News of: Saturday, 18th of September, 2010
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The BNP high-ups are divided over joining parliament, which goes into session Monday. So much is the confusion and disagreement that leaders are making conflicting statements about it.
The joint venture between two state-owned power companies of Bangladesh and India to set up Bangladesh's largest coal-fired power plant is likely to be signed within the next three or four weeks, a top official of the Power Development Board said.
The government last night decided to send the Jubo League leader Ibrahim Ahmed's murder case to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) for an in-depth investigation.
Extortion and drug business in the country are being carried out with “assistance” from a section of dishonest policemen, business leaders have alleged.
The government now considers installing speed cameras and speed guns on the road to monitor vehicular movement, backtracking from its earlier decision to set up tracking devices in vehicles.
Flood situation slightly improved in most of the districts across the country yesterday with thousands suffering due to shortage of food, pure drinking water and other essentials.
Parliamentarians of the ruling party and the main opposition yesterday pledged to work together to eradicate poverty from the country.
Whether it is a rainy or a sunny day, the run-down Beribadh road in Swarighat puts the local residents in disarray as they find it extremely hard to cope with its condition.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina leaves for New York this morning to attend the 65th United Nations General Assembly, with an entourage of about 100.
The army's involvement in business is the biggest threat to their profession and it is one of the reasons that led to BDR mutiny, reported a BBC radio documentary yesterday.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner AKM Shahidul Hoque yesterday blamed different newspapers claiming their bid to influence the investigation of Jubo League activist Ibrahim killing case.
The National Education Policy 2010 will be discussed in the next parliament session.
Government's failure to address corruption is threatening the fulfilment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), warned Transparency International, global anti-corruption organisation.
Experts at a seminar yesterday urged all not to be panicked about anthrax although the disease is gradually spreading in different parts of the country.
The husband and in-laws allegedly killed an 18-year-old housewife in Sabujbagh area of the capital yesterday.
A road accident took lives of two police constables on Kurigram-Rangpur highway in Kurigram yesterday.
A blast at an explosives depot in eastern Sri Lanka yesterday killed at least 25 people, including two Chinese road builders and destroyed a police station, the military said.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's office denied yesterday that she had told French President Nicolas Sarkozy her country planned to evacuate its own illegal immigrant camps, after he suggested Berlin was planning measures similar to those undertaken by Paris.
Leading experts on invasive species are demanding Europe-wide legislation be put in place by next year to tackle the threat to native wildlife.
Gunmen attacked two newspaper photographers Thursday in the drug war-torn border city of Ciudad Juarez, killing one and seriously wounding the other.
Despite he existence of laws against Child labour, which prohibit employment of children under 14 in any workplace, under age employment of children in various forms is rampant in the country. A report in the Friday issue of this paper highlights a vivid picture of how children are working under the most hazardous conditions to earn for their families.
Last Saturday, the state of service delivery at the Chittagong port came under a sharp focus at a high level meeting with trade leaders held at the office of the principal secretary to the Prime Minister. Set as it was against the backdrop of sharply declining efficiency at the premier port, considerable urgency got reflected through the meeting to set things right on this front. A number of decisions were adopted unanimously, but only after an intense three-hour deliberation among the stakeholders present.
Just when Jamie Siddon's coaching staff was shaping up to have an all-round feel, one of the vital cogs fell away as assistant coach Khaled Mahmud tendered his resignation to the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) recently.
Three-time Bangladesh League champions Abahani want to capitalise on their success in Assam's Bordoloi Trophy in the upcoming domestic season.
Wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim was hurt during fielding practice at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.
A Bangladesh team, sans its top players, leaves for Russia today to take part in the World Chess Olympiad with the hope of retaining the same spot that they finished in at the 2008 edition.
James Anderson produced figures of 3-26 from ten overs as Pakistan were bowled out for 241 in the first innings of the third one-day international at the Oval on Friday.
Scotland Yard has said it has passed on to prosecutors an initial file of evidence on claims that Pakistan cricketers were involved in spot-fixing.
