News of: Saturday, 25th of June, 2011
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Filling of the river Shitalakkhya at Kanchpur in Narayanganj continues under the very nose of district and police administrations despite a High Court order to stop the encroachment.
As there is no worthwhile effort to reduce the widening gap between the opposition BNP and the ruling Awami League on the caretaker government issue, the chance for talks is dying away fast.
Forest officials yesterday visited Char Bestin in the coastal areas of Patuakhali and Bhola and found over 30,000 trees of the mangrove forest have been chopped down by around 400 locals on Thursday.
Opposition BNP yesterday questioned the legality of the money-laundering case against Arafat Rahman Koko, younger son of its Chairperson Khaleda Zia, and his conviction.
Some brokers in Malaysia are taking hefty sums from undocumented migrants including Bangladeshis promising them regularisation. They claim they are government-authorised agents.
Niko Resources Ltd has been fined more than $9 million after it admitted in a Canadian court that it had bribed former Bangladesh state minister for energy AKM Mosharraf Hossain with the use of a vehicle and a trip to North America.
Construction of an exclusive rail bridge over the Jamuna has become very crucial as the Bangabandhu Multipurpose Bridge is now handicapped by various limitations, including restrictions on speed and load of trains.
Bapex yesterday successfully extracted gas from Samutang field in Manikchhari of Khagrachhari district almost 48 years after its discovery.
At least 23 people were killed in three explosions in a busy district of the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Thursday, officials said.
With no treatment available in Bangladesh and India to restore Rumana Manzur's eyesight, her family is now approaching eye specialists in developed countries hoping to find some treatment for her eyes there.
Four explosions rocked Myanmar's capital, Naypyitaw, and two other towns yesterday, residents said, adding several people were wounded but no one had been killed.
The Daily Star and DHL Express will today honour successful business personalities, business houses and innovators for making major strides in developing the country's economy.
Armed robbers looted gold ornaments from a jewellery shop at the city's Banani yesterday.
The BNP high command has decided to form a new central executive committee of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), an associated body of the party, to give momentum to its ongoing anti-government movement.
Five people were killed and 10 others injured when a pick-up rammed a stationary truck on Dhaka-Sylhet highway near Gabtali bus stand in Shibpur of Narsingdi early yesterday.
Awami League General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam yesterday said politicians have no reason to be happy with the jail sentence on Arafat Rahman Koko; rather they have something to learn from the judgement.
Contaminated water can be cleaned much more effectively using a novel, cheap material, researchers said yesterday.
The main opposition BNP has called a half-day hartal in Sirajganj for tomorrow protesting the arrest of its district general secretary advocate Mokaddes Ali.
Some unidentified youths yesterday attacked a protest programme against "the government's repression" on Rab victim Limon Hossain in front of the city's National Museum.
Police arrested three suspected activists of outlawed Islamist outfit Hizb ut-Tahrir at the city's Shahi Eidgah yesterday afternoon.
A joint team of Department of Narcotics Control and Rapid Action Battalion yesterday seized huge quantity of liquor and arrested eight youths at Ashulia in Savar yesterday.
A series of roadside blasts in Thailand's insurgency-torn south yesterday killed at least two people dead and left 13 others wounded, police said.
This paper has been consistently in favour of greater connectivity, regionally and inter-regionally. We are also for a wider scope for trade and commerce with India. As it is a vital and significant window of economic growth, we have all through remained a vocal supporter for a well thought out transit deal which will be win-win for both sides. We believe with adequate homework, transit can usher in a new era of bilateral relations between our two countries, serving as an example for others to emulate.
Despite the existence of a government ban on felling of trees until 2015, destruction of forests has been going on unabated. The Char Bestin mangrove forest in Patuakhali district did come under attack in broad daylight on Thursday. Villagers supported by a Non-Government Organisation (NGO) were allegedly involved in cutting down some 5,000 trees from the mangrove forest.
Last season's runners-up Mohammedan SC all but confirmed a sixth-place finish in the Grameenphone Bangladesh League after playing out a goalless draw against archrivals Abahani in their last match at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
Five-time champion Venus Williams cruised into the last 16 at Wimbledon with a straight sets victory over Spain's Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez on Friday.
