefits fell in the latest week far below forecasts, data showed. The euro, which hit a 12-week high above $1.38 earlier this month, struggled as investors drove Portuguese bond yields to their highest level since the currency was introduced in 1999. Portugal is considered at risk of becoming the next euro zone country to need a bailout, and investors are anxious about a lack of progress by policymakers in addressing a euro zone debt crisis. European leaders are to meet next month to discuss bolstering a 440-billion euro bailout fund for troubled countries
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said her government has a plan to construct a seaport in between Barguna and Patuakhali to handle the growing external trade, apart from building a deep-sea port in Chittagong.
Buildings of great architectural value in Old Dhaka should be restored to serve as archaeological sites for tourists, said leaders of Bangladesh Paribesh Banchao Andolan (Bapa), yesterday.
National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Chairman Dr Mizanur Rahman yesterday said the existing vested property return act, since its enactment, has been violating the human rights of minority communities in the country.
COMICS & CARTOONS
Comics & cartoons- both are graphical media of entertainment created to represent the things that can be done by men in dreams but not in real life. That's why all the superheroes, unreal creatures, talking animals made their first appearances in the strips of comics or on the screen in a cartoon film.
When her husband Abul Hossain threw acid on her five years back, she was carrying a baby of two months.
Twelve distinguished personalities in a statement here yesterday said some quarters are expressing and publishing opinions and news about Nobel laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus, which do not focus the truth.
Three people were killed and 10 others injured when a bus plunged into a roadside ditch in Sherpur upazila of Bogra early yesterday.
Eight Language Movement veterans were honoured by a weekly newspaper, Shamodhara, at a city hotel marking its first anniversary yesterday.
Law Minister Shafique Ahmed yesterday urged judges to discharge duties with a charitable mindset to reduce sufferings of litigants and enhance public trust on the judiciary.
A housewife was beaten up and forced to drink poison allegedly by her in-laws in the city's Badda yesterday.
The third death anniversary of Bazlur Rahman, former editor of the Sangbad, was observed in the city and his village residence in Nakla of Sherpur yesterday.
Betel farmers blocked Dhaka-Khulna highway near Dulalmundia bus stand in Kaliganj upazila of the district yesterday morning demanding immediate arrest and exemplary punishment of the culprits involved in torching their orchards.
One person was jailed for life for rape and kidnap in Madaripur while a rape victim was rescued and the alleged rapist was arrested in Joypurhat on Wednesday.
Indigenous leaders and human rights activists yesterday demanded revival of the case for the gang rape of indigenous girl Serafina Mardi of Godagari upazila under Rajshahi district and taking necessary legal steps to punish the criminals.
Interns and students of Mymensingh Medical College and Hospital continued their strike for the second day yesterday.
A human chain was formed in Nilphamari town yesterday demanding government's steps to provide potato storage facilities for the growers of the northern region so that they could save their produce from getting damaged.
At least 46 houses and 42 shops were gutted in separate incidents of fire yesterday, the day before and on Thursday.
An Awami League (AL) man was killed and at least 20 others were injured as ruling party rivals clashed at Auliapur union parishad complex premises in Sadar upazila on Wednesday.
Several hundred students, who stay at private-run dormitories for their study at different educational institutions in Dinajpur town, held a rally and formed a human chain yesterday protesting sudden hike in rent.
At least 32 teachers fell sick after taking lunch at Rangamati Primary Training Institute (PTI) in the town yesterday.
An Urdu-speaking man, who was arrested in Saidpur town on the night of February 21 for distributing objectionable leaflet, was sent to jail on expiry of two days' remand on Thursday.
A Bangladeshi cattle trader was tortured by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) at Tentulbaria border point on Friday night.
