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News of: Saturday, 28th of January, 2012
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US company Chevron has found no additional gas in the eco-sensitive Lawachhara forest under its existing Moulavibazar gas field.
Ten people were detained in Kurigram and Dhaka early yesterday for their alleged involvement in the leak and sale of question papers for recruitment of sub-assistant food inspector and lower division assistant of the food department.
Twelve noted citizens yesterday demanded immediate cancellation of a proposed coal-fired power project near the Sundarbans.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia will lead the party's mass procession tomorrow in the city which, party leaders hope, will turn into a huge parade ahead of its March 12 Dhaka rally.
The ruling Awami League thinks that there might be an evil intention behind the main opposition's planned mass rally tomorrow.
Ishraq Ahmed, a non-resident Bangladeshi accused of involvement in plotting the recent coup attempt foiled by the army, has said he and “other nationalists” are trying to oppose Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's “letting Bangladesh be 'turned into a Bantustan' run by India”.
Stern action would be taken if the ongoing investigation finds involvement of any political leader in the recent plot to overthrow the government, said Mahbubul Alam Hanif, joint general secretary of ruling Awami League, yesterday.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh is going to restructure itself by creating 10,000 new jobs.
Bike-riding muggers have become a menace in the capital, which concerns law enforcers as they are yet to find a proper way to stop these criminals.
The country's political culture is so sick that bringing a change here is difficult, said Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday.
Finance ministers from the Saarc nations will meet in Dhaka on Monday to further expand regional cooperation in economic and financial sectors.
Armed robbers killed a schoolgirl and looted valuables from her home at Ghorashal Urea Fertiliser Factory Staff Quarters in Narsingdi on Thursday night.
A suicide bomber set off an explosives-packed car outside a Baghdad hospital yesterday, killing 31 people in the capital's deadliest day in a month, amid a political crisis that has stoked tensions.
Saraswati Puja will be celebrated today across the country with traditional gaiety and religious fervour.
A 16-kg (35.5 pounds) consignment of cocaine lost by Mexican drug traffickers has turned up in an unlikely place -- the United Nations in New York.
A Jubo Dal leader was killed by three alleged drug peddlers following a feud over illegal drug trade in Housing Estate area of Kushtia town on Thursday night.
Indigenous leaders in Australia yesterday condemned "disrespect" shown to Prime Minister Julia Gillard at a protest.
Jahanara Begum, wife of eminent industrialist late Moqbular Rahman, passed away at United Hospital in the city yesterday.
The central bank's Monetary Policy Statement (MPS) for January-June 2012 is a tightened policy package tailored to cushion external pressures and mitigate challenges to domestic economic growth.
The reduction of session backlog at Dhaka University is welcome news. Where a three to four year degree used to take five to eight years to complete, now the average extent of “session jam” at the university is about six months. That, too, it is claimed, will be done away with under the current circumstances. In several departments of some faculties, there is said to be no session jam at all.
Defending champion Novak Djokovic moved into an Australian Open final against Rafael Nadal after struggling past Andy Murray in a five-set, almost five-hour semifinal late Friday night.
Three-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova takes on debut finalist Victoria Azarenka Saturday in a high-stakes battle for the Australian Open title and the top ranking.
Nabil Samad's five-for in the Old DOHS's 49-run win over Mohammedan Sporting Club kept them ahead of the chasing pack in the Dhaka Premier League yesterday.
India were lurching towards defeat and a 4-0 series humiliation against Australia after another batting collapse in the fourth Test in Adelaide on Friday.
Pakistan were left with a battle to avoid conceding England a series-levelling win after Monty Panesar proved threatening with three wickets in the second Test here on Friday.
Torrential rain dashed New Zealand's hopes of building an imposing first-innings lead in the one-off Test against Zimbabwe on Friday, with an injury to captain Ross Taylor further frustrating the home side.
Team BJMC clinched the title of the inaugural Walton Women's Corporate Football League with a 2-0 win over Sheltech in tiebreaker at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
Hockey players have finally got out of the pool system after two seasons as the governing body of Bangladesh Hockey Federation yesterday decided not to insert the pool system in the upcoming players' transfer window for the Premier Hockey League.
The Old DOHS Sports Club, the Premier Division team, will be named after Prime Bank Cricket Club from the season 2012-2013.
