News of: Wednesday, 16th of November, 2011
The much-awaited trial in the 10-truck arms haul cases is finally set to get underway on November 29.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said yesterday if political leaders in Bangladesh want, the UN is ready to provide technical and logistic support to help conduct the next general elections in a credible and transparent manner,
An FBI special agent will today testify in a money-laundering case against BNP Senior Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman and his business associate Giasuddin Al Mamun.
A steep fall in share prices continued for a third day yesterday, prompting the prime minister to call a maiden emergency meeting with market stakeholders today.
A class one schoolboy was killed and his two classmates were injured in a wall collapse in Foyzur Rahman Ideal School at Banasree in the capital yesterday.
Detectives in the capital last night arrested Narsingdi town unit Jubo League president Ashraf Hossain, an accused in the Lokman Hossain murder case.
Some officials of Social Islami Bank Limited (SIBL) at Bogra branch have allegedly swindled some Tk 30 crore of customers in collusion with some businessmen.
At least 11,000 chickens and 43,000 eggs have been destroyed due to bird flu contraction at a poultry farm in Charlaxmipur village of Rajbari sadar upazila Monday night.
An agreement on the long-standing Teesta water sharing issue between India and Bangladesh is "round the corner," Indian External Affairs Minister SM Krishna said yesterday.
The upgrading of Shahjalal International Airport's security system has become uncertain after a Canadian company backed out yesterday due to the civil aviation minister's reservations about the company.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia will lead a road march towards Khulna on November 26 and 27 demanding reinstatement of the caretaker government system in the constitution.
Prothom Alo, the country's leading Bangla daily, yesterday celebrated its 13th founding anniversary through renewing its pledge to continue working as a catalyst for social change.
More than 70 people died in one of the bloodiest days of the eight-month Syrian uprising, activists said yesterday, as the growing isolation of President Bashar al-Assad's regime drew an increasingly angry reaction from his loyalists.
The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) yesterday approved the construction of 147-kilometre long gas pipeline from Bibiyana in Habiganj to Dhanua in Gazipur, to supply more gas to the National grid.
The government yesterday transferred Road Division Secretary Mohammad Mozammel Haque to the Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation Division of the planning ministry, according to a release of the Press Information Department (PID).
The Speedy Trial Tribunal in the district yesterday began the hearing of the "no-confidence petition" filed by the widow of Awami League stalwart SAMS Kibria against the supplementary charge sheet of the Kibria killing case.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard moved yesterday to lift Australia's controversial ban on uranium sales to nuclear power India in a bid to strengthen relations with the fast-growing economic powerhouse.
A US drone strike targeting a militant compound killed six rebels in Pakistan's tribal region of North Waziristan near the Afghan border o, security officials said.
The mayhem that followed the arrest of former president of Brahmanbaria BCL district unit Mahmudul Haque on Sunday night severely disrupted public life in the district as his supporters clashed with law enforcers. 10 policemen and 50 people were injured in the incident. Lawlessness and chaos took over the town till Monday afternoon. Angry supporters set afire several CNG-run auto-rickshaws, blockaded several railway tracks and a highway leaving rail and road communication suspended for about five hours between Dhaka and Sylhet; Chittagong and Noakhali; and Comilla and Sylhet. Besides ordinary people who were victimized by vandalism, passengers in buses and trains had to suffer immensely.
In a report submitted to the High Court, the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) stated that out of the 2.35 lakh drivers of heavy transport vehicles (HTV), 1.89 lakh did not qualify through the proper testing procedures. It was said that they were issued licenses on “relaxed conditions”. These drivers therefore are not qualified drivers according to the BRTA rules.
Bangladesh comprehensively won their second match against Japan by ten wickets on the second day of the ICC Women's World Cup Qualifiers at BKSP-2 in Savar yesterday. In the day's other matches Pakistan won their second match in a row against Ireland by eight wickets at the Fatullah stadium, Sri Lanka won easily against the Netherlands by seven wickets at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium and South Africa crushed USA by 198 runs at BKSP-3.
