News of: Friday, 21st of October, 2011
Libya's ex-leader Col Muammar Gaddafi was killed yesterday after an assault on his birthplace of Sirte, officials say.
June 7, 1942 Born in Sirte to Bedouin family, part of the Berber Qadhadhfi clan. Later enrolls at Benghazi University to study geography, but subsequently drops out to join the army.
Bangladesh needs to revitalise its sloth population management programmes with new approaches so that they help the country rein in the population boom, analysts and experts said yesterday.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said that the Padma Bridge corruption is due to the activities of the last BNP government, and not due to hers. What a revelation! As if our people know nothing about the World Bank's findings. As if the World Bank has not already made its position public. As if we in the media have not printed the contents of the World Bank's letter to our government. As if her ministers have not already commented on the matter over the past few weeks. As if the Asian Development Bank, and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) have not already made public their positions.
With the introduction of the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) at the Narayanganj City Corporation polls, the Election Commission (EC) faces one of its toughest challenges in training and convincing voters to adopt the new technology.
Fifteen Bangladeshis, including three children, are stranded in Sirte, the last Gaddafi stronghold that fell to rebels yesterday.
Skirting the World Bank's specific allegation against the communications minister centring on Padma Bridge construction, the government yesterday issued a press note urging the bank to withdraw suspension on the bidding for the project.
Rejecting the prime minister's claim against him, former communications minister Nazmul Huda yesterday said the World Bank has suspended fund for Padma Bridge project due to corruption by the incumbent communications minister.
Malaysia has proposed financing the much-awaited Padma Bridge construction.
Bangladesh ranked 122nd out of 183 countries in a survey on the ease of doing business, dropping four places from last year.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday alleged that "a Bangladeshi Nobel laureate" had lobbied the World Bank through a top US official against financing the Padma Bridge project.
The High Court yesterday issued status quo for two months on the effectiveness of a letter the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) served asking GrameenPhone (GP) to pay Tk 3,034 crore in unpaid revenue and tax.
Commercial banks yesterday promised to inject fresh funds into the stockmarket.
Selina Hayat Ivy, a mayoral candidate in the Narayanganj City Corporation polls, yesterday filed a complaint with the Election Commission, alleging violation of electoral code of conduct by her two opponents.
With elected ward commissioners falling behind in carrying out their responsibilities, it is city dwellers who are taking steps towards ensuring their own security, cleanliness and other civic amenities.
Detectives early yesterday arrested a Pakistani woman from Shahjalal International Airport and seized fake Indian currency amounting to Rs48,00,000 from her possession.
Protesting against the government's decision to split Dhaka City Corporation, the main opposition BNP yesterday demanded an immediate election to an undivided DCC.
Government steps taken to tackle the problems of the economy are “isolated” and do not consider the overall situation, said Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) Distinguished Fellow Debapriya Bhattacharya yesterday.
The 10 newly appointed additional High Court judges were sworn in yesterday.
The Indian media has slammed the absence of Paschimbanga Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and local legislators during Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's Tin Bigha corridor visit Wednesday, terming it as another case of missed opportunity.
Senior lawmakers of ruling Awami League yesterday demanded trial of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia for her attempt to “save” those accused of crimes against humanity during the Liberation War.
Speaker Abdul Hamid said in parliament yesterday he is personally looking into the proposed metro rail line, a portion of which will now run through the parliament complex.
Thousands of high school students marched in the streets of the Turkish capital yesterday to denounce the killing of 24 soldiers by Kurdish rebels, and the military pressed ahead with its air and ground offensive against the insurgents across the Iraqi border.
Our sense of disbelief is being stretched a little too far. When Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina tells the nation that the responsibility for the on-going scandal around the Padma Bridge project is for the past BNP government to bear, we wonder if she really thinks Bangladesh's people will take her at her word. Again, when leader of the opposition Khaleda Zia tells us that a few rightwing politicians now in prison on charges of war crimes actually committed no such crimes during the Liberation War, we are left astounded at the way in which she tries to serve up new history to us. No words can be strong enough to condemn such an assessment of history from the two individuals who have held centre stage in national politics since the early 1980s. Both Hasina and Khaleda know that what they say are unvarnished untruths. Must they do it? Why must their rhetoric be of such a dismal kind as to leave us all raising questions about their political judgement?
