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News of: Friday, 18th of February, 2011
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Outside, the blaring drone of a hundred makeshift trumpets held testament to the thousands who had queued up outside the stadium. Inside the Bangabandhu National Stadium, however, an explosive festival of colour, music, dance and unceasing noise signalled the start of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 which will be jointly held in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and India. Amidst flashing strobe lights, fluttery LED kites and a thousand irresistible cheers both in and out of the stadium, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina declared the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 officially open, thereby checking another box in a long list of achievements for a young nation.
Are we witnessing a deadly concoction of political compulsion and personal intent in the latest government move to prop up the share market?
Former Irish president Mary Robinson has joined the development partners, prominent personalities and corporations in vowing to protect Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus from “politically orchestrated” attacks.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia did not attend the inaugural ceremony of Cricket World Cup 2011 despite invite from organisers.
Three people were killed and two injured after a passenger train rammed a sand-laden truck on an unguarded level crossing at Sreepur in Gazipur yesterday morning.
Police recovered the body of a 15-year-old girl from the Dhaka-Narayanganj-Demra (DND) dam on Wednesday night.
Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus said Thursday he would not be forced out of the pioneering microfinance bank he founded despite pressure from the government.
Posing as buyers, forest officials have arrested a member of an organised gang of poachers with four skulls, three hides and 138 bones of tigers at Sharankhola upazila of Bagerhat.
Tragedy struck Dhaka, indeed the whole of East Bengal, on February 21, 1952 when the police fired on the student demonstrators gathering on the Dhaka University campus (Details relating to the happenings of the day will appear on this page of The Daily Star on February 21).
Muggers stabbed two people to death and injured another in the city's Jatrabari, Gendaria and Sabujbagh on Wednesday and made away with their cash and valuables.
The Bangladesh portion of Sundarbans is the best habitat for tigers as this beast of prey here can hunt within the radius of only 15 square kilometres, one of the smallest home range in the globe.
A number of houses of indigenous people were burnt allegedly by Bangalee settlers at Rangipara village under Longudu upazila yesterday, a day after a Bangalee settler was killed by unknown criminals.
While it was a common phenomenon to wade through a sea of book-lovers at the Amar Ekushey Boi Mela, it was a rare sight to find it almost devoid of people yesterday evening.
The British government has toughened work visa requirements for jobseekers outside the European Union, doing away with the provision for them to settle in the UK.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton voiced concern over unrest in US Gulf ally Bahrain and urged restraint when she spoke yesterday to Manama's foreign minister, a US official said.
With much pomp and in remarkable grandeur, the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 got underway at Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka last evening. As the world looks forward to a new spate of excitement to emerge from what has traditionally been considered a gentlemen's game, we in Bangladesh can certainly feel happy and proud that we have had the opportunity to inaugurate this World Cup series on our home soil. There is a sure sense of achievement here for the people of Bangladesh considering that within a mere twelve years of our qualifying as a Test playing nation, we have had this remarkable chance of seeing the ICC launch the 2011 series in our country.
In the face of an increase in the incidence of violence against child workers employed in households across the nation, the High Court's ruling declaring such act illegal is a welcome and timely step.
The parliamentary committee on planning ministry expressed its concern over dwindling volume of manpower export and a drop in earning from remittances by overseas Bangladeshi workers. Manpower export has declined by 20 percent compared to the level of September, 2010. As many as 41,220 migrant workers returned home after job losses. The list of returnees is only lengthening without commensurate breaking of any new ground in terms of either rehabilitating them or sending out fresh hands.
The Bangabandhu National Stadium (BNS) has a special place in the hearts of Bangladeshis, as it is where Bangladesh took its first tentative steps in top flight cricket. It had faded a bit when cricket was transferred to the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in 2005, but all the passion came roaring back as the revamped venue hosted the opening ceremony of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011.
