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News of: Monday, 23rd of July, 2012
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The government may consider accepting the World Bank's fourth condition to persuade the global lender to review its cancellation of the Padma bridge loan.
India's ruling Congress-led UPA candidate Pranab Mukherjee yesterday won the presidential election by a huge margin, defeating his challenger Purno Agitok Sangma, who was backed by the main opposition BJP and some other parties.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday greeted India's newly-elected President Pranab Mukherjee, describing his election as a recognition of the Congress leader's vast experience and knowledge gained over the last 50 years in politics.
Humayun Ahmed might not be buried at Nuhash Palli in Gazipur as his family now considers three other options.
Monipur School and College authorities in the capital were allegedly collecting money from its students in the name of Padma bridge project.
Feared forces headed by President Bashar al-Assad's brother used helicopters yesterday in a new offensive against rebels in Damascus to regain control, as clashes also raged in Syria's second city Aleppo, activists said.
The government is planning to restore the common lowest slab facility for all power consumers, which could help users cut the astronomical rise in their monthly bills.
The government needs to pay more attention to human rights of people in every community as human rights violation amounts to the violation of democracy.
The defence of Jamaat leader Muhammad Kamaruzzaman yesterday told International Crimes Tribunal-2 that the Awami League-led government had filed the “false and fabricated” case against him after being “instructed and provoked by India to silence his anti-India voice”.
The High Court yesterday directed authorities concerned to complete the process of appointing Biman officials, who were terminated under Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS) in 2007, to vacant posts within 97 days.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has found proof of misappropriating Tk 19 crore by a former official of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) and his wife.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday interrogated three top officials of three sub-agents of the Canadian company SNC-Lavalin in connection with alleged corruption in the Padma Bridge project.
Agitating teachers and students of Buet yesterday staged a two-hour sit-in in front of the council building around 11:00am demanding the removal of the university VC and his deputy.
The Bengal tiger, which entered the locality of Golakhali in Satkhira and took position near a shrimp enclosure Thursday morning, is yet to return to the Sundarbans.
Tea labourers in Habiganj will launch an indefinite strike tomorrow, demanding withdrawal of the case filed against the president and the general secretary of Bangladesh Cha Sramik Jono Goshthi (CSJG), speakers at a rally held at Amu Tea Garden announced yesterday.
A student of Buet was seriously injured after a bus ran over her legs in the capital's Jatiya Press Club area yesterday.
Taliban insurgents executed five civilians near Kabul for working with Nato troops, authorities said yesterday, the latest in a series of militant activities in villages around the capital.
A wheelchair-bound Israeli was in serious condition yesterday after setting himself on fire just hours before the funeral of a man who had set himself alight during a social justice protest on July 14.
Iran's atomic chief yesterday undercut an idea put forward by some lawmakers to make nuclear-powered submarines and ships, even though he claimed Tehran had the technology to do so later if it wished.
Russia yesterday announced the arrest of three local officials for negligence during flooding that killed 172 people and politically undermined President Vladimir Putin as he took up his third term.
The standoff between the VC and the agitating teachers has gone on for too long, something that is not acceptable for any reputed institute, even less for an institution of longstanding like the BUET.
We are heartened by the news that communications and railways minister on Saturday paid a surprise visit to the Chittagong railway station. His sudden visit revealed a nexus among the security staff and commercial departments of the station and ticket scalpers whereupon six security personnel and all of the station's 14 booking clerks were transferred to remote, less important stations. He also paid an abrupt visit to the Oxygen-Hathazari and Bhatiari-Borodighir Paar roads in the port city, which resulted in issuing show-cause notices to three Roads and Highways Department engineers for their alleged negligence in repairing the rundown roads.
Hashim Amla hit South Africa's first Test triple century as England's bowlers continued to suffer on the fourth day of the first Test match at The Oval on Sunday.
A chaotic opening day in London for yours truly was more reminiscent of a day trolleying Dhaka's creaking road systems, minus the smog and honking traffic.
Head coach Richard Pybus was happy with the workout the Bangladesh team had in Ireland after they completed a 3-0 whitewash in the Twenty20 series at Stormont in Belfast on Saturday night.
The Bangladesh A team are flying off to Bangalore to play in the Shafi Darashah Invitational Tournament which begins on July 27.
The West Indies High Performance team will arrive in the capital on September 12 for a three-week tour.
Fernando Alonso extended his lead in this year's Formula One drivers' world championship on Sunday when he drove to a flawless victory for Ferrari in the German Grand Prix.
