News of: Tuesday, 24th of August, 2010
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The High Court yesterday asked the government to produce within three weeks the records of the martial law trial that saw Colonel Abu Taher condemned to death in 1976.
The Supreme Court's recent nullification of the constitution's 5th amendment left the country's supreme charter with some remnant clauses which are now either contradictory or irrelevant.
The cabinet yesterday approved the route for the Dhaka Elevated Expressway that would run 21km from Shahjalal International Airport to Demra via Mohakhali, Tejgaon, Moghbazar, and complete within December 2013.
Law enforcers will make arrests for reckless driving and won't allow slow moving vehicles on highways across the country to avert road accidents.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has asked for the details on Biman's lease deal with Kabo Air and leasing airport land to a private company to resolve the conflict between civil aviation minister and a parliamentary body.
Rickshaw puller Sirajul Islam took a Tk 1,500 loan to bribe local Union Parishad members to be registered with Vulnerable Group Development (VGD), a government food aid programme for the poor.
A team from the International Crimes Tribunal started investigating the war crimes charges against the former ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh Ghulam Azam yesterday.
A Jubo League leader was shot dead in front of his residence at the capital's West Shewrapara under Mirpur area yesterday.
Two Jamaat-e-Islami leaders yesterday withdrew from the High Court a writ petition that challenged the first amendment to the constitution and some sections of the International Crimes (Tribunals) Act, 1973 under which the war crimes trial is being held.
The High Court yesterday exempted Mohammad Asaf-ud-Daula, founder editor of the daily Bangladesh Today and a former secretary, from a contempt of court charge.
A writ petition has been filed with the High Court (HC) challenging the government's decision that cancelled the parole of Arafat Rahman Koko, younger son of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.
The Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has imposed a ban on holding of any kind of meeting, rally, demonstration and procession on the important roads in the city without permission.
Anu Mia, who was injured in a fire at Lalbagh Sunday, died yesterday evening.
The residents of Uttara Model Town have been passing miserable days for over a year as Sonargaon-Janapath Road, stretching from intersection of sector-12 to Khalpar remains potholed and laden with garbage.
Without building necessary infrastructure, Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) is going to introduce waterbuses on Aminbazar-Sadarghat route by the end of this month.
Severity of the punishment of drivers responsible for road accidents should be increased to slash road fatalities, a parliamentary body recommended yesterday.
A High Court bench yesterday kept deputy commissioner of Moulvibazar standing in the dock for nearly two and a half hours as a punishment for violating its orders on a disputed piece of land and his appearance in the court.
The government yesterday decided to take help from the army to relocate utility lines to suitable places from the Jatrabari-Gulistan flyover project area to implement the project within the preset deadline.
Rapid Action Battalion arrested a mugger and seized a revolver and two bullets from his possession after a gunfight with his gang at Razarbagh in the capital early yesterday.
A suicide bomber blew himself up at a Pakistani mosque yesterday, killing at least 20 people including a prominent local cleric in the lawless district of South Waziristan, officials said.
The union cabinet yesterday decided to further increase allowances of MPs by Rs 10,000 per month, comprising a hike of Rs 5,000 each in their constituency and office expense allowances. However, the three-fold salary hike remains unaltered.
Army-ruled Myanmar has suspended visas on arrival for tourists from September ahead of its first elections in two decades, officials said yesterday, potentially restricting access to the country for foreign observers.
It does not need an expert to say that the use of illegal weapons is on the rise in the country. If one took stock of the casualties and deaths in the last six months from social violence, more than 90 percent are due to illegal weapons. But not only the recent casualties, the unfortunate consequences of diffusion of illegal weapons is only too evident in the form of the 21st August grenade attack on the then leader of the opposition. On the 6th anniversary of the incident it is even more important that the relevant agencies address the issue more earnestly that we have been given to understand.
Small traders and hawkers occupying footpaths is a common sight in the city, and matters get worse during the month of Ramadan when even makeshift kitchen markets are set up on pavements, blocking the movement of pedestrians and causing traffic congestion.
Shafiqul Islam Manik returned to his old hunting ground after a gap of three years as the AFC-A license coach was appointed yesterday as the head coach of Mohammedan Sporting Club for the next two years.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has approved the participation of two foreign players in a match for the upcoming Premier Division Cricket League.
