News of: Saturday, 15th of January, 2011
Results of the just-concluded municipal polls in four divisions indicate BNP is regaining its grassroots strength two years after the drubbing in the parliamentary election.
Alongside tapping the coal and gas resources in the country, the government is planning to acquire some coal and gas fields abroad to ensure long-term energy security, said Energy Adviser Towfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury.
The times of graffiti and posters or even loud campaigns and demonstrations on roads ahead of polls seem to be over, at least for Savar on the outskirt of the capital.
A dense fog covered much of the country yesterday leading to major traffic disruptions in air and water ways, although temperature rose a bit after three freezing days.
Conflicts push Rajshahi AL to backseatM Abul Kalam Azad and Anwar Ali, Rajshahi
Selection of wrong candidates ignoring opinions of the grassroots, coupled with intra-party feuds led to ruling Awami League favourites' debacle in the municipal polls in Rajshahi division.
It was 20 years ago on January 14, 1991 The Daily Star started its journey with a promise to provide an independent, objective and patriotic voice to the nation, upholding the highest standards of ethical journalism in the country.
Criminals shot dead the general secretary of Awami League ward-41 unit of the capital's Agargaon yesterday, six days into the shooting of AL president of the same unit.
Home Minister Sahara Khatun yesterday expressed concern over the role of police in maintaining law and order as the department failed to find out the attackers of a ward unit AL president even six days after the incident.
The communications ministry will sign an agreement with a private investment firm this week to build the much-talked-about elevated expressway in the city.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina leaves here for United Arab Emirates tomorrow morning on a four-day official visit to attend the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) 2011.
Bhutan's Prime Minister and Saarc Chairperson Jigme Y Thinley left here for Thimphu yesterday concluding his four-day official visit to Bangladesh.
Awami League yesterday directed its rebel mayoral candidates of municipalities in Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet divisions to announce via megaphone in their area that they withdrew from the municipality race and are now backing the pro-grand alliance candidates.
Three people including a student of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) were killed and two others injured in a head-on collision between a truck and an auto-rickshaw in the city yesterday.
The bodies of 10 Bangladeshi garment workers out of 11 killed in a road crash in Mauritius on January 12 arrived in the city last night.
Law Minister Shafique Ahmed yesterday said Stephen J Rapp, US ambassador-at-large on war crimes issues, has told him about giving documentary assistance in the war crimes trial.
Tunisia's President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali has stepped down after 23 years in power, amid widespread protests on the streets of the capital Tunis.
Opposition Chief Whip Zainul Abdin Farroque was injured as a bus rear-ended his sport utility vehicle (SUV) in Feni yesterday afternoon.
Russia's State Duma lower house of parliament yesterday passed in a second and penultimate reading the ratification bill for a landmark nuclear disarmament pact with the United States,
Two people were wounded in an explosion at an abandoned poultry farm at Chak Nazirpur village in Lalpur upazila yesterday afternoon.
The worries expressed by leading members of the business community about the wrongs committed by the police have long been the concern of the general public. Now that the business leaders have informed police officials at a meeting arranged by the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry on Thursday of such realities, one expects the authorities to take corrective action. By any measure, the criticism leveled at the police by the business leaders is severe. It is also unprecedented because rarely has as significant a body as the FBCCI come down so hard on the failings of the police and that too in the presence of the minister of state for home and senior police officials. Of course, the minister of state and police officers have tried reassuring the business community by suggesting that the police are not the enemies of the people. They are not, to be sure. But for the people to feel confident about getting the services they require from the police will call for a major change in attitude on the part of the police, all the way from the bottom to the highest perches of the organization.
The figure of deaths of workers in workplace is a horrendous commentary on the importance employers attach to the wellbeing of their employees, particularly those working in factories and construction sites. Last year, the death toll stood at 383 in as many as 270 places of work, quite an increase from 265 the year before. For the statistics we have to be thankful to Safety and Rights Society, an NGO working for the rights and safety of workers. And we would like to agree with the NGO that, given that many deaths of workers do not get reported at all, this perhaps is a very conservative figure.
In their heydays, Rafiqul Alam, Akram Khan and Zaheed Razzaque Masum were batsmen who thrived in tough conditions and usually, they did so with smiles on their faces. Today the three form the national selection committee and the trio is showing a similar demeanour when faced with another tricky situation.
