News of: Saturday, 9th of July, 2011
A large number of undocumented Bangladeshi workers in Malaysia might be left out of the regularisation process due to refusal of many employers to pay the levy they are supposed to pay for the foreign workers.
Details of all the deals between Bangladesh and India, including transit, should be made public before the signing, said Opposition Leader Khaleda Zia yesterday.
Indian External Affairs Minister SM Krishna yesterday asserted that the transit through Bangladesh is for peaceful purposes only.
The afternoon was relatively calm because it was hot, more so because it was the weekend. No jam-packed streets in Dhanmondi with bumper-to-bumper traffic honking their horns uselessly. Only a few vehicles were whizzing by at almost regular intervals.
BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami yesterday announced a two-day fresh agitation programme including a mass hunger strike protesting the arrest of opposition activists and “attempt to kill” the opposition chief whip during the 48-hour hartal.
Pictures of now and then show political culture has changed little. Politicians in opposition always come under ruthless police attacks and leaders in power waste no time to claim that no wrong has been done. Have not the politicians learned a lesson as yet? Should not people expect them to wake up and put an end to the criminalised practice of thrashing opposition by law-enforcers?
Pakistani police and paramilitary troops were ordered yesterday to shoot on sight in its largest city Karachi as up to 85 people were killed in a surge in ethnic and political violence over four days.
Four more bodies were recovered from the Shitalakkhya river yesterday afternoon, raising the death toll from Wednesday's launch capsize to 13.
Losing eyesight in the battering from husband, Dhaka University Assistant Professor Rumana Manzur now wants her only daughter Anushey to stay with her for the rest of life.
The construction work of the Padma Bridge and river training is yet to start but work on related structures like rehabilitation centres is going on in full swing, says the communications minister.
Strengthening social business and promoting innovative methods of accessible finance are not only a matter of justice but also a concrete way to help the poorest of the poor, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso has said.
The Sundarbans received more than 10 lakh votes through text messages in the last two weeks for its inclusion as one of the world's new seven natural wonders.
The class-X student of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College, who was molested allegedly by her teacher, went to Singapore for treatment Thursday night.
At least 27 people received treatment at Infectious Diseases Hospital (IDH) after being bitten by dogs in different parts of the capital yesterday.
The Calcutta High Court yesterday directed the West Bengal government to inform the court in two weeks about the steps being taken by it to repatriate around 500 Bangladeshi prisoners who have served their sentence but are still languishing in different jails in the state.
Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson has been arrested by police yesterday in connection with phone hacking and corruption charges.
Sometimes state agencies step out of their defined terms of reference, which can create havoc for the state. And that can happen under several circumstances. One, if they are left alone to their own devices, or, secondly, if they are used for partisan purposes. And if the agencies happen to be those that are reposed with the responsibility for the security of the state, their actions may spell disaster for the state, if left unchecked.
For the Member of Parliament from Cox's Bazar-4 constituency there seems to be no lid on his use of muscle power, right, left and centre. And if anyone wants to point to this trait of his, he might just get the stick.
Bangladesh League champions Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club made a flying start to their Grameenphone Super Cup campaign with an effortless 6-1 win over Brothers Union in the tournament opener at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
Zahid Hossain Emily and Zahid Hasan, the two star names of Bangladesh national football team, are perhaps two of the most neglected names too in their club Sheikh Jamal.
It is the Premier League that has a place for everyone. Basketball's highest competition in the country is a field for young enthusiasts, semi-pros, amateurs as well as experienced professionals from home and abroad.
Pakistan cricket chief Ijaz Butt has said former one-day captain Shahid Afridi will never lead the national side again, blaming him for losing matches against the West Indies in May.
Fearing an acute shortage of medical and other essential supplies, Libya's rival factions are in talks with the United Nations to ease international sanctions on the war-torn nation, AFP has learned.
Both men and women archers faced early exits in the Individual recurvo-bow events of the World Archery Championship after dropping out from the Elimination round in Turin, Italy yesterday.
Amra Ching Marma slammed a hattrick to take holders Bangladesh Ansar & VDP to the National Women's Football Championship final with an empathic 6-1 win over Satkhira in the first semifinal at the MA Aziz Stadium yesterday.
HSBC made a flying start on the first day of the 6th Ascent Corporate Soccer Cup with a massive 73 win over Radio Foorti at the STM Hall in Uttara yesterday.
