News of: Saturday, 31st of July, 2010
Several thousand garment workers yesterday rampaged through different parts of the capital and Gazipur rejecting new wage structure and demanding Tk 5,000 minimum wage from August.
Police yesterday busted a militants' den at Mirpur in the capital and seized a firearm, ammunition and bomb-making materials.
Wrongly planned bus stops and absence of bus-bays at busy locations are two major factors behind the nagging traffic congestion in the capital, experts say.
The Appellate Division of Supreme Court seeks restoration of two articles of the 1972 constitution, for making separation of the state's judiciary from the executive branch effective.
As many as 29 indigenous communities have lost their “official” indigenous identities as a recent government gazette has not recognised them although they have been living on this land for centuries now.
Ruling Awami League, in the face of severe internal feud, stalemate over party activities and lack of coordination between the rank-and-file members, has planned to bring major changes to its grassroots level leadership after the Ramadan.
The Power Development Board has realised around Tk 17 crore in penalty from two local rental power companies for failing to launch their power projects as per the deadline of June 4.
Although Sena Kalyan Sangstha (SKS) is a philanthropic organisation whose only duty is to ensure welfare, former army officers and their family members rarely receive any advantages from SKS, reported the BBC radio documentary "Probaho" yesterday.
Errors and inconsistencies have crept into a set of question papers for a preliminary test, designed for examinees to qualify for the 30th Bangladesh Civil Service exams.
A political party is behind the violence in the garment sector and has an aim to disrupt the war crimes' trial, Labour and Employment Minister Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain said yesterday.
It was mid-afternoon. Gulshan-1 roundabout was still strewn with debris from the rioting a couple of hours back.
Members of BNP national executive committee and grassroots leaders will get a chance today to give opinions about the Supreme Court judgment on the fifth amendment to the constitution.
Immigration personnel at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the capital yesterday detained a Nigerian national with six kilograms of white powder which, they think, is heroin.
An alleged BNP activist was killed in a bomb attack at Gopalnagar in Gangni upazila in Meherpur Thursday night, nine hours after the killing of a BNP leader.
Law enforcement agencies must prevent activities which create anarchy in the country with the intention of sabotaging the trial of war criminals, said State Minister for Home Affairs Shamsul Haque yesterday.
The owners of garment factories have expressed concern over the intensity of the unrest among garment workers.
Two protesters have been shot dead after security forces fired on hundreds of demonstrators in Indian-administered Kashmir yesterday.
An armed gang has attacked a private TV and radio station in Sri Lanka's capital, Colombo, with firebombs.
American forces have experienced their deadliest month in the nine-year-old Afghan war, with 63 US service members killed in July.
IN a Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) survey, the latest such study to assess public mood and opinion over the government's ongoing initiative to curtail power and independence of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), TIB has come out with some clear-cut findings. The central point to come out of the survey is that an overwhelming number of citizens are opposed to the cabinet-approved amendments to the existing ACC law seeking to turn it into a virtual prototype of the erstwhile anti-corruption bureau.
THE only 'fault' of Shamsunnahar Dolly, the vice-chairman of Dasmina upazila in Patuakhali district in the eye of the local organising secretary of AL Iqbal Mahmud, seemed to be that the former raised a legitimate concern at a coordination committee meeting over graft suspected to have been committed behind the collapse of an under-construction local college building. She could barely finish proposing formation of a committee to probe the incident including alleged misuse of 30 tonnes of rice allotted to the development of a college playground, when an enraged AL leader swooped on her. He hurled abusive language at her, and adding insult to injury, she reportedly got manhandled, too.
The board of directors of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) have extended the tenure of the Rafiqul Alam-led selection panel by another three months.
England birthday boy James Anderson and rookie pace bowler Steven Finn ripped through Pakistan's batting to reduce them to 90 for six at tea on the second day of the first test at Trent Bridge on Friday.
The second Test between India and Sri Lanka ended in a high-scoring draw on Friday after the bat dominated the ball on a featherbed wicket for five days.
The jerseys would have alluded to a football tournament but the kids who turned up on Friday morning with 'Messi', 'Torres' and 'Lampard' on their back were geared up for a different sport altogether.
