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News of: Friday, 27th of July, 2012
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Lauding former communications minister Syed Abul Hossain, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said he was a patriot and had stepped down voluntarily to pave the way for construction of the long-cherished Padma bridge.
Bangladesh has every prospect to be the world's largest garment seller, but its exports to the US may land in deep trouble unless the government sincerely resolves a number of issues mostly relating to improving labour rights within this year.
Garment factory owners have agreed to pay workers their bonus and arrears before Eid holidays to avert unrest in the sector.
No surcharge will be imposed in any sector in the current fiscal year for raising funds for the Padma bridge project, Finance Minister AMA Muhith said yesterday.
BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday alleged that people are confused due to the government's dual policy towards the Padma bridge construction.
The usual game is on. The utility agencies responsible for digging up the roads in the capital during the rainy season are blaming each other for the mess.
The move to reform electoral laws has been stalled as the Election Commission is yet to decide on the proposals finalised by previous election commissioners around six months ago.
The eyes of the whole world will be fixated firmly on London tonight and the organising committee of the 30th Olympiad could hardly have picked a better man to whom they could hand the keys to direct the much-vaunted 'greatest show on earth'.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday said both the government and mobile operators will withdraw their cases regarding the disputes over 2G mobile licence renewal payment to resolve the problem in the sector.
Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad yesterday said the Election Commission will move to redraw boundaries of 300 parliamentary constituencies on the basis of the latest census.
The investigation agency of the international crimes tribunals yesterday said it had found “strong evidence” against suspect Abul Kalam Azad aka Bachchu Razakar in connection with ten kinds of crimes against humanity committed during the Liberation War.
A Dhaka court yesterday questioned the legality of the investigation into the blast case filed against BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and 28 others.
Seven officials of three private banks and five of their accomplices allegedly misappropriated more than Tk 1 crore of Dhaka district administration through forgery, Anti-Corruption Commission sources said.
The authorities of Dhaka Medical College Hospital yesterday withdrew the conditional restriction imposed on journalists' entry into the hospital.
Communications and Railways Minister Obaidul Quader on surprise visits to two coastal districts yesterday took action against two officials of Roads and Highways Department (RHD) for their alleged negligence of duty.
A 28-year-old man was killed in a “shoot-out” with Rab in the capital last night.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un got married in 2009 and his wife once visited South Korea, a Seoul lawmaker said yesterday.
We are appalled at the repetition of violence committed against reporters and journalists on the premises of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH). The first round of assault was unleashed by interns against members of the press on July 22 when they had gone to report on an alleged case of maltreatment of a patient. What is disturbing is the fact that medical college interns had ganged up to assault pressmen who were merely doing their job. The second round of attack that came on July 25 was a much more organised one. It is interesting to note that this time round, interns and doctors were allegedly aided by ruling party student activists and the unruly mob broke into the makeshift reporters' office set up in DMCH with the intention to do bodily harm and damage property. It is disturbing that the incident occurred in the presence of law enforcement officials who were silent spectators to this orgy of violence.
Our heartiest congratulations to Syeda Rizwana Hasan for winning the Ramon Magsaysay Award known also as the “Asia's Nobel Prize” In fact she is the 11th Bangladeshi to be awarded the prestigious award, highest of its kind in Asia, for her role in protecting the environment. Her work had previously been recognised internationally when she was awarded the international Goldman Award for her role in environmental protection.
Im Dong-Hyun cannot read the letters on a keyboard. By all accounts, if you dictated this article to him, he could not have typed it up on a computer. His vision is 20/200; in layman's terms that is vision which is ten times worse than the normal person. By definition that also makes him legally blind.
The Tigers ended their tour of Europe with a one-wicket defeat as the Netherlands snatched a last ball victory in the final T20 International at Sportpark Westvliet in The Hague last night.
Coach Sarwar Imran and captain Anamul Haque said yesterday that the Bangladesh Under-19 team are ready to achieve something big in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2012 to be held in Brisbane, Australia in August.
Mohammedan's Nigerian coach Emeka Ezeugo filed a complaint to the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) against the club, claiming that he is yet to be paid 103,114 dollars by his club in unpaid wages, victory bonuses, tickets and other bonus payments, etc.
New Zealand were 232 for four at the close on the opening day of the first of two Tests against the West Indies here on Wednesday as Martin Guptill spurned the chance of a century.
