News of: Saturday, 10th of July, 2010
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A section of government employees had leaked questions of the written test for assistant teacher recruitment at public high schools, revealed primary investigation.
Germany and Uruguay will look to rouse themselves for one last game on Saturday when they face off in the play-off for third place at Port Elizabeth's Nelson Mandela Bay stadium.
A timber trader, with a forest department permit and a High Court order allowing him to harvest trees in a Sreemangal tea garden, has admitted to local police that he chopped down hundreds of trees not marked for felling during March and April this year, records and interviews show.
BNP will not stand by its key ally Jamaat-e-Islami over several issues as the main opposition party does not want to take the liabilities of Jamaat's activities which they committed before the formation of BNP.
Hizb-ut Tahrir tried to capitalise on the 2009 BDR mutiny and trigger an uprising in the army to make the situation more volatile.
The government is not appointing new judges to the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court due to the controversy over the oath of newly appointed two High Court judges.
Although the BNP standing committee decided to consider restoration of the party's expelled secretary general Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan's membership in the organisation if he or anyone on his behalf appeals for it, the party chairperson's resentment towards him is yet to be ameliorated.
Two pirates were killed in a "shootout" with a joint team of Coast Guard, Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and police on Thursday at Pathorghata upazila in Barguna.
Police filed a case against Awami League legislator Ilias Uddin Mollah of Dhaka-15 constituency in connection with assaulting a policeman on June 30.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged the expatriate Bangladeshis living in Nigeria to take all out initiatives from their respective positions to expand markets for Bangladeshi goods abroad.
A suicide attacker and suspected car bomb caused carnage in a busy Pakistani market outside a government office yesterday, killing 56 people and burying victims under pulverised shops.
The government is set to have a buffer stock of 100,000 tonnes of sugar through domestic and international procurement to meet additional demand and keep the sugar price stable during the holy month of Ramadan.
Environmentalists yesterday urged the government to implement the detailed area plan (DAP) of Dhaka city immediately and recover wetlands from land grabbers.
At least 20 people were injured in a clash between two rival groups over construction of a road adjacent to a mosque at Deobhog in Narayanganj yesterday.
International and Afghan troops captured a Taliban commander responsible for bringing Pakistani militants across the border to launch attacks, the alliance said yesterday as US-led forces ratchet up their pursuit of insurgent leaders.
A Kushtia court yesterday sent 15 people, including two BCL leaders of Islamic University (IU) to jail in two separate cases filed with Islamic University police station Thursday night.
Senior Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar will arrive here today along with a business delegation from West Bengal and northeastern states of India aiming to improve trade ties and connectivity between the two countries.
An egg was thrown at Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard in the Australian city of Perth yesterday morning. The missile, however, missed its target and instead hit a security officer.
Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister GM Quader is in dilemma whether he should continue his ministerial job as he is being forced to renew the lease of an old 747 aircraft.
Eminent Nazrul Sangeet artiste Firoza Begum was shifted to Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore last night from the city's Apollo Hospital as her physical condition deteriorated.
THE High Court (HC) verdict declaring the practice of meting out extra-judicial punishment to people, especially women, through local level arbitration or salish, often in exercise of the so-called fatwa, an illegal and punishable offence under law is a welcome piece of news. We appreciate the highest court's bold directive in this regard.
IT is an eye-opener of a news report appearing in this paper on Thursday. It reveals in shocking detail the depth and dimension of social prejudice otherwise incipient being at play vis-a-vis members belonging to the lower stratum of society. To be honest, we find it repugnant to our sensibilities to even label them as 'untouchables' or 'dalits', because they are not only one of us, but also the ones who do yeoman's service to society. But for the services of the cobblers, dhopis (washermen), sweepers, janitors and barbers society would have come to a standstill.
Two-time winners Uruguay and three-time champions Germany clash here on Saturday in a match that neither side wanted to be contesting - the playoff to decide third place.
The oracle has spoken. Germany will beat Uruguay in the third-place play-off on Saturday, according to Paul, the "psychic" octopus with an unblemished record in picking winners.
