News of: Friday, 16th of December, 2011
The government yesterday appointed administrators to 61 zila parishads (district councils); most of them are top Awami League leaders of the districts.
A Jessore BNP leader was found dead by Dhaka-Mymensingh highway yesterday, a day after he was abducted from the capital's Mohammadpur area.
Hawa Akhter Jui was left to bleed for nearly three hours after her husband hacked off her right hand with a machete, and dumped the severed hand into a dustbin on December 4.
All five accused including Sanvir, son of Bashundhara Group chairman, have been acquitted of killing Humayun Kabir Sabbir due to the failure of prosecution in producing eyewitnesses in the much-talked-about murder case.
BNP acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday alleged that secret killings have been taking place 'under the shield of the state' and opposition, especially BNP, activists are being victims of such killings.
With the change of governments changed the list of freedom fighters.
Leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami, the party that opposed the country's Liberation War and collaborated with the invading Pakistani army, yesterday said they wanted to forget their past.
History is forever a matter of remembering what has been.
Jatiya Party finally paid the outstanding toll of Tk 30,200 on Wednesday for using Bhairab Bridge during its recent long march to Sylhet.
Over 300 people, allegedly backed by the local lawmaker and upazila chairman, yesterday blocked the First Bangladesh-China Friendship Bridge and burnt down two toll booths following an altercation over realising toll at the city's Postagola in Shyampur area.
Illegal housing projects are being displayed and sold in the ongoing Rehab fair in the capital flouting the High Court verdict that ordered the government to stop sale and advertisement of unapproved projects.
Defence lawyers of Jamaat-e-Islami leader Delawar Hossain Sayedee yesterday continued their attempt to discredit the first prosecution witness and called him “a very opportunistic person”.
The government has made lottery system mandatory for enrolling students in class I in all non-government junior secondary, secondary and higher secondary schools from next year.
India and Pakistan could be in for monkey diplomacy after an unsuspecting primate strayed across the border into Pakistan to be snapped up by soldiers and packed off to a British-era zoo.
Like every other Victory Day of the past, the nation will again revisit the epoch-making events that had gone into the Bengali people's success in winning the war against the enemy forces leading to the victorious march of freedom fighters into the capital city 40 years ago. Basically, we take stock of our successes and failures since national independence.
That the coastal areas have become a stronghold of pirates is no news to us. But the recent spate of robberies in certain areas of Hatia, Monpura and Noakhali upazila, which has already claimed several lives in the current month, indicates a rising trend in the marauding activities of the pirates. It clearly shows the vulnerability of the coastal people. It also demonstrates how poorly equipped the Bangladesh Coast Guard officials are in containing such unlawful activities.
When the country's two traditionally popular clubs Abahani and Mohammedan completed their formalities in the Premier League's inter-club players' transfers almost silently, Victoria Sporting Club and the newly-promoted Sheikh Jamal Club made their presence felt on the final day bourse at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
The Bangladesh squad for the second Test against Pakistan due to start tomorrow was yet to be named till late yesterday, with much drama surrounding Mohammad Ashraful's place and there also being the possibility of a standoff between the Akram Khan-led selection panel and the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) high-ups.
The Bangladesh squad for the second Test against Pakistan due to start in Mirpur tomorrow was announced late last night after much drama surrounding Mohammad Ashraful's place and reportedly a standoff between the Akram Khan-led selection panel and the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) high-ups.
The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) has confirmed that the Asia Cup 2012 will go ahead as scheduled, from March 12 to 22 in Dhaka, Bangladesh, all but ruling out the possibility of Pakistan touring India as outlined in the Future Tours Programme.
Football coach Nikola Ilievski has been granted a 20-day vacation after the Bangladesh football team head coach sought a one-month break to travel to Macedonia following the national side's failure in the seventh SAFF Football Championship in India early this month.
The football season gets underway from December 23 through the qualifying round of the Federation Cup at two venues with twelve clubs taking part in the knock-out phase.
Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan (BKSP) thrashed Rangers 61-30 in the Citycell Federation Cup Basketball Championship at the Dhanmondi Basketball Gymnasium yesterday.
