News of: Tuesday, 30th of October, 2012
Seeking to address India's security concerns, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday assured Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that neither she nor her party would allow terrorists and separatists to use Bangladesh territory to harm India's interests.
The Muslims across the country celebrated Eid-ul-Azha on Saturday amid due religious fervour, spirit of sacrifice and solemnity.
The Awami League could have been more circumspect in handling the matter of the alliance forged by Dr Kamal Hossain and Prof Badruddoza Chowdhury. As an organisation historically committed to an upholding of the democratic process, the Awami League should have been the first among political parties to welcome the possibility of a third democratic force in the country.
At least 40 people including seven in the capital were killed and 125 injured in road accidents across the country in the last four days.
Hurricane Sandy, one of the biggest storms ever to hit the United States, battered the densely populated East Coast yesterday, shutting down transportation, forcing evacuations in flood-prone areas and interrupting the presidential election campaign.
About three lakh American Bangladeshis living in six coastal states from New York to Florida are exposed to the feared devastation of Hurricane Sandy.
A mob in Noakhali's Companyganj upazila beat five suspected robbers to death yesterday evening.
Given its age-old culture of religious harmony, Ramu could well be a town of a series of great festivals this October. And why not? This year, three major religious festivals -- Durga Puja, Eid-ul-Azha and Prabarana Purnima -- of the Hindu, Muslim and Buddhist fell one after another.
Languishing eight excruciating years in Tihar jail allegedly for a crime they had never committed, Bangladeshi sculptor Rashid Ahmed and his daughter-in-law finally came home on Saturday, the Eid-day. They were released the previous day.
The prices of rawhide declined by nearly 20 percent during this Eid-ul-Azha following a drop in demand on the international markets due to a persistent debt crisis in Europe, traders said.
The official website of the foreign ministry was hacked yesterday.
Destiny Group Director Lt Col (retd) Didarul Alam yesterday confessed before a magistrate to embezzling Tk 80 crore from Diamond Builders Ltd, a sister concern of Destiny Builders Ltd.
Nobel laureate and global anti-poverty campaigner Prof Muhammad Yunus has been made the chancellor of Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) Friday.
No fresh Rohingya intrusion has taken place this month during the recent incidents of violence between majority Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine state of Myanmar, say Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) sources.
The BNP-led 18-party alliance yesterday announced fresh agitation programmes, including a grand rally in the capital on November 21, to press home its demand for the restoration of caretaker government system.
In a major reshuffle of his council of ministers, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday inducted 22 lawmakers, including 17 new faces, in a bid to give an image makeover to his government battling a series of alleged scams.
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich's party was on course yesterday to secure a parliamentary majority after an election, but will face an opposition boosted by resurgent nationalists and a liberal party led by boxing champion Vitaly Klitschko.
Set against the backdrop of June and August riots between majority Rakhine Buddhist and minority ethnic Muslim Rohingyas that had caused exodus of the latter out in to the sea, there has been a fresh spate of violence on the Rohingyas triggering their displacement out of their own country.
The Dhaka City Corporation has made a laudable effort towards animal waste disposal following Eid-ul-Azha this year, a time when the streets are usually covered in blood and animal waste for days, the stench of which draws more birds and animals which hover around the debris.
Memories of Bangladesh's four-wicket victory over Pakistan in Sri Lanka in the 50-over-Asia Cup in 2008, must be lingering at the back of Salma Khatun and her teammates' minds as they take on Pakistan in the semifinal today for a berth in the final of this year's Twenty20 Asia Cup taking place in Ghuangzhou, China.
West Indies fast bowler Kemar Roach hopes the feel-good factor of being World Twenty20 champions will rub off on him on the tour of Bangladesh after he was overlooked for the recent triumph in Sri Lanka.
Ace Bangladesh golfer Siddikur Rahman failed to impress in the CIMB Classic, which ended on Sunday and where his childhood idol and all-time golfing great Tiger Woods of USA also took part.
