News of: Saturday, 21st of May, 2011
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Biman Bangladesh Airlines faces a severe financial crisis that compelled it to borrow Tk 20 crore from a local bank to pay salaries to its 2,600 staff in April.
A parliamentary body has decided not to move further with the issue of appointing 190 fake employees of Mujibnagar government as sub-registrars under the law ministry in 2009.
Mamata Banerjee was yesterday sworn in as the first woman chief minister of Indian eastern state of West Bengal, heading a 38-member Trinamool Congress-Congress coalition government.
Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami is following the strategy of not involving itself in anti-government movement right now to avoid further arrest of its leaders and disaster in the party.
The government within a couple of days will launch a bigger drive to implement the new bus and CNG-three-wheeler fares in the capital.
The third tender for installing gas compressors under an Asian Development Bank (ADB) loan is once again facing uncertainty as the authorities are refraining from okaying the bidder selection since February apparently to weigh an alternative deal with Russia.
A rather worried BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has enquired from the UK whether any one of her party opposed the recently declared convening committee of the organisation's Dhaka city unit, and asked her party leaders to inform her if any one tries to create any problem centring the new committee led by Mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka, said party insiders.
A decade after being founded, community clinics are finally getting fulltime staff to provide primary healthcare to the people in the rural areas.
A Jhalakathi court has transferred the arms case against Limon Hossain, the college student who lost a leg in Rab shooting, to a special tribunal.
The Asian Development Bank has made a pledge of $23 million to Bangladesh as technical assistance loan for a series of regional transport projects.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn was set for release on bail yesterday, allowing the once powerful IMF chief to be reunited with his family for the first time since his arrest on sex assault charges.
The Jatiya Sangsad goes into budget session tomorrow amid uncertainty about BNP-led opposition lawmakers' return to the House.
Prime Minister's Defence Adviser Maj Gen (retd) Tarique Ahmed Siddique has defended the Rapid Action Battalion by terming college student Limon Hossain of Jhalakathi a criminal.
In one of her first major decisions as the new Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee yesterday said that the state will be observing Tagore's death anniversary in joint collaboration with Bangladesh.
BNP is planning to organise a long march as part of its proposed countrywide anti-government agitation, which may be announced after the chairperson's return from the US at the end of this month.
Eminent sports journalist and general secretary of the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF), Al Musabbir Sadi passed away yesterday at 5:00am following a battle with cancer.
An 11-year-old student of a Dakhil madrasa was raped in Nondokhol village of Narail sadar upazila yesterday.
Islamic Development Bank President Dr Ahmad Mohamed Ali will arrive here on Monday morning to witness the signing of an agreement to provide $140 million for the Padma Multipurpose Bridge Project.
A housewife was killed allegedly by her husband for dowry four months after their marriage in Sirajganj Thursday night.
Police recovered the bodies of two people in Tangail yesterday while another man, hacked by criminals, succumbed to his injuries in a hospital.
Ukhia police seized 40,000 Yaba tablets with a street value of at least Tk 2 crore from a car on Teknaf-Cox's Bazar highway Thursday night.
The headmaster of Parulia Girls' High School in Debhata upazila has been suspended for alleged sexual harassment of a female student on Thursday.
European powers welcomed yesterday a speech by US President Barack Obama calling for an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal based on 1967 borders.
Al-qaeda considered attacks on US oil and gas infrastructure as late as last year, according to documents seized from its ex-leader Osama bin Laden's compound, US officials said yesterday.
THE parliamentary standing committee on law ministry has been scrutinizing amendment proposals to ACC Act, 2004 submitted before it in bill form on February 28. It seems to have reached a water-shed. In the backdrop of ACC's reservations on some of the proposals, with civil society including jurists, the media and development partners expressing concern over the fetters being put on the anti-graft body, a rethink is apparently going on. Hopefully, it will lead to retaining the effectiveness of the ACC, and if necessary, add value to it, rather than curtailing its powers in any fundamental way.
THE photo news carried on the front page of this paper yesterday says it all. It is a tell-tale depiction of state of affairs in perhaps many a primary school. The school is a one-staff enterprise in Manikganj town. It also shows the commitment and disposition of a lady with a missionary zeal to keep alight the cause of education.
Rajshahi put another feather on their cap when they became champions in the 31st Inter-District Cricket Championship with a massive 108-run victory over Mymensingh in a one-sided final at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.
