News of: Thursday, 23rd of August, 2012
Police yesterday arrested Jamaat-e-Islami acting secretary general ATM Azharul Islam in connection with crimes against humanity committed during the Liberation War.
Ending month-long abstinence of the holy month of Ramadan, the Muslims across the country celebrated their biggest religious festival Eid-ul-Fitr amid due fervour and solemnity on Monday.
Accusing the previous BNP-Jamaat coalition government of being behind the 2004 grenade attack on an Awami League rally, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has reiterated that those who conspired, masterminded and executed the attack would be brought to book.
Limon Hossain, the college student maimed by Rab shooting last year, his mother and brother were attacked on the Eid day by a Rab informant and his aides in Jhalakathi.
Transparency International Bangladesh and 42 eminent citizens have condemned the Eid-day attack on Limon Hossain.
A mysterious delay in starting the internal probe into a loan scam of state-owned Sonali Bank had created a scope for the bank to unethically disburse Tk 1,860 crore as loan, said a functional audit report.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday defended an amendment to the Grameen Bank Ordinance that gave almost absolute powers to the government-appointed chairman to choose a managing director for the Nobel-winning organisation.
At least 42 people, including five in the capital, were killed and more than 180 others injured in road accidents across the country in last five days including the Eid holidays.
The Anti-Corruption Commission will conduct an inquiry into the allegation that Jamaat-e-Islami leader Mir Quashem Ali invested $25 million in appointing lobbyists in the USA to campaign against war crimes trial against him.
The Election Commission now wants that the government itself brings necessary electoral reforms, but the ruling Awami League still has no plan to that end as per its election pledges.
Syria said it is ready to discuss the departure of President Bashar al-Assad as part of a negotiated settlement to the increasingly ferocious conflict but the US reacted with scepticism.
Indian Parliament was paralysed yesterday for the second day running with non-Left opposition pressing for resignation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the wake of the national auditor's report on an alleged scam in allocation of coal mines.
At least five people sustained bullet injuries when Ansar members opened fire to contain a clash between passengers and staff of a launch in Patuakhali early Saturday.
Supply chain of daily essentials in the capital's kitchen markets is yet to be restored as many people, still enjoying the Eid vacation, have not yet returned to the city.
Asmani, a well-known literary character portrayed in the poem “Asmani” by Polli Kabi Jasimuddin Ahmed, breathed her last early on Saturday. She was 97.
The state-run oil and gas exploration company has detected a new gas layer at a well in Kailashtila gas field in Sylhet, officials say.
Claiming that the government failed to run the country on all fronts, opposition leader Khaleda Zia has asked the government to hand over power to a non-party administration for holding the next general elections.
Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad has reiterated that his party would contest the next general elections independently to test its popularity.
BSF personnel on Tuesday night threw a Bangladeshi cattle trader into River Chenakata near the border in Lalmonirhat after beating him indiscriminately.
The gap is widening between the rich and poor in much of Latin America, the world's most economically unequal and its most urbanized region, the UN said Tuesday.
We are perturbed by the uncertainties staring in the face of numerous students seeking admission into the medical colleges and the Buet.
It has been quite a long holiday on account of Eid-ul-Fitr. The degree to which it has been enjoyed by citizens is to be observed from the sight of rather empty, peaceful streets in a city which remains a nightmare for all of us on other days. Indeed, among those who remain in the capital on Eid, the few days before the celebrations and the few that come after them are a matter of relief because of the serenity, of a kind, that comes into the ambience. And so it is that at this point Dhaka is a quiet place, almost a reminder of the placidity it symbolized before the euphemism of urban development took over.
India hope their youngsters will rise to the big occasion in the two-Test series against New Zealand starting on Thursday to soften the blow of losing Rahul Dravid and Venkatsai Laxman.
Bangladesh Under-19s failed to turn the tide against their two mighty opponents -- Australia and England -- in the U19 World Cup at the Endeavour Park No 2 in Townsville.
Vernon Philander took five wickets as South Africa replaced England as the world's number one Test side with a 51-run win in the third Test at Lord's on Monday.
