News of: Sunday, 19th of August, 2007
The devastating floods have damaged crops worth about Tk 2,000 crore in 262 upazilas of the 39 flood-hit districts, according to a preliminary estimate by the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE).
The finance ministry in violation of a government rule has asked five state-owned banks to waive Tk 101 crore loans taken by 16 frozen food exporters.
The Election Commission's (EC) plan to begin dialogue with the political parties on electoral reforms early September seems stuck in limbo with the caretaker government showing no signs of lifting the ban on indoor politics shortly.
The traffic system in Dhaka city has virtually collapsed as numerous potholes and huge craters surfaced on almost all city roads.
Swelling rivers inundated many areas of Gaibandha and Chandpur afresh yesterday while the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) warned likely deterioration of flood situation in the central part of the country.
Governor of Bangladesh Bank yesterday urged the business community to play their part in keeping prices of essentials at a tolerable level.
The BNP will not respond without party approval if the Election Commission (EC) invites it to discuss electoral reforms.
The caretaker government should follow uniform policy to deal with the political parties and politicians to avoid controversy, speakers at a discussion said yesterday.
A meeting of the council of advisers yesterday decided to take measures to keep a lid on the rising price of essential food items as there is fear of an impending fall in agricultural production especially during Ramadan.
An innovative community-based early flood warning system may hold the key to reducing the loss of lives and livelihoods during devastating floods like the one engulfing the country at present.
The Indian government's communist allies yesterday warned of "serious consequences" if New Delhi went ahead with a nuclear deal with the United States.
Nobel laureate Professor Mohammad Yunus yesterday urged the South Asian nations to get closer quickly by resolving conflicts to slash poverty to zero in the region.
Acting president of Awami League (AL) Zillur Rahman yesterday said it is not possible to prepare a complete and accurate voter list without participation of the political parties.
Food shortages loom in South Asian nations hit by torrential rains, floods and landslides affecting more than 28 million people, the United Nations said yesterday.
Some 2,602 workers of Taiwanese owned Ring Sign Textiles Factory in Dhaka Export Processing Zone (DEPZ) have been retrenched.
A Dhaka court yesterday sent an assistant sub-inspector (ASI) of police to jail on charge of raping a garment factory worker.
A suicide car bomber detonated near a convoy of private security forces yesterday in southern Afghanistan, killing four Afghan guards and 11 civilians, including three women and two children, police said.
Two men who hijacked a Turkish passenger plane in an apparent protest against the US surrendered to authorities yesterday after holding some crewmembers and passengers hostage for more than four hours. No one was hurt.
Jamaica opened shelters nationwide on Saturday and Cuba declared a "state of alert" as the Caribbean's warm waters fueled a strengthening Hurricane Dean, with forecasters predicting the storm could grow to a powerful Category 5.
The international police organisation Interpol yesterday issued a wanted notice for Saddam Hussein's eldest daughter, who is sought by the Iraqi government on suspicion of terrorism.
The well-marked low over northwest Bay moved slightly northwestwards, intensified into a monsoon depression and was crossing the Sundarbans' coast near Raimongal river at 6:00pm yesterday.
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Saturday described arch-foe Israel as "the flag of Satan" and said the Jewish state was destined to fall apart, the official IRNA news agency reported.
There is hardly any question that Bangladesh's jute sector has over the years declined from a state of the sublime to one of the ridiculous. The facts speak for themselves. In the period immediately following liberation, the number of workers in the jute mills totalled 250,000. Today, full time as well as part time workers make up a figure of just 45,000. Of a total of 77 jute mills, the government is interested in managing only 14 mills. When it comes to the issue of a purchase of jute, the target of the Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation in the last financial year was 260,000 metric tonnes. In actuality, it was able to procure only 125,000 metric tonnes, jute acreage having shrunk considerably. Overall, the picture in the jute sector has not exactly been an edifying one.
Preparation of the electoral roll and finalisation of the electoral reform must be high on the agenda of the Election Commission.
Currently, Bangladesh is being pressurised by both internal and external forces to hold a parliamentary election soonest possible. It is their combined judgment that unless a government is formed according to the will of the people, the actions that would continue to be taken for an extended period by the present interim government would lack legitimacy.
