News of: Tuesday, 6th of April, 2010
They usually don't fell green trees. It raises questions. Instead, they take out the bark of the Garjan and put salt and copper sulphate into the roots. No immediate harm is done. After three months the trees are dead and there's nothing wrong in felling a dead tree!
The High Court yesterday directed the government to explain within four weeks why the seventh amendment to the constitution, which legitimises HM Ershad's takeover and the acts under his military rule, should not be adjudged illegal.
Militants armed with guns, grenades and suicide car bombs targeted the US consulate in Pakistan's north-western capital yesterday and hit a political rally, killing 45 people.
A speeding bus yesterday killed a Rab member and injured a sub-inspector of police on Airport Road at the capital's Banani area.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in parliament yesterday accused the opposition BNP of trying to destabilise the country for protecting the people involved in crimes against humanity in 1971.
A 210-megawatt capacity power-generation unit of the Ghorasal thermal power plant at Palash upazila of Narsingdi was shut down yesterday following a fire accident that left a security guard severely injured.
As the plight of villagers intensifies on a vast swath of coastal land hit by cyclonic storm Aila ten months ago, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will meet disaster and water officials tomorrow to find a solution to perennial water logging in the region.
To free five rivers in and around Dhaka of pollution and illegal occupation, the government is going to take up a Tk 944 crore project.
Interns of a dental college in the city's Malibagh allegedly use slum children for experiments to obtain certificates.
Popular Pharmaceuticals Ltd has marketed a drug without the price approval from the government, which the Directorate General of Drug Administration termed a punishable offence.
Detectives Sunday night arrested the ringleader of a car stealing gang at the city's Jatrabari and found stolen car-parts worth Tk 24 lakh in Narsingdi.
The government decided to extend the term of the Speedy Trial Act by two years for effective and fast dealing with crimes like extortion, tender manipulation, vandalism, mugging, etc.
The Bangladesh Rifles authorities have dismissed 510 riflemen who were on training during last year's BDR mutiny on charge of carrying firearms and shooting on the second day of the mutiny.
BNP-led opposition lawmakers did not return to the House yesterday protesting Sunday's remarks of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
On the first day of the special drive to stop harassment of schoolgirls, police yesterday picked up seven teenage boys from the capital's Lalbagh area on suspicion.
Opposition BNP has lodged complaints with the Election Commission that the atmosphere prevailing in Bhola-3 constituency is not suitable for an election, as local BNP workers remain scared following threats from the ruling party men.
Dhaka City Mayor and BNP Vice-Chairman Sadeque Hossain Khoka was sued yesterday for sedition over his remarks terming late president Ziaur Rahman the proclaimer of independence and the country's first president.
The High Court yesterday rejected a writ petition of Bashundhara Group Chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan alias Shah Alam challenging the legality of the proceedings against him in a graft case filed by ACC.
The Anti-Corruption Commission has instructed its investigation officers to identify the cases remained stayed on the same ground as that against Awami League lawmaker Habibur Rahman Mollah.
Speaker Abdul Hamid yesterday said the lawmakers will not need permission of the speaker to go abroad when the House is not in session.
Deputy Speaker of Parliament Col (retd) Shawkat Ali yesterday turned down all 97 notices from BNP-led opposition lawmakers for holding discussions on various issues adjourning other scheduled businesses of the House.
A fire broke out from a chemical reaction at a pathological diagnostic centre in the city's Green Road yesterday.
Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury tried to lead by example switching off the air conditioners at both her office and home since last week.
Loan defaulters received interest waiver amounting to Tk 3,644 .80 crore during 2001-08, Finance Minister MA Muhith told the House yesterday.
The murder of a white supremacist leader has presented Jacob Zuma with an acute test of his bridge-building skills as he tries to stop the biggest racial storm of South Africa's post-apartheid history from raging out of control.
A husband stabbed his wife at the city's Banglabazar last night for her legal action against him.
IT has been a long time since the House has witnessed verbal exchanges between the Leader of the House and the Leader of the Opposition. In fact it has been quite sometime that the Leader of the Opposition has attended a parliament session. Nevertheless, it was good to see the two engaged in a debate it augurs well for our parliamentary democracy. These are positive signs and which the members of the parliament must build up on.
