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News of: Sunday, 18th of November, 2012
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An Anti-Corruption Commission enquiry has found that 40 international call carriers had gobbled up money for around 70 percent of incoming calls since 2010 which the BTCL was supposed to get.
Tino Best attacked like a spitting cobra to scare the Tigers to a painful death at Mipur yesterday. The muscular West Indies pace bowler was not in any credible discussion during the first four days of the first Test but seized the spotlight after Bangladesh created a wonderful opportunity of winning the match by claiming the last four second innings wickets of the touring side even before the dew had dried up on the fifth morning at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.
Although the president exercises the right to grant a convict clemency, it is actually the prime minister who is responsible for it.
It was a pleasant surprise for the foreign writers who joined the Hay Festival Dhaka to have a gift from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
With the staging of Rabindranath Tagore's "Shapmochon" by Pallavi Dance Centre and rendition of Lalon Shah's mystic songs by Arif Ali Baul, the curtain fell on the three-day Hay Festival Dhaka yesterday.
A mobile court in Dhaka yesterday sentenced the managing director of a cosmetics company, his director wife and a supervisor to two years' imprisonment for using harmful substances in the company's products.
Myanmar's president has pledged to consider new rights for the stateless Rohingya minority ahead of a landmark visit by President Barack Obama, but stopped short of a full commitment that citizenship and other new freedoms would be granted.
National Human Rights Commission Chairman Prof Mizanur Rahman yesterday criticised a section of experts for favouring the entrance of Rohingyas into Bangladesh on humanitarian grounds.
Two BNP leaders yesterday criticised Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for threatening to implement sharia and alleged that the government intended to create instability in the country by misleading the people.
Speaker Abdul Hamid yesterday expressed frustration over the low prices of paddy, saying if the farmers do not get fair prices for their produce, it may have a negative impact on the ruling Awami League's votes in the next general election.
Firebrand Indian right wing politician Bal Thackeray, who founded Shiv Sena party, died in Mumbai yesterday after suffering a cardiac arrest.
The family of Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, a Bangladeshi arrested by US federal authorities in a sting operation last month, hopes the government will provide the youth with legal aid.
Tangail-3 (Ghatail) constituency goes to by-election today.
Home Minister MK Alamgir yesterday reiterated that the government will not hold dialogue with Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami.
Two activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League beat up a police constable at the city's Baya police outpost yesterday evening for making them pull over their motorcycle for checking.
Israeli aircraft bombed Hamas government buildings in Gaza yesterday, including the prime minister's office, after Israel's cabinet authorized the mobilization of up to 75,000 reservists, preparing for a possible ground invasion.
An adrenaline junkie soared through the air in a boat attached to hundreds of balloons on Friday as part of a test flight for an ambitious attempt to cross the Atlantic.
The UN Security Council was to meet in an emergency session yesterday after UN attack helicopters launched missions against rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, diplomats said.
Human Rights Forum (HRF), a national coalition of 19 rights and development organizations, has portrayed a disquieting picture of the human rights situation. The statistics over the last four years of the AL-led Mohajote government speak for themselves: a total of 156 people have disappeared and 462 got killed in what is euphemistically called crossfire between 2009 and 2012. The figures work out to 39 'forced' disappearances and slightly above 115 extra-judicial killings respectively per year.
With Israel's massive air attacks on Hamas-ruled Gaza strip on Wednesday and Hamas militants responding with rocket fires, the fear that the conflict may spiral into a full-fledged second Gaza war is rising. Israeli air attacks have already taken severe toll of civilian lives in Gaza.
In future when someone, other than those who keenly followed the five-day classic, looks back at the first Test between Bangladesh and West Indies he or she will only see another defeat of the Tigers. But the scoreline of the 77-run loss will not reflect how intensely the game was fought at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur. And there was reason for the home team's members to hold their heads high despite the defeat as they really fought hard in their first match in a year against the Caribbean side. Credit should be given to the West Indies bowlers, especially Tino Best, for initiating the collapse with raw pace and an array of short balls. While the local boys showed the character that fans had been crying out for long, it was not an easy task for a team like Bangladesh to chase down a target of 245 on the fifth day track or survive 78 overs for a creditable draw.
West Indies captain Darren Sammy's reaction at the post match press conference at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday perhaps best described the way the game's balance 'see-sawed' from one side to the other. It was, in a sense, a mixture of both joy and relief that engulfed every statement made by the visiting captain.
