News of: Wednesday, 10th of October, 2012
Chowdhury Mueen-Uddin and Ashrafuzzaman Khan were among the most wanted criminals after the Liberation War in 1971 for killing intellectuals as part of Al-Badr's plan to eliminate the bright minds of the soon-to-be independent Bangladesh.
Indian High Commissioner Pankaj Saran yesterday said the border killings by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) had significantly dropped and it would gradually go down to zero soon.
The National Board of Revenue will soon sit with the Bangladesh Bank to discuss ways of realising the Tk 110 crore in taxes that Destiny Group has evaded over the last four years.
Home Minister Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir yesterday named seven suspects in the brutal murder of journalist couple Sagar Sarowar and Meherun Runi.
Standing first in school is something to cheer about, an inspiration to move forward. But for 12-year-old Taiyaba, it has been quite the opposite.
Leader of the Opposition Khaleda Zia will tour India for a week at the end of this month at the Indian government's invitation.
The government has not enforced environment and labour laws in the leather sector, owing to which workers' safety issues remain mostly ignored, says a report of the New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW).
The Election Commission has no plan to deploy army to maintain law and order during the next parliamentary polls, said the chief election commissioner at a meeting with leading diplomats in Dhaka yesterday.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday interrogated eight officials of Sonali Bank's Agargaon branch in connection with a loan scam of Tk 140 crore done in the controversial Hall-Mark style.
Serge Haroche of France and David Wineland of the US won the Nobel Prize yesterday for work in quantum physics that could one day open the way to revolutionary computers.
At least 20 students were injured at Bangladesh Agricultural University yesterday when Chhatra League men attacked the activists of Pragatishil Chhatra Jote, a combine of leftist student organisations.
In a sudden move, the communications ministry yesterday decided to award the now-suspended widening work of the 40-kilometre Joydevpur-Mawna stretch of the Dhaka-Mymensingh highway to Bangladesh Army.
The International Crimes Tribunal-1 in an order yesterday fixed the number of defence witnesses for war crimes accused Ghulam Azam to 12.
A Dhaka court yesterday rejected Hall-Mark Managing Director Tanvir Mahmud and General Manager Tushar Ahmed bail in eight cases filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission for the Sonali Bank loan scam.
Police yesterday arrested four more people at Ramu upazila in Cox's Bazar for their alleged involvement in the recent attacks on Buddhist temples and houses.
A brain-eating amoeba has killed at least 10 people in Pakistan's most populous city since May, a World Health Organization official said yesterday.
Suspected Muslim militants have shot dead 11 people including three paramilitary rangers in a single day of bloodshed in Thailand's insurgency-plagued deep south, police said yesterday.
In the wake of the savage attack on the Buddhist community in Cox's Bazar, we editorially warned the government against politicizing the mayhem in anyway.
After much dithering, the Managing Director and General Manager of Hall-Mark Group of Industries were finally taken into custody over the Sonali Bank loan scam on October 7. It is better late than never. Even so, it is a tiny step given the widespread indiscipline reigning in the financial sector which needs to be addressed firmly and on a sustainable basis.
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president AHM Mustafa Kamal is all set to become the International Cricket Council's (ICC) vice-president for the 2012-14 period, after the game's governing body unanimously accepted his nomination at a board meeting in Sri Lanka yesterday.
Bangladesh ICC panel umpire Nadir Shah, who has found himself at the centre of cricket's latest fixing controversy following a sting operation by Indian television channel India TV in which he was shown to have been willing to give doctored decisions in lieu of money, refuted the allegation in various interviews yesterday.
A brace from winger Shohel Rana helped Mohammedan all but confirm their quarterfinal berth in the Grameenphone Federation Cup with a 3-0 win over Bangladesh Police at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
The West Indies cricket team showed an outstanding display of tenacity, fight, courage, will-power and belief en route to their title triumph in the just-concluded ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka, president of the country's board, Julian Hunte said.
West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo will not take part in the Champions League for Chennai Super Kings due to a thigh strain. He has been replaced by the Sri Lankan fast bowler Nuwan Kulasekara in the squad that is already in South Africa.