Rahmatganj MFS pulled off the season's second upset when they crushed Mohammedan SC 2-0 in their Bangladesh League encounter at the Birshreshtha Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.
Gazi Tank and Old DOHS ambled to easy wins while Cricket Coaching School (CCS) had to wait till the final ball to confirm a 13-run win over Surjo Tarun in the Premier Cricket League yesterday.
Habibul Bashar, one of the country's most prominent cricketers, played in the 2003 and 2007 World Cups. He recalls the two events in a chat to The Daily Star Sport
Australia finally had something to celebrate after recording an unlikely four-run win over England in the second Twenty20 international at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday.
Siddikur Rahman relinquished his lead in the inaugural Gujarat Kensville Challenge to India's Gaganjeet Bhullar after a dismal second round yesterday.
The final 15-member Indian squad for the forthcoming ICC Cricket World Cup in the sub-continent will be picked by the national senior selection panel on January 17.
Thrashed in the first game in Durban, India would hope to put up a far more inspired display as they go into the second one-dayer against South Africa here on Saturday with a few problems to sort out in both the bowling and batting departments.
China's Li Na upset two-time champion Kim Clijsters to win the Sydney International title and her fourth career WTA crown on Friday.
Former Pakistan skipper Wasim Akram has backed the PCB's decision to retain Shahid Afridi as the national team captain for the one-day series in New Zealand.
World number one Rafael Nadal faces a likely Australian Open semifinal with Robin Soderling or Andy Murray as he bids to become the first man in 42 years to hold all four major titles simultaneously.
Taking a 2-0 sweep of the Test series against New Zealand was not on the
Alastair Cook received yet another honour for his starring role in England's Ashes victory away to Australia when he was awarded the Freedom of the City of London on Thursday.
Dave Richardson, ICC general manager for cricket operations, feels that the Pakistan Cricket Board's initiative to host the final of the country's premier first class competition under lights will have a positive impact on the sport.
Real Madrid fought back from a goal down to defeat city rivals Atletico 3-1 in the first leg of the Spanish Cup quarterfinals on Thursday.
Sir Alex Ferguson is ready to unleash Wayne Rooney on Tottenham here Sunday as Manchester United aim to extend their phenomenal 23-match unbeaten streak against the Londoners.
Barcelona star Lionel Messi vindicated his selection as the World Player of the Year by netting a hattrick in the 5-0 Spanish Cup destruction of Real Betis and now he has his sights set firmly on struggling Malaga.
There was high drama at the Asian Cup on Thursday with Saudi Arabia knocked out and Japan recovering to beat Syria after having their goalkeeper controversially sent off.
AS Roma's Brazilian defender Cicinho has joined Villarreal on loan until the end of the season, the Spanish side said Thursday.
Stoke City have agreed to pay seven million euros (5.9 million pounds, 9.4 million dollars) for Hoffenheim's Senegalese striker Demba Ba, German magazine Kicker reported Friday.
Former Bayern Munich goalkeeper Oliver Kahn said the decision to hand Thomas Kraft a Bundesliga debut against Wolfsburg on Saturday could be a risky move by coach Louis van Gaal.
Bosnian international midfielder Senijad Ibricic has joined Lokomotiv Moscow from Croatia's first division side Hajduk Split, a local daily reported here on Friday.
Former World Cup referee Byron Moreno pleaded guilty Thursday to heroin smuggling charges, the US attorney's office said.
On June 1, 2010, a deadly fire in Dhaka's Nimtoli took over 140 lives. It started when flammable chemicals stored in a garage were inadvertently heated during a cookout for an engagement dinner. This released vapours which ignited, spewing flaming chemicals and creating an inferno that engulfed several buildings and roads, trapping the victims.
The largest circulated English daily, The Daily Star, yesterday celebrated its 20th founding anniversary through an array of programmes across the country with the promise to keep up practicing journalism without fear and favour in the years to follow.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday reiterated the government's strong commitment to ensure quality health services to all, particularly the poor.
Awami League (AL) leader Suranjit Sengupta yesterday claimed victory of opposition party's candidates in many places proved that municipal polls were held in a free and fair manner.
The government has failed to demarcate the boundaries of wetlands in the capital and its surrounding areas in last one year, speakers told an event yesterday.
