News of: Sunday, 20th of May, 2012
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The government yesterday boosted its development spending by 34 percent to Tk 55,000 crore for the next fiscal year from this year's revised outlay, following pressure from ministers for more allocations for construction and repair of roads.
Nishat Majumder has become the first Bangladeshi woman to scale Mount Everest, the world's highest mountain.
Unidentified assailants hacked the right arm of a journalist on Govt Edward College campus here yesterday allegedly for reporting an obscene dance performance on the campus.
Didier Drogba was the hero as Chelsea shattered Bayern Munich's Champions League dream here Saturday with victory in a nail-biting penalty shoot-out at the Allianz Arena.
With the sharp deterioration in the political situation, the international community fears Bangladesh is again heading into confrontational politics.
The BNP-led 18-party alliance will observe a mass hunger strike today in the capital to press home its demand for tracing disappeared BNP leader M Ilias Ali and release of recently detained top opposition leaders.
Jahangirnagar University Teachers' Association (Juta) yesterday urged President Zillur Rahman to reconsider the appointment of Dhaka University's biochemistry professor Anwar Hossain as JU vice-chancellor and appoint a “capable JU teacher” to the post.
One day in 1427, a group of curiously dressed people arrived at the gates of Paris. They claimed to be from Egypt; they actually claimed themselves as dukes of little Egypt. They had been cursed and had been wandering around for 1,400 years because they wanted to purge themselves of their sin of not giving shelter to Mary. It was Egypt from which they took their name. They became Gypsies.
Strangers' attempt to force their way into the Banani residence of missing BNP leader Ilias Ali early Friday remains a mystery, causing panic among family members and raising the eyebrows of many.
Abdur Rashid Kulu, who was arrested with his three accomplices in the port city on Friday in connection with the biggest haul of Yaba tablets in the country, used to maintain a strong network in Chittagong and Dhaka.
Justice Muhammad Habibur Rahman, a former chief justice and chief adviser of a caretaker government, yesterday said that the country's journalists were now divided into two factions and that social and political rogues were deriving clear advantage from such a divide.
Corruption and lack of enforcement of law in an appropriate manner are the key obstacles in ensuring good governance in Bangladesh, said Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday.
Ferry services on Daulatdia-Paturia route underwent a major crisis as five of its ferries have been out of order for the last two days creating a huge tailback of vehicles at the Daulatdia ferry terminal.
Chronic failure of mid-level management and influence of local politics are mainly responsible for frequent labour unrest at the city's outskirt Ashulia industrial belt, insiders say.
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Chairman Mizanur Raman yesterday requested the home ministry to notify it regarding the occurrence of a custodial death within 24 hours of the incident.
An unidentified woman's body was found on the roof of Navy officers' quarters at Mirpur-14 in the capital yesterday morning.
A suicide attack on a police check post in southeastern Afghanistan yesterday killed at least nine people, three of them policemen, an official said.
Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes has branded Chelsea striker Didier Drogba an "outstanding actor" to up the ante ahead of Saturday's Champions League showdown.
The hacker group Anonymous carried out a series of attacks against websites in India on Friday.
A 28-year-old housewife succumbed to her burn injuries at Dhaka Medical College Hospital last night, seven days after she was set on fire allegedly by her husband and in-laws.
A brawl occurred between Pakistan International Airlines crewmembers and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani's son Ali Musa on a flight from Lahore to Karachi, according to a media report on Friday.
A construction worker was killed and three people were wounded when Kurdish militants attacked a military outpost in southeastern Turkey near the Iraqi border, security sources said yesterday.
Stepping into its 12th year, the annual business awards jointly organised by The Daily Star and DHL Express bestowed accolades to business leaders. The primary objective of hosting this annual event is to showcase achievements of business leaders, as ambassadors of good ethical practices in the commercial world. We congratulate this year's winners in all categories, in particular, Mr. Mahbubur Rahman for lifetime achievement in promoting business, Mr. M.A. Samad awarded posthumously for lifetime contribution to the insurance sector, and Mr. Latifur Rahman, Chairman of the Transcom group for bringing a unique honour and recognition to our business community by his being awarded the prestigious Oslo Business for Peace award, whose jury board members are all Nobel Laureates.
