News of: Saturday, 25th of September, 2010
BNP Standing Committee member Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury's name yesterday came up during enquiry into crimes against humanity committed in 1971 at Raozan upazila of Chittagong.
Bangladesh Bridge Authority (BBA) has invited technical and financial offers from the four lowest bidders to select an investor for the Dhaka Elevated Expressway (DEE).
Nobel Laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus has suggested bringing young people of the world together, with the massive power of technology as well as the support of social business, to ensure that Millennium Development Goals (MDG) are achieved in all countries.
Ten-year-old Noor Mohammad was spraying pesticide and fungicide in the paddy field his father cultivates. He was also performing the dangerous act of blowing the spraying pipe from time to time to make it work smoother -- his body parts including his eyes totally unprotected against the killer toxins.
CNG refuelling stations in Savar and Ashulia zone are about to shut down permanently due to severe gas crisis.
Police seized a huge number of jihadi publications, several pairs of police uniform and replica shotguns and handguns from a two-storey building in the capital's Elephant Road yesterday.
Several thousand Bangladeshis overstaying their visas in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) can return home without facing punishment after the kingdom announced a six-month amnesty for overstayers of certain categories.
Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) is going to launch an eviction drive early next month to recover car parking spaces of buildings from illegal occupancy that forces car users to park their vehicles on the streets causing traffic bottleneck.
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Thursday night arrested an aide of Awami League lawmaker Nurunnabi Chowdhury Shaon and took him on a three-day remand yesterday in connection with the killing of AL activist Ibrahim Ahmed.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will address the 65th session of the UN General Assembly today afternoon.
US president Barack Obama yesterday congratulated Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for Bangladesh's achievements in attaining UN-set Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that earned the country the special UN award.
Bangladesh Nationalist Party will not join the ongoing Jatiya Sangsad session, as the party top brass believe the atmosphere in parliament is in no way congenial to the opposition.
A couple and their six-year-old son died in a fire at Rajapur upazila, Jhalakathi yesterday.
The Dhaka-Sylhet and Comilla-Sylhet highways were blocked for more than an hour as hundreds of villagers were locked in a clash over a trivial issue at the Biswa Road intersection here yesterday.
At least 12 people including two policemen were injured in a clash between law enforcers and locals at Majaidanga village in Chilmari upazila Thursday.
Water Development Board (WDB) authorities Thursday night filed a case against the four Chhatra League leaders and activists who issued threats to the WDB executive engineer for not allowing them to drop tenders after the deadline.
Two criminals were bullet hit in a gunfight with Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in Mohammadpur of the capital early yesterday.
US lawmakers yesterday approved a measure granting the Congressional Gold Medal to Nobel peace prize winner Mohammad Yunus, a pioneer of micro-credit.
Joint General Secretary of Awami League Mahbubul Alam Hanif yesterday said BNP has decided not to join parliament to hinder the trial of the war criminals and to cover up the corruption of Khaleda Zia's two sons, Tarique Rahman and Arafat Rahman.
A Jubo League leader was bullet hit at Nicha Bazar of the city yesterday afternoon.
The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is holding an extraordinary meeting in Rome sparked by global fears about high food prices.
The UN atomic watchdog threw out yesterday an Arab-backed resolution against Israel which the United States and its western allies feared could have jeopardised newly launched Middle East peace talks.
US President Barack Obama yesterday slammed "hateful," "inexcusable" and "offensive" remarks by Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad about the September 11 attacks in 2001.
Hardly three months have passed since the devastating Nimtoli fire claimed 124 lives in the Old Dhaka, when 50 residents of a six-storey house were taken ill Wednesday morning after they inhaled toxic fumes from a dyeing factory in the densely populated Madhya Kunipara of Tejgaon Industrial Area of the city.
Terror financing is in fact one of the most important factors in combating terrorism. The adoption of the International Convention for Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism in Dec 1999 had prepared a groundwork on which countries could formulate laws to cut off the terrorist organisations from their sources of sustenance.
The last time Khulna won the National Cricket League title, they had to beat Barisal in the crucial 10th round game without Habibul Bashar, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, Shakib Al Hasan, Abdur Razzak, Tushar Imran and Syed Rasel. All were busy on those days with the national setup.
Iran came from two goals down to stage a 3-2 victory over Jordan but Bangladesh went down 6-0 again, this time to India in the concluding day of the AFC Under-19 Women's qualification round matches at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium yesterday. Iran's victory saw them emerge as group champions with the maximum nine points from three matches and sealed them a spot for the second round.
