News of: Saturday, 11th of July, 2009
Around half of the NGOs registered with the Ministry of Social Welfare remain inactive for long and a few of them are even regularly taking funds from the government, reveals a recent finding.
Ripe jackfruit, pineapple, papaya or mango--all fruits flooding the city markets look great but lack usual scent and taste as traders use chemical compounds to ripen them artificially, posing a serious health risk to the consumers.
The Deputy Commissioners (DCs) of four districts, who were asked by the High Court (HC) on June 25 to take measures to protect the rivers under their jurisdiction, are now 'doing some home work' in this regard on the basis of newspaper reports as none of them received the court order officially until writing of this report yesterday afternoon.
Confusions have arisen regarding the date for the visit to the Tipaimukh dam site in India by a special committee of lawmakers and experts.
Former speaker Jamiruddin Sircar and chief whip Khandaker Delwar Hossain had requested Khaleda Zia, then the prime minister, to relax the medical expenses rules and grant them Tk 37.86 lakh.
Traditional birth control strategy coupled with slow implementation of various related programmes by the Directorate General of Family Planning (DGFP) has failed to control birth rate in the country.
The Russian government has invited Bangladesh to send a delegation to visit its nuclear power projects and sign deals.
Barack Obama and fellow rich nation leaders unveiled a 20 billion dollar fund to help feed the developing world on Friday as they were urged to help the poor survive the downturn.
A person was crushed to death under the wheels of a running train while pilfering oil from it at Mobarakganj in Jhenidah on Tuesday.
Awami League yesterday decided to hold national council by July 25, the time limit set by the Election Commission, to ratify provisional changes made to its constitution for registration with the commission.
BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain yesterday demanded disclosure of the details of the amount spent for preparing the parliamentary probe report on the irregularities in Parliament Secretariat during the tenure of the then speaker Jamiruddin Sircar.
Prices of essentials rose further in the capital over the last week and wholesalers blamed the hike on low supply due to the recent downpours all over the country.
Around 200 metres of Sirajganj town protection embankment went into the gorge of river Jamuna yesterday due to onrush of water from upstream, threatening the town.
Khulna City Corporation tore down a section of a police inspector's house built illegally on Nirala canal in Khulna.
A criminal was killed and three of his accomplices were injured in a gunfight between members of Rapid Action Battalion and criminals on Ispahani Road in the city's south Keraniganj last night.
The government would soon appoint 6,000 doctors and 3,000 nurses in public hospitals to address the acute crisis of healthcare personnel in the country, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said yesterday.
Hundreds of vehicles on either side of river Padma remained stranded for hours due to ferry crisis on Paturia-Daulatdia and Mawa-Kawrakandi routes causing immense suffering to thousands of passengers.
Unidentified criminals shot dead an engineer of a CNG conversion station in the city's Paltan last night.
Upazila agriculture officials of northern region of the country will face grave consequences if the production target suffers a setback due to their negligence.
A gang of four muggers stabbed a woman and her son and snatched Tk 5.25 lakh from them yesterday morning in the city's Rampura.
Bangladesh were struggling on 141 for six in 62.3 overs in their first innings after lunch on the second day. Mushfiqur Rahim on 15 and Mahmudullah on 9 were the not out batsmen.
Thousands of fearful people poured into bus and train stations yesterday to escape China's Urumqi city after deadly ethnic unrest, as several mosques were ordered shut for the main Muslim day of prayer.
IT is the first time in our parliamentary history that an all party parliamentary committee has recommended legal action against an erstwhile speaker, deputy speaker and chief whip after an investigation of allegations of gross financial irregularity, misuse of funds and abuse of power of office by the three.
THE report that there has been a mushrooming of illegally run driving schools in the city is indeed a cause for concern. Traffic discipline is sadly missing in the streets of Dhaka and there is reason to believe that poorly trained drivers are responsible to a great extent for the chaotic traffic situation.
