News of: Monday, 1st of October, 2012
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Islam-insulting Facebook photo led to outburst, unidentified person tagged Buddhist man in the pic, locals say some Rohingya, militant groups incited mayhem since Saturday midnight
Home Minister Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir yesterday said the violence in Ramu in Cox's Bazar centring an anti-Islam photo on Facebook is a “premeditated and deliberate act of communal violence against the minority”.
It was a day meant to be full of joy and charity. But it plunged into sadness and bitterness. A pall of gloom spread over the neighbourhood.
Ruling Awami League candidate Simeen Hussain Rimi yesterday won the Gazipur-4 by-polls by a huge margin amid a very low voter turnout and peaceful polls atmosphere.
Law enforcers and poll officials were extra vigilant during yesterday's Gazipur by-polls, as it was the maiden election under the present Election Commission constituted in February this year.
The ruling Awami League and other political parties yesterday said the attacks on temples and houses of religious minorities by fundamental forces in different parts of the country were aimed at protecting the war criminals now facing trial.
The World Bank has postponed sending a team to Dhaka to formulate a framework of new arrangements to implement the Padma bridge project.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday condemned and protested the attack, vandalism, and torching of Buddhist and Hindu temples and houses at Ramu in Cox's Bazar and nearby areas Saturday night.
Biman Bangladesh Airlines would certainly be dissolved if it failed to be an efficient organisation, said Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday.
Cancer survivor Yuvraj Singh claimed two wickets and threw down a run-out as India shot Pakistan out for 128 in a crucial World Twenty20 match in Colombo on Sunday.
At least 23 people including eight policemen were injured in a clash between cops and BNP-Jamaat activists over bringing out a procession in protest against an anti-Islami film at Sunderganj upazila in Gaibandha yesterday.
Bangladesh Chhatra League activists at Islamic University (IU) yesterday vandalised three university buses and confined the vice-chancellor to his office for three hours, demanding his removal immediately.
If you've ever been driving around town and been hit with an overwhelming urge to watch a film -- good news.
The Anti-Corruption Commission would interrogate a dozen of people with high profile and their families for their alleged involvement in the capital market scandal, said ACC Chairman Ghulam Rahamn yesterday.
The International Crimes Triubnal-1 yesterday ordered its investigation agency to submit a progress report on the probe against war crimes suspect Maulana Abdus Subhan on November 4.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is certain he will one day go to Ecuador, he said in an interview published Sunday, describing his life in the Ecuadorian embassy in London as "like being in a space station".
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) yesterday extended the deadline for submission of income tax returns by one month.
A Bangladeshi cattle trader died after being beaten by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) near the Shingnagar border in Chapainawabganj yesterday.
Australia yesterday said it had secured free passage from Libya for an aid worker stopped from leaving the country reportedly over a sexual assault probe involving a Libyan official.
We welcome the assurance by the DG of the Indian Border Security Force that killings of Bangladeshi nationals along the border would be brought down to zero. Although the figures of those killed by BSF firing have come down it would be a very good confidence building measure if the killings were brought down to zero immediately because even one death of an innocent civilian is one too many.
Much is being made about the lone Malibagh market having become formalin free! As though a rare scientific feat has been accomplished. The sense of achievement is however, quite justified when you think of the obvious, pervasive and lethal health hazard in our daily food intake that seems to have become the norm.
Shane Watson continued his impressive form with both bat and ball as Australia cruised to a comprehensive eight-wicket victory against South Africa in their Super Eights match in the World Twenty20 on Sunday.
At noon when the media bus started its trip from the Singhalese Sports Club, the headquarters of Sri Lanka Cricket, towards R Premadasa International Cricket Stadium, the city streets were almost deserted as Sunday is the weekly holiday in the country. And that was why it took only ten minutes to reach the destination, which is not the case on regular office days.
Big-spenders Sheikh Russel KC have been placed in Group A along with ten-time champions Mohammedan SC as the draw of the 24th Federation Cup was held yesterday at the Bangladesh Football Federation.
