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News of: Saturday, 27th of November, 2010

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Cricket earns maiden Asian Games gold

The flashing blades of Sabbir Rahman and Naeem Islam took the country's sports to a new height yesterday as their rescue act in Bangladesh's five-wicket win over Afghanistan in the cricket final clinched the long cherished Asian Games gold medal for the first time.

Probes designed to fail

Incidents of "crossfire," "encounter," "shootout" and "gunfight" claimed around 1,200 lives in the last six years thanks to shady enquiries into the allegations of extrajudicial killings to get the responsible law enforcers legally protected.

Deal likely next week

Bangladesh is likely to sign an agreement with India next week to allow the neighbouring country transit for a year and a half to carry power plant equipment to Tripura from West Bengal.

PM seeks more investment from Belgium

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has requested the Belgian government to recruit skilled sailors, and skilled manpower for IT and other related sectors from Bangladesh.

Withdraw expulsion decision

Expelled BNP leader Nazmul Huda in a complete about face appealed party Chairperson Khaleda Zia to withdraw his expulsion order.

AL moves to consolidate grand alliance

Ruling Awami League is moving to strengthen the unity of the grand alliance faced with the main opposition BNP's anti-government movement that includes hartals.

Call for more active role of development partners

A three-day international dialogue on development strategies for least developed countries concluded yesterday with a call for more active engagement from global development partners.

Khaleda unhappy with leaders' role

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia was disappointed at city unit leaders' failure to offer resistance to the move to "evict" her from the disputed cantonment house on November 13.

A public hospital with a difference

When success story is rare in public service institutions, the Burn and Plastic Surgery unit at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) is an exception with increasing recovery rate and sliding death toll since its inception in December 2003.

6 lakh die every year from passive smoking

The first global study into the effects of passive smoking has found it causes 6,00,000 deaths every year.

Teacher jailed for harassing student

A mobile court yesterday sentenced a college teacher to one-year imprisonment for harassing a female admission seeker at Dhaka University.

Exercise utmost restraint

Bangladesh has urged both North and South Korea to exercise utmost restraint to maintain peace and stability in the region.

All arrestees released

Police yesterday released all the detainees of Thursday's car accident and the subsequent vandalism on Dhaka University campus following a negotiation between the car owner and the DU authorities.

Editorial

DU students on rampage

Dhaka University campus was the scene of utter disorder last Thursday with rampaging students setting two cars on fire and damaging 25 other vehicles. The vandalism followed an accident in which a colleague of theirs was knocked over and injured by a car driven by a learner who happened to be a student too. One of the two cars set ablaze was involved in the accident. Needless to say, the ensuing situation resulted in serious dislocation of movement of people and severe traffic snarl up in the area for a long time. This is not the first time that accidents have occurred inside the Dhaka University area.

Sabre-rattling to wanton bellicosity

We have noted with serious concern Tuesday's North Korean artillery strike on South Korea's Yeonpyeong island. It has taken a toll of both military and civilian casualties with tension mounting in the volatile region. It has gone down as one of the most serious border incidents since the Korean war in 1950-53. It has triggered concern in world capitals, especially against the backdrop of Pyongyang's disclosure of an operational uranium enrichment programme, being regarded as a second potentiality of building an atom bomb.

Sports

Bangladesh's golden sunrise

Bangladesh's 16th Asian Games campaign in Guangzhou provided a perfect picture of the country's sports; where cricket is the heartbeat and the rest struggle.

No lack of confidence

The Zimbabwe cricket team arrived in Dhaka yesterday hoping for some competitive cricket against the in-form Tigers during their five-match one-day international series.

ICC Cricket World Cup History

With Sri Lanka becoming a full member of the International Cricket Council (ICC), the 1983 World Cup had space for only one Associate member. Formerly known as Rhodesia, the newly independent Zimbabwe was the eighth team in the Cup, having won the qualifying tournament involving the Associate members of ICC. And unlike the previous Associate members making their debut in World Cups, they made quite a splash.

U-17 booters keep winning

The Bangladesh U17 football team moved into the second round of 51st Subroto Mukherjee Cup Football tournament when they handed another lone-goal defeat to Arunachal Pradesh in a Group H match in New Delhi yesterday.

BJMC back with a bang

After a three-year gap, the Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC) returned to cycling with a bang winning all four events on the opening day of the NCC Bank 34th Cycling Championship at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Div I cricket

Uttara Sporting Club, Azad Sporting Club and Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club won their respective matches of the First Division Cricket League yesterday.