We have it on the authority of no less a person than Chief Justice Md Muzammel Hossain that the massive backlog of cases in all courts and tribunals including the Supreme Court stands at more than 21 lakh.
Russian defending champion Maria Sharapova beat Germany's Angelique Kerber 6-3, 6-4 to set up a Rome Masters final against Li Na of China.
Although it appeared to be a done deal between the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) and coach Richard Pybus a week ago, the situation now seems to have changed as new demands have made their way to the table.
The Federation of Cricketers Association (FICA) chief executive, Tim May has written a letter to the Bangladesh Cricket Board's president AHM Mustafa Kamal, urging him to inform the Bangladesh Premier League franchisees to clear the outstanding dues of the players who participated in the Twenty20 competition.
Both the panels in the upcoming Bangladesh Chess Federation elections -- the players consensus panel led by GM Niaz Murshed and the players-organisers consensus panel led by Bhola's councillor Saiful Tareq -- submitted their nominations on the last day of submission yesterday, with both parties still believing there is scope for further consensus.
Kolkata Knight Riders all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan served a timely reminder of his quality as his fine all-round show delivered a convincing 34-run victory over Pune Warriors India in their Indian Premier League match at the Subrata Roy Stadium in Pune yesterday. The win takes Kolkata to second spot on the IPL points table and sets up a qualifier match against table-toppers Delhi Daredevils on May 22.
Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club returned to winning ways in the Grameenphone Bangladesh Premier League as they outplayed Feni Sooccer Club 3-0 at the Shaheed Salam Stadium yesterday. The defending champions, who came into this match on the back of a 0-2 defeat at the hands of Farashganj, dominated proceedings from the beginning and came away with three well deserved points, which took them to 15 points from 13 outings and lifted them to sixth position in the 11-team table.
World number one and defending champion Novak Djokovic swept past Roger Federer on Saturday to set up a Rome Masters final rematch with five-time winner Rafael Nadal.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Marlon Samuels launched a rearguard action as they battled to prevent the West Indies going down to defeat by England in the first Test at Lord's on Saturday.
In conditions that suited them quite nicely, the Delhi Daredevils came hard at a determined Kings XI Punjab at the HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala yesterday to knock Punjab out of the IPL with a six-wicket win.
Australia and Royal Challengers Bangalore cricketer Luke Pomersbach was granted bail Saturday by a New Delhi court following accusations he molested a woman and beat up her fiance, his lawyer told AFP. He faces up to two years in jail if found guilty. The cricketer has denied the charges against him.
Great news for fans of Green Street, Bend It Like Beckham and Soccer Dog: European Cup -- the rich and illustrious canon of soccer in the cinema is set to be expanded with a Hollywood movie about FC Barcelona.
Dinajpur Municipal School outplayed Quamrunessa School by 3-0 goals in the UCB First Women's Hockey at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.
Today, the 20th of May, marks the first death anniversary of eminent sports journalist and former general secretary of the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) Al Musabbir Sadi.
Habibullah Dewan hit 127 as Khulna became champions of the Young Tigers U-18 District Cricket Championship with a massive 128-run victory over Chittagong in the final at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium yesterday.
Narayanganj emerged champions in the Young Tigers U16 District Cricket Championship when they handed a 13-run defeat to Rajshahi in the final at the Gulshan Youth Club ground yesterday.
Pacer Rubel Hossain's injured shoulder has been operated on in South Africa on Friday.
An American woman who was allegedly molested by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) player Luke Pomersbach has issued notice to the team's owner Sidhartha Mallya seeking his apology for his tweets questioning her character.
BKSP outclassed Dhaka Northern Women's Cricket Club by 200 runs in the 4th Women's Club Cricket League at BKSP yesterday.
The flame for the London Olympics burned brightly on British soil on Friday after David Beckham stepped off a special flight from the Games birthplace of Greece to light a cauldron with a golden torch.
