News of: Saturday, 3rd of March, 2012
The second channel of the Buriganga, which flows through the southwestern part of the capital, is almost dead due to wholesale encroachment by public and private organisations and also dumping of waste.
The main opposition BNP will hold the March 12 grand rally at Nayapaltan, in front of the party central office, said BNP Vice-Chairman Sadeque Hossain Khoka yesterday.
The ruling Awami League yesterday claimed it had intelligence information that members of militant outfits might join the March 12 grand rally of BNP and cause violence in the city.
US special forces are present in five South Asian countries, including Bangladesh, as part of capacity building in counter-terrorism efforts, a top Pentagon commander has said.
India yesterday said the apprehensions expressed by the Arunachal Pradesh government about a possible diversion of the Brahmaputra River by China "is not correct and devoid of facts".
Nobel Laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus has said he is not interested in taking the helm of the World Bank, as he wants to dedicate his life to social business.
While the country desperately needs more science graduates as human resource, the number of science students at the secondary and higher secondary levels is dropping rapidly.
Many foreign workers including Bangladeshis face arrest threats in Malaysia as the immigration authorities are conducting periodic raids following an announcement of massive crackdown on "illegal" migrants.
Stepping onto the streets of the capital with considerable amount of money may turn fatal as there could be someone on a motorbike watching you and might mug you. If you are lucky, they would probably leave you alive to tell the sorry tale. So, think twice, be careful or you may invite the fate of tax lawyer Nazir Ahmed.
A constable of Detective Branch of police was shot and injured by bike-riding criminals fleeing from him at Rajarbagh Police Lines area in the capital yesterday.
At least 55 people were killed yesterday in violence in Pakistan's troubled northwestern tribal region of Kyhber, which borders Afghanistan, local officials said.
A narcotics control taskforce yesterday arrested four persons including three Detective Branch (DB) constables with 954 bottles of smuggled Indian Phensidyl from a drug trading spot in Rajpara area of Rajshahi.
President Yahya Khan, taken by surprise at the ramifications of his announcement of March 1, called on Pakistan's political leaders to resolve the growing crisis through negotiations. The appeal had little effect on Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who made it clear that unless inquiries were initiated into the killings of Bangalees over the preceding days by the army, no resolution of the crisis would be possible.
Authorities have detected alleged bugging of the office room of Defence Minister AK Antony and the Intelligence Bureau has been asked to probe the matter.
A Nasa spacecraft has detected oxygen around one of Saturn's icy moons, Dione.
Argentina is asking Britain to increase weekly flights to the Falklands from two to three and to let them be operated by the Argentine flag carrier, President Cristina Kirchner said Thursday.
A suicide bomber on a motorcycle attacked a Nato convoy in Afghanistan's southern province of Kandahar yesterday, wounding seven people including four soldiers, an official said.
All the 448 corrupt people who got clemency from the Truth and Accountability Commission (TAC) through voluntary confession to their grafts during the immediate past caretaker government, will be brought under legal action by June, officials say.
Mexican troops have killed 13 gunmen in a shootout in the border town of Nuevo Laredo and seized weapons and drugs, officials said.
Traditionally community development has been considered to be the preserve of the government alone. After independence, it was for the first tine that the nation witnessed widespread activism of Non-government Organisations (NGOs) in the fields of health, education, disease fighting, awareness campaign against social ills, poverty alleviation, women rights and so on. But participation of the private sector in such activities was rather limited to begin with.
Parliament on Wednesday took a very important, long-awaited step. It passed two laws scrapping discriminatory provisions contained in laws exempting the Speaker, Deputy Speaker and MPs from paying taxes on their remunerations. On the following day, two bills were also placed in the House to amend the Prime Minister's (Remuneration and Privileges) Act, 1975 and Ministers, Ministers of State and Deputy Minister (Remuneration and Privileges) Act, 1973.
