News of: Wednesday, 28th of March, 2012
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Expressing its deep debt of gratitude, the country yesterday honoured individuals and organisations from across the world for their wholehearted support to its liberation in 1971.
A book launch that BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia was supposed to attend was suspended as the Ruposhi Bangla Hotel management cancelled the venue reservation “on the instructions of an intelligence agency”.
1. Dr Ram Baran Yadav, President of Nepal
The count of illegal inland water vessels in the country is 24 times higher than that of the registered vessels, revealed director general of Department of Shipping (DoS) yesterday.
Anyone would require some nerves of steel if he or she travels to Sylhet by road and chooses the 34-km connecting road leading to the Sylhet highway from Tongi. Large potholes dot almost the entire stretch and a vehicle bumps and jolts like a wild horse. If it's an old car, it might break down during the journey, which may pose a nightmare to those riding it.
After repeatedly failing to produce witnesses in the case against Jamaat-e-Islami leader Delawar Hossain Sayedee, the prosecution yesterday prayed to the International Crimes Tribunal-1 to accept witnesses' statements as testimonies.
The International Crimes Tribunal-1 yesterday took into cognisance the war crimes charges brought against former BNP lawmaker Abdul Alim.
As soon as the BDR mutiny broke out at Pilkhana on February 25, 2009, the then director general of the force Maj Gen Shakil Ahmed sought help from the prime minister.
An expedition to historical sites in Chittagong city came as a pleasant opportunity to Sabrina, a student.
The divisional round of The Daily Star Spelling Bee contest will be aired on Channel i at 7:50pm tonight.
A “coconut vendor”, who drugged bus passengers unconscious and robbed them of their valuables, got a taste of his own medicine yesterday when a victim made him drink his doped coconut milk.
The agitating teachers of Jahangirnagar University yesterday observed an all-out strike programme on the campus for the seventh consecutive day that apparently put all kinds of academic activities in suspension.
Dhaka College students yesterday vandalised vehicles and blocked the road in front of the college protesting the death of a fellow student in a road accident.
The scenic roadside landscape of the port city has been marred for two weeks by numerous hoardings publicising the March 28 grand rally of city Awami League at Pologround.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is likely to ask for a formal complaint from Army chief V K Singh in connection with his allegation that he was offered a bribe of Rs 14 crore to clear to swing a 'sub-standard' defence deal.
The Department of Environment (DoE) yesterday fined three paper mills in Chittagong and six brick kilns in Rangpur, Feni and Chittagong a total of Tk 2,625,000 for environmental pollution.
At least 15 people were injured in a clash between students of Titumir College and police in the capital's Mohakhali late last night.
We note with deep sense of anguish the clashes that occurred at the National Memorial on the national day. The morning of 26 March at the Memorial was denigrated by the three-way clashes within the BNP as to which group should be the first to receive begum Zia which was followed by clashes between the AL and BNP supporters, after the President and PM had left the Memorial as to who should be the first to lay wreath and, not to be left out of the news, the Jatiyo Party factions locked horns with each other as to who should be the first to receive General Ershad.
The Daily Star on Sunday honoured the nation's top achievers in O and A Level exams for their outstanding scores in different subjects on an international scale. They are the sons and daughters of the soil who through their brilliant results on the world stage have done us proud as well as bolstering our sense of belonging to the world. We felicitate them for their excellent achievements. We also congratulate their parents, teachers and schools for their collective efforts to guide them to reach such heights.
England bounced back after being spun out cheaply by Sri Lanka to leave the first cricket Test evenly poised at the Galle International Stadium on Tuesday.
Old DOHS and Victoria Sporting Club have to pick up wins in today's Premier Super League matches but are up against teams that have reasons to keep them at bay.
Willes Little Flower School & College became Dhaka Zone champions of the Standard Chartered Young Tigers National School Cricket with a comfortable 63-run victory over Mirpur Bangla High School in the final at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium yesterday.
