News of: Monday, 30th of January, 2012
Four persons died in Laxmipur and Chandpur towns yesterday when police fired on demonstrating BNP activists and supporters.
There will be no ban on rallies and processions in the capital today, but the situation remains tense as the ruling Awami League and the opposition BNP are set to press ahead with their programmes today.
The government used law enforcers to make planned attacks on opposition processions which resulted in the deaths of three opposition activists, claimed BNP acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been evaluating the performance of her party lawmakers on the basis of reports she has received from different agencies.
An alleged snatcher was shot dead while his fleeing accomplices made their escape by firing shots and exploding bombs indiscriminately in the Old Dhaka locality of Moulvibazar yesterday.
General Secretary of the ruling Awami League Syed Ashraful Islam yesterday said there is a plot to create political tension in the country, which the AL-led 14-party alliance will face with united efforts.
The members of Bangladesh Border guard (BGB) raided different places here and recovered hand grenades and other materials from a place under Naikhyangchhari upazila of the district yesterday.
The search committee, formed to recommend names for the posts of election commissioners, yesterday declared that political parties had another two days to give names for five posts in the Election Commission.
Stocks suffered the steepest fall in 13 months yesterday in signs of another crisis looming over the share market that witnessed twin disasters in the past one year.
The Power Development Board (PDB) yesterday penned an agreement with the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) of India to build a 1,320-megawatt coal-fired power plant at Rampal in Bagerhat.
The High Court yesterday directed the inspector general of police to seize within 15 days copies of a school textbook that says Ziaur Rahman had declared the country's independence.
Facebook will begin the process of becoming a publicly-listed company this week, valuing the social networking site at between $75bn (£48bn) and $100bn, reports suggest.
At least 20 people, including two policemen, were injured in a clash between local residents and law enforcers after a woman was run over by a lorry at Chadmari in Narayanganj town last night.
A general diary and a case was filed against Jatiya Party lawmaker Hossain Mokbul Shahriar Asif yesterday in connection with the violence at Rangpur Medical College Hospital on Saturday.
It was the talk of Davos, grabbing the imagination of a forum otherwise shrouded in gloom: a miracle machine that cracks the code of life within hours and could revolutionise healthcare.
The ruling National Transitional Council (NTC) on Saturday adopted a new electoral law for Libya to form its first constituent assembly in June, dropping a quota set aside for women.
It is with great shock and disbelief that we must read reports of an announcement by a band of twelve 'Islamic' minded parties that they vehemently oppose the ongoing war crimes trial. They have even threatened to try 'Indian agents' if their demand for stopping the trial were not met.
If people are generally disgruntled with our polity they have every reason to be. Just look at what the Right Honourable Member of the Parliament for Rangpur-1, belonging to JP (E), did at the Rangpur Medical College Hospital the other day. It was neither right, nor, by any definition, honourable. People continue to be surprised by irrational acts of people in position of power.
Novak Djokovic wore down Rafael Nadal in the longest Grand Slam singles final in the history of professional tennis, winning 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7 (5), 7-5 after 5 hours, 53 minutes to claim his third Australian Open title.
Newly crowned Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka believes women's tennis is in for a fascinating 12 months as a new generation challenges the supremacy of the established stars.
As far as sporting events in the country are concerned, there has been none like the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) when it comes to gaudiness and big money and whatever comes with the two.
Tickets for the Bangladesh Premier League T20 will be on sale from today.
Logo unveiling ceremonies of Khulna Royal Bengals and Sylhet Royals were held at a city hotel yesterday.
Pressure is mounting on India's ageing Test batsmen to make way for fresh talent after the team sunk to the "lowest of lows" in Australia where they suffered a humiliating 4-0 series whitewash.
England coach Andy Flower said Sunday Pakistan's series-clinching Test win would be a huge boost to the country, but called on his team to show their mettle on subsequent matches in the subcontinent.
