News of: Tuesday, 13th of December, 2011
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The prosecution yesterday pressed 52 war crimes charges against former Jamaat-e-Islami chief Ghulam Azam.
Flouting laws, a section of truck drivers carry passengers to northern districts from the capital's Karwan Bazar every night to earn extra bucks.
The Election Commission (EC) yesterday decided not to hold polls to the split Dhaka City Corporation by February next year due to time constraint.
The prime minister had to intervene in the troubled share market for the failure of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the finance ministry to play their due role, the chief of a probe body said yesterday.
With over 60 percent of Aman paddy already harvested, there are signs of a bumper rice production this season, said officials of both food and agriculture ministries.
The government is working on a highly-sophisticated criminal database, the first of its kind, to facilitate law enforcers in detecting criminal elements quickly by cross-checking the bank of biometrics and other records.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday urged the owners of garment factories to take adequate measures aiming at improving the well-being of their workers.
Sixty underprivileged students, who have beaten all odds to achieve GPA-5 in this year's SSC and HSC examinations, were accorded a reception in the city yesterday.
Police on Sunday arrested four more suspects in connection with the killing of Narsingdi mayor Lokman Hossain, of whom one has admitted to have shot the mayor.
The cabinet yesterday approved the draft bill on human trafficking with the provision of capital punishment for the heinous offence.
Unemployment is the world's fastest-rising worry, a BBC World Service survey covering 11,000 people in 23 countries suggests.
National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Chairman Prof Mizanur Rahman yesterday said, the commission faces difficulties in dealing with allegations of human rights violations as the home ministry often delays to respond to its queries.
The Supreme Court yesterday directed the High Court to hear and dispose of by December 15 a rule issued over scrapping of the proceedings against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case.
Three major bridges -- Kanchpur, Meghna and Gumti -- on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway may collapse anytime, said Communications Minister Obaidul Quader yesterday.
Building of Tipaimukh dam will have to be resisted by any means as it will affect Bangladesh badly, BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said yesterday.
The International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) yesterday fixed December 19 for passing order on the petitions submitted by BNP leader Salauddin Quader Chowdhury on November 30.
Two workers died in separate incidents at the city's Dhanmondi and Kamrangirchar area yesterday.
Armed muggers on motorbikes shot a person yesterday at the city's Mirpur and took away Tk 3.90 lakh from him.
Libyan protesters in Benghazi, cradle of the uprising that ousted Moamer Gaddafi, called yesterday for the man they helped bring to power in place of the slain dictator to quit over slow reforms.
The United Nations said yesterday its rights watchdog is to leave Nepal at the request of the government, sparking fears that war crimes committed during a 10-year insurgency could go unpunished.
A school bus overturned in eastern China yesterday killing 12 students, state media said, amid mounting pressure on Beijing to address bus safety after a series of fatal accidents.
Because of an editing error, our yesterday's story headlined "War crimes charges pressed against 3" misstated that around 30 million Bangalees were killed and 2 million Bangalee women were violated by the Pakistani forces and their collaborators during the Liberation War.
THE 17th Conference of Parties (COP17) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) has ended on a note of agreement towards a legal deal covering all countries. The process, beginning next year, is to be completed by 2015 and put into effect by 2020. While the action has been hailed as a “historic breakthrough” by some, others have criticised it for not being aggressive enough, and as containing a loophole which may be exploited by the major polluting countries to get out of a legal binding.
IT is indeed astonishing that a draft guideline related to ship-breaking and recycling, prepared by the industry's ministry has ignored the directive of the Supreme Court mandating strict compliance of environmental laws of the country. Reportedly, some sections of the draft law that allow import of ships with hazardous substance, as also war ships and nuclear powered ships, violate rules and laws that ensure both workers' safety and prevent environmental pollution. And to top it all, the new guideline is based on a law obsolescent since 2006 and an international convention that will not take effect before 2015.
Bangladesh suffered yet another innings defeat, this time against Pakistan in the first Test yesterday at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, leaving many questions dangling about their sorry state of affairs in the game's highest format. The answers must come sooner than later to salvage some pride as an Elite Member.
The way Misbahul Haq's team have been performing under his guidance after the match-fixing controversy is just the start of his happiness. He has led the team to five wins, five drawn matches in eleven Tests after they inflicted an innings and 184-run defeat to Bangladesh in the first Test to take the 1-0 lead.
There was hardly anything left for a captain to say when his team lost the match by an innings and 184 runs. That might be the reason why Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim was found at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium yesterday to be bewildering while talking about yet another heavy defeat.
Paceman Al-Amin Hossain struck out Rajshahi with a six-wicket haul in the second innings as Khulna sauntered to an eight-wicket win on the second day of the National Cricket League's second phase game at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium.
Three time Professional Football League champions Abahani have brought back their last season's coach Ali Akbar Pormuslimi to take charge of the club this season. The Iranian, who had left the club last season with a few matches of the league remaining, arrived in the city yesterday afternoon. The coach will be installed at the club for a six month period, it was learnt.
For the first time Bangladesh Athletics Federation has started an incentive allowance for inspiring premier athletes of the country. This year the federation chose five of the premier athletes who will receive the monthly allowance of amounts ranging from Tk 2000 to Tk 3000. The selected five athletes are Sumita Rani of Bangladesh Jail, Al Amin of Navy, and Ansar & VDP's Jesmin Akter, Shamsunnahar Chumki and Rawshanara Putul.
Sri Lanka's fast bowler Nuwan Pradeep has been ruled out of the ongoing tour of South Africa after tearing his right hamstring, Sri Lanka Cricket said on Monday.
Pakistan all-rounders Shahid Afridi and Abdul Razzaq expressed hope Monday that their Twenty20 stint in Australia would stand them in good stead to beat England next month.
Seamer Doug Bracewell bowled New Zealand to a sensational seven-run victory over Australia in the second Test in Hobart on Monday for the Kiwis' first win in Australia for 26 years.
Newcomers Abahani announced their title credentials with 5-1 win over Bangladesh Navy on the opening day UCB Victory Day Hockey Competition at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium yesterday.
India can beat Michael Clarke's struggling team and win their first Test series in Australia if they play to their potential, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said Monday.
Eskaton beat BKSP by 5 wickets at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium in their First Division Cricket League clash yesterday.
GMs' winning start
Leg-spinning legend Shane Warne said Monday he had badly burnt the fingers of his bowling hand, putting him in doubt for his comeback in Australia's Big Bash League this weekend.
Tottenham Hotspur's Premier League title hopes suffered a setback as Matthew Etherington scored twice against his former club to earn Stoke a hard-earned 2-1 win here on Sunday.
Espanyol put their European ambitions back on track with a feast of attacking football in a 4-2 victory over a slack Atletico Madrid in La Liga on Sunday.
Udinese went top of Serie A with a 2-1 win at home to Chievo as AC Milan were held to a 2-2 draw at Bologna on Sunday.
Bayern Munich went three points clear at the top of the German league on Sunday after coming from behind as Germany star Mario Gomez struck twice in the 2-1 win at 10-man VfB Stuttgart.
Analysts yesterday said the stockmarket should be left alone and free from any type of intervention.
Bangladesh has emerged as the eight largest remittance earner, riding on the back of migration in flocks to the Middle East, according to a global survey by the World Bank.
Amjad Khan Chowdhury, managing director of Pran-RFL group, was yesterday re-elected as the president of Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry for 2012, the chamber said in a statement. The election took place in the first meeting of the chamber's new committee.
The government and the international buyers should help the country's textile industries adopt cleaner production methods to become environment-friendly and maintain its strong export growth, a ruling party lawmaker said yesterday.
The Institute of Cost and Management Accountants of Bangladesh (ICMAB) yesterday awarded 23 financial institutions, insurers and pharmaceuticals and telecoms companies for their efforts to establish corporate governance in their entities.
