News of: Saturday, 7th of April, 2012
The national budget of 2012-13 will be about 17 percent bigger than the current one, Finance Minister AMA Muhith said yesterday.
Evicted dwellers of Dhaka's T&T Beltoli and Karail slums have been living under the open sky with no food, water, power, or toilet facilities for the last three days.
At least 10 people were killed and over 50 injured in nor'westers and lightning strikes at different places of the country on Thursday night and yesterday.
The Padma bridge would be constructed with Malaysian funds but Bangladesh's relation with the World Bank would not be harmed, said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday.
Private car-riding armed muggers shot dead a man who risked his life to rescue three women from the gang at Rainkhola in the city's Mirpur yesterday morning.
When the rain started yesterday, Awami League lawmaker Solaiman Haque Joarder breathed a sigh of relief. Farmers of his constituency in Chuadanga would not grumble about hourly power cuts, he thought. For a day at least.
“Controversial” political figure Joynal Abedin Hazari may re-enter active politics anytime soon as he awaits a green signal from the ruling Awami League high command.
The United States believes that there is no chance the military or other non-democratic forces can assume state power again in Bangladesh, said visiting high-ranking US official Wendy Sherman yesterday.
The Air Force authorities have formed a two-member committee to probe the death of Squadron Leader Mamun Ur Rashid at a hotel in the port city on Thursday.
Hectic lobbying is going on in BNP for the post of secretary general ahead of its National Executive Committee meeting tomorrow.
The government is to amend the International Crimes (Tribunals) Act, 1973, this week so that the tribunals can transfer each other's cases for their quick disposal, Law Minister Shafique Ahmed said yesterday.
Mali's Tuareg rebels yesterday declared independence in the north, a move shot down by Islamist insurgents and the international community, as fears loomed of a humanitarian disaster.
Railways Minister Suranjit Sengupta yesterday urged the home minister or the state minister for home affairs to visit the place of occurrence in Satkhira, where the members of the minority community were subjected to repressions.
The day-long science festival “Chattagram O Biggyan Charcha” was held yesterday at Fulki school in the port city as part of the Odommo Chattagram initiative of The Daily Star.
The wreck of the Titanic is to come under the protection of the United Nations cultural agency Unesco.
In a reshuffle in Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP), nine officials were transferred on Thursday night.
The government will solve the problem of Biman Bangladesh Airlines through discussion with its employees and the board of directors, Faruk Khan, civil aviation and tourism minister, said yesterday.
A former CIA officer was indicted Thursday on charges of leaking secrets to journalists, including the name of a covert agent and the role of another CIA employee in classified operations.
A US court sentenced the leader of Mexico's Juarez cartel, who allegedly admitted a role in over 1,500 murders, to life in prison Thursday on drug trafficking and racketeering charges.
Two suspected al-Qaeda suicide bombers died in Yemen when their payload exploded short of their intended target yesterday, the defence ministry said as it reported a government offensive killed over 100 militants in two days.
Two Chinese political websites yesterday said they had been ordered by authorities to shut for a month for criticising state leaders, the latest move in a broad government crackdown on the Internet.
Four fresh events will be launched in Chittagong city today as part of the 12-day long Odommo Chattagram festival organised by The Daily Star. A four-day Brand Expo will start in the gymnasium of MA Aziz Stadium showcasing brands that originated in Chittagong. A three-day long cultural show will start at DC Hill. A children's festival will be held in the auditorium of Fulki. A two-day long conference on "Future Bangladesh, Future Chittagong: A Global Port Needs a Global City" will start in Ichamati Hall of Hotel Agrabad.
The root causes of the overseas migrant workers' plight have again come to the fore through a study conducted by the UN body ESCAP.
The backlash of Karail slum evictions on Wednesday led up to a severe four-hour-long traffic congestion across a large swathe of the city on the following day. As if that was not enough of immobility and hardship for city dwellers at peak hours of public movement, another three-hour blockade was staged on the busy Shahbagh intersection by DU students in protest against reported repression of minorities in Satkhira.
