News of: Saturday, 11th of April, 2009
A deep sea port can be set up at Sonadia channel in three phases till 2055 at an estimated cost of Tk 60,000 crore with the first phase completed by 2016, says a feasibility study.
Cross-border movement of criminals, and trafficking of illicit goods including small arms increased alarmingly in the days following the events in Pilkhana Headquarters of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR), observed an internal security report.
The BNP high-ups differ on how to counter the government move to evict its Chairperson Khaleda Zia from her cantonment residence, said party sources.
Bangladesh is looking forward to set up joint working groups (JWG) with a number of countries including the UK and US for tackling terrorism, money laundering, and human trafficking through sharing of information and counter-terrorism training.
As fund crisis keeps the government indecisive about installing three gas compressors to boost pressure and quantity, American oil giant Chevron reiterates a proposal to install a compressor station in the national grid in Muchai owned by Titas Gas Transmission Company Ltd (GTCL).
Over one lakh plot seekers of Rajuk are now frustrated with the dilly-dally over starting the plot allotment process under its Uttara Model Town (third phase) and Purbachal projects while over Tk 1,000 crore deposited money against the plots remains idle under Rajuk authorities pending selection of plot winners.
The exploitative practices centring Bangladeshi workers in Malaysia constitute nothing other than human trafficking; the governments of Bangladesh and Malaysia have not been able to protect the workers' rights, said Irene Fernandez, a veteran migrants' rights activist of Malaysia.
A criminal was killed in a shootout between his cohorts and Rab members at Dakkhin Keraniganj in the city early yesterday.
Six more members of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) yesterday confessed to their involvement in the February 25-26 Pilkhana carnage before magistrates.
Jatiya Party (JP) will not have any objection to the cancellation of allotment of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's house at Dhaka Cantonment if it is done through a legal and transparent process, said acting JP Chairman barrister Anisul Islam Mahmud yesterday.
The government would not tolerate any chaos over the cancellation of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's cantonment residence, said Home Minister Sahara Khatun yesterday.
Police yesterday recovered two bodies from the city's Sutrapur and Shahbagh areas.
Academic activities will resume at Dhaka Medical College (DMC) today after a 10-day long unscheduled closure following a fierce clash between two factions of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL).
At least 13 people were killed and 37 injured in three accidents, one in Tangail and two in Gaibandha yesterday.
The 30 cheated workers who had been staging a sit-in at Zia International Airport upon their return from Kuala Lumpur last Sunday ended their demonstration yesterday.
A court here sent 24 cadres of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) to jail custody yesterday when they were produced before the court.
Rab yesterday seized Tk 30,000 counterfeit notes from a hotel in the capital's Farmgate and arrested four people in this connection.
Thai protesters laid siege to a summit of Asian leaders yesterday, clashing with security forces and forcing their struggle to oust the prime minister into the international spotlight.
Pakistan strengthened security in the capital Islamabad yesterday amid fresh threats of attack following a recent upsurge in deadly Islamist violence and suicide bombings, police said.
The US military said yesterday that forces under its command killed 32 militants in overnight battles and air strikes across southern Afghanistan, the main battlefield in the Taliban-led insurgency.
India has announced the launch of its biggest-ever auction of oil and gas areas, brushing aside worries about a drop in spending by firms on energy exploration due to the global financial crisis.
US President Barack Obama has formally asked lawmakers for another 83.4 billion dollars to pay for the immediate needs of his revamped strategy for Afghanistan and for the war in Iraq.
FInance Minister AMA Muhit deserves appreciation for his frank observation that it might not be possible for the government to raise electricity by 1000 MW in next three years as promised in Awami League's election pledge. However the five-year target of 7000 MW will be met, he assured, during his Thursday meeting with editors. In a show of courtesy, a rarity these days, he even candidly praised the steps taken by the caretaker government to add power to the national grid from rental power plants.
We applaud the speech made by US President Obama to the Turkish parliament on Monday, and hope that will be a harbinger of fundamental change in United States policy with respect to how it approaches its relations with the Muslim world.
