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News of: Monday, 5th of November, 2012
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A section of Biman employees are helping transport tonnes of undisclosed cargo and luggage on Biman's international flights to make a quick buck, putting the aircraft's safety at risk.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday said there was no breach of the understanding on which the World Bank reengaged in the Padma bridge project.
Just two days from the finish, President Barack Obama's campaign is mobilising a massive get-out-the-vote effort aimed at carrying the Democrat to victory, as Republican Mitt Romney makes a late play for votes in Democratic-leaning Pennsylvania.
The winter will arrive after the spell of drizzle that started across the country yesterday due to westerly wind, meteorologists say.
The BNP yesterday questioned how the Awami League general secretary learned what Khaleda Zia talked about with the Indian leaders during her recent New Delhi visit.
The Election Commission yesterday asked Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami to bring some more changes in its constitution and submit those to the EC by December 5 to meet the criteria for retaining its registration.
The International Crimes Tribunal-2 yesterday indicted expelled Jamaat-e-Islami member Abul Kalam Azad with eight charges of crimes against humanity, including genocide, murders, rapes committed during the Liberation War.
Dhaka and Hanoi have agreed to enhance cooperation in security and defence and to fight together against transnational crimes and human trafficking.
Selim Md Jahangir, the controversial police superintendent of Cox's Bazar, was closed and attached to the police headquarters yesterday evening amid allegation of his inaction during the Ramu mayhem in September.
The Caab security supervisor at Shahjalal International Airport, detained on Saturday, had been the key player of a smuggling syndicate that attempted to smuggle in 13.6 kilograms of gold through the airport on September 10.
The crimes against humanity trials against Ghulam Azam and Abdul Quader Mollah reached a new stage yesterday with the completion of prosecution witness cross-examination.
US envoy to Bangladesh Dan W Mozena yesterday suggested that the country's major political parties hold dialogues to pave the way for holding a fair and participatory election next year.
Three more prosecution witnesses gave their statements before a Dhaka court yesterday regarding the killing of Saudi embassy official Khalaf Al Ali.
Tahsina Khatun, a director of Grameen Bank, called for Shamsul Bari's resignation as the chief of the selection committee formed to choose a managing director for the Nobel-winning microcredit organisation.
The Supreme Court yesterday fixed December 11 for hearing of an appeal filed against a High Court verdict that acquitted six former army personnel in the jail killing case.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) personnel yesterday interrogated the father of Humayun Kabir alias Enamul, the fugitive security guard of the building in which the killing of journalist couple Sagar-Runi took place.
Four Bangladeshi cattle traders were shot by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) at Agrobhulat border in Benapole early yesterday.
Awami League presidium member and lawmaker from Chittagong-12 Akhtaruzzaman Chowdhury Babu died of kidney failure early yesterday. He was 71.
New York City police yesterday charged a nanny with the murder of two children discovered stabbed to death in a Manhattan apartment last month.
Those who have followed BNP's India policy over the years under Khaleda Zia's leadership, both while in power and especially while in the opposition, must be quite surprised by what she said during her just concluded 7 day visit to India.
The British magazine Economist has spoken highly of Bangladesh's socio-economic progress during the last two decades calling it 'big and excellent' achievement. This has actually brought to the fore of global consciousness the name of Bangladesh being spelled after China and India. The Economist article may have done us a world good -- image wise.
The West Indies cricket team are scheduled to arrive in Dhaka today at 8:00 am to play what will be their fifth series against hosts Bangladesh. A glance at the matches between the two teams reveals a comparatively better statistic for Bangladesh than its record against the other Test playing nations.
Rain and clouds dominated the Natio-nal Cricket League (NCL) yesterday as the third day of three out of the four games of the second round were washed off due to incessant rainfall. The match at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium in Khulna was the only game which saw the light of day. Although the match between Rangpur and Khulna was briefly halted, the day did see 70 overs.
Contrary to popular belief, Mahmudullah Riyad, the vice-captain of the Bangladesh cricket team believes that he isn't just another 'automatic entry' to the national squad. Riyad, who hasn't had the best of starts in the National Cricket League (NCL), believed that it would take some time for players to shift gears from Twenty20 cricket to the longer version of the game.
