News of: Tuesday, 24th of April, 2012
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Two people were killed and at least 50 including 10 policemen injured in fierce clashes between pro-hartal pickets and law enforcers at Bishwanath upazila headquarters in Sylhet during the BNP-enforced second straight countrywide hartal yesterday.
The BNP top brass appear to have differing views on missing party leader Ilias Ali's wife Tahsin Rushdir Luna's presence in Saturday's Rab drive to rescue her husband.
Tanjim Ahmad Sohel Taj, son of the country's first prime minister Tajuddin Ahmad, resigned as lawmaker yesterday and declared that he would no longer be involved in active politics.
My life was nice and peaceful, secured through a long struggle, in the USA. I bore my educational expenses working day-night from my teenage days.
The Anti-Corruption Commission suspects that Yusuf Ali Mridha had brought Tk 70 lakh from Chittagong to Dhaka on April 9 and passed it to Omar Faruq, the sacked aide of the former railway minister.
The officer-in-charge and three constables of Khulna Sadar police have been closed to police headquarters for involvement in torturing two Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal activists picked up during Sunday's hartal.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday claimed that the World Bank had raised corruption allegations over the Padma bridge project without any evidence.
Bangladesh Railway has decided to hire 5,000 more at a time when an investigation is on into alleged corruption in the recruitment of 1,400 people in recent months.
Dhaka and New Delhi will host two ministerial-level exchange visits in May to review the agreements made during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's visit to India in January 2010 and her Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh's trip here in September last year.
The Qatar government yesterday expressed its keen interest to invest in different sectors like communications, power and energy and infrastructure in Bangladesh.
The country's business community has expressed grave concern as the hartal called by main opposition BNP demanding trace of its missing leader Ilias Ali steps on the third consecutive day.
The gap between male and female life expectancy is closing and men could catch up by 2030, according to an adviser for the Office for National Statistics.
Alleged land grabbers burned down five houses of indigenous families in Shikpur Adivasi village in Tanore upazila early yesterday.
Six men climbed down into the crater of a volcano in Italy yesterday, in protest at the closure of the organisation they worked for which maintained trekking paths on Mount Vesuvius, near Naples.
The opposition BNP has called hartal for a third consecutive day today. One man died in Sylhet yesterday as people of Bishwanath upazila, the constituency of missing BNP leader M Ilias Ali, locked in violent clashes with police for several hours.
At The Daily Star Roundtable on poultry sector organised on Sunday the dire strait the poultry industry finds itself in, has been depicted by the participants. Almost two-thirds of 1.5 lakh poultry farms have been closed down over the last two years due to poor surveillance and lack of compensation for culled fowls.
Rajshahi have to see through the fourth and final day of their last second phase game against Sylhet to reach the final of the National Cricket League. Their 210-run lead with six wickets still in hand gives the eastern divisional headquarters a sniff, but after yesterday's play Rajshahi have already overtaken Sylhet in the points table.
The South African Cricketers' Association (SACA) has said it is "unlikely" they will agree to Bangladesh's proposal to play three ODIs and five Twenty20s in May. SACA will meet with Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Tuesday to discuss the Bangladesh Cricket Board's offer but association chief executive Tony Irish told ESPNcricinfo it is doubtful they will rubber-stamp the fixtures.
Ravi Rampaul had an immediate impact on his return to Test cricket by striking with his second delivery but Australia steadied to reach lunch at 69 for 1 on the first day of the third and final Test in Dominica yesterday.
Defending champions Bangladesh moved to the final of the 4th AHF Cup Hockey Tournament as they came from behind to beat Sri Lanka 5-3 in the semifinal in Bangkok, Thailand yesterday.
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is considering bringing more players on its payroll besides the national players. The issue will be discussed in the next cricket operations committee meeting before placing it in the board meeting for approval.
Elias Sunny of Dhaka Metropolis was punished by the match referee for showing dissent towards the umpires during the third day's play of the National Cricket League match against Khulna at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium.
