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News of: Friday, 27th of January, 2012
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Farmers across the country are facing heavy losses due to lower prices of winter vegetables and some spices at the field level in the absence of efficient market management and government policy support.
The main opposition BNP will not submit any names to the search committee formed to recommend persons for appointment as election commissioners.
The World Bank has extended the deadline for loan activation for the Padma Bridge project by six months, reviving the hope that the lending agency might eventually unblock the fund.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked the donor agency concerned again to prove the allegation of corruption in the Padma bridge project saying that the government will not accept its fund for this mega project unless it can establish the accusation.
Although she has lost her confidence in investigators over the past seven years, Asma Kibria believes unmasking the masterminds behind the assassination of her husband SAMS Kibria is still possible if a brave and sincere officer takes over the probe.
'Urgent Press Release'. So reads the press statement at the top.
Bangladesh Bank will tighten the monetary policy further in the second half of the current fiscal year to curb inflation and pressure on foreign currency reserve and exchange rate.
The search committee formed to recommend names to the president for reconstitution of the Election Commission has lack of transparency as it was not formed in a democratic manner, observed some civil society members yesterday.
The International Crimes Tribunal yesterday accepted the charges against Jamaat-e-Islami leader Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed in connection with crimes against humanity during the Liberation War and fixed February 23 for hearing on the charge framing.
The world economy may be bracing for another grim year, but political donors in the United States are breaking out their checkbooks to finance what is expected to be the most expensive presidential election in American history.
The International Crimes Tribunal, the defence and the prosecution yesterday were locked in a debate for about two hours on how to accept newspaper reports as evidence for the trial of crimes against humanity committed during 1971.
A Dhaka court yesterday acquitted Dhaka University student Abdul Kadar, who was tortured in police custody last year, of the robbery case in which he was falsely implicated.
Eating fried food may not be bad for the heart, as long as you use olive or sunflower oil to make it, experts say.
A Dhaka University student was crushed under the wheels of a train while talking over the mobile phone near Bidyaganj Railway Station in Mymensingh sadar upazila yesterday.
Railways Minister Suranjit Sengupta yesterday called upon the businessmen to invest in the railway sector.
Bangladesh Bank (BB) yesterday entered a deal with the Election Commission (EC) to utilise its voters' online database to ensure financial transparency and accountability.
Locals beat to death an alleged robber in Chirirbandar upazila of Dinajpur early yesterday.
After the Teesta water-sharing issue, Paschimbanga Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has taken stance against a Dhaka-Delhi agreement to resolve the long-pending issue of exchanging enclaves held in adverse possessions, reports Indian newspaper Anandabazar Patrika.
India unveiled its military might and rich cultural diversity as the country celebrated its 63rd Republic Day at a parade held here amid a tight security.
We are heartened by the news of hundreds of students taking a vow to launch an unrelenting fight against corruption in a recently held ceremony. These students, many of them SSC examinees, have pledged not only to shun corruption but also to root it out altogether. At a function also attended by teachers and guardians at the Shaheed Mohor Ali High School in Chapainawabganj, they took the oath. When corruption has insidiously seeped into all segments of society securing the country one of the top positions in the list of most corrupt countries, we view this ceremony as a pioneering move to see the youth take up the lead in the moral battle against corruption.
We are heartened at the news that Bangladesh national Dr ASM Amjad Hossain has won the first Gates Vaccine Innovation Award.
Rafael Nadal beat Roger Federer 6-7 (5), 6-2, 7-6 (5), 6-4 in an Australian Open semifinal on Thursday night, the long time rivals playing with the intensity they normally display when they meet in Grand Slam finals.
Maria Sharapova overcame Petra Kvitova to set up a women's final against Victoria Azarenka at the Australian Open.
The arrival of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) T20 has apparently rendered everything else relating to cricket unimportant, or at any rate not as important as the money-driven venture.
