Nation celebrates 39th Independence Day today

March 26, 2009

Staff Correspondent

(Right) Wednesday night commemorated the black night of March 25, 1971. On this night, some 7000 unarmed Bangalees were killed in Dhaka alone by the Pakistani occupation forces in 1971 under Operation Search Light. Photo: Focus Bangla

(Right) Wednesday night commemorated the black night of March 25, 1971. On this night, some 7000 unarmed Bangalees were killed in Dhaka alone by the Pakistani occupation forces in 1971 under "Operation Search Light." Photo: Focus Bangla

Political parties and different cultural organisations have taken various programmes to celebrate the 39th Independence and National Day today and pay homage to the valiant sons of the soil who laid down their lives to free the country from Pakistani colonial rule.
Different political parties including the ruling party Awami League and main opposition BNP will celebrate the day through placing floral wreaths at the National Mausoleum in the morning. Besides, on the occasion, Read more

London NGO about to open 2 more dens

March 26, 2009

Militants in Bhola found more equipped, trained than JMB, says investigators
Star Report

Photo: STAR

Photo: STAR

The London-based NGO Green Crescent, which runs the madrasa-cum-orphanage in Bhola that turned out to be a mini-ordnance factory Tuesday, had plans to set up two more training centres for militants in Doulatkhan and Lalmohan upazilas of the district.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) officials said the four militant suspects arrested at the madrasa revealed that the NGO has already purchased 10-12 acres of land in remote areas of the upazilas. But the arrestees could not Read more

PM unwraps IT plan

March 26, 2009

10,000 programmers a year; IT curriculum must in SSC level by 2013, in primary 2021; opens digital expo
Staff Correspondent
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said her government will do whatever necessary to create 10,000 information technology (IT) programmers every year.
The government will introduce compulsory IT curriculum at secondary school level by 2013 and primary level by 2021, Hasina said at the inaugural ceremony of BCS Digital Expo-2009 in the capital’s Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre.
Earlier, she had been informed at the Expo that the country’s educational institutions produce only 2,500 programmers every Read more

BDR’s trustworthiness shattered, says DG

March 26, 2009

6 BDR rebels make confessional statements
Staff Correspondent
The director-general of Bangladesh Rifles said on Wednesday that last month’s rebellion in the Pilkhana had not only caused the untimely death of many talented officers but also destroyed the paramilitary force’s trustworthiness.
‘The mutiny has not only caused the murder of many talented officers but has also shattered people’s trust in the BDR,’ said Moinul Islam, the chief of the BDR, at a press briefing in the BDR headquarters.
‘I have asked the troops to regain the people’s confidence. They have to reveal the truth to recover trustworthiness,’ said Moinul to the BDR soldiers, referring to his recent visit to the BDR sector headquarters in Mymensingh, a Read more

Tk 1,100cr spending of CAAB under scanner

March 26, 2009

JS body blasts it for sketchy bookkeeping; 4 sub-committees to check graft in jute, textile mills
Staff Correspondent
The parliamentary standing committee on public undertakings yesterday blasted the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) for alleged anomalies in its accounts of expenditure of Tk 1,100 crore in last eight years.
“It is clear that accounts of expenditure of the civil aviation authority was not properly maintained mainly due to corruption,” said Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir, chief the committee.
He was talking to reporters after the committee at a meeting at the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban discussed the functioning of CAAB.
Besides, the parliamentary standing committee on jute and textile ministry at a meeting yesterday formed four sub-committees to Read more

Govt starts formal work to try war criminals

March 26, 2009

Reviewing International Crimes (Tribunal) Act 1973
Staff Correspondent
The government has started its formal work to try the war criminals, who were allegedly involved in the genocide during the 1971 Liberation War of Bangladesh.
Against the backdrop of the unanimous decision, passed in the Jatiya Sangsad (JS) in the ongoing session of the ninth Parliament, an inter-ministerial meeting on war-crime trial met for the first time on Wednesday.
The meeting, with Home Minister Advocate Sahara Khatun in the chair, yesterday reviewed different related-provisions of the International Crimes (Tribunal) Act 1973 whether under this law the war criminals could Read more

Militancy is not a critical challenge for Bangladesh yet: Moni

March 26, 2009

Leaves for KL to discuss labour issue
BSS, Dhaka
Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni on Wednesday said, militancy or terrorism was not a critical challenge for Bangladesh’s image abroad yet as she called it an issue worldwide concern.
“I don’t think it is a critical challenge for Bangladesh’s image yet,” she told newsmen in her first formal press conference after the installation of the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s government with the landmark December 29, 2008 general election.
“It (militancy) is not a problem for Bangladesh alone, rather it is a worldwide concern and as soon as we can overcome it, it is good for all.”
The foreign minister said, Bangladesh is a Muslim majority country, but the landmark polls in December last year Read more