South Africa's inability to win a major tournament despite having teams packed with talent has long earned them the tag of international cricket's major "chokers".
Umpires at the centre of bribery claims denied Tuesday they were willing to fix matches for cash as cricket authorities announced an urgent probe into the allegations aired in a television sting.
Japan's Kei Nishikori cruised through his Shanghai Masters opener on Tuesday just 48 hours after lifting his second Tour title in Tokyo, as America's John Isner saved three match points to progress.
Pakistan cricket chiefs Tuesday ordered veteran all-rounder Abdul Razzaq to explain himself after he publicly criticised skipper Mohammed Hafeez for dropping him for the World Twenty20 semifinal.
Four former cricketers resigned from their administrative positions in the Mumbai Cricket Association yesterday. The list includes selector Milind Rege, and MCA's Cricket Improvement Committee (CIC) members Balwinder Singh Sandhu, Nilesh Kulkarni and Karsan Ghavri.
Shantinagar SC defeated Uditi Club 4-1 in the Green Delta Insurance 2nd Division Hockey League at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium yesterday.
Germany go in search of a third straight victory at the start of their World Cup qualifying campaign when they take on Group C rivals Ireland in the unique atmosphere that is always generated in Dublin.
Japan's coach Alberto Zaccheroni and playmaker Keisuke Honda have vowed to come out fighting against former world champions France and Brazil, despite their underdog status.
Chelsea defender Ashley Cole has made a personal apology to Football Association chairman David Bernstein on Tuesday after a foul-mouthed outburst against the English game's governing body.
Portugal's star striker Cristiano Ronaldo is set to shrug off a weekend shoulder injury sustained playing for Real Madrid in time for Friday's World Cup qualifier with Russia, the Portuguese team doctor said Monday.
Three-time champions Saudi Arabia were placed in the same group as 2007 winners Iraq and China in the preliminary draw for the 2015 Asian Cup made in Melbourne on Tuesday.
Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas played down Tuesday the eight-point gap separating the defending champions from league leaders Barcelona, saying the disparity in the standings won't become important until December.
Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood has warned Theo Walcott that his club have no intention of smashing their wage structure to keep him at the Emirates Stadium.
Barcelona's already hurting defence has taken another hit with Dani Alves sidelined for three weeks because of a pulled muscle in his left thigh.
The cabinet yesterday approved three proposed laws to curb stockmarket manipulation and bring accountability and transparency to the market by empowering the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Bangladesh's garment exports to India soared by more than 52 percent to around $55 million in fiscal 2011-12.
Exports rose about 32 percent in September from the same month a year ago, but overall growth in the first quarter continued to remain sluggish amid weak demand in major markets in Europe and USA.
Indian President Pranab Mukherjee has underscored the need for speedy implementation of the projects under his country's $1-billion credit to Bangladesh.
Bangladesh's economic growth will slow down to 6.1 percent in 2012 and 2013 due to the gloomy global economy, forecast the International Monetary Fund yesterday.
Bangladesh has the opportunity to grab a significant portion of apparel trade made among the Developing 8 (D-8) member countries, an analyst said.
Some eight to ten traders are involved in money laundering via external trade of betel nut, a parliamentary panel alleged yesterday.
Members of the Developing 8 (D-8) alliance could take advantage of Bangladesh's fast-rising, low-cost pharmaceutical industry, a sector leader said yesterday.
Southeast Bank has recently promoted three of its executives to deputy managing directors, the bank said in a statement yesterday.
NOBEL Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus yesterday urged the senior officials of British Council for South Asia region to engage young people in the region to make them involved more in transforming their societies through tools such as social business.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) yesterday presented a gloomier picture of the global economy than a few months ago, saying prospects have deteriorated further and risks increased.
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Several thousand distributors of Destiny Group clashed with law enforcers in a number of places in the capital yesterday, leaving at least 50 people, including 20 policemen, injured.
The High Court yesterday questioned the validity of a legal provision, which prevents government employees from contesting parliamentary elections within three years into their retirement from service.
