News of: Tuesday, 28th of September, 2010
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The government is going to sign a $770 million tied loan deal with China, which will require selection of two Chinese firms to set up a fertiliser factory and lay out telecom network.
Prime minister's adviser HT Imam yesterday criticised the media for "exaggerating" Thursday's view exchange between administration officers of Pabna and different professionals on September 17 attacks on government officials.
Yet another historic document, which contained names of employees of the Mujibnagar government in exile during the Liberation War, is missing from the government custody.
The Dhaka Medical College Hospital now remains a neglected centre for the treatment of the lower middle-class and poor sections only, observed National Human Rights Commission Chairman Prof Mizanur Rahman.
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) Director General Raman Srivastava said yesterday people killed by BSF personnel in the bordering areas were 'criminals,' and almost half of them were Indian nationals.
The Election Commission is making preparations to begin legal battle against the High Court's order that stayed for six months its gazette notification, declaring Awami League leader Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir's seat in parliament vacant.
Condemning the attack on district officials in Pabna, BNP yesterday accused Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of encouraging tender manipulation, attacks on administration and recruitment trade across the country.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has assured the expatriate Bangladeshis of resuming operation of Dhaka-New York flight of Bangladesh Biman by 2011 as well as considering their voting rights.
Eminent film actor Saifuddin Ahmed passed away last night due to old age complications at the Combined Military Hospital in the capital.
The Right To Information (RTI) Forum has called upon the government to make public all the signed national and international agreements, which are related to public interests.
Saudis have become freer in the five years of King Abdullah's reign but civil rights remain far from institutionalised and vulnerable to political change, Human Rights Watch said yesterday.
Pakistan yesterday lodged a strong protest with NATO over air strikes by the alliance's helicopters on its territory near the Afghan border saying they violated a UN mandate, the foreign office said.
Afghanistan's election body has ordered a partial recount of votes from seven of the country's 34 provinces on suspicion of fraud, potentially delaying the results of a parliamentary poll further, an official said yesterday.
Pakistan said yesterday it would leave "no stone unturned" in trying to bring home a woman scientist sentenced to 86 years in jail by a US court.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon yesterday expressed disappointment at Israel's refusal to extend a halt to new settlements in Palestinian territories, a spokesman said.
Does one have to throw the normal order of work or for that matter the established procedures of the government, out of the window to deliver something to the people in quick time? And should speedy work necessarily entail bending the rules for which the government functionaries need protection of the law through enactment of a 'Super Law'? That is exactly the impression we get from what the government is trying to do to give itself immunity from prosecution in respect of projects related to quick generation, distribution and marketing of power and gas for the next two years.
That the UN has dedicated a day to the people's Right to Know is a significant development. The right is considered sacrosanct in any civilised setting and is the cornerstone of democracy and good governance.
Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal yesterday confessed that the anxiety over his injury had finally subsided and he was confident of making a timely return to playing.
Rajshahi left-arm spinner Sanjamul Islam was talking to this reporter several months ago about his impending big-money move in the Premier League. It was a happy conversation but when it unavoidably shifted to the certainty of Rangpur's participating in the National Cricket League, the normally jovial Sanjamul's mood shifted to sadness.
Bangladesh national football coach Robert Rubcic professed himself impressed by the calm environment at the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan in Savar, but confessed that the players still had a long way to go to impress him at the end of a 12-day training camp at the country's lone sporting institute.
Hundreds of athletes moved into the Commonwealth Games village in New Delhi on Monday, as a row loomed over the role of Prince Charles at the opening ceremony just six days away.
The New Zealand cricket team will arrive in Dhaka tonight to play a five-match one-day series against the Tigers at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.
The Chennai Super Kings crushed the Eastern Cape Warriors by eight wickets in the final of the Champions League Twenty20 tournament at the Wanderers Stadium on Sunday.
National discard Mohammad Ashraful will lead the BCB XI for the first warm-up match against New Zealand to be held on October 1 at BKSP.
Pullouts by top athletes will not dilute the track and field competition, the organising committee of the Delhi Commonwealth Games have said.
