News of: Saturday, 25th of August, 2007
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Security personnel picked up five teachers--two at Dhaka University (DU) and three at Rajshahi University (RU)--in the early hours yesterday and took them to unspecified places for interrogation.
The joint forces hauled in Dhaka University Teachers Association (Duta) General Secretary Professor Anwar Hossain and Social Science Dean Prof Harun-or-Rashid at about 12:30am from their campus residences on the Fuller Road.
Thousands of people, mostly day labourers and of low income bracket, yesterday crammed different bus and launch terminals, and railway station in a desperate bid to leave the capital.
Cases were filed with different police stations in the capital in the last three days against 42,000 unidentified people, including students.
Price hike of yarn, dye and other weaving materials have forced many weavers in Tangail to quit the loom and look for other jobs.
Dhaka has stepped up diplomatic efforts with Male to ensure the safety of 25,000 Bangladeshi workers in the Maldivian capital, following a string of attacks on Bangladeshi workers, including murders, in the past month.
The immediate future of the low income group people, whose homes as well as livelihoods were lost in the devastating flood in the northern parts of the country, is looking bleak.
Thousands of Bangladeshi undocumented workers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are running against time to either regularise their immigration status or to leave the country under the three-month amnesty ending on September 2.
The government has instructed all concerned engaged in maintaining law and order to remain alert about harassment of media men during the curfew hours and asked them to extend all-out cooperation to the journalists and media men in discharging their professional duties.
Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) yesterday expressed grave concern over harassment of and assault on journalists during curfew hours and urged the government to create an atmosphere so the journalists can perform their duties freely.
The government has relaxed curfew for 17 hours from 6:00am today in all the six divisional cities, including Dhaka metropolitan city, according to an official announcement yesterday.
The law enforcers arrested Azizul Baree Helal, president of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), student wing of the BNP, at his Moghbazar residence in the capital yesterday morning.
The 14-hour break in curfew yesterday did not bring much relief to the patients admitted to different hospitals as treatment was disturbed on the government holiday.
The results of the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examinations, 2007 under seven education boards, Alim, Fazil and Kamil under Madrasa Education Board and HSC -Business Management under Technical Education Board will be published tomorrow.
Prices of different essentials, especially of vegetables and fishes, repeatedly fluctuated on both wholesale and retail markets in the capital in the last two days as supply of vegetables was disrupted due to the curfew.
The verdict in the extortion case against Rajshahi City Corporation mayor and former BNP lawmaker Mizanur Rahman Minu and 10 of his cohorts will be announced tomorrow.
Work on voter registration with photograph in Khulna City Corporation (KCC) remained stalled on Thursday due to imposition of curfew.
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) personnel arrested an arms trader and recovered arms and ammunition from his possession at Shahjadpur under Chaugachha upazila of Jessore district early yesterday.
Police arrested a leader of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-Janajuddho red flag) from Taherpur Bridge area yesterday.
Outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (ML-Janajuddho) has pasted posters at different places of Shailkupa upazila on Thursday night, threatening to kill five journalists.
Immediately after Pakistan's highest court ruled he could return, former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif said he would go home soon to lead his party's campaign to oust President Gen Pervez Musharraf, who exiled Sharif eight years ago.
US soldiers battled Shia fighters in Baghdad yesterday, killing 13 people, a day after a fierce clash between al-Qaeda militants and a rival group left dozens dead.
Nepal's government nationalised on Thursday seven palaces owned by King Gyanendra as a first step in seizing all of his royal property, a minister said.
Top Bollywood actor Salman Khan is facing five years in jail after an Indian court yesterday rejected his appeal against the sentence for killing a rare gazelle.
A bomb dropped by a US fighter jet was believed to have killed three British soldiers in southern Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence said yesterday. Two other soldiers were injured.
North Korea's army chief warned yesterday that the communist country would bolster unspecified "retaliatory means" to counter an alleged pre-emptive attack by the United States.
After the two days of protest and anarchy the lifting of curfew for three hours on Thursday and for 14 hours on Friday came as a welcome relief to the citizens who were caught unawares in the changed circumstances. Thursday being a working day, people endured all sorts of troubles to reach office, only to find that a holiday has been announced. And our sympathy goes with the seriously ill people who required immediate medical help but remained stranded at various points as vehicles remained off the roads. Obviously it was for the fear of a frenzied mob that public and private vehicles avoided going out on the day.
