News of: Monday, 24th of December, 2012
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The city corporation is constructing two commercial highrises on the land owned by Rajuk and earmarked for open car parks and other public facilities in the capital's Gulshan and Banani.
Three detained students of Jagannath University yesterday confessed to the murder of 24-year-old tailor Bishwajit Das during an opposition blockade early this month.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday took a swipe at economic reporting in Bangladesh media, and said he would like to train economic reporters if he gets some free time.
Rapid Action Battalion chief yesterday claimed that Sagar-Runi murder case would be solved after arresting the night guard of the building where the journalist couple had been residing in a flat.
The biggest and most celebrated cricket career of them all -- spanning 23 years, 463 matches, 18,246 runs, 49 centuries, 96 half-centuries and 154 wickets -- came to a close yesterday as Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar called time on his One-Day-International (ODI) career. The diminutive right-hander, dubbed 'The Little Master', will however continue to play Test cricket.
The country's top auditor has raised 605 objections after digging out irregularities of Tk 4,811 crore in spending by 22 ministries.
A school girl committed suicide in the capital's Manda yesterday allegedly after a miscreant's family had threatened hers with dire consequences if an abduction case was not withdrawn.
The Anti-Corruption Commission yesterday arrested three high officials of Sonali Bank for their alleged involvement in the Hall-Mark loan scam.
Several reformist leaders of the ruling Awami League are likely to return to the Awami League Central Working Committee (ALCWC) at the party's next national council to be held on December 29.
Two teenage boys were killed last night in a fire at a market in Hathazari upazila in the port city.
War crimes accused Jamaat leaders Motiur Rahman Nizami and Delawar Hossain Sayedee filed petitions with the International Crimes Tribunal-1 yesterday seeking retrials of their crimes against humanity cases.
Proceedings against war crimes accused and expelled Jamaat-e-Islami member Abul Kalam Azad reached the final stage as the prosecution yesterday started placing closing argument at the International Crimes Tribunal-2.
Urging all to participate in Khaleda Zia's mass contact programme on Wednesday, BNP leaders yesterday said their ongoing agitation will gradually get tougher to force the government to restore the caretaker government system.
A biting cold wave has added to the sufferings in the winter, especially to the homeless. A beggar in Chittagong was found dead yesterday while many others fell sick in the chilling weather in northern districts and got admitted to hospitals.
After around two decades of division, leaders of two factions of Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) and Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) have taken an initiative to be reunited.
Two nomination papers were found valid, while four others were cancelled yesterday for the January 17 by-polls to Chittagong-12 (Anwara-Paschim Patiya) constituency.
Sibling rivalries lead to anxiety, depression and low-self esteem later in life but parents should let children fight it out to avoid causing further psychological damage.
British prosecutors will decide whether to pursue charges against two Australian DJs, police said Saturday, after a nurse who took a hoax call to a hospital treating Prince William's pregnant wife Kate apparently killed herself.
The British cabinet minister yesterday forced to quit over claims he called Downing Street police officers "plebs" claimed he had been "stitched up" in his first full account of the furore.
The governor of Egypt's Central Bank, Faruq El-Okda, resigned on Saturday, state television reported, after days of speculation that he would step down for health reasons.
Three separate bomb attacks killed a member of the Kurdish peshmerga security forces and three construction workers in Iraq yesterday, officers and doctors said.
The joint statement signed by prime ministers of Bangladesh and Thailand on Saturday at the conclusion of Yingluck Shinawatra's trip to Dhaka spells out a raft of decisions to take their relationship
In a stunning move the government has issued a
Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar on Sunday announced his retirement from one-day international cricket after scoring a record-breaking 49 centuries in the 50-over format.
Leading news magazine Time eulogised Sachin Tendulkar as one in front of whom time appeared to have stood frozen. The champion batsman announced his retirement from one-day international (ODI) cricket on Sunday.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) yesterday revealed that the first edition of the country's second four-day cricket league, the Bangladesh Cricket League (Longer Version) (BCL), will begin from December 27 at two venues, the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium (SBNS) in Dhaka and the Shaheed Chandu Stadium (SCS) in Bogra.
