News of: Friday, 23rd of September, 2011
The government may increase fuel prices further in the current fiscal year to cut its huge subsidy on petroleum products.
A parliamentary body yesterday rejected the draft national broadcasting policy and asked the information ministry to modify it in conformity with the Right to Information Act and freedom of the media guaranteed by the constitution.
The Anti-Corruption Commission yesterday filed a case against controversial businessman Giasuddin Al Mamun in connection with siphoned off 4,18,853 British pounds to the United Kingdom.
The opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party did all of us something of a favour on Thursday. It moved away, ever so slightly, from its 12-hour hartal and permitted the shutdown to come to an end after eleven hours. Now, that is not quite part of the tradition of political agitation in Bangladesh.
Yesterday's 11-hour hartal called by BNP and its allies was relatively peaceful with no major incidents of violence.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called upon the developed countries for their moral and ethical support to rescue the poor women of the world from their dire straits.
Ahead of the December 2008 parliamentary polls, Khaleda Zia promised acting responsibly no matter what the result was, while her archrival Sheikh Hasina, confident of winning a majority, said she would involve the opposition in the political process.
Ahead of the December 2008 polls, a move was on to empower the opposition in the House by giving them some vital positions, including the deputy speaker's and chairs of some parliamentary committees, according to a number of leaked diplomatic dispatches.
US President Barack Obama expressed his desire to visit Bangladesh during a brief conversation with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in New York yesterday.
Increasing high tides of rivers in Patuakhali wreak havoc on the entire region inundating every year the ferry network facilities and cutting off the district's communications with the rest of the country.
The Palestinians yesterday careened towards a clash with Washington over their UN statehood bid despite a stern warning from President Barack Obama that there was no "shortcut" to peace.
The newly declared Narayanganj City Corporation (NCC) will go to polls for the first time on October 30, the Election Commission announced yesterday.
Two students were killed and ten people including a joint secretary of the civil aviation ministry sustained injuries in road accidents at the city's Badda, Tejgaon and Shahbagh yesterday.
Shipping Minister Shahjahan Khan yesterday criticised those who brand drivers as killers, saying drivers do not kill willingly.
A worker was killed and two others were injured when a large iron-plate fell on them during a welding work at a ship-breaking yard in Sitakunda upazila of Chittagong yesterday.
A war hero whose grave remained unnoticed for more than three decades was reburied with state honour yesterday.
At least 10 people in northwestern China have contracted a highly infectious strain of polio, in the first outbreak of the disease in the country for 12 years, a United Nations group said yesterday.
The capital city's bus owners have rejected the government-fixed rates of fare for different types of transport.
The dropout rate in primary education, we have just been informed by the minister for primary and mass education, stands at 21 per cent. There are those who will not be unduly alarmed by the figures, considering that enrolment over these past many months has been nearly 100 per cent in the nation's primary schools. It would be quite in the fitness of things to expect a segment of pupils to drop out, for schools not to be able to hold on to them. That is how one could look at conditions philosophically.
Former national captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza reserved perhaps the biggest compliment for Mushfiqur Rahim. In an article published in the leading Bangla daily Prothom Alo yesterday, Mashrafe termed the new Bangladesh captain as honest, sincere and a very good team man. And if he can add his own performance on the field, the little wicketkeeper-batsman with all these facets certainly has a bright prospect ahead.
Chief selector Akram Khan observed that the performances in the just concluded BCB Cup opened up selection options for the upcoming home series against West Indies.
The Bangladesh Football Federation is seemingly struggling to roll out the second-tier competition of the Bangladesh League onto the field in time as no clubs have yet to confirm their participations until yesterday, with just one day left to meet the deadline.
Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, who overcame an impaired eye to become a visionary and pioneering captain of the Indian Test team, has died in Dehli at the age of 70. He was suffering from interstitial lung disease. He is survived by his wife Sharmila Tagore, his son Saif Ali Khan and his two daughters Soha and Saba Ali Khan. Tagore, Saif and Soha are prominent actors in India's film industry.
