News of: Saturday, 22nd of December, 2012
Thailand wants to double its two-way trade -- export and import -- with Bangladesh by 2015 in an effort to boost commerce and investment, Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said in Dhaka yesterday.
Bangladesh Railway's move to buy 70 meter-gauge diesel-electric locomotives has been delayed by over a year due to lobbying by potential bidders to change a criterion of the tender that favours only one company.
Hundreds of industrial units, including the fire-struck Tazreen garments factory, have been constructed in the rural areas of Ashulia violating building code and the capital's master plan, according to officials and documents.
The Jatiya Party is gradually losing its base in Rangpur, party chief Ershad's home district, due to feud among local leaders.
The 73-member Awami League Central Working Committee (ALCWC), the highest decision making body of the ruling party, might be expanded through its upcoming national council on December 29.
A woman was killed and two of her children and a rickshaw puller were injured when a train hit a rickshaw and two other vehicles at Khilgaon level crossing in the capital yesterday.
On December 22, 1971, the Mujibnagar government came home to a liberated Bangladesh. The moment remains an indelible part of our history, for the provisional government of Bangladesh constituted in April 1971 was the very first instance in history of a government formed by, composed of and administered by Bangalees.
Conservationists have expressed alarm over the low number of turtles arriving on the coast of east India and Bangladesh for the nesting season, blaming overfishing and climate change for the decline.
Ruling Awami League-led 14-party alliance will hold mass processions and rallies across the country today, demanding immediate completion of war crimes trial and protesting, as it claimed, BNP-Jamaat conspiracy against it.
Detectives have detained at least 38 leaders and activists of pro-Jamaat student body Islami Chhatra Shibir at the capital over the last two days.
Yaba, the noxious amphetamine based drug, has flooded the port city, enticing youths into the deadly addiction.
The first bone marrow transplant unit of the country is expected to be launched at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) by June next year, said Director of the hospital Brig Gen Md Mustafizur Rahman.
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) abducted a Bangladeshi farmer while he was working at his paddy field near no-man's land at Doikhowa border in Lalmonirhat yesterday morning.
US President Barack Obama has nominated Senator John Kerry to replace Hillary Clinton as his next secretary of state.
Phew! The earth is still safely on its sphere despite Doomsdayer predictions of an impending apocalypse to coincide with the end of the Mayan age.
Julian Assange has said WikiLeaks is preparing to publish one million new secret government documents as he marked six months of refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy in London with a speech from its balcony on Thursday.
China sent its ships into territorial waters around disputed islands yesterday, in the first incursion since Japan elected a new government.
A Pakistani reconnaissance drone has crashed in a restive northwestern tribal region after developing a technical fault, security officials said yesterday.
The nation's hopes had been raised when Bangladesh Petroleum Exploration Company (Bapex) had declared that the nation was, literally, floating on gas in Netrokona-Sunamganj area. According to Bapex's estimates, the area was sitting on 2 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of gas. Unfortunately, initial drilling down to 4,500 metres has only found small pockets of gas. This puts a huge dent in the government's plans to pump in significant new gas supplies in the national grid.
The International Labour Rights Forum (ILRF) in its report titled Deadly secrets has revealed a shocking trend among clothing brands and retailers. Although they conducted factory audits they did not bother to share their vital findings with apparel manufacturing companies in the exporting countries. They did not warn government agencies or workers about the imminent dangers posed by the working environs in the factories.
Title contenders Sheikh Russel ended holders Abahani's four-match unbeaten run in the Grameenphone Bangladesh Premier League with a 1-0 victory at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
The completion of the players' auction of the second edition of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) on Thursday brought an important segment of the T20 competition to close. With around 60 international players participating in the tournament, which includes the likes of Marlon Samuels and Sunil Narine, there's no doubt that the league has enough ammunition to provide its viewers an exciting competition.
Veteran opener Tillakaratne Dilshan has revealed he is thinking about calling time on his Test career.
India captain Mahendra Dhoni praised the performance of Yuvraj Singh after the all-rounder led his side to a five-wicket win over England in the first Twenty20 international in Pune.
West Indies will host an ODI tri-series against India and Sri Lanka in Jamaica and Trinidad from June 28 to July 11, 2013. It will substitute for Sri Lanka's limited-overs leg of their full tour of the Caribbean, which has been reshaped so that the cricketers from both countries can participate in the Indian Premier League.