The Umpire Decision Review System may have its share of supporters but Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar gave a thumbs down to UDRS, saying he was not fully convinced with the controversial referral system. Tendulkar said instead of UDRS, he was more in favour of the usage of new 'Hot-Spot' technology, which is an infra-red imaging system used in cricket to determine whether the ball has struck the batsman, bat or pad.
Stuttgart say their German international midfielder Sami Khedira is poised to join Real Madrid.
Unheralded Siddikur Rahman of Bangladesh gave himself a shot at a historic victory after taking a two-shot halfway lead at the Brunei Open on Friday.
Mohammedan Sporting Club have confirmed services of 11 players in a bid to forming a youthful side for the upcoming football season after having lost all of their previous season's booters to Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club and Muktijoddha Sangsad.
The Bangladesh Chess Federation is seemingly in indecision over whether to accept former world chess champion Anatoly Karpov's visiting schedule to Bangladesh ahead of the FIDE election to be held in October this year.
European giants Liverpool and Juventus began life under new coaches with victories in the first legs of their Europa League third qualifying round ties on Thursday.
Arsene Wenger wants Arsenal to use this weekend's Emirates Cup clashes against AC Milan and Celtic to send a warning to their Premier League rivals.
The end of Maradona's tenure at the helm of Argentina's national team has dealt a hard blow to his fans, even though his performance as coach was a far cry from his genius as a player. Maradona accused Argentine soccer chiefs on Wednesday of conspiring to oust him and many fans think he deserved a more dignified exit despite Argentina's disappointing showing at the World Cup.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic fears his former coach Jose Mourinho will create a Real Madrid team capable of ending Barcelona's recent dominance of Spanish soccer.
English Premier League side Fulham on Thursday named former Wales and Manchester City boss Mark Hughes as their new manager to succeed Roy Hodgson.
Mario Balotelli's agent says the teenage striker is "anxious" to complete his protracted move to Manchester City.
Mexico international striker Javier Hernandez said he is living a dream ahead of Friday's friendly between former club Chivas of Guadalajara and new side Manchester United.
Rivals India and Sri Lanka blasted the featherbed wicket that proved a bowlers' graveyard after the second Test ended in a high-scoring draw on Friday.
Colombia's Alejandro Falla and Scot Andy Murray shared top billing on centrecourt at the ATP Farmers Classic on Thursday.
Former world No. 1 Maria Sharapova reached the quarterfinals while Shahar Peer became the first seeded player to fall at the WTA Bank of the West Classic Thursday.
Felipe Massa insisted on Friday that he was not prepared to play second fiddle to Ferrari teammate Fernando Alonso as the storm over Formula One team orders continued to rage.
Cricket Australia said Friday it would not renominate former Australian prime minister John Howard to take over the leadership of the sport's international governing body.
The government is going to build a new stadium in Tongi in a bid to meet local demand as well as keeping a backup venue to the Dhaka stadiums.
South Asian Games gold medallist golfers Dulal Hossain and Zakiruzzaman emerged champions in team event of the 123rd Sri Lanka Open Amateur Golf Championship that concluded on Thursday at Royal Colombo Golf Club. Zakiruzzaman also became runner-up in the individual event. Bangladesh Golf Federation will accord a reception to the winners on August 2, said a press release yesterday.
Indian badminton ace and world number two Saina Nehwal was awarded India's highest sporting honour on Friday.
Alan Isaac, the New Zealand Cricket chairman, will replace John Howard as the ICC vice-presidency nomination following Cricket Australia's refusal to choose another candidate. Howard, the country's former prime minister, was blocked last month and even though CA's board remains convinced he is the best man for the job, it will support Isaac's elevation.
Two high-profile Pakistani intellectuals yesterday welcomed Bangladesh's move to expose Bengali-speaking perpetrators of 1971 crimes against humanity, as a special tribunal earlier this week in its maiden order issued arrest warrants against four main suspects.
State Minister for Health and Family Welfare Captain (Retd) Dr Mojibur Rahman Fakir yesterday said the government has been working on filling 52,000 vacant posts in the health sector aimed at reaching healthcare facilities to the doorsteps of people.
Two people were killed in separate road accidents in Chapainawabganj on Thursday night and yesterday morning.
At least 15 people were injured, five houses burnt and 50 home-made bombs were exploded during a clash between two groups of villagers at Mordana village under Shibganj municipality in Chapainawabganj yesterday.
The government will not spare anyone behind the death of eminent politician and labour leader Nurul Islam said Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury yesterday.