Kevin Pietersen has been rested for England's one-day and Twenty20 squads announced on Sunday for February's tour of New Zealand.
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India made six changes to India's ODI squad that had toured Sri Lanka in July and August this year, for the three-match ODI series against Pakistan, starting December 30. Virender Sehwag survived the axe on a day Sachin Tendulkar retired from ODI cricket but Zaheer Khan was not considered for the high-profile series.
Bangladesh started their campaign in the World Cities Team Chess Championship on a winning note as they defeated United Arab Emirates by 3-1 points on Saturday in the Emirates.
To celebrate its golden jubilee, the Bangladesh Sports Press Association (BSPA) yesterday announced a three-day programme that will be opened by holding a rally on Tuesday.
Youngmen's Club Fakirerpool registered a 1-0 win over Mohakhali Ekadosh in the Popular Life Insurance Senior Division Football League at the Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.
Cricket legend Kapil Dev remembers what it was like playing for his country against India's bitter rival, Pakistan, when he made his international debut in 1978: a bowler was expected to aim at the batsman's body.
Bangladesh have been pitted against tough opponents in the World Hockey League Round-2 along with India, China, Ireland, Azerbaijan and Fiji as the matches of this group will get underway on February 18 in Indian capital of New Delhi.
Skipper Michael Clarke is racing the clock to be fit for the Boxing Day Test against Sri Lanka as selectors mull whether Mitchell Johnson or Jackson Bird will be Australia's third pace bowler.
Defiant Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho insisted on Saturday that he would not be resigning despite his team crashing to a 3-2 loss at Malaga which left the champions 16 points behind leaders Barcelona.
pressure on Saturday after his team lost 3-2 at Malaga, a defeat which left the champions 16 points behind leaders Barcelona.
Lazio moved up to second in Serie A after a 1-0 win at Sampdoria saw them leapfrog Inter Milan, who were held at home by Genoa, while AS Roma beat AC Milan 4-2 in a thrilling end to 2012's Serie A action on Saturday.
Manchester United were prevented from restoring their six-point lead over Manchester City at the top of the Premier League after being held to a 1-1 draw at Swansea City on Sunday.
Argentine striker Lisandro Lopez was on target on Saturday as Olympique Lyon recorded a 3-0 home victory over 10-man Nice to join Paris St Germain at the top of the Ligue 1 standings.
France international keeper Mickael Landreau, who left Lille this month after falling out with manager Rudi Garcia, has signed a six month contract with Bastia, the Corsican club announced Sunday.
Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge is due to have a medical at Liverpool on Sunday ahead of a £12million transfer, British media reported Saturday.
Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova was released from hospital on Saturday, just 48 hours after undergoing cancer surgery.
A taskforce formed by Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association to ensure safety compliance in factories started its inspection drive yesterday with visits to four factories.
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) has started examining tax-related information about the sponsors of the much-talked-about new banks, a senior official said yesterday.
Salim Reza, who runs one of the many Union Information and Service Centres in Jessore, feeds miscellaneous land-related complaints to the district office -- via internet.
Stocks started the week on a negative note yesterday as institutional investors are holding off from making fresh investment just before the year-end.
Food Minister Muhammad Abdur Razzaque yesterday called upon non-government organisations to create some models of development by focusing on some certain localities so that the government can replicate the models in other parts of the country.
Sweden slashed its economic growth forecasts late last week, becoming the third Nordic
Taxmen of zone-8 of the National Board of Revenue brought 153 new taxpayers from the capital's Badda and its adjacent areas under the tax net through its first spot assessment in 2012-13.
The election of Lalmonirhat Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which was supposed to take place every two years, was held after 15 years at its office on Saturday.
