News of: Saturday, 4th of February, 2012
In line with its latest power sector master plan, the government has rolled out a massive plan to set up within a few years around 10 coal-based power plants having a total production capacity of around 7,000 megawatts, more than the country can now generate.
Ruling Awami League will take to the streets in the capital on March 12, the day the main opposition BNP is scheduled to hold a grand rally.
Malaysian state-run utility giant is keen to develop a 1,400-megawatt coal-fired power plant in Cox's Bazar at a cost of $2.5 billion (RM7.525 billion) on a joint-venture basis, official news agency Bernama said yesterday.
The Election Commission has proposed sweeping changes to the electoral laws for checking the use of black money in parliamentary election and stern action against candidates for concealing facts or giving false information in affidavits.
Bangladesh Chhatra League yesterday expelled eight of its activists for being involved in a factional clash on Dhaka University campus on Thursday night allegedly over occupation of illegal stalls of Amar Ekushey Boi Mela.
The East Bengal Legislative Assembly was expected to meet for the first time after the creation of Pakistan on March 15, 1948 in Dhaka. On the eve of the session, a large number of students gathered in a demonstration before Burdwan House (today's Bangla Academy), the official residence of the chief minister of the province, to protest the police action three days earlier on March 11. The Students Action Committee decided to call a general strike on the day the legislative assembly met. The threat led to a softening of stance by the provincial government, given especially the fact that Governor General Mohammad Ali Jinnah, popularly known as Quaid-e-Azam, was scheduled to arrive in Dhaka on March 19.
The UN-backed war crimes tribunal in Cambodia ruled yesterday that the Khmer Rouge's prison chief should serve the rest of his life in jail, extending a 19-year sentence handed down in July 2010 that outraged survivors of the "killing fields" regime.
More than two lakh people die of cancer in the country every year. But early detection of the deadly disease can save half of these lives since cancer at its primary stage is curable, according to experts.
Police yesterday recovered the body of a businessman from a residential hotel in the city's Segunbagicha.
The students of class III to V at the government primary schools across the country will vote today to elect their representatives who will run 'student councils' for a one-year-term, a concept aimed at practicing democratic norms from childhood.
In a bid to beef up the existing security system at the secretariat, the government is set to install automated scanning devices at all of its six gates, phasing out the existing manual system which often fails to check around 18,000 employees and visitors every day.
As Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) lacks adequate facilities for carrying out motor vehicles' fitness test, it is planning to assign the task to selected motor vehicle repairing workshops in private sector.
Abdullahhel Kafi Raton fulfilled his life long dream yesterday as he visited stall after stall at the Amar Ekushey Boi Mela premises.
An elderly man died and 15 others were injured in a stampede at a feast celebrating the inaugural of a local lawmaker's new home in Rajshahi yesterday.
Embattled Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said yesterday he will respect the outcome of a supreme court move to indict him on contempt charges.
Accusing the government of the killing of five supporters of BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami during their countrywide mass procession, BNP chief Khaleda Zia has demanded suspension of the police members for the killings.
Seventeen activists of Islami Chhatra Shibir were detained in New Mansurabad area of Chittagong yesterday evening on suspicion of hatching anti-state plot, police said.
British Energy Secretary Chris Huhne resigned yesterday after being told he will face criminal charges over allegations that he dodged a speeding penalty, but vowed to prove his innocence.
A 23-member delegation of school-going children of the Border Security Force (BSF) members will arrive in Bangladesh today on a 4-day 'education tour' following invitation by the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB).
Army Chief Gen V K Singh seems to have won the first round in the legal battle on the age row with the Supreme Court yesterday saying the manner in which his statutory complaint was rejected by the Government “appears to be vitiated“.
More than 100 missing passengers were feared trapped inside an overloaded ferry when it sank off Papua New Guinea, a maritime official said yesterday as rescuers scoured the ocean for more survivors.
Two Palestinians in the Gaza Strip were injured by Israeli air-strikes yesterday morning, Palestinians said, only hours a visit of the UN chief to the Hamas-controlled territory.
