News of: Friday, 17th of August, 2007
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The past BNP-led alliance government's failure in power and gas sectors has pushed the caretaker government to an enormous challenge of handling a dozen major schemes for generation of 3,570 MW gas-based power and ensuring huge gas for them.
The overall employment rate has declined by 4.4 percent during the years 2000 to 2005, turning the employment situation in the country for the worse.
Rise of the three major rivers Padma, Jamuna and Meghna water at many points and several rivers in the northeastern region following heavy rains in the upstream is threatening a fresh flooding in the country.
Although two years have passed since the Islamist militant outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) launched a countrywide bomb attack, the government has not yet found out the true masterminds behind that group.
The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday adjourned the hearing on government's appeals against detained former premier Sheikh Hasina till August 26.
The Election Commission (EC) is determined to complete procurement of equipment and start field level task on a large scale for preparing the voter list with photographs in October as per its electoral roadmap.
Foreign Adviser Iftekhar A Chowdhury yesterday said there should always be civilian supremacy over the military in a democracy, but closer civil-military cooperation would bolster national security.
Army Chief General Moeen U Ahmed yesterday asserted that the election would be held by December next year and urged the people not to sell out their vote anymore.
Workers of a readymade garment factory ransacked Chittagong Export Processing Zone (CEPZ) office protesting assault of two workers yesterday morning.
A Patuakhali court yesterday handed down 10 years rigorous imprisonment to Shahidul Alam Talukder, a former BNP lawmaker and secretary of the party's Baufal upazila unit, in an arms case.
The Anti-corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday filed a case against now detained former minister to the housing and public works ministry Mirza Abbas and his wife Afroza Abbas in connection with amassing huge wealth through illegal means.
In 1952 when the Pakistani government opened guns on processions demanding Bangla be made the state language, it was the beginning of the end of Pakistan. That atrocity triggered a young artist named Murtaja Baseer to make a linocut painting titled " Raktakto Ekushey". That art captured those moments so well that it became the symbol of the spirit of the language movement.
Association of Bankers Bangladesh (ABB), apex body of commercial banks, yesterday asked the central bank to review some of its recent directives, which the association leaders suspected will bring adverse effect on banking business.
A powerful earthquake devastated several Peruvian cities killing at least 450 people in toppled buildings and forcing the government to declare a state of emergency yesterday.
At least 25 people were injured in a clash with police over standing in a queue to submit passport forms to the regional passport office here yesterday.
A Dhaka court yesterday re-fixed September 5 for deciding whether to accept the charge sheet against detained Awami League (AL) chief Sheikh Hasina, her sister Sheikh Rehana and their cousin Sheikh Selim in connection with a Tk 2.99 crore extortion case
A fresh lawsuit was filed against former BNP lawmaker Shahidul Islam Master on charge of extortion.
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday asked all listed companies in Dhaka and Chittagong stock exchanges, and Merchant Bank to submit detailed share information of eight corruption suspects, including former minister Nazmul Huda and his family, and former minister Mirza Abbas's son, brother and brother's wife and children.
The caretaker government yesterday formed a high-powered enquiry committee to probe alleged negligence of government departments and officials in discharging duties to tackle the devastating floods in some districts.
The advisers' committee on purchase yesterday approved procurement of 48,000 tonne of rice from local importers at a price higher than the local market to supplement the government's rice stock during the post-flood period.
The country yesterday experienced two tremors within a span of three hours.
The caretaker government yesterday suspended 12 pourasabha (municipal) chairmen as they are accused in criminal cases, LGRD ministry said.
We at The Daily Star congratulate President Iajuddin Ahmed, Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed and the chiefs of the three armed services on their visit to Tungipara to pay homage to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on August 15. It was a truly appropriate gesture, one that the Founder of the State surely deserves for his pivotal role in the creation of this free Bangladesh republic in 1971. Indeed, the presence of the head of state, head of government on the one hand and the chiefs of the army, navy and air force on the other at Bangabandhu's grave is evidence of a convergence of thoughts among them on the place of Bangabandhu in our national history. More significantly, the honour thus shown to Bangabandhu ought to be seen as a reflection of a long-felt national desire to see the country's founder placed on a proper pedestal. The gesture is demonstrative of a process of vindication regarding Bangabandhu's status.
