News of: Friday, 26th of October, 2012
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Mohammad Hossain, chairman of Destiny-2000 Ltd, yesterday admitted to involvement in embezzling Tk 1,100 crore from the Destiny Tree Plantation project.
Vast crowds of Muslim pilgrims flocked to Mount Arafat yesterday to perform the main hajj rites.
The Anti-Corruption Commission will quiz more than 100 bankers from 61 branches of 27 banks in phases starting from next month as part of its investigations into Hall-Mark and five other companies' loan scams, insiders say.
He lives in a different time and he is not a Martin Luther King. Yet he has a dream. Dream to see all kids go to school.
Federal prosecutors have until mid-November to convene a grand jury and indict a 21-year-old Bangladeshi man who was living in the US when he allegedly tried to detonate a bomb outside the Federal Reserve Bank in Manhattan last week.
Shamiur Rahman, a 19-year-old American of Bangladeshi descent who used to work as a paid informant for the New York Police Department's intelligence unit, said he was assigned to “bait” Muslims into saying provocative things.
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia will leave for New Delhi on Sunday on a week-long visit to India to tell its leadership that her party is not against India and wants to develop the best of relations with the next-door neighbour.
With eid holidays starting today, a large number of people left the capital yesterday on buses, trains and launches making the city almost congestion free.
The government will not proceed with the proposed amendment to the Companies Act without consultation with businesspeople, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said yesterday.
Eid-ul-Azha is rarely a time or image of a shopping spree for fancy clothes and jewelleries. It is not different this year either.
Ruling Awami League leaders are extorting money from the cattle markets set up on different roads in the capital, BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir alleged yesterday.
International energy companies Chevron and Tullow will run maintenance works at their Bangladesh units this week, which would cut gas supply to the national grid by one third for at least three days.
The Awami League Presidium yesterday said Dr Kamal Hossain and Badruddoza Chowdhury were conspiring to hamper democracy.
Communications Minister Obaidul Quader yesterday said three companies had submitted bids for the second Padma Bridge at Paturia-Daulatdia point under public-private partnership.
Mashiur Rahman, the prime minister's economic affairs adviser, is going to be dropped from two government committees, an official of the cabinet division said.
Detectives arrested two police members along with 500 rounds of bullets at a rented flat in the city's Mirpur area early yesterday.
The Department of Environment (DoE) yesterday fined seven ship-breaking yards a total of Tk 34.80 lakh in Chittagong for not complying with the 56 conditions out of 62 mentioned in Environment Clearance Certificate.
Amidst an outpour of grief and emotion by thousands of his admirers cutting across ages, the body of Sunil Gangopadhyay, a doyen of modern Bangla literature, was cremated yesterday.
Julian Assange's WikiLeaks website yesterday started publishing more than 100 US Department of Defence documents including the first prisoner treatment manual for Guantanamo Bay.
A new wave of sectarian unrest in western Myanmar has killed at least 20 people, officials said yesterday, forcing thousands to flee their homes and prompting the UN to express grave concern.
Six men have been arrested in connection with the shooting of Malala Yousufzai, the teenage activist who spoke out against the Taliban, but the main suspect remained at large, Pakistani police said Wednesday.
Hurricane Sandy churned over eastern Cuba early yesterday as a Category 2 storm with winds of 105 mph, slipping a bit in strength since making landfall, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said.
Sudan is a "dangerous terrorist state," a top Israeli defence official yesterday said after the Sudanese government accused Israel of carrying out a deadly missile strike on a military factory in Khartoum.
Construction workers in Bali have discovered what is thought to be the biggest ancient Hindu temple ever found on the Indonesian island, archaeologists said.
The significance of Eid-ul-Azha, second largest festive occasion in Islamic calendar, is as much spiritual as it is worldly. It is profound in its symbolic manifestation and demonstrative of the ultimate sacrifice Hazrat Ibrahim (AS) was set to perform as an unparalleled example of allegiance to Almighty Allah.