Another BDR soldier commits suicide

March 26, 2009

Staff Correspondent . Sylhet
A Bangladesh Rifles soldier reportedly committed suicide in the Sylhet sector headquarters in Akhalia area of the city on Wednesday.
The deceased, Waliullah Sheikh, 23, a soldier of 38 Rifles battalion under the Sylhet sector headquarters, came from village Bhandertek under Batiyaghata upazila in Khulna.
Police recovered the body hanging from a bathroom in the soldiers’ line of the sector headquarters at about 11:15am, in presence of executive magistrate Hakim Abul Hasan.
The body was sent to Sylhet Osmani Medical College Hospital for autopsy and a case of unnatural death was filed with the Kotwali police, sources in the police said.
Assistant director of the BDR sector headquarters, Maksud Ali, told New Age that Waliullah was deputed to the BDR Read more

Workers meet tragic end of their lives due to lack of occupational safety

March 26, 2009

1,793 workers killed, 2,684 injured in 2008
Staff Correspondent
Around 1,793 workers and day labours of different sectors throughout the country were killed and around 2,684 were injured last year at their respective workplaces due to absence of adequate occupational safety and negligence of authorities concerned.
This was disclosed by participants at a discussion meeting on “chemical hazard and management at workplace: problems and challenges in Bangladesh” organized by Bangladesh Occupational Safety, Health and Environment Foun-dation at the National Press Club on Wednesday.
The participants said workers and day labours working in different garment industries, construction firms and transport Read more

Dhaka Mohammedan through to Super Cup final

March 25, 2009

Sports Correspondent

Dhaka Mohammedan and Chittagong Mohammedan players battling for ball in Super Cup semifinal at Bangabandhu National Stadium on Tuesday. Photo: Banglar Chokh

Dhaka Mohammedan and Chittagong Mohammedan players battling for ball in Super Cup semifinal at Bangabandhu National Stadium on Tuesday. Photo: Banglar Chokh

Dhaka Mohamme-dan Spor-ting Club defeated Chittagong Mohamme-dan Sporting Club 3-2 in tie-breakers in the second leg of the second semifinal of Super Cup football tournament at Bangabandhu National Stadium in the city on Tuesday.
Both sides played goalless in the regulation and extra time before going into the tie-breakers and Dhaka Mohammedan players showed more accuracy in the shootout that took them to the March 27 final against arch Read more

End of an era

March 25, 2009

British Airways set to exit from Bangladesh
Sohel Parvez

A notice is posted on the glass door of the British Airways office in Dhaka to announce the airlines exit from Bangladesh. Photo: Sohel Parvez

A notice is posted on the glass door of the British Airways office in Dhaka to announce the airline's exit from Bangladesh. Photo: Sohel Parvez

British Airways (BA) is set to bring down the curtain on Bangladesh next week, ending an era of direct Dhaka-London flights.
Travellers are expected to pass more hours on their ways to Europe and North and South Americas. The airline will say goodbye to Dhaka by making its last takeoff on March 28, as it finds the route “non-profitable”.
“It’s disappointing. Now I will have to detour to Europe. I could save time flying by British Airways,” said Dr Fahmida Khatun, who Read more

Rubber producers eye export market

March 25, 2009

Shakhawat Hossain

A worker collects raw rubber from a tree in a Chittagong garden.— BFIDC photo

A worker collects raw rubber from a tree in a Chittagong garden.— BFIDC photo

The state-owned rubber producer has sought approval from the higher authorities to export its products in a move that has been hailed by private sector as well because it will open a new chapter to the local rubber growers.
‘We have sought permission from the forest ministry to export rubber,’ said Bangladesh Forest Industries Development Read more

Old is gold– A need to preserve Indian films

March 25, 2009

Mrinal Sen and others have a complaint
Pallab Bhattacharya, New Delhi

A scene from Mrinal Sen’s film “Padatik.”

A scene from Mrinal Sen’s film “Padatik.”

