News of: Saturday, 30th of April, 2011
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The Narayanganj district administration had anomalously leased out a half-acre area of the Buriganga to an individual at Fatullah, leading to massive earth-filling.
Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton married at Westminster Abbey yesterday in a sumptuous show of British pageantry that attracted a huge world audience and injected new life into the monarchy.
Dhaka City Corporation is looking for suitable sites to relocate Gabtoli, Mohakhali and Sayedabad bus terminals outside the capital aiming to reduce the traffic congestion caused by buses to and from the terminals.
Bangladesh Paribesh Andolan (Bapa) leaders yesterday demanded the government save five rivers from land grabbers by suspending its initiative of setting up boundary pillars along their banks.
Around 1,000 Bangladeshi garment workers in Jordan have joined their several thousand Asian colleagues in a strike demanding higher wages.
Forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi crossed into neighbouring Tunisia and fought a gun battle with Tunisian troops in a frontier town yesterday as Libya's conflict spilled beyond its borders.
BNP yesterday rejected the investigation report of a judicial commission on torture of minorities during 2001 post election violence and termed it "biased and politically motivated".
Under the gaze of a zillion celestial eyes in the sky, 75-year-old Amin Sai searches for the ultimate truth in his flowing white robe and headgear. He looks tired at the dead of the night, his steps waver, and yet he occasionally beats his wooden Prem Juri and lip-sings a few lines to the Lalon songs wafting in the air. Then he sighs.
At a large gathering at Lalon Bhakta Dham, bauls and devotees of mystic legend Lalon Fakir strongly protested the assault on them on April 5 by local influential people.
Two people, including a university student, were killed and two others injured when a speeding truck rammed three vehicles from behind in Raufabad in the port city on Thursday night.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the construction work of Dhaka Elevated Expressway today aiming to reduce traffic congestion in the capital city.
A minor domestic help died at Central Hospital in the city's Dhanmondi yesterday after allegedly being tortured by her employers.
Three activists of BCL Chittagong University (CU) unit were injured when supporters of a rival faction attacked them following an altercation over playing a cricket match yesterday.
A leader of Janajuddha faction of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-ML) was killed in a 'shootout' between his cohorts and Rab at Goashbari village under Ataikula Police Station in Pabna early yesterday.
Rail communication from Dhaka to Chittagong and Noakhali was interrupted for four hours yesterday following derailment of a compartment of Jalalabad Express in Comilla.
Wild elephants killed an elderly man at Tutar Beel under Ramu Police Station in Cox's Bazar yesterday.
Nigeria has wrapped up a landmark election season, but thousands remain displaced by post-poll riots, living in increasingly squalid conditions and shaken by narrow escapes from armed mobs.
One soldier was killed and five were wounded in an explosion at an army camp in a Pakistani administered area of Kashmir early yesterday, officials said.
An international probe into inter-ethnic violence in Kyrgyzstan has largely laid the blame for last year's unrest on its government, according to a copy of the report obtained by AFP yesterday.
German police yesterday detained three alleged members of Al-Qaeda, federal prosecutors said, as a report said they had been plotting attacks in Germany.
The administration does not seem to have been moved by the outcry over the Limon affair. Ever since the sixteen year-old was shot by RAB personnel on the dubious charge that he was a criminal, he has had his left leg amputated and has had the further misfortune of seeing the police determined to implicate him in criminal cases. Limon's background suggests nothing that can remotely link him to any criminality. The police themselves have found no record of any earlier case against him. Recently, the RAB chief went public with his view that Limon was a victim of circumstances, meaning he was caught in 'crossfire'. That was something of a climb-down for RAB, but it was clearly not enough. Limon now faces persecution from the police, who have their cases against him ready.
Nothing could be a greater tribute to the state of inter-religious relations in Bangladesh than that paid by Cardinal Tauran in Dhaka Wednesday. On a five-day sojourn in Bangladesh as special envoy of Pope Benedict XVI, he has already endeared himself not only to the Christian community but also to members of other faiths.
Sheikh Russel KC exacted quick revenge of their Independence Cup final defeat when they handed a 2-0 defeat to to Farashganj SC in their Grameenphone Bangladesh League match at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
Duncan Fletcher may have coached the England team for eight years but there's still a "hell of a lot" about them that he "doesn't know at all", offspinner Graeme Swann has said. Fletcher was named India's new coach, replacing Gary Kirsten, and his first assignment is likely to be the tour of England later in the year.