Flood protection can be supplemented and made more viable by improving the housing of rural Bangladesh. Over 80% of our people live in the villages and due to poor housing most of them live in a deplorable condition. Our government, and the wealthy, seem to care very little about it. With good intentions, and a little effort from the public and private sectors, things can be changed very dramatically and, thereby, the living standard and quality of life of our people can be improved tremendously.
Kyoto is undoubtedly one of the finest cities of Japan. It also has a long history tracing back to the early period of the founding of the Japanese empire. With more than 4,000 temples and shrines, of which quite a few are among the most attractive and unique in design and structure, the city attracts millions of visitors every year from both within Japan and overseas.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) won many hearts when it signed a benchmark sponsorship deal with Grameenphone for building a National Cricket Academy (NCA).
Bangladesh got off on the wrong foot as they suffered a 2-0 defeat against Syria in their opening Nehru Cup match at the Ambedker Stadium in New Delhi yesterday.
The National Youth Hockey competition is expected to begin on September 15, it was announced Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) yesterday.
A steady drizzle washed out what promised to be a thrilling run-chase, with the Indians starting positively in pursuit of 297. An overcast day turned damp at around 3:00pm, with the Indians on 32 for no loss after 6.5 overs, and play was called off at 4:15, when the drizzle refused to relent.
Italy's World Cup winning defender Marco Materazzi revealed Saturday that he had told French icon Zinedine Zidane during last year's final that he preferred his "whore of a sister" to his shirt.
Roger Federer won't be over-confident when he faces Lleyton Hewitt in a showcase semi-final Saturday at the Cincinnati Masters, even though he has won his last 10 encounters with the Australian.
International Master Enamul Hossain Rajib beat FIDE Master Toufighi Homayoon of Iran in the sixth round of the 17th Abu Dhabi Chess Festival yesterday.
Amin scored five goals while Mintu struck a hattrick as Abahani crushed Agradut 8-1 in the First Division Football League in the local stadium yesterday.
A month long inter-department football tournament of Rajshahi University will begin at the university ground today.
India Test batsman VVS Laxman is relishing taking on master spinner Shane Warne in the English County Championship next week.
Australian cricket legend Shane Warne is investigating whether he qualifies for a German passport so he can play county cricket in England as a non-overseas player, it was reported here on Friday.
Bangladesh Hockey Federation has named Issa Miah as the skipper of the national team for the 7th Men's Asia Cup Hockey to be held in Chennai in India from August 31 to September 9.
John Utaka repaid another slice of his club record transfer fee as he inspired Portsmouth's 3-1 win over Bolton on Saturday.
Jose Mourinho may claim to have mellowed over the summer, but his new-found calm has been tested before Chelsea's visit to Liverpool tomorrow, with his team accused of lacking “spark” and Rafael Benitez suggesting that Florent Malouda was seduced by money when rejecting Anfield for Stamford Bridge this summer.
Reigning champions Real Madrid are hoping to consign their shaky pre-season form to the broom cupboard by the time they face city rivals Atletico Madrid in their Spanish league season opener next weekend.
Barcelona's Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o on Friday rejected the "Fantastic Four" label given by the media to him and the Spanish club's three other star strikers.
Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez may be claiming that Chelsea's visit to Anfield is just another three points on offer but the fact that he is willing to risk Steven Gerrard's toe injury demonstrates the scale of this fixture, just a week into the new campaign.
Lyon defender Fabio Grosso could end his international hiatus after being named in Roberto Donadoni's Italy squad for a friendly against Hungary in Budapest on Wednesday.
Brazilian midfielder Emerson has launched his bid to leave Real Madrid, and seal a move to AC Milan, with a scathing appraisal of the reigning Spanish champions.
Top-seeded Belgian Justin Henin defeated sixth seed Nadia Petrova, 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 to advance to the semi-finals of the 1.34 million dollar hard court tournament on Friday.
Stepping up their player signing up drive, the Indian Cricket League (ICL) has wooed Mohammad Asif with a more lucrative second offer of 10 crore rupees, local media reported yesterday.
Opener Michael Lumb and one-drop Sean Ervine edged veteran Otis Gibson's first two balls to slip as Hampshire's chase for 313 in the Friends Provident Trophy final at Lord's began disastrously yesterday.