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp told police he writes like a toddler and paid his accountant handsomely "to look after me", the jury in his trial on allegations of tax evasion heard on Thursday.
Two more schools moved into the district-level competition of the National School Football Islami Bank tournament after emerging champions in their respective Upazilas yesterday.
Unseeded Svetlana Kuznetsova and Vera Zvonareva won the Australian Open women's doubles crown on Friday, coming from behind to beat Italian pair Roberta Vinci and Sara Errani in three sets.
Hasan Ullah Khan Rana and Mostafa Mamun were elected president and general secretary respectively in the Bangladesh Sports Writers' Association poll held at the National Sports Council yesterday.
Sir Alex Ferguson renewed his pleas for calm on Friday ahead of Manchester United's FA Cup fourth round clash with Liverpool.
Real Madrid get back to Spanish league action with a home game against bottom side Zaragoza on Saturday after the disappointment of their Spanish Cup exit to Barcelona in midweek.
European football chief Michel Platini has renewed his calls for the 2022 World Cup to be staged in the middle of the European winter to avoid the searing summer heat of Qatar.
Valencia will play Barcelona in the semifinal of the Spanish Cup after a comfortable 3-0 second-leg victory over Levante on Thursday.
Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta could be out for up to three weeks after injuring his thigh in the King's Cup quarterfinal second-leg match against Real Madrid, the club said on Thursday.
World Cup finalists the Netherlands will host Germany in a friendly in Amsterdam on November 14, the German football federation announced Friday.
Wednesday January 18: Noon. Leave Dhaka with friends on train bound for The Sundarbans. At 10pm, the train arrives in Khulna where we spend the night.
Police yesterday foiled a mobilisation attempt of 'Blue Band Call', a Facebook-based platform of youths launched by former lawmaker Mahi B Chowdhury, in the city's Dhanmondi area for not securing prior permission.
The ruling Awami League (AL) activists of Kalai upazila in the district allegedly beat up a local journalist yesterday afternoon for covering a report on a clash between AL and BNP in the upazila early Thursday.
A three-day fair to exhibit high-end products and services took off in the city yesterday with a view to offer a platform to bring together the utmost in prestige and luxury under one roof.
A Jubo Dal man was strangled at Muchhedhar village in Biswanath upazila of yesterday.
The day-long English Language Fair, jointly organised by The Daily Star and Robi to improve the proficiency of secondary school students in English, was held at four schools of Dinajpur and Bagerhat yesterday.
A group of muggers snatched gold ornaments weighing around 2.5 tolas from a jewellery shop in the city's Mirpur yesterday noon.
Six people were killed and 12 others injured in separate road accidents in Dhaka, Chittagong, Dinajpur, Netrakona and Gaibandha yesterday.
Two out of the three arrestees now on a five-day remand in Saad murder case yesterday confessed to police their involvement in the killing and disclosed involvement also of a girl.
Speakers at a rally yesterday demanded fresh investigation into the assassination of former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria so that the masterminds can be identified and duly tried.
Bangladesh's move to save the lives of two of its nationals, accused of killing three of their compatriots in the UAE, has failed as the families of the victims have refused to forgive them.
Speakers at a commemorative meeting yesterday recalled the visionary contribution of journalist Pathik Saha in journalism.
The Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) yesterday threatened the government would face Gonoadalat (court of people) if it does not stop the incidents of crossfire and disappearance of people.
A special team of the Department of Environment (DoE) yesterday evicted all the establishments of an illegal brick kiln in Sadar Dakshin upazila of Comilla.
A schoolteacher in the town was sued on Wednesday for beating up a student with a wooden stick in November last year.
Police yesterday recovered 10 rifles, one light machine gun and six magazines from Bhadughar village in the district.
In a step that will facilitate Bangladesh's exports, National Accreditation Board for Certification Bodies (NABCB), a constituent of Quality Council of India, granted accreditation to Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) for its product certification.
At least 63 establishments, including 60 thatched houses, were gutted in a fire at Jahed Colony in South Kattoli of the port city yesterday.
SM Nurul Hoque, former senior vice-president of Chittagong Chamber of Commerce & Industry (CCCI), has been elected as the director of Saarc Chamber of Commerce & Industry (CCI) for the term 2012-2013.
The second day of celebration of forty years of fine arts in the district ended yesterday.
A couple was arrested yesterday in connection with torturing a seven-year old domestic help in the city's Sabujbagh area.