What happened on RTV talk show on October 22 was the height of distasteful behaviour on the part of a minister who clearly crossed the line vis-ŕ-vis an opposition leader. When things go wrong and the media pick it up, some ministers bristle all their quills and berate the media for alleged misreporting. The account that the Shipping Minister Shahjahan, in particular, gave of himself on the show, does not require media to smear his image. He is enough to do so himself.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) will send its constitution back to the National Sports Council (NSC) after Eid vacation.
Germany defender Marcel Schmelzer hit a second-half winner as Borussia Dortmund beat Real Madrid 2-1 on Wednesday in the Champions League to snatch top spot in Group D from the Spanish giants.
Professional football league champions Abahani are likely to sign up Iranian coach Ardeshir Pournemat Vodehi instead of his compatriot Ali Akbar Pourmoslemi for the Bangladesh Premier League, starting from November 10.
Ace Bangladesh golfer Siddikur Rahman's much-anticipated first tournament with American golf legend Tiger Woods got off to a poor start as the 27-year-old finished the first round of the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur in 45th position yesterday.
All-rounder Angelo Mathews has been named as Sri Lanka's new Twenty20 captain for one year, the national selectors announced on Thursday.
Sky Sports appears set to provide commentary on England's forthcoming tour of India from its west London headquarters rather than on site after refusing to pay an additional 500,000 pounds demanded by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to work inside the grounds.
Victoria Azarenka had to draw on all her reserves by saving two match points in a heroic three-hour six-minute tussle with Angelique Kerber in the WTA Championships.
The England team on Thursday embarked on their gruelling Test tour of India with captain Alastair Cook insisting that Kevin Pietersen's text message scandal was over and he was delighted to have the controversial batsman in the squad for the series.
Cancer survivor Yuvraj Singh got a chance to press his Test claim against England after he was named Wednesday in a 14-man squad for the opening warm-up game against the tourists.
Regional television network Sun TV on Thursday won an auction to buy the Indian Premier League team based in Hyderabad after the cash-strapped Deccan Chronicle group was forced to sell.
Brazilian midfielder Willian is so desperate to leave Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine he has issued an open "come and get me" plea to potential Premier League suitors, according to British press reports.
Australian Test spin bowling prospect Jon Holland will miss the entire season after undergoing shoulder surgery, Cricket Victoria said on Thursday.
English heavyweights Manchester City and Arsenal slumped to surprise Champions League defeats on Wednesday leaving the former staring at a second successive exit at the group stage.
Coach Jose Mourinho has said his Real Madrid are on course for the Champions League knock-out stages despite their 2-1 defeat at Dortmund, but warned Manchester City are still a danger in Group D.
Manchester United head to Premier League leaders Chelsea on Sunday with Alex Ferguson admitting that not only is he worried about his porous defence but he now has a problem in attack - albeit a "good" one.
AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri has insisted his side's latest setback has not signalled the bell for his departure amid reports the club are lining up former player Frank Rijkaard to take over.
Former England captain John Terry could be on his way out of Chelsea and heading for Spanish club Valencia in the January transfer window, the Daily Mirror reported Thursday.
Real Madrid star Sami Khedira is set to miss the next two weeks and both his club's Champions League clash with Dortmund, then Germany's friendly with Holland, after picking up a new leg injury.
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho described some of the Champions League groups as a "joke" after watching his side lose 2-1 at fellow heavyweights Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday.
The ADP implementation rate rose 1 percentage point in the first three months of the current fiscal year, compared to the same period a year ago.
Revenue receipts grew 15.49 percent in the July-September period of the current fiscal year, breaking a sluggish trend in the first two months of the year.
Eid rush offers an enormous business opportunity to the government and private transport operators, but the potential remains untapped due to a messy handling of the entire affair, said researchers.
The inter-bank call money market remained stable in the lead-up to Eid-ul-Azha.
A leader of Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry yesterday urged the government to hold a national dialogue on the amendment to Companies Act.
