News of: Monday, 15th of October, 2012
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The World Bank's external panel yesterday inquired of the Anti-Corruption Commission whether corruption conspiracy was considered an offence under Bangladesh laws, said a senior lawyer representing the ACC.
Ninety-seven percent of the 149 sitting MPs surveyed were involved in "negative activities" while 70 percent of them were engaged in "criminal activities," a TIB survey has found.
With directives from their commander, Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed, and with the plan prepared with the Pakistani army, Al-Badr men launched their mission to annihilate intellectuals just before Victory Day in 1971, a witness said.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday left the capital for a seven-day visit to China at the invitation of the Chinese Communist Party.
AKM Azizur Rahman, deputy general manager of Sonali Bank Ruposhi Bangla branch who was suspended over the Hall-Mark loan scam, was arrested last night in the capital's Rampura.
Bangladesh might start implementation of the Padma bridge project by next month if the World Bank external panel submits its report paving the way for release of the WB funds, said Finance Minister AMA Muhith.
Two factories making fake bank notes were seized and 10 people with Bangladeshi and Indian fake notes were arrested by Detective Branch of police in the capital's Demra and Kamrangirchar on Saturday.
The government has made much progress in implementing its vision of 'digital Bangladesh', said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the inauguration ceremony of Teletalk's 3G service yesterday.
Considering the number of people dependent on the Teesta, Bangladesh should get an equitable share of the river water.
The High Court yesterday rejected two bail petitions filed by Destiny Group President and former army chief Lt Gen (retd) M Harun-Ar-Rashid in connection with two money laundering cases.
Five people, including four of a family, were killed and two others of the same family injured in a road accident at Nagorkanda in Faridpur yesterday afternoon.
An investigation team formed by the parliamentary standing committee on the industries ministry yesterday visited Chittagong and collected samples of imported fertilisers for chemical analysis with a view to ascertaining whether they could be used by farmers.
Police yesterday filed a sedition case against four journalists and the owner of a local newspaper in Cox's Bazar for their alleged role in instigating the attacks on Buddhists.
A youth attacked Awami League lawmaker Ekabbar Hossain in Gazipur while he was travelling in his car, injuring his personal secretary and the driver yesterday.
The government yesterday withdrew Chittagong Deputy Commissioner (DC) Mohammad Jaynul Bari and attached him to the public administration ministry.
Criminals hacked to death an activist of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) in Suknachhari area under Laxmichhari upazila of Khagrachhari yesterday.
The best friend of the 14-year-old Pakistani girl shot in the head by the Taliban yesterday vowed to defy the extremists again and return to school with her.
World grain reserves are so dangerously low that severe weather in the United States or other food-exporting countries could trigger a major hunger crisis next year, the United Nations has warned.
Eben Alexander's quick trip to heaven started with a headache.
The death toll from an unprecedented US meningitis outbreak tied to a tainted steroid jumped to 15 after another person died from a fungal form of the disease, health authorities said Saturday.
This paper's investigative report, “Devil's Design” on the recent burning of the Buddhists temples brings into focus a whole new method of creating conflict and causing social unrest and bringing about inter-communal strife. As our investigation clearly proves that the whole insult to the Holy Quran episode was completely faked and created solely for the purpose of instigating the majority Muslim community to feel outraged and retaliate. Not only was the Face book picture contrived so was the subsequent reaction. First news of the fake insult was spread through mobile phones and word of mouth, then people were ferried to designated spots, encouraged to work up a furious mood through processions and offensive slogans, supplied implements to attack the peace loving Buddhists community and finally goaded to set alight centuries old temples. As the temples burnt to the ground so did the confidence of the Buddhist people that such events would never occur in free and independent Bangladesh.
Once again, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has raised the spectre of conspiracy. When in the face of a dissenting voice she does so, people naturally take it very seriously as they should, wondering what could be the basis of her allegations against her critics.
With the speculation getting rife about the replacement of AHM Mustafa Kamal as president of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), the incumbent BCB chief said that it would take not more than two weeks.
Novak Djokovic saved five match points in the second set before outlasting two-time defending champion Andy Murray 5-7, 7-6 (11), 6-3 on Sunday in the Shanghai Masters final.
Bangladesh golf sensation Siddikur Rahman overcame an ordinary third round to card a superb five-under-par 66 in the fourth and finish in joint third position at the Venetian Macau Open in Macau yesterday. But it was the consistently brilliant Gaganjeet Bhullar of India who maintained his tournament-long pole position to round off a clinical victory with a final round of three-under-par at the Macau Golf and Country Club.