I congratulate the government for organising such a successful event. Today Bangladesh is no more 'a country beside India'. From the fireworks to the show casing Bangladeshi culture and tradition- all was excellent. Considering the fact that we have hosted something so huge for the first time, I would say everything went fine, but equally would like to highlight some defects, without which the event could have been more gorgeous. These are:
One of the most burning questions today is what's the use of the capital market and why the govt. should get involved to stabilise the market. Why should we care about the prospect of the market, if it does not contribute to our economy? Apparently, it seems that stock market does not keep any connection with the economy. But this market offers a great opportunity for the whole economy if we can grab it properly: Firstly, the companies can arrange their long term capital for business expansion from market with a minimum cost. The banks are suitable only for short term and mid term financing. Secondly, the companies listed in the stock market come under regulation of Securities and Exchange Commission, which ensures the corporate governance of the companies. The financial statement of listed companies is quite informative and valuable than unlisted companies. Thirdly, the most important factor is that stock market can attract investment. People reduce their consumption and invest here to earn better in future. Fourthly, stock market can finance huge fund for large projects easily. Finally, stock market is considered as the barometer of economy. An efficient stock market is the leading indicator of the economy.
There was a time when student leaders were the conscious-keepers of the people. It is they who gave us the right sense of direction at the time of crisis. Their leadership during the Language Movement in 1952, the People's Uprising in 1969 and the War of Liberation in 1971 dazzles in our history in letters of gold. But after Independence the quality of leadership at the student level as well as other levels has progressively degenerated resulting in campus violence, bloodshed and even death. It is because of the wrong steps of the majority of student leaders that acts like terrorism in the campus, unscheduled closure of institutions, session jam, copying in the examination have struck firm roots in the seats of learning.
Nowadays students from KG-II to A-level and also students of Bengali medium schools have to study a lot of books. Even children have to study from early morning till 11:00 pm which is putting tremendous psychological pressure on their mind. My son reads in class I and it is very difficult even for me to lift his school bag. There is almost no way but to hire private teachers for the children for good results. In this way education has become extremely expensive for children.
What Mohammad Ali Sattar wrote in your post editorial on February 22nd; is what we all probably think. Shakib's views could well be that. After all; we are all wise after the event! I believe, Shakib gambled, and lost! Just imagine, what would have happened if Sehwag would have been out in the first few overs? However, had Sehwag gone; then Tendulkar would not have been 'run-out'; and India could have reached say 280 runs!
There are two kinds of personalities in our society. One is extrovert and the other is introvert. Introverts are reserved; they like to be with themselves. They don't mix with people much. The extroverts are just the opposite. In our society extroverts are much more than introverts in number. People who are extroverts think it is not normal to be an introvert. Even parents want their children to be extroverts. They get upset if their children are introverts. They want them to mix with people, to be outgoing which is very difficult for an introvert. Parents and elders pressurize their children to change their characteristics and be extroverts.
After watching the opening ceremony of World Cup Cricket 2011 if anyone felt salty water on his/her cheek, what would we say? Yes, we are proud to be Bangladeshis. We have showed the whole world what we can do. The opening ceremony of Cricket World Cup-2011 was spectacular.
Cricket teams, media personalities, international guests are in Dhaka. I am concerned about our traffic problems. Some vehicle owners, their drivers, passers-by and above all traffic police and sergeants are responsible for traffic congestion in Dhaka city. I think only in Bangladesh, vehicular traffic moves when the red light is on glows and stops with the green light, opposite to the system followed internationally. The main actor behind this is the traffic police who never keep the left track clear under their nose.
The share market of the country experienced extreme fall and rise in price index in the last week. It marked the lowest fall and the highest rise in price index in two consecutive days in the history of our market. Finance Minister, Bangladesh Bank Governor, and SEC all made frantic efforts to rein it. However, all went astray. Investors, market analysts, all viewed the fluctuation as abnormal and traced some mischievous elements in it by some big syndicates. It is widely alleged that an alliance of 11 masterminds comprising both the government and opposition leaders and their associates realised around Tk. 43,000 crore from the market this week.
Only recently we witnessed a vulgar show performed by an Indian film star which was widely criticised by the saner group of citizens in the country. We are dismayed at the fresh initiative to bring the Indian actors and the Russian dance troop for staging a similar show which goes against our cultural, traditional and religious norms and tend to destroy the morale of our youngsters.
The decision of building the proposed new international airport on the other side of the river Padma was purely based on the feasibility study report prepared by international consultants. The donors will not lend a single dollar if the project does not seem feasible. Many important factors were taken into consideration while suggesting the location of the proposed Sheikh Mujib International Airport.
Here are some comments that came in response to Saturday's The Daily Star report headlined “Tigers cross Irish hurdle.”
Helicopter-borne mercenaries fighting for Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi fired on protesters attending a funeral in the western city of Misrata killing dozens yesterday, said a witness.
