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News of: Saturday, 26th of November, 2011
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The fate of over 600 Bangladeshi garment workers, mostly female, in Jordan has become uncertain as Taiwanese factory Maintrend International shut down late last month.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia will lead a road march towards Khulna today to drum up support for her party's demand that the government reinstate the caretaker government system to oversee the next parliament elections.
Bangladesh Paribesh Andolon (Bapa) yesterday demanded cancellation of the Tipaimukh dam project in India.
Thousands of passengers on Dhaka-Chittagong highway had to bear untold sufferings for some nine hours till yesterday noon due to a 40-kilometre tailback near Comilla.
The benefits of the Baliamari-Kaliachar border haat are not reaching the poor villagers of adjacent areas as some syndicates are controlling the trading here.
Comilla district BNP has threatened to boycott the upcoming Comilla City Corporation polls if the Election Commission uses Electronic Voting Machine and does not deploy the army, ATN Bangla and ntv reported yesterday.
Even though it is a lottery, parents' worry over their children getting into good schools is rising once again as time for admission to class-I in state-run high schools approaches.
When India promulgated the Right to Information (RTI) Act in 2005, civil society in the Indian state of Udisha (Orissa) launched a public awareness campaign by setting up camps in 40 spots near perceivably the most “corrupt institutions”.
Business leaders and professionals of Rajshahi yesterday expressed disappointment as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina during her Thursday visit did not say anything specific about their development demands.
Tens of thousands of demonstrators rallied in Cairo's Tahrir Square yesterday demanding the end of military rule, following a week of deadly clashes, as Washington called for a swift handover of power.
Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus on Thursday received an honorary doctoral degree in economics from the London School of Economics (LSE).
Three separate cases have been lodged in connection with the attack on Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) chief Col (retd) Oli Ahmed allegedly by the activists of Awami League (AL) and Juba League (JL) and vandalising vehicles.
The telecom regulator has decided not to allow the import of mobile phone sets without “Bangla keypad” from February next year.
A Grameen Bank official and a teacher in Tangail and Rangpur killed themselves by hanging from ceiling fans yesterday and on Wednesday.
Champion R Sangma, a top leader of Indian separatist Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA), has been arrested in Bangladesh, an Indian newspaper reported yesterday.
A traditional form of weaving by Bedouin women and a healing prayer sung by Peru's Huachipaire people were added yesterday to Unesco's list of "intangible heritage" in need of preservation.
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh will remain in Saudi Arabia for medical treatment after having signed a deal to end his 33-year rule, his foreign minister Abu Bakr al-Kurbi said in comments published yesterday.
We feel the apprehension expressed by the Chief Election Commissioner that it is difficult to hold a free and fair election under a party government very significant. He made the comments while speaking on the "Role of the Election Commission in Conducting a Free and Fair Election" at a meeting organised by American Chamber of Commerce in Bangladesh recently.
One cannot miss the irony. Two ministries are clearly working at cross purposes, one to ensure the natural appeal of the Sundarbans and the other seemingly intent on leaving the beauty of the area marred. Briefly, for the past five months the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) has been allowing large vessels carrying such goods as oil and other forms of cargo to pass through a significant canal in the Sundarbans.
Sachin Tendulkar fell agonisingly short of an unprecedented 100th hundred while Ravichandran Ashwin hit a maiden century as the third Test between India and the West Indies headed for a draw on Friday.
The Pakistan cricket team will arrive in the capital later today to play a full series against the Tigers from November 29.
As was expected, Forhad Reza earned a recall after three years when the national selectors announced a 15-member team yesterday for the Twenty20 and the three-match one-day series against Pakistan.
Bangladesh captain Salma Khatun was pleased to be playing the country's first one-day international in women's cricket.
Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar's failure to make his 100th international century left fans in Mumbai deeply deflated on Friday, with supporters leaving the stadium in their droves after his dismissal for 94.
Ten Action+ will telecast matches of the SAFF Championship live from the venue as South Asian Football Federation's marketing agent World Sports Group appointed Ten Sports, India's largest sports network as broadcasters.
Jessore got off to a winning start in the KFC Women's Super League with a 2-0 win over Thakurgaon in the opening match at Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium, in Kamalapur yesterday.
