News of: Monday, 26th of September, 2011
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A ruling party lawmaker is chairman of managing committee at seven educational institutions in Jhenidah, flouting government rules.
Disgruntled students of Jagannath University staged rowdy protest on Dhaka streets yesterday demanding government funding of the university beyond 2012 and ridding its dorms of illegal occupiers.
Eleven people were killed and one was injured as a truck crushed a three-wheel passenger van at Saitrish on the Magura-Jhenidah highway yesterday.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said Bangladesh would always stand by the Palestinian people to establish an independent Palestine state.
BNP Acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday urged the prime minister to ensure peace in the country before going for global peace.
Bangladesh will reiterate its concern over the killings of civilians along its border with India during the director-general level meeting of the border guards of India and Bangladesh in Dhaka today.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's advisers, who had backed boycotting the December 2008 parliamentary polls, tried to convince her that the boycott would burnish the party's image, said a leaked US diplomatic dispatch.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith was dismayed by the overwhelming victory of Awami League-led grand alliance in the December 2008 parliamentary election, saying that such huge wins “had not augured well for Bangladesh in the past”.
Bus operators charge commuters more than the government-fixed fares in the capital cashing in on the recent hike in fuel prices.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called upon all people to remain vigilant so that no unconstitutional form of government can rule the country in future.
Europe is working to ramp up the firepower of its bailout fund, top officials said on Saturday, as the United States, China and other nations raised the alarm about its debt crisis hurting the world economy.
Women in Saudi Arabia are to be given the right to vote and run in municipal elections, the Gulf Kingdom's King Abdullah announced yesterday.
Police beat up and broke hands of two people and injured another allegedly for refusing to give them Tk 5,000 in extortion. The incident happened in Manikganj on Saturday night.
The Palestinians will not hold peace talks without a "complete halt" to Israeli settlement building, Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas told cheering crowds yesterday.
Dhaka Wasa knocked down 20 illegal makeshift shops and two concrete structures on the Ramchandrapur canal in the capital's Mohammadpur area yesterday, the second day of its three-day drive.
Unknown assailants shot dead an activist of United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) in Baghaichari upazila of Rangamati yesterday morning.
Pakistani security forces have fired hundreds of rockets into Afghanistan in recent days, killing a child and forcing hundreds to flee their homes, Afghan officials said yesterday.
Biman Bangladesh Airlines in a clarification to the report headlined “Flight Debacle Hits Biman” published in The Daily Star on September 24 said the crew of a Biman flight discharged the fire extinguishers and took other measures after captain of the flight-005 received a false alarm on the Electronic Centralised Aircraft Monitoring system of the aircraft.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's six-point proposal regarding a multi-dimensional peace model on which to build the edifice of democracy holds significance for the world as a whole. Of course, her proposals encompass a wider ambience, particularly in terms of the various efforts to put in place systems of transparency and accountability in countries which have for a long time suffered from an absence of democratic governance. The Bangladesh's leader's remarks, made at the on-going General Assembly session of the United Nations, places strong emphasis on the issues which currently serve as challenges for not just poorer states but also for those affluent nations whose future is inextricably linked with the wider development of the globe.
Only last week, in this very column, we had expressed concern over the dropout rate in the primary schools at around 21 percent. And one does not have to look very far into why that is so. Shortage of teachers is perhaps one of the reasons why such a large percentage of primary school pupils decide to stay away for good.
The country's lone first-class cricket tournament, the National Cricket League (NCL), has already run into trouble. It is now unlikely for the competition to begin on the originally scheduled date of October 10 as the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is not finding enough players to fill up the eight teams.
Barcelona went second in La Liga after Lionel Messi scored a brilliant hat-trick in a 5-0 win over Atletico Madrid on Saturday while Cristiano Ronaldo recorded another treble in 10-man Real Madrid's 6-2 drubbing of Rayo Vallecano.
The Tigers will play their only longer version game ahead of the series against West Indies from today.
