News of: Tuesday, 11th of October, 2011
The much-talked-about road march of the opposition, centring on the demand for a restoration of the caretaker system, reached Sylhet last night amid enthusiastic participation by thousands of party leaders, activists and supporters.
Senior Awami League leader Matia Chowdhury yesterday reiterated her party claim that the next general elections under an interim administration will be free and fair.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the modified metro rail route would not ruin the main architectural design of the parliament complex.
Myanmar yesterday assured Bangladesh of postponing the construction of a road close to the zero line of Tambru frontier under Ghumdhum union of Naikkhongchhari upazila in Bandarban.
Unsuccessful for the third time in pulling out any of the two Awami League affiliated mayoral candidates from Narayanganj City Corporation elections, party president Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked Shamim Osman and Selina Hayat Ivy to settle the issue by tomorrow.
The World Bank has "temporarily halted" funding the Padma Bridge project and is waiting for the government's response to its allegations of corruption in the tender process for the project.
The Saudi ambassador in Bangladesh has defended the execution of eight Bangladeshi workers on charges of killing an Egyptian security guard and robbery in Riyadh four years ago.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked her cabinet colleagues to seek legal action against “the newspapers and journalists reporting false and fabricated news against them.”
The government is railroading a new wildlife law, which experts view as ill-conceived and if passed by the parliament would rather lead to degradation of forests and wildlife.
A group of stalkers beat up an eighth-grader, her mother and two brothers for protesting harassment of the girl at Kalachandpur of the city's Gulshan Sunday night.
The government yesterday promoted 12 additional secretaries, who were serving as acting secretaries, to the rank of secretary.
The captivating voice that epitomised the depth of pain, melancholy and yearnings of love will no longer be heard live. Ghazal maestro Jagjit Singh, who suffered a brain haemorrhage 17 days ago, died yesterday morning after being on life support system in Mumbai's Lilavati Hospital.
Thousands of commuters in the port city suffered major disruption yesterday as a section of transport owners enforced a strike after some passengers vandalised two city buses over charging extra fares.
The government aims to phase out costly rental power plants from 2014 with new projects coming into operation.
Bangladesh among 28 developing countries ranked fifth most vulnerable to climate change and hunger, said a new report.
Names of three dead persons have come up in the new committee of Awami League's Rajshahi district unit.
US researchers Thomas Sargent and Christopher Sims won the 2011 Nobel Economics Prize yesterday for their work on macro-economics and government economic policymaking, the Nobel jury said.
A Russian region in Siberia yesterday confidently proclaimed that its mountains are home to yetis after finding "indisputable proof" of the existence of the hairy beasts in an expedition.
It is with more than a little bit of concern that we read the report, which appeared in this newspaper on Monday, about the government's plan to allow setting up of a new ship breaking yard in Barguna district on the banks of the Baleshwar. Perhaps the compulsion of the government to earmark new areas, given the way the industry has expanded, is understandable. And we also understand that the report of the committee set up in this regard is all but ready; however, the downside of the issue should not be overlooked.
Introduction of one-stop e-service at Jessore Deputy Commissioner's office to rid the local administration of red tape and inefficiency in the delivery of services is a step in the direct direction. With the launch of this service, people will not have to frequent the DC office to find a designated official for submission of an application or seeking a document.
With today's T20 International the series between Bangladesh and the visiting West Indies gets underway at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur. It will no doubt be a huge challenge for the Tigers when they play the shortest version of the game after a gap of almost one and a half years, and after five years at home.
A lot will depend on Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal coming out all guns blazing in today's Twenty20 international against West Indies. On the other side, the West Indies, though in better health than the hosts, will have to contend with the absence of possibly their three most crucial T20 performers.
Bangladesh booters won the gold in beach soccer in the First South Asian Beach Games beating hosts Sri Lanka in a tiebreaker at Hambantota on Monday.
The GP-BCB National Cricket Academy suffered a big setback as head coach Ross Turner resigned from his post due to health issues.
Ahead of the AFC U-19 Championship Qualifiers at home, the preparation of the national U-19 squad is seemingly going at the right direction as both elevens of Bangladesh national U-19 squad recorded victories against national U-22 squads in practice matches at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
Sheikh Jamal DC will face Farashganj SC in the first semifinal of Walton Women's Football League at the Bangabandhu National Stadium today.
The second phase of the Asian U-14 Series Tennis Tournament begins today at the BKSP tennis court in Savar.
Three teams reached the super league of the Southeast Bank 22nd National Youth Hockey Competition eliminating their respective rivals at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.
