News of: Friday, 5th of October, 2012
About 70,000 teachers of around 7,000 non-government schools and colleges are not getting paid regularly, some for more than a decade.
Police baton charged teachers of non-government schools and colleges yesterday when they were agitating for inclusion of the educational institutions in the government Monthly Payment Order (MPO) list.
After two and a half months' investigation, the Anti-Corruption Commission yesterday filed 11 cases against 27 top officials of Sonali Bank and Hall-Mark Group for misappropriating over Tk 1,568 crore in depositor's money.
Most of the attackers who wreaked mayhem on Ramu's Buddhist community from Saturday evening to early Sunday were aged between 14 and 22, according to witnesses.
The United Arab Emirates has temporarily stopped issuing all kinds of entry permits for Bangladeshi passport holders as Dhaka has failed to resolve the UAE's security concerns over identification and fake documents, Gulf News reports.
The conducts of Supreme Court judges should be restrained so that they are not criticised in any way, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam told the apex court yesterday.
Buddhist monks around the world and various international and local organisations including Amnesty International and INGO Forum Bangladesh have protested against and condemned the recent barbaric attacks and vandalism on Buddhist temples, monasteries and houses in Cox's Bazar and Chittagong.
A prosecution witness yesterday told International Crimes Tribunal-1 that before his very eyes the Pakistani army took away Shiru Mia and his son Kamal along with 36 others from Brahmanbaria jail for killing.
Veteran spinner Rangana Herath grabbed 3-25 to lift hosts Sri Lanka into the World Twenty20 final with a 16-run victory over Pakistan in Colombo on Thursday.
A probe committee formed by the education ministry has unearthed anomalies occurred during amendment of Jamaat-e-Islami leader Delawar Hossain Sayedee's name and age in his Dakhil and Alim certificates in 2008.
Allowing the defence one more day to produce witnesses, International Crimes Tribunal-1 yesterday in an order said if Sayedee's defence failed to bring witnesses again, it would not be allowed to produce witnesses any more.
The High Court yesterday granted anticipatory bail to 22 opposition leaders and workers and directed the government not to harass or arrest BNP leader Mirza Abbas without due legal process.
At least 30 people were injured after dwellers of Bhandari slum in the capital's Kafrul clashed with police and National Housing Authority (NHA), during an eviction drive yesterday.
Turkey's parliament yesterday authorised military action against Syria but insisted it was not a war mandate following deadly cross-border fire that sent tensions soaring.
Mitt Romney battled back in his uphill drive to oust President Obama on Wednesday with an aggressive debate performance that put his campaign on a more positive footing after weeks of stumbles and knocked Obama off-stride.
Children given more fast food meals will grow up to have a lower IQ than those who regularly eat freshly-cooked meals, according to a study.
An Indonesian court yesterday indicted two Britons on multiple charges involving an alleged cocaine drug ring on the resort island of Bali, which could see them both face the death penalty.
Saudi Arabia beheaded one of its nationals yesterday for drug trafficking, the interior ministry announced.
Russian President Vladimir Putin hits retirement age on Sunday but he appears determined to prove that 60 is the new 40.
An Egyptian court yesterday ordered the release of two Coptic Christian children accused of insulting Islam, a source in the prosecutor's office said.
We are dismayed to see that the parliamentary probe committee has apparently accepted the explanations of former Sonali bank directors that they were kept in the dark about the Tk.2,686 crore. Graft that has rocked the foundations of the banking system. Unfortunately, the Board of Directors cannot exonerate itself of any blame. The board is supposed to play a supervisory role. They receive copies of audit reports and most important of all, directors are supposed to vet the process by which large loans are disbursed. As it is, the management works under their watch from policy watch to operations. Hence, the board cannot absolve itself of any responsibility in this case. Whatever may be claimed, board members cannot pass the buck over to the management since they did not object to or raise any suspicion on the big chunks of cash that were taken in loans by Hall-Mark over a six month period since October 2011.