Enamul Haque spun Sylhet to an eight-wicket victory against league leaders Dhaka Metro on the second day of the four-day match of the 13th National Cricket League at the Sylhet Divisional Stadium yesterday.
Venkatsai Laxman and Mahendra Singh Dhoni led India's run-spree with superb centuries to put their team in command on the second day of the second Test against a hapless West Indies on Tuesday.
Macedonian coach Nikola Ilievski is seemingly becoming more optimistic about his charges' chances at the SAFF Championship after the national team played out a 1-1 draw against the Foreign XI in a practice match at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
The wickets continued to stumble as Bangladesh A lost control on the third day of the second and final four-dayer against West Indies A, who seized the initiative at the Beausejour Stadium in St Lucia on Monday.
Sri Lanka's win over Pakistan in their second one day international has given them a badly-needed confidence boost for the rest of the five-match series, captain Tillakaratne Dilshan said.
Britain's Andy Murray will face world number one Novak Djokovic in the group stages of the ATP World Tour Finals, following Tuesday's draw in London.
Title contenders Mohammedan and Air Destiny shared the lead in the Anirbaan-Artisan First Premier Division Chess League after winning their respective third round bouts at the NSC Tower Auditorium yesterday.
Rustom Ali was eliminated from the boys' singles in the Sony Rangs 25th ITF Junior Tennis Championship losing to the top-seed Manish Kumar of India at the National Tennis Complex in Ramna yesterday.
Coach Shafiqul Islam Manik is all set to return to Muktijoddha Sangsad for the upcoming season after Mohammedan parted ties with the veteran coach.
Czech Republic tennis star Petra Kvitova's astonishing year ended with her being voted by the press the WTA player of the year on Monday.
Valencia forward Jonas fired Brazil to a convincing 2-0 victory over Egypt in a friendly international here at the packed Al Rayyan Stadium on Monday.
North Korea downed bitter rivals Japan 1-0 on Tuesday in a bad-tempered World Cup qualifier dripping with political tensions and littered with yellow cards.
Egypt midfielder Ahmed Hassan equalled the world record for national team appearances on Monday when he came on as a substitute in the 2-0 friendly loss to Brazil in the Qatari capital.
Australia reached the final stage of Asia's 2014 World Cup qualifying with a 1-0 win in Bangkok on Tuesday but they were made to work for their victory by a gutsy Thailand.
Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez failed to turn up for training again on Monday with his advisors telling the BBC that he was still in Argentina.
Manchester United striker Michael Owen is set to be out of action until at least Christmas with a thigh injury, the Premier League champions said Monday.
David Beckham's hopes of forcing his way into England's squad for the Euro 2012 finals in Poland and Ukraine have been all but quashed by manager Fabio Capello.
Bangladesh's footwear industry has attracted attention of globally known chain retails that now consider buying shoes from here in a bid to diversify their sourcing base.
The country's balance of payments (BoP) has come under further stress, apparently worrying the government.
Bangladesh has set some conditions regarding Pakistan's plea for duty benefit from EU for 75 of its products, said Commerce Secretary Ghulam Hussain yesterday.
India's state-run oil refiners will cut petrol prices by about 3.2 percent from Wednesday, the first reduction since the government ended pricing controls nearly 18 months ago.
Bangladesh yesterday proposed preferential trading arrangement, an agreement for protection and promotion of investment, among 18 Indian Ocean Rim countries for promoting economic cooperation.
Berlin and Paris propped up the crippled eurozone with resilient growth figures Tuesday but France was buckling on the bond market where tension was acute amid government rebuilds in Italy and Greece.
The 15th Asia and the Pacific regional meeting of International Labour Organisation (ILO) will take place at the Kyoto International Convention Centre, Kyoto, Japan on December 4-
Global energy company Gazprom Zarubezhneftegaz yesterday expressed its keen interest to invest in large volume in Bangladesh's gas exploration and power sector.
Trading activities resumed yesterday at Sonamasjid land port in Chapainawabganj after two days of suspension.
Wal-Mart reported Tuesday a drop in profits for its fiscal third quarter but sales powered higher ahead of the crucial year-end holiday shopping season.
