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News of: Saturday, 10th of March, 2012

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Cost-cutting method gets little attention

Production cost of rice can be slashed by one-fourth through coordinated application of some farming technologies, but steps are yet to be taken for their large-scale use across the country.

Restrictions all around

“Is there any outsider in this house?” asked one of them.

Arrests shoot up

Ahead of the March 12 opposition rally in Dhaka, law enforcers in 24 hours arrested hundreds, many of them leaders and activists of BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami.

Defy threat, obstruction

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday asked the government to stop its activities intended to hinder the BNP rally in the capital on Monday and said the consequences of these would not be good.

Truck ploughs into bazaar

At least seven people including a small boy were killed and 30 others injured when a furniture-laden mini-truck crashed into a crowd at a roadside haat in the district's Sadar upazila yesterday.

4 Bangladeshis killed in Saudi road crash

Four Bangladeshi workers were killed when a pick-up carrying them crashed in Al Qahtani, 850 kilometres off Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, on Thursday.

Tough law for education

All educational institutions will have to take approval from the government before fixing tuition fees and other charges.

Gruesome murder

Police yesterday recovered the headless body of an unidentified man chopped into eight pieces from the city's Jatrabari area.

Yahya to be 'our guest'

On this day, a flurry of activities characterised West Pakistan, with political figures such as Khan Abdul Wali Khan, Mian Mumtaz Mohammad Daultana and Air Marshal (retd) Asghar Khan making the demand that the regime accede to Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's demands as a way of resolving the political crisis.

Biman seeks 2 more months

Biman has sought two more months from Boeing for making a $114 million pre-delivery payment for two new 777-300ER planes against the aircraft manufacturer's mid-April deadline.

Iran war not inevitable

Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, has said an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities is not inevitable.

Things better, but will they sustain?

Things may change in a day and they have at the neurosurgery department of Dhaka Medical College Hospital.

BNP wants to create anarchy

Home Minister Shahara Khatun yesterday said the main opposition BNP is trying to carry out subversive acts centring its March 12 rally.

Woman kills herself, husband follows

A man took his own life jumping in front of a train moments after seeing the body of his wife, who committed suicide in their Khilgaon home in the capital last night.

KSA alerts its diplomats

Saudi Arabia has directed its diplomats abroad not to wear Saudi national dress in public places or to go out late at night, reported The Saudi Gazette, a leading Saudi daily, yesterday.

Robbers shoot two

Robbers shot and wounded two people, including a student, at Demra in the capital yesterday morning.

Suicides in Japan spiked after quake

The number of people who took their own lives in Japan drastically increased in the aftermath of last year's tsunami and the nuclear disaster it triggered, the Japanese government said yesterday.

Negligence caused Honduras jail fire: US

The US ambassador in Honduras on Thursday blamed a fire last month at an overcrowded prison in the Central American country that killed 361 inmates on official negligence.

Israeli strike kills Gaza militant leader

An Israeli air strike on the Gaza Strip yesterday killed the head of the Popular Resistance Committees militant group, the movement said.

Editorial

Fake driving licenses

The communications minister should not at all be surprised to find that of the four drivers he checked the licenses of, three had fake license and the fourth was not authorised to drive heavy

Iran's talks offer

The news that Iran and six of the world's major powers will engage in talks on Tehran's nuclear programme is certainly welcome. And it is so especially because of the worrying manner in which the temperature has gone up in recent times, both in Iran and in the West, owing to the increasing levels of intransigence on both sides.

Sports

'Focus not only on Sachin'

Ever since the announcement that Sachin Tendulkar will be participating in the Asia Cup, the talk of the much-awaited 100th hundred has cropped up in every other conversation at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.

Kamal can't let go

The inclusion of Tamim Iqbal in Bangladesh's Asia Cup squad has apparently put an end to the drama created by Bangladesh Cricket Board president AHM Mustafa Kamal.

Dravid calls time

Indian superstar Rahul Dravid announced his retirement from international cricket on Friday at the age of 39, ending a 16-year career that made him an idol at home and abroad.

