News of: Saturday, 13th of October, 2012
Corals under water around Saint Martin's Island are being destroyed by global warming, over exploitation and unplanned tourism.
Indian conglomerate Sahara's much-hyped proposed schemes, including a satellite township within the capital's periphery, are looking uncertain after a recent court order on the group and “slow” preparations by its local affiliate Matribhumi Unnayan Corporation.
Families of hundreds of fishermen missing since Thursday's storm are anxiously waiting in the coastal areas for them to return. They said they had been living in the open without food and drinking water since the storm.
A job seeker from Satkhira caught sight of a newspaper advertisement promising jobs without experience. So he called the phone number on the advert.
One of the Taliban's most feared commanders, Maulana Fazlullah, carefully briefed two killers from his special hit squad on their next target.
Yesterday was another nice weekend for schoolkid Imran Hossain and his friends.
Praise, gratitude and shock have followed the news that the Nobel Peace Prize this year goes to the European Union.
Bangladesh goes two steps up in the Global Hunger Index this year to the 68th position from the 70th last year.
Criticising the blame game of the two major political parties, a citizens' body yesterday alleged that the government and the opposition are reluctant to unearth the truth behind the attack on the Buddhist community.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday blamed the BNP for the Ramu violence and said the BNP always causes an incident to happen and then accuses others, like the grenade attack on an Awami League rally in 2004.
The Election Commission (EC) could not yet complete preliminary work for redrawing the boundaries of parliamentary constituencies, raising doubts if it would be able to have it done by December, the stipulated timeframe.
The mid-term future of Bangladesh's economy was bright as the country had stuck to the economic reform programme supported by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), a top official of the Washington-based lender said yesterday.
The World Bank panel, assigned to review the investigation into the Padma bridge graft allegation, may give the green signal to the bank for a speedy disbursement of fund if it initially finds Bangladesh's handling of the charge satisfactory.
Police yesterday pressed charges against 43 leaders and activists of BNP, including the president of Jubo Dal, in a case filed for vandalising and torching vehicles in front of the party's central office in Naya Paltan on October 2.
Members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) rescued nine people from Putkhali border in Benapole yesterday while they were being trafficked to India.
A construction worker died after his scaffolding collapsed while he was working on the fourth floor of a building in city's Rampura yesterday.
A man was killed when a speeding bus ran over his motorcycle in the capital's Sabujbagh area yesterday.
Vice President Joe Biden and Republican challenger Paul Ryan hit the campaign trail yesterday after a combative debate in which they challenged each other's facts and claims while offering starkly different visions for the direction the country should follow.
Forget the diamond as big as the Ritz. This one's bigger than planet Earth.
Indian prosecutors yesterday dropped sedition charges against a cartoonist whose arrest over his anti-corruption drawings outraged freedom of speech campaigners, his lawyer said.
North Korea's ceremonial head of state Friday urged Japan to apologise for its wartime aggression, dismissing Tokyo's request for the release of Japanese nationals kidnapped by the North, a news report said.
The United States, Japan and South Korea pledged up to $535 million to a World Bank-sponsored food security programme yesterday, in a bid to reduce poverty in developing countries.
The government has decided to appoint an administrator to oversee day-to-day functioning of the group and ensuring that no asset registered under the Destiny group is disposed off during the tenure of the investigation. We support the move. After conducting an investigation into anti-money laundering activities of the Destiny group worth around Tk3,256 crore over the last eight months, the nine-member investigation committee submitted its report to the Ministry of Commerce (MoC) on October 1. The probe found a number of irregularities by shareholders and recommended a full-blown audit to be carried out by an internationally reputed audit firm to determine the group's assets and liabilities.
Malala Yousafzai, 14, is fighting for her life having been shot in her head in Mingora, the main town of the Swat Valley in Pakistan's northwest, by the extremist Taliban. The teenager campaigner for the right to girls' education during two-year long Taliban insurgency which the army claimed it had crushed in 2009 faced the violent act of reprisal Wednesday last.
