News of: Thursday, 16th of February, 2012
Communications Minister Obaidul Quader yesterday expressed hope of resolving the uncertainty looming over the financing of Padma Bridge project in a month.
We need a bridge over the Padma river and the government is going to build it soon. This statement or something to this effect has been circulating since the time of the Ershad regime which ended in 1990. Since then all other governments also talked of the bridge, which finally everyone thought is going to be materialised this time.
A massive fire swept through an overcrowded prison in Honduras and killed more than 350 inmates, including many trapped screaming inside their cells, officials said yesterday.
BNP acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday asked the government to inform people about the source of proposed Malaysian fund for Padma Bridge project.
Apprehending defeat in the Liberation War, former Jamaat-e-Islami chief Ghulam Azam fled to Pakistan and tried to convince countries in the Middle East not to recognise Bangladesh, the prosecution told the International Crimes Tribunal yesterday.
Preparations for the observance of the strike called for February 21 went on all day on February 20. A meeting of the All Party State Language Committee of Action was held at the Awami Muslim League office on Nawabpur Road. The focal point of the discussions there was whether Section 144 should be broken and the strike should go ahead. Badruddin Umar notes that a majority of those present were opposed to a violation of Section 144 and only a handful, among whom was Oli Ahad, convenor of the Dhaka University State Language Committee, advocated a violation of the restrictions imposed by the authorities.
Defence counsels at the International Crimes Tribunal yesterday said detaining their clients on charges of crimes against humanity before conviction is a violation of international laws.
A Chittagong court yesterday directed law enforcers to ensure safety of Shoyeb Ahmed, a former adviser to caretaker government and prosecution witness in the sensational 10-truck arms haul case.
The Anti-Corruption Commission yesterday sued former Dhaka City Corporation mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka and three others for misappropriating Tk 26 lakh from public fund and causing loss of another Tk 11 lakh to it.
None has been arrested yet, five days into the killing of journalist couple Sagar Sarowar and Mehrun Runi in West Rajabazar.
Visiting US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Robert O Blake yesterday hoped that ruling Awami League and main opposition BNP will reach a consensus through discussions to ensure a free, fair and participatory election.
Power Division officials yesterday said they expect to offer a relatively comfortable summer to the residents of the capital, keeping power outages at a "tolerable level".
It may need around two more years to launch capital dredging in the country's major rivers, according to a statement made by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in parliament yesterday.
Australian oil and gas exploration company Santos is expecting to supply 20-30 million cubic feet gas to Chittagong's industrial areas from the first week of April.
An entire village has been relocated in the northern Indian state of Rajasthan to protect tigers, officials say.
A gang leader was killed during a gunfight between his cohorts and police at a hilly area in the port city yesterday.
Enthusiastic youngsters from St Jude's International School yesterday participated in the divisional round of the Spelling Bee competition as the Champs 21 team continued their venture of handpicking three best spellers from different schools.
Criticising the main opposition leader Khaleda Zia and her two sons was all ruling Awami League lawmaker Fazilatunnesa Bappi did in her very first speech in parliament yesterday.
The European parliamentary delegation for South Asia will arrive in Bangladesh on a six-day visit on February 19, to discuss various issues with top government officials, opposition leaders and civil society representatives.
India will next month test a new long-range nuclear-capable missile which can strike targets more than 5,000 kilometres away, a defence research spokesman said yesterday.
Italian prosecutors on Wednesday called for former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi to be sentenced to five years in prison for bribing his former tax lawyer, Italian media reported.
Paschimbanga Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has recently written to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh expressing concern that “excess water” was flowing into Bangladesh due to breakdown of two sluice gates of Farakka Barrage.
On the concluding day of the two-day meeting of the Indo-Bangladesh joint standing committee on Monday, the government is learnt to have agreed to India's proposal of nearly doubling the maintenance fee it had so far been paying for using Bangladesh's internal river routes and ports for transporting goods from India's western part to its north-eastern states. The Indian side said, the deal will be finalised in the next meeting of renewal committee on the protocol.
Experts at a roundtable on sustainable land management in the Bangladeshi context have identified several problems in, along with some solutions to, sustainable land management in a country where, today, land is perhaps the most sought-after resource. It is limited and expensive, making it necessary to make the land we have sustainable. On the one hand, overpopulation, unplanned housing and industrialisation are creating immense pressures on the land, draining agricultural terrain of its fertility and productivity. On the other, the increasing effects of climate change such as rising water levels and salinity are posing a threat to loss of habitable land as well. It is thus imperative that we make the best use of the land we have. This requires careful planning, and designing and implementation of a comprehensive policy outlining how the land can be best used without damaging it further. When forming this policy, the abovementioned factors, not least of all the rising threat of climate change, must be taken into consideration.
