News of: Friday, 2nd of December, 2011
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A judicial probe commission has found the involvement of 26,352 people, including 25 ministers and lawmakers of the previous BNP-Jamaat alliance government, in the 2001 post-polls violence.
Bangladesh was ranked 13th from the bottom in the annual corruption perception index (CPI) by the Transparency International (TI), only one notch up from its position last year.
The following 25 ministers and lawmakers of the last BNP-Jamaat alliance government have been found involved in the 2001 post-polls violence:
Asia's mega technology event, eAsia 2011, kicked off in the capital yesterday, thereby putting regional information and communication technology focus on Bangladesh.
Projecting a bleak picture of the country's economy, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday blamed inefficiency, corruption and mismanagement of the government for the situation.
Immigration officials at Shahjalal International Airport yesterday barred from flying to Malaysia 74 people posing as guardians of some children, who were going to the tourist country to attend an education programme.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina leaves Dhaka on December 5 for Myanmar and Indonesia.
President Zillur Rahman yesterday signed the DCC-split bill into a law.
Chances are becoming bleak for setting up the Green Climate Fund (GCF) under which the climate-affected poor countries are supposed to get $100 billion a year from 2020 as the US feels that the formation of the fund should be scrutinised further.
The latest changes to the Upazila Parishad Act 1998 appear to be a blatant example of how the government has tactfully tried to make both the field level bureaucracy and aggrieved upazila parishads' chairmen and vice-chairmen "happy".
Fourteen years after the signing of THE Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) peace accord, the main clauses of the landmark treaty still remain unfulfilled.
HSBC and The Daily Star jointly award five companies and institutions today for their efforts in promoting green businesses and cutting environmental pollution.
A two-year-old baby girl was crushed to death by a recklessly driven microbus in the capital's Mirpur yesterday.
A parliamentary body yesterday severely criticised members of the law enforcement agencies for arresting BNP leader Khairul Kabir Khokon in "baseless" cases filed over the torching of a train and vandalism at the Narsingdi district commissioner's bungalow on November 2.
Four hundred and forty-five people have been infected with HIV this year and 251 new cases of AIDS confirmed, said Health Minister AFM Ruhal Haque yesterday.
The High Court yesterday directed the Dhaka University authorities to immediately re-evaluate the answer sheets of this year's 'Ga' unit admission tests by a three-member committee and publish fresh results.
The business community yesterday urged the main opposition to withdraw its Sunday's hartal and solve the problem of Dhaka City Corporation split through discussion, saying strikes badly hurt the economy.
India yesterday successfully test-fired its nuclear capable Agni-I strategic ballistic missile, with a strike range of 700 km, as part of the army's user trial from the test range at Wheeler Island off Odisha coast.
A Dhaka court yesterday dismissed a petition filed by former shipping adviser Maj Gen (retd) MA Matin and former secretary Sheikh AK Motahar Hossain to cancel its judgment which directed the duo to pay Tk 25 crore in compensation.
Selina Hayat Ivy yesterday took over as the first mayor of Narayanganj City Corporation and vouched for a stronger local government.
India sought to allay Bangladesh's concerns over the Tipaimukh project as two advisers to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday met the Indian ministers for water resources and power, and the National Security Adviser in New Delhi.
Pakistan, enraged by a Nato cross-border attack that killed 24 soldiers, could end support for the US-led war on militancy if its sovereignty is violated again, the foreign minister said, warning "enough is enough."
Animals may sense chemical changes in groundwater that occur when an earthquake is about to strike.
A woman and her grandchild were trampled to death by an elephant in Chokoria upazila of Cox's Bazar early yesterday.
TO lodge its protest against the government move to split the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) into two, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has called a dawn-to-dusk hartal next Sunday.
THE Chittagong Hill Tracts Peace Accord steps into its 14th year today. Signing of the treaty was a historic move on the part of the then government that indeed brought about peace in the insurgency-ridden region. We nonetheless regret that the accord's status of implementation is far from satisfaction. This fact over the years has as well as creating a split between Bangalee settlers and indigenous people widened the gap between PCJJS and UPDF.
The Bangladesh batsmen are well on their way to confine 2011 as their worst year in recent memory after yet another sub-100 score in the five-wicket defeat to Pakistan yesterday.
Another meek surrender by the Bangladeshi batsmen to versatile Pakistan bowling attack in the first one-dayer of the three-match series simply compelled home team skipper Mushfiqur Rahim to bring up the same old question regarding Bangladesh's progress in the highest level of the game.
