News of: Saturday, 26th of March, 2011
Migrant workers escaping to Tunisia from Libya through the Ras Jdir border describe the ordeal of their perilous journey from the chaotic North African country.
Grameen Bank founder Prof Muhammad Yunus has said it would be an honour for him to sit with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to find a solution to issues, if any, involving him or the Grameen Bank.
The trial of war crimes must be held to ensure justice, but politics should be kept at bay, observed Ian Martin, a former secretary general of Amnesty International and a witness to the beginning of Bangladesh's War of Independence on March 26, 1971.
As the army went on an orgy of killing, even as March 25 gave way to March 26, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman gave out the call for independence. He then waited for the soldiers to come for him. At around 1:00am he was placed under arrest by an elite unit of the Pakistan army and taken to the under-construction National Assembly building (today's Jatiya Sangsad bhaban) at Sher-e-Banglanagar. The commanding officer of the soldiers then called the cantonment, to report: 'Big bird in cage. Little birds have flown.' Did General Tikka Khan wish to have Sheikh Mujibur Rahman brought before him? The general's crude reply: 'I don't want to see his face.' Bangabandhu was then taken to Adamjee College in the cantonment, where he would be lodged for the next few days before being flown to West Pakistan.
Political unrest sweeping through parts of the Arab world is set to hurt Bangladesh's labour market and remittance earnings, dealing a blow to the economy, according to economists and analysts.
Western warplanes hit Libyan forces at a strategically important eastern town, trying to land a crippling blow on Muammar Gaddafi's tanks in a nearly week-old campaign that Nato says could last three months.
The “Chokers” they remained. One of the best teams in this edition of the ICC Cricket World Cup, South Africa, was eliminated as dark-horse New Zealand pulled off a magnificent 49run victory to make it to the semifinal yesterday.
The authorities have decided in principle to upgrade Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport's security to international standards.
At least 74 people were killed in a strong earthquake that struck Myanmar, state media said yesterday, while a series of aftershocks have caused panic but only limited damage in Thailand and Laos.
LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Syed Ashraful Islam stressed the need for inclusion of history of the country's Liberation War and Independence in the primary school curriculums for building the children as worthy citizens imbued with the spirit of the Liberation War.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk yesterday discussed regional cooperation in generation of electricity and management of waters of common rivers for mutual benefit.
A section of the ruling Awami League leaders have started a campaign against Grameen Bank founder Prof Muhammad Yunus, who was removed by the government from the post of managing director of the bank on the grounds of being too aged.
Four hundred forty-six more Bangladeshi nationals fled the trouble-torn Libya on Thursday, a foreign ministry press release said yesterday.
US Defence Secretary Robert Gates arrived yesterday in Jordan on a previously unannounced visit for talks with key ally King Abdullah II, as anti-regime protesters rallied in Amman.
Police arrested three people in connection with an attack on a Buddhist monk during a religious programme at Avoysharan Temple at Mirsarai on Thursday.
Two alleged muggers were injured in a 'shootout' with Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) at the city's Kamalapur early yesterday.
Islami Ain Bastobayon Committee (IABC) yesterday staged protests demanding cancellation of national women development policy and the education policy.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday expressed deep shock at the deaths and destructions caused by earthquake in Myanmar.
In a report headlined “Taher Trial Illegal”, published in The Daily Star on Wednesday, we inadvertently mentioned Ziaur Rahman was the chief martial law administrator (CMLA) when Colonel Abu Taher was tried and executed in July, 1976. In fact, the then chief justice Abu Sadat Mohammad Sayem was the president and CMLA, and Gen Zia held the office of deputy chief martial law administrator at that time. We regret the error.
