News of: Thursday, 24th of February, 2011
Some ruling Awami League men and influential locals have grabbed a vast swathe of khas land and a canal in Keraniganj near the recently built Shahid Buddhijeebi Bridge on the Buriganga.
As the political unrest in Libya escalates forcing thousands of foreigners to flee the country, Bangladesh yesterday held an emergency meeting with International Organisation for Migration (IOM) to discuss evacuation of its nationals there.
Armed assailants shot dead an Awami League leader and his chauffeur in broad daylight yesterday in the capital's Jurain area under Kadamtoli Police Station.
Thousands of Bangladeshi migrant workers are trapped in trouble-torn Libya, while governments around the world are scrambling to evacuate their nationals from the chaos.
The government is set to propose the names of two pro-Awami League former bureaucrats as commissioners for the Anti-Corruption Commission.
Thirteen eminent citizens of the country yesterday said that Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus is being harassed in various ways.
Aslamul Haque, a ruling party lawmaker from Dhaka-14 (Mirpur) constituency, yesterday challenged some officials at the Department of Environment for conducting a drive on 'his land' the day before.
Shahid Afridi took five wickets and Umar Akmal scored one of four half-centuries as Pakistan crushed Kenya by 205 runs to get their World Cup campaign off to a flying start on Wednesday.
Police yesterday arrested 10 people including a catholic priest, Father Bernard Tudu, for their involvement in the out-of-court settlement of rape of Serafina Mardi that led her to commit suicide at Godagari upazila here.
Two criminals were killed in separate 'shootouts' with law enforcers in Chuadanga and Pirojpur districts in last two days.
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has sent to the home ministry a list of 25 international bookies, who might arrive in the country targeting the ongoing ICC World Cup tournament, for investigation.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said her government has taken measures to import over 14 lakh tonnes of rice and wheat to keep the price of rice under control.
Mobile phone operators will be held responsible for usage of their SIM cards in crimes, said state minister for home yesterday.
The government is making a written commitment to Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica), the consultant and possible financer of metro rail project, that it will not unilaterally modify the rail route any more.
Almost two years after initiating the process, Bangladesh and Russia are set to finalise a draft agreement on setting up two 1000 megawatt nuclear power plants in Rooppur.
Newly appointed four judges of the Supreme Court (SC) were sworn in yesterday amid a 'protest' of some High Court (HC) judges, who had been dropped during the BNP-Jamaat alliance government.
Fifty-one jawans of 42 Rifles Battalion of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) were sentenced to different jail terms ranging from one year to seven years yesterday for their involvement in the 2009 mutiny in Teknaf of Cox's Bazar.
Department of Environment (DoE) yesterday fined Tk 4.20 lakh to the Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) for filling earth in a waterbody to construct a road.
Kerry Kennedy, a human rights activist and niece of former American president John F Kennedy, has recently joined Friends of Grameen, an international platform set up to protect interests of Grameen Bank and its founder Muhammad Yunus.
Two young women allegedly committed suicide by hanging themselves from ceiling fans at Dakkhinkhan and Pallabi in the city Tuesday night.
The hearing of the case against Adflame Pharmaceuticals in connection with manufacturing adulterated paracetamol syrup was not held yesterday as Assistant Director of the Directorate of Drug Administration (DDA) did not appear before the court.
European Union President Herman Van Rompuy yesterday condemned the 'horrible' violence by Libyan forces against protestors, insisting the crimes could "not to remain without consequences."
Aslamul Haque, a ruling party lawmaker, yesterday claimed in a letter that The Daily Star report on February 23, titled "Aati canal goes, river on the way", "has made several allegations which are unjustified and baseless".
Dhaka makes news once again. This time for wrong reasons though. It has come second only to Harare as the most unlivable city in the world. What a badge to wear, what a distinction! According to a 2011 survey carried out by Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), a prestigious research wing of the London based weekly Economist released last week: Dhaka was placed at 139th position out of 140 countries surveyed. The criteria of the standings were based on the following factors: stability, healthcare, environment and culture, education and infrastructure. Out of 100 points at stake Bangladesh could earn only 38.7 points just beating Harare marginally at 37.5. Karachi and Colombo are other two Asian cities that make the last ten. Last year, Dhaka held the same position. What on earth for?
