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News of: Tuesday, 4th of January, 2011
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The famous Bhawal king's riverside palace at Nolgolla, Mitford is in ruins. Every corner of the estate holds a makeshift shack that houses everything from family quarters to dirty recycling factories and warehouses. The solid roots of a banyan tree drape through the walls engulfing half of the palace exterior. But inside, the rickety steel columns, huge wooden doors, marble tiles and well-curved arches still bear testimony to one of the most controversial jamindars in our history.
Chief Justice ABM Khairul Haque at a meeting with all High Court judges yesterday decided not to send any representatives from the Supreme Court to any parliamentary bodies.
The Supreme Court yesterday sent a letter to the Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) saying the corruption watchdog's survey report involving the judiciary is “unclear” and “incomplete.”
While tens of thousands of people have been struggling to get the World Cup cricket tickets, ministers, state ministers, and secretaries to the ministries yesterday demanded that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arranges 20 tickets for each of them.
Six days after withdrawing charges against five of the 10 accused in a robbery and murder case, a Dhaka court yesterday revived the charges and decided to continue trial of all the accused.
Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina demanded landing rights for the country's national carrier at New York's John F Kennedy International Airport as a condition for a Boeing deal, newly released diplomatic cables show.
Awami League lawmaker Manirul Islam Moni allegedly assaulted an engineer of Water Development Board (WDB) here yesterday over a tender process of the office.
A BDR special court yesterday sentenced 35 BDR jawans of 15 Rifles Battalion of Naikkhangchhari in Bandarban to different terms of rigorous imprisonment for their involvement in BDR mutiny in 2009.
Internet service providers have called off today's one-hour strike on government assurance that no more overhead cables would be removed in the city until sufficient logistic support to lay cables underground is arranged.
A mild to moderate cold wave is sweeping through nine districts including Dhaka causing disruption in ferry services and intensifying sufferings of the poor.
Pro-Jamaat-e-Islami mayoral candidates are set to contest against candidates backed by its main ally BNP in 39 municipalities across the country in the upcoming elections to be started on January 12.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia last night said her party wants the war crimes trial to happen, and will cooperate with the government if actual war criminals are tried.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested four suspected members of banned militant outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) from the city's Kalabagan area late on Sunday night.
The High Court yesterday granted anticipatory bail for six months to six BNP leaders including its Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain, former speaker Jamiruddin Sircar, and his deputy Akhtar Hamid Siddiqui in six separate cases.
US Ambassador James F Moriarty yesterday said every case of extrajudicial killing should be tried.
Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani held talks with opposition leaders yesterday in a bid to head off a possible vote of no confidence after a key partner quit the governing coalition.
The High Court (HC) yesterday directed the government to move detained BNP leader Salauddin Quader Chowdhury to Ibrahim Cardiac Hospital and Research Institute (ICHRI) for treatment by the next two days.
A top militant group fighting Indian forces in the country's remote northeast for almost three decades has dropped its demand for independence in talks with New Delhi, softening its stand in an insurgency that has killed thousands of people.
Following hair-raising media reports of children being brutalised, maimed and forced into begging, comes a welcome suo moto rule from the High Court on the government for its inaction regarding such incidents. The court has also directed it to take measures against the culprits.
Certainly a large number of cricket fans will have their hopes to see the ICC World Cup live inside the stadium dashed. The entire episode of ticket sale has been a mess at best. It was very disheartening to see the initial enthusiasm left dampened. One had hoped that such an important aspect of the tournament, would have been organised in a more professional and skillful manner. We have been thoroughly disappointed by what we have witnessed so far.
There was the usual mad rush for a second successive day on Monday with people braving the cold weather and waiting in line for hours to get hold of that precious World Cup ticket.
Daily Star Sport (DSS): How did it feel when you heard that you would play the 1999 World Cup? How excited were you to play in your country's first World Cup?
Title aspirants Mohammedan Sporting Club survived another scare in their second match of the Bangladesh League before posting a single goal win over Farashganj Sporting Club at the Birshreshtha Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.
The sufferings of thousands of fans continued in force on the second day of the selling of the World Cup tickets, and many frustrated people are now raising a finger of blame towards the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB).
The second phase of the Ashiyan City Dhaka Metropolis School Football tournament gets underway today at the Abahani ground in Dhanmondi with eight schools fighting it out.
