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News of: Saturday, 27th of August, 2011

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Homebound trips turn nightmare

Bus journey to most places outside the capital now takes double the usual time for battered highways, tailbacks and delayed ferries, adding to woes of the people going home to celebrate Eid.

SC lawyer Ahmed dies

MU Ahmed, a pro-BNP lawyer at the Supreme Court, died in a city hospital yesterday, sixteen days after he suffered a heart attack in police custody.

Eid shopping at peak

People of the capital spent most of the time yesterday shopping for their loved ones as it was the last weekend before the Eid-ul-Fitr.

AL men attack human chain for road repair

At least 50 BNP activists and journalists were injured yesterday when Jubo League men attacked a human chain formed demanding urgent repairs to the Sakhipur-Taktarchala road in the district.

British planes bomb Gaddafi hometown

British warplanes bombed a bunker in Muammar Gaddafi's birthplace of Sirte as rebel fighters prepared yesterday to launch an offensive on the town, one of the last major regime holdouts east of Tripoli.

Bangladeshis waiting for quick evacuation

Many Bangladeshis living in Tripoli are waiting to be evacuated from the troubled Libyan capital as the International Organisation for Migration starts evacuating foreigners by ship.

Khaleda puts blame on govt

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday said the government has to take full responsibility for the “unnatural death” of Supreme Court lawyer MU Ahmed in police custody.

BNP wants August 21 trial at HC

Accusing the government of influencing the August 21 grenade attack case, BNP yesterday demanded that the cases be shifted to the High Court from the trial court to ensure justice.

Ibn Sina doc, 2 nurses remanded

A doctor and two nurses of Ibn Sina Hospital were placed on a two-day remand yesterday in a case filed for negligence in duty leading to death of a newborn on August 9.

Man crushed between 2 buses

A man was killed when a ferry hit a hidden shoal in Magurkhanda channel in the river Padma causing two busses to sandwich the victim on Thursday night.

Extortion on rise as Eid nears

Local hoodlums and a section of law enforcers are allegedly extorting money from the hawkers and vendors on footpaths as the Eid shopping peaks in the capital.

Suicide bomb rocks Nigeria UN building

A suicide bomb blast rocked the UN compound in the Nigerian capital Abuja yesterday, killing at least 18 people, leaving others trapped and blowing out large areas of the building, officials said.

Diamond planet spotted

Astronomers have spotted an exotic planet that seems to be made of diamond racing around a tiny star in our galactic backyard.

Japanese PM quits

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan yesterday stepped down as president of the ruling party, paving the way for the selection of the disaster-hit nation's sixth new premier in five years.

Congress, BJP face off over graft bill

The tense standoff between Indian government and fasting anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare yesterday showed no sign of a resolution as parliament failed to discuss his proposal for a new anti-graft law called Jan Lokpal Bill.

Shab-e-Qadr tonight

Muslims across the country will observe the holy Shab-e-Qadr or Lailatul Qadr tonight.

15 hurt in Manikganj factory fire

At least 15 workers were injured as a fire broke out at a hardboard factory at Tora in Ghior upazila yesterday evening.

Nazrul's 35th anniversary of death today

The 35th death anniversary of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam will be observed across the country today with due respect.

Strauss-Kahn gets passport back

Dominique Strauss-Kahn was given back his passport Thursday, his legal team said, clearing the way for the former IMF head to travel abroad for the first time since his arrest three months ago on sex crime charges.

Editorial

Pressure on waterway transport

Every year the Eid-eve rush is a regular occurrence on the river routes. But this time the rundown highways, refusal of the drivers to ply on damaged roads and bus journey taking longer than usual to reach destinations have further increased the pressure on the riverine service. General paucity of buses is another reason for mounting stress on the waterway transports. Around 10 to 12 lakh people leave Dhaka in the seven days before Eid, but this year the number is likely to shoot up increasing the chance of overloading and accidents.

Law for saving wildlife

It is welcome news that a new law is on the table to protect country's wildlife. A bill, called wildlife (conservation) bill 2011, placed in parliament has proposed two to seven years imprisonment and fine of take one to ten lakh for killing a tiger or an elephant. A second time offence will raise the penalty as high as taka 12 lakh with a fine up to taka 15 lakh.

Sports

Many issues still brewing

The Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel yesterday officially asked the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) to not accommodate the Argentina national football team at their premises due to security issues that have arisen for the stay of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the same time.

England dominate ICC Test Team of the Year

England's new status as the top team in Test cricket was reflected on Friday when five of their players were named in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test Team of the Year.

