News of: Thursday, 21st of June, 2012
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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said her government had taken legal steps on enquiry into every incident of extrajudicial killing, a claim which was rejected outright by two top rights activists.
Many garment workers in trouble-hit Ashulia have left for home or in search of jobs elsewhere, as they remain without income for the shutdown of more than 300 factories in the industrial belt.
Not only do the local Bangladeshis, the Rohingya refugees living in Teknaf also want a lasting solution to the ethnic problem in Myanmar's Rakhine state so that the Rohingyas can go back home.
The Canadian company SNC-Lavalin had offered at least six influential Bangladeshis, including former communications minister Syed Abul Hossain, huge bribes to obtain the consultant's job in the Padma bridge project.
After four days of shutdown, owners of Ashulia-based garment factories yesterday decided to reopen more than 300 units today upon government assurance that it will ensure security of the factories.
Bangladesh improved its status in the US Trafficking in Persons Report this year and reached Tier-2 of the three-tier system from Tier-2 Watch List.
Several thousand readymade garment workers staged a rowdy protest, torching and vandalising vehicles in Chittagong city yesterday following the death of a fellow worker in a road accident.
BNP leader Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury, accompanied by Pakistani army men, took a lot of gold and money from Nutan Chandra Sinha minutes before killing him in 1971, said Nutan's son Praphulla before the International Crimes Tribunal-1 yesterday.
Shab-e-Barat, a holy night for the Muslims, will be observed on July 5 as the new moon for the month of Shaban was not sighted anywhere in the country yesterday.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday assured that load shedding will come to a "tolerable level" before Ramadan begins in the third week of next month.
Pakistan's president summoned parliament to meet tomorrow to elect a new prime minister, with the outgoing textile minister emerging as the likely candidate for the job.
The Supreme Court yesterday ordered to stop construction of roads and felling of trees in the reserve forest in Char Kukrimukri of Bhola in order to protect environment and ecology of the coastal belt.
Bangladesh has marked slight improvement on the list of failed states compared to last year having been ranked 29th in Failed State Index (FSI), according to a new study.
The Anti-Corruption Commission yesterday interrogated 12 more former and serving officials of Destiny 2000 Ltd, including a director, about irregularities by the multilevel company.
Bangladesh border guards have sent back 12 more Rohingyas to Myanmar as they tried to intrude into Bangladesh territory through Teknaf.
A second case was filed yesterday against six leaders and activists of pro-Awami League voluntary and youth wings in connection with the June 12 violence at Sarak Bhaban.
Sudanese riot police armed with batons and tear gas fought with students protesting for a fourth day against tough austerity measures the finance minister set out in detail yesterday.
Chinese artist and political activist Ai Weiwei says police have prevented him from leaving his Beijing studio to attend a court hearing on his tax evasion case.
Pakistani authorities will try to persuade militants in a northwest tribal area to lift a ban on anti-polio vaccination teams imposed in protest at US drone strikes, officials said yesterday.
The government yesterday officially announced a policy aimed at stopping the “coaching business” of teachers by preventing them from giving private tuition to students of their own institutions.
We are hopeful that the statement made by state minister for labour and industry can deliver on the promise to have factories in the troubled Ashulia industrial humming again after Saturday next. The BGMEA and BKMEA ordered all factories to shut down on June 11 for an indefinite period until the government took constructive steps to ensure the security in the industrial zone and bring those responsible for vandalism in some industrial units to book. Needless to say that the estimated $10million lost every day by the readymade garments (RMG) factories and tens of thousands of workers being unemployedin the area is not at all welcome news. Though the legality of the shutdown by owners has been challenged in the high court, there is no guarantee that violence will not flare up again once factories resume operations.
Pakistan has entered another phase of crisis as its highest court has finally disqualified the incumbent prime minister Yousuf Raja Gilani from holding his office.
Portugal have rallied around captain Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of Thursday's Euro 2012 quarterfinal against the Czech Republic here.
Zimbabwe downed favourites South Africa by 29 runs yesterday at the Harare Sports Club to reach the top of the points table in the Twenty20 triangular series. They now have two wins out of two while Hashim Amla's men have one.
Siddikur Rahman believes that he is ready to bounce back from the disappointment of last week by resuming his title charge at the inaugural Volvik Hildesheim Open J Golf Series which tees off at the Hildesheim Country Club today.
