News of: Saturday, 14th of August, 2010
The lifespan and load carrying capacity of the country's longest Bangabandhu Multipurpose Bridge are being compromised, as successive governments failed in the last five years to repair cracks formed on it, according to experts and government officials.
Several thousand villagers, exasperated by power failure for over 24 hours, blocked the Thakurgaon-Dinajpur highway and clashed with police leaving 40 people injured yesterday.
Nazrul Islam has gone back to his village in Dhunat, Bogra, after receiving treatment at the burn unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital for three months.
An archaeological site, with around 1,200 years of history, at Nawabganj upazila in Dinajpur lies in ruins due to illegal brick kilns activities and recklessness on the part of locals.
Unidentified criminals gunned down an Awami League leader at Topkhana Road in the capital yesterday night.
Five months into the killing of their parents, teenaged Sumaiya Yasmin Bithi and Nilufar Yasmin Iti are passing their days hiding and fearing attacks on their lives by the killers.
Rumours are spreading within the main opposition that Mosaddek Ali Falu, once very powerful in the party, has sought exemption from the chairperson's advisory council.
Detective Branch of police yesterday arrested two leaders of garment workers on charge of instigating RMG workers who went on the rampage through Tejgaon Industrial area and Gulshan on July 30.
Extortionists shot and injured three CNG-run auto-rickshaw drivers demanding extortion from the owners of garages at West Ulon in city's Rampura area yesterday morning.
Dubai police will conduct DNA tests of the foreign workers killed in Tuesday's fire at a perfume factory in Al Quoz industrial area in order to identify them and hand them over to their relatives.
Police yesterday detained two students of Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology (Cuet) on charge of pasting posters of banned Islamist outfit Hizb-ut Tahrir from the port city.
Police arrested an alleged outlaw after half an hour of gunfight with his gang at Santhia upazila of the district yesterday.
Police arrested a man yesterday morning on charge of throwing acid on a housewife over land disputes at Hatisura village in Terokhada upazila Thursday night.
BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIM) said yesterday it was "optimistic" it could avert a threatened shutdown by India of the core features of the popular smartphone on security grounds.
At least nine villages of Dakope upazila went under six feet of water as a newly-constructed ring embankment at Joynagar collapsed Thursday afternoon.
At least 30 people were injured, four with bullet wounds, in a clash between two groups of villagers in the Jagannathpur upazila of Sunamganj yesterday.
US Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Thursday recent provocations by North Korea against the south were probably tied to ailing leader Kim Jong-il's youngest son seeking to earn his military "stripes."
In the wake of growing incidents of stalking and committing suicide by female students as a result of this, Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid yesterday called upon the countrymen to actively join the movement against stalkers.
The wife and in-laws of a teacher of Jahangirnagar University School and College (JUSC) beat him to death in his Savar home yesterday, the victim's mother alleged.
China's government is investigating reports that a brand of powdered milk caused infant girls to grow breasts.
The death toll from the collapse of a multi-storey building in Nigeria's capital Abuja three days ago has climbed to 23 from an initial two, the Nigerian Red Cross said yesterday.
THE recent warning from the PM to trouble mongers in the educational institutions is not for the first time that she has been constrained to articulate nor was her directive to the concerned agencies to take stringent actions against those spreading unrest in the educational institutions, particularly in the public universities.
THE government has at last put a bar on private coaching by teachers outside the class hours. The stricture should have come long ago. Private tuition had become a roaring business, and had reached an obnoxious level with the mushrooming of a huge number of coaching centers, mostly in the last decade, and many run by serving school teachers; and this at the expense of classroom teaching, which, naturally, was bound to suffer. Instead of doing justice to the time allotted to conducting classes at the school students were told indirectly by some teachers that those who wanted to secure good marks should seek the help of the teacher outside the school hours preferably at his or her house or the coaching centre which the teacher ran.
