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News of: Saturday, 20th of November, 2010

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Dhaka rivers to get lifeline

Water in the capital's river system -- the Buriganga, Turag, Balu and Shitalakkhya rivers -- will flow unceasingly in three years, said Humayun Kabir, chief engineer (central) of Water Development Board.

Road crashes kill 45

At least 45 people were killed and scores of others were injured in road accidents across the country during the Eid holidays.

Stalkers kill elderly man on Eid day

Stalkers strangled an elderly person for protesting the harassment of his granddaughter on Eid day in Kurigram.

Crackers thrown into CJ's house

Police yesterday filed a case implicating four leaders of the main opposition and a son of an opposition leader in Thursday night's Molotov cocktail explosions in the chief justice's official residential compound, according to a senior officer of the Ramna Division of Dhaka Metropolitan Police.

Middlemen control hides market

Tanners have alleged that a syndicate of seasonal traders controlled the trade of hides during the Eid-ul-Azha causing an artificial hike in prices of animal skins.

Khaleda urges all to join 'movement'

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia on the Eid day said her party will soon launch a movement against the government to save the country, urging all to join in.

3 murdered, 2 beaten to death

Five persons were killed in separate incidents in the capital and its suburbs during the three-day Eid holiday.

70 killed in Delhi building collapse

Authorities in New Delhi has ordered dozens of buildings to be evacuated near a five-storey residential block that collapsed killing nearly 70 people.

Eid-ul-Azha celebrated

Eid-ul-Azha, one of the two major religious festivals of the Muslims, was celebrated across the country on Wednesday amid religious fervour, spirit of sacrifice and festivity.

Ashraf gives BNP two options

BNP has no alternative to passing the "no-confidence" proposal in parliament to overthrow the government before its tenure expires, said Awami League General Secretary and LGRD Minister Syed Ashraful Islam yesterday.

First glimpse of a planet from another galaxy

A hot, gaseous and fast-spinning planet has been found orbiting a dying star on the edge of the Milky Way, in the first such discovery of a planet from outside our galaxy, scientists said Thursday.

Marriage at last for Prince William, Kate

Kate Middleton blushed with shyness the first time she set eyes on Prince William, but she is now months away from marrying him in a fairytale wedding watched by the world.

Huda blames Khaleda's counsels

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's counsels made a mistake by not seeking a stay on the High Court order, and it eventually led to her “eviction” from the cantonment house, party's Vice-chairman Nazmul Huda yesterday said.

4 flats looted during Eid vacation

Burglars stole valuables from four flats of a building while the residents were on Eid vacation and a gang of robbers looted a house at gunpoint in the city's Sutrapur on Thursday night.

Silver for women cricketers

The Bangladesh women's cricket team made sure that the national anthem would be played in the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou despite their ten-wicket defeat to Pakistan in the final yesterday.

Farid Gazi passes away

Ruling Awami League lawmaker and veteran freedom fighter Dewan Farid Gazi died early yesterday at the city's Square Hospital.

Chopper crash kills 9 pilots

Two pilots and nine trainee pilots were killed yesterday when an Indian Air Force Mi-17 helicopter crashed after an explosion on board near Tawang in northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh.

One killed over cattle hides trade

At least one person was killed and another injured when a gang of cattle hides traders attacked and beat them up at Charkewar village under sadar upazila of the district on November 17.

1 killed in train derailment in Gazipur

At least one was killed and 29 other people were injured when a compartment of an over crowded Mymensingh bound passenger train from Dhaka derailed on Tuesday.

Girl commits suicide

A class-V student of Siddheswari Girls' School committed suicide yesterday.

Rangamati Jubo Dal man shot dead

A Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal activist was shot dead allegedly by the activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) at Betbunia under Kawkhali upazila here on Thursday.

France's rejects Al-Qaeda hostage demands

France yesterday rejected demands from an Al-Qaeda cell holding five French hostages in northern Africa that it negotiate their freedom with Osama bin Laden and pull its troops out of Afghanistan.

