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News of: Sunday, 18th of April, 2010
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Chief Justice Mohammad Fazlul Karim has decided not to administer oaths of two newly appointed High Court judges against the backdrop of protest from a section of Supreme Court Bar Association leaders including its president and secretary.
Bangladesh has made significant strides in the Index of Economic Freedom world rankings, making its economy the 137th freest in the world.
A parliamentary sub-committee is going to recommend enacting a law, setting criteria, qualities and qualifications for appointment of the Supreme Court judges to do away with the politicisation of the appointment process.
The joint technical team of Bangladesh and India selected Chalna, near Khulna port, an ideal site to install the proposed 1,310 mega watt coal fired power plant in joint venture between the two countries.
The main opposition BNP high command plans to bank on whatever result comes out of the Bhola-3 by-poll to wage a wave of anti-government agitations.
Sepoy Moin, who first attempted to kill the former BDR DG, is still at large, but his 623 colleagues from 13 Rifle Battalion were hauled before the Special Court-5 as alleged mutineers yesterday.
International community did not interfere in any way and the UN did not send any letter that apparently led to the postponement of January 22, 2007 election and declaration of state of emergency, said outgoing UN Resident Coordinator Renata Lok Dessallien.
Detective Branch of Police yesterday rescued a garment trader along with his employee six days after they had been abducted and kept hostage in a flat in TNT Colony in Fakirerpool.
Rome-bound flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines Ltd scheduled for today might also be delayed just as two London-bound flights were delayed because of the volcanic ash-linked factors, Biman sources said yesterday.
Chittagong University authorities on Friday night formed a four-member committee to investigate the killing of its student Asaduzzaman while CU Vice Chancellor Abu Yusuf and Proctor Md Jashim Uddin received death threats over cell phones.
The Rapid Action Battalion recovered stolen car-parts worth Tk 1 crore and caught three thieves from Purbo Jurain in Kadamtali Friday night.
The BNP candidate for Bhola-3 by-election again blamed the deterioration in law and order on the ruling party men and demanded army deployment while Awami League candidate termed the attack on opponents a "drama".
The freedom fighter's (FF) would get totally free treatment in the government hospitals, said Health Minister AFM Ruhal Huq yesterday.
In a clarification to a photo caption news headlined "Sinking carbon-sinks" carried in our April 12 issue, Bandarban Divisional Forest Officer RSM Munirul Islam pointed out that all forest goods carried through the river Sangu are not illegal.
Bangladesh Paribesh Andolon (BAPA) condemned the government's recent decision allowing the import of toxic ships, and demanded cancellation of the April 11 amendment to the Import Policy Order.
A woman and a seven-year-old child were killed in two road accidents in Dhaka and Narayanganj yesterday.
A housewife suffered burn injuries as miscreants threw acid on her person at Shamsuddin Moulavirkandi village under Shibchar upazila of the district Friday night.
A middle-aged man jumped to death from the rooftop of a five-storey residential hotel at city's Ananda Bazaar during a police raid at the hotel yesterday afternoon.
The stage is set to hold Khulna divisional rally of BNP today where BNP Chairperson and Leader of the Opposition in parliament Begum Khaleda Zia will address as the chief guest.
Pakistan's army chief of staff, General Ashfaq Kayani, made a rare public apology yesterday over the deaths of civilians during military action and issued orders to avoid further incidents.
Three more regional passport offices have been set up to start producing machine-readable passport (MRP) this week.
THE tragic death of yet one more student of Chittagong University (it is the third in the last couple of months) is deeply disturbing. It is so because it happened in an unnatural manner, allegedly at the hands of some villagers. It has emerged that the death of Asaduzzaman was the result of a confrontational situation between students and villagers, portents for which reportedly existed. Adding to the tragedy is the fact that it was a case of mistaken identity that led to Asaduzzaman's death. Predictably, it led to consequences we are all too familiar with. Students of CU went on the rampage which in turn led to a suspension of on-going examinations. Moreover, a strike has been called by the Bangladesh Chhatra League to protest the young man's death.
