News of: Saturday, 30th of October, 2010
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In a late night development, pilots of Biman Bangladesh Airlines called off their strike following assurance of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Bangladesh Army yesterday filed a case against 50 to 60 unidentified people in connection with the recent clashes between law-enforcers and villagers in Rupganj of Narayanganj.
Mid-level leaders of the main opposition BNP are putting tremendous pressure on the top leadership to launch a tougher anti-government movement to resist what they term the government's move to "oust" their Chairperson Khaleda Zia from her Dhaka Cantonment house, and "harassment" of her two sons.
The government is going to launch a Tk 50 crore agricultural rehabilitation programme for about 4 lakh farmers affected by flash floods in the last Boro season in the haor areas of northeast region of the country.
The government has decided to send female garment workers to Jordan only through state-owned recruiting agency BOESL fearing a rise in migration costs and malpractices by private agencies.
Private bus operators and their associations are obstructing Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) to operate in many districts compelling the state-owned transport provider to suspend operation on different routes.
An uncle and four associates of Devashish Saha Rony, the prime accused in Chanpa Rani Bhowmik murder case, were detained yesterday in an overnight drive in Madhukhali upazila of the district.
The agency probing 1971 war crimes has obtained enough evidence to arrest BNP standing committee member Salauddin Quader Chowdhury and Jamaat-e-Islami leader Mir Kasem Ali on charges of war crimes.
Another 28 Awami League (AL), Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), and Jubo League activists were yesterday accused for their alleged involvement in Baraigram upazila chairman Sanaullah Noor Babu Murder in Natore.
A number of people yesterday gave their statements about the Sirajganj train accident before the enquiry commission formed by the BNP.
Police yesterday produced Abdul Awal Rajon, the prime accused in Natore college teacher Mizanur Rashid killing case, before a court seeking seven-day remand and sent the co-accused Mamunur Rashid Asif to jail on completion of his three-day remand.
At least 13 students of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) were injured during a clash between students and transport workers at Kodomtoli here on Thursday night.
A union parishad (UP) member died of his wounds at Rangpur Medical College Hospital (RMCH) yesterday after he came under attack allegedly of AL-backed Motor Sramik League activists in Sakoya Bazar of Sadar upazila Thursday night.
Police identified one of the 20 Jamaat men arrested at the city's Mirpur on Thursday as a member of an outlawed party.
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) is going to carry out a survey in different areas of the city to know the present status of playgrounds for children, DCC officials said.
A special court of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) in Chapainawabganj will begin trial of 30 accused jawans in connection with the case of 39 Rifles Battalion mutiny today.
Rab yesterday arrested a gang of eight students who sent answers to multiple-choice questions via SMS to freshmen aspirants inside Dhaka University admission test halls.
Former state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar was brought to Chittagong Central Jail from Dhaka yesterday to produce before a court here in cases linked to the 10-truck arms haul in Chittagong in 2004.
Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami yesterday announced a fresh programme for four days across the country, demanding unconditional release of the party leaders and workers detained from Mirpur on Thursday.
Indonesia battled yesterday to deliver aid to remote islands where a tsunami has killed over 400 people, as bodies lay strewn on beaches and buried in debris days after the wave hit.
Nepal's parliament failed yesterday in its 14th attempt to elect a new prime minister, meaning the impoverished Himalayan nation has been without a functioning government for four months.
Iran agreed yesterday to resume long-stalled nuclear talks with world powers after November 10, the European Union's foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton said.
Halliburton admitted skipping a key cement test before the catastrophic Gulf of Mexico blowout, as the oil services behemoth found itself Friday day in the crosshairs of a US presidential probe.
Nine police officers were killed in a hail of bullets when they drove into an ambush on a highway in the western state of Jalisco, local police said late Thursday.
The current situation prevailing in Bangladesh Biman is unwarranted and unacceptable. The national airlines has virtually ground to a halt as a result of strike called by the pilots in protest against suspension of four pilots, which again is the consequence of action and counteraction of the two parties, the Biman management and Bangladesh Airlines Pilots Associations (BAPA), that have to do with certain provisions in the working conditions of the pilots and their retirement age.
Food Minister Abdur Razzaque underscored the need for harmonizing regional cooperation to enhance food production and ensure food security in South Asia. The food stock in the region is proposed to increase coinciding with the 4th Board Meeting of SAARC Food Bank. But food grain management and distribution are needed to be considered first, as predicament already exists due to the drawbacks in the operational manual and the level of contribution of the member countries to the food bank.
Three-time Bangladesh League champions Abahani will be looking to break a nine-year jinx when they take on star-studded Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club in the final of the Grameenphone Federation Cup at Birshreshtha Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur today.