Mahela Jayawardene, the former Sri Lanka captain, has said the senior players in the team have the responsibility of ending Sri Lanka's recent struggles in Tests while at the same time nurturing the next generation of cricketers. Sri Lanka's last Test victory came at Galle against India in July 2010 and this year they have lost series away to England and at home to Australia.
A Brish sports agent representing two Pakistani cricketers accused of a betting scam told an undercover reporter that Test matches could be thrown for 1 million pounds, a court in London heard Monday.
A frustrated Andy Roddick dug deep to beat Taiwan's Lu Yen-hsun 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 at the Shanghai Masters Monday and avoid a second ignominious first-round exit in a week in China.
Cricket bible Wisden is to launch a separate Indian edition, its publishers revealed on Monday.
Graeme Swann believes Kevin Pietersen is not a natural captain and has claimed the batsman was never the right man to lead England. Swann, who captained England himself in the Twenty20s against West Indies last month, suggested that Andrew Strauss's calm leadership style has been central to England's success.
England coach Fabio Capello has warned Wayne Rooney that he cannot expect to stroll back into the Euro 2012 reckoning after serving his suspension for his red card in Montenegro.
Star-studded France and Portugal face a nail-biting Tuesday night if they're to fill two of the five remaining automatic qualifying places for Euro 2012.
The German legend has voiced his admiration for both the Champions League holders and the World Cup winners, but says the Catalans are better because of their star player.
Argentina are gradually emerging from their Copa America nightmare and are gunning for Venezuela on Tuesday as they seek three World Cup qualifying points to add to Friday's impressive start against Chile.
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo believes football fans around the globe love watching him in action as he responds to recent criticism.
England midfielder Tom Cleverley has signed a new four-year contract with Manchester United, the Premier League club confirmed on Monday.
The German football squad are "very proud" of Sebastian Vettel, international midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger said Sunday hours after his compatriot retained his world title.
Edinson Cavani's house was burgled while the striker was away on international duty with Uruguay, the police in Naples said Sunday.
Business bodies yesterday came down heavily on the chief of the Insurance Development and Regulatory Authority (IDRA), accusing him of being an anti-business element.
Grameenphone yesterday requested the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) to withdraw its claims that could cost the mobile operator Tk 3,034 crore.
Bangladesh Foreign Exchange Dealers Association (BAFEDA) yesterday set the US dollar exchange rate at a maximum of Tk 76 at customer level to avoid volatility in the market.
Infrastructure Development Company Ltd (IDCOL) plans to set up 1.5 lakh biogas plants by 2016 to ensure access to clean fuel for cooking, said a senior official of the company.
Refrigerator market in the country could be volatile ahead of the Eid-ul-Azha after the tax administration raised assessment value sharply, which could increase refrigerator prices between Tk 6,000 and Tk 12,000 per unit.
An increased flow of liquidity can bring back confidence among the stockmarket investors, Mashiur Rahman, economic affairs adviser to the prime minister, said yesterday.
The stockmarket regulator's meeting with the stakeholders ended with no new breakthrough yesterday, although it began with high notes to find out ways to rejuvenate the bearish market.
Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) yesterday started using an automated container management system on two vessels at two jetties.
Proshika, a leading non-government organisation, yesterday obtained certificate from the Microcredit Regulatory Authority to run microfinance activities in the country.
Bangladesh can reduce poverty to a great extent through proper utilisation of its own resources, said Uma Chowdhury, director of Sushasoner Jonno Procharavizan (Supro), yesterday.
Hong Kong-based Dragonair plans to expand services in Bangladesh that is experiencing a rapid economic growth and increased business travel. The airline is keeping a close eye on the Bangladesh market with a plan of a future expansion of services, says a senior official of the carrier.
THE lack of a strong bond market in Bangladesh is a problem that fuels borrowing costs for both the private and public sectors, an analyst says. “The current budget deficit is draining liquidity further and crowding out real investments. Unless we allow capital to freely participate, it would be very difficult to manage the fiscal policy,” says Maruf H Khan Noorpuri, chief executive of Timurid Investment Management Company (TIMCO) that manages the Stichting Bangladesh Fund.
A fighter aircraft of Bangladesh Air Force crashed at Shah Amanat International Airport in the port city yesterday.
A High Court yesterday directed the government to take necessary action immediately for removing closed-circuit televisions (CCTVs) from the service rooms of the beauty parlours across the country.
Sammilito Samajik Andolan leaders yesterday condemned and protested the public execution of eight Bangladeshi migrant workers in Saudi Arabia.