THE occasion was Nabobarsha and the place Dhaka University Campus. Both not just symbolically, but literally should be an association of most cultivated and refined thoughts. What could be a more ideal celebrative event evocative of the finest expressions of human sentiments of grace and greeting between brothers and sisters than Nabobarsha itself?
Shahadat Hossain and Mohammad Rafique exploited the condition brilliantly as Dhaka Dynamites continued their winning run in the Destiny Group National Cricket League T20s with an emphatic eight-wicket victory over Rajshahi Rangers at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.
This is not exactly what Twenty20 cricket is supposed to be like. And this is not how you prepare for a major tournament like the World Cup.
Anarchy is probably the suitable word for what transpired in the Club Cup hockey final on Friday.
Paul Scholes's 93rd minute winner settled an otherwise lacklustre Manchester derby at Eastlands here on Saturday as Manchester United's 1-0 victory kept alive their dream of a fourth successive English Premier League title.
Under-fire general secretary of Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) Khandaker Jamiluddin has tendered his resignation to BHF president Air Marshal SM Ziaur Rahman taking all the responsibility for the farce of a final match on Friday that was played and decided in dubious circumstances.
The volcanic ash cloud which has closed the Unite Kingdom and much of European airspace is also having an impact on the cricket world. Afghanistan's journey to the Caribbean for the World Twenty20 is likely to be disrupted as they were due to transit London to join Canada, Zimbabwe and Ireland who are already in West Indies.
Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed he would be happy to see Inter Milan boss Jose Mourinho take charge of Real Madrid next season.
Kolkata Knight Riders' bowlers knocked out Rajasthan Royals from the IPL, and kept their semifinal hopes alive, by limiting them to a below-par score on a slowish pitch, and Sourav Ganguly backed them up with another significant contribution to ensure a comprehensive eight-wicket win.
Rafael Benitez believes the decision to put Liverpool up for sale is a positive step to help restore the club to its' former glory.
Maicon scored a dazzling volley as Inter Milan went back to the top of the Serie A table with a hard-fought 2-0 victory over 10-man Juventus at the San Siro on Friday.
With Arsenal's chances of winning the Premier League now more theoretical than realistic, Arsene Wenger's thoughts have been drawn to next season as well as Sunday's trip to Wigan.
Sebastian Vettel underlined the strength of his world championship bid with another stunning performance on Saturday, outpacing his rivals to grab pole position for the Chinese Grand Prix.
Real Madrid chairman Florentino Perez insisted Friday that he is honoured to host the Champions League final, even though his side will not be there and rivals Barcelona are on course for a second straight title.
FIFA's World Cup ticketing partner apologised to South Africans on Friday after computer glitches marred the first day of direct ticket sales, government media reported.
Former Pakistan cricket captain Mohammad Yousuf has not appealed against a ban imposed on him by cricket authorities, leaving the punishment to attain finality, official said Saturday.
Mumbai Indians, already in the semifinals, sent a strong message to their rivals by crushing second-placed Royal Challengers Bangalore by 57 runs yesterday. The Bangalore side's net run-rate took a beating but remained just high enough to make them favourites for a spot in the last four after a delayed start due to a low-intensity blast outside the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.
The Indian Premier League's (IPL) third season continues to be dominated by events off the field, with income-tax officials conducting an eight-hour operation -- ending at 3 am on Friday -- in the league's offices and the residence of Lalit Modi, its commissioner, and a team also visiting the office of the Kings XI Punjab in Mohali.
Rafael Nadal is back in the final where he'll try to win a sixth straight Monte Carlo Masters after beating Spanish compatriot David Ferrer 6-2, 6-3 in the semifinal on Saturday.
Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal is still having pain in his injured left hand.
Ansar & VDP defeated Abahani by 77 runs in the Women's Club Cup cricket tournament at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium yesterday.
Purba Dashara Cricket XI defeated Biltu Club by five wickets in the Khan Real Estate Second Division Cricket League at the Manikganj Government Boys' High School playground here yesterday.
Four people were hurt Saturday when two small bombs exploded at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in India's IT hub of Bangalore, after a generator blew up earlier, injuring three others, police said.
Rajasthan Royals skipper Shane Warne has trashed Kolkata Knight Riders' bowling coach Wasim Akram's allegations of ball tampering in the Indian Premier League (IPL) saying he was hearing such things for the first time.
