News of: Monday, 10th of September, 2012
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In April last year, Petrobangla made a rosy forecast that by June 2013, it would be able to almost double the country's gas supplies. But now it has drastically revised its prediction, saying the increase would be way less than one third of last year's projection.
The government will start giving new gas connections to industries from next month, although production has increased very little since the government stopped providing fresh connections two years ago.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday said many from outside the Sonali Bank were involved in the much-talked-about Hall-Mark swindle.
Buet pro-vice chancellor Prof M Habibur Rahman has been removed from his post as part of the education minister's pledges at a meeting with the agitating teachers on Monday last.
It's not a problem. It's rather a crisis that may badly affect the economy of the country as a whole.
The government has decided to enrol students at medical and dental colleges through an admission test this year.
Bangladesh has been ranked 55th among 61 countries surveyed by the World Wide Web Foundation on internet's political, social and economic impacts on people.
A man was run over by a speeding bus while he was crossing the road in the capital's Motijheel area yesterday morning.
The International Crimes Tribunal-2 yesterday took the formal charges into cognisance against expelled Jamaat member Abul Kalam Azad for his alleged involvement in crimes against humanity committed during the Liberation War.
Biman yesterday claimed to have enough preparation to smoothly ferry pilgrims to Saudi Arabia though hajj agencies have expressed concerns that 22,000 devotees might miss their flights.
The Jatiya Party yesterday announced the names of its top 100 prospective candidates who will independently contest the next parliamentary election. The move was made at a closed-door meeting at a hotel in the capital.
Individuals aspiring to contest the next parliamentary polls independently may not have to face the electoral provision that makes it hard for many to qualify as independent candidates.
At least 50 people were injured in a clash between law enforcers and pro-BNP Jubo Dal and Chhatra Dal activists in Rupganj of Narayanganj yesterday afternoon as police barred their joint procession.
A Canadian member of a provincial parliament yesterday dismissed the possible extradition of Noor Chowdhury, a convicted fugitive killer of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, under Canadian law to face execution in Bangladesh.
Jamaat-e-Islami leader Moulana AKM Yusuf formed the Razakar force, collaborators of the Pakistan occupation army, first in Khulna during the Liberation War, eminent war crimes researcher Shahriar Kabir told International Crimes Tribunal-2 yesterday.
Police on Saturday arrested two fugitive convicts in Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) leader Kazi Aref Ahmed murder case at Talbaria village at Daulatpur upazila of Kushtia.
Leaders of Gazipur district BNP have complained to party chief Khaleda Zia about the involvement of four central leaders in grouping and internal feuds.
Housewives may soon start getting monthly salaries from their husbands with the government mulling a proposal which would make it mandatory for men to share a certain percentage of their income with their wives who stay back and do household chores.
At least 58 people were killed in attacks across Iraq yesterday, including a car bomb outside a French consulate.
The United States is due to hand over formal control of a controversial prison housing Taliban fighters to the Afghan government today, in a move hailed by Kabul as a victory for sovereignty.
A US mission currently visiting the Rakhine state of Myanmar to see conditions of the Rohingyas in the post sectarian violence will arrive in Dhaka tomorrow to discuss the US role in assisting the refugees.
Indian External Affairs Minister SM Krishna yesterday described his three-day visit to Pakistan as "fruitful".
We are outraged at the foot-dragging and seemingly attempted derailment of save the river campaign spearheaded by The Daily Star and Channel i in 2009. In that year, a writ petition to save four Dhaka rivers from unbridled grabbing and pollution resulted in an HC order with a very clear set of directives for river demarcation.
Such a dangerous thing as the pictures carried by this newspaper yesterday showing pedestrians crossing a major thoroughfare in the capital by all imaginable means of physical exercise in negotiating the dividers can only occur in this country. And the picture displays persons of all gender and age choosing the dangerous option. And even barbed wires used as a fence on the road dividers, something unthinkable in any other civilised country, fails to deter our people.