Batting great Greg Chappell, appointed Australia's first full-time selector Monday, said there was no rush "to push anyone out the door" with several stars in the twilight of their careers.
World number two Roger Federer won his second ATP Cincinnati Masters crown in a row on Sunday, outlasting American Mardy Fish 6-7, 7-6, 6-4 for his 63rd career title.
Pakistan's teenage fast bowling sensation Mohammad Aamer has insisted he remains unaffected by the "pressure" of playing international cricket.
Sraboni Biswas and Shahnaz Parvin were scheduled to leave here in the early hours of Tuesday for the Republic of Korea to take part in the sixth Korean Open International Taekwondo Championship and also to receive higher training from a Korean University.
England batting hot-shot Eoin Morgan is untested against Australia and will find this year's Ashes Test series "a massive step up" from one-day cricket, Australian skipper Ricky Ponting said Monday.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) will investigate the complaints about the GP-BCB National Cricket Academy building.
New Zealand cricket chiefs on Monday backed the idea of fundraising matches for flood-ravaged Pakistan but ruled out the prospect of the Black Caps travelling there.
Former England midfielder Paul Scholes scored his 150th goal for Manchester United at Craven Cottage on Sunday in their Premier League match with Fulham.
Brede Hangeland salvaged a point for Fulham against Manchester United in a 2-2 draw at Craven Cottage when the defender headed a 90th minute equaliser after scoring an own goal just moments earlier.
Sampdoria and Sheriff Tiraspol stand to make a little bit of history for themselves should they progress to the Champions League group stages after their respective play-off matches on Tuesday.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic's agent all but ruled out any hope AC Milan have of prising the big Swedish forward from Barcelona, claiming on Monday he was "99.9 per cent" sure to stay in Spain.
Bordeaux and Mar-seille, league champions these past two seasons in France, put poor starts to this campaign behind them at the weekend as the southern outfits secured their first league win at the third time of asking.
FIFA inspectors began a four-day visit to inspect England's 2018 World Cup bid on Monday with the campaign boosted by encouraging words from FIFA president Sepp Blatter.
Midfield star Michael Ballack made his return to the Bundesliga on Sunday to help Bayer Leverkusen open their season with a 2-0 win at Dortmund, but admitted he is playing for his Germany place.
Sevilla have agreed to sell France defender Sebastien Squillaci to Arsenal subject to a medical, the Spanish club said on Sunday.
Former Italy international Christian Panucci has announced his retirement from football at the age of 37.
AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri believes the future is bright for the club's defence.
Kenya's David Lekuta Rudisha set a new world record of one minute 41.09 seconds in the 800 metres on Sunday at Berlin's Olympic Stadium and insisted he can go faster still.
Ricky Ponting said on Monday his Australian team were on the verge of "something special" over the next eight months packed with an Ashes series, a tour to India and next year's World Cup.
Andy Flower has told Salman Butt to mind his own business after the Pakistan captain backed Australia to deny England a successful defence of the Ashes.
Australia have ruled out following England's reported lead of banning their players from using the social networking sites Twitter and Facebook during the forthcoming home Ashes series.
World 800m champion Caster Semenya ran a season's best time of one minute 59.90 seconds to easily win her third comeback race here on Sunday as she rebuilds her career after her sex test ordeal.
Three players shared the lead in the Federation Open FIDE Rating Championship after leader Mahatabuddin Ahmed Robin lost his seventh round game yesterday at the Bangladesh Chess Federation hall room.
Financial institutions had mixed reactions to the Bangladesh Bank's warning Sunday to wind down their excessive exposure to capital markets.
Bangladesh Bank (BB) profits fell by about 62 percent in the last fiscal year, mainly because the government did not borrow money from the banking system.
The Eastern Housing Limited (EHL) share trade was halted for 15 minutes yesterday, as its unusual price surge prompted the prime bourse to make queries.
The recently signed transit agreement between Bangladesh and India is the restoration of old link between the countries, said diplomats and academics yesterday.
The government's decision to allow businesses countrywide to keep open throughout nights after Ramadan 15 may turn fruitless unless some terms and conditions are relaxed, some shop owners have said.
