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News of: Sunday, 14th of August, 2011
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Noted filmmaker Tareque Masud, media personality Ashfaque Munier Mishuk and three others died yesterday in a fatal road crash on Dhaka-Aricha highway in Manikganj, sending shockwaves through the nation.
Lawlessness and anarchy have gripped the country's road communication with drivers wilfully violating traffic rules and exposing people to hazardous accidents every day.
With the transport strike on Dhaka-Mymensingh highway entering the fourth day, inter-district bus operators yesterday suspended their service indefinitely on Dhaka-Tangail highway protesting severely battered road condition.
To refer to them as patriots would be an oversimplification of their identities. Yet patriots they have been, of the most passionate kind, expressing love for the country through their artistic endeavours.
At least five persons were killed and 20 others injured when a bus plunged into a roadside ditch at Ganguhati Club area of Pabna-Nagarbari highway under Santhia upazila yesterday.
On the very first day Tareque and Catherine Masud brought their only son Nishad to Bangladesh six months after his birth in the US, they put him on a patch of muddy ground beside their house.
It was just another day, another goodbye. But Mishuk Munier did not know it was one of his final few moments with his son in a quiet hospital room.
Witnesses of Friday night's shooting in Uttara that left five dead are saying they did not see the “criminals” shoot but Rab is sticking to its story that its team only returned fire when they were shot at.
Police picked up 15 members of banned religious outfit Hizb ut-Tahrir Bangladesh yesterday when they brought out a procession in the capital's Paltan area to hold a rally at Muktangon.
Since Charles Darwin, biologists have pondered the mystery of "mimicry butterflies", which survive by copying the wing patterns of other butterflies that taste horrible to their predators, birds.
Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) yesterday recommended that the government should form a special parliamentary body to ensure transparency in the recruitment in the country's constitutional and statuary bodies.
Government stalwarts including Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury and Foreign Minister Dipu Moni yesterday came down heavily on the London-based magazine 'The Economist' for publishing reports on Bangladesh what the ministers termed false.
Five members of the same family were killed yesterday when a roadside bomb ripped through their minivan in insurgency-hit southern Afghanistan, an official said.
The leaders of a social protest movement that has rocked Israel for a month called on demonstrators to "get out of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem" to bolster demonstrations yesterday in a dozen other cities.
Moves to construct a 16-storey city centre on land owned by the Rajshahi City Corporation, as a leading Bengali language newspaper reports, without a proper approval of the plan by the Rajshahi Development Authority naturally arouses huge public concern. What adds to the worry is the manner in which the city corporation reached a deal with the construction firm Ena Properties, owned by ruling party lawmaker Enamul Haq. Some very serious questions arise here and they need to be addressed in the larger public interest.
Following encroachment of rivers and water bodies it is now the turn for hillocks to be emasculated, destroyed.
James Anderson took four wickets as England became the world's number one Test side with a crushing innings and 242 run victory against India at Edgbaston on Saturday.
India's cricket chiefs said on Saturday they will review their team's disastrous Test series in England where Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men lost the number one Test ranking.
Alastair Cook is finding it hard to understand why he's not totally happy with his masterful knock of 294 against India at Edgbaston on Friday.
Bangladesh's optimism ahead of today's second one-day match is eked from the times gone by.
A more resolute Zimbabwe has taken the Tigers by surprise, admitted selector Habibul Bashar yesterday.
When you meet someone like Kudakwashe Munyede, cricket becomes something bigger than just a game.
Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC) are set to get back into top tier football from the upcoming fifth edition of the Bangladesh League, confirmed league committee chairman Anwarul Haque Helal yesterday.
Number one Novak Djokovic lined up a Montreal Masters semifinal with a second straight French opponent after defeating fifth seed Gael Monfils 6-2, 6-1 on Friday.
American Serena Williams reached the semifinals as she rallied from a first set loss to defeat Lucie Safarova 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 at the 2.05 million dollar WTA hardcourt tournament here on Friday.
Big-spending Liverpool's hopes of launching their Premier League season with a victory ended in disappointment on Saturday as the new-look Reds were held to a 1-1 draw against Sunderland.
Napoli coach Walter Mazzarri admits he would like to sign Italy forward Giuseppe Rossi, but not at the expense of losing Ezequiel Lavezzi.
Barcelona and Real Madrid, whose five meetings last season produced fireworks on and off the pitch, clash in a potentially explosive Spanish Supercup first leg on Sunday, a crucial marker for the season ahead.