His immense desire to return to the international arena has prompted Macedonian coach Nikola Ilievski to take charge of the Bangladesh national football team despite having only four days available to prepare them for the FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Pakistan.
Bangladesh's preparation for the FIFA World Cup pre-qualifiers against Pakistan got underway with 11 players out of 24 at the BKSP today.
New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris announced his retirement from international cricket Friday, saying he wanted to concentrate on the domestic Twenty20 competition and the Indian Premier League.
Three-time finalist Andy Roddick crashed out of Wimbledon in the third round on Friday as the American was beaten 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (7/2), 6-4 by Spain's Feliciano Lopez.
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni gave West Indies' team a boost after their 63-run first Test defeat by suggesting they could push the visitors in the remainder of the series.
Cricket's governing body is set for fierce battles over moves to scrap its rotating presidency and bar "minnow" nations from the next World Cup at annual talks in Hong Kong starting on Sunday.
In the winter of 1983, Imran Khan was at the peak of his powers. A decade after his inauspicious debut, he had taken up the captaincy just six months ago; the all-rounder was well on his way towards greatness.
The Gregarious made a winning start to the Citycell Premier Division Basketball League by beating Moha-mmadpur Basketball Club by 72-44 points at the Dhanmondi Basketball Gymnasium yesterday.
Stuart Broad, England's new Twenty20 captain, had a second injury scare ahead of Saturday's match against Sri Lanka in Bristol but insisted he would be fit to lead the team for the first time.
New Zealand will host Zimbabwe for the first time in 11 years as part of a home international schedule early next year that also features South Africa, officials said Friday.
Upul Tharanga, the Sri Lankan opener, has been handed a three-month suspension from all cricket and cricket-related activities by the ICC for failing a drugs test during the 2011 World Cup. The ICC accepted the offence was not deliberate and the suspension was back-dated to begin on May 9 2011, which means Tharanga will be eligible for selection from August 9.
Sri Lanka's sports minister has failed to persuade India's cricket board to revise its ban on players participating in the inaugural Sri Lankan Premier League, a report said Friday.
He may have failed to pull up many trees at Real Madrid or Manchester City while his return to Santos didn't last long before he fell back on his feet at Milan - but whatever his club record Robinho has become a fixture with the Boys from Brazil.
China crashed out of London 2012 Olympics qualifying in controversial circumstances while Asian champions Japan survived a scare to make it safely through to the next stage.
Cameroon and Ghana face difficult 2011 All-Africa Games third round qualifiers this weekend as they seek cures for Olympic hangovers.
During last year's World Cup in South Africa, Paul the Octopus shot to fame for his accurate match predictions, so for the women's competition starting in Germany on Sunday, step forward ... Paula.
FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke on Friday issued a scathing assessment of Brazil's 2014 World Cup preparations, saying the future hosts still lacked stadia, airports and transportation.
National team defender Dennis Marshall was one of two people killed Thursday in a two-vehicle smash in the mountains near San Jose, Costa Rica, the Red Cross reported on Thursday.
It was 11:30am on a Tuesday when Selina Akhter, a 35 year old woman carrying her two-year-old daughter on her lap, was trying in vain for an hour to hire a rickshaw to go to Sadarghat from Mitford Hospital in the city.
I first heard about Anushandhitsu Chokro (“Circle of Inquiring Minds”, henceforth abbreviated as Achokro) from Dr. Dipen Bhattacharya, who teaches physics and astronomy at California's Riverside Community College. Dipen is also a research professor at University of California Riverside, author of two science fiction novels, a climate-change activist and an avid outdoorsman. He and five others founded this science club in 1975.
Residents of Uttara Sector No-13 yesterday demanded the government stop allotting residential plots in the open space alongside the lone park in the neighbourhood.
The government is planning a national policy to introduce quota system for Dalit and Harijan communities in different government and private organisations, Social Welfare Minister Enamul Hoque Mostofa Shaheed said yesterday.
Speakers at a discussion yesterday demanded immediate cancellation of the production-sharing contract (PSC) with US-based oil company ConocoPhillips for gas exploration in the Bay of Bengal.
Academics, human and women's rights activists, media personalities, cultural activists and students in a protest rally yesterday demanded exemplary punishment of Hasan Sayeed Sumon to avoid repetition of any forms of violence against women.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday laid emphasis on the translation of national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam's works in all popular languages to spread his creation across the globe.