While England off-spinner Graeme Swann is having the best phase of his career, Shakib Al Hasan is not far behind.
Iranian coach Ali Akbar Pourmoslemi vowed to take popular Abahani to the standard of Asian club level during his six-month stint after arriving in the capital yesterday.
Bangladesh lost in both their men's and women's games in the fourth round of the 39th World Chess Olympiad in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia yesterday.
Pakistan one-day captain Shahid Afridi hinted at a return to Test cricket Friday as the team returned from what he called the "most difficult" tour of his career in England.
Dhaka Mariner Youngs Club, Arambagh KC, Madaripur Handball Training Center and Azad Sporting Club won their respective matches on the opening day of the United Oil Women's Handball League at the Handball Stadium yesterday.
Najmul Alam Nobin was the star of The Daily Star with a hattrick that powered his side to an emphatic 4-0 win over Sokaler Khobor in the DRU-Rapid Securities Media football tournament at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
Australia spinner Nathan Hauritz admitted that it would be a "tough challenge" to bowl against Sachin Tendulkar in the upcoming Test series but said the champion batsman too is vulnerable to mistakes.
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has promised to lead from the front as the fallen giants of English football bid to recover from the embarrassment of their League Cup defeat by fourth-tier Northampton.
Sevilla missed the chance to go top of the Spanish first division after being pegged back to a 1-1 home draw
Former European champions Juventus slumped to a second defeat in four matches on Thursday as Palermo grabbed a 3-1 victory to leave the Turin giants sixth from bottom of Serie A.
Champions Barcelona will be without the injured Lionel Messi again at Athletic Bilbao on Saturday but team mate David Villa said he suspected the Argentine would be back for next week's Champions League trip to play Rubin Kazan.
Inter Milan playmaker Wesley Snei-jder has been hailed by a scooter rider for helping her after an accident in Milan city centre.
New Delhi welcomed the first athletes to its crisis-hit Comm-onwealth Games on Friday as organisers raced against time to rescue the event amid claims the city should never have been chosen.
England recalled spinner Monty Panesar and fast bowler Chris Tremlett when they named a 16-man squad for their defence of the Ashes in Australia here on Thursday.
No-one can play Pakistan at home right now and as far as the likes of former England captain Ian Botham are concerned no-one should be playing them at all because of the 'spot-fixing' allegations facing the side.
Graeme Swann, the England offspinner, wanted to pull out of the fourth one-day international at Lord's on Monday following Ijaz Butt's claim that England took money to lose the previous match at The Oval. It was only after extensive negotiations between the ECB and the players that the game went ahead, but Swann has revealed the players were ready to take drastic action.
Star cricketer Sachin Tendulkar has become the latest to heap praise on Indian woman boxer MC Mary Kom for her unprecedented feat of five world titles, describing her achievements as "remarkable".
Ward No. 4 blanked Ward No. 6 2-0 in the day's first match of the 2nd Councilor Gold Cup Football tournament at the Rajshahi Stadium yesterday.
Barcelona's Argentine star Lionel Messi returned to training on Friday, five days after injuring his ankle, but away from the first-team squad, the club announced.
One-day captain Shahid Afridi Friday called Pakistan's scandal-marred tour of England the "most difficult" of his career as the team staged a low-key return home after four gruelling months away.
David Beckham said on Thursday he will sue an American weekly magazine that published allegations that the former England captain had slept with a prostitute.
Manchester United coach Sir Alex Ferguson travelled to Spain this week to watch Atletico Madrid goalkeeper David de Gea, Spanish sports newspapers said on Friday.
AS Roma's French defender Philippe Mexes has been handed a three-match ban after blasting a match official while being sent off in Wednesday's 2-1 defeat to Brescia.
A three-day biannual conference of World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO) of Asia region kicked off yesterday with a call to strengthen fair trade to create opportunities for small and marginal producers and artisans.
Joint General Secretary of Awami League Mahbubul Alam Hanif yesterday said BNP has decided not to join parliament to hinder the trial of the war criminals and to cover up the corruption of Khaleda Zia's two sons, Tarique Rahman and Arafat Rahman Koko.
Export of citrus fruits from the country is yet to find momentum due to pest infestation, post harvest losses, peak season glut and lack of proper information about both domestic and export markets.
Information Commissioner Sadeka Halim yesterday said massive mass-awareness should be raised in the society for the successful implementation of Right to Information Act.
Primary and Mass Education Minister Afsarul Amin yesterday once again said newly appointed primary school teachers were recruited through a transparent process and only meritorious people were appointed.
