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News of: Tuesday, 15th of March, 2011
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Hungry, tired and penniless thousands of stranded Bangladeshi men at the Choucha camp near the Libya-Tunisia border gathered in front of the International Organisation for Migration office yesterday, demanding to know when they will be repatriated.
Gen Ziaur Rahman was passively involved in the assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, US journalist and writer Lawrence Lifschultz yesterday told the High Court.
Click here to read Lifschultz's statement
Somali pirates yesterday released MV Jahan Moni with 26 Bangladeshis aboard, around 99 days after the Bangladesh-flagged ship was hijacked in the Arabian Sea off the coast of India.
So, sanity has been restored. There were no heart stopping or topsy-turvy moments, and more importantly there were no roller-coaster rides that have been associated with the Tigers in the tournament, as they comfortably posted a six-wicket victory over the Netherlands to take a bold step towards the quarterfinals of the ICC Cricket World Cup yesterday.
A second explosion has hit a nuclear plant that was damaged in Friday's earthquake, but officials said the reactor core was still intact.
The BNP-led opposition lawmakers will return to parliament today ending their boycott for 74 consecutive sittings since June last year.
Though the revised budget will see an increase in subsidy in agriculture, food and energy, it might be slashed by about three percent due to a shortfall in the Annual Development Programme (ADP) implementation.
Twenty-six congresspeople of the United States have said they are troubled by the removal of Prof Muhammad Yunus from the Grameen Bank, and urged Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to resolve the issue through a mutual compromise.
With dreams shattered and future uncertain, the Bangladeshi returnees from Libya have nothing for their families but the memories of horror and hardship in the desert.
A 13-month-old girl was diagnosed with bird flu virus in the capital yesterday.
New Zealand is the best place in the Commonwealth to be born a girl, while Sierra Leone and Nigeria are among the worst, says a report published yesterday in London on the occasion of the Commonwealth Day.
Janata Bank yesterday decided to contribute Tk 200 crore to a fund designed to help prop up the shriveling stockmarket.
President Yahya Khan arrived in Dhaka for talks with Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on March 15.
US Vice President Joe Biden warned yesterday that Russia needed to cleanse corruption in business and the legal system and forge democracy to fully benefit from joining the World Trade Organization.
Several Asian governments said yesterday they would screen food imported from Japan for radiation after one of the country's nuclear power plants was damaged by a massive earthquake and tsunami.
The Detective Branch of police has picked up five suspected extortionists who used to demand money over the phone posing as top listed criminals holed up abroad.
Locals beat to death two unidentified youths at Keraniganj in the capital suspecting them to be muggers at the early hours of yesterday.
The Bangladesh mission in Japan has evacuated 52 Bangladeshis from Sendai in Miyagi, the prefecture worst hit by Friday's earth quake and tsunami.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as asked the government doctors who are diffident in taking up rural postings to quit their job. We hope the PM would not leave it to words but implement her warning.
The 'campus-based cycle service programme' launched at Dhaka University is a welcome, yet long overdue initiative. Now, it should not remain confined to DU campus alone. Other educational institutions in the metropolis ought to encourage bike as a favourite mode of mobility with their complements of bicycle stands and repair outfits put in place.
Shakib Al Hasan has urged the fans to remain "normal" after big wins or big losses following their 6-wicket win over the Netherlands at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium here yesterday.
Opener Imrul Kayes fulfilled an important target in his growth as a player yesterday: he remained at the crease till the end.
Striker Enamul Haque and defender Wali Faisal have been excluded from the 20-member national team picked by coach Robert Rubcic yesterday for the AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers in Myanmar scheduled for March 21-25.
Farashganj SC came from two goals down to hold visitors Feni Soccer Club to a 2-2 draw in the Grameenphone Bangladesh League at the Birshreshtha Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.
People in Chittagong were given the day off on Monday to watch Bangladesh play the Netherlands in their crucial World Cup Group B clash.
Bangladesh Cricket Board is yet to provide the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) with the documents of its 56.88-million-dollar agreement with Nimbus regarding the television rights of Bangladesh Cricket team.
In a match where Bangladesh all but meandered to a win, the one true highlight for keen cricket followers was the point in the first innings when the world's best all-rounder marked out his run-up to bowl at the best all-rounder in the world.
South Africa will be wary of Ireland's fighting spirit when they seek to nail down a World Cup quarterfinal place on Tuesday.
New Zealand are brimming with new-found confidence after three wins on the trot took them into the quarterfinals of the World Cup, says opener Brendon McCullum.
England's Paul Collingwood has scotched speculation on his one-day future after coming in to bat at number eight during the World Cup defeat to Bangladesh.
Graeme Swann is eager to atone for his foul-mouthed rant during England's defeat by Bangladesh when they face the West Indies in a must-win World Cup match in Chennai.
Pakistan restricted Zimbabwe to 151-7 in 39.4 overs before a second rain interruption curtailed the first innings of the World Cup Group A match on Monday.
Honest confessions up front, I did not have time for the match yesterday. Primarily because I had got the timings mixed up, by the time that was sorted out I had to be involved with other issues of major import, so to speak. Not that the outcome was not pre-determined, Netherlands hardly the sort of opposition to send chills down the collective spine. And so it transpired: comfortable coasting for the home team, Chittagong ending up with a hundred percent success ratio. Two teams of contrasting strengths biting the dust.
Former champions Pakistan sailed into the quarterfinals of the World Cup with a seven-wicket win over Zimbabwe in a rain-affected Group A match at Pallekele Stadium on Monday.
Jacques Kallis hailed South Africa teammate Dayle Steyn as the world's greatest bowler on Monday after the paceman's five-wicket performance inspired the crucial World Cup win over India.
Ireland captain William Porterfield was reprimanded on Monday for criticising an umpiring decision after his side's defeat to the West Indies in the World Cup.
South Africa's thrilling three-wicket win over India was the perfect psychological boost the team needed after the shattering loss to England, Proteas coach Corrie van Zyl said Monday.
Kolkata's iconic Eden Gardens, which was embarrassingly stripped of its opening World Cup clash last month, finally joins the party on Tuesday, but the celebrations could turn flat.
In-form South African batsman AB de Villiers has undergone a scan on a left thigh injury ahead of Tuesday's World Cup match against Ireland at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic was sent off as Serie A leaders AC Milan were held to a 1-1 draw at home to rock-bottom Bari on Sunday.
Barcelona dropped two vital points in the La Liga title race as they could only draw 1-1 with Sevilla in Sunday's late match.
Sir Alex Ferguson has warned his Manchester United stars that it won't be easy to kill off Marseille in the Champions League last 16 second leg on Tuesday.
German giants Bayern Munich will carry a slender advantage into the home leg of their Champions League last 16 tie with holders Inter Milan on Tuesday.
Aston Villa defenders Richard Dunne and James Collins have apologised after clashing with the club's coaching staff.
Felix Magath, coach of Champions League quarterfinalists Schalke 04, will learn his fate in a meeting with the Bundesliga club's bosses on Wednesday.
Former German international goalkeeper Jens Lehmann could be in line for a shock short-term comeback on the bench at Arsenal, to help ease their problems in goal, it was reported Sunday.
Bangladesh yesterday went into an agreement with Canada to boost cooperation in trade and services between the two countries.
The stockmarket regulator has recommended some changes in the book building method, which was suspended by the government in January in the wake of huge criticism of the system.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday expressed his worries about the Middle East (ME) crisis and oil price hike, saying the untoward events and trends may impact the country's remittance inflow and foreign currency reserve negatively.
Oddvar Hesjedal, the former chief executive officer of Grameenphone, has been appointed as executive vice-president and head of people development at Telenor Group.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged Canada to recruit more human resources from Bangladesh.
Share prices on the twin bourses gained yesterday as the state-run Investment Corporation of Bangladesh (ICB) reiterated that there are no problems to create and float the Tk 5,000 crore fund.
Jute can revive its lost glory of 'golden fibre' in future if the government provides policy support to the development of the sector, said an economist yesterday.
