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News of: Saturday, 13th of March, 2010
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Clashes between garment factory workers and police in Ashulia yesterday and the night before left at least 50 persons injured, and kept production in at least 50 factories suspended almost all through the day yesterday.
The government's failure to make much headway in several tenders for power projects and floating of fresh tenders without ensuring gas supplies in last one year are making aspirant bidders nervous.
As the top-tier BNP leaders failed to resolve the factional feud centring formation of its Dhaka city committee, party Chairperson Khaleda Zia has now stepped in to set up the unit.
Police recovered 37 handmade bombs from a sand heap outside district Jamaat office at Bhadughar under Brahmanbaria Sadar Thursday night.
Two graft cases filed against deposed president HM Ershad have been gathering dust, as the investigation reports of the cases have not been submitted in the last 16 years.
The government is about to begin another round of combing operations in the nation's south-western districts to curb the recent increase in criminal activities by outlawed parties.
Law enforcers have again seized documents including a hit list of 27 Chhatra League leaders and activists, and a scheme to attack BCL workers from the room of a Shibir activist at a Rajshahi University dormitory.
Tension rose on the Eden Girls' College campus yesterday after female leaders and activists of two factions of Bangladesh Chhatra League got involved in chase and counter-chase for hours following a dispute over "admission trade."
Twin suicide attacks seconds apart targeted the Pakistani military yesterday, killing up to 45 people in the second attack to hit security forces in the country's cultural capital this week.
14-party alliance led by Awami League yesterday took massive programmes in the city to unite the nation through building public opinion towards holding trial of war criminals.
A man died and over 100 shanties and 10 shops were reduced to ash as fire swept through Kazi Bari slum in the capital's Mirpur early yesterday.
Agitating villagers of Barapukuria and adjacent areas yesterday withdrew their hunger strike after the authorities of Barapukuria Coal Mining Company Ltd (BCMCL) accepted their demands.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has decided to send a parliamentary team of the party to the recent violence hit areas of Chittagong Hill Tracts on March 15 to gather firsthand information.
A group of criminals set fire to five houses of Bangalee settlers at Rajjomonipara of Khagrachhari sadar upazila early yesterday.
A worker was killed when a huge steel-plate fell on him in a ship-breaking yard at Bhatiary under Sitakunda upazila in the district early yesterday.
Captain Alastair Cook together with Kevin Pietersen made full use of the gifts given by his counterparts as England seized control on the opening day of the first Test against Bangladesh at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium here yesterday.
Rajshahi University Shibir leader Ekram Hossain gave confessional statement before a Rajshahi court yesterday reiterating his statement in Dhaka that linked central leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami and Shibir with the February 9 violence.
It was avian influenza commonly known as bird flu that triggered death of chickens at a poultry house in Thakurgaon district headquarters in the last couple of days, said livestock officials yesterday.
An activist of outlawed Purba Bangla Communist party (PBCP- Janajuddha) was hacked to death by their rivals in Haripur village under Ataikul upazila of the district early Friday.
Two people were killed at a time in Akkelpur Police Station area of Joypurhat on Thursday night.
A UN special envoy upped pressure on Myanmar's ruling junta yesterday with a pre-election call for an investigation into whether the regime is guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy showered praise on British Prime Minister Gordon Brown Friday weeks before a general election here, but rebuked Brown's main rival over his policy in Europe.
The amendments suggested by the cabinet committee on the proposed law for the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) will lead to a hamstrung, dwarfed and dependent body which will not be able to serve the purpose that the nation needs it for-to fight corruption in an effective and all encompassing manner. The Committee, which was a collections of bureaucrats, did what such groups do best, proposed that special permission be sought before ACC could proceed against fellow bureaucrats. If the cabinet approves the proposals, which it is likely to consider on the 15th, it will be making a mistake of historic proportions. Let us explain why.
