News of: Saturday, 31st of March, 2012
The 12-day Odommo Chattagram festival, an initiative of The Daily Star, began yesterday with a gala inauguration ceremony and huge enthusiasm and expectation.
An ecstatic audience roared in joy as centenarian anti-British revolutionist Binod Bihari Chowdhury was reciting “Ei labhinu sanga tabo, sundoro he sundoro, dhanya holo ango momo, punyo holo ontoro.”
The Korean Export Processing Zone (KEPZ) authorities are unable to offer industrial plots to foreign investors as the government is yet to hand over the deed of transfer for the land the KEPZ purchased in Chittagong a decade ago.
The BNP-led opposition lawmakers may opt for another round of long House boycott, some BNP leaders gave this indication yesterday, a day after boycotting the last sitting of the parliament's 12th session.
The planning ministry has proposed slashing foreign assistance from the current Annual Development Programme by 24 per cent mostly due to non-availability of matching funds and delay in approval from the donors.
The international community should stand beside Bangladesh to help it tackle the climate-change impacts, Special Representative of UN Secretary General for Disaster Risk Reduction Margareta Wahlstrom said yesterday.
Some 40 old trees on the premises of Barisal General Hospital are being felled to construct a drain and footpath along the boundary wall of the hospital.
Bangladesh for the first time tonight will observe Earth Hour -- a worldwide one-hour power off campaign -- to support action to ensure a sustainable future for the planet.
A group of environmentalists and social activists at a rally yesterday demanded inclusion of renowned experts and specialists in the Bangladesh-India joint survey team on the proposed Tipaimukh dam.
Dhaka University's 46th convocation, the biggest programme to confer degrees, will be held today at the university's central playground at 11:30 am.
A three-day trade and tourism exposition of Saarc countries opened in the city yesterday with a call to boost regional trade and introduce on-arrival visa for its citizens.
Obesity is fuelling a major increase in the number of cases of kidney cancers diagnosed in Britain, experts say.
An Awami League leader was shot dead in Kalarmar Chhara Bazar under Moheshkhali upazila Thursday night.
Noted journalist Minar Mahmud, editor of now-defunct weekly Bichinta, died from poisoning, said doctors of Dhaka Medical College (DMC) on completion of his autopsy yesterday.
With the formal launching of ‘Odommo Chattagram' festival, a Daily Star brainchild to promote the port city Chittagong, the curtain was raised yesterday for a plethora of socio-cultural events that will continue for the next 11 days.
Osama bin Laden fathered four children as he hid out in Pakistan after the 9/11 attacks, his youngest wife told interrogators, according to a police report seen by AFP yesterday.
Rupert Murdoch said Friday people would be "crazy" to believe pay-TV piracy claims against News Corp. as new allegations were published that a unit of his company paid British police for "assistance".
Sudanese troops fought deadly battles with rebel fighters in the strategic village of Talodi, close to the border with the newly independent south, sources on both sides said yesterday.
The dignity of an occasion like the upcoming 46th convocation at DU was sullied on Wednesday at TSC, the venue for distribution of some gift items to the graduating students. Several hundred of them, many from different colleges and institutions under DU, were seen scrambling for the gift items and taking away more than they were allotted in a pre-convocation distribution ceremony.
The Daily Star takes immense pride in what in a sense is re-launching of the port city through 'Odommo Chattagram' initiative. The gala opening at the M.A. Aziz Stadium yesterday has lifted the curtains on a 12-day event, which will, among other things, reveal the rich 1400 year-old history of Chittagong, display the diverse culture of the region, and deliberate on the ways and means of developing the huge economic potential of the region, the port in particular.
Both fixtures of the Grameenphone Bangladesh Premier League ended in draws at different venues yesterday.
The Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League will remain suspended until the authorities reach a decision in a meeting, today, on the latest controversy to hit the domestic game.
Siddikur Rahman birdied the last hole for a five-under-par 67 to pull clear from the chasing pack after the halfway stage of the Panasonic Open India on Friday.
Shakib Al Hasan is intent on getting a bit of rest from competitive cricket after the upcoming IPL, as he has not taken any substantial time off the game for more than two years. That could mean skipping a stint on the English county circuit this season, following his second season with Kolkata Knight Riders - the IPL ends on May 27, and Shakib is yet to firm up his county plans.
Star archer Emadul Haq Milon was eliminated from the bronze-deciding Recurve Bow event of the Uttara Bank 5th National Archery Championships when he lost to BKSP's Ram Krishna Saha at the Army Stadium yesterday.
Utttar Baridhara Club and Beanibazar SC played out a 1-1 draw in the Premier Bank Bangladesh Championship League at the Cox'z Bazar Stadium yesterday.
