News of: Saturday, 28th of May, 2011
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Toxic waste from Hazaribagh tanneries continues to pollute the Buriganga river posing serious threat to human health as relocation of the factories is caught in bureaucratic tangle.
Nearly 12 lakh residential buildings and industrial units will get power connections this year, as the government has resumed providing electricity connections after a pause of more than two years, said Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) officials.
The Election Commission wants the power to punish civil servants engaged in poll duties for misconduct and incompetence.
A judge ruled yesterday that Bosnian Serb general Ratko Mladic, the alleged mastermind of the Srebrenica massacre and other atrocities, was fit to face international justice at a war crimes court.
The main opposition BNP recently issued some strict guidelines for its leaders across the country to avoid internal clashes.
G8 leaders sought yesterday to thrash out a common position on how to support Arab democratic revolts, brandishing a threat of action against Syria and demanding Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi go.
Shortage of anesthesiologists in public hospitals is causing immense suffering to surgery patients across the country, as patients have to wait for months to get serial for operation.
At least seven people were injured in an explosion at the city's Mirpur yesterday evening.
Government representatives at a United Nations special session have denied existence of indigenous people in Bangladesh.
An out-of-control truck rammed a motorbike, a three-wheeler and then ploughed into shops killing seven people and injuring 15 others on Gaibandha-Palashbari highway yesterday.
US Assistant Secretary of State Robert Blake met BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia at her Hotel Marriot suite in Washington on Thursday.
At least 10 people were injured and properties worth around Tk 10 lakh burnt in a fire yesterday at Bangabandhu Memorial Hospital (BBMH) at the city's Khulshi.
Asma Kibria, widow of slain former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria, yesterday termed improper the Kibria murder case complainant's remark on the supplementary charge sheet and said the case should be probed further for the sake of the ruling party and the country.
From a hillside, Kamal Saadat looked forlornly at hundreds of potential customers, knowing he could not take them for trips in his boat to enjoy a spring weekend on Oroumieh Lake, the third largest saltwater lake on earth.
Seven people, including four of a family, were killed and 10 injured in two separate incidents of lightning in Delduar upazila of Tangail yesterday.
The body of a Bangladeshi cattle trader, allegedly stabbed to death by Indian Border Security Force, was seen floating in the bordering Ichhamoti river of Satkhira Sadar upazila yesterday.
Pop guru and freedom fighter Azam Khan has been on life support at the city's Square Hospital since yesterday morning.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested two people as they were out to sell firearms at Napitkhula Battala Bazar in Lama upazila of Bandarban yesterday.
An elderly man was killed and five others were injured yesterday in a clash between the supporters of two chairman aspirants in the elections to Shekhor Union Parishad in Boalmari upazila of the district.
The health sector is facing an acute crisis of physicians due to brain drain of specialist doctors from public to private hospitals. An exclusive report in a popular Bangla Daily has narrated how the doctors who earned their degrees from government medical colleges are leaving their jobs to work in the private hospitals for higher salaries. And this constant drain is telling upon the state of public health of the country. This is in addition to the doctors posted at district levels and rural stations preferring to move to the capital city.
This is the second time in a year that the High Court has issued directives to a number of authorities to eliminate fruit contamination by injection of chemicals. It is to be noted that a previous set of directives for punishing traders guilty of the murderous offence had a short-lived effect.
Barcelona will seek to seal their status as the finest team of their generation here Saturday when they face Manchester United at Wembley in the most eagerly-anticipated Champions League final in years.
It will be all Chinese finals in both boys' and girls' singles of the Bangabandhu International Invitational Youth Table Tennis Championship at the Wooden Floor Stadium today.
Chris Gayle hammered 89 off just 47 balls as Royal Challengers Bangalore thrashed Mumbai Indians by 43 runs to storm into their second Indian Premier League final.
Pace spearhead Mashrafe Bin Mortaza will return home tonight from Australia with renewed hope to make a return to international cricket this year.
Former Kiwi captain Stephen Fleming has said players should not be blamed for wanting to play in the cash-rich Indian Premier League and instead asked boards to manage their workload better.
Ariful Islam of Kurigram and Papia Rani Sarker of BKSP became the fastest boy and girl in the U-18 group on the opening day of 27th National Junior Athletics Championship at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
Veteran goalkeepers Aminul Haq and Biplob Bhattacharjee, defender Rajani Kanta Barman and midfielder Motiur Munna have been recalled to the national fold as Croat coach Robert Rubcic yesterday announced a 27-member preliminary squad for the FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Pakistan in June-July.
