News of: Tuesday, 1st of May, 2012
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Amid raids and arrests, senior BNP leaders have gone into hiding, as the government's sudden tough stance against the opposition's continuous agitation yesterday sent panic sweeping through the ranks of the 18-party alliance.
The ruling Awami League and the main opposition BNP have adopted conflicting policies against each other. The AL has decided to counter the ongoing BNP agitation while the opposition is determined to oust the government at any cost.
The historic May Day will be observed today in the country as elsewhere in the world with a renewed pledge to protect the rights of workers.
The USA is likely to push for a framework for defence cooperation between Dhaka and Washington during US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's May 5-6 visit to Bangladesh.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged the United States to allow duty and quota free access of Bangladeshi products to boost trade relations between the two countries.
The government machinery has no clue about the whereabouts of M Ilias Ali. The opposition clearly thinks political turmoil on the streets will bring about the change it has ardently desired over these past three years and more. The security forces would have you know that all moves to locate the missing BNP politician have been thwarted by these hartal programmes of the opposition.
A Swiss expatriate and his brother died when an ambulance rammed into a CNG-run auto-rickshaw at Banani on New Airport Road in the capital yesterday morning, during hartal hours.
The government will procure at least 10 lakh tonnes of rice at Tk 28 a kg from the domestic market this Boro season.
An aircraft of Royal Thai Air Force carrying 15 officials yesterday skidded off the runway while landing at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport injuring three Thai officers.
An overcrowded river ferry broke in two and sank in northeast India during a severe storm yesterday, leaving at least 105 people dead and almost as many missing, police said.
Chevron Bangladesh yesterday launched the country's first-ever gas compressor station in Habiganj, enabling the pressure constrained national grid to supply an additional 50 million cubic feet of gas per day.
At least four rooms in Zia dormitory of Rangpur Medical College (RMC) were vandalised when activists of Islami Chhatra Shibir allegedly opted to take hold of the rooms last night around 11:30pm.
One of Australia's richest men, Clive Palmer, yesterday unveiled plans to build a 21st century version of the doomed Titanic in China, with its first voyage from England to New York set for 2016.
A former director of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy was stabbed to death while his wife and a nephew were injured by a group of criminals early yesterday at his Badda home in the capital.
The railway probe body investigating the railwaygate scandal will interrogate tomorrow BGB members involved in detaining former railway minister Suranjit Sengupta's APS, his driver and two top officials of railway.
Indian Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee will not hold any official talks with Bangladesh government leaders on bilateral issues during his visit to Dhaka on May 5-6.
The second border haat (weekly market) at Dolura in Sunamganj district opens today.
A worker was killed when a heavy iron plate fell on him from a crane in Chittagong port yesterday morning.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday agreed to meet Tahsina Rushdir Luna, wife of missing BNP leader M Ilias Ali, after the latter wished to meet her, said the press secretary to PM.
The Destiny Group yesterday said Finance Minister AMA Muhith refused to meet its delegation on Sunday as he was very busy with an official matter.
It seems that the government has lost its sense of proportion, a precarious state to be in for a government that is led by the oldest party in the country. It is difficult to conclude otherwise from the absurd step it has chosen to take several opposition leaders to court for creating violence during hartal on Sunday
How far have we come from this day in 1886 USA, when police killed several people after firing on workers demonstrating for the eight-hour workday? Since the riots on this day some years later, since demonstrations for workers' rights every year since then -- how much have things changed?
Kazi Salahuddin vowed to complete the promised tasks in the next four years after he got the mandate to run the country's football in a festive Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) elections where he was elected the president for the second term unopposed.
Abdus Salam Murshedy retained his senior vice-president's post while two out of the four incumbent vice-presidents also retained their posts in the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) elections yesterday.
The thirteenth edition of the National Cricket League ended in exactly the same way the last three editions ended, and in a broader sense the last twelve. Regrettably, the absolute apathy by the organisers towards first-class cricket leaves many questions hanging with very few answers in response.
Maria Sharapova said she was happy to open her clay-court season by winning Stuttgart's WTA tournament as part of her French Open preparations and to break her losing streak in finals.
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) is going to take tough action to realise taxes from the parties involved in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) T20 tournament.
Gautam Gambhir scored a half-century as the Kolkata Knight Riders beat the Chennai Super Kings by five wickets as game 41 of the Indian Premier League went down to the wire at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium here Monday.
