News of: Wednesday, 29th of August, 2012
Fourteen Destiny Group officials, including its chairman Rafiqul Amin, were involved in a Tk 1,448-crore scam in the multilevel company's cooperative wing, Destiny Multipurpose Cooperative Society Ltd.
A Jhalakathi court yesterday asked “Rab informant” Ibrahim Hawlader to appear before it on September 26 for attacking Limon Hossain and his family and threatening them with death.
A Dhaka University student was killed in a road crash in the capital's Shahbagh yesterday, sparking violent protests from fellow students that left at least 60 vehicles damaged.
A latest High Court verdict has opened a window for debate over the privileges of parliament and its members.
A meeting on the issue of revival of the World Bank loan for Padma bridge project was scheduled to be held at the bank's Washington headquarters last night, according to finance ministry sources.
Yunus Centre, which promotes the work of Prof Muhammad Yunus, yesterday said the Nobel laureate is being blamed for the World Bank's fund cancellation to turn people's attention away from the real issue.
Bangladesh Bank's request to the finance ministry to recast the board of state-owned Sonali Bank following the Tk 3,832-crore loan scam has sparked off a debate.
An aircraft of United Airways (BD) Ltd on domestic flight has narrowly escaped a crash, which almost happened when a part of its windshield blew away in mid-air, at an altitude of 9,000 feet.
During the Liberation War, Maj Ziaur Rahman commissioned the killing of 22 “collaborators”, including Salauddin Quader Chowdhury and his father, said two freedom fighters at the International Crimes Tribunal-1 yesterday.
The BNP-led 18-party alliance will stage countrywide demonstrations for five days next month as well as engage in mass contact to drum up public support for the restoration of the caretaker government system.
A special court sentenced 665 jawans of the 44 Rifle Battalion of erstwhile Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) to rigorous imprisonment ranging from four months to seven years in the 2009 BDR mutiny case yesterday.
Bangladesh Petroleum Exploration Company (Bapex) hit a new gas reservoir in the 16-year-old small Salda gas field in Brahmanbaria yesterday.
Unidentified assailants shot dead three people including a union parishad chairman at Shelaidah in Kumarkhali upazila yesterday.
India yesterday handed over a copy of the Detailed Project Report (DPR) of Tipaimukh Hydropower Project to Bangladesh as the two countries finalised the Terms of Reference for a joint study on the dam's impact.
Defending her son Arafat Rahman Koko as innocent, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia claims she has documents of corruption allegedly committed by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's son Sajib Wazed Joy.
Member of the International Crimes Tribunal-1 Judge AKM Zaheer Ahmed yesterday resigned on the grounds of illness.
The Rapid Action Battalion personnel yesterday claimed that family of the murdered journalist Meherun Runi was not "cooperating enough" with the elite force's investigation team.
A prosecution witness of the sensational 2004 arms haul cases told a Chittagong court yesterday that following the incident the Rapid Action Battalion had tortured him on the orders of the then state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar.
The sea ice in the Arctic Ocean has melted to its smallest point ever in a milestone that may show that worst-case forecasts on climate change are coming true, US scientists said on Monday.
A heavy police contingent guarded platinum giant Lonmin's Marikana mine in South Africa yesterday to protect workers who quit a violent wildcat strike in which 44 people have died.
A Dhaka court yesterday for the sixth time deferred its delivery of order on whether it will accept charges against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and three others in Zia Charitable Trust graft case.
The High Court (HC) verdict, whose full text was released on Monday, on the Jatiya Sangsad (JS) Speaker's ruling about an HC judge on May 29 seems to have reopened, rather than put an end to the row between two fundamental organs of democracy and the state.
The issue of World Bank (WB) getting back on the financing of Padma Bridge has once again hit a snag where the issue of removal of yet another individual is threatening to derail the project. The interests of the nation are at stake here and we find ourselves back to square one. In the case of former Communication Minister Syed Abul Hossain, it was the refusal of the Prime Minister (PM) to remove him that led to the cancellation of the WB funding in the first place. The government failed to take constructive steps on WB's confidential memo and dilly dallied with anti-corruption investigation terming the evidence as lacking in credibility. It is ironic that Canadian authorities found the evidence credible enough to launch investigation against two former executives of a Canadian engineering firm and we didn't. The government made a farce of not accepting Abul Hossain's resignation by delaying its official acceptance. The whole matter turned the nation into a laughing stock on the international stage. All this is water under the bridge and we find ourselves in another situation.