Michael Phelps will put the final gloss on a glittering Olympic career at the London Games, but he's not the only star set to shine when competition begins Saturday at the Aquatics Centre.
Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt's dream of completing the 100m in 9.4sec is feasible, according to a Dutch mathematical study whose findings were unveiled Wednesday.
The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) seemingly feel no urgency to make public the investigative report into the match-fixing that allegedly took place between Brothers Union and Rahmatganj MFS, even though two-and-a-half months have passed since the launching the investigation.
Brazil striker Cristiane became the most successful goalscorer in Olympic women's football history on Wednesday as the South Americans opened their 2012 campaign with a 5-0 thumping of Cameroon.
Usain Bolt has been declared fully fit to defend his three Olympic titles, with the Jamaican team doctor insisting that the sprint king's performance is "on track".
Christophe Lemaitre, touted as Europe's biggest hope of breaking the Jamaican-US sprint hegemony, will likely not compete in the 100m at the Olympics, his coach told AFP on Thursday.
Wojdan Shaherkani, the judoka from Saudi Arabia who is one of the first women to represent her country in the Olympics, has been ordered not to wear the hijab, or head scarf, during competition. The International Judo Federation (IJF) said she will compete without a head covering.
Japan scored one of the greatest upsets in Olympic football history Thursday after stunning reigning world and European champions Spain 1-0 at Hampden Park.
London Olympic organisers apologised on Thursday after a mix-up over North Korea's flag prompted its women's football team to walk off the pitch in an embarrassing start to the Games.
A major diplomatic incident marred the first day of competition at the London Olympics on Wednesday when the North Korea women's soccer team walked off after the South Korea flag was mistakenly displayed before their match against Colombia.
Discus thrower kicked out
FIFA president Sepp Blatter was wrong to suggest Gareth Bale could be banned for playing for his club Tottenham Hotspur after pulling out of the Olympics, British Olympic Association chairman Colin Moynihan said.
The relocation of tanneries from Hazaribagh to Savar is being delayed due to the owners' reluctance to move, mounting the threat of water contamination in the Buriganga river.
Bangladesh and India are close to signing three key agreements, including a protocol to amend the avoidance of double taxation treaty, which is expected to give a major boost to bilateral trade, said officials at the Indian foreign ministry here yesterday.
Cheaper supplies from China have made Bangladesh's potato less attractive to international buyers, exporters said.
The Power Grid Company Bangladesh Ltd (PGCB) plans to set up a telecom company to cater for internet service providers across the country, said the managing director of the state-run agency yesterday.
Big technology firms including Google, Facebook, eBay and Amazon have joined to create a new lobby group aimed at promoting "an open, innovative and free Internet."
Stocks returned to the black yesterday, as institutional investors injected fresh funds into the market.
The Securities and Exchange Commission will introduce 'surveillance software' of international standards this year
China's economy will rebound in the second half of 2012 to expand eight percent annually as government policies to spur growth take effect, the International Monetary Fund said Wednesday.
The Power Development Board (PDB) yesterday signed agreement with Dubai-based Energy Holdings International INC and its subsidiary EHII MENA DMCC to generate 450 megawatt of electricity in two power plants.
Emirates has recently announced two more fights to Dhaka from September 1, bringing the total number of flights to the capital to 19 a week, the airliner said in a statement yesterday.
The new 18-member executive committee of Dinajpur Chamber of Commerce and Industry was elected in Dinajpur on Wednesday.
At least 20 people, including 10 women, were injured as workers of two adjoining garment factories clashed for two hours and a half over a boundary wall dispute in Mansurabad area of Chittagong city yesterday.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday asserted that the next election would be held as per the parliamentary democratic system as in other countries of the world and Awami League would not accept anything harmful for democracy.
Nobel prize winner Muhammad Yunus yesterday said microfinance could help disaster-struck Japan rebuild, even though the concept he pioneered is usually associated with poor and developing nations.
Three people were killed and twelve others injured in separate road accidents in Jessore, Sirajganj, Rajshahi and Chittagong yesterday.
National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Chairman Prof Mizanur Rahman yesterday stressed the need for strengthening the commission to ensure human rights in the country.
To recollect Humayun Ahmed's outstanding contribution to Bangla literature, the next Amar Ekushey Book Fair will be dedicated to the late popular litterateur, said Professor Emeritus Anisuzzaman, chairman of Bangla Academy, at a commemoration meeting yesterday.