Armin Asha retained the women's 10m Air Pistol gold in the IFIC Bank 26th National Shooting Championship when she shot 471 points out of 500 at the National Shooting Complex in Gulshan yesterday.
Bangladesh crashed out of the AFC U-22 Championship group D qualifiers when they lost their third consecutive match, going down 3 -0 against Jordan at the Dasharath Stadium yesterday.
The Bangladesh team management will make a call on Tamim Iqbal's fitness today, a few hours ahead of their third game of the Twenty20 triangular series against Zimbabwe.
Defending Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic has been confirmed as the top seed in this year's men's singles at the All England Club, while French Open winner Maria Sharapova is the top seed in the women's singles.
India's explosive all-rounder Yuvraj Singh has said he is back in light training after undergoing cancer treatment and hopes to play in the World Twenty20 starting in September in Sri Lanka.
No one expected coach Cesare Prandelli, his backroom team and federation vice president and former midfielder Demetrio Albertini to take the walk at 3 a.m. local time, shortly after arriving back in Krakow from beating the Irish 2-0 in Poznan.
Michael Phelps's bid to maintain Olympic swimming supremacy begins in earnest next week, when he renews his rivalry with Ryan Lochte at the US Olympic swimming trials.
Sri Lanka will look to improve their dismal Test record over the past year when they take on a self-destructing Pakistan side in a three-match series from Friday.
Dashing all-rounder Shahid Afridi Wednesday promised to review his one-day future after Pakistan's series loss to Sri Lanka, saying youngsters needed to be inducted with the 2015 World Cup in mind.
India will play five one-day internationals and one Twenty20 game against Sri Lanka during a three-week tour starting next month, Sri Lanka Cricket said on Wednesday.
England one-day captain Alastair Cook refused to get carried away after his latest limited-overs hundred sealed a series win over the West Indies.
Gold medalist Rafael Nadal will carry the Spain flag at the opening ceremony for the London Games, the country's Olympic committee (COE) said on Wednesday.
Former New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori wants to return to the short form of the game at this year's ICC World T20 tournament in Sri Lanka, officials said on Wednesday.
England will rest three frontline bowlers for the third and final one-day international against the West Indies at Headingley on Friday.
Sweden are set fair for the 2014 World Cup qualifiers, despite exiting Euro 2012 at the group stage, their inspirational captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic said.
The Barcelona president, Sandro Rosell, has said that Cristiano Ronaldo would not get into the Barca starting XI, claiming the Real Madrid winger is only the "12th best player in the world".
FIFA boss Sepp Blatter said on Wednesday that the introduction of goal-line technology is a must after Ukraine appeared to equalise against England in their final Euro 2012 group match but the referee waved play on.
Match 1 - June 21 (at Warsaw): Czech Republic v Portugal
Czech Republic captain Tomas Rosicky resumed training on Wednesday giving some cause for optimism that he will be able to start Thursday's Euro 2012 quarterfinal against Portugal in Warsaw, the Czech football association said.
Chelsea and Ivory Coast idol Didier Drogba Wednesday said he had signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua, where he will join former team-mate Nicolas Anelka.
UEFA's chief refereeing officer Pierluigi Collina on Wednesday said that a Ukraine effort ruled out against England in their final Euro 2012 Group D match for not crossing the line should have been given.
Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini will miss the Euro 2012 quarterfinal against England in Kiev on Sunday after suffering a thigh injury.
Ukraine striker Andriy Shevchenko announced he will retire from international football after his country's elimination from Euro 2012 with a 1-0 defeat by England on Tuesday.
The World Bank yesterday advised the government to revise down subsidy allocation in the 2012-13 budget, as it is disproportionately benefiting the society's well-offs.
A group of small investors yesterday urged the government to suspend trading in the stockmarket to bring an end to a losing streak that has been continuing for the last six days.
An international safety audit begins today to determine whether Bangladesh will come out of the list of countries having unsafe civil aviation systems.
The government needs to strengthen monitoring and ensure evaluation of social safety net schemes to stop leaks, a former caretaker government adviser said
Schneider Electric, an entity of global energy management specialists, and Grameen Shakti have jointly set up a social business venture to provide access to electricity and develop associated services for disadvantaged people in Bangladesh.
Turnover on the Dhaka Stock Exchange dipped to a three-and-a-half-year low yesterday as investors went for another panic sell-off amid volatility.