At least six more players have signed with the Indian Cricket League (ICL), according to sources in the cricket fraternity. Alfred Absolem became the eighth Hyderabad player to join, while Sridharan Sriram became the first former Indian player to sign on. Twenty20 specialist V Devendran from Tamil Nadu has also reportedly joined the ICL.
Andrew Flintoff reckoned the best years of his career could still be ahead of him as he prepared for his England return during the upcoming one-day series against India.
Indian football team captain Baichung Bhutia on Saturday sounded a warning to the rivals, saying his team would continue to play with the same aggression that saw them steamroll Cambodia 6-0 in the opener of the ONGC Nehru Cup.
Sven-Göran Eriksson may rarely have got the better of Sir Alex Ferguson during their numerous run-ins when he was England head coach, but it was the Manchester United manager who came off worse the last and only time they shared a technical area.
Football star David Beckham insisted again on Friday that the long travel required for his international duty won't negatively affect his performance either for England or the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Arsene Wenger has backed his young side to prove that they now have the physical attributes to succeed in the Premiership when they face Blackburn at Ewood Park on Sunday.
Amid allegations from foreign currency traders that huge such currencies are being smuggled out through unofficial channels due to loopholes in the official procedures, the Chief Adviser's Office has asked the finance ministry to take steps to update the existing rules and policy.
The northern region people may face starvation if the government does not take proper measures to immediately combat the ongoing Monga, a famine like situation fueled by the recent flood, said economist Dr Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad.
Food shortages loom in South Asian nations hit by torrential rains, floods and landslides affecting more than 28 million people, the United Nations said on Saturday.
Credit fears have played havoc with Wall Street stock portfolios and US investors could suffer more bruises from fresh upheavals sweeping world markets in the week ahead, despite an emergency rate cut.
Metals prices plunged this week as traders sold heavily investments in gold and copper owing to fears of a global economic slowdown caused by the ongoing US housing crisis.
Braving the recent turmoil against establishing Special Economic Zones (SEZ) across West Bengal, the state-backed statutory agency, Asansol Durgapur Development Authority (ADDA), has opted for a SEZ in Durgapur.
China may overtake the United States to become the world's second largest exporter this year if its current export growth speed continues, said a senior government official Saturday.
Pakistan has offered to export skilled manpower to Brunei Darussalam.
India aims to double its tourist numbers to 10 million in 2010 when it hosts the Commonwealth Games, a report said Saturday.
The recent interest rate hike by the Bank of Korea is weighing on the faltering stock market as concerns over the US subprime debacle turned out to be legitimate, experts said Friday.
Tokyo stocks nosedived for a third day Friday with the key Nikkei index falling more than 870 points - its largest drop since April 2000 - against the backdrop of the falling dollar that briefly entered the 111 yen level in Tokyo as the US subprime mortgage loan problem continued to shock the financial market.
The US dollar gained strength against the Vietnamese dong in the last two weeks, putting pressure on Vietnamese importers.
ACME Overseas Trading Ltd has started marketing products of EVA Cosmetics of Indian TTK Group in Bangladesh market.
A negative growth in production of crude oil coupled with a slowdown in output of other products pulled back the growth of six key infrastructure industries to 5.3 per cent in June compared to 7.7 per cent in the same month a year ago.
Advertising firm Lemon Communications has received 'Sangbad Pratidin Srijon Samman 2007' awards in silver and bronze categories, says a press release.
The world's leading mobile phone maker Nokia pleaded for calm in India on Friday as thousands of anxious customers sought free replacements for potentially defective batteries made in Japan.
China's first 1.5 megawatt (1,500 KW) wind-power generator with completely independent intellectual property rights has rolled off the assembly line in the southern Guangdong province.
A coalition of 27 national and international NGOs operating in the country has submitted a 40-point recommendation to the caretaker government with a call to build a strong new local government.
As part of the initiatives of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) to bridge the gap between public and police, an Open House Day (OHD) programme was held at Shahbagh Police Station yesterday with a call for the police to play people-friendly role to maintain law and order.
Speakers at a view exchange meeting yesterday urged the chief justice (CJ) not to allocate any bench to incompetent judges in order to rebuild its image.
Demanding an immediate end to the interference of the World Bank, speakers at a roundtable yesterday urged the government to formulate an independent policy to revive the jute sector in the country.
A devastating fire ripped through a footwear factory at Shyampur in the city early yesterday, burning down machinery and other valuables.