Rafael Nadal crashed out of the ATP World Tour Finals on Thursday as France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga won 7-6 (7/2), 4-6, 6-3 in a thrilling shoot-out for a place in the semifinals.
Taraqiati Bank Limited left-arm seamer who was called up to Pakistan's squad for the tour of Bangladesh, has said he is looking forward to getting down to 'unfinished business'.
Australia's new head coach Mickey Arthur faces a major injury crisis for next week's first Test against fierce rivals New Zealand, with five players including three pace bowlers out of action.
India's Sachin Tendulkar, who is on the verge of an unprecedented 100th international century, has been rested for the first three matches of the upcoming five-game one-day series against the West Indies.
University of Science and Technology Chittagong (USTC) clinched the first-ever inter-private university football tournament at the MA Aziz Stadium yesterday.
The Exim Bank 21st National Men's Handball Champion-ship gets underway today at two separate venues in Dhaka.
BAF Base Birshreshtha Matiur Rahman clinched the title of the Inter-Base Basketball Competition beating BAF Base Zahurul Haque 68-32 in the final held in Jessore yesterday.
Andrew Strauss has told his England team they will have to prepare for their biggest challenge yet now they are a "hunted" side after rising to number one in the world Test rankings.
Several of England's leading clubs will look to banish the memory of a disappointing week in the Champions League by getting back on the victory trail in the Premier League this weekend.
Real Madrid and Barcelona resume their own private battle at the top of La Liga on Saturday, Real entertaining city rivals Atletico Madrid, while Barcelona visit the outskirts of the capital city to take on struggling Getafe. Madrid will look to defend their three-point lead over Barcelona by stretching their current run of 12 consecutive wins against their long-suffering neighbour. Real's recent record against Atletico is not bad either, they have not lost to their rivals since 1999 when Atletico won 3-1 in the Santiago Bernabeu.
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho said on Friday that he was happy to have a headache over whether to field Karim Benzema or Gonzalo Higuain in Saturday's derby with Atletico Madrid.
Having secured their berth in the Champions League's knockout phase, Bayern Munich are looking to re-establish their authority in the German league this weekend.
Lazio face a stern test at home to league leaders Juventus at Stadio Olimpico on Saturday, as they bid to prove they are capable of pushing Serie A's heavyweights all the way in the race for the Scudetto.
Argentinian football legend Diego Maradona on Thursday thanked well-wishers for their messages of condolence following the death at the weekend of his mother, Dalma Franco.
AC Milan have begun talks with representatives for rebel Manchester City forward Carlos Tevez, Italian press reported on Thursday.
UEFA president Michel Platini said on Friday that France's preparations for hosting the 2016 European Championship were on track, after a meeting with French prime minister Francois Fillon.
Manchester United must do without Brazilian midfielder Anderson until February owing to a knee injury, coach Sir Alex Ferguson said Friday.
On a cool autumn morning, I decide to visit the century-old urban settlement of Panam Nagar. This is my third trip here. Its ghost-town atmosphere and collection of abandoned buildings make it a photographer's paradise.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday called upon the physicians not to commercialise health services and take initiatives to bring the services within reach of the commoners.
Excluding protein from diarrhoea patients' diet renders treatment of the disease incomplete and exposes patients, especially children, to numerous health risks resulting from malnutrition, speakers said at a roundtable yesterday.
The Tipaimukh dam site, on a highly risky earthquake zone, is prone to massive tremors that will cause devastating floods to Sylhet region, experts said at a view-exchange meeting yesterday.
Former Water Resources Minister Major (retd) Hafizuddin Ahmed yesterday alleged that India will build Tipaimukh dam with the ruling party's direct assistant, reports private television channel ntv yesterday.
Law and order has been deteriorating fast in the district since the mayor of the town was killed on November 1.
National Citizen Society (NCS) in a human chain in front of the Jatiya Press Club yesterday demanded enforcing the law to halt the uncontrolled increase in house rent.
An English language fair, jointly organised by The Daily Star and Robi, was held in Chittagong and Pirojpur districts yesterday.
About 50,000 people of 21 villages of Sidr-affected Sharankhola upazila are facing risk due to very bad condition of an embankment along Baleshwar River.
Biman Bangladesh Airlines received its second new generation Boeing 777-300 ER (Extended Range) from leading plane maker Boeing.
