News of: Sunday, 25th of March, 2012
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Due to unexplainable hindrance from the government, the Korean Export Processing Zone (KEPZ) in Chittagong could not launch full swing operations even 17 years after the initiative.
The Department of Environment (DoE) yesterday seized ten bulldozers from Korean Export Processing Zone (KEPZ) as those were being used for levelling hills in Anwara upazila of the district.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said her government will not allow India to construct the proposed Tipaimukh dam if it is proved that the dam will have negative impact on Bangladesh.
Nobel Laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus has been named by Fortune magazine as one of the 12 Greatest Entrepreneurs of Our Time.
While traffic police have started using wheel clamps against illegally parked cars on streets, designated car parks of commercial buildings in the capital remain illegally occupied or are being used for other purposes.
The government is all set to confer awards on some 110 foreign nationals and organisations on Tuesday for their outstanding contributions in the 1971 Liberation War.
Dr Kamal Hossain and other leaders of the Awami League waited all day on March 25, 1971, for the telephone call General SGMM Peerzada had promised to make regarding a fresh round of talks between the party and the regime. The call did not come, of course, even though the AL had not quite given up hope about a proclamation being issued by President Yahya Khan on the modalities of a transfer of power.
Foreign Minister Dipu Moni yesterday said her ministry is waiting for a transcript of the testimony of former ISI chief Asad Durrani in Pakistan Supreme Court.
The Daily Star yesterday honoured the nation's 1,353 highest achievers in O- and A- levels, including the 63 who ranked among the globe's top scorers subject-wise.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will fly to Turkey on April 9 on a four-day official visit aiming to boost bilateral cooperation in trade, investment, health, culture and connectivity.
A man was killed and five others were injured as a train rammed a private car on Gandaria level crossing in the capital yesterday morning.
Bangladesh allrounder Shakib Al Hasan celebrated his 26th birthday yesterday, two days after he was adjudged the best player of Asia Cup Cricket 2012.
The International Crimes Tribunal-2, constituted on Thursday, will have its first working day today at the Old High Court Building in the city.
The parliamentary standing committee on defence ministry will extend all-out support to Bangladesh Navy for upgrading it into a three-dimensional force by introducing new frigates, submarines, maritime patrol aircraft and other equipment.
US researchers have found oddly-shaped blood cells in heart attack patients, indicating that a blood test could help predict whether a patient is at risk of an imminent cardiac emergency.
The Fairway Community Hall in Khulna was buzzing with excitement yesterday as the spellers at The Daily Star Spelling Bee contest fought hard to earn a spot in the TV round.
Egypt's Islamist-dominated parliament and senate began meeting yesterday to elect a panel to draft a new constitution amid calls by liberal groups for protests against Islamist influence over the charter.
At least five people including a former senator were killed yesterday when a roadside bomb ripped through a pickup truck in the southern Afghan province of Uruzgan, an official said.
Tonight we remember a night which came steeped in murder and mayhem forty one years ago in this land. On this night in March 1971, the Pakistan army launched Operation Searchlight to put an end to the democratic aspirations of the people of Bangladesh. Despite the rising demand for a transfer of power to the elected representatives of the people, despite the concerted civil disobedience movement launched by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at the beginning of the month in order for the state of Pakistan to transit peacefully to democracy following the general elections of three months earlier, the military junta led by General Yahya Khan opted to ride roughshod over popular aspirations through injecting fear into the heart of every Bangali. On the evening of March 25, Yahya Khan stole away to Rawalpindi, but not before he had issued the orders for a sweeping military operation.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has initiated a new move in the city to use wheel clamps for locking illegally parked vehicles so that those can be towed away. This is understandably to discourage people from parking their vehicles just about anywhere. But it can create more problem than solve in terms of enforcement. Even this could lead to compounding traffic jam. Besides, more importantly, it is going to be fringe-touching as it does not the root causes of illegal parking.
The outstanding achievers who were honoured by The Daily Star yesterday for their O and A levels results were in for a huge surprise yesterday.
"Dear Bangladesh fans, it came to my notice that after the Asia Cup final a fan took his life and another died of shock. The incidents are very sad for us. On behalf of my team, I appeal to all the fans: this is only a game and everyone should take it in that way and enjoy the game. We never want to lose but not always can we win. My team and I would like to pass on our condolences to the families who lost their dear ones. Another unfortunate thing is there have been attacks on the homes of two of our players, Shahadat Hossain and Nazimuddin. I earnestly request our fans to refrain from such activities. No one loses on purpose."
The Tigers will get a long break from international cricket after the completion of the exciting Asia Cup as their next international assignment is against Zimbabwe in August.
Kieron Pollard smashed a blistering century as West Indies defeated Australia by 42 runs in the fourth one-day international on Friday to take a 2-1 lead in the five-match series.
Russel Mahmud Jimmy continued with his superb form as Mohammedan confirmed their semifinals berth in the Independence Day Hockey Tournament. The national forward followed up his six goals in the first match with five more in this one, as the Black and Whites beat Bangladesh Army 6-0 at the Maulana Bhasani Stadium yesterday to emerge group champions.
After an exciting Asia Cup, the focus will now shift to the domestic scene as the Premier Division Cricket Super League will kick off today at three different venues.
Bangladesh Cricket Board will lodge a complaint to the International Cricket Council and Asian Cricket Council regarding the collision between Mahmudullah Riyad and Aizaz Cheema during the closing stages of the Bangladesh-Pakistan Asia Cup final on Thursday.
Pakistan's flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi paid rich tributes to Bangladesh, who lost by just two runs to his team in the Asia Cup finals, saying the minnows were as good as the mighty Australians in the clash.
South Africa made light of the grim weather as they cruised to 246-2 on the second day of the weather-affected third and final Test against New Zealand on Saturday.
Venus Williams, in only her second WTA match after a long illness layoff, upset world number three Petra Kvitova on Friday to reach the third round of the WTA and ATP Miami hardcourt tournament.
Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi lashed out at fans at Karachi airport after his three-year-old daughter was hurt in a crush of autograph hunters, eye-witnesses and television reports said Friday.
The traditional Independence Day exhibition match will be held on March 26.
Ireland will play in the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka after hammering Namibia by nine wickets in the preliminary final of the qualifying tournament here on Saturday.
Chelsea missed the chance to close the gap on Tottenham in the race for a top-four finish on Saturday, drawing 0-0 in the Premier League's early kick-off at Stamford Bridge.
Diego Maradona believes there is one trait that sets himself and Lionel Messi apart from the rest when it comes to discussing the best players of all time: speed of thought.
Real Madrid duo Pepe and Mesut Ozil were on Friday hit with two and one match bans respectively for arguing with a referee, raising pressure on the league leaders as Barcelona snap at their heels.
VfL Wolfsburg beat Hamburg SV 2-1 on Friday to stay in contention for a European spot and leave their opponents battling against relegation after suffering a fourth straight defeat.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has told injury-plagued Jack Wilshere to forget about playing in the Olympic Games and target a full Premier League season instead.
A boy was shot dead when Egyptian forces clashed with football fans protesting against a ban on their club over a stadium riot that killed dozens last month, officials said on Saturday.
Border Guard Bangladesh beat Bangladesh Prisons by 39-30 points in the lone match of the Independence Day Kabaddi Competition at the Kabaddi Stadium yesterday. Bangladesh Police will take on Bangladesh Police in today's match.
Chelsea captain John Terry insisted on Friday that coach Roberto Di Matteo is not a Stamford Bridge puppet and that the Italian is firmly in control of team affairs.
The tourism and hospitality sector may grow into one of the largest employers in Bangladesh, if it is backed by policy support, investment and skills development, analysts said yesterday.
Renewed attacks of avian influenza on the poultry industry cut chicken production and hiked prices of meat and eggs.
Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Faruk Khan yesterday said the government moved to ease the ways for tourists of getting on-arrival visas to increase the number of foreign travellers to the country.
