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News of: Wednesday, 15th of June, 2011
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Nothing, not even the provision for capital punishment, can deter them.
A mobile court yesterday destroyed around 30,000 toxic bananas and fined a trader Tk 5,000 for ripening the fruit artificially at a wholesale store in Radhanagar village of Pabna Sadar upazila.
A schoolboy was killed when a stray bullet from a gunfight between Rapid Action Battalion and drug peddlers hit him at Boubazar of Fatullah in Narayanganj last night, police said.
Mobile court operation during the 36-hour hartal from Sunday dawn has sparked controversy among different quarters as around 113 hartal pickets were convicted for the first time during the countrywide shutdown called by the opposition.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said only the elected representatives of the people will decide under what mechanism and whose authority the next parliamentary election will be held.
The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday prohibited felling of trees at a mangrove forest in Char Kukrimukri of Bhola for the construction of a road as it stayed the project for four weeks.
The government placed a bill in parliament yesterday seeking to enact a new law on contempt of court, with provisions for protection of government officials from the charge while on official duty.
Investigators yesterday claimed that they have enough incriminating evidence to prove the war crimes charges against Jamaat-e-Islami leader Muhammad Kamaruzzaman.
Bangladesh is recalling its ambassador to Japan AKM Majibur Rahman Bhuiyan, a senior foreign ministry official said yesterday amid media reports in Dhaka that he allegedly harassed a Japanese woman working at its Tokyo mission.
BNP last night reviewed its stance on the caretaker government system, and the latest political situation against the backdrop of repeated calls from the ruling Awami League leaders to sit for talks to resolve the caretaker issue.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina took politicians by surprise yesterday by claiming that political parties had agreed upon holding of three parliamentary elections under the caretaker government system.
The government yesterday appointed Maj Gen Anwar Hossain as the director general (DG) of Border Guard of Bangladesh (BGB).
The government yesterday increased launch fare up to 20 percent, which will come to effect from June 21.
To prevent companies showing on paper that they are incurring losses and dodging tax, the NBR has proposed to slap a minimum tax on their sales in 2011-2012 fiscal year.
Indian Congress party President Sonia Gandhi will arrive in Dhaka on July 25 on a two-day visit to attend an internal conference on physically-challenged and autistic children.
A pair of round-framed spectacles belonging to India's independence icon Mahatma Gandhi have gone missing from a museum in western India, officials said.
Two more judges of the High Court Division yesterday submitted their wealth statements to Chief Justice (CJ) Md Muzammel Hossain.
Over 100 students of Bangladesh Marine Fisheries Academy were injured in an unexpected police attack in Chittagong last night.
Around five lakh drivers are illegally driving their vehicles across the country without any driving licence, Communications Minister Syed Abul Hossain told the parliament yesterday.
The new central committee of Bangladesh Chhatra League, a pro-Awami League student body, is set to be formed in July.
Canada recognises Libyan rebels as the "legitimate representative" of the people of Libya, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said yesterday.
Independent lawmaker Fazlul Azim's questions in the Jatiyo Sangsad on the ramifications of mobile court operations during hartal hours reflect broad public concern over the issue. Despite Home Minister Sahara Khatun's belief that these courts foiled looting and prevented deaths during the 36-hour hartal called by the BNP and its allies, the glaring fact is that democratic practice does not condone the operation of such courts. It is our considered opinion, as we are sure it is of citizens across the spectrum, that setting up mobile courts to nab protestors and send them off to prison in the name of the law is truly an abuse of the law. A general strike, for all one's reservations about its timing and necessity, is an act of political protest which has not been declared illegal. As such, why curb it through dispensation of instant justice that falls far short of minimum requirements of a legal action such as right to defence and presentation of witness and evidence? However much the home minister may claim to be acting under law, for the public in general such arbitrary action is reprehensible. For the state now to weigh in by placing opposition activists under arrest and subjecting them to summary trial and eventually carting them off to jail is simply unacceptable. Political agitation must be met by political means. Indeed, we recall the ruling Awami League's earlier statement that the just-ended hartal would be tackled politically.