A mere glance at the scorecard reveals the influence that Shohag Gazi has had on Bangladesh's bowling in this Test match. Of the 14 wickets that Bangladesh took, nine of them were taken by the off-spinner. His 6 for 74 in the third innings of the Test is the best bowling figure by a Bangladesh debutant, surpassing pacer Manjural Islam's 6 for 81 in 2001. Perhaps more importantly, he has filled the off-spinner's void in the national team, a void that the selectors had been wanting to fill for some time.
West Indian bowler Tino Best perhaps bowled the spell of his life yesterday at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium as his maiden five-wicket haul in Test cricket, 5 for 24, turned the tables of a game that seemed to be heading towards a rare win for the hosts.
International Cricket Council (ICC) president Allan Isaac, who came to Bangladesh on Friday on a two-day 'goodwill' visit, stated that the ICC would readily support a tour of Pakistan if Bangladesh decided to travel.
Battle of the debutants
There were a number of similarities between Shohag Gazi and Veerasammy Permaul. They both love to smack the ball to the fence and all their wickets came off conventional spin-bowling. A battle between them, therefore, was bound to be interesting. Gazi had the edge initially, after he bowled Permaul off the last delivery of the fourth day. He also hit him for a six and two fours yesterday. Permaul though had the last word as he got his counterpart caught at mid-off, after Gazi tried to swing his blade once too often.
Rangana Herath bagged a five-wicket haul to put Sri Lanka in a strong position on the opening day of the first Test against New Zealand in Galle on Saturday.
France's Olympic gold medallist Camille Muffat set a new world record in the short course women's 800m freestyle event at the French championships on Friday.
The first round of qualifying for the Focal Point 26th International Junior Tennis Championship started at the National Tennis Complex in Ramna yesterday. The two Bangladeshi competitors on the opening day, Abrar Shahriar and Rafikul Islam, lost their respective matches. The second round of qualification will be held today from where a total of eight players will go through to the championship proper.
Bangladesh were thrashed by 5-0 by Thailand in their FIFA International Friendly match at the Rajamangala Stadium in Bangkok yesterday. Thailand striker Teerasil Dangda scored a hattrick while striker Phichitphong Choeichiu netted one and midfielder Naphat Thamrongsupakon netted one each for the hosts.
Pragyan Ojha snapped up five wickets to give India a mammoth 330-run lead before England staged a spirited fightback in the second innings to give themselves a slight hope of saving the first cricket Test here on Saturday.
Chittagong opener Mahbubul Karim constructed an accomplished 154 to grind down holders Rajshahi on the second day of the fourth round of the National Cricket League at the Sylhet Divisional Stadium in Sylhet yesterday. His century carried his team to 299 for three and a lead of 60 by the close. Mominul Haque was batting on 54 and Chittagong will want him to score big today to bat Rajshahi out of the match.
Border Guard Bangladesh thrashed Bangladesh Prison by 43-13 points in the opening fixture of the Walton Motorcycle Super Seven Services Kabaddi League at the Kabaddi Stadium yesterday. Earlier, Minister for Textile and Jute Abdul Latif Siddiqui inaugurated the meet as the chief guest.
Emmanuel Adebayor made a nightmare return to the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, his 18th-minute dismissal proving decisive as Arsenal cruised to a 5-2 win over Tottenham Hotspur in the north London derby.
Lionel Messi's season has ended with Argentina's national team. It's been quite a run.
Everton manager David Moyes says he is in no rush to sign a new contract with the club, despite his side's impressive start to the Premier League season.
France midfielder Yann Mvila of Ligue 1 outfit Rennes will appeal his 18-month international ban which rules him out of the 2014 World Cup finals, his lawyer told AFP on Friday.
Bayern Munich's Arjen Robben has been ruled out of his team's upcoming matches in the Bundesliga and the Champions League after a minor muscle tear sustained while on international duty, coach Jupp Heynckes said on Friday.
Lille missed the chance to move level on points with Ligue 1 pacesetters Paris St Germain and Olympique Marseille when their recent fine run ended with a 2-0 defeat at Lorient on Friday.
Manage it like Merkel: Bayern Munich boss Jupp Heynckes has said coaching the Bavarian giants is the second-toughest job in Germany, behind only that of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Manchester City coach Roberto Mancini surprised journalists on Friday by turning up for a press conference disguised as his assistant coach, David Platt.