India on Friday allowed cotton exports to neighbouring countries such as Bangladesh and Pakistan via land route after scrutinising the export orders that were issued before the ban on cotton.
Nazma Akhter's father was too weak to work, and her mother was a beggar. But Nazma did not want to depend on others for her family's survival.
Bangladesh economy presently stands at $100 billion and this could have been double to $200 billion with better management of fund by the commercial banks, said a former caretaker government adviser yesterday.
Stocks continued to gain for the second week as optimism grew among the investors that led them to a buying spree.
The demutualisation of stock exchanges is important to ensure transparency and accountability in the market as it separates management from ownership, a former Bangladesh Bank governor said yesterday.
Bangladesh should follow the examples of Singapore and take up long-term plans to develop its largely untapped tourism sector, said an analyst yesterday.
Growing up, Puneet Verma, an artist from Bihar often asked his relatives in New Delhi or Mumbai to gift him books. He had no other option because his neighbourhood book-sellers had never heard of his favourite writers such as Neil Gaiman or Junichiro Tanizaki.
Bangladesh, endowed with vast natural assets and heritages, has a huge potential for eco- and rural tourism, said an analyst yesterday.
A three-day long Arms and Ammunition Display and Fair-2012 of Bangladesh Army began on Outer Stadium premises in the port city yesterday.
Minutes before his arrest on the black night of March 25, 1971, Bangabandhu foresaw troops coming to arrest him and uttered the words: “From today Bangladesh has become independent”, a close associate and witness to the incident at his 32 Dhanmondi residence said yesterday.
A three-hour work abstention programme at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) started yesterday protesting the government's decision to upgrade the college into a medical university by making it an autonomous institution.
Around 300 million people across the globe will be displaced by the end of this century due to climate change, said noted environmental scientist Dr Atiq Rahman yesterday.
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has voiced concern over the recent reports that journalists and media in Bangladesh continue to be subjected to threats and harassment.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the government has taken initiatives to set up three more fertiliser factories in the country to meet the growing demand for the agri-input.
A doctor yesterday alleged that a Dhaka University lecturer had married her in 2008 but was now denying that the marriage ever happened and had been torturing her physically and mentally for Tk 5 lakh as dowry.
Environmentalists in a visit to the Old Khoai river in Habiganj yesterday found it to be near dead due to incessant land grabbing and pollution.
Home Minister Shahara Khatun will inaugurate today a memorial erected in memory of the personnel of Directorate of Fire Service and Civil Defence, who were martyred during the Liberation War of the country.
A college girl and a housewife committed suicide, while police recovered the decomposed body of a schoolgirl in the city yesterday.
A memo of the Commander of Eastern Command (Pakistan), Lt Gen Amir Abdullah Khan Niazi dismissed the Pakistani generals' claim that their forces were not involved in killings, lootings and rape during the 1971 Liberation War.
Emotions ran high at the hall of Water Development Board Rest House in Rajshahi yesterday as 23 comrades of the 1971 Liberation War were reunited for the first time 40 years after the country's liberation.
Three people were killed and 55 others injured in separate road accidents in Chittagong and Brahmanbaria yesterday.
Md Rezaul Karim, judge of women and children repression prevention tribunal-1, Chittagong, urged all professionals to deliver proper services to people from all walks of life.
The two arrested sand traders, believed to be the main suspects of the killing of six students in Aminbazar on the outskirts of Dhaka last July, were placed on a four day remand yesterday.
A local leader of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) was killed in an attack by miscreants at Kalibari road in the city yesterday.
Keya Chowdhury, her son, daughter and their four accomplices were remanded yesterday for eight days each in four cases filed for assaulting police, journalists, attacking on a police station and vandalising vehicles in the city on Friday.
Volunteer for Bangladesh, the volunteer wing of JAAGO Foundation, stepped into cleaning up the Banani Lake in its annual World Water Day 2012 campaign on Thursday.
An alleged thief was lynched by an angry mob and another injured at Jalalabad in the port city early hours of yesterday.
Swadhinata Mela Parishad, Chittagong is going to organise Independence Fair on Outer Stadium premises in the port city on April 5.
Three people received burn injuries following the explosion of a gas pipe at Kabutarpara near Kaliganj Bazar in Keraniganj on Friday night.
Police arrested a ward councillor of Chittagong City Corporation (CCC), also a Jamaat-e-Islami leader, on Friday night on charge of attacking police and doing vandalism during a 2010 protest in the port city.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested two persons and seized 702 pieces of Yaba tablet at Chandgaon in the port city yesterday afternoon.
A student of class three drowned in a pond of Owaznagar area in the port city yesterday morning.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in separate drives arrested three drug peddlers and seized 1,440 cans of beer and 780 yaba tablets worth about Tk 7.44 lakh from Feni and the port city yesterday.
Activists of Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) locked the door of a classroom of zoology department at Chittagong University (CU) yesterday keeping the teacher and students inside.
A driver was killed under his tractor while he was ascending from cropland to highway at Sarathnagar village under Kasba upazila of the district on Friday evening.
A fire gutted four shops at Chawkbazar in the port city yesterday evening.
Eminent Gano Sangeet (songs of the masses) artist and freedom fighter Mahbubul Haydar Mohon passed away in a city hospital Friday, says a press release.
A group of people allegedly belonging to the ruling Awami League (AL) felled 50 big roadside trees at Durakuti village in Lalmonirhat Sadar upazila from March 16-18.
Scarcity of safe drinking water has taken a serious turn in Satkhira town in the last few days causing immense sufferings to the town dwellers as the municipal authorities cannot supply around half of the required quantity of water.
Coal like combustible things have been found during digging of a pond at Nachni village on the bank of Akhali River in Brahminbazar union of Kulaura upazila under the district, much to the enthusiasm of locals who are collecting it for using as fuel for cooking.
Bodies of two cousins were found hanging from the ceiling of a house at Sultanpur village in Dakkhin Sunamganj upazila of Sunamganj district yesterday.
Students of four schools in Pabna and Jamalpur districts yesterday took part in the English language fairs held under English in Schools programme, a joint initiative of The Daily Star and mobile operator Robi.
A gang of teenage boys on Friday ransacked a clinic in the city and stabbed the clinic director for refusing treatment of an injured gang member.
People of Harijan community yesterday formed a human chain demanding immediate arrest of the killers of a young man of their community on March 9.
Benapole C & F Agent Employees Union called for an indefinite strike at the land port from March 28, protesting a 'false case' filed against their 200 members by the port authority.
Syria's army resumed heavy shelling of the protest hubs of Homs and Hama yesterday, monitors reported, as international envoy Kofi Annan headed to Russia in the latest push for peace.
Since its founding in 1944, Washington has always chosen the head of the World Bank, and has filled the position each time with an American, without opposition.
A military force set up by the African Union to hunt down fugitive Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony is being launched in South Sudan.
The Odisha government and Maoist-named interlocutors suspended their talks yesterday after the extremists abducted Laxmipur legislator Jhina Hikaka late Friday night.
The pregnant girlfriend of one of the French paratroopers murdered by Mohamed Merah is to be allowed to marry him posthumously, the family's lawyer Gilbert Gollard said Friday.
A boy was shot dead when Egyptian forces clashed with football fans protesting against a ban on their club over a stadium riot that killed dozens last month, officials said yesterday.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave the green light Friday to resume $1.3 billion in annual military aid to Egypt despite fears it is slipping in its avowed transition to democracy.
The White House says President Barack Obama will meet with Pakistan's prime minister on Tuesday as their countries attempt to restart their critical strategic partnership.
US Republicans yesterday hold a primary in the southern state of Louisiana, where underdog Rick Santorum is hoping for a big win over frontrunner Mitt Romney.
US lawmakers yesterday released $88.6m in development aid for the Palestinians that has been frozen for more than six months.
Arts & Entertainment
Rajshahi University based theatre troupe Anushilon Natyadal staged its latest production “Uttarkhana” at the National Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, on March 23. The play has been written and directed by Malay Bhowmick.
As part of the ongoing joint celebrations of the 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore by India and Bangladesh, Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre, High Commission of India, Dhaka organised an evening of “Gaudiya NrityaSakal Raser Dhara”, at the main auditorium of Bangladesh National Museum on March 23.
Loko Natyadal, a popular theatre group in the country, staged a historical play, “Mujib Maney Mukti”, on the eighth day of the10-day theatre festival in Kushtia.
On the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore, Kolkata Painters, in collaboration with Fortune Park Panchwati has organised a four day art camp titled “Sakal Raser Dhara”. The art camp was inaugurated on March 22 at Lakeland Country Club, on the banks of Hooghly River, Howrah. The art camp ends today, informed Subir Chowdhury, director of Bengal Gallery.
On the occasion of Independence Day, the world premiere of Impress Telefilm's Karigar will air on Channel i on March 26 at 11:05am. The film is based on the Liberation War. It was released on March 23 at Balaka Cine World. The story, screenplay, cinematography, editing, dialogue and directorial work have been done by Anwar Sahadat. The cast includes Rokeya Prachi, Joyonta Chattopaddhaya, Sushma Sarkar, Rani Sarkar, Hima, Golam Mostafa, Masud Alam Babu, Shamim Khan and others.
Special single episode TV play, “Tomar Porey Thekai Matha” will be aired on March 26 on ATN Bangla at 8:40pm. The original concept of Farzana Yasmin, Rumman Rashid Khan has written the play.
Music-lovers in the port city were treated to an evening of instrumental music on Friday.
So last week, Bangla-desh lost the Asia Cup Cricket final. Nothing could have been more heart rending than losing to Pakistan by only two measly runs. Pakistan was not the world cricket champion nor was it the Asian champion. Our team had slowly but surely defeated India, the world champions and Sri Lanka, a major cricketing power. But in the final match, we the dragon slayers who were supposed to make mincemeat of Pakistan were unable to snatch away the Asia Cup. We lost to them and they took away the Cup which was deservedly ours.
The two popular draws at any country fair are that of the fire-eater and the juggler. The biggest fair in our democratic country is obviously politics, and it should be no surprise therefore when big crowds, led by an inexhaustible media, gather around any spectacle of fire-eating.
The 2012 Seoul Nuclear Security Summit will be held in Seoul on March 26-27, 2012. It is expected to be the largest summit in the security field that discusses international cooperative measures to protect nuclear materials and facilities from terrorist groups, with participation from 40 heads of states. I am pleased to share with the people of Bangladesh what the background, basic objectives, main issues to be discussed and expected outcome of 2012 Seoul Nuclear Security Summit are.
WHAT an unbelievable tournament! I was privileged and honoured to have witnessed all of you making history in the last three matches (BAN vs IND, BAN vs SL, and of course BAN vs PAK). Like millions of Bangladeshis, I cheered during the boundaries, jeered when the extras were given, cried when those 2 runs became too far, and stood up clapping with great pride at my national team that has truly come of age. What made us even more emotional during this tournament was to see all of you play like a real team. There was respect and unity for each other which, to be honest, we had not seen before. You played strength by strength and every player contributed to the team's achievements. For a nation that is divided on so many grounds, it was the Tigers and their united front that brought 160 million people together under the same banner. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for playing like the Tigers you really are!
This month my weekly column "Shifting Images" celebrates its first anniversary. The column started fortuitously when the Editor and Publisher of this paper asked if I could write about unfolding events pertaining to social issues from the perspective of a Bangladeshi immigrant living in the USA. For a while I pondered over the offer given the enormity of the challenge. After all, it is quite intimidating to face a readership that is perceptive, erudite and discerning. But, I decided to take the plunge into the world of writing since it offered enormous opportunities for finding a voice --even if a feeble one -- to express an opinion on contemporary social concerns and controversies.