News of: Sunday, 18th of September, 2011
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Bangladesh Air Force's objection to the Bijoy Sarani portion of the proposed 22-km metro rail on a plea that it will hinder the operation of Tejgaon airfield is unfounded, experts have said.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has promised to show the door to any minister found involved in corruption. One ought to have every reason to feel elated at such an expression of decisiveness on the part of the head of government.
Bilateral trade between Bangladesh and Nepal is likely to increase significantly as India has recently allowed Bangladesh an additional rail transit route to land-locked Nepal.
Prime Minister's International Affairs Adviser Gowher Rizvi has said Bangladesh and India are on the right track to deepen bilateral ties.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina last night left for New York to attend the 66th United Nations General Assembly.
Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus strongly declined to join a military-backed national unity government during the tumultuous days under a state of emergency in 2007.
Police recovered 14 stolen cars and five motorbikes and arrested nine suspected carjackers in Chittagong and Dhaka on Thursday and Friday.
At least 85 in-patients were forced out of their beds at two government hospitals in Chittagong and Barisal to make room for practical examinations of medical students yesterday.
The chief executive officers (CEOs) of zilla parishads, local government bodies at districts, yesterday accused lawmakers of interfering in preparation of development projects.
Some BNP leaders might shake hands with the government to avoid jail and torture or even to become a minister, but they have no ability to split the party, high-ups of the main opposition said.
Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) yesterday decided to launch an anti-government movement simultaneously with BNP, but declined to forge an alliance with it.
A vintage World War Two fighter plane crashed near the grandstand at a Nevada air race on Friday, killing at least three people, including the elderly pilot, and injuring more than 50 others, officials said.
A worker died after falling from an under-construction building in the city's Mirpur yesterday morning.
Two blue-and-gold macaw eggs hatched in a private zoo in Dhaka, the first time macaws bred in captivity in Bangladesh.
At least four people including three of a family were killed and 11 injured when a bus collided head on with a private car on Tongi-Kaliganj road in Kaliganj upazila yesterday.
Envoys from the quartet of Middle East negotiators will meet today in a last-ditch push to relaunch Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and avert a showdown over Palestinian statehood at the UN, an EU diplomat said yesterday.
Eminent jurist and Gonoforum President Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday urged politicians to give up "sick politics" for the sake of the country.
Not only the IMF but also many in Bangladesh do not concur with the idea of the government of allowing new commercial banks. And there are very good reasons to feel that the present 47 banks in Bangladesh are enough to meet our requirements. In fact the central bank had initially objected to the idea, but seems to have wilted under political pressure. Reportedly, majority of the board members had strongly opposed the idea of allowing new banks during last Wednesday's meeting.
The worries voiced by environmentalists and activists of non-government organizations on the continued presence of chemical warehouses in residential areas of the city find an echo across the spectrum. The reason is not hard to seek. In these past few years, demands have consistently been made by citizens and social bodies for a removal of all those factories and industries which pose hazards to public health. In quite a few instances, legal action has also been taken to ensure that such establishments are effectively moved away from the city and relocated away from it. Regrettably, not much appears to have been done about these demands being met.
It was not Shakib (Al Hasan), rather Bangladesh cricket is the loser. The comment was made by none other than Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) director Enayet Hossain Siraj, who is also the chairman of cricket operations committee, while giving his reaction yesterday over the sacking of the national team captain and his deputy Tamim Iqbal.
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is not yet sure whether the Decision Review System (DRS) will be in place for the coming home series against West Indies.
Kumar Sangakkara hit an unbeaten 61 in his 100th Test as Sri Lanka responded bravely to Australia's 316 in the third and final game of the series in Colombo on Saturday.
The Asia Cup could be delayed further if a proposed India-Pakistan series gets the green signal from both countries.
With a bid to filling the gap between Bangladesh League and First Division and have the circle of football in place, Bangladesh Football Federation plans to hold the second tier football league from November. A meeting with some of the interested clubs was held at the BFF house in this regard in which various issues including venues, financial solvency, format of the league, venues and other things were discussed.
The Mohammedan Sporting Club election saga served up a sensational twist yesterday when Obaidul Karim popped up at the scene with a desire to run the presidency of the prestigious club.
Abdur Razzak has confirmed that he will lead the national team in today's BCB Cup game against the GP-BCB National Cricket Academy at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.