Some 2,000 protesters marched onto Cairo's Tahrir Square yesterday to call for a new government, denouncing violence by authorities after military police beat and arrested demonstrators.
Turkey's prime minister yesterday raised strong objections to imposing sanctions on Libya, arguing that innocent people would suffer and accusing world powers of making 'calculations' based on oil.
They had been apart for a decade, but in the end all it took to reunite a homeless father and his daughter was a few 140-character messages on the social networking site, Twitter.
A roadside bomb killed nine civilians including women and children when it struck the vehicle they were travelling in eastern Afghanistan yesterday, provincial police said.
Russia announced yesterday that it intended to fulfil its contract to supply Syria with cruise missiles despite the turmoil shaking the Arab world and Israel's furious condemnation of the deal.
Supporters of a Pakistani police commando charged with murdering a high-profile liberal governor held a rally yesterday as the court resumed taking statements in the case.
Washington closed down Libyan embassy yesterday and warned its spies were seeking evidence of 'atrocities' in Libya and said that Gaddafi had lost the confidence of his people, in an apparent broad hint that Washington wanted him gone.
A Facebook page demanding the ouster of Qatar's moderate, pro-Western emir, accusing him of being an agent of Israel, had attracted 18,262 fans by yesterday in the latest web-driven push for change in the Arab world.
New Zealand's premier said the Christchurch quake may be the country's worst disaster ever, as officials raised the toll yesterday to 145 dead and more than 200 missing while giving a grim prognosis for the city's downtown.
A tax fraud trial involving Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi resumes in Milan today, in the first of a series of showdowns between the embattled leader and Italy's justice system.
The Eiffel Tower was evacuated on Friday evening after hoax bomb calls, police said yesterday.
Arts & Entertainment
An eight day printmaking workshop and an art exhibition titled “Heart” was inaugurated on February 25 at Cosmos Centre in Malibagh.
Brindabon Das is one of the busiest and most popular TV playwrights in present times. Though at the beginning of his career he acted on stage, Brindabon eventually chose writing as his profession. His wife Shahnaz Khushi is a popular actress on the mini screen. Here they talk about how their relationship blossomed.
An artists' collective seems like an anomaly in this age of “individualism” which is a trope that promises independence to every living human in a modern society, but in reality, often effectuates an atomization of the individual leading to the weakening of his/her subjectivity. Bangladesh is a country in transition; as such it is yet to mobilise its means to strive towards a “surveillance society” in line with Western-style capital-driven state mechanism. For artists living in such peripheral topography the struggle is not about standing against state coercion but against the collective position vis-à-vis certain trends or training, through which the causes of the institutions are by design served. The very fact that galleries in Dhaka have never done enough to nurture the emerging artists actually has a bearing on how artists organise themselves in this crowded city, and “Studio 48, a group of visual artists”, is only a strategy in the struggle for emancipation from the mainstream impasse -- an alternative to the apathy shown to individual talent.
The annual Oscars telecast is a weird combination of fashion show, variety show and industry party. Since the vast majority of viewers around the world will not have seen most of the films nominated for awards, it's no wonder most of their interest lies in seeing what famous people are wearing.
Aminul Islam, reports from Mymensingh
On Friday night Anandaloke, Sylhet organised a colourful function in observance of the 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore. The venue was the Sylhet auditorium.
In the 1780's, when France produced the mother of all revolutions, we saw the first breakdown of the old order. Then was a period of constitutional reform. This was followed by counter revolution. Radicalisation was the next phase. But then came
"The greatest treasure of this country is the matchless hospitality, warmth and resilience of the people," remarked G.M. Quader, Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism, while talking to Mohammad Ali Sattar, Assistant Editor, The Daily Star.
There have been plenty of madmen taking over their countries and exercising pitch dark rule over them. You do not have to go back to ancient history or even early recorded history to know of these characters. In our own times we have experienced the likes of Idi Amin, the Duvaliers and Jean Bedel Bokassa. There was Hitler, along with Goebbels and an entire gang, to terrorise Europe between the early 1930s and mid 1940s. And now we have Muammar Gaddafi of Libya.
SCIENTISTS have come up with an amazing invention: the GM mosquito. Thousands have been released in Asia.