The Bangladesh Football Federation Under-23 development squad will travel to Nepal to participate in the Safal Pokhara Cup that starts in Pokhara from today.
Grand Master Enamul Hossain Rajib drew his fifth round game with International Master Nolte Rolando of Philippines to share the lead along with three other players in the Vizag Grandmasters International Open Chess Tournament at the Rajib Gandhi Indoor Stadium at Visakhapatnam in Andra Pradesh, India yesterday.
Pakistan's cricket board said Sunday it hopes to arrange a tour by Bangladesh as part of efforts to revive international cricket in the country.
Bangladesh Football Federation vice president and Team BJMC director Arif Khan Joy on Thursday appealed to BFF to withdraw his one-year suspended ban for illegally entering the field of play with a firearm and threatening referees.
Defending world champion Sebastian Vettel cruised to his fourth consecutive win and extended his lead in this year's title race to 13 points when he steered his Red Bull car to victory in the Indian Grand Prix.
Controversial batsman Kevin Pietersen gets an early chance to re-establish himself for England after he was picked for the opening match of the Indian tour in Mumbai starting Tuesday.
Record-breaking India batsman Sachin Tendulkar will make a rare appearance in domestic four-day cricket next week to gain match practice ahead of the home Test series against England.
Michael Lumb struck an unbeaten 82 as Sydney Sixers overwhelmed Highveld Lions by 10 wickets with 45 balls to spare Sunday in the Champions League Twenty20 final at the Wanderers.
New Zealand will be determined to erase bitter memories of the Pallekele ground when they clash with Sri Lanka in a one-off Twenty20 international on Tuesday.
India's record-breaking former cricket captain Sourav Ganguly is finally calling time on his career after deciding not to play in next year's IPL competition.
Chelsea have made a formal complaint about the language, reportedly racial, allegedly used by referee Mark Clattenburg to two of their players during the controversial 3-2 home defeat to Manchester United.
Juventus director general Beppe Moratta has moved to quash claims of a conspiracy after the Serie A champions' controversial win at Catania on Sunday.
Germany need to play more defensively and aim for a clean sheet every match, the national team's goalkeeper Manuel Neuer said in an interview published on Monday.
Bayer Leverkusen claimed a shock 2-1 win at Bayern Munich on Sunday to claim their first win at the Bavarians for 23 years as the Bundesliga leaders' record winning streak came to an abrupt end.
Rio Ferdinand followed the example of younger brother Anton by wearing a 'Kick It Out' anti-racism T-shirt prior to Manchester United's game at Chelsea on Sunday.
The English Premier League and US broadcaster NBC on Monday said they had signed a new, three-year rights deal, capitalising on the growing popularity of the world's most popular football league in the United States.
Gonzalo Higuain and Cristiano Ronaldo both scored twice as Real Madrid cruised to a 5-0 victory at Mallorca on Sunday to keep up the pressure at the top of La Liga.
Manchester City won the longest match in Premier League history on Saturday as the champions' 1-0 victory over Swansea lasted 102 minutes and 42 seconds.
Lionel Messi smashed through the 300-goal mark with a brace as Barcelona crushed Rayo Vallecano 5-0 in Madrid on Saturday.
Leader of the Opposition and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia on Sunday raised the issue of border killings during her meeting with her Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj who agreed with her that such incidents should be brought down to zero.
Prominent civil society members on Sunday conveyed their solidarity to the Buddhist community on the eve of Prabarana Purnima celebration and highlighted the necessity of fostering a secular and inclusive Bangladeshi identity.
The Grameen micro-lending system is likely to be launched in Scotland early next year with the assistance of Tesco Bank and other major supporters.
Foreign Minister Dipu Moni has termed opposition leader and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's ongoing visit to India as “pointless”.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia on Saturday said people of Bangladesh could not celebrate Eid-ul-Azha properly this year due to “bad economic condition”.
Maruf Chinu, a former student leader, poet and ex-editor of Bangla daily Ajker Kagoj, died of cancer in a Dhaka hospital on Sunday.
