News of: Tuesday, 16th of November, 2010
The government is going for a tougher law to clamp down on rampant tree-felling in an effort to conserve forests.
This is the first time Sumaya Sharmin is going to spend her Eid holidays with in-laws in Dinajpur.
A five-storey residential building collapsed in Lalita Park in New Delhi's Laxmi Nagar area on Monday evening. Delhi's Health Minister Kiran Walia, who is at the spot, told NDTV that 28 people have died and 50 others are injured. (Watch)
An effort for an en masse resignation of BNP lawmakers from the parliament is afoot in the party in the face of heavy demoralisation among the organisation's rank and file following their Chairperson Khaleda Zia's departure from the disputed Dhaka Cantonment house.
Nearly 3 million Muslims performing the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia began making their way up the rocky desert Mount Arafat yesterday, chanting that they have come to answer God's call.
The sale of sacrificial animal in the capital was yet to gain momentum till yesterday evening even though tomorrow is Eid-ul-Azha.
Sticking posters on walls goes unabated as the government remains indifferent to the practice that is defacing both public and private property.
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) killed three Bangladeshi nationals along Benapole and Kushtia borders yesterday morning.
Holy Eid-ul-Azha, the second largest religious festival of the Muslims, will be celebrated across the country tomorrow with due religious fervour, solemnity and spirit of sacrifice.
Pro-BNP former army officials yesterday blasted the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) for misleading people through a "dirty political campaign" against former premier and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.
The cabinet yesterday criticised BNP for seeking to make an issue out of the evacuation of Khaleda Zia's cantonment residence.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday came down heavily on Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) Mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka for his 'negligence' in running the affairs of the corporation.
Cousin comes to the rescue of the five-year old Sami who went missing on Sunday when his mother was racing to save her husband from an abduction attempt at Shyamoli in the city.
After e-ticket and health service through cellular network, citizens are now offered filing complaints with police by texting on mobile phone and general diaries online.
Bangladesh is expecting an assurance from the Japan government that it will fund the Padma Bridge, said Foreign Minister Dipu Moni yesterday.
Bangladesh government handed over three Pakistani nationals, who were arrested by the Detective Branch of police last Saturday for their suspected link to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), to the Pakistan government through its embassy in Dhaka.
Bangladesh ranked first in the world by sending 10,748 peacekeepers in the United Nations (UN) mission, an ISPR press release said yesterday.
Indian Telecom Minister A Raja resigned Sunday night in the wake of allegation that he caused a huge loss to the state exchequers while allocating 2G spectrum to private telecom companies.
A stalker yesterday was awarded one year's imprisonment and fined Tk 500, in default he has to suffer another seven days' imprisonment by a mobile court in Patuakhali town.
Myanmar's newly freed democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi returned to work for the first time in years yesterday as she knuckled down to the task of rebuilding her weakened party.
The foreign ministers of developing giants China, India and Russia pledged yesterday to step up cooperation in trade, energy and geopolitical affairs including climate change.
The nation is going to celebrate Eid-ul-Azha tomorrow with the usual religious fervour. While it is one of the two most important festivals of the Muslim world over, the true essence of Eid-ul-Azha demands of us not so much of indulgence and merrymaking but understanding the true spirit of the occasion. There is need to rise beyond the rituals and understanding the inner message of the practice. It is a day to move beyond rituals and symbolism, to expurgate the evils in us and commit to ourselves to austere living and sharing our fortunes with those that are not as fortunate as we are. Let that be our resolve.
Historically as well as contemporaneously, Ankara and Dhaka have had well-cultivated and many-layered bilateral ties. These have not only stood the test of time but fostered mutual endearment from time to time.
The Bangladesh women's cricket team moved into the Twenty20 semifinals while the national hockey team scared their mighty opponents Japan before going down 3-1 in their first match of the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, China yesterday.