The destructive activities of the Chhatra League go on unabated. After some very recent incidents of BCL cadres engaging in vandalism and interfering in the routine work of educational institutions, we now have news that violence resorted to by workers of the organization have forced the authorities of Rajshahi New Model Degree College to suspend admissions to first year classes. The story in this instance is similar to the ones we have come across earlier: BCL men have demanded a quota for themselves, in a clear flouting of the rules, in the matter of new admissions. As before, the rejection of such a demand aroused the wrath of these young elements, to a point where they ended up destroying desks and other property of the college. The sense of outrage we as a people feel can only be imagined.
From start to finish of the opening day's play of the first Test at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium the question was; what's the point of fielding first on a placid surface after loading the side with spinners?
Kevin Pietersen hogged the spotlight in the one-day series for all the wrong reasons. He looked feeble against left-arm spin and the onus was on Pietersen to bounce back in the Test series. He did what he should have, in grand style, but missed the much-deserved hundred for just a single run.
The famed Barmy Army, a supporters' group of the England cricket team, made their presence felt with few local fans turning out at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium here yesterday.
Mohammedan Sporting Club is waiting to get the official letter from the Bangladesh Football Federation after the Bangladesh League Committee fined Beanibazar SC following an appeal from the Motijheel-based outfit.
Australia defeated the Netherlands 2-1 on Thursday to qualify for a third successive final against defending champions Germany in the men's field hockey World Cup.
Ace West Indies cricketer Brian Lara has applauded Sachin Tendulkar's double-century in One-Day International cricket, and says if he has a son then he would like him to bat like Tendulkar.
Her love for Bangladesh cricket encouraged her to visit the country again. Cally Barlow, wife of late Eddie Barlow, came here on Thursday to watch the Tigers' Test against visiting England.
Armanitola High School of Dhaka moved into the final of the Ecstasy School Hockey Championship with a 2-0 win over Pourashava High School of Dinajpur at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium yesterday.
FM Minhazuddin Ahmed Sagor and FM Javed shared lead in the Prime Bank 12th International Rating Chess Tournament at the end of the seventh round at the Bangladesh Chess Federation hall room yesterday.
After two poor campaigns on the trot, Kolkata Knight Riders will be delighted to have started on the right foot with an 11 run victory over Deccan Chargers in the DLF Indian Premier League III opener at the D.Y. Patil Stadium in Mumbai on Friday.
Juventus assumed command of their Europa League last-16 tie against Fulham with a 3-1 first-leg win on Thursday, after beleaguered English giants Liverpool were beaten at Lille.
Didier Drogba has warned Chelsea's title rivals that he is determined to satisfy his voracious appetite for success by firing the Blues back to Premier League glory.
AC Milan are confronting a serious injury crisis as they seek to rebuild their confidence which was so badly mauled by Manchester United in an embarrassing Champions League midweek exit.
Chelsea striker Didier Drogba was on Thursday named African Footballer of the Year for 2009, the second time the Ivory Coast international his won the award.
Real Madrid coach Manuel Pellegrini, who is under intense pressure after the club's shattering Champions League exit, desperately needs a La Liga win at lowly Valladolid on Sunday to prevent the axe from falling.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists he would reject any offer from Real Madrid to take charge at the Bernabeu.
Bayern Munich may have booked their Champions League quarterfinal berth, but captain Mark van Bommel says the Bundesliga leaders will be straight back to business against Freiburg on Saturday.
Tottenham defender Jonathan Woodgate has had surgery in Australia in a bid to cure his long-standing groin problem.
Guus Hiddink will coach the Ivory Coast at the World Cup providing he can break his contract with Russia which expires in July, his agent said on Friday.
Fast bowling legend Wasim Akram said Thursday bans on key players for their dismal performance in Australia had made Pakistan's cricket "a laughing stock" and should be reconsidered.
A day after carrying out the most comprehensive player cull in Pakistan cricket in recent memory, the PCB remained tight-lipped about the nature of charges laid against senior players and the procedure followed in punishing them.
