News of: Wednesday, 26th of September, 2012
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As part of its condition for the revival of the Padma bridge loan deal, the World Bank wants its expert panel to be present when the Anti-Corruption Commission interrogates the persons allegedly involved in corruption in the project.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said her government will not stop its inquiry aimed at finding out the real culprits responsible for the cancellation of World Bank funding for the Padma bridge project.
Sonali Bank has decided not to file any criminal case against the controversial Hall-Mark Group, which swindled Tk 2,686 crore out of the bank's Ruposhi Bangla Hotel branch using forged documents.
The acting editor of daily Amar Desh yesterday brought allegations against Justice AHM Shamsuddin Choudhury Manik of “violating laws and committing misconduct”.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called upon the powerful nations to respect international legal systems and treaties, and support fair application of the laws to have a flawless world order.
Home Minister Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir yesterday expressed optimism that the killers of journalist couple Sagar and Runi would be identified by October 10.
It was an outstanding knock from an outstanding player. But Shakib Al Hasan's masterful 84-run innings was still not good enough for Bangladesh as they crashed out of the ICC World Twenty20 after defeat to Pakistan at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium last night.
Ekhlasur Rahman and Nasir Hossain, two young migrant workers, yesterday left Dhaka with job worries as their departure was delayed by a week due to the flight disorder of Biman Bangladesh Airlines.
The temporary expansion joints fixed to the Meghna and Meghna-Gumti bridges earlier this month have made little impact to keep the bridges fit for traffic as the nuts and bolts at the joints are falling off frequently.
The government has warned job seekers willing to work overseas about frauds who try to wangle money and passports by promising jobs in Malaysia.
Most members of the Shanti Committee, the Razakars, Al-Badr and Al-Shams were from the Jamaat-e-Islami, said eminent historian Prof Muntassir Mamoon at International Crimes Tribunal-1 yesterday.
The election atmosphere in Kapasia has changed rapidly after the chief election commissioner threatened to take a tough stance against the violation of the electoral code of conduct during period of the by-polls at Gazipur-4.
Prof Md Golam Mostafa, head of Histopathology department at the National Institute of Cancer Research and Hospital, has sent a rejoinder to The Daily Star report headlined “Wrong Diagnosis led to horror” published on September 18.
Pakistan is abuzz with reports of a steamy love affair between Bilawal Bhutto and foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar, a Bangladeshi tabloid claimed.
The pall of gloom over the hill district of Rangamati has begun to fade away following a peace procession of hundreds of Bangalee settlers and indigenous people yesterday.
The government's blocking of video streaming website YouTube is disrupting many popular Google services in Bangladesh.
Unidentified gunmen shot dead former Awami League lawmaker Jalaluddin Talukder at his Durgapur residence here early yesterday.
Two bomb blasts struck Yemen's gas and oil pipelines that link central fields with maritime terminals on the Gulf of Aden, officials and a company statement yesterday said.
An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.1 struck in the northern Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan yesterday, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.
Local inhabitants, the administration and the police have been taken by surprise at the scale of Saturday's violence at Rangamati town over a trifling incident of fisticuff between a tribal and a Bengali student of the local government college.
Tempers are always high-strung in the capital city when it comes to road accidents. Two accidents in Dhanmondi and Moghbazar area on September 24, leading to fatality in one, sparked widespread
Praising Shakib Al Hasan's innings highly, Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim held the conditions responsible for their failure in the ICC World Twenty20 yesterday. The wicketkeeper-batsman in the post-match briefing said that his team lost the game, against Pakistan by eight wickets, despite putting up a challenging total on the board mainly because of their weakness in their bowling on this kind of pitch.
There has been much talk of executing plans in the lead-up to Bangladesh's ICC World Twenty20 encounter with Pakistan and if those plans were being executed when the Tigers took the field to defend an admirable total of 175 after a Shakib Al Hasan special, then there is cause for concern.
Over the past few weeks in Bangladesh, a lot of hype has surrounded the Tigers' participation in the ongoing ICC World Twenty20. Expectations were really high this time as the team management and players had talked up their chances of reaching the Super Eights stage as well as putting in a good show in the T20 mega event well before other participating teams. Bangladesh had devoted themselves to the newest version of the game over the last few months, playing a number of matches as build-up to the tournament against different opponents in different conditions.