A nine-member convener committee for the Professional Football Club Association (PFCA) was formed in a bid to strengthen professionalism in every sector of club, players and football federations. But instead of focusing on internal professionalism, the officials highlighted the typical issues like league schedules, players' payment and sub-standard refereeing following their first meeting at a city hotel yesterday.
Bangladesh's premier golfer Siddikur Rahman finished 76th in the WGC HSBC Champions which concluded at the Mission Hills Golf Club in Dongguan, China yesterday. The 27-year old golfer carded an even par round in the last day to tally 13-over-par 301 over the four rounds. Siddikur carded three birdies and three bogeys on the day to match the par score on the final day. The slightly better performance didn't help him much as he started the round in 76th, thanks to 77, 76 and 76 respectively in the first three rounds.
Maruful Haque, an AFC A-license coach, is all set to participate in the UEFA A-license preparatory course. The head coach of Sheikh Russel KC is scheduled to leave here for United Kingdom on November 7.
Sri Lanka posted a 14-run victory over New Zealand by Duckworth-Lewis (D/L) method in the rain-hit second one-day international on Sunday to gain a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.
Ottis Gibson, the West Indies coach, wants his side to build on their success in 2012 by making it to the top five in the ICC Test rankings in 12 months' time. West Indies are currently at No. 7, above New Zealand and bottom-placed Bangladesh, their opponents in the forthcoming two-Test tour starting November 13 in Mirpur.
South Africa pace spearhead Dale Steyn sounded an ominous warning before the Test series with Australia with a fiery spell of bowling in the drawn tour match with Australia A in Sydney on Sunday.
Referee Azad Rahman has been suspended for his faulty conduction of the Grameenphone Federation Cup final between Sheikh Russel KC and Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club last month.
Sebastian Vettel produced one of the greatest drives of his young life on Sunday, starting last from the pit lane to finish third in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and retain his world championship lead over Fernando Alonso, who was second.
BFF Junior XI take on Yeti Himalyan Sherpa Club in the quarterfinal of the Safal Pokhara Cup at the Pokhara Stadium today.
England's bowlers got a taste of what may lie ahead in the Test series against India after they were made to toil hard for wickets in a practice match in Mumbai on Sunday.
Spain's David Ferrer clinched his maiden Masters title when he ended Polish qualifier Jerzy Janowicz's brilliant run in Paris with a 6-4, 6-3 final win on Sunday.
Ana Ivanovic kept Serbia's hopes alive in the Fed Cup final as she beat Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic 6-3, 7-5 here on Sunday.
Inter Milan earned the bragging rights over city rivals AC Milan on Saturday with an emphatic 3-1 victory away to Juventus which stopped the champions' impressive unbeaten run at 49 games.
Goal-scorer Bastian Schwe-insteiger insisted Bayern Munich had answered any doubts in the wake of their shock defeat by Leverkusen as the Bundesliga leaders ran riot in their 3-0 win at Hamburg.
Real Madrid beat Zaragoza 4-0 on Saturday but remain eight points behind record breaking Barcelona who earlier won 3-1 against Celta Vigo to go three points ahead of the pack.
Neymar scored a hattrick to lead Santos to a 4-0 win at Cruzeiro in the Brazilian championship, where his performance earned him a standing ovation from the home supporters.
Arsenal will struggle to finish in the top four because there is not enough belief within the squad and the current players are not good enough, the club's former captain Tony Adams said on Sunday.
Borussia Dortmund captain Sebastian Kehl will face Real Madrid on Tuesday in the Champions League wearing a special mask after breaking his nose in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
His penchant for kicking his own teammates is well known, but in PSG's 2-1 loss to St. Etienne Zlatan Ibrahimovic turned his boots of fury on the opposing goalkeeper. PSG trailed St. Etienne 1-0 and in the 55th minute in Zlatan's effort to equalize, he delivered a high boot to goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier's chest in the 70th minute. This earned Ibrahimovic a straight red, which he didn't seem to think he deserved.