Rawhide traders in Chittagong are dreading low returns this Eid-ul-Azha as tannery owners did not fix the price of hide.
Some of the most acrimonious moments of Monday's presidential debate occurred during the candidates' discussions of China, with Barack Obama attacking Mitt Romney for his investments in Chinese companies, and Romney demanding that we adopt a tougher line on the Chinese counterfeiting of American products.
South Korea's Hyundai Motor Co reported July-September net profit of 2.17 trillion won, an increase of 13 percent and in line with market forecasts, with growth held back by labour strikes in South Korea even as overseas sales rose.
The corruption scandals and red tape that have hampered India's recent growth took their toll on some of the country's richest in 2012, Forbes magazine's latest rankings showed, though the total worth of the wealthiest 100 inched up in a turbulent year.
Myanmar aviation officials on Thursday urged the private sector to help upgrade its main international airport, with passenger numbers poised to surge beyond its capacity.
India is shaking up the way it gets billions of welfare dollars to the poor with a plan that could one day reshape the economy and tackle graft keeping millions in poverty, but in one small town a pilot of the new system is proving unpopular.
The world divides into people who think of Apple as a company, and people who think of Apple as a brand. The former group includes all stock analysts, of course, but it also includes most technology journalists. The latter group is, well, most of the people who buy Apple products.
Britain powered out of its longest double-dip recession since the 1950s after its economy returned to growth in the third quarter with a robust gain of 1.0 percent, official data showed on Thursday.
Wrangler jeans are getting a makeover in India and going up-market in the process as parent VF Corp customises the all-American denims for the country's motorcycle-riding population and adds features to suit local needs.
Ford is set to close a factory in the English city of Southampton with the loss of 500 jobs in the latest European restructuring move after it shut down a plant in Belgium, reports said Thursday.
With only a day left ahead of Eid-ul Azha, sales in all eight cattle markets in Chittagong city were at peak amid rush of buyers yesterday.
Exactly a month into the Ramu attack, the Buddhists will celebrate one of their biggest religious festivals, Shubho Probarana Purnima, across the country on October 29.
Detective Branch (DB) of Police arrested three people, including a couple, from the capital on Wednesday for allegedly threatening to kill a Chittagong judge dealing with the sensational 10-truck arms haul case.
The cattle traders who fetched home good profits last year are facing a completely reverse situation this year with slumping prices of the animals due to a huge supply.
Of four cases filed for issuance of fraudulent certificates from Chittagong University (CU), three are in the final stages of judicial process in various courts while judgement on the fourth has been passed.
Nine people were killed and at least 30 others injured in separate road accidents in Rangpur, Pabna, Munshiganj, Pirojpur and Jessore on Wednesday and yesterday.
The US Congress on Tuesday awarded Bangladeshi American and Commissioner of Maryland Anis Ahmed a United States Congressional Certificate for his leadership role, distinguished services and contributions.
The Anti-Corruption Commission yesterday filed two leave-to-appeal petitions with the Supreme Court challenging the High Court order that granted bail to Destiny Group President Lt Gen (retd) Harun-Ar-Rashid in two money laundering cases.
As many as 50 ministers, lawmakers, and leaders of different political parties have travelled to Saudi Arabia to perform hajj.
Today is the 139th birth anniversary of Sher-e-Bangla AK Fazlul Huq.
The main eid jamaat (congregation) of the holy Eid-ul Azha will be held at the National Eidgah on the High Court premises in the capital at 8:30am tomorrow.
New German Ambassador to Bangladesh Dr Albrecht Conze began his diplomatic assignment on presenting his credentials to President Zillur Rahman on October 23.
Law enforcers on Wednesday arrested a youth who confessed to hacking to death a mother and her two children after his failed attempt to rape her on Tuesday.
Rafiqul Anwar Chowdhury, former lawmaker and president of the advisory council for commerce affairs of Awami League, died of heart, kidney and liver complexities in Square Hospital in the capital yesterday morning. He was 57.