Defending champion Maria Sharapova fell victim to local favourite Kimiko Date Krumm in the first round of the Pan Pacific Open women's tennis tournament on Monday.
Uncapped batsman Ajinkya Rahane hit a sparkling century as a three-day practice match between the visiting Australians and an Indian side ended in a draw on Monday.
Pakistan paceman Mohammad Asif, who is being investigated by British police in a major spot-fixing scandal, is to celebrate his wedding this week.
Advocate Abdur Rob Smrity Summer Open (Rating) Badminton tournament gets underway at the Suhrawardi Indoor Stadium in Mirpur today.
For the second consecutive day, rain played foul in the 4th Women's National Cricket League in Sylhet yesterday.
Veteran French striker David Trezeguet scored twice as promoted Hercules took another big league scalp defeating Sevilla 2-0 on Sunday.
Didier Deschamps on Tuesday returns to Chelsea, the club where he spent one season, knowing his Marseille team face a stern Champions League challenge.
Manager Jose Mourinho promised attacking football and goals when he took over at Real Madrid in the summer but under his guidance Real have scored a meagre six goals in their first five league matches firing blanks again in Saturday's 0-0 draw at promoted Levante.
Lazio joined reigning champions Inter Milan at the top of Serie A on Sunday after a second-half goal from Argentine striker Mauro Zarate brought a 1-0 win at fellow high-riders Chievo.
Frank Lampard will miss Chelsea's Champions League clash with Marseille on Tuesday as he continues to recover from hernia surgery which could also sideline him for England's Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro.
Barcelona star Lionel Messi has been named to the squad to travel to Russia for the Champions League match at Rubin Kazan on Wednesday, more than a week after being sidelined with an ankle injury.
Sevilla have sacked their coach Antonio Alvarez over the club's disappointing start to the season and replaced him with former Real Mallorca boss Gregorio Manzano, it announced Monday.
New Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier's first league match in charge of the Birmingham club saw them move up into fifth place as they won 2-1 away to Midlands rivals Wolves.
Asian giants Iran will play five-time World Cup winners Brazil on October 7 in the United Arab Emirates, the ISNA news agency reported Monday.
Arsenal will be without under-fire goalkeeper Manuel Almunia for their Champions League tie away to Partizan Belgrade on Tuesday after he was ruled out with an elbow injury.
Bhorer Kagoj, Destiny, Channel I and Naya Diganta won their respective first matches in the second round of the DRU-Raid Securities Media Football tournament at Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
The Dhaka Metropolis Table Tennis League begins at the Wooden Floor Gymnasium today with the First Division.
Snake catchers in New Delhi said Monday they had removed an adult cobra from the newly built tennis centre that will be used next week for the Commonwealth Games.
The lineup of super four of United Oil Women's Handball League was completed after the matches of Abahani, Jatrabari, Madaripur HTC and Jatrabari KC were held at the Handball Stadium yesterday.
Ed Rainsford smashed the last ball of the match for six to give Zimbabwe a two-wicket win over Ireland in a one-day international at the Harare Sports Club on Sunday.
Top seeded players in both men's and women's group of the Shahjalal Islami Bank Open Tennis had easy wins to move to the next round of games.
Bangladesh Bank will put another $100 million into the Export Development Fund (EDF) amid rising demand from exporters who use it to finance purchases of foreign input once an export contract is signed.
Indian textile maker Arvind will set up a denim manufacturing plant in Bangladesh with an investment of $66 million over three years, officials in Bangladesh said yesterday.
The High Court (HC) yesterday stayed the stockmarket regulator's directive on share credit and 'trigger sale' for three months.
Jewellers in Bangladesh are bracing for a slump in sales as gold prices rose to a new high on the international market.
Three trade bodies yesterday formed a nine-member committee to control yarn prices.
Real estate leaders yesterday demanded the government revise and soften the punitive measures for disciplining the defaulting real estate developers for wrongdoings.
