News of: Friday, 28th of September, 2012
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China has proposed to invest in four mega infrastructure projects, including the $5 billion deep-sea port and $700 million multi-lane tunnel under the Karnaphuli river in Chittagong.
Supporters of former Chittagong city mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury yesterday assaulted Awami League lawmaker MA Latif at a protest rally in front of the old office of the CCCI in the city's Agrabad Commercial Area.
Rejecting the opposition's plea for a restoration of the caretaker government system, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said at a reception in New York on Wednesday that all doors to the system had been closed.
Former prime minister and BNP chief Khaleda Zia's younger son Arafat Rahman Koko will now be tried for evading income tax.
The health and education of a girl are threatened when she is married off at a young age. The situation, experts observe, worsens if that leads to early pregnancy, contributing to the rising number of premature births.
Openers Johnson Charles and Chris Gayle notched aggressive half-centuries to propel West Indies to 179-5 in the Super Eights Group One match against England at the Pallekele Stadium on Thursday.
A World Bank team will arrive in Dhaka on Monday to formulate a framework of an agreement for new implementation arrangements for Padma bridge project and also investigation into the alleged corruption in the project.
A Dhaka court yesterday cancelled bail to 22 high officials of Destiny Group including its Managing Director Md Rafiqul Amin in two money laundering cases.
Sufferings of hajj pilgrims continue, as more flights of National Air Services (NAS) were delayed for longer periods contrary to the claims made by the airline authorities.
West Indies edged out defending champions England by 15 runs in an exciting finish to the World Twenty20 Super Eight Group One match at the Pallekele Stadium on Thursday.
A schoolgirl was subjected to 101 lashes through arbitration in Naogaon village of Manikganj on Wednesday over her “relationship” with a Hindu youth, locals said.
International Crimes Tribunal-2 yesterday continued recording the cross-examination of Zahir Uddin Jalal, second prosecution witness in a case against war crimes accused Jamaat Secretary General Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed.
International Crimes Tribunal-1 yesterday granted the prosecution two more months to submit an investigation report on Mir Quashem Ali's alleged involvement in war crimes. All the while the suspect will be in jail.
No outsider except journalists and law enforcers will be allowed to stay in Kapasia for three days beginning today.
Spanish political satire magazine El Jueves has published a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammad on its cover, soon after violent protests rocked the Muslim world over a US film and French caricatures deemed insulting to Islam.
The government has committed serious misconduct by distorting a World Bank statement regarding the revival of Padma bridge funding, the main opposition BNP alleged yesterday.
Three more directors of Sonali Bank's board yesterday denied their involvement in the Hall-Mark loan scam during interrogation by the Anti-Corruption Commission.
A ship-breaking worker died from injury sustained while working in a yard at Sitakunda in Chittagong yesterday afternoon.
More than 300 people were killed in Syria on Wednesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, in one of the bloodiest days in the 18-month uprising against President Bashar al-Assad.
Myanmar's President Thein Sein yesterday made an unprecedented tribute at the United Nations to opposition icon Aung San Suu Kyi's "efforts for democracy."
A second marriage is no reason to stop maintaining the first wife or to give her low maintenance, the Bombay high court ruled while recently hearing a petition filed by a Muslim woman.
Hardline Maoists yesterday ordered Indian-registered vehicles out of Nepal and demanded that cinemas stop showing Bollywood movies in protest over New Delhi's influence in the Himalayan nation.
The World Bank (WB) in a press release dated September 25 stated that Bangladeshi high government officials have misrepresented WB's position on waiving the cancellation of Padma bridge financing. Yet the WB has not stated clearly where the government has misrepresented the bank's position. We are perplexed and concerned why such a rather stern tone has been taken by the WB giving the impression that the government must stay in line and observe all conditions. We think this is unfortunate considering that it has been only five days since a green signal was received on the troubled project. We are taking exception to the reprimanding line.