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's visit to the Dahagram-Angorpota enclaves since the recent opening of the Tin Bigha corridor for 24 hours to connect with the mainland is a cheering piece of news. Two important Indian ministers joined her to usher in a new phase in the neighbourly relations. Our prime minister heralded the change by providing the enclaves with electricity and opening an upazila office.
To start as the eighth Bangladesh Test captain Mushfiqur Rahim can and possibly should take one tenure of his predecessors as inspiration to stamp his personality and the general outlook of the Bangladesh team ahead of the first Test against the West Indies that starts at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium today.
Whether it was laziness or cheek on the part of the operator, West Indies' score from the third ODI was retained on the large scoreboard next to the press box.
Among Nasir Hossain, Elias Sunny, Shuvogoto Hom Chowdhury and Sohrawardi Shuvo, at least two are set to make their Test debuts today.
Dhaka Metro rode on Asif Ahmed's all-round performance to complete a stylish debut in the country's lone first-class competition as they upset defending champions Rajshahi by six wickets on the final day of their four-dayer at the Shaheed Kamruzzaman Stadium in Rajshahi yesterday.
Rob Nicol hit a century on his one-day international debut as New Zealand romped to a nine-wicket win Thursday in the first match against Zim-babwe at Harare Sports Club.
Mohammad Ashraful is set to be penalised financially for his public outburst against the chief selector and the high-ups of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB).
Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni smashed two fours in the final over as India beat England by five wickets on Thursday to take a decisive 3-0 lead in the five-match one-day series.
The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) is ready to host the qualifiers of the AFC U-19 Championship as five teams including two former champions will lock horns in Group A qualifiers from October 25 at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.
Sri Lanka were fighting to save the first Test under a heavy 300-plus deficit after Pakistani opener Taufiq Umar hit his maiden double hundred on the third day here on Thursday.
Former West Indies captain Chris Gayle was on Thursday told to retract his bitter criticism of the region's governing body if he wanted to resurrect his international career.
Teenage debutant Pat Cummins had his first ball hit for six but then struck two vital blows as Australia eased to victory in a rain-hit first one-day international against South Africa at SuperSport Park on Wednesday.
Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola hailed Andres Iniesta as a 'one-off' talent in a side dominated by Lionel Messi after the Spanish giants' 2-0 Champions League win over Viktoria Plzen.
After Manchester took top billing in the Champions league on Tuesday it was London's turn on Wednesday when Chelsea and Arsenal recorded impressive, though contrasting, victories as the Premier League again flexed its muscles.
Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas believes Fernando Torres has finally rediscovered his confidence after the Spain striker scored twice in a 5-0 demolition of Genk.
England coach Fabio Capello hinted on Wednesday that he will take Wayne Rooney to next summer's Euro 2012 finals despite a ban ruling him out of the entire group stages.
Smoking will be completely banned at stadiums during Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine, UEFA said on Thursday.
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp on Wednesday blasted foreign owners who want to see an end to relegation from the Premier League and promotion from the second-tier Championship.
Holders Sheikh Russel KC continued their winning run in the Dhaka Metropolis Premier Table Tennis League as they handed Ajax Club a straight 3-0 at the Wooden Floor Gymnasium yesterday.
Eleven matches in boy's and girl's section of the Meizan National School Kabaddi Championship were held at the Kabaddi Stadium yesterday.
Mymensingh posted a 51-run victory against Narsinghdi in the Young Tigers Divisional Under -18 Cricket Competition at the Sherpur Stadium yesterday.
Fire Service and Azad Sporting Club won their respective matches of the National Bank Dhaka Metropolis Premier Division Volleyball League at the Volleyball Stadium yesterday.