Having shaken off his injury woes to emerge as one of Europe's deadliest strikers, Robin van Persie's next challenge is to make an impact at a major international tournament with the Netherlands.
Russia's captain and star striker Andrei Arshavin is hoping at Euro 2012 to show the blazing inspiration that set the last tournament alight after his insipid stint with English Premier League giants Arsenal.
Universidad de Chile winger Matias Rodriguez has earned his first Argentina call-up for their World Cup qualifier against Ecuador next month.
Manchester United right back Rafael was called up by Brazil on Friday to take the place of injured Barcelona defender Daniel Alves.
Manchester City turned to the police to force a teenage fan to return the match ball used in their dramatic Premier League title-clinching victory over QPR.
Chelsea striker Didier Drogba denied reports linking him with Barcelona on Friday as he prepared for the Champions League final showdown with Bayern Munich.
Bangladesh's second largest mobile operator Banglalink may not participate in a 3G auction if the floor price in the bidding is set at $30 million for per megahertz spectrum, a top official said yesterday.
A government initiative to raise the country's foodgrain storage capacity is going slow due to procedural delays and a spike in prices of construction materials for making warehouses.
Maize growers fear losses due to falling prices of the grain as demand for poultry feed slumps after bird flu wiped out 25,000 farms in the last one year, farmers and traders said.
Facebook stumbled on its first trading day Friday as shares ended barely above the starting price after a glitch-plagued market debut on the Nasdaq that failed to live up to its enormous hype.
Stocks plunged for the second week as investors felt shaky amid political protests and uncertainty around the hearing of writ petitions. The petitions are set for a hearing at the High Court today.
The herbal medicine market, which has been expanding gradually since 1980, will exceed Tk 2,500 crore by 2020, herbalists said yesterday.
US President Barack Obama on Friday reached out to the private sector in hopes of lifting 50 million people in the developing world from poverty, as wealthy nations grapple with a budget crunch.
Garment accessory and packaging manufacturers have urged the government to empower their trade body to issue utilisation permission certificates in the next fiscal year to help them cut extra costs and avoid harassment.
The Association of Grassroots Women Entrepreneurs urged the government to set aside a budgetary allocation of Tk 100 crore in low-interest business loans in the next budget to be accessed by the entrepreneurs, the association said in a statement.
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G8 leaders tried to bridge divisions over how to halt Europe's rapidly-deepening economic crisis Saturday, as host President Barack Obama backed more pro-growth policies in the face of German opposition.
The Asian Development Bank has recently concluded its 45th annual meeting of board of governors in Manila. Established in the mid-sixties, ADB has grown in size and prestige over the decades.
Women rights activists at a seminar yesterday demanded proper recognition of women's contributions to the War of Liberation.
Poverty and illegal migration pave the way for trafficking of people from Bangladesh, who eventually end up in prostitution and dreadful organ trade in foreign lands, government high officials said at a dialogue yesterday.
Journalist community leaders and academics yesterday urged the country's corporations and businessmen to assist families of journalists who were the victims of recent attacks, assassination attempts and road accidents.
Former chief adviser to a caretaker government Justice Muhammad Habibur Rahman said yesterday newspaper industry is now a big investment sector where trading and money game are a common practice.
After a youth died in a road accident in the capital on Friday, police filed a murder case claiming he was a Jubo League activist who ran into the path of a vehicle while trying to avoid being beaten by some local BNP activists.
A leader of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) was shot dead while two others sustained bullet injuries in Laxmichhari upazila of Khagrachhari district early yesterday.
The country's 1,000 multimedia schools will formally start a journey today, as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is to inaugurate the teacher-led content development and technology based classrooms to bring about a change in the century-old traditional teacher centred learning system.
A group of representatives of the young generation yesterday urged the government to speed up the trial of war criminals, expressing their disappointment over the slow progress.
Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) Chairman SMM Alamgir Kabir yesterday proposed raising the price of electricity “a little bit” and take energy conservation measures to minimise the country's losses and reduce power outages.