Central Working Committee of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami yesterday said the Awami League-led grand alliance government is conspiring to create anarchy in the country in the name of restoring the constitution of 1972 and reinstating secularism and socialism.
The Supreme Court verdict on the fifth amendment to the constitution has provided the government an impetus for establishing a secular democratic Bangladesh, said State Minister for Liberation War Affairs AB Tajul Islam yesterday.
Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) yesterday demanded re-investigation into the killing and trial of the killers of its former central secretary and Khulna district unit president Ratan Sen.
A woman and her daughter were killed with another daughter seriously injured in a fire incident at Char Anandipur village in sadar upazila on Thursday night.
Babu Markus Gomes has been elected as executive committee member of the World Alliance of Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) for the term 2010-2014, said a press release.
Wife of former SPARSO chairman AN Chow-dhury and former Eden Girls' College principal Prof Rawshan Ara Rashid passed away due to a cardiac arrest yesterday at the age of 66, says a press release.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday said establishing a non-communal, prosperous and rights-based social structure is the main challenge before the country.
Academics and intellectuals at a roundtable yesterday stressed the need for ensuring accountability of political parties to establish rule of law and strengthen democracy in the country.
Law Minister Barrister Shafique Ahmed yesterday said fundamental principles of the state as envisaged in the constitution would return with the Supreme Court verdict that scrapped the Fifth Amendment as illegal.
Dil Afroz Rumia, a student of the Department of Physics, Dhaka University, dreamt of becoming a university teacher. But now her dreams are about to be shattered.
US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has called in the FBI to help with the inquiry into the leaking of more than 90,000 classified military records.
An oil spill in northeastern China may have been about 60 times bigger than the government reported, making it among the world's worst known oil disasters, an environmental group said yesterday.
At least two employees of the US embassy in Paris, the French capital, are being treated for suspected poisoning after opening mail, it has been reported.
Philippine President Benigno Aquino on yesterday launched a "Truth Commission" with broad powers to investigate alleged corruption and vote fraud by his predecessor, Gloria Arroyo.
A UN panel of experts called yesterday on Israel to fall in line with international norms on civil rights and to take action against targeted killings, torture and impunity for security forces.
Flash floods and landslides triggered by torrential monsoon rains have killed more than 320 people in Pakistan in three days and affected at least 300,000, officials said yesterday.
The United States says it encourages a dialogue between India and Pakistan despite 'revelations' of known links between Pakistani spy agency ISI and the Taliban as it is in the interest of all three nations.
The influential speaker of Italy's lower house refused to step down yesterday after being censured by his own party, and said his supporters could vote against the government of his former ally Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.
A UN panel has voted to remove the Galapagos Islands from its list of precious sites endangered by environmental threats or overuse.
Rioters in the Afghan capital have set fire to two US embassy vehicles shouting "death to America" after one of the SUVs collided with a civilian car killing a number of passengers, officials and witnesses have said.
Arts & Entertainment
Brindabon Das is one of the most popular and busiest TV playwrights of present time. Though, at the beginning of his career, he acted on stage, Brindabon eventually chose writing as his profession. In a recent interview with The Daily Star (TDS), Brindabon talked about his evolution as a writer, his current projects and more.
Shadhona, a centre for advancement of South Asian music and dance, presented the monodrama “Sitar Agni-Parikkha” on stage in July, last year. Eminent Indian actor Averee Chaurey played the protagonist. This year, Shadhona is staging the play with some changes. The main change is re-casting of the lead.
Channel i is going to air a new documentary programme on biodiversity and wildlife. Titled “Prokiti O Jibon,” the show will be aired every Sunday at 11:30 pm from tomorrow. The premiere of the programme and a press conference was held last Thursday at Channel i's office in Tejgaon.
You will need more than a pinch of salt to swallow the incredible twists and turns of Angelina Jolie's new spy thriller, but it's a kick just trying to keep pace with it.
Today marks legendary singer Mohammad Rafi's 30th death anniversary and millions of his fans are being treated to two of his songs never heard and released before.
TV serial “Uposhonghar” goes on air on ATN Bangla tonight. Written and directed by Badrul Anam Soud, the serial will be aired every Saturday and Sunday at 8:40 pm.