HIGHLY charged discussions about the propriety or lack of it relating to the actions of persons who occupied high public offices in the not-too-distant past have been drawing the attention of many. One may wonder if it is necessary and in public interest to only focus our attention to the indiscretions of the period following 1/11 or shall one also venture into the apparently untenable actions warranting the prolongation of the Caretaker dispensation? Has the nation forgotten and forgiven the persons at the high pedestal whose timidity and ill-judged actions nearly brought us to a precipice?
BANGLADESH'S democratic deficit looms large at the local level. Elected union and upazila councils have little power against top-down political and fiscal decisions. In its election manifesto, Awami League wisely promised to empower local-level decision-making. But unwisely, party MPs have moved away from empowering local communities either financially or politically.
INDIA has lived with the Babri Masjid topic for more than 50 years, first as an issue in the shape of controversy whether the Ram temple stood there once and then in the aftermath of the Masjid's demolition by some Hindu extremists. It was a dastardly blow to secularism, which the country had claimed as its ethos even before independence.
Openers Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes gave Bangladesh a solid start in the 18.5 overs possible before rain prompted an early close to the first Test against a second-string West Indies on Thursday.
Michael Clarke batted Australia into a first innings lead on the third day of the opening Ashes Test at Sophia Gardens here on Friday as a see-saw contest once more moved in the tourists' favour.
Negotiations to end the current impasse surrounding player contracts have failed after the West Indies Players' Association (WIPA) refused a call by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) to end its members' boycott of the first Test against Bangladesh .
Sri Lanka will once again be without spin king Muttiah Muralidaran as they attempt a series-clinching win when the second Test against Pakistan starts on Sunday.
Zimbabwe's coach Walter Chawaguta has upped the pressure on his team by labelling next month's one-day series against Bangladesh a "must-win" contest.
Sania Mirza's days of singledom come to an end tonight with the Indian tennis ace all set to get engaged to childhood friend Sohrab Mirza in a private ceremony here.
Captain Ricky Ponting and Simon Katich, both seeking different forms of Ashes redemption, were the toast of the Australian media on Friday after batting the Aussies towards a secure position in the first Test against England.
The fourth edition of the Ascent Group 5-a-side indoor soccer cup kicked off yesterday at the Scholastica STM Hall premises amidst festivity, competitiveness and in some cases -- a slew of goals.
Fatima-Tuz-Zohra Sraboni of Renaissance Kindergarten School defeated Parvez Musharraf from Muktijoddha Sriti Bidda Niketon to win the National School Chess Competition organized by Nahar Chess Academy on Friday.
Former West Indies Test all-rounder Omari Banks was on Thursday banned for three matches after admitting ball-tampering when he was bored.
High-profile figures have contacted lawyers after their phones were allegedly hacked by a British tabloid newspaper with Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson also targeted, reports said Friday.
Norwegian Thor Hushovd finally ended his frustrating wait for victory on this year's Tour de France by winning a treacherous, rain-hit sixth stage from Gerona to Barcelona Thursday.
France striker Karim Benzema passed a medical and signed a six-year contract with Real Madrid on Thursday, before being presented in front of about 20,000 fans at the Bernabeu.
Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez on Thursday saluted skipper Steven Gerrard's contract extension, claiming it would serve to bolster the team's renewed push for silverware.
Chelsea's new teenage striker Daniel Sturridge targeted the Champions League on Thursday, but neatly sidestepped the thorny question of John Terry possibly heading for his former club Manchester City.
Czech midfielder Jaroslav Plasil on Thursday joined Bordeaux from Spanish club Osasuna in a four-year deal, the French League champions announced.
Japanese star midfielder Shunsuke Nakamura snubbed the local media Friday as he left his homeland to join Espanyol from Celtic, determined to prove himself anew in his eighth season in Europe.
Liverpool winger Jermaine Pennant completed his switch from Anfield to promoted Spanish side Real Zaragoza on Thursday on a three-year deal.