Pakistan captain Misbahul Haq on Sunday said he hoped his team's series win over Test cricket's number one side England will earn them respect from the cricketing world after a turbulent period which tarnished their image.
Mohammedan SC's remarkable spending to form a formidable hockey team has seemingly prompted other clubs to increase their budgets ahead of the upcoming inter-club players' transfers, scheduled for February 26-28.
A petty incident took the life of a teenage cricketer on Saturday in Kishoreganj. The boy identified as Nazrul Islam (15), son of Abdur Rahman of Batrish Bilpara area, was hit with a bat by the match umpire Rafiqul Islam (16) during an altercation regarding a decision and succumbed to an internal haemorrhage the following day.
Shafiq Anwar, the National Sports Council secretary, will be among the eight-member security team that is set to leave for Pakistan in mid-February.
Former England captain Geoffrey Boycott had joked in his match commentary on the third day of the Abu Dhabi Test that he would sell his three houses if England lost.
The Pakistani spin duo of Saeed Ajmal and Abdul Rehman were rewarded for their match-winning efforts against the world's number one-ranked Test outfit England by moving up in the world bowling rankings released on Sunday.
Bangladesh Police AC and Friends Social Welfare Association won their respective matches of the Destiny Dhaka Metropolis 2nd Division Football League at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.
Barcelona dropped precious points in a 0-0 draw at Villarreal on Saturday night to slip seven points behind Real Madrid at the top of La Liga.
Bayern Munich stayed top of the German league on Saturday as Mario Gomez claimed his 17th goal of the season in a 2-0 win over Wolfsburg, but Borussia Dortmund and Schalke are both hard on their heels.
A brace from Alessandro Matri saw Juventus do their hopes of winning the Italian title the power of good on Saturday, seeing off fellow high-riders Udinese 2-1 in Turin.
Japan and CSKA Moscow midfielder Keisuke Honda, the 2011 Asian Cup's most valuable player, is to join Serie A side Lazio in a 14-million-euro transfer, a Japanese sports daily reported Sunday.
José Mourinho is to leave Real Madrid at the end of the season in order to take up a new job in the Premier League, it has been reported.
Liverpool knocked Manchester United out of the FA Cup but were put on the defensive when the question of racism again raised its head at Anfield. An image of a Liverpool fan appearing to make an offensive monkey gesture was circulated on Twitter, prompting Merseyside police to make an arrest.
Manchester City refused an offer from Liverpool that would have seen unsettled Argentinian forward Carlos Tevez move to Anfield in a straight swap for misfiring Reds striker Andy Carroll, reports said Sunday.
Under fire Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea received the support of both manager Sir Alex Ferguson and veteran striker Michael Owen on Sunday.
The government will enact a new law on value-added tax, which will impose a single VAT rate of 15 percent at all levels.
The market PE (price-earnings) ratio has come down to 11.05, a five-and-a-half-year low, in step with continuous erosion in prices of stocks.
Revenue collection grew 17 percent in the first six months of the current fiscal year buoyed by a rise in income tax receipts, according to the National Board of Revenue.
Knitters have aimed to export knitwear products worth $20 billion by 2020 with shipments to new destinations, maintaining an upward trend, exporters said.
Qatar Airways has opened its new 'premium' lounge at Heathrow Airport in London, reinforcing the importance of one of the airline's busiest routes, the airline said in a statement yesterday.
Chittagong has truly become an economic powerhouse of the country, British High Commissioner Robert Gibson said yesterday.
Merchant banks will not go for 'forced sales' for the sake of investors' interest, the president of Bangladesh Merchant Bankers Association (BMBA) said yesterday.
A senior official of Citibank arrives today in the country for a two-day official visit, the bank said in a statement.
Foreign direct investment in India is set to swell in coming years as investors stomach a lack of transparency, poor infrastructure and policy paralysis in their search for growth, professional services firm Ernst & Young (E&Y) said in a report.