Veteran Bengali director Mrinal Sen is looking for funds. Not to make new films but to preserve some of his works made years ago.
The master print three of Sen’s political films Padatik, Interview and Kolkata Ekattor, set against the backdrop of street protests, violence and police atrocities during the tumultuous years of the Left and Naxal movements in Read more

Abahani in final

March 24, 2009

Sports Reporter
Stand-in captain Biplab Bhattachariya saved a penalty to take Abahani into the final of the Citycell Super Cup with a goalless draw against Brothers Union in yesterday’s return-leg semifinal.
The Sky Blues moved ahead with an aggregate 3-2 victory after winning the first leg by the same margin but they had to pay heavy price on way to the final of the Tk two-crore tournament.
Amalesh Sen’s B. League champions, who will take on winners of the second semifinal between Dhaka and Chittagong Mohammedans, will miss both their holding midfielders Arif Khan Joy and Pranotosh Das through suspension.
Joy received his third yellow card in the competition while Pranotosh, who conceded a penalty in the first half injury time to be cautioned for the first time, was sent off in the second half stoppage time for his second bookable offence.
The Oranges, however, should consider themselves unfortunate for not scoring at least one goal after dominating the show.
Despite having superior ball possession, Wasim Iqbal’s boys failed to Read more

Madaripur emerges champion in Zone-B national women handball

March 24, 2009

Sports Correspondent

Champion Madaripur women handball team after the final on Monday. -Photo: Banglar Chokh

Champion Madaripur women handball team after the final on Monday. -Photo: Banglar Chokh

Host Madaripur became champion in the Zone-B competitions of the Exim Bank 20th National Women Handball Championship defeating Jessore 10-6 in the final at Madaripur Stadium on Monday.
The winners led the first half 6-3. Sipra scored the highest five goals for Madaripur, while Bilkis netted four for Read more

Tremendous Tamim!

March 24, 2009

Staff Correspondent

Abahani batsman Tamim Iqbal flicks down the leg side during his brilliant knock off 164 against Gazi Tanks at the Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Monday.— New Age photo

Abahani batsman Tamim Iqbal flicks down the leg side during his brilliant knock off 164 against Gazi Tanks at the Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Monday.— New Age photo

Tamim Iqbal came out of the shell to smash 164 and help Abahani avenge their first phase defeat to Gazi Tanks with a massive 114-run victory in the Super League of the Dhaka Primer League on Monday.
With this win at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Abahani maintained a four-point lead over their nearest rivals Surjo Taurn and Read more

Cabinet moves to protect biodiversity of haors

March 24, 2009

Pilgrims will have to pay Tk 2,20,550 to perform Hajj
Partha Pratim Bhattacharjee
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday ordered the authorities concerned to cancel the leasing licences of any haor if its lessee was found catching fish or pumping out water from it.
The order was issued at the meeting of the cabinet held at the Prime Minister’s Office.
The cabinet approved in principle the Fisheries and Hatcheries Bill, proposing enactment of a law making provisions for ensuring the good quality of fish and shrimp fry and hatcheries.
The prime minister issued the order after the State Minister for Forest and Environment, Mostafizur Rahman, spoke of the need to protect the biodiversity of the haors — especially Hakaluki haor which is the country’s biggest wetland, covering an area 45,000 acres in Sylhet and Moulvibazar — and to increase the production of Read more

Regular fire drill in public, private buildings stressed

March 24, 2009

Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha . Dhaka

The BUET vice-chancellor, Professor AMM Shafiullah, addresses a roundtable on fire incidents at multi-storey buildings at the National Press Club in Dhaka on Monday. — New Age photo

The BUET vice-chancellor, Professor AMM Shafiullah, addresses a roundtable on fire incidents at multi-storey buildings at the National Press Club in Dhaka on Monday. — New Age photo

Participants in a roundtable on Monday called for conducting regular fire drill in all the public and private buildings as well as educational institutions to create awareness of fire.
They made the call at the roundtable titled ‘Fire Incidents at Multi-storied buildings: related thoughts’ at the National Press Read more

Netherlands to give Euro 5M for BRAC University

March 24, 2009

BSS, Dhaka
The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN) will give euro 5 million (approximately Taka 50.4 crore) to support to the Institute for Educational Development (IED) of BRAC university for over five years under the Netherlands Development Programme.
An agreement to this effect was signed here on Monday between the Netherlands Ambassador Bea ten Tusscher and chairperson of BRAC Fazle H. Abed at a simple ceremony held at the Westin Hotel, an embassy press release said.
Under the terms of this agreement, IED will use the Dutch support to implement the Educational Research, Training and Advocacy Program (ERTAP) whose objective is to improve quality, equity and efficiency in the education Read more

Move to construct high rise at RDA market protested

March 24, 2009

Our Correspondent . Rajshahi
Businessmen at the RDA Market in Rajshahi city staged a demonstration on Monday, demanding withdrawal of the decision to build a multi-storied building in the market.
The agitating businessmen brought out a procession in the city to press for their demand. The procession was followed by a rally in front of the RDA market.
The speakers at the rally said the Rajshahi Development Authority had recently invited tender for construction of a multi-storey building at the south portion of the market.
‘If the south portion is demolished for building a highrise, at least 250 shop owners will be affected’, they said.
Earlier, the businessmen requested RDA chairman not to build multi-storey building but he did not pay heed to the plea, the Read more

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