Four years ago, post World Cup 2006, the English Premier League was on the crest of a wave. Chelsea had just roped in Andriy Shevchenko, Michael Ballack, John Obi Mikel and in much protracted negotiations, Ashley Cole.
When he lost the toss, Kumar Sangakkara said a team that couldn't win chasing under the low Dambulla floodlights, which is a tall order, was not a good team. Big words, all right, but one way of backing those words is to bowl sides out for low totals. On a helpful pitch, Lasith Malinga was too good, Angelo Mathews canny, and New Zealand were dismissed for 192. BJ Watling's half-century on debut, and Nathan McCulum's fighting 36 with the tail, might have just given New Zealand a fighting total, though, considering the amount of seam movement on offer.
Bangladesh Football Federation's attempt to make the professional clubs appoint AFC B-license coaches in the coming Bangladesh League season may face a setback despite having a total of 29 A and B license coaches in the country.
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has vowed to accelerate its professionalism levels in the near future.
Federation Open FIDE rating chess tournament, organised by Bangladesh Chess Federation will start on August 18 from 3:00pm at the Bangladesh Chess Federation hall-room.
South Africa striker Benni McCarthy must lose weight or face a fine, said West Ham United owner David Sullivan on Friday.
When Australia tour India for a two-Test, three-ODI series this October, all the technology required for the controversial Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) will be in place at every venue. In all likelihood, however, given the BCCI's reluctance to use UDRS, its beneficiaries will not be the cricketers or the umpires, but the television audience.
Number three Roger Federer overcame old-school, attack-minded Michael Llodra 7-6 (7/2), 6-3 to advance at the Toronto Masters Thursday, while top seed Rafael Nadal showcased the modern style with a demolition of Kevin Anderson 6-2, 7-6 (8/6).
A split innings 12-a-side one-day cricket format will be trialld in Australia's national one-day cup this season, Cricket Australia (CA) said on Friday.
Top-seeded Jelena Jankovic and second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki were knocked out of the third-round Thursday at the Cincinnati Women's Open.
Pakistani and English cricket chiefs are working on a plan for an exhibition match to raise funds for the millions of people hit by Pakistan's devastating floods, a statement said Thursday.
The Bengal Gladiators ended at third place in the 41st Kuantan International Six-a-side tournament in Kuala Lumpur that concluded last Sunday.
Paris St. Germain go into this weekend's second round of the French championship hoping they can maintain the form they showed in last weekend's opener against St. Etienne.
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini revealed on Friday that he expects to sign Italian striker Mario Balotelli from Inter Milan within the next 24 hours.
Brazilian superstar Ronaldinho has tipped two countrymen to star in Serie A this season: AC Milan team-mate Pato and teenage midfielder and new Inter Milan signing Coutinho.
Roy Hodgson insists Christian Poulsen was not brought to the club as a replacement for Javier Mascherano and says he does not expect the Argentina captain to leave Liverpool in the imminent future.
Santos president Luis Alvaro de Oliveira Ribeiro has warned he intends to complain to FIFA as Chelsea continue to show interest in starlet Neymar.
Aston Villa midfielder James Milner has been named in his club's squad for Saturday's clash against West Ham even though he is close to joining Manchester City.
Brazil striker Robinho has been included in Manchester City's 25-man squad list for the new season despite his long-held desire to remain at Santos where he has been on loan.
Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck joined Sunderland on a season-long loan, it was announced Thursday.
An Icelandic football team that became a global Internet hit after a fun goal celebration admitted they now felt under pressure to make fans laugh.
Considering the all land use patterns, the annual income of farm households has increased in Bangladesh over the years due to changing land use patterns, according to a study.
Five people were killed and 19 others injured in separate road accidents in Natore, Jhenaidah and Thakurgaon districts on Thursday night and yesterday.