If one were to measure the performance level of the Bangladesh women's cricket team in the three-match ODI series against South Africa then the all-important last match, which South Africa won by seven wickets at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday by chasing a paltry target of 61, would definitely be considered the worst.
South Africa's tour of Bangladesh didn't exactly start according to plan. They only managed to score 75 runs in the first game and had to work hard to win the second. The deciding game, however, brought the best out of the Proteas.
Defending champion Novak Djokovic swept into his third consecutive US Open final, setting up a title showdown with Britain's Andy Murray, with a 2-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 win over Spain's David Ferrer on Sunday.
Bangladesh's men's chess team recorded their best ever performance ever by finishing 33rd in the in the 40th Chess Olympiad that concluded at the Istanbul Expo Centre in Turkey yesterday.
Having sat in orderly queues on the football pitch at the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan, some 200 budding footballers were staring up intently at the temporary dais. The only common emotion emanating from them was anxiety. Within minutes, the five-week wait would be over and the dream of 12 young boys would come true -- they would get a chance to visit and train at the Manchester United Soccer School under the Airtel Rising Stars Program.
Bangladesh frittered away a golden opportunity to win the Trinidad Quadrangular T20 competition when they let Trinidad & Tobago escape from the perils of 12 for five to lose their last game of the competition by four wickets at the Queen's Park Oval in Port of Spain on Saturday.
Bangladesh scraped to a 1-0 win over minnows Bhutan in their second match of the 2nd SAFF Women's Football Championship at the Ceylon Rugby and Football Ground in Colombo yesterday.
Current sub-junior runner-up Ikramul Haque Siam is now in solo lead of the Azim Uddin Bhuiyan Trust 32nd National Sub-Junior Chess Championship with maximum 6 points after the end of the sixth round at the Chess federation hall room yesterday.
A five-day long School Hockey League featuring six schools from the metropolitan started in Chittagong yesterday.
"Blade Runner" Oscar Pistorius on Saturday ended the last full day of competition of the London Paralympics by storming to victory in his favoured event, as most of the final golds were decided.
A countrywide talent hunt programme for the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) Academy in Sylhet is gaining pace as coaches have been scouting for talented young players for the U-14 and U-18 age groups for the last nine days.
Jacques Kallis guided South Africa to a seven-wicket win over World Twenty20 champions England in the first Twenty20 international at Chester-le-Street on Saturday.
Former Zimbabwean cricket coach Robin Brown has taken temporary charge of Kenya to prepare for this month's ICC Intercontinental Cup and two one-day series in Namibia, officials said.
Lewis Hamilton won the Italian Grand Prix for the first time in his career here on Sunday and record his second win in the last three races.
Pakistan coach Dav Whatmore on Sunday said he was happy with the team's progress in the shortest format of the game ahead of this month's World Twenty20, saying the team was responding well.
Didier Drogba and former Chelsea team mate Salomon Kalou were among the goal scorers as the Ivory Coast twice came from behind to beat Senegal 4-2 in an African Nations Cup qualifier in Abidjan on Saturday.
The players and the coach will not admit it but there is something special about the current Belgian soccer side and they should really be targeting something more than merely qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.
Ryan Giggs believes Robin van Persie's world-class goalscoring talent will prove the key to Manchester United regaining the Premier League title.
The German Football League (DFL) is planning new measures to protect footballers from violent fans after Kevin Pezzoni quit Cologne having been repeatedly bullied and threatened by the club's supporters.
US coach Jurgen Klinsmann wants his squad to play smarter and simpler after a stinging 2-1 loss at Jamaica on Friday in a 2014 World Cup qualifying match.
Former Liverpool and Manchester City striker Craig Bellamy admits he is suffering the lowest period of his life following the death of his close friend Gary Speed last year.
Germany may have only just won their first World Cup qualifier, but the German Football Federation (DFB) are already planning their base for Brazil 2014, it was revealed Saturday.