Strugglers Moha-mmedan SC posted their second victory in the Grameenphone Bangladesh Premier League after six matches when they thrashed Rahmatganj MFS 4-0 at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
Even if the Bangladesh Cricket Board forcibly orders (!) the restart of the Dhaka Premier Cricket League from tomorrow, the National Cricket League will be delayed by at least a week, making it the longest-running, yet shortest, first-class competition in the world.
Off-spinner Graeme Swann grabbed four wickets to leave a rejuvenated England on the brink of a series-levelling win in the second and final Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo on Friday.
Pacer Ashok Dinda scalped four wickets as Pune Warriors pulled off an upset 28-run win over Mumbai Indians in a low-scoring Indian Premier League match at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Friday.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has called an emergency meeting to break the deadlock surrounding the resumption of the Dhaka Premier Cricket League.
A super batting performance from Ajinkye Rahane was followed up by a clever bowling show from Kevon Cooper as Rajasthan Royals crushed Kings XI Punjab by 31 runs in their IPL clash at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur yesterday.
South Africa seamer Vernon Philander wasted little time in justifying Somerset's decision to sign him for the early part of the English season, taking just three balls to grab a wicket on Thursday.
Barisal made it to the second round of the 32nd inter-district cricket championship in style after crushing Patuakhali by a massive 269-run margin on Thursday.
Australia aim to extend their 19-year grip on the Frank Worrell Trophy against the West Indies from Saturday and pile on the Test match agony for the fallen Caribbean giants.
Chris Gayle and the WICB have reached an understanding that paves the way for the former West Indies captain to return to the national team as early as the upcoming tour of England, Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) has reported. However, the deal's success will be tested by an ongoing lawsuit - to which Gayle is a party - between the West Indies Players' Association (WIPA) and the board. Gayle hasn't played for West Indies since the 2011 World Cup.
Irfan Pathan bowled only one over in the game but proved decisive with the bat, smashing an unbeaten 42 from 20 deliveries to ensure Delhi Daredevils did not make a mess of their chase of 98 after having been 49 for 0. It would have been embarrassing for Daredevils to lose after that opening partnership, and especially after they had reduced Kolkata Knight Riders to 55 for 6 at one stage.
Former Pakistan cricketer Danish Kaneria said Friday he was in the dark about a disciplinary hearing in Britain over corruption that led to the jailing of an English county player.
Fifth-seeded Serena Williams overpowered New Zealand's Marina Erakovic 6-2, 6-2 on Thursday as she and sister Venus edged closer to a clash on the green clay courts of Charleston.
Sri Lanka's Tillakaratne Dilshan has been fined 10 percent of his match fee for over-the-top appealing during the second Test against England, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Friday.
Athletic Bilbao and Atletico Madrid overcame German opposition to reach the Europa League semi-finals on Thursday while fellow Spaniards Valencia joined them by demolishing AZ Alkmaar.
Having reached the Champions League semi-finals, Bayern Munich turn their attention back to the German league and resurgent Augsburg as they look to attack Borussia Dortmund's three-point lead.
Antonio Conte has urged his Juventus players to keep up the intensity ahead of this weekend's clash with Palermo to avoid wasting their recent winning form.
After breaking the record of goals in a Champions League season in midweek, Lionel Messi turns his attention back to La Liga where Barcelona continue their pursuit of Real Madrid with a home clash against Zaragoza.
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini believes the destiny of an intriguing battle for the English Premier League title could be decided this weekend.
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini gets so frustrated by controversial striker Mario Balotelli that he admits if the pair had been team-mates he would have ended up hitting him.
Salomon Kalou is bullish about Chelsea's chances against Barcelona in the Champions League, insisting the Primera Liga holders have "weaknesses".
Arsene Wenger admits Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere must prove his fitness in the next few weeks to keep alive his bid to play for England at Euro 2012.
