News of: Sunday, 2nd of December, 2012
One-third of the 89 garment factories visited by fire officials on the second day of safety inspection lack mechanisms to fight blaze.
Despite an earlier announcement by the BGMEA, the workers of the fire-ravaged Tazreen Fashions factory did not get their salary yesterday.
At least 50 guards and workers of an export-oriented leather factory were injured when several hundred garment workers attacked the company's premises and vandalised six of its vehicles in Ashulia yesterday.
In a controversial suggestion, outgoing BSF chief UK Bansal has said the menace of cattle smuggling on the India-Bangladesh border defies policing and might be best controlled by making the trade legal.
Garment worker Fahima was on her way to Tazreen Fashions yesterday morning. Although it was nothing new to her, yesterday was different.
A senior assistant judge was arrested with 342 bottles of Phensedyl and a loaded pistol in the capital's New Market area last night.
Bangladesh, 1-0 up in the five-ODI series against West Indies, take on the visitors in the second match at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium here today. They will do so with the deflating knowledge that star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who was ruled out of the first two games before the series began, will now miss the rest of the series because of a shin injury.
The World AIDS Day was observed yesterday in the country as elsewhere across the world to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and demonstrate international solidarity to end the pandemic.
Issuing a note of warning, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked the opposition BNP to sever ties with the Jamaat-e-Islami; otherwise it would have to face the consequences of its “efforts to save war criminals”.
The government had shared all confidential technical data on the Padma bridge project with a Malaysian construction firm during its attempt to find an alternative financier for the project after the World Bank suspended its funding over corruption allegations.
Political and civil society leaders of indigenous communities in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) have expressed dismay alleging that the Awami League-led government has done little to implement the CHT peace accord.
All four members of a young family were killed as the motorcycle they were riding on crashed head-on with a bus in Naogaon yesterday.
Border Guards Bangladesh yesterday sent 33 Rohingyas back to Myanmar after detaining them in Teknaf of Cox's Bazar for intruding into Bangladesh.
The BNP yesterday trashed the prime minister's claim that the opposition had announced agitation programmes in the month of victory to save the war criminals, saying Sheikh Hasina was misleading people.
Guarded by rifle-toting police, immigration authorities in western Myanmar have launched a major operation aimed at settling an explosive question at the heart of the biggest crisis the government has faced since beginning its nascent transition to democracy last year.
How muscular you are as a teenager may predict how long you live, at least if you are a man.
The US yesterday criticised Israel's decision to authorise the construction of 3,000 more housing units in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank.
A Palestinian shot by Israeli troops in the southern Gaza Strip on Friday has died of his wounds, a Palestinian medical official said.
Ashulia garments fire has been the latest in the series of embarrassments one of our largest foreign exchange earning sectors has caused to the country. The highest number of deaths so far in garment fire hogging international media attention, the overseas buyers are chagrined and worried. Are the BGMEA and its constituent manufacturers and exporters any wiser and resolute to call a halt to the accidents?
In the death of Inder Kumar Gujral, India and indeed the entire South Asian region has lost a man of vision and courage. There was in Gujral an urbanity, both in terms of his approach to politics and in his dealings with people on an individual level, that revealed the substance his personality was made of. No one could have foreseen, back in the 1990s when India went through some rather rapid changes in power in New Delhi, that Gujral would one day be called upon to lead India as its prime minister. But, then again, as foreign minister twice, first in the VP Singh government and then in the HD Deve Gowda government, he did a rather good job of giving a new dimension to Indian diplomacy, especially where it concerned Delhi's relations with its neighbours. As prime minister, albeit rather briefly in the late 1990s, what came to be known as the Gujral doctrine would subsequently be regarded as the foundation upon which future leaders in South Asia could build an edifice of cooperation.
What a difference a day makes. On Thursday it was hard to imagine a way for Bangladesh to emerge triumphant in the first ODI of the five-match series against the West Indies. Friday's match at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium in Khulna changed that perception as the Tigers put in a clinical performance to beat the visitors by seven wickets.
The key to Bangladesh's victory over the West Indies in the first ODI at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium on Friday was that the team started excellently in both bowling and batting departments, and the heartening aspect was that they kept the momentum going throughout each innings. Mashrafe Bin Mortaza and Abul Hasan kept West Indies opener Chris Gayle and Lendl Simmons relatively quiet so that the rest of the team tried to attack the Tigers' strong suit -- their spinners.