Senior opener Virender Sehwag's finger injury along with a suitable bowling combination are two major concerns for India ahead of their opening Super Eight Game against Australia in the ongoing World Twenty20.
A late batting collapse by the West Indies High Performance Team , courtesy of some good spin bowling, gave Bangladesh A an upper hand on the third day of the four-day game at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday. The visitors, who were set a target of 239 after they bowled out the hosts for 186, stumbled to 120 for 6 at the end of the day's play, losing their last 4 wickets in 13 overs. The visitors now face a stiff task of scoring 119 more runs on the final day with only four wickets in hand.
Bangladesh Premier League champions Abahani is likely to sign up Argentinean trainer Ariel Colman for the upcoming season as the club managements thinks of appointing the South American along with either Iranian coach Ali Akbar or a local coach.
West Indies captain Darren Sammy has warned England that his team can play "unbeatable" World Twenty20 cricket.
Former Nigerian footballer Ladi Babalola has been appointed the head coach of Brothers Union for the upcoming Bangladesh Premier League. The Mohammedan striker of late 90s had his first session with the Boys in Orange on Monday at the Brothers Union ground.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan wants Kevin Pietersen reinstated in the Test side to tour India, if his issues with the squad have been resolved.
French Open champion Maria Sharapova needed more than three hours to beat Heather Watson of Britain on Tuesday for a place in the third round at the Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament.
Rafael Nadal said in an interview published on Tuesday that he has not picked up a racket since limping out of Wimbledon nearly three months ago and will only return to competition once he is fully fit.
A local drinking water supplier strongly defended its product Tuesday even as World Twenty20 organisers jettisoned their bottled water after several players went down with stomach flu.
Australia's young fast bowlers Pat Cummins, James Pattinson and Mitchell Starc are set to rotate through the Test side this season in an effort to manage their workloads and prevent injuries. Australia's coach Mickey Arthur said team selections would need to be made with sports science in mind after the selectors last summer ignored the advice of sports scientists, who told them Pattinson was likely to break down during the Sydney Test against India.
West Indies skipper Darren Sammy was all praise for his bowlers, especially Sunil Narine, saying the mystery off-spinner brings "quality to the side".
Real Madrid kept Barcelona in their sights as an early goal from Karim Benzema put them on their way to a 2-0 win over Rayo Vallecano - but they remain eight points behind the Catalan side, who are yet to drop a point this season.
Darren Fletcher is set to continue his return to full fitness with his first competitive start for Manchester United in 10 months when Newcastle visit Old Trafford on Wednesday night for their League Cup third round clash.
Arsenal forward Theo Walcott insisted on Tuesday that his delay in signing a new contract has anything to do with money.
John Terry and Anton Ferdinand met at Wembley as the Chelsea captain's Football Association disciplinary hearing over allegations he racially abused the QPR defender started on Monday.
AS Roma have been awarded a 3-0 walkover win for Sunday's match at Cagliari after the game was called off for security reasons, Serie A said in a statement on Monday.
Former Chelsea manager Avram Grant on Tuesday slammed the Football Association (FA) for taking action against John Terry, but admitted he was surprised by the player's decision to end his England career.
English Premier League referee Mark Halsey has informed Greater Manchester Police of two abusive tweets following his handling of Sunday's match between Liverpool and Manchester United.
England striker Wayne Rooney, who has not played for a month after suffering a severely gashed thigh against Fulham, is likely to return for Manchester United this week.
Gopalganj set up a final clash against Netrokona in the Walton Dhaka Divisional Commissioner Gold Cup Football Tournament, thanks to a 3-1 win over Narayanganj in the second semifinal at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
Net profits of mobile operator Robi more than doubled to Tk 25.9 crore in the second quarter this year compared to the first quarter.
Bangladeshi jobseekers are most likely to be able to go to Malaysia at much lower costs, thanks to a bilateral agreement that both nations are set to sign.
The implementation of foreign-aided projects increased by 5 percentage points in July-August compared to the same period a year ago, due to a joint effort by the Economic Relations Division and donors.
The High Court yesterday slapped a three-month stay on the decision of a review panel that cancelled the bidding process to appoint a private operator for New Mooring Container Terminal of Chittagong Port.
In a rare move, the central bank has restricted its officials from providing information to journalists.
Stocks returned to the black yesterday, as optimistic investors took fresh positions in the market.