Point-to-point inflation is rising, bank loan interest rates are high, and the government is taking excessive loans from the banking sector to meet deficit financing. Bangladesh's macro-economic situation is not so bright at the moment.
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon yesterday urged both the ruling and opposition parties to come forward to make parliament more functional.
Four people were killed and 11 others injured in road accidents in Jamalpur, Chittagong, Chapainawabganj and Narail on Monday and yesterday.
The government will build 1,500 schools in rural areas, said Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid yesterday.
At least 70 fertiliser-laden cargo vessels have been anchored at Daskandi in Shivalaya upazila as some cargoes stranded at Mular char in the river Padma due to navigability crisis.
The British government will raise its voice with climate vulnerable counties to reach a legally-binding climate deal in the upcoming climate conference in Durban.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has directed the authorities concerned to ensure treatment of poor people in all public hospitals.
A trader allegedly hacked by his co-trader in the city's Jatrabari area succumbed to his injuries after 14 days at a city hospital early yesterday.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members on Monday arrested a local leader of Bangladesh Jamaat-e Islami in a case filed in connection with issuing threats to kill Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in an incident similar to that of August 15.
A large quantity of contraband substances and controlled beverages has been stolen from the store of Central Chemical Laboratory of the Directorate of Narcotics Control in the capital's Gendaria.
A housewife allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself at her house in Adabar of the city yesterday.
The International Crimes Tribunal will fix a date tomorrow for hearing the charges submitted against BNP leader Salauddin Quader Chowdhury for his alleged involvement in crimes against humanity during the Liberation War.
Rights activists at a press conference yesterday urged the authorities concerned to ensure exemplary punishment to those responsible for brutally torturing a 10-year-old domestic help, Romela Khatun.
Classes at Chittagong University (CU) resume today after a 15-day long vacation.
Law Minister Shafique Ahmed yesterday said the law should incorporate rules for keeping and trying juvenile criminals in a different manner away from that of adult criminals.
A fire broke out at an oil mill in Maijjar Teck area under Karnaphuli Police Station in the port city yesterday.
An eight-year-old girl was violated and injured by a youth in Ashulia on the outskirts of the city yesterday.
A two-day long workshop on 'gender sensitive reporting' begins at Theatre Institute, Chittagong (TIC) yesterday.
First year admission test for Gha-unit candidates in Dhaka University (DU) under 2011-2012 academic session will be held on November 18, says a press release.
Rabeya Khatun, wife of the planning minister's elder brother late Altaf Ali Khandker, died of old age complication on Monday at her Monipuripara residence in the city. She was 75.
Nurzahan Begum, wife of Nurul Islam, former president of Gaibandha Poura Karmachari Sangshad, passed away at Gaibandha Sadar Hospital due to old age complication yesterday. She was 75.
When Piyarul Begum gave birth to her baby boy at a community clinic set up on a paddy field at a remote village four months ago, she could hardly imagine that a special event was coming to her life soon.
Teenage siblings Jamal, Nipa, Nilu and their minor brother Shakil lost parents during the onslaught of super cyclone Sidr that ravaged the coastal region including Patuakhali district on the night of November 15, 2007.
Nine-year-old Monira Khatun is yet to be rescued a month into her alleged abduction while the victim's parents have blamed police for dillydallying in this regard.
Two rival factions of BCL yesterday locked in a fierce clash and ransacked shops and other establishments in the district town.
Several hundred businessmen formed human chain, held a rally here yesterday demanding immediate arrest and punishment of the culprits who assaulted a businessman and local BNP leader on Monday.
At least six BNP activists were injured as AL activists in Alaipur in the town attacked them while going to local BNP office to join a party programme.
Body of a housewife was recovered from her house at Sachanchak village in the uapzila Monday morning.
A youth was strangulated to death at Borokelkandi village in Shibpur upazila Monday night.