There are indeed times when our perception of the right and the wrong is shaken due to the impossible that happens through the cracks of the system. On Wednesday this newspaper carried a photograph of a BCL activist who during a turf war with Shibir on the RU campus was holding a sharp weapon in one hand and shooting at his opponents with the other. Yet to our astonishment, it was he who filed a case against more than a hundred students with a Rajshahi police station. He was not interrogated, let alone arrested for his involvement.
The party is on for the home team fans. Sri Lanka, backed by 35,000 electrifying fans in the big bowl, won the bowlers-dominated first semifinal by 16 runs against 2009 champions Pakistan to reach another final of a global event of ICC. Mahela Jayawardene & Co are now one match away from emulating their feat of 1996 when they won the ICC World Cup.
For the first time in the World Twenty20 the home fans turned their back on Pakistan here Thursday, naturally so because their semifinal opponents were none other than the hosts Sri Lanka.
In recent times it has been always Australia that has called the shots in their wonderful historic rivalry against West Indies, but history will not count when the two meet in the second semifinal of the ICC World Twenty20 at the R Premadasa International Stadium today.
The fallout from the recent attacks on Buddhist temples in Ramu of Cox's Bazar has affected more aspects of life in Bangladesh than was immediately obvious, with the terrible series of events also taking a toll on the country's sports.
The finals of the Grameenphone Federation Cup, which gets underway from today at two different venues, is seemingly going to be a stage for local players after the immigration department recently imposed firm restrictions on signing up foreign players for domestic competitions.
The country's top shuttlers have been cleared of charges brought by the Bangladesh Badminton Federation and they have been allowed to take part in the Federation Cup, which begins today at the Wooden-Floor Gymnasium.
The first Twenty20 match between the visiting West Indies High Performance team and Bangladesh A was abandoned due to rain at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday. Only one innings could be completed, with Bangladesh A scoring 125 for nine in their 20 overs.
Sri Lankan cricket authorities have complained to organisers about cheerleaders at the World Twenty20 tournament after media criticism describing them as a "disgraceful eyesore".
South Africa's continued failure to win a major international limited-overs title hangs over the team like a "dark mist", coach Gary Kirsten said on Thursday after his team's premature exit from the Twenty20 World Cup.
Former England captain Andrew Strauss has said he is surprised that controversial batsman Kevin Pietersen has been brought back into the England fold so swiftly, but added that if the South Africa-born batsman is selected for the India tour, he can single handedly win Test matches for the team.
Seven-time Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher on Thursday said that he will retire at the end of the season, bringing a definitive close to a stellar career after a less-than-successful comeback.
Top seeds Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova reached the last eight of the China Open Thursday, both recording their third consecutive straight-sets victories, but there was a shock in the men's draw with Richard Gasquet losing.
Former champions England eased into the women's World Twenty20 final with a seven-wicket win over out-classed New Zealand at the Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Thursday.
Dhaka Imperial College recorded a 6-0 win over Kabi Nazrul Islam College in the 15th Delta Life Women's College/University Handball Tournament at the Shaheed M Mansur Ali National Handball Stadium yesterday.
“Scoring three goals is important for me and I am very happy.”
- Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo hit a hattrick in Real Madrid's 4-1 Champions League win at Ajax Amsterdam on Wednesday but big spending trio Zenit St Petersburg, Paris St Germain and Manchester City failed to win.
For a 30-year-old former World Player of the Year who cost Real Madrid 67 million euros ($86.44 million) three years ago, Kaka has been spending a surprising amount of time warming the bench.
Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini says there is nothing miraculous about the La Liga club's blistering start to their Champions League debut and has warned against getting carried away.
England coach Roy Hodgson gave Celtic's tall goalkeeper Fraser Forster a first international call-up when he named the 24-year-old in his squad for this month's World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Poland.
The prestige international between Argentina and Brazil was called off on Wednesday night in the northern city of Chaco, when the floodlights failed just before kick-off.
