News of: Friday, 20th of January, 2012
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The army has foiled a “coup attempt to overthrow the present democratic government”, an army spokesman said yesterday.
Army Headquarters press briefing on ill attempts to create disorder in the army -January 19, 2012.
The government yesterday talked tough against the conspirators in the Bangladesh army. It said they would be traced and punished sternly for plotting a coup.
The second phase of Biswa Ijtema, the largest Muslim congregation after Hajj, begins today on the bank of Turag in Tongi with the participation of lakhs of devotees from home and abroad.
Not having a mobile phone, torchlight and a thousand rupees as bribe almost cost the life of a Bangladeshi who was caught on camera while being tortured by Indian border guards.
A clash between two factions of the ruling Awami League over control of a market left an eight-year-old child dead in Keraniganj yesterday.
Voters in Narsingdi municipality by-election yesterday apparently showed "posthumous honour" to slain mayor Lokman Hossain, casting their votes wholesale in favour of his brother Kamruzzaman ensuring his landslide victory.
Dhaka yesterday officially lodged protest with New Delhi over an incident of torture of a Bangladeshi man by the Indian Border Security Force last month.
At least 62 percent members of the school managing committees (SMCs) are politically nominated, and this is one of the key reasons for anarchy in the education sector, said a Dhaka University (DU) professor quoting a World Bank study which is yet to be released.
Detectives yesterday finally submitted the probe reports excluding the name of Dhaka University student Abdul Kadar who was tortured in police custody in connection with cases filed last year.
Pakistan's embattled prime minister yesterday defended himself against contempt charges before the Supreme Court, refusing to back down in a case that could see him disqualified from office if convicted.
Several hundred garment workers blocked the Dhaka-Mymensingh Highway at Borobari of Gazipur for three hours protesting the death of a coworker in a road accident, yesterday morning.
Owners of launches plying on Dhaka-Barisal route raised fares up to 33 percent on the existing from Wednesday.
Asaduzzaman, a student of the department of history of Dhaka University, president of the DU unit and general secretary of the Dhaka city unit of East Pakistan Chhatra' Union (Menon group), died on this day in January 1969 while leading a protest march on the streets of Dhaka. His death occurred when Pakistan's security forces, on instructions from the government, fired into the crowd. It was a crowd of Bengalis raising the very legitimate demand for a restoration of political liberties in a country long dominated by the military under dictator Mohammad Ayub Khan. And the march of which Asad was a part was one of the earliest signs of what was about to come to pass in East Pakistan, then a province of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, today the People's Republic of Bangladesh.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday called upon all to forge a united anti-government movement to protect the country from a disaster.
A motorboat with about 150 passengers on board capsized in the Bay of Bengal near the Saint Martin's island yesterday morning.
Preparations are underway to showcase the rich heritage and business potentials of Chittagong, the country's second most important city, through a special festival styled "Odommo Chattagram" (Indomitable Chittagong) in March.
India yesterday relaxed a major condition on using its $1 billion credit to Bangladesh to expedite the implementation of various projects with this loan.
Robbers looted at least 25 vehicles on the Dhaka-Dinajpur highway in Nawabganj upazila of the district in the early hours of yesterday.
The head of Norway's intelligence service (PST) has resigned over remarks she made about the country's activities in Pakistan, the justice ministry announced yesterday.
A suicide attack killed at least six people yesterday at Kandahar international airport in southern Afghanistan, one of the deadliest flashpoints in a 10-year war, police said.
The Tv footage of a Bangladeshi being tortured by BSF personnel was, to say the least, appalling and contemptible. It shows a depraved mentality. The Indian TV channels deserve compliments for exposing the brutal side of the BSF behaviour at the borders. The pictures were a shocking and outrageous narrative of how one cattle smuggler was tied hand and feet after being deprived of his clothes and mercilessly beaten up by the BSF jawans, apparently for not paying up the BSF for plying his trade, smuggling cows.
The recent encroachment of the Gulshan Lake is yet another stark instance of how the capital city's wetlands and canals are facing constant threats from land grabbers. A news item carried in a leading Bengali daily shows that a dam over five bighas has been put up across the lake without any permission from concerned authorities, dividing it in the middle. Worse still, several tin-shed houses have been erected along the dam, that too, by claiming land ownership. We express our grave concern at such malpractices in the face of the city's shrinking water bodies.
The hype might have been about Twenty20 superstars like Shahid Afridi and Chris Gayle being sold for the highest prices, but it was the handful of local cricketers who walked away happiest from the players' auction of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) that was held yesterday.
The usual suspects among the foreign cricketers hogged the limelight in the players' auction of the Bangladesh Premier League yesterday, though there was the fair share of surprises.