Australia held a massive 382-run lead after dismissing India cheaply on Thursday and opting to bat again rather than enforce the follow-on on the third day of the fourth Test in Adelaide.
The Bangladesh Football Federation stuck to its decision not to allow the clubs to sign new foreign players outside the players' registration window ahead of the Bangladesh Premier League.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) announced a 14-member U-19 team for the 4th one-day match against England.
England opener Alastair Cook missed a century by six runs and Jonathan Trott made a half-century before Pakistan hit back with four wickets in the last session in the second Test here on Thursday.
An unbeaten century from skipper Ross Taylor put New Zealand in a commanding position at 331/5 on the first day of the one-off Test against Zimbabwe in Napier on Thursday.
Dhaka Metro won a nail-biting contest against Chittagong by just one wicket on the final day of their three-day match of the National Under-18 Cricket Competition at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium in Bogra yesterday.
The final round of the Second National Women's Cricket Championship will start from 29 January at the Jamalpur Stadium. The tournament will consist of six teams divided toin two groups - A and B. Dhaka, Tangail and Narail will be in Group A while Khulna, Bogra and Moulvibazar will be in Group B. There will be a total of seven matches in as many days starting with the Group A Dhaka vs Tangail match. The Group A champion will meet the Group B champion in the final which will take place on February 4.
Social Welfare Association and Bashabo Tarun Sangha won their respective matches of the Destiny Group Second Division Football League at Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.
Former Portugal and Benfica striker Eusebio, considered one of the best players of all time, turned 70 on Wednesday and said he could celebrate with a glass of wine after recovering from a recent health scare.
Barcelona knocked out its archrival, Real Madrid, in the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey on Wednesday, securing a tense 2-2 draw and delivering another blow to the ambitions of Madrid's boisterous coach, Jose Mourinho.
My first question has Dwight Yorke in stitches.
Craig Bellamy scored the decisive goal against his former club as Liverpool reached the League Cup final on Wednesday by beating Manchester City 3-2 on aggregate, prompting manager Kenny Dalglish to go all teary-eyed.
Edinson Cavani's double sent holders Inter Milan tumbling out of the Italian Cup as Napoli won 2-0 on Wednesday to set up a semifinal with Siena.
Inter Milan defensive midfielder Thiago Motta has "given the green light" for a move to Paris Saint-Germain, according to his agent, Dario Canovi.
Juventus stalwart Alessandro Del Piero could be in line for a rare league start when the leaders host third-placed Udinese on Saturday following his superb strike in the Italian Cup in midweek.
The central bank has announced five steps that include hiking interest rates on savings certificates, mobilising more external and domestic resources and rationalising public expenditures to implement its monetary policy.
The central bank yesterday said the pressure on foreign exchange reserves would ease in the coming months due to a fall in the opening of new letters of credit and restraints on domestic credit environment that is expected to limit import growth further.
Bangladesh Bank's tightened monetary policy received applauds from economists, but businesses expressed concerns that the target to curb credit to the private sector would discourage investments.
The central bank yesterday refuted rumours on slashing the cash reserve ratio (CRR), which is the amount of cash that banks have to hold in reserve.
Developing suitable designs and improving quality are the two primary requirements the Bangladeshi garment exporters will have to meet to grab more market share of apparel items in Japan, the Japanese clothing merchants were saying at the Bangladeshi garment fair in Tokyo.
Stocks returned to the red yesterday with key indices slipping below the 4,500-point mark, the lowest since the market instability set in December 2010.
Robovending Ltd, an automated retail service provider, has recently introduced its first automated vending machine at the Indian Visa Centre in Dhaka.
Opposition Chief Whip Zainul Abdin Farroque and Workers Party President Rashed Khan Menon yesterday expressed concern with one voice over increasing instances of secret killing and disappearance in the country.
The students of Bangladesh Sweden Polytechnic Institute (BSPI) in Kaptai yesterday demanded immediate resumption of academic activities and punishment to the police personnel responsible for shooting one of their fellows dead in a recent violence.
Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) launched a special body to thwart cyber crimes against the country and ensure national security.
Speakers at a discussion yesterday recalled the contribution of fine arts enthusiasts, students and artists in establishing and expanding fine arts institutions and helping hidden talents flourish in Chittagong.
Rejecting the presidential speech in parliament, BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday said it could not give any direction to the nation at this “critical juncture” for the country.
Police arrested three activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League in Kotwali of the city early yesterday in connection with Tuesday's violence on Jagannath University campus.
Police yesterday placed the three persons, arrested in connection with the killing of a college student in Rajshahi city, on a five-day remand each.
Legal experts and civil society members yesterday demanded grassroots-level consultation before finalising the draft law on land use aimed mainly at protecting the country's farmland.
State Minister for LGRD and Cooperatives Jahangir Kabir Nanok yesterday said the government is pledged-bound to ensure safe water and sanitation facilities in the country.
The High Court yesterday directed the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to investigate allegations against two high officials of Dhaka Zila Parishad of misappropriating crores of state money in the name of expending it for development projects.
Detained physician Golam Haider Rasul, who was arrested on suspicion of being a policymaker of banned Islamist outfit Hizb ut-Tahrir, yesterday reportedly disclosed names of doctors, teachers and businessmen involved in the organisation's activities.
Four people, including three children, were killed and one was injured in separate road accidents in Dinajpur, Mymensingh and Lalmonirhat yesterday.
Chief of Army Staff General M Abdul Mubeen yesterday apprised President Zillur Rahman of the recent incidents that took place in the army.
Brac, a development organisation of Bangladesh, has been ranked fourth on the list of the 100 Best NGOs in the world by Switzerland based magazine, The Global Journal.
An army sergeant was killed in a road accident in Kesharhat town of Mohonpur upazila yesterday.
A driver of the Civil Aviation Authorities of Bangladesh was strangulated in Ashulia on the outskirts of the city yesterday.
The Newspaper Owners' Association of Bangladesh (Noab) will observe February 5 (Sunday) as a holiday marking Eid-e-Miladunnabi.
A prime accused in the murder of local Swechchhasebok League leader was injured when his rivals attacked him following a previous dispute over sand trading in the city's Badda area on Wednesday night.
Mubasshar Hussain, president of the Institute of Architects Bangladesh (IAB), in a clarification to one of his remarks in the report “Building code violated” published on January 25, said an architect is not responsible for a building's structural failure.
An unidentified woman was killed as a train hit her in Chirirbandar upazila of the district yesterday, said police.
A rebel commander said yesterday that he had seized control of the military in Papua New Guinea, exacerbating the political instability in the country.
The government has upgraded the post of Inspector General of Police (IGP) to that of a senior secretary.
Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) planned to set up a city museum for attracting tourists and to help research activities.
A prime accused in the murder of local Swechchhasebok League leader was injured when his rivals attacked him following a previous dispute over sand trading in the city's Badda area on Wednesday night.
A three-day long exhibition of photographs by Mountaineer MA Muhit started yesterday in Chittagong.
The Department of Environment (DoE) in a drive yesterday fined DN Textiles Mills Ltd in Madhobdi of Narshingdi district Tk 50 lakh for polluting Brahmaputra river for the last decade by discharging untreated liquid waste.
Chittagong city unit of Samajtantrik Chhatra Front yesterday formed a human chain protesting the realisation of extra money as admission fees by schools in the port city.
The postgraduate students of anthropology department of Dhaka University, who obtained second class in their master's examinations, yesterday termed the results "partial and pre-planned" and demanded re-evaluation of the results.
Today is the first death anniversary of Bhabani Sankar Biswas, former minister of health, labour and social welfare between 1962 and 1965, says a press release.
