News of: Saturday, 8th of January, 2011
Energy experts have suggested Bangladesh could exploit an array of solutions including the use of new technologies and alternative renewable resources to maintain its gas reserve and ensure long-term energy security.
Dhaka district administration will reclaim five canals of the capital within this month. It has also decided to file cases against the housing projects encroaching on Buriganga, Turag and Balu rivers.
The Anti-Corruption Commission has been described by its boss as a toothless tiger.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia is likely to address a press conference on Sunday focusing on the two years of the ruling Awami League-led grand alliance government.
Energy experts yesterday vouched for alternative energy solutions in Bangladesh such as fuel cell, solar and wind power.
At least 20 people were injured and some 10 shops and five houses burnt yesterday as two groups of people clashed to gain authority over a mosque in Patiya upazila of the district.
Rebel mayoral aspirants within the party remain the main concern for Awami League and BNP in almost two-thirds of 49 municipalities in Rajshahi division.
Three students drowned after a boat capsized in a pond during a pleasure rowing in the city's Boro Bongram Chalkpara area yesterday noon.
Although the government decided more than two years ago to form a Sustainable Energy Development Agency (SEDA), it is yet to form the body to promote expansion of green energy use and energy efficiency for future sustainability.
Bhutan's Prime Minister and current Saarc chair Jigme Y Thinley arrives here Monday on a four-day official visit.
Unidentified miscreants hurled two bombs on the residence of Magura municipality's acting mayor Tapan Kumar Roy on Thursday night.
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) yesterday shot dead a Bangladeshi girl as she was trying to return home from India through Anantapur border in Kurigram.
President Barack Obama yesterday was supposed to name veteran Clinton-era policy expert Gene Sperling to a top White House economic job, in the latest stage of a staff reshuffle, officials said.
Coptic Christians marked a sombre Christmas yesterday, after a deadly New Year's Day church bombing in Egypt sparked riots that injured dozens of policemen and protesters.
Given our prevailing political culture, the content of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's address to the nation on the completion of her two years in office was more or less predictable. From its beginning to the end, it was self-congratulatory.
The tragic thing about a typical tale of stalking is when it leads to fatal consequences bursting out in the open. It would hit the news line and rudely shake public consciousness only after the victim has been attacked, injured, raped or killed. Or, when a teacher, a parent, or a guardian would be fatally injured or murdered while trying to resist the perpetrator.
Shahadat Hossain claimed five wickets after Rokibul Hasan's fine half-century to help Kalabagan Krira Chakra snap Abahani's winning streak with a 29-run victory in the Premier Cricket League at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.
The national selectors trimmed the preliminary World Cup squad down to 23 members yesterday, heightening speculation about a few crucial spots.
Neeyamur Rashid Rahul, the medium-pace bowling all-rounder, now works at a bank as a relationship manager. He shares his 1999 World Cup experience with The Daily Star Sport.
Sri Lanka on Friday dropped veteran batsman Sanath Jayasuriya and bowler Chaminda Vaas from its 15-man squad for the World Cup that runs from February to April.
The semifinal line-up of the Ashyian City Dhaka Metropolis School Football Tournament was completed when BAF Shaheen College and Dolairpar High School moved into the semifinals beating their respective rivals at the Abahani ground in Dhanmondi yesterday.
Farashganj SC pulled off the season's biggest upset when the Old Dhaka outfit handed a single-goal defeat to champions Abahani in their Bangladesh League encounter at the Birshreshtha Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.
English commentators hailed their cricketers' crushing defeat of Australia on Friday, saying the side's first Ashes series win Down Under for 24 years heralded the start of a new era.
Dominant England claimed their first Ashes series in Australia for 24 years with their third innings victory over the home team in the final Sydney Test on Friday.
Poor shot selection saw New Zealand squander a steady start to the first Test against Pakistan and they were battling for respectability at the close of the opening day here Friday.
Rafael Nadal overcame Ernests Gulbis and his continuing bout of fever with a courageous performance to reach the semifinals of the Qatar Open here on Thursday.
Annual sports and athletics competition of Kanon, a concern of Autistic Welfare Foundation, took place at the Women's Sports Complex in Dhanmondi yesterday.
The 31st national senior and 20th national junior gymnastics will be starting today at the National Sports Council (NSC) gymnasium.
The 39th Aga Khan Gold Cup tournament started yesterday at the Kurmitola Golf Club. Chief of Army Staff, Gen Abdul Mubeen, inaugurated the tournament.
Title hopefuls Real Madrid face their toughest home league match of the season so far when they host third-place Villarreal at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday.
Inter Milan gave new coach Leonardo a flying start to his San Siro career with a 3-1 win at home to Napoli on Thursday as neighbours AC Milan moved five points clear at the top with a 1-0 win at Cagliari.
The prospect of the 2022 Qatar World Cup being held in the winter moved a step closer Friday when FIFA president Sepp Blatter said for the first time that this is what he expects will happen.
Real Madrid, cushioned by an 8-0 first leg lead, secured their place in the Spanish Cup quarterfinals on Thursday despite a 2-0 defeat in the return match at Levante.
Juventus and Italy striker Fabio Quagliarella's season is over after tests on Friday revealed he has torn a cruciate knee ligament.
Germany international striker Lukas Podolski was named the new captain of struggling Bundesliga side Cologne on Thursday, succeeding defender Youssef Mohamad.
Hoffenheim striker Demba Ba looks to have played his last game for the Bundesliga side after refusing to join his teammates at a winter training camp.
Teenage Manchester United striker Federico Macheda was training with Sampdoria on Friday while waiting for his proposed loan move to be finalised, Italian press reported.
All top-level soccer matches scheduled in Algeria on Friday and Saturday have been scrapped, the national football league announced, after days of riots in the capital and a dozen other areas.
German international Michael Ballack played his first match in four months on Thursday, coming on as a second-half substitute in a 2-1 friendly win over second division side Oberhausen.
As a schoolboy I learned that an apple fell on Newton's head and led him to the discovery of gravity. While studying engineering, I tackled his science and mathematics. Recently, though, a physicist friend surprised me by claiming that Newton had been an avid alchemist. An investor friend then told me about Newton's experience with stock bubbles.
Global and local energy experts yesterday suggested that the government set the national standard for the gadgets and utilities that consume power, and put in place an auditing system to improve energy efficiency.
Planning Minister AK Khandker yesterday hoped to establish Bangladesh as a middle-income country by 2021 and eradicate illiteracy completely by 2030.
The 'reactionary force' hidden in the bureaucracy is the main hindrance to implementation of the government's 'Charter of Change', said National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Chairman Prof Mizanur Rahman yesterday.
BNP Standing Committee Member Moudud Ahmed yesterday said Awami League would win 30 seats, like BNP, if national election was held right now as it has lost its popularity.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will go to Rangpur today to inaugurate Begum Rokeya University and witness the winter exercise of 66 Infantry Division of Bangladesh Army.
Some unknown criminals slaughtered a female garments worker after abducting on way to her residence in city's Demra yesterday.
A youth beat his teenage sister to death at Baro Kumira in Sitakunda yesterday, as she had love affair with a neighbouring boy.
The international franchise, Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), yesterday launched its 8th outlet at Laxmi Bazar promising the Old Dhaka people a rhythm of traditions and tantalise taste buds with its secret recipes.
At least six people were killed in separate road accidents in Chittagong and Dinajpur on Thursday night and Friday.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) personnel last night arrested fugitive BIWTA assistant accounts officer SM Abdus Salam on charges of embezzling around Tk 25 crore from BIWTA'a contributory provident fund (CPF) from the city.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith here yesterday said the education system is now much better and improved.
Many young people of today's world see Islam as an answer to insecurity in relationships, found a study.
AKM Shahidul Hoque, additional inspector general of police (admin), and Md Monirul Islam, deputy commissioner of detective branch (DC-DB, South), were elected president and general secretary of Bangladesh Police Service Association on Thursday.