Bangabandhu looked depressed on the last evening of his life on August 14, 1975 as a "black car" that came to carry him home from Ganobhaban, visibly appeared to him
With preliminary capital from the government, the Bangladesh army is using state land for business purposes to make a profit for the force, said a BBC bangla radio documentary yesterday.
Police arrested two drug traders and three snatchers in different raids in Rajshahi and Chapainawabganj districts on Thursday night and yesterday.
My TV Khulna bureau chief Hasan Dhali was kidnapped from his office on August 9 by unidentified criminals and killed in Munshiganj.
A miscreant cut tendons of another criminal at Ferryghat under Sonadanga Police Station of Khulna on Thursday night.
The forest department has sent ten chicks of rare hill mynas, recovered from a shop, to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Safari Park at Cox's Bazar for medical care and temporary nurturing, said a press release yesterday.
The prize distribution ceremony of Bangladesh Army Qirat and Azan competition-2010 was held at the Army Central Mosque of Dhaka Cantonment yesterday.
Environmentalists yesterday demanded formation of separate commission to stop mixing toxic chemicals with food.
Comparing the movements of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman from 1947 to 1971 with 'Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, Chief Justice of Supreme Court Justice Mohammad Fazlul Karim said, "He [Bangabandhu] is the greatest bangali. Any history without him will be unrealistic."
Women lawmakers of Awami League yesterday urged Opposition Leader and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia not to celebrate her birthday on August 15, as it is the National Mourning Day.
Former BNP lawmaker major (retd) Akhtaruzzaman yesterday urged party chief Begum Khaleda Zia to refrain from celebrating her "so-called" birthday on August 15 henceforth in the "greater interest of the party as well as the country."
Former students of Chittagong University (CU) formed a human chain yesterday protesting police attack on students on August 2 this year.
Culture and traditions of indigenous people in the country will become extinct in future if their rights are not protected, debaters of the indigenous communities said yesterday.
A traffic sergeant attempted to commit suicide at Shahjalal International Airport last night.
Flood levels in Pakistan are expected to surge even higher along parts of the already dangerously swollen Indus river.
Smoke from Russia's deadly wildfires has spread into northern regions of Kazakhstan but poses no immediate danger to residents, the Kazakh Emergencies Ministry said yesterday.
Tens of thousands of Kashmiris staged angry street demonstrations yesterday after government forces killed four people and injured 12 others during the latest unrest against Indian rule in the disputed Himalayan region, police said.
Peru's health ministry has sent emergency teams to a remote Amazon region to battle an outbreak of rabies spread by vampire bats.
A court martial has found the former Sri Lankan armed forces chief, Gen Sarath Fonseka, guilty of engaging in politics while on active service.
Torrential rains yesterday battered several parts of western China, killing at least 33 people and heightening fears of a disease outbreak in a mudslide-ravaged town where more than 1,150 have died.
Myanmar's ruling military junta announced yesterday that the country's first elections in two decades will be held Nov 7, finally setting a date for polls that critics have dismissed as a sham designed to cement military rule.
Canadian officials have boarded a cargo ship thought to be carrying about 500 Tamil migrants from Sri Lanka.
An Afghan National Army operation - initially run independently of Nato - in the eastern province of Laghman went "disastrously wrong", officials say.
Russia says it will undertake a key step next week towards starting up a reactor at Iran's first nuclear power station.
Arts & Entertainment
Glamorous TV actress Mousumi Biswas possesses all the elements to become a household name.
It's easy to be cynical. Easy to bisect and trisect a movie till the film experience is completely lost. There's bound to a lot of flak reserved for a film like “Brother Sun, Sister Moon”. For one, director Franco Zeffirelli, (known for his beautifully crafted “Romeo and Juliet”) gives simplistic treatment to an otherwise complex subject. For another, the storyline seems more a hagiography than an objective picture of the early life of preacher St Francis of Assisi.
During the holy month of Ramadan, Banglavision is airing three daily programmes.