Thirty-eight mature mango trees owned by a teacher of Madhya Magura Kathalpara High School in Nawabganj upazila under the district have been felled down allegedly to avenge failure to remain as chairman of the school managing committee.
A youth was beaten to death allegedly by a union parishad (UP) member at Char Amanulla under Subarnachar upazila yesterday.
Aggrieved Pabna BNP men attacked the houses of two leaders of the newly formed district unit in the town yesterday.
An ethnic woman became victim of merciless torture at Madhabpur village under Pirganj upazila in the district for two days from Sunday night as a local foreteller 'identified' her as a witch.
Nipah virus claimed one more life in Joypurhat yesterday, raising the death toll to five in the district.
The High Court (HC) has stayed construction of a 10-storey court building by filling up a 150-year-old pond in Barisal city.
Bus services between Natore and northern districts resumed yesterday afternoon after 32 hours of suspension owing to disputes among the regional transport owners associations.
An accused of a case fled from Sharankhola police custody early Wednesday.
A court here on Wednesday sentenced a man to life imprisonment for violating a seven-year-old girl. The court also fined Shahjahan of Char Ababil union in Raipur upazila Tk 1.5 lakh, in default, to suffer three years more in jail. According to the prosecution, Shahjahan allured the girl of the neighbouring house and violated her on October 15, 2010. Victim's grandfather Shamsul Haque later filed a case with Raipur PS under Women and Children Repression Prevention Act.
EU ambassador to Bangladesh William Hanna on Wednesday afternoon released a pair of saltwater crocodiles, also known as estuarine or Indo-Pacific crocodile, at a canal near Harbaria camp of Sundarbans. With this, 68 saltwater crocodiles have been set free in different canals of Sundarbans, from Karamjal breeding centre in four phases. Divisional Forest Officer Mihir Kumar Do of Sundarbans East Zone said under 'Sundarbans Environment and Livelihoods Security (Seals)' project, financed by European Union, the EU ambassador released the two five-year old crocodiles. Sundarbans Khulna zone forest conservator and Seals project director M Akbar Hossain, divisional forest officer of Sundarbans west wing Zahir Uddin Ahmed, acting director of Karamjal breeding centre Abdur Rab and a delegation of EU were present at the event.
An alleged criminal was found dead in a marshland at Narayankandi village along Chuadanga-Jhenidah border area yesterday morning. The deceased was identified as Helal alias Sohag, 30, son of Billal Ali of Khaskorra village in Alamdanga upazila. Police said the deceased was chief of notorious “Sohag Bahini”. The gang has long been involved in abduction, bombing, killing and other heinous crimes, creating panic among the locals. Police suspected that his rivals killed Sohag elsewhere late at night and later dumped the body in the water body.
An employee of Sundarban Courier Service was shot dead by armed muggers in the town yesterday. The deceased was identified as Faruq Hossain, 35, of Krishnanagar village in Jhikargachha uapzila of Jessore district. Sundarban Courier Service manager Abir Hossain said when Faruq was entering their office along with money some muggers opened fire on him in a bid to snatch the bag containing the money. Faruq died on way to hospital. Another employee of the courier service, Dulal, saved the bag when the muggers fled away.
An illuminating observation about the matter, published in the front page of a local English daily on 18th. January, is a fact of life in Dhaka today. It is not going to change in the foreseeable future. A very logical and important reason for this was unfortunately not touched upon by the writer.
We have learnt from a national daily that the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) has taken steps to set up sophisticated training institutions in seven divisional headquarters in an effort to reduce road accidents throughout the country. Lack of institutional training has been identified as one of the reasons for road mishaps. The Korean ambassador said his government was interested to invest in the BRTA.
The other day I was reading an article published in the Editorial section of your daily that focused on the issue of Bangladesh's food security. I was quite amused at the writer's conclusion that Bangladesh was quite secure without considering a lot of factors, such as the per capita income, disposable income, variety of food available at the same income, quality of food, etc. To actually come down to a rational conclusion, one would need to factor in everything that relates to food and the means of getting them, either by purchase or by growing them.