The financial feud between Pakistan pacer Mohammad Asif and actress Veena Malik has finally ended after a common friend's intervention.
The Centre for Policy Dialogue has suggested the government impose green tax on all polluting industries to encourage establishment of effluent treatment plants (ETPs) to check environment hazards.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith said yesterday the government would form a tax tribunal in the next fiscal year.
HSBC is set to award exporters on Wednesday to recognise the ingenuity of Bangladesh businesses.
The number of billionaires in Russia has doubled over the last year, with the country's super rich defying sluggish post-crisis growth to substantially boost their fortunes, a report said Friday.
Commercial farming of Sweet Jumbo grass in sandy char areas in the Brahmaputra basin is becoming popular by the day.
Precious metals prices hit multi-month highs last week as the dollar weakened.
Prime Bank Limited yesterday arranged a press meeting to celebrate its 15th anniversary at Hotel Purbani International in Dhaka.
Social Islami Bank Ltd has elected Sultan Mahmood Chowdhury as its chairman, the bank said in a statement yesterday.
The Thakurgaon Chamber of Commerce and Industries elected 17 executive members, six associate members and its lone group member.
Low energy price and pilferage by consumers are major problems for Bangladesh to become self-sufficient in energy, says Danish Minister for Development Cooperation Soren Pind.
The US government on Friday accused Wall Street's most powerful firm of fraud, saying Goldman Sachs & Co sold mortgage investments without telling the buyers that the securities were crafted with input from a client who was betting on them to fail.
US stocks ended the week on a sour note after top firm Goldman Sachs was charged with fraud but analysts see a buoyant Wall Street amid positive outlook for the technology and financial sectors.
Oil prices fell sharply Friday, dampened by an unexpected fall in a US consumer sentiment and fraud charges slapped on top Wall Street investment firm Goldman Sachs.
As congressional investigators dig further into potential electronic problems in runaway Toyotas, the automaker is facing other safety concerns, recalling 600,000 Sienna minivans over rusting spare tyre holders.
The International Monetary Fund on Friday approved a much-contested 160-million-dollar loan to Iceland, ending months of political bickering.
Bank of America returned to profit in the first quarter of this year, the firm said Friday, reporting better than expected profit of 3.2 billion dollars.
US conglomerate General Electric delivered an upbeat outlook on "earnings power" Friday as it reported a fall in first-quarter profit that was better than the market expected.
April 11 - 15, 2010
This week marked another topsy-turvy week for the Euro. The euro fell against the dollar and the yen on Thursday as higher costs to insure against a Greek default highlighted persistent concerns about Greece's debt problems and cut demand for risky assets. Five-year Greek credit default swap prices rose to 455 basis points, exceeding a record closing high of 444 basis points hit a week ago, before euro zone members agreed a standby aid package to help Athens service its mounting debt. The yield spread between Greek and German government bonds also widened to around 406 basis points, with investors demanding a higher premium on Greek debt as they clamor for clarity about how the financial assistance would be implemented.
A group of land grabbers occupied a big plot in Ashulia at dead of night with blessings of two influential government officials while a civil case involving the plot is still pending with the High Court, said the evicted party at a press conference yesterday.
Chittagong City Corporation Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury yesterday urged the media persons to help create public opinion to expedite the trial of war criminals.
Detained UK unit chief of banned militant outfit Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami (Huji) Golam Mostofa had sent around Tk 1 crore since 1995 till his arrest in 2007 to different local militant groups and most of the amount was sent through illegal channel.
Different organisations yesterday demanded the government take legal action against those who attacked the indigenous Christians over a dispute of land belonging to a Christian church at Mithapukur in Rangpur on March 20.
A student of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College committed suicide on Friday at her Mothertek residence in the city just two days after her schoolmate Anamika Bairagi Papri took her life by hanging herself from a ceiling fan.
A Jamaat activist, accused in a case filed against Jamaat-Shibir men for attacking police, was arrested in Chittagong yesterday.
Foreign Minister Dipu Moni attended a special meeting of Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) at the Commonwealth Secretariat in London yesterday.