Siddikur Rahman was pleased with his effort in the second round of the CIMB Asia-Pacific Classic yesterday. Finishing at five-under-par 137 at the end of the day, Siddikur said his hitting and long putting was better compared to the first day. He remained equal on seventh place with American Heath Slocum and Thailand's Thaworn Wiratchant as he looks forward to the final two days.
Fazle Rabbi hit an unbeaten hundred after Kamrul Islam's five-for as Barisal continued their winning streak with a massive nine-wicket victory over Chittagong in the National Cricket League at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium in Bogra yesterday.
Six more new national records were broken on the second day of the Walton 24th National Swimming Championships with Sonia Akhter and Sabura Khatun together creating four records at the National Swimming Complex in Mirpur yesterday.
Lanky South African paceman Lonwabo Tsotsobe carried his Twenty20 form into the 50-over game with a career-best feat to derail Pakistan to 203 in the first day-night international here on Friday.
Zimbabwe Cricket has signed a one-million-dollar sponsorship deal with Reebok to supply kit for the national team over the next three years, an official said on Friday.
Vice-captain Mahela Jayawardene said Friday Sri Lanka's squad was close to what will be fielded in next year's World Cup.
Favourites Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club outplayed Young Pegasus by 5 wickets in their First Division Cricket League clash at the Dhaka University Ground yesterday.
Former Bangladesh football star Sabbir will cut the cake to mark Argentine legend Diego Maradona's 50th birthday at the Dhaka reporters' unity today. Fans of Maradona are free to attend the celebration.
India hopes to translate a creditable show at the Commonwealth Games into a rich haul at the Asian Games, but officials have warned against getting carried away by their success in New Delhi.
Caroline Wozniacki secured the year-end number one spot in the world ranking on Thursday, becoming the first ever Dane to do so, but only after suffering an early fright at the WTA Tour Championships here.
Former Australia star Adam Gilchrist claims England are favourites to win the forthcoming Ashes series.
England captain Andrew Strauss has told his players to be ready for war when they face Australia in the forthcoming Ashes showdown.
Overseas private investment in teams will be allowed in Australia's revamped domestic Twenty20 competition to start next season, Cricket Australia said on Friday.
Former Test fast bowler Merv Hughes has lost his place on Australia's selection panel, Cricket Australia said on Friday.
Pakistani batsman Salman Butt and bowler Mohammad Aamer vowed Friday to prove their innocence as they left for Dubai to appeal against their suspension over a spot-fixing scandal.
Unfancied China should not be underestimated when cricket makes its debut at the Asian Games next month, according to Pakistan great Javed Miandad.
Barcelona will face a "very different" Real Madrid when the two sides clash next month for the first time since Jose Mourinho took over as coach, Real star Cristiano Ronaldo has warned.
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini expects Carlos Tevez to stay with the Premier League club even though he conceded the Argentina striker may be feeling homesick.
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney could be out of action for longer than the initial prognosis of three weeks, manager Sir Alex Ferguson said on Friday.
Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery said on Friday that he is close to making a return from injury, as coach Louis van Gaal expressed his regret at letting Miroslav Klose return too soon.
Chelsea captain John Terry has warned his team-mates to expect a brutal battle when the Premier League leaders travel to Blackburn on Saturday.
Champions Barcelona have taken the plaudits over the past two seasons for their stylish football but Jose Mourinho's goal-plundering Real Madrid have bagged the limelight of late while Barca look a shadow of the side that has won back-to-back league titles.
Brazil coach Mano Menezes on Friday named Ronaldinho in his squad for the prestigious friendly game against arch-rivals Argentina in Doha, Qatar on November 17.
UEFA on Friday ordered Serbia to play a home match behind closed doors and awarded Italy a 3-0 win after their Euro 2012 qualifier three weeks ago was cancelled because of crowd trouble.
Former Real Madrid star Zinedine Zidane is set for a more hands-on role at the Spanish giants, especially during Champions League matches, the club's director general Jorge Valdano said on Thursday.
Speakers at a press conference yesterday demanded inclusion of a special provision in the constitution to ensure social security, citizen's rights and human dignity of the Dalit community.
It was a hot afternoon on Lalbagh Road. The imposing wall of the Lalbagh Kella (Moghul Fort) runs on one side of this road; the opposite side, along which I was walking, is a row of shops and homes punctuated by alleys which always curved out of sight.
Three people were killed and two others injured in a road accident on Dhaka-Adamjee-Demra Highway at Godnail in Sadar upazila yesterday.
