News of: Sunday, 2nd of September, 2012
In the interest of Padma bridge funding, Mashiur Rahman has tentatively agreed to step down as the prime minister's economic affairs adviser, highly placed government sources have said.
Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) is preparing to announce a 30 percent hike in power tariffs, taking effect from September 1.
State-run Janata Bank and Agrani Bank breached banking rules to provide loans to the textile company Hall-Mark Group in connivance with Sonali Bank, helping embezzle crores of depositors' money, the central bank has found.
The next parliamentary election cannot be free and fair if held under the present government and without dissolving the incumbent parliament.
The Japanese Honda Motor Co plans to form a joint venture company in Bangladesh to assemble motorcycles, as production cost had increased in other countries, said a senior official of the industries ministry yesterday.
Communications Minster Obaidul Quader yesterday slapped a train attendant in the face at Ishwardi Railway Station for his poor service and irregularities.
On its 34th founding anniversary yesterday, the BNP vowed to forge a tougher anti-government movement to restore the non-party caretaker government system ahead of the next general elections.
Vehicular movement on Meghna and Meghna-Gumti bridges on Dhaka-Chittagong highway will remain suspended for seven hours from 11:00pm every day till September 7 due to repair work that began last night.
A woman was found dead at her Uttarkhan residence and the body of a youth was recovered at Madhya Badda, both in the capital in two separate incidents yesterday.
Students of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) yesterday gave the VC and his deputy until 10:00am today to resign.
Amid protests against the new rules for admission at medical and dental colleges, Health Minister AFM Ruhal Haque will sit with the representatives of agitating students today at his secretariat office.
The driver of Narayan Chandra Dutta Nitai was among those who had planned the robbery at the doctor's Mohakhali residence in the capital on August 23, which led to Nitai's murder, the prime suspect arrested yesterday said.
Indian Border Security Force shot dead a Bangladeshi national on the Baliadangi upazila frontier early yesterday.
Some 10,000 visitors to California's Yosemite National Park could have been exposed to a deadly virus that kills one in three victims and cannot be treated, officials said on Friday.
A young Pakistani Christian girl accused of blasphemy must wait until at least Monday to learn if she will be given bail, after a judge adjourned her case yesterday amid doubts over legal paperwork.
Mexico's Enrique Pena Nieto called for national unity Friday as he was officially named president-elect after a two-month legal feud, but his leftist rival refused to concede defeat.
Two construction workers died yesterday after falling from the sixth floor of a seven-storey under-construction building in the city's Mirpur.
Dhaka University yesterday suspended two students for two years each on charges of harassing four female students on the campus.
The end of the summit of non-aligned nations in Tehran raises a question and demonstrates a reality. The question relates to whether the non-aligned movement can in the times immediately ahead reassert its prominence in global politics. And the reality is that despite some very difficult obstacles in their way, member states of NAM have it in them to overcome or skirt around the obstacles if indeed they mean to speak in a unified voice on the global stage. The important message from Tehran, though, is that NAM continues to be a forum which unites rather than divides those nations which constitute it at present. And the fact that it is Iran, embattled as it is over questions of its nuclear intentions, which has been host to the summit makes it clear that member-states are willing to speak their mind through this forum through defying unwelcome pressure to the contrary.
Grievances of the upazila and UP chairmen and members were demonstrated once again in the findings of a year-long study conducted by Centre for Urban Studies and Unnayan Shamannay. The study has found that interventions from local lawmakers and the UNOs are standing in the way of independent functioning of upazilas and UPs.
Bangladesh went one step closer to qualification for Round 2 in the World Hockey League when they overcame hosts Singapore 4-2 in a close encounter in Singapore yesterday. Although Bangladesh had beaten the same opposition 4-1 in the AHF Cup in April, this was always going to be a tough hurdle as Singapore were playing in their own backyard.
Virat Kohli cracked an impressive 93 not out to lead an Indian recovery on the second day of the second and final Test against New Zealand in Bangalore on Saturday.
Opener Nasir Jamshed hit an aggressive 97 to guide Pakistan to a seven-wicket win over Australia in the second one-day, levelling the three-match series at 1-1 here on Friday.
Bangladesh women's cricket team captain Salma Khatun said yesterday that the Ireland trip greatly aided towards the improvement of their performance.
Bangladesh men's chess continued their winning spree in the World Chess Olympiad in Istanbul when they defeated 94th ranked Iraq in the fifth round yesterday. GM Ziaur Rahman and GM Enamul Hossain Razeeb won their respective boards easily while GM Niaz Murshed drew his board. The other board between GM Abdullah Al Rakib and his opponent was in progress when this report was filed. Earlier, the men's team completed a clean sweep over Mozambique (4-0) in the fourth round on Friday.