South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR) has called for a transparent judicial inquiry into the attacks on Buddhist community last month and asked the government to make the report public.
A senior official of Bangladesh Deputy High Commission in Kolkata paid last respects to eminent litterateur Sunil Gangopadhyay yesterday on behalf of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
A suspected mugger was killed in a mob attack in Madhumita road area of Tongi early yesterday.
At least 20 people were injured in a clash between garment workers and police at Ithata in Gazipur sadar upazila yesterday.
Bangladesh has made a remarkable progress in health sector and poverty reduction but nutrition, especially for children under the age of two, has not improved at the desired rate, speakers said at a campaign launching programme.
Today is the 21st death anniversary of Safi Ahmed, a political leader.
Advocate Rokeya Begum, former secretary of Bangladesh Mahila Parishad, Mymensingh unit, died of cancer at her Kalibari residence in Mymensingh town Wednesday evening. She was 73.
Most of the 550 houses built for the victims of cyclones Sidr and Aila in the district have become uninhabitable due to faulty design.
Over 800 inmates of the district jail who were illiterate only a few weeks ago, can now put their signature instead of thumbprint, thanks to the initiative of the authorities.
Academic activities of Chanderteki Registered Primary School in Trishal upazila of the district are being hampered as plaster continues to fall off the roof of one of the three-room school building.
Finally, 1953 people of Lokhmikunda union in Ishwardi upazila of the district have got VGF (Vulnerable Group Feeding) rice under special allotment.
A housewife was killed allegedly by her husband for dowry in village Jamjami under Alamdanga upazila on Wednesday afternoon.
At least 20 people, including a police official, were injured in sporadic clashes between the residents of two villages in Mollahat upazila yesterday.
Over 50,000 people will celebrate Eid-ul-Azha in Barisal, Patuakhali, Bhola, Barguna and Madaripur districts today in conformity with the practice followed in Saudi Arabia.
Officer in-charge (OC) of a police station and two others policemen were injured in Lalmonirhat while their van was vandalised as gamblers attacked them on Wednesday.
A man drowned while three others went missing as a trawler carrying a gang of robbers hit another trawler with 30 passengers on board in Meghna River on Tuesday night.
A medicine trader was shot dead by a gang of criminals in the new bus terminal area of the district town on Wednesday night. The victim was identified as Shahinur Rahman, 35, owner of Shahin Medical Hall at the bus terminal and son of Akbar Ali of Kodalia area in the town. Police and locals said a gang of 5-6 masked criminals stormed into the shop of Shahin at about 9:30pm and opened fire at him. The gang also hacked him indiscriminately before leaving the place. Locals rescued Shahin and rushed him to Tangail General Hospital where doctors declared him dead.
A young man died and four others were injured from electrocution at Tara Mirzapur village in Ghior upazila early yesterday. The deceased was identified as Subir Sen, 23, son of Anath Bandhu Sen of the village. Locals said Subir first came in contact with a live electrical wire at about 12:30am when he along with others was going to nearby the Kaliganga River for immersing goddess Durga. When four people came to save him, they also came in touch with the wire and sustained injuries.
An indigenous man was killed and another person injured as a chunk of earth collapsed on them at Ramnagar village in Sadar upazila yesterday afternoon. The deceased was Tarsiuce, 36, while the injured was identified as Md Raihan of the village. Md Abdul Kader Zilani, officer in-charge at Dinajpur police station, said four day labourers went to the home of one Md Abdul Kuddus for digging a well at around 1:30pm. At one stage, a chunk of earth from near the mouth of the well collapsed on them, leaving Tarsiuce dead on the spot and Raihan injured. On information, fire fighters rushed in, recovered the body and sent it to the hospital morgue for autopsy, said the OC.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members arrested three alleged robbers along with arms and ammunition at Chowhatta in Sadar upazila on Wednesday night. The arrestees were identified as Helal Uddin, 27, Ayub Bachchu, 25, and Sobhan, 22. Rab-8 sources said on secret information, they conducted a drive in the area at about 10:00pm and arrested the three. The elite force also recovered one 9mm pistol and six bullets from their possession. The robbers were later handed over to Kotwali police station.