Big-budgeted Sheikh Russel KC emerged as Group A champions in the Grameenphone Federation Cup with three successive wins after they handed a 2-0 defeat to Mohammedan SC in their final group match at the Bangabadhu National Stadium yesterday.
Investigation regarding the former Bangladesh ICC Panel Umpire, Nadir Shah, may not have officially begun as yet. However, the umpire, who recently found himself at the centre of a match-fixing controversy--following a sting operation by an Indian television channel-- has received widespread support from former Bangladeshi cricket captains. The general consensus amongst numerous ex-captains was that the footage aired on India TV could have been 'distorted' and that it didn't provide a strong enough evidence to convict Shah.
After their not so memorable outing in the just-concluded ICC World T20 in Sri Lanka, it will be a test of character for the Indian boys in the Champions League Twenty20 which enters the business stage from Saturday.
Bangladesh's ace golfer Siddikur Rahman maintained his joint fourth position in the US$750,000 Venetian Macau Open after playing a three-under-par 68 in the second round at the Macau Golf and Country Club yesterday.
Pakistani all-rounder Abdul Razzaq, who was supposed to lead his team at the Hong Kong Super Sixes this month, has become doubtful of his participation in the event as he faces disciplinary action from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
International Cricket Council (ICC) match referee, Roshan Mahanama, inspected the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium at Khulna yesterday. Mahanama, who arrived on Thursday will now submit a report to the ICC regarding the stadium's facilities and infrastructure.
Firoz Mahmud Titu, former Bangladesh international and current Muktijoddha Sangsad KC defender, is set to call time from all forms of football after the Grameenphone Federation Cup tie between Muktijoddha Sangsad and Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club today at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.
Andy Murray maintained his perfect record at the Shanghai Masters Friday, recovering from a deficit against unseeded Radek Stepanek to set up an Olympic re-match against Roger Federer in the semifinals.
The Deccan Chargers IPL franchise has ceased to exist with its owners failing to produce, by the Friday evening deadline, a Rs 100-crore ($19 million) bank guarantee before the Bombay High Court that had been set as the condition for the team's survival in the IPL. This effectively means that the BCCI's termination of the Chargers stands and it is free now to float a tender and invite bidders for the new franchise.
England Twenty20 skipper Stuart Broad has said he has no issues with Kevin Pietersen, and is hopeful that the once disgruntled batsman also has no grudges against him.
Virender Sehwag has recovered from his ankle injury and will be fit to play in Delhi Daredevils' opening Champions League 2012 match, against Kolkata Knight Riders, on Saturday. He had played in the franchise's warm-up game on Thursday, against Sydney Sixers.
The cricket ball used in a match where West Indies legend Sir Gary Sobers hit six sixes in one over is to go on sale.
The owners of troubled Indian Premier League team Deccan Chargers announced Friday that they have agreed to sell the franchise to a real estate company, pulling the side back from the brink.
Kaka scored on his Brazil comeback after a two-year absence and Oscar notched a brace as the 2014 World Cup hosts demolished Iraq 6-0 in a one-sided friendly in Sweden on Thursday.
It would be a crime if Cristiano Ronaldo lost out to Lionel Messi for the 2012 Ballon d'Or, his Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho said on Friday.
The 2022 soccer World Cup in Qatar should be played in December or January rather than in the middle of the year, bid ambassador Ronald de Boer said on Thursday.
Silvio Berlusconi remains committed to his AC Milan soccer team, one of the club's directors said on Thursday, playing down speculation that the former Italian prime minister was ready to sell up.
A knee problem has delayed Momo Sissoko's return to international soccer after a break of nearly three years from the Mali side.
Liverpool may have to make do with one recognised striker until the January transfer window after learning that Fabio Borini had fractured his foot training with Italy's under-21s on Thursday.
After a glittering career spent at European giants Barcelona, Juventus and AC Milan, former Dutch international Edgar Davids has dropped to the basement of English soccer to join fourth tier side Barnet.
