News of: Saturday, 24th of March, 2012
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Polls to the split Dhaka City Corporation are set for May amid huge population disparities among the wards in the two corporations -- DCC North and DCC South.
Chittagong district has been experiencing power outages up to six hours a day since early March.
The communications ministry is pushing hard to speed up the upgrade of Dhaka-Chittagong highway and complete at least part of the work by June.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police has started using wheel clamps to lock illegally parked vehicles and ensure that they are towed away.
The Pakistan foreign ministry has rejected the allegation of funding BNP by the country's spy agency ISI before 1991 national election of Bangladesh as reported in local and international newspapers.
Threatening legal action, BNP leader Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday asked Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to apologise to the people for bringing “false” accusation against BNP of receiving money from Pakistani intelligence agency ISI.
On this day in 1971, the Awami League leadership stayed busy all morning working out the finer details of the economy-related issues of a proposed governmental structure for Pakistan. The Awami League still believed that a constitutional way out for a transfer of power from the junta to the elected representatives of the people was possible. What was, however, unknown was that the military regime was giving the finishing touches to the operation it had decided to launch against the Bangalees. Rumours abounded about impending army action and yet there was too the confidence among the population that the junta could not but agree to the proposals made by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman regarding the status of the republic.
Water wars could be a real prospect in coming years as states struggle with the effects of climate change, growing demand for water and declining resources, world leaders warned on Thursday.
President Obama yesterday nominated Korean-born US academic Jim Yong Kim to be the next president of the World Bank.
Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) has sought 1,000 additional police personnel from the headquarters to ensure security during the visit of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to the port city on March 28.
A year after being shot and crippled allegedly by Rapid Action Battalion personnel in Jhalakathi, college student Limon Hossain still waits for justice.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will visit Sylhet on a day-long programme in the divisional city today.
The UN Human Rights Council on Thursday passed a resolution ordering a first probe into how Israeli settlements may be infringing on the rights of the Palestinians.
For the second time in two months, Api Khatun of Shailkupa upazila in Jhenidah came under acid attack on Thursday night allegedly by her former husband and co-wife.
A biological clue to male baldness has been discovered, raising the prospect of a treatment to stop or even reverse thinning hair.
A Bangladeshi cricket fan died of heart attack in Panchagarh after Pakistan defeated the hosts by two runs in the Asian Cup final Thursday night.
A woman with her son and daughter and flanked by a number of musclemen yesterday vandalised a police station after assaulting a motorbike rider, a police sergeant and two newsmen on Crescent Lake Road in the capital.
World's leading chemical company BASF and Grameen Healthcare Trust yesterday launched specially treated mosquito nets in Bangladesh.
A Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activist was hacked to death in Shahjalal Upashahar area of Sylhet Thursday night.
India's coal minister yesterday denied charges that the government had lost $210 billion in revenues by giving away coal deposits instead of selling them through auction.
Australian police have smashed a child porn ring and arrested 14 men, including fathers, after hundreds of thousands of images and videos were seized, some depicting toddlers, they said yesterday.
The way the Asian cup cricket finals championship eluded us, both by a wafer thin margin of loss as well as anti-climacterically has had a powerful impact on the people's mind. The sense of national involvement in the event was total, the longing for victory irrepressible and emotion and passion ran so high that these would take a long time living down.
The probe committee formed to investigate the Munshiganj launch tragedy in its report says the capsized launch was overloaded to the point that it failed to maintain its balance when a sand-laden vessel hit it. Although it was carrying only 15 passengers above the limit, it was overloaded with goods estimated at 15.26 tonnes beyond its capacity. We wonder how such blatant violation of rules can take place when the Department of Shipping is there to regulate and check these illegal activities.
Without any doubt, the two-run loss in the Asia Cup final will haunt the Tigers as well as millions of cricket fans in the country for a long time. But the day after the epic event, all of the players were united in the sentiment that there is no scope for them to look back after such an enthralling performance in the region's biggest cricket competition.
The Asia Cup final took cricket fans by storm with Bangladesh winning hearts of millions across the world including the high and mighty.