Their cricketing brothers might be getting a bit of stick from Pakistan on home soil but the Bangladesh football team can draw inspiration from their own run of success against their sub-continental neighbours on a football plain whey they kick start the SAFF Championship at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi today.
Mushfiqur Rahim remarked after the five-wicket loss to Pakistan yesterday that he hadn't seen much "home advantage" since October. But the more telling comment was that the Tigers are not entirely sure what score is good on the surfaces they are being served at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.
It was a day of disappointment for Bangladesh on international sporting front. Bangladesh cricket team were bowled out for 91 by Pakistan in a one-dayer on home turf. Away in Hong Kong, the country's lone professional golfer Siddikur Rahman got off to a worst possible start in UBS Hong Kong Open with a five over 75.
Goalkeeper Biplob Bhattacharjee is the lone player of the Bangladesh squad with the experience of playing all six tournaments of the SAFF Championship so far and he is eagerly waiting for his seventh appearance.
Dhaka Metropolis trounced Rangpur by nine wickets at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium to reclaim the top position in the National Cricket League yesterday.
Daniel Vettori and Dean Brownlie restored Thursday New Zealand's first innings after a clatter of wickets on the rain-shortened opening day of the first Test against Australia at the Gabba.
After narrowly escaping defeat in the series opener, India would look to guard against complacency and hope for an improved showing from their batsmen when they take on the West Indies in the second one-dayer on Friday.
A 78th minute strike by Bely Khatun gave Jessore a lone goal win over Narayanganj in one of the two KFC Women's Football Super League fixtures at the Birshreshtha Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.
Bangladesh were always considered one of favourites in the SAFF Championship since the introduction of the tournament in 1997. But despite the heady accolades, they have established their supremacy only once -- when they hosted the third edition of the meet in 2003.
English champions Manchester United suffered a shock 2-1 defeat to Championship side Crystal Palace thanks to an extra-time goal from substitute Glenn Murray in their League Cup quarterfinal here on Wednesday.
Scottish giants Celtic and English sides Spurs and Birmingham City were left needing to win their final Europa League group matches if they are to have a chance of reaching the knockout stages after losing their penultimate group matches on Wednesday.
Players from Barcelona and Real Madrid made up almost half of the 55-man shortlist revealed by FIFA on Thursday for the FIFA FIFPro World XI 2011, which will be announced on January 9.
Sunderland sacked manager Steve Bruce on Wednesday after chairman Ellis Short said results were "simply not good enough".
Brazilian footballer Marcelo dos Santos, better known as Marcelinho Paraiba or simply "Marcelinho," was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of attempted rape, police said.
England coach Andy Flower said there were no "mysterious answers" to success after twice being honoured at the 2011 UK Coaching Awards.
The government plans to float sovereign bonds in the international market to ease the huge pressure on the balance of payments (BoP) created by a poor receipt of foreign assistance.
The Grameen Bank board in a meeting on November 22 reversed its decision to form a selection committee led by Prof Muhammad Yunus to pick its next managing director apparently due to government interference.
Exporters are counting extra money as they face delays in carrying their exports to get those checked by customs due to a ban on movement of goods vehicles in the capital during daytime.
Stocks returned to the red yesterday as the trading of 138 companies was stopped due to the record date for changing their face value to Tk 10.
Bangladesh Bank has awarded 12 licenses to banks to introduce mobile banking to reach out to rural people, the governor said yesterday.
The International Monetary Fund said Thursday that it would probably lower its global economic growth, but did not expect a double-dip recession in the United States.
Remittance flows to developing countries are expected to total $351 billion, and worldwide remittances, including those to high-income countries, will reach $406 billion this year, the World Bank said yesterday.
It is important to establish more effective mutual accountability mechanisms for post-Busan support, said Finance Minister AMA Muhith.
Garment makers and international buyers yesterday launched two documentary films on fire safety to grow awareness among workers.
City Bank has recently elected Rubel Aziz as its chairman and Meherun Haque as vice chairperson, the bank said in a statement yesterday.
Export and import activities between Bangladesh and India through Akhaura land port remained suspended since yesterday morning due to a strike enforced by the businessmen of Tripura protesting a decision of Indian central government to give permit to retail business.
Greek unions took to the streets Thursday to force the new government to change tack on its austerity polices as Prime Minister Lucas Papademos insisted he would press ahead with more spending cuts.
