News of: Monday, 10th of October, 2011
Although the Sitakunda ship breaking yards in Chittagong continue to wreak havoc on the environment, the government nonetheless plans to allow new yards on the bank of the Baleshwar river in Patharghata upazila of Barguna district.
Five more Bangladeshi workers in Saudi Arabia may meet a fate similar to that of their eight compatriots, who were beheaded in public in Riyadh on Friday for murdering an Egyptian security guard.
Traders driven by greed have been forcing poor fishermen to catch hilsa during its breeding zone in the Bay of Bengal even as the authorities struggle to enforce an 11-day ban.
The World Bank wants the government to probe alleged irregularities in the appointment of a consultant for the Padma Bridge project, Finance Minister AMA Muhith said yesterday.
Selina Hayat Ivy is likely to get the backing of the ruling Awami League as a mayoral candidate in the Narayanganj City Corporation polls scheduled for October 30.
Jatiya Party lawmaker Nasim Osman yesterday warned of reprisals over reports critical of his brother Shamim Osman appearing in the Bangla daily Prothom Alo. Shamim Osman is a mayoral candidate in the Narayanganj City Corporation polls.
The accused in the August 21 grenade attack cases met at eight places in the capital including Hawa Bhaban in preparation for the grisly blasts around seven years back.
Law enforcers yesterday freed four Indian students of Jalalabad Ragib-Rabeya Medical College in Sylhet. They were detained early Friday allegedly on suspicion of being involved in the September 7 blast in New Delhi.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia will lead a road march from the capital towards Sylhet today aiming to mount pressure on the government for reinstatement of caretaker government system.
Breaking with tradition, the Supreme Court Bar Association yesterday did not exchange autumn greetings with the judges to protest the death of lawyer MU Ahmed.
Despite the government's clear directive to open farmers' bank accounts across the country with the nominal deposit of Tk 10, farmers of some villages at Dacope in Khulna are denied the opportunity.
The governor of California, Jerry Brown, has signed into law legislation allowing illegal immigrants to receive state aid to attend college.
Police caught a group of six youths who had gone on a mugging spree in Mirpur area of the capital in the early hours yesterday.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested six alleged members, three of them women, of the militant outfit Hizb-ut Tawhid with leaflets and books of the organisation from Rajshahi city early Sunday.
Israel's cabinet yesterday approved the outline of economic reforms intended to address rising frustrations about the cost of living and income disparity in the Jewish state.
Turkish police arrested two people after the death of seven illegal Afghan immigrants in a fire in an Istanbul shanty yesterday, Anatolia news agency reported.
Public beheading of eight Bangladeshis on charges of robbery, killing and 'creating a reign of terror' in Riyadh as far back as in 2007 has rocked the country. It has been draconian, and thoroughly repugnant to norms of civility and human sensibilities. We condemn this with all the force of the language we are capable of mustering.
Without sounding alarmist, we would like to underscore the dire strait in which the only bridge serving the road link between the capital and the port city of Chittagong currently is.
Marlon Samuels rediscovered his form in style with an explosive unbeaten hundred to put the BCB XI bowlers to the sword as West Indies posted a 75-run victory in the T20 warm-up match at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium yesterday.
A calming air has started to envelop Shakib Al Hasan. Gone are the furrowed eyebrows, the scything look or the monosyllabic response. The aftermath of a tumultuous time has been highly visible these days in his outlook.
Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel roared into the record books as Formula One's youngest double world champion on Sunday after finishing third in a Japanese Grand Prix won by McLaren rival Jenson Button.
Bangladesh moved into the final of the first South Asian Beach Games football eliminating Nepal by 5-1 goals in the last league match at Hambantota in Sri Lanka Sunday afternoon.
Teenage fast bowler Patrick Cummins has burst on the scene so quickly that Australia Twenty20 captain Cameron White has not yet seen him in action.
On a night of mediocre cricket, Mumbai Indians kept their surprise run going to win the biggest financial tournament in non-international cricket-the Champions League Twenty20 - with a 31-run win over the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the final at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai yesterday.
Czech Tomas Berdych fought back from a set down to overcome Croatia's Marin Cilic 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, in the final of the China Open on Sunday, winning his first title in more than two years.
Red-hot Andy Murray battled back from a set down against defending champion Rafael Nadal in thrilling fashion at the Japan Open on Sunday to claim his second consecutive title.
Colombian pop sensation Shakira joined forces with Ukraine president Viktor Yanukovych and 60,000 spectators as the covers came off Kiev's troubled Euro 2012 Olympiysky stadium on Saturday in a politically-tinged opening.
New Argentina coach Alex Sabella says his side have laid their Lionel Messi "psychosis" to rest after opening their World Cup qualifying campaign with a 4-1 win over Chile on Friday.
Nigeria and South Africa were among the heavyweight casualties on the penultimate day of African Nations Cup qualifying as Angola, Ghana, Guinea, Mali, Tunisia, Zambia and Niger all made it through to next year's tournament.
England are not good enough to win Euro 2012 because the players have “no mobility and can't keep the ball” according to former England defender Gary Neville.
Argentine football legend Diego Maradona felt obliged to apologise to the supporters of United Arab Emirates club Al-Wasl on Sunday after the club were thrashed 5-0 by Dubai.
Macedonian coach Nikola Illievski hinted he may not consider strikers Zahid Hasan Emily and Mithun Chowdhury for the national camp for upcoming SAFF Championships which will be held in India from December 1 to 15.
Dinajpur, Narail, Natore and Rangpur chalked up victories on the opening day of the Southeast Bank 22nd National Youth Hockey Competition at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.
FIDE master Mohammad Javed became champion in the qualifying round of the Mercantile 37th National Chess Championship through tiebreaking after five players topped the points table at the close of the eleventh and final round at the Bangladesh Chess Federation hall room yesterday.
The ICC Executive Board will meet in Dubai on Monday, to discuss, among other things, the format of the ICC event in 2013, domestic anti-corruption codes and the findings of the Independent Governance Review that was commissioned in June.
Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka fought back to reach the second round of the Shanghai Masters Sunday with Germany's Florian Mayer the only other winner on the opening night of action in the main draw.
Brazil's 1-0 victory over Costa Rica in a friendly international on Friday failed to impress critics back home, who expected more from the 2014 World Cup hosts.
Germany coach Joachim Loew has excused midfielder Mario Gotze for the side's final European Championship qualifier against Belgium on Tuesday.
The widening gap between demand and supply of foreign exchange is making the US dollar dearer in the market, treasury officials said yesterday.
The stockmarket regulator sits with all stakeholders today after stocks plunged by more than 3 percent yesterday, maintaining the recent falling trend in share prices.
Mobile phone operator Grameenphone will sit today with the telecom regulator to place their arguments against the audit findings released recently.
Nestle Bangladesh recently signed an advertising contract with leading advertising agency Asiatic MCL.
Bangladesh should revisit the concept of transit and go for transshipment agreement to help India gain access to their seven northeastern states, said International Chamber of Commerce-Bangladesh (ICCB) yesterday.
A body of sugarcane farmers yesterday rejected the government's cane purchasing price, demanding Tk 150 a maund for the upcoming crushing season.
A three-day fair to showcase alternative power solutions will begin in the city on Thursday.
The much-awaited public subscription of Tk 5,000-crore Bangladesh Fund will start today, said Investment Corporation of Bangladesh yesterday.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged Bangladeshi-origin British entrepreneurs to invest in different sectors in Bangladesh in a bigger way by taking the advantage of the investment-friendly atmosphere.
Anwaruddin Chow-dhury, representative of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh (ICAB), has recently been elected director of the Confederation of Asian and Pacific Accountants (CAPA) board for the next four-year term.
Mobile operator Banglalink yesterday submitted application to the regulator to renew its licence for the next 15 years.
With the will, confidence, perseverance and hard work to make things happen, Morsheda Akter Lipi of Tangail has proved that she can accomplish anything she puts her heart to.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has vowed to ensure social protection of the country's people through developing rural economy across the country.
The European Union (EU) has again called for abolishing the death penalty.
The government would increase the number of International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) to try war criminals in the future, if necessary, said State Minister for Law Qamrul Islam yesterday.
The education ministry is unhappy with a project, the first of its kind it initiated a year ago, where around 18,000 private and public schools were asked to self-assess their standard and progress.
Bus passengers yesterday vandalised two buses and blocked the road at Bahadderhat intersection in Chittagong city for around half an hour protesting the new fare implemented from October 7.
The admission test under the Faculty of Business Studies (Uma unit) for honours programmes in Jahangirnagar University (JU) for the academic sessions 2011-12 starts today.
Detective Branch (DB) of police on Saturday arrested a woman and a man for their alleged involvement in the killing of senior lawyer of Supreme Court Advocate Nazir Hayat Khan at Dhanmondi in the city on September 30.
Proper use of technology in the field of education is a must for the full development of the potentials of the girl child, said speakers at a debate yesterday.
Seven people, including a schoolboy, were killed and another youth was injured in separate road accidents in Pabna, Mymensingh, Feni and Rangpur yesterday.
Awami League's (AL) Rajshahi district unit committee was announced on Saturday with lawmakers Meraj Uddin Mollah as president and Omar Faruk Chowdhury as general secretary.
Election Commissioner Brig Gen (retd) M Sakhawat Hossain could not attend a conference in the United States as he was not issued visa on time.
Dr Shah Mohammad Hasanuzzaman, one of the country's pioneer agriculturalists, passed away at his Indira Road residence in the city yesterday morning due to old age complications at the age of 86.
Today is the first death anniversary of Major General (Retd) Moinul Hossain Chowdhury, Bir Bikram and a former adviser to a caretaker government.
A schoolgirl troubled by family matters allegedly committed suicide in the city yesterday.
A businessman was found murdered at Mohammadpur in the city yesterday four days after he went missing.
Amidst the ongoing admission tests at Jahangirnagar University (JU), admission seekers, guardians and students face extortion from the 'bede' (snake charmers) community on the campus.
Department of Environment fined a dyeing factory Tk 12 lakh for discharging untreated chemical waste into the Turag river in Gazipur yesterday.
Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) launched fast aid corners (FACs) at its 25 schools yesterday.
Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK) yesterday expressed concern and condemnation over the incident where three former army officers and a sergeant beat up four students at a park in Baridhara DOHS for walking in the wrong way.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said her government is working hard to well establish a democratic system in the country to safeguard rights of the people.
The World Mental Health Day will be observed in Bangladesh as elsewhere across the globe today, aiming to raise public awareness about mental health issues.
Today is the 26th death anniversary of Mahmu-dun Nabi Tarek, former district registrar and brother of Anwarul Kabir Shahjada, the editor of the Daily Financial Times and Daily Crime News, says a press release.
When the country is observing World Mental Health Day today, the country's largest specialised hospital for treatment of mental diseases in Pabna struggles to provide treatment for its patients.
Leaders of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Jumma Refugee Welfare Association have demanded rehabilitation of the returnee Jumma refugees and internally displaced Jummas in the CHT region.
The local administration finally started demolishing the illegal structures on Kuakata sea beach, prompting owners of around 400 temporary set-ups remove the materials on the first day of the drive yesterday.
The flood affected people yesterday brought out a procession and held a rally in the town demanding adequate relief materials for the victims and steps to remove the stagnant water from the area.
A man was killed and 10 were injured in a clash between two factions of Jubo Dal in Sreenagar upazila of the district Saturday night.
Law enforcers and coast guard members seized a huge quantity of hilsa fish from trawlers in Noakhali and Pirojpur districts yesterday and the day before.
Two people died after drinking rectified spirit in Chowgachha upazila of Jessore early yesterday. Sufal Ranjan, 40, and Chunu Sardar, 45, bought the poisonous liquor from a local bazar and fell sick after drinking it, said Yunus Ali, second officer of Chowgacha police station. They were rushed to Chowgachha upazila health complex. Doctors declared Sufal and Chunu dead around 8:10am after they were shifted to Jessore Sadar Hospital.
A housewife was electrocuted at her house at Dakbangla road in the town yesterday noon. The victim was identified as Roksana Begum,32, wife of Haider Ali, driver of Lalmonirhat Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) General's vehicle. Police said, the housewife was electrocuted as she came in contact with a live electric wire while putting clothes on it for drying. Police recovered the body and sent it to Lalmonirhat Sadar Hospital morgue for autopsy.
Police arrested two Indian citizens from bordering Memberpara area of Matiranga upazila of the district on Saturday evening. The arrestees are Mohan Kumar Chakma, 29, son of Thuiga Joy Chakma and Sisi Moni Chakma, 19, son of Manok Chakma of Jurakapa area under Shilchhari district in Tripura state of India. Officer in-charge of Matiranga police station Abu Yosuf said, on information police arrested the two for their suspicious movement around 05:30pm and seized Indian and Bangladeshi currencies from them.
A housewife was killed and three of her family became unconscious as a lightning struck them at Shreekolosh village under Rampal upazila yesterday. The deceased was identified as Asmin Begum, 23, wife of Daud Sarkar of the same village. Injured Shanti Rani, 50, Promise, 5, and Sumi, 26, were admitted to Shalikha upazila health complex. Rampal upazila health and family planning officer Dr Bimol Krishan Bain said the incident occurred when Asmin went out of her house during heavy rain. The three others fainted due to the loud sound, he said.
Khulna unit of Bangladesh Tamak Birodhi Jote, an anti-tobacco body, formed a human chain in the city yesterday on the occasion of National Tobacco-Free Day. Eight different professional, socio-cultural and non-government organisations joined the human chain programme. Later, the leaders of the Jote submitted a memorandum to the prime minister through the deputy commissioner of Khulna at 11:30 am demanding amendment to the existing tobacco control act and its strict enforcement. Md Masum Billah, general secretary of the Khulna unit of tobacco control act implementation committee handed over the memorandum to the deputy commissioner.
Two persons were arrested along with arms while fleeing allegedly after mugging a man at Kalikapur village in Sujanagar upazila on Saturday. The arrestees were identified as Shahin Hossain, 20, son of Iman Ali Sheikh and Ripon Hossain, 19, son of Isahag Ali of the village. Police said the two, while fleeing after taking away Tk 30,000 from Ashok Kumar Bhoumik of the village at gun point at noon, are caught by local people. Later, after a good beating, they handed them over to police who recovered one pistol, two sharp weapons and the snatched money from their possession.
Great human beings leave the world but they leave a legacy behind. Steve Jobs was one of the greatest innovators of all time. His philosophy, 'work today as if it is the last day of your life' has encouraged people around the world. Steve would always be remembered by us. May his soul rest in peace!
The other day, my brother and I were waiting for a bus at Farmgate.
Renowned teacher Mr. Kaykobad in an article published in a national daily put emphasis on extracurricular activities like math olympiad. As a debater (I had participated in World Universities Debating Championship) and a national champion in inter-college general knowledge championship, I agree with his points. It is the easiest and cost effective way to groom young generation by arranging knowledge fest, math Olympiad, chemistry Olympiad, debating championship, etc. It would discourage them to memorise their lessons and also improve their confidence level. Both the government and private sector need to come forward to arrange such programmes on a regular basis to help the young minds grow.