Some 600 athletes from 18 disciplines are waiting for the intensive training after being picked from the talent hunt programme conducted by the National Sports Council, the sports regulatory body in Bangladesh.
Siddikur Rahman failed to produce anything special on the last day of the Asia Pacific Panasonic Open in Japan as he finished in joint 24th position after a round of one-over-par (73) in the last round at the Biwako Country Club in Shiga, Japan yesterday.
National cricketers, within and outside the BCB contracted list, have undertaken a comprehensive session yesterday on their code of conduct.
Sebastian Vettel demonstrated his vast supremacy on Sunday when he won the Singapore Grand Prix to move within a point of becoming the youngest double world champion in Formula One history.
Opener Jon-Jon Smuts scored a fluent 88 as Warriors romped to a 50-run victory over South Australia in the Champions League Twenty20 match at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here Sunday.
Lasith Malinga emerged an unlikely hero as a truncated Mumbai Indians snatched a thrilling three-wicket win over title holders Chennai Super Kings in the Nokia Champions League T20 tournament, here on Saturday.
Kenya's Patrick Makau set a new world record in the marathon here on Sunday winning the Berlin Marathon in an official time of 2hr 03min 38sec.
Tangail and Dhaka Metro-polis School XI moved into the final of the JFA Cup U-15 Football Tournament, winning their respective semifinals at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
Narinda Govt High School clinched the fruitfill School Handball Tournament (U-12) with a tense 9-7 win over Sunnydale in the final at the Handball Stadium yesterday.
World number two Maria Sharapova Sunday admitted to concerns about playing in the Pan Pacific Open in Japan after the March earthquake-tsunami sparked the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl.
Manchester United dropped their first points of the season in a 1-1 draw at Stoke City on Saturday but ended the day top of the Premier League while Chelsea striker Fernando Torres scored and was sent off in his side's 4-1 win over Swansea City.
AC Milan and Inter Milan both earned their first wins of the season on Saturday to surge clear of the relegation zone.
Bayern Munich eased past Bayer Leverkusen 3-0 on Saturday for a sixth straight league win that kept them two points clear at the top of the Bundesliga.
The subject of coach Jose Mourinho prompted passionate debate between members at Real Madrid's general assembly on Sunday, with some saying his behaviour had damaged the club's image.
Turin giants Juventus share the Serie A lead with Udinese after both earned a point from away fixtures on Sunday while Genoa lost 2-1 at Chievo.
Turin giants Juventus share the Serie A lead with Udinese after both earned a point from away fixtures on Sunday while Genoa lost 2-1 at Chievo.
American pop sensation Lady Gaga has been signed up to play at India's inaugural Formula One race next month, which will be held a newly-built circuit outside the capital New Delhi.
The government will have to more than double the amount of allocation for subsidy in the current fiscal year if the prices of the government-controlled products are not increased, a finance division estimate said.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith sought additional financial assistance from the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) for budget and balance of payments (BoP) support.
Dhaka stocks gained 2.34 percent yesterday due to a heavy buying pressure of investors to benefit from low-priced shares, as the bourse returned from deep losses last week.
The Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry yesterday urged the government to extend the deadline for tax return submission to October 31. In a statement, the apex trade body said many will not be able to submit their income tax returns by September 30 due to Ramadan, Eid-ul-Fitr and upcoming Durga Puja.
Sugarcane farmers yesterday threatened to stop supply of their produce to state sugar mills in the coming crushing season unless the government increases cane prices by 44 percent a maund.
Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus has said social business would have a tremendous impact on the reconstruction of Haiti's economy and social fabric.
The ICC G20 Advisory Group consulted with the chief executives of leading regional and global companies to deliver business input on economic growth and job creation to G20 leaders, ICC said in a statement yesterday.
Eleven listed companies have so far decided to convert face value of their shares into Tk 10, in line with a regulatory directive.
A 24-member business delegation from Wales is now visiting Bangladesh with an aim to foster trade relations between the two countries.