The Asian Development Bank will lend $50 million to Bangladesh to help improve the environment by financing more energy-efficient brick kilns, the ADB said in a statement yesterday.
The government yesterday decided in principle to form a 'mutual fund' to encourage Bangladeshi expatriates to invest in.
Bangladesh Employers' Federation yesterday urged the government to regulate house rent rate in the Ashulia industrial belt, citing it as one of the compelling factors for the ongoing garment labour uproar.
Singapore overtook Hong Kong as home to Asia's wealthy last year as declining stock markets hit the former British territory a lot harder than its Southeast Asian rival, according to Capgemini and RBC Wealth Management.
Top officials of mobile operators yesterday urged Finance Minister AMA Muhith to consider some tax related issues in the next fiscal year.
A cabinet panel yesterday approved a proposal for importing 50,000 tonnes of wheat at a rate of Tk 22.52 a kg.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said her government will consider the establishment of a mountaineering institute to educate people about mountain expeditions.
The High Court yesterday again summoned the officer-in-charge of Narsingdi Sadar Police Station and an inspector of Detective Branch of police to appear before it on July 19 in connection with an assault on a judge by police.
Fourteen people were killed and three others injured in road accidents in Sirajganj, Dinajpur, Rangpur and Natore on Tuesday and yesterday.
New York based Human Rights Watch (HRW) urged Bangladesh to stop forcibly pushing back Rohingyas fleeing sectarian violence in Myanmar.
The International Crimes Tribunal-2 yesterday deferred the date for recording statements of the prosecution witnesses against Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul Quader Mollah to July 3.
A Dhaka court yesterday rescheduled for July 3 the hearing on charge framing against 46 accused, including the BNP acting secretary general, in connection with torching of a vehicle before the Prime Minister's Office on April 29.
The Detective Branch (DB) of police seized around 3,000 NCTB books from the capital's Bangla Bazar and arrested eight persons in this connection Tuesday evening.
Politicians, indigenous leaders and rights activists yesterday demanded a separate budgetary allocation for the indigenous communities to uplift their socio-economic status.
Dr Iftekharuzzaman, executive director of Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB), yesterday called upon United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) member states to honour their commitment to involve the civil society in reviewing the convention.
BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday asked the government to resolve the ongoing political crisis through discussions within the BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's given timeframe.
The Supreme Court yesterday refused to stay a High Court verdict that allowed the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to proceed with a corruption case against former Dhaka City Corporation mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka and 12 high officials.
Speakers at different programmes recalled the role of Sufia Kamal in various rights movements and paid tributes to the poet on her 101st birth anniversary yesterday.
Former railways minister Suranjit Sengupta yesterday said the crisis between a bench of judiciary and the legislature had been over with the historic ruling of the Speaker.
The High Court (HC) yesterday issued a rule asking authorities concerned to explain in four weeks why it should not be compulsory to register marriages based on couple's national identification (ID) cards.
India and Bangladesh have decided to institutionalise a yearly meeting of home ministers to have a direct "political supervision" of bilateral issues concerning home affairs and economic matters, Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Tariq Karim said during his recent visit to Shillong.
Family members of war crimes accused Delawar Hossain Sayedee yesterday urged the government to allow them to take Sayedee abroad for better treatment.
A Chittagong court yesterday granted bail to five BNP leaders till July 4 in connection with two cases for torching vehicles and clashing with police on May 13.
Bangladesh cannot open its borders to religious extremists in the name of sheltering Rohingya refugees, said LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Syed Ashraful Islam yesterday.
A woman was killed by a man over a family dispute in Haji Para area under Raozan Police Station in Chittagong yesterday.
Police yesterday recovered an unidentified body of a man from the capital's Sher-e-Bangla Nagar.
Unidentified criminals abducted a college girl from Malopara area of Rajshahi Monday afternoon.
Police arrested a youth on charge of carrying foreign pistols and attempted robbery and seized two firearms and a locally made machete from him Tuesday night.
Rapid Action Battalion yesterday arrested two accused in a sensational double-murder case from Doloipara area in Sylhet city.
Principal Md Ali Akbar Khan Dollar has been made the president and Engineer Md Harunur Rashid the general secretary of West End High school alumni association.
Today is the first death anniversary of Language Movement veteran Principal Shamsuddin Muhammad Ishaq, said a press release.