With the flood waters receding, incidence of various types of waterborne diseases is rapidly increasing. Each day people afflicted in the low lying peripheries of the capital city throng ICDDR,B, the premier centre for treatment of diarrhoea and cholera in the country. On 14 August the centre registered the highest number of patients in a day since its establishment 47 years ago.
In Bangladesh we like to pride ourselves on the observation that whenever the Bangladeshi people have been given the opportunity to vote their consciences, that we have delivered wise, responsible, and mature political judgements.
It's fascinating, in all of this, to watch a nation in its trajectory of craze. There is full-grown craze which originates in its proponents and then intoxicates people with wild frenzy. The liberation wars, revolutions, and popular upheavals come under this category. Then there is also craze which goes off at half-cock. It has the risk of people who laugh at their own jokes. The proponents, intoxicated by their own idea, don't wait to hear from other people.
Bangladesh enter uncharted territories when Hasanuzzaman Babloo takes the second-string national team to Malaysia for the Merdeka Cup.
Mashrafe Bin Mortaza lived up to his maverick reputation when he hit the target five times out of five in the group firing session on the final day of the Tigers' boot camp at Bangladesh Army's School of Infantry and Tactics (SI&T) in Sylhet yesterday.
A marathon meeting of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), the third of the ad-hoc committee, yesterday completed formation of its 16 standing committees.
Hosts Scotland battled two rain intervals and an incisive opening spell from India's pace trio to put up 204 for 9 in 46 overs after being asked to bat under overcast conditions at Glasgow. Gavin Hamilton and Neil McCallum led the fightback after four early blows with an 82-run partnership but failed to push past the 40s as India came back to keep Scotland under control. Rahul Dravid's decision to test out the bowling was justified as the three pace bowlers each got into the wickets.
Out of favour opener Imran Farhat Thursday became the first Pakistani cricketer to confirm he is on the verge of signing a lucrative deal with a breakaway Indian league.
Today's charity football match between footballers and silver screen stars to raise fund for the flood victims has been put back for inclement weather.
International Master Enamul Hossain Rajib lost to Belarussian Grand Master Aleksandarov Aleksej in his fourth round game of the 17th Abu Dhabi International Chess Festival yesterday.
After being suspended for seven years, the 16-team First Division Football League began at the Sylhet stadium yesterday.
Former India captain Bishan Bedi has rubbished Muttiah Muralidaran's demand for monetary damages for suggesting the Sri Lankan off-spinner was a cheat, reports said on Thursday.
The row over the omission of Jacques Kallis from South Africa's World Twenty20 team deepened on Wednesday when wicketkeeper Mark Boucher was summonsed to a disciplinary hearing over comments he made criticising the decision.
Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik has denied unconfirmed reports that some six players of the South Africa-bound squad have threatened not to play in the Twenty20 World Championship if the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) did not take action against one of its senior officials.
Defending champions Khagrachhari take on Panchhari in the opening match of the DC Gold Cup football tournament on August 25.
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson admitted Cristiano Ronaldo's red card was the last thing he needed as Chelsea opened a four-point lead over their title rivals.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is looking forward to tackling Liverpool after opening up an early lead on all their English Premier League title rivals.
Sir Alex Ferguson insisted Cristiano Ronaldo must learn not to react to provocation from inferior players after his senseless dismissal in the champions' 1-1 draw at Portsmouth.
Chelsea midfielder and Germany captain Michael Ballack was amongst the top names missing on Thursday when German coach Joachim Loew named his squad to face England next week.
Striker Thierry Henry and midfielder Patrick Vieira will return to France duty for an international football friendly against Slovakia on August 22, coach Raymond Domenech confirmed Thursday.
Steven Gerrard has suffered a hairline fracture in a toe bone but will play in Sunday's crunch match against Chelsea, Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez said.
Sheffield United announced on Thursday they plan to sue West Ham for the cost of their relegation from England's Premier League.
A double injury blow to Dimitar Berbatov and Younes Kaboul has rocked Tottenham manager Martin Jol.
World number one Roger Federer rebounded from a loss in the Montreal final by taking out his frustrations on France's Julien Benneteau 6-3, 6-3 at the ATP Cincinnati Masters on Wednesday.
