News of: Monday, 19th of September, 2011
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A 6.8 magnitude earthquake jolted the country yesterday evening, prompting thousands of panic-stricken people to rush out into the street from their homes.
A police enquiry yesterday concluded that the six students killed by a mob in Aminbazar in July were not robbers, 10 days after a judicial probe also found them innocent.
At least 18 people were killed and over 100 injured as a powerful 6.8 magnitude quake jolted Sikkim and several areas of northeast India and neighbouring Nepal yesterday, causing extensive damage to several buildings.
Thousands of miles away from home, someone is living up to his childhood promise: helping the helpless.
A London-bound flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines with 193 passengers on board made an emergency landing at an airport in Jordan last evening.
A leading disaster watchdog has ranked Bangladesh as the world's sixth "high disaster risk country" in terms of its exposure to typhoons, earthquake and tsunamis.
The government yesterday hiked fuel prices by a maximum of 19.04 percent a litre to reduce subsidy on imports of petroleum products, said a top official of Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC).
A few months before the December 2008 parliamentary polls, Directorate General of Forces Intelligence had blacklisted 144 politicians of both Awami League and BNP and asked the parties not to nominate them for the electoral race.
Showkat Alam Khan, a Bangladeshi expatriate in Canada, was much excited about his Dhaka trip.
Implicated in two first degree criminal cases, Limon Hossain, the 16-year old college student from Jhalakathi, who was maimed by Rapid Action Battalion on March 23, sees little hope to continue his studies.
Legalisation of cattle trading between India and Bangladesh could bring down border killing significantly, experts on Indo-Bangla relations said yesterday.
Khulna Medical College (KMC) was closed for an indefinite period yesterday amid tension between two groups of Swadhinata Chikitshak Parishad (Swachip), a pro-AL body, of the medical college hospital.
A worker was killed when a huge iron plate fell on him at a ship-breaking yard in Sitakunda upazila of Chittagong yesterday.
The main opposition BNP will hold a rally in the capital's Paltan Maidan on September 27 to demand the ruling coalition leave office and give way to parliamentary polls under a non-partisan caretaker administration.
The top US and Pakistani military leaders met in Spain to discuss ways to shore up strained ties after a US raid that killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and a spike in violence in Afghanistan, a Pentagon spokesman said.
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's fast for peace, unity and harmony, under 'Sadhbhavna Mission' entered the second day yesterday with several BJP leaders descending at the fast venue.
Just what sort of complications can arise in the absence of a strong local government system in Bangladesh has been highlighted yet once again. An evaluation meeting related to development works in the zilla parishads has exposed all too clearly the many difficulties which chief executive officers of these parishads are hamstrung by. They have made it clear that their work and in broad measure plans for development at the local level are almost always made hostage to the demands made on them both by lawmakers and elected upazilla chairmen. Intriguingly, neither the MPs nor the upazilla chairmen feel it necessary to interact with one another on the priorities for their areas, which again is a powerful hint of the adversarial relationship between them now hampering progress in nearly every area.
The significant rise in carjackings in Dhaka and Chittagong reflects the immediate and urgent need for strict law enforcement.
Mushfiqur Rahim's late blitz was the only bright spot yesterday with heavy rain spoiling the BCB Cup game between the Tigers and the GP-BCB National Cricket Academy at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday.
Bangladesh's Macedonian coach Nikola Ilievski has opted out strikers Zahid Hasan Emily and Mithun Chowdhury as well as winger Zahid Hossain of the national side which is supposed to play a few short-duration practice matches against U-19, U-21 and U-22 later this month.
The opening day of the JFA Cup U-15 football tournament saw a flurry of expulsions as some 22 players from four teams were expelled due to overage before the start of the matches at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.. Seven players from Tangail, six from BKSP, five from Kushtia and four from Khulna were marked as overaged, but two of the Tangail players were later allowed to play due to their shortage of personnel.
