News of: Saturday, 6th of November, 2010
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The Election Commission is looking to recommend changes in the electoral laws so that loan defaulters can be disqualified as lawmakers.
A mob beat five suspected robbers to death and injured another at Habibnagar of Kadamtoli in the capital early yesterday.
Four suspected members of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh were held with nine handmade bombs and publications of the banned militant outfit at a hotel in Tongi early yesterday.
British Labour Party lawmaker Rushanara Ali has pledged to mobilise international support for Bangladesh in efforts to adapt to climate change.
US President Barack Obama admitted in an interview aired yesterday that he focused on policies but failed to rally people behind those initiatives, leading to Republicans' historic gains in congressional elections this week.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged her political arch rival, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, to vacate her Dhaka Cantonment residence if not for anything else but on "humanitarian grounds".
Family members of war victims and locals told a probe team that Motiur Rahman Nizami and two other Jamaat leaders were allegedly involved in killing over two thousand people in Ishwardi upazila during the Liberation War.
Nobel Laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus said here yesterday that people interested in social business will never seek government support and facilities.
Less than 50 percent of around 800 real estate developers have applied for mandatory registration with Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha in the last four months despite repeated extension of the time limit for this.
A suicide bomber struck a mosque in northwest Pakistan during prayers yesterday, causing the roof to collapse and killing at least 50 people. The bombing may have targeted an anti-Taliban activist, officials said.
Uncertainty still hangs over BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's countrywide campaign, as the party fell short to finalise the programme scheduled for this month.
Talks between Bangladesh and Turkey will revolve around air connectivity and increase in bilateral trade and investment during the two-day official visit of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdođan to Dhaka on November 13-14.
Devashish Saha Rony, prime accused of Chanpa Rani Bhowmik murder case, has confessed to running his motorbike into Chanpa but denied killing her willingly.
Bangla daily Prothom Alo celebrated its 12th founding anniversary yesterday.
A teenage domestic help at a police official's house allegedly committed suicide at Nakhalpara in the capital early yesterday.
Islami Andolan Bangladesh (IAB), an Islamic political party, has threatened to wage a tough movement across the country if the government attempts to ban religion-based politics.
A charter aircraft carrying staff from an Italian oil company crashed a minute after take-off in Pakistan's business hub of Karachi yesterday, killing all 21 people on board, including an Italian.
The United States faced a barrage of calls to investigate allegations of torture and shut down Guantanamo Bay detention centre yesterday in its first review by the UN's top human rights assembly.
Criminality appears to be taking an increasingly wider dimension in the country. That, at least, is the impression one has now that a fake drugs factory has been discovered in the capital. What does cause amazement is the fact that the spurious medicine factory was unearthed by the law enforcers only a day after the High Court ordered a testing of all medicine samples at present available in the market. With the discovery of this factory and the nabbing of the individuals behind it, one is impelled into asking how such activities can go on and through individuals who appear to have little or no fear of the repercussions of their actions, not only for themselves but also for those who are the targets of their wrong acts. Now that this so-called factory has been exposed, there is the very legitimate fear among citizens that more such dens may be in operation all across the city and indeed at various spots across the country. Judging by the fact that it is not only the young couple involved in this particular case but also a host of other unscrupulous elements engaged with them in the sordid business, one can safely draw the conclusion that a wider network may be at work here.
At a pre-examination briefing a few days ago, Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid explained that in earlier times, a small percentage of class VIII students used to sit for scholarship exams. As the junior scholarship exams and final exams for class VIII students will not be held separately any more, teachers do not have to remain occupied with selected students without giving attention to others. The uniform exam and evaluation system will also reduce the pressure of double exams on the students.
The defending champions are all set to make a splash in their bid to pull out the biggest star from their traditional foes, while the newcomers are also trying to rub shoulders with the big boys in the inter-club players' transfer of the Premier League that begins today. The two-day bourse will begin at 2:00pm at the Bangabandhu National Stadium, and it will end at 8:00pm. The transfers will end on Sunday.
Khulna were blown away by Dhaka's pace attack yesterday at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur but the southwestern division still managed to squeeze into the next phase of the National Cricket League one-day tournament.