Editorial

Bailing out Irish economy

The Republic of Ireland seems to be in a crisis of historic proportions. For its banking system has lost confidence of the depositors and the government has already bankrolled to the tune of $60 billion to bail them out. As it happened in the USA in 2008 when the US government had to come to the rescue of the bankrupt financial institutions and big businesses, so it is now the turn of the Irish government to save its financial institutions with the taxpayers' money. But the government already facing a huge budgetary deficit is not in a position to shoulder the burden alone. Which is why it is now in need of external assistance to get over the crisis.

Protecting endangered species

Despite the ban, capturing and killing of animals belonging to the endangered species is going on unabated. In a recent drive by the Wildlife Management and Nature Conservation Department, some 374 turtles of three rare species have been seized from shops in Khulna district. Officials who raided the places where the turtles were kept hidden said, those turtles were waiting to be smuggled out of the country at an opportune moment.

Sports

Gold eludes women

Pakistan created history Friday by crushing Bangladesh by ten wickets to win the first-ever Asian Games women's cricket tournament.

Poor show all around

Apart from the silver won by the women's cricket team, Bangladesh's ordinary Asian Games continued in all the other events.

Kiwis chase history

New Zealand will not be weighed down by history as they head into the series-deciding third and final Test against India, captain Daniel Vettori said Friday.

Calypso stars in a global ensemble

The 1979 World Cup saw in the West Indian line-up the formation of one of the greatest teams of all time. The West Indian pace battery that terrorized batsman through the 80s took shape with Andy Roberts (in his second tournament), Michael Holding, Joel Garner and Colin Croft.

Smith eyes series

South African captain Graeme Smith said he would like to end the tour with a clean sweep in all three formats of the game as they take on Pakistan in the second Test starting here from Saturday.

Siddikur's brilliant 2nd round

Siddikur Rahman produced a splendid second round score of 6-under-par foran overall score of 4-under par and leap to 36th on the leaderboard of the UBS Hong Kong Open yesterday.

Mourinho to sit with fans

Jose Mourinho will be sitting with his own supporters tonight as Real Madrid entertains Athletic Bilbao.

Uzbek fails dope test

The Asian Games was hit by its first positive drugs test on Friday as anger mounted over the controversial disqualification of a Taiwan taekwondo fighter.

McCullum double as Test drawn

Opener Brendon McCullum smashed a career-best 225 to help New Zealand draw the second Test against world number one India on Tuesday.

Galle Test ends in draw

Tharanga Paranavitana hit an impressive 95 and Mahela Jayawardene a solid 58 to help Sri Lanka draw the opening Test against the West Indies on Friday.

McGrath ties the knot again

Australian bowling great Glenn McGrath has married his girlfriend Sara Leonardi, two years after his first wife's death from breast cancer, his spokesman said Friday.

IPL announces new edition next year

The bosses of the money-spinning Indian Premier League announced a schedule for the fourth edition of the troubled cricket tournament on Wednesday, setting April 8 as the start date.

Misbah, Smith hail Younis

Rival captains Misbahul Haq and Graeme Smith hailed Younis Khan's brilliant hundred which helped Pakistan salvage a fighting draw in the first Test here on Tuesday.

Date, Sania in qtrs

Japanese veteran Kimiko Date Krumm, the 40-year-old top seed, and Indian golden girl Sania Mirza both reached the Asian Games women's singles quarterfinals on Friday.

Messi magic lifts Argentina

A brilliant solo goal in injury time by Lionel Messi earned Argentina a 1-0 victory over their arch-rivals Brazil in an international friendly here on Wednesday.

Portugal stun Spain

World champions Spain suffered their worst defeat for 47 years as Portugal hammered their neighbours 4-0 in a Lisbon friendly arranged to promote the countries' joint World Cup bid on Wednesday. In another big derby, played in neutral Qatar, Argentina beat Brazil 1-0 courtesy of a stoppage-time Lionel Messi special.

Gunners' Spurs challenge

Arsenal take on Tottenham in the latest instalment of their bitter North London rivalry here Saturday in a Premier League showdown neither side can afford to lose.

Real proving unstoppable

After a phenomenal start to his Real Madrid career, Jose Mourinho is bidding to keep his side on top of the Spanish table ahead of the season's first 'Clasico' against Barcelona on November 29.

Japan, Korea in semis

Keigi Higashi's 45th-minute goal gave Japan a 1-0 win over Thailand and a spot in the Asian Games semifinals on Friday where they were joined by fellow regional power South Korea.

Japan, Korea in semis

Keigi Higashi's 45th-minute goal gave Japan a 1-0 win over Thailand and a spot in the Asian Games semifinals on Friday where they were joined by fellow regional power South Korea.

Mathijsen out for several weeks

Hamburg's injury problems have deepened with the news Dutch centre-back Joris Mathijsen looks set to be out for several weeks after suffering a serious leg injury in Holland's 1-0 win over Turkey.

Metropolitan

Trade on sacrificial meat

Monwara Begum and Rahima Begum, aged over 40, arrived in the city along with their two boys the day before the Eid day by a train from Mymensingh. On Eid day, they collected meat from different houses in the city and left for homes by another train on that night.

'Tin Bigha likely to be kept open 24 hrs within a short time'

Ensuring unfettered communication to the inhabitants of Dahagram-Angorpota enclave, Tin Bigha corridor is likely to be kept open 24 hours within a short time.

'Women's empowerment created positive image'

Bangladesh's Permanent Representative to the UN Dr AK Abdul Momen said commitment to empowerment of women and its execution at various levels had contributed to creating a positive image of Bangladesh abroad.

Ras Utsav begins in Kuakata

About 200 years old three nights and two days long traditional Ras ustav and Ras mela, one of the biggest festival for the communities living in the country's southern region, began in Kuakata coast yesterday.

40 houses set on fire

Criminals set fire to almost 40 houses of Char Umed village under North Motlob upazila of the district yesterday evening.

Muggers beat up journo

Muggers beat up a photojournalist and looted cash, a camera, a motorcycle and a mobile set worth about Tk 5lakh on Dhaka-Aricha highway in the Bsaundhara Steel Complex area in Manikganj on Monday night, a day before of the Eid-Ul-Azha.

Int'l film festival starts in Ctg today

A weeklong film festival kicks off in the port city today.

Candle factory gutted in Ctg

Properties worth around Tk 2 lakh were gutted in a fire at a candle factory in Raozan upazila on Friday.

Arms, ammo recovered in C'nawabganj

The Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) recovered one foreign pistol, two magazines and seven round bullets from Kiranganj village under Monakasha union of Shibganj upazila in Chapainawabganj on early Tuesday.

Sufia Kamal's anniversary of death today

Today is the 11th death anniversary of pioneer of women emancipation Poet Begum Sufia Kamal will be observed today in a befitting manner.

The Pleasure of Reading

How many types of books are there? The philosopher Francis Bacon answered four centuries ago: “Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.”

The Pleasure of Reading

How many types of books are there? The philosopher Francis Bacon answered four centuries ago: “Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.”

Devotees urged to avoid bad things, falsehood

Danuttam Kathin Chibar Dan concluded yesterday at Rangamati Rajban Bihar amid offering of prayers by thousands of devotees and donating of 'Kathin Chibar' to the monks in the hill town.

Scattered animal waste spoils post-Eid atmosphere

The days following Eid-ul-Azha have been partially marred as stench from waste, blood and leftovers of slaughtered sacrificial animals filled the air of the city causing utmost sufferings to city dwellers.

Garos celebrate Wangala festival

The Garo people residing in the city yesterday celebrated their traditional Wangala festival amid singing, dancing and performing various traditional arts at Banani Biddyaniketon High School ground in the city.

Hearing on remand prayer tomorrow

A Chittagong court will hear the remand prayer of four activists of banned Islamist outfit Hizb ut-Tahrir tomorrow.

Massive drive to arrrest actor Dipjol

Police conducted massive drives in the last three days at different places of the city to arrest film actor and Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) Ward Councillor Monwar Hossain Dipjol on charges of assaulting a traffic police in Gabtali area on Tuesday morning.

Gas, power supply to be increased in Ctg region: Qader

Awami League Presidium Member Obaidul Qader yesterday said gas and power supply in Chittagong region would be increased to a large extent very soon.

60 injured as villagers clash in Kushtia

At least 60 people were injured, 10 of them critically, as rival villagers locked in a clash over a trifling matter at Komlapur village of Kushtia Sadar Upazila yesterday morning.

Workshop on climate investment today

An inter-ministerial and stakeholder national workshop on climate investment and finance will be held at National Press Club in the city at 12:30pm today.

Adil Moyeen passes away

Adil Moyeen, a businessman, passed away at the United Hospital in the city on Tuesday at the age of 47, says a press release.

International

Manmohan under pressure over 40-billion-dollar scam

India's parliament adjourned in uproar yesterday over a massive corruption scandal that has ensnared Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, whose popularity partly resides in his "Mr Clean" image.

Death toll rises to 58 in Shanghai fire

Authorities in Shanghai said yesterday the death toll from this week's high-rise apartment building fire had risen to 58, as four more people were being questioned in connection with the disaster.

Power ship to supply electricity-starved Pakistan

The world's largest ship-based power plant will begin supplying Pakistan with electricity next month to try to mitigate the country's crippling shortages, a company official said yesterday.

Nato forces will stay with Afghans after 2014 handover

President Barack Obama pledged yesterday that US forces would stand by Afghanistan even after Nato-led troops hand control of the fight against Taliban insurgents to Afghan forces in 2014.

Anti-UN cholera riots spread to Haiti capital

Rioting has spread to the Haitian capital where hundreds of people clashed with UN troops they blamed for a worsening cholera epidemic.

At least 27 missing after N Zealand mine explosion

Desperate efforts to reach at least 27 coal miners missing after an explosion tore through an underground mine in New Zealand stalled yesterday as fears of another blast frustrated rescue attempts.

WikiLeaks founder appeals Swedish arrest warrant

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appealed yesterday against a Swedish court order for a warrant for his detention for questioning on allegations of rape, his lawyer said.

Indonesia to probe maid torture case in S Arabia

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said yesterday that an inquiry will be launched into a female migrant's suspicious death in Saudi Arabia, a second case of alleged maid abuse in the country.

Suspected bomb in Namibia was 'security test'

A suspected bomb intercepted in Namibia that was to be put on a Munich-bound charter plane was only a US-made dummy used to test security checks, Germany's interior minister said yesterday.

Indira Gandhi's birth anniversary observed

Rich tributes were paid yesterday to former Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi on her 93rd birth anniversary across the country.

Rajapaksa sworn in for second term

Mahinda Rajapaska was sworn in as Sri Lankan President for the second consecutive six-year term yesterday. The ceremony, which was held outside the President's office overlooking the Indian Ocean, was televised nationally.

Arts & Entertainment

The fluid splendour of nature

Shohag Parvez, considered one of the most dedicated among contemporary Bangladeshi painters, has a passion for portraying the splendour of natural, serene environment, riverine life, cloudy skies and hilly areas. He believes that we are all part of nature, but some of us closely observe nature with intense passion.

Jatra costume-makers

Despite unending hardship, costume-makers for jatra and theatre artistes continue working in a profession steeped in tradition.

A vivacious up and coming actress

Although Nova's journey in the media has been short, she has cemented her place with notable works in modelling and acting.

Play on Liberation War

Shapla Natya Goshthi, one of the leading cultural organisations of the greater Dinajpur district, recently staged a play on Liberation War titled “Muktir Rifle” at Thakurgaon Natya Samiti stage.

From “Baywatch” to “Bigg Boss”

From being the bikini babe of the famous TV show “Baywatch” to a sequinned sari and blouse with a plunging neckline -- that's Hollywood's blonde bombshell Pamela Anderson for you in India.

OP-ED

Hartal culture stages a come back?

It remains shrouded in mystery why the lawyers of eminence defending Begum Khaleda Zia in the apex court in the cantonment house case did not prefer an appeal for stay of the execution of the High Court order to vacate the house after expiry of the dead line on November 12. Sensible citizenry and legal luminaries say that aware of the weak merit of the case and the end result that might come out in the ultimate legal battle, the mercurial lawyer Barrister Moudud Ahmed and a stalwart in the BNP hierarchy defending the case had already indicated in press briefings that the house issue would be sorted out in the 'Rajpath.'