Pro-BNP teachers of Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday demanded immediate release of the opposition party's acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and other central leaders.
An alleged outlaw was killed as rivals threw bombs at him at Bamundi village in Gangni upazila, Meherpur last night.
A Chittagong court sent four people, accused in a case over the country's biggest-ever seizure of illegal Yaba tablets made on Friday, to jail yesterday.
The Upazila Parishad representatives yesterday protested the assault of a female colleague by a local Awami League lawmaker in Dakope upazila of Khulna.
The annual sports competition of Unilever Bangladesh Limited ended yesterday with a prize-giving ceremony in the Chittagong city.
A leader of Chittagong city unit of Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal, who was injured in a clash with police last Sunday, succumbed to his injury at a private clinic in the port city yesterday.
A mob beat an alleged robber to death in Subarnachar upazila of Noakhali early yesterday.
The government should establish a blood test centre in each industrial area to open up opportunities for garments workers to have HIV tests safely and secretly, speakers said at a roundtable yesterday.
Chittagong Stock Exchange Ltd (CSE) yesterday donated an incubator and two beds to Chattagram MaaShishu O General Hospital.
Two persons were killed in a collision between a sand-laden tractor and a tempo on Dhaka-Sylhet highway at Rupganj upazila in Narayanganj yesterday.
Members of Bangladesh Coast Guards (East Zone) seized two trucks with 1023kgs of jatka (Hilsa fry) worth Tk 1 lakh from the river Sangu at Anwara upazila in Chittagong on Friday.
Jahangir Alam, executive director of Bangladesh Bank, who died in Turkey on May 17, will be buried at his family graveyard in Kashisar village, Debidwar, Comilla, today after a namaz-e-janaza at the bank head office premises at 10:30am, says a press release.
Md Abdul Khalek Miah, elder brother of late noted nuclear scientist Dr MA Wazed Miah and brother-in-law of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, passed away yesterday at his residence at Fatehpur village of Pirganj upazila in Rangpur at the age of 81.
Today is the second death anniversary of Justice Abdul Kuddus Choudhury, secretary of law parliamentary ministry, says a press release.
Today is the 84th death anniversary of educationist and social worker Mia Fazlur Rahman, says a press release.
Kamrunnesa Begum Rani, wife of late Mosharraf Hossain, passed away at her Jhigatala house in the capital on Thursday due to old age complications at the age of 77, says a press release.
Law enforcers seized around 18 thousand copies of high school textbooks, meant for free distribution, from an old paper vendor in the town yesterday.
Ruling party lawmaker Captain (retd) Ghyas Uddin Ahmed yesterday claimed that he had fired blank shot to escape from a mob when his sports utility vehicle (SUV) came under attack in Kandipara Bazar area of Gafargaon upazila on Friday evening.
There is no government or non-government registered primary school in 29 villages in Jamuna char (landmass emerged from riverbed) areas in Fulchhari upazila under the district.
At least 10 people, including two policemen, were injured during a clash between the activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and Jubo League over control of a sand quarry in Parashuram upazila on Friday night.
An alleged robber was beaten to death by a mob in Charkazi Mokhles area of Subarnachar upazila early yesterday.
Nurse Dilruba Khatun, who set herself afire on Tuesday in protest at her husband's alleged illicit affair, finally succumbed to her burn injuries early Friday.
A member of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) was seriously injured as smugglers attacked a patrol team in Hatibandha upazila on Friday night.
The bodies of five fishermen, who went missing as two boats capsized in Tanguar Haor under Tahirpur upazila of Sunamganj district on Thursday, were recovered yesterday and the day before.
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested a man along with 70,000 fake notes of Tk 1,000 denomination from Fulbari village of Gomostapur upzila yesterday afternoon. The arrestee was identified as Habibur Rahman alias Joyotu, 45, son of Ayes Uddin of the village. Acting on a tip-off, a team of Rab from Joypurhat camp raided the house of Habibur at around 3:45pm and arrested him along with the fake notes. He was handed over to Gomostapur police, said ASP Mirza Golam Sarwar of the camp.