The plight of a minor boy due to wrong treatment by a village kabiraj (fake healer) at a remote village in Rangpur district has again brought to the fore the vulnerability of poor and ignorant villagers at the hands of impostors and fake healers.
Injuries to paceman Shafiul Islam and opener Imrul Kayes hogged the spotlight in the Tigers' practice session at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.
The Irish cricketers have mainly been confined to the team hotel and the practice sessions for the last seven days and they have hardly had the chance to see Dhaka, one of the host cities for the ICC World Cup 2011.
The South Africans have done a fine job in this World Cup, without even playing a match. They take on West Indies in New Delhi today but the eternal chokers have a phantom team running side-by-side just to make sure that someone ends up winning the trophy. Does this plan seem implausible?
A World Cup song which carries threats against defending champions Australia as well as earthquake-hit New Zealand has been banned on orders of the Sri Lankan president.
The Daily Star's photo of the physically challenged teenaged beggar Mohammad Titu, who was plying the roads of Karwan Bazar in a Bangladesh national team jersey, had garnered a tremendous response from a wide array of people over the last couple of days.
When India meet England in a high-profile World Cup match in Bangalore on Sunday, it will not be surprising if they name a second specialist spinner in their playing eleven.
Nicolas Anelka eased the pressure on Carlo Ancelotti as his double-strike inspired Chelsea's 2-0 win over FC Copenhagen in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie at the Parken Stadium on Tuesday.
From taking the world cricket by storm four years ago by reaching the Super Eights stage of the World Cup, Irish cricket has made enormous strides in the time between to claim their stake as the leading ICC Associate Member nation.
Karim Benzema scored against his former club Lyon to earn Real Madrid a 1-1 draw here on Tuesday that puts them in a strong position to reach the Champions League quarterfinals.
South Africa will bank on their recent form and fitness of key player Jacques Kallis when they take on an unpredictable West Indies in their opening World Cup clash on Thursday.
West Indies captain Darren Sammy said his team's miserable 11-match losing streak against South Africa will mean nothing when the sides clash in the World Cup on Thursday.
New Delhi's historic Feroz Shah Kotla ground will come under scrutiny on Thursday when it hosts a high-profile World Cup match between South Africa and the West Indies after an international ban.
Pakistan's cricketing isolation could end in October if Sri Lanka, who were targeted in a deadly terror attack in Lahore two years ago, agree to tour the troubled country.
Barcelona and Spain playmaker Xavi is set to miss the Spanish champions next two league matches because of a slight left calf injury, the club announced on Tuesday.
Blackpool dealt a blow to Tottenham's hopes of securing Champions League qualification on Tuesday, scoring their first win in seven matches with a 3-1 victory at Bloomfield Road.
The cull of seeded players continued in Doha with Francesca Schiavone and Shahar Peer crashing out of the WTA Qatar Open in one-sided matches here on Wednesday.
New AS Roma coach Vincenzo Montella said he did not feel like a caretaker on his first full day in charge on Tuesday but striker Adriano immediately tested his mettle by not turning up for training.
There are two types of results a cricketer remembers for a long time. The first, of course, is when they slay a big fish, the tournament favourites. Nobody expects your team to win but you pull it off, making heroes out of players. But they also find it difficult to forget losing to smaller, lower-ranked teams. Mushfiqur Rahim, despite his quality as a batsman and wicketkeeping pluck, embodies every cricketer in that respect.
England captain Andrew Strauss hopes his side's unconvincing start to the World Cup will lull co-hosts India into a false sense of security for the blockbuster clash on Sunday.
Graeme Swann wants to silence the passionate home crowd when England face World Cup co-hosts India in Bangalore on Sunday.