Carlos Moya withstood a determined challenge from qualifier Tim Smyczek in the first round Thursday at Indian Wells, the tournament where he seized the world number-one ranking in 1999.
Pakistan's selectors have not named a captain in the final squad for the ICC World Twenty20 in April-May but have included Shahid Afridi and the Akmal brothers, who were fined heavily by the PCB based on the inquiry committee's report, in the 15-man list.There were recalls for Misbahul Haq and Salman Butt while under-19 allrounder Hammad Azam was chosen after a good World Cup.
Northamptonshire have secured Virender Sehwag to head their Twenty20 challenge during the coming season. It's a major coup for the county who were beaten in the semi-finals in last year's competition.
Indian WIM Kiran Manisha Mohanty and Russian Minina Veronika shared the lead in Parachute Advanced Interna tional Chess Tournament at the close of the sixth round at the conference room of Uni Resort in Cox's Bazar yesterday.
News broadcasters Friday ended their boycott of the third edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) after an agreement with the cash-rich Indian league authorities.
Australian left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has refused to accept the charge that he head-butted New Zealand middle order batsman Scott Styris during the first one-day international of this year's Chappell-Hadlee series played at Napier.
Nearly 30 lakh peasant families are expected to benefit through the use of good agricultural practices from production to marketing with the help of newer agriculture technology.
The study of philosophy can eliminate all kinds of superstitions through logic and help peace prevail in the world, former chief justice Tafazzul Islam said yesterday.
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday seized fake currencies and arrested two people with note-making accessories from a house at Bakal village under Sadar upazila here.
A total of 2,90,905 new voters were added to the updated draft voter list in Sylhet division.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in a drive arrested five robbers with five firearms and 24 rounds of bullets in the port city here in the early hours of yesterday.
Hundreds of kites in the forms and colours of marine creatures, including red tortoises, dolphins, lobsters, jellyfish, mermaids and purple sharks along with rainbow coloured butterflies, cobras, birds and insects flew over the skyline of Inani sea beach in Cox's Bazaar yesterday.
At least 20 people were injured in a clash between farmers and police on Dhaka-Rangpur highway at Mithapukur in the district yesterday morning.
An extortion case was filed against five leaders of Kahalu Upazila Awami League in Borga on Thursday.
An elderly person was killed and four others, including two women, injured in a clash over a disputed land at Gunjanmarihat village under Atwary upazila here on Thursday.
Police officers working in the United Nation's peacekeeping missions will uphold the highest democratic principles of policing ensuring human rights of people, especially during arrest and detention, said Foreign Minister Dipu Moni.
The government of Spain will award internationally renowned artist Monirul Islam 'The Cross of Officer of the Order of Queen Isabella' in recognition of his outstanding contribution to promoting cultural ties between Spain and Bangladesh.
USS Patriot (MCM 7), an Avenger class mine countermeasures ship, will conduct a port call in Chittagong from today to March 19.
Affiliated Networks for Social Accountability-South Asia Region (ANSA-SAR) will disburse $1.5 million as project grants to six organisations from six countries under a three-year pilot programme.
Six people were killed and 86 others injured in separate road accidents in Kishoreganj, Narail and Jhenidah yesterday.
Banglalion Communications Ltd yesterday formally launched its WiMAX internet service in the port city with a commitment to help improve daily life and speed up industrial activities.
University Grants Commi-ssion (UGC) has taken an initiative to undertake full-time maintenance and security of the Central Shaheed Minar and urged Dhaka University (DU) to take the lead to this end.
A schoolgirl and an employee of a private firm committed suicide in separate incidents in the city yesterday.
A bank official was arrested in Phulpur upazila on Thursday night on charges of taking bribes from a client.
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, in India to sign a clutch of multibillion-dollar arms deals, said yesterday it was time for the old Cold War allies to boost trade beyond the limited scope of defence.
Pakistan's navy successfully test-fired a series of missiles and torpedoes Friday in what it called a message to "nefarious" forces an apparent reference to longtime rival India.