THE demand for clean drinking water continues to reach critical proportions from the lanes of Dhaka to most areas all over the developing world. The value of fresh water as a commodity has continued to grow because of its increasing scarcity. That has enhanced the risk factor for economic development, sustainable agriculture and the environment. It is this crisis that has encouraged multi-stakeholders to consider alternate strategies for overcoming the problem.
SUNITA PAUL" is an "Indian journalist" who has been writing inflammatory articles on Bangladesh in little known foreign online outlets. "Sunita Paul" is also a plagiarista cheat.
THE government deserves high appreciation for placing the Upazila Parishad (Repealed Act, Re-introduction and Amendment) Bill 2009 before the Parliament and getting it passed. With the passage of the bill, the concept of Upazila Parishad has received confirmation as the focal point of local level administration at the grassroots level.
Mohammedan Sporting Club yesterday accorded a hearty and warm reception to their Super Cup heroes and also promised better future for the most popular club in the country.
Jacques Kallis and AB de Villiers shared a century partnership to set up a comfortable 25-run win for South Africa in the third one-day international against Australia at Newlands on Thursday.
Directors of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) could decide on what could be good news for the country's top cricketers when they meet at the board headquarters in Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium today.
Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar will launch his new wax figure, flown directly from Madame Tassaud's musuem in London, on April 13 at a city hotel in Mumbai
Bangladesh Army lifted the title of the Inter-Service Hockey Championship at the Matiur Rahman Hockey Ground at the Bangladesh Air Force Base in Jessore yesterday.
Inzamam-ul-Haq, the former Pakistan captain, has slammed the Pakistan Cricket Board's "unprofessional thinking" for dropping three ICL players from its list of probables for the World Twenty20 in June after initially naming them in the squad.
It is said old cricketers never die, they get run out. The mind stirred up memories uncontrollably, of days long gone into the dim past, yet looking back in retrospect those were heady days of innings' each of us played, alone or in tandem with colleagues and peers who we shall never part with. Certainly not in spirit, atleast.
The Indian Premier League could have taken place in India if organisers had listened to suggestions and not put pressure on the government, a senior minister said on Friday.
The next World Cup is still two years away but already South Africa are making some initial plans regarding the balance of the squad they will take to the subcontinent. In short, spin bowling will become more of a focus and the South Africans are keen to test the depth of their one-day spin stocks.
Combined Sporting Club became champions of the Green Delta Metropolis Second Division Hockey League beating Rayer Bazar 3-1 at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.
Monty Panesar's Northamp-tonshire coach has partly ascribed the spinner's poor form over the winter to the "disruptive" period in the England dressing room during the Pietersen-Moores reign.
The IPL has run into rough weather in the run-up to its kick-off on April 18 in South Africa over a dispute involving ticket pricing and hospitality rights for members of the Western Province Cricket Club in Cape Town, venue of eight matches, including double headers on the first two days.
Nottinghamshire's Samit Patel admitted he faced some "difficult truths" after he was sent home from England's tour of the West Indies for fitness reasons.
Kings XI Punjab coach Tom Moody believes the second edition of the IPL will be more competitive than the first while the team's captain, Yuvraj Singh, was hopeful his side could go better than the semifinals this year.
Malaysia, Ireland and Scotland have emerged as surprise contenders to host future Pakistan "home" series.
Germany celebrated a winning double in the UEFA Cup quarterfinals on Thursday as English Premier League moneybags Manchester City were left clinging onto European survival.
Juventus travel to Italy's oldest club on Saturday hoping to resurrect their failing Serie A title chances.
Edwin van der Sar admits Manchester United risk losing the Premier League title race if the leaders don't sort out their defensive frailties quickly.
After humiliating Bayern Munich 4-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday Barcelona switch their attention back to the league on Saturday when they host Recreativo Huelva at Camp Nou.
Jurgen Klinsmann's bruised and battered Bayern Munich face Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday desperate to restore some respect after heavy defeats against Wolfsburg and Barcelona.
Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho said on Friday that the club had done everything possible to help troubled striker Adriano, who on Thursday announced from Rio de Janeiro that he would be taking a sabbatical.
Real Madrid's French midfielder Lassana Diarra has claimed to have learnt "nothing" from Arsene Wenger during his short-lived time at Arsenal.
Barcelona will appeal the yellow cards handed out to star striker Lionel Messi and coach Josep Guardiola during Wednesday's 4-0 Champions League quarterfinal first leg win over Bayern Munich.
Former Germany international Markus Babbel has received the green light to continue as coach of Bundesliga club Stuttgart despite not having the necessary badges.
The world's top football clubs are thriving, despite tough economic times, according to a report on Forbes.com.
An under-construction jewellery shop was gutted in a fire at a six-storey shopping mall in the city's Farmgate yesterday.
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday stressed the need for a city government for better coordination among different organisations involved in city planning, development and its management.
No significant progress was made in the last three months of the Awami League-led government on implementation of the three large power projects, earlier planned to be implemented as independent power producers (IPPs).
Speakers at a human chain programme yesterday demanded strict application of the law banning the use of polythene bags, and urged the government to arrange alternative bags for the consumers.
Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) here yesterday launched the country's first automated criminal database system (CDS) with fingerprint identification to easily find out information of the criminals stored in different police stations.
Solar power system can be the best option to mitigate the country's worsening power crisis, said experts.
Speakers at a function in the city yesterday called upon all to come forward to strengthen democracy in the country by pursuing the principle of secularism.
A total of 246 pro-BNP teachers of Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday expressed resentment at the cabinet decision to cancel the lease of the cantonment residence of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.
The International Crimes (Tribunals) Act, 1973 has everything required to try the war criminals and they should be tried under this law, speakers at a discussion said yesterday.
Fourteen suspected 'Rajakars' in Gurudaspur have been sued for killing three freedom fighters and looting houses during the War of Liberation in 1971.
To help ensure food and employment security for ultra-poor women, European Commission (EC) has allocated an additional 4.2 million euro (about Tk 38 crore) to a project that was signed in 2008, says a press release.
Leaders of Garments Sramik Sangram Parishad organised a rally at Gazipur Chowrasta yesterday with a demand to fix minimum wage for garment workers, says a press release.
The namaz-e-janaza of Dr Md Mozharul Islam will be held at Khulna Alia Madrasha Mosque after Zohr prayers today, says a press release.
Initiatives have been taken to hold elections to Dhaka University (DU) senate.
Classes of Bir Uttam Fazlur Rahman School and College inside the BDR headquarters at Pilkhana in the city will resume on April 15.
A woman was killed when a portion of the roof of a dilapidated building housing a coaching centre at Allama Iqbal road in Narayanganj collapsed on her yesterday morning.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) seized sophisticated equipment used to run illegal Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) business from the rooftop of a building in the city's Mirboxtula area on Thursday.
The Central Hospital authorities yesterday accorded a reception to veteran physician Dr Muhammad Rafi Khan (MR Khan) for winning the Ekushey Padak.
Three people were killed as a microbus rammed into a human hauler at Fulbaria in Kashiani upazila yesterday morning.
Meril-Prothom Alo Awards-2008 were distributed among TV and film starts and singers yesterday to honour and inspire the young talents for playing their role in the fields of music, film-making and TV production.
Fishes worth Tk 15 lakh were poisoned to death at a gher (fish farm) in Namazgram village near Benapole in Jessore district on Thursday night.
Two wagons of a container train derailed near Gunobati rail station in Chouddagram yesterday, disrupting train communications on Dhaka-Chittagong route for four hours.
Speakers at a memorial meeting yesterday said Justice Syed Mahbub Morshed was a humanist and a progressive personality.
Annual Qirat and Azan competition of Bangladesh Navy concluded at the Sailor's Colony Mosque, Mirpur in the city yesterday, says an ISPR press release.
At least 49 people were killed in Khulna division from January 1 to April 4 this year, indicating deterioration of law and order situation in the 'outlaw infested' region.