Japan's incoming premier Shinzo Abe stepped up pressure on the Bank of Japan Sunday to set a two-percent inflation target, threatening to change a law guaranteeing the bank's independence if it did not agree.
Private sector firms should come up and join hands with non-government organisations in development activities to improve the living standards of the poor.
Narendra Modi's resounding election victory in Gujarat has made Indian businessmen optimistic. Many see his win, the third in a row, as a sign that the centre-right leader with a reputation for effective administration could be ruling the nation in 2014. But a chequered past, an autocratic personality and the peculiarities of India's coalition politics make Modi less than a shoo-in.
The battered euro, written off as a dud many times during a crisis-wracked year, appears to have survived 2012, but 2013 could prove just as difficult if the economy continues to struggle.
Posters of US bombers crashing in flames festoon Hanoi to mark another anniversary in a long-finished war. But behind the usual propaganda Vietnam's rulers face a modern-day threat -- anger over the economy.
Eminent citizens and leaders of social organisations and political parties yesterday called upon all non-communal, progressive and democratic forces to awaken and unite the country's people to build a national resistance against the communal and anti-liberation forces.
When a police officer threatened to falsely implicate her son in a murder case if his extortion demand was not met, Korimon, a 98-year-old vegetable vendor of Fatullah, sold all her worldly possessions.
Journalists staged a six-hour mass hunger strike in the capital yesterday to press home their demands including immediate arrest of the killers of journalist couple Sagar Sarowar and Meherun Runi.
For its success in conducting regular vaccination programmes and increasing immunisation coverage over the time, Bangladesh won the Best Immunisation Performance Award by Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) this year.
The state and government are bound to try war criminals to ensure justice in the country, National Human Rights Commission Chairman Prof Mizanur Rahman told a seminar yesterday.
Seven people were killed and six others injured in separate road accidents in Magura, Moulvibazar, Netrakona, Gaibandha and Khulna yesterday.
Speakers at a seminar yesterday said Saarc, the South Asian regional bloc, has been “very slow” in making progress in many areas and would have made faster developments if member states had more confidence in each other.
Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and Indian Border Security Force (BSF) at a flag meeting yesterday agreed to maintain peaceful coexistence at Jaintapur border in Sylhet.
The wife of a Narayanganj policeman, who succumbed to his burn injuries at DMCH on December 17, yesterday sought permission from a judicial magistrate's court to file a murder case with it accusing four people, including an OC.
Two muggers shot dead a local trader on Dhaka-Chittagong highway in Kutubkhali area of Jatrabari yesterday afternoon.
The next general election will be held in between October 25, 2013 and January 25, 2014 as per the constitution, said Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Faruk Khan yesterday.
Former BNP lawmaker Hafiz Ibrahim and his wife Mafruza Sultana yesterday expressed no-confidence in a judge of the Special Judge Court-6 after she rejected their two adjournment petitions in a money laundering case.
A lighter vessel loaded with fertilisers was damaged as it hit boulders used for embankment near the mouth of the Karnaphuli river early yesterday.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested two alleged members of banned militant Islamist outfit Hizb-ut Tawhid from Bakalia in Chittagong city.
Four artefacts made of black-stone were recovered from Godagari upazila in Rajshahi on Saturday.
Chattagram Samity- Dhaka will hold its annual “Chittagong Festival and Mejban” at Sultana Kamal Women's Sports Complex in the capital's Dhanmondi tomorrow.
The American embassy in Dhaka, including the Consular Section and the American Center with the Archer K Blood American Center Library and the Student Advising Center, will remain closed today and tomorrow [December 24 and 25], and on January 1, 2013, on the occasion of Christmas Day and New Year's Day. These days are American holidays.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia last night sought support from all the communities to give her party another chance to govern to take the country forward ensuring the dignity of all.
The British High Commission in Dhaka, its office in Sylhet, and DFID Bangladesh will remain closed to the public from tomorrow until Thursday [December 25- 27] for Christmas. The office will reopen on December 30, 2012, said a press release yesterday.