The recent situation in Bangladesh may provide an answer to the above question. Every day a Bangladeshi native is being brutally tortured by the Indian BSF. And not only ordinary people, a BGB soldier also fell into the hands of BSF. It is also being observed that the Indian government, through BSF, has been grabbing our lands and making thousands of our people homeless.
For Heaven's sake, why should India be worried over the plot in Bangladesh army? Is this not tantamount to intervening in some country's internal affairs or is it a testimony to the fact that Bangladesh has ceased to be an independent nation?
I was almost throwing up watching the YouTube video showing the inhuman and barbaric torture on a young Bangladeshi civilian by the BSF on India-Bangladesh border last month. This reminded me of the still photos of the torture on the detainees at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq by some members of the American forces. What happened there was most inhuman that is beyond any condemnation. But that happened within the four walls of a prison.
So far a few were reported as disappearing. Now we have allegations that even army personnel are disappearing. And what is more, our major business establishments are slipping out of our hand and going into the hands of our neighbour. The way India is treating us, as reflected from BSF's beating up of a Bangladeshi national by stripping him of his clothes and holding a BGB man in their custody, one day we may hear that our independence is disappearing. The government has to clear all the mess before it is too late. The government is there to bring order in every sector by open-minded consultation. Shady deals will rather aggravate the situation. Let us be united in our effort to fortify country's sovereignty.
The way our government refuses to ensure the rights of its citizens is very unfortunate. The LGRD minister Syed Ashraful Islam said, “Cattle lifting, drug smuggling and many other crimes have been taking place in the border areas. This has happened in the past, is happening now and will happen in the future.” This statement clearly says that the torture by BSF on the Bangladeshis on the border is not much of an important issue to the government.
The recent decision of the government to extend the retirement age of government employees from 57 to 59 years has become beneficial to those who applied for LPR one month earlier. But as per the retirement rule, an employee should apply to the authorities at least one month ago for taking LPR. In case, an employee applies for taking retirement and the authorities approve it, then how would the new rule be applied in his case? But in most of the cases, the retired employees have joined the old job again. I think the government should rethink the application of the new rule.
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Microsoft founder Bill Gates yesterday unveiled a $750 million donation to the UN Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis annd malaria, saying the downturn must not trigger a fall in aid.
An Arab League team is to take the 10-month-old crisis in Syria to the UN Security Council, as activists said security forces launched an assault on a protest hub near the Syrian capital yesterday.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said yesterday that Iran is ready to sit down with world powers for talks on its nuclear programme as he brushed off the harmful effect of newly imposed sanctions.
Australian PM Julia Gillard and leader of the opposition Tony Abbott had to be rescued after becoming trapped by an angry protest, local media reported yesterday.
Five bodies were found yesterday as rescue teams frantically searched through rubble for 16 people missing after three office buildings collapsed in the historic heart of Rio, officials said.
Fidel Castro has lambasted the Republican presidential race as the greatest competition of "idiocy and ignorance" the world has ever seen, and also criticised the news media and foreign governments for seizing on the death of a Cuban prisoner to demand greater respect for human rights.
Leaders of the war against hunger yesterday said the financial crisis must not be used as an excuse by the richer world to renege on commitments, warning a failure to act would fuel unrest and immigration.
Several suspected diehards of slain Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi have been subjected to torture and some have even died in detention centres run by armed militias, human rights groups said yesterday.
Egyptian authorities have slapped a travel ban on several US citizens working for non-governmental organisations, preventing them from leaving the country, officials said yesterday.
Argentina's president yesterday condemned the UK prime minister's claim last week that her government takes a colonialist attitude to the Falklands Islands.
The EU executive gave 13 member nations a two-month deadline yesterday to improve the fate of tens of millions of laying-hens confined in cramped cages.