Novo Nordisk ranked fourth on the Science 2012 Top Employer list, up from the ninth place last year, the company said in a statement yesterday.
The euro zone has stepped back from the brink of disaster for now, but the global economy could soon be staring into another abyss if US politicians fail to head off $600 billion in automatic austerity that all but guarantees a new recession.
Reve Systems won the prestigious 2012 Red Herring's Top 100 Asia award in Hong Kong recently, the VoIP (voice over internet protocol) solution provider said in a statement yesterday.
Business of electronic goods is booming in the port city, as retailers have set up hundreds of showrooms here.
Sonali Bank has to pay other banks the undisputed overdue bills it has given acceptance to. The decision was taken at a meeting on Sunday by the Bangladesh Foreign Exchange Dealers' Association (BAFEDA) which has some quasi-legal power in the inter-bank foreign exchange market.
Hundreds of millions of workers behind Asia's economic miracle are heading into uncertain old age after governments failed to set aside enough funds for their pensions, said a book released Tuesday.
As a glitzy Milan fashion week wrapped up on Tuesday, Italy's hard-hit textile artisans said they were looking to foreign buyers to kickstart growth in a domestic sector gripped by the economic crisis.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh as a disaster-prone country considers natural calamities as a severe threat to its sustainable development.
A housewife was found dead with stab wounds at a rented house in the capital's Dakkhinkhan early yesterday.
Family members of a schoolgirl, who was murdered at her house in the capital Monday, have said the killers, thought to be some acquaintances of the family, might have learned from her written daily routine when she stayed home alone.
The recent violence in Rangamati, in which about 20 people were injured following clashes between Bangalee settlers and Adivasi people, was pre-planned and part of a conspiracy to make the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) unstable, speakers said at a protest rally yesterday.
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced five people, including three siblings to death for killing a cloth trader at Keraniganj of Dhaka in October, 2011.
Marital rape should be recognised as an offence under The Domestic Violence Act, 2010, said speakers at a seminar yesterday.
A defamation case was filed against Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industries (CCCI) President Murshed Murad Ibrahim accusing him of making defamatory remarks about AL Chittagong city unit President ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury.
A Dhaka court yesterday placed an adviser to Hizb ut-Tahrir Prof Syed Golam Maola and one of his accomplices on a five-day remand for their alleged involvement in an attempt to destroy several diplomatic establishments in the capital.
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday called for fixing a minimum education qualification for the members and chairmen of the governing bodies of non-government schools and colleges.
Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) is going to set up a water treatment plant at Jasholdia point of Munshiganj, with a capacity of supplying 45 crore litres of water per day.
Bangladesh will demand that Indian Border Security Force use non-lethal weapons and dismantle illegal factories of Phensedyl, a cough syrup banned in Bangladesh, along the Indian border.
Law Minister Shafique Ahmed yesterday said there should be a law that prevents the indigenous community from selling their lands to people outside their community.
Discussants at a seminar yesterday said accountability of the country's politicians can be enhanced and democracy can be strengthen through the discussions of representatives from all walks of life in TV talk shows.
Two people were killed and two others injured in separate road accidents in Sirajganj and Natore on Monday and yesterday.
A man was killed and a girl was found dead in the capital's Lalbagh and East Shewrapara areas yesterday.
A mob beat up two women mistaking them as child traffickers in the capital's Dania yesterday.
Jatiyatabadi Ainjibi Forum (JAF) President Rafiqul Islam Mia yesterday said the Supreme Court verdict "given by former chief justice ABM Khairul Haque declaring the caretaker government system illegal is a reflection of the present government's will".
Police yesterday dispersed a procession of Ganatantrik Bam Morcha in the capital when the left leaning political alliance was on its way to lay siege to Power Development Board (PDB) office in protest of recent power price hikes.
The Department of Environment (DoE) yesterday fined a textile mill Tk 29 lakhs in Dhamrai on the outskirts of the capital for polluting river Bangshai with untreated chemical effluent.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested two militants of banned Jama'atul Mujahedeen Bangladesh (JMB) in Bagmara upazila of Rajshahi yesterday.
The High Court yesterday quashed the proceedings against Orion Group Chairman Obaidul Karim in a bribery case.
The High Court yesterday stayed for one month the effectuation of a National University (NU) circular for recruiting officials and staff to the university.