Skipper Tillakaratne Dilshan inspired Sri Lanka's tenacious batting display as the hosts took charge of the third cricket Test against Australia in Colombo on Sunday.
Some of the candidates are likely to withdraw their candidacy from the Mohammedan SC Ltd polls scheduled for September 21, even though the election commission declared all submitted nominations valid yesterday.
Rafael Nadal led Spain to a 4-1 Davis Cup win over France on Sunday, and a final date with Argentina, but there were tears for US Open champion Novak Djokovic whose injury-forced retirement saw defending champions Serbia slump 3-2 to the South Americans.
Pakistan completed a clean sweep of Zimbabwe by winning the second and final Twenty20 international by five runs at the Harare Sports Club on Sunday.
Beleaguered opener Chris Gayle has admitted he is unsure about his future in West Indies cricket.
Bowlers never like batsmen hitting them past their follow through and this is exactly what Indian veteran Sachin Tendulkar likes as his favourite stroke is the straight driven boundary.
England cricket coach Andy Flower was simply blown away by Jonny Bairstow's quickfire innings of 41 against India in the final ODI and said it was the best international debut he has seen.
The Bangladesh Under-19 team will take part in a training camp from September 21 at the BKSP in Savar.
Bangladesh Swimming Federation yesterday suspended its executive committee member Imdadul Haq for five years following the alleged sexual harassment of a swimmer.
Sachin Tendulkar's participation in the forthcoming Champions League T20 tournament is still in doubt as his Mumbai Indians team coach Robin Singh declined to comment on the availability of the master batsman who is recovering from a toe injury.
A hat-trick by Lionel Messi inspired Barcelona to an 8-0 rout of Osasuna in La Liga on Saturday as the champions responded with a devastating performance after a poor week by their high standards.
Ten-man Werder Bremen went top of the German league on Saturday thanks to a 1-1 draw at Nuremberg despite having Germany goalkeeper Tim Wiese sent off.
Tottenham swept to their biggest win over Liverpool for 48 years as Luka Modric inspired a 4-0 victory over the nine-man visitors at White Hart Lane on Sunday.
Inter Milan and AS Roma picked up their first points of the Serie A season on Saturday after sharing an entertaining 0-0 draw at the San Siro.
Brazil coach Mano Menezes has admitted that he faces a race against time to turn his side into genuine contenders to win the 2014 World Cup on home soil.
Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has revealed France striker Nicolas Anelka is set to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.
It was the biggest weekend of Pakistan cricketer Yasir Arafat's life. Not only did he win an eighth title as a Surrey player when they defeated Somerset at Lord's in the final of the Clydesdale Bank 40 on Saturday, Sunday saw him getting married, at The Oval no less. Arafat tied the knot with Fatima Sheikh at Test cricket's oldest venue in the presence of big cricketing names such as Mohammad Yousuf, Kevin Pietersen, Saqlain Mushtaq, Sourav Ganguly, Mushtaq Ahmed, Mark Ramprakash, Robert Key and Alec Stewart.
The Bangladesh Bank has at last decided to invite applications this week for giving permission to set up new banks in the private sector.
Banks have tightened their belt on fresh loans for spinners who are now facing a downtrend in business due to a low demand for yarn, businessmen said.
Taxpayers want fast-track services on the web from the tax administration, but the online filing is still far off.
The prospects of green jobs in the country are huge as the future adaptation and mitigation measures will generate hundreds and thousands of employment, said experts in a seminar.
The government will not allow new export processing zones (EPZs), as it plans to set up special economic zones (SEZs) to boost the pace of industrialisation, said Industries Minister Dilip Barua yesterday.
Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury yesterday called upon the foreign investors to invest in agriculture-based industries in Bangladesh. To make that happen, the government will remove all the barriers, she said.
Indian Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has assured that the issue of lifting the ban on onion exports would be decided next week, an Indian newspaper reports.
Noel Quinn, group general manager and head of commercial banking at HSBC Asia Pacific, is now in Dhaka on a four-day visit, the bank said in a statement yesterday.