WE welcome the PMO's directive to the police to arrest the eve teasers responsible for a young schoolgirl committing suicide on Saturday in the city's Nandipara area. Stern action is definitely warranted against young men who make it virtually impossible for school and college going girls to attend their classes. The decision to deploy plainclothes at the girls' schools in the city will also bring some relief to the girls and their parents greatly worried about the well-being of their daughters.
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) on Monday offered an olive branch to its struggling District Football Associations (DFA) which are struggling due to financial constraints and lack of infrastructure for the last two years.
Holding a joint press conference in Hyderabad on Monday, Sania Mirza and Shoaib Malik called upon Ayesha Siddiqui to clear the air on the alleged marital dispute between both of them and not to indulge in cheap publicity.
The IHF Handball (U-21) Challenge Trophy gets underway today at the Shaheed Shurawardi National Indoor Stadium with six nations including hosts Bangladesh taking part.
Steve Waugh, the former Australia captain, has backed day-night Tests and suggested some unorthodox tweaks to revive interest in one-dayers.
A first-half strike from Ugandan Idris Kasirye helped Rahmatganj MFS defeat Farashganj SC 1-0 in the Bangladesh League encounter at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
Bangladesh Football Federation has sought help from the detective branch of police (DB) in a bid to stop 'match-fixing' in the ongoing Bangladesh League.
An Internet community has come together to gather enough support to stop the country's tennis ace Sania Mirza from marrying Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik until the controversy around his alleged 2002 marriage to Ayesha Siddiqui is resolved.
Injury-hit Arsenal believe Barcelona's loss of suspended centre-backs Carlos Puyol and Gerard Pique will be key to unlocking the door to the Champions League semifinals.
Rajasthan Royals have said that they had reservations about playing allrounder Ravindra Jadeja, because he breached his contract, even if the IPL had not banned him for a year. Rajasthan's chief executive Sean Morris said Jadeja, who failed to renew his contract for 2010 and was found negotiating with Mumbai Indians, had ignored the franchise's core values and now had to pay for his mistake.
Rajasthan Royals skipper Shane Warne led his team right from the front to eke out a dramatic 2-run win over defending champions Deccan Chargers in their clash of the IPL T20 at the Vidarbha Cricket Stadium in Nagpur last night. Warne took four wickets for 21 runs and marshalled his troops with guile to restrict Chargers to 157 defending a modest total of 159.
Sixth-seeded American Andy Roddick ended the giant-killing run of Czech Tomas Berdych to secure the Miami ATP Masters 1000 title Sunday.
Legendary fast bowler Alec Bedser, regarded as one of the greatest English cricketers of the 20th century, has died at the age of 91 after a brief illness, reports said Monday.
Eight months ago, Felipe Massa's life -- let alone his career with Ferrari -- was in grave danger.
Out of action owing to a wrist injury, tennis ace Sania Mirza has risen a couple of rungs to 90th in the latest WTA singles rankings issued on Monday.
Liverpool's challenge for a Champions League place suffered another setback as Liam Ridgewell's goal gave Birmingham a 1-1 draw at St Andrews on Sunday.
Real Madrid's deadly strikeforce of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gonzalo Higuain engineered a 2-0 win at Racing Santander on Sunday to put their side back on top of La Liga and push Barcelona into second place.
Jose Mourinho believes that CSKA Moscow's plastic pitch poses as much danger to Inter Milan's Champions League as concerns over the tense security situation in the Moscow capital.
Sven-Goran Eriksson did not hesitate before agreeing to coach Ivory Coast at the World Cup finals, the former England boss said on Sunday.
Marseille overcame being reduced to 10 men to defeat Lens 1-0 on Sunday to hammer home their French league title credentials, just a week after they snapped a 17-year silverware drought.
Dutch international star Arjen Robben is in the Bayern Munich squad for his club's Champions League quarterfinal return against Manchester United, the Bavarian giants said Sunday.
