News of: Saturday, 3rd of November, 2012
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Shaheed Suhrawardy National Indoor Stadium yesterday vibrated with rhythm, melody and voice, individual as well as collective, when some creative minds, artistes in their own fashion and revered by the country, were honoured for their brilliance in photography, lyrics and film.
The government is set to start introducing pre-paid digital meters across the country from December with the aim to gradually eliminate electricity theft or systems loss.
Between 1990 and 2010, Bangladesh has made extraordinary improvements in almost every indicator of human welfare, The Economist reported.
Every 3 November dawns in darkness for the people of Bangladesh. Every year the day is a painful reminder of the brutalities committed in 1975.
Bangladesh and Vietnam yesterday agreed to further strengthen bilateral relations in the fields of agriculture, trade, economics, politics, security and defence.
After a four-year ban, Malaysia is likely to resume hiring Bangladeshi workers from January next year.
Bangladesh's Leader of the Opposition Khaleda Zia is likely to meet Indian President Pranab Mukherjee here this morning shortly before returning to Dhaka after wrapping up her visit to New Delhi.
Bangladesh and Vietnam yesterday signed four agreements and memoranda of understanding (MoUs) in the fields of fisheries and livestock, agriculture, trade and business to promote bilateral relations.
A US court yesterday sentenced a man to 17 years in prison for plotting to attack the Pentagon and the US Capitol with model aircraft laden with explosives.
Anti-Corruption Commission Chairman Ghulam Rahman yesterday claimed that Prime Minister's Economic Affairs Adviser Mashiur Rahman's return to work would not harm the ACC's ongoing enquiry into the Padma bridge project corruption allegation.
Bangladesh and India have agreed over stepping up efforts to make "tangible progress" in fast-tracking a resolution on pending bilateral issues.
US employers stepped up hiring in October and the jobless rate ticked higher as more workers restarted job hunts, a hopeful sign for a lackluster economy that has been a drag on President Barack Obama's re-election chances.
The Anti-Corruption Commission is set to lodge five cases against about 20 officials of the BTCL and owners of international gateway (IGW) exchanges for embezzling around Tk 250 crore.
Jamaat-e-Islami activists could not hold a scheduled programme at Jatiya Press Club in the capital yesterday as police intercepted them.
Criminals slit the throat of an activist of United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) in Laxmichhari upazila of Khagrachhari district early yesterday.
Rapid Action Battalion yesterday arrested three suspected members of a money counterfeiting gang and recovered fake Indian rupees worth 1.65 crore from their possesion in the capital's Uttara.
Four days after superstorm Sandy smashed into the US Northeast, rescuers yesterday were still discovering the extent of the death and devastation in New York and the New Jersey shore, and anger mounted over gasoline shortages, power outages and waits for relief supplies.
As Superstorm Sandy ravaged New York, Glenda Moore drove frantically across Staten Island in an attempt to get her sons to safety.
An elephant at a zoo in South Korea has learned to imitate human speech and has a vocabulary of several words, researchers said yesterday.
The office of Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said that it was seriously considering taking legal action against Janata Party (Secular) president Subramanian Swamy for levelling charges against the Nehru-Gandhi family that were 'defamatory and utterly false' in nature, and without basis or foundation.
Four Afghan policemen were shot dead by their colleagues at a police checkpost in southern Afghanistan, officials said yesterday.
Six Chinese government ships temporarily cruised in the territorial waters of disputed Tokyo-controlled islands yesterday, Japan's coastguard said.
The nine new banks recently approved are being given facilities that fall outside of the existing Bank Company Act; which states that no bank can appoint more than 15 directors. Hence the question must be asked what is so uniquely special about the new banks that allow them to appoint up to 20 directors. From what has been published in the media, the move apparently has something to do with allowing sponsor directors to sell these 'extra' positions at exorbitant prices. If that is indeed the case, precisely what role is Bangladesh Bank (BB), as the regulator, doing about it?
With 18 lakh cases pending at the lower courts, over 14,000 cases awaiting adjudication at the Appellate Division and 2.82 lakh others at the High Court, case management through digitisation is the right way to go.
It was once again a 'Tamim Iqbal show' that dominated the beginning of the second round of the National Cricket League. The dashing left-hander raced to his third consecutive century and became the only batsman in the history of Bangladesh's domestic cricket to score hundreds in three consecutive innings. Playing at the BKSP, Tamim's 183 came of just 187 balls, as the Chittagong captain looked at ease against mediocre Sylhet bowling attack.
Bibi Fatema was running at her utmost pace to clinch the title in the 200-metre race at BKSP, Chittagong Regional Centre premises yesterday. From the outside, it was hard to tell that this 18-year-old girl was mentally challenged, for the sheer desire and the effort she put in. And she was not alone, she was one of many intellectually-challenged children and adults who congregated at the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan (BKSP) premises in Chittagong to participate in the talent hunt programme of Special Olympics, Bangladesh which was sponsored by telecom operator Grameenphone.
In the quest of protecting the interest of the clubs and usher in professionalism, officials are musing about the formation of a club association with the involvement of nine clubs from the Professional Football League. They are scheduled to sit in a meeting tomorrow to take their plan forward.
Grand Master Enamul Hossain Rajib maintained moved one step closer to winning the Vizag Grandmasters International Open Chess Tournament after he kept his solo lead at the end of the 10th and penultimate round yesterday.
It seems nothing can stop Tamim Iqbal at the moment.
Bangladesh's premier golfer Siddikur Rahman continued to struggle at the WGC-HSBC Champions as he dropped to 75th position among 78 competitors after the end of round two yesterday.
Australia A recovered from an early setback to thwart South Africa's Test-strength bowling attack on the opening day of their three-day tour match at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday.
The PCB has welcomed the possibility of the day-night Tests, calling the change a "boost in the game's value for the host boards."
Andy Murray joined arch-rival Novak Djokovic in heading for the exit at the Paris Masters with an early-round loss on Thursday as the eight-man line up for next week's season finale in London was completed.
Radical Hindu groups on Friday demanded the cancellation of the first Pakistan cricket tour to India in five years and threatened to hold protests against the visiting side.
Sri Lanka on Friday changed the venue for the second and third one-day internationals of the ongoing five-match home series against New Zealand due to heavy rain ruining ground conditions.
Iranian coach Ardeshir Pournemat Vodehi arrived here yesterday night to coach traditional powerhouse Abahani for the season as the AFC coaches instructor is expected to stay with Abahani till the AFC President's Cup.
Indian batting superstar Sachin Tendulkar looked in good form ahead of a home Test series against England as he smashed a solid 137 in domestic first-class cricket on Friday.
Muslim Mia of Bangladesh Army bagged gold in 87kg category in the Korean International Taekwondo Tournament, said a Bangladesh Olympic Association press release yesterday.
Alvaro Negredo scored a last-minute penalty to put King's Cup specialists Sevilla in control of their last-32 tie against Espanyol with a 3-1 first-leg win on Thursday.
After a slow start to the defence of their La Liga crown Real Madrid have clicked into gear and while they face a relentless Barcelona who continue to churn out victories, defender Sergio Ramos says they will keep chasing their arch-rivals to the end.
Manchester United will try to return to winning ways when they face Arsenal in the Premier League at Old Trafford on Saturday.
Alex Ferguson said Friday that it was "unthinkable" that referee Mark Clattenburg had racially abused a Chelsea player during Manchester United's controversial victory last weekend.
Champions Juventus face a test of their title-defending credentials Saturday when a resurgent Inter Milan travel to Turin with a real chance of reducing their four-point deficit to the leaders.
Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich are set to have France winger Franck Ribery available for Saturday's away game at Hamburg with Brazil's Rafinha and defender Daniel van Buyten also back in training.
Mario Balotelli makes the cover of TIME Magazine. Balotelli has an interesting story to tell – and it will be told in December's edition.
Chittagong city dwellers are under threat of catching different airborne and waterborne diseases as Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) is struggling to properly manage the huge amount of rubbish the dwellers churn out every day.
I love to photograph children, particularly when they are immersed in their own world. The other day I saw a child walking out of an alley, lost in his thoughts. I got my camera ready. At the right moment – his expression, the light, the distance, background everything came together – I pressed the shutter. But the same instance another kid jumped in front of my camera. He had been watching from my side and decided to make his move at the critical moment.
Former home minister Mohammad Nasim yesterday appealed to the Supreme Court to complete the trial of the historic jail killing case within the shortest possible time to free the nation from the associated “stigma”.
BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed yesterday said India no more relied on a single party in Bangladesh to maintain good relations with its neighbour.
The government has made a major reshuffle in the higher-tier of police administration including deputy inspector generals (DIG) and additional inspector generals.
Police yesterday recovered some cash and valuables looted from a branch of Islami Bank in Jhalakathi and arrested two people on charge of their involvement in the incident.
Aspiring students of Chittagong University (CU) are frustrated at the automated admission system of university for failing to provide any security and privacy protection.
A young girl died after falling from the rooftop of a five-storey building in Chand Mia Munshi Lane area under Bakalia Police Station in Chittagong city on Thursday.
Photojournalist Kazi Biplob died yesterday at a hospital in the capital, ending his five-day fight for life since he suffered injuries in a road accident on October 28.
A housewife died in Shekhra village of Sailkupa upazila of Jhenidah on Thursday after her husband and in-laws poisoned her over dowry demands, alleged the victim's family.
Eleven people were killed and 41 others injured in road accidents in Tangail, Rangpur, Chapainawabganj and Jessore on Thursday and yesterday.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged the president of Vietnam to encourage his country's business community to avail themselves of the investment facilities on offer in Bangladesh and import pharmaceuticals, jute and jute goods and leather products from the country.
Three people allegedly committed suicide in Dhunat, Nandigram and Adamdhighi upazilas of Bogra on Thursday.
A man was killed and 10 others were injured in a clash over holding a religious meeting at Narayanpur Madinatul Nurani Hafezia Madrasa in Iswarganj upazila of Mymensingh on Thursday.
Superintendent of Police (SP) of Bogra district closed an Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) of Bogra Sadar Police Station on Wednesday evening.
At least 10 Jubo Dal activists were injured as a group of youths attacked them in Sadar road area in Patuakhali yesterday.
Clad in a white apron and holding a medical book, she moved from one ward to another just like any other Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) doctor for three days.
The Election Commission (EC) yesterday distributed electoral symbols among the three candidates for Tangail-3 (Ghatail) by election slated for November 18.
Police recovered the bodies of two men in separate incidents in Moulvibazar sadar upazila yesterday.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) seized 6000 pieces of Yaba tablets worth around Tk 24 lakh and arrested three youths in this connection in Cox's Bazar early yesterday.
About 60 villagers sustained injuries in a clash between two rival groups at Paharpur in Baniachang upazila of Habiganj district yesterday.
A land broker was killed allegedly over a land dispute in Narsingdi Sadar upazila yesterday.
At least three policemen were injured in an attack by a group of gamblers in Ghoraghat upazila on Thursday.
Communications Minister Obaidul Quader yesterday said upgradation of a 73km portion of Dhaka-Chittagong highway will be completed for vehicular movement within six months.
Qulkhwani of Begum Meherunnesa Baker, mother of Roquia Haider, chief of Bangla Service of Voice of America, will be held at her residence at 'Meherba Plaza' in the capital's Topkhana road area after Asr prayers today.
Barack Obama and Mitt Romney began their final frenzied dash across America beginning from Thursday, offering closing presidential arguments to the faithful and the undecided.
Myanmar's leader yesterday signed into law an eagerly awaited foreign investment bill, while the World Bank pledged to resume aid to the country as it emerges from decades of military rule.
As Hillary Clinton prepares to step down as America's top diplomat, no one quite believes she and husband Bill will disappear from the US political scene they have dominated for some two decades.
Syria's main anti-regime group yesterday accused Washington of undermining the country's revolution by seeking an opposition overhaul, as rebel forces made important gains in the northwest.
Rights watchdog Amnesty International yesterday accused Sri Lanka's government of trying to undermine the court system, a day after ruling party lawmakers moved to impeach the country's top judge.
President Barack Obama is leading against challenger Mitt Romney in a straw poll at Harry's Bar, an iconic Paris watering hole which has held a vote ahead of US elections since 1924 and only got the results wrong twice.
Timing is everything in show business, but the director of the first movie about the commando raid that killed Osama bin Laden doubts its television premiere Sunday will swing the US election.
Citizens of China and Japan overwhelmingly support President Barack Obama to win a second term, according to an AFP-Ipsos poll which suggests Mitt Romney's tough talk on the Asian powers could have dented his image.
Israel may be openly hoping that Republican challenger Mitt Romney will end up stealing the presidency from Barack Obama, but for the Palestinians it makes little difference who takes over the White House.
The US mission in Benghazi that came under attack by militants on September 11 was mainly a secret CIA operation, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday, shedding new light on the deadly assault.
Dozens of young men have been shot dead in Nigeria by the military in Maiduguri, residents in the north-eastern city have told the BBC.
The top UN human rights official urged China yesterday to address deep-rooted frustrations that have led to desperate forms of protest by Tibetans, including some 60 self-immolations since March 2011.
South Korean pop sensation Psy's "Gangnam Style" has become the second most-watched YouTube video of all time with more than 620 million hits as the quirky rapper continues to take the world by storm.
Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray held a meeting of party MPs and legislators yesterday afternoon amid reports of deteriorating health of saffron outfit's patriarch Bal Thackeray.
Arts & Entertainment
Seasoned singer Iffat Ara Nargis performed in a two-hour long solo programme that aired on Radio Mahananda on the day of Eid-ul Azha. Radio Mahananda (98.8 FM band) is a community radio based in Chapainawabganj.
Twenty-eight million viewers tuned in to the premiere of Two and a Half Men's ninth season. This wasn't due to the show being regarded as the greatest comedy of the last decade. Rather, it was curiosity; each of those 28 million had one simple question in mind; was there really life after Charlie Sheen?
Five troupes from overseas will stage six plays at a theatre festival to be arranged by one of the leading local troupes, Theatre Art Unit. The ten-day International Theatre Festival will be held at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) in Dhaka, from November 14 to 24.
Noted Bangladeshi filmmaker Tanvir Mokammel's two documentaries --“Japani Bodhu” and “Oie Jamuna” -- will be screened at 18th Kolkata International Film Festival, scheduled to be held during November 10-17, 2012, says a press release.
Popular model and actor Nirob is the featured celebrity of this month at DS Café. He will be on the hot seat and take your calls at The Daily Star Centre on November 6, between 4 and 5pm. Readers, fire away all your questions at him! The best question will be highlighted in the transcription. Call 8126155, 01711623915 and 01711623917 to speak to Nirob.
Timing is everything in show business, but the director of the first movie about the commando raid that killed Osama bin Laden doubts its television premiere Sunday will swing the US election.
The gory killings of four national leaders by misguided soldiers inside Dhaka Central Jail in the early hours of November 3, 1975, remain an indelible shame on the national psyche.
If potus [Barack Obama] had been a Republican -- or, perhaps, merely an old white guy -- he'd be on Mount Rushmore by now for saving the economy, killing bin Laden, ending the Iraq War, rescuing the auto industry, securing fair pay for women, and giving all Americans access to affordable, high-quality private health insurance." This was the feeling expressed by an individual commenting on a news item on the CNN website.
On the outskirts of the village of Shibaloy, just past the brick factory, the car slows to let a cow lumber out of its way. It is a good sign. Twenty years ago there was no brick factory, or any other industry, in this village 60 kilometres west of Dhaka; there were few cows, and no cars. The road was a raised path too narrow for anything except bicycles.
In 1976, five years after independence, a book appeared called "Bangladesh: The Test Case of Development." It was a test, the authors claimed, because the country was such a disaster that if development could be made to work there, it could surely work anywhere. At the time, many people feared Bangladesh would not survive as an independent state. One famine, three military coups and four catastrophic floods later, the country that Henry Kissinger once dismissed as "a basket case" is still a test. But no longer in the sense of being the bare minimum that others should seek to surpass. Now, Bangladesh has become a standard for others to live up to.
French playwright, journalist and feminist Olympe de Gouges is guillotined.
Our entire way of life and all our economic activities rely on energy -- in fact on more of it. However, the world is now facing most serious challenges in energy supply which can be a more devastating crisis than the world wars wrought. Global energy depletion has already begun, although few countries realise it. Presently the energy producing resources like fossil fuel, gas, coal, and uranium have reached their peak position. It is predicted that those non-renewable energy sources are going to decline from that position in every location of the earth sooner than later.
A couple of weeks ago, Munich Re, one of the world's largest reinsurance firms, issued a study titled “Severe Weather in North America.” According to the press release that accompanied the report, “Nowhere in the world is the rising number of natural catastrophes more evident than in North America.” The number of what Munich Re refers to as “weather-related loss events,” and what the rest of us would probably call weather-related disasters, has quintupled over the last three decades. While many factors have contributed to this trend, including an increase in the number of people living in flood-prone areas, the report identified global warming as one of the major culprits: “Climate change particularly affects formation of heat-waves, droughts, intense precipitation events, and in the long run most probably also tropical cyclone intensity.”
Bangladesh is among one of the most natural disaster prone regions of the world. Flood and other natural calamities like cyclones, tornados routinely cause great suffering to people across the country. Government efforts and arrangements are often inadequate to manage these disasters, while NGOs and other private organisations also provide useful service to humanity.
Sunil Gangopadhyay, poet, story-teller, novelist, playwright and essayist, died at his South Kolkata residence from a massive heart attack in the early hours of October 23, 2012. It was the Nabami of Durga Puja. His wife Swati Ganguly was beside him. Their only son Souvik was in Boston. He came home to perform the last rites on Thursday, October 25.