England defeated India by six wickets in a rain-affected match here Friday to complete a 3-0 one-day series victory over the reigning world champions.
Jamaican sprint kings Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake sprinted to landmark times at the Diamond League on Friday, Bolt running the fastest 100m this year and Blake the second fastest 200m in history.
After claiming to be innocent for long, banned Pakistan pacer Mohammad Ameer has reportedly confessed to his involvement in the spot-fixing scandal that shook the core of international cricket last year.
Their failure to win even a single match in the ODI series against England has led to world champions India dropping a couple of rungs to fifth, their lowest position in three years, in the latest ICC one-day rankings issued on Saturday.
The final round of the JFA Cup Under-15 football tournament begins today at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka. The eight qualifying teams from eight groups will play in two groups in the round robin league system in the final round of the tournament, which is organised with the financial assistance of Japan Football Association. In the opening match today, Tangail DSA will take on Kushtia DSA while BKSP will take on Khulna DSA in the second match, said speakers at a press conference at the BFF house yesterday.
Bangladesh Army, Border Guard of Bangladesh (BGB) and Bangladesh Police won their respective matches of the 13th Runner Premier Division Kabaddi League yesterday.
Former Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne has confirmed that he is considering coming out of retirement to play in Australia's Twenty20 Big Bash League.
Ayegbeni Yakubu scored twice to turn up the heat on Arsene Wenger as Blackburn twice came from behind to defeat Arsenal 4-3 at Ewood Park on Saturday.
Sir Alex Ferguson believes Chelsea still represent one of Manchester United's sternest challengers for the Premier League despite manager Andre Villas-Boas's relative lack of experience.
Brazil launched its countdown to the 2014 World Cup on Friday, ticking off 1,000 days before it hosts the top international football tournament, as FIFA reiterated concerns over delays.
England players are pampered and after the "complete disaster" of their 2010 World Cup campaign have no chance of winning Euro 2012, former England midfielder Paul Scholes claimed on Saturday.
Diego Maradona, who this week accused his successor as Argentina coach Sergio Batista of accepting bribes, is also tainted by corruption, according to a claim made here Saturday.
David Beckham and wife Victoria hope to have another child, he said Friday, only two months after the former Spice Girl gave birth to their fourth child.
Citibank NA Bangladesh yesterday honoured three individuals and one institution in recognition of their efforts to start from the scratch and change their lives and the people around them through creativity and job creation.
The government bid to install the second undersea cable is now caught in limbo as the ministry and regulator concerned are gripped by indecision over the fate of a lone proposal submitted against the bidding for the job.
The tax official took a moment to find out the tax zone for the prospective taxpayer, Salma Begum, a resident from Haricharan Roy Road in Old Dhaka.
The Securities and Exchange Commission has issued a directive on a uniform face value of equity shares and mutual fund units at Tk 10, a move that will help create a level-playing field in the stockmarket.
The central bank will further strengthen its regulatory activities in commercial banks to minimise risks of the sector, said Bangladesh Bank Governor Atiur Rahman yesterday.
The bearish trend continued in stocks last week as investors suffered lack of confidence amid liquidity crunch.
US President Barack Obama urged Congress Saturday to pass his job creation plan without delay, arguing it will make it possible for businesses to hire more workers and for Americans to find jobs.
The eurozone's debt level is "probably better" than global rivals, European Central Bank chief Jean-Claude Trichet said on Saturday as EU talks focused on resolving the Greek crisis wrapped up in Poland.
Indian infrastructure giant GVK on Saturday said it would pay $1.3 billion for Australia's Hancock coal and infrastructure projects as it lines up energy supplies for upcoming power plants.
A new chapter has opened in Bangladesh's readymade garment sector with the declaration of duty waiver on exports of 45 garment items and a silk fabrics item to India.
The least-developed countries of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) are working to reduce the duties in trade among the eight members of the group, said a senior commerce ministry official yesterday.
Over 300 students of Dhaka Commerce College went on a rampage at Dr Azmal Hospital in the city's Mirpur yesterday after a teacher of the college died allegedly due to negligence of a doctor and the hospital authorities.
Around 97 percent admission seekers will not be able to get admission in Dhaka University (DU) in the 2011-2012 academic sessions due to seat scarcity.
