News of: Saturday, 21st of November, 2009
The government plans to go for legal battle with the Supreme Court to rescind the High Court verdict that acquitted six former military personnel of the killing of four national leaders in jail on November 3, 1975.
Instead of cancelling contracts for failing to commercially launch power plants even after more than a year, the Power Development Board is seeking the power ministry's nod for an "amicable solution" for six rental power projects of four local companies.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday said her son Tarique Rahman would take part in active politics on his return from abroad after completing treatment.
Thousands of people yesterday gathered at Dhanmondi Road-32 in the city to pay tributes to Father of the Nation, a day after the final verdict in Bangabandhu murder case was pronounced.
Train tickets for the homebound people on the occasion of Eid-ul-Ahza have already been sold out only leaving scopes for travelling standing in the compartments or on the roofs risking lives and limbs.
After a long six-year interval since the Iraq war in 2003 labour migration to Iraq has resumed with 50 workers joining their jobs in that country while another 200 will join them soon.
It is a weekly pet market. Bird lovers gather here to buy pigeons and other species of birds and animals on Sundays.
Primary Education Terminal Examination, the newly introduced public exam, begins today for the first time in the country with the participation of around 20 lakh students of class V.
Bangladesh and Turkey have agreed to introduce direct air and banking links between the two countries at the earliest possible time to promote bilateral trade and economic cooperation.
With only seven days remaining for Eid-ul-Azha, sales of sacrificial animals at the Gabtoli cattle market, the lone permanent cattle market in the city, are yet to get momentum.
BNP leader and former deputy minister Abdus Salam Pintu admitted that he had been aware of all the grenade attacks that were plotted and executed across the country, officials of Criminal Investigation Department said.
Nobel laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus has expressed his satisfaction over the verdict of Bangabandhu killing case and said the rule of law and the principles of justice must be adhered to for any nation to move forward.
Home Minister Sahara Khatun yesterday said the government would take all possible measures to bring back the six absconding killers of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Former speaker of Indian parliament Purno A Sangma said he would arrange a tour for Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to the north-eastern state of Meghalaya during her official visit to India next month.
Two traders were shot dead yesterday by criminals in separate incidents in the city's Mirpur and Boubazar of Fatullah.
A local ruling party leader was chopped to death in Dhulauri village under Santhia upazila in Pabna Thursday night.
The Armed Forces Day will be observed today with due solemnity and enthusiasm.
Indian border Security Force (BSF) killed a Bangladeshi cattle trader along Baroachra border here early yesterday.
Bomb attacks yesterday killed 23 people in Afghanistan, a deadly start to President Hamid Karzai's second term that underscored spiralling insecurity nine years into the US-led war.
Major world powers met in Brussels yesterday to plot their next move after Iran rejected a nuclear fuel deal, as the UN atomic watchdog's chief warned that Tehran risked losing a "unique" opportunity.
India's railways minister said yesterday she would seek extra protection for the state-run service after the latest in a series of rebel attacks left two dead in the east of the country.
A Rapid Action Battalion team Thursday night found three homemade bombs, three pipe guns and a cartridge in Kamalkati village under Assassuni upazila of the district.
Turkey yesterday scrapped a 2008 tender won by a Russian-led consortium to build the country's first nuclear power plant -- a process that had been under threat of being invalidated by a court decision.
NOW that the legal process of the Bangabandhu murder trial has run its due course and the verdict is as it should be, the government must get the six other killers, who are presently residing in various countries, extradited to Bangladesh to face justice.
THE central bank cast in the traditional mould of being the bankers' bank, lender of the last resort, the powerhouse of money issue and monetary policy and the regulator of inflation and the banking system, always held an inherent potential for taking on a fuller development financing role. But there are growing signs now that it is coming out of the confines of agricultural credit operations and stepping into the realm of financing small and medium enterprises.
AT last all the road-blocks to indemnify the nation from the torment and tribulation caused by the assassination of the Father of the Nation have been removed. The five-member Appellate Bench of the nation's highest court has unanimously announced its verdict, upholding the ultimate sentence handed down some nine years ago by the High Court to twelve self-confessed killers of Bangabandhu and members of his family.