Guyana left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul was called into the West Indies squad for the first time on Saturday, for the tour of Bangladesh.
Brothers Union finished the group phase as champions of Group C after stunning Abahani 1-0 in their last group match of the Grameenphone Federation Cup at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
A 21-member fitness-camp organised by the tournament committee of the National Cricket League (NCL), kicked-off at the Mirpur Indoor Cricket Stadium yesterday as players began warming up for the beginning of their domestic season.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is yet to sign a deal with a media company regarding its television rights for the upcoming series against the West Indies in November. The BCB, which had received offers from three media companies in reply to its tender, is reportedly not satisfied with any of them. MediaCom and World Sports are among the interested companies.
A peerless Sebastian Vettel leapfrogged Fernando Alonso at the top of the F1 World Championship on Sunday as the Red Bull driver led from the first corner to win the Korean Grand Prix.
Controversial England batsman Kevin Pietersen struck 14 runs off 18 balls when he ended his cricket exile Saturday by playing for Delhi Daredevils in a Champions League Twenty20 game.
It was a day of disappointment for the Indian teams in the Champions League T20 at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg yesterday.
Brian Lara has become the brand ambassador of the Bangladesh Premier League franchise Chittagong Kings, its owner confirmed on Sunday. Lara has signed a three-year contract with Kings and will arrive in Dhaka to complete formalities in November.
Dashing left-handed opener Tamim Iqbal has put the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) T20 in the midst of renewed controversy after he claimed that a cheque worth Tk 1 crore, which he received from Chittagong Kings, bounced. "I couldn't cash the cheque since there was no money in that account," said Tamim.
The Indian Premier League (IPL) on Sunday took out newspaper advertisements inviting bids to set up a new team to play in the glitzy Twenty20 tournament that has transformed cricket in recent years.
Tamim Iqbal is set to make his third appearance in a domestic league abroad, after he received a no-objection certificate from the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) yesterday to play for the Wellingtong Firebirds, a first-class team in New Zealand. Tamim, who had earlier represented Nottinghamshire in county cricket and the Pune Warriors in the Indian Premier League will leave for New Zealand in December, after the completion of the West Indies series.
Pakistani cricketer Shahid Afridi has apologised over his bad performance in the recent ICC World Twenty20, for which he has been panned by cricketing gurus.
Rioting supporters shamed Senegal this weekend as a 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Ivory Coast was abandoned late in the second half.
Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has defended his side following media criticism of their performance against Armenia.
Shinji Kagawa has played down Japan's 1-0 victory over France, insisting his side have achieved nothing yet despite recording a famous win.
Retired ex-Germany captain Michael Ballack has said he is hoping to have a farewell game organised for him and has revealed he plans to get his coaching licence.
Former France captain Zinedine Zidane will take his first steps towards becoming a fully-fledged football coach when he sits the preliminary coaching exams this year.
Menzis KC, Dhaka Mariner Young's Club and Surjodoy KC won their respective matches in the Cute Premier Division Handball League at the Shaheed Captain M Mansur Ali National Handball Stadium yesterday.
Croatia coach Igor Stimac on Sunday used his Facebook page to seek fans' advice on an ideal composition of his squad for the forthcoming 2014 World Cup qualifier against Wales.
The government plans to build a food grain silo at Mongla port to arrest pilferages from imported cargoes.
The growing rate of unemployment is posing a serious threat to social stability and leading to a slide in the law and order situation, said a leading chamber yesterday.
The government plans to relax rules for oil and gas exploration licences in time for the next bidding round, in a move to attract global companies.
The Dhaka Stock Exchange has found that aamra technologies did not follow accounting standards properly in its audited financial statement for the year that ended in June 2012.
All European Bangladesh Association, a platform of expatriate Bangladeshis from 30 European countries, will organise a convention on December 1 in Athens to increase foreign direct investment in Bangladesh, organisers said yesterday.
Stocks declined for the third day due to deteriorating investor confidence and inactiveness of institutional players.
Bangladesh Brand Forum on Saturday selected four young marketers as the next year's participants in two international events on the advertising industry.
Euro zone officials are considering new ways to reduce Greece's huge debts because delays to reforms by Athens and continued recession have put the target of a debt to GDP ratio of 120 percent in 2020 out of reach, euro zone officials said.
Samsung Galaxy Note II, a smartphone, will soon be launched in Bangladesh, the company said in a statement yesterday.
Farmers cultivate tobacco because it yields the highest returns among all other crops, and supersedes all other cash crops as it provides a large sum of cash in one go, found a study.