Dhaka University (DU) authorities yesterday donated Tk 2 lakh to the family members of Towhid Zaman who was killed in a road accident in the capital's Shahbagh intersection on August 28.
A two-day long international training workshop on bioinformatics and computational biology has begun in Chittagong yesterday.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested ten youths allegedly involved in an inter-district robber gang and recovered firearms from Bishwa Road rail gate area on Dhaka-Chittagong highway in Comilla early yesterday.
Detective Branch (DB) of Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) arrested two alleged scalpers including a railway staff in Chittagong Railway Station and recovered 64 tickets from their possession on Monday night.
Today is the 28th death anniversary of Shaheed Maizuddin, an organiser of the War of Liberation and close associate of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Police arrested two top leaders of local BNP from their residences in the town early yesterday.
Authorities seized at leaset 71,000 metres of current net and 2265 kg of mother hilsa in different coastal districts as the 11-day ban on hilsa netting, meant for ensuring safe spawning of the popular fish during the peak breeding period, started yesterday.
A bomb exploded with a big sound inside a state-run jute purchase complex on School Road in Bochaganj upazila headquarters under the district at around 8:40pm on Monday, triggering panic among the locals.
At least 23 people fell sick after having meal at a hotel at Aricha Ghat in Shivalaya upazila yesterday morning.
Three people, accused in a case filed for killing a schoolgirl, were taken on a three-day police remand on Monday.
A case was filed against 45 men including Mayor Abdul Matin of Chapainawabganj municipality on Monday night on several charges including demolition of boundary wall of proposed Muktijodhha Complex and extortion.
A young housewife was killed allegedly by in-laws for dowry at Pragpur village in Alamdanga upazila on Monday.
Five fishermen were detained and 43,000-meter-long current nets seized in Sharankhola upazila on the first day of the 11-day ban on Hilsa fishing on Tuesday.
At least 30 people including five policemen were injured as police and students locked in a clash in Begumganj upazila yesterday.
Police arrested seven leaders and activists of Jamaat-e-Islami in Rangpur city yesterday evening when they brought out a procession protesting the arrest of their nayebe ameer Maolana Abdus Subhan.
Two youths were injured as Indian Khasias shot them along Kanaighat border yesterday morning.
Two people were murdered in separate incidents in the district on Monday.
A hotel manager was arrested on charge of drug peddling at Katpaty road in the city yesterday. Sumon Chandra Gharami, 26, manager of Multiplaza Residential Hotel was held with 60 vials of morphine injection. A team of officials of local Narcotics Control Department raided the hotel in the afternoon and seized the injections from Sumon.
A top criminal was killed in mob beating in Kamarkhanda upazila on Monday night. He was identified as Abdul Khaleque, 38, son of Ashraf Ali of Khidrabhadraghat village under Kamarkhand upazila. He had been absconding for long to escape from 18 years' imprisonment in two cases. Khaleque was a most wanted accused in several cases including for murder, robbery and extortion, police said. Abul Kalam Azad, OC of Kamarkhand PS said Khaleque returned to his village on Monday night and started extort people. When the news was spread, local people encircled him and beat him up severely. Later he succumbed to injuries at a hospital at night.
Police in separate drives arrested three criminals along with arms in Jessore town on Monday night. The arrestees are Biplob, son of Hamidur Rahman, Rajib, son of Mohor of Kholadanga and Korban Ali, son of Mohammad Ali of Old Kasba Kazipara in the town. Police said they raided Bablatala and arrested Korban Ali along with a foreign pistol and one bullet. In another drive, police arrested Biplob and Rajib from Kholadanga and recovered one revolver, five hand bombs and two KGs of gunpowder from their possessions.
A mobile court yesterday fined a fake oil factory Tk 50 thousand and seized and destroyed 1025 litres of spurious mustard oil. The court, led by executive magistrate Hasan Abdullah Tauhid, raided the factory of Doel Marka Tel company in Bonelghoria bypass area of the town and found that the oil was being manufacturing and packed in an unhygienic way. The factory was also using fake trademark of Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institute (BSTI) and there was no price tag on the products.