Criticising the submission of the names of 15,000 defence witnesses in four cases against four top Jamaat leaders, writer Shahriar Kabir yesterday said the Jamaat, through these activities, was trying to make the war crimes trial farcical and questionable.
Law Minister Shafique Ahmed yesterday urged lower court judges to discharge their duties with a charitable mindset considering the socioeconomic conditions of litigants so as to reduce their sufferings.
A Dhaka court issued show cause notices to six police officers yesterday, asking them to explain by August 27 why legal action will not be taken against them for pressuring a complainant to withdraw an attempted murder case.
The High Court yesterday ordered the inspector general of registration to submit the price list of lands in different areas of Dhaka before it by August 7.
Rights activists and civil society members yesterday demanded extension of the deadline till December 31 for lodging appeal with courts claiming ownership of any vested property.
Bangladesh Milk Producers' Co-operative Union Limited (BMPCUL), manufacturer of Milk Vita dairy products, has been turned into a den of corruption, a parliamentary body observed yesterday.
Environmentalists yesterday demanded stopping construction of infrastructures by filling up the Gulshan Lake in the capital.
The High Court (HC) yesterday acquitted five convicts in BNP leader Abdul Hamid Moru murder case in Rajshahi.
Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) yesterday sent back 11 more Rohingyas to Myanmar from Teknaf in Cox's Bazar.
Gregory A Wilcock has assumed office as Australia's High Commissioner to Bangladesh.
Department of Environment (DoE) yesterday fined a paper mill Tk 15 lakh at Rupganj upazila in Narayanganj for polluting the Shitalakkhya by discharging liquid wastes in it.
Sylhet Kalyan Sangstha, a non political forum, staged a two-hour sit in and held a rally in Sylhet city yesterday demanding immediate resumption of Bangladesh Biman's direct flight on Sylhet-London-Sylhet route.
Ahmed Sofa Rastroshobha along with Centre for Asian Art and Culture (CAAC) will organise the 10th Ahmed Sofa Memorial Lecture today in Business Studies Faculty Conference Hall at Dhaka University.
Prof Mohammad Shadat Ullah has been appointed as vice-chancellor of Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University.
An administrative officer of home ministry was suspended yesterday a week after he was arrested with drug items at a house in capital's Mohammadpur area.
Today is the sixth death anniversary of Novera Deepita, a reporter of The Daily Star.
Tomorrow is the second death anniversary of AHS Ataul Karim, former diplomat and foreign secretary.
Today is the 81th birth anniversary of legendary folk singer Abdul Alim.
Chehlum of Mohammad Hossain Patwary, a businessman, will be held at Baitul Hossain Jame Mosque at Horni village in Faridganj upazila of Chandpur today after Jumma prayer.
Virtually unused for years, an unplanned bridge over a canal near Betagir Haat in Dashmina upazila on Patuakhali-Dashmina road is getting decayed while unscrupulous people are taking away its parts including bars from iron pillars and RCC slabs of the floor.
Health services at Adhunik Sadar Hospital in the town remain in a deplorable condition due to the shortage of doctors, staffs and accommodation facilities.
BNP and BCL on Wednesday night filed two separate cases in connection with the attack on a BNP leader and bomb explosion on Monirampur College campus.
A Shaheed Minar built in the compound of Ghagoa MB High School in Sadar upazila about a decade ago, itself tells the tale of indifference by the authorities.
At least 10 people, including a policeman, were injured as two rival groups of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) locked in a clash in Phulbari upazila on Wednesday noon.
Joypurhat Government College was yesterday declared closed until July 31 following a clash between the activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) on the campus.
At least 48 people were injured as villagers in Sherpur and Gaibandha districts clashed yesterday and the day before.
A court here on Wednesday placed two activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) on a two-day remand in connection with a case filed under the arms act.
Army men recovered a light gun, three local made SBBL guns, five bullets, three packets gun powder and a few bomb making instruments from Jatindrakarbari area in Laxmichhari upazila early yesterday.
A man was killed allegedly by his elder brother following an altercation over a piece of disputed land at Santiram village in Sunderganj Upazila yesterday. The victim was identified as Akbar Hossain, 50, son of late Kashor Ali of the village. There was a longstanding conflict between Akbar and his three brothers over the land. Moshiur Rahman, one of the victim's brothers, went to the land for planting aman seedlings that led to an altercation at noon. At one stage, another brother Faizur Rahman beat up Akbar mercilessly, leaving him dead on the spot. Later, neighbours caught the accused and handed him over to the police.
