News of: Tuesday, 21st of February, 2012
All's not well when it comes to cost of living and wages in the country.
Sixty years ago today, the Bangalee nation reached a decisive phase in its collective existence.
Heightened political tension over the March 12 grand rally of the BNP is likely to be eased as the ruling Awami League has decided not to counter the opposition programme.
Inviting the meritorious, honest and competent people to politics, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday said her party will engage skilled persons for the development of the country through proper evaluation if voted to power.
Human rights violation issues are rarely discussed in parliament, said South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR) yesterday.
Stepping up her campaign on the issue of "excess flow of water" to Bangladesh through broken sluice gates of Farakka Barrage, Paschimbanga Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee yesterday said she plans to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi tomorrow to discuss the matter.
The High Court yesterday declared illegal the appointment of around 1,100 employees recruited by the National University during the BNP-Jamaat rule for anomalies in advertisement and recruitment process.
Former Jamaat-e-Islami chief Ghulam Azam met General Tikka Khan at least twice after the Pakistani occupation forces massacred thousands of defenceless Bangalees on March 25, 1971 and assured him of full cooperation, the prosecution told the International Crimes Tribunal yesterday.
When students in Dhaka were agitating for the recognition of Bangla as a state language of Pakistan in 1952, a youth in Gaibandha was marshalling people in the faraway district for the Language Movement.
Healthcare expenditure is one of the key reasons of household hardship in Bangladesh, according to a report released yesterday.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged all to uphold the spirit of Amar Ekushey (the immortal 21st) and stay alert about those who opposed the Language Movement and the country's independence.
The High Court on Sunday asked the authorities concerned why their failure to preserve two archeological structures in Old Dhaka -- 'Shankhanidhi House' and 'Radha-Krishna Temple' -- should not be declared illegal.
Today is Amar Ekushey. The country will observe the 60th Martyrs' Day to commemorate the Language Movement martyrs through various programmes.
Sunbeams School yesterday demonstrated some never-seen-before battles of young spellers on the school premises as the Champs21 crew carried out their hunt for the top spellers of different city schools for The Daily Star Spelling Bee contest.
The Communist Manifesto had been Faiz Ahmed's constant company when he lived. The book lay by his pillow as he retired to bed every night.
A bank official was shot dead allegedly by the night guard of the bank in Narsingdi Sadar upazila yesterday.
We return to our core values today. Not as a ritual but to take a vow to imbibe them. Our national consciousness was embodied by the language movement six decades ago. It then came into a crescendo of a glorified series of achievements through our distinctive cultural assertion, famous 21-point programme of Jukta Front in 1954, anti-Martial Law struggle, 11-point programme of students, 6-point struggle for autonomy in the late sixties, and finally the Liberation War leading to the birth of a free Bangladesh.
It would not be an exaggeration to say that the entire nation is waiting with a feeling of apprehension about the likely outcome of 12 March. We are perturbed, to say the least, to hear the drums of clashes being beaten by both sides. We are filled with trepidation by the exchange of rhetoric and the rather acerbic comments being spewed by both sides. And all of a sudden Dhaka has become a coveted city which both parties want to 'capture' on the 12th of March.
A mightier explosion from Junaed Siddiqui eclipsed the one from Phil Mustard as Duronto Rajshahi chased down a formidable total quite comfortably to script a massive 9-wicket victory against Barisal Burners in the BPL T20 at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium yesterday.
Tamim Iqbal finally returned to action yesterday after an injury absence shrouded in controversy, but failed to entertain the home crowd. The more frustrating fact for the near-capacity crowd was that the home side, Chittagong Kings, put on yet another below par batting performance to suffer a 44run defeat at the hands of Khulna Royal Bengals at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.
