News of: Wednesday, 26th of October, 2011
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The government agencies are least bothered as grabbers keep filling up the second channel of the Buriganga and adjoining wetland along Dhaka flood protection embankment on the western side of the capital.
Bangladesh and Germany yesterday agreed to further explore bilateral trade and cooperation in the areas of sustainable development, climate change, health and social safety net programme.
Germany yesterday pledged to provide 10.9 million euro as grant to help Bangladesh implement climate change adaptation and mitigation programmes.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina leaves for Australia tonight on a four-day official visit to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).
It was a nauseating sight.
Film star and relentless road safety campaigner Ilias Kanchan, who lost his wife in an accident in 1993, was subjected to indignities on Monday at a transport workers rally. Brooms and shoes were hurled at his portrait.
The increasing domestic and external risks looming over Bangladesh economy has made the country's GDP growth outlook for the current fiscal year uncertain, said the latest economic update of the World Bank.
With the Narayanganj City Corporation polls only three days away, voters say some of the major challenges facing the incoming mayor include addressing the city's unplanned urbanisation, notorious traffic and waterlogging.
The citizen platform formed Monday night to back Selina Hayat Ivy in Narayanganj City Corporation mayoral race hit the campaign trail yesterday.
Bangladesh Bank yesterday rejected the proposal to ease the conditions for setting up new banks in the private sector, ignoring lobbying by an influential group.
The bodies of ex-Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, his son Mutassim and a top aide have been buried in secret in the desert, Libyan officials say.
Corruption by the present government exists everywhere, from small-scale initiatives to mega projects like Padma Bridge, said BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday.
The Supreme Court's chamber judge yesterday stayed for six weeks a High Court verdict that acquitted 14 convicted accused, including eight condemned to death, in the killing of business tycoon Mohammad Alam.
A third of humanity, mostly in Africa and South Asia, face the biggest risks from climate change but rich nations in northern Europe will be least exposed, according to a risk analysis report released yesterday.
Rashid Talukder, one of the most acclaimed photojournalists in the country, died yesterday at the age of 72. As a war photographer in 1971, he took pictures that are considered to be major documents of the Liberation War.
Planning Minister Air Vice-Marshal (retd) AK Khandker, in-charge of defense ministry for parliamentary affairs, yesterday in the House defended the revised route of metro rail through Khamarbari.
The time children spend outdoors could be linked to a reduced risk of being short-sighted, research suggests.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is expected to pay a three-day official visit to Bangladesh, beginning November 13, to see the progress of implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said the country's foreign policy was successful and cited India's vote to Pakistan in the UN Security Council as an example.
The level of groundwater in Dhaka city is has been dropping at alarming rates. A very large amount of ground water has been withdrawn due to the excessive increase in the needs of the city's 15 million residents. The consequent subterranean vacuum it is creating poses many threats and problems of land subsidence.
The rally held by transport workers and owners at the Central Shaheed Minar could be more propitious if the Shipping Minister Shahjahan Khan, who is also the executive president of Bangladesh Road Transport Workers' Federation, underscored the responsibility of the drivers in keeping the road fatalities under check rather than on launching a diatribe on the media. Media and the civil society, he would have us believe, have joined hands to instil a sense of antagonism between passengers and transport workers.
The drawn first Test between Bangladesh and West Indies have posed the inevitable question of “what could have been” had the game's governing body in the country been progressive.
Elias Sunny has joined a few clubs during the course of his breakthrough performance in the first Test against West Indies, but only one has put him in the same bracket as a mystical figure from the Caribbean, an English run machine from the 1920s and an aging Indian who had all but given up on his dream.
Mushfiqur Rahim had a lot to be happy about and just one regret at the end of the first Test against West Indies which ended in a stalemate yesterday.
Bangladesh's bid for the finals of the AFC U-19 Championship got off on the right foot as the hosts handed a 3-0 defeat to Maldives in their Group A encounter at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
Two-time champions Saudi Arabia made a flying start in the AFC U-19 Championship Group A Qualifiers handing an emphatic 4-0 defeat to 10-man Oman in the opening fixture at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
Left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak returned with his best bowling figures in a match as Khulna posted an eight-wicket victory over Barisal on the third day of the four-day match in the 13th National Cricket League at the Sylhet Divisional Stadium yesterday.