Embattled Serie A side AC Milan were given a boost a day after their Champions League heroics with the news that Brazilian forward Alexandre Pato could soon return to the squad.
Schalke 04 teenager Julian Draxler was ruled out for several weeks on Thursday after undergoing surgery for a broken arm he sustained in their 2-2 Champions League Group B draw against Montpellier on Wednesday, the club said.
The central bank has opened an investigation into the rise in banks' dues against their accepted bills.
Leading bank HSBC has stopped offering Shariah-compliant products and services in Bangladesh and five other countries.
Western Fishers Shipyard Ltd (WFSL) has launched its first deep-sea mid water fishing trawler recently.
Mobile phone top-up vendors in some parts of Dhaka stopped offering credit recharging services yesterday demanding a raise in commissions.
A three-day fair on agriculture and food processing technologies began in Dhaka yesterday with a call to encourage producers to use modern machinery in agro-processing.
The falling prices of Bangladeshi wares and the rebounding American economy bid well for the country's readymade garment exports to the US.
Hong Kong-based investors proposed for a special industrial zone for composite leather to the government of Bangladesh.
Stocks declined for the second day yesterday, as investors sold shares and mutual fund units to take profits.
"It's our currency and your problem," US Treasury Secretary John Connally famously said of the dollar in 1971.
Social media company Facebook Inc reported on Thursday it reached the 1 billion user mark last month, while Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said it would keep pursuing growth through mobile devices.
Hewlett-Packard Co's shares plunged to a nine-year low on Wednesday after Chief Executive Meg Whitman warned of an unexpectedly steep earnings slide in 2013, with revenue set to fall in every business division except software.
The government must amend the constitution to withdraw the provision of state religion and thereby prevent discrimination against women, said National Human Rights Commission Chairman Mizanur Rahman yesterday.
Home Minister Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir yesterday said strict security measures will be taken at Puja Mandaps across the country during Durga Puja.
The government's imposition of countrywide ban on catching, transporting, marketing and selling of hilsa fish ends today.
Nearly five months into the death of college student Himadri Majumdar Himu, police yesterday submitted the charge sheet in the Himu murder case against all five accused.
Opposition Chief Whip Zainul Abdin Farroque yesterday filed a Tk 10 crore damage suit against seven government officials including the home secretary, inspector general of police (IGP) and Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) commissioner.
Detective Branch of police arrested five alleged listed criminals, four of whom were aides of another listed criminal, Dakat Shahid, with firearms and ammunition in overnight drives at different parts of the capital on Wednesday.
The administration remained silent or even played proactive roles in favour of fundamentalist groups during different incidents of communal violence across the country, including the latest one in Ramu of Cox's Bazar, President of Workers' Party Rashed Khan Menon said yesterday.
The Department of Environment (DoE) yesterday directed authorities of Gazipur Municipality to remove wastes dumped at the west bank of the Turag River beside Tangail-Gazipur Highway in Bymail area within next fifteen days.
Six people were killed and two others injured in separate road accidents in Dhaka, Tangail, Sirajganj and Natore on Wednesday and yesterday.
The returning officer for the just held Kapasia by-poll has rejected all allegations of irregularities raised by the two defeated candidates.
At least four pro-Awami League Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) leaders, who openly brandished firearms during the October 2 clash in Rajshahi University, were seen roaming freely on the campus right before police yesterday.
A woman was "mysteriously" hit by a bullet in Basail area of the district town yesterday.
At least four activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) were injured early yesterday in a factional clash at Dhaka University's Salimullah Muslim Hall over establishing supremacy there.
BNP has formed an 11-member special committee to work on constituency demarcation as the election commission has started exchanging views in this regard ahead of the next general election.
Two alleged criminals were killed in mass beating at Sitakunda upazila of Chittagong yesterday.
Border Guard Bangladesh recovered 10,682kg of stolen rubber worth over Tk 20 lakh in two separate drives on Wednesday and yesterday.
