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News of: Saturday, 15th of September, 2012
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The controversial Hall-Mark Group now claims an abnormally inflated price for the 47 acres of land it has mortgaged to Sonali Bank for the Tk 2,686-crore loan it has taken using forged papers.
The much-awaited deal on Teesta water-sharing will be signed with India anytime soon, said Prime Minister's Foreign Affairs Adviser Gowher Rizvi yesterday.
The refusal, for that is what it is, by Tofail Ahmed and Rashed Khan Menon to accept the offer of places in Sheikh Hasina's cabinet is telling. While Menon has been clear about the reasons behind his unwillingness to be a minister, Tofail has been more diplomatic in his explanation of why he did not want to be one.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina wanted to kill two birds with one stone by inducting some top leaders like Tofail Ahmed and Rashed Khan Menon in her cabinet, with only a year of the government's five-year term remaining.
A probe pointed finger at 13 people, including two passport office high-ups, for the pilferage of machine readable passports (MRP) at Agargaon office.
The investigation agency of International Crimes Tribunals will interrogate Jamaat leader Mir Quashem Ali at a “safe house” at Dhanmondi today in connection with the crimes against humanity allegedly committed during the Liberation War.
Anti-American rage sparked by a film that insulted Islam boiled over yesterday in at least half a dozen countries, as the United States stepped up security at diplomatic posts across the Middle East.
The government is planning to make some of the country's unused airports operational to encourage local airlines in operation in rural areas.
The joint assessment study about the possible economic and environmental impacts of the proposed Tipaimukh dam in Bangladesh part, especially the Sylhet region, starts this month.
Bangladesh and the United States will hold a comprehensive partnership dialogue in Washington on September 19-20 to discuss the security, trade and development ties between the two countries.
At least 20 people were killed as dozens of houses collapsed following a cloudburst in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand in north India yesterday, the national media reported.
Two students of Pahartoli KG School went missing and their four schoolmates were rescued from drowning in the Bay of Bengal while taking bath at the Laboni Point of the beach here yesterday.
At least three people, including a local Awami League leader, were killed and five others injured in a road accident in Chandina upazila of Comilla yesterday.
The Maldives on Thursday moved to limit dancing in public between men and women, an official and a report said, amid signs of the growing influence of the nation's hardline religious party.
Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav Wednesday made clear his prime ministerial ambition, saying he was not a saint, and pointed out that if H.D. Deve Gowda could get a chance to occupy the post, such an opportunity could come before his party also.
A memorial for the first man on the Moon, astronaut Neil Armstrong, was held in Washington, DC on Thursday.
We praise governments of both countries for taking monumental steps that will reopen the Malaysian labour market for our workers in the immediate future. The draft memorandum of understanding (MoU) is set to be approved by the Malaysian cabinet within the next 45 days. This in itself is a huge accomplishment for the country as Bangladeshi workers continue to be squeezed out of labour markets in the Middle East.
Avery useful roundtable was held at The Daily Star premises on 'Connecting and Integrating Women Entrepreneurs' on September 12. The recommendations to issue from the interactive session of successful practitioners, organisers, researchers and bankers threw up some splendid ideas to take women entrepreneurship in Bangladesh collectively forward. Building strong networks of women entrepreneurs have been emphasised both in the formal and informal sectors.
A steady half-century by South African captain, Mignon Du Preez led the Proteas to a 16 run victory in the final T20 game and also gave them a 2-1 series win over Bangladesh at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium yesterday.
It was a rather disappointing end to the series for the Bangladeshi women's cricket team as they failed to win the T20 series despite having been set a gettable target of 86 runs in the deciding game.
Shakib Al Hasan has said that it will be an achievement if Bangladesh makes it through to the knock out stages of the ICC T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka.
England captain Stuart Broad said on Friday he was excited to be leading the defending champions at next week's World Twenty20, despite the absence of star batsman Kevin Pietersen.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) yesterday opened bid documents from the only two companies who had submitted the international call for proposals for the worldwide media rights.
Following on from their consistent performance last season, goalkeeper Maksudur Rahman Mustaque, defender Raihan Hasan, midfielder Sohel Rana and striker Anwar Hossain have all been drafted into the national fold. And all four of the newbies are aiming to cement their position in the squad if they are given a chance against Nepal.
Siddikur Rahman was in danger of missing the cut for the second time this season, midway through the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship before inclement weather forced play to be abandoned yesterday. The Bangladeshi golfer started the day at one-over-par and thing got even worse as he fired two bogeys in the six holes he played to stand at 3-over-par before rain stopped play at the Linkou International Golf and Country Club in Taipei.
Rankings will mean nothing when play starts at the Twenty20 World Cup and Australia are deadly serious about winning the tournament for the first time over the next few weeks, according to skipper George Bailey.
New Zealand fast bowler Daryl Tuffey has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket, ending a 12-year international career. Tuffey, who last played for his country in 2010, lost his central contract the following year, but was handed a domestic contract for 2012-13 with Auckland Aces last month.
Four days before the World Twenty20, Irfan Pathan seems lighter. It's not just that he looks leaner in a tight-fitting India practice shirt than he has been since his last major injury; it goes deeper than that. It's in his disposition, the way he quips at the start of each question before answering it in earnest. Smiles, delivers each sentence with poise; his expression giving away that he is loving every moment of being inside that shirt, even when he is off the field. It's a lightness of being, and it's infectious. A state of mind he says he had to find to cope with frustration of his stuttering international career.
India's cricketers have been ordered to wear the same jersey design that won them the World Cup last year for next week's World Twenty20 in a bid to bring them good luck.
Australia's Brad Hogg will be the oldest player at the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka, but the 41-year-old is determined to make the most of his unlikely recall after training hard to get back in shape.
The nine-team Grameen-phone Federation Shield, the qualifying tournament for the season's curtain-raising Federation Cup, kicks off today across two venues of the country.
Mahamudul Hasan will lead the SAHARA-BCB National Cricket Academy team in the first four-day match against the West Indies High Performance Squad starting from September 16 at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium in Khulna.
New Zealand will play two Tests, five one-day internationals and a Twenty20 match on a tour of Sri Lanka in October-November, Sri Lanka Cricket said on Friday.
Cristiano Ronaldo will put his latest controversy behind him and rescue Real Madrid from their faltering start to La Liga season, his teammates have insisted.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has given the club a glimpse of the future by saying he could leave the club when his contract expires in two years' time.
Germany coach Joachim Loew has admitted his team are misfiring and struggling to finish their chances despite winning both their opening 2014 World Cup qualifiers.
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney admits he dreads the prospect of feeling the full blast of Sir Alex Ferguson's infamous 'hairdryer' rants.
Everton manager David Moyes confirmed on Friday that Republic of Ireland midfielder Darron Gibson will be sidelined for up to five weeks with a thigh strain.
Paris Saint-Germain summer signings Thiago Silva and Gregory Van der Wiel will be ready to make their debuts for the club in next Tuesday's Champions League meeting with Dynamo Kiev, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Thursday.
Brazil's 2002 World Cup-winning coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has been sacked by Palmeiras, ending a second spell at the Brazilian side, the club said overnight Thursday.
World Cup winner Luca Toni is hoping to show Fiorentina his move to La Viola is one they will not regret, starting with Sunday's match against Catania.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday became the latest high-profile figure to tell gay footballers they should have no fear of revealing their homosexuality.
So it has come to this. You have been part and parcel of civilisation for centuries. But today you have fallen, making way for email, SMS, cellphones and FaceBook.
Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) President Manzurul Ahsan Khan yesterday alleged that the present Awami League-led grand alliance government surpassed the last BNP-Jamaat-led four-party government in corruption.
Some 20 pro-Awami League Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and Jubo League activists snatched an arrestee of a vandalism case from police at Tilaghar area in Sylhet city on Thursday, said police.
The district returning officer yesterday distributed electoral symbols to the three candidates contesting in the Gazipur-4 by-election scheduled for September 30.
Some local ruling party men have taken over the only playground at New Colony in the capital's Lalmatia to make brisk "businesses", depriving the residents of recreational facilities.
Around 200 students of different private universities have taken an initiative to set a good example about how to keep the capital's water bodies clean.
She uses different names to get jobs as a domestic help in the capital. But getting a job is not her main goal.
BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday said Tofail Ahmed and Rashed Khan Menon's refusal to join the cabinet was a “political defeat” of the present government.