Speakers at a discussion yesterday demanded a separate monitoring system to ensure safe water transportation in the country's haor region.
Speakers at a convention yesterday demanded constitutional recognition, rights and use of mother tongue in primary-level education for indigenous people.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday claimed to arrest another person in connection with maiming a young boy on September 6 in Kamrangirchar though local police denied gang involvement.
An export-oriented garments factory was gutted in a fire in the BSCIC industrial area at Fatulla yesterday.
Today is the seventh death anniversary of Journalist Manik Chandra Saha, says a press release.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab-7) recovered 42 pieces of yaba tablets, 38 bottles of phynsidyl, 1.5 kgs of cannabis and arrested four people from Reazuddin Bazar area in the port city on Thursday night.
Ex-students Association of Adamjee Cantonment School and College (EXSAACSC) yesterday distributed blankets and mosquito nets among the destitute to mark 50th anniversary of the school, says a press release.
The National University (NU) authorities have asked the candidates who have passed in the admission test for first year honours course under the academic session of 2010-11 to get registered online for admission.
The Taliban are ready to drop their ban on schooling girls in Afghanistan, the country's education minister has said yesterday.
India plans to reduce its security forces by a quarter in the Himalayan region of Kashmir to ease conditions for people in one of the world's most militarised areas, a top official said yesterday.
Fresh rains yesterday compounded the misery of the million-plus victims of Sri Lanka's deadly floods, as relief workers struggled to bring crucial supplies to the worst-affected regions.
Five civilians were killed and six wounded when mortar shells fired from Afghanistan hit a border village in northwest Pakistan's rugged tribal region, military officials said yesterday.
The European Commission decided yesterday to release two million euros in emergency humanitarian aid for the victims of devastating floods in Sri Lanka.
A senior north Sudanese official said the south's independence referendum was largely fair and his party would accept the likely vote for secession --the most conciliatory gesture to date from Khartoum.
Thousands of demonstrators have gathered in the centre of the Tunisian capital, Tunis, calling for President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali to leave office immediately.
Pope Benedict XVI has formally approved a miracle attributed to his late predecessor, paving the way to John Paul II's beatification on 1 May.
Britain's coalition was dealt a blow yesterday in its first by-election test, with the opposition Labour Party claiming voters had delivered a clear message on the government's austerity measures.
Myanmar could undergo a major economic upheaval following controversial elections last month, as local media reported the country plans to privatise the majority of state-owned industries.
A legal defense fund for the US soldier suspected of leaking secret US documents to WikiLeaks said Thursday it has received a 15,000 dollars contribution from the website.
More than 500 people are now known to have died in floods in south-eastern Brazil, the country's worst natural disaster for several decades.
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is being investigated over his dealings with a teenage nightclub dancer, prosecutors say.
Fresh nuclear disarmament talks with North Korea are still possible but only if the communist state ends "dangerous provocations" and shows good faith, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates said yesterday.
Greece yesterday lodged its challenge to a German appeal at the International Court of Justice against a ruling that gave compensation to Greek victims of a Nazi wartime atrocity, officials said.
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has won ruling party primaries, making him favourite in April's elections.
Ivory Coast leader Alassane Ouattara yesterday demanded the use of force to oust strongman Laurent Gbagbo who has refused to cede power after disputed elections, speaking to a US think-tank via videolink.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton yesterday urged China to release dissidents including Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, saying that human rights problems showed Beijing's "unfulfilled promise."
Somali pirates' use of "mother ships" to attack their prey is complicating foreign navies' efforts to improve safety in the Indian Ocean, a senior anti-piracy commander said yesterday.
Arts & Entertainment
English newspapers in Bangladesh are playing a significant role in providing information just as their Bangla counterparts. The Daily Star has been a lead player in our media. I've noticed that youngsters follow the newspaper. Best wishes on this joyous occasion and I hope The Daily Star continues its journey on the right track. I do have another observation -- there are only a few reports published on mainstream Bangladeshi movies. I hope the authorities concerned will bring their attention to this issue. However, a makeup artiste has informed me that the daily published an in depth article on him, which is very positive. There are many others in the movie industry who always remain behind the scene. If The Daily Star focuses on their stories, I will be very happy.