We are saddened by the passing away of the veteran journalist Ataus Samad who, through his fearless reportage in times of the country's acute political crises, had brought in a journalistic trend marked by honesty, authenticity and above all, a vision. We express our deep condolence to the bereaved family.
Bangladesh cricket is in a strange place now. The Tigers' winless exit from the ICC World Twenty20 should not be cause for outrage, neither can it be said that it was expected. If the emotions of a cricket-crazed nation can be pushed aside for a moment, the impression that emerges is that Bangladesh's World Twenty20 campaign has not really revealed anything new about the country's cricket. The old truths are still true -- there is still a talented core led by the irrepressible Shakib Al Hasan, the bowlers form the weak link and mental strength, evidenced by the mindless bowling of bouncers in the last group game against Pakistan, is still an issue.
Sri Lanka beat New Zealand in a one over eliminator after the 40-over Super Eights contest was sensationally tied at the Pallekele Stadium on Thursday.
No Australian Twenty20 team has been as aggressive in word or deed as the one about to face India in a critical Super Eights match at the World T20. So there is understandable anticipation about the rejoining of an old battle with Harbhajan Singh, famously provocative in the past but so far this tournament doing more with the ball than with his choice of words.
Four top contenders for the World Twenty20 title resume battle on Friday, looking for ways to emerge unscathed from the tougher of the two groups in the Super Eights round.
The Bangladesh Chess Federation (BCF) is trying to convince sponsors to sign up again to support the sport following Bangladesh's ever-best result in the Chess Olympiad in Istanbul.
The National Sports Council (NSC) yesterday formed an eight-member ad-hoc committee of the National Shooting Federation (NSF) of Bangladesh to replace the elected committee, which was declared illegal by a high court bench.
World number one Victoria Azarenka and number two Maria Sharapova crashed out of the Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament in contrasting styles on Thursday.
Sabina Khatun slammed six goals as Satkhira posted a massive 11-1 win over Narsingdi in the opening match of the KFC Women's Super League at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
Fresh from their spin-inspired 52-run victory in the recently concluded four-day match over the touring West Indies High Performance team, Bangladesh A are set to take on the same opponents in the first of three one-dayers at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur today.
Ace Bangladesh golfer Siddikur Rahman got off to a reasonable start in the Mercuries Taiwan Masters at the Taiwan Golf and Country Club yesterday.
Kaka, who has yet to play for Real Madrid in an official game this season, gave a reminder of his abilities with a hattrick in his team's 8-0 rout of Colombia's Millonarios in the annual Santiago Bernabeu Trophy on Wednesday.
An Edinson Cavani hattrick handed Napoli a 3-0 win over Lazio to keep pace with Serie A leaders Juventus as Milan finally broke their San Siro jinx by beating Cagliari 2-0 at home Wednesday.
Radamel Falcao scored twice as Atletico Madrid twice came from behind to win 4-2 at Real Betis and climb to second in La Liga on Wednesday.
The infamous headbutt that French football legend Zinedine Zidane landed on an Italian during a World Cup final has been transformed into a giant statue and displayed in front of the Pompidou Centre in Paris.
Manchester United moved into the League Cup fourth round with a 2-1 win over Newcastle, while holders Liverpool fought back to seal a 2-1 victory at West Bromwich Albion on Wednesday.
Germany coach Joachim Loew on Thursday expressed his delight at the return to form and fitness of Bastian Schweinsteiger ahead of next month's programme of World Cup qualifiers.
Club icon Francesco Totti scored his 216th goal in Italy's top flight, all for Roma, to become the third top scorer in Serie A on Wednesday.
Chelsea captain John Terry was given a four-match ban by the Football Association (FA) after being found guilty of racially abusing Queens Park Rangers' Anton Ferdinand on Thursday.
The Anti Corruption Commission yesterday formed a committee to find out any incident of money laundering through "omnibus accounts" of 10 big individual and two institutional investors.
The IMF may defer the disbursement of the second instalment of its $1 billion loans for Bangladesh if the government does not fulfil all the related conditions, the lender said.