It was a combination of some good left-arm bowling that demolished the Bangladeshi A batting line-up and helped the visiting West Indies High Performance team take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match one-day series. Promising young pacer Sheldon Cotterrell and slow-left arm bowler Verasammy Permaul shared 8 wickets as the visitors bowled the hosts out for a mere 181 runs at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday and romped to a 53-run victory.
Siddikur Rahman finished joint 18th in the Mercuries Taiwan Masters with an aggregate score of 7-over-par (295) at the end of the fourth round yesterday. The 27-year old slipped from his overnight fifth position, thanks to a horrendous fourth round score of 6-over-par (78) at the Taiwan Golf and Country Club on Sunday.
Aware that one more defeat will ensure their exit from the tournament, New Zealand need nothing less than a big win against the West Indies in their make-or-break Super Eights match of the ICC World Twenty20 here on Monday.
Their semifinal chances hanging by the thread, defending champions England are faced with a must-win situation as they take on unbeaten hosts Sri Lanka in a crucial Super Eights match of the ICC World Twenty20 here on Monday.
The Pakistan team here is under surveillance all the time. Every evening a report on their daily activities is sent to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
The Women's Wing of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) will carry out a registration programme for talented women cricketers. The registration is open to all and will take place on October 2 at the SAHARA-BCB National Cricket Academy Ground in Mirpur from 11am to 3pm. There is no age restriction.
Netrokona emerged champions in the Walton Dhaka Divisional Commissioner Gold Cup Football Tournament beating Gopalganj 4-0 in the final at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday. Toklis scored a hattrick while Ronny netted the other goal for the winning side.
Dhaka Wanderers Club earned a 47-18 point win over Jurain Janata Club with three lonas in their super four match of the Walton Refrigerator Women's Kabaddi League at the Kabaddi Stadium yesterday.
Former Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralidaran has said that spinners will decide which teams will eventually come through the Super Eights stage of the Twenty20 World Cup.
Barcelona struck twice in the final minutes to complete a controversial fightback as they beat 10-man Sevilla 3-2 to go eleven points clear of bitter rivals Real Madrid on Saturday.
There were only three minutes left on the clock for the best football team on the planet to salvage their pride and they did it in style with goals from Cesc Fabregas and David Villa. Barcelona completed a great Houdini act against Sevilla on Saturday night at the Sánchez Pizjuán with a 3-2 win. Barca maintain their 100 percent record in the La Liga this season thanks to two fantastic goals from Fabregas and an added-time winner from Villa in a match where the Catalan giants were 2-0 down till the 55th minute.
Premier League leaders Chelsea beat London rivals Arsenal 2-1 while Tottenham Hotspur ended their Old Trafford hoodoo and beat Manchester United 3-2 there for the first time since 1989 to leave Chelsea three points clear on Saturday.
Juventus scored three goals in the opening 19 minutes to destroy AS Roma 4-1 and move three points clear in Serie A on Saturday.
Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich left it late to beat Werder Bremen 2-0 on Saturday with goals from Luiz Gustavo and Mario Mandzukic as they extended their perfect start to the season to six wins in six matches.
Barcelona striker David Villa, gradually coming back to full fitness after eight months out with a broken leg, showed he has retained his keen eye for goal when he came off the bench to snatch the winner in Saturday's 3-2 comeback victory at Sevilla.
Brendan Rodgers hailed Luis Suarez for the hattrick that helped Liverpool taste Premier League victory for the first time this season with a 5-2 win away to Norwich.
Real Madrid and France striker Karim Benzema, who has struggled to hit the net in the opening weeks of the 2012-13 season, says he is starting to hit top form again.
Former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja, in an interview on Saturday, weighed in on India's Virender Sehwag issue. The explosive right-hander was dropped from the team for India's first ICC World Twenty20 Super Eights match, which they lost by nine wickets.
The Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday announced a 10-year master plan for the capital market.
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) has rejected three mobile operators' claims for a Tk 308 crore VAT rebate.
The shipping ministry will now take a decision on the bidding to appoint an operator for New Mooring Container Terminal of Chittagong Port.
