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News of: Saturday, 16th of July, 2011
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BNP is working to form a platform for political parties to resist the next parliamentary elections under the Awami League-led coalition government.
Undocumented Bangladeshi workers in Malaysia are falling prey to the same crooked manpower agents who are responsible for their misery over the years.
Abdullah Al Mamun has been silent since the Mirsarai tragedy in which he lost nine friends. Lying on his bed at Centre Point Hospital in the port city, he only gives blank looks as his parents wait anxiously to hear him speak.
“May Allah, the almighty not give such deep shock and sorrow to anyone. I know how it feels when our dearest ones leave this world for ever. May Allah give you the strength to endure the pain of losing your beloved children.”
A woman committed suicide after killing her baby girl in the capital's Nadda yesterday, failing to withstand the humiliation by people her husband had “cheated.”
Arrival of upstream floodwaters has not only flushed the stagnant dirty water out of the four rivers around the capital but also sparked festivity among millions of people on the banks.
Two print workers were killed after a truck hit their bicycle at the Bangla Motor intersection in the capital early yesterday.
The officer-in-charge of Tanore Police Station was removed yesterday for raiding the house of the journalist he beat up on Thursday.
BNP will stage demonstrations across the country today to protest the arrest warrant against its Senior Vice-chairman Tarique Rahman in the August 21 grenade attack case.
The first-ever haat on India-Bangladesh border opens on July 27 near Rajibpur upazila of Kurigram district. It will be inaugurated on July 23.
Rebekah Brooks, the embattled chief executive of Rupert Murdoch's News International, quit yesterday as the phone hacking scandal forced the once-mighty media baron to sacrifice his cherished aide.
A boiler explosion in a rice mill of Dinajpur left at least three people dead and three others injured yesterday.
The Department of Environment (DoE) has realised over Tk 16 crore in fine and seized over 12,000 tonnes of construction materials from 350 different business entities in last one year.
At least three people were drowned and 15 others missing after an engine-driven boat capsized in the Mahishkhola river in Ramnathpur area of Kalmakanda upazila yesterday.
Thousands of protesters rallied across Egypt yesterday, capping a week of nationwide sit-ins to demand political change as anger grows with the military rulers over the slow pace of reform.
Five civilians were killed in one of the deadliest parts of southern Afghanistan when their mini-van drove over a land mine, a provincial government spokesman said yesterday.
Begum Khaleda Zia has recently said that she would throw away the amended Constitution if and when she is elected to power. Reacting to this, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed her 'surprise' at the 'indecent' remarks.
Driving while distracted is a killer combination. Last Monday a truck loaded with students at Mirsarai of Chittagong drove into a ditch while the driver was talking over the phone. At least 42 students and two others died. It's a common sight of people piloting cars and motorbikes while their ears are glued to a phone. One handed even.
The Bangladesh national football team started training for the World Cup pre-qualifiers against Lebanon yesterday with a dream of making it to the group phase of the qualifiers for the first time.
After prolonged drama, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) announced the 15-man national team for the tour to Zimbabwe that begins on August 30, with all-rounder Nasir Hossain earning his first call-up.
England Test captain Andrew Strauss has saluted India icon Sachin Tendulkar as the legendary batsman prepares to chase his 100th international hundred in the forthcoming series between the sides.
Michael Phelps returns to China, scene of his astonishing Beijing Olympic swimming triumphs, seeking to kick-start another Olympic campaign at the 2011 World Championships which will start in Shanghai on Saturday.
While Muktijoddha Sangsad are trying to form a strong squad for the next season ensuring the service of several star players, their own tent has been dealt a little blow when Sheikh Russel scooped up three players from the All Reds.
India cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni expressed his sorrow Thursday at the bomb blasts in Mumbai that killed 17 people and left more than a hundred injured.
A five-day contest where often neither side wins, Test cricket may seem out of touch with 21st Century life yet next week's series opener between England and India at Lord's will mark its 2,000th match.
England batsman Jonathan Trott has said if he hadn't given up alcohol, "I don't think I'd be sitting here today," adding there were times when drink made him "go nuts".
Sri Lanka will not use the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) for Australia's forthcoming cricket tour because of the cost of the system, the country's governing body said Friday.
IIDFC emerged as champions of the 6th Ascent Cup 5-a-side Corporate Football Tournament with a 1-0 victory over Gemcon in the final at the STM Hall in Uttara yesterday.
The scene was the third day of a Lord's Test in June 1996. Debutant Sourav Ganguly had defied critics and wowed the crowd at cricket's home by stroking a fluent 131. But he left the stage, leaving India with 4 wickets in hand and still trailing England by 48 runs in the first innings. The other debutant, Rahul Dravid batting at number 7 and with a technique as classical as can be hoped for, had the unenviable task of batting with the tail to take India to a lead.