Veteran Indian batsman Vangipurappu Venkata Sai Laxman announced his retirement from international cricket on Saturday, saying it was time to make way for the next generation.
Kevin Pietersen was left out of England's World Twenty20 squad announced on Tuesday, as his international cricket exile continued.
Star Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan returned to the top of the ICC Test all-rounders' table in the latest ICC Test player rankings, with South Africa great Jacques Kallis slipping to second position.
Mahmudullah Riyad became the fourth Bangladeshi player to take part in the ongoing Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL).
Bangladesh women's football team will take on favourites India in the opening match of the SAFF Women's Championship which kicks off on September 7 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, according to a press release from Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) yesterday.
England coach Andy Flower insists Kevin Pietersen's infatuation with the Indian Premier League played a significant role in the collapse of his international career.
World champions India will open the 2013 Champions Trophy in England and Wales with a clash against South Africa in Cardiff on June 6 next year.
Australian captain Michael Clarke has told his team their world rankings are "unacceptable" as he worked to fire them up ahead of upcoming matches against Afghanistan and Pakistan.
China's Li Na earned her first title since winning the French Open 15 months ago, beating Germany's Angelique Kerber 1-6, 6-3, 6-1 to claim the ATP-WTA Cincinnati Masters on Sunday.
Five-time champion and world number one Roger Federer was confirmed Tuesday as the top men's seed at the US Open, the last Grand Slam tennis tournament of the year that starts Monday at Flushing Meadows.
The Bangladesh Women's Cricket team lost both of their matches against Pakistan and Ireland in the tri-nation ODI series in Dublin.
Roger Federer won his sixth title of the season as he beat Novak Djokovic 6-0, 7-6 (9/7) in a battle between the top two players in the world on Sunday at the Cincinnati Masters.
Six-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt of Jamaica and his young compatriot Yohan Blake will not race each other again this season, Blake's manager, Cubee Seegobin, indicated on Wednesday.
Everton stunned Manchester United 1-0 thanks to a bullet header in the second half by Marouane Fellaini after both teams got their Premier League campaigns underway on Monday.
Barcelona thrashed Real Sociedad 5-1 on Sunday with two goals from Lionel Messi and one each for Carles Puyol, Pedro Rodriguez and David Villa, in his first game back after eight months out with injury.
Big-spending Paris St Germain continued their shaky start to the Ligue 1 season when they were held to a 0-0 draw at AC Ajaccio and had Ezequiel Lavezzi sent off before the floodlights failed for several minutes on Sunday.
Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho admits he remains keen to return to the English Premier League -- as long as clubs interested in hiring him roll out the red carpet.
AC Milan forward Antonio Cassano is set to join Inter, with Giampaolo Pazzini moving in the opposite direction, the two clubs said on Tuesday.
Manchester United have completed the signing of Dutch defender Alexander Buttner from Vitesse Arnhem on a five-year contract, the Premier League club announced on Tuesday.
An Italian soccer tribunal on Wednesday confirmed a 10-month ban for Juventus coach Antonio Conte, rejecting his appeal against a verdict handed down earlier this month.
Real Madrid and Barcelona renew their Spanish Super Cup rivalry on Thursday when Tito Vilanova faces Jose Mourinho at the stadium where the two coaches clashed last year.
Arsenal defender Andre Santos was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving after a car chase the day before the club's first Premier League game of the season, police said.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday expressed her pleasure for a stable social and economic situation in the country during the just ended holy month of Ramadan that enabled the people to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr, one of the two biggest religious festivals of the Muslims, in comfort this year.
A woman was stabbed to death, two bodies were found, a businessman was beaten up and a photojournalist's house was robbed in the capital during Eid vacation since Saturday.
The patients in the capital's public hospitals suffered less during the Eid holidays this year compared to previous years'.
Over three months after being kidnapped, the skeletal remains of an autistic 17-year-old boy was dug up around 150 yards off his Kamrangirchar residence in the capital on August 19.