Police arrested four people along with cocktails, cars, knives and machetes at Kazipara in the district town on Monday night. The arrestees are Ubaidur Rahman Linkon, 32, of Dakkhin Poirtala, Alamgir, 38, of Uttarmourail, Tushar, 32, of Kazipara, and Kalam Mia, 35, of Moulovihatir in the town. Md. Abdur Rab, officer in-charge at Sadar Model police station, said on secret information, they raided the area and arrested the four. The law enforcers also recovered seven cocktails, two private cars, a jeep, 12 knives and two machetes from their possession.
The Rohingyas of Myanmar have been living in different parts of Bangladesh including Chittagong, Cox's Bazar, and Bandarban for long. The government of Myanmar didn't take any step till now to take their citizens back to their country and also Bangladesh is not active regarding this matter. Day by day their(Rohingya's) number is increasing. The Rohingya militants are also gathering on the borders of Bangladesh which is very alarming. Very recently 13 Rohingyas have been arrested from the hills. The government should remain alert and create pressure on Myanmar to take the Rohingyas back in their country.
Canada's Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) gave the Aquarium des Iles permission to release the two six-month-old harp seal pups who were to be put down on September 15. The decision was taken on 21st September 2012 following appeal from the Care2 members and other animal lover groups plus press coverage.
I was extremely disappointed that hartal was called on 23 rd September. This is like punishing Bangladeshis for something they had nothing to do with. Police vehicles were damaged and set on fire. These vehicles have been bought with the taxpayers' money. I see no justification for this. All this has nothing to do with Islam. By displaying violence Muslims are falling into the trap that has been set by the very people who show disrespect to our religion. Please realise that this is exactly what they want us to do. All the violence is being shown on CNN, BBC, Al-Jazeera and so on. Action like this is what prompts the UN to blacklist us as a violent and extremist nation.
It is sad that milk and meat are contaminated nowadays. We consume these two items daily. So if these products are contaminated, then it is sure to affect negatively on our health. The antibiotics found in great amount in milk and meat are hazardous for humans as they can lead to inflammation of the urinary system, skin, eye and lead to bone diseases. Not only this, such contaminated items if consumed can damage our brain cells and also cause problem in the respiratory system.
I have noticed that some newspapers when referring to vehicles which carry people from one place to another call them 'human haulers'. It seems very odd and disrespectful.
While in a bus crossing the Malibagh rail gate near Malibagh DIT road, I noticed a RAB vehicle standing at a corner of that busy road. At first I thought it's negligence on part of the RAB personnel. They parked their vehicle almost in the middle of the road where there is always a tailback. When the bus I was travelling by was passing them, one of the RAB officials from the car signalled our bus driver to stop. I as well as all other passengers of the bus got annoyed as the driver had to park the bus behind their car. The man in black came to the gate of the bus and asked one of the staff of the bus to bring the papers needed for the enquiry. Not to waste the time of the passengers, he directed the driver to go forward and took with him only one staff of the bus.
Your front page report of 18th. September, along with the photograph of the victim, recounts the horrifying and criminal negligence of Golam Mostafa, the owner of 'Anwara Diagnostic Center.' In the interest of public safety, government should carry out an immediate inquiry into this cruel and inhuman behaviour of the diagnostic centre's owner.
Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has recently asked all the mobile phone operators to switch to a 10-second pulse call rate. I highly appreciate this decision. 10-second pulse means if one talks for 16 seconds, the operator will charge him for 20 seconds and not for the whole 1 minute. This has made call costs significantly low. It was quite necessary because to make telecommunication accessible to all, the call cost must be low. Likewise, a reduction in the cost of mobile internet connections would be very commendable. With lower costs and increased usage of such technologies, Bangladesh can improve its ranking in the ICT Development Index.
Games and sports are for amusement and development of the body and mind. From time immemorial a large number of people have engaged themselves in many games and people heartily love and adore the players more than the film stars.
Here are some comments that came in response to Tuesday's The Daily Star news report headlined “Rivers officially made thinner”
President Barack Obama yesterday vowed the United States would not permit Iran to arm itself with nuclear weapons, as the UN General Assembly heard appeals for an end to Syria's civil war.
Indian Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has been named as an ambassador by the United Nations AIDS agency and will be tasked with raising awareness to prevent HIV among children.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Monday Israel has no roots in the Middle East and would be "eliminated," ignoring a UN warning to avoid incendiary rhetoric ahead of the annual General Assembly session.
