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News of: Thursday, 3rd of March, 2011
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Dr Muhammad Yunus, the man who brought a Nobel Prize for Bangladesh, and the most celebrated living Bangladeshi around the globe, was unceremoniously relieved of his duties at Grameen Bank yesterday through a Bangladesh Bank letter.
Around 8,000 Bangladeshis who could get evacuated troubled Libya are now languishing at the Egyptian and Tunisian borders with little food and water coupled with extreme night chill, only to get back home.
The High Court yesterday issued a set of directives upon the government to protect and preserve the Mahasthangarh archaeological site and its adjacent mosque and shrine in Bogra.
Prof Muhammad Yunus' removal from the post of Grameen Bank's managing director surprised many of its borrowers, who dubbed him the pathfinder in elevating them from poverty.
Economists with huge policy-making experience denounced the way the government decided to remove Prof Muhammad Yunus from the Nobel Prize winning Grameen Bank.
Kevin O'Brien hammered a Herculean century as Ireland pulled off one of the biggest upsets in the history of World Cup cricket defeating their mighty neighbours England by three wickets at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore yesterday.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith will sit today with ambassadors of different countries and representatives of multilateral agencies to make clear the government's stance on Grameen Bank and its founder Prof Muhammad Yunus.
Police recovered the body of a four-year-old girl, yesterday, from an underground reserve tank of a building at Banshbari, Mohammadpur while an unidentified teenage girl was found dead at Beribadh of Shah Ali in the city.
Gunmen shot dead a Catholic Pakistani government minister in broad daylight yesterday, claiming a second high-profile victim among beleaguered opponents of an Islamic blasphemy law.
Forces loyal to Gaddafi attacked an important town in Libya's east yesterday, sparking a rebel warning that foreign military help might be needed to "put the nail in his (Gaddafi's) coffin" and end his long rule.
He was hungry and tired. Still, he refused the lunch provided by government officials at the airport yesterday.
The constitution and the laws of the republic do not permit any extra-judicial punishment in the name of fatwa, eminent jurist Dr Kamal Hossain told the Supreme Court yesterday.
On March 3, a rattled General Yahya Khan called a round table conference of the leaders of all parties represented in the yet to meet National Assembly in Rawalpindi on March 10. The results were predictable. Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman swiftly rejected the invitation. On his part, ZA Bhutto, whose incendiary statements on the scheduled NA session in Dhaka earlier had led to the crisis, accepted Yahya Khan's invitation with alacrity. However, with Mujib's refusal to be part of the RTC, the regime knew that it had little room for manoeuvre left other than heeding Mujib's point of view. The Awami League chief demanded an inquiry into the killings of Bengalis by the army before he could consider any talks with the regime. He also called on the people to observe a hartal from 6am to 2pm every day.
Four teenage girls committed suicide by hanging at Hazaribagh, Tejgaon, Mohammadpur and Lalbagh in the capital yesterday.
A mobile court of the Chittagong Port authority (CPA) yesterday demolished around 20 illegal structures here along Mariners Road adjacent to the Karnaphuli river.
Professor Muhammad Yunus began his Grameen Bank Project in Jobra, a village near Chittagong University, his then workstation, in the port city in 1976 in an effort to reverse conventional banking practice and take financial services to the deprived.
The government's decision to withdraw what it terms 'politically motivated' cases against political leaders including a graft case against the former president Ershad cannot but raise questions.
The remarks made by the BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia day before yesterday at a discussion meet in Dhaka took us by surprise. She is reported to have told the meet that an indirect threat of a tragedy in the armed forces like Peelkhana carnage is being rumoured.
The slow, low and turning pitches of the subcontinent hyped this World Cup as one to be dominated by the spinners. Especially the subcontinent sides' favouritism for spin and the seeming discomfort of non-Asian sides made it all the more plausible to bet on the spinners.
Kemar Roach is not your everyday West Indies fast bowler. The lack of an imposing built and a smile on his face would not put him in the same bracket as the legends of yesteryears but for the last decade or so, no fast bowler from the Caribbean has had so much impact on their bowling attack as has Roach in the past year.