A former army man allegedly committed suicide at his house in Shahparan residential area of Sadar upazila on Friday. The deceased, Ahmad Al Kabir, 40, son of late Mahmud Ali of the area, was suffering from mental illness for long. He hanged himself from the ceiling fan of his room at noon. Ahmad was rushed him to Sobhanighat Ibne Sina Hospital in the city. Later, he was shifted to Sylhet Osmani Medical College and Hospital as his condition deteriorated where he died at around 2:30pm. On information, police recovered the body and sent it to the hospital morgue for autopsy.
The law enforcers arrested a police constable along with a hijacked auto-rickshaw and cash from Maddhya Dharmaganj area under Fatulla Police Station on Friday morning. The arrestee was identified as Fakhrul Islam Sohel, a member of No-3 Company SF of Rajarbagh Police Lines. Kazi Imran Ahmed, assistant sub-inspector of the PS, said Sohel was engaged in snatching in the area since long posing a member of Detective Branch (DB). On secret information, they raided the area and arrested Sohel and recovered the auto-rickshaw, a mobile phone and Tk 8,000 from his possession.
At least nine shops were gutted in a devastating fire at Japsha Bazar in Noria upazila on Friday. Locals said the fire originated from an electric short circuit at a shop of the bazaar and soon engulfed the adjoining eight shops at midnight. On information, fire fighters from the district headquarters rushed to the spot and brought the fire under control after four hours of frantic efforts. The affected shop owners claimed that the loss caused by the fire could go up to TK one crore.
A court here on Thursday sentenced a man to life term imprisonment for violating a physically challenged woman. The convict is Panchanon, 55, of Joypur village of Lohagora upazila. The court also fined him Tk 50,000, in default, he is to suffer five years' more in jail. According to the prosecution, Panchanon raped the woman, 40, when she went to watch television in his house on February 24, 2010. A case was filed in this connection. After examining the records and witnesses, Judge of the Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal Md Sadiur Rahman handed down the verdict.
Group of Eight leaders agreed in their discussions at Camp David yesterday that Iran needs to disclose more about its nuclear ambitions and that it was time to focus on a political transition in Syria, said President Barack Obama, the host.
President Barack Obama, fresh from easing US sanctions on Myanmar, said at the G8 summit yesterday that world powers would do all they could to promote the country's political reforms.
India stance towards the Eelam War IV changed from 'negotiations' and 'peace talks' between the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil Tigers to 'terrorism should be countered with resolve' in late 2008, a book written with considerable establishment support, 'Gota's War,' launched on Monday has said.
A suicide bomber detonated a car bomb in eastern Syria yesterday killing nine people, as US President Barack Obama said the G8 wanted a political transition in the violence-wracked country.
Switzerland's UN ambassador Paul Seger has lost 7kg (15lb) in the past two weeks, not from hiking in the Alps, but from battling what is known as the five "Big Powers" of the Security Council.
Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese pro-democracy leader and Nobel peace prize winner, is to visit Britain next month in her first trip outside the south Asian state for 24 years. She will address both houses of parliament as a guest of the British government, as well as receiving an honorary degree at Oxford University, where she studied in the 1960s.
A day after the AIADMK and the Biju Janata Dal endorsed Purno A Sangma's candidature for President, the former Lok Sabha Speaker's chances in the Rashtrapati Bhavan sweepstakes dominated informal discussions across political parties. With Parliament still in session on Friday, conversations in its corridors centred round the significance of the move.
Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng - who was at the centre of a diplomatic crisis with Washington - was on his way to the United States yesterday, according to reports.
A bomb exploded in front of a school in southern Italy yesterday, killing a 16 year-old girl and wounding at least six others, two seriously, authorities said yesterday.
China posed no threat to India despite border dispute but the country was equipping itself well and having a strong deterrence posture so that no adversary took it for granted, minister of state for defence M M Pallam Raju yesterday said.
Quebec's provincial government has passed an emergency law restricting demonstrations and shutting some universities as the government seeks to end three months of protests against tuition fee increases. Outraged students reacted by calling it an act of war.