THERE is no scope for disagreement on the issue that legal empowerment of the poor is both a development strategy and a development objective. I believe in this thesis because poverty is among the gravest human rights challenges in the world. It embodies a range of interrelated and mutually reinforcing deprivations, and is associated with stigma, discrimination, insecurity and social exclusion.
Opener Rony Talukdar was dismissed in the nervous nineties to miss out on his third hundred but his stroke-filled knock guided Abahani to overcome the Gazi Tank hurdle with a comfortable six-wicket victory at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.
Mohammedan SC kept their hundred per cent record intact winning their eighth round match against an in-form Kalabagan by five wickets at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium yesterday. This was a relatively easy victory for the Motijheel-based powerhouse after their hard fought 1-run win over Biman in the last round.
Gautam Gambhir made 114 and Sachin Tendulkar hit an unbeaten 100 as India batted out the final day to draw the first cricket Test against Sri Lanka here on Friday.
The indecision on the German-returnee players has apparently held up the national hockey team's camp allowing the players to lose fitness ahead of the SA (South Asian) Games.
Bangladesh Under-19 completed a 5-0 whitewash of Zimbabwe Under- 19 with a thumping 121-run victory in the fifth and final one-dayer at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium in Bogra yesterday.
The Bangladesh Olympic Association yesterday reinstated the men's 200m breaststroke in swimming for the South Asian Games to be held in Bangladesh from January 29 to February 9 next year.
Star fast bowler Shane Bond has been recalled to the New Zealand Test squad to play Pakistan in the first two Tests of a three-match series.
The first legal shot has been fired in the long-running battle between the unauthorised Indian Cricket League and the men who run cricket, with Essel Sports Private Ltd (ESPL), the ICL's owners, serving notice on the ICC and the English and Indian cricket boards over what it claims was an unlawful ban on players associated with the unofficial league.
The openers Travis Dowlin and Adrian Barath provided the best news of the tour for the struggling West Indians as they reached 1 for 133 at stumps on the third day. Since the squad arrived in Brisbane last week they have lost their captain Chris Gayle, who flew to Jamaica to be with his sick mother, and received a tough initiation in their opening tour game against Queensland. Ramnaresh Sarwan, one of the two leading batsmen, has also been told by his doctor to stay off the field due to an infection.
Greg Chappell has delivered a blunt message to cricket's administrators: Test cricket is under threat from Twenty20 and something must be done to save the traditional form of the game. Chappell believes the situation is so severe that there could come a time when only four or five nations play Test cricket, with the weaker countries focusing purely on 20- and 50-over games.
Middlesex have signed a contract with Adam Gilchrist, and are in talks with Sachin Tendulkar, to play Twenty20 cricket for the county during the 2010 domestic season.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ijaz Butt has said there is slim possibility of controversial fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar returning to international cricket.
France captain Thierry Henry said on Friday that "the fairest solution" to the row surrounding his handball in the World Cup playoff against Ireland would be to replay the match.
England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff wants to play in two more World Cups after coming through a career-saving knee operation.
Bangladesh Archery Federation president Kazi Razibuddin Ahmed Chapal has been elected an executive member of the Asian Archery Federation yesterday.
Central Eidgha Cricket Club became the champions defeating Rice Mills Eleven by nine wickets in Palashbari Silver cup cricket tournament final at Palashbari Government college ground yesterday.
Giovanni Trapattoni has launched a furious tirade against FIFA president Sepp Blatter and referee Martin Hansson following his Republic of Ireland team's controversial World Cup elimination at the hands of France.
Liverpool's ability to resurrect a campaign that is in danger of collapsing around them goes under the microscope when Manchester City visit Anfield on Saturday.
Fresh from winning his 100th Spain cap, goalkeeper Iker Casillas returns to club duty with Real Madrid insisting they mustn't start thinking about the 'Clasico' against Barcelona in 10 days' time.
Who's saying what about Thierry Henry's handball, which helped send France to the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa at the expense of the Republic of Ireland.