India's ruling Congress party yesterday fully endorsed the government's new economic reform measures, including FDI in multi-brand retail, as party president Sonia Gandhi ruled out any threat to the government.
The improving trade ties between Pakistan and India, terrorism and violent anti-US protests were among a host of issues that Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari discussed with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton when they met here on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session.
A global children's aid agency yesterday warned that Syrian children are being "badly traumatised" after witnessing killings, torture and other atrocities in their country's brutal conflict.
Camps which housed 300,000 displaced people by the end of Sri Lanka's ethnic conflict have now all closed, three years after the war ended, the military yesterday said.
A coal mining accident in northern China yesterday left 20 miners dead and 14 injured, state media said, in the latest incident to hit the industry.
India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh marks his 80th birthday today in fighting fashion with signs he has rediscovered his "mojo" as a reformer after being written off as a dithering under-achiever.
The number of super-rich in Asia is set to reach 2.67 million people by 2015 with a net worth of an estimated $16.7 trillion, Swiss private bank Julius Baer yesterday said.
Britain yesterday prepared to hand over radical Muslim preacher Abu Hamza to the United States on terrorism charges after the European Court of Human Rights rejected his final appeal.
A semi-official Iranian news agency says the military has test-fired four missiles during a military drill in the strategic Strait of Hormuz.
Arts & Entertainment
The 80th martyrdom anniversary of the revolutionary during the British colonial times, Pritilata Waddedar, an associate of Master-da Surja Sen and the first Bengali woman to embrace martyrdom, was observed in Barisal on Monday.
Baul Kofil Uddin Sarker, a mystic poet of the region, died at a private hospital in Sylhet city Sunday night. He was 82. Along with age-related complications, Sarker had been ailing from liver cancer.
Paris' famed Louvre museum last Saturday opened to the public a new wing of Islamic art in a bid to improve knowledge of a religion often viewed with suspicion in the West.
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy recently organised a three-day art camp, marking the death anniversary of Lalon. The art camp was held at Lalon Academy and Shelaidah Kuthibari in Kushtia.
Illustrious singer Shahnaz Rahmatullah recently wrapped up her career as a singer on personal grounds. The announcement to quit singing came as a shock to many of her fans. The crooner recently recorded three songs for an album, “Badal Diner Pakhi” (under the banner of Shandhya Brishti Production), which marks the end of her memorable career.
The divisional level 'Deepshikha', a cultural competition for BRAC primary and pre-primary school students, ended at Begum Sufia Kamal Learning Centre in BRAC's Barisal regional office on September 24.
Bangladeshi artist Laila Sharmeen has taken part in the four-day World Art Games (WAG) conference and exhibition, which started on September 21 in Izmir, Turkey. The event was hosted by Culture and Tourism Ministry of Turkey.
Raja Tridiv Roy's death in Pakistan takes us back, yet once more, to the question of what men like him ought to have done for Bangladesh back in the year when we were battling the state of Pakistan for freedom.
Imagine a society where 80% of all grocery sales are monopolised by just five giant retailers like Walmart, Tesco and Carrefour, locally grown fresh food is replaced by processed, low-nutrition items, and people's attire based on traditional fabrics is destroyed by synthetic clothing.
On September 21 the World Bank (WB), through a press release, revived the $1.2 billion loan for the Padma Bridge project after the Bangladesh government fulfilled all the conditions. Revival of a loan after cancellation is a rarity in WB's history. It was revived because both sides were able to grasp realities on the ground to come to an understanding to facilitate the bridge project.
The recent capital market debacle, which is not over yet, has shown that finance matters a lot and exerts a powerful influence on the world economy. The increasing importance of finance, both private and public, is being particularly felt in Bangladesh. Finance plays an essential role in the allocation of capital among sectors and countries. It is also a major factor of instability, both for the financial and the real sectors of the economy, at all levels -- national, regional and international.
While militant organisations, especially those associated with the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), might have suffered some pounding at the hands of the military in the Bajaur, Kurram, Khyber and Mohmand Agencies, it is far from the truth to even conjecture that active militancy has been defeated in Fata and other parts of Pakistan.
SerbianTurkish wars: The forces of the Ottoman sultan Murad I's lieutenant Lala Şâhin Paşa and the Serbian army under the command of Vukašin Mrnjavčević and Jovan Uglješa clash at the Battle of Maritsa.