Farm machinery sales have fallen drastically mainly due to the reduced prices of rice, marketers said yesterday.
The High Court yesterday asked the government to explain in two weeks why it should not be directed to stop production, marketing and sales of fruit-flavoured drinks produced by Pran Group.
No merchant banks will be allowed to operate 'omnibus accounts' for individual investors from next year, a regulatory move that will put an end to a much debated issue.
Bangladesh should ask the new Congress in January for duty benefits for its readymade garment products to the American market, Dan Mozena, the US ambassador to Bangladesh, said yesterday.
ACI Salt Ltd has trebled its refining capacity to gain more market share in edible salt business, Managing Director Syed Alamgir said.
Developing countries seeking foreign investment to boost economic growth should ensure that domestic firms abide by international standards for accounting and corporate transparency.
Qatar Airways has recently launched three additional weekly flights between Dhaka and Doha, the airliner said in a statement yesterday.
A non-profit organisation based in Singapore, the FTTH Council Asia-Pacific, plans to organise a conference in Dhaka on November 25 to educate its stakeholders on the opportunities and benefits of Fiber To The Home (FTTH) solutions.
With the world's largest oil reserves and the cheapest gas anywhere, you'd think Venezuela is a driver's paradise. Wrong. New cars are scarce and sellers of used ones -- even clunkers -- make a killing.
Its products may not, as one British judge put it, be as "cool" as bitter rival Apple's, but Samsung Electronics is speeding away from the iconic iPhone maker in the race for the global smartphone market.
Finance chiefs of the world's 20 leading economies are ringing alarm bells over the US fiscal cliff and Europe's debt woes at a meeting in Mexico this weekend as they look to push back deficit reduction targets to help boost growth.
Of the 17 banks that have reported their third quarter results so far, 10 have registered negative net profit growth for the quarter year-on-year.
The Summit Group of Companies, a leading privately held electricity provider, plans to build a power plant in Bhutan, Chairman Muhammad Aziz Khan said yesterday.
As historic storm Sandy pummeled the US Northeast, knocking out power and crippling transportation in New York City and beyond, the enterprising American spirit was running high - mostly for good, though sometimes leading to accusations of gouging.
Reassured by ECB anti-crisis moves, major international investors have begun dipping their toes back into the eurozone, even though they don't believe the crisis is over.
JAPAN'S battered electronics giants are in a race against time, analysts say, as losses that threaten their very survival mount and as overseas rivals look like they are running away with the show.
A total of 55 posts of the lower court judges have been lying vacant for over one year, affecting the future of numerous people seeking justice across the country.
The cabinet committee on economic affairs yesterday approved a power purchase agreement (PPA) to buy electricity from the proposed 1,320 megawatt coal-fired power plant in Khulna to be built by a joint venture of Bangladesh and India.
Trans-boundary river management must be transparent and equitable for the communities traditionally dependent on a common basin for life and livelihood, said international negotiators at a conference in Thailand last Wednesday.
Although the country's population is increasing by 20 lakh every year, Bangladesh has been able to meet its food demands due to the government's support in availing agricultural tools and efforts of farmers and scientists, said Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury yesterday.
Urdu speaking people in Bangladesh yesterday demanded that the government ensures their proper rehabilitation, welfare, education and treatment facilities.
A Dhaka court yesterday summoned Maj Gen (retd) Sadik Hasan Rumi, former director general of Directorate General of Forces Intelligence (DGFI), to appear before it today to narrate what he knows about the August 21 grenade attack cases.
Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami yesterday announced nine-day long fresh programmes demanding release of its arrested leaders facing war crimes trial, and restoration of "full faith in Allah" and the caretaker government system in the constitution.
A Dhaka court yesterday summoned a former officer-in-charge of Demra Police Station hours after the National Board of Revenue (NBR) filed a tax evasion case against him.
A total of 68,115 candidates were absent on the first day of Junior School Certificate (JSC) and Junior Dakhil Certificate (JDC) examinations yesterday while 13 examinees were expelled for resorting to unfair means.
