Archive for: October 2012

Qatar ruler set for landmark visit to Gaza

Ref: The Emir of Qatar is due to arrive in Gaza – the first head of state to visit since Hamas came to power there in 2007.

Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani is expected to launch a $254m (£158m) construction project to help rebuild the war-torn Palestinian territory.

Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani

Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani

Qatar has become one of Hamas’s main benefactors since the Islamist movement fell out with its long-term ally Syria.

The Palestinian Authority expressed reservations about the emir’s visit.

The Qatari ruler will fly to Egypt and cross into Gaza by car amid tight security. Read more →

One killed in PCJSS-UPDF clash

Ref: People from ethnic groups were allegedly locked in a gunfight at Vadvedi of Rangamati on Monday, leaving at least one dead.

One killed in PCJSS-UPDF clash

Local people said the clash took place between pro-Chittagong Hill Tracts Peace Treaty Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samiti (PCJSS) and anti-treaty United People’s Democratic Front (UPDF). Read more →

Sunil Gangopadhyay dies

Ref: Sunil Gangopadhyay, famous Bengali writer, passed away at the age of 78 in the early hours of Tuesday.

Indian media reported that Sunil breathed his last at his residence in Kolkata around 2am and that he was suffering from various ailments for quite a while.

Sunil – a poet, novelist, short-story writer, journalist and columnist – was born in Bangladesh’s Faridpur district on Sep 7, 1934. He left for Kolkata along with his family at the age of four and did his masters from Kolkata University in 1954.
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Dr Kamal, B Chy talk ‘unity’

Ref:  Gonoforum and Bikalpadhara Bangladesh Presidents Dr Kamal Hossain and Prof AQM Badruddoza claimed on Sunday the country was not doing well and called for political unity to emerge from the situation.

Kamal and Chowdhury who broke away from the ruling Awami League and opposition BNP, respectively, did not outline what should the basis of the unity be or with whom it should be forged, however.


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As world helps shot Pakistani girl, Afghans ask

Ref:  The global attention bestowed on a Pakistani schoolgirl shot by the Taliban has sparked outcry amongst many Afghans dismayed by what they say is the unequal response to the plight of their women and children.

Malala Yousufzai, shot by Taliban gunmen for advocating girls’ education, was flown from Pakistan to Britain to receive treatment after the attack this month which drew widespread condemnation and an international outpouring of support.


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Nine foreigners for Biman MD post

Ref: Short listed nine persons all are foreigners have been selected for interview to appoint as Biman Bangladesh Airlines new Managing Director (MD).

A selection committee of Biman, led-by Ataharul Islam, Secretary for Civil Aviation & board of director of national flag carrier has finalized this list.

42 aviation experts from home and abroad applied for the post of MD. But no Bangladeshi aviation expert has been included in this short list.

On May 24, Biman authorities gave a circular in four national dailies seeking application for the post of new MD. Last date of submission for application was June 30.

Biman will call all nine persons in next month while one person will be selected as new MD.

Immediate past Acting Managing Director of Biman Captain Sheikh Nasser Uddin Ahmed also applied for the MD, but couldn’t include him in the shortlist.

Concerned officials of Biman told banglanews that Captain Nasser couldn’t perform his duty as a MD of Biman due to Chairman Jamal Uddin Ahmed’s opposition. That’s why Nasser was also sliced from the list.

A former MD of Biman wishing anonymity told banglanews that it’s really astonishing that there is no aviation expert in Bangladesh according Biman authorities. It’s unfortunate or it’s our fate, we couldn’t find out anyone from 42 applicants. While contacted to Zakiul Islam about recent past MD of Biman couldn’t make any comment in this regard.

In a court verdict on June 26, Jamal Uddin Ahmed kicked out Captain Nasser from the post of Acting Managing Director.

Ambassador wants to speak to Nafis

REf: Diplomats on Friday asked the US authorities for consular access to Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, certain that the youth suspected of being an Al Qaeda-inspired terrorist is indeed a Bangladesh national.

Bangladesh’s Ambassador to Washington Akramul Qader met with the officials of the US State Department and Department of Justice Friday night over the 21-year-old.

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Keep off politics, Pak SC tells army

Ref: In a rare challenge to Pakistan’s powerful generals, the country’s Supreme Court ruled on Friday that the military should stop interfering in politics.

In connection with a case dating back to 1996 in which a retired air marshal filed a petition against the army for sponsoring a political alliance, Chief Supreme Court Judge Iftikhar Chaudhry said military intelligence agencies must stay away from politics.


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Romney derides `no agenda` Obama

Ref: Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has derided US President Barack Obama, saying his rival has “no agenda” worthy of a second term in office.

At a campaign rally in Florida, he said the Obama campaign had been “reduced to petty attacks and silly word games”.

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BD man held in NYC plot to blow up Federal Reserve

Ref:Federal authorities and New York police arrested a Bangladeshi national Wednesday morning for allegedly plotting to blow up a Federal Reserve Bank in New York by detonating a1,000-pound bomb.

A US court sent him to jail rejecting bail prayer.

BD man held in NYC plot to blow up Federal Reserve

BD man held in NYC plot to blow up Federal Reserve

The arrestee was identified as Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, 21.

He allegedly attempted to detonate what he thought was a 1,000-pound bomb in front of the Fed building on Liberty Street, but the device was a fake supplied to him by undercover FBI agents who had been tracking his activity, the FBI`s Joint Terrorism Task Force said Wednesday afternoon. Read more →