Workers Party of Bangladesh President Rashed Khan Menon yesterday said he rejected the government's offer to be a minister, as the proposal was not made maintaining a due political process.
An inmate of the National Juvenile Correction Centre was strangled to death allegedly by his roommates early yesterday at his room in the center at Tongi in Gazipur as he reportedly protested abusing him.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the country's people would never return to the 'horrific era' that BNP and the last caretaker government created in seven years since 2001.
Speakers at a views exchange meeting yesterday emphasised on building awareness on “functional food”, that is food containing chemical ingredients having positive health benefits beyond basic nutrition, among people to ensure good health.
The National Income Tax Day will be observed in the country today to create awareness about income tax and encourage people to pay tax regularly.
Bangladesh Mathematical Olympiad Committee (BMOC) yesterday accorded a reception to young mathematicians who won silver and bronze medals in the 53rd International Math Olympiad (IMO) held in Argentina.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members seized 4, 23,360 pieces of contraceptive pills, to be smuggled, of different community clinics of Rangpur on Thursday afternoon.
A man was killed and seven others were injured in separate road accidents in the capital and Barisal on Thursday and yesterday.
Business leaders of Chittagong city yesterday urged the government to reduce the time limit of the recent embargoes on power and gas supply to the industries, especially the steel re-rolling mills, in Chittagong.
Dr Mohammad Matiur Rahman, a renowned cardiac surgeon and an Awami League lawmaker from Tangail-3 (Ghatail) constituency, passed away in a Bangalore hospital in India early yesterday. He was 66.
A joint exercise titled “Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT)” between the US Navy and Bangladesh Navy will begin in Chittagong on September 17.
Different Islamist organisations yesterday staged demonstrations and brought out processions in the capital yesterday protesting a film made in the US and mocking Islam.
Relatives of a patient at Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital (SBMCH) ransacked a ward of the hospital following the patient's death due to alleged negligence of a doctor early yesterday.
Police have finished the investigation of Himu murder case and will submit the charge-sheet soon.
The body of a man was recovered from Teesta River in Mohipur area of Gangachhara upazila in Rangpur on Thursday.
A woman was hacked to death over a land dispute at Kharia village in Paikgacha upazila of Khulna yesterday.
A delegation of 20 senior officers from the three defence services of Bangladesh, including 10 foreign officers from National Defence College (NDC), will attend a five-day study tour in India from today.
A housewife allegedly committed suicide in Guabari village of Rangpur district on Thursday evening.
Two cyclists from Bangladesh will embark on a 3,539-kilometre ride from Cox's Bazar to Khardung La mountain pass, located at an altitude of 18,380 feet, in Ladakh, India.
Jahanara Begum, director of Prodhan Group Limited and wife of industrialist Nasir Hossain Prodhan, passed away from health complications at Apollo Hospitals in Dhaka on Wednesday night. She was 45.
Saifur Rahman Khan, a freedom fighter and chairman of Arua Union Parishad in Shivalaya upazila of Manikganj district, died of a cardiac arrest yesterday. He was 56.
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi on condemned a film which has sparked protests across the Muslim world as an "aggression" on Islam that distracts from the real problems of the Middle East.
An eruption of violent unrest across the Middle East is confronting President Barack Obama with the most serious challenge yet to his efforts to keep the Arab Spring from morphing into a new wave of anti-Americanism.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday the Middle East was at risk of descending into "chaos" following a deadly attack on the US mission in Libya and incidents in Egypt and Yemen.
Hollywood star Angelina Jolie yesterday said she was concerned about the plight of Syrian refugees fleeing the unrest in their conflict-torn country with no end in sight to the violence.
Six Chinese ships sailed into waters around a disputed archipelago yesterday, with Beijing saying they were there for "law enforcement" around islands Japan nationalised earlier this week.
The Dalai Lama has recently sparked a great deal of discussion by writing "religion is no longer adequate" on his Facebook page.
A Kiribati fisherman who drifted in the central Pacific for nearly four months has been found alive and asking for cigarettes, a Marshall Islands fishing vessel reported yesterday.
French magazine Closer unleashed a new media tornado on the royal family yesterday with a five-page splash of photos showing the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, sunbathing topless with Prince William in the south of France.
India's government was confronted by strike threats and a political backlash yesterday after hiking the price of diesel by 12 percent .
The pace of the British withdrawal from Afghanistan could quicken next year because military commanders have changed their views about how many troops need to remain to help local security forces fight the Taliban, the defence secretary has said.
Pushing through a major economic reform measure against stiff political resistance, Indian government yesterday decided to permit 51 per cent foreign direct investment in multibrand retail.
South Africa yesterday said it will no longer tolerate growing unrest in its key mining sector and will act against incitement and threats of violence at gold and platinum mines.
The 80 cast and crew members involved in the making of the movie that has roiled much of the Islamic world said Wednesday they were "grossly misled" about its intent and expressed sorrow over the resulting violence.
Cambodia's UN-backed genocide court Thursday ordered the release of Khmer Rouge leader Ieng Thirith, saying she is unfit to stand trial.
Pakistan's former premier Yousuf Raza Gilani's son Ali Musa was arrested yesterday and briefly detained by the army-run Anti-Narcotics Force in connection with alleged irregularities in the import of the controlled drug Ephedrine before he was granted bail by the apex court.
A passenger bus collided with a fuel tanker in Afghanistan yesterday, killing 51 people and injuring several others, with women and children among the victims, officials said.
The Iraqi government and Kurdistan struck a preliminary deal on Thursday on a months-long oil dispute that will see the autonomous region export 200,000 barrels of oil per day, officials said.
Arts & Entertainment
Apu Biswas first arrived on the silver screen with a small role in the 2005 movie “Kaal Shokale”. It didn't take her long to make a name for herself, as offers to play the leading lady in many films came flooding in. Her on-screen pairing up with Shakib Khan also acted as a catalyst for her rapid success in the Dhaliwood scene. Talent and hard work paid off, as Apu is now considered the top movie actress of today.
When Joya Ahsan signed her first mainstream Bangladeshi film -- “Purno Doirgho Prem Kahini”, opposite Shakib Khan, it became breaking news. Now, the leading lady, who is equally popular among the masses and critics, has started shooting for another commercial film, titled “Parley Theka”. Maruf Hasan is directing the film.
Asiatic Gallery of Fine Arts in Nimtali, Dhaka has organised a solo tapestry exhibition, featuring the works of Tajul Islam. The exhibition opened on September 7.
Making her debut as a crooner gave Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra the same nervous feeling when she stood before the camera for the first time. While become an actress may not have been liked by her father, her new role as a singer has fulfilled his long-cherished dream.
British rockers Led Zeppelin will release a concert film based on their 2007 charity performance in London that hits cinemas on October 17, the band said on Thursday.
In view of the much-discussed Limon affair and other alleged infractions of human rights by state agencies, a considered discussion of the above subject assumes significance. Practically speaking, the basic principles of human rights need to be firmly established as a constructive bridge building discourse between police and society.
Barbaric and bumbling, leaping over boulders in sockless high top sneakers, their faces hidden behind black cloth, the Taliban of yesteryear seemed a scruffy lot with sinister intentions.
The picture of the country that leaders envisioned and the pledges they made to the people during all these years have turned into an illusion. In stark contrast to the growth phenomenon manifest in the emergence of high-rise buildings, shopping malls and luxury cars in the cities, villages in Bangladesh till now are portraits of human misery. It is hard for younger generations, especially women folk, in rural areas to concentrate on any ambitious project and carve out a future for themselves. They can't feel good about their country and long for a change. Women are the most deprived and neglected segment in the society.
In 2008, there were a lot of reasons to believe. The world witnessed a true change -- an African-American becoming the US president. It was not only a great way of telling the world that USA was truly a country for all races to exist harmoniously but also proof that from the tumultuous sixties America, where Africans were segregated and deemed inferior, a massive change had taken place in less than 50 years.
Human beings do not appear to be the most majestic of creatures, unlike tigers and lions. Quite often appearances are unreliable and misleading. However, human beings have one faculty which no living creatures possess. Human beings are creative beings. Animals leave traces of what they are -- carcasses and things -- whereas humans leave traces of what they create, such as paintings, literature and monuments. Some of these are so magnificent, and that faculty alone is what makes human beings splendid.
Nikita Khrushchev becomes the first Soviet leader to visit the United States.
His prose style was intermingled with vastness of nature, poetry and philosophy of life. The mystery and origin of life and death for Syed Mustafa Siraj were found in nature. Even so he harbored no compassionate stance toward life, nor was he mournful towards death. He viewed all human beings as helpless creatures.
The death of Syed Mustafa Siraj re-taught me two lessons. Excellence is appreciated by the thoughtful minority only. And the media get excited only over very popular figures.
This write-up was to have been the first of a two-part article Star Literature means to carry for its readers. It first appeared in 'East Pakistan Review: An Anthology', published in Karachi in 1958.
Every year, almost one million people die by suicide around the world. Young people are increasingly vulnerable to suicidal behaviours. Worldwide, suicide is one of the three leading causes of death among those in the most economically productive age group (15-44 years), and the second leading cause of death in the 15-19 years age group.
Recently, Director of Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC) Professor Donald Tan visited Bangladesh. On his first visit to the country, he shared his views with Star Health and highlighted some latest advancement of eye care in the region, especially at his centre.
Dengue is one of the most widespread mosquito-borne viral diseases in the world, with around half of the world’s population are currently at risk. While infection usually causes flu-like symptoms, it can develop into a more serious form of the disease manifested by bleeding, known as severe dengue.
Vitamin D could help the body fight infections of deadly tuberculosis, according to a study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that showed patients recovered more quickly when given both the vitamin and antibiotics.
Moderate exercise, and a regular intake of oily fish fatty acids, keeps elderly immobility at bay, a study presented at the British Science Festival in Aberdeen.
Problems sleeping may be an early sign of Alzheimer's — a form of dementia that gradually gets worse over time, say researchers. Clumps of protein, called plaques, in the brain are thought to be a key component of the illness.
While Western countries publicly condemn Syrian President Bashar Al Assad for turning Syria into a close to slaughter house, there are speculations that Israel and its backer might play the game reversely. For humanitarian grounds and for the sake of democratic aspiration of Syrian people, Al Assad is a cancerous tumor to be removed immediately. For some plain geo-strategic reasons (regional power play), regime change in Syria could be catalyst too. Nevertheless, when one profoundly considers a broader strategic ambition of the United States and its local conflicting allies, Syria offers more perplexing and puzzling result.
There are surprising connections across decades and enmities in the evolving methods of armed warfare in the modern world. In particular, non-state actors will soon be deploying versions of the armed-drones now wielded by western powers.
Vladivostok is the biggest and most neglected port city of Russia. Once a closed naval port city of Soviet Union era it is now standing spectacularly with a $20 billion recapitalisation. Vladivostok has been readied as the host city for the next APEC summit as part of a Russian grand plan to become a bigger player in Asia. President Vladimir Putin seems all set out to turn Russia east and tap into the growing Asian economies.
Star Books Review
Many votaries of India's neighbourhood diplomacy, should be happy with India's former Foreign Secretary Muchkund Dubey's latest book, India's Foreign Policy: Coping With The Changing World, which will hit the shelves in about ten days or so.
For a number of years, the translated books of interviews of Nobel Laureates have been published in Bangla by multifarious publishers with great enthusiasm in Bangladesh. However, not everyone can prove his/her efficiency in selecting interviews. Some translators can select interviews tactfully amidst eminent and influential authors. And Tusar Talukder is one among those translators, who has proven his capability of sorting out interviews amongst famous writers. His latest published book of translation entitled Nirbachito Nobel Bijoyeer Doshti Sakkhatkar (Selected Interviews of Ten Nobel Laureates) is an imperative collection of interviews. The collection is substantial in the sense that it juxtaposes the interviews of numerous writers who are remarkable in different genres. Tusar's selection may be personal but if we consider it from the perspective of substantiality, it is crystal clear that each and every interviewee litterateur is important. Some are important for their diction; again some are remarkable for their portrayal of stern reality in their works. Tusar has maintained compactness in translation. In addition, his facile and fat-free diction has helped him finish this project without any distortion. Therefore, eminent litterateur and storyteller Syed Manzoorul Islam has rightly said that no aspect of exaggeration is evident in his translation. Rather his language remains reader-friendly.
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