Abu Dhabi's carrier Etihad Airways is projecting $5 billion in revenues in 2012, up from $4.1 billion last year, and hopes to sustain profitability, its chief executive said Sunday.
Shipbuilders yesterday demanded 10 percent cash incentives against ex-port performance, up from 5 percent now, to help the sector grow further.
Stocks yesterday dropped 2.94 percent, the highest price correction in the last two months and five days, as investors sold shares to reallocate their portfolios.
Two of Japan's biggest steelmakers will formally merge on Monday, creating the world's second largest firm in the sector as they look to outpace their Chinese and South Korean rivals.
The tenure of Pubali Bank's Managing Director Helal Ahmed Chowdhury has recently been extended for another term.
UK-based financial magazine The Banker has recently enlisted Islami Bank Bangladesh as top 1,000 banks in the world in its latest evaluation report.
Citibank NA yesterday launched two community projects in the capital, aiming to improve the lives of about 800 underprivileged children.
Sheltech (Pvt) Ltd, a real estate company, begins a 15-day promotional housing fair at its office in Dhaka today, eyeing higher apartment sales.
Even with its economy cooling, India's car sales are forecast to go into overdrive, creating a huge challenge for the government to modernise the country's antiquated road network.
European consumers have been buying far fewer cars in recent years; Fiat boss Sergio Marchionne says the auto companies "have lost three million (sales) in five years."
Acute water crisis has gripped several thousand residents of the capital's Shahjadpur and Bhatara as Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) supply pipes have been running dry for the last one month.
Around 20 activists of the National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports were injured as police charged batons and lobbed teargas shells on their procession, protesting power tariff hike, in the capital yesterday.
Foreign Minister Dipu Moni has been elected chairperson unanimously to the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) at its 38th Session held in New York.
Role of emerging progressive political forces and huge social protests are prerequisites to uprooting corruption from the society, said Dr Swapan Adnan, former Dhaka University (DU) teacher, yesterday.
The Chittagong University (CU) authority yesterday formed a four-member probe body to investigate into Saturday's clash between two shuttle train compartment-based groups, comprising the ruling pro-Awami League Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists.
The majority of voters in Kapasia rejected the "farcical" by-election of Gazipur-4 constituency by not casting their votes, the main opposition BNP said yesterday.
A case was filed yesterday against seven people including five policemen in connection with rape of a class IX student and her subsequent suicide on September 14 in Habiganj upazila of Sylhet.
Four people were killed and five others injured in road accidents in Natore and Mymensingh yesterday.
The Supreme Court yesterday deferred till today the hearing of an appeal against a July 24 High Court verdict stating that the Speaker's June 18 ruling about a HC judge had no legal effect and was baseless in the eye of law.
General people, alongside lawyers and environmentalists, are responsible for protecting the country's rivers while the government must enact and implement proper river protection laws, said Syeda Rizwana Hasan yesterday.
Along with government's initiatives, a partnership between government and non-government organisations is necessary to achieve millennium development goals (MDG) regarding maternal and child health issues within 2015, said speakers at a launching ceremony yesterday.
Indian Chief of Army Staff General Bikram Singh will pay a four-day goodwill visit to Bangladesh beginning from October 2 at the invitation of his Bangladesh counterpart General Iqbal Karim Bhuiyan.
Sangat, an association of South Asian Women's network, has strongly condemned the recent provocative anti-Islam film made in the United States and the spiralling violence that followed in its wake.
The body of a youth was recovered in Keraniganj area on the outskirts of the capital yesterday.
A Dhaka court will frame charge on October 17 against businessman Giasuddin Al Mamun in a case filed for siphoning off 4,18,853 British pounds to the UK.
The Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) authority yesterday launched its online admission process for MS, MD, MPhil and other courses under residency programme.
The education ministry yesterday issued a circular granting six-month maternity leave for teachers and employees of non-government secondary and higher secondary level educational institutions.
Speakers at a meeting in Chittagong city yesterday said the government and NGOs should work together to protect the rights of women and to end discriminatory attitudes to them.
The Department of Fisheries (DoF) seized around 23 tonnes hilsha fish and 30 lakh metres of fishing nets from different parts of the country in the last five days.