Feni Soccer Club tasted their first victory in the Grameenphone Bangladesh Premier League when they handed a 2-0 defeat to Rahmatganj MFS in their away match at the Bangabandhu National Hockey Stadium yesterday.
The start-studded Mohammedan Sporting Club will once again bank on striker Rasel Mahmud Jimmy when they face Usha Krira Chakra in the final of Dhaka Bank Independence Cup Hockey tournament at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium today.
The 32nd Inter District Cricket Championship will kick off today at different venues across the country.
The Uttara Bank 5th National Archery Championship gets underway from tomorrow at the Army Stadium with 175 archers including 70 women from 51 teams taking part.
Top seeds and defending champions Novak Djokovic and Victoria Azarenka advanced Monday while third seed Roger Federer crashed out of the ATP-WTA Miami Masters tournament.
A heroic century by 21-year-old Kane Williamson trumped a hostile South Africa bowling attack and allowed New Zealand to hang on for a tenacious draw in the third Test Tuesday.
Fast bowler Ishant Sharma has been ruled out of the Indian Premier League (IPL) after undergoing an ankle surgery earlier this month, which is likely to keep him out of action for at least six months.
Wayne Rooney kept Manchester United on course for a record 20th title after hitting the winner in a 1-0 win over Fulham at Old Trafford on Monday.
AC Milan have hinted they could shun their Italian roots when Barcelona visit the San Siro in the Champions League quarterfinal, first leg on Wednesday.
A British university student was on Tuesday jailed for 56 days for inciting racial hatred, after posting offensive comments on Twitter about the collapse of Bolton Wanderers footballer Fabrice Muamba.
Rarely can two sides have approached a Champions League knockout tie in such contrasting form as Marseille and Bayern Munich, who meet in the first leg of their quarterfinal at Stade Velodrome on Wednesday.
Former French international striker Djibril Cisse was suspended for four matches on Monday dealing a huge blow to his Premier League side Queens Park Rangers hopes of retaining their elite status.
Chelsea are willing to make Laurent Blanc the highest paid manager in English football after identifying the France coach as the frontrunner for the vacancy at Stamford Bridge, The Times reported Tuesday.
Bangladesh Army and Bangladesh Navy won their respective matches in the KFC Pizza Hut Independence Cup Kabaddi Tournament at the Kabaddi Court yesterday.
Inter Milan sacked coach Claudio Ranieri on Monday after a string of poor results which has left the Serie A giants struggling to qualify for next season's Champions League.
GMG Airlines Ltd will suspend its last remaining flights from March 30 for an indefinite period due to technical problems in aircraft, said an official of the private carrier yesterday.
Bangladesh gets closer to the $1 billion credit promised by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as the lender plans to place a proposal for the loan at its board meeting on April 11.
Confident about the country's food stock and future outlook, the government yesterday decided to withdraw a three-year-old ban on exports of aromatic rice.
South Korea has widened its preferential market access for more exports from the least developed countries, including Bangladesh.
Norwegian mobile phone group Telenor will seek compensation from India if a dispute over the cancellation of its Indian unit's telecoms licences cannot be resolved.
Bangladesh yesterday asked India to facilitate opening of corporate offices of its businessmen in the next-door neighbouring country to enhance the flow of trade and investment between the two countries.
Stocks gained for a third day yesterday with the highest turnover in the last three months as investors gained confidence.
A seven-day Thai food festival and cultural show begins at Sonargaon Hotel in Dhaka today.
Apple chief executive Tim Cook on Tuesday held talks with government officials in China, where development of the company's biggest potential market is clouded by issues ranging from a contested iPad trademark to treatment of local labour.
Ailing carrier Kingfisher Airlines said on Tuesday it has temporarily suspended operations to several destinations as per its revised flight schedule, and has asked most employees at those places to "stay at home."
Japanese high-tech firm Hitachi on Tuesday said it plans to slash its annual costs 5.0 percent by 2015, or about $5.43 billion a year, to compete with rivals including General Electric.