Three-time runner-up Maria Sharapova booked her second straight Miami final Thursday, rallying to beat disgruntled Caroline Wozniacki and set up a title clash with Agnieszka Radwanska.
England captain Andrew Strauss faces close scrutiny of his batting and leadership skills as he attempts to keep his spin-shattered team on top of the world Test rankings.
Pakistan's former bowling great Wasim Akram swung behind Mohammad Aamer on Thursday, saying he deserves to be forgiven and allowed back into international cricket after serving a ban for spot-fixing.
World number one Novak Djokovic booked a semi-final showdown with Juan Monaco at the Miami Masters on Thursday, holding off a determined David Ferrer of Spain 6-2, 7-6 (7/1).
Indian World Cup hero Yuvraj Singh, who is recovering after cancer treatment, received a boost when batting superstar Sachin Tendulkar visited him in London.
England seamer Stuart Broad was on Friday ruled out of the second and final Test against Sri Lanka with a calf strain and will immediately fly home, dealing a further blow to the tourists.
Ethiopian distance great Kenenisa Bekele added another record to his glittering career this week when he set a new benchmark for the most consecutive days holding both the 5,000m and 10,000m world records.
Spring 08 became champions of the BRAC University inter-semester football tournament at the Military Museum field yesterday.
Fernando Llorente grabbed a brace as Athletic Bilbao proved their Europa League conquest of Manchester United was no fluke with a 4-2 win at Schalke in Thursday's quarterfinal first leg.
Manchester City linchpin Yaya Toure has urged his team-mates to emulate Barcelona as they attempt to overhaul Manchester United in the Premier League's gripping title climax.
Having steadied the ship following two consecutive draws with commanding wins in La Liga and in Europe, Real Madrid begin a crucial run of games with a tricky trip to Pamplona to face Osasuna on Saturday.
Diego Maradona blasted fans as "cowards" on Thursday after he rushed from his dugout to the stands to rescue his girlfriend from an ugly confrontation, media reports claimed.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was on Friday handed a three-match ban by UEFA following a charge of improper conduct during a Champions League game this month.
Manchester City will be without star striker Sergio Aguero for the Premier League clash against Sunderland with a "stupid" injury, club manager Roberto Mancini confirmed Friday.
Italy forward Antonio Cassano returned to training with AC Milan on Thursday for the first time since heart surgery.
Are you feeling adventurous enough to join other photographers on a trip to see horse-racing in Norail? Or a Jatra (village play) in Srimongol? Or perhaps explore remote but beautiful places such as Tanguar Haor or Nijhum Dweep? Maybe after reading last week's Tangents on street photography, you want to try taking pictures in Dhaka streets?
The supporters of a pro-ruling party body foiled the human chain programme of a pro-BNP organisation, Deshnetri Forum, in front of Jatiya Press Club yesterday.
In a bid to increase the number of political activists, all student fronts at Dhaka University force students residing in the halls to join their political programmes almost every day intervening their studies.
A mobile court sentenced two college students to six months imprisonment on charge of stalking female students at Khalishakhali village in the sadar upazila on Thursday evening.
Scholarships were conferred on 40 meritorious students from 10 city schools by Concord Group and Fantasy Kingdom through a reception at Fantasy Kingdom in Ashulia on the outskirts of Dhaka yesterday.
A retired doctor of National Medical College Hospital allegedly committed suicide after jumping from the rooftop of the hospital at Sutrapur in the city yesterday.
Language movement veteran and freedom fighter (FF) Saiful Islam is in coma at United Hospital in the city.
South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR), a voluntary people's organisation, has expressed concern over the High Court's summoning of Dr Asif Nazrul, a law professor at Dhaka University, for his recent comment on a television talk show about Bangladesh politics.
Eminent architect and urban planner Muzharul Islam was sent abroad on Thursday for better treatment as his physical condition was critical due to old-age complications.
A daylong English Language Fair was held in two schools of Jamalpur and Rajshahi yesterday.
Bangladesh Nationalists Party (BNP) Chittagong city unit President Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury yesterday termed Prime Minister (PM) Sheikh Hasina's announcement, at the March 28 grand rally, to take responsibility of the port city's development a mockery.
A Dhaka University teacher yesterday took a class of some students of a private university at DU's business studies faculty violating rules.
Awami League will assume power in the next parliamentary elections and take the country forward, as envisioned by the people, said Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury yesterday.
Three people were killed and another was injured in separate road accidents in Chapainawabganj and Khulna early Thursday and yesterday.