The government should finalise the geographical indication (GI) law without further delay to safeguard the patent rights of the country's centuries-old Jamdani saris, sector leaders said yesterday.
The government's borrowing from the banking sector in four months till October of the current fiscal year decreased by 42 percent compared to the same period last year.
A new river route opening in March to carry goods between Dhaka and Chittagong will reduce pressure on highways and minimise costs and time for businesses, officials said.
Three lawmakers yesterday expressed their dissatisfaction over the government's sluggish approach in solving the plights of people in the haor areas.
Women entrepreneurs are playing a great role in the country's economy and their participation in industry-oriented activities should be encouraged on a larger scale, Industries Minister Dilip Barua said yesterday.
Bangladesh Bank will host the 12th Saarc Payment Council (SPC) meeting with the central bank officials of eight Saarc countries at Sonargaon Hotel in Dhaka today.
Al-Maruf Khan was re-elected as the president of Chittagong Stock Exchange yesterday, according to a statement of the bourse.
Sonahaat land port will strengthen the bilateral relationship between Bangladesh and India, Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan said yesterday.
Stocks ended last week in the black and broke a losing streak of two straight weeks, riding on investors' optimism of a market rally.
A mobile application store was launched in Bangladesh for the first time yesterday to upload and download both Bangla and English-version apps. The site will also be used as an online marketplace for developers.
Bangladesh's trade is expected to grow 19 percent a year between 2013 and 2015, driven by a rise in trade with the neighbouring India, HSBC said in a report, Global Connections.
Indian authorities are investigating claims that Wal-Mart Stores Inc violated foreign exchange rules when it invested $100 million in a domestic unit owned by its wholesale joint-venture partner, Bharti Enterprises, a law enforcement official said.
Moving to encourage reform in Myanmar ahead of a landmark trip by President Barack Obama, the United States has scrapped a nearly decade-old ban on most imports from the long-isolated nation.
Much to the relief of nature enthusiasts and environmentalists, migratory birds have started arriving while water lilies have begun blossoming on the lakes of Jahangirnagar University with the advent of winter this year.
The government has no plan to fill up two posts, including that of the chairman, of the three-member Law Commission which are lying vacant for over 22 months.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday reassured that her government would implement all clauses of the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Agreement in phases to ensure a peaceful and prosperous life of the people in the hilly region.
India's External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said he would launch an initiative to resolve pending bilateral issues, including water-sharing of Teesta river, and a clear picture was expected in four weeks' time.
Subhash Dutta, an iconic figure of Bangla film, was cremated on Postagola Cremation Ground in the capital yesterday. Earlier, he was given last respects and love by the people, and a guard of honour with gun-salute by a contingent of police at Central Shaheed Minar.
Eight people were killed and 37 others injured in road accidents in Chittagong, Sirajganj, Barisal Comilla and Habiganj on Friday and yesterday.
Despite repeated incidents of killing after abduction and other sorts of unnatural deaths due to criminal activities, the state does not seem to be as worried as it should be, said Dr Mizanur Rahman yesterday.
Saudi Arabia yesterday beheaded a Bangladeshi, who had been convicted of killing a Syrian man, the interior ministry said.
Ramna police in overnight drives on Friday arrested five police impersonators with two sets of uniforms, two pairs of handcuffs, two walkie-talkies and other police equipment in their possession in the capital and its outskirts.
An activist of pro-Awami League Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) of MC College unit was stabbed by a rival faction's activists in Sylhet city's Naiorpul area yesterday.
Law enforcers claimed to have identified a few more suspects involved in the abduction of six-year-old schoolboy Parag Mondol, raising the total number of suspects to 13.
The 36th death anniversary of Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani was observed yesterday.
A teenage garbage collector, who was beaten up by a chauffeur of a private car at Arifabad in the capital's Rupnagar residential area Thursday afternoon, died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital yesterday.
Transport workers of southern part of Chittagong district will observe a daylong token strike on 19 routes today protesting killing of a bus driver by robbers on Chittagong-Cox's Bazar highway.
The 7th Asia-Pacific Regional Youth Forum began yesterday at Brac Centre for Development Management at Savar.
A fire gutted a bakery, a grocer's warehouse, a coaching centre and three tin-shed houses adjacent to old Chandgaon Police Station in Chittagong city early yesterday.
