News of: Tuesday, 1st of November, 2011
The people of Narayanganj have largely rejected the candidates with criminal records in the just concluded city polls, giving mayor-elect Selina Hayat Ivy a relatively clean team to run the corporation.
There could not have been any better news for democracy, clean politics and people's empowerment and, contrarily, a stronger slap on the face of terrorism, extortion, criminalisation of politics, intimidation and mafia control of voters than Selina Hayat Ivy's victory in the NCC polls. It is truly a breath of fresh air in our otherwise conflict-ridden, rhetoric-laden and false promises-based political scene.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said she is very happy with Selina Hayat Ivy's victory in the Narayanganj City Corporation mayoral poll in which her party-backed candidate Shamim Osman suffered a humiliating defeat.
Mayor-elect of Narayanganj City Corporation Selina Hayat Ivy will live up to her pledges to people, she told The Daily Star at her house in Deobhog area yesterday.
SM Akram, the Awami League's Narayanganj district convener who backed Selina Hayat Ivy in the city corporation election, resigned from the party yesterday, noting that he had been undermined by the central leaders of the party.
Defeated mayoral candidate Shamim Osman yesterday backtracked on his allegation of rigging the Narayanganj City Corporation polls.
Selina Hayat Ivy's landslide victory in the Narayangaj City Corporation polls should not surprise Awami League chief and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Many of her party leaders had forecast the result even late last month as they implored her to support Ivy instead of controversial Shamim Osman.
Some central BNP leaders, who publicly supported Taimur Alam Khandoker in the Narayanganj City Corporation polls, had secretly lobbied the party high-ups to persuade him into withdrawing from the race, party insiders say.
Imran Khan is no more a cricketer turned politician. He has suddenly become an important regional player in the US endgame in Afghanistan. A mind-blowing public rally of Imran Khan in Lahore on October 30 made it very difficult for the Zardari regime to make any new commitments or accept any demands from the US regarding its decade-long war against terror. Imran Khan has become a threat not only for Pakistan's traditional political parties inside Pakistan but also looks about to become a big hurdle in the implementation of demands made on Pakistan by the US.
The government will shortly declare parts of rivers in the Sundarbans as “dolphin sanctuaries” to ensure safe environment for the endangered freshwater cetaceans, an official said yesterday.
Citizens, especially the business community, of Narayanganj now like to remind Selina Hayat Ivy about easing their woes.
Police yesterday recovered stabbed body of a school boy from the victim's house in Mirpur cantonment.
The prosecution is likely to petition the International Crimes Tribunal today for issuing an arrest warrant against former Jamaat chief Ghulam Azam for committing crimes against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War.
Junior School Certificate (JSC) and Junior Dakhil Certificate (JDC) examinations begin today with participation of more than 18 lakh class eight students of schools and madrasas.
Grameenphone yesterday paid Tk 1,358 crore in licence renewal and partial spectrum fees to the government exchequer.
Awami League favourite Mohammad Abdur Rahman has clinched the councillor post in Ward-1. Self-educated Abdur Rahman runs a workshop for manufacturing and repairing doors and windows in Narayanganj and has no criminal record.
Palestinians won a crucial vote to enter Unesco as a full member yesterday, scoring a symbolic victory in their battle for statehood and full membership in the UN General Assembly.
Three Yemeni fighter jets were destroyed and several others damaged in overnight explosions that rocked an air base, apparently caused by explosives planted in the planes, officials told AFP yesterday.
Having gone through a patchy period of ups and downs for sometime, Bangladesh-India relations at the moment are poised for a positive trend, which we feel must be sustained. Towards that end there is a very strong rationale for the two countries to develop an environment in mutual dealings that will bring about positive outcomes for both the parties in equal measure, with perhaps a slight tilt towards Bangladesh since it has more severe development challenges to overcome.
If there is one lesson learnt from the Narayanganj City Corporation mayoral polls, it is that the people are the ultimate master of politics. Because the people willed it, the maneuvering and manipulation by the ruling party -- including the ruling party candidate's attempt to spread panic through warnings of a possible militant attack -- had no bearing on how the people cast their votes. Indeed, the NCC polls are a testament to the fact that a genuine political leader, one with strong public support, cannot be ignored, that too, without damaging party credibility.
With the Masuri helmet on and some of his mannerisms, one would think that it is the great man sauntering into the stadium. But when he digs the bail into the ground a la Shivnarine Chanderpaul, you know it is someone else. The man in question is Darren Bravo and the man he emulates is Brian Lara.
The Tigers endured a torridday as West Indies tightened their grip on the home side on the third day of the second and final Test at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.
The Tigers bowling was ordinary on the third day on an unfavourable pitch but yet the talking point was their kamikaze style batting in the first innings. Bangladesh had effectively relinquished control of the game through their T20-style batting approach which saw them give away a 124-run first innings lead. By the end of the third day, the lead had ballooned to 331 leaving the hosts with an uphill task to save the match.
Sylhet banked on a huge century by Rajin Saleh against Rangpur but it was the two Arafats, Salahuddin and Sunny, who gave Dhaka Metropolis a huge step forward against Barisal in their National Cricket League match yesterday.
Zimbabwe go into their one-off Test against New Zealand here Tuesday with injury doubts hanging over wicketkeeper-batsman Tatenda Taibu and all-rounder Elton Chigumbura.
Saudi Arabia and Iraq qualified for the finals of the AFC U-19 Championship with a match in hand after posting their third successive victories in Group A Qualifiers at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
Several thousand agitating people vandalised Naldanga Railway Station and uprooted around 30 feet of rail track there yesterday demanding Dhaka-bound Rangpur Intercity Express train to make regular stops at the station.
Abahani regained the title of Women's Table Tennis League with a 3-2 win over Biman Bangladesh in the last round of Super League at the Wooden Floor Stadium yesterday.
Petra Kvitova, the 21-year-old Czech left-hander who caused a sensation by winning Wimbledon as an outsider four months ago, proved she is now a fully fledged member of the sport's elite by winning the WTA (year-end) Championships.
Titas Club emerged unbeaten champions in the National Bank Dhaka Metropolis Premier Volleyball League beating Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) in 3-1 sets in their last match yesterday. After going down 21-25 in the first set, Titas bounced back taking the next three sets 25-20, 25-18 and 25-16. Russel, Rajesh and Ronny were the best players for Titas.
The first three days of the second and final Test match between Bangladesh and West Indies have been a contest in which there has been a lack of spectators with an average of around 3,000 people coming to the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium to watch the match.
Nigar Sultana, mother of Bangladesh left-arm spin bowler Abdur Razzak, passed away yesterday evening at 7:30pm at the Khulna Medical College, succumbing to cancer at the age of 55. She left behind four sons and a daughter to mourn her death.
Virender Sehwag, the India opener, has said the only way to prevent fast bowlers from picking up injuries is by giving them regular breaks. India are currently without their leading fast bowler, Zaheer Khan, who is still recovering from ankle surgery. They have included 24-year-old Umesh Yadav and 22-year-old Varun Aaron in the Test squad to play West Indies, after the pair impressed with their pace in the recent one-day series against England.
A football competition for the underprivileged children was held at the Army Museum Ground in Bijoy Sarani on Sunday. The competition, organised by the private sector development organisation Oporajeyo Bangladesh working in Bangladesh for the last fifteen years, was attended by a modest number of spectators who cheered on the children during the event.
Levante's first experience of life at the top of La Liga in their 102-year history ended when the surprise early pacesetters suffered a first defeat of the season in a 2-0 loss at 10-man Osasuna on Sunday.
Two goals from Gareth Bale and one from Rafael van der Vaart gave Tottenham Hotspur a 3-1 win over Queens Park Rangers in a cracking London Premier League derby at White Hart Lane on Sunday.
Growing in belief and confidence with each game, Arsene Wenger's Arsenal can confirm their recent resurgence by reaching the Champions League last 16 with victory at home to Marseille on Tuesday.