The government will help tobacco farmers switch to farming alternative crops by giving them interest-free loans and incentives, said State Minister for Health and Family Welfare Mojibur Rahman Fakir at a seminar yesterday.
Speakers at a seminar yesterday urged the government to declare July 23 as National Mental Health Day aiming to raise public awareness about mental health issues.
Some aspiring urban planners yesterday stressed the necessity of taking community-based initiatives to ease different problems like water-logging and traffic congestion in different areas of the capital.
A Dhaka court yesterday sent a police constable on a four-day remand following discovery of 582 bottles of phensedyl in his vehicle on Monday.
The European Union (EU) has renewed its call for abolishing the death penalty in Bangladesh and contributing to the development of human dignity in the world.
Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment Secretary Dr Zafar Ahmed Khan yesterday accused private manpower recruiting agencies of swindling migrant workers and overcharging them.
The freedom of press will strengthen the democracy in the country and media workers should be accountable for their activities to the people, said Information Minister Hasanul Haque Inu yesterday.
Armed Police Battalion (APBn) arrested four people at Shahjalal International Airport in the capital while they were trying to go to Indonesia and Brunei with fake visas early yesterday.
The Supreme Court yesterday stayed a High Court verdict that had cleared the way for continuing the proceedings of a corruption case against BNP leader Moudud Ahmed.
Syed Siddiqur Rahman, curator of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Memorial Museum, passed away in the capital yesterday morning due to old age complications. He was 78.
The admission tests for first year honours courses under 2012-2013 academic session in Dhaka University (DU) will begin on Friday.
The government yesterday dismissed the media reports that a mosque in the Rakhine state of Myanmar was attacked and burned, confirming that no such incident has happened.
The government has decided to appoint Muhammad Azizul Haque as the new ambassador of Bangladesh to China.
Four Bangladesh nationals were picked up by Indian forest guards from near Lalakhal border in Sylhet on Sunday afternoon.
A man was killed as a train ran him over near Mulibari railway level crossing in sadar upazila of Sirajganj district on Monday.
Police arrested four Rohingya people in Chandanaish upazila of Chittagong yesterday.
The workers of a readymade garments factory blocked the Dhaka-Mymensingh highway in Bhogra Chowdhurybari area in sadar upazila of Gazipur on Monday demanding their arrear wages.
Today is the 12th death anniversary of Mohammad Tawhidul Anwar, former professor of mass communication and journalism department at Dhaka University (DU).
Nine families at Uttar Ambari Paisafela village of Gomnati union in Domar upazila under the district have remained virtually confined to their houses for over one and a half months as influential neighbours blocked the road that served as their link to other places.
Erosion by the rivers Teesta and Jamuneshswari devoured around 400 homesteads and over 550 acres of cropland in Pirgachha and Taraganj upazilas in the last two weeks.
Crops on vast tract of lands in all seven upazilas of the district have been completely damaged by the recent floods.
Local people attacked a police camp in Hatiya upazila on Monday night protesting arrest of three traders.
A man stabbed his son and daughter to death and injured wife, another son and brother at Nalkata village in Bhandaria upazila of Pirojpur district yesterday, said police.
Transport owners and workers who went on an indefinite strike in 21 southwestern districts to realise their 11-point demand yesterday, called off the programme in the afternoon.
A college girl sustained severe burn injuries as a gang threw acid on her at Pathanbari village in Doulotkhan upazila on Saturday night.
A half-day hartal, called by the local unit of BNP-led 18-party alliance, was observed in the district town yesterday.
A schoolboy met a tragic death just due to mindless use of earphones. He was crushed under the wheels of a train while walking on rail tracks with the phones plugged into his ears. The incident took place in Barapukuria area of Parbatipur upazila on Sunday evening. The deceased, Md Al-Amin, 15, son of Ataur Rahman of Sahapara village, was a class ten student at Barapukuria School and College. Police said the Rajshahi-bound Titumeer Express hit the boy, leaving him dead on the spot.