Argentina and Uruguay will renew their historic rivalry when they clash in Saturday's Copa America quarterfinals with all eyes on potential match-winners Lionel Messi and Diego Forlan.
Peru, dreaming of a first triumph in 36 years, will try to halt a resurgent Colombia on Saturday in their Copa America quarterfinal meeting.
David Beckham says he's chomping at the bit to finally face his old club Saturday when the Los Angeles Galaxy host Real Madrid in a football friendly at the storied Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
Ashley Young said he already felt at home in a Manchester United jersey after making his debut in his new club's 4-1 friendly win against New England Revolution.
With Japan set to face two-time winners the USA in Sunday's women's World Cup final, coach Norio Sasaki said his team cannot expect a bumper bonus if they win but maybe a watch instead.
Colombian international striker Radamel Falcao has shunned the chance to join one of Europe's superpowers by extending his contract with Porto to 2015, the Portuguese champions announced on Thursday.
Sri Lanka Cricket on Friday appointed former fast bowler Rumesh Ratnayake as interim coach for an upcoming home series against Australia.
Ekushey Television clinched the title of Kool-BSJA Media Cup football tournament with a tense 3-2 victory in tiebreaker over RTV at the Handball Stadium yesterday.
Heavyweight boxing brothers Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko were mourning their dead father on Thursday after the 64-year-old former Soviet Air Force colonel died from cancer in Ukraine.
Former England all-rounder Paul Collingwood took a hat-trick as Durham dismissed Northamptonshire for just 47 in their Twenty20 at Chester-le-Street on Thursday.
Mexican international centre-back Maza has left PSV Eindhoven to join Stuttgart, the German club's sporting director Fredi Bobic announced on Friday.
English Premier League club Blackburn Rovers agreed a deal to sign Argentine striker Mariano Pavone on a free transfer on Friday.
Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer's arrival at Bayern Munich took a turn for the bizarre on Thursday after five hostile fan groups issued him with a code of conduct to comply with.
A Dhaka court yesterday placed four police constables out of 23, arrested on Thursday from Noakhali for using fake freedom fighters' certificates to get their jobs, on a one-day remand.
A Bangladeshi engineer has earned the repute of being the coordinator or principal engineer of the ever-largest project in US civil work's history to save its coastlines from hurricane onslaughts.
I blinked in disbelief. The Jambura sapling that I had nurtured painstakingly was suddenly looking strange. Its leaves had disappeared leaving only the spines which resembled long green thorns. Inspecting, I found the culprit: a fat green caterpillar chomping away at the leaves. I quickly quashed the bug, eliminating one of many threats this tree will encounter in its life.
Many fishing boats from neighbouring Myanmar were reported to have entered the territorial waters of Bangladesh, officials said yesterday, adding that coastguard and naval forces launched searches for the boats in probable spots along the maritime boundary in the Bay of Bengal.
Autobiography of a British officer, "The Last Guardian: Memories of Stephen Hatch-Barnwell, ICS of Bengal", was launched at Dhaka Club yesterday.
Four people were killed and 40 others injured when two passenger buses collided head-on in Gazaria upazila yesterday.
Over one hundred people at a human chain yesterday demanded justice through a fair probe into the death of Ganotantri Party President Nurul Islam and his son Tamohar Islam.
National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Port yesterday announced a five month-long protest programme to press home its seven-point demand to protect the country's natural and mineral resources.
In The Daily Star report headlined "Bangladesh hopes for Nobel in math by 2030", which was published Friday, Prof Jamilur Reza Choudhury, president of Bangladesh Mathematical Olympiad, was misquoted as expressing the dream that a Bangladeshi would win Nobel Prize in Mathematics by 2030. In fact, there is no Nobel Prize awarded in Mathematics and what Prof Choudhury said was that they dream of a Bangladeshi winning Nobel Prize in one of the science subjects -- Physics, Chemistry or Physiology/Medicine.
Foreign Minister Dipu Moni has called for greater cooperation among the private sectors of the D-8 member states to enhance trade within the group.
The preliminary report on the country's 5th Population and Housing Census, 2011 will be released today.
The Seventh International Inter-University Photography Exhibition 2011 began at Shilpakala Academy in the city yesterday showcasing 239 photos and 52 photo-stories from 46 universities of home and abroad. Later, 37 photographs were awarded. The exhibition, organised by North South University Photography Club, is open for all from 11:00am to 7:00pm till July 22. The Daily Star, Desh Television, The Daily Samokal, Radio Foorti and bdnews24.com are media partners.
A section of noted citizens yesterday demanded exemplary punishment to Porimol Joydhor, the sacked teacher of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College, for his alleged sexual assault on a female student at his Badda coaching centre on May 28.
The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) filed a case against six sub-registrars and two Dalil Lekhak on corruption charges.
The first death anniversary of Bulbul Ahmed, a noted actor and director, was observed at Zahir Raihan Colour Lab of Film Development Board (FDC) in the city yesterday.
Md Ekramul Haque, 14, son of Md Rafiqul Islam, a watchman of Officers' Training School, Bangladesh Air Force, Matiur Rahman Base, Jessore, has been reported missing since June 5, says a press release.
Sudan's government and a Darfur rebel group, the Liberation and Justice Movement, signed a peace accord in Doha on Thursday, while a key rebel faction criticised the deal as failing to address any serious issues.
Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi yesterday said that the recognition by Western and regional powers of the rebel National Transitional Council was of no significance.
Indian detectives have been questioning people with links to underworld gangs as they scramble for a breakthrough in the Mumbai bombings that killed 17 people, officials said yesterday.
A US drone strike targeting militants in southern Yemen Thursday killed at least 50 people, two Yemeni security sources said.
The first American soldiers of about 10,000 due to leave Afghanistan this year have flown home, military officials said yesterday, kicking off a gradual drawdown due to be completed in 2014.
Forests play a larger role in Earth's climate system than previously suspected for both the risks from deforestation and the potential gains from regrowth, a benchmark study released Thursday has shown.
The United States is in talks with NATO to remove US tactical nuclear weapons from Europe, in a push toward a nuclear-weapons-free world and to cut costs, a Japanese newspaper said yesterday.
A couple from Falkirk emerged as the winners of the £161m Euromillions jackpot, becoming the largest lottery winner in Britain's history.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reaffirmed Thursday that she would retire after next year's election, saying she was physically tired from the "merry-go-round" of public life.
Myanmar's embassy to Washington has been rattled by two defections of senior diplomats in an embarrassment for the military-backed regime which wants to show the world that it is evolving.
A crowd of about 2,000 left-wing Israelis and Palestinian activists marched through East Jerusalem yesterday in a show of support for Palestinian statehood, a rare Jewish-Arab demonstration in this contested city.
More than one million protesters flooded Syrian streets yesterday seeking an end to President Bashar al-Assad's regime as security forces opened fire and killed at least 28 and wounded nearly 100, activists said.
Iraq will execute two of Saddam Hussein's half-brothers within a month along with three other former regime officials, an official said yesterday, a day after the five were handed over by the US military.
Former enemies Vietnam and the United States began a joint naval drill yesterday, despite Chinese objections after weeks of escalating tension in the disputed South China Sea.
A series of eruptions at an Indonesian volcano threw rocks, lava and ash hundreds of metres into the air and forced thousands of people to flee, officials said yesterday.
Japan has told its diplomats to avoid Korean Air flights for one month in protest at the carrier's recent overflight of islands disputed by the two nations, an official in Tokyo said yesterday.
Libya yesterday denounced a Russian envoy's suggestions Tripoli had a "suicide plan" to blow up the capital if rebels were to seize it, the official Libyan news agency Jana said.
Japan is expected to announce early next week that it is broadly on track in its "roadmap" to stabilise the tsunami-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, media reports said yesterday.
At least 32 officers were wounded and 54 demonstrators were arrested here Thursday in a mass protest demanding more funds for public education, police said.
A documentary portraying the political story of Sarah Palin debuts yesterday in a handful of US theaters, as the right-wing conservative darling remains on the fence about whether she'll enter the 2012 presidential race.
A Peruvian ex-army officer known as the "Butcher of the Andes" and accused of killing 69 peasants in the 1980s, was extradited to Peru from the United States late Thursday to face charges, police said.
Google on Thursday released blockbuster earnings figures along with word that more than 10 million people have already joined its freshly-launched online social network.
Arts & Entertainment
Shadhona (Centre for Advancement of South Asian Culture) held the 9th instalment of their bi-monthly dance programme “Nupur Bejey Jaye” at the main auditorium of Chhayanaut in Dhanmondi, Dhaka on July14. Artistes from the troupes -- Kalpotoru and Dhriti -- also performed at the event.
Basilio, a newly opened art gallery in Dhaka, has organised a group art exhibition featuring the works of three painters -- Farida Zaman, Ranjit Das and Maksudul Ahsan.
“Amar Bondhu Rashed”, a film based on the Liberation War directed by Morshedul Islam and produced by Impress Telefilm Ltd, was screened at Rajshahi University on Thursday.
Former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is to make his return as a Hollywood leading man in Western movie “The Last Stand”.
A cultural function was held at the auditorium of PSTU (Patuakhali Science and Technology University) on Thursday. The programme marked 11th anniversary of the institution.
A talented musical instrumentalist achieves his goal through untiring effort and commitment: Sukesh is a good example of this.
The Daily Star editorial "Get a hold on the state agencies" published on July 9, 2011, tells us in no uncertain terms about the disturbing conditions that occur when state agencies step out of their defined terms of reference. It makes the dismal allegation that the assets of security agencies had been used for partisan purposes and that security providers have themselves become the cause of insecurity.
Civil society in India may not have succeeded to force the government to adopt a radical bill to constitute the Jan Lokpal, an ombudsman, to eliminate corruption. Yet the threatened movement and fast by Gandhian Anna Hazare, centre of action, has put the fear of god in the mind of the government. It has begun cleansing its stable.
With the world population currently at 7 billion and UNFPA and its partners launching a campaign called "7 billion people -- 7 billion actions," it might be an achievement for the developed countries, but definitely a cause for worries for a land-starved and disaster-ridden country like Bangladesh.
In management in particular and in social sciences in general, interpersonal relations is a useful research area, dating back to the late eighteenth century and involving a pantheon of top-drawer researchers and astute practitioners. Commanding high visibility and respectability, incidence and spread, interpersonal relations in public sector workplaces deserves some probing in Bangladesh.
My friend Lift Lurker was trying to think of new business ideas.
(Part I appeared in this page on 9 July 2011)
Today's piece is the second and concluding part of a report filed by Centre for Urban Studies and WaterAid in Bangladesh on public toilets in Dhaka city.
Literary Editor's note: Dr. Fakrul Alam, author, translator and academic, presented a paper at the First International Literary conference organized by Bangla Academy on 27 June 2011. We bring to our readers the first part of the paper. The second will appear next week.
Sirajul Islam, owner of the 'Town Press', was sitting with an angry expression. There were several reasons for his anger. Proofreader Jobed Ali had not arrived yet. The machine man was sitting idle. The sky was overcast. There was much likelihood of a rain or thunderstorm. Sirajul Islam would have to go home if there was rain. But he was hoping to spend the night with Binti. He stays with Binti for sometime once every month. The girl is quite decent. Does not make any fuss. Sirajul Islam does not want trouble at this age.
Every year, hundreds of thousands of children in Bangladesh are brought to the hospitals because of a simple disease diarrhoea with a devastating impact. Rotavirus is the leading cause of severe diarrhoea and one of the most easily preventable public health challenges we face today.
One of my junior colleagues, having one small kid, asked me, "Sir how to be a good parent and what are the impact on the mind of a child if parents are not reasonable?" I found this question very important, pertinent and interesting.
The immune system helps your body fight off germs, protecting you from getting sick. The ADAM Encyclopedia suggests these ways to help support your immune system:
There are more than 4,000 known compounds present in cigarettes. It has been estimated that every cigarette reduces an individual's life expectancy by 14 minutes. Like placing undue pressure on the body's respiratory, circulatory, immune and renal systems, smoking interferes with the absorption of vitamins and minerals in maintaining reproductive health both in men and women.
The United States is holding back some military aid to Pakistan, President Barack Obama's chief of staff confirmed, after a New York Times report said US$800 million ($745 million) was being withheld.
The absence of acrimony and recrimination during the recently concluded meeting between the foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan was clearly reflected in the positive terms used by the two officials to describe their dialogue -- 'constructive and productive', 'frank and cordial', 'substantive', 'forward-looking', 'purposeful' and 'comprehensive'. Given that the talks took place on the eve of 'elections' in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), it is quite remarkable that the highly charged political rhetoric of the election campaign there did not find resonance in the dialogue and despite Jammu and Kashmir being on the agenda.
As they dissect the lethal rockets which Iraqi Shiite insurgents have fired at their troops, US weapons analysts in Baghdad say they have no doubt of Iran's signature.
Star Books Review
Shonar Paramtala is a novel by Mizanur Khan. The author is a journalist, having completed his studies in journalism at Dhaka University. He is based in London, working at BBC as producer.
Two books have gained much prominence in recent times. The common subject in both the books is sexuality and Gandhi's experiment with brahmacharia, abstinence and racism. The writers are well-known scholars and researchers on two sides of the Atlantic, Joseph Lelyveld in America and Jad Adams in Britain.
On the occasion of Rabindranath's 150th birth anniversary, Bangla Academy has published a special issue (Baishakh 1418) of its periodical Uttaradhikar, devoting all 320 pages of the journal to scholarly writings on Rabindranath's life and literary works. It comprises, for the most part, works by seasoned Tagore exponents who have been working on Rabindranath for decades. As a result, the collection will presumably become a reliable work of reference for Tagore enthusiasts, on the one hand. On the other, if one looks for radical new readings of Tagore's classics in the light of contemporary critical literary theories, one will find little. Nevertheless, Bangla Academy's initiative in bringing together such a rich collection of scholarly essays and to offer it to readers at such a low price (taka 50 only) is praiseworthy.