Change of coach failed to bring any change of fortune for Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club as the defending champions were subjected to a 0-1 defeat at the hands of Rahmatganj MFS in their Grameenphone Bangladesh Premier League encounter at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
India are grappling with a selection dilemma and a prolonged form slump of their batsmen as they go into the crucial tri-series match against Sri Lanka here on Tuesday without the services of their in-form captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Victoria Azarenka extended her domination over Samantha Stosur to win her third successive title of the year at the WTA Qatar Open on Sunday, taking her 2012 record to 17 straight wins.
Iconic Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar has bagged the fifth ESPNcricinfo best batting performance award in Tests beating the likes of his compatriot Rahul Dravid and Australian skipper Michael Clarke.
World Cup winner Ricky Ponting's one-day international career appeared over Monday after he was dropped from Australia's team after a dismal run of form, and was considering his future in the game.
Top seed Roger Federer won a fourth successive indoor title, and his 71st career crown, when he hammered Argentine Juan Martin del Potro 6-1, 6-4 to win his second Rotterdam Open on Sunday.
In quest of renovating the sports infrastructures of Japan which were seriously damaged by a devastating Tsunami last year, Bangladesh Olympic Association handed over 10,000 dollars to the Japanese Olympic Committee yesterday.
Valencia's Argentine star Ever Banega will be out of action for around six months after reportedly being run over by his own car.
Shane Watson was named in the Australia squad for the first time this season as selectors Monday made a big call and dropped former skipper Ricky Ponting for the tri-series with India and Sri Lanka.
Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova's hope of challenging for the world number one spot took another blow when she was forced to retire for a second tournament in a row.
Lionel Messi hit four goals to inspire Barcelona to a 5-1 victory over Valencia on Sunday, but the champions still remain 10 points behind leaders Real Madrid.
Premier League high-flyers Tottenham Hotspur were held to a shock goalless draw away to third tier Stevenage in the FA Cup fifth round on Sunday and face a replay to reach the quarterfinals.
AC Milan stormed back to the top of Serie A with a 3-0 win at lowly Cesena on Sunday as they made light of the absence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Chelsea will be playing for more than just simple qualification when they travel to Napoli in the Champions League second round, first leg on Tuesday.
The government has trimmed its food grain import target by 29 percent for the current fiscal year, banking on an increased domestic production of rice and a favourable buffer stock.
The Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday approved the initial public offering prospectus of Aamra Technologies Ltd (ATL) to raise Tk 51.77 crore from the public.
The Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday approved an amendment to the merchant banker and portfolio manager rules, allowing them to raise their paid-up capital.
Stocks declined for a third day as investors sold off shares amid poor corporate declarations of some commercial banks.
Business groups from Bangladesh, China, India and Myanmar (BCIM) launched a new business council in Kolkata yesterday to strengthen friendly relationship and cooperation in economic, trade and investment among the countries.
India's Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) asked Kingfisher Airlines to explain why it has cancelled a large number of flights since Saturday, while the government again ruled out providing any aid to the loss-making carrier.
News International, the British newspaper arm of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp group, announced on Sunday it would publish a Sunday edition of the scandal-hit Sun tabloid for the first time next weekend.
South Korean giant Samsung Electronics said Monday its board has agreed to spin off its loss-making liquid crystal display (LCD) business.
Mohammad Nurul Huda Duke has recently been appointed as the convener of Bangladesh Insurance Officers Forum at its meeting in Dhaka recently.
Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC) has received orders for exporting 30,000 bales of raw jute and jute products to Thailand and 5,000 bales of raw jute to Vietnam.
Armed with a duty-free facility to India, Bangladesh is aiming for $1 billion in exports by June.
Eight years ago at a book sale, I came across the title “Pour Your Heart Into It”. It cost me only 10 bucks and was probably the best book investment I have ever made. It was a heart-warming account of how, against all odds and with lots of passion, Howard Schultz went on to make the biggest brew of his life -- Starbucks.