Balance in relation should be maintained

Compared to many countries in the world Bangladesh has some natural advantages like vast tract of oceanic area, prospective land for building industrial infrastructure and cultural unity. It is considered that the South Asian nations would play a vital economic role in the world in future. This has resulted in taking interest in the Pacific Ocean and Bay of Bengal by big powers. Future role of Bangladesh in this regard depends on power relation of powerful countries of south and south-east Asia .

Fighting traffic jam in Dhaka city

Traffic jam in Dhaka Metropolitan City is spiraling day-by-day defying all efforts of keeping this menace under control. Learned experts on this subject have so far suggested various measures, but results are not encouraging. Some have blamed railway level crossings for interruption to free flow of road traffic during passage of trains, and have suggested shifting of Dhaka Railway Station from Kamalapur to Tongi or Gazipur. Such a proposal needs to be examined in details and then come to a conclusion whether railway is at all to blame or deserves appreciation for its contribution towards reduction of traffic jam in Dhaka city.

Looking back, looking forward

It is a privilege to have been able to follow Bangladesh since its birth in 1971. I had actually seen how the Pakistani authorities had tried to starve Bengalis to death after the cyclone of November 1970, and in 1971, in the refugee camps in India I assisted the struggle for the refugees to survive in appalling conditions where malnutrition and death was widespread. I saw in early 1972 to what extent the infrastructure and the economy of the country had been shattered. Later on, in 1974, during the famine conditions of Rowmari, Kurigram, I witnessed, on one occasion, about 6,000 local people waiting all day for the 400 chapatis being made every day at a particular gruel kitchen.

Role in equity, research and science diplomacy

The flag, which shows a variation of the Parthenon, the ancient Greek temple located in Athens, is readily recognised as the symbol of Unesco. It contributes to peace and security by promoting international collaboration through education, science, and culture in order to further universal respect for justice, the rule of law and human rights, along with fundamental freedoms proclaimed in the UN Charter. To quote Irina Bokova, the first woman Director-General of Unesco: "Unesco was born from a simple idea. Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defences of peace must be constructed. . . The new context demands that the conditions necessary for mutual understanding and peace-building be rethought. We must build a lasting universal human community, drawing on the fundamental values of humanity, and first and foremost on the resources of the mind. These are the stakes of this new humanism, where Unesco has a leading role to play." (Address in Milan, Italy on October 7.)

Environment

An appraisal of fresh water wetlands

Bangladesh possesses enormous area of wetlands. Rivers and streams, freshwater lakes and marshes (haors, baors, beels), water storage reservoirs, fish ponds, flooded cultivated fields and estuarine systems with extensive mangrove swamps are varieties of wetland in Bangladesh. However, the haors, baors, beels and jheels are of fluvial origin and are commonly identified as freshwater wetlands. These wetlands occupy four landscape units -- floodplains, freshwater marshes, lakes and swamp forests which have a wide range of ecological, socio-cultural, economic and commercial importance and values in Bangladesh.

How sustainable is Dhaka city traffic-wise?

Let's first discuss the characteristics of a sustainable city. Policy development and decision making in sustainable cities takes into consideration the complex interactions among a number of different related fields and tries to make an across-the-board progress by minimizing harmful effects, including the degradation and exploitation of the natural environment. The following provides a list of some of these important issues:

Literature

Do they know it's Eid?

Do you recall the famous hit song “Do They Know it's Christmas?” by Band Aid a British and Irish charity supergroup, founded in 1984 by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure. The record was released for the Christmas market that year. It was sung to raise funds for the impoverished of Ethiopia who were dying in the thousands due to famine while the rest of the world turned a blind eye upon their plight. It became the biggest-selling single of all time in the UK. The song struck a poignant chord in the hearts and minds of the affluent and aid and aid workers poured in to rescue their fellow man. You should listen to the song and ponder upon the lyrics.

Utsav --- The Party

(This is the concluding part of the story, of which the first part appeared last week.)