Thirteen people were killed and 46 others injured in road accidents in Chittagong, Comilla, Rajbari, Chuadanga, Jhenidah, Lalmonirhat and Naogaon on Saturday and yesterday.
The Supreme Court yesterday gave the government a further one month to fully implement the recommendations of the Judicial Service Pay Commission (JSPC) for increasing salaries and other benefits of lower court judges.
A platform of garment workers will go on a token hunger strike in the capital today, demanding that the government secure the workers' jobs by resuming operation of Hall-Mark Group's factories in Savar under its supervision.
A gynaecology doctor was accused of being negligent in her duties after the woman she carried out a caesarian section on gave birth to a stillborn baby.
A pro-liberation platform observed a half-day mass hunger strike yesterday on the 40th anniversary of the formulation of Bangladesh's constitution to press home several demands.
Seventeen fishermen were rescued from deep sea by a merchant ship on the Bay of Bengal on Saturday.
A housewife was allegedly killed by her husband in Agrabad of Chittagong on Saturday.
The Supreme Court yesterday cleared the way for resuming a bribery case against Orion Group Chairman Obaidul Karim.
Bangladeshi frigate "Bangabandhu" has arrived in Kochi on a four-day visit to India, en route to Doha.
A lawyer of the High Court died after falling from the rooftop of a six-storey building in the capital's Bashiruddin Road area yesterday.
Fawzia Karim, wife of former secretary and ambassador late Saber Reza Karim, passed away in Fairfax of Virginia in USA on November 3. She was 74.
Mohammed Rana Pramanik, a social worker of Sadullapur upazila in Gaibandha, died yesterday. He was 50.
'Jatka' (hilsa less than 23-centimetre-long) has continued selling openly here although the seven-month country-wide ban on netting, transportation and marketing of the popular fish started on Thursday.
A Class VIII student was saved from early marriage and her schooling was saved as well, thanks to the prompt intervention by the local upazila parishad chairman and the upazila nirbahi officer (UNO).
A Bangladeshi youth was killed in Bloemfontein town of South Africa on October 31 allegedly by three compatriots over business-related conflict.
Accident victims are deprived of proper treatment as the three-storied trauma centre on the premises of Tangail General Hospital has not been made functional during the last one year and a half years due to lack of manpower and logistics.
Awami League (AL) Joint Secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif has said rebel AL candidate Amanur Rahman Khan Rana will face expulsion if he does not withdraw his candidature from by-election to Tangail-3 (Ghatail) parliamentary seat within three days.
Jhalakathi district secretary of Bangladesh Jatiyatabadi Samajik Sangskritik Sangstha (Jasas), the socio-cultural wing of main opposition BNP, was arrested with a pistol and three bullets early yesterday.
A schoolgirl received serious burn injuries as criminals hurled acid at her at Phulbari village in Chatmohar upazila of the district early yesterday.
Doctors of Rangpur Medical College and Hospital and private clinics yesterday started a week-long two-hour work abstention everyday from 10:00am, demanding withdrawal of 'a false' case against their four colleagues.
A student of Dhaka University (DU) allegedly committed suicide in the district town on Saturday night. The deceased was identified as Golam Rasul alias Rasel, 26, only son of Mujibur Rahman of Kalikapur in the town. He was a student of Philosophy department at DU. Police and family sources said, Rasel came out of their home in the evening and jumped off Patuakhali Bridge at about 10:00pm. Later, he died on way to Barisal Sher-E-Bangla Medical College and Hospital. The body was sent to the hospital morgue for autopsy. Rasel's father said his son, who came home two days ago of Eid, failed in the final examination last year.
The ringleader of a forest robber gang was arrested at Dewanbati in Sadar upazila early yesterday. The arrestee was identified as Omar Faruk alias Master Faruk, 45, chief of the outfit 'Tiger Bahini' and also son of late Ekhlas Sheikh of Dema village in the upazila. Sub-inspector of DB police Mohammad Abu Siddique said, a team of DB police raided the house of Faruk in order to arrest him. He tried to flee sensing the presence of the team, but the law enforcers managed to arrest him after a good chase, said the police official. Members of the outfit have long been engaged in attacking wood collectors in Sundarbans, looting their belongings and realising ransom after abduction. Faruk was wanted in 12 different cases, including that of murder, said police.
A man who was beaten by his neighbour following previous enmity in the city on Thursday, died at Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital on Saturday. The victim was identified as Jahangir Hossain, 35, of Astakathi in Jagua area of the city. Shaheduzzaman, officer in-charge of Barisal Kotwali police station, said Jahangir was beaten mercilessly by his neighbour Abul Kalam Mithu and his men at Panchgao Bazar of Chandipur in the town Thursday noon. He was admitted to Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital in critical condition and succumbed to his injuries on Saturday noon. Akkas Hossain Kutti, brother of the victim, lodged a murder case in this connection against Mithu and 7 others.
A front page article on this very important subject was published in a local English daily on 1st. November. It highlighted the ministry's problem for real evaluation and effective solutions of our systems loss problems. This is an important task that needs to be undertaken by professionals in a proper and independent manner. In my view, forming a 'Task Force' locally, may not be the ideal way to go about it objectively. Further, the evaluation will take time and skilled resources, working totally independently and without any subjectivity. Therefore, for carrying out this fairly complex study, I believe that outside professionals may be a better solution.
Recently, while returning from school, a traffic officer stopped all cars on both sides of the road. I wondered why he was doing so. He then got four ambulances with emergency cases through to the hospital. I was fascinated, since I never expected the traffic officer to do such a great job. Then I realized that Bangladeshis can be good if they want to. We have heard many cases of honesty from other countries. It's about time we heard such things in our own country. If we fight corruption, work with all our might towards a common goal, only then can we form a beautiful Bangladesh, which the leaders and soldiers who fought for our independence aspired to making.
Journey during Eid festival has become another name of public sufferings. Though there is no accurate statistics but it is estimated that about 50 lakh people move out of the capital during Eid. So it is impossible to make the journey of this huge population smooth without proper plans.
It has been now over 2 months since the BTRC, at the behest of a government directive, clamped down on the YouTube site, affecting the services of Google in general. In the wake of the violence in Africa spurred by the controversial movie clip, the Bangladesh government understandably adopted a safety-first and politically correct approach.
I would like to extend heartiest congratulations to Nobel laureate Prof. Dr. Muhammad Yunus on his taking charge as the Chancellor of Glasgow Caledonian University (CGU), Scotland. This appointment of Prof. Yunus is not only a recognition of Bangladeshi talents but it has also brought great honour for Bangladesh. The CGU also deserves appreciation for installing the right person at the right place.
At the time of independence, Bangladesh had a population of 7.5 million which now stands at around 160 million, which suggests that about 100 million people were born after the emergence of Bangladesh. This larger section of the population has acquired knowledge about the pre-independence period through hearsay and history recorded by different individuals.
It is shocking that all the electronic and print media in the country are widely showing the face of Megh, the only son of the late journalist couple Sagor-Runi. He is unquestionably the most important witness in the case and it is also obvious that he is now a target of the criminal gang who killed his parents. With this letter in your daily I am requesting the media not to show the child's face anymore for security reason and the law enforcement agencies should provide security to him until the murderers and their whole network are caught and punished. Thankfully he is still a child and his facial features will change with his age.
There are a number of cable TV channels in a small country like ours. We sit before the TV set hoping to see our own culture flourish. But if the opposite happens, it hurts us.
Here are some comments that came in response to Sunday's The Daily Star news report headlined “BNP's India politics at a crossroads”
Don't be fooled that the gender gap -- the measurable difference in the way women and men vote for candidates and in the way they view political issues -- is disappearing. To the contrary, it is driving the 2012 election.
President James K Polk holds a distinction among those who have sought the nation's top job: He's the only major candidate to win the White House despite losing the vote in the state where he was born and the state where he lived.
With Election Day almost upon the US, here are some of the best quotes about voting and election.