Every instance of fuel price hike becomes an occasion for the launch owners and operators to demand upward revision of fares. Whether it is proportionate to the increase in cost of operation gets lost in the owners trying to exact maximum advantage from the situation. They reel off a whole series of cost increases like; increased salaries of workers and repairing costs of vessels as justification for their inflated demand.
For years, BKSP has been deeply associated with hard work in the country's cricket circle, a deep-seated connection that is something of a grim reminder of even its products.
Macedonian Gjorgji Jovanovski has been named the new football coach of the Bangladesh national football team, formally closing the door on the incumbent Croatian Robert Rubcic, in a press conference at the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) yesterday.
If you are Mohammedan at heart you must feel riled by the unhealthy battle for power of the most prestigious club of the country.
Brothers Union and Chittagong Mohammedan Sporting Club shared the spoils of a 1-1 draw in their Grameenphone Bangladesh League encounter at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Tuesday.
Rahmatganj yesterday sought more time to appear before the Bangladesh League Committee to explain their alleged involvement in match-fixing against Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club in the ongoing competition.
West Indies, inspired by a career-best spell from leg-spinner Anthony Martin, completed a 103-run victory to secure a consolation victory in the fourth one-day international against world champions India on Monday.
Jamal Bhuiyan is confident of securing a place in the final squad of Bangladesh's World Cup pre-qualifier squad as the Denmark-born Bangladeshi booter will start his training with local clubs from today.
Pakistani football said Tuesday it was confident next month's home World Cup qualifier against Bangladesh will go ahead, promising tight security for the match.
Cricket Australia (CA) has reinstated the tri-series ODI concept and extended their regular Test dates to host India in a four-match series, which breaks with recent convention.
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is awaiting confirmation from the impending head coach of the national cricket team.
Rangers Club outplayed Old DOHS 77-40 in the opening match of the Citycell Basketball League 2011 at the Dhanmondi Basketball Gymnasium yesterday. Amanat Ali of Rangers scored highest 25 points while Alamgir Kabir of the same team scored 22. Ashik and Nobin of Old DOHS scored 11 and 10 points respectively. The winning side led the first half 33-17.
A compromise between the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and former captain Shahid Afridi is on the cards following a meeting between the board chairman Ijaz Butt and the player in Islamabad.
What do Tiger Woods, Pele, Roger Federer and Babe Ruth have in common? In their respective fields, in their prime, they left the competition far behind. They also have another common thread: none can hold a candle to Sir Don Bradman when it comes to dominating their field of play.
Jamaica finished the first round of the Gold Cup on top of Group B after a 1-0 victory over Honduras on Monday, with both teams advancing to the quarter-finals along with Guatemala.
Aston Villa have reportedly approached city rivals Birmingham to ask about the precise status of Alex McLeish.
David Beckham insisted Monday he was content to be a spectator at next year's London Olympics if there was no role for him in the controversial Great Britain football team at the Games.
Arsenal Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis has promised a busy few months in the transfer market with the club keen to bolster their squad after what he said had been a profoundly disappointing season.
The governing body of South American soccer says the arrival of teams playing in the Copa America could be delayed because of the ash spewing from Chile's erupting volcano that's disrupting flights across the southern hemisphere.
Cristiano Ronaldo says he will not leave Real Madrid amid rumours of Manchester City trying to lure the Portugal forward back to England with a huge contract.
The Bangladesh Bank (BB) yesterday again increased repo and reverse repo rates by 50 basis points -- the third attempt in about one and a half months -- to rein in credit growth and inflation.
Dhaka stocks finished lower yesterday, despite a bullish start.
The securities regulator sits today for giving approval to the initial public offerings of a number of companies, including Rangpur Dairy and Food Products Ltd and Shurwid Industries Ltd.
