News of: Saturday, 31st of January, 2009
Twelve dormitories of Jagannath University have long been under the occupation of former lawmakers, leaders of Chhatra League and Chhatra Dal, local criminals and even government organisations like the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) and police.
Jamaat-e-Islami is virtually isolated in the four-party alliance on the issue of trial of war criminals as two of its three other partners are keeping their distance from the religion-based party.
Sector Commanders, intellectuals, lawyers and academicians yesterday suggested that the new government form a special tribunal and a commission to try the war criminals and collect evidences of war crimes.
Several central and local leaders of BNP are aspiring for party nomination for contesting parliamentary by-election to two Bogra seats vacated by party Chairperson Khaleda Zia.
At a time when the government halved fertiliser prices to boost agricultural production, the two factories of Diammonium Phosphate Fertiliser Company Ltd (Dap) in Chittagong are falling short by almost two-thirds their capacity due to faulty factory design and not having their own power plant operational.
Bangladesh Petroleum Exploration Company (Bapex) has outwitted a five- year-old vicious cycle of bureaucratic bottleneck to procure a drilling rig for 20 million euro to expand its oil and gas exploration capacity.
Detained Sheikh Zahurul Islam Zahir confessed to his involvement in the gruesome murder of Asgar Ali of Lalbagh during police interrogation yesterday.
Tens of thousands of pilgrims from home and abroad thronged the bank of river Turag yesterday to join the 45th Biswa Ijtema, the second largest Muslim congregation after the hajj.
The Ministry of Home Affairs has asked the authorities concerned to guard all points so that no war criminals can flee the country, said Home Minister Sahara Khatun yesterday.
Muggers stabbed an Islami Chhatra Shibir leader to death in front of the Aziz Cooperative Supermarket at Shahbagh early yesterday.
The government is mulling over a plan to recast the Law Commission, which has been an ineffective institution due to shortage of manpower and logistic supports.
Students and guardians of city's two reputed girls schools and civil society members expressed resentment at Chittagong City Corporation's (CCC) plan to demolish the schools and construct a 16-storey multi-purpose building to house the schools along with other commercial establishments.
Two intruders from Myanmar were arrested after an hour-long gunfight between the security forces and the intruders on Bangladesh-India-Myanmar border in Ruma upazila of the district yesterday.
Recently appointed khatib of the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque, Principal Salauddin Ahmed, yesterday led the Juma prayers amid tight security with the presence of a huge contingent of law enforcers and intelligence agency members.
India is ready to cut down more items from its negative list with regard to Bangladesh to expand trade with the neighbouring country,
A local BNP leader was murdered reportedly for not paying toll to extortionists at Biraldaha village in Puthia upazila early yesterday.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday said the proposed high-powered committee would be in place anytime to work out strategy to face the possible effects of global recession on the country's economy.
Two cattle traders were killed and six others injured as a truck turned turtle at Shahe Protab on Dhaka-Sylhet highway in Sadar upazila yesterday morning.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) personnel yesterday arrested a gang of three arms dealers from Nimpara of Charghat upazila.
Speakers at a ceremony marking the release of a documentary on gibbons sought coordinated efforts to save Hoolock Gibbon (locally known as ulluk) from extinction to conserve biodiversity.
Myanmar said the Rohingya boat people found adrift in the Andaman Sea last week could not have come from its shores because they are not among its recognised ethnic groups, state media reported yesterday.
North Korea announced yesterday it is scrapping agreements with South Korea on easing military tensions, accusing Seoul of pushing relations to the brink of war.
The world is heading toward "water bankruptcy" as demand for the precious commodity outstrips even high population growth, a new report warned yesterday.
Sri Lanka will not declare a ceasefire despite growing international concern about 250,000 civilians trapped by fighting with Tamil rebels, Human Rights Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said yesterday.
THE resolution passed in Jatiya Sangsad on Thursday calling upon the government to immediately institute trial of war criminals of 1971 is both momentous and long overdue.
BRICK kilns, a necessary source of building material in our context of underdeveloped prefabs, are obviously not without air pollution risks. Coal-burned furnace, or for that matter, any furnace would emit carbon monoxide overhanging the immediate surrounding of brick factories. That is why they are required under the law to be set up outside city limits, preferably in empty spaces to keep the habitats breathing free of pollution.