Chittagong Kings gave Sylhet Royals every chance to pick up their maiden Bangladesh Premier League win but yesterday remained the day for Mahmudullah Riyad & Co as they won by seven wickets.
The biggest disappointment in the first week of the Bangladesh Premier League has undoubtedly been the empty seats at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.
Duronto Rajshahi's six-wicket win over Khulna Royal Bengals yesterday have kick-started their Bangladesh Premier League campaign.
A brace from Zahid Hasan Emily powered title aspirants Muktijoddha Sangsad to an emphatic 3-0 win over Rahmatganj MFS in their Grameenphone Bangladesh Premier League encounter at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
Alastair Cook hit a second successive hundred to propel England to another challenging score of 250 for 4 against Pakistan in the second day-night international at Abu Dhabi Stadium here on Wednesday.
The most contentious aspect of the Decision Review System -- the ball-tracker -- is being put to test by the International Cricket Council (ICC) at the Cambridge University to establish the accuracy of the two rival tracker systems accredited by the ICC for the DRS.
India's cancer-stricken World Cup star Yuvraj Singh said Wednesday he was inspired after getting a message from US cycling legend Lance Armstrong wishing him a speedy recovery.
The dashing Chris Gayle will play his last match today for Barisal Burners against Chittagong Kings in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) T20 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.
Mohammedan SC emerged unbeaten champions in the Cute 1st Division Women's Handball League with a 16-12 goal win over Dhaka Mariner Youngs Club in the final at the Shaheed M Mansur Ali National Handball Stadium yesterday.
Riazuddin Ahmed Siddiqui Riaz, popular actor of the silver screen, is going to be the goodwill ambassador of Bangladesh hockey, it was revealed at a press conference at the Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) yesterday.
Shaheed Smriti Hockey Tournament gets underway at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium tomorrow sans the defending champions Sadharan Bima.
The fate of Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club coach Saiful Bari Titu hangs in the balance after the AFC A-licensed coach failed to turn up at a team meeting called by president Manzur Kader on Tuesday following their 1-1 draw against Feni Soccer Club in the ongoing Grameenphone Bangladesh Premier League.
Two goals from Chile forward Alexis Sanchez helped Barcelona to a 3-1 first-leg win at Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday that put the holders firmly in the driving seat in their Champions League round of 16 tie.
Superstar Lionel Messi admitted he was relieved to leave here with the 3-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen which puts Barcelona on the verge of the Champions League quarterfinals after the Round of 16, first-leg clash.
Brazil could field Ronaldinho, Neymar and Paulo Henrique Ganso, a key trio in their 2014 World Cup ambitions, when they meet Bosnia in a friendly in Switzerland on February 28.
Lyon secured a slender advantage in their Champions League last 16 tie with APOEL FC by beating the Cypriot underdogs 1-0 in the first leg at Stade Gerland on Tuesday.
Carlos Tevez returned to Manchester on Tuesday insisting he wanted to end his long-running feud with Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini and play again for the Premier League leaders.
AS Roma teenager Erik Lamela and 31-year-old Napoli defender Hugo Campagnaro have earned their first Argentina call-ups for a friendly against Switzerland in Berne on February 29.
Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has become the fourth Germany star forced out of the pre-Euro 2012 friendly against France because of injury, but coach Joachim Loew insists he is staying calm.
Euro Famous Club drew 1-1 with City Club in their match of the Destiny Group Dhaka Metropolis 2nd Division Football League at the Birshreshtha Shahid Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.
12-year-old Giada Scalise suffered a brain haemorrhage while watching a Juventus match on television last month. After two weeks without a change to her condition, the Scalise family turned to Del Piero for a different kind of help. He obliged with a video message to Giada.
Banks have gradually increased investments in clean and renewable-energy technology, which was beyond conventional banking a few years ago.
Bangladesh Bank yesterday released a commemorative note of Tk 60 denomination, marking the 60th anniversary of the country's Language Movement, the BB said in a statement yesterday.
The telecom regulator has asked four mobile operators to deposit a combined amount of Tk 857.46 crore in 10 days to renew their licences, an official of Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission said yesterday.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith will sit with different stakeholders on Sunday to discuss the current situation in the stockmarket.
There is no liquidity crisis in the country, Finance Minister AMA Muhith said in parliament yesterday, adding that some banks are under pressure to keep the mandatory reserve due to their mismanagement, which the minister said is consistent with the current monetary policy.