Tributes pour in

Teammates and rivals joined hands in paying glowing tributes to India's batting great Rahul Dravid, who quit international cricket on Friday after an illustrious 16-year career.

Kuerten named to Hall of Fame

Brazil's Gustavo Kuerten, a three-time Grand Slam title champion and former World No. 1, has been elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame, officials announced on Thursday.

Abahani go top

Abahani survived a late spot-kick to go top of the points table when they handed a single goal defeat to Sheikh Russel KC in their Bangladesh Premier League encounter at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Centurion duo puts SA on top

Century-makers Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis gave South Africa an imposing 233-run lead with seven wickets remaining on the third day of the first Test against New Zealand on Friday.

'No obsession to beat Djokovic'

Rafael Nadal says he's not obsessed with beating Novak Djokovic despite some heavy soul searching after seven straight losses to the world No. 1, the last three in Grand Slam finals.

Watson vows to carry Aussies

Stand-in Australian captain Shane Watson vowed on Friday to lead from the front with his team battling fatigue after a gruelling summer, as they set off for a tour of the West Indies.

Ryder taking a break

Troubled New Zealand batsman Jesse Ryder will take an indefinite break from cricket to deal with personal issues after being dropped following a drinking binge.

Dokic out of Indian Wells

Irina Falconi, Gisela Dulko and Johanna Larsson all advanced to the second round at the Indian Wells tournament early on Thursday as their opponents withdrew with injuries.

Bilbao stun Man Utd

Manchester United's miserable European season continued at Old Trafford as they suffered a stunning 3-2 first-leg defeat by Athletic Bilbao in their Europa League last 16 tie here on Thursday.

Barca shift focus

Hailed as the greatest club side of all time after their European master class, Barcelona face humble Racing Santander Sunday, trying to hunt down Real Madrid, the best team in Spain.

Brazil accepts apology

Brazil accepted FIFA's apologies over the World Cup 2014 'kick up the backside' controversy on Thursday, paving the way for President Dilma Rousseff to meet world football chief Sepp Blatter.

Prandelli warns Balotelli

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has hit out at temperamental striker Mario Balotelli, telling him it's time to put his money where his mouth is.

Two-way fight

Manchester City enter the final straight of their title duel with Manchester United this weekend with the Premier League leaders launching a challenging run-in with an awkward trip to Swansea.

Sporting shade City

Manchester City's quest for Europa League glory received a setback on Thursday when the Premier League leaders lost 1-0 at Sporting Lisbon in the first leg of their last-16 tie.

Bale denies dive claim

Tottenham Hotspur star Gareth Bale insisted on Thursday he was not a serial diver after fresh allegations against him from Stevenage Borough defender Mark Roberts.

Local Snippets

Bangladesh Boys Club posted a solitary goal victory over City Club in the Destiny Group 2nd Division Football League at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.

Dawson out for season

Tottenham Hotspur and England defender Michael Dawson will almost certainly miss the rest of the season after rupturing ankle ligaments in his side's FA Cup victory over Stevenage on Wednesday, the Premier League club said.

Metropolitan

Female commuters' woes intensify in Ctg city

Ishrat Parvin, service holder of a private organisation in Chittagong, boards a bus everyday from Bahaddarhat to go to her office in Agrabad.

No step yet to stop adulterated fertiliser

Two civic bodies yesterday demanded the government to frame a stringent law to stop the sale of adulterated fertilisers, seeds and pesticides as those would threaten the country's food security.

Check city air pollution: Bapa

The government must make it a priority to take immediate measures to control air pollution to save Dhaka residents from serious health risks, said speakers at a human chain yesterday.

Outing chance for city dwellers

Chittagong International Trade Fair (CITF), which kicked off on Polo Grounds of Chittagong city on February 24, was abuzz with the footsteps of visitors yesterday which was a weekend.

Bikalpa Dhara to join BNP rally

The Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) will join Monday's grand rally in the city called by BNP to press several demands with focus on the restoration of the caretaker government.