Vernon Philander claimed his third five-wicket haul in as many Test matches as South Africa dominated the first day of the first Test against Sri Lanka at SuperSport Park on Thursday.
India's bowlers were hammered as front-line paceman Ishant Sharma came off with an injury on the opening day of their two-day game against a Chairman's XI at Manuka Oval in Canberra on Thursday.
Grand Master Ziaur Rahman took solo lead in the Walton 37th National Chess Championship at the close of the fourth round at the Bangladesh Chess Federation hall room yesterday.
Under-performing batsman Ricky Ponting has received unexpected support from Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh, who predicted the former Australia captain will make a strong comeback.
Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake head the list of athletes nominated for Jamaica's Sportsman-of-the-Year award.
BD Army win 7th title
Bangladesh Army retained the title of KFC Pizza Hut Victory Day Volleyball tournament with a straight 3-0 win over Titas Club at the Volleyball Stadium yesterday.
A weakened Barcelona out-classed Al Sadd 4-0 at the Club World Cup on Thursday to set up a final clash with Santos, but the result was overshadowed by a serious injury to striker David Villa.
Paris Saint Germain may or may not end up offering David Beckham a spell in the ultra-twilight of his career in the City of Light, but the former England star will not find any Europa League fare on his menu after the capital club were eliminated Wednesday.
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish reiterated his support for Luis Suarez on Thursday as the Uruguayan striker's disciplinary hearing over allegations of racist abuse continued.
Santos coach Muricy Ramalho praised star striker Neymar for a "gorgeous show" during the South American champions' 3-1 Club World Cup win over J-League top dogs Kashiwa Reysol.
Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas on Thursday scotched reports suggesting the club were ready to offload £50 million misfit Fernando Torres for a knockdown price.
At the age of six and a half years, Musheer Khan, a student of Anjuman Islam High School in Mumbai became India's youngest cricketer when he took part in inter-school cricket.
A real estate fair kicked off in Dhaka yesterday amid hopes for a turnaround in the struggling housing sector hit by the stockmarket collapse and a liquidity crisis in banks.
South Korean electronics giant LG Electronics and local Butterfly Marketing are likely to set up a factory with a total investment of $500 million to assemble electronics products in Bangladesh, according to an official.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) will finalise its $1 billion loan proposal after looking at the steps the government takes to meet the conditions tagged to the credit.
The ongoing cold spell has pulled up demand for soybean oil, taking its wholesale prices to a record high, sellers said yesterday.
Members of the World Trade Organisation on Thursday reached an agreement to widen a deal on public work contracts that could unlock up to 100 billion euros-worth of new market access.
Russia's 18-year bid to join the World Trade Organisation will take centre stage at the trade body's ministerial conference which opens Thursday, amid morose prospects for a free trade pact.
Bangladesh yesterday suggested a four-point formula, including boosting intra-region trade and investment, to help South Asian and South West Asian countries to effectively combat the ripple effects of Eurozone debt crisis.
Tenants, landlords and local representatives rushed into a meeting yesterday in the wake of repeated labour unrests at Chittagong Export Processing Zone (CEPZ) over a house-rent hike.
Dhaka stocks ended higher yesterday in topsy-turvy trading, a day after the turnover declined significantly due to institutional investors' inactiveness.
Saarc ministers have recently urged to implement the Hong Kong decision regarding duty-free and quota-free market access for least developed countries without further delay, preferably by 2012.
Md Anisul Haque has recently been elected chairman of Social Islami Bank, the bank said in a statement yesterday.
The Indian rupee continued its downward spiral against the US dollar Thursday, hitting another record low due to concerns over eurozone debt crisis and weak domestic data.
Jalalabad Gas Transmission and Distribution System Ltd, Sylhet earned a net profit after tax of Tk 51.68 crore and total revenue of Tk 605 crore for 2010-11.
One thousand resident students of Dhaka University will get a copy of The Daily Star each free of cost at their dormitories regularly from the first day of January next year.
Md Kamruzzaman, the younger brother of the slain mayor Lokman Hossain, was yesterday declared as a mayoral candidate in the upcoming by-polls to the Narsingdi municipality.