Indian High Commission, Dhaka defeated Bangladesh Sports Journalists Association (BSJA) by 29 runs in a friendly T20 cricket match at the Sahara-BCB Academy ground in Mirpur yesterday.
Motijheel T&T Club and Dhaka Wanderers Club drew 0-0 in their Popular Life Insurance Senior Division Football League match at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.
Bangladesh Army and Border Guard Bangladesh won their respective matches in the Victory Day Kabaddi League at the Kabaddi Stadium yesterday.
Sri Lankan selectors might recall fast bowler Lasith Malinga for the third Test match against Australia in Sydney if their current pace battery failed to impress in the Boxing Day Test match.
Mixed doubles event of the Runner Victory Day Open Tennis Tournament advanced to the final stage yesterday with the Sharmin Alam Sarda-Sajib Passi pair and Ishita Afroz-Mamun Bepari pair making the final berth.
Montpellier defender Cyril Jeunechamp has been banned for a year for hitting a reporter after a Ligue 1 game last month, the French League (LFP) said on Thursday.
After rebounding superbly from the Test loss to England with a convincing victory in the Twenty20 series opener, India would be keen to complete a clean sweep of the shortest format by winning the second and final game on Saturday.
Vernon Philander is in doubt for the New Year's Test against New Zealand after a flare up of his left hamstring during the first-class match between Cobras and Titans at Newlands.
Peter Siddle is taking on the mantle of leadership and example among Australia's bowlers that -- until recently -- Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey held for the batsmen.
Nottinghamshire have told three of their England players -- Michael Lumb, Alex Hales and Samit Patel -- that they will not be able to pursue interest in taking part in the Indian Premier League (IPL) next year.
English county Hampshire said on Friday that they have secured the services of Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal next season as a two-month replacement for Australia Twenty20 skipper George Bailey.
Brisbane International organisers say Serena Williams still plans to compete in the December 30-January 5 event despite minor surgery on her big toes that forced her to withdraw from a December 29 exhibition in Thailand.
Defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders will kick off IPL (Indian Premier League) 2013 by hosting Delhi Daredevils at Eden Gardens on April 3. The 76-game league will have the same format as it did in the 2012 season, with each of the nine teams playing the others home and away, before the playoffs.
Ivorian Yaya Toure of Manchester City won Africa's top football honour on Thursday, beating out his countryman Didier Drogba and Alexandre Song of Cameroon for the CAF player of the year award.
Manchester City's bid to reel in Premier League leaders Manchester United has been jeopardised by injuries to key players as they prepare to open their Christmas campaign at home to Reading on Saturday.
Defending Italian champions Juventus can top a successful 2012 on Friday if they beat struggling Cagliari to stretch their lead at the top of Serie A in the league's last match of the year.
War-torn Syria enjoyed some rare soccer success by beating Iraq 1-0 in Kuwait on Thursday to win the West Asian Championships for the first time.
The Iraqi Football Association denies it is negotiating with Argentine great Diego Maradona to take over as a coach of the national team.
Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski insists the Gunners will have no reason to fear his former club Bayern Munich when they clash in the last 16 of the Champions League.
I saw them for the first time near Dhaka's Suhrawardy Udyan on Victory Day, 2011 as I was walking from Art Institute towards the TSC. Arranged for sale on the sidewalk, they shimmered like exotic jewels in winter's amber afternoon sunlight: tiny but realistic sandals, full of colour and style. The largest sandals were about an inch long; smaller ones fit on my fingernail. I wanted to speak with the seller, but there were several customers waiting for their turn. Reluctant to interfere with his sales, I took some quick photographs and kept walking. When I returned after half an hour, the vendor and his offerings were gone.
Bangladesh-India relations must be strengthened even more for the greater interest of the two countries' development in economy and culture, said speakers at a seminar yesterday.
Chittagong Railway Station's operational capacity is expected to nearly double after its remodelling project is completed in October 2013, said the manager of the project's implementing firm yesterday.
A former union parishad member was allegedly beaten to death over land dispute under Banaripara upazila of Barisal yesterday.
Hundreds of people bound for the southern districts were stranded on the way yesterday as river and road communications remained suspended for 8-10 hours amid low visibility level caused by thick fog.
The BNP yesterday threatened to announce non-stop hartal and railway blockade if the government bars the opposition chief, Khaleda Zia, from conducting her mass contact campaign in the capital on December 26.
A couple were killed as a motorbike they were riding was hit by a truck on Balashpur bypass in Mymensingh town yesterday noon.
Speakers at a rally in the capital yesterday demanded that the government brings the responsible persons including Tazreen Fashion's owner to book and punishes them for the deadly fire which killed 112 garment workers on November 24.
A mob beat up four suspected robbers and cohorts of robber ringleader Nizam at Kaladorap in Hatiya upazila of Noakhali last night after hearing his death in 'shootout'.
The gas cylinder of a car kept in an open car park of EPI Bhaban in the capital's Mohakhali exploded after the car and an adjoining one caught fire yesterday.
The biennial election to the Institute of Engineers, Bangladesh (IEB) will be held on Monday, with around 18,500 engineers from across the country expected to cast their ballots to elect a 10-member executive committee for the next two years.
A woman and her four-year-old daughter were killed as a train ran them over on Joydevpur-Rajshahi route in Bhannara area of Kaliakoir upazila in Gazipur district yesterday afternoon.
Speakers at a human chain yesterday demanded an end to the month-long fair held on the Banani Chairmainbari playground for the sake of psychological and physical growth of children.
Novelist Adwaita Malla Burman penned down the surrounding realities of society through his literary works, which depicted the lifestyle of marginal communities, said speakers at a discussion yesterday.
Foreign Minister Dipu Moni yesterday met visiting Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and discussed various issues relating to the mutual interests of the two friendly nations.
The founder chairman of Japan Bangladesh Friendship Hospital (JBFH), Dr Sigeru Suganami, visited the hospital in the capital yesterday.
A domestic help was allegedly murdered after being raped in Jessore.
Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) yesterday detained two Indian nationals near Doikhowa border in Hatibandha of Lalmonirhat when they entered Bangladesh illegally.
Environmentalists yesterday demanded that the authorities concerned complete construction and renovation of embankments in Haor areas by January to save Boro paddy from inundation, says a press release.
Riot police fired tear gas to separate clashing protesters in Egypt's second city of Alexandria yesterday, AFP correspondents reported, as tensions rose over a new constitution.
Police arrested two alleged activists of an outlawed party from Failzana village in Chatmohar upazila of Pabna on Thursday night.
Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) arrested a man with counterfeit Indian notes worth Rs 16.93 lakh from Satroshia village under Shibganj upazila in Chapainawabganj yesterday.
A two-day long programme marking the centenary of Government Coronation Girls' High School in Khulna city began yesterday.
A mob beat an alleged robber to death at Madhya-Charogram village in Singair upazila yesterday.
Muggers stabbed two brothers and snatched Tk 35,000 from them early yesterday in the capital's Dhanmondi.
A man died after jumping off a running train near Sonatola Railway station in Bogra on Thursday.
Nurjahan Seraji, widow of martyred intellectual and journalist Serajuddin Hossain, passed away at a hospital in the capital early yesterday. She was 73.
India's government, facing swelling protests over the gang-rape of a female student on a bus, vowed on Friday to press for life sentences for her six attackers and promised stricter policing.
Maldives authorities yesterday prevented the former president who was ousted in February from leaving the island nation to visit his ill father in Bangkok, a party lawmaker said.
Riot police fired tear gas to separate clashing protesters in Egypt's second city of Alexandria yesterday, AFP correspondents reported, as tensions rose over a new constitution.
The UN Security Council on Thursday unanimously approved sending an African-led military force to help reconquer northern Mali from Islamist militants.
Former Beatle George Harrison's widow Olivia joined hundreds of fans and family of Ravi Shankar on Thursday at an open-air memorial to the Indian sitar legend near his California home.
Indian Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi should be in a strong position to run for prime minister in 2014 after winning state polls but his own party may act to stop him, newspapers said yesterday.
Sri Lanka's Court of Appeal yesterday halted a parliamentary committee's impeachment proceedings against the country's first woman chief justice Shirani Bandaranayake, who had sought a writ order to declare the findings of the panel illegal.
The Syrian regime has fired Scud-type missiles against rebel forces in what Nato chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen yesterday said was an act of desperation.
Pope Benedict XVI yesterday weighed in on a heated debate over gay marriage, criticising new concepts of the traditional family and warning that in the fight for the family, mankind itself is at stake.
Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday paid a pre-Christmas visit to British troops serving in Afghanistan, insisting that the "high price" paid by servicemen had been worthwhile, his office said.