Honda Motor of Japan and Bangladesh Steel and Engineering Corporation (BSEC) yesterday entered a joint venture to assemble motorcycles for the local market.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday urged US businessmen to invest in Bangladesh by taking advantages of the country's multi-dimensional foreign investment facilities.
A show on curry is set to begin in London's Riverbank Park Plaza Hotel on October 14 to celebrate Britain as the paradise for global curry lovers.
Commercial banks yesterday vowed not to embark on aggressive sell-offs, cited as one of the major reasons behind the market crash of last year.
Ericsson yesterday named Gary Dewing as its managing director for Bangladesh.
The London-Sylhet flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines would resume on Saturday after a lull of nine months.
Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Faruk Khan yesterday urged the private sector to come forward to develop the tourism industry and make Bangladesh a popular tourism destination.
Canada is eager to extend support to Bangladesh's economy and boost the country's foreign direct investment receipts, Heather Cruden, the Canadian high commissioner to Bangladesh, said yesterday.
Banks will remain open tomorrow to help people pay their taxes, according to a Bangladesh Bank circular issued yesterday.
Ten Bangladeshi young entrepreneurs are due in the USA in October as part of an exchange programme supported by the US Department of State, to gain practical knowledge on Bangladesh's growth industries.
Bangladesh Tourism Foundation awarded 10 organisations and four individuals for their significant contributions to the tourism and hospitality sector.
A Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) team in a drive yesterday knocked down a building and six boundary walls and detained nine workers from seven dredgers and a sand carrying vessel in the Turag river.
Veteran journalist Ataus Samad was laid to eternal rest in the grave of his father at the capital's Azimpur graveyard yesterday afternoon.
Amid demand from local travel agencies and passengers, Biman Bangladesh Airlines will start operating direct Hajj flights on Chittagong-Jeddah route from Shah Amanat Airport on Monday, officials said yesterday.
The Right to Information (RTI) Act's implementation faces a setback unless people actually demand information to improve livelihoods, observed speakers at a seminar yesterday.
A Dhaka court yesterday dismissed an appeal filed by Opposition Chief Whip Zainul Abdin Farroque challenging the legality of a lower court order that had dismissed an attempted murder case.
The government is now paying attention to boosting agricultural production in the southern part of the country considering the possible production decline in the north, Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury said yesterday.
The International Chittagong Hill Tracts Commission has called upon Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to act firmly and without any delay to ensure an unbiased investigation into the recent violence in Rangamati.
Publication ceremony of the country's first Liberation War based quarterly, Swapno'71, was held at Liberation War Museum in the capital yesterday.
Five activists of banned militant outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) were sentenced to 10 years' rigorous imprisonment yesterday in connection with a case filed for a series of bomb blasts in Rajshahi in 2005.
A lawyer of the Supreme Court yesterday filed a writ petition with the High Court challenging the legality of the government's policy that stopped providing of private coaching by teachers at educational institutions.
Police recovered the bodies of two unidentified persons in the capital's South Keraniganj and Gabtoli yesterday.
An astronomy festival featuring a photography exhibition, painting competition, and workshop is going to begin in the capital on October 1.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina turns 66 today.
Two alleged arms traders were arrested with three illegal pistols and around 250 rounds of bullet from the capital's Sabujbagh area yesterday.
The Embassy of Japan in Bangladesh will provide US $122,093 grant to Ispahani Islamia Eye Institute and Hospital to ensure better surgeries.
Noted educationalist Prof Abdullah Abu Sayeed was presented with Khan Muhammad Farabi Memorial Award yesterday.
The Public Service Commission yesterday published the written test results of the 32nd (Special) Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) examinations with a total of 2,788 candidates coming out successful.
The government has decided to introduce creative questions in mathematics in JSC, JDC, SSC and HSC examinations in phases.
A Chittagong court sent nine leaders and activists of Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), including an upazila chairman to jail yesterday in a case filed for possession of bomb-making materials in last May.
The Department of Environment (DoE) yesterday fined a pharmaceutical factory of Beximco Group Tk 20 lakh for polluting the air in Gazipur.