Reiterating the call for hastening the trial of war criminals, the 40th anniversary of victory is going to be observed today in a befitting manner across the country with political, social, cultural, public and private organisations holding colourful programmes.
A director of an NGO was found dead in his bedroom in the city's Green Road yesterday morning.
Locals vandalised a police camp in Bogra Sadar upazila yesterday in protest at the “camp members' involvement” in a mugging incident in its adjacent areas on Wednesday night.
Despite its intense animosity towards India during the 1971 war, the US promised New Delhi "all out" support in case China carried out any unprovoked attack on India, an Indian newspaper reported yesterday referring to recently declassified documents.
An Indian writer, Brig (retd) RP Singh, yesterday informed Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of his plans to write a book and make a television serial based on Bangladesh's War of Liberation.
The High Court yesterday rejected a petition filed by Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Motiur Rahman Nizami for scrapping the proceedings of a case against him filed under the arms act in connection with the 10-truck arms haul in Chittagong.
Thousands of Awami League (AL) activists brought out a victory procession in the port city yesterday with the slogan "Ensure punishment of war criminals of 1971."
Primer Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the present government has taken numerous initiatives to ensure the empowerment and development of the country's women.
Though oil slick in the Bay off Sitakunda upazila are often noticed by the locals, the actual source of such spills is yet to be identified.
The government has published a gazette listing the names of administrators appointed in Zila Parishad in all the 61 districts excepting Chittagong hill districts.
Six people were killed and at least 20 others injured in separate road accidents in Pabna and Thakurgaon on Wednesday and yesterday.
Different human rights and student organisations condemned attacks on indigenous communities and killing of a Chakma woman in Rangamati and Khagrachhari allegedly by Bangalee settlers and demanded punishments to the culprits.
Prime Minister David Cameron said Britain should not be scared of raising human rights issues with Bangladesh as it marks the 40th anniversary of its independence today.
The four newspaper distributing agents in Rajshahi abstained from bringing newspapers from Dhaka yesterday protesting the alleged attacks on their employees by hawkers who are demanding higher commission and free copies.
Al-Mamun, who was brutally attacked by some Jatiyatabadi Chattra Dal leader of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (Sust) Sylhet unit, filed a case on Wednesday against six leaders of the unit.
People of different professions yesterday burnt the effigy of former Jamaat-e-Ismali ameer Ghulam Azam in front of Chittagong Press Club demanding punishment for his involvement in crimes against humanity during the War of Liberation in 1971.
A 12-year-old schoolgirl was violated allegedly by her neighbour after being abducted from the city's Lalbagh area.
The government yesterday decided to observe the National Immunisation Day on January 7 and 11 to bring 2.2 crore children under immunisation programme.
Metropolitan Sessions Judge's court, trying the 850 accused of the Pilkhana carnage case, yesterday said it would pass an order on the jail authorities to remove the fetters on the accused inside the jail.
Reunion of former students' association of Mohammadpur Government High School is going to be held in the last week of January 2012, says a press release. Registration is going on for the occasion at the school auditorium from 4:00pm to 8:00pm.
NGFF School Alumni Association has arranged a picnic for its member on January 6 next year at Shwpnapuri in Ashulia. Members are requested to register their names with their respective batch representatives by December 26 to take part in the picnic, says a press release.
Police recovered the bodies of two people, who were neighbours, from Shibpur Boro Kurirpar in Puthia upazila of Rajshahi on Thursday morning.
Sixteen houses were burnt to ashes at Lalkhan Bazar in the port city yesterday.
A cadre of Bangladesh Islami Chhatra Shibir was arrested along with firearms and counterfeit notes from ID Hospital area in the city yesterday.
Overseas units of Ekattorer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee expressed condolence at the death of eminent writer and national Professor Kabir Chowdhury.
Today is the 40th death anniversary of Shaheed Ruhul Islam Sadi, a freedom fighter (FF).
Advocate Nurul Haque, a former member of Thakurgaon Bar Association, passed away due to old age complications at his Ghoshpara residence in Thakurgaon Municipality area on Wednesday evening at the age of 75.