A local Awami League leader was killed allegedly by some unidentified criminals in Bagha upazila on Monday night. The deceased was Majdar Rahman Sarder, president of Arani municipal AL and also a centre in-charge (CIC) of Panchpara surgar cane purchase centre. A gang of seven to eight stabbed Majdar at the centre around 8:00pm as he refused to pay illegal toll, said Rejaul Karim, assistant administrative officer of Rajshahi Sugar Mills. Later the victim succumbed to his injuries at Rajshahi Medical College and Hospital Rejaul filed a case with Bagha police station in this regard accusing nine people, said Aminul Islam, officer in-charge of Bagha police station.
Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) members seized smuggled Indian goods worth over Tk one crore from different places in Joypurhat, Noagaon and Dinajpur districts on Saturday and Sunday. On secret information, BGB men launched separate drives and seized the goods from Joypurhat Sadar, Panchbibi upazila, Dhamirhat of Noagaon and border areas of Hakimpur upazila in Dinajpur district. The seized goods included cloths, cumin seed, cosmetics, imitation jewellery, sex stimulating tablets and drugs. But none was arrested in this connection.
A shop was gutted at Kashimpur central jail yesterday morning. Fire service sources said a fire broke out in the departmental store at unit- 2 premises in the central jail at about 6:00am and soon burnt down the goods of the shop. Fire fighters extinguished the blaze in half an hour effort. The blaze originating from an electric short circuit, burnt valuables worth about Tk two lakh. In another incident, a hardware shop was gutted in fire at Bhaowal Rajbari road. Gazipur fire service personnel rushed to the spot and doused the flames. The loss caused by the fire was estimated at Tk three lakh.
Begum Rokeya University Rangpur has announced a revised registration notice for the admission seekers into the Honours programmes for the academic sessions 2011-12. Through the revised registration notice, admission seekers can register for the admission tests till November 24. The tests under 20 departments of the six faculties are scheduled on December 12 and results will be publishd on December 18. Applicants can register themselves through sending a cell phone message (SMS) to 16222 from any number of Teletalk, a private mobile operator of the country, round the clock till November 24. Students who have passed from Open University, O or A-level disciplines or other foreign education boards can register through SMS as per directives given on the website www.crtcsust.com/bru. Information regarding student qualification criteria, SMS content, examination routine, and others is available on the university website www.brur.ac.bd
Police arrested two criminals along with a pistol from a house at Bejpara in Jessore on Monday night. The arrestees were Sohel, 16, of TB clinic area, and Mamun, 15 of Raypara of the town. Kotwali police said they raided a house in the area and arrested them along with a pistol. He said on Monday afternoon, Sohel and Mamun stabbed two youths of their rival group at TB clinic area and exploded bombs to create panic in the area.
A mobile court on Monday sealed an illegal drug factory and jailed five people in Rajbari area of the district town. Police said the court led by executive magistrate Tasnin Jebin Binte Sheikh raided Bengal Ayurvedic Laboratories in the area and found syrups being produced in an unhygienic condition and without any chemist. Officer in-charge of Dinajpur police station Hasan Shamim Iqbal said the owner of the factory could not able to show certificates of Directorate General of Drug Administration and Bangladesh Standard Testing Institute (BSTI) for producing the drugs.
Chittagong, the port city, was once a place of great natural beauty. It's a matter of concern that the city is getting more crowded day by day. There is no gainsaying the fact that parks are like the lungs of a modern metropolis. But unfortunately, the port city has no park worth the name. Thanks to our apathy to the environment, most of the hills that once dotted the town have already disappeared. Today one can find some hills only in the areas that belong to the railway.
Humayun Ahmed is now a name of hope for his millions of fans. My love for Bangla literature grew from reading his novels. His literature is a great source of inspiration for us. Whenever I get annoyed with the problems of my daily life, I start reading his novel. Humayun Ahmed's birthday was on 13th November and it was very sad that on that day he was not in his homjeland, as he has been undergoing treatment in another country.
Dhaka city is suffering from loads of problems like traffic congestion, overpopulation, environment pollution, etc. Overpopulation is the worst among these problems and it has more harmful effects. In my opinion, by solving only this problem we can lessen all the other problems.