Probe into the murder of Haider Hossain, the public prosecutor in Jhalakathi judges' killing case, is yet to see any headway two years after the incident.
Fourteen alleged collaborators of Pakistani occupation forces have been sued for killing four people, including a freedom fighter, in Mymensingh and Satkhira in 1971.
Eight activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) including its Kalaroa upazila unit President Sheikh Masum have been sued for alleged attack on the lessees of Kalaroa cattle market and snatching Tk 65,000 from them.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested six people and recovered 1,000 Viagra tablets and phensidyl from Rangpur, Rajshahi and Dinajpur districts.
Progotishil Chhatra Jote (PCJ), a combine of left-leaning student organisations, held a rally at Shaheb Bazar in the city Thursday evening demanding immediate reopening of Rajshahi University (RU) and five other educational institutions.
At least 10 people were injured, four of them critically, in a clash between two groups of villagers at Bara Matiabar under Pabna Sadar upazila yesterday.
A Jubo League leader and his associates on Thursday broke seal of the tender box to forcibly drop tender after expiry of the scheduled time at Barisal Veterinary Institute.
Villagers rescued a female schoolteacher and caught red-handed four kidnappers while they were abducting her from the school premises on Thursday.
International mediators of the conflict that has pitted separatist Tamil Tigers against government forces in Sri Lanka on Thursday called for both camps to cease their "futile" fighting.
India's ruling Congress party has withdrawn two of its leaders from elections as the ghost of the anti-Sikh riots returned to haunt the party.The riot in 1984 followed the assassination of the then Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi
President Barack Obama's anti-terror escalation may not prove enough to break the back of al-Qaeda and the Taliban, the Pakistani and Afghan envoys here warned Thursday.
India's general election will produce no clear-cut winner, astrologers, tarot card readers and clairvoyants said, predicting another coalition government and even new polls in two years' time.
British anti-terror police interrogated 11 Pakistanis on Friday over an alleged major attack plot as a storm grew between London and Islamabad over who should be helping whom to combat terrorism.
Lahore Police claims to have evidence of Indian hand in the attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore, according to Pakistani media reports.
With the Pakistan Government giving its nod to the Taliban demand for Sharia courts in the Malakand region of the North West Frontier Province (NWFP), various religious parties are demanding the imposition of Islamic laws across the province.
Rival Muslim rebel groups fighting Indian rule over a part of Kashmir have started to coordinate their militant operations and the area had to remain on "high alert," a minister said yesterday.
Millionaire industrialist and Congress MP Naveen Jindal Friday become the latest victim of a shoe attack with a retired school teacher hurling footwear at him in this Haryana town.
Washington on Thursday met with "scepticism" an announcement by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that major advances have been achieved in Iran's nuclear programme.
Washington on Thursday met with "scepticism" an announcement by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that major advances have been achieved in Iran's nuclear programme.
Japan renewed and strengthened sanctions against North Korea yesterday, but it disagreed with the US over how the UN Security Council should censure Pyongyang for its rocket launch.
Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's party won most seats Thursday in elections seen as a key test for the country's youthful democracy, according to a leading polling institute.
The US Navy yesterday encircled Somali pirates holding an American hostage on a lifeboat who desperately tried to muster their own reinforcements.
Sobbing mourners gazed on coffins adorned with mementos of the dead a boy's toy motorcycle, a baby's blue T-shirt comforting each other as they said farewell at a funeral mass for Italy's quake victims.
The CIA is "no longer" operating secret prisons used by the intelligence agency to interrogate terror suspects, and plans to shut all remaining "black sites," the spy agency's director said Thursday.
The US military says five American soldiers were among seven people killed in a suicide truck bombing in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.
For millennia, people have watched the birds and bees and wondered: "How do they do that?" Thanks to high-speed film and some persistent scientists, at least one of the secrets of flight is now revealed. When birds, bats or bugs make a turn, all they have to do is start flapping their wings normally again and they straighten right out.
