News of: Saturday, 4th of June, 2011
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Random parking on roads has become a habit of city motorists as they very well know that nobody would tow away their wrongly parked vehicles. At worst, they will have to pay a nominal fine.
The Election Commission has proposed to curtail the government's unilateral power to appoint people of its choice as chief election commissioner and election commissioners.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged the main opposition BNP to call off tomorrow's hartal and said there is still scope for discussion on the caretaker government system.
Further investigation in sensational 10-truck arms haul cases has apparently come to an end after three and a half years and 13 time extensions.
BNP leader Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday urged his party activists to make tomorrow's countrywide hartal a success.
One year on, government and non-government organisations failed to deliver on their promise to rehabilitate the victims of the devastating fire at capital's Nimtoli, locals alleged.
The Maddhapara Granite Mining Company Limited continues to incur heavy losses amid low production, lax marketing policy, miners' unrest and shortage of capital, said officials.
Wartime Bosnian Serb army chief Ratko Mladic denounced genocide and war crimes charges against him as "obnoxious" yesterday, claiming he was gravely ill as he refused to enter a plea before a UN court.
Eight people including seven members of a family died yesterday afternoon in a road accident on Dhaka-Sylhet highway at Fakirabad.
Yemen's embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh was wounded yesterday along with his premier and other officials as shells struck a mosque in the presidential palace compound, a security official told AFP.
A woman got shot allegedly by a stray bullet in a drive of Rapid Action Battalion at a slum of Panchabait in Bhairab yesterday afternoon.
Expressing grave concern over tomorrow's hartal, country's apex trade body Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) yesterday urged BNP to withdraw it.
Three boys including two brothers drowned in a pond of Mirpur Police Line in the capital yesterday while seven policemen became sick trying to rescue the boys in vain.
Police yesterday seized 627 sacks of rice, meant for government's different subsidy programmes, from a private warehouse in Pabna.
A mild tremor jolted some parts of the country yesterday morning.
The Mamata Banerjee-led coalition ministry in West Bengal was expanded with the induction of five Congress party legislators, two weeks after she took over as the first woman chief minister of the state.
A local BNP leader was chopped to death by unknown assailants at Baidanga union in Jhenaidah district yesterday.
Indian police said yesterday they had killed three Islamist militants suspected of being from the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group in a fierce gunbattle in restive Kashmir.
Prime Minster Sheikh Hasina flagged off electronic government procurement (e-GP) system in Dhaka last Thursday. In the first phase e-tendering is to be introduced in four procuring agencies such as LGED, Roads and Highways, Bangladesh Water Development Board and Rural Electrification Board. Eventually, 308 procuring entities (PEs) would be brought under the system.
No one wants to wait indefinitely for a public service that is one's legitimate right to receive, far less a year-long wait for a driving licence. Everyone pays certain 'fees' to expedite the process, one really may not have to know how to drive. They just need opposable thumbs to help count out the cash.
Rafael Nadal moved to within one win of equalling Bjorn Borg's record of six French Open titles with a hard-fought yet convincing 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 semifinal win over a battling Andy Murray on Friday.
A month-long fitness camp for 32 elite cricketers will begin today at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.
While six records were set on the opening day of the Ashiyan City 27th Age-level Swimming Championships, the prime focus was on two mentally-challenged swimmers at the National Swimming Complex in Mirpur yesterday.
With a racket in her hand, Li Na holds the key to a burgeoning tennis boom in China.
Despite admitting the fact that Croatian coach Robert Rubcic had left Bangladesh without prior notice, the Bangladesh Football Federation yesterday said Rubcic would return soon after resolving an emergency family problem.
The much-talked about Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) executive committee meeting will be held today at its office in the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.
Holders Bangladesh Biman and title contenders Knit Concern Badminton Club maintained the lead in the Auto Museum First Division Badminton League after winning their respective games at the Wooden Floor Gymnasium yesterday.
Alastair Cook was closing in on his sixth hundred in nine Tests but England were far from having things all their own way on the opening day of the second Test against Sri Lanka.
A depleted India begin their tour of the Caribbean with a familiar format, playing a Twenty20 International against West Indies on Saturday at Queen's Park Oval.
Former Australian paceman Jason Gillespie has been appointed an assistant coach for Australia A's tour of Zimbabwe this month, Cricket Australia said on Friday.
Dumped captain Shahid Afridi has called in the lawyers in a bid to secure Pakistani permission to play county cricket in England that was denied amid a public slanging match, an official said Friday.
Portugal will be hoping Cristiano Ronaldo carries his goalscoring form into the international arena when he leads his nation into battle in the Euro 2012 qualifier against Norway on Saturday.
Fabio Capello revealed on Friday that he has finally held clear-the-air talks with Rio Ferdinand over his decision to strip the Manchester United defender of the England captaincy.
Australia's sports minister said Friday that no government should fund another World Cup bid until FIFA had been subject to external scrutiny.
Reigning World Cup champions Spain will bring a star-studded squad that includes six players from Champions League winners Barcelona into a Saturday friendly against the United States.
American goalkeeper Brad Friedel is set to sign a two-year deal with Tottenham as the London club look to bolster their last line of defence following Heurelho Gomes' mitigated season as number one.
A rival fan threw a punch at Lionel Messi on Thursday as the Barcelona star was signing autographs and meeting with fans in his home town in Argentina, according to witnesses.
Dreaming, and chasing dreams into reality, is a central experience of being human. In a sense, our dreams define us: they have made us who we are today. There is no end to our dreaming.
Noted Jurist Barrister Rafiqul Haque yesterday opined to hold national election under a neutral caretaker government because both major political parties do not trust each other.
The prices of petroleum products may go up again anytime within months as the government is contemplating an upward price adjustment to minimise huge subsidy, about Tk 8,500 crore during the outgoing financial year.
The government will sign a credit assistance agreement on Monday (June 6) under which Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide US$ 615 million for the construction of the Padma Multipurpose Bridge to help accelerate growth and reduce poverty in the country.
Two people including a woman were killed in lightning in Lalmonirhat and Kishoreganj yesterday.
National Collegiate Programming Contest, a computer programming contest, began at Dhaka University (DU) Computer Science and Engineering department yesterday to encourage students to be programmers.
Four journalists came under attack from a group of Awami League (AL) activists when they were collecting news on a construction work at Kuthibari of Rabindranath Tagore in Kushtia yesterday.
The government has planned to implement 16 projects under Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) in the fiscal 2011-12, despite implementation failure of the PPP projects earmarked for the last two fiscal years.
Speakers at a rally yesterday demanded enactment of Disaster Management Act and it's immediate implementation.
Noted broadcast journalist Rokeya Haider has been appointed the chief of Bangla language department of the Voice of America (VOA), being the first woman to have joined the role at the radio station since 1958.
Six people were killed and eight others injured in separate road accidents in Lalmonirhat, Chittagong and Rajbari on Thursday and yesterday.
The Malaysian authorities yesterday got the 13 stranded seamen out of a Bangladeshi ship remaining seized in Port Klang in Malaysia for over a year and took the ship under their custody after the ship's owner company failed to repatriate the sailors.
A large number of Roads and Highway (R&H) contractors confined Narail R&H Executive Engineer Shofikul Islam in his Durgapur office on Thursday noon for allegedly holding a tender secretly.
The government has taken initiatives to modernise the existing riverine law to ensure marine safety and reduce riverine accident, said Shipping Minister Shahjahan Khan.
A school student was found dead on a railway track at Masinda in Kalihati upazila yesterday.
A mobile court on Thursday convicted a teenage boy to one month in prison, in default of a Tk 20,000 fine slapped on him, on charge of sexually harassing a girl student in the town.
Bangladesh Open University (BOU) Students Unity Council, Chittagong region, yesterday protested the government's decision of cancelling degree (pass course) and keeping only honours course in Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Social Science (BSS).
Three-year-old Rupa Akter was sleeping on the floor of her house while her parents were out of doors yesterday noon.
A pregnant garment worker was stabbed to death and her body was dumped to a bushy place of the Mirpur Zoo in the city yesterday.
Election Commission shifted talks on electoral reforms with media representatives and civil society members to June 11 instead of June 5 due to hartal.
A gang of muggers stabbed to death an auto-rickshaw driver and snatched away his CNG-run auto-rickshaw at Shakharia of Sadar upazila on Thursday night.
The Detective Branch of Chittagong Metropolitan Police yesterday arrested two persons and recovered ready-made garments (RMG) worth Tk 57 lakh from Boalkhali upazila.
Speakers yesterday demanded that the government fix the paddy price at Tk 20 a kg to save the farmers immediately. The human chain was organised by Campaign for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods (CSRL), Karmojibi Nari, and Online Knowledge Centre in front of Jatiya Press Club in the city.
For the second year in a row, opposition leader Khaleda Zia will make some proposals on the budget at the Winter Garden of Hotel Ruposhi Bangla on June 8.
Bangladesh Udichi Shilpigosthi yesterday demanded immediate competition of the trial of the Jessore Udichi murder case filed over killing of 10 people in 1999.
Detectives arrested two alleged cohorts of top criminal Dakat Shahid, now absconding in India, with firearms from Babubazar in Old Dhaka Thursday. DB said Aminul Islam Aman and Sohel were acting local chiefs of Shahid's gang.
Shamsun Nahar Islam, former headmistress of Dhaka's Quamrunnessa Government Girls' High School, died on Tuesday at the age of 83.
Pakistan and the United States have agreed to resume joint intelligence operations against Islamist militants, the Pakistani foreign ministry said yesterday, in a first step toward rebuilding trust between the two countries.
Explosions rattled the Libyan capital early yesterday as Russia prepared to send an envoy on a shuttle mission to try to broker a negotiated settlement between its Cold War ally and the rebels.
As the image of Ratko Mladic appeared on a television screen placed on a plateau in the vast Srebrenica cemetery, a stoney silence descended on the 20 women watching.
Security forces fired on vast crowds of protesters in the central city of Hama yesterday killing 34, as the largest anti-regime demonstrations yet swept Syria, rights activists said.
Pope Benedict XVI and Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas met in the Vatican yesterday and said there was an "urgent need" for a lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Twelve countries have so far reported cases linked to a still unexplained outbreak of a lethal bacteria that has claimed 18 lives, mainly in Germany, the World Health Organisation said yesterday.
Areas where food supplies could be worst hit by climate change have been identified in a report published yesterday.
US and Chinese defence chiefs said yesterday military relations between the two countries had made some progress and were moving in a "positive" direction.
The head of the US military said Thursday that Pakistan needs time to come to terms with the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, warning it would be a dangerous mistake to abandon the war partnership.
US Senator John McCain warned yesterday that Myanmar could face a Middle East-style revolution if the new army-backed government fails to implement democratic reform and improve human rights.
Around 150 migrants heading to Italy drowned when their ship capsized off the Tunisian coast, the International Organisation for Migration said in Geneva yesterday.
Happiness is not all money in the bank, fast cars and designer clothes, but family, friends and the beauty of nature, a study has found.
An entirely new strain of the drug-resistant MRSA superbug has been found in cow's milk and people in Britain and Denmark, a study published yesterday said.
The UN refugees agency yesterday criticised Australia's plans to include children among 800 asylum seekers to be sent to Malaysia to have their refugee claims assessed.
India's most famous yoga guru prepared to go on a "fast unto death" to protest against corruption after last-ditch efforts yesterday by the government to persuade him to call off his protest failed.