Mohammad Ismail Miyan, former joint labour director, died of cardiac arrest in the capital yesterday. He was 60.
Dr Munirul Huq, former director of Soil Resource Development Institute (SRDI), died in the capital's Square Hospital on Sunday. He was 85.
A group of people allegedly belonging to ruling Awami League (AL) in Tiakhali union of Kalapara upazila under the district have cut 24 large roadside trees that had been planted by the local Muktijoddha Sangsad.
Swelling Jamuna washed away a portion of the flood control embankment at Daskandi point under Shivalaya upazila in Manikganj yesterday.
Three people were killed and nine others injured in clashes over land dispute in Jhenidah and Pabna yesterday and the day before.
Torture of the harshest kind on a six-year-old girl has surpassed medieval cruelty at Radakantopur village in Sonatola upazila.
A court here yesterday rejected the plea to shift journalist Jamal Uddin murder case from police to Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) for investigation.
A young man was stabbed to death by a gang allegedly for protesting stalking by them at Abad Kachua village in Sadar upazila on Wednesday night.
A local BNP leader was shot dead by criminals in Gangni upazila of Meherpur yesterday morning.
A Panchagarh court yesterday rejected the bail prayers of seven Jamaat activists accused in a case filed on charge of beating up BCL and Jubo League men on Tuesday in Panchagarh town.
Body of a Bangladeshi national, found dead inside the Indian territory on Monday morning, was handed over to the family members yesterday.
Recently Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister M Faruk Khan has emphasized diversification of the country's tourism sector. He said, “You can't keep tourists more than one day by showing one particular attraction. We need to bring diversification in tourism with a blend of natural beauty, culture and heritage.” The government has taken a significant approach to make Bangladesh one of the top 10 Asian tourist destinations, he added.
Water logging is more harmful than natural flood. It is more destructive because it stays longer than flood. But unfortunately, we give more emphasis on flood control than water logging. The marginal farmers are mostly affected by water logging.
It is natural to get irritated whenever insulted or provoked. It is also a constitutional right to protest such provocation. But the way I see protests are being conducted is not right. Of course religion comes first but I saw in The Daily Star that a police car was being vandalised by the protestors. The maker of the provocative film is far away from Bangladesh, but the police car that was destroyed was an asset of the state and the people. If the police had not come early, more damage or destruction would have happened. The government will use the taxpayers' money to replace the police car and repair other cases of damage. This is the money that could be used in other development works. My point here is, let opinion leaders ask people to adopt peaceful means of protest. The same message of anger can be communicated and received peacefully. There are so many means of protest which are equally effective. Condemn provocation but don't destroy national property. And not every foreigner in Bangladesh is the maker of the film. Some are development experts and we need them; others are tourists, they bring money to the economy; some are investors, they create jobs. I am an African student living here for 2 weeks but I made friends with people.
Most students of public universities belong to middle class or lower middle class families. Their parents send them to the universities with the hope that one day they will complete their studies and take the responsibility of their family. But instead of studying, they get involved in dirty politics and political violence only for power and money.
In Houston, Texas, USA, we were watching Meher Afroze Shawon, wife of late Humayun Ahmed, featuring on Tritio Matra on Channel i. We have seen Shawon acting in a number of dramas and cinemas in the past while staying in Dhaka.
The article "Mutant butterflies in Fukushima: What's next?" written by Abdul Matin on September 25 in your pages is a scientific analysis of possible harms of nuclear accidents. The writer has given different examples of nuclear accidents around the world. Bangladesh has intended to produce electricity through nuclear power in Ruppur to meet its increasing demand. We hope the government will take all necessary precautions to contain the damage from possible accidents. Japan has struggled a lot and is still suffering after its nuclear disaster originated from an 8.9 magnitude earthquake followed by tsunami. We have to proceed more carefully and carry out several experiments before we go ahead with the nuclear project.
The person or persons in the USA who made the film dishonouring the holy Prophet of Islam Muhammad (sm) committed an unforgivable crime. Their criminal act has created a terrible situation in the world. Scores of people have been killed due to their criminal acts.
