News of: Saturday, 23rd of August, 2008
Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday said there should be regular contests in different cultural fields to create a sustainable platform for the filmmakers, photographers and lyricists.
A child in a remote village dreams of hovering in the sky like a kite. Holding a wing-shaped kite on his back, he starts running across the muddy village field as if he were about to take off. Unfortunately, the boy slips onto the muddy field and… heaps sighs in a dark corner of his room, his head between his legs.
Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC) run 15 factories, which are still in operation, might be forced to shut down soon as the government has yet to allocate any fund for purchasing raw jute, while traders are unwilling to sell the fibre to BJMC on credit anymore.
The Bibiyana 450 megawatt power project tender is likely to be cancelled as the law ministry believes bid documents of the tender's lone bidder are so flawed that these lack legal merit for evaluation.
Senior leaders of Awami League (AL) yesterday demanded that the government hold the long-stalled ninth parliamentary election by the third week of October.
Prices of non-brand edible oil, which had been falling in accordance with a downward trend in the international market over the last month and a half, suddenly went up in kitchen markets of the capital over the last three days.
Newspaper Owners' Association of Bangladesh (Noab) has urged the government to increase its advertisement budget commensurate with the recent increase in advertisement rate.
As if it was the way things ought to be. The eight-month-old baby girl fell from the clutch of her kidnappers and lost her right leg under the wheels of a running freight train, only to be saved later by a warm-hearted couple.
The government is failing to supply the adequate amount of fertilisers to 16 northern districts for Aman cultivation.
A mother and her two-year-old daughter died while another daughter sustained severe injuries as they jumped under a train at Konamati near Kishoreganj station yesterday.
A regional leader of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP- Red Flag) was killed during a “shootout” between his cohorts and the law enforcers in Ataikula upazila of the district early yesterday.
Onrush of water from upstream and heavy rainfall in the last few days have flooded many areas in six upazilas of Sirajganj, marooning over 5,000 people in the low lying areas and the chars in Jamuna, Karotoa, Ichhamoti, Hurasagar and Phuljhor rivers.
Dhaka University (DU) teachers and students will observe 'black day' today to mark last year's campus unrest which led to the slapping of curfew in divisional headquarters and arrest of several university teachers and students on charges of breaking the emergency rules.
BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain yesterday alleged that the government is proceeding with its blueprint by imposing conditions for the release of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.
Pakistan's ruling coalition was riven by divisions despite crunch talks yesterday, raising fears for the government's ability to tackle Taliban bloodshed after a massive bombing killed 64 people.
Usain Bolt raced to his third Olympic gold with a third world record here Friday while Bryan Clay claimed the title of 'The World's Best All Around Athlete' when he won the exhausting decathlon title.
Nepal swore in its first post-royal government Friday with Maoist leader Prachanda as prime minister, ending weeks of political deadlock.
Nuclear supplier nations failed to agree to support a controversial US-India nuclear cooperation deal here yesterday, saying they would have to meet again for new talks.
THERE is no doubt that there was a deliberate effort to divert the course of the investigation of 21st Aug grenade attack, during the tenure of the erstwhile 4-party alliance government. It needs little convincing also that the process of the police investigation, and the way other investigations related to it were handled, was politically motivated, and subsequent developments have clearly pointed to the alleged role of the then home minister. This was a blatant effort to influence the course of justice a cognizable offence under our law.
IF the incidence of under-trial prisoners languishing in jail indefinitely is an abysmal travesty of justice, then that of juvenile crime suspects detained in jail would be patently repugnant to all civilised sensibilities. It is the worst form of violation of human rights because it impinges on the rights of the most helpless segment of the society, namely, the under-aged children.
I shall reflect today first on the impact of the absence of morality in politics and then on the need for care in creating coalition partnerships. I will refer to the close equation between morality and politics because of what took place recently in New Delhi. I shall also express my thoughts about the dangers of forming unwholesome coalitions.