Daniel Vettori, the New Zealand captain, believes the tours of Bangladesh and India in October and November will give his team an advantage over other overseas sides during the World Cup in the subcontinent early next year.
Middle-order batsman Rokibul Hasan was among 30 players called up by the Dhaka Divisional Sports Association for the National Cricket League four-day competition that begins on September 29.
Nigerian striker Alamu Bukola Olaleken and defender Dami Emanuel arrived in Dhaka early on Friday to sign for rejuvenated Muktijoddha Sangsad for the upcoming season.
Andrew Flintoff predicted England would have no trouble winning the Ashes in Australia "quite convincingly" without him, soon after announcing his retirement from all cricket.
Kieron Pollard's power hitting took the Mumbai Indians to their first win in the Champions League Twenty20 tournament when they Guyana by 31 runs at Kingsmead on Thursday.
Nathan Hauritz is preparing for the greatest challenge of his career as he gets ready to face Sachin Tendulkar and his batting colleagues at home early next month. The Australians fly out on Sunday for the two-Test series in India and Hauritz said he was not daunted by the prospect of leading Australia's spin attack.
Australian fast bowler Brett Lee on Friday praised former rival Andrew Flintoff, who in the defining image of the 2005 Ashes series slung a consoling arm around the distraught Aussie paceman.
Australia's Adam Voges and New Zealand's Andre Adams both had starring roles as Nottinghamshire won English cricket's County Championship on Thursday.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has rebuked New Zealand umpire Tony Hill for publicly airing his belief that Pakistan players deliberately bowled no-balls, a report said Friday.
Rafael Nadal will finish as the world's number one for the second time in three years, the ATP announced on Thursday, just three days after the Spaniard won the US Open to complete a career Grand Slam.
England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff, who has announced his retirement from all formats of cricket because of a long-standing knee injury, will now launch a TV career.
Dashara Naba Jagaran Sangsad defeated Diamond Friends Club 2-0 in the Hafizul Islam Khan Uttu Smriti First Division Football League at the Shaheed Miraz-Tapan Stadium here yesterday.
Kenya's world 800m record holder David Rudisha on Friday made a triumphant return to his hometown of Kilgoris in western Kenya where he was crowned a Masai warrior.
Liverpool and Manchester City enjoyed a Europa League cruise on Thursday as a tournament often derided as the Champions League's poor relation gorged on a feast of 78 goals and three hattricks.
Chelsea will look to strengthen their grip on top spot in the Premier League when Blackpool arrive in London on Sunday with the newboys hoping to avoid a repeat of their previous trip to the capital.
Champions Barcelona travel to unbeaten league leaders Atletico Madrid on Sunday in the first major duel of the 2010/11 La Liga season as both sides present their title credentials.
Temperamental Brazil forward Robinho could get his first start for AC Milan when they face Catania on Saturday (1845 GMT) following an injury
Jose Mourinho said Friday he would like to accept an invitation to take charge of Portugal's national team for their next two Euro 2012 qualifiers but it depends on Real Madrid giving their blessing.
Paris Saint Germain goalkeeper Apoula Edel was set to face further media scrutiny Friday when a tabloid sports weekly claimed to have evidence that he is not really who he claims to be.
Former France midfielder Zinedine Zidane has been appointed ambassador for Qatar's attempt to host the 2022 World Cup, said the Gulf Arab state's bid committee.
Fulham striker Bobby Zamora will be out for five months after breaking an ankle in last weekend's 2-1 Premier League victory over Wolves, Cottagers manager Mark Hughes said Thursday.
Everton manager David Moyes was fined 8,000 pounds (9,558 euros) pounds by the Football Association (FA) on Thursday after admitting a misconduct charge.
Juventus (ITA) 3 (Chiellini 45, 50, Del Piero 68) Lech Poznan (POL) 3 (Rudnevs 14-pen, 30, 90)
Traders have said cattle slaughtering in the capital has plummeted down by almost 92 per cent for anthrax panic across the country, with over 500 people and a good number of cattle infected with the disease.