Johan Botha put in an impressive all-round performance to guide Rajasthan Royals to a crushing seven-wicket win over Mumbai Indians in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match on Friday.
Manoj Tiwary scored an unbeaten half-century to set up a thrilling 17-run win for Kolkata Knight Riders in an Indian Premier League match against Delhi Daredevils on Thursday.
Rangpur handed a 50-run defeat to Gaibandha while Mymensingh won by two wickets against Tangail in the two matches of the inter-district cricket yesterday.
South Africa A set a stiff target for Bangladesh A when the home side piled up 320 runs for four wickets in the fifth and final one-dayer at the Sahara Willowmoore Benoni yesterday.
Bangladesh's star golfer Siddikur Rahman was languishing at joint 38th position after the end of round two at the Ballantine's Championship in South Korea on Friday. Siddikur's two-round aggregate of one-under par 143 saw him trail leader trailling Brett Rumford of Australia by 9 strokes.
Misbahul Haq dug deep and dragged Pakistan to a series-clinching, three-wicket victory over West Indies in the third One-day International of the best of five match series here on Thursday.
Shahid Afridi, the Pakistan captain, while elated with the series win over West Indies, has stressed the need for his batsmen to step up. Pakistan took an unassailable 3-0 lead over West Indies in Barbados by chasing down 172, but they had to survive a top-order wobble as the first three wickets fell for 12. Misbahul Haq, the man-of-the match, stabilised the innings and with support from Umar Akmal, Hammad Azam and Wahab Riaz sealed a three-wicket win with 29 balls to spare.
Second seed Fernando Verdasco put an end to a frustrating series of losses by battling to a 6-1, 7-6 (7/5) second round win over Portugal's Frederico Gil at the ATP-WTA Estoril Open Thursday.
A stunning four goal show by Colombian striker Falcao saw Portuguese champions Porto come from a goal down to overwhelm Spanish side Villarreal 5-1 on Thursday in their Europa League semifinal first leg clash in Oporto.
Serena and Venus Williams have shaken off injuries that have sidelined them from competitive tennis, but whether or not they will be ready for next month's French Open remains uncertain.
Sri Lanka's former cricket captain Hashan Tillakaratne has claimed that his country had been fixing games since 1992, once again raising the spectre of corruption in the sport.
Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, the former India captain, has moved the Bombay High Court, seeking the appointment of an arbitrator in relation to what he claimed was the BCCI's failure to abide by its contract with him while he was a consultant with the board as well as a member of the IPL governing council. He has also claimed an amount of Rs.1.16 crore as fees for services rendered.
AC Milan can wrap up an 18th Serie A crown on Sunday with three games to spare if they beat Bologna at home and reigning champions Inter Milan fail to take three points at Cesena.
Patrice Evra has warned his Manchester United team-mates to be ready for an Arsenal backlash as the Premier League leaders aim to take a giant step towards a record 19th title.
Barcelona look to build on their morale-boosting 2-0 Champions League semifinal win over rivals Real Madrid by moving a step closer to their third consecutive league title with victory at promoted Real Sociedad on Saturday.
UEFA on Thursday announced it had launched a disciplinary inquiry into events surrounding Wednesday's fractious Champions League semifinal tie between Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Veteran midfielder Clarence Seedorf brushed off talk of retirement on Thursday as he was presented with a Dutch Knighthood.
Bayern Munich star Bastian Schweinstweiger saw red at a press conference here Thursday, lambasting a journalist before turning his attention to teammate Arjen Robben.
The country's first-ever national physics olympiad was held at Oxford International School (OIS) in the city's Dhanmondi yesterday to achieve greater success in the future in the field of science globally.
National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) will be an intervening party in the case filed against Limon, a victim of Rab torture, and defend the youth on his behalf.
Eight people were killed and 33 others injured in separate road accidents in Tangail, Brahmanbaria, Lalmonirhat, Satkhira and Chittagong yesterday.
Ali Nekir Deuri is a side street off Nazimuddin Road that leads to the usual meandering old Dhaka alleys. While walking there I noticed a store. “Time and First Store,” said its sign. Inside, a tailor was working a sewing machine. I took a picture of the store and moved on.
Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Barrister Shafique Ahmed yesterday said it is not correct to say that the country is now without a Constitution.
Indigenous community people at a public rally yesterday reiterated their demand to be recognised as indigenous people, not as “ethnic minority” and vowed to continue movement to press home their demand.
Twins lost their mother moments after birth due to alleged negligence of a doctor at Khansama Upazila Health Complex on Thursday.
Life and lifestyle of the ever-busy Purana Paltan of the city gets a new reason to be excited and thrilled, as KFC opened its ninth outlet there yesterday.
The government should increase tax on tobacco and tobacco products in the budget for next fiscal (2011-12) to reduce tobacco consumption and tobacco related diseases, suggested eminent economist Dr Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad.
Speakers at a seminar yesterday stressed the need for the government's effective measures to protect people in coastal areas because they are very much vulnerable to natural calamity.
Two workers died after a wall collapsed on them at a brickfield in Kalampur bazar of Dhamrai Police Station yesterday.
A minor domestic help died at Central Hospital in the city's Dhanmondi yesterday after allegedly being tortured by her employers.
Teachers and employees of non-government schools and colleges yesterday demanded separate public service commission (PSC) for the recruitment of teachers.
Senior Journalist ABM Musa and Human Rights Activist Advocate Sultana Kamal have been nominated for the 'Sangbadik Bazlur Rahman Bhaiya Smriti Padak-2011'.
Ekatturer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee Chairman Shahriar Kabir at a meeting yesterday said only elected representatives of people hold the right to declare independence of a country.
A woman was killed allegedly by her husband for dowry at Dorbashpur village in Atpara upazila of the district Thursday night.
A youth was sentenced to one year imprisonment for stalking a female student in the district yesterday.
A boy was electrocuted when he came contact with a live electrical wire in Bazitpur upazila yesterday.
A Saudi expatriate was found strangled to death at Bordeshi in Amin Bazar, outskirts of the capital, yesterday.
The fairytale wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton captured the imagination of the world yesterday, with millions sharing in the celebration of the royal nuptials at parties across the globe.
Shocked Americans on Friday sifted through the rubble from the worst US tornadoes in decades, which carved a trail of destruction across the south claiming at least 313 lives.
Syrian security forces shot dead at least 16 people when tens of thousands of protesters rallied for a "day of rage" after Friday prayers, defying warnings of a harsh crackdown, activists said.
The United States on Thursday raised allegations that Muammar Gaddafi's regime gives viagra to troops to carry out rapes as the UN Security Council wrangled over coalition attacks in Libya, diplomats said.
Egypt has invited Palestinian leaders to Cairo next week for the signing of a unity agreement that would end rivalry among ruling factions, Palestinian officials said yesterday.
One of the most admired and beloved popes in history, among Catholics and non-Catholics alike, Venerable Pope John Paul II will be beatified by Pope Benedict on Sunday.
Fighting on the Thai-Cambodia border erupted for an eighth day yesterday as a fragile truce failed to halt their bloodiest conflict in decades which has now left 16 dead.
Vast crowds of Yemenis took to the streets yesterday to demand the immediate departure of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, instead of the phased handover of power envisaged by a Gulf-mediated agreement.
Air traffic controllers in the US have been advised to take 26-minute naps, after a string of incidents involving workers falling asleep. So is 26 minutes the ideal length of time for a nap?
The Al-Qaeda terror network is suspected of involvement in a bomb attack on a popular tourist cafe that killed 15 people in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh, the government said yesterday.
Twenty-two people drowned yesterday when a bus on a ferry fell into the Nile River in a southern Egyptian province, state media reported, revising an earlier death toll down from 43.
India has shortlisted two European fighter jets yesterday, ruling out US rivals for a key $11bn military contract.
Ugandan authorities said they had arrested 360 people over riots yesterday as police "restored law and order" and the Red Cross said a second person had died from gunshot wounds.
A friend of Aung San Suu Kyi has been appointed as an adviser to Myanmar's president, he told AFP yesterday, vowing to aid "co-operation" between the democracy icon and the government.
A Sunni imam's family and four Sunni brothers were killed in separate incidents in central Iraq yesterday, hours after a suicide bomber killed 10 Shiite worshippers in a nearby mosque.
A US envoy heads to Sri Lanka next week to encourage a full accounting over its civil war after the government angrily rejected UN-backed allegations of atrocities, officials said yesterday.
Security forces in Russia report killing a top Islamist militant and nine of his followers in a siege in the southern region of Stavropol yesterday.
Bradley Manning, the jailed US soldier accused of passing classified documents to WikiLeaks, faces far less restrictive conditions at a Kansas military prison where he was relocated last week, US officials said Thursday.
The US space shuttle Endeavour is poised to launch yesterday carrying a multibillion dollar tool for searching the universe on the penultimate flight for NASA's 30-year program.
A 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck off Taiwan yesterday, the island's central weather bureau said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.
Arts & Entertainment
Cultural organisation Bonhishikha arranged a two-day musical programme featuring timeless songs of the legendary composer-singer Sachin Dev Burman. The programme was held at the Shawkat Osman Auditorium, Central Public Library, Shahbagh, in Dhaka on April 28 and 29. Several invited artistes from India (Kolkata and Agartala) along with Bangladeshi singers rendered the icon's popular and lesser known numbers.
It is widely believed that Rabindranath Tagore, one of the greatest poets of the world, was well ahead of his time. At the major international conference, titled “Contemporarising Tagore and the World” that was inaugurated at the Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Building, University of Dhaka (DU) on April 29, literary and social science scholars from around the world are contextualising Tagore's works in today's world.
Veteran Indian actor-filmmaker Akbar Khan will play Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in an upcoming film by debutant director Suresh Kohli.
Violin recital and rendition of traditional Bangla songs were the highlight of this month's "Praner Khela", a regular musical programme arranged by Bengal Foundation. The latest instalment of the soiree was held on April 28 at the Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, Dhanmondi in Dhaka, according to a press release.
THERE can be no two opinions on the paramount necessity of having an upright and honourable court of law as the conflict resolution mechanism of a civilised democratic society. In fact, the apex judicial entity, which is the Supreme Court, is vested with the onerous responsibility of interpreting the constitution, the supreme law of the land. Judicial supremacy is, admittedly, the hallmark of an orderly and just society, at least in matters relating to affairs of the state.
POLITICIANS often make loaded remarks to convey what they have in mind without spelling it out explicitly. However, when a country's prime minister takes to such an exercise, it means he wants to say something specific but does not like to face the storm it might evoke.
SHORTAGE of water is the biggest crisis facing Bangladesh today in terms of severity and spread. Waterwhich scientists tell us always finds its own levelalso happens to be the great leveler. It is fundamental to our very survival. Availability of surface water is the most important means to attain food security. Even if we provide improved variety of seeds to the farmers, if there is no easy accessibility to surface water we will achieve little success in attaining food security.
EXTREMELY poor women and girls throughout Bangladesh are surviving on the absolute minimum, facing multiple constraints to making their lives better in a way that might be meaningful and lasting. What to eat, where to work, how and where to travel, how to stay healthy, who to ask for help, are all experiences shaped specifically by being extremely poor and female. To meet their diverse needs, the boundaries within which we are working for them need to be pushed.
DANGER! Children and a male were cooking. Mom fled, having premonitions of disaster. I couldn't blame her. Having used every container in the kitchen, I left the room to scour the apartment for vases and toothbrush mugs to press into service.
Spain gives Christopher Columbus his commission of exploration.
Dr. Fakrul Alam is among the most popular and influential academics of the Department of English, University of Dhaka (he also teaches part-time at East West University). One of the leading literary critics of the country, the range of his scholarly writings on literature and literary theory is wide. For almost two decades, he has been working on translating modern Bangla poetry into English. An outcome of his efforts was the critically acclaimed Jibananda Das: Selected Poems (1999). Recently, Harvard University Press has published The Essential Tagore, a work he has co-edited with Radha Chakravarty, Associate Professor of English at Gargi College, University of Delhi. In conversation with Akram Hosen Mamun of The Daily Star, he talks about his recent works and his views on translation. What follows are excerpts from the conversation.
Village girl from Kathaltali, you will never read this story I wrote about your short, wonderful and tragic life. But I write it anyway, so others can know your life's remarkable journey.
To mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of India's Rabindranath Tagore, the first Asian Nobel Laureate, Harvard University Press has just published The Essential Tagore, the largest single volume of his work available in English. Tagore was as prolific and diverse a writer as the world has known, and this volume presents selections of his work across many genres, with new translations by Tagore scholars and others, including Amitav Ghosh and Amit Chaudhuri.
When you have chronic kidney disease, diet is an important part of your treatment plan. Dietary treatment sometimes can be extremely complicated in coexisting diseases like diabetes and may changes over time depending on the functional status of the kidney. However, a proper diet plan recommended by a dietician or kidney specialist can help the patient manage the condition better and lead a better life.
The fight against malaria — one of the largest killers in the world, has been going in many directions for many years. We have achieved some progress in the fight and certain challenges need to be faced efficiently to win against malaria.
Although malnutrition and nutritional disorder is very common, many people in Bangladesh do not have the knowledge about locally available food to meet their nutritional demand. Many people believe the misconception that nutrition is all about rich foods.
Healthcare in 1980
In 1980s, healthcare delivery was dominated by public hospitals in Bangladesh. Service standards were generally poor. Innovation was slow. Private hospitals were in their infancy. They served a mostly middle and upper class clientele. Few modern technologies came to Dhaka for medical care.
A five-minute screening test could help detect autism in babies at 12 months of age, giving parents and doctors far more time to intervene, U.S. researchers expressed recently.
Lower levels of vitamin D circulating in the bloodstream are tied to a higher risk of developing diabetes in a new study of from University of Melbourne in Australia revealed.
The next World Asthma Day will be held on May 3, 2011. The theme of World Asthma Day 2011 will be "You Can Control Your Asthma". Following tips can help you to take control over Asthma.
When the People's Daily announced the release of China's seventh Defence White Paper at the end of March, it began by stating that one of the aims was to "boost the world's trust in [China's] commitment to peaceful development." Besides indicating how increasingly important the world's opinion is to China, this was also a clear acknowledgement by Beijing that the world and its neighbours in particular, continue to view its military modernisation as threatening.
Japan's Prime Minister Kan Naoto has come under intense pressure to resign for his poor handling of the mega-disaster and the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant crisis. This is unfortunate for no prime minister could have escaped criticism in handling a crisis of such proportions, and Kan is no exception. At this critical time, Kan needs support and not criticism. Unfortunately, politics in a democracy is a different ball game. The Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) heavyweight, Ozawa Ichiro, has issued a document, which indicates that many members of the ruling DPJ are still loyal to him and that they have joined the Ozawa bogey to criticise Kan and thus appease the frustrated voters.
New Delhi: Lobsang Sangay, a Harvard-educated academic, has been elected prime minister of Tibet's government in exile, according to results released Wednesday. Mr. Sangay is the first prime minister, or Kalon Tripa, to be elected by Tibet's exiled community since the Dalai Lama announced last month he would retire from politics. The Dalai Lama's political responsibilities will largely shift to the prime minister, giving Mr. Sangay an unprecedented role in Tibetan exile politics.
A huge manhunt was under way yesterday after 488 Taliban prisoners broke out of a high-security jail in southern Afghanistan, via a 1,000ft tunnel that snaked under checkpoints, razor-wire-tipped walls and a major highway before emerging in a house outside the perimeter. Described by the Afghan government as a "disaster that should not have happened", the escape has made a mockery of the national security forces barely three months before Nato troops are due to hand over control of several parts of the country. Inside help is almost certainly to blame. According to a triumphant Taliban spokesman, insurgents on the outside spent five months excavating the tunnel before finally breaking into one of the cells late on Sunday night, using car-jacks to crack through the final layer of concrete.
Star Books Review
Days before a mass movement compelled him to relinquish power, General Hussein Muhammd Ershad approached the military establishment for support. He did not ask for such support in so many words, but it was obvious he could look forward to hanging on to authority if his base, the army, agreed to go along with him. It was something of a throwback to the final days of Field Marshal Mohammad Ayub Khan in Pakistan. Battered and bruised by ceaseless resistance to his regime in both East and West Pakistan, Ayub in early 1969 wanted the army to help him declare a second round of martial law as a way of clinging on to power. The army did declare martial law, but not before informing the long serving dictator that a new spate of military rule ruled him out as its symbol. The new ruler was to be General Yahya Khan.
Written by former Chief Justice and former Chief Adviser of the caretaker government Muhammad Habibur Rahman, it is a pioneering book on the importance and preservation of mother languages.
Shohag Parvez, considered one of the most devoted among contemporary Bangladeshi painters, has a zeal for portraying the splendour of nature, serene environment, riverine life, cloudy skies and hilly areas. He believes that we are all part of nature, but some of us closely observe nature with intense passion.