The 12th National Cricket League has concluded on May 14, bringing an end to the country's first-class season. Eight months ago, The Daily Star Sport ran previews of all six divisional sides taking part in the competition and now as part of its evaluation of the campaigners, today it is publishing the final episode that of champions Rajshahi's.
Three-time Bangladesh League champions Abahani begin their AFC President's Cup campaign today when they take on Kyrgyzstan league champions Neftchi Kochkor-Ata at the National Olympic Stadium in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Australian leg-spin wizard Shane Warne quit professional cricket on Friday after leading Rajasthan Royals to a 10-wicket win over Mumbai Indians in his farewell Indian Premier League match.
Australian spin legend Shane Warne on Friday brought the curtain down on his stellar cricket career stretching over two decades, bowing out with a final appearance in the Indian Premier League.
Different organisations and persons expressed their deepest condolence at the death of prominent sports journalist and Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) general secretary Al Musabbir Sadi, who was suffering from cancer.
Eoin Morgan and Samit Patel both hit centuries in last-gasp bids to seal Test spots as England Lions piled up 394 for four on the first day of a four-day match against Sri Lanka on Thursday.
Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer were placed on a French Open semifinal collision course on Friday as defending champion Rafael Nadal was handed an opener against Wimbledon marathon man John Isner.
Despite a career full of captivating drama on and off the pitch, legspin legend Shane Warne has been unable to script a fairytale finish in his final game of cricket, Australian media said Friday.
A former teammate of Lance Armstrong has told the 60 Minutes television programme in the US that he used performance-enhancing drugs with the seven-time Tour de France winner to cheat in cycling races, including the Tour.
Brazil playmaker Kaka has been overlooked for the Copa America while striker Fred earned another shot at the tournament when he was named in coach Mano Menezes's squad on Thursday.
Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is looking for personal glory on Saturday when the Portuguese star aims to beat the all-time La Liga goals record of 38 on the final day of the season.
Sir Alex Ferguson has joined the debate about footballers' use of the social networking Twitter site by branding it "a waste of time".
Five teams will be fighting for survival on Sunday as the English Premier League reaches its climax with what is poised to be one of the most fraught relegation battles in years.
Belgium striker Igor de Camargo gave Borussia Moenchengladbach a 1-0 win at home to second-division VfL Bochum in Thursday's German league, first-leg play-off to put his side a step closer to safety.
Boca Juniors star Juan Roman Riquelme is hoping to end his three-year international exile and receive a call-up to Sergio Batista's Argentina squad for this summer's Copa America.
A hattrick from Bilkis Khatun powered Jessore to a comprehensive 10-0 win over Faridpur in the National Women's Football Championship at the Shamsul Huda Stadium in Jessore yesterday.
Abahani posted a massive ten-wicket victory over Gulshan Youth Club in the super league match of the 3rd Women's Club cricket competition at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium yesterday.
Essex all-rounder Graham Napier equalled Andrew Symonds' world record tally of 16 sixes in a first-class innings in his team's English county championship match against Surrey on Thursday.
Ram Jagadish, Shahid, Sumon and Swapon Parvez won their respective premier division matches of the Grameenphone Open Squash Tournament at the Dhaka Club squash court yesterday.
Peng Shuai of China upset third-ranked Vera Zvonareva 6-3, 6-3 to reach the final of the Brussels Open.
The semifinal line-up of the Cooline School Rugby Tournament was completed yesterday with Madertek School and College, SOS Shishu Palli, Cambrian High School and St Gregory's School moving into the last four.
Italian midfield playmaker Andrea Pirlo, out of contract after 10 years with champions AC Milan, should be playing at Juventus next season, his agent said on Friday.
Germany star Bastian Schweinsteiger will play no part in a friendly against Uruguay on May 29 or in two Euro 2012 qualifiers next month because of injury, the German football federation (DFB) said Friday.
Brazilian football star Ronaldo will bid his farewell to the national side in a friendly against Romania on June 7, national coach Mano Menezes said.
Buddha Purnima is the most important religious day for Buddhists all over the world, including those in Bangladesh. It commemorates three important events in the life of Lord Buddha: his birth, his enlightenment and his death.
Leaders of Parbattya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) and left leaning parties yesterday strongly demanded immediate and complete implementation of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Peace Accord and a stop to delays.
Citizens Rights Movement yesterday demanded of the government to reinstate previous bus fare by canceling the new rates.
With coffins and incense sticks alight to symbolise the dying and well-nigh dead (unable to sustain life) condition of the country's rivers, Nagorik Sanghati held a programme in front of Jatiya Press Club in the city yesterday.
English no longer remains merely a language, it is a technology that helps accelerate and sustain the human development process, said speakers at an inauguration ceremony of 5th Bangladesh English Language Teachers Association (BELTA) International Conference 2011.
Despite close vigilance of Border Guard Bangladesh and other law enforcement agencies, several lakhs of stimulating Yaba tablet are entering the country everyday from Myanmar border.
State Minister for LGRD and Cooperatives Jahangir Kabir Nanak yesterday said the government has formulated the Women Development Policy to empower women, ensure their equal right and bring them into the mainstream of overall development.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) on Thursday evening arrested drug trader from city's Uttara and seized around 18,000 pieces of Yaba tablets from his possession.
Extortionists hacked two staff of a residential hotel with sharp weapons at Mohakhali in the city yesterday.
The broadcast of class lectures of some reputed schools of Dhaka city through Bangladesh Television (BTV) has been deferred by 20 days due to summer vacation.
Sixteen Students of Social Science Faculty received DU Dean's Award for their outstanding results in the BSS (Hons), Master of Population Sciences (MPS) and Master of Development Studies (MDS) examinations.
At least fifty students of Food Technology and Nutritional Science (FTNS) department of Maolana Bhasani University of Science and Technology fell sick till yesterday, the seventh day of their fast unto death, but the authorities still remained unmoved.
Four children, including two of a family, drowned in Pabna and Gaibandha on Thursday evening and yesterday.
Five people were killed and four others injured in Mymensingh, Pabna, Chittagong and Barisal on Thursday and yesterday.
Two people, including a school teacher, were electrocuted in Mymensingh and Dinajpur yesterday.
Local administration imposed section 144 on Rajarhat Vocational and Commerce College premises and its surrounding areas for 12 hours as two rival groups of local BNP called separate meetings yesterday at the same time and same venue.
Speakers at a memorial meeting yesterday said Swami Aksharananda could be an idol of secular Bangladesh as his lifestyle and philosophy could play a vital role in establishing a secular Bangladesh.
Police arrested ten citizens of Myanmar from Lama upazila of the district in separate raids on Thursday.
Police arrested three muggers and recovered a snatched CNG-run auto-rickshaw in separate drives in the city on Wednesday and yesterday.
Police early yesterday arrested nine alleged snatchers in two seperate incidents from city's Mirpur and Dhanmondi and seized two private cars and a microbus from their possession.
Bangladesh Shikkhak-Karmachari Oikya Parishad yesterday placed a 15-point demand seeking to eliminate existing discrimination in salaries and allowances between the teachers and employees of the government and non-government institutions.
Police arrested five members of an inter-district robbers' gang from Dhaka-Tangail Highway at Mirzapur upazila yesterday.
CNG-run auto-rickshaw drivers formed a human chain in front of Chittagong Press Club yesterday demanding Tk 35 as minimum fare.
Today is the 40th death anniversary of martyred intellectual Mohammad Shamsuzzaman, a chief engineer of the Chittagong Port Trust, says a press release.
Today is the 17th death anniversary of Journalist Mohammad Nasir Uddin, the editor of the Shaogat and founder of the weekly Begum, says a press release.
Amjad Hossain Sarker, an employee of Sadullapur Upazila Parishad, passed away at his residence yesterday due to cardiac arrest at the age of 55, says a press release.
Qulkhwani of Begum Rawshan Ara Zobaida Khanam, wife of Justice TH Khan, a former minister and senior lawyer of Bangladesh Supreme Court, will be held at Kisholoy Girls High School at Tajmahal Road of Mohammadpur in the city after Asr prayers today.
Syrian security forces shot dead at least 21 people, including a child, as pro-democracy protests swept the country yesterday after weekly prayers, with demonstrators pressing on with calls for more freedom in defiance of a fierce crackdown, activists said.
Chinese President Hu Jintao yesterday saluted Pakistan's prime minister as an "old friend" of Beijing, extending more warm words to Islamabad as it faces US pressure after Osama bin Laden's killing.
Israel said the United States "does not realise reality" as its leader arrived in Washington yesterday after President Barack Obama endorsed a longstanding Palestinian demand on borders of a future state.
Returning to the state secretariat as West Bengal's Chief Minister is the fulfilment of a vow Mamata Banerjee took 18 years ago.
The 31-year-old king of Bhutan, an Oxford-educated bachelor crowned in the remote Himalayan country in 2008, set up another royal wedding yesterday by announcing his engagement.
A US drone strike destroyed a vehicle in Pakistan's Taliban-infested North Waziristan district on the Afghan border yesterday, killing four suspected militants, local officials said.
The last World War One combat veteran, British-born Claude Choules, who died aged 110, was laid to rest yesterday after a military funeral in the Australian port town of Fremantle.
Nato said yesterday its warplanes hit eight vessels of Moamer Gaddafi's navy, after US President Barack Obama predicted the veteran Libyan strongman would "inevitably" leave or be forced from power.
An Indian MP and daughter of a political kingmaker yesterday became the latest powerful figure to be remanded custody over a telecom scandal that may have cost the country up to $39 billion.
The Taliban bombed a US consulate convoy in Peshawar yesterday, killing one person and wounding 11 others in the first attack on Americans in Pakistan since Osama bin Laden's death.
Pakistan's most politically important province, Punjab, will cancel four aid agreements with United states in protest at continued US drone strikes in the country, a senior official said yesterday.
Arts & Entertainment
Marking 150th birth anniversary of Kobiguru Rabindranath Tagore, Bengal Foundation has arranged a three-day celebration programme, titled “Tomar Srishtir Poth” that ends today at Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, Dhanmondi in the city.
Highlighting Rabindranath Tagore's relationship with the west, American Alumni Association (AAA), Bangladesh organised a programme on May 19 at American International School, Dhaka. Tagore's impact on the west is usually discussed in scholarly writings, but the event, titled “Tagore and the West”, was a novel attempt to demonstrate this aspect of Tagore through performing art and visuals.
Oscar winning composer A.R. Rahman and American musician Michael Bolton have come together for the latter's studio album, to be released next month.
Theatre troupe Natyajan premiered its latest production “Bhuboner Ghatey” at the Experimental Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on May 15. Written by Professor Syed Manzoorul Islam, the play is directed by SAA Bokhary.
THE constitutionally incorporated non-partisan and supposedly impartial caretaker dispensation to oversee the general election that has been a unique feature of Bangladesh polity is currently undergoing intense public scrutiny. The apex court finds the arrangement prospectively unconstitutional but would like the system to continue for two more general elections for reasons that are not known at this point of time. The issue of continuation of the caretaker system or otherwise has been left to the parliament for taking appropriate action.
INDIA'S biggest story of latest state elections is the decimation of communism. Most believe it is a good riddance of an ideology that had outlived its utility. In fact, it got buried under the debris when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1990, after losing the cold war.
THE right to education has been recognised since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in 1948. Article 26 of UDHR proclaims: "Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Education shall be directed to the full development of human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among racial or religious groups … ."
Abudget is a record showing the projected income and expenditure of the government for a fiscal year with detailed source of revenue and allocation of expenditure that is consistent with government fiscal policy to promote overall socio economic goal. Budgetary policy not only shows the government's policy and attitude towards particular sectors and activities, it can also influence particular activities either by financial support and/or by incentive/disincentive through tax policies.
SOCIAL Safety Net Programmes (SSNP) are provided to the vulnerable groups of the country to improve their living standard by eradicating hunger and poverty. The government has allocated Tk.19,497 crore for the FY11 for 84 programmes under the umbrella of SSNP to help those who live in poor and extremely poor conditions to attain a better life .
Syracuse, Italy is captured by the Muslim sultan of Sicily.
It is worthy to consider the lessons and experiences learned from community-based resource management approaches, particularly the contribution in designing policy frameworks. Appropriate legal frameworks with institutional arrangements should be evolved to institutionalize the practice.
Developing countries including Bangladesh are in a vulnerable situation in matters of energy demand. They are also searching for alternative energy sources as well as renewable energies.
Kazi Nazrul Islam, variously referred to as the rebel poet of Bengal and the national poet of Bangladesh, was born on 25 May 1899 (11 Jaishtha by the Bangla calendar). In his hugely productive, multi-faceted career, until it was cut short by a debilitating illness in the mid-1940s, Nazrul composed thousands of songs, wrote innumerable plays and stories and penned articles on issues of grave public concern. He died in August 1976. Star Literature takes this opportunity to pay tribute to the literary giant whose hold on the Bengali imagination has been nothing less than mesmerising.