Securing a berth for the final will be the only objective for newcomers Team BJMC when they take on the star-studded Muktijoddha Sangsad in the first semifinal of the Grameenphone Federation Cup at the Bangabandhu National Stadium today.
Bangladesh golfer Jamal Hossain Mollah lost his way in the middle of the third round of the American Express Bangladesh Open to concede his three-stroke overnight lead, ending the round in joint top position with Indian R Murthy at the Kurmitola Golf Club yesterday. The final day today will likely feature a three-way battle to the finish between the joint leaders and local hero Siddikur Rahman, who is one shot behind in third spot.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) named three different Bangladesh Under-19 teams for the first three one-day matches against the visiting England Under-19.
Paceman Umar Gul took 4-63 to help Pakistan beat the world's best Test team, England, by 10 wickets in the first Test inside three days here on Thursday, gaining a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
Andy Roddick's attempt to win another Grand Slam title nearly a decade after his first ended Thursday at the Australian Open when he had to retire from his second-round match due to a right hamstring injury.
Amateur players everywhere will know the feeling. Five-time Australian Open champion Serena Williams cares more about getting the ball in than smashing it hard.
Football fans should mark the dates on their calendar.
After four days' break the Premier Division Cricket League will resume today at three different venues.
Worcestershire have agreed a short-term contract with Pakistan spinner Saaed Ajmal for this year's Twenty20 season but are awaiting final confirmation of the deal, county officials said Thursday.
Sri Lanka shook up the domestic cricket scene Thursday by appointing a new panel to choose future players, following the national team's abysmal performance during their current tour of South Africa.
Barcelona came from behind to beat holders Real Madrid 2-1 in the first leg of an increasingly bad-tempered Spanish Cup quarterfinal in the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday.
The normally loyal Madrid-based sports papers rounded on Pepe on Thursday after the Real Madrid defender's stamp on Lionel Messi's hand during Wednesday's King's Cup quarterfinal first leg defeat by Barcelona.
AC Milan rung the changes and made hard work of reaching the Italian Cup quarterfinals, beating Novara 2-1 after extra-time at the San Siro on Wednesday night.
Chris Coleman was confirmed as the new manager of Wales on Thursday, replacing Gary Speed following his tragic death last November.
Former England captain David Beckham will be returning to the LA Galaxy on a fresh two-year contract, the Major League Soccer (MLS) team said on Wednesday.
Hasan Jubair Niloy slammed a hattrick to power Faridpur to a massive 9-1 win over Rajshahi in the Super League of the Trust Bank Viyellatex National Hockey Championship at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday said arresting inflation is the biggest problem for the government as a volatile economic situation is prevailing in the country.
The government has taken an initiative to develop garment villages, Commerce Minister GM Quader said in Chittagong yesterday.
Stocks rose 5.34 percent yesterday, as the government withdrew a notice enforcing a ban on public employees' investments in the capital market.
The government was able to spend only a third of the money allocated for development projects although half of the current fiscal year has gone by.
Eastman Kodak Co, which invented the hand-held camera and helped bring the world the first pictures from the moon, has filed for bankruptcy protection, capping a prolonged plunge for one of America's best-known companies.
Commercial bank customers will now be able to lodge their banking related complaints directly with the central bank.
Bangladesh should move faster to develop its largely overlooked inland waterways for transportation of containers and containerised cargoes for boosting economic growth and foreign trade, experts and industry-people said yesterday.
Grameenphone and bKash, a subsidiary of BRAC Bank, jointly launched bKash mobile financial services for the users of the mobile phone operator on Wednesday.
Demand for trade finance products will slow down globally in 2012 due to liquidity shortage of banks resulting from the recent debt crisis in the eurozone, according to a study released yesterday.
Arif Dowla has recent-ly been elected chairman of Mutual Trust Bank and its three subsidiaries: MTB Securities Ltd, MTB Capital Ltd, and MTB Exchange (UK) Ltd.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked the main opposition BNP not to threaten the government with any movement, saying that it will not work.
The voting in Narsingdi municipality by-election ended at 4:00pm yesterday. One hour later, the results were in hand.
Defence counsels of Jamaat-e-Islami leader Delawar Hossain Sayedee yesterday denied the allegation of intimidating a prosecution witness in Pirojpur in a case against Sayedee in connection with the crimes against humanity in 1971.
Trial of political parties or organisations involved in war crimes during the 1971 War of Liberation should be held alongside that of war criminals for the sake of justice, said speakers at a discussion yesterday.