The government has taken an initiative to reduce morbidity and mortality by controlling vitamin A deficiency under a project by fortifying edible palm and soybean oil with the vitamin by 2012.
Awami League (AL) activists forced to halt the recruitment examination for the deputy commissioner's (DC) office yesterday morning.
Ruling Awami League general secretary Syed Ashraful Islam urged opposition BNP to wait till the next general election to seek the people's mandate and return to parliament
Ten people were killed and 100 others injured in separate road accidents in Mymensingh, Tangail, Netrokona, Thakurgaon, Barisal and Chittagong yesterday.
Bangladesh is at the threshold of a large scale earthquake that might happen anytime, a seismic expert has predicted.
Fearing possible backlash to a court ruling on the ownership to a disputed religious site in northern Indian town of Ayodhya on September 24, Indian government has appealed to the people to maintain peace after the verdict.
A good number of unqualified village doctors practicing allopathy have been prescribing antibiotics for quick recovery from various infections, putting health of rural patients at high risk, an ICDDR, B study reveals.
The 'district e-service centre', the first of its kind in the country, was launched in Jessore on Thursday with a new hope of taking all services of the district administration to the doorsteps of the people.
The sixteen residential halls of Rajshahi University (RU) reopened yesterday after 17 days Eid vacation while the classes and offices will reopen today.
An eight-day joint exercise, code-named ''Ex-Cope South 2010'', between Bangladesh Armed Forces and Pacific Air Force of USA began in Sylhet and Dhaka on Friday, an ISPR press release said.
A sedition case was filed with Debhata Police Station against six Jamaat-e-Islami leaders including Satkhira Jamaat-e-Islami's assistant secretary on Thursday night.
Existing social-economic discrimination among people in the country should be reduced to attain Millennium Development Goals (MDG), said eminent economist Quazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad yesterday.
Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni yesterday said reproductive health service should be improved to a large extent in the country to achieve millennium development goals (MDG) in health sector.
Five double-decker buses for the students, officials and employees of Chittagong University (CU) will start plying on different routes from today.
Sixteen organisations led by Equity and Justice Working Group Bangladesh (equitybd) yesterday demanded cancellation of all foreign debts under the MDG financed projects.
A 70-year-old man early yesterday succumbed to his injuries 15 days after he was bullet hit in crossfire between two gangs in the city.
Power generation at Baropukuria coal-fired power plant resumed yesterday afternoon after a 4-day suspension following technical glitches.
Information Minister Abul Kalam Azad yesterday stressed the need for more cultural exchange between Bangladesh and India to strengthen people to people relations between the two countries.
Members of a family were allegedly beaten up by a group of local criminals over land grabbing in Gazipur district yesterday.
Security guards of an apartment building recovered the body of a teenaged housemaid from a road of the residential building in the city's Wari yesterday morning.
Two policemen of Badarganj Police Station have been closed to Rangpur Police Line here for their alleged involvements in corruptions, extortions and other illegal activities, said police sources.
Police yesterday arrested the man who shaved off his wife's head at Jatrabari in the capital on Thursday allegedly over dowry.
The head of Nepal's opposition Maoists withdrew yesterday from the race to become prime minister to pave the way for fresh talks on forming a national consensus government, his party said.
Two Afghan parliamentary candidates and 18 poll officials and campaign workers have been kidnapped in three separate incidents.
Afghanistan's parliamentary election will have "irregularities", President Hamid Karzai said yesterday, a year after his own re-election was riddled with fraud.
Pakistan's largest city has come to a near standstill following the killing in London of an exiled leader of the powerful Muttahida Qaumi Movement.
A Pakistani police official says fighting between two tribes near the border with Afghanistan has killed 102 people over the last two weeks.
A court martial in Sri Lanka convicted former army chief Sarath Fonseka on Friday of corrupt military supply deals and sentenced him to three years in jail, a top military official told AFP.
India sent soldiers into the streets of Kashmir yesterday as part of a new strategy to use the military to crack down on increasingly angry separatist protests in the region, as two more Muslim demonstrators were killed in clashes, police said.