Inter Milan and Juventus, the top two teams in Serie A, are desperately trying to avoid talking up their looming table-topping clash.
Hanover 96 return to German league action on Saturday having bid farewell to Robert Enke who committed suicide last week, but with memories of their tragic goalkeeper still fresh in their minds.
Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger joined forces Friday to call for video technology to be used in football to avoid controversies like the one that has marred France's qualification for the World Cup.
European champions Spain replaced Brazil as the world number one team in FIFA's world rankings, published Friday.
Barcelona's Swedish international striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been ruled out of Saturday's clash with Athletic Bilbao and could also miss Tuesday's crucial Champions League tie against Inter Milan.
Around 200 football matches in nine countries including at least three Champions League games are implicated in a new match-fixing scandal, German prosecutors said on Friday.
For anyone trying to remember a new skill, sleeping on it may be a good advice, says a new study.
Scholars from home and abroad yesterday called for more collaboration of scientific researches on climate change to face its impacts which are threatening hundreds of millions of people, mostly in the developing world.
Different organisations continued expressing satisfaction over the historic Supreme Court verdict on the Bangabandhu Murder case.
Bangladesh could meet 40 percent of its soybean oil demand by producing Soybean locally, as there is a bright prospect for its farming.
Women of Ghilachhari union yesterday postponed their road blockade programme until November 25 considering the examinations of different schools.
To pave the way for sustainable agriculture and development, the country's irrigation (deep tube-well) dependent cultivation should be minimised through encouraging production of traditional eco-agricultural crops that can protect the nature from overexploitation, experts said.
A total of 306 brickfields out of 325 in Chittagong are not abiding by the environmental rules, while only 19 obey it as they use modern technological "Jig Jag" chimney.
Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, a leading mobile phone provider, yesterday launched its new range of mobile phones specially designed for younger mobile users.
Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) has decided to arrange two week-long special steamer, launch and sea truck services along with the regular services ahead of Eid-ul-Azha to ensure safe and comfortable journey of the home-bound passengers.
A Jhalakathi court on Thursday issued arrest warrants against four charge-sheeted accused, including the municipality Mayor Abdul Halim Gazi, as they did not appear before the court during a hearing on a bomb blast case.
Patuakhali police arrested two youths on suspicion of links to militant groups in the town at about 8:00am yesterday.
Bangladesh Garments Workers Unity Council staged a demonstration at Muktangan in the city yesterday demanding payment of salary arrears and Eid bonuses by November 24, says a press release.
A three-day Sunil Mela (fair) begins today at Maijpara village under Kalkini upazila here to observe the 76th birth anniversary of Sunil Gangopaddhyay, noted poet and littérateur of the Indian subcontinent.
International School Dhaka (ISD) celebrated the 10th founding anniversary yesterday with a gathering of its former and present students.
A vested quarter in the government is conspiring to foil the efforts of Jamuna Television (JTV), a new private satellite channel which recently started its test transmission, Jamuna Group Chairman Nurul Islam Babul alleged yesterday.
Bangladesh Open University (BOU) yesterday decided to withdraw three books of second year of SSC and HSC programmes for containing distorted history, says a press release.
A tea stall owner died and two injured in a wall collapse at Tolarbagh in Mirpur area in the city yesterday.
A bomb exploded in front of the main gate of the residence of a Narsingdi district Awami League Joint Secretary Habibur Rahman in the early hour of yesterday.
Dr Syed Masum Ahmed Chowdhury (tax) and Munshi Abdul Ahad (agriculture) were elected president and secretary general of the 15th BCS Forum, an association of government officials who joined the civil service in 1995.
Police arrested 2,422 people on various charges in separate drives across the country in 24 hours as of 6:00am Thursday.
A suspected US missile strike killed at least eight militants yesterday in northwestern Pakistan, officials said, the second attack this week in an area believed to hold many insurgents who fled from an army offensive elsewhere in the Afghan border region.
Stressing that pending issues between India and Pakistan should be resolved amicably by both countries, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said that a resumption of bilateral talks is very important.