The British athlete who set the first world record at the Olympic Stadium during a test event earlier this year on Friday won the country's debut track gold, this time beating the Paralympic record.
Saiful Bari Titu will take charge of the national football squad from today as the first practice matches between four national teams take place today.
Andy Roddick served notice he will not go gently into retirement, blasting into the third round of the US Open on Friday by dispatching Australian teen Bernard Tomic 6-3, 6-4, 6-0 in only 87 minutes.
Jade Dernbach marked his return to England duty with three wickets, including the prize scalp of Hashim Amla, in a four-wicket win over his native South Africa in the third one-day international at The Oval.
Kevin Pietersen was set to meet with England coach Andy Flower on Saturday, the BBC and British media reported, in a bid to resolve his international future.
The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) approved the points table of last season's Bangladesh Premier league and Bangladesh Championship League in an Executive Committee Meeting at the BFF House yesterday. This approval, although an academic one, informally gives a clean chit to the matches under investigation for alleged match-fixing.
Former national footballer and star striker of the 1980s Badal Das died of cardiac arrest in the early hours of Saturday at a local hospital in the capital yesterday. Das, 48, was suffering from various ailments for a long time. The deceased left behind his mother, wife, two sons and a host of well-wishers to mourn his death. The cremation of the deceased will be held at his native village in Chandpur in the afternoon today.
IM Minhazuddin Ahmed Sagar became unbeaten champion in the Perfect Fashion Rapid Chess Tournament which concluded at the hall room of Bangladesh Chess Federation yesterday. Sagar earned 6.5 points to clinch the title while Russia's Menina Veronika finished runner-up with the same points, said a press release from the federation yesterday. FM Syed Mahfuzur Rahman Emon became third, FM Aminul Islam fourth and Sohel Chowdhury finished fifth after all of them were tied on 6 points.
European champions Chelsea crashed to a 4-1 SuperCup defeat to Atletico Madrid here on Friday, with the Spanish side's Colombian hotshot Radamel Falcao the star of the show at the Stade Louis II stadium.
Manchester City splashed out over £35 million on Inter Milan star Maicon, Benfica midfielder Javi Garcia, Swansea winger Scott Sinclair and Fiorentina defender Matija Nastasic as the Premier League champions embarked on a transfer deadline day spending spree.
Andy Carroll made an immediate impact at West Ham as the Liverpool reject inspired his new club to a 3-0 win over Fulham at Upton Park on Saturday, but the England striker's debut was marred by a hamstring injury.
Seven-time European champions AC Milan believe their recent transfer signings have left coach Massimilano Allegri with a team equipped to win back the scudetto.
Serie A side Napoli have tied Edinson Cavani to an improved deal that will not expire until 2017 but used the occasion to take a cheeky swipe at English champions Manchester City.
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney got carried away by his support for British tennis player Laura Robson on Friday, by tweeting a good luck message to "Laura Robinson."
Asian champions Japan will taken on Brazil in Europe in an October friendly as coach Alberto Zaccheroni continues his push to test his side against the world's best teams.
Fiorentina created one of the surprises on the final transfer deadline day by re-signing one of Italy's most prolific strikers in Luca Toni, it was announced Friday.
Construction of high-rise buildings is on the rise in Bangladesh as developers are eyeing vertical expansion to offset the decline of land in urban areas.
The growing trend for high-rise buildings has been fuelling the demand for quality construction materials and skilled personnel, analysts said at a seminar on tall buildings yesterday.
Karl-Johan Persson, chief executive officer of the Swedish retail chain H&M, is due in Bangladesh tomorrow to attend important meetings with the readymade garment manufacturers and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Calls for the government to withdraw the amendment to the Grameen Bank Ordinance have continued to pour in.
Stocks surged 4.48 percent last week -- the highest in two months -- thanks to a buying spree fuelled by optimism about the funding of the Padma bridge project.
High-tech gadgets to make the lives of senior citizens simpler, safer and more fun are in the spotlight at the world's top showcase for consumer electronics and home appliances.
One of India's top businessmen has slammed the government over its economic policies, saying it is no longer possible to sell the "India story".
Oil-rich Abu Dhabi began commercial operations on Saturday at its new Khalifa Port in a multi-billion-dollar project to transfer its main container terminal from the 40-year-old port of Mina Zayed.
India's largest passenger carmaker, Maruti Suzuki, reported Saturday a more than 40 percent slide in sales last month from a year earlier, as output at a key plant shaken by deadly violence tumbled.