The Prime Bank 25th National Swimming Competition concluded at the National Swimming Complex in Mirpur yesterday with Bangladesh Ansar & VDP emerging champions with 17 gold, 13 silver and two bronze medals, followed closely by Bangladesh Navy who captured 16 gold, seven silver and nine bronze medals. In the overall medals count, two teams were tied with 32 medals each. Bangladesh Army emerged a distant third with six gold, 14 silver and six Bronze. BKSP are the only other team to have their name in the gold column. They finished fourth with three gold, five silver and six bronze.
World champions India brushed aside England by 95 runs in the fifth and final one-day international in Kolkata on Tuesday to sweep the series 5-0.
Mosharraf Hossain will lead the Bangladesh team in the Hong Kong Cricket Sixes.
Hosts Zimbabwe beat New Zealand by one wicket in the third and final one-day international at Queens Sports Club here on Tuesday.
Sergio Agüero may be the expert finisher and David Silva the artist supreme but who can doubt which Manchester City forward is proving to be the club's real value-for-money signing. Step forward Mario Balotelli, the dart-throwing, grass-hating, cash-hoarding maverick who has become the face of fireworks safety days after 'friends' let some off in his house, setting it ablaze. You could not make it up.
Zimbabwe football authorities on Tuesday set up a disciplinary committee to investigate match-fixing allegations by the national team during Asian tours over the past four years, state media said Tuesday.
Cristiano Ronaldo hit form with a hattrick as Real Madrid tore apart Malaga 4-0 at the weekend and now he has his sights set on breaking the 100-goal mark for the Spanish giants against Villarreal.
Former France international footballer Tony Vairelles has been arrested, along with three others, on suspicion of attempted murder following a shooting in a nightclub in the early hours of Sunday morning, police sources said on Monday.
Bayern Munich's Germany defender Jerome Boateng was on Monday banned for the next two German league games after he was sent off in the Bundesliga leaders' shock defeat at Hanover on Sunday.
Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has left his position as Leicester City manager by "mutual agreement", the Championship club confirmed in a statement on their website on Monday.
Real Madrid welcomed Portugal full-back Fabio Coentrao and Turkey midfielder Nuri Sahin back to training after injury on Tuesday, on the eve of their home league clash with struggling Villarreal.
Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas is to be investigated over remarks made about referee Chris Foy after Sunday's 1-0 Premier League defeat by QPR, the Football Association (FA) announced on Monday.
Manchester United's Serbia defender Nemanja Vidic confirmed his retirement from international football on Monday, just two weeks after his country's hopes of qualifying for Euro 2012 were ended.
The World Bank has warned that the government's excessive borrowing from the banking sector and using banks to stabilise the stockmarket will make the country's financial sector weak and ultimately dampen growth.
The World Bank has come down on the telecoms regulator for its stance in the mobile operators' licence renewal process.
Abdur Rahim used to drive a rickshaw in Comilla and Dhaka before he was forced to give up work seven years ago due to illness. But thanks to a donor-funded project, he has been able to come out of extreme poverty.
The Tk 5,000-crore "stabilisation fund" will hit the stockmarket next month under the management of a newly licensed asset management company, said owners of the commercial banks who are initiating the fund.
The stockmarket regulator yesterday formed two separate committees to modify two securities rules.
A decision to reduce the trading settlement period to two days from three will not be implemented for now, a top official of Dhaka Stock Exchange said yesterday. The reduction in the settlement period will be in force after the market situation is stabilised, Shakil Rizvi, president of the DSE, told reporters after a meeting.
The government plans to frame three new laws to protect intellectual property rights.
Police and owners of garment factories have taken precautionary measures to check unrest in the readymade garments (RMG) sector over payment of salaries and other dues ahead of the Eid-ul-Azha.
The inflow of foreign direct investment (FDI) has fallen, but the outflow of funds increased for repatriation of profits by the multinational companies operating in Bangladesh, an economist said.
Airtel has recently launched an SMS-based service through which any Airtel subscriber can receive Wikipedia content into their cells without activating mobile internet.