--- Literary Editor
Nazrul takes you back to the valley of songs. You wander across the deserts of time, images of the beloved creating a festival of light in your mind; and you sing amar aponar cheye apon je jon / khunji tare aami aponae. That is where romance comes rushing back into your life. Or you might well ask if the romantic soul in you had ever deserted you at any point in your life. Nazrul, he who gave us Bidrohi and electrified us with chol chol chol, does not quite forget to inform us that beyond politics, beyond that historically underpinned spirit of rebellion in the heart, comes tenderness bathed in melody. And melody is but another expression, at once simple and potent, for the calling of the heart.
In the mid 1970s, our finals at Chhayanaut music school had begun. Among the panel of experts, music exponent Laila Arjumand Banu was present. Soon it was my turn to face the board where I was asked to present classical and Nazrul songs. My last presentation at the exam was a ghazal by Nazrul.
Hypertension or high blood pressure is one of the major causes that contributes to the rising trend of non-communicable diseases in Bangladesh. To create awareness about the disease and help people prevent the deadly complications of cardiovascular and other diseases, World Hypertension Day was observed on May 17.
When Abdul Malek, a 40 year old farmer from Shibgonj of Bogra district reported to Shaheed Ziaur Rahaman Medical College, Bogra, nobody could assume a mystery is going to be revealed. He was admitted with the complaints of abdominal swelling with a lump and recurrent abdominal pain since birth.
Most of the people who smoke in public places ignore the people around them. Most of us do not know that the toxic smoke particles adhere our cloths, skin and articles around. So being a nonsmoker does not make you immune from smoking hazards called the secondhand smoke.
Mosabbir Cancer Care Centre, a not-for-profit medical service organisation recently launched a Palliative Care Programme along with other essential services for the marginally ill cancer patients with support of Dutch Bangla Bank Ltd, says a press release.
A dietary supplement containing amino acid and antioxidant vitamins given to pregnant women at high risk of pre-eclampsia can reduce the likelihood of the disease occurring, a study from British Medical Journal revealed.
INFLUENCE in Afghanistan has been a cause of tension between India and Pakistan.
WITH an unprecedented wave of coordinated protests, the popular uprisings that have swept the region touched Israel directly for the first time. Like those other protests, plans for this one spread over social media, including Facebook, but there were also signs of official support in Lebanon and Syria, where analysts said leaders were using the Palestinian cause to deflect attention from internal problems.
NEWS of the rapprochement between Fatah and Hamas has not been welcomed by Israel. Mahmoud Abbas and Ismail Haniyeh working together will prove to be the very antithesis of peace, according to the government in Tel Aviv.
Star Books Review
The book is a journey through time, the past sixty years of Bangladesh; a combination of pictorial presentation in harmony with written words to familiarize the curious reader with major aspects of the country's contemporary history. More accurately it is not '… history of the six eventful s per se; it is rather an objective account of the events that shape the destiny of a whole nation as precisely as possible.'
This beautiful assortment of short stories is like a box filled with gems, each to be read and savored. These stories are about accommodation and rebellion Indian-born girls and women in America undergo as they balance old beliefs and new desires. And there are also stories that come with the male dominant families in the Asian continent. This is a reflection of how people of one subcontinent settle down in their new homes in the land they have migrated to. In fact, this is also a reflection of the story of immigrants, people who have been migrating for social and economic reasons for ages.
Pablo Neruda, poet of human love and equality, wears the garb of a pedagogue, possessing command over figurative compositions during his exile on the island of Capri in Italy in Michael Radford's Il Postino: The Postman (1994). Gabriel Gonzalez Videla's oppressive rule compels the master of allegory to take refuge in a villa owned by Italian historian Edwin Cerio in Capri, fictionalized by Antonio Skarmeta in his 'Ardent Patience.' The film revolves around a postman who is assigned with the onus of delivering billets-doux of the passionately overwhelmed discoverers (mostly female) of metaphorical pronouncements to the intractable activist involved in coping with the human condition. His repeated interactions with the maestro take impersonal courses until one day the delivery man chances upon the biggest metaphor of his life in a literal damsel. The punctuated breaths of the lovelorn punctuate the new-found terrain of emotional exuberance before the commander of amorous poetics. Neruda, the pseudonymous composer, despite initial hesitation embarks on a journey of winning Troy for the beloved of his self-assured apprentice. He is at the helm, weaving strings of cloaked expressions for the sake of his disciples' amorous entanglements. The resemblance of smiles to the wings of the butterfly is brought forth as an initial demonstration of emotion in the postman's life.