Harbhajan Singh became the 11th bowler in history to capture 400 Test wickets while Ishant Sharma again bowled impressively in the rain-lashed third Test between India and West Indies on Thursday.
India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh said he expected to continue tormenting batsmen for a long time, after becoming only the 11th bowler to capture 400 Test wickets in the third Test against West Indies on Thursday.
Where does greatness begin? Shane Warne's started when he bowled that famous ball in Old Trafford in 1993 while Sachin Tendulkar had it stamped on him the moment he decided to bat with a broken nose in his first Test series at the age of 16.
Sri Lanka's Suranga Lakmal will miss the fifth and final one-day international against England at Old Trafford here on Saturday.
Russia's two-time Olympic pole-vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva is targeting an international comeback this season after a series of setbacks last year, she told AFP in an interview.
English batsman Owais Shah has become the second international to sign with the Hobart Hurricanes for Australia's Twenty20 Big Bash next summer, the team said on Friday.
A fiery encounter saw special guests Costa Rica get back into contention on Thursday for a place in the Copa America quarterfinals with a 2-0 victory over nine-man Bolivia.
Like Argentina, Brazil have made a sluggish start at the Copa America, but they get a second chance to impress on Saturday against Paraguay at Cordoba.
Having perennial favourites Brazil in your group at the Copa America can be seen as a blessing or a curse.
Unsettled Manchester City striker Craig Bellamy has reiterated his determination to leave the club, revealing he has not spoken to manager Roberto Mancini for 18 months.
Nicolas Anelka will not contest a court decision to rule against him in his legal action with French sport daily L'Equipe over their reporting of his World Cup outburst, his agent said on Friday.
Australian sprint legend Cathy Freeman on Friday gave birth to her first child, a girl, according to a statement on her website that said the proud mother was doing well.
Anyone in the country would be able to plan their travelling routes and track their vehicles' location in real time from computers or mobile phones using Global Positioning System (GPS) by the end of 2016.
I spent my childhood in Sylhet where a torrential downpour can extend to days. But if monsoon made adults miserable, children had reasons to celebrate. The Fotang, a shooting toy fashioned from thin bamboo cylinders, appeared this season. It fired with a loud crack and the green spherical bullets - seeds, really - shot forth with great speed. Overflowing streams brought plenty of fish to be nailed with spears. Monsoon fruits, such as Lotkons and Luklukis, arrived with the rains.
The reformist group of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) yesterday called upon all regional political parties for a united movement to ensure rights of indigenous peoples of Chittagong Hill Tracts.
Songkhubdho Nagorik Samaj, a forum for human rights, from a human chain yesterday asked the government to stop extra-judicial killings.
India is committed to strengthen the bond of friendship between the youths of India and Bangladesh, visiting Indian External Affairs Minister SM Krishna said yesterday.
The upazila nirbahi officer (UNO) of Kumarkhali on Thursday filed a defamation case against six editors and publishers of three local daily newspapers in Kushtia, alleging publishing of false and fabricated news against him.
Border Security Force and Border Guards Bangladesh yesterday at a sector commander-level meeting agreed to share real time information to capture trans-border criminals and militants.
Election Commission (EC) has undertaken a plan to provide the citizens with Smart Card, containing all information of a voter, in place of the existing voter ID card.
Leaders of an alliance of some religion based political parties in a statement yesterday urged the newly formed 12-party alliance to withdraw their 30-hour hartal called from tomorrow.
Sultan Salauddin Tuku, president of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal, was placed on a three-day fresh remand yesterday in connection with the July 1 petrol bomb attack targeting the vice-chancellor of Dhaka University.
An initiative taken for introducing the Halda River, a natural fish-spawning site of Bangladesh, to the outside world was awarded National Digital Innovation Award this year.
The planned border haats, common marketplaces for both Bangladeshis and Indians, are likely to open officially this month to boost local business and trade between the two neighbours, the commerce minister said yesterday.
Failure of ruling Awami League (AL) backed candidates to gain majority in the just concluded Union Parishad (UP) elections in Rajshahi was mainly due to ignorance of AL lawmakers to consider grassroots opinion in selecting the candidates, said party insiders.
Election of Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (Ruet) Teachers' Association will be held on July 12.
Today (Saturday, July 9) is the 10th death anniversary of eminent journalist and author Mahbub Anam, former editor of The Bangladesh Times.
After searching for around 51 hours, the body of the missing assistant inspector of Department of Explosives, Chittagong who slipped and fell into the Bay while boarding a scrap ship on Wednesday morning was recovered here yesterday.