Operators' efforts to take mobile technology to the masses at affordable prices led the industry to cross the six-crore subscriber base in July.
Industries Minister Dilip Barua yesterday confirmed that the country's new industrial policy, which will determine all foreign and domestic investment, would receive formal approval before the Eid-ul-Fitr next month.
The Indian government is not planning to lift a ban on exports of wheat and non-basmati rice as food inflation levels have made it necessary to prop up domestic availability, Trade Minister Anand Sharma said yesterday.
Days are hectic for the kitchen and banquet staffs of the city's plush hotels and restaurants, as they have to cater to a huge number of guests -- corporate or otherwise -- every evening for iftar and dinner.
In the shadows of an ancient cathedral in the Philippine capital, wilting horses attached to carriages shelter from the tropical sun as their drivers try to interest the few tourists milling around.
Smartphones will make up over half of Asian mobile phone sales by 2015, with 477 million units likely to be sold, an industry report said Monday.
Rice millers will have to repay bank loans within 45 days instead of the existing 60 days, a move meant to increase supply to the market.
Real estate developer Rangs Properties Ltd (RPL) has offered value-added services with the apartments in its new project, Garden Square, under an Eid promotional offer.
Crude prices rose in quiet Asian trade Monday, but analysts warned that a dearth of hurricane news might pull markets down.
HSBC is in talks to buy up to 70 percent of South Africa's Nedbank, in a potential $6.8 billion deal that would give Europe's biggest lender a broader gateway to the fast-growing African continent.
Indian carmaker Mahindra and Mahindra said Monday it would use its purchase of South Korea's Ssangyong Motor to become a global player in the sport utility vehicle market.
Hewlett-Packard Co launched a $1.6 billion bid for data storage company 3PAR Inc on Monday, topping an offer by technology rival Dell Inc.
American International Group's aircraft leasing unit ILFC repaid nearly $4 billion of U.S. loans after raising new debt from investors, a source familiar with the matter said on Sunday.
TRUST BANK FIRST MUTUAL FUND
On the close of operation on Thursday, the fund has reported net asset value of Tk 13.94 per unit on current market price and Tk 10.71 per unit on cost price against face value of Tk 10. Total net assets stood at Tk 2,788,508,545.16 on market price and Tk 2,142,809,780.77 on cost price after considering all assets and liabilities.
The government yesterday signed two credit agreements worth 157 million US dollar for the 'Empowerment and livelihood improvement project, known as the Notun Jibon Project, and additional financing for the on-going Municipal Services Project.
Relations between India and Bangladesh worsened after the death of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1975, as political parties instilled anti-India sentiment in people to gain political advantage.
The cabinet yesterday approved an amended bill on Voter Lists Act 2010, securing voting rights for all expatriate Bangladeshis living in various countries of the globe.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide a 300 million US dollar loan to improve efficient energy uses in power plants and support renewable energy projects.
Militancy has infiltrated into Bangladesh through killing of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1975, said speakers at a roundtable yesterday.
All privately run primary and community schools will have to be nationalised, a parliamentary body recommended yesterday.
The Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) elections will be held at a convenient time in between Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Azha, said Election Commissioner M Sohul Hussain yesterday.
Eight more people have been allegedly infected with Anthrax in different villages of Pabna and Sirajganj, health officials said yesterday.
Agriculture Minister Begum Matia Chowdhury yesterday said the main aim of the present government is to ensure food security for all.
The High Court on Sunday upheld a trial court order that allowed the government to withdraw a murder case in Rajshahi against nine persons including Ruhul Quddus Babu, who was recently appointed as an HC judge.
The High Court (HC) yesterday directed the government to produce all the records regarding the lease of cantonment residence of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia to this court by September 27.
Dhaka University authorities yesterday observed "Black Day" commemorating the oppression on teachers, students and staffs of the university by law enforcers from August 20 to 23 in 2007 on the campus.
The online admission process of B Ed (professional) course of the academic year 2010-2011 under the National University will start next month.
Two separate Dhaka courts yesterday granted bails to Bashundhara Group Chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan alias Shah Alam in connection with two cases -- one for bribery and another for killing.