The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) finally turned their attention to the football academy in Sylhet as the BFF high-ups yesterday met State Minister for Youth and Sports Ahad Ali Sarker in a bid to upgrade facilities at the Sylhet BKSP.
Top seed Marion Bartoli reached her second final of the season Saturday, battling back to beat Taiwanese qualifier Chan Yung-jan 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 at the WTA Carlsbad tournament.
Three athletes and six officials, who are part of the 15-member Bangladesh contingent, left here yesterday for the United Kingdom to participate in the 2012 London Olympics.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni and India have been fined for maintaining a slow over-rate during their win in the first ODI against Sri Lanka in Hambantota. Dhoni has been fined 20 per cent of his match fee, and the rest of his team 10 per cent, after they were ruled to be an over short when time allowances were taken into consideration.
Mohammedan SC extended their winning spree in the Green Delta Insurance Premier Division Hockey League with an emphatic 4-1 win over Dhaka Mariner Youngs Club at the Maulana Bhasani National Stadium yesterday.
Usain Bolt insisted he was ready to defend his Olympic 100m and 200m titles after recovering from a mystery problem which has hampered his preparations for London.
Tennis ace Rafael Nadal has set his sights on becoming Spain's flag-bearer at the 2016 Olympics after injury deprived him of the opportunity at the London Games.
Argentine Juan Monaco defeated home hope Tommy Haas 7-5, 6-4 to claim his third title of the season in the ATP clay-court event in Hamburg on Sunday.
The prospect of cloudy skies, rain and cooler temperatures at the London Olympics is music to the ears of Spain's Under-21s goalkeeper David De Gea.
Argentina and Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez had an unlikely role at the British Open on Sunday when he carried compatriot Andres Romero's bag.
Bradley Wiggins was crowned Britain's first Tour de France champion on Sunday after helping Sky teammate Mark Cavendish to secure a fourth consecutive stage win on the world-famous Champs-Elysees in Paris.
Brendan Rodgers's first game as manager of Liverpool ended in a 1-1 draw against FC Toronto thanks to Adam Morgan's equaliser for the English giants in a World Football Challenge friendly.
Italian media claim Manchester City are lining up a new 25m pounds offer to tempt Daniele De Rossi away from Roma.
Manchester United's England defender Chris Smalling could be sidelined for up to 10 weeks after foot surgery, manager Alex Ferguson said on Saturday.
Reigning Bundesliga champions and German Cup holders Borussia Dortmund fell to their second consecutive pre-season loss on Saturday when they went down 4-2 at Nuremberg.
Greek Super League club Panathinaikos announced Saturday that they have signed Uruguayan striker Bruno Fornaroli on a three-year deal.
Ghana will meet China in a friendly match in Beijing on August 15, the Ghanaian Football Association (GFA) announced on Saturday.
India's Anirban Lahiri aced the par-3 ninth hole at Royal Lytham on Saturday in the third round of the British Open, the first hole-in-one of the tournament coming from an Open debutante.
The Microcredit Regulatory Authority (MRA) plans to form a fund to minimise the risk of losses of small savers in the event of failure of a microfinance institution (MFI).
Private banks that almost went out of the capital market at the end of 2010 have decided to come back as they found the present market is good for investments.
Industries Minister Dilip Barua yesterday assured Indian investors of a special economic zone.
Bangladesh missed out on two big Indian investments due to the government's failure to provide industrial plots and gas connections to plants for over a year, a local partner said yesterday.
The government's repe-ated attempts to stabilise the stockmarket have been hindered, Finance Minister AMA Muhith said yesterday.
Grameenphone's net profit rose by 14.65 percent to around Tk 446 crore in April-June, compared to the same period last year.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged the leaders of Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies (BAIRA) to behave sympathetically with the persons going abroad with job and charge as low as possible for migration services.
Stocks' slide continued into the second day, as volatility in the market deterred investor participation.
Earlier this month, Iran's national police chief ventured boldly into what has become known as the country's "chicken crisis." The feathers haven't stopped flying since.
Rich individuals and their families have as much as $32 trillion of hidden financial assets in offshore tax havens, representing up to $280 billion in lost income tax revenues, according to research published on Sunday.
Indian entrepreneurs are interested to invest in the power sector of Bangladesh as the demand for electricity is growing in the country, said the chief of a business delegation from the neighbour.
The government plans to free up money from some of its wasteful social safety net programmes for installing solar panels in schools and other places to advance renewable energy in the country, said the energy adviser to the prime minister yesterday.