In a move to bring more professionalism and improve the standard of the country's first-class cricket, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) have brought one hundred and twenty first class cricketers under central contract. Earlier in April, fifteen national cricketers received contracts in five categories and now 105 more active first class cricketers got the contracts. The move signals a bold and pioneering initiative from the game's governing body. The annual contract, which commences on January 01, 2013, includes monthly salary packages and health/medical coverage as per BCB policy for first class players, said BCB's acting CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury in an enrolment ceremony that was arranged yesterday at the conference room of the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.
Andy Murray's serve was anything but golden on the opening day of the US Open but the Olympic champion still had too much firepower for Alex Bogomolov Jr. and led a parade of favourites into the second round on Monday.
Maria Sharapova made a convincing start to her US Open title campaign on Monday and then turned comedian as she revealed her build-up had been affected by a "pregnancy" scare.
The Professional Football League Committee of Bangladesh Football Federation has rearranged a clause in the bylaws of the Bangladesh Premier League which will give it the authority to punish any club, official or player on suspect of being involved in any fixing activities during the professional football league matches.
The 40th Chess Olympiad got underway in Istanbul yesterday through the match between Bangladesh's women's chess player Sharmin Sultana Shirin and Chinese GM Zhao Zue.
Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club has finally allowed its players to join the ongoing national camp two days after the start of the 10-day camp for country's top booters.
Cricket's governing body on Monday announced plans to introduce wearable technology usually found in iPads to scrutinise bowlers with suspect bowling actions.
The Bangladesh cricket team will leave for Trinidad on Friday to take part in a four-nation T20 tournament but the players are still not fully aware about who their opponents in the competition will be.
Hashim Amla inflicted another record-breaking hundred upon England with a majestic innings of 150 in the second one-day international in Southampton on Tuesday.
Bangladesh national hockey team leave here for Singapore this morning to take part in the Hockey World League (Round 1) with the target of emerging champions and qualifying for the next round.
The Indian Premier League has lost its title sponsor after real estate giant DLF declined to renew its five-year deal, a company spokesman said on Tuesday.
Real Madrid go into Wednesday's Spanish Super Cup second-leg against rivals Barcelona knowing a victory is the only option if they are to take the first title of the season.
Colombian hotshot Radamel Falcao hit a hattrick as Atletico Madrid cruised to a 4-0 victory Monday over Athletic Bilbao, their opponents in last season's Europa League final.
Many of Manchester United's millionaire superstars have been banned from accepting free luxury sports cars as part of a lifestyle crackdown from hardline manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
Lyon are close to reaching an agreement with Tottenham Hotspur over the sale of their French international goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, OL president Jean-Michel Aulas revealed on Monday.
Former Chelsea strikers Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka could be sold by China's Shanghai Shenhua due to an escalating equity stake row among shareholders, local media reported.
With 10 months to go to the Confederations Cup and as the countdown starts to the 2014 World Cup, Brazilian officials said on Monday that they will not tolerate fan violence.
Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o, now starring with Russian top-flight side Anzhi Makhachkala, on Monday appealed for calm after episodes of fan violence in recent days sparked waves of arrests.
European football's governing body UEFA have upheld a one-match suspension imposed on Denmark striker Nicklas Bendtner for revealing the logo of an unauthorised sponsor at Euro 2012 in June.
Russian goalkeeper Vyacheslav Malafeyev on Monday announced he was temporarily stepping down from international duty to spend more time with his two children.
European Commission's decision to impose a 60-80 percent anti-dumping duty on ceramic imports from China from November can be a boon for Bangladeshi exporters badly hit by the global economic crisis.
The Dhaka Stock Exchange has wrongly classified some sectors as the bourse does not follow any international methodology for sector or industry classification.
The National Board of Revenue's drive to equip businesses with electronic cash registers is yet to experience much success, with figures for the last three and a half years falling way short of estimates.
Dhaka Stock Exchange fell for the second day in a row, as investors, driven by the lure of profits, continued with their selling spree.
The Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) decided to set up 10 makeshift cattle markets in the city for the forthcoming Eid-ul-Azha.
TIM Nurul Kabir, a Bangladeshi national, has been elected as a member of the global advisory council of .ORG, a global policy forum for technology and internet governance.
The Executive Committee of National Economic Council (ECNEC) yesterday approved construction of a multi-storey food warehouse at a cost of Tk 265 crore to help build a buffer stock.
Industries Minister Dilip Barua yesterday inaugurated a website on the upcoming D-8 Ministerial Meeting on Industrial Cooperation scheduled to kick off in Dhaka on October 8.