Today is the seventh death anniversary of Engineer Mosharraf Ali.
Thirty-five students of Saidpur Muslim High School at Nayatola of Saidpur municipality narrowly escaped a serious disaster when the concrete roof of class nine at the 57-year-old school building collapsed yesterday.
Police arrested another youth suspecting his involvement in the killing of Fahim Mahfuz Bipul, a final year veterinary student of Hajee Danesh Science and Technology University (HSTU), early yesterday.
Students of five more schools in Lalmonirhat and Noakhali districts yesterday took part in joyful events at English language fairs held under English in Schools programme, a joint initiative of The Daily Star and mobile operator Robi.
The situation of Pabna University of Science and Technology has worsened further, as the agitating workers and employees demanded removal of the vice chancellor while outsiders allegedly belonging to the ruling party assaulted seven teachers and officers of the institution yesterday.
A Panchagarh court yesterday sentenced a man to 44 year's rigorous imprisonment (RI) for killing his son at Tyagoch village in Tentulia upazila of Panchagarh in 2008.
Erosion by the Brahmaputra River has damaged over 400 metre of Bhatigram flood protection embankment at Bhatipara village in Hatia union of Ulipur upazila in the last ten days.
A meeting held at Shuvalong army camp yesterday decided to reopen the Shuvalong Bazar today.
Mother of an abducted schoolgirl was assaulted in presence of villagers allegedly by the accused at Etapota village under Mogholhat union in Sadar upazila on Tuesday evening.
Robbers looted five fishing trawlers and abducted 25 fishermen on Meghna River in Hatiya upazila early yesterday. Owners of the boats informed that the fishermen were returning from the river about 1.00am. When they reached Banglabazar Ghat, a gang of robbers looted the fishing trawlers and abducted the fishermen. Balaram Jaladas managed to escape the attack and saved himself by swimming ashore. Mokter Hossain, officer in-charge of Hatiya police station said, nobody filed any case in this regard.
Police recovered body of a businessman from Gopalnagar village in Gangni upazila in Meherpur yesterday. Abdul Mannan, 40, went 'missing' about 14 hours ago. Bimal Krishna Mallick, officer in-charge (OC) of Gangni police station said, locals found Mannan's body in a roadside ditch at the village and informed police. He was strangulated, the OC said. Bena Begum, wife of the victim told newsmen that Mannan went out of home at about 8.30am on Tuesday and since remained missing. Mannan's cell phone was also disconnected.
Police recovered two bodies in Sadar upazila of the district on Tuesday night and yesterday. Locals found body of a youth floating in a pond at Sultanpur village in the town yesterday morning and informed police. The victim was identified as Juton Sarkar, 25, son of Tushar Sarkar of the village. Police arrested one Nirmol Sarkar, 50, of the same village in this connection. Meanwhile, police, around 11:00pm on Tuesday, recovered body of another youth, from Dhaka-Chittagong highway under Feni Sadar upazila. Mohipal highway police said the body of the unidentified youth, aged around 30, bore several injury marks in the head.
World leaders kicked off a three-day summit on environment and poverty here yesterday to a warning from UN chief Ban Ki-moon that "time is not on our side" for fixing a mounting list of problems.
Twenty-nine soldiers were among 46 people killed in violence in Syria yesterday, a rights group said, as UN observers said they were "morally obliged" to stay in the country despite the risks.
Egypt's Hosni Mubarak was yesterday in a coma on life support at a Cairo hospital, sources said, as tension spiked over who will succeed him as president and moves by the ruling military to extend its powers.
Greek conservative party head Antonis Samaras was sworn in as prime minister yesterday at the helm of a three-party coalition that will uphold the country's international bailout commitments.
P A Sangma, one of the founder-members of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), a constituent of India's ruling UPA, yesterday resigned from the party amidst speculation that he might be backed by main opposition BJP to take on Pranab Mukherjee in next month's presidential poll.
Aung San Suu Kyi was awarded an honorary doctorate by Oxford University yesterday, in the city where she studied and brought up the family she would later leave behind.
Kuwait's constitutional court yesterday declared February's legislative polls in which the opposition swept to victory illegal and reinstated the previous pro-government parliament.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is seeking political asylum at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, has breached bail conditions and faces arrest, police said yesterday.
