News of: Saturday, 16th of June, 2012
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The World Bank has finally broken the ice over its financing of the Padma bridge project proposing five new conditions for the government to ensure corruption-free implementation of the project.
World leaders should exert pressure on Myanmar for a lasting solution to the longstanding problems of the Rohingyas who have been facing serious human rights violations for decades, international relations experts say.
What the people of Teknaf now seem to want most is peace in the Rakhine state of Myanmar.
BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul yesterday alleged that the government arrested the opposition leaders as part of its ill-tactic to suppress the opposition's ongoing movement.
The UN refugee agency yesterday urged Bangladesh to provide a safe haven for people fleeing unrest in Myanmar's Rakhine state after authorities refused entry to boatloads of refugees.
China has shelved the proposed railway project between Chittagong and Kunming due to opposition from Myanmar.
Hundreds of thousands of South Asian migrant construction workers, including Bangladeshis, in Qatar risk serious exploitation and abuse, says a report by Human Rights Watch (HRW).
India's Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee yesterday appeared poised to be the country's next president--the first Bengali to adorn the top constitutional post-- after his candidature was announced by ruling Congress-led UPA.
The three Bengal tiger cubs, which had been rescued Monday from a smuggler's house in the capital, were shifted to Dhaka Botanical Garden last night from their temporary shelter at a private mini zoo in Hatirpool.
An old bailey bridge with eight vehicles plummeted into a canal on Sylhet-Companyganj road in Borni area of Sylhet last night leaving one person dead and 12 others injured.
During the scorching summer, people in Chittagong city are drinking various unsafe colourful drinks from roadside vendors risking being infected by waterborne diseases.
Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) yesterday strongly condemned the demand from a section of business leaders to stop anti-pollution drives.
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) shot dead a Bangladeshi cattle trader on Thursday night in Thakurgaon.
Large parts of New Delhi were struggling with acute water shortages yesterday after a neighbouring state cut its supplies at the peak of summer, officials said.
Global and local health authorities are not doing enough to fight a cholera outbreak that continues to claim lives in Haiti, Doctors Without Borders said Thursday.
The corpse of a kidnapped journalist has turned up in the eastern Mexican state of Veracruz, officials and the daily where the slain man worked said Thursday.
A man believed to be the final fugitive at large following the 1995 nerve gas attack by a religious cult on Tokyo's subway was being held by police in Japan yesterday, media reported.
Rights activists yesterday criticised the Afghan government for suspending a political party, warning against a "dangerous" trend of limiting freedoms as Nato forces depart.
The labour unrest the country has been witnessing over the last week in Ashulia area has now taken a turn for the worse as key demands remain unresolved and readymade garments (RMG) owners threaten to go for indefinite shutdown unless the government ensures 'security'. This new twist puts the government between a hard place and a rock.
Some industries, largely responsible for environmental degradation, have demanded the government stop the ongoing anti-pollution drives. Such group of industries include steel mills, re-rolling mills, plastic factories and brickfields.
Mohammedan lifted themselves to fifth position in the Grameenphone Bangladesh League points table with a convincing 3-1 win over Soccer Club, Feni at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
Bangladesh lost both their practice Twenty20s to a Zimbabwe Select XI yesterday at the Country Club ground in Harare. It wasn't the most pleasant ways to begin another tour of the African nation though the unofficial standing of the tour means that it will be part of the Tigers' learning curve in the format.
An impasse with the players' union over performance-related pay has been overcome and a final agreement was imminent, Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland said on Friday.
Defending champions Spain are on course for the Euro 2012 quarterfinals after their 4-0 thrashing of Ireland on Thursday put them top of Group C with the Irish bowing out.
Sparkling attacking football and goals from Jeremy Menez and Yohan Cabaye earned France a 2-0 win over Ukraine in their Euro 2012 Group D match on Friday after the game was halted for 55 minutes due to a thunderstorm.
Siddikur Rahman surged to the third spot with a scintillating 3-under-par (68) in the second round of the Queen's Cup in Bangkok, Thailand yesterday. The 27-year old golfer, who was in joint ninth position on one-under par after the first round, staged a superb comeback as he carded four birdies and just one bogey at the Santiburi Samui Country Club yesterday to take his aggregate score to four-under-par (138).
Bangladesh are expected to face a stiff challenge when they open their AFC U-22 Championship Group D qualifying campaign with the game against hosts Nepal at the Dasharath Stadium, Kathmandu today.