Police arrested an alleged smuggler along with huge Indian cumin in Navaran Rail Bazar area in Sharsha upazila on Tuesday night. The arrestee was identified as Tipu Ahmed, 35, son of Aliar of Dakkhin Buruzbagan village in the upazila. Acting on a tip-off, a police team conducted a drive in the area around 8:30pm and arrested Tipu along with 2,450 kgs of smuggled cumin worth about Tk 10 lakh. A case was filed in this connection.
A sub-inspector and an assistant sub-inspector of Ishwardi police station were closed on Wednesday on charge of joining hands with drug peddlers. SI Md Dulal Uddina and ASI Md Azizul Haque were closed to the police line in Rajshahi, said Md Akbar Hossain, officer in-charge of the PS. The OC did not disclose further details but said that he of the Rajshahi range DIG.
In the very first press conference the newly appointed president of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) stated that he would try his level best to arrange an India tour for Bangladesh team. It is, however, not clear why the board is focusing more on organizing matches with some particular countries than trying to increase the number of test matches for Bangladesh. Big teams such as South Africa, England, Sri Lanka play approximately four matches in every bilateral series. On the other hand, Bangladesh hardly plays four test matches in a calendar year! Hence, it is cer5tain that one or two additional test series against teams like India or Pakistan will not bring big changes in our cricketing scenario but bring enormous financial benefit for the Board. So, BCB should emphasise more to enhance the number of matches for Bangladesh team. Moreover, now Bangladesh is the vice-president ICC. Therefore, we have got the opportunity to bring some positive changes in Future Tour Programs (FTP) of ICC. By not getting biased we can bring significant changes for Bangladesh cricket. However, we need to focus more on these practical issues.
Time has arrived when Agricultural Extension should get its approaches re-designed to face the new challenges like climate change coupled with overpopulation and depletion of natural resources. Extension personnel need to function as a link between farmers and additional sources of information. The extension personnel need to be more devoted to their professional commitment in introducing the farmers to new agricultural technologies plus new crops under the scheme of diversification of agriculture. Expansion of private initiatives in the field of agriculture and agri-business is essential for attaining sustainable agricultural development.
During my childhood, I used to wait with bated breath for the stories of 'Kakababu', the physically challenged brave character rendered immortal by Sunil Gangopadhyay, in the special Puja editions of Bengali magazines. What a tragedy that my favourite author has passed away right in the middle of Durga Puja!
The United States is capable of doing anything and everything save bringing the dead back to life. The Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis episode of blowing up the Federal Reserve Bank is a glaring example of such an action. I was rather shocked and surprised to read the letter by Professor M Zahidul Haque of Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University, Dhaka under the caption "Is Nafis guilty or innocent?"
Why are there electricity crisis and load shedding, dilapidated condition of roads and highways, Sonali Bank scam, uncertainty over construction of Padma Bridge and so on?
A few days back, a friend of mine named Fahamida Kanam, a graduate student of public administration department of Chittagong University, committed suicide. This is not the first case of suicide in our campus; at least eight or nine students committed suicide in the last three years. There were many reasons behind their suicides such as failure in love, setbacks in academic life, session jam, family problem, and so on. Bad teacher-student relation also contributes to the frustration of the public university students.
I am not sure how much 'cash poverty' has to do with the numbers of uneducated children. Some poor children are not in government schools because the 'not-so-poor' parents complain if their children are in the same class as, for instance, those of shoe-makers - shock! horror! It just needs the government to apply pressure - and moral training - to the Head and other teachers to welcome poor children, in accordance with their constitutional right to be educated, face up to snobbish parents (every nation has them!) and demand Management Committees do not cave in when wailing parents ring them up! Good Heads in every country have to protect the poorest pupils from the rest and move heaven and earth to find government and/or private donors so they can afford their uniforms and books.