The Bangladesh A team will go to the West Indies next month to play a full series against their West Indian counterparts.
Top seeded Soma of Abahani and Snigdha of Dhaka won both of their respective matches in the Federation Cup Invitational Table Tennis Tournament at the Wooden Floor Gymnasium yesterday.
Owen Hargreaves made a dream debut for Manchester City as the injury-plagued midfielder scored the opening goal in his side's 2-0 victory over holders Birmingham in the League Cup third round on Wednesday.
Former Australian cricket coach Tim Nielsen signed with a regional development programme Thursday, fresh from his national resignation following a sweeping review of the sport.
The end of a long and successful season is drawing nigh for England, with India's cricketers having finally made it home, hotly pursued by Leicestershire and Somerset, county cricket's representatives at the Champions League. In barely a fortnight, the England team will also be in India, preparing for their return series of five ODIs, but right at this moment, they are down at The Oval, dodging autumnal showers and preparing for a pair of Twenty20 fixtures that serve only as a reminder of previous administrative folly.
It might have been rejected by the ICC but Sachin Tendulkar's suggestion to revamp the ODIs by splitting the format into four innings of 25 overs each has got the backing of his Test teammate Rahul Dravid.
Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin called time on his international Twenty20 career on Thursday to focus on one-day and Test cricket.
Marathon world record-holder Paula Radcliffe admitted Thursday she will race the Berlin marathon on Sunday with some trepidation and said it was 'unfair' her record has been changed.
The National School Football Championship involving 4800 schools across the country will start from the third week of December.
A clinical Cesc Fabregas strike rescued a point for champions Barcelona in a 2-2 draw away to top of the table Valencia on Wednesday.
New Inter Milan coach Claudio Ranieri has vowed to get the team back to playing their best again following their disastrous start under Gian Piero Gasperini.
Teenager Stephan El Shaarawy saved AC Milan's blushes as he came off the bench to snatch an equaliser in the 1-1 draw with Udinese at the San Siro on Wednesday.
Nicolas Anelka insists he could still sign a new contract with Chelsea despite claims from Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas that the French striker wants to leave.
AC Milan chief executive Adriano Galliani has held a meeting to try to discover why Brazilian forward Pato is suffering so many muscular injuries.
Multi-millionaire footballer Carlos Tevez has been fined £60 (68 euros, $94) after pleading guilty to speeding.
Hopes for duty-free exports of sleeping bags to the US market slip away from Bangladesh as the revival of the generalised system of preferences seems far off, said exporters yesterday.
A bearish trend in the capital market has pulled down the government's earnings from stocks, as the trading volume is on the decline.
Businesses see hartals as damaging to the economy as the production and movement of goods are hampered.
The government collected Tk 414.39 crore in income taxes at the 'Income Tax Fair 2011' that ended yesterday.
The World Food Programme (WFP) will start a new Bangladesh programme in January to assist 4 million hungry, vulnerable and malnourished people at a cost of nearly $340 million.
Lack of proper connectivity is a major hurdle to trade and investment in South Asia, said a leading Indian businessman yesterday.
It's eight in the morning in a Tokyo office building, and a dozen middle-aged Japanese businessmen sit inside small booths, sweating as they try to talk English to the instructors in front of them.
The Exporters Association of Bangladesh yesterday urged the government to give special rebate on fuel used by export-oriented industrial units.
A delegation of International Chamber of Commerce-Bangladesh (ICCB) left the capital for Hong Kong yesterday to attend the two-day ICC-G20 Regional Consultation for Asia and the Pacific that will end today.
Deposits are flowing out of China's major state-owned banks as high inflation and low interest rates prompt savers to seek better returns in the private lending market, state media said Thursday.
Japan's biggest steelmaker Nippon Steel and third-ranked rival Sumitomo Metal Industries yesterday announced a merger that will create the world's second-largest steel firm.