Our heartfelt thanks to Mr. Mahfuz Anam for the commentary 'Lessons from NCC verdict' published in The Daily Star on November 4, 2011. His observation is one hundred percent correct and to the point. He spoke on behalf of the people who have become outraged and very disappointed by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's attitude towards Shamim Osman. Sheikh Hasina should have been sensitive to people's feelings.
It is indeed a piece of good news for Bangladesh Biman which after 40 years has been able to purchase a new generation aircraft from the Boeing Company of USA. The most fuel efficient aircraft from Boeing Company will not only enhance Biman's image, but also bring more comfort and pleasure to the travellers who will now be able to fly to distant destinations in the shortest possible time.
In these days of disconnect between the rulers and common people in the Muslim countries and exploitation by the dictators in some countries, Saudi Arabia's Grand Mufti Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh's call in the keynote sermon delivered during the holy Hajj should act as a great teaching. He called on rulers of the Muslim countries not to oppress their people but to help them lead a dignified life. I strongly support the observation made by the respectable Grand Mufti as he said, "It is the duty of Muslim leaders to maintain justice and fight corruption. Their priority should be the welfare of their people".
The Public Service Commission has recommended increasing the age limit for BCS examinees in its annual report of 2010. But the government has taken no step to enact it. The Judicial Service Commission has fixed the age limit of the candidates for the position of an Assistant Judge at 32 years.
On 20th October 2011 the most charismatic leader of Africa Col. Muammar Gaddafi was killed in a barbaric manner and his body was dragged through the streets of Sirte by a frenzied mob. The West became overjoyed and hailed his death instantly. His killing can be compared to that of Nawab Siraj ud-Dowlah. In fact, the West was plotting to topple him for many years for his fiercely independent foreign policy. It is an open secret how peaceful protests of Libyans turned aggressive and overpowered a strong ruler of Africa. The West killed two birds with one stone.
Technology makes our life easier and comfortable. A new addition to this technological advancement is EVM (Electronic Voting Machine). Vote rigging is a by-product of manual voting system.
Here are some comments that came in response to Tuesday's The Daily Star news report headlined “A welcome divorce”.
New York police dismantled the Occupy Wall Street camp in Zuccotti Park and arrested more than 70 people following a surprise late-night raid yesterday.
The French foreign minister warned Monday that taking military action against Iran over its nuclear programme would drag the world into an "uncontrollable spiral."
As a forward step for normalising trade ties with India, Pakistan yesterday agreed to open its market for a large number of Indian goods by February next year, but did not make any firm commitment on granting New Delhi the crucial MFN status.
The National Transitional Council said a new Libyan government led by interim premier Abdel Rahim al-Kib will likely be announced on Sunday.
Chinua Achebe has declined the Nigerian government's attempt to name him a Commander of the Federal Republic.
Is Rahul Gandhi, the scion of India's ruling Congress party, invoking the legacy of his great grandfather and the country's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru as he stepped up his campaign for regaining the party's supremacy in the most populous state of Uttar Pradesh in India?
A group of Chinese academics has awarded its version of the Nobel Peace Prize to Vladimir Putin, an organiser said Tuesday, pointing to the Russian Prime Minister as "outstanding in keeping world peace."
Maoist rebels in the Indian state of Paschimbanga called off a month-old ceasefire yesterday protesting government's military operations.
India yesterday successfully test fired one of its longest range missiles capable of carrying a one-tonne nuclear warhead deep inside China, officials said.
Southeast Asian nations yesterday backed away from establishing a united front against China over territorial disputes in the South China Sea, as Beijing warned against the initiative.
Italy's prime minister designate Mario Monti said he hopes to form a government that will be in office until 2013 when the next elections are due.
Internet users will receive a warning if sites do not respect their privacy thanks to new tools being developed by the web's standards setting body.
So-called "hate crimes" against Muslims rose nearly 50 percent in the United States in 2010, according to FBI statistics released Monday.
Chinese students lead the surge of US foreign students in the 2010-11 academic year, according to Institute of International Education and US State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs report that released on Monday.