BRAC Bank has been awarded as the best retail bank in Bangladesh at the 10th International Excellence in Retail Financial Services Awards programme, said a statement.
Textile millers yesterday urged the government to ensure adequate supply of gas and power to industrial units to help them utilise the full capacity to remain competitive in the global market.
Bangladesh Bank (BB) has warned the commercial banks not to impose any condition of keeping deposits with the bank while insuring loans.
Khulna Shipyard has started constructing five gun-ships at a cost of Tk 300 crore in cooperation with China and expected to complete the work by December 2013.
The government yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with five banks to facilitate payment for the electronic government procurement (e-GP) system.
Europe's need to reduce dependence on oil, gas and coal mean its multi-billion-dollar nuclear new-build plans are unlikely to be hurt by Japan's nuclear crisis but after a huge earthquake.
Among the gentle slopes of cypress-covered hills near the West Bank city of Hebron is an anomaly, a stinking garbage dump that is workplace and home to dozens of men and boys.
The Chittagong International Trade Fair (CITF) steps into its nineteenth year this year. Since its inception in 1993, the fair has traced a long track, studded with stories of private entrepreneurship success.
In its nineteenth year, the Chittagong International Trade Fair has pulled in a growing number of visitors. More and more local and international participants are signing up, bringing in better products and services for customers.
Japan's central bank on Monday rushed to bolster markets in the wake of the country's worst disaster since World War Two and although the authorities said it was too early to put a figure on the damage, critics said a stronger initial response had been needed.
Inflation in India unexpectedly quickened in February on rising fuel and manufacturing prices, raising expectations for aggressive Reserve Bank tightening beginning later this week.
China's premier ruled out allowing a faster rise in its tightly controlled currency to cool surging inflation, saying Monday that Beijing has to consider the impact on Chinese companies and jobs.
Turning the page on former disappointments, the world's energy giants are flocking to Russia, whose vast resource riches look even more tempting at a time of turbulence in the Middle East.
Eight countries have lodged an official complaint with the Indian government over $74 million of unpaid bills after the Commonwealth Games, saying the delays could affect future investment.
The OECD said on Monday that a survey for January showed economic expansion in most of its member states.
Asian stock markets were broadly lower Monday, with Tokyo tumbling more than six percent after last week's devastating earthquake and tsunami as well as fears of a nuclear reactor meltdown.
Spanish power giant Iberdrola said Monday that Qatari investment fund Qatar Holding will buy a 6.16 percent stake in the group for 2.2 billion euros ($3.1 billion).
The Bank of Italy said Monday it has taken temporary command of Banca UBAE SpA, a Rome-based bank controlled by Libya's Central Bank, as part of EU sanctions on Moamer Kadhafi's regime.
Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (Bapa) yesterday urged the government to save dying rivers to ensure food security, alleviate poverty and change the country into middle income one.
The scheduled Independence Day reception to foreign nationals and organisations for their contribution to the 1971 Liberation War has been cancelled due to the foreign minister and foreign secretary's engagement in Japan and Libya affairs.
The government yesterday filed a review petition with the Supreme Court (SC) against some of SC observations regarding transitional and temporary provisions in the judgement over Fifth Amendment to the constitution.
The Supreme Court authorities yesterday asked the president of Supreme Court Bar Association to take steps to remove all unauthorised structures from the roof of its office building immediately.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday placed a bill in parliament seeking to repeal the tax ombudsman act as the ombudsman's office failed to remove misrule in the tax administration.
Speakers at a seminar stressed the need for empowerment of women in politics and economics for the development of country.
Some retired officials of Grameen Bank yesterday demanded of the government to cancel the decision to remove Prof Dr Muhammad Yunus from the post of managing director of the bank.
Two people were killed and at least 23 others injured in a head-on collision between a bus and a truck on Dhaka-Chittagong highway at Sitakundo upazilla yesterday.
The first-ever Textile University of the country is set to start its journey today to create local efficient human resources for the industry.
Five youths of Lalbagh were hurt as 25 to 30 students of Jagannath Hall of Dhaka University allegedly beat them in the city's Suhrawardi Udyan last night.
Some 2,400 people across 20 villages of Raiganj upazila in Sirajganj will receive training in Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) to reduce the number of drowning in the country.
A housewife allegedly committed suicide at the city's Sabujbagh on Sunday night.
The country's fifth population and housing census began one minute past midnight today with counting President Mohammad Zillur Rahman at the Bangabhaban.
The Border Security Force (BSF) of India will use non-lethal weapons, alongside the regular ones, at some border points on a trial basis in a bid to stop killings of Bangladeshis.
A Dhaka court yesterday deferred the hearing on charge framing against five Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami leaders till April 6, in connection to a case filed against them for hurting religious sentiments of Muslims.
Mohammad Al-Amin (Administration) and SM Manjur Ahmed (Audit) have been made president and general secretary of 24th Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) Forum respectively.
Japan decided to extend three grants assistance totaling US$282,428 (approximately Tk 2 crore) for health projects in rural areas.
Sir John Wilson School inaugurated a new campus construction project at Shatarkul in the city on Friday, says a press release.
In the report titled "Recognise women for facing adversities to establish rights", published in The Daily Star on Monday, we inadvertently wrote "Dr Sultana Kamal", while actually the name would be "Dr Sultana Zaman". We regret the error.
Seven years into start, the Roads and Highways Department (RHD) in Bogra is yet to complete land acquisition for construction of a 2.64 km road to ease communication between Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Medical College and Mohammed Ali Hospital in Bogra.
A schoolboy was killed while 43 shops and 7 houses were gutted in separate incidents of fire on Sunday and Saturday.
An 11-year-old boy fell victim to a clash between two rival groups of villagers on Saturday.
Barisal City Corporation (BCC) has demolished the boundary wall of a private house and cut down trees on its two decimal of land for expansion of a road and construction of a drain, violating court order.
A colourful programme titled 'Basanta Utshab' was celebrated at zero point on the Hili border on Sunday to strengthen the historical cultural bonds of the people on both sides of the border.
The seven-month-long restriction on plying of water vessels, including launches and trawlers, on risky four routes touching 23 stations in the danger zone of Meghna River estuary and coastal areas, will be effective from today.
European Union (EU) Ambassador William Hanna has said the EU is going to spend more money to help farmers adapt to climate change and gain solvency.
Indigenous people of Joypurhat district yesterday formed a human chain urging the government to include all their communities in the upcoming population and housing census 2011. The census would begin today. Jatiya Adivasi Parishad of Joypurhat unit organised the hour-long programme in front of Joypurhat Central Mosque in the town at around 10:30am. Out of the 46 indigenous communities, only 27 were included in the last census while in the coming census, over 10 lakh indigenous people would be enlisted as general population, they said.
Body of a Bangladeshi expatriate who was killed in Malaysia on February 26 was returned to his families at Charulia village in Damurhuda upazila of Chuadanga on Sunday night. The deceased, Monwar Hossain Biplob, 36, and father of two children -- Natasha, 6, and Binni, 4, -- went to Malaysia three years ago and was working as an electrician at a company there, according to the victim's family members. Biplob, while residing in Tuang area of Malaysian capital city, went out with some Indian nationals on February 26, they said. On the following day, Biplob's body was found in a manhole of the area.
Nazmun Nahar Baby, wife of former minister ANM Milon, at a press conference yesterday claimed that her husband is being tortured and harassed by filing false cases. “Twenty-three false cases have been filed against my husband. He was kept in various jails. Currently he is being held in Comilla jail,” Baby said. ANM Milon Mukti Parishad, Chandpur district, arranged the press conference and also a human chain to demand his immediate release.
Forest officials arrested six deer poachers from a boat in Choraputia camp area of Chadpai range of eastern Sundarbans on Sunday. The arrestees are Shafiqul Gazi, Nur Mohammad Shikari, Shafiqur Sardar, Indrajeet Mandal, Romen Mandal and Kamalesh Mandal. All of them come from different villages of Dakope upazila in Khulna. The officials also seized 105 nylon rope traps and around 5000 feet nylon rope from them.