4 people were killed and 18 others injured in separate road accidents in Chittagong and Netrakona yesterday.
Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) will start special launch service from September 5 to deal with the rush of home-bound passengers on the eve of Eid-ul-Fitr.
The High Court (HC) yesterday directed the law enforcers not to harass or arrest BNP leaders Moudud Ahmed, Rafiqul Islam Mia and Shah Moazzem Hossain in a case filed in Jessore on charge of threatening Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
The Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) imposed a ban on holding of any kind of meeting, rally, demonstration and procession on the important roads in the city without permission.
The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested on Sunday a nephew of the missing Dhaka City Corporation ward councilor and BNP leader Chowdhury Alam at the city's Gulistan with illegal firearms and narcotics in his possession.
Pop guru and freedom fighter Azam Khan will return home today after his treatment in Singapore.
Imran Hossain Imu, 25, a construction worker, was found dead at the bedroom of his residence at Mirpur 6 on Sunday night.
The High Court yesterday overturned a trial court judgment convicting Jatiya Party (JP-Manju) Chairman Anwar Hossain Manju and sentencing him to seven years' imprisonment in a corruption case filed in 2007.
A Dhaka court yesterday issued an arrest warrant against Partex Group Chairman MA Hashem hours after the National Board of Revenue (NBR) filed a case against him for tax evasion.
With a vow to strengthening friendly relationships between the two neighbouring countries, the Bangladesh-India Friendly Bicycle Procession ended at Dhaka University yesterday.
Dr Mahboob Ali, professor of Cardiology, National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) received the prestigious American Fellowship in Coronary Angiography and Interventions (FSCAI) recently, says a press release yesterday.
Founder and architect of independent Bangladesh, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's contribution to Bangalee nation's history is unparalleled, unequivocal and unsurpassed, said M A Sabur, president of BCS Trade Association.
Locals beat up a child abductor suspect on Sunday night and handed another over to police yesterday morning in Chittagong city.
Department of Environment (DoE) yesterday fined Tk 2 lakh to a building owner for cutting hills during construction at West Khulshi area in the city.
Jatiyatabadi Swechchha Sebak Dal yesterday announced its full-fledged committee 11 months after announcing the name of its president, general secretary and organisational secretary.
Detective Branch (DB) of police arrested a robber along with Tk 5.7 lakh, out of Tk 50 lakh looted from the officials of a private bank in the city's Matuail, from port city Chittagong.
Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF) has developed an Information Disclosure Policy (IDP) to restore and open its documents to public as per the Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2009.
The German Federal Home Ministry has donated five vehicles for police to support police officers' mobility, said a press release yesterday.
At least five people were injured in a clash between two groups of people over control of the fish market at Hatirpool Kitchen Market in the city last night.
Though Rajib, the lover of Halima Yasmin, who killed her three-and-a-half-year-old Jennifer Islam Tanha, has been arrested but did not confess to the killing.
Two youths hurled a cocktail at the gate of the Business Studies Faculty building of Dhaka University yesterday evening.
Pirates killed a fisherman and abducted at least 125 fishermen while looting 84 trawlers in Borguna and Bagerhat on Sunday.
Five people including four BDR men and an alleged smuggler have been sued on charge of beating dead a young man on Mogholhat border on Wednesday.
Rajshahi University authorities on Saturday formed an 11-member committee to identify people who committed war crimes and crimes against humanity on the campus during the Liberation War in 1971.
Joypurhat Rab in a raid on Sunday evening recovered several firearms, lethal weapons, explosive materials and books and leaflets on jihad in Khetlal upazila.
One person was arrested on Sunday night in connection with the killing of Jatyia Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) activist Sujit Kumar Singha Roy in Mirpur upazila of the district on Saturday night.
Police arrested three alleged robbers in Lolbaria area of Sadar Dakkhin upazila on Saturday night and rescued three people from their microbus.
Power supply to the district remained suspended for long 36 hours due to major fault in 33 KV transmission line between Palashbari grid station and Gaibandha distribution point.
Health workers of Second Urban Primary Health Care project in Rajshahi city yesterday locked their local head office and five other branch offices demanding arrear salaries.
A 10 year-old girl was murdered in Habiganj while a 4-year-old girl was injured in a rape attempt in Nilphamari yesterday.