Newly-crowned French Open champion Rafael Nadal and five-time champion Roger Federer both enjoyed comfortable opening wins to their grasscourt season at Halle on Thursday.
Chris Gayle is set to put more than a year in the international wilderness behind him when West Indies face England in the opening match of their one-day series at Southampton on Saturday.
West Indies coach Ottis Gibson has said both England and Kevin Pietersen himself could end up regretting the star batsman's retirement from international limited overs cricket.
The remaining two matches in the one-day series between Sri Lanka and Pakistan will have reserve days due to rains in the country, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) announced on Friday.
The election for the remaining three member positions of the Bangladesh Football Federation's executive committee will be held today.
Ravi Bopara is eager to make up for lost times as he tries to revive his England career in the forthcoming one-day international series against the West Indies.
Shadinata Cricket Academy and Ispahani secured easy wins in their respective matches in the CJKS-Urban American Under-18 T-20 Cricket Tournament at the MA Aziz Stadium yesterday.
Financier and cricket mogul Allen Stanford was sentenced to 110 years in jail for a 7 billion dollars Ponzi scheme, closing the book on the flamboyant ex-tycoon's stunning fall from grace.
It is win or bust for co-hosts Poland as they take on the Czech Republic here on Saturday knowing that any other result would see them exit the European Championship.
Russia will aim to storm into the Euro 2012 quarterfinals here on Saturday when they face bottom of the table Greece, after missing the chance to pop the champagne by drawing 1-1 with co-hosts Poland.
Polish-born Germany forward Lukas Podolski has said he will be cheering on Poland in their bid to beat the Czech Republic on Saturday, but then hopes to knock them out of Euro 2012.
Italy's press on Friday feared that Spain and Croatia would conspire to draw their final Group C match in Euro 2012, recalling a similar situation eight years ago that saw the Azzurri eliminated from the competition.
Mario Balotelli was racially abused during Italy's 1-1 Euro 2012 Group C match with Croatia in Poznan, Poland, an AFP photographer at the game said on Friday.
Czech players are refusing to shave during Euro 2012 in the hope that it will bring them luck, a source close to the team told AFP on Friday, as Michal Bilek's men gear up for a must-win match against Poland.
Shanghai Shenhua have entered the "final round" of negotiations to bring former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba to China, the official Shanghai Daily newspaper said Friday.
Denmark legend Michael Laudrup was on Friday named as Swansea's new manager, the Premier League club announced.
I loved visiting this place when I was a schoolboy in Dhaka in the seventies. The used book market at Nilkhet, about fifty yards south of Balaka Cinema, consisted of a handful of vendors selling books and magazines along the footpath. Offering both Bangla and English books within reach of my budget, this tiny corner market exerted a strong pull on me.
A small broom stick pierced her hand when Ajufa Begum in her 60s was sweeping the floor of her shanty. Days rolled by as usual with Ajufa not caring for the wound.
The government is sincere about increasing the financial and social status of teachers and solving their professional problems, said Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid yesterday.
Four leaders of BNP's front organisations were shown arrested yesterday in a case filed after a driver, Badar Ali Beg, was burnt alive when his bus was set alight in the capital's Khilgaon on April 21.
Three people travelling on the rooftop of a train died while three others were injured after they were hit by the overhead girders of Koidanga Rail Bridge at Pabna on Thursday night.
Dhaka and its adjacent areas are likely to experience showers in a day or two.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has alleged that opposition leader wants to take Bangladesh backward as she (Khaleda Zia) promised to make the country a middle-income one by 2030, against the Awami League-led grand alliance government's timeframe of 2021.
A gang of robbers stormed a contractor's house in the capital's Mohakhali early yesterday and shot him injury.
Some 250 aspiring students of Teesta KR Khadem High School and Mostofihat High School in Lalmonirhat sadar upazila took part in a daylong English Language Fair yesterday.
Rainwater can be a potential alternative source for tackling acute water crisis faced by rural and urban people, said experts yesterday.
Four people were killed and 20 others injured in road accidents in Dhaka, Rangpur and Netrokona on Thursday night and yesterday.
An informer of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) was killed allegedly by unidentified miscreants at Jhumjhumpur in Jessore town last night.
The government has legalised and encouraged encroachment along the shorelines of the river Buriganga through conducting "controversial and improper" surveys and violating an order of the apex court, an environmental organisation said yesterday.