German champions Wolfsburg rekindled their hopes of European football next season with a 4-0 home win against Hoffenheim on Sunday.
Arsenal suffered another injury blow on the eve of their Champions League quarterfinal second leg match with holders Barcelona on Monday as Cameroon midfielder Alex Song was ruled out, according to the BBC.
SV Hamburg's Peruvian striker Paolo Guerrero is facing club sanctions after launching a bottle at the head of an angry supporter following a scoreless draw with Hanover on Sunday.
Tiger Woods was greeted with mild applause in a Monday morning practice round at the Masters, his first public golf appearance since the sex scandal that overtook him last November.
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday gave the go-ahead to three applications to float mutual funds including the Tk 300 crore LR Global Bangladesh Mutual Fund-1, the biggest ever.
Life is tough for small entrepreneur Harun-ur-Rashid, who is unable to cope with the cruel power crisis in his area.
Stocks fell yesterday as most of the sectors, led by bank, fuel and power sectors, ended in the red amid sell-offs.
The government plans to introduce a national pension scheme next fiscal year and put a taskforce in place for the purpose.
The government should take a quick decision on coal extraction to improve the country's power situation by using the black mineral instead of natural gas, said a chamber leader yesterday.
Bangladesh was the top export performer in the European Union market in 2009 with 6 percent growth, when all other countries, except for Qatar, suffered an export fall in the common market due to a global financial contraction.
It was a blurred image, with no clear positioning. The brand was working, but no sparks were flying.
Halal foie gras, non-alcoholic champagne, sauerkaut garnished with pork-free sausages: Muslim-friendly food is moving away from its immigrant roots and merging with mainstream French tradition.
The shipping ministry yesterday formed a 15-member committee to recommend ways of returning jobs to the workers affected in reforms at the port during caretaker rule.
Amid severe electricity crisis, the power ministry plans to seek around Tk 5,200 crore as development budget for the upcoming fiscal year, said a senior official at the Power Division.
The bank said it has credited the stock dividend for 2009 to the respective shareholders' BO accounts yesterday.
The dollar eased in Asian trade Monday on profit-taking after the United States posted its biggest job growth in three years, boosting hopes for recovery in the world's largest economy.
Oil raced towards 86 dollars a barrel in Asian trade Monday, extending gains on demand optimism amid signs of a global economic upswing, analysts said.
Sri Lanka's economy is poised to expand by 6.5 percent this year, the central bank said Monday, after slower growth in 2009 due to the operation to crush the Tamil Tigers and the global crisis.
Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao will visit Indonesia this month for talks focusing on infrastructure investment, Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Hatta Rajasa said Monday.
South Korea's government and central bank agreed Monday to cooperate closely in economic and monetary policy, a statement seen by analysts as ruling out an early interest rate rise.
Cambodia's parliament on Monday approved a law allowing foreign ownership of property such as apartments and office buildings, in a measure intended to increase economic growth.
The massive US services sector registered stronger than expected growth in March, amid signs of a continued economic recovery, a private survey showed on Monday.
The Bangladesh Society for Human Resources Manage-ment has elected Abdus Salam Bhuiyan, senior advisor of Grameenphone Ltd, as president for the term 2010-11.
New car sales soared by a record 63.1 percent in Spain in March from the same month last year on the back of a government incentive programme.
The investigation agency to investigate the war crimes of 1971 started receiving information and proof about war crimes from individuals.
Consul General at Bangladesh Consulate in Jeddah Golam Sarwar called on Prince Mishaal bin Abdullah bin Turki Al-Saud, the second son of Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz and governor of Najran, on Sunday.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner AKM Shahidul Hoque informed the High Court (HC) yesterday that the police have not set up any billboard in the capital for commercial purpose.
A mother strangled her eight-month-old daughter and dumped her body into a septic tank at Jhinarpara village in Tanore, Rajshahi, on Sunday night.
Shahidul Islam alias Biddyut, who was shown arrested in sensational goldsmith Prem Krishna Roy killing case, confessed to his involvement in the slaying before a magistrate yesterday.
