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News of: Saturday, 8th of August, 2009
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The government yesterday formally started pulling out temporary army camps from Chittagong Hill Tracts with two camps in Khagrachhari and Rangamati as per its recent decision to implement the CHT Peace Accord 1997.
More than two weeks after Rid Pharmaceutical was sealed off, one more child died of renal failure in Rangpur yesterday after consumption of its toxic paracetamol syrup raising the death toll to 26.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said her government will not give consent to anything detrimental to the country's interest in relation to Tipaimukh Dam construction in India.
The techno-economic feasibility study for Khalashpir coal mine project by Hosaf Consortium has finally been trashed by a foreign consultant questioning the study's scientific basis, methodology and raising a host of other questions, sources said.
The Dhaka Medical College Hospital authorities have introduced ticket system against money for the visitors' entry from August 1, much to the sufferings of the poor patients and those attending to them.
The government plans to reinstate the armed forces officials sacked “inappropriately” or “on political grounds” during the tenures of the last caretaker government and the previous BNP-led coalition government.
At least 29 people were killed and 105 others injured in road accidents across the country in the last two days.
Pakistan's Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud, who led a violent campaign of suicide attacks and assassinations against the Pakistani government, has been killed in a US missile strike, a militant commander and aide to Mehsud said yesterday.
Business leaders yesterday gave assurance that they would help the government keep prices of essentials stable during Ramadan.
The government is firm to conduct the much-awaited trial of 1971 war criminals but fairness, not quickness should be the priority while trying the perpetrators of war crimes, Foreign Minister Dipu Moni said yesterday.
Sporadic clashes between two factions of Bangladesh Chhatra League in Surya Sen Hall of Dhaka University Thursday left at least 15 activists of the factions injured.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina urged the newly formed National Information Commission to discharge its duties sincerely to ensure the free flow of information.
Muslims across the country observed the holy Shab-e-Barat -- the night of fortunes -- Thursday night seeking divine blessings for the wellbeing of mankind.
The World Bank (WB) has pledged another 160 million US dollars for the construction of the proposed Padma Bridge, raising the total loan assistance for the project to 460 million US dollars.
A Dhaka Court will give its decision on August 12 whether the charges would be taken into cognisance against Opposition Leader and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, her son Tarique Rahman and four others in a case filed for embezzlement of Tk 2.10 crore by forming fraudulent Zia Orphanage Trust.
A fire gutted a foam factory at Shyampur in the capital on Thursday morning. No one was, however, reported injured.
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) shot dead a Bangladeshi national along Khengti border in Patgram upazila early Thursday.
The High Court on Thursday granted bail to former minister barrister Aminul Haque, former state minister Ehsanul Haque Milon and Faisal Morshed Khan, son of former minister M Morshed Khan, in separate cases.
An Indian court on Thursday sentenced to death three people, including a married couple, for planting bombs that killed 52 in the city of Mumbai in 2003.
A powerful car bomb exploded outside a mosque in the restive northern Iraqi city of Mosul as worshippers were leaving after Juma (Friday) prayers, killing at least 30 people and wounding 72, police said.
THE parliamentary delegation has been to India and back after holding talks on the Tipai project with Indian authorities. It is a pity that the opposition BNP was not represented in the team. The idea of sending an all party delegation was a welcome one but couldn't come about because of BNP's unwillingness to participate.
THE return of TV reporters Laura Ling and Euna Lee to California from their 140-day captivity in North Korea where they were sentenced to 12 years of hard labour for an alleged illegal entry from China goes down as a stand-out event. For one thing, the denouement comes as a positive anti-climax to an abyss reached in the relationship between the US and North Korea; and for the other, it has been made possible through an involvement of high level players, especially that of former US president Bill Clinton.
I have been following with great interest our evolving economic scenario over the past few weeks. Contrary to dire forecasts about economic development in Bangladesh during fiscal 2009 and FY 2010, Cassandras have been proven wrong in most areas.
I was asked the other day at Amritsar whether the lighting of candles on the night of August 14-15 at Wagha border has lessened the distance between India and Pakistan. My reply was that the mood of people has changed, but not to the extent I expected when a dozen of us lit candles at the border for the first time 15 years ago. I was conscious then that it would take time to dispel the darkness that decades of hatred had accumulated.
A jaded Bangladesh team suffered a seven-wicket defeat to the Zimbabwe A team in the lone warm-up game on Friday before the five-match ODI series which kicks off tomorrow at the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo.
Alfaz Ahmed returned to his roots after 15 years when the veteran striker signed for Arambagh KS on Thursday for the 3rd B. League, scheduled to start in October.
Australia seized total control of the fourth Test at Headingley on a day of unrelenting drama, as Ricky Ponting and Shane Watson combined in a second-wicket stand of 55 to heap an extra layer of humiliation onto an England line-up that had earlier been rolled over for 102 in 33.5 overs. Shorn of the services of Andrew Flintoff, and handed a late fitness scare when Matt Prior suffered a pre-toss back spasm, England's slender advantage in the Ashes had all but evaporated in the space of two sessions, as Australia's decision to recall Stuart Clark as part of a four-man seam attack paid handsome dividends.
Pakistan chipped away to reduce a determined Sri Lanka to 137 for 3 by the halfway mark of their chase under lights at the Premadasa. The visitors did well to dismiss the experienced pair of Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara but Upul Tharanga's presence on a cool 61 was a nagging indication that it would take a lot to notch their first win of the tour.
Sachin Tendulkar has said he is not satisfied with his achievements and hopes to accumulate 15,000 runs and win the World Cup in 2011.
India's pace spearhead Zaheer Khan has been forced out of next month's Champions Trophy in South Africa after undergoing shoulder surgery, officials said on Friday.
The England cricket team's hotel was evacuated in the early hours Friday following a fire alarm, forcing the players to stand outside in heavy rain.
Former England opening batsman Mark Butcher on Thursday announced his retirement from cricket with immediate effect after failing to recover fully from an ongoing knee problem.
Field hockey's World Cup in India next year will start a week earlier, officials said on Friday, avoiding a clash with cricket's popular Indian Premier League (IPL).
India will be represented by six athletes, including three women, in the World Athletics Championships to be held in Berlin from August 15-23.
Australia captain Ricky Ponting said he understood the "disappointment" leading umpire Simon Taufel must be feeling at being denied a chance to stand in the ongoing Ashes series.
Peter Crouch insisted on Friday that his move to Tottenham will not torpedo his hopes of playing in the World Cup finals.
The ICC has formed a committee to resolve the concerns of the Indian board regarding the controversial 'whereabouts' clause of the World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) code.
Midfield tough-guy Mark van Bommel leads Bayern Munich into the new Bundesliga season on Saturday determined to stamp his authority and that of new coach Louis van Gaal on the Bavarian giants.
Spanish international Xabi Alonso denied reports that he left Liverpool because he did not get along with the English club's coach Rafael Benitez, saying Thursday the two had a "cordial" relationship.
AC Milan are set to sign unhappy Real Madrid striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, according to the Italian club's vice-president Adriano Galliani.
Celtic were brought back to earth with a bump on Friday after being drawn with English Premier League giants Arsenal in the draw for the play-off stage of the Champions League.
Sir Alex Ferguson hailed the impact Antonio Valencia has made at Manchester United after the Old Trafford new boy set up both goals in Wednesday night's 2-0 win over Valencia.
Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez expects Alberto Aquilani to prove a big hit with Anfield fans when the Italy international completes his transfer from Roma.
Arsene Wenger admits Arsenal have yet to step up their bid to bring former captain Patrick Vieira back to north London.
Bayern Munich's Argentine international defender Martin Demichelis has been ruled out for up to seven weeks with a right ankle injury, the Bundesliga club announced on Thursday.
Argentina coach Diego Maradona announced Thursday the return to his squad of midfield veteran Ariel Ortega for an upcoming friendly against New Zealand in Cordoba.
Inter Milan manager Jose Mourinho said Thursday attempts to buy players from his former team Chelsea have become too difficult because the London club keeps raising the price of its stars.
Michael Ballack has been called up for Germany's World Cup qualifier against Azerbaijan in Baku on August 12 but coach Joachim Loew has left veteran midfielder Torsten Frings out of his lineup announced on Thursday.
New Zealand open their Sri Lanka tour Friday with skipper Daniel Vettori confident his side can make an impact despite a relatively inexperienced line-up.
Speakers at a roundtable in Chittagong on Thursday said the dream of a digital Bangladesh would not be fulfilled without ensuring participation of persons with disabilities in the mainstream development process.
Adivasi Chhatra Parishad (ACP), student wing of Jatiya Adivasi Parishad (JAP), here yesterday placed their 10-point demand, including constitutional recognition and formation of a separate land commission for plain land indigenous people.
Nobel laureate Prof Dr Muhammad Yunus has said the government should recognise photography as a branch of art as it is photography through which the meaning of life is communicated to people.