A new window has opened for Bangladeshi garment items after India allowed a duty-free access of 46 Bangladeshi garments to its market. But a risk is also looming large for the sector in Bangladesh. A proposed Indian move may hurt Bangladesh's prospects in the EU market, the largest export destination for Bangladeshi apparel.
The Saarc Business Leaders' Conclave that concluded on September 22 adopted a nine-point Kathmandu Declaration with an initiative to push the governments of the member countries to go for greater regional connectivity.
Eight people were killed in separate road accidents in Narsingdi, Gazipur, Feni, Netrakona,Thakurgaon and Panchagarh on Saturday and yesterday
Qawmi madrasas are beset with problems, including having an outdated curriculum and madrasa graduates being unable to gain employment as easily as graduates of regular schools, said a strategy paper.
Investors of Unipay-2 U yesterday demanded the government to get back their money, which was invested through some commercial banks for multi level marketing (MLM) business.
Implementation of the country's education policy is in jeopardy due to poor allocation of funds in the sector, a parliamentary body observed yesterday.
The parliamentary standing committee on home ministry yesterday sought explanation from Inspector General of Police (IGP) for assaulting a picket by a policeman during hartal hours on September 22.
A minor schoolboy succumbed to his injuries around 11:45pm yesterday after fighting for life for over nine hours at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).
The defence lawyer yesterday vehemently opposed the prosecution prayer to frame charge against Jamaat-e-Islami leader Delawar Hossain Sayedee in connection with the crimes committed during the liberation war in 1971.
The main opposition BNP yesterday accused the government of obstructing the campaign for tomorrow's grand rally from where Khaleda Zia is set to announce an anti-government agitation programme demanding restoration of caretaker government system.
Transport workers yesterday reiterated their appeal to the people as well as members of the civil society and media not to call the drivers "killer" if any accident occurs.
A juvenile gharial caught in the River Padma was released in a pond of Bangabandhu Safari Park in Gazipur yesterday.
United Arab Emirates (UAE) assured to actively consider supporting Bangladesh's candidature for a non-permanent seat at three United Nations (UN) bodies -- UN Security Council (2016-2017), UN Human Rights Council and International Maritime Organisation (2011-2012).
Biman Bangladesh Airline's first 777 airplane, a 777-300ER (extended range), is in the final stages of preparing to exit the 777 manufacturing line at Boeing's Everett factory, says a Boeing press release received here yesterday.
Hundreds of freedom fighters in Rajshahi demanded mercy of fellow freedom fighter Ali Khawaza MA Mazid, who was awarded capital punishment in a murder case five years ago.
Department of Environment (DoE) penalised the owner of a plastic factory in Ishwardi Tk 13.50 lakh and ordered closure of the factory for illegally producing raw materials for plastic products from toxic plastic waste.
Speakers at a seminar here yesterday emphasised maintaining international rules and regulations to make the ship breaking industry safe and environment friendly.
Indonesian Embassy in Dhaka celebrated the 66th Anniversary of Independence of the Republic of Indonesia in a befitting manner on Saturday.
Speakers at a discussion yesterday urged the government to declare Halda, one of the world's major natural sweet water fish breeding spots, as the national river.
The trial of a graft case against Rakibul Hasan, a sub-inspector of Mirpur Police Station, began yesterday with the deposition of the complainant.
Two workers were electrocuted while setting up network towers of Orascom Telecom at Satmasjid Housing adjacent to Beri Bandh area of Mohammadpur in the city yesterday.
Six people were arrested along with fake local and foreign currency notes worth Tk 1 lakh 62,000 in the city on Saturday night.
Six staffs of a restaurant at Khilgaon in the city were admitted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital in an unconscious state yesterday.
Viewing to generate more interest towards the works of the renowned American playwright Tennessee Williams, the English department of Dhaka University (DU) yesterday organised daylong programmes celebrating the birth centenary of the writer.
A three-day long inter-department debate competition begins at Social Science Faculty auditorium at Chittagong University (CU) today.
