News of: Saturday, 17th of December, 2011
The nation yesterday celebrated the 40th anniversary of independence with utmost honour to the valiant sons of the soil who made the supreme sacrifice to liberate Bangladesh from the Pakistani occupation forces in 1971.
"How many did you get?" Major Rathore asked Major Iftikhar of the 12th Frontier Force Rifles of Pakistan army.
The five youths, who were abducted from Maligram Bazar of Bhanga upazila in the district on December 6, remain traceless.
Sixteen months after its launching, the waterbus service in the rivers Buriganga and Turag is on the verge of collapse due to mismanagement and lack of proper planning.
Freedom fighters, politicians and human rights activists yesterday said Jamaat-e-Islami's plea for “forgiving them and forgetting what they did" during the Liberation War could be a “new ploy” to stop the war crimes trial and mislead people. The Daily Star's Hasan Jahid Tusher and Wasim Bin Habib talked to eminent people about the plea of Jamaat that opposed the war and committed genocide, rape, arson and looting in collaboration with the Pakistan occupation forces. On Thursday, Jamaat leader Golam Parwar said at a discussion that they want everyone to “forgive them and forget what they did" in 1971 as “every other nation has forgiven and forgotten bad deeds committed in the past.”
The interest rate on home loans has increased as financiers are passing on their increased costs of funds onto customers.
Heavy fog with mild to moderate cold wave, sweeping over the northern and southwestern region for the last few days, killed at least four children yesterday affecting many others.
As many as 18 beginners will try their luck for every seat in grade-I in the city's public schools this year under the lottery system.
Border Security Force (BSF) has turned in a fresh list of 46 militant camps including those of Ulfa operating in several areas of Bangladesh to the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), with a call to eliminate them.
The government has implemented only 20 percent of the Annual Development Programme (ADP) in the first five months of the current fiscal year, although it took up a large size programme.
Schoolteacher Sourav Guha has become depressed about life as it has become very difficult to meet his family expenditures with his limited income.
The death of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, who was captured and killed by rebels in October, may have been a war crime, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said on Thursday.
Ten freedom fighters took the responsibility of 50 special-needs children's education and medical treatment at Atigram in Manikganj yesterday.
Several hundred people of Narsingdi yesterday formed a human chain protesting Hawa Akhter Jui's hand severing by her husband.
With garment buyers moving out of China, the sourcing caravan is moving on to the next hotspot: Bangladesh. McKinsey & Company, a trusted consultant for many of the world's influential businesses and institutions, has done a case study that reviews Bangladesh's garment growth formula. It predicts that the country's apparel exports will double by 2015 and nearly triple within a 10-year horizon. The report, prepared in collaboration with the Bangladesh German Chamber of Commerce and Industry and made available exclusively to The Daily Star, explores what it takes to be the next big destination for global buyers. Watch out for the full report on Monday.
Terming the appointment of district council administrators unconstitutional, BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday said the government had violated the constitution by appointing unelected persons.
An Indian student measuring just 62.8 centimetres (less than two feet, one inch) was confirmed yesterday as the world's shortest living woman, Guinness World Records said.
A Delhi court on Thursday sentenced three illegal immigrants from Bangladesh to seven years in jail for opening fire on a police team to prevent their arrest.
A 10-year-old schoolgirl was found dead under the Dhopaghata bridge in the town yesterday morning, five days after she was abducted for ransom.
Police are yet to unearth the reason behind the killing of Jhikorgachha upazila BNP president Nazmul Islam.
Dozens of militants ambushed Pakistani troops yesterday, killing a soldier and sparking clashes that left up to 25 insurgents dead in the Taliban-infested tribal badlands, officials said.
The crossfire and custodial deaths-related criminalities have been chillingly surpassed by abduction, disappearances and surfacing of dead bodies with scar-marks of third degree methods -- all enacted in cloak anzd dagger manner. It is just not enough to say that citizens have started panicking, they are growing apprehensive of newer forms of brutalisation and exaction of vendetta that is complete anachronism in a democracy.
In the last 15 days Meherpur Sadar Hospital registered 23 neo-natal deaths. The unofficial figure may be even higher. The heart-wrenching reality is that 11 of these infants died while receiving medical care in incubators.