Scotland's own Sean Connery and Alex Ferguson crashed Andy Murray's post-match news conference after he won his U.S. Open semifinal Saturday.
Clearing and forwarding agents at the Chittagong Customs House yesterday observed a day-long work abstention to press home their six-point demand over valuation of goods.
US Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues Melanne Verveer yesterday expressed her concern about the future of Grameen Bank, and said amending the bank's ordinance would hamper its uniqueness.
Environmentalists and experts yesterday yet again expressed their concern over the planned coal-based power plant in Rampal adjacent to the Sundarbans, a world heritage site.
Foreign investments in the Dhaka stockmarket almost doubled to Tk 137 crore in July from the previous month, as foreign fund managers and investors considered Bangladesh lucrative for long-term investment.
The central bank yesterday relaxed rules for inland bill purchase (IBP) following a meeting with senior officials of commercial banks. IBP is a credit facility.
Business leaders yesterday expressed their deep concern over work abstention by clearing and forwarding agents in Chittagong, as it slowed their business.
Stocks rose yesterday after a two-day losing streak, as investors went on a buying spree seeing the low price of shares.
Robi has recently crossed the landmark of two crore subscribers in Bangladesh, the mobile operator said in a statement yesterday.
Qubee launched online bill pay system for its clients, the internet service provider said in a statement yesterday.
The local banking industry is gradually turning into a role model for the bankers of the emerging countries thanks to offering innovative products and services through adopting global best practices.
Asia-pacific nations including China, the United States and Japan promised measures to boost growth on Sunday and rejected limits on food exports to try to revive the flagging global economy.
A total impasse in India's parliament is not only undermining the world's biggest democracy but also deepening its economic woes as long-awaited reforms fall by the wayside.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday reminded policemen that the government adopted a “zero tolerance policy” to establish departmental discipline in the force, warning that none would be spared if found engaged in injustice.
The parliamentary body on public administration yesterday formed a five-member sub-committee to review promotions of government officials in the last three and a half years.
Accusing ministers and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's advisers and her family of being involved in massive corruption, BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday urged her to resign taking responsibility of the graft.
Bangladesh Railway yesterday signed a Tk 113.62 crore agreement with a South Korean company to rehabilitate and modernise signalling and interlocking system of 15 stations on Joydebpur-Mymensingh route.
Speakers at a workshop yesterday said coastal dwellers and urban poor of developing countries like Bangladesh suffer the most from climate change impacts.
Monijan Dewa, a centenarian mother of freedom fighter Sajedur Rahman, called on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in Sarda of Rajshahi yesterday to convey her good wishes and wish the prime minister success in discharging state duties.
United States Ambassador to Bangladesh Dan W Mozena yesterday said America's support for Bangladesh's school feeding program supplements the two nations' partnership to build greater food security.
The seven youths arrested in connection with the rape of a college girl in Tahirpur upazila in Sunamganj were sent to jail by the district's Chief Judicial Magistrate Court yesterday.
Protesting the recent assault of a journalist inside a university classroom, Chittagong University Journalists Association (CUJA) yesterday demanded an immediate bar on the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists, involved in the incident, from entering the campus.
Six students of Hazi Kachhim Uddin Public School in the capital's Tongi were hospitalised yesterday when they fell seriously ill after inhaling toxic gas discharged from a factory of Beximco Pharmaceuticals Ltd.
Students under the banner of “Progressive Student Alliances” of Jahangirnagar University (JU) said they will boycott classes today as their demands including reduction of the prices of admission forms were not met yet.
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested a fugitive accused in the double murder of a woman and her daughter from Sadarghat area in the capital.
Seven people were killed and eighteen others injured in separate road accidents in Thakurgaon, Chittagong, Jessore, Rangpur and Dinajpur on Saturday and yesterday.
