News of: Saturday, 22nd of January, 2011
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At least five people were killed in a gunfight between Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samiti and United Peoples Democratic Front at remote Fakirachhara Bastipara of the district's Juraichhari upazila early yesterday.
The stockmarket that appeared to be a miracle has now turned into a scourge.
The public exchequer will have to fork out around Tk 120 crore extra due to a delay in repairing cracks on Bangabandhu Multipurpose Bridge.
The ruling Awami League has taken a backseat leaving the front to the government with its ministers and lawmakers stealing the limelight from the party-only leaders in the last two years.
A large number of devotees thronged the bank of Turag in Tongi yesterday as the first phase of Biswa Ijtema, one of the largest congregations of the Muslims, got underway.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday said he and the Securities and Exchange Commission made mistakes in dealing with the recent stockmarket chaos.
Over 83 percent of the Bhawal estate's 2,516 acres of land has disappeared in the last 60 years from the hands of its custodian, the Ministry of Land.
Two Bangladeshi cattle traders, who were tortured and left unconscious by the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) in border areas of the district's sadar upazila, are fighting for life at Satkhira Sadar Hospital.
Detectives yesterday arrested a heroin addict and claimed that he was one of the gang members who killed Fazlul Haq, DCC ward-41 unit Awami League general secretary.
Three large private electricity generation projects awarded to local power company Summit has delayed for a month due to the firm's reservations about possession of land for the schemes.
Just a central reservation at the spot on Dhaka-Sylhet Highway would have forced the truck to stay in its side of the road and not come cover and crush the police van, killing 10 policemen.
Nations should invest more to educate and empower women, as they can contribute to economic growth and help reduce poverty, international experts said.
A burglary took place at the flat of a woman lawmaker in the city's Tikatuli under Sutrapur Police Station early yesterday.
Around a mile-long oil spill has been sighted some 80km off the Mumbai coast, India's state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) said yesterday.
Trade between India and Bangladesh through Phulbari-Banglabandha border begins today.
Members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) seized 1.5 kg of heroin worth about Tk 1.5 crore from two drug peddlers at Sadipur border here on Thursday night.
Former prime minister Tony Blair told Britain's Iraq war inquiry yesterday that he profoundly regretted the loss of life in the conflict, but sparked angry shouts of "too late" from dead soldiers' families.
A defiant Iran said yesterday its uranium enrichment drive was not up for debate as it met with world powers for fresh talks aimed at easing concerns that it is secretly developing atomic weapons.
Today is the 7th death anniversary of Abu Sayeed Mahmud, founding managing director of Mediaworld, the owning company of The Daily Star, and the founder chairman of Ekushey TV.
The secretary level meeting between Bangladesh and India this time was held in the backdrop of border killings due to BSF firing, the most recent being that of a 15 year old girl on 7th January. The recently concluded meeting of the home secretaries had evinced keen interest among the media and political observers, in Bangladesh particularly, because of the deaths.
Hard-pressed by market manipulation of vested quarters inexplicably causing rice prices to rise and hover at a high notch despite two successive good harvests, the government has to look for ways to leverage the market with a public sector role.
A brace from Shakhawat Hossain Rony powered holders Abahani to an emphatic 4-1 win over giant-killers Rahmatganj MFS in their Bangladesh League match at the Birshreshtha Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.
Shahadat Hossain played only one game in Bangladesh's successful 2007 World Cup campaign. The match against Ireland was not that successful as the Tigers lost to the minnows and Shahadat gave away 51 runs from nine overs. Yet, it was a great time for the paceman from Narayanganj. The Daily Star Sport caught up with him for a chat on the mega event.
The tickets for the opening ceremony of the ICC World Cup will go on sale on the first week of February.
The 2nd Inter-District Club Cup Cricket Championship will start today at different venues across the country.
League leaders Abahani take on Bangladesh Biman in one of three Super League matches of the Premier Cricket League on January 25 at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium in Bogra.