Jatiya Party (JP) Presidium Member Ziauddin Ahmed Bablu was made the political adviser to the party's Chairman HM Ershad yesterday.
A man was killed as a train ran him over in the capital's Moghbazar area yesterday.
Narcotics Control Department (NCD) arrested four people with 1000 pieces of Yaba tablets from Reazuddin Bazar area in Chittagong city yesterday.
A case was filed against three railway policemen and two Ansars on Thursday in connection with attacking passengers of an intercity train at Kulaura Junction on September 27.
Inspector General of Police Hassan Mahmood Khandker yesterday appreciated the role of journalists in identifying problems of the police department.
Today is the 24th death anniversary of former secretary Alhaj MA Rashid.
Abdur Raquib, son of late Khan Bahadur Abdus Sattar of Jalpaiguri, passed away at 2:30pm yesterday.
Three doa mahfils for noted journalist Ataus Samad will be held in three mosques of the capital today.
Chehlum of Md Moslem Ali Hawladar, a teacher and businessman, will be held on Sunday.
Erosion by the river Padma has taken an alarming turn in Louhajong upazila of Munshiganj, putting the newly built Mawa launch terminal and parking yard on the verge of collapse
World Teachers Day being observed today holds very little meaning to Fateha Nurani, a teacher of AN Sammiloni Girls' High School in the town, as she has not got any salary even after 15 years of service at the institution.
Police on Wednesday filed two separate cases against 85 Islami Chhatra Shibir leaders and activists of the district unit with Sadar model police station on charge of attacking police men.
Transport workers yesterday announced an indefinite strike in the 21 districts of south-western region from October 9, protesting extortion on highways and demanding ban on plying of illegal bikes.
A college student allegedly committed suicide yesterday morning at a mess at Hazipara in the district town following a feud with a girl he was in love with.
A court here on Wednesday ordered the additional police superintendent to submit a probe report within seven days in a case filed against former OC of Bahubal police station and six others in connection with the suicide of a schoolgirl after rape on September 14.
Four policemen, accused of torturing a man to death in Basail upazila on Tuesday, were sent to jail yesterday.
Khalilur Rahman Mallick alias Tota Mallick, one of the main accused in journalist Jamal Uddin murder case, was arrested yesterday.
A 12-year-old schoolgirl, kidnapped from Darussalam area in Dhaka on September 29, was rescued from Gazamji village under Baufal upazila on Tuesday midnight.
While the age-old Buddhist temples and homes, the part and parcel of our heritage and culture, were burning, the police did nothing to stop the mayhem. And then the politicians as usual gave statements blaming each other with a view to gaining political advantage out of the outrageous incident. Suranjit Sengupta rightly pointed to the law enforcers' inaction in this regard. While the criminals were on the rampage carrying out arson attacks on the temples and homes using gunpowder, the law enforcers did not even lobbed a teargas to disperse the mob. The very manner of the attack learly shows that it was preplanned and well-orchestrated.
Many diagnostic centres are playing with the helpless patients of the country. In most of the cases, they charge exorbitantly high fees. The main reason behind this is that they have to pay a large percentage of the money to a section of doctors who refer the patients to those diagnostic centres. Sometimes they recommend unnecessary tests for earning extra money. They refuse to see the test reports if those are done in any other diagnostic centre. It is commonly known that such doctors are paid 40% of the money charged for the tests from the patients. In a recent investigation, aired in a famous news channel, it was shown that a doctor earns taka 24 lakh only from the diagnostic centres a year. It is hard to believe that our health ministry is not paying any attention to the matter.
Mr. Thanong Khanthong's article entitled “Opposing views on a new world order” published recently in this daily has analyzed the Iranian President Ahmadinejad's recent comment about the new world order. Though President Ahmadinejad did not make it clear who would be the members and lead the new world order as the current order is being controlled by the Anglo-Saxon alliance of the United States and the UK via the Washington Consensus but he expects there would be no US bullying.
