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News of: Sunday, 14th of February, 2010
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The Awami League-led government is issuing environmental clearance certificates for industries on "private land" inside the Bhawal National Park in Gazipur, backtracking on its stance and lifting a ban imposed in 1999 during its previous tenure.
Police yesterday arrested at least 133 more cadres of Jamaat-e-Islami and its associated student organisation Islami Chhatra Shibir in the ongoing countrywide combing operation.
Turkey will provide support for power generation, transport, information and communication technology, road infrastructure and other development sectors of Bangladesh.
A parliamentary sub-committee has recommended introduction of judicial allowances and increased salaries and other benefits for judges of the Supreme Court and subordinate courts.
Experts at an international seminar expressed concerns over getting the climate change fund pledged by the developed countries at the Copenhagen climate summit saying that the fund is insufficient with sourcing of money uncertain.
The city put on a colourfully festive look yesterday celebrating Pahela Falgun, the first day of spring.
Four minor siblings were burnt to death as a fire broke out at a slum in Aturer Depot area of Chittagong city early Saturday.
Two defamation cases filed by Tarique Rahman against Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her party colleague Obaidul Quader were dismissed last year upon a judicial inquiry.
Leader of the Opposition and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday said Bangladesh would be happy if Turkey became a member of the European Union.
The BNP-led opposition lawmakers will return to parliament today with the demand for expunging the home minister's recent remark on late president Ziaur Rahman.
The Rajshahi University authority has sent a rejoinder to a report of The Daily Star's February 11 issue headlined "Shibir grows under teacher-admin care".
Nobel laureate Prof Amartya Sen yesterday said there is nothing wrong about the Opposition taking stance against the ruling party if it is aimed at public welfare.
A newly built 120-megawatt power plant will be inaugurated at Siddhirganj today to deal with electricity shortages in the country.
The Rajshahi University unit Chhatra League yesterday suspended nine of its activists for the Thursday's attack on journalists on the campus.
Internal feud or a bold role against local criminals and drug peddlers by Cantonment Thana Chhatra League president AKM Faruk Hossain might have led to his killing on Friday, police and family members suspect.
Festivity marked the Amar Ekushey Book Fair yesterday on the occasion of Pohela Falgun with a huge crowd, particularly young girls and boys in colourful traditional dresses, visiting the premises.
Twenty-five dealers have been appointed allegedly on political consideration for Open Market Sale (OMS) of rice at 31 wards of Khulna City Corporation.
A major military offensive launched Saturday on a Taliban stronghold in southern Afghanistan is the first real test of a new US-led counter-insurgency strategy to re-establish government control and end the war.
Turkish President Abdullah Gul's two-day visit to Bangladesh has had a degree of significance that should be obvious to all. An indication of the substantive nature of the visit is to be had in the fact that the president was accompanied by a 180-member team, of which as many as 100 were businessmen and investors looking to opportunities for greater economic exchange with Bangladesh. President Gul's meeting with leading Bangladeshi businessmen yesterday and his remarks on trade relations between Dhaka and Ankara only make stronger the case for further economic cooperation between the two nations in the days ahead.
The blaze at the Japan Garden City apartment building, the way it engulfed beyond source taking a toll of seven lives and the manner in which it was handled all make the tragedy look so preventable in hindsight. Actually, these have been a horrific eye-opener to the poor fire safety standards that are built into the high-rise apartment building complexes. Ranging from design deviation through lack of internal fire fighting arrangements including dearth or absence of fire extinguishers and water hydrants that never get supervised to non-compliance with fire drill and awareness requirements, you name it, the gaps in the chain are horrendous.
BANGLADESH never had real student politics. Instead, what the student community did in 1952, the 1960s, 1971 and 1990 was much bigger, bolder and glorious than real student politics. Though they used different political forums, students united to serve their nation in its most trying moment, for national interest and democratisation.
FOR months, European politicians have been expressing worries about their sagging economies and the rising euro. They have been calling for a weaker currency to help boost exports. Yet, when in the first week of February 2010, the euro dropped to $1.36 (a significant drop from $1.50 in November, last year) the news was received with concern in Brussels and other European capitals. This time, the concern was not about a temporary rise or fall of a currency in the foreign exchange market but about the growing speculation in the financial market over the future of the 16-member euro area's common currency -- the euro.
The regime of Serbian football coach Zoran Djordjevic has came into an early end as the Bangladesh Football Federation refused to make a new four-year contract with the successful Serbian coach citing lack of money.