A near acrimonious exchange between members of the so-called administrative service and the police service has surfaced over the issue of effective maintenance of law and order. The executive magistracy has reportedly accused the police of peddling in illicit drugs and narcotics and has demanded the creation of a separate police wing under its command.
ONE interpretation of the Cultural Revolution in China, some four decades ago, evokes justification for it. Mao Tse-tung wanted his party men and bureaucrats to go to the villages and stay there. His purpose was that they should imbibe the rigours of living in the countryside so that they would not be complacent when they returned to their chair.
WHILE addressing the AL Parliamentary Party meeting on July 22 Prime Minister Sk. Hasina said that she would take stern action if any lawmaker or minister was involved in corruption. Evidently the prime minister issued this warning in the backdrop of the reports of bungling and misappropriation of food grains allocated for test relief and food for work programs.
AS being played out by the legal battle between the US Government and the state of Arizona, the bottom line in the illegal immigration debate is whether or not to deport those unlawfully resident within a country.
THE Daily Star (DS) of July 21 carried a front-page report that said that the government was considering administrative actions against the civil servants who were performing poorly and using red tape for financial gains. The government was drawing up a list of officials -- from deputy secretaries to secretaries -- who were not doing enough to implement policy decisions and development programs. The report shows that some ministers have come down hard on the bureaucrats. They have not only complained of the inefficiency, negligence and non-cooperation of the bureaucrats, but are also equally eager to see the exit of such bureaucrats.
A paradox of technology is that it can be both a cause for environmental damage and again our best hope in repairing such damage today and avoiding it in the future. Actually, the present environmental problems call for more environmentally benign technology. In the context, many believe that the solution of today's social and environmental problems is possible through more and better technology -- not from less technology. However, it requires achieving a radical change there like a shift away from hydrocarbon-based energy technologies to greener options like renewable energy source, or innovative technology to treat pollutant or adaptation technology to adjust to the climate change impacts.
CURITIBA has become a model for developed and developing countries alike when it comes to environmentally sustainable transport, one that Dhaka can learn a lot from.
Forest Mensuration provides forest inventory, forest resource monitoring, measurement principles, stand structure parameters, different sampling methods and applications. It takes into account all the resources of a forest, including timber and non-timber vegetation parameters, natural regeneration, lesser vegetation, coarse woody debris, and carbon flux.
Romain Rolland (1866-1944), the French Nobel Laureate for literature in 1915, was one of the pioneering western philosophers who played a role in disseminating Indian spiritual philosophy in the West. He developed links with many Bengali figures, such as Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) and Jagadish Chandra Bose (1858-1937). His biographies called Vie de Ramakrishna (1929) and Vie de Vivekananda (1930) promoted Indian spiritual ideologies across the world. All such facts have meticulously been researched by the Bengali writer Abantikumar Sanyal (1926-2007), who was born in tradition-rich village Korokdi in district Faridpur and who has two books on Rolland and two translations of Rolland's books to his credit.
Last summer, my wife informed me that she was planning to take some of her students to Bangladesh. “Interesting!” I remarked, and went back to the newspaper story I was reading about a new archeological discovery in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt, an area we visited a few years ago. I am not sure if it was my apparent lack of interest in her project, or my total immersion in my new passion, Egyptology, that prompted her next remark. “Well, if you join us, you will be able to travel in Bangladesh almost for free.” That added attraction obviously tipped the scales for me.
Can we say it now?
22-year-old Fahim was diagnosed with epilepsy, a recurrent seizure disorder 12 years back. His seizure called generalised tonic-clonic was controlled with medications. For last 12 months, he had no episode of seizure and he took medication irregularly thinking that he had recovered. One morning, he was sleeping for very long and his parents came to make him awake. They became seized by grief when they saw that Fahim is not breathing. When they took him to a hospital, doctor confirmed his death.
Dental plaque, which is a sticky, soft, colorless material adhering to the teeth, consists of bacterial cells, salivary polymers, food residuals and bacterial by-products. Not removing plaque bacteria from the mouth regularly can lead to tooth decay and dental cavities (caries) or periodontal problems (such as gingivitis and periodontitis).
Imagine yourself at work, at the bus stop, at the party, at a seminar, scratching away with all your might on that extremely itchy scalp of yours.
Researchers have developed an implantable sensor that measures blood sugar continuously and transmits the information without wires — a milestone, they said, in diabetes treatment.