The horror car crash which has left Bundesliga footballer Boris Vukcevic in a coma for the last two weeks was caused by the midfielder's low blood sugar level, a report has revealed.
Dilkusha SC registered a 2-1 win over Rayerbazar SC in the Green Delta Insurance Second Division Hockey League at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium yesterday. Rahim and Sayed scored for Dilkusha while Dipu pulled one goal back.
England defender Ashley Cole has admitted a misconduct charge from the Football Association (FA) for an insulting comment he made on Twitter, the governing body said on Thursday.
At least 80 persons including six policemen were injured in a clash between police and leaders and activists of 12 Islamist parties yesterday after Juma prayers in the capital.
Whenever friends ask about recommendations for photo equipment, I suggest getting the absolute minimum.
Detectives arrested three alleged illegal arms traders and two criminals in two separate drives in the capital's Purana Paltan and Mirpur areas on Thursday.
India has started investigating Bangladesh's allegation about the detention of two of its citizens for committing crimes in New Delhi when they were not even in India.
The ruling Awami League and opposition BNP yesterday accused each other of instigating the Ramu violence.
Over 100 Bangladeshi kids in the capital yesterday took part in a global effort to eliminate the diseases which affect the children.
The government will finalise the draft of "Geographical Indication (GI) Act of Bangladesh" within January to ensure entitlement to the country's traditional products and protect the reputation of these products against piracy, Industries Minister Dilip Barua said on Thursday.
A doctor was held with 10 human skeletons in Sirajganj on Thursday evening on his way to Dhaka from Rajshahi.
A student of the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) died after being electrocuted during rag day celebration at Abdur Rashid Hall last night.
Although the festival of Durga Puja is still a week away, preparations for making the five-day festival successful are going on in full swing across the country.
India has launched a process to declassify over two lakh more classified files on Bangladesh and other countries including the South Asian ones, a senior external affairs ministry official said.
Celebrating Asian curries, the first international curry exhibition will be held in London, United Kingdom tomorrow.
Nordea Bank of Denmark will provide around $55 million to Bangladesh to improve infrastructure and efficiency in air traffic at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka through rehabilitation of its taxiway as well as drainage systems.
The nation is disappointed at the slow rate at which the ongoing trial of those accused of crimes against humanity is progressing, said National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Chairman Prof Mizanur Rahman yesterday.
An admission seeker to Dhaka University (DU) yesterday was caught red-handed with answers in the inbox of his mobile phone.
Advance sale of train tickets at Chittagong Railway Station will start today for the homebound people ahead of Eid-ul Azha.
Environment and Forests Minister Hasan Mahmud yesterday urged all to come forward to save the nature.
Speakers at a programme yesterday urged the government to take measures to prevent recurrence of attacks on minorities so that the harmony among peoples of different faiths in the country is maintained.
Five people were killed and two others injured in separate road accidents in Chittagong, Chapainawabganj, Thakurgaon and Rangpur on Thursday and yesterday.
Ready made garments (RMG) workers yesterday urged the industry owners to pay their salary arrears, overtime, bonus and salary of the current month ahead of Eid-ul Azha.
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina last night nominated stalwarts Amir Hossain Amu, Tofail Ahmed and Abdul Jalil as members of Awami League National Committee (ALNC) ahead of the committee's meeting today.
Celebrating its 65th founding anniversary, the Department of International Relations of the University of Dhaka (DU) has organised a grand reunion on the campus today, said an official press release.
Speakers at a seminar yesterday criticised the Myanmar Citizenship Law, 1982 in which Rohingyas are not recognised as the citizens of Myanmar.
Police arrested four men while they were trying to buy the question papers of government primary school headmaster appointment examination in Khansama upazila on Thursday night.
Two months into marriage, a housewife was found hanged from the ceiling fan of her husband's house in Kalashil area of Sylhet city on Thursday.
Four activists of Islami Chhatra Shibir were arrested and sent to jail yesterday for giving threat to Awami League (AL) lawmaker Md Abu Zahir, also general secretary of Sylhet district unit AL, over the phone.