Games best for China

Powerhouse China made Guangzhou its most successful Asian Games ever on Friday as Bangladesh beat Afghanistan to win not just the cricket but their first gold medal in Asiad history.

Hussey battling away

Mike Hussey anchored a mid-innings revival to propel Australia towards England's first innings total when rain ended play on the second day of the opening Ashes Test at the Gabba on Friday.

Pakistan angry at India snub

Pakistan reopened old wounds with India on Friday by insisting their bitter rivals were wrong to snub the Asian Games by refusing to send a cricket team.

Modi breaks silence

The sacked former head of the Indian Premier League said he is the victim of a "witch hunt" in his first major interview since being forced from office under a cloud of allegations.

Murray moves to semis

Andy Murray stormed into the semi-finals of the ATP World Tour Finals with a crushing 6-2, 6-2 win against Spanish seventh seed David Ferrer on Thursday.

Rain spoils Day 4

No play was possible due to rain on the penultimate day of the second Test between Sri Lanka and the West Indies in Colombo on Friday.

Bronze for Pakistan

Skipper Khalid Latif smashed an unbeaten 53 off 42 balls as Pakistan won the cricket bronze medal at the Asian Games with a six-wicket win over Sri Lanka on Friday.

Rain to sing at closing ceremony

Korean pop sensation Rain will sing and dance at the closing ceremony of the Asian Games as part of a promotion for the 2014 Incheon Asiad, organisers said Friday.

Clarke struggles

Australia's decision to play an apparently injured Michael Clarke in the first Ashes Test is sure to be questioned after he struggled for just nine runs in the first innings here on Friday.

Jose gears up for Clasico

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho hopes to end the club's recent woes against champions Barcelona when the two bitter rivals lock horns in the season's first Clasico at Camp Nou on Monday.

MU chase top spot

Sir Alex Ferguson is preparing to unleash a fit-again Wayne Rooney on the Premier League as Manchester United look to kick-start their title charge at Blackburn Rovers on Saturday.

It's going to get tough

AC Milan midfielder Gennaro Gattuso believes things are going to start getting tougher for the Serie A leaders as they travel to Sampdoria this weekend.

C'Ron predicts Real win

Barcelona are a tough proposition but Real Madrid will gain the upper hand when the Spanish giants clash in the first Clasico of the season on Monday, Real's Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo predicted Thursday.

Zapatero roots for Barca

Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero predicted Friday that Barcelona will crush Real Madrid 4-2 when the two sides meet next week in their first Clasico of the season.

Ramsey loaned to Forest

Arsenal's Welsh international midfielder Aaron Ramsey has joined Championship side Nottingham Forest on loan until the beginning of January, the Premier League club announced on Thursday.

Rooney says sorry to fans

Wayne Rooney has tried to make his peace with Manchester United's fans by saying sorry for the way his contract talks were concluded last month.

Roquibul's mother passes away

Saleha Banoo, mother of former Bangladesh cricket captain ASM Roquibul Hasan died of old-age complication yesterday.

Oruma calls it quits

Former Nigerian international Wilson Oruma has announced his retirement from football at the age of 33, his French club Guincamp announced on Friday.

Metropolitan

At the Manipuri Raash Mela

To go to the Manipuri Raash Mela, you head towards Bhanugach from Sreemongol. After a right turn at the Komolganj intersection, the signs become unmistakeable: CNGs and vans with brightly dressed people, colourful posters and arches, and a festive spirit in the air.

Hasina for protecting democracy

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged people to remain vigilant so that no “evil anti-democracy” force can foil the progress of democracy in Bangladesh.

Stop dam construction on Brahmaputra

Green activists yesterday demanded that the dam construction on the Brahmaputra River by China be stopped saying such a project would adversely impact on environment and agriculture in downstream Bangladesh and India.

Musa wants to plant 16cr saplings to fight climate change

“When the Bangladesh national flag was flying high on Everest on May 23, 2010 at 5:16am, for the first time, I instantly wanted to jump back to Bangladesh and say look we have done it,” said Musa Ibrahim, the first Bangladeshi to conquer the Everest.

Vow to build enlightened Bangladesh

With a commitment to build the country in the same way love is felt towards a mother, the daily Prothom Alo celebrated its 12 years in Chittagong on Thursday.

Locally made vessels handed over to German company

Industries Minister Dilip Barua yesterday announced to start funding the growing shipbuilding industry under a Tk 200 crore refining scheme at a single digit interest rate to boost up the sector.

Dr Milon's death anniversary today

Today is the 20th death anniversary of Shaheed Dr Shamsul Alam Khan Milon.