‘Neem’ has always been known as a magical tree which is well known to the Indian subcontinent, contributing to a large number of remedies.
Arthritis, the medical term for joint inflammation, commonly affects the relatively small joints of the hands. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the warning signs of hand arthritis include:
Afghanistan, the frontier of President Bush's "war on terror" that his successor President Obama has embraced fully, continues to remain insecure and victory in the war is still as elusive as it was when it started 9 years ago. The main objective of that war was to destroy the Taliban that held power and had given sanctuary to Al Qaeda for its operations against US and western interests and capture Osama Ben Laden for allegedly masterminding the 9/11 attacks. Although the Talibans have been driven out of power, they have found new and impregnable sanctuary in the no man's land between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Osama Ben Laden is still free and the Talibans are on a resurgent mode in Afghanistan.
On 22 July, the Government of Pakistan announced that it has decided to extend the term of the army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani (58) by three years. General Kayani was originally due to retire on November 28, but will now remain in office until 2013.
Pakistan on July 26 denounced leaked US intelligence reports accusing its premier spy agency of supporting Taliban insurgents as "skewed" and inconsistent with realities on the ground.
India's Prithvi Air Defence (PAD) system, which failed a test earlier this year, was more successful July 26: A PAD interceptor missile struck an incoming target missile at an altitude of 15 kilometres, according to a scientist from the government's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), which is developing the missile defence program.
Israel's Ministry of Defence and the United States Department of Defence signed a deal on Sunday evening (July 25) to develop the Arrow 3 anti-missile system, integrating Israel's anti-missile systems. The Arrow 3 will make it possible for Israel to intercept long-range ballistic missiles and weapons of mass destruction from outside the atmosphere.
Star Books Review
A major problem involved in dealing with Emily Dickinson is the essentially reclusive nature of her individuality. In death she has been what she was in life, a symbol of obscurity and distance for those who would study her poetry and with it her personality. And then comes another problem. And that is fundamentally the difficulty in an understanding as well as appreciation of her poetry. Scholars of American literature, and not just in the United States, have gone to various lengths in attempting explanations of her poetic works and yet, in more instances than one, have quite been unable to present Dickinson in clearly outlined dimensions before readers. That has been quite a tragedy.
Autobiographies are generally interesting for the obvious reason that they deal with graphic and narrative accounts of different events and that often range from the early days of the individual to the last ones. When the writer has varied experiences professionally and otherwise finding an opportunity of traversing in different occupational fields at times in somewhat conflicting ones an autobiography may be even more exciting. Mosaic Of Memories more or less falls in this category as the autobiographer seeks to bring the readers to the changing pattern of six decades that cover the period between his initial schooling and the last of several professions he has been in including a politician contesting national elections, despite the fact that this stint has not been very fascinating as far as electoral success is concerned. But the bottom line is that the author had the unique opportunity of working as a teacher, civil servant, international bureaucrat, lawyer and last but not the least politician. Whether politics is a “profession” or not like the earlier professions of A.T.M.Shamsul Haque may be a subject of intense debate, but this in the nearly last phase of his career definitely provided enthusiasm and stimulation to a person whose student life especially during prime time in college and at Dhaka university was not devoid of student politics that was also somewhat inextricably linked with the national political psyche.
Human life can turn tragic corners without any notice and yet leave traces on the cycle of eternity, leave stigma that refuses to go away. Nicky Dillon and her father stumble upon a new born baby left in the snow in the woods. They take the baby to the nearby hospital and save the infant. However, the hospital authority notifies the police and the inquiries begin. From this moment Nicky and her father's lives change and overnight they become the hot news of New Hampshire, the place where they live.
Mario Puzo's classic work The Godfather was immensely popular when it first hit bookstores throughout the globe. Based on the saga of the Corleones, the topmost crime family of New York, the much acclaimed novel and probably the best known work of Puzo wowed the readers . So it was not a surprise when it got its exposure on the silver screen of Hollywood. But the book in review, The Godfather Returns, is not a sequel to the original Puzo masterpiece or the script of any Hollywood flicks with Pierce Brosnan in the leading role. So Godfather enthusiasts are likely to be a little bit disappointed by the feat of Mark Winegardner, who has incorporated new characters and made experimentations with some characters in the plot of the story. But on the whole, Winegardner deserves kudos for this brilliant piece of work.