Germany have been hit with flu worries as well as concerns over the fitness of star striker Miroslav Klose ahead of Saturday's World Cup third place play-off against Uruguay, team sources said on Friday.
Three Spaniards feature in the 10 players nominated for the player of the World Cup finals announced by world governing body FIFA on Friday.
Spain and Holland, who meet in Sunday's World Cup final, can both thank one man for inspiring their soccer style - Johan Cruyff.
According to the brackets, Xavi Hernandes is an impostor. A pitch invader, or a camera-phone wielding fan. He is a lucky puppy, apparently, to be up there among the bold and the beautiful.
Germany's oracle octopus Paul picked Spain to beat the Netherlands in the World Cup final on Sunday in a live television broadcast watched across Europe.
Spain have not been clinical enough in front of goal at the World Cup, according to coach Vicente del Bosque.
Whatever the result of the World Cup final on Sunday, the Spanish team will be honoured in a parade in an open-top bus through the streets of the capital, municipal authorities said Thursday.
The standard of goalkeeping at the World Cup can be summed up by the fact that the most memorable save of the tournament was made by a centre forward.
Veteran defender Carles Puyol, whose headed goal took Spain into the World Cup final, will make a decision on his international future after Sunday's title showdown with Holland.
Refereeing at the 2014 World Cup will be radically altered with the possible introduction of goal-line technology and the use of extra officials, a top FIFA executive said on Thursday.
Spain's midfield fulcrum Xavi has said he is determined to enjoy the World Cup final. But the Barcelona playmaker is keen to relieve the pressure of being installed as favourites after defeating Germany in the semifinal and ensure Spain make the most of their first appearance in the final.
Tennis world number one Rafa Nadal has become a shareholder at financially troubled Real Mallorca, the Spanish league side said on Thursday.
Spain defender Carles Puyol believes Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi will be crowned the world's best footballer despite the talents of World Cup finalists Wesley Sneijder and Xavi.
Spain holding midfielder Sergio Busquets vowed to make Holland playmaker Wesley Sneijder's life impossible when the pair meet in the World Cup final.
Espanyol will take Argentina midfielder Jesus Datolo on loan from Napoli for next season, the Spanish club said on their website.
Ian Bell marked his return to England's one-day side with an unbeaten 84 as they defeated Bangladesh by six wickets in the first of a three-match series at Trent Bridge here on Thursday.
World record-holder sprinter Usain Bolt returned from an achilles tendon injury with a clear win over seven rivals at the Diamond League meet here Thursday.
Fast bowler Lasith Malinga has been named in the 16-member Sri Lanka squad for the three-Test series against India beginning on July 18, setting him up for a return to Tests after two-and-a-half years. However, there was no place for spinner Ajantha Mendis, who tormented India during their previous Test visit two years ago.
Rabbi slammed a hattrick to power Mariner Youngs Club to a thumbing 9-0 win over winless Wari Club in the Green Delta Insurance Premier Division Hockey League at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium yesterday.
FM Minhazuddin Ahmed Sagar maintained his solo lead in the Mercantile Bank 36th National Chess Champion-ship at the close of the seventh round at the Bangladesh Chess Federation hall room yesterday.
German coach Joachim Loew will be handed a new contract as a reward for guiding Germany to the World Cup semifinals it was reported by the normally reliable Bild on Friday.
Comprehensive integrated watershed management involving South Asian countries can address the longstanding water-related problems including flood havoc, desertification and flash flood, according to water experts.
Imams and other islamic scholars could play pivotal role in preventing militancy to make the nation free from its stigma said State Minister for Home Shamsul Haque Tuku.
River erosion has taken a serious turn at various places of Shaghata upazila in Gaibandha as the water of the Brahmaputra recedes during the last few days.
The academic activities of Gopalganj Bangabandhu Science and Technology University will start from January next year.
The army recovered arms, ammunition and various documents from a house at remote Paillabanga of Ramgorh upazila in Khagrachhari yesterday.