Mobile phone subscription has crossed 75 million, according to the country's telecoms regulator.
Only two years ago Shikha Begum, a widow, had nothing in her possession and could barely feed herself and her only daughter, but today she brims with confidence as she can financially support herself thanks to a safety net project.
Bangladesh needs to tap the potential to grab a share of the $1 trillion global tourism market, and the government is ready to bring the sector out of its problems, said civil aviation and tourism minister yesterday.
Speakers at a seminar yesterday expressed urgency to lift the country's subsistence agriculture to commercial agriculture for ensuring future food security.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday said the projected growth rate of 7 percent for the next fiscal year is “absolutely normal”.
Asian Development Bank has recently identified seven Asian countries as heart of the region's re-emergence by 2050. Bangladesh Bank Governor Atiur Rahman presented a paper on the international organisation's 44th annual meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam. Following is the first part of his paper
continued from yesterday
They are the regulated MFIs under the ASFI. In addition, development finance institutions (DFIs) are either non-profit entities or financial NGOs providing microcredit services. These DFIs may start operation with operating licences under the ASFI.
There have been a very few changes in the rates of customs duty, supplementary duty and value added tax in the proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year. But out of the small number of adjustments, the SME sector came out as the one of the main beneficiaries.
Bilkis Begum Lily was recognised as the best women entrepreneur from Barisal division by the Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industries (BWCCI) in recognition of her success. She now plans to create more entrepreneurs like her particularly from the underprivileged segment of the society.
Nokia notched up a rare victory against arch-rival Apple as the iPhone maker agreed to settle a long-running row over patents.
The Bank of Japan on Tuesday said it would expand a programme of lending to companies in growth areas with a new $6 billion credit line to support the post-quake economy.
Eurozone ministers meet in Brussels on Tuesday in a bid to resolve a damaging row over the extent to which banks and other private investors may be forced to contribute to a second Greece bailout.
Israeli central bank governor Stanley Fischer expressed "regret" on Tuesday that age limits disqualified him for a run at the IMF's top job, saying the restrictions were "not relevant today."
China said Tuesday its politically sensitive inflation rate hit its highest level in nearly three years in May, prompting Beijing to further restrict bank lending to stem a flood of capital.
India's annual inflation accelerated above market forecasts to 9.06 percent in May, official data showed on Tuesday, increasing pressure on the central bank to raise interest rates further.
Asian stocks were mostly higher Tuesday on relief that Chinese inflation met forecasts, while Tokyo was also boosted by a central bank plan to extend a credit line to help Japan's post-quake economy.
The national carrier of energy-rich Qatar could launch its initial public offering as early as this year, its chief executive officer Akbar al-Baker said Tuesday.
After nine days of anguish and trauma, the barbarously assaulted Dhaka University teacher Rumana Manjur was flown to India yesterday for better treatment.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday reiterated her government's firm stand against terrorism saying that Bangladesh would not allow its land to be used in carrying out terrorist activities.
Awami League (AL) General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam yesterday said the main opposition BNP can still suggest their formula on the caretaker government system in a bid to hold the next election in free and fair manner.
A fertiliser-laden cargo vessel, which remained partially grounded near Patenga Sea Beach here for last eight months after a crack developed at its bottom, finally broke into two parts in the early hours of Monday.
Leaders of 116 socio-cultural organisations at a human chain yesterday urged the government to restore the four basic principles of 1972 constitution to build a secular and non-communal Bangladesh.
The High Court yesterday issued a rule on the legality of Anti-Corruption Commission law that empowered the commission to charge people with amassing wealth beyond known sources and concealing information about it.
Around one-fourth of children in Bangladesh is suffering from some forms of mental health problem, says a study of National Institute of Mental Health.
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) ATM Shamsul Huda yesterday asserted that the smaller political parties should institutionally strengthen themselves to flourish proper democracy.