Believe it or not, a brick field, set up about 150 yards from the upazila health complex and a high school, has continued its operation for nine years.
Landless farmers who cultivated aman paddy on khas lands allocated by the district administration are now passing worrying time as criminals allegedly led by the ruling party men have engaged in looting the ripe crop from the fields.
Cold spell sweeping across the district claimed lives of at least five children in the last three days since Tuesday.
Two BNP leaders of Noakhali and Jessore districts were murdered yesterday and the day before.
Outlaws have become active again in Gangni upazila of Meherpur district and are putting pressure on brick kiln owners to pay them illegal tolls within the deadlines.
Normalcy has returned to two hill districts where ethnic violence flared up centring the murder of a Bangalee settler.
Several hundred people yesterday formed a human chain standing in knee-deep water of silted Rampal channel to press home their demand for immediate steps to keep the flow of the channel normal.
Two youths were jailed on charge of sexual harassment of women visitors at Madhabkunda waterfall in Baralekha upazila of Moulvibazar district on Tuesday while a stalker was sentenced to six months' imprisonment in Dinajpur town on Wednesday.
Police arrested the district president and 12 other activists of Jamaat-backed student front Shibir on Wednesday night from Basundhara student's mess in Beparipara area of the district town.
Pirates belonging to notorious Mukul Bahini of the Sundarbans kidnapped 10 fishermen for ransom on Wednesday from Kalirkhal under Mongla upazila of Bagerhat district. The pirates also took away a fishing trawler of the fishermen. Three fishermen who managed to escape from fishing trawler said the pirates have threatened to kill the kidnapped fishermen in case of failure to pay Tk 2 lakh ransom by Sunday.
Detective Branch (DB) of police rescued 55 migratory birds from the clutches of a group of poachers at Hadaerhat bazaar in Sadar upazila on Wednesday and later the birds were freed. Acting on secret information, a team of DB police raided the bazaar in the morning. Sensing police presence the poachers fled the scene leaving the birds behind. Later, the team freed the birds in the afternoon.
Two houses were gutted at Najirdaho village of Teesta Char in Kaunia upazila on Wednesday night. Goods and valuables worth Tk 5 lakh were burnt in the fire that originated from a burning candle. Owner of the houses are Md. Monsur and Wahed Ali. Family members and local sources said, about 10pm on Wednesday fire broke out from the house of Md. Monsur and it spread to Wahed Ali's house within minutes.
A mobile court fined nine shops including restaurants, bakery, cosmetic and grocery at Ruhea and Dholarhat bazars under Sadar upazila on Wednesday afternoon for adulteration of foods, unhygienic atmosphere and for keeping date expired and substandard items. The mobile court led by executive magistrate Munira Pervin, realised Tk 25,000 from the shops of two bazars. In Ruhea Bazar, Ruhea Mouchak Hotel and Restaurant and Awalin Hotel and Restaurant were fined Tk 5,000 each, Jibon Chanachur and Khan Cosmetics Tk 3,000 each, Madina Bakery and Aminul Islam's grocery shop Tk 2,000 each. In Dholarhat Bazar, Rafiqul Islam's fertiliser shop was fined Tk 2,000, Anonya Prashad Hotel and Restaurant Tk 1,500 and Golam Ashraf's grocery shop Tk 1,000.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and police in separate drives arrested four alleged robbers from Narayanganj and Kishoreganj districts on Wednesday and Tuesday. The arrestees were identified as Aman Ullah, 35, of Dairadi village of Araihajar upazila of Narayanganj, Yakub Ali, 30, of Chhotobalapur village in Narsingdi district, Faruk Hossain, 30, of Abdullahkandi village and Milan Mia, 22, of Panishar village in Sarail upazila of Brahmanbaria. Rab-9 of Bhoirab camp said they raided Dairadi and Chhotobalapur villages in the afternoon and arrested Aman, Yakub and Faruk in a robbery case. The same team arrested Milan Mia from Dairakandi Bazaar in Kuliachar upazila of Kishoreganj on Tuesday.