Deputy Leader of the House Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury has said that opposition leader Khaleda Zia should be put on trial for rehabilitating the war criminals, Razakars and killers of Bangabandhu in politics.
University Grants Commission (UGC) Chairman Prof Nazrul Islam yesterday said people's demands are on the increase with the growth of the country's economy and are having negative impacts on environment.
Music, grand rally and beautiful colours of festivity marked the Ruchi Baishakhi Utsab in Pabna on the first day of Baishakh on April 14, says a press release.
An exhibition and colourful fashion show will be held at Drik Gallery today with the illustrious and last works of noted designer artist Shahrukh Shahid, who died in February last.
Two people, including a contractor, were killed and one injured in two separate road accidents at Sonagazi and Daganbhuiyan under Feni yesterday.
Chittagong University Teachers' Association (Cuta) yesterday expressed concern over the deterioration of the law and order on the campus, saying that three CU students were killed only in three months, which is a total failure of the government.
Speakers yesterday stressed the need for protecting the history and works of Nawab Bahadur Syed Nawab Ali Chowdhury, one of the founders of Dhaka University (DU), to inspire the new generation for making contribution to society.
An unidentified woman was crushed under the wheels of an intercity train at Sararchar rail crossing in Bajitpur upazila of the district yesterday.
Different socio-cultural organisations yesterday observed Mujibnagar Day in a befitting manner amid a series of programmes with the call to try war criminals.
There are only 31 trained clinical psychologists in the country to address the psychological issues of some 14 million mentally ill people, said noted psychologist Dr Graham Powell.
Ensuring efficient water resources management in South Asia could resolve most problems such as energy and food crises, experts said yesterday.
Bangladesh National Society for the Blind (Jatiya Ondho Sangstha) donated a total of Tk 6.21 lakh to some 207 blind students studying at various universities.
The number of diarrhoea patients seeking treatment at the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh has reduced slightly in the last few days.
Jamaat-e-Islami has instructed the chiefs of all its district units to get prepared for waging a tougher movement against the government bid to try war criminals since it is intended only to "destroy the party."
Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat Bangladesh at a memorial meeting yesterday demanded the government ban the Jamaat-Shibir politics on charges of 'giving wrong explanation' of Islam.
Bangladesh Petroleum Exploration Company (Bapex) has successfully repaired a well of Titas gas field and restored gas production from there after around 45 days.
Hizb-ut Tahrir, a banned Islamist organisation, yesterday took out a procession in protest against the ongoing water, power and gas crises at Mohammadpur in the city, says a press release.
Boro plants on vast areas of land in several districts are getting damaged as a drought-like situation coupled with serious power crisis is hampering irrigation.
Three and a half months after start of the academic year, a large number of students in secondary and junior secondary level schools and madrasas in different northern districts are yet to get all their textbooks.
Villagers affected by land subsidence around Barapukuria coalmine will again go for fresh agitation from tomorrow (April 19) to realise their demands including compensation and rehabilitation.
Heavy rain paralysed normal life in Sylhet city yesterday and the low-lying areas remained submerged for hours, causing immense sufferings to the dwellers.
Armed robbers looted nine jewellery shops and two dwelling houses after injuring 11 people, eight of them with bullet, at Sriramkati Bandar Bazaar in Nazirpur upazila early yesterday.
Criminals on Friday night torched vegetables on one acre garden of a farmer at Chobbish Mail area under Mohalchhari upazila.
A college student, a fish trader and a farmer have been murdered in Jhenidah, Kushtia and Meherpur.
A newly married girl came under acid attack at Kamarjani village under Gouripur upazila of the district on Friday night.
At least eight shops were gutted in a fire at Padua Bazaar in Chouddagram upazila on Friday.
Eighteen people including young women and children were held yesterday while being trafficked to India through Bhomra and Benapole borders.
Lightning killed two farmers at two villages of Aditmari and Hatibandha upazila yesterday morning.
An operative of Janajuddha faction of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party was killed at Nagar Chachkia village in Atghoria upazila early yesterday. Police recovered the body of Shahid Pramanik, 45, son of Moslem Uddin of the village, from the spot in the morning. Sources said the assailants beat him mercilessly before killing him early hours of Saturday near a field of the village. The body was sent to Pabna General Hospital for autopsy.