Brazil has proposed signing an umbrella agreement with Bangladesh for cooperation in various potential sectors, including agriculture, health, education and sports.
Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid has demanded in parliament that the government double the allocation in education sector. "Countries around the world allocate at least six percent of their Gross Domestic Product for education sector, but in our country it is only 2.3 percent," Nahid said.
Nine people were killed and another one injured in road accidents in Chittagong, Sylhet, and Jhenidah yesterday.
Bangladesh and Afghanistan will strike several deals on bilateral cooperation in various fields, including trade and economic sector, cultural affairs, employment and welfare of migrant workers from Bangladesh, and mutual visa exemption for the officials and diplomats.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's adviser former home secretary AKM Zahurul Islam was sent to jail yesterday in connection with two cases filed against him on charge of setting fire to vehicles in November last year and June this year.
The High Court yesterday asked two private companies to stop construction of structures in and around Bhitorgarh fort in Panchagarh for next six months.
Twenty people, including several BNP activists, have been sued for ransacking the jeep of Awami League (AL) lawmaker Saber Hossain Chowdhury in the city's Khilgaon on Monday night.
Two female domestic helps and a housewife allegedly committed suicide in the city's Mohammadpur, Kamrangir Char and Hazaribagh yesterday.
Speakers at a programme yesterday demanded immediate disclosure of the enquiry report on the kidnapping of Kalpana Chakma and punishment of the abductors.
Parents of Janala Nandi Palin, 16, who went missing a week ago, yesterday urged for prime minister's intervention to seek out their son and ensure security for the family.
A 6-year-old boy died after a boundary wall collapsed on him while he was walking beside it at Asker Dighi Par under Kotwali Police Station in Chittagong yesterday.
Cadets of Bangladesh Marine Fisheries Academy (BMAF) in the port city began a sit-in on its parade ground to press home their two point-demand, including issuing of Continuous Discharge Certificates (CDC) which are necessary for joining the seagoing ships.
A man allegedly strangled his wife at Adabor in the city early yesterday.
The education ministry yesterday started broadcasting class lectures of some reputed schools of Dhaka city on Bangladesh Television (BTV) to facilitate the rural students with modern classroom teaching.
Seeking assistance for construction for deep-sea port, trade deficit as well as trade and economic cooperation will dominate talks during Foreign Minister Dipu Moni's eight-day visit to China beginning today.
Prof Anwarul Azim Arif has been appointed the vice-chancellor (VC) of Chittagong University for next four years.
Poet and novelist Meherun Nahar Chowdhury, mother of Zakaria Kajol, city editor of the daily Inqilab, passed away due to diabetes and kidney diseases at a hospital in Kolkata on Monday at the age of 70, says a press release.
Today is the 14th death anniversary of Shamsul Alam (Nana Bhai), a veteran politician and former general secretary of Bangladesh Jewellers Samity, says a press release.
Artificially created hillocks, meant for use as shelter by coastal people and their livestock during natural disasters, are getting flattened as unscrupulous people often take earth from there for personal use in Dashmina upazila of Patuakhali district.
Eleven activists of Hill Women's Federation (HWF) were freed early yesterday five hours after they were abducted allegedly by the members of pro-peace treaty Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) from Somotaghat in the town.
Today is Sripur massacre day.
At least 30 people were injured in post-UP poll violence in Mithapukur upazila of Rangpur district yesterday.
A mobile court on Monday sentenced 13 people to jail for clashing and looting during vote in Ashuganj upazila.
Senior scientific officer of Kishoreganj Jute Research Institute (KJRI) Enayetur Rahman Chowdhury has been withdrawn from the office and sent to Dhaka.
A former BDR man and a teenage boy were sentenced to jail for one year each in separate incidents of stalking on Monday.
A housewife was beaten to death allegedly by her husband at Munijitpur in the town for dowry early Monday.