England one-day cricket captain Alastair Cook has called on the game's administrators to ensure that Test cricket remains the pinnacle of the sport.
Salman claimed five wickets for five runs as Barisal posted a four-wicket victory over Moulvibazar in the 32nd Inter District Championship at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium in Khulna yesterday.
When it comes to sporting the name of their favourite Premier League player on the back of a replica shirt, Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is officially the most popular choice of fans around the world.
Former Pakistan captain Mohammad Yousuf has dismissed the impressions that he is trying to enter the national squad through a 'shortcut', saying he will continue the hard work and wait until his turn comes to play for his country again.
Rafael Nadal is back on top of his mental and physical game after completing a fortnight of history-making with the Spanish king of clay adding another line for the record books on Sunday.
Clarke has admitted his ploy of making brave declarations could backfire, but he is still willing to adopt the aggressive route.
Sprinter Dwain Chambers and cyclist David Millar will be eligible to compete for Britain at the London Games after the country's lifetime Olympic ban for doping offenders was found to be unlawful by sports' top court.
Former England cricket captain Adam Hollioake has turned into a cage-fighter.
Barcelona kept Real Madrid's La Liga title celebrations on hold for a few days at least with a crushing 7-0 victory at Rayo Vallecano on Sunday after Real had cruised to a 3-0 home win over Sevilla.
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has insisted he will field a strong line-up for the Premier League meeting with Fulham at Anfield on Tuesday, even though the fixture comes just four days before the showpiece FA Cup Final clash with Chelsea at Wembley.
Juventus remained on course for their first Serie A crown in nine seasons after crushing relegation-threatened Novara 4-0 on Sunday as AC Milan stayed three points adrift with a 4-1 win at Siena.
Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp has said he bears no grudges towards the English FA for overlooking him in favour of Roy Hodgson as preferred candidate for the England job.
Roy Hodgson became the favourite for the vacant England manager's position when the Football Association confirmed Sunday they'd made an official approach to speak to the West Bromwich Albion boss.
Russia coach Dick Advocaat has revealed he will step down after the end of the European football championships to be co-hosted by Ukraine and Poland from June 8 to July 1.
Tottenham Hotspur returned to fourth place in the Premier League with a 2-0 win over Blackburn Rovers at White Hart Lane here on Sunday.
German international striker Lukas Podolski will leave Cologne for English Premier League side Arsenal at the start of the 2012/2013 season, the Bundesliga club announced on Monday.
India, the second largest producer of cotton, yesterday lifted a ban on cotton export, at a time when Bangladesh is lobbying with Uzbekistan to strike a deal to ensure smooth supply for local spinners.
Political instability in Bangladesh may cause the country's credit rating to be negative, Moody's said in a weekly report yesterday.
Not all tax identification number (TIN) holders will have to pay minimum tax in the next fiscal year, the National Board of Revenue (NBR) said yesterday.
A government committee has singled out 9.33 lakh small investors who will get IPO quota under the stock compensation package.
Norwegian telecom giant Telenor wrote off Monday the rest of its mobile business in India worth 3.9 billion kroner ($680 million) after New Delhi scrapped licences in a massive fraud probe.
Stocks returned to the black yesterday as investors went for buying shares despite a down-to-dusk strike called by BNP.
Spain has tipped back into recession, official data showed Monday, grim news for a cash-strapped economy hobbled by rising debt, soaring unemployment and deeply troubled banks.
African designers are fast re-defining styles emerging from the continent as they defy stereotypes and move beyond outsiders' cliched ideas of how Africans dress.
Microsoft teamed up Monday with US bookselling giant Barnes & Noble in a venture aimed at grabbing a bigger share of the rapidly growing market for electronic books.
Akhtaruzzaman Chowdhury has been re-elected as the chairman of United Commercial Bank (UCB), the bank said in a statement yesterday. He is a founder director of the bank.
Md Mahmudul Hoque has been elected as the new chairman of Jamuna Bank, the bank said in a statement yesterday.
Quazi ASM Anisul Kabir has been promoted to deputy managing director of Prime Bank ltd recently, said a statement yesterday.
German sportswear maker Adidas reported Monday a strong rise in first-quarter profits but warned full-year earnings would be hit by the discovery of irregularities in its Indian business.
The number of boutiques is increasing rapidly in Chittagong to cater to the changing lifestyle of the city dwellers, particularly the youngsters.