An ever-improving Brothers Union notched up their first win of the season when they defeated Sheikh Russel KC in their Grameenphone Bangladesh League match at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday. Kingsley Chigozie, the Nigerian recruit scored the decisive goal in the 79th minute of the match to inflict the first defeat to Sheikh Russel. The win takes Brothers up to sixth position with five points from five matches while Sheikh Russel remain in third position with eight points from the same number of matches.
Sri Lanka held their nerve to end India's late bid for a tri one-day series finals spot with a gripping nine-run win over hosts Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday.
Troubled New Zealand cricket star Jesse Ryder was dropped Friday from the squad for the first Test against South Africa but selectors said the move was due to form, and not his latest drinking bout.
The Tigers will start their training from March 7 for the Asia Cup to be held at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur from March 11.
Team BJMC and Farashganj SC were fined Tk 10,000 and Tk 20,000 respectively for disciplinary incidents during their match of the Grameenphone Bangladesh Premier League in BJMC's home venue Tangail on February 25.
Bangladesh's ace golfer Siddikur Rahman's dream of qualifying for the Open Championship through International Final Qualifying was dashed before the start of the tournament as he failed to attain a visa for Thailand.
A nine-member security team flew for Pakistan yesterday to evaluate the security arrangements ahead of Bangladesh's proposed tour in April.
Rais emerged champion in the men's singles final of the Prime Bank Pallima Sangsad Badminton Tournament while Parash became runner-up in the tournament at the Pallima Sangsad premises on Thursday.
One year on from scoring the fastest hundred ever in the cricket World Cup, Ireland batsman Kevin O'Brien has yet to watch the innings in its entirety.
Andy Murray defeated world number one Novak Djokovic 6-2, 7-5 to reach the final of the Dubai Open on Friday.
Bangladesh got off to a sparkling start in the First Women's World Cup Kabaddi Championship after registering wins in both matches on the second day at Patna, Bihar, India yesterday.
Off-spinner Seekkuge Prasanna and fast bowler Suranga Lakmal have been included in Sri Lanka's 14-man squad for the Asia Cup, which begins on March 11 in Dhaka. Fast bowlers Dhammika Prasad and Chanaka Welegedara, who were part of the Sri Lanka squad for the Commonwealth Bank tri-series in Australia, have missed out. The three allrounders who picked up injuries during the tri-series, Farveez Maharoof, Angelo Mathews and Thisara Perera, have been included in the squad.
Former Australian batsman Dav Whatmore, who guided Sri Lanka to World Cup glory, arrived in Pakistan to sign a contract as the new coach of the national team, an official said Friday.
Former captain Chris Gayle was again overlooked by the West Indies when a 30-man training squad for the forthcoming one-day and Twenty20 series against Australia was announced on Thursday.
England caretaker manager Stuart Pearce believes the European Championships will be harder to win than the World Cup and says the Three Lions cannot afford to make a slow start to the tournament.
Arsenal will attempt to build on the euphoria generated by their demolition of Tottenham when they travel to Liverpool on Saturday in what is a pivotal Premier League match for both clubs.
Barcelona must live without the inspirational presence of Lionel Messi when they tackle Sporting Gijon on Saturday as the Argentine superstar serves his first La Liga suspension.
After last weekend's nailbiting affair between the two left AC Milan a point clear, Juventus will hope to take command in Serie A on Saturday with a seemingly easier fixture than their rivals.
A damages claim lodged by Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs against The Sun newspaper was dismissed by a High Court judge in London on Friday.
England World Cup winner and former Republic of Ireland manager Jack Charlton is to undergo surgery after breaking his hip in a fall at home, reports said Friday.
Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger on Friday blasted the international friendlies schedule after claiming Belgium made injured defender Thomas Vermaelen play a full midweek match against Greece despite his recent fitness woes.
Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina on Thursday faced accusations of racism over a television commercial in his native Spain but the insurance company which made the advert denied it was offensive.
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Bangladesh can make quantum leaps in growth and poverty eradication if it can unlock and harnesses the potential of its vast population, said Bangladesh Bank Governor Atiur Rahman yesterday.