Three fishermen, abducted by the pirates from the Sundarbans on April 10, bought freedom yesterday. They are Mongal Kumar Mondal, Bimal Kumar and Subhas Chandra of village Munshiganj in Shyamnagar upazila. They were abducted while catching fish in the Porakatla canal in the Sundarbans. The abductors later demanded ransom from the victims' relatives for their release. Sources said the victims' relatives reached Golakhali area in the Sundarbans yesterday morning and gave Tk 4500, rice and 15 litre diesel to the gang to secure their release.
A woman and her daughter were electrocuted and four other family members suffered injury at Najira Fakirpara in the town early Friday. The deceased were identified as Jolekha Khatun, 55, wife of Janiruddin and her daughter Rubina, 25. Locals said an 11000-kv electric line snapped and fell on the house of Janiruddin and electrified it at about 3:00 am, leaving Jolekha and Rubina dead on the spot and four others injured. Injured Roni 10, Nur Islam, 55, Ruhina, 8 were rushed to Sadar hospital.
At least 12 people were injured in a clash between two groups of devotees inside a mosque over sermon of its Imam at Nayagaon village in Sadar upazila on Friday. Locals said Imam Mufti Sarwar Hossain delivered a sermon on the trial of the war criminals before the Jumma prayers that divided the devotees into two groups. At one stage, the two groups locked in a clash that left 12 people from both sides injured.
Forest department officials and members of Bangladesh Coastguard seized 1500cft Sundari timbers and arrested four smugglers from a trawler in the Meghna River near Chandpur town on Friday. The arrestees are Jahangir, 23, Idris Ali, 22, Yusuf Ali, 27, and Aslam, 19. Acting on a tip-off, a joint team of district forest officials and the coastguards raided the engine-propelled boat and seized the timbers worth Tk 10 lakh and arrested the smugglers.
A case was filed on Friday against seven Chhatra Dal and Jubo Dal leaders in connection with the killing of JCD leader Reaz Mollah. Victim's father Jabbar Mollah filed the case with Sadar police station against the seven, including district Jubo Dal joint convener Pistol Shamim. Locals said Reaz, vice-president of Jhalakathi College JCD, was injured in an attack by the unruly activists of his party at Palbari in the town on Apr 8. He succumbed to his injuries at a hospital in Dhaka on April 12.
I live in a four-room apartment. For last few years I have been using lights in my apartment very sparingly. I only put on lights in rooms which are essential and that too only one lamp and a fan when necessary. My living room lights are usually off unless I have some guests. I was wondering if we all could use electricity very prudently and when and where it is necessary. I think we could all contribute in saving power and bring down the number of power outage in a day. I get surprised when I see many apartments having scores of lights on after dusk which can be avoided.
It is very difficult to find any footpath especially of Dhaka city which is not occupied by unauthorized people. We always say poor businessmen such as " Hawkers" occupy footpath and make them dirty. I agree that they are responsible for making footpath dirty but only partially. But at the same time it is almost impossible to find any footpath in Dhaka city which is not occupied by developers and/or where vehicles are not parked. Developers not only occupy footpath but also destroy them. I have never seen any developer repair the footpath after their work is finished. Moreover, the whole area remains dirty and dusty till the developers finish their work. After the finish of work of one developer another developer starts working nearby. Hence, the footpath remains dirty and occupied. The government should strictly enforce the rules so that people can walk through footpaths.
Bangladesh's development efforts have, in recent years, been severely frustrated by the devastating impacts of natural disasters which are a result of climate change. Erratic rainfall and deviation in temperature are going to bring critical changes in the country's rice farming pattern seriously affecting crop yields thus causing serious food insecurity, according to experts. A study, conducted by Action Aid Bangladesh, says erratic rainfall in the rainy season is going to affect the food grains production. According to the Meteorological Office, the country experienced 32 percent less rain than normal during the June-July period the last year. Prolonged summer and shorter rainy and winter seasons has only increased the trend of droughts and desertification, inflicting an adverse impact on the country's agro-based economy.
