News of: Thursday, 24th of May, 2012
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The Metropolitan Sessions Judge's Court in Dhaka too rejected yesterday the bail petitions of BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and 32 other top opposition leaders who are in jail since May 16.
Fifty three leaders and activists of the opposition 18-party alliance including a local Jamaat-e-Islami lawmaker and senior leaders of Chittagong BNP were charged yesterday in two cases for arson attacks on May 13 during a clash with law enforcers in the city.
A prosecution witness yesterday told the International Crimes Tribunal-1 that the activities of Razakars, Al Shams and Al Badr forces in Chittagong during the Liberation War indicated that their “main office” was Salauddin Quader Chowdhury's Goods Hill home in Chittagong.
Extrajudicial execution in Bangladesh continued throughout 2011 despite a government pledge to end it, while the authorities have not committed to bringing to justice law enforcers accused of torturing thousands in custody, says Amnesty International.
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) yesterday asked banks to freeze the accounts of Destiny 2000 Ltd, a major arm of Destiny Group, to check whether it had been involved in tax anomalies, said an NBR official.
Giving an ultimatum to Khaleda Zia to invite Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to a dialogue by June 5, BNP leader Nazmul Huda yesterday threatened to quit the party if the ultimatum is not met.
Chittagong city's bustling commodity hub Khatunganj, which has given birth to a number of well-known local conglomerates such as Partex Group, Abul Khair Group, PHP Group and TK Group, is changing.
Sahara Group, an Indian business conglomerate, yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding for investment in low-cost township schemes in Bangladesh.
The High Court (HC) yesterday upheld a 20-year-old verdict by a lower court that had sentenced former state minister for energy AKM Mosharraf Hossain to jail for three years on charge of misappropriating state money.
In a bid to modernise the tactical transport aircraft fleet of the Air Force, Bangladesh will purchase four Lockheed MC-130Es from the United States at an estimated cost of $180 million.
At least 22 people were killed and 30 others injured in separate road accidents across the country yesterday.
Prof Muzaffer Ahmad was an unwavering and fearless advocate for peace and civic rights, said eminent personalities yesterday, lamenting his demise.
Nishat Majumder and her fellow mountaineer MA Mohit will start descending from the base camp of the Mount Everest tomorrow if the weather remains favourable.
The government was interfering in judicial affairs and that was why senior opposition leaders had not got bail in an arson case, leaders of the main opposition BNP told foreign diplomats during a meeting yesterday.
The UK has pressed for impartial and transparent investigations into disappearance of BNP leader M Ilias Ali and others, said British Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office Lord Howell on Monday.
After decades of indifference, big businesses and the government are turning up the heat on smokers in South Korea.
Though former CMP commissioner SM Sabbir Ali had expressed his suspicion that some NSI officials were involved in unloading a huge cache of guns and explosives at the CUFL jetty in 2004, a probe committee did not mention it in its report.
Cambodia's Khmer Rouge war crimes tribunal was postponed yesterday until next week to allow the oldest of the three former regime leaders on trial to recover from bronchitis.
African Union and Somali government troops have made "strong progress" in a push towards an Islamist Shebab stronghold, site of the world's largest displaced people's camp, officials yesterday said.
Three people were killed and 18 others wounded in attacks in Iraq yesterday, security officials said, as Baghdad hosted key nuclear talks in its latest effort to emerge from decades of isolation.
Saudi's defence ministry signed a $3 billion deal with Britain to buy trainer jets for the kingdom's air force, SPA state news agency reported yesterday.
A mother allegedly fed her 10-month-old son insecticide and then drank the poison to her death at their Rayerbazar home in the capital last night.
Despite the fact that 9 per cent of the population are physically challenged, the national budget allocates less than 0.5 per cent for their development. Even this pittance hardly reaches the beneficiaries at the right time at the right place.
Professor Muzaffer Ahmad's passing leaves us all impoverished, for his was a voice of conscience for this country. In the manner of so may other eminent citizens deeply concerned about the present and future of this country, the now deceased scholar played a prominent role in organizing civil society in Bangladesh and seeing to it that the opinions of those who constituted this society were taken proper cognizance of. Indeed, it would be quite proper to suggest that Professor Muzaffer was the one man who understood clearly that when politics failed to address the concerns of the masses, it remained for broad society as a whole to step into the void and try making a difference.
