News of: Monday, 13th of February, 2012
It was none but a minister who before a parliamentary sub-committee yesterday demanded that extortion be made legal to stop rampant corruption in the transport sector.
Investigators yesterday claimed that they had made headway in the probe into the gruesome murders of the journalist couple Sagar Sarowar and Meherun Runi. They, however, refused to divulge any details before arresting the culprits.
Politicians, teachers, doctors, bankers, lawyers, journalists and other professionals are suffering from a sense of insecurity after the gruesome killings of the journalist couple Sagar Sarowar and Meherun Runi.
"Are you a policeman?" a traumatised Megh asked this correspondent.
The main opposition BNP yesterday briefed foreign diplomats on the party's stance regarding the major political issues in the country and the purpose behind its March 12 rally, sources have said.
Issuing an ultimatum, journalists yesterday warned of a tougher movement for the resignation of the home minister if the killers of journalist couple Sagar Sarowar and Meherun Runi are not arrested within 24 hours.
Following Khwaja Nazimuddin's remarks on the language question on January 27, 1952, protests erupted all over the province, especially among intellectuals and students. The Youth League made contact with the Awami Muslim League, a political party formed by Maulana Bhashani and Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy in June 1949 as a counterweight to the ruling Muslim League. The result was the convening of an all-party conference on the issue. Held on January 31 and presided over by Maulana Bhashani, the meeting was attended by representatives of diverse organisations. Among the organisations were the Youth League, All-East Pakistan Students' League, Dhaka University State Language Action Committee, Tamaddun Majlis, Islamic Brotherhood, East Pakistan Muslim Students League and East Pakistan Awami Muslim League.
Newly appointed Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad yesterday said he and his colleagues will discuss holding split Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) polls in a couple of days.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday sued former state minister for energy A K M Mosharraf Hossain on charge of taking bribe from Niko, a Canadian oil and gas exploration company in Bangladesh.
The High Court yesterday summoned five officials of Dhaka Metropolitan Police to appear before it on February 16 to explain their alleged involvement in the torture on Rakib Hossain, a grandson of the country's first prime minister Tajuddin Ahmed.
The civil administration yesterday witnessed a massive reshuffle with attachments and appointments of near about 400 officers at different higher levels of the government.
A Dhaka court yesterday dismissed a Tk 100 crore compensation suit filed against the chief of the stock-scam probe team, Khandaker Ibrahim Khaled, for "publishing false and fabricated statement" against Bangladesh Thai Aluminium Ltd.
Three shift-supervisors and seven toll-collectors of Bangabandhu Bridge were sacked on Saturday for misappropriation of toll collected at the bridge.
“It feels great to have made it. I'm on top of the world!” screamed a very pleased Nafisa Chowdhury of Viqarunnisa Noon School.
At least three, including the leader of a robbers' gang, were killed and another injured in a gunfight between two rival gangs in Jongra camp area of the Sundarbans in Bagerhat on Saturday.
Iran's parliamentary speaker Ali Larijani warned that Iran will not forgive Gulf Arab nations if they continue backing US "plots" against Tehran, local media reported yesterday.
Expressing annoyance over comments by ruling party leaders on March 12 rally, BNP acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has urged the government and ruling party leaders to speak in line with the language of democracy.
Four assistant proctors of Jahangirnagar University (JU) resigned yesterday following demand of a group of teachers to remove the whole proctorial body after Zubair murder.
An executive engineer of the Roads and Highways Department (RHD) was released instantly from his duties yesterday for his failure to operate a weighbridge and have some roads in Comilla repaired.
The seasons have come full circle once again. With the earth having gone through its revolution and all its rotations all the year round, it is time for the flowers to bloom, for melody to course through the valleys and mountains, for colours to create patterns of life across the sky. And all this celebration arising in and beyond our courtyards and stretching into what is clearly an endless swath of the pastoral, to a certain extent the virginal, is but a message we have waited a whole year for.
The gory killing of a journalist couple has sent shockwaves throughout the city and beyond. We are at a loss for words. One's senses are benumbed by the sheer brutality of the incident. The loss to the kin as well as to the profession is irreparable and we can only offer our deepest condolences to the family members of the deceased couple and hope that they would be able to find courage to overcome their grief.
In an unusually candid manner, the government has virtually admitted that the biggest culprit of air pollution is the result of long hours of excruciating traffic jams. A joint study by the government and the World Bank has found that the pollutants from vehicles stuck in gridlock along with brick kilns are creating havoc with the health and wealth of the capital.
Chittagong Kings raced to their second consecutive win by beating Khulna Royal Bengals by six wickets in the Bangladesh Premier League yesterday.
Dhaka Gladiators picked up their first win in the Bangladesh Premier League when they crushed Sylhet Royals in a 7wicket victory at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday.
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni again proved the man for the occasion as he lifted his side to an extraordinary win over Australia in their tri-series one-day international in Adelaide on Sunday.
England will bid to put their woeful showing in the Test series behind them when they take on Pakistan in the four-match one-day series which kicks off here on Monday, captain Alastair Cook said Sunday.
Ruled out for over a month due to a broken toe, Australian pacer Brett Lee could make a stunning early comeback in the ongoing ODI tri-series against India and Sri Lanka this week itself.
In a bid to setting up a national football academy under the sixth five-year plan, the Youth and Sports Ministry yesterday held a review meeting in presence of the officials of Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) and the National Sports Council (NSC).
The Bangladesh Football Federation is facing acute shortage of football to meet the demand of different football associations as some 1000 footballs provided by FIFA lay in wait for clearance at the Shah Jalal International Airport.
Bangladesh's best golfer Siddikur Rahman finished his first event of the Asian Tour calendar, the ICTSI Philippine Open, on a lowly 41st place. The 27-year old endured a three-over (75) in the last round at the tricky Wack Wack Golf and Country Club in Manila yesterday, to finish with an aggregate of nine-over (297). Siddikur went without an under-par round over the four rounds that saw him trail the eventual winner Mardan Mamat of Singapore by a massive 17 strokes.
While the Bangladesh Football Federation toils hard to keep the pitch of the Kamalapur Stadium in shape with a hectic schedule, the National Sports Council (NSC) has seemingly made the job tougher for BFF by allotting the stadium to Glamour Media to arrange a concert on February 17.
Virat Kohli has had a tough few months in Australia. If he was looking for some light entertainment to take his mind off things, he might just have got it from an unexpected quarter: he has been named one of the '10 best dressed international men' by men's lifestyle magazine GQ.
Mahabubur Titu scored a brace as Wari Club came from behind to beat Victoria Sporting Club 2-1 in their Premier Bank Bangladesh Championship League match at the Birshreshtha Shahid Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.
Given a supremely tough draw in the Davis Cup, the United States is off to an exhilarating start.
Victoria Azarenka says nothing much has changed for her since she achieved the twin feats of becoming the first player from Belarus to win a Grand Slam tournament and take the world number one ranking.
Bangladesh will take part in the 3rd Asian Beach Games to be held in China from June 16-22.
World 100-metre champion Yohan Blake opened his season with a 400m personal best on Saturday at the Camperdown Classic while 100m world-record holder Usain Bolt skipped the Jamaican meet.
India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and opener Gautam Gambhir on Sunday longed for Yuvraj Singh's quick recovery and hoped the left-hander would overcome health issues and make a strong comeback.
Slovakia's third-seeded Daniela Hantuchova successfully defended her Pattaya Open title on Sunday, beating fourth seed Russian Maria Kirilenko in a marathon three hour 14-minute battle.
Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola admitted his side's sinking hopes of hanging onto their La Liga crown were at the mercy of bitter rivals Real Madrid following Saturday's shock 3-2 defeat at Osasuna.
Youngster Stephan El Shaarawy was the hero as AC Milan hit back from a goal down to beat Udinese 2-1 on Saturday and take over at the top of the Serie A table.
Harry Redknapp's emotional week ended on a high when his Tottenham Hotspur side crushed Newcastle United 5-0 at White Hart Lane.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson said Liverpool should sell Luis Suarez and ensure he never plays for the club again after the Uruguayan snubbed Patrice Evra's handshake.
Japan winger Shinji Kagawa hit his fourth goal in four games on Saturday to keep Borussia Dortmund top of the German league with a 1-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen.
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez on Sunday apologised for refusing to shake hands with Manchester United defender Patrice Evra before Saturday's explosive Premier League clash at Old Trafford.
Plans for a new football league in the Indian state of West Bengal have been jeopardised after organisers were denied permission to seek the transfer of high-profile foreign players.
Former England coach Fabio Capello arrived in Moscow to hold talks with Russian Premier League club Anzhi Makhachkala, daily newspaper Sport Express reported on Sunday.
Exports grew 4.11 percent to $2.14 billion in January, compared to the previous month, as orders were shifting to Bangladesh from other competing countries.
The government yesterday struck a deal with an Indian company to find out Bangladesh's potential in generating electricity from wind energy.
The Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday opened a probe into “unusual trading” in shares by Royal Capital Ltd, a stockbroker.
Stocks registered a 5.37 percent rise yesterday as investors rushed to purchase shares and mutual fund units to take advantage of low prices.
Unfeasible delays in starting projects and bureaucratic tangles discourage trade and investment in Bangladesh, said the British High Commissioner to Bangladesh yesterday.
The International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce will open an office of the ICC Court's Secretariat in New York, it said in a statement yesterday.
Egyptian mobile phone services company, Orascom, said Sunday it was holding advanced talks with France Telecom over the future of mobile operator Mobinil.
British mobile phone operator Vodafone is considering a 700 million pound ($1.10 billion) bid for Cable & Wireless Worldwide although no offer is imminent, the Sunday Times reported, citing industry and City of London sources.
Sunil Kaushal, regional chief executive for India and South Asia of Standard Chartered Bank, will arrive in Dhaka today for a two-day official visit.
A three-day SME fair begins tomorrow in Dhaka, aiming to promote products produced by small and medium enterprises both in domestic and international markets.
Boeing's much-delayed 787 Dreamliner is set to star at the Singapore Airshow this week where companies touting private jets and defence hardware to the Asian market will also be out in force.
The low prices of agricultural crops have put strains on small and marginal tenant farmers as they find it difficult to repay the loans they have taken for farming.
It makes a change, but Pakistani textiles boss Asghar Hussain is pleased. A year ago, recession, power cuts and poor security forced him to sack most of his workers.
The journalists from different print and electronic media of Chittagong and Rajshahi yesterday demanded immediate arrest and exemplary punishment of the killers of a journalist couple in Dhaka.
Chittagong Ghat and Gudam Sramik Union observed a strike in 16 ghats adjoining Karnaphuli river yesterday, leaving at least 150 vessels stranded, protesting the alleged assault on its leaders on Saturday night.
Once the Amar Ekushey Boi Mela did not mean much to Jannatul Nayeem, a visually impaired student, except hearing the buzz of bookworms and visitors on the Bangla Academy premises.
Bangladesh and other South Asian countries will jointly implement a project for endangered wildlife conservation by preventing illegal trade of wild animals and ensuring better management.
Justice Ghulam Rabbani on Saturday stressed formation of special tribunals and enactment of a law for protecting the peoples' right to keep their personal information secret.
Speakers at a human chain yesterday protested the vandalism carried out in Hathazari area of Chittagong on Thursday and Friday and demanded arrest of and punishment to those who instigated the incident. A brawl between two groups broke out on Thursday centring a religious event and escalated into a full-fledged clash that continued in phases until section-144 was imposed on Friday afternoon.
More than 50 percent of the women in a baseline survey across the country reported of facing physical and sexual violence by their husbands over the last 12 months.
Five people were killed and three others injured in separate road accidents in Tangail, Thakurgaon and Dinajpur early Sunday and yesterday.
Train communication between Dhaka and other districts, except Narayanganj, got suspended as four wagons, including a loaded tank car, of a freight train derailed in the city's Karwan Bazar yesterday afternoon.
Detective Branch of Police arrested seven people from Satkhira and the capital on Saturday and Friday for cheating jobseekers of Bangladesh Army and misleading police.
The Indian authorities yesterday proposed Bangladesh to allow the country multi-modal transit facility in three more river ports under the river transport protocol.
Albert Einstein has not lost even if the sub-atomic particles called neutrinos travel faster than light, two former Rajshahi University physicists, who claimed to have completed the theory of special relativity by deriving new equations, said at an international seminar yesterday.
Industries Minister Dilip Barua yesterday declared the film production sector as an industry, assuring to complete the related official paperwork soon.
The ruling party should speed up efforts and put extra emphasis to fulfill the undelivered pledges in the remaining two years of its tenure, Dutch Ambassador to Bangladesh Alphons Hennekens said at a press conference yesterday.
Different socio-cultural, political and human rights organisations, business bodies and media activists yesterday strongly condemned the brutal murder of the journalist couple, Sagar Sarowar and Meherun Runi.
President Zillur Rahman yesterday completed three years in office.
A schoolgirl allegedly hanged herself at her residence at Turag in the capital yesterday.
The BNP has withdrawn
The International Crimes Tribunal will pass an order today on Jamaat-e-Islami ameer Motiur Rahman Nizami's petition to adjourn the hearing on charge framing against him in connection with crimes against humanity committed during the 1971 Liberation War.
A grocer was hacked to death at Keodhala village in the district's Bandar upazila Saturday night.
Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) evicted around 60 makeshift slum structures erected along the west bank of Gulshan-Banani Lake yesterday to reclaim the lake from illegal occupancy.
Section-144, imposed by the Hathazari upazila administration in Chittagong on Friday, was withdrawn on Saturday night as a ceasefire was reached over several meetings between the locals and the administration, said Chittagong Deputy Commissioner Fayez Ahmed.
Newly elected leaders of Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) yesterday took over charge of the union for the next two years.
A police constable reportedly committed suicide at Kalurghat Transmission Centre of Bangladesh Betar in the port city early yesterday.
Ruling Awami League (AL) General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam yesterday said party activists would remain in the streets with month-long political programmes in March.
Chittagong University will confer honourary D. Litt (Doctor of Literature) on former Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad in a special convocation on April 3.
Bishwa Sahitya Kendra (BSK) organised a 13-day long tour in the country's tourist spots for 12 readers of the organisation as they won a book reading competition.
Bumping with berthing ropes of a lighter vessel a worker died and three others were injured in Barisal Ghat area of the river Karnaphuli under Double Mooring Police Station in the port city yesterday.
A parliamentary standing committee yesterday recommended the extension of the retirement age of freedom fighter government employees from 59 to 61 years.
Today is the 91st birth anniversary of Dr Ahmed Sharif, a renowned scholar, writer, researcher of medieval Bangla literature and a forerunner of free thought movement in the country.
Police recovered the body of a Rajshahi University (RU) student from the rail line in Bhadra area adjacent to the university yesterday.
Today is the 17th death anniversary of Dibashish Bhattacharya, a leader of Bangladesh Chhatra Moitry of Rajshahi University unit.
Work is going on round the clock to get the district's newly built Central Shaheed Minar, dedicated to the memory of 1952 Language Movement martyrs, prepared for inauguration on February 20.
Rival factions of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) Dinajpur Textile Institute unit clashed on the campus yesterday morning, leaving at least seven activists from both sides injured.
Classes at Khulna University of Engineering and Technology (Kuet) will resume today.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested four outlaws early yesterday and recovered firearms, bombs and ammunitions from their possession in Meherpur.
A victim of acid attack in Gaibandha sought justice while protesters in Pabna formed a human chain demanding punishment to another culprit for similar offence yesterday.
The two-day international seminar on 'Special Relativity' held at Rajshahi University concluded yesterday with the notion that the theory of relativity propounded by Albert Einstein is not lost, even if the sub-atomic particles called neutrinos travel faster than light.
Hundreds of vehicles get stuck on Bangabandhu Bridge approach road in Tangail for nearly two hours every day due to delay in completing repair of the road.
A child died of diarrhoea while more than 100 others were admitted to different upazila health complexes yesterday.
A local BNP leader was hacked to death near Meghna Bazaar police camp in Paikarchar union of Sadar upazila on Saturday night.
Organising secretary of district unit Chhatra League (BCL) Sohel Rana, 26, was seriously stabbed at Bashirpara in the town on Saturday afternoon.
Criminals abducted a college girl at Kazirgaon village in Monirampur upazila on Saturday evening.
Ousted Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed yesterday rejected a US call for compromise and dismissed proposals for a unity government to end political unrest in the Indian Ocean nation.
In east UP's badlands, known for mafia dons and low voting percentages, people again sprung a surprise, with 59% of the electorate casting their vote on Saturday, keeping up the tempo of the first phase which saw a record 62% polling.
Myanmar's president pledged to seek "lasting peace" with armed rebels and issued a plea for the nation's support yesterday, as ethnic unrest continues to marr reforms.
Arab countries yesterday held a key meeting in Cairo in a renewed push to end Syria's bloody 11-month crackdown on dissent, as fighting escalated, even spilling over into Lebanon.
Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has voiced his support for the Syrian uprising in a new video message released on jihadist Internet forums, US monitors said yesterday.
Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani, in an interview broadcast on Saturday, said corruption charges against Pakistan's president were "politically motivated" and that the president had immunity as head of state.
Mitt Romney has gotten a sorely needed boost in the rocky race for the Republican presidential nomination, winning a non-binding contest in Maine and a straw poll among conservatives after a trio of unnerving losses.
Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani, in an interview broadcast on Saturday, said corruption charges against Pakistan's president were "politically motivated" and that the president had immunity as head of state.
Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son and one-time heir apparent of toppled Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, will be moved to a Tripoli prison within two months and then face trial, the chairman of Libya's National Transitional Council (NTC) said yesterday.
Rupert Murdoch will fly to London this week to meet journalists at The Sun after five senior staff at his flagship British tabloid were arrested over bribery allegations, sources said yesterday.
Slain al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden urged his younger children to go live peacefully in the West and get a university education, his brother-in-law said in an interview published yesterday.
The US military's top general met Egypt's ruling field marshal on Saturday amid a row between the allies over impending trials of American pro-democracy activists.
Malaysia yesterday deported a young Saudi journalist wanted in his home country over a Twitter post about the Prophet Mohammed, defying pleas from human rights group who said he faced execution.
Eighty-one people have so far died of swine flu in Mexico this year, while at least 3,522 have been infected with the virus, health officials said.
A bomb hidden in a television set exploded in a house in northwest Pakistan early yesterday, killing at least seven people, in an attack police believe was part of a local feud.
Arts & Entertainment
Spring is in the air. Time to discard those winter woolies and don the colours of spring. Time to sing, dance, and rejoice in the change of season. Yes Bashanta Utshab is on us once again. And if you need inspiration you just have to look at Tagore's immortal verses on his favourite season. Our celebrities too wax eloquent about Bashanta. Here's a look at what spring means for them.
Whitney Houston, whose soaring voice lifted her to the top of the pop music world but whose personal decline was fuelled by years of drug use, died on Saturday afternoon in a Beverly Hills hotel room. She was 48.
As part of the joint celebrations -- by India and Bangladesh -- of the 150th birth anniversary of Nobel laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore, the Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre (IGCC), High Commission of India, Dhaka organised a cultural programme featuring Rabindra Sangeet and recitation of Tagore's poems at the main auditorium of Bangladesh National Museum on February 10.
In celebration of the beginning of the Year of the Dragon, The 2012 Confucius Institute Spring Festival Gala brought on the Bangladeshi stage a Chinese arts and acrobatics show performed by the students of Hubei University of International Business and Economics.
The morning of Saturday first saddened journalists and then the entire nation. Sagar Sarowar and Meherun Runi, both of whom were journalists and married to each other, were murdered by unknown killers in their living quarters at West Rajabazar area of the capital city.
Are any new trends discernible in the Assembly elections underway in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur? The states are so different in social structure and political culture that it's hard to generalise. Opinion polls are of no help. Yet, one can detect significant changes in the axes along which electorates make their choices, including party profiles, government performance, identities like caste, tribe, religion, region and ethnicity, and less importantly, personalities.
In recent weeks and months, the issue of macroeconomic stability has received a good deal of attention in Bangladesh. The concern about macroeconomic stability appears to have arisen from a number of relatively recent developments in the economy that include:
February is the month of Ekushe -- in both Bengals, East and West. A curious declaration may make it seem that the government in the West has lost sight of the political currents that led to that watershed moment of 1952. The Pashchimbanga governmenet has declared that the cabinet had decided that Urdu will now be treated as a second-language in those parts of Pashchimbanga where the number of Urdu speakers exceeded 10 percent of the population in the 2001 census.
Spain recognises Portugal as an independent nation.