The government has planned to offload shares of at least two companies under Bangladesh Steel and Engineering Corporation into capital market within the next six months in a bid to boost the industrial sector.
The Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) will take steps to immediately improve the port's capacity and efficiency.
The Bangladesh Chamber of Industries (BCI) yesterday demanded that the government extend the deadline for submitting tax returns, to ease the process for the payers.
Nestle laid out on Monday a strategy of health focused subsidiaries to exploit growing business opportunities for foods which help with ageing and conditions such as heart trouble.
PURNAVA Limited, a manufacturer of non-medicated healthcare products, has introduced OMEGA-3 or O3 eggs this month to add value to the country's nutrition deficiency.
Back in 2003, Kofi Annan called out to the financial services community stating, “Together, we can and must build inclusive financial sectors that help people improve their lives.”
Will Anil Ambani's Reliance Communications now turn to plan E? India's No. 2 cellular carrier, which has tried at least four different and so far fruitless ways to raise capital over the past year or so, will on Tuesday seek permission from shareholders for the right to sell fresh equity.
GREEN DELTA INSURANCE
The Securities and Exchange Commission has accorded its consent to the proposed change in the denomination of share value (face value) of the insurer from Tk 100 to Tk 10 each as well as market lot from 10 to 100 shares.
Oil prices inched up in afternoon Asian trade as a weaker dollar outweighed a bleak US economic outlook, analysts said Monday.
Wal-Mart has entered talks to buy South African wholesaler Massmart for 4.2 billion dollars (3.1 billion euros), as the world's largest retailer seeks to enter Africa's biggest economy.
Japan's Sharp Corp. said Monday it will launch an e-bookstore service in December with two new "Galapagos" tablet readers, with the service set to expand to movies, games and music early next year.
South Korea's top carmaker Hyundai Motor confirmed Monday it would bid for a troubled construction firm, setting the stage for a bidding war with its former parent Hyundai Group.
Wolseley, the world's biggest distributor of plumbing and heating products, said on Monday that it planned to create a holding company in Switzerland to slash its tax bill.
A person involved in ship-breaking business would face punishment of up to 10 years' imprisonment and a fine of maximum Tk10 lakh for polluting environment or causing health hazard, said a new provision included in the environment protection law.
The establishment ministry secretary yesterday said citizen charter could be a device to build bridge between government service providers and consumers.
The government plans for setting up a separate traffic division to build a trained traffic force to ease traffic congestion in metropolitan cities including the capital, Home Minister Sahara Khatun told parliament yesterday.
Different organisations have taken up various programmes to celebrate the 64th birthday of Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina today.
Pro-BNP leaders of Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) yesterday demanded the government cancel the system of appointing the last retired chief justice as the chief adviser to caretaker government.
The High Court (HC) yesterday directed the government to submit a report to it within two weeks on what steps it has taken regarding the incidents of corporal punishment against students in schools across the country between March and July this year.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab-1) members arrested four members of banned Hizb ut-Tahrir from the capital's Dakkhinkhan area on Sunday and seized leaflets, 'jihadi' books and other publications of the organisation from their possession.
At least five activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) were injured in a fierce clash at Islamic University (IU) yesterday.
The High Court (HC) yesterday issued a rule upon the government to explain within two weeks why Saiful Islam Duke, nephew of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, should not be granted bail in August 21 grenade attack case.
A bank officer was sent to jail hajat yesterday after he surrendered before a court in a case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) for allegedly embezzling Tk 57.69 lakh of savings instruments.
The industrialised and rich nations must compensate Bangladesh adequately to help the country cope with the adverse impact of climate change, speakers at a daylong discussion in Rajshahi city said yesterday.
An employee of a renowned boutique was allegedly beaten to death by his employer at an apartment in city's Dhanmondi Sunday night.
A child drowned, a college girl and a youth went missing, and five others were injured after a launch rammed a boat in the Buriganga river near Sutrapur area last evening.
Detective Branch (DB) personnel early yesterday seized 70 tolas of stolen gold and Tk 17.20 lakh from the city's Kamrangirchar and arrested two alleged burglars in this connection.