Emphasising the threat of civil war in Afghanistan if the US withdrew its forces, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has warned of “catastrophic consequences for the world, particularly for South Asia” if the Taliban triumphed.
The United Nations on Thursday stepped up pressure on Sri Lanka to free thousands of war-displaced civilians held in state-run internment camps.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai gets down to business yesterday after being sworn in for a second term as the world watches to see if he can deliver on his pledges to clean up his government and work to bring peace to his war-ravaged nation.
Efforts to craft a comprehensive climate treaty in Copenhagen next month will certainly "yield a success," the UN's top climate official pledged on Thursday.
Increasing numbers of English-language Websites are spreading al-Qaeda's message to Muslims in the West.
The appointment of two little-known figures to the new top jobs in the EU has drawn a mixed response.
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) experiment could be re-started on Saturday morning at the earliest, officials have said.
Senior BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu yesterday said no final decision has been taken on the new party president and dismissed as speculation reports that Nitin Gadkari will succeed Rajnath Singh. Naidu also said a decision on the new party president will be taken by the BJP, not anyone else.
Four people have been arrested in Peru on suspicion of killing dozens of people in order to sell their fat and tissue for cosmetic uses in Europe.
Seeking to keep the opposition on tenterhooks on the presidential election dates, Sri Lankan government has said President Mahinda Rajapaksa has two more years to complete his first term in office but is ready to face election confidently any time.
Beaten or sexually abused children are more likely to show accelerated ageing of cells later in life, a condition linked to higher rates of cancer and heart disease, according to a study released yesterday.
At least six British MPs and peers may face criminal charges of fraud into the abuse of the Parliamentary expenses system following investigations by Scotland Yard.
Priyanka Gandhi took to the wheel even as elder brother and Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi sat next to her after the two landed in his constituency Amethi yesterday.
Philippine troops have killed one of the top commanders of the al Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf group, the military said yesterday.
Pakistan police said Friday they were holding a suspect in connection with a suicide attack at a UN office last month and a string of other bombings in the capital Islamabad.
A Russian shipping company says that its icebreaker carrying more than 100 tourists, scientists and journalists on an Antarctic cruise has freed itself from ice and reached clear water.
Arts & Entertainment
Last year Arnob, Nazia, Andrew Morris, Resalat, Nazrul and Jibon made a highly successful tour across Washington DC, Texas, New York, Toronto and London. The outcome: An album, 'Arnob and Friends Live'.
Nagarik Natya Sampradaya staged "Opekkhoman" -- a production based on various works by Ibsen, Rabindranath Tagore and Syed Shamsul Haq -- at the ongoing International Ibsen Seminar and Theatre Festival on November 19. The play was staged at the Experimental Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. On the same day, Aarohan Theatre from Kathmandu, Nepal staged "Mahan Shilpee", an adaptation of Ibsen's "The Master Builder".
A two-day long programme, featuring a photo exhibition, was held in the city recently to observe the second anniversary of cyclone Sidr.
Single-episode TV play "Parshoborti Prem Nibedon" will be aired on Rtv at 9:30pm on the first day of Eid-ul-Azha. Written and directed by Redowan Rony and Adnan Al Rajib respectively, the cast of the play includes Sumaiya Shimu, Shaju, Amirul Islam and others.
A cultural programme for the visual impaired people in Magura was held at the Nomani Maidan in the town last Thursday afternoon.
WITH the AL-led government installed in power, there is anticipation of people-oriented actions. But there is also resignation and concern that the ferment in different sectors makes for an inherently unstable mix in which old demons, paranoid nationalism, partisan feelings, and demagogic populism could win out against democratic governance and ideals.
IT is happening too often and it is too vicious. Parochialism is rearing its ugly head in Mumbai too frequently. The Shiv Sena is threatening to throw out "outsiders" from the city and the rest of Maharashtra. Self-centred party chief Bal Thackery has created a ruckus once again, this time dragging into controversy Sachin Tendulkar, the world's best batsman, who said after the 20th year of playing cricket that he was proud to be a Maharashtrian but he was Indian first. How should this remark irritate anybody? Still the shrill voice is coming from Mumbai.