Speakers at a discussion urged all to join another battle like the Liberation War to drive Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islam and Islami Chhatra Shibir, the anti-liberation forces, out of the country.
Sudha Sadan, the prime minister's personal residence, will be made "freedom fighter Zia memorial museum'' if the Awami League (AL) government drives Khaleda Zia out of her cantonment house.
Chief Justice ABM Khairul Haque yesterday urged the senior assistant judges to dispose of cases quickly and pronounce judgements immediately after the hearing.
Failing to tolerate abuses by her own relatives, a woman yesterday attempted to commit suicide by burning with kerosene.
Speakers at a conference here yesterday stressed the need for building leadership skills of the new generation to lead the country properly in the future competitive world.
Pabna district administration yesterday sought assistance from people of all sections to work for the country's development.
Speakers at an advocacy meeting called upon the government to formulate a separate law on human trafficking to curb the crime in the country.
The killers of Sheikh Russel wanted to wipe out patriots and honest politicians from the country and so they killed him, said Dr Syed Modasser Ali, health adviser to the prime minister, yesterday.
A gang of armed men looted valuables and cash worth about Tk 50 lakh from a factory in the district's Ghior upazila on Thursday night, officials claimed.
About 50 persons were injured in a clash between two groups of villagers of Baniachang in the district yesterday.
A Hindu priest was killed during a clash between the management committee of Shonai Kali Temple and its rival group at Nashibganj Bazar in Pirganj upazila on Thursday evening.
A youth, Zubayer Ahmed Babu, who has been suffering from vital diseases in brain and heart, makes an appeal for help to save his life.
Eleven Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI) companies submitted their Expression of Interest (EoI) to the National Board of Revenue (NBR) aiming to get contracts for the next two years.
Two students were injured in a clash between two factions of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) on Dhaka University (DU) campus yesterday.
North and South Korea exchanged gunfire across their heavily armed land border yesterday, the South's military said, despite an apparent thaw in tensions on the divided peninsula in the past few months.
Delegates from more than 190 countries struggled yesterday to break a deadlock on setting ambitious goals to protect animals, plants and ecosystems, raising the prospect that the two-week UN meeting might end in failure.
Costly warning systems installed across Asia since the deadly 2004 tsunami did nothing to save villagers on these remote Indonesian islands who saw homes and loved ones swept away by a giant wave this week.
Southeast Asian nations prepared to welcome the United States into their club, a move seen as bringing a counterweight to China following a series of aggressive maritime moves by Beijing.
A spokesman for the Beijing court that upheld an 11-year prison sentence for Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo denounced the award yesterday in the latest indication China will brush aside international calls for his release.
Thousands have converged on Argentina's government palace to pay their respects to ex-President Nestor Kirchner, who died on Wednesday at 60.
He was the keeper of Mount Merapi -- an 83-year-old man entrusted to watch over the volcano's spirits, dispatching his assistant to go to the gaping crater and bring back ash as a symbolic offering.
Climbers at the top of Mount Everest, the world's highest peak, will now be able to make video calls and surf the Internet on their mobile phones, a Nepalese telecom group claims.
Myanmar's Supreme Court yesterday heard democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi's final appeal against her house arrest, due to end days after controversial elections next month.
Haiti's cholera death toll rose above 300 Thursday, as medical teams sought to contain an outbreak overwhelming the quake-hit nation's crumbling hospitals with desperate patients.
A diplomatic spat between China and Japan over a group of disputed islands has flared up again, hours after an apparently friendly bilateral meeting.
China will be the elephant in the room when US President Barack Obama holds talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Nov 8 as the two countries prepare a joint statement that could talk of a bigger role for India in East Asia to counterbalance what is being seen widely as increasing Chinese assertiveness in the region.
Arts & Entertainment
It was an elating experience for the winners and participants of the “Celebrating Life” contest [for the years 2008 and 2009], as their creative faculties and visions came into the limelight once more through the launch of an audio album and an exclusive compilation of photographs.
Bengali poet, storywriter and playwright Sukumar Ray was perhaps the most famous practitioner of “literary nonsense” in the subcontinent. He is often compared to Lewis Carroll. His works such as the collection of poems “Aboltabol”, novella “HaJaBaRaLa”, short story collection “Pagla Dashu” and play “Chalachittachanchari” are considered nonsense masterpieces equal in stature to “Alice in Wonderland”, and are regarded as some of the greatest treasures of Bangla literature. Close to a century after his death, Ray remains one of the most popular among children's writers in both West Bengal and Bangladesh.