The Chittagong District Sports Association is planning to organise a Twenty20 tournament called Bangabandhu Cup T20 next month in the port city.
As the April 30 polls of Bangladesh Football Federation draws nearer, candidates are passing busy time trying to convince their voters. The final list of candidacy was revealed yesterday with 52 candidates contesting for 21 posts.
Royal Challengers Bangalore thrashed Rajasthan Royals by 46 runs in their IPL match at Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur yesterday.
Rafael Nadal was dreaming of a seventh French Open title on Sunday after clinching his eighth successive Monte Carlo title by ending a seven final losing streak to Novak Djokovic.
Pakistan's Australian cricket coach Dav Whatmore Monday voiced disappointment at Bangladesh postponing their tour, saying he had felt no security concerns during his two months in the country.
Cox's Bazar posted an 18-run victory against Dinajpur in the 32nd Inter District Championship at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium in Khulna yesterday.
Bashabo Tarun Sangha emerged champions in the Destiny Group 2nd Division Football League after playing out a 1-1 draw against PWD Sporting Club at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium yesterday.
West Indies off-spinner Shane Shillingford will create history on Monday when he becomes the first Dominican to play a Test match on home soil.
Former Pakistan captain Mohammad Yousuf has asked the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to seek the help of former players in its bid to revive international cricket in the country.
Uttar Baridhara Club became runners-up in the Primer Bank Bangladesh Championship League after posting a 2-0 win over Victoria SC in their last game at the Cox's Bazar Stadium yesterday.
AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri says his team need to improve at home if they are to stand any chance of denying Juventus a first Serie A title since 2003.
Juventus took control of the Serie A title race with a 4-0 victory over Roma on Sunday as AC Milan slipped up again in a 1-1 draw at home to Bologna.
Chelsea are bracing for a Barcelona onslaught here Tuesday as the wounded Catalans bid to recover from domestic disappointment by reaching their third Champions League final in four seasons.
Valencia, Atletico Madrid and Athletic Bilbao all collected wins in La Liga on Sunday, providing crucial boosts ahead of their Europa League semifinals involvement on Thursday.
Arsenal striker Robin van Persie was named the Player of the Year by England's Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) at a ceremony here on Sunday.
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini expects his side to lose their key title clash with Manchester United despite seeing the team revive their quest for Premier League glory.
A football swept away by last year's tsunami and found on a remote Alaskan island is to be returned after its teenage Japanese owner was identified.
Liverpool's miserable home form continued on Sunday when they allowed West Bromwich Albion, managed by former Reds coach Roy Hodgson, to grab a 1-0 victory at Anfield.
Leverkusen's Czech defender Michal Kadlec will on Monday undergo a surgery on his broken nose, an injury he suffered on Saturday when he was allegedly attacked by Cologne fans, his agent said.
The Securities and Exchange Commission has formed a four-member panel to find ways to develop the over-the-counter (OTC) market, a separate trading floor, in the stockmarket.
The government for the first time will trial an African drought-tolerant rice variety -- Nerica -- on farmers' fields in an effort to bring more upland areas under rice cultivation and boost production.
The finance ministry yesterday said it has not taken any decision yet on allowing black money in the next budget.
The prices of vegetables in the city soared in the last one week, in some cases by 50 percent, due to a supply crunch, retailers said.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) will release the first instalment of the much-awaited $987 million loan tomorrow, a senior central bank official said yesterday.
Stocks gained yesterday following the cautious investment of investors and market monitoring strategy of the Dhaka Stock Exchange to stop wrongdoings in the market despite a day-long general strike called by BNP.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) proposed a sharply-higher-than expected auction base price for 2G spectrum in what could be a blow to carriers that are set to lose their licences after a court order and are betting on the auction to win back permits.
Swiss food group Nestle is to buy US drugmaker Pfizer's baby food business for $11.85 billion, beating out French rival Danone in the battle for dominance of fast-growing emerging markets.
Chittagong Port is to celebrate its 125th founding anniversary tomorrow amid users' demand for world-class standards.
Can we predict the future? The answer to that is both yes and no. While many random events are unpredictable, many other events are part of cyclical patterns (such as the tides or seasons), while others are logical outcomes (example, in ten years from now, a person will be 10 years older).
Globally, the financial crisis has halved the economic growth potential. Many investment plans, talents and ideas are not being utilised because of uncertainty, sluggish demand and a lack of funding. The impact on real economic activity could be more pronounced everywhere because small and medium enterprises (SMEs), being today's engine of growth, rely more on bank loans than their counterparts in some other economies. It is, therefore, crucial that banks resume their normal role of providing liquidity and supporting investment in the real economy, and Bangladesh is no exception.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday called for giving equal opportunity and space to women to meet the looming challenges of the ensuing millennium as well as to ensure a peaceful world for future generation.
All examinations of Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and of its equivalence, which were scheduled for today, have been postponed due to BNP's dawn-to-dusk hartal for the third successive day.
The government yesterday approved in principle draft rules of Accreditation Council for Private Universities of Bangladesh (ACPUB) to ensure quality and standard of education of private universities.
The International Crimes Tribunal-1 yesterday 'reluctantly' adjourned case proceedings against Jamaat-e-Islami leader Delawar Hossain Sayedee until today as the key defence were absent due to countrywide shutdown.
Speakers at a seminar yesterday said the “historic victory” in the legal fight with Myanmar on the maritime boundary will help the country extract more mineral resources.
A newly-wed teenage girl allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan at Bhasantek slum in the capital Sunday night.
Providing the opportunity to whiten black money in national budget is unconstitutional, immoral and discriminatory, said Executive Director of Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) Iftekharuzzaman yesterday.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said she has full confidence in the countrymen, who would decide how Bangladesh would go ahead in future for its prosperity.
Before Tanjim Ahmad Sohel Taj, some 152 lawmakers voluntarily resigned from parliament on different grounds since 1974.
Police recovered the body of a teenage housemaid hanging by the neck from a ceiling fan inside the cantonment residence of an army officer yesterday morning.
The government as per consultation with the Bangladesh Supreme Court yesterday transferred district judges and additional district judges to different places.
Three people were killed and five others injured in separate road accidents in Mymensingh and Chittagong yesterday.
A newborn baby was stolen from a ward of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) yesterday afternoon, 20 minutes after his birth.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday filed a case against three officials of state-run Padma Oil Company Ltd in the port city on charge of embezzlement.
A Dhaka court yesterday framed charges against 15 Jamaat-e-Islami leaders and activists of Savar thana unit in a case filed against them for torching vehicles, halting traffic movement, and creating anarchy during demonstration this January.
Mohammad Harun-or-Rashid and Mohammad Hasim have been elected president and general secretary of Bangladesh Newspaper Agent Association (BNAA).
The body of a contractor was found at Kamalapur Rail Station in the capital yesterday afternoon after 50 days of his missing.
Awami League (AL) President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will exchange views with grassroots level leaders and workers of Bhola district unit AL at Gono Bhaban on Thursday.
The Department of Environment (DoE) has fined Tk 25 lakh to the owners of eight brickfields at Gurudaspur in Natore for burning woods illegally and damaging farmland.
Labour and Employment Secretary Shafique Alam Mehdi and Prof Abul Kashem Majumdar of Jahangirnagar University were elected president and general secretary of Dhaka University Public Administration-73 Forum (DUPA-73 Forum) on Saturday, said a press release.
A mob beat dead an alleged thief and injured another at Raozan upazila of Chittagong yesterday.
Detective Branch (DB) of Chittagong Metropolitan Police arrested two women and seized two kilograms of cannabis from their possession in the port city on Sunday.
The viva voce for the post of cash officer of Bangladesh Bank (BB) has been deferred due to unavoidable circumstances.
A 15-day long handicraft training programme for sex workers concluded in the port city yesterday.
The launching ceremony of National Plan of Action (NPA) 2012-14 for combating human trafficking has been postponed due to unavoidable circumstance.
The Detective Branch (DB) of Chittagong Metropolitan Police arrested a man impersonating a US Embassy official in the port city on Sunday.
Farmers and agriculture officials are expecting bumper production of Irri-boro paddy in 10 south-western districts under Khulna division in the current season.
At least 130 people were injured in sporadic clashes in districts yesterday, the second day of countrywide hartal enforced by BNP.
At least 35 houses and five shops were gutted in Natore and Satkhira districts yesterday and the day before.
Nothing could stop the operation of a brick kiln that has been flouting environmental laws, causing air pollution and affecting farmlands for over two years.
A Libya returnee, abducted for ransom in the town four days ago, was rescued early yesterday.
Four children, including twins, were drowned in ponds in Dinajpur, Mymensingh and Jessore yesterday.
The Department of Environment (DOE) yesterday issued a show-cause notice to Pabna municipal authorities for dumping toxic bitumen into Ichhamoti River.
A five-year-old kid met a tragic death yesterday while playing with an airgun in Sonada village under Lohagara upazila.
A college student allegedly committed suicide by taking poison at Borengga village under Keshabpur upazila early yesterday. The deceased was identified as Hafizur Rahman Chhoto, 22, son of Nowsher Sarder of the village. Police said Hafizur took poison following a family feud. He was rushed to local hospital where doctors declared him dead. Hafizur was a second year student at Keshabpur College.
A young man was beaten to death in Satiantola area under Sadar upazila of the town on Sunday night. The victim, Ripon Hossain, 25, was son of Wazed Ali of the area. Abdul Jalil , officer in-charge of Sadar police station, said one Ibrahim called Ripon out at night to settle a family fued and locked in an altercation with him. At one stage, Ibrahim attacked Ripon with an iron rod leaving him seriously injured. Ripon was rushed to Sadar hospital where he died in the morning.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members arrested two frauds along with seal-pads, stamps and ink for making fake legal documents from Mollapara area in the city on Saturday evening. The arrestees are Moslem Uddin Mondal and Kabirul Islam of Bujrukhola village of Bagmara upazila. Rab-5 sources said, on secret information, they raided the rented house of Mozammel Hossain in the area and arrested them along with the materials at about 5:30pm.
ETV, Daily Sangbad and Radio Bangladesh district correspondent Gokul Roy and Daily Ajkaler Khabar district correspondent Ashequr Rahman Defence were elected president and general secretary of Lalmonirhat Press Club on Saturday. Other members of the executive body are Jahid Hossain (Weekly Lalmonir Kantho), Altafur Rahman Altaf (Daily Khabar Patra), Lavlu Shaikh (Daily Sangram), Asadul Islam Sabuj (Daily Destiny), Zinnatul Islam Zinnah (News agency FNS), SR Sariful Islam Ratan (Daily Desh Janata), Raisul Islam Sena (Daily Khola Kagoj and Paribesh), Shahjahan Shazu (Daily Juger Alo and Mukto Sokal).
Two robbers were killed allegedly by their rivals at Moilakanda village in Gouripur upazila early Sunday. The deceased are Saiful, 25, and Anis, 30. Police said a gang of armed robbers stabbed Saiful and Anis with sharp weapons, leaving Saiful dead on the spot and Anis seriously injured in the village. Anis was admitted to Mymensingh Medical College Hospital where he died at 6:00am. Police recovered the two bodies and sent those to hospital for autopsy.
Criminals took away an auto-rickshaw after killing its driver in Pirganj area of Sadar upazila Sunday night. Police recovered the body of Hafizul Islam, 22, son of Ashraf Ali of Dakkhin Barogachha in the district town yesterday morning. Police and family sources said, 5-6 passengers hired the CNG-run three-wheeler of Hafizul to go to Tomaltola in Bagatipara from the town on Sunday night. He did not return home at night. Later local people found his body from a sugarcane field in the morning and informed police.
Chinese President Hu Jintao yesterday told a visiting North Korean official that the two countries should work towards "peace and stability" after a missile launch by Pyongyang, state media said.
UN observers monitoring the ceasefire in Syria yesterday visited several rebellious suburbs near the capital and were met by thousands of protesters demanding the collapse of the regime.
Presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney was campaigning in Pennsylvania ahead of the state's Tuesday primary with Marco Rubio in tow, the US senator widely discussed as a possible running mate.
France's President Nicolas Sarkozy hunted far-right votes yesterday after losing to Socialist Francois Hollande in a first round vote that saw a shock breakthrough by the anti-immigrant National Front.
Criminality worldwide generates proceeds in the trillions of dollars each year, making crime one of the world's "top 20 economies," a senior UN official said yesterday
Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 people last July, said yesterday he wanted to apologise for killing "innocent" people in his Oslo bombing, but offered no similar apology for the Utoeya massacre.
Philippine President Benigno Aquino warned his country's neighbours yesterday they should fear Beijing's growing aggressiveness over its claims in the South China Sea.
Myanmar's ruling, army-backed party yesterday rejected demands of Suu Kyi to change parliament's oath of office, the first clear sign of friction since the democracy leader's party swept historic by-elections.
A festival that will see Shakespeare's 37 plays performed in 37 languages, from Swahili to sign language, has got under way.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte's liberal government quit yesterday after the collapse of a parliamentary partnership with a far-right party, paving the way for early elections.
Washington has pledged in a newly agreed strategic pact to help defend Afghanistan militarily for at least a decade after the country formally takes control of its own security, an Afghan official said yesterday.
Ten French nationals have been thrown out of the Indian state of Bihar after they were alleged to be working with a charity linked to Maoist rebel fighters, officials said yesterday.
At least sixteen suspected al-Qaeda operatives have been killed in Yemen in ongoing battles between the army and militants for control of the country's mostly lawless southern and eastern regions, the ministry of defence said yesterday.
A senior spokesman of India's ruling Congress party resigned yesterday after a controversial tape allegedly featuring him having sex was leaked on the Internet.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev yesterday pardoned just one prisoner from a list backed by the opposition while passing over prominent inmates such as the anti-Kremlin tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky.
Britain's media regulator said yesterday it had launched an investigation into Sky News, the influential news channel of Rupert Murdoch's BSkyB, which has admitted twice hacking into emails to generate a story.
Iran's oil ministry has come under a cyber attack, with its website and affiliated sites appearing to be offline, Iranian media reported yesterday.
Arts & Entertainment
Rising star Nova has won the appreciation of the audience with consistent noteworthy performances whether as an actor, model or TV host. The talented star recently came to The Daily Star and gave glimpses in her busy career.
The 600th show of “Konjush”, one of the most popular stage plays in Dhaka, was staged on April 21 at the National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
It was the year 1992. A group of expatriate Bangladeshis in New York planned to observe the 'Amar Ekushey' (February 21) with a programme. The inevitable plan was to erect a temporary Shaheed Minar somewhere in New York City but they could not find out any suitable site. After several meetings they finally came to the decision that they would create the Shaheed Minar in front of the United Nations headquarter.
Even after nearly 30 years in show business, John Cusack still has his moments where the adrenaline kicks in and he remembers just why he loves his job so much.
An intriguing speech on Tagore -- providing insight into the lesser or unknown facets of the bard's life -- is a rarity indeed. Language veteran and Rabindra exponent Dr. Noni Gopal Saha (an eye specialist) broke new ground with his eloquent speech on the Nobel laureate at Faridpur Chambers' of Commerce and Industry (FCOCAI) last Friday.
A two-day long Lokojo Sangskritik Prodarshani ended in Barisal early Monday on the occasion of Bangla New Year 1419.
A weeklong Baishakhi Mela concluded last Friday with Kobigaan (songs in the form of questions and answers) at the Mela Mancha, Thakurgaon Municipality Auditorium premises.