Pradeep Shrivastava has recently been appointed as the chief market officer of Robi Axiata Ltd, the mobile operator said in a statement yesterday.
World No.3 retailer Tesco Plc has put off its plans to set up wholesale stores in India for now, the Business Standard newspaper reported on Monday.
Stocks ended flat yesterday, breaking a six-day downtrend, with the declaration of the launch of a market stabilisation fund.
Bangladeshi traders have suspended imports of goods through Banglabandha land port yesterday, protesting an increase in supplementary duty by the National Board of Revenue (NBR).
Pubali Bank Ltd, a leading commercial bank in the country, stands ready to offer financing for the construction of the second Padma Bridge under public private partnership (PPP), said its top official.
International buyers look to long-term apparel business ties in Bangladesh as the country has the potential to supply quality apparel items. Garment exports from Bangladesh may not be deeply hurt by a debt crisis in the European Union, as the country has strong competitiveness, buyers said.
Human rights activists yesterday suggested Dalit communities to form a greater coalition to initiate stronger movements at national and regional levels to end all forms of discriminations they face.
Speakers at a discussion yesterday urged the government to reduce its control on local governments for strengthening and establishing the latter's autonomy.
As the metropolitan session judge's court, trying the 850 accused in a BDR carnage case, is not facilitated like other session judges' courts, the lawyers often face various problems, defence counsels told the court yesterday.
Political leaders, war heroes and members of the civil society have strongly demanded that the status of freedom fighters should be conferred on Biranganas (war heroines) while many of them still face social humiliation even after 40 years of independence.
The freedom fighter journalists yesterday urged the government to speed up the on-going trial of the perpetrators who committed atrocities and crimes against humanity during the War of Liberation in 1971.
The High Court yesterday asked for a report on fire safety measures at hospitals, clinics and other health centres across the country.
The visiting Chinese military delegation called on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her official residence Gono Bhaban yesterday.
Around 19 dockyard owners gave a written undertaking to Narayanganj District Administration and Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) yesterday to remove their establishments and the soil they dumped, encroaching on the Shitalakkhya river, in a month.
Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) yesterday at a meeting at Shillong in India protested killing of Bangladeshi nationals along the boarder areas by Indian Border Security Force (BSF).
A teenage girl allegedly committed suicide at Sabujbagh Manda in the city yesterday following humiliation in a village arbitration for getting involved in a love affair.
Members of Bangladesh Coast Guard (BCG) in separate drives yesterday seized current nets and diesel worth about Tk 23 lakh from Cox's Bazar and Chittagong.
Four people were killed and eight others injured in separate road accidents in Jessore, Pabna, Rajshahi and Chittagong early Sunday and yesterday.
Chittagong Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (Cwasa) here yesterday signed a deal with Japanese contractors for setting up a transmission and distribution pipeline under Karnaphuli Water Supply Project (KWSP).
Prof Dr Mohammad Alauddin, pro-vice chancellor of Chittagong University (CU) yesterday emphasised building up the persons with disabilities as the skilled citizens through proper training.
A High Court bench yesterday heard a writ petition filed challenging the legality of appointing unelected persons as administrators for splitting Dhaka City Corporation (DCC).
University Grants Commission (UGC) Chairman Prof AK Azad Chowdhury yesterday stressed the need for maintaining quality in higher education.
A factory worker was stabbed to death yesterday at Dholaipar in the capital's Kadamtoli allegedly by local criminals.
Residents of Bhatiari and adjoining areas under Sitakunda upazila yesterday vowed to initiate an agitation programme if the Ministry of Defence does not cancel a recent gazette it issued to acquire their land for the army.
A joint convener of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology unit Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) was hacked and severely beaten over the hands and legs allegedly by the unit's convener and activists yesterday.
Foreign Minister Dipu Moni yesterday handed over the final deed of lease of land (area 25.36 katha) located in the Gulshan-Baridhara diplomatic enclave in the city to construct chancery building for the embassy of Qatar.
The authorities have decided to prohibit temporarily the entry of general people into the 'National Memorial' at Savar for maintenance and cleaning of the monument.
Indian Army presented 50 computers to Bangladesh Army in two phases -- Saturday evening and Sunday -- through Benapole check-post.
The masters examination-2009 (first part) of National University (NU) will begin on January 15 next year.
Special adviser to the US secretary of State Ronan Farrow left Dhaka yesterday.
Special adviser to the US secretary of State Ronan Farrow left Dhaka yesterday.
Police arrested 21 miscreants hired by two rival landlords in the port city yesterday.
Today is the 40th death anniversary of the martyred intellectual Rafiqul Haider Chowdhury (Eshika), says a press release.
Abdur Rashid, a freedom fighter (FF), passed away at his Kushkhali-Chhoygharia village residence in the sadar upazila on Sunday night due to prolonged illness. He was 65.
Human chains were formed in 10 districts including Sylhet, Sunamganj, Moulvibazar, Habiganj and Netrakona yesterday protesting the move for construction of Tipaimukh dam on Barak river in India.
Rokeya Khatun's four sons and a son-in-law sacrificed their lives in the Liberation War but the family is yet to get any state recognition or assistance during the 40 years of independence.
Valiant freedom fighters and Indian allied forces on this month in 1971 continued their triumphant march towards Dhaka, making the final victory against the occupation Pakistan forces imminent.
Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) personnel seized six pistols, 36 bullets and 12 magazines from Hili border in Hakimpur upazila of Dinajpur district early yesterday.
Students of the Institute of Health Technology (IHT) here yesterday went on fast unto death demanding introduction of supplementary examinations in all the courses.
A newly-wed woman, who was set on fire allegedly by her husband, died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) early yesterday after fighting for life for five days.
A day labourer was killed and three others were injured in a wall collapse at Ghoshpara in Sadar upazila Sunday afternoon. The dead was identified as Kader Sheikh, 40, of Govindia village in the upazila. The injured are Anwar Dhali, 40, Shahidullah Gazi, 40, and Khalil Khan, 50. Locals said the four were working on a road at around 4:00pm. Suddenly, the roadside wall collapsed on the labourers, leaving them seriously injured. They were taken to Chandpur General Hospital where Kader succumbed to his injuries soon after admission.
A man allegedly committed suicide at Mridhapara in Jamalpur town early yesterday. Locals said Mofazzal Hossain, 25, son of Dulal Miah, committed suicide following an altercation with his family members over a trivial matter. Mofazzal's wife Nupur Begum said she had an altercation with her husband earlier on the day. He committed suicide by hanging himself from the ceiling of their house at around 3:00am.
Sirajganj Bus and Rickshaw-van Workers' unions will enforce an indefinite transport strike in the district from today demanding ban on Bhotbhotis (locally made three-wheelers) plying the roads. Ansar Ali, general secretary of Sirajganj Motor Workers' Union and Shahjahan Ali, president of district Rickshaw-van Workers' Union said they had repeatedly urged the district administration to impose a ban on Bhotbhotis on the highway, but to no effect.
Border Security Force (BSF) of India yesterday returned the body of a Bangladeshi cattle trader who was shot dead by them on November 16. The victim, Md Baten Ahmed, 24, son of Khairul Basher of Shakhati area in Jessore district, was killed by the BSF men of Angrali camp while he was returning home through Putkahali Border at around 11:00pm. The Indian border guards took away the body. Following a flag meeting at Benapole check post BGB camp, BSF handed over the body to its Bangladesh counterpart.
British Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday defended his decision to veto EU treaty change, telling lawmakers that European nations had snubbed "modest" demands for safeguards for his country.
A biography of the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was Amazon's best-selling book this year despite hitting store shelves and electronic readers only in late October, Amazon said yesterday.
Syrians were voting yesterday in municipal elections held amid a general strike called by the opposition and as security forces killed another seven people as they pursued a crackdown on dissent.
Manuel Noriega, Panama's drug-running military dictator of the 1980s, was extradited back to the country on Sunday and taken straight to prison to serve a 20-year sentence for the murders of opponents during his rule.