A housewife allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan at her residence in North Pirerbagh area of Mirpur in the capital yesterday.
When Abdus Sattar built his house in Mahasthangarh village in northern part of the country, he used materials that once laid the foundations of one of the world's oldest and greatest cities.
A bustling Dhaka city is still to get its usual look though the city dwellers have started returning to the capital after a one-week Eid vacation.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia on Eid day talked to the family members of missing party leader Ilias Ali over phone and consoled them.
At least 28 patients, including 11 children, died at Dinajpur Medical College and Hospital (DJMCH) during the weeklong vacation.
A senior BNP leader yesterday claimed innocence of the party leaders accused in the August 21 grenade attack case and alleged that Awami League (AL) itself had been involved in the incident.
People of Chittagong city and adjacent upazilas thronged the recreational places of the port city to add more delight to their Eid festival.
The gazette notification on the time limit extension for submission of applications regarding vested property claims will be issued within a few days, said Law Minister Shafique Ahmed yesterday.
A Chittagong court yesterday deferred the cross-examination of the complinant in the Banshkhali carnage case to August 29, as the judge is on leave.
A Dhaka court yesterday deferred to September 6 the hearing on charge framing against Liberal Democratic Party President Col (retd) Oli Ahmed in a case filed against him for non-submission of his wealth statement to the ACC.
A mild tremor jolted Sylhet region on Sunday afternoon.
The audit work for 2011-2012 fiscal year of Dhaka Reporters Unity Multipurpose Cooperative Society has been underway and will be completed on August 25.
The staff of Bangladesh Railway (East Zone) found an unidentified adolescent boy's body on the roof of an express train in Chittagong yesterday.
Around 800 patients, including 300 children, were provided medical consultancy free of cost at Champaful APC High School in Kaliganj-Asasuni upazila in Satkhira on Tuesday.
Police arrested two muggers early yesterday on charge of stabbing to death a CNG-run three-wheeler driver on the Chittagong-Cox's Bazar highway Tuesday night.
Noted physician and former health secretary Prof KA Khaleque died in the capital's LabAid Specialised Hospital on August 20 night following old age ailments. He was 93.
Four century old Madhuar Khal, a canal flowing through Mohammadpur upazila headquarters under the district, now faces threat of extinction as unscrupulous people have constructed different establishments on its bank, making the once 21-foot-wide canal appear only 6 to 7 feet wide in most places.
Three people were killed and over 100 injured in clashes between rival groups of villagers over capture of khas and disputed land and establishing supremacy in their respective areas in the last four days in Jhenidah, Pabna, Gopalganj, Sirajganj, Magura and Chapainawabganj districts.
An Awami League man, a BNP leader and a Jubo Dal activist were killed and at least 41 others injured in clashes in Khulna and Pabna on Eid day and yesterday.
Two workers were killed and eight others injured in a landslide while cutting a hill at Akhongjhiri Para in Balaghata of Sadar upazila early yesterday.
Two minor children met their tragic end on Tuesday noon when they went for bathing at a pond.
Criminals vandalised a clinic and injured five people including a director of the clinic owned by Patuakhali municipality Mayor Dr Shafiqul Islam on Tuesday midnight.
A schoolboy, kidnapped in Kashiani upazila about one and a half months ago, has been murdered by the criminals.
Criminals on Tuesday night shot dead a local trader at Dudhpatti in the district town.
Four Hizb-ut Tawhid militants were arrested while distributing anti-government leaflets at Teesta railway station in Sadar upazila on Monday night.
A man was killed allegedly by his wife at Bhojendrapur village in sadar upazila early Sunday over a family feud. Police later arrested the housewife. Victim Shipon Hossain, 35, was son of Tofazzal Hossain of the village. Police and locals said Shipon and his wife Champa Khatun locked in an altercation at about 12.30am on Sunday. At a stage, Champa stabbed her husband with sharp weapons leaving him dead on the spot. Officer in-charge of Pabna Sadar police station Md. Afzal Hossain said, Shipon often locked in quarrels as he had two wives.