Newcomers Team BJMC and holders Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club chalked up comprehensive victories in the Grameenphone Bangladesh Premier League yesterday.
Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim has said that the Tigers now have a greater responsibility to perform as they look towards the next season.
Chennai Super Kings beat Mumbai Indians by 38 runs in the eliminator of the Indian Premier League at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore yesterday. Chasing a daunting 188, Mumbai Indians finished at 149 for the loss of 9 wickets.
A decision on the Tigers' proposed tour to Ireland in late July will be up for discussion, apart from the new TV deal, when the Bangladesh Cricket Board directors hold a meeting today at its headquarters in Mirpur.
India, traditionally poor tourists, will have an opportunity to improve their Test rankings when they host New Zealand and current top-ranked Test team England either side of the Twenty20 World Cup in September.
England's Kevin Pietersen has said it will be "great for the game" if West Indies "superstar" Chris Gayle returns for the second Test at Trent Bridge starting here on Friday.
BKSP and Gulshan Youth Club secured massive wins in the 4th Women's Club Cricket League at BKSP yesterday.
Cantonians SC thrashed Josephites by 67-25 points in the Citycell Metropolis First Division Basketball League at Dhanmondi Basketball Gymnasium yesterday.
The National Sports Council yesterday revealed the election schedule of Bangladesh Women's Sports Association. The polls will take place on July 2.
Bangladesh-B team and India-A team emerged champions in different groups of the First South Asian Special Olympics 5-a-side Football Tournament that concluded at the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishthan yesterday.
West Indies have named an A squad with considerable international experience for the first unofficial Test against India A in Barbados early next month.
Stuart Broad will be back on his home ground when the second Test against the West Indies starts here on Friday, with the seamer keen to follow up last year's Trent Bridge triumph.
West Indies wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin has said it would be "amazing" for a youthful side if they were to beat world number ones England during their ongoing Test series.
Tino Best is ready to make the most of his unexpected recall to West Indies duty after being summoned to England as a replacement for the injured Shannon Gabriel.
Zaka Ashraf, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman, has hinted at asking India to host a limited-overs series between Pakistan and Australia later this year. PCB is seeking a venue for the series after Sri Lanka's refusal to stage it.
Barcelona striker David Villa ruled himself out of the running for a place in Spain's squad for Euro 2012 on Tuesday after failing to fully recover from a broken leg.
Jose Mourinho said he was motivated by the challenges ahead at Real Madrid after agreeing a two-year contract extension on Tuesday which tied him to the Spanish champions until 2016.
Shanghai Shenhua's talks with Didier Drogba are continuing "just as planned", a report said Wednesday, raising expectations the striker will move to China after announcing his departure from Chelsea.
Teenage rising star Mario Goetze has been dubbed Germany's Lionel Messi and despite an injury-hit 2012, coach Joachim Loew has said he plans to give him a key role at Euro 2012.
Narail District team clinched the UCB First Women's Hockey title as they outclassed Dinajpur Municipal School team by 6-1 goals in a one-sided final at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.
Sergei Bubka, president of the Ukrainian Olympic Committee, said he had suspended the secretary general of his NOC over claims he had sold tickets for the London Olympics on the black market.
Former world number one Kim Clijsters announced on Tuesday she is to retire after the US Open in September.
South African Oscar Pistorius, trying to become the first double amputee to compete in the Olympics, and reigning 5,000m Olympic women's champion Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia will race in the Diamond League meet next month in New York, organisers announced on Tuesday.
Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk has strongly criticised the "scandalous" treatment in Germany of Arjen Robben, during the Oranje's friendly match against his club Bayern Munich.
Inter Milan will open football schools in Indonesia, the club said in the capital Jakarta on Wednesday, following a trend started by Arsenal and Liverpool.
Asian champions Japan whipped Azerbaijan 2-0 in a friendly at home Wednesday to boost their morale before opening their final World Cup qualifying campaign next month.