Frenchman Corentin Dechatelperron, a 26 year-old engineer yesterday started a solo voyage to France from the Bangshi river in Savar on a sailboat made from locally manufactured jute and glass fiber.
South Africa captain Graeme Smith Saturday said he was confident about playing the decisive second and final Test against India despite breaking a finger.
Northern Districts fast bowler Brent Arnel has replaced the injured left-arm seamer Andy McKay in the squad for the one-off Test against Bangladesh in Hamilton starting on Monday.
Ace striker Enamul Haque has been recalled to the national football team yesterday although he was dropped from the AFC Challenge Cup squad that was picked by immediate past Serbian coach Zoran Djordjevic.
The National Shooting Federation of Bangladesh accorded a reception to its successful shooters in the South Asian Games and distributed a Tk 19.25 lakh cash-award amongst the winners at its Gulshan office yesterday.
The government has decided to allocate the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan (BKSP) in Sylhet to the Bangladesh Football Federation for a five-year tenure to run a academy.
West Indies' hopes of their first win were washed away by the rain in Sydney, ending their remote chances of taking the series. Australia still lead 2-0 and the best the tourists can hope for now is a drawn series. If they manage that it will feel like a victory.
In March 2001, India were falling apart at the Eden Gardens. Steve Waugh's ruthlessness had seen Australia string together a record 16 Test wins on the trot as they reached Kolkata. Another victory seemed imminent by the end of the third day after India were made to follow on.
The possibility of a Pakistan domestic side participating in the Champions League Twenty20 this year -- though bleak -- has not been entirely written off yet, either by the league or the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
New Zealand is poised to lead the way into the potentially lucrative United States cricket market with confirmation Saturday that talks are underway to play Sri Lanka in Florida this year.
Afghanistan's fairytale story in the world of cricket continued on Saturday as they defeated hosts United Arab Emirates to reach their first major tournament, the World Twenty20 finals in the West Indies which runs from April 30 to May 16.
Hyderabad, home to the Deccan Chargers, will not host any Indian Premier League (IPL) matches in the third season of the tournament starting March 12.
Didier Drogba played the starring role as holders Chelsea eased into the FA Cup quarterfinals with a 4-1 win over Championship side Cardiff on Saturday.
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has warned Manchester United and Chelsea not to underestimate their Italian Champions League opponents, claiming they "remain difficult to beat".
Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho has started the mind games ahead of his side's Champions League clash against former club Chelsea, claiming the team he left in 2007 has not evolved.
Carlo Ancelotti has offered his compatriot Fabio Capello timely encouragement by suggesting Ashley Cole should have recovered from a fractured ankle in time to prove his fitness ahead of the World Cup.
Ronaldinho was at his inspirational best as AC Milan ended a four-game winless streak with a 3-2 success against Udinese at the San Siro to move up to second in Serie A.
Former England captain John Terry said on Saturday he was nothing like the popular image portrayed of him being a hellraising, hard drinking womaniser but was more likely to be seen bathing his children and staying in.
AC Milan on Friday announced a five-year, 60-million-euro shirt sponsorship deal with Emirates Airlines.
Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez admits reports that Fernando Torres will return to action in next weekend's match at Manchester City are wide of the mark.
Former Belgian defender Eric Gerets is set to take over as coach of World Cup qualifiers Ivory Coast, local newspapers reported Friday.
Andrei Arshavin has revealed he expects to miss the Champions League tie with Porto because of a hamstring injury.
Real Madrid have agreed to sign Racing Santander's 18-year-old midfielder Sergio Canales, the two Spanish clubs said in a statement on Friday.
Turkish President Abdullah Gul has attached importance to stability and security for economic prosperity and said leaders and policymakers have roles in ensuring that people enjoy fundamental rights and work for ameliorating their living standards.
Love is in the air today, but Cupid means business for many. Money is spinning around from the sales of flowers, foods, chocolates, cards and other gift items. It is Valentine's Day.
Apex trade bodies of Bangladesh and Turkey entered into a cooperation agreement yesterday to deepen trade and economic ties benefiting the businesspeople of both countries.
The government plans to form a permanent bank reform committee in a bid to strengthen the banking system and reduce the risks caused by globalisation, finance ministry officials said.
A month-long handicraft fair and folklore festival kicked off yesterday at Bangladesh Folklore and Crafts Foundation in Sonargaon.
As eurozone nations grapple with a debt crisis, IMF chief economist Olivier Blanchard proposed Friday that targets of countries' debt to their economic output should be lowered.