The two-day annual Astami Snan, one of the largest religious festivals of the Hindu community, began here yesterday in the river Brahmaputra at Langalbandh with due respect and solemnity.
The body of an eight-year-old schoolboy was recovered from his house at the city's Pallabi yesterday, while a 12-year-old girl allegedly committed suicide at Mirpur Thursday night.
Saleh Uddin of the daily Ittefaq and Mashudul Haque of ATN News were elected president and general secretary of Law Reporters' Forum (LRF) yesterday.
Family members of a minor girl of Patuakhali, who is undergoing treatment at the burn unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH), yesterday demanded punishment to the culprits who set her on fire.
A teenage girl died after falling from the rooftop of a three-storey building at Shahjadpur in Badda of the city yesterday.
The authorities of Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (Ruet) issued show-cause notices to 10 students alleged of being responsible for the death of Aziz Khan Sajib.
Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) members rescued five Bangladeshi people while being trafficked to India yesterday.
Police seized a jeep and 1,000 bottles of phensedyl and arrested four people in this connection in the port city yesterday.
Today is the 8th death anniversary of Prof Noorunnahar Fyzennessa of IER, Dhaka University, former provost of Rokeya Hall, first woman member of DU syndicate, first woman member of Pay Commission, president of Dhaka City Mahila Parishad.
Today is the 41st death anniversary of journalist and politician Shaheed Saber.
Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday said that elections in Myanmar would not be "genuinely free and fair", sounding a note of caution over her landmark bid for a seat in parliament.
Aung San Suu Kyi, the long-time standard-bearer for democracy in Myanmar, is taking a leap of faith in running for parliament on Sunday, opting to enter a political system crafted and run by the soldiers who kept her locked up for a total of 15 years.
International envoy Kofi Annan urged Syria's President Bashar al-Assad to immediately implement a ceasefire, as fighting raged Friday even after the embattled leader said he had accepted the peace plan.
A report into the deaths of 63 Libyan refugees on a small boat last May said a "catalogue of errors" by coastguards and Nato meant they were never rescued.
Fadwa Suleiman, an actress who became an icon of Syria's revolution, is furious that her country's peaceful protest movement has been drawn into armed conflict with the regime.
A top UN official yesterday called on India to investigate allegations of rampant extrajudicial killings and abolish a sweeping law that allows security forces to shoot on sight.
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda's cabinet yesterday gave the green light to shoot down a North Korean rocket if it threatens Japan's territory, as the planned launch raises global alarm bells.
Adding to woes of premier Yousaf Raza Gilani, Pakistan's supreme court yesterday warned him that a second contempt case could be initiated against him if he failed to act on its verdict that annulled a graft amnesty issued by former military ruler Pervez Musharraf.
Pope Benedict and Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, both octogenarians, joked about their age in a meeting on Wednesday and then Castro popped the question : So what do you do?
Iran will defend the regime of its regional ally Syria due to its anti-Israeli stance, supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told the visiting Turkish prime minister on Thursday.
One in every five adults in Britain is functionally illiterate, or has insufficient reading and writing skills for ordinary practical needs, a report has revealed.
At least 13 people died Thursday in a Honduras prison fire, officials said, less than two months after a deadly prison blaze killed more than 350.
A US drone launched a missile attack on a militant compound in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border early yesterday, killing four insurgents, security officials said.
The BJP yesterday cast aspersions on the government on the army chief controversy, saying there seems to be something “fishy” and demanded that the Centre should stop “harassing” General VK Singh and instead look into the issues raised by him.
An Afghan policeman shot dead nine of his colleagues as they slept early yesterday in the eastern province of Paktika, police and provincial government officials said.
A controversial plan to hike Indonesia's heavily subsidised fuel price was in jeopardy yesterday after the ruling coalition's second-largest party voiced last-minute opposition to the move.
The United States will give $120 million in emergency aid for western Africa's drought-hit Sahel region in hope of preventing severe hunger, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Thursday.
Denmark has entered a recession, official data showed yesterday, after growth figures for the fourth quarter of 2011 were revised to show a 0.1-percent contraction.
Former US president George HW Bush called on Republicans Thursday to rally behind frontrunner Mitt Romney and wrap up the party's presidential nominating process.
Arts & Entertainment
Prior to the grand opening of the 12-daylong “Odommo Chattagram” festival, a week-long photography exhibition titled “Chitromoy Chattala” opened yesterday morning in the port city.
Featuring the landscape, heritage, lifestyle, struggles of marginalised people and contemporary issues of Chittagong, a six-daylong painting exhibition kicked off at Rashid Chowdhury Auditorium of Fine Arts Institute, Chittagong University (CU) in the port city yesterday.