Last week I went to the Rajshahi Medical College Hospital as one of my family members was admitted there. I was really shocked to see the pathetic condition of the hospital. This famous hospital, which is one of the biggest hospitals in South Asia, is beset with mismanagement due to indifference of the hospital authorities. Each ward commodates 70 to 90 patients and is supervised by only one or two doctors. Though the Emergency department promises 24 hour service to the patients, actually this is not possible because of lack of doctors. Almost no washroom is in usable condition. Even bribery is rampant inside the wards. Doctors are seen giving their visiting cards to the patients to meet them later at their private chambers. The most pathetic thing is doctors' rude behaviour with the patients. It seems that doctors are just like machines. They have no human feeling or sympathy for the patients. Maybe this is a common picture in all public hospitals. Perhaps those who are not affluent go to public hospitals. Sensing their weakness, the authorities concerned maltreat them. The government should take initiatives to improve the condition and services of the public hospitals.
Needless to say, Dhaka is an unplanned city with worst traffic jams. Probably it would take many more decades for our present and future governments to focus more on the development of infrastructure to deal with traffic mismanagement. To ease traffic congestion, authorities build intersections mostly in VIP areas overlooking others. For example, there is no intersection at Khilkhet area on the airport road.
Fresh reminder from WB
Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday accused the West of pursuing policies that had destabilised states in the Arab world and now risked creating chaos in Syria.
Pakistan appears headed for another political crisis as the ruling PPP has decided not to exclude the clause of presidential immunity from a letter to be sent to Swiss government on reopening graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari despite the Supreme Court's objection to it.
A caretaker set-up to oversee Pakistan's next general election will be installed only when the current government's term ends on 18 March next year and consultations with political parties on the interim administration will be held at an “appropriate time”, Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira said yesterday.
Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda insisted Wednesday there could be no compromise with China on the ownership of a disputed island chain drawing a sharp rebuke from Beijing.
The Palestinian leader has asked the UN to grant Palestinians "non-member observer state" by the end of the year.
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has accused US President Barack Obama of seeking to exploit the Arab Spring revolutions for political gain. He was addressing a gathering of diplomats at the UN through a satellite videolink.
Sudan and South Sudan were to ink agreements yesterday on a demilitarised border zone and oil production but other key issues that nearly brought the two countries to war remain unresolved.
Pakistan foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar's husband Feroz Gulzar yesterday rubbished rumours about differences in their relationship as a campaign to malign his wife.
Washington is to ease a ban on imports from Myanmar, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said, lifting its last major trade embargo in a move swiftly welcomed in the former pariah state yesterday.
Greece's three-party coalition government agreed yesterday on the "main points" of a 13.5-billion-euro ($17.4 billion) austerity package, tied to the release of vital EU-IMF rescue loans.
France will expel any foreigner who threatens security at home or abroad in the name of Islam or does not respect the country's secular traditions, Interior Minister Manuel Valls said yesterday.
After Congress, the United Progressive Alliance yesterday endorsed government's recent tough economic decisions and discussed the need “to do more reforms.”
India says it has already initiated setting up a mechanism to complete a controversial project that involves connecting 30 major rivers and diverting the water of the Ganges and the Brahmaputra.
Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri resurfaced for the second time in a month on Wednesday in an online video on the life of his late predecessor Osama bin Laden who he said was blind in one eye.
Britain's most severe September storms for 30 years flooded homes and businesses in the historic city of York yesterday and threatened chaos for much of northern England.
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has set out plans for a constitutional referendum in November and elections in March, a timetable that was quickly denounced by the opposition as "unrealistic".
The United States and other G8 nations are expanding a program to lift 50 million people in sub-Saharan Africa out of poverty and hunger within the next decade, US officials said Wednesday.
Police said 17 people died when the bus they were travelling in plunged into a river in western India.
A top aide to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who heads Iran's official IRNA news agency, Ali Akbar Javanfekr, was arrested and jailed on Wednesday, IRNA reported.