Canada's economy grew 1.8 percent in the second quarter, fueled by continued business investment in manufacturing plants and equipment, a government agency said Friday.
A training centre for disadvantaged women opened at the Basatpur village of Jessore yesterday, with the objective to fight poverty and women repression.
How big is the impact of internet in Asia, including the impact on development of knowledge economy? We all have a sense that the information and communications technology (ICT) industry has transformed the social media, education and the way business is done. But we are not sure what the best way is to use the knowledge economy to propel our future growth.
US Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke expressed deep worry over the US economy Friday and argued for fresh action to stimulate growth from the central bank.
Jobless numbers across the eurozone hit a record 18 million in July, the grim new high announced as recession takes grip across the debt-stricken 17-nation currency area.
Shares of Facebook Inc fell 4.5 percent to a new low on Friday after brokerages cut their price targets on the company's shares, saying several lock-up expirations over the next year will weigh on the stock.
The Chittagong city unit BNP and its associate bodies brought out a huge procession in the port city marking the party's 34th founding anniversary yesterday.
Bangladesh Human Rights Commission (BHRC), an international human rights and peace body, expressed deep concern over the country's deteriorating law and order situation in the month of August this year, said its press release yesterday.
Speakers at a workshop yesterday recommended more training for midwives to make them competent in providing maternity and reproductive healthcare to women.
Awami League Chittagong city unit President ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury yesterday declared holding of a rally at Laldighi Maidan on September 9 to protest alleged irregularities in tendering process regarding appointment of private operators for New Mooring Container Terminal (NCT) of Chittagong Port.
Adivasi leaders and rights groups in a views exchange meeting in Rajshahi city yesterday urged the government to pass the proposed "Bangladesh Indigenous People's Rights Act" so that their rights can be well protected.
Eminent wildlife expert Dr Reza Khan has been awarded with Prokriti O Jibon Foundation-Channel i “Nature Conservation Award-2012” for his contributions towards conserving the wildlife and biodiversity of the country.
The Chittagong University authorities are still teaching controversial writer Syed Abul Ala Maududi's books, which were banned in the country in 2010 for contents encouraging extremism and militancy.
The visiting USAID delegation continued their tour of US government-funded food security projects in the southern region of the country yesterday.
Two witnesses in the Himu murder case filed separate general diaries with Panchlaish Police Station in Chittagong yesterday seeking security, stating that the accused had threatened to kill them if they testified against the latter.
Five people, including a female primary school teacher, were killed in separate road accidents in Chittagong and Barisal on Friday and yesterday.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina returned home yesterday from Tehran concluding her four-day official tour to attend the 16th summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (Nam).
With separate programmes, BNP factions observed the party's 34th founding anniversary in Barisal and Sylhet yesterday.
The newly appointed Malaysian High Commissioner in Dhaka Norlin Binti Othman began her diplomatic assignment in Bangladesh through presenting credentials to the president on August 27.
A top American diplomat will arrive in Dhaka on Sep-tember 6 on a five-day visit as part of the Obama administration's efforts to promote policies on women's issues and peace and security in Bangladesh.
Dhaka University (DU) students, teachers and staff yesterday urged the university administration to submit a memorandum to the prime minister soon to ensure their safey on the roads of the campus.
The Supreme Court has recently introduced Short Message Service (SMS), as part of its digitalised case management system, to help litigants access case information over cellphones.
The engine of one of the two shuttle trains of Chittagong University, pulling nine coaches, derailed at Oxygen Gate area, between Chittagong Cantonment and Sholoshahar Railway Station, around 5:30pm yesterday.
Bangladesh Coast Guard caught eight robbers and seized four engine boats and some sharp weapons from their possession in the Karnaphuli river in Chittagong yesterday afternoon.
A shop was gutted in a fire in Reazuddin Bazar area of Chittagong city yesterday.
The fisheries department seized shrimp fry worth Tk 10 lakh at Shah Amanat Bridge in Chittagong city yesterday.
AKM Firdousi Maiz of Bogra died at his residence in the capital on Friday. He was 84.
Today is the first death anniversary of Dr Moin Uddin Ahmed (Montu Doctor), a veteran freedom fighter and former Member of Parliament.
Mohsin Ali, a poor farmer at Banuria village under Kaliganj upazila, has changed his lot by cultivating gourd.
Three policemen were injured as locals attacked a team of plain-clothes policemen to snatch away an arrestee, also wanted in several cases including those for robbery, in New Kashaikhana area of Port Road-Hatkhola part of the city on Friday night.