"Bhutan is ready to sell electricity to anybody. How do you sell the electricity is most important. It is not something you place on a truck and transport. You have to have transmission lines that will pass through India. So, the arrangement has to be between India and Bangladesh"
“Visas should not be a paranoid. After all, we all are the same people from the same region,” said Bathija who was in Dhaka to attend the fourth South Asia Economic Summit orgnaised by the Centre for Policy Dialogue. South Asia is the least integrated region in the world with intra-regional trade at less than 5 percent
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said German investors could make big investment in Bangladesh, exploiting the facilities her government offers to foreign investors.
Though Bangladesh is self-sufficient in producing food grains, half of the children and one third of the women of the country suffer from malnutrition, a seminar revealed yesterday.
The President of German Bundestag (parliament), Prof Dr Norbert Lammert, has highly appreciated Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her outstanding leadership on different issues in the regional and global forum.
Fourteen people were killed and 27 others injured in separate road accidents in Dhaka, Chittagong, Mymensingh, Pabna, Dinajpur, Gaibandha, Magura, Jhenidah and Khagrachhari on Monday and yesterday.
Three persons including two minor girls were killed in separate road accidents in the city yesterday.
Water Resources Minister Ramesh Chandra Sen stressed the need for involving all countries of the Himalayan region for a joint management of trans-boundary rivers in accordance with the international convention while sharing water of common rivers.
Industries Minister Dilip Barua yesterday stressed the importance of establishing an effective linkage with IP offices, industries, academia, stakeholders and research and development organisations for sustainable industrial promotion.
The High Court yesterday questioned the legality of Grameen Bank authorities' decision to terminate its 73 employees from their service.
A Chittagong court yesterday deferred till November 14 the hearing on the charge framing against the accused in two cases relating to the 10-truck arms haul in 2004.
Home Minister Sahara Khatun yesterday urged the cattle market authorities to set up Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras and fake currency identifier machines ahead of the Eid-ul-Azha.
There are hardly any issues between Bangladesh and India that cannot be resolved, said Foreign Affairs Adviser to the Prime Minister Gowher Rizvi.
Today is the 138th birth anniversary of Sher-e-Bangla AK Fazlul Huq, a national leader of the undivided Bengal.
Two female students allegedly committed suicide in Gazipur and city's Banasree yesterday.
The National Committee on Protection of Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports has announced a four-day Dhaka-Sunetra long march on October 28 to press home their 7-point demand.
The High Court yesterday granted bail for four months to Ekramul Haq, the editor of Sheershanews.com, in connection with an extortion case.
Police filed case against 400 villagers and arrested three persons, including two students, yesterday on charges of torching vehicles and clash with the law enforcers after a road accident in the district that killed two SSC examinees on Monday.
A construction worker was electrocuted and two others were injured while working at an under construction building in the capital's Hazaribagh area yesterday.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members arrested one person along with 12 hand made bombs and bomb making materials from Tarapur village under Puthia upazila on Tuesday.
The government is going to introduce new curriculums at the levels of primary, secondary, ibtedaye and technical education from the academic year 2013.
The admission test for BSC Engineering programme at Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (Ruet) for the academic sessions 2011-2012 begins today.
Viva voce for the aspirants under eight units of the honours programmes at Jahangirnagar University (JU) for the academic sessions 2011-2012 begins today and will continue till October 30.
Police arrested three people from the capital on Monday on charge of disguising themselves as customs officials and deceiving people.
Seven jail guards of Sylhet Central Jail were sacked on Monday for using fake addresses and concealing information from the jail authority.
Police arrested an admission forgery syndicate member at Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday.
Noted philosopher of the country, Dr Ramen-dra Nath Ghosh, former professor of the Department of Philosophy in Rajshahi University, passed away yesterday, says a press release.
Veteran politician Nuruddin Jahed Monju, son of former central organising secretary of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal M A Aziz, died at his residence in Chittagong at the age of 64 yesterday, says a press release.
Death of a college girl in a road accident at Shibganj village in the Sadar upazila triggered protest by the locals yesterday.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested three more people in connection with the killing of joint convener of city unit Jubo League Sajid Parvez Jadu from a house at Patgram in Lalmonirhat district.