A teenage student armed with two handguns and a knife opened fire in a vocational training college in Athens Friday, wounding three people before shooting himself in the head, Greek authorities said.
Russia has concluded a contract with an Israeli firm for the sale of drones, a defence official said yesterday, in Moscow's first purchase of military hardware from the Jewish state.
Arts & Entertainment
Rural folks celebrate 'Chaitra Shangkranti,' the last day in the Bengali calendar, amidst much festivity in their unique way. 'Charak Puja' and 'Baruni' are features of the celebration among rural Hindus of Maulvibazar district. From time immemorial, these events are being observed throughout the region.
Music begets music. Both his grown-up sons are aficionados; his wife is an ardent fan too. His father was a staff artiste at Bangladesh Betar in Rajshahi, specialising in numerous instruments; his maternal uncle, Ustad Khurshid Khan was a noted sitar player. While Firoz Khan had no burning ambition to learn the sitar, he bowed to parental wishes and took up the instrument as a child, tempted to follow in his uncle's footsteps by the scope for travel and his rising popularity. He is quietly proud of the National Children's Award bestowed on him when he was only 15 and following hot on its heels, an award for the Rajshahi District competition.
Satellite TV channel Ekushey TV will celebrate its ninth anniversary (transmission started in 2000) on April 14, the first day of the Bengali New Year. Besides a vibrant programme at their office on that day, Ekushey TV will air special shows from April 14 to 16.
Producer-director Shakti Samanta, who introduced Sharmila Tagore to Hindi cinema and made a star out of Rajesh Khanna, is no more. Samanta died at his residence in Mumbai last Thursday night after a brief illness at the age of 83.
A three-day long 'Patho Natyo Utshab' (street theatre festival) opened at Thakurgaon Public Library premises last Wednesday evening.
The new cast of "Star Trek" has launched the Starship Enterprise on its maiden voyage, with the crew showing a lot of respect for their predecessors.
Renowned folk artistes Kuddus Boyati and Kangalini Sufia will be featured together in a special segment of the variety programme "Smile Show" on ATN Bangla. The duo will deliver a special performance on the theme of six Bengali seasons. It should be mentioned that Kangalini Sufia was admitted to a hospital recently due to severe ailments.
Rtv's weekly programme for the teenagers and university students, "Jegey Achho Ki?" will be aired tonight at 11pm. The theme of this episode is celebrating 'Pahela Baishakh.' Popular TV personality Sharmin Lucky will be present as the guest in this episode.
Poet Farid Ahmed Dulal, editor of Swatantra Shahitya Patra, a literary magazine published from Mymensingh, has been nominated for the 'Mahadiganta Award' for his contribution to publishing.
PULl up the hood of your rickshaw," I heard for the hundredth time. It was a very nice day, with the wind blowing, and the sun making occasional appearances. But the hood of the rickshaw had to be put up. After all, I had to 'hide' myself from the numerous gawking eyes that always followed me throughout the journey from Mohammadpur to Elephant Road, where I went to study my A-levels.
LOOKING at a new wave of feminist organising around the right to space and respect on the streets (Drishtipat organised Ey Poth Amadero), I was reminded of earlier street movements, earlier organisers. A younger Taslima Nasreen in her not-so-lost days.
WHILE the trauma of the carnage at BDR headquarters continues to haunt and horrify, an understanding is gaining ground that this is no time for gimmickry. There is lot of work to be done efficiently and expeditiously in a polity where serious crimes having extremely far-reaching ramifications and have not been attended to in serious earnest.
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Oh please God, no more!
Gentle yet passionate natureFakrul Alam
Tired eyes are the bane of editors and proofers alike, skewering attention to detail. The piece published last week should have been under 'Short Story' instead of 'Non-Fiction'. We regret the error.
Although the voice is used as an everyday basis of speech, most people realise its importance only when a voice problem arises. Increasing public awareness of the importance of the voice and alertness to voice problems are the main goals of the World Voice Day, which is celebrated yearly on April 16th.