"If people call my home and get the answer 'He is at his second home'," Munaf Patel says, "they know I am in Chennai, at MRF." Indeed, the pace academy seems to have become something of a home away from home for Munaf -- much like a boarding-school kid who does not want to go home during vacations because he won't be able to play there. Whenever he finds the time, Munaf comes to Chennai. He has been doing so for five years now.
Ajker Kagoj lifted the Meril Media Cup football tournament for journalists yesterday with a 2-0 win over Bangla Vision in the final at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.
Muttiah Muralidaran has warned any abuse from Australian crowds will only spur him to break Shane Warne's world record in Sri Lanka's cricket tour here later this year.
Undeterred by the Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) threat of imposing bans and withdrawing financial benefits, seven Hyderabad Ranji Trophy players on Thursday announced their intention to join the Indian Cricket League, giving a further boost to the rebel series.
Former Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq said Thursday he will fly to England next week to spend a short stint with Yorkshire, replacing his countryman Younis Khan.
It was a night of firsts for David Beckham. The English superstar started his first game for the Galaxy, scored his first goal on a free kick in the 27th minute as Los Angeles beat D.C. United 2-0 in the SuperLiga semifinals.
Argentina forward Lionel Messi spoiled Bayern Munich's party for retired star Mehmet Scholl with a late strike to seal Barcelona's 1-0 win at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday.
Daniel Alves's agent said Wednesday he was "80 to 90 percent confident" that Sevilla will strike a deal to sell the Brazil right-back to Chelsea.
France coach Raymond Domenech insisted Thursday that he was relishing the chance to back up his recent allegations of match fixing in Italy before European football's governing body UEFA.
A joint meeting of the National Board of Revenue (NBR), freight forwarders and cargo agents in Dhaka yesterday reached a decision on formulating freight forwarding rules in order to bring discipline to the export-import trade and ensure tariffs from the sector.
The government should consider a moderate license fee for Third Generation mobile phone, suggested a top executive of Ericsson, the world's leading telecom equipment manufacturer and supplier.
At first sight, it looks like a toy car that has grown big on steroids, but a closer look at the two-door hatchback reveals a cable connecting it to a power outlet in a Bangalore shopping mall car park.
World leaders on Thursday insisted that the US credit crunch would not cause an economic crisis but stock markets across the world plummeted yet again as investors remained unconvinced.
Samsung Electronics has appointed Singer Bangladesh as its distributor to strengthen its consumer electronics business in Bangladesh.
Operational activities of the Chittagong Port improved significantly as 1,51,605 TEUs (Twenty Equivalent Unit) containers were handled at the Chittagong Container Terminal (CCT) in the last five months.
China Wednesday called for global cooperation to improve food safety, noting that it along with product quality are an international problem.
Citibank, NA Bangladesh and United Commercial Bank Ltd have recently signed a correspondent banking agreement, which will enable Citibank to expand its distribution channel in the country, says a press release.
Industry doyen Ratan Tata Wednesday warned that "absence of strong unified ideological construct in parliament" would hinder the impressive growth momentum, while expressing concern over large scale economic disparity.
South Korea has become the biggest foreign direct investor in Vietnam thanks to its involvement in building new towns and leisure facilities, a state trade agency said Thursday.
Bangladesh Shrimp and Fish Foundation (BSFF) held a meeting with Humayan Kabir, Bangladesh ambassador to the USA, in Dhaka recently.
Oil prices fell in Asian trade Thursday as investors fret over the economic fallout from the turbulence swirling in the global financial markets, dealers said.
Singapore Airlines (SIA), which will be the first to receive delivery of the Airbus A380 jet, said Thursday the biggest passenger plane ever built will make its commercial debut on October 25.
Environmentalists and urban planners at a roundtable yesterday stressed the need for formulating a national urbanisation policy that would ensure balanced growth of urban areas in the country.
Different government and non-government bodies, political parties and social organisations continue to distribute relief materials among the flood victims yesterday.
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday stressed the need for supply of pure drinking water and nutritious food as well as ensuring a suitable sanitation system for health management during-and-post- flood period.
Calling for an immediate end to debate regarding the process of coal extraction in the country, speakers at a roundtable yesterday said the process should be determined on the basis of the geo-hydrological structure of coal mines.