It is almost certain that the West Indies will face a tough challenge on a slow and low wicket at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur when they take on Bangladesh in their third Group B match of the ICC World Cup tomorrow.
Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi is warning against complacency as his team look to maintain their winning start to the World Cup against minnows Canada on Thursday.
At this moment a week or two since the greatest extravaganza this game has ever seen, cricket in its highest form is expected to be on display. We can take comfort from the fact that even in the backwaters of the sport, we too had played a part in the greatest fiesta of them all.
South Africa are likely to adopt a flexible bowling approach when they meet the Netherlands on Thursday in a bid to find the right combination before bigger World Cup games.
Pakistan coach Waqar Younis Wednesday insisted the World Cup was clean and urged an end to talk about match-fixing in cricket.
The batting Powerplay code is yet to be cracked by World Cup captains, most of whom have burned their fingers already by making the wrong calls.
History-making Lasith Malinga played down his landmark second World Cup hattrick, insisting that his famous four wickets in four balls against South Africa in 2007 was a greater achievement.
Australia all-rounder Steve Smith on Wednesday hailed history-maker Lasith Malinga as "brilliant" as the defending champions drew up plans to counter the Sri Lankan slinger at the World Cup.
Sri Lanka's cricket authorities on Tuesday angrily denied allegations of match-fixing made against two of their players in their World Cup defeat to Pakistan.
Frank Lampard breathed fresh life into the Premier League title race as the Chelsea midfielder's controversial late penalty clinched a 2-1 victory over leaders Manchester United on Tuesday.
Striker Enamul Haq finally broke his eight-match goal drought in the Grammenphone Bangladesh League to help Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club edge Rahmatganj MFS 2-1 at the Birshreshtha Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.
Sevilla boosted their European hopes with a comfortable 3-0 home victory over 10-man Sporting Gijon on Tuesday to move level on points with sixth-placed Athletic Bilbao.
Everton manager David Moyes admitted his side deserved to lose after the Toffees were sent tumbling out of the FA Cup by Championship side Reading here Tuesday.
Jose Mourinho has lashed out at what he called the “hypocrites” who did not agree with his complaints that the La Liga calendar was unfair on his Real Madrid team and favoured Barcelona.
Pakistan pace legends Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis said on Wednesday they were honoured to hear that their devastating armoury of yorkers had inspired record-breaking Lasith Malinga.
Bank owners yesterday urged the central bank to relax its various rules in a bid to increase their participation in the stockmarket, which has been passing through a tumultuous period for two months.
Panic sales triggered a massive fall in the share prices yet again yesterday after a day of brief respite.
On the back of a severe fund crisis in the stockmarket, top brokers and the state-run Investment Corporation of Bangladesh (ICB) yesterday called for creating a special "refinancing scheme" under the central bank umbrella to assist the institutional investors.
Industries Minister Dilip Barua yesterday said the government has decided to set up a separate light-engineering industrial park in the country.
World Bank on Tuesday approved a $120 million concessional IDA credit for Bangladesh Private Sector Development Support Project, said a statement.
Myanmar has halted rice exports to stockpile the staple, aiming to shield food costs at home from the possible impact of rising oil prices caused by Middle East unrest, an official said Wednesday.
Bangladesh Edible Oil Ltd (BEOL) launched a new product, Rupchanda Chinigura rice, recently, the company said in a statement yesterday.
US jeanswear giant Levi Strauss and Co has opened an Internet store on China's largest retail website Taobao as it seeks to grab a share of the fast growing online consumer market.
More than a year after igniting the tablet computing craze, Apple Inc prepares to unveil the second version of its blockbuster iPad on Wednesday -- possibly minus lead showman Steve Jobs.
Abdul Matlub Ahmed has been re-elected as chairman of Nitol Insurance Company for three years, the insurer said a statement yesterday.