FORMER Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's political secretary Harris Chowdhury made headlines in two successive issues of The Daily Star in the recent past (Harris the fortune-maker, August 15 and Threats, trickery were Harris' tools for ill-gotten gains, August 16). With no known sources of income other than Tk 27.48 lakh he had drawn as pay during the last five years as revealed by task force investigators appointed by the present caretaker government (CTG) he reportedly made a wealth of at least Tk.85 crore in just the same period beginning from 2001. He fled the country after the take over by the present CTG in early 2007, as reported in the newspaper.
PESSIMISTS apprehand perhaps our democracy is up for grabs once again. The caretaker government is yet to make major and effective electoral reforms in order to keep criminals out of the political arena. Politicians with criminal records are back in the realm and continuing politics in their cynical ways, in spite of the fact that allegations and revelations about corruption and scandals have badly shaken many people's belief in them. The worst thing is that we live in a contaminated moral environment. We fell morally ill because we became used to doing something different from what we promised. Concepts such as political honesty, integrity, trust and commitments lost their depth and dimension in this environment.
Usain Bolt completed an unprecedented world-record breaking golden treble at the Beijing Olympics on Friday, as Ethio-pian Tirunesh Dibaba claimed a landmark long-distance running double.
After a full day's rest it was back to business again for the Tigers. With the third match against the spirited Australian Institute of Sports (AIS) coming up on Saturday, the Bangladesh team trained at the Marrara Oval in the afternoon yesterday.
Mohammedan let everyone know why they are always fearsome opponents in any tournament when the black and whites destroyed fellow quarterfinalists Arambagh Krira Sangha 4-1 in yesterday's Citycell Federation Cup at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.
GP-BCB National Cricket Academy conceded a 27-run defeat to hosts South Africa Academy in the second one-day match at Tukkies in Pretoria yesterday.
Gwung Eun Byun and Hi Hoon Son won their respective semifinal matches to set an all South Korean final in the boys' singles event of the Prime Bank ITF under-14 Asian Tennis Championship at the National Tennis Complex in Ramna yesterday.
With the International Cricket Council (ICC) finding it tough to convince apprehensive cricketers on touring Pakistan for next month's Champions Trophy, Sri Lanka today said it was ready to hold the tournament even at a short notice.
Menzis Krira Chakra registered a 34-12 victory over Bhratitwa Samaj Kalyan Sangha in the 14th Cute Premier League Handball match at the Outer Stadium handball ground yesterday.
England, choosing to bat, were well placed at 170-3 in 39 overs in the day-night first one-day international against South Africa at Headingley yesterday.
England fast bowler Steve Harmison is to play in the one-day cricket series against South Africa, which starts on Friday, reversing a decision of two years ago not to participate in the one-day international format.
Someone finally beat Jamaica in the sprints. The Jamaicans.
South Africa announced Friday it will not send a team to the Champions Trophy tournament in Pakistan next month.
The fate of the Champions Trophy hangs on Sunday's telephone hook-up after it emerged that India and Pakistan have hardened their position on the tournament going ahead as scheduled from September 12 onwards in Karachi and Lahore, leaving the International Cricket Council (ICC) with the possibility of a cancellation otherwise.
The Netherlands won back the Olympic women's field hockey gold medal after 24 years with a 2-0 win over hosts China in an absorbing final here on Friday.
Jamie Carragher believes the current Liver-pool team have a tougher task than any in the club's history as they chase the Premier League title.
Brazil overcame their deep frustration at not making the men's Olympic football final by putting away Belgium 3-0 to take the bronze medal consolation prize at Shanghai Stadium here Friday.
After recognising cricket as its national sport, Canada is now seeking Indian expertise to develop the game in the country.
Teachers and students of Rajshahi University (RU) and local businessmen called on the authorities to reopen the university immediately for greater interests of the students in their academic life.
Strong motivational role of the owners, sense of belonging among the workers, timely intervention of the management in case of any agitation, proper assessment of the situation and a good relationship between the owners and the workers may bring about a positive change and create favourable atmosphere in the country's beleaguered readymade garments sector.