Suchitra Sen Film Festival begins

The second Suchitra Sen Film Festival, in memory of Suchitra Sen, the screen legend of Bangla films, began in Pabna yesterday.

Call to ensure road safety

Several hundred people carrying placards and photographs of road crash victims yesterday staged a several kilometer long street march in the city as part of road safety campaign amid reports of growing road accidents.

No driver punished for accidents in 17 yrs

No killer driver has ever been brought to justice in nearly two decades with every successive government taking benefit of massive extortion from the transport sector, said a pioneer campaigner for road safety.

One gunned down in city

Unidentified gunmen shot a rickshaw-van garage owner in the city's Muradpur area around 2:00pm.yesterday.

'Improve waterway'

The government must take effective measures to improve the country's river transport system and ensure passengers' safety, speakers at a discussion have demanded.

International

Afghan 'peace talks' impostor paid by MI6

A man posing as a Taliban leader who had talks with Afghanistan's president was paid and promoted by British intelligence, a newspaper said yesterday.

India marks Mumbai attack anniversary

India marked the second anniversary of the Mumbai terror attack yesterday with sombre ceremonies and a renewed promise to seek justice for the 166 people slain in an assault that has set back peace efforts with archrival Pakistan.

Teenagers arrive in Fiji after Pacific ordeal

Three teenage boys found alive after at least 50 days in a boat in the Pacific Ocean have arrived safely in Fiji.

Companies probed in India bribes scam

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is probing 21 sizeable companies for links to a bribes-for-loans scandal that has hit lending and infrastructure shares and hurt the country's image as an investment destination.

Man held for threatening to kill Obama

An elderly US veteran has been arrested for threatening to kill President Barack Obama in a murder-suicide, officials said yesterday.

N Korea warns of US-South war drill

North Korea has warned that impending joint military exercises by the South and the US are pushing the region to "the brink of war".

Rio braces for more violence

Residents of Rio's northern slums braced for more violence yesterday as hundreds of reinforcements joined a widening crackdown on drug gangs that has killed at least 30 people in six days.

Top UN official to meet Suu Kyi

A senior UN official will meet Myanmar's democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi during a two-day visit to Yangon this weekend, a government official in the military-ruled country said yesterday.

Nitish Kumar sworn in as Bihar CM

Janata Dal (United) leader Nitish Kumar was sworn in as chief minister for a second consecutive term at Gandhi Maidan here yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

Lalon, for a liberated, united society

To mark 200 years of practicing and engaging the philosophy (bhab-darshan) of Fakir Lalon Shai, Lalon World Society held a programme on November 25 and 26 at TSC, Dhaka University. The event featured songs, discussion, presentation of a paper and distribution of booklets.

Artist gets camera implanted in head

A New York University arts professor might not have eyes on the back of his head, but he's coming pretty close. Wafaa Bilal, a visual artist widely recognised for his interactive and performance pieces, had a small digital camera implanted in the back of his head -- all in the name of art.

In need of positive changes

The documentary “Paribarton Chai” (We Want Change) was premiered at the auditorium of Liberation War Museum, in the capital, on November 24. Srabonto Habib, nephew of noted filmmaker Zahir Raihan and martyred intellectual, journalist and litterateur Shahidullah Kaiser, produced and directed the documentary.

Rafiqun Nabi exhibition at Gallery Chitrak

Gallery Chitrak will hold a solo drawing exhibition featuring veteran painter-printmaker Rafiqun Nabi. The exhibition will begin on December 3 and will continue till December 20.

Debate festival for rural educational institutes

A debate competition was recently organised in Biral upazila of Dinajpur. The aim was to encourage rural students to enhance their oratory skills. Such events are usually organised in urban areas.

Talk show “Atohpor Ami” on ETV

Celebrity Talk Show “Atohpor Ami” will be aired on ETV tonight at 7:50 pm.

Nelly Furtado: Stories behind hits

In the decade since Nelly Furtado first came to public attention with “I'm Like a Bird”, the Canadian songstress has dabbled in pop, folk, hip-hop, electronica, dance and world music.

BAMBA-UNFPA concert rescheduled

The BAMBA-UNFPA concert, that was scheduled to be held yesterday, will take place on December 3, according to a press release.

OP-ED

The desirable feat of law enforcers

The lead report in 'The Daily Star' of 25 June tells us that an elite law enforcement unit of the country-- a combination of civil and military personnel -- was formed way back in 2004 because the then State Minister for Home Affairs thought that rising crime in the capital city and the southeastern region could not be contained by the police.