The Polar Ice-cream Street Cricket tournament began yesterday at the Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club ground.
Defending champion Roger Federer enjoyed a record 57th win at the Australian Open Friday as former winner Justine Henin was condemned to her worst Grand Slam in five years.
Shaun Marsh batted himself into contention for next month's World Cup with a match-winning solo effort in Australia's 46-run win over England Friday at the Bellerive Oval.
American Venus Williams retired hurt with a muscle strain after just one game of her Australian Open third round match against Germany's Andrea Petkovic on Friday.
Uncertainty over Australia's World Cup squad deepened Friday after off-spinner Nathan Hauritz hurt his shoulder and paceman Shaun Tait suffered a thigh strain, adding to injuries already plaguing the selection announced this week.
Record-breaking Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralidaran said Friday he would retire from international cricket after the 2011 World Cup.
Eight-time Grand Slam singles champion Andre Agassi, among only seven men to achieve a career Grand Slam, has been elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame, officials said Thursday.
Khulna came out victorious against Jhenidah by 209 runs yesterday in the opening match of the 1st Women's National Cricket Champion-ship in Bagerhat.
State University of Bangla-desh reached the final of the ULAB Cup cricket tournament beating North South University by 26 runs in the semifinal at the ULAB (University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh) cricket ground yesterday.
Five more players advanced into the second round in the men's singles of the Prime Bank Pallima Badminton Tournament beating their respective rivals at the Pallima Sangsad Premises in Khilgaon yesterday.
Roger Federer says he is embarrassed by the fabulous riches he has amassed as the greatest Grand Slam winner in men's tennis.
Jean-Paul Duminy slammed unbeaten 71 as South Africa posted a challenging total of 265 for 7 in the fourth ODI against India at St. George's Park in Port Elizabeth yesterday.
Sri Lanka are eager to test the island's new cricket venues ahead of next month's World Cup, skipper Kumar Sangakkara said Friday.
Cristiano Ronaldo fired in a first-half goal as Real Madrid edged bitter city rivals Atletico 1-0 on Thursday to reach the Spanish Cup semifinals 4-1 on aggregate.
Manchester City are determined to prevent lightning from striking twice when they line up against Darren Bent and his new club Aston Villa in the Premier League on Saturday.
After notching a record-breaking 52 points at the halfway stage of the season, champions Barcelona are in the box seat to win a third consecutive Spanish league title, holding a four-point lead over rivals Real Madrid.
Serie A leaders AC Milan are unlikely to bring in any more players during the January transfer window after talks to take Genoa defender Domenico Criscito, Sampdoria left back Reto Ziegler and Cagliari midfielder Andrea Lazzarri broke down.
Sir Alex Ferguson admitted he is still fuming over Rafael Da Silva's suspension and joked he could thwart the ban by playing him and pretending it's his twin brother Fabio.
Antonio Cassano made his first start for AC Milan as the Serie A leaders thumped basement sitters Bari 3-0 on Thursday to reach the Italian Cup quarterfinals.
Aston Villa's Norwegian international striker John Carew has joined Stoke on loan until the end of the season, it was confirmed on Friday.
Japan's World Cup hero Keisuke Honda is being eyed by several major English clubs including Liverpool, Arsenal and Aston Villa, reports said Friday.
Germany striker Miroslav Klose has demanded he starts for Bayern Munich against ex-club Kaiserslautern on Saturday and has told coach Louis van Gaal he is not interested in a place on the bench.
Blackburn have parted company with wantaway defender Pascal Chimbonda by mutual consent, the club confirmed Friday.
Manchester United icon Ryan Giggs has confirmed he plans to extend his career by another season next year.
Recently I came across some old newspaper columns from Istanbul. These columns, commenting on Istanbul and her people, struck a chord and I couldn't help comparing to Dhaka.
Scientists from Stirling University are teaching some of the country's poorest people how to conserve its diminishing fish stocks.
BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday said the government has destroyed the economy of the country.
BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed yesterday said the municipal poll results “clearly indicate inevitable defeat of the ruling party” in the next national election.
Speakers stressed arranging debate competitions and workshops to make a democratic and accommodative society at the present time.
Two factions of Chittagong City unit of Awami League (AL) are now at loggerheads blaming each other for violating party constitutions.
Ten people were killed and eight others injured in separate road accidents in Dhaka, Narsingdi, Chuadanga, Natore and Kurigram yesterday.
Countries across the world are required to act fast against climate threats, as peoples see climate changes happening frequently, says Indian environmentalist Sunita Narain.
Speakers at a study circle here yesterday underscored creative, joyful, and one-way education system for children so the kids can grow up with sound health and mind.
At least 20 houses were gutted in a devastating fire in the city's Bhagolpur Lane under Hajaribagh Police Station yesterday.
Mexico is keen to widen bilateral relations with Bangladesh.
The air of Ramna Park in the city yesterday echoed as thousands of students of different schools from across the city vowed loudly to create an enlightened nation.
Full panel of the pro-Awami League teachers group won the election of the Shahjalal University of Science & Technology Teachers Association (Sustta) held on Thursday.
One factory and at least four houses and valuables worth around Tk 44 lakh were gutted in two separate fires in the port city yesterday.
Admission date for the first year honours courses under 2010-11 academic session of Rajshahi University extended on February 28 from January 6, says a press release.
Speakers at a discussion stressed the need for creating mass awareness to protect human rights.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev accepted yesterday an invitation to visit Afghanistan during a milestone summit with Hamid Karzai that aimed to revive bilateral trade ties.
President Barack Obama warned Chinese President Hu Jintao that Washington would have to redeploy forces in Asia unless Beijing stepped up pressure on North Korea, The New York Times reported yesterday.
Lebanon's rival parties yesterday appeared headed for a fierce showdown as each side hardened its position in the country's political crisis after the failure of foreign mediation efforts.
Chinese President Hu Jintao wraps up his U.S. visit yesterday in Chicago, Illinois, the hometown of his counterpart, President Barack Obama.
President Hu Jintao has urged the United States to ease restrictions on high-tech exports to China after Beijing and Washington signed $45 billion in trade deals during his US visit.
Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi has finally had Internet access installed at home after her years of isolation were brought to an end two months ago, an aide said yesterday.
Haiti will investigate crimes against humanity committed during the 15-year rule of ousted strongman Jean-Claude Duvalier, who recently returned from exile, Amnesty International said yesterday.
Three Muslim civilians, including a married couple, have been shot dead in Thailand's insurgency-plagued south, police said yesterday.
China's state media trumpeted President Hu Jintao's state visit to the United States as "a historic masterstroke" of "global significance" but ordinary Chinese seemed rather less enthusiastic.
President Barack Obama will name the head of General Electric to lead his new Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, the White House announced yesterday.
South Korean navy commandos yesterday stormed a ship hijacked by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean, rescuing all the 21 crew and killing eight pirates, military officials said.
France is "determined" to keep troops in Afghanistan despite a threat from Al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden linking their mission to the fate of French hostages, the foreign ministry said yesterday.
Ivory Coast's incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo is ordering the military to stop and search UN vehicles, the latest escalation of hostilities between the man who refuses to leave office and the global body that declared his rival the election winner.
Gunmen yesterday attacked vehicles carrying Nato supplies to Afghanistan, torching three of them and wounding two people in three incidents in south-western Pakistan, officials said.
Arts & Entertainment
As part of Chhayanaut's yearlong programmes to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary [May 8, this year] of Rabindranath Tagore, an eight-day exhibition featuring reproductions of the Nobel laureate poet's artworks is on at Chhayanaut Shangskriti Bhaban in Dhanmondi, Dhaka.
Shanto-Mariam Foundation has organised a retrospective exhibition featuring the works of Mostafizul Haque, an Associate Professor at the Drawing and Painting Department, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka. The exhibition is now being held at Creative Destination, Shanto-Mariam University of Creative Technology, Uttara, in Dhaka. Haque studied Japanese styles of painting at the University of Tsukuba. His works feature both abstract and figurative elements.