An increasing number of foreign students is coming to study medical education in Bangladesh.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) will decide today its next step regarding investigations into two allegations of corruption against former prime minister and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.
Different organisations yesterday condemned the incident of eve-teasing by spoilt boys that resulted in the suicide of a schoolgirl on April 3.
The High Court yesterday asked the deputy commissioner of Rangpur to constitute a three-member committee, including two women, to probe the allegation of arbitrary drive by the law enforcers who detained 19 young girls on March 1 while visiting the local zoo and garden in Rangpur without wearing veil.
Jamaat-e-Islami Secretary General Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed yesterday blamed the previous caretaker government for severe electricity crisis.
Bangladesh Bihari Rehabilitation Assembly (BBRA) yesterday demanded immediate arrest of land grabbers who have been trying to evict the Urdu-speaking Biharis living in camps at Mirpur in the city.
A motorcyclist was killed as a bus hit his bike at Sharifpur on Dhaka-Jamalpur road in sadar upazila yesterday.
Delegates from the Saarc countries have recommended setting up a regional 'government performance management network' to share experiences and emerging best practices in the region.
Speakers at the prize giving ceremony of an essay contest on Saturday called for creating mass awareness about autism.
At least four people were killed and 19 others injured in separate road accidents in Chittagong, Mymensingh and Gaibandha yesterday.
Hindu fishermen living at Sitakunda in Chittagong yesterday alleged that cadres loyal to local AL lawmaker Abul Kashem Master are threatening them to leave their houses to extend the land of a industry run by a follower of the lawmaker.
A conference of grassroots level representatives from 11 organisational districts of BNP under Chittagong division-2 will be held in the port city today.
A court here sentenced a man to death for killing his wife around three and a half years ago.
Two children drowned in a pond in West Dhankunda area under Narayanganj Sadar upazila yesterday.
Bangladesh Bank (BB) yesterday served notice on National Bank for not following an appropriate procedure in awarding a Tk 130 crore work order to an international company to construct a 20-storey building.
The High Court (HC) yesterday issued a rule upon the Election Commission (EC) and government to explain within two weeks why they should not be directed to collect the details of the union parishad election candidates.
A teacher and 63 examinees were expelled from different centres for restoring to unfair means on the second day of Higher Secondary Certificate and its equivalent examinations under 10 education boards while 5,101 candidates remained absent yesterday.
The House yesterday took a resolution supporting the UN's nuclear non-proliferation treaty, and extended full support of government to advance the world body's nuclear disarmament plan and the proposal for negotiation to conclude nuclear weapons convention.
A Dhaka court yesterday asked five officials of the private mobile phone operator company Axiata Bangladesh (formerly Aktel) to appear before it on April 15 in connection with two separate cases filed for breaching the Copyright Act.
Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) President Khandaker Mahbub Hossain yesterday said the government has to appoint judges to the Supreme Court on the basis of their quality and efficiency for restoring its lost image.
Indiscriminate sand lifting from underground is wreaking havoc to land and environment in vast areas of Bogra Sadar upazila.
Academic and administrative activities at Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (CVASU) came to a halt yesterday, a day after reopening the university, as the officers' association and employees' union observed work abstention while Chhatra League (BCL) continued their agitation.
Train services on Dhaka-Sylhet and Dhaka-Chittagong routes remained suspended for over five hours from 7:00am yesterday as locals put up barricades on railway track at Khanabari Station in Narsingdi demanding a stoppage of Titas Express at the station.
Twenty-nine more witnesses yesterday gave depositions before the Special Court-2 of Bangladesh Riffles (BDR) in connection with the mutiny at 25 Rifles Battalion in Panchagarh.
A gang of four felled ten mango trees worth Tk one lakh on both sides of a road at Dhulihar under Satkhira Sadar upazila on Sunday.
The students of Noakhali University of Science and Technology (NUST) put up a barricade on Sonapur-Akter Miar Hat road in front of the institution for two hours yesterday demanding uninterrupted power supply.
Several shots were allegedly fired at the private car of Natore district Jubo League president Shariful Islam Ramzan in Duttapara area near the town Sunday night following internal feud.
Human chains were formed in Sylhet and Sirajganj yesterday protesting killing and sexual abuse of two schoolboys.
Fire gutted 65 houses in Dinajpur yesterday and over a hundred shanties in Khulna on Saturday.
An HSC examinee was injured as a gang of criminals attacked him while going home after examination yesterday.
Thousands of defiant anti-government demonstrators fanned out to other parts of Thailand's capital and threatened businesses with ties to the government yesterday after ignoring police orders to leave Bangkok's paralysed commercial district.
Protests are growing against Pope Benedict XVI's planned trip to Britain, where some lawyers question whether the Vatican's implicit statehood status should shield the pope from prosecution over sex crimes by paedophile priests.
China rejected criticism yesterday of its dams on the shrinking Mekong River, telling Southeast Asian leaders that it was not to blame for a regional drought affecting millions of people.
More than 100 Chinese miners were pulled out alive after being trapped for over a week in a flooded coal mine, where some ate sawdust and strapped themselves to the shafts' walls with their belts to avoid drowning while they slept.
A Gaza border official says Israel has allowed a commercial shipment of shoes and clothes into the blockaded Palestinian territory for the first time since 2007.
A suicide bomber blew himself up at a police station in a restive Russian province yesterday, killing two officers and wounding two others, officials said.
Russia still hopes for a diplomatic solution to the standoff over Iran's nuclear programme, a deputy foreign minister said yesterday, as the West steps up pressure for new sanctions against Tehran.
Nato confirmed that international troops were responsible for the deaths of five civilians, including three women, in February. Such killings have inflamed frictions between the government of President Hamid Karzai and his Western backers.
A South Korean navy warship is in pursuit of a huge oil tanker, hijacked by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean.
Sri Lanka's influential Buddhist clergy vowed yesterday to launch a wave of anti-government protests after police arrested a dozen monks who demanded the release of the jailed former army chief.
After more than a week of tension, people in parts of communally sensitive Hyderabad breathed easier yesterday with curfew being relaxed from 8 am to 5 pm.
The United States yesterday condemned an attack on the US consulate in Peshawar and expressed "great concern" after Islamist militants targeted the building in Pakistan's north-western capital.
Militants blew up a girls primary school while unidentified people set fire to seven oil tankers yesterday in Pakistan's tribal region bordering Afghanistan.
Tribal elders in the Afghan city of Kandahar have sharply criticised President Hamid Karzai over issues of security and corruption.
Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, who is set to launch his political party next month, has said he is ready to counter the allegations levelled against him in the media.
The Indian government is holding back-channel talks with separatist Hurriyat leaders on the Kashmir issue and is open to negotiating anything less than independence, says Home Secretary GK Pillai.
United States President Barack Obama has reportedly issued a secret directive to its top foreign-policy and national-security officials to intensify their efforts aimed at easing tensions between India and Pakistan.
Arts & Entertainment
To mark the 70th anniversary of broadcasting radio drama of Dhaka, now Bangladesh Betar, a programme was held at the National Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) on April 3. Betar Natyakar-Natyashilpi Shangshad (BNNS), an organisation of enlisted Bangladesh Betar actors, producers and scriptwriters, arranged the programme. The highlight of the programme was felicitation for 16 noted radio personalities.
After a hiatus, dance enthusiasts of the port city enjoyed a dance programme titled "Matir Daake Aamra" on April 2 evening.
A two-week long solo exhibition of artist Soumyajit Choudhury started at Radius Centre, Bay's Galleria in Gulshan, from April 2.
Today marks the 79th birthday of screen legend Suchitra Sen, originally from Pabna. Pabna district administration has chalked out daylong programme to celebrate the day.
Laila Hasan recently received the Ekushey Padak-2010 for her contribution to dance. To celebrate the award, Jatiya Nabanna Utshab Udjapan Parshad organised a felicitation programme for Hasan on April 4 at Music and Dance Centre, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. The programme featured discussion and cultural function.
Tanvir Mokammel's acclaimed documentary "Bostrobalikara: Garment Girls of Bangladesh," has been invited to participate at the 2010 Nodo Doc Fest, a documentary film festival to be held at Trieste, Italy, says a press release.
