News of: Thursday, 15th of November, 2012
A day after abducted kindergarten student Parag Mondol was found in Keraniganj, conflicting stories have emerged surrounding the ransom.
Despite the rescue of six-year-old Parag Mondol, the victim is still facing various kinds of trouble -- both physical and psychological. Parag was admitted to Square Hospital's ICU unit at 1:00am yesterday, and later declared “out of danger” by doctors.
Opposition Chief Whip Zainul Abdin Farroque yesterday said the government cannot create a rift in the BNP-led political alliance by oppressing its allies.
President Zillur Rahman in the three years from 2009 granted clemency to 21 persons sentenced to death in different cases, Home Minister Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir told parliament yesterday.
Private companies should introduce a quota system for recruiting physically challenged women, opening a door to them to show their potential in the corporate sector, social activists said at a discussion yesterday.
Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Chhatra Shibir are likely to intensify violent activities across the country in December as they think the international crimes tribunals would deliver verdicts against a few Jamaat leaders then, sources said.
No fewer than 200 policemen were injured across the country in the last nine days of violent demonstrations by Jamaat-Shibir men. Interestingly, the law enforcers were apparently the target of “planned attacks” that also left at least 300 people injured.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said in parliament yesterday that religion-based politics had already created a political problem in the country.
The Hay Festival Dhaka begins tonight for the second time at Bangla Academy. The extravaganza is open for all.
International buyers might stop purchasing garment items from Bangladesh because of political violence and bad working conditions that threaten to hurt the country's image abroad, said a top EU diplomat yesterday.
A prosecution witness yesterday told International Crimes Tribunal-1 that student leader Mahbubul Alam of Chittagong was tortured in the presence of war crimes accused Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury that led to his death during the Liberation War.
The government has added 12 more lawyers to the prosecution team engaged with crimes against humanity trials as new cases were in the pipeline and more manpower was needed during closing arguments of trials.
Bangladesh Bank has decided to introduce modern technology to detect highly abnormal transactions like that of Hall-Mark.
Hall-Mark Group Managing Director Tanvir Mahmud and its General Manager Tushar Ahmed yesterday once again confessed to magistrates about their involvement in the Tk 2,686 crore scam.
A cardiac patient, his wife and the driver of an ambulance carrying the patient were killed on their way to a hospital as the vehicle collided with a sand-laden truck in the capital's Sher-e-Bangla Nagar early yesterday.
A huge, internally flawless diamond from India's fabled Golconda mines was sold at auction in Geneva on Tuesday night for a record 20.35m Swiss francs (£13.5m), Christie's said.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday reaffirmed her government's firm resolve to hold the trial of war criminals.
Speaker Abdul Hamid yesterday stressed the need for "consensus" among all political parties "for the sake of the country.
An anonymous caller on Tuesday threatened to kill a news reporter of The Daily Star unless he apologised publicly for "reporting against Jamaat-Shibir".
The scale of the violence that activists of Jamaat-e-Islami and militant cadres of its student wing Shibir unleashed against the police and pedestrians on Tuesday afternoon was extremely worrying. Compared to the pitch of their destructive attacks, the police's role seemed to be rather feeble and withdrawn. In fact, the police were on the defensive and took the beating from the Jamaat-Shibir cadres who were clearly on the offensive.
In an ironic twist to the saga of whether or not ships carrying toxic material would be allowed entry into the country, Bangladesh Ship Breakers Association (BSBA) has withdrawn its appeal against a High Court (HC) verdict given in 2009. This removes the last hurdle to the government's plans to formulate legislation on ship breaking.
Two very different styles of batting were on display on the second day of the first Test at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday. At one end patient and risk-free batting from Shivnarine Chanderpaul not only took him to a second double hundred but also helped the West Indies to tighten their grip on the home team, while at the other extreme flamboyant batting from Tamim Iqbal only put the Tigers in danger.
A lifter from pacer Ravi Rampaul took the edge and flew over the slip cordon and thus Tamim Iqbal got his first boundary; a fortuitous one. But that bit of good fortune did not stop the left-hander to think otherwise with his innings, instead he was outrageous with his stroke-play which even forced the experienced West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul to ask him whether he was playing a T20 game.