Diabetes and exercise go hand in hand, at least when it comes to managing your diabetes. Exercise can help you improve your blood sugar control, as well as boost your overall fitness and reduce your risk of heart disease and nerve damage.
In smokers with chronic illnesses, a combination of a nicotine patch, a nicotine inhaler and an antidepressant increases quit rates compared with standard therapy with a nicotine patch only, a study shows.
More than 30 percent of multivitamins tested recently by ConsumerLab.com contained significantly more or less of an ingredient than claimed, or were contaminated with lead, the company reports.
1. The sun
The no. 1 saboteur of healthy, youthful skin is the ultraviolet light of the sun. UV rays induce skin-aging inflammation and generate free radicals, which make the sun the biggest threat to skin's collagen, not to mention the fact that UV exposure puts you at a dramatically increased risk for developing skin cancer. UV light also worsens and causes hyperpigmentation.
Eating two and a half ounces of baby broccoli daily for two months may protect against a common stomach bug that is linked to gastritis, ulcers and even stomach cancer, a study in Japan has found.
Certain breast cancer survivors who load up on fruits and vegetables, eating far more than current U.S. guidelines, can slash their risk the tumors will come back by nearly a third, according to a U.S. study released recently.
Cereal can be a good option for breakfast whether at home or on the go, if you make healthy choices. Three key features to consider are fiber, calories and sugar. Choose cereal that has at least 3 grams of fiber per serving but aim for even more. Also, choose cereal with less than 120 calories per serving. And because many cereals, even those for adults, can be high in added sugar, look for those with less than 13 grams per serving. And remember, cereal serving sizes are usually 3/4 cup to 1 cup. Check the nutrition label.
THERE are many specula-tions about who gained what from the BDR Mutiny, which fatally claimed the lives of more than seventy people, and also who are to blame at the end of the day. Nevertheless, it is still too early to draw a conclusion and it is only time that will divulge more truth and facts and figures about the incident. But at this stage, many are calculating from their own partisan or bi-partisan point of views. Let us look at some of these issues.
TWO remarkable political events occurred in South Asia in March. One was in Pakistan and the other one in India.
OBAMA'S recent eight-day four-country trip is notable more for symbolism than substance. In London, Strasbourg, Prague and Ankara, he emphasised partnership to solve global problems such as recession, nuclear proliferation and terrorism.
Star Books Review
As Arundhati Roy refuses to be known as a 'writer-activist' only because she has been writing political essays since she won the Booker Prize in 1997 for her debut novel, The God of Small Things, a formidable writer emerges with an awesome repertoire of ideas, words that are her powerful arsenal and logic that is absolutely irrefutable. To her the term 'writer-activist' is despicable and brings to her mind an image of the 'sofa-bed' which primarily is a sofa, however much it may be transformed into a bed. In the same way, a writer remains fundamentally a writer whether s/he chooses to write fiction or non-fiction, she argues. She moreover reminds us that although her first book is a work of fiction, nevertheless it is no less political than any of her essays. And exactly this is the point that has been missed by some of us.
Political history is fascinating because it offers an insight into the genesis of political institutionalization, or the failure to do so, in any particular country. Political history, not infrequently, is a bone of contention because that insight might, and often does, take the form of diverse interpretations, which might only partially agree, or be at significant variance, with one another. The fact remains that Bangladesh emerged as a sovereign independent nation-state from the province of East Bengal, which was subsequently renamed East Pakistan. The fact also remains that the interpretation in the context of this emergence is often as diverse as the authors offering the explanation, and is inevitably influenced by new information coming to light. Therefore, any new work on political history will, in all probability, not be the final word on the subject, especially since new evidence regarding the emergence will continue to materialize for the foreseeable future.
Book @ zine, shop 1-2 Basement, Jordine House, 1 Connaught Road Central, Hong Kong was one of the sites for the biggest book sale of the year. Among heaps of the latest works on fiction and non-fiction the piquant title of this book struck me. Was the book about the danger we face all the time? Of detonation of the nuclear bomb or man-made formless terrorism?