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News of: Friday, 5th of August, 2011
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Amid rising prices of essentials and adulteration of food, Commerce Minister Faruk Khan has come up with a solution: “Eat less”.
Law enforcers yesterday arrested BNP lawmaker Syeda Asifa Ashrafi Papia, and two other pro-BNP lawyers in connection with a case filed on charges of assaulting police and preventing them from performing duties at the High Court on Tuesday.
BNP acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday termed “controversial” the two High Court judges who on Wednesday banned 13 lawyers from practising in any court of the country following a pandemonium in the court.
Aged only two and a half years, Fatema Lamia has had chickenpox once and fever several times, each time recovering without treatment.
The High Court yesterday directed the officials of Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) to submit their wealth statements to the Rajuk chairman in 30 days.
The High Court (HC) yesterday directed Building for Future Ltd to pay Tk 10 lakh in compensation to each of the families of four construction workers killed in a recent lift collapse in the capital.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the 'culprits' who are behind load shedding and water crisis during iftar and sehri will be identified and given exemplary punishment.
The government yesterday protested an article published in the London-based Economist magazine, saying that this is a blatant lie and aptly speaks about the writer's utter disrespect for responsible journalism.
Modern trains will be introduced in Dhaka and Chittagong by the next year to make commuting with their adjoining districts fast and easier.
Syrian troops killed at least 45 civilians in a tank assault to occupy the centre of the besieged city of Hama, an activist said yesterday, in a sharp escalation of a campaign to crush an uprising against President Bashar al-Assad's rule.
Leaders of the non-Bangalee indigenous communities reiterated their demand for constitutional recognition as "indigenous" or "adivasi" people instead of "tribal" or "small ethnic" groups, as according to them they fulfil all the United Nations' criteria to that end.
Foreign Minister Dipu Moni's recent statements about the country's indigenous people betray the spirit of the Liberation War and insult those who believe in diversity and plurality, 15 noted rights activists said yesterday.
A new theory suggests the Earth once had a small second moon that perished in a slow motion collision with its "big sister".
A High Court bench yesterday observed advocate Anisul Huq had suppressed its order for arrest of two top Sagufta Group executives over the death of a Tejgaon College student.
Advocate Anisul Huq, a counsel for Sagufta Group officials, has protested a news report published in The Daily Star on Tuesday under the headline “Concealed info leads to conflicting HC orders”.
China has arrested 2,000 people and shut down nearly 5,000 businesses in a clampdown on illegal food additives, after a series of food safety scares.
Militants shot and killed four Muslims yesterday in separate attacks across the restive Thai south, police said, amid fears of a spike in violence during the holy month of Ramadan.
Nasa scientists announced Thursday that they had found the first evidence of flowing water on Mars.
The issue of mushrooming kindergartens needs to be addressed in earnest. The finalisation of the Non-government Primary (Bangla and English medium schools) School Registration Rules, 2011 is a right step forward in this direction, provided these rules are applied rationally.
The adoption of a near-unanimous resolution by the UN Security Council on Syria, for all its show of decisive action, clearly lacks the teeth to be effective by any measure. The resolution, supported by fourteen members, the only exception being Lebanon, has condemned the Bashar al Assad regime's use of force against Syrian citizens and the violation of human rights in these past three months of an uprising which as yet shows no sign of abating. In all these months, President Assad has made promises of reforms more than once and just as quickly reneged on them.
Zimbabwe's first day on their return to Test cricket went according to script as Bangladesh bowlers fell flat and inspired little. The home side dominated proceedings at the Harare Sports Club, ending the Day One of the one-off Test on 264 for two, a total that could have been higher if not for two strokes of luck for the visitors.
They are too young and have played too few Test matches to be criticised but the three pace bowlers on the first day of the only Test against Zimbabwe failed their skipper who decided to field first at the Harare Sports Club.
It hasn't been the norm in Test cricket but the organisers decided to do the national anthems before the start of play.
Reigning champions Mohammedan and last's runners-up Abahani promised to put up a better show in the final of the Grameenphone Super Cup to entertain the spectators at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.
Haroon Lorgat believes that countries should develop strong domestic structures more willingly than asking for more international matches.
Tickets for the Argentina-Nigeria International friendly match will be available at eight Dhaka branches of IFIC Bank from August 8, said BFF organisers yesterday.
Bangladesh advanced to the semifinals of the SAFF U-16 Championship after being held to a goalless draw by hosts Nepal in their Group B match at the Dasrath Stadium in Kathmandu yesterday.
India can bounce back in the ongoing four-Test series in England if they get their "hunger and intent back", former captain and leg-spin great Anil Kumble said on Thursday.
Bowling legend Wasim Akram feels it is too early to write off the captaincy skills of MS Dhoni, who is at the receiving end after India's two consecutive losses in the Test series against England.
Batting great Sunil Gavaskar on Thursday blamed poor technique for India's dismal show in the Test series in England, saying the tourists looked like a "schoolboys team".
Andrew Flintoff, the man whose greatest years as a Test cricketer coincided with England's last sustained run of excellence in five-day cricket, believes the team of 2011 is a better outfit than the 2005 side that won six series in a row and regained the Ashes for the first time in 18 years.
Manchester United's former Dutch goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar bid farewell to his adoring public on Wednesday in the company of several star internationals in front of 53,000 Ajax fans.
Englishman Rikki Clarke livened up a run of the mill English county championship match on Wednesday by equalling the first-class record of seven catches for an outfielder in an innings in his county Warwickshire's clash with Lancashire.
Marco Fabian scored twice in two minutes to lift Mexican club Chivas of Guadalajara to a stunning 4-1 victory over Spanish giants Barcelona in their friendly on Wednesday.
Germany coach Joachim Loew on Thursday called up uncapped midfielders Ilkay Gundogan and Marco Reus and eight Bayern Munich players in his squad for next week's friendly against Brazil.
Inter Milan coach Gian Piero Gasperini on Thursday batted away persistent questions about his Dutch midfield star Wesley Sneijder, who is wanted by Manchester United.
Nine man Rangers crashed out of the Champions League at the first hurdle following a fiery 1-1 draw away to Malmo which also saw the home side end with ten players here on Wednesday.
Diego Maradona has arrived in Dubai to begin his stint as coach of Al Wasl in the UAE league.
Former France coach Raymond Domenech, sacked for misconduct after the 2010 World Cup, on Thursday accepted a 1million euros settlement from the French football federation (FFF).
The government yesterday instructed millers to stop supplying sugar directly to 'corporate buyers' to cool down the prices of the commodity, triggering fears of fallout among manufacturers of drugs, processed foods, bakery, sweetmeat, beverages and candy.
Bangladesh Bank sees a wider deficit in the current account balance in the country's external sector due to high import pressure and a slowing remittance inflow in the current fiscal year.
State-owned Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB) yesterday began selling sugar at Tk 62 a kilogram through open market -- an attempt that came two weeks after the prices of the sweetener surged to as high as Tk 80.
Commerce Minister Faruk Khan yesterday warned sugar refiners, saying the government will take action against them if prices go beyond the level fixed by the government due to a supply crunch.
Internet price has been slashed down by 16.66 percent and set at Tk 10,000 per megabits per second (Mbps) from Tk 12,000 before for leased internet access via submarine cable.
A section of dishonest businessmen are doing a brisk business in the country due to laxity in implementation of laws regarding food safety, speakers said at a meeting in the capital yesterday.
The executive board of the International Monetary Fund expressed confidence in managing director Christine Lagarde Thursday after a French court ordered an embezzlement probe against her.
Share prices on both bourses declined yesterday as investors went for panic sell-offs following the initiatives of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to file cases against market manipulators.
M Anwarul Haq has recently joined Alliance Holding Ltd as executive director for corporate affairs, the company said in a statement yesterday.
Newly formed mobile financial services provider, bKash, has recently selected a Visa company, Fundamo, to power its services in Bangladesh.
Anglo-Dutch food and cosmetics giant Unilever said Thursday its first half net profit rose 10 percent on the back of rising sales in emerging markets such as China and India.
The man with his right arm draped casually over Mohammad's shoulders as they walk out of a metro station could be mistaken for the Bangladeshi guest worker's best buddy.
"The fundamentals have finally clicked." So says the Detroit-trained boss of the world's oldest motorcycle company, the long struggling but now thriving Royal Enfield.
The world's largest economy was headed toward an unprecedented default, and all Washington wanted to talk about was the manner in which the president had left a room.
Japan sold one trillion yen ($12.5 billion) and loosened its monetary reins on Thursday, joining Switzerland in efforts to tame currencies buoyed by safe-haven demand from investors fretting about the deteriorating health of the global economy.
The Apple iPod has a cutesy little legend on the back which reads 'Designed in California, Made in China'. Well, the implication of that is quite clear we in California do the clever stuff and they just stick it together. If it was made in France or Germany, the Apple people certainly wouldn't be quite so dismissive. 'Engineered in Germany' perhaps, or 'Designed with French flair'.
China has allowed cooking oil producers to hike prices to cover the rising cost of raw materials, companies and state media said Thursday, des-pite its struggles to curb already high inflation.
Most Asian stocks fell on Thursday but Tokyo ended higher after the government intervened in the currency market to curb the yen's rise.
After long nine years, former president AQM Badruddoza Chowhdury met BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday, responding to an invitation to an Iftar party hosted by the opposition leader.
A mobile court aided by Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday busted three unauthorised vermicelli factories in the city's Kamrangirchar and Chawkbazar and fined the factory owners a total of Tk 1.65 lakh.
Four people, including a six-year-old boy, were killed in separate road accidents in Dhaka, Chittagong, Dinajpur and Bhola yesterday.
The three assistant proctors of Chittagong University withdrew their resignation letters yesterday upon request of the vice-chancellor.
The Election Commission yesterday granted BNP and 15 other political parties one and a half months more for submitting reports on their financial transactions.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested three youths in the city for their alleged links to banned Islamist outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB).
A group of Bangladesh Chhatra League activists severely beat up a student at Rajshahi University early yesterday, as the victim did not seek BCL's intervention in the settlement of a minor dispute.
A Rajshahi court yesterday acquitted 12 militants of banned Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) in a case filed for torturing a teenage boy in Bagmara during the rise of militancy in 2004.
Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni yesterday said the constitution has recognised all ethnic minorities and the government is pledged-bound to protect the uniqueness of all ethnic minorities either in hilly or plain lands.
Department of Environment (DoE) fined two dyeing factory owners Tk 43 lakh in Gazipur and Narsingdi yesterday for polluting rivers by discharging toxic chemical wastes.
The Supreme Court yesterday directed the authorities concerned to maintain status quo on the possession of the ancestral house of renowned actress Suchitra Sen in Pabna till August 18.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said her government has taken numerous steps for the development of the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT).
A boy who survived the Mirsarai tragedy succumbed to his injuries at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) yesterday morning, bringing the death toll to 41.
Low-lying areas of Chittagong city went under water after heavy downpour at regular intervals from dawn to dusk yesterday.
The launch owners will start selling tickets in advance for the home-bound people from August 15, a fortnight into the Eid-ul-Fitr that is likely to fall on September 1.
A minor boy was killed under wheels of a truck while he was crossing road with his father in Jatrabari area of the city yesterday morning.
Today is the 62nd birth anniversary of Sheikh Kamal, the eldest son of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
A private car driver was stabbed and a car was snatched in the Port Colony area under Halishahar Police Station in the port city yesterday.
Over 25, 000 people at 20 villages along the silted Betrabati River in Satkhira Sadar upazila have remained marooned since July 24 as water that entered the villages overflowing the banks of the rain-fed river has not yet receded.
About 400 children at a char of Jamuna River in Shibalaya upazila are being deprived of education due to absence of any educational institution in the area.
Activists of Jubo league and Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) Palashbari upazila units clashed over toll collection from gambling sheds in a union under the upazila on Wednesday night, leaving at least 20 people from both sides injured.
Agitated relatives and locals assaulted an on-duty doctor and ransacked a private clinic in the town, following the death of a woman in post-natal complication at the clinic in the early hours of yesterday.
Five kilometre portion of 17-km-long Patuakhali-Galachipa road has become virtually unfit for vehicular movement as condition of the rundown road, marked by large potholes, has worsened due to heavy rainfall in the on-going rainy season.
At least 50 people, including 10 policemen, were injured in a fierce clash between law enforcers and local people in Tentulia upazila of Panchagarh Wednesday night.
Around 25 pedestrians including school going students in the town were bitten by mad dogs in a month, much to the anxiety of the residents of the municipality area infested with stray dogs.
Medical services for 26 lakh people in the district is limping due to acute shortage of doctors and staff at hospitals and health complexes.
A teenage girl was gang-raped in Richang Jharna area under Matiranga upazila of the district on Wednesday evening and police arrested a youth in this connection.
The report on the subject was published on July 23 in local English daily. Unsafe work method is usually a fairly normal way of working in this profession. Except for a few skilled masons, carpenters and plumbers, most of the work in building construction is done by cheap unskilled labourers.
Dhaka metropolis city is dying, due to overcrowding and mismanagement, (not being decentralised politically). Also the functioning of two big agencies, namely, Rajuk and DCC, are not being seriously reviewed, for increased efficiency in day to day functions. Allocation/approvals/sanctions and O&M (operation and maintenance) should be separated, and handled by independent agencies.
The recent incident of sexual assault on a Class X student of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College by one of her teachers has undoubtedly cast a slur on the teacher community. We find no words to express our indignation for such heinous act that took place in one of the most sought-after educational institutions in the country. The culprit, Porimol Joydhor, is now behind bars after his confessional statement before the metropolitan magistrate. The whole nation wants to see an exemplary punishment meted out to him who no longer deserves to belong to the teacher community.
On an average, 15 -17 people are being killed in road crashes across the country every day. I don't know what the causes are and who is to be blamed for this, as no one has taken the responsibility for these road crashes and the deaths. None has been prosecuted or even charged with a murder. It's up to the government and administration to solve this problem.
The news of schoolboys' trip of death, which took place at Mirsarai upazila in Chittagong, shocked us very much. A truck packed with students flipped over into a ditch, killing at least 43 students. Road accident is not uncommon in Bangladesh, but the main cause behind these accidents has not been examined properly. And the cunning drivers and helpers escape regularly.
BTV news had a long hegemonic influence in our electronic media journalism ever since its inception. But its heydays marked a state of decline when our country embarked on her much-awaited journey to democracy. With the proliferation of numerous private TV channels and FM radio stations, BTV was put to its road to redemption. But sadly, time and again this channel, leaving aside the public expectation, has anointed its news programmes with party politics to pander to the whim of the ruling party. We know that government has made it mandatory for all private channels to broadcast BTV news which is ridiculous. When most people are disgusted to watch BTV news, they are compelled to swallow the BTV news broadcast by almost all private channels. I request all private channels to take a vigorous stand to stave off this practice.
The conscious people of the country have hailed the government decision to increase the supplementary duty and price level of cigarettes as proposed in the new budget announced recently. This will definitely help to drop consumption of cigarettes which takes a heavy toll of lives in our country as well as in other parts of the world every year. The dreadful consequences of smoking have obviously prompted the strengthening of the anti smoking campaign and drive around the globe. In our country various anti-smoking motivational programmes are being undertaken by different socio-cultural organisations. The government is also playing its part. To discourage smoking, particularly in public places, the government has, in the recent past, enacted 'Tobacco Control Act' keeping provision for penalty for public smoking. However, the government must be reasonably strict in enforcing the law if it wants to prove its sincerity in controlling the use of cigarettes and a few other similar products.
My wife and I applied for tourist visas to Iran. We had our applications denied in just 5 days. Why? Don't they want tourists from Bangladesh to go to Iran. Perhaps it is because the present government has a secular policy - but not everyone shares the government's views. We are a Muslim country so Iran should welcome exchanges between brothers and sisters. How can Muslim countries know each other's cultures if we are not allowed to travel freely to these countries? I know of an American and a Ukrainian who had no trouble getting a visa it seems Americans are more welcome in Iran than tourists from Muslim countries.
There are signboards in which it is written 'Police are your friends. Take help from the Police'. But now-a-days many incidents are happening which do not reflect the above saying, not only do police not help; sometimes they try to portray people as criminals. The incident at Aminbazar is a glaring example where police looked on while six students were beaten to death. They rescued the seventh, a student named Al Amin, after he agreed to say whatever the police wanted him to say. From the July 28 issue of the newspapers we learnt that instead of withdrawing two false cases against Abdul Kadar, a master's student of Biochemistry at Dhaka University, police is trying to frame him in a carjacking case. We are baffled, what has happened to the police that they are out to get the innocent people? They should perform their duties sincerely so that people could regain confidence in them.
She was sitting on the footpath in Karwanbazar. I asked her name, "Shirin Akter," she answered. She was not more than eight years old. I enquired about her parents and she said her father had left them and married another woman. Her mother sells vegetables at Karwanbazar. Shirin is third among her five siblings. She lives in a slum in Begunbari and works in a garment factory. Whatever insignificant wage she gets, she gives it to her mother.
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Palestinians are determined to go ahead with their UN membership bid as an Arab League follow-up committee endorsed a final draft of the request to be presented to the UN General Assembly, a top official said.
Three men in charge of nuclear power safety and policy have been sacked amid the ongoing crisis at the tsunami-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.
The Indian government yesterday introduced a new anti-corruption bill in parliament, which activists have panned for exempting the prime minister from the scrutiny of a powerful new ombudsman.
China has arrested 2,000 people and shut down nearly 5,000 businesses in a clampdown on illegal food additives, after a series of food safety scares.
US President Barack Obama turned 50 yesterday, marking the milestone at a moment of political peril after a damaging debt showdown with Republicans and as he plots his 2012 reelection bid.
President of India's ruling Congress party Sonia Gandhi yesterday underwent surgery in a hospital in the United States for an unspecified illness which will keep her out of India for a month.
Arts & Entertainment
Her initiation into the cultural arena happened with recitation. Her elocutionary skills soon fetched her gigs doing voice-overs for TV commercials. Then “Siddiqua Kabir's Recipe” happened and she became a celebrity overnight. Currently one of the most familiar and popular faces and voices on the small screen, Sharmin Lucky was at DS Café last week to receive calls from fans. Excerpts:
As part of Celebrating Life 2011-- a joint initiative of The Daily Star and Standard Chartered Bank, a three-month-long filmmaking workshop has begun yesterday. The inaugural programme of the workshop was held at The Daily Star Centre on Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue, Dhaka.
Rituparna Sengupta, the leading lady of Tollywood (West Bengal film industry), is equally famous across the border, in Dhaliwood. The diva has also starred in some Bollywood films over the last few years. Rituparna was recently in Dhaka. The Daily Star (TDS) caught up with her in the make-up room on the third floor of FDC.
Noted poet, journalist and editor Sikandar Abu Zafar was born on March 19 at Tentulia, under Satkhira district in 1919. He was the editor of the monthly literary magazine Samakal.
James Earl Jones, Oprah Winfrey and pioneering makeup artist Dick Smith will be honoured by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in November with Governors Awards. Jones and Smith will receive Honorary Awards, while Winfrey will be presented with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.
In a revolution for one of the most enduring characters in comic books, Marvel Comics introduced a character called Miles Morales who lives in Brooklyn, New York with his parents.
Some people talk, while most people listen. Then most people talk amongst themselves about what some people have told them. The gyres of discourses get wider and wider until divergent views converge upon concurrence. Frankly speaking, an opinion is formed pretty much like we sharpen pencils. It is sharpened to a point.
Six months ago, after weeks of protests, the Tunisian people gathered in front of the Interior Ministry to demand that their longtime president, Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, leave the country. He fled for Saudi Arabia on Jan. 14.
This is to take issue with certain parts of the article titled "India and Bangladesh: Embraceable you" that has appeared in the Asia section of The Economist's July 30th 2011 edition. Given the image-offending, unsubstantiated, presumptive and misleading nature of some of its content, our government could have slapped a lid on circulation of the latest issue. But since this government hasn't done it, the principle of free flow of information stands upheld. Or, may be the government just chose to ignore what appeared to be absurd and eerie imputations to them.
Constitutions took modern shape after long historical voyage. Perhaps the first code of justice was formulated 44,000 years ago by the Sumerian king Urukagina of Lagash (territory in Iraq). The oldest written law is the Code of Ur-Nammu of Ur (2050 BC). Some other important ancient law codes include the code of Lipit-Ishtar of Isin and the code of Hammurabi of Babylonia.
The recent escalation of prices of essential commodities has created an uneasy situation for the public because of the start of Ramadan within a few days. We have to admit that the AL-led government has not yet been able to keep the prices at a level acceptable even to the middle-class (not to speak of the poor).
Transaction methods have changed through the course of time and has come a long way from coins to paper money to plastics. Now we are witnessing yet another ground-breaking change, mobile payments, also known as mobile wallet.
Google Inc's new social network has attracted 25 million users, making it the fastest website to reach that audience size, according to data released on Tuesday by comScore.
Research In Motion on Wednesday took the wraps off two more powerful versions of its touchscreen BlackBerry Torch, aiming to buy time until it can introduce a radically new software package in its smartphones.
A major new hacking attack underscores that governments and companies are losing the war against cyber thieves, but it's unclear if the disclosure will prompt quicker global action against online break-ins.
China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, the world's No. 2 network equipment maker, launched its cloud computing smartphones on Wednesday, looking to ride a mobile industry boom that drove a 64 percent sales rise in its devices unit in the first half.
Nokia has upgraded Nokia Browser for its series 40 devices, says a press release.