Mankind's advancement can partially be explained by the development of our understanding of risk. For centuries, mankind assumed that most events were caused by either evil or benevolent forces. For instance, if a person walked by a field and a cow suddenly died it was assumed the person must have caused the death because they were possessed by demonic spirits. Mankind did not understand the difference between correlation and causation. Just because something happens at the same time something else does (correlation) does not mean it made it occur (causation). Just because the rooster crows just before dawn does not mean it causes the sun to rise!
Fiscal austerity and tough labour reforms have failed to create jobs, leading to an "alarming" situation in the global employment market that shows no sign of recovering, the International Labour Organisation said on Sunday.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged her party leaders and workers to uphold unity among themselves so that Awami League could win the next general election and thus serve people again.
All she remembered were images of a cramped and filthy tin-shed room where men came and went but none gave any heed to her pleas to be taken home.
Two people died and another two were critically injured after an explosion ripped through a refrigerator repair shop last evening at 82/3, north Jatrabari in the capital.
A parliamentary sub-committee yesterday asked Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) to stop activities of all commercial organisations in the residential plots in Gulshan, Banani and Uttara of the city to ease gridlock in the areas.
The elderly man, who was beaten mercilessly by the employer of his 13-year-old step daughter, died at Rashmono Hospital in the capital's Moghbazar yesterday.
Attorney General Mahbubey Alam yesterday said the BNP-led opposition has chosen the path of anarchy and indiscipline in its bid to pave the way for others to come to power through unconstitutional means.
The Supreme Court has paved the way for holding elections to Bangladesh Bar Council, the licensing authority for allowing legal practice to lawyers, on May 28.
A three-day international conference on 'cultural diversity Ministerial Forum of the Asia-Pacific Region-2012' will begin here on May 9, said Information and Cultural Affairs Minister Abul Kalam Azad on Sunday.
Former home minister Mohammad Nasim suggested Home Minister Shahara Khatun to become more stringent on the opposition so that they could not create anarchy and lead vandalism in the name of hartal.
University Grants Commission (UGC) yesterday urged the students and their guardians to check the approval of the private university campuses before admission as some universities are running on illegal campuses in the capital.
The Jahangirnagar University authorities have taken no legal action in three days since Bangladesh Chhatra League men beat up cultural activists, injuring 15 of them, while they were protesting the student body's bullying activities on the campus Saturday.
Five people were killed and 10 others injured in separate road accidents in Sylhet, Natore, Chapainawabganj and Magura yesterday.
Apart from the previous six zones, the Chittagong Metropolitan Police has created four more zones and assigned different responsibilities to seven deputy commissioners (DCs).
Deputy Prime Minister of Japan, Katsuya Okada, will pay a two-day official visit to Bangladesh on May 3-4.
Chandan Kumar Ghosh, a fifth year MBBS student of Sir Salimullah Medical College, has been suffering from "Idiopathic Interacranial Hypertension," a neurological disorder, since long.
A student of Chittagong University (CU) has been missing since April 27.
Industries Minister Dilip Barua yesterday directed the officials concerned to ensure constant monitoring so that the installation work of central effluent treatment plant (CETP) at Savar leather industrial estate is not delayed.
Asian University for Women (AUW) is going to organise its second board of trustees meeting at a local hotel in Dhaka at 7:00pm tomorrow.
The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology (Cuet) organised a seminar on river erosion at its auditorium yesterday.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members on Sunday arrested four persons in the port city in connection with abducting two men on April 27 and rescued the two according to the information of the arrestees.
A man was killed while a train ran over him in Mirbagh area of Kaunia upazila in Rangpur on Sunday evening.
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested two drug peddlers and seized yaba tablets and a CNG-run three-wheeler from their possession in the port city on Sunday night.
Today is the 80th birth anniversary of Ali Aksad, a veteran journalist and ex-president of Bangladesh Peace Council, says press release.
Police yesterday recovered 11 home-made bombs in a drive at Choto Kaliakoir here yesterday.
A scalper was arrested from Chittagong Railway Station premises on Sunday night.
Tomorrow is the 12th death anniversary of Major General (retd) Abdul Mannan Siddiqui.
Today is the first death anniversary of Tushar Guha, photographer of Chittagong Metropolitan Sports Association.
Today is the 27th death anniversary of Siraj Uddin, founder chairman of Elite Paint Group and former president of Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry, says a press release.
Today is the eighth death anniversary of Abdur Rashid, a retired senior assistant police commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP).
Flooding due to untimely downpour from April 9 to 11 destroyed kidney bean plants on around 44 per cent of the cultivated lands in the district, much to the frustration of farmers.
Criminals, angered by protest against stalking of a madrasa girl, made computer designed obscene posters involving her and pasted its copies at different places in Nawabganj upazila under the district.
The second consecutive daylong general strike passed off with stray incidents of violence in districts across the country yesterday.
At least 12 people were injured in a fierce clash between two rival groups at Kotakol village under Kotakol union in Lohagara upazila on Sunday night.
Criminals threw acid on a housewife at Shreerampur village under Baraigram upazila in Natore district on Sunday night.
The district administration (DA) has imposed a ban on fishing in Kaptai Lake for three months from today.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) personnel in separate drives in Dhaka and Brahmanbaria arrested five accused in sensational UP Chairman Razzak killing case yesterday morning.
A banker, a housewife and a schoolgirl allegedly committed suicide in Kushtia and Satkhira yesterday and the day before.
Criminals took away Tk 27 lakh from Pubali Bank branch counter at MK Road in the district town on Sunday.
A convicted prisoner of the district jail died while undergoing treatment at Jessore Medical College Hospital on Sunday night.
Twin blasts targeting security buildings killed more than 20 people in the northwest Syrian city of Idlib yesterday, as an explosion was also reported in the capital, a monitoring group said.
Suu Kyi said she and other lawmakers in her opposition party will attend Myanmar's parliament tomorrow for the first time and will take the oath of office though they still fiercely dispute its wording.
The race for Presidential election hotted up yesterday with BJP ruling out support for any Congress candidate including Pranab Mukherjee and Hamid Ansari raising the possibility of a contest in the absence of a consensus.
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would win an election were it held now, an opinion poll showed yesterday, as he weighs his strategy towards Iran's nuclear program and speculation grows that he will seek a renewed public mandate.
Algerian security forces killed 20 members of an al-Qaeda splinter group who were allegedly about to attack two fuel tankers, a newspaper reported yesterday.
French presidential frontrunner Francois Hollande headed into the last round of his battle with Nicolas Sarkozy on Sunday, with both candidates threatened by the shadow of scandal.
Sri Lanka's main Muslim party called on the government yesterday to protect religious minorities after protests by Buddhist monks demanding that a 60-year-old mosque be relocated.
A breakaway Ulfa group led by Paresh Barua and opposed to any talks with the government, has set a three-month deadline for the majority pro-talks faction to "return" to Ulfa and join "active duty".
Bahrain's highest appeals court yesterday ordered the retrial of opposition activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, who has been on hunger strike since February 8, and other dissidents, lawyers said.
Libya's former top oil industry official, Shokri Ghanem, has been found floating dead in the River Danube in Austria, police said on Sunday.
Sudanese warplanes bombed South Sudanese frontline positions four times at the weekend, while militia forces were attacking Southern troops in border areas, the Southern army said yesterday.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced the country's first minimum wage yesterday, moving to regain the political initiative after violence at weekend protests raised doubt about the timing of elections that had been expected by June.
Arts & Entertainment
Dhaka music connoisseurs were eagerly waiting at the entrance of Bangladesh National Museum as renowned classical vocalist Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty was all set to perform at the two-day long bi-monthly Bengal Foundation ITC-Sangeet Research Academy (SRA) Classical Music Recital, titled “Mayar Madhuri” that began on April 29 at the museum's main auditorium.
On the 30th anniversary of International Dance Day, a message by Belgian choreographer and dancer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui says, “I like to think of dance performance as a celebration of co-existence, a way to give and make space and time for each other. We tend to forget this, but the underlying beauty in a performance is that it is primarily the convergence of a mass of people seated, one next to the other, all sharing the same moment...And, so in 2012, I wish everyone lots of dance. Not to forget all their problems of 2011, but on the contrary, to tackle them creatively, to dance around them, to find a way to engage with each other and the world, to engage with life as part of its never-ending choreography.”
“The director is the only person who knows what the film is about.” -- Satyajit Ray
With the theme “Nritter taal-e taal-e bishwa aaj ekshathe”, Bangladesh Nritya Shilpi Sangstha's Chittagong unit arranged a programme at the District Shilpakala Academy last Saturday.
A two-day regional literary conference ended in Chuadanga on Saturday evening. Bangla Academy organised the programme. Syed Shamsul Haq, eminent writer and poet, inaugurated the event as chief guest on Friday.