Today is the 46th death anniversary of Justice Mohammed Ibrahim.
Today is the 33rd death anniver-sary of Mukundalal Sarker, a prominent leader of anti-British movement and a war veteran of 1971.
Today is the 41st death anniversary of Liberation War organiser Syed Ator Ali.
Syrian rebels have gone on the offensive killing more than 100 soldiers in two days, a watchdog said yesterday, as tension between Syria and Turkey escalated over cargo seized from a Syrian Air plane.
Supporters of President Mohamed Morsi clashed with opponents in Cairo's Tahrir Square yesterday in the worst violence over Egypt's new Islamist leader, a day after he crossed swords with the judiciary.
A rock analyzed by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has a surprising and more varied composition that resembles rare rocks from the bowels of our planet, the US space agency said yesterrday.
In a landmark ruling Botswana's High Court yesterdayaffirmed women's inheritance rights for the first time, up-ending a male-dominated system that had prevailed in the thriving African nation.
At 9:09am on October 27, 1962, Major Rudolf Anderson climbed into the cockpit of his U-2 spy plane for a flight that nearly triggered a nuclear apocalypse.
People in Pakistan yesterday observed a day of prayer for the recovery of a 14-year-old girl shot in the head by Taliban gunmen.
Iran's finance minister yesterday warned that the West would "pay a price" for sanctions on his country over its nuclear programme, while vowing to stem a severe currency crisis.
Several thousand monks took to the streets of Myanmar's second-largest city yesterday to protest against a world Islamic body's efforts to help Muslim Rohingya in strife-hit Rakhine state, organisers said.
Pop singer Madonna during a concert in Los Angeles on Thursday dedicated a song to 14-year-old Pakistani child activist Malala Yousufzai, who was attacked by the Taliban on Tuesday.
The United States faces a growing threat of a "cyber-Pearl Harbor" and has drafted new rules for the military that would enable it to move aggressively against digital attacks, US defense secretary said late Thursday.
A court in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad yesterday issued an arrest warrant for billionaire Vijay Mallya, owner of debt-ridden Kingfisher Airlines, a spokesman for the complainant said.
The operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant yesterday admitted it had played down the risks of a tsunami to the facility for fear of the financial and regulatory costs.
A controversial blasphemy clause proposed by the ruling Islamist party but opposed by civil society groups will not be included in Tunisia's new constitution, the speaker of the Assembly told AFP.
UN leader Ban Ki-moon threw his support Thursday behind a conference aimed at creating a Middle East free of nuclear weapons, urging all countries in the region to attend it.
Arvind Kejriwal and some activists were yesterday detained by police after they were stopped from marching towards the prime minister's residence demanding resignation and arrest of Union minister Salman Khurshid over allegations of irregularities by an NGO run by him.
Arts & Entertainment
Bangladeshi director Mostofa Sarwar Farooki cried when told that his film about a village elder's fight against the influence of television would this year close Asia's biggest film festival.
Film activists will hold a yearlong celebration to commemorate the golden jubilee of Film Society Movement in Bangladesh, next year. Two committees have already been formed to arrange the programmes that will start from January 4, next year. Veteran film activists Muhammad Khasru and Mahbub Jamil will lead the committees.
An 18-day solo painting exhibition titled “Dwitiyo Lingo” is on at Zainul Gallery, Faculty of Fine Arts (FFA) of University of Dhaka. Promising painter Rakib Hasan is displaying 30 of his artworks at the exhibition.
In an age where conspiracy theorists are being proven right in their indefatigable belief in the coming of a 'New World Order' and the seeming spread of shadow governments, it is only too easy to find the signs even when they may not be there. However, sometimes the messages are there, packaged neatly enough to escape the untrained eye and perhaps even without the intention of the medium used. This explains the increasing fascination with Nickelodeon's “Avatar: The Last Airbender”.
Accomplished singer and a teacher at Chhayanaut, Bizon Chandra Mistry's two audio albums -- “Matir Protima”, featuring Nazrul's Shyama Sangeet, and “Shoktimoyi Ma”, also featuring devotional songs -- are now in the audio market. MSL Products has produced the albums.
In the wake of the savage attack on the Buddhist community in Cox's Bazar and the interesting development in the much publicised journalist couple murder case, the imperative of meaningful and effective investigation assumes special significance. We are witnessing justifiable exhortations to the custodians of law to look professionally and impartially at all criminal incidents that quite naturally have a bearing on the polity.
The world's finance ministers face a crucial opportunity when they meet this week. At stake is a sustainable economic recovery, but their weighty task is to find the balance between monetary easing and financial discipline that will deliver it.
BOTH women and men are part of the same society, which, as we know, does not mean we have the same rights, education and options to manage, neither in 'normal' times, nor when a disaster strikes." Women, Disaster Reduction and Sustainable Development, UNISDR Secretariat, April 2003.
With the country racked by political infighting, the economy edging towards a breakdown, inflation mounting, corruption corroding every aspect of the social and administrative fabric, and unemployment surging up, the news item that the UAE government has stopped issuing entry permits to Bangladeshi passport holders is really alarming. It is most worrisome in the context of the fact that already about a million Bangladeshi expatriate workers are employed there and our mission in Abu Dhabi is totally ignorant about any such restriction being imposed.
How do you make a Sri Lankan laugh? No, it's not a joke. I need to know. A busy public speaker, your humble narrator has appeared on stage (and sometimes bombed) in a variety of odd corners of Asia. The toughest audiences are South Asians. My fellow subcontinentals have a brand of humour all their own. It's not easy to get into -- but it's well worth the effort.
Greenwich, in London, England, is established as Universal Time meridian of longitude.
Bangladesh is a disaster prone country. These disasters range from ravaging tornadoes to devastating floods. But the above story of Bangladeshi women taking the lead to build a disaster-resilient country contrasts vividly with the more familiar images of women as passive and needy victims flashed around the world in the aftermath of every major disaster.
I talk to the sun every day. I do so for many reasons and in many different ways. I set out every morning for work only after I see the sun rising in the east. The red orb, peeking above the trees and houses, is my cue to get going. On days when I get up before the sun, I toss and turn in my bed, with many tunes in my head. But the one I sing often is Tagore's keno jagey naa, jagey naa obosh ei poran (O my tired soul! Why dost thou not raise thyself?) The first rays of the sun clear any lingering “oboshota” in me. As soon as I pull out of my driveway and have travelled only a half mile, the sun also becomes my companion. I see the many faces of the rising sun. First, as I am driving on the country road winding through my town, the sun has just topped the low-lying houses and is of a bright red color, it sometimes comes up right in front of me, often almost blinding my eyes. I need to be careful since if I am not, I might be hitting another driver ahead of me, also trying to shield his/her eyes, and might even have slowed down or stopped. Soon, as I take a northward turn, the sun moves to my right and keeps me company as I drive past Stonehill College, and then some open fields to the right. The red floating ball of fire is now picking up momentum and may be a few inches above the horizon, still in its bright red garb, but more golden than red. While I try to keep my eyes on the road, I turn my head for a split second or two to see if the sun is still there, but more to see its color and its majestic face.
I could not see the splendor of mother earth so far
As I have blindfolded myself, overwhelmed by selfish desire
Which instigated me to craft ways to remain concentrated
In the self love that almost has left me deserted.
A wee bit of cloud
A skimpy shower
A long night and a short story.
He was the physique, she the shadow
He was the immense sky, she its décor
The winds that stroked her hair was he
The sun that made her bloom was his love
The day he went silent
The swarthy sky turned the cheerful earth ebony
All the lights dimmed . . .