Just three days after Arjen Robben missed a penalty kick that might have won the Champions League final for Bayern Munich, his club hosted his national team -- the Netherlands -- for a friendly in the same stadium that housed his nightmare.
A huge amount of foreign aid has piled up in recent times, due to higher commitments by development partners but low utilisation of funds by the government.
Wheat production in major growing areas rose slightly last winter supported by favourable weather.
The Dhaka Stock Exchange yesterday asked all listed companies to inform the premier bourse of their shareholding positions as of May 21, within this month.
Southeast Asia's largest budget carrier AirAsia posted a 4.0 percent increase in first-quarter net profit Wednesday, with the company citing a solid business model as the reason.
A swarm of small investors yesterday demonstrated in front of the Dhaka Stock Exchange building to protest a sharp fall in share prices.
Eurozone officials have told members of the currency area to prepare contingency plans in case Greece quits the bloc, an eventuality which Germany's central bank said would be testing but "manageable".
Malaysia's economic growth slowed to 4.7 percent in the first quarter, the government said Wednesday, due to weakening exports sparked by a stuttering global economy and debt woes in Europe.
The SME Foundation started training the country's small and medium entrepreneurs on tax and value added tax for free to help them run businesses properly, officials said.
Reebok India has lodged a police complaint against two former executives alleged to have siphoned off 8.7 billion rupees ($155 million) from the sportswear firm.
/Nissan Motor announced Wednesday it will launch global production of an all-electric van, the e-NV200, as early as next year in the Spanish city of Barcelona, creating 700 jobs.
With the death of Prof Muzaffer Ahmad, the country has lost one of its greatest sons and an influential educationist.
It was in 1995 when we read in the newspapers that economist Robert Lucas was awarded the Noble Prize in economics for his 'rational expectations' theory. The name Lucas did not ring a bell, and as undergraduate students of economics in Dhaka University, naturally we were piqued to find out more about him and his theory. Back then, the internet was not available and had to rely on library and senior lecturers to source information.
Seasonal gluts and shortages are a common problem in agriculture markets. They often lead to market inefficiency (demand not meeting supply), resulting in wastage (or shortage) and volatile prices for both consumers and producers. Availability of warehousing for semi perishables and cold storage for perishables alleviates the problem. If all necessary procedures are followed, longevity of the produce and stable supply can be ensured.
Two top US financial regulators said on Tuesday the issues around the initial public offering of Facebook should be reviewed, putting fresh pressure on the company, its lead underwriter, Morgan Stanley, and the Nasdaq stock exchange.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday stressed the need for the continuation of democratic process in the country and urged all to remain vigil so that no one can capture power in the future through undemocratic means.
Although drowning is emerging as a leading killer of children in Bangladesh, it has remained undetected as a significant health issue, says a new Unicef report.
The International Crimes Tribunal-2 yesterday fixed June 11 to decide whether it would indict former BNP lawmaker Abdul Alim for his alleged involvement in crimes against humanity committed during the Liberation War.
People lacking in knowledge about maritime laws are trying to portray the maritime verdict as a defeat, Rear Admiral (retd) Khurshed Alam, additional secretary to the foreign ministry, said yesterday.
Students of Chittagong Polytechnic Institute yesterday blocked off an intersection in the port city protesting the government's decision to downgrade the diploma engineers as class-three officials from the previous class-two employee category.
Inspired by the successes of Bangladeshi Everest conquerors, around a hundred students of Dhaka University are receiving training to scale the world's highest mountain.
Four out of a total of five accused in the biggest-ever Yaba haul case in the port city were remanded for two days each yesterday.
The High Court has questioned the legality of a section of the Representation of the People Order (RPO), under which the candidacy of Abul Kashem from Tangail-5 constituency was cancelled and Mahmudul Hasan was declared elected.
Speakers at a seminar stressed the need for fulfillment of compliance for the export oriented companies to survive in the present competitive market.
Neither the government nor the law enforcers can do anything if BNP continues hiding their missing leader M Ilias Ali, State Minister for Home Shamsul Haque Tuku told a parliamentary body yesterday.