At the traffic intersections and on different streets of the capital one would find young vendors selling popcorns. Popcorn has now become a part of our life. No matter whether we buy it from the street vendors or prepare it in our homes, majority of us eat popcorn.
The word 'peace' most commonly refers to absence of aggression, violence or hostility. Terrorism, economic disparity and social inequality are some of the factors which threaten peace today. We want peace everywhere but what we need to realise is if we want peace we have to learn to love and forgive when necessary.
At a time when the world leaders at the UN General Assembly including the president of the United States of America and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina were unanimous in their strong condemnation of the anti Islam film that has put global peace and security in serious jeopardy, I was shocked and saddened at the news of our prime minister receiving US Congressman Peter King.
A report in a local English daily by its staff correspondent was published on September 24 in the 'Business page'. It put a rather confusing heading for the report which I believe was not provided by the correspondent.
Walking is the best exercise. When you are on a short trip to a nearby place, it is always better to walk. There is an alarming number of diabetes patients and heart patients in Bangladesh who should walk regularly. Walking reduces all the risks associated with different kinds of diseases. But where to walk? Footpaths are illegally occupied by the vendors and land-grabbers. They have grabbed almost all the footpaths of this city forcing the pedestrians to walk on the road and there is no one to take care of this. Even the busy streets of this city are not out of the clutch of the footpath grabbers. Sometimes they even occupy the roads hampering smooth traffic movement.
Here in Houston, Texas we were watching the 14th anniversary celebrations of Channel i live, it made me post my views on this favourite daily of mine immediately. The non resident Bangladeshis who have not visited their homeland for decades believe that the people of Bangladesh still live in the medieval age, which perhaps is true in many other aspects but in case of digital telecasting, Channel i is decade ahead of the state of Texas, I am not aware of other states.
Attacks on Buddhists
It all started from a tiny phone repair shop
Syrian rebels killed 21 members of the elite Republican Guard in Damascus province yesterday, as the army subjected several districts of second city Aleppo to fierce shelling, a monitoring group said.
India's embattled government pushed ahead on Thursday with its make-or-break reform agenda, approving contentious new measures to open up the insurance and pensions sectors to foreign investors.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai pledged Thursday that he would step down as required by the constitution at the end of his second term in 2014 and that nothing would prevent presidential elections being held.
Turkey's parliament yesterday authorised military action against Syria but insisted it was not a mandate for war following deadly cross-border fire that sent tensions soaring.
A US judge formally ordered Iran, al-Qaeda and several other defendants Wednesday to pay $6 billion compensation to the victims of September 11, 2001, in a largely symbolic ruling.
Sixteen Chinese children were confirmed dead yesterday after a landslide engulfed their school as they made up classes lost due to deadly earthquakes last month, state media said.
Global food prices rose by 1.4 percent in September after holding steady for two months as cereals, meat and dairy prices climbed, the UN Food and Agricultural Organization said yesterday.
While Western powers quickly backed Ankara after deadly Syrian fire on a Turkish border village, it is unlikely its Nato partners, above all the United States, would opt for a military response, analysts said.
First delivered by horse-drawn carriages to Paris newsstands and hotels, the International Herald Tribune marked its 125th anniversary yesterday amid troubling times for the newspaper industry.
President Barack Obama hoped Osama bin Laden would be taken alive by US Navy SEALS so that he could face trial in a civilian courtroom, it was claimed on Wednesday.
A "distraught" ex-Philippine president Gloria Arroyo was arrested at hospital yesterday after being charged over a third case of alleged corruption during her time in power.
Facebook yesterday said that it now has more than one billion users, in a new milestone for the world's biggest social network.
North Korea test-fired one short-range missile off its west coast last week, a day after South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak held a top-level security meeting, a report said yesterday.
Russian diplomats and security chiefs yesterday denied sending their spies to the United States to purchase high-tech military electronics and detonators in faked civilian deals.
South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu was awarded yesterday a one-off million-dollar prize by the Mo Ibrahim foundation that promotes good governance on the continent.