Mushfiqur Rahim's frustrating reply yesterday summed up the environment around the Tigers ahead of the second Test against Pakistan.
If the team's miserable performance in the ongoing series against Pakistan was not enough, the high-ups of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) added more woe to the wounds by delaying the announcement of the squad for the second Test, which will get underway today at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.
Misbah Ul Haq said that Bangladesh are currently going through the bad phase which every other team goes through at some point.
National striker Mithun Chowdhury struck one goal to power Muktijoddha Sangsad to a comprehensive 4-1 win over Sheikh Russel KC in the Victory Day friendly match at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
A strong batting display helped Shaheed Mushtaque XI to secure a massive 129-run victory over Shaheed Jewel XI in the Victory-Day exhibition cricket match at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium yesterday.
Leader GM Ziaur Rahman dropped point but still maintained solo lead in the Walton 37th National Chess Championship at the close of the fifth round at the Bangladesh Olympic Association yesterday.
A half-century by AB de Villiers took South Africa into what could prove to be a valuable lead on the
New Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie believes it's part of his job to advise
Sachin Tendulkar sacrificed a century to give his Indian teammates crucial batting time ahead of the Test series with Australia in their drawn tour match in Canberra on Friday.
Asian sporting fortunes reached new heights in 2011 as its growing riches drew a rising number of top events and China's Li Na made history as the region's first tennis Grand Slam winner.
Opener Simon Katich could be in line for a shock recall to Australia's Test team, reports said Friday, just weeks after being disciplined for outspoken comments about captain Michael Clarke.
Record-breaking sprinter Usain Bolt says he will not be regarded a legend of athletics unless he successfully defends his three Olympic titles in London next year.
Europa Youth, Gregarious and Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan won their respective matches of the Citycell Federation Cup Basketball Championship at the Dhanmondi Basketball Gymnasium yesterday.
Interpol said Friday it was looking at a possible tie-up with the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Indian board to help fight the growing menace of match-fixing and illegal betting.
England's two surviving representatives in the Champions League, Chelsea and Arsenal, were handed tough ties against Italian opposition in Friday's draw for the last 16, while holders Barcelona will come up against Germany's Bayer Leverkusen.
Manchester City are determined to bounce back from the disappointment of losing their unbeaten record on Sunday as the Premier League leaders entertain a resurgent Arsenal.
Rubin Kazan, Udinese, Bruges and AZ Alkmaar qualified for the Europa league knockout stages on Thursday.
Mario Balotelli found himself at the centre of yet another training ground confrontation with a Manchester City team-mate following a spat with Micah Richards.
Former England midfielder Peter Reid had said he would never forgive Diego Maradona for the 'Hand of God' goal which helped knock England out of the 1986 World Cup finals.
My imagination runs away the moment I enter the immaculately restored Shalban Bihar in Mainamati. This was once a self-contained Buddhist monastery where, a thousand years ago, monks lived, studied and prayed. Its square shape - sides measuring 169 metres - was surrounded by a wall 3 metres thick with only one entrance. The monks lived in 115 tiny rooms laid out along the square's edges; they prayed at a central temple. Standing on top of the temple's remains, I could see all these and more.
The country's existing media policies do not protect children's rights to media due to the absence of specific provisions ensuring children's participation in media and their right to information, says a study.
With a clarion call to expedite the ongoing trial of war criminals, different political and socio-cultural organisations observed the nation's 40th anniversary of Victory Day yesterday amid much enthusiasm and gaiety.
Teachers and students of Dhaka University (DU) yesterday celebrated the 40th anniversary of Victory Day amid much enthusiasm, festivity and the demand to speed up the trial of war criminals.
A clash between two factions of Awami League (AL) over establishing supremacy in a Victory Day programme in Pakundia upazila yesterday left 20 people injured and foiled the event.
Brac, an NGO, yesterday launched a two-day long mobile photo exhibition in the city to uphold the spirit of liberation war and to inject vigour among the people to work for development of the society and the nation.
Corrupt people and money launderers will not be allowed to do politics in Bangladesh said Awami League General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam yesterday.
BNP activists attacked the motorcade of Water Resources Minister Ramesh Chandra Sen while returning after placing wreaths at the Martyrs' Memorial in the district yesterday.
Three people were killed and another was injured in road accidents in Naogaon and Madaripur on Thursday.
The Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD) expressed concern over the recent rise of “enforced disappearances” in Bangladesh.
Police recovered the hanging body of a youth from a roadside electric poll in the city's Mirpur section-10 yesterday.
A domestic help died after she allegedly fell from the roof of a four-storied building at Tallabagh in city's Sher-e-Bangla Nagar yesterday.
Eminent cardiologist Dr Quazi Mahbub-uz-Zaman, passed away at the Apollo Hospitals in the city last night due to old age complications. He was 83.
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists at Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) allegedly beat up president of Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) of the university unit yesterday noon.
Police arrested a regional leader of outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) from his house at Maguradanga village in Tala upazila yesterday night.
Thousands of ordinary citizens came out onto the streets of Rajshahi city and Rajshahi University campus yesterday to celebrate Victory Day and reiterate the demand for the trial of war criminals.
The High Court on Thursday directed the government to stop operation of 22 brickfields and 20 sawmills adjacent to the reserved forest area in Lohagara upazila of Chittagong in two days.
Criminals hacked an unidentified youth to death and dumped the body at a field in Char Balarampur village of Sadar upazila on Thursday night.
Chehlam of Rahima Khatun (Bely), wife of Professor Nehal Karim of Dhaka University, will be held after Johr prayers at Dhanmondi in the city today.
Japan said yesterday it finally had control of leaking reactors at Fukushima, in what authorities say is a vital step on the long road to recovery, nine months after its nuclear crisis began.
Pakistan's powerful army and intelligence chiefs have broken with the government to demand an inquiry into a scandal that threatens to implicate the president, who is abroad following an illness.
The toll in the hooch tragedy jumped to 167 in South 14 Parganas district of India's Paschimbanga with 19 more people succumbing yesterday as police arrested two more persons in connection with the incident.
Russia finally joined the World Trade Organization (WTO) at a ceremony in Switzerland yesterday, after 18 years negotiating its membership.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was yesterday granted permission to appeal against extradition from Britain to Sweden over rape allegations and a hearing will start on February 1.
The renowned British writer and polemicist Christopher Hitchens, whose targets ranged from God and Mother Teresa to Henry Kissinger, has died after an 18-month battle against cancer.
Russia surprised Western powers Thursday by putting forward a UN Security Council resolution on the Syria crisis amid mounting international denunciation of the deadly crackdown.
An Indian man with 39 wives, 94 children and 33 grandchildren, all living under one roof, holds the numero uno position in Ripley's Believe It or Not top 11 strangest stories for this year.
Russia yesterday backed India's bid for a permanent seat in an expanded UN Security Council as well as its aspirations to join the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), a regional security grouping.
Thailand has given its fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra his passport back, the government said yesterday, despite strong opposition from the ex-tycoon's political opponents.
Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara's coalition won a crushing majority in parliament after elections boycotted by followers of his toppled rival Laurent Gbagbo, results showed yesterday.
Bradley Manning, the US soldier accused of turning over a trove of classified US documents to WikiLeaks, makes his first appearance in court yesterday to determine whether he should be tried on charges which could send him to prison for the rest of his life.
A French court Thursday sentenced the notorious Venezuelan militant known as Carlos the Jackal to life in prison, with a minimum of 18 years before parole, for four deadly attacks in France in the 1980s.
Arts & Entertainment
To mark the 40th Victory Day, numerous organisations have arranged cultural programmes across the city. Some of these programme started well ahead of Victory Day.
Channel i, in association with mobile phone operator Robi, arranged a celebration programme 'Robi-Channel i Bijoy Mela 2011' on the occasion of Victory Day at its Tejgaon office premises yesterday. The grand celebration included conferring lifetime achievement award on Shadhin Bangla Betar Kendra artiste and noted music director Shujeyo Shyam.
On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of independence, Dhaka Art Centre has organised a five-day documentary festival at its auditorium. The festival features four films -- Zahir Raihan's “Stop Genocide”, Deepa Mehta's “Dateline Bangladesh”, Mustaque Ahmed's “Die Million '71” and Saiful Wadud Helal's “Aparajeyo Bangla”.
A weeklong Rabindra Drama Festival will be held at Kobi Jasimuddin Hall premises in town from December 18 to 23.