Like any “ism,” capitalism is a social construct; capitalism is only a term for what capitalists tend to believe and do. Beyond a few fundamentals -- that it puts faith in markets as the best way to allocate resources, that it depends on private ownership of property, that it features mechanisms for accumulating capital to fund endeavours larger than individuals can undertake alone -- very little about it is set in stone. This is why we often hear phrases suggesting different styles of capitalism: “capitalism with Chinese characteristics,” for example, or “Northern European social capitalism.” No surprise, then, that capitalism is subject to change.
Europe can learn from Bangladesh the idea of secularism, which ensures the freedom to practise any religion, said a British professor of philosophy and theology at a discussion yesterday.
As elsewhere across the country, the Bangla Academy is all set to observe International Mother Language Day, with thousands of people likely to crowd the book fair on the historic day today.
On the eve of the 60th anniversary of Language Martyrs' Day, Nobel laureate Amartya Sen sees Bangla civilisation's ability to be receptive to different sources as tremendous.
The 27th prosecution witness yesterday told the International Crimes Tribunal that Jamaat-e-Islami leader Delwar Hossain Sayedee was directly involved in killing his [witness'] brother and two others during the Liberation War.
A prosecution witness yesterday told a court that a mutineer shot at him while he was trying to prevent some 10-15 armed jawans from entering the bungalow of the director general of erstwhile BDR (Bangladesh Rifles) on February 25, 2009.
President Zillur Rahman yesterday called upon world people to contribute more to revive the flow of world's varied languages and cultures as well as to protect the world's most defunct languages.
Nine people were killed and 15 others injured in separate road accidents in Dhaka, Chittagong, Jessore, Rangpur, Dinajpur and Chandpur early Sunday and yesterday.
A Dhaka court fixed February 29 to decide whether it will frame charges against BNP Senior Vice Chairman Tarique Rahman and 51 others accused in the August 21 grenade attack cases.
Different socio-cultural and political organisations yesterday expressed grief and shock at the death of eminent journalist and writer Faiz Ahmed.
Different socio-cultural and political organisations have chalked out elaborate programmes to observe the International Mother Language Day today with a vow to build a hunger-free and illiteracy-free prosperous Bangladesh.
Teachers, students, and different cultural and political organisations yesterday demanded removal of a Rajshahi University teacher for "sexually harassing" a female student.
A Bangladeshi youth who was captured by the crew of a Singapore bound vessel on February 12 while travelling on it illegally, will be sent back today.
Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMEG) will hold discussions next week on whether the Maldives can retain its membership following allegations that the “ousting” of former president Mohamed Nasheed was a breach of the Commonwealth values and principles.
Police yesterday detained six schoolboys at different places of the port city on charge of theft at a house in Deb Pahar area under Kotwali Police Station on February 16.
The High Court yesterday once again kept five officers of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) standing before it for about four and a half hours for their "involvement" in torturing Rakib Hossain, a grandson of the country's first prime minister Tajuddin Ahmed.
A cycle rally was taken out by activists in the Indian state of Manipur against the proposed Tipaimukh dam, which they alleged would damage the environment.
National Human Rights Commission Chairman Prof Mizanur Rahman yesterday said people themselves would have to realise their rights as politicians do nothing for them.
The education ministry yesterday suspended monthly payment order (MPO) facilities to two teachers and a staff of Benapole Secondary School at Sharsha upazila in Jessore for assaulting a student.
General Secretary of Bangladesh Trade Union Centre, Wajedul Islam Khan, has been elected one of 30 presidium members of World Trade Union Federation.
The detective branch (DB) of police yesterday recovered 22 stolen mobile phones and some garments, arresting three youths in the port city yesterday.
Four shops were gutted by fire in two separate incidents in the port city early hours of yesterday.
Moha-mmad Faizullah, a former secretary, passed away at the Birdem Ibrahim Cardiac Institute in the city due to old age complications in the early hours of yesterday at the age of 73.