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It was on a December day that I first met him. There was something of the stern-looking about him as he asked me if I could write an editorial in the half hour ahead. I said I could. It was something I should not have said, for there was the distinct possibility that I would fail to meet the deadline. Besides, I had never before written an editorial. In the event, though, the gods came in to help. The editorial was ready in fifteen minutes. Waheedul Haque smiled, gave me a cup of tea and then took me to Barrister Mainul Husein. I walked out with an appointment letter in my hand, thrilled that I was officially a journalist.
Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre, High Commission of India, Dhaka organised an Odissi performance by an ICCR (Indian Council for Cultural Relations) sponsored seven member troupe led by Monalisa Ghosh at the main auditorium of Bangladesh National Museum on January 25.
Legendary singer Bhupen Hazarika has been posthumously chosen for Padma Vibhushan, India's second highest civilian honour, while veteran film personalities Dharmendra, Shabana Azmi and Mira Nair are among this year's Padma Bhushan awardees.
About 30 children who were winners of a children's art competition were awarded certificates recently at a ceremony held at the main auditorium of Bangladesh National Museum. The competition was organised by the Bangladesh National Museum as part of the 40th anniversary of Independence.
"Style Guru", a talent hunt to discover the next big fashion designer, is heating up as contestants are getting into no holds barred competitive mode. The judges were not at all easy on the contestants either.
Azizul Hakim is the celebrity of the month at DS Café. He will be on the hot seat and take your calls at The Daily Star office on Wednesday, February 1, between 3pm and 4pm. Readers, fire away all your questions at him! The best question will be highlighted in the transcription. Call- 8126155, 01711623915 and 01711623917.
NEWTON'S third law of motion certainly doesn't work on the India-Bangladesh border, because what Indian Border Security Force does unto Bangladeshi citizens aren't reportedly done unto Indian citizens by Border Guards of Bangladesh and weren't reportedly done by its predecessor Bangladesh Rifles. The comparison is not intended to provoke retaliation from the Bangladesh side, but to draw an obvious contrast between the border guarding forces of the two countries for a valid reason. If BGB or BDR could exercise restraint on this side of the border, why is BSF on that side so brazen in its behaviour?
FRIDAY, January 13, 2011 is one of those momentous days in the annals of Bangladesh history that will be remembered by present and future generations with glowing appreciation. It was on this date all children of Bangladesh were blessed by the High Court in response to a petition lodged on July 18, 2010 by Barrister Sara Hossain on behalf of Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST) and Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK).
THIS is no laughing matter. Even so, one may not quite resist the temptation of an Adlai Stevenson quote couched in humour: "A politician is a statesman who approaches every question with an open mouth."
I extend my warm greetings to the friendly people of Bangladesh and to my fellow countrymen living here.
HONOURABLE ministers, we were very happy when you took charge of the two most important ministries, Communication and Railway, last month replacing Janab Abul Hossain who not only annoyed the public by his tall talks and no action but also embarrassed the government by his failure to handle the Padma Bridge issue in a transparent manner.
The Rashidun Caliphate ends with death of Ali.
Nokia launched its first Widows smartphone in November last year in London at the Nokia World, in an attempt to regain its lost spot in a market dominated by Android and Apple. During the mega event, The Daily Star had the opportunity to speak with some Nokia officials on the new phone 'Nokia Lumia'.
Tablet computers using Google's Android software narrowed the lead of Apple's iPad on the global market in the fourth quarter, research firm Strategy Analytics said on Thursday.
Apple blew past forecasts and reported record quarterly net profit and revenue in the first quarter since the death of founder Steve Jobs, driven by strong sales of the new iPhone.
Google said Tuesday it is revising its privacy policies and changing how it uses data from users of its services to provide more personalized search results and advertisements.
Potential Oscar winners will now be a click away from winning a trophy.
Dell has unveiled its latest Inspiron notebook, Inspiron 14z, in the local market, says a press release.