Spanish World Cup winner Xavi equalled Barcelona's all-time appearance record by making his 549th outing for the club in Sunday's league match against Levante at Camp Nou.
India lost two early wickets as they launched their reply to a Jacques Kallis-inspired South African first innings total of 362 on the second day of the third and final Test at Newlands on Sunday. Virender Sehwag (13) and Rahul Dravid (5) were both dismissed cheaply before tea was taken.
Golf sensation Siddikur Rahman kept his place at the top of the table after the second round of the BTI Professional Golf Championship at the Kurmitola Golf Course yesterday.
Pakistan's limited-overs captain Shahid Afridi will testify at a hearing of players suspended for alleged spot-fixing despite believing he has nothing to add to his earlier testimony, a report said Monday.
Australia wasted a solid start on the rain-marred opening day of the final Ashes Test against England at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Monday, despite a confident Test debut by Usman Khawaja.
Sonali Bank and Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan (BKSP) finished top in their respective groups in the Dhaka Bank Victory Day Hockey Tournament after beating their respective rivals at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium yesterday.
Left-arm paceman Mustafizur Rahman snared three wickets to fire Satkhira to the Standard Chartered Young Tigers Under-16 Championship at the local stadium yesterday.
Pedro Rodriguez netted a brace as champions Barcelona started 2011 with a nervy 2-1 home win over Levante on Sunday to move five points clear of Real Madrid at the Spanish first division summit.
Rio Ferdinand has no qualms about Manchester United making an "ugly" charge for the Premier League title as the leaders look to extend their advantage at the top against Stoke on Tuesday.
Shola Ameobi fired Newcastle to a 1-0 victory at Wigan on Sunday that left the struggling Latics deep in relegation trouble.
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho said on Sunday that he will have to re-construct his team in the absence of injured Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain.
Brazilian attacking midfielder Kaka, who has been out since the start of the season, was on Sunday named in the Real Madrid squad for Monday's trip to Getafe by coach Jose Mourinho.
David Beckham could star at the London 2012 Olympics by playing or coaching the Great Britain football team, according to organising committee chairman Sebastian Coe.
French striker Karim Benzema, who has struggled to hold down a first-team place at Real Madrid, says he did not try hard enough in the past to earn time on the pitch in an interview published Monday.
AS Roma's Brazilian striker Adriano indicated Monday that he is eyeing a return to Rio de Janeiro club Flamengo this year.
Werder Bremen are poised to sign Swedish striker Denni Avdic to replace Portuguese forward Hugo Almedia, who has joined Turkish giants Besiktas, German magazine Kicker reported on Sunday.
The frozen fish and shrimp sector is returning from the past two years' losses thanks to a rise in prices, as demand for seafood is going up on the global market.
The import of edible oil marked a drastic fall in the last two months, as fears of losses have gripped the importers due to the government-set prices that they said are lower than their costs.
Remittance growth slowed last year compared to the previous year, and the inflow fell short of the yearly target by $1 million.
LankaBangla Securities retained its top position on the turnover lists of the bourses last year, and now plans to diversify business.
Bangladesh will sign an agreement with Saudi Arabia today to ban double taxation to facilitate trade relations between the two countries, the commerce ministry said.
Recruiting agents have blasted the government for what they said the shrinking overseas job market and remittance-drop.
Samsung Electronics yesterday opened its first brand shop in Dhaka to display its products under one roof.
The Azim Group management yesterday announced closure of its four sweater units in Chttagong for an indefinite period, fearing a massive labour unrest.
Social workers should maintain socio-economic justice at the heart of their value-driven profession and expand vision of the social work's role in stages of development, said a US-based Bangladeshi expert yesterday.
Kanghyun Lee, managing director of Samsung Electronics, Dhaka Branch, sat with The Daily Star for an exclusive interview on the company's Bangladesh operations. The Seoul-based conglomerate with an annual turnover exceeding $170 billion opened its branch office in Bangladesh in 2009. Lee also talked about its research and development (R&D) centre, major obstacles and future plans here.
Could the Persian Gulf become the next hot destination for medical tourism? That was one of the questions on the minds of delegates at a health conference this week in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The idea may have legs.
The use of technology has widened the reach of banking services. And a big part of growth of the industry can be attributed to the surge in retail banking
Even though it seems retail banking is booming in Bangladesh, it still ranks low compared to other South Asian nations, let alone global standards.