A sambar deer, a rare species of deer, gave birth to a foal at Chittagong Zoo yesterday.
Police recovered the body of a member of outlawed Purbo Bangla Communist Party (PBCP) from a field at Kanta village in Jhenidah sadar upazila early yesterday.
The situation in Ashulia remained calm yesterday after four days of agitation by readymade garment factory workers demanding a salary hike, said locals.
In an organisational reshuffle, the ruling Awami League yesterday promoted Jahangir Kabir Nanak from organising secretary to the post of joint general secretary.
Police arrested 10 leaders and activists of Bangladesh Jammat-e-Islami on charges of planning to carry out subversive activities from Tongi in Gazipur yesterday.
A day labourer was electrocuted at Satkania Upazila in Chittagong yesterday.
Ten years after losing their way into Bangladesh, two Indian siblings were sent back to their homeland yesterday.
A man was hacked to death at Hathazari Upazila in Chittagong yesterday.
Eleven years have passed with the cases filed over a bomb attack, carried out on this day on the Awami League office in Chashara of Narayanganj that left 20 people dead, still awaiting the submission of the charge-sheet.
A rickshaw-puller was crushed under the wheel of train at Bidirpur in Chapainawabganj yesterday.
A flash storm wrecked havoc in Lalmonirhat district on Thursday night, leaving some 15 people injured and flattening around 350 semi-concrete and tin homes and partially damaging around 3,500 others, said the district administration.
Police arrested two members of outlawed Lal Pataka [Red Flag], a faction of Purbo Bangla Communist Party (PBCP-ML), from Monohargati village in Santhia upazila in Pabna early yesterday.
He has helped save many lives in his profession as a physician. But when it came to fight his own complications, Dr Reaz Feda Rubel could not help himself. The 44-year-old ever smiling physician of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) breathed his last midnight Thursday in the capital.
Today is the ninth death anniversary of Sajeda Islam, wife of late engineer Fakhrul Islam, says a press release.
Egypt's transition to democracy was thrown into further disarray yesterday after its top court ordered parliament dissolved and allowed a disputed candidate to remain in a divisive presidential runoff.
Indian Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, under fire for his recent handling of the slowing economy, is to step down after being named on Friday as the ruling coalition's candidate for president.
Both rebels and forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad are intensifying violence in Syria and striving for military gains rather than peaceful transition, the chief UN monitor in Syria said yesterday.
Sectarian unrest rocking Myanmar has put Aung San Suu Kyi under pressure to speak up for the stateless Rohingya, but experts say the issue is a political minefield given ethnic and religious divides.
China yesterday said a female astronaut will be among the three-person team on board the Shenzhou-9 spacecraft when it launches on Saturday ahead of the country's first manned space docking.
Yemeni troops yesterday took control of the city of Shuqra after al-Qaeda militants pulled out, the third jihadist bastion in the south to fall in the space of a week, a military official said.
Pakistan could launch a nuclear strike on India within eight seconds, claimed an army general in Islamabad whose warning is described in the latest volume of Alastair Campbell's diaries.
President Cristina Kirchner pressed Argentina's claim to the Falkland Islands at the United Nations yesterday as Buenos Aires and Britain traded barbs on the 30th anniversary of their war over the disputed territory.
Gambian lawyer Fatou Bensouda was sworn in yesterday as the International Criminal Court's new chief prosecutor, pledging she was ready to lead the fight against the world's worst war criminals.
A Tibetan man died after setting himself alight in a remote area of northwestern China yesterday in protest against Chinese rule, rights groups said, the latest such incident to hit the country.
Arts & Entertainment
German artist and art critic Andreas Schlaegel was in Dhaka recently. During his stay, he conducted a five-day workshop on cultural journalism, from June 10-14, at the Goethe-Institut Bangladesh (GIB) in Dhanmondi. Arranged by the German Cultural Centre, the workshop firmly focused on developing expertise in constructive criticism for cultural reports.
As an upcoming actor, Kalyan has aptly proven his acting abilities in a short span. He made his debut through the single episode TV play “Prem O Porabastobotar Galpo”, directed by Mejbaur Rahman Suman.
“Rother Roshi”, by Rabindranath Tagore, saw a couple of adaptations by different Dhaka troupes last year. Palakar -- known for a display of vibrancy by young performers -- staged the play on June 14 at the Studio Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. The production has been directed by Shamim Sagar.