Invent alternative to formalin

Environment and Forests Minister Hasan Mahmud urged scientists to invent an alternative to formalin for the safe preservation of foodstuff.

Five Tahrir men arrested

Five operatives of banned militant outfit Hizb ut-Tahrir were arrested from two separate spots in Dhaka and Sylhet yesterday.

Company official murdered

Unidentified criminals hacked to death a private company official at Pathotola village in sadar upazila on Thursday night.

8 killed in road crashes

Eight people were killed and six others injured in road accidents in Chittagong, Chapainawabganj, Rangpur, and Pabna yesterday and Thursday.

March 12 rally for 'terrorist activities'

Intelligence reports and comments of BNP's top leaders reveal that the March 12 rally would be held to conduct “terrorist activities” in the excuse of safeguarding democracy and “Moududi's Pakistani Islam”, said state minister for home.

Plan-based economy stressed

A well-planned economic system will have to be built through a gradual economic and cultural revolution by integrating market and planning, speakers said at a seminar yesterday.

Two prisoners die at SBMCH

Two prisoners of Barisal Central Jail died in the prison cell of Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital (SBMCH) on Thursday.

Woman 'burnt by husband' dies

A housewife succumbed to her burn injuries yesterday, thirteen days after she was set on fire allegedly by her husband for dowry in Khagrachhari.

Statement recorded

A prosecution witness told a Dhaka court on Thursday how they seized 130,000 Yaba tablets, 5,000 Yaba's alternative drugs ice pills and ice pill preparing chemical from an office at Gulshan in 2007.

BGB man dies as train hits him while chasing smugglers

A jawan of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) was killed as a train hit him while chasing smugglers in Hili port area of Hakimpur upazila yesterday.

Grand alliance forms human chains in dists

The ruling Awami League-led 14-party combine yesterday formed human chains in all district headquarters across the country, demanding the trial of war criminals be completed soon and the main opposition BNP's conspiracy to foil the trial be prevented.

Dhaka climate conference March 14-16

Lawmakers from at least 30 countries and representatives of different international agencies will join an international conference on climate change to be held in Dhaka from March 14 to March 16.

Int'l calls down for 44 minutes

International call delivery in the country was disrupted for 44 minutes yesterday evening when power supply to some equipment at the Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Ltd Moghbazar Exchange failed.

UGC boss made South Asian University board chair

Prof Dr AK Azad Chowdhury, chairman of University Grants Commission (UGC), has been elected as the chair of the governing board of South Asian University for one year with effect from yesterday.

Call to join rally to press govt to arrest journo couple killers

Journalists yesterday called upon their fellows from all over the country to join the March 18 grand rally of the journalists to press the government to find the murderers of journalist couple- Sagar Sarowar and Meherun Runi.

DU AF Rahman hall alumni reunion held

The first reunion of Sir AF Rahman Hall Alumni Association was held on the Dhaka University campus yesterday.

Book on Manik Chy launched

A book on the biography of Manik Chowdhury, a freedom fighter and a prominent politician of Chittagong, was launched in the port city yesterday.

International

UN plans women's meet in 2015

UN chief Ban Ki-moon proposed Thursday to hold a new world conference on women in 2015, 20 years after the September 1995 Beijing meet.

Russia opposes new UN draft on Syria

Russia yesterday said it opposed an "unbalanced" Washington-backed UN draft resolution on Syria as more defections hit Syrian regime.

Libya seeks US help to hunt down Gaddafi loyalists

Libya's interim Prime Minister Abdel Rahim al-Kib on Thursday appealed for US help to get the "remnants" of the Gaddafi regime and finally bring to an end what he called the "war of liberation."

Israel won't debate publicly before Iran action

Israel does not need a "public debate" before taking military action against Iran, President Shimon Peres said Thursday, reiterating that all options remain on the table.

India urges regional unity

India yesterday said political differences among South Asian countries should not be allowed to stop the processes of regional integration in the region.