Mystery shrouded the death of a Rajshahi University (RU) teacher, who was punished for sexual harassment of a female student, at his in-law's house in Upashohor of the city on Tuesday night.
A non-government organisation, Brotee, ahs condemned a series of recent attacks and repression on indigenous people in different districts across the country.
A Dhaka University professor, who was supposed to make a presentation on Bangladesh's maritime feat, lost his laptop at the central auditorium of Jagannath University (JnU) yesterday.
Women can do better than men in the driving profession as females are more cautious while driving, said Communications and Railways Minister Obaidul Quader yesterday.
South Korea will facilitate re-employment for a period of four years and ten months to the Bangladeshi workers who do not overstay illegally and return back to their homeland on completion of their job contracts in South Korea, said a press release of the South Korean Embassy in Dhaka.
A security guard and a woman were shot by two unidentified miscreants in the capital's Wari yesterday.
Gender equity is not only women's issues but a platform where both men and women should work together to fight the patriarchal corporate world, said Dhaka University teacher Kaberi Gayen at a workshop yesterday.
Bangladesh and India will jointly celebrate the 90th anniversary of the publication of poem 'Bidrohi' by rebel poet Kazi Nazrul Islam and his 113th birth anniversary tomorrow (Friday).
An army officer, who is also a doctor of Dhaka Combined Military Hospital (CMH), was arrested with 100 Yaba tablets in the capital's Dakkhinkhan area on Tuesday night.
Police and locals caught an alleged mugger after a gang of snatchers took away Tk 7 lakh from a trader in front of Sadarghat Bata signal yesterday afternoon.
Speakers at a seminar yesterday said, for lack of coordination among service organisations and lack of effective steps towards stopping misuse of water, the national resource is being wasted everyday.
The two probe committees formed for probing Monday's Sylhet central jail incident began their investigations yesterday.
The election of syndicate members from the dean categories of Rajshahi University (RU) will be held today.
The 60th founding anniversary celebration programme of Bangladesh Chhatra Union will be held tomorrow (Friday) at Muslim Hall in the port city.
A delegation of Jatiya Party (JP-Manju) called on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her office yesterday.
The Department of Environment (DoE) officials seized 200 kilograms of banned polythene bags from three shops in Chittagong city yesterday.
Supervisor of a bus was crushed under its wheels at Pallabi in the capital yesterday.
Police seized 2,000 litres of locally-made contraband liquor worth around Tk 8 lakh and arrested two men in Patiya upazila on Tuesday night.
Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) yesterday stressed on holding an all party dialogue to find an 'alternative mechanism' for holding free and fair elections.
A group of women of Shiali village in Patuakhali Sadar upazila have built a wooden bridge on a canal flowing through the village in a day, thanks to their labour of love to solve a long time problem in the area.
Authorities of Pabna Medical College Hospital yesterday found huge 'out of list' medicines, stored allegedly for illegal sale, at the operation theatre (OT) of the hospital.
English language fair under English in Schools programme, a joint initiative of The Daily Star and mobile operator Robi, was held at a school in Monirampur upazila of Jessore district yesterday.
At least five vehicles were torched in Khagrachhari yesterday, the first day of 36-hour roads and waterways blockade programme enforced by Democratic Youth Forum.
Storm lashed four upazilas of Kurigram and Lalmonirhat districts early yesterday and on Tuesday night, damaging over 3,000 thatched and tin-roofed houses and injuring at least 28 people.
Six members of United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) have been sued on charge of killing Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) leader Anil Chakma.
A Moulvibazar court yesterday sentenced five people to life imprisonment for killing a man in Baralekha upazila in 2003.
A sub-inspector of Ghoraghat Police Station of Dinajpur was closed to police lines here yesterday on charge of stalking a girl.
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested an alleged operative of outlawed Purbo Bangla Communist Party (PBCP-ML) faction Lal Pataka from his house at Karamdi village in Gangni upazila of Meherpur district early yesterday.
At least 20 houses were gutted in a fire at Hazi Newaz Kandi village in Sadar upazila on Monday evening.