Singapore-based shipping company Regional Container Lines (RCL) has recently recruited Integrated Transportation Services Ltd (ITSL) of MGH group as its local agent in Bangladesh with effect from October 1.
The government is still undecided over the key donor condition of giving more authority to the central bank over the state-run banks, despite not having much time in hand.
The curtains came down Sunday on IMF and World Bank meetings that were dominated by a gathering row over whether austerity or growth should come centre stage as the world economy seeks a reboot.
It has been a little over two weeks since my visit to Istanbul as a Bangladeshi delegate to the Istanbul Finance Summit 2012. The visit was short but a memorable one filled with generosity and hospitality.
The long waited Karnaphuli Water Supply Project in Pomra union under Rangunia upazila of Chittagong was inaugurated yesterday.
Asian leaders are set to hold the first summit of the Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) beginning in Kuwait tomorrow to discuss way of enhancing cooperation to protect Asian countries from global economic crisis.
Around 50 people were injured after some 15,000 agitating workers of Hall-Mark Group's readymade garment factories in Savar clashed with police yesterday demanding their due salaries.
Samajik Protirodh Committee, a platform of 67 development organisations working on women and human rights, yesterday strongly condemned the September 29 and 30 attacks on Buddhist communities in Ramu and Ukhia of Cox's Bazar and Patiya of Chittagong.
Besides generation of knowledge and skilled manpower, universities have the major responsibility to contribute to the society through their public engagements, said speakers at a workshop yesterday.
Government agencies must step up their coordinated efforts to reduce rising road accident numbers which kill thousands of people and cost the economy Tk 5,000 crore every year, experts and officials said yesterday.
BNP leader Moudud Ahmed's comment regarding disposals of cases against Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is tantamount to contempt of court, said State Minister for Law Qamrul Islam yesterday.
Five suspects in Nitai murder case were sent on a five-day remand each in connection with the killing of journalist couple Sagar Sarowar and Meherun Runi.
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday urged the government to ensure employment opportunities for the country's physically challenged women and implement the reserved quota for them in government jobs.
A trucker was killed and at least 11 people, including ten army men, were injured in separate road accidents in Gaibandha and Tangail on Saturday and yesterday.
An unidentified man killed a housewife inside her Rupnagar residence in the capital by slitting her throat before the very eyes of her two young children yesterday.
The government has planned to make information technology available at all educational institutions in phases to make new generation efficient in IT in the country, said Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid yesterday.
A number of villagers snatched away a murder suspect from police after they clashed with the law enforcers at Simarbazar village in Kanaighat upazila on Saturday night, leaving three people, including two constables, injured.
A former Dhaka metropolitan magistrate yesterday gave his statement before a Dhaka court in August 21 grenade attack cases.
Dhaka University Vice Chancellor Prof AAMS Arefin Siddique yesterday underscored the need for formulation of a policy to ensure publication of rejoinders in the country's online media and television channels.
A Supreme Court lawyer yesterday filed a petition with the High Court seeking directives on the government to constitute a judicial commission of inquiry into the recent attacks on Buddhist communities in Ramu and Ukhia of Cox's Bazar and Patiya in Chittagong.
Japan Bangladesh Friendship Hospital will arrange a two-day long medical camp at Ramu in Cox's Bazar to provide free medical support to the victims of September 29 violence.
Thirty-six air force officers received bachelor's degrees at a graduation ceremony in Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) auditorium at Bangladesh Air Force Base Bir Shreshtho Matiur Rahman in Jessore yesterday.
The family of a youth, who died in what police claimed an “exchange of gunfire” with criminals at Ashulia on the outskirts of the capital on Saturday, claimed that it was a pre-planned killing over a land-related feud.
Four High Court judges, whose appointments were regularised on October 13, will be sworn in today.
Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) yesterday elected Mujahidul Islam Selim and Syed Abu Zafar Ahmed as the party's president and general secretary respectively.
A fire broke out at the office of the director general of health services in the capital's Mohakhali area yesterday.
Chief Justice Md Muzammel Hossain will leave Dhaka tomorrow for a study tour in the USA and Canada.
Two workers were killed and seven others injured as a compressor of a fishing vessel exploded at Sadarghat in Karnaphuli river in Chittagong city yesterday.
A mobile court of Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) yesterday fined four eateries and a meat shop in the capital Tk 33,000 in total for selling adulterated food items and having unhygienic environment.
Police arrested 17 Rohingya people during overnight drives in different areas of Patiya upazila in Chittagong early yesterday.
Reckitt Benckiser Bangladesh Limited yesterday began the Dettol school handwash campaign in Dhaka and Chittagong.
Prolonged flood for the third time in this season has damaged crops and vegetables on 9,293 hectares of land in the district.