Ferry services on Mawa-Kawrakandi river routes were hampered for about eight hours as three ferries stranded at a shoal at Hazra Point of the Padma river yesterday.
At least six people were killed and 37 others injured in separate road accidents in Sirajganj, Satkhira and Mymensingh yesterday.
Football legends Lionel Messi, Wayne Rooney, Kaka and Klose came alive in the paintings of children who took part in a competition yesterday at the British Council.
Detective Branch (DB) of Police arrested one person and a large quantity of sub-standard juice during drives in Thakurgaon yesterday.
Police yesterday recovered 1,200 bottles of banned Indian Phensydle syrup from Goga Setai village under Benapole Port Police Station.
Police recovered bodies of a father and his son on Thursday at Chirirbandar upazila of Dinajpur.
At least 50 people were injured as workers of a dredger owner clash with villagers over sand lifting near the Bongshi river at Bardail village of Dhamrai upazila yesterday.
The US and Russia have taken part in the biggest spy swap since the Cold War, in an exchange at Vienna airport.
India and Pakistan next week take the first step in trying to revive a peace process broken off after the 2008 Mumbai attacks, but no one is realistically expecting dramatic progress.
A suicide bomber blew up a vehicle at an Iraqi army checkpoint in Baghdad yesterday killing six people, including three soldiers, and wounding 18 others, an interior ministry official said.
The head of the UN peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon has made a public appeal for co-operation from the local community after recent confrontations between angry residents and his troops.
A Sri Lankan minister quit his post yesterday and vowed to pursue an anti-UN hunger strike, as UN chief Ban Ki-moon recalled his top envoy in Colombo and closed the world body's besieged offices there.
Mohammad Ashraful flew off to London yesterday morning after being called up to the injury-hit Bangladesh squad.
Government forces arrested over 60 suspected separatist activists across Indian Kashmir in an attempt to stem deadly civil unrest that has continued despite a curfew that was in its third day, police said yesterday.
The Lebanese militant Hezbollah has denounced CNN's decision to fire a Middle East editor for posting a note on Twitter expressing admiration for the country's late top Shia cleric.
Two in every three women in the Indian capital have faced some form of sexual harassment in the last year, a government-backed study has suggested.
The UN Security Council yesterday condemned the sinking of a South Korean warship, but stopped short of directly blaming North Korea despite calls for a UN censure by Seoul and Washington.
Former members of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) have been allowed to form a new political party to run in upcoming elections, state media reported yesterday.
Journalists across Italy are on strike to protest against a proposed bill aimed at curbing wiretapping.
Chinese authorities have seized 76 tonnes of milk powder tainted with melamine, the same chemical responsible for the deaths of six babies two years ago, state media said yesterday.
At least 15 people were dead and tens of thousands evacuated after rain-triggered landslides wreaked havoc in China, authorities said yesterday.
New Zealand anti-whaling activist Peter Bethune was deported from Japan yesterday after receiving a suspended two-year sentence for obstructing Japanese whaling in the Antarctic Ocean.
Arts & Entertainment
Abul Hayat was born on September 7, 1944 at his maternal grandparents' house. “It was a Friday when I was born. I was born after three sisters. My mother's maternal grandfather named me as Khandakar Mohammad Shamsul Arefin Abul Hayat Golam Mahbub,” he says.
Actress Reetu A. Sattar has already carved a niche for herself in the theatre scene. A member of Prachyanat, Reetu joined the troupe in 1999. Her debut performance was in “A Man for All Seasons.” Gradually she landed several major roles and earned plaudits from both the audience and fellow theatre activists. The Daily Star recently caught up with the actress.
Popularly known as 'Gyantaposh,' or one ardently desirous of attaining knowledge, Dr. Muhammad Shahidullah was an internationally renowned educationist, writer and philologist. Today marks his 125th birth anniversary.
Adrien Brody's body of work is so studiously eclectic that the only surprising thing about his new bid for action hero status in “Predators” is that he didn't try it sooner. Brody, the youngest male to receive the award for Best Actor at the Oscars (at age 29, for “The Pianist”), is also one of only two Americans to win a César (the other was Johnny Depp, for “The Man Who Cried”).