The authorities of Chittagong University (CU) will launch a new faculty named Faculty of Engineering incorporating Computer Science and Engineering department and Applied Physics, Electronics and Communication Engineering department.
Today is the first death anniversary of Hafi-zunnesa Chowdhury, a language movement veteran and wife of industrialist Shamsul Karim Chowdhury of Narayanganj, says a press release.
Jute price sees unexpected fall in the local markets, much to the worry of over 50 thousand growers in the district, despite good production of the cash crop this season.
Cultivation of transpant aman saw a big boost in the greater Sylhet region this year due to a favourable weather condition.
A special tribunal here yesterday afternoon ordered further investigation into the sensational case filed for explosive substances in connection with the 2004 grenade attack on Anwar Chowdhury, the then British High Commissioner to Bangladesh.
Police yesterday arrested a Jubo League activist in connection with the killing of primary schoolteacher Shah Farid Zamaddar, also a former JCD leader .
Family members of a middle aged person, who died while undergoing treatment at Khulna Medical College Hospital on Saturday night, have alleged that brutal torture by police led to his death.
Students of Lalmonirhat Government Training School and College yesterday formed a human and blocked Lalmonirhat-Fulbari road demanding recruitment of teachers to the vacant posts of the institution.
Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) personnel rescued 34 people, including nine women and six children, from bordering Padmashakhra village in Sadar upazila of Satkhira district while they were being trafficked to India on Saturday.
Alfadanga police on Saturday night arrested the prime accused and his accomplice in housewife Monira murder case.
Police recovered the body of a Brac Bank official from Chak Pathuria area in Naogaon town yesterday morning. The deceased was identified as Imran Hossain alias Babu, 28, an official of Brac Bank Naogaon branch. Inspector Enamul Haque of Naogaon Model Police Station said Imran Hossain, son of Azizar Rahman of Satardighi village under Singra upazila of the district, went missing from his mess at Masterpara in Naogaon town at around 9:30pm on Friday. Locals found his body in Chak Pathuria area near Naogaon district jail yesterday morning.
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) personnel on Saturday picked up three Bangladeshi youths from Tentulia border on charge of their illegal entry into Indian territory. They are Md. Ansarul, 14, son of Dad Mohammad of Kazipara village, Manik, 14, son of Taj Mohammad of Colonypara village, and Rubel, 16, son of Md. Ronju of Mondalpara village under Tentulia upazila of the district. BGB sources said BSF refused to sit in a flag meeting to discuss the issue and handed over the three youths to Indian police.
Owner of a shrimp enclosure was killed allegedly by another owner of shrimp enclosure at Khagraghat village in Shyamnagar upaila on Saturday. The dead was identified as Abul Kalam, 40, son of Anwarul Gazi of the village. Locals said Kalam had a dispute with Karim Sardar over the ownership of a land near their fish enclosures. As Kalam went to remove weeds from the disputed land on Friday, Karim had an altercation with him. As a sequel to the incident, Karim and his supporters attacked Kalam`s brother Mujibur Rahman with lethal weapons near Karim`s house on Saturday morning, leaving him injured. As Kalam came forward to rescue his brother, Karim and his men hit him with a sharp weapon, leaving him seriously injured. Kalam succumbed to his injuries while he was being shifted to Satkhira Hospital from Shyamnagar health complex.
No doubt hartal is a democratic tool to protest undemocratic actions of the government, but its undemocratic use violates the democratic system. The purpose of hartal should be to ensure people's interest through its proper and peaceful use. Calling hartal without any logical reason is undemocratic and unacceptable. In our country hartal is called not for the betterment of the people, rather it is used by the politicians to gain personal benefits. The government should perform its duty well so that the opposition parties fail to call any hartal on any illogical ground. We expect that our government would refrain from dealing with questionable national issues and think about the consequences of their action. The opposition parties should also avoid anarchy and vandalism in the name of observing hartal. The government and the opposition should work hand in hand to restore true democracy in our country.