US coffee chain Starbucks announced Thursday that it will create 5,000 jobs in Britain over the next five years as part of expansion plans that will greatly increase the number of drive-through outlets.
US Ambassador to Dhaka Dan W Mozena yesterday said he aims for a strong strategic partnership between Bangladesh and the United States.
The government yesterday approved the project of setting up Shahjalal Fertilizer Factory in Fenchuganj, Sylhet, at Tk 5,409 crore, of which 73 percent will be provided by China.
A Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activist was stabbed allegedly by Bangladesh Chhatra Moitree (BCM) activists at the registrar's office of Rajshahi Polytechnic Institute yesterday.
The much-awaited full-fledged Customs Bond Commissionerate was introduced in Chittagong yesterday to facilitate local export business by offering bond facilities.
A Dhaka court yesterday deferred for the eleventh time the hearing on charge framing in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case till February 2.
Five alleged drug peddlers were arrested and 700 pieces of yaba tablets and six kg of cannabis were seized from Cox's Bazar and Chittagong on Wednesday.
A technician was killed and five others were injured when a motor of the Water Treatment Plant Phase 2 at Dhalpur of Jatrabari in the city fell on them yesterday.
Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK), a rights organisation, condemning the killing of a teenage female garment worker Shapla Begum in the city's Dakkhinkhan area on Wednesday, demanded yesterday exemplary punishment to the killers.
Speakers at a seminar yesterday stressed the extensive use of computer-based information and communication technology (ICT) in classrooms to change the conventional nature of learning and equip the new generation for global competition.
Aiming to strengthen defence ties with India, visiting Bangladesh Army Chief Gen Md Abdul Mubeen yesterday met India's top military hierarchy including Defence Minister AK Antony and the services chiefs.
The heritage and traditions of Dhaka will be destroyed if the city corporation is split into Dhaka South and Dhaka North, eminent jurist Dr Kamal Hossain said at a discussion yesterday.
State Minister for LGRD and Cooperatives Jahangir Kabir Nanak yesterday said the outgoing Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) Mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka's activities on the DCC split issue are “contradictory”.
The International Crimes Tribunal yesterday asked the editor of New Age to make positive and constructive criticisms of its proceedings, ensuring that public sentiment is not hurt and the court's image is not blemished.
The Supreme Court yesterday fixed December 4 for passing an order on the petitions filed against a High Court verdict that declared illegal the appointment of the national university's (NU) 807 officials and employees.
State Minister for Religious Affairs Md Shahjahan Miah was injured slightly as his jeep hit a roadside under-construction culvert in Trishal upazila yesterday.
The government will take steps to gradually pull out army camps from the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) to fully implement the CHT peace accord signed in 1997.
A senior official of Social Islami Bank Limited (SIBL) sued 22 people including three officials of the bank following the allegation of swindling Tk 40.83 crore out of customers at its Bogra branch.
The Department of Environment (DoE) yesterday served a show cause notice on the local agent of foreign vessel MV Golden Tulip regarding oil spillage at the outer anchorage of Chittagong Port.
The activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) beat up an engineer as he refused to pay the money demanded by them on Wednesday.
After the daylong hartal in Sylhet yesterday, the Sylhet district and city units of BNP announced a fresh agitation programme for 37 days begins today protesting the move to construct Tipaimukh Dam by India.
Aiming to promote the importance of butterflies in maintaining ecological balance, a butterfly fair begins at Jahangirnagar University today.
The government will bring back Baishakhi, a Bangladeshi girl who lost her mother in a recent train accident in India, to the country on December 4.
A two-day programme begins at Rajshahi University today to celebrate 12th anniversary of its Anthropology department.
The yearlong programme of Chattagram Samity, Dhaka, from February 11 will end through a two-day programme begins in the city's Dhanmondi today marking its 100th founding anniversary.
The admission test for first year honours courses for academic year 2011-12 for Pabna University of Science and Technology (PUST) will be held at the Edward College in the town on December 10, says a press release.
Rafeya Mufty, a former employee of The Daily Star, passed away at Green Life Hospital in the city on Wednesday due to cancer. She was 54.
Today is the fifth death anniversary of Begum Sufia Majid, mother of artist Rafi Haque.
Dr M Kayser Hussein, former professor of economics at Jahangirnagar University, passed away at a city hospital at the age of 89 yesterday.