Mustapha Khalid Palash is among the famed Bangladeshi architects. Beyond his architectural practice, he also paints, writes and plays sitar. He took a sitar course at Chhayanaut. Palash said, “I feel as if I'm related to art. Both my parents -- KMG Mustapha and Afroz Mustapha -- were painters in the early 1960s; I grew up in an artistic ambience. My younger brother, noted reciter Shimul Mustapha, and I would frequently go to Chhayanaut as children.
Where have Hollywood's real men gone?
Actor Shahriar Nazim Joy is busy shooting TV plays -- 25 of them to be exact -- for the upcoming Eid. One of them, “Kokkhopoth,” is being directed by Alvi Ahmed. Nusrat Imroz Tisha is Joy's co-artiste in the play. The actor recently talked about his projects in the pipeline. Excerpts:
NEWSPAPER reports have it that the Dhaka Metropolitan Police and the National Human Rights Commission have sharply differing views on many crucial issues, in particular on the vexed subject of violation of human rights. There are complaints in the report that our cops are trying in vain to justify human rights violation.
IT is a coincidence, but not insignificant, that a plucky journalist has reported on the eve of August 15 that the Congress has "destroyed" all papers relating to our second independence in January 1977. If history could, indeed, be so easily rewritten, Hitler would have blotted out from the world's memory all the atrocities and excesses he and his Nazi Party had committed.
FOOD adulteration runs rampant in the country. From vegetables, fish, milk, drinks, sweetmeats, ice cream to spices, nothing is safe. Oblivious of the dangers lurking in everyday food items, parents are asking their children to eat foods containing vitamins, iron and calcium.
THURSDAY, 5 August. The police assure concerned basti bashis of Sattala, Mohakhali that no eviction would happen. The people believe the police officers and go on with their daily activities. The noon prayers end. Riot police suddenly appear, armed and ready to go. Demolition workers from nearby slums accompany the enforcements.
COMMENT-posters complained when this columnist reported that he had recently handed out "best courier" awards to Fed Ex and DHL.
The word "riparian" is derived from the Latin word 'Ripa' (river bank).Vegetations bordering water bodies are technically known as riparian vegetations. These vegetations are also called riverine or gallery vegetations as they are grown adjacent to or near rivers. Plant habitats and communities along the river margins and banks are called riparian vegetation, characterized by hydrophilic plants. Riparian vegetations form the transition between the aquatic and the terrestrial ecosystem. A riparian zone or riparian area is the interface between land and water body. Riparian is also the proper nomenclature for one of the fifteen terrestrial biomes of the earth. They occur in many forms including grassland, woodland, wetland or even non-vegetative.
United Nations warned that a quarter of Bangladesh coastline could be inundated and about 17% of its land mass would go under water, if the sea rises 3 feet in the next 50 years. Approximately 30 million people will be displaced from their homes, making them 'climate refugees'. A recent World Bank report lists Bangladesh as one of the 12 countries most at risk for climate-related problems. Though Bangladesh's contribution to global green house gas emissions is one of the lowest in the world, its low topography, disadvantageous geographic location, high density of population etc make it more vulnerable to climate change.
English is no more the patrimony of the Anglo Saxons. It is now a universal public property. By the British colonial train, it travelled almost the entire world, came in touch with myriad people and their languages, and enriched itself as the world's number one language. Not only as a comfortable means of communication between the peoples of the opposite poles and hemispheres, but also as a medium of creative writing has English been deliberately taken up by writers of the formerly colonized countries. The number is multiplying with the rise of Postcolonial / Diaspora consciousness. The situation is as if the colonizer Prospero (The Tempest) is being written back by the colonized Caliban in the same language the latter was taught by the former. The process of colonization has proved a double edged weapon whose other edge has now been sharper than the one used earlier by the colonizers.
Robert Frost is often designated by students and critics as the American poetical parallel of William Wordsworth, the forerunner of the Romantic Movement in England. It is widely believed that Wordsworth exerted profound influence on Frost in writing his poems, especially those on nature. In philosophy and style, Frost and Wordsworth appear both similar and dissimilar.