A month-long international training workshop on 'TV Documentary Programme Production' began on July 6 at the Multi Media Training Center (MMTC) in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
You can call it “old wine in a new channel.”
From now on, programmes, news and schedules of the satellite channel Banglavision can be seen and downloaded on mobile phones. By logging on wap.banglavision.tv, subscribers will be able to download their favourite Banglavision programmes.
THE malfeasance and misfeasance of personnel charged with criminal law enforcement and maintenance of order have once again attracted adverse public attention. The deviations or aberrations, if one would like to so describe them, relate to custodial deaths, brutal assault of unarmed people and disproportionate force applied to maintain public order.
BEFORE the entry of the Soviet forces into Afghanistan on Christmas Day in 1979, I used to visit Kabul regularly. I found President Mohammed Daud in the sixties a fatherly figure who had no idea of what was happening in his country. Even otherwise, he was dependent on provincial warlords, a pattern which has not changed since. But he was not aware of the strong base that the communists, particularly the Khalaq, had developed in the country. This was the period of innocence.
THE trade regime of Bangladesh immediately after independence was targeted to induce import-substituting industrialisation (ISI) in the country. It reflects the Prebisch-Singer approach towards industrial development that took place in Pakistan and India.
WHILE Bangladesh observed the International Day against Drug Addiction and Illicit Trafficking on June 26, albeit in a low key, the spread of drug addiction and trafficking has reached menacing proportions. Reports in newspapers about kidnapping, assault, rape and killing of school and college going girls by misguided youths and addicts have captured attention.
THE readymade garments (RMG) sector is the country's premier foreign exchange earner. It accounted for about 80% of the total share of exports and earned $12.7 billion in 2008-09. This was about 14 % of the country's GDP.
NUCLEAR fuel that undergoes fission in nuclear reactors consists of heavy elements like uranium-235, available in nature, and uranium 233 and plutonium-239, both produced artificially from thorium-232 and uranium-238, respectively, in nuclear reactors by interaction with neutrons.
SAL occurs on the southern slopes of the Himalayas in Nepal, India and Bangladesh. In India Sal occupies the northern and central regions separated by the Gangetic plain. Terai (low land) is considered as the main Sal growing region of Nepal. The major portion of Sal forests in Bangladesh is located in the central parts (Mymensingh, Tangail and Gazipur).
Biodiversity is a term applied to describe the complexity of life. It is generally measured at three levels: the variety of species; the genetic diversity found within members of the same species (what makes you different from your neighbour); and the diversity of the ecosystems within which species live. These three levels are intimately connected. Genetic diversity is essential to the prosperity of the species, giving it the resources to adapt. And the number of species within an ecosystem is closely tied to the health and size of the ecosystem itself.
I didn't know it was the day the heavens would fall. It was a holiday. Holidays are so rare in our life. I wanted to spend part of it with you, over lunch or even dinner outside. I was delighted within, for you might not make an excuse for not going out which you usually do. Because you were already scheduled to. I conveyed my desire the previous night. You spoke of your preoccupation with a meeting till noon. Well, after that?
Location: Dhanmondi Lakeside.
In the long echoing life
Two young minds;
Found an element so fine,
Like red wine;
And sharpened their last breath,
Through the long echoing death.
I loved and didn't think
If it was right or wrong
There was no time,
Just as lightning strikes.
Health is wealth! Since our childhood we have been reading and learning this wise saying from different sources. When we talk about improved health, we talk about food, nutrition, cleanliness, etc. But we hardly consider unsafe water, inadequate sanitation and insufficient hygiene as important factors contributing to poor health. Diseases like diarrhoea are caused by the ingestion of pathogens, especially from drinking of unsafe water, contaminated food or unclean hands.
The football season is on. World cup fever has affected almost every people in Bangladesh. Many guys are now crazy watching football and playing in the field at the same time. During playing football, an injury commonly occurs called Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury. Maybe this is not exactly how your football fantasy ends, but for many football players, it is!