The image of children scouring for metals and scraps in a garbage dump speak volumes about the woefully miserable and pitiable state of the have-nots, especially children. We, as citizens of Bangladesh, should hang our heads in shame. That children of seven and eight are forced to sift through hazardous waste on a daily basis to contribute to the income of their families is shocking. It is indeed saddening to know that when they are supposed to be in school, the unfortunate children are wading through used bandages, syringes and old batteries to salvage some metal pieces and plastic containers. The government should take serious note of the inconvenient truth. Child rag pickers are deprived of love and education and are at high risk of being exploited by others, especially bandits and those running junkyards. Children resort to street life due to their instinct to survive in hard life conditions.
It is heartening to learn that on the basis of the assurance given by the Information Minister and the Law Minister, the journalists, press workers and the general employees of THE BANGLADESH OBSERVER newspaper have deferred their scheduled fast unto death programme to press home implementation of the agreement till 19 April. It is sincerely hoped that the agreement signed between the owners and the journalists, press workers and general employees of The Bangladesh Observer will soon be implemented allowing Observer employees to take a fresh breath in comfort after several years of suffering!
This is one of the areas of medical profession, which keeps them under tremendous pressure, especially the specialists. Many countries have this problem, there are many cases where a cancer drug was provided instead of the drug for some other ailment, instruments were left in the body, operation was performed on wrong limb/eye because of lack of co-ordination among the medical staff. In Saudi Arabia we have people from different countries working together in a single place. Hence it is important that the communication should be clear. The employees should undergo regular refresher courses on understanding various factors leading to medical errors. A good labelling system should be in place. A proper integrated approach will definitely help in reducing the number of medical errors.
Re: “Water pipeline a blessing for Satkhira villagers” by Reaz Ahmad, Daily Star Monday April 5, 2010
We have been observing a new trend in our movies for the last couple of years. Some brilliant drama directors have turned into film directors which is the main reason behind that improvement. Movies like “Monpura”, “Jago”, “Third Person Singular Number” and so on are really attracting our young generation toward Bangladeshi movies.
With intervention in Afghanistan and Iraq the United States of America has been able to create a serious threat of instability in the Middle East and Southeast Asia region with chaotic conditions in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan while India and Bangladesh are already suffering from its fallout. To some extent, the Afghan intervention is understandable but the seizure of Iraq defies all logical interpretations. It is almost unpardonable that a power like the USA with extremely sophisticated electronic spying devices and superbly trained manpower for espionage and counter espionage activities would commit the mistake of wrongly assessing the military capability of Baghdad as gravely as it did. But, might is right, who would question the mightiest on the earth?
It is unthinkable in this era of enlightenment that a young man can go so far as to kill a girl for refusing to marry him. Our government is up and doing in bringing the crimes committed in 1971 to justice but very much blind to crimes perpetrated by their own men. We know how the youths let loose their libido on the girls of Dhaka University, Ananda Mohon college and Jahangirnagar University recently. We do not know how many girls are in the pipeline to be teased, humiliated and ultimately killed. My sister-in-law will never visit my college because she will definite find those golden boys throwing remarks at her. A few days ago the hecklers killed a government college teacher in Sylhet for the latter's opposition to a love affair. Actually, those hecklers in most cases are the ruling party cadres who are disturbing teachers, students and snatching tender documents all over the country.
After the suicide of another schoolgirl in her Madhya Nandipara residence on April 3 last, the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has deployed plainclothes in front of the city's female educational institutions to stop eve teasing and harassment of girls by delinquents. The home ministry, however, instructed all the law enforcers to take strict measures after the suicide of Umme Kulsum Elora, a 14-year-old schoolgirl, who, repeatedly harassed by some delinquents led by 20-year-old Rezaul Karim, committed suicide by swallowing pesticide.
From the Star Sports on 7th April, 2010 we came to know the turmoil prevailing in the marital functionality of the two stars namely Shoaib Malik of Pakistan and Sania Mirza of India in detail. Sania has always been a controversial figure owing to her sartorial minimization. It's actually a matter of personal belief and practice of any individual but yet both the stars have very murky lifestyles indeed. Shoaib was earlier married to an Indian Muslim girl named Ayesha which he tried to deny at first, while Sania was betrothed to her boyhood friend, a young man of the same township, which she ignored latter.