The substantial reduction in poverty in Bangladesh since independence is a cause for celebration. A major reason for this decline in poverty is the rising per capita income, growing from less than 2 percent a year in the 1970s to around 5 percent a year in the 2000s.
The average Goldman Sachs employee earns in excess of $350,000 per year, and we're assured Greg Smith, who most visibly quit his job there last week, was paid substantially more.
Two districts--Chapainawabganj and Naogaon--are at very high groundwater drought risk while Rajshahi and Joypurhat at moderate risk, said a research paper at a two-day conference.
Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar yesterday said Indian Border Security Force (BSF) should be more careful about stopping border killings which Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh pledged to stop earlier.
Bangladesh is the highest contributor of female police to the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping operations with a total of 211 female officers deployed in it.
For mitigation of the traffic jam in the port city, Abdus Salam, chairman of Chittagong Development Authority (CDA), has urged the prime minister to help build Dewanhat-CEPZ flyover to be financed by Chittagong Port Authority.
Home Minister Sahara Khatun yesterday said the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) did not do anything which could be treated as a violation of human rights during the last three years of the Awami League regime.
The ruling Awami League yesterday refuted the allegation that BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia was obstructed on her way to the National Memorial in Savar Monday.
A Dhaka court yesterday framed charges against the acting editor, publisher, chief reporter and a reporter of the daily Amar Desh in a defamation case.
Hundreds of indigenous people demonstrated before Godagari UNO office yesterday to press home their six-point demand, including security of their lives and properties in the northern districts.
Three people were killed and eight others, including four policemen, injured in separate road accidents in Bogra and Dinajpur yesterday.
President Zillur Rahman yesterday said Bangladesh is happy to recognise the contributions of the country's foreign friends and well-wishers for their wholehearted support to the 1971 Liberation War and invaluable services from respective position.
Swadhin Bangla Football Team (SBFT) has expressed resentment over the non-inclusion of four persons in the list of foreign nationals who were awarded for their outstanding contributions to the country's War of Liberation in 1971.
Journalists will observe a three-hour token strike and hold a rally in front of the Jatiya Press Club today demanding formation of the 8th wage board.
UK-based world's leading medical journal, The Lancet, has honoured Bangladeshi physician Prof Dr AK Azad Khan by publishing his profile in its February 25 issue.
Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, Margareta Wahlstrom, comes to Bangladesh on a four-day visit today.
Students of Arabic Department of Rajshahi University yesterday boycotted classes and staged a sit-in before the department protesting session jam in the department.
Two people were killed in separate incidents at Jatrabari and Demra in the city yesterday.
Police yesterday arrested a housewife on charge of torturing a 10-year-old girl, who had been working as a domestic help at her house in the city's Gulshan for the last several days.
An ambulance caught fire when it was refuelling at a CNG filling station in the city's Moghbazar yesterday.
A man was killed after being hit by an iron bar of a railway bridge in Parbatipur upazila of Dinajpur on Monday evening.
Aspirants willing to join the Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) can now submit their applications through the internet as an online recruitment registration system for the force was launched yesterday.
Teachers and students of music and drama department at Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday observed the `World Theatre Day' which is globally known as “Fete de la Musique”.
Leaders of Chittagong Newspaper Hawker League condoled the bereaved family of its member Md Shamsujjaman Mia who died in a road accident in the port city on Monday.
The speakers at a view-exchange meeting in the port city yesterday said the trial processes were lingered due to shortage of judges in the district court.
Today is the 47th death anniversary of former range inspector of school and educationist Khorshed Alam Khan, father of renowned political analyst Sirajul Alam Khan, says a press release.
Engineers and technicians of Ashuganj Power Station Company Limited (APSCL) have successfully renovated its 150 MW power unit-3 in four months.
Farmers in the district have started onion cultivation in their lands despite incurring huge losses last season.
Students of five schools in Khulna, Rajshahi 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.