Anik Sarker, 14, a meritorious student, has been suffering from rare lymphoblastic leukemia for over two months and is undergoing treatment at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University.
Md Abdul Matin Chowdhury, former additional chief architect of the Department of Architecture under the Ministry of Housing and Public Works, died on Friday. He was 75.
Valiant freedom fighter Mokaddes Ali alias Chand Ali died of cardiac arrest at his residence in Kaliganj Upazila Complex area in Jhenidah Saturday night. He was 62.
A local Non-Government Organisation (NGO) has vanished without a trace with about Tk 50 lakh of its 500 subscribers who deposited money to get 'easy loans'.
Dilly-dallying in taking action against illegal construction and land grabbing in the restricted area adjacent to the four-vent Nabaganga regulator, a Key Point Installation (KPI) in the country, has given rise to question about the role of the administration.
The divisional city now assumes a festive look as BNP activists have made a grand arrangement to welcome party Chairperson Khaleda Zia this evening.
At least 265 families in five villages of Sadar upazila became homeless due to erosion by the River Dharla in the last 10 days.
A former member of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) who was convicted in the mutiny trial, died in custody allegedly due to illness early yesterday.
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) detained a Bangladeshi cattle trader and a stone quarry worker in Thakurgaon and Sylhet yesterday and the day before.
The 36th anniversary of death of veteran political leader Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani was observed here yesterday.
At least 12 students were injured as the activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) clashed at Khulna Engineering and Technical University (Kuet) in the city on Friday night.
Criminals cut off tendons of both legs of a man at Atharkhoda village in Sadar upazila on Friday noon. The victim was Babul Mia, an activist of the Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal district unit. Police said a gang attacked Babul and cut off the tendons of both his legs while he was going to the town from his house at around 2:00pm. He was admitted to Sadar Hospital. Police suspect that the incident was a sequel to political rivalry in the area.
A college girl was allegedly abducted near the district town's railway station yesterday morning. The victim is a resident of Nawdanga village in Phulbari upazila in Kurigram district and a student of HSC first year at a local college. Quoting family members, Lalmonirhat railway police said the girl came to the station in the morning following a family feud. The girl's father said that his daughter told him over mobile phone at around 1.00pm yesterday that she was abducted by a gang but she could not identify the location.
Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) members arrested 18 people, including children and women, from Putkhali border while crossing the border illegally early yesterday. Acting on a tip-off, a BGB team raided the area and held four children, seven women and seven men when they were crossing the border without passport. The arrestees hail from Chittagong, Noakhali and Dhaka districts, BGB sources said. Later, they were handed over to Benapole Port police.
Amidst festivity, the tri-annual conference of Thakurgaon Sadar upazila unit Awami League was held yesterday at Zila Parishad Auditorium in the municipality area after nine years with a call to resist Jamaat-Shibir for ensuring the trial of war criminals. AL Organising Secretary Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury, MP, addressed the conference as chief guest while Water Resources Minister Ramesh Chandra Sen, also president of the district unit AL, inaugurated it.
UN leader Ban Ki-moon will visit the Gaza war region within days to push for a truce between Israel and Hamas as their conflict veers toward all-out war, officials said Friday.
Four people have been shot dead in India's restive northeast in the latest outbreak of ethnic violence which has claimed 10 lives this week, officials said yesterday.
Dozens of nursery school children were among 49 people killed on Saturday when a train ploughed into their bus in central Egypt, officials said, prompting angry protests and resignations.
US foreign policy is being reoriented to promote American economic interests after Washington was tied down by two wars in the past decade, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said yesterday.
Iran is on the cusp of being able to triple output of nuclear material that, if further treated, could be used in the core of a bomb, a new UN atomic agency report showed.
Syria's new opposition coalition yesterday signalled that it intends to move quickly to establish a broad-based alternative government to the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.
David Petraeus, the former CIA director, told congressional hearings on Friday that he had always known a terrorist group had been involved in an attack in Benghazi that left the US ambassador and three other Americans dead.
Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee yesterday said her party will bring a no-confidence motion against the Congress-led "minority" UPA government in the winter session of parliament.
A US court sentenced a New York man to life in prison Friday for plotting to turn himself into a suicide bomb in the city's subway as revenge for American attacks in Afghanistan.
Israel's bombing campaign in Gaza will not derail a Palestinian bid to seek upgraded membership at the United Nations later this month, president Mahmud Abbas said on Friday.