The price of eggs has again gone exorbitantly high. As a consequence, millions of consumers are suffering. We have been observing for a few months that the hatchery owners in connivance witth poultry farms are charging Tk. 30 to 32 for a set of four eggs. If business ethics is followed, the price of one hali ( a set of four) of eggs could not be more than Tk. 16. It has been observed in therecent past that when the government planned to go for open egg import on several occasions , the poultry and hatchery owners called press conferences and misled the public by saying that the Indian eggs would bring bird flu and destroy thousands of poultry farms in the country. In fact, this is an ugly business tactic used by them. They convinced the government decisionmakers of imposing the ban and other restrictions on import of eggs. The cause behind the decision of the government of banning egg import is not understood by the people. A democratically elected government must not continue such ban resulting in price hike of eggs. The government should withdraw all sorts of restrictions on egg import - without further delay. This withdrawal of import restrictions will help lower the price of eggs. The poultry and hatchery owners should not be allowed to make extra profit at the cost of millions of consumers across the country.
It is with horror that we have watched the news of the beheadings of eight Bangladeshi migrant workers in Saudi Arabia. What explanation does the foreign ministry have for this horrific act perpetrated upon our citizens in a foreign land? How come the international human rights groups have not uttered a peep? Is it because a Bangladeshi life is less valuable than that of others? The men were not given a proper trial, we believe, and what defense was provided to them was reportedly in Arabic, a language not understood by the men being put to death. Is it not about time that the ministry of foreign affairs called in the Saudi ambassador and demanded an explanation? Or are we too afraid to do that? What are we afraid of, I would like to ask the minister of foreign affairs? If the Bangladeshis had committed a crime, couldn't they been deported? Working in Saudi Arabia does not mean giving up all rights to a basic dignity.
The present political situation in Bangladesh is not in a good state. Rivalry among the political groups is increasing day by day. This is not at all a good sign. It seems none of the political groups have learned their lessons after 1/11. Should the general citizens keep on suffering because of the activities of some politicians? Rather than thinking about the economic growth of the nation, these so-called political parties think and waste their time on stupid issues.
Some political leaders in our country, either in power or in opposition, cry for the well-being of the common people. Are they really crying for the people? Or they are just trying to protect their ill-gotten wealth? Some of the leaders are seen shouting in the meetings and processions ostensibly to protect the interest of the common people. Though we know them very well what they are really up to, we cannot say anything about this. In the daily newspapers, we read many reports on grabbing of the rivers and government khas land by the MPs and the influential political leaders of both the ruling and the opposition parties. But we do not see any action taken against them. Such a report was published in The Daily Star on 5th October 2011. It said that one Awami league lawmaker was filling khas land ands a part of the Buriganga river for setting up a power plant and an amusement park.
A back page photograph of the uselessly dangling traffic signal lights at Purana Paltan crossing published in a local daily on 2nd October was a slap on the face of the police department.
Although Bengali is taught as a subject in the English medium schools, I have enough reason to believe that the syllabus they offer for Bengali is not up to the mark. Perhaps less importance is given to the learning of Bangla and its literature. If my observation is correct, most students of the English medium schools are afraid of studying Bengali. And their proficiency in Bengali is not satisfactory. I have heard that some English medium students, who have passed A level and then graduated from private or foreign universities, are reluctant to sit in the BCS exams as they are not well conversant with the Bengali language.
Here are some comments that came in response to Sunday's The Daily Star news report headlined “KSA executes 8 Bangladeshis”
Fighters loyal to Libya's interim government have taken the university area of Sirte, one of the strong points of the city's Gaddafi loyalists.
Fierce clashes erupted yesterday between Christians protesting a recent attack on a church and the Egyptian military, leaving at least 19 people dead and more than 150 injured, Health Ministry officials said.
Diplomats representing the so-called Middle East "Quartet" - the United States, the European Union, the United Nations and Russia - are due to meet in Brussels to discuss ways to restart talks between the Palestinians and Israel.
South Africa refused to give the Dalai Lama a visa to visit for Desmond Tutu's birthday because the foreign ministry feared his trip would jeopardise trade ties with China, a newspaper reported yesterday.
Breaking the brief truce, more than 7,000 people yesterday observed a token fast against the Kudankulam nuclear power plant (KNPP) and vowed to intensify the struggle if the government did not scrap it.