Crushed under the sorrow of a heartbreaking defeat is a classic one-day final.
Despite being the top scorer of the just-concluded Asia Cup, Virat Kohli was unable to take India to the finals.
Nazmul Hossain is the latest injury victim after the right-arm paceman twisted his ankle as he tried to deliver a slower ball during the Asia Cup final against Pakistan on Thursday.
It was hard to tell whether Syed Ashraful Huq was more proud of Shakib Al Hasan's performance or the overall organising of the Asia Cup.
Usha Krira Chakra emerged group B champions to qualify for the semifinals of Dhaka Bank Independence Cup Hockey Tournament by defeating Bangladesh Air Force 3-1 at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium yesterday.
Intelligence officials said a bomb hidden inside a radio exploded on a military base in northwest Pakistan, killing a paramilitary soldier and his 10-year-old son.
Pakistan on Friday celebrated a nail-biting victory in the Asia Cup after a two-run win over Bangladesh that was hailed as providing some much-needed relief to the troubled country.
South Africa took control of a weather-disrupted opening day in the third Test against hosts New Zealand, compiling 136-2 on Friday on a wicket expected to favour the bowlers.
Serena Williams, saying she felt nervous and rusty, made a triumphant WTA return from a left ankle injury, defeating China's Zhang Shuai 6-2, 6-3 on Thursday at the WTA and ATP Miami hardcourt event.
Sri Lanka's cricket selectors on Friday recalled off-spinner Suraj Randiv for the home Test series against England, but left out in-form batsman Chamara Silva.
Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin may have played his last Test after withdrawing Friday from the series against the West Indies for undisclosed family reasons.
Venezuelan forward Solomon Rondon scored twice as Malaga beat Rayo Vallecano 4-2 on Thursday to move into fifth position in La Liga, level on 44 points with Levante and just three behind third-placed Valencia.
Real Madrid insist they have not been paralysed by stage-fright despite seeing their 10-point lead in La Liga slashed to six by bitter rivals Barcelona.
Manchester City will look to return to the top of the Premier League and pile the pressure on title rivals Manchester United when they travel to Stoke on Saturday.
Real Madrid football club will spread its brand to the Middle East and Asia by lending its name to a $1 billion theme park on a man-made island in the United Arab Emirates, it said on Thursday.
Sao Paulo lawyer Marco Polo del Nero will replace Ricardo Teixeira on the FIFA executive committee after his fellow Brazilian quit following allegations of corruption, South American football body Conmebol announced.
Liverpool managing director Iain Ayre admits Luis Suarez is likely to be offered a new contract in the close-season to stop the Uruguay striker being lured away from Anfield.
Bangladesh Army registered a 66-54 point victory over Boarder Guard Bangladesh in the Citycell Independence Cup Basketball Tournament at the Dhanmondi Basketball Gymnasium yesterday.
Wayne Rooney has apologised to a nine-year-old Manchester United supporter after the striker accidentally broke the boy's wrist with a stray shot before his side's 5-0 win at Wolves on Sunday.
With the invention of photography in 1839, it became possible to make precise copies of fleeting instants of time. Two steps made it possible: creating a two-dimensional projection of the three-dimensional world, and “fixing” that projection on some medium such as film.
Angry ticket seekers demonstrated at Chittagong Railway Station when the fourth person in the queue failed to get tickets 20 minutes after opening of sale yesterday morning.
A man was killed and at least ten people were injured in a bloody clash between two groups of people over a disputed land in Shadua Damarhat village (shoal area) in Ulipur upazila yesterday morning.
The country risks the spread of multiple-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) as TB infected urban slum dwellers frequently change residence, said Major Dr M Lutfor Rahman, program consultant of Urban Primary Health Care Project, yesterday.
Our correspondent from Jamalpur reports: A man allegedly committed suicide over a family feud by hanging himself from the branch of a tree with a rope in the district's Sadar upazila yesterday, said police.
Criticising the recent activities of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), former student leaders yesterday said the morality of politically active students have degraded as they only affiliate themselves in politics for financial gains.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked the government officials to utilise their experiences, skills and talents for the country's development.
India yesterday allowed cotton exports to neighbouring countries like Pakistan and Bangladesh via land route after scrutinising the export orders that were issued before the ban.
The quagmire over the academic activities at Jahangirnagar University (JU) has worsened since the murder of Zubair Ahmed who succumbed to his injuries in an attack on the campus by Bangladesh Chhatra League men on January 8.
Noted filmmaker Tanvir Mokammel yesterday appealed to the government to carefully ensure foolproof safety measures at the country's first-ever nuclear power plant at Rooppur in Pabna.
Bangladesh Paribesh Andolon (Bapa) yesterday demanded infrastructure development and proper management of Boldha Garden to save it from degradation.
Nine people, including a couple, were killed and at least 28 others injured in separate road accidents in Comilla, Narayanganj, Tangail, Brahmanbaria and Netrakona early Thursday and yesterday.
Speakers, at a discussion yesterday, said the government authorities concerned are not serious about saving the water bodies, which play a major role in maintaining the ecological balance.
Two brothers died after attending the qulkhwani of their father in Narayanganj yesterday.
Six Bangladeshis returned home through Benapole check-post yesterday after serving two and half years in Indian jail.
Customs officials on Thursday night seized six containers imported under three consignments at Chittagong Port on charge of importing goods under false declaration.
A construction worker died after falling from a rooftop of six-storey under-construction building in the city's Rayerbazar area yesterday.
A five-day art camp began at a hilly resort in Bandarban yesterday evening with the participation of a dozen artists.
An alleged cattle thief was lynched in Nandina village in the sadar upazila on Thursday night.
A youth died after being electrocuted as he was fixing a banner to an electric pole in Khulshi Police Station area in the port city yesterday.
Two people allegedly committed suicide in the capital on Thursday night.
An eight-month-old baby boy was allegedly stolen by a female domestic help from a house in Navy Hospital Gate area of Chittagong city Thursday evening.
MNH Bulu, chairman of BNS Group of Companies, yesterday said he will take legal action if Destiny Group did not return ownership of Boishakhi Television, a private television channel, to him in 15 days.
The government has appointed three new members of Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS) Governing Board to further improve overall management and administrative activities of the national news agency.
A seven-day drama festival titled “Basanta Natya Utsab” will begin at Theatre Institute, Chittagong (TIC) in the port city today.
Khokan Dey, general secretary of Mohanagar Sarbojanin Puja Committee Gendaria Thana unit, passed away after a cardiac arrest at Gendaria Durga temple in the city yesterday. He was 50.
Mujibul Haq Mazumder, a retired official of Livestock Department, passed away yesterday at his elder son's residence at Chittagong Can-tonment. He was 83.
Today is the 15th death anniversary of Qazi Nurul Islam, a former joint secretary.
EU foreign ministers yesterday imposed a travel ban and asset freeze on the UK-born wife of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad and other family members.
The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the nuclear watchdog at the heart of the growing Iranian crisis, has been accused by several former senior officials of pro-western bias, over-reliance on unverified intelligence and of sidelining sceptics.
The European Union yesterday agreed to expand its mission against Somali pirates, by allowing military forces to attack land targets as well as those at sea.
Japan yesterday readied its missile defence systems to shoot down a North Korean rocket if it threatens the country, as the UN chief warned that next month's launch could jeopardise food aid.
The US Senate has approved legislation to strengthen ethics rules by forbidding lawmakers from buying stocks based on information they gather while performing their duties.
Mali's putschists faced a global backlash yesterday with African security chiefs calling an emergency meeting after mutinous soldiers staged a coup just a month before a planned election.
Israel allowed nine fuel tankers to cross into the Gaza Strip yesterday to ease a severe power shortage triggered by a dispute over supplies between Egypt and the enclave's Hamas Islamist rulers.
Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav yesterday spoke of the possibility of parliamentary elections in India earlier than scheduled in the year 2014.
An all-party meeting called by Prime Minister yesterday to work upon the Lokpal impasse failed to reach any consensus, according to reports.
Twelve people died of swine flu in India since the beginning of March, the country's health ministry said yesterday.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said yesterday he will visit Myanmar "probably" next month as he urged international support for reforms in the country.
Libya has restored full diplomatic relations with Iraq and plans to send an ambassador to Baghdad more than eight years after cutting off ties, Iraq's deputy foreign minister said yesterday.
Pope Benedict XVI sets off on an arduous journey to Latin America yesterday where he will address key issues including the war on drugs in Mexico and the evolution of the communist regime in Cuba.
A US soldier is expected to be charged with 17 counts of murder yesterday over the killings of mostly women and children in a shooting rampage in southern Afghanistan.
Arts & Entertainment
Gano Sangeet or 'protest songs' -- whether on oppressed landless peasants or factory workers -- are never dead.
Lux Channel i Superstar, Bidya Sinha Meem's career graph has soared after she defeated hundreds of contestants in the competition. That was the beginning of a magical journey. It won her an amazing opportunity to be a part of the film, “Amar Achhe Jol”, directed by Humayun Ahmed. Such an offer right at the beginning of her career gave a big boost to herself-confidence. She started off with dedication, and tried to give off her best in her first movie. The big day arrived for its release. To her astonishment, the film was a box office hit.
A conference of Biswa Banga Sahitya O Sangskriti Sammelon (BBSSS) was held at the district Shilpakala Academy Auditorium recently. BBSSS is an organisation of Bengali speaking people cutting across countries.
“Phire Chol Matir Taney” is a special segment of agriculture-based programme in “Hridoye Mati O Manush” that is aired on Channel i. The objective of the programme is to give urban students a basic idea of farming and agro-market policy.
To encourage the book reading habit among the young, theatre-based magazine Theatrewala yesterday arranged a discussion on a book titled “Charitroshristi Ebong Obhinoy”, written by Rahman Chowdhury.
Theatre Art Unit staged its latest production, an adaptation of Rabindranath Tagore's much acclaimed literary work “Shesher Kobita”, at the National Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on March 21. Mohammad Bari is the director of the play adapted by Prashanta Haldar.
One of Walt Disney's oldest drawings is seeing the light of day after being locked away for nearly 40 years.
The utte-rance of clearly unprintable words by members of parliament not only saddens but also disappoints because the august house of lawmaking is a place of dignified business by elected representatives of the people. So when parliamentarians stoop low there is cause for concern. Is it time, therefore, to make concerted efforts to restore politics to its edifying status?
Though India-Pakistan relations are going through a relatively calm phase, things can change quickly. We must therefore take advantage of the present atmosphere to lock in beneficial patterns of behaviour.
In the backdrop of the observance of the National Children's Day on March 17, grim reports of the plight of millions of children, mostly born of poor parents, are pouring in. Bangladesh's young population (under 18), about 45% of the total population, are virtually unnoticed. They are the untapped wealth of the nation. The male children supplement the meagre income of the parents, while most female children work as domestic help. A large number of girls, because of abysmal poverty, fall into the clutches of child traffickers and find themselves in red light areas in the country or beyond the borders of the country.
There was a time when any statement on Kashmir, either by the prime minister of India or that of Pakistan used to create a rumpus. Politicians and the media on both sides would dwell for several days on what a particular remark tried to convey.
Tuberculosis is a major public health problem in Bangladesh. It ranks sixth among high TB burden countries in the world. Several factors, such as dense population, environmental pollution, and low physical quality of life prevailing among many people, are contributing to high incidence of the disease in our community.
Turko-Mongol emperor Timur sacks Damascus.
When the government is not capable enough or unable to monitor and stop the ongoing violations of environmental laws, it is the people who can contribute significantly in assisting the regulator by informing the officials of any shocking environmental degradation that is posing severe threat to their surroundings, and also by following the rules properly themselves as sensible citizens and raising awareness among others to stand against pollution.
A popular cold-weather complaint of recent winters -- if the world is getting warmer, why is there 15 inches of snow in Central Park right now? -- has been quietly laid aside this year. Schoolchildren who had anticipated snow days and sledding will tell you that the weather has been disappointingly mild; in fact, since record keeping began, the park has experienced only one warmer winter, in 2001-2.
Poetry is always about the human condition. Or you could say it is the story of the individual in terms of a broader connection with the collective body of men and women going through the pains and passions on which life comes as an offering to them. Yes, poetry is often a happy reflection of the turns and twists of the heart, of the rhythms which inject meaning into existence. More often than not, though, it is the breaking heart which reveals itself searingly through poetic imagery.
My ideas are not rushed when I account my thoughts on paper with a fountain pen. There is a balance in coordinating the pause and etching the final words on a page. I can be as extravagant or as stringent with words at my heart's will. Today that art of penning seems to be on its way to complete oblivion. We live in a world of quick notes and abbreviated messages that leave behind many unsaid thoughts. The pen and ink are lost to time and have become collectibles. Today's hurried age is an age of instant information, disposable sensibilities and thoughts abandoned midway.
The Discarded Prisoner
If medical treatment/therapy has been proven unsuccessful and the liver is no longer able to function, liver transplantation remains the only option for patients suffering from liver failure.
Vaccine is considered as one of the most efficacious, cost-effective and beneficial tools for saving millions of lives in the world. Although poor nations will get the maximum benefit of the vaccine, many lifesaving vaccines are inaccessible to millions of children in developing countries like Bangladesh.
For the past few years, proponents of barefoot running have argued that modern athletic shoes compromise natural running. But now a first-of-its-kind study suggests that, in the right circumstances, running shoes make running physiologically easier than going barefoot.
With the support of GE Healthcare, United Hospital, Dhaka and Medinova Medical Services recently introduced PET/CT imaging, an advance tool for diagnosis of cancer at a very early stage, says a press release.
Hairdressers can be trained to check their clients for skin cancer including deadly malignant melanoma, say health experts.
Beverages with sugar added raise a man's risk of developing heart disease by 20 percent if he drinks one per day, while their equivalent diet drinks seem not to, researchers from Harvard School of Public Health reported in the journal Circulation.
In recent years, while world attention has focused on China's military, India has begun to refashion itself as an armed power with global reach: a power willing and able to dispatch troops thousands of miles from the subcontinent to protect its oil shipments and trade routes, to defend its large expatriate population in the Middle East and to shoulder international peacekeeping duties.
Myanmar's ongoing liberalization and its normalization of relations with the outside world have the possibility of profoundly affecting geopolitics in Asia and all for the better.
Media coverage of President Barack Obama's high-profile visit to Australia and plan to boost US presence in Asia may mask America's shrinking global footprint. The combination of concern over China and the US debt crisis could set Washington on a course to becoming a mere regional power in the Asia Pacific.
Star Books Review
February 2011The latest issue of Kheya, a literary magazine with a fairly prolonged lifespan, was gathering dust on my shelf, being placed quietly underneath my recently bought English and a few Bengali titles. As one corner of it uneasily jutted out, I pulled it out from under the stack. Its cover, stripped of any glitz, is unadorned with a cluster of pale leaves and gives off gloomy light in the foreground of which is put a vertical portrait of the versatile author Abdul Mannan Syed. He died in 2010. Nearly half of the issue is dedicated to his life and works. As I kept browsing through the pages, I met writers and poets who are barely known to readers but seem to have taken up writing as a calling, as an end in itself.
Why something is called aam (mango), something else called pata (leaf) and another boi (book) seemed to be arbitrary, accdidental, so long to linguists in the world. It was for long believed that people of a certain community accepted the meaning of these words as such. It seemed those people could have accepted the same words to mean something else like aam (mango) for books and so forth. Modern linguists have discovered a common structure of sentences in all languages in the world. But to them all seems arbitrary beyond the structure of sentences.
The combination of thoughts, feelings and imagination tinged with appropriate light and shade go into making a real poem, a poem which evokes interest and provokes thoughts of readers.