Re "A war without end," by Harun ur Rashid (April 7).
Over the last one year, climate change scientists have been sending alarming news that a significant part of Bangladesh will be submerged in the next twenty or so years due to the effects of climate change and resulting sea level rise. The Bangladesh government is naturally concerned and has been highlighting this perilous problem in national and global forums in an effort to look for solutions. But will this be enough? There is an urgent need to inform the young generation about the implications of the impending crisis since they will be most affected if the gloomy prediction comes true. They will need to play an active role in finding ways to mitigate the adverse impact on our people and society.
In the nascent democracies military coups are a constant danger. It derails the development of the political institutions which helps to consolidate democracy. It also stalls continuation of the democratically elected governments and erodes international confidence in the nation. The military coup of 1975 was an unexpected development in Bangladesh but the political situation gave a few military personnel to embark on this misadventure.
The whole country is reeling under acute power shortage. The high-ups of the government have even shutdown five fertilizer factories to supply 246 mmcfd additional gas to power plants to generate 500 MW extra power. This was done from April 3-10 but with no visible improvement in power supply situation. Duration of routine load shedding is increasing, The prime minister's call to keep A/Cs off during peak load period has fallen into deaf ear, the government order to close the shops and markets after 8:00pm is being widely ignored. Ultimate result is the people's suffering as well as impotency in country's forward march.
In Germany University of Rostock Bio-Scientists are conducting a field trial of a genetically modified potatoes which would provide the raw material for a biodegradable environmentally safe plastic. The scientists have successfully regenerated potatoes in which a gene from a cyanobacterium (blue-green algae) has been transferred using gene cloning technology. The cloned gene produce the polypeptide cyanophycin in the potatoes providing the raw material for a biodegradable plastic that would help prevent environmental degradation due to excessive use of synthetic plastics. Currently plastic is manufactured from petroleum-based products which is a non-renewable resource and the product is not bio-degradable. Scientists developing the cyanophycin potatoes have already succeeded in increasing the yield from an initial 1% to 6% of the dry mass of the potatoes. These genetically modified potatoes would be utilized primarily for starch production with the stacked trait for cyanophycin production as a secondary product. The new stacked gene cloning technology would provide two important product from the same plant.
The number of crimes taking place almost every day suggests that the crime rate has gone up by leaps and bounds. Different Human Rights organisations are largely to be blamed for this alarming rise in crime. Time and again they have voiced their concern against the actions of elite force Rab. These Human Rights organisations have almost rendered Rab useless and this in turn has encouraged the criminals to commit more crimes.
Bangladesh, our beloved country, has been suffering due to the power crisis, as we see load shedding and low voltage have made people's daily life very difficult.
Millions of people faced worsening travel chaos yesterday as a volcanic ash cloud from Iceland, which risks lingering over Europe for up to five more days, forced countries to extend flight bans.
Thailand's beleaguered government insisted yesterday that it had no plan for an immediate crackdown on protesters despite handing over security operations to the army chief, saying too many people are camped in central Bangkok to use force.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called yesterday for the setting up of a global body that would oversee nuclear disarmament.
The Philippine government said yesterday it would drop murder charges against two prominent members of a powerful Muslim clan over the massacre of 57 people last year.
The chief of the European Union's vote monitoring team said yesterday that Sudan's elections failed to meet international standards.
Iran slammed the United States as an "atomic criminal" which should be suspended from the UN nuclear watchdog yesterday, while urging changes to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
It's a tiny misprint, but an Australian publisher has had to pulp a cookbook after one recipe called for "salt and freshly ground black people" to be added to the dish.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been caught up in the travel turmoil caused by the volcanic ash cloud from Iceland, which has paralysed European airspace, government sources said yesterday.
The ailing mother of Sri Lanka's slain Tamil Tiger leader Velupillai Prabhakaran has been denied entry to India for medical treatment, the Press Trust of India reported yesterday.
Palestinians held rallies and vigils in an annual day of support yeserday for the thousands of Palestinians held in Israeli prisons, a day after a detainee died in custody.
The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) on Friday evening decided to withdraw its order imposing restrictions on SMS services in Jammu and Kashmir.