Bengal Foundation arranged an instrumental performance at the café, Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, Dhaka on January 13. The event featured tabla performance by Arif Khan, a descendent of Ustad Vilayat Hussain Khan [Farukkabad Gharana] and sarod performance by Soumik Datta, an UK based emerging artiste.
US actor John Travolta is to receive one of Germany's top entertainment honours, the Golden Camera.
A two-day poetry recitation festival began yesterday at the Rajshahi University (RU) campus.
The 154-year-old Bororiar Mela (fair), a longstanding festival of Magura district, was held last Tuesday evening amidst much fanfare.
The recent survey of corruption by TIB that came heavily on some sensitive public service institutions has attracted large-scale attention. Doubts have been expressed about the intention of TIB and the methodology of the survey is being questioned by competent people. The matter has reached the apex court that has invited three top officials of TIB to a tea party for talks on matters relating to the alleged survey.
States in India, and Pakistan are partly the result of accident and partly the circumstances attending the growth of the British power. India regrouped them in 1955 on linguistic basis. Even then, it had to reconstitute four more states in the last few years to suit political demands.
The submission of wealth statement by the judges in the higher judiciary has been in the news for more than two weeks. Chief Justice A.B.M. Khairul Haque submitted his wealth statement to President Zillur Rahman on December 30, 2010.
Lester Brown, former president of World Watch ins-titute in Washington, predicted that in about 2050, when the earth's population will have doubled to nearly 10 billion, the capacity of science to devise methods for coaxing more food out of the soil will be greatly diminished. The situation may be alarming as Brown indicated, with specific mention of the dire economic situation in some countries in the Asian region.
A few days ago, on New Year's Eve, a Sicilian guy stole candies so he could be jailed and thus have a cast-iron excuse to miss dinner with his relatives. I can understand that.
Himchhari National Park is a lush tropical forest, about 05 KM south of Cox's Bazar town. It is a part of Cox's Bazaar Peninsular Reserved Forest offering a scenic beauty of green hills and blue sea waves. Once upon a time this ever-green tropical forest was a passage for the Asian Elephants. Tigers, which once roamed on this area, are now extirpated due to lack of habitat. The natural beauty of the area provides a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of city life, for locals as well as tourists. More than two million visitors come here each year for recreational activities, picnics, hunting, sunbath and bird watching. It is a paradise for bird watchers.
The Climate Change Conference 2010, of UN Framework Convention on Climate Change [UNFCCC], held in Cancun is known formally as the Sixteenth Session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC [COP 16], which also serves a Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol [CMP 6]. Cancun Conference approved a set of decisions under both the UNFCCC and the Kyoto Protocol.
(Continued from last week)
The other person of whom I got to know more than I knew before is my Kakku, my uncle, my father's only sibling. Kakku's life was no less agonizing than my father's. If attempted, I am sure a more poignant and grievous book would come out from the chronicles of his life. However, my father's book doesn't say much of him as he was not staying with his brother most of the time. As mentioned earlier he was first in the hostel and then later at a cousin's place in Mymensingh. He used to come to see his family but after long intervals. But whenever he came he duly played his role as the eldest son and brother in the family. Instead of letting know his mother of the hardships of living in a hos-tel he always assured his mother of his well being. Before leaving he used to urge Dadi not to worry and give her high hopes for the future and give lots of advices to his young brother. The other aspect of Kakku that is learned from the book is his responsible and sincere approach towards education. We always had seen him as being strict about our studies and wondered what caused it. But the book proves that his seriousness was more inborn than acquired. My father remembers the times when Kakku used to study in the primary school of the village long before going to the hos-tel. At an age when kids are more into games and fun Kakku was more concerned about his studies than playing. He used to reach school much before everyone and if for some reason he had missed going there before the first bell rang no one could convince him to go to school on that day. An interesting example in the book of his attentiveness would be when once his Bara Mama came and decided to take everyone for a visit to his sister's place in another village. On the night before the journey suddenly late at night Kakku started to read his lessons loudly baffling all at home. When asked about the reason for this earnest reading Kakku answered that he was preparing his lessons in advance as he wouldn't be able to do so in the following days of his visit. I highly respect Kakku for his discipline and sense of responsibility and believe these are the qualities that have made him and my father achieve success in life. And I am proud to say that they have also instilled in us their principles.