Many Bangladeshis reside in Malaysia to eke out a living. Even though citizens living in other countries are facilitated with our television channels, people living in Malaysia do not get this privilege. A proposal has been advanced to resolve this issue. Starting from next year, all Bangladeshi channels will be broadcast in Malaysia as well.
Sworn democrats have cogent reasons to worry under the prevailing socio-political circumstances wherein mainstream politicians are not on talking terms, not to speak of engaging in meaningful dialogue to resolve contentious issues. While such issues are more than one, we are witnessing increasingly vituperative deliberations from partisan platform. The innuendos and the clearly disparaging remarks do not bode well for our fledgling democracy.
There is not a shred of doubt that the Manmohan Singh government would have fallen last week if it had persisted in going ahead with Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in retail. The opposition came together and the government was reduced to 206 in the 545-member house. A similar fate can confront the government if it does not improve upon the diluted bill to set up the institution of Ombudsman (Lokpal) to deal with corruption. Once they span their differences, the government can face the same situation as it did on FDI. Behind-the-scenes efforts have not stopped to bring down the government. Permutations and combinations are being worked out and it looks difficult for the government to last the full term up to May, 2014. The threat has already affected the functioning of government. Decisions are taking long time and there is a paralysis in the administration. It looks as if it is the momentum which is keeping it going.
The citadels of Mughal power or the hubs of their administration had Dewani Khas and Dewani Aam as common elements of the imperial architecture. The relics are a witness to an advanced culture of governance quite a few centuries ago.
The occasion was the launching of Dead Reckoning at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC . The centre described the book as "challenging assumptions about the nature of the conflict." However, several researchers have criticised and dissected her book -- including Nayanika Mookherjee, Naeem Mohaiemen, Urvashi Butalia, and Srinath Raghavan.
Sultan Nasir-u Din Mehmud's armies in Delhi are defeated by Timur.
Climate finance is the most crucial issue in the climate negotiations. The basic principles of climate finance, such as `new and additional,' `adequate,' `predictable,' etc. are agreed upon by the Parties. But these principles are far from being operational. Basically, there are three aspects to this issue: a) supply side, b) demand side and c) governance of finance, which combines the two.
Bangladesh which has been made of billions of tons alluvial soil from Himalaya on Indo-Gangetic lowland is now faced with the fallout from climate change and natural disasters induced from it. The gravity of the problem is so high that it calls for action from our part in a synchronised way without any more dillydallying. With our disaster prone geography coupled with low economic strength, inadequate infrastructure, low level of social development, lack of institutional capacity, and higher dependency on natural resource base, we are increasingly being left at the mercy of nature.
Doe, a deer, a female deer/ Ray, a drop of golden sun/… / Tea, a drink with jam and breada very old time favourite song of our childhood from the most popular Julie Andrews movie The Sound of Music. As old a time as when we used to play on the street in quiet afternoons where the only sound was the chirping of children which would soon be followed by birds and finally by the tranquillity of the end of any ordinary day. Ti (tea) is the seventh note of an octave which is used as a drink in the song for the children to make them familiar with the most common form of breakfast food around the world. But truly bread and jam have different meanings. For most people in the world jam is a spread to have on toasted or not-toasted bread, rolls, cakes, etc. To cater for every craving tongue it is made of all exotic fruits like strawberry, cherry, plum, even from carrots. Jam can also mean congestion or blockages of substances. Similarly, bread is a phrase that is very widely used in English to mean earning for living, not just a mere food item. Even in Bengali we refer to the same idea as 'rooti-rooji' to mean bread winning or bread earning, that is, means of subsistence. Like breakfast mix 'bread and jam' for the world it is an inseparable mix for lives in Dhaka.
A welcome call…
Mental Health problems are common in Bangladesh and have a serious impact. According to World Health Organisation (WHO), about 14 million people are suffering from mental illness in Bangladesh and the common problems are depression and anxiety disorders.
Laparoscopy is an advanced surgical technique in which operations are performed through small incisions and has less surgical complications. Apart from performing surgery, it can be helpful in diagnosis and listed as one of the useful techniques for accurate diagnosis.
Children are thought to be no less prone than adults to dull or throbbing pains of the head. The Nemours Foundation mentions following common triggers of headaches in children:
Recently CSF and USAID launched a new project to strengthen and ensure eye care services for children, says a press release.