The prime index of the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) appreciated yesterday amid active participation by investors.
The Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday gave the green light to Bengal Investments Ltd to operate merchant banking in the capital market.
Internet service providers yesterday said the government's decision to offer 85 new gateway licences in information technology will harm their business.
M Shahjahan Bhuiyan, managing director of United Commercial Bank, won the country's first-ever best banker award for his outstanding contribution to steering a troubled-bank into a profitable one.
Bangladesh is a 'rising star' of economic growth and fiscal discipline, said Rob Vos, director of UN Department of Economy and Social Affairs (UN-DESA).
Malaysia's economy grew 5.2 percent in the fourth quarter of 2011, up slightly over the year-earlier period as public spending offset weakness in export markets, the government said Wednesday.
The head of Airbus said he ordered an internal investigation into how the company allowed wing cracks to develop on its flagship A380 passenger jet, acting to draw a line under weeks of embarrassing publicity for the world's largest planemaker.
Telecoms industry analysts are obsessed with a four-letter abbreviation: ARPU. The great and the good are forever pontificating over how to arrest the decline of average revenue per user (ARPU). In Bangladesh's mobile telecoms industry with average ARPU at $3, the numbers are closely following India, which has the lowest ARPU in the world.
The sovereign debt crisis brought economic growth all across Europe to a standstill and even pushed a number of countries into recession at the end of last year, data showed on Wednesday.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked the members of Bangladesh Ansar and VDP to discharge their duties with utmost honesty, sincerity, and courage for ensuring people's security.
It is impossible for a country to realise its full potential to advance or develop if women, half of the population, are excluded from meaningful participation in political or economic life, US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert O Blake said here yesterday.
Speaker Abdul Hamid yesterday criticised those who speak against hurried passage of bills in parliament.
“Can I interest you in any book, sir?” piped up an inviting voice at the Amar Ekushey Boi Mela yesterday.
The High Court, over a newspaper report yesterday, summoned the officer-in-charge and a sub-inspector of Meghna Police Station in Comilla on February 23 for not recording a case over a housewife's murder.
Tension runs high at Roads and Highways Department (RHD) as the High Court summoned three communications ministry officials today for failing to hand over Supreme Court's land, currently housing RHD, as per its earlier directive.
The Times of India dubbed Indian Paschimbanga Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee as 'the biggest villain' in the relation between Bangladesh and India and warned the Indian government to rectify policies before time is over.
President Zillur Rahman yesterday urged the country's specialised universities to support the government in identifying areas needed to build a “digital Bangladesh”.
A teenage domestic help was mysteriously killed at an apartment in the city's Sabujbagh area yesterday.
Journalists, teachers and students of Rajshahi University yesterday demanded immediate exemplary punishment to the killers of journalist couple Sagar Sarowar and Meherun Runi after proper investigation.
The High Court yesterday directed the government to take necessary steps immediately to preserve and protect the historic Kuthibari of Poet Rabindranath Tagore at Shilaidaha in Kushtia.
Responding to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's recent threat to “cripple” the government, Awami League presidium member Matia Chowdhury yesterday said BNP comprises a number of “lame, deaf and dumb” leaders and activists.
The Department of Environment (DoE) yesterday fined Jamuna Denim, a sister concern of Jamuna Group, Tk 52.6 lakh for dumping untreated toxic wastes into the river Turag.
Today is the 13th death anniversary of Shaheed Kazi Aref Ahmed, one of the key organisers of the Liberation War and founder of the Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD), says a press release.
Three people were killed and another one injured in road accidents in Gazipur, Manikganj, and Rajshahi yesterday.
Today is the 22nd death anniversary of Natyaguru Nurul Momen, pioneer of theatre and satire in the country, says a press release.
Bangladesh Bank released a commemorative note of Tk 60 denomination yesterday, marking the 60th anniversary of the country's Language Movement.
A teachers’ group from Jahangirnagar University (JU), who are opposing the university administration, yesterday demanded the government to form a judicial probe committee to investigate into the Zubair murder case.
Around 30 lakh people of 75 indigenous communities in Bangladesh speak their mother languages. Of the 38 languages they use, five have their own alphabets other than Bangla, a recent survey reveals.
Newly appointed Election Commissioner Mohammad Shahnewaz was sworn into office yesterday.
The Korea International Cooperation Agency (Koica) handed over learning and teaching equipment to the public administration ministry yesterday as part of an ICT development project
Environment and Forests Minister Hasan Mahmud left for the USA on Tuesday night to attend a climate conference at the invitation of US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton.
Speakers at a policy dialogue yesterday stressed the need for creating mass awareness of consuming iodized salt to address Iodine Deficiency Disorder (IDD) in the country.