India win against Sussex

India lifted the gloom after their crushing Test series defeat against England by warming up for the forthcoming one-day internationals with a six-wicket victory over Sussex at Hove on Thursday.

Kevin rested for ODIs

Kevin Pietersen was the big name missing from the England squad announced on Friday for the upcoming five-match one-day international series against India.

Out-of-line trio set to miss Messi

National striking duo Zahid Hasan Emily, Mithun Chowhdhury and winger Zahid Hasan have been excluded from the reception team who are supposed to receive both Argentina and Nigeria football teams, but the BFF officials do not know where the order has come from to exclude the trio.

Khawaja slams ton

Usman Khawaja hit an impressive century ahead of a three-Test series against Sri Lanka as Australia gained the upper hand in a warm-up match on Friday.

Bolt, Felix run on Day One

Usain Bolt, global sport's most marketable star, will make his bow at the 2011 World Championships in heats for the men's 100m on the opening day of action on Saturday.

Johnson backs 'Blade Runner'

US sprint legend Michael Johnson Friday backed the right of South African double amputee Oscar Pistorius to run in the world championships because the rules state he can do so.

Djokovic, Federer on collision course

World number one Novak Djokovic could face Roger Federer in the US Open semifinals, while Thursday's draw put defending champion Rafael Nadal in line for a possible last-four clash with Andy Murray.

Roddick roars in Carolina

Andy Roddick rifled his ninth ace to set up a match point and finished it off with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Juan Monaco as the American continued to lift his game at the Winston-Salem Open.

Li, Wozniacki advance

Top ranked Caroline Wozniacki cruised into the next round and China's Li Na had to endure a rain delay before booking her spot in the semifinals of the New Haven Open on Thursday.

MU warn Gunners

Manchester United defender Phil Jones has warned title rivals Arsenal that no-one can live with the champions when they hit top form.

Cesc looking forward

Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas is looking forward to a trophy-laden season with his new club and says that his teammates remain as motivated as ever as the Spanish season gets underway this weekend.

Twins set to tussle

Champions League rivals Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen lock horns for brotherly bragging rights on Saturday in the German league as the reigning champions take on last season's runners up.

Scots' Euro low

Old Firm rivals Rangers and Celtic crashed out of the Europa League on Thursday as Scottish football suffered a humiliating continental wipe-out.

Strike goes ahead in Serie A

The opening weekend in Serie A has fallen victim to strike action by players after a last ditch bid on Friday to resolve a long running dispute with their clubs failed.

Spurs take Ade on loan

Tottenham signed Togo striker Emmanuel Adebayor on loan from Manchester City for the rest of the season on Thursday.

Ferguson slams FA

Sir Alex Ferguson launched a four-letter attack on the Football Association on Friday claiming they should appreciate how important the club is to the fortunes of the national team.

Metropolitan

Motor Man

During a respite from the non-stop rain, I have wandered out. Camera in hand, I explore the narrow streets behind the Court-kachari. Following a winding alley, I approach a street-side kitchen market. As I walk past a tiny corner shop, I see a man inside working with single minded concentration on a small mechanical part.

Implement deal

Speakers at a rally yesterday urged the government to fully implement the Phulbari contract, driving out Asia Energy to protect the country's mineral resources including coal.

PM attends Iftar hosted by army

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday attended an Iftar party hosted by Bangladesh Armed Forces at Senakunja in Dhaka Cantonment.

'Ensure proper water sharing'

The government should press India during the Indian premier's two-day official visit beginning September 6 to adopt an integrated project to ensure proper sharing of water from the rivers connecting the two countries, urged speakers yesterday.

Traders clash over Tk 20 in city

At least five people were injured as two groups of traders clashed over a trifle near a shopping complex of the city's Bangabazar yesterday.

Girl rescued from Daulatdia brothel

A young woman who went missing after Eid-ul-Azha last year was rescued by the police from a brothel at Daulatdia upazila in Rajbari on Thursday.

DCC to destroy one lakh litres of adulticide

Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) last week decided to destroy one lakh litres of substandard insecticide supplied to them.

New curriculum in 2013: Nahid

The government took initiatives to modernise the curriculum in textbooks for classes VI to XII, said Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid.

Phulbari tragedy victims remembered

The people of Phulbari upazila observed the Phulbari Day yesterday, in honour of the protestors who were killed during firing by law enforcers in 2006.

HC seeks footage on 2 BNP leaders' remarks

The High Court Thursday asked for compact disks (CDs) from nine private television channels on the statements of BNP leaders Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and Moudud Ahmed about this court.

Step down, make way for mid-term polls

BNP acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam yesterday urged the government to step down and make way for holding mid-term elections in the country.

Help save Dhali Al Mamun

Dhali Al Mamun's Treatment Aid Fund Committee yesterday called upon people from all walks of life for financial contributions for the treatment of painter and Chittagong University (CU) Prof Dhali Al Mamun, injured in a road crash recently.

US lauds Dhaka's move

The United States lauded Bangladesh for the government's ongoing counter-terrorism efforts, which have denied space to and prevented the unfettered operation of transnational terrorists seeking to establish a safe haven in Bangladesh.

Youth found dead

An unidentified youth aged about 30 was found dead in the Tejgaon Industrial area early yesterday.

Elderly woman dies in road crash

An elderly woman was killed after a pickup van hit her at Banani in the city yesterday afternoon.

Outlaw arrested, bomb recovered

Police arrested an outlawed party cadre and recovered two bombs from his possession at Bamundi village of Gngni in Meherpur yesterday.

Appeal for help

Rafa Ferdous, a student of class four at Glory School and College, is suffering from blood cancer and needs chemotherapy urgently.

SUST vacation begins tomorrow

Vacation of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST), Sylhet will begin tomorrow on the occasion of the holy Ramadan, Shab-e-Kadar and Eid-ul-Fitr, one of the biggest religious festivals of the Muslims.

International

Rahul Gandhi breaks silence over Lokpal

Joining the raging debate on corruption, Rahul Gandhi, who is widely seen as India's prime minister-in-waiting, yesterday pitched for a constitutional amendment to create an independent anti-corruption ombudsman and rebuffed fasting anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare's method of pressing his demand.

Libyan rebel leaders shift base to Tripoli

Libya's rebels announced yesterday the transfer of their leadership to Tripoli from their Benghazi base, boosted by a United Nations decision to release millions of dollars in aid within days.

Amnesty alleges abuses by both sides

Pro-regime forces in Libya have raped children and rebels are holding African migrant workers as prisoners, Amnesty International claimed, urging both sides to respect detainees' rights. Pro-regime forces in Libya have raped children and rebels are holding African migrant workers as prisoners, Amnesty International claimed, urging both sides to respect detainees' rights.

Hillary calls for democratic 'new Libya'

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday pledged support for a "new Libya," urging triumphant rebels to turn the page on Muammar Gaddafi's rule and build a secure, democratic state.

Italy denies battle with France over Libyan riches

Italy and France are not engaged in a colonial-style battle to seize Libya's riches, Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said in an interview with Rai radio.

US steps up pressure, threatens probe

The United States is dispatching a top envoy to Colombo for talks next week ahead of a crucial UN meeting to discuss alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka, diplomats said yesterday.

Casino attack kills 53 in Mexico

An arson attack on a casino in the northern Mexican industrial city of Monterrey sparked a massive fire and killed at least 53 people, the governor of the state of Nuevo Leon said late Thursday.

Russia, China boycott UN Syria sanctions talks

Russia and China on Thursday boycotted UN Security Council talks on a Western proposal to impose sanctions on Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, diplomats said.

Palestinian militants agree new ceasefire

Palestinian groups in the Gaza Strip have agreed on a new ceasefire after days of deadly clashes with Israel, a senior official of the radical Islamic Jihad movement said yesterday.

Flash floods kill at least 33 in NW Pakistan

Flash floods triggered by monsoon rains wiped out a village in northwest Pakistan, killing at least 33 people, a government official said yesterday.

Son of slain Pak governor abducted

The son of former Pakistani governor Salman Taseer, who was killed in January for opposing controversial Islamic blasphemy laws, was abducted by gunmen in Lahore yesterday, police said.

US east coast prepares for Hurricane

Millions of people on the US east coast prepared yesterday for the arrival of Hurricane Irene, a massive storm authorities fear will cause widespread flooding and power outages across the populous region.

Africa pledges famine aid

African leaders raised more than $350m in aid for 12 million people facing starvation in the Horn of Africa's worst drought in decades, African Union said yesterday.

Attacks On The United Nations

The United Nations, whose compound came under attack in the Nigerian capital Abuja yesterday, killing at least 18 people, has been the target of several recent attacks:
August 19, 2003
IRAQ - The UN's special representative in Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello, and 21 other people die in a massive suicide bomb attack in Baghdad.

Taiwan ex-leader gets additional jail sentence

Taiwan's former president Chen Shui-bian, already jailed for bribery, was sentenced Friday to an additional two years and 10 months on separate charges of embezzlement and money laundering.

Hundreds arrested in Chile on second day of strike

A 48-hour national strike in Chile has led to two nights of violence and hundreds of arrests, with clashes breaking out on Thursday during student protests demanding education reforms.

UN rights official severely assaulted by S Sudan police

A top UN human rights official was assaulted by South Sudan police officers, the office of the UN rights chief said yesterday, slamming the incident as "totally unacceptable."

Arts & Entertainment

The All-embracing Poet

Kazi Nazrul Islam, known as the 'Rebel Poet', is probably the most uncompromising dissident in Bengali literature. Many writers and intellectuals, who started with commendable patriotic zeal and revolutionary ideals, often got burned out along the way, either becoming reactionary fanatics or living on the paychecks handed out by governments and financial institutions. But as an individual and also as a public figure, Nazrul remained acutely sensitive to suffering of the masses. He gave public speeches and addressed multitudes, edited newspapers, was a performing artiste, and went to jail for the relentlessness with which he protested dictatorships and colonialism. All these make it hard to give an overview of the great poet in a few words.

A bud yet to bloom: Ragas created by Nazrul

Kazi Nazrul Islam enriched almost all the genres of Bangla songs. His compositions are based on the solid foundation of Indian classical music.

Special programmes on Nazrul death anniversary

To mark the 35th death anniversary of Kazi Nazrul Islam, television channels will air special programme throughout the day. Highlights:

Ascertaining the cultural identity of Bengali Muslims

Nazrul, The National Poet of Bangladesh, was a harbinger of secularism, liberalism, and interfaith harmony at a time when the sub-continent was mired in religious discord. But that's not all, there was more to Nazrul. His spirituality generated what's considered some of the most magnificent musical and lyrical odes to Divinity -- both in Islamic and Hindu traditions.

OP-ED

Imperative of updated police legislation

The time may not be favourable to speak of anything organisationally pertinent to positive police performance. Police deficiencies and malfeasances were in the spotlight recently, the public were concerned and the media justifiably angry at multiple indiscretions amounting to criminality of erring lawmen.

Humility versus arrogance

I too had tried for conciliation between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Gandhian Anna Hazare on the Jan Lokpal bill (anticorruption ombudsman). This was on the fifth day of Hazare's fast and his movement against corruption had brought thousands of people on streets throughout the country.

'Bangladesh should be an important strategic partner of India rather than its hinterland'

Amena Mohsin, Professor of Dept. of International Relations recently talked to Shamima Nasreen, The Daily Star.

Vibrant Parliament needed

Our country, known for chaotic governance and extremist politics, accepted 1/11 as some relief from the ills that plagued it in the previous five years. In fact, BNP-Jamaat alliances' five years had been one of the worst periods of corruption and misrule in the country. Politics became a way of making money.

Literature

Spiritualism in Tagore's Poetry

Rabindranath Tagore's spiritual outlook and humanism were derived from man, nature and Brahma or God. He held the view that the route to spiritual development was from 'body to society, from society to totality and from totality to the spiritual domain'. In this way, the melody of the soul was intertwined with the universal power. But what was required for this inter-mingling was connecting the world of nature with that of human beings. To Tagore, the whole human body appeared to be reverberating with the touch of light, air, affection, love, bliss, joy and electricity, as if embedded in a supernatural flute. Although he might have been influenced by the romantic movements of the time, the Brahma Samaj, the Bauls, Sufism or the Vedanta philosophy of Upanishads, those views were in some respects Tagore's very own. We can very well comprehend how his spirit was liberated by connecting with the universe, the nature and the environment which surrounded him, by looking at the following lines:

The Bose connection . . .

Sugata Bose, author of the recently published His Majesty's Opponent--- Subhas Chandra Bose and India's Struggle against Empire, is a professor of history at Harvard University. He is also the grand-nephew of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.

Weather talk . . .

I am not a meteorologist by profession, but I pay much attention to what they have to say, be it on radio, television, newspaper, or, now, the Internet. However, anyone who has lived in the New England area of the USA (consisting of six states, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire) will understand my frustrations with meteorologists because it is hard to understand in relation to weather. They speak in their own language, their forecasts are often wrong, and they frequently land us in trouble! However, I can never be mad at themrather I am fascinated by their craft.

Memories don't leave

Memories don't leave, like people do
They stay like waves
Beating on the shore, again and again

Star Health

Fusion of yoga and pilates for fitness

Yogilates integrates the ancient yoga techniques and the modern pilates moves and modifies them into one balanced system of exercise.

Pharmacovigilance: Ensuring safe use of medicines

Pharmacovigilance is the science and activities related to the detection, assessment, understanding and prevention of adverse effects- particularly concerned with long term and short term side effects of medicines. It is essential to improve public health and safety in relation to the use of medicines. In order to assessment of benefit, harm, effectiveness and risk of medicines, analysing the safety index, rational and more effective (including cost-effective) use of medicine, pharmacovilgilance has been the principal basis of World Health Organisation (WHO)'s International Drug Monitoring Programme.

Controlling digestive problems during Eid holiday

After a month fasting, it is difficult to hold our tongue during Eid holiday. Many people bulge their belly with lots of food and many of them experience digestive diseases like heartburn or peptic ulcer, diarrheoa or constipation, remission of Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). By maintaining a simple but healthy guideline, you can stay healthy and enjoy the festival with foods.

Anxious about anxiety? Try these tips

Anxiety is a permanent shadow in our everyday life. If it is not handled well, it may lead to anxiety disorder. Try the following tips to handle anxiety and stay cool.

Vitamins may lower risk of preterm births

Taking a multivitamin around the time of conception may help women lower their risk of delivering low-birth-weight babies, new research shows. The study, published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that women who took a daily multivitamin and were of normal weight had a nearly 20 percent lower chance of delivering a preterm baby, compared with those who did not take a daily multivitamin.

Cholera heartland found around Bay of Bengal

A major cholera pandemic has spread in at least three waves from a single global source — the Bay of Bengal. A study in Nature reveals cholera's spread over the last 60 years into Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas, continent-hopping on long-haul flights. The research by a team from Cambridge's Sanger Institute showed the infection is evolving, with the newest waves showing antibiotic resistance.

Strategic Issues

Qaddafi leaves behind little to guide Libya in his absence

Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi's stranglehold on Libya appears to have ended after 42 years, even if his whereabouts remain elusive. But through countless erratic decrees and iron-handed purges, he carved deep scars into every facet of Libyan life. The mystery and speculation swirling about him marked a fitting close to a quixotic reign.

China launches a communications satellite for Pakistan

The year 2011 marks 60 years of diplomatic relationship between China and Pakistan. This all-weather relationship has largely withstood 'the test of time'. Both states recognize the relevance of their cooperation in areas like security, trade and culture. All these years China has mostly followed the 'friend of Pakistan policy'. From the Indian perspective the focus of their cooperation, which has mostly revolved around security issues, has been a source of anxiety. Apart from the question of direct military aid, India must also take note of China's assistance to Pakistan in the field of science and technology as well since it has long-term strategic implications. China launched Pakistan's first communications satellite (PAKSAT-1R) on August 12, 2011 on a Long March-3B carrier rocket. This event demonstrates the deepening in technological cooperation between these two states. For China this was also an event to display the capabilities of its rapidly growing commercial satellite industry.

Iran transferring centrifuges to new site

Iran has begun transferring centrifuges, machines which churn out purified uranium, to the secretive Fordo plant, the state television website reported Monday quoting Tehran's nuclear chief. "The Fordo facility is being prepared and a batch of centrifuge machines have been transferred there," Fereydoun Abbasi Davani told reporters after a cabinet session on Sunday evening.

Star Books Review

Mixing Hindu tea and Muslim tea, half and half

Subhas Chandra Bose died of grievous injuries, a consequence of the crash of the small plane he was travelling in, in Taipei on 18 August 1945. That was a full two years before the India he loved almost to distraction would achieve freedom from British rule, albeit in bloodied fashion. To this day the question remains: would Bose, had his life not been cut short and had he succeeded in returning to India at the head of a triumphant Indian National Army, have made a difference? Would India remain a single entity and would the Congress and the Muslim League agree to a federal structure guaranteeing equality for all its religious communities? The briefest of responses to these queries would be to suggest that history does not deal with 'ifs' and 'buts'. And yet there is cause for reflection here. Judging by the record, by the tumultuous nature of his politics, all encapsulated in his brief life (he died aged forty-eight), Bose was without question a secular being absolutely driven by a zeal to bring all Indians into a single struggle against colonial domination. As this biography, one as full of substance as it is of pathos, shows, Bose was till the end a follower and admirer of Deshbandhu Chitta Ranjan Das. When Das died at the rather young age of fifty-one in 1925, Bose mourned in the loneliness of prison. In an essay written in gaol, Bose honoured Deshbandhu thus:

Lopsided India

(This is the concluding segment of this essay, the earlier part of which appeared last week. --- Editor, Book Reviews)


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