Speakers at a cycle procession yesterday urged authorities concerned to take necessary steps so that car owners keep their cars at home once a week to reduce environment pollution, traffic congestion and dependency on fossil fuels.
Northeastern Indian state of Assam has convened a special session of the legislature on October 17 to discuss handing over of Boraibari, a village in Assam's Dhubri district, to Bangladesh.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged the government and private entrepreneurs in Qatar to recruit more workforce from Bangladesh.
Musa Ibrahim, the first Bangladeshi to conquer Mount Everest, returned home yesterday morning after conquering Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's tallest peak, situated in Tanzania.
A primary school teacher was hacked to death allegedly by Bangladesh Chhatra League cadres in Gournadi upazila yesterday morning.
Two people were killed in separate road accidents in Chittagong and Pabna yesterday.
President Zillur Rahman yesterday sought extensive British assistance for extending more education and social development activities in all districts in the country.
No power in the world could prevent trials of individuals detained in jail on charges of crimes against humanity during Bangaladesh's Liberation War in 1971, said ruling Awami League General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam yesterday.
Bangladesh co-sponsored a ministerial meeting on “Commitment to accelerate progress on the MDGs (Millennium Development Goals)” in New York on Wednesday.
A construction worker died after falling from a twelve-storey building while another worker was electrocuted in separate incidents in the city yesterday.
Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) President Khandker Mahbub Hossain yesterday demanded the government quit immediately to hold a midterm polls under a non-party caretaker government.
After reading newspaper reports of Shimul Nahar Shimul's suicide, the education minister yesterday talked to the deputy commissioner and police super of Habiganj over phone and directed them to arrest her stalker.
The admission tests under the 2011-12 academic sessions at Jahangirnagar University will be held on October 8-13, the university authorities said yesterday.
BNP's scheduled rally in the capital on September 27 will be held on the road in front of its Naya Paltan central office, as the authorities did not allow holding it at Paltan Maidan.
The compensation cheques for the land subsidence affected people of Barapukuria Coal Mine area were distributed among the affected people at the Barapukuria Coal Mine Company office in the district yesterday.
Dr Iftekharuzzaman, executive director of Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB), has been appointed the group director for Institutional Development of the Berlin-based anti-corruption civil organisation, Transparency International, says a press release.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is likely to inaugurate a pipeline-based gas transmission to Rajshahi city on November 24, said Rajshahi Mayor AHM Khairuzzaman Liton.
Outgoing Japanese Ambassador Tamotsu Shinotsuka yesterday said his country's assistance for socio-economic development in Bangladesh would be continuing in future.
Some unidentified miscreants yesterday shot dead BNP general secretary of Vaina Union unit under Horinakundu upazila in Jhenidah.
A two-day book festival began yesterday at Chittagong Press Club (CPC) with 200 books written by 50 journalists.
Police arrested an activist of Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) from Suhrawardy Hall of Chittagong University around 1:30am yesterday.
The International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B) and US humanitarian organisation AmeriCares will jointly launch a Global Cholera Preparedness programme to prevent thousands of deaths over the next two years worldwide.
A three-day long inter-club debate competition with the slogan “Juktir Aloke Muktir Gane, Sotter Misil Prane Prane” began at Jahangirnagar University (JU) yesterday.
Today is the 30th death anniversary of Major Mominul Haq, freedom fighter, said a press release.
Chehlum of Alhaj Abul Khayer Mojumder, an organiser of the War of Liberation, will be held today, said a press release.
Movement of heavily loaded vehicles makes the country's largest irrigation project Teesta Barrage across the Teesta River at Dowani in Hatibandha upazila vulnerable as the weighbridge beside the barrage toll room has remained inoperative for the last eight months.
Water supply to Lalmonirhat Sadar Hospital has remained stopped since Sunday evening as earthquake caused damage to two pump machines of the hospital.
Body of a housewife was exhumed while the body of another was recovered from safety tank on Wednesday.
People of all the 162 enclaves inside Bangladesh India and will begin a 10-day agitation programme today demanding early implementation of the enclave exchange deal between the two countries.