John Buchanan, the former Australia coach, has said India's 'Fab Four" batsmen - Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman - are not suited to Twenty20 cricket. Buchanan, who worked closely with several Indian players during his stint with the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL, made these and other observations in his new book, The Future of Cricket: The Rise of Twenty20.
Michael Phelps broke the 100m butterfly world record Thursday, clocking 50.22sec to win the title at the USA Swimming World Championship trials.
Simon Katich paid tribute to Aussie great Bobby Simpson after his maiden Ashes century helped Australia frustrate England on the second day of the first Test at Sophia Gardens here Thursday.
Sri Lanka Cricket on Friday announced the dates and venues for New Zealand's Test tour and a one-day tri-series also featuring India in August-September.
Joypurhat Zila defeated Kurigram Zila 2-0 in DC Gold Cup football tournament at the Gaibandha Stadium yesterday.
West Indies coach John Dyson believes his emergency Test squad, hastily-assembled following a first-team boycott, has a golden opportunity to make a name for itself
Cricketing greats on Friday paid glowing tribute to legendary Indian opener Sunil Gavaskar on his 60th birthday, describing him as one of the world's best batsmen.
US President Barack Obama, speaking Friday on the sidelines of the G8 summit in Italy, said he expects to go to the 2010 World Cup football tournament in South Africa.
The German league's star goal-scorer Edzin Dzeko has been persuaded to abandon his dreams of quitting German champions Wolfsburg for AC Milan in Italy, sports magazine Kicker reported on Friday.
Former double Olympic figure skating champion Katarina Witt will head Munich's bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics, it was announced on Thursday.
Czech football champions Slavia Prague said Friday they had signed Tunisian midfielder Hocine Ragued from Belgian side Mons for four years.
The country needs such an education system which will enlighten its people as well as make them skilled and competent to face the global challenges, panellists at the Bangladesh Sanglap, a talk show of BBC Radio, said yesterday.
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday called on the government to refrain from entering into any energy export-oriented contracts for safeguarding ensuring country's energy security.
A six-member Bangladeshi team will leave for Germany tomorrow to take part in the 50th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO).
People living at Jamuna shoals in Bhuapur and Kalihati upazilas of Tangail district have almost no idea about family planning and most of the families have five to 19 children.
The University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) has launched an interactive web portal to help work in close collaboration between its teachers and students.
Speakers at a workshop on Thursday underscored the need for incorporating fire-related issues in the curriculum.
The World Population Day will be observed in the country as elsewhere across the globe today.
Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) activists in collaboration with the outsiders staged a showdown at Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (Ruet) yesterday sparking panic on the campus.
A four-year-old girl was raped on Thursday while a 14-year-old girl had been confined to a room and raped for 13 days at Khulshi in the port city.
Inter-Service Qirat and Azan competition concluded at Bangladesh Air Force central mosque of BAF Base at Kurmitola in Dhaka Cantonment yesterday.
Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister GM Quader yesterday said the hajj pilgrims would not face any flight crisis this year as several aircraft would be added to Biman fleet on lease within one and half months.
Leaders of Bangladesh Paribesh Andolon (Bapa) yesterday demanded that the construction work of Tipaimukh dam be stopped.
Three police constables were suspended on charges of attempting to loot money from the workers of a bakery in old Dhaka yesterday.
The Bangladesh team is set to show off their robotic skills in the upcoming ABU Asia-Pacific Robot Contest 2009 to be held in Tokyo, Japan in August.
The police arrested four members of a gang of antique smugglers and recovered a statue of 'Lord Shiva' made of black stone at Goral union in Kaliganj upazila early Thursday.
Four policemen of Digholia Police Station under Khulna district have been suspended and closed to police lines.
The National Press Club yesterday accorded reception to eminent writers and member writers of the club for their contribution to literature and journalism bringing about socio-economic and political changes in the country.
The land ministry has started implementing a 12-point programme to lease out 'khas' land to landless people, to make cluster villages and tea gardens, digitise land management and evict illegal encroachers.