Foreign Minister Dipu Moni has said there exists no strained relation with the United States following the removal of Prof Muhammad Yunus from Grameen Bank.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia will announce programmes at a rally on September 27
The government will finalise a policy for building, breaking, and recycling of ships by the next month (October), Industries Minister Dilip Barua said yesterday.
Originally meant to help rehabilitate homeless people, the Vagrant and Shelterless Persons (rehabilitation) Act 2011 has become a “tool” to put the shelterless behind bars.
Education specialists yesterday put more emphasis on “introducing words first than teaching alphabets” as it will help children learn language spontaneously.
Four people were killed and 11 others injured in separate road accidents in Gopalganj, Comilla and Sherpur yesterday.
Speakers at a press conference yesterday demanded increase of public buses for reducing dependency on private cars.
Noted filmmaker Tareque Masud and media personality Ashfaque Munier Mishuk always aimed to inspire the young generation, said poet and journalist Abul Momen at a commemorative meeting here in Chittagong city yesterday.
Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) begins a three-day celebration of its present body's third anniversary from tomorrow, costing Tk 18.69 lakh from RCC's revenue fund, aimed at disseminating information of development activities and hearing citizens' problems.
Industries Minister Dilip Barua yesterday said the government would finalise the ship-breaking and ship-recycling policy next month, which will help the sector grow and also protect the environment.
Six members of the Executive Board of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) arrive on a six-day official visit to Bangladesh today, says a press release.
An Indian national was arrested on Friday night with huge Bangladeshi coins and notes from a residential hotel under Bangshal Police Station in the city.
A schoolboy who was stabbed by miscreants in the city's Gabtoli area on Friday night succumbed to his injuries at Chest Diseases Hospital at Mohakhali yesterday.
Students of two science departments at Chittagong University boycotted classes and scheduled examinations yesterday demanding that they be given engineering degrees instead of BSc (Hon's) degrees on completion of four-year honours programme.
Students of Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday observed the Education Day through protests against the increased prices of admission forms for the first year honours programme.
A publishing house, Oitijjhya, launched an eight-day book fair across the country on September 16, says a press release.
Former lawmaker Enamul Haque Chowdhury Bir Pratik, also convener of the Sector Commanders Forum, Sylhet division, was laid to rest with state honour at the graveyard adjacent to the shrine of Hajrat Shahjalal (RA) in Sylhet city yesterday.
YKK Bangladesh, a Japan-based global zipper manufacturing company, distributed five sets of computers to the Koitta Girls' High School at Saturdia in Manikganj yesterday.
A patrol team of Coast Guard recovered 1,692 kgs of betel nuts worth about Tk 6,76,800 from Diamond Cement Factory area of Karnaphuli Police Station in the port city yesterday.
The orientation ceremony for newly enrolled undergraduate students of fall 2011 semester of North South University (NSU) was held at its Bashundhara premises yesterday.
Architect Md Naser Nazrul, son of Nazrul Islam Talukder, former director of Tula Unnayan Board, passed away due to a cardiac arrest at Botswana of South Africa on September 12 at the age of 43.
Prof Syed Abdul Hye, a former treasurer and teacher of Jahangirnagar University (JU), passed away at hospital in the city on Friday due to cardiac arrest.
Ghulam Mohammed, proprietor of Ali & Ghulam Consulting Engineers, passed away at his residence at 49, Naya Paltan in the city on September 7 at the age of 94, says a press release.
Today is the 40th death anniversary of engineer Nazrul Islam, a martyred freedom fighter, says a press release.
Frequent road blockade in Dinajpur and Joypurhat districts has emerged as a serious threat to the roadside trees that are often felled to put up barricades on national and regional highways.
A volatile situation is prevailing at Khulna Medical College and Hospital (KMCH) as a group of students of the medical college locked the office of Superintendent Dr Kazi Hamid Asgar yesterday morning demanding his removal.
Two women were beaten to death, one in Satkhira allegedly by husband for dowry on Friday night while the other in Lalmonirhat by a neighbour over piece of disputed land on Wednesday.
The accused in the sensational Chunnu murder case are allegedly asking the witnesses to keep away from court and also threatening them with death.
Two nurses of mother and neonatal health (MNH) project have been sacked while three other nurses transferred following death of an expectant mother on September 4 after caesarian operation.