The Bangladesh Bank will release a commemorative silver coin today marking the 150th birth anniversary of Nobel Laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore.
Jahura Rahman, wife of late poet Shamsur Rahman, died of old age complications in a city hospital at 5:20pm yesterday. She was 77.
Two unidentified robber was killed as a truck carrying them collided head-on with another truck on Uttara-Ashulia Highway at the city's Turag early Thursday.
Two people, including a boy, were killed and four others injured in separate road accidents in the city yesterday.
The Supreme Court on Thursday directed the High Court to dispose of the rules by December 15 issued over the proceedings against two top Jamaat-e-Islami leaders Motiur Rahman Nizami and Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojahid in Barapukuria coalmine corruption case.
BNP Acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir heavily criticised the government yesterday for increasing bulk price of electricity by 33.57 per cent.
Dalit community leaders yesterday demanded immediate arrest and exemplary punishment to the youths who allegedly violated and killed a 14-year-old girl at Bholabo in Rupganj upazila of Narayanganj.
Nayan Shil, one of the Mirsarai tragedy survivors, succumbed to his injuries at Apollo Hospitals on Thursday night, raising the death toll to 44.
The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women was observed through holding different programmes in the town yesterday.
Ekramul Haq, editor of Sheershanews.com, was released on bail yesterday, nearly four months after his arrest on extortion charges.
A Narsingdi Judicial Magistrate court yesterday sent Masudur Rahman Tippon, one of the suspects in Narsingdi mayor Lokman Hossain murder case, to jail after completion of his 11-day remand in two phases.
Three people were killed and another injured in road accidents in Habiganj, Naogaon and Satkhira early Thursday and yesterday.
A cattle trader was killed and another injured in an attack by miscreants near Baghadanga border in Jhenidah on Thursday night.
The government is trying its best to increase the literacy rate to help achieve progress in all fields, said Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid yesterday.
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and Bangladesh Musical Bands Association (BAMBA) will jointly organise a concert today at Chittagong's M A AZIZ Stadium.
A man committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree at Agardari village in Sadar upazila on Thursday night.
Today is the 40th death anniversary of Yusuf Ali Chowdhury, known as Mohan Mia, a renowned politician of the sub-continent.
Today is the 1st death anniversary of Mohd Mujadded, a former director of Bangla Academy and a former teacher of Institute of Modern Languages at Dhaka University.
The Independent Economic Society of Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) organised a day-long programme titled "Annual Independent Economic Assembly 2011" on its Bashundhara campus in the city on Thursday.
An Arab League deadline for Damascus to accept observers or face sanctions passed yesterday with no response from Syria, as activists reported more deaths and anti-regime protests inside the country.
Key UPA partner Trinamool Congress on Friday virtually led the charge in Parliament against the controversial decision to allow FDI in retail, an issue which saw a united Opposition forcing repeated adjournments.
High levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere may have less of an impact on the rate of global warming than feared, a study said Thursday.
The killing of a top Maoist leader sparked a controversy yesterday with his supporters and some political parties alleging he was eliminated in a fake encounter with security forces, a charge denied by paramilitary force CRPF and said it was a 'clean' operation.
Opponents and supporters of Ali Abdullah Saleh held rival rallies in the Yemeni capital yesterday after pre-dawn fighting between rival security forces dashed hopes an exit deal for the president would end the violence.
Union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar was on Thursday slapped by a 35-year-old man who claimed he was agitated over rising prices and corruption and inspired by Anna Hazare.
Two sailors survived for thirty-three days adrift in the Pacific before reaching an isolated atoll in the southern Marshall Islands, officials said yesterday.
A female journalist Jigna Vora, working for a leading Indian newspaper Asian Age was arrested in connection with the gangland murder of a Mumbai crime reporter Jyotirmoy Dey, police said yesterday.
The upper house of Russia's parliament yesterday formally set March 4 as the date for the presidential election, a vote expected to see Vladimir Putin return to the top job.
Moroccans voted yesterday in the first legislative election since the king introduced constitutional reforms after the Arab Spring uprisings, with an Islamist party expected to make strong gains.
Thousands of supporters of Egypt's ruling military council turned up for a rally in Cairo's Abassiya yesterday, just miles from a mass protest in Tahrir Square calling for the end of military rule.
Fifty dead bodies have been discovered over the past two days in western Mexico, victims of a fierce war waged between the government and the nation's powerful drug cartels.
Arts & Entertainment
The country's leading cultural organisation and music school Chhayanaut is celebrating its golden jubilee through holding a two-day programme showcasing its ideals, achievements, activities and above all sincere commitment to the language, education and culture of the country.
'Who is a real patriotic' is often the subject of heated debates. We are often concerned with the people in limelight, and fail to consider the remarkable patriotism concealed in the masses -- an everyday man/woman who can sacrifice everything for his/her motherland.
Commemorating Rabindranath Tagore's 150th birth anniversary, Airtel Bangladesh presents “Life Unending”, a stage production highlighting the Nobel laureate poet's life and works. Veteran actors Soumitra Chattopadhyay and Sharmila Tagore will perform in the production to be staged at the Grand Ball Room of the Radisson Water Garden Hotel in Dhaka on November 28, according to a press release.
The concept of democratic law-enforcement, or to be more specific, democratic policing is of comparatively recent origin. The idea is to describe the characteristics of policing a democracy where the police serve the people of the country and not the regime. The relevance of such thoughts assumes much significance in the whole of South Asia including Bangladesh for obvious objective conditions that are prevalent now.
Popularity is a rare quality which begins to elude rulers when they need it the most. Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is in a similar situation. Her stock has shrunk at a time when she requires it badly. People had returned her with a sweeping majority. Yet they increasingly feel, three years after her being in power, that her non-governance, if not mis-governance, has only made their life miserable.
The 17th Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to UNFCC does not offer much hope of striking an accord as the US and other industrialised countries are reluctant to come up with $100 billion Green Climate Fund because of lack of consensus on fund management as well as financial crisis in the industrialised world. Progress in the UN climate talks during the last one decade has been painfully slow, ending in a deadlock as short term economic interests rather than protecting our environment and people's well being dominate decision making.
The United Nations' (UN) International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is an occasion to raise public awareness of violence against women. It has been observed on November 25 each year since 2000.
The 40th death anniversary of Yusuf Ali Chowdhury (Mohan Mia) is being observed today. Though he had to shoulder the responsibility of maintaining the big zamindari after the death of his father Khan Saheb Moizuddin Chowdhury, he played a pioneering role in the spread of education. With a view to making the society economically self-reliant, he started Baitul Aman. This speaks eloquently of his perception and forward looking outlook.
The Second Triumvirate alliance of Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus ("Octavian", later "Caesar Augustus"), Marcus Aemilius Lepidus, and Mark Antony is formed.
Muammar is dead! His journey of sixty-nine years has ended in indignity of the grossest nature. He was hunted down by the sworn enemies that he had created during his 42-year rule. The widely held perception is that he was a despot marked by eccentricities and hubris. When he took power by ousting King Idris in a military coup in 1969 he was young and effervescent only 27 years of age. He drove the Italians from Libya. With Libya's oil money he started building his international profile with his bluster and bounty. He is known to have given former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice gifts valued at 200,000 dollars. Among his fond projects in his shining days were Pan Arabism and armed struggles of secessionist forces. The western powers were understandably annoyed with him. His fortune started declining after Libya's complicity in the Lockerbie plane crash. His Libya was a pariah state for a long time. The vision of Pan Arabism did not materialize. He tried to endear himself to Africa. By that time his shine was gone and his sun was setting. And the sun ultimately set in Sirte where he was born. He was not without his share of good work and yet he perished in a most brutal killing. Silvio Berlusconi of Italy summed up the irony : 'Sic transit glory mundi' (thus goes the glory of the world).
A life in the army appeals to many because it lets someone praise merit, ideas and action. It is the collective force --- one for all, all for one --- that makes the army a distinguished force in a country. My father, the late Major General Matiur Rahman Bir Protik, joined the army because he believed there could be nothing better than serving one's motherland as a soldier. “There are things in our life”, he often said, “that we can feel but are difficult to be explained. For instance, being a soldier. If we ask what leads one to a life of sacrifice without any rewards except the fulfillment of a mission well accomplished, what makes one jump, operate in the jungle, cross swamps, rivers and high hills, going to where the country asks him to, without complaining. It is impossible to answer. After all, being a soldier is a state of mind.”
“What's that to me?”
Epilepsy, a disorder of brain characterised by recurrent seizures affects people of all ages. Around 50 million people worldwide are affected and nearly 90 percent of the people with epilepsy are found in developing countries like Bangladesh. Although most cases of epilepsy respond to simple and inexpensive treatment, statistics from World Health Organisation (WHO) suggests that about three fourths of affected people in this region do not get the treatment they need.
A solution exists to protect children from one of the deadliest threats they face — diarrhoea and we can protect children with vaccines. The challenge is — vaccines are not yet available to Bangladeshi children.
World AIDS Day on December 1 brings together people across the world raising awareness on HIV/AIDS and demonstrate international solidarity in the face of the pandemic. Between 2011-2015, the day will have the theme of "Getting to zero: zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS related deaths. These signify a push towards greater access to treatment for all; a call for governments to act now.
You do not have to make big changes to your diet to see noticeable results. The American Dietetic Association suggests these small ways to trim those calories:
Taking slightly too much Paracetamol day after day can be fatal, experts have warned. A dangerous dose might just be a few pills too many taken regularly over days, weeks or months, researchers from Edinburgh University said.
Recently, researchers indicate that the commonly used perfluorocarbons (PFC) is a risk factor for developing breast cancer. PFC substances are called persistent organic pollutants which are found in products such as raincoats, teflon coating, pizza trays, potato crisp bags, baking paper, impregnating agents, nail polish, dental floss and even in meat and other foodstuffs. These substances (PFC) are not absorbed in the body and cause hormonal disturbances to develop the breast cancer.
With the gradual withdrawal of western forces, Afghanistan is again bracing for a rough ride. President Karzai is running around for friends in the neighborhood. He rushed to India to sign a comprehensive strategic agreement but soon realized that it would not work under the suspicious and hostile attitude of Pakistan. Before the ink could dry Karzai started courting Pakistan. Afghanistan had their definition of a sovereign state all along where tribal culture asserted more influence than the state. The lasting value in that restive region is the tribal and ethnic identity.
South China Sea (SCS) dispute has become an epicenter for many reshuffles in strategic thinking and regional politics. This dispute has been continuing to be a dominating factor in defining intra and inter regional relationship between South Asia and South East Asian nations, for couple of months. The US has extended its hands of assistance towards the SCS littoral states to counter China. India's involvement with direct governmental presence in that region has added a new dimension. Now it is widely assumed that China's supremacy, not only as a regional but also as a global power, will be tested with that dispute. Recent move by Washington to establish an air base in North Australia, in the name securing US interest in Pacific region, has given clear nod to US expansion in Chinese water. Beginning in mid-2012, company-size rotations of 200 to 250 Marines will begin near Darwin in Australia's Northern Territory for six-month rotations. Gillard, first ever Australia's female premier, said the presence will expand to a force of 2,500 over the next several years. China is questioning the value of Washington's plan to strengthen military cooperation with Australia and updating its defense treaty with the Philippines. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin called for discussions about the boosting of American troop deployment in East Asia, questioning just how cooperation would benefit the international community.
The economic power is gradually shifting to Asia and this has been clearly demonstrated by the fact that the European Union is desperate for China's help to tackle the euro zone debt crisis.
Star Books Review
It is fabulously enchanting in terms of its enormity of content that encompasses cultures worldwide, some as remote as the Eskimo, sub-groups among the Red Indians, Zulus and many more besides the main dominant cultures with which we are more familiar. It is immaculate. The presentation of contents theme-wise is awesome and gives readers a methodically neat classification within a given paradigm, drawing our attention to the purposes of individual rhymes. Although many of the rhymes are known to many of us, they yet remain mostly a mere act of recitation on our part through long habit.
Between Oxbridge and partridge, Imran Khan could have lived happily ever after, milking the first and shooting the second, a Lord of Swing wafting on privileges due to a legitimate national hero who brought home the World Cup in 1992. He could have taken the soft route to power. Zia ul Haq invited him to join his Cabinet. Imran refused, a singularly sensible decision, not least because the fundamentalist dictator was dead within a few weeks of his offer. Instead, Imran Khan chose to test his commitment and fortitude in the deadly chaos of Pakistan's electoral politics. This book is the story of how a big boy who also played at night grew up to become Man of Destiny. The odds are good that he could lead his country's government in 2013.