News of: Saturday, 19th of March, 2011
Libya has announced an immediate ceasefire against pro-democracy protesters, as the United Nations Security Council authorised a no-fly zone over the country and Western warplanes prepared to attack Gaddafi forces.
In the face of acute fund crisis and shutting down of repatriation from Libya, IOM and UNHCR yesterday once again appealed for cooperation to international communities for one of the biggest evacuation initiatives in history.
Prior to today's crunch Bangladesh-South Africa match, the question on everybody's lips was what awaited the millions of cricket crazy fans in the country? Will it be heartbreak or will today usher in an era of hope?
The government mulls offering soft loans to Bangladeshi expatriate workers returning from Libya to support their rehabilitation.
Japan has raised the alert level at its quake-damaged nuclear plant from four to five on a seven-point international scale of atomic incidents.
The Daily Star yesterday awarded the nation's 1,157 high achievers in O and A levels, including 47 who ranked among the world's top scorers.
People from all walks of life including lawmakers and leaders of different political parties paid their last respect to BNP secretary general Khandaker Delwar Hossain at his namaj-e-janazas yesterday.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said Opposition Leader Khaleda Zia will have to answer why prices of essentials went beyond the reach of the common people during the BNP-Jamaat rule.
A Bangladeshi working for British Airways was jailed for 30 years yesterday for plotting to blow up a plane after conspiring with radical US-Yemeni cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.
As the flow of migrant workers from Libya started to roll into Tunisia from the Ras Jdir border late February, there was hardly anyone there other than the Tunisian border guards and its army to receive them.
Six abandoned buses were allegedly set on fire at Rayerbagh in the city's Jatrabari area yesterday.
The authorities imposed a curfew in Joydevpur following clashes between local people and the army. The trouble was triggered by Bangalees setting up barricades on the road to prevent the return of the military commander from Joydevpur to Dhaka in the afternoon. Three soldiers were badly wounded in the clashes. Two Bangalees were killed and five wounded when the soldiers fired into the crowd. Sheikh Mujibur Rahman condemned the army firing and stated, 'If they think they can suppress people's struggle by bullet and force, they simply live in a fool's paradise.'
As many as 47 Bangladeshi students secured the highest grade worldwide in the GCE O and A level examinations last year.
Top executives of several Russian institutions have expressed concern over the latest developments relating to the Grameen Bank and its founder Nobel laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus.
A day after the opposition demanded his resignation over ruling Congress' allegedly bribing lawmakers to win a confidence vote in 2008, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday said he had no knowledge of vote buying.
At least 25 Bangladeshis returned home early yesterday from Japan amid fears of radiation spreading from a nuclear power plant and shortage of food and water following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
Bangladesh-flagged ship MV Jahan Moni may reach the Salalah port in Oman this morning, said officials of the ship's operating company here yesterday.
A Facebook group yesterday formed a human chain in Dhaka with a call to return the honour to Prof Muhammad Yunus, founder of Grameen Bank.
US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert O Blake will arrive on a four-day visit to Bangladesh today for holding meetings with top government, opposition and civil society leaders.
Prime Minister's Adviser Dr Gowher Rizvi yesterday said he did not find anything authentic in the diplomatic cable reportedly leaked by WikiLeaks on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's visit to India in January last year.
The police recovered a decomposed body of a youth from a canal yesterday at the city's Sabujbagh four days after he went missing.
More than 20,000 people rallied across Iraq yesterday in support of Shiite-led demonstrators in Bahrain, warning Arab states against backing a deadly crackdown in the Sunni-ruled Gulf kingdom.
Japan is now fighting its worst ever crisis after the Second World War. On top of human tragedy caused by the earthquake and tsunami, the danger that is yet unfolding is coming from the badly damaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant in north-eastern Japan.
According to a government decision, every CNG-run three-wheelers should carry passengers according to where they want to go. But they are bound to go by fare-meter.