Last week while I was waiting with some of my friends for the train at the airport railway station, we lost our laptop and a purse with a good amount of money in it. We were at a loss what to do. After we got on the train, a group of boys came to us with our missing bag. They told us that they noticed the bag while they were walking along the railway. They guessed that the bag was ours as they saw us leaving the place. We felt so happy and wanted to give them some money as a reward. But Ganesh, Shuzan, Mona and other boys requested us to impart them education, instead of giving them some money. They will thus learn how to read and write. They also said that they would be able to earn money once they become literate. The integrity of the boys amazed us.
The 16th of December, a red letter day in the history of our country, has come again. It was on this day that we were to snatch our independence after a bloody Liberation War for long nine months. After 40 years of our victory when we consider our achievements we feel frustrated.
As a capital city, Dhaka has a long history. Among the 64 districts in the country, hardly a few cities have undergone what is known as urban development. People from all over the country come to Dhaka in search of a livelihood. To keep the city habitable, multi-sectoral coordinated move by the government in consultation with the local representatives and members of the civil society is needed.
I think the reason developers flout building construction codes is that they do not know why should they obey the rules. Maybe they don't know why filling up of water bodies should harm the environment, for will they not, 9n the short term, earn millions of taka from those works? Who cares, what those will cost the nation in the longer term? Maybe they don't know why they should make adequate parking facilities so that traffic congestion might ease for the convenience of many. Maybe they don't know why they should stop building so many buildings at the same time? The infrastructure of Dhaka city? But then why is the is the government so fussy about such minor problems?
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has reiterated its earlier assurance that Bangladesh would not be harmed by the 1,500 MW Tipaimukh hydroelectric project. India had said the same thing during the construction of Farakka dam. Now see how severely agricultural lands of Bangladesh are affected due to the Farkka dam. So many rivers are dead due to this dam. Bangladesh could have produced much more crops if there were no such dam. In fact, this dam turned a part of Bangladesh inro desert. According to the environmentalists, Tipaimukh and other dams planned by the Indian government will result in the death of therest of our rivers. Dams constructed by India are one of the main reasons of poverty in Bangladesh. We are grateful to India for helping us during our War of Independence. But today they are doing things which go against our welfare. This dam will not benefit the Indian people much. And not only BNP but also Indian environmentalists are against the building of this dam. Previously, India followed the ideology "people above profit," but now it follows the ideology of "profit above people".
Through this letter I condemn the continuous attacks made by Israel against the people of Palestine. The air strikes by Israel on December 8th took three innocent lives in Gaza and injured many. The strikes also destroyed many houses. This is simply violation of human rights. But sadly enough, we are not doing anything to help them. Our Prophet(pbuh) said that the entire Muslim community is like one body. If one part of the body is hurt then it hampers the functioning of the whole body. Similarly, if a Muslim is hurt in any part of the world, it hurts the entire community.
English medium schools allow the students to have a high standard of education. It also costs a lot to study in an English medium school and very few people of our country afford to send their children to English medium schools. After passing O/A levels, the students want to study abroad, but many families cannot afford it. So they try to get their children admitted into good public universities or medical colleges in Bangladesh.
I was amused to read the article by G.M.Quader, on the above topic in the editorial page of The Daily Star on December 8, 2011. This write-up may be likened to “ the writing on the wall” in our context of practicing democracy.
All she wanted was to study
Husband blindfolds, chops off her hand as punishment, culprit sent to jail (December 15, 2011)
Popular former French president Jacques Chirac was convicted of graft yesterday but escaped jail, receiving a suspended two year sentence for running ghost workers at Paris city hall.
Timeline - US Troops in Iraq
Army deserters killed 27 soldiers in southern Syria yesterday, an activist group said, in some of the deadliest attacks on forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad since the start of an uprising nine months ago.
The death toll for consuming contaminated liquor rises to 143 since yesterday in Paschimbanga in India.
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari was forced to seek treatment in Dubai because of threats to his life if he attended a Pakistani hospital, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said Wednesday.