The body of a 12-year-old boy was recovered from Chittagong University campus yesterday afternoon.
United States Ambassador to Bangladesh Dan W Mozena yesterday praised Bangladeshi young people for their growing participation in entrepreneurship and humanitarian activities.
Nazrul Islam Dulal, former vice president of Salanga Press Club and Salanga area correspondent of the daily Bhorer Kagoj, died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) yesterday. He was 40.
Jinnah Begum, wife of Akbar Ali, died of cardiac arrest at her residence at Chandrakala village of Natore sadar upazila yesterday. She was 48.
Academic activities at 25 primary schools in three upazilas of Pabna have remained suspended for the last one week as the institutions are still under flood water.
Driven out by the only son and daughter-in-law, Abdul Hamid Mridha, 75, a former official of Sonali Bank, is now a resident of an old home in Patuakhali town.
International Day of Older Persons remained meaningless for octogenarian Koitori Begum as luck was never on her side.
Erosion by River Ghaghot has taken a serious turn in Mithapukur upazila devouring over 100 houses in Imadpur, Bhangni, Balarhat and Pairabandh unions in the last one week.
A schoolteacher was hacked to death on the premises of Habibur Registered Primary School in Shyamnagar upazila yesterday morning.
Criminals felled at least 110 acacia trees of a forest beat at Dharmajan under Biral upazila of Dinajpur on Friday night.
Two schoolgirls allegedly committed suicide in Atpara upazila on Friday midnight. The deceased are Lipi Akter, 14, daughter of Abdul Majid of Khila village and Beauty Aktar, 13, daughter of Ektu Mia of Narachatal village. Lipi was a class eight student at Khila High School while Beauty at class seven at the institution, said police. Of them, Lipi hanged herself with a rope from the ceiling of her house and Beauty took her live by hanging herself from a mango tree near their home. On information, police recovered the bodies and sent them to Netrakona Sadar Hospital morgue for autopsy. The reason behind the suicides could not be known immediately, said Salemuzzaman, officer in-charge at Atpara police station.
At least 15 students fell sick, 10 seriously, after a lightning struck a spot close to Beruan Girls' High School in Atghoria upazila yesterday afternoon. Among the injured, Shikha, 14, Alpona, 14, Hira, 15, Rupali, 14, Jinia, 14, Sharmin Khatun, 15, Boishakhi, 14, Sohagi, 15, Kakoli, 15 are undergoing treatment at Pabna Medical College and Hospital. Md. Jalal Uddin, headmaster of the school, said the students belonging to classes vi to x were hurt when a lightning struck a spot near the school. Dr. Md. Rezaul Karim, medical officer of Pabna Medical College and Hospital told this correspondent that the girls fell sick due to huge sound and light.
An accused, who was arrested for injuring a college boy, managed to flee police custody in the town on Saturday night. Police said Rahat, 24, son of Jashimuddin of Dattapara in the town, hit Khokon Khandaker, a BBA first student of Narsingdi Government College, with sharp weapon near the college, leaving him injured at about 9pm. The injured was rushed to local National Hospital. Rahat later went to the hospital just to know the condition of Khokon. At that time, the victim's friends caught Rahat and handed him over to Detective Branch (DB) of police. Mostaque, assistant sub-inspector of DB police, said a team of DB police along with Rahat went out to nab other criminals in the town when Rahat managed to flee in handcuffs.
A man was shot dead by muggers in the capital's Shyampur area yesterday.
I am shocked to read that Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies (BAIRA) is threatening to stop manpower export because the government has decided to arrange manpower export to Malaysia. Ali Haider Chowdhury, general secretary of the Association, has claimed that government officers are too inexperienced to pick workers or arrange proper training for them. Is he suggesting that officials who have passed stringent civil service examinations and qualified to hold jobs in the government do not compare with some of the so-called recruiting agents that treat people seeking job abroad as migrant workers heartlessly? They even lure them into selling what little property they own to pay hefty fees to obtain poor-paying jobs under disgraceful conditions.