For those who wanted to witness the essence of a typical Test innings, the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur was the place to be yesterday. Shivnarine Chanderpaul's double hundred (203 not out), the second in his 18-year long career, wasn't necessarily eye-catching. It didn't contain any sixes and neither was it filled with a string of flamboyant strokes.
The flat wicket at the Sher-e-Bangla contains a bit of moisture in the morning session, making it the most probable time for the bowling side to pick up wickets. While the Bangladeshi bowlers couldn't make the most of it, they did however, squander a couple. The first one in fact came at the second ball of the day when a flighted delivery by debutant Shohag Gazi beat both Denesh Ramdin and keeper Mushfiqur Rahim as it went through the gap between the bat and the pad. The second opportunity came through an edge of Shivnarine Chanderpaul off Gazi, which fell inches short of the slip fielder.
Title contenders Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club and Mohammedan SC got off to winning starts in the Grameenphone Bangladesh Premier League at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
The Bangladesh national football team leave here for Thailand today to play two FIFA friendly matches against Thailand and Malaysia with a hope of verifying the standard they belong to.
India and England will be without the services of fast bowlers Ishant Sharma and Steven Finn when they open a four-Test series in Ahmedabad on Thursday.
Nikhil Chandra Dhar, Badminton World Federation's level-1 certified coach, brought allegation of non-cooperation against the Bangladesh Badminton Federation, which is dillydallying with the process of handing the BWF invitation of level-2 coaches course to him.
FM Debaraj Chatterjee took solo lead in the Healthcare Pharmaceuticals Limited 38th National 'A' Chess Championship with 6 points after beating FM Mehdi Hasan Parag in the seventh round at the media centre of Bangladesh Olympic Association yesterday.
International news agencies, including AFP, warned Tuesday they may be forced to suspend coverage of the Test cricket series between India and England to protest restrictions imposed by authorities.
Mohakhali Ekadash played out a 1-1 draw against T& T Club in the Popular Insurance Senior Division Football League at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium yesterday. After the barren first half, Helal put Mohakhali ahead in the 56th minute before Shawan levelled the margin in the 73rd minute.
Shinji Okazaki scored a late winner as Asian champions Japan edged Oman 2-1 to zero in on a berth at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil on Wednesday.
Late call-up Robert Cornthwaite was the unlikely hero with an 87th-minute winner Wednesday as Australia enjoyed a confidence-boosting 2-1 friendly win over South Korea.
British police said Tuesday they had no plans to continue enquiries into a complaint regarding alleged racist comments by referee Mark Clattenburg towards a Chelsea player because no victim had come forward.
Steven Gerrard has seen all the highs and lows that have befallen England over the last decade, including three penalty shoot-out defeats in major tournaments.
Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic says Steven Gerrard is not "a normal English player", as the Liverpool midfielder prepares to win his 100th England cap in Wednesday's friendly between the two countries.
Former NFL player Jerramy Stevens was released without charge Tuesday after his arrest on suspicion of assaulting his fiance, US women's soccer team goalkeeper Hope Solo.
Germany striker Mario Gomez scored four goals, even managing to burst a football, on his comeback after three months off with injury as Bayern Munich romped to a 6-0 friendly win over a sixth division side.
Legendary Brazilian footballer Pele underwent a successful hip operation in Sao Paulo on Tuesday, a spokesperson for the three-time World Cup winner told the Globo Esporte website.
Retail chain Agora will sell fruits, vegetables, fish, meat and processed foods, tested by a research organisation of the government, in a bid to provide safe and hygienic food items to consumers.
The International Monetary Fund wants a "real fix, not a quick fix" on Greek debt, its managing director said Wednesday, days after publicly clashing with European officials on the issue.
Bangladesh loses 0.3 percent of cultivable land each year due to massive urbanisation, industrialisation and new roads, not the 1 percent long been claimed, according to a recent study.
Police and protesters clashed in Spain on Wednesday as millions of workers went on strike across Europe to protest spending cuts they say have made the economic crisis worse.
A portion of bank credit is being used for unintended purposes due to weak monitoring by the regulator and the banks, two former central bank governors and a business leader said yesterday.
Tank-lorry owners and workers yesterday postponed their strike as Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation assured them of providing all legal cooperation to release their four leaders who were detained on November 10 on charges of carrying 90 grams of heroin.
The government has put off the decision of re-fixing the country's targets for economic growth and other macroeconomic indicators for the current fiscal year by three months.
Bangladesh has objected to the new rules of the UK Border Agency on the financial statements required for British visa applications.
Tesco, a retail giant of the UK, has recently announced the launch of an Apparel Skills Foundation to support Bangladesh's readymade garment industry.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has signed an agreement yesterday to lend $25.1 million to Pran Group to build three food manufacturing plants.
Chittagong should be the tourism capital of Bangladesh alongside the commercial capital, Akhtaruz Zaman Khan Kabir, chief executive officer of Bangladesh Tourism Board, said yesterday.
Banglalink's revenue rose 23 percent year-on-year in the third quarter of 2012, the operator's parent company Orascom Telecom Holdings said in a statement yesterday.
Chittagong port has shown improved efficiency in handling of containers, thanks to computerised terminal management system (CTMS).
Despite its recent announcement, the Chittagong City Corporation has failed to remove the illegal hoardings from the port city.
The High Court yesterday, in response to a writ petition, stayed for three months an admission precondition of Dhaka University (DU) for which madrasa students were not eligible for enrollment in eight departments.
A United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) report stated that family planning was a right and about 222 million women in developing countries have unplanned pregnancy for not having access to contraceptives or family planning information.
Different socio-political organisations yesterday condemned the recent attack by Jamaat-e-Islami and pro-Jamaat student organisation Islami Chhatra Shibir on the law minister's escort car, police personnel and the general people.
The High Court yesterday acquitted former state minister for energy AKM Mosharraf Hossain and his estranged wife Zinat Mosharraf in a corruption case filed in 1991.
Aiming to provide free emergency healthcare to underprivileged people living in coastal areas, a floating hospital called Rongdhonu was launched yesterday at Marine Workshop Ghat in Chittagong.
The High Court yesterday directed Bangladesh National Women Lawyers' Association (BNWLA), a rights organisation, to bring the girl who was allegedly tortured in police custody in Kushtia in September, before it on November 29.
Libyan Chargé d' Affaires in Dhaka Kamel Al-Mahjoub yesterday refuted an ATN Bangla report which stated that he had connections with three Libyan nationals arrested on October 24 for their alleged cheating in manpower recruitment.
Dhaka yesterday officially informed Islamabad of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's “inability” to participate in the D-8 summit scheduled for November 22.
A government delegation meant for negotiating with the BDR mutineers could not figure out the bloodshed in Pilkhana even when the rebels surrendered some arms on the first night of the 2009 mutiny, State Minister for Law Quamrul Islam told a court yesterday.
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) filed a petition to the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID) on Tuesday seeking its intervention in the case of disappearance of Bangladeshi national Mohammad Imam Hassan Badal.
A Dhaka court yesterday deferred till January 7 the hearing on a case filed against 10 directors of Dandy Dyeing Ltd, including BNP Senior Vice Chairman Tarique Rahman, for defaulting on a loan of Tk 45.49 crore.
Police recovered the body of a man, buried underground and having injury marks on the forehead, in Sitakunda upazila of Chittagong yesterday.
Four houses were gutted in a fire on Bahadderhat Khaza road in Chittagong early yesterday.
The cross-examination of the prosecution witness Golam Rasul, a police personnel, in the sensational 10-truck arms haul cases concluded yesterday.
BBC Bangladesh Sanglap, a popular discussion programme featuring contemporary social and political issues, is all geared up to be aired for the second time in the country from November 18.
Pro-ruling party lawyers yesterday said Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Chhatra Shibir activists attacked the law minister's escort car on Tuesday targeting the minister as he played a vital role in holding the ongoing trial of the 1971 crimes against humanity.
Four more prosecution witnesses gave their statements before a Dhaka court yesterday regarding the killing of Saudi embassy official Khalaf Al Ali.
The House on the first day of its 15th session yesterday unanimously adopted an obituary motion on the death of Awami League lawmaker from Chittagong and the party presidium member Akhtaruzzaman Chowdhury Babu.
Rapid Action Battalion arrested four people with 400 grammes of heroin worth Tk 10 lakh in their possession at Hotel Gulshan in Sylhet city on Tuesday night.
The newly appointed Bangladesh Ambassador to Japan Masud Bin Momen presented his credentials to Emperor of Japan Akihito at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo yesterday.