Sri Lanka claimed their first-ever series success in Australia with a win against Ricky Ponting's team in the rain-marred second one-day international at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday.
Shooter Sharmin Akhter, a 2004 SA Games gold medallist, has returned to the national fold after a long time while another prospect Sadia Sultana was dropped from the 10m air- rifle team event for this month's 16th Asian Games in China.
Tailender Harbhajan Singh struck a career-best 69 before India picked up two early wickets to put New Zealand under pressure on the second day of the first Test on Friday.
Half-centuries from Rafsan and Liton took the Bangladesh under-17s to a strong position against Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) under-17s at the end of the second day of their three-day game at the Comilla Stadium yesterday.
Partex rode on Niaz Morshed's all-round display as they strolled to an eight-wicket victory over Kathalbagan in the First Division Cricket League at the Dhaka University ground yesterday.
The 12th Standard Chartered Bank School Chess Tourna-ment got underway at the NSC Tower yesterday with some 209 students taking part.
Spanish international midfielder Ruben de la Red has called an end to his footballing career because of a heart defect, his club Real Madrid announced on Thursday.
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique hit back at criticism of the team's tactics this season claiming recent achievements speak for themselves as they aim for their third successive league title.
Derbyfever is especially fervent in Rome this week as the two city rivals prepare to do battle at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday.
Australia's unease over the state of its cricket deepened Friday ahead of this month's Ashes series, with media labelling many Australian cricketers as overrated, over-indulged and overpaid.
GM Ziaur Rahman and FM Minhazuddin Ahmed Sagar maintained joint lead in the Berger Six Seasons Grandmasters Chess tournament at the close of seventh round at Tulip Lounge of the Uttara Club yesterday.
England's bowlers made an impressive start to their Ashes tour against Western Australia at the WACA Ground on Friday.
South African captain Graeme Smith capped his return after suffering injury with a solid 92 to help his team reach 274-6 against Pakistan in the fourth day-night international here on Friday.
Asar, Masfia and Ruzaina were among eight winners in the 2nd National Tennis Federation Kids tennis competition at the Ramna courts yesterday.
DRU-Pepsi Inter-House Media Cricket begins today at the Maulana Bhasani National Stadium with 32 teams taking part in the knockout event.
The EXIM Bank 20th National Men's Handball Championship will get underway at the handball stadium today.
Chittagong, Bangladesh Rifles and Bangladesh Army won their respective matches in the Citycell 24th National Basketball Championship at the Dhanmondi Basketball Stadium yesterday.
Rajnagar Govt. Primary School reached the semifinals of the Bangabandhu Gold Cup Primary School Football tournament with a solitary goal victory over Sadarampur Govt. Primary School in the quarterfinal at the Munshiganj Stadium yesterday.
Manchester City sank to defeat but a Steven Gerrard hattrick gave Liverpool victory at home to Napoli in the Europa League on Thursday, as CSKA Moscow led a clutch of teams into the knockout phase.
Didier Drogba has called on Chelsea to halt Liverpool's resurgence in its tracks as the champions head to Anfield to resume hostilities with their bitter Premier League rivals.
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney will be sent to the United States for a week's conditioning work in a bid to speed his return from an ankle injury.
Italy midfielder Riccardo Montolivo is to undergo surgery on his ankle on November 15 in Amsterdam, his club Fiorentina said on Thursday.
Although the government is promoting country's commercial sector, particularly trade and business, for the greater development of the nation, women entrepreneurs become the worst victims of corruption while expanding their business.
The government and parliament have taken steps for finalising decisions on the constitutional recognition of indigenous people within this year, lawmaker Fazle Hossain Badsha told a discussion in Rajshahi yesterday.
I spent four years in the American northeast where seasons arrived with a bang, not a whimper. Sandwiched between the sunny comfort of summer and the coming harshness of winter, autumn evoked bittersweet emotions. While enjoying these last warm days of the year, one constantly looked over one's shoulder to see if the cold had arrived.
He is a schizophrenia patient for 30 years. As his physical and mental condition was deteriorating day by day, the helpless mother took him to a new psychiatrist but got disappointed just on the first day just seeing the list of pathological tests.
