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News of: Tuesday, 18th of September, 2012
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Refuting reports that did the rounds throughout the day, prime minister's Economic Affairs Adviser Mashiur Rahman late last night said he was not on leave.
Police in the wee hours of yesterday detained 112 people from Banshkhali upazila in Chittagong while they were boarding an engine boat in a bid to travel to Malaysia illegally.
The nearly two-year rule of the past caretaker government led by Fakhruddin Ahmed was "absolutely unconstitutional", observed the Supreme Court in its verdict in the constitution's 13th amendment case.
Wrong diagnosis and treatment based on the findings have fated a working man to lead a physically disabled life in a place like Dhaka where only the fittest survive.
The stage is all set for the ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka. The fourth version of the tournament will kick off with hosts Sri Lanka taking on Zimbabwe at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium in Hambantota today. There will be no glamorous opening ceremony to mark the start of the showpiece event, but many would argue that the fireworks have already begun in the form of the competitive warm-up games which bode well for the quality of the tournament to follow.
Some eminent jurists yesterday said the politicians should now sit together to find out a solution to the problem regarding formation of a polls-time government.
The BNP and its allies said the full verdict released on Sunday by the Supreme Court declaring illegal the caretaker government system was of no importance to them as they wanted the non-partisan administration restored.
Biman passengers yesterday resorted to violent protests at the airport vandalising glasses of a counter of the national carrier in the wake of total collapse in flight schedules.
Protesters in Afghanistan, Indonesia and Pakistan burnt US flags and chanted "Death to America" yesterday in renewed demonstrations over an anti-Islam film that already has provoked a week of unrest in Muslim world.
Another prosecution witness yesterday told the International Crimes Tribunal-2 that war crimes accused Abdul Quader Mollah and his accomplices killed journalist Khondaker Abu Taleb at Mirpur's Jalladkhana during the Liberation War.
Forty-eight Bangladeshi workers yesterday returned to the country from the United Arab Emirates as the authorities had rejected their new employer's plea to let them work on their existing visas.
A writ petition has sought a High Court directive on the government to immediately recover Tk 3,547 crore taken by Hall-Mark Group and five other companies from the Sonali Bank through forgery.
Leader of the Opposition Khaleda Zia yesterday strongly condemned the making of a blasphemous film on Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SM) and urged the US government to immediately ban the film and its screening.
Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission last night blocked popular video streaming website YouTube.com.
The cabinet yesterday approved proposals for a law to rein in the multi-level marketing (MLM) business in the country.
The whistleblower who last year assisted forest officials nabbing a tiger poaching ring came under attack by members of the same gang in the capital's Sayedabad on Friday night.
Detectives yesterday arrested eight Rohingyas from a Fakirapool hotel in the capital on charge of attempting to go abroad using forged Bangladeshi passports and fake identities.
A truly independent and strong Election Commission, and not a non-partisan caretaker government, is needed to hold a free, fair and neutral election, the Supreme Court has observed in its verdict on the constitution's 13th amendment case.
At least three policemen, including a sub-inspector, were injured in a clash between a group of Islami Chhatra Shibir activists, a pro-Jamaat-e-Islami student organisation, and the law enforcers in front of Chandpur Government College yesterday.
Prothom Alo Editor Matiur Rahman yesterday termed the recent media report involving him with Awami League leader Tofail Ahmed's refusal to become a minister “false, baseless and misleading”.
Over 100 non-resident Bangladeshis (NRB) and Bangladeshi descendants living abroad have urged the prime minister to resolve government's dispute with Nobel Laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus and utilise him for national interest.
India is going to invite more than a dozen top-ranking political figures from Bangladesh in next couple of months to warm up ties with ruling Awami League and remove "gap and misunderstanding" with the opposition.
After sixteen months of the “short order” being passed by the Chief Justice in May 2011, we now have the full verdict on the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, declaring the caretaker system void. Given the nature of the case the delay should not have happened. And the fact that the short verdict had very substantively transformed the country's political scenario, we feel constrained to say that to have taken that long to draw up the full verdict was an injudicious act on the part of the former Chief Justice, made even more so by the fact that the judgment was not a unanimous one, something that had not come to the pubic domain till recently, and that the verdict was signed more than a year after the former CJ had retired.
The parliament is the central institution of democracy, and when it falters in its duties and, indeed the esteem in which it should be held by the people, it is surely a cause for concern. Sadly, this is the story of our growing democracy.
Bangladesh lost their final warm-up match by five runs against Ireland at the Moors Sports Club Ground in Colombo yesterday -- a timely wake-up call just before their challenge in the tournament proper of the ICC World Twenty20.
The Ireland team celebrated their five-run success against Bangladesh all the way yesterday regardless of it being just a warm-up game at the Moors Sports Club ground in Colombo. After the match Kevin O'Brien, who actually initiated the middle-order collapse taking three wickets in quick succession, didn't hesitate to say that it was a sweet revenge for their 3-0 loss in the T20 series against the same opponents at home in August this year. He also opined that both teams are now evenly matched after this victory, especially since two of the matches the Irish lost in August were decided in the last over. But Bangladesh's champion all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan was not ready to accept the notion. “The reality is that we won the three-match series at their own den recently and winning the match in the last over is very much part of this version,” said Shakib.
Kamran Akmal smashed an unbeaten 92 off 50 balls as Pakistan came from behind to defeat India by five wickets in a warm-up match for the World Twenty20 on Monday.
After a nine-month long hiatus, the Bangladesh national football team will return to action today when they take on Nepal in the first of two international friendly matches at the Dasrath Stadium in Kathmandu. The match is scheduled to get underway at 5:20pm (Bangladesh Standard Time).
After fighting to stave off the cut for much of the rain-affected Yeangder Tourna-ment Players Championship, Bangladesh's ace golfer Siddikur Rahman finished joint 37th with a final round of one-under-par 71 at the Linkou International Golf and Country Club in Taipei yesterday.
The West Indian batsmen continued their domination on the second day of the four-day match against the BCB National Cricket Academy at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium at Khulna, ending the day on 521 for 8.
The South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) has decided in principle to hold the tenth edition of the SAFF Championship in Nepal, but the timing of the regional extravaganza has not yet been decided.
Hosts Sri Lanka will hope to make a brisk start to the World Twenty20 Tuesday as they open the country's biggest ever sports event with high hopes of claiming a second global title.
Legendary Pakistani batsman Javed Minadad on Sunday said that top players, like Sachin Tendulkar, must retire when they are on top of their game.
Bangladesh will take part in the Japan-SAARC U-14 Football Exchange Programme to be held in the Far Eastern country over October 7-20.
A three-member Bangladesh Golf team will leave here for Bhutan today to take part in the Bhutan Amateur Open, which will get underway from Thursday.
Former explosive batsman Sanath Jayasuriya believes India, Pakistan or Sri Lanka have the best chance of winning this year's Twenty20 World Cup, starting from September 18.
Eleven players were jointly sharing the lead in the Access Group 38th National Chess B Championship at the end of third round matches at the Bangladesh Chess Federation hall room yesterday.
Khulna Abahani brightened their chances of qualifying for the Federation Cup when they defeated Uttar Baridhara Club to post their second straight victory in the Grameenphone Federation Shield at Shamsul Huda Stadium in Jessore yesterday.
Dhaka Wanderers posted a 4-1 win over Farashganj SC in the Green Delta Insurance First Division Hockey League at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium yesterday.
When a club as big as Real Madrid lose two of their first four league games of the season, talk of a crisis is never far behind.
Atletico Madrid beat Rayo Vallecano 4-3, after going four goals ahead in the Madrid derby on Sunday, to continue their unbeaten start in La Liga.
Two late goals from Mirko Vucinic and Kwadwo Asamoah sent Serie A champions Juventus back to the top of the table thanks to a 3-1 win away to Genoa on Sunday.
England striker Jermain Defoe scored twice as Tottenham Hotspur enjoyed their first victory under Andre Villas-Boas courtesy of a 3-1 Premier League win away to Reading on Sunday.
Queens Park Rangers striker Andrew Johnson is likely to miss the rest of the season after suffering a serious knee injury during Saturday's 0-0 draw against Chelsea.
Tottenham Hotspur left-back Benoit Assou-Ekotto is set to be sidelined for four weeks with a knee injury, manager Andre Villas-Boas confirmed Sunday.
Brazilian striker Hulk, who joined Russian champions Zenit St Petersburg earlier this month in a multi-million transfer deal, said he was upset his new side had lost 2-0 on his home debut.
Alessandro Del Piero has arrived in Australia to begin his two-year stint with Sydney FC and the locals are excited. According to the local news, about 500 fans greeted the 37-year-old Juventus legend at the airport and some waited as much as six hours for him to arrive. The report also said that even his luggage was cheered.
The head of a visiting IMF team yesterday suggested greater authority for the central bank to govern all banks, both private and state-run, to ensure prudential management of the financial sector.
AKM Salim Osman was re-elected yesterday as the president of Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) for the second time.
Three mobile operators went to court yesterday challenging an order by the National Board of Revenue to freeze the operators' bank accounts.
The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday filed 10 cases against 13 persons, including six high officials of Jamuna Oil Company Ltd, on charges of misappropriating around Tk 8 crore.
The Dhaka Stock Exchange yesterday made a bundle of recommendations, including introduction of a new category with blue chip securities, to rejuvenate the presently volatile stockmarket.
A three-day tourism fair of Asian countries will begin in Dhaka on Friday to promote tourism of the region globally, organisers said yesterday.
Fast food chain McDonald's is branching out: after salads and wraps, the burger restaurant is entering the noodle business.
Teletalk, the state-owned telecom operator, plans to raise Tk 600 crore from the capital market to expand and increase services, Shahara Khatun, telecoms minister, said yesterday.
Labour and Employment Secretary Mikail Shipar yesterday urged employers to ensure safety and good health of workers and make industries' environment friendly as laws require.
Bengal Meat Processing Industries, a meat producer and exporter, aims to expand its business riding on high demand for processed meat.
Shaikh Mohammed Bin Mubarak Al Khalifa, deputy prime minister of Bahrain, opened Social Business Week in Bahrain on Sunday in the presence of Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus as the chief guest.
Sales representatives for Abbott Laboratories' Indian subsidiaries know what it takes to get a doctor to prescribe the drugs they market: a coffee maker, perhaps, or some cookware, or maybe a vacuum cleaner.
India's central bank kept its benchmark interest rate on hold on Monday, preferring to wait to see the impact of a flurry of government reforms before reducing the cost of borrowing.
Jatiya Sangsad yesterday passed five bills, including the Vested Property Return (Second Amendment) Bill, 2012 and the Code of Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Bill, 2012.
Green activists yesterday demanded punishment for the high-ups of Hall-Mark Group allegedly for filling up water bodies and marsh lands near Hemayetpur, Singair and Manikganj roads in Savar violating law.
A former police officer yesterday told a Dhaka court that the then state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar had showed negligence in arresting the real culprits after the August 21 grenade attack on an Awami League rally in 2004.
Migrant workers' travelling cost through the government's legal channels to Malaysia should range from Tk 75,000 to Tk 80,000, Khandker Mosharraf Hossain, minister of Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment, said yesterday.
Pandemonium gripped a Dhaka court yesterday after Inspector General of Police (IGP) Hassan Mahmood Khandker for several times refrained from disclosing the exact directives he received from the ex-IGP during the 2009 BDR mutiny.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday sued three persons including two inspectors of Bangladesh Road Transport Authority in the capital on charge of misappropriating government's revenue.
In response to rights activists' demand for an act to ensure women's rights in marital relationship, Law Minister Shafique Ahmed yesterday said the government would not formulate any law, which would go against religious sentiment.
Eight people were killed and 15 others injured in separate road accidents in Chittagong, Naogaon, Brahmanbaria, Bhola and Rajshahi on Sunday and yesterday.
The government has paid tribute to the martyrs of 1962 education movement by formulating a pro-people education policy, said Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid.
The question of which form of government will supervise the next general election is a political issue which will be resolved in parliament, said Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad yesterday.
Police yesterday lodged a case against 115 people on charges of vandalism and assault on the law enforcers during clashes in Siddirganj of Narayanganj on Sunday.
Jatiya Party lawmaker Mujibul Haque and the lone independent MP Fazlul Azim yesterday in parliament blasted the government for the recent 'unprecedented' collapse of Biman flight schedule in different international destinations.
The government has appointed two new ambassadors of Bangladesh to Nepal and Portugal, says a foreign ministry press release.
Dr Mohammad Matiur Rahman, a renowned cardiac surgeon and an Awami League lawmaker from Tangail-3 constituency, was laid to rest yesterday.
A Dhaka court yesterday sent to one-day remand four men arrested for allegedly plotting to murder three physicians following an internal feud of Doctors' Association of Bangladesh (DAB), a pro-BNP organisation.
Customs officials found 78 kilogrammes of tablets and liquid medicines while scanning three luggage of a passenger at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the capital.
A man shot by unidentified criminals on Sunday night in the capital's Shyampur died early yesterday.
As a part of its overseas training cruise, the Training Squadron of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense (JMSDF) will arrive at the Chittagong Port on September 24 on a four-day visit.
A mobile court in Chittagong city yesterday fined an edible oil marketing firm and sealed off a water purifying plant for violating BSTI rules.
At least five workers were injured while trying to douse a fire that broke out at an export-oriented readymade garment factory in Masdair Police Line area of Narayanganj town yesterday.
The 41st death anniversary of Shaheed Engr Nazrul Islam, a freedom fighter, will be observed today, says a press release.
Sluice gates meant for controlling water flow and facilitating irrigation in agricultural lands through canals in the coastal district are becoming virtually useless for crop farmers as influential people use the canals for fish cultivation, often keeping the gates closed.
A joint team of Bangladesh Coastguard and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday rescued 13 of the 38 fishermen, who were kidnapped on Friday, from the deep forest near Katakhali of the Sundarbans under Mongla upazila.
A mother of a six-year-old boy is fighting for life at Jessore Medical College and Hospital as she was stabbed indiscriminately allegedly by her husband for dowry on Friday night.
Internal feud in Pabna BNP has further deepened as aggrieved party men were not invited to an 18-party alliance meeting, which was addressed by central BNP leader Iqbal Hassan Mahmud Tuku in the town on Sunday.
Over 500 families in three villages of Sadar upazila are without power supply for over nine days till yesterday as a transformer of the area went out of order.
Police on Sunday evening filed a case against 169 Jamaat-Shibir men of Shibganj upazila unit with Shibganj police station on charge of attacking policemen.
Law enforcers in separate drives recovered two foreign made pistols, nine bullets, three magazines and arrested one arms peddler from Shibganj upazila early yesterday.
Twenty-two Jubo Dal men, including former joint secretary of Magura municipality unit Jihad Hossain Tikka, have been sued on charge of killing Jubo League (AJL) activist Bachchu Sheikh on Saturday.
A BNP man was killed and another injured in a bomb attack at Duttapara Bazar in Jessore Sadar upazila on Sunday night.
At least 10 people were injured in a clash between indigenous people and Bangalee settlers in Batchhari area of Sadar upazila on Sunday afternoon.
A college student drowned while taking a bath in River Pagla at Shekhtola in Shibganj municipal area yesterday. The victim was identified as, Mobarok Hossain,19, son of Kazem Ali of Jalmachhmari Moholla in the municipal area. He was a second year student of HSC at Radhakantapur College in the upazila. Locals said, Mobarok went to Pagla River for taking bath in the afternoon and eventually drowned. Locals recovered his body around 4:00pm.
Panchagarh District Transport Owners' Association and the transport workers' unions withdrew their indefinite strike on Sunday night after a 'fruitful' meeting held between the district civil and police administration and transport leaders at the deputy commissioner's (DC) conference room. Earlier, the transport owners and workers began an indefinite bus strike in Panchagarh district from Sunday morning, demanding ban on plying of unauthorised human haulers like nasimon, karimon, bhotvoti and battery-run easy bike on all 10 roads and highways in the district.
Criminals stabbed an alleged outlaw to death on Sunday night at Daharpukur village under Sadar upazila. The victim is Raja Mia, 35 son of Azim Uddin of Bathpukuria village in the district. Officer in charge (OC) Iqbal Bahar Chowdhury of Sadar police station said, on Sunday afternoon, Raja Mia went out of his house. A rival gang stabbed him to death and dumped his body at an water body.