His wife left him last Friday. Since then, Farid has been trying to reach her on her cell phone but without much luck. For a day or so, Farid was getting her voice mail, but each time he would hang up since he did not want to leave any message for Amrita. Now, when he tries to reach her number, he gets a weird voice which in the most annoying fashion repeats the standard message: “If you have reached this number by mistake please check the number again or call the operator.” The whole exercise, and the tone of the voice he finds so annoying that once he felt like screaming back “shut the f.. up”.
Chronicle created conduit whether we wanted or not
It appeared as preordained as many worldly affairs
Made some cherish and more to screech, but
The truth is the stream that separated the entirety.
Cancer is a shocking diagnosis for all of us. The shock increases manifolds when someone receives a diagnosis at a very late stage — when very little can be offered for help. Most of the cancers are curable if these are detected at an earlier stage. Therefore, screening for common cancers is crucial to reduce the number of people who develop and die from cancer.
Liver disease is fairly common in Indian sub-continet. The most common being Hepatitis C virus and Hepatitis B virus related cirrhosis. Majority of these patients are asymptomatic until they reach the end stage when they may require transplantation. There is an emerging common cause of liver disease (fatty liver disease) which is related to poor diet and obesity — which is in fact emerging globally.
A cheap test which could detect even low levels of viruses and some cancers has been developed by UK researchers. The colour of a liquid changes to give either a positive or negative result.
The international effort to eliminate tuberculosis is in real danger, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Downing a cup of beans or lentils every day may help people with type 2 diabetes control their blood sugar and possibly reduce their risk of heart attacks and stroke, according to a small study published in Archives of Internal Medicine.
Smokers miss an average of two or three more days of work each year than non-smokers, according to a new analysis of 29 past studies. Based on that finding, absenteeism due to smoking cost the UK alone £1.4 billion ($2.25 billion) last year, researchers calculated.
Khaleda Zia, the leader of Bangladesh's main opposition party, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), is visiting India after nearly six years at the invitation of the Indian government. Since her last visit in 2006 as Prime Minister of Bangladesh, there has been a substantial change in India-Bangladesh relations. Given the proximity of views on communal politics, their socio-cultural disposition and reckoning the historic background of affinity and cooperation between the Awami League of Bangladesh and the Congress Party of India, it was but natural that there would be an upturn in bilateral relations between the two countries with the Awami League and Sheikh Hasina in power. But the Sheikh Hasina Government went even further in its approach towards India, as has been evident on a range of issues such as facilitating transhipment of critical stores (though selectively as for example with respect to the Palaitana gas-based power project of Tripura), enabling the setting up of a number of border haats (markets) for the benefit of people inhabiting border areas, allowing the swapping of enclaves to go through and, above all, controlling the activities of anti-Indian north eastern militants and even nabbing and handing over some of them to the Indian authorities. It will be the endeavour of the Indian authorities to gauge the likely posture of Khaleda Zia, in the event of the BNP's return to power after January 2013, on continuation of cooperation in the areas where a large degree of mutual understanding has already been achieved.
The US presidential election will be held within few days, and if the polls are correct, the outcome will be extraordinarily close. Many say that the country has never been as deeply divided. Recently, I noted how this year's campaign is far from the most bitter and vitriolic.
On October 24, two days before Eid, an opinion piece published in the elite US journal Foreign Policy extolled the fact that US forces are winning in Afghanistan, adding, “Why doesn't the media notice?” In the article, the author suggests that Taliban forces are so decimated and demoralized that they have been resigned to orchestrating “sensational attacks to give the perception [their] narrative is winning out and to reassure [their] followers.”
Star Books Review
When a group of my MA students at the University of Dhaka chose to work on the impact of 1971 on western literature, they concentrated on George Harrison and the Concert for Bangladesh and Allen Ginsberg's “On Jessore Road.” Neither they nor I at the time had heard of a British writer by the name of Philip Hensher, who had written a novel on 1971.
Satyajit Ray has not written his memoirs. Ray, according to his wife Bijoya Ray, had often thought of writing his autobiography but “his many commitments kept him from doing so”. Who then could be a better person to shed light on various aspects of the multifaceted life of the maestro director than his life-long partner Bijoya? And readers are amply rewarded by Bijoya's book, Manik and I, a Penguin India publication. Manik is the name by which Satyajit Ray was known to his close family members and friends.