AKM Shahidul Haque assumed the office as managing director and chief executive officer of Mercantile Bank Ltd recently. Prior to the assignment, he was the additional managing director of the bank, said a statement.
Export and import activities through Akhaura land port have remained suspended since Saturday morning due to a technical faults in weighing machines on the Indian side.
Internet-based travel company Expedia said Sunday it has suspended the sale of American Airlines tickets from its website, calling American's new direct marketing strategy "anti-consumer and anti-choice."
South Korea's manufacturing activity accelerated in December to its fastest rate in seven months, propelled by an increase in new orders, according to data released by HSBC Monday.
Nearly three years to the day after oil prices first pierced $100 a barrel, they are again threatening to break triple digits on a wave of fund-led optimism, but similarities between 2008 and 2011 end there.
Asian factory output powered ahead in December to underline emerging markets' lead in the global recovery although data showed an increasing inflation threat in the region even as growth is tepid in developed economies.
Asian and European car markets ended 2010 on a high, with South Korean automakers predicting rising 2011 sales on US and China growth, while drivers flocked to bag the last scrapping bonuses in France.
China is willing to make "positive efforts" to help Spain with its economic recovery, state media on Monday quoted Beijing's ambassador to Madrid as saying, as a top Chinese official prepared for a visit.
The European Union hailed the 2011 kickoff this weekend of a series of new post-crisis pan-European watchdogs aimed at tightening regulation of the finance industry.
Asian stocks made a strong 2011 start Monday, with Seoul hitting a record high, as traders looked forward to a healthy year ahead, although several major markets were closed for holidays.
Oil rose in afternoon Asian trade on Monday on expectations that an improving US economy will lead to higher demand for crude, analysts said.
The main opposition BNP yesterday alleged that the ruling party is threatening the BNP-backed candidates who are set to contest in upcoming municipal elections.
The authorities are all set for tomorrow to start the much-awaited trial of two criminal cases filed on the BDR carnage in February 2009 at a makeshift courtroom constructed on the playground of Alia Madrasa in the city's Bakhshibazar.
Chief Election Commissioner Dr ATM Shamsul Huda yesterday said all preparations have been taken to hold the upcoming pourasabha elections in a free, fair and impartial manner.
Bangladeshis have become a resilient community in Britain, who fought against racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, racial attacks, harassment, and discrimination, said Dr Nadia Khanum, a Bangladeshi British.
At least 20 garment workers were injured when panicked workers were hurrying out of their factories after a kerosene stove exploded in a building at Joar Sahara of the capital yesterday.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will undertake a three-nation tour this month to strengthen diplomatic ties with UAE, UK and Canada.
A Dhaka court yesterday fixed January 23 for the hearing on charge framing against Jamaat leader Mir Kashem Ali in connection with a tax evasion case.
Two, including the boatman, drowned when a boat capsized in the Buriganga river yesterday.
The cabinet yesterday discussed in detail the draft of the president's speech to be delivered on day one of the year's first Jatiya Sangsad session on January 25.
Three people killed in separate road accidents in Sathkhira and Jhenaidah districts yesterday and Sunday.
A market monitoring team of National Consumers Rights Protection Directorate (NCRPD) conducted drives at kitchen markets in the city yesterday.
Muggers stabbed a PWD employee and snatched Tk 50,000 from him in the city's Sutrapur yesterday.
Police Week, 2011 begins at Rajarbagh Police Lines ground in the city today.
Police have yet to arrest the five youths who allegedly raped a garment worker in Lalkhan Bazar area in Chittagong city on Saturday night.
The Supreme Court (SC) will hear on January 20 a leave to appeal petition filed by BNP Senior Vice-chairman Tarique Rahman against a High Court (HC) decision in a money laundering case.
A rickshaw puller was hacked to death allegedly by a man who had extramarital affairs with the victim's wife at Dania in the city's Jatrabari yesterday.
Writers and litterateurs yesterday called for professional management of Amar Ekushey Boi Mela.
Pediatric cardiologists from India will provide free treatment to children with congenital heart diseases, without the use of operation, at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) this month, says a press release yesterday.
The visiting delegation of Nepal Command and Staff College met the chief of Bangladesh Army Lt Gen Mainul Islam at his office in Dhaka Cantonment yesterday.
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), pro-Awami League student body, will observe its 63rd founding anniversary today with much festivity and enthusiasm, says a press release.
