Filmmakers urged to create authentic films

February 24, 2010

Acclaimed US filmmaker and screenwriter Eric J Adams conducted a filmmaking workshop on  “Story, Structure and Screenwriting” on Wednesday last, says a press release.
It was hosted by the Bangladesh Institute of Journalism and Electronic Media (BIJEM).
Conducting the works-hop he said, “There has never been a better time for independent Bangladeshi Read more

‘Bird flu not direct threat to public health’

February 24, 2010

Bird flu is not a substantial direct threat to public health all over the world, a Western public health expert said in the city yesterday, insisting that pandemic influenza like swine flu could be fatal however for humankind.
Dr Eric Starbuck, a US influenza expert, said the world has to remain alert against influenza with Read more

Curfew clamped on Khagrachari town

February 24, 2010

One killed in fresh violence
The administration in Khagrachari ordered curfew of the town after at least one person had been killed and more than 50 injured and dozens of houses burnt down on Tuesday as fresh violence erupted in the town three days after the ethnic violence at Baghaichhari in Rangamati on Friday.
Troops are moving about in the town after the violence continued spreading across the town Read more

Renaming of airport to cost Taka 1400 crore : Colossal wastage of poor people’s money

February 24, 2010

The renaming of the Zia International Airport as Shah Jalal International Airport was performed on Monday by putting up printed banners on the entrance and departure sides of the main terminal building, but the entire process of change would reportedly cost the exchequer Taka 1400 crore .
The process of name changing would involve not merely replacement of the large neon signs at Read more

Horrors of carnage relived at Darbar Hall

February 24, 2010

Prosecution tells court about the bloodbath as BDR court starts first trial in Pilkhana
Darbar hall of BDR Pilkhana headquarters, where a 33-hour carnage set in just shy of a year ago, turned into a courtroom yesterday with Bangladesh Rifles beginning its first mutiny trial in the capital.
On the opening day, the three-member Special Court-5 headed by BDR Director General Major Gen Md Mainul Islam accepted Read more

86 charged in first Peelkhana mutiny trial in city

February 24, 2010

A special court accepted charges against 86 soldiers of Bangladesh Rifles in the first mutiny trial that began at the Darbar Hall of the border guards’ headquarters at Peelkhana yesterday, exactly a day before the first anniversary of the bloody carnage of February 25-26 of last year in which Read more

River clean-up continues as court rejects petition

February 24, 2010

The High Court Tuesday rejected a petition filed by Fazlur Rahman, the Managing Director of City Group of Industries, challenging a government order to remove illegal structures from the bank of the river Shitalakhya. The structures include three jetties on the river Read more

HC rejects City Group’s petition

February 24, 2010

Structures on Shitalakkhya
HC rejects City Group’s petition
The High Court yesterday summarily rejected a writ petition challenging a government notice that asked the authorities of the City Group of Industries to remove their structures, including three jetties, from the river Shitalakkhya.
Following the HC order, now there remains no bar in demolishing jetties and structures set up Read more

UK ban on student visas to go soon

February 24, 2010

The ban imposed by the UK on student visa application will be lifted “as soon as possible””, a British council director said Tuesday, after announcing the schedule of annual UK exhibition in Bangladesh.
“This suspension will come to an end as soon as possible. The door would be wide open and we Read more

Sex.com up for sale

February 23, 2010

Sex.com, arguably the web’s most valuable address is once more up for sale, with owners Escom LLC in foreclosure.
The sex.com address has managed to create huge amounts of controversy over the years, and was bought last time out for a whopping $14 million (£9.1m).
It was Gary Kremen, best known as the founder of match.com, that got that particular fee, but Read more

Around 800 to be charged with BDR carnage

February 23, 2010

BDR Mutiny
Around 800 to be charged with BDR carnage
CID to submit charge sheet soon; first mutiny trial in Pilkhana starts today
Criminal Investigation Department is all set to submit a charge sheet in the BDR carnage case, accusing around 800 border guards of murder, looting, arson and hiding bodies in Read more

CHT Land Commission still remains dysfunctional

February 23, 2010

Non-functioning of the CHT Land Commission, designed to settle longstanding disputes over land ownership in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, is mainly responsible for the recurrence of ethnic violence in the once conflict-ridden south-eastern hills, said ethnic leaders and Read more

Cabinet okays draft of climate change trust fund law

February 23, 2010

The cabinet on Monday approved the draft of ‘Climate Change Trust Fund Act, 2010’ to create a permanent fund for ‘protecting lives and property of the people from adverse effects of climate change’.
The environment and forests ministry placed the draft in the weekly meeting of the cabinet at Read more

New trend in judicial administration: SC takes up expeditious delivery of justice

February 23, 2010

The Supreme Court authorities have taken administrative reforms programme to bring back discipline and improve the overall environment of court activities, and infuse dynamism in dispensing justice.
Along with the administrative reforms, the authorities are also carrying out cleanliness Read more

EC against redrawing of ward boundaries

February 23, 2010

Union Parishad Polls
EC against redrawing of ward boundaries
Decides to ask govt for amendment to act, avoid delay in holding polls in May-July
The Election Commission has decided to ask the government to amend the union parishad act to avert possible ‘social disorder’ due to redemarcation of the parishad wards maintaining no more than10 percent population Read more

Loadshedding crosses 1000MW: Electricity consumers face more sufferings

February 23, 2010

Peak summer is still far away, but load shedding has already crossed 1000 MW in the country, an ominous sign that more sufferings are in store for the electricity consumers in the coming days.
The consumers in and outside the capital city are experiencing frequent power cuts, no Read more

Anti-cancer drugs now made in Bangladesh

February 23, 2010

Beacon Pharmaceuticals Limited yesterday launched a few anti-cancer drugs, first of its kind in Bangladesh.
Beacon Managing Director Mohammad Ebadul Karim said, “Beacon Pharmaceuticals is the first to produce anti-cancer drugs in the country. The drugs with Read more

SA countries including India not to be able to eradicate poverty by 2015

February 23, 2010

BSS, New Delhi: South Asian nations including India will not be able to eradicate poverty and ensure minimum education for all by 2015, according to a new poverty index released here today.
The Basic Capabilities Index (BCI), 2009 has found that South Asia will get 80 points on the index by 2015, 10 points higher than the present value of Read more

Open wide: Berlusconi’s latest showgirl candidate

February 22, 2010

Berlusconi’s latest candidate is the glamourous oral hygienist who fixed his teeth
A glamorous dental assistant who helped fix Silvio Berlusconi’s teeth after he was attacked in Milan last year has been chosen as a possible candidate for the Italian Prime Minister’s party in regional elections next month, quoted thefirstpost.co.uk.
Nicole Minetti, a former dancer who this week happily posed for photographers in a micro miniskirt and stockings, has been selected despite Read more

Glamour and sparkle at wedding fair

February 22, 2010

All the latest designs in Asian wedding lenghas and saris were on show at the Asian wedding and lifestyle exhibition.
The two-day event which took place at Manchester Central attracted visitors from all over the north-west.
The main attraction was the glitzy fashion shows highlighting the latest trends for both men and Read more

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