I made up stories, made up excuses
There was the need for all those
I wanted to run to you
There was the rain to stop me
Maybe the road mayhem
Or the ranting street
If I were blind
It would dissolve
The dancing landscape
Letters of language
Colour of people
Face of smiles and tears
I covet the day
When I fell in love with you
Yet the mood withers in stages
Passing countless days and nights
Restless and sleepless
Since my days are at the top
Of vibrations, vices and hurdles
At every break of dawn,
The white cloaked boatmen wait pensively
Tracking our tiptoes
We perform our pantomime with great elegance
Perennial visions of the snakes still sovereign his mind.
Beheaded snakes, he chants there lying in the
monotonous white reality.
But we still dance with our strings attached.
Most daintily, most impeccably.
Like ballerinas we sway
You looked up and I beheld
your eyelids pulled down;
Got message, you will not ever frown
Worldwide, about 285 million people are visually impaired and 80 percent of them are either preventable or treatable. Most of the people who go blind or living horrible life with visual impairment could have a better life and enjoy a delighted world. Little precaution and timely preventive measure could save millions of people from unnecessary loss of vision.
It is estimated that one in fourteen women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lives with incidence projected to rise in South-East Asia. Current service provision in our practices lack screening, diagnosis and treatment option delivery to patients in appropriate manner.
Procter & Gamble (P&G), one of the leaders in cough and cold products worldwide ties with Save the Children to help better prevention, diagnosis and treatment of pneumonia in Bangladesh.
After the tragic death of 10 people in Pakistan, brain-eating amoeba is now striking terror in the heart of many people.
Nearly 450 million people have mental health disorders and more than three-quarters live in developing countries. According to the World Health Organisation, 8 in every 10 of those living in developing nations receive no treatment at all. Experts around the globe are calling for a joint effort to tackle the world's leading cause of suffering and disability — mental health disorders.
Researchers have identified a genetic mutation that is linked to mental illness and obesity, according to a study appeared in the journal Archives of General Psychiatry. The researchers found that deletion of brain-derived neuro-trophic factor (BDNF) is associated with anxiety, depression and obesity. BDNF is a nervous system growth factor that plays an important role in brain development.
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China's phenomenal rise has led many to view the country as an indomitable juggernaut. Why then does Premier Wen Jiabao describe the country's economic model as “unstable, unbalanced, uncoordinated and unsustainable?”
Because it is.
The “Framework agreement” jointly drawn by the negotiating panels of the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is a significant advance in the protracted quest for peace in Muslim Mindanao. But, even as we bank on the inherent infectiousness of peace agreements, we should be wary about expecting too much too soon.
The Consortium of South Asian Think Tanks (COSATT) has just concluded a regional dialogue in Thimpu in Bhutan on connecting South Asia within and with the neighbouring regions. Undoubtedly, problems are plenty in connecting the region within and with Southeast Asia and Central Asia, but what needs to be done? Neither the ASEAN nor the European Union got integrated in a day; can South Asia learn from the other regions, and devise its own strategies to connect within and with the neighbours? In particular, what role could the sub-regions of every country play in connecting with the other country?
Star Books Review
No Easy Day touches criminality. The book is a first person account of the killing of an unarmed man at point blank range. The killer takes the man by surprise in a raid on 1 May 2011. If this was a game, it was foul, sans rules, to play the game. This was all wild!
Compared to other branches of social science, books on the history and evolution of public administration in Bangladesh are quite few and far between. Against this backdrop, the book under review, Prachin Banglar Rashtra O Proshashan, by Mohammad Jahangir Hossain can be termed as a pioneering work on the evolution of state and governance in ancient Bangla, the territory of which included the country we currently inhabit.
Benazir Bhutto's was a life lived in struggle, wallowing in misery and ending in sudden death. Shyam Bhatia, an old friend of hers from their days as students at Oxford, brings into this narrative touching glimpses of a woman who quite did not have the opportunity of going through a normal life. Her early ambition, in the days when her father presided over Pakistan's fortunes, was to be part of her country's foreign service someday. That was the impression she gave newsmen in Simla, where she accompanied Zulfikar Ali Bhutto on his critical trip for talks with Indira Gandhi.