Antonio Di Natale, last season's Serie A top scorer, grabbed his seventh goal of the campaign to give Udinese a 1-0 win over Palermo and keep them one point behind leaders Juventus on Sunday.
AC Milan and Italy forward Antonio Cassano has been struck down with an undiagnosed illness and is undergoing tests in hospital, the club said on Sunday.
A football fan in Romania was detained after running onto the pitch and hitting a player in the head, sparking other violent incidents that led to the abandonment of a Romanian league match.
Arsenal striker Robin van Persie has played down claims he used a Nazi salute to celebrate one of his hat-trick of goals in Saturday's stunning 5-3 win over Chelsea.
Florian Albert, the former Hungary striker and European Footballer of the Year, has died in hospital at the age of 70, the Hungarian news agency MTI said Monday.
A homesick Diego Maradona celebrated his 51st birthday in Dubai with his “family away from home”--the Al Wasl club he's been coaching since July.
Frustrated investors will organise a public rally on December 7 protesting the continuous slump in share prices unless the government intervenes and stabilises the stockmarket by November, said Mizanur Rashid Chowdhury, president of Bangladesh Sharemarket Investors Unity Council.
State banks' credit disbursement outpaced their deposit in nine months, according to data from Bangladesh Bank.
Nitol Motors Ltd, the distributor of Tata Motors in Bangladesh, plans to launch 300 air-conditioned (AC) buses in the city in three months under a route franchising system.
A freefall continued on the bourses for a fourth day as all measures failed to restore confidence and stabilise the market.
The third Global Social Business Summit will be held in Vienna on November 9-12, Yunus Centre said in a statement yesterday.
MF Global Holdings Ltd, the futures broker run by former Goldman Sachs chief Jon Corzine, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after a tentative deal with a buyer fell apart.
The world economy is likely to create just half of the 80 million jobs needed over the next two years, the ILO said on Monday, warning that the risk of social unrest was rising amid the morose unemployment situation.
The country's Mermaid Eco Tourism will take part in the 2011 World Travel Market (WTM) in London from November 7 to 10, the company said in a statement yesterday.
The pre-inspection system in imports of raw materials for re-rolling and steel mills will be withdrawn from next year, Commerce Minister Faruk Khan said yesterday.
Indian IT outsourcing giant Wipro on Monday projected a positive outlook for the industry, despite gathering clouds over the global economy, as it announced a rise in quarterly profits.
The German finance minister is furious over how 55 billion euros ($77 billion) were wrongly added to public overspending, and is demanding answers from top officials at a critical time for Germany's public finances on the international stage.
International air passenger traffic rose 5.6 percent in September from a year ago, industry association IATA said Monday, describing the result as a "pleasant surprise."
Top economies are slowing with the eurozone set to shrink briefly, and rapid action by European leaders to enact promised crisis measures is key to global recovery, the OECD said on Monday.
The government should create a confidence-filled platform to convince the country's banks to invest in the moribund stockmarket, said a top banker.
Local exporters become gloomy as their customers are increasingly shouldering deferred payments, even for up to six months. Their troubles deepen when they see importers do not want to open a fresh LC (letter of credit) as their banks are also going through troubled times.
In a report headlined, "Airtel brings weather alert to coastal fishermen" published on B3 yesterday, we inadvertently reported that the launching ceremony of the alert system took place in the capital. Actually, it was held at Seagull Hotel in Cox's Bazar. We regret the error.
As a primary schoolgirl, Ivy used to accompany her father to Dewbhough Akhra tea-stall early every morning and grew to be an attentive listener to the cross sections of people who gathered there to share sorrows and happiness with their beloved leader Ali Ahmed Chunka.
The cabinet yesterday gave final approval to a draft law for splitting Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) into two parts, North and South.
Different political, social and cultural organisations yesterday greeted Selina Hayat Ivy on her landslide victory in the Narayanganj City Corporation polls.
Unplanned human settlement and cultivation on elephant habitat is causing a human-elephant conflict in Bangladesh. The result each year is around 32 human and four elephant deaths, said experts yesterday.