Cameroon star Samuel Eto'o admitted on Saturday he is in talks with Russians Anzhi Makhachkala but said his future is far from decided.
Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola insisted Saturday that negotiations are still ongoing concerning the signing of Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas.
Cricket Welfare Association of Bangladesh (CWAB), an association of former cricketers, has started their campaign to keep former cricketers' councillorship rights at the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB).
Colombia's international footballers on Friday urged coach Hernan Dario Gomez to reconsider his resignation tendered this week after assaulting a woman outside a bar.
Bangladesh Football Federation president Kazi Salahuddin has invited FIFA president Sepp Blatter to be the special guest of the Argentina-Nigeria FIFA International Friendly at the Bangabandhu National Stadium scheduled for September 6. The BFF boss invited the chief of world football's governing body through an e-mail on Saturday.
Defending champion Abdullah Al Saif maintained his all-win run in the 32nd National Junior (Under-20) Chess Championship with full four points along with three other players after the 4th round at the Chess Federation yesterday.
Arsenal agreed terms with Costa Rican side Deportivo Saprissa to sign teenage striker Joel Campbell on Friday, the English Premier League club announced on their official website.
Costa Rica's Argentinian coach Ricardo La Volpe has quit after 11 months in the job, the Costa Rican Football Federation (FCF) announced.
The credit-deposit ratio (CDR) of commercial banks came down to a safe limit in June, as the surplus inter-bank deposits were included in total deposits.
More than 450 applications have been piled up in the finance ministry for new insurance company licences, with three to four new applications being submitted every day.
Nobel Peace Prize Winner Professor Muhammad Yunus met US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at her office in the State Department on Thursday and discussed microcredit and social business as tools to fight poverty.
The government's plan to cut the minimum age for imported cars will open a floodgate for low-quality Indian vehicles into Bangladeshi, depriving customers of good-quality Japanese automobiles and the government of huge revenues.
Political stability is a must for smooth running of business, said AK Azad, president of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI), at a programme in Dhaka yesterday.
Stocks declined for a third week amid low turnover as investors went for panic sell-offs fearing a further fall in the market.
Bangladesh will showcase itself at a two-day fair starting September 16 in the UK in efforts to tap business potential and strengthen trade relations between the two countries.
Isidoro Miranda, co-president of the cement division of Lafarge Group of France, is scheduled to arrive in Dhaka today on an official visit, the company said in a statement yesterday.
SM Mahfuzur Rahman has recently been appointed chairman of Investment Corporation of Bangladesh, the organisation said in a statement yesterday.
Import and export through Hilli Land Port in Dinajpur resumed yesterday after local truck owners and workers called off their strike over the death of a worker, officials said.
Japanese automaker Honda announced plans Friday to build a new plant in Mexico that will employ 3,200 people and build fuel-efficient subcompact vehicles for the Mexican, US and Canadian markets.
The tea garden located on the Bangladesh and India border of north-eastern Moulvibazar was unheard of to many of us for nearly a century.
The mobile licence renewal drama has moved closer to denouement with the announcement that Grameenphone, Banglalink, Robi and Citycell will be charged Tk 150 crore (roughly $20 million) per MegaHertz (or unit) of spectrum. Based on the per-MHz charge only and assuming coupled spectrum, a larger operator using 20 MHz will pay Tk 3,000 crore ($400 million), while another using only 15 MHz will pay Tk 2,250 crore ($300 million).
Local entrepreneurs should come forward and invest to set up international standard hospitals, as the country's healthcare sector remains largely untapped, a physician and marketer said.
World stock markets finished a rollercoaster week on a high note Friday, with traders breathing easier but still jittery over the shock waves of slower growth, the US credit downgrade and eurozone debt fears.
Italy's cabinet approved a 45.5-billion-euro ($64.8-billion) austerity budget Friday that Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said was due to pressure from Finland, Germany and the Netherlands.
Germany on Friday called for a Europe-wide ban on short-selling shares after four of its EU partners banned the speculative practice for two weeks to combat "false rumours" rocking the markets.
World Bank chief Robert Zoellick on Saturday warned of a "new and more dangerous" time in the global economy, with little breathing space in most developed countries as a debt crisis hits Europe.
President Barack Obama met Friday with top executives at marquee US firms like American Express and Johnson & Johnson, with the country's economy struggling and global markets prone to wild swings.
Asian stocks were mixed on Friday as early gains on the back of rallies in the United States and Europe were sold and markets remained volatile at the end of a rollercoaster week.