Germany, the world's number two exporter, expects healthy growth in foreign demand for its goods thanks to booming emerging markets and a nascent US recovery, according to a report Sunday.
Shipbuilder Western Marine Group yesterday delivered its first passenger ship to Chittagong Boat Club.
Customers of Top Clean, a mechanised laundry service provider in the city, will now get online updates on whether the delivery of their clothes could be delayed, through a web-based tracking system the cleaner plans to launch next month.
Despite attempts by political and business leaders to suggest the eurozone has turned a corner, the prevailing view of pundits is things can only get worse and a "perfect storm" is brewing.
At a discreet farewell dinner in Davos for Swiss National Bank chief Philipp Hildebrand, a handful of guests including central bankers past and present were handed blank sheets of paper.
Speakers yesterday emphasised enhancing technical knowledge and intellectual capability of government officials and experts before conducting the Bangladesh-India joint survey on Tipaimukh dam.
The International Crimes Tribunal will amend Section 54 of its rules of procedure, replacing the word 'documents' with 'manuscripts' in respect of accepting some forms of printed materials relating to the trial of crimes against humanity committed during 1971.
Publishers and hundreds of workers were seen busy giving the final touches to book stalls at Bangla Academy in the city yesterday to meet the February 1 inauguration of Amar Ekushey Boi Mela.
Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and equivalent examinations will begin on Wednesday with 14,20,057 examinees taking part from 26,855 educational institutions across the country.
The High Court yesterday ordered the government to investigate within 15 days into allegations of foreign alcoholic drinks worth crores of taka being imported and sold without the tax being paid to the country.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday called upon the teachers of Dhaka University to make its standard of education world class to keep pace with the globe as well as regain the past glory of the university.
Nine people were killed and 62 others injured in separate road accidents in Pabna, Noakhali, Bagerhat, Habiganj, Jessore, Tangail and Narail early Saturday and yesterday.
The BNP's earlier declared mass-procession programme in the port city yesterday was foiled following an indefinite ban imposed by Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) on all sorts of processions and rallies.
East Delta University and Chittagong Ideal School clinched the respective university and school level championship titles of “The Daily Star-Dristy Brainstorming Business Case-Solving Competition 2012”.
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced a man to death for killing his niece Sadia Nawshin Prianka, a first year student of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College, in July 2007.
The fifth accused in Narsingdi municipality mayor Lokman Hossain murder case was arrested at Shahjalal International Airport in the city yesterday after he arrived from Malaysia.
Amina Laila, mother of celebrated singer Runa Laila, passed away at a city hospital yesterday at the age of 87.
At least 110 shanties and six shops were gutted in a fire in city's Agrabad area on Saturday.
A “Bana Vante Treatment Fund” was opened at Sonali Bank, Banarupa branch of Banarupa in Rangamati town yesterday to ensure better treatment of Sadhana Nanda Mohasthabir, also known as Bana Vante.
The probe committee, formed to investigate the killing of Jahangirnagar University (JU) student Zubair Ahmed, will submit report before its syndicate today.
Expressing deep concern over the killing of opposition activists during clashes with law enforcers, two left-leaning organisations yesterday condemned such incidents and demanded punishment of the responsible persons.
A daughter at a press conference yesterday demanded trial of the killers of her father and elder brother last year in separate incidents over a land dispute at Akhaura in Brammanbaria.
At least 15 garment workers were injured in a stampede when they came out of a garment factory in Keoa Baherachala village of Sreepur upazila during a fire yesterday.
The High Court (HC) yesterday stayed the proceedings of a corruption case filed against former BNP law minister Moudud Ahmed for six months.
Qulkhwani of Jahanara Begum (Ruby), wife of eminent industrialist late Moqbular Rahman of Jalpaiguri, will be held at Concorde Honeydew, House-18, Road-101, Gulshan-2 in the city after Asr prayers on February 3.