On the occasion of its 20th founding anniversary, Shilpangan Contemporary Art Gallery will organise a group art exhibition titled “Memories of Old Town”. The exhibition inaugurates today at 5pm at its new premises (House-7, Road-13) in Dhanmondi.
Radius Centre in Gulshan, Dhaka organised a group art exhibition, titled “Breakthrough Artists of Bangladesh”, featuring the works of Kuhu, Md. Tarikat Islam, Nusrat Jahan Nazlee and Mohammad Mainuddin. The exhibition opened on April 10.
Last week, the government of Vietnam hosted over 300 international delegates from over sixty countries over seven days at the sixth International Conference on Community Based Adaptation (CBA6). The delegates spent the first three days in eight groups visiting community based adaptation projects across Vietnam, from the Mekong delta in the south to the coastal areas of central Vietnam to the mountains in the north.
India's Agni-V missile launch, followed by Pakistan's Hatf-IV-Shaheen-1A launch, were greeted with deplorable machismo and sabre-rattling in both countries. But the missile race will destabilise this region.
Yet another May Day dawns today in a milieu where its weight has been significantly shifted from espousing the cause of the working class to being a platform for political battles and a show of strength of a different kind.
May Day is being observed today in the world with the vow to institutionalise the socio-economic rights of workers. Different trade and labour organs/unions, human right organisations, socio-cultural organisations and political parties observe the Day by holding rallies, cultural programmes, etc.
I am, to say the least, sick and tired of our two "eternal" political parties, and I dare say I'm not alone in this contention. We are sick of their politics of hartals, we are sick of their politics of corruption and we are sick of their politics of flagrant nepotism.
Rallies are held throughout the United States demanding the eight-hour work day culminating in the Haymarket Affair.
Science & Life
Safe drinking water is essential to humans and other life forms. The coastal region of a country has to face tremendous drinking water crisis, as most of the water available is saline. In Bangladesh 19 out of 64 districts are in proximity to the Bay of Bengal. The chief difficulty in the development of appropriate water supply system for the communities in the affected area is that deep aquifers containing sweet water are not found at all possible locations in the coastal region. One of the most convenient options to ensure potable water is to make use of the abundant source of seawater and brackish water. One may think it to be insane - drinking a glass of seawater! Well, to bring down the salinity under specified limit, desalination is widely practised all over the world. Ways of desalination are many. The conventional methods of desalination of salt waters to produce fresh water such as distillation, electrolysis and reverse osmosis are intensive energy techniques. Due to increasing energy costs and declining energy sources, there is a growing interest in the use of low cost technologies.
A Primordial Black Hole (PBH) is a hypothetical black hole that may have formed in the early, highly compressed stages of the Universe immediately after the big bang. According to experts, during the first few moments after the big bang, the pressure and the temperature of the early Universe were very intense. In that condition, simple fluctuation in the density of matters may have resulted in local regions to get dense enough to create black holes. It is thought that due to the expansion of the Universe, most regions of high density quickly dispersed. However, primordial black hole would still be stable and exist till date.
Tiny sharks about the size of a human hand have a superpower of sorts: their bellies glow, according to new research that also showed these smalleye pygmy sharks use the glow to hide from predators lurking below.
Scientists have discovered skeletons in the cyanobacterial closet. A never-before-seen species of cyanobacterium loads its cells with little bonelike lumps that may act as ballast, helping to anchor the beastie in its home waters of a Mexican lake. The discovery, described in the April 27Science, is the first report of such a microbe creating calcified structures inside its cells, rather than externally.
The most transparent, lightweight and flexible material ever for conducting electricity has been invented by a team from the University of Exeter. Called GraphExeter, the material could revolutionize the creation of wearable electronic devices, such as clothing containing computers, phones and MP3 players
Lisa Warren vis NASA/JPLA minivan-sized meteoroid dives through the atmosphere, leaving a trail of fire visible across Nevada and California. The space rock rattled windows over California's Central Valley at about 8 a.m. PT on Sunday, April 22 when it exploded in the upper atmosphere, releasing energy equivalent to a 5-kiloton burst. NASA experts estimate that the object weighed about 154,300 pounds (70 metric tons).
Ambergris Latin: Ambra grisea, Ambre gris, ambergrease or grey amber) is a solid, waxy, flammable substance of a dull gray or blackish color produced in the digestive system of and regurgitated or secreted by sperm whales.
Mugging in port city Chittagong is not declining despite several preventive measures taken by the police.