Bangladesh is now sitting on a population bomb! It is a time bomb which may explode anytime! Signs are conspicuous. A gigantic population of 160 million is jam-packed in a very small area with a population density of nearly 1200 per sq km. The consequence is disastrous. Half of the population is starving. Cultivable land is dwindling. Prices of essentials are soaring up. Supply is always falling short of demand. Ever-growing hungry population has been eating up all our development efforts! Nearly a quarter of the population is living in the slums. An endless flow of rural people is overcrowding the towns and cities for food. Law and order is breaking down.
In recent times, a series of mass protests are gripping notably UK, Spain, Italy, Greece, Egypt, Israel, India and numerous other countries around the world.
It has been observed that most of the trucks and buses plying Dhaka streets, highways and other towns of Bangladesh use hydraulic horns constantly. The loud noises of these horns cause great disturbance to the people exposed to those. The drivers of these vehicles do not care about the people and constantly blow their horns while driving the vehicles.
Kolkata's The Telgraph of 5 September 2011 has printed an interesting map under the headline “Didi Dams bursts on Delhi”. Salient features of the map are reproduced below:
US dollar, the most powerful currency throughout the world, is losing its power. Even the Americans get worried and frustrated when they visit currency exchange dealers in Japan, Australia, Singapore and Thailand, because they receive fewer notes in exchange for their renowned currency. But why is this currency becoming weaker? Is it not possible to check inflation in the United States, the most powerful country in the world?
The fuel price is increasing day by day. And we have to buy every commodity at a high price as the price of every item is related to the price of fuel. The government and the private companies are not increasing the employees' salary in comparison with the price of the daily necessary commodities. So, people get involved in corruption to earn some extra money.
The railway network has been politically neglected since 1972. The roads and highways are attractive, in a negative way, to some of the political masters. The IWT sector (in this deltaic region) has not achieved the priority it deserves. Our ports are being expanded too slowly (now that the transit issue is 'on').
How helpless we are before the hidden and sudden disasters-- both natural and man-made! A bolt of thunder shakes our hearts, a disease suddenly takes away our ease and ultimately drags us to the dark grave, the wall of water powered by quake plays with our lives and dwellings as if we are toys at the hands of nature. The molten lava put a hard layer of death over the lavish lives of Pompeii, then in our time fire lapped up the lives of 3 thousand people at the twin tower, and the resultant violence engulfed millions of lives and properties worth trillions of dollars. Caught unaware, people are dying on land, water and air. Sudden deaths give them no time to repent. But what is most surprising to me is that life goes on. Here it may seem the sun is setting but there it is rising. The zeal for life is indomitable. It seems nothing can tear us from its amorous grip. A short while ago, we were running for life and uttering the name of the Creator but now we are again in the lap of seductive world. Again we indulge in age-old rivalries and political wrangling. Have we no time to ponder our ephemeral pomp and power? Cannot we sit together and hammer our differences out to build a peaceful and prosperous society? It is high time we responded to our conscience and come clean before the cataclysm overpowers us.
We are shocked at the outcome of the long awaited visit of Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to Dhaka. Isn't it strange and funny that instead of signing Teesta water sharing treaty, which is a matter of life and death for millions of Bangladeshi people, a MoU on conservation of Royal Bengal Tigers has been signed? The political leaders and bureaucrats of both India and Bangladesh need to improve their efficiency, morality, vision and sincerity. We should all take lesson from the Indian Prime Minister's recent visit.
Here are some comments that came in response to Sunday's The Daily Star report headlined “PM offers peace model”.
Pakistan's powerful army chief General Ashfaq Kayani met with his top commanders yesterday in a "special" meeting to discuss the security situation, the military said, as the war of words with the United States escalated.
An aircraft taking tourists on a morning sightseeing trip around Mount Everest crashed into a hillside near the Nepalese capital Kathmandu yesterday, killing all 19 people on board.
India tested a medium-range nuclear-capable missile along its eastern coast on Saturday, an official said, as part of the nation's efforts to build up its atomic deterrent.