Hundreds of anti-government activists carried roses to prisons around Thailand yesterday to show their support for jailed colleagues and begin a series of protests marking the fourth anniversary of a military coup.
People who think more about whether they are right have more cells in an area of the brain known as the frontal lobes.
The White House and the French embassy in Washington moved quickly Thursday to shoot down claims that Michelle Obama told her French counterpart Carla Bruni that life was "hell" as first lady.
The UK faces a continuing serious risk of a lethal terrorist attack taking place, the head of MI5 has warned.
Israel reiterated yesterday its refusal to extend curbs on settlement building that expire this month, despite US pressure and Palestinian threats to walk out of peace talks.
Japan says China has shipped drilling equipment to a disputed gas field in the East China Sea, fuelling diplomatic tensions between the Asian giants.
Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan has announced a new cabinet, three days after being re-elected as leader of the governing Democratic Party of Japan.
More than 1,400 samples collected inside West Virginia's Upper Big Branch mine show excessive amounts of coal dust were present before an explosion killed 29 miners, a federal official said yesterday.
Arts & Entertainment
This year only two films have been submitted to the Bangladeshi selection committee that chooses the entry that would compete at the 83rd Academy Awards. According to 83rd Oscars Bangladesh Committee, the submitted films are -- Khalid Mahmood Mithu's “Gohine Shobdo” and Khizir Hayat Khan's “Jaago”.
De-Illumination has created quite a stir in recent times with their debut album “Onibarjo”. The genre -- symphonic metal -- is somewhat fresh, and the amount of effort that went into the album, starting from the compositions, the lyrics and the sound, has started to pay off. The Daily Star (TDS) caught up with one of the founder members of the band, veteran guitarist and former Warfaze member, Sazzad Arefeen. Arefeen talked about the band, their new album and more:
Flattering remarks like “One of the best actresses of Hindi cinema” are casually attributed to anyone with a reasonably successful career. But only the likes of Shabana Azmi are truly deserving of such high praise.
TV serial “Uposhonghar” will be aired on ATN Bangla tonight. Written and directed by Badrul Anam Soud, the serial is aired every Saturday and Sunday at 8:40 pm.
Film City, a state-government run enterprise, stretching out on 400 acres is known as Mumbai's green lung. During the monsoon months, thickets and trees turn into a deep green and grass sprouts wildly all around. Whistling Woods International (WWI), a 20-acre film school -- billed as Asia's largest -- is set amidst this sylvan terrain. It regards itself as the third real film and media studies centre after the Film and Television Institute of India in Pune and the Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute in Kolkata.
A reception and cultural programme were held at Darshana, in Chudanga district on Thursday evening.
Human experience indicates that noble sentiments alone are too weak to control those whose ambitions, greed, aggression and anger give way to threatening and damaging activity on either a small or a grand scale. From insurgency to simple theft there are requirements for laws and for some form of enforcement of those laws. The principal instrument of enforcement in most countries is the police and the judicial processes.
I had interaction with some Kashmiri young men at Delhi this week. There was no doubting of their indignation and exasperation. The killings in the valley, more than 80 since the beginning of stone pelting in June, were very much in my mind and I wanted to know what could be done.
AS a Bangladeshi-American and a microbiologist, I am following the recent anthrax outbreak in Bangladesh with a concern. To my knowledge, this is the largest outbreak of human anthrax in the world since 1978-1980 anthrax epidemics in Zimbabwe (which involved 6,000 reported cases and 100 deaths). More importantly, there is no indication of a slowing down of the outbreak. Authorities in Bangladesh, according to the information published in some daily news papers, stated that the government has sufficient reserve of anthrax vaccine. However, it is not clear what the authorities have actually done to contain the outbreak. It was also stated in the news papers that the citizens should not be concerned about the outbreak since the disease is not dangerous and can be treated easily. And stated that even village doctors (lacking modern medical training) and pharmacists are able to treat the disease.