Former World Cup winner Andreas Brehme has fallen victim to cheeky thieves who stole his luxury watch off his wrist, it was reported Wednesday.
Stocks rebounded from a losing streak yesterday as investors went for buying shares following the commercial banks' decision to make new investment.
Trade between Bangladesh and Germany is increasing at a faster pace in recent years.
Politicians, economists and civil society members from South Asia will meet in Dhaka tomorrow with the aim of revisiting the region's policies for a sustainable growth in the face of worries over prolonged recession in the West.
An economist yesterday stressed the need for enhancing people's purchasing capacity by creating more jobs.
Mahabub Hossain, executive director of BRAC, has recently been elected president for Asian Society for Agricultural Economists (ASAE), BRAC said in a statement yesterday.
Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE) yesterday launched a Next Generation Trading Software (NGTS) for share trading for the first time in the country's share market.
Investors Forum of Chittagong yesterday again demanded the resignation of Finance Minister AMA Muhith and Bangladesh Bank Governor Atiur Rahman for what they said the duo's failure to maintain the stability of the stockmarket.
The International Monetary Fund disagrees with EU projections on Greece's debt sustainability and wants to wait until a clearer outlook emerges before signing off on the next tranche of financial support to Athens, EU officials said on Thursday.
Paul Weisenfeld, assistant to the ambassador for the bureau of food security of United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and Dina Esposito, director of the office of food for peace, are scheduled to arrive in Dhaka tomorrow.
Nokia will start to sell its first Windows Phone model this year, the mobile phone manufacturer said yesterday.
A group of rights activists yesterday vowed to continue movement unless its demands including the removal of the communications and shipping ministers are met.
Bangladesh Jamaat-e Islami Rajshahi district unit publicity secretary Mohammad Obaidullah was sued on Thursday for issuing a threat at a meeting to kill Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in an incident like August 15.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) personnel will work in such a way that people will respect the force, the newly appointed Commanding Officer (CO) of Rab-7 Lt Col Md Julfikar Ali Majumder said yesterday.
The 6th Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights (APCRSHR) began here yesterday through emphasising states' obligations toward ensuring an atmosphere where people irrespective of their sexual orientation and gender identities enjoyed all human rights.
A motorcyclist was killed and his fellow rider injured when a Chapainawabganj-bound bus from Rohonpur hit a motorcycle coming from opposite direction at Chanpara of Nachole upazila yesterday.
On completion of a three-day remand, the five people sued and arrested over alleged killing of Pronob Dasgupta Bablu, an activist of Bangladesh Chhatra League, were taken on remand for three more days yesterday.
A Chittagong court yesterday granted a 36-hour remand against each of the arrested 32 Jamaat-Shibir leaders and activists including former Jamaat-e-Islami lawmaker Shahjahan Chowdhury in a case filed for attacking police and vandalising vehicles in the port city on September 19.
A fruit vendor was killed being hit by a train in the city's Jurain rail gate area yesterday.
A letter signed by over 80 civil society organisations worldwide was sent to South Africa-based Polo Resources and other investors yesterday, calling upon them to withdraw their investments from the proposed Phulbari Coal Project in Bangladesh.
Petrobangla, the state-run oil and gas company, expects some improvement in gas supply to northern part of the city as a new pipeline starts supplying extra gas from the Rashidpur gas field.
A Dhaka court yesterday asked the police again to submit a report by October 31 on execution of arrest warrants against fugitive Jamaat acting Ameer Maqbul Ahmad and 10 others in a case filed over the party's recent violence in the city.
Police seized two Molotov cocktails from the compound of the directorate of prisons' office in the city yesterday.
A Titas Gas pipeline exploded early yesterday in Savar, when road construction workers accidentally bore a hole into it, leading to a fire that lasted four hours.
A group of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) men at Rajshahi University drove out three activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) from a dormitory early yesterday for their participation in BNP's road show without BCL's permission.
Chittagong Film Centre is going to organise a two-day long film festival at theatre institute in the port city from today.