Dr UAB Razia Akter Banu, professor of political science department at Dhaka University (DU), died of cancer at a hospital in Singapore yesterday at the age of 63.
A two-year-old girl was found dead and her body was left in a roadside dustbin stashed in a sack near Ansar camp area at Section No-1 of Mirpur in the city yesterday.
At least 20 houses of BNP supporters were vandalised allegedly by Awami League (AL) men at village Titarkhapara in Magura Sadar upazila yesterday morning.
Locals on Wednesday rescued a large eagle, fallen from a tree at Shibrampur village in Birganj upazila under the district in a critical state.
The dissident group of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) yesterday formed a 10- km-long human chain on Khagrachhari-Rangamati Road demanding full implementation of the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Peace Accord without further delay.
A tribunal here on Wednesday sentenced a woman to 14 years' rigorous imprisonment (RI) for abducting a girl in 2008.
Female robbers, wearing burka (veil), stabbed a housewife and looted cash and gold ornaments from her house on Tuesday.
Two people died while three fell sick after drinking spurious liquor at Sadhuhati in Sadar upazila early yesterday.
We think that the issue in question should be judged from a number of points of view such as:
We have 57 international rivers of which 53 flow through India and Bangladesh. Countries having international rivers need to follow the international laws on sharing the river water.
A study conducted by the US researchers reveals that babies born weighing less than 1.8kg could be more prone to developing autism than children born with normal weight. It is a very bad news for us because the number of underweight children in Bangladesh is very high. I have learnt from a report published in this paper that Bangladesh's progress in reducing prevalence of underweight children has become static at about 40 percent since 2000. Doctors say that low birth weight brings many complications to the babies. We know that maternal malnutrition is the main cause of low birth weight of the baby and that malnutrition develops due to lack of diversified and animal protein-riched food intake.
As the world watches the unfolding of Arab Spring in the Middle East and West Africa, I cannot stop thinking what would happen if Bangladesh's youth occupy Shapla Chattor and demand the end of the misrule by the two parties. None of the two major political parties goes through leadership change; probably it is also true for the marginal parties.
I have long thought that one would consider recruitment only if there aren't enough qualified personnel to discharge the duties in one's company. But recently, I've noticed that the government appoints first and then decides on what functions the new ministers may discharge. I think that the appointment was a priority, and their function secondary in consideration.
President is authorised to use military force against those who perpetrated the 9/11 attack and those countries that harboured those individuals. Well, more than a decade later, there was an article in The Washington Post where the US officials were anonymously saying that al Qaeda, the group that perpetrated the 9/11 attack, according to the government, was now dead.
I went to watch the Bangladesh-Pakistan T-20 match at Mirpur stadium on 29th November. As usual, the spectators were inspiring the BD team from the gallery by waving flags, showing posters of Shakib and Tamim, displaying placards with inspiring words and cheering when the Pakistan wickets were falling down. But I noticed that a few Bangladeshis were supporting the Pakistan team! They were waving Pakistani flags, drawing Pakistani flags on their cheeks and cheering at their success.
The political scenario of our country is very pathetic. After 40 years of our so-called independence, we still have to worry about our education sector. When will our people become literate? Our fate or future is beholden to the two political families. The people are bound to cast their votes for the two parties. This situation must change.
In 2007 I visited the office of Narayanganj Municipality regarding LGED-UGIIP implementation. I saw in the face of Selina Hayat Ivy, glowing with strong commitment and determination. I hope, as the first city mayor, she would seize the opportunity in a better way in order to bring back the old glories of Narayanganj. The local citizens should not also miss the opportunity to extend their cooperation to get the best out of her.
The government has been insisting on how the DCC split is aimed at catering to the needs of rapidly expanding Dhaka city. The city corporations just have to scale up their operations and efficiency to handle the growing population everywhere in Bangladesh. Global experiences suggest that mushrooming of regulatory/administrative units lead to only higher corruption, not efficiency. The government really needs to communicate a logical strategic vision for the split.
JS splits DCC in 4 minutes
Alliance MPs could not get chance to oppose the bill; appointment of 2 administrators by this week
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Britain urged Europe to isolate Iran financially as EU foreign ministers gathered to agree sweeping new measures against Tehran due to fresh concerns over its secret nuclear programme.
Reform in Myanmar
Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak yesterday ruled out a strike against Iran's nuclear facilities "for the moment," in remarks to public radio, but said that the Jewish state would keep all options open.