Pakistan has handed over the Secretariat of South Asia EFA (Education For All) Forum to Bangladesh at a simple ceremony held at the Pakistan Secretariat in Islamabad yesterday.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members arrested a person on Thursday night in connection with the murder of diploma engineer Rakibul Hasan Mukul alias Yusuf.
BDR jawans seized Indian contraband goods worth Tk 36 lakh from separate places of Phulbari and Birampur upazilas here yesterday.
Shuvo Sarkar, a five-month-old baby, has been suffering from heart disease since his birth, according to doctors and his family members.
Regulatory Reform Commission Chairman Dr Akbar Ali Khan yesterday called on all political leaders and professional bodies to forge a national unity to help build a digital Bangladesh, a key election pledge of the ruling government.
Industries Minister Dilip Barua yesterday underscored the need for public-private partnership to solve the problems regarding infrastructure of BSCIC industrial areas.
G8 leaders will not wait "indefinitely" to allow Iran to develop a nuclear weapon, US President Barack Obama said after a summit of the world's richest nations in Italy yesterday.
Militants overran a security post and killed four officers in a northwestern Pakistani region that the army claimed to have cleared of insurgents earlier this year, a government official said yesterday.
A Closure to the cycle of violence in Sri Lanka is only possible after initiation of a political process that allows the aspirations of the Tamils within a united country to be met, External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna told parliament here Thursday.
Pakistan's reconstruction effort after fighting forced nearly two million people from their homes could cost billions of dollars, the top UN relief coordinator warned on Friday.
Israel will not withdraw from the entire Golan Heights in return for a peace deal with Syria, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's top policy adviser said in an interview published Friday, rejecting Syria's key demand for an agreement with Israel.
British Foreign Secretary David Miliband's fifth visit to the country in the recent past had no meeting-specific agenda, which, according to analysts, is part of a new diplomatic move aimed at developing closer ties with the Pakistani people to solve the problem of terrorism in Britain's own backyard.
The probe into Michael Jackson's death stepped up Friday after investigators subpoenaed medical records and a leading police officer refused to rule out homicide.
Fighting overnight between international troops and Taliban militants in central Afghanistan has left as many as 22 insurgents dead, police said yesterday.
Nepal's president pledged to strengthen law and order and take the peace process to a "positive conclusion" as he outlined the new government's priorities on Thursday.
They begin each day saluting the national flag of the country they had vowed to defeat or die trying.
Riot police deployed outside Myanmar's main prison Friday as the trial of democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi resumed, a week after the ruling generals blocked efforts by the UN chief to save her from a possible five-year prison term.
al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden's son, Omar, has described his father as an evil man in his new memoir.
More than 400,000 people need to be relocated after an earthquake rocked southwestern China, destroying thousands of homes, state media said yesterday.
Bombs killed nearly 60 people in Iraq on Thursday in the worst violence since US combat troops withdrew from urban areas last week, and American forces released five Iranian officials suspected of aiding Shia insurgents.
Cyber attacks that caused a wave of Web site outages in the US and South Korea used 86 IP addresses in 16 countries, South Korea's spy agency told lawmakers Friday, amid suspicions North Korea was behind the effort.
Arts & Entertainment
His magical strokes on the strings of 'sarod' were an example of perfection. He had complete authority over the 18-string instrument throughout his life -- a feat very few musicians can accomplish. A loyal friend of Bangladesh, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, had his roots here and is loved by Bengali music enthusiasts everywhere.
"Amar Bondhu Rashed," a popular novel by Dr. Muhammad Zafar Iqbal is going to be adapted into a feature film. Noted filmmaker Morshedul Islam is directing the film with the same title.
Nagarik Natya Sampraday's much acclaimed production "Rakto Karobi" will be staged in the Egyptian capital Cairo this October, says a press release.
Adapted from noted Indian author Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay's novel "Jao Pakhi," a TV serial with the same title goes on air on Desh TV starting from tonight. First episode of the serial will be aired tonight at 9:45pm. Scripted by Azad Abul Kalam, the serial has been directed by Amlan Biswas.