ON the fourth anniversary of the tragic assassination of S.A.M.S. Kibria, an outstanding diplomat and former finance minister of Bangladesh, 'The Daily Star' report came very heavily on the performance or lack of it of our investigative agency. The report commented that contradictory probe findings are indicative of the bankruptcy of our law-enforcement agencies. Without doubt this is an extremely saddening spectacle. The all important question, however, is how and why we have reached this unsettling scenario?
MANY years ago, there was an earthquake in Mexico. Hundreds of people died and a large number of houses were destroyed. It was a somber scenario. Yet, one peddler was shouting: "Buy anti-earthquake pill." Overwhelmed by the tragedy, some people began beating him up. In his defence he asked: "Tell me what was the alternative?"
The IPL has announced an exhaustive list of 110 overseas players who will be considered for the second auction in Goa on February 6. Not surprisingly, Australians dominate the list (27) while the big difference from last year's edition is the addition of 21 England players.
Mohammedan regained second place in the Citycell B. League after a long time when the local giants, whose title hopes depends on a lot of 'ifs and buts', blanked Farashganj 2-0 at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
Rafael Nadal survived a record five-set battle with fellow Spanish left-hander Fernando Verdasco to set up a classic Australian Open final with arch-rival Roger Federer on Friday.
Legendary Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralidaran is all set to write himself into the record books when his side meet India in the second ODI in Colombo today.
Serena Williams said she was "thrilled" after becoming the all-time top earner in women's sport -- and then boosted her winnings further by taking the Australian Open doubles title.
Pakistan Cricket Board has announced the tour itinerary for the tour of Bangladesh, which includes two Twenty20 and five one-day internationals.
While Abahani remains the only confirmed team for the semifinals in the Dhaka Premier Division Twenty20 tournament from Group A, the battle heats up in Group B as Gazi Tank and Biman close in with six points with three wins each and Surjo Torun, BKSP follow behind with four points from their two successes. National skipper Mohammad Ashraful-led Gazi Tank, will face BKSP at the Fatullah Cricket Ground today afternoon while Biman meets Cricket Coaching School (CCS) at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur at the same time.
South Africa followed their Test series win over Australia by replacing them at the top of the one-day rankings, taking the series 4-1 with a 39-run triumph in Perth yesterday.
With nine Grand Slams already in the trophy cabinet, US veteran Serena Williams says all the pressure will be on Russia's Dinara Safina when the pair clash in the Australian Open final Saturday.
Liverpool have been warned that they must beat Chelsea this weekend or abandon their quest for the holy grail of a first English title since 1990.
Real Madrid captain Raul is looking for the goal that will take him level with the great Alfredo di Stefano as the club's all-time leading scorer when Real travel to Numancia on Saturday.
England coach Fabio Capello admitted on Thursday that he was undecided about whether or not to select David Beckham for next month's friendly against Spain after watching him play for AC Milan.
AC Milan and Juventus remain confident in their Italian title chances despite both dropping valuable points in midweek.
Wembley stadium was on Thursday chosen by UEFA to host the 2011 Champions League final with the same season's Europa League final, the former UEFA Cup, going to Dublin's new Lansdowne Road ground.
The future of Bayern Munich captain Mark van Bommel and fellow midfielder Ze Roberto is expected to be decided by the middle of next month, the reigning Bundesliga champions said Thursday.
Charles N'Zogbia said Thursday he would never play for Newcastle again while Joe Kinnear remains manager, accusing him of insulting him by apparently forgetting his name in a television interview.
Runaway La Liga leaders Barcelona edged into the semifinals of the Spanish Cup thanks to a narrow 3-2 home win over city rivals Espanyol on Thursday.
England's preparations for the opening Test against West Indies next week were spoiled on Thursday, when Lendl Simmons and Adrian Barath plundered hundreds for West Indies-A on the opening day of their tour match.
Michael Vaughan said he did not put himself forward for next week's Indian Premier League auction because his primary focus is a recall to England's Test team.
