News of: Saturday, 24th of July, 2010
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The use of tannery waste in poultry and fish feed poses serious health risk for consumers as the hazardous waste has the possibility of directly entering the food chain.
Several thousand garment workers in the capital's Mirpur clashed with police and demonstrated following the alleged murder of a female worker by some fellow staff yesterday.
The commerce ministry has formally asked members of the parliament to monitor activities of daily essentials traders, to foil attempts to manipulate the market during the upcoming month of Ramadan.
Rabi was brought into Dhaka Zoo seven years ago on July 22, 2003, when he was just two.
At least 50 workers were injured in a stampede when garment workers, panicked by a false fire alarm, rushed to get out of their factory in Gazipur yesterday afternoon.
The Hindus living in Dhaka city are facing a severe shortage of cremation grounds due to wholesale encroachment over the years.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday promised continued government supports for the victims of cyclone Aila that ravaged parts of the south-western region in 2009 as she visited the affected areas to oversee the rehabilitation campaigns.
A hotel and two floors of the hotel owner's house were vandalised in an attack over a land dispute in the port city yesterday.
Rapid Action Battalion personnel detained Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal General Secretary Amirul Islam Khan Alim and seven members of the pro-BNP student body at Satgaon of Srimangal in Moulvibazar yesterday and later released seven of them.
Detained Jamaat leaders Motiur Rahman Nizami, Ali Ahsan Muhammad Mojahid and Delwar Hossain Sayedee were shown arrested yesterday in a case filed against JMB leaders in connection with anti-state activities.
BNP leader Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday threatened to call hartal if the government continues to obstruct the party's protest programmes.
Eminent jurist Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday expressed his readiness to give advice to the special committee for amending the Constitution in the light of the High Court verdict.
Officials of International Finance Investment and Commerce Bank, popularly known as IFIC Bank, boycotted an evaluation test of the bank officials yesterday terming the exam demeaning.
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) abducted five children from Haripur Border under Haripur upazila in Thakurgaon yesterday morning.
Workers Party of Bangladesh President Rashed Khan Menon yesterday cautioned that chaos was likely to arise if the minimum wage expected by garment workers was not announced by July 28.
A criminal was killed in a gunfight between his cohorts and the law enforcers at South Paindong under Fatikchhari upazila of the port city early yesterday.
A Rangpur court rejected remand prayers for three arrestees in the question leak scam case.
Sector Commanders' Forum (SCF) leaders yesterday reiterated their call on the government to speed up the trial of the war criminals who committed “brutal” crimes against humanity during the country's liberation war.
The charisma of Nepal's once enigmatic revolutionary, Maoist leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda, faded further yesterday when he failed to win the prime ministerial poll for the second time in 48 hours.
Authorities of Nassa Basic Ltd, a garment factory, yesterday filed a case with Ashulia police station against 620 of its workers on charges of vandalising the factory and assaulting its officials Thursday.
Robbers looted cash money and valuables worth about Tk 12.60 lakh from the New DOHS home of former Navy chief Rear Admiral Amir Ahmed Mustafa early yesterday.
The African force battling Al-Qaeda-linked rebels in Mogadishu will be boosted by a battalion from Guinea and could further swell to reach 10,000 troops, the African Union said yesterday.
Amidst the general sense of disappointment at the fact that the BNP is not represented in the Special JS Committee on constitution amendment, the PM's assurances, among other things, that the Committee can be recast anytime to include BNP representatives, is heartening.
The newly announced half-yearly monetary policy of the central bank has evoked mixed reactions. Before going into these, it has to be pointed out that the six-month duration of the policy has both an advantage, as well as a disadvantage, the disadvantage being that the policy can be tentative.
Maybe it played on his mind during the 14-hour flight from London, but a dishevelled Mashrafe Bin Mortaza was spot on when he raised "real concern" with the Bangladesh team's bowling after arriving home early on Thursday morning.
Mohammedan Sporting Club will be on advantageous position when they take on bitter rivals Abahani in the last match of the Green Delta Insurance Premier Division Hockey League at the Maulana Bhasani National Stadium today.
Steven Smith's maiden Test fifty left the second Test against Pakistan finely balanced at Headingley here on Friday.