Shakib Al Hasan has been ruled out for rest of the series against the West Indies as the champion all-rounder has been advised to rest for six weeks after being diagnosed with shin injury.
West Indies skipper Darren Sammy was very likely not expecting the result that he got from the first ODI at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium on Friday. Judging by his press conference the previous day when he talked of a 5-0 result as the aim, a seven-wicket defeat to Bangladesh probably did not sit well with the team.
Former national pacer Talha Jubair found form at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium in Bogra as he finished with figures of 8 for 35, his best in first-class cricket, against Rangpur yesterday. The bowler, who was playing his third game of the league for Dhaka Metro, claimed that the morning dew in the wicket helped him swing the ball.
Pace spearhead Dale Steyn rediscovered his best form to bowl South Africa into a commanding position on the second day of the third and final Test against Australia at the WACA Ground on Saturday.
Mohammedan Sporting Club retained their chess supremacy by winning the Ultra Milk Premier Division Chess League which concluded at the NSC Auditorium yesterday. Mohammedan won all nine rounds to collect a maximum of 18 points.
Prabir Mukherjee, the Eden Gardens curator, has strongly criticised Mahendra Singh Dhoni's call for turning pitches, calling it "immoral", and even sought a month's leave from work.
The 8th South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Championship, the premier footballing extravaganza of the South Asian region, will be held from September 20 to October 5, 2013 in Nepal, it was decided at a meeting of the SAFF in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday.
Nasrin Sports Academy, Khilgaon Football Academy and Tangail Football Academy won their respective matches of the Dhaka City Corporation Pioneer League Football at separate venues yesterday.
Andrew Flintoff will take his time before deciding
Brothers Union Chittagong crushed Agrabad Noujoan Club 3-1 in the Chittagong Premier Division Football League at the MA Aziz Stadium in Chittagong yesterday.
Bangladesh U-23 team have set their sights on the Mahinda Rajapakshe International Football Tournament trophy which will begin in Nawalapitiya, Sri Lanka on December 3.
Dinajpur, Dhaka and BKSP notched up big victories while Jaypurhat had a close win on the opening day of the Agrani Bank 23rd National Youth Hockey Competition at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.
Rafael Benitez's difficult start as interim Chelsea manager took a significant turn for the worse when his side were beaten 3-1 by West Ham United at Upton Park on Saturday.
David Beckham has been helping L.A. Galaxy in their bid to sign Brazilian playmaker Kaka from Real Madrid as his replacement, the Major League Soccer club's owner said on Friday.
AC Milan recovered from a goal down to win 3-1 at 10-man Catania thanks to a second-half double from Stephan El Shaarawy and a strike by Kevin-Prince Boateng who was sent off near the end of a lively Serie A clash on Friday.
Hosts Brazil will face Japan in the opening match of the Confederations Cup on June 15 next year in Brasilia following Saturday's draw in Sao Paulo.
English champions Manchester City led the way in spending on players' agents' fees in the year to the end of September 2012, according to figures published by the Premier League on Friday.
Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini wants brothers Yaya and Kolo Toure to skip the Africa Cup of Nations in January.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter hailed technical advances in the game Friday as the organisation prepares to try out goalline technology at the upcoming World Club Cup in Japan.
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho will confront the home fans who whistled him at their midweek King's Cup match by walking out alone onto the Bernabeu pitch 40 minutes before Saturday's La Liga match with Atletico Madrid.
Flights in and out of Shahjalal International Airport were operated smoothly yesterday ahead of a nine-hour daily shutdown of operations for more than five months for maintenance work.
An external panel of the World Bank will start talks with the Anti-Corruption Commission from today to know the progress the anti-graft watchdog made in investigating the evidence of corruption in the Padma bridge project.
A minister and the leader of a garment lobby group at a BBC Sanglap said people responsible for the last week's fire tragedy should be punished, but the audience at the show expressed doubts over justice.
US Secretary of Labour Hilda L Solis on Friday assured that her department was ready to help Bangladesh with technical assistance and expertise in the readymade garment sector.
Persistent labour unrest shut Roshita Knitting Wear Ltd and Megha Textile Ltd, both Chinese-owned, in the Ishwardi Export Processing Zone.