Army Chief General Moeen U Ahmed has emphasised the need to turn the unemployed people in 'monga'-, flood- and erosion-affected areas of the northern districts into productive and skilled manpower through training.
Killing of innocent civilians can never be accepted values and norms in the fight for independence or political or ideological rights, said Lt Gen Jahangir Alam Chowdhury yesterday.
The advisory committee on law and order has stressed the need for reviving the economy already affected by floods for providing employment to flood victims.
Khulna Speedy Trial Tribunal yesterday sentenced ten people to life term imprisonment in the sensational Jubo Dal leader Molla Sirajul Islam murder case.
Sigma Huda has been awarded 'Pope John Paul II Wellspring of Freedom Award' for dedicating her life to upholding human rights and combating injustice, said a press release.
Today is the first death anniversary of poet Shamsur Rahman.
Dhaka Central Jail-3 was inaugurated at Kashimpur in Gazipur yesterday with a capacity to accommodate 212 female detainees.
Armed robbers looted valuables and money totalling over Tk 13 lakh from three houses at village Fatehpur in Hathazari yesterday.
A Narayanganj court yesterday asked former Awami League lawmaker Shamim Osman to appear before the court in person within next three days in connection with a case filed against him on charges of evading income tax and concealing information about his wealth.
The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday pressed charges against a Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) official and his wife for possessing illegal wealth worth Tk 24 lakh.
The first ever 'Resource Centre' for visually impaired students was launched at the Central Library of Dhaka University (DU) yesterday.
Locals yesterday caught a child trafficker while he was taking away 11 children from a shelter center at Aganagar in South Keraniganj on the outskirts of the city.
Former state minister and LDP leader Redwan Ahmed yesterday submitted his wealth statement and of his wife Momtaz Ahmed to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).
The British High Commission in Bangladesh last year issued a total of 30000 visas against 45000 applications, said Jonathan Verney, first secretary and head of immigration, Bangladesh yesterday.
The sixth regional conference of South Asian Free Media Association (SAFMA) will begin in Colombo, Sri Lanka tomorrow.
Grameenphone Ltd introduced mobile camps in Dhaka and Sirajganj yesterday to provide immediate medical assistance to the flood victims, says a press release.
Two delinquents who escaped from Tongi Child Development Centre on Sunday surrendered before a magistrate court here on Wednesday.
Police in separate raids arrested two leaders of an inter-district dacoit gang from Jatrabari in the city and Ullapara in Sirajganj on Wednesday.
Five members of family sustained bullet injuries when robbers opened fire on them at Gilabad village in Mathbaria upazila early yesterday.
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) held a young man with 839 bottles of phensidyl at Ishwardi Mirtamari Chand Ali crossing on Kushtia-Pabna highway yesterday.
Understandably, lack of safe drinking water is the main cause of widespread diarrohoea in the flood-affected areas in Bangladesh. Flood in Bangladesh, among other things, is always associated with monsoon rain, and I do not understand why the ICDDR,B or the Disaster Management Bureau does not advise the flood-marooned people to store rainwater for drinking and cooking purposes during the crisis period lasting hardly one to two weeks. This is probably the safest source of water (after a couple of minutes of shower) at hand in such a situation.
For the last six months we have been passing through a rather strange time. Events are taking place, people are changing colours, ideas are cropping up, friends are parting, uncertainty is deepening and all sorts of utterances are heard from all kinds of people. Last night, I was shocked and surprised when Ferdous Qureshi, who has recently surfaced from oblivion, was telling in ATN late night news that "in all the countries there are founding fathers and not Father of the Nation. Hence, in Bangladesh we should recognise six such founding fathers whose photos should be hung in one frame in our offices and houses."
I am perhaps the umpteenth protestor on this issue. The CNG-run three-wheelers are most essential when it comes to commuting on the roads of Dhaka, especially on the roads where rickshaws are not allowed. But unfortunately this is the opportunity that is seized to take money from us, the commuters, by unfair means. Majority of these drivers always demand at least Tk 10 more than the meter or agree to go on "contract", whichever is more profitable for them. If you ever challenge these green thugs regarding the fare they will always have the ready excuses of long lines in CNG pumps, high deposit money , etc. Some even drive by without bothering to take you. In the end we are the victims.