Dr Syed Ershad Ali, a noted gynecologist and obstetrician and former principal of Syhlet Medical College, passed away on Friday.
Today is the ninth death anniversary of Anower Hossen, a poet in Bogra.
A large number of boro farmers in several northern districts are opting for other crops due to low market prices of paddy and its higher production cost.
The general students of Islamic University (IU) yesterday blocked Kushtia-Khulna highway, demanding immediate resumption of their classes and examinations.
Luck has smiled on a section of farmers in the district as they are making good profits by selling early varieties of potatoes.
Members of local indigenous community in the district town formed a human chain in front of press club yesterday, demanding punishment to a few stalkers who allegedly instigated suicide by a teenage girl.
People of Sariakandi have called a day-long hartal in the upazila town today to protest cutting of tendons of Jubo League leader Abdus Salam on Saturday.
Bogra district assistant secretary of Jamaat-e-Islami was jailed yesterday for violence and arson during hartal hours.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) recovered 23 bomb-like objects in Pipramari area in Dumuria upazila yesterday morning.
A number of freedom fighters in the district are today leading a life of the destitute.
A youth was beaten to death at Rahamatpur residential area in the district town on Friday night.
A local BNP leader was seriously injured in an attack allegedly by Awami League activists in Duppara Primary School area at Dubpara village in Sharsha upazila on Saturday night.
Two housewives allegedly committed suicide over family feud in Domar upazila on Thursday. The deceased were identified as Bulbuli Begum, 24, daughter of Kohinal Rahman of Paschim Boragari village and Bely Begum Renu, 18, of Ketkibari Pramanikpara village, said police. Of the duo, Bulbuli took poison following an altercation with her husband and mother-in-law over a family matter on Thursday night. She was rushed to the upazila health complex in critical condition where she died after sometime. Renu married one Akhtarul Islam, son of Mojibur Rahman of Sonarai Chagdapara village two months ago. After the marriage, Mojibur demanded dowry from her father, a day labourer. Being frustrated, she hanged herself with scarf from the roof of her father's home on Thursday night.
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested a man along with a firearm from Bankal bridge area in Sadar upazila on Saturday afternoon. The arrestee was identified as Saiful Islam, 20, son of Abdul Jalil of Garerkanda area of the upazila. Rab sources said, on secret information, a team of Rab-6 led by DAD Humayun Khan raided the area in the afternoon and arrested Saiful in possession of a shutter gun and a bullet. The arrestee was handed over to Sadar police at night. A case was filed against him under the Arms Act.
Four alleged robbers were rounded up by police from different places of the district town yesterday. The arrestees are Arman Khan, 30, son of Nihal Khan of Uttar Chelopara, Abdul Halim Sanyal, 25, son of late Mohammad Ali of Katnarpara, Abdul Latif, 40, son of Loya Mia of Fulbari and Polash Mia, 28, son of Aftab Hossen of Katnarpara in the town. The police drive followed a robbery at a filling station in the town at 2.30am on Saturday. The owner of the filling station filed a robbery case against 10/12 at noon.
We came to know from the report of The Daily Star on 19.12.12 that the government has approved the elevated metro rail project at a cost of Tk 21,985 crore. The amount will be provided jointly by the JICA and the government to improve the transport system as well as ease traffic in the capital. The government also took up a plan to build an elevated expressway in line with the suggestion put forward in the city's suburban transport strategy. The 20-kilometre Mass Rapid Transit (MRT)Line-6 will begin from Uttara third phase and pass through Pallabi, Rokeya Sarani, Farmgate, Sonargaon hotel, Ruposhi Bangla hotel, TSC of Dhaka University and Bangladesh Bank. We want to see transparency in the implementation of this project.
Tupperware is an America based international company producing beauty products and plastic wares which has sales operation in many countries. In Bangladesh, Tupperware started its sales operation in 2012 with different types of plastic food containers.