An anorexic under doctor's orders to put on weight might fret unnecessarily about getting fat one day. Today's generally subdued inflation prompts similar worries. Surely the extraordinary steps central banks are taking to jump start growth will eventually push prices sharply higher, inflating away the debts hobbling the global economy?
International FX Market
The international markets went through a massive change this week. Markets were gripped with fear about a possible US credit rating downgrade. This fear came true when Standard and Poor's downgraded US. As credit rating from AAA to AA+. The dollar was seen to fall rapidly amongst a basket of currencies. On Tuesday, however, the dollar briefly spiked against the yen as large stop loss orders were triggered in other cross currencies prompting the dollar towards an intraday high and fuelling speculation that Tokyo authorities had stepped into the market, but the dollar's subsequent decline eased market jitters. Although the dollar had some height over the Australian dollar on Wednesday, its growth was still limited due to US Federal Reserve's promise to keep rates near zero for two years.
India's top lender by assets, State Bank of India, reported on Saturday a bigger-than-expected 46 percent slide in quarterly profit from a year earlier as provisions against bad loans jumped.
A broadcast journalist with multiple talents, who ran after news throughout his whole career, made himself the top headlines in the media as his life was shockingly shut yesterday.
An adviser to the prime minister yesterday strongly criticised the ministers and MPs of the ruling Awami League, saying many of them have been isolated from the people and are not playing their due role.
The opposition BNP yesterday urged the government to make public in advance the agreements to be signed with India, otherwise the party will call hartal during the Indian prime minister's visit next month.
Analysts and researchers yesterday said the letters Bangabandhu wrote to different people from jail reflected that he was a nationalist leader.
The country could generate 10-megawatt electricity from sea waves by using five sea points having four meters tidal range, an expert said yesterday.
Some cultural personalities yesterday demanded specific action plan to ensure safety of tourists from any accident at the sea beaches of the country.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the government has amended the constitution to ensure equal rights of all citizens as well as seal off the usurpation of power in the future.
Awami League Presidium Member Obaidul Quader yesterday urged members of the law enforcement agencies to discharge their duties with utmost neutrality.
Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus met US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton at her office in the State Department on Thursday.
Chief Election Commissioner Dr ATM Shamsul Huda yesterday inaugurated the second phase of the `Pilot Project of Updating Voter Role-2011' in Ward 18 of the Dhaka City Corporation.
BSF yesterday regretted killing of two Bangladeshi youths by Indian Khasias in Bogaiya stone quarry in Bichhnakandi frontier in Goainghat on Friday morning.
The responsibility of looking after the interest of every Bangladeshi working abroad lies with the company concerned, the government and the recruiting agency, speakers at a function said yesterday.
Ministers, different political and social organisations and eminent personalities yesterday expressed deep shock at the death of eminent filmmaker Tareque Masud and distinguished cinematographer and CEO of ATN News Mishuk Munier.
Primary and Mass Education Minister Dr Afsarul Ameen said the government has taken various steps to keep the prices of essentials at a tolerable level during the holy month of Ramadan.
A group of masked people severely stabbed an activist of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) of Rajshahi University unit on the campus Friday night.
Foundation laying ceremony of the permanent campus of Northern University Bangladesh (NUB), an educational institution of IBAT Trust, was held in Gazipur yesterday.
Room to Read, an organisation working on literacy and gender equality in education, received a donation worth Tk 15 lakh from Rehana Siddiqi (RS) Fund, a local charity organisation, yesterday.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday expressed deep shock at the death of Natore District Awami League General Secretary Advocate Hanif Ali Sheikh.
A pregnant woman was killed and five others injured in a road accident at Daulatdia of Goalunda upazila in Rajbari yesterday.
Railway will begin selling of advance train tickets for different routes from Chittagong and Dhaka on August 21 to ease sufferings of the homebound people before the Eid-ul-Fitr.
The Detective Branch (DB) of police yesterday arrested a man in connection with the death of Shamsuddin Milon who was beaten to death along with five others in Companyganj of the district on July 27.
A group of ruling Awami League men foiled the examination for teacher recruitment at SD Degree College in Kotchandpur upazila under Jhenidah district yesterday.
Residents of Khulna city are suffering from serious water crisis as Khulna Water and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) is currently supplying only nine crore litres of water against the daily demand of 24 crore litres for around 15 lakh people of Khulna city.
A young housewife was tortured to death allegedly by in-laws at their Dangapara village house in Bagmara upazila under the district early yesterday.
An elderly man was killed by his nephew at Joynagar village under Netrakona Sadar upazila on Friday night.
Following a Caesarean operation conducted allegedly by a clinic owner, who is a non-medical person, mother of a newborn baby is fighting for life at Thakurgaon Sadar Hospital.
Police arrested four cadres of outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) Janajuddha faction at a house at Vainapara village under Ataikula upazila early Saturday.
Workers resumed loading and unloading of good at Hili land port yesterday noon following fruitful talks with port authority, district police administration and truck owners.
A children's painting contest was organised in the town on Friday, marking the 36th death anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. The district unit of Bangabandhu Shishu Kishore Mela organised the competition for schoolchildren at local Shishu Academy in the afternoon. As many as 100 students from different schools participated.
Admission test for first year first semester class (session 2011-12) at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) will be held on October 29. The decision was taken at a meeting of the academic council at the administrative building with Vice Chancellor Prof Saleh Uddin in the chair, academic council member Prof Abdul Gani said. Date for submitting applications for admission will be announced soon.
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), with support from the Australian government through AusAID, has come to the assistance of 10,000 flood-affected people in Chakoria upazila of Cox's Bazar district. WFP has allocated 6 tonnes of high energy biscuits to 2,000 households in Koiyarbil, Loikkharchar, Kakara, and Boroitoli Unions of Chakoria upazila, according to the WFP press release. Each household will be provided with 3 kg of fortified biscuits. The biscuits will serve as a vital source of food and nutrition for the severely vulnerable people affected by the floods while they wait for the waters to recede. WFP in collaboration with the government and through its local NGO partner, Muslim Aid, will organise the distributions and be involved in further assessment and monitoring of the flood affected communities.
Bagerhat Model police arrested six suspected militants on Rupsha-Bagerhat Old Road at Kuliardair village under Karapara Union of Bagerhat Sadar upazila on Friday and recovered three motorbikes from their possession. The arrested are Hafez Md Shahadat Hossain Sabuj, 30, of Uloshi village under Jessore, Hafez Md Abu Naim, 25, of Uttar Kachua village in Jhenidah district, Hafez Noor Islam Mallik, 22, of Baroipara village under Bagerhat, Hafez Rafqiul Islam, 23, of Khanpur village under the same district, Hafez Hujjatul Islam, 25, of Madartola village under Kachua upaizla and Hafez Md Noor-e-Alam Siddiqui, 21 of Harinkhola village under Khulna district. The arrestees were yesterday produced in a court that sent them to jail.
Detective Branch of Police seized 38 pieces of Sundari logs from a truck in Signboard bus stand area on Bagerhat-Morelganj road early yesterday and arrested two people. The arrestees are truck driver Shimul Hawladar, 25, and Jahid Molla, 26. Acting on a tip-off, police conducted a drive in the bus stand area and seized the logs. The arrestees were sent to jail hajat. During quizzing, the arrestees told police that one Paltu Sheikh from Morelganj upazila was smuggling the illegal logs to Tekerhat of Madaripur.
Ten houses were gutted in a devastating fire at Hatupara village under Tentulia upazila in Panchagarh district yesterday. Fire fighters said the fire originated from a kitchen of Abdul Majid's house at around 10:00am and soon engulfed the adjacent houses burning 10 houses. Fire-fighters with the help of locals brought the blaze under control after an hour of frantic efforts. Tentulia UNO visited the spot yesterday afternoon and gave Tk500 and 20 kg of rice to each of the affected families.
Mystery shrouds death of a student of Sylhet Nursing College on Friday night. Police could not ascertain whether it was a suicidal death or anything else. House sister Aklima Begum said Prianka Dey, 20, a second year nursing diploma student, used to stay with four others in a room on the second floor of the nursing hostel. At about 9:00 pm, her roommates went to the room after watching TV in a recreation room and found the door shut from inside. They saw Prianka lying on the bed and got no response even after repeated calls. Being informed, house sister Aklima and others broke open the door of the room and took Prianka to Osmani Medical College and Hospital where the physicians declared her dead. Her cellphone, a syringe, a needle and an ampoule of injection were found beside her bed. Contacted, Pincipal Shilpi Chakraborty said, 'We shall have to wait for the post mortem report'. The deceased's family took the body yesterday afternoon. Prianka hailed from Ulukhal Sen para of Kaliganj upazila in Gazipur district.
Bangladesh cricket team's degrading performance against Zimbabwe is something the whole nation is talking about. Our captain and vice captain are always having problems with the team management and when it comes to leading the team I think they have fail miserably. This defeat will pose a serious threat to Bangladesh's Test status and I think the day is not far away when our team will lose their Test status. How could they lose so badly to the weakest team of the world? I think our captain and vice captain should learn how to behave properly with the team management.
As a way to keep the prices of the foodstuffs under control, the commerce minister has asked people to eat less. His remark has drawn severe criticism from every corner. In fact, he is right; only he has chosen the wrong words to express his idea. Instead of suggesting the people to eat less, he should have suggested them not to overeat. Though Allah has asked the Muslims to be moderate in having their foods during the month of Ramadan, people of Bangladesh increase their food intake almost double during this month, defying Allah's command. This practice increases the demand of the foodstuffs in the market in this month and our greedy businessmen increase the prices of the food items. In fact, they wait impatiently eleven months for the month of Ramadan to come so that they can flay the consumers. People of Bangladesh need to change their food habit during Ramadan to teach the unscrupulous businessmen a lesson.
The London riots and looting this weekend were among the worst civil disturbances Britain has seen in a quarter century. Some blamed government spending cuts and tough austerity measures for sowing unrest and weakening police.
Nowadays traffic jam has become intolerable in our beloved Dhaka city. Although government has taken many steps to bring it on an acceptable level but due to ineffectiveness and lack of monitoring system those are not working properly. As a result, we have to lose our valuable working hours as well as automobile's costly fuel every day. Although a modern city should have 25% of its total area for road uses but unfortunately in our capital city we have only 7% area for roads. I think this is the main reason behind the traffic jam in Dhaka city.
Only one thing that is falling in price in Bangladesh is the share price because some people on the corridor of power control the bourse to their advantage at the cost of the teeming investors. A quite opposite scenario is prevailing in the commodity market where the prices are soaring thanks to a syndicate of top 10 businessmen.
A heart-rending photograph was published in The Daily Star on August 4, 2011 captioned "Her mother can only afford…" thanks to Rashed Shumon and The Daily Star for publishing it. The sad picture depicts the pathetic condition of a section of our society. Is it not enough to stir our conscience to come forward to relieving the distress of the suffering people? There are thousands of Shahanaz Begum in our society gasping for help. Allah has created man as the best of all creation. So, men must look upon others with sympathy and kindness. Otherwise Allah will not forgive us.
Although his comment received bitter criticism from the pro-Israeli camps but I think the comment made by the Norway's Ambassador to Israel is logical and appropriate in the present context.
In Bangladesh, police is the most inefficient among all. To hide their inefficiency they want to show people that they are not inactive. After all, they're doing something. We witnessed Abdul Kadar being tortured by cops; before him there was Limon. After Kadar there will be another one added to this victims' list, and so on.
When people came to know of the government's plan to set up a nuclear power plant, they protested vehemently and urged the government to refrain from this suicidal step because it may not be guaranteed one hundred percent safe and if something goes wrong it would be disastrous. We know what a havoc had been wrought in Russia and Japan by the accident in nuclear power plants, our country would be more prone to such accidents because our maintenance is very poor.
In the past we have seen that the business organisations offer discounts on their products on various occasions. But now they are searching for occasions to offer discounts. This continuous discount on products of some organisations creates huge confusion among the customers about the quality of their products. One may think that they are giving discounts because the products are of low quality. So, there is a chance of losing customers' trust which the companies should remember, and the customers may also shift to other brands. So the business organizations should inform their customers clearly about the cause of their discount offer.
Here are some comments that came in response to Saturday's The Daily Star report headlined “Rab shooting kills 5”
Britain needs to tackle deep-seated social problems following riots and looting in English cities this week, the government said yesterday, and a US street crime expert it has brought in said arrests alone would not solve the problem.
Syrian troops stormed the port city of Latakia and sprayed it with gunfire yesterday, killing at least two people, activists said.
More than half of Britons think Prime Minister David Cameron failed to provide leadership early enough to control riots that erupted in London and spread to other cities, a survey showed on Friday.
Peeved at being denied permission to hold an indefinite fast from August 16 on a venue desired by him, Anna Hazare on Saturday wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, accusing the government of "crushing" the fundamental rights of people.
US and British investigators have not found any evidence that papers owned by Rupert Murdoch's media empire hacked the phones of 9/11 victims, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday.
Berlin yesterday marked the 50th anniversary of the day the Berlin Wall started to go up with a memorial service and a minute of silence in memory of those who died trying to flee to the West.
The UN must make reducing salt intake a global health priority, say UK scientists.
A US court has dealt a new blow to the health care reform law seen as President Barack Obama's proudest domestic achievement, declaring its centrepiece provision unconstitutional.
India's embattled Congress-led government, plagued by corruption and slowing economic growth, is still the public's choice to win a national election, an opinion poll said yesterday.
An American aid expert was kidnapped at gunpoint from his house in the Pakistani city of Lahore yesterday after gunmen stormed the residence and overpowered his security guards, police said.
Texas Governor Rick Perry formally enters the 2012 White House race yesterday, looking to supplant Mitt Romney as the frontrunner for the Republican nomination to take on President Barack Obama.
The Palestinians will present their bid for membership of the United Nations on September 20, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki told AFP yesterday.
Shell was battling an oil leak in a North Sea pipeline off the British coast yesterday, the Anglo-Dutch oil giant company said.
Palestinian movement Hamas and the US Agency for International Development have reached a compromise to maintain the flow of aid, a senior Hamas official said yesterday.
Bahrain's main Shia opposition party will boycott next month's by-elections to replace MPs who resigned in protest against a crackdown on demonstrators, a party official said Friday.
A Polish train travelling from Warsaw to the southern city of Katowice derailed Friday, killing four people and injuring 30 more, local police official Adam Kolasa told state news agency PAP.
Japan's finance minister, tipped as a candidate to become the country's next premier, yesterday proposed to form a government of national unity to spearhead the country's recovery from natural disasters.
Arts & Entertainment
You could not help being arrested by Tareque Masud's gaze. There was always a shine to the eyes, and it came with that perpetual smile which could only draw people to him. There was every reason for him to be aloof, to stay away from the madding crowd. In a social ambience where we somehow expect celebrities to confine themselves to the other side of the fence, to bask in their glory, Tareque Masud refused to be a celebrity, was a refreshing departure. You did not have to walk up to him to exchange a hello or to tell him what a great filmmaker he was. Much to your surprise, sometimes to consternation, it was he who would stride toward you, with that luminosity of a smile all over his handsome features, to greet you.
Tareque Masud, Bangladesh's legendary film maker whose contributions to renewing local and global interest in Bangladesh's history through his documentaries, indeed through his consistent efforts to keep the spirit of the nation alive, has seen his life end on an unexpected, tragic note.
It is hard to be precise about the date when we first met. But I know where and how we met. It was in September 1986 I joined the German cultural Center (Goethe Institute) Dhaka as programme officer. Here I met the most talented minds of the country. Since the Goethe Institute is renowned for its cultural activities including promotion of art and culture and imparting lessons on music, theatre and film making, the place would be a point of congregation of great minds in art, culture and literature. It was a great feeling to be in the company of budding theatre activists, actors, musicians and of course passionate film makers.
Riots in London and in other cities there, in recent months and specially last week, have brought many to realise that the word "Great" may not after all be an appropriate prefix now to use before Britain. The country seems to be in a downward slide. The ideals on which it built itself up to be Great are fast disappearing. An indifferent political class in that country had turned their back on the people.
Politics in Bangladesh is again taking an ugly turn and people are apprehending that if non cooperation between the government and opposition persists, we may be constrained to deal with an insurmountable and unsavory situation.
Ship breaking is the process of dismantling old ship to recover steel scrap and other materials. This industry began in Bangladesh in 1960, when a violent storm left a giant cargo ship and beached near sea shore of Fauzdarhat at Chittagong. In 1974, Al Abbas, a salvaged Pakistan Navy vessel, which was sunk during liberation war, was scrapped by Karnafully Metal Works and since then commercial ship-breaking began in Bangladesh. Finally in the year 1984, Bangladesh appeared as a major ship breaking nation in the world.
Foreign Minister Dipu Moni recently reiterated her governments firm "resolve" that the indigenous peoples living in the country, especially those living in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT), should be referred to as "ethnic minorities" and not "indigenous."
Life in Washington can be a real grind, even for a retired person like me. The day simply evaporates between running household errands and performing mundane chores. However, the city does offer more fulfilling opportunities like enjoying a rare art display at the Smithsonian's Sackler Museum or attending an interesting concert at the Kennedy Center, or participating in community activities.