The big screen at the Dhaka Club lounge was watched intently by 3 waiters, and two members, among them yours truly. Pakistan in a bit of a bother with 3 wickets down and not many on the board. But one was reasonably certain even at that stage that the Kenyans, keen as they were, would eventually crack under the diverse means of harassment from the Pakistani middle order. The mind consequently began to wander. Several issues, as Henry Miller described it so eloquently, were like spears of query hurtling from the depths of heavens, demanding to be caught on the shield of the mind... Well almost.
Australia skipper Ricky Ponting on Wednesday faced a charge by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after he damaged a dressing room television set.
South Africa captain Graeme Smith on Wednesday hailed veteran all-rounder Jacques Kallis as a pillar of strength who has constantly held the team together throughout his career.
World Cup semifinalists Uruguay will play Estonia and the Republic of Ireland on March 25 and 29 respectively, the Uruguayan football federation (AUF) announced on Tuesday.
The investment board has relaxed rules to give work permits to foreigners in a bid to attract more foreign investment into public and private sectors.
The government faces tough opposition against reforms to banking rules, particularly a move to bar a bank director from being appointed to a similar position at another financial institution or an insurance company.
The benchmark general index of Dhaka Stock Exchange fell for two days in a row as investors went into sell-offs, fearing another losing spell ahead.
Indian Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar yesterday pitched for slashing the $600 per tonne export benchmark price for Indian onions and favoured lifting of the ban on export of rice, wheat and sugar.
Eastern Bank Ltd (EBL) yesterday launched a savings account for students to rope in the young population under banking umbrella, helping them understand benefits of savings.
Bdjobs.com, the country's first online job portal, yesterday announced awards for seven best employers in Bangladesh to recognise their contribution in the economy and job creation.
Shipbuilders yesterday called upon the government to formulate a separate policy and assign a line ministry to the export-oriented industry to help it flourish.
The recent crisis was caused by multiple factors including unabated risk layering in the financial system that led to the bubble. We can debate forever if the bubble was created by random events, policy errors, mismanagement, speculative investment or outright corruption. Most, if not all, financial crises around the world include all the above to some extent and it is only fair to accept that the recent crisis was not any different. In order to diagnose the main issues let us try and connect the dots that are more obvious.
Violent uprisings across the Middle East and China's rise as the world's fastest growing oil market have shaken an oil-for-security bond between the United States and Saudi Arabia that has lasted for decades.
Rabeya, Karina and Parvin weave discarded hair into wigs. They are from poor families but they are closely attached with the fashionable hairpieces that made them able to earn Tk 1,800-2,000 a month.
In ancient Egypt, both males and females wore wigs made either from human hair, sheep's wool or vegetable fibers, depending upon their social status. There were a number of benefits for Egyptians from shaving their heads. First it was more comfortable in the hot Egyptian climate not to have hair. Secondly, a baldhead helped avoid the danger of an infestation of lice, which was a problem at that time. However, it appears that Egyptians preferred having “hair” which resulted in the creation of wigs that gave the appearance of hair. The new wigs also protected the Egyptians' baldheads from the brutal sun. Wigs became part of daily wear for the Egyptian people indicating a person's status as well as their role in a society or politics. In Women's wigs were adorned with braids and gold, hair-rings and ivory ornaments making them more stylish than men's wigs. Ultimately, the more elaborate and involved the wig was, the higher the social rank.
Tens of thousands of trade unionists, including those from a group linked to India's ruling party, marched through the streets of the capital on Wednesday to protest food prices, piling pressure on a government already under fire over graft.
Regardless of what comes next in Libya's lethal political standoff, the OPEC country's oil sector is nearly certain to suffer, bringing long-lasting supply disruptions or even permanent damage.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy called on Wednesday for Europe to suspend all economic ties with Libya following the suppression of opposition protests there and to adopt sanctions against the country.
Flights will be cancelled, public services closed and shops will pull down shutters across Greece on Wednesday as workers walk off the job in the first nationwide strike this year against austerity measures.
Germany's second biggest bank, Commerzbank, marked Tuesday a rebound from losses suffered during the global economic crisis as it posted a strong 2010 profit and pledged to start paying back state aid.
German oil firm Wintershall said Wednesday it had stopped oil production in Libya due to the security situation in the violence-hit country, a spokesman said.
The Bank of England moved closer to raising interest rates on Wednesday, as minutes showed that three policymakers voted earlier this month to hike borrowing costs due to concerns over high inflation.
Myanmar's close ally China has become the biggest foreign investor in the military-ruled country, an official from the business community said Wednesday.
The turmoil in Libya heaped further pressure on stocks around the world Wednesday as investors worry that the global economic recovery may be derailed by the sharp rise in oil prices and swelling inflation.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged people of all faiths and communities to work shoulder to shoulder to build Bangladesh as the most peaceful and prosperous nation in South Asia.
BNP front ranking leader Barrister Moudud Ahmed yesterday strongly criticised the government for changing the name of BDR to BGB and said it will be again changed in due time to restore the dignity of the paramilitary force.
With several copies of pirated books in his hands, 13-year-old Sumon was hawking on the footpath near the entrance of Amar Ekushey Boi Mela premises yesterday.
Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (Ruet) authorities suspended the classes for an indefinite period and directed its students to vacate the halls by 9:00am today.
The government decision of land acquisition for expanding Cox's Bazar Airport came under protest by the local leaders yesterday.
Peaceful environment has not been established in Chittagong Hill Tracks (CHT) area, as CHT Peace Treaty was not implemented properly in the last 13 years, said speakers yesterday.
A woman, aged around 25 years, allegedly committed suicide by jumping off a rooftop of a building at DIT project in the city's Badda area on Tuesday.
Locals caught three alleged kidnappers and rescued Puspa Rani, 22, and her friend Baloram, 33, from Kamta-Balurchar under Saturia upazila on Tuesday.
Wonders of the World :
Wonders of the World are lists compiled over the ages that catalogue remarkable and spectacular natural and man made constructions. The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World is the first known list of the most spectacular creations of classical antiquity, and was based on guide-books and it only includes works located around the Mediterranean rim. The number seven was chosen because it was believed by the Greeks to be the representation of perfection and plenty. The Greeks used the word "theamata," which translates to "things to be seen" or "must-sees."(Efta thaumata tou kosmou=Seven miracles of the world)
Conversation between a father and a son, sound of lightning and downpour, noise of traffic, or rhythm of deer running through a dense forest -- all seemed real through his magical fingers on tabla.
Six people were killed and 38 others injured in separate road accidents in Benapole, Chittagong, Faridpur, Gaibandha and Thakurgaon on Tuesday and yesterday.
Speakers at a programme yesterday urged the government to give state recognition to the accused in Agartala Conspiracy Case for their contribution in freeing the country.
Around 15 to 20 activists and leaders of Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal were injured during a scuffle in a grand youth rally in Chittagong yesterday.
Robbers looted gold ornaments from a jewellery shop at Bakshibazar in the old part of the city yesterday.
Today is the 12th death anniversary of Dr Ahmed Sharif, a renowned scholar, researcher of medieval Bangla literature, and a forerunner of free thought movements.
The publication ceremony of a book titled “Bangladesher Adivasi: Ethnographi O Gobeshana”, an ethnographic research on the country's indigenous community, was held at National Museum in the city yesterday.
Dr Pallavi Shah, president of International Inner Wheel, the largest women volunteer organisation in the world, will arrive in Dhaka today to attend a conference tomorrow (Friday).
Bangladesh endorsed International Energy Forum (IEF) Charter along with 85 oil producing and consuming countries, transit States and leading international organisations in the petroleum sector.
Planning Minister AK Khandker said a digital reporting system will be introduced by the Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division (IMED) as part of the government's initiative to build digital Bangladesh.
A Dhaka court yesterday for the fourth time deferred the hearing on charge framing against Jamaat leader Mir Kashem Ali till March 23 in connection with a tax evasion case.