Four international long distance telecommunication systems (ILDTS) in the private sector go into formal operation today to offer telephone calls under the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology.
Hundreds of people from all walks of life yesterday paid their last respects to Abdullah Al Mamun, noted playwright, actor and filmmaker.
Consumers Association of Bangladesh (CAB) leaders yesterday said the prices of rice, wheat, flour, edible oil and milk increased over 45.50 percent in the fiscal year 2007-08, causing immense suffering to the countrymen.
The fourth meeting of the council of advisers will be held in Khulna on August 26.
Nokia won the award for the Best Brand in the first-ever Bangladesh Best Brand Award ceremony on Thursday.
Ten people were killed and 15 others injured in separate road accidents at Bandarban, Pabna and Barisal yesterday.
Judge Abdus Salam Shikder of Khulna Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal will deliver judgement in Awami League (AL) leader Advocate Manjurul Imam murder case on September 1.
A businessman was stabbed to death near the Deputy Election Commissioner's office at Sher-e-Bangla Road in the city on Thursday night.
Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested four criminals with two foreign revolvers in Pabna yesterday.
Nine members of an inter-district robber's gang were arrested from Paranpur School in Monohorganj early yesterday morning.
The body of chief engineer of the sunken Sri Lankan vessel MV Bhadulu Valley was recovered from the outer anchorage of the Chittagong Port on Thursday night.
Five units of Ashuganj Power Station went out of order after a 132 KV transformer of the station was burnt out last night.
Rajbari district BNP president Nasirul Haque Sabu and general secretary Ali Newaz Mahmud Khaiyam have been relieved of their posts and responsibilities for their anti-organisational activities and their roles as reformists.
Foreign Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury has condemned Thursday's bombing at Wah in Pakistan.
Nongar, a social organisation, was launched yesterday with an aim to remove illiteracy through introducing an innovative learning process called 'Bangla Reading Method'.
A two-week-long residential photo-cine-video aesthetics workshop
Speakers at rallies in Satkhira, Rajshahi, Khagrachhari and Barisal have demanded punishment to perpetrators and masterminds behind the August 21grenade attack on an Awami League rally in 2004 in Dhaka
Farmers in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) are eyeing a surprise cropcoffee.
Rajshahi City Awami League last night expelled two of its front ranking leaders including its president Masudul Haque Dulu for contesting in the August 4 city corporation election against party leader AHM Khairuzzaman Liton. Liton was elected mayor of Rajshahi City Corporation.
The office of the Sundarban Gas Distribution Company is expected to be opened in Khulna city on August 26 by Dr M Tamim, Special Assistant to the Chief Adviser.
Barisal Metropolitan Police (BMP) have launched a drive against eve teasing and may introduce 'sunset law' in the city to control the menace, juvenile crimes and drug abuse.
Three-day long National Haor Festival-2008 began at the auditorium of Mohongonj Degree College in Netrakona district yesterday afternoon.
Police arrested an activist of Islamist militant outfit Allaher Dal from New Bridge area in Gaibandha town on Thursday.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) filed a case with Kotwali police station Thursday night against five persons in connection with the attack on a Rab official when he went to Mymensingh court premises on Wednesday to arrest an accused.
Former lawmaker Syeda Sakina Islam was laid to rest at Barisal Muslim Graveyard yesterday after her namaj-e- janaja held on the premises of Aswani Kumar Hall.
US-led troops attacked a compound where Taliban leaders were meeting in western Afghanistan, killing 30 militants, American and Afghan officials said yesterday. Another 11 militants reportedly died in a separate clash in the south.
Iraq and the US pushed close to a deal Thursday setting a course for American combat troops to pull out of major Iraqi cities by next June, with a broader withdrawal from the long and costly war by 2011.
Sri Lankan troops yesterday captured two strategic towns from Tamil Tigers as they closed in on the rebels' political capital, the defence ministry said.