Detective Branch (DB) of police yesterday rescued 25 people, including 10 women and four children, from Katakhali intersection on Bagerhat-Khulna Road while they were being trafficked to India.
A local Jubo Dal activist was shot dead by unknown criminals at Gatipara village under Benapole police station on Tuesday night.
As long-isolated Myanmar opens up, its people are flexing their newly democratic muscles and testing the boundaries of freedom in a series of protests over chronic power outages.
Egyptians were voting yesterday in historic presidential elections contested by Islamists and secularists promising different futures for the country after the overthrow of veteran dictator Hosni Mubarak.
France and Germany opened an EU summit yesterday on a collision course over how to spur growth in the debt-stricken eurozone, as markets plunged and the euro hit a near two-year low.
The UN Security Council has failed to match the courage shown by protesters around the world and is increasingly "unfit for purpose," Amnesty International said in its annual report today.
Americans are split between President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney less than six months before the presidential poll in November, according to two new polls.
World powers pressing Iran to scale back its nuclear programme yesterday offered a new batch of incentives that fell short of the sanctions relief sought by Tehran, which made a counter-proposal.
Europe yesterday warned at climate talks in Bonn that efforts to forge a new global pact to avert environmental disaster were in danger of floundering, and some pointed fingers at China.
Turkmenistan yesterday signed agreements with India and Pakistan to deliver gas through a new pipeline that will transit Afghanistan, the first contracts in the ambitious project.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has acknowledged the "large unfinished agenda" facing his government after three years in power, and vowed to tackle corruption and fiscal mismanagement.
Instability in Yemen has left the country facing a hunger catastrophe, with nearly half of people without enough food, aid groups have warned.
Russia yesterday staged the first successful test-launch of a new intercontinental missile designed to penetrate the defence system now being deployed by Nato despite Moscow's fierce complaints.
Australia's richest person Gina Rinehart has eclipsed Wal-Mart heiress Christy Walton to become the world's wealthiest woman, according to an annual index by Business Review Weekly.
Guinea-Bissau's armed forces vowed yesterday to return to their barracks after transitional authorities formed a new government that includes an army officer who participated in the country's April 12 coup.
A western Indian state has declared war on animal poaching, allowing forest guards to shoot hunters on sight to curb attacks on tigers, elephants and other wildlife.
A Pakistani doctor accused of helping the CIA find Osama bin Laden has been jailed for 33 years for treason, television channels and a local government official said.
US missiles killed four militants in a Taliban stronghold of Pakistan yesterday, officials said, amid increasing strains with the West over a six-month blockade on Nato supplies into Afghanistan.
Gunmen have kidnapped two foreign women aid workers and their three local colleagues in a remote province in northeast Afghanistan, officials said yesterday.
Radiation affecting residents in Japan's Fukushima prefecture since the nuclear plant disaster is below the reference level for public exposure in all but two areas, the World Health Organization said yesterday.
The World Health Organisation yesterday re-appointed Margaret Chan as its chief, who declared universal health care as her top priority.
South Korea will this week chemically castrate a man repeatedly convicted of sexually assaulting children in the country's first use of the punishment, an official said yesterday.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will visit Beijing next month, a spokesman for the Islamic republic's embassy yesterday said amid an escalating crisis over Tehran's nuclear programme.
Arts & Entertainment
On the occasion of the 113th birth anniversary of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, Bangla Academy organised a speech and cultural programme at the Seminar Room of the academy on May 22. Shamsuzzaman Khan, director general of Bangla Academy, delivered the welcome speech at the programme. Eminent singer and Nazrul Sangeet exponent Feroza Begum delivered the key speech on the 'rebel poet'. Professor Anisuzzaman, president of the academy, presided over the programme.
“Nurjahan”, the popular novel by Imdadul Haque Milon, has been adapted into a TV serial. In the serial, Naznin Hasan Chumki plays an important character. The serial is aired on Channel i on Saturdays and Sundays at 7:50 pm. Chumki shared her views with The Daily Star regarding the serial and more.