"I first vomited, from the sheer force of my suffering," Enisa Salcinovic says of her initial reaction to In the Land of Blood and Honey, Angelina Jolie's directorial debut feature film about the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Opium cultivation has surged in Myanmar and Laos as high prices attract impoverished farmers to grow the illicit crop, particularly in conflict areas, according to a UN report published yesterday.
Iceland formally recognised the Palestinian state at a ceremony in Reykjavik yesterday, becoming one of the few Western European countries and Nato members to do so.
The US House of Representatives has voted in favour of controversial proposed legislation that would deny terror suspects, including US citizens, the right to trial and permit authorities to detain them indefinitely.
Russia's Vladimir Putin implicated Washington yesterday in the killing of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi and launched a tirade against Senator John McCain in an extraordinary attack on US policies.
Nearly one in five American women have been victims of rape or attempted rape at some point in their lives, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Wednesday in a disturbing report on sexual violence in the United States.
A Japanese baby survived a 10-floor fall virtually unscathed after being deliberately dropped by his father from their apartment yesterday, reports said.
Australian police yesterday raided the offices of Melbourne newspaper The Age over alleged hacking into a political party's database.
The daughter of slain Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi has asked the International Criminal Court if it will probe the killing of her father and her brother, her lawyer said Wednesday.
Iraq will send a delegation to Syria to try to convince Damascus to implement a Baghdad initiative to end months of bloody conflict, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said yesterday.
Reporters can now use Twitter, text messages and email in courtrooms in England and Wales without needing to ask permission, the head of the judiciary said Wednesday.
Arts & Entertainment
Music, poetry, plays and art -- culture on the whole has always had a major impact throughout our national history. Politics may bring down tyranny, change policies but its culture that promulgates the message to the masses, generates awareness and takes a national movement to its peak. After 40 years of independence, where do we stand? What are our achievements? Some of the country's leading cultural personalities talked to The Daily Star on several issues.
Starting from December 14, a three-daylong light and sound show, titled “Bangladesh-er Hridoy Hotey”, was held at Shadhinata Chattar, Suhrawardy Udyan in the capital. The exciting show is being held to commemorate 40 years of Bangladesh's independence.
We celebrate today, December 16, the 40th anniversary of our victory against the occupying Pakistani forces. The surrender of the Pakistani forces to the Indo-Bangladeshi High Command at Dhaka Race Course (now Suhrawardy Uddayan) on this day in 1971 made our declaration of independence on March 26 of the same year a reality.
Our patriotism works like the recoil of a rifle. In 1971 we had fired the shots of freedom for nine months, and ever since then have been living in its back thrust three months of a year. The number of months we didn't fight in that fateful year matches exactly with the number of months we are overwhelmed by patriotic zeal. The number of months we actually fought is exactly the number of months when that exuberance goes to sleep.
In 1971 a nation was born out of a fierce and bloody battle for independence and even as I was a witness to that painful birth, I was myself "reborn" out of it. That deep well of sorrow also held my cup of joy. It was in enslavement that I dreamt of liberty and it was in repression that I sang my most beautiful songs of freedom.
American Revolution: Boston Tea Party Members of the Sons of Liberty disguised as Mohawks dump crates of tea into Boston harbor as a protest against the Tea Act.
Dr Rohan Samarajiva, chief executive officer of LIRNEasia, a Colombo-based think-tank that works to improve the lives of the emerging Asia-Pacific people by facilitating ICT, recently visited Dhaka to participate in the e-Asia event.
Sony Corp, set to report a $1 billion loss this year, is banking on a big slate of new software to drive sales of its new PlayStation Vita handheld games device, even as Fitch downgraded the Japanese electronics giant to a notch above junk.
“Dell believes that Bangladesh is one of the key emerging economies in Asia, and we intend to invest here for the long term”, said Harjeet Rekhi, Dell's general manager for the Developing Markets Group in South Asia.
Nokia announced the introduction of Nokia 500, an entry level touchscreen smartphone, in the local market, said a press release.
BASIS (Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services) is going to organise a programming contest “Code Warriors' Challenge” for the BASIS SoftExpo 2012, which will take place on February 24-28.
Google is rolling out a feature that lets members of its online social network automatically find themselves in photos posted by friends.