Maruti Suzuki shareholders on Tuesday urged India's biggest carmaker to be more sensitive to labour disputes in the wake of a deadly riot at its Manesar factory as the company promised a swift return to normalcy at the plant.
Carrefour said on Tuesday that it was pulling out of Singapore with the closure of its two existing outlets in the city-state by the end of this year.
Juan Miranda, director general of South Asia Department of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), arrived in Dhaka yesterday for a two-day official visit.
South Korea's top automaker Hyundai Motor said Tuesday its joint venture with a Chinese firm has started the construction of a truck plant in the world's fastest-growing vehicle market.
Sales of electronic appliances could not meet expectations of the companies this Ramadan, one of the peak seasons.
India's economy likely remained in its deepest slump for nine years in the quarter ending in June, but high inflation and polarized politics leave the country's leaders with limited scope to crank up growth.
New Delhi needs a new coal policy. The government's flawed decision to hand mines to individual firms has caused political gridlock. It has also failed to get the black stuff out of the ground. A better approach would be to break Coal India's monopoly.
In response to a news item -- Airtel launches mobile banking -- published on B3 on Sunday, Dutch-Bangla Bank Ltd said only a commercial bank can launch such a service in Bangladesh. Actually, the service was offered by the bank in partnership with Airtel Bangladesh.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said Awami League did not desire to assume power through undemocratic means, as her party relied on public confidence.
Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) arrested Abul Kalam Azad, a management committee member of the Destiny Multipurpose Cooperative Society Ltd (DMCSL), from his residence at Paltan early yesterday.
Police yesterday arrested eight activists of Islami Chhatra Shibir for their alleged complicity in the arson attack on Sylhet's MC College hostel on July 8.
Bangladesh Coast Guard yesterday arrested 36 robbers and seized six engine boats and a fishing trawler from Karnaphuli river in Chittagong.
Police foiled a prescheduled agitation programme of medical and dental college admission seekers in Chittagong city yesterday and detained eight youths in this connection.
Hallmark Group's employees allegedly assaulted a private television channel's journalists at the company's Tentuljhora office at Savar on the capital's outskirts yesterday.
Forty-seven land phone lines have remained out of order for over two months in Economic Relations Division (ERD), affecting the state department's communication with foreign agencies including international donors.
The BNP standing committee members Sunday night lambasted party leader Moudud Ahmed for "repeatedly embarrassing" the party by making political statements to the press on his own.
The Dhaka University authorities yesterday observed the university Black Day marking the 2007 army assault on the students.
In a special audit, the Railway Audit Directorate (RAD) has found discrepancies in the land records of the West Zone of Bangladesh Railway.
A Dhaka court yesterday for the sixth time deferred its delivery of order on whether it will accept charges against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and three others in Zia Charitable Trust graft case.
Two pro-Awami League and one BNP backed professors won the Jahangirnagar University deans' election yesterday.
Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad yesterday urged that Mashiur Rahman, economic adviser to the prime minister, resigns from his post immediately to pave the way for World Bank's loan to build the Padma bridge.
Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) has been asked to deploy additional manpower for better traffic management in the under-construction Gulistan-Jatrabari flyover area of the capital.
The Power Development Board (PDB) yesterday opened price offers of six bidders in the 450-megawatt Ghorashal combined cycle power project.
Four people were killed and 18 others injured in road accidents in Dhaka, Chittagong, Netrakona and Panchagarh yesterday.
Awami League Chittagong city unit President ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury yesterday called for raising a movement to save the Chittagong Port from the clutch of a "mafia group".
Bangladesh Mahila Parishad yesterday expressed deep concern over a suicide incident of a mother after killing her two daughters in the capital's Kafrul area, and an incident of gang rape of an autistic girl in Saturia upazila in Manikganj.
Teachers of two separate organisations yesterday demanded inclusion of their institutions on the government's Monthly Pay Order (MPO) list.
A woman died from burn injures in the capital yesterday evening.
Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) equipment worth Tk 40 lakh were recovered by Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) from a house in the port city yesterday.
Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has pressed charges against two accused in the murder case of Aminul Haque in Rajshahi city.
Around 80,000 litres of locally made liquor and 5, 245 pieces of Yaba tablets were seized in separate drives in Bandarban and Chittagong city yesterday.
A day labourer was killed as a chest fell on him in Chittagong city on Monday night.
Akhlakul Hossain Ahmed, former member of constituent assembly and Awami League (AL) leader, died of old age complications at a hospital in the capital yesterday. He was 86.
Today is the sixth death anniversary of Kazi Jahan Ara Begum, former senior teacher of New Government Girls' High School and wife of late Advocate Kazi Zahirul Haque, National Awami Party leader.