A schoolgirl was caned allegedly by a teacher in the district on Sunday. Samia Zaman Himi, a class six student at Manikganj Model High School, was treated at a local clinic after the incident. Himi's father filed a complaint to the authorities, demanding action against Abdul Baten, assistant teacher of the school. Classmates Mimta Haque Sarker and Labanya said Himi was beaten up mercilessly when she took water from another classmate without the teacher's permission. Baten said he lashed the girl with cane only once as she was going out from the classroom violating his order. He, however, admitted his mistake and expressed sorrow for the incident.
Police seized 300 sacks of 'adulterated' fertiliser from College Road area in the district town early yesterday. Md Monirul Islam, officer in-charge at Patuakhali police station, said on secret information, they raided Destiny office in the area, seized 100 sacks of fertiliser and arrested two employees of the office in this connection. Following the confession of arrestees Abu Zafor, 22, and Shahjahan, 50, the law enforcers also seized more 200 sacks of fertiliser from a nearby godown, said the OC. AZM Momtazul Karim, deputy director of Agriculture Extension Department , said a lab test will be done to see whether the fertiliser is adulterated.
Criminals stabbed a fisherman to death in Khunna-Gobindapur area of Hizla upazila yesterday. The dead was identified as Shafiq Ahmad Haoladar, 26, son of late Hafiz Ahmed of the area. Shafiu's mother filed a murder case accusing 17 people including the members of Kutti-Bahini, a gang of robbers, said Shawkat Anwar, officer in-charge at Hizla police station. Shafiq went out of home following a call from neighbours Jewel, Jamal and a few members of the gang at about 12:30am and since remained missing. His body that bore marks of several stab injuries was recovered from a bamboo cluster near the residence in the morning, said sub-inspector of the PS Shamim Sheikh.
A mobile court seized 160 kilograms of polythene bags from a factory in BICIC area of the district town on Monday evening. The court led by executive magistrate Nazrul Islam fined Saidul Islam Khan of ZR Polymer Industry Tk one lakh. Among others, Inspector of environment department, Abdul Khalek, health inspector of the municipality and Rab personnel, were present during the drive. A huge number of polybags are produced in BICIC, Mahasthan, Gokul, Zopgari, Chaolokman and Kalitola areas, said locals.
At least 11 houses were gutted and 14 cows died in a fire at Dakhin Rajibpur village in Sundarganj upazila early yesterday. Eyewitnesses said the fire originated from the cowshed of one Shamsul Alam and soon engulfed the adjoining houses. Locals extinguished the flames as there was no fire station in the area. The affected house owners claimed that the loss caused by the fire could go up to Tk 15 lakh.
We have learnt from news reports that police charged batons and hurled teargas shells on the teachers of non-government schools and colleges demonstrating to press their demand for Monthly Pay Order (MPO) listing of their schools. At least 25 teachers were injured during the incident. This happened when they gathered in front of Jatiya Press Club to besiege Bangladesh Secretariat as part of their agitation programme.
Bangladesh is an agro-based country. In the last four decades agriculture sector contributed a lot in the development of the country. We now read many success stories in the newspapers about the achievements in this sector. Recently a book entitled 'Agro Journalism' was published which could help the journalists present quality news and articles on agriculture. Undoubtedly, this book will help professional journalists improve the quality of their news. The advancement of agriculture is a continuous process. So we would like to have a glimpse of the latest innovations, progress and success in this sector as well as stories on what difficulties our farmers and scientists are facing working in this sector in this daily. The Daily Star is an esteemed newspaper. So we would request The Daily Star authorities to bring out a weekly page on agriculture. Hope the authorities would consider this proposal.
Most of the roads in Gulshan and Banani are in a very bad condition. These roads used to be quite good. Recently the roads were dug to install huge sewerage pipes in place of small and old ones. When the work was over, they did not cover the drains properly with the soil. This resulted in uneven and bumpy roads. Again the debris piled up on both sides of the roads (and sometimes on the sidewalks) had narrowed down the roads and footpaths. The idea of replacing the small and old pipes with the big ones to improve the drainage system is very well thought. But it is a shame that while improving one area, the workers destroy the other surrounding areas. The authorities also carpeted the roads without levelling those. So the roads are still uneven and bumpy. It is obvious that there was no coordination in the whole work.
I am flabbergasted at the comment of P.K Dutta, MD of Sonali Bank that Sonali Bank is not preparing any case against Hall-Mark group. Why did the MD of Sonali Bank try to shift his liabilities to the Anti Corruption Commission? What an excuse to allow plundering of people's money! Why is he afraid of starting criminal proceedings against Hall-Mark? While strongly condemning the unforgivable act of Hall-Mark group, we urge the finance minister to pressurize Sonali Bank to file a case against Hall-Mark.
An article was published in DS' Forum magazine's October issue highlighting the inherent gender inequity in the 1961's Muslim Family Laws Ordinance. Granted that at the time of their inception, those laws marked progress and, similarly the advent of Islam in the seventh century marked an advancement of women's rights in that era. In the 21st century, the constitution, decency, or commonsense requires nothing less than that --individuals be treated equally before the law regardless of gender and religion.
Your staff correspondent's interesting, though at the same time worrying, last page report published on 8th. October was an eye-opener. The key sentence in the report was: "Sources said that this training was best suited for junior engineers!"
That day I was shocked to see a boy named Rana (11) driving rickshaw on Jahangirnagar University campus. I asked him why he was engaged in this hard work at this age instead of going to school. He replied, “My father has been suffering from old age complications for the last six months. My mother is a housewife. I am the eldest among three brothers. So I left school and started working to feed my family."
Nowadays devastating fire incidents have been occurring at various slums in Dhaka. I think these are not merely accidents rather these are done by some influential land -grabbers to occupy the land on which the poor live. Recently a devastating fire burnt 600 houses into ashes and left nothing for the unfortunate dwellers at Begunbari in Tejgaon industrial area. Now they are living under the open sky without food, water, and medicine. Even no organisation or the government has come forward to see their condition or give them assistance. I urge the government to take proper measures to compensate the slum dwellers and punish the criminals responsible for the fire accident.
Here are some comments that came in response to Tuesday's The Daily Star news report headlined “Sonali Bank mulls differently”
Twin blasts at a military base near Damascus by suicide bombers, one driving a bomb-laden ambulance, killed dozens of people while the fate of prisoners held there is unknown, a watchdog said yesterday.
The India's ruling Congress party on Monday stood firm behind Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra saying any attack on him is an attack on the party itself.
Accusing India's Congress-led UPA government of pursuing "anti-people" decisions, key regional politician Mayawati yesterday said her Bahujan Samaj Party will decide today on whether to continue its outside support to the government.
BBC News has uncovered evidence that weapons intended for the Saudi military have been diverted to Syrian rebels.
Mitt Romney's foreign policy speech Monday was filled with tough talk and slams of President Barack Obama's leadership but little of the clarity Romney has vowed to bring to the Oval Office, experts say.
Taliban gunmen in Pakistan shot and seriously wounded a 14-year-old schoolgirl who rose to fame for speaking out against the militants, authorities yesterday said.
Mitt Romney got a poll boost from his strong debate performance against President Barack Obama but it is too early to know how significant or lasting the bounce for the Republican challenger will be.
Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi on Monday pardoned all those arrested during last year's popular uprising that ousted the country's former leader Hosni Mubarak.
One in eight people worldwide still suffers from chronic hunger, the UN's food agency said yesterday, describing the figure as "unacceptable" and warning that the fight against hunger was slowing down.
Nine people who put up bail for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, including two members of the British aristocracy and a Nobel Prize winner, were ordered to pay 93,000 pounds ($150,000) on Monday after Assange took refuge in Ecuador's embassy.
The Philippine Supreme Court yesterday suspended a controversial cybercrime law, amid huge online protests over fears it would impose severe curbs on Internet freedoms.