The general populace might have plenty of questions regarding Bangladesh's batting prior to their crucial Group B match against formidable South Africa today but Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan was as satisfied as he could be with his team's performance in the ICC Cricket World Cup and was upbeat ahead of the tough battle at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur today.
Graeme Smith believes the South Africa team have become accustomed to sub-continental teams and conditions as they face the Tigers at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur today.
Rajshahi was the only winner out of this round as they beat Barisal by 126 runs while the other two matches ended in a draw yesterday in the National Cricket League's second round held across the country.
Ngangom Bala Devi struck a hattrick to guide India to an emphatic 3-0 win over hosts Bangladesh in the Women's Olympic pre-qualifiers at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
Some moments need not be captured, memorised without end in the corner of the mind. If it is a moment we want to forget, it keeps coming back, but sweet memories are wicked. It hardly pops up, and least of all when you need them to.
Australia captain Ricky Ponting is relishing the challenge of locking horns with Pakistan, the last team to beat the defending champions at a World Cup, when they meet on Saturday.
There was more than a sense of urgency in the manner that both teams went about their respective business at Chennai. England with a batsman having a name like Strauss, not improbably went on a blitzkrieg early on in the day. Smarting from their recent defeat in Chittagong and running the risk of being discarded from the tournament itself, England very much had a most obvious agenda at hand. Not leave anything to chance and do the needful under its own steam. The toss was won and batting first was a formality. The start was ideal although to no one's surprise the first wicket to fall was that of Prior.
Paul Stirling smashed an explosive century as Ireland posted an emphatic six-wicket victory over the Netherlands in their last World Cup match on Tuesday.
Veteran spinner Muttiah Muralidaran shrugged off a worrying injury scare to take four wickets as Sri Lanka defeated New Zealand by 112 runs in their World Cup Group A clash on Friday.
Australia captain Ricky Ponting on Friday hailed Shoaib Akhtar, saying the Pakistani paceman was the fastest bowler he has ever faced.
Manchester United and Chelsea are set to clash in the Champions League quarterfinals after being drawn in a rematch of their 2008 European final here on Friday.
Big-spending English giants Manchester City, Liverpool and Rangers crashed out of the last 16 of the Europa League on Thursday to end Britain's interest in the competition.
After being dumped out of three competitions in 13 days, deflated Arsenal will turn their attention to their last remaining route to a trophy on Saturday as the Premier League title chase resumes.
With a Champions League quarterfinal place secure, Real Madrid switch their attention back to the league with a testing derby match against rivals Atletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderon on Saturday.
Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm says his team must pick up the pieces of their wrecked season at Freiburg on Saturday as they come to terms with their disappointing Champions League exit.
Germany coach Joachim Loew on Friday named the following squad for a Euro 2012 qualifier against Kazakhstan on March 26.
Asian football chief Mohamed bin Hammam on Friday confirmed he will challenge 75-year-old Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency in June.
I went to see Baldha Garden in spring.
It was an unforgettable day for schoolboy Azizur Rahman yesterday when he was honoured for his brilliant result and enjoyed the thrill of amusement park rides and captivating entertainment in a cultural programme.
The Bahrain government has assured Bangladesh and other major manpower exporting countries of protecting their migrant citizens in the Gulf country.
Road communication between Jessore and Narail and some other districts remains disrupted since Thursday as a 48-metre long bridge on Sitarampur Canal at Narail-Jessore Highway in Narail sadar upazila collapsed.
The number of Bangladeshis killed by Indian BSF decreased during the past two years while it was highest during the four-party alliance government, said Uttaradhikar 71, an organisation formed based on the sprit of the liberation war.
Angry mob beat to death an alleged burglar and seriously injured his associate on allegation of stealing a mobile phone from a house at Dhalpur in the city early yesterday.
Local administration with the help of people stopped a child marriage at Golora village in Saturia upazila yesterday.
Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister GM Qader has said the government would resume Saidpur Airport very soon to boost trade and commerce in the northern districts of the country.
A newborn baby boy found abandoned in a garbage pile in the city's Badda, died one hour after admission to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) yesterday.
Reporters Without Borders welcomed the release of Mahmudur Rahman, the editor of daily Amar Desh, on completion of an arbitrary jail sentence for contempt of court.
Elections to 27-member central executive committee of Agriculturalist Institution, Bangladesh will be held today from 9:00am to 4:00pm without any break.
A daylong child fair was held at Chittagong Press Club yesterday.
Burglars damaged idols of a temple at the Rishipara of Uttar Sreebari village of Ghior upazila on Thursday.
A four-year-old boy drowned in a pond at Badghata village in Shyamnagar upazila yesterday.
The first reunion of Rajshahi University Economics Department Alumni Association was held amid much enthusiasm among the former students on the university campus yesterday.
A newly married housewife committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan at her husband's house at Moddho Paikpara in the city's Mirpur yesterday.
The body of a young man was recovered from Jhilmil residential project area on Dhaka-Mawa highway in South Keraniganj yesterday.
Prime Minister Naoto Kan yesterday vowed the nation would overcome its biggest post-war crisis and "once more rebuild" after being struck by a devastating earthquake and tsunami.
Japan risks harming the mental health of those affected by its quake-damaged nuclear plant if it repeats the error of the Soviet Union after the 1986 Chernobyl disaster in concealing information, psychologists warned.
Muammar Gaddafi warned yesterday that "hell" awaits anyone who attacks Libya, as Britain and France were expected to scramble fighter jets against his forces after securing the UN's blessing.
Nasa's Messenger spacecraft has successfully entered into orbit around the planet Mercury - the first probe to do so.
Regime loyalists raked pro-democracy protesters with bullets in Yemen's capital yesterday, killing at least 32 people in the bloodiest clash in nearly a month of protests, medics and witnesses said.
Heavy arms fire rang out early yesterday in a stronghold of internationally recognised Ivory Coast president Alassane Ouattara in Abidjan where an earlier attack left up to 30 dead.
The number of people confirmed dead in the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan has hit 6,911, surpassing the toll from the massive tremor in Kobe in 1995, police said yesterday.
No German troops will take part in any military intervention in Libya as there are "considerable risks and dangers", Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said yesterday, after Berlin abstained in a UN vote to impose a no-fly zone.
Saudi King Abdullah announced yesterday billions of dollars in handouts for his people and boosted his security apparatus in a renewed effort to shield the country from unrest rocking the Arab world.
Protests by angry asylum seekers escalated at an Australian detention centre with rioters setting fire to buildings and police responding with tear gas and bean-bag bullets, officials said yesterday.
Several thousand Bahraini Shiites protested in the town of Diraz following Friday prayers, chanting anti-regime slogans, despite a government ban on demonstrations.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the world must make clear that Iran would face "credible military action" if sanctions do not shut down Tehran's disputed nuclear program.
UN International Atomic Energy Agency chief Yukiya Amano said yesterday that Japan's battle to stabilise a crippled nuclear plant was "a race against time".
A full moon comes once a month. But March 19 is the day of the fullest moon -- when the moon will make its closest approach to the earth in almost 20 years.
The US House of Representatives on Thursday rejected a resolution calling for the withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan, a war that is facing growing public opposition.
Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako will not attend the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton because of the earthquake and tsunami, a report said yesterday.
Arts & Entertainment
Walking into Goethe Institut in Dhanmandi, Dhaka, one notices a fairly large structure of whitened bamboos -- with shoes and mirrors hanging randomly from the intricately positioned arms. What is more unsettling about this piece is that little plants with tiny green leaves are sprouting out of these shoes. Little cups and kettles put on an accompanying table are also growing plants. Ronni Ahmed, in whose work absurdity is a constant feature, created this installation, titled “Mirror Image of Grassroots Green Activism and Safe Future for the Mass People”.
Leading cultural organisation and institute of the port city, Fulki, held a workshop on classical music. The training was conducted by renowned classical music exponent of the Agra Gharana and former Director of Sangeet Research Academy [of Kolkata], Pandit Bijoy Kichlu, along with an accomplished artiste of the same gharana, Shubhra Guha at the institute of Fulki and Raktakarabi in Chittagong.
The grand finale of the musical talent hunt for garment workers, “Premier Bank Gorbo” (by BGMEA), will be held today at 5:30pm at the Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel, Dhaka. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has consented to grace the programme as the chief guest. Commerce Minister, Faruk Khan; State Minister for Labour and Employment, Munnujan Sufian and LGRD Minister Syed Ashraful Islam will also be present at the event.
'Shisu Ananda Mela', a three-day long elaborate programme to celebrate talented youngsters, in Joypurhat ended last Thursday evening.
Like blood? Like murders? Love serial killers?
A three-day Baul Utshab (festival) concluded at Daulatpur upazila in Kushtia last Thursday.
Students, teachers, guests and the audience at Rajshahi University (RU) swung to the rhythm of folk songs at a musical programme organised recently by Muktijoddha Shangshad Shontan Command's RU unit on the occasion of the reception to Ekushey Padak winner Palan Sarker.
Our National Human Rights Commission Chairman, by now a very popular figure partially owing to his combative body language and animated appeals, has very passionately implored the Home Ministry to issue instructions to stop extra-judicial killings. The learned chairman believes that such issuance of instructions by means of gazette notification that would highlight punishment for deviant actions in this regard would effectively curb the malaise of extra-judicial killings.
It is difficult to believe that the Jamiat-e-Ulma Hind should advise the Muslim youth not to watch television or hear music. I believe in Azamgarh district in UP, Muslims in villages do not watch TV because of the propaganda that it is un-Islamic to do so. The same Jamiat was deadly opposed to the creation of Pakistan because it did not want a separate country sought to be created on the basis of religion.
Education is a basic tool for self-defence in modern society. The feeling of powerlessness that goes with being illiterate comes through loud and clear in any conversation with ordinary people.
Slinging mud at opponents is a staple of our democracy, although most voters prefer sensible debate on the hardest national issues. The moral majority sincerely yearn that the government put the economic crisis before politics. In fact, it is evident that some of our politicians are spending a lot of time vacillating, arguing whilst being loud and disagreeable, whereas democracy needs leaders with the inclination and ability to adjust and compromise. Democracy in the absence of other desirables, like the independence of the judiciary; rule of law; free press and fair elections, often limits a country's progress. Our democracy needs defending.
The World's most famous hell-raiser strikes again. A reader told me last week that she had changed her mind about sending her kids to university in the West "because of Charlie Sheen."
A Mongolian victory in the Battle of Yamen ends the Song Dynasty in China.
This article by Shahid Suhrawardy, a cholar and diplomat, first appeared in the Calcutta municipal Gazette in 1941. Star Literature reproduces it in the interest of its readers. This is the third and final part.
William Shakespeare's glorious pastoral comedy As You Like It favours its notoriously melancholy character Jaques with this famous and most frequently quoted soliloquy, “All the world's a stage and all the men and women merely players”. It sketches seven stages of a man's life- --- infant, school-boy, lover, soldier, justice, pantaloon and second childhood 'sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything” (As You Like It, Jaques, Act ii, Scene vii, lines 139-166).This essay deals with the most lovey-dovey, passionate, colourful and mysterious role of a human being as the lover.
Radiation release from the earthquake-stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant explosion in Japan has raised fears among people residing in Japan and its neighbouring countries. People are very anxious about possible health hazards of radiation exposure — both long and short term. Many have been unnecessarily self-medicating themselves with potassium iodide to get protection from cancer of Thyroid (also called Adam’s apple). But experts cautioned not to do so and advised to follow public health guideline without paying attention to rumour.
Access to safe water and sanitation is the daily battle for the dwellers living in rapidly growing cities, especially in slums. Dhaka, one of the world’s fastest growing mega-cities is facing abysmal challenges to ensure the right to safe water and sanitation for its people. Experts urged to fill the fissures in the water management plan to cope with the growing number of population and meet the target of Millennium Development Goals.