The call by the leaders of the garment industry on the political leaders to shun confrontational politics reflects the general feeling of the people too. The country, unhappily, is being led towards a state of political unrest with the inevitable harmful impact on the economy, and the garment industries as well as the country stand to lose enormously as a consequence. The fact that Bangladesh is poised to make significant gains in the RMG sector and may lose out because of political conflict is worth serious consideration by our political leaders.
We are surprised that the minister for local government has taken umbrage at the media for describing the deaths in road accidents as “killings.” He would rather we called these fatalities as mere accidents. Implied in his annoyance is the statement that accidents can occur and do occur. And that is exactly for what we want to take issue with him.
Sheikh Russel KC stumbled in their opening match of the Grameenphone Bangladesh Premier League when they were held to a 1-1 draw by visitors Feni Soccer Club at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
The Dhaka Premier League which was suddenly suspended two days ago following BCB chief Mustafa Kamal's instructions will resume tomorrow.
India revived their Australian tour with a convincing eight-wicket win over the home side in the second Twenty20 international at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday.
Mike Procter, the former South Africa all-rounder, will be one of the two match referees in the upcoming Bangladesh Premier League.
East End Club beat Purbachal Parishad by a solitary goal in the lone match of the Destiny Group Dhaka Mahanagori 2nd Division Football League at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.
England edged to a slender five-run lead over Pakistan at the close as 16 wickets fell during an extraordinary opening day of the third and final Test at Dubai Stadium Friday.
New Zealand defeated Zimbabwe by 90 runs in the first one-day international at Dunedin Friday as poor batting by the tourists undermined a creditable bowling effort.
Former Pakistan paceman and coach Waqar Younis on Friday called for a reduction of the five-year cricket ban meted out to talented teenage bowler Mohammad Aamer for his role in a spot-fixing scandal.
Maria Sharapova will be looking to fire Russia in their Fed Cup World Group opener against Spain this weekend as she returns to freezing Moscow after her run in the sun to the Australian Open final.
Disabled cricketers from England and Pakistan play their first-ever series this month, with organisers hoping the matches can inspire a big future in world disabled cricket.
Mirpur Cricket Club crushed Dhanmondi Cricket Academy by eight wickets in their Second Division Cricket League match at the BKSP-4 ground in Savar yesterday.
The Netherlands, Argentina, Great Britain and Germany booked their spots in the last four of the Champions Trophy hockey in Rosario on Thursday.
Real Madrid's seven-point lead over Barcelona could come under threat this weekend when Jose Mourinho's side face a potentially tricky fixture at local rivals Getafe.
Manchester City will aim to turn the pressure back on their title rivals on Saturday by re-establishing their slender lead at the top of the Premier League table with victory over Fulham.
The weather has been playing havoc with football fixtures in Italy all week but Serie A leaders Juventus have survived the big freeze and managed to cement their grip on the standings, without even playing.
John Terry was stripped of the England captaincy for the second time in two years on Friday after mounting concern his ongoing racism court case had made his position untenable.
France star Franck Ribery on Thursday criticised Bayern Munich's lack of spending over the winter break and said the German league leaders missed a chance to strengthen their squad.
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini on Friday refused to rule out a possible return to action for Carlos Tevez, provided he proved his fitness.
Paris Saint-Germain boss Carlo Ancelotti believes the Champions League trophy is destined for Spain this year, claiming that Real Madrid and Barcelona are "above the rest" of the sides still left in the competition.
East End Club recorded a single-goal win over Purbachal Parishad in the Destiny 2nd Division Football League at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand on Friday ruled out a bid to replace John Terry as England captain, saying he was focused only on securing a place in Fabio Capello's squad.
Dr. Dipen Bhattacharya is research physicist at the University of California Riverside, and professor at Riverside Community College, USA. Readers may remember him as co-founder of Anushandhitsu Chakra science club, subject of our column last year. Recently he visited Dhaka and I learned about his current research.
The incidents of tiger attack have become more frequent recently in the Sundarbans, which has the single largest population of the Bengal tigers in one area.