Bangladesh Bank Governor Dr Atiur Rahman warned the bank officials and employees that any irregularity in disbursing agriculture loan will not be tolerated.
Awami League and BNP expelled seven local leaders on Thursday, with many more facing similar punishment for running in the upcoming municipal polls against the parties' nominated candidates in 11 municipalities.
Police arrested an open market sale (OMS) dealer yesterday for misappropriating rice meant for sale among the low-income group people in Rober Mor area of Rajshahi city.
Police arrested two alleged snatchers in front of Khatunganj Post Office in Chittagong city on Thursday night.
A fire gutted one room of a small shoe factory at Islambagh of the city's Lalbagh yesterday.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in four drives have arrested 12 alleged drug peddlers and seized 516 Yaba tablets in the city.
Brac Bank employees realised about Tk 9 lakh in a fund-raising marathon and walkathon event in the city yesterday, says a press release.
A three-day long 5th Children Theatre Festival 2011 and Child Protection Information Fair kicked off at Rabindra Sharobor in city's Dhanmondi yesterday.
A high schoolteacher was suspended on charge of stalking his female student at Sabukhali village in Chitalmari upazila on Thursday.
Two people allegedly committed suicide at in city's Kafrul and Jatrabari area yesterday.
Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has pulled his government back from the brink, persuading a former ally to rejoin the coalition.
Pakistan this week banned overland onion exports to chief rival India in a bid to control rising prices at home for the South Asian food staple, the commerce ministry said yesterday.
President Barack Obama chose former commerce secretary William Daley as his new chief of staff Thursday, bringing a renowned powerbroker on the wavelength of Wall Street into his retooled administration.
Ivory Coast's incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo is expelling the British and Canadian ambassadors, a statement on state television has said.
Britain has raised its terrorist threat level specific to major transport hubs, including airports and London railway terminals, from substantial to severe, a report said yesterday.
North Korea has lowered its military alert status, prompting similar moves by Seoul and US forces as tensions on the Korean peninsula showed signs of easing, a report said yesterday.
The Indian Supreme Court on Thursday wanted to know the fate of the ambitious Rs 5 lakh crore river interlinking project and wanted Attorney General Ghulam E Vahanvati to apprise it of its status.
A barrage of US missiles killed up to five militants in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal district yesterday, destroying a vehicle used by Islamist fighters, security officials said.
The European Union will turn down an offer from Iran to tour its nuclear facilities, EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton said yesterday, but remains optimistic about talks with Iran later this month.
Taliban suicide bomber yesterday assassinated a police commander and killed 16 others at a public bath in southern Afghanistan near the Pakistan border.
At least one person was injured Thursday when packages delivered to US state government buildings detonated, with one of them flaring and another giving off smoke, officials and local media said.
Four Chinese sailors died yesterday after a fire gutted a Cambodia-flagged cargo ship off South Korea's southern port of Busan, coast guard officials said.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy said yesterday that Christian minorities in the Middle East are victims of "religious cleansing", following deadly attacks on churches in the region.
Yemen Al-Qaeda militants killed five Yemeni soldiers and wounded two others along with a civilian yesterday when they attacked a military convoy in restive southern Abyan province, officials said.
Arts & Entertainment
As part of their curriculum, fifth semester students of the Department of Theatre, Dhaka University (DU) have been staging British playwright Doris Lessing's “Play with a Tiger” at Natmandal, DU. A weeklong festival featuring the play has begun on January 6 at the venue. Vice Chancellor of DU, AAMS Arefin Siddique, inaugurated the festival and attended the first show.
Dhaka Theatre, in association with Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) and Jahangirnagar University (JU), will arrange a three-day theatre festival to observe the 3rd death anniversary of the late theatre icon Selim Al Deen.
Let's be clear, we aren't remotely talking arthouse fare here. We aren't talking about nuanced little films, subtle emotional undercurrents, victory through silences...
A retrospective of films by Tareque Masud and Catherine Masud is being held in Khulna. The exhibition began on January 6 and will continue till 9. The film screening session, the first of its kind for the Masuds, has been organised by Khulna Film Society.
To reach a wider group of readers and to create a platform for literary activists, the community of writers, readers, and the editors of alternative and independent periodicals have organised a three-day long fair titled, '4th National Little Magazine Fair 2010' at the Public Library premises. The fair began on January 6 and ends today. Besides an exhibition and sale of little magazines, the fair includes discussion, poetry recitation, and music.
Police Week" 2011 has been celebrated from 4th to 6th January. As in other years, this year too, there have been solemn promises of rising to the call of duty. The head of the government has also advised the police to be the real servant of the public. These are not unusual in our task-oriented society.
A growing sense of despair, intolerance, distrust of a brother for a brother, naked manifestation of petty self-interest, animosity and an erosion of values have gripped the nation. During the last few years the country has witnessed an unprecedented wave of killings, looting, arson, rape and trafficking of women and children that symbolise a fissure that has developed in the soul of the nation.
According to the University Grants Commission (UGC), there are 31 public, 52 private and 2 international universities in Bangladesh and the total number of students in all these universities are more than 2 million. The unemployment rate in 2009 was 5.1 per cent when in 2008 it was 4.2 per cent -- it is the formal data but about 40% of the population is underemployed; many in the labour force work only a few hours a week, at low wages. In this situation, our government is thinking for setting up universities in every district. Academicians argue that the government's plan to establish public university in each district across the country is unrealistic.
In the history of epistemology, the invention of printing press was an era-defining event. It enabled people to exchange knowledge across the globe. When people were in need of a great synthesiser of knowledge, the idea of an encyclopedia came into existence. The notion of encyclopedia has been revolutionarily popularised by Wikipedia. Today, it is one of the primary sources of knowledge for many of us. What Google is doing is even more revolutionary. If you wonder about Google's power, write your name in Google search engine and hit the Enter. See what happens! You may be surprised to see that your best friend has written on her blog about what you did at thirty first night. If you are a researcher, forget about going to libraries and taking notes for hours. The Internet has stored all knowledge for you. And this giant store is just a mouse-click away from you.
The Daily Star deserves praise for bringing up issues of social and environmental concern in our country. The news published on saving Gulshan-Banani Lake recently in The Daily Star came to my notice. I would also like to thank Mr. Omar Sadat, SC Lawyer who has filed the petition. This is notable here that without participation of Civil Society in a large scale, result for public interest litigations can't be achieved in the long run.
In December, 2010, the last UN Climate change conference was held in Cancun, Mexico. It dealt with the problem of the greenhouse effect. Before we discuss whether it was a success or a failure, some background information will be useful.
River pollution has been one of the main talked about topics in the environmental issue of urban Dhaka. Since the birth of Bangladesh due to rapid and unplanned urbanization and industrialization the rivers surrounding the capital city, including the Turag have been steadily experiencing complicated problems like pollution and encroachment that have almost suffocated these valuable lifelines of the city. The writer has roughly appraised the pollution of the Turag River especially from the Buriganga Third Bridge to the Tongi Bridge and found two points with extreme pollution. This write-up discusses these two pollution points of the river homing in on the sources and causes of pollution, its impacts on the surrounding environment and possible sustainable remedies.
In the month of February this year I came across an unforeseen episode of my life. The new episode began with a creation called Birombito Jiban. Birombito Jiban is the autobiography of my father.
“O villain, villain, smiling, damned villain! My tables----meet it is I set it down/That one may smile, and smile, and be a villain!” Hamlet, after his first visit with the ghost of his father, portrays how a villain may look like. As we move on to read Shakespeare, we are faced with evil characters as half of life is naturally in the hands of evil people because, in the Bard's own words,“ the web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together”. The predicament of human life lies in his inability to delve deep into the human psyche, the Bard clarifies, “As there is no art to find the mind's construction in the face”, we have to put up with all, men and women, good or bad because “Readiness is all” and “Some innocents escape not the thunderbolt”.