A recent study by Transparency International, Bangladesh (TIB) revealed that as high as 90 percent of the buildings have been constructed violating the Building Construction Code 1996. Area wise statistics are alarming. About 96 percent of the buildings in city's Khilgaon and Taltala areas were constructed defying prescribed building code and designs whereas it is 92 percent in Lalmatia and Shyamoli, 96 percent in Mirpur, Kalyanpur, Bangshal as well as Nikunja. In Banani and Gulshan area it is 98 percent. Besides, an apparently 86 percent of the buildings in Uttara were constructed in an 'unauthorised' manner. It is also worth noting that among these buildings most of the commercial ones have no parking lots.
Nearly four weeks have passed since various factors induced the current serious flooding within Bangladesh. Huge swathes of our territory, as well as that of neighbouring India have been subjected to inundation, flood-related damage and loss of lives. This time round, the process has peaked once towards the end of the second week of August, receded slightly and then again gained strength because of renewed heavy rainfall in Nepal. It has not only devastated standing crops but also existing infrastructure related to communications, education, healthcare and the rural economy.
I wish the Left had made national development, not the Indo-US nuclear deal, an issue for parting ways with the ruling Congress. Probably, the Left felt that it would not be convincing if it were to do so after having dotted i's and crossed t's in more or less all the decisions that Manmohan Singh government took in the past three and a half years. Till now, the Left, particularly the CPI (M), has been having vicarious satisfaction of governing, sorting out names for India's president and appointing the vice-president.
It is undeniable that Bangladesh has made remarkable progress in agriculture specially in cereal production in post independent era. Population of Bangladesh was 75 million just after the liberation and production of food was 10 million tons with a deficit of 3 million tons. Nowadays the population is double touching the tune of 150 million and food production is about 30 million tons. Apparently there is no deficiency. It is a great achievement! The half-fed farmers can claim the lion's share of this success. But beside the successes there are some identified and conventional problems in the agriculture sector of Bangladesh. Some new and strategic problems in agriculture are emerging parallely alongside the conventional and century old ones. It is a matter of regret that these new problem fail to attract the attention of the policy makers.
Kyrgyzstan tore apart an exhausted Bangladesh 3-0 yesterday to stay alive for a final berth in the Nehru Cup.
After their senior colleagues bowed out of the Nehru Cup without making any impact, Bangladesh's second-string footballers play their last match in the Merdeka Cup in Malaysia today.
Real Madrid and Barcelona have splashed out almost 200 million euros to bankroll their title aspirations but it's the cut-price Jose Antonio Reyes who aims to shine as the new La Liga campaign gets underway this weekend.
Rome-based sides AS Roma and Lazio will be looking to wrest the Scudetto back from the stranglehold of their northern rivals as the Italian 2007/2008 championship gets underway this weekend.
India got off to a flying start in the second one-day international against England when they rattled 146 for one in 25 overs after skipper Rahud Dravid elected to bat on a placid track at Bristol.
Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly has applauded the man-management skills of the current Indian coaching staff and was pleased that the tour has proceeded without any "hiccups".
Real sign Robben, Heinze
Real Madrid pulled of a major double signing as they unveiled Dutch winger Arjen Robben and Argentina full-back Gabriel Heinze at the Santiago Bernabeu on Thursday.
Early league leaders Manchester City face another firm test of their credentials as they travel to Arsenal on Saturday with manager Sven-Goran Eriksson aware that the surprise element of his team is rapidly dwindling.
The Pakistan Cricket Board on Friday cleared maverick paceman Shoaib Akhtar of indiscipline and suspended a 5,000-dollar fine, while warning him to stay out of trouble for six weeks.
The state-run investment promotional agency has been grappling with irregularities for the last ten years.
The blueprint for an intergrated Southeast Asian economic community has been completed and must be implemented swiftly if the 2015 deadline is to be met, Asean economic officials were told Friday.
The farm ministry has begun studying the possibility of liberalising current regulations on leasing farmland to corporations to encourage greater private sector participation in agriculture, ministry officials said Wednesday.
Asian stocks closed mostly lower on Friday as investors locked in recent gains, with concerns re-emerging over the US subprime mortgage sector.