Tens of thousands of mourners massed in a historic Warsaw square yesterday for a public memorial service for president Lech Kaczynski and the 95 others killed in an air crash a week ago.
Monks wearing face masks set ablaze piles of the blanket-wrapped bodies of China's earthquake victims on a mountaintop yesterday, as necessity forced local Tibetans to break with the tradition of leaving their dead out for vultures.
David Cameron has warned of the dangers of a hung parliament and said only a "decisive" Conservative government would "get the job done".
The United Nations has raised concerns about Australia's decision to freeze asylum applications from Afghanistan and Sri Lanka, saying it could leave people in detention for prolonged periods.
Supporters of deposed Kyrgyz president Kurmanbek Bakiyev have seized control of the local television station building in the southern region of Jalalabad, a report said yesterday.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has named a new head for the country's election commission, replacing a chairman accused of ignoring fraud during last year's presidential election.
Terrorist groups may be planning attacks in India, the US has warned in its latest advisory and asked its nationals to exercise caution during their stay in the country.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has promised a "transparent and fair" probe into claims that three Italian medical workers were part of a plot to kill a provincial governor, his office said yesterday.
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Micha is stopped by East German police on his way to Mariam's house. He is asked to show his identity card. Micha explains that he forgot to bring his card along as he had to leave home in a rush, after receiving an urgent call from Mariam (his girl friend). However, the police are not convinced. Micha is dragged to the station and held all night.
On its fifth anniversary, djuice along with Rupkotha Events and Communications Ltd. arranged a concert at the Sultana Kamal Mahila Krira Complex, Dhanmondi on April 16.
A three-day festival of Bangla-deshi feature films by four eminent directors began on April 16.
Pahela Baishakh, the first day of the Bengali New Year was observed here with fanfare. Different socio-cultural organisations and educational institutions celebrated the day with many programmes: Traditionally attired people took part in colouful rallies, while other events included, discussions, panta-ellish feasts, friendly matches, kite flying cultural shows, walking competition, photo exhibition, debates, poetry recitation, dance sequences and solo acting.
The latest instalment of Bengal Foundation's regular musical soiree, "Praner Khela," was held recently. The event, held at Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, Dhanmondi, Dhaka, also marked the Bengali New Year.
An exhibition and colourful fashion show will be held at the Drik Gallery tomorrow, says a press release. The event will showcase the works of noted designer artist Shahrukh Shahid, who died on February last.
The traditional 'Bothor Charak' festival concluded amidst festivity on Thursday. People from many communities and different areas of the district gathered at Bothor village of Chatmohart upazila under Pabna district on Thursday to observe the concluding ceremony of the festival.
A three-day programme, titled 'Baishahkhi utshab', to usher in the Bengali New Year ended at Nomani maidan in Magura town on Friday evening.
Former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante has been voted the best guitarist of the past 30 years.
WHAT the country is witnessing now for want of water is inevitable. People in cities and towns are fully dependent on the water supply and the comparatively conscious population can draw the media's attention to their suffering. This does not mean that rural areas are drenched with water. There is a severe water crisis there as well.
KYRGYZSTAN, a nation of five million people strategically located in Central Asia, is a poor, mountainous country with a predominantly agricultural economy. The country borders Russia and was a constituent republic within the former Soviet Union until 1991.
Renata Lok Dessallien, the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Bangladesh, leaves office tomorrow after an eventful stint that included the creation of a flawless voter roll and a visit from the UN Secretary General. What follows is an interview of Ms. Dessallien by The Daily Star Diplomatic Correspondent Rezaul Karim.
FOLLOWING ushering in of the current government led by Bangladesh Awami League (AL) chief Sheikh Hasina, the objective media of the country constantly implored the government to discipline Bangladesh Chatra League (BCL). As a stern reaction to BCL activities, Sheikh Hasina even disowned that student outfit last year. Unfortunately, however, people claiming to be BCL leaders and workers are still engaged in criminal activities, sparing no thought whatsoever for the damage being done to the image of the government.
YUAN'S peg to the dollar helps the US currency from freefalling, and a gradual appreciation could be a long-term option. China still feels the pressure to revaluate the yuan although the United States has postponed the April 15 deadline for the Treasury Department to submit an annual report to the Congress.