The High Court yesterday asked the government to take effective steps to protect and preserve the ancient archaeological site of Mahasthangarh in Bogra and its adjacent shrine and mosque.
Experts at a discussion yesterday suggested improving rail communication between Dhaka and the neighbouring districts instead of implementing some mega projects like elevated expressway that involve a huge amount of money.
The High Court yesterday cancelled the proceedings of two separate corruption cases filed against former BNP lawmakers Mosaddak Ali Falu and MA Hashem.
National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Chairman Prof Mizanur Rahman yesterday said the authorities concerned should put war crimes suspect Ghulam Azam behind bars rather than feeding him fruits in the hospital.
Underscoring the need to change their mentality, Communications Minister Obaidul Quader yesterday urged politicians to refrain from making empty promises.
Outgoing Chinese Ambassador Zhang Xianyi yesterday said China is ready to help Bangladesh build a deep sea port which will immensely help the latter and its neighbours.
If students concentrate well in school classes, there is no need for them to go to tutorials or coaching centres, parents were told at a memorial meeting yesterday.
Investigators are yet to make any headway in the investigation into the bomb blasts at a Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) rally 11 years ago at city's Paltan Maidan.
A Dhaka court yesterday adjourned the hearing on charge framing against Arafat Rahman Koko, son of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, for the 17th time, in a tax evasion case and warned his counsel against further extension prayers.
Six people were killed and 31 others injured in separate road accidents in Dhaka, Habiganj, Kishoreganj, Gaibandha and Natore yesterday.
The main opposition BNP paid homage to late president Ziaur Rahman marking his 76th birth anniversary yesterday.
A schoolboy was killed after being knocked down by a minibus at Berait in Badda area in the city yesterday.
The Supreme Court yesterday paved the way for Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to collect wealth statement of Jatiya Party lawmaker Salma Islam.
The two-day long sixth NDF national debate festival-2012 will begin at Residential Model School and College auditorium in the city on February 24.
Seven workers of an electric fan factory received burn injuries last night in the city's Shyampur after a fire broke out there and gutted part of the factory.
Former law minister barrister Moudud Ahmed yesterday submitted to a Dhaka court his bail bond in connection with a tax evasion case filed by the National Board of Revenue (NBR).
The family members of the murdered chairman of Nalua Union Parishad, Nurul Absar, have doubted that Satkania Upazila Chairman Abdul Monaf might be involved in his killing.
Transport workers put up a blockade for an hour on a road in Narayanganj Rail Gate-1 area protesting an assault on two of their colleagues by a bodyguard of a police officer yesterday.
International Crimes Tribunal yesterday fixed February 19 for passing the order on the contempt of court rule against the editor, publisher and a journalist of the daily New Age.
Police arrested four Islami Chhatra Shibir activists of Rajshahi University unit on Wednesday night, including its general secretary, in connection with February 9, 2010 campus violence.
A Malaysian delegation led by DatukSitiAzizah, special officer at the office of Malaysian prime minister, has lauded the unique programmes of Asian University for Women (AUW) offered for Asian women.
Bangladesh National Women Lawyers Association (BNWLA) yesterday strongly protested the torture of Habibur Rahman, a Bangladeshi national, by Indian Border Security Force (BSF).
Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will exchange views with grassroots-level leaders and activists of Noakhali district at her official residence Gono Bhaban tomorrow.
A team of the Department of Environment (DoE) yesterday fined two dyeing industries at Shibpur in Narsingdi Tk 46 lakh for illegally operating the factories and polluting the river Brahmaputra.
Examinations at the Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (Sust) have been suspended till January 26, Registrar Ishfaqul Hossain said yesterday.
The High Court yesterday ordered police to arrest two security guards of Shewrapara branch of Monipur High School and College for allegedly torturing an autistic child at the school.
The government is planning to provide computer literacy training to one woman of each family in the rural areas through the Union Information Services Centres (UISC) set up at 4,501 Union Parishads of the country.
Police arrested two Jamaat-e-Islami activists from their houses in Dakkhin Surma upazila of the district early Thursday.
A mobile court sentenced seven traders to jail in the city's Farmgate area yesterday for copying porn videos on mobile phones of people in exchange of money, including school children.
Md Ramjan Ali, former headmaster of Boiragirchar High School in Katiadi upazila, passed away due to old age complications at his residence yesterday at the age of 70.
Badrul Huda, a retired post master and father of Habibul Huda, head of press and publication department of electronics media 'Channel i', passed away at his Mirpara residence in the town yesterday due to old age complications at the age of 70.
Begum Mazeda Rahman, wife of late Mofizur Rahman, founder vice chairman of Islami Bank Bangladesh Ltd, passed away at her Gulshan residence in the city at 12:15am yesterday at the age of 82.