Two alleged muggers were bullet wounded as police fired on them while fleeing after snatching valuables from a pedestrian at Sutrapur in the city on Thursday.
A worker of a spinning factory was electrocuted and the body of a middle-aged man recovered from a canal in the port city yesterday.
Bangladesh will place a concrete proposal in the upcoming climate conference regarding mitigation of the global warming and mobilise fund to tackle the adverse impact of the climate change.
Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) seized a good quantity of fake bank notes and note-making equipment and chemical from a house at Dhanmondi in the city and arrested one person in this connection on Thursday.
State Minister for Home Shamsul Haque Tuku yesterday said no compromise would be made with terrorism and militancy.
Armed Chhatra Shibir cadres laid siege to Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Hall at Rajshahi University and confined the hall provost, some 30 Chhatra League activists and general students for some three hours on Thursday.
A housewife was burnt to death by her husband for dowry at Jajisar village under Kasba upazila in Brahmanbaria on Thursday night.
Two construction workers were kidnapped from Ghroo Aau area under Roangchhari upazila in Bandarban yesterday.
Bangladesh Indigenous Students Action Forum yesterday demanded constitutional recognition of the ethnic communities to ensure their rights.
BDR members seized one kilogram of heroin in a drive at the rail station in the town yesterday.
Hindu Buddhist Christian Oikya Parishad, Bagmara Upazila unit, yesterday postponed Sree Krishna's birth anniversary programmes scheduled for August 13 to protest alleged acts of disrespect to Krishna by the brother of local lawmaker.
Dutch-Bangla Bank Limited (DBBL) launched fully secure computer processor-based Nexus-Pro Visa Credit Card on Wednesday, says a press release.
Tension mounted in three border areas in Sylhet yesterday as Indian BSF members intruded into Bangladesh territory and tried to occupy farmlands.
The three-day All University Fair-2009 began at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre on Thursday.
Pakistan on Thursday showed off teenagers and hundreds of armed men from a private army who vowed Thursday to kick out the Taliban from the Swat valley, officials and witnesses said.
Millions more people in Nepal are suffering severe food shortages after a "sharp and sustained decline in food security" in recent years, the United Nations warned yesterday.
At least 66 people were feared dead yesterday after a ferry disaster in Tonga which the prime minister described as "devastating" for the tiny Pacific kingdom.
Three Nato troops and five Afghan soldiers were killed in Taliban attacks on their patrol in southern Afghanistan, the alliance said Friday, raising the number of international forces slain in the first week of August to 18.
President Barack Obama is replacing the "global war on terror" with a new US strategy more narrowly focused on al-Qaeda and relying more on a broader effort to engage the Muslim world, a top aide said Thursday.
In a dramatic development yesterday, the lone captured gunmen in 26/11 Mumbai attack case, Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab, told the special court that he wanted to plead guilty and accept all charges against him.
The United States plans to double its arms flow to Somalia, an official said Thursday, as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton threw support behind the war-torn country's embattled president and warned neighbouring Eritrea to halt backing insurgents.
Fatah members were preparing yesterday to elect a new leadership for the first time in 20 years, hoping to breathe new life into the secular Palestinian party weakened by infighting, mismanagement and its trouncing by the Islamist Hamas movement.
Cyber attacks hammered Twitter, Facebook, and Google on Thursday, disrupting the hip micro-blogging service and causing stumbles at the hot social-networking site while Google fended off assaults.
The government is trying to locate hundreds of foreign students who are living in Britain after coming to the UK to study at bogus colleges, a news report said yesterday.
A fire erupted in a care home for the elderly in Belgium as pensioners watched television or slept, killing nine people and injuring three others, officials and witnesses said.
Special representatives of India and China yesterday began two-day talks that will focus on devising a framework for a final settlement of their decades-old boundary dispute.
Sri Lankan authorities questioned the new leader of the Tamil Tiger rebels Friday after he was arrested in Southeast Asia and flown to this island nation.
CPN (Maoist) Chairman and former Prime Minster Prachanda on Friday said that the new Constitution cannot be drafted if President Dr Ram Baran Yadav's move to reinstate Chief of Army Staff (CoAS) General Rookmangud Katawal was not discussed in the parliament.
Nepal Defence Minister Bidhya Bhandari who returned to Kathmandu from New Delhi refuted any agreement with the Indian government regarding the import of arms.
Pakistan has asked Interpol to issue a global alert for 13 suspects wanted for the attacks in Mumbai of November 2008, the international police agency said Thursday.
Arts & Entertainment
Musical school Ustad Momtaz Ali Khan Sangeet Academy held a programme at Shawkat Osman Memorial Auditorium, Central Public Library on August 5. The event marked the 94th birth anniversary of folk maestro Ustad Momtaz Ali Khan. A collection of songs of Ustad Momtaz Ali Khan was launched at the programme. Vice Chancellor of Dhaka University Professor AAMS Arefin Siddique was the chief guest at the event.
Galleri Kaya has organised a group art exhibition, titled "Shomokal-2," featuring the works of Hashem Khan, Rafiqun Nabi, Abul Barq Alvi, KMA Quayyum, Alok Roy, Chandra Shekhar Dey, Mohammad Eunus, Jamal Ahmed, Nisar Hossain and Rashedul Huda.
A documentary on the life of Language Movement martyr Shaheed Abul Barkat was premiered at Shaheed Zia Auditorium, National Museum on August 5. Noted actor Rokeya Prachy is the director of the documentary, titled "Bayanno'r Michhiley." Bangladesh Federation of Film Societies (BFFS) was the organiser of the premiere.
Writer-director John Hughes, Hollywood's youth impresario of the 1980s and '90s who captured and cornered the teen and pre-teen market with such favourites as "Home Alone," "The Breakfast Club" and "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," died Thursday, a spokeswoman said. He was 59.
A memorial postcard will be launched on the 5th death anniversary of renowned journalist Santosh Gupta. The postcard, featuring twelve portraits of Gupta by veteran artists, will be launched at a commemorative programme arranged by Santosh Gupta Smriti Parishad, says a press release.
GOING by media reports it would appear that there is worrying dissatisfaction and apparent discomfiture in high places about the nearly stalled anti-corruption drive. Reportedly, a large number of criminal cases lodged in 2007 and 2008 would fall through on account of technical flaws that should have been taken note of at appropriate time. At higher policy making level in the government, there is a concern that many heavy weights that amassed huge wealth in questionable manner would be able to break the legal net.
DHAKA is used to rains. It is also used to stoppages. Several times every monsoon, the city's workforce finds itself grid-locked or stranded. Everyone wades home after a few exhausting hours, and the next morning things return to normal. But on Tuesday (July 28) it was different. The city that never stops shut down.
THE link between globalisation and economic growth has been a subject of intense scrutiny by policy-makers, economists, civil society leaders and the media for quite some time. There are many who argue persuasively that integration with the global economy accelerates growth. No less persuasive are the arguments to the contrary. The recent global meltdown has given added ammunition for the critics. The arguments and counterarguments are fairly well-known. Considering the limitations of space those will not be repeated here. However, given the contradictory positions of the proponents and the opponents, it would be fair to suggest that the relationship between globalisation and growth needs to be explored empirically. Accordingly, I have reviewed the growth experiences of 12 Asian Countries covering the period 1980 to 2009. Countries examined are Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam. The statistical findings and the key messages emanating therefrom are presented below.
As we enter the era of climate change, it is becoming increasingly evident that access to safe drinking water is going to be one of the major challenges around the globe, especially for arid and developing regions of the world. For most part of the developed world the risk of microbial contamination of drinking water is significantly lower. As a result those countries are focusing on chemical contaminants. In the developing and underdeveloped world people are still under constant threat of microbial contamination of drinking water. The recurrence of diarrhea every year in Bangladesh and the recent cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe are some examples that substantiate the prevailing risk.
FIVE complementary mechanisms have been proposed to link broad climate change/variability processes to conflict. These are :
CLEAN Development Mechanism (CDM) is one of the most flexible and sustainable mitigation mechanisms established by the Article-12 of the agreed Protocol of UN Conference on Climate Change in Rio in 1992. Basically CDM refers to climate change mitigation project functioned by both developing and developed countries where the developing countries kick off projects, donor agencies or developed countries make capital outlay to the projects which eventually cause emission reduction of green house gases (GHGs), mainly carbon. The Certified Emission Reduction (CER) credits will be sold to the developed countries. So, a successful CDM project fetches benefit for both host developing countries and patronizing developed countries.
When I discovered Savitry Roy it was like finding hidden treasure. Most readers of Bangla language fiction will be unacquainted with the writer or her work. But, to me, she is one of the major authors to have written on the Tebhaga movement, the great historical and social event in the bygone chronicle of a Bengal that included both present-day Bangladesh and West Bengal.