At least ten students of Sherpur Polytechnic Institute were injured as some transport workers attacked them at the district sadar yesterday.
The World Bank (WB) has approved US $149 million for funding a project to improve drainage and sanitation system in the capital, said a WB press release yesterday.
In a bid to boost bilateral trade, a six-member team of Bangladesh and officials of Indian state of Tripura, yesterday launched a joint survey for construction of a bridge on Feni River in South Tripura district to connect Chittagong port with North Eastern part of India.
The re-excavation of Gorai River began at a cost of Tk 942 crore to enliven the morbid river and ensure natural flow of freshwater to the country's south, especially to protect the Sunderbans.
The government would provide adequate compensation to people affected due to the construction of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib International Airport.
A businessman and his staff were injured in a drive-by shooting at Sutrapur in the city yesterday evening.
Four hundred activists including a few local leaders of BNP and its student association JCD were sued by Boalia police following Friday's clashes that left some 50 injured in the city.
Villagers around Madhyapara Granite Mining Company Ltd (MGMCL) yesterday besieged the mine demanding employment of eligible locals.
Resumption of much-talked joint survey of Sylhet-Meghalaya borders scheduled for today has become uncertain again.
The verdict in the case against 44 mutineers of 37 Rifles (BDR) Battalion in Rajshahi will be delivered on February 3.
Mayoral candidates in Gobindaganj municipality in Gaibandha and Badarganj municipality in Rangpur district yesterday vowed to stand against all kinds of crime and corruption and sicerely work for the welfare of people.
A college student was hacked to death at west Sonamukhi village under Sadar upazila of Shariatpur on Sunday night.
Jhenidah: AL men accused of violating code of conduct
The number of Afghan police killed during 2010 fell about seven percent to 1,292, the government said yesterday, despite violence spreading across the country as the war entered its tenth year.
US diplomats have on several occasions intervened to convince foreign governments to buy aircraft from Boeing rather than its European rival Airbus, newly released diplomatic cables show.
Japanese and US officials discussed possible measures against the anti-whaling Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.
Arnold Schwarzenegger steps down as California governor yesterday, defending his record to the last -- and keeping fans and others guessing about his next move.
Military aircraft ferried supplies to an Australian town slowly sinking beneath swollen rivers yesterday, as record flooding in the country's northeast severed roads and ports, curtailing coal exports and devastating farmland.
The United States and Germany are jointly developing secret spy satellites under the guise of a commercial programme despite opposition from France, leaked US diplomatic cables showed yesterday.
Humankind's oldest known ancestor probably lived in fear of several large sabretooth cats that roamed the same ancient lakeside habitat in Africa.
Egyptian Coptic Christians angered by a deadly bombing at a church in Alexandria have clashed with police for a second day.
Afghanistan yesterday urged Iran to lift a ban on hundreds of fuel tankers crossing into its territory, accusing Tehran of stalling on a pledge to resolve the situation.
If there had been time, Marie Exley would have liked to start a family. Instead, the 32-year-old Army veteran has less than six months left, which she'll spend spreading a stark warning: Judgment Day is almost here.
A Delhi court yesterday convicted five Jaish-e-Muhammed terrorists, including two brothers, for waging war against the country and being involved in spreading terror.
A strong earthquake has shaken central Chile, disrupting power and communications but causing no casualties or serious damage.
India will make another attempt to acquire the house of Mahatma Gandhi in Johannesburg, where he had lived a century ago, to convert it into a memorial.
South Korea said yesterday it was open to dialogue with Pyongyang if it was ready to dismantle its nuclear facilities, as the US envoy for North Korea prepared to travel to the region to discuss how to reduce tensions.
Arts & Entertainment
‘Rock the Legends' was the first major open air concert of this year. Army Stadium in Dhaka rocked to the riffs of Nagarbaul, Miles and LRB on January 2. Mobile devices manufacturer Nokia arranged the event. The concert was unique since it was the fans who decided what songs they wanted the seasoned bands to play for them. Also noteworthy was the spirit and enthusiasm of the rockstars. They played more songs than any other concert in recent years.
Renowned exponent of Rabindra Sangeet, Suchitra Mitra, whose rendition of "Amar Shonar Bangla Ami Tomaye Bhalobashi" during the Liberation War won millions of hearts in India and Bangladesh, died at her south Kolkata residence yesterday of heart attack after protracted illness.
Moutushi Biswas is a recognised dancer, model, and TV show host. These days, she has set her sights on TV serials and feature films. Recently, The Daily Star (TDS) talked to her about her thriving career in showbiz and her future plans.
To generate interest in the history of the Liberation War among the post-war generations, films on the war were screened at Rajshahi University (RU) last Saturday night.
Noted actor-director Salauddin Lavlu was voted in as the celebrity of the month at DS Café. He will be on the hot seat and take your calls at The Daily Star office on Wednesday, January 5, between 4pm to 5 pm.
The centenary celebrations of "Geetanjali", a collection of songs which fetched Tagore a Nobel Prize, were held recently with festive events in Faridpur and Kusthia.
A two- day art exhibition on the 1971 genocide in Kushtia recently ended in the town.
Let us consider two important, internationally considered reliable, recent reports on corruption to understand the position of Bangladesh.
The role of the private sector in the global economy has increased over the years. In Bangladesh, the private sector's involvement in the economy has steadily increased over the last two decades. According to some estimates, the sector accounted for more than 99% of the exports, 93% of the employment, and 75%, 73% and 89% of the investment, fixed assets and value added, respectively, in 2004, against 26%, 71%, 29%, 66% and 44% respectively in 1980. The situation has not changed radically since then.
Not a single day passes by when a seafarer does not think of piracy at sea. It is a nightmare for all mariners, who live on the sea. No mariner, however strong he is, can deny that he is not scared of the scourge of piracy at sea.
The recent household survey of corruption conducted by Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) has evoked debate in different corners of the society, most publicly in the newspapers and on television. This debate is important, and as respected INGOs we have a contribution to add to this.
Science & Life
The 'dark' matter is called 'dark' as it does not radiate or absorb light. It has only gravitation and weak interactions. There are two types of dark matters: the hot dark matter (HDM) and the cold dark matter (CDM). Hot dark matter occurred during the earlier stage of the universe while the cold dark matter occurred later. Examples of cold dark matter may be neutron stars, black holes and brown dwarfs. These objects are not directly observables as they do not emit. But their presence can be detectable due to their strong gravitational effects on the surroundings.
The mysterious Saharan Cheetah is an ultra-secretive elusive creature. A sub-species of cheetah, it is also known as the Northwest African cheetah. It was only back in 2009 that scientists from the Zoological Society of London were able to photograph one for the first time using a nighttime camera trap in the Algerian deserts. And very recently (December, 2010) scientists from the Saharan Conservation Fund (SCF) photographed the wild cat in the deserts of the Termit Massif, Niger. As these cats are very rare, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has classified them as critically endangered species. And naturally the image captured by the scientists from SCF has created a great enthusiasm among the conservationists as many believe that fewer than 10 of such cats survive in the harsh deserts of Termit, Niger. Experts also believe that the total number of Saharan Cheetah (scientific name Acinonyx jubatus hecki) is somewhere around 250.
The discovery of a planet orbiting a dim dwarf star about 20 light-years from Earth has encouraged astronomers in their hunt for habitable, and maybe even inhabited, worlds elsewhere in the galaxy astronomers suspect that dozens of potentially habitable worlds will be discovered as the number of known exoplanets continues to climb.
Most galaxies in the universe, including our own Milky Way, harbor super-massive black holes varying in mass from about one million to about 10 billion times the size of our sun. To find them, astronomers look for the enormous amount of radiation emitted by gas which falls into such objects during the times that the black holes are "active," i.e., accreting matter. This gas "infall" into massive black holes is believed to be the means by which black holes grow.
Israeli archaeologists have discovered human remains dating from 400,000 years ago, challenging conventional wisdom that Homo sapiens originated in Africa, the leader of excavations in Israel said on Tuesday.
Medical science is only beginning to understand the ways in which the mind influences the body. The placebo effect, for example, demonstrates that people can at times cause a relief in medical symptoms or suffering by believing the cures to be effective - whether they actually are or not. Using processes only poorly understood, the body's ability to heal itself is far more amazing than anything modern medicine could create.
The Hubbert peak theory posits that for any given geographical area, from an individual oil-producing region to the planet as a whole, the rate of petroleum production tends to follow a bell-shaped curve. It is one of the primary theories on peak oil. The theory is named after American geophysicist M. King Hubbert, who created a method of modeling the production curve given an assumed ultimate recovery volume.