Three female domestic help were found dead in their respective employers' houses at Kafrul and Uttara in the city in the last two days.
The department of environment (DoE) in a drive punished two prominent real estate builders with a hefty fine for creating unbearable noise pollution in Dhanmondi residential area yesterday.
A court of the Information Commission yesterday directed the officials concerned of Rajuk and BRTA to provide two citizens with information they sought under the right to information (RTI) act.
A Dhaka court yesterday fixed November 14 for the hearing on charge framing against 120 leaders and activists of Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Chhatra Shibir in connection with a case filed with Ramna police over the recent violence in the city's Kakrail area.
Police yesterday arrested a local Awami League (AL) leader from his Baradeshi village in Aminbazar as one of the prime suspects of the killing of six students in the village on July 18 this year.
Nepal is considering hosting the 18th Summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) in February 2013.
Students of Rajshahi University would now be able to lodge complaints with a newly formed university committee if they face sexual harassment on the campus.
A 14-day vacation for Eid-ul-Azha begins at Rajshahi University (RU) Today.
Parliamentarians and experts at a discussion stressed the need for appropriate immediate plans to turn the population into assets to face the challenges facing the world that witnessed 7 billion people yesterday.
Child rights campaigners welcomed commitment by the 54-nation Commonwealth leaders to focus efforts on ending child and forced marriage of millions of girls.
At least five people were killed in different road mishaps in Chapainawabganj, Dinajpur, Sirajganj, Chittagong and Pabna yesterday.
Indian Home Minister Panaiappan Chidambaram yesterday said the Sheikh Hasina government in Bangladesh extended “splendid cooperation” in apprehending Indian insurgents.
After staying only five days, all parakeets left Chickdair village in Raozan upazila of Chittagong earlier than the expected time as the local people in the last three years observe that the birds used to stay there for 15-20 days.
Bangladesh part of the tri-nation project to enable farmers to adapt to climate change has been launched at a community centre in Rajshahi city yesterday.
Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) President Col (retd) Oli Ahmed said LDP has allied itself with BNP led four-party alliance to protest corruption, extortion and save the country from domination of foreign forces.
The Department of Environment (DoE) penalised two illegal brick kilns during its drives yesterday for destroying agricultural land and polluting ecology in Singair in Maninkganj yesterday.
The publicity secretary of Khulna district Awami League Gazi Abdul Halim, who is battling for life after being shot by unknown men on Sunday, was helicoptered to Dhaka yesterday.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Leader of the Opposition Khaleda Zia yesterday exchanged Eid greetings by sending cards to each other on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha.
An 11-year-old boy sustained injuries as a bomb which he took for a toy exploded at his residence at Baro Bari in Joydevpur, Gazipur yesterday.
The result of the admission test for first year honours courses of 'Ga' unit (Business Studies Faculty) of Dhaka University (DU) was published yesterday, says a press release.
The admission process for the aspirants of first year honours programme under the academic year 2011-12 at Jahangirnagar University (JU) will begin from November 13 and continue till November 17.
Department of Public Health of North South University (NSU) in collaboration with CDMP II organised an Expert Group Workshop on “Finalization of Curriculum for Emergency Health Care Management after Natural Disaster in Bangladesh” at the university yeaterday.
An activist of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), Chittagong University (CU) unit, was stabbed by his rival of the organisation in University Railway Station area yesterday.
The English department of Jahangirnagar University held its "1st Graduate Seminar 2011" yesterday to help the fresh graduates build up confidence about career.
Speakers at Rajshahi University yesterday put emphasis on the implementation of Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and the women development policy 2011.
Today is the 12th death anniversary of national professor Dewan Mohammad Azraf, says a press release.
Today is the 39th death anniversary of Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra vocalist and musician Sarder Alauddin Ahmed, says a press release.
Students of two Khagrachhari schools had a day full of fun learning English as they took part in an 'English Language Fair' in the hill district yesterday.
Two cases filed with Companiganj police station for killing six villagers at Parkul in the upazila on October 4 were finally shifted to the Detective Branch (DB) of police on Thursday.
Students of a government primary school in Birganj upazila locked their classrooms yesterday as no teacher came to take classes for consecutive seven days ahead of their primary terminal examinations.
Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Bogra office has started investigation into the allegations against the two accounts officers of Dupchanchia upazila who were suspended on charge of misappropriating over Tk 13 crore through preparing fake pension bills.
Teachers and students of a school formed a human chain on Sunday demanding punishment to the killers of a student of the school.
Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) on Sunday handed over an Indian citizen to the members of Indian Border Security Force (BSF) at Roumari border.
Khulna City Corporation (KCC) mayor Talukder Abdul Khaleque has again called upon the people to cast their votes for Sundarbans through SMS from mobile phones or by using internet to establish the world's largest mangrove forest as one of the new seven wonders of the world in its final race.
A farmer was killed by his rivals over land dispute at Dharabarsha village in Sarishabari upazila yesterday morning.
Detective Branch police arrested a top operative of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) from a village in Faridpur upazila on Sunday night.
A court here yesterday sentenced a man to life term rigorous imprisonment for killing his wife for dowry in 2010.
A housewife was hacked to death by criminals in the district on Sunday night. The deceased was identified as Aloka Rani Roy, 27, wife of Uttam Kumar Roy of Muradpur village in Sadar upazila. Police quoting family members said, Aloka came out of his room Sunday midnight to respond to nature's call. A gang swooped on her and attacked with sharp weapons injuring Aloka seriously. Hearing her cry, family members and locals rescued her and took her to Dinajpur Medical College Hospital where she succumbed to her injuries in the morning.
Bodies of a woman and an unidentified sexagenarian man were recovered from separate places in the district on Sunday. Police recovered the body of Kodbhanu, 45, wife of Denchher Ali, resident of the town, from a field beside the town's PTI Road in the afternoon. In another incident, body of an unidentified sexagenarian man was recovered from a field at Boroitola village in Sadar upazila.
A murder case was filed with Assassuni PS accusing three people on charge of killing a fertiliser trader at village Budhata in the upazila on Sunday night. Victim's wife Shila Rani Devnath filed the case and the accused are Billa Mongal Devnath and Sumongal Devnath of the village. The fertiliser trader was killed at night when his wife was at her father's house. Locals found the body of Biswajit Devnath, 35, son of Balai Devnath in the house in the morning.
Cash and poultry materials of Tk 29 lakh were given to 141 farmers of Joypurhat Sadar upazila on Friday evening as compensation for culling their fowls due to avian influenza. The compensation package included cash worth Tk 19 lakh, 12000 one-day-old chicks, 800 full grown fowls and five metric tonnes of poultry feed.x
The Arab League yesterday revealed that its proposed roadmap to end violence in Syria includes the withdrawal of tanks from Syrian streets as well as talks in Cairo between the regime and its opponents.
Iran's parliament has revived its threat to call in President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for questioning, with more lawmakers signing a summons that could ultimately lead to the president's impeachment, media reported yesterday.
Top Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan was made the new Nawab (Muslim prince) of Pataudi yesterday in a private ceremony at his ancestral home in northern India.
The head of British intelligence agency GCHQ warned yesterday of a "disturbing" rise in cyber attacks on the country's government and industry systems which he said risked damaging the economy.
India, led by President Pratibha Patil and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, yesterday paid rich tributes to assassinated Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on her 27th death anniversary.
Arts & Entertainment
Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, in collaboration with Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra Society in Guwahati, Assam have jointly organised a contemporary art exhibition featuring Bangladeshi artists.
Marking its second anniversary, Proteeti Sangeet Bidyayatan arranged a special programme featuring music, dance and recitation at the main auditorium of Bangladesh National Museum on October 29. The event was titled “Sur-er Guru, Dao Go Sur-er Dikkha”.