Most of the fierceness of Thursday's storm in Noakhali was absorbed by hundreds of trees, which were either uprooted or broken throughout the affected coastal areas of the district.
At least 20 people, including five policemen, were injured during a clash between the people of two villages at Kathi Bazar under Gopalganj Sadar upazila on Saturday evening.
Construction work of Sheikh Russel Bridge at Mohipur-Alipur point on Patuakhali-Kuakata Road has stopped as the authorities are yet to release Tk 9.60 crore for acquisition of land for its approach road.
Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA) Bogra unit took out a procession on Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Medical College and Hospital (SZMCH) campus yesterday demanding arrest of the outsiders who assaulted the doctors of the hospital on October 12.
Two cattle traders sustained injuries as Indian Border Security Force (BSF) opened fire on them on Katgiri border in Bhurungamari upazila early yesterday.
Police arrested four leaders and activists of Jamaat-e-Islami and its student wing Islami Chhatra Shibir in the district town yesterday morning.
We are shocked at the spate of attacks on Buddhist temples at Ramu and other places. Hordes of marauders swooped on the temples at dead of night leaving behind an orgy of destruction. They set the temples on fire, desecrated the statues of Buddha and destroyed century-old manuscripts. These despicable acts of arson and vandalism are a huge blow to our ethos of communal harmony.
The other day I had the ill-fortune to travel by car from Teknaf to Dhaka.
Who doesn't wish to live on this earth for ever? But death is inevitable. Human beings under the natural process of aging slowly move towards death. Of course, dreadful diseases like cancer often cause human beings to die young.
The culture of question paper leak of public and competitive examinations is not new. The question paper leak of the 33rd Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) examination has brought before us some long-lasting problems which need to be resolved urgently. The incident definitely pointed to some age-old flaws in the system. BPSC did not take any initiative to find out the persons involved. According to some reports of the newspapers, Exam Controller (cadre) of BPSC AYM Nesar Uddin told that they have a rule to print the question papers only in the state-owned BG press. This rule needs to be amended. It is known to people that the BG press has a vicious circle of corrupt quarters that are involved in such kind of illegal activities, although the authorities concerned refute such kind of claims. It would be better if some sets of question papers can be printed in other presses under strict supervision. The PSC should take immediate measures to find out the people involved in the crime and also take steps to stop question paper leaks in future.
Chairman of ACC Mr. Ghulam Rahman on October 7, 2012 in his remark before the TV camera brushed aside what the driver of the APS to the former Railway Minister Suranjit Sengupta said on the ground that his confessional statement can not be taken into cognizance to convict a person without any documentary evidence.
Rep. Paul Ryan at an Atlas Society meeting celebrating Ayn Rand's life in 2005 said that "The reason I got involved in public service, by and large, if I had to credit one thinker, one person, it would be Ayn Rand", and "I grew up reading Ayn Rand and it taught me quite a bit about who I am and what my value systems are, and what my beliefs are. It's inspired me so much that it's a required reading in my office for all my interns and my staff."
Since the start of the T20 World Cup, Star Cricket was blocked in the country. The excuse was that BTV had bought the rights to telecast World T20 matches in Bangladesh. Though BTV refrained from telecasting the news and other programmes during the matches, it was very disturbing that they aired advertisements at every possible opportunity. Several times the replay of a dismissal was not shown because of BTV's commercial approach. When the matches were of less importance, such as South Africa vs. Zimbabwe, the advertisement level was tolerable. But when Bangladesh or other strong nations were playing, it seemed the match was being shown between the advertisement breaks. Moreover, the quality of BTV's pre-show, mid innings show and post show were nowhere near compared to Star Cricket's, where experts like Harsha Bhogle, Ian Chappel and Kevin Pietersen gave their opinions.
Here are some comments that came in response to Sunday's The Daily Star news report headlined “A devil's design”
Syrian government forces have dropped Russian-made cluster bombs over civilian areas in the past week as they battle to reverse rebel gains on a strategic highway, Human Rights Watch said yesterday.
Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz flew to Paris for medical treatment yesterday after being wounded when soldiers "accidentally" shot at his convoy as he returned to the capital Nouakchott from a weekend retreat.
Myanmar's army-backed ruling party was yesterday urged to embrace democracy at a key meeting to revamp its leadership and map its future after a by-election drubbing by Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition.
Lined pages with a doodle of the Liberty Bell and a CIA document outlining a Mafia-connected plan to assassinate Fidel Castro for $150,000 are among thousands of Robert F Kennedy documents made public on Thursday.
