News of: Friday, 23rd of March, 2012
Pakistan denied Bangladesh the celebration of the biggest moment in their cricketing history when they beat the hosts by two runs in the nerve-wracking Asia Cup final at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday. Pakistan enhanced their reputation as masters of the big moment by clinching the Asia Cup for the second time after first achieving it in 2000 in the same city but at a different venue, at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.
There was hardly a dry eye yesterday across the country.
The government decision to discontinue power supply to industries for 12 hours a day has irked industry owners, with many saying their businesses will fold if the situation persists.
Poor aid flow remains a major hurdle in attaining the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015, said a major government report released yesterday.
What should, in normal times, have been a commemoration of the adoption of the 1940 Pakistan Resolution on this day turned out to be a moment when the Bangalee nation collectively made it clear that Bangladesh was on the way.
The government yesterday formed a second International Crimes Tribunal with Justice ATM Fazle Kabir as its chairman.
Private security firms are storing their guns aboard floating armories in international waters so ships that want armed anti-piracy guards for East Africa's pirate-infested waters can cut costs and circumvent laws limiting the import and export of weapons, industry officials say.
Bahrain is installing video cameras in police stations to try to clean up its human rights image after crushing a pro-democracy uprising last year, but activists say off-camera abuse continues in other locations.
Australia's most wanted fugitive -- a survival expert and suspected murderer who outwitted police for seven years by living in rugged forest -- was finally captured in a remote cabin yesterday.
In the Supreme Court Bar Association election, pro-BNP Jatiyatabadi Ainjibi Oikya Parishad got six posts, including president, while pro-Awami League Sammilito Ainjibi Samannoy Parishad bagged eight, including general secretary.
Pakistan shouldn't have won this match given the modest total that Bangladesh had to chase and given the form Bangladesh has shown throughout the tournament. Therefore, it was a match for Bangladesh to lose and it lost. That was the supreme irony of fate that befell the passionately cricket-loving people of Bangladesh.
Wednesday's violence involving Jagannath University (JnU) students and the traders of Patuatuli in the older part of the city that led to the death of a Janata Bank employee is unfortunate and shocking.
Mushfiqur Rahim is an emotional man. After the Tigers fell only two runs short of what could have been the country's greatest sporting accomplishment, he broke down. He kept his head on Shakib Al Hasan's shoulder and just wailed and wailed. It was probably because his trusted slog fell on the lap of Nasir Jamshed when the team needed 47 runs from 30 balls. Or it was probably because he let Shahadat Hossain bowl that final over which went for 19 crucial runs. He was probably crying because Mahmudullah Riyad and Abdur Razzak couldn't take nine runs off the last six balls of the game.
Apart from a few thorns on their side, some of the cricket played in the Asia Cup final has been nothing short of exhilarating. The Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium witnessed its greatest game of cricket and the packed house was thrilled at every turn and chicane.
A friend of Tamim Iqbal says that he doesn't really chart out his milestone celebrations. "It's not planned, he just does it on his own. He has never really talked about it," said Minhaz Uddin Khan, a childhood friend who also happens to be a sports reporter.
Don't measure Bangladesh's bowling performance by only focusing on the final over of the innings. Shahadat Hossain conceded 19 diabolical runs off the 50th over to give Pakistan a shred of momentum they dearly required towards the end of their innings in the Asia Cup final at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday. It is an aberration;
It was perhaps a bit of a surprise to see half-empty stands at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium when Bangladesh took the field for arguably their biggest match till date, the Asia Cup final against Pakistan yesterday. The stands did begin to fill up slowly, with the stadium taking on the look of a full house only at the end of Pakistan's innings.
Yesterday was a different day altogether because of the final match of the Asia Cup between Bangladesh and Pakistan here in Bangladesh. Before the tournament started no one would have dared to think of a final between these teams. But as the days progressed, the Tigers portrayed themselves as a much improved bunch and earned their place in the title match just rightfully. They turned the table around to beat world champions India and runners-up Sri Lanka on the way. And suddenly they emerged the favourites, at least for the Bangladeshis.
Putting all their busy schedules on hold, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Leader of the Opposition Khaleda Zia took time off to cheer the Bangladesh cricket team on in the Asia Cup final against Pakistan at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.
"My critics haven't taught me my cricket," Sachin Tendulkar has said in a rebuttal to those who were calling for him to retire.
TOSS: Mushfiqur Rahim has no hesitation in choosing to bowl first and chase -- a formula that has worked successfully in their last two encounters
Former world number ones Venus Williams and Kim Clijsters made triumphant returns to the WTA after long layoffs with victories on Wednesday at the WTA and ATP Miami hardcourt tournament.
Mohammad Aamer must go through a process of rehabilitation, including educating himself and others about the perils of corruption, and not focus on the reduction of the ban imposed on him by an ICC tribunal for his involvement in spot-fixing, the ICC chief Haroon Lorgat has said. Lorgat also said the ICC rules do not allow for a reduction of the five-year ban and stressed the importance of respecting the verdict the independent tribunal had reached.
The tension was for many reasons, primary one being locating a venue which has a TV screen showing cricket, any cricket. Tough call in a city where Premier League football reigns supreme.
On paper, no matter how well they played through the tournament, Bangladesh versus Pakistan in the Asia Cup final was a mismatch. But the way Pakistan celebrated after they won the match by the narrowest of margins, two runs, showed exactly how much the win meant to them and the amount of respect they had for Bangladesh as opponents.
New Zealand's nine-wicket loss to South Africa in the second Test was a closer match than the result suggests and the hosts' captain Ross Taylor believes his team are not far away from being competitive in the third Test in Wellington.
England displayed their batting prowess ahead of next week's Test series in Sri Lanka by winning the final practice match with an astonishing run chase on Thursday.
West Indies have dropped out-of-form opener Kieran Powell and replaced him with Adrian Barath for the remaining two one-day internationals against Australia.
Real Madrid saw their lead in La Liga cut to six points on Wednesday after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Villarreal and ended the match with two players sent off.
Carlos Tevez returned from exile to keep Manchester City's title challenge on course as the Argentine substitute played a crucial role in Wednesday's 2-1 win over Chelsea at Eastlands.
Bayern Munich reached the German Cup final after they beat Borussia Moenchengladbach 4-2 on penalties as Wednesday's semifinal finished goalless after extra-time.
An Indian professional footballer died after collapsing during a game, with witnesses saying the 27-year-old had to be taken to hospital in a rickshaw.
Napoli defeated Siena 2-0 on Wednesday to reach the Italian Cup final on a 3-2 aggregate and will face Juventus in the May 20 final where they will look to end their 22-year wait for silverware.
Bangladesh Air Force started their Dhaka Bank Independence Cup Hockey Tournament campaign with a victory when they handed a 3-0 defeat to Barnak Samaj at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium yesterday.
Former World Player of Year Luis Figo has been ordered to pay around 2.4 million euros in income tax to the Spanish government from his time as a Barcelona player, the country's supreme court ruled on Wednesday.
The government will offer a method on how to determine the tariff of power to be imported from neighbouring India, instead of setting a fixed price.
Bangladesh scopes out alternative cotton markets as India, one of its major sources, has imposed a ban on export of the item, which is hurting the domestic spinning sub-sector, businesspeople said.
A three-day expo showcasing cars and auto-components kicked off yesterday at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in Dhaka.
The Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) will for the first time open a survey into to how people spend their 24 hours' time.
Bangladesh's exports to Thailand increased 73.66 percent in 2011 from a year ago, as demand for fertiliser and pesticide, garments, yarn and fibre, fresh aquatic animals, chilled frozen foods and textile items increased in the Southeast Asian market.
India as an economy cannot prosper alone and recognises that all South Asian nations have to develop together, Indian High Commissioner Pankaj Saran said yesterday.
A three-day exposition to promote Indonesian products and services in Bangladesh began in the city yesterday.
Stocks returned to the black yesterday as investors regained their confidence and went on a buying spree.
The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) held its third business advisory council meeting in Thailand on Monday.
Speakers at a human chain yesterday said lack of transparency and good governance were the causes behind the decline of sweet water sources, which include rivers, beels and canals, posing a threat to the lifestyle of the people.
Bangladesh Public Service Commission (PSC) yesterday published the provisional results of the 32nd BCS (special) preliminary test held on March 9 this year.
The citizens' investigation committee formed by BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday in its report blamed “police intolerance” for the killing of four opposition men in Chandpur and Laxmipur on January 29.
Chittagong youths are eagerly anticipating the events centering on “The Daily Star Odommo Chattagram” festival, to be launched at MA Aziz Stadium in Chittagong city on March 30.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged all religious-minded people to beware of any conspiracy against the trial of the war criminals.
Strong political will and people's participation are imperative to ensure justice in a court, which tries war criminals, an international crimes tribunal expert said yesterday.
The High Court yesterday fixed April 8 to pass order on a writ petition filed seeking its directives upon the authorities concerned for taking immediate steps to hold election to Dhaka University Central Students' Union (Ducsu).
Journalists will hold a rally before Jatiya Press Club in the city at 11:00am on March 28 demanding formation of the 8th wage board.
The International Crimes Tribunal yesterday deferred the date to pass order on whether to take the charges accusing BNP lawmaker Abdul Alim of committing crimes against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War into cognisance.
Nearly 1,200 students and traders were sued late on Wednesday night in two cases filed in connection with the clash between the Jagannath University students and traders of Patuatuli market.
Biman Bangladesh Airlines has got the renewal of the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) registration, which is mandatory for achieving or maintaining membership of International Air Transport Association (IATA).
The Sylhet city took on a festive look ahead of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's visit to the north-eastern city tomorrow.
The attorney general's (AG) office yesterday received a progress report from the office of the inspector general of police on the investigation into the journalist couple murder case.
Industries Minister Dilip Barua yesterday said a policy on ship breaking would be adopted within the next two to three months.
The European Union and Save the Children Bangladesh jointly launched a three-year project yesterday, aiming to improve the lives of the country's working children and teenagers.
Just because Jamaat-e-Islami leader Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed worked for an undivided Pakistan in 1971, it does not mean he committed crimes against humanity, said his counsel Tajul Islam before the International Crimes Tribunal yesterday.
The Department of Environment (DoE) yesterday demolished three brick kilns in Pirganj of Rangpur as they were operating illegally and destroying farmland and the environment.
Two-thirds of the world's population would suffer from severe water crisis by 2025, speakers told a symposium here yesterday, quoting the warning of the United Nations.
A man was killed and 30 were injured yesterday during a clash over occupying a salt field in Kutubdia upazila of Cox's Bazar.
India and Bangladesh have put in place mechanisms, including a coordinated border management plan, to address the issue of illegal migration and enhance cooperation between border guarding forces, Indian government told the Rajya Sabha yesterday.
The High Court yesterday asked the government to explain in two weeks why it should not be directed not to set up the proposed 1,300 megawatt coal-fired power plant in Rampal upazila of Bagerhat near the Sundarbans.
The two-day annual election to Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) ended yesterday afternoon with 3,147 lawyers casting their votes.
Entrance of all to the premises of National Memorial at Savar will remain restricted for three days starting from March 23 for cleaning the memorial premises ahead of Independence Day on March 26.
Srimati Sarnalata Barua, wife of former president of Bangladesh Buddha Samity Hemendra Lal Barua, passed away at her residence at Alkaran Lane in the port city early yesterday.
An alleged robber drowned during an operation by coast guards in the Bay of Bengal in Chittagong early yesterday.
Former UK first lady Cherie Blair and also the Chancellor of Asian University for Women (AUW) laid stress on the education for empowering women to emerge as leaders and become role models for the next generation of young women.
An under-trial prisoner allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from the ventilator of a bathroom in Chittagong Central Jail early yesterday.
Police arrested 13 persons in connection with robbery and seized some sharp weapons from their possession in the port city on Wednesday night.
A 13-year old boy died when a building's sun shade collapsed on him in Kala Mia Bazar area of the port city yesterday.
It was around 5:00pm on March 26, 1971. People gathered in front of a mosque at Gobinda village in Pabna town to attend janaza prayers before burial of a deceased political activist.
A Meherpur court issued an warrant for arrest of 14 officials including four magistrates of Meherpur district administration on Wednesday evening.
Police rescued 26 brick kiln labourers, including three women, from captivity in Bamna upazila under Barguna district early Wednesday.
Students of Apex Girls' High School and MA Majid High School in Digholia upazila under the district took part in the English language fair held under English in Schools programme, a joint initiative of The Daily Star and mobile operator Robi, at Apex Girls' High School yesterday.
Two people, including a local Awami League leader, were stabbed to death and another was injured in stabbing by criminals at Kazipara bus stand in Kahalu upazila on Wednesday night.
Greater Jaintia Nagorik Forum and Jaintapur Janodabi Parishad, the two non-political forums of 4 upazilas,yesterday demanded immediate gas supply to Jaintapur, Gowainghat, Kanaighat and Companiganj upazilas, known as Greater Jainta.
People of Paglapir area in the outskirts of the town and Pirgachha upazila in the district blocked Dhaka-Rangpur and Rangpur-Paotana roads yesterday demanding uninterrupted power supply.
Academic activities at government primary, registered and community schools in the division are being hampered seriously due to shortage of teachers.
The number of goitre (morbid enlargement of the thyroid glad) patients in the district is increasing alarmingly due to iodine deficiency.
Members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) rescued 10 people, including two women, while they were being trafficked to India through Putkhali border here early yesterday.
A leader of an outlawed outfit was arrested from a house at Khaskarra village in Alamdanga upazila on Tuesday night.
Renegade soldiers said they seized power in Mali yesterday and ordered its borders closed, threatening to reignite instability in a Saharan region shaken by the conflict in Libya.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai said yesterday his government was pressing to end divisive Nato night raids in negotiations with the United States on a long-term strategic pact, saying some past operations had violated Afghan sovereignty.
The head of al Qaeda has called footage of US Marines appearing to urinate on the corpses of Afghans proof of Western depravity that underlines the need to fight "crusader" forces in the country.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned yesterday of the risk of terrorism, political instability and conflict over competition for scarce water supplies worldwide over the next few decades.
South Sudan yesterday formally invited its "brother", Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, to a summit in April aimed at resolving outstanding issues which have pushed them to the brink of war.
French police shot dead yesterday a self-declared al-Qaeda militant wanted for a series of killings of soldiers and Jews, ending a tense 32-hour siege in the south of France.
Sri Lanka should ensure government troops who committed war crimes during the final stages of its war against Tamil rebels are brought to justice, the UN Human Rights Council said yesterday.
Seven Kurdish rebels and six Turkish police officers have been killed in clashes in the far south-east of the country, reports say.
Clashes flared across Syria yesterday, opposition activists said, the day after the UN Security Council had called on all sides to stop fighting and seek a negotiated settlement to the year-long uprising.
UN Chief Ban Ki-moon yesterday urged Malaysia to observe international human rights standards when formulating new laws to replace a tough security act that is marked for abolition.
Opponents of ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh in Yemen's new coalition government accused members of his party of trying to hamper political transition in the country, a statement said yesterday.
Arts & Entertainment
Syed Abdullah Khalid is regarded as one of the most brilliant sculptors of our country. A multitalented artist, Khalid has not only excelled in sculpture but also made an impression with his paintings.
A painting competition for children was held here at Jatiyo Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam University (JKKNIU) campus in Trishal upazila recently marking the 92nd birth anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Prominent dramatist and actor Mamunur Rashid was given a warm reception at his ancestral home in Ghatail upazila, under Tangail district on Wednesday. The event celXebrated Rashid's Ekushey Padak win.
Veteran Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee, known for his memorable performances in several of Satyajit Ray's films will receive the Dada Saheb Phalke award -- India's highest cinematic recognition -- for his lifetime contribution to the world of films.
Pantomime Movement of Chittagong has been invited to the National Mime Festival of India -- scheduled to be held from March 24 to 30, 2012 -- at Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre, Salt Lake, Kolkata, says a press release.
Citycell celebrated World Poetry Day with Kabitapatra Parishad. Kabitapatra Parishad organised a discussion on 'Future of Bangla Poetry' on World Poetry Day, March 21. Reputed poets recited their self-composed poems in the programme, says a press release.
From March 23-25, a special screening session of Tareque Masud's last film “Runway” will be held at the British Council Auditorium. An earlier film by Tareque and Catherine Masud, “Ontorjatra” will also be screened as part of the session, which is being jointly organised by the British Council and the recently-formed Tareque Masud Memorial Trusts says a press release.
Richard Mayfield has been named photographer of the year by the British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP), it has been announced.
The day Greg Smith, executive director and head of US equity derivatives business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, decided to leave Goldman Sachs, he also decided to shake the tree. Most of his quitting colleagues would have done an exit interview with the HRD, but he chose to write an article in The New York Times instead. It appeared on the same day he resigned in which he spilled the beans about why he could no longer work for the firm after twelve long years. His confession came as a blow that sent the financial world reeling for days.
I grew up in Arvada, Colorado, in the shadow of a nuclear bomb factory, so I read the just-released report on the Fukushima meltdown in Japan with special interest. Coinciding with the first anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi disaster, the 400-page report details the extensive misinformation supplied to the public by the Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) in collusion with Japanese officials.
Communications Minister Obaidul Quader made the comment of the week last Tuesday: reckless drivers and politicians are both killers. The first type kills people and the second has democracy morph into a corpse. May we add, violent politics also kills people.
The Dow Jones, an index of stock prices of major companies in the US, crossed the 13,000 mark on March 14 for the first time since 2008 when the most recent downturn in the world economy started. While this event did not in any way affect any real economic variables, such as output, employment or prices of consumer goods, it did provide a moral boost for the average American investor, and can be seen only as a psychological milestone for the wo(man) on the street, since the rich have their money stashed away in off-shore banks and tax shelters but the rest of the majority are still struggling and do not save much, as I discuss below.
He travelled through challenging and exciting times with the elegant ease of a good human being. For him as for members of his generation the journey began nearly seven decades ago. Dear friend, classmate Masum Ahmed Choudhury was a child during the early 1940s when our world experienced the unprecedented devastations of the second Great War. The period also signified the closing years of British colonial rule in the sub-continent. His adolescence and youth saw the consolidation of internal colonialism of the post colonial states of Pakistan, a process that deprived Bengalis of their rightful place in the nation's life.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is established by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad in Qadian India
Since its inception in Bangladesh, Alertpay is becoming popular among the freelancers and IT exporters.
Apple Inc's new iPad throws off a lot more heat than the previous version, lending weight to complaints on Internet forums that the hot-selling tablet computer could get uncomfortably warm after heavy use, an influential consumer watchdog found after running tests.
Hewlett-Packard on Wednesday said it is combining its computer and printer units to free up more cash for innovation in the rapidly evolving technology market.
Apple Inc's new iPhone will have a sharper and bigger 4.6-inch "retina" display and is set to be launched around the second quarter, a South Korean media reported on Thursday.
Google Inc's Chrome web browser overtook Microsoft Corp's Internet Explorer (IE) to become market leader globally for the first time last Sunday, web analytics firm StatCounter said on Wednesday.