Asian Development Bank (ADB) is interested to study the state of higher education in Bangladesh to take necessary interventions to improve its quality of education, said ADB's Higher Education Specialist William Saint.
The three suspended inspectors of detective branch (DB) of police have sought permission from the authority concerned for filing a lawsuit against the NSI men who caught and "tortured" them for an alleged bribery.
Saudi Ambassador in Dhaka Abdullah Al Bussairy yesterday said the kingdom has increased huge facilities, including expansion of Haram Sharif in Makkah and introduction of train service, to facilitate the pilgrims to perform hajj smoothly and more comfortably.
Speakers at a press conference yesterday stressed the need for integrating mental health care alongside physical health care service to ensure mentally healthy people in rural areas.
Students of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science department at Rajshahi University boycotted class indefinitely from yesterday, protesting the operation of Animal Husbandry Science department at Patuakhali Science and Technology University (PSTU).
Bangladesh Railway will sign contracts for three crucial projects worth around Tk 2,000 crore within a week to improve train service between Dhaka and Chittagong.
State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Dr Shirin Sharmin Choudhury yesterday emphasised united efforts from government, non-government, and personal level for the development of the disadvantaged children of the country.
In around 1,020 years, either most stars will evaporate or galaxies will collapse into a black hole or dissolve completely, said renowned scientist Prof Dr Jamal Nazrul Islam yesterday.
A Dhaka court yesterday deferred for the tenth time the hearing on charge framing in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case till December 1.
Law enforcers yesterday released intern Ashrafuzzaman Chowdhury of Jalalabad Ragib-Rabeya Medical College in Sylhet.
Speakers at a commemorative meeting recalled the contribution and patriotism of Maj Gen (retd) Moinul Hossain Chowdhury, Bir Bikram, died on October last year, in the liberation war of Bangladesh.
The government has extended the term of National Board of Revenue (NBR) Chairman Nasiruddin Ahmed for one year.
Bangladesh Coast Guard (East Zone) members yesterday arrested four alleged pirates from the outer anchorage of the Bay of Bengal preparing to rob a foreign ship MV Bhatra Bhum.
A young woman was stabbed during a robbery at a house in the city's Jatrabari area in the early hours of yesterday.
A passenger was killed and 12 others injured as a bus overturned near TV centre in the district town yesterday.
A mobile court of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday sentenced a college student to one year imprisonment on allegation of blackmailing a college girl by threatening her to spread porn video clippings.
Ahmedul Hoque Chowdhury, former acting registrar of Chittagong University (CU), passed away in a private hospital in the port city Sunday night at the age of 70.
Today is the 15th death anniversary of noted industrialist Obaidul Hoque Babul, says a press release.
Today is the 3rd death anniversary of renowned surgeon Dr Shafi Ahmed Sultan, says a press release.
Run-down Sylhet-Sunamganj road remains a nuisance for users while the Tk 302 crore project for upgrading the important road to a national highway has been pending for approval from the planning ministry for the last 11 months.
Chararhaat mass killing spot in Nawabganj upazila of Dinajpur district has got a memorial for the martyrs 40 years into the incident.
Chief of Chandapur union Awami Swechhasebok League in Katiadi upazila was murdered on Tuesday allegedly by a man for having affairs with his younger sister.
Police on Sunday submitted charge sheet against 52 people in the case for murder of Fakkir Imran Ali, general secretary of Terokhada upazila unit Chhatra League (BCL).
A few construction firms withdrew Tk 1.32 crore through preparing fake bills with the connivance of officials against construction works of four health centres in Bogra and Sirajganj districts from 2003 to 2005.
Law enforcers in separate drives have seized more hilsa, arrested and fined fishermen and traders for defying the 11-day ban on the fish.
At least 50 people, including 5 policemen and a local journalist, were injured in a clash between two groups of villagers over a trifling matter in Dakkhin Surma upazila on Sunday night.
Two policemen were suspended yesterday on charge of negligence of duty after an alleged snatcher ran away from their custody.
Two children drowned in a pond near their houses at Chandpur village in Kalukhali upazila in Rajbari district yesterday. The deceased were identified as Shawkat, 4, son of Mohammad Dinu and Nila, 4, daughter of Nizam Uddin. Locals said they fell in the pond and drowned when playing on its bank in the afternoon. Their family members and neighbours rescued them and rushed them to Rajbari Sadar Hospital where the on-duty doctor declared them dead.
A trader was stabbed to death by criminals at Bondor Bazar area of the city on Saturday night. The deceased was identified as Nasiruddin, 32, son of late Hossain Ahmed of Dasaura village in Brahmabaria district. Police said, Nasiruddin, a scrap trader was attacked and stabbed by a gang while he was crossing the nearby Sweeper Lane at 9:30pm. He was rushed to Sylhet Osmani Medical College and Hospital by the locals where he succumbed to his injuries at midnight. A case was filed. Police arrested one Abul Kasem in connection with the killing.
At least 16 people, including two women, were injured in an attack by fish enclosure owners over using water from a canal in Tala upazila on Sunday. Local people said water of 17 villages in the upazila has normally been extracted through Madhobkhali canal since long. They said enclosure owners have been cultivating fish by setting planks in the canal hampering its water flow. Being outraged, the people of the villages went to the canal and started to remove the planks from the canal at noon. At one stage, a gang of 60/70 led by the enclosure owners equipped with lethal weapons and sticks attacked the villagers, leaving 16 people injured.
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in a drive on Sunday arrested a man on charge of selling porno CDs in his shop at a market in the city. Being tipped off, a team of Rab-8 arrested Jasimuddin Raju, 22, owner of Mayer Doa Store at Haji Mohsin Market while he was selling the CDs at noon. The elite force also seized one computer CPU and a number of compact disks from the shop and handed over him to police.
Export-import activities through Banglabandha land port resumed yesterday after nine days of work suspension on the occasion of Durga Puja. C&F Association President Rezaul Karim said, all trades, including export and import, have started in full swing at 11:00 am yesterday. Sources said, four battery loaded vehicles of Rahimafroz Company were scheduled to leave for India while 40 vehicles loaded with stones were due at the port yesterday.
Egyptian Christians mourned their dead and berated the army yesterday after at least 25 people were killed when troops crushed a protest about an attack on a church in the worst violence since the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak.
Myanmar is on the verge of freeing political prisoners, officials said yesterday, as the United States hailed "dramatic developments" in the country after decades of military rule.
One reason optimists retain a positive outlook even in the face of evidence to the contrary has been discovered, say researchers.
Libya's new regime forces were battling block by block towards the centre of Sirte yesterday, eyeing the symbolic prize of finally capturing Gaddafi's hometown after a month-long siege.
UN Chief Ban Ki-moon, who himself studied by candlelight as a child, pleaded yesterday for universal access to clean energy, a privilege denied more than half the world population.
Forty women were wounded in Yemen's second largest city when regime supporters attacked an all-female street celebration of the Nobel Peace prize win of Tawakkul Karman, medical officials said yesterday.
Poland's governing centrists won a landmark second term in Sunday's general election, initial results showed, seeing off a challenge from the conservative opposition.
Taliban militants killed a Pakistani soldier and wounded two others in the latest cross-border attack in the country's northwest, security officials said yesterday.
A Russian region in Siberia yesterday confidently proclaimed that its mountains are home to yetis after finding "indisputable proof" of the existence of the hairy beasts in an expedition.
Veteran British war correspondent Clare Hollingworth, who broke the story that the Second World War had started, turned 100 in Hong Kong yesterday as a memoir of her is near completion.
Iran has released two of six Iranian filmmakers arrested last month on accusations of working for the BBC Farsi-language service, reports said yesterday.
The governor of California, Jerry Brown, has signed into law legislation allowing illegal immigrants to receive state aid to attend college.
Arts & Entertainment
It was in the early 1980s and youth was still part of life. Romance was in the air, had been since the mid-1970s. And romance is something that often stays with you, must if life is not to reduce itself into a sorry patchwork of mere banalities. Jagjit Singh and Chitra Singh, in that particular season when Mohammad Rafi had been dead a year, came prancing into my life with pehle to apne dil ki raza jaan jaiye. The song was a gift, embedded in an audio cassette. That song was an inaugural, an initiation as it were, in the world of Jagjit Singh melody. I was not to look back after that burst of light.
Noted historian, archaeologist, museologist (founder Director General of Bangladesh National Museum) and poet, Dr. Enamul Haque is a man with a mission -- to promote and popularise the ancient and medieval art of Bangladesh and eastern India. He is also chairperson and academic director of the International Centre for Study of Bengal Art (ICSBA).
Shahadat Hossain is a fortunate theatre practitioner who has had the opportunity to work in a professional atmosphere. As a member of Centre for Asian Theatre (CAT), the only professional theatre troupe of the country, Shahadat has had the chance to dedicate himself to theatre. He joined CAT in 1997 with the ambition of getting recognition as an able actor. After over a decade in theatre, the actor believes that he is reaping the fruits of his labour, as he is one of the lead actors of the troupe today.
Marking the 44th death anniversary of Argentine Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara, Wrishiz Shilpi Gosthi arranged a discussion and cultural programme at TSC (Teachers' and Students' Centre) Auditorium, Dhaka University on October 9.
May 7, 2010 was an ordinary Friday in Germany. Nonetheless it will be remembered for a long time for a particular reason by the Germans. That day, 432 photographers of the professional association FREELENS travelled to all corners of Germany to shoot whatever happened in front of their cameras: at schools and living rooms, at football grounds and airports, at the parliament and discos.
Bangladesh is strategically located between South and South East Asia. It has good relations with all countries in Asia and can become a strong and dependable partner in progress in this region. The twenty-first century began with high hopes for Bangladesh with pronouncement of "look east" policy. The attempt to look east was unfortunately short lived and haphazard. Bangladesh may consider adopting a step-by-step strategy for Asian economic integration.
Wealth is far easier to recognise than poverty. Wealth is either seen or obscene; poverty remains largely unseen. Poverty of the worst kind is hidden in those parts of India -- or indeed the world -- where it is outside the provenance of government, and beyond the interest of individuals and institutions who fuel the engines of modern life, like business concerns or bureaucracy or media. Those of a liberal persuasion do feel the occasional moral twinge at the passing sight of near-starvation, but poverty does not appear on any balance sheet, liberal or conservative. The cure for liberal guilt is aversion. We take our eyes off the hungry. We leave the responsibility to government.
The re-election of President Barack Obama in the 2012 elections depends largely on the state of the economy. In fact, it may depend solely on the state of the economy. There is so much rhetoric, arguments and mostly criticism of Obama's handling of job creation and the economy and speculations that he can definitely not be re-elected under such gloomy economic conditions.
Of late, there have reports on human organ trade in every newspaper. Several middlemen have been arrested, doctors and hospitals have been accused of involvement and courts have intervened. Section 9 of the Bangladesh Organ Transplantation Act 1999 (BOTA) prohibits organ trade, gain by the donor in return for organ donation, and any advertisement for the purpose. It is evident that the law has been violated. It is also evident that Bangladesh has an organ transplantation industry that needs so many organs that it might be using illegal middlemen for procuring them.
Reading James Hansen's book, Storms of my grandchildren; the truth about the coming climate catastrophe and our last chance to save humanity (published by Bloomsbury, 2009) is quite an experience. Dr Hansen is no scaremongering quack, but one of the world's most respected climate scientists and former director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York. His book predicts the end of Bangladesh through global warming.
Science & Life
An Illinois research team has succeeded in overcoming one major obstacle to a promising technology that simultaneously reduces atmospheric carbon dioxide and produces fuel.
In non-technical terms, M-theory presents an idea about the basic substance of the universe. M-theory was developed in 1995 by physicist Edward Witten. It is actually the unifying theory of superstrings. And superstring theory states that particles, previously thought of as tiny balls of energy, are in fact minute wiggling strings. It must be mentioned here that scientists are still trying to decipher the M-theory however so far, there are just only few leads. For example, physicists still are not sure whether M-theory exists as a single formation or only as a network. But they do ponder, however, over the possibility that perhaps this is the theory that Einstein thought to be “The theory of everything” concerning this and the other Universes.
Archimedes, Galileo, Newton, Faraday, Bohr, Heisenberg, Einstein, Landau, Fermi, Feynman are known as physicists and Leibnitz, Gauss, Minkowski, Hilbert, Neumann are recognized more as mathematicians than physicists. Inspite of their great contributions to physics, rather indirectly, the letter group contributed through the development of mathematical formalism.
A major breakthrough in particle physics came in the 1970s when physicists realized that there are very close ties between two of the four fundamental forces namely, the weak force and the electromagnetic force. The two forces can be described within the same theory, which forms the basis of the Standard Model. This 'unification' implies that electricity, magnetism, light and some types of radioactivity are all manifestations of a single underlying force called, unsurprisingly, the electroweak force. But in order for this unification to work mathematically, it requires that the force-carrying particles have no mass. We know from experiments that this is not true, so physicists Peter Higgs, Robert Brout and François Englert came up with a solution to solve this conundrum.
Nantes, France Vesta might be a planetary runt, but it holds bragging rights to one of the solar system's highest peaks.
The artwork already has suffered from exposure to the public, and the cave has been closed to tourists since 2002, when light-loving microorganisms were found living on the paintings. [See the Altamira cave paintings]
The dodo has been extinct since the mid-to-late 17th century. It is commonly used as thearchetype of an extinct species because its extinction occurred during recorded human history and was directly attributable to human activity.