The speedster, the fast bowler, occupies a special place in a cricket team. He is an object of fascination, Zeus with the thunderbolts. In his hand the red leather orb - yet untouched, yet un-bowled - lurks, with the potential to annihilate and lay waste the pretensions of batting maestros, and capable of instilling such blind terror that the battle is half won before it's even been joined. It's only when the opening salvo fails to rip apart the defences of the opposing side that that the contest settles into into its battle of attrition and guerrilla warfare, with its caves and long marches across the yunan. But first comes the cavalry charge across the open plains, and the corresponding lush warmth generated among the spectators by its open surrender to the atavistic, primitive core which is at the heart of all sports where speed is king, and which in cricket resides in the team's speed merchants. The gods first have to be appeased.
'The man from Deir Gassanah' - that's how Mourid Barghouti described himself to a friend of mine in London. Deir Gassanah is the name of the village outside Ramallah that Barghouti once called home, and to which he returned on a visit after almost thirty years later when it was under Israeli occupation. The exile was a forced one. He was in Cairo studying English literature (Yeats and Eliot were the only things he cared about then), when the 1967 Arab-Israeli war broke out. That war saw the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, and the subsequent beginning of an occupation whose continuing cruelty and barbarity continue to exact a heavy toll of its original Arab inhabitants. "The essential American soul," wrote D.H. Lawrence in a celebrated description, "is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer." Had he been alive today, he would have changed the words to 'Israeli soul.'
You may love the rain but too much moisture in this weather may cause harm to your beloved skin. Depending on the skin type, humid and wet weather causes unusual activities on the surface of the skin and leads to oily, patchy, and dry skin. Soaked skin particularly of the feet and legs, is very much prone to fungal infections. With a little precaution and simple measures we can save ourselves a lot of misery over bad skin.
Female now account for half of all people infected by HIV in developing countries. Female condom which can make to prevent both HIV transmission and unwanted pregnancy is failed to get sufficient attention of policy makers and women users in Bangladesh due to leadership, awareness and price of condom at large. Female condoms should be available everywhere for universal access.
Eating omega-3-rich seafood may be a mood-lifter for women who are feeling depressed during pregnancy, suggests a study of British women.
A blood test that detects nine compounds in blood may offer a safe way to diagnose early cases of lung cancer, Celera Corporation reported recently.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) commemorated 30 years of freedom from smallpox recently. Health professionals who actively participated in the campaign to eradicate smallpox from the South-East Asia Region gathered in New Delhi to mark the event.
Nap, also called Siesta (Latin, Spanish) is widely referred to short period of sleep, usually taken in the early afternoon, often after the midday meal. This is not very deep sleep but rather for a short, usually 20-40 minute period of time.
High cholesterol levels in midlife — even cholesterol levels considered only borderline elevated — significantly increases the risk of Alzheimer's disease 30 years later, results of a large study indicate.
Star Books Review
AS the train whizzed past Dolly, director Mashiuddin Shaker noticed the terrified look of the train driver, his forehead glistening with perspiration. Within a few moments, though, Dolly was persuaded by the cast to come down from the railway tracks and a terrible accident was averted. Shaker let out a sigh of relief as he had managed to overcome yet another hurdle in the shooting for the film Shurjo Dighol Bari. He already had to cope with changing two previous actresses for the unconventional role and he couldn't bear another mishap.
BANGLADESH began its journey as an independent country with a parliamentary system of government. It had been a foregone conclusion in the context of the Awami League, which was at the helm of the country's affairs following the liberation war. Tragically, however, the first blow to the AL's cherished form of government came from the party itself in January 1975 when Prime Minister Sheikh Mujibur Rahman declared Bangladesh as a one-party state with a presidential form of government. Since then Bangladesh has gone through military and civil-military authoritarian rule before the parliamentary form of government was reintroduced in Bangladesh in 1991 through the 12th amendment to the constitution. It was indeed a positive development since the amendment was carried through bipartisan move i.e., with the consensus of the two major political parties, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party and the Awami League. Great hope was raised in the country about the successful operation of parliamentary government. Unfortunately, however, expectations regarding an effective parliamentary system ensuring good governance in the country remained as elusive as ever despite bringing in the institution of non-party, neutral caretaker government, against the backdrop of confrontation between the AL and the BNP over the holding of free and fair elections.
Life of Pi is a survival story by Canadian writer Yaan Martel. Ironically, it is perhaps, if not more, a survival story for the writer himself!
CRUTCHER Kornel, one might be intrigued by the title of the book.. It starts with a quotation from Ho Chi Minh: