News of: Saturday, 23rd of April, 2011
Billboards in the capital have started collapsing with the approach of the storm season while authorities are sitting on a High Court order for removing risky hoardings.
Five more bodies were recovered from the sunken launch MV Bipasha yesterday, raising the death toll to 33.
A bone-chilling story about how two would-be doctors murdered their friend has been revealed 18 days after the killing in Rajshahi Medical College.
The government is going to launch a website with digital versions of textbooks for primary and secondary students to give them free access to textbooks online.
Five days after the violence between Bangalee settlers and indigenous people in Ramgarh, rehabilitation of the affected people faces delay as the district administration is yet to prepare a comprehensive list of those affected.
Bangladesh has introduced machine-readable passport (MRP) service in Singapore, Malaysia, Abu Dhabi and Dubai missions as part of its effort to provide Bangladeshi expatriates with the service in its 65 missions worldwide.
Six months after winning bids, local power company Summit is set to sign final agreements on April 24 for three major power projects with a total production capacity of 1,017 megawatt aimed at bringing them online within 2013, Power Development Board sources said.
At least 38 protesters were killed by security forces during massive demonstrations yesterday across Syria, in one of the bloodiest days since pro-democracy protests erupted in mid-March, witnesses and activists told AFP by telephone.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will visit Turkey and Switzerland next month to attend two United Nations-sponsored conferences.
Things have finally started to move for the people of Shaghata union of Gaibandha, as the authorities concerned have decided to start the Jamuna riverbank protection work from today.
Two police officers were arrested yesterday for allegedly beating to death Moniruzzaman Rubel, son of a police officer, during interrogation in a motorcycle stealing case on Thursday.
The bodies of six labourers, who drowned after being struck by lightning while crossing the river Titas on a boat, were recovered from a channel between Akhaura and Brahmanbaria sadar upazilas on Thursday.
Bangladesh and India have completed 80 percent of the joint survey along their international border as part of the efforts to resolve the long-standing boundary dispute within this year.
Son of Fazlul Haque Amini, chief of an Islami Oikya Jote faction, popped up near Dhaka Alia madrasa early yesterday after having been reported missing since April 10.
Even though the BNP national standing committee nominated Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir for acting secretary general of the party, the BNP post may come up for discussion today in the National Executive Committee meeting.
On this day 13 years ago, Shazneen Tasnim Rahman was raped and murdered in their house at Gulshan in the capital. She was only 15 and a student of class-IX at Scholastica school.
Grameen Bank founder Muhammad Yunus, appeared to have been aware of the risks and consequences of a move he made to enter Bangladesh's politics, according to US diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks.
Executive Director of Ain O Salish Kendro and former adviser to the caretaker government Sultana Kamal has been elected Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB).
Two teenage girls and a youth allegedly committed suicide in the city's Agargaon, Kakrail and Kadamtali areas in the last two days.
Three youths were sentenced to jail for stalking a college girl in Jamalganj upazila under Sunamganj district yesterday.
Thirty-four parties in the Burkina Faso opposition yesterday called a demonstration for next week to demand the departure of long-serving President Blaise Compaore, building on weeks of protests.
Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara met Thursday with the top court official who had declared he had lost to the ousted leader Laurent Gbagbo in the disputed November elections.
Thursday's motor launch accident in Meghna river in Brahmanbaria is yet another instance of utter callousness of the river vessel operators towards human life.
A long overdue step has at last been taken. We commend the government for delivering on a promise that seemed consigned to back burner. Happily, it has kicked off with a paid up capital of Tk 100 crore which for the tasks it has set itself sounds rather meagre. A lion's share of the initial capital comes from the expatriate welfare fund.
Russian striker Eduard Sakhnevich struck the only goal of the game to take Sheikh Russel KC into the Independence Cup football tournament final with a single-goal win over Mohammedan SC at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
Shahriar Nafees continued his good form with a century for Barisal in their last National Cricket League game against Sylhet at the Shaheed Kamruzzaman Stadium in Rajshahi yesterday.
Anamul Haque Bijoy's superb unbeaten 127 gave GP-BCB National Cricket Academy a brilliant start to their second and final four-day game against South Africa Cricket Academy at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.
Chris Gayle hammered an unbeaten 102 off just 55 balls to power Royal Challengers Bangalore to a nine-wicket victory over Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League on Friday.