Qulkhwani of Fatema Khatun Neli, wife of former special assistant to the chief adviser of the caretaker government, Brig Gen (retd) MA Malek, will be held after Asr prayers today at Dhaka Cantonment Board Jame Mosque.
Boro seedbeds in many areas of Thakurgaon district are getting damaged under the impact of persistent cold wave and dense fog.
People from all walks of life in Durgapur upazila under the district have urged the government to save 249 trees including 200 century-old ones on both sides of the road from Jhanjail Bazar to Durgapur upazila headquarters.
A robber belonging to infamous 'Jihad Bahini' was killed in a gunfight with a joint team of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and coastguard on Shukpara Canal in the Sundarbans yesterday.
Patients at public and private hospitals here suffered as the Dinajpur unit of Bangladesh Druggist and Chemist Association enforced a wildcat strike yesterday.
Armed robbers looted cash, scientific instruments and other valuables from Khulna Public College under Khalishpur Police Station early yesterday.
A Jessore court on Wednesday sentenced a man to jail for two years for torturing his wife for dowry.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab-6) arrested a Jasod Ganobahini leader along with firearms and arms making equipment from Uttar Mirzapur village under Shailkupa upazila early yesterday.
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) yesterday filed a case against a Bogra businessman for evading tax.
Bangladesh may be well compared to a boat which is overburdened with passengers far beyond its capacity. A population of 160 million is virtually huddled up in a country having a land surface of 143998 sq. km., man-land ratio being less than 2 decimals per head! Population growth rate is still 1.4%! This ever-increasing population is causing unimaginable harm to ecology as well as our social life. Cultivable land is shrinking, forestry is dwindling, water is becoming scarce and polluted. Our country is trapped in a vicious circle of problems like acute poverty, unemployment, food shortage, inadequate housing and sanitation, widespread diseases and social unrest.
The entire nation was more or less certain about the outcome of the president's initiative to help resolve the issue of Election Commission reconstitution. But BNP's quick and outright rejection of the process proposed by the president watered down the hopes and aspiration of the nation. Had BNP taken it positively with suggestions for improvement, the president would have felt encouraged to make a move about the caretaker government restoration issue, and the nation could see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Yet another tragic event, an accident in Bandarban on January 14, 2012, has taken place as a bus fell into a rocky gorge killing 17 people and injuring 25.
I am writing this as a complaint against BRTC buses that stop on the Mohakhali flyover to pick and drop passengers without caring about the hindrance they cause to the traffic flow behind. Buses shou7ld not use the flyovers since all motor vehicles are not supposed to stop on them except in case of emergency. Bus drivers break rules, they behave as if the roads belong to them. They must be stopped from doing so by the authorities. I request the authorities to kindly ensure that buses stop only at designated bus stops. They must also pull over at the kerb instead of stopping on the middle of the road, sometimes diagonally, causing serious traffic jam.
First of all, accept my sincere thanks and New Year's greetings to your distinguished readers. On a personal note, I have always stamped my heartiest admiration for your esteemed daily that complements my daily schedule. Of course, your thoughtful comments sometimes spark my curiosity, and a little dismay, which never down-rated my trust in the freedom of the press. Today, I am reflecting my note of disappointment on a post-editorial penned by a true gentleman and journalist par excellence, Syed Badrul Ahsan, on 4 January 2012.
Every day I go to my office at Gazipur by using the Board Bazar road. I see many garment workers are crossing the road dangerously at a time when a lot of vehicles ply the road. Road accident is a common scene on this road. We draw the kind attention of the authorities concerned to build an overbridge here to save lives.
Getting textbooks at the beginning of the year is very exciting for students. The incumbent education minister deserves thanks for taking this initiative. In the past, books reached some areas even in March or April.
Tortured for not paying 'bribe'
Pakistan expects to re-open supply routes to Nato forces in Afghanistan, halted after a Nato cross-border air attack killed 24 Pakistani soldiers in November, but will impose tariffs, a senior security official told Reuters yesterday.
Iran's foreign minister warned Arab neighbours yesterday not to put themselves in a "dangerous position" by aligning themselves too closely with the United States in the escalating dispute over Tehran's nuclear activity.
Prime Minister David Cameron accused Argentina of "colonialism" towards the Falklands and warned Britain was ready to defend them, stoking tensions over the islands 30 years after they sparked a war.
US Republican candidates unleashed a new barrage of accusations ahead of South Carolina's key vote, as frontrunner Mitt Romney struggled to beat back his conservative rivals.