Afghanistan, US sign prison transfer deal

The United States yesterday signed a deal transferring control of the Bagram prison to the Afghan government, marking a breakthrough in negotiations on a strategic treaty between the two nations.

Wife betrayed Laden!

Osama bin Laden spent his last days sidelined by al-Qaeda and slipping into dementia, possibly betrayed to the Americans by a jealous wife and his own deputy, a Pakistani investigator says.

Romney urges rivals to quit race

Mitt Romney's campaign team has appealed for his rivals to quit the Republican presidential race, claiming that it is near impossible for them to catch him after the Super Tuesday results and that by staying in they are boosting President Barack Obama's re-election chances.

World to meet on looming water crisis

A global gathering of policymakers, corporations and specialists unfolds in this southern French city from Monday to ponder the future of water, fast emerging as one of the century's crunch challenges.

Dead people on Myanmar voter list!

Aung San Suu Kyi expressed concern Thursday that dead people were appearing on voter rolls in Myanmar ahead of upcoming by-elections, speaking in a meeting in Yangon with Canada's foreign minister.

US drone kills 8 in Pakistan

A US drone killed at least eight militants yesterday when it fired two missiles on a vehicle in Pakistan's tribal badlands near the Afghan border, security officials said.

Italy decries fatal UK raid in Nigeria

Britain's failure to consult Rome before a rescue operation that left two European hostages dead in Nigeria is "inexplicable," the Italian president said yesterday.

Pak Senate passes bill on human rights

The Senate yesterday approved a formation of the Human Rights Commission, DawnNews reported.

Pakistan appoints new ISI chief

Pakistan yesterday appointed a new head of its powerful military intelligence agency -- an organisation which has been accused of maintaining links with Taliban militants in the past.

India sends traders to Iran defying pressure

A 70-member Indian trade delegation headed to Iran yesterday to explore "huge" commercial opportunities created by US-led sanctions against the Islamic republic over its disputed nuclear plans.

3 Sri Lankan soldiers shot dead

Three Sri Lankan soldiers have been shot dead in the Tamil-majority peninsula of Jaffna, the army said yesterday, and one source said it may have been a case of murder-suicide.

Greece clinches debt swap, averts bailout

Greece clinched a high-stakes debt swap yesterday, paving the way for an urgent bailout needed for the stricken eurozone member to avoid default.

Arts & Entertainment

Riding a high wave

Kushum Shikdar is riding a high wave with the release of her second movie, “Lal Tip” [on February 17]. Now running at 26 movie theatres across the country, the Impress Telefilm Ltd. presentation has had a good run so far. The actress is excited about the new release, expressing her intention of cementing a place on the silver screen.

Kabor staged in Kolkata

The artistes of Gafargoan Theatre staged “Kabor”, a one-act play on Language Movement, written by Munier Chowdhury, at Bagha Jatin Public Library in Jadavpur of Kolkata recently. This was the 112th stage performance by Gafargoan Theatre, a prominent theatre group from Gafargoan upazila of the district.

In search of divinity

A large crowd assembled at the five-day Dol Purnima Utshab to celebrate the life and philosophy of Fakir Lalon Shai. Among them were local Baul artistes and enthusiasts. The Utshab started on March 7 at Lalon's akhra in Chheuria, Kushtia.

Anannya Bishesh Shommanona ‘12 announced

To celebrate International Women's Day, fortnightly women's magazine Anannya arranged “Anannya Bishesh Shommanona '12” recently at TSC of Dhaka University.

Oldest film based on Dickens found in Britain

An archivist at the British Film Institute has stumbled across a 1901 movie just one minute long which turns out to be the earliest surviving film featuring a character from the works of Charles Dickens.

Saleem's 50th solo exhibition in New York

The New York Art Connection recently celebrated the 50th solo exhibition of New York based Bangladeshi artist Khurshid Alam Saleem. The exhibition was held at Rogue Space Gallery, Chelsea, New York.