Pirates kidnapped 15 fishermen and looted valuables worth Tk 5 lakh from 15 trawlers in costal Vedakhali area under Sharankhola uapzila here on Wednesday night.
Six people were arrested on charge of violating a 7-year-old girl at Pachpirdanga village under Sadar upazila early Wednesday.
A house owner was clubbed to death by robbers at Kankhardi village in Boalmari upazila early yesterday. Ali Ahmed, officer in-charge (OC) of Boalmari PS, said a gang secretly entered into the house of Montu Mia, 55, before the members of the house went to bed on Wednesday night. At around midnight, the gang came out from hideout and swooped on the house members. When obstructed, the robbers hit Montu Mia with a stick, leaving him critically injured at about 1:00am. Later, the robbers looted Tk one lakh in cash and three tolas of gold ornament from the house and decamped. Injured Montu Mia was taken to Faridpur Medical College and Hospital where he died sometime later.
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) has sued 150 men of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) here on Wednesday after a clash between the activists of BCL and JCD that left 12 injured in the town. According to the case, vice-president of district BNP Probin Chandra Chakma, its organising secretary Mostafizur Rahman Millat, president of Khagrachhari JCD unit Kamal Hossaion and its secretary Ibrahim Khalil led a preplanned attack on BCL. In the case, 30 people were identified while the others remained unnamed.
A Rab-8 team from Patuakhali camp arrested two fake Rab members when they were collecting toll from a youth in Amtali upazila town under Barguna on Wednesday evening. The arrestees were identified as Sujon Chandra Shil, 21 of Kawyabunia village and Md Tareq, 23, of Amtali upazila town in Barguna district. Rab-8 sources said, the arrestees demanded toll from one Shahidul Islam in front of Rural Electrification Office identifying themselves as Rab members.
A man getting out of his car and slapping a rickshaw-driver right and left only because the three-wheeler touched his car's bumper is a very common scene in Bangladesh. Dhaka is known as the city of rickshaws. Even so, rickshaws are neglected everywhere in Bangladesh. Traffic police hit the rickshaws when they are parked in wrong places but when it comes to a car, they say nothing or if at all, they say something very politely to the driver. Now, it is a matter of great regret that rickshaws are banned on the 'major' streets. Some people even think that rickshaws should be banned from our country! It is said that nearly 80% of the labourers are rickshawallahs. Where will they go with their families? Just look at the poor and hungry faces in the streets! I urge the wealthy people and their drivers- please kind to the rickshaw-drivers when he accidentally hits your car's bumper.
The international friendly match between Argentina and Nigeria, which took place at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on 6th September overwhelmed the football lovers of Bangladesh. Undoubtedly, it was a historic match.
Monitoring the prices of daily commodities such as the vegetables are short-term solutions. What is needed is improving transportation and having better state-of-the-art storage facilities and buffering. As the vegetables that are affected are those that are easy to grow, another novel solution is to encourage the concept of kitchen gardens in the households. Let us not forget what rainwater harvesting did. Kitchen gardens will also ensure pesticide-free, fresh vegetables at affordable prices. In times of crisis, innovation is the key.
The government, as we all know, has taken some prudent steps to improve the power situation. Ironically, nowadays it seems all those efforts are just gimmicks to misguide the citizens into believing that the situation is getting better. The scorching heat, with the added predicament of massive power failures, has rendered the lives of the people unbearable. People are trying to fathom what all those apparently substantial steps are providing us with. All our efforts to understand the enigma end in futility. We all expected a better power situation through all those efforts. But now it seems that no efforts were made whatsoever. They were just machinations to garner Forex.
In 2008 election, I voted for AL-led grand alliance. I shall again vote for them in 2014 election, be it under caretaker or interim government. The present Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is working hard to change the fate of the common people. Our export has increased, agricultural production has also increased. Development in education and social sectors are recognisable. But many of the cabinet colleagues of the premier are not performing well. As a concerned citizen, I strongly feel that a cabinet reshuffle is overdue. The finance minister, perhaps due to age constraints, should not be burdened with such a big ministry. Law ministry's performance is not up to the mark. The communications minister with his innocent smile has already become a burden to the government. Home and commerce ministries also need overhauling. The lone representative of Jatiyo Party may be given a more important job as he has a little to perform in that ministry. And shipping minister should mind his own business.
Students who have just passed the HSC Exams are now passing through very critical days of their life as far as their getting admitted to any institution of higher education is concerned. They will now sit for admission tests. The government universities and medical colleges allow a very large number of students to sit for admission tests. On the other hand, varsities like BUET, CUET, KUET, RUET screen off quite a large number of students by short-listing. Since they take high standard admission tests, if a student can do well in those tests, that would prove his/her eligibility for studying in a particular institution. The students who could not do well in the HSC exams for various reasons, can do well in the admission test. So I earnestly appeal to the authorities concerned to give a second thought to their existing screening tests.
I am extremely disturbed by the undesirable debates and objections raised by the air force chief at this stage, which can delay the most important project for our capital. The route was approved by the cabinet on 8th March. This kind of "objection" by many agencies was the root cause for delay and/or cancellation of many important and vital projects in the past. I would like to put my points in support of the "approved" project. The project is of utmost national interest, so no delays should be allowed and the change will seriously damage the aesthetic view of our national pride, the Sangsad Bhaban.
For most of the past decade, Greece has run up budget deficits well beyond limits set by the European Union, a group of 27 nations that allow goods and workers to cross their borders freely. When Greece fell into recession two years ago, bondholders worried they wouldn't get their money back. To make sure they do, the EU is lending money to Greece, essentially allowing it to use new debt to pay off old debt. Greece looks like a bad bet. Its publicly held debt is more than 140 percent of its annual economic output, or gross domestic product. The US debt is 67 percent.
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Angry Palestinians yesterday protested in the streets of Ramallah and Gaza after a UN speech by US President Barack Obama which was seen as unashamedly pro-Israeli.
Street battles raged yesterday between rival troops as well as between warring tribesmen, as violence which has already killed dozens spread across Yemen's capital, raising the spectre of civil war.
The United States announced a $5.85 billion upgrade of Taiwan's fighter jets Wednesday, triggering swift rebuke from China.
An increasing number of land deals are displacing farmers and leaving poor communities homeless, campaigning charity Oxfam warned.
The most senior US military officer yesterday accused Pakistan's spy agency of supporting the Haqqani group in last week's attack on the US Kabul embassy.
A scenario is emerging derived by the west that might prevent an Israeli-Palestinian diplomatic train wreck at the United Nations this week but analysts and officials say it will require near perfect timing and diplomacy to pull it off.
Libya's interim rulers said yesterday they had further consolidated their control over Sahara desert towns that had been among Muammar Gaddafi's last strongholds, and said Gaddafi himself was running out of places to hide.
The United States is building an array of secret new drone bases to conduct strikes against al-Qaeda targets in Somalia and Yemen, according to the Washington Post.
Six people were killed and at least 50 injured when three car bombs exploded in the capital of the Muslim Dagestan region in Russia's North Caucasus, an Interior Ministry source and Islamist rebels said yesterday.
Two million Pakistanis have fallen ill from diseases since monsoon rains left the southern region under several feet of water, the country's disaster authority said yesterday.
Military helicopters yesterday reached remote villages in northeast India cut off for four days by a strong earthquake which killed at least 110 people across four countries.
Rock in Rio, the world's biggest music festival, is to kick off today in the city of its birth, with Rihanna, Shakira, Coldplay and Lenny Kravitz sharing the billing.
Four officials from the Israeli embassy in Cairo returned to Israel yesterday, after a short trip to assess damage at the mission headquarters after it was attacked by protesters, a report said.