Myanmar's government held peace talks yesterday with the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), one of the country's most powerful rebel groups, as part of moves to resolve all its ethnic conflicts after decades of fighting.
Arts & Entertainment
Steve Warne is an Australian documentary filmmaker with extensive experience. He worked as a journalist for various TV stations, radio and the print media. He has conducted 'Bangladox' -- a workshop for young filmmakers that ended yesterday -- at the Dhaka International Film Festival 2012.
Internationally famed Bangladeshi mime artiste Partha Pratim Majumder has been featured in a social awareness campaign, titled 'Living with HIV'. The campaign by Standard Chartered Bank, Bangladesh (SCB) aims to generate public awareness on the scourge of AIDS in Bangladesh.
It's a story about a woman, her misfortune and society's misjudgement. Young Indian filmmaker Ashtar Sayed's debut feature “Bijuka” (Scarecrow) narrates the tale of a Rajasthani village belle, Lalli, whose husband's physical and emotional impotence forces her to commit a fatal mistake.
Actor-model Runa Khan first caught the public eye with a Grameen Phone TV commercial. Her schedule has been packed ever since. A former member of theatre troupe Nagorik, she has now taken a temporary break from theatre.
'Cross Over' is a privately initiated and funded Bangladesh-India artists' residency held in two phases. The first phase was held in Dhaka from December 18 to 24, 2011, and the second phase is now on in Delhi. The Delhi phase of the residency began on January 17 and will continue till January 22. Indian art consultants and writers Sushma K. Bahl, Archana B. Sapra, and Bangladeshi artist and critic Mustafa Zaman are conducting the workshop.
Single-episode TV play “Koshto” will be aired on Desh TV tonight at 9:45pm. Written by Maru Chatterjee, the play has been directed by Zahir Raihan.
A 'pitha mela' (rice cake festival) was held last Wednesday in Kushtia. Women's Forum of CDL (Community Development Trust), a voluntary organisation working for women's development, organised the event held at
It was deceiving to look at the man although one already knew his looks would be deceiving. For the same reason, hatred was a difficult emotion to summon when one saw this bespectacled bug-eyed octogenarian prisoner whose flowing beard is white as the driven snow. This nation took a close look at Ghulam Azam for the first time in many years, and suffered from that quiet confusion. His imposing bearing scornfully betrayed our knowledge of his infamous background when television cameras zoomed in on his face on the courthouse steps and inside a prison van.
After the army chief met his putative boss last week after a long interval, presidential spokesman Farhatullah Babar assailed accounts of what had passed between them with what could be described as a quadruple whammy: "The reports, without quoting [a] source, are hypothetical, based on conjecture and in the realm of speculation."
When politics is derailed, a peek into history can give us a break -- both refreshing and instructive.
Food security plays an important role in social and political stability of a country. But sustaining agricultural growth and food security is a challenge for the present day world, especially for developing countries. Climate change and disasters aggravate the risk further. International organisations are warning about hunger and food insecurity risks in many countries. In this context, the Bangladesh government is considering the issue with utmost priority because Bangladesh is one of the most disaster prone countries of the world. The disaster-hit people need emergency food assistance, as their capacity to access to markets falls drastically. Increasing population, poverty (31.5% of the population is still poor), decreasing availability of land resources and seasonal umemployment in agriculture sector compound the problems. Thus, ensuring food security and effective disaster management are the two enormous challenges for the government.
In Westminster, the first English parliament conducts its first meeting held by Simon de Montfort in the Palace of Westminster, now also known colloquially as the "Houses of Parliament".
Those of you who visited Wikipedia's English page, Google, Mozilla, Wordpress or Reddit on January 18 might have thought that they have changed the outlook and black was the in thing in web designing, but these major websites censored their own sites to observe the “blackout” protest against two online anti-piracy US bills SOPA and PIPA- currently under consideration on Capitol Hill.
Rokomari.com, an online shopping portal, was launched in the city yesterday with a view to help both readers buy books without physically visiting any store and pay the bills upon receiving the delivery.
Huawei, a leading global brand in the mobile broadband and convergence device field, on Wednesday for the first time unveiled a suite of world class mobile devices including Android smartphones, Android tablet, touch phones, messaging phones and music phones in the country, which are designed to give users a simple and enjoyable mobile experience.
SoftExpo 2012, the largest exposition of software and ICT enabled services (ITES) will be held on February 22-26. Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS), the organizers of the show announced that the event will take place at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the capital.
Akhoni.com, an e-commerce venture of Bangladesh has launched computers and electronics (C&E) section on its website, says a press release.
AV Comparatives, a renowned independent AV (anti-virus) software testing body declared Kaspersky as the product of the year 2011, says a press release.