Bodies of three people were recovered in Narayanganj, Comilla and Habiganj districts on Friday.
A large number of devotees from across the country observed the traditional Ganga-snan (dip in the Ganges water) at Shombolpur Ghat of Hemayetpur village in Pabna, marking the 124th birth anniversary of revered Hindu sage Thakur Anukul Chandra on Friday.
Two people were killed and six others injured at Paik Para village under Barhatta upazila Thursday morning during a clash over a piece of disputed land, police said.
Pirates abducted eight employees of a fish trader along with a trawler having 150 maunds of hilsa on board in the Meghna River near Sebagram village in Ramgoti upazila on Friday night.
A baby girl drowned in a pond in the district. The incident occurred at Kulfadanga village under Sadar upazila yesterday noon.
A teenage school student, who was abducted by criminals from Singa Eidgah point in Kalaroa upazila on August 31, was rescued by police from a house at Atulia village in Shyamnagar upazila on Friday. Victim's uncle Osman Gani of Singa village filed a case accusing six people. The accused are Abdus Salam Nikari, Rashid Biswas, Idris Ali, Mukul, Asadul Haque and Motaleb of Sonabaria village in the same upazila. Quoting local people police said the girl, a class seven student of Singa High School, was abducted by the accused while she was going to her relative's house at the same village. Acting on a tip-off, a police team led by sub-inspector (SI) Tarak Biswas of Kalaroa police station raided the house of Deshamt Gazi at Atulia village and rescued her on Friday night.
Two people were electrocuted in Hatibandha and Lalmonirhat Sadar upazilas in the district on Friday night. They were identified as Sultan Hossain,40, son of late Farhad Hossain of Saptna Bazar village in Lalmonirhat municipality and Montez Ali,35, son of Abder Hossain of Goddimari village in Hatibandha upazila. Police and locals said, Sultan was electrocuted in his workplace “Dhaka Workshop” at BDR Hat Road in the town at around 8.45 pm while Montez was electrocuted in his house at around 9:00 pm on Friday.
Mymensingh Zila Nagorik Andolon, a local citizens' body, yesterday brought out a procession to drum up support for today's road and rail blockade programme to realise10-point demand. The demands include upgradation of Mymensingh as divisional city, Mymensingh municipality as city corporation, Ananda Mohan College as full-fledged university and establishment of an education board in the district. The procession was joined by hundreds of people belonging to different professions and political parties. A rally was held after the procession. The leaders told the rally that they will continue their movement until the demands are met. Today's road and rail blockade programme will be held from 6:00 am to 12:00 noon.
A mobile court on Friday convicted three people, including a Jubo League leader, from Isapur village in Ramganj upazila and sentenced them to six months imprisonment each for selling hemp. The convicts were identified as Fazlul Haque, 40, Jubo League Isapur union unit president, activist Sharif, 35, and Hossain, 40, of the village. Acting on secret information, a team of Ramganj police team raided the village and arrested them when they were selling the contraband item. Later, the mobile court led by executive magistrate Masud Alam Siddique handed down the verdict.
Forces of Libya's new leadership battled diehard remnants of the fallen regime of Muammar Gaddafi yesterday, after the UN eased sanctions and assigned its seat at the world body to the former rebels.
The Nigerien government said Friday it will not send fallen Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi's son Saadi back home from Niger, where he fled after the collapse of the regime in Tripoli.
A strong 6.6-magnitude undersea quake and a series of aftershocks hit off the coast of Japan's Honshu island yesterday, not far from the area ravaged by a huge March quake and tsunami, geologists said.
The Chief Minister of BJP-ruled western Indian state of Gujarat Narendra Modi, whose government had come under fire for communal riots nine years ago, yesterday began a three-day fast for “peace, unity and communal harmony”.
The WikiLeaks website has put up for sale a collection of memorabilia associated with its founder, Julian Assange, in a bid to raise funds.
A suspected bomb exploded at a hospital in the northern Indian city of Agra yesterday injuring several people, witnesses said, though no deaths were immediately reported.
The US embassy in Algiers is warning potential targets about an al-Qaeda threat to launch missile attacks against planes chartered by foreign oil firms in North Africa, officials said Friday.
Police probing Britain's phone hacking scandal said Friday they were seeking a court order that would force The Guardian newspaper to disclose the sources for its reports on the affair.