The Public Service Commission (PSC) is planning to evaluate 88 questions instead of 100 in the question papers of the 30th Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) preliminary test as some errors and inconsistencies have been found in the question papers, said Attorney General's office sources.
A mobile court yesterday fined two companies in the city Tk 40,000 for selling bottled drinking water without licence from the Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI).
The High Court (HC) yesterday directed the government to allow former BNP state minister for foreign affairs Reaz Rahman to go abroad for three months for treatment.
An independent child's charity organisation working worldwide, Save the Children, yesterday hailed United Nation's secretary-general for putting child and maternal mortality at the top of the global agenda.
At least five people were killed and 10 others injured in separate road accidents in Bogra, Khulna and Barisal yesterday and on Sunday night.
A breast cancer service centre in Khulna will provide telemedicine to the breast cancer patients in the city through videoconference from October 2.
Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) launched its month-long eviction drive in the city yesterday and demolished some makeshift shops and sheds of small businesses while ignoring the concrete structures on the way.
Japanese broadcaster NHK is soon to broadcast its bangla programmes through the various zonal centres of Bangladesh Betar in the country.
Wedding bells are all set to ring for young Indian politician Varun Gandhi who is set to tie the knot with a Bengali girl Yamini.
Speakers at a consultation meeting have emphasised overall development and safety of children and juveniles in the National Children's Policy 2010.
An inmate of Chittagong jail died at Chittagong Medical College Hospital in the port city on Sunday.
Three forgers were arrested along with fake currency notes from Fatula Dharmaganj area in sadar upazila yesterday noon.
The first year honours examination-2009 under National University (NU) will begin October 1, says an official handout.
Scientists, health experts, policy makers and development partners will meet in a two-day conference in Dhaka, starting from tomorrow, to discuss the issues of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) and climatic change challenges in the country.
Some 230 National University teachers, officials and staff appointed during the BNP regime in 2004 have been served with show cause notice as to why action against them would not be taken, including dismissal from service.
Victim of brutality by local Awami League (AL) activists on September 20, Principal of Tabalchhari Green Hill College Prof Md Abu Taher is groaning in pain in Khagrachhari Sadar Adhunik Hospital.
A schoolgirl was abducted and raped by a gang of six at Namuri village under Aditmari upazila of Lalmonirhat district on Sunday night.
An activist of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) was stabbed allegedly by a group of Bangladesh Chhatra League men on the campus of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (Sust) yesterday.
Extortionists stabbed three students of Barisal Polytechnic Institute at Nabogram Road in the city early yesterday.
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) yesterday pressed charges against seven people in the sensational case for abduction and murder of Palash of Shibnagar village in Satkhira Sadar upazila.
At least 15 people were injured and 50 houses destroyed as a storm lashed Kuthurikona village under Madan upazila of the district yesterday afternoon.
In a rejoinder to a Daily Star report 'Kuet students go berserk demanding exam shifting' published on September 19, the university authorities contradicted a paragraph of the report regarding students' demanding removal of the vice chancellor.
A sedition case was filed against Jamaat leader Delwar Hossain Sayedee's lawyer Barrister Fakhrul Islam here yesterday for his remarks about the country's Liberation War.
At least 53 shops were gutted in Narsingdi, Bhola and Comilla districts damaging property worth 2.60 crore yesterday and the day before.
A suspected outlaw was killed allegedly by his rivals in Jhenidah yesterday while police arrested four alleged cadres of an outlawed party in Kushtia and Meherpur on Sunday night.
Newsmen of different national and local dailies and electronic media brought out a silent procession in the town yesterday protesting attack on Rangpur correspondent of The Daily Jugantar Mahbub Rahman on Saturday.
Two youths were arrested on charge of teasing girls in Lalmonirhat and Comilla yesterday and the day before.
Thirty-two Rohingyas, who entered Bangladesh from Myanmar through different border points in Lama upazila of Bandarban district early yesterday and on Sunday, were pushed back.