Defending Bangladesh League champions Abahani have started their bid to rope in stars after Muktijoddha Sangsad and Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club tore apart the Dhanmondi-based outfits championship winning side by roping in nine regulars of the Sky Blues for their respective sides for the upcoming season.
Professional golfer Tiger Woods has been off his game since his extramarital affairs were exposed last year, but he's still the world's highest earning athlete, according to 2010 rankings released on Wednesday.
Sri Lanka entered a new cricketing era on Friday, facing an uncertain future without the legendary Muttiah Muralidaran, the world's leading wicket-taker.
Championship leader Lewis Hamilton crashed his McLaren in first practice for the German Grand Prix while Michael Schumacher lapped second slowest.
Tyson Gay was disappointed with his performance after winning the 200 metres in a meeting record 19.72 seconds at the Monaco Diamond League event on Thursday.
Andy Roddick resumed where he left off nearly a decade ago, advancing with a 6-1, 6-7 (1/7), 6-3 win over Rajeev Ram at the Atlanta Tennis Championships nine years after his last appearance at the venue.
The final of the SouthEast Bank 26th national senior boxing will be held at the Mohammed Ali Boxing Stadium today.
Tickets are selling fast for this year's Ashes cricket series against England with some Test days already sold out, Cricket Australia said on Friday.
Sangakkara, Sri Lanka's captain, has questioned the way the ICC Test rankings work. He was responding to a query whether the players take seriously a system that has India at No. 1 despite not having won a series in Australia, South Africa and Sri Lanka since 1993, and whether that system needs a change.
Douglas Maicon has revealed that he would be equally happy staying at Inter or joining Real Madrid this summer.
Thierry Henry has scored more important goals during his career but few promised as much hope to a new legion of fans than his strike for the New York Red Bulls in a 2-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on Thursday.
Inter Milan's spiky-haired teenage rebel Mario Balotelli seemed to be in constant bother on and off the pitch last season which is why the European champions may consider letting their best young player leave.
Jacques Rousselot, chairman of Ligue 1 club Nancy, has called for the ringleaders behind a boycott of a France training session at last month's World Cup to be kicked out of the squad.
France forward Franck Ribery, placed under judicial investigation by French authorities this week on suspicion of soliciting sex with an under-age prostitute, is depressed but not worried about his career.
Chelsea, who are already without goalkeeper Petr Cech, also look as if they will have centre back Alex sidelined for the start of the season.
Financially troubled Spanish club Real Mallorca are preparing an appeal against their exclusion from this season's European competition by governing body UEFA.
Real Madrid are looking to buy players but will not necessarily splash out on high-profile "galacticos" in the transfer window, according to director Emilio Butragueno.
Barcelona's latest signing David Villa has said that he will do everything in his power to ensure that Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas is brought to the club.
Italy fullback Gianluca Zambrotta renewed his contract with AC Milan on Thursday, the third player over 30 to do so this week despite the club saying they wanted to reduce the average age of the squad.
The business Bangladesh Army is carrying out in the country, is just following the model of Pakistan Army, reported the second episode of the nine-part BBC radio documentary "Probaho" yesterday.
A newly constructed three-storey building meant for nearly one hundred female students of Dhaka University (DU) remains unused as connections of gas, water and sewerage are yet to be given, four months into the completion of its construction.
Bangladesh has sought Japanese assistance in the construction of the Padma Bridge as well as power sector and disaster management.
The Department of Immigration and Passports (DIP) officials are procrastinating over giving Machine Readable Passport (MRP) to the applicants.
Speakers at a workshop in the city yesterday stressed building up the negotiation capacity of the developing countries in global climate talks to win the ongoing battle of climate change talks.
The country's first prime minister Tajuddin Ahmad had spoken for trial of war criminals at the time of the Liberation War, Finance Minister AMA Muhith said yesterday.
A housewife was killed after a concrete railing of an under-construction building fell on her at East Rasulpur at Kamrangir Char in the city yesterday.
Fish farming could be the easiest feasible mean to ensure protein autarky in the country for food security, said Fisheries and Livestock Minister Abdul Latif Biswas at a seminar yesterday.
Different environmentalist organisations yesterday demanded protection of the wetlands and implementation of Detailed Area Plan (DAP) for the city.
Industries Minister Dilip Barua yesterday said achieving knowledge is deeply related with Buddha philosophy.
Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Regional Council Chairman Jyotirindra Bodhiprio Larma alias Santu Larma yesterday called upon the government to introduce a special governing system in the CHT region by amending the constitution.
A section of leaders of garment workers yesterday threatened to call strike at the factories if their demands, including Tk 5,000 as minimum wage, are not fulfilled by this month.
A modern hydrographic survey ship named "BNS Anushandhan" arrived at Chittagong from the United Kingdom yesterday, says an ISPR press release.
The civet, captured by locals of the district's Ashekpur on Wednesday, was handed over to Madhupur Forest Department yesterday morning.
Seven men with suspected terror link were arrested from the district's Kalihati upazila on Thursday.
Railway police of Joypurhat recovered the body of a college student from station area on Thursday night.
A man drowned in the river Padma after falling from a ferry on Daulatdia-Paturia river route early yesterday.
Police in a joint drive arrested five activists of the outlawed Sarbohara Party at Tangail early yesterday.
Police in a joint drive arrested five activists of the outlawed Sarbohara Party at Tangail early yesterday.
A joint team of Chittagong Hill Tracts South forest division and Bangladesh Army yesterday seized illegal logs of Tk worth five lakh from Ashambari area of the district.
A man and his son were crushed under the wheels of a train near Poradah railway junction in Mirpur upazila yesterday.
BDR recovered 3,031 bottles of Phensidyl and goods worth Tk 93.55lakh smuggled from India during different raids at Birampur upazila in Dinajpur.
After the transfer of Commissioner of Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP), in a dramatic move the CMP again made a significant reshuffle by transferring 11 Assistant Commissioners (AC).
A man was killed in a road accident on the Chapainawabganj-Sonmasjid land port highway in the district town Thursday night.
The top leadership of India's main opposition BJP yesterday refused to lunch with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, angered by summons by an investigation agency to a key aide of Gujarat Minister Narendra Modi in connection with the killing of a man in a fake encounter with the police.
Venezuela has broken off diplomatic relations with Colombia and ordered Colombian diplomats to leave the country by tomorrow.
The spokesman of the North Korean delegation at an Asian security forum said yesterday that Pyongyang would physically respond to planned US-South Korean naval exercises.
The United States told an Asian security forum yesterday it was "deeply concerned" about oppression in Myanmar, calling for the release of political prisoners and an end to attacks against ethnic minorities.
Al-Qaeda yesterday claimed twin attacks on security and intelligence headquarters in the south Yemen town of Zinjibar on July 14 in which three policemen were killed, in an Internet statement.
Supporters of Thailand's main opposition party rallied in Bangkok yesterday in the first big political gathering since a deadly military crackdown on anti-government protesters two months ago.
India and the United States yesterday signed a Counter Terrorism Initiative that includes steps to check financing of terror activities, joint probe in cases of bomb blasts besides cooperation in cyber and border security.
Pakistan's prime minister has extended the term of the country's army chief by three years to maintain continuity in the fight against the Taliban.
Russia said yesterday it was ready to restore military cooperation with Nato almost two years after ties were frozen during the 2008 Georgian war, Russian news agencies reported.
The UN Human Rights Council appointed a team of international experts yesterday to investigate a raid by Israeli commandos on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla in May.
France provided technical and logistical support to a recent Mauritanian military operation against al-Qaeda's North African wing, the French defence ministry has said.
India has come up with the world's cheapest "laptop," a touch-screen computing device that costs $35.
Arts & Entertainment
The over two centuries old historic twin temples in Muktagachha are in a sorry state -- gradually losing its devotees over the last couple of years. The dilapidated state of the temples, called Sri Sri Anandamoyee Shiva and Kali Mata Mondir, has been caused due to utter negligence of the authorities concerned over the years. Though the Archaeological Department is in charge of preservation, it had not taken a single step in the last 17 years, according to many devotees.
Speakers at a children's painting competition yesterday said that practicing art could bring about a qualitative change in the behaviour of people.
“Jharna and I met for the first time on the sets of Rajdhanir Bukey (1958), Ehtesham's debut film. It wasn't love at first sight though. We came closer to each other gradually, as we worked together and created ripples in the film world," says Robin Ghosh, the eminent music composer of numerous blockbusters.