Police arrested a suspected member of banned militant outfit Hizb-ut-Tahrir Bangladesh (HTB) in the city's PC Culture Housing area yesterday.
A three-day Inter-area Qirat and Azan Competition-2011 of Bangladesh Army began at Signal Mosque of Dhaka Cantonment yesterday.
Seventy-seven out of 667 accused of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), formerly BDR, yesterday cross-examined five prosecution witnesses on the 21st day of trial proceedings at a special court.
President Zillur Rahman is scheduled to leave here for Kuwait tomorrow on a three-day state visit to attend the golden jubilee celebration of State of Kuwait's Independence.
Police on Tuesday recovered a body of unidentified young women who allegedly jumped from rooftop of a building at DIT project in the city's Badda area.
President Zillur Rahman has emphasised increasing mutual relations of Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) with the Air Forces of other Saarc countries in the coming days.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab-8) on Tuesday rescued 10 labourers and their 9 children from a brickfield in Kalapara upazila the district.
Children in Tangail town are deprived of play and recreation facilities due to lack of sufficient playgrounds and open spaces.
Hundreds of couples yesterday gathered at a 'gender mela' on the premises of Betora Dimuki High School at Bhandara village in Biral upazila of Dinajpur district to share their experience on minimising gender discrimination in the rural society.
A mobile court fined a school boy Tk 10,000 for stalking a schoolgirl in Tanore upazila on Monday.
Ten days into reconstruction, Jaliakhali embankment in Dakope upazila of Khulna district collapsed due to pressure of water during high tide in Dhaki River on Tuesday.
A teenage girl was killed after rape by unidentified criminals at Adityapur village under Chhatak upazila of Sunamganj district early yesterday.
Headmaster of a primary school beat up his female colleague with a wooden hammer over a trifle issue on Tuesday.
A court here on Tuesday sentenced seven people to life term rigorous imprisonment (RI) and fined Tk 20 thousand, in default, to suffer one year more imprisonment in a sensational murder case at Bhairab.
Police arrested a member of Islamist outfit Hizb-ut Tawhid from Judge Court premises yesterday while he was distributing leaflets and jihadi books inviting people to join jihad (uprising).
Pressure has mounted on isolated Libyan ruler Col Muammar Gaddafi after a chorus of international condemnation and resignations by top officials.
Foreigners and migrants fled the turmoil in Libya by the thousands yesterday, climbing aboard ships, ferries and planes or fleeing in overloaded vans to the country's borders with Egypt and Tunisia.
Thousands of Yemeni anti-regime demonstrators chanted defiantly yesterday after government loyalists shot two of them dead, while eight ruling party MPs resigned over the suppression of protests.
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has declared a national state of emergency as the death toll from Tuesday's earthquake in Christchurch rose to 75.
While the protests convulsing Bahrain and Libya this past week occurred in vastly different contexts -- and will likely produce very different results -- both were met with conspicuously swift crackdowns. And in both cases, reports suggest the Libyan and Bahraini regimes deployed foreign fighters and mercenaries against their own citizens, lethal clashes that left scores wounded and many dead.
Police in Athens have fired tear gas to disperse demonstrators hurling petrol bombs and stones as a 24-hour general strike grips Greece.
The UN Human Rights Council will hold a special session tomorrow to discuss the violence in Libya, a UN official said yesterday, amid a global outcry and moves to set up a probe into suspected crimes against humanity.
The world's coral reefs could be wiped out by 2050 unless urgent action is taken to stop threats posed to the "rainforests of the sea" by everything from over-fishing to global warming, a report warned yesterday.
The security situation in Afghanistan has worsened to its lowest point since the toppling of the Taliban a decade ago and attacks on aid workers are at unprecedented levels, a UN envoy said yesterday.
Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has announced increased benefits for his citizens, as he returned after months abroad getting medical treatment.
Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has announced increased benefits for his citizens, as he returned after months abroad getting medical treatment.