Police recovered the decomposed body of a businessman at Mohammadpur in the city yesterday afternoon, nine days after he went missing.
Mobile telecom operator Robi Axiata Ltd signed an agreement with Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) as an exclusive network operator for their e-Traffic project on Thursday to provide mobile phone service as a tool for traffic management.
Today is the seventh death anniversary of AKM Farid Uddin Ahmed, a freedom fighter and former deputy assistant director of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR).
A police inspector posted in Naogaon district, who was injured in a road accident in the city's Uttara on January 11, succumbed to his injuries at a city clinic yesterday.
A Hakim Miah, father of former vice-president of Dhaka Sub-Editors Council (DSEC) Jahangir Hakim, died of old age complications at his residence in Patuakhali yesterday morning. He was 85.
The ruling Awami League (AL)-led 14-party combine sits tomorrow to discuss the country's latest socio-economic and political matters.
Cricket legend and opposition politician Imran Khan predicted Thursday that his party will sweep the next national elections and he will become the country's next prime minister.
Republican White House hopefuls Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich traded blows on immigration, space policy and wealth in a feisty debate ahead of the all-important Florida primary.
Congress' “Vision Document 2020” for Uttar Pradesh lays out the roadmap for all round development by bringing in key changes in the sectors education, employment and economy in the state where it has been out of power for more than two decades.
The Bharatiya Janata Party, which has been struggling hard to regain its pre-eminent position in Uttar Pradesh, revived the Ram Temple issue promising construction of a grand temple in Ayodhya if voted to power.
Syrian security forces yesterday stepped up a deadly crackdown on dissent, as activists said almost 100 people died in two days of violence ahead of a bid to condemn Damascus at the UN Security Council.
The Pentagon on Thursday proposed taking some 100,000 troops off active duty as the debt-ridden United States winds down a decade of war, but vowed new investments to exert power in Asia and the Middle East.
Saudi Arabia will recognise the Syrian National Council as the "official representative" of the Syrian people, a senior member of the opposition group said in remarks published yesterday.
A law to be debated in Iran's parliament yesterday could halt exports of oil to the European Union as early as next week, the semi-official Fars news agency quoted a lawmaker as saying on Friday.
Residents of the Libyan oasis town of Bani Walid, long a bastion of Muammar Gaddafi's regime, are resigned to the country's new leadership but say the slain dictator lives on in their hearts.
In what appears an indirect reference to the civil society movement for a strong Lokpal, President Pratibha Patil on Wednesday said one should be cautious while bringing about reforms so as to not bring down the tree of democratic institutions itself.
The WikiLeaks document dump, which saw hundreds of thousands of classified US files leaked, rattled US intelligence officials, forcing them to implement reforms to prevent another such breach.
New leaders from the countries of the Arab Spring sought to reassure their Western counterparts at the Davos forum that the rise of Islamist parties poses no threat to democracy.
Attackers on Friday fired rockets at Pakistan's top military academy, damaging its outer wall in a major security breach near the home where Osama bin Laden lived for years, officials said.
Iranian border guards shot dead at least six Pakistanis and wounded two others after they strayed across the border in a remote southwestern area, Pakistani officials said yesterday.
Arts & Entertainment
Seasoned actor Zahid Hasan has created a buzz among audiences with his latest commercial for a condensed milk brand. Directed by Amitabh Reza, the commercial has already won accolades. Hasan said he was surprised at its success, adding that after a long hiatus, one of his commercials had gained so much popularity.
Lokkhi-kunja, the Gulshan residence of legendary actor Razzak, was packed with well wishers who had gathered to celebrate the actors 70th birthday on January 23. The entire house was decorated with fairy lights to add flair to the celebration, while popular stars came to wish the thespian.
Bangladesh Shishu Academy's Manikganj unit organised a three-day Shishu Ananda Mela for children at Manikganj Government Boys' High School premises. Art, drama, dance, story telling, extempore speeches and music competitions along with a cultural function and discussion were held in the course of the programme.
Muharram-er Jari, nurtured and practiced in the South-Eastern part of the country, is a unique indigenous performing art form that combines the tragic tale of Karbala with elements incorporated from the rural lifestyle.
Swedes paid tribute to Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore with a performance at Solidarity House in Stockholm on January 21.
A fashion show is set to be held at the capital's Hotel Radisson on February 3, to raise money for the Acid Victims Assistance Fund under the Prothom Alo Trust. According to a recent press briefing held at Hotel Ruposhi Bangla, renowned Indian fashion designer Agnimitra Paul's creations will be put on auction after the show. Agnimitra Paul was present at the press meet, along with Asaduzzaman Noor MP, managing director, Desh TV; Arif Hasan deputy managing director and Syed Nasim Manzur, managing director, Apex Footwear Limited.
Satellite TV channel ATN Bangla has wrested the International Children's Day of Broadcasting Awards 2011, receiving recognition from UNICEF for the channel's contribution to the development of the media and youth. UNICEF's representative to Bangladesh, Dr. Pascal Villeneuve handed the award to ATN Bangla chairman Dr. Mahfuzur Rahman, at a press briefing recently. Also present at the event were ATN Bangla's programme advisor Nowajesh Ali Khan; chief advisor Saiful Bari; sales and marketing advisor M Shamsul Huda and the crew from ATN Bangla's Children's show “Amra Korbo Joy”. Dr. Mahfuzur Rahman said the award will inspire the channel to make more programmes for children.
The Daily Star editorial on January 26 tell us about the concern of the Washington-based human rights body, the Human Rights watch (HRW), over extra-judicial tortures and killings in Bangladesh. The organiaation has, reportedly, urged the government to take necessary steps to probe and prosecute such illegal incident which according to its finding stands at a staggering 1,600 during the last seven years.
It's a testimony to the lingering effects of a four-decades-old socialistic economy. Each time India makes a policy move towards creating wealth, it does so with a grudging sense of sacrifice and insistence it's doing the world, specifically the United States and the West, a favour.
While we condole the tragic death of Zubair Ahmed and sympathise with the bereaved family, we can only ponder over the conse-quences of an unbridled rise of criminal groups in different campuses as a result of the total indifference of the administration to such gangsterism proliferating with alleged patronage of the university administration, in some cases.
Khasland, or state-owned land, is land which the government is entitled to both lease and give away to citizens of the country who do not own land. With an estimated 3.3 million acres of khasland available there is more than enough to go around. However the land itself is not the problem, rather it is the process that distributes this land. How to get khasland into the hands of those who need it the most is an issue devoid of significant attention, but one where a targeted and sustained change in focus could facilitate a trickle-down process of wealth and asset distribution. However, we are getting ahead of ourselves. Before examining the potential for the future, one needs to better understand the murky context of the present.
Happy New Year! And I really mean it! Because 2012 is going to be the best year ever! Seriously! I know, because I'm a person from the future! And here in the future, guess what? It's 2112 and we're celebrating the centennial of 2012! That's how amazing 2012 is going to be!
The Battle of Aliwal, India, is won by British troops commanded by Sir Harry Smith.
Climate change has long-since ceased to be a scientific curiosity, and is no more just one of many environmental and regulatory concerns. It is the major, overriding environmental issue of our time, and the single greatest challenge facing environmental regulators. It is a growing crisis with economic, health and safety, food production, security, and other dimensions. It is the crying need of our time to reduce the pace of climate change.
Neither it is a dumping spot nor the untrotted dead end of a lane, but a busy road in the city's Farmgate intersection which thousands of people pass by or gather on to catch public transport and do low-cost shopping.
There are times when I feel old. And I feel happy about the feeling that I am old, or getting to be old. A certain sense of tranquillity in the soul, as it were, comes in even as you know that you are no more what you once used to be, that the world will not any more expect you to demonstrate the kind of drive it drove you into showing when you were young, or younger. In youth, it is forever that urge to please yourself with your talents, misplaced as they are or absent as they may be, that takes up a whole tranche of your time. And that is not all. You have that overpowering need to impress your parents or, assuming you are desperately in love with a woman and want her to be known as your wife someday, to let your prospective in-laws know that you are as good as, if not better than, they in scaling the peaks of achievement.