I worth nothing but my irritating heartbeats
I wake alone I stand alone I fight alone
Desperate wishes arising- tired! Killing'em
(I) locked alone my innocent wishes.
A voice said, "Cyanide or Hemlock?"
Just like we ask a guest, "Tea or Coffee?”
I replied, "No, thanks, I prefer to live”
The voice announced, "It's time;
Wave bye to life
And drink this potion of death".
Millions of Muslims are now shaping up their lives specially the diet to coincide with the changing schedule of the holy month of Ramadan. Through fasting, we learn to manage healthy eating habits, improve self-control, discipline and improve overall health. However, the fasts of Ramadan can worsen a person's health if the healthy diet is not followed. Here are some guidelines on diet explored for readers to keep heal and hearty in this Ramadan and afterwards:
A hernia is a protrusion of an organ through an abnormal opening or weak wall in the body. Most hernias occur when a piece of intestine slips through a weakness in the abdominal wall, creating a bulge you can see and feel. Hernias can develop around the naval, in the groin, or any place where you may have had a surgical incision. Some hernias are present at birth. Others develop slowly over a period of months or years. Hernias also can come on quite suddenly.
Current gym dogma holds that to build muscle size you need to lift heavy weights. However, a new study conducted at McMaster University has shown that a similar degree of muscle building can be achieved by using lighter weights. The secret is to pump iron until you reach muscle fatigue.
Get rid of constipation
Constipation is one of the most common problems encountered during the month of Ramadan. Constipation for long days can cause piles (haemorrhoids), fissures (painful cracks in the anal canal) and indigestion with a bloated feeling. Eating too many refined carbohydrates, drinking too little water and not eating enough fibre are the causes behind this. Be active, eat more fibre and complex carbohydrates, drink more water, use bran for baking, and use brown flour when making bread will help to keep your bowel motions regular. Include lots of fruit and vegetables in your diet and increase the fiber content of your food. Taking Isabgol is effective but has a delayed effect. If the problem persists, a short course of laxatives may help.
Recreational drug use is a practice that dates to prehistoric times. Many people consume drugs to have fun, to bring a variation in life. The practice is potentially dangerous. Because the majority of recreational drug users find their habit becomes an obsession. They begin to abuse the drugs that once brought them so much pleasure and find that they rely on them just to get though the day. Eventually, they lose control over their actions and become drug addicts who will do whatever it takes to get their next high.
If you are a diabetic and need to take insulin 3 times a day, do not worry about fasting. You can also check your blood sugar during fasting and get insulin. There are no barriers regarding it. Muslim scholars recommended that blood tests for glucose monitoring and taking insulin do not invalidate the fasting of Ramadan. Medical matters that do not invalidate fasting include inhaler, eye,ear and nasal drops, enemas, tooth extraction and treatment of injuries. Insertion of anything into the vagina such as pessaries, or a speculum, or the doctor's fingers for the purpose of medical examination, insertion of medical instruments or IUD into the womb, anything that enters the urinary tract of a male or female, such as a catheter tube, or medical scopes, or opaque dyes inserted for the purpose of x-rays, or medicine, or a solution to wash the bladder do not invalidate fast. Oxygen or anaesthetic gases, local anaesthesia and any injection except those used for parenteral nutrition can be used for treatment purpose.
NORTH Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is the predominant military alliance of the world. After the Second World War, major countries of Western Europe seeking a general line of defence against the so-called Soviet aggression and the expansion of communisms formed the US-led military alliance in 1949 for ensuring their collective security. Starting from only 12 member countries, the Alliance is now enjoying the membership of 28 states. One of the fundamental principles of the North Atlantic Treaty (under which the Alliance formed) is: "an armed attack against one or more of them (member countries) in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against them all" (Article 5). Critics of the Alliance often argue that with the demise of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War era, the relevance of NATO has far gone; yet its existence and even the continual expansion only serves the United States' hegemonic role in Europe and elsewhere on earth. Although, it is normally hypothesized that NATO's self-designation as an institution for upholding peace and security in Europe and its proven willingness to use force for conflict management and conflict prevention in areas outside NATO member states have played a major role in bringing about the currently existing benign security environment in Europe.