Several thousand job seekers vandalised ASA Tower at the city's Shyamoli yesterday as the non-government organisation, ASA, was delaying in starting a scheduled job interview.
The BNP policymakers believe the massive campaign led by party chief Khaleda Zia has formed public opinion in favour of caretaker government and created an anti-government sentiment.
A colourful procession was brought out on the Dhaka University campus yesterday, in celebration of the 41st year of hoisting of the country's national flag for the first time.
The quality of water supplied by Water and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) is unlikely to improve before monsoon as the water of the Buriganga and Shitalakkhya rivers is highly polluted, says Wasa Chairman Golam Mustofa.
The prime minister's International Affairs Adviser Gowher Rizvi yesterday said the government would do whatever is necessary to safeguard Bangladesh's national interest.
Physically challenged people at a rally yesterday urged the government to ensure ramps in public transports and buildings to guarantee equal opportunities for them in education and workplaces.
Ending an eight-hour-long struggle for life, a 13-year-old boy succumbed to his burn injuries at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) last night.
The High Court on Thursday called for records of a case filed over the lashing of a housewife and her husband's friend in Naogaon to examine how eight out of the 12 accused in the case got bail.
The leaders of the Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) yesterday alleged that some political parties, still holding Pakistani ideologies, were spreading communalism and creating anarchy in the country opposing the war crimes trial.
The ongoing trial of eight war crimes suspects will be completed by this year, Law Minister Shafique Ahmed said yesterday.
To facilitate uninterrupted fish spawning, including that of Hilsa, Department of Fisheries imposed a two-month fishing ban, starting from March 1, on 340 square kilometres of five major rivers snaking by seven of the country's southern districts.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested three policemen of Detective Branch of Rajshahi Metropolitan Police with 954 bottles of Phensidyl at Bheripara in the town yesterday.
The dilapidated condition of 22 ferries being operated under Barisal division is severely affecting the ferry service, inflicting sufferings to passengers of the region.
Six people were killed and eight others injured in separate road accidents in Khulna, Sirajganj, Chittagong, Rangpur and Natore early Thursday and yesterday.
The fourth Standard CharteredFinancial Express CSR Award ceremony was held in the city Thursday, says a press release.
A mobile court arrested 22 ganja addicted persons and sentenced each of them to suffer seven-day imprisonment in Rajshahi city early yesterday.
Inter-district buses and coaches resumed operation to and from Sylhet division yesterday morning after withdrawal of an indefinite strike enforced Thursday.
Foujia Haque and Anamika Haque were elected president and general secretary of the Women's Voluntary Association.
For the first time in the country, a two-day programme, "Bangla Wikipedia Unconference 2012", began at Independent University Bangladesh, (IUB) Chittagong yesterday.
A mobile court here yesterday sentenced a teenage boy to one month's imprisonment for stalking a schoolgirl in Tala upazila.
A fire broke out at Ahad Jute Mill in BSCIC Industrial Estate at Jhumjhumpur in Sadar upazila yesterday.
A mobile court on Thursday afternoon shut down three brick kilns at Bagmara and Rahimabad villages in Sadar upazila on charges of violating rules.
The 34th grand religious mahfil on the occasion of Fateha-i-Yazdaham, the death anniversary of Shyakh Sayed Abdul Qadir Zilani (Rah) will be held at Ulandaha of Uttara Model town road in the city today.
Today is the 12th death anniversary of AHM Abdul Baqui, a social worker and retired government officer.
Today is the 10th death anniversary of Syed Md Habibul Haque, founder managing director of Crystal Insurance Company Limited.
Qulkhwani of Rahima Begum, mother of Tajul Islam, director of Crystal Insurance Company Limited, will be held today after Asr prayers at Apartment No. A/3, House No. 11, Road No. 71, Gulshan-2.
Brig Gen (retd) Sirajul Haque, 76, former chairman of Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC), passed away at Combined Military Hospital in the city on Thursday.
Md Khalilur Rahman, founder registrar of Chittagong University, passed away on Thursday at the age of 84.