At least 20 men accused of raping women ran in Indian elections in the last five years, according to a think-tank report published amid growing outrage over the gang-rape of a student on a bus.
At least 39 people were killed yesterday in an attack on a village in a remote part of southeastern Kenya's coastal region, where deadly tribal violence also erupted earlier this year, police said.
Russia's lower house of parliament yesterday gave its final approval to a contentious bill that retaliates against a new US human rights measure by barring Americans from adopting the country's children.
Two-thirds of Israelis are opposed to the establishment of a demilitarised Palestinian state in the West Bank, a poll showed yesterday.
Indian police have charged Bollywood star Saif Ali Khan for allegedly assaulting and breaking the nose of a South African businessman at a luxury hotel earlier this year, a report said yesterday.
Britain has paid out £14 million ($22.7 million, 17.2 million euros) to Iraqis who accuse British troops of illegally detaining and torturing them following the 2003 invasion, the Ministry of Defence said Thursday.
Hunger and homelessness are on the rise in the United States, and cash-strapped cities and social services are being forced to turn needy people away empty-handed, a study published Thursday found.
Arts & Entertainment
For a moment, I had to pinch myself to make myself believe that I was really where I was; sitting in Enclosure A with thousands of other music lovers in the first ever classical extravaganza in Bangladesh. It was the Bengal-ITC SRA Classical Music Festival 2012 held in Dhaka from November 29-December 2, dedicated to the memory of the legendary Ustad Allauddin Khan and participated by who's who of the classical music world of the South Asian sub-continent. It was a magnificent parade of gems of the highest quality for four continuous nights enthralling music aficionados in Bangladesh who have never seen anything like this before. The performances were mindboggling and I, for one, can put my hands on my heart and say it was a treat of a lifetime.
Rather than the warm summer breeze of Pahela Baishakh welcoming them at the Ramna Park, Dhaka residents braved a chilly winter morning yesterday to visit the Bangladesh Utshob, organised by telecom operator Banglalink at the park. Thousands of people, caught up in the festive spirit, set out to enjoy the Utshob, which offered a wide variety of entertainment to people of all ages.
Towards the end of his life, the Irish poet W B Yeats remarked that man can embody the truth, but he cannot know it. In his mixed media, graphic art, installation, and performance, Kalidas Karmakar renders this distinction between physical and intuitive knowledge blurry, harnessing a mystic way of knowing through untrammelled insight to penetrate the unmediated experiential knowledge bound up in substances and artifacts.
With his popular patriotic song “Salam Salam Hajar Salam, Shokol Shaheed Shoroney”, performed at Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra in the turbulent days of the Liberation War and popular modern songs including “Tara Bhora Raat-e”, famed singer Abdul Jabbar kept the audience spellbound at the Nomani maidan, Magura on December 19.
Seasoned singer Rafiqul Alam with his wife noted singer Abida Sultana led an 11-member cultural troupe to concerts in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) marking the 41st Victory Day celebration programme. The Bangladesh Consulate General in Dubai, on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign and Cultural Affairs of Bangladesh arranged the three day victory festival.
After walking out of John Abraham's next production "Jaffna "(now titled "Madras Cafe") because of drastic changes in the script and his character, Prosenjit Chatterjee (last seen in a Hindi film as Dr Ahmadi, a social activist in "Shanghai") is all set to return to the Hindi film industry. This time as a filmmaker. The popular Bengali actor was in Mumbai to ink a deal with Sahara Screen, a film production arm of Sahara group that will be investing about Rs 10 crore in Prosenjit's productions. The actor has also been inducted as a board member of the institution.
The gory murder of Biswajit in broad daylight and in full public view, including law enforcers, shall remain a blight on public conscience. The outpourings of public anger consequent upon the blatant crime and the exhortations to do the needful at the earliest perhaps indicate that civility and sense of justice has not left us yet.
Since an improvement in bilateral relations was clearly not on Pakistan interior minister Rehman Malik's agenda, why did he come to India? There has to be some rational reason. Tourism offers a possibility. Taj Mahal, that magnificent metaphor for love, is a powerful magnet for our western neighbours even when India-Pakistan affairs are not in a honeymoon phase, tinged as it is by that wistful feel of so-near-yet-so-far. You cannot really blame a minister for dropping by to take a look in the last months of office, before next summer's elections inevitably take his job away and his security ring withers.