Chittagong Development Authority (CDA) Chairman Abdus Salam met with Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) Mayor M Manjur Alam yesterday where they declared to work together to ensure the development of the port city, says a CCC press release.During the meeting CDA chairman briefed about the expansion work of CDA on different roads in city like Dewan Hat-Alongkar intersection road, Gani Bakery-Kapasgola road, Oli Khan-Muradpur intersection, Laldighi-Anderkilla road.
Students of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science department of Rajshahi University (RU) withdrew their agitation programmes yesterday as the authorities concerned cancel the decision of opening Animal Husbandry Science Faculty at Patuakhali Science and Technology University.
Police last night arrested the manager of fashion magazine "Mirror" from Bangabandhu International Conference Centre for "deceiving" several thousand people by selling out concert tickets using the name of Pakistani musician Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.
Unidentified criminals shot dead a local BNP leader at Maheswarpasha of Daulatpur in Khulna last night.
Munshi Siddique Ahmed, an eminent rice scientist and former associate director of Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI), passed away at his residence on Wednesday night due to old age complications at the age of 83, says a press release.
Hundreds of young learners spent an eventful day through participating in joyful activities to develop language skills as they took part in 'English language fairs' in several schools of Kishoreganj, Bogra and Barguna districts yesterday.
Over two lakh flood-hit people in Tala, Sadar and Kalaroa upazilas of Satkhira district are still living under the open sky on high roads and in makeshift tents as they cannot reconstruct their collapsed houses for want of financial support from the government or non-governmental organisations.
Criminals on Wednesday night opened fire on the residence of a local Awami League (AL) leader at Bagmara village in Dighalia upazila, leaving three people injured.
Bir Shrestha Captain Mohiuddin Jahangir Bridge, locally known as Doaraika Setu, in Babuganj upazila of the district is under threat from erosion by the Sugandha River as a large portion of the bridge protection embankment has already gone into the river.
Criminals strangled a brick kiln owner at Bhitapara village in Gangni upazila in Meherpur, while law enforcers in Kushtia and Chuadanga arrested two top members of outlawed parties and recovered firearms from them on Wednesday night.
Twin sisters drowned in a pond at South Bishnudi village in Sadar upazila on Wednesday. The deceased were identified as Mim, 2, and Jim, 2, daughters of Mohammad Shah Alam of Khalifa Bari area of the village.
Interns at Rangpur Medical College and Hospital (RMCH) called off their indefinite strike yesterday after the hospital authorities assured them of meeting their demands. The interns returned to their duties after a fruitful meeting at about 10.00am. The trainee doctors went on work abstention Monday night demanding safety and security as a group of outsiders assaulted an intern of the hospital on Saturday.
A court here on Wednesday convicted two people and awarded them life imprisonment in a murder case. The court also fined the convicts Tk 10,000 each, in default, to suffer six months more RI. The convicts are Imran, 19, of Rajbari district and Sekander Hossain, 25 of Faridpur Sadar upazila. According to the prosecution, Sushanta Kumar Saha went missing at Bakchar village on November 19, 2007. Later, police recovered Sushanta's body from a jute field on December 5. The victim's father filed a murder case with the Kotwali PS.
A housewife allegedly committed suicide by taking poison at village Modarbaria in Assassuni upazila Wednesday afternoon. The victim was identified as Rehana Khatun, 20, wife of Kazem Ali of village Modarbaria. Quoting local people police said, Rehana, daughter of Abdur Razzak of village Bichchat was married to Kazem Ali of village Modarbaria about 2 years back. Soon after the marriage, her husband used to torture her for dowry. On Tuesday night, he tortured Rehana mercilessly following which she took poison at about 5-30pm.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab-5) in a drive yesterday unearthed a fake harbal soft drinks factory at Dakkhin Dhanghara in the town. The elite force recovered 14,397 bottles of 'X-power brand' fake herbal drinks, huge quantity of ingredients and manufacturing equipment from the factory. They also arrested one Mithun Saha, accountant of the factory in this connection.