Stocks returned to the black last week riding on investors' buying spree in its last trading session following the news of regulatory measures and loan sanction by a multilateral donor agency.
International banking organisation HSBC has extended support for the MRDI's programme for developing Dhangmari, a remote village in the Sundarbans, as a climate model village.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday announced a plan to set up a tea auction centre in Sylhet division as part of her government's initiative for the development of the sector.
SME Foundation has recently agreed to provide Tk 3 crore to Trust Bank to give loans to small and medium entrepreneurs, particularly women, in Jessore and three hill districts at 9 percent interest.
Green tax is not a panacea for environmental ills, according to a policy paper of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).
Mahmuda Sharmin won the Dhaka regional final of Monitor-Malaysian Palm Oil Chef of the Year 2012, held at Hotel Purbani International in Dhaka yesterday.
The world's first pan-African low-cost carrier Fastjet enjoyed keen demand on its first day of commercial operations, it said in a statement on Friday.
Recently, we heard the finance minister saying in parliament that the impact of the Hall-Mark scam is felt by other banks as well. This statement actually defies claims of many who asserted that the scam was an isolated incident having little implications for the banking sector.
India's economy extended its long slump in the last quarter, with lower-than-expected growth keeping it on track for its worst year in a decade and underscoring the urgency of politically difficult reforms to spur a revival.
Dhaka University Alumni Association celebrated its diamond jubilee yesterday with several thousand alumni arriving to meet and catch up with old friends and teachers.
Dr Salehuddin Ahmed joined The Daily Star as the managing editor yesterday. Before joining The Daily Star, he worked in IPRCC-International Poverty Reduction Centre in Beijing, China as their chief technical advisor.
Chief Justice Md Muzammel Hossain yesterday said an independent and competent judiciary was a must for democracy, the rule of law and the development desired.
Adivasi leader Jyotirindra Bodhipriya Larma yesterday said the past governments had not handed the control of any important issues, including law and order and land management, over to the councils of three hill districts as promised in the 1997 peace accord.
The proposed foreign donation regulatory law must incorporate simple provisions, not restrict non-government development funds, and be immediately made public for scrutiny, demanded international NGO activists at a press conference yesterday.
Freedom fighters at a rally in Sylhet city yesterday afternoon announced that they would fast unto death from December 17, if the government failed to complete the trials of the detained 'front line' war criminals by December 16.
Pro-Awami League Swadhinata Chikitsak Parishad (Swachip) won the elections to all of the 41 posts of the central executive committee of Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA).
Speakers at a seminar in Rajshahi yesterday expressed concern over "unabated smuggling" of rawhides to India through different borders in northwestern region of Bangladesh.
Former Jamaat-e-Islami ameer Ghulam Azam, who has been detained in war crimes cases, was released on parole for three hours to attend the namaz-e-janaza of his sister yesterday.
Seven people were killed and ten others injured in separate road accidents in Chittagong, Jhalakathi, Brahmanbaria, Bogra and Tangail on Friday and yesterday.
Rights activists yesterday demanded enactment of a law for ensuring equal rights of Dalits and other socially excluded communities of the country.
The prime accused in the killing of a female doctor at her clinic office in the capital early Friday was arrested in Brahmanbaria yesterday.
BNP standing committee member Rafiqul Islam Mia yesterday said the prime minister has no right to announce election date.
Four houses were gutted in a fire at Boubazar in Chittagong city yesterday.
Bangladesh paid tributes to former Indian prime minister Inder Kumar Gujral with State Minister for Liberation War Affairs Captain (retd) ABM Tajul Islam attending the former's funeral with full state honours.
Toshiyuki Kuroyanagi, vice-president of Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica), yesterday arrived in Dhaka for a five-day visit, says a press release.
Former Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Manilal Tripathi passed away yesterday.
The Indian High Commission in Dhaka cancelled its cultural show and gala dinner, scheduled to be held in the capital's Sonargaon Hotel at 8:00pm tomorrow, due to the state mourning following the demise of former Indian Prime Minister Inder Kumar Gujral.
Chittagong University (CU) celebrated its 46th founding anniversary yesterday through a daylong colourful programmes including processions, a documentary show and discussions.
Police yesterday arrested eight Islami Chhatra Shibir activists at a hostel of Chittagong Government College in the port city.