SCHOOLS all over Asia have started teaching English poetry using pop song lyrics. This plan is excellent in every way, except for one small drawback: the average pop lyricist has as much poetry in his soul as a bag of ready-mixed concrete with accountancy qualifications.
The Renewable Energy Policy of Bangladesh, published in 2008, states that renewable energy will take a vital role for off grid electrification in the country. The main renewable energy resources in Bangladesh are biomass, solar, wind and hydropower. The hydropower potential of Bangladesh is low due to the relative flatness of the country. Wind power generation in Bangladesh has certain limitations due to the lack of reliable wind speed data and the remarkable seasonal variation of wind speed. The country has good prospects of utilizing solar photovoltaic (PV) systems for electricity generation, but the high capital investment cost is a big barrier for adopting such systems. Biomass is the major energy source in Bangladesh and biomass utilization systems represent a proven environment-friendly option for small- to medium-scale decentralized electricity generation.
The biodiversity hotspots of the globe contain a high degree of endemism and are undergoing gradual loss of habitats. Maximum portion of these hotspots are located in tropical forests, which are considered as the most endangered. Habitat fragmentation is one of the major causes of the biodiversity loss. Habitats can either disappear completely or they may become degraded and/or fragmented, both causing serious impact on biodiversity as well as ecosystem processes. Loss of natural forests and the fragmentation of remaining areas into progressively smaller patches is a significant global trend. The habitat fragmentation occurs in different ways, like in patches (e.g.), in waves (e.g. by urbanization) or linear (e.g. by construction of roads).
Every species plays an important role in maintaining an ecological balance among the living systems of the earth. Loss of any species threats the survival of several species inclusive of man. Man's own survival depends on his willingness and ability to co-operate with the living environment as it provides critical benefits to humans. These benefits encompass ecosystem services, such as air, water, and soil purification, climate regulation, and the generation of moisture and oxygen. Human beings turn to biodiversity also for spiritual, psychological and cultural benefits. Biodiversity is aesthetically pleasing and provides opportunities for recreational activities.
There is little question that Bangladesh has been producing a good number of little magazines for the last few years. Many of them are up to the mark, but people inclined to reading journals from Kolkata cannot really detach themselves from those. The Dhaka literati who once had few bookshops, like Marieta at Dhaka stadium market and nothing like the present Aziz Market for foreign books and periodicals can surely recollect the many issues of Bijnapan Parba edited by Rabia Ghosh. Numerous novel thoughts on literature enriched the issues. Shibnarayan Roy, Sumantra Chattopadhyaya and Subimal Mishra were among the regular contributors to the magazine.
The leaves have started falling here in London and dawn has a different hue these days. I have always been attached to dawn since my childhood because it has had a special meaning for me. I am the youngest of ten children and as a child I always remember being an early riser in Kolkata. I can recall as early as when I was three, when I would awake at dawn and stand beside the red and green wrought iron railings of the long verandah overlooking the quiet road that ran by the house where I grew up. I would watch the Kolkata corporation people wash the roads. I would then skip inside to see my father, Syed Badrudduja, rosary in hand, sitting in his study and praying, a little tray in front of him. The tray contained his morning tea. Soon a maid would appear and pester me to drink a cup of milk sweetened with ovaltine. I would resist and then my father would intervene and get me halwa puree form the halwaais nearby.
The question Why Write? is one that writers hear often, sometimes asked in jest and at times with serious intent. How writers choose to answer it (again, sometimes in jest, and sometimes seriously) can vary, because the question is difficult, frustrating, and perhaps futile. Lurking within it is a number of flawed, thin assumptions about the nature of utility and importance. The question's main assumption is that, because “not many people read,” therefore reading, and the work that produces reading (writing), are both, inherently, not “truly important” acts. Since few people have the time or luxury to read, writing cannot, then, be very important. Indeed, “no one will read this” is the deadliest phrase the struggling writer whispers to himself in self-defeat.
It was a dawn painted in black
When many a Brutus
Danced to the sound of gunfire
To perpetuate an unholy orgy
Amidst bloodied human corpse.