Four years after lifting the Cup in the tournament's inaugural edition, Clive Lloyd and his team were back in England for a repeat performance of equal, if not greater, dominance. The 1979 Prudential World Cup followed the same format as the first -- two groups of four, with the top two from each group contesting the semifinals. Minnows Sri Lanka and Canada emerged through a qualifying tournament and joined the six Test nations.
The national cricketers will get back to business on November 21 after Eid holidays to carry on the preparation for next month's one-day series against Zimbabwe; their last international engagement before the 2011 World Cup.
Siddikur Rahman, Bangladesh's first and only golfer in the international circuit to date, got richer by a matter of 57,900 US dollars when he finished in joint 25th position along with five other golfers to cap a memorable Barclay's Singapore Open at the Sentosa Golf Course yesterday.
Bangladesh U23 football team were the first to leave the country to take part in the 16th Asian Games in China. Ironically, they became the first side to return home on Sunday night after an early elimination from the group stages with a disappointing performance that saw them finish bottom of the 24 teams.
Chris Gayle put Sri Lanka's attack to the sword with an explosive double-century as the West Indies posted a huge 362-2 on the opening day of the first Test on Monday.
Inter Milan centre-back Marco Materazzi is recovering in hospital after being stretchered off the field during Sunday's Milan derby following a clash with Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic came back to haunt his former employers and silence the boo-boys as 10-man AC Milan went back to the top of the table with a 1-0 win at Inter Milan on Sunday.
Chelsea's lead at the top of the Premier League was cut to two points as the champions suffered a stunning 3-0 home defeat against Sunderland, while Arsenal moved into second place with a 2-1 win at Everton on Sunday.
Real Madrid remain top of the Primera Liga after Gonzalo Higuain scored the only goal of a hard fought battle filled with tension against Sporting Gijon on Sunday.
New Zealand opener Brendon McCullum struck a superb 124 not out to defy India on the fourth day of the second Test on Monday.
Pakistan fought to save the first Test against South Africa after being set a world-record chase following magnificent centuries from Jacques Kallis and Hashim Amla on the fourth day on Monday.
Argentina will look to end a run of five matches without beating Brazil when South America's big two renew their rivalry in a friendly in Qatar on Wednesday.
Three-time champions South Korea dealt another body blow to Chinese football with an impressive 3-0 win in the Asian Games last 16 on Monday.
Germany striker Mario Gomez scored twice on Sunday as defending champions Bayern Munich went sixth in the Bundesliga with a 3-0 win over Nuremberg.
Italy coach Cesare Prandelli on Sunday left playmaker Antonio Cassano out of his squad for the friendly with Romania in Klagenfurt, Austria on Wednesday, but he did call up four uncapped players.
Olympic swimming champion Kosuke Kitajima flopped to finish outside the medals on Monday as the Chinese Asian Games goldrush gathered steam.
Cricket was assured of its place in the 2014 Asian Games programme on Monday after fears the sport would be axed, sparking a big sigh of relief from the Asian Cricket Council.
Sweden's Robin Soderling secured his first ever Masters title with a 6-1, 7-6 defeat of home favourite Gael Monfils in the ATP Paris Masters final on Sunday.
Soaring food prices have pushed overall inflation on a point-to-point basis by 0.09 percentage point to 7.61 percent in September from a month ago.
The edible oil market has become volatile amid surging prices of soybean and palm oil on the international market on concerns of tight supply against a rise in demand.
A huge cash withdrawal pressure ahead of Eid fuelled the inter-bank call money rate to a three-year high yesterday, treasurers at different banks and non-banks said.
Microfinanciers will still enjoy a large profit although the government has put a cap on the interest rates in efforts to better regulate the sector, the regulator said yesterday.
India's annual headline inflation eased slightly in October to its lowest in 10 months, possibly allowing the Reserve Bank to keep rates steady in coming months even though price rises remain above its comfort level.