When the country is badly shaken by the unprecedented floods there is yet another alarming factor-- the price hike of essentials that is slowly but very steadily engulfing the usual life of the common people. It is appalling that one kg of green chili costs you Tk 200! There are no vegetables that cost you less than Tk 30 per kg! At this point, the government, as many social experts suggest, should pay heed to the eminent economists' suggestions; it can hold an open discourse with them as to how to keep things under control.
We have faced unexpected floods almost every year which affect both rural and urban settlements. This year the devastation has been colossal and the whole country is passing through a crisis.
One evening, I was walking on the Sirajgonj Protection Embankment situated beside the Jamuna river where thousands of flood-affected people have taken shelter. Their sufferings are unimaginable and immeasurable . It made me so gloomy. Suddenly, I saw a person named Bablu Mia who was trying to calm his crying kids. I asked him why they were crying.
After a long time, true cricketers are leading Bangladesh cricket.
How would you feel if you wake up one morning, only to find that the roof of your house is gone? That's how we feel now without the big trees in front of our institute. Well, I'm not complaining, because the purpose is understood. But can anyone deny the fact that we've lost something that was part of the pristine beauty that the DU preserved? Old trees that witnessed days and years within this campus were cut down in front of our eyes....the question is, who cares for beauty?
Through your newspaper, I would like to draw the kind attention of the Hon'ble Finance Adviser of the caretaker government and the National Board of Revenue. A few years back, the government introduced “Pensioner Sanchaypatra” for retired employees of the government and semi government organisations. It was clearly understood that there would be no deduction or tax-cut from the profits payable every three months. Because of this assurance and commitment, many pensioners invested their entire amount received as gratuity and provident fund in this scheme. Until June 30, 2007 everything was all right with this commitment. In July, 2007 at the directive of the NBR, Jatiyo Sanchay Bureau started deducting 10% of the profit earned on Pensioner Sanchaypatra. This is a clear violation of the commitment and assurance given at the time of investment in this scheme. This is a case of breach of trust. If we cannot trust our government--who can we?
Road accident has become a common occurrence in our country. Everyday scores of people are killed and maimed due to it. Families affected by this have to bear the agony all through their lives.
The decision of 10% cut from the profit accrued from the savings certificates has proved catastrophic to the small savers like retired government servants. Millionaire or billionaires do not keep their money idle in the savings scheme only for 12% profit. They are after big investments for multiple expansion of their capital. Even if there are a few big savers this 10% cut from their profit does not at all matter to them. But a retired government servant with his small capital received from the government as gratuity is hard hit. It will be like flogging a dead horse. I, as a retired government servant, make this appeal to the highest echelon of the govt. to withdraw this decision and save the retired govt servants and their families at a time when the country is gripped by a galloping inflation. In consequence of the govt. not reconsidering the decision, the savers-- govt servants-- are very likely to see alternate ways for investment by withdrawing their savings and looking for a better area of investment. In other words, they will lose inducement for savings.
What is the matter with this caretaker government? They have got their priorities all wrong! I saw in a daily today a picture of a young boy in Old Dhaka, who was carrying the Bangladesh flag, with 'Free Sheikh Hasina' inscribed in red paint on his chest, and a photo of Joy and Bangabandhu in his hands. He was doing no harm to anyone and not breaking any law. Nevertheless, he was arrested and is still being detained. One might well ask why?
Bill Clinton, after Richard Nixon's death, eulogised the deceased rival party boss as someone whom he used to turn to for advice and expressed his grief for loss of a great counsel. The CNN-viewers of Bangladesh must have watched that. Mind it, Nixon sacrificed his first chance to win presidency simply because he valued American interest above his personal interest, and the Reader's Digest later showed had he told Americans of plans against the USSR, which would stymie the plans and damage national interest, he could have won.
Like many people it's my observation that the incumbent caretaker government has already taken some laudable initiatives with popular mass support. Now it seems that general people are not too enthusiastic to bring back the BNP or the Awami League to power. Rather, people are supporting the present government. The ongoing anti-corruption drive has brought a tremendous change in people's outlook.
After seeing the government go after companies for corruption. I'm now worried about my employment and that of my comrades. I've heard stories that anyone can lodge a false complaint against any business and that business will be persecuted for no real reason, the law enforcers always take the side of the complainant and treat the businesses very badly.