Nineteen-year-old amateur Jamal Hossain Mollah, extended his lead to two strokes in the third round of the City Bank - Dhaka Bank Bangladesh Open 2009. Leading the pack overnight, Jamal shot a 4 under 68 on Friday to take his total to 13 under 203. The local lad now looks increasingly likely to sew up his maiden triumph in a professional event.
Narayanganj and Bangladesh Ansar warned their opponents on the opening day of the Citycell Women's National Football Championship with big wins as the inaugural nationwide women's competition kicked off across the country yesterday.
Bangladesh advanced to the second round qualifiers of the World Cup Volleyball 2010 after defeating Macau 3-1 in Islamabad yesterday.
The head of Zimbabwe Cricket Peter Chingoka will be absent from a meeting of the International Cricket Council in Perth this weekend.
Olid Bin Manzil pulled off a surprise in the BASIC Bank 30th National Junior Chess Championships when the player from Kushtia held top seed and reigning champion FM Minhazuddin Ahmed Sagar in the 3rd round yesterday.
The two semifinal matches of the Metropolis First Division Twenty20 Cricket League will be held today at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium.
The government is set to go for automation of its all institutes and offices as part of its election promises, said the commerce minister yesterday.
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday urged the prime minister (PM) to prepare a 25-year-long plan and appoint an experienced and patriotic man as energy adviser to help solve energy crisis.
Labour and Expatriates' Welfare Minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain yesterday said the government is actively working to make a national database of unemployed members of every family to give job to one member of a family as the government aims at full employment.
Different socio-political and cultural organisations yesterday hailed the unanimous approval of trying war criminals in the parliament.
Industry Minister Dilip Barua yesterday called on all to work together in order to maintain communal harmony and establish peace in the country.
Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister GM Quader yesterday emphasised protecting and preserving cultural diversities of the indigenous communities of the country.
Commuters on Dhaka-Chittagong Highway have been experiencing untold sufferings for nearly eight months due to an under-construction culvert at Rayerbagh and potholes near the Jatrabari intersection causing accidents and traffic jams almost every day.
Chobi Mela, an international festival of photography, was inaugurated through a unique exhibition 'A Long Walk to Freedom' recreating the life and history of Nelson Mandela, Nobel peace laureate, in the city yesterday.
A handcuffed robber escaped from the police custody at Kalkini Police Station in the district yesterday.
Four people were killed in separate road accidents in Narsingdi and Gopalganj yesterday.
Rail communications between Mymensingh and North Bengal were restored early yesterday after 17-hour frantic efforts by the Bangladesh Railway.
Different socio-cultural organisations and relatives of Razia Sultana Jui, who died following a faulty surgery on her at Galaxy Hospital, staged a demonstration at Mirpur in the city yesterday demanding punishment to those responsible for her death.
Mahasweta Devi, a noted Indian writer, called on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her Sudha Sadan residence yesterday.
Dhaka University Vice Chancellor Prof AAMS Arefin Siddique yesterday said the authorities would ensure a congenial academic atmosphere on the campus for the sake of students.
Today is Mirpur Freedom Day. The day will be observed in a festive mood in the city.
Saraswati Puja, one of the main religious festivals of the Hindu community, will be celebrated today.
Today is the 87th anniversary of birth of former president Justice Abu Sayeed Chowdhury, says a press release.
Oncology Club in collaboration with the health ministry is going to sponsor a number of physicians for higher training in different subjects in the field of oncology.
Speakers at a meeting yesterday urged the government to save Buriganga, Turag, Balu and Shitalakhya rivers from pollution and encroachment.
The National Association of Unesco Clubs in Bangladesh will hold day-long "Unesco Club Flower Show Competition-2009" on February 5 at BANBEIS Bhaban at Palassy-Nilkhet in the city.
Farmers and Agriculture Extension Department (AED) officials are hopeful to get bumper production of mustard in the district this year following good yield of the crop.
Police have seized 2,575 tonnes of substandard TSP fertiliser worth over Tk 10 crore from Noapara Tablig ghat under Abhoynagar upazila of Jessore.
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Indian Border Security Force (BSF) at a battalion commander-level meeting yesterday agreed to work together to contain cross-border crimes and other related problems through talks.
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) shot a Bangladeshi farmer on Ratnai border under Baliadangi upazila in Thakurgaon yesterday morning.
Outsiders have ransacked the room of a principal of a college here because of his involvement with BNP politics.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has filed a case against industrialist and banker Ragib Ali for amassing illegal wealth worth Tk 5.47cr and concealing information about his assets worth about Tk. 2.5 crore.
Family members of murdered Prothom Alo staff Ainal Haque at a press conference at Manikganj Press Club yesterday demanded punishment of the killers.
Awami League (AL) activists have allegedly forced a schoolteacher in Sharsha upazila in the district to sign a resignation letter at gunpoint.
Pakistan says the United Nations will help organise an international effort to overcome the country's massive security and economic problems.
A leading human rights group Friday called on Myanmar to stop persecuting its Rohingya people and urged its neighbours to meet their humanitarian obligations.
Thousands of supporters mobbed Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Hamas hailed his "courageous stand" Friday after Erdogan stormed out of an angry World Economic Forum debate with Israel's President Shimon Peres on the Gaza war.
Palestinian Resistance Movement Hamas probably have more suicide bombers than Taliban, but they are different from each other. Top leadership of Hamas and Taliban is on the target of US-made drones and F-16 planes but they don't share views on many key issues.
Sixty US lawmakers have urged Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to give emergency funds to the UN relief agency for Palestinian refugees to help rebuild the Gaza Strip after its war with Israel.
After weeks of shocking twists and turns, the conclusion of Rod Blagojevich's tenure as Illinois governor offered no surprises at all.
Iraq yesterday prepared for its first election since 2005 with police and soldiers on high alert after gunmen killed candidates and campaign workers, raising security fears ahead of polling day.
Ruling DMK on Friday sharply criticised the LTTE for not responding to the 48-hour ceasefire declared by the Sri Lankan government in the Vanni region to evacuate large number of civilian Tamils caught in the figthing between the island army and the Tigers.
US President Barack Obama prefers diplomacy with Iran but preserves "all his options," the White House said Thursday, refusing to rule out military strikes despite promises of a new rapprochement.
Nine Pakistanis accused over a string of attacks that killed dozens of people and damaged the Danish embassy, were remanded in custody by an anti-terror court on Friday, police said.
The UN Security Council on Thursday sounded the alarm about increasing violations of human rights and international humanitarian law by warring parties that particularly affect civilians.
China recently surpassed Japan as the US government's largest creditor. Any decision by Beijing to move its money would deal a dizzying new blow to an already tottering American economy. Yet relations between China and the new Obama administration are off to a rocky start.
The Indian government has warned authorities in western Maharashtra state to step up security against a possible hijack attempt on a civilian aircraft, a government minister said Thursday.
India will next week sign an inspections agreement with the UN atomic watchdog as part of a deal lifting a 34-year-old embargo on nuclear trade with New Delhi, diplomatic sources said Friday.
Thirteen people were confirmed dead and dozens others were still missing Friday, two days after a massive fire swept through a supermarket in downtown Nairobi, officials said.
The US-led coalition said yesterday its troops killed four militants in an operation against a Taliban bombmaker in southern Afghanistan, but local residents said the dead were civilians.
Arts & Entertainment
Eminent educationist and president of the trustee board of Bishwa Shahitya Kendra (BSK), Professor Abdullah Abu Sayeed, said that the organisation's journey for enlightened people is eternal.
As part of its ongoing endeavour to promote traditional Bangla songs, Bengal Foundation held a musical soiree at its Shilpalay (gallery) in Dhanmondi last Thursday evening. This instalment of “Pranner Khela” -- a monthly programme -- was sponsored by Eastern Bank Ltd.
Bangladesh Gonoshilpi Sangstha, Pabna arranged a musical programme at Pabna Press Club premises last Thursday night. Titled "Pancha Kobir Gaan," the programme marked the 25th anniversary of the organisation. The programme was dedicated to the memory of the late artist Baruneshwar Saha.
Cultural organisation Genesis organised a programme and a book launch at the Experimental Theatre Stage, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) last Wednesday. The event was titled "Poush Phagun-er Pala."
To celebrate its 18th anniversary, theatre troupe 'Natraaj' organised an award giving ceremony and cultural programme at Bangladesh Mahila Samiti Auditorium on January 29.
Fulki, a cultural organisation for young artistes of Faridpur, held its annual programme at Saradasunduri Girls High school in the town recently.
Single-episode play "Khokoner Cycle" will be aired tonight on ntv at 9 pm. written by Mashiul Alam and directed by Aranyo Anwar, the play features Humayun Faridee, Elora Gauhar, Uzzal Mahmud and Pidim in lead roles.
WATER is a scarce commodity. It is this reason that makes its management that much more important for all of us. My attention was drawn in this regard last week to two informative and interesting articles -- the first related to equity consideration in water management by Jahiruddin Chowdhury (of the Institute of Water and Flood Management, BUET) and the second pertaining to Bangladesh's wetland ecosystems and livelihoods of the poor who depend on them by Mary Renwick and Deepa Joshi (of Winrock International).
THERE are enquiries often mixed with innuendo as to when the present government would make rice available at 10 taka per kg and distribute fertilizer free of cost as, they allege, the AL leaders made pledges in their campaign speeches. However, none in the country should harbour any illusion that at any time in future rice would be selling at 10 taka per kg and about 35 lakh ton fertilizer needed for agricultural production could be given without charging any price.
WE should all want President Obama to succeed in reviving the economy, but that shouldn't obscure the long odds he faces. We need to recognize that we're not grappling with a single economic crisis. We face three separate crises, which are interwoven but which are also distinct and different. The solution to any one of them won't automatically resuscitate the larger economy if the others remain untreated and unchanged.
“Them game wardens frown, really frown, if you put feed on the wooter to git the birds,” Cody informed me conversationally. We were outside West Ocean City, driving through reed-covered wetlands towards St Michael's river. Like all Eastern Shore natives he said 'wooter' instead of 'water'. So did Jeanne, his sister. It was a December morning, bitterly cold, yet the windows on the Ford pickup were down. The wind whipped at my face, blistering it. I tried not to show the pain - I didn't want Cody to change his mind at the last minute about taking a city boy hunting.
This beginning-of-the-new-year issue of Kali O Kolom is justly an invigorating one, a sentiment that is echoed by Ashrifa K Nova of Tejgaon, Dhaka, writing in her letter to the editor that readers expecting to encounter something new in the pages of Kali O Kolom are seldom disappointed. The two opening articles, in a sort of contrast of two quite different authorial temperament and style, are on Syed Waliullah and Buddhadev Bose, with the former focusing on the writer's short stories while the latter one discusses Bose's modernism. Harishankar Jaldash contributes an engrossing piece on Ghanashyam Choudhury's book Obogahon in the context of the humanism that began to be apparent in Bengali literature from the activities of the circle of writers and thinkers that included DeRozio-Ram Mohan Roy-Vidyasagar-Madhushudhan-Bankimchandra-Rabindranath, with their natural sympathy for the underdogs and untouchables in a deeply caste-ridden society. The novel's action centers around the Naxalite movement in the year 1977, and Ghanashyam was awarded the 2001 Ramananda Chattapadhya Memorial Award for it.
A Patched-Up Poem
Surely you've noticed how, as soon as you get out of the city, the sight of trees and greenery lifts up the spirits, even to the point of elation. The reason for this, I'm certain, has to do with evolutionary psychology. Our mind is essentially the same as that of our earliest ancestors on the African savanna, where foliage meant food to pluck or trap or hunt. Plants and trees and grassland, so to speak, meant both nature and nurture.
We all have 2 kidneys. Main job of kidneys is to clean our blood. Our kidneys process about 200 liters of blood every day and excrete metabolic waste products through urine. In addition, kidneys also help us control our fluid, salt and acid-base balance, control blood pressure, strengthen bone and maintain hemoglobin level.