Japan's government said yesterday that another hydrogen explosion is unlikely at a quake-hit nuclear power plant, where engineers are struggling to cool down three reactors.
As Muammar Gaddafi's forces ratchet up their military offensive against the rebels, shells have fallen six kilometres west of the key Libyan town of Ajdabiya, which the rebels have vowed to defend against government forces.
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has once again said China needs to carry out political reforms.
Almost 40 protesters were injured when police opened fire yesterday to disperse demonstrations in Yemen, a strategic US ally in the fight against Al-Qaeda, officials said.
Two former KLA guerrilla leaders accused of war crimes for allegedly torturing civilians in prison camps set up in Albania pleaded not guilty at the start of their trial before a Kosovo court yesterday.
India has overtaken China to become the world's largest importer of arms, a Sweden-based think tank says.
A suicide attack on an army recruitment center in northern Afghanistan killed 37 people yesterday, the third major assault in the area in less than a month, the deputy governor said.
The police in central Indian state of Chhattisgarh yesterday claimed to have gunned down 30 Maoists in an encounter after an ambush by the extremists left three policemen dead and nine others injured.
A crowd of at least 1,500 Palestinian activists streamed into central Gaza City to rally for national unity yesterday, a day ahead of schedule.
Former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf has claimed that Britain never clearly demanded that British citizens not be tortured by his country's security services, in comments released yesterday.
The unfolding nuclear disaster in Japan at reactors damaged by a massive earthquake and tsunami has led some lawmakers to call for putting the "brakes" on US nuclear development.
Heavy gunfire rang out in a stronghold of Ivory Coast strongman Laurent Gbagbo early day, a day after gun battles in the west of the country saw his rival's forces seize a fourth town.
--The cooling systems, which stop the fuel heating up to unsafe levels, failed at two of Fukushima's reactors - 1 and 3.
Bahrain has asked for help from neighbouring Gulf Arab countries after protesters overwhelmed police and cut off roads, and an adviser to the royal court said the forces were already on the strategic island kingdom.
The UN rights expert on Sudan accused the authorities yesterday of violating basic human freedoms, and called on them to charge or release all political detainees.
Veteran opposition leader Mahamadou Issoufou was declared victor yesterday of presidential polls ending a year-long military junta in Niger, which remains deeply poor despite massive uranium stores.
A Pakistan court declined to rule yesterday on the diplomatic immunity of a CIA contractor held on murder charges, throwing the decision to a lower court that has said the trial should proceed.
The Indian navy has captured 61 suspected Somali pirates and rescued 13 fishermen after a firefight with a hijacked mothership in the Arabian Sea, a navy spokesman said yesterday.
Seven European environment ministers yesterday called for a 30 percent cut to CO2 emissions by 2020 instead of the currently targeted 20 percent reduction, Greek officials said.
A suicide attacker rammed a truck packed with explosives into an army barracks in Iraq's restive Diyala province yesterday, killing at least 11 troops and wounding 14, a security official said.
Group of Eight powers gathered in Paris yesterday to thrash out a common line on possible intervention to ground the warplanes pounding Libya's rebels.
Arts & Entertainment
Dr. Mridul Kanti Chakrobarty is a noted singer, instrumentalist, writer, researcher, music critic and Professor at the department of Music, Dhaka University.
Harold Pinter's one-act play "The Dumb Waiter" was staged on March 13 at the Natmandal auditorium, Dhaka University. The staging was part of the ongoing theatre festival by the Department of Theatre, DU.
A joint cultural programme by artistes of Bangladesh and India was held on Sunday morning at the zero-line here at Hakimpur upazila of Dinajpur district to celebrate 'Bashonto Utshab' (spring festival). The aim of the programme was to strengthen the bond between the two neighbouring countries.
If you are a fan of Bollywood actress Preity Zinta and thought that she was lost to cricket, think again.
If I were to choose my favorite as the champion apart from Bangladesh, my pick would be India -- with Sri Lanka trailing behind. As the World Cup is being played in the subcontinent, these two teams have good chances of reaching the final. It is possible for Bangladesh to reach the semis. Sachin Tendulkar might claim the man of the tournament award.