People from different walks of life and faiths participated in a candlelight vigil at the Central Shaheed Minar in the capital yesterday to show their solidarity with the Buddhist community.
Bangladesh is convening a high level tripartite meeting with India and Bhutan aimed at jointly utilising the water resources of the Brahmaputra river especially for power generation, Tariq A Karim, Bangladesh high commissioner to India, said on Saturday.
At first glance, ten-year-old Hridoy looks like any other child his age, clad in a colourful T-shirt showing popular cartoon characters and a pair of shorts.
A civil society coordination cell on the vested properties return act has urged the government to immediately form an appeal tribunal so that people who are unhappy with the judgments in their cases over vested properties can lodge appeals.
A Dhaka court will start tomorrow the charge framing hearing against the five accused in Saudi embassy official Khalaf Al Ali murder case.
The seasonal cattle traders could hardly make any profit this year due to higher supply of sacrificial animals in the capital's cattle market set up ahead of Eid-ul-Azha, traders say.
A retired army man was killed by his wife and the man she was having an extra-marital affair with in the capital's Pallabi on Friday.
Bangladeshi architect Rafiq Azam has won the Emirates Glass Leading European Architects Forum (LEAF) Award 2012 for his SA residence project.
New Korean Ambassador to Bangladesh Lee Yun-Young began his diplomatic assignment on October 23 after presenting his credentials to President Zillur Rahman.
A student of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) drowned on Sunday at High School Para area in Cox's Bazar.
Home Minister Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir yesterday said the investigation into the killing of journalist couple Sagar Sarowar and Meherun Runi will be completed soon.
Police yesterday recovered the body of a housewife from a city hospital after she had allegedly committed suicide at her house in the capital.
Huge quantities of ready-made garments and material were burned at a factory's warehouses in Fatullah early yesterday.
Ismat Ara Begum, treasurer of Abu Dhabi Women's Association, died of heart attack at an Abu Dhabi hospital on Sunday morning. She was 53.
Sheikh Wahidur Rahman, folk poet and industrialist, died at his residence in the capital on Friday morning. He was 73.
Today is the 13th death anniversary of Iqbal Ansari Khan, a freedom fighter and social worker, said a press release.
Flower price has marked a drastic fall this season, much to the disappointment of the growers in the district.
Anjuara Begum of Nisindhara Paikpara in the district town has been languishing in the prison for the last three months as police detained her allegedly because of mistaken identity.
At least 25 people including three policemen were injured as the law enforcers and Jubo Dal activists locked in sporadic clashes in Sonagazi Sadar during the day-long Jubo Dal called hartal yesterday.
At least 2,600 poor and vulnerable families in Udakahli union under Phulchhari upazila of Gaibandha district did not get VGF (Vulnerable Group Feeding) rice under special allotment ahead of Eid-ul-Azha due to alleged irregularities by the UP chairman and members.
At least 30 people including 10 policemen were injured a clash between two groups of villagers at Harinarayanpur bazar area in the district town on Sunday night.
The 41th death anniversary of Bir Shreshtha Hamidur Rahman was observed on Sunday at the memorial of the recipient of the highest gallantry award of the Liberation War.
A schoolteacher was found dead at his house at Munshipara in the town on Sunday evening.
At least 100 people, including women, were injured as members of two influential families locked in fierce clashes at Bahirbag village in Kashiani upazila yesterday morning.
An army officer was found dead at Shaheed Mahbub Senanibas (cantonment) in Parbatipur upazila of Dinajpur on Sunday night.
Officer in-charge (OC) Md. Gias Uddin of Sarail PS was closed on Saturday night in connection with AL leader Azad murder. The next day the OC handed over the charge to Md. Zakir Hossain, the OC (information) at the PS. Contacted, Jamil Ahmed, superintendent of police (SP) of Brahmanbaria, said following AL leader Azad murder, the people of Sarail upazila agitated, demanding the removal of OC Gias with a view to ensuring impartial investigation and early arrest of the killers. On October 21, when Sarail AL Vice-president AKM Iqbal Azad was coming to Sarail upazila headquarter from Kuttapara village, a group of rival AL men dragged him out of his vehicle near Sarail police station and stabbed him to death.