Some call the country Myanmar, others call it Burma, but for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on a landmark visit, there was a better solution -- call it nothing.
Amnesty International has accused Saudi Arabia of conducting a campaign of repression against protesters and reformists since the Arab Spring erupted, in a newly published report.
Malaysia's parliament yesterday adopted electoral reforms including several demands made by leaders of a mass rally that alleged poll fraud.
Nepalese health workers have culled hundreds of chickens and ducks following the first reported outbreak of bird flu in the capital Kathmandu, a government official said yesterday.
In a move that may allow more highly skilled immigrants from India and China to obtain the so-called green cards faster, the US House of Representatives has passed a bill modifying the visa system.
Arts & Entertainment
Marking four decades of independence, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) is holding a month-long 'Bijoy Utshab' (Victory Day Festival) -- featuring a number of cultural programmes at its premises.
Dhaka Theatre's widely popular monodrama “Binodini” sees its 100th show today (December 2). The landmark show will be held at the National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy as part of ongoing theatre festival arranged by Mahakal Natyasampraday.
With an impressive acting lineage, Suborna Mustafa established herself as a leading lady in Bangladeshi TV plays decades ago. To date, she remains unparalleled with her superlative expressions, immaculate diction and that charming, yet mysterious smile.
When our labourers and farmers work, they do it in their own style. There is a beauty in it. In my images, I tried to articulate the passion and excitement of the working people.
Bangladeshi diva Runa Laila is well and away in Hyderabad for the nine-day Times of India Festival. Today, she will rock Hyderabad with her evergreen hit “Dama Dam Mast Kalandhar”, songs in Bangla and Punjabi, Urdu ghazals and more at the Qutub Shahi Tombs. She is accompanied by eight Bangladesh musicians.
IT can be placed anywhere between a slip of the tongue and a purported leak when Awami League General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam recently said he knew that party nominations were being sold for money. For all practical reasons he has put his money where his mouth is. More so in a society where everybody knows everything, but nobody likes to talk about it.
THE Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2011 was released by Transparency International yesterday. In a scale of 0-10, Bangladesh scored 2.7, which is 0.3 higher than in 2010, and occupied 120th place among 183 countries compared to 134th among 178 countries in 2010. In terms of ranking from below Bangladesh is placed at number 13, one step higher than last year. In the same position as Bangladesh are Equador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Iran, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Mozambique and Solomon Islands.
AT the outset, I am tempted to recall a Swami Vivekananda anecdote as follows: A brick was seen on a road and as walkers passed it by, none cared to even look at it, let alone remove it for pedestrian convenience. But when a man stumbled over it hurting himself, people took notice of the incident bending over him in sympathy. The obstacle was removed by a collective decision underlining the virtue of organisation in human affairs. That is the essence of the story; in detail though, I may stand corrected.
IN 1800, only 3% of the world's inhabitants lived in urban areas. In 2008, the world's population was evenly split between urban and rural areas. It is argued that the 21st century will not be ruled by superpower America or emerging power like China, but by the city. This, according to Parag Khanna, a geo-political expert, is largely due to time, technology and population growth that have accelerated the advent of this urbanised era.
FREEDOM fighter Zinnat Ali could never have thought of such a tragic end to his life. He was a senior school teacher and a modest person according to the people who knew him at Barisal. Most notably, he was a freedom fighter who fought bravely for the liberation of the country. But that reputation did not help him from not being murdered. What was his fault? He stood against and protested the stalking of his teenage daughter. But stalker Rupam Dey Anik and his friends did not like this act of bravery and stabbed him to death. He even phoned Zinnat Ali's daughter to be sure whether her father had died or not after the incident.
The British Government invites four Indian leaders, Nehru, Baldev Singh, Jinnah and Liaquat Ali Khan to obtain the participation of all parties in the Constituent Assembly.
Asia's mega ICT event, e-Asia 2011, kicked off yesterday at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the capital.
ICT analysts yesterday said broadband services should be technology-neutral and medium-independent -- wired or wireless.
Local and international health experts yesterday called for using modern information and communication technology to take healthcare services to the rural people in a cost effective way.
Galaxy Y, the latest from Samsung's Galaxy series, is set to be released in the local market from this week, says a press release.
GPIT, the first offshoot company of mobile operator Grameenphone, has recently been awarded two certifications by the International Organisation for Standardisation -- ISO 20000 for IT Service Management and ISO 27001 for Information Security Management System.