Popular actor and model Sajal is the featured celebrity of this month at DS Café. He will be on the hot seat and take your calls at The Daily Star Centre on April 26, between 5 and 6pm. Readers, fire away all your questions at him! The best question will be highlighted in the transcription. Call 8126155, 01711623915 and 01711623917 to speak to Sajal.
Besides the deteriorating law-and-order situation, the other much-talked about subject across the land is where on earth has all the electricity gone? We had been promised that much of our power shortage would be mitigated in the year 2012. Unfortunately that has not happened, but is it fate, or is there a much more rational explanation as to why the much-hyped, much promised policy centred on quick-rental power plants has failed to deliver?
The Arab Spring, the threat of Iran as an emerging nuclear power, the continuing violence in Syria and the American reluctance to get involved there have all signalled the weakness, if not the end, of America's role as a world policeman. President Obama himself said in a speech last year: "America cannot use our military wherever repression occurs."
With the increased frequency and intensity of disasters in Bangladesh and elsewhere, the international community is changing its strategy, especially amid financial crisis in the western world. They want long-term solution. The governments in need of international aid also have to plan accordingly to ensure better effectiveness of the money they receive. That is the key message shared by Margareta Wahlstrom, special representative of the UN Secretary General for Disaster Risk Reduction. She also heads the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction. Wahlstrom came to Bangladesh on March 28 for a four-day visit. Porimol Palma, senior correspondent of The Daily Star interviewed her.
As a child, whenever I found myself in a challenging situation, the first thought that crossed my mind was: "I want to go home." For most of us "home" represents love, warmth and, of course, a nurturing familiarity. However, today, with people moving across continents and oceans, and migrating to distant lands, the definition of "home" has become ambiguous, even inscrutable. The notion of a permanent abode is now more a set of memories rather than a physical location. For example, given my itinerant lifestyle, my memories are scattered in several places and I often wonder where home is for me!
Saiful Islam, a veteran freedom fighter, journalist and writer, and a progressive politician, passed away on April 1. He was suffering from acute renal failure and had a massive heart attack on March 6. Since then was in a coma. He breathed his last at a city hospital and was laid to rest at his home village Rahmatganj in Shirajganj.
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Science & Life
Researchers have identified key genes that switch off with aging, highlighting them as potential targets for anti-aging therapies.
If all the types of energy we utilize were converted into crude oil, statistics say, every year the per capita energy consumption would be about 1.5 tonnes. Human development is very closely related to power consumption. Again, the amount of energy consumed has increased with our advancements. Between 1950 and 2000, world energy consumption increased fourfold.
Why is it that humans emerged from the natural world, yet we portray ourselves as modifiers of it, even its adversaries?
Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology Club (GEBC) of the University of Dhaka was founded in 2003. From the first year of establishment, GEBC started promotional as well as talent hunting activities. It organized a number of scientific seminars and undertook several outreach programmes at Siddheswari Girls College and Notre Dame College in the years 2004, 2007, 2008 and 2011 to attract higher secondary level students towards Biotechnology. A year-long programme titled “Beyond Life, Through Life; Unveiling the Power of Genes” was organised in association with British Council, Dhaka and ACME laboratories at British Council premises in 2006. On the occasion of 10 years' celebration of the Department of Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology, GEBC invited youngsters from 16 renowned schools and colleges and organized a day-long festival on January 30, 2011 entitled “Biotechnology for better life.” Another program titled, “Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology: My Life, My Decision” was organised with the participation of 20 schools and colleges.
Scientists using Earth-based experiments to detect particles of dark matter might now know why they keep coming up empty-handed: There may be no dark matter in the solar neighborhood at least, not within 13,000 light-years, reports a study appearing in an upcoming issue of theAstrophysical Journal.
Polar bears have been chilling on the ice far longer than is generally thought, new research suggests, and they probably interbred with brown bears at one point after the two species separated.
Salt in the human body make us live by activating our brain cells , for good digestion etc. Actually the quantity of salt one should consume in a day is hardly 100mg which we obviously get from the daily meals i.e from the raw vegetables, fruits, grains and pulses.