On behalf of the people of Republic of Turkey, 40 sacrificial cattle were given as gift to the distressed people of the district on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha. The meat of the sacrificial animals was distributed among the poor people and distressed freedom fighters on Eid day and on the next day. The gift came through International Turkish Hope School at Uttara in Dhaka. Nilphamari Development Parishad, a local social organisation implemented the programme through a simple ceremony on the premises of Nilphamari municipality.
The import and export activities between Bangladesh and India through Benapole port resumed yesterday after a suspension of eight days due to Eid-ul-Azha and Durga Puja. Trade between the two countries through the land port remained halted from October 21 to October 28 because of the religious festivals of the Muslims and the Hindus, said port sources. Abdul Awal, director of Benapole port, said the import and export activities resumed in the morning. Joint customs commissioner at Benapole port Akbar Hossain, however, said the presence of businessmen for unloading their goods at the port was very thin yesterday.
A housewife was found dead at Zinoir village of Adamdighi upazila of the district on Sunday morning. The deceased was identified as Sonia Begum, 19, daughter of Yunus Ali of Polashi village in the same upazila. One year ago, she was married off to Rubel Fakir, son of Fazlur Rahman of Polashi village. Family and local sources said, they were not happy in conjugal life because of poverty and used to quarrel on and often. The victim wanted to go to her parents' house after Eid day but her husband did not allow her, said a neighbour. But family members of her husband said that Sonia had committed suicide. Officer-in-charge (OC) of Adamdhagi PS Aminul Islam termed the death as mysterious as the body was hanging from the ceiling and the door of the room was locked from outside.
A girl of class eight was abducted allegedly by a gang of criminals at Shigasholpur village of Shigasholepur union under Sadar upazila on October 25. The victim was studying at Shigasholpur High School. Her father filed a case against five people with Narail PS the next day. According to the case, the incident took place when the girl was going to a fair in the area. Led by Misker Sardar Tufan, son of Himayet Sardar of the same village along with a gang of 6-7 men, forcibly took the girl to an unknown place. Victim's mother said that the criminals were now threatening them with dire consequences if they did not withdraw the case.
A youth was held along with a pistol by army yesterday afternoon from Suvalong Bazar in Suvalong union under Barkal upazila of the district. The arrestee is Rupomoy Chakma,18 son of Nolini Mohon Chakma of village Digholchhari in the union. The security personnel also recovered three cartridges, a knife and two mobiles from his possession, said Abdul Karim, officer in-charge (OC) of Barkal police station. An arms case was filed with the PS in this connection.
Homeless people fled to packed camps or clustered near their charred houses in western Myanmar on Sunday, amid ongoing unrest that the UN said displaced 26,500 from mainly Muslim communities, AFP reported.
US President Barack Obama raced back to the White House yesterday ahead of Hurricane Sandy, which threw election endgame plans into turmoil just one week before he asks Americans for a second term.
The family of Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, a leader known for his humble roots and compassion for ordinary Chinese, has accumulated massive wealth during his time in power, the New York Times reported on Friday.
As Americans braced Sunday for Hurricane Sandy, Haiti was still suffering.
Ahead of his re-induction into Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP), former Uttar Pradesh (UP) chief minister and Jan Kranti Party (JKP) patron Kalyan Singh has worn hardline Hindutva mask again.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon yesterday voiced bitter frustration at the failure of the Syria ceasefire and stressed the need for international unity to end the violence.
Hoping to encourage supporters to vote ahead of the November 6 election, President Barack Obama cast his ballot early in his hometown of Chicago on Thursday, reported Reuters.
Australian PM Julia Gillard on Sunday outlined a major foreign policy plan aimed at improving Asian ties.
Four Haryana bureaucrats on Friday gave Robert Vadra, Congress president Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law, a clean chit in land purchases over the last few years and said the deals were transparent.
China moved quickly on Friday to announce it had formally begun a criminal probe into disgraced former senior politician Bo Xilai, hours after expelling him from the largely rubber stamp parliament and so removing his immunity from prosecution.
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi yesterday mocked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, describing him as 'Maun (Silent) Mohan Singh'.
A suicide bomber killed at least 41 people, including five children, when he struck at a mosque in northern Afghanistan after Eid ul-Azha prayers on Friday, officials said.
Pakistani politician Imran Kahn, a former cricket star and critic of US drone strikes, was briefly delayed and questioned by US immigration officials in Toronto before being allowed to board a flight to New York.
Malala Yousufzai, the teen-aged Pakistani activist shot in the head by the Taliban for advocating girls' education, remains in a stable condition, two weeks after she was admitted to a hospital in Britain, doctors said on Sunday.
Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri has called upon Muslims to kidnap Westerners, join Syria's rebellion and to ensure Egypt implements Sharia, SITE Monitoring reported on Saturday, citing a two-part film posted on Islamist websites.
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange appeared fit and well in a new TV interview, despite concerns from Ecuador about his health as he remains holed up in the South American country's London embassy.
At least 24 people were killed as a result of tropical storm Son-Tinh in the Philippines, the government said on Saturday.
Pakistan's interior minister and the foreign ministers of Britain and the UAE visited the English hospital treating shot Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai yesterday.
At least 100,000 people in Hawaii were ordered to move from the shoreline to higher ground late on Saturday after a tsunami warning, but the first waves were less forceful than had been feared and no damage was initially reported.
Arts & Entertainment
Four icons will receive Lifetime Achievement Awards this year at the “Celebrating Life” gala event in four categories: Firoza Begum for her contribution to Nazrul Sangeet and modern Bengali songs; Abdur Razzak in films; Amanul Haque in photography; Ferdausi Rahman in playback and Bhawaiya songs. The winners will receive a crest, a certificate and one lakh taka each.
Bengali poet, writer and playwright Sukumar Ray (1887-1923) was perhaps the most famous practitioner of “literary nonsense” in the subcontinent. He is often compared to Lewis Carroll. His works such as the collection of poems “Abol Tabol”, novella “Ha Ja Ba Ra La”, short story collection “Pagla Dashu” and play “Chalachittrachanchari” are considered nonsense masterpieces equal in stature to “Alice in Wonderland”, and are regarded as some of the greatest treasures of Bangla literature. Close to a century after his death, Ray remains one of the most popular among children's writers in both West Bengal and Bangladesh.
Classical music artistes, connoisseurs and enthusiasts are eagerly waiting for the evening when classical music maestro, Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty, along with his daughter Kaushiki Desikan, will perform at “The Daily Star-Standard Chartered Celebrating Life 2012” gala event that will be held on November 2 (6 pm) at Shaheed Suhrawardy National Indoor Stadium in Mirpur, Dhaka.
Bangladesh will be the theme of the 37th edition of the International Kolkata Book Fair which is expected to feature a number of programmes to bring alive the memories of noted Bengali writer Sunil Gangopadhyay who died last week.
Single-episode play “Old versus New” will be aired on the fourth day of Eid on ntv at 8:15 pm. The play has been written and directed by Ishtiaq Ahmed Romel.
Tele-film “Kol” will be aired on the fourth day of Eid at 3pm on Maasranga Television. The tele-film has been written by Rumman Rashid Khan and directed by Kaushik Sankar Das.
By far one of the most versatile metals in the world, the diversity of aluminum usage is phenomenal. Yet it is a metal that never caught the fancy of the world commodity markets. Its price has remained relatively stagnant at around $2,100 per tonne since the '80s. Where copper prices have tripled over the same timeline, aluminum that is found in everything from soda cans to aircraft is an industry in decline. Industry leaders in the West have seen their collective fortunes fade from $200bn a year some five years ago to an estimated $65bn currently. The industry is in the midst of retrenchment and consolidation. Whereas Western aluminum powerhouses are in a state of decline, China is forging ahead with ever-increasing production capacities that defy predictions.
The fanfare with which Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi launched a public service-delivery scheme in Rajasthan based on the Aadhaar (literally, foundation) unique identity (UID) number should cause serious worry in the Congress party -- assuming it has a good survival instinct.
With Bangladeshi leader of opposition Khaleda Zia in New Delhi for a week-long visit, one can expect a flurry of substantive exchanges. There are two main reasons why Zia's visit is more than a courtesy call. First, Bangladesh goes to polls sometime late next year, and Zia's Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) could very well come to power. After all, a mere 3% difference in vote share is what separates the current opposition from the ruling Awami League regime. Given the massive anti-incumbency factor that all incumbent governments in Bangladesh face, that's hardly a comfortable margin. Besides, it hasn't helped the Awami one bit that its tenure has seen several (alleged) scams. The BNP will surely try and capitalise on these missteps.
Visit of Begum Khaleda Zia, leader of opposition and the Chairperson of the Bangladesh National Party (BNP), is one of the first such visits by her. There are anticipations and expectations from this visit given BNP's relations with India in the past. From 2001 to 2006, during the four-party alliance government's rule in Bangladesh, the relationship between India and Bangladesh was uneasy and concrete result of that was official ritualistic relation without any substantial progress to showcase. The only visit that Begum Zia took while in office was in 2006 which was followed by a visit to Pakistan, obviously to keep its core constituency at home happy.
On Monday, in their final debate, Mitt Romney denounced President Obama for creating “tension” and “turmoil” with Israel and chided him for having “skipped Israel” during his travels in the Middle East. Throughout the campaign, Romney has repeatedly accused Obama of having “thrown allies like Israel under the bus.”
The Ottoman Empire signs an armistice with the Allies, ending the First World War in the Middle East.
Science & Life
Although all electromagnetic waves travel at the speed of light, or approximately 186,282 miles per second, the length and frequency of the wave determines its ultimate use. The longest waves, also known as radio waves, can travel far distances making them perfect for transmitting data to televisions, radios and cell phones. The next region of the spectrum is microwaves. These smaller waves carry information to satellites and weather radars, as well as impart energy via microwave ovens. The remaining electromagnetic spectrum consists of terahertz, infrared, visible and ultraviolet radiation as well as x-rays and gamma rays. As with radio and microwaves, these regions are continuously explored and researched for new device applications.
As much as 44 billion tons of nitrogen and 850 billion tons of carbon stored in arctic permafrost, or frozen ground, could be released into the environment as the region begins to thaw over the next century as a result of a warmer planet, according to a new study led by the U.S. Geological Survey. This nitrogen and carbon are likely to impact ecosystems, the atmosphere, and water resources including rivers and lakes. For context, this is roughly the amount of carbon stored in the atmosphere today.
The need to speed up work on a reliable system for predicting potential aftershocks in the days following a strong earthquake has become more urgent, say US scientists, after a rare quake earlier this year was found to have triggered many large, and potentially damaging, earthquakes around the world.
There's good news from Antarctica this fall: The seasonal hole in the ozone layer above the continent reached its smallest maximum extent and second smallest average in 20 years thanks to warm air temperatures.
The ostrich-like dinosaurs that roamed the Earth millions of years ago were adorned with feathers, used to attract a mate or protect offspring rather than for flight, according to the findings of Canadian scientists released on Thursday.
Stars ripped from their home galaxies as they collide with other galaxies can get slung into giant invisible cocoons of dark matter, researchers say, which might explain mysterious radiation pervading the sky.
Kirlian photography is a collection of photographic techniques used to capture the phenomenon of electrical coronal discharges. It is named after Semyon Kirlian, who, in 1939 accidentally discovered that if an object on a photographic plate is connected to a high-voltage source, an image is produced on the photographic plate. The technique has been variously known as "electrography","electrophotography", "corona discharge photography" (CDP), "bioelectrography", "gas discharge visualization (GDV)", "eletrophotonic imaging (EPI)", and, in Russian literature, "Kirlianography".