A Pakistani court yesterday rejected a petition asking that authorities should be directed to register murder cases against former president Pervez Musharraf and other officials for their role in last year's operation against militants holed up in the Lal Masjid.
Pakistani troops yesterday killed 21 militants, including two suicide attackers, in clashes near the Afghan border, a day after a bombing killed 64 people at an arms factory, officials said.
Russian forces began to pullout from parts of Georgia on Friday, but a top general said hundreds of soldiers would remain deep inside the country along the main strategic highway.
Clashes left 30 rebels dead in the southern Philippines overnight, just hours after the government scrapped a controversial peace deal with the Muslim guerrillas, the military said yesterday.
Democrat Barack Obama was Friday putting the finishing touches to the unveiling of his choice of running mate after unleashing a fusillade of vitriol on White House rival John McCain.
Climate change poses a serious threat to essential water resources in the Himalayan region putting the livelihoods of 1.3 billion people at risk, experts said Thursday.
Hundreds of thousands of people massed in Indian Kashmir's main city on Friday to demand "azadi" or freedom and protest against New Delhi's rule in the second major demonstration this week.
Tata Motors Chairman Ratan Tata yesterday threatened to exit West Bengal if there was no let up in violence at Singur, where the company is building a factory to make the world's cheapest car 'Nano'.
More than 700 people have died in flooding and storms across India since the monsoon hit in June, officials said yesterday after reporting 27 more dead in Uttar Pradesh.
The death toll from two earthquakes that struck China's border with Myanmar just minutes apart rose to three on Friday, while about 100 more were reported injured, state media said.
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was questioned by anti-fraud officers on Friday for the sixth time since claims emerged in May that he received illegal funds from a US financier.
Time is running out in the fight against global warming, the UN's top climate change official warned as a new round of UN talks got started here on Thursday.
Scientists from a US firm claim to have created a large number of red blood cells from human embryonic stem cells, opening up the prospect of having a limitless supply of blood for transfusions.
Arts & Entertainment
He is one of the most experienced TV officials in the country. Joining the then Pakistan TV's Dhaka wing as a producer in 1967, Mustafa Kamal Syed had Mustafizur Rahman, the late Abdullah Yusuf Imam and Badrunnesa Abdullah as his colleagues. Throughout his career, he has worked as a Programme Manager; General Manager; Director, International Relations and Deputy Director General, Programme. In 2004 he retired from BTV and joined satellite TV channel ntv as its Chief of Programme. The media personality recently shared his views on gradual changes in the TV industry and more with The Daily Star.
Four Selim Al Deen plays -- Joiboti Konyar Mon, Prachya, Horgoj and Nimojjon -- were staged at the festival jointly organised by Dhaka Theatre and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. Contemporary issues such as feminism, social discrimination, adverse impact of globalisation and fall of humanity have been depicted in the plays staged at the festival.
Photographic Forum; Prism arranged a weeklong photo exhibition at the Drik Gallery, which ended on August 21. A total of 70 photographs taken by 25 photographers were on display. The weeklong exhibition was titled "Aloy-Kaloy Aanka".
Dhaka University Theatre Festival which began on August 12 as a part of the Honours final examination of the Department of Theatre and Music, DU, ended on August 21 with the play Chhyaheen Kaya at Natmandal, DU campus.
'Alokchitra Shilpi Sangsad' (ASS) observed the World Photography Day' here on August 20. A discussion was held with President of the organisation, Md. Nawab Ali, in the chair. Nirbahi Officer of Mymensingh Sadar Upazila, Md. Zakir Hossain was the chief guest while Regional Representative of Transcom, Md. Imran was the special guest at the programme. Md. Shamsul Islam Khokon read out the keynote paper at the seminar.
Cultural organisation Chhayanat arranged its monthly musical soiree "Srotar Ashor" at the Ramesh Chandra Dutta Smriti Auditorium on August 21. It was the 12th instalment of the programme. Five artistes -- Salma Akbar, Md. Sifayetullah, Tanzina Parveen, S.M. Khaled and Sazia Hossain -- performed Rabindra Sangeet at the programme.
Two European countries are taking a stand against what they consider unsuitable television programming. The broadcast authority in France has told the country's channels not to market television shows as suitable for children under 3, The Associated Press reported.
As part of the festival organised to celebrate the birth anniversary of theatre icon Selim Al Deen, a newly formed organisation 'Selim Al Deen Pathshala' launched its first publication Banopangshul -- a quarterly little magazine -- at the plaza of National Theatre Stage on August 21.
The Daily Star' has editorially ventilated frustrations in the slow investigation of bomb explosion cases and the inability of the enforcement units to forestall such incidents. Concerned citizens have expressed identical views and the civil society has impressed upon firm political resolve in tackling the extremist depredations.
From any location on the earth, the moon appears to be a circular disk which, at any specific time, is illuminated to some degree by direct sunlight. Like the earth, the moon is a sphere which is always half illuminated by the sun, but as the moon orbits the earth we get to see more or less of the illuminated half. During each lunar orbit (a lunar month), we see the moon's appearance changes from not visibly illuminated through partially illuminated to fully illuminated, then back through partially illuminated to not illuminated again. Although this cycle is a continuous process, there are eight distinct, traditionally recognised stages, called phases. These phases designate both the degree to which the moon is illuminated and the geometric appearance of the illustrated part.
Capacity refers to an organisation's ability to achieve its mission effectively and to sustain itself over the long term. Capacity also refers to the skills and capabilities of individuals. For individuals, capacity building may relate to leadership development, advocacy skills, training/speaking abilities, technical skills, organising skills, and other areas of personal and professional development.
It wasn't easy, steering a car through the narrow streets of old Karachi. Tiny beads of sweat formed on Bobby Uncle's forehead as he craftily navigated the big hooded vehicle. Much to the amusement of passers-by who looked on with unabashed curiosity at the strange contraption making its way through the brick-paved alleys, he continued to struggle with the giant steering wheel. Short and thin, he seemed dwarfed by the car he drove. It was the kind of motor car they had only seen in a cinema hall. Usually, a donkey cart or, if there was a special festival, a small taxi would occasionally grace their streets--but to see an actual bright and shiny motor car make its way down the narrow paths of their neighbourhood was not just cause for curiosity, but an actual thrill.
Pakistani writing in English is something we in Bangladesh are not generally aware of. There are several possible reasons for it. One is the troubled history between Bangladesh and Pakistan, which has over the decades seemingly hardened, tragically enough, a cultural divide that was the basis for the 1971 split, and has institutionalized a natural disinclination to enquire too closely at what Pakistani Anglophone writers are up to. Another reason is far more material: the simple unavailability of the works of Pakistani writers and authors--here one is talking about those Pakistani authors that are published in Pakistan itself. The odd work published outside Pakistan, in the UK and the USA, does make its appearance in our local markets, but even these have been available on so limited a basis that it has proved impossible to make an informed judgment or opinion on the quality of their English language output. Or even to acquire a general familiarity with them. The biggest reason of all undoubtedly may simply have been the overall domination of the Indians in the field of South Asian writing, whose forward momentum ever since the publication of Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children has dwarfed and overshadowed, aside from some Sri Lankese authors, the output of writers from the other countries of the South Asian subcontinent.
Sunil Gangapadhyay, in a lecture given in a function arranged by the little magazine Kobita Shankranti said that our fiction writers have not yet fully explored the richness of rural Bangladesh. He mentioned William Faulkner, who never wrote about anything outside the purview of his town and its two-mile expanse. Prasanta Mridha's fictions make a strong case in point. He has already made his presence in the literary scene by collections like Kuhakbivram, Poithar Taan, and Tero O Oboshisto Choi. Most of the stories in the previous collections deal with the social and natural setting of rural Bagerhat ranging invariably across two or three villages and treating the emotions, inter-relations and sufferings of its inhabitants as its subject-matter. Korunar Porijan, the seventh of his short story collections, is no exception.