Siddikur Rahman failed to emulate his first-round heroics at the Indonesian Masters as he relinquished an overnight lead to slip to 13th on the leaderboard before play was suspended due to lightning on Friday.
South Africa A levelled their five-match one-day series against Bangladesh A with an easy victory in the second game in Paarl.
Injury-prone Sri Lanka paceman Lasith Malinga on Friday quit Test cricket in a bid to prolong his career in one-day internationals and Twenty20 matches.
Shaun Marsh hammered 71 off 42 balls as Kings XI Punjab crushed Rajasthan Royals by 48 runs for their third win in a row in the Indian Premier League on Thursday.
Incidin Bangladesh defeated European Standard School (ESS) by two wickets in the Dhaka Metro Zone final of the Standard Chartered Young Tigers cricket tournament at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium yesterday.
Leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo captured four wickets while Lendl Simmons composed a fluent 65 as West Indies beat Pakistan by seven runs in their inaugural Twenty20 international on Thursday.
World number one Caroline Wozniacki avenged her shock Miami defeat to Andrea Petkovic by battling back to beat the German crowd favourite 6-4, 6-1 and reach the Stuttgart semifinals on Thursday.
Rafael Nadal brushed aside French seventh seed Gael Monfils in a quick 6-2, 6-2 quarterfinal victory on Friday which put the five-time champion into his accustomed weekend place at the Barcelona Open.
British actress Elizabeth Hurely made heads turn Thursday as she cheered for Australian spin legend Shane Warne at an Indian Premier League match in northwest India.
The BCCI is in no hurry to appoint a new cricket coach for the team and is unlikely to decide on the matter in its Working Committee's meeting on April 27 where the agenda would include various sub-committees' reports.
Hanover 96 cruised past hosts Freiburg 3-1 on Thursday to jump back into third spot in the Bundesliga and give their Champions League hopes a boost three games before the end of their season.
Real Madrid may be celebrating after winning the King's Cup but it is beaten finalists Barcelona who are clear favourites to win the league with an eight-point lead as they prepare to face Osasuna this weekend.
Real Madrid have put a replica of the King's Cup on display at their stadium after the original was crushed during celebrations following Wednesday's 1-0 extra time final win over Barcelona.
Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has warned Manchester United and Arsenal that his side are ready to take advantage of any more stumbles from their Premier League title rivals.
AC Milan goalkeeper Marco Amelia believes the rossoneri will have all but won the Serie A title if results go their way this weekend.
Over 14 million people watched Real Madrid beat Barcelona 1-0 in the King's Cup final on television in Spain, making it the most viewed edition of the tournament, ratings firm Barlovento Comunicacion said Friday.
Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini on Thursday put a 60 million euro price tag on star playmaker Javier Pastore's head.
I Love the festivals of Bangladesh. Most of all, I look forward to Pahela Baishakh, the Bengali New Year. It is a festival of pure fun, without any baggage, accompanied by a spirit of happiness that fills the air.
The government is likely to take the issue of “urban poverty reduction” seriously in the next budget to ensure better living for city's floating people including street children and beggars.
Chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee on labour and employment ministry Md Israfil Alam here yesterday said they would submit a comprehensive report comprising recommendations on ship-breaking industry to the government within 15 days.
All past governments conspired to annihilate indigenous communities instead of promoting development and welfare in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) region, said Jyotirindra Bodhipriya Larma, chairman of CHT Regional Council, yesterday.
Speakers at a charity film festival launching yesterday said it is Bangladesh's imperative duty to stand by tsunami-hit Japan, as it is a decade-old friend and immensely contributed to Bangladesh's infrastructure development.
Three people were killed and two others injured in separate road accidents in Chittagong and Narail on Thursday and yesterday.
A tiger killed a crab catcher in the Dargang canal in the Sundarbans yesterday.
Barisal City Corporation Mayor Advocate Shawkat Hossain Hiron yesterday asked the government to monitor and ensure investigation on the incident in which college student Limon became disabled in a Rab shootout.
Green activists yesterday at a rally demanded exemplary punishment to encroachers and polluters of the river Buriganga and the people responsible for illegal demarcation of rivers.
An under-trial prisoner of Chittagong Central Jail died at Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) on Thursday.
Textile and Jute Minister Abdul Latif Siddique here yesterday said though Masterda Surya Sen is no more, his ideologies and struggle against British imperialism continue to inspire Bangalees.
Four green organisations yesterday demanded of the government to implement the Noise Pollution Control Act.
Including provision of stringent punishment in constitution for grabbing state power will not stop future threats of martial law promulgation if political culture and mindset are not changed, said speakers at a discussion yesterday.
Dhaka is eyeing for meaningful settlement of a number of issues with New Delhi including duty-free access of 61 Bangladesh products to the Indian market during the visit of Indian Commerce Minister Anand Sharma.
One person was arrested by Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) on charge of blackmailing a girl at Oxygen in the port city on Thursday.
All progressive, freedom fighters and members of the then guerrilla force who fought for liberation should unite against the war criminals, speakers said at a daylong freedom fighters' family reunion and publication ceremony of an album titled 'Guerrilla' at Muslim Hall in the port city yesterday.
An engine-driven boat loaded with 1,200 bags of cement, worth around Tk 5 lakh, sank during a storm at Natokhola point of the river Jamuna on Thursday evening.
The inhabitants of Ramganj upazila of Laxmipur yesterday urged the authorities concerned to take stern legal action against the unlicensed diagnostic centres.
The US was to deploy unmanned armed drones over Libya after France, Britain and Italy sent military advisers but rebels were adamant yesterday they don't want foreign troops in their ranks.
Thai and Cambodian soldiers fought with rocket-propelled grenades and guns on their disputed border yesterday in a clash that killed six soldiers in the first major flare-up since a shaky ceasefire in February.
Three people were killed and dozens were missing after a night-time landslide ravaged a small gold mining town in a mountainous area of the Philippines yesterday, authorities said.
India's foreign minister yesterday urged Nepal to provide better protection to Indian diplomats as he wound up a three-day visit to the Himalayan nation.
Visiting US Senator John McCain yesterday urged the international community to recognise the rebel Transitional National Council as the "legitimate voice" of Libya's people.
A US drone strike targeting Taliban in northwest Pakistan killed 23 people including three civilians yesterday, officials said, after 16 security forces died in an insurgent attack.
At least 18 people have been killed late on Thursday in a bombing in one of the largest gambling dens in the volatile Pakistani city of Karachi, officials say.
Japan said yesterday it would extend an evacuation zone around a crippled nuclear plant and announced a $49 billion reconstruction budget for areas devastated by the quake and tsunami.
US President Barack Obama yesterday faced an unusual singing protest over the detention of Bradley Manning, a US soldier held for allegedly passing classified documents to WikiLeaks.
The Antarctic ozone hole is about one-third to blame for Australia's recent series of droughts, scientists say.
Samsung Electronics Co has filed patent lawsuits against Apple over the US firm's iPhone and iPad in a tit-for-tat case after Apple claimed Samsung's smartphones and tablets "slavishly" copied its products.
Serge Verniau is a man with a mission; to persuade the world to swap the chicken wings and steaks on their plates for crickets, palm weevils and other insects rich in protein and vitamins.
A senior police officer's sworn statement to India's Supreme Court alleges that Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi deliberately allowed anti-Muslim riots in the state.
China and the United States will hold human rights talks in Beijing next week, the State Department announced yesterday, amid a Chinese crackdown on government critics that has drawn US condemnation.
Nepal's transgender community has sent blessings to Prince William and Kate Middleton ahead of their wedding and offered to send someone to the ceremony.
Yemen's embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh yesterday gave a cool response to a Gulf plan for him to quit, even as massive crowds returned to the streets to demand his immediate ouster.
North Korea's military yesterday stepped up threats against the launching of leaflets from South Korea that criticise its regime, vowing to open fire at any place at any time.
Egypt's state prosecutor has renewed the detention of ousted leader Hosni Mubarak for another 15 days amid a probe into a deadly crackdown on protesters and corruption, MENA news agency said yesterday.
Russia yesterday announced the killing of Al-Qaeda's top militant in the Caucasus in an operation analysts said marked one of the biggest successes by security forces in the region in years.
Mexican authorities said Thursday the number of bodies uncovered in unmarked graves in northern Tamaulipas state rose to to 177, from an earlier estimate of 145.
Truck drivers picketed at Shanghai port facilities over rising fuel costs for a third day yesterday, prompting a heavy police response to restore calm at a strike location.
Arts & Entertainment
Jagoron Shangskriti Chorcha O Gobeshona Kendra launched the third instalment of their album series, titled "Praney Gaan-e Ontorey", with a musical soiree at Shawkat Osman auditorium of Central Public Library, Shahbagh in Dhaka on April 21.
People know SD Rubel for his vocal skills. But the popular singer has now become a movie actor -- following his silver screen debut in "Ebhabei Bhalobasha Hoy".
A five-day screening of films produced by Impress Telefilm Ltd. has started yesterday, according to a press release. The screening is a fundraiser for the Tsunami victims in Japan.
A kite festival, to mark the celebration of Bengali New Year was held recently at local Circuit House ground.
Lamchari Boishakhi Mela Committee recently organised a horse race for farmers with a two-daylong Baishakhi Mela and traditional 'jari gaan'. The horse race is a 137 year old local tradition.
Tyler Perry, who was front and centre for the recent premiere of his new film, "Madea's Big Happy Family", has a message for fans -- and for non-fans.
The date April 21, 2011 has been prophesied in the "Terminator" series as Judgement Day, when the machines rise up and bring about the end of human society as we know it.
This writer has no observation on the apparently unbridled utterances of senior politicians because the citizens of the country and perhaps the court of law would pronounce their judgments at an appropriate time. However, it is pertinent to take issue with the alleged utterance of the share probe committee chief, who is a distinguished senior banker and a public servant in his own right.
Visiting Pakistan and Bangladesh within a span of 14 days is like harking back the 40 years when the two countries separated from each other. Why did it happen? How did it happen? Who was responsible for it? Such an exercise can only be of academic distraction. But it is clear that the disputes between the Bengalis in East Pakistan and those living in West Pakistan had become so acute towards the end of the sixties that their parting of ways had become inevitable.
We live in violent times. The incidents of murder, rape and extortion no longer strike our senses much. Even then, the killing of Aminul Haque, a businessman cum hotel owner of Rajshahi city, left people numb with horror, shock and pain. Even in a country where life is extinguished so easily, there was a feeling of revulsion about the manner of killing. To kill someone and then shred the lifeless body to pieces is simply barbaric.
DR. Fakhruddin Ahmed, after joining Palli Karma Shahayak Foundation (PKSF), paid an extensive visit to the country's north and south zones to see the progress of the poverty alleviation programmes initiated by member organisations supported by PKSF. After the visit, he told me that people in rural Bangladesh were moving up the curve.
The parliamentary body on education ministry formed a parliamentary sub-committee last year to probe the law enforcement agencies' actions against teachers and students during the August 21-22, 2007 student unrest on the DU campus. The parliamentary body, on February 27, 2011, asked the then chief adviser Dr. Fakhruddin Ahmed and former army chief General Moeen U Ahmed to appear before it.
The Second Serbian Uprising - a second phase of the national revolution of the Serbs against the Ottoman Empire, erupts shortly after the annexation of the country to the Ottoman Empire.
Shipbreaking, referred to as ship recycling, is a type of ship disposal involving the dismantling of an obsolete vessel's structure for scrapping or disposal. It includes a wide range of activities, from removing all gears and equipment to cutting down the ship's infrastructure.
Recent investigations attribute more than 150,000 deaths per year and a global disease burden to climate change. An area that has received particular attention is the potential impact of global warming on shifts in the spatio-temporal distribution of disease vectors, and hence the frequency and transmission dynamics of vector-borne diseases. Vectors, pathogens (parasites), and hosts survive and reproduce within certain optimal climatic conditions. Changes in climate will alter the transmission of vector-borne diseases in different ways, such as changing the survival and reproduction rate of the vector and of the pathogen (parasite).
The world of literature, indeed of arts and aesthetics, observes today the birth and death anniversaries of William Shakespeare.
The world of literature, indeed of arts and aesthetics, observes today the birth and death anniversaries of William Shakespeare.
There are reasons why you cannot ignore William Shakespeare. In a larger dimension, you cannot stay away from literature, the pursuit of it. For literature speaks of life, more pertinently of what life ought to be or could be. In Shakespeare, you come by all these images, perspectives if you will, which speak of existence. He delves into the soul in all its manifestations. Think here of arrogance, that common human frailty.
Imagine a health worker — she saves lives every single day. She is amazing! Like many of us she may dream more; and that dream might take her to big cities. Maybe you don't have to imagine this much — this is what is happening time and time again around us.
Certain foods we know as bad have now been proved to be healthier than we thought. Foods like eggs, chocolate, coffee, potato are wrapped with bad rap though new research suggests that they are not as bad as we know and consuming in moderation, they can be good for us. Here are some of such foods you need to reconsider before you cut them from your diet:
Chronic snoring can be more than a noisy nuisance. Up to three-quarters of nightly snorers also have sleep apnea, which causes breathing interruptions throughout the night. Sleep apnea raises the risk of heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure.
It is easy to suffer an injury in a slippery bathroom, but taking some precautions can get rid of potential hazards. Follow the following list of suggestions to reduce slips and falls in the bathroom:
If you are prone to the painful burn of heartburn, do not just pop an antacid — watch what you eat to avoid getting heartburn in the first place. The American Gastroenterological Association lists these foods and drinks to avoid, as they may trigger heartburn:
Small doses of aspirin can lower the risk of heart attack in people who never had heart disease, a new look at the medical evidence shows. But the blood-thinning drug does not appear to cut the chances of dying from the disease, at least not enough that researchers can say for certain.
Kyrgyzstan - the first parliamentary democracy in Central Asia - where for the first time, on 10 October 2010, a free and fair parliamentary election was held. The new Prime Minister, Almazbek Atambayev, heads a new coalition government and runs the country instead of the president. He has the task of bridging political and ethnic rifts in the country. But to establish the proper democracy the Kyrgyz government should be careful about the existing political realities of the country otherwise the democracy will not be established in true sense.
Will “mission creep” in the West's intervention in Libya end up creating, inadvertently, a jihadist citadel at Europe's southern doorstep?
Over the weekend there were reports that the Qaddafi government had started using cluster bombs in civilian areas in Misurata, the only rebel stronghold in western Libya. The New York Times reported:
Korea is ready to conduct another nuclear test if its current approaches for dialogue fail although there are no current signs of preparations, South Korea's spy chief said Tuesday.
Star Books Review
You want to know about the weavers of Bengal and their famed (in history and folklore) products during a particular period? Then go to Hameeda Hossain's The Company Weavers of Bengal: The East India Company and the Organization of Textile Production in Bengal 1750-1813. The title and subtitle are a dead giveaway of the period covered, although to get a detailed, illuminating and extensive description of the weavers (male and female) at work and their products, you have to pay close attention to almost every page of the close to two hundred pages of text and appendices. However, be warned, it is anything but light reading, one, in fact, that the serious scholar or aficionado of the subject matter would probably find the greatest interest in, and most out of, but the casual reader could find it evocative of tales heard from (often with suitable, and pleasantly excusable, embellishments) parents, grandparents, and other golden-agers of the glory and prowess of the Bengal weavers and textiles they magically wove and produced. But The Company Weavers of Bengal is also about murky tales of corruption and exploitation, committed by both Europeans and locals, and a vivid portrayal of what the British East Indian Company presaged: full-fledged colonialism engaged in by the government of Great Britain in what was easily the jewel in her imperial crown: India.
I wanted to read a serious book, but constraints of time made me scan my bookshelves for one that I'd be able to finish quickly. Among the several as-yet unread books, I happily found Marquez's The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor. Besides its thinness (106 pages), what prompted my choice was the title. I've always enjoyed tales about the sea and seamen (Robinson Crusoe and Swiss Family Robinson being childhood favorites, and later, The Old Man and The Sea). Moreover, the blurb said it was the author's first major work; this was another feature I found interesting. Then there was the fact that this was a true story.
People interested in Faridpur find Anandanath Roy's (1856-1926) work Faridpuere Itihash (History of Faridpur) as a most helpful book. Published in two volumes, one in 1905 and the second in 1915, the book is regarded as the most ancient resource to know about the land and life of a fertile district of the country. The recent editions of that old book have added much meat for interested literati. Two editions from Dhaka, one edited by the renowned journalist Abu Sayeed Khan, comprising the first volume only, in 2005, and the other edited by Dr Tapan Bagchi, comprising both the volumes, in 2007 drew many to the century-old historic document. In between those two editions, another one, edited by Kamal Chowdhury and comprising two volumes as well as some more old articles on Faridpur, came out from Kolkata, and drew proper praise. In respect of the research on Faridpur, the name of Prof Abdus Sobhan, an author of some anthologies on Faridpur, could be a worthy name to mention. With its many merits, the tilted arrangement and writing of Anandanath Roy's book could be surpassed by another one which is hardly mentioned. A laborious and truly researched work, The Economic Life of a Bengal District, is, to speak frankly, a great study on the district in particular, and on the whole of Bangladesh in general.