Mohammad Kubad Ali, former deputy general manager of Bangladesh Steel and Engineering Corporation, passed away on Friday.
Today is the 40th death anniversary of freedom fighter Bir Protik Lt Selim Md Qamrul Hasan, says a press release.
Foreign Minister Dipu Moni yesterday said operationalisation of the country's nuclear power plants with Russian assistance could form an important element in defining bilateral relations between Bangladesh and Russia in the coming years.
Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK), a human rights watchdog, yesterday expressed grave concern over the clash between Jatiya Party activists and employees of Rangpur Medical College Hospital on quota allocation in employee recruitment at the hospital.
A youth committed suicide by jumping on the railway tracks at Agmundia village in Kaliganj upazila of the district yesterday afternoon.
The newly created Department of Television and Film Studies at Dhaka University (DU) has begun functioning with the appointment of Dr AJM Shafiul Alam Bhuiyan, a Canadian commonwealth scholar, as the chairperson.
Young learners took part in amusing interactions at English language fair held at Nawab Institute in Dhanbari upazila of Tangail district yesterday.
Prices of onion have fallen to below Tk 100 per maund (40 kg) in the district against last years' price of around Tk 2,000.
Three fishermen were killed while nine others went missing in a fierce gun battle between a group of Indian fishermen and a notorious gang of Sundarbans early Saturday, according to trawler workers in Bagerhat.
Police are yet to rescue a newly married college girl ten days into her abduction.
Doctors, nurses and employees of Chapainawabganj Adhunik Sadar Hospital yesterday formed human chain and held a rally in front of the hospital demanding punishment to a culprit who beat up an on-duty doctor of emergency department on Saturday.
Eight people, arrested on charge of leaking question papers of recruitment tests for the posts of assistant sub-food inspector and office assistant-cum-computer operator at the food department on Friday, were produced in a court here yesterday.
Dinajpur Medical College and Hospital authorities have served show cause notices on seven teachers for remaining absent from offices for long without any valid leave procedure.
Law enforces in separate drives have arrested four people in three districts and recovered five arms from their possession.
Detective Branch (DB) of Police yesterday arrested Md Nurul Islam, general secretary of BNP Narsingdi Sadar Thana unit for his alleged involvement in the murder of municipality mayor Lokman Hossain.
Two siblings were hacked to death at Batkila village in Monirampur upazila of district yesterday afternoon.
Police recovered the bloodstained body of a union parishad (UP) member from a beel (a large water body) beside Nolua Tea Garden in Chunarughat upazila of Habiganj district yesterday. The victim, Sonai Miah, 40, is a member of Gazipur union parishad. He had a business at a local market. Quoting family members, Sayed Mahbubur Rahman, officer in-charge of Chunarughat police station, said Sonai went missing since he left the market for his residence on Saturday at about 10:00pm. Later, locals found the body floating on the water body at around 1:00pm and informed the police. The law enforcers then recovered the body and sent it to Habiganj Sadar Hospital morgue for autopsy. Rivals might have killed the UP member over previous enmity, the OC added.
A schoolboy was electrocuted at Borobil Uttarchar in Ullapara upazila yesterday. The deceased was identified as Anish Sheikh, 14, son of Momtaz Sheikh of Sonatala village in the upazila. Victim's father said Anish went to their crop field in the morning and came in contact with a live electric wire of a power pump. He was rushed to upazila health complex where doctor declared him dead.
A teenage girl allegedly committed suicide over a family feud at Kharibila village in Sadar upazila on Saturday night. The dead was identified as Hasina Khatun, 17, daughter of Sayed Ali Sardar of the village. Aslam Khan, officer in-charge of Sadar police station, said Hasina quarreled with her stepmother at about 11:30pm and killed herself by hanging from the beam of her room. On information, police recovered the body from the spot and sent it to hospital morgue for autopsy, the OC added.
An elderly woman was burnt to death as a fire broke out at a house at Shibnathpukur village in Ranishangkoil upazila on Saturday evening. The deceased was identified as Afula Begum, 75, wife of late Asgar Ali of the village. She had been suffering from paralysis for long. Fire service sources said the fire originated from an oil lamp at the house of Shahid Ali, son of the victim, at about 6:15pm and soon engulfed the adjoining houses. Afula was brunt alive as she could not come out of the house due to her illness. On information, firefighters from Baliadangi upazila headquarters rushed in and extinguished the blaze. They also recovered the charred body of Afula.
District administration, police, Sadar upazila parishad and NGO Samannoy Parishad jointly organised an anti-drug procession and a rally yesterday. They brought out the procession from the upazila parishad premises at around 11:00am and paraded Dhaka-Aricha highway, Shahid Swarani Road, Shahid Rafique Road and Girls' School Road of the district town. People from all walks of life including teachers, students, lawyers, journalists, engineers and doctors joined the procession with festoons ' Say No to Drug'. Later, they held a rally at Manikganj Government Boys' High School playground. Deputy Commissioner Munshi Shahabuddin Ahmed addressed the rally as chief guest.
No student wing of any political party in Bangladesh has ever got involved in internecine factional clashes with so much obduracy and tenacity as the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL). It is widely alleged that BCL leaders are now engaged in rampant extortions in and around campuses. They are shamelessly involved in seat trading in student dormitories, unlawful admissions and recruitments in collusion with the administration! Their lust for money and power is the reason behind the creation of factions, groupings and counter-groupings. Their factional infightings have often resulted in loss of lives. In the latest such bloody infighting a student at the JU was mercilessly beat up and killed.
The traffic management system in Dhaka city must be one of the worst in the world right now. The people behind the wheels don't really want to follow traffic rules and the men wearing the uniforms don't really want to bring the wrongdoers to book when they can make easy money by letting them go. But the prize for breaking rules most outrageously should go to the motorcycle drivers. These bikers don't stop at red lights, don't care about the safety of themselves or others, and the speed limit is none of their concern. They park wherever they want and they ride on footpaths showing utter disrespect to traffic rules. I am not saying there aren't any good and law abiding drivers, but the general picture is really horrible.
Like other sectors, education is controlled by mediocre people. We have employed those people in the universities, colleges and schools who gave highest amount of donation or are affiliated with the ruling party. This system has systematically excluded the good ones from the educational institutions. Most of the teachers in primary and secondary levels follow certain cheap notebooks and do not give marks to the student whose answers do not match with the answers given in those notebooks. Cramming answers from the notebooks have been causing to erode the creativity of the students. Small wonder now we find a few students who can write an essay on their own.
After a fresh protest against the new government, the deputy head of Libya's ruling National Transitional Council (NTC) resigned recently. We know NTC has been formed with the influential leaders who led the movement against Gaddafi's 42-year rule. Recently many people took to the streets demanding the government's resignation. They even smashed windows and forced their way into the NTC's headquarters, especially in Benghazi. It is learnt from the media report that in Benghazi the protesters are expressing their anger so vehemently that anything like it could be seen since Muammar Gaddafi was ousted.
We are astonished by the remarks of Indian Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Awami League general secretary and LGRD minister Syed Ashraful Islam concerning the torture of a Bangladeshi by Indian border guards. Pranab Mukherjee told the media in Kolkata not to blow it "out of proportion" and Ashraful Islam in Dhaka said his government is not "much worried" about such incidents along the Indo-Bangla border area.
It took many years for the Australian government to apologise "for the removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders' children from their families, their communities and their country." We do not know when the Indian government will stop killing poor Bangladeshis, let alone apologise to us for its continuous disregard to our right to life. It seems that the Western powers will continue to turn a blind eye to India's injustice to Bangladeshis, as the country is their strategic partner in world politics.