We celebrate today the dawn of an arduous struggle we launched four decades ago even as the might of the Pakistan occupation army sought to quell the spirit of nationalism in us by the genocide it had unleashed on the preceding night. United by a common resolve to be free and sustained by the thought that ours was a struggle that would surely end in triumph, we went to war to reclaim what had always been ours. This morning, we remember with pride the powerful, eloquent leadership provided by the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, at a time when the forces of darkness seemed to close in on us. His dream, together with the fashioning of battlefield strategy by his competent colleagues in the Mujibnagar government -- Syed Nazrul Islam, Tajuddin Ahmed, M. Mansoor Ali and A.H.M. Quamruzzaman -- was to carry our movement through to victory by the end of the year. We also recall the initial revolt by Bengalis in the Pakistan army and those in the erstwhile East Pakistan Rifles, who formed the early nucleus of our armed resistance. We recall too our three million compatriots through whose supreme sacrifices over a long period of nine months we came by the right to live as free citizens of a free land.
Pre-polls violence has become a regular phenomenon in our country. Starting from union to upazilla level elections we witness pre-poll violence of some form or the other, sometimes even leading to large scale injuries, destruction of property and deaths of political activists and non activists alike.
It all started with fireworks on a cool February evening at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Motijheel and it ended too with fireworks at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on another pleasant March night thirty-seven days later. But while the physical distance between the two locations is a few short miles at best, the distance travelled by Bangladesh in that period, of a little more than a month, has been astronomical.
Another World Cup, another South African exit at the knockout stage. A score of 220 seemed too little for New Zealand in yesterday's quarterfinal against the Proteas at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, especially when Jacques Kallis and AB de Villiers had taken the score to 108 for the loss of two wickets with more than half the overs left.
The buzz around the Sri Lankan capital today is as much as it was for Thursday's India-Australia clash with virtually everyone talking about the impending firecracker in Mohali.
ICC president Sharad Pawar congratulated Bangladesh for the successful hosting of the World Cup. Mr. Pawar, who watched the World Cup quarterfinal match between New Zealand and South Africa at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Friday said: “It has been wonderful to experience the hospitality of the people of Bangladesh.
Mohammad Basheer saved since 2008 to come to this World Cup and even had to hear a few stern words from his wife, but now he thinks that every penny (and his wife's ridicule) is worth it because India will play Pakistan in the semifinal on March 30.
Golfer Siddikur Rahman finished second in the Sail Open, an event of Asian Tour, in India yesterday.
Bangladesh's hope of qualifying for the finals of the AFC Challenge Cup has been shattered after suffering a 3-0 defeat to Philippines in their last group match of the qualifiers at the Aung Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar yesterday.
Is there an end to this England drama? Struggle against one Associate nation, defeat to another, tied game with India, tight wins over South Africa and West Indies and of course, defeat at the hands of Bangladesh. Amidst all that, there have been injuries aplenty, a player withdrawal and the team's best batsman coming in. This is England's 2011 World Cup campaign in a nutshell.
Australia captain Ricky Ponting said he would be continuing as an international cricketer despite the champions' exit from the World Cup at the hands of India on Thursday.
Every day for a year, Indian batsman Yuvraj Singh has dream about starring in a victory over three-time defending champion Australia at the World Cup.
The clash between India and Pakistan in the World Cup semifinals will showcase one of the world's most intense sporting rivalries fuelled by nationalism, bloodshed and a shared history.
India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said his team was ready to take on bitter rivals Pakistan after surviving a high-pressure game against Australia in the World Cup quarterfinals.
A mini-battle of loyalty is simmering between star couple Sania Mirza and Shoaib Malik as India gear to take on Pakistan in a high-voltage World Cup semifinal clash next week.
India's leading newspaper apologised on Thursday for suggesting that a World Cup match between Australia and Zimbabwe was under investigation for match-fixing.
Former skipper Sunil Gavaskar believes India's bowling is still a concern and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni will have to add some sting to their attack ahead of World Cup semifinal clash against Pakistan.
Australia captain Ricky Ponting predicted India would beat Pakistan when the arch-rivals meet in the World Cup semifinals after seeing the co-hosts end his team's 12-year run as champions.
India's prime minister invited Pakistan's president and prime minister on Friday to watch the clash between the two arch-rivals in the Cricket World Cup semifinals, Indian media reported.
Germany coach Joachim Loew can draw on a fully-fit squad on Saturday as the World Cup semifinalists seek to maintain an unbeaten record against minnows Kazakhstan in a Euro 2012 home qualifier.
Ireland coach Giovanni Trapattoni's options have never been less plentiful as he leads his team into Saturday's 'must-win' Euro 2012 Group B qualifier at home to Macedonia.
England travel to Wales for a vital Euro 2012 qualifier on Saturday with Fabio Capello knowing only a win will do after a public relations blunder that has hurt the Italian manager's credibility.
Bayern Munich said Friday that veteran Jupp Heynckes is set to replace Louis van Gaal at the end of the season for a third stint coaching the Bundesliga giants.
Italy coach Cesare Prandelli said he is confident errant striker Mario Balotelli will have a great career despite his recent problems.
The woman in a hitched-up tennis dress whose cheeky pose adorned countless boys' bedrooms has revealed she had little interest in the sport and was wearing her father's plimsolls for the shot.
David Beckham is to captain the Los Angeles Galaxy for the first time in three years.
A recent incident reminded me that smell, more than any other sense, triggers our most primordial memories.
President Zillur Rahman and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in separate messages marking Independence Day, called upon the countrymen to work in unison for the country's development and remain alert against conspiracies by anti-democratic and anti-development forces.
A leading fashion and lifestyle brand in the country, Aarong, opened its first flagship outlet in the city yesterday, to present itself on a platform of global standard.
Pakistani cricket legend Imran Khan has said his country must apologise for the 1971 atrocities its troops carried out on Bengalis as he joined overnight a TV talk show in Geo Television.
At least 50 people, including an officer-in-charge (OC) and 14 police personnel, were injured in a fierce clash over a trifling matter between two rival groups of villagers at Charmanikdah village in Sadar upazila yesterday.
Different government, non-government, socio-cultural and political organisations yesterday organised various programmes in the city on the eve of the 40th Independence Day to be observed today.
Forty-nine students of secondary and higher secondary levels from across the country won the National Science Olympiad yesterday, achieving topmost scores in the contest.
Bhutanese King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck visited Bangabdnhu Memorial Museum and the Liberation War Museum in the city yesterday as he passed the second day of his five-day official visit to Bangladesh.
At least 30 people fell sick after taking meal at a convention centre at Dhanmondi in the city yesterday.
Muggers stabbed three people including a street beggar and snatched Tk 53,000 in total and two cell phones in separate incidents in the city yesterday.
The Buddhist Community has expressed gratitude to the government and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for honouring Sangharaj Jyotipal Mahathero, former president of Bangladesh Buddha Khrishti Prachar Sangha (BBKPS).
Six-year-old Anima came to Jagannath Hall in Dhaka University (DU) last night with her father to see the brutality committed by the Pakistani army and their local collaborators on the black night of March 25, 1971.
Bangladesh Chhatra Union (BCU) declared a 41-member new committee with Ferdous Ahmed Ujjal as president and SM Shuva and Hasan Tarek as general secretary and organising secretary respectively, says a press release yesterday.
BNP leader and lawmaker Shahid Uddin Chowdhury Anne sustained slight injuries in an accident on Dhaka-Chittagong highway at Shahidnagar in Daudkandi upazila yesterday.
Three young stalkers were sent to jail in Tarail on Thursday for stalking a housewife over mobile phone.
A monument of Shaheed Habibur Rahman, installed at the gate of Shaheed Habibur Rahman Hall of Rajshahi University, will be inaugurated today commemorating his martyrdom in 1971.
Biman Bangladesh Airlines resumes its Chittagong-Bangkok-Chittagong flights from tomorrow.
Police recovered the body of an unidentified man, shot on the back of the head, from Khilkhet in the city early yesterday.
Investigation team of International Crimes Tribunal concluded their three-day long probe in Chittagong yesterday.
A female prisoner with HIV/AIDS from Narayanganj jail died at the city's Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH), Mohakhali in the city on Thursday.
BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday blamed Col Taher for the killings of 60 army officials in 1975.
Col Taher Sangsad yesterday expressed satisfaction over the High Court verdict on March 22 that declared unlawful and unconstitutional the trial of Col Abu Taher in 1976.
Liberation War Museum is holding different programmes today marking its fifteenth founding anniversary, which was on March 22.
A couple and their two and half year old son were seriously burnt in a gas lamp explosion, which ignited and burned their house down in Gunjabari village under Dinajpur yesterday.
Five bicyclists from United Kingdom and South Africa have started a three-day long cycling mission from the Italian embassy in Dhaka to the ITC Sonar Hotel in Kolkata in a bid to raise awareness about the Sundarbans tigers.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Thursday said coordination of the international campaign in Libya must "remain eminently political" even if Nato takes military command of operations.
Smoke again disrupted efforts yesterday to regain control of a tsunami-stricken Japanese nuclear plant, where engineers were close to restoring a water pump at one of the reactors.
Nato nations yesterday offered an armada of ships and submarines to enforce an arms embargo against Libya, as Western allies sought to settle a row over the organisation's role in a no-fly zone.
Japan yesterday said the cost of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami could hit $309 billion, double the Kobe quake and nearly four times more than Hurricane Katrina.
Representatives of the Libyan opposition's interim national council said in Paris that a post-Gaddafi regime would be "democratic and secular".
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has urged US counterpart Barack Obama to avoid civilian casualties in Libya and limit the international campaign to the goals set by the United Nations.
As the world focuses on Libya and Japan, UN aid agencies are warning that Ivory Coast is rapidly becoming a forgotten humanitarian catastrophe.
A high-level delegation sent by embattled Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi joined African Union talks on the Libya crisis here yesterday which also included EU, UN and Arab League representatives.
Protests demanding major reforms in Syria spread yesterday from the southern city of Daraa to Damascus, hours after the government announced a string of major reforms including the possibility of ending emergency rule that has been in place since 1963.
This year will be seen in centuries to come as a key one in the development of human history, UK Foreign Secretary William Hague has predicted.
More than 100 people were injured yesterday as pro-reform protesters and government supporters clashed in Amman, prompting police to use water cannons to disperse them.
Twenty people were wounded when an explosion ripped through a bus outside Jerusalem's central bus station yesterday, medical officials told AFP, saying three were seriously hurt.
Cuba has freed the last two of a group of 75 opposition activists detained by the government in 2003, representatives for the communist island's dissident movement said yesterday.
Afghan president Hamid Karzai yesterday urged the Taliban to stop attacking schools, saying education was the only way to bring peace and stability to the violence-hit country.
Defence Secretary Robert Gates flew into Cairo yesterday for talks on the Libyan conflict and to reaffirm US backing for democratic reforms in Egypt after an uprising ousted Hosni Mubarak.
EU leaders urged the world community Thursday to tighten the noose on Muammar Gaddafi by ensuring Libya's oil and gas revenues "do not reach" his regime.
Al-Qaeda's offshoot in North Africa has snatched surface-to-air missiles from an arsenal in Libya during the civil strife there, Chad's president said in an interview to be published Monday.
Tibetan parliament-in-exile agreed yesterday to accept the Dalai Lama's resignation from politics, paving the way for a new leadership structure within the movement.
A prominent Chinese democracy activist was sentenced yesterday to 10 years in jail for subversion, his wife said, amid a severe crackdown on dissidents in the wake of the Arab "Jasmine" protests.
Robert Gates yesterday became the first US Defence Secretary to visit the West Bank, meeting Palestinian leaders keenly aware of every little nod to their hopes of achieving statehood.
Hundreds of Saudi Shi'ites staged a protest in the kingdom's oil-producing Eastern Province yesterday calling for prisoner releases and a withdrawal of Saudi forces from Bahrain, activists said.
Arts & Entertainment
What is freedom and what makes it so important? Is freedom just about the right to choose, the right to create for yourself the alternatives of choice? Great thinkers, politicians, writers, and artists have debated the meaning of freedom throughout history. On the occasion of our 40th Independence Day, we asked 15 of the leading and emerging Bangladeshi cultural personalities what freedom means to them:
Bengali novels tell about the miseries of the poor related to credit. It is also well-established in economic literature that the poor need credit to smoothen consumption and make modest investments. Historically, and especially in this part of the world, non-institutional sources of credit dominated the dualistic and segmented rural credit market. The cost of credit from these sources was astoundingly high (10-12% a month), adducible mostly to moral hazards and adverse selection.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi burst into Indian political consciousness more or less at the same time, some 15 years ago. He had performed the miracle of moving India's economy from a growth rate of 3.5% to nearly 8%. And she had carried out the impossible task of turning the faction-ridden Congress into a cohesive and disciplined party.
Death never comes by appointment and death by earthquake must be one of the worst ways to die. Much to the bewilderment and utter helplessness of the Japanese nation, the devastating earthquake followed by tsunami in the northeast coast of Japan on March 11 left more than 24,000 dead or missing till now and almost 2,57,000 households in
Yunus's Grameen Bank came under the spotlight late 2010 when a Norwegian TV documentary alleged that aid money was wrongly transferred to another part of the bank. The Bank denied all the charges, and later the Norwegian government, one of its main donors, gave all-clear to the Bank. However, the die had already been cast. In the free media of Bangladesh scores of equally free columnists wrote all kinds of articles.
After experiencing a devastating earthquake of magnitude 9 on the Richter scale, a week has already passed, which seemed to me longer than 7 years. The conditions in Miyagi, Fukushima, Iwate and Ibaraki prefectures are beyond description. Civil defense force of Japan started rescue operations within a few hours after the disaster; yet the death toll is still rising. Rain and snowfall hindered the rescue operation, lessening the possibility of rescuing survivors.
Bangabandhu declares independence. A message to this effect is read out by the Chittagong Awami League leader M.A. Hannan over Chittagong radio. At around 1 a.m., Bangabandhu is arrested by the Pakistan army and taken to Adamjee College, from where he will be flown to West Pakistan after a few days. In the evening General Yahya Khan makes a broadcast in which he blames the Awami League for the crisis and bans the party. On the same day Z.A. Bhutto returns to Karachi from Dhaka and tells newsmen, "Thank God, Pakistan has been saved". Meanwhile the killings go on in Bangladesh under a curfew.
I was first introduced to West Bengal poet Samarendra Sen Gupta at poet Muhammad Samad's residence at Dhaka University teachers' quarters in 2010. He wore a khaddar panjabi and carried a bag. His pleasant personality was easily expressed through his softness of speech and cool temperament. During that year, Gupta visited Dhaka to participate in the National Poetry Festival. On that evening, poets Mahadev Saha, Nirmalendu Goon, Lutfor Rahman Riton, Aslam Sani and a number of writers sat together and conversed on many contemporary issues. Gupta, however, was a little silent and fortunately I sat beside him. Sometimes I talked to him about his childhood, poetry and his becoming a poet. He could be articulate.
The last few days it has been overcast and cloudy in Boston, with the sun playing a game of “hide and seek” with massive patches of clouds, trying to break out of the cover of clouds, but losing the battle more often than not. Cloudy days are not my favorite ones, and during fall and winter, when days are short and nights are long, I am not eager to jump out of bed and start my daily routine if it's cloudy and dark outside. On any given morning, before I get out of bed, I make sure that the sun has made its appearance on the eastern horizon. Why? Because if the sun is not up yet, I feel very little urge to get up myself. During the winter months, when it is dark by 5 PM, and the night sometimes lasts almost 14 hours, I feel the sun gets more rest than we do. I hardly ever get more than seven hours of sleep, whereas the sun has at least twelvetherefore, I don't see why the sun can't be up in the morning before I do. Also, I need the sun to get me started. Nothing wakes me up and energizes me as much as the sight of the rising sun in the morning.
It was the celebration of The Reading Circle's 5th anniversary and it was the month of the International Mother Language Day. What could have been more appropriate than the reading of the poet Jasimuddin's epic folk Nakshi Kanthar Math that is known to people of both East and West Bengal. The stage of the auditorium decorated with yellow Gandha and green leaves resembled the colours of Falgun. The sound of flute on record gave an image of the Bangladesh rural beauty that is prominent in "Pollikobi" Jasimuddin's poems.
You are soft as a poem /
Placid as a mountain stream . . .
On a wintry night you bought
A stonewash shirt
Headache is the most common clinical syndrome, frequently over-looked as clueless, unless the severity and other manifestations are grossly alarming. Most common diagnoses are migraine, tension headache, cluster headache or malingering (fabricating or exaggerating the symptoms of mental or physical disorders for a variety of "secondary gain" motives).
The term Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental anomaly of brain characterised by impaired social interaction, communication and by restricted and repetitive behaviour. However, the disorder can be managed effectively with the help of modern treatment option and research to find out causes.
Bangladeshi physician scientist Dr Ruhul Abid has been awarded with the prestigious Werner Risau Investigator Award in Vascular Biology from American Heart Association (AHA).
Few days ago a 6 years old boy came to me with respiratory tract infection. Examining the boy clinically I prescribed medicine and assured the mother. Before leaving my chamber, the mother asked me humbly about any health hazard of energy saving bulbs. I told, probably there is no problem but even then I have to look for if any. I promised her that I would let her know about the fact over phone later on. However, the question of the mother stroke me and I started to browsing to search any health hazard due to energy saving bulb.
In a study, UK researchers found that a protein-heavy, low-carb diet created certain changes in the colon that could, over time, contribute to colon cancer risk.
Star Books Review
Kaka Babu'r Toyhouse, a book of reminiscences on time spent by a young Muslim boy (Dinu Billah) in a Hindu household Of Prof. Ajit Guha- in 1960s' Dhaka is a remarkable piece of cultural history, a truly unique product. Not only is it an enthralling read as a splendid work of storytelling but it reconstructs for readers the mental landscape of several generations of 'Bangladeshis' Muslims and Hindus- who could well be the most liberal, humanist enlightened Bengalis of them all, this or that Bengal.
As I was going through Salma A Shafi's Urban Crime and Violence in Dhaka, I was struck by a sprinkling of emotions, ranging from acute nostalgia for a Dhaka that I had grown up in, then an essentially large town which was not bad to live in, to acute cynicism about what it has essentially turned into, a crime and violence infested glitzy mega-slum, which has, for several years at a stretch, been assessed by an international rating organization to be the worst, or second worst, city to live in anywhere in the world. The capital of Bangladesh has, when judged against even the modest large cities of the planet, with all their attendant problems, simply become unlivable. But people live here, and continue to add to the city's population with each passing day, adding to the woes that have taken an iron grip over it, including that of alarming urban crime and violence.
Assassins have regularly been part of humanity's darker side. And assassinations have throughout history been an insidious part of politics, or a mutation of it into a calling of the lowest of categories in human behaviour. For those of us who inhabit South Asia, assassinations have done a good deal to undermine our perspectives on politics and on life in general. In Bangladesh, the assassinations of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his political associates at the hands of soldiers in 1975 were to leave an entire nation in a tailspin only three years after it had gained freedom from Pakistan in a bloody war of liberation. In Pakistan itself, the judicial murder of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto in 1979 and then the killing of his daughter Benazir Bhutto in 2007 only demonstrated the degree to which assassinations could go in damaging a country. But, of course, Pakistan first went through assassination in October 1951, when its first prime minister Liaquat Ali Khan was murdered in Rawalpindi.