Bangladesh will present replicas of two houseboats, used by Rabindranath Tagore during his stay in Bangladesh, to two Indian universities on Wednesday.
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed yesterday to strengthen eye care services in selected slum areas of Dhaka and reduce avoidable blindness and extreme poverty.
A Dhaka court yesterday granted bail to Abul Kalam Azad, a director of Destiny 2000 Ltd, in two money laundering cases.
Police recovered the body of a man from Farmgate area in the capital yesterday.
Two Bangladeshis, abducted by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) from Lalakhal border of Jaintapur upazila in Sylhet on Friday afternoon, were yet to be released as of yesterday.
Members of Bangladesh Army recovered 32 mortar shells and two hand grenades from Thanchi upazila of Bandarban on Friday night.
Police recovered the decomposed body of a newly married girl from her husband's house at Bhatara in the capital yesterday.
A woman died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) yesterday and police are searching for her husband, who allegedly beaten her near to death four days ago.
Nafiz Reza alias Rony, son of Sattar Mollah and Zinnat Sattar, died on August 18 this year at Carmel, Monterey, California at the age of 38.
Since its inception in 1997, the Bijoynagar import-only Land Customs Station is operating without a customs house or security checkpoint, letting truckloads of 'coal' into Bangladesh everyday almost without any checks.
An armed gang led by an AL leader on Saturday evening forcibly evicted 44 poor Christian families living in a slum at Baptist Mission Road of the city.
Students of Jessore Science and Technology University blocked Jessore-Jhenidah highway in Sadar upazila yesterday, demanding immediate arrest and punishment of the driver of a bus that ran over two of their fellows.
A joint force of the law enforcers recovered four firearms and destroyed six dens and three watch towers of the forest robbers after a gunfight with notorious Shahidul Bahini at Geoakhali in Koira upazila in Khulna district yesterday morning.
A BGB camp came under attack by villagers, leaving eight people, including six BGB members, injured in frontier Sapahar upazila yesterday.
Teachers of different schools and colleges of Tangail formed a human chain in the district town yesterday demanding immediate arrest of the culprits who bludgeoned the headmaster of Bindubasini Government Girls' High School in the town on Tuesday last.
Students of Dinajpur Textile Institute yesterday went on a rampage after the authorities did not allow seven of their fellows to fill up their registration forms.
Police intercepted a procession by BNP led 18-party alliance district unit, charged baton on the participants and took away banners from them yesterday.
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) recovered 10 bombs from a graveyard at Bujruk Gorgori village in Sadar upazila of Chuadanga district on Saturday. Assistant police superintendent Tanvir Ahmed of Rab-6 said on secret information, a team raided the area at about 10:30pm and recovered the bombs, wrapped in a bag, in an abandoned condition. However, none was arrested. Meanwhile, criminals blasted several bombs in Kushtia and Meherpur on Saturday night. In Meherpur, the gang exploded three bombs at Bamundi village in Gangni upazila at around 11:00pm. Anisur Rahman, sub-inspector of Bamundi police camp, said criminals blasted the bombs in front of Nazril tower at Bamundi Bazar. In Kushtia, unknown gang blasted two bombs in front of Bangabandhu Hall of Islamic University at around 8:30pm.
Students of Dinajpur Polytechnic Institute besieged a clinic in the town following death of a female student of the institute due to alleged wrong treatment at the clinic on Saturday night. The dead, Mukta Rani Roy, 17, daughter of Ulen Chandra Roy of Daulatpur village under Thakurgaon Sadar upazila, was a student of computer science department of the institute. Mukta had been living in a female students' mess in Nimnagar Balubari area in the town. She was admitted to Janata Clinic at Mohajanpara under the municipality with severe headache and abdominal pain at around 7:00pm on Saturday. Mukta's roommates, who took her to the clinic, alleged that her condition deteriorated after a nurse gave her (Mukta) an injection. She died at around 9:00pm, they said, adding that wrong treatment led to her death. Doctors, nurses and other staff of the clinic left the hospital soon after the incident. Hearing the news, several hundred students of Dinajpur Polytechnic institute rushed to Mohajanpara and besieged the clinic. They lifted the siege at midnight at the request of law enforcers. Despite repeated attempts, this correspondent could not contact the doctors of the clinic as their cellphones remained switched off.