Photojournalist CM Maruf, also sports secretary of Sylhet Press Club, passed away due to a cardiac arrest at his residence in the city's Chouhatta area early hours yesterday at the age of 43.
Prof Komor Uddin, a retired teacher and former head of the Department of General History in Satkhira Government College, passed away yesterday due to old age complications at his residence at Katia in Satkhira town. He was 82.
Freedom fighter Akim Uddin passed away due to cardiac arrest at his home at Ghola village in Shyamnagar upazila of Satkhira around 9:30pm on Sunday. He was 66.
Qulkhwani of Gulnar Huq, wife of late Obaidul Huq, former editor of the Bangladesh Observer, will be held today after Asr prayers at Banani Bazar Jame Mosque.
Today is the 2nd death anniversary of Nur Alam Ziku, freedom fighter and former president of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD), says a press relases.
Bangladesh Wildlife Conservation Society has launched a month-long programme to hold dolphin fairs at different places in Khulna and Bagerhat districts as part of their awareness campaign for conservation of the aquatic mammal, especially from human hunters.
Decades-long dream of Thakurgaon people has come true with the inauguration of the district's Central Shaheed Minar at Thakurgaon Government Boys' High School ground yesterday.
Chhatra League (BCL) activists at Mymensingh Medical College (MMC) yesterday boycotted classes, demanding renaming of the college auditorium.
A 'regional leader' of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-ML) was beaten to death by a mob in Santhia upazila of Pabna yesterday.
Sixteen shrimp cultivators of Shyamnagar upazila have been sued for installing GI pipes, cutting embankment to draw saline water from Madar River into their enclosures.
Police on Sunday noon arrested an activist of Islami Chhatra Shibir from the city's Madina Market area for his involvement in an attack on a Chhatra League activist.
The district museum yesterday honoured five language heroes for their contributions to the language movement in 1952.
Police on Sunday pressed charges against three accused in a case for instigating a schoolgirl to commit suicide in Debhata upazila of the district on September 13 last year.
Two Islamic University (IU) students, who allegedly went missing on the night of February 4, are yet to be traced.
A faction of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) Barisal Government Brojo Mohan College unit assaulted a leader of Jasod Chhatra League on the campus yesterday.
People of Bangra union in Kalihati upazila besieged the office of upazila nirbahi officer (UNO) yesterday, demanding early union parishad (UP) election.
At least five cocktails were exploded by rivals as Awami League factions clashed in Gabtoli upazila yesterday noon over purchasing delivery order (DO) letters of government test relief (TR) programme. Officer in-charge of Gabtoli PS Akhtaruzzaman Prodhan said, police lobbed three tear gas canisters to disperse the feuding groups. The OC said that the clash ensued at around 1:00pm between the supporters of Azam Khan, president and Aminul Islam, acting secretary of the upazila Awami League. Contacted, Azam Khan said over cell phone that none of his men was involved Aminul Islam, however, admitted that his supporters tried to resist the attack.
A precious touchstone statue was recovered here yesterday morning. Detective Branch police arrested two people in this connection. They are Md. Safiul Islam, 35, son of Nizamuddin of Telipara and Bijoy Chandra Roy, 22, son of Satish Chandra Roy of same village in Dinajpur Sadar upazila. Sources said, Nazrul Islam, sub inspector of Dinajpur Detective Branch police went to Telipara village at around 12.00 noon in guise of a buyer. Later he seized the Vishnu statue and arrested the two youths. Nazrul said, the stone weighing about 13.6kg, would be worth Tk 50 lakh.
A tractor driver and his helper were killed as a chunk of earth fell on them at Ghatkoir village in Manda upazila yesterday morning. The deceased were identified as tractor driver Aftab Ali, 26, son of Yaqub Ali and helper Kawsar Ali, 25, son of Jahangir Alam, both of Bailsingh village under Manda upazila. Abdullahel Baki, officer in-charge (OC) of Manda police station said, the accident occurred at around 7:30am when the two were loading earth in a tractor at a brick kiln.