Business confidence and investment have been picking up since October last year, according to a survey conducted by International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group.
Structural changes in the global economic management system are needed to strengthen the local economy and help it overcome the effects of financial meltdown worldwide, said the finance minister yesterday.
As pressure intensifies for Toyota's chief to testify before Congress about the automaker's safety lapses, Japanese political leaders and experts worry that the problem -- if handled poorly -- could damage ties between the two nations.
The world's biggest flower auction was abuzz this week as hardnosed buyers vied in the Dutch town of Aalsmeer over 150 million blooms destined to warm lovers' hearts worldwide this Valentine's Day.
A lack of specific measures from European leaders to prop up fiscally strapped Greece prompted caution in Asian markets Friday as the euro slid against the dollar, but stocks offered more optimism.
World oil prices plunged on Friday as traders took their cue from the strengthening US dollar, analysts said.
Metals and oil prices recovered this week on expectations of higher demand but gains were capped by concerns over Greece's debt problems.
Prime Minister's Economic Affairs Adviser Dr Mashiur Rahman has urged the government to provide fund from the budget or offer income tax rebate to the banks so they can give interest-free loans to marginal farmers.
Eurozone finance ministers failed to pay enough attention to Greece's economic crisis, Eurogroup chairman Jean-Claude Juncker said Saturday, calling it "quite a serious error."
China moved to curtail bank-lending Friday for the second time in a month in the latest effort to cool down its supercharged economy.
Summit Power Ltd has appointed Md Latif Khan as its vice chairman, the company said in a statement yesterday.
India's government must plan an "appropriate" exit from its economic stimulus programme, a top IMF official said Friday, as economic recovery for Asia's third-largest gathered pace.
Mid-sized Japanese lenders Shinsei Bank and Aozora Bank are likely to scrap plans to merge by October because of differences over business strategy, news reports said Saturday.
US retail sales opened the year with a surprisingly strong lift, official data showed Friday, suggesting consumers are spending more despite high unemployment amid a fragile economic recovery.
France supports Bundesbank chief Axel Weber becoming European Central Bank president when Frenchman Jean-Claude Trichet steps down in late 2011, German media reports said on Friday.
Feb 7- Feb 11, 2010
This was a very volatile week due to the swirling speculation about the extent of support for Greece, although currency moves have calmed down ahead of the meeting in Brussels of the European Union's 27 leaders, along with economic advisers, the head of the European Central Bank and other officials. It is expected that a political agreement will be reached on helping Greece. The euro edged higher on Thursday, underpinned by that expectation of a potential rescue package for Greece. Elsewhere, Australia's jobless rate hit an 11-month low and Chinese inflation moderated, prompting a rally in the Australian dollar and supporting risk-taking sentiment. Concern over how Athens will service its debt has hammered the euro; it is down nearly 10 percent versus the dollar since late 2009, but it has found its footing this week as expectations of an aid package have firmed. The euro was supported by tighter yield spreads between Greek government bonds and their German counterparts considered the safest in the euro zone on optimism an agreement on Greece would be reached later. Investors remain wary that Greece is not the only euro zone country suffering from fiscal woes, as indicated by simmering concerns about debt-impaired Portugal and Spain.
Turkey showed keen interest to help Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) become a state-of-the-art tertiary healthcare facility as well as a world-class medical institute.
Speakers at a seminar yesterday said aggressive marketing and business of breast milk supplements, including instant cereals and powdered milk, need to be controlled in order to promote breastfeeding, which is the ultimate solution to malnutrition of children.
The prevalence of consuming chewing tobacco is almost double than smoking tobacco in the country, revealed a study yesterday.
At least eight people were killed and 20 others injured in separate road accidents in Pabna, Gopalganj, Gazipur, Manikganj and Rajbari in two days.
The Dhaka University (DU) yesterday conferred honorary Doctor of Law degree on visiting Turkish President Abdullah Gul.
Speakers at a seminar yesterday stressed the need for raising public awareness to implement the High Court (HC) directives on May 14 last year to prevent any kind of sexual harassment of women, girls and children.
Some 359 poor and helpless prisoners have been released from three jails in Dhaka, Bogra and Madaripur in the last one year after quick disposal of their cases under a legal aid project of the government.
Leaders of Pragatishil Jubo Sangathonsamuha, a platform of left-leaning organisations, called on all democratic and non-communal forces to become united to press home their demand for trying war criminals and banning the Jamaat-Shibir politics.
Members of Bangladesh Diploma Unemployed Nurses Association yesterday threatened to immolate themselves if their demand is not met by tomorrow noon.
The first phase of the construction of International Mother Language Institute building has been completed in the city after a long wait.
More than 20 million children against measles will be vaccinated during a two-week measles campaign across the country starting today and ending on February 28.
US Navy ship Safeguard (T-ARS 50), the lead ship of the Safeguard class and the Navy's only forward-deployed rescue and salvage ship, arrived in Chittagong port yesterday.
Bangladesh Chhatra Moitri, a left-leaning student organisation, observed the 15th death anniversary of its Rajshahi University (RU) leader Debashish Bhattacharjee Rupam yesterday.
Madaripur Government Nazimuddin University College was yesterday declared closed for three days following a clash between two factions of Bangladesh Chhatra League.
Luxury ship Keari Cruise and Dine started its maiden trip yesterday, offering tourists in Cox's Bazar a unique opportunity for enjoying the picturesque natural beauty of the Bay of Bengal and the beach.
The Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) is leasing out the vast water reservoir of the Buri Teesta Irrigation Project in Jaldhaka upazila of Nilphamari district for fish cultivation, much to the worry of thousands of farmers.
Traffic jam continued on both sides of Paturia-Daulatdia ferry route for the last few days due to shortage of ferries, causing a lot of sufferings to passengers.
Sundarbans Day will be observed in several districts of the Southwestern region of the country today.
Twenty-three alleged collaborators of Pakistani occupation forces have been sued on charge of killing a freedom fighter during Liberation War in Morelganj upazila of Bagerhat district
Leaders and activists of left-leaning student organisations at Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday demanded ban on Shibir politics at all educational institutions across the country.
A BNP activist came under bomb attack at Navaron in Sharsha upazila yesterday morning. Witnesses said three criminals, who came in a motorbike, threw two bombs on Akbar Ali, 37, while he was working in front of his house in the morning. Critically injured Akbar was first admitted to Navaron Hospital. And then shifted to Jessore Sadar Hospital as his condition deteriorated.
A day-long health camp was held here yesterday under the auspices of Hamdard Laboratories Limited. Over 100 poor patients got treatment for free as part of Hamdard's corporate social responsibilities, officials said. Hakim Harun-or-Rashid gave prescriptions to the patients while Gaibandha branch manager of Hamdard Laboratories Omar Faruque distributed medicines to them, sources said. Similar camps were also held in different parts of the country.
Fire gutted valuables, including three computers, two photocopiers, and furniture at district fisheries office on Friday. Locals said the fire originated from an electric short circuit at 3:00pm and burnt down the valuables. On information, firefighters rushed to the spot and extinguished the blaze after two hours of frantic efforts.
A woman killed herself by hanging in Majampur area of the town on Friday night. The dead was identified as Darjina Jaman, , 27, mother of two children. According to family sources, Darjina's husband Faruq Hossain, a sub-assistant engineer Faridpur Palli Bidyut Samity, was killed by robbers in December 2008. After husband's death, Darjina returned to her parents' house at Majampur in Kushtia town and was staying there. A week ago, She left her parents house and started living at a rented house in Thanapara area in the town. Police said Darjina came to her parents' house Friday and hanged herself from the selling fan in a room at night.
Betel leaf on 10 bighas of land worth Tk 60 lakh was totally destroyed by a devastating fire that broke out at Roygram village under Kaliganj upazila on Friday night.
Thieves early yesterday looted valuables from the country's renowned artist Kalidas Karmakar at St Martin's Island here.
The government has decided to distribute over 22 lakh computerised professional identity cards among the farmers of 10 southwestern districts for boosting agricultural production in the country.
A month-long handicrafts fair and folklore festival-2010 began on the premises of Bangladesh Folklore and Crafts Foundation in Sonargaon upazila town yesterday.
Thousands of US-led troops backed by helicopters stormed a Taliban stronghold in southern Afghanistan on Saturday in the first major test of President Barack Obama's new surge policy.
The resumed dialogue between India and Pakistan has been hailed by locals in Jammu and Kashmir and separatist Hurriyat Conference.
Hip young romantics in Pakistan's most dangerous city are splashing out on text messages and teddy bears, defying Taliban bombers and conservative parents to find love this Valentine's Day.
Sri Lanka's president said yesterday there was no reason for concern over the arrest and detention of ex-army chief and defeated presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka.