The lights gradually zoomed in on the soft beating of drums intensifying, accompanied by the blowing of the conch shell as the curtain rose on the first item of 'Nrithyabhimana' -- a traditional Sri Lankan drum and dance performance -- at the Shilpakala Academy last Friday. Chants and “Magul bera”, as it is known, were performed to invoke the blessings of the Buddha, Dhamma and Sanga (three pillars of Buddhism) and the goddess Saraswathi, patron of the arts.
Lack of theatre venues in Dhaka hinders theatre practice, thus curbing the growth of young theatre performers and activists -- thinks Lucy Tripti Gomes, actress and costume designer of the troupe Natya Kendra. She is also of the view that lack of exposure to the contemporary global theatre scene renders the collective knowledge of local theatre activists incomplete.
Accomplished Rabindra Sangeet artiste Roquaiya Hasina Neely released her fifth music album on October 28 at BUET auditorium. Professor Zillur Rahman Siddiqui was the chief guest. Newaz Ahemed, managing director and Nazib Uddin Bhuiyan, deputy managing director, of National Bank Ltd and Tagore exponent Professor Nurul Anwar were the guests of honour.
After Shah Rukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Amitabh Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Bollywood actor Kareen Kapoor's wax statue will feature in the Madame Tussauds Museum in London.
An album featuring unheard material by Amy Winehouse is to be released just months after the singer's death.
The 17th Summit level conference of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) is going to be held in Maldives on November 10-11. The theme of this year's Summit is "Building Bridges."
Surrendering to a feeling of deep impotence and slight absurdity, I borrowed an iPad on Thursday afternoon and used it to send my first-ever message by this means. It was addressed to one of those distinguished Frenchmen who have been at the fore in pressing the outside world to remove Muammar Gaddafi from the posture in which, for more than four decades, he has squatted on the lives of the Libyan people.
Some Cupid kills with arrows, some with traps" --- William Shakespeare
Democracy cannot be achieved without free media. If media is not free, instead of democracy there will be anarchy and corruption. Democratisation is a dynamic social process, which is never finished and is constantly threatened by anti-democratic and counter-democratic ideologies and powers. Only strong, pluralistic and independent media can protect society from the gangrene of corruption by creating and maintaining an atmosphere of transparency and accountability. An independent media is considered as one of the main tools for ensuring good governance and strengthening democracy.
Amid a lot of apprehensions about the fairness of the Narayanganj City Corporation (NCC) election, our concerned citizens at home and abroad heaved a sigh of relief that it went very peacefully and people were able to express their free will in a conducive and peaceful atmosphere. The festive mood of the voters was visible and felt even by our compatriots living throughout the world through the courtesy of satellite TV.
The last sultan of the Ottoman Empire, Mehmed VI, abdicates.
Science & Life
The ability to dream is a fascinating aspect of the human mind. However, how the images and emotions that we experience so intensively when we dream form in our heads remains a mystery. Up to now it has not been possible to measure dream content. Max Planck scientists working with colleagues from the Charité hospital in Berlin have now succeeded, for the first time, in analysing the activity of the brain during dreaming.
Computers as we know them now are a comparatively new technology. But now computers are an integral part of our daily lives. From everyday jobs such as operating a motor vehicle, to our work surroundings and our home, computers are a key part of our life. Women have played a key role in the development of computer conceptions and programming over the past years.
BIG cats such as lions, tigers, leopards, and cheetahs could be facing extinction within the next two decades, leading conservation groups to call for increased efforts to save them, USA Today's Dan Vergano reported in a Friday articles.
Asteroid 21 Lutetia isn't just another pebble in a big pile of space rocks. Scientists now think it is a leftover planetary seed, booted into the main belt by the planetary bullies growing around it.
Ten thousand feet high in the New Mexico mountains, Jake Trueblood is getting ready to fire rockets into a thunderstorm.
After pythons eat a meal, their organs including their hearts nearly double in size within a day. Now, researchers have learned how the snakes are able to achieve this sort of growth without heart damage, a finding that could lead to new therapies for human heart disease.
The Sumerians, who lived in the Middle East, invented the wheel in about 3450 BC.