Everybody knows that second-hand smoke is bad but a very few people are aware of third-hand smoke, a relatively new hazard identified recently. This new term being used to describe the invisible yet toxic brew of gases and particles of cigarette that cling to smoker’s hair and clothing, not to mention cushions and carpeting that lingers long after smoke has cleared from a room.
Intensive control of high blood pressure (hypertension) leads to improved pregnancy outcomes in women with type 1 diabetes and kidney disease, Danish researchers report in the journal Diabetes Care.
The noise about hazards for computer users started in the 80's and culminated in the 1992 Health and Safety DSE (Display Screen Equipment) regulations. Then came Carpal-Tunnel Syndrome followed by ergonomics.
Popular Pharmaceuticals Ltd. has started manufacturing and marketing of Fentanyl injection, a strong pain killer under the brand name of “Fentyl” for the first time in Bangladesh, says a press release.
United Hospital Limited (UHL), one of the leading private healthcare providers of Bangladesh has started post graduation programme — MD and MS courses recently, says a press release.
A person's fitness level in childhood seems to influence certain measures of their health as young adults, new study findings suggest.
THE seismic impact of the recent 22-day Gaza war, while exposing the vulnerability of the Middle Eastern order, has created a new strategic reality, accentuating the urgency of the Arab-Israeli peace process. The purpose of the well planned, barbaric but fruitless Israeli onslaught was to extirpate Hamas, the Islamic Resistance Movement, from Gaza. Below is a brief analysis of the political maneuvering during the conflict, the brunt of which was borne by the battered civilian Palestinians, and its aftereffect which is perceived to be more threatening than the war itself.
INDIA is Bangladesh's closest neighbour. India shares its longest border (2,840 km) with Bangladesh. Although the border is demarcated, there are a few unresolved issues such as enclaves and adverse possessed lands - legacy from the colonial past. The issue of water sharing of common rivers, especially of the Ganges and the barrage built across it in Farakka, West Bengal had been the greatest irritant. Some issues remain unresolved mainly due to bureaucratic dillydallying and political backsliding. More recently, the maritime boundary issues have come up. The position of the two countries on this issue is not too divergent and given the political will, the issue could be resolved to the satisfaction of both the parties. Arms and drugs smuggling, human trafficking, movement of criminals and extremist elements across the border are of common concern to both the countries. Thankfully, these issues are receiving due attention of both the governments.
THE good side of the political changeover is that an elected government has taken over from the overstaying caretakers; the bad side of it however is that the opposition has been virtually wiped out. As a result, along with the nation, Awami league was also stunned by the result and refused to celebrate. Democracy's indispensable institution -- the opposition - the check or brake, is missing. The emerging democratic order has virtually wiped out the 'government in waiting'. The Grand Alliance is a vote-catching billboard, every inch of it depends on the acumen of the ruling Awami League leadership and how they are going to steer through without an effective opposition. Without the culture of collective leadership, the very fundamental of parliamentary democracy, everything depends on Sheik Hasina. She is the all-powerful Prime Minister, president of the Awami League, leader of the alliance and the leader of the House. Overwhelming concentration of power in one hand usually produces arrogant leadership and goes against the spirit of parliamentary democracy.
Star Books Review
Nurul Islam was not content to be on the stands while the history of Bangladesh was being forged bit by significant bit. He was a participant. And that participation dates back to the early 1960s when, as part of a team of young Bengali economists in Pakistan, he played his due role in the development of what would later become known as the 'two economies' or two distinct systems theory as advocated for East and West Pakistan. Sure, the powers that were (and their symbol was General Ayub Khan) could not be receptive to the idea. Implicit in the idea of two economic systems for the two wings of Pakistan, or so reasoned Ayub and the entrenched class of West Pakistani rulers, was the eventual secession of the Bengali east from the more prosperous west. But that did not preclude President Ayub from summoning Islam and his friends to a meeting, to ascertain the nature of their observations. The young Bengalis put the argument before the military ruler as best they could. Ayub listened, after which no more was heard from him.
Lara holds the story of the writer's daughter. The writer presents the character of Lara as a young woman who is simply in love with life. She is young and energetic. She works as a translator, works with an NGO and she is on her way to becoming a great pilot. Lara is full of dreams of living her life to the full.