Three people were killed and 15 others injured in separate road accidents in Chittagong and Natore yesterday.
The UK government has hailed Bangladesh for arresting eight members of a document forgery gang in Sylhet on June 18.
An expectant young woman yesterday died after around seven hours into her admission to Panchagarh sadar hospital, due to alleged negligence of an on-duty doctor.
The major political parties will have to reach consensus over the caretaker government system issue to avoid confrontations, speakers at a debate programme said yesterday.
Tibet's spiritual leader Dalai Lama has appreciated Bangladesh's role to achieve and sustain global peace.
Mohammed Shajahan, a founder life member of the North South University Foundation (NSUF), was unanimously elected chairman of the board of governors of the foundation on Thursday.
At least seven people including two municipality councillors were injured as supporters of two upazila parishad chairman candidates clashed at Rakhal Gachha village of Tajpur union under Singra upazila of Natore on Thursday.
Continuous transport strike here called by Brihottoro Chattragram Sharak Paribahan Malik Karmachari Sangram Parishad from June 26 to press home their 12-point demand was postponed till August 1.
An octogenarian was stabbed and critically injured by miscreants over a trifling matter at Kutipara of Puran Bhausia in Munshiganj on Thursday night.
Speakers yesterday at a human chain demanded the government to repeal all sorts of discriminatory sections with the religious minorities from the constitution.
An Awami League (AL) leader was killed and two others injured in a road accident in Natore yesterday.
Dhaka University (DU) authorities yesterday handed over honours and masters' degree certificates of Shaheed Khaza Nizam Uddin Bhuiyan, Bir Uttam, to his family yesterday.
Speakers at a rally yesterday urged the government to initiate diplomatic talks with India to ensure free flow of water from upstream to resolve water crisis on the basis of mutual cooperation.
Journalist and former student leader Matiur Rahman Bachchu passed away due to heart attack in Pabna on Thursday night. He was 66.
Nazrul Islam, former secretary of the Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division (IMED) of Ministry of Planning, passed away at a hospital in Brussels of Belgium on Wednesday at the age of 78, says a press release.
The US House of Representatives yesterday beat back an effort to cut funding for direct US strikes on Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi's forces.
The United States said Thursday it was ready to provide hardware to modernise the military of the Philippines, which vowed to "stand up to any aggressive action" amid rising tension at sea with China.
US President Barack Obama ignored military advice for a more modest drawdown from Afghanistan, his commanders said Thursday, suggesting his decision carried risks for the war effort.
A cellphone used by Osama bin Laden's courier appears to show that he was aided by Pakistani militants linked to the country's powerful intelligence agency, The New York Times said yesterday.
China has warned its ally North Korea against making any further attacks on South Korea following two deadly border incidents last year, the South's President Lee Myung-Bak was quoted yesterday as saying.
Ukraine's ex-prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko yesterday went on trial for alleged abuse of power, denouncing her rival President Viktor Yanukovych as a coward fearing political competition.
Syrian security forces opened fire yesterday on anti-regime rallies killing at least 11 protesters, three of them in the capital Damascus, human rights activists said.
Judges at the UN court for Rwanda yesterday sentenced to life in prison the first woman to be charged with genocide and incitement to rape before an international court.
A powerful 7.2-magnitude earthquake shook Alaska's Aleutian Islands late Thursday, and US officials issued a localized tsunami warning near the remote island chain.
The United States voiced concern yesterday that pro-Palestinian activists plan to embark on an aid flotilla to the Gaza Strip in defiance of an Israeli naval blockade.
The UN is sending a mission to Yemen on Monday to examine the human rights situation, amid persistent popular protests calling for the ouster of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, a spokeswoman said yesterday.
The Afghan government yesterday called for an end to cross-border attacks from Pakistan, warning that such incidents could affect "improving trust and cooperation" between the two wary allies.
Five civilians and one policeman were killed yesterday by a bicycle bomb which exploded in a busy bazaar in northern Afghanistan, the provincial governor's spokesman told AFP.
India's commerce minister called Thursday for more cooperation with the United States on nuclear energy and brushed aside talk of scrapping ambitious plans in the wake of Japan's Fukushima crisis.