The world is experiencing a demographic and epidemiological transition in the form of increasing incidences of chronic and non-communicable diseases. The change has been regarded as a major challenge for the healthcare system particularly in developing countries like Bangladesh.
Low levels of iron in the blood are associated with an increased risk of dangerous blood clots that form in a vein. The findings suggest that treating iron deficiency may help prevent the condition known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT), according to the researchers at Imperial College London in England.
Often surgery is necessary in pregnancy. But many women do not come to a surgeon thinking that pregnancy poses an additional risk during surgery. According to a study published in the medical journal Obstetrics and Gynecology, pregnant women are at no greater risk of developing an infection or other complication after having their gallbladder or appendix removed than their non-pregnant counterparts.
THE relation between Bangladesh and Myanmar officially began on January 13, 1972, the date on which Myanmar recognised Bangladesh as a sovereign state. However, the relation between these two close neighbours has never been smooth and has undergone frequent ups and downs over the last 40 years on a few issues. Both countries have not been able to build a pragmatic relationship with each other despite having a lot of potentials. Myanmar being closed to the outside world for more than 50 years shows few distinct patterns of behaviour in developing effective bilateral relations with Bangladesh. These are: Myanmar capitalised Bangladesh's geographical vulnerability, being remained under the umbrella of China was reluctant to count her small neighbour, being always stubborn in their attitude and behavior to solve the disputes and more inclined towards India and China. As such Bangladesh was discouraged and lost interest to charter a course to bring Myanmar into a negotiation table for developing meaningful relation with her. On the contrary, India and China have taken the full advantage of Myanmar's isolation and developed a deep relationship with her.
IT is a fact: India's booming economy and population will result in a substantial increase in its needs in terms of energy resources and global partners. Many countries around the globe are recognising India's rising power and are working to strengthen their economic, political and social ties with her. Partnering with India has been increasingly getting presence in the agendas of many Arab states especially the Gulf countries, but not as a priority. In spite of this increasing awareness of the importance of India as a strong future ally and partner, Arab states are still not fully engaging India through building strong and reliable relations especially on the front of public diplomacy. The current efforts mainly revolve around trying to agree on and sign bilateral trade and energy agreements. Diplomacy between the Gulf countries and India has remained at the government to government level, not really reaching the public.
A section within the international community believes there has been a series of positive changes in every plausible field in Myanmar. Is the government in Myanmar finally having a change of heart? What are these changes and how far will they succeed in repairing Myanmar's reputation internationally? Will they bring any positive changes to the economy of the country? Are these changes just perception due to a freer media in Myanmar? Most importantly, will the people of Myanmar gain from these changes?
Star Books Review
Professor Abdullah Abu Sayeed needs no introduction. While most young people may know him as an academician and founder of a wonderful institution, Bishwa Sahitya Kendra, some of them also know how popular a TV host he was. And they know that because their elders have told them how they used to remain glued to their television sets to see Abdullah Abu Sayeed's programmes in the 1960s and 1970s. This book of his ---Amar Uposthapak Jibon---is a story of those magical days of his life as a television presenter.
A woman without a man, says Gloria Steinem, is like a fish without a bicycle. That sounds rather strange, even bizarre, until you realise the wit in that statement. And wit is something we have been doing without, much to our surprise, for quite a while now. When was the last time you heard someone among the glamorous and the glitzy come up with a wisecrack? There is Ronald Reagan, with his 'Honey, I forgot to duck' comment to his wife moments after the assassination attempt on him in March 1981. There was John F. Kennedy, who regaled newsmen on his visit to France in 1961 with the remark, 'Gentlemen, I am the man who accompanied Jacqueline Kennedy to Paris.' Rack your brains and you just might recover some of the gems of humour you may have lost over the years.
When the Man Booker Prize for literature for 2011 was finally announced and the earlier short listed name of English novelist and short story writer Julian Barnes was flashed on TV screens and computer monitors through the internet, I wasn't quite surprised. Julian Barnes is, no doubt, one of the most distinguished writers of the present-day world, and his works have already been translated into nearly thirty languages, although Bengali, unfortunately. doesn't appear to be one of those.
This book reminds me of Kahlil Gibran's saying, “If you would indeed behold the spirit of death, open your heart wide unto the body of life.”