At least 10 women were injured in a stampede at the house of Water Resources Minister Ramesh Chandra Sen at College Para in the municipality area on Saturday. Witnesses and police said, the incident occurred in the afternoon when around 300 poor women of the adjacent areas gathered in front of the house of the minister for monetary help ahead of Eid. Of the injured, police took five women to Thakurgaon Sadar Hospital.
A fake assistant police superintendent (ASP) was arrested at Kamargram village in Boalmari upazila on Tuesday night. The arrestee was identified as Tapan Chaki of the village. Police said, identifying himself as an ASP of the Special Branch of Police, Tapan rebuked Ruhul Amin, the officer in-charge of Boalmari police station, a few days ago over mobile phone and ordered him to release a recently seized motorbike. Later, the OC lodged a general diary in this connection. After tracking the mobile phone of Tapan, police raided the village at night and arrested him. A fake identity card of ASP was recovered from his possession.
Police recovered the body of a young man from a pond in Nandail upazila on Tuesday night. The victim was identified as Zahirul Mia, 26, son of Ekram Hossain Bhuiyan of Purbo Dolilla village in the upazila. Police said locals spotted the body of Zahirul floating in the pond of Shah Newaz Tafiria Alia Madrasa at Purbo Dolilla at about 9 pm and informed police. Later, the law enforcers recovered the body, which bore injury marks in the head, and sent it to hospital morgue for autopsy. Police said Zahirul, a rice-mill trader, might have been killed by rivals following a previous enmity.
Two hundred and seventy elderly people were accorded reception here on Tuesday, a day after the Eid day. Al-Insaf Samaj Kalyan Parishad, a local organisation, organised the function at Roghunathpur village under Shibalaya upazila. All of them were honoured and presented gifts. The elderly people expressed their happiness for showing respect to them. They said that today's society was almost forgetting the contribution and value of senior citizens. The programme was rounded up with a cultural function.
India pressed social media websites including Facebook and Twitter on Tuesday to remove "inflammatory" content it said helped spread rumours that caused an exodus of migrants from some cities last week.
Myanmar said it had abolished media censorship on Monday in the latest in a series of rapid democratic reforms, delighting journalists who lived for decades under the shadow of the censors' marker pen.
P A Sangma, former parliament speaker, on Tuesday filed a petition with the Supreme Court challenging the election of Congress leader Pranab Mukherjee as the president of India.
At least eight people were killed and 75 wounded yesterday in the Lebanese city of Tripoli in clashes between opponents and supporters of Syria's president as the crisis threatens to spill out of Syria.
Ecuador on Tuesday called on Britain to retract a threat to arrest WikiLeaks founder Julian Assangee at its embassy in London, adding that Quito remains open to dialogue.
For years, Ghulam Muhammad Khan thought his brilliant classmate had been killed in the bloodbath that gave birth to India and Pakistan in 1947, the deadliest end to British colonial rule in history.
The United States on Tuesday said it would temporarily lift sanctions for US-based non-governmental organisations that want to send financial aid to help Iran's earthquake relief effort.
Labour unrest in South Africa's platinum belt spread yesterday, raising concerns that anger over low wages and poor living conditions could generate fresh violence after 34 striking miners were shot dead by police last week.
China sentenced the wife of fallen Politburo member Bo Xilai to death on Monday but suspended her execution, setting the stage for a possible final purge of Bo himself in a scandal that has shaken Beijing ahead of a leadership transition.
Thousands of Ethiopians descended on the centre of the capital Addis Ababa on Tuesday to mourn Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, their firm-handed ruler of more than two decades, whose body was flown home after his death in a Brussels hospital at 57.
Israeli officials said Tuesday that Egypt is violating the historic 1979 peace treaty between the two countries by deploying tanks in the demilitarized Sinai desert near the Israeli border.
Iran is to host some 30 leaders, including those of India, Egypt and Cuba, at an August 30-31 summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) that officials are billing as proof the Islamic republic is not as isolated as the West would like.