The federal budget deficit is coming down faster than expected and will likely be reduced to 158 billion dollars for the current fiscal year, the Congressional Budget Office said Thursday.
India's inflation edged higher to 4.10 percent on the back of costlier food but was well within central bank targets, data on Friday showed.
Seven people, including five motorcyclists, were killed and 24 others injured in separate road accidents in Narsingdi, Comilla, Thakurgaon, Rangpur and Kishoreganj in the last two days.
Khulna City Corporation (KCC) yesterday inked an agreement with Khulna University of Engineering and Technology (Kuet) on the promotion of renewable energy (PRE).
Nine people, including six women, died of AIDS in Khulna metropolitan city in last two years.
Public health engineering department (DPHE) has taken an initiative to set up 547 deep tubewells to ensure supply of safe water as arsenic has been detected in 16322 hand tubewells in the district.
At least 17 villagers were injured in a clash between two groups over using a road at Chhoyara village in South Sunamganj yesterday.
The third death anniversary of Ivy Rahman, women's affairs secretary of Awami League and the wife of acting AL President Zillur Rahman, was observed yesterday.
A housewife committed suicide in the city yesterday.
A worker was killed inside a knit garment factory allegedly by two of his fellow workers at Ukil Para in Narayanganj Sadar in the early hours of yesterday.
A father and his son were killed in lightning at Polash upazila of the district yesterday.
The first semifinal of the Citi Financial Quiz Competition 2007 will be held today, says a press release.
An English Language Teaching seminar by ELT expert Jeremy Harmer will be held at Sonargaon Hotel from 4:00pm to 7:00pm today, says a press release.
Different government, non-government and donor organisations, with the help of armed forces, have have undertaken a massive post-flood relief, agro-rehabilitation and healthcare programme for greater Rangpur districts, official news agency, BSS said.
Moulvibazar Pourasabha has demolished a 'historic' children's park here and hung a signboard inscribing 'Restricted Area' on its main gate.
Dhaka Ahsania Mission offers a safe haven for trafficked girls who managed to escape their captors and return home.
A six-year-old girl child was strangled allegedly by her aunt Bilkis Akhter at Digarkanda village in Baira Union in Sadar upazila here yesterday afternoon.
Community policing committee (CPC) has taken up initiative for the flood affected marginal farmers of the district to help them through providing with seedlings at cheaper rate.
A journalist here is now on the run after being entangled in a 'false case.'
Indigenous Garo and Khasia community members here have donated Tk 50,000 to the Chief Adviser's (CA's) Relief Fund.
A nine-month-old baby abandoned by a woman in a Dhaka-Jessore bus was doing well yesterday at a shelter home of the Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) at Vekutia, Jessore, said DAM assistant director (Human Rights & Social Justice) Advocate Shirin Naher.
A two-day free plastic surgery camp for poor children with cleft-lip and defective palate organised by Ideal Clinic and Nursery Home (ICNH) has ended here on Thursday.
About 250 militants and 60 Pakistani troops have died in a month of fierce fighting near the Afghan border, the army said yesterday.
Myanmar's military junta moved swiftly yesterday to crush the latest in a series of protests against fuel price hikes, arresting more than 10 activists in front of Yangon City Hall before they could launch any action, witnesses said.
For centuries, people have claimed to have had out-of-body experiences but now scientists have recreated the sensation without using drugs in the first experiments of their kind, a study said Thursday.
Sen John Warner's call for troop withdrawals from Iraq is likely to ratchet up pressure on President Bush substantially and lend momentum to Democratic efforts to end US combat.
India's Prakash Karat, the Communist Party leader who wants to halt an Indo-US nuclear deal, is an old school Marxist but his methods have so far proven highly effective, plunging the government into crisis.
Sudan has expelled European and Canadian diplomats for "interfering in its affairs," a move that could further strain relations with the West over the conflict in Darfur.
Astronomers have stumbled upon a tremendous hole in the universe. That's got them scratching their heads about what's just not there. The cosmic blank spot has no stray stars, no galaxies, no sucking black holes, not even mysterious dark matter. It is 1 billion light years across of nothing. That's an expanse of nearly 6 billion trillion miles of emptiness, a University of Minnesota team announced Thursday.