The government this week will start construction of two more rail tracks (third and fourth) between Kamalapur railway station and Tongi junction to facilitate passengers with faster and frequent train service.
It is not possible to bring about qualitative change in the country with the promoters of unhealthy politics, said Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday.
Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal President Hasanul Haq Inu yesterday urged the government to remove inefficient ministers from the cabinet and appoint competent ones.
Accusing the government of staging a drama over Election Commission's (EC) formation, BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed yesterday said BNP will not accept the EC formed on the advice of the president's search committee.
A probe committee of Dinajpur Education Board did not find any irregularity in the distribution of question papers among the SSC examinees at Rangpur Zila School centre on Wednesday.
Speakers at a book launch yesterday stressed the need for collective efforts to protect the world's largest mangrove forest, the Sundarbans, and its biodiversity and blamed ignorance, unawareness, and carelessness of people for the destruction of the forest.
Demanding amendment to the tobacco control act, anti-tobacco campaigners yesterday said stricter laws and their enforcement to discourage smoking and tobacco consumption, the main causes of cancer, can effectively help prevent the disease.
A two-day long Women's Biswa Ijtema, begins today at Moukhara in Baraigram upazila in the district.
Unidentified miscreants stabbed a businessman to death in Keraniganj yesterday.
The physicians of all government hospitals and health centres in Moulvibazar district yesterday launched an indefinite strike in protest of punishment to one of their colleagues by a mobile court a day before.
An ice-cream vendor suffered serious head injuries after a brick fell on him from a seven-storied under-construction building at DOHS of Mirpur-12 in the city yesterday.
Awami League Central Working Committee (ALCWC) sits today to discuss country's latest socio-economical and political situation.
Some agitating Jahangirnagar University teachers will hold a hunger strike and protest rally on the campus today demanding realisation of their seven-point demand, including making the probe report of Zubair murder public.
Film star and Nirapad Sarak Chai Chairman Ilias Kanchan yesterday protested and condemned LGRD Minister Syed Ashraful Islam's comment in parliament on February 2 regarding road accidents.
A housewife allegedly killed herself by hanging from a beam in her room at Munjitpur in the town yesterday.
A five-day long international conference of schools from different countries, organised by Round Square, an international organisation, started at Chittagong Grammar School (CGS) in the port city yesterday.
Ten people were killed and 31 others injured in separate road accidents in Dhaka, Manikganj, Sirajganj, Lalmonirhat, Patuakhali, Magura, Bandarban and Jessore early Thursday and yesterday.
A kidnapped young man was rescued while his three alleged kidnappers were arrested from an abandoned brick kiln in Rajbari district on Thursday.
Rahima Islam, wife of Shamsul Islam Khan, a former industries minister of the BNP government, died at Square Hospital here early yesterday. She was 77.
Today is the 15th death anniversary of Dr AR Mallick, an eminent educationist and the first technocrat finance minister of the country, says a press release.
Munajats were offered at mosques across the country yesterday seeking eternal peace for the activists of 4-party alliance killed during the Jan 29-30 mass processions.
Doctors from USA will provide free health services to Bangladeshi patients from February 21 to March 2 at Gonoshasthaya Kendra in Savar.
Police recovered the body of an unidentified man, suspected to have fallen off the roof of a running train, at Foujdarhat rea of Sitakunda yesterday after locals informed them.
A housewife allegedly killed herself by hanging from ceiling in her room at village Nagor in Baraigram upazila in Natore on early Friday.
Police recovered the body of a man with his legs tied hanging from a tree in a mango orchard at Housenagar village of Shibgonj upazila in Chapainawabganj yesterday after locals informed them.
Today is the first death anniversary of Nurul Asif, a leader of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), Brahmanbaria Government College unit.
Russia and western countries are locked in diplomatic arm-wrestling over demands that Syria's president, Bashar al-Assad, hands over power to his deputy as part of a UN-backed Arab plan for a peaceful solution to the country's bloody crisis.
China's Premier Wen Jiabao said yesterday the Asian giant had neither the ability nor the intention to "buy Europe", amid concerns over growing Chinese investment in debt-stricken eurozone economies.