Many poor folks in the world haven't yet found the real meaning of Christmas. So many people are lost, lonely, downtrodden, weak and weary. Some are weak in their bodies, weary in their flesh; others are weak in their minds; and yet others are weak in body, mind and spirit. There are the trampled-on, the poor, the persecuted, the hungry; those who are victims of war and crime and exploitation; those who nobody wants and for whom nobody cares; those who have so little in the way of worldly goods, who are lacking in food, clothing and shelter -- even the basic necessities.
When Bishwajit Das was hacked to death, there were TV cameras and photojournalists around. This is the reason why we got to see such a gruesome murder. But aren't we missing a point? We have not heard yet if any of the media men present there during the beastly attack had made any attempt to save the life of a fellow human!
The common people of Bangladesh do not believe that the next general election under the incumbent government can be neutral, free and fair. How can we expect that the ruling party men, most of whom are now involved in corruption and other unlawful activities will become righteous overnight and behave like 'saints during election? How can we expect that the sabre-rattling and gun-toting activists of the ruling party's student front will turn into good boys during national election days?
Nowadays many real estate companies have been taking our playgrounds and building high-rises there. But they don't think about us -- teenagers and children. If we don't get open space to play, we won't be physically fit. So, I strongly request the real estate companies to let us play by not occupying the fields.
Religion has a great contribution in purifying our minds. A true believer who obeys his religion can not hate others. But what is happening around in the name of religion? Rohingya Muslims were burnt to death; thousands of them were forced to take refuse in neighbouring Bangladesh. Killing people of other religions are common all over the world. But no religion allows killing innocent people. I urge the people of all religions to realise the ideology of their religion and practice it accordingly. This way the world will be peaceful and secure for all.
Connecticut school shooting incident was very ugly and sad. We are in tears along with Barack Obama and people of the world. We mourn the deaths and pray for the kids, teachers and parents who died in the shooting. All schools should tighten their security. Let there be peace everywhere. We do not want to see injury and deaths anywhere in the world. Let the gun game be over.
Garment sector plays the most important role in the economic development of our country. But it can also be a source of problem if a garment unit is situated in a residential area as it can create sound. An example is a factory located at Mirpur. It is close to a residential area and has two high voltage power generators that operate during load-shedding. In the area, load shedding is a common experience. These generators operate for long hours and create intolerable noise pollution. I am a resident of the area. Sound pollution causes hearing problem, heart problem, brain stroke, etc. Considering its adverse impact on public health, it is advised that the unit may replace those screaming generators with quieter ones. It will save some money, as well as give relief to local residents.
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The heart of the Indian capital turned into a battle zone yesterday as thousands massed to denounce the brutal gang rape of a young woman triggering appeals from both the government and opposition.
Egypt has adopted a new, Islamist-backed constitution with nearly two-thirds support in a referendum preceded by weeks of sometimes bloody protests, official media said yesterday.
Pakistan's powerful army chief has made reconciling warring factions in Afghanistan a top priority, military officials and Western diplomats say, the newest and clearest sign yet that Islamabad means business in promoting peace with the Taliban.
North Korea's recent rocket launch amounted to the test of a ballistic missile capable of carrying a half-tonne payload as far as the US west coast, the South Korean defence ministry said yesterday.
Police shot dead a television journalist yesterday when they opened fire during a protest against a sexual assault on a film actress in India's northeast, an official said.
Afghanistan's Taliban has called for a new constitution as a pre-condition for it joining the nation's fledgling peace process, according to a declaration issued by representatives at a landmark meeting in France.
Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti yesterday said he was ready to govern the country again but would not be a candidate in the February election.
A huge fire swept through a market in downtown Kabul yesterday, destroying hundreds of shops and forcing the city's nearby money exchange to evacuate, police and witnesses said.
Syria has acted to consolidate its chemical weapons into "one or two" places to prevent rebels capturing them, Russia's foreign minister said on Saturday.