A 22-year-old co-founder of privacy-themed online social network Diaspora died during the weekend, the San Francisco coroner confirmed on Monday.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has filed an application to take his appeal against extradition to Sweden to Britain's Supreme Court, the judiciary said yesterday.
Arts & Entertainment
With the theme “Esho Mili Shob-e Nabanner Utshab-e”, Nabanna Utshab-1418 (late autumn festival) was held yesterday at Bakultala, Faculty of Fine Arts on Dhaka University campus. Nabanna or 'the festival of new harvest' is celebrated by the rural people across the country during the Bangla month of Agrahayan (Nov-Dec). Jatiyo Nabanna Utshab Udjapan Parshad has been holding the festival in Dhaka since 1999.
Most visual artistes such as documentary photographers and filmmakers are nowadays highlighting ship-breaking yards in the country. So far, few of them have featured the other side of the coin -- the ship-building industry. Bangladesh has the potential to make a substantial income through building and selling ships. Documentary photographer Din Muhammad Shibly undertook a yearlong project on ship-building yards in the country. The outputs are now on display at Drik Gallery, Dhanmondi in Dhaka.
While the film “Meherjaan”, suspended from viewing in Bangladesh due to the offence it caused through its depiction of romance in the midst of wartime brutality, may have quietly slipped from memory in Dhaka, its director, Rubaiyat Hossain, has been taking her work on tour outside
Noted filmmaker Tanvir Mokammel's latest feat, a documentary on the Liberation War, has been completed recently. The documentary, titled “1971” will be released on the eve of 40th Victory Day, says a press release.
Noted actor Khalilullah Khan Khalil has been on life support at the city's Apollo Hospital for the last few days.
Meryl Streep has the versatility to play Lady Thatcher in “Iron Lady” but faces a tricky task achieving a portrayal 'just subversive enough' to win over the award judges.
Farzana Yasmeen Nipa has done us all proud. In a society of shrinking truth and declining heroism, this young woman from Barguna has rekindled our self-confidence through her sheer, considered refusal to accept a man for a husband who has absolutely no shame in asking for a dowry. You hardly get brave individuals like Farzana any more. More to the point, the instance is rare of a bride decisively walking off the wedding stage, changing back into her usual raiment and telling the man she has just married to get moving. In a social ambience where conservatism runs deep, despite all our emphasis on liberalism of belief and thought, Farzana has achieved a feat. Beyond an expression of this cliché, let us note that from her we have just learned anew the meaning of a principled attitude to life, a feeling that no one should take things for granted. The man she married and now will divorce, his aunt and the rest of the family ought now to be informed, from the point of view of both legality and morality, that they have sinned and have committed a criminal act and must therefore pay the price.
Bangladesh took over the chairmanship of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) on November 14, after the successful two-day meeting of the Forum. The presence of twenty-four vulnerable countries from Asia, Pacific, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean and participation of the Secretary General of the UN, Mr. Ban Ki Moon in the third meeting of the Forum, added global attention to the event.
US Democrat Vice-President Walter Mondale, at a televised debate during the 1984 Democratic presidential nomination, told his rival Gary Hart: "When I hear your new ideas, I'm reminded of that ad, 'Where's the beef?' " (advertisement of Wendy's hamburger)
The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco), the global champion for both the right to education and the rights of educators, enters 67 years today with new challenges. Its Director General, however, refuses to term it as a "crisis," instead she considers it as a "difficult" situation which has originated from Palestine's membership of Unesco last month, followed by suspension of US fund.
DIABETES -- one of the most common non-communicable diseases globally -- is the 5th leading cause of death in most high-income countries and is at epidemic stage in many low- and middle-income countries. In addition common complications from diabetes, namely coronary artery and peripheral vascular disease, stroke, diabetic neuropathy, amputations, renal failure and blindness, are resulting in increasing disability, reduced life expectancy and massive health costs for almost every nation. All these make diabetes one of the most challenging health problems in the 21st century.
Holocaust: in occupied Poland, the Nazis close off the Warsaw Ghetto from the outside world.