An ordinary playful day turned into the disaster for an 8-year-old young girl Bethee when she was struck by a high speed vehicle on a highway. She was immediately brought to a nearby hospital. Doctors suspected a major head injury and due to the lack of sophisticated setup, they transferred her to Khwaja Yunus Ali Medical College and Hospital (KYAMCH) few hours later. As her father rushed to the emergency room of KYAMCH for his beloved child, he found her restless. Bethee was in excruciating pain and was frightened with the overwhelming event.
Drug-resistant tuberculosis is posing a great challenge to the control of tuberculosis in Bangladesh. Improper use of the drugs creates step-by-step drug resistant bacteria. It is caused by mutations within natural populations of bacteria. This occurs by the improper use of medications for the treatment of tuberculosis.
Sanofi-Aventis SA fell the most in a month in Paris trading on renewed concern that the Lantus diabetes treatment, the French drugmaker’s top-selling product, may be linked to an increased risk of cancer.
Following delivery, breastfeeding is an effective method of contraception. In fact, it is the ancient and widely used method of contraception for 4 to 24 months after delivery. The act of nursing a baby through breastfeeding generates hormones in the mother that suppresses ovulation. This is the body's natural mechanism of birth spacing. It can be used as long as a woman nurses her baby frequently and has no periods.
The contribution of various risk factors to the burden of stroke throughout the world is unknown, particularly in countries of low and middle income where the largest burden of stroke occurs. But a recent study conducted at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario shows that a total of 10 risk factors are associated with 90 percent of the risks of stroke. Results of the study are published online in The Lancet. The researchers calculated the increased risk and population-attributable risks (PARs) for the association of all stroke — ischaemic stroke (due to blockage of brain blood vessel), and intracerebral haemorrhagic stroke (due to bleeding from brain vessels) with selected risk factors.
ON 9th June, the United Nations Security Council voted to impose fourth round of sanctions on Iran for its nuclear program. The resolution, which the US pushed for, was approved by a vote of 12 to 2, with Brazil and Turkey voting against.
FOR the developed nations that presume they have the responsibility to spread democracy around the world, Aung Saan Suu Kyi is a living proof of their failure to uphold the cause of democracy in Myanmar. The 65th birthday of the Noble Laureate on 19th June was another reminder to the guardians of democracy that the generals continue to keep her under house arrest in Yangon for nearly 15 years. Her party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), overwhelmingly won Myanmar's last democratic election held 20 years ago but the generals did not want to hand power to an elected government. In many capitals round the world, individuals and rights activists celebrated her birthday while condemning the military junta. Such groups have been observing her birthday every year with no effect on the junta at all.
AFTER the 2 July 2010 attack on a popular Sufi Mosque in Lahore, Pakistan has once again raised the spotlight of political security in Pakistan. While recent attacks in Pakistan have been blamed on Waziristan-based Pashtun groups such as the Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP), the group has denied responsibility for the latest attack. However, local media reports have speculated that one of the suicide bombers did recently go to Waziristan for terrorist training purposes. As Punjab is starting to witness a new round of terrorist and sectarian clashes, the violence in the province threatens to escalate with a demonstrative effect for regional secessionist groups.
Star Books Review
MINAR Monsur demonstrated unquestionable courage when he first placed this compilation on Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman before the country in 1979. And it was courage because of the fearsome nature of the times. Bangladesh was under its earliest spell of military rule. And just how harsh the times were can be gauged from the very fact that it was General Ziaur Rahman who happened to be presiding over the fortunes of the country as its first military dictator. It was dictatorship unbridled and unadulterated and not just because politics was in suspension. That Parliament had returned, with Zia's followers in the majority, really did not matter. What did matter were the sure and steady attempts made to airbrush the Father of the Nation out of Bangladesh's history. References to the 1971 War of Liberation carefully excised Bangabandhu's name as also those of the political leaders instrumental in the formation of the Mujibnagar government.
MARYAM Mazar's complex character and her memories of her difficult past, form the basis of Yasmin Crowther's very interesting novel, The Saffron Kitchen.