A female college student was found dead at her sister's house in the city's Darus Salam area yesterday.
A sepoy of erstwhile Bangladesh Rifles (BDR), in his deposition before a court yesterday, described the way a mass grave was dug for 40 to 45 dead army officers in the early hours of February 26, 2009.
Members of Rapid Action Battalion arrested an alleged drug peddler with 900 pieces of yaba tablets in his possession from Cox's Bazar Sadar upazila on Tuesday night.
The High Court (HC) yesterday asked the government to explain in three weeks why it should not be directed to produce two Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) leaders, who were detained from Savar area on February 4, before the court to prove that they were not detained illegally.
Police yesterday recovered the decomposed body of a girl from the river Turag.
Marking the International Childhood Cancer Day, Ashic Foundation, an organisation helping children with cancer, yesterday raised awareness and motivation among the children on fighting the disease.
Mosammat Hasina Begum, aunt of The Daily Star editor and publisher Mahfuz Anam, passed away in Mymensingh Medical College Hospital on February 13, says a press release.
Kazi Ismail Alam, president of Basail upazila Awami League, passed away due to a cardiac arrest during a waz mahfil (religious lecture) in the upazila sadar yesterday.
The qulkhwani of former Awami League leader Dr Jahangir Sattar Tinku will be held at the city's officers' club after Asr prayers today, says a press release.
Chapainawabganj Shishu Park, the lone park meant for children's recreation in the town, has remained in an awful state for years while a section of unscrupulous locals have turned it into a virtual grazing field.
Language Movement heroes in Magura have hardly got any recognition from the state, although they braved all odds to uphold the dignity of mother language during the turbulent days of February, 1952.
Workers at different state-run organisations across the country observed a 24-hour strike yesterday demanding retrospective effect to the recommendations of the National Wages and Productivity Commission.
Deposition of prosecution witnesses (PWs) in the cases for serial blasts in Habiganj town in 2005 was yesterday deferred to March 21 as police could not produce one of the accused in the Court of Joint District and Sessions Judge.
District administration and livestock officials culled 21,885 bird flue affected parent stock of fowl and 6,227 eggs of Green Valley Agro Complex at Andharmanik in the town on Tuesday night.
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) here rescued an abducted youth and arrested two people in this connection early yesterday.
Seven people including five night guards of Jamalpur Judge Court were arrested on Tuesday night on charge of looting courtrooms.
Hundreds of students of Kobi Sufia Kamal Anandalok School at Narshratpur in Sadar upazila yesterday brought out a procession demanding immediate arrest and punishemt of the culprits who torched the school on February 10.
At least 10 activists of Islami Chhatra Shibir were injured in a clash with police in Maijdee Court area in the district town yesterday afternoon.
At least 10 houses constructed for the landless people were gutted in a fire broke out at Tenapocha Ashrayan Project under Debgram union in Goalanda upazila early Tuesday.
Criminals abducted a man from Aparna Chowdhury Para area in the district town early yesterday. The victim is Monindra Lal Rowaja, 50, son of Surandra Lal Rowaja of the area. Police and family sources said, a gang of 6/8 swooped on Monondra's house at around 2:00am and picked him up at gunpoint. They also took away a laptop of the victim, said Mostafizur Rahman, officer in-charge of Khagrachhari Sadar police station.
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested two activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) along with two foreign made pistols and four bullets from College Bazar area in Dhankhali union of Kalapara upazila on Tuesday. The arrestees are Sajal Mia, 24, president of BCL Dhankhali union unit and also a resident of Pajjunia village while Sabuj Pada, 26, of Chailabunia village, said Rab sources. On secret information, a team of Rab-8 raided Sajal's house at about 5:00pm and arrested the duo along with the arms and ammunition. Contacted, BCL district unit secretary Shahnur Rahman Sujon said the arrestees are not the activists of the party.
A mobile court sentenced a man to one year imprisonment for violating a four-and-half-year-old baby girl in Hakimpur upazila yesterday. The convict is Younus Ali, son of late Afur Uddin of Boigram Dakkhinpara village. Quoting family members, police said Younus lured the girl to a lone place and tried to rape her. Hearing the hue and cry, locals rescued the victim from the spot and caught the rapist. Later, he was handed over to police and produced before the court, said Helal Uddin, officer in-charge of Hakimpur police station.
Hundreds of people formed a human chain at Kuakata yesterday demanding a police station there. Among others, Abdul Bareq Molla, convener of Kuakata Thana Bastobayan Committee, spoke at the programme. Speakers came up with the call ahead of the visit of the prime minister here on February 25. It is mentioned that, a section (Farry) was set up at Kuakata in 1994 and since then local people have been demanding a police station here.