Arts & Entertainment
He is reputed across the globe for his valiant “explorer style” photography -- featuring the most exotic places. Reza Deghati, 60,an Iranian-French photographer, has covered most of the globe for National Geographic magazine over the last three decades. His camera sought to capture happiness in war-torn places, be it in Afghanistan, in Rwanda or in Palestine. He was the creative director for National Geographic's most viewed documentary, “Inside Mecca” (2003). He closely followed the lives of political personalities such as the former PLO President Yasser Arafat, former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and the charismatic Afghan rebel Ahmad Shah Massoud.
Today is the 18th death anniversary of internationally famed Bangladeshi artist S.M. Sultan. Narail District Administration and S.M. Sultan Foundation have planned a special programme to observe the day. The event will begin with the placing of wreaths on the artist's grave and offering prayers. A painting competition for children will be held at Shishu Shorgo, Narail, followed by discussion and prize distribution.
A three-day screening of Humayun Ahmed films began yesterday at the National Music and Dance Centre Auditorium of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka. The screening will feature six films by Ahmed, two on each day.
In the early morning light Mir Sabbir, Swadhin Khashru, Faruk Ahmed and director Jewel Rana chat away seated on a lakeside brick bench, as the crew prepares for a shooting session on Dhanmondi Road Number 2. However, it doesn't take much time for a crowd to gather around them. As the day progresses, more and more people gather around to get a glimpse of their favourite stars.
A film based on Sir Salman Rushdie's novel “Midnight's Children” is reportedly to be released in India after fears it would not find a distributor.
Srabon Poster Gallery held a four-day poster exhibition at Nitto Upohar Gallery, Aziz Super Market, Dhaka. Noted portrait photographer Nasir Ali Mamun inaugurated the exhibition on October 4. Rabin Ahsan, director of Srabon Poster Gallery, delivered the welcomed speech at the inaugural session.
Popular actor Ferdous is busy shooting for both Dhaliwood and Tollywood films, but will make time for his fans and is the featured celebrity of this month at DS Café. He will be on the hot seat and take your calls at The Daily Star Centre on October 11, between 5: 30 and 6:30pm. Readers, fire away all your questions at him! The best question will be highlighted in the transcription. Call 8126155, 01711623915 and 01711623917 to speak to Ferdous.
It is broken hearts you see in Ramu. Something of the spirit has gone out of the men and women who have all their lives practised the principles enunciated by Lord Buddha. When you recall the mayhem let loose on Buddhist monasteries nearly two weeks ago, when you observe the ferocity with which fanatical Muslim mobs destroyed the images of Buddha and set fire to Buddhist religious texts, you tend to ask yourself: is this the country we so assiduously created through a bitterly fought war in 1971? When you hear the leading Buddhist religious figure inform you and the entire country that he had not imagined, back in the months when he gave sanctuary in his temple to Muslims, Hindus and Christians during the war even as the Pakistan occupation army pursued them, that forty years down the line those same people or their descendants would put Buddhist homes, temples and religious texts to the torch, you feel that wrench in the heart. And you are ashamed, for these mobs which for hours caused the fire and danced around it in savage delight, have shamed us before an entire world.
Given that the ultimate aim of every Indian politician is to be re-elected, their opinion about the Manmohan Singh government's policy of permitting foreign direct investment (FDI) is contingent upon how the policy affects their vote share.
Bangladesh is a secular, multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi-lingual state, and it has an impressive record of communal harmony admired by Asian and Western countries. His Eminence Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran of the Holy See visited Bangladesh in April of this year and, at a press conference, spoke highly of the communal harmony found in Bangladesh and wondered how Bangladesh achieved it.
October 10 is World Mental Health Day. Before saying anything about mental health let us define health. According to World Health Organization (WHO), health is the complete state of physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely absence of disease or infirmity. So, health has three components -- physical, mental and social. We do exercises to improve our physical health, but the other components of health are neglected, underestimated and undermined.
The nation is going to observe the 18th death anniversary of a noted genius, world reputed artist S.M. Sultan. I had the opportunity to meet and take interviews of many luminaries of Bangladesh, and S.M. Sultan was one of them.
Battle of Karbala: Hussain bin Ali, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, is decapitated by forces under Caliph Yazid I. This is commemorated by Muslims as Aashurah.