This is certainly a good sign that an Indian newspaper has criticised its government for its wrongdoing. We are also grateful to the TV channel which aired the incident and brought BSF's inhumane activities to our notice. They really deserve appreciation for their protest against violation of human rights. Their friendly attitude also proves that Indian civilians' attitude towards us is not the same as that of BSF or the Indian government.
Every year hundreds of thousands of illegal asylum seekers, potential migrants and refugees enter Australia, Italy and many EU countries. But no one has ever been killed by the coast guards. Recently, the Australian opposition leader has called on their naval forces to turn about the boat that comes with illegal asylum seekers from Indonesia. But Australian naval forces denied his proposal saying that safety of human beings comes first. What great country Australia is!
Why is the new minister so concerned about traffic jams, just like his predecessors, when the solution is simple and staring him in the face? All that is required is strict implementation of existing traffic laws. This is my 90th letter on the subject in the last four years containing the full blue print. Unfortunately, neither the government nor the authorities have the will to implement their own laws which are normal in most metropolitan cities.
Here are some comments that came in response to Sunday's The Daily Star news report headlined “Govt slaps ban, BNP shifts date”
Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday called for changes to the military-drafted constitution in her first political trip since ending a boycott of the country's political system last year and announcing plans to run for parliament.
At least 66 people were killed in fighting between Syrian soldiers and rebels over control of Damascus suburbs and other parts of the country yesterday, activists said, a day after the Arab League suspended its monitoring mission in Syria because of mounting violence.
Taliban negotiators have begun holding preliminary talks with US officials in Qatar on plans for peace negotiations aimed at ending the decade-long war in Afghanistan, a former Taliban official said yesterday.
Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said on Saturday there was no chance of a military coup because the army favoured democracy and stability in the country.
It is a rite that all followers of Islam are supposed to perform at least once in a lifetime, yet for the rest of the globe the hajj is veiled in mystery.
Ahead of the Supreme Court hearing on the subject, the Ministry of Defence has written to the Adjutant General's (AG) branch of the Army to correct its record to show the year of birth of Army Chief General VK Singh as 1950 contrary to his stand that he was born one year later.
Officials from the UN atomic watchdog began a visit to Iran yesterday to discuss Tehran's suspect nuclear drive, amid a backlash by furious Iranian lawmakers at a looming EU oil embargo.
Arts & Entertainment
The weeklong Madhu Mela-2012, marking the 188th birth anniversary of the pioneer of Bengali sonnets, Michael Madhusudan Dutta, concluded in Sagordari last Friday night.
As part of its graduation ceremony, the 21st batch of Prachyanat School of Acting and Design staged “Rakta Kalyan” at Experimental Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on January 26.
Alliance Française de Dhaka has organised artist Md. Abu Salim's solo cartoon exhibition titled “My Beloved Motherland 2” at Galerie Zoom. The exhibition opened on January 25.
'Grameen Jibonjatra Mela', a fair on the rural lifestyle was organised here in Dinajpur recently to create awareness about climate change and its impact on the environment.
Bengali composers of yesteryears RC Boral, Pankaj Mullick and Kamal Dasgupta were widely regarded as the founding fathers of Indian film music. To pay homage to these brilliant Calcutta-based composers, the KL Saigal Memorial Circle recently organised a programme, “In memory of Melody Makers of Bengal: Homage to eminent music composers of Bengal”.
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.
Ostensibly, to avert any kind of law and order situation and for the sake of public security, the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) is learnt to have clamped Section 144 on any public gathering within the city on January 29 (Sunday). What was the threat to law and order?
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi is the full name of the great Indian lawyer-politician whom the world knows as Mahatma Gandhi. He was born in Porbandar (otherwise called Sudamapuri) Gujarat, India in 1869 to Karamchand -- alias Kaba Gandhi -- and Putlibai. The family was a Vaishnava one, having very conservative attitude towards many things.
Indian pacifist and leader Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi known for his non-violent freedom struggle is assassinated by Pandit Nathuram Godse, a Hindu extremist.