Bangladeshi Terror Suspect
President Barack Obama predicted passage of immigration reform and a deficit-reduction deal, offering a fresh glimpse of his second-term agenda as he fights for votes in the final stretch of the tight race for the White House.
Syrian troops bombarded a town near Damascus yesterday and fighting raged in and around the northern city of Aleppo, a day before a proposed truce for a four-day Muslim religious holiday.
Calm returned to Gaza yesterday as a truce between Israel and Hamas took hold after a bloody 24 hours of violence that left four Palestinians dead and two Thai workers wounded in Israel.
A man suspected of involvement in an attack on the US consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi last month was killed in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, officials said yesteray.
The African Union has readmitted Mali after suspending it from the pan-African bloc following a March coup, and backed plans for authorities there to recapture the north from radical Islamists.
Energy giant Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani has retained his title as the world's richest Indian -- for the fifth year in a row -- with a net worth of $21 billion, according to Forbes.
Striking South African gold miners have signed a pay deal to end months of often violent labour unrest, the country's main mining union and mine owners said yesterday.
Arts & Entertainment
On Eid, it's time to unwind in front of the small screen. All the Bangladeshi channels are offering a surfeit of entertainment ranging from special TV plays, tele-films, musical performances to variety shows. Whatever the medium, there's likely to be something for everyone. A rundown of the Eid-special programmes on different channels:
The Indian home secretary was in town lately, when he supposedly said more than he was willing to listen. He talked about terrorism, extradition treaty, border security and other issues of interest to two countries. But he left us in the no-man's land when the journalists asked him about the border killings. What the secretary said in response was obtuse jugglery of words. He said that when the Bangladeshis are gunned down by BSF, it should be called death instead of killing.
The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) is testing the water. It too realises that elections are many months away but wants to know whether Hindutva is acceptable to the voters. Spreading the name of anti-Muslim Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi is meant to assess if his non-secular image would attract the ordinary Hindu voter. The party has not yet got over from the defeat of last parliament elections when it was all set to occupy the treasury benches only to find out that the communal tag attached to it had pulled the party down. Its Hindutva image brought the surprised Congress back to power.
Where bad ideas have nowhere else to go, they emigrate to America and become university courses." This punchy remark, if a little paunchy if you know what I mean, is from Federic Raphael, himself an American, a writer -- as you can see -- brimming with a devastating sense of humour.
Our environment is in serious crisis. As sea level continues to rise due to global warming, Bangladesh faces an existential threat. Social businesses must be engaged along with the existing models that are in place to save our environment. In doing so, not only will we be able to save our environment, we will also be able to enrich it. But we must act now. We must act to create a livable, survivable, and safe environment. And we have a potent weapon at our disposal to combat the crisis -- social business.
The alarming accident rate on the highways of Bangladesh in recent years could help them earn the title of "death trap." The number of highway accidents in our country is much higher than in any developed or even developing country. One of the major causes of these accidents is the failure of the drivers to abide by the traffic laws such as violating the speed limit or passing other vehicles at no passing zones (curves).
The Byzantine civil war of 13411347 formally begins with the proclamation of John VI Kantakouzenos as Byzantine Emperor at Didymoteicho.
This week Apple faces two significant tablet challengers. The first is Microsoft, which is releasing its long-awaited Surface tablet on Friday. The second is… itself.
Microsoft today will release a new version of its flagship Windows operating system tailored for a world shifting from personal computers to smartphones and tablets.
A Dutch court has ruled Samsung Electronics does not infringe an Apple Inc patent by using certain multi-touch techniques on some of the Samsung Galaxy smartphones and tablet computers.
Computer Source Limited (CSL) has brought Logitech’s UE (ultimate ears) 200 and 200VI
Google's Android operating system will be used on more computing devices than Microsoft's Windows within four years, data from research firm Gartner showed, underlining the massive shift in the technology sector.