Police recovered the body of a primary school student, who was abducted two days ago, from an under construction house in front of Rangpur Cadet College yesterday afternoon.
Benapole port's C&F agent employees union has called off indefinite strike scheduled to begin today.
Dhaperhat health centre in Sadullapur upazila remain closed twice a week due to make-shift village market, locally known as haat, on its compound.
A woman and her daughter were burnt to death in a fire at Helenabad Colony in the city on Monday.
An outlaw and prime accused in AL leader Salam Mridha killing case was murdered by rivals at a village in Goalunda upazila of Rajbari district on Monday night.
A college student was 'severely' punished by the principal on charge of stalking and other offences in Sadar upazila yesterday.
A local Jubo League leader was stabbed to death at Central High School playground at Sutrapur in the town on Monday night.
A tiger killed a crab catcher in the Rasuner canal in the Sundarbans on Monday. The victim is Ayub Ali Gazi, 45, son of Abul Hossain Gazi of Kalinchi village in Shyamnagar upazila. Victim's aides Zobed Ali and Mahrram Ali said Ayub was attacked and dragged away by a tiger at around 4:00pm when they went to the canal to catch crabs. On information, forest guards recovered the body from the spot, said Kaikhali forest station officer Monayem Hossain.
A mobile court sentenced a young man to three months' imprisonment for sexually harassing a woman at Bujruk Pakuria village in Sadullapur upazila yesterday. The court sources said, Ammulya Chandra Sarker, 25, of the village, used to tease the victim for long on her way to home. The stalker chased the woman in the area yesterday. In fear, she cried for help. Locals caught Ammulya and handed him over to police. He was produced before the court led by executive magistrate Golam Mowla, said Sadullapur police.
A former firefighter was stabbed to death allegedly by his neighbours at Kolabaria village in Kalia upazila early yesterday. The deceased is Abu Jafor Sheikh, 65, son of Jalal Sheikh of the village. Police recovered the body and sent it to Narail Sadar Hospital morgue for autopsy. Locals found Jafor's body lying on Kolabaria Bazar Road and informed police. Sarwar Hossain, officer in-charge of Naragati police station, said there was a longstanding clash between Jafor and his neighbours over a disputed land. He might have been killed by them, the OC added.
Two siblings drowned in Netai River in Dhubaura upazila yesterday afternoon. The victims are Shariful Haque, 6 and Ariful Haque, 8, sons of Azizul Haque, a day labourer of frontier village Kalsindur. Mir Alimuzzaman, officer in-charge of Dhubaura police station, said Shariful accidentally fell into the river while he was playing on a boat at around 3.30 pm. In the mean time, Ariful, who was on the bank of the river, jumped into the river to save his brother. Both of them did not know how to swim.
Once again it is confirmed that if we wish we can defeat the strongest opponent. Bangladesh is getting stronger in every department of the game--fielding, bowling and batting. Actually, this happens when a nation forges ahead with a vision and dream. It seems we are once again waking up with our sprit of the Liberation War. Very confident after securing maritime areas, the government is dealing with India like our present cricket team who are measuring up to people's expectation. Consecutive comprehensive win is no fluke; rather playing their hearts out has become our team's habit. What we have to do now is apply this spirit in eradicating corruption from every sector of our country. Only then nation will prosper and the people of the world will look at us with respect.
The little master hit his 100th century and Bangladesh is playing mind-blowing cricket which is exactly what we were waiting to watch for so long. We are amazed at the performance of our brave boys. Shakib is a great player. People used to say that Sachin has done the impossible possible and no one will be able to break his record. But this is not true anymore. Shakib is only 22. He will go a long way. I hope he will hit his 200th century in his long career. Shakib has regained his position of number one all-rounder in the ODI cricket. All-rounder means great at bowling, batting and fielding. On the other hand, Sachin is only good at batting and he is called the Batting Master. We all pray for Shakib.
This refers to the recent political trends and dreams of major political parties in Bangladesh. The ruling party and sycophancy will forever remain inseparable. Sadly, the grand old party of Bangladesh seems to be stripped of ideas, ideals and ideology and all that it can offer to the nation is just another member of the Sheikh dynasty, who appears to be a product of excessive hype and grand publicity. This party is like an elephant that does not know its strength. Now that it has realised its strength, it can be confident of winning the general elections on its own. This party's leader waxes eloquent on meritocracy without realising that it cannot be brought about by an individual anywhere, however powerful and influential s/he is.
On 14th March, Mr. Aminur Rahim wrote about how Mashrafe had let his team down by bowling poorly. I respect his feelings and to be honest, I also felt dejected and disappointed when Bangladesh squandered away a chance to defeat a giant in world cricket. However, blaming only Mashrafe for the debacle is not right. First of all, Mashrafe was not the only one who bowled poorly. Shafiul Islam was more expensive and did not also get a wicket. Not only that, Mashrafe has said it again and again that he does not want to bowl in the slog overs. In the matches, Mr. Aminur Rahim mentioned, Mashrafe bowled well upfront with the new ball but was taken apart in the slog overs. Was it not the captain's duty to let Mashrafe bowl in the initial overs and someone else in the final overs? In addition, Mashrafe came back after a one-year layoff due to injury. And a bit nervousness is not unexpected from a player coming back after such a long-time injury. Mashrafe is a strong player and he has proved it time and again. He still has got a lot to offer.
Our home minister had pledged to arrest the killers of journalist couple Sagar and Runi within 48 hours. This time limit is now steadily approaching 48 days, but the police failed miserably to trace out the criminals! It appears that heinous crimes like burglary, mugging, robbery, murder etc are suddenly on the rise. Situation is so grave that even a foreign diplomat has been killed in the capital's diplomatic zone recently!
Why did Mushfiq choose Shahadat to bowl the last over? Everybody knows what an expensive bowler he is. Even if Mahmudullah had bowled the last over, it would not have yielded 19 runs in the Asia Cup final. What a waste! I believe the Asia Cup was lost due to Shahadat's poor bowling. He must improve his bowling if he wants to remain in the team!
A few years ago, I wrote two open letters to Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia that were published in The Daily Star. Now I again feel the urge to write a common letter to these two leaders who have been dictating the destiny of 16 million people of this country. My questions to the two most powerful ladies are:
The article by Ali and Rahman related to this subject and published by you on March 17 is informative and interesting for the readers. The presentation of the Clean Development Mechanism's (CDM) scope and its present status in Bangladesh was appreciated.
It is a regular event for us to enjoy all unparliamentarily activities by our MPs in the Sangsad. The recurring actions of our MPs on whom we bestow our trust fail us. After a series of rallies on the street, which brought forth a wave of tension all over the country, we welcome the Opposition's decision of joining the parliament. But instead of fulfilling our expectation of a fruitful JS session they wallow in trivial scuffle. So it becomes predictable for us what is coming next. The frustration rises high when we find they (MPs) don't bother that we are watching.
Parliament is not a place for abusing and dishonouring the members of other parties. As a concerned citizen, I think actions should be taken against those MPs for their inappropriate acts, from the highest authorities. Lack of actions may only add fuel to such hostility in the future.
I am deeply shocked to see a picture in The Daily Star of March 23, 2012 with the following caption: “Premises of this mosque at Gobinda village in Pabna town witnessed the most unimaginable barbarity on March 26 in 1971 when the Pakistan occupation army opened fire at the people taking part in janaza prayers as part of a deceased villager's funeral.”
Here are some comments that came in response to Tuesday's The Daily Star news report headlined “30 hurt as AL, BNP activists clash at National Memorial”
Syria has accepted a proposal crafted by Kofi Annan that aims to end bloodshed in the strife-hit country, but the United Nations-Arab League envoy has cautioned implementation is key to peace.
US President Barack Obama and Pakistan's Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani vowed yesterday to rescue a troubled anti-terror alliance, which almost ruptured over 10 months of mistrust and recriminations.
The number of executions carried out worldwide surged in 2011, mainly centred in the Middle East, Amnesty International's said yesterday in it's annual report on the death penalty.
Former International Monetary Fund boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been charged over alleged involvement in a prostitution ring.
World leaders yesterday called for strong action to combat the threat of nuclear terrorism, including minimising civilian use of highly enriched uranium (HEU), which can be turned into bombs.
Clashes have broken out in oil-rich border areas between Sudan and South Sudan in what has been called the biggest confrontation since the countries split last July.
People who eat chocolate regularly tend to be thinner, a new research published in Archives of Internal Medicine suggests.
At least 11 Indian paramilitary personnel were killed and 29 others injured in a landmine blast yesterday set off by Maoists in Gadchiroli district of western state of Maharashtra.
North Korea insisted yesterday it would go ahead with its satellite launch, snubbing a call from US President Barack Obama to drop the plan and accusing him of a "confrontational mindset".
The United States is seeking to build regional shields against ballistic missiles in both Asia and the Middle East akin to a controversial defence system in Europe, a senior Pentagon official disclosed on Monday.
Officials from the largest party in Tunisia's governing coalition said they will not support moves to enshrine Islamic law in the new constitution.
Arts & Entertainment
Historians and fiction (in particular historical fiction) writers are strange bedfellows. Where does one draw the line? According to author Selina Hossain, "When you want hardcore facts, you should go for history or news reports. The purpose of historical fiction is to provide the reader with a feel of being present at a particular event through the perspective of characters. This is essentially an art of recreating the past, entirely dependent on the literary prowess of a writer."
On the occasion of Independence Day, in cooperation with Gallery Chitrak, Channel i and Liberation War Museum jointly organised a daylong painting event titled “Rong Tulite Muktijuddha”. The event was held on March 26 at the Liberation War Museum premises, Segunbagicha. Renowned painters of the country took part in the art camp. The themes of paintings were Liberation War, Joy of Victory, Cruelty of War, Concentration Camp and different aspects of independence.
A three-day monodrama festival featuring as many plays was held at the Natmandal auditorium of Dhaka University, from March 24-26.Theatre-based journal, “Manchakatha” arranged the festival that featured “Kokilara”, “Ami Birangana Bolchhi” and “Lal Jamin”.
Shakib Khan won the Best Actor National Film Award- 2010, for his performance in the movie “Bhalobashlei Ghor Badha Jae Na”. The most popular and sought-after movie star of the time, Shakib Khan has the ability to make an instant hit of any film he stars in. The prominent actor has also been elected as the president of the Cholochitro Shilpi Shamitee. Shakib Khan recently talked to The Daily Star about his winning streak.
March is a good month to remember history.
Dr. Henry Kissinger had just become America's Secretary of State when Egypt's President Anwar Sadat surprised the world and stunned his Arab world by launching a successful war against Israel on October 6, 1973, the day of Yom Kippur. Within 24 hours Egyptian troops had crossed the Red Sea and raced across the Sinai desert to recover territory lost in 1967. At the end of that fateful day, Kissinger sent a simple but powerful private message to Sadat through a non-official channel: "You have begun the war with Soviet weapons, but you will need the power of American diplomacy to establish a peace."
Now that the maritime boundary has been settled amicably with Myanmar through International Tribunal for Law of the Sea (ITLOS), Bangladesh has to resolve the maritime boundary with India. The process started in the Arbitral Tribunal in 2009.
When two running ships collide head to head, there is no doubt that severe structural damage will occur. Even after such collision the vessel should not have sunk and so many passengers should not have died if it had been designed to the required standard and appropriate safety rules were followed. I do not know how many life-jackets the vessel was carrying, when every passenger must have one.
Asians have no sense of humour. Their idea of comedy is slapstick. Irony doesn't exist in Asian discourse. There are no comedians in Asia.
Crimean War: France and Britain declare war on Russia.