Pakistan needs to "reinvent" itself as a genuine democracy and a responsible neighbour, India's Home Minister P Chidambaram said yesterday.
The Pakistani Supreme Court yesterday expressed unhappiness over the lack of action in reopening a Swiss money laundering case involving President Asif Ali Zardari. It has asked the country's anti-corruption watchdog to speed up matters.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Thursday moved swiftly to quell rumblings within the party over supporting the women's reservation bill, saying it stood united and would issue a whip to MPs to support the bill when it is tabled in the Lok Sabha.
Pakistan Army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, who is due to retire in October, is unlikely to get an extension, a close aide of President Asif Ali Zardari has said.
Kabir Suman, the Trinamool Congress MP who is not always known to toe the party line and a hugely popular poet-singer in West Bengal, says he is willing to mediate between the central government and Maoists.
In a severe jolt to the Maoist movement, especially in Andhra Pradesh, the police Friday gunned down two top Maoist leaders in separate gun battles.
Scientists from the University of Colorado have found a 'switch' that can turn off cancer.
Israel sealed off the West Bank yesterday amid tension in Jerusalem over controversial plans to build new homes for Jewish settlers and fears of fresh violence at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound.
Tens of thousands of supporters of deposed Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra began to mass yesterday in trademark red shirts ahead of weekend protests in Bangkok aimed at toppling the government.
The United States said Thursday it saw progress in human rights in parts of South Asia last year, as Bhutan, Maldives and Nepal all solidified democracy.
Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki was locked in a tight contest to hold on to his job yesterday, as election results from Iraq's polls trickled in and opposition blocs alleged blatant fraud.
More than 10,000 people who worked in the toxic chaos of New York's Ground Zero after 9/11 could receive compensation totaling 657 million dollars for health problems under a deal reached Thursday.
US President Barack Obama has donated the $1.4 million that came with winning the Nobel Peace Prize to charity, the White House said Thursday.
Planning to shift to Britian with your entire family? Well, then please take note: The United Kingdom is one of the worst places in the world to raise a child.
Heavy rain and melting snow have caused severe floods across a region of Kazakhstan neighbouring China, flooding villages and claiming at least 25 lives, emergency officials said yesterday.
Calling on Chileans to dry their tears and get to work to rebuild the nation, Sebastian Pinera is already setting an example.
The DNA tests that revealed how the famed boy-king Tutankhamun most likely died solved another of ancient Egypt's enduring mysteries the fate of controversial Pharaoh Akhenaten's mummy.
Arts & Entertainment
Paintings by six teachers of the department of Oriental Art, Faculty of Fine Arts (FFA), DU are on display at a weeklong exhibition that started from March 11. The exhibition, titled "In search of roots", is being held at Zainul Gallery-1 of FFA.
"Free Cinema Free Expression" is the slogan of 11th International Short & Independent Film Festival, organised by Bangladesh Short Film Forum (BSFF). The festival ended yesterday.
Acclaimed director Tanvir Mokammel's latest work "Rabeya", set in the backdrop of Bangladesh's Liberation War, will make its international festival debut when it is screened at the Singapore Film Festival next month.
When mysticism and grace come together, the result is an array of colours -- breathtaking in their composition and splendour. This phenomenon was evident in Indian dancer Manjari Chaturvedi's solo performance of "Sufi Kathak". The performance was staged at National Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on March 11.
A four-day in-house theatre festival titled "Mohola Mogon" by Prachyanat begins on March 15 at the Studio Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. Six plays along with the musical ensemble "Music of Flowers, Birds and Rivers" by the troupe will be staged throughout the festival.
Director Martin Scorsese explains why it is more important that his films stand the test of time than win awards as he launched his new thriller, "Shutter Island".
The last few days have been significant for anyone interested in strategic economic planning. It has also re-affirmed belief that Bangladesh can move forward at a faster pace despite slowdown in our export earnings (less by 14.42 percent of the export target for the first half of the current fiscal year). Economists and policy planners have also asserted their self-confidence in the manner in which expected future courses of action have been revealed.