A lighter vessel with 700 tonnes of cement clinker sank in the Karnaphuli estuary near outer anchorage of Chittagong Port while another vessel with 1100 tonnes of crude oil capsized partially at the offshore of Sandwip Channel in the Bay of Bengal yesterday.
Bangladesh Export Processing Zone Authority (Bepza) has taken initiative to resume the activities of closed Uro Mode Fashion Limited by today.
Bangladeshi expatriates living in Australia have demanded immediate execution of the killers of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Different government and non-government bodies, political parties and social organisations continue to distribute relief materials among the flood victims as well as making donations to the Chief Adviser's Relief and Welfare Fund yesterday.
A young businessman was stabbed to death near his shop in Banshpatti area of South Keraniganj on Friday night for refusing to pay toll.
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse yesterday said air connectivity between Dhaka and Colombo is important for better people-to-people contact and improving trade and economic cooperation.
Chief of Army Staff General Moeen U Ahmed arrives here today to visit flood-affected areas.
The low over northwest Bay off West Bengal and Bangladesh coast intensified into a well-marked low over the same area yesterday noon.
Four rival outlawed parties and groups in four southwestern districts have closed ranks and are regrouping, sources said.
A senior teacher of Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (Ruet), after serving 29 years with 'good records' has been 'illegally' put on forced retirement.
Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) in Brahmanbaria has started investigating into assets of former lawmaker and BNP chief Khaleda Zia's advisor Mushfiqur Rahman and three party men.
A joint Indo-Bangla team of land record and survey concluded their visit to Shyamnagar border here yesterday.
Pistol missing from mal khana, 2 cops held in B'baria
The 47th founding anniversary of Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) in Mymensingh was observed in yesterday through different programmes.
Alleged land grabber Mukrarram Hossain Daradi alias Mega Mukarram, owner of Mega Fisheries in Bhaluka, was placed on three day's remand yesterday.
A top US official has said a controversial nuclear pact with New Delhi cannot be renegotiated amid demands from Indian critics for a radical reworking of the deal.
Taliban militants yesterday were deciding the fate of 19 South Korean hostages in Afghanistan after talks for their release failed, a spokesman for the militia said.
Immigration officials sharpened their message a day after being coy about whether they would agree to halt enforcement raids during the 2010 census.
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf yesterday pledged that presidential and general elections would be "free and fair" and held in accordance with the country's laws, state media reported.
Sixteen troops and dozens of Muslim extremists were killed Saturday in clashes between government forces and al-Qaeda-linked rebels on the southern island of Basilan, the military said.
North and South Korea agreed yesterday to postpone the second-ever summit between leaders on the divided peninsula to early October due to recent floods that devastated the impoverished communist North.
Hungry earthquake survivors ransacked a public market Friday, while other mobs looted a refrigerated trailer and blocked aid trucks, prompting Peru's president to appeal for calm. Aid finally arrived to the disaster zone after about 36 hours without much help.
Floodwaters from heavy rains poured into two coalmines in a town in eastern China, leaving 181 miners trapped and feared dead, government officials and state media said yesterday.
India's embattled Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, under fire over a civilian nuclear deal with Washington, says the opposition performed religious rituals for his demise.
US President George W Bush is set to announce plans for gradual troop reductions from Iraq, but at levels far short of those sought by his critics in Congress, The New York Times reported yesterday.
Voters in the Maldives cast their ballots on Saturday in a referendum to decide the future political direction of the tiny Indian Ocean atoll nation, one of Asia's most exotic tourist destinations.
On an agricultural research station south of Manila a group of scientists are battling against time to breed new varieties of rice as global warming threatens one of the world's major sources of food.
The reclusive one-eyed Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar yesterday made a rare public call for Afghans to unite with the militant insurgency to drive Western forces from Afghanistan.
The AIDS virus does not only destroy brain cells, it also inhibits the body from making new ones, according to a new study published in the United States.
Arts & Entertainment
The grand concert, Desh Music Fest 2007 was held at Fantasy Kingdom, Ashulia on August 17 and 18.
Live music at cafés is not a novel concept; it has been a significant part of recreation in urban areas around the world for decades. These informal performances for small groups of audience have also been quite instrumental in boosting upcoming artistes and bands.