Police in Finland announced Friday they have arrested two people suspected of financing terrorist activities and recruitment.
Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness is to run for president of the Republic of Ireland next month as part of what he called a bid to bring about Irish reunification by peaceful means.
The United States has decided not to sell Taiwan new F-16 fighter jets and will instead provide upgrades to its existing planes, a US congressional source said Friday.
The Dutch government agreed Friday to a ban on the burqa, the Interior Ministry said, under a deal with the far-right party of anti-immigration MP Geert Wilders.
Arts & Entertainment
Teachers and students of Chhayanaut performed Nazrul's classic compositions (Bhokti O Biroho) on the occasion of the National Poet's 35th death anniversary at Chhayanaut Sanskriti Bhaban Auditorium on September 16.
Bangladesh Loko Sangeet Parisad (BLSP) in conjunction with UNESCO will organise the National Folk Music Festival 2010 & 2011 throughout the country.
Nazrul Sangeet artiste Dr. Pradip Kumar Nandi was baptised in music in his early childhood by his adoring grandmother Monohora Nandi. His parents -- Gopal Krishna Nandi and Kanon Bala Nandi -- and aunt Minu were constant in their encouragement of the young boy's musical talent.
Dhaka Theatre staged the 50th show of one of its acclaimed productions “Nimojjon” on September 16 at the National Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. Written by Selim Al Deen and directed by Nasiruddin Yousuff, the play is an epic journey into the history of genocide. The play premiered on July 20, 2007 at the same venue.
For any artiste it is a great honour to win a National Film Award; winning it twice over is an accolade that only a few can attain. Talented actress Nipun is among such individuals. In her career spanning a brief period of time, Nipun has bagged the national award twice for supporting roles in “Shajghor” and “Cha(n)der Moto Bou”-- where she demonstrated greater maturity and accomplishment in her performances. Apart from her celluloid career, she regularly appears in special Eid dramas or telefilms, as well as stepping up the ladder in the world of modeling. Overall, Nipun has carved a comfortable niche for herself in the world of movies, TV, modeling and even stage shows.
Artisans engaged in making idols for Durga Puja are busy completing various types of idols for their clients.
Cameron Crowe's documentary "Pearl Jam Twenty" takes viewers on a 20-year behind-the-scenes journey with a band that has reached the top of the rock 'n' roll pantheon while refusing to embrace the spotlight.
This month DS Café welcomes popular singer Kona. Get on the line with her for two minutes and fire away your questions. The best question will be highlighted in the transcription. Call 8126155, 01711623915 and 01711623917 on September 19, between 3 and 4pm, to speak to Kona!!!
When crafting foreign policy approaches with any country there are several strategies which can be adopted that can lead to success. But these same strategies can also lead to disasters. It is usual for policy planners to design and move foreign policies along commitments either received from a country or results they themselves are committed to. But if the future turns differently than predicted, a country may then have adhered to wrong strategies.
A very worrying incident shook both sides of the Suez Canal recently.
The economic situation in the country is perhaps heading towards chaos, with no apparent signs of a redeeming future for the people. Millions of them have started wondering if elections or a people's government could bring about any substantial change in their lot. Most of the countryside, where 70% of the people live, is as poor as ever. The lower middle-class could not share the country's economic growth.
If those of us who lived through the Cold War period in the West were told we would read an article in one of our prestigious newspapers about the absurdity of nuclear weapons, such as the one by Barrister Harun ur Rashid, we would never have believed it!
Friendship is always sweet responsibility, never an opportunity," wrote Kahlil Gibran. A recent incident set me thinking about the "responsibilities" and the "opportunities" that come with friendship. Of course, the term "friend" is generic and doesn't always convey the true nature of the diverse relationships that one develops in the course of one's life. However, the most remarkable aspect of friendship is that it has undefined borders and is constantly evolving. A friend can assume any role: soul mate, confidante, mentor and, occasionally, just someone to share good times with. Yet the ties of friendship are fragile because there are no strings attached. It's a relationship built upon mutual respect and love. Also, one needs to work within self-imposed limits and boundaries and surf on a shifting tide, since life is in a state of flux for us all. But the most challenging part is that, more than other relationships, friendship tests one's capacity to accept, endure and make sacrifices.