India yesterday successfully test fired its nuclear-capable short-range ballistic missile at a site in eastern state of Odisha.
A drone air strike blasted two cars carrying suspected al-Qaeda gunmen in the southern Yemen province of Shabawa yesterday, killing five of them, a tribal chief and witnesses said.
Arts & Entertainment
Three Bangladeshi plays were staged at a theatre festival held recently in Agaratala, the capital city of Tripura, India. The plays -- “Muktadhara” (by Theatre), “Apod” (Dhaka Padatik) and “Nishimon Bisharjan” (Mahakal) were staged at the five-day Rabindra Theatre Festival, organised by Tripura Sangskritik Shamannay Kendra. The festival started on September 28 at the local Nazrul Centre of Fine Arts.
Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, the Spanish Embassy in Bangladesh and the Inditex Chair of Spanish Language and Culture, University of Dhaka, are jointly organising an exhibition of selected engravings by master Spanish painter and printmaker Francisco Goya [from the collection of the Real Academia de Bellas Artes of San Fernando].
Kathan Shangskritik Shangsad arranged a three-day long 'Sharat Utshab' (autumn festival) at Jhenidah KC College campus on Tuesday morning.
Once a regular with Nagarik Natya Sampraday, Runa Khan has now shifted her attention to TV plays. With her schedule packed with shooting appointments, Runa Khan informs that she has to stand in front of the camera almost 20 to 25 days a month.
A glittering line-up of top Asian cinema stars converged on the South Korean port city of Busan on Thursday for the opening of the region's premier international film festival.
A museum devoted to pop supergroup ABBA will open next year in the Swedish capital aiming to attract hundreds of thousands of visitors, organizers said on Wednesday.
Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin (1914-1976)
The legal eagle didn't wiggle when faced with a hypothetical question. A reporter asked him if he would like to accept an offer to head the next caretaker government, and his answer was as spontaneous as the question itself. At this terminal stage of his life, he replied, he had nothing to lose or gain. So, he is ready to serve his country any which way he can.
It seems that the theme of reconciliation within Afghanistan has by and large dominated the many discussions held on that country in New York over the last fortnight.
We are scratching the surface of the problem, not getting to its heart. It is about Ramu, Ukhia, Teknaf and Patia. What remains unsaid is more tell-tale than what has been said.
Today is "World Teachers' Day." Teachers' organisations in various countries will hold programmes to commemorate the Day. The aim is to mobilise support for teachers and to ensure that the needs of future generations will continue to be met by teachers. Hundreds of thousands of students, parents and activists around the world will pay respect to teachers on the day.
Ramu Upazilla of Cox's Bazaar district usually comes in the news when mad wild elephants attack localities and trample people to death. But this time, news of a different madness sent a chill through the spine of the nation. Through a night-long mob attack and violence, dozens of Buddhist temples, religious structures, monasteries, and households were destroyed and burnt to ashes.
The Indian city of Calcutta is almost totally destroyed by a cyclone; 60,000 die.
VU Mobile, a leading mobile VAS (value added service) company in Bangladesh, has been selected as a winner of prestigious Red Herring Top 100 Asia Award 2012.
Mobile phone manufacturers, responding to consumer and regulatory pressure, are using fewer toxic substances in their products, researchers in the United States said Wednesday.
Disney is exploring the use of 3D printers to build new kinds of light features into objects.
A voice calls application called MindMeld to be available this month promises to know what iPad users want before they do.
Oracle recently announced the availability of the Oracle Communications Elastic Charging Engine, a 100 per cent real-time rating and balance management engine.
Huawei has stared the shipment of its 10-inch Huawei MediaPad 10 FHD quad-core tablet to selected markets from last month.
Computer Source Limited (CSL) has introduced a new model of Fujitsu's Lifebook LH532 in the local market.
Acer has released its Aspire V3-471 laptop in the local market. The laptop is equipped with 3rd generation Intel Core i3-3110M processor (2.40GHz, 3MB cache).