Considered an institution in both West Bengal and Bangladesh, veteran singer Sandhya Mukherjee was admitted to the ICCU of Ramakrishna Mission Seva Pratisthan in Kolkata last Tuesday. She was complaining about a chest pain.
Sony Walkman has reached the end of side two. Its batteries have run out. The rewind button is broken.
Bengal Gallery's “Rooted Creativity-6”, a group art exhibition, which is a part of the celebration of the gallery's 10th anniversary, began yesterday. The show will run till November 9.
Taposh Chandra Das' life changed forever when his father, a musical instrument-maker, died in 2002 at the age of 64. Caught in the vicious grip of hardship, his brother and he had little choice but to take up the same profession as their father.
Large-scale mass protest leading to unfortunate violence entailing loss of human lives and destruction of property and subsequent police action often bordering on the excessive has been a reality of our public life. The violence at Rupgonj resulting from the Army housing scheme land acquisition transaction in the recent past brings to the fore some facets of authoritarian actions that are not apparently in public interest.
I have not been able to make out why the ruling Congress has been inactive when it could have taken the initiative in bringing the two communities, Hindus and Muslims, together to discuss the Babri Masjid-Ram Janambhoomi dispute after the Allahabad High Court judgment. It has opened a window, which still remains ajar after five weeks.
The price of boiled medium rice increased by 31.6% in the last two months in rural areas and 17.7% in urban areas. Even if farmers produce about 3 crore tonnes of rice the government has to import 20 lakh tonnes.
US$2.3 trillion has been spent by the global North on international aid in the last five decades. Nevertheless, close to half of the world's population still lives in poverty. One in five live in extreme poverty. Aid is not working as well as it should. Unless we can inject the spirit of innovation into this provision, the extreme poor we try to help in places like Bangladesh will continue to remain poor.
Life rocks! Someone invited me to be master of ceremonies at a charity ball to raise funds for a children's home. Sure, no problem. Up for auction was an autographed guitar from U2, the mega-famous pop band fronted by Bono. Cool!
Mother Earth faces a major threat now as its very existence has come into question due to the mind boggling behaviour of its habitants in their desperate search for prosperity. Developed countries' frantic ambition for global superiority resulted in the rapid buildup of gas emissions, leading to the phenomenon known as 'greenhouse effect'. Carbon dioxide being one of the main components of greenhouse gas is targeted by many countries in their efforts to mitigate climate change related problems.
Dhaka undoubtedly is the world's fastest growing megacity. According to the World Bank report, there are 15 million people living right now in this city, which will be more than 20 million by 2025 according to UN prediction. In Dhaka, population doubled from 6 to 12 million from 1990 to 2005. This mass population causes a great many problems in this city among which the traffic congestion is seemingly the worst, which need to be straightened out as soon as possible.
The rusty old bus skids to a halt with a screech of brakes. The diesel engine stops with a harsh sound. Exhaust fumes are winding into dark clouds. It is a routine picture with this bus. There is plenty of room for controversy as to whether it can be called a bus. It is little bigger than a minibus and much smaller than an ordinary one. It has a turtle neck. This grotesque shape is made by a local carpenterDilu Mistry. His name is so strikingly inscribed on its body that it must tickle your fancy on sight. But this optical attraction flees through the window when you get on it through the narrow door in huddles. Jampacked with passengers, it moves at a snail's pace and takes the whole day to cover the distance of about fifty miles between Rangpur and Gaibandha, suffering at least a couple of mechanical failures. People call it a buffalo cart, but they are left with no better means.
“Shanghae is by far the most important station for foreign trade on the coast of China…No other town with which I am acquainted possesses such advantages; it is the great gate the principal entrance, in fact, to the Chinese Empire… there can be no doubt that in a few years it will not only rival Canton, but become a place of far greater importance.”
I miss you very much, but as you said in the past, dying is not the end at all. It is in fact a new beginning as I know that you are now on your way to being re-united with Allah and your loved ones who have passed away, and life is simply a very small fraction of the eternity that our souls must endure.
Helping loved ones admit to a drug rehabilitation programme for addiction may not be an easy thing to do. You will likely encounter resistance (specially emotional) from your beloved one who has been addicted. You may have fear of spreading this outrageous problem or problem in discussing the matter to get the right professional assistance. When wondering how to admit a family member to a drug treatment programme, consider the following information.
A new polio vaccine offers superior immunisation and is raising hopes of a total eradication of the disease, according to a study published recently in the medical journal The Lancet.
There are millions of women who are unhappy with the current contraceptive methods they are using due to the side effects, hassle in use etc. but they will have alternative choice now. A birth control gel that is applied to the skin could offer woman an alternative to the Pill, say experts.