Protesters laid siege to Egypt's Interior Ministry yesterday, pushing their protest against the military-led government into a second day in a show of anger triggered by the deaths of 74 people in the country's worst soccer disaster.
Famine conditions have ended in war-torn Somalia six months after they were declared, but the situation remains dire with a third of the population needing emergency aid, the UN said yesterday.
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said yesterday Iran would retaliate over Western-backed oil sanctions and any threat of attack, after US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta was cited as saying he feared a possible Israeli strike as early as April.
Mitt Romney himself admitted it was an unlikely endorsement: flamboyant real estate mogul Donald Trump backing the buttoned-up Republican presidential hopeful, who he has repeatedly criticized.
Prince William arrived in the Falkland Islands on Thursday for a six-week mission with the Royal Air Force (RAF), British officials said, a move Argentina has condemned as a "provocation".
The wedding ring and shirt worn by former Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi when he was killed by rebels last October have reportedly been put up for sale for $2million.
Seven Pakistani soldiers were killed and three others wounded in a Taliban attack on their check post in the country's north-western tribal belt, security officials said yesterday.
Libya's ex-ambassador to France, Omar Brebesh, has died in the custody of a militia from possible torture, less than 24 hours after he was detained by the armed group, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said yesterday.
Kuwait's Islamist-led opposition has won a landslide majority in Kuwait's snap polls by securing 34 seats in the 50-member parliament, with women and liberals the big losers, results showed yesterday.
Egyptian Bedouins seized two female American tourists and their Egyptian tour guide yesterday on the road to the historic monastery of St Catherine's in Sinai, security officials said.
More than 100 missing passengers were feared trapped inside an overloaded ferry when it sank off Papua New Guinea, a maritime official said yesterday as rescuers scoured the ocean for more survivors.
Eight Cambodian farmers were killed and one was critically injured yesterday after their truck hit two old anti-tank mines in north-western Cambodia.
Hacker group Anonymous released a recording yesterday of what appears to be a conference call between the FBI and Scotland Yard held last month to discuss operations against the group.
Arts & Entertainment
Aslam Sani, a well known rhymester and poet of the country, says that the month-long Ekushey Book Fair plays a major role in upholding the spirit of the Language Movement and the Liberation War. Referring to the fair as the meeting point of two key historical moments, Sani believes that the event teaches and reminds us about the sacrifice of our national heroes.
Salma Munni took up dance lessons at a tender age, performed within a couple of years and won accolades at a very early stage in her career. She says, “I was exposed to music and dance at a very young age. It was my mother who took the initiative that I could learn to dance. Though I started to learn dance, tabla and music at the Jago Art Centre, gradually I began to focus on dance. Ultimately it became an inseparable part of my life.”
These are busy times for Ayub Bachchu who has a solo album in the making. The veteran frontman of LRB, who has created a long list of popular tunes, recently shared his plans and ongoing projects with Shah Alam Shazu of The Daily Star:
An open- air concert held Thursday night was a real treat for music and cricket fans at Rajshahi Zila Stadium.
Students of Nawab Siraj-ud-Dullah Govt. College organised a cultural programme at Ziaur Rahman Auditorium of the college on Tuesday night to raise funds for people hit by the freezing cold. Students from different school and colleges in the district performed in the programme.
Thakurgoan Green Theatre staged a play titled “Amra Ashchi” on Monday night at Natya Samity Auditorium in Thakurgoan town. Goutam Kumar directed the play written by Azmat Rana.
A book launch was held on February 2 at BRAC Inn Auditorium, Mohakhali, Dhaka, says a press release. The event brought to the public eye a bilingual book of poet Germain Droogenbroodt, translated by poet Aminur Rahman in Bangla titled “Poet Germain Droogenbroodt er KobitaÓ ; the second, a book on poetry called, “Koshter Slate e Premer Phoshol” authored by poet Aminur Rahman.
He may have acted in Bollywood commercial cinema, but actor Abhishek Bachchan is so passionate about environmental issues that he says he will be happy to act in a film made on an environmental issue if only someone is willing to fund it.