Police here on Thursday night arrested three people suspected of murdering an engineer of a state-run gas company in the city's Mazumderpara area on Tuesday night.
An adolescent girl was raped at Ziala Nalta village in Tala upazila on Thursday night.
An inmate of Joypurhat jail died yesterday morning at Joypurhat Modern Hospital after he suffered a massive cardiac arrest Thursday night, according to the prison officials.
Airport Armed Police arrested two people with 216 cartons of foreign cigarettes, 10,000 pieces of wristwatch batteries and some women's clothing from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport yesterday.
Two people were killed and two others injured in a head-on collision between a truck and a three-wheeler at Nurullapur Chinirbatoal of Lalpur upazila yesterday.
Abu Ahmad Abdullah, a former director general of Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies, passed away at the city's Shamorita Hospital yesterday due to old age complications at the age of 67, says a press release.
Just hours before south Sudan becomes independent, a mood of joyful expectation swept through its capital yesterday, with crowds dancing in the streets amid last-minute preparations for today's historic ceremony.
Sudan yesterday announced its official recognition of the new Republic of South Sudan a day before its southern neighbour becomes the world's newest nation.
Syrian security forces opened fire on anti-regime protests yesterday, killing at least thirteen people, activists said, while nearly half a million people demonstrated in the protest hub of Hama.
The number of violent incidents in Indian Kashmir fell below 100 in the first half of the year, the lowest level since the start of an insurgency more than 20 years ago, according to police.
A plane carrying 112 people crashed as it attempted to land in stormy weather in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo yesterday, but at least 53 people have survived, the air company said.
The United States violated international law by executing a Mexican national who was denied his consular rights, UN human rights chief Navi Pillay said yesterday.
Tens of thousands of people took to the streets across Egypt yesterday to defend the uprising that toppled president Hosni Mubarak, directing their anger at the new military rulers over the slow pace of reform.
Many people, including children, are dying while fleeing serious drought in Somalia, the UN refugee agency said yesterday, warning that aid efforts are at risk of being overwhelmed by the large numbers of refugees arriving in camps.
Tens of thousands rallied in Sanaa yesterday to "reject" Yemen's dependence on the United States and Saudi Arabia, saying badly burned President Ali Abdullah Saleh was "politically dead" after a TV appearance.
Officials at Israel's main airport yesterday refused entry to 69 people they said were pro-Palestinian activists, and said most would be repatriated on the first available flights.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is to visit India this month for strategic talks with Indian leaders, a spokesman for the Indian foreign ministry said yesterday.
Thailand's defeated Democrats launched a legal bid yesterday to ban the victorious party of fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, threatening fresh political turmoil.
Pakistan officials said yesterday that a four-day air and ground offensive against militants in a key tribal district had left 42 enemy fighters and eight soldiers dead on the Afghan border.
Union Petroleum Minister S Jaipal Reddy met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Friday and called for steps to resolve the impasse over creation of a new state of Telangana from Andhra Pradesh.
Malaysian police yesterday prepared to lock down the capital ahead of a controversial electoral reform rally which has triggered fears of chaos in downtown Kuala Lumpur.
Iran is stepping up its support for Shia militants in Iraq, supplying them with more sophisticated weapons, the top US military officer said Thursday.
An army colonel accused with nearly 200 soldiers of mass rape in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has surrendered with his men to the military, an army spokesman told AFP yesterday.
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi confirmed yesterday that he will not run in the next elections in 2013 and will hand over the reigns of his party to Justice Minister Angelino Alfano.
President Hugo Chavez appears to be suffering from colon cancer, The Wall Street Journal reported late Thursday, citing two sources with close knowledge of the Venezuelan leader's condition.
Vladimir Putin was sent to Russia by God to help it deal with its troubles in the early post-Soviet era, the Kremlin's top political adviser was quoted as saying yesterday.
US micro-blogging website Twitter is gaining value and is now worth an estimated $8 billion, the New York Times reported yesterday.
Arts & Entertainment
Veteran painter Aminul Islam passed away yesterday at his residence in Gulshan-2 in the city. He had been suffering from old age complications for a long time. He was 80.
The publication ceremony of the complete literary works of late dramatist Ostad Kawsar Ali and late litterateur and poet Professor Tabibur Rahman, was held in the district on July 3. The venue was the Satkhira Officer's Club.
Bangladeshi singer Shaon Chowdhury has recently bagged two international awards. The World Master Organisation Committee in Seoul, South Korea has declared "The World Master Award" in Music (singing category) to singer Shaon Chowdhury on June 21.
Shilpangan Contemporary Art Gallery has organised a solo painting exhibition titled “Women's Lib”, featuring the works of a budding painter Razia Sultana. This is the painter's second solo exhibition which was inaugurated by veteran painter Samarjit Roy Chowdhury on July 1. Ali Ahmed, Deputy Secretary of Ministry of Public Administration; and Kazi Mostafizur Rahman, Joint Commissioner of ICD were present as special guests. Noted poet and architect Rabiul Hussain presided over the inaugural session.
Hollywood actors seem to have it all-- money, fame, notoriety, talent (sometimes in that order) and now they seem to have found a way to stop the wrinkle clock! Johnny Depp spent two long hours and twenty disappointing minutes trying to find the fountain of youth in the latest “Pirates Of The Caribbean” film, but all he really needed to do was check out these youthful looking actors. Although they look young and flawless, we reveal the shocking real ages of Hollywood's hottest stars…
Noted media and theatre personality Mamunur Rashid last performed in a radio play in 1972. The play was Shaheed Munier Chowdhury's “Kabor”.
Shooting of the mega serial "Poush Phaguner Pala" is on in village Belishwar, located in Dhamrai upazila of Dhaka district. Though so far the shooting had been confined to short spans, the camera now will be busy for 40 days beginning July 1. Director of the serial Afsana Mimi is naturally on her toes as she steers the cast and crew.
Basilio, a newly opened art gallery, will organise a group art exhibition featuring the works of three contemporary painters Farida Zaman, Ranjit Das and Maksudul Ahsan at New DOHS in the city. The exhibition opens today and will continue till July 20.
Photographs of the assaulted opposition chief whip that appeared in newspapers are undoubtedly unfortunate spectacles that speak of the aberrations in the law enforcement culture. It is, however, heartening to note that the speaker of the parliament has been quick to express his unhappiness at the police action and has promised to write to the home ministry to enquire into the matter in order to take appropriate actions.
We must reckon that at least 25% of the population of Bangladesh swears by the Jamaat-e-Islami and they are very anti-Indian and they are in the clutches, many times of the ISI." These words by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh are part of the record that his office has released on his informal talks with five editors a few days ago. Why a cautious person like him should be so indiscreet is beyond me and why the PMO has uploaded this portion of talks on the prime minister's website leaves me confounded.
A month before her term expires, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo appointed Renato C. Corona as chief justice of Philippines. It was Arroyo who in 2002 appointed Corona as an associate justice in the Supreme Court and made him chief justice after nine years.
Public toilets matter to everybody. They have huge public health implications. Unfortunately, this issue remained under-focused until now in the policies and the programmes. As an inevitable consequence, urinating and defecating in open have been usual in the cities and towns of the country. This study on public toilet conducted by Centre for Urban Studies in collaboration with WaterAid in Bangladesh focused on Dhaka City's public toilets. Detailed and systematic assessment were made on the existing situation of this important service in terms of volume of the needs, existing service volume and quality; operations, maintenance and management system; and regulatory framework especially roles of responsibilities of different agencies. Based on these, several policy recommendations have been formulated. This report presents a summary of the findings and recommendations.
This burgeoning megalopolis of over 10 million is difficult to manage that no one will disagree. What is however making it unnecessarily more unbearable and unclean is the absence of public toilets at strategic places. The result is outdoor defecating, usually at predawn, and street-side urinating throughout the day. Needless to say the womenfolk are most disadvantaged due to the prevailing situation. Here is one instance where the offender is blameless.
Professor Serajul Islam Choudhury, a distinguished teacher, research scholar as well as leader in sociological, philosophical and political thinking, assumed the chairmanship of the Department of English of Dhaka University after the war of liberation to usher in an era of the democratic tradition of liberal intellectual exercise. SIC, as he is popularly known, has always been a brilliant, dutiful and compassionate teacher who commands the deepest respect and admiration of all the students.
Paying tribute to the Bard of Avon is a task that itself calls for sublimity. For such an endeavour at once demands a cluster of skill, enthusiasm and an endless love on the part of those concerned. And when it comes to the matter of staging his famous plays on stage, it demands a variety of skills, varied enthusiasm and incessant efforts, to say the least.
I stretched and yawned as I started to wake up. I rubbed my eyes vigorously and opened them. I blinked and looked around. To my surprise, I was surrounded by rectangular wooden slabs instead of my cosy bed!
Recollection of those days
So precious in some ways
When we lived in the maze–
There was the thrill of daze.
Fever is the commonest symptom (about 41 percent) for which parents bring their children to the physicians. Fever always brings tension in parents' mind and sometimes they become puzzled if temperature is high (more than 102-104 degree Fahrenheit), especially when fever persists for more then 3-4 days and/or associated with convulsion.
While millions of people in the world are struggling to access safe drinking water, drugs contamination in the supply water has been emerging as a rising concern.
Surgeons in Sweden have carried out the world's first synthetic organ transplant. Scientists in London created an artificial windpipe which was then coated in stem cells from the patient.
-Follow a healthy diet and eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Too many carbohydrate and sugary foods in the diet lead to tooth decay in the long run.
Men who have been recently diagnosed with prostate cancer can help keep their disease at bay by taking brisk walks, claim researchers. Based on their observations, men who power walk for at least three hours a week can halve how much their cancer will grow and spread over the next couple of years.
Fertility doctors claim that they have found a non-invasive way to screen IVF embryos for genetic abnormalities like Down's syndrome. The current method involves taking cells from the embryo itself, which experts fear may be harmful. Now UK researchers say that it is possible to run the same checks on cells surrounding the fertilised egg that are normally thrown away.
If everything goes well, an independent new nation will emerge, today, 9th July 2011, in the African continent for which Bangladesh can take pride for her contribution in bringing a peaceful solution to the longest conflict in Africa. It is the South Sudan, which till yesterday was part of Sudan, the largest country in Africa.
The much anticipated announcement on the drawdown of US troops from Afghanistan came on June 22, 2011. President Obama declared that the US will withdraw 33,000 troops from Afghanistan by September 2012. Striking a confident posture, he assured his nation that the drawdown of troops was being undertaken from a "position of strength". In his assessment "the tide of war is receding …in Afghanistan, the light of a secure peace can be seen in the distance."
The Monthly Review-- Haifa-In an unexpected series of declarations Meir Dagan the former Chief of the Mossad surprised the Israeli Political System by attacking its national security judgement concerning a possible attack of Iran.
Star Books Review
Let me begin with a confession. I have been drawn to The Wandering Falcon because of what I share, even if to a limited extent, with the writer. Jamil Ahmad, as a member of the Civil Service of Pakistan, has served, among other places in his country, in Baluchistan, Quetta to be precise. I spent the first seventeen years of my life in Quetta and finished school there. Almost a quarter of a century after 1971, I went back to Quetta on New Year's Eve in 1995 and ended up walking around the old familiar places for the next five days. Quetta, indeed the mountains of Baluchistan, its desolation and the many tribes who have called it home for centuries, have always held magic charm for me. And it is magic which Jamil Ahmad recreates in this softly spoken tale of how tribesmen, and women, defined and pursued life in the times before the whole region stretching from Baluchistan and all the way up to the North-West Frontier Province (these days known as Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa) was laid low by religious fundamentalism typified by the Taliban and then made worse by al-Qaeda.
One hears the story of an enchanting land comprising people who are a world unto themselves in terms of ways of living their lives, their demeanour, emotional outbursts, moral standards set by themselves, however wide the deviations might be from the edicts of religion entailing double standards and many others. A reader keeps on peeling off layer after layer of darkness only to discover a nadir of darkness sown in their character as reflected particularly in their private lives unknown to the world outside. One common factor that binds all such people in all such families is that they are all 'obscenely rich'; their men are free to do as they like while women as lesser beings are ruled by them and are the arbiters of their fate. There is dissatisfaction, resentment, fear and sorrow among the womenfolk but all in a hush-hush way. Then the reader is startled coming face to face with a rebel, a belligerent young woman who is determined to fight tooth and nail for her freedom as a human being, knowing full well the price she will have to pay for it. In other words, Amira, the protagonist, later known as Jenna Sorrel in America, risks her life along with her baby son to win freedom.
Debut author Abu Bin Mohammad Zubair's first foray into the world of literary fiction is a showcase of some of the most ignored and in effect forgotten facts of the blood and tear-stained glory that is 1971. A tale of both choice and consequence, The Silent and the Lost stands as a new biting portrayal of the lives before, the lives during and the lives after the brutal nine-month war for hope that gave birth to Bangladesh.