Helen Brand, chief executive of ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants), is scheduled to arrive in Bangladesh today for a three-day visit.
Stocks returned to the red yesterday as investors went for panic sell-offs following the inertia of institutional investors due to a general dearth of liquidity.
Young minds and the youth population are very talented, they are willing to leapfrog. The only thing they need is what Rosenstein Rodan once said is a “Big Push”. They are fast learners, easily adaptable and more importantly, friendly to innovations and new thoughts.
The inhabitants of greater Bakalia in the port city yesterday demanded immediate recommencing of construction works of two under-construction bridges namely Ishaker Pool and Master pool.
The anti-liberation force and its collaborators appointed lobbyists abroad to spread confusion over the war crimes trial in the international arena, said Law Minister Shafique Ahmed yesterday.
Speakers at a press conference yesterday alleged that neglect and failure of doctors at Square Hospital in the city to timely administer correct treatment led to the death of a six-year-old girl diagnosed with dengue shock syndrome.
Lack of citizens' understanding about the Right to Information (RTI) Act and non-cooperation from authorities in providing information are holding back the act's successful implementation, said speakers at a discussion yesterday.
Experts yesterday suggested consuming full-boiled or full-fried eggs rather than the half-boiled or half-fried ones to avoid exposure to the avian flu virus (H5N1) that may be passed on to the eggs from the flu inflicted birds.
Speakers at a workshop on digital Bangladesh here yesterday said the on-going digitisation process is creating opportunity of self- employment across the country.
Directorate of National Consumer Rights Protection fined 2339 shops, factories and hotels over Tk 2.45 crore during the last one and a half years across the country.
Five people were killed and three others injured in separate road accidents in Chandpur, Narsingdi and Khagrachhari yesterday.
A parliamentary body yesterday formed a three-member sub-committee to examine the possibility of expanding Sadarghat launch terminal, aimed at reducing suffering and harassment to passengers in the city's lone launch terminal.
Non-Government Organisations (NGO) should function not as a business entity but for the people's welfare, said NGO Affairs Bureau Director General (DG) Nurun Nabi Talukder yesterday.
Some 69 candidates will compete for each seat to gain admission at first year honours courses under 2011-12 academic sessions in Jahangirnagar University (JU).
The main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) yesterday expressed deep concern and resentment over not distributing relief materials among the flood-hit people of Satkhira district.
The navies of Bangladesh and the United States yesterday began an eight-day of maritime safety and security exercises in Chittagong.
The Ministry of Environment and Forests has approved five projects, involving Tk 44.42 crore, to cope with the adverse impacts of climate change.
The destitute who have got grants from Hindu Religious Welfare Trust can open bank accounts by showing their National ID cards and certificates issued by the Trust depositing only Tk 10.
Students of Dhaka University yesterday damaged three buses of Mirpur-Motijheel route on allegation of snatching a student's moneybag and cellphone by the staff of a bus on Saturday night.
A teenage boy succumbed to his injuries at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) yesterday morning after being beaten in the city's Lalbagh, police and his relatives said.
A worker was electrocuted at an under-construction building site at Badda in the city yesterday.
Two children drowned in a pond at South Swarna village at Bakila union in Hajiganj upazila yesterday afternoon.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina made an 8-hour stopover at Dubai International Airport on her way to New York to attend the 66th UNGA session.
A five-day science festival ended at Notre Dame College in the city on Saturday, says a press release.
An unidentified youth was killed under the wheels of a train at the city's Khilgaon Bagicha yesterday.
A police inspector was killed in a road crash in front of APBN camp of Old Bus Station area in Rangamati yesterday.
Robbers looted gold ornaments weighing 30 tolas worth over Tk 15 lakh and around Tk 25,000 in cash from the flat of a Kuwait expatriate at Japan Garden city in city's Adarbar yesterday evening.