Hundreds performed in the gala opening ceremony of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, but fourteen, were simply exceptional for their roles in the show as they entered the field with 14 captains of participating nations on their rickshaws after the welcome song performed by singers Arnob, Mila, Balam, Elita, Hridoy Khan, Kona and Tipu.
Cricket's uniting power in Bangladesh is tremendous and as a proof of how much the game, through its premier event, has touched the hearts of millions already was for all to see a few miles away from the Bangabandhu National Stadium.
Some twenty-five thousand spectators enjoyed the gala opening ceremony of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 from the galleries of Bangabandhu National Stadium, but nearly 50 national sports awardees missed the chance to watch the ceremony from those yesterday.
A few of the fireworks launchers caught fire near the media centre during the opening ceremony yesterday.
Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan strode in a bit later in the line of the fourteen captains, causing a mild flutter for a few who were waiting for the youngster. It happens once every four years that all captains of the World Cup participating nations take the stage for a media conference and a photo-call.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni smashed a blazing century to set up India's crushing 117-run victory over New Zealand in a World Cup warm-up match on Wednesday.
Stuart Broad grabbed a five-wicket haul as England doused late resistance from big-hitting Rizwan Cheema to carve out a narrow 16-run victory over Canada in a World Cup warm-up game on Wednesday.
International cricket chiefs have approved Tinashe Panyangara as a replacement player for the injured Edward Rainsford in the Zimbabwe World Cup squad.
Pakistan's mercurial fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar was among three teammates who were taken for random dope testing ahead of the World Cup, a official confirmed on Thursday.
West Indies opener Adrian Barath and wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh junior are injury doubts for their World Cup clash against South Africa, a team spokesman said on Thursday.
Arsenal gave themselves a fighting chance of reaching the Champions League quarterfinals here on Wednesday, coming from behind to stun favourites Barcelona 2-1 in a pulsating encounter.
Tottenham shocked seven-times European champions AC Milan 1-0 at the San Siro on Tuesday with Peter Crouch firing the only goal on a superb night for the north Londoners.
A trio of Brazilians gave Shakhtar Donetsk a shock 3-2 victory at Roma on Wednesday to put the Ukrainians in firm control of their Champions League second round clash.
European football governing body UEFA announced on Wednesday they have opened disciplinary proceedings against AC Milan's Gennaro Gattuso after he head-butted Tottenham assistant manager Joe Jordan.
Roma is due to be sold to American investors in 30 days, the club's current owners Italpetroli announced on Tuesday.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith is going to face an uphill task while implementing the current fiscal year's budget and preparing the next.
Plush hotels gear up to log hefty sales from the arrivals of foreign spectators, cricketers and journalists ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup tournament that kicks off tomorrow with a big match between rivals Bangladesh and India.
Norway's Telenor Group now boasts over 100 million subscribers in Asia, achieving a milestone in business advancement in the region, said the world's front ranking mobile operator yesterday.
Beauty soap exports to India through Agartala land port have been on hold for months after the neighbour imposed a bar on the entry of soaps through this particular point based on a decade-old rule.
India yesterday decided to lift a ban on onion exports after the product's prices crashed and triggered protests.
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee will try to ease inflation-hit voters' pain with a budget heavy on spending for food, fuel and fertiliser subsidies, while selectively lifting taxes to meet fiscal targets.
Nestle, the world's biggest food maker, said strong demand in emerging markets would help it offset a steep rise in input costs in 2011 after it beat sales forecasts for 2010.
Foreign direct investment in China rose 23.4 percent in January from a year earlier, the government said on Thursday, despite an official campaign to stem liquidity and control inflation.
The US economic recovery is now on a firmer footing, with consumers and businesses spending more despite still-high unemployment, according to Federal Reserve's top policy panel.
Indian telecom tycoon Anil Ambani met police investigators on Wednesday to answer questions over a suspected mobile licensing fraud that robbed the government of billions of dollars.
The government sits today with merchant bankers to find ways to bring stability to the troubled stockmarket. The officials of the market regulator will also be present during the talks.