Israel has closed a controversial wooden access ramp to Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque compound over public safety concerns, police said yesterday, in a move that quickly sparked Palestinian anger.
Anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare's day-long hunger strike here Sunday had brought almost all major opposition parties, including right-wing BJP and two key Left parties, on the same dais which backed his call for inclusion of the Prime Minister and the entire bureaucracy within the ambit of the proposed Lokpal (anti-corruption ombudsman).
In a move that may cause unease in India, China yesterday announced that it will set up its first military base abroad in the Indian Ocean island of Seychelles to "seek supplies and recuperate" facilities for its Navy.
Heavy fighting between the Sudanese army and southern-aligned rebels in the embattled state of South Kordofan has killed at least 19 government troops, a rebel spokesman said yesterday.
Seven workers died and at least a dozen others were injured when a melting furnace in an Iranian steel factory exploded, officials told Iranian media yesterday.
UK's energy and climate secretary
Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi's party said yesterday it has chosen the image of a fighting peacock gazing at a white star as its new voting emblem, as it prepares to re-enter the political fray.
Twelve alleged al-Qaeda militants plus two other inmates have tunnelled their way to freedom from a prison in the south Yemen city of Aden, a security official said yesterday.
Myanmar's president has ordered the country's powerful military to cease attacks against ethnic Kachin rebels in an effort to solve the damaging conflict politically, his office said yesterday.
Gunmen attacked Nato oil tankers stranded in southwest Pakistan for the second time in days as Islamabad warned it could enforce its blockade of the US lifeline into Afghanistan for weeks.
Former French prime minister and conservative politician Dominique de Villepin announced Sunday he would take on his right-wing rival President Nicolas Sarkozy in next year's presidential vote.
The Philippine House of Representatives impeached the Supreme Court chief justice yesterday over alleged corruption and favouritism toward arrested ex-President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
Nato Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen yesterday announced that a mission to train Iraqi security forces will end at the turn of the year.
Arts & Entertainment
Prior to independence, painters in East Pakistan hardly got state support. Painters from the then West Pakistan used to get scholarships and other facilities, while we had very few painters who went abroad for higher education at that time.
The 2nd International Manipuri Literary and Cultural Conference ended in Sylhet last Saturday. Representatives and cultural activists from Bangladesh and the Indian states -- Manipur, Tripura and Meghalaya -- were part of this vibrant event.
A weeklong 'Bijoy Utshab' (Victory celebration), titled 'Manobadhikar Dibosh Thekey Bijoy Dibosh' (From Human Rights Day to Victory Day) is on at the Liberation War Museum (LWM) premises in Dhaka. The festival opened on December 10 and will continue till Victory Day (December 16). One of the trustees of LWM, Mafidul Haque, delivered a welcome speech on the opening day.
Lathi Khela (A traditional Bangladeshi martial art form) was held in Tangail town last Sunday to celebrate Tangail Free Day (December 11). Tangail district was freed from the Pakistani Armed Forces on this day during the Liberation War.
Many believe that the satellite TV channels have become a stumbling block to the growth of theatre. Akteruzzaman, chief of Shomoy, does not agree with this view. He, however, finds a lack of enthusiasm in theatre among the young. “I think European countries are more affected by the satellite channel phenomenon than us. If they can ensure a space for theatre, why are we blaming satellite channels? If anyone is to blame, it's our lack of initiatives,” he said.
When one sees over 30 instruments placed on a stage, one expects a grand orchestra. But when a quartet takes the stage, the audience is surely in for a surprise. To utter disbelief of the Dhaka audience, the quartet from Republic of Korea, GongMyoung, made the nearly hour and a half-long show on December 11 a resounding success.
Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST), Sylhet celebrated its 14th anniversary with Pitha Utshab (rice cake festival) on December 8 in its campus.
A cultural evening blending the songs of the 1990s and yesteryears charmed a large audience at Shaheed Syed Nazrul Islam College in the town on Friday evening.