In recent months, Bangladesh stock market nosedived to the lowest in years. Most of the companies did not provide basic financial data of their companies to the website of SEC, Dhaka Stock Exchange and Chittagong Stock Exchange. I have a few suggestions for stabilising the stock market:
Have we learnt to prioritize our needs? Right now it is the choice between the smooth establishment of the Metro and an old airport being used by the BAF. In the unlikely event of hostilities, they may not last 10 minutes in the air, if they are able to take-off in the first place. The Metro, if it ever becomes a reality, will provide fast, comfortable, convenient and cheap transit for the masses, who now clog the jugular of Dhaka every day. Hundreds of acres of unutilised prime land in the heart of Dhaka could provide much needed east-west connecting roads, low-cost housing and industrial/commercial enterprises.
Communications Minister Syed Abul Hossain is indeed a very cool person. When communication all over the country fell apart, people's sufferings knew no bounds and they were demonstrating against him demanding his resignation, he smilingly faced the camera as if nothing had happened.
We are amused with the news that Nano cars manufactured by the Tata Motors Ltd of India will be available in Bangladesh soon. But when it comes to the pricing, we are simply shocked. Reportedly, Nitol Motors will be charging almost Tk. 6 lacs for one Nano.
On October 14, 2011, I watched a programme named 'Crime Patrol' (real life show on Indian television). A girl was stabbed 15 times at a bazaar in public. No one appeared to stop or catch the killers, and no one even took the girl to a hospital when the killers went away. They refused to testify against the murderers during police investigation. It reminded me of an incident that occurred in our country a few years back. A businessman killed a helper of a bus in public. Therefore, he was beaten to death by public. Now, the only question that comes to my mind is, why didn't the public in India take any action against the criminals during the girl's murder? After the incident took place, Indian people staged a huge procession demanding justice and created pressure on the police through media. The interesting thing is that in our country public don't wait for the police to come and take action against the criminals, instead they take law in their own hands. It was the Indian police who solved the case brilliantly, tracked down the killers and found out their motive behind the killing.
I applied for primary shares (IPO) of MI Cement and MJL Bangladesh in January 2011 from my Dhaka address through BRAC Bank Eskaton branch, but I did not get allotment of shares from any of the Public Limited Companies (PLCs). Unfortunately, I have not got my application money back.
Saudi Arabia has executed eight Bangladeshis in full public view in the name of their version of 'Sharia' justice. We the shell-shocked citizens are lost for words to voice our indignation to the barbarism meted out to these Bangladeshi souls who went to Saudi Arabia to give a better life to their families.
Here are some comments that came in response to Thursday's The Daily Star news report headlined “PM blames it on BNP govt's graft”.
World leaders greeted the death of former Libyan strongman Moamer Gaddafi yesterday as the end of despotism, tyranny, dictatorship and ultimately war in the north African country.
US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton yesterday demanded that Pakistan step up the fight against terrorists within its borders, delivering a blunt message that Pakistanis "must be part of the solution" to the ongoing conflict in neighbouring Afghanistan.
Libya's interim leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil is to declare by today that the country has been liberated and give details on Moamer Gaddafi's killing, interim premier Mahmud Jibril told reporters.
Governments and aid agencies should help the world's poorest to move away from areas likely to be hit by flooding and drought, a UK report says.
15-19: Inspired by revolts in other Arab countries, including neighbouring Tunisia and Egypt, a rebellion erupts in Benghazi, Libya's second city.
Pakistani officials were forced yesterday to repair a leak in its oldest nuclear power plant, lying on the outskirts of its economic hub Karachi on the Arabian Sea coast, an official said.
Arts & Entertainment
A four-day programme on the occasion of the 121st death anniversary of Baul king Lalon Shah ended at Chheuria Lalon akhra in Kushtia on Wednesday night.
Australia fuses diverse cultures. Australian art, music, dance and all other forms of cultural expression proudly display the country's intense collaboration with the many cultures that have melted into its land over the centuries. Nowhere else is this more profoundly displayed than in the music of The Band of Brothers, an ensemble of Australia's finest young musicians who will be performing this very evening at a gala concert at the National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
After her first break in a talent hunt, Mashiat Tasnim Rahman seized the opportunity to put her skills to the test and gain confidence through experience. The emerging actress, although squeezed for time with a hectic schedule, loves to drench herself in rain-- whenever she gets the chance. Leisure time is also movie time for her; watching flicks and TV dramas fall among her favourite pastimes. Mashiat says there is a lot to learn from watching others act.
At the invitation of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Government of India, noted Bangladeshi dancers Shibli Mohammad, Shamim Ara Nipa, and Anisul Islam Hero, will visit New Delhi, Kolkata and Guwahati from October 23-29, 2011, to participate in the 2nd International Dance Festival being organised by ICCR.
Niranjan Chandra Das, an expert cornet player, is highly visible at every wedding and cultural event. He has mastery over several instruments like tabla, harmonium and has become a familiar face in Jhenidah.
Nandan Park has brought a new ride for thrill-seekers. Named “5D Motion Chair Theatre”, the ride is now open for all, says a press release. One show takes almost 10-12 minutes from start till end. The sitting capacity per show is 32. The park authority says it is the first time that such ride has come to Bangladesh.
The 24th Tokyo International Film Festival kicks off Saturday with a diverse slate of art house and mainstream fare, but the biggest theme at the annual event may be the country's real-life struggle to recover from the massive March earthquake and tsunami.
Foreign minister Dipu Moni's recent remarks invoke the situation from a 1982 Hollywood production. In "The World According to Garp," Walt asked: "Daddy, what's gradual school?" Garp replied: "Oh, gradual school is where you go to school and you gradually find out you don't want to go to school anymore." Nearly three years into the office of nation's top diplomat, Dipu Moni is behaving like someone fresh out of the gradual school of diplomacy. She doesn't wish to be diplomatic anymore.
The American mainstream media is gradually beginning to pay attention to the Occupy Wall Street movement and its spinoffs springing up in Atlanta, Chicago, Boston and Seattle. But from the very beginning the movement has attracted extensive coverage from Al Jazeera and other Middle Eastern news outlets and Twitter usersprobably because they recognise the forces that are reshaping politics across their region.
This is easily a new low that both our top leaders have hit in their exchange of derisive comments. Into the halfway point of opposition leader Begum Khaleda Zia's road march, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had this to say: "How can she (Begum Zia) be so sure about winning the election if it's held under caretaker government, she could even land up in jail?" She didn't realise that by one such utterance she spoiled much of the appreciation for her hands-off approach to let the road march be, that has been otherwise making rounds.
When we hear the word “agriculture,” we think about farming. Farming is at the heart of agribusiness industry. Agribusiness includes all the various business involved in food and fibre production, including farming, seed supply, agrichemicals, farm machinery, wholesale and distribution, processing, marketing, and retail sales. There is huge scope for investment in backward and forward linkages in the agriculture sector.
English as a language has always been a dreadful thing for our children. One obvious reason is that it is a foreign language. The other reason is probably that it has never been taught the way it should be taught as a foreign language. The obvious reason for this is that there has always been acute shortage of proper English teachers.
I have an iPhone 3GS, simply love it and bought it a year and a half back. Soon after that Apple released the iPhone 4, but I didn't upgrade simply because it was a slight improved version of its predecessor and thought would go for the next one.
South Korea's Samsung Electronics Wednesday unveiled its new smartphone that runs on Google's latest Android operating system, the latest weapon in its battle to topple Apple's iPhone.
The Standing Committee on Local Market (Private and Corporate) Development, a wing of Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS), is going to organise software fair 'One- Day SoftExpo' on October 23 at BASIS Office Auditorium and Common Service Centre in the capital, said a press release.
The 9-day fair 'Eastern Plus BCS Laptop Bazaar 2011' ends today, said a press release.
Microsoft Corp, which has been trailing Apple Inc and Google Inc in the fast-growing smartphone market, said it will launch Mango-powered handsets from top makers including Nokia Oyj, Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and HTC Corp in coming weeks.