A Chinese court yesterday rejected Ai Weiwei's appeal against a hefty fine for alleged tax evasion which the acclaimed artist and government critic has called an attempt to silence his activism.
Arts & Entertainment
When Alexander the Great arrived here, around 331 BC, I reckon he saw and experienced what I did -- brilliantly clear sky, the deep blue Mediterranean and the ever-soothing breeze it brings. Anyone in his/her right mind would immediately fall in love with this place. Naturally, the conqueror did too and thus founded a city by the sea and named it after himself.
Ahsan Habib Nasim has made a name for himself by performing in a variety of plays based on short stories by Rabindranath Tagore and Kazi Nazrul Islam. He has worked in adaptations of Tagore's stories: “Konkal” and “Shesh Puroshkar”. Besides, Nasim has also performed in “Drishtidaan”, “Shesher Ratri”, as well as TV adaptations of Kazi Nazrul Islam's “Shiulimala”, “Byathar Daan” etc.
Goethe-Institut Bangladesh is holding a four-day festival for urban youths. The “Urban Youth Festival” opened yesterday and highlights views of the young -- what they see as the issues that the country faces, how they feel about their lives, what they believe in, their greatest fears, what they hope for and so on.
Dame Helen Mirren will revisit her Oscar-winning role in “The Queen”, playing Elizabeth II in a new play from Peter Morgan, called “The Audience”.
Jatiyo Rabindra Sangeet Sammilon Parishad's (JRSSP) Magura unit and Kanthabithi, an organisation of elocutionists in Magura, jointly organised a programme, titled “Rabindra Sandhya” on September 26.
One must say that at long last Bangladesh Biman is fulfilling its brand promise. When it spreads its wings, in the literal sense it's your home in the sky. Everything that happens on the ground gets airborne and travels with you. Corruption, sloppiness, inefficiency and partisan bickering are aviation fuel to an airline gone way out of line. Every time it flies is a miracle.
Aung San Suu Kyi is currently in the middle of a triumphant visit to the US.
Once, I told Samad Bhai should I outlive him, I would write his epitaph. What I had in mind was not quite a memorial plaque inscribed with praise on his tomb that an epitaph is, rather what I actually wanted to convey to him was my sincere desire to write an obituary to a journalist par excellence. Though a man given to piety, and he would have been a staunch believer in destiny, he somehow nodded at my idea.
Rabies is not a new problem. In fact, evidence of rabies dates back about 4,000 years to Babylonia. It was reported in Europe in the Middle Ages. The first record of rabies in North America was in Virginia in the mid-1700s. But it was not until late 19th century that Louis Pasteur and his assistant Emile Roux developed the first rabies vaccine. Rabies is a zoonotic disease, which means it can spread from animal to human. The virus can attach itself to the brain and nervous system and is fatal, especially without prompt treatment, unless the victim has been vaccinated against the disease.
Spending time at a World Economic Forum event -- with members of its communities of shapers, leaders and social entrepreneurs -- always forces me to think about the effectiveness of "doing good" from first principles.
OttomanVenetian War: The Ottoman Navy scores a decisive victory over a Holy League fleet in the Battle of Preveza.
Nowadays information technology defines how we communicate and do business. IT has changed our service delivery and communication pattern with stakeholders. Our local industry, which invested few years ago, has started harvesting the benefit of information technology investment.
Samsung on Wednesday launched the newest version of its oversized smartphone Galaxy Note, just a week after Apple's iPhone 5 hit shelves, in an apparent bid to outpace its rival with a wider range of gadgets.
Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt has criticised raging patent disputes in the global mobile industry, warning that they stifled innovation and reduced consumer choice.
Angry Birds-maker Rovio Entertainment will be hoping to prove it's no one-hit wonder when it launches Bad Piggies , just as players seem to be tiring of the game they've been addicted to for the past three years.
Tekla, a leading international brand specialising in 3D BIM technology for the construction industry, has started its operation in Bangladesh.