Robbers looted seven shops at Beerkutsa bazar in Sadar upazila at around 10:00pm on Sunday. Police said an armed gang went to the bazar and broke open the locks of the shops and looted cash and valuables from the seven shops. Owners of the grocery and clothe shops claimed that the robber looted goods worth Tk 10 lakh.
Myanmar election authorities lifted restrictions on political campaigning yesterday in an unusually swift response to complaints by pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi's party.
Stating that all border areas need to be developed, Defence Minister A K Antony yesterday said secure and non-porous international borders must remain the topmost priority of the Centre.
Russian strongman Vladimir Putin vowed yesterday that Russia would strengthen its military might and offer an "asymmetrical and effective" response to the deployment of a Nato missile shield.
Activists fear an all-out assault yesterday on Homs, with Syria's embattled regime building up troops around the flashpoint city and activating a security alert in Damascus after surprise protests.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy was gaining on his Socialist rival after officially announcing his re-election bid last week but still faces a tough challenge, a poll indicated yesterday.
UN nuclear inspectors starting a two-day visit to Tehran yesterday sought to meet Iranian nuclear scientists and visit a key military facility as they try to gauge allegations that Iran is pushing toward making an atomic weapon.
At least 44 inmates were killed in a Mexican prison riot on Sunday, just days after a deadly inferno in a jail in Honduras, again highlighting overcrowding in Latin American prisons.
Rick Santorum on Sunday condemned what he called President Barack Obama's world view that "elevates the Earth above man," discouraging increased use of natural resources.
Security forces and armed southern separatists clashed yesterday in Yemen's port city of Aden, witnesses said, as rising tensions in the country's south threatened to disrupt today's presidential vote.
Nigeria's military killed eight Islamist insurgents who attacked a market in the volatile northeastern city of Maiduguri yesterday, and deactivated three bombs in controlled explosions, the spokesman for the joint military taskforce (JTF) there said.
A Saudi interior ministry official says "foreign parties" are instigating unrest in Shia-majority eastern regions, calling the protesters "the new terrorists."
A Commonwealth panel will discuss the Maldives' membership within the next week following allegations that the ousting of the president was a breach of the group's democratic standards.
The chief prosecutor in the trial of ousted Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak has said in his closing remarks that the former president should be given the death penalty for the killings of protesters in last year's uprising.
Arts & Entertainment
Anisul Hoque is a versatile author -- with his repertoire covering novels, poetry, plays and even screenplay. Hoque, who is an assistant editor at the daily Prothom Alo, has also amassed a large fan following through his 'Godyo-Cartoon' articles.
Theatre troupe Prachyanat has produced some acclaimed plays over the last one and a half decade. The troupe is celebrating its 15th anniversary today through a two-day show, titled “Andorjatra” (literary, “journey within”) at the Experimental Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. Before introducing the audience to the world of Prachyanat, the troupe's leader Azad Abul Kalam talked about its early days, ideology and achievements.
Once upon a time, in a land not so far away, mothers used to tell children bedtime stories: of clashes and palace politics between Shuorani and Duorani, blood-curdling accounts of Rakshas picking up the smell of humans before devouring them, seven childless queens giving birth simultaneously after eating a magic root/herb given by a sadhu, talking birds -- Bangoma and Bangomi -- leading princes to treasures guarded by vicious demons, a cursed Konkaboti awaiting her saviour and so on.
On February 18, an exhibition was held as a tribute to Panam Nagar, the magnificent old township. Painters were inspired to draw upon the distinct extraordinary remnant of this architectural gem in Bangladesh. This 19th century relic of British renaissance is a unique historical site that connects us to the colonial past. A large audience viewed the beautiful paintings -- at Khazana Restaurant in Dhaka -- that rekindled memories of a bygone era. Organised by the Arts Council Dhaka, it was an effort to build awareness on our heritage.
To coincide with the distribution of certificates among its students, the Sylhet chapter of Geetabitan Bangladesh recently organised a melodious session of Tagore songs at a Sylhet auditorium.
Heritage does not solely mean something concrete in structure, there are some intangible heritages and one of them is language. Language is the most powerful instrument of preserving and developing our tangible and intangible heritage.
Every good election contributes something to folklore. Uttar Pradesh is the land of lore; and the turbulence of its politicians is matched only by the sardonic wit of its voters. The culture of the sons of Awadh has many dimensions, but a principal inheritance is the nuance of language, both written and verbal. Awadhis can turn a conversation into a duel of scalpels, interspersed with the stiletto stab that penetrates just enough to puncture an ego without hurting the flesh. Cut and thrust are an art form, not a Westerner's duel at high noon. The sophisticate leaves invisible scars; he does not kill. That would be vulgar. The poet prefers to die a thousand deaths rather than injure a feckless or faithless lover; he might be tempted to ambush a rival but he would never waylay.
Sixty years ago, in 1952 , the Language Movement catalysed the assertion of Bengali national identity in the then Pakistan, and became a forerunner to Bengali nationalist movements -- emergence of self-rule consciousness in 1954 general election, student movement in 1962, 6-point movement, uprising in 1969, and finally the Liberation War in 1971.
Language is the medium of culture. Mother language is important for blossoming of education and culture in society. It is the most powerful instrument of preserving and developing our tangible and intangible heritage. All moves to promote the dissemination of mother tongues will serve to encourage linguistic diversity and multilingual education. They also help to develop fuller awareness of linguistic and cultural traditions throughout the world, and to inspire solidarity based on understanding, tolerance and dialogue. Unesco promotes mother tongue-based bilingual or multilingual approaches in education -- an important factor for inclusion and quality in education. There are about 6,000 languages in the world, including the many dialects.
Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels publish The Communist Manifesto.
Science & Life
Stony Brook University researchers have devised a numerical model to help explain the linkage between earthquakes and the powerful forces that cause them, according to a research paper scheduled to be published in the journal Science on Feb. 17. Their findings hold implications for long-term forecasting of earthquakes
Scientists are strongly speculating (backed by the 1995 Galileo Spacecraft mission's findings) that Europa, the smallest of the four Galilean satellites and the 6th closest moon of the planet Jupiter house a liquid ocean underneath its solid icy crust. That cosmic mission discovered that underneath the icy crust of Europa, lies salty ocean which is kept warm by tidally generated heat and volcanic activities. It is believed that the biggest of Europa's craters are surrounded by concentric rings and these rings are likely to be filled with ice. And there is a possibility that this outer crust of ice is approximately 100km thick where only the top 10km are frozen solid which ushers the great possibility of the existence of a global ocean in a liquid form and at least 62 miles deep beneath these icy crust. And chances are, wherever there is water, there will be life. But what kind of life it would be in Europa that is a matter of great research. But some ideas are already there.
Nepal is looking to scale up its flagship household biogas programme, which has made forays into other developing countries in Asia and Africa.
An ancient royal garden has come back into bloom in a way, as scientists have reconstructed what it would've looked like some 2,500 years ago in the kingdom of the biblical Judah.
If carbon dioxide emissions don't begin to decline soon, the complex fabric of marine ecosystems will begin fraying and eventually unravel completely, two new studies conclude.
Where in the world is all the water vapor? It may be hard to tell at first glance, but this wall of globes represents a simulation of monthly averaged distribution of total column water vapor on the planet. Such simulations are important, because understanding the distribution of water vapor on Earth is critical for understanding our planet's climate.
There are lightning strikes somewhere on earth 100 times a second. And every time lightning strikes, it generates Ozone gas. This strengthens the Ozone Layer in the upper atmosphere you know, the one with the big hole that heightens our need for sunscreen.