Over the last thirty years, our garment industry has matured and stood on its own feet. The garment industry employs thousands of men and women and earns millions of dollars for Bangladesh. Undoubtedly, ours is a free market economy. But it does not mean that the garment factory owners may act for their own benefit ignoring the workers' rights and vice-versa.
Your headline of the photo-shot of August 29th's issue could not be better described. It's high time something was devised to control the illegal and inhuman attitude and behaviour of our so-called law enforcers. We remember too painfully the police atrocities of the past and recent past in and around the capital and one of the worst high-handedness of the police at the Niaz Stadium, Chittagong. People could not forget that torturous behaviour of the police who are employed for our protection and welfare.
The Teachers' Association of BUET had enforced a strike demanding resignation of the VC and Pro-VC. The prime minister had a meeting with the Teachers' Association delegate after nearly one month. She also issued directive to investigate anomalies against the administration. Since the investigation was perfunctory, the Teachers' Association decided to stick to their demands and resumed strike from 7th July. In this circumstance, the VC stealthily shut down BUET on 10th July.
The whole world is in a deep turmoil due to myriads of problems. Economic recession in Europe, USA's ensuing election, Israel's fury over Iran's nuclear programme -- all these have made the world situation more volatile. Against this backdrop, NAM summit played a very important role. In the recently held summit, representatives from 100 nations participated. Iran organised the summit in the most befitting manner. The presence of these world leaders cast a deep impression over the hegemonic role of USA. However, for Bangladesh, it was a great success. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina held bilateral discussions, talks and finally could seek the assistance of the developing countries. For Bangladesh, it is of utmost importance that Sheikh Hasina maintains a cordial relation both with the West and the Middle East. Maintaining a good relation can go a long way to resolve many crises.
While in Kolkata I liked the traffic discipline. All the drivers and pedestrians were very much conscious about maintaining traffic discipline. There occurred an accident during my stay in Kolkata when a CNG auto-rickshaw hit a child and injured her critically. The authorities promptly took action through imposing some new restrictions on auto-rickshaws.
Following the Padma bridge loan cancellation by the World Bank, some revolutionary economists and social thinkers have been asserting that Bangladesh has both financial and technical capabilities to construct the bridge on her own. In fact, they are suggesting that our country can go on without borrowing from multinational lenders.
People of Bangladesh have already become sick and tired of the daily rise in prices of essential commodities. Moreover, the government is increasing the prices of utility services every few months and our finance minister has not left any stone unturned to find out new avenues for imposing tax on whichever sector he thought appropriate. He must be honoured with a prestigious award "The Best Finance Minister of Bangladesh" for declaring war against the small and medium income group, though he could not control the inflation. Bangladesh government could not settle the Padma bridge issue with the World Bank because of a few dishonest people though the World Bank identified those people long ago. The government did not take any step to punish them in spite of repeated warnings from the World Bank and thus the project loan slipped through the government's fingers. Then the government decided to implement the project with its own fund.
This is just incredulous how the Awami League-led government succeeded in bringing every important sector of the country to a very precarious position: Education, banking, readymade garment, communications, law and order, share market, gas, power, and water… the list will go on. In short, everything around us is crumbling down. People have had enough unrest; they are unable to tolerate it anymore.
Here are some comments that came in response to Sunday's The Daily Star news report headlined “Scam dug out at Krishi Bank”
Increasingly tense territorial rows in the Asia-Pacific threaten the global economy, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton yesterday warned at the end of a leaders' summit plagued by divisions.