Thailand enacted a new army-backed constitution Friday, after King Bhumibol Adulyadej formally signed the charter that was approved by voters last weekend.
Peeking into her waterlogged basement, Gail Leatherman didn't break down until she saw a soggy photo of her and her husband, taken for their 17th wedding anniversary. She salvaged the picture, but not her treasured Christmas decorations. Next door, her son lost all of his 1-year-old boy's winter clothes. And that wasn't the worst of it.
Members of Hamas's Executive Force opened fire at a mass rally by the rival Fatah movement in Gaza City yesterday, an AFP correspondent on the scene said.
Pakistan and Britain signed an agreement yesterday to allow inmates in each other's prisons serve their sentences in their home countries.
Former Iraqi president Abdel Rahman Aref, who was ousted by Saddam Hussein's Baath party in 1968, died in Jordan on Friday at the age of 91, his family said.
South Asia is currently in the grip of severe floods that are causing havoc in three regional countries -- India, Bangladesh and Nepal. Millions are badly affected and authorities in these countries are sparing no efforts to mitigate their sufferings, which is certainly a gigantic task. The catastrophe is seen as the worst in the region in several decades, and the international community, including the chief executive of the United Nations, has also expressed grave concern and anxiety at the situation in the three countries. Several countries and agencies have also announced assistance in cash and kind, which is only natural when a large segment of fellow humans is mired in great hardship.
Bangladesh is a good example of how a country could pull itself up from economic entrapment -- making transition from a predominantly agricultural economy to a globally diverse one. Today Bangladesh has joined the global trade and commerce as a significant and engaged player.
Perilous waste and its disposal perhaps is the greatest problem before the mankind in today's world. Increasing waste generation in the present time is associated with voracious consumer culture and human greed, which have done irreparable damage to the environment.
Dr. Perween Hasan, professor in the Department of Islamic History and Culture at Dhaka University, recently published her book Sultans and Mosques: The Early Muslim Architecture of Bangladesh (London: I.B.Tauris and Co Ltd). Though the book originated as her doctoral thesis and is fairly technical in nature, with architectural terms and plans not easily accessible to the layperson, it is on a subject that is inherently interesting to Bangladeshis. How can we not be interested in the mosques around us, not be curious about their origins and history, not wonder about the ideas and environment that shaped them ? What do they reveal about the arrival of Islam in the delta from north India and beyond, about its impact and spread, about our own evolution as a nation and state? Dr. Perween Hasan, by focusing her study on the independent Bengal Sultanate period, has written a study that zeroes in on the formative era of mosque-building in the eastern part of Bengal that is now Bangladesh.
The anti-hero of The Long Reverie of Partha Sarma (Penguin India, Delhi, 2007) is a twenty-four-year-old man with no particular ambition in life. Partha has no job and lives off his parents. While he does have a close group of friends that he goes to movies and parties with, he continually feels alienated from them as he sees them move further and further away from him in terms of their professional and social life. His lack of experience in the real world is something that Partha fails to recognize, and at times sneers at, as he puts himself above such things. However, his detachment from the humdrum workings of society and the distance he feels from others his age nonetheless creates a void within him that he attempts to fill making verbose entries into his journals, drinking incessantly and falling into the company of the romantic Ahmadi sahib and the infuriatingly patronizing Kaushik. To them, Partha vents his frustrations at the world, giving them an excuse for their pseudo-intellectual, quasi-senile ruminations. Considering himself above the masses and droves of people who go to work everyday succumbing to the world's mundanity-- Partha is happy to ignore the fact that he has become part of the hoi polloi who are unemployed! He does not manage to find a vocation in life throughout the novel!
Kazi Nazrul Islam: The Voice of Poetry and the Struggle for Human Wholeness by Winston E. Langley; Dhaka: Nazrul Institute; February 2007
When you've done
Chasing your tail
Or sniffing along
Other people's trails
When you've done
Guarding other's flanks
And allowing people
The joy of petting you
In lieu of thanks
When you've tired of
Wagging through a dog's life
Then maybe you'll find yours
The Literature Page of The Daily Star will bring out a Special Eid issue of English translations of Bengali short stories. All translators, as well would-be translators, who have wanted to be published in a reputed publication, all those who have a favourite Bengali story s/he thinks ought to be translated should submit their entries.