The Reserve Bank of India is concerned about inflation; the finance ministry has growth as its priority. That, as RBI Governor D Subbarao mentioned, makes the two almost look like adversaries.
As a Philippine property boom gathers pace, even Paris Hilton, Donald Trump and high-fashion house Versace are getting a piece of the action.
Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) interns yesterday assaulted at least six journalists when they went to DMCH premises to follow-up on an agitation by the interns.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) yesterday gave traffic guidelines to people for paying respects to popular fiction writer Humayun Ahmed.
Two weeks into the torching of 42 rooms of MC College's hostel in Sylhet, police are to yet make any arrest.
The government will form committees in the country's district and upazila level to prevent extortions on highways and public transport terminals during the month of Ramadan and ahead of Eid.
A Dhaka court yesterday granted permanent bail to 25 pro-BNP lawyers charged with vandalism of the metropolitan sessions and district judges' courts in May.
A 10-day exhibition on the life and works of noted cinematographer and broadcast media personality Mishuk Munier began in the capital yesterday.
Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) yesterday said it would like to look for "any possibilities" to go with the Padma bridge project.
The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has started working on a Tk 28 crore project to create suitable jobs and security for Bangladeshi workers abroad.
Speakers at a meeting yesterday demanded trial of the killers of the four national leaders, including Tajuddin Ahmad, who were murdered in Dhaka Central Jail on November 3, 1975.
Four people were killed and twenty three others injured in separate road accidents in Narayanganj, Tangail and Manikganj yesterday.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday stressed maintaining good relations among government, employers and workers for the country's rapid economic development.
Workers of a ready-made garment factory in Narayanganj blocked the Dhaka-Sylhet highway for about three hours early yesterday and vandalised at least seven vehicles, demanding payment of their wage arrears.
Police identified the two siblings, whose bodies were recovered from a house in the capital's Joar Sahara on Saturday, as the sons of late Bangladeshi film actress Maya Hazarika.
Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan yesterday said the annual fitness survey of water transports can not be done properly due to a lack of manpower.
Ayami Azemoto, the first Japanese physically challenged volunteer in Bangladesh, met Social Welfare Minister Enamul Hoque Mostofa Shaheed at the minister's secretariat office yesterday.
A man was killed and 21 people were injured in a clash between two groups at Bede Palli in Goalimandra area of Louhajang upazila in Munshiganj yesterday.
University of Asia Pacific (UAP) has organised a three-day long research and development exposition recently.
Jamaat-e-Islami hosted an Iftar party in honour of foreign diplomats at a hotel in the capital yesterday, says a press release.
The National Consumer Rights Protection Department has invited complaints from consumers for violation of their rights.
A mobile court fined six businesses Tk 70,000 on different charges in Oxygen area of Chittagong city yesterday.
A Chittagong court yesterday sentenced three people to life term imprisonment for killing a man in 2001.
The government is going to introduce telemedicine services in the country's 4,501 union information service centers (UISCs) in phases to provide healthcare facilities to the rural people for free through videoconference.
Farid Hossain, bureau chief of the Associated Press in Dhaka and Shyamal Dutta, editor of Bhorer Kagoj, have been elected president and secretary-general of the Bangladesh chapter of the Commonwealth Journalists' Association (CJA,B) at its general meeting.
Two students allegedly committed suicide in two separate incidents at Mirpur and Khilgaon in the capital yesterday
A Dhaka court yesterday adjourned till August 28 the hearing on charge framing against former state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar in connection with a tax evasion case.
Dr Nurul Momen, a professor of philosophy department at Jagannath University, died of cardiac arrest early yesterday.
Rupaly Begum, mother of Habibiur Rahman Sona, a journalist of Rangpur-based daily "Juger Alo" died at Rangpur Medical College Hospital yesterday. She was 40.
Today is the first death anniversary of AKM Fazlul Huque, ex-employee of DESSA.
A doa mahfil and qulkhwani for Munzerin Alam, a BBA student of Jagannath University, will be held at Paltan Community Centre after Asr prayers today.
A large number of vehicles including passenger buses and goods-laden trucks use dilapidated Pouli Bridge near Elenga in Kalihati upazila and Hamidpur Bridge in Ghatail upazila, posing risk of fatal accident anytime.
Heavy rain and onrush of water from the upstream triggered flash flood in Rangpur while thousands became marooned as more areas went under flood water in Lalmonirhat and Kurigram districts yesterday.
A pall of gloom descended Humayun Ahmed's birthplace Kutubpur village in Kendua upazila under the district, as the news of the legendary writer's death reached the area.