I sat by you head bowed in silent prayer
Here and now is mine, not to share
Others can wait to set you at liberty
Before I let go, this moment belongs to me
I hold your hand for warmth
I touch your feet for blessings
I feel your face for assurance
I hold you long to my heart's content
…You will always be my luminary
Like other basic demands, getting access to healthcare is an ongoing battle for most of the people living with disabilities. Too often, they are unable to access healthcare services and face major hurdles from family, community and health service provider level. This is not about just the physical access to buildings, but also access to services, information, care and support.
When it comes to childhood diabetes, there are many things to consider including how you care for your child, costs of caring as well as the potential psychological or social problems your child may experience due to diabetes. But with little precaution and education on diabetes these children can deal it easily and lead a happy life.
A sensible diet is one that contains a wide variety of foods which includes protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and fats. Plan your meals properly during Eid holidays. Delicious meat dishes (especially made of beef and mutton) are one of the essential food items during this time. But it is wise to control your intake of this food for the betterment of our health.
The longer a person remains in poverty, the more likely he or she is to develop heart disease, a new study suggests.
Labaid Cardiac Hospital has organised the 3rd International Conference on Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery and 1st Dhaka Live 2009. The two-day conference including live surgery has been inaugurated yesterday in a local hotel in the city.
When did you consult a doctor last time? Can you remember the date, medications and investigation reports? Is it handy to find out? Think about another situation: you are in a doctor’s chamber and discovered that you do not have previous prescriptions and investigation reports in your file. Would that visit be worthwhile? You might end up your doctor’s visit incomplete or need to reschedule your visit wasting valuable time and money.
THE Indian Foreign Secretary's visit ended positively for a number of reasons. She was upbeat about the forthcoming visit of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to India next month. The fact that Nirupama Rao found time to meet Khaleda Zia and refrained from calling on the Army Chief that her predecessor had done added to the positive tone of her visit.
7 November 1975 is a historic turnaround for 'Bangladesh politics'. I said 'Bangladesh politics' not 'Bangladesh' because if the event was the very positive move to exonerate the country from many bad elements as the proponents of the day claim, the country would have gone much further than where we stand right now. But, yes, it changed Bangladeshi politics a lot.
RUSSIA assumes its new role in world politics through supply of natural gas to energy-deficit states. Recently China and Russia signed a natural gas deal on 13th October for the supply of up to 70 billion cubic metres of gas per year from Siberia.
Star Books Review
THERE is much to commend in Agnes S. K. Yeow's recent book, Conrad's Eastern Vision: A Vain and Floating Appearance. It is thoroughly researched, lucidly written and completely focused on its subject: the stories and novel Joseph Conrad wrote where the Malay Archipelago is the setting. Making good use of recent Conrad criticism, poststructuralist approaches to texts, and her knowledge of the history and geography of the region, Yeow has provided us with fully contextualized, readable, fascinating and nuanced readings of works such as An Outcast of the Islands, Almayer's Folly, and of course, Lord Jim. In the process, she manages to convince us not only of the “romance” that drew him to fictionalize the region he had experienced on his own but of the way he problematized it in his narratives. Additionally, she tries to persuade us that “in the trajectory of Conrad's aesthetic development, there is clearly a 'Malayan' phase” in which he negotiated between art and history.
POLITICS without repartee and politicians without wit can often turn out to be an abrasive concoction. And it is especially in these present, some would say mediocre, times that a sense of humour in politicians remains acute by its conspicuous absence. We are rather unfortunate that ours happens to be an age when, for much of the time, we laugh at politicians rather than laugh with them. That is the pity, given that there used to be a time when men like Piloo Mody, Atal Behari Vajpayee, Syed Badrudduja, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan injected good doses of humour into their politics and left people feeling pretty light-hearted, even jocular, about conditions that were otherwise quite weighty.
ERICH Segal's Oliver's Story is a popular romantic book from one who was born 1937 in New York as the son of a rabbi. He is a graduate of Harvard and wrote texts for musicals. Today he lives in New Haven and is a professor for literature in New York