India signed a comprehensive economic partnership agreement with Japan on Wednesday under which Indian generic medicines will get access to the Japanese market for the first time.
Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) will hold a public hearing on March 8 on a government proposal to raise the compressed natural gas (CNG) price by about 50 percent.
A Japanese company is gearing up for large-scale production in Bangladesh of a bicycle that can also be used to purify water at disaster zones or remote villages.
Changyong Rhee, secretary general of the presidential committee for the G-20 summit of the Republic of Korea, has been appointed the new chief economist of Asian Development Bank (ADB).
The four-day annual textile, fabrics and garment accessories exhibition in Dhaka came to an end Wednesday, with huge responses both from buyers and sellers.
Bangladesh and Canada will sign agreements on educational and agricultural cooperation for mutual advantage of the two countries, according to a press release received from Ottawa yesterday.
Thirteen people were killed and 147 others injured in separate road accidents in Chittagong, Natore, Gazipur, Kishoreganj, Madaripur, Sylhet, Naogaon, Khulna and Kushtia on Wednesday and yesterday.
Bangladesh has been losing about 595.87 bighas (197 acres) of cultivable land a day with a huge number of farmers leaving their occupation over the last four decades, says a study.
A mentally imbalanced man killed two children and wounded a youth critically hitting them with a spade on the head at the village Charpara of Trishal sadar upazila in Mymensingh yesterday evening.
The grand finale of The Daily Star-Banglalion Brainstorming 2011 competition was held at a hotel in the port city Tuesday evening.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has asked every member of Bangladesh Armed Forces to perform their duties with utmost sincerity and dedication to safeguard the country's independence and sovereignty.
Community awareness and intervention can play an important role in reducing sound pollution and traffic congestion, said speakers yesterday.
The holy Eid-e-Miladunnabi was observed in the country on Wednesday with religious fervour and due solemnity commemorating the birth of Great Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) on this day in the month of Rabiul Awal 1,441 years ago with divine blessings for mankind.
Former director general of Department of Shipping Fazlur Rahman Chowdhury underscored the need for establishing a deep-sea port to facilitate connectivity with neighbouring countries and keep pace with ever growing international trade and commerce.
Thirty-five intellectuals, writers, scholars, poets and artists yesterday petitioned to the education minister to build language monuments at all educational institutions.
A nine-year-old housemaid was injured critically following torture allegedly by her employer in Rajshahi Cantonment, according to the victim's family and hospital sources.
It was very difficult to conduct the operation at Salauddin Qader Chowdhury's residence goodhill during the liberation war of 1971, as it was situated on a hillock.
Speakers at a cover unveiling ceremony of a book titled 'Bitorker Sohoj Path' (easy readings for debate) urged the education minister to include it in the annual booklist of the secondary level for developing debating skills of the students.
A Dhaka court yesterday deferred till March 1 the hearing on taking into cognisance the charges against BNP Senior Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman and his business partner Giasuddin Al Mamun in a money laundering case.
A college girl allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan with a scarf at her boyfriend's house at Dakhhingaon area of Sabujbagh in the capital on Wednesday.
Indian border security force (BSF) have killed a cattle trader at Putkhali border early yesterday.
A prize-giving ceremony was held at Dania Govt Primary School in the city yesterday, says a press release.
A schoolteacher was detained for his alleged connection for assaulting a 10-year-old girl in the port city yesterday.
Workshop on upcoming fifth population census was held yesterday at Chittagong Circuit House premises, organised by Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics.
The government has decided to increase the number of Open Market Sale (OMS) dealers across the country aiming at reaching food grain to poor people at a reasonable price.
A 22-year-old girl suffered severe head injuries after two cars in a moment's succession hit her as she was trying to escape police chase at Farmgate in the city last night.
Hailstorm hit several northern districts on Wednesday afternoon killing at least one person and damaging crops including vegetables on vast areas.