Arts & Entertainment
The dearth of accomplished artistes has created a void in the acting arena -- with most newcomers seeking a shortcut to fame and stardom. In this rat race, some names transcend above others, such as Dolly Zohur, whose reputation is cemented in the hearts of audience and critics alike. The Daily Star (TDS) recently had a chat with the talented actress on a gamut of subjects.
Around 107 sculptors are busy making idols for Durga Puja in Jhenidah. One of them says that along with his assistant he will make 10-12 idols that will be placed at various puja mandap of the district and neighbouring districts.
Gano Sangeet Shamonnoy Parishad arranged a memorial programme in honour of the recently deceased eminent singer Ajit Roy at Liberation War Museum premises on September 20.
Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Iran recently organised the nine-day long 18th International Festival of Visual Arts for Young Artists. The festival began on September 9 in Gorgan, Iran. Most of the works displayed at the exhibition were paintings, sculptures and installations. About 200 artists from 21 countries took part in the festival.
Cultural organisation Amra Shurjomukhi hosted a musical programme featuring singer Parveen Sultana on September 21 at Poet Sufia Kamal Auditorium, Bangladesh National Museum.
TV serial “Roopkotha” is being aired on ntv. So far Naushaba has enacted the protagonist. After the 30th episode, popular actress Ishita has taken over the role.
Some bands have a sound, some have a look, others a strange allure you can't quite explain and, in rare cases, all three.
In 2005, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority came up with a nudge-nudge, wink-wink slogan. "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas," suggested that people could have all the fun they liked on vacation trips to that city and nobody was going to find out. A saucy Aussie named Julian Assange turned that game on its head. What happened in Vegas didn't stay in Vegas, metaphorically speaking. This one-man cabal of truthsayers took the fun out of U.S. embassy cables and leaked them out to the world.
The murder of former Afghan leader Burhanuddin Rabbani is a major blow to President Hamid Karzai's control of the peace process as well as to the Tajik community, a pillar of Afghanistan's ethnic scaffolding behind the dominant Pashtuns.
A former Indian petroleum minister, Moni Shankar Aiyar, on a visit to Dhaka had said, wat is in India's interest, more than Bangladesh's that New Delhi needed Dhaka's friendship. This may not be an exact reproduction of his words, but that is the essence of what he wanted to convey.
Gowher Rizvi, the prime minister's international affairs adviser, in an interview with the Daily Star, waxed eloquent over what he described as unprecedented gains by Bangladesh during the recent visit of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in resolving the outstanding disputes with India. Apparently, his appraisal is contrary to the groundswell of criticism, anger, shock and dismay about the failed outcome of the summit, expressed across a wide spectrum of public opinion.
A magnitude-6.8 earthquake was felt across the country on September 18 evening, shaking buildings in the capital and elsewhere. Panic gripped common people. The US Geological Survey said on its website the quake was centered 64 km (40 miles) northwest of Gangtok, capital of northeastern state Sikkim and below 20 km of the surface.
The release of Windows 8 is now in the home stretch, and the vast majority of the world's computers are about to begin getting the digital equivalent of a complete makeover.
Google Inc and Facebook trotted out a variety of new social networking features in back-to-back announcements on Tuesday, underscoring their intensifying competition for Web surfers.
With Qantas earlier in the week announcing it would be trialing Wi-Fi connected iPads on aircraft for its in-flight entertainment service, it seemed as if the death knell was being sounded for seat-back screens. Seems like the actual people who build the planes have different ideas though.
Angry Birds will migrate from cellphone screens to the Formula One racetrack this weekend in Singapore, as the firm behind the mobile gaming sensation rolls out a crowd game to be played by live audiences.
Augere Wireless Broadband Bangladesh, a leading WiMax service provider and the parent company of Qubee, recently signed a network expansion frame contract with Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, to further expand its Qubee branded wireless broadband service in Bangladesh, says a press release.
Nikon unveiled its first mirrorless cameras on Wednesday, beating its arch rival Canon to the nascent market for small, interchangeable-lens cameras, where other manufacturers have met with mixed success.