Nato warplanes pounded Muammar Gaddafi's hometown of Sirte for the second straight day yesterday as new regime forces held back on the ground after a major push into the heart of the coastal city.
A series of corruption scandals, a perceived decline in his 'Dr Clean' image, an increasingly belligerent opposition, reports of infighting in his cabinet... Prime Minister Manmohan Singh celebrates his 79th birthday today in a none too happy setting.
Four successive blasts hit the Iraqi city of Karbala yesterday, killing at least 17 people and wounding dozens more outside a local government building in an attack officials blamed on al-Qaeda affiliates.
For 12-year-old Eritrean refugee Ablel, the decision to flee his country was relatively simple.
A populist policy aimed at boosting the incomes of Thai farmers has raised fears of global rice price turbulence, and experts say the kingdom could just be hurting itself.
New sanctions against Syria come into effect on Saturday as Turkey said it had intercepted an arms shipment at sea destined for the protest-wracked country after another day of deadly demonstrations.
The World Bank yesterday announced it is increasing funding for the drought in the Horn of Africa to nearly $2bn.
Thirteen assailants and two soldiers were killed when a little-known Islamic militant group attacked a military outpost in the lawless southern Philippines yesterday, the army said.
At least 80 people protesting in New York against the US financial system and Wall Street practices were arrested Saturday in the first big crackdown since demonstrators began camping on city streets a week ago.
UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi was among the world's "50 most influential people" along with German chancellor Angel Merkel, who was ranked No 1, according to a survey by UK-based magazine NewStatesman.
BBC News, Al Jazeera and The Los Angeles Times scooped up the top prizes as the Online News Association (ONA) handed out its annual awards on Saturday.
Top matadors will perform in Barcelona's Monumental arena for the last time yesterday before a ban against the centuries-old blood sport comes into effect in Spain's northeastern Catalonia region.
Arts & Entertainment
Bangla Theatre has produced a monodrama, titled “The Distant Near”, highlighting two creative titans -- Rabindranath Tagore and William Shakespeare. The play has been written by Shahidul Mamun, and directed, designed by Faiz Zahir. Amit Mallick directed the music. Seasoned actor Mamunur Rashid enacts several characters in the play, including Tagore, Shakespeare and major characters created by both bards.
Bengal Foundation and Skira Editore (of Milan, Italy) launched their first joint production, “My Journey as a Witness” -- a book of images by celebrated Bangladeshi photographer Dr. Shahidul Alam -- at Bengal Shilpalaya, Dhanmondi, in Dhaka on September 23.
Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre (IGCC), High Commission of India, Dhaka hosted a musical soiree featuring adhunik (contemporary) songs by noted Bangladeshi artiste Subir Nandi on September 24 at the centre in Gulshan-1.
Dr. Asit Roy, Associate Professor, Theatre and Music Department of Rajshahi University, cast a spell on the audience with his performance at a classical music soiree at Narail District Auditorium on September 23.
A daylong writers' conference was held in Chuadanga on Friday.
Ghazal singer Jagjit Singh, who was admitted to Lilavati Hospital (Mumbai), is recuperating after two life-saving surgeries. Authorities said on Saturday that his condition was critical yet stable, and has to be closely monitored for the next 48 hours.
Sir Elton John's life is to be turned into “a radically different kind of biopic,” reports LA website Deadline.
The government's decision to hike up prices of petroleum products and compressed natural gas (CNG) has been driven, as it said, by two exigencies. One, the burden of subsidy on these items, which is to the tune of Tk. 177 billion, is a constant drain on the state's exchequer. And, two, the prices of petroleum products have gone up in the international market.
Through his outlandish, melodramatic three-day fast, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Milosevic Modi aimed to catapult himself to the Bharatiya Janata Party's apex and emerge as the prime ministerial nominee of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance. The fast consolidated his hardline Hindutva image, but achieved little else.
Indonesia is admitted to the United Nations.