The cause of a rare and severe form of hypoglycaemia -- or very low levels of sugar in the blood -- is genetic, say researchers.
President Bashar al-Assad renewed a pledge of reforms yesterday, as Syria threatened retaliation if countries recognise an opposition bloc increasingly active on the international scene.
China's president yesterday used the centennial of a revolution that ended imperial rule to make an appeal to further relations with Taiwan, saying they should move beyond the history that divides them and focus on common economic and cultural interests.
The northern Italian city of Milan is banning all traffic from its streets for 10 hours on Sunday in an attempt to reduce smog.
Yemeni protesters camped out in Sanaa's central square said yesterday that President Ali Abdullah Saleh's suggestion that he would step down in the coming days was another promise that they were sure would be broken.
Sri Lanka's ruling UPFA won a landslide securing 21 of 23 seats in local elections marred by violence that killed at least four people, including an adviser to President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
The Supreme Court will hear today the plea of Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab challenging his conviction and death sentence in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks case.
Nearly 200 factories, including one run by Japanese car maker Honda Motor Co Ltd, closed in the central Thai province of Ayutthaya because of flooding, which could threaten Bangkok this week, officials said yesterday.
Members of Egypt's former ruling party have demanded to be allowed to run in upcoming elections, as officials mull a draft law that could see them banished from politics for a decade.
An Afghan woman MP was in a critical condition yesterday, after entering the eighth day of a rare hunger strike to protest against her expulsion from parliament over alleged vote fraud.
Japanese health workers have begun checking more than 300,000 children living near the Fukushima nuclear plant for thyroid abnormalities.
South Africa refused to give the Dalai Lama a visa to visit for Desmond Tutu's birthday because the foreign ministry feared his trip would jeopardise trade ties with China, a newspaper reported yesterday.
Arts & Entertainment
Today marks the 17th death anniversary of internationally famed Bangladeshi artist S.M. Sultan. Narail District Administration and S.M Sultan Foundation have planned a special programme to observe the day. The day will begin with placing of wreaths on the artist's grave and offering prayers. A painting competition for children will be held at 9:30am at Shishu Shorgo, Narail, followed by discussion and giving away prizes.
With the slogan, “Adorn Books Adorn Life”, Adorn Publication has published around 500 books so far. The publishing house aims to combine education with enjoyment. Adorn also wants to generate global interest in Bangla literature through translations.
Artists, presenters, dramatists, scriptwriters and guest performers of Bangladesh Betar (radio), Rangpur have denounced the tax (10 percent) on their honorarium.
In the nation's journey towards self-discovery and taking pride in its cultural identity, Chhayanaut has been an inseparable partner. The pioneering cultural organisation is completing half a century of its existence this year. Over the years, Chhayanaut introduced classes on music, early child education, literature, orientation in traditions, as well as special programmes for autistic children.
Artist Apurba Kanti Das' first solo painting exhibition, titled “Portraits: Riddle of Characters”, is now on at the La Galerie of Alliance Française de Dhaka in Dhanmondi.
Channel i will air the popular serial “Choita Pagol” at 7:50 tonight. Written by Brindabon Das, the serial is directed by Mahfuz Ahmed. Mahfuz also plays the title role. The incredibly popular serial will come to and end soon. The Daily Star (TDS) recently spoke to Mahfuz on “Choita Pagol”:
Noted economists of the country at a dialogue held in The Daily Star last Thursday expressed their concern over the performance of the economy. The issues that came out in sharp focus from the discussion revolved mainly around high rate of inflation coupled with dipping of the foreign currency reserve due to financing of the import bill for rental power plants.
The Chhattis-garh police seem to have lost all sense of decency, legality, even sanity. The Supreme Court's recent judgement ordering the disbanding of the state-sponsored anti-Naxalite Salwa Judum militia has not dampened their obsession with crushing the Maoists.
Battle of Karbala: Hussain bin Ali, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, is decapitated by forces under Caliph Yazid I. This is commemorated by Muslims as Aashurah.