THERE seems to be mixed feelings about the Indian Finance Minister's recent visit to Bangladesh, a lot of it of course coming down party lines. Last time, when he was here, he by-passed a request from the Leader of the Opposition for a meeting and instead found time to meet the controversial General Moyeen who during his stranglehold on power under the Caretaker Government had openly boasted that he would resolve all outstanding problems with India on the eve of a visit he undertook to New Delhi at that time. Although Bangladeshis are easily susceptible to conspiracy theories and the opposition BNP not inclined too see anything good in India, Pranab Mukherjee on his part has given some genuine encouragement to the conspiracy prone Bangladeshis and the BNP. This time too there was no meeting with Khaleda Zia but he reportedly found time during his 4 hours' stay in Dhaka for another controversial meeting with three top AL leaders who did not find Cabinet berths on issue of loyalty to the party leader.
OTTAWA: The Canadian Forces' largest annual demonstration of Canada's sovereignty in the Arctic, known as Operation NANOOK, began today as the Canadian-led Naval Task Group crossed the 60th parallel en route to the High Arctic.
Star Books Review
Assassins have regularly been part of humanity's darker side. And assassinations have throughout history been an insidious part of politics, or a mutation of it into a calling of the lowest of categories in human behaviour. For those of us who inhabit South Asia, assassinations have done a good deal to undermine our perspectives on politics and on life in general. In Bangladesh, the assassinations of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his political associates at the hands of soldiers in 1975 were to leave an entire nation in a tailspin only three years after it had gained freedom from Pakistan in a bloody war of liberation. In Pakistan itself, the judicial murder of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto in 1979 and then the killing of his daughter Benazir Bhutto in 2007 only demonstrated the degree to which assassinations could go in damaging a country. But, of course, Pakistan first went through assassination in October 1951, when its first prime minister Liaquat Ali Khan was murdered in Rawalpindi.
Bollywood is a strange, quixotic place. First, you wonder why that term 'Bollywood' has come to be attached to the world's largest movie industry. Couldn't someone have devised a better term rather than aping Hollywood? That aping has led to such puerility as Lollywood (to describe the Pakistani movie industry in Lahore) and Dhaliwood, here in Bangladesh. Then comes the fairy tale aspect of the Indian film industry. It still tends to operate in a world of unreal songs, fantasy dances and love stories that always end up with the man and the woman ready to live happily ever after. Realism is something you are yet to get out of Bollywood.
IT is these days quite fashionable to consider oneself politically correct. Look around you. You don't have Red Indians any more, only Native Americans. Though you might consider Barack Obama as America's first black president, you must be extra careful in avoiding using the old, denigrating 'Negro' while describing him or any of his kind. It is African-Americans that you have today. On a lighter level, do you realise that there are no housewives any more today? There are only homemakers, whatever that means. It tends to remind you of a rather pernicious term, home-wreckers, one that you associate with men and women who have nothing better to do than making a mess of other people's lives by falling in love, or lust, with other people's spouses. And then there is the way you describe a child whose intelligence is obviously of a poor quality. But, no, you cannot suggest by any means that he is unintelligent. He is merely one who has an attention deficit disorder.
THE US Supreme Court is deemed as the conscience of the state and the highest body in the dispensation of the rule of law and justice. The legal and other democratic institutions of the country and elsewhere follow the path the SC shows. But in the book, The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court, the writer reveals the untold and hushed up stories of the jurists, political parties and other state apparatus involved in various shady deals usually beyond the imagination of a layman.