Bihar shows the way

Bihar has half of Pakistan's population, 8 crore, and it is one of the most important state which affects Indian politics. The Jaya Prakash Narayan movement that swept out Mrs. Indira Gandhi out of office in 1977 started from the State. The play boy Lalu Prasad Yadav who ruled and looted Bihar at will for 15 years is also from the state.

Roadblocks to poverty alleviation must be removed

The country is passing through a series of crises: unbridled corruption, terrorism and killing of political activists and businessmen, sexual harassment and killing of school and college going girls and housewives and so on.

Don't the domestic workers deserve a status?

We have no specific laws to protect domestic workers because they are not included in our Labour Laws. In the past, domestic workers were not treated as labourers because their number was not significant, they were not organised and their age limit would have been equal to manual workers of other trades. Such a situation would have offered the opportunity to traders and industrialists to bargain heavily with the poor parents of the domestic workers. This could have resulted in further hardship to poor (particularly landless) rural people.

Air guards learn to spot jokes

In locked-door meetings around the world, airport security staff are secretly being trained to spot jokes. The move is an attempt to fix the problems caused by the current global policy in which anyone who says the words "bomb" or "gun" must be arrested.

Environment

An emerging paradigm for biodiversity conservation

A land area of more than 0.5 ha, with a canopy cover of more than 10 percent and trees able to reach a minimum height of 2-5 metres at maturity in situ can be called a forest. It includes areas with rattans, bamboos and palms provided that height and canopy cover criteria are met. Forest also includes forest roads, firebreaks, meadows, other small open areas, windbreaks, shelterbelts, corridors of trees, national parks, nature reserves and other protected areas which have specific scientific, historical, cultural or spiritual interest. According to Lindemayer & Franklin (2002), matrix comprises landscape areas that are not designated primarily for conservation of natural ecosystems, ecological processes, and biodiversity regardless of their current condition (natural or developed).

Sustainable urban planning

Curitiba has a master planned transportation system, which includes lanes on major streets devoted to a bus rapid transit system. The buses are long, split into three sections (bi-articulated), and stop at designated elevated tubes, complete with disabled access. The system, used by 85% of Curitiba's population, is the source of inspiration for the TransMilenio in Bogotá, Colombia, as well as the Orange Line of Los Angeles, California, and for a future transportation system in Panama City, Panama.

Literature

Pillow talk . . .

It was 4:30 in the morning, and David cracked open an eye to get a feel of the surroundings and get his bearing. He turned left to check if Mindy was awake or had gone off to work which was when he realized that he had a slight headache, probably from the sleep deprivation, but he also could not rule out the possibility of being overwhelmed from all the thoughts swirling around in his head. Mindy, who was lying next to him and was fast asleep until then, felt some movement on the other side of the bed and now slipped into a mode between sleep and awake. In this semiconscious state, she realized that the source of the rustle was David's habitual restlessness as he emerges from sleep, and she made a soft nondescript purr to acknowledge that they were both awake and wanted to know if David was planning to sleep some more.

Who is afraid of Taslima Nasrin?

Taslima Nasrin, the Bangladeshi-born writer, has become a legend in her own lifetime. She is hailed outside of Bangladesh as the most important writer in Bangladesh not only by laymen, but also by connoisseurs of literature. All over India, Europe and America, she is recognized as a literary icon. If you travel to Calcutta, Delhi, Bombay or London, New York, Paris or Hamburg, you cannot help being asked about this fallen literary goddess. While traveling by train in India, I heard with my own ears some fellow passengers fulminating against the ban on one of her books in Bangladesh. As a Bangladeshi, I was pelted with question after question as to why the Nasrin was not being allowed to get back to her motherland. The questioners, however, belonged to a particular religion different from that of the writer. They seem to nourish a very lofty idea about Taslima Nasrin as an incarnation of truth. Nasrin has become a living myth after the recurrent proscriptions of her books and her move into self-exile.

Untitled

Like a speeding car on a highway
Craving rush through my vein
To prove, nothing is a big deal
Go wild, Cherry, anytime!

Star Health

HIV/AIDS in Bangladesh

Target of universal access to treatment Is yet to achieve

Visiting your loved one at ICU

Critical patients often need Intensive Care Unit (ICU) admission. When a patient is brought to an ICU, family and friends gathered in visitors' waiting room. As ICU is highly sterile, visitors are often restricted to enter and see their patient’s condition. Upon certain rules ICU team allow visitors when they consider visiting safe.