Security blanket will be put in and around every Durga Puja mondap across the country to facilitate peaceful celebration of the upcoming puja festival, said Home Minister Shahara Khatun yesterday.
Today is the 10th death anniversary of Abdul Jalil, a former principal of Noakhali Government University College, says a press release.
Today is the 14th death anniversary of Ashutosh Chakrabarty, a government official, says a press release.
A mobile court fined four poachers in the town yesterday for smuggling gecko, locally known as takkhak.
Officials of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and Indian Security Force (BSF) will hold a meeting at Tin Bigha Corridor today to discuss introduction of passenger bus service between Dahagram-Angorpota enclave and the mainland.
Preparations for a five-day celebration of 'Sharodiya Durga Utsab', the main religious festival of the Bangalee Hindu community, are going on in full swing in the city and other parts of the district.
Mymensingh Zila Nagorik Andolon, a local citizens' body yesterday observed road and rail line blockade programme from 6:00 am in the morning to 12:00 noon to realise 10-point demand.
Several hundred people blocked Dhaka-Singair-Manikganj road at Noyakandi Bridge point under Manikganj Municipality for more than an hour from 8:45am yesterday demanding reconstruction of the concrete bridge that collapsed 15 years ago.
Terminated casual workers at a factory of Opso-Saline, a leading pharmaceutical company in the country, ransacked and vandalised rooms of the factory on Saturday.
Flash flood hit Kalmakanda upazila of the district again leaving around 20 thousand people in 20 villages marooned.
A BCL procession yesterday ransacked Jamaat office at New Market and shops at College Road in Bianibazar upazila town.
Tornado destroyed at least 20 dwelling houses and over 100 trees in Jotkolshi village in Sadar upazila early yesterday.
At least 60 houses were vandalised during a clash between the supporters of Awami League and BNP at village Ichhapur in Sreepur upazila yesterday afternoon.
A young man, beaten unconscious over a trivial matter, regained his sense after 36 hours at Patgram upazila health complex in Lalmonirhat district yesterday morning.
Clashes over control of a temple committee at Borua village in Lalmonirhat Sadar upazila on Saturday night and Sunday morning left four people injured and the temple vandalised.
Four men were abducted allegedly by a group of criminals from two remote villages of Lakshmichhari upazila in Khagrachhari district yesterday.
We are yet to get rid of polybags. Another problem is growing fast, that is, e-wastes or electronic wastes. Currently the number of cell phone users in our country is increasing at a tremendous rate. With the availability of cheap but advanced cell phones, these electronic gadgets have now become one-time usable items and every day we are buying new phones throwing away the old ones. These rejected cell phones plus other consumer electronic goods such as computers, i-pods, rechargeable batteries, etc., are constituting heaps of e-wastes! These rejected goods contain hazardous elements that are harmful for humans as well as for environment.
A few days back, world famous footballer Lionel Messi came to Dhaka. He and his team were scheduled to play a friendly football match against Nigeria. Messi, along with the Argentine squad, displayed his prowess in doing what he does best, mesmerizing the audience with his football skills.
I remember this was a favorite mantra of many schoolteachers in early and mid seventies. Once I was beaten up seriously by one of my schoolteachers which caused me a weeklong fever. My offence was that I told his nephew who was also my classmate that I was not afraid of that teacher. After coming back home, my mother exclaimed, “How can a teacher beat up a boy like this whose father passed away some months back!” I am sure that beating contributed nothing good to my life.
Unequal distribution of wealth is not a new problem in Bangladesh.
We, the people of this country, expect mutual co-operation and good understanding between Bangladesh and India. We expected a lot from the visiting Indian Prime Minister. We thought it would boost our economic relation and resolve our common problems. We got frustrated hearing the news of postponing of an important deal with India. Though the recent visit of the Indian prime minister gave us nothing but we are still looking forward to get a lot in the future to cope with the challenge of 21st century.