Delivering a message across to all the employees in an office is a lot like trying to control kids in a classroom: some will hear; some will listen but will misunderstand at the end. And some will close the eyes to the message when all is said and done, and will later complain: "I didn't get it," or "Nobody told me."
Many companies have still not realised how important their email communications are. They send email replies late or not at all, or send replies that do not actually answer the questions you asked. If your company is able to deal professionally with email, this will provide your company with that all important competitive edge. Moreover by educating employees as to what can and cannot be said in an email, you can protect your company from awkward liability issues.
Asian stocks tumbled on Wednesday following a surge in crude prices caused by concerns about a wave of instability in the oil-rich Middle East and North Africa.
I write this sitting in a Tehran hotel room immersed in wall-to-wall rebellion on 18 channels of TV; sometimes just images, sometimes a Persian voice, occasionally English. Ghannouchi had just resigned as interim Prime Minister of Tunisia. Al Jazeera Arabic is showing the beginnings of another uprising, in Oman. The theocratic Sh'ia state has no sympathy with Sunni Emirs, especially those on the other side of the Gulf. But it was in 2009, not long ago, that this historic city was a battleground between the government's Basij militia and protesters very much like those on the screen.
Always window-shopping but never stopping to buy? In the future you can do both with new technology allowing you to point through the window at items and buy them with a swish of your hand.
American women have trumped the country's men in educational prowess but still lag behind in pay, the White House said Tuesday in the first federal report into women in society in nearly 50 years.
China, long the bargain workshop to the world, plans in the next five years to boost wages and narrow a worrying wealth gap as it vies to head off social unrest in a new and improved economic model.
Yahoo Inc is in advanced talks to leave its Japanese joint venture in an effort to sort out its dysfunctional Asian partnerships and free up as much as $8 billion to fight Google and Facebook.
Top car makers took a bullish outlook at the Geneva Motor Show on Tuesday, as the industry lined up 170 model launches with an eye on thriftier hybrid vehicles and, above all, emerging markets.
British-based emerging markets bank Standard Chartered said Wednesday that its 2010 net profit soared by almost a third, delivering a record performance for an eighth successive year.
Visiting Royal Princess Anne, the only daughter of Queen Elizabeth II and Duke of Edinburgh, on Wednesday visited cyclone Aila and Sidr-affected villages in Satkhira and Bagerhat.
The government considers access to quality education necessary to reduce poverty and a prerequisite for educational and economic development, said Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid yesterday.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the government is considering the possibility of preparing a list of women who were abused by the occupation Pakistani army and their collaborators during the Liberation War.
National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) will sit with the representatives of different international organisations in Dhaka today or tomorrow to ensure security for Bangladeshi migrant workers in Libya.
The European Union (EU) is keen to support Bangladesh to build infrastructure and strengthen democracy, human rights and rule of law.
The UK government has announced that it will double its aid to Bangladesh over the next four years, following a major review of Britain's global aid programmes.
The government yesterday expanded open market sale (OMS) of rice further by increasing number of trucks and providing more rice to dealers in a bid to arrest price hike.
BENGALI LANGUAGE MOVEMENT :
The Language Movement was the first step towards our Liberation War. In 1947 British India was partitioned and two geographically distant and culturally different regions were united under the name of Pakistan. Bengali-speaking people in East Pakistan made up 44 million of the total population of 69 million. But government, civil services, and military of Pakistan were dominated by West Pakistanis. Though Urdu was not the native language of any part of Pakistan, in 1947, a key resolution at a national education summit in Karachi advocated Urdu as the sole state language. Widespread opposition and protests immediately arose. Assembly member Dhirendranath Datta proposed legislation in the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan to allow members to speak in Bengali and authorize its use for official purposes. Prime Minister Liaquat Ali Khan and the Muslim League denounced the proposal as an attempt to divide the Pakistani people.
The High Court (HC) yesterday summoned 10 local arbitrators of Moulvibazar to appear before it on March 10 to explain their conduct of organising a fatwa against a local couple.
The result of the sixth Non-government Teachers' Registration Examination was published yesterday with 19.34 percent pass rate.
Speakers at a programme yesterday stressed the need for ensuring women's participation in climate change strategy and action plan.
A team of Bangladeshi experts will visit Malaysia and then fly to China the third week of this month to evaluate projects of two firms, one of which will be selected for repairing cracks on Bangabandhu Multipurpose Bridge.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday told the Parliament that the government is going to formulate a master plan for overall development of haors and other wetland areas of the country.
Police recovered decomposed bodies of two day labourers, who went missing for a week, on Dona border in Kanaighat upazila of the district Tuesday night.
Three people were killed and another one injured in road accidents in Lalmonirhat and Thakurgaon yesterday and Tuesday.
A mobile court of Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) yesterday fined a factory of Tejgaon Tk 29 lakh for using deep tubewell illegally since April 2009.
The country witnessed 240 people murdered throughout the month of February, 2011, with nine killings everyday if averaged, according to a survey report.
Three students were injured in a bomb explosion when they were playing at their school compound at Sadapur village in Savar yesterday.
Police arrested four youths Tuesday morning in Kadomtoli of the city for their alleged involvement in killing former DGM of Shilpa Bank on November 17 last year.
A general holiday has been declared in Chittagong city area on March 14 for smooth holding of ICC Cricket World Cup match.
Bangladesh Non-government Primary Teachers Society will begin massive movement from April if their jobs are not nationalised immediately.
Three people snatched a huge quantity of cloths worth Tk 10 lakh from in front of a garment factory at Shah Ali of the city's Mirpur in the wee hours of yesterday.
At least 10 persons including two policemen were injured as the law enforcers charged batons on the demonstrating power-starved people after they attacked the Power Development Board (PDB) office in Sakhipur upazila of Tangail yesterday.
At least 25, including two policemen, were injured in a clash between two rivals of the ruling Awami League in Galachipa town yesterday evening.
A High Court bench yesterday seriously rebuked columnist Syed Abul Moksud for misinterpreting its order over protecting and preserving Mahasthangarh archeological site and its adjacent mosque and shrine in Bogra.
A Shariatpur court yesterday rejected bail of two accused in connection with the second case filed after rape victim Hena Akhtar was whipped to death following a fatwa in January.
The government has moved to set up four city corporations in the areas of eight municipalities, LGRD Minister Syed Ashraful Islam told the House yesterday in a scripted answer.
A fresh suicide provocation case can be filed against nine alleged rapists of indigenous girl Serafina Mardi as the case filed by police in Godagari upazila of Rajshahi district did not include their names as accused, legal experts observe.
Internal feud in Netrakona district BNP surfaced anew after formation of a full-fledged committee of the unit on Tuesday.
Khulna District Election Office has appointed 29 returning officers (RO) to conduct elections to 68 union Parishads in the district.
Ninety-nine jawans of 41 Battalion of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) were yesterday sentenced to different jail terms ranging from four months to seven years for their involvement in the 2009 mutiny in Satkhira.
A Rajshahi court on Tuesday recorded statement of housemaid Sonia who was tortured allegedly by her employer at a house at Rajshahi Cantonment last month.
Three youths, arrested on Tuesday on charge of abducting a schoolteacher and his friend on February 23, were placed on remand yesterday.
Hundreds of poultry were culled and eggs damaged in Joypurhat and Chapainawabganj districts following detection of bird flu on Tuesday and the day before.
Britain, France and the group of 57 Islamic nations each launched refugee operations yesterday as UN experts warned of an urgent need to prevent racially charged violent clashes among a crush of people fleeing Libya to Tunisia and Egypt.
Nato allies were split yesterday on deploying an air mission to police Libya's skies, with fears raised about angering the Arab street in a complex operation requiring bombing raids.
Explosions rocked the southern Abidjan suburb of Koumassi overnight and yesterday, as fighting between insurgents seeking to oust Ivory Coast's Laurent Gbagbo and security forces spread to new areas of the main city.
Arab foreign ministers meeting in Cairo yesterday will reject foreign intervention in Libya, a senior Arab League official said, as the West considered military action.
