News of: Saturday, 16th of April, 2011
A housing company has grabbed and earth-filled a temple and a cremation ground in Chowdhury Hat area under Hathazari upazila of Chittagong.
Split of shares used as a tool to sweep up small investors' money had been a major reason behind the massive price inflation on the stockmarket, said the government probe committee on the recent market debacle.
The parliamentary special committee on constitutional amendment seems to have backed off from its plan to propose amending the constitution to put an end to the culture of boycotting the House.
The two Bangladeshis, who were discovered in a cargo container shipped from Chittagong to Singapore, had smoked marijuana in the container before being locked in.
The Daily Star yesterday shared the joy of its 20 years of success with well-wishers, academics, business leaders, politicians, cultural activists, media personnel and member of the diplomatic corps.
The bodies of two Bangladeshi peacekeepers, who along with 24 others were killed on April 5 in a plane crash at Kinshasa airport in Congo, arrived in Dhaka yesterday.
Fazlul Huq Amini, chief of Islami Ain Bastabayan Committee, yesterday threatened to paralyse the country if the government does not annul the National Women Development Policy.
Police recovered a live grenade and 63 bullets from a deserted pond at Sree Rampur village of Patgram upazila in Lalmonirhat yesterday noon.
Police arrested five members of Islamist militant outfit Jagrata Muslim Towhidi Janata on charges of anti-state activities at Nazrul Avenue in Kandirpar of Comilla early Thursday.
The nation celebrated the Pahela Baishakh, the first day of the Bangla calendar, on Thursday amid traditional fanfare and festivity leaving behind the gloom of past and pledging to uphold the nation's heritage.
The government has planned to start work on a double-lane rapid bus route in the capital early next year to introduce an improved mass transportation service and ease the perennial traffic gridlock.
Bangladesh has sought Bahrain's intervention to regularise the undocumented workers affected by the political unrest and subsequent state of emergency in the Gulf nation.
A member of reformist group of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) and his two- year-old daughter were shot dead by some unidentified men at Kadamtali village in Baghaichhari upazila of the district early yesterday.
Families of road crash victims on Thursday urged the government to extend jail term for guilty drivers and make their offence non-bailable.
A jawan of Boarder Guard Bangladesh (BGB), who was kept as under-trial prisoner in Kashimpur Jail, died of chest pain yesterday.
Pro-Awami League Jubo League activists demanding tolls ransacked a fair at Hizla upazila in Barisal on Wednesday.
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) shot and injured a Bangladeshi cattle trader at Sadipur border of Benapole upazila in Jessore early Thursday.
A radical Islamist group hanged an Italian activist hours after kidnapping him in Gaza, Hamas said yesterday, as Rome denounced the "barbaric murder."
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton voiced hope yesterday for reviving a treaty with Russia on conventional weapons but insisted that Moscow be fully transparent on its military deployments.
The photo credit for “Hill Hope in Frame” on page-12 of April 14 (Thursday) issue goes to Anurup Kanti Das. We regret the inadvertent error.
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The students of Dhaka University on Tuesday went on a rampage after traffic police stopped the bus carrying the students which dodged traffic signal. In the ensuing clashes, between a section of DU students and on-duty cops at Russel Square in the city at least ten people were hurt.
In John Wright's popular book "Indian Summers", he mentions on many occasions how difficult it is for coaches when all is said and done and the team is out in the middle.
Shakib Al Hasan made a bright IPL debut when he took two wickets in Kolkata Knight Riders' 9-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur yesterday.
Abahani and Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club emerged champions from their respective groups after winning their last group matches of the Independence Cup football tournament at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
South Africa A were 269 for three on the third day of the rain-marred second unofficial Test match against South Africa A in Pietermaritzburg yesterday.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has informed that they are still in negotiations with fielding coach Julien Fountain.
Shakib Al Hasan's place as the No 1 ODI all-rounder has been usurped by Australian Shane Watson.
Pakistan tennis star Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi has resumed calls for a peace match on the Indian border to foster reconciliation efforts between the two South Asian rivals.
Deccan Chargers revived their faltering Indian Premier League campaign with a 33-run thrashing of Royal Challengers Bangalore on Thursday.
Schalke 04 will face English giants Manchester United in the semifinals of the Champions League after beating holders Inter Milan 2-1 on Wednesday to knock-out the holders 7-3 on aggregate.
Football fans are in for a treat as bitter rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid gear up to face each other four times in 18 crucial days, beginning with Saturday's league 'El Clasico' at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Jurgen Melzer handed Roger Federer only his fifth loss of the season as the Austrian came through in a virtual sandstorm with a 6-4, 6-4 quarterfinal victory Friday at the Monte Carlo Masters.
AC Milan will take another step towards securing their first Serie A title in seven years if they stick to the form book and take all three points off relegation-threatened Sampdoria on Saturday.
West Indies have named leg-spinner Anthony Martin as the sole newcomer, recalled Marlon Samuels and Lendl Simmons, and welcomed the return of Dwayne Bravo for the first two One-day Internationals against Pakistan later this month in St. Lucia.
FC Porto led an Iberian lock-out of the Europea League semifinals on Thursday, Jose Mourinho's former charges brushing aside Spartak Moscow.
Real Madrid secured a Champions League semifinal showdown with Barcelona as Cristiano Ronaldo punished Heurelho Gomes's blunder to clinch a 1-0 win over Tottenham in the quarterfinal second leg on Wednesday.
Japan's football association said Thursday it would take part in the Copa America, reversing an earlier decision to withdraw from the event in the aftermath of a massive earthquake and tsunami.
West Ham striker Carlton Cole on Thursday accepted a charge of improper conduct over comments he posted on Twitter about Ghana fans attending last month's friendly with England.
Bangladesh became group champions in the Davis Cup Asia Oceania Level 4 beating Singapore in 2-1 rubber in the last group match. Earlier Bangladesh had secured 3-0 victories over both Turkmenistan and Iraq.
A South African High Court on Friday ordered Cricket South Africa (CSA) to reinstate its president Mtutuzeli Nyoka, who was fired following a public feud with the organisation's chief executive.
Eminent sports journalist and current Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) general secretary Al Musabbir Sadi is suffering from cancer.
Former Australian national coach John Buchanan, who guided the side to three World Cups, was confirmed Friday as New Zealand's new director of cricket.
It is not possible to save rivers from pollution and encroachment unless people become aware and raise their voice, said speakers at a discussion yesterday.
Six people were killed and 20 others injured in separate road accidents in Jhenidah, Chittagong, Lalmonirhat and Bandarban districts on Wednesday night and yesterday.
MIllions cut their hair every day. It is a mundane activity. But today I am watching an unusual haircut at the International School, Dhaka.
City dwellers here on Thursday celebrated Bangla new year 1418, the biggest secular occasion for Bangalees, with traditional fervour, gaiety and in a festive atmosphere.
Senior Awami League (AL) leader Amir Hossain Amu yesterday said there is no proof that Ziaur Rahman participated in any confrontational war though he was a sector commander during the War of Liberation.
Ten visiting editors from India, Pakistan and Nepal attended a discussion at The Daily Star office yesterday on the economic and social progress of Bangladesh over the last few years, the future challenges and regional cooperation. The editors were briefed by Prof Rehman Sobhan, Dr Debapriya Bhattacharya, Dr Hossain Zillur and Shaheen Anam. The editors are now in Dhaka to attend The Daily Star's 20th anniversary celebration.
At least fifty people were injured in a clash between residents of two villages under Pekua upazila of Cox's Bazar around 12:00noon yesterday.
Two people received burn injuries and 25 shops were brunt to ashes in a devastating fire at Somotaghat in the town on Wednesday.
Indonesia is organising two programmes on agricultural development in the developing countries.
A female scientist of Soil Resources Development Institute allegedly committed suicide by jumping from the rooftop of a five-story building at Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute (BARI) here on Thursday morning.
A child construction worker was electrocuted Balurghat in the city's Cantonment area yesterday.
Conjoined female twins were born at a clinic in the district yesterday morning following an operation.
With a view to present a green environment for the future generation through awareness, a programme titled “Holcim Green Heart City” was inaugurated at Chandrima Uddayan in the city yesterday.
Lalon Research Institute (LRI) yesterday expressed concern over the assault on baul (mystic singers) in Rajbari on April 6 and demanded exemplary punishment to the perpetrators.
The Bong County-based Bangladeshi contingent of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) has certificated 30 young Liberians, following completion of a two-month intensive capacity enhancement training in engineering, specifically in heavy duty earth moving equipment.
Japan's fragile post-disaster political truce unravelled on Thursday as the head of the main opposition party called on unpopular Prime Minister Naoto Kan to quit over his handling of the country's natural calamities and a nuclear crisis.
A fresh hail of government rockets crashed into Misrata yesterday after Western allies denounced a "medieval siege" of the city and vowed to keep bombing Muammar Gaddafi's forces until he stepped down.
Ivory Coast's slow recovery after four months of bloodshed gained pace yesterday as Alassane Ouattara's victorious regime captured ousted strongman Laurent Gbagbo's most notorious henchman.
Opponents of Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh stepped up a campaign to force him out yesterday, but Saleh was defiant as he addressed thousands of supporters and called on the opposition to join talks.
The police chief in the key southern Afghan province of Kandahar was killed by a Taliban suicide bomber yesterday along with two of his bodyguards, officials said.
WikiLeaks cables unveiled by a Lebanese daily yesterday revealed that outgoing premier Saad Hariri wanted Syria isolated and its leader replaced with the Muslim Brotherhood and exiled former officials.
Recordings of male humpback whales have shown that their songs spread through the ocean to other whales.
US President Barack Obama accused his Republican foes of wanting to turn the United States into a "Third World" country Thursday as he rallied support for his reelection campaign.
Thousands of protesters massed across Syria after weekly Muslim prayers yesterday as a global outcry widened over a deadly crackdown on month-old, anti-regime demonstrations.
Bahrain has postponed plans to ban the two main political parties that represent the country's Shia majority, following criticism from Washington.
Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore, facing a mutiny by his personal guard, strove to reassert his authority yesterday after mass street protests and a night when soldiers ran riot.
US President Barack Obama has appointed Derek Mitchell as a special envoy to Burma.
India's Supreme Court has granted bail to leading public health specialist and human rights activist, Dr Binayak Sen.
Two Croatian military leaders have been convicted of atrocities against Serbs during a 1995 campaign of ethnic cleansing, after a trial at The Hague.
The world's certified oldest man, whose advice to others included the observation "you're born to die", has passed away aged 114 in the US.
A suicide bomber wounded at least 26 people when he struck a prayer room in an Indonesian police compound in the first suicide attack on a mosque in the country, police said.
At least 15 people were killed and five others were missing after a mudslide pushed a bus over an embankment and into a ravine, rescuers said Thursday.
At least 34 people, including several women, were killed and dozens wounded at an Iranian exiles' camp raided by the Iraqi military last week, the United Nations said Thursday.
Arts & Entertainment
The nation welcomed 'Pahela Baishakh', the first day of the Bangla year 1418, on Thrusday amidst vibrant pageantry, leaving behind the gloom of the past and pledging to uphold the nation's opulent cultural heritage.
Directed by Nasiruddin Yousuff, “Guerrilla”, the much awaited feature film based on the Liberation War, was released at 13 movie theatres across the country on Pahela Baishakh (April 14).
Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts and Bangladesh Embassy in Seoul (South Korea) have jointly organised a group art exhibition, titled “Contemporary Paintings of Bangladesh”, featuring works of Quayyum Chowdhury, Samarjit Roy Chowdhury, Hashem Khan, Rafiqun Nabi, Monirul Islam, Mahmudul Haque, Shahid Kabir, Farida Zaman, Rokeya Sultana, Dilara Begum Jolly, Kanak Chanpa Chakma and Mohammad Iqbal. The exhibition is now on at Korea Cultural Centre in Seoul.
At the recent Sahitya Sammelon (literary convention) here, three little magazine editors were awarded the Hasan Hafizur Rahman Little Magazine Award while the Abul Mansur Ahmad Literature Award went to three individuals for their contribution to the field of literature.
Ethnic communities celebrated 'Baishu', 'Sangrain' and 'Biju' -- which coincided with Pahela Baishakh -- at the eight upazilas in Khagrachhari district.
Discerning observers say that the cynic segment of the intellectuals believe that in our parlance respecting public sentiment does not necessarily mean sharing public naivety or at worst their stupidity. One would like to trust that our wily politicians do not subscribe to such a view. Therefore, there are good reasons to hope that public voice or aspirations carry a special meaning for our public leaders.
When a civil society exhausts its patience, it comes out on the streets. It is angry, but peaceful. Such was the phenomenon one witnessed in India a few days ago. The country was ablaze with passion, petulance and purity for four days. The mood was to overhaul the entire system which people considered rotten to the core.
“…the ACC law has a list of activities, which the commission should undertake for combating corruption. Investigation, inquiry and prosecution should have priority over other activities. If one hundred high profile corruption suspects could be punished a year exhausting due process of law it would have a salutary effect…”observed Ghulam Rahman,Chairman, Anti-Corruption Commission (Dudok) while talking to Mohammad Ali Sattar, Assistant Editor, The Daily Star, in his office recently.
Of all the frightening things in nature, none is as frightful as an earthquake. There you are taking your morning cup of tea and suddenly the whole world literally collapses on you in a few short seconds. At least with cyclones, flood and fire there is some warning. But, with all our advances in science, we still can't predict an earthquake.
The water regime of South Asia is of regional character and the water crisis should be solved regionally using collective efforts under SAARC forum. SAARC Meteorological Research Centre (SMRC) which is situated in Dhaka can play its due role in this respect.
A baby living in an eco-friendly, healthier, safer and happier place is called green baby. A greener life dedicated to sustainability is the prime condition of becoming a green baby. Green, eco-friendly, congenial, frugal, sustainable, simple, healthy, happy -- no matter what we each call it, we should try to create sustainable communities for our children so that they can live the lives they want to live.
Rabindranath Tagore created his magnificent works of poetry, songs, plays and fiction with a brilliance that made him a Nobel laureate. The great bard mentions the unique creative force of which he was the chosen one. In his work from time to time he was mesmerized by this mysterious force that seemed to urge him on to create yet more. He was very much aware of this force that drove him on and called it as “One who sits behind the eyes.” In “A Tagore Testament” he addresses this force and says
“Never stop believing in yourself. Perseverance and optimism are the route to success.” Those are the very words that my father had told me, when I was very young. Verily, this credo has been implanted in my mind for a very long time. A very important lesson that I have learnt throughout the course of my life is that hard work never results in futility. However, unless you receive the support of others, the path to success is pretty much like a labyrinth. The former provides you with a tower of strength. In simple terms, hard work and succour are the backbone of success. My opinion might be very subjective, but this is what I believe in.
On a cold Saturday evening in February, while we were waiting with bated breath for two rounds of winter storms that had been forecast for Boston, we celebrated Aagami's annoprashon, and for the crowd gathered around him, the gathering clouds did nothing to take away from the merry-making and joyous chanting that continued well past midnight.
The second highest rate of stillbirth (the death of a baby before birth at or above 28 weeks of pregnancy) in Asia occurred in Bangladesh in 2009. Most of these deaths could be prevented through interventions. Urgent action needed to bring the facts of largely overlooked issue — 'stillbirths' is in the limelight.
Many patients with back pain, leg pain or weakness of the lower extremity muscles are diagnosed with a herniated disc or prolapsed disc.
A new gel which can be injected directly into a joint can provide pain relief for arthritis sufferers. Scientists used a gel called 'GRAS' that self-packages a liquid drug into gel globules. This gel has the potential to release pain medication in response to the enzymes when flare-ups occur.
Driving can sometimes be challenging for older adults. Follow these safety tips for older drivers, from taking good care of yourself to planning ahead and updating your skills.
New guidelines from the American Academy of Otolaryngology issued in last January suggested tonsillectomy for recurrent sore throats only if frequent or severe. At the same time, the academy now recommends that the operation be considered for children who have trouble breathing while they sleep.
Women who work rotating shifts may be somewhat more likely to experience shifting menstrual cycles according to a new study that raises the possibility of work schedules affecting fertility.
Suicides in the United States ebb and flow with the economy, rising in bad times and falling in good, researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said recently.
Recent events in the history of mankind have shown a concern for the preservation and rational utilization of water resources. Among many events we can cite the United Nations Conference on Environment in Stockholm (1972), the United Nations Conference on Water in Mar del Plata (1977), the International Conference on Water and Environment in Dublin (1992) and the Eco 92 in Rio de Janeiro (1992). At this point, it is a concern for preservation of the environment and more specifically of water resources in relation to specific actions of different countries that attempted to create treaties, agreements and international standards on the proposed issue. And in the Congress of Vienna in 1815 the subject of international rivers was approached by international documents. Here the international watercourses were classified contiguous (when served as boundaries between states) and succeeding (they crossed two or more states).
There has been a revolutionary change in the Arab world with people calling for the removal of autocrats. Starting with Jasmine revolution it is now facing a stiff challenge in Libya where bombardment of NATO force is going on indiscriminately. With the UN resolution authorizing its members "to take all necessary measures… to protect civilians and civilian populated areas under threat of attack in the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya", this war is raging on without any particular leadership. The legitimacy of the war itself is questioned and the way this war is being handled points towards a strategic shift of policy.
Japan upgraded its nuclear emergency to a maximum seven on an international scale of atomic crises on Tuesday, the first time the ranking has been invoked since the Chernobyl disaster in 1986.
Star Books Review
Hasrat Jaipuri did not think much of Javed Akhtar. Of course he did not, for he inhabited an era when music and song in India were redolent of meaning and poetry. And did you know that Kundan Lal Saigal, the man from Jammu, was in the early stages of his career a typewriter salesman who sang even as he dealt with customers? There were all those times when people walked into his shop and asked him to sing a few lines before they walked out with new typewriters. It was in one of those moments that someone noticed the fine tenor of his voice and thought it could resonate all over India. The rest is, well, history. Those who came after Saigal began with the notion that music could only be the way Saigal made it or it was no music at all. Remember Mukesh's Dil Jalta Hai To Jalne De? There were others who eventually were led to the conclusion that they could carve their own niches in the world of melody only through going out of Saigal's shadow. Talat Mehmood, who never pretended to emulate Saigal, could nevertheless know that in the man was a defining spirit of Indian music.