Israeli President Shimon Peres hailed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as a courageous partner for peace on Saturday after the Palestinian leader made clear his support for a to the decades old conflict with Israel.
Bishop Tawadros was chosen as new Pope of Egypt's Coptic Christians yesterday when a blindfolded altar boy picked his name from a chalice in a ceremony invoking divine guidance for the beleaguered minority.
Rahul Gandhi, scion of India's Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, addressed tens of thousands of supporters at a rally in New Delhi yesterday, raising his profile before a possible bid to become prime minister.
A car bomb exploded in front of a police station in Benghazi yesterday, injuring three police officers in the latest in a series of attacks on security officials in Libya's second largest city.
European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso has called for an end to communal killings in Myanmar following talks with President Thein Sein, while pledging aid to the former pariah state.
President Obama — who has battled accusations that he is insufficiently committed to the US relationship with Israel — locks down the endorsement of that country's left-of center newspaper.
Chris Christie was Mitt Romney's first choice for the Republican ticket ahead of Paul Ryan, Republican insiders tell Politico.
Both Republican and Democrats are campaigning online through Twitter, Facebook to convince the undecided voters to cast their ballot in the upcoming poll.
President Barack Obama is leading in an unprecedented early voting push by both campaigns that has already seen an estimated 22 million people cast ballots.
Victims of superstorm Sandy on the East Coast struggled against the cold yesterday amid fuel shortages and power outages, two days ahead of general election.
A Palestinian bid to achieve the status of non-member state at the United Nations will not bring about peace but instability, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said yesterday.
Arts & Entertainment
A couple of years ago, noted contemporary Bangladeshi painter Tajuddin Ahmed migrated to Toronto. Before leaving Dhaka, he did many paintings, mostly focused on themes like nature and its varied mysterious facets, reminiscences and his beloved old Dhaka where he was born. His previous works featured texture and surface that are soft and smooth. He used subdued colours and tones where Dhaka's socio-economic and cultural structures, densely populated areas and architectural improvement were reflected. He also meticulously developed the patterns with architectural lines and shapes in his works.
Acting and occasional modelling are keeping Lux Channel i Superstar Rakhi busy these days. Several TV channels are currently airing plays featuring Rakhi, including the Banglavision serial “Generation Next Dot”. Rakhi recently sat with The Daily Star to talk about her recent works and future plans.
Sincerity and utmost desire can lead someone to success, which is the case with a blind singer in Jhenidah. Tarif Ahmed has become a local celebrity in Jhenidah and neighbouring districts for his melodious renditions of songs.
Notun Kuri Sporting Club, Parnanduali in Magura held a captivating cultural programme on October 28 at the playground adjacent to the Rural Electrification Board (REB) office in observance of its 9th Eid reunion.
An 'Eid Concert' was held in Chuadanga Police Lines last week.
Sweets flooded Barisal market on the occasion of Durga Puja, Bijoya Dashami, Laxmi Puja and Kali Puja.
Seldom has the birthday of a Bollywood superstar been as public an event as that of Shahrukh Khan when he turned 47 last Friday.
New Jersey natives Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi joined Staten Island-born Christina Aguilera and others on Friday in a televised benefit concert for victims of Sandy, the storm that killed more than 100 and devastated parts of the U.S. Northeast.
Popular model and actor Nirob 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 November 6, between 4 and 5pm. 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 Nirob.
The bouts of ethnic violence in the Rakhine region of Miyanmar since mid-2012 have once again triggered the attempted exodus of Rohingyas into Bangladesh. The purpose of this commentary is to explore key dimensions of the Rohingya tragedy and potential courses of action from the Bangladesh perspective.
Whatever happens in the next general election -- my bet is early 2013 -- India will emerge an extremely divided country. The usual assumption that the two main political parties, the Congress and the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), will have between them a majority of seats looks like gong awry. Both have gone down so much in the public estimate that neither of them may cross even the three-figure mark.
President of Pakistan Farooq Ahmed Khan Leghari dismisses the government of Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and dissolves the National Assembly of Pakistan.