A backbench MP has revealed a Tory plot to oust David Cameron, confirming he was asked to consider a "stalking horse" leadership challenge to the prime minister.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton yesterday said a new UN resolution on Syria would be pointless if it had "no teeth", as President Bashar al-Assad would ignore it.
Hong Kong yesterday voted in legislative elections seen as a test for the pro-Beijing government, after it was forced to scrap mandatory Chinese patriotism classes in the face of escalating protests.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has assets worth around Rs 10.73 crore, double that of last year, but a number of his cabinet colleagues are much richer than him.
A devoted wife shed five stone to give her husband one of her kidneys and save his life.
Indian national space organisation yesterday marked its 100th mission by launching two satellites.
Sri Lanka's ruling party secured victory in three provincial council elections including one area ravaged by the island's ethnic war that ended in 2009, according to results released yesterday.
Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas on Saturday said he will make a bid on September 27 to obtain non-member status at the United Nations.
Fears that Congress President Sonia Gandhi could be battling cancer have been put to rest by tests conducted at a hospital in New York, a source close to her family has told The Hindu.
Two small tornadoes touched down in New York City yesterday, stunning residents who associate twisters more with the US Midwest, the National Weather Service said.
Japan's prime minister is to visit Russia, President Vladimir Putin yesterday said after a meeting on the sidelines of the APEC summit in Vladivostok, adding "historical" issues will be on the agenda.
South Korean activists launched balloons carrying leaflets critical of the North's ruling Kim family across their shared border yesterday to coincide with the regime's 64th anniversary.
Myanmar's democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi will travel to the United States next Sunday, a spokesman for her party told AFP, in a trip that will see her awarded Washington's highest honour.
Arts & Entertainment
Kuakata, a panoramic coastal area, is located in the Patuakhali district of Bangladesh. Kuakata has an extensive sandy beach (30 km long and 6 km wide) from where one can get a full view of both the sunrise and the sunset.
Bengali poet, storywriter and playwright Sukumar Ray (1887-1923) was perhaps the most famous practitioner of “literary nonsense” in the subcontinent. He is often compared to Lewis Carroll. His works such as the collection of poems “Abol Tabol”, novella “Ha Ja Ba Ra La”, short story collection “Pagla Dashu” and play “Chalachittrachanchari” are considered nonsense masterpieces equal in stature to “Alice in Wonderland”, and are regarded as some of the greatest treasures of Bangla literature. Close to a century after his death, Ray remains one of the most popular among children's writers in both West Bengal and Bangladesh.
Indira Gandhi Culture Centre in Dhaka in association with the State Bank of India in Bangladesh, and Channel i as media partner, organised an evening of Rabindra Sangeet featuring one of Bangladesh's premier exponents, Rezwana Choudhury Bannya, on September 8, at the IGCC in Gulshan.
A two-day International Poetry Festival was inaugurated at Rangpur Town Hall auditorium on Friday afternoon.
November 13 marks eminent litterateur and filmmaker Humayun Ahmed's birthday. To commemorate the day, Channel i is going to hold 'Himu Mela' for the first time. The fair will predominantly be held at TSC, Dhaka University and across the campus. The fair will also be simultaneously held at four divisional cities -- Rajshahi, Khulna, Sylhet and Chittagong.
The climate talks under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Bangkok ended on September 5 in preparation for the eighteenth conference of parties (COP18) which will be held in Doha, Qatar in December 2012. Although not much moved forward in the Bangkok talks, one new topic that gained momentum was the issue of Loss and Damage from Climate Change. Some of the issues with regard to this new and emerging topic are described below.
A Gujarat judge has struck a blow for the victims of the communal carnage of 2002 by convicting 32 people for the Naroda-Patiya massacre. Prominent among them are lawmaker-former minister Maya Kodnani, and Babu Bajrangi, who deluded himself that he acted like a war hero by leading violent mobs.
Austria and the Allies sign the Treaty of Saint-Germain recognizing the independence of Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia.