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News of: Thursday, 22nd of March, 2012
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A man died and 20 others were injured yesterday in a two-hour-long clash between students of Jagannath University (JnU) and traders of Patuatuli Market.
The government yesterday decided to keep shut CNG filling stations across the country for six hours daily, instead of four hours, for two months from today to produce more electricity for irrigation during the Boro season.
Gross negligence on the part of the authorities in ensuring safety measures, coupled with a lack of awareness among passengers, caused more than 440 passenger launch accidents in the last one decade. As many as 2,700 people died in these accidents.
A probe committee on the MV Shariatpur-1 launch tragedy has found that the vessel capsized promptly in the Meghna as it was hugely overloaded with goods and operated by unskilled master and engine operator.
Most of Bangladesh will be glued to TV screens, while a lucky few will find their way to Mirpur, today when Bangladesh take on Pakistan in the final of the Asia Cup at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.
The constitutional provision that does not allow an MP to remain absent from parliament for 90 consecutive sittings has compelled both Awami League and BNP lawmakers several times to return to the House.
On March 22, 1971, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman arrived at President's House in the morning to continue his discussions with President Yahya Khan. On arrival, he found Zulfikar Ali Bhutto there, waiting to see Yahya. Mujib, almost on impulse, led Bhutto outside the building and on to the lawn because he was afraid the place was bugged and he could not speak freely with Bhutto. Once outside, the Beagalee leader urged Bhutto to expedite the search for a settlement because, in his opinion, the army could not be trusted to hand over power unless pressure was exerted on it by the politicians.
The government is to announce the second International Crimes Tribunal today to speed up the ongoing trial of crimes against humanity committed during the Liberation War, law ministry and Supreme Court sources told The Daily Star yesterday.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the complexity over the Padma Bridge issue would be resolved soon.
Foreign Minister Dipu Moni yesterday apprised the Saudi government of the progress of investigation into the killing of Khalaf Al Ali and assured that no stone shall be left unturned and no possibility would be ignored in the investigation.
Jamaat-e-Islami acting general secretary ATM Azharul Islam and its six activists were yesterday shown arrested in eight cases filed in connection with assault on police and placed on remand in two of the cases.
The High Court yesterday issued a contempt of court rule against the home secretary for not complying with its earlier order to submit documents of the presidential clemency to a convict in 1993.
Police yesterday submitted to the High Court a report on the progress they had made in probing the journalist couple Sagar-Runi murder case.
Two doctors were injured in a fierce clash over establishing supremacy between rival factions of Swadhinata Chikitsak Parishad (SCP) at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) yesterday.
Taking a low dose of aspirin every day can prevent and possibly even treat cancer, fresh evidence suggests.
The High Court yesterday directed the government to immediately block all pages, and links on website, especially of the Facebook, that are sharing sensitive cartoons and pictures against Islam.
A group of criminals armed with sharp weapons killed an Awami League union-level leader, a tailor, and injured a villager at Kazipara of Birkedar union in Bogra last night.
Hajj Agencies Association of Bangladesh (HAAB) yesterday announced that their minimum package this year is Tk 3,03,440 for each person interested to perform Hajj under private management.
Jahangirnagar University (JU) authorities have suspended six students for their involvement in beating up a campus correspondent of a national daily over a trivial matter, a press release said yesterday.
Zulfikar Ali Gama, kingpin of notorious gang 'Gama Bahini', died in an encounter with police in Mongla yesterday.
A spokesman for Boko Haram has ruled out further talks with Nigeria's government after preliminary, indirect contacts aimed at ending scores of deadly attacks.
Prime minister and leader of the House Sheikh Hasina, while welcoming the opposition to parliament did not hesitate to suggest that they returned to the Jatiya Sangsad (JS) to retain their seats. On the one hand, she never tires of urging the opposition to come to the JS to place their demands, while on the other, she could not resist imputing an opportunistic motive to the opposition lawmakers' return to parliament.
In January, one year into a court ruling banning corporal punishment at educational institutions, a survey conducted by human rights organisation Bangladesh Legal Aid Services Trust (BLAST) found that 59 percent of students are still subject to it at schools. Of the 59 percent, 21.3 percent are verbally abused.
Bangladesh have already made history in the Asia Cup. But the heroic Tigers will not be sitting on the laurels; they will want something more tangible, more lasting. Mushfiqur Rahim's men have one bigger challenge left -- a meeting with cricketing behemoths Pakistan in the final of the biggest regional competition which will be held at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur today.
Years from now we will ask ourselves where we were on the night of March 20, 2012. It might have already been a week of exhilaration and it may even get better today, but the precise moment of achievement lingers on as the sweetest memory, be it in politics or sports.
Having returned from injury and surgery after eleven months, he has taken four wickets and bowled seven tight spells in the Asia Cup, but what Mashrafe Bin Mortaza brings to the Bangladesh dressing-room as a cricketer is more than just wickets or the confidence of a brave cricketer.
May 31, 1999: the date is tattooed on the minds of Bangladeshis. That day nearly thirteen years ago saw an epochal shift in the country's cricket. They became giant-killers for the day when they beat Pakistan in Northampton.
The home team was left panic-stricken yesterday after in-form opener Tamim Iqbal was diagnosed with fever ahead of the today's Asia Cup final against Pakistan at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.
It was wondrous in 1994, tense in 1997 and heart-breaking in 2009. So what will it be like after all these years?
Everything happens for a reason and definitely there have been some reasons behind the Tigers' extraordinary performance in the Asia Cup.
A thrilling third one-day international between West Indies and Australia at Arnos Vale Tuesday ended in a tie after Darren Sammy was run out with the Windies needing just one run from the last three balls to win.
Virat Kohli is being hailed as one of cricket's finest upcoming batsmen and senior India player Sachin Tendulkar agrees but he does not want the youngster to be put under too much pressure just at the beginning of what seems to be a promising career.
The third Test match against South Africa will play a defining role in New Zealand's summer, Daniel Vettori, the New Zealand all-rounder, has said. After beating Australia in Hobart last year and dominating Zimbabwe in all three formats, New Zealand have had their victories put in perspective by a strong South Africa side.
Striker Rasel Mahmud Jimmy slotted double a hattrick
Bangladesh won two silver medals in Taekwondo event of the 1st South Asian Army Sports Meet in Nepal recently, said a press release yesterday.
Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick to become Barcelona's all-time leading scorer on 234 goals in a 5-3 win over Granada Tuesday which moved the champions to within five points of Real Madrid at the top of La Liga.
Spanish media hailed Barcelona's Lionel Messi on Wednesday as "a living legend" and "eternal" after the Argentine striker became the club's highest goalscorer of all time.
Mirko Vucinic's extra-time strike sent Juventus into their first Italian Cup final since 2004 following a 2-2 draw with AC Milan on Tuesday, giving them a 4-3 aggregate victory.
Barcelona defender Adriano could miss the Champions League quarterfinal first leg against AC Milan after being sidelined for 10 days due to a muscle strain in his right leg.
Joao Havelange was described as being in a "serious condition" Tuesday by doctors treating the former FIFA president for a bacterial infection at a Rio hospital.
Chelsea announced Tuesday they have sacked a player who let off a smoke grenade at their training ground.
Real Madrid have left Portuguese full-back Fabio Coentrao out of the squad for Wednesday's La Liga clash away to Villarreal days after he was photographed leaving a restaurant smoking.
Western Marine Shipyard yesterday set yet another milestone in the country's shipbuilding history by delivering the last two vessels of an order the shipbuilder won from a German buyer in 2008.
Cleaner production (CP) practices have helped a dozen of textile processing units of garment companies save money and become more competitive.
Apparel makers yesterday received export orders worth $2.5 million from Japanese companies, in growing signs of buyers sourcing more from Bangladesh.
India may cancel the flying licence of Kingfisher Airlines, the aviation minister warned Tuesday.
A permanent venue will be allocated for holding Chittagong International Trade Fair (CITF) in the port city soon, said the minister for environment and forest on Tuesday.
The government is taking steps for Bangladeshi migrant workers to let them send up to $500 dollars to the country without any fee, said the expatriates' welfare minister yesterday.
Rafez Alam Chowdhury has recently been re-elected as the president of Bangladesh Garments Accessories and Packaging Manufacturers and Exporters Association, the body said in a statement.
The tourism and hospitality industry is changing fast for the better -- to be on par with other recognised sectors. Not many people were aware of its potential in Bangladesh even a decade ago, although it has long been the largest service industry and the biggest provider of jobs in the world.
As 2012 progresses, I expect to see many changes and improvements in the manner in which we conduct banking supervision in Bangladesh. We will constantly be more and more focused on risk, and less on routine tasks. As most of the supervisors are involved in the on-site inspection process, they will be particularly interested in the changes we have planned in on-site supervision. As most of us probably know, the on-site inspections take too long, from the time the inspectors arrive in the bank until the time that the report of inspection is written, approved, and sent to the bank's board of directors. As a result, the findings and conclusions given to the bank, and used by us in requiring corrective action, may be based on out-of-date information. We are seeking to reduce that time significantly through changes in the manner in which staffs are allocated and deployed, and the elimination of routine tasks that do not directly address current and emerging risks. In that way, we can demand that problems be addressed through corrective action at an earlier stage, before they threaten the solvency or liquidity of the bank.
An International conference on tourism and hospitality will begin in Dhaka on Saturday to discuss the global tourism trends and develop a plan for the sector for sustainable development of the country.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called upon the owners of launches and ships, port authorities and also the passengers to remain vigilant about excess passengers on vessels to avert accident.
The selection of photographs to be exhibited on the sidelines of “The Daily Star Odommo Chattagram” festival was completed on Tuesday night.
BNP acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday said it was Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina who had delivered untrue speeches in Parliament, not Opposition Leader Khaleda Zia.
The government has launched a survey on children with disabilities, including autism, so that it can take effective measures to improve their lives, Saima Wazed Putul, a school psychologist, said at a meet-the-press yesterday.
The International Crimes Tribunal fixed March 27 for recording the defence counsels' arguments on charge framing against Jamaat chief Motiur Rahman Nizami in connection with the 1971 crimes against humanity as the prosecution finished its arguments yesterday.
Biman Bangladesh Airlines is heading towards a stalemate as officials and staffs, demonstrating for immediate resignation of chairman and all members of Biman board of directors, threatened yesterday to go for indefinite strike if their demands were not met by March 26.
The Department of Environment (DoE) has realised Tk 32 lakh in fines from a textile dyeing industry in Gazipur for polluting the river Turag.
Police arrested an alleged arms trader and recovered a foreign pistol, three light guns and five rounds of bullets from his possession in the port city on Tuesday.
A mobile court of Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) yesterday removed an “illegal” nursery in a drive at Katalgonj area.
Leaders of the Dalit community yesterday placed a ten-point demand, including formulation of a law to eliminate racial discrimination, to protect the rights of Dalits and other deprived communities.
Railways Minister Suranjit Sengupta expressed dissatisfaction over what he termed as the 'slow pace' of the ongoing trial of the war criminals.
Due to unavoidable circumstances, the inaugural ceremony of the exhibition, Military Hardware Display, 2012, will start from 12:30pm instead of 3:30pm today.
Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid yesterday warned that the government would act tough against the teachers who were involved in coaching business.
Aamra Companies, an amalgamation of businesses, signed an agreement with Galleri Kaya, under which the corporate house will sponsor all art exhibitions to be organised by Galleri Kaya throughout this year.
The two-day long annual election to Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) began yesterday with 1,547 lawyers casting their votes on the opening day.
A group of Bangladesh Chhatra League activists at Dhaka University yesterday assaulted a student before Teachers Students Centre (TSC) as he protested smoking inside bus.
The authorities of Rajshahi University (RU) decided to take punitive action against 16 teachers of music and drama department following a probe report on agitation at the department on March 31, 2011.
Two people were killed in separate road accidents in Rangpur and Chapai-nawabganj on Tuesday and yesterday.
A probe committee of Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) yesterday detected irregularities in the drain construction work of Tk 4 crore in the city under the Medium Town Development Project.
Due to unavoidable circumstances, the inaugural ceremony of the exhibition, Military Hardware Display, 2012, will start from 12:30pm instead of 3:30pm today.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) recovered 1,450 kg heroin from Sylhet Railway Station area yesterday.
Two fake Detective Branch (DB) police were caught on Dhaka-Chittagong highway from Mirsarai upazila in Chittagong yesterday.
The British High Commission in Dhaka, its office in Sylhet, and DFID Bangladesh will be closed to the public on March 26 for Independence Day of Bangladesh, a press release said yesterday.
Sayed Fakhre Azam Saleheen, son of late Sayed Fakhre Moslem, of 195/1D Shantibagh and former director general of Bangladesh Standard and Testing Institution (BSTI), passed away yesterday due to old age complications at the age of 78, says a press release.
Today is the 37th death anniversary of eminent journalist and litterateur Kazi Mohammad Idris, says a press release.
Qulkhwani of former ambassador Masum A Chowdhury will be held at Gulshan Jame Masjid (near HSBC bank) in the city at 5:00pm tomorrow.
Normal life in the metropolitan city came to a virtual standstill for half an hour yesterday as citizens stopped work to realise 11-point demand.
Students of six schools in Chittagong, Pabna, Tangail and Bagerhat districts took part in yesterday's English language fairs held under English in Schools programme jointly organised by The Daily Star and mobile operator Robi.
Frequent power outages in Khulna and Bagerhat districts are seriously hampering production in mills and factories and boro cultivation.
Students of Adampur Fazil Madrasa under Dashmina upazila started boycott of classes yesterday protesting attack on a teacher of the madrasa.
Criminals strangled a Jubo League leader at Jurabandha village in Gokunda union under Sadar upazila yesterday.
Traders and shopkeepers of Belka bazaar in Sunderganj upazila observed a half-day shutdown yesterday protesting attack on shops by local students on Sunday.
A fisherman was killed in crossfire when two groups of robbers locked in a gunfight at Chandpie Range of the Sundarbans in the district on Monday evening.
Two housewives allegedly committed suicide by taking poison in Tala and Kalaroa upazilas on Tuesday and Sunday.
A man was murdered on Sunday night as he protested torture on his sister for dowry.
Police arrested a cadre of an outlawed party and recovered firearms from his possession in Meherpur district. A team from Bamundi police camp, led by SI Osman Gani, raided the house of Kalu Sheikh at Bamundi in Gangni upazila at about 5.30am and arrested Kalu. Police seized a country-made pistol and two bullets from his possession. SI Gani said, Kalu was a cadre of Lal Pataka faction of the outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party. He is also accused in two cases filed with Gangni police station, Gani said.
Unidentified criminals on Tuesday nigh torched Nishchintapur Bhusan Registered Non-government Primary School under Kaliganj upazila town. Umme Salma, headmistress of the school, said a gang that torched the school had also torched another part of the school on Monday night. Established in 2002, the school has two hundred students. The result of the last class five terminal examinations was very satisfactory, she said. Assistant teacher Mabia Parvin said, a few local youths play cards in the classroom of the school on holidays. Education officer (TEO) Mostak Ahmed of Kaliganj upazila said he will try to take action against the culprits.
Police on Tuesday recovered the decomposed body of a teenage boy who went missing 12 days ago from a field at Char Torab Ali in Subarnachar upazila. The deceased was identified as Riyad, 17, son of Jamal Uddin of Char Boishakhi village in the upazila. Police and locals said, Riyad went out of his house with his motorbike on March 8. Since then, he remained missing. Local people smelt bad odour at a bush in Char Torab Ali area and informed Char Jabbar police station. Later, the law enforcers recovered the body and sent it to Noakhali General Hospital morgue for autopsy.
Extortionists on Monday vandalised an workshop of Rangpur City Technical and Business Management College in Tajhat area, on the outskirts of town, demanding Tk one lakh toll. Following the incident Md Asaduzzaman, principal of the college, lodged a case with Kotwali police station on the day. Hearing the news, the criminals yesterday again attacked the college and vandalised classrooms, teacher's room and physically assaulted a few teachers. At this, the students of the college brought out a protest procession yesterday.
Two children drowned in a pond in Pirgachha Sadar upazila of the district on Tuesday afternoon. The victims were identified as Bipasha, 3, daughter of Biplab Miah of Guabari village and Shuva, 3, son of Ashraful Islam of the same village. Police and locals said, both of them were playing beside the pond. At one stage, they slipped into water and drowned as they did not know how to swim. Later locals found the bodies floating in the pond in the evening and recovered them.
The UN Security Council yesterday demanded that Syria "immediately" implement a peace plan proposed by UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan and gave a veiled warning of international action.
Greenhouse gases are on track for inflicting costs of nearly $2 trillion annually in damage to the oceans by 2100, according to a Swedish study published yesterday.
The United States exempted Japan and 10 EU nations from financial sanctions because they have significantly cut purchases of Iranian oil, but left Iran's top customers China and India exposed to the possibility of such steps.
Japan said yesterday it would continue reducing its Iran oil imports "considerably", while hailing a US decision to exempt it from new sanctions against doing business with the nuclear aspirant.
Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has come out against the withdrawal of the international military forces from Afghanistan in 2014.
Soon after her marriage in May last year, young tribal woman Anita Bai Narre, a resident of a non-descript village in central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, returned to her own parents when she discovered that her in-laws residence did not have an indoor toilet.
Myanmar has invited US, European and other observers for by-elections next month, an official said yesterday, allowing international scrutiny of polls seen as a major test of its reform credentials.
Foreigners will not need a local partner to set up businesses in Myanmar, in line with current legislation, and may be granted a five-year tax holiday from the start of commercial operations, according to the draft of a new investment law obtained by Reuters.
Mauritania has not yet decided the fate of Muammar Gaddafi's former spy chief, whose extradition is sought by Libya, France and International Criminal Court in the Hague, a source close to the case said yesterday.
The Frenchman suspected of a spate of shootings in the Toulouse area planned more killings, prosecutors said yesterday.
Extremists must stop using the Palestinian cause to justify their acts of violence, prime minister Salam Fayyad said yesterday after a deadly attack on a French Jewish school.
Republican Mitt Romney cruised to an easy victory over top rival Rick Santorum in Illinois on Tuesday, moving him one step closer to clinching the party's volatile battle for the presidential nomination.
A 20-year-old Tibetan Buddhist monk has died in detention after he set himself on fire in a town in southwest China that has become a flashpoint for such protests, a US-based rights group said yesterday.
Sri Lanka comes under the spotlight this week when the UN Human Rights Council considers a US resolution urging Colombo to probe alleged violations during its war with Tamil separatists.
As many as 70,000 children are dying every year from tuberculosis, as the curable disease often goes unnoticed due to a failure by health workers to recognise the symptoms, the World Health Organisation said yesterday.
Key routes in Baghdad were locked down yesterday as al-Qaeda's front group in Iraq claimed responsibility for a wave of deadly blasts targeting security for a landmark Arab summit next week.
British hostage Judith Tebbutt, captured in Kenya over six months ago by gunmen who killed her husband, was released in central Somalia and flown out to Nairobi yesterday, elders said.
The speaker of an Indian state assembly ordered an enquiry yesterday ninto allegations that two lawmakers had viewed pornography during a sitting of the chamber.
A huge oil spill off Brazil's southern coast was the result of excessive pressure used by oil giant Chevron in drilling the sea floor, according to a report by police and prosecutors published by local media on Tuesday.
Arts & Entertainment
Hamiduzzaman Khan started his career not as a sculptor but as a painter. On careful examination of his works, it becomes apparent that Khan tries to combine architectural or geometrical shapes with local themes and motifs found in his surroundings. He focuses on form and theme. In his form-oriented works, one also finds Western inspiration.
Noted poet, journalist and editor Sikandar Abu Zafar was born on March 19 at Tentulia, under Satkhira district in 1919. He was the editor of the monthly literary magazine Samakal.
A full-house, especially the young, enjoyed the “Celebrating Life -- Desher Gaan” concert at Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin Auditorium of Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) on Tuesday evening.
Artistes of Gonoshilpi Shangstha Pabna, a leading cultural organisation of the district, performed patriotic songs marking Independence Day on Monday night.
Organisers of the 65th Cannes Film Festival have chosen to honour Marilyn Monroe by selecting a photo of the Hollywood acting goddess for the poster of this year's event, which runs from May 16 to 27.
With the slogan “Amader Moncho Amrai Gorechhi”, Shabdaboli Studio Theatre, Barisal was formed on December 31, 1991. Marking the 40th anniversary of victory and 20th anniversary of Shabdaboli Studio Theatre, a ten-day theatre festival was held at the troupe's centre located on Sadar Road, Barisal and at National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka. The troupe is credited with producing 22 plays and 812 shows at theatre venues across the country. The troupe regularly arranges workshops conducted by local and international theatre experts for its members and other theatre activists of the adjacent districts. President of the troupe, Syed Dulal, and general secretary, Faruk Hossain, are currently leading the 17-member executive committee of Shabdaboli.
Now that the siege of Dhaka is over, but without it being really determined as to whom the capital belongs -- the AL, or the BNP, or to the people who vote the parties to govern but have to endure the most unspeakable sufferings because of them -- the question is which way are we heading?
A year after the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe began in Japan, the world has a historic chance to end one of the biggest-ever frauds played on the public to promote a patently unsafe, accident-prone, expensive and centralised form of energy generation based upon splitting the atom to boil water and spin a turbine. Candidly, that's what nuclear power generation is all about.
Water is life. All life on earth has depended on water since the first single cell organisms appeared some 3.5 billion years ago. In the geological time frame, humans evolved as a species in "recent" periods and, as tools and technology developed, water demand and consumption increased exponentially. During the past 100 years, the world population tripled, but human consumption of water multiplied six-fold. No one can deny that there is a looming water crisis in global terms; not just because of lesser per capita availability of freshwater, but more due to lack of prudence in cooperation and management.
World Water Day" has been observed on March 22 since 1993 when the United Nations General Assembly declared March 22 as "World Day for Water." There are 7 billion people to feed on the planet today and another 2 billion are expected to join by 2050. Statistics say that each of us drinks from 2 to 4 litres of water every day, however most of the water we "drink" comes from food: producing 1 kilo of beef for example consumes 15,000 litres of water while 1 kilo of wheat "drinks up" 1,500 litres.
Nadir Shah occupies Delhi in India and sacks the city, stealing the jewels of the Peacock Throne.