Lack of space in the food warehouses in Rangpur division is hampering the procurement of Irri-boro rice and paddy.
Passengers of Lalmonirhat-Burimari route stopped a train in Kaliganj upazila on Monday and the day before, demanding more coaches.
Mobile courts in Netrakona, Rangpur and Naogaon districts jailed 15 people for gambling and possessing drugs on Monday and the day before.
A young cattle trader, who was shot dead allegedly by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) on Sunday, was returned to Birampur police in the district yesterday.
At least 30 BNP men were injured as AL activists swooped on them on their way to Dhulia village in Baufal upazila yesterday.
Police rescued a madrasa student from Rampal village in Pirgachha upazila on Monday evening, five days after his abduction.
Amtali Upazila Parishad chairman Salauddin Ahmed has been suspended on charges of corruption and irregularities.
Four members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and an alleged smuggler have been charge sheeted in a case for killing of an youth on Mogholhat border in Sadar upazila in 2010.
A man was killed during a gunfight allegedly between the activists of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) and rival United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) at remote Bhallukmara chhara village in Baghaichhari upazila of the district on Monday.
Three children drowned in separate incidents in Rajoir and Madaripur Sadar upazilas yesterday. Akhi, 4, daughter of Nur Islam Sheikh of Majumderkandi village in Rajoir and her maternal cousin Tuhin, 5, son of Ashraf Dhali of the same village drowned when they went to take a bath in a pond at noon. They were taken to Rajoir Hospital where the doctors declared them dead. In another incident, Shafiqual Islam, 8, of Taltala village under Madaripur Sadar, drowned when he went to take a bath in a pond in the afternoon.
Police arrested seven alleged poachers at Bamongao village in Kalmakanda upazila yesterday morning. They also recovered Tk 1.9 lakh, a microbus and a digital weighing scale from their possession. The arrestees are Abdul Aziz, Nuruzzaman, Billal Hossain, Mohammad Bahar, Joynal Abedin and Asaduzzaman of Gazipur district and Shafiqul Islam of the village. Police said the arrestees are linked to an organised gang of gecko poachers.
Armed robbers looted cash, gold and other valuables from a house stabbing two women at Chhoto Hosenpur village in Begumganj upazila early Monday. Police said a gang of 10-15 equipped with sharp weapons entered Azizul Haque`s house by breaking open its main gate and looted cash Tk 50,000, fifteen tolas of gold ornaments, a colour television, four mobile phone sets and other valuables worth Tk 10 lakh. The robbers stabbed inmates Munni Akter, 23, and Nasima Akter, 32, leaving them seriously injured as they tried to resist them.
The natural beauty of Kuakata is very fascinating. Both sunrise and sunset can be watched from Kuakata sea beach. Kuakata attracts tourists for many reasons. But we have heard that Kuakata has become almost an inaccessible place due to bad road condition. Even a recent picture of Kalapara-Kuakata road, published in this daily, showed that there were sticky mud and potholes on the road, riskng vehicular movement seriously. In addition, some of my relatives who dared to visit Kuakata by road recently, advised us not to go there until the road is repaired. They also said that erosion of shoreline has become a problem for tourists.
As a regular user of Facebook, I can say that there are as many disadvantages of using the online social networking sites as there are advantages. It is almost impossible to imagine life without Facebook these days. People spend a lot of time on Facebook to stay connected with their family members and friends. But the downside is that the users give more information about themselves on Facebook and there is no proven way to deter the hackers from stealing vital data from millions of Facebook accounts. Thus the users should always remain alert about what they are sharing on Facebook.
Indeed, the incumbent education minister has taken a bold step to contain private tutoring. There was a time when teachers used to treat their students as their own sons and daughters, and they were not involved in private coaching. But now they are busy tutoring privately. Not just that, they often harass students in many ways if they do not take private coacjing from them. Thus, several thousands of poor students fail to make good results.
I am surprised at the way educational institutions all over Bangladesh are degrading the noble profession of teaching. It's almost like a coordinated effort to establish the fact that anyone can be a teacher, provided the person has a Masters, preferably from abroad. Is that the only thing needed to be a teacher? I see my friends coming back from abroad with Masters and immediately getting a job at any of the private universities around the city. And I wonder, what happened to the need for experience to be a university teacher? How can someone become a university teacher with just a Masters? Doesn't that person need experience? Does a degree reflect the person's ability to teach? Then, every PhD holder would prove to be a brilliant teacher. When will these institutions sober and start employing 'actual' teachers instead of 'students' posed as teachers?