The love of my life, my soul mate, is in Dhaka now. She texted me as soon as she reached Dhakaeven before she had cleared immigration and ventured into the Baggage Claims area. Her text message was a sign that she was happy to be back, and the speed with which she updated me did not surprise me at all. I also surmised from her tone that she can't believe that she is in Dhaka, our favorite city, or worse, she might even have wanted to make me jealous about the fact that she was in Dhaka while I was stuck in frozen Boston. I felt a little painfor not being with her when she took her first breath on this visit to Dhaka, the air we breathed when we first met; for not being able to share her joy of being back in Dhaka, a city I love and know so well; accentuated by the gradual realization that she will go out of the airport and see Dhaka in its glory and feel its pulse, and enjoy the sights and sounds of Dhaka. All these happening without me by her side! Of not being there in Dhaka to partake of the pleasure she takes in being in Dhaka and losing herself in Dhaka.
“It was dark.” Nirmal-babu says, and then breaks, approximately for ten seconds.
The incidence of Dengue fever, a mosquito-transmitted viral illness has grown dramatically around the world. Over 2.5 billion people — more than 40 percent of the world's population — are now at risk of Dengue. World Health Organisation’s (WHO) South-East Asia region that includes Bangladesh and the Western Pacific regions are the most seriously affected. The disease is now endemic in more than 100 countries. An estimated 500000 people with severe dengue require hospitalisation each year, a large proportion of whom are children. About 2.5 percent of those affected die.
Urinary incontinence is the involuntary or unwanted leakage of urine. Stress incontinence (incontinence during physical exertion) is the most common form of urinary incontinence, affecting about one in three women of all ages, especially older and after repeated childbirth. It occurs when women cough, sneeze, or undertake physical activities like running and jumping. The physical forces push down on the bladder and force urine out. This is a socially embarrassing problem that is rarely talked about or acknowledged, but simply taking physiotherapy can help to get rid of the discomfiture.
Jean-Claude Mas, whose company Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) sparked a global health scare by using substandard silicone, was arrested shortly. The incidence has also triggered interest about breast implant. Following is a brief look at the history of breast implants.
People who enjoy drinking black tea throughout the day may get the added benefit of a slight reduction in their blood pressure, suggests a new Australian study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. At the end of the study, researchers have seen that the tea drinkers' systolic blood pressure — the top number — fell 2 mmHg, and their diastolic blood pressure also fell about 2 mmHg. While a drop in blood pressure is generally good, a 2 mmHg drop is not significant enough to bring a person with high blood pressure out of the danger zone.
Overweight girls in their late teens were twice as likely as their normal-weight peers to report a lot of acne in a large new survey of Norwegian teenagers published in Archives of Dermatology.
The geostrategic importance of Asia is intensifying and as a result we are fast approaching some fundamental impacts on the post-war global order.China's economy is being transformed, along with India's, as are other economies through Asia, as industrialisation, urbanisation and modernisation brings new wealth to hundreds of millions of people and new power to the states that govern them.This will change our world, giving us a 21st century of diverse and dynamic opportunities, as well as difficult and perhaps destabilising challenges to the existing order.
Star Books Review
This article is partly adapted from a review of the following books: The Religious Question in Modern China, by Vincent Goossaert and David A. Palmer, University of Chicago Press; Religion in China: Survival and Revival under Communist Rule, by Fenggang Yang, Oxford University Press; God Is Red: The Secret Story of How Christianity Survived and Flourished in Communist China, by Liao Yiwu, HarperOne; and Redeemed by Fire: The Rise of Popular Christianity in Modern China, by Lian Xi, Yale University Press.
Raahman Chowdhury is a foremost playwright and theatre critic in Bangladesh. He has written several plays, including Mohabidroho O Samrat Bahadur Shah and Kriranak, published by Bangla Academy. His Ph.D thesis Rajnoitik Natyachinta O Swadhinota Poroborti Bangladesher Mancho-Natok has also been publsihed by Bangla Academy and this thesis created a stir for revealing some bitter truths about theatre practices in Bangladesh. His recent book is Choritro Sristi O Obhinay (Portrait of a Character and Acting) published by Jatiya Sahitya Prakash in 2011. Noted theatre personality Mamunur Rashid has written the preface of this book and his praise for Chowdhury's efforts is overwhelming.
Hans Christian Andersen was born on 2 April 1805 at Odense near Copenhagen, Denmark, and died on 4 August 1875 in Copenhagen. He was a unique master of fairy tales whose stores are famous throughout the world. He is also the author of a number of plays, novels, poems, travel books and several autobiographies. He is considered to be the master of the art of fairy tales, whose works rank with the traditional stories in universal popularity. It is not only that his countrymen deify him, as much as it is that the outside world does.