Star Health

COPD to be the 3rd largest killer by 2030

For many of us the term COPD seems to be novel, but the disease has been in operation for long and killing increased number of people by and by. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) includes lung diseases that make breathing difficult by limiting the airflow in and out of the lung. World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that COPD kills one person in every 10 seconds globally and predicts that it will become the third leading cause of death by 2030 unless urgent action is taken to reduce underlying risk factors.

Sexual abuse in childhood tied to schizophrenia

Sexually abused children are at increased risk of developing schizophrenia later in life, Australian researchers have found.

Nails and health: Read the signs

Did you know your nails can reveal clues to your overall health? A touch of white here, a rosy tinge there, or some rippling or bumps may be a sign of disease in the body. Problems in the liver, lungs, and heart can show up in your nails. Keep reading to learn what secrets your nails might reveal.

Cost-effective integrated Hospital Information System (HIS)

Hospital Information System (HIS) is vital for decision making and plays a crucial role in healthcare revolution. With computerisation of the medical records and documentation, clinicians and other healthcare professionals can access the information without delay or errors and make a better decision on time. But most of the Bangladeshi hospitals lack the appropriate system. However, implementing this system does not require much money; whereas, it can improve patient care, ensure patient safety and efficiency.

Amino Acid – the most vital biological molecules

All life depends on nitrogen sources for survival. Humans get their nitrogen from amino acids, which are the building blocks for proteins. Plants can synthesise all the amino acids needed for its survival, but human cannot do so. Human make certain amino acids but others come from the foods they eat.

Strategic Issues

Iraqi government formed under foreign pressure

The agreement for a unity government comprising of major Iraqi parties came after months of uncertainty and tension. The US has for months urged Iraq's quarreling factions to create a government that includes all major ethnic and sectarian groups. Iran has also played an important role in the formation of the new government, which remains in the hands of Maliki, an ally of Iran.

China relents but cannot stop North Korea from weapon proliferation

North Korea's nuclear weapons development programme has remained a worry for the world. Global efforts to rein in Pyongyang have yielded little results and the 'rogue' state continues to defy the world. What moreover worries the rest of the world is North Korea's support for Syria, Myanmar, Iran and Pakistan in their nuclear weapons development programmes. The only country, China, which can probably halt Pyongyang's nuclear programme and its support to other countries, continues to remain a suspect in its sincerity to do so.

US to boost weapons stockpile in Israel

Jerusalem: The United States is to significantly increase the amount of military equipment held in Israel as part of a move to upgrade security ties between the two allies, press reports said Thursday.

Iran holds defence drills at nuclear plants

Tehran: Iran has conducted defence drills at its sensitive nuclear facilities, a senior commander told media on Sunday, adding that fresh aerial war games will be launched across the country next week.

Star Books Review

The power of eloquence in history . . .

Oratory has since the beginning of civilised existence kept people in thrall. Shakespeare provided a clue to the riveting nature of speeches in his plays. You think here of Brutus and Mark Antony in Julius Caesar, of the many ways in which they played with words to convince the audience of the justness of the causes they held dear. But that was literature. In life lived from day to day, through the vagaries of politics, oratory has often been raised to the level of art. In Bangladesh's case, the speeches of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman were ammunition, over the years, in the defence of liberty. Gandhi was not a rousing speaker, but the calm religiosity he brought into his words drove the point home. And then there was Syed Badrudduja, whose command of Bengali, Urdu and English was demonstrated to huge effect in his speeches, particularly in pre-partition India.

A writer's world

Writers are supposed to be lonely people, living in a world of their own. Indeed, even in a crowded place the writer will seem to have little touch with all that is going around him. He will be in another world, a world of his own. People all around seem to be irrelevant to the imaginative world in which the writer is absorbed. His world is inhabited by imagination. The imaginative characters are at times worldly people but on others they are wild and totally out of this world. Demons and monsters, kings and queens, witches and wizards --- all crowd the imaginative world of the writer. In the real world the writer may be a lonely soul but in this world of imagination he is the king all his creations. He is surrounded by crowds, screaming, laughing or whispering in thousands of voices.



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