Conce-rned citizens are worried at the increasing scale and dimension of our confrontational politics. The fearsome postures of the actors and the operatives inject a sense of helplessness in the minds of the ordinary people and no wonder the disorder and inconvenience caused by political confrontation could breed public apathy towards political protest. That, without doubt, is an unwelcome scenario.
How free is the media or, for that matter, how free is the right to express one-self? This is the question which has arisen in India after the three speeches, one by Vice-President Hamid Ansari, another by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and yet another by Justice Markandey Katju, chief of Press Council. The right to say has assumed all the more importance after Salman Rushdie's non-participation at the Jaipur Literary Festival because of threats. In Pune, screening of a documentary on Kashmir was stopped following protests by the students' wing of the BJP.
With 5 persons killed in police firing on the demonstrating BNP-led alliance marchers in Chandpur, Laxmipur and Rajshahi and almost 400 persons, including law enforcers, injured in clashes in different districts on Jan 29 and Jan 30, the political fever in the country has heated up again. It seems that ominous crises are going to plunge the country into chaos and uncertainty.
Fuel economy and fuel efficiency" is a widely discussed topic in the world. Fuel economy is dependent on fuel efficiency and people's activities related to fuel consumption. Although these two terms are well known to the people in general, the technical term "fuel efficiency" may not be easily understood by every one. It is now important for every citizen to understand the term and to take individual responsibility to increase fuel efficiency for reducing fuel consumption that will in turn save our economy and prevent environmental pollution. It is true that if one is sincere about maintaining fuel efficiency of the machinery and equipment he uses in his day to day life, saving fuel cost is possible. In the context of fuel price hike, I would rather say hiking price will compel the people to know about increasing fuel efficiency that may help adjust their fuel cost within their ability, and at the same time contribute to national economy and environment.
It was only very obvious long before Barack Obama advanced his confirmation on Tuesday of the CIA's use of drones against militants in Pakistan. As he gears up for elections, the US president has admitted for the first time that the offensive was in the nature of "precision strikes" against anti-American forces, notably the "al-Qaeda and its affiliates." He has stopped short of delving into the canons of international law, let alone Pakistan's seemingly valid grouse over this "violation of sovereignty."
George Washington is unanimously elected as the first President of the United States by the U.S. Electoral College.
Nijhum Dweep is the national coastal biodiversity hotspot especially for the migratory birds in Bangladesh. The cluster of islets just off the central coast in Bay of Bengal is the crossroads of two global migratory flyways: the East-Asia-Australasia and the Central Asia. This has been recognised by Birdlife International and Wetlands International.
In its latest move against air pollution, the government is setting up six air-quality monitoring centres at different places of the country including Dhaka to better identify the extent of toxicity--the key reason behind respiratory illnesses and chronic bronchitis.
Spoonbill Sandpiper is an attractive little bird with a distinctive spoon-shaped bill, this sandpiper has winter plummage as pretty as its breeding colours. Non-breeding adults have pale brown-grey upperparts, with a white trim around each feather. The underparts are white and lack the colours seen in breeding adults, which have a russet red head, neck and breast streaked with brown, and dark upperparts with pale brown and red edging to the feathers. It calls quietly with a 'preeep' and a 'wheeet' .
To speak agreeably to him with whom we deal is more than to speak in good words or in good order. --- Bacon, Of Discourse.
I have a growing feeling these days that I am getting gradually alienated from my own society and culture. Some kind of strangeness has surrounded me since long. Or has it invaded my own small world, comprising my thoughts, emotions and actions? It is strange because it is different, rather very much different, may be absolutely new, but certainly it is a changed phenomenon in one's life. However, change being a normal occurrence is expected to bring better results, improvements and all in the positive direction, looked upon as a boon in society. An opposite direction of it certainly cannot be welcome, however large a segment of society may fall for it. Then again, speaking practically, infiltration of one or two not so desirable things may perhaps be seen as small instances of cultural intrusion that no culture is immune to. But when all-out change in various walks of life shows itself with much force and is capable of metamorphosing the fabric of one's culture and society, one cannot but experience a vortex of emotions -- a whirlwind ready to make one frustrated and depressed.