Channel i is holding the 8th Nazrul Mela at its Tejgaon office premises, in Dhaka, marking 113th birth anniversary of our National Poet on May 25. The channel will be honouring noted Nazrul singer Ferdaus Ara with a lifetime achievement award on the occasion. The announcement was made at a press conference at the channel's Tejgaon office yesterday.
A moment of silence please for a visionary inventor who did more for TV viewing than anybody else. Eugene Polley, inventor of the TV remote control, died last Sunday at age 96 of natural causes.
Since 1995 and the filming of “Carla's Song”, Ken Loach has repeatedly worked with Paul Laverty, his screenwriter of choice. Twenty years after their first partnership and eleven films later, Paul Laverty has penned the screenplay of Ken Loach's new work “The Angels' Share”, presented In Competition at the Festival de Cannes 2012.
Actress Freida Pinto arrived for the opening ceremony at the 65th Cannes Film Festival.
“Surer Boichitre Nazrul”, a TV programme featuring singers Nashid Kamal, Parvin Sultana and Sheikh Jashim, will be aired by Banglavision on May 25 at 6:10pm. The singers will render Nazrul songs “Chol Chol Chol”, “Nodir Naam Shoi Anjona”, “Chander Konya Chand Sultana” and several other popular numbers by the National Poet.
To celebrate the birth anniversary of Kazi Nazrul Islam, ntv will air a special drama “Ragini” on May 25 at 9 pm. Nahid Ahmed Piyal directed and also wrote the drama based on Kazi Nazrul Islam's poem “Ashanwita”. The story is about Ragini who waits for Ratan and reminisces about the lost days of first love. Aparna, Jitu Ahsan and Shormimala will star in the special drama.
The gorgeous model and actress Monalisa is the featured celebrity of this month at DS Café. She will be on the hot seat and readers can fire away questions at her at The Daily Star Centre on May 26, between 4 and 5pm. The best question will be highlighted in the transcription. Call 8126155, 01711623915 and 01711623917 to speak to Monalisa.
For the good part of the 20 years since democracy was resurrected in 1991 we have been occupied by one issue … how the elections would be held. In 1996 the political parties settled for a unique dispensation -- the caretaker system -- since, under the atmosphere of a severe deficit of trust between the two parties, there was no other alternative. There seems to be no alternative now either.
Money is a strange aphrodisiac. It stiffens obstinacy and softens the brain, when the reverse might be far more useful. Add a bit of face recognition, which celebrities crave and idol-worshippers offer, and the cocktail becomes so heady it takes only a moment to explode in your face. Petulance is but a step away, since celebrities consider it injurious to their health to admit guilt. Not every superstar becomes victim of this syndrome, but few escape an occasional attack of mania.
Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan is a different kettle of fish altogether. All his fellow travelers (read ministers) hit the headlines for news of their respective ministries. He, on the other hand, comes into the news, that too beaming under halo round his head, for incidents that involve the communications ministry, not his own. And one can hardly forget the manner of his remarks about those tragic road accidents, taking all the errant bus and truck drivers under his wings as if the innocent passengers killed in the avoidable accidents deserved to die and as if it is he, not the communications minister, who is the legal custodian of the bus drivers. He is a trade union leader and also the executive president of the Bangladesh Sharak Paribahan Sramik Federation. Evidently, keeping his position as an indulgent transport leader is more important to him than innocent people's lives and his own ministry's affairs.
The capital goods industry is the backbone of the industrial base in a nation. Every developed country invariably has a well-established domestic capital goods industry, complete with product design and analysis capabilities. Bangladesh should also attempt to develop its capital goods industry that would include product conceptualisation, analysis, prototype design, product strength and fatigue life testing, manufacturing, and product sustenance and maintenance provisions.
Ten years ago on this day an unusually public-spirited lady passed away. She was Dr. Maliha Khatun. It would be pertinent to remind that very few Bengali Muslim women were active on the social scene of erstwhile East Pakistan. It was a time when even educated women did not really venture out of the confines of their homes. In such a scenario Dr. Maliha made her mark as a distinguished educationist, writher and social worker.
World War I: Italy declares war on Austria-Hungary.