The term compact city conveys the opposite of urban sprawl. The compact city, we are told, is more energy efficient and less polluting because compact city dwellers can live closer to shops and work and can walk, bike, or take transit to and from. Proponents claim it promotes more community-oriented social patterns. After all the work of Leon Krier, Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk -- progenitors of the current American compact city movement -- originated in social critiques of zoning and suburbia. In the United States, compact cities are also called transit-oriented developments and neo traditional towns promoted through the smart growth movement.
Merely relief and rehabilitation activities were conducted previously in the country at government and non-government initiatives during disaster and post disaster periods. But the issue of raising awareness on disaster, preparedness, mitigational activities almost always remained neglected.
Abdul Mannan Syed's sudden and premature demise on September 5, 2010, at 67 appears to have occurred with the wattage and force that had stunningly accompanied his emergence on the Bangladesh literary scene about forty-six years ago.He was below-twenty at that time -- an age when average Bengalee writers just pussy-foot around the mainstream literature. But Mannan Syed was free of all kinds of awkwardness during his literary debut.
If Tagore was the last poet in the Bengali tradition, Jibanananda Das was the first of a new breed. And this new breed, in the trend of Bengali modern and post modern poetry, has been unarguably sustained by the powerful contributions of Shamsur Rahman.
Translation: Md. Simon Rahman
I am the poem of life
You extol me in fables of love
Fellows admire me for lust
Desires invent moonlight in me
You drape me in seductive poem
And yet equal I was not meant to be
Agriculture is very closely related to several major health problems like undernutrition, malaria, AIDS, food-borne diseases, diet-related chronic diseases (heart disease), diabetes, obesity and a range of occupational health hazards. This creates a strong reason for the sectors to work together — to orient agricultural systems to the benefit of health systems, and vice versa.
Mothers who don't breastfeed their newborns for at least one month are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes at some point in their lives than women who do, a Pennsylvania study finds.
You have got a disease (do not panic, but imagine!). So, you should go to a doctor for treatment purpose. Medical terms are complicated that you often get confused which type of physician you should consult with. But when they are broken up into their root parts (mostly Greek and Latin) they become comparatively simple.
It was just 9 years back. After 9/11, Anthrax was a serious issue in the western world. During that time, I was involved with a reputed university in a developed country. One morning, we had to face an alert due to this Anthrax — a potential weapon for Bioterrorism.
Health Ministers from WHO’s South-East Asia Region met at the 28th Meeting of Ministers of Health in Bangkok to review health development in the Region, identify challenges and provide policy direction for future action on health issues, says a press release.
President Obama has seriously failed to imagine that his support for the Muslim cultural centre near Ground Zero would create such repulsion and hatred. Since the President's support based upon the constitutional guarantee of religious freedom for all religions, conservative groups and the families of 9/11 victims have raised hell to stop the proposed centre. It has led to renewed hate campaign and attacks on Muslims. A priest in Florida has called for burning of the Koran to mark the 9/11 anniversary and led General Petraeus to warn that such an act would seriously harm US efforts in Afghanistan and President Obama to describe it as a “recruitment bonanza “ for Al Qaeda. Another group has called for denying Muslims the right to build new mosques unless they renounce the Koran!
US may reposition and mobilize these troops against Iran?
Baghdad: As U.S. combat troops leave Iraq, the helicopters are sticking around.
Star Books Review
Books have been burned and writers have been persecuted through the ages. And yet you would expect that in these present times, which are often described in glowing terms as post-modernity, the savagery which in earlier phases of human existence sought to destroy all the good that man could bring forth would have drawn to a close. Not so. Think of the brutality visited upon Baghdad through the Anglo-American invasion of Iraq in 2003. In the days immediately following the fall of Baghdad, for yet one more time in history, all the libraries and all the museums in the city were systematically looted. Vandals and thieves simply walked away with the books or put them to the torch. It was but the beginning, for over the next few days and weeks, books all over Iraq would go missing even as American and British soldiers stood by, their job ostensibly to ensure security in a soon to be 'democratic' Iraq.