Burglars took away valuables worth Tk 2.50 lakh from a mobile phone shop at Goalanda Bazar here early Sunday. Wahiduzzaman Milon, owner of Milon Store at Awal Tower, said a group of thieves stormed into his shop breaking open the locks around 2 am and looted 66 mobile phone sets of different brands, a digital camera and Tk 80,000 in cash.
A UN commission investigating human rights abuses in Syria said it has drawn up a new secret list of Syrians and units suspected of war crimes.
The US and Japan agreed to set up a second missile defence system on Japanese soil in an effort to counter the ballistic missile threat from North Korea, officials yesterday said.
Britain's royals embarked on a legal battle yesterday to try to stop the spread of topless photos of Prince William's wife Catherine, as an Italian magazine splashed the pictures across a special 38-page edition.
In his memoirs 'Diplomatic Channels', Kris Srinivasan, 17 years after he demitted office as foreign secretary, reveals that India's external intelligence agency, RAW, snooped on a telephone conversation between a reputedly pro-Pakistan US assistant secretary of state for South Asia, Robin Raphel, and then US ambassador in Islamabad, which confirmed that the US would not back a draft resolution against India on Kashmir moved by Pakistan at the United Nations, and therefore it would fail to proceed any further.
Some 500 Kurdish rebels were killed by Turkish security forces in the space of a month, Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday said.
India's trade unions yesterday called a nationwide strike against the opening of the retail sector to foreign supermarkets as the government pledged to push ahead with more economic reforms.
Pakistan's military said it has successfully test-fired a cruise missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.
US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta is due to meet China's leader-in-waiting, Vice President Xi Jinping, during a visit to Beijing this week, officials yesterday said.
Four Palestinian hardliners were jailed, two for life, yesterday after a Gaza military court found them guilty of the kidnap and murder of an Italian peace activist in April 2011.
Police in New York yesterday arrested at least 35 demonstrators marking the one-year anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement by launching new protests, witnesses said.
A suicide bomber yesterday killed seven people and wounded an MP in an attack at an entrance to Baghdad's heavily secured Green Zone, where the Iraqi government and US embassy are based, officials said.
Myanmar democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi was due in the United States yesterday for a landmark visit during which she will meet with President Barack Obama and be honored for her human rights work.
A Russian Soyuz capsule yesterday returned to Earth with its three-man crew after they spent 123 days at the International Space Station.
Arts & Entertainment
Ranjit Das is celebrated for his unique style and fascinating themes. He is one of the most versatile Bangladeshi painters, equally adept in portraits, landscapes, visual rendering of socio-political and economic issues and other subjects. His painting methods, particularly the use of colours, have a profound influence on contemporary Bangladeshi art.
After much anticipation, the DVD of Tareque Masud's last film “Runway” was launched on September 15 at a press meet jointly organised by Laser Vision Ltd and the Tareque Masud Memorial Trust (TMMT). In addition to the film, special DVD bonuses include a 30-minute documentary on the 2010-2011 countrywide release of the film as spearheaded by Tareque Masud, a short behind-the-scenes slideshow presentation, and the film's trailer.
'Banglalink Bhoirob Nouka Baich Protijogita 2012' is the 3rd edition of the Banglalink Boat Race series that set off on the river Meghna on September 15. The race is in line with a series of boating events Banglalink is promoting in an endeavour to promote the tradition and culture of Bangladesh.
A vibrant cultural function was held recently at Bharateswari Homes to accord a reception to the new students at the institution.
A three-day programme marking the 12th anniversary of Rajshahi University-based Association for Culture and Education (ACE) started with festivity on the campus on Saturday.
Young Bangladeshi photographer Tamim Jamshed's photo-essay, “Blooming Concrete”, has been selected for the prestigious Fotografia- International Festival of Rome. Jamshed is among 15 selected photographers from around the globe.
A docu-fiction, titled “Nirobey”, highlighting women's rights will be aired this morning at 11 am on Channel i. Produced and directed by Jannatul Ferdous Ivy, the fiction narrates struggles of an NGO worker.
“Silver Linings Playbook”, starring Bradley Cooper as a man recovering from a breakdown, has won the top prize at Toronto International Film Festival.
The Bang-ladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) came into being nearly a decade ago. Its vision statement reads "for providing energy at just and reasonable cost, and protection of consumers' interest and satisfaction through fair practice." Unfortunately, if one looks BERC's track record over the past year, it has taken steps to the contrary. What has become obvious is that the regulatory body is sorely lacking in technical capacity for analysing the tariff rate under different slabs. The regulator also seems oblivious to higher tariff rate for electricity and its financial and economic implications on consumers both at retail and bulk level. This lack of capacity is perhaps the reason for BERC's continued dependence on outside agencies to come up with formula for tariff regulation, tariff rates and slab fixation.
Rather than who joined the expanded cabinet after its latest reshuffle, what made news is who did not. By not accepting ministerial portfolios, veteran Awami League (AL) leader Tofail Ahmed and AL-led grand alliance partner and Workers Party president Rashed Khan Menon have surprised political observers. Hence all the speculation as to why these two politicians behaved the way they did.
The general perception about revenue regulations in Bangladesh is that these are British by birth, too intricate and too cumbersome for enforcement. Taxation, as an instrument for revenue income for the state, was very much there in ancient and medieval India in different form and style, but the income tax system as we know it today was first introduced by the British government in India. After the Mutiny in 1857 the country was in a bad state financially when the British government took over power.
It is impossible to read the internet edition of any deshi newspaper without stumbling upon some unpalatable stories about all the three branches of our government. When the alliance government of BNP/Jamaat was in power, they unleashed a miasmic force. They are gone, but that miasma has gained significant momentum with the ascendancy of the Moha-Jote government. And there appears to be no end in sight.
The unplanned, unregulated growth of Dhaka is explained as a result of a demographic chaos. Dhaka's urban primacy is given as one of the chief reasons for the four-fold increase in its population over the last 25 years. The city is the economic and administrative capital of the nation, offering 51% of jobs in the formal sector (higher than the national average of 20%) with the remaining jobs distributed in the informal economy, according to a World Bank report in 2007.
The Treaty of Belgrade is signed, ceding Belgrade to the Ottoman Empire.
Science & Life
To astronomy buffs, nothing could be more exhilarating than gazing at the night sky in the autumn months. So let us immerse ourselves in the wonder of the Universe by taking a fantasy trip to a vast open space in a mid-northern latitude with an unobstructed view of the sky and no light pollution.
Researchers have identified a set of three genes that are responsible for hybrid sterility in rice, or the inability of many hybrid rice species to pass their genes on to the next generation. These findings inform a model that suggests how such hybrid sterility is maintained across rice species, and they may lead to the genetic improvement of rice as a food stock.
Louis Pasteur, born in December 27, 1822, was a French chemist and microbiologist who was one of the most important founders of medical microbiology.
Nanoengineers at the University of California, San Diego have developed a novel technology that can fabricate, in mere seconds, microscale three dimensional (3D) structures out of soft, biocompatible hydrogels. Near term, the technology could lead to better systems for growing and studying cells, including stem cells, in the laboratory. Long-term, the goal is to be able to print biological tissues for regenerative medicine. For example, in the future, doctors may repair the damage caused by heart attack by replacing it with tissue that rolled off of a printer.
Some 30,000 light-years away near the chaotic, gaseous region near our galactic center, a team of Japanese researchers has found the strange cosmic feature you see above: a helical molecular cloud twisting across some 60 light years. This kind of structure is not the kind of thing astronomers expect to find here, but in observing the "pigtail" molecular cloud, as they are calling it, they have figured out some interesting things about the goings-on there at the heart of the galaxy and the magnetic characteristics that exist there.
Human embryonic stem cells can be directed to form sound-detecting nerve cells in the inner ears of deaf gerbils. Deafness often results from the loss of specialized nerve cells called hair cells and spiral ganglion neurons in the cochlea, the part of the inner ear that converts vibrations into nerve signals the brain understands as sounds. Until now, no one has been able to replace both types of nerve cells.
Well, you can't blame the chickens. They started out flying, after all. At least their ancestors did.