Liyakot Ali Badal, a Rangpur-based journalist, on August 27 filed a defamation case against two other journalists for posting on their Facebook walls a document that disclosed Badal's alleged role against the Liberation War in 1971.
Vehicular movement on Chapainawabganj-Sonamasjid highway remained halted for five hours from 8:45am yesterday as transport workers blocked the road near the town protesting further rise in toll for crossing Bir Shreshtha Captain Mohiuddin Jahangir Bridge.
At least seven people were injured in a clash between the activists of Jubo league and Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) in Kalapara upazila town under Patuakhali district on Friday night.
A housewife died from snakebite at Pataitari village in Taraganj upazila on Friday night. The victim was identified as Taskina Khatun, 27, wife of Shahidar Rahman of the village. Family sources said a snake bit Taskina when she was in the kitchen at around 10:00pm. She was immediately taken to the upazila health complex where the doctors declared her dead.
Police recovered the body of a farmer from a paddy field near Sayestapur Bazar in Pirganj upazila yesterday morning. The dead was identified as Ashu Mia, 35, son of former union parishad member Fazo Mia of Soyekpur village. Hasan Shamim Iqbal, officer in-charge of Pirganj Police Station, said criminals killed Ashu when he was returning home from Dhaperhat area of Gaibandha on Friday night. Locals found Ashu's body in the field and informed the police who recovered the body and sent it to Rangpur Medical College Hospital morgue for autopsy, the OC added. Victim's father said the gang killed his son as a sequel to a previous enmity.
A man, who was injured in a clash between two rival groups at Dighulia village in Kotalipara upazila on National Mourning Day, died at Gopalganj General Hospital on Friday morning. The dead is Atiar Fakir, 50, of the village. There was a longstanding conflict between Kibria Molla and Atiar Rahman over establishing supremacy at the village. Police said an altercation took place between the supporters of the two over distributing 'tabarak' (milad's food) at a local mosque on the night of August 15. Later, both groups equipped with lethal weapons attacked each other, leaving Atiar critically injured. He was rushed to the upazila health complex and then shifted to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
Two shops were gutted in a fire at Public Library intersection in Monirampur upazila on Friday night. Police said the fire originated at Samrat Khan's shop at about 11:30pm and soon engulfed a stationery stall. On information, firefighters rushed to the spot and extinguished the blaze with the help of locals. The affected shop owners claimed that the loss caused by the fire could go up to Tk 5 lakh.
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested a man along with a gun in Monihar area of the district town yesterday morning. The arrestee is Shamsher Ali Tuku, son of Panjab Ali of Barandi Mollapara area of the town. Major Arif, deputy commander of Rab-6, said on secret information, they raided the area and arrested Tuku along with the gun and a bullet.
An alleged outlaw was stabbed to death in Chatmohar upazila early yesterday. The Deceased, Nayeb Ali, 40, son of Kashem Ali, of Hadal Pashchimpara village in Faridpur upazila, was a regional leader of outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-Red Flag) faction. Habibul Islam, officer in-charge of Chatmohar Police Station, said locals found Nayeb's body in Aulipur sluice gate area and informed the police. The law enforcers recovered the body and sent it to Pabna Medical College Hospital morgue for autopsy. Internal feud might be the reason behind the killing, said the OC.
A mobile court in Sadullapur upazila town yesterday sentenced four drug peddlers,to different terms of imprisonment. The convicts are Ferdous Mia, 45, his son Ripon Mia, 20, of Idrakpur village, Thanda Sheikh, 50, of the town and Shahan Shah, 40, of Baishtabdas village. Court sources said police arrested the four along with phensidyl and hashish from the area and produced them before the court led by Executive Magistrate Golam Mowla.
Khulna Engineering and Technology University (Kuet) yesterday celebrated its 9th founding anniversary with much enthusiasm and festivity. Professor AK Azad Chowdhury, chairman of the University Grant Commission (UGC), inaugurated the programme. To mark the day, students and teachers brought out a colourful procession on the campus. A cricket match and a tree plantation programme were also held on the occasion. Kuet was established on September 1, 2003.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton yesterday said that the South Pacific was big enough for both the United States and China but urged the Asian power to distribute its growing aid fairly.
Chinese Defence Minister Liang Guanglie says Beijing's increasingly close ties with South Asia are aimed at ensuring regional "security and stability" and are not intended to harm any "third party".
Congress President Sonia Gandhi has reached out to Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj to break the logjam in parliament over the CAG report after BJP threatened nationwide street protest.
Ten civilians and two police were killed and dozens more were wounded yesterday in a Taliban twin suicide attack targeting a US-run military base in central Afghanistan, officials said.