Being diagnosed with cancer is one of the worst nightmares in anyone’s life. The deadly cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide that accounted for 7.6 million deaths (around 13 percent of all deaths) in 2008. Unfortunately, more than 70 percent of all these cancer deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries like Bangladesh where resources available for prevention, diagnosis and treatment are limited or nonexistent.
The thyroid is a small gland (popularly known as Adam's Apple) located in the front of the neck that produces hormones responsible for various functions including growth, use of energy and oxygen, immunity etc.
Sugar is as damaging and addictive as alcohol or tobacco and should be regulated, claim the U.S. health experts. Therefore, the research team from the University of California feels that the sale of products containing added sugar should be subject to regulation through taxation and legislation, just like alcohol and tobacco.
Insulin is a lifesaver for many people with diabetes, but it must be stored correctly. The American Diabetes Association offers these guidelines for proper storage of insulin:
Measuring blood pressure in both arms should be routine because the difference between left and right arm could indicate underlying health problems, says a study review published in The Lancet. The researchers found that a large difference could mean an increased risk of vascular disease and death. Although existing guidelines state that blood pressure should be measured in both arms, it is not often done.
A dose of ultrasound to the testicles can stop the production of sperm, according to a study on rats published in Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology. It showed that sound waves could be used to reduce sperm counts to levels that would cause infertility in humans. Researchers described ultrasound as a promising candidate in contraception.
With new EU sanction on oil import from Iran the European countries have joined hands with the US in a new round of measures to squeeze Iran to bring her to the negotiating table on Iran's nuclear programme. Though Iran has repeatedly stated that her nuclear programme is aimed at peaceful purpose only to meet her electricity needs which the US and her allies are declining to accept. The EU sanction came at a moment when the "US naval flotilla accompanied by British and French warships is already in the region testing the freedom of passage" in the Strait of Hormuz. Moreover the US and Israel are preparing to conduct the largest ever military exercise in February. These events have already raised tension seriously in the region and losing of nerves by either side will invite catastrophe.
As a country importing 11 percent of its oil from Iran, the latest American and European move to isolate Iran has put China in a quandary. Should it join the West with which it has close economic ties, or ignore the call for sanctions on Iran, not backed by the United Nations, to maintain its energy security? With the recent visit of Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao to three oil-rich Gulf monarchies, Beijing's deft diplomacy has sidestepped the issue.
Uncertainty has ruled Pakistan's history. After the Salala check post attack by Nato which took the lives of 24 Pakistani army soldiers, Pakistan declared to stop cooperating with the US. It cut off the Nato supply route to Afghanistan. Recently announcement has come that Pakistan is going to reopen Nato supply routes, allow the US military trainers including Special Forces teams into Pakistan and resume close cooperation with the CIA in targeting militants who use the Pakistani side of the border as a safe haven and breeding ground for extremism as early as April or May. According to the terms of engagement of nations in the international system, "there are no permanent allies, no permanent friends, only permanent interests." The US and Pakistan both are allies, not friends: they fight together, but they do not like and believe each other. What factors do lead Pakistan cooperate again? Is it a pressure from the United States or a greater strategic demand of the time?
Star Books Review
No one goes looking for a war. It comes suddenly, taking people unawares. And once it does, there is that sure, eerie feeling that huge havoc will be the consequence, that people will die and with them an entire set of values. That being the historical truth over the centuries, there is that other reality of war being a time when heroism and villainy make their appearance. Individuals die defending the nobility of a cause, thwarting the evil designs made by other individuals for whom the idea of a good life comes in a destruction of the lives around them. Some soldiers win wars. Other soldiers, rendered or proved qualitatively inferior to their adversaries, end up losing them, with results whose ramifications can last generations.
When the frozen body of a young woman is discovered on a crystalline Montana morning, the heart rendering story of a family in crisis begins to unfold. The members of a seemingly perfect family, the Coopers are caught up in event, emotions and twists of fate that alter their lives forever.