Sirajul Islam, a retired teacher of a primary school at Panchgachi village in Sundergnj upazila, died of cardiac arrest at his residence yesterday. He was 68.
The Qulkhwani of Anjuman Ara Jamil, a former MP and wife of late Brig Gen Jamil Uddin Ahmad (Bir Uttam), will be held at Mohakhali New DOHS Jame Mosque after Maghrib prayers today, reports UNB.
Irrigation in 1,347 hectares of land in the upcoming boro season seems uncertain due to utterly bad condition of an 11.95-kilometre-long secondary canal under Teesta Irrigation Project.
Police till yesterday arrested only three of the accused in the case for killing of youth and sport secretary of district Awami League Sujanur Rahman Sujan.
A baby crocodile, allegedly brought from salt waters of Sundarbans canal by smugglers, was miraculously saved yesterday.
The authorities concerned are yet to take any steps to end the nearly three-month-long deadlock at Islamic University (IU) in Kushtia.
People of Sadullapur upazila brought out a procession yesterday demanding severest punishment to notorious listed criminal Nur Mohammed, arrested by police from Bujruk Patanocha village in Sadullapur upazila early Friday.
Urea production at Ashuganj Fertiliser Chemical Company Limited (AFCCL) in the district came to a halt on Friday due to a technical fault. According to AFCCL office sources, the factory is missing an opportunity to produce 1,400 metric tones of urea worth Tk 2.8 crore everyday due to the disruption. Md. Zinnat Ali, general manager of AFCCL, said the engineers and technicians were working round the clock to repair the faults. It may take around 10 days to resume the operation, he said.
Two Bangladeshi cattle traders were injured allegedly by members of Indian Border Security Force (BSF) on Mondumala border in Baliadangi upazila on Friday night. The injured are Robiul Awal, 24, son of Abdur Rahman and Sirazul Haque, 26, son of Monsur Ali of Ratnai Kashibari village. Company commander of Nagarvita BGB camp Shajahan Ali said, BSF members of Sonamoti caught the duo and beat them up, leaving them injured while they were entering India through the border. Later, the victims were freed following a commander level meeting of BGB and BSF.
A road in the municipality was named after a martyred freedom fighter yesterday. Mostafizur Rahman, state minister for land, unveiled the foundation stone of 'Shahid Asadullah Sarani Road' stretching around 500 meters from Dinajpur Zila School to Zora Bridge. Asadullah was shot dead during the Liberation War.
The pro-Awami League Sommilito Aainjibi Somonnay Parishad won seven posts including those of president and secretary while BNP led Jatiya Aainjibi Oikya Panel got 15 including vice president and joint secretary in the District Bar Association election on Friday. Forty four candidates fought for 22 posts, said election commissioner Binoy Kumar Ghosh. According to the result, president candidate Abdul Motin bagged 290 votes and secretary aspirant Moynul Islam secured 290 votes.
Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas called on Friday for a return to peace talks, but slammed Israel's latest plans to build 3000 settler homes in reaction to a United Nations vote recognising Palestine as a non-member state.
Approval of Palestinian non-member UN status this week provoked no US funding ban on the United Nations, but irate US lawmakers have introduced measures that would do dramatic fiscal harm to the Palestinians and could also target the global body.
The International Monetary Fund said Friday that the UN vote to recognize Palestine as a non-member observer state does not mean the Palestinians will automatically become members of the financial institution.
Harry Potter creator JK Rowling accused British Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday of betraying victims of press intrusion after he opposed calls by a major inquiry for laws to regulate newspapers.
Syrian Internet and mobile phone links remained cut for a third straight day yesterday, an AFP correspondent in Damascus reported, amid US accusations the government is deliberately seeking to deprive the opposition of communications.
Treating people with HIV who have uninfected partners significantly reduces transmission rates, researchers in China have found.
India's former prime minister I K Gujral, who died on Friday, was cremated here yesterday with full state honours.
The US Senate unanimously approved new economic sanctions Friday aimed at further crippling Iran's energy, shipping and port sectors.
Thousands of Islamists yesterday rallied in support of President Mohamed Morsi's new expanded powers and the drafting of a contested charter, in a clear show of Egypt's widening polarisation.
A cargo plan crashed at Brazzaville airport as it was trying to land in a storm Friday, killing around 30 residents and also the crew, emergency services and witnesses said.