Farmers of Sundarganj upazila in Gaibandha district have refused to purchase 'solidified, discoloured and sand-mixed' urea from dealers of Bangladesh Chemical Industries Corporation (BCIC), driving the latter to stop receiving its delivery from BCIC buffer stock godowns in the district.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested four activists of the Islamist organisation Hizb-ut Tawhid from Bogra Road area of the city on Wednesday.
At least 100 tourists fell into the Naf River and 30 of them received injuries when a wooden gangway collapsed at Damdamia ghat (terminal) in Teknaf upazila on Wednesday.
A woman killed her three-month-old baby over feud with her husband at their Purbo Mazampur residence in the town on Wednesday.
Commemorating the 42nd anniversary of martyrdom of Dr Shamsuzzoha, the Rajshahi University (RU) authorities will observe 'Zoha Day' today.
A court on Wednesday fined a councillor of the Sylhet City Corporation Tk 6 lakh and awarded him one year's simple imprisonment in a case filed for cheque dishonour. Joint district judge-III of Sylhet Sheikh Ashrafur Rahman pronnounced the judgment. As AZM Abdullah, a trader of the city filed case against the SCC councilor of ward 14, a lower court in Sylhet in 2009 granted bail to Abdur Rahman Mihad on condition of immediate payment of the claimed amount of Tk 3 lakh. But getting the bail the councilor neither complied with the court decision nor appeared in the court.
A local Jamaat leader was hacked to death by criminals at Chhoto Dhushia village in Brahmanpara upazila on Wednesday night. The deceased was identified as Haji Nurul Haque, 60, of Sabujpara village. He was the executive committee member of Brahmanpara upazila unit of Jamaat-e-Islami. Police and locals said, a gang hacked Nurul Haque indiscriminately leaving him dead on the spot while he was returning home through Chhoto Dhushia village after saying prayers at the upazila town mosque.
Police yesterday recovered the body of a Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) member from an abandoned railway line at Rahimabad village under Sadar upazila. Deceased Biplob Kumar Dey, 39, son of Barindra Nath Dey of Kodla village of the same upazila was an assistant sub-inspector of police. Police also recovered a bottle of insecticide from near his body and a stamp paper from his pocket. Major Sabbir Hossain of Rab-8 said, Biplob took ten days leave to go to his village home a few days ago. But Biplob's family members claimed that after the last Durga puja he never came to meet them. Sub-inspector Abu Siddik of Bagerhat model police said, after primary investigation, police suspect that Biplob might have committed suicide due to family feud.
A young brick kiln worker was found dead at Ganasa in Senbag upazila on Wednesday morning. On information, police recovered the body of Mohammad Ali, 18, worker of Rupsha Brickfield, and sent it to the district general hospital morgue for autopsy. Locals said Ali, son of Sattar Ahmed Mia of Kamolganj upazila of Laxmipur district, was stabbed to death by other fellow workers following altercation over gambling at the brickfield on Tuesday night.
Recently the US experts reported that “Smoking” is one of the major reasons why Americans do not live as long as the French or Japanese do because smoking reduces life expectancy. Both active and passive smoking is harmful to almost every organ of the human body and contributes to the creation of many diseases which ultimately damages health and reduces life expectancy. As compared with non-smokers, smokers have greater risks of developing lung cancer, chronic obstructive lung diseases, coronary heart diseases, stroke, and etcetera. Smoking also causes cancer of kidney, esophagus, stomach, uterus, cervix, etc.
It is an innovative idea of the Chittagong city authorities to pay hundreds of beggars a daily wage to keep them off the streets during the Cricket World Cup. Accordingly, about 300 disabled street beggars would be given Tk. 150 each a day in order to keep them offs the streets at least for two months during the world cup.
The country is moving forward day by day. But eve-teasing is spreading like an epidemic throughout the country. A recent study by the Bangladesh National Women Lawyers Association (BNWLA) showed that almost 90 percent girls aged between 10 and 18 have this experience. Trisha, Pinky, Elora are some of the victims of eve-teasing. In the year 2010 till November 14, some 20 girls committed suicide due to eve-teasing. It is found in a media report that about 13,000 women became victims of harassment and violence across the country during January-July, 2008.
As regards education, the most important division in the country today is between those who have access to good education and those who have only education without any value. The former are the rulers and the latter are the ruled. With the extensive commercialisation of both school and higher education leading to a university degree, education has become a commodity to be sold and purchased.
Shaheen Mollah's front page report published on January 26th is an example of perverse brutality on a school girl in Comilla that can be carried out only by a beast in human form! It is an example of "Mr. Hyde" lurking in the souls of 'man'; beyond the depravity of "Dr. Jekyill," the other form of "Mr.yde," an ordinary everyday man; immortalized in the pages of English literature!
They've already made peace with Israel and are being supported by the U.S. It was done for money. That peace was bought and paid for with U.S. dollars, don't give President Hosni Mubarak too much credit for being such a great peacemaker, such a sacrificial idealist to make peace with Israel! As for Mubarak, he is a strong man, strong-willed. He looks unto his own ways.
On 21st January 2011, a cricket team from The Aga Khan School, Dhaka went to Lucknow, India for the 1st International School Cricket Premier League T20 (ISCPL) organised by City Montessori School and Degree College (CMS). This cricket team has showed their talents out there in the matches with Sri Lanka and New Delhi. They came back with the trophy for the most enthusiastic team of the tournament. This team has made Bangladesh proud.
The proverb "Machhe bhate Bangalee" is going to be banished in this era of food insecurity. The price of rice per kg is now Tk 50+. We, the common people, are facing the irrational price hike of commodities every day. We want to say to the government- “Look at us!".
The party in power was planning to build an international airport on an area comprising wetlands. As a layman I wonder how the experts failed to evaluate the importance of wetlands in maintaining the biodiversity of the country. These wetlands work as water reservoir or retention bodies during monsoon. The country has already lost a great chunk of it to the greed of the people. If this process of destroying the water bodies continues unabated, sooner or later the country would turn into a desert. Instead of standing against it, the government appears to participate in the process of desertification.
This is to thank the HC bench for its order to evict the illegal shanties and other establishments from Cox's Bazar sea beach and also the authorities concerned for leading the drive in this regard. True, it is a good news for the whole country that the world's longest sea beach and one of the most popular resorts has finally been freed from the clutches of the unscrupulous land-grabbers, especially on the eve of an international event, i.e. World Cup Cricket 2011, when greater number of visitors are expected to throng this idyllic beach. But it has always been seen that during most of such drives against illegal structures, some structures are spared because of the occupants' political identity.
Metro rail in 4 years possible
Security forces in Bahrain have dispersed thousands of anti-government protesters in Pearl Square in the centre of the capital, Manama.
Six people were killed in the Libyan city of Benghazi yesterday, as Moamer Kadhafi's regime sought to overshadow an opposition "Day of Anger" with its own rally in the capital Tripoli.
At least 25 people were injured in fierce clashes between pro- and anti-regime protesters in Sanaa as the army deployed in force in the restive city of Aden yesterday, AFP correspondents said.
Iran yesterday accused opposition leaders of treason and vowed to block their ability to communicate with their supporters on the eve of a pro-regime "hatred" rally against them in Tehran.
Uganda's election commission warned the opposition not to go ahead with plans to publish its own results from today's polls, saying it unacceptable.
Twelve people, most of them foreigners, drowned yesterday when their tour boat suddenly sank while they slept in Halong Bay, one of Vietnam's top tourist destinations, officials said.
Scientists around the world will be watching closely as three eruptions from the Sun reach the Earth over yesterday and today.
Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party lawmaker Varun Gandhi on Wednesday met his aunt and ruling Congress party President Sonia Gandhi at her residence here to invite her to his wedding with a Bengali girl here next month.