Support for the monarchy in Britain is at its highest level for decades thanks to Queen Elizabeth II's diamond jubilee and last year's royal wedding, according to a new poll published yesterday.
Sri Lanka yesterday marked the three-year anniversary of the end of its 26-year civil war with a large military parade in the capital, Colombo.
Japanese national Tamae Watanabe, 73, on Saturday became the oldest woman to climb Mount Everest breaking her own previous record, according to the trekking agent who organised her climb.
Japanese national Tamae Watanabe, 73, yesterday became the oldest woman to climb Mount Everest breaking her own previous record, according to the trekking agent who organised her climb.
A Mexican newspaper reporter kidnapped in the northwestern border state of Sonora was found dead on Friday with signs of torture, local officials said.
Arts & Entertainment
Plays, especially comedies, are not a regular feature of the Dhaka entertainment scenario and that is why the staging of “Hamlet: the Clown Prince “was eagerly awaited by theatre lovers in Dhaka. The additional fact that this production has been popular on an international scale, completing 126 shows till date, added to its promise of being fun and good entertainment. Finally a cast of renowned Bollywood based actors only added to its attraction.
Instead of going head-to-head on the screen, stars from four subcontinental countries are set to compete against each other on the cricket field, in an upcoming match in Sri Lanka this October. A recent press conference revealed that popular figures from Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan will participate in the exhibition matches.
“After a photo shoot at the village Gabura under Shatkhira district, I was returning to the place where I was temporarily living. On my way, I suddenly came across some people burying a corpse. When I asked them, they informed me that it was a woman who had died while giving birth. I found my subject although my empathy surpassed my professional obligations for a while,” says documentary photographer Naymuzzaman Prince pointing to one of his photographs taken at Gabura, a remote village inthe Southern part of the country.
After unethically judged as a sinner, a woman wants to die through drinking venomous liquid from a person who has never committed any sin. When she asks the guru of the temple (where she resides) about the whereabouts of such an individual, he fails to answer her.
Though the world enthusiastically celebrated the great bard Tagore's yearlong 150th birth anniversary, yet Bangladeshi dancers are still continuing their celebration programme commemorating the occasion.
After winning the National Award for Best Actress for her raunchy role in "The Dirty Picture", Vidya Balan is now keen on working with two superstars--Prosenjit Chatterjee in a Bengali film and with Bollywood 'badshah' Shahrukh Khan whom she considers as the "ultimate romantic hero".
Those of us who were students of English literature are familiar with the story of Don Quixote. The tale is a comedy about a mentally deranged man who thinks he is a knight in shining armour. Whenever he sees a windmill, he imagines it as a ferocious giant with huge arms, intent on killing him. So he attacks these windmills riding on horseback with his long spear. When he demobilises a windmill he thinks that he has killed a giant. Along with Don Quixote rides his servant Sancho Panza. In the story, Sancho represents "common sense" and keeps telling Don of his mistake. But Don the "giant killer" ignores his advice and repeats the mistake.
The Obama administration has placed increased emphasis on killing terrorists via drone attacks or other means. But this alone will not end the War on Terror. Terrorist organisations such as al-Qaeda and its many affiliates seem to have no trouble finding new recruits to take the place of those the US kills. Reducing, if not ending, the flow of new terrorist recruits, though, could occur through resolving the various local and regional conflicts that are linked to the overall War on Terror.
Dr. Muinul Islam, Professor, Department of Economics, University of Chittagong and ex-president, Bangladesh Economic Association, talks with A.B.M. Badrud Doza of The Daily Star on black money and its effects.
Recently, I was on a flight where most of my co-travelers were South Asians -- the majority being Bangladeshis headed for the job market. The check-in process was an ordeal of pushing, shoving, queue jumping, and hysterical arguments about overweight baggage. Once the flight was airborne, the ordeal turned into a nightmare of loud conversations across aisles, and, most revolting of all, toilets flooded with water and littered with paper towels!
The Triple Alliance between Germany, Austria-Hungary and Italy is formed.