Price of life-saving vaccine expected to drop significantly

A life-saving vaccine against five deadly diseases will now be less expensive for the world’s poorest children, the Global Alliance for Vaccine and Immunisation (GAVI) Alliance announced recently — says a press release.

Eating less beats exercise for a healthy life

The myth about ‘exercise’ is now on the top list related to a smart body and loosing weight. Of course physical activity is not only good for you, but crucial for an active life. But these days, expensive Gyms and other modern expensive exercise machines will not make lose weight in all cases (Pennington Research centre,La 2009).

Team physician and sports medical science course begin

In order to increase expertise in Sports science and Sports medicine, Bangladesh Institute of Sports Science (BISS) has organised two international training courses, says a press release.

Strategic Issues

Relations with Russia, and Afghan war dominated NATO talks

28 NATO leaders met at the Lisbon Summit on 19-20th November. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's visit to NATO's Lisbon summit heralded a new era in the military alliance's relations with its Cold War-era adversary, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has told RIA Novosti.

The quest for an Afghan settlement

Thucydides, the historian of ancient Greece, believed that peace is only a short-lived armistice in a natural state of perpetual war and this has been the doleful experience of Afghanistan. The country has bled and continues to bleed from the wounds inflicted on it by external aggression, internal conflict and ethnic strife. Ever since Ahmad Shah Abdali founded the kingdom of Afghanistan in 1747, its people have been the victims of relentless violence. After Abdali's death in 1773, his kingdom crumbled and spurred rivalry between imperial Britain and Russia which played itself out as the “great game” of the nineteenth century. The last three decades have been particularly violent and Afghanistan became the only country in the world to be invaded and occupied twice by superpowers.

Robots to rescue wounded on battlefield

Fort Detrick, Md.: A robot being tested now may soon have the ability to rescue wounded Soldiers under fire without risking additional lives. The Battlefield Extraction-Assist Robot, or BEAR, has been tested over the past year by Soldiers at the U.S. Army Infantry Center Maneuver Battle Lab at Fort Benning, Ga.

Star Books Review

A freedom fighter's testament

Those who try to distort history are living in a fool's paradise, because history itself proceeds unopposed, victorious with the passage of time, crushing untruth. History cannot be influenced by any particular polity.”

Thoughts of death and plans for life

A primordial song of life is sung by the author, Bruce Feiler, throughout the book, effecting a visual diary that tells us about his physical vis-a-vis mental condition in a most agonizing state. And he sings not only for himself but for humanity as a whole to live a life in perpetuity even when physically the person is no more. Life is so endearing that the author would not let go of himself from his near and dear ones and therefore delves deeply into the matter of being re-created through his language and its expressions, his voice, beliefs and convictions, his ways of life in a comprehensive way, his society and on top of everything to be projected as the kind of man and father that he has been. Thus he works in a most down-to-earth manner, bringing together a group of men, all dads, to concretize a project that he undertakes and in which he plays the role of a leader in all possible and not so possible ways. It is the story of the life of the author himself: after nearly four decades, bone cancer is detected in exactly the same part of his leg that had met with some bone injury from a bicycle accident on a high street at a rather young age. He is devastated. Nevertheless, he does not bend. From amongst the group of his friends, acquaintances and a whole lot of other people, he forms a council of dads consisting of six males who will play his role to his twin young daughters after he passes away. A unique trait in his personality is thus manifest, something that is almost unbelievable for a reader. In other words, as he almost comes by his death warrant, he still embarks on a plan to do something novel and succeeds in fulfilling his objective. Through personal contacts, regular correspondence and close interaction, a network of people who are reliable, warm-hearted and sensible enough to represent him before his little daughters from different phases of his life is formed. This gives the author much strength to fight his physical condition and also often through viewing a deadly disease like cancer as a strong motivation to work. Consumed by the thought of what kind of world his daughters will face without him, Feiler asks, "Would they wonder who I was? Would they wonder what I thought? Would they yearn for my approval, my love, my voice?" All such futuristic thoughts shape his concern, so much so that finally he opens a website for helping distressed hearts in sharing and upholding the cause he is committed to. His personal agony thus turns into an altruistic vision and translates into a great job.

Writing and reading letters

Time was when we used to write letters. It was an era when people made contact with one another, and over long distances, through letters. Something of the intensely personal came with those letters, something of communication between one heart and another. The beauty about letters was that the soul came with it. Feelings embedded in the heart simply poured forth and once they all came to be encapsulated in letters, we felt something of a burden lifting from us.



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