A Cairo court has decided it will rule on the appeal of ousted former President Hosni Mubarak on January 13, a court source said yesterday, a move that could lead to Mubarak being retried over the killing of protesters last year.
Observing that Gujarat remains an important state for its investment, the United States on Saturday, said it would continue to engage with the state across a broad range of issues including trade, investment, university linkages and people to people exchanges.
Observing that Gujarat remains an important state for its investment, the United States on Saturday, said it would continue to engage with the state across a broad range of issues including trade, investment, university linkages and people to people exchanges.
Iran is engaged in a "smart economic war" with Western powers whose sanctions against its nuclear programme are hurting some Iranians, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Saturday.
Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati foresees early general elections but said her party would not do anything to bring down the government.
Flooding and heavy rain are continuing to cause problems in south-west England and parts of Wales and Scotland.
Arts & Entertainment
Mohammad Rafi has a soothing effect on you, even when he is singing the saddest of songs. In his sadness as in his moods of good cheer, there is the exhilaration of romance which comes alive. It is a feeling which transfers itself into you, to a point where you know that Rafi sings for you, that his sentiments and yours are indistinguishable one from the other. Recall this heart-breaking number he sings, with Asha Bhonsle, in the movie Meri Soorat Teri Ankhen: tere bin soone nain hamare. It is symbolic of a sheer feeling of helplessness in a man who craves love and yet does not easily come by it.
Tareque Masud Memorial Trust together with Laser Vision Limited organised a launching programme of "Songs of Tareque Masud" and a DVD of "Naroshundor" at Sevenhill restaurant, in the capital on December 22.
Rafiqul Islam Chowdhury is a budding artist who focuses on separation, love, romance, features relating to birth and death as well as nature and its mysteries. The artist strives to highlight the human habitat and its mystifying settings, where light and shade are prominent. In a bid to portray contemplation and isolation, colours and lines have formed a harmonic relationship in his paintings.
Bangla Theatre from Dhaka staged “Che'r Cycle” on the inaugural day of a four-day theatre festival at District Shilpakala Academy auditorium on December 21. Ensemble Theatre, a prominent theatre group in Mymensingh, organised the festival.
Non-profit Bdesh Foundation recently held its annual Family Night and Fundraising Dinner at the St. Joseph Parish Hall in Herndon, Virginia, says a press release. The special guests at the event were Brother Tarif Shraim, Dr. Altaf Husain, Brother Adam Kareem and Ustad Abdur Rafa.
The Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy has taken up a project in collaboration with Swedish music Academy Statens Musikverk, to develop the country's first full-fledged orchestra. As part of the project, one of Sweden's most prolific flautists and opera orchestra expert Mats Moller, his son and award-winning guitarist Johannes Moller, and violinist Eva Lindal came to Bangladesh.
The horrific gang rape of a 23 years old female physiotherapy student in a moving bus in New Delhi on the night of December 16 has outraged India.
Gujarat going the way of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Himachal Pradesh to the Congress was expected even before the first vote was cast in the two states. Although Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has crossed old tally of 117, he must be disappointed that he did not get 145, the figure which the exit polls had projected and he had begun to cherish.
Seeing Biswajit Das staggering out of a building drenched in blood, disoriented and helpless, was absolutely sickening. The sight of some "brave" and "patriotic" young men brandishing their weapons and poking, battering, hacking away at him was disgusting. The fact that no one could help him -- not the police, not the bystanders, not even the doctors when he finally made it to the Mitford Hospital (through the courage and kindness of a rickshaw puller) -- was incomprehensible.
In the aftermath of the leaks of Skype conversations, one of the sticking points is whether the trials at Tribunal No.1, of which the now-resigned Justice Md. Nizaml Huq was the Chairman, should be held afresh. Keeping with the norm, the politicians and civil society members are divided into two opposing camps on this issue.
Students Easterners to the rescue! Over the next five years, Asia will take over as financial leader of the world, a committee of representatives from the region announced last night.