News of: Saturday, 8th of December, 2012
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The Anti-Corruption Commission has confiscated Tk 550 crore properties of the controversial Destiny Group in connection with two money laundering cases.
It was a doomed night although initially Lady Luck smiled in favour of Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim, who won the crucial toss for the first time in the series. However, there were no celebrations for the capacity crowd at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on a chilly night; instead the fans returned home frustrated as the batting ghosts returned to haunt the Tigers once again.
Political turmoil may continue throughout December as the ruling Awami League-led 14-party combine and opposition BNP-led 18-party coalition are firm on occupying the streets with programmes counter to each other's.
The fire alarm shattered the monotony of the Tazreen Fashions factory. Hundreds of seamstresses looked up from their machines, startled. On the third floor, Shima Akhter Pakhi had been stitching hoods onto fleece jackets. Now she ran to a staircase.
The taskforce on garment workers' safety has not met for almost two years while its members, especially the overseeing government agencies, do not even know about the taskforce's work plan.
Eight more policemen, including an assistant commissioner and an OC, were injured during attacks on them by Jamaat-Shibir activists at Pirojpur and Rajshahi towns yesterday.
The factory where 112 garment workers died in a fire should have been shut down months ago. The fire department refused to renew the certification it needed to operate, a top fire official told The Associated Press. And its owner told AP that just three of the factory's eight floors were legal. He was building a ninth.
Thousands of protesters yesterday converged on the presidential palace in Cairo in a fresh bid to convince President Mohamed Morsi to give up what they see as dictatorial powers, and to postpone a referendum on a controversial new constitution.
A Colorado start-up run by former Nasa managers plans to conduct missions to the moon for about $1.5bn (£0.9bn) per expedition, a fraction of what a similar government-run operation would cost.
The main opposition BNP has been trying to create anarchy in the country through different programmes and activities, leaders of ruling Awami League alleged yesterday.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday assured the private sector of providing all kinds of support, saying that her government wants to work more closely with the sector to speed up the country's development.
The government has worked out a plan to import power from the neighbouring countries in near future to meet the growing demand for electricity and keep the country's economic growth unhurt.
Feeling insecure and fearing further clashes between Islami Chhatra Shibir and Bangladesh Chhatra League on the campus, over 400 students of Rajshahi University have left their dormitories in the last two months, seeking safe accommodation elsewhere in the city.
Patuakhali Polytechnic Institute (PPI) authorities yesterday closed the institution for seven days and its dormitories for an indefinite period after the activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League went on the rampage on the campus Thursday night, demanding release of its two leaders from police custody.
Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) and Bangladesh Shamajtantrik Dal (BSD) yesterday called countrywide daylong hartal for December 18 demanding a ban on communal politics including that of Jamaat-e-Islami and ensuring quick trial of the alleged war criminals.
At least two people were burnt to death while 16 shops were gutted in a devastating fire that razed Kashinathpur Bazar in Bera upazila of Pabna early yesterday.
The Qatari hosts of the UN climate talks were being widely blamed yesterday night for scenes of frustration and confusion as the negotiations dragged on long through the evening without outcome.
The UPA government won a second parliament vote yesterday on allowing foreign supermarkets into the country, paving the way for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to press ahead with more reforms, including freeing up a cash-strapped insurance sector.
US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, Robert O Blake will arrive here today on a four-day official visit to discuss bilateral and regional issues on labour, development, governance and trade.
China yesterday angrily rejected US charges that its policies in Tibet were leading Tibetans to set themselves alight in protest and accused Washington of backing independence forces in the Himalayan region.
Laos has ratified its membership of the World Trade Organization, state media said yesterday, the latest step in the small Southeast Asian nation's 15-year effort to join the global body.
People living under the poverty line in the Asia and Pacific region have reduced drastically to about 21% over the last two decades. This has largely been made possible as countries across the region have adopted growth models that have deviated from traditional poverty reduction programmes to that of “inclusive growth” which directly help the poor and vulnerable. It is interesting to note that inclusive business has found a home in Asian economies that integrates low-income producers and consumers in their value chain.
The statistics speak loud and clear as far as current year's manpower export to UAE goes. In January with 33,073 Bangladeshi workers going there, the upward trend continued until July. Then in September, the figure went down from 2,337 in September to 351 in October and barely inched up to 355 in November.
Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim blamed Bangladesh's batting failure in the top-order behind the hosts' 75-run defeat against the West Indies at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium yesterday. In the post-match press conference Mushfiqur stated that the top-order failed to 'take the challenge' and 'lacked guts' in the opening period of the second innings.
A phenomenon happily forgotten for the last few months was Bangladesh's propensity to collapse in a heap at the top of the order. It was as distant as possible from the memory when openers Tamim Iqbal and Anamul Haque took strike in chase of a modest target of 212 to seal a series win in the fourth ODI of the five-match series against the West Indies at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.
Khulna got off to a disappointing start in their pursuit of the 14th National Cricket League (NCL) title as they became the only team to be dismissed on the first day of the last round of matches yesterday. They were bowled out for 228 runs by defending champions Rajshahi at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium in Bogra.
It has been a series of two halves so far. First Bangladesh in Khulna produced fabulous cricket to go 2-0 up. Then in Dhaka the West Indies came back and won the third ODI by four wickets on Wednesday, before blowing the hosts out of the water with a 75-run in the fourth at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday to level the series at 2-2.
The Bangladesh Chess Federation formed the national squad with two Grandmasters Niaz Murshed and Ziaur Rahman, two International Masters Abu Sufian Shakil and Minhazuddin Ahmed Sagar and FIDE Master Debaraj Chatterjee -- keeping out Grandmasters Abdullah Al Rakib and Enamul Haque Rajib -- for the Word's City Chess Championship which gets underway in United Arab Emirates from December 21.
The Bangladesh U-23 national football team had a face-saving win in the HE Rajapakshe International Football Tournament when they handed a 1-0 defeat to Maldives in their third and final match in Nawalapitiya, Sri Lanka yesterday.
South Africa captain Graeme Smith has said they are eager to extend their lead at the top of the Test rankings when they face New Zealand in a home series.
Roger Federer wants to play at the 2016 Rio Olympics and will cut back his schedule in an effort to extend his shelf life.
Siddikur Rahman's miserable form in the Asian Tour continued as he bid bye to the Thailand Golf Championship on Friday. The 28-year old golfer missed the cut by five shots after two rounds of golf, as he racked up an aggregate score of five-over-par (149). Siddikur followed opening round's three-over-par (75) with a two-over-par (74) at the Amata Spring Country Club yesterday.
Captain Alastair Cook continued to torment India with a monumental knock of 190 as England took a mammoth 193 runs first innings lead in the third Test on Friday.
Ousted New Zealand cricket captain Ross Taylor said Friday he was distressed at being axed in favour of Brendon McCullum and needed a break from the game after a "very challenging" time.
Tillakaratne Dilshan hit an unbeaten century and Kumar Sangakkara chipped in with a half-century as the touring Sri Lankans got in some batting practice on Friday ahead of next week's first Test against Australia.
Shane Watson said Friday he will be given the first chance to fill the vacancy in Australia's batting order left by Ricky Ponting's retirement and bat at number four in next week's first Test against Sri Lanka.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has praised UEFA's plan to stage the 2020 European Championship across Europe as "creative", but some of his Premier League counterparts are less receptive to the proposal.
Four players shared the lead at the close of the third round of the Begum Laila Alam 6th Open International Rating Chess Tournament at the Bangladesh Chess Federa-tion hall room yesterday.
Olympic and world 800m champion David Rudisha and two-time London marathon winner Mary Keitany were named Kenya's athletes of the year on Wednesday.
Jordan Henderson fired Liverpool into the Europa League knockout stages, scoring the decisive goal in the five-time European champions' 1-0 win at Udinese on Thursday.
Alex Ferguson lit the fuse on a potentially explosive showdown with Manchester City as the Manchester United manager claimed a victory at Eastlands would be one of his club's greatest ever results.
Lionel Messi could yet be available for Barcelona at Real Betis on Sunday, despite being stretchered off the field against Benfica in the Champions League.
Dutch police said Friday they had arrested a fourth teenager in connection with the shocking beating to death of a football linesman.
Speculation over Mario Balotelli's possible exit from Manchester City intensified Friday a day after the striker's daughter was born in his native Italy.
Chelsea captain John Terry will be unable to compete in the Club World Cup later this month because of a knee injury, interim manager Rafael Benitez revealed on Friday.
The Chinese Super League season is over, so Didier Drogba has been back in London, training with his old teammates at Chelsea in an effort to stay fit for the Africa Cup of Nations next month. And on Thursday night, he hosted a special dinner where he presented last season's Champions League winning players and backroom staff with commemorative rings.
The other day I was waiting in Shyamoli for a friend when I noticed a man selling rings on the sidewalk. Some of them looked different from normal rings because they contained no stones, and I soon realized what they were. I had heard of Ashtadhatu rings before, but this was the first time I saw them being made and sold.
Several hundred passengers suffered while rail communications over Dhaka-Gazipur route remained suspended for around eight hours yesterday after an intercity train broke down near Matikata railway crossing in Gazipur.
Bangladesh should opt for long-term projects while constructing infrastructures under the public private partnership (PPP) framework as short-term projects might not be suitable, said a top expert of a UK-based professional services provider yesterday.
Speakers at a rally yesterday demanded that the government publishes the real list of the victim workers who remain missing after a devastating fire at Tazreen Fashions Ltd on November 24.
Ruling Awami League-led 14-party alliance leaders yesterday urged the party men to resist BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami's “destructive” activities including tomorrow's road blockade programme across the country.
Gono Sanghati Andolon leaders yesterday urged people to be united and build mass awareness so that the war crimes accused, and the politicians and businessmen, marked as corrupted in different times, cannot escape punishment.
A senior official of the World Bank (WB) yesterday said the bank wants to start the construction of the Padma bridge without further delay resolving the present stalemate considering its importance on Bangladesh's economy.
A college student was killed as a bus hit him on Mirpur Road near College Gate area in the capital last night.
Inquisitive people, especially the young, were eagerly looking at different stalls experiencing Bangladesh's progress towards digitalisation at a tech summit yesterday.
Eminent columnist Syed Abul Maksud yesterday urged the government to form a separate human rights commission for indigenous people.
An alarming total of 79 lakh children are now working in the country, with most of them involved in risky jobs, said speakers at a seminar.
Branding Jamaat-e-Islami as a terrorist and militant party, Information Minister Hasanul Haque Inu yesterday said it was the people who would judge whether the party would remain or not in Bangladesh's democracy.
Pro-BNP and pro-Jamaat-e-Islami teachers at Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday demanded judicial probe into the alleged irregularities and corruption of the university's vice chancellor.
A leader of Parbatya Chattagram Jubo Samity, a front organisation of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) led by MN Larma, sustained bullet injuries in Lichubagan area of Dighinala upazila in Khagrachhari district yesterday.
The construction work of the proposed third sea port at Kalapara upazila of Patuakhali would start from next year, said Shipping Minister Shahjahan Khan yesterday.
Speakers at a discussion yesterday demanded that the government recognises the women victims of the country's liberation war as freedom fighter instead Birangona (war heroine).
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) shot and injured two Bangladeshi farmers near Ratnai border in Baliadangi of Thakurgaon early yesterday.
Road accidents killed three people and injured seven others in Narsingdi and Chittagong yesterday.
Good governance would not be established in the country unless the governance institutions, which hold the government accountable, do their work properly, said Gowher Rizvi, international affairs adviser to the prime minister, yesterday.
Two sisters died allegedly after drinking fruit juice in Shahzadpur of Sirajganj.
A man died after falling from a makeshift pandal at Koshaituli in the old part of the capital yesterday.
Police filed two cases against over 500 Jamaat-e-Ismali and Islami Chhatra Shibir activists with Kotwali Police Station on charge of assaulting law-enforcers and blasting crackers during a clash with the police in Sylhet city's Zindabazar on Wednesday.
A boy died as an electric pole fell on him in Maddhya Nandipara area of Khilgaon in the capital yesterday.
The authorities of Benapole port will deploy a group of armed police by the next week to stop theft occurring in the port shed everyday.
A health assistant was found dead in a room of Porsha Upazila Health Complex in Naogaon yesterday.
Syria's army sent reinforcements to a rebel town near Damascus as clashes raged south of the capital Friday, hours after talks on the conflict between the US, Russia and UN ended without a breakthrough.
Hamas leader in exile Khaled Meshaal made his first visit to Gaza yesterday, kissing the ground and saying he hoped he would one day die a "martyr" in the Palestinian territory.
Nepal's president yesterday gave rival political parties a second extension to a deadline for forming a national unity government to lead the Himalayan nation into elections next year.
A one-metre-high tsunami hit northeast Japan yesterday after a powerful undersea quake struck off the coast, sending thousands fleeing to safety in a region that was devastated in last year's quake-tsunami disaster.
A nurse at a London hospital who took a hoax call about the Duchess of Cambridge was found dead yesterday.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday defended US envoy to the United Nations Susan Rice from a storm of Republican criticism, saying she had been a "stalwart colleague" and helped shape important policies.
Arts & Entertainment
Pran Roy captured the spotlight with his brilliant portrayal of the character Dublo in the popular drama “Ronger Manush”. His career reached new heights after he played the eponymous role in the successful serial “Romijer Aaina”. Following these feats, he has worked in a variety of characters. Equipped with previous experience of the theatre, Roy's latest work was for the silver screen -- in Humayun Ahmed's “Ghetu Putro Komola”. Roy recently spoke to The Daily Star about his eventful innings as an actor.
The title of Maroon 5's latest album, “Overexposed”, is prophetic in ways and a truthful assessment of the band. Frequenting radio waves through the fistful of hits “Overexposed” has generated, coupled with lead vocalist Adam Levine's constant need for attention, Maroon 5 can be summed up using the title itself. Their 5th album in 10 years, capitalising on the fame of “Moves like Jagger” may have indeed been a smart move, but the album really isn't a reflection of serious work.
The DVD of Tanvir Mokammel's documentary on the Liberation War, “1971”, was launched at a programme held at the Shawkat Osman Auditorium, Central Public Library in Dhaka on December 6. Publisher and one of the trustees of Liberation War Museum, Mofidul Hoque, unveiled the DVD, while many noted personalities attended the event.
A two-day programme featuring 'Bichar Gaan' was held at Faridpur City College premises recently.
December 3 marked the 56th death anniversary of Bengali novelist Manik Bandopadhyay.
A concert was held recently in Ishwardi Municipality Market area to promote an anti-drug campaign. Human Rights Foundation's Ishwardi unit organised the concert here, marking the beginning of the month of victory. A discussion also featured on the occasion.
At the risk of sounding like a conspiracy theorist or an alarmist, I would like to offer my own take on the spate of recent trials by fire being undergone by the country's RMG industry, the most tragic being the more than one hundred lives perishing at Tazreen Fashions.
Giving a reason is rarely a problem, but you need to choose your words carefully when offering an excuse. Words are both opaque and transparent. They can expose the inner thought that you would prefer to keep hidden.
A report quoting Unesco sources published in The Daily Star indicated that 8million youths aged between 15-24 here are left without primary education. The report further says that a quarter of young Bangladeshis never completed primary school and has been left without the required skills to land a job.
Greater regional economic integration is essential to enhanced economic growth and prosperity in South and Central Asia. To encourage this integration, the US is actively supporting efforts by governments, private sector partners, and regional institutions to enhance trade and market linkages throughout the region and beyond.
The on-going disengagement of the Maldives with Indian infrastructure developer, GMR, is a sign of the necessity of a deeper engagement between the eight South Asian nations. On December 8, the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) will mark 43 years of its establishment -- and remind us, yet again, of the unfulfilled promise of a regional bloc; rich in its potential for prosperity. But like the European Union, which took decades to formalise, perhaps enough time has elapsed and enough geopolitics and economics transformed, for the idea to have reached maturation now and compel the region into coalescence.
1912 Leaders of the German Empire hold an Imperial War Council to discuss the possibility that war might break out.
Writer, educationist and feminist activist, Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain (1880-1932), affectionately known as Begum Rokeya, was a multifaceted genius. She is often considered to be Bengal's earliest and boldest feminist, as well as the earliest and best of the female and Muslim writers of the Bengal Renaissance. Rokeya's contemporary, Mohitlal Majumdar (1888-1952), once described her as the embodiment of the soul and conscience of her age. Her biographer and close associate, Shamsun Nahar Mahmud (1908-64), dubbed her a “spider mother,” who sacrificed her life to nurture future generations of Bengali women, and added, “The fate of the Bengali Muslim women has changed radically within the space of half a century, and there is no way to deny that this benevolent woman played the most significant role behind it.”
The finest of friendships are like the finest of steel. It begins as an iron ore and is shaped by the blacksmith of time, in this case into its strongest form. As more time passes it is molded into perfection, just like the blacksmith making a shiny blade or the shipbuilder building his heaviest ship. Yet once the ship is built it glides through the rough waves like a dinghy in a small stream.
It was one of those days. Sitting on the patio looking at the blue sky through autumn's worn-out brown leaves, I drew a complete blank. Nothing came to mind. Well, I decided if my mind can think of nothing then perhaps I need to write about it. That became even more challenging. My mind couldn't conjure up nothing as my brain experienced no such thing. Ah, the magical will! I became more determined to understand what my mind refused to understand. The concept in question evoked several words: void, nonexistent, nothingness, blank, oblivion, naught. None resolved the dilemma. As a starting point I asked whether nothing should be treated as a value, an ideal in pursuit of knowledge. But again, that knowledge is relative to something. Or is it more tangible?As ascetics who denounce everything material in search of that void called nothing? I hungered for a clearer answer.
Around 15% of the world’s population, or one billion people, live with disabilities. And the rates of disability are increasing due to population ageing and increases in chronic health conditions. People with disabilities have less access to health care services and therefore experience unmet health care need. However, financing more in rehabilitation services and timely intervention can prevent many these disabilities and thus save huge money that lost in care.
Spondylolysthesis is a condition where a bone in the spinal column (called vertebra) slips onto the bone below it. The displaced bone then begins to compress on nerves resulting in back pain. However, with some precaution, exercise and medication, patient can manage this condition better.
Colles' fracture is a transverse fracture of the radius (lateral forearm bone) just above the wrist, with backward displacement. It is the most common fractures in older people and occur highest in women after menopause. Although trauma causes the fracture, the increased risk is mainly due to osteoporosis in which the bone is weakened.
Smoking may worsen a hangover after drinking heavily, according to a US study published in Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.
Scientists say they have developed a breath-test that can accurately tell if a person has bowel cancer. The test, which looks for exhaled chemicals linked to tumour activity, was able to identify a majority of patients with the disease. The British Journal of Surgery reported an overall accuracy of 76%.
The growing tension in East Asia over China's aggressive claims to the region's oil-rich waters now delineated on maps in Chinese passports may suggest a meticulously calculated plan by Beijing to propel the country to superpower status. The reality may be more mundane lack of coordination and bureaucratic infighting.
History will undoubtedly deliver the harshest condemnations of the UN climate talks currently underway in Doha, Qatar. But the conference was laughable before it began; the inept “goals” of the talks stand in tragic-comic opposition to what we already know about climate change that the climate has already changed in profound ways and its trajectory spells doom for civilization if drastic, coordinated steps are not taken in the immediate future.
Omar Faruq was born on March 12, 1950, in Pirojpur. He was the son of Sayedur Rahman Sharif and Kulsum Begum.
Star Books Review
An amazing book containing amazing stories of the lives, activities, struggles and sacrifices of some outstanding women who lived during the time of our beloved Prophet (Peace be upon him). They are the luckiest of women. No, I am not talking about his mother and mother-like figures, neither of his wives nor his daughters because they are either related to him by blood, or as foster parents or by marriages that are only natural, but about those women who were outside of such bonds yet by association with the Prophet shone into prominence. Of course, they fortified themselves with strong will, indomitable spirit and fortitude that came into full fruition because they experienced the company of the Prophet (pbuh), could seek his advice through waiting on his decision, oftentimes taking decisions on their own knowing that they would be endorsed by him because they knew the Prophet (pbuh) so well and would listen to his deliberations. Therefore, although this book is divided into four groups of women, nevertheless, the section on such women merits attention in its own right much more than the other sections.
Salt and Saffron; Kartography Kamila Shamsie