Hafizur Rahman and Moloy Sarker, two Indian nationals, were freed from Dinajpur jail yesterday morning. They had been languishing at the jail though their jail terms ended about a year back, sources said. On May 10 last year, The Daily Star carried a news item titled '6 Indians in jail despite end of term'. The two Indian nationals were sent back home through Hili land port in the afternoon.
Iran announced new strides yesterday in its nuclear programme, in a defiant blow to US and EU pressure to rein in its atomic activities and amid signs of an increasingly vicious covert war with Israel over the issue.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad offered yesterday to hold multi-party elections within four months, while his troops assaulted city districts held by rebels trying to oust him.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy has formally declared he will stand for re-election in the presidential polls on 22 April.
Half a billion children could grow up physically and mentally stunted over the next 15 years because they do not have enough to eat, the charity Save the Children says in a new report.
Over 40,000 people in India's capital took part in the city's biggest ever earthquake drill yesterday as the tremor-prone city of 16 million seeks to improve its disaster preparedness.
Sri Lanka's army yesterday said it agreed for the first time to probe war crime charges against its troops and investigate allegations of prisoner executions made in a British TV documentary.
Thailand charged two Iranians yesterday over an alleged bomb plot against Israeli diplomats, officials said, piling pressure on Tehran amid accusations of a terror campaign against the Jewish state.
Rick Santorum's drive to capture the Republican presidential nomination gained momentum Tuesday as he surged to the front of the field in national polls and extended his lead over Mitt Romney in his rival's native Michigan.
Egypt's first presidential elections since a popular uprising ousted veteran leader Hosni Mubarak a year ago will be held at the end of May, the state-owned Al-Ahram daily reported yesterday.
Arts & Entertainment
To mark Valentine's Day, Rabirag held a musical programme at the National Music and Dance Centre Auditorium of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, on February 14. Featuring some of Tagore's romantic numbers; the programme blended the Western concept of celebrating 'love' on a particular day with the emotive Eastern way through music.
The students of Jatiyo Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam University (JKKNIU) at Trishal, observed Bashanta Baran Utshab at the university campus on February 13.
Bengal ITC SRA Classical Music Festival ended on a high note on February 13 with classical vocal music performances by accomplished artistes including Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar from Kolkata ITC Sangeet Research Academy (SRA).
Painter Ruhul Amin Kajol has been living in Denmark since 1986. He is celebrated for his street art and has created a Guinness record for the longest street painting. He is a socially aware painter and his themes mirror various social, political and environmental issues. He has employed various mediums and techniques to express his views on the subject. His artworks (paintings, drawings and printmaking) interpret the feelings and perception of a philosopher as well as bear traditional, historical and anthropological dimensions.
A day-long pitha utshab was held at Rajshahi University campus on Monday amidst celebrations.
A three-day Fine Arts Festival ended in Kushtia on Monday evening.
The public perception of reporters as "exploitation artists, eager to violate any moral code in pursuit of a story" has been reconfirmed by the way a section of the electronic media has treated the murder of Sagar and Runi. It shows that some of us lack both sense and sensitivity.
The arid world is in the throes of a water crisis. In Pakistan, where virtually all surface water comes from one river, it is natural that water anxieties revolve around the Indus River.
This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in June 1992, where a number of seminal agreements were signed by heads of state from all the countries of the world. These included the Rio Declaration, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Convention on Biodiversity (CBD) and Agenda 21. Each of these agreements was taken forward at the international level through global institutions and implemented at national level. Parallel to the environment discourse in 2000 at the Millennium Summit in New York the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) were agreed with a target date of 2015.
As we've seen lately, share prices are capable of sharp, erratic behaviour. After the market panic of 1996 there was another stock market crash in financial year 2010-2011.
Emperor Trajan sends laureatae to the Roman Senate at Rome on account of his victories and being conqueror of Parthia.
Anahita Mehra was excited joining the four-day international conference titled “Round Square Conference” at Chittagong Grammar School (CGS) that began on February 3. “I am so excited to have the scope to be acquainted with the students from different countries,” said Mehra, a student of 11th standard at Mayo College Girls' School at Ajmer, Rajasthan in India.
Haji Mohammad Mohsin Government High School has been facing shortage of teachers for long, making the future of the students uncertain.
Jamuna Oil AGM held
The 36th annual general meeting (AGM) of Jamuna Oil Company Limited was held at Hotel Agrabad in the port city on Saturday.