You have so far seen him in his casanova image in raunchy films but Bollywood actor Emraan Hashmi believes his latest film “Shanghai” has given him a makeover.
Yesterday was the first day of the rainy season in the Bengali calendar. Though city dwellers have been experiencing occasional heavy showers over the last couple of weeks, with the official arrival of monsoon, summer is now over. Through separate cultural programmes -- featuring recitation, dances and songs -- Bangladesh Udichi Shilpi Goshthi (Dhaka Metropolitan branch) and Satyen Sen Shilpi Goshthi welcomed monsoon yesterday. Udichi welcomed the season with a colourful programme held at the Faculty of Fine Arts (FFA), Dhaka University. Artistes of the organisations performed several choruses. The event mainly featured songs on rain written and composed by Tagore, Nazrul and DL Roy, as well as Adhunik and folk numbers. The Satyen Sen Shilpi Goshthi programme, titled 'Borsha Utshab 1418', was held at Hakim Chattar, adjacent to Central Library of Dhaka University. The event featured solo and choral musical performances (Rabindra and Nazrul Sangeet). The event was sponsored by Banglalink.
An old wound in the body politic of Myanmar was reopened last week. In western Myanmar, in the state of Rakhine next to Bangladesh, a group of Muslims riding a bus were killed by a mob of Buddhists. According to news reports the killers displayed a degree of cruelty that is the usual hallmark of Myanmar's security forces. The incident was allegedly in response to the rape and murder of a Buddhist girl by three Muslim men, a few days before. The ten Muslims killed that day were beaten to death before the bus was set on fire. It did not matter to the killers that the men accused of the rape had already been arrested and were in jail.
The glorious struggle of repressed people for freedom and democracy did not begin with the Arab spring, nor is it likely to end with the advent of the scorching Arab summer. As in other lands so also in Arab countries such as Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen and Libya the masses rose in unprecedented revolt against long lasting autocratic rulers. These "iron men" riding roughshod over hitherto effete people for long decades melted like tin pot dictators as the fury of enraged masses spread like wildfire.
Battle of Stoke Field, the final engagement of the Wars of the Roses.
With the menacing cloud of drug abuse and drug trafficking looming large, the nation seems incapable of stemming the tide of this scourge. Reports of abduction, assault and murder by addicts and drug dealers have captured the attention of the citizenry.
Former State Secretary and Ambassador, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Denmark, and currently Visiting Senior Research fellow of the
The UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) must take decisive action on population and consumption regardless of political taboos or it will struggle to tackle the alarming decline of the global environment.
Presently the most often uttered words are environment, pollution, climate change etc in Bangladesh. Yet while the entire world is busy in thinking about our environment, we are too busy to manage our daily life. Sometimes it's a luxury for many to think about future impacts of climate change as we have to struggle every moment for bare existence through host of crises. But it's true that we are creating a hellish future for our future generations misusing our present.
The Pianist, a monodrama performed and directed by the Moroccan actress Latefa Ahrare through Fujairah Culture and Media Authority, the UAE, was brought to us as the final theatrical performance in a series of world standard national and international plays shown at the National Theatre, Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka, recently.
My sojourns on this two-point-one-mile path consist of occasional quick runs, which now have wound down mostly to leisure strolls. The track curls around a lake and is surrounded by lush foliage and tall trees, the blend creates a sense of deep forest. Above, the sunrays touch the green canopy creating a composition of light and shade of a variant hue of tender green. This trail and I have shared with others many smiles, greetings; and then again we have also seen many nature-lovers, bird-watchers, fish-catchers, dog-walkers, young and old joggers, critical-thinkers, problem-solvers, of whom few have persisted over the years while others graduated out of their habits! Most importantly, I have seen the felling of old trees and planting of new ones along this path. It had provoked serious dissension among the reserved campus community who loved to preserve the old. But today it is a true joy to see the young sprouts standing side by side with the misanthropic woods.
Rabindranath Tagore's birthday has always been celebrated by the Bengali community in Boston, in big ways and small. The Greater Boston area is home to some of the most culturally talented and musically gifted expatriates from the Indian sub-continent, and every year we observe Kobi Guru's birthday through various parties, musical soirees, rallies, and cultural events. This year I attended three, one outdoor rally and two indoor gatherings, to commemorate his 151st birthday.
Now that the evening bell tolls in my life
At these late hours appeared this strange dream
It came with a light that never shone on me before
And changed my world with a wonderful theme
Heroes save lives, so a blood donor. If you are 18 years and over, weight more than 45 Kg, you are all set to donate blood and become a real hero. Voluntary blood donors are the safest and largest source of blood — are the unsung heroes who save life every single day.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which is part of the World Health Organisation (WHO) has recently classified diesel engine exhaust as carcinogenic (potential to cause cancer to humans).
Doctors' illegible handwriting causes 7,000 deaths in the U.S. every year and another 1.5 million Americans report adverse reactions.
Diet for diabetes is not much different from a healthy diet recommended for everyone. Although diabetics are conscious about sweet products, they are still reluctant about the unhealthy lifestyles that increase the risk. Research has found that those who lost at least 5-10% of initial body weight and exercise regularly (best is walking) reduces the risk of diabetes almost 60% in 3 years. Let’s have some more tips to defeat this disease:
You should not stop exercising during the summer months, just because the mercury has jumped to uncomfortable heights. But you should take precautions to protect yourself against heat-related illness. The American Council on Exercise offers these guidelines:
A 10-year-old girl has had a major blood vessel in her body replaced with one grown with her own stem cells, Swedish doctors report. A vein was taken from a dead man, stripped of its own cells and then bathed in stem cells from the girl, according to a study published in the Lancet. There was a striking improvement in her quality of life. Last year, scientists created a synthetic windpipe and then coated it with a patient's stem cells.
A brain training technique which helps people control activity in a specific part of the brain could help treat depression, a study published in the PLoS One journal suggests. The technique — known as neurofeedback — has already had some success in helping people with Parkinson's disease.
In 1971, when Bangladesh achieved its independence, the then US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger dubbed Bangladesh 'basket case.' But only after four decades the current US secretary of state is considering Bangladesh its 'strategic partner.' Small actors of global politics are enjoying greater attention in post cold war international system. Fareed Zakaria presumed rightly in his book 'The Post American World' about the 'rise of the rest.' The US is truly feeling the hit of new emerging nations like Bangladesh.
The term "rocky relations" took on new meaning after Chinese civilian maritime enforcement ships confronted a Philippines Navy frigate in a standoff over a disputed shoal in the South China Sea. The Scarborough Shoal is marked by five rocks, the tallest of which projects 3 meters above water at high tide. The surrounding fishing grounds and, more importantly, the legal principles determining ownership and right of exploitation are at issue.
On 6 May 2012, the US Defense Secretary Mr. Leon E. Panetta addressed at IDSA in New Delhi. According to him, the defence relationship has done much for ensuring security and stability in the Asian region; various aspects of cooperation such as joint exercises and the defence dialogue have resulted in closer co-operation and co-ordination in areas ranging from fighting piracy and terrorism, to increased inter-operability between the two forces which would be crucial during natural disasters. With non-conventional threats becoming more the norm than the exception, the US Defense Secretary listed out what he described as “new and ever more complex threats” that the two countries were faced with, in particular, cyber security and space security.
Star Books Review
Quite simply, periodic elections are an integral part of the philosophy and process of liberal pluralist democracy. Election is the mechanism by which modern representative democracy operates. Yet, at least in Bangladesh, it has been treated as a poor cousin of the political ideology, as an afterthought of the process, only to be placed in the spotlight come election time. And, more often than not, that spotlight is riddled with shadows when directed at the electoral process. While politicians of all shades indulge in this dubious exercise, academics in this country have largely tended to ignore it as a subject of serious study. Brig. Gen. (retd.) Sakhawat Hussain has noted their relative lack of interest and, although not a pedant by profession, has undertaken to enlighten the readers on the subject matter, relying primarily on his experience as an Election Commissioner. The outcome of his endeavour is Electoral Reform in Bangladesh 1972-2008. Just how much he has enlightened is another matter, and the reader can make up his/her mind on the issue.
The US armed forces were fighting in Iraq when US Marine Logan Thibault, during his duty finds a picture of a smiling young woman buried in the sand. He knows that he is being superstitious but ever since he has started keeping the photograph in his pocket he seems to get lucky. He is winning series of poker games and even surviving deadly attacks. His best friend Victor seems to have an explanation and says that the photo is a “lucky charm”.
The prevailing situation is really very funny--- the interest of MPs in discharging their parliamentary functions has been declining alarmingly while donors' interest in the strengthening of parliament is still on the rise. Many of us do not have any real idea about the ongoing activities by different donor agencies toward strengthening the Bangladesh parliament.