For the last four decades scientists and world leaders have been trying to cope with the consequences of exponential growth of humans and their increasingly frantic demand for the resources that only nature can provide. They have been trying to save the threatened species and give natural process of the world a chance to maintain a healthy biosphere. This means some sacrifices and restraints, and evidently we can no longer pursue short-term prosperity without long-term survival.
I recently read with much interest the news item entitled “Nuke deal at final stage” in The Daily Star. Having been associated with the nuclear power for the last fifty years and following the recent negotiations between Bangladesh and Russia on the Rooppur Nuclear Power Project (RNPP), I have written extensively on the subject raising several issues which need to be addressed in the interest of the public before we sign the final deal.
Much attention is being paid to the incidence of deadly fires in Bangladesh's garment industry. The factory fire in Tazreen, Bangladesh, which killed more than 110 people, has been the primary focus of attention, but the Tazreen fire was far from the first in Bangladesh's clothes manufacturing industry.
During the last couple of years, several research and
Doha COP18 will go down in history as the COP that incorporated Gender in the main negotiation text.
As the plane carrying me touched down at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on a late autumn day, myriad memories rushed into my mind. The fragrance of the dust of Kolkata reminded me of my parents and the life I had led in this ever expanding and beautiful city.
The legendary Khan Sarwar Murshid never taught me. I always feel sad when I remember this fact. My six-year stint (1975-81) as a student of the Department of English (two years more because of the session jams due to our war of independence) of the University of Dhaka was otherwise the happiest period of my life. Professor Murshid was in Europe as our Ambassador to Poland, Hungary and Czechoslovakia and then the Assistant Secretary General of the Commonwealth during that period. He returned to teach again from 1983 onwards. I remember looking at young Azfar Hussain with envy when he happily discussed the great teacher's classes with me.
Poetry was floating in midair one bright afternoon. There was sunshine, and the soft voice of a child from afar, perhaps coming from one of the slums outlining the high rises, “Amar ma'r shonar nolok, hariye gelo sheshe, hethai khuji hothai khuji shara Bangladeshe.” He repeated the lines once, twice, nth time, memorizing the periods and commas, just like we all once did, when we too were young and our voices were more merciful.
Looked up from the table
Saw him going down
He takes the back stairs
I wondered why
That's the last I saw him.
Bangladesh has made a commendable success in reducing maternal and child death. The country is almost on right track reaching the targets of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Use of mobile technology is one of the innovative and important components behind the success of reduction of maternal and child deaths. With the mobile revolution in Bangladesh, its use in saving mothers and newborns has now set a model for the whole world.
Aphthous ulcer is a common type of oral ulcer or sore. It is a painful open sore in the mouth, which appears as a white, yellow or gray lesion bordered by a bright area. Aphthous ulcer often appears on the inner surface of the cheeks, lip, tongue and the base of the gum.
According to the American College of Radiology (ACR), if you should have an X-ray just prior to conception, there is no risk to you or the soon-to-be-baby.
When you are pregnant, it is important to be careful about taking any medications, even over-the-counter drugs. The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these guidelines for pregnant women:
Among people who have a genetic susceptibility to colon cancer, those whose diets are heavy in junk food have an even higher risk, according to a new study published in the journal Cancer.
People who drink more than four cups of caffeinated coffee daily could significantly reduce their risk of death from certain forms of cancer, according to a new study from the American Cancer Society.
In the recent general election held in Japan, the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP) won 294 seats in a landslide victory while the ruling DPJ managed to win only 57 seats. As the President of LDP, Shinzo Abe is expected to become the next Prime Minister on December 26.
According to the elite newspapers and journals of opinion, the future of foreign affairs mainly rests on ideas: the moral impetus for humanitarian intervention, the various theories governing exchange rates and debt rebalancing necessary to fix Europe, the rise of cosmopolitanism alongside the stubborn vibrancy of nationalism in East Asia and so on. In other words, the world of the future can be engineered and defined based on doctoral theses. And to a certain extent this may be true. As the 20th century showed us, ideologies -- whether communism, fascism or humanism -- matter and matter greatly.
Star Books Review
Rising from the Ashes: Women's Narratives of 1971 is, from a critical standpoint, a compendium of almost all facets of human nature, ranging from extreme cruelty to supreme acts of kindness (at times from unexpected quarters), with avarice, lust, selfishness, betrayal, sympathy, empathy, fatalism, and wily thinking thrown in between. