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News of: Saturday, 25th of August, 2012
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Around 1,300 acres of forest will be wiped out to make way for the Rajuk's Purbachal housing project in Gazipur.
With 1.7 lakh applicants waiting for their travel documents for months, the government has decided to issue machine readable passports without police verification if the law enforcers fail to file reports on time.
With almost half the work pending, Rajuk and the construction firm are giving assurance that the Kuril flyover will be completed within the stipulated time, which is December this year.
The laxity of property owners and lack of government funds for repair and maintenance have brought most of Dhaka's 103 national heritage sites to the brink of destruction.
The United Arab Emirates has imposed restrictions on renewal and issuance of work visas to the Bangladeshis, said recruiting agencies and visa seekers.
BNP chief Khaleda Zia is likely to visit India and China soon to discuss bilateral issues and also the next general election of Bangladesh, party insiders have said.
The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) will collect DNA samples of the suspects in journalist couple Sagar-Runi murder case for cross-matching after it receives forensic reports from the US.
BNP leader Moudud Ahmed yesterday asked the government to immediately return the power to the poor women by withdrawing the Grameen Bank (amendment) Ordinance, issued on Thursday.
A disgruntled former worker at a Manhattan women's apparel shop shot a former co-worker outside the Empire State Building before being killed by police yesterday.
Unknown assailants gunned down an activist of opposition BNP's Rajbari district unit early yesterday allegedly over previous enmity.
Police are yet to identify the killers of Doctor Narayan Chandra Dutta Nitai but they assume that he was a victim of robbery.
France indicated that it would consider supporting a partial no-fly zone over Syria, turning the screws on President Bashar al-Assad's regime as fighting spilled into Lebanon yesterday stroking fears of a spillover of bloodshed in the region.
Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik was jailed for a maximum term yesterday when judges declared him sane enough to answer for the murder of 77 people last year, drawing a smirk of triumph from the self-styled warrior against Islam.
South Africa yesterday revived mediation efforts in its platinum belt, aiming to contain labour discontent among mineworkers following the nation's deadliest police action since apartheid.
Taliban insurgents gunned down three Afghan army soldiers after kidnapping them in eastern Afghanistan, local officials said yesterday.
Two men were released from jail yesterday after receiving pardons for insulting Thailand's revered monarchy, according to the kingdom's prison authorities.
With the President's approval of Grameen Bank (Amendment) Ordinance 2012, the board's powers stand considerably curtailed. Henceforth, it is the Chairman who in consultation with members of the board will form a 3 to 5 member selection committee for the search of a new Managing Director (MD). What is of import here is that under the original Grameen Bank (GB) Ordinance, 1983, the authority for appointment of MD lay squarely with the Board. No longer is this the case.
That 42 people died in road crashes in different parts of the country during the Eid holidays comes as shocking news. This is more so because the tally may well increase since the rush for returning to working places is not yet over. It speaks volumes about the yet-to-be-repaired as well as perilous stretches of roads and highways across the country despite continued uproar from media and public.
A blitzkrieg hundred from captain Anamul Haque helped Bangladesh Under-19s to sign off their campaign in the ICC U-19 World Cup with a five-wicket victory over Pakistan Under-19s at the Endeavour Park 2 yesterday.
Ravichandran Ashwin grabbed three quick wickets as India gained the upper hand on the second day of the opening Test against New Zealand in Hyderabad on Friday.
Lance Armstrong will be stripped of his seven Tour de France titles, the US Anti-Doping Agency said, after the cycling icon announced he would no longer fight the drug charges that have stained his legacy.
Two months after the completion of last season, country's top booters return to action today as the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) is set to launch an off-season training camp to keep the national footballers in action ahead of three international engagements next year.
The Bangladesh Women's Cricket team continued their losing streak in the tri-nation ODI series in Dublin when they suffered a four-wicket defeat to Pakistan Women's Cricket team at the Railway Union Cricket Club on Thursday.
The first one-day international in the five-match series between England and South Africa scheduled for Cardiff on Friday was abandoned after 5.3 overs because of rain.
Michael Clarke on Friday said he was confident that Australia can regain the top spot if they play well after slipping to fourth in the world one-day rankings for the first time in three years.
Usain Bolt eased to victory in the 200m at the Lausanne Diamond League meeting on Thursday as Jamaican teammate Yohan Blake became the second fastest 100m performer of all time.
Defending champion Novak Djokovic will avoid Roger Federer and Andy Murray until the final while the Williams sisters could meet in the semi-finals as a result of the US Open draws made on Thursday.
Czech second seed Tomas Berdych and US seventh seed Sam Querrey advanced to a semifinal matchup at the ATP Winston-Salem Open with three-set victories on Thursday.
Pakistan appointed former paceman Mohammad Akram as their bowling coach on Friday on a one-year contract as they seek to build on a solid run in international cricket.
Fast-rising Afghanistan will open another chapter in their remarkable story when they play their first one-day international against former world champions Australia on Saturday.
Four-time defending champion Caroline Wozniacki advanced to the semifinals of the WTA New Haven Open on Thursday but a slight right knee injury put a damper on the celebration.
Pedro, Lionel Messi and Xavi scored for holders Barcelona who came back to beat Real Madrid 3-2 at home in the Spanish Super Cup first leg on Thursday.
The Serie A is a joke. Funny things happen there. A man goes on hunger strike chaining himself to the gate of the football federation headquarters, seeking justice. A coach slaps his own player during a game because he did not appreciate the coach's decision. A club owner bars his players from attending the medal ceremony protesting referee's decision. These instances only go to show how corrupt and morally unacceptable the league has become.
Ryan Giggs admits Manchester United must deliver an immediate response against Fulham on Saturday after opening their Premier League title challenge with a lacklustre defeat at Everton.
Champions Real Madrid make the short trip to Getafe on Sunday knowing that even at such an early stage as the season's second weekend, a win is vital.
A makeshift Liverpool side needed a late own goal to secure a narrow 1-0 win over Scottish Premier League Hearts in their Europa League play-off round first leg match at Tynecastle on Thursday.
Striker Hernan Barcos of Brazilian side Palmeiras was a surprise inclusion in the Argentina squad that coach Alejandro Sabella named on Thursday for next month's World Cup qualifiers.
Former Arsenal player and Sweden captain Freddie Ljungberg has decided to retire from soccer, his press adviser told Swedish television on Friday.
Russian tennis icon Maria Sharapova, third seed for next week's US Open, has launched her own brand of sweets.
In the early days of my return to Bangladesh after living abroad for many years, an experience at Dhaka airport jolted me. I had queued to check-in for an international flight. Just when my turn came, another man behind me, assisted by an airline employee, cut in front of me.
The Antenatal and Labour Ward of Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) is functioning with almost half of the medical equipment and workforce required to deal with the increased number of patients.
Two people, including a college student, were killed and seven others injured in separate road accidents in Chittagong, Jhenidah and Narail on Thursday and yesterday.
Minister without portfolio Suranjit Sengupta yesterday said opposition leader Khaleda Zia must apologise to people admitting her mistake for, what he said, backing the August 21 grenade attack.
Singer Robi Chowdhury lodged a general diary with Kotwali Police Station on Thursday accusing a former ward councillor of Chittagong City Corporation of trying to extort money from him and threatening to kill him if he did not oblige.
Four workers of Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) were collecting garbage from a dustbin into a three-wheeled van in Lal Dighi area on July 30. They did not have any safety gears on them. Liquid waste was rolling down their bare arms to their elbows.
Two cases were filed on Wednesday accusing two union parishad chairmen and three rice traders of Lohagara upazila in Narail for selling five and a half tonnes of rice meant for the Vulnerable Group Feeding (VGF) programme.
President Zillur Rahman yesterday paid rich tributes to his late wife Ivy Rahman at her Banani grave in the capital marking her eighth death anniversary.
Heavy rain across the border in the last three days till yesterday triggered flash floods in seven unions of Kalmakanda and Durgapur upazilas of Netrakona district, marooning at least 30,000 people, said Water Development Board (WDB) sources.
A joint team of Bangladesh and India on Thursday visited Ashuganj River Port and the Meghna river to study what infrastructure it would require to transit goods from Paschimbanga to "seven sisters" of India through the port.
Citizen rights activists yesterday demanded an intercity train between Dhaka and Mohanganj, Netrakona immediately for reducing suffering of the people of the areas.
A man died after apparently falling from an under-construction building in the capital's Kathalbagan early yesterday.
Although ten days have passed, police are yet to arrest any of the culprits who threw acid on Masuda Aktar Moni on the night of August 13.
Women leaders and professionals yesterday demanded immediate enactment of a specific law to ensure security, dignity and rights of domestic helps.
Showered with wreaths and garlands from hundreds of people from all walks of life, the funeral of Raja Aungshoi Prue Chowdhury, chief of Bomang Circle, took place at Rajbari grounds in Bandarban yesterday.
Five people were slightly injured trying to escape a fire which gutted at least six small factories and three houses in Kayettuli in the old part of Dhaka yesterday.
A group of miscreants killed a Bangladeshi man in Italy on Sunday.
The Padma river eroded at least seven kilometres of five villages in Shara union at Ishwardi upazila of Pabna since Thursday morning.
An eight-year-old boy died from electrocution in the capital's Kalabagan yesterday.
Left leaning parties yesterday demanded judicial inquiry to save Limon, who was maimed by Rab, and his family members.
A man was stabbed to death and his father and brother were injured following a quarrel over a trivial matter with their neighbour in Sirajganj yesterday.
Fokhrunnessa Khatun, wife of renowned politician of Indo-Pak sub-continent Abdul Matin Chowdhury, died at a Dhaka city hospital on Tuesday. She was 96.
Farida Khanam Rubi, wife of journalist Abdul Matin Khan of village Gopalpur in Pabna sadar upazila, died in Dhaka Medical College Hospital on Thursday noon. She was 56.
Mohammad Belal Hossain, a cultural activist of Naogaon town, passed away at sadar hospital in the town on Thursday night. He was 51.
Abdul Haque Mia, former president of Baufal upazila unit BNP, died of cardiac arrest at a hospital in Dhaka yesterday morning. He was 86.
Samsuzzoha, a businessman in Patuakhali town, died of cardiac arrest at Patuakhali General Hospital on Thursday afternoon. He was 87.
India's government appealed yesterday to opposition parties to allow parliament to function as it denied accusations that it had lost billions of dollars by giving away coal fields to private companies.
Buddhist monks, politicians and other ethnic Rakhine figures are kindling hatred towards Muslim Rohingya in an area plagued by sectarian violence, Myanmar's president has warned in a report seen by AFP yesterday.
The UN atomic watchdog yesterday said that "intensive" talks aimed at persuading Iran to address evidence that the agency has collected of suspected nuclear weapons research had failed.
North Korea yesterday agreed to receive an unspecified amount of wheat and medicine in aid from South Korean private groups despite high cross-border tension, activists said.
Could the word for mother prove that Turkey was the birthplace of hundreds of languages as diverse as Hindi, Russian, Dutch, Albanian, Italian and English?
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asked Egypt to keep open communication with Israel after the new Cairo government deployed forces to the Sinai Peninsula, the State Department said Thursday.
More than 100 tanks were seized from a militia loyal to Libya's ousted leader Muammar Gaddafi as authorities hunted the perpetrators of a double car bombing, the interior ministry said on Thursday.
A Swiss radiology lab yesterday said it has received the go-ahead from the widow of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat to test his remains for poisoning by polonium, a highly radioactive element.
The Supreme Court yesterday dismissed a petition seeking the investigation of Finance Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram over his alleged role in the 2G telecom case.
The Indian Supreme Court yesterday sought response of Tata Motors on a special leave petition filed by the West Bengal government challenging the quashing of the Singur Land Acquisition Act by the state high court.
A Myanmar blogger who was a poster boy for online resistance to the former junta has become the target of a backlash by social media users for speaking out against hatred aimed at Rohingya Muslims.
India yesterday defended itself against accusations of heavy-handed online censorship, saying it had been successful in blocking content blamed for fuelling ethnic tensions.
Maldivian President Mohamed Waheed, who faces accusations of seizing power in a military coup, yesterday rejected as "premature" the Common-wealth deadline to hold elections before the end of this year.
US drone strikes targeting three militant compounds yesterday killed at least 15 people in Pakistan's restive tribal region near the Afghan border, security officials said.
Heavy rains over the past two days have killed at least 27 people and left thousands homeless in western Rajasthan state, officials said on Thursday.
Six environmentalists yesterday boarded an Arctic oil platform of Russian energy group Gazprom to draw attention to the dangers of drilling in one of the world's last remaining pristine environments.
A German starlet known as "Queen Bee" for her organising role at Silvio Berlusconi's raunchy parties said in an interview yesterday that she is pregnant by the former Italian prime minister.
Two explosions in the Sadr City neighbourhood of north Baghdad ahead of Friday prayers killed three people and wounded at least eight, security and medical officials said.
Kyrgyzstan's President Almazbek Atambayev yesterday signed a decree formally disbanding the volatile Central Asian republic's government after the ruling coalition collapsed.
Arts & Entertainment
A weeklong theatre festival, in honour of the iconic playwright Selim Al Deen, begins today at the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy in Dhaka. Selim Al Deen Foundation and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy are jointly arranging the festival, while Dhaka Theatre and Bangladesh Gram Theatre are assisting them.
Mymensingh Museum is unable to display its wealth of artefacts to advantage due to the negligence of the concerned authorities over the last 17 years.
Putul won a National Film Award for her performance in acclaimed director-writer Humayun Ahmed's “Aguner Poroshmoni”. Since then, Putul has focused more on TV plays. Several plays featuring her are now being aired on different TV channels. Like all other artistes, Eid had also made her shooting schedule more hectic.
Madonna has “forgiven” Sir Elton John for calling her a “fairground stripper”.
Salma Hayek says she is proud to be Mexican and that comments suggesting otherwise were “lost in translation.”
The first look of M Night Shyamalan's next film “After Earth” is out.
Apopular column of The Daily Star (Cross Talk-August 17) takes issue with the Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner's prognosis for crime situation in Dhaka city. Reportedly, the commissioner said that the growing crime rate was a matter of perception and Dhaka, comparatively speaking, was a safe city. The column concludes by saying that "both police and criminals come from people. The commissioner should know they are different not because how they see people, but because how people see them."
It is that time of year when you remember a summer of madness running riot across India, destroying lives, razing homes and putting heritage to flight. The partition of India, for all the association you bring to it of freedom, of a tryst with destiny (in Nehru's oft-quoted phrase) remains a metaphor for horror brought about through sheer fratricide. In August 1947, as Jawaharlal Nehru took charge of a free India and Mohammad Ali Jinnah assumed power in Pakistan, as many as a million Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs died in a frenzy they had no hand in the making of. No fewer than fourteen and a half million people left their ancient homes, on both sides of the border decreed by Cyril Radcliffe, to find refuge and a future in unfamiliar new homelands. Radcliffe did the job in a bare thirty six days.
The political as well as economic situation in the country is perhaps heading for chaotic times with no apparent signs of a redeeming future for the people at large. Millions of them have started wondering whether elections or people's government could bring about substantial change in their lot. Happily, food shortage could be avoided during the last two years because of intensive thrust on agriculture to increase productivity, but most people in the countryside, where 70% of the population lives, remain as poor as ever.
The last few decades witnessed a dramatic increase in the globalisation trend, particularly for the emerging market economies. Increased pace of globalisation was aided, among other factors, by the spectacular advancement of technology, removal of trade and investment barriers and collapse of the former Soviet regime. Although the wind of globalisation has swept over many South and Southeast Asian nations and reached the shores of Bangladesh, Bangladesh still has to exploit the full potentials of this powerful undercurrent unleashed by the globalisation process.
It is hard to write an obituary, especially about someone whom one has known well and has been the proverbial larger-than-life character in one's childhood memories. Abdur Rouf Chowdhury was such a character, a dear friend whose outlook on life was so positive one wondered whether his drive to succeed was a reflection of keen ambition or simply a challenge to live, and live well. We think it was the latter.
Pulcheria becomes empress of the Byzantine Empire after her brother Theodosius II is killed during an hunting accident. She marries the Illyrian (or Thracian) senator Marcian who is crowned as emperor.
At the beginning of the new millennium we live in a world of unprecedented population numbers. And currently cities are populated by about half of the world's population, a figure which is probably to increase to two-thirds by 2030. Currently, each person shares 4.7 acres of land considering almost 22 billion acres of productive land on earth.
In the sizzling summer heat I've been thinking about igloos. To chill out in, of course, but also because I admire their elemental simplicity. Inuits traditionally used bone knives to carve bricks from quarries of hardened snow. A short, low tunnel led to the front door, trapping heat in and keeping out fierce cold and critters. Mortar wasn't needed, because the snow bricks were shaved to fit, and at night the dome ossified into a glistening ice fort. The human warmth inside melted the ice just enough to seal the seams.
Athena picked up the crumpled paper, smoothed it gently with her hands, and stared at the two words: Ajnabi and Ashna. She threw it back in the full basket. For her, the right thoughts were there but the right words had paused. She was having trouble in constructing a full sentence. A first conclusive thought framed in words that would take her to a harmonious beginning. A completion and a genesis. Today it was not to be.