A first-half strike from Syed Karim guided 10-man Cox's City FC to a 1-0 win over Argani Bank in the Premier Bank Bangladesh Championship League encounter at the Cox's Bazar Stadium yesterday.
Eight-time Olympic champion Birgit Fischer says cardiac arrhythmia is threatening her attempt to come back from retirement and compete at the London Games at the age of 50.
In this column, I try to tell stories with a visual theme. Pictures and words can often complement each other in a story. That, however, is not the only way to tell stories.
Dhaka city has developed in a chaotic fashion as Rajdhani Unnayan Kartipakkha (Rajuk) is not sufficiently equipped to foresee the consequences of unplanned development, says a study.
Adrian Poran has clinched the first prize in The Daily Star's Odommo Chattagram photography competition, while Yeow-Kwang Yeo from Singapore and Hasan Murad won the second and the third prize respectively.
The United States will hold a security dialogue with Bangladesh here on April 19 on security challenges that the two countries face here, in this region and throughout the world.
Speakers at a seminar yesterday emphasised the necessity of good governance to ensure the country's energy security.
Ten left-leaning political parties yesterday announced their formal support to two candidates-- M Enamul Haque and Abdullah Al Kafi Ratan-- for the mayoral run in the Dhaka South and Dhaka North city corporation polls respectively.
Unidentified miscreants stabbed to death a security guard of under-construction Kuril flyover in the capital early yesterday.
A youth was crushed under the wheels of an intercity train in Panchbibi upazila of Joypurhat yesterday.
A man was killed and his wife and daughter were injured in a wall collapse in Tangail yesterday morning.
Eight people were killed and 34 others injured in separate road accidents in Rangamati, Jhenidah and Tangail early Thursday and yesterday.
Criticising the recent “violent activities” of the opposition BNP, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said Awami League wants to see a healthy and peaceful process of democracy.
Two government agencies under different ministries have been "implementing" a project for cultivating Lac, a resinous substance used to make varnish, shellac, sealing wax, etc, without inter-ministerial coordination and documentation.
Police yesterday arrested three staff members of a training institute in connection with the killing of a lawyer, who was found dead at his business firm in Sylhet's Shahjalal Uposhahar area Thursday night.
The cheering of thousands of spectators lining the banks of Karnaphuli river from the South Ghat to Firingi Bazar Bridge Ghat was deafening yesterday as 15 Sampans (small boats) prepared to outrun each other.
Four events marking the 12-day “Odommo Chattagram” (Indomitable Chittagong) festival, an initiative of The Daily Star, begin in Chittagong city today.
A mobile court sentenced a man to one-month imprisonment for illegally catching and selling guest birds at Godagari upazila yesterday.
Minister for Health and Family Welfare Dr AFM Ruhal Huq yesterday said the government would establish a new medical college in the port city while it would turn the present Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) into a university.
A fire destroyed a market in Bera CNB Bazar area near the Dhaka-Pabna highway in Bera upazila under the district early yesterday.
The Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) gave academic awards to 422 meritorious students for the academic year of 2011.
Nawab Ali Hasan Ali Smrity Sangsad has invited nominations for the prestigious Nawab Ali Chowdhury National Awards 2012 in the fields of banking or finance, journalism, education, sports, poverty alleviation, gender empowerment, freedom fighter and ICT, says a press release.
Today is the 23rd death anniversary of journalist Mohammad Hussain.
The fourth death anniversary of Naziur Rahman Manju, founding chairman of Bangladesh Jatiya Party, was held yesterday at the party's Naya Paltan office.
Myanmar's army-backed ruling party yesterday said it would lodge an official complaint about poll irregularities after being trounced in by-elections by democracy opponents led by Aung San Suu Kyi.
Fighting raged in Syria yesterday a day after 77 people were killed and envoy Kofi Annan spoke of "alarming" casualties despite the regime accepting an April 10 deadline to withdraw forces from protest hubs.
Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said the matter of LeT founder Hafiz Saeed is an "internal issue" and if there is any concrete proof against the outlawed Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief then it should be provided to Pakistan.
The South China Sea is the property of the world and must be free for trade to prosper, India's External Affairs Minister SM Krishna said yesterday after China warned India against exploring oil in the area.
Two Chinese political websites yesterday said they had been ordered by authorities to shut for a month for criticising state leaders, the latest move in a broad government crackdown on the Internet.
Statues of Indian independence icon Mahatma Gandhi and Britain's Robert Baden-Powell have been vandalised in Sri Lanka amid an anti-Indian and anti-Western campaign on the island, police said yesterday.
Almost a year after the ouster of CPI (M)-led Left Front from power in West Bengal, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, founders of Marxism, may be out of history syllabus in government schools in the state, now ruled by Mamata Banerjee government, following a recommendation by an education panel.
Seven people were burnt to death in southern Afghanistan yesterday when a fuel tanker supplying a Nato base crashed and set their vehicle on fire, officials said.
UN rights chief Navi Pillay on Thursday called for an "immediate investigation" into the circumstances surrounding the February death of an unarmed black US teen, shot by a neighborhood watchman.
Billed as the smallest town in America, Buford, Wyoming, was sold at auction Thursday for $900,000 to a Vietnamese national who wants to remain anonymous, the seller told AFP.
Saif al-Islam, son of slain Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, has been attacked in detention in Libya, a lawyer from the International Criminal Court said Thursday, accusing authorities of denying him basic rights.
President Barack Obama has told Iran the United States would accept Tehran having a civilian nuclear program if the Islamic state can prove it is not seeking atomic weapons, the Washington Post said yesterday.
Ministers from three of Mali's neighbours will meet tomorrow to discuss the crisis in the country, where a Tuareg rebellion has declared independence of the north, Algerian media said.
A suicide bomber assassinated an Afghan peace envoy and former mujahedeen commander yesterday, along with his son in an eastern region close to the Pakistan border, officials said.
The computer security industry buzzed Thursday with warnings that more than a half-million Macintosh computers may have been infected with a virus targeting Apple machines.
An attacker armed with a sword killed four relatives and wounded three others after a family dispute in Hungary yesterday before being arrested by a police anti-terrorist unit, state media reported.
President Bingu wa Mutharika of Malawi has died, doctors and cabinet ministers have told the BBC, but this has not been officially announced.
US pressure group that caused an Internet sensation with a documentary calling for the arrest of Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony posted a follow up Thursday and urged a day of action on April 20.
Twenty-five Indonesian maids are on death row in Saudi Arabia and 22 others have been pardoned and sent home, local media reported yesterday, adding that Jakarta will send a delegation for talks on the issue.
Arts & Entertainment
Hundreds of theatre enthusiasts here in the port city, on Wednesday, were enthralled by the performance of the artistes of Ganayan Natya Samproday, as this theatre group presented the Tagore play “Muktodhara” at District Shilpakala Academy, Chittagong on the concluding day of the “Odommo Chattagram Theatre Festival” organised by The Daily Star.
Anya Theatre, India staged the William Shakespeare classic “Hamlet” at the National Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, on April 5. The show was part of the ongoing theatre festival arranged by Padatik Natya Sangsad (TSC).
Proma Abanti is a classical dancer (Odissi) and choreographer. She is a lecturer at the department of Dramatics, Chittagong University. The artiste also runs a Chittagong-based dance school called Odissi and Tagore Dance Movement Centre. Proma is a dance teacher as well, at District Shilpakala Academy, Chittagong.
Bengali screen legend Suchitra Sen, originally from Pabna, turned 81 yesterday. Sen was born on April 6 in 1931 at her maternal grandfather's residence in the greater Pabna. She grew up in Pabna town. To mark the occasion, daylong programmes were held in Pabna.
Rihanna has officially thrown her hat in the ring for the role of Whitney Houston if there is ever to be a biopic and a role to be played.
The news of a university teacher being badly roughed up by two members of a law enforcement unit is without a doubt upsetting. Firstly, the cause of the altercation was much too silly and the subsequent physical action was unfortunate at the least. The only silver lining in the whole sordid transaction was the quick probe into the matter by the concerned organization, and reportedly the enquiry finds the two personnel guilty of highhandedness and intemperate action.
At the height of an Akali agitation in the eighties, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, then out of office, reached Delhi under the guise of a truck driver and burnt a copy of the Indian constitution. He personally did not agree with his Akali party's fiat but went along with the decision as a disciplined soldier. Subsequently, he regretted his act of burning.
The country is shuddering at the continued revelations of torture, sexual assault and murder of women. The stark reality is that the status of women has not substantially changed even after an appraisal of the fact that empowering women, meaning redistributing power from men to women, can ensure balanced development.
Bangladesh is a small maritime nation. The country is landlocked on three sides, with the Bay of Bengal, which is the gateway for its trades and commerce with the world, to the South. The resources on the land are gradually decreasing and, therefore, the dependency of the people is gradually shifting to the sea for the livelihood of the people and sustainable growth and development of the country.
According to experts, the number of people facing food insecurity in the country is increasing day by day. The rate is extremely high in the poverty zone -- like chars, haors, coastal belts and hilly areas. Among these, in island chars as well as in char areas, food crisis is pervasive. The majority of the people of these areas are deprived of food, clothing, education, along with other fundamental rights which are mentioned in the Constitution. The char people struggle for survival because of inaccessibility, non-existence of a strong economic system, lack of employment opportunities, and vulnerability to disasters.
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Sonadia Island is one of the biodiversity hotspot of Bangladesh. In 1995, the Government of Bangladesh included a provision for the declaration of Ecologically Critical Area (ECA) in the Bangladesh Environment Conservation Act. Twelve sites are classified as ECAs and guidelines exist to control further damage to these areas. Sonadia is considered ecologically important by the government and in 1999 was declared as an ECA under Environmental Act of 1995.
It is learnt from newspapers very recently that in the Sundarbans area three large constructions will take place which are very dangerous and detrimental to normal functioning of the mangrove forest ecosystem. It means that the interactions between biotic and abiotic factors will be seriously hampered in the ecosystems conservation. The projects are: construction of coal-based electric plant; depot for storage of coal in Phulbari; and a ship-yard covering large area. Already it is protested by various environment related organizations. The Forest Department has also shown its reservation. And Ramsar Convention points out that if these three constructions are done in the Sundarbans area then biodiversity in the ecosystem will be seriously hampered.
Simone de Beauvoir, in her seminal feminist text, The Second Sex, in the chapter on the married woman, wrote: 'Marriage has always been a very different thing for man and for woman', and then went on to explain what this difference is in the rest of the chapter. According to Beauvoir, the institution of marriage is not based on a 'footing of equality'. Once we accept the basic tenet of inequality on which marriage between man and woman is premised, everything falls into place. There may be some exceptions to this rule, but Beauvoir was not concerned with exceptions. Neither am I. We're here concerned with the typical marriage, where the treatment of the wife as an inferior being who must sacrifice herself for her husband and his children is the rule. Even if the woman receives a dowry or some inheritance she can call her own, she is still enslaved to her husband and his family. In return for her labours, the wife is of course given protection, food and shelter. How is this situation different from glorified slavery? Asks Beauvoir.
The debate between movie buffs and bookworms is as old as the origin of films. Some say it stems from the eighteenth-century debates between poetry and painting, thus fostering views in which words and pictures are opposed.
Love between a man and woman is a gift from heaven. Yet this gift is like a delicate thread when shared by two people who are not supposed to be in love. But what can these people do when Cupid has pierced their hearts? Just wishing to be out of love does not make the gift go away. It is not something that you wash away like the wave that wipes away the writing on the sand. Trust and belief in love hold these two people together even when hidden, lurking danger shadows them all the time.
Ageing is a natural and inevitable process. For the past century, mankind has been adding years to life. More people now survive the challenges of childbirth and childhood to reach old age. This trend is not restricted to the resource-rich countries, but has become a global phenomenon including the countries of South-East Asia.
Intellectual disability limits a person’s ability to learn at an expected level and function in daily life. Levels of intellectual disability vary from a very slight to a very severe problem. Children with intellectual disability might take longer time to learn to speak, walk, dress or eat without help and they may have trouble learning in school. However, early detection and intervention is crucial to reduce helplessness of persons with intellectual disabilities in their later age.
Being inspired from doctor friends working in rural area, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) graduate Myshkin Ingawale has come up with a solution that would be easy for healthcare workers — often untrained — to use in the field to measure Hb level and degree of anemia.
Volunteers for Bangladesh, a sister concern of Jaago Foundation recently organised a training of the trainers (ToT) on first response immediately after an emergency at The American Centre, Dhaka in association with Operation Smile from the USA. The ToT included CPR, first aid and other life-saving skills. Korvi Rakshand, founder of Jaago Foundation said, "It is intended to train the volunteers to extend immediate support after an injury/accident."
A common class of antibiotics known as Fluoro-quinolones, which include Ciprofloxacin and Levofloxacin, were linked to a higher risk of so-called retinal detachment — when the light-sensitive tissue in the eye separates from gel that fills the eyeball, according to a new Canadian study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. People treated by ophthalmologists for the emergency condition were five times more likely to be taking these drugs, than those who did not have retinal detachment. Researchers said that these drugs are toxic to connective tissue and cartilage causing damage of these tissues in eyes resulting in retinal detachment.
Middle-aged women who are overweight or obese run a higher risk of potentially dangerous blood clots, especially after surgery, a large new study published in Circulation finds. The research, which followed more than 1 million UK women, confirms a link between obesity and the risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE) — blood clots in the veins, usually in the legs. If one of those clots breaks free and travels to the lungs which can prove fatal. The findings also show that heavier women are more likely to end up needing surgery.
The Obama administration “pivot” to the Pacific, formally announced by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton last November and reiterated more recently by the president himself, might appear like a reassertion of America's imperial tendencies just at the time when Washington should be concentrating on the domestic economy. But in fact, the pivot was almost inevitable.
Nothing perhaps could be more embarrassing for a nation's leader than to represent his country in a forum abroad just after his administration has been decisively defeated in an election at home. An electoral repudiation is an eloquent way of telling the world that a president has lost the right to speak for his people.
The Indian defense industry is one of the fastest-growing global defense markets. India's defense capital expenditure, which refers to the part of the defense budget that is spent on the acquisition of all types of military hardware and technology, has grown at a CAGR of XX% over the review period. In 2010, India was allocated US$XX billion for defense capital expenditure in the budget. Defense expenditure is expected to record a CAGR of XX% during the forecast period, to reach an annual expenditure of US$XX billion by 2016. This is primarily due to the country's ageing military hardware and technology which is in need of replacing, and demands for defense against domestic insurgencies and hostility from neighboring countries. The strong growth in the industry is attracting foreign original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and leading companies from the domestic private sector to enter the market.
Star Books Review
Abdul Matin's interest in Bangladesh's politics, indeed its overall historical legacy, has endured despite his being away from the country for more than half a century. His links with Bangladesh and its people remain as strong as they were when he made his move to Britain in 1960. Unlike so many others, his curiosity about the country has been a constant, a truth which manifested itself especially well during the War of Liberation in 1971 when he threw himself wholesale into garnering foreign support for the Bengali cause.
Randall Kennedy is a professor at Harvard Law School, widely regarded as one of the most perceptive and eloquent commentators on racial matters. His two siblings are also lawyers, one of them a federal judge. All three graduated from Princeton; Randall was a Rhodes Scholar.
Books on technical matters are a rarity in the annals of Bangladeshi publications. Former Chief Engineer of BAEC and academic, Dr. A. Matin's latest book on Rooppur and the Power Crisis is a timely and valuable addition to this genre.