What do you say about a man who deeply loved Tagore, who loved music and had a way of enriching the life of every person that he was in contact with? That Professor Bazlul Mobin Chowdhury was a complete human being, never saw the dark side in anyone, always illuminated the place he went to with his brilliant smile and exquisite manners. That too was unintentional; he wanted to remain in the background. He once confided to me, “I am happy with the role of a prompter, which I once had.” 'What does that mean?' I asked He said that was the closest he had ever gotten to acting!
I try to write poetry. 'Try' in the sense that over the last forty years I have gained some experience in understanding poetry. I am fairly familiar with the clichés of the alley of poetry. I have been familiar with the words, symbols and metaphors. I have grown a tongue that can taste poetry. It is imperative for those who write poetry that they know these matters up close. I have gradually understood when I should write with the heart, and when with the brain. Thus immaturity grows up to maturity. Now I think I am fairly mature enough to understand poetry. Through observation, I have learned what kind of poems can earn popularity and what kind of poems are written to fill the spaces of newspapers.
Now a days Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) is a common condition in mental disorder of children and observed in their daily living activities level. Attention means the ability to focus on a specific stimulus without any distraction.
Many people are embarrassed with the unpleasant odor from their mouth. Sometimes they do not notice even, but people surrounding them get annoyed. Following are some tips to get fresh breath.
Apollo Hospitals Dhaka started stepping towards liver transplantation for the patients suffering from end stage liver diseases, informs the hospital authority through a press conference recently held in a local hotel in the city.
The hospitals, particularly compared with its earliest days, will play a very different role in the future as part of an integrated collection of providers and sites of care. The hospital of the future is here today, not in the North America or in South East Asia.
Security has become a household word for a twenty-first century man. Attempts to redefine "security" are now something of a cottage industry. Anywhere you go, any seminar of workshop you attend, you'll have to listen to a whole lot of security issues and concerns which are worth paying heed to.
Political standoff persists in Nepal with no sign of quick solution. The UN mission in Nepal (UNIMIN), which declared its closure with immediate effect, is not a good news for the country's politics. UNIMIN was set up to oversee Nepal's post-war transition.
Soldiers have the best body armor in the world, the Army said, in spite of a recent Department of Defense Inspector General report that states the service failed to follow contracting rules in purchasing components for Interceptor Body Armor between 2004 and 2006.
Star Books Review
Wali-Ur Rahman has been a distinctively different breed of diplomat. For one thing, he has suffered for his political convictions and has seen a vindictive government show him the door for those convictions. For quite another, he has consistently made it a point to come forth with his commentaries on a wide range of subjects. Unlike other retired civil servants, who have generally found it convenient to write on the subjects they have dealt with as part of the civil service or have decided to go for an expression of views on politics, Rahman has opted for a widening of the sphere, his sphere. Transition to Democracy is proof of the exhaustive view Rahman takes of the world around him. And that, of course, comes through the combination of aesthetics, politics and diplomacy he presents in this work. On the face of it, the book is a compendium of articles he has written for national newspapers over the years. In real terms, it is a good feast he has on offer through bringing before the reader a variety of subjects and themes that the latter can surely mull over.
Human life can turn tragic corners without any notice and yet leave traces on the cycle of eternity, leave stigma that refuses to go away. Nicky Dillon and her father stumble upon a new born baby left in the snow in the woods. They take the baby to the nearby hospital and save the infant. However, the hospital authority notifies the police and the inquiries begin. From this moment Nicky and her father's lives change and overnight they become the hot news of New Hampshire, the place where they live.
The Agrahayan 1417 issue of Uttoradhikar, the monthly literary journal of the Bangla Academy, surely upholds the richness of the enterprise. In the earlier issues of Uttoradhikar, conscious presentations of the various aspects of Bangla literature as well as other areas of aesthetics were a palpable sign of the quality it had begun to aim for. The journal now comes with a profundity that should be noted by readers. In the issue under review, it is an enlightening write-up on Khan Sarwar Murshed, the distinguished academic and scholar, which draws attention. Abdus Shakur travels through an entirety of the Murshid landscape and offers up to the reader a pretty comprehensive account of Professor Murshid's life and times. Reading the article is for many who have had the good fortune of being tutored by scholars in the mould of Khan Sarwar Murshid a swift going back to nostalgia.