An Israeli tank wounded ten Palestinians, two critically, when it opened fire towards an area east of Gaza City yesterday, said an emergency services spokesman.
Jordan's powerful Islamist opposition said it plans to stage a "day of anger" demonstration with other parties tomorrow (Friday) to demand reforms, in what they hope will be the largest protest since January.
Social media, cellphone cameras, satellite television, restive youth and years of pent-up anger are proving to be a toxic mix for authoritarian regimes in the Middle East.
Arts & Entertainment
Urban taste in movies is gradually evolving. Although Hollywood and Bollywood still control a large audience, films from other countries are grabbing a piece of the Dhaka audience. Iranian, Spanish, German and French movies, with English subtitles, can now be easily found at virtually all DVD stores. Since supply is an effect of demand, it is thus safe to say that such movies have indeed made an entrance into the Dhaka movie-watching scenario.
“Everything's perverted in a different way, isn't it?”-- Alfred Hitchcock
On February 9 and 10, fifteen emerging Bangladeshi writers took part in a writing workshop themed on translations of Tagore's works. Conducted by the British novelist and creative writing instructor [University of Birkbeck], Julia Bell, the workshop was a part of British Council's four-month long festival, titled “Noborupe Rabindranatha 2011" or "Rediscovering Tagore".
Bangladeshi Theatre troupe Subachan Natya Sangsad staged its latest production "Mahajoner Nao" in Tripura, India on February 21. The troupe was invited by Bilonia Press Club of South Tripura, which arranges a special programme to observe the International Mother Language Day every year, informed Ahmed Gias, leader of Subachan.
Marking 50 years (1961-2011) of Goethe-Institut Dhaka, a classical violin and piano concert was held at the auditorium of the institute in Dhanmondi on February 22. Munich based violinist Florian Sonnleitner and Munich/ Kyoto based pianist Yasuko Matsuda performed European classical music at the concert.
What has an aero show, featuring the latest models in fighter and civilian aircraft, got to do with a Bollywood actor?
The issue of leadership in Bangladesh had never lost its topicality, and as a matter of national concern had never been out of public discourse. Right from the time of our liberation, but more so after the "rebirth" of democracy in the country in 1991, leadership of political parties had been viewed with keen interest by the public, more so when that in certain cases, had been more often thrust on the people rather than acquired by dint of one's merit as a politician. So has been the focus of the public on the quality of politicians. But one would like to emphasise the relevance of pedigree that goes into the making of a good politician and a good leader.
Once derided as a basket-case, Bangladesh now enjoys global attention for its economic resilience and social progress. Problems remain but the achievements speak for themselves. Gender parity has already been achieved in primary and secondary enrollment. Child mortality has been brought down from 146 in 1990 to 65 in 2008.
It is clear that common people of the Middle East have risen against the dictators though ideas like human rights, freedom of expression or political opinions are almost unknown to them. However, it is not quite clear as to why this sudden uprising in the Middle Eastern countries has taken place. The rate of unemployment of these countries varies from 8.3 to 13.4 and the rate of population below poverty line from 3.8 to 45.2.
The Financial Express of February 14 carried a report which said that a high-level meeting held recently at the prime minister's office decided to go for urgent procurement of between 8 to 10 lakh tonnes of rice from international markets by bypassing bidding process, if necessary, in order to increase the government food grain security stock which, according to a paper placed in the meeting by the food ministry, stands at 4.88 lakh tonnes at the moment.
There are dense forest touching the hillocks . From far away it looks like a canvas painted by a famous artist. In the early morning or in the falling afternoon, if any one sees a herd of deer, there is nothing to be surprised as it is a common scenario of Chittagong University (CU).
It is difficult for anyone to find Baluyar Dighi in the port city as the encroachers grabbed all of its banks by constructing illegal structures.
Physiotherapy centre opens
Sangsaptak, a non-government organisation (NGO), launched a physiotherapy and rehabilitation centre titled “Kalyani” at Anwara upazila for the under-privileged people in the southern part of Chittagong.