A two-day cultural competition at the Shilpakala Academy in Chuadanga district ended on March 13.
Conflict between transport workers and students in our country is nothing new. The traditional warfare between the two ends up either with severe injuries or deaths, not to speak of colossal loss of properties. This has been going on at regular intervals and became a ritual of sorts. We are not surprised any more, but each time we are shocked to learn about loss of lives resulting from these mindless engagements. Things have come to such a pass that people are now reluctant to sympathise with any side.
Style is the yeast of leadership. The league rounds of this World Cup Cricket are not designed to offer much by way of excitement since it would require too much stupidity on the part of the Biggies not to qualify for the knockout stage, which is when the mercury will start rising. England, possibly in honour of its long sporting tradition, is trying very hard to fail, but I suspect that it might very well fail to fail. I hope Bangladesh marches into the quarter-finals, precisely because it is the very opposite of England: its spirit is greater than its ability, unlike England, which brought along quality to the Cup but mislaid its spirit somewhere on the flight to the subcontinent.
The measure of a leader is the ability to transform a perceived adversary into an ally. The measure of a statesman is a leader who can join hands with an adversary in building a better tomorrow for the generations to come.
Science & Life
The tsunami that hit northern Japan today created an enormous whirlpool in a harbor off the east coast of that country. According to researchers, whirlpools aren't unusual after waves of this size.
Very recently scientists, with the aid of Lawrence Livermore's NanoSIMS-LLNL (nanometer-scale secondary-ion mass spectrometer) found tiny grains of dust of from a meteorite which are proving to be the earliest specimens of the primordial solar system, referring to a time before the Earth was born. It must be mentioned here that LLNL is an instrument that can analyze samples with nanometer-scale spatial resolution. And LLNL scientists in conjunction with NASA Johnson Space Center, University of California, Berkeley and the University of Chicago, have found particles called calcium-aluminium rich inclusions or CAI inside meteoroids which scientists believe is 4.6 billion-year old and acted as tiny travel diaries, tracing their journey through the early solar nebula. The discovery, of which details have been published in the March 4 issue of the journal Science, was led by Dr. Justin Simon, an astro-materials specialist with NASA's Johnson Space Center in Huston. And Dr. Simon chose a pea-size CAI from the Allende meteorite (that crash-landed in Mexico in 1969), the largest carbonaceous ever found on Earth. According to LLNL scientist, Ian Hutcheon, “Allende is this very unusual meteorite with all these wonderful inclusions (CAIs). The isotopic measurements indicate that this CAI was transported among several different nebular oxygen isotopic reservoirs, arguably as it passed through into various regions of the proto-planetary disk”.
The latest evidence of the dominant role humans play in changing Earth's climate comes not from observations of Earth's ocean, atmosphere or land surface, but from deep within its molten core.
NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, captured this image of the star Alpha Camelopardalis, or Alpha Cam, in astronomer-speak, speeding through the sky like a motorcyclist zipping through rush-hour traffic. The supergiant star Alpha Cam is the bright star in the middle of this image, surrounded on one side by an arc-shaped cloud of dust and gas -- a bow shock -- which is colored red in this infrared view.
The sandfish lizard wriggles through desert sands like a sci-fi monster. Now, using computer simulations and bendy robots, researchers at Georgia Tech in Atlanta have taken the most complete look yet at the everyday physics of burrowing animals. And, boy, does this reptile wriggle, the team reports online February 23 in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface. “This particular behavior is built for speed,” says physicist Daniel Goldman, one of the study coauthors.
Expected wave heights for the tsunami generated by a magnitude-8.9 earthquake in Japan on March 11 are shown in these data from a computer simulation by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric dministration. The wave decreases in height as it
A once-exotic word that has now entered the everyday lexicon, a tsunami refers to a shock of water that spreads through the sea, usually after a sub-sea floor quake. A section of seabed is thrust up or driven down by violent movement of the Earth's crust. The rift displaces vast quantities of water that move as waves, able to cover enormous distances over open water, sometimes at the speed of a jet plane.