Leaders and activists of cultural and left leaning political organisations at Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday formed a human chain demanding fresh construction of the Teachers Students Cultural Centre (TSCC) on the campus.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested a woman for attempt to trapping a relative by putting arms and ammunition the latter's kitchen at Badalpara village under Bakerganj upazila.
At least 15 people were injured on Sunday night in a clash between two groups of villagers at Harinarayanpur Bazaar under Sadar police station over a trifling issue. Of the injured, Ala Uddin, Palash, Kala Mia and Rasel were treated at local clinics. Fifteen shops were vandalised during the two and a half-hour-long sporadic clashes. Police fired six bullets to bring the situation under control. The clash ensued at about 10:30pm following an altercation over repayment of borrowed money at a barber shop. Later the clash spread involving the people of two villages --Harinarayanpur and Rajarampur.
Criminals on Monday night vandalised an image of Hindu god Shiva at the two-hundred year-old Hasjratola Kali Temple at Tangrakhali village under Shingasholpur union in Sadar upazila. Locals said, a gang entered the temple breaking open its lock and ransacked the room. They separated the idol's head from its body. Ashwini Kumar Mollick, president of the temple committee said that they are yet to identify the culprits. However, he demanded proper investigation and punishment to those involved.
A case was filed with Assassuni PS yesterday against three people in connection with alleged attempt to rape a school student at Jaduardanga village in Assassuni upazila. The accused are Prashanta Kumar Sarkar, 16, his father Mahananda Sarkar, 42, and mother Chapala Rani Sarkar, 37, of Jaduardanga. But police failed to arrest the accused as they went into hiding soon after the incident, police said. Victim's mother filed the case alleging that Prashanta used to stalk her daughter, a class seven student of Kadakati High School. Yesterday he entered into the kitchen and tried to violate her daughter in absence of her parents.
An employee of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) was killed by the members of his family at Mominpur village under Baufal upazila yesterday morning. The victim was identified as Siddiq Munshi, 35. Police said there was a long standing dispute over a piece of land among brothers and sisters of Siddiq. When Siddiq came home from Dhaka at about 9:30 am yesterday, his brother Faysal Munshi, 28, and sisters Nahida, 26, Sumi Begum, 24, and Alotaz Begum, 18, jointly attacked him with sharp weapons leaving Siddiq dead on the spot.
Syrian security forces are reportedly widening an operation in the north of the country aimed at cracking down on anti-government protests.
Republican presidential candidates led by frontrunner Mitt Romney used their first big televised debate to lash out at President Barack Obama -- but not each other.
India yesterday said an ongoing Chinese project to dam the Brahmaputra river in Tibet would not affect downstream supplies in the country's northeastern regions.
An apparent Nato airstrike hit an area near Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi's compound in the capital again yesterday, as military leaders voiced concerns about sustaining the operations if the alliance mission drags on.
UN agencies yesterday urged an end to Asia's preference for sons, saying it perpetuates discrimination and violation of women's rights.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton yesterday accused Iran of backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's "vicious assaults" on pro-democracy protesters after crushing its own 2009 uprising.
Forestry ministers from across Europe are attending a summit to shape future policy on how woodlands are managed.
India's Foreign Secretary is due to visit Pakistan this month to discuss Kashmir, a Pakistani official said yesterday, the first formal talks between the two rivals on their core dispute since the Mumbai attacks in 2008 froze their peace process.
Former Tunisian president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, who fled to Saudi Arabia in January, will be tried in absentia on June 20, Tunisia's interim prime minister said Monday.
Japan's cabinet has approved a bill to help embattled Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) compensate tens of thousands of people affected by the crisis at its Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, sending its shares soaring in Tokyo trading.
UN leader Ban Ki-moon will soon name a full time special envoy to Myanmar to encourage the government on the reform path, a UN spokesman said yesterday.
At least 19 inmates have been killed since Sunday in armed clashes among prisoners in Venezuela's El Rodeo prison, an official said yesterday.