'Chander Haat,' a cultural group of Faridpur, recently staged "Shedel Mati" at Rabindra Sadan Mancha, Kolkata as part of the 6th National Children's Theatre Festival 2009. The festival was organised by Eso Natok Shikhi (Kolkata) of India.
Warner Bros. and Martin Campbell are about to choose the lucky guy who will be their Green Lantern.
Michael Moore's latest documentary now has a title -- and a theme that resonates with recession-weary audiences.
I was quite taken aback with a recent article on global warming by Professor Bjorn Lomborg, Director of the Copenhagen Consensus Center. Known as the 'Skeptical Environmentalist', he has suggested that the world is 'unnecessarily frightened and is exaggerating estimates of sea level rise' and the possible 'harm' that might result from global warming. I must admit that I was surprised to see Mr. Lomborg's lack of concern with our environmental threats.
THE former king of Nepal has broken his long silence. The other day he said he was deeply “anguished and troubled” by the current state of affairs in the country. At the same time Maoist leader and former prime minister Pushpa Kumar Dahal better known as “Prachanda” has threatened street agitation against the new government of prime minister Madhav Kumar Nepal. Ex-king Gyanendra in a statement marking the first anniversary of his cessation as the monarch of the former Himalayan kingdom has given vent to his feelings while a group of his supporters chanted slogans in capital Katmandhu in favour of royalty.
THE quiet, almost unnoticed death of Robert S. McNamara at the age of ninety-three is hardly any reason not to recall the times he lived in and influenced to a degree not many are capable of. He belonged to that exclusive club of the best and the brightest that came to be symbolic of the Kennedy administration in the early 1960s. As John F. Kennedy would famously tell his people and the world beyond the frontiers of his country, the torch had been passed to a new generation of Americans, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace. McNamara was part of that generation. Only a year older than Kennedy and having served for quite a while as president of Ford Motors, he almost breezed in to take charge of the Pentagon once the president-elect asked him to. But, then, nearly every member of Kennedy's charmed circle was breezing in -- Theodore Sorensen, McGeorge Bundy, Kenny O' Donnell, Robert Kennedy, Pierre Salinger, Dean Rusk -- and sending out the clear message that after years of Eisenhower-era stupor, government was in the process of re-energising itself.
OUR human workforce is the mainstay of our economy. Many of them are illiterate, but are often the only rice earner for their family. Yet, their life in the working environment, supposed to be made safe by their employee for compliance with national and international legal bindings, is fraught with dangers. One of the elements that constantly threaten them, to which they are largely unaware, is fire.
FIRE safety' matters are no longer limited within 'fire extinguishment' i.e. 'fighting the fire' only. Modern concept involves integrated measures on prevention, detection, and protection at planning stage to execute effectively for saving Life and Property from fire. Every year in the month of April 'Bangladesh Fire Service and Civil Defence' observes fire prevention week throughout the country. But, it is high time that we should start 'National Fire Safety Campaign' in modern conceptual perspective and follow the same round the year through various programmes.
1. Many garment factory owners have taken lessons from fire-related incidents in earnest but some have not
A great deal has been said and written about Manto up till now, little of it in his favour and much of it against him. No one in his right mind will be able to form an opinion about Manto if those writings were to be placed in front of him. As I sit down to write this, I realize how difficult it is to express my views about Manto; but in a way it is not so difficult because I have had the privilege on knowing Manto. The truth is that I am his doppelganger.
She entered the stage of the Southbank Centre from the far left of centre, similar to her beliefs, stepping up to the podium to speak about “dark talks”, of failed promises and diabolical designs in the name of democracy. She ended the evening, the faded pink anchal of her sari draped on the armchair, with the audience applauding and listening to her chosen ghazal by Farida Khanum:
Admittedly, this is a niche book, for those who read cricket books - not to be confused with the crowds to whom cricket is part spectacle and part national flag-waving, or celebrity sports stars and outsized contracts, but definitely not books. Cricket magazines perhaps, or the sports pages of the dailies, or nowadays, blogs with their coffee-fueled wisdom and instant insight, but not books. Like the long form of cricket, hardly anybody really reads cricket books anymore - both take up too much time. It's a shame, for good cricket books (and not the formula ones on bestseller lists), can be savoured like Test matches where a whole day can go by with an arcane, fascinating battle being fought by a wily spinner against a class bat.
Saadat Hasan Manto, the most well-known and controversial master of the Urdu short story, needs no extensive introduction. Bitter Fruit (Penguin India, 2008) is a thick volume of his short stories, non-fiction pieces and even of his one play, here titled as 'In the Vortex,' as translated by Khalid Hasan. It is the nonfiction pieces that provide the real surprise even for those readers otherwise familiar with Manto's stories and style.
After the sizzling heat, the first showers of monsoon are wholeheartedly welcomed by everyone. With the repeated spells of rain, the season makes a suitable environment for some microorganisms to grow and produce certain diseases.
A smile can make your day brighter, but with missing teeth, you might lose the confidence to share your sweet smile with the world. This is where a dental implant procedure can help.
For iron deficiency anemia especially in women, a diet with iron rich foods along with iron supplements is often recommended. Absorption of iron from food is influenced by multiple factors.
GlaxoSmithKline Plc's Cervarix is the first product of its kind to show it protects against the five most common cervical cancer-causing viruses, said in a statement recently.
Medication is a proven way to treat and prevent migraines, but medication is only part of the story. Healthy habits can sometimes stop migraine pain before it starts:
People with type 2 diabetes may be able to improve their health-related quality of life by getting fit, new research shows.
JOHN Bolton, President Bush's Ambassador to UN in New York, did not particularly endear himself to the Muslim world for his views and actions while in office. In fact, he enraged the entire Muslim world by his neo-con views and defended President Bush's “you are with us or against us” view with passion and conviction till the Senate denied him congressional approval in 2006 for a new term.
THE Ganges, Brahmaputra, and Meghna flow through Bangladesh from India until they fall into the Bay of Bengal, creating one of the biggest deltas in the world. It is estimated that 25,000 square miles within Bangladesh can be designated as delta, an area equal to Belgium and the Netherlands.
A July 7 seminar among Nato military, political and academic experts here began shaping a new strategic concept the alliance wants to finalize by its next summit, likely in late 2010 or early 2011, a Nato source said.
Indian and Afghan leaders will discuss this week closer cooperation in the fight against the Taliban.
Germany's government placed an order Monday for 405 Puma armored fighting vehicles from a joint venture of Rheinmetall and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW), according to a KMW statement.
Star Books Review
TAKING stock of a book at the end of going through interviews of thirty eight persons could range from being an uplifting emotional experience to a real downer. Others may wholeheartedly disagree with me, and they have every right, maybe even reason, to do so, but for me, the experience hovered near the depressing end of the spectrum, even if, mercifully, I had to go through only 106 pages of Shakhkhatkar.
IT was 1958 and Landon, a seventeen-year old boy was growing up with the usual ups and downs that growing years hold. In his home town, in Beaufort, North California Landon had already dated a girl or two. The last person he had expected to enter his life was Jamie Sullivan, daughter of the town's Baptist minister, Hegbert. Jamie was seventeen and went round with a Bible in her hand. She seemed to be perfectly content to live her life set away from others. When others were having parties she was going round orphanages. When others were enjoying baseball games she was out rescuing hurt animals. Yet by a streak of chance Landon finds himself very much involved with this girl, a girl whom all other friends labeled as “strange”.
IMAGINE that you are the last remaining human in the world. What would you do? How can you survive? How can you stop yourself from going insane? How would you keep moving forward? What keeps you moving forward?
ACCORDING to Harper Trophy, The Trumpet of the Swan is for readers of ages 8-12, but adults with even a little of the child left in them are sure to find the book immensely pleasurable.