Heavy smoking during middle age can double the risk of Alzheimer's disease and dementia two decades later, researchers said recently. Smoking already causes millions of deaths each year from cancer and heart disease.
Human behaviour is too complex to deal the patient as a whole by a single professional. Rather treatment of the patients with mental illness needs a psychiatric team comprising of psychiatrist, clinical psychologist, psychiatric social worker and psychiatric nurse. Clinical psychology is a heath profession that involves specialised knowledge of psychological functioning and psychological methods, which provides particular expertise in carrying out psychological assessments e.g. psychometric tests, formulating problems psychologically, psychological treatments and psychological methods of research and evaluation. Their work can range from prevention and early intervention of minor problems of adjustment to dealing with the adjustment and maladjustment of individuals whose disturbance requires then to be institutionalised.
The whole world is sick with security fever. The etiology of the ailment has multi-faceted strings of comprehension. Ever since human beings started their roller-coaster of existence on this planet they have been concerned with it for their proliferation, perpetuation and further extension of lives. At first this war was against the inhospitable nature, when this was tamed a bit and rudimentary specialization emerged and competition for the available resources intensified along with the accompanying increase in population, the question of security was redirected against human beings. Mutual collaboration of homo sapiens got circumscribed within a narrower field of amiability. In course of time one human group was subjected to abject condition by another i.e. the blacks by the whites usurping their rights of humane existence. The system of literal slavery gave Aristotle, Plato and other philosophers the security and comfort of leading a rarefied life and pontificating on anything including the slaves on whose blood they were celebrating their knowledge and argumentation. The security of the privileged class was guaranteed snatching the rights of the people who were treated as mere chattels. The feudal system of attached slavery of the peasants to land was deposed through the inauguration of reign of terror during French revolution. Guillotine worked as the judge of restoring security for the exploited millions. Dickens' 'A tale of two cities' recounts the mass-frenzy partially with powerful imagery of description and profound analysis of plot. It is always the so-called powerful interest-groups who exploit the teeming millions and devise and design the security system to safeguard their accumulated wealth through policing mechanism.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh paid a three-day visit to Japan from October 24th, 2010.to exchange views with Japanese leaders. It is important to note that the visit took place at a time of high diplomatic tensions between Japan and China.
Washington: Secret US files released on Friday show Iran waging a shadow war with US troops in Iraq, with a firefight erupting on the border and Tehran allegedly using militias to kill and kidnap American soldiers.
China's increasing maritime activities in waters off Japan may prompt Tokyo to procure additional diesel-electric attack submarines or extend the life of existing platforms.
Star Books Review
Salma A Shafi is an elegant person of many qualities. She is an architect and urban planner, trained at home and abroad. She is a brilliant researcher on urban planning issues and an accomplished writer, having publications at home and abroad. She is a friend of the poor and a serious environmentalist. She is the wife of a valiant freedom fighter. Last but not the least, she is a fine singer of Tagore songs. If you come to know her, you have to admire her.
Poetry nourishes and refreshes the soul. And Sabahat Jahan's collection of poetry, Rough Edges, does just that. It is like a gust of fresh air to the reader. Her poems are thought provoking and reflective of a young mind of this generation. Through concise words and phrases she expresses her rich imaginative self. Simple in approach, yet the poems touch the reader's mind and make him or her delve into deeper meanings.
Namita Devidayal addressed her gentle, nurturing Brahmin music teacher Dhondutai as 'baiji,' whose whisper sounded like, 'You will be my little goddess… my Bhairavi,' an early morning raga, the wife of cosmic dance destroyer Shiva. She is like the moody mythical goddess, sometimes a pining lover, and a seductress---always the mysterious female force which overpowers evil. This work, Devidayal's first, is dedicated to Dhondutai Kulkarni, whose ancestors were from Kolhapur. The music teacher moved to Bombay in 1978-79, lived in a small apartment with Ayi, her mother, in the neighborhood of Kennedy Bridge which was only ten minutes away from Namita's home in Cumballa Hills. Reading this autobiographical reportage, that it 'was a lifetime of learning---and not just of music,' tracing the legacy of the Jaipur Gharana, an intellectual school, and one of the pillars of Indian classical music, is sheer delight. The cover design by Rachana, photo by Ishika represents Dhondutai 50, five feet tall, 'remarkably youthful… attributed to never having married' protégé of the Jaipur Gharana, at a concert. Kesarbai recalls, '… you were in a white silk nine yard sari with a gold border, and wore your hair in a long plait… walked onto the stage with great confidence… started with a perfect sa… you sang raga Bhoop…'
Why, Sir, you find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford. --- Samuel Johnson