The world's fastest man Usain Bolt was far from back to his best but he showed he's still the man to beat as he powered to victory in the 100m at the Rome Golden Gala on Thursday.
Indian batting superstar Sachin Tendulkar has opted out of the three-Test series in the West Indies starting next month, it was announced on Friday.
Prasanna Jayawardene's hundred left Sri Lanka well-placed against England on the second day of the first Test here on Friday.
Top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki will have to wait for her first major title after losing to Daniela Hantuchova 6-1, 6-3 Friday in the third round of the French Open.
Pakistan are set to play a two-match one-day series against Ireland with Misbahul Haq their fifth limited-overs captain in three years.
Thirteen-time major winner Serena Williams is scheduled to make a return from injury when she plays in the World TeamTennis event in July, according to the WTT website on Thursday.
Third Asian Archery Grand Prix and Asian Youth Archery Championship started at the Bangladesh Krira Shikhha Protishthan (BKSP) in Savar yesterday. Ahad Ali Sarker, state minister for youth and sports inaugurated the event amongst ceremonious proceedings.
Wayne Rooney's long road to redemption will finally be complete if the Manchester United striker can win his duel with Barcelona's Lionel Messi at Wembley on Saturday.
FIFA announced they have opened an investigation into president Sepp Blatter on Friday as the corruption scandal gripping world football took another extraordinary twist.
Argentina coach Sergio Batista has indicated he will not call up Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez for the Copa America in July.
Real Madrid's French international striker Karim Benzema insisted Friday he is not interested in a move away from the Spanish club next season.
A former football World Cup winner, France's Lilian Thuram, accused staff in an upmarket restaurant of racial discrimination during a visit to Brussels, a Belgian newspaper reported Friday.
Former Australian football officials have angrily denied there was any deal to prevent drug testing before the country played Argentina in a 1993 World Cup qualifying play-off, reports said Friday.
Manchester City centre-back Kolo Toure was on Thursday banned for six months for testing positive for a banned substance earlier this season.
A number of wild animals and hides of spotted deer were seized from a house in the city's Dhanmondi on Thursday night.
I am reminded again that a breeze in summertime is the sweetest thing.
Upon pressure from the Malaysian authorities, Bangladeshi company HRC Shipping yesterday promised to bring back home 13 seamen who have been in a detained ship at Port Klang for over a year due to legal tangles.
The preliminary test for the 31st Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) examinations under Public Service Commission (PSC) was held yesterday.
BNP's acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday condemned the prime minister's recent comments that Khaleda Zia and her family were amassing a fortune 'through corruption'.
As part of the weeklong Adventure Fest at TSC in Dhaka University, 150 riders completed an intra-city bicycle procession in Dhaka yesterday.
Bangladesh has a vision to join in the global group of advanced economies within 2050, said Bangladesh Bank Governor Dr Atiur Rahman Thursday.
Leaders of different political parties, minority and indigenous communities yesterday demanded the government reinstate the fundamental principles of the 1972 constitution and recognise the indigenous people in the charter.
The government will launch student council, a shadow form of parliamentary system of governance, at all primary schools by next year to create quality leadership, practice democratic norms and values, and exhibiting tolerance to others opinions in the minds from early childhood.
India yesterday notified the increased ten million pieces of duty-free import quota for garments from Bangladesh.
Jamaat-e-Islami will hold rallies across the country today in protest of police action on its leaders and workers in the capital on Thursday.
Some 11 people were arrested from the city on Thursday in connection with different crimes.
Local miscreants have felled an entire mango orchard spreading over five bighas (around 1.65 acres) at Shailkupa upazila in Jhenidah Thursday night.
A schoolgirl abducted from Habiganj town 19 days ago was rescued from a Patuakhali brothel on Thursday evening.
A minor boy was killed in road accident in Hakimpur upazila yesterday.
Moses M Costa took his seat as the new bishop of Chittagong Roman Catholic Diocese through a ceremony of fervour and festivity in the port city yesterday.
A mobile court on Thursday night fined 21 candidates of Union Parishad (UP) elections in Patgram upazila of Lalmonirhat for violating election code of conduct.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina returned home yesterday from Paris via Dubai.
A garment worker was electrocuted at Rajaghat of Tetuljhora union yesterday afternoon.
A man was strangulated allegedly by his neighbour following a land dispute at Basail upazila of the district yesterday.
Passengers of two trains vandalised Phulbari railway station in Dinajpur after negligence of the stationmasters and employees led to a near head-on collision between the trains yesterday.
An elderly woman and her grandson were killed after a tree uprooted during a storm fell on them at village Khamar Dhanaruha in Shaghata upazila yesterday afternoon.
A mobile court on Thursday sentenced two youths to six months' imprisonment on charge of sexually harassing a girl of class VI in Sundarganj upazila.
Police have yet to find out the cause of the murder of Kazi Abdur Rahman, general secretary of Dhaka city ward no. 39 BNP, who was shot dead by unidentified criminals at East Tejturi Bazar in the city Thursday night.
Shamsunnahar, mother of politician Md Selim, passed away yesterday in the port city after suffering from cancer. She was 80.
Prominent businessman and Upazila Awami League leader Atiur Rahman passed away due to cardiac arrest at his residence of Bamondanga in Sunderganj Upazila yesterday morning. He was 52.
Today is the 40th death anniversary of martyred intellectual captain AKM Nurul Absar.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said yesterday the United States was more committed to Pakistan after the Osama bin Laden crisis, but urged the country to take decisive steps to defeat al-Qaeda.
The leaders of the world's richest countries were to give "strong support" yesterday to President Barack Obama's insistence that a Mideast peace deal be based on pre-1967 borders.
US President Barack Obama's insistence on a Middle East deal based on pre-1967 borders would help the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians, UN chief Ban Ki-moon said yesterday.
Russia said yesterday it would ramp up diplomatic efforts to mediate an end to the conflict in Libya, after being encouraged to do so by G8 partners at a two-day summit in northern France.
Syrian security forces killed at least eight people yesterday as anti-regime protests broke out across Syria, including in the capital Damascus, activists said.
India said yesterday that Pakistan had become a "fragile" state with militant groups nurtured as "an instrument of state policy" uniting in their battle against the government.
A boy of 16 has become the youngest person in the world to scale the highest mountains in every continent.
West Bengal's first woman Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will pen her autobiography which according to her is an attempt "to look at myself in a different light".
The Dart Centre Asia Pacific called on the Philippines Court of Appeals to immediately drop its contempt petition against journalist Rowena Paraan, and Monette Salaysay, widow of Maguindanao massacre, according to a press release on Thursday.
A 22-year-old Australian university student has solved a problem which has puzzled astrophysicists for decades, discovering part of the so-called "missing mass" of the universe during her summer break.
For nearly 16 years Ratko Mladic evaded international justice, first living openly in Belgrade before going into hiding after the fall of his protector, Serb strongman Slobodan Milosevic.
EU capitals now consider the appointment of French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde as the next head of the IMF is a done deal, after US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hailed her candidacy, a European official told AFP at the G8 summit.
The arrest of Ratko Mladic came late for survivors of the Srebrenica massacre where forces under his command committed the worst atrocity in Europe since World War II.
Yemeni opposition tribal chief Sheikh Sadiq al-Ahmar yesterday said a truce is in force between his fighters and security forces in Sanaa but that he is ready for war if the embattled president wants one.
Sudan's chief Abyei negotiator said yesterday the northern government was "open" to negotiations with south Sudan over the contested border region of Abyei, as the south said more than 150,000 people had fled the area.
US President Barack Obama is showing "arrogance" in the aftermath of a mission that killed terror leader Osama bin Laden, said former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf in an interview that aired on CNN Thursday night.
Indian security forces have killed two militants in a gunbattle in the restive region of Kashmir, including a "most wanted" commander from a Pakistani group, a police officer said.
Eight soldiers killed in a bombing in southern Afghanistan were Americans, the Pentagon confirmed, in one of the worst single incidents in recent months.
The US Homeland Security chief said yesterday the banned Pakistani Islamist group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) was as dangerous as the al-Qaeda network.
More than 270 people in Germany have fallen seriously ill because of potentially deadly bacteria, which has been found in imported Spanish cucumbers, officials said yesterday.
A South Korean court yesterday jailed a Somali pirate for life after convicting him of the attempted murder of the captain of a hijacked ship.
Up to 35 people are feared dead after the bus they were travelling in plunged into a river in Pakistani Kashmir yesterday, police said.