Ruling out reconciliation, Sunni Central Waqf Board and Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha yesterday said the Ayodhya title suit verdict by the Allahabad High Court should not be delayed further, as the Supreme Court prepared to hear tomorrow the plea to defer the judgement.
Unified CPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal UCPN (Maoist) chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal called on Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal at the latter's official residence in Baluwatar yesterday morning.
Portable devices with painless laser beams could soon replace X-rays as a non-invasive way to diagnose disease.
Isolated North Korea has summoned its political elite to a rare ruling party meeting on Tuesday in a move analysts expect will herald the start of the succession process of ailing leader Kim Jong-il's youngest son.
Pakistan, which refuses to sign the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and was home to a notorious nuclear smuggling ring, was named head of the UN nuclear watchdog's governing board here yesterday.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas says there will be no quick decision on whether to continue talks with Israel.
Maoist rebels in India have threatened to kill four policemen they took hostage last week unless Maoist prisoners are freed, officials say.
Around 12 Maoists have been killed in the massive anti-Naxal operation launched jointly by security forces of Jharkhand and Orissa since Saturday in Saranda forest, a top police official said yesterday.
Nato helicopters in eastern Afghanistan launched rare airstrikes into Pakistan, reportedly killing more than 50 militants after an outpost near the border came under attack from insurgents, officials said Monday.
Three Australian soldiers will face charges including manslaughter over a raid in Afghanistan that left five children dead, Australia's chief military prosecutor said on Monday.
New guidance for UK intelligence staff on how to deal with suspects facing torture overseas may breach human rights law, a watchdog has warned.
David Miliband has issued a rallying call to the Labour conference, saying the party now had a "great leader" in his younger brother Ed.
President Hugo Chavez's opponents blocked him from capturing an overwhelming majority in Venezuela's congressional election, making gains that could challenge the firebrand leader's tight grip on power.
President Barack Obama said yesterday the United States must accelerate job growth, but he said the country was not experiencing a "jobless recovery" as it pulled out of a recession.
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has hailed the death of a top rebel leader as a "turning point" in the five-decade anti-guerrilla battle.
Japan asked China to pay for damage to Japanese patrol boats hit by a Chinese fishing vessel near disputed islands, as simmering tensions between the two Asian neighbors showed no signs of easing yesterday.
Arts & Entertainment
Murtaja Baseer is considered one of the foremost painters of Bangladesh who has established his individual style. The artist is the son of noted linguist and educationist Dr. Mohammad Shahidullah. Like his father, Baseer is a powerhouse of talent.
The gala round of the 'Marks All-rounder Competition 2010' was held at Hall of Fame, Bangaban-dhu International Convention Centre on September 26. The yearlong competition chose 9 finalists out of 120000 contestants. Out of the 9, popular voting and judges' decisions produced the top three contestants for this year. The final event was aired live on ntv.
Comic book fans will soon be getting their first glimpse at an unlikely new superhero -- a Muslim boy in a wheelchair with superpowers.
Idol-makers in Mymensingh are all set for Durga Puja, the biggest religious festival of the Bengali Hindus. Artisans have completed making the figures out of clay; all left now is to paint them.
Theatre troupe Bongorongo celebrated its eighth anniversary on September 17. On the occasion, Bongorongo staged its production “Gurunirmata” on September 23 at the Studio Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
As we sit at our computers day in and day out, clicking through the digital realm of social interaction that has supplanted phone calls, text messages and even e-mail, most of us rarely stop to think about how it all began. But the same social networking site that serves most students as the ultimate tool for procrastination transformed one college student from a brainy misfit into a billionaire.
A colourful, traditional boat race was held at the Meghna Ghat, near the UK Bangladesh Moitri Bridge in Koshoreganj district, on September 25, according to a press release. The Gaang Shamiti Bhoirob in association with Bangladesh Rowing Federation organised the competition.