Are Muslims really behind the 9/11attacks? Islam is always being blamed for these attacks, but does Islam really support terrorism? The Prophet (pbuh) said, "Kindness is a mark of faith, and whoever is not kind has no faith." He (pbuh) also said, "A Muslim is a brother of another Muslim. So he should neither oppress him nor hand him over to an oppressor. And whoever fulfills the needs of his brother, Allah will fulfill his needs." After reading at least these two hadiths, we can be sure that Islam does not support terrorism. But it is sad that many Muslims do not know this and non Muslims spread unpleasant statements against Islam. I would urge all the Muslims to stand united and defend this peaceful religion, Islam.
We can rest assured that depressing news will be awaiting us every day. As usual, on September 12 we learned that The National Road Safety Council meeting ended without any fruitful result. But it was not surprising because it was chaired by the Communications Minister Abul Hossain and dominated by the Shipping Minister Shahjahan Khan. Both of them were severely criticized; people also demanded the communications minister's resignation.
It is an amazing country as law enforcing authorities here cannot take action against motor drivers with false licenses; they can not take action to stop unfit vehicles from plying the city roads because those drivers and the owners demonstrate on the street. It is amazing that the law enforcing authorities take action against them at a time when the need for transport is the highest, that is during Eid. It is surprising that the authorities responsible for repairing the roads wait to see that the roads are damaged severely during the rainy season, so that the repair cost and the sufferings of the commuters reach the peak. It isshocking that the distance we travelled by train in nine hours fifty years back, takes the same timenow. It is unfortunate that all the governments after liberation neglected this sector.
A large number of Swat, Rab and police personnel were deployed to ensure security for the Argentine football team including Lionel Messi. Since this was the first big match of this kind in the history of Bangladesh, this large scale security was essential. The spectators were checked by metal detectors on their entry.
I sincerely thank Mr Samad for his letter entitled "The constitution is not a scripture." He wrote, "It is not a divine and infallible edict and criticizing it should not mean that we have to question that person's loyalty, allegiance or patriotism. The constitution itself guarantees the right to free speech. The irony is that the constitution also guarantees certain fundamental human rights and expressly prohibits cruel and unusual punishment. Yet on a daily basis, in the name of remand, citizens routinely face police brutality in the form of threats, intimidation and torture.” However, I have a doubt whether our politicians will pay any attention to this letter. AL government is now using constitution to torture people and kill democracy again. Corruption is NOT permitted in the constitution but both AL and BNP made this nation champion in corruption several times. Alas! These two parties talk for the constitution more than others. Influencing the judiciary is absolutely against the fundamental principles of the constitution.
Here are some comments that came in response to Sunday's The Daily Star news analysis headlined “Corrupt ministers, nothing to worry”
At least 20 protesters were killed in the Yemeni capital Sanaa yesterday, when security forces opened fire on one of the biggest demonstrations against President Ali Abdullah Saleh in recent months, a Reuters witness said.
A powerful 6.9-magnitude earthquake rocked northeastern India yesterday, killing as many as eight people, including five who died in tremors that rocked neighbouring Nepal.
Powerful explosions and machinegun fire shook the besieged Libyan desert town of Bani Walid yesterday as Gaddafi loyalists shelled lines held by interim government attackers.
After decades of military rule Aung San Suu Kyi says there are finally signs of political change in Myanmar, but its long-suffering people are still far from real freedom.
Opponents of President Bashar al-Assad met in Damascus yesterday, calling for the continuation of popular protests to overthrow the "tyrannical" regime in power in Syria.
President Barack Obama today will call for a higher minimum tax rate on millionaires to ensure they pay the same rate on their earnings as middle-income taxpayers, a White House official said.
Four months after leading her party Trinamool Congress to power, Paschimbanga Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has started electioneering for the September 25 by-polls.
Israel's prime minister predicted yesterday that the Palestinians' quest for UN membership would fail because it bypasses negotiations with the Jewish state, and said he was working close with Washington to ensure the statehood bid withers in the Security Council.