Five Asian and African journalists, who recently gathered in Hamburg to attend the IIJ Summer Academy 2012, set out on a trip to Amsterdam, the Dutch capital, one Friday in July. It was an experience to be remembered in years to come. Being in a European city for the first time in their lives was in itself an excitement incomparable with any other. And travelling to another city of the continent was a real adventure.
For many, life has become an epic struggle for survival. In exasperation they wonder: What does the future hold? How long will I have to endure this struggle?
As I lift my eyes up from work and look
across the barriers transparent,
See you through turning leaves of a book
or glancing at a friend-apparent.
Colds, fevers, even recovering from surgery can be hard on your body. But eating right can play a big role in feeling better. A good menu can give you healing. Here are some foods that can help you heal.
The rise in the incidence of skin cancers over the past decades is strongly related to increasingly popular outdoor activities and recreational exposure. Over-exposure to sunlight is widely accepted as the underlying cause for harmful effects on the skin, eye and immune system. Experts believe that four out of five cases of skin cancer could be prevented, as UV damage is mostly avoidable.
Obesity is the most important risk factor for type 2 diabetes among poor people, according to a new study published in British Medical Journal (BMJ). It also says that lifestyle changes are the key to reducing diabetes in poor.
Children whose mothers smoked during pregnancy may have an increased risk of asthma — even if they were not exposed to secondhand smoke after birth, a large study of European children published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine suggests.
A genetic study has added to evidence that the increase in some mental and other disorders may be due to men having children later in life. The research is published in Nature found that the number of genetic mutations in children was directly related to the age of their father when they were conceived. One prominent researcher suggested young men should consider freezing their sperm if they wanted to have a family in later life.
Heartburn is common during pregnancy due to an expanding uterus and hormonal changes. Following suggestions may help you ease heartburn during pregnancy:
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Two months after the elections and constitutional maneuvers by the armed forces, the dust has begun to settle in Egypt, revealing that the Muslim Brotherhood controls the levers of power. The clarifying moment came on August 11 when President Mohamed Morsi removed the two top military leaders, consolidating the Brotherhood's hold over the government.
Small state becomes an important feature of international society in the 21st century when a large number of states of the state centric international system belong to that group. The concept of small state suffers from definitional problem because of their variation in terms of territorial size, population density, market potential, administrative capacities, resource possession and mobilization, as well as degrees of geographical remoteness. David Vital tried to offer a comprehensive definition in his famous book titled The Inequality of States -- a Study of the Small Power in International Relations. He settled the definition via some upper limits: "(a) a population of 10-15 million in the case of economically advanced countries; and (b) a population of 20-30 million in the case of underdeveloped countries." (Vital 1967:8). A study produced by the United Nations Institute forTraining and Research in 1971 quoted the UN Secretary-General's definition from 1966 which defined small states as "entities which are exceptionally small in area, population and human and economic resources." (UNITAR 1971:29) The report concluded that smallness "is a comparative and not an absolute idea." (UNITAR 1971:29)
The Rohingyas, numbering nearly a million and thereby constituting a significant portion of the approximately 55 million population of Myanmar, are recognised by the UN as one of the most persecuted ethnic minorities in the world. The level of persecution has only varied over the past few years, and has worsened now. General Ne Win, former dictator Premier of erstwhile Burma (now Myanmar), caused the greatest misery to the Rohingyas and started the process of their deprivation by stripping them of Burmese citizenship in 1982. There has been no reversal of this trend by successive military junta leaders. Instead, further socio-economic isolation and persecution has been brought upon the Rohingyas by successive governments in Yangon. As per conditions presently prevailing in Myanmar, the Geneva Convention on Refugees of 1951 and its Protocol of 1967 are being grossly violated in respect of the Rohingyas.
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Be forewarned. This is one work which will sadden anyone who reads it, for it comes from a woman who has suffered intensely, lived and loved completely and remembered poignantly. Nilufar Huda's life could and might have been different had politics and war not come in her way. Colonel Huda O Amar Juddho is the war she has waged for decades. To comprehend the nature of her war as an individual, you need to go back to the two wars which left her life changed for ever, to a point where the happiness she looked forward to quickly and dramatically gave way to tragedy.
Reading an author's first book is very often a great pleasure. It is even better to find a work by an author you've read and enjoyed. I found Sudha Murty's Mahashweta on my sister's bookshelf and the blurbs appealed to me.