He did India proud by bringing home double Oscars and two Grammies and musician A.R. Rahman, a practising Muslim, has taken it upon himself to promote love and unity through his music.
ATN Bangla will telecast the second episode of the drama serial "Jojon Jojon Dur" tonight at 8 pm. Written by Farhad Hossain, the serial is directed by actor Shahiduz zaman Selim.
Gonttobbo, a dance institution, organised a dance festival marking the advent of spring. The festival was held at Pabna Town Hall premises on Friday night.
The premiere of "Robin Hood", from the director Ridley Scott, will be the opening film of the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. And though Robin's men look more menacing than merry in this script by the "Green Zone" screenwriter, Brian Helgeland, the film is not there to be judged, festival organisers said in a statement.
IT is said that two different explosions have struck Dhaka. No, don't be alarmed. This time no militant groups are responsible for the explosions. It is us -- you, me and them who are responsible for this. Let us analyse the factors behind the two explosions one by one. Let us talk about the first explosion. The first one is population explosion. The population of Dhaka city at the moment is well over 1 crore (government agencies might differ, but they cannot come with an exact figure either). It is increasing in a frightening proportion with nearly 3,000 to 5,000 people coming here on a daily basis to settle down permanently.
THE on-going crisis in the energy sector because of a shortfall between demand and supply of both natural gas and electricity, though inherited from the 2001-2008 regimes, has now become a nightmare for the grand-alliance government under Sheikh Hasina.
MANY western politicians refer to Bangladesh as a moderate "Muslim" country. Some of my British and American friends also think that as a "Muslim" country Bangladesh is more tolerant than many other Muslim populated countries they have been to.
Science & Life
Yearly requirement of urea in Bangladesh is 2.9 million tons (mt) of which 80 per cent (2.3 mt) is used for rice alone. The country produces 1.7 mt and the rest is imported at a cost of 465 million US $. Urea is usually applied in prilled condition by hand. Its application efficiency is only 35 to 40 per cent. When it is applied in super granule form, its application efficiency is increased to 60 per cent. If all the urea could be applied in super granule form, then 1.15 mt urea could be saved. In that case only 0.05 mt urea needs to be imported.
Lately the Earth has been quite active as far as her seismic behaviour is concerned. Let's have a look at the recent earthquakes since the beginning of this year. On January 12th, a magnitude-7.0 quake devastated Haiti and on February 27th, a 8.8-magnitude tremor hit Chile, shifting her largest city, Concepcion, at least 10 feet to the west! And a similar earthquake struck Japan on February the 26th, thankfully causing less damage. Then again on March 4th, a magnitude of 6.4 quake hit Taiwan followed by a 6.5 one on the very next day in Indonesia. And on March 8th a pre-dawn 5.9 magnitude earthquake rocked south-eastern part of Turkey. The recent surge in the frequency as well as intensity of the quakes, a calamity that comes out of the blue, has sent leading experts in the field worrying. However, the string of quakes over the last three months might well be a matter of mere coincidence. Prof. Bob Holdsworth, an expert on tectonics at Durham University, England says, “I can definitely tell you that the world is not coming to an end”. It is important to note that according US Geological Survey, on average there are 134 earthquakes a year that have a magnitude between 6.0 and 6.9. And this year experienced a hasty start, with 40 of such so far, more than in most years for that particular time period. But there is no geological connection between these recent earthquakes as these tragic natural events involved different tectonic plates.
The "giggle" made by spotted hyenas may encode information about age, dominance, and identity, say scientists from France and the U.S.
Scientists working in Madagascar found what may be the largest frog that ever lived, National Geographic News reported a year ago.
Do the symbols carved in the stone above represent a complex written languageor are they merely religious imagery? That's the mystery scientists have been trying to solve ever since they laid their eyes on Pictish Symbol Stones made by an Iron Age Celtic people known as the Picts between 300 C.E. and 843 C.E. Now researchers have analyzed the images of stags, wolves, and mythical beasts, as well as abstract rectangles, disks, and lines, with a statistical algorithm that
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