Pirates on Monday night kidnapped 51 fishermen and looted 20 fishing trawlers at Boya point, about 35 km south of Pathorghata upazila town of Barguna.
The people of bordering Kisamot Nijjoma village under Sree Rampur union of Patgram upazila are now in a state of panic as Indian border guards vandalised three houses at the village on Monday night.
Students of Khulna University of Engineering and Technology (Kuet) laid a siege to the office of their vice chancellor Professor Dr Muhammad Alamgir from 6pm till 12 midnight on Monday.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested four outlaws in Pabna and Sirajganj districts yesterday and the day before.
The postponed election to the Kuchiamora union parishad (UP) in Magura Sadar upazila will be held today.
A housewife was stabbed to death by criminals at village Satbaria under Keshabpur upazila in Jessore district early yesterday.
Hindu community is going to celebrate one of their biggest religious festivals Kali Puja today. In Narail district, around 1000 mandops (alter) in three upazilas have been set up hold the puja this year. District Puja observance committee sources said, of the total, 560 mandops are in Sadar upazila, 230 in Kalia upazila and 210 mandops in Lohagara upazila. Ashok Kumar Kundu, president of Narail district puja committee said that this year the number of mandops has increased throughout the district. Kali puja will start this evening and end at 2:48 am, he said.
A man was beaten to death allegedly by his uncle over land dispute at Fakirpara village in Shahjadpur upazila Monday. Police said Ismail, a village doctor, had enmity with his nephew Tekka Mollah over a piece of land. On Monday morning, when Tekka Mollah went to the land, Ismail rushed there and hit his nephew with a sharp weapon, leaving him dead on the spot.
An old man allegedly committed suicide at Mellekpara village in Sadar upazila on Monday night. The deceased was identified as Md Hossain Ali, son of late Golap Dai of the village. Quoting local people police said, following a family feud, Hossain Ali committed suicide by hanging himself from a mango tree branch near his house at about 9:30 pm. On information, police recovered the body and sent it to Satkhira morgue for postmortem.
Body of an adolescent boy was recovered from a water body on Monday noon after two days of his missing at Baroikhali village in Srinagar upazila. The deceased was identified as Apu Khandakar, 12, a student of class V at Baroikhali Government Primary School and son of Shamim Khandakar of the village. Police said Apu went missing on Saturday after he jumped into the Baroikhai canal for swimming while returning from school.
At least 13 shops were gutted in a devastating fire in sadar upazila yesterday. Fire brigade and local sources said, the fire originated from an electric short circuit at Abdus Salam's grocery shop at Sakua Bazar in Karimganj at 2:30pm. The fire soon engulfed the adjacent 12 other shops of gold ornaments, mobile, medicine, grocery, clothes and a godown. Md Tajul Islam, local chairman of Dehunda union said, the loss caused by fire was estimated at around Tk 1 crore.
On August 25, 2011, with little debate or public consultation, the Bangladesh Jatiya Sangsad (parliament) passed the Vagrant and Shelterless Persons (rehabilitation) Act 2011. Even our civil society did not discuss the issue much.
The people of Bangladesh voted the AL to power hoping that they would get at least three square meals, not for having a digital Bangladesh. But the reality is different. The prices of the necessary commodities have increased so much that now it seems that sky is the limit. The government has totally failed to control the price hike and is trying to compensate by saying that the prices of necessary commodities are much higher in the neighbouring countries! Possibly they mistakenly wrote in their election manifesto that they would feed people rice at Taka.10/- per kg! On the other hand, interestingly enough, the prices of shares are decreasing alarmingly. If this trend continues, common people like us would not have any other option left other than committing suicide. The people of Bangladesh don't bother whether the country is digital or analogue, instead they demand very little from the government. They want to get relief from the curse of hunger. We know that 'a hungry man is an angry man.' It will be impossible for the government to remain in power if the hungry people of Bangladesh become angry.
Dhaka is one of the most densely populated cities of the world. Here a huge amount of waste is produced every day. These waste materials are creating environmental pollution (such as air pollution, water pollution, soil pollution, etc.), and interrupting the waste water flow through drains, blocking those. So, proper waste management is necessary to avoid these adverse impacts on the environment and human health.
We are beginning to feel sorry for the Awami League-led government. The AL government is doing and saying things that show how distraught it has become.
The recent Israel-Palestine prisoner exchange may be a positive sign for the region, though many fear prisoners' regression, increased hostage tactics and a supposed PR defeat for Israel. What may be interesting to ponder is the Israeli decision to negotiate with Hamas.
It is really appreciable that the government is seriously considering imposing a ban on private coaching outside the classroom by school and college teachers. We hope that the High Court directive in this respect will be implemented without further delay. It is a common allegation that most of the teachers are involved in private tuition. But I think this is a wrong perception.
Is anyone in the upper echelons of government appreciating how its polls on public opinion reflecting people's pulse is being made available to them every day on the burning topics constantly agitating their minds? Admittedly, the DS polls do not cover too many people. But I am in no doubt that this small percentage represents the very cream of society -- the literate, thinkers, doers and the dedicated. The topics are all of current interest.
I am writing this letter to address the entire Muslim community to be united. I ask the Muslims how many times a day do we watch CNN or BBC to get the latest news? I am sure more than once every day. But how many of us spare five minutes from our busy schedule to read the Glorious Quran and its meaning? Our duty as Muslims is not confined only to remain true to the five pillars of Islam, we have a duty to our society also. We have to propagate messages of peace that Islam teaches to help our brothers and sisters around the world. West is invading the Muslim countries in the name of fighting terrorism. But does Islam preach terrorism? Definitely not. The news channels that I mentioned above are controlled by the West; hence they are spreading news which are in their favour. Our innocent brothers are being killed, sisters are being raped, and instead of protesting those heinous acts, we are talking in favour of the oppressors because they have power. And if anyone dares to protest, the western media term him/her a terrorist. But we must protest, we must speak for our innocent brothers and sisters in Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine, etc. We must not be afraid of them, we must be afraid of the Almighty Allah only, for His wrath is very much greater than the threats of the West. Let us unite to save our religion of peace, Islam.
I was wondering whether pen is mightier than the sword. We have written umpteen letters and columns for the government to be conscious about our national interest but it all fell on deaf ears. The news that India has already started using trial tax-free transit facility has taxed my brain so numb that I am unable to think normally. I'm now convinced that the government will do whatever it wishes to do regardless of whatever is said and written in the media. However weird it may seem, people have planted paddy on a strip of broken Ishwardi-Kushtia highway. It is now time to turn all the dilapidated infrastructure into cowsheds and rifles into plows and hoes for boosting agricultural and livestock production. Let us return to the Shakespeare's garden of Arden where there is no enemy but bad weather and sing merrily- Under the greenwood tree/who loves to lie with me...
Here are some comments that came in response to Tuesday's The Daily Star news analysis headlined “A premier and a Nobel laureate”.
Rescuers pulled a two-week-old baby girl alive from the wreckage of a collapsed apartment block yesterday as they battled to find survivors from a earthquake in eastern Turkey that killed at least 432 people and left thousands homeless.
Arab Spring uprisings have inspired repression in many countries as well as protests, international rights investigators said Monday.
A fuel tank exploded in Muammar Gaddafi's hometown Sirte killing more than 100 people less than a week after the deposed despot was captured and killed there, a military commander said yesterday.
Muammar Gaddafi's son Seif al-Islam and his former intelligence chief, the two most wanted figures in the slain despot's ousted regime, were poised yesterday to cross the border into Niger, a Tuareg official said.
Tunisia's moderate Islamist party, Ennahda, claimed victory on Monday in Sunday's elections, the first free poll of the Arab Spring.
Bangkok's second airport suspended all flights yesterday after floodwaters breached its northern perimeter.
The last of the United States' most powerful nuclear bombs - a weapon hundreds of times stronger than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima - is being disassembled nearly half a century after it was put into service at the height of the Cold War. The final components of the B53 bomb will be broken down Tuesday at the Pantex Plant near Amarillo, Texas, the nation's only nuclear weapons assembly and disassembly facility.
A truce reached by Yemen's government and dissidents, who have been locked in bloody battles for weeks, collapsed as soon as it was announced yesterday with fresh fighting rocking the capital.
India yesterday reacted angrily to travel advisories issued by the United States and other countries that warned of the possibility of terrorist attacks during the Diwali festival season.