Prior to a five-day Eid vacation, stocks marked a sharp rise yesterday, keeping the bull-run for five straight sessions.
Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou blamed Germany on Monday for the spectacular rise in the borrowing costs of Ireland and Portugal last week, accusing Berlin of spooking the bond markets.
Struggling Japan Airlines said Monday it will dismiss some 200 crew to meet its rehabilitation targets after applications for a voluntary retirement programme fell short of the target.
Public commercial banks (PCB) have increased the amount of loan this year to help traders purchase rawhides of sacrificial animals during Eid-ul-Azha.
After an eventful week of hectic negotiations, informal exchanges, policy-oriented presentations in both the World Bank and John Hopkins University during recently concluded Bank-Fund-Commonwealth conference in Washington DC, the head of the Bangladesh Bank (BB) flew to Boston and gave a well-received talk on innovations in the financial and banking sector in Bangladesh at the Legatum Centre for Development and Entrepreneurship, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on October 12, 2010. Legatum is an exceptional hub of excellence that promotes innovative practices. The Centre regularly publishes Innovations, a flagship journal on technology, governance and globalisation. One of its editors and also director of the centre, Professor Iqbal Quadir introduced Rahman to about 60 academics as well as a number of journalists and entrepreneurs. He gave a very succinct perspective on how Bangladesh is marching forward in terms of fascinating innovations in the banking and financial sector as a whole under the creative leadership of BB, the country's central bank. Rahman took the floor and thanked the organisers for the opportunity to share his experiences as a central bank governor at a time when the financial world, particularly in the West, has almost come to an impasse. Rahman has offered to share with readers what he said in the MIT workshop.
Talking about death doesn't make you die, an old French saying goes. But Europe is learning the hard way that talking about the possibility of default can hasten precisely that outcome.
China's SAIC Motor Corp Ltd has agreed to take a stake in General Motors Co GM.UL if Chinese regulators approve a deal to deepen an existing alliance between the two automakers, four people familiar with the matter said.
South Korea's top carmaker Hyundai Motor has submitted an offer for a troubled construction firm in a bidding war with its former parent group, a creditor bank said Monday.
Cathay Pacific said Monday that it expects to nearly triple its full-year profit as the carrier bounces back from the global financial crisis.
Yum! Brands, parent of the KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell chains, expects to grow its revenue in India by 35 to 40 percent in 2011, while sales at stores open at least a year will rise in the mid-teens, the chief of its Indian subcontinent operations said on Monday.
British energy company BP on Monday said it had agreed to sell group refining and marketing operations in southern Africa for 296 million dollars (217 million euros) to Switzerland-based Puma Energy.
General Electric Co's Indian unit is looking to buy companies to grow its businesses in the rapidly expanding economy, its chief executive for India said on Monday.
In line with unaudited quarterly accounts for the first quarter to September 30, the company has reported net profit/(loss) of Tk (3.15) million with earnings per share of Tk (0.41) against Tk (4.88) million and Tk (0.63) (restated) respectively for the same period of the previous year. Accumulated profit/ (loss) was Tk (13.31) million as of September 30.
Cases were filed against nearly 25 percent of the incidents of post-poll persecutions but most of those could not be investigated properly due to interventions of politically influential people linked to the then government
Hospitals and clinics are ready to assign the total duty to a handful of staffs ahead of the Eid causing dissatisfaction among the patients.
The pro-BNP and Jamaat teachers of Dhaka University yesterday said the government has placed BNP and army in a face-to-face situation over emptying the cantonment residence of Leader of the Opposition Khaleda Zia.
At least forty people including officer-in-charge (OC) and seven police constables of Kotwali Police Station were injured in a series of clashes between police and a number of villagers at Paglapir.
British Foreign Secretary William Hague has sent an Eid message to the Muslim communities across the globe on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha, according to message received here yesterday.
An alleged mugger was beaten to death after villagers caught him when fleeing with his accomplices after shooting two people at Zazirabazar village in Keraniganj on Sunday night.
Tomorrow is the 114th birth anniversary of Ranada Prasad Saha (RP Saha).
Bangladesh's vulnerability to climate change was a key focus of the three-day visit of UNDP Administrator Helen Clark.
The 34th death anniversary of veteran political leader Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani will be observed tomorrow.
We may not have Kobe beef, the Japanese bovine meat famous for its tenderness and flavour, but we have something similar of a delicacy-- the Mirkadim beef.
The World Bank will support the government in a project to create employment opportunities for the women of the monga-prone districts in the garment sector.
Language movement veteran Abdul Matin yesterday urged the government's necessary initiatives for conducting proper research on the mother tongue in all concerned institutions.
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) yesterday handed over 100 waste collection vehicles to Bangladesh to facilitate better waste management in the city.
A housewife was allegedly strangled at Khulsi upazila early hours yesterday.
The main Eid jamaat (congregation) of the holy Eid-ul-Azha will be held at the National Eidgah on the High Court premises in the city at 8:00am.
Anis-uz-Zaman Khan, ex-secretary and former managing director of Social Marketing Company, has been appointed the third ombudsperson for Brac, says a press release.
Outgoing Myanmarese Ambassador to Bangladesh U Pha Thann made a farewell call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her official residence Gono Bhaban yesterday.
The month-long "Bijoy Mela" begins through the lighting of the "Bijoy Shikha"in the port city on December 1.
Yunnan University of Kunming, China and Confucius Institute of North South University, Bangladesh have jointly invited six students of Bangladesh International Tutorial (BIT) under a scholarship programme to join a Fall Camp at Yunnan University, Kunming from November 22 to 28.
Eighteen people, including central Jamaat-e-Islami leader Advocate Moshiul Alam, were sued here yesterday on charge of committing crimes against humanity during War of Liberation in 1971.
Three people including a 10-year-old boy were killed in road accidents in Satkhira and Faridpur on Sunday and yesterday.
Two contingents of Bangladesh Army and Bangladesh Navy comprising 127 members left here yesterday by a UN chartered plane to take part in UN peacekeeping operations in Sudan.
The 220 students of Food Technology and Nutritional Science (FTNS) department of Maolana Bhasani University of Science and Technology (MBUST) in Tangail have kept themselves away from classes for the last four months demanding BSc (engineering) degree instead of BSc (honours) degree.
About 45,000 people, in conformity with Saudi Arabia, will celebrate Eid-ul Azha in eight upazilas of Barisal, Patuakhali, Bhola, Jhalakathi and Barguna districts today.
Dakhhin Char Panchakola Primary School in Bera upazila under Pabna district is dangerously exposed to collapse any moment as the Jamuna has already eroded a portion of the ground under the structure, exposing a few foundation pillars.
The 150-year-old traditional Ras Mela, the biggest festival of the Hindu community in the country's south will begin here on November 19.
The Sundarbans Forest Division is yet to construct well-equipped cyclone shelters in and outside the forest three years into the onslaught of cyclone Sidr that ravaged coastal belts of southern districts including Khulna and Bagerhat on the night of November 15 in 2007.
Movement of small vehicles and rickshaws on the Keane Bridge across the River Surma in Sylhet city has been suspended following collapse of a plate on the bridge early yesterday.
Police in a raid recovered eight powerful bombs and one kilogram of gunpowder from a sugarcane field in Gangni upazila of Meherpur Sunday night.
At least five people were injured, two of them with bullets, during a clash between two groups of people belonging to a co-operative society at Bhukailash village under Sadar upazila of the district on Sunday night.
At least 25 cattle drowned as a trawler capsized in the Dhaleshwari River near Kunder Bazar area under Tongibari upazila of the district yesterday afternoon.
A regional leader of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (ML-Janajuddho) was arrested at Keshabpur village in Alamdanga upazila of the district yesterday.