Barack Obama may not like asking for money, but the hundreds of people willing to pay upwards of $40,000 a pop to attend star-studded fundraisers in his honor show there are plenty willing to reach deep into their pockets on his behalf.
A Texas judge has sentenced a mother who superglued her toddler's hands to a wall to 99 years in prison, local media reported Saturday.
Gunmen opened fire on Muslim worshippers as they were leaving a mosque in northern Nigeria yesterday, killing at least 20 people, a local official said.
A top Salafist leader and two other militants were killed in overnight air strikes on Gaza, as Israel yesterday vowed to "act aggressively" against jihadists.
Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner made a record-breaking leap from the edge of space yesterday, landing safely in the New Mexico desert after freefalling from more than 24 miles above the Earth.
The Israeli cabinet gave its approval yesterday to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's proposal to hold an early general election on January 22, a statement from the premier's office said.
A US Navy nuclear submarine and a cruiser collided on Saturday during training exercises off the US Atlantic Coast Saturday, NBC News reported.
Police in Rio de Janeiro yesterday moved to take control of the crime-infested favelas of Jacarezinho and Manginhos, AFP reporters witnessed.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced six new cabinet officers on Saturday, making his ministerial picks known via Twitter just days after winning a new mandate.
The grandfather of a revered Tibetan Buddhist figure has burned to death in northwest China after setting himself on fire in protest at Beijing's rule in the restive region, rights groups said yesterday.
Arts & Entertainment
Classical music maestro, Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty, along with his daughter Kaushiki Desikan, will perform at the 'Celebrating Life 2012' gala event on November 2, 2012 at Shaheed Suhrawardy Indoor Stadium in Mirpur, Dhaka. The performance will be a highlight of the award giving ceremony. This is the first time this father-daughter duo will perform together in Bangladesh. Sabina Yasmin will also grace the occasion with her performance.
Gono Sangeet (inspirational songs) of noted composers Salil Chowdhury and Hemanga Biswas were rendered recently in Pabna. A musical show, featuring the songs of the two icons, was held at Pabna Town Hall premises last Thursday evening marking the 29th anniversary of Pabna Gonoshilpi Shangstha.
A roundtable on the current film practices in the country and the necessary steps for development was held at the VIP Lounge of National Press Club in Dhaka. Bangladesh Film Directors' Association (BFDA), along with satellite channel Banglavision, arranged the roundtable, says a press release.
It was a sombre affair at La Galerie of Alliance Française de Dhaka, (AFD) last Friday evening. Six musicians, armed with guitars, sat in a row playing “Romance”, the Spanish ballad. As one of the musicians fondly recalled, it used to be the favourite tune of their beloved teacher, Niloy Das, whom they lost six years ago to cardiac failure. Behind them hung a banner with the words: “The King is Gone. But He is not Forgotten.”
Uchchhas Lalitakala Academy held a classical music soiree at National Music and Dance Centre Auditorium of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on October 12. The founder principal of the academy, Sharifa Quader, led a choral rendition of a khayal set on Raga Bageshree that set off the soiree. The vilambit bandish “Kaun Gaata Bhayili” of the raga was on vilambit ektaal while the drut bandish“Nayi Nayi Dori Laagi” was on teentaal. Taan performance by the artistes followed.
To celebrate fourteen years of practicing and promoting Rabindra Sangeet, cultural organisation Rabirashmi arranged a two-day programme, titled “Prothom Juger Uday Diganganey” at Shawkat Osman Memorial Auditorium, Central Public Library in Dhaka. The event was inaugurated on October 12. The programme featured a discussion, musical soiree, poetry recitation and award giving ceremony.
Kartik Chandra Das, 50, is an expert drum maker from Jhenidah. With Durga Puja looming large, he is up to his neck making drums, assisted by his wife China Rani.
Uttaradhikar, an emerging theatre troupe in the port city, staged a play titled “Chandroloke Monmoyuri” at Shilpakala Acadamy, Chittagong last Friday evening.
After the slight edge the Republican challenger to the White House, Mitt Romney, has gained among the likely voters in the swing states over the incumbent President Obama at Denver, the upbeat GOP camp is better poised to make new gains in tomorrow's debate in New York.
Indian Air Force (IAF) chief NAK Browne has made the astounding claim that use of "offensive airpower" would have averted India's humiliating defeat in the 1962 China War. The government however restricted the IAF to provide transportation support to the Indian Army in the belief that use of airpower would provoke China into bombing Indian cities.
The Siege of Vienna ends as the Austrians rout the invading Turks, turning the tide against almost a century of unchecked conquest throughout eastern and central Europe by the Ottoman Empire.