Early variety aman paddy on about 1500 bighas of land at different villages of five upazilas has been damaged due to the recent flooding.
The land subsidence victims of 10 villages around the Barapukuria coal mine are likely to get full compensation package money before the coming Eid-ul-Fitr festival.
Students of Pabna University of Science and Technology boycotted classes for the fifth consecutive day yesterday to press home their eight-point demand.
Two children drowned in Kodla River at Islampur village in Moheshpur upazila on Saturday afternoon.
A retired professor donated 8,000 books to Chapainawabganj Sadharan Pathagar, a private run library, in the town on Saturday afternoon. At a programme, deputy commissioner Shah Alam, president of the library, received the books from Rashidul Haque. Saidul Islam, vice president of the library, its general secretary Shafiqul Alam Bhota and Sultana Razia, principal of Chapainawabganj Government College, were present. Rashidul, a former teacher of Chittagong and Rajshahi universities, hails from Jhilim road in the town.
Eleven union parishad (UP) chairmen of Ghatail upazila boycotted the monthly meeting of upazila parishad yesterday, demanding removal of officer in-charge of Ghatail police station for his alleged involvement in corruption. The chairmen filed a petition to chairman of the upazila in this regard and threatened to go for a tougher programme if their demand was not met immediately. In a written statement, the UP chairmen alleged that OC Helalul Islam never filed a case without taking bribe. Contacted, the OC refuted the allegation.
A shop owner was found dead in his shop in Shorishahati area of Naogaon district town yesterday morning. The dead, Durjoy Kumar Debnath, 47, son of late Dhirendra Chandra Debnath of Chakdebpara in the town, was an owner of Unique Traders. Sub-inspector Iqbal Pasha of Sadar Model police station said the employees of the trader found Durjoy's body hanging from the ceiling at around 7:30am after entering the shop. On information, police recovered the body and sent it to Naogaon Sadar Hospital morgue for autopsy, said the SI.
A mobile court here yesterday sentenced a man to one year imprisonment for sexually harassing a minor girl. The stalker was identified as Md Bablu, 40, son of Riaz Uddin of Purbo Mohespur village in Sadar upazila. Aslam Iqbal, officer in-charge of Sadar police station, said Bablu used to harass a 10-year-old girl of the village on her way to school. On information, locals caught the stalker and handed him over to the police. He was then produced before the court led by executive magistrate Shahinur Islam.
He is not dead but very much alive in our heart. Late author, dramatist, playwright and film director Humayun Ahmed was an outstanding literary talent. He may have left this material world but his great literary works will live for all time to come among the common people. In his stories and dramas Humayun Ahmed brought the ordinary feelings of the common people to the centre stage. I pay rich tributes to late Humayun Ahmed and solemnly pray for the salvation of his departed soul.
The problem which should be given the top priority and tackled on an emergency basis is population explosion. The population in Bangladesh is not growing rather it is exploding.
Our Sundarbans reportedly has 412 tigers. This is good news, as it is the largest concentration of these magnificent animals anywhere on earth. But what are we doing for our tigers' survival? Theoretically, 100 tigers can be added every year (200 females breeding triennially with 2 cub litters). We must ensure:
Why does it seem so difficult to apply the principle of 'accountability' to the building trade in this dear country? Are there deficiencies in the laws surrounding contracts? Again and again there is evidence of builders making serious and dangerous mistakes - and nothing happens and someone else has to pay for repairs - or they are left undone....
Why does our government have to beg for the construction of Padma Bridge? Padma Bridge when constructed will be a prestigious project and world heritage. It is a costly project. So our government should not dream anything unrealistic. Cost of building Padma Bridge is equivalent to nearly one fourth of the annual budget of Bangladesh. No need to beg from the citizens of a poor country by opening bank accounts where most of the people are not solvent and live from hand to mouth. Only a few wealthy families of Bangladesh can not fund a project like Padma Bridge.
Every year we come to know the budget allocation and expenditure on various sectors no matter which government is in power. But unfortunately, we never come to know the public expenditure on some major and important matters like (1) Purchase of new cars for the ministers and government officials (2) Expenditure on P.O.L, repair and maintenance of government vehicles (3) Expenditure on foreign tours of ministers and government officials (4) Expenditure for payment of honorarium to government officers and (5) Expenditure on state functions, meetings, and conferences which are increasing alarmingly every year.
Here are some comments that came in response to Sunday's The Daily Star news report headlined “Quader's surprise visit leads to bulk transfer”
The death toll from the heaviest rain to hit Beijing in over 60 years has risen to 37, Chinese state media reported yesterday.