European Union leaders gave Croatia the green light yesterday to join the bloc as they endorsed the closure of negotiations with Zagreb, a diplomat said.
Sixteen people in northeast India have been killed by landslides triggered by heavy monsoon rains, a senior police official said yesterday.
Brazilian and Spanish candidates are leading the field for an upcoming election for the next head of the Food and Agriculture Organisation in Rome, the UN agency leading the struggle against global hunger.
Arts & Entertainment
Nazneen Chumki is a popular face on both TV and the stage. Her versatility has won her a national award for her acting skills. Not just that she is an upcoming screenwriter as well. Her performance as the protagonist in the monodrama, “Sitar Agniporikkha” has attracted much attention.
Music enthusiasts of the port city attended a classical music programme on Thursday evening, at Theatre Institute, Chittagong (TIC) in the city.
50 Cent is to write an anti-bullying book aimed at young people.
On the occasion of 100th birth anniversary of poet and socio-cultural activist Sufia Kamal, Bengal Foundation, in collaboration with the poet's family, has organised a five-day cultural festival at Bengal Gallery in Dhanmondi, Dhaka. The festival opened yesterday, according to a press release.
A two-day Ethnic Cultural Festival, organised by Khudra Nri Goshthi Cell [for ethnic groups] of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA), opened yesterday at the National Art Gallery Plaza, BSA.
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The debilitating adversity on the life and living of many, particularly, the working class, caused by the 36 hour hartal of 12-13 June last is much too recent to be erased from public memory. While the general population is yet to recover from the shocks and after shocks of the hugely unsettling hartal phenomena, there is talk of another hartal this time for 48 hours. The optimists would like to bank on the pragmatism of the political class to ward off the ominous second hartal.
This is understandably not the best of time for the world, and also for our country. Muammar has dourly stuck to his Bab-el-Azizia. Bashar, an ophthalmologist by education and a president by inheritance, has not been able to find a solution to the turmoil in his country because of his short-sighted policies. The America-led United Security Assistance Force (USAF) claims that it has the Taliban on the run. But after the night falls, the Taliban camp on the outskirt.
The death of 6 Bangladeshi workers, and 8 still unaccounted for, while evacuating from war-torn Libya last March, came as a shock for the country, where unemployed young men are making a desperate bid to leave the country.
Oops. This Is Embarrassing. A reader asked me to put him in touch with a contract killer.
Ozone is a relatively unstable form of molecular oxygen containing three oxygen atoms (O3) and its production occurs in two layers of the atmosphere, i.e. troposphere and stratosphere. It is blue in colour and has a strong odour. The production of ozone in ground level atmosphere (troposphere) is regarded negatively because it comes from pollutants, which result from industrial activities, transport operation and some natural sources. On the other hand, the natural production of ozone in the stratosphere is necessary because it plays a key role in protecting life on Earth from the ultraviolet rays of the sun. The major environmental problems we are facing now is its decreasing level in the stratosphere and the increasing level in the troposphere due to anthropogenic activities.
In recent days, Bangladesh is facing serious problem due to the shortage of natural gas supply. Most of the gas wells are old and need renovation and maintenance. Exploration of new wells in a time-taking matter and also needs huge investment. The natural gas is mainly consumed in power generation 55% (including captive) and the other major uses are industries 17%, domestic 11.5% and fertilizer 11% as per Petrobangla statistics, January 2010. There is no possibility of improving the situation quickly and government has stopped giving gas connection to new users. In this crucial situation, we need to plan for alternative energy source for power generation.
The wind was soft against her closed eyes but it still woke her with the gentle rain on her face and she turned smilingly towards him. “It is raining, but don't say we have to go home yet”.
A year ago this month, we lost Dr. Jahangir Tareque, a well-known teacher, linguist, literattéur and translator. He was a professor at the Institute of Modern Languages, University of Dhaka. At the time of his death he was living in accommodation to which he had shifted from his university quarters where he had lived for many years with his family, comprising his wife, a son and two daughters.
Speakers at the Second International Conference “Thinking Other-wise with/in English Studies,” held at Jahangirnagar University on May 13-14, 2011, detected a crisis in humanism and emphasized the need for reshaping English departments. The purview of English Studies has to be rethought and redesigned in order to prioritize various objectives of teaching English at a university level, they opined.
is the Lover
constantly beaming radiation
towards Beloved Blue Earth.