Environmentalists yesterday demanded of the government not to build any structure on Dhanmondi playground, keeping it open for all.
BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed yesterday said the dispute over Khaleda Zia's cantonment residence will be settled on the streets as it is a political issue.
The first phase of the free distribution of energy efficient compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) under 'Efficient Lighting Initiative for Bangladesh' programme has been completed in which more than 1 crore CFLs have been delivered to households.
Nearly 40 percent students between the ages of 15 and 30 have inclined towards different forms of drug addiction and other crimes in country's educational institutions, says a study of Department of Narcotic Control (DNC) of Bangladesh.
Activists of Jatiya Sramik League of Bangladesh Railway unit manhandled journalists in the presence of Communications Minister Syed Abul Hossain at a meeting here yesterday as the journalists protested the alleged theft of two mobile sets and a digital recorder from the venue.
Speakers at a workshop said effects of climate change are holding back Bangladesh's achievements made in the last two decades.
A young man was killed and a rickshaw van peddler injured in a road accident in front of district Jail Bilding at Fatulla in Sadar upazila on Thursday night.
Some 41 people who were returning Bangladesh from India were held by Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) yesterday while entering Bangladesh illegally through Gazipur border in Sadar upazila.
A Union Parisad (UP) chairman of Birganj upazila of Dinajpur was arrested yesterday on charge of cutting of at least 30 trees of Bangladesh Forest Department in the upazila early this month.
Two day labourers were wounded as a 'petrol bomb' exploded while they were working at a nursery in the city's Kamlapur yesterday morning.
A medical ship of Chinese Navy, ''Peace Ark'', will arrive in Chittagong on November 9 on a week-long visit to Bangladesh with a message of peace, friendship, and humanity.
The cyclonic storm 'Jal' over southeast bay and adjoining southwest bay moved slightly west-northwestwards over the same area yesterday.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia will address a public rally in front of the party's central office tomorrow as part of its programme to observe ''National Revolution and Solidarity Day''.
USAID Smiling Sun Franchise Program (SSFP) signed an agreement with Space Race Bangladesh Limited to provide access to infotainment and newsfeed options to the customers visiting the Smiling Sun clinics.
An elderly person was chopped to death at Tobolpur village of Sadar upazila early hours of yesterday.
Indonesia's most active volcano killed 77 people yesterday in its biggest eruption in over a century, incinerating homes, grounding flights and driving thousands into shelters.
US President Barack Obama leaves the wreckage of his Democratic Party's election hammering for the refuge of foreign policy yesterday, setting off on a nine-day odyssey to Asia.
China has warned other countries against attending the award ceremony in Oslo for Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo, diplomats said yesterday, in the latest sign of Beijing's irritation at the Norwegian Nobel Committee's pick this year.
A state airliner filled with Cubans and travellers from Europe and Latin America crashed and burst into flames in a mountainous area after declaring an emergency and losing contact with air traffic controllers. All 40 Cubans and 28 foreigners aboard died, authorities announced early yesterday.
Democratic Senator Patty Murray narrowly held her seat from Washington state, cushioning her party's majority in elections where Republicans made huge gains, results showed Thursday.
Myanmar votes for the first time in 20 years tomorrow in a scripted election where military-backed parties are assured victory, but the poll is also stirring faint hopes of change in one of the world's most isolated states.
At least 83 Muslim pilgrims drowned and 44 are still missing after an overcrowded ferry sank in an a river in eastern India six days ago, officials said Friday.
Arts & Entertainment
Bengal Gallery's “Rooted Creativity-6”, a part of the gallery's 10th anniversary celebration, features the works of painters Nasim Ahmed Nadvi, Golam Faruque Bebul, Ahmed Shamsuddoha, Wakilur Rahman, Saidul Haque Juise, Atia islam Anne, Md. Muniuzzaman, Mohammad Iqbal, Mustafa Zaman and Ronni Ahmmed. The exhibition is now on at the Bengal Gallery in Dhanmondi, Dhaka.
The weeklong 5th Annual Dhaka University Theatre Festival began on November 4 at the university's TSC Auditorium. The Department of Theatre, DU has arranged the festival, featuring four plays by different universities.
Campaign for the film “Moner Manush”, which frames the life and times of Lalon Shai, kicked off at the mystic bard's shrine at Chheuria in Kushtia last Thursday afternoon.
Bangladeshi director Tanvir Mokammel's documentary “Swapnabhumi” will be the closing film in the documentary section of Kolkata International Film Festival on November 17.
British Council and Bangladesh Documentary Council (BDC) jointly arranged a documentary premiere press launch, titled 'Dhaka Stories', at British Council auditorium, on Fuller Road, in the capital on November 4.
James Cameron has taken a swipe at studios that add 3D to films in post-production, saying that 3D retro-fitting should only be used for classic movies like “Jaws” or “ET”.
We shall turn our country into 'Digital Bangladesh' " has become a slogan of the present government. Since Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said that, everyone belonging to the grand alliance has been echoing the slogan, like in a chorus. As a result, it has spread to the remotest corners of Bangladesh.
It's difficult to say what will be the verdict of history on the Indo-US nuclear pact. But one thing which cannot be denied is the untiring, relentless effort by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. He even staked his government to get the nod from Parliament.
My first contact with the people of what was to become the state of Bangladesh was in 1943 during World War II. My battery was moving by road through Bihar, undivided Bengal into Arakan in the then Burma. I was appalled by the starvation I saw. It was pathetic. We tried to help by cutting our soldiers' rations in half and distributing it to the people en route. It was a matter of great anguish to me to see the disappointment in the starving people around our field kitchen outside Dhaka when the food for each man, two chappaties and dal/bhaji, ran out. I decided to get more food to distribute.
It sears the conscience. Beyond that there is a general sense of alarm across the nation aroused by a recent spurt in dastardly crimes as stalking of school and college going girls. The situation is no less frightening in villages and towns. Stalking and sexual advances, the most menacing crime these days, have introduced another form of criminality like killing the near and dear ones of the victim.
This column is dedicated to humanity's best friend, a poor dumb animal found in an increasing number of homes in Asia. It may not be intelligent, but it is loyal. It might not be able to express complex sentences, but it can communicate a bit by growling, howling, etc. It can be smelly, furry and unsightly, but many people are willing to overlook such shortcomings for an animal, which is simple, faithful and predictable. I overheard my wife telling a friend the other day, "They're no trouble, as long as you remember to feed them from time to time."
The writer Mani Shankar Mukherji, famously known as Sankar, and celebrated for such works as Chowringhee, was in town recently. In this issue of Star Literature, we carry literary impressions of the visit from a whole range of those who have had the opportunity to interact with Sankar.
“I tried my hand at everything, from mathematics to guarding shoes, from painting to Pitman's shorthand, but nothing quite seemed to be my calling,” remarked Sankar, wryly recalling his struggle to success. But at the young age of 21 when he took up his pen to write, words flowed effortlessly and the rest, as they say, is history.
The cavernous hall at Independent University, Bangladesh at Bashundhara, was packed with an august audience to hear Mani Shankar Mukerjee. The invitation was from the Vice Chancellor, Professor Bazlul M. Chowdhury.
On October 20, the noted Bengali novelist Mani Sankar Mukherji, better known simply as Sankar, spent the day on the new campus of Independent University, Bangladesh. In the morning he met IUB students and a few teachers of the Department of English and Department of Modern Languages, IUB.
Mani Sankar Mukherji aka Sankar has had the rare distinction of becoming a legend in his own time. There is hardly an educated household in both Bengals where at least one of his books has not been read. Although a prolific author, in the popular imagination he is best known for three books: Koto Ajanere, Chowringhee and Seemabaddha with Chowringhee being perhaps most iconic. Forty seven years after Chowringhee was first published and made Sankar a household name in Bengal, a recent English translation, in 2009, has brought him well-deserved although belated world-wide recognition.
Although there are effective and affordable tools to combat Pneumonia, the disease remains the leading cause of death of children under the age of five around the world including Bangladesh. Improving the access to antibiotic treatment, use of vaccine at affordable cost, strengthening the referral system could save millions of children who are struggling to breathe due to pneumonia.