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas will meet Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal in Cairo on June 21 to finalise a new government put together by the two factions, a top official of his Fatah movement said yesterday.
Gunmen blasted their way into government offices in central Iraq yesterday with two car bombs and suicide blasts that killed seven people and mirrored a similar March raid claimed by al-qaeda.
Indonesia has arrested 16 people suspected of plotting to kill police with cyanide and pen guns, a gun fashioned to look like a pen, authorities said.
Gaza's unemployment rate was among the world's highest, at 45.2% in late 2010, the UN has found, as Israel's blockade of the territory enters its fifth year.
Nepal yesterday cleared the country's last remaining minefield, nearly five years after the end of the decade-long civil war with Maoist insurgents.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan telephoned Syria's Bashar al-Assad yesterday and urged him to stop a bloody crackdown on protesters and launch reforms, Anatolia news agency reported.
Sri Lanka has dismissed as fake a new documentary to be shown on British television yesterday, alleging atrocities were committed in the final weeks of the island's war with Tamil rebels.
Jordanian MPs yesterday denied the king's motorcade was attacked with stones during a visit to a southern city, saying residents were jostling as they tried to greet the monarch.
Arts & Entertainment
Yesterday was the 83rd birth anniversary of the Argentine Marxist revolutionary Ernesto Che Guevara. To celebrate the anniversary, Bangla Theatre arranged a programme at the Studio Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, on June 13. The programme featured discussion, songs, poetry recitation and staging of the Bangla Theatre production “Che'r Cycle”.
On the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore, Alliance Francaise de Dhaka (AFD), Alliacne Francaise de Chittagong (AFC) and Embassy of France in Bangladesh is arranging a photo exhibition. Titled, “Tagore, the Universal Message”, the exhibition will open on June 18 at the La Galerie of AFD at Dhanmondi, Dhaka.
Marking 112th birth anniversary of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, Bengal Foundation has arranged a three-day commemorative event, titled “Amar Akash Mayer Koley” at Bengal Gallery in Dhanmondi, Dhaka.
A four-day programme, marking the 30th anniversary of Pabna Drama Circle, concluded Monday night. The programme featured discussion, live performances and a prize-giving ceremony. A rally was brought out from the Pabna Town Hall premise on Monday morning.
Patua Quamrul Hasan Art School recently held its 3rd National Children's Art Competition, titled “Boishakh-e Chhobi Aanko Joisthey Prodorshoni”. Starting from June 9, a weeklong group exhibition featuring artworks by children is on at Zainul Gallery, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka. The exhibition has been dedicated to the recently deceased iconic artists Mohammad Kibria (Bangladesh) and M.F. Husain (India).
Several intellectuals, particularly left leaning ones, turned up at the launch of “Russia'r Dinlipi” at the Sufia Kamal Auditorium, National Museum on June 13. The book features unpublished travelogue by the late diplomat, minister and author Syed Nazmuddin Hashem. Editors of newspapers, journalists, authors, poets and translators met each other and reminisced on the years that altered the course of international politics in the last century.
A general strike, a hartal, became a necessity in June 1966. The Ayub Khan regime needed to be informed that the state of Pakistan could not take Bengalis for granted. Hartals turned into inevitability in 1969 because of the overpowering collective desire of the nation to send a condescending, illegitimate regime packing.
Indian Foreign Secretary Ms. Nirupama Rao's two day visit from June 6 to Dhaka was perceived as important as some outstanding issues needed to be resolved before the proposed visit of India's prime minister to Bangladesh "well before" the end of the year as stated by Ms. Rao.
Land, air, water and sun are the most essential elements for life. In absence of one of these elements, life will be impossible on earth. All other living entities gratefully enjoy these gifts of nature. But, we human beings want to grab them for personal interest. This often deprives others.
Whether these changes are good or bad depends in part on how we adapt to them. But, ready or not, they are about to come!!