News of: Saturday, 9th of June, 2012
Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday said the budget for the upcoming fiscal year is not a big one and that it has been prepared in line with political promises.
Collecting money from several budgetary areas, the government could start construction of the Padma bridge in the upcoming fiscal year.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday defended provisions for legalising undisclosed money in the proposed budget saying it would bring investment and prevent cash going out of the country.
The government has done injustice to taxpayers by increasing the minimum individual tax without raising the tax-free income threshold and also by imposing new tax on mobile phone users, the Centre for Policy Dialogue said yesterday.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith has hinted at reversing a plan to impose 2 percent tax at source on mobile phone bills.
The country's apex trade body and other leading chambers yesterday warned the government against over-borrowing from the banking system, saying such dependence will create a liquidity crunch and thwart private investment.
Transparency International Bangladesh has termed the provision for legalising undisclosed money in the proposed budget “unconstitutional” and “immoral” and demanded its withdrawal.
The proposed increase of tax at source to 1.2 percent from the existing 0.6 percent on all export items would be a major obstacle to industry expansion, said garment makers yesterday.
The government policy for procurement of rice and paddy this Boro season is still to achieve its primary goal with the farmers suffering losses due to low prices of paddy.
Six out of 12 stations of Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) have long been in poor condition, due to which service there has lost much of its quality.
Detectives are yet to ascertain the motive behind the murder of Nishat Banu who was strangled to death before her septuagenarian mother at their Topkhana Road home in the capital Tuesday night.
Bodies of three teenagers were recovered from the Madhabkunda waterfall area in Barlekha upazila of Moulvibazar yesterday afternoon.
A brain training technique which helps people control activity in a specific part of the brain could help treat depression, a study suggests.
Germany's president yesterday said he was "deeply saddened and ashamed" about massacres in two Czech villages by Nazis in retaliation for the 1942 killing of Nazi top official Reinhard Heydrich.
Quick advances in cyber war technologies could soon lead to a new generation of so-called "intelligent cyber weapons" which top global IT defence experts warn could be virtually unstoppable.
A passenger of a bus was crushed under its wheels yesterday while getting down from it at Mirpur in the capital.
Switzerland's parliament recently approved a tax information exchange agreement with Germany under which Swiss banks will make anonymous advance payments to German tax authorities for undeclared money, according to a report by the Task Force on Financial Integrity, a Washington based watchdog consortium of government and advocacy organisations. The country has made similar agreements with Britain and Austria and is in talks with Italy.
Around 30 prisoners managed to escape an Afghan prison after Taliban gunmen attacked the jail, sparking clashes that left three inmates dead and 28 wounded, officials said yesterday.
Jihadi fighters from Afghanistan and Pakistan are training Islamist groups in northern Mali, Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou told France 24 television on Thursday.
The FY 2012-13 budget has been presented with due fanfare and it is now time to take a closer look. The reactions are mixed across the board, but it comes across as rather vague on a number of crucial issues, particularly, how to tackle rising unemployment, the under-utilisation of foreign aid, the overall liquidity crunch that has hampered the economy at large, dismal foreign direct investment inflow and of course the case of reining in inflation.
After having systematically divested the local government bodies of powers that should have been vested in them, cheery words have been uttered for their future in the budget speech of the finance minister.
A confident Victoria Sporting Club turned up for their league deciding last round match against Old DOHS with commemorative T-shirts. In the end, there was no potential banana skin as the favourites clinched their title with a two-wicket victory at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium yesterday.
A grand finish was how Victoria Sporting Club clinched their fourth Dhaka Premier League title yesterday, overturning aspirants Old DOHS by two wickets.
Cricket Australia and the players' union were still "further apart" than desired in negotiations over performance-related pay, with the threat of strikes looming, CA chief James Sutherland said Friday.
It wasn't a very well attended Dhaka Premier Cricket League finale yesterday, but there were important people watching from the stands.
Gazi Tank Cricketers managed an exciting one-wicket victory against Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club at the BKSP yesterday, but couldn't still be confirmed as runners-up in the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League.
Substitute goalkeeper Przemyslaw Tyton was the unlikely hero as his penalty save from Greek captain Giorgos Karagounis saw Euro 2012 co-hosts Poland draw 1-1 with Euro 2004 champions Greece in an incident-packed opening match here on Friday.
Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal set-up a history-making French Open final on Friday courtesy of devastating straight-sets, semi-final wins which confirmed their mastery of the men's game.
Rafael Nadal defeated fellow Spaniard David Ferrer 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 on Friday to reach the French Open final where he will bid to become the first man to win seven titles at Roland Garros.
Abahani restored their three-point lead in the Grameenphone Bangladesh Premier League with a 3-0 win over holders Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
Usain Bolt made it three out of three on his European tour of 100m outings with a thrilling victory over Jamaican teammate Asafa Powell in the Diamond League meeting here on Thursday.
Legal proceedings have been initiated by the Federation of International Cricketers' Associations (FICA) against the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) and the franchises involved in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) following a widespread failure to pay players.
Port City Cricket Academy defeated SS Cricket Academy by 62 runs in the CJKS-Urban American Under-18 T20 cricket tournament at the MA Aziz Stadium in Chittagong yesterday.
Rain washed out the second day of the third and final Test between England and West Indies at Edgbaston on Friday.
Mohammedan emerged group champions by beating Sonali Bank 6-3 in the last match of the Group A in the Walton Club Cup Hockey Tournament yesterday. Mohammedan's prolific penalty corner specialist Mamunur Rahman Chayan bagged a brace while Alamgir, Mostafa Manik and Russel Mahmud Jimmy scored one each as Mohammedan cruised to victory at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium yesterday.
India's Mahesh Bhupathi and Sania Mirza won the mixed doubles title at the French Open on Thursday, defeating Santiago Gonzalez of Mexico and Klaudia Jans-Ignacik of Poland 7-6 (7/3), 6-1 in the final.
Bakshi Bazar defeated Hornets SC by 81-67 points in their Citycell Premier Division Basketball League match at the Dhanmondi Indoor Basketball Gymnasium yesterday. The winners led the first half by 40-30 points. Hamidur of Hornets was the top scorer in the match with 36 points while Mahin scored 19 points for Bakshi Bazar.
Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar has been offered a free five-bedroom house in the centre of New Delhi as a perk of his new post as a member of parliament, reports said Friday.
Germany know they must curb Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo's dizzying runs down the left in their Euro 2012 Group B opener on Saturday but their shaky defence has yet to show it is up to the task.
Wily Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk believes Denmark know his side too well but is not about to fiddle with his tried and tested formula for a Euro 2012 Group B opener which he has labelled "the most important game". Germany and Portugal also await in the fiendishly difficult-looking Group B and World Cup runners-up Netherlands want a fast start against the modest Danes in Kharkiv on Saturday to get points on the board before the trickier encounters ahead.
Netherlands players heard monkey chants from the crowd at a Euro 2012 training session at Wisla Krakow's stadium this week, a team spokeswoman said on Friday, casting a shadow over what had been a near carnival atmosphere.
Poland coach Franciszek Smuda would rather turn a blind eye to his players enjoying "bunga bunga" than accept his players drinking alcohol, he said on Friday.
Keisuke Honda scored a hat-trick to lead Asian Cup holders Japan to a 6-0 victory over Jordan on Friday in the 2014 World Cup Asian qualifiers.
With Germany set to face Portugal on Saturday in their opening Euro 2012 match, German star Mesut Ozil has poured praise on his Real Madrid team-mate and Portuguese captain Cristiano Ronaldo.
German central defender Per Mertesacker has been given the all-clear to face Portugal in their opening Euro 2012 match on Saturday after suffering an injury scare in training.
France's highly-rated midfielder Yann Mvila is unlikely to have recovered from an ankle injury in time for their opening Euro 2012 clash with England on Monday, the team doctor said Friday.
Germany's players will need steel helmets for protection when Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo lines up to take free kicks in their Euro 2012 Group B match in Lviv on Saturday, Germany assistant coach Hansi Flick said.
I was in Dhaka University recently with my friend Sakhawat, alumnus of the Applied Physics department. This department is housed in a nondescript white building. Adjacent to ornate red Curzon Hall it looks out of place. When we were told that the building had a brand new facade we wanted to see for ourselves.
The proposed budget that increased the tax net and rates will add to the woes of the masses who are trying to cope with the rising prices of essentials, some left-leaning political parties and workers' organisations observed yesterday.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday defended the size of the 2012-13 budget, saying that a big budget was imperative to propel rapid development of the country.
Four people were killed and seven others injured in separate road accidents in Chittagong and Sirajganj yesterday.
Government and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) need to work in an organised manner to combat human trafficking and prosecute traffickers, speakers said at a roundtable discussion in Chittagong yesterday.
Noted jurist Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday urged veteran academicians and intellectuals to enlighten the new generation on their values.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested four members of banned Islamist outfit Hizb-ut-Tahrir Bangladesh, and recovered a number of jihadi books, leaflets, and CD's from their possession in several drives in the capital on Thursday night and early yesterday.
A Natore court on Thursday afternoon sentenced seven persons to double life term imprisonment in a double murder case of 1993.
The Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) is preparing to remove a large scrap vessel from the outer anchorage of Chittagong port as a crack developed in it five days back.
A child marriage arranged with exorbitant expenses for a Union Parishad (UP) chairman's son was foiled by a mobile court at Khoksa upazila town in Kushtia yesterday.
Some 400 freedom fighters of Rangpur district yesterday were provided health cards, enabling them to access free healthcare services for life.
A woman ward councillor was assaulted allegedly by her husband as she protested his second marriage at Horipur in Chapainawabganj town on Thursday.
BNP Standing Committee Member Barrister Rafiqul Islam Mia yesterday said that it is because of how the government played its role that the parliament and High Court are now at loggerheads.
The nation waits eagerly to welcome home Wasfia Nazreen today.
Police arrested two members of a blackmailing racket from Tasfia Gate area in Chittagong city yesterday.
Nazrul Islam Manju, a lawmaker of Khulna-2 constituency and president of Khulna city unit of BNP, was injured as a car rammed his private car from the opposite direction at KDA Avenue in the city yesterday noon.
Two teachers were detained by Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) personnel at Bangalpara border under Panchagarh upazila of Thakurgaon on Thursday for allegedly possessing around four Phensidyl bottles.
A college student died after falling off the roof of a moving bus in Balohar bus stand area in Kotchandpur upazila in Jhenidah early yesterday.
In the face of continuing demonstration of journalists, the officer-in-charge of Dhanmondi Police Station has been transferred.
At least 50 people, including four policemen and two journalists, were injured in a clash, which broke out between the residents of two neighbouring villages in the sadar upazila following an altercation yesterday.
A construction worker died after an iron pillar fell on him while he was removing a scaffolding of a newly constructed bridge in the capital's Kunipara of Tejgaon area yesterday.
Teachers, students, cultural activists and other professionals yesterday formed a human chain at Cheragipahar Circle in Chittagong protesting recent criticising comments of lawmakers against noted litterateur Prof Abdullah Abu Sayeed.
Zobeda Katun Kobita, a celebrated film actress of the 1970's, died of cardiac arrest in her residence at Rupnagar in Mirpur of the capital yesterday morning. She was 60.
Fatema Khatun, mother of Ahmad Ullah, editor of the daily Shatabdir Kantho, passed away at around 9:30pm on Thursday due to old age complications. She was 85.
KFC, one of the world's most famous chicken restaurant chains, introduced three new meals marking World Oceans Day at KFC's outlet in Cox's Bazar, the longest beach of the world, yesterday.
A two-day philatelic auction began in the capital yesterday.
A team of 320 Bangladesh Navy personnel left Chittagong yesterday for Lebanon to board on BNS Osman and BNS Modhumoti deployed in Peacekeeping Operations under the banner of United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon.
Police recovered an unidentified body of a young woman from Lohalia River bank at Bhuria village under sadar upazila on Thursday.
A prisoner at Natore district jail died of cardiac arrest early yesterday.
Miscreants chopped and brutally murdered Awami League leader Pale Mro of Poamuhuri village under Alikadam upazila of the district on Thursday night.
A mobile court in Magura yesterday sentenced a young man to one year imprisonment for sexually harassing a female Brac employee.
A team of 320 Bangladesh Navy personnel left Chittagong yesterday for Lebanon to board on BNS Osman and BNS Modhumoti deployed in Peacekeeping Operations under the banner of United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon.
The Syrian regime has "lost its fundamental humanity" and no longer has any legitimacy, Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary general, said on Thursday as he described a massacre of around 90 villagers as "shocking and sickening" and demanded that the killers be brought to account.
Pakistan yesterday reacted strongly to US defence secretary Leon Panetta's remarks questioning its actions in tackling terrorism, saying the sharp comments only added an "unhelpful twist" in the already oxygen-starved ties.
A bomb blast ripped through a Pakistani bus yesterday, killing 19 people, including seven women and a child, on the outskirts of the northwestern city of Peshawar, police said.
China and Russia are presenting a united front against the West to boost their firepower on issues from Syria to Iran, but analysts say their alliance belies deep divisions.
Myanmar yesterday called for sanctions imposed on the country to be completely lifted as they are hurting efforts to attract foreign investment amid a historic reform drive.
Four people were killed yesterday in religious clashes in western Myanmar, where police opened fire and the authorities declared a curfew to tackle the escalating unrest, officials said.
The UN nuclear watchdog yesterday held fresh talks with Iran in Vienna, where it was expected to push for access to a suspected testing site near Tehran.
Egypt's political parties on Thursday agreed on the formation of a commission tasked with drafting a new constitution, capping a row that lasted nearly three months, officials said.
A doctor's account of his frantic efforts to save the life of a fatally wounded president Abraham Lincoln has been rediscovered in the United States, after being lost to history for 150 years.
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda yesterday renewed his call for the re-firing of idle nuclear reactors, saying Japan could not do without atomic energy, but stopped short of ordering a restart.
British Prime Minister David Cameron is to appear next week before an inquiry into press ethics sparked by the phone-hacking scandal at Rupert Murdoch's newspapers.
Arts & Entertainment
Folk researcher Saymon Zakaria recently came back to Dhaka. He was in the United States as a visiting scholar and talked on Bangladeshi folk practices at a few universities. During his month-long stay in the US, he carried out some research as well. Recently Zakaria talked to The Daily Star about his trip and upcoming plans.
To mark the first death anniversary of artist Mohammad Kibria, Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts in Dhanmondi, Dhaka organised a memorial meeting yesterday.
A daylong cultural programme and discussion were held here yesterday morning, marking the 101st birth anniversary (June 20) of poet Sufia Kamal.
Literary organisation 'Magic Lanthan' gave a reception to young poet Rafiq Hasan recently. Around 50 young and leading poets of the country gathered at the reception and poetry recitation session at Concord Emporium, says a press release.
At an age, 66, when many of his peers have either slowed down or retired from the spotlight, Neil Young is busier than ever.
An ideal police culture should correspond to the ideal public image of the police. Unfortunately, however, there is a wide chasm between the ideal and the reality. Image of the police, instead of being salutary, is tarnished. And so is contemporary police culture.
Whatever the Congress speaks, it sounds like an evangelist's outpouring. The party was no different a few days ago at its meeting of some 100 delegates, comprising Working Committee members and state presidents. The party again acted like a preacher who wanted to stir up feelings of revival. It cannot be done by merely attacking the opponents. There have to be answers to the questions on the ever-rising prices and the never-ending scams.
AS the Indian prophecy goes:
This Memorial Day, President Obama recognised veterans of all of the nation's wars, but focused on two: the war in Iraq, which came to an end, for Americans, this past year, and the Vietnam War, which began, for Americans, 50 years ago.
On May 23, it was reported that state-owned energy companies from India and Pakistan had signed a 20-year agreement -- the Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline (TAPI) -- with Turkmenistan in Avaza, a tourist resort in Turkmenistan, to purchase up to 1.2 trillion cubic feet of gas a year via the pipeline.
End of the Congress of Vienna: the new European political situation is set.
Millions of people living and working on the Buriganga and those other millions just crossing it by boats or travelling through by launches and other vessels all have been polluting the river by indiscriminately throwing rubbish of all types -- organic or non-degradable -- while the government agencies are also discharging their solid waste and the sewerage everyday, in this lifeline of Dhaka. Moreover, tanneries of Hazaribagh have been given 'authorised' connections to release highly toxic waste into a canal that connects the Buriganga while many other dyeing and washing plants scattered along its banks are also contributing their best to release everything dirty into this 'unfortunate' river!
World Environment Day (WED) is the main weapon of the United Nations to make people aware of the worldwide environmental degradation, and to attract their attention and action to its recovery. This year over 100 nations around the globe celebrated the event the other day (June 5). Every year, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) coins a theme and its central program has been arranged in a specific place. This year's theme is “Green Economy: Does it include you?” and the venue is the Federative Republic of Brazil.
Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) needs no introduction to the reading public worldwide, especially to the Bangla-speaking reader. A gifted genius, his creative imagination ranged over practically all the genres of literary activity, from lyrics and poems, novels and plays, and belles-lettres, travel descriptions, and of course a large body of short stories.
Humayun Ahmed is perhaps the only writer in Bangladesh who has the highest number of admirers as well as detractors. You will hardly find any literate Bangladeshi today who has not read his books, and, at the same time, you won't find any literary critic who has not looked askance at his writing. A lot of people praise his books to the skies. Equally a lot of others see in them a manifestation of decline in literary standards.
... a heavy feeling settles inside you
when you realise you can somehow forgive
but you can never forget the hurt
and the sharp twisting of a knife
.. the serrated edge rusty with recriminations and
misgivings which never allow the soft breeze of
love blow through and soothe the
ragged bloody skeins of your understanding
..of the fact that you have to live through
and live on with these...that is when you make it numb
enough to not feel the hurt.. you cannot give in
to the neurotic wanderings of a lost mind..
you know better to be able to shield yourself from
that which may split you asunder..
you realise you are made of godly stuff
and that will keep you going till the end of time...when you
Breast pain is not worrying generally. Almost all women experience breast pain at some stage of their womanhood. Most commonly it is associated with periods. The pain is often mild but in some women, it may be severe enough to affect the quality of life. With simple measures and identifying the proper cause, women can manage such common pain quite effectively.
Drug-resistant strains of gonorrhoea have spread to countries across the world and millions of patients may run out of treatment options unless doctors catch and treat cases earlier — says the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Schizophrenia is relatively a common form of severe mental illness. In simple, a person experiencing this may demonstrate symptoms such as disorganised thinking, perception of sound without outside stimulus and strange fantasies. Even though a serious disorder of the brain, it is highly treatable. Researchers found that genetics, early environment and psychological and social processes are important contributory factors to this illness.
Prescribing iron supplements may help some women specially at reproductive age beat fatigue even if they are not officially anaemic, a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal suggests.
Multiple CT scans in childhood can triple the risk of developing brain cancer or leukaemia, a study published in The Lancet suggests.
The U.S. military for years has debated the utility of counterinsurgency operations. Drawing from a sentiment that harkens back to the Vietnam War, many within the military have long opposed counterinsurgency operations. Others see counterinsurgency as the unavoidable future of U.S. warfare. The debate is between those who believe the purpose of a conventional military force is to defeat another conventional military force and those who believe conventional military conflicts increasingly will be replaced by conflicts more akin to recent counterinsurgency operations. In such conflicts, the purpose of a counterinsurgency is to transform an occupied society in order to undermine the insurgents.
Since the last NATO summit in Lisbon nearly two years ago it has carried out its operation in Afghanistan, conducted a UN sanctioned mission to Libya and focused on executing a new missile defense system over Europe. At the end of May in Chicago World Leaders came together once more to deal with the emerging global complex security challenges.
Star Books Review
Although I have been in possession of this enchanting book, Gogone Goroje Megh Ghono Borosha, for a fairly long period of time, by the time I started going through it, there came as if by sheer coincidence the season of 'Borsha', our monsoon which as usual is both gorgeous and harrowing at one and the same time. Thus happened a union of nature and my mental preparedness to read the book that became so close to my heart. This book sings to you, recites to you, it tells you stories, narrates essays and reads letters to you. The wholeness of Tagore's writings against the backdrop of the monsoon -- his most favourite season is near complete in this work compiled by Muhammad Habibur Rahman. It is enriched further with a preface written by him in a marvellously scholarly way. It is a treatise. One cannot expect to find each and every write-up of Tagore on the same theme to be included in one book, for obvious reasons, and, therefore, a sampling is done to represent Tagore's feelings, thoughts and messages through careful research. It is not only his erudition and love for rich literary work that are so well-known but also the fact that in the preface, Rahman emerges as a consummate musicologist, which is some discovery to cheer ourselves up.
On April 7, 2012 nearly 124 soldiers and 11 civilians were buried alive in an avalanche. It was a huge tragedy that affected troops of 6 Northern Light Infantry, battalion stationed in Gayari area, Skardu, at an altitude of over 4,000 meters the highest battlefield in the world, where Pakistani and Indian troops are entrenched against each other.