Interactions over time in myriad sectors show clearly how a mighty neighbour like India treats a smaller country like Bangladesh. Whatever little we export to India is always impeded by visible or hidden tariffs. On the other hand, India's huge export to Bangladesh ranging from pin to piano, so to speak, gobbles up our hard earned foreign exchange.
Meena Day has been observed on last Monday of September with the slogan that autism is not a problem in education if classmates are good friends. All the children in the class should extend a helping hand to the autistic child so that the child finds the environment congenial. Children can learn this good quality of cooperation from Meena.
We are advancing fast on the crime curve! There are many new criminal activities that we come across, as we scan the dailies. This is a profession that is getting more expertise and specialisation! Today criminal activities have a large number of fields, and more are being added.
I feel sad that Mr Obaidul Quader is no more the railways minister. I think Mr Quader is the fittest person to modernise Bangladesh Railway. There are many obstacles to modernising the railway. Inter-district bus owners often create pressure on the railway authorities not to add new trains in order to get enough passengers for their buses. Sometimes they offer bribes to the BR high officials for this purpose. To take hard decisions against these bus owners, Mr Quader was the right person. I request our Prime Minister to rethink this decision and reappoint Obaidul Quader as the railways minister again.
Once I got a chance to visit a hydro-electricity project. There were two turbines to generate electricity. However, only one was functioning. I asked the engineer, "Why is it not working? Is the water insufficient or is it a technical problem?" He replied, "It is an order from the higher authorities not to run the turbine." I was utterly shocked to learn this when people are forced to live in the dark due to load shedding.
About a month ago, I was staying at a male ward in Mymensingh Medical College Hospital to look after my sick father. It was nearly 4 in the morning and almost all patients and their relatives were sleeping. Suddenly, I woke up hearing the scream of a woman. We thought she probably found her son dead. Her son was suffering from serious lung cancer. But to my utter surprise, I came to know that all her money went missing, which was her last savings for her son's treatment. I learned that this happens quite often here. Majority of the people who come to public hospitals for treatment are poor people. But the thieves do not spare them. Some hospital staff are allegedly involved in this. The hospital authorities should identify those people and punish them. They should take proper steps so that this type of theft never occurs in the hospital.
There are people around us who struggle through all difficulties in their life. We hardly know about them. They are the real fighters. Their limitations can not stop them from going ahead. They do not give in. Seeing the way they struggle, one finds the strength and motivation not to give in. They are very ordinary people, yet they rise above all!
The power supply situation is said to have greatly improved over the year in Dhaka but at a great cost, making the lives of consumers more miserable. The prime minister has publicly mentioned that there would still be two hours of mandatory load shedding as a pleasant reminder of the suffering that people had go through during the time of the past regime.
Here are some comments that came in response to Sunday's The Daily Star news report headlined “Rafique ready to head CG”
Amid tension over maritime territorial disputes and sovereignty issues among East Asian countries, Beijing has sought Dhaka's support in favour of its claim on Diaoyu Islands located to the northeast of China's Taiwan Islands.
US President Barack Obama and rival Mitt Romney prepared for Wednesday's debate this weekend, leaving their running mates to spar over policy and seek votes in key swing states.
Forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad shelled rebel-held areas across Syria yesterday as fierce clashes were reported in second city Aleppo where a fire tore through a medieval souk.
The Philippines has deployed 800 more Marines and opened a new headquarters to guard its interests in the disputed Spratlys islands, which China also claims, a senior military official yesterday said.
Myanmar leader Thein Sein said in an interview he would accept democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi as president if elected, but added he could not alone amend rules that bar her from power.
Maintaining strong opposition to entering politics as it is “full of dirt”, Anna Hazare yesterday claimed that he did not get answers from the Arvind Kejriwal-led group on questions raised by him on how to organise a political alternative.
Iraq is determined to stop and search flights from Iran over its territory, which are suspected of carrying weapons to Syria, Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said in comments, reported yesterday.
Tension gripped Hyderabad yesterday as pro-Telangana activists clashed with Andhra Pradesh Police while hundreds of people were reaching the venue of the rally Necklace Road on the banks of Hussain Sagar lake to participate in the march for a separate state.