A Red Cross aid convoy prepared to enter the shattered Baba Amro district of Homs yesterday after a Syrian official declared the area "cleansed" and the opposition spoke of a massacre by President Bashar al-Assad's forces.
US pro-democracy activists who had been on trial in Egypt were in Cyprus yesterday after flying out of Cairo, an airport official said, following the lifting of a travel ban on them.
North Korea yesterday renewed threats to launch a "sacred war" against South Korea, indicating cross-border ties will remain icy despite Pyongyang's surprise nuclear deal with Seoul's close ally Washington.
Momentum is crucial in the state-by-state race for the Republican nomination, but in the long slog of the US presidential campaign the candidates are also chasing an elusive magic number: 1,144.
China's top political advisor has accused followers of the Dalai Lama of plotting to create "turmoil" in the country's Tibetan-inhabited areas as the anniversary of deadly 2008 riots approaches.
European Union leaders yesterday signed a treaty designed to force governments to adopt balanced budgets through a "golden rule" or face fines.
Israel's state comptroller has questioned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over lavish private trips abroad he made that were financed by businessmen, the Haaretz newspaper reported yesterday.
Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi thanked Canada and other countries for maintaining sanctions on Myanmar, saying they were aiding its transition to democracy.
Iran was electing a new parliament in the first nationwide poll yesterday since a bitterly contested 2009 vote that returned President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to power, posing a new test of his support among conservatives.
Mansoor Ijaz, the central character in the memo case, revealed on Thursday that he had helped former Pak ambassador Husain Haqqani by delivering the purported secret memorandum to the then US military chief because he had information about the possibility of a military coup in Pakistan.
Opening a new vista in their bilateral ties, nuclear-armed Asian giants India and China have decided to begin a dialogue on maritime cooperation that could include joint operations against pirates and sharing technological knowhow on seabed research.
UN leader Ban Ki-moon on Thursday called for political dialogue in the Maldives to overcome new tensions in the Indian Ocean state where the former president says he was ousted in a coup.
Apple topped the list of most admired companies for the fifth year in a row, based on a Fortune magazine survey released Thursday showing Google as number two and Amazon number three.
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin stopped short of backing Bashar al-Assad in the Syrian crisis, saying Russia had no special relationship with his regime and refusing to predict that the president would stay in power.
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard yesterday named former state premier Bob Carr as foreign minister as she asserted her authority following a leadership challenge.
Pakistani regional lawmakers yesterday began casting their votes for members of the Senate, the indirectly-elected upper house of the federal parliament, officials said.
EU leaders on Thursday reappointed quiet but canny Belgian politician Herman Van Rompuy as European Union president for a second 30-month term, while also naming him chairman of the 17-nation eurozone.
Arts & Entertainment
A stranger arrives in a small town, poised to quell a long-standing feud, but it soon becomes apparent that he has his own vendetta to resolve. “The Last Thakur”, a British-Bangladeshi film belonging to the Western genre, is the story of a lone gunman who is in search of his identity and seeks revenge on the person who abused his mother. In the course, he is used by the two rival leaders of the town.
Organised by Bangladesh Patho Natok Parishad, a weeklong street theatre festival has begun on March 1. The festival was inaugurated at the Central Shaheed Minar premises in Dhaka. Plays are being staged at the amphitheatre inside Suhrawardi Udyan since yesterday.
AKM Alamgir Huque, a scholar-artist, was a familiar name in the Dhaka art scene of the late '80s. In that period he excelled both in painting and printmaking and established an individual hallmark through his semi-abstract and pure abstract works. He demonstrated some unique techniques in printmaking.
A weeklong theatre festival, organised by the Sammilita Natya Parishad, Sylhet ended in the city last Wednesday. The annual event marked International Mother Language Day.
The three-week long Ekushey Book Fair in Pabna wrapped up last Wednesday. Three prominent residents of the district were accorded reception on the occasion. They are: Jasim Mondol (Anti-Raj Movement), Anwarul Haque (Language Movement) and the late Amjad Hossain (posthumous; Liberation War).
Film actor and model Emon is the featured celebrity of this month at DS Café. He will be on the hot seat and take your calls at The Daily Star Centre on March 7, between 4 and 5pm. Readers, fire away all your questions at him! The best question will be highlighted in the transcription. Call 8126155, 01711623915 and 01711623917 to speak to Emon.
The presidential power to grant clemency has once again attracted large-scale media attention. The Daily Star editorially expressed its concern on the subject on February 28, in addition to news analysis of the issue on the same day. The seriousness of the matter can be gauged from the said analysis which says that the "exercise of the presidential power to grant clemency over the last two years has led to a perception of the misuse and abuse of such extraordinary constitutional authority."
Elections in India have lost the carnival spirit because no processions, no buntings, no bands and no posters are allowed by the Election Commission. But this has not decreased the expenses. UP, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa which went to polls have totaled the highest amount ever spent in state elections. The rough guess is around
The status of women in the country has not substantially changed for the better even after an appraisal of the fact that empowering women, meaning redistributing power from men to women, can ensure more balanced development of the country. Gender inequalities in access to resources and opportunities negate the concept of human development and spirit of democracy. This empowerment that would have given the vast majority of women the freedom of choice for self-development has been appallingly missing.
Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) has been playing a great role in modernising the economy of Bangladesh for the last fifteen years. For developing countries like Bangladesh, moving from an agrarian economy to an industrial economy seems to be an imperative pre-requisite for economic development. The move towards an industrial economy needs an intensive saving and investment.
I once wrote an article about music copyright in China and the guy in charge was a Mr. Song. And another about a Hong Kong car mechanic called To Bar, pronounced “Tow Bar.”
Indian Mughal Emperor Akbar defeats Bengali army at the Battle of Tukaroi.
The authorities concerned put the blame for being unable to efficiently prevent the kilns from emitting black smoke and violating other environmental rules on local influential and dishonest brick field owners. Despite the existence of laws, many of around 11,100 brickfields across the country are still operating in conventional methods, using wood to burn bricks, damaging arable land by cutting earth and polluting the air by emission, while many other brickfields have been operating just without approval of the authorities concerned including the Department of Environment (DoE).
An attractive session of Jarigaan (folk song) enthralled a large number of people including hundreds of students at Haldibunia Secondary School premises under Chila union of Mongla upazila in Bagerhat district on a mid-February Thursday.
Bangladesh has completed forty years. For many here, our history began in 1971 with the Pakistan military crackdown on the sleeping population of the then East Pakistan. In fact, our history is much older than this. As a people, our political roots go back to colonial times, but as a culture our origins are much older, going back to Pala times and beyond to our Buddhist, Hindu and animist heritage. Popular memory evokes the Mughals and the earlier Hussain Shahi Bengal, when literature and the arts flourished and Islam spread more widely than heretofore. The partition memories focus on the religious divide between Hindus and Muslims and the role of an external power in dividing a population that had co-existed in relative harmony. The Pakistan memories are of Punjabi domination and Bengali resistance. The independence memories are about valuing the spirit of the Liberation War and what that means for Bengali nationalism. Our identity has traversed many routes. We are moulded as much by our political trajectories as by our historical consciousness. In fact, every civilization that aspires for greatness tries to do justice to both: in other words, make correct political decisions and nurture a sense of history, of time and place, in order to learn from the past and be prepared for the future.
Ekushey February 1952 dawned cool and clear. It being a working day my destination was Bangla Bazaar Government Girls' High School.
Singapore, a major aviation hub in Southeast Asia and one of the most attractive medical tourism country is playing a significant role in tissue banking in the region as well.
Most of us probably know about a pacemaker for heart that is installed into human body to maintain normal heart rate and rhythm. Like this, pacemaker has been emerging as a promising treatment for a brain disease called Parkinson’s disease, a condition where people have tremor in hands, develop slowness, rigidity and difficulty in movement. This option with a pacemaker can provide remarkable relief to patients when medicine had very little benefit.
Have a nice day — The health column written by Dr Rubaiul Murshed in The Daily Star for more than a decade has been published as a book recently.
Campaigners say the move in England will reduce the risk of Britons being infected and cut the costs of more expensive later treatment. Currently only British residents are eligible, which excludes migrants. The Department of Health said there would be safeguards against "health tourism".
Boys 11 years and up should get vaccine to protect them against HPV infections, which can cause genital warts as well as oral, penile and anal cancers, recommended by U.S. vaccine advisers and updates the previous stance of the American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP).
Sleeping pills used by many people appear to be linked with a higher death risk, doctors warn. The American study in BMJ showed that death risk among users was about four times higher, although the absolute risk was still relatively low.
Like some modern-day Columbus, America has discovered Asia. What took so long, many Indians might reply, citing their own 2,000-year history. And the reaction of others might be, So what?
The former Army chief General Deepak Kapoor joins his predecessor General V.P. Malik in dwelling on the contours of Limited War. In a recent article, he writes: “… it may be mentioned that in the emerging security paradigm, where future wars may be limited in scope and time, new thinking is essential.” He concludes: “The necessity for a tri-service approach in such operations has been well established and must be duly ensured.”
Abed Rabu Mansour Hadi, the newly elected president of Yemen, has stepped into a new chapter of Yemen's history. Through a peaceful election, he replaced the 33 years rule of President Saleh. Definitely it is a good sign towards a democratic transition of the country, but the country has to do a lot of hard works to realise people's dream for change. Yemen is one of the poorest countries in the Arab world as well as a haven for Islamic jihadists; al-Qaeda is very active in this country. So the Yemeni administration has to leap over severe economic, humanitarian as well as security hurdles to build a stable and developed Yemen.
Star Books Review
It is now consensus history that in the 1950s Muzharul Islam pioneered a Bengali Modernism in architecture. His Institute of Fine Arts (1953) at Shahbagh, for instance, exemplifies the beginning of a climate-responsive and site-sensitive modern architectural language in the then East Pakistan. However, what is not widely known is that Islam's work also provides an intriguing cultural foil against which his architectural experiments with modernist aesthetics could also be explored as part of a broader form of Bengali nationalism, rooted in the enlightenment of Raja Rammohun Roy and Rabindranath Tagore. The Chicago-based architect Stanley Tigerman, Islam's Yale University colleague who collaborated with him in the creation of five polytechnic institutes during the 1960s, views Islam's architecture as part of the same search for a Bangali identity that helped define the ideological foundation on which the new nation of Bangladesh was eventually built.
American liberalism was what men like John Kenneth Galbraith personified, especially from the mid-1950s till the end of the 1960s. And of these liberals, one of the best known was Galbraith himself. With his tall, lanky figure, his boundless erudition and his ease with words, Galbraith came forth with ideas that endlessly tested the imaginations of men everywhere, but especially in America. The Affluent Society, The Anatomy of Power, Annals of An Abiding Liberal and A Theory of Price Control are some of the seminal works he remains noted for. His theories relating to the economy, his prognostications on how finance ought to be handled and his overall view of politics as a force for social good have generally been the themes that have inspired thinking among an entire generation of political philosophers. And, along the way, Galbraith has been a diplomat, one of the foremost that liberal America produced in the 1960s. As ambassador to Nehru's India, he did what no one else has been able to do since: he established a relationship of trust between Delhi and Washington.
The Ekushey Book Fair, indeed, comes as a blessing for emerging new voices. When it comes to getting one's work published, young writers now have easier access to publishers, which is obviously a change for the better. Even a few decades ago when our leading authors had begun publishing, things were a lot different. Finding a publisher was not as easy. Now that gap between budding authors and publishers has largely been bridged thanks to the book fair. Many fresh new voices, who would otherwise have remained unknown, can get their works published now. Shanta Nirupama is one such new name who has stepped into the literary scene with her first short story collection published in the fair.