Many mobile phone users will soon be using home-made sets as a Chinese company is expanding its manufacturing plant to Bangladesh to take benefit of the country's rapidly expanding mobile phone market.
The government has increased the number of scholarship by 10 percent for class V students who will appear at the primary terminal examinations.
An eight-member representative team of Asia Pacific region Scout yesterday started visiting scout activities of Bangladesh.
Law Minister Shafique Ahmed said the law enforcers can take legal action against Barrister Fakhrul Islam, a lawyer for detained Jamaat-e-Islami leaders, as he said that "no war took place between Bangladesh and Pakistan in 1971."
Some 1,290 bottles of phensidyl were recovered at Kapaskanda in Bera upazila on Thursday night.
An apparent yet little community intervention has brought several unregulated quacks on right track to practising allopathy in rural areas, but public health scientists say many challenges are still ahead for the outcome to sustain.
Three people, including a schoolboy, were killed and 12 others injured in separate road accidents in Dinajpur, Satkhira and Jhenaidah districts yesterday.
Five cops of Gaibandha detective branch (DB) sustained injuries in a clash with gamblers and their supporters on the occasion of a boat race on river Jamuna at Utter Uria in Fulchari upazila on Thursday.
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) handed over five men to Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Akhaura police through Akhaura Check Post on Thursday night.
The Doctors Association of Bangladesh yesterday criticised the prime minister's health adviser for his recent remark that nobody without Awami League affiliation will be appointed as health worker to 13,350 posts at the community clinics.
Two persons were electrocuted at Sadullapur and Fulchari upazila in Gaibandha yesterday.
As the trial of war criminals started it came as a big relief for Shawan Mahmud, the only child of martyred famous lyricist and musician Altaf Mahmud.
At least three people went missing when a launch hit a ferry anchored at Mawa ghat on Thursday night.
A devastating fire burnt seven shops to ashes at Kuti Bus Stand Bazar under Kasba Upazila of the district at 1:15 am yesterday.
The government has embarked upon a plan to manufacture three-wheeler CNG-driven auto rickshaws at home aimed at replacing the city's non-motorized rickshaws.
Two criminals were wounded in a gunfight with Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in the city's Mohammadpur area early yesterday.
Police yesterday recovered the body of a teenage girl from her Pallabi residence in the city yesterday morning.
Israel yesterday raised the possibility of a compromise on settlement construction just ahead of the scheduled ending of curbs that threatened to derail US-backed Middle East peace talks.
Pakistan said yesterday it would petition the United States to repatriate a Pakistani mother of three sentenced to 86 years in jail for attempted murder whose fate sparked furious protests.
Ahead of Indian Defence Minister AK Antony's visit here next week, the US has said it wants to expand its military ties with India in 'mutually beneficial' ways with more exchanges and exercises.
Myanmar officials said yesterday that detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi would be entitled to vote in the upcoming election, despite earlier statements that she would be barred from taking part.
Japan was to release a Chinese trawler captain yesterday at the heart of a fierce territorial row with China that has threatened ties between Asia's two biggest and increasingly interdependent economies.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told the United Nations Thursday most people believe the US government was behind the attacks of September 11, 2001, prompting the US delegation to leave the hall in protest.
Countries bordering the north-east Atlantic rejected a ban proposal on deep-sea offshore drilling destined to avoid an environmental disaster comparable to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, Norway said yesterday.
President Benigno Aquino ordered a halt to the demolition of thousands of squatter shanties in the Philippine capital following violent street protests, the presidential palace said yesterday.
Former Liberian warlord Prince Johnson has told the BBC there is no reason he cannot stand in the country's presidential elections next year.
The Sri Lankan president has called for a rethink on international rules governing the conduct of war.
Arts & Entertainment
Sharmin Shila's career in the television media spans almost a decade. The actress, who is currently rushed off her feet with work, spoke to The Daily Star on a range of issues.
They belonged to the same age bracket. Bengal's magnificent trio of the 1920s and 1930s--- Dilip Kumar Roy, Subhas Chandra Bose and Kazi Nazrul Islam.
Speakers at a recent discussion said that there is scope for disseminating Manipuri art globally. Rabindranath Tagore brought classic dance to Shantiniketan from the culturally rich Sylhet. They also emphasised the need to nurture Manipuri culture both at home and abroad.
US singer Eddie Fisher, who sold millions of records in the 50s and was married to Elizabeth Taylor and Debbie Reynolds, has died at the age of 82.