A self-proclaimed al-Qaeda militant took hostages at a bank in French city Toulouse yesterday close to where serial killer Mohamed Merah lived and was shot dead by police in March.
A Taliban suicide bomber on a motorbike rammed an Afghan-Nato patrol in the town of Khost yesterday, killing 21 people, including three Nato soldiers, officials said.
Yemeni security forces have foiled a militant plot to attack embassies in Sanaa, state news agency SABA reported yesterday, just days after the army forced al-Qaeda out of bastions in the south.
Arts & Entertainment
To re-popularise the timeless film songs originally recorded by the late singer Anjuman Ara Begum, noted singer Zeenat Rahana has taken an initiative to record 11 songs, in a CD. Under the title “Shoroner Prantorey”, Laser Vision has produced the album.
A three-day music festival marking World Music Day (on June 21) will kick off today at National Theatre Hall and National Art Gallery Plaza of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA). Bangladesh Sangeet Sangathan Samannoy Parishad is joining hands with BSA in arranging the festival, says a press release.
“Madhumala”, a lyrical play based on a folk tale penned by National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, captivated theatre enthusiasts in the port city on Monday.
Young actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui clearly stands apart from the pack of new arrivals in Bollywood.
The premiere show of the documentary film “Kumar Kahon” by Oasiuddin Ahmed Tito and Jyotirmoy Mannan will be held on June 22 at 6 pm, at the Bangladesh Film Institute (BFI) auditorium.
To the surprise of her fans, the engagement of glamorous model and actress Monalisa was held this Sunday in New York. Monalisa's fiancée Sharif is currently working in the US. They were acquainted earlier though the engagement was arranged by the families, after Monalisa arrived in the US recently to join the Dhaliwood Awards. Also present at the ceremony were Monalisa's sister Munira Ashraf and brother-in-law Manik, along with several artistes also attending the Dhaliwood awards.
The first TV reality show on English spelling in the country, “The Daily Star Spelling Bee Powered by Horlicks”, is now being aired on Channel i. The final episode will be aired tonight at 7:50 pm.
“Madhu Mash”, a fruit festival celebrating local culture with the title “Jaisthya Utshab”, was held at Govt. Brojomohun Collage campus on Friday noon amid much festivity.
Kristen Stewart, who shot to fame as Bella Swan in "The Twilight Saga" films and has a starring role in "Snow White and the Huntsman", jumped to the top of Forbes.com's annual list of highest-paid actresses on Tuesday.
The Rohingyas are literally in the deep sea. How else could one describe the plight of a group of people trying to escape discrimination at home and seeking succor in the neighbouring country, only to be turned back from the shores they are seeking shelter in. One perhaps had not heard before our foreign minister being more forceful on any other bilateral issues that involved our security and national interest, than when vehemently refusing to allow the Rohingyas refuge in Bangladesh.
Dear Obama, when a US drone missile kills a child in Yemen, the father will go to war with you, guaranteed. Nothing to do with al-Qaeda," a Yemeni lawyer warned on Twitter last month. President Obama should keep this message in mind before ordering more drone strikes like Wednesday's, which local officials say killed 27 people, or the May 15 strike that killed at least eight Yemeni civilians.
In our adolescence we had not taken Begum Sufia Kamal's poetry very seriously. After all, we were the children of the sixties. Our literary sensibilities were framed by Pound and Eliot, Plath and Pasternak, Ginsberg and Neruda, Bishnu Dey and Jibanananda Das, Subhas Mukhopadhay and Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Shamsur Rahman and Al Mahmud. We had little patience for the orderly meters, the lilting cadences, and the over-wrought rhymes that marked the poetry of our earlier generations. Farrookh Ahmed, Ahsan Habib, Golam Mostafa, Jasimuddin, and others essentially followed the same poetic concerns and conventions, though Ahmed was more overtly Islamic, and Jasimuddin had carved out his niche in folkish pastoralism. We would often dismiss them as "versifiers" rather than as poets.
Adaptation to climate change is growing rapidly around the world both in practice as well as in the research community. This was amply demonstrated at the recent International Conference on Adaptation Futures held at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona in the United States of America from May 29 to 31. There were over 700 participants from all over the world, including a significant number from developing countries, and over two hundred papers were presented on various aspects of adaptation.
Greek War of Independence: Egyptian forces capture Psara in the Aegean Sea.