Featuring some of the most renowned musicians of the country as well as an ensemble from Kolkata (India), the “Celebrating Life Shadhinota Concert” will be held this afternoon at the Suhrawardi Udyan in Dhaka. The Daily Star, in association with Standard Chartered Bank Bangladesh, is hosting the event that will mark the 41st anniversary of Bangladesh's independence.
TV channel Banglavision turns seven today. On the occasion, the channel will air special programmes throughout today and tomorrow.
Teachers and students of Music and Drama Department of Rajshahi University, on last Tuesday, observed World Theatre Day on the campus.
The Daily Star front page photograph of students barricading a main street in the capital city and clashing with law enforcers demanding that police free 26 students who were arrested earlier in connection with a bar fight over free drinks depicts an appalling social scene. Elsewhere in the metropolis enraged students took to the street for the second consecutive day and vandalised a number of vehicles. Still others set ablaze a passenger bus in front of Dhaka College that spread panic in and around the area.
Pakistan has changed in some ways since my last visit one year ago. Terrorism is absent from most parts of the country. Punjab has not experienced even a single incident in the last 15 months or so. Above all, terrorism is no more a topic in any discussion. I did not see any armed security person on the streets of Lahore. Still, people do feel uneasy and even insecure, but appear to have reconciled to the circumstances and the conditions.
This year's theme "Water and Food Security" highlights the challenges associated with the precious resource. Clean water is growing scarcer in densely populated Bangladesh. In the backdrop of critical shortage of water in Asia and Africa, the goal is to inspire political and community action and encourage greater global understanding of the need for responsible water use and conservation.
It is a common tendency among us to identify a child publicly as meritorious or unmeritorious based on the result of an examination. This becomes a nationwide phenomenon after a public examination like "Shomaponi," JSC, SSC or HSC. This identification is simply injustice to a child whom we identify as unmeritorious. It even be called a crime (not in the eyes of any existing law but psychologically of course!) in the case of children of primary level, who are still so innocent that when we single out a child as unmeritorious it can make him feel so low and inferior to others that it can lead to permanent damage in his/her self-confidence and negatively impact his/her future. A psychologist can better describe and provide rationale for my remarks. But I want to depict this issue from other hard facts that we totally forget and ignore.
Meeting his Iranian, Afghan and Tajik counterparts in Dushanbe, Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari made all the right noises: a stable Afghanistan was in Pakistan's interest; the nexus between militancy and drug trafficking needed to be curbed; non-state actors want to destabilise Afghanistan and, implicitly, they should not be allowed to do so; cooperation in all spheres among the four countries would assume added significance after the withdrawal of foreign forces in 2014; etc.
The Eiffel Tower is officially opened.
It goes without saying that Sundarbans is an important forest and the most beautiful ecosystem in the world. There are hundreds of articles on the question of importance of Sundarbans forest, dozens of projects have been undertaken and still there are many in the pipe line. All these are supposed to be for conservation of biodiversity of the forest and enhancement of flora and fauna population. But it is very unfortunate that so many projects are attempted spending huge amount of money for the betterment of the situation, yet the condition deteriorates.
Bio-village means a village/territory where community people would live and breathe in nature and foster the biodiversified ecological balance. In this environment, they will practice organic farming, where natural fertilizers and seed could be used.
Lakshman Kadirgamar, assassinated in 2005, served in important positions in the Sri Lankan government. For a good number of years, until his death, he was foreign minister in the government of President Chandrika Kumaratunga. Admired for his scholarship and his sense of humour, Kadirgamar never failed to become the centre of attraction wherever he happened to be.
My friend Md. Shafiqul Islam recently wrote a wonderful piece on Prof. Serajul Islam Choudhury, the best teacher we had at the Department of English, Dhaka University. He was our favourite teacher, scholar extraordinary and perhaps the best essayist of the land. He reached the age of seventy five on June 23, 2011.
After the marriage they continued with their own way of growing. In the process, Nirmal caused a series of earth shattering disappointments to Krishna as far as her worldly aspirations were concerned. His apparent pliability was an illusion, it turned out.
Every year on 2nd April, World Autism Awareness Day is being observed for creating awareness about this neuro-developmental disorder. These days, many people living in Bangladesh are familiar with the term “Autism”. Even, we see mothers not living in urban areas bringing their child when they find a bit unusual about their child.
Tuberculosis (TB) often goes undiagnosed in children from birth to 15 years old because they lack access to health services or the health workers who care for them are unprepared to recognise the signs and symptoms of TB in this age group. With better training and harmonisation of the different programmes that provide health services for children, serious illness and death from TB could be prevented in thousands of children every year, experts from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Stop TB Partnership urged.
Face transplant surgery has transformed the face and the lives of several people. It has raised high hope to the people who have permanent disfigurement in their face and lost several structures of face in accidents.
With the advent of summer and lack of safe drinking water and sanitation, an early outbreak of diarrhoea has affected thousands of people across Bangladesh. Do not let this sudden digestive attack leave you stranded in the bathroom! By taking simple preventive measures, you can decrease your chances of suffering from diarrhoea.
For better health, try standing up more, a new study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine suggests. Those who spend 11 or more hours a day sitting are 40 percent more likely to die over the next three years regardless of how physically active they are otherwise, researchers say.
Overweight women with diabetes may be able to cut their risk of urine leakage if they shed some pounds, a new study from Journal of Urology suggests.
The balance of power and collective security have been used as the two important principles for maintaining global peace and security despite debate among scholars with regard to their theoretical underpinnings and operational intricacies. The collective security system may have brought temporary peace in the world immediately after the two World Wars. However, it failed to establish long-lasting or ever-lasting global stability and security. For example, the League of Nations established after World War I succumbed into failure as the collective peace effort, which pulled the world to get involved into World War II, the most destructive and devastating event in the annals of history mankind had ever experienced. Some writers, thus, consider the twenty years between the two World Wars as the intermission or interim period. At the end of World War II, a second collective step towards peace was taken through the formation of the United Nations. Unfortunately, the UN, over the years, has lost credibility of the peace loving people to the extent that the structuralists started labeling it as the vehicle of exploitation.
While the foreign policy elite in Washington focuses on the 8,000 deaths in a conflict in Syriahalf a world away from the United Statesmore than 47,000 people have died in drug-related violence since 2006 in Mexico. A deeply troubled state as well as a demographic and economic giant on the United States' southern border, Mexico will affect America's destiny in coming decades more than any state or combination of states in the Middle East. Indeed, Mexico may constitute the world's seventh-largest economy in the near future.
Star Books Review
Whenever I come across any story of Syed Manzoorul Islam, I recollect the boom-time litterateurs of Latin America, namely, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Mario Vargas Llosa, Jorge Luis Borges and so on. The reason is that the way the story tellers of Latin America tell their tales is very similar to the way Syed Manzoorul Islam tells his stories. I find a resemblance between our culture and Latin American culture because they have a very rich tradition of story telling like us. Since magic realism is an inseparable part of this oral tradition of story writing, Islam's tales are packed with magical happenings which we can relate to our everyday realities. His latest volume of short story entitled Bela Obelar Galpo (Stories of good times and bad times) is a collection of thirteen stories where readers will find Islam at the heights of postmodern experimentation. However, he invariably uses his own experiences to make his stories lively and playful. Thereupon, the stories have a direct link with our everyday happiness and grief. Islam has introduced multifarious subject matters before his readers through his latest collection. Therefore, the tales of this volume are of different tastes. We go through a lot of good and bad times in our lifetime. Happiness and grief situate side by side in our life. Stories stem from these good as well as bad times. However, we generally do not keep in mind all the moments of life but those which compel us to recollect particular moments. In Bela Obelar Galpo, Syed Islam has tried to capture those moments in the light of his experiences.
Reviews And Ripostes is basically a collection of newspaper columns by the writer published in the period 1996 -2005. The author says in the foreword: “The essayist is a self liberated man, sustained by the childish belief that everything he thinks about everything that happens to him is of general interest. He is a fellow who thoroughly enjoys his work, just as people who take bird walks enjoy themselves.” The essays in this book contain the writer's perception of various national as well as international affairs and issues during the last decade, which was eventful. They span a vast domain of subjects like the historic water sharing treaty, the decisive role of education, Political Rhetoric: Use and Abuse, Bangabandhu Jamuna Bridge, strategies for redesigning government, etc. It is a vast canvas. Mahbub Husain Khan wields a facile and multicolored pen which flows like the rivers of Bangladesh. His style is simple, lucid and attractive. It pulls readers toward the many themes he articulates in this collection. His concern for contemporary issues and their analysis are in a sense very original.
Of the many novels with settings in Cairo, Albert Cossery's The Colors of Infamy captures the frenzy of the metropolis more vividly than all the others I have read. Cossery's novella was published in French is 1999, more than a decade before the recent events that have altered Egypt so thoroughly, though all the seeds of the current revolution are present: the decrepit sections of the city; the traffic on the streets, making them impossible for pedestrians to cross; the minions of street-people with little hope or expectations in their lives. The narratora professional thiefis stopped short in his tracks one day when he discovers a new occupation: Street Crosser.