Two Awami League (AL) men were yesterday arrested on charge of assaulting an engineer of Roads and Highways Department in Netrakona town on Sunday night.
Two people drowned as boats capsized in the rivers in Natore and Brahmanbaria districts yesterday and the day before.
Israel's government is deeply divided over a US proposal for a new ban on West Bank settlement building, but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looks likely to accept it, commentators said yesterday.
Four ministers were set to resign from the Italian government yesterday in a move that confirms a break with the coalition but will not automatically topple Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's coalition.
The United States and its allies plan to begin transferring security enforcement to Afghan forces in parts of the country in the next 18 to 24 months, The New York Times reported.
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama yesterday hailed the release of Myanmar's democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi.
Ahead of the UN meet on climate change in Mexico this month-end, India will tomorrow release its first assessment report on the impact of global warming on four key sectors, including forests and water in the country's climatic regions like the Himalayas and the north east. Prepared by Indian Network of Climate Change Assessment (INCAA), the assessment report will address the concerns about climate change on the natural resources and livelihoods of the people in the four identified regions, an Environment Ministry official said.
President Barack Obama landed in a politically-changed Washington Sunday after 10 days abroad and called on newly empowered Republicans to drop their strategy of 'No' to work with him.
The foreign ministers of developing giants China, India and Russia pledged yesterday to step up cooperation in trade, energy and geopolitical affairs including climate change.
A fire engulfed a Shanghai high-rise building yesterday, killing eight and injuring 90, as panicked residents stumbled over each other as they fled and thick smoke spread over China's commercial hub.
Stocked with computers, televisions and voice-over-internet phones, top commanders of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) had set up a control room from where they controlled and directed the 26/11 Mumbai carnage, a US report has said.
In a significant development, Jammu and Kashmir has been removed from the United Nations(UN) list of unresolved disputes, giving a setback to Pakistan which has been asking the world body to intervene on the issue.
Accusing BJP of indulging in hypocrisy over the issue of corruption, Congress today demanded that BJP president Nitin Gadkari should disclose his assets and sources of income. "Gadkari should disclose where are the properties he had acquired in the last 10 to 15 years and his source of income.
South Sudan president Salva Kiir appealed to southerners to sign up en masse as registration kicked off yesterday for a January referendum that may lead to the partition of Africa's largest country.
Arts & Entertainment
Eid once more. Time to be a couch potato without undue guilt. There’s plenty to keep you glued to the small screen, ranging from special TV plays, telefilms, musical shows to magazine programmes. Whatever your taste, Eid special programmes have something for everyone. Here’s what you can look forward to:
An invaluable gift to the music industry, the internationally recognised Bangladeshi singer, melody queen Runa Laila will be celebrating her birthday and Eid on the same day (November 17) this year.
Bangladeshi Obhibashi Mohila Sramik Association (BOMSA) arranged a cultural function and discussion in Manikganj to create awareness on safe migration for female workers.
Bangladesh Udichi Shilpi Gosthi of Faridpur district unit held its 9th conference, with the theme, 'Hano Aghat , Bhango Argol , Ano Alo at Kobi Jasimuddin hall on Friday. A vibrant cultural function and a discussion featured in the programme.
Note the irony. On a day when Burma's long serving prisoner of conscience Aung San Suu Kyi emerged into freedom, a tearful Khaleda Zia made her way out of the home she and her family had lived in since the early 1970s. Notice another irony. On a day when Recip Tayyep Erdogan, Turkey's prime minister known for reaching out to varied sections of the population in his country, arrived in the Bangladesh capital on an official visit, Bangladesh's ruling circles stayed busy demonstrating before the rest of the world their unwillingness to promote inclusive politics in the country.
Bigger than France, Turkey is a part of Europe and Asia, adjoins oil-rich Iran, and sits astride the Dardanelles and Bosphorus straits. Its geopolitical importance is recognised by all big powers.
Currency now seems to have become a new "weapon" in the arsenals of developed and emerging economies. Earlier it was "tariff," which was used by different nations to regulate the direction of trade. So now we are witnessing "currency war" instead of "tariff war."
I visited Bangladesh for the first time at the end of April 1972. Living at Sialkot city in West Pakistan, Dhaka was too far and did not entice me to take a long journey. After partition, Delhi, where I settled, engrossed me so much in journalism that Dhaka did not mean anything except that it was East Pakistan's capital. However, even at that time I heard that music in that part of Bengal was better than our Bengal's.
My least favourite teacher used to say that I would never amount to anything because I procrastinated so much.
Science & Life
A 'baby universe' is connected to its 'parent universe' by a bridge-known as Einstein-Rosen Bridge. It is a short-cut path in spacetime which is called wormhole. The physics of this wormhole is presented here.
Our Universe is decorated with the most ancient celestial marvels. One predates the other. Recently, European astronomers, with the aid of European Southern Observatory's (ESO) Very Large Telescope (VLT), have discovered something that is the remotest and as such the most ancient of cosmic wonders. This distinguished and most senior citizen of our Universe is called UDFy-38135539, which is located in the constellation of Fornax. Back in 2009, this galaxy's image was first captured in the Hubble Ultra Deep Field (UDF) by the Hubble telescope's Wide Field Camera 3. And since then the careful analysis of the very faint glow of this galaxy revealed that this galaxy, which contains roughly a billion stars, was formed within the 600 million years of the very Big Bang that started the journey of this very cosmos about 13.7 billion years ago. And astonishingly, it has taken 13.1 billion years for lights from that galaxy to reach Earth! According to Dr. Matt Lehnert of Observatoire de Paris who is the lead author of the paper, “Using the ESO Very Large Telescope we have confirmed that a galaxy spotted earlier using Hubble is the most remote object identified so far in the Universe”. It is important to note that astronomers determine the cosmic distances by measuring the redshift which is an estimate of how much an object's emitted light has been stretched in wavelength during it course of journey across our expanding Universe. To put it simply, redshift allows astronomers to calculate any celestial object's age. And it was found that UDFy-38135539 (UDFy from now on, for the sake of easy reading) has a redshift of 8.55. This means that the redshift of UDFy tops the previous record holder of the oldest object in the Universe. And that was a short-lived gamma-ray burst and called GRB 090423, which had a redshift of about 8.2 and was, formed about 630 millions after the Big Bang.
Kalijira (scientific name 'Nigella sativa'), also called 'black cumin' in English, is an annual flowering plant, which grows to a height of 25-40 cm with finely divided leaves. The flowers are of pale blue colour with 4-9 petals. The fruit is composed of 3-7 follicles, each containing numerous seeds. It is mainly used for flavouring food as well as for medicinal purposes. It is not cultivated on a large scale and the seeds are collected mostly from plants growing in the wild.
Some like it hot, including the plants living in South America's tropical rain forests 56 million years ago. As global average temperatures spiked 5 degrees Celsius over a period of 10,000 years a geologic blink of an eye plant diversity in northern South America also soared, researchers report in the Nov. 12 Science.
A bulge of elevated topography on the far side of the moon -- known as the lunar far side highlands -- has defied explanation for decades. But a new study led by researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz, shows that the highlands may be the result of tidal forces acting early in the moon's history when its solid outer crust floated on an ocean of liquid rock.
Cats are better physicists than dogs, according to a new study at least when it comes to drinking.
Camels do not store water in their humps, as it is commonly believed. The humps are actually reservoirs of fatty tissue. Concentrating body fat in their humps minimizes heat-trapping insulation throughout the rest of their body, which may be an adaptation to living in hot climates. When this tissue is metabolized, it acts as a source of energy and yields more than 1g of water for each 1g of fat converted through reaction with oxygen from air.