THE news of charges against a serving police super for attempting to grab other peoples' farmlands in Gopalgonj district makes very disturbing reading. Such an allegation appears credible when subsequently it was found that the same official runs a business in the name of his wife and is reportedly intimidating a regular trader.
Prices in Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) nearly doubled in the half year to January, bringing back uncomfortable memories of 1996. In a few months to October that year, DSE more than trebled. The bull run seemed to have ended in November 1996, when the stock market rose by only 3 percent. Then came the fall -- stock prices halved in the next three months, eventually returning to the January 1996 level by the end of 1997. That kind of sharp rise and fall in asset prices, with little changes in the fundamental economic reality, is what we call bubble.
Democracy is indeed a process of accommodation involving a combination of division and cohesion and of conflict and consent. This means it needs tolerance. To make things interesting a combination of division and cohesion and conflict and consent is required. However, there is a difference between mature democracies like United States, Britain or Sweden and countries like Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, which are struggling to achieve democracy.
CONTINUED FROM FRIDAY, MARCH 12
Iarrived in Washington in mid-April. No one there had a clear idea of what exactly was going on. My good friend A.M.A. Muhith was still at the embassy. He took a risk and came to receive me at the airport. That night I met all the Bengalis who were then serving in the Washington embassy and gave them the message from Tajuddin.
In Oslo in August 2006, a group of individuals that included me was shown around the Ibsen Museum which was at one time Henrik Ibsen's home. The Bangladesh delegation to the grand closing of the year-long Ibsen centenary program in Oslo included Md. Quazi Manzur-i-Mowla, Kamaluddin Nilu, Professor Sonia Nishat Amin, Professor Ahsanuzzaman, Ashish Khondakar and the writer. Foreign participants' visit to the museum was an important part of the closing of the programme. On 23 May 2006, the Norwegian Queen opened the new Ibsen Museum and a comprehensive exhibit featuring Ibsen´s life and work. On that date exactly 100 years ago, Ibsen passed away at his home in Arbins Gate 1. For the last 11 years of his life he lived in an apartment at Arbins Gate 1, Oslo. We were told that the apartment-turned-museum has the playwright's own furniture as well as the original fixtures, décor and colors. The visit thus took us backstage and introduced us to his private life, private belongings. The museum tells a personal story about the private life of an aging Ibsen. One gets an authentic impression of the playwright's home. The restoration of floors, walls, ceilings and surfaces was done according to on-site archeological findings supplemented by historic research.
The sun glares overhead and our shoes squish in the occasional puddles of mud until we enter the courtyard. A sudden gust of wind precedes us, blowing the covering off her hair as she crouches over the clay stove, stirring something with a bronze spatula. Inevitably, she is wearing an unstarched cream sari which had aged just like her, gracefully. My sister and I enter the grounds noiselessly, creep up behind her as she concentrates on the quality of her lal shak, red spinach, and erupt with a sudden yell. She pretends to be frightened, prompting us into fits of giggles. After a tight hug or two, depending on how long ago she had last seen us, she goes back to her cooking, making sure the lal shak is the right shade with the smell of the burnt red chilies stinging our nostrils. Nanu is preparing the feast for her little sparrows.
Anything that is attracted by your Self
Be advised to give it up.
Your have gained Life from God,
And so to Him your Self resign.
He who obeys the word from conscience
Great persons call him obedience.
He who wittingly disobeys injunctions divine,
Slowly shall engender his own ruin.
He who all the time disobeys
Receives from God all disgrace.
Obedience is the beautiful edifice of service
Its exterior is devotion, its entrance patience.
Two days, you say, when the sun will not rise?
When the stars will be in slumber?
When the moon will hide behind a veil of clouds?
World Kidney day was observed on 11 March in more than 100 countries of the world including Bangladesh. The slogan of World Kidney Day this year was “Protect your kidneys, control Diabetes”. World Kidney Days aims to raise awareness about the heavy burden of chronic kidney disease (CKD) on human lives.