Moving to encourage reform in Myanmar ahead of a landmark trip by President Barack Obama, the United States has scrapped a nearly decade-old ban on most imports from the long-isolated nation.
Thousands of protesters made unprecedented calls on Friday for Jordan's King Abdullah II to go, as police blocked them from heading to the royal palace to vent their anger over big fuel price increases.
Sierra Leoneans cast their votes yesterday in the country's third poll since the end of a brutal civil war, a high-stakes race which will hand the victorious party stewardship of a lucrative mining boom.
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Arundhathi Subramaniam is a voice that stands strong in the realm of modern poetry -- her poems explore various ambivalences with bottlenecks and surprises in a 'third world megalopolis' myth, the politics of culture and gender, and the persistent trope of the existential journey. Her works are characterised by contradictory impulses -- the desire for adventure and anchorage, expansion and containment, vulnerability and strength, freedom and belonging, withdrawal and engagement. Her recent book “Where I live” combines Arundhathi's first two Indian collections of poetry. Arundhathi was at Hay Festival Dhaka yesterday and spoke to The Daily Star.
It seemed somehow appropriate that any discussion on cricket should start at the figurative crack of dawn. And although 'play was delayed' by some malfunctioning floodlights at the Bangla Academy, the collective intellect of the lovely Kamila Shamsie, the uber cool Shehan Karunatikala and the affable Khademul Islam made for a thoroughly enjoyable discussion on cricket and how it dominates the South Asian psyche.
There were few better places to be on a mildly wintry November weekend evening, than at Dhanmondi's Robindro Shorobor -- ready to groove with the Hay Dhaka Musicfest, part of the Hay Festival Dhaka. The concert was sponsored by AB Bank, USAID and Nishorgo Network. As the evening sunk in, music enthusiasts gathered at the arena, curiously watching the beautiful candles and paper lamps, anticipating some good music.
Six aspiring poets, three random phrases chosen by the audience, 12 minutes to compose an original work and a totally impressive outcome -- that's what characterised the bilingual poetry slam arranged by British Council on the concluding day (yesterday) of the Hay Festival Dhaka.
As part of the Hay Festival Dhaka, a group of young and amateur performers staged a theatrical adaptation of Begum Roquia Sakhawat Hussain's literary work “Sultana's Dream”. The short play was staged at the corridor of Burdwan House, Bangla Academy on November 16.
The concluding day of the Hay Festival Dhaka 2012, at Bangla Academy, boasted everything under the sun -- from invigorating feminist performances to amusing quips about cricket; from a talk on publishing trends in South Asia to an interpretation of Syed Waliullah's classic, “Lal Shalu”; from launching of books by budding writers to readings by veterans.
China officially ended the 18th National People's Congress of its Communist Party last week. Apart from confirming 205 members and 171 alternate members, the 2,270 delegates announced the much awaited seven member Standing Committee of the Politburo. This Standing Committee is the top decision making body in China, who collectively take major policy decisions that can affect the daily lives of the 1.3 billion people. The seven are therefore will be the most powerful men in China for the next decade.
If by any mistake Democrats had publicized widely why I, if perchance an American citizen, would have voted for Barack Obama, his tight victory might just have become that much more tense. Nothing that Obama did, and he did more than he is given credit for, matched, as far as West and South Asia are concerned, the one thing he refused to do: go to war with Iran under pressure from hawks in Washington and hunter-falcons in
It was on November 17, 1976, that the Doyen of Bengal, Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani, set sail towards the Great Unknown and reached the shore from which no traveller returns.
The Nobel Committee's decision to award the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union (EU) has generated mixed responses. For EU officials, the decision makes sense since the award goes to an institution that really deserves it. EU supporters are delighted by the fact that it is the only regional intergovernmental organisation to win the prestigious peace prize. The other intergovernmental organisations to win the peace prize are in one way or another affiliated to the United Nations. Senior EU officials including EU President Herman Van Rompuy, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, and European Parliament President Martin Schultz, have all welcomed the Nobel Prize, claiming that it was a recognition that was long overdue.
Different stakeholders can minimise the
Tiryaki Hasan Pasha, provincial governor of Ottoman Empire, utterly defeats Habsburg forces, commanded by Ferdinand the Archduke of Austria during the Siege of Nagykanizsa.