Fiery-path! Fiery-path! Fiery-path!
The tree may be fine or erect,
It may be dense or big,
But not even the shade of a leaf
Don't seek! Don't seek! Don't seek!
Fiery-path! Fiery-path! Fiery-path!
For her will I fall,
For her was I born.
For her will I die,
For her did I rise.
Antibiotic or antimicrobial resistance is a serious problem that strikes at the core of infectious disease control and has the potential to halt, and possibly even to roll back, progress. While it is a natural response of microbes, resistance can be contained through careful and appropriate antibiotic use.
Tobacco use is a major preventable cause of premature death and disease all over the world. In Bangladesh it is consumed at high level both in smoking form such as cigarette, bidi, hukkah and smokeless form such as zarda, sada pata, gul etc.
Centre for Cancer Prevention and Research (CCPR) has organised nationwide breast cancer awareness and free screening programme, as a continuation of their last three years effort to raise awareness and detecting the cancer at early stage, says a press release.
Millions of people are living with chronic liver disease in Bangladesh. While a cure is beyond the reach of many affected individuals, most can still live a normal life by preventing their disease from advancing.
Once a diagnosis of malaria is established, the patient should be treated early with a safe and effective antimalarial medicine. Effective treatment should be started within 24 hours of the onset of symptoms, to avoid progression to severe malaria which is associated with a high case fatality rate.
Cooperation between China and India can lead to new external alliances, producing fresh alignments and polarization in Asia but it may
The nation woke up to the threat from the sea in the wake of the Mumbai attacks of November 2008. The Government has since initiated a slew of measures to beef up coastal security and in the year gone by the Indian Navy, besides the Coast Guard, witnessed much activity and expansion.
Taiwan has decided not to deploy a new powerful rocket system on outlying islands near China, deeming it unnecessary in the context of fast warming ties with Beijing, local media reported Monday.
Star Books Review
“From ethnic and linguistic points of view, Bangladesh is one of the most extraordinarily homogeneous countries in the world. Yet politically she is so deeply divided that according to the assessment of Failed State Index, she is poised on the precipice of state collapse. With a fragile resource base, centuries of exploitation by alien rulers and recurrence of devastating natural calamities, she was dubbed as an 'international basket case' and a 'test case for development'. Yet in last three decades, she succeeded in doubling her per capita income in real terms and in graduating from low human development to medium development category. These positive developments took place against a backdrop of rapid erosion in governance.” Thus does Akbar Ali Khan, in the curiously titled Friendly Fires, Humpty Dumpty Disorder, and Other Essays summarize the paradox that Bangladesh appears to people who take more than a cursory interest in that country. He explains the significance of his title in the Preface, and the reader will comprehend its relevance.
Revolutions make history. And yet, in more instances than we would care to remember, history becomes the first casualty at the hands of those who try recapturing it in their analytical formulations. In Bangladesh, certainly the product of a revolution brought about by a concatenation of seismic events stretching particularly from the mid 1960s and going all the way up to the end of 1971, history or an interpretation of it has remained an intrinsic part of the national consciousness. Despite our misgivings that along the way (and that was after the rightward lurch the country took in August 1975) Bangladesh's history took a battering at the hands of those who followed Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to power, the historical narrative has remained pretty much in place. But, yes, there have been the efforts at an embellishing of it, with sometimes clear, deliberate moves being made to minimize the role of those who were pivotal in the struggle for liberation. And, of course, following August 1975, the brazenness with which history was sought to be diluted was to lead in time to crises of critical proportions. The price is still being paid by the nation.
Out of a brothel, perfumed desirably and trailing a mysterious bloodline, an 'overly pretty' traveler reaches the magnificent court of Mughal emperor Akbar. Despite his foolish choice to wear a coat of coloured leather lozenges in the heat of Fatehpur Sikri, the traveler wittily introduces himself as 'Mogor dell'Amore', the Mughal of Love. As Akbar falls prey to his silvered tongue, the yellow-haired traveler starts to relate a story of love which can 'make his fortune or else cost him his life.'