Theatre troupe Natyalay arranged a three-day festival to celebrate its third anniversary, from July 21-23. The festival was held at the National Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA). On the second day of the festival, the Department of Drama and Film, BSA staged its production “Shapath”. Written by renowned playwright Abdullah Al Mamun, the play was directed by Arif Haider.
After months of financial woes and casting changes, rehearsals for “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark”, the Broadway musical featuring songs by U2's Bono and the Edge, will finally begin on August 18, a spokesperson for the musical told the New York Times.
Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan has played the role of King Lear in director Rituparno Ghosh's celluloid adaptation “The
Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone, who plays the character of a visually impaired girl in her upcoming film "Lafange Parinde", feels this was the most challenging role of her acting career so far.
In the views of an erudite columnist of The Daily Star (Policing the Police, July 17), the occupational status of Bangladesh police stands somewhere between private security guards and the minions of powerful quarters. The writer also comments that the police have not been able to overcome their identity crisis. Such views, though brutally disparaging and morale- shattering, are not far from actual conditions on ground.
The escalating violence in the country frightens me. Still more frightening is the shape it is taking. It has turned in some places communal, regional and ideological. Yet whatever the direction, it indicates a trend where the rule of law is lessening and sheer force is gaining recognition. I had imagined that the political parties would not stoke fires and find a way to douse them. Instead, I find some of them organizing their cadres and arming them to jump into the fray at their asking. For the first time, Hindu terrorists are also active.
THE government is reportedly finding it difficult to arrive at a consensus regarding fixing a minimum wage for the garment industry. It is reported that while the workers are demanding a threefold increase in the monthly minimum salary - from the existing Taka 1,662 to Taka 5,000 - the factory owners are ready to offer up to only Taka 2,500 a month. Both sides seem to have their own perspectives and reasoning with no meeting point in sight. At the end of the day, however, the government will have to give its verdict anyway. In order to promote good owner-labour relationship and to avoid further labour unrest, it is absolutely essential that the rationale of the government's decision is made clear to all stakeholders. To establish such a rationale, a number of questions need to be answered.
Power generation and supply in Bangladesh are in a precarious position today. Load shedding is a common feature; day and night! The power is mostly (over 70%) coming from unreliable plants that are over 20 years old. These plants had no major overhauls over the last few years because they cannot be taken off-line for regular maintenance and overhaul. They are stopped for breakdowns, and only emergency repairs are carried out.
A MAN AND A woman were sitting in a restaurant "accidentally" bumping their legs together under the table. Or in other words, they were at the early stage of a relationship which a friend of mine calls "kneegotiations."
THE concept that every nation might acknowledge the economic role of the environment in its income accounts is neither a hasty shift nor a quick practice; it has been under discussion globally since the 1960s. Unfortunately in Bangladesh the contribution of the environmental goods and services in the national economy has been ignored for a long time. In the changing circumstances of global climate it is high time that we wake up and recognize the contribution of the environment to sustain our economy.
BANGLADESH is a developing country where fisheries and aquaculture remain very important as a source to supplement animal origin nutrition, employment generation, improving environmental condition and earning revenue in foreign exchange. Environmental pollution now-a-days poses a great threat to human beings as well as to animal kingdom over the world. Water resource, being the prominent component of the environment, is getting polluted over the decades. Contamination of water environment with various pollutants has increased considerably in resent years in many parts of the world. Various heavy metal ions such as As, Cd, Zn, Cu, Cr, Ni, Pb, Hg etc. are entering into environment through various processes.
When Ameena's mother put on a small, gold nose pin on her nose, Ameena felt very special. The nose pin had a sparkling white stone in the middle. It seemed to give her a place of her own among her two older sisters. She was twelve years old when the nose pin was put on her nose. Ma had invited three village women for the special day. They had sung some folk songs and then one of these women had pierced Ameena's nose. It was the first celebration of an event in Ameena'a life. Ameena often wondered why her mother had given her such special treatment. After all, she often heard Baba complaining how, as the third child, she had turned out to be a daughter. She sometimes wished that she could turn the wheel back and become a son, the torchbearer of the family. Why were there so many women in the village who had two daughters and then the third child was a son? And this gave Ameena a feeling of having failed her parents, as if being a third daughter was something to be ashamed of. But the nose pin seemed to raise her spirits a bit. Maybe her mother was not so disappointed after all.