Nasima Khanum Queenie, with her combinations of cool colours and subtle lines, has done paintings of fine quality over the years. She invokes beauty in bogs, cacti and even in twilight gloom of cold environment. Entwined, exotic birds, reptiles, foliage, the cool moon in the harsh sky are all grist that comes to the mill for this artist, in her early forties. For her the best years of her training was in USA, where the teacher had more rapport with the students, than our own senior artists have had time for in Dhaka. A relentless and outspoken painter in mixed media, she struggles with her hand-made paper, canvas, and her collection of colours, combining it with successful home-making.
The ICE Today-Aqua Paints Interior Design Award Exhibition was held at the Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts recently, says a press release. The exhibition featured top seven short-listed projects for the Award.
The most prominent exports from Bangladesh are readymade garments and workers. They contribute to the economy and are appreciated as the key force behind the engine of growth for the country. Less know is a third export from Bangladesh, its politics. This export costs the country its image in the international community and can be a source of embarrassment both for the government as well as other Bangladeshi migrants abroad.
Dhaka is one of the most densely populated mega-cities in the world. Because of that, it has been suffering from a lot of problems. One of the most talked about problems is traffic jams: whether they can be removed or not is a burning question.
Despite widespread anomalies in the construction sector in the capital and elsewhere, Bangladesh National Building Code (BNBC) has been lying ineffective for months because of the government's indifference to it, said sources.
Shafique Alam Mehdi, General Secretary of Officers Club, Dhaka and Joint Secretary, Ministry of Communications spoke to Fida-e-Tashfia of Star City, on the club's past, present and future.
Residents of Ahmednagar, Paikpara and Shah Alibagh in Mirpur are suffering from waterlogging that severely disrupts life in their neighbourhood.
Flood victims from Dhaka's surrounding districts are now moving around in the city to earn some instant cash to repair homesteads and sow seeds.
“Hello father. My exam is going to begin next month and I'm coming home right after that. I just can't wait to see you and mother," Shammi Akhter Happy, a student of Psychology Department of Dhaka University (DU), was telling her father over phone.
In modern era, the surgical treatment of various neurosurgical diseases like brain and spinal cord tumors, hydrocephalus, spinal cord injury, prolapsed disc disease, stroke (hemorrhagic) is possible with great safety and less invasive way due to the tremendous improvement in using operating microscope, neuroendoscope and modern neurosurgical instruments.
There are no systems of human body spared from the pronged harmful effects of smoking – heart, lungs, brain, blood vessels and what not. But very few of us know about the harmful effect of smoking on our sexual and reproductive health.
In recent days, due to the deluge throughout the country, diarrhoea has been broken out in several parts of the country. The treatment of diarrhoea is very simple, but most often the disease is not managed properly. To treat a patient of diarrhoea, start oral rehydration saline (ORS) immidiately after loose motion starts. Zinc preparations should be used simultaneously for better outcome. while using zinc preparations, ORS should not be discontinued as it is the main treatment of diarrhoea. Cleanliness and good hand hygiene will keep you and your family from having diarrhoea. Always wash your hand before and after handling food, using toilet and drink boiled or safe water to get rid of the disease.
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The U.S. researchers have successfully expressed the precursor protein of insulin in lettuce and tobacco plants. Moreover, feeding these genetically modified plants to mice that have a tendency to become diabetic protected the animals against inflammation of the pancreas.
Pregnant women who eat a meat-rich, fruit-poor diet may be doubling their baby's likelihood of being born with a cleft lip or cleft palate, Dutch researchers report.
Boys who bully or are victims of bullies may have a higher risk of mental health disorders as young men, a recent study suggests.
Worldwide, 278 million people are estimated to have moderate to profound hearing loss in both ears. 80 percent of deaf and hearing-impaired people live in low- and middle-income countries. The major preventable causes of hearing impairment in low- and middle-income countries are middle ear infections, excessive noise, inappropriate use of certain drugs, problems during childbirth and vaccine-preventable infections. One quarter of cases of hearing impairment begin during childhood. At least half of all hearing impairment is preventable. Immunization against childhood diseases such as measles, meningitis, rubella and mumps is key to preventing hearing impairment. Detecting and responding to hearing impairment in babies and young children is vital for the development of speech and language. Hearing aid can reduce this disability in many children. many people In developing countries, fewer than 1 in 40 people who need a hearing aid have one.