The first case of human infection of avian influenza or bird flu this year has been detected by the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) on last Monday. As bird flu caused by H5N1 virus has comeback, here are some tips to prevent the virus from catching you.
Health benefits of dates are uncountable. This fruit is affluent in natural fibres and rich in several vitamins and minerals. These natural products contain oil, Calcium, Sulphur, Iron, Potassium, Phosphorous, Manganese, Copper and Magnesium which are advantageous for health.
Fathers-to-be should stop smoking to protect their unborn child from the risk of stillbirth or birth defects, scientists say. Researchers of University of Nottingham found that pregnant women exposed to smoke at work or home increased their risk of stillbirth by 23 percent and of having a baby with defects by 13 percent.
If the WWIII, as it has already been predicted, would befall for the paucity of 'potable water', then it may be considered as possible that the WWIV would take place for acquiring 'information'. This may seem imminent eventually as concealed and classified 'facts' unveiled by the WikiLeaks have become a matter of headache for the big powers along with the Superpower. Julian Assange, the internet's freedom fighter's endeavor to shift regime behavior and to reveal 'unjust systems' has unleashed diplomatic cables consist of embarrassing 'confidentials' that did concern the related regimes and the entire diplomatic world. In conjunction with this, the exposé includes the 'tale of woe' for Bangladesh as well, and disclosed secrets that would question the statecraft, political posture, intelligence, security issues, human rights situation, and predominantly, the sovereignty of the country.
A historic opportunity awaits India in the next few months to address its fundamental security, cooperation in the region and its larger 'Look East Policy'. All of which can be enhanced through a strong partnership with our neighbour in the East, Bangladesh, overcoming years of suspicion. The time has come for a new approach, bold measures and out-of-the-box thinking.
Forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi launched air strikes on rebel positions as the United States said that any no-fly zone over the country would need to have full UN backing.
Star Books Review
President Harry Truman asked to be sent a one-armed economist, having been tired of economists who say, 'on the one hand, this' and 'on the other hand, that'. Pararthoparatar Arthaniti, a serious Bangla book on economics of altruism, by Akbar Ali Khan is, on the one hand, enlightening, on the other hand, lightens the hearts of readers. The University Press Limited published it in 2000 and reprinted it in 2010. Akbar Ali Khan, alternative executive director of the World Bank for some years and an adviser of the caretaker government of Bangladesh in 2006, has written this book in quite a charming way. Following philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein who said, 'A serious and good philosophical work could be written consisting entirely of jokes', the author has interspersed this book on economics with many, many jokes, from his personal experience and stories of Mulla Nasruddin. Pararthoparatar Arthaniti could be titled equally well as a book of jokes. The jokes are sharp, intelligent and subtle. Mulla Nasruddin has come so many times in this book to give simple explanations of many complex economic theories that this book could as well have been 'by Mulla Nasruddin'. A person asked the Mulla, 'How old are you?' 'Forty' replied the Mullah. The other man reminded the Mulla that he had said the same thing even ten years ago! 'Yes,' replied the Mullah, 'I always stand by what I have said.' On the one hand, this one-word Mulla Nasruddin could have been the most favourite economist to President Truman. On the other hand, the British economist Keynes who used to change his mind with the moving hand of a good clock, in a reply to a question about the inconsistency of his mind said, 'When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?'
Interwoven in myths, history and surrealist imagination, Ensaio sabre a Cengueira, 1995, an essay on BLINDNESS is an allegorical, thought provoking and introspective work of the Portuguese writer Saramago, winner of the Nobel Prize 1998.
When one hears of Field Marshal Mohammad Ayub Khan's diaries, incredulity is what one is struck by. There is a reason for that. When towards the end of his decade-long presidency of Pakistan in the 1960s he came forth with his memoirs, bearing the arrogant title of Friends Not Masters, a goodly number of questions were raised about the ghostwriters who probably had worked on them. And indeed there were the ghostwriters, all of whom in later years were spotted explaining away their roles in the making of the memoirs which, incidentally, amounted to little that was enlightening or revealing.