Leader of Magura district unit Awami League (AL) Abu Reza Nantu was picked up by police on Sunday night following a bomb explosion near the residence of Magura-1 constituency lawmaker Professor Dr. M. Serajul Akbar at Mahila College road in the town.
Philippine police shot and killed a sacked former policeman who was holding 15 Hong Kong tourists aboard a bus in downturn Manila yesterday and TV images showed some hostages leaving the vehicle alive.
The misery of Pakistan's flooding, which has already displaced millions, is showing up in the form of communicable illnesses, the United Nations said yesterday.
With the withdrawal of the final American combat brigade from Iraq, US commanders in Afghanistan are hoping to emulate a strategy used there as they step up the war against insurgents.
Nepal's parliament failed for the fifth time to elect a new prime minister yesterday, leading the president to warn citizens could lose faith in democracy after a three-month leadership vacuum.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard flew to Canberra yesterday to start talks with independent MPs on forming a government in the wake of weekend elections that have delivered a hung parliament.
A Palestinian official says the Palestinian leader has warned President Barack Obama he will pull out of the upcoming peace talks if Israel ends its settlement slowdown.
Flooding has forced the evacuation of more than a quarter-million people in northern China along its border with North Korea, state media said yesterday.
Iran's president offered friendship to the United States but also taunted Washington by saying he does not fear an attack by the US because it could not even defeat a small army in Iraq, according to a television interview with the leader aired Sunday.
Hundreds of people took part in rival protests over plans for a mosque near the site of the 9/11 terror attacks.
It will take at least four months to rescue 33 miners trapped underground in Chile, the head of the rescue operation said yesterday.
Turkey is to remove Iran from a watch list of nations it considers a specific threat to its national security, a news report said yesterday, amid Western concerns of rapprochement between the two countries.
Arts & Entertainment
A university in Trishal, Mymensingh and a major street in Dhaka have been named after the National Poet of Bangladesh. Special programmes on regional and national levels are held on his birth and death anniversaries. His music, recitation of his poetry and plays based on his stories are aired on those two days on different TV channels. But are these enough?
A solo exhibition featuring works by veteran Bangladeshi photographer Anwar Hossain, titled “Because of You”, is now on at Dhaka Art Centre, Dhanmondi in Dhaka.
Popular actors Ziaul Faruq Apurba and Sadia Jahan Prova tied the knot recently. The wedding took place in Dhaka in presence of a few close friends.
A daylong photography exhibition on Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was held at Alamdanga upazila headquarter in Chuadanga district on Wednesday.
Renowned reciter Bhashwar Bandyopadhyay, his wife noted dancer Sharmila Bandyopadhyay and their daughter Sudeshna Swayamprabha(Tathoi), an emerging dancer, are the guests on Banglavision's talk show "Parompora" tonight. The programme features a celebrity as guest who is joined by a family member -- parent, sibling or spouse -- whose support and influence have played a major role behind his/her success.
Besides impending motherhood, Kajol has just celebrated her birthday and her husband Ajay Devgn has just had a big success in “Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai”.
Boishakhai Natya Gosthi, Faridpur staged a play “Mastan Shunduri O Josna” at Kobi Jasimuddin Hall in the town recently.
India and Pakistan, which emerged as two independent states following the partition of British India in 1947, inherited The Contempt of Courts Act, 1926 (Act No. X11 of 1926). Bangladesh, which was one of the two provinces of the united Pakistan, also adopted this law after its independence in 1971.
The reservoir of hatred has to be very deep for Pakistan to reject India's aid at a time when desperate, flood-affected, marauding men snatch precious food from wailing, helpless women; when advertisements for donations are appearing in British and American newspapers; when the United Nations has stepped in to lead a rescue effort; and when the World Bank has offered two billion dollars over the next two years to ameliorate the consequences of an unprecedented national calamity. It took an American rap across the knuckles before Pakistan accepted India's five million dollars.
Right ideas often prove difficult to apply in practice. The India-Bangladesh $1 billion landmark agreement will entail a win-win situation for both the countries. Transit and connectivity shouldn't be held hostage to politics of competitive populism. Although the Awami League-led grand coalition is apparently at ease with India, some of our right-wing politicians stoke anti-Indian hysteria and spread stories deliberately to make people frightened about the neighbour.