A global super-rich elite had at least $21 trillion (£13tn) hidden in secret tax havens by the end of 2010, according to a major study.
The world's largest meeting on HIV/AIDS opens in the US capital yesterday with calls to speed up the global response to the three-decade-long epidemic that killed 1.5 million people last year.
Pranab Mukherjee, the new president of India, is a 76-year-old veteran who has exerted huge influence as finance, foreign and defence minister over two decades of national transformation.
US President Barack Obama was set to visit Colorado yesterday to meet victims of the Batman theater massacre, a day after police entered the gunman's apartment which had been rigged with booby traps.
News Corp's Rupert Murdoch has stepped down from a string of boards overseeing the Sun, Times and Sunday Times newspapers in Britain, the company said in an internal memo on Saturday.
Three vetoes of a UN Security Council resolution have left the major powers ready to bury Kofi Annan's peace plan and let President Bashar al-Assad and the Syrian opposition fight it out to the death, experts say.
Car bombs in two towns south of Baghdad and in the Iraqi city of Najaf killed a total of 20 people yesterday and wounded 80, police and hospital sources said, in one of the most violent days of the past two weeks.
Thousands of Norwegians gathered in silence outside the government's still-damaged headquarters in Oslo and on Utoeya island yesterday to remember the 77 people killed by Anders Behring Breivik in a bomb and gun massacre a year ago.
Mutinous soldiers stormed a military camp near Madagascar's main airport yesterday and the army said it had surrounded the barracks and was holding negotiations with the rebels.
Drought conditions loom over south Karnataka and central Maharashtra adding to concern at the severely deficient southwest monsoon in parts of Rajasthan and Gujarat.
Pakistani military jets struck militant hideouts in the northwest of the country yesterday, killing 15 militants and wounding several others, military officials said.
Myanmar's president yesterday made his first official trip to Thailand since taking power in a visit likely to focus on economic ties between his reforming nation and its more affluent neighbour.
Three Nato soldiers were killed yesterday in separate attacks in eastern Afghanistan at the weekend, the International Security Assistance Force said.
Saudi Arabia has called for an extraordinary summit of Muslim leaders to be held next month to address risks of "sedition" threatening Muslim countries, state news agency SPA reported yesterday.
Attackers yesterday blew up a gas pipeline in Egypt's Sinai used to export fuel to Israel and Jordan, the 15th such attack since 2011, the official MENA news agency reported.
Arts & Entertainment
Alliance Française de Dhaka organised an open discussion on the life and works of the late artist Mohammad Fokhrul Islam on July 20 at La Galerie of this cultural centre in Dhanmondi, Dhaka.
Kurigram district unit of Sammilito Sangaskritik Jote, a national cultural organization, held a memorial discussion on the life and works of popular writer Humayun Ahmed at the Kurigram Press Club last Friday night.
Seasoned folk singer Tapon Majumder recorded 11 songs -- originally composed by Kangal Harinath -- for his solo album “Paar Koro Amarey”. The album was recently launched at Chhayanaut Shangskriti Bhaban in Dhaka. Commitment Products has produced the album.
The British Museum has assisted in the return of 843 artefacts to Afghanistan, almost 20 years after they were stolen or smuggled abroad.
Humayun Ahmed was an outsider who took the literary world of post-independence Bangladesh by storm. Outsider, because he was conspicuous not by his presence in the literary movements of the 1960s that acted as the intellectual wellspring for the new crop of poets, novelists, short story writers and playwrights of the post-independence genre.
There was a seer in Tajuddin Ahmed. His was the voice and the resolve which eventually carried us through the War of Liberation in 1971. Had it not been for him -- and remember that Bangabandhu had been taken prisoner by the Pakistan army -- the question of liberty for the seventy five million people of Bangladesh would easily have run into a wall. Or into a quagmire. In the minutes before the Pakistanis cracked down on unsuspecting, unarmed Bengalis on March 25, 1971, Tajuddin Ahmed tried persuading Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to leave the city. That, thought Tajuddin, would make it easier for Bengalis to go into a war of national liberation. Bangabandhu had his own and very credible reasons, of course, not to leave the scene despite the attendant risks. The elected leader of a majority party in parliament does not run. Bangabandhu chose to stay and confront the world on his terms. For his part, Tajuddin chose his own path. He would give shape to a government, the very first in Bengali history, and win a war against a formidable military machine.
The Second Constitution accepted by the Ottomans.