Romania's top court on Tuesday ruled that a referendum on the impeachment of President Traian Basescu was invalid, because turnout failed to reach 50%.
An armed man was arrested in the western United States on Tuesday for allegedly sending an email that threatened President Barack Obama, a justice official told AFP.
Russia yesterday crowned a tortuous 18-year campaign by becoming the largest country outside the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to formally join the world's premier free trade club.
Insurgents fired rockets into an American base in Afghanistan and damaged the parked plane of the visiting chairman of the US joint chiefs of staff, the US-led military coalition said on Tuesday.
Arts & Entertainment
Painter Jahangir Hossain is recognised mainly for his conceptual works. Most of his canvases are engrossed in a single figure with varied movements. His mode of expression is usually semi-realistic, depicting male and female figures with different configurations. His works are suggestive of the human body. The painter often portrays human forms in unusual ways. His prime aim is to highlight the movements of human body and also to emphasise the inner struggle and torment of human beings. At times, his work has focused on twisted figures. His preferred subjects include intimate relationships.
Abdullah Al Mamun, a renowned playwright, actor and filmmaker of the country, was born on July 13, 1942 in Jamalpur. He completed his Honours and Masters in history from Dhaka University. Mamun wrote his first stage play “Niotir Parihash” in 1950. Subsequently, under the guidance of Shaheed Muneir Chowdhury, he developed his skills as a playwright, director and actor.
Tomalika Kormokar has over two decades experience in TV dramas and theatre. She has also bagged a National Film Award for her performance on the silver screen. Although she is a frequent face in all modes of media, Tomalika prefers to be more involved in theatre. She is still an active member of Arannyak Natya Dol.
After a long hiatus, Tomalika returns to the big screen with Humayun Ahmed's “Ghetu Putro Komola”.
Tele-film "Mon Phoring-er Galpo" will be aired at 2:35 pm on the fifth day of Eid-ul-fitr on ntv. Jointly written by Mezbah Uddin Suman and Shihab Shaheen, the tele-film is directed by the latter.
Bollywood superstar Salman Khan has hit the bull's eye once again, giving a perfect Independence Day and Eid gift to himself and his huge fan following.
Iconic singers Runa Laila, Asha Bhosle and Abida Parveen are judges on a musical talent hunt, “Sur Kshetra”. The show will be aired live on Colours and Sahara One from September 8.
William B. Milam, once America's ambassador in Bangladesh, is these days mighty angry with the government of Sheikh Hasina. Obviously, it is the Yunus factor which has him upset, to the extent that he now thinks if the government does not stop "haunting" the Nobel laureate, the international community, meaning the West, should stop providing aid to Bangladesh. Somehow the spectre of Cuba as it has been punished by the United States through sanctions for decades, only because Fidel Castro refuses to be dictated to by Washington, comes to mind.
Technology has liberated prejudice and its consequence, rumour, from accountability. When the village was still a mere village, and had not gone global, prejudice had a face and a name. This did not always ameliorate its poisonous warts. Elites took pride in prejudice, and concocted virulent theories to justify inhumanity. They were not content to celebrate their luck; they claimed "superiority" through genes or wealth.
The 16th Non-Aligned Summit (NAM) of 120 states will be held in Tehran from August 26 to 31. Iran will thus become chairman of the NAM for the next three years. NAM countries constitute 55% of the world's population.
Syria is now the centerpiece of the Middle East. If Syria overcomes sectarian war and takes constructive steps towards ethno-cultural integration and democratic self-rule, it will change the narrative of the entire region.
They say that in politics there is no last word; a politician is forever seeking ways to win over opponents. In politics no one is an enemy forever or a friend in perpetuity. Politics is all about seeking new alliances, finding accommodations of other views, and often compromises. A politician does this not out of philanthropy, but with a long term goal of gaining or retaining power. A seasoned politician does it in a clever and adroit way, by subtle actions, and by articulation of words chosen carefully. A deft politician knows that rhetoric laced with venom does not win opponents; it even drives close friends away. But not in Bangladesh.