For the first time in the world, Italian doctors have recently carried out robotically-assisted pancreatic transplant in an operation that could help diabetes sufferers everywhere.
A man with an inherited form of blindness has been able to identify letters and a clock face using a pioneering implant, researchers say.
Often, we find in newspaper that some athletes or sportsman could not pass dope test and their medals or award have been taken back or s/he has been banned from the game.
People who live in areas with moderately elevated levels of arsenic in the drinking-water supply may have a somewhat increased risk of stroke, a study of Michigan residents suggests.
Pneumonia prevention advocates around the globe will host activities on November 12th to mark the second annual World Pneumonia Day.
South Asia's security does not depend only on South Asian countries because China comes in the picture. The impact of Indo-Sino war of 1962 looms large in India's security strategy.
If I am asked about the different dimensions added to the studies of twenty first century terrorism then I would refer to the latest inclusion of terrorism into the study of Disaster Management. In many Universities of western world now terrorism is studied giving equal importance as much as given to the other disasters like earthquake, typhoon, flood, drought etc, but why? Because terrorism successfully emerged as a real catastrophic threat to the progress of human development. Terrorism is a man made disaster. Though ironically it is true that scholars are yet to define terrorism properly but concept like counter-terrorism has already emerged. Counter-terrorism involves those offensive measures taken to prevent, deter and respond to terrorism. Bangladesh also entered into that phase with some limited developments. Thanks go to European Union for their recent initiatives taken to build a regional counter-terrorism centre here in Dhaka. The regional Counter-Terrorism Centre will be set up in with financial and technological assistance from European Union to train people across South Asia to combat terrorism. The international standard centre will start functioning by early next year. Renowned counter-terrorism experts from European countries, United States and Canada will train investigators, police and intelligence agency personnel to fight terrorism. The centre will be the second in its type and the first one was established in Indonesia (National Anti-terrorism Agency (BNPT) way back in August this year. Now let us see the implications of BNPT typed centre in Dhaka in the present context of Bangladesh and why not other countries like India and Pakistan were not chosen as a host country.
Taipei: Taiwan is developing a potent missile system that can strike airfields and harbours on the mainland, in a bid to nip a Chinese invasion in the bud, local media said Tuesday.
Seoul: North Korea said Tuesday it was ready to provide torpedo samples to back up its denial of responsibility for the deadly sinking of a South Korean warship.
Star Books Review
In late October ended, seventy years ago, the Battle of Britain. Britain roughed up through a barrage of Nazi assault. I read about it and thought about the glory of Britain at that hour, of Churchill's leadership.I was in awe - shabash Britain. I am sure many people from privileged circles in India at the time were also relieved. Being of the present generation and coming of a middle-class family, I can vaguely trace this strain back in my life and it is interesting to me how that has lived on and how I have changed.
Anne Sexton (1928-1974) has been a prominent figure in American poetry for the past fifty years. A Pulitzer Prize winner and a Phi Beta Kappa poet at Harvard, she was principal poet in delineating bold issues of menstruation, abortion, masturbation, incest, adultery, drug addiction at a time when other poets did not consider these as poetic materials. This 'bold and the beautiful' poet also dealt with love, alienation, loneliness, madness, death etc which has been one of the main themes of her poetry. It is said that poetry is an expression of one's thought and ideas. This is clearly demonstrated well in the poetry of Anne Sexton. The Complete Poems of Anne Sexton comprises ten volumes of verse and six poems from her last years. All the details of her life have been laid bare in this brilliant piece of work. To read the book is to know her in totality.
Agoonmukha is a terrible and turbulent river in the South Bengal coastal area. There are other rivers also of the same nature. But Agoonmukha has seen a rise in its intensity by the added flow of six other rivers like the Tentulia, the Lohadia, the Buda Gouranga, the Babnabad, the Darchida and the Degri rivers. Owing to the natural play of loss and gain of the river flows some strips of sandy land were raised out of the bed of the rivers or the sea above the water level where fortune-seekers made their shelter from time to time. In course of time the Burmese and Arakanese came to establish links with Bengalis.