EVERYONE agrees that we are in the midst of a global freshwater crisis. Around the world, rivers, lakes, and aquifers are dwindling faster than Mother Nature can possibly replenish them; industrial and household chemicals are rapidly polluting what's left. Meanwhile, global population is ticking skyward. Goldman Sachs estimates that global water consumption is doubling every 20 years, and the United Nations expects demand to outstrip supply by more than 30% come 2040.
A task of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, now under way in Durban, South Africa, is to extend earlier policy decisions that were limited in scope and only partially implemented.
In the last few weeks a controversy has been raging about the impact of the proposed construction of the hydroelectric project in Tipaimukh on the environment, economy and security of Bangladesh. We cannot afford to take this lightly and we must do whatever it takes to ensure that our national interests are not compromised in any way. We have to make sure not only there is no diminution in the flow of waters in Surma and Kushiyara rivers but also there is no adverse environmental or ecological impact, no aggravation of the floods during the monsoon, and most important of all there is no diversion of water from Barak river. These are non-negotiable and lie at the core of our national security concerns.
Corruption has been recognised as Bangladesh's major problem for a long time. This can be justified if one looks at Transparency International's Corruption Perception Index (CPI). The land management system is known to be highly corrupted. A World Bank survey reveals that most crimes and corruption in Bangladesh take place in land-related services. There are almost 3.5 million land-related cases pending. A majority of them concern the landless or rural people, who are deprived of the right to justice because of their financial incapability. This is one of the reasons why the Millennium Development Goals to eradicate poverty and hunger, inter alia, by 2015 seem far from attainable.
Calling All Men. Panic now. The Big Switcheroo is here, the moment we've been dreading. Yes, planet Earth is now officially A Woman's World. It will never be a man's world again.
The Knesset votes to move the capital of Israel to Jerusalem.
Science & Life
While Earth seems to be getting slammed with frequent mega- earthquakes lately, big quakes are not on the rise.
Early in the seventeenth century Rene Descartes proposed a mechanistic approach to physics, asserting that all causal influence is transmitted by direct contact between material entities. Like Aristotle, he rejected the idea of vacuum, believing that there can be no space (extension) without substance. In accord with his philosophy, Descartes denied the intelligibility of weight as a primitive quality of matter, and argued that material bodies are impelled toward the Earth by the impulse of particles of a “second species of matter” continually arriving at the Earth from all directions. Galileo, in his Dialogue Concerning Two New Sciences (1638), chose not to commit himself to any particular cause of gravity, indicating that he thought such speculations were premature at the present state of science. He wrote
Pyrite, better known as “fool's gold,” was known to the ancient Romans and has led prospectors astray for centuries. But it has now also helped some researchers discover related substances that they say offer new, cheap and promising options for solar energy.
A fundamental principle of physics, especially of quantum mechanics, is Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principl. It states that one can never know for sure both the position and the velocity of a particle. That means the more accurately one knows about the position of a particle, the less accurately one knows about its velocity. The uncertainty principle, also known as Indeterminacy Principle, was developed by German physicist Werner Heisenberg in 1927. The concept relates to the inherent indeterminacy in the simultaneous measurement of the position and velocity of a particle. And once the velocity of the particle is precisely known, the knowledge of its position in space becomes completely indeterminate.
Scientists have discovered an unusual kind of battery at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean: a living one, fueled by microbes that live near hydrothermal vents.
Meteorite, or ALM, was found on Dec. 5, 1912. "I regard the discovery of the ALM as the start of astronomy in Antarctica, which will thus be 100 next year," said astronomer Michael Burton at the University of New South Wales in Sydney.
There is a current scientific hypothesis that the sun has a companion which is currently about 1-1.5 light years away. It is believed that it has an elliptical orbit which, every 26 million years, sends matter towards the earth causing mass Extinction events. It was the discovery of these seemingly regular events that gave rise to the hypothesis in the first place. The star is predicted to be most likely a red or brown dwarf and has been named Nemesis or “Death Star”.