It's disappointment once again for Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan at the Oscars. Khan-produced feature film "Peepli Live", India's official entry to the Oscars, has failed to make it to the final nine.
The Santal Resistance earned a significant place in the pages of our history. It was the Santals who confronted the British Raj in 1784. Their attempt to evict colonial rule from the sub-continent paved the way for many forthcoming revolutionary attempts. Santal leaders Shidhu, Kanu, Chand and Bhairab revolted once again in 1855. After the Partition (1947), the Santals supported Ila Mitra to organise the 1950 Nachol Uprising. The aim remained unchanged: economic freedom.
The first episode of "Phirey Chol Matir Taney" (Returning to Roots), a new initiative of "Hridoye Mati O Manush", will go on air today on Channel i at 9:35 PM.
The Daily Star editorial of January 15 that points to "the revelation by a business leader that a sub-inspector has so much clout that he can go over the head of his departmental chief and have a minister of state cancel his transfer order" makes disturbing reading. Undoubtedly, it brings into sharp focus the parlous politicisation of police. In plain words, it raises the issue of political interference in police work.
The rate of inflation in Bangladesh has nearly reached double digit level, and food price index has already crossed the double digit level.
Today is the seventh death anniversary of Mr. A S Mahmud. He was the founding Managing Editor of Mediaworld, the owning company of The Daily Star and one of the driving spirits behind launching of this paper. We, in The Daily Star, recall with profound respect his immeasurable contribution to this paper.
Most of the news about the environment is distressingly bad. Reports on disappearance of forests, destruction of wetlands, death of coral reefs, and extinction of other natural resources come with frightful frequency. In Bangladesh, we hear about threats to wildlife and forest resources as well as marine life.
Today, I hand over this space over to a far more intelligent source of commentary: readers. You sent in your best predictions for the coming year -- and nominated the worst prediction of last year.
On the 20th of December, 2010 an oil spill was detected in the Bay off Sitakunda in Chittagong. It was over 3 kilometers long and 300-400 feet wide with a reddish- black layer. It is suspected that, the cause of the oil spill was the unauthorised transfer or intentional dump of oil into the sea to salvage the grounded Indian flag carrier Ocean Pearl. It was a huge spill but still it is unknown how much oil they actually released into the sea. We have yet to know to what extent the area was affected. The DoE has served a notice to Sygma Shipping Line, the parent company of Ocean Pearl, to answer why the company would not be prosecuted for causing oil spill in the Bay. But we have yet to know what necessary action has been taken. So far we only know that the port authority has not taken any legal action against the Ocean Pearl.
Bangladesh is blessed with suitable soil and climate for growing rice in all three crop seasons in a year. Rice grown during summer is locally known as Aus, during monsoon as Aman and during winter as Boro. The Boro is really the improved rice variety that is cultivated in almost all rice fields during winter. Winter rice is typically called Boro but is now cultivated in other seasons too. Gradual expansion of improved rice farming contributed much to total rice production increasing more than three times over the last three decades. The winter rice farming was a demand-led adoption by all types of farmers because of its higher productivity and it being produced in dry season almost in risk-free environment.
Akhtaruzzaman Elias is arguably the most radical novelist of Bangladesh. Although he had written only two novels, he is recognised to be among the most critically acclaimed Bengali novelists. To read or confront his writing is to go through an experience that radically changes our worldview and questions carefully constructed rationales and dogmas. In the canon of 20th century Bengali fiction, no one's writings are more unsettling yet fascinating than Elias's. However, it is beyond the scope of this article to give what is usually called an overview of Elias's writings. In what follows I attempt to present some of my observations on his second novel Khoabnama (1996).
Those tiered pancakes were awesome,
A foot is what keeps the world standing.
It makes us foot all those sad bills of life
.It roots us to the realities of the cosmos.