Muggers took away Tk 25 lakh from the officials of Sedol Textile Mill of Noapara near the police training centre in the city on Wednesday noon. Police said, mill manager Ehsan Uddin, purchase officer Altaf Hossain and local businessman Rezaul Islam Biswas were returning to the mill in Noapara Bhanga Gate area after withdrawing the amount from Agrani Bank at Clay Road in the city. A gang of 10-12 muggers coming on motorbikes intercepted their microbus in the area at about 1:30pm and took away the money at gunpoint. The mill authorities filed a case with Khanjahan Ali PS at night.
A schoolboy drowned in Morasoti River at Roichbag village under Aditmari upazila yesterday noon. The dead, Rustom Ali, 7, son of Romzan Ali of the village, was a student of class two at Horidas Government Primary School. Police said Rustom along with his two classmates went to the river for bathing and drowned.
A devastating fire gutted machinery and raw materials of a textile mill at Uttar Sartia village in Sadar upazila on Wednesday morning. Sources said the fire originated at the JS Textile Mill from an electrical short circuit at about 11am and gutted thread, cloths and 10 power loom machines of the mill.
I have been a fan of your writing since I can remember. It all started with 'Aelebele' and never stopped. I have spent countless sleepless nights reading your books. Sometimes they made me cry and often they made me laugh. Your writing has shaped different stages of my life. It has taught me to dream and wonder. Even today when I walk on the street in a moonlit night it reminds me of “Chader Aloy Koyekjon Jubok” and makes me wonder what strange events might be taking place in this mysterious city!
Please have mercy on those who have to commute into or through Dhaka city. Dhaka for the last three/four months has been the dirtiest ever! A lot many times there has been pictures printed in the DS as well as in many other newspapers. Yet there is absolutely no action! This inaction, and couldn't care less attitude is intolerable and killing the people. The sight and stench and blocking of the road coupled with terrific traffic jam is the blessing we are all living with.
The holy month of Ramadan is like a month-long divine training programme for the Muslims who are taught not only to abstain from food at day time, but also to keep themselves aloof from all sorts of greed and lust, to shun all nastiness in thoughts and actions and to develop and nourish in themselves the virtues of righteousness, honesty, benevolence and aversion to extravagance and worldly pleasure. But it is a matter of great regret that during this holy month Bangladesh, overwhelmingly a Muslim majority country, becomes a happy 'hunting ground' for the businessmen who swoop on the helpless consumers to squeeze out money by intentionally hiking up the prices of all essentials. Producers, hoarders, wholesalers, middlemen, retailers -- all of them seem to have formed an unwritten alliance among themselves for shameless profiteering taking advantage of the increased demand of essential commodities.
The article 'The long road to maternal care' by Shaveena Alam was painfully good but failed to say that 'women's problems' affect everyone and so are men's business also!
On July 21, 2012, an open letter of former communications minister Syed Abul Hossain to the people of Bangladesh was published in The Daily Star. It was about Padma bridge. In the long letter he wrote many things to clear himself of the corruption charges brought against him concerning the bridge.
Government's '30 minute maximum power cut' formula, published in almost all English dailies on July 17th has 'built in' contradictions and 'good excuses' incorporated in it, to cover all eventualities.
RMG worker unrest
Fighting raged in Syria's second city Aleppo on Thursday afternoon, a watchdog said, as regime forces and rebels sent reinforcements to the embattled city.
Clashes between Bodos and immigrants in four Assam districts yesterday continued for the seventh day, leaving 44 people dead even as state Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi insisted the situation was “improving” and rapped the media for portraying the state as “burning“.
The wife of disgraced Chinese political leader Bo Xilai and an orderly working in the couple's home have been charged with murdering a British businessman, state news agency Xinhua said yesterday.
Pakistan has temporarily stopped Nato supply trucks crossing its northwestern border into Afghanistan over security concerns due to fears of Islamist attacks, officials said yesterday.
The Pakistani Taliban yesterday threatened to attack Myanmar to avenge crimes against the Muslim Rohingya, unless Pakistan halts all relations with the government and shuts its embassy in Islamabad.