A day-long shutdown began in Hyderabad and nine other districts of Telangana region Saturday in response to a call by the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of students to protest the terms of reference of the Srikrishna panel on the issue of carving out a state of Telangana from Andhra Pradesh.
The United States has issued a travel warning regarding the threat to American establishments and citizens in South and Central Asia.
al-Qaeda's leader in Iraq threatened military action in a bid to prevent a parliamentary election being held next month, as official campaigning started in the country on Friday.
As sex tapes go, it's fairly tame a man gets undressed in a bedroom, slides under the covers, plumps the pillows and calls to a woman to join him.
Taliban militants blew up a boys' high school in a tribal district of northwest Pakistan along the Afghan border on Saturday, an official said.
Older couples are more in love than most and continue to have satisfying sex lives, despite some physiological hurdles, according to Canadian researchers.
Iran has vowed to "speed up" its uranium enrichment programme if the Obama administration "dares to repeat threats of tougher sanction against us as much as ten times."
An Indian professor was among three faculty members killed in a shooting at the University of Alabama in Huntsville by a fellow professor apparently miffed at being denied tenure.
US national security advisor General James Jones visited the front lines of Pakistan's battle against Islamic militants when he paid a trip to northwestern Swat valley, officials said Friday.
Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan tried to calm a row in India linked to the premiere Friday of his new movie about the treatment of Muslims after the September 11 attacks amid threats of violent protests.
A Nigerian pentecostal church yesterday announced that it was charging a fee of 2,000 naira (13 dollars, eight euros) for connecting would-be lovers on Valentine's Day.
The "tipping point" that sets children on the way to a lifetime of obesity often occurs before the age of two, say US researchers.
Arts & Entertainment
With the theme "Esho Mili Praner Utshabey," members of Jatiyo Bashonto Udjapon Parishad ushered in Pahela Falgun (the first day of spring in the Bengali calendar) with an elaborate cultural programme at Bakultala, Faculty of Fine Arts (FFA) premises yesterday.
With the advent of spring for the Bangla year 1416, the department of Folk Music of Chhayanaut Sangeet Bidyayatan arranged their annual folk music festival on February 12 at the main auditorium of Chhayanaut Sangskriti Bhaban.
Spring, otherwise known as the 'season of love', is here. What makes it even more exciting is that Valentine's Day and Boshonto Utshob dovetail in the month of February. The comparison stops there. While Boshonto Utshab is an integral part of our culture and heritage, Valentine's Day is a concept imported from the West, resulting in what can only be termed a cultural collision. Consequently there are both positive and negative viewpoints about February 14. This phenomenon is especially true for our noted media personalities.
That Hallmark-pushed kitsch-fest is here again. Flowers, chocolate, candlelight dinners, mushy cards and even mushier messages galore... If PDA makes your cornea burn and you get nauseated by the barrage of Valentine's Day specials on TV, this anti-valentine playlist is for you.
Special play "Dujoney" will be aired on Banglavision at 9:05pm. The play is directed by Kamol Chakma and written by Dewan Shamsur Rakib.
TV play "Shada Mon Dhushor Prithibi" will be aired on Ekushey Television at 7:50pm. The play is written by Ahsan Alamgir and directed jointly by Rishita Jahan and Saiful Islam.
“Bhasha Pelo Bhalobasha”, directed by Chayanika Chowdhury and written by Rumman Rashid Khan is a romantic play that features Nowsheen, Nova, Tutul and Emon.
DURING the British Raj, Chhatak became famous for its cottage limestone industry. At that time, Khasi Hills' limestone quarries were carried to Chhatak, calcined to make lime and supplied to Bengal's vast market. The British were involved in the lime trade, as proved from inscriptions in the stone-built monument still seen in Chhatak, in remembrance of some white traders. Industrialists grasped their opportunity in 1940; the Assam Bengal Cement Factory was built on the Surma riverbank, using Khasi Hills' limestone, supplying fresh cement to all Bengal by river route. Since then, the factory worked year-long, while seeing ups and downs in the region's cement industry.
THE Chinese New Year, "the Year of the Tiger," begins from February 14 this year. Celebrations will continue for 14 days, including the traditional Chinese dragon dance. By all counts, the Chinese economy is already performing the dance of the dragon.
INDIAN democracy is in danger of subversion by a self-confident, aggressive, articulate, patriotic and well-meaning force; the oligarchy of the successful. It might be a mild exaggeration to suggest that its principal characteristics are aftershave and English.