Some 40 soldiers have been killed in heavy fighting in south Sudan between the southern army and forces of renegade general George Athor, officials said yesterday.
The commander of international troops in Afghanistan, General David Petraeus, said yesterday he was "deeply sorry" for the deaths of nine civilians in a coalition air strike.
Arts & Entertainment
Bangladesh Patho Natok Utshab 2011, a weeklong street theatre festival to mark the 40th anniversary of independence, began at the Central Shaheed Minar premises in Dhaka on March 1.
As part of Chhayanaut's yearlong programmes to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary [May 8, this year] of Rabindranath Tagore, a four-day event featuring plays and film screening will kick off today at Chhayanaut Shangskriti Bhaban in Dhanmondi, Dhaka. Programmes will also be held at the National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala academy (BSA), Dhaka.
The fortnight-long theatre festival, featuring productions by students of the Department of Theatre, Dhaka University, began on March 1 at the university's Natmandal auditorium. The festival, titled 'Robi Srijonshil Tarunyer Natyaprakash 2011', features 25 plays. On the inaugural day, Syed Waliullah's "Ujaney Mrittu" was staged.
“60 Shots” was an opportunity for emerging photographers to showcase their works at a five-day long exhibit at Drik Gallery in Dhanmondi, Dhaka. The exhibition ended on March 1. The annual photography exhibition arranged by 'Bangladeshi Photographers', an online community, displayed 60 photos culled from a wide range of entries.
I love cricket. I'm watching the World Cup matches at home. I was super excited about the opening match between Bangladesh and India, but couldn't understand why the tigers chose to bat first. Anyway, best wishes for the Bangladesh team. Expectations are running high as we are the hosts. I would love to see Bangladesh putting their hands on the silverware but I'll be realistic and I think they should reach the quarter finals. Australia can also be the ones lifting the trophy, with India coming in second. I hope Sachin Tendulkar will be judged man of the tournament.
Roman Polanski has been named best director at the Cesar awards for his political thriller "The Ghost Writer".
Every now and then we come across reports that reinforce the fact that it is difficult to root out terrorism entirely. While the present government can take due credit for the success in preventing serious acts of terrorism in its two years in office, one cannot say with equal conviction that the agencies have been able to stop the organisational activities of the terrorists completely.
The 50s and 60s of last century earmarked massive retreat of colonial forces in Asia, Africa and South America, although the decay of colonialism started earlier in the century. Most countries achieved independence under nationalist banners, and in most of those countries authoritarian regimes were established following end of colonialism. Many of the regimes continue to remain till now. According to the Economist Intelligent Unit's (EIU) estimates, in 2010 all 55 countries with authoritarian regimes belonged to the Third World countries -- former colonies -- while only 12.3% of the world's population enjoyed full democracy.
A Dhaka University economics professor, in a television interview in early 2008, said that he expected the next elected government to make a kilogram of rice available at Tk.12-14. However, when I talked to an uncle from Chapainawabganj and heard how increased procurement price has encouraged his fellow farmers/producers to take farming seriously to produce more and not to keep an inch of farmland uncultivated. This also helped them towards optimum utilization of inputs such as fertilizer, seeds and pesticides.
The ICC World Cup 2011 opening ceremony was an extravaganza of international standard. It gladdened the hearts of millions in Bangladesh. Barring few faux pas and an exercise in political branding it was a worthy show. The event management was done by a company from our neighbouring country, but even that cannot take away the sheen from the success of the show. It was an occasion for the nation to celebrate, and the government is obviously a part of it.
Normally, I feel little affection for bombs. Mass killings spoil one's day and I try to avoid doing that sort of thing unless absolutely necessary. (I'm talking only once, maybe twice a year.)
Indian Mughal Emperor Akbar defeats Bengali army at the Battle of Tukaroi.
The Daily Star organised a programme with a slogan '40th anniversary of independence and 20th anniversary of independent journalism' in the port city on Sunday on the occasion of the publication of the newspaper from Chittagong.