Iran scored a point against Western efforts to isolate it by hosting a summit this week of 120 Non-Aligned Movement countries, but its bid to boost its prestige was wrongfooted by a new report on its controversial nuclear activities, analysts said.
Syrian rebels launched deadly attacks on the military yesterday in a campaign increasingly targeting its air power, as President Bashar al-Assad's traditional ally Russia said it was "naive" to expect him not to fight back.
The Pentagon and a former US Navy SEAL are at odds over a book that offers the first eyewitness account of the May 2011 raid that took out Osama bin Laden, with a potential court battle looming.
The United States has significantly scaled down a planned joint military exercise with Israel most likely because of disagreements on how to deal with Iran's nuclear ambitions, Time magazine has reported on its website
The United States is considering declaring the Haqqani network, a Pakistan-based ally of al-Qaeda and the Taliban, a terrorist organization, The New York Times reported late Friday.
A US drone strike targeting a militant compound yesterday killed at least four rebels in Pakistan's restive tribal region near the Afghan border, security officials said.
About 30 people were believed to have drowned after an overloaded boat sank off the coast of Guinea, as rescue workers said yesterday they had given up hope of finding survivors after an all-night search.
A private funeral service has been held for US astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the Moon. He died last Saturday aged 82.
Workers resumed operations at Venezuela's biggest refinery on Friday, a week after an explosion that killed 42 people, state oil company PDVSA said.
Kyrgyz acting Prime Minister Omurbek Babanov has tendered his resignation, the government press service said yesterday.
The advance of huge wildfires that have destroyed properties on Spain's Costa del Sol has been mostly halted, though pockets remain, officials said yesterday.
Yoga guru Ramdev yesterday announced a fresh agitation targeting Congress from October 2 that will last till next Lok Sabha elections with immediate attention on upcoming Assembly elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.
Arts & Entertainment
To celebrate the 100 years of Indian cinema, a special programme and screening of films featuring veteran Indian actor Soumitra Chaterjee are now on at the Main Auditorium of Bangladesh National Museum in Dhaka. Bangladesh Film Development Corporation (BFDC) and Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre (IGCC), High Commission of India in Dhaka, have jointly arranged the programme.
Renowned Indian filmmaker, artist Muzaffar Ali and Indian actor Farooq Shaikh are in town to attend the joint celebration of 100 years of Indian cinema -- by the Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre in Dhaka and Bangladesh Film Development Corporation -- and Soumitra Chatterjee retrospective. The festival that opened yesterday at the National Museum in Dhaka will continue till September 8 (excluding September 6).
The week-long Selim Al Deen Festival 2012 ended with the staging of Indian troupe Tritio Shutra's “Bisharjan”, at the National Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, on August 31. Suman Mukhopadhyay's directorial approach to the Tagore play made a lasting impact, in particular omnipresent priest Raghupati's soft-spoken dialogues.
Runa Laila was a special guest along with Pakistani singer Abida Parveen on “Jhalak Dikhlaa Jaa” to promote their music reality show “Sur Kshetra”.
Last week, the 16th Summit meeting of the leaders of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) was held in Tehran, Iran. Twenty nine head of states, two kings, seven prime ministers, including our prime minister, and twenty five foreign ministers attended along with representatives from all the 120 member states. Seventeen observer countries along with ten member organisations like the UN, the African Union and the Arab League also sent their delegations.
The global negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) will resume in Bangkok, Thailand in the first week of September in preparation for the Eighteenth Conference of Parties (COP18) which will be held in December 2012 in Doha, Qatar.
It is difficult to bring innovations in a complicated area like teaching and learning and it is harder to implement them. Both the teachers and the students develop a particular pattern of teaching and learning respectively over a long period of time. Neither the teachers nor the students are always mentally ready to take on new methods and techniques. Most probably, the reason is that they are not used to applying these methods in the classrooms; or they are not sure about the success of the new methods and techniques; or they do not have any interest in them.
I usually avoid large congregations and collective religious events. Not because I am opposed to public worship per se, but because, for me, religion is truly a personal affair to be confined to the private space of the worshipper. Frankly, my past experiences in attending Muslim religious gatherings have not been all too positive. Two things seem to dominate these occasions. First, the sermons are often overwrought and focus mainly on rituals. Secondly, some "holier than thou" individuals assume self-imposed monitoring roles, which entail criticism of superficial aspects of the worshippers like posture, clothes, strands of hair peeking out of the head covering etc. Sadly, all this religious rhetoric has little to do with one's spiritual evolution!