I wish I could be a reputed journalist to join any newspaper for enjoying freedom of expression without fear or favour. Nay ! I am too old to redirect my career and become a journalist. Any way, coming back to the events you have narrated in the " Commentary- August 13", my humble suggestion to you would be to kindly review thoroughly the current procedures of appointment to the constitutional positions, including the highest judiciary. There must be transparent screening procedures including media access as we can see in developed countries. Our poverty and ignorance will not be a barrier to adopting a good and transparent democratic system. We need a strong and unadulterated democracy to fight poverty and ignorance, and also to establish the rule of law.
In a letter published in The Daily Star on 7 August 2007, Taylor Cook stated that “Eve Teasing” is an undesirable manifestation of South Asian patriarchy. It adversely affects development, growth and has harmful social, cultural, psychological impacts on women. However, the concerned individual's perceptions about gender, development, society, culture, magnitude of the problem in Bangladesh are biased and uninformed. Taylor Cook has ambiguous views of the term verbal harassment; women can commute safely in Bangladesh and men who grope women publicly would be lynched. In developed countries, women may be assaulted indecently, but this does not imply that these societies are unstable or their economies are not prosperous. Hence, contrary to Taylor Cook's view, eve-teasing does not take place unabatedly in Bangladesh. Legislations, policies, strategies, development interventions, institutional mechanism, social reform movements and systems have been instrumental in curbing eve-teasing and other forms of gender based inequalities, discrimination, violence.
As an ordinary citizen of this country ( I am not a member of any political party), I strongly oppose all the write-ups targeting Sheikh Hasina. Pertinently, I would ask my fellow writers to find a single leader since 1975 who was 100% honest and sincere in running the affairs of the state. I suppose there could hardly be any positive answer. If no honest politician could be found in the past 32 years, how we can be so sure that we would find a bunch of them in future? We can only say a person is honest after evaluating his/her performance, not before that.
True, special security measures are needed to keep Zia International Airport safe. But a mother has also the right to see off her son going abroad for education at the departure lounge of ZIA.
This has reference to the letter on " Bank accounts" published in DS on August 05, 2007. In this regard, one can further comment that such an issue reflects the overall reality of the situation.
The Bush administration, struggling to find a way to keep Gen Pervez Musharraf in power amid a deepening political crisis in Pakistan, is quietly prodding him to share authority with a longtime rival as a way of broadening his base, according to American and Pakistani officials.
Peru has become the latest country to feel the renewed heat from the "Ring of Fire" that unleashes earthquakes around the Pacific almost every day.
Pakistan's security forces said yesterday they had thwarted suicide attacks on Independence Day celebrations as a senior US official discussed the urgent terrorism threat with the country's leaders.
Some 20,000 migrant labourers have fled insurgency-hit Kashmir in the past three weeks after Muslim rebels told them to leave, officials said yesterday.
Iraq's president and prime minister announced a new political alliance between mainstream Shia and Kurdish parties yesterday but, crucially, no Sunni leaders have yet signed up.
A proposed US missile defence shield in central Europe would threaten Asia, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Thursday at a regional summit in the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek.
Pakistan's Supreme Court yesterday said Shahbaz Sharif, president of opposition Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), now living in exile in London with his brother and former premier Nawaz Sharif, can return to the country, local television channel Dawn News reported.
The future of the Indo-US civilian nuclear deal looks uncertain, but the government has already selected sites for new atomic power plants, a report said yesterday.
US and Afghan troops pressed an air and ground assault Thursday against al-Qaeda militants grouped in the Tora Bora mountains of eastern Afghanistan, the last known hiding place of Osama bin Laden.
Afghanistan's Taliban resumed talks yesterday with a South Korean delegation trying to free 19 aid workers held by the hardliners for almost a month, a Red Cross official said.
Arts & Entertainment
Ayub Bachchu is an iconic figure of the Bangladeshi music firmament. For over two decades he has wowed audiences through the length and breadth of the country. His music, much like his flamboyant style has continually evolved through the passage of time--from rock to metal to alternative, his variations seem endless. His rock anthems have the quality of immortality and nobody can perform live better than him. The Daily Star caught up with him prior to the much hyped “Desh Music Fest 2007” and chatted with him on a range of issues from the festival to his future plans.