The US military suffered its 2,000th death in the Afghan war - with a suspected "insider" attack at a checkpoint in the east of the country, BBC reported yesterday.
The son of fallen Chinese politician Bo Xilai defended his father as "upright in his beliefs and devoted to duty", in his first comments on a scandal that has shaken the Communist Party.
Pakistani police yesterday said that they had opened a rare blasphemy case against nine people who attacked and looted a Hindu temple in Karachi during recent anti-US protests.
Militants struck nine cities and towns in Iraq with bombings and shootings yesterday, killing at least 32 people and wounding 104, in the latest wave of deadly attacks to hit the country.
Gunmen shot and killed two local leaders of parties backing presidential challenger Henrique Capriles on Saturday in the worst violence of a volatile campaign before Venezuela's election next weekend.
Thousands of Indonesians yesterday chanted anti-American slogans outside the US embassy in Jakarta, in the latest protest against a film that sparked demonstrations in at least 20 countries.
The first democratically elected president in the Maldives goes on trial today on abuse of power charges, seven months after being toppled in what he calls a "coup d'etat" in the tourist paradise.
Citing national security risks, US President Barack Obama has blocked a Chinese company from owning four wind farm projects near a navy base where the US military tests unmanned drones and electronic-warfare planes.
A suspected grenade attack killed one child and wounded nine others in a Nairobi church yesterday, a day after Islamist fighters abandoned their last bastion in neighbouring Somalia in the face of an assault by Kenyan and other troops.
Arts & Entertainment
Does history repeat itself or is it all about individual fate? Whatever it is, the confession or self-realisation that the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb made in his last days forms the core of a new play, “Aurangzeb”. The play sees Aurangzeb facing the similar fate that his father, Shah Jahan, endured because of his desire for power. The play tries to establish that the policy taken by Aurangzeb during his reign went wrong. Ignoring his predecessors' strategy, he tried to initiate a new way that finally fell through.
In recognition to his lifelong contribution to classical music, Nazrul Academy posthumously honoured Shafiur Rahman [of Suddha Sangeet Proshar Goshthi] with the 'Sur-Saaki' award at this month's Nazrul Utshab [festival]. Usha Rahman, widow of Shafiur Rahman, received the award at the programme held on September 28 at the Academy.
Tanvir Tareq is one of the busiest music directors of this time, whose talents also expand into the realms of composing and penning lyrics. He won a Citycell Channel i Music Award (Best Music Director) last year, under the popular category. Tanvir is currently busy working on his 23rd mixed album, titled “Hridoy Ghotito”. The album features recognised singers like Tapan Chowdhury, Fahmida Nabi, SI Tutul, Nirjhor, Lutfor Hasan, Dinat Jahan Munni, Nijhu and Tanvir Tareq himself. The virtuoso Tareq also has a skilled singing voice, the examples of which can be found in four mixed albums.
Marking 88th birth anniversary of legendary singer Kanika Bandyopadhyay, Mitali, India-Bangladesh Shangskriti Sangsad and Padatik Sangeet Sangsad, Bangladesh joined hands to discover talented young Rabindra Sangeet singers through competitions.
Today, October 1, 2012, is the "International Day of Older Persons." And on this day, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and HelpAge International will launch a publication entitled "Ageing in the 21st Century: a Celebration and a Challenge." Such a publication could not come at a more opportune time, as population ageing is one of the most significant trends of the 21st century! Around the world, two persons celebrate their sixtieth birthday every second! With one in nine persons in the world aged 60 years or over, projected to increase to one in five by 2050, population ageing is a phenomenon that can no longer be ignored.
The violent demonstrations that have spread across the Muslim world in recent weeks have convinced many in the United States and Europe that the Arab revolutions that began in late 2010 are now officially over and that the democratic project has failed. Bitterness and a sense of impending catastrophe are replacing the enthusiasm that followed the toppling of dictators in Tunisia and Egypt last year.
First electric lamp factory is opened by Thomas Edison.