Mexico's incoming president Enrique Pena Nieto took the reins of power early yesterday, inheriting a country full of economic promise but beset by a brutal drug war.
Kuwaitis cast ballots yesterday to elect a second parliament in 10 months, but early turnout was low as voters appeared to heed an opposition call to shun the poll over a disputed electoral law.
At least 12 people have been killed, including eight Pakistani soldiers, and nine people are missing after being hit by landslides in the mountainous Kashmir region, officials said on Saturday.
A Missouri mechanic and his unemployed wife came forward Friday as holders of one of two winning tickets in the second largest lottery in US history: a $587.5 million Powerball jackpot.
With the situation returning to normal, Indian authorities yesterday lifted the three-day-old curfew imposed in nine police station areas of the city following sectarian clashes.
North Korea yesterday announced an imminent rocket launch in a move sure to draw stern US and UN condemnation and rack up tensions with South Korea which is just days from a presidential election.
Arts & Entertainment
The second day (November 30) of the Bengal ITC SRA Classical Music Festival 2012 maintained the brilliance of its beginning. The grandest ever classical music festival is being held at Bangladesh Army Stadium in Dhaka. The second day's programme kicked off with an exclusive presentation, titled “SRA on Strings”. A number of instruments -- sitar, sarod, sarangi, flute, violin and tabla -- fashioned a fusion based on Raga Kafi.
Beats of taiko (traditional Japanese wide drums) and narimono (metallic percussion) mingled with measured acoustic sounds of samisen (three-stringed instrument), and together created some unforgettable music, as Japanese fusion group 'Aun and Hide' performed for the Dhaka audience during a two-hour show at the National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy in Dhaka on November 30.
The 15th Asian Art Biennale opened yesterday. As part of the festival, exhibitions are now on at National Art Gallery of Bangladesh Shillpakala Academy (BSA) and Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts.
After a gap of three years, India and China last week concluded talks on "a proposed land corridor that would pass through Myanmar and connect Kolkata with south-western China's Kunming city in Yunnan province." Officials from the foreign ministries of India and China met in Kunming with officials from West Bengal and Yunnan to finalise the project. An action plan was approved, which also decided on the route that this road would take to establish connectivity with China. Analysts say that China has shown serious interest in building this road. So also has India as it will also connect it with South-East Asia. Curiously however, the Chinese are keen to have access to Kolkata port through this road in spite of the various bottlenecks in using the port.
The guessing game over China's next top diplomat has intensified, now that the exit of incumbent Dai Bingguo is confirmed. The 71-year-old veteran's exclusion from the Communist Party's new leadership this month signals his imminent retirement as state councillor in charge of foreign affairs in March when the new cabinet is formed.
It was a small town of Bon-Bon in Germany which Foreign Minister Inder Kumar Gujral chose as the venue for a meeting of Indian envoys in Europe. As High Commissioner to the UK, I attended it. During the discussion, Gujral wanted our comments on the future of relations between India and Pakistan. I said the solution of Kashmir was important. Gujral snubbed me. Yet when he was the prime minister in 1997, he announced at Srinagar that India was willing to accept Kashmir's solution outside the constitution. There was so much pressure on him that he retracted the statement. But he remained steadfast on his proposal of a status for Kashmir outside the constitution but inside the Indian Union.
It is under the leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC) that China today has emerged as a most vibrant and strong nation, and the second largest economy in the world. This phenomenal rise of China in the last three decades is like a miracle. It happened because of CPC's correct and able leadership, its pragmatic policies and pursuit, following Deng Xiaoping's dictum: "Shi shi qiu shi" (seek truth from facts).
The world is in a state of turmoil. In September, it was the Prophet Mohammad video which sparked protests in the Muslim world. This was followed by an armed attack on the US Diplomatic Mission in Ben Ghazi, Libya, killing four Americans. In October, we were rocked by the anti-austerity demonstrations in Spain. In November, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict escalated, resulting in the Gaza death toll soaring past the bloody milestone of 100. Add to this the continuing unrest in Syria, the resurging dissent in Egypt, and we have a scenario of economic upheaval, social unrest, terrorist attacks and the possible threat of a full-scale war in the Middle East.
The British Government invites four Indian leaders, Nehru, Baldev Singh, Jinnah and Liaquat Ali Khan to obtain the participation of all parties in the Constituent Assembly.