Tony apparently has always been fascinated with cultural personalities: “Growing up, I'd always admired actors like Uttam Kumar and Amitabh Bachchan. Right after my S.S.C, I joined a cultural organisation. In 1989, I joined a theatre group, Nagorik Natya Sampradaya. I got the opportunity to learn from seasoned thespians like Asaduzzaman Nur, Aly Zaker, Abul Hayat, Jamaluddin Hossain and others.”
On the first death anniversary of poet Shamsur Rahman, today, ATN Bangla will air a special programme Dhanyo Shei Purush at 10:30am. In the programme eminent artist Mortaza Basheer, poet Rabiul Hossain and Abdur Rauf Sarkar will take part in a discussion on the poet. The poet's wife, his granddaughters Dibita and Nayana will focus on the familial aspects of the poet's life. The programme will also feature recitation of Rahman's poetry by poet Asad Chowdhury and performers of Bishwa Kalakendra. The programme is directed by Shaheena Akhter and hosted by Rezaur Rahman.
Fahmida Nabi's latest album Amar Bela Je Jaye stands out among the new releases. This is Fahmida's first album of Rabindra Sangeet; the artiste is renowned in the adhunik genre. An Impress Audio Vision Ltd. production, the album was released on the occasion of Tagore's 66th death anniversary.
The popular musical duo, Rafiqul Alam and Abida Sultana, will be leaving for a two-week international tour today (August 17). First stop is at the music festival in Cardiff where Rafiq and Abida will be performing for a massive crowd along with many others from the international music arena. “A musical show will be held shortly in Milan, Italy to raise money for flood relief in Bangladesh,” says Rafiq. “We have been asked to perform there as well.” Live performances in Germany are also in the duo's schedule. Rafiqul Alam and Abida Sultana are household names in the realms of music in Bangladesh. For years they have been mesmerising the audience with their heart felt compositions and melody. Musical icons of the arena, they have been inspiring and encouraging younger artistes to come up with newer blends and tastes in music.
Hollywood star Matt Damon has dismissed James Bond as being stuck in the past.
Sixty years ago the sub-continent was partitioned, bringing forth onto the world stage two new independent countries: India and Pakistan. The partition shaped the world we in the sub-continent all live in today, and reckoning with our Bangladeshi, Pakistani, or Indian identity means reckoning with partition and its aftermath. In this magisterial two-part essay, renowned columnist K. Z. Islam looks back after sixty years to provide a provocative, thought-provoking, and, above all richly researched and deeply considered analysis of how and why partition came about and what the consequences were for the sub-continent.The concluding part of this essay will be printed here tomorrow.
The Earth's atmosphere is divided into several layers. The lowest region, the troposphere, extends from the Earth's surface up to about 10 kilometers (km) in altitude. Virtually all human activities occur in the troposphere. Mt. Everest, the tallest mountain on the planet, is only about 9 km high. The next layer, the stratosphere, continues from 10 km to about 50 km. Most commercial airline traffic occurs in the lower part of the stratosphere.
Mangrove is a peculiar type of ecosystem in the inter-tidal region. Because of its interesting environmental conditions, it offers a wide range of outdoor recreational opportunities. Naturally, mangroves can attract a large number of tourists and be a source of earning through national and overseas tourism. In many countries, tourism in the mangrove environment has been developed. Revenue earned through eco-tourism from one hectare in a wildlife sanctuary in Kenya, exceeds many times the most optimistic projected return from agriculture. There is also evidence that the economic benefits derived from forest-based eco-tourism surpass the revenue earned from timber harvesting. It is important to note that preservation of forests, specially mangroves can be compatible to tourism if well planned.
Sustainable energy is closely related to sustainable development; it is not exactly possible to make the development process sustainable unless the energy production, distribution and utilization are ensured to be sustainable. In fact, the notion of sustainable energy had been derived from the concept of sustainable development. Utilisation of energy is very vital for development. The developed world utilises much more energy than the developing countries. The least amount of gross energy is used by the third world poor countries. The utilisation of more energy is positively correlated with the economic growth. Thus energy harnessing and utilization is a good indicator of development. But when energy use surpasses the sustainable level, the development will not sustain, it will collapse.