Arts & Entertainment
The 12th Rainbow Film Festival, London will be held from May 29 to June 5, 2011 across various venues in Tower Hamlets, said Mostafa Kamal, director of the festival.
Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, in collaboration with Kirat (an organisation of artists from north-east India), has organised an art exhibition titled 'Ishan Baibhab', featuring works of 28 painters from Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Tripura, Mizoram and Sikkim, at Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts in Dhanmondi.
The sixth day (May 26) of the ongoing 1st Dhaka International Theatre Festival saw staging of two plays -- “Strir Patra” and “Jonmoshutro”-- at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. Natyabhumi from Agartala, India staged “Strir Patra” at the National Theatre Hall, while local troupe Theatre (Arambagh) staged “Jonmoshutro” at the Experimental Theatre Hall.
Bangladeshis could perhaps be forgiven for being verbose and rhetorical and at times pompous in their behaviour and mode of expressions, for Bangla has been viewed as a language of over-statement. It is thus no wonder that the Bengali speaking people are sensitive and sentimental in social transactions. However, when a supposedly phlegmatic and responsible gentleman of the western world who speaks in English, understandably a language of understatement, indulges in hyperbole, it causes uneasiness.
There is uncertainty about BNP's joining the Parliament's budget session which began on May 22. Sources in the BNP's Parliamentary Party said on May 22 that the decision as to whether BNP would join the budget session or not would be taken after the party Chairperson Khaleda Zia's return from abroad.
Engaged in rapid-fire deliveries and frantic gesticulations, a few friends and acquaintances had a red-hot discussion the other evening at a get-together. Words and phrases were bandied about ex cathedra, names dropped like confetti, citations were put together, umpteen bland assertions were brazenly made, many shopworn clichés were boldly tossed around, several instant evaluations were advanced, and opinions were freely mixed with facts. The discussion, in the main, concerned management, its nature, its types, and the function of managing.
It is just in 2008 that we saw doubling of the price of compressed natural gas (CNG). Now we see another price escalation of 50%. Price hike of 2008 was done by a caretaker government in an arbitrary fashion, caring a little about the suffering of the people. This time, such a decision to escalate the price of CNG causing sufferance of common people by a democratic government is to some extent surprising.
Mamtaz, 35, is a floating pavement dweller in the capital city. She, along with her child, stays at Kamalapur railway station. Both of them face a very tough situation here. They live like small boats in very rough waters.
How do you celebrate the birthday of the greatest dramatist and playwright, William Shakespeare, that is? Joining up with a Bard birthday bash at Stratford-upon-Avon would be the best way to celebrate it. Since that is possible for only a few, others may choose to enjoy a play or read a sonnet or a long poem to get into the spirit.
Thunderclouds roared. People clustered under shopping mall entrances. The sky looked like a concentrated solution of clay particles. Under the monsoon sky, he was drenched. A combination of perspiration, rain and tears did that for him.
The genesis of love remains a mystery. They say how, why, and when it happens no one knows. On the art and science of love Ontor solemnly declares it is an innocence bordering on naïve faith. Surely it is the half cognizant absences in life that lure leanings towards the other; no more, no less. One is compelled, fascinated, attracted by different aspects of more than one individual. Sometimes it is a sense of intellectual compatibility, sometimes of a verve that one notices which denotes the promise of excitement and stimulation! Such sparks cannot be love. Can it? Mentally she makes a note: it is good to remember that in the end we have only ourselves. The phone rings, putting an end to her cascade of contemplations. She is reluctant to converse with Neel. Who would say anything yet? Recently her fragmented thoughts could not find their way on paper. She hears herself say:
Sleep dearly, my love,
Paint your thoughts in hues of
Wild laughter, warm embrace,
passion and promises shared.
At Agra did Shah Jahan
A stately marble dome decree
Where Jamuna the sacred river ran
Through meadows measureless to man
Down to a sunless sea…
Critical care or intensive care medicine can be the difference between life and death for patients with critical illnesses. Critical care services, usually provided in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) are scarce, expensive, unequally distributed in Bangladesh. In many instances, it is substandard and runs as a profitable business. Urgent action is needed to reform critical care services in order to save people who are dying in the dark.
The number of people living with diabetes is growing very fast. In Bangladesh, more 8 percent people are diabetic and a significant number has been suffering from catastrophic complications of diabetes like visual impairment, amputation, kidney failure, heart attack, stroke etc. Preventing or delaying the development of diabetes can be the best strategy reducing the burden of the disease — both physically and economically. Changing our lifestyle could be a big step toward diabetes prevention.
At present, an annoying situation is prevailing in the healthcare management between providers and clients — doctors and patients, both public and private sector especially in majority of the South Asian countries.
EVERY ONE campaign is a call by Save the Children for global action to save the lives of millions of children who die each year from preventable or treatable causes. As part of the campaign, it is campaigning for trained birth attendants and health workers for every mother and newborn in Bangladesh, says a press release.
Sleep problems are associated with erectile dysfunction and urologic conditions such as incontinence, according to the results of two new studies. The result may help physician better assess how helping patients modify their sleep patterns may help improve their health and overall quality of life.
Getting enough calcium for bone health is essential, but getting more than that does not appear to confer any additional benefit, Swedish researchers have found. Dietary intake of less than 700 milligrams (mg) of calcium a day was associated with a higher risk of both fractures and osteoporosis, while higher intakes did not further reduce the risk.
Pragmatically, we are done with “friendship-to-all-malice-to-none” period. Now, it is the geopolitical compulsion that leads to the reckoning of how to employ geo-strategic advantages to build a sustainable security design for the future ahead. The question forges to the front when we face a dilemma in making decisions on any of the offers made by the big powers to contribute for our sake. Again very recently, it has become an issue when an agreement with Gazprom, the state-owned energy-exploration company of Russia for cooperation and assistance in the area of gas exploration in Bangladesh has been ratified by the two countries. However, the question of a steady Bangladesh-Russia relations was brought into the spotlight when the present government reached a five-year nuclear deal with Russia seeking assistance in the field of the peaceful use of nuclear energy, particularly building a 1,000-megawatt nuclear power plant to help supply of the increasing energy demands of Bangladesh. The plant was projected to cost up to $2 billion to be able to generate electricity by 2014. Under the agreement, Russia would assist to design, construct and operate nuclear power plants and to train Bangladeshi engineers and officials.
The 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster and current concerns about the consequences of the nuclear accident in Fukushima act as a cruel reminder that nuclear energy like any other industrial activity presents an irreducible risk for the environment and human health. Yet, the full impact of nuclear accidents on the environment and public health remains unknown. Despite crucial differences in terms of accident causes, radioactivity releases and local demographics, Japan's emergency evacuation plans in Fukushima are virtually identical to the contingency plans set by Ukrainian authorities in 1986. Beyond the technical and scientific challenges faced by public health surveys, this situation is favoured by two decades of debate about the pros and cons of nuclear energy, where both sides have been presenting misleading data to support their respective agendas.
France and Britain are deploying attack helicopters to strike Moamer Kadhafi's forces, top French ministers said Monday (May 23, 2011) in a shift in tactics two months into NATO's air war in Libya.
Star Books Review
A mother is desperately looking for her only son through every lead she can get for days after he was seized by the Pakistani military for interrogation about the whereabouts of freedom fighters of the independence war. Finally she meets her son behind bars at the prison cell. The son has been so brutally tortured that he can barely stand or talk. He tells his mother that the military will release him if he reveals the names of the others who are in control of guerrilla groups. The devastated but brave and indomitable mother tells him, “Keep strong son, don't tell anyone's name”. This is a mother as strong as the now sovereign country of ours. She would not bend before the fear of losing a precious possession for the greater good, for upholding the rights of citizens, for the liberty of Bangladesh.
Bollywood is a strange, quixotic place. First, you wonder why that term 'Bollywood' has come to be attached to the world's largest movie industry. Couldn't someone have devised a better term rather than aping Hollywood? That aping has led to such puerility as Lollywood (to describe the Pakistani movie industry in Lahore) and Dhaliwood, here in Bangladesh. Then comes the fairy tale aspect of the Indian film industry. It still tends to operate in a world of unreal songs, fantasy dances and love stories that always end up with the man and the woman ready to live happily ever after. Realism is something you are yet to get out of Bollywood.
Depicting a part of any great man's life cannot be limited within the man. The depiction also extracts something out of the time and society in which the man has spent his life. In fact, when we go through any biography or autobiography, it is the times and life of contemporary society that on the whole attract us. Going through Dhakar Buddhadeb Basu is no exception. It is rather more interesting. Though not comprehensive, it is an exciting illustration of the times, the people and the society of contemporary Dhaka which influenced Buddhadeb Basu in his early life.