Fighting broke out in a northern district of the Yemeni capital Sanaa yesterday, the latest breach of an uneasy ceasefire between tribesmen opposed to President Ali Abdullah Saleh and troops loyal to him.
Hundreds of Chinese have mounted violent protests against a solar panel factory in eastern China over three days, accusing it of cancer-causing pollution, state media reported yesterday
Sudan and South Sudan signed a border security agreement yesterday and said they would set up 10 crossing points, the first time the two neighbours have signed a deal over the tense boundary since the south declared independence in July.
At least 15 people have been killed in an attack on the Ivory Coast's armed forces in the country's southwest, according to state television.
There is evidence linking the Pakistani government with the Taliban-allied Haqqani network of militants, the US ambassador in Islamabad said, blaming the group for last week's siege in Kabul.
At least three people including a Korean national were killed and about 25 injured near the Sri Lankan capital when a passenger train crashed into the back of another train, police said.
An unmanned United States drone aircraft crashed in Pakistan's lawless northwestern tribal district yesterday after suffering a technical fault, local security officials said.
A Cairo court sentenced former tourism minister Zuheir Garana yesterday to three years in prison for illegally issuing operating licences to tourism companies, the state news agency MENA reported.
A pro-Russia party has won the most votes in Latvia's snap general election but without an absolute majority.
Martin McGuinness, a former commander of the IRA and Northern Ireland's deputy first minister, was officially confirmed yesterday as his Sinn Fein party's candidate for next month's Irish presidential election.
Arts & Entertainment
“Me in My Inner Soul”, the first solo watercolour exhibition of Gopal Chandra Saha, began on September 13 at Zainul Gallery, Faculty of Fine Arts (FFA), University of Dhaka.
Seasoned Bangladeshi actor Bobita has been selected as the Goodwill Ambassador for Distressed Children and Infants International (DCI). DCI works to generate awareness in the member states of the United Nations and raises funds for underprivileged children. Bobita is now in New York to attend a conference organised by the non-profit, US-based organisation.
To pay homage to Nobel Laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore a raga-based evening of Tagore songs was held here on Saturday at the auditorium of Alliance Française de Chittagong.
Theatre troupe Prangane Mor set off on its journey with a mission to produce and stage Tagore plays regularly. In keeping with its objective, the troupe recently brought another adaptation of Tagore's work on stage. Adaptation of the classic novel “Shesher Kobita” has been dramatised by Ananta Heera, and the play has been directed by Nuna Afroz. This is the fourth production based on Tagore's literary works in eight years by the troupe.
Parvez Hossain and Mum Rahman were awarded the Gemcon Literary Award 2011. The prize giving ceremony was held at Hotel Ruposhi Bangla in the city on September 17.
Dhaka Art Centre has organised a solo painting exhibition, titled “Something Like God” featuring the works of emerging painter Dravid Saikot.
It's yesterday once more. Actors Farooque Shaikh and Deepti Naval, who had together delighted the audience in some highly enjoyable movies in the 1980s, are returning on the big screen after a break of about quarter of a century.
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 today, between 3 and 4pm, to speak to Kona!!!
One of the many interesting disclosures about Bangladesh politics by the whistleblower of secret American diplomatic cables, Wikileaks, in a recent release claimed that a few months after the incumbent Awami League-led grand alliance had taken office, the Commerce Minister Faruk Khan offered a piece of good advice to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. It was that unless the government did some good work, the opposition may be voted into office in the next election, and in that case they (that is, leaders of incumbent government) might have to end up in jail.
She appeared for just that split second that television reserves for images it cannot fully comprehend. She was in the pavilion stand at Cardiff, watching as Rahul Dravid bounded towards the dressing room after his last one-day innings, with a spring in his jump that belied the fact that he was in the winter of his career. She held a placard saying, "I love you Rahul." So far, so normal.
George Washington's farewell address is printed across America as an open letter to the public.