Guess who features in this month’s DS Café? None other than the versatile TV and film actress Tisha. She will take your calls at The Daily Star office. Just ring 8126155 between 11 am-noon” on September 30 and fire away all your questions to Tisha. She will reply individually to each of your queries.
A vibrant cultural programme was held at the conference room of Thakurgaon Circuit House on Wednesday afternoon.
We finally come one step closer to knowing who Ted Mosby's wife is, when season six of 'How I Met Your Mother' premiered on September 20, 2010. No one knew that the story of a man's recollection of meeting his bride could spark so much laughter, until it took the shape of 'How I Met Your Mother', an American TV series which has captured audiences' hearts since 2005.
Tivoli Art Gallery is set to organise a group art exhibition of 10 noted painters of the country. The exhibition begins on September 25 and will run till October 4.
Satkhira district Sangskritik Parishad, a district level cultural organisation in the town, held an Eid reunion, a discussion and cultural function at Satkhira Shilpakala Academy auditorium at Shaheed Abdur Razzak Park in the town on September 22.
The rights of citizens in a democratic polity and the role of police therein, particularly in a fledgling democracy like ours is an issue that engages all right-thinking people. It was thus quite heartening to learn of a two day workshop on “our Rights: The Role of police in a democratic society” organized by Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (Blast), Nagorik, Uddayog, (Citizens initiative) and 'Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI).
It was a laudable judgment of the Supreme Court, which upheld the right of Indian Muslims to inherit the property that their fathers and forefathers had left behind before migrating to Pakistan. I went to town to say that no other country could have delivered such a landmark verdict to prove India's secular credentials. It was another nail driven in the coffin of communalism.
Leaders in all segments of the country are drifting like sailors oblivious of the thunderheads piling high on the far horizon. Nobody realises that the country is sliding into a national crisis -- a loss of faith in all. This serious erosion of confidence in the leaders may be fatal for the survival of the fledgling democracy.
The unpleasant occurrence that took place on 17 September at Pabna during the recruitment examination of some staff for DC Office has generated strong resentment among the members of the civil society and bureaucracy as a whole since some unruly persons wanted to foil the process of recruitment to get their entry in the services of the Republic by force. The motive behind baffling the examination was obviously blaming the administration with a bad name like indulging in question leakage while most examinees firmly opined the accusation as untrue and intentional. Even the Deputy Commissioner, Pabna openly denied the allegations as baseless.
Earth is the third planet from the Sun. Because the Sun gives energy, we call it aditya, as a part of our myth, the sun god. In a way, all the energy on earth, transmutable, are parts of solar energy because earth was itself part of the sun. On earth, life prospered through propagation and multiplication, which in turn consumed all basic kinds of energy to sustain the living jolt. Human does use energy as trees do. However, the energy conserved by the trees is transformed to fossil fuel, and used by us, the humans, and is expendable.
Many people think murdering their parents is a bad thing. In general, it's a lifestyle choice which gets a bad rap.
The concept of sustainability drew global attention through the Brundtland Report on “Our Common Future” published in 1987. It was enriched at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, and reaffirmed at the World Summit on Sustainable Development held in Johannesburg in 2002. That Summit urged the global community to complete the formulation and elaboration of national strategies for sustainable development and begin their implementation by 2005, as mapped out in the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation. Sustainable development is now widely accepted as resting on the three pillars of the sustainability of economic growth, social development and environmental protection.
Environment is a development issue, which is receiving attention now in the world including Bangladesh. Our country today faces major problems of deforestation, desertification, air and water pollution and other environmental degradation. In the context of population and development integration, environment problems cannot be separated from the population problems.
This is the second part of my article entitled “How likely is flooding this year?”, which was published in the issue of 'The Daily Star' on August 07 of 2010. While the first part was prepared based on the on-going La Niña event at that time, the second part is prepared on the basis of further strengthening of that on-going La Niña. Although, the first part was published in August, I actually prepared it in the month of May 2010. It was originally intended to be published earlier. But it was not done when some other water experts also commented that the possibility of a flood in 2010 (at least at a moderate level) was nil.