This is the concluding part of the play. The first and second parts appeared earlier.Polonius: Impractical also in an emotional sense, yet then let's have the trial now, Ophelia is coming in a minute. You speak to her.
Professor Jahangir Tareque-- linguist, lexicographer and man of letters-- died on June 29 at the age of 66. He was a professor at the Modern Language Institute, Dhaka University, until his retirement in 2008. But his retirement did not slow him down: he continued to do things he liked to do, in the same pace and intensity as before, such as read, write and research on aspects of language. He lived a full family life, giving time to his wife, who is a teacher at South Breeze School, and his three children--a son and two daughters. His two older children have successfully finished education, while the youngest one is expected to join a university in Hong Kong for undergraduate studies. A dedicated, loving and caring husband and father, Prof. Jahangir Tareque was an idol to his family.
If patients have advanced and permanent kidney failure, kidney transplantation is the effective treatment option that allows them to live like the normal.
Dental braces are small devices fitted onto the teeth that pull individual teeth or jaws in a desired direction. It is widely used to straighten teeth that have grown in crooked. For some people this may be a strictly cosmetic procedure. Unfortunately, there are myths and rumours about dental braces that can be off putting. If you are thinking of wearing dental braces but are unsure of the facts, then read on for answers to frequently asked questions about dental braces.
Heavy menstrual bleeding, medically called menorrhaegia is the excessive or prolonged bleeding during menstruation. This may be an alarming symptom which needs specialist check-up and evaluation and should never be neglected.
If mice are administered an antibiotic for three days and are simultaneously infected with malaria, no parasites appear in the blood and life-threatening disease is averted. In addition, the animals treated in this manner also develop robust, long-term immunity against subsequent infections. This innovative discovery has opened a new window in the prevention of malaria and its fatal complications.
RECENTLY in a seminar arranged by the Policy Research Institute (PRI), the Minister for Commerce made a statement that poured cold water on the spin of optimism that the foreign minister had succeeded in giving in the media to the Prime Minister's state visit to India in January. The foreign minister had given the visit a perfect score. She also spoke in a number of seminars arranged to evaluate the visit. In these seminars, she articulated herself brilliantly, based on the agreements and the Joint Communiqué of the visit, to convince everybody that Bangladesh-India relations were poised for a paradigm shift for the better to the mutual benefit of the two countries. She had then said that India's sincerity was amply manifested in its positive response to Bangladesh's power needs in giving Bangladesh a US $1 billion credit and a host of other offers that spoke of India's goodwill in improving Bangladesh-India relations.
GENERAL David Petraeus, who was credited with turning around the Iraq war, has taken over the responsibility of the commander of the United States-led NATO forces in war-ravaged Afghanistan following the sacking of General Stanley McChrystal for insubordination. The general lost no time in arriving in Kabul following his appointment by President Barack Obama and subsequent approval by the Senate. He has also paid a visit to Pakistan and held talks there with key figures since that country is also inextricably linked with the Afghan tangle in many ways.
TURKEY and Brazil in a meeting with Iranian President Ahmadinejad managed to secure an agreement which few international observers had thought would be possible. Prior to the meeting, leaders such as Russian President Dmitry Medvedev put the chances of an agreement at 30 per cent, while American leaders scoffed at reaching any achievable agreement. The significance of the 17 May 2010 agreement was that it offered Iran an alternative to processing nuclear fuel to weaponised status, and addressed concerns of enrichment being in the hands of states which it did not trust. However, the caveat to the deal was that it offered too little and came too late for legitimacy with the international community.
Star Books Review
The age of epistolary conversations is over. There is something about technology, about post-modern developments, that often comes in the way of your understanding of life and the bigger meanings which punctuate it at regular intervals. When that is the perception, you try travelling back in time, the objective being a comprehension of the world as it was in the days when ideas took shape in letters, which again came in longhand. And when these letters involve men and women who have passed into history as its defining voices, the pleasure derived from a reading of them becomes all the greater. Deep poignance underlines such missives, or an exchange of them. And it does so through a recreation of the varied processes that once went into a shaping of historical perspectives, into a moulding of perceptions about the place of nations on a global platform.