Arts & Entertainment
Remnants of his life and photography that versatile genius Mishuk Munier (Ashfaque Minuer) spawned during his creative lifetime are currently being exhibited at Dhaka Art Centre. Professor Abdul Momin Chowdhury lit candles while Professor Emeritus Anisuzzaman inaugurated the 10- day exhibition titled, “Seeing Mishuk through Mishuk's eyes”, on July 22. M Shah Alam Sarwar, managing director and CEO of Trust Bank Limited, was present as special guest at the opening of the exhibition.
Sarika is one of the most popular models and actors of our time. As a model she has made waves in a short span of time, while she has also carved a niche as an actor. Now, immersed in her acting career, she has her calendar full with upcoming Eid projects. Recently, during a shoot for an Eid play by SA Alik, she took the time to chat with the correspondent.
Indian-origin directors Mira Nair and Deepa Mehta are thrilled that their latest feature films “The Reluctant Fundamentalist” and “Midnight's Children” will be screened at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) next month.
Students of the 22nd batch of Prachyanat School of Acting and Design have successfully completed their six-month course recently. As part of the curriculum, they staged Utpal Dutta's “Tiner Talwar” at the certificate giving ceremony held at the Experimental Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, on July 25. Indian theatre activist Prabir Guha and actress-director Lucky Enam were the guests, while Azad Abul Kalam and Shahidul Mamun-- respectively director of Acting and Academy-- spoke on the occasion.
Two huge interlocked treehouses are being planned by Harry Potter author JK Rowling for her garden in Edinburgh.
He died without understanding his own death," said the narrator in Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Chronicle of A Death Foretold to describe the state of mind of Santiago Nasar, a young man who remained ignorant of the plot to kill him until minutes before it took place. Everybody dies like Santiago because death sneaks up on us like an assassin leaping from the shadows. Famous people die in the inverse order. Their bodies leave us, their souls endure.
The president in India is only a constitutional head. He or she draws authority from the elected parliament and state assemblies. Yet the office became a point of contest because both the Congress and the BJP, the two main political parties, wanted to test the waters before the 2014 general elections.
In the first part of this two-part article (printed on July 13) I argued that Bangladesh has an opportunity to turn around our image from being a country that is most vulnerable to the adverse impacts of climate change to becoming the most adaptive country to climate change.
At 2am tonight, a newly cast bell that is larger than Big Ben will ring out from London's Olympic Stadium and the eyes of one billion people across the globe will be upon us. But what will they see? What does modern Britain look like? Well, it's a mix of things, many of them characteristics that we share with other countries. But together we like to think they make up a pretty extraordinary whole. The challenge for Danny Boyle, Artistic Director of tonight's Opening Ceremony, was to capture all this, with just three hours to portray the British people and our society to the world. Whether he has achieved this or not, you will judge for yourselves. But I hope that every one of you watching, whether live or recorded highlights, will be able to take something away from it and think of Britain in a new light.
I do it with pleasure," responded Humayun Ahmed when a journalist asked him how he managed to write day after day for nearly four decades. "You do not feel exhausted when you do your work with pleasure," he continued. "And I enjoy what I do." For sure, he did. What's more significant, Humayun Ahmed knew how to spread that pleasure among his readers. No other author in Bangladesh ever has enjoyed popularity, fame and admiration to such as an unprecedented extent as Humayun Ahmed did. A man of multi-faceted talent, Humayun Ahmed, has worked in more than one genre -- writing fiction, making dramas and films. In some ways, he redefined Bangla stories, novels, and TV dramas. A novel or TV drama by Humayun Ahmed was unique.
Battle of Bapheus: decisive Ottoman victory over the Byzantines opening up Bithynia for Turkish conquest.
Apple Inc's biggest success has become its biggest risk factor.
Hacking experts on Wednesday demonstrated ways to attack Android smartphones using methods they said work on virtually all such devices in use today, despite recent efforts by search engine giant Google to boost protection.
In the month of holy Ramadan Samsung Bangladesh offers the range of Samsung Galaxy phones at a more affordable price for those who are willing to have a phone from the Galaxy series but are not yet ready for a high-involvement purchase. Samsung Galaxy Ace, Samsung Galaxy Y Duos, Samsung Galaxy Y, Samsung Galaxy Pocket and Samsung Galaxy Y Color Plus are available in the market with a more affordable price tag.
Oracle has announced the release of Exalogic Elastic Cloud Software 2.0, a newer version of cloud software.
Qubee, a leading broadband internet service provider of the country, has launched Pocket WiFi modem for its post-paid users.