A bomb placed outside a mosque frequented by provincial officials in the central Iraqi city of Tikrit killed at least 17 people and wounded 50 after the main weekly Muslim prayers yesterday.
An explosion at one of the largest oil refineries in western Europe killed four contractors and sent a massive fireball shooting into the sky, British police said yesterday.
Andrew Scheer, 32, on Thursday became the youngest ever Speaker of the House of Commons, the most powerful job in Canada's parliament.
Arts & Entertainment
Loko Natyadal (Banani) brings Rabindranath Tagore's “Baikunther Khata” to the stage as a tribute to the poet on the occasion of his 150th birth anniversary this year. The premiere of the play was held on June 2 at the National Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. The troupe has received a grant from the Ministry of Cultural Affairs to produce the play.
“Republic” -- a mixed album that came out recently -- shouts out that metal is still alive in the country. Although listeners will get the good, bad and the ugly from this album, it's worth buying as some of the tracks will surely be stuck on playlists.
With the theme “Natok Hobey Rajpothey Jibon Juddho Eki Shathey”, a three-day district street theatre festival opened at Feni central Shaheed Minar premises on June 2. Bangladesh Patho Natok Parishad in collaboration with Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy has arranged the festival.
A rare Charlie Chaplin film, bought for £3.20 on eBay, is expected to fetch a six-figure sum when it goes up for auction in June.
Discerning and caring readers must have noticed the sadness, frustration and anguish of a son and a daughter who are still waiting for justice in connection with the murder of their illustrious father (The Daily Star, June 1). The reference is to the unbearably tragic assassination of former finance minister, Mr. Kibria in January 2005.
Civil society and government are seldom on the same page. The reason is not because their interests clash, but because their adversarial role does not allow them to concur. India is in the midst of an experiment which brings the two on the same side. This is on the Lokpal bill, which has already prefixed the word of jan (popular) to it. Both government ministers and the activists, five from each, have been sitting across the table for almost a month. They are drafting legislation to list steps to fight corruption in high places.
Most of the news about the environment, either here in Bangladesh or elsewhere in the world, is distressingly bad. Reports on disappearance of forests, destruction of wetlands, death of coral reefs, and extinction of other natural resources come with frightful frequency.
It is not merely the numerous exotic islands of the Maldives spread out on the Indian Ocean, but also the courageous and indomitable spirit of the people that makes the country a memorable one. Recently, the Foreign Minister of Maldives, Hon. Ahmed Naseem visited Bangladesh for a short trip.
In the fearless world of journalism, there are "slow news days," when nothing at all happens, "heavy news days" when loads of interesting things happen, and "flying cow days" when columnists leap up and dance.
Cyprus Convention: The Ottoman Empire cedes Cyprus to the United Kingdom but retains nominal title.
Forests: Nature at your service’ is the theme slogan of World Environment Day, 2011. It reminds us of the call of Engels, “let us not….flatter ourselves over much on account of our human conquest over nature. For each such conquest takes its revenge on us”. Other classical or ‘positivists’ (Comte, Durkheim, Spencer and others), however, might have thought that natural resources will never be depleted. The popular idea, around the ‘developed world’, was that a nation will achieve progress through industrialisation (raw materials of which have to be extracted from nature, mainly from forest resources around the world). Since then, despite nature’s endless effort to provide a balanced natural habitat for all species, human population has been engaged to unprecedented consumption through indiscriminate squeezing the nature’s resources.
This year, the World Environment Day (WED) is celebrated under the title and theme "Forests: Nature at your service" in order to draw attention to the plight of forests all over the world. The theme complements the focus of the UN International Year (2011) of Forests.
Indoor plants not only look help but also the air to clean fantastic. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) research demonstrates the efficacy of plants as indoor air cleaners. Indoor plants reduce unhealthy pollutants and airborne bacteria, fungi while adding the humidity needed to combat respiratory and allergic conditions.. Many pollutants are chemical compounds that are released into the air through a process called "off-gassing". It is often difficult to completely control the indoor climate in an office or home.
There will be a special page on World Environment Day tomorrow.
Compared to Rabindranath or other pioneering poets/lyricists/writers of his time, Kazi Nazrul Islam's travel credentials would not be considered that impressive. The furthest he went was Karachi, where he was posted after joining the 49 Bengal Regiment in 1917. This experience, however, provided him with an exposure to other cultures and languages, an exposure that would have a major impact on his poetic style. During his time in the army, Nazrul learnt Farsi (Persian). Son of an imam, Nazrul's introduction to Arabic happened at an early age. As an adolescent he joined a leto group and developed a skill in composing poems and songs on short notice. Through his association with the leto group, he also began learning about the Hindu Puranas.
Abba said we were going for a short holiday to see my aunt in Kolkata and then maybe we'll also go to Karachi. If I knew we'd never return, I would've taken time over my goodbyes. Taken leave of my house, my hens, my books, my bicycle. And Mariam. Mariam who used to jump over the garden wall to come play with me. There was a war, but in the tranquil shadows of the back garden, Mariam and I played all day. Schools were closed indefinitely, and anyway, we didn't know anything about wars.
Cutting foods from your diet is one strategy of losing weight. But it is not just about reducing food intake. Addition of certain foods can help lose weight too. The following food stuffs incorporated with a healthy eating plan can help you shade extra pounds and speed up to drop weight.
Smoking in any form is always injurious to health. It affects pregnant mother and her unborn baby as well. Though most of our expectant mothers are non-smoker, they are exposed to smoke passively, because of their husbands or relatives who smoke at home. Direct smoking and passive or secondhand smoking are equally harmful for mother and their foetus.
Motion sickness can quickly spoil that long-awaited vacation or business trip. The inner-ear disorder affects balance and equilibrium, possibly leading to queasiness, nausea and vomiting.
Using a mobile phone might increase the risk of developing certain types of brain tumours and consumers should consider ways of reducing their exposure, World Health Organisation (WHO) cancer experts said recently.
Using a wired headset can significantly cut down any exposure to radiation while you use your cell phone. Wired headsets are much better than Bluetooth devices.
The new face (graphic symbol) of nutritional advice for consumers was released recently by the United States Department of Agriculture — MyPlate.
Star Books Review
Forty years into Bangladesh's independent statehood, it makes sense to travel back in time and reflect on some of the pioneering work which went into the making of the state. Nurul Islam was one of the men who played a quiet yet formidable role in advancing the Bengali cause through his assessment of the economics that needed to underpin the idea of, first, regional autonomy for East Pakistan and, second, full sovereignty for Bangladesh. With him there were Anisur Rahman, Rehman Sobhan and Mosharraf Hossain, men who shared his view that Pakistan's Bengali province, being geographically removed from its western half and, more significantly, characterised by clear socio-cultural differences with Islamabad, could legitimately lay claim to a different, more attuned to reality sort of economy.
“All autobiography is self-indulgent”; so said Daphne du Maurier, whose books so many of us have read and loved. Who can forget “Rebecca”, “My Cousin Rachel”, “The Loving Spirit”, “Frenchman's Creek”, to name just a few of her novels? Hence, an opportunity to read about this writer in her own words in a book she calls “Myself When Young. The Shaping of A Writer”, is not something lovers of English literature can let pass.
Swedish linguist Sven Ohman (1936-2008) knew differently, and it would be even harder to imagine why he believed that Noam Chomsky (b. 1928--) has never been a linguist. It is something hard to believe for anyone who is familiar with the name of Chomsky and the reputation it carries. Formerly an Uppsala University professor of linguistics, Sven Ohman in his book, The Essence of Language: A Philosophical Problem, has successfully established his observations and findings denying Chomsky's position as a linguist.