Abdul Malek Chowdhury, 37, of Collegepara area in Gaibandha municipality, was killed as a train ran him over near the Gaibandha railway station on Tuesday evening.
Coast guard personnel yesterday detained a man and his son at Teknaf in Cox's Bazar for their alleged involvement in a human trafficking syndicate.
Bangladesh's position in the ranking of use of visual warnings on the packages of tobacco products has fallen by 20 points, according to a research report.
A teenager died from electrocution at Fatikchhari upazila in Chittagong yesterday.
The chairmen and members of 108 union parishads (UPs) in the district refained from official jobs yesterday, the second day of their three-day work abstention programme.
Muladuli vegetable market in Ishwardi upazila under the district is buzzing with activities as the largest 'bean market' of the northern region sees trading of beans worth Tk 80 lakh to 1 crore daily during the ongoing reaping season.
All the three candidates in Tangail-3 (Ghatail) by-election slated for November 18 are now busy in mass contacts to woo voters.
A group of Swadhinata Chikitshak Parishad members yesterday ransacked the room of Prof PC Babla at Mymensingh Medical College (MMC).
A group of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) men ransacked two coaching centres and an office of Islami Chhatra Shibir in the city on Tuesday night.
A Jubo Dal activist was murdered allegedly by Swechchhasebok League men at Koromza village in Santhia upazila of the district on Tuesday night.
Around 1000 teachers, officers, staff and general students of the Islamic University (IU) formed a human chain on the campus yesterday, demanding removal of vice-chancellor, pro-vice-chancellor and treasurer of the university.
Three Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) leaders were injured as Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists attacked them on Manikganj Government Devendra College campus yesterday. The injured are Abid Hossain Khan Sakib, organising secretary of BCL college unit, Tanvir Foysal Rahi, assistant relief and disaster affairs secretary of the district unit and its member Joy Khandaker. Of the trio, Abid was admitted to Manikganj Sadar Hospital in critical condition. Injured Tanvir and Joy said a group of JCD men numbering 30/40 and led by Awlad Hossain suddenly beat them up with iron rods mercilessly while they were gossiping on the campus. Contacted, former president of the college unit JCD Awlad Hossain said he was not present on the campus when the attack was made.
At least nine people were injured in a clash between two rival groups over a piece of disputed land at Khordamalibari village in Sadar upazila yesterday. Locals said there was a longstanding conflict between one Azahar Ali of Khordamalibari and Sekender Ali of Fakirtari village over the land. The supporters of the rivals attacked each other with lethal weapons, leaving at least nine from both sides injured following an altercation over the issue. Of the injured, five were admitted to Gaibandha Sadar Hospital.
Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday urged the people of India to help her country secure democracy as she paid her first visit for 25 years.
Syria's regime unleashed tanks and warplanes against rebels as battles raged yesterday, after France recognised the newly united political opposition and raised the prospect of arming its fighters.
Pakistan's Supreme Court yesterday withdrew a contempt notice issued to Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf earlier this year after he failed to approach Swiss authorities to revive graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari.
The BBC marked the 90th anniversary of its first ever transmission yesterday beset by doubts about its future after scandals surrounding its reporting of child sex abuse allegations.
Prosecutors called Tuesday for a US soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan villagers to face a full court-martial and even death.
Israel launched a major offensive against Palestinian militants in Gaza yesterday, killing the military commander of Hamas in an air strike and threatening an invasion of the enclave that the Islamist group vowed would "open the gates of hell".
The United Nations failed to protect civilians and halt rights abuses during the end of Sri Lanka's civil war, according to an internal review that triggered an angry response Wednesday from the government.
President Barack Obama will discuss the deadly sectarian violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state during his historic visit to the country, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said yesterday.
Five Maoists were killed in a fierce encounter with security forces in a forest on the border of Odisha's Ganjam and Gajapati districts yesterday.
China's ruling Communist Party closed a pivotal congress yesterday that put Vice President Xi Jinping a step closer to taking power for the next decade in a landmark transition.
Israel's foreign ministry has proposed in a policy paper "toppling" Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas if a Palestinian bid for state observer status at the United Nations is approved later this month.
President Barack Obama is set to address the sex scandal that brought down CIA chief David Petraeus and snared a top US general when he gives his first post-election press conference yesterday.
The African Union has endorsed a plan for military intervention to regain control of Mali's desert north from Islamist rebels and restore the authority of the state.
Japan will hold a general election on December 16, a senior governing party official confirmed yesterday, putting an end to months of speculation over the date of polls.
The Palestinian Islamist group Hamas yesterday said the head of its military wing, Ahmed Said Khalil al-Jabari, was killed in an Israeli air strike. Witnesses said he was travelling in a car in Gaza City when it exploded.
A spate of apparently coordinated attacks across Iraq on the eve of a Muslim festival marking the Islamic new year killed 15 people and wounded more than 100 others yesterday, officials said.
South Korean prosecutors yesterday said they would refer President Lee Myung-Bak's only son to the tax authorities as they handed down indictments over a land deal for Lee's retirement home.
Arts & Entertainment
What happens when two lawyers, married to each other, find themselves on opposing sides of an attempted murder case in court? Do the educated, affluent, supposedly progressive couple keep it “strictly professional” or does the trial travel home and shed light on issues, until then invisible, creating tension?
The festivities of Durga Puja in the quaint world of a 100-year-old house of a Hindu family at Nasirnagar (Brahmanbaria district) and the immersion of the idols in nearby Langhan river came alive beautifully during the second phase of the shooting of Tanvir Mokammel's forthcoming feature film “Jibondhuli” last week.
As part of the birthday celebration of noted litterateur Humayan Ahmed, Anadikalpo, a theatre troupe in the port city, staged an adaptation of his novel “1971” at the Shilpakala Academy Auditorium here on Tuesday evening.
Shahitya-Shangskritik Kendra, a cultural organisation based at Pabna Edward College, observed the 64th birth anniversary of noted writer Humayun Ahmed on Tuesday.
LRB has released its 11th album “Juddho”(war) at a time when the music industry, particularly the country's rock music, faces a tough time. The release of rock albums has reduced significantly over the last couple years and at present bands prefer to release new compositions on radio and cell phones first rather than CDs.
Gallery Cosmos-2 in Mohakhali will organise a nine-day long drawing exhibition, titled “Magic of Lines”. The exhibition opens tomorrow (November 16). The exhibition will showcase figure drawings by young artists, done at a workshop recently conducted by the artist Jamal Ahmed.
Rothko's No 1 (Royal Red and Blue), described by Sotheby's as "a seminal, large-scale masterpiece", was the subject of a heated bidding war.
Members of the Hindu community of Barisal observed Maha Shamshan Dipali on Monday night at Maha Shamshanghat and Dipabali Utsab at their homes.
Marking seventh anniversary of cultural organisation 'Bonhishikha', a two daylong cultural programme will kick off tomorrow (November 16) at Shawkat Osman Memorial Auditorium of Central Public Library, Shahbagh in the capital.
This piece has been motivated by the cover picture of the latest edition of The Economist. I am told that this is the world's most twittered picture since it appeared on the internet, reaching nearly a million. It is a picture of the reelected President Obama hugging his wife, his face showing distinct signs of happiness and, perhaps even more, of relief.
Now that the election frenzy is over and President Barack Obama has retained his hold on the White House, attention has shifted to what the result can mean for the US and its partners across the world. During the campaign, India barely made a blip: outsourcing and visas earned a passing mention but neither candidate brought the India-US relationship anywhere near the centre of his electoral concerns.
The recent visit to India by the leader of the opposition Khaleda Zia has become a much talked about subject in the political arena of both Bangladesh and India. Given the general public perception of BNP being "anti Indian" and Awami League being "pro Indian," Khaleda Zia's conciliatory tone and friendly overtures towards India have been looked upon with both positivism and scepticism by different quarters.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee's decision to award the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize to European Union (EU) has generated mixed responses. For EU officials, the Nobel Committee's decision makes sense since the peace award goes to an institution that really deserves it. EU supporters are delighted by the fact that EU is the only regional intergovernmental organisation to win the prestigious peace prize. Senior EU officials, including EU President Herman Van Rompuy, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, and European Parliament President Martin Schultz, said it was a recognition that was long overdue.
A man put the planet Earth up for sale on a Japanese internet auction site last week. The seller listed the Earth as "used" and warned that there was a "no-return" policy. Buy it and you're stuck with it.
American Revolutionary War: After 16 months of debate the Continental Congress approves the Articles of Confederation.