TV serial “Poush Phaguner Pala” will be aired tonight on ATN Bangla at 9:20 pm. The serial is an adaptation of Gajendra Kumar Mitra's novel trilogy -- “Kolkata-r Kachhei,” “Upokanthey” and “Poush Phaguner Pala.” Depicting the socio-cultural aspects of Dhaka in the 1960s and '70s and its adjacent areas, the serial is directed by actress-director Afsana Mimi.
In Bangladesh, modern rice varieties (MVs) were introduced for the boro and aus seasons during the mid '60s and for the transplant aman season in the '70s. Rice is grown in three seasons. Out of 10.84 million hectares under rice production in Bangladesh, modern boro rice alone covers about 4.70 million hectares, of which nearly 98% area is under irrigation facilities of various kinds.
It is never easy to walk close to the precipice. The Supreme Court must be feeling very sure-footed to test its vertigo level on Ayodhya. It has put six decades of anguish, turmoil and a legal endurance test on the edge of a calendar.
Extreme poverty is common in Bangladesh, but the experiences of the different groups of people who live with it are not all the same. We must not forget that while there are common characteristics of life in extreme poverty, some groups of people face very specific challenges to their ability to live with security and dignity.
It happened just before the ruling Democratic Party of Japan was about make the choice of its leadership. The time was crucial for the party in power and hence there was a need to show some kind of a decisive stand on part of those who were in charge of running the show.
Ever since the assumption of power by the AL-led government we have heard complaints about unacceptable slowness in implementation of its decisions by the administration. It is difficult to say how far politicisation is responsible for it. There are other reasons, which need to be closely attended to.
Science & Life
Evolution, selection, adaptation- these nearly similar terms may lead someone into confusion. But the thing, what can be extracted, common from all these terms is the genetic sequence change or mutations over time. These alterations do matter a lot and these account for many of our interactions. MHC genes (Major Histocompatibility Complex), a cluster of genes that plays a major role in the immune system, are a very good target for accounting the genetic diversity. Genetic diversity has been linked to fitness and reproductive success in general, and genetic diversity within the MHCs has been linked to immunocompetence and mate preferences. Hanne C. Lie et al; has performed a study published online in October 2008 issue of Evolution. They have photographed and genotyped 160 participants using microsatellite markers, one class of repeating sequences in DNA, situated within and outside the MHC, and calculated genetic diversity and found MHC heterozygosity, different gene sequences responsible for the same trait, is associated with male attractiveness and specifically facial averageness, with averageness mediating the MHC-attractiveness relationship. In fact, females and males both show tendency to be attracted by facial cues written in their MHCs and some non-MHC sites.
Physicists have uncovered what looks like a quantum conspiracy in one of the first results from the Large Hadron Collider, the world's most powerful atom smasher.
Until you've seen it done, you might think the whole concept of a martial artist breaking through concrete blocks with their bare hands is some kind of magical trick. But as John Rennie, former editor of Scientific American ("Martial arts are my hobby and explaining science is my job") explains, it's all about physics.
Pictured "knitting" a doily-like egg mass in a lab in 2008, a new species of fiery-colored nudibranch, or sea slug, has been found in shallow tide pools near a southern California campground, a new study says.
A team led by a North Carolina State University researcher has shown that water-gel-based solar devices -- "artificial leaves" -- can act like solar cells to produce electricity. The findings prove the concept for making solar cells that more closely mimic nature. They also have the potential to be less expensive and more environmentally friendly than the current standard-bearer: silicon-based solar cells
Medical science is only beginning to understand the ways in which the mind influences the body. The placebo effect, for example, demonstrates that people can at times cause a relief in medical symptoms or suffering by believing the cures to be effective - whether they actually are or not. Using processes only poorly understood, the body's ability to heal itself is far more amazing than anything modern medicine could create.
Brain roughage is information fed to the brain to chew on and digest, in digestible chunks. It is a term lifted from gastronomic language to liken the brain to the stomach, and is of very recent origin. Roughage is ingested to help in food digestion, and is considered good for the system, similarly brain roughage. Other such terms are information snacking and junk, as parallels for the brain. Roughage may be a little tough and needs some exercising to digest, but the grey cells need to work and think before absorbing the information.