August 24 is observed as the Resistance Day For Repression Against Women, which has been observed since 1996.
Adebate has emerged among government officials, journalists, academics and politicians on the question of indigenous peoples in the Chittagong Hill Tracts. They argue that the current ethnic groups living in the CHT are not indigenous. They claim that they came from somewhere else, mainly pointing to Arakan of Myanmar.
Science & Life
According to our knowledge of evolution, life has originated 3.5 billion years ago in a form of single cell wrapping essential molecules required to form life. After that, complexity came in life forms, multicellular organisms emerged, and evolution turned to macroevolution from microevolution. The first dinosaurs appeared 245 million years ago and dominated the earth till 65 million years ago. A comet or sudden meteoric shower on earth was, probably, responsible for their extinction. Ancient humans originated later after that. I am going to focus the origin of modern humans according to paleontology, the earth science that studies fossil organisms and related remains, and genetic evidence found to date. Since the separation of archaic humans, the hominids, from the apes around 5-7 million years ago the evolutionary tree generated branches for the newer ones. From the hominids, the genus homo had diverged around 2 million years ago in Africa.
Recently geochemists studying Arctic rocks have discovered evidence of ancient rock from the Earth's interior, which, they claim, is as old as the Earth itself. Much of the material that made up the early Earth was lost and modified as the processes of melted mantle began firing up magma to form Earth's crust and plate tectonics then mixed that crust back into the mantle below. Team-leader Dr. Matthew Jackson, Geochemist, Boston University and his group of international researchers discovered this recently from the lava samples of Greenland and Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic only suggest this astounding possibility. Beneath this particular environmental setting lies a region of the Earth's mantle that has largely escaped the billions of years of melting and geological shake-up that has affected the rest of the planet. It must be understood that the mantle is the layer of viscous, super-hot rock that stirs below the solid crust of the planet's surface. Naturally, when covered by 5-to-25-mile-thick crust, this mantle, which actually makes up four-fifths of Earth's volume, is difficult to get to and study. And even when samples of the mantle are found, they usually happen to be relatively young and recycled, emerging at the surface of Earth as molten volcanic material. But the rocks that Dr. Jackson & company discovered were spewed up to the surface of Earth by an eruption about 60 million years ago. Scientists believe that the newly discovered mantle “reservoir” as it is now called, dates from just few tens of millions years after the Earth was first assembled from the collisions of smaller bodies. It is also believed that this reservoir very likely houses the basic elements of compositions of the mantle shortly after the formation of the Earth's interior core. The same very elements that existed before the 4.5 billion-years' process of crust formation and recycling, modified the composition of most of the rest of the Earth's interior. According to co-author Dr. Richard Carlson of Carnegie Institution's dept. of Terrestrial Magnetism, “This was a key phase in the evolution of Earth. It set the stage for everything that came after”.
A recent atom smasher experiment may help finally explain why our universe is mostly made of matter, and not its bizarro-universe sibling, antimatter.
Archaeologists unearthed a Roman bust from the 2nd century AD hailed as the most important archaeological find of the last 50 years in Albania, experts said Friday.
Western barbastelle bats in Europe typically ping out their echolocation calls softly enough to locate a moth for dinner before the moth hears them coming, says Holger Goerlitz of the University of Bristol in England.
A new kind of chlorophyll that catches sunlight from just beyond the red end of the visible light spectrum has been discovered. The new pigment extends the known range of light that is usable by most photosynthetic organisms. Harnessing this pigment's power could lead to biofuel-generating algae that are super-efficient, using a greater spread of sunlight than thought possible.
Cosmophobia is an irrational fear that the world is about to end, and is sparked off by a belief among people that a cosmic end is near. The fear is ancient, and people have been readying for doom on and off - expecting floods, earthquakes, epidemics, drought, or even a collision with another planet. The latest bout was set off by the movie 2012, where the Mayan calendar counts December 21, 2012 as the last day. Earlier, the 2000 millennium frenzy had everyone believe that the end was near. For ages now, there have been apocalyptic predictions which have fuelled cosmophobia, but until now, they have all come to nought.