The Daily Star invites submissions to its forthcoming Eid special issue of both fiction and nonfiction pieces. High-grade translations in both categories will also be considered. Translations should be accompanied by the original Bengali copy. The submissions ideally should not exceed 3500 words. The last date for submission is September 10. The date will not be extended.
The rainy season provides a fertile environment for Aedes mosquito to grow faster and transmit the dengue virus more rapidly. The incidence of dengue fever has reportedly increased in the country alarmingly. But simple protective measures and following proper guideline can reduce the occurrence, mortality and morbidity caused by the disease.
Here are some pointers on safe disinfection, storage and handling of contact lenses, followed by a rundown of contact lens types.
Like all diseases, addiction (to alcohol or drugs) has certain characteristics. Details may vary from person to person, but the pattern and symptoms are predictable. It has a devastating effect on all areas of the affected person – physical, mental, social, financial, emotional and spiritual. His ethical or value system is greatly eroded — he easily lies, cheats, manipulates or steals to maintain his habit. It adversely affects his relationships with family, colleagues and friends.
At a crowded health clinic in Kathmandu, parents bring their children to receive albendazole for deworming and a vitamin A supplement to boost nutrition. Nepal’s pre-school worm control programme takes place every six months and is delivered by nearly 50,000 female village volunteers.
Allowing children with severe pneumonia to be treated at local, first-level facilities instead of hospitals means much higher proportions of children are treated correctly. These are the conclusions of authors of an article published early online in a recent edition of The Lancet.
In order to curb the increasing incidence of geriatric diseases, Bangladesh Society of Geriatric Cardiology and Society of Cardiovascular Ultrasound, Bangladesh Chapter have taken a joint initiative for easy access to information regarding geriatric problems by launching a journal entitled “Cardiovascular Journal” and a web site, says a press release.
A stillborn Israeli baby who was pronounced dead by doctors "came back to life" recently after spending hours in a hospital refrigerator.
ACCESSIBILITY of nuclear technology enhances the possibility of terrorist nuclear attacks. Nuclear proliferation has made it easier for the terrorist to possess deadly weapons, and International terrorism has made to make the whole nuclear deterrence issue irrelevant. The recent nuclear deal between US and India will facilitate the proliferation of nuclear weapons in South Asia where a large number of people are living in a state of poverty because nuclear technology has dual role, both good and bad.
GENERAL Musharraf may have gone but even in his exit he seems to have left more uncertainties and problems in its wake for Pakistan.
ALTHOUGH after their first meeting in 2001, President Bush said the famous words that he had looked into the eyes of Putin and got “a sense of his soul.” He subsequently pursued policies that Putin vigorously opposed. One of them is stationing elements of a missile defence system in Eastern Europe.
Star Books Review
Kanon Devi died on a July night sixteen years ago. That has not, however, diminished the legacy she created in an era where beauty and grace such as hers defined art. Devi was the quintessential artiste in the sense that she brought to music and acting that particular striving towards perfection which leaves an impression on minds. Ask anyone who has seen Kanon Devi's movies or has experienced the mellifluous quality of her singer's voice. The answer will be instant and insistent: in Devi subsisted a world of images, a canvas that could well be taken as symbolic of what life ought to be.
Contemporary writer Amitav Ghosh is reputed to be one of the most scholarly practitioners of the distinctive genre known as Indian writing in English --- one of the finest writers of prose, profoundly knowledgeable and a traveller in the physical and metaphysical sense.
The Feast of Love comes with a delightful blend of different people trying to settle matters of the heart. This book is about men and women who are madly in love with life. For these people life seems to hold different meanings on each petal of a flower. The myriad characters etched in the book make the reading rich and profound. The diverse characters strewn in with deft skill are passionate and witty. Reading this book is like sailing gleefully on a calm sea and yet one has to be aware of the humour and crafty plots that play beneath the apparent calm waters.
Little Piklu loves to listen to stories about princes, and flying horses which cover field after field as he flies across the skies with the prince on his back.