A bloody beast is screaming with anger,
A molten sun is mourning in tears,
A symphony is beating faster,
A breeze is whispering prayers.
Choosing a proper diet for patients getting cancer treatment is crucial to keep their weight and nutrition up — it is a part of overall management. Knowledge on foods is also essential for prevention of certain types of cancer.
"Doctor when should I send my child to School?" — is a very common question that we face every day in our professional practice. And obviously it is a very important and pertinent question for the new parents. Depending upon many factors, age of schooling may vary.
In case of emergency, a well-stocked first aid kit could be a lifesaver. Keep one at your home, in your car and even at work. And keep one handy if you are hiking, biking, camping or boating.
A man in the U.S., who was blinded in one eye 55 years ago, has had his sight restored, according to the Journal of Medical Case Reports.
Strawberries boost red blood cells' response to oxidative stress — an imbalance that occurs with various diseases (such as heart diseases, cancer and diabetes) and physiological situations (birth, aging, physical exercise etc.).
Older women bothered by constipation may have a higher risk of heart disease than those who are more "regular," a large study of U.S. women suggests.
Recently Dhaka declaration of the Asia-Pacific Peace Conference expresses its full support and solidarity with the people of Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain, Jordan and Libya in their struggle for peace, democracy and progress. Believing that people's dignity includes their rights to resist oppression but also do not let other to decide their own fate, this Conference express its vehement condemnations to the imperialist military aggression against the Libyan people carried out by the USA, France, Great Britain and the entire NATO along with several willing allies from the Arab World and demands the immediate and unconditional halt of the war operations and the withdrawal of all foreign troops and navies from the area. The Conference rejects all forms of interventions which infringe the right of the peoples to determine their own fortunes and internal matters. The Conference also rejects the imperialist plan for a "Greater Middle East", which was initiated by the USA in 2003, later endorsed by the G8 and by NATO and demands the complete withdrawal of all occupation forces from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Africa-when the word comes forth, some stereotyped pictures appear in our minds. We envision Africa as a continent of tribal strife, poorest nations and states with geometrically sketched boundaries. Once upon a time Oriental thinkers perceived Africa as a 'dark continent'. But now Africa is a sublime continent beyond all these imaginations. Now many global powers are extending their interest and sphere of influence towards it. Among these China and India are worthy of mention. Bangladesh, this time, is not lagging behind. It is also looking for opportunities and thus exploring potentialities to meet the growing food insecurity and export of workers to new destinations.
President Barack Obama ordered all 33,000 US surge troops home from Afghanistan by next summer and declared the beginning of the end of the war, vowing to turn to nation building at home.
Star Books Review
Idealists are a vanishing breed. I suppose every generation has lamented their demise, actual or merely perceived. Looking back on my own generation, I am inclined to believe that the tears are not without some merit. A fast-forward would not perhaps alter much. Vanishing or not, it is a rare breed and Md. Anisur Rahman , economist and ardent exponent of Rabindrasangeet, certainly belongs to it.
Andrei Gromyko was a regular target of cruel humour, all the way from Joseph Stalin to Nikita Khrushchev to Leonid Brezhnev. And yet all these men knew of the invaluable expertise which Gromyko, beginning with the onset of his diplomatic career at the height of the Second World War, brought into Soviet dealings with the rest of the world, especially the United States. He was there at Dumbarton Oaks when the United Nations was given shape. As Soviet permanent representative to the world body, he stamped his nation's signature on the formative stages of the UN. He served as deputy foreign minister. As ambassador to the United Kingdom in 1952 --- he presented his credentials to a very young Queen Elizabeth II even before she could go through her coronation --- he cemented a relationship forged between London and Moscow in the crucible of the struggle against Hitler. As ambassador to Washington, it was his job not merely to present Soviet diplomacy in as bright a light as possible but also take a measure of the way American policy makers shaped attitudes to his country.
Imagine a man attempting to understand a woman. He would fret over the complexities of female psychology, scratch his head in frustration and waste uncountable pages and pens. There would be several rewritings, broken threads of reason, sparks of emotion and passages of to-and-fro analytical narrative. And in the end after implementing much intelligence our diligent writer would come up with something very similar to The Golden Notebook.