OP-ED

Breaking the impasse

The political opposition's intended "March to Dhaka" on March 12 and a grand assembly thereafter cannot be considered a policy, far less a strategy. At best it could be termed as a significant posture that appears to be more tactical. We may be witnessing good street politics but the same is not at all conducive to the quality or the sustainability of parliamentary democracy or the promotion of good governance.

Power rests with states

State elections may not predict the shape of the next Lok Sabha in 2014, but they do reflect the mood of the electorate. UP, Punjab, Uttrakhand, Goa and Manipur, which went to the polls, indicate that the ruling Congress is declining rapidly. The party is nowhere in UP despite the Indira Gandhi family descending on the state in full strength. Punjab and Uttrakhand, which were expected to go to the Congress, have slipped from its hands. The party has been routed in Goa and the only consolation prize is Manipur, where feuding factions do not allow a government run for long.

Youngsters slip into crime cauldron

In an ideal world, there are some stories we'd love to avoid -- those with an excess of blood and gore. Some of us may find watching films based on such themes entertaining and then go away from the TV screen with the reassurance that it was all fiction. However, what is on the silver screen is coming far closer to our neighbourhood than we would have thought. There is a general sense of alarm across the country, aroused by a recent spurt in crime involving the young and including everything from extortion to robbery to arson to murder.

Putin's Russia

In pursuit of a stronger and more assertive position in the global community, Russians gave Vladimir Putin virtually his fourth straight mandate -- including four years of regency -- in the recent presidential election. Putin can extend his rule till 2024, but all will depend on how fast the opposition will be nourished by public desire for reform and democracy.

US Forces in Bangladesh: Some questions

Based on a BBC report The Daily Star, in its March 5 issue reported that US Pacific Commander Admiral Robert Willard at a Congressional hearing stated: "We have currently special forces assist teams -- Pacific assist teams is the term -- laid down in Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives as well as India." The immediate denial/clarification given by the newly arrived but flamboyant US Ambassador Mr. Dan Mozena said that "there is no question of US bases in Bangladesh. US special forces come here often for various purposes and leave. We have cooperation with Bangladesh and it is all about partnership. It is a small team coming and going."

This Day In History

March 10

1735
An agreement between Nadir Shah and Russia is signed near Ganja and Russian troops are withdrawn from Baku.

Literature

Dan Coggin --- Bangladesh's friend

In December 2011, when Bangladesh was celebrating its 40th independence anniversary, Dan Coggin was on his way to Dhaka after many years. From San Francisco, where he lived after virtual retirement from his long luminous career, Dan reached New York on his way to Dhaka in the third week of December. Not in good health, he was too excited to be in Bangladesh, where he had spent a great time of his career in covering the events of our Liberation War.

Sounds and syncopations of syllables

Abu Zubair is an author, an electrical engineer and a California farmer. He was born in Dhaka. At the age of fourteen he was awarded a scholarship to Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts. Since then he has been living in the US. He holds degrees from Boston University in Computer Science, Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering and is a member of the Tau Beta Pi Honorary Engineering Society. He was awarded the Bendix Award for Physics. His debut novel, The Silent and the Lost, was short-listed in the 2011 Sharp Writ Book Awards from America, making the top three finalists in the fiction category. In an interview with Takir Hossain, Zubair talks about his work and what motivates him to write fiction.

My mother tongue will never die!

A speaker said: “This is the fate! This is the will of world history!
All languages will disappear. Only one language will remain in the world”.

Star Health

Kidney disease on the rise, check yours today

The frequency of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) caused mainly by the rising number of diabetes and hypertension continues to increase worldwide.

Get your life back!

Early signs of chronic kidney disease may be subtle. It can take many years before it deteriorates to kidney failure. Some people with chronic kidney disease may not reach the stage of kidney failure. Others end up with kidney failure and they need to be on dialysis or undergo kidney transplant to keep them alive.

Life span of multiple myeloma patients may be doubled

Patients with multiple myeloma may have a chance to live longer, going by the encouraging results of a study — led by Singapore General Hospital’s (SGH) Department of Haematology, in collaboration with Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, National University Hospital System Singapore and Tan Tock Seng Hospital — which demonstrates that the average survival of patients could be prolonged from the dismal 4 years to as long as 8 years; says a press release by Singapore General Hospital.

A different story

Mr. Jafari, a 45 year old pharmacist from Tanzania had been suffering from neck pain for long period of time. In reference to a previous operation on his mother-in-law, he got admitted to Apollo Hospitals Dhaka under Dr. Mathew Chandy.

Stem cells beat kidney rejection

An injection of stem cells given alongside a kidney transplant could remove the need for a lifetime of drugs to suppress the immune system, say scientists in the journal Science Translational Medicine. Researchers said it could have a major impact on transplant science that will reduce the cost and side effects of drugs used to prevent transplant rejection.

Fruit and veg give skin a healthy glow

Even a few weeks of eating fruit and vegetables could improve your skin colour, according to a study in the PLoS One journal. It has been known for some time that certain yellow and red pigments called carotenoids found in many types of fruit and vegetables, can have an effect on skin tone.

Strategic Issues

China's military spending to counter US dominance

China's official defence spending will rise by 11.2% in 2012, pushing it above $100bn for the first time, the government has announced.

Applying the R2P to Syria

The brutal assault on Syria's civilian population by government tanks, mortars and rockets continues, but the world appears unable to do more than wring its hands. Is this the end of a democratic wave ushered in by the Arab Spring and the Responsibility to Protect, the R2P doctrine that the international community applied to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's threatened massacre of his citizens? Published accounts estimate more than 9000 people have fallen in the Syrian unrest, with thousands wounded and displaced while others linger in government prisons. One question that emerges is whether the global community is complicit by failing to stop the mayhem.

Myanmar and the West: Economics of politics

After decades of isolation, Myanmar is again on the international radar. A series of high-level interactions with Western dignitaries including the US Secretary of State and the British Foreign Minister are indicative of this. While democracy in Myanmar is still in an embryonic stage, the international community seems to have opened its arms to the government of Myanmar. With the US indicating a withdrawal of economic sanctions against Myanmar in the near future, the biggest questions that come to mind are: Why now, and what next?

Star Books Review

Long-run perspectives on the economy of Bangladesh

The work is a timely and valuable contribution to the annals of publications on the economy of Bangladesh. Coming exactly forty years after the liberation of Bangladesh, the book meets a long-awaited need for a comprehensive and lucid presentation on how the economy has performed in the longer-run during this period. It is a successor of the seminal and benchmark studies by A.R. Khan (The Economy of Bangladesh, Macmillan, 1972) and A.R. Khan and M. Hossain (The Strategy of Development in Bangladesh, Macmillan in association with OECD Development Centre, 1989) and adds to the efforts of the very few others who have attempted such periodic stock-taking exercises. One comes across more numerous studies, published both in Bangladesh and abroad, of the type which concern themselves with questions of the current challenges and future prospects of the economy of Bangladesh. The stock-taking exercise is the more difficult of the two genres. This publication fully meets and exceeds expectations in terms of its technical analysis, presentation of facts, and interpretation of past trends, while still not skirting issues and questions of the challenges, obstacles and opportunities going forward. The author is to be congratulated for this contribution, and more so for the very readable style in which it is written without compromising on the rigour of the analysis and references to theory, research and empirical findings.

Retracing our steps into the past

Former Bangladesh ambassador Barrister Kazi Ahmed Kamal's book, A.K. Fazlul Huq, Suhrawardy And Bhashani, is an exceptional addition to the political history of Bangladesh. It is a study of the lives of some of the towering politicians of Bangladesh.

Hercule Poirot: Christie's super sleuth

My first encounter with Hercule Poirot was on the Orient Express. I read Murder on the Orient Express with rapt attention and fell in love with the dapper Belgian detective with an egg-shaped head, a waxed moustache and a passion for neatness. I found his demand for order (i.e., books arranged on a shelf according to height) and love for symmetry, quite endearing.



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