A pretty foot on an elegant woman is
Something else, though.
Diet and physical activity have major effects on body cholesterol. Eating healthy foods and exercising regularly can help you lower your cholesterol or maintain a normal level. Likewise, lack of physical activity and poor food choices can send your cholesterol soaring.
Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN) is an alternate form of providing a complete form of nutrition, containing protein, sugar, fat and added vitamins and minerals to those patients who are unable to get full nutrition through mouth. It is crucial for severely ill patients as it keeps people alive where they can not eat to sustain themselves. This method bypasses the digestive tract completely and places nutrients directly into the bloodstream.
Countries that vaccinate babies against rotavirus, which can cause severe diarrhoea and kill in days, have significantly reduced the number of children admitted to hospitals with the disease, a report showed recently.
A new study may offer women one more reason to kick the smoking habit before becoming pregnant: a potentially reduced risk of early miscarriage.
A test called HbA1c used to check how well the blood sugar was being controlled over previous 2-3 months has now been approved as a diagnostic test. A report on a World Health Organisation (WHO) expert consultation issued recently on the diagnosis of diabetes recommends the acceptability of glycated haemoglobin, or HbA1c, as an additional test to diagnose the debilitating and deadly disease. Experts from WHO say the addition of a new test for diagnosing diabetes is a positive development.
"An enemy's visit to the sickbed is worse than the disease itself" — goes the Arabian proverb.
Aspecial counter-terrorism unit called "National Police Bureau of Counterterrorism" is on the cards. It has been reported in the press that this special units was proposed a year ago but the pace of forming the unit got tangled in bureaucratic red-tapes. However, the process has been accelerated when Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina took special interest in forming this.
For the Korean peninsula, the year 2011 opened with hopes of a return to peace, with North Korea making a series of gestures to South Korea to "open their hearts" and resume talks after a hiatus marked by hostility. The North's offer coincided with the 28th birthday of the heir apparent Kim Jong-UN. North Korea's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea said, "We do not want to see the present South Korean authorities pass the five-year term of their office idly without North-South dialogue." It further said that "there is neither conditionality in the North's proposal for dialogue nor need to cast any doubt about its real intention." Further, Pyongyang pledged to reconnect the hotline between the Red Cross organisations of both Koreas and reopen the Consultative Office for North-South Economic Cooperation at the Kaesong industrial complex to take the lead in pushing for inter-Korean talks.
India launched a new naval research centre for warships on Tuesday, part of efforts by the South Asian giant to build its sea defences and counter the perceived threat of China in the Indian Ocean.
Star Books Review
Ataul Ghani Osmany remains a point of reference for Bengalis who take justified pride in his role during the War of Liberation. There is then a class of people who have never failed to underscore Osmany's credentials as a democrat through reminding everyone of the manner of his resignation from parliament in January 1975 once the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution came to pass. Osmany was unwilling to accept a switch over to the one-party state that Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman brought into being with the setting up of the Bangladesh Krishak Sramik Awami League in that year. Osmany will remain noted for his valedictory remark in the Jatiyo Sangsad --- that he was not willing to see a Mujib Khan in Bangladesh. The allusion was of course to the dictatorship of Ayub Khan in Pakistan between 1958 and 1969.
Bangladesh's history in its first decade of freedom was fundamentally a story of bloodletting. You do not have to go into research to arrive at such a morbid conclusion. But you cannot escape feeling a certain sense of irony as you recapitulate the whole episode of the country's actually claiming, and taking, its place in the global community. If the war of liberation in 1971 saw three million Bengalis dying at the hands of the Pakistan armed forces, the post-liberation era turned into a long tale of blood and gore as most of the new nation's founding fathers and war heroes bit the dust through bloody coups d'etat and internecine armed conflict. The series of tragic happenings that engulfed Bangladesh between August and November 1975, followed by the execution of Abu Tahir, a soldier for freedom, in July 1976, will remain a blot on the conscience of a nation which yet struggles to find a way out of the woods for itself.