Human migration, one of the key impacts of climate change has already been well documented. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) revealed in its first assessment report in 1990 (IPCC AR1) that 150 million people will migrate due to adverse impact of climate change by the year 2050.
Colorectal cancer stands in the top five cancers in Bangladesh and kills many people every year. Cancers arising from the colon, rectum, appendix and anus are called colorectal cancers. Most colorectal cancers develop from pre-existing benign (non-cancerous) polyps — grape like growth inside the colon or rectum. That is why screening to detect this pre-cancerous growth and also diagnose the cancer at early stage is crucial to prevent cancer and save lives.
A test that shows blood sugar levels over a span of several weeks is not only the best way to diagnose diabetes but also may be better at identifying who is at risk of getting diabetes than standard blood sugar tests, researchers said recently.
People who are obese are at increased risk of becoming depressed, and people who are depressed are at increased risk of becoming obese, Dutch researchers have found.
Indigestion may be the upshot of overeating or gobbling up too much food that "disagrees" with you.
If you get a nosebleed, do not panic. Many nosebleeds look worse than they really are. Here is the experts’ advice on steps to help stop a nosebleed:
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's official visit to China is scheduled to start from March 17th. During her last term, she had undertaken an official visit to China within two months of taking office which was also her first official overseas visit. Whether this delay reflects any displeasure the Chinese have with Bangladesh can only be a subject of speculation. Nevertheless, under the BNP's last term of office and in the one year and a little more of the AL tenure, the Chinese have not seen much from the Bangladesh side to warm their hearts or to reflect their strategic value to Bangladesh.
In spite of media hype and outside pressures, the recent Indo-Pak dialogue has once again been inconclusive. In fact, it ended without even a commitment for a future meeting. Only promises to stay in-touch have been made. The main thrust has been on a blame-game usually prompted by the respective security establishments, amply demonstrating the huge trust deficit. All meetings end only with photo ops and the real issues remain unresolved. During the last decade these two countries came close to sorting out issues like the Siachin Glacier and Sir Creek but the general mistrust did not allow for clinching these.
Thailand's government is prepared to confront mass protests as the Supreme Court on 26th found fugitive ex-prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra guilty of abusing his authority to benefit his family telecom company Shin Corp and seized a $1.5 billion chunk of his fortune.
Pilots and aircrews from the US and Pakistan air forces participated in a joint aerial refuelling information exchange as part of an on-going effort to enhance cooperation and develop the air refuelling capabilities of both nations in early March at Pakistan air force base Chaklala.
Star Books Review
THE period between the beginning of December and the end of March, these four months, symbolize for the Bangalee ethos several aspects --- joy, loss, pride, dedication, patience and courage. These few weeks encapsulate many historical events that are sign posts, that are inter-related and fuse together to create for us the very foundation of our nation.
Oratory has since the beginning of civilised existence kept people in thrall. Shakespeare provided a clue to the riveting nature of speeches in his plays. You think here of Brutus and Mark Antony in Julius Caesar, of the many ways in which they played with words to convince the audience of the justness of the causes they held dear. But that was literature. In life lived from day to day, through the vagaries of politics, oratory has often been raised to the level of art. In Bangladesh's case, the speeches of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman were ammunition, over the years, in the defence of liberty. Gandhi was not a rousing speaker, but the calm religiosity he brought into his words drove the point home. And then there was Syed Badrudduja, whose command of Bengali, Urdu and English was demonstrated to huge effect in his speeches, particularly in pre-partition India.
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!
How does a writer affect his society by writing? What should an ideal writer write about? More importantly, where does a writer's words come from? These are the questions asked and discussed by J M Coetzee, from both ends of the spectrum, in Elizabeth Costello. The novel insightfully explores the many aspects of writing and writers, about the capability of evil in goodness and about the neutrality of the one who writes.