Government employees in Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh on Monday night called off their 42-day-long strike for a separate Telangana state.
China is working on a new law to freeze assets of terrorist organization and name them publicly. The move might give hope to India, which has been asking China and other countries to join its campaign for exposing and eliminating outfits like Jamaat-ud-Dawa, who played a key role in the Mumbai attacks.
Arts & Entertainment
Not too many Bangladeshis are acquainted with the Bhutanese folk dance called “Dance of the Drums”. Featuring exquisite attire, props and musical instruments, the item is vastly different from our traditional numbers.
Bipasha Hayat in her first solo exhibition at Bengal Gallery, captivates the viewer with her images, lines textures and her composition. Like all followers of our master abstract artists, Mohammed Kibria and Aminul Islam, Bipasha Hayat expresses her feelings through her paintings. The artist has poured her inner mind and soul on to the canvas, with scintillating colours and dancing images. Some of the creations have warm, mellow colours, although she has the Liberation War in mind. What she focuses on at this juncture in life, is that she will suspend her script writing to which she has given so much time, and go into the journey of painting, which she has mastered at the Dhaka Art College.
Indira Gandhi Culture Centre, High Commission of India, Dhaka organised a commemorative evening as a mark of tribute and respect to the legendary singer, music composer and the “King of Ghazals”, Jagjit Singh, on October 23 at the Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre.
A two-day dance festival, titled 'The rhythm of dance and joy of creativity', concluded in Pabna Town Hall premises on Saturday. The event was arranged by Gontobbo, a local organisation working on classical dance, to mark its 7th anniversary.
Kanthabithi, the lone recital organisation in Magura recently staged a 'Sruti-Natak' (recital drama) a performance based on "Rather Roshi", a popular play written by Rabindranath Tagore. The event was held at the auditorium of Sayed Ator Ali Public Library in the district town.
The Dhaka Cultural Reporters Unity(DCRU) will give awards in various categories in the cultural sphere, says a press release. The awards will be given on the films, telefilms, TV plays, docu-drama, theatre, advertisements, audio albums, fashion, dance and more which were published and telecast from January to December 2010. The jury panel comprising veteran journalists has already completed its task. DCRU plans to arrange the ceremony with a variety of events and the participation of eminent cultural activists. The programme will be held at the National Museum, on October 31 at 6 pm.
After Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan, actor Aamir Khan is the latest Bollywood superstar to fall for the charms of the "idiot box".
Muammar Gaddafi's was a sorry end, macabre in its dimensions and tormenting in its imagery. For many around the world, he deserved to be pushed from power, for all the right reasons. But he certainly did not deserve the collective villainy that was visited upon him in the last few moments of his life. That he concealed himself inside a sewer pipe, in the hope that no one would find him, was a clear demonstration of the principle on which irony usually works. Towards the end of his regime and even after he had been run out of Tripoli, he kept to his belief that those who were busy trying to topple him were rats. In the end, it was he who was caught in rat-like behaviour. Even so, those who kill a rat are not men who teach us anything edifying about life.
When Julian Assange, father of WikiLeaks, makes a viral enemy of a potential friend, he always does so in the name of a Higher Cause. Such mavericks are necessary in an age where information has become a frontline weapon.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been visiting Germany from October 22. Apart from bilateral meetings with her counterpart Chancellor Angela Merkel, she addressed at the World Health Summit-2011 in which she underscored the need to make medicine affordable to all and called for forging global and regional partnerships in health technology and research, capacity of building health personnel, health policy and health infrastructure.
Bangladesh has shown a lot of promise and resilience by pushing ahead with the national development agenda. Poverty has declined fairly rapidly since 2000 and economic growth is on an upward trend. While higher growth is a welcome development, events over the past 12 months suggest that the macroeconomy is coming under strain.
Ouch. I had a big fight with a girl called Joyce last night. I made a death threat for the first time in my life. It felt really good. (Memo to self: make several death threats every day.) Joyce, a character in a book I am writing, is not behaving herself. Instead of advancing the plot, she's making her own decisions. Cheeky.
King George III goes before Parliament to declare the American colonies in rebellion, and authorized a military response to quell the American Revolution.