I have been researching for a reply to Md Asimuzzaman's letter of July 20th. He complains that there are too many dogs in West Rampura, that people are afraid of them, that all dogs should be chained up or they are dangerous (!) and wants 'the authorities' to 'take effective measures'.
In both South and North DCC, tons of garbage are stockpiled on many roads, lanes and by-lanes for days together. Sewages in drains overflow and important public thoroughfares are water-logged, posing a serious threat to public health.
The daily local newspaper is an index of the state of affairs and happenings in Bangladesh. Scanning through the pages, it seems clear that violence and killings are the order of the day. As a retired person, every day I go through five English dailies; from cover to cover; and most of the news items from Bangladesh is either related to violence, criminal acts or killings!
Here are some comments that came in response to Tuesday's The Daily Star news report headlined “Resignation ball in Mashiur's court”
Condemnation of “unilateral” actions -- particularly sanctions on Iran and other nations -- and a demand for greater say in UN decision-making dominated talks in Tehran yesterday preparing for a Non-Aligned summit later this week.
Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar said that growing confrontation over Iran's nuclear programme threatens further instability in the broader region.
Sonia Gandhi, the president of India's ruling Congress party, yesterday upped the stakes in a six-day parliamentary stand-off that has paralysed government plans to revive the slowing economy.
Myanmar has removed about 2,000 exiles from an immigration blacklist drawn up by the former junta to allow them to return home as part of political reforms, the authorities yesterday said.
Arts & Entertainment
On the occasion of the 36th death anniversary of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, Bangla Academy organised a discussion and a cultural programme at its Seminar Room on August 27.
National poet Kazi Nazrul Islam's 36th death anniversary was observed at Tewta, the ancestral place of Nazrul's wife Promila Devi, under Shivalaya upazila in Manikganj on Sunday.
As part of the ongoing Selim Al Deen Festival 2012, Dhaka Theatre staged the playwright's “Dhaboman”, at the National Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, on August 27.
One of the most popular Kolkata-based contemporary shows is 'Mirakkel Akkel Challenger', aired by Zee Bangla. The host of the show Mir Afsar Ali aka Mir has created a niche for himself as one of the leading entertainers of Kolkata, as well as expanded his talent in other shows hosting musical and other programmes. Mir recently visited Dhaka on a three-day trip with his band, Bandage, and entertained the Bangladeshi audience with a live music show on Desh TV.
A 14-day group exhibition on fashion mood board titled “Walli's Designers Mood Board Presentation” was inaugurated yesterday at the Galerie Zoom of Alliance Française de Dhaka.
A four-day programme marking the 88th birth anniversary of one of Bangladesh's pioneering painters, SM Sultan will begin at Sultan Moncho in Narail municipality area on August 29.
September causes a stirring in the soul. Outside the parameters of the soul, it is the spectacle of falling leaves which give September a distinctive symbolism that has translated itself into poetry over time. Indeed, W.H. Auden once gave us a poem, September 1, 1939, that ensured a place in history for the month. In the soul, therefore, September comes in that vastness of history. There is a sweep about it, a reaching out as it were, into the human consciousness.
The government headed by Dr. Manmohan Singh and Mrs. Sonia Gandhi has laid down its code of governance. You can sell a fertile womb at heavy discount as long as the child is still inside. This metaphor passes the test of common parlance: our natural resources, like coal, are the gift of Mother Nature. The Supreme Court has held that a natural resource is also a national resource. It is a property of the people, and government is only a temporary caretaker. It is duty-bound to maximise the returns to the people in case of any economic exploitation of natural resources.
During his visit to Dhaka last September, Prime Minister Dr. Singh invited both former PM Begum Khaleda Zia, opposition leader in the parliament, and former president H.M. Ershad, currently the chairman of the country's third largest political party -- Jatiya Party -- in the Parliament.
The fourth International Disaster and Risk Conference (IDRC) opened at Davos on August 26. The experts on risk and disaster have joined here with the aim of promoting "integrative risk management in a changing world." The Global Risk Forum (GRF) has very strategically identified its objective for this conference, i.e. finding out "pathways to a resilient society." Don't we find a gradual change in the standpoint which the international drivers in the field of Disaster Risk Reduction were concentrated on earlier?
The sign of a truly great business is that it changes lives. There are few more noble examples than Muhammad Yunus's Grameen Bank, which has helped to drag millions of Bangladeshis out of desperate poverty since 1979. Organisations such as Grameen, and pioneers such as Muhammad Yunus, should be cherished in today's global economy where big business more than ever needs to be a force for good in the world.