The United States voiced concern Wednesday for the safety of Mynamar democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi after published threats against her, saying the authorities had a duty to protect her.
A 20-year-old man identified as the suicide bomber behind a blast that killed 36 people in the Moscow airport last month served in the marines in the Russian Far East, a media report said yesterday.
A series of blasts levelled arms depots at a Tanzanian army base and killed at least 17 people, Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda said yesterday, in the second such incident in two years.
Two prisoners were shot dead and up to 40 injured after the discovery of an apparent escape attempt from the maximum security wing of a Thai jail sparked a riot, an official said yesterday.
Arts & Entertainment
Paying homage to eminent Rabindra Sangeet artiste Kalim Sharafi, Unitrend Limited arranged a memorial programme at the main auditorium of Bangladesh National Museum on February 15.
Speakers at a discussion on last Tuesday said that Baul Shah Abdul Karim is one of the pioneering figures in Bangladeshi folk music and his songs would remain popular among generations.
The Hamidur Rahman Memorial Award 2011 was conferred on artist Syed Jahangir, one of the foremost painters of the '50s. The award giving ceremony was held at Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, Dhanmondi, Dhaka on February 14.
Shafiqul Amin is one of the senior-most painters in Bangladesh and one of the founding members of Dhaka Art College. The veteran painter has been ailing from age related complications for the last few years. The 99-year-old artist is now under treatment at Ahmed Medical College in Dhanmondi, Dhaka.
The six-day 'Dhaka Classical and Flamenco Guitar Festival' is on at different venues in the capital (starting from February 14). Featuring reputed American guitarists Mir Ali and Stanley Yates, the festival has been arranged by Classical Guitar Association of Bangladesh (CGAB), an organisation aiming to promote western classical music.
The biggest upset of the 2011 Grammy Awards, held Sunday night, was when jazz bassist and singer Esperanza Spalding won for Best New Artist.
Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre and The Reading Circle will celebrate the month of Language Movement with a reading of "Nakshi Kanthar Matth" (The Field of Embroidered Quilt) written by 'Polli-kobi' Jasim Uddin. The reading will be held at the cultural centre (house 35, road 24 in Gulshan 1, Dhaka) today (starting at 5:30pm).
With participation of teachers, students and staff of Rajshahi University (RU), a day-long pitha utshob (rice cake festival) was held recently.
Not since national independence forty years ago, has Bangladesh come under world media focus truly and squarely as she did yesterday with the opening of World Cup Cricket 2011 in Dhaka. That was our finest hour, this is our second triumph.
India's nuclear weapons policy is identified with the posture of Credible Minimum Nuclear Deterrence (CMD). The principle entails quite a different interpretation than that understood in the western nuclear lexicon in that western theories and constructs, particularly from the Cold War, cannot be applied effectively to the Indian context.
This is a tragedy that the whole nation should mourn and protest. The national conscience was savagely traumatised. Hena Akhter is a victim of the gender discrimination that prevails in our country. It is an indictment of the poverty that the underprivileged of our country suffer, and the injustice and bigotry that hold them in thralldom.
It is very unfortunate that although we achieved our independence through an armed struggle and the supreme sacrifice of three million of our heroic souls, one of our political streams is termed "pro-independence" while the other is termed the opposite. Any devotion to those infallible values is characterised as pro-AL, as was done by the leader of the opposition when she called a popular Bengali daily a pro-government one, although it is probably the strongest critic of government wrongdoings.
The government needs to tie up the educational system with the growing IT industry to transform the country into a full-fledged knowledge-based economy.
Grameenphone Ltd, the leading mobile operator in Bangladesh and Officextracts, distributor of a world leading anti-virus solution company Kaspersky Lab, recently signed a deal, says a press release.
Logitech has appointed Computer Source Ltd., Bangladesh as its sole regional distributor for the country, says a press release.
Samsung launched a second tablet computer on Sunday, with a bigger screen and more processing power than the original Galaxy Tab that is seen as the only real rival to Apple's iPad.