You would be wrong if you thought because he was short and pitchy, and was a beggar Aman would not have carnal desires or he could not be susceptible to bouts of anger. When waves of passion thudded at his heart, he did not feel like begging. He did not beg at the entrance to the mosque any more, for the faithful who came out after prayers, wearing pyjamas and loose shirts and donning skullcaps, hardly went beyond a penny or two; and how could they? The way the beggars swarmed the place, it was difficult to give more, he told himself, as he, after finding a little space near the supermarket, gripped his crutch. Not that he would not be able to walk without it, but he used the crutch nonetheless, which made him look even more forlorn. Ashamed he felt though to beg before the girls who come here to shop; he narrowed his small eyes to fend off such feelings. But when some of them sifted through their purse to fish out a taka or two, Aman's close-set eyes refused to obey him. Trust them, these girls! And the way they dress! Things that you craved for would brush past you; you would be left with this ball of flame in your body; what you would do with this was solely up to you. Red hot he was with desire, but he did not know in what lake he would take a dip to douse this flame.
Ah, beautiful autumn has stepped in, setting my gypsy blood astir. I always think that there is a part of me that wants to roam around the world like a gypsy. And at times like this, when the season is changing to maddening autumn, I feel like staying out with nature. I don't want to miss out on the thrill that the changing season holds. For me this is life, this is exhilaration. I can picture myself growing wings so that I can travel with the fleecy white clouds that autumn brings. I would float over the vales and hills. I would float over the swaying white 'kash' flowers and I would float with the clouds that bring in sudden drizzles in this season. The gypsy in me wants to rest beneath the twinkling stars at night. I will ride the white cotton-like clouds that hide the moon. Home, office and materialistic wants --- all seem to be a part of me that for the time being is left far behind. My thoughts are lost to autumn and all that it beholds, my soul sings to autumn.
He darts into the washroom, splashes water on his face; sprays as much air freshener as has been left in the bottle. Lemon-fragrant air freshener. He throws up in the commode; flashes it hastily. He is whining like a little girl. Warm droplets are streaming down his cheeks. He can't breathe. He rubs his hands with the washing foam. The smell of the liquid soap mingled with the lemon-fragrant air freshener lets out a totally different smell…now that new smell inundates the white tiled washroom. It is similar to the smell of burnt flesh.
Conclusions transform like night to day
In recent years, the field of cardiology (which deals with heart diseases) has been developed remarkably in Bangladesh with the establishment of high tech private and specialised cardiac hospitals. Despite these advancements, common people often face significant hurdles in finding timely and affordable health care to get treated and protected against world’s largest killers, heart diseases.
Two weeks after Eid celebration, the nation has been brought back to their usual routines of working life — the same stress of wading through traffic, dealing with work piled up after the break, working long hours to meet deadlines and complaining about rampant office politics. We spend more than half of our waking hours at our workplace, which leaves us very little time to do anything fruitful or enjoyable once we are at home. So incorporating healthy activities at the place where we spend time the most is crucial.
Hemorrhoids (also known as piles) occur when rectal veins become swollen, itchy, painful and tender, often from straining to move the bowels.
In a rare success for the much-headlined vision of gene therapy, scientists said recently they had corrected flawed DNA in an 18-year-old man suffering from a debilitating form of anaemia. The unnamed patient received a gene that corrected a blood disorder known as beta-thalassaemia and three years on, his health is "remarkable" and his quality of life good, they said.
Sudden injury or illness can be fatal unless proper care is provided promptly. This prompt care before taking to a hospital is known as first aid. It does not replace the physician, but assists the victim to survive and reduce immediate complications before proper medical care is accessed.
It is known to all that prime mover of an efficient Armed Forces is the quality and capability of the commanders. Success of the commanders' rests broadly on the uninterrupted functioning of the chain of command as it is stratified into various levels of authority. History is replete with examples that whenever the authority based on a number of echelons was either breached or interfered with-- there was trauma, at times bordering upheaval. Experience in this regard at home since 1975 provides testimony in favour of the assertion made above.
Six weeks after the start of Pakistan's devastating floods, waters pouring into a lake in southern Pakistan are threatening several towns and forcing tens of thousands of people to flee, officials said on 13th September.
The Swiss defence industry says restrictive export laws introduced two years ago have put it at a disadvantage compared to manufacturers in other European countries. Exports were down in the first half of this year, which some parliamentarians say is the result of banning sales to countries involved in armed conflict or which “systematically and severely violate human rights”.
Star Books Review
Climate Change Begins at Home:
Life on the two-way street of global warming
The Rest Is Noise
Rural Local Government In Bangladesh
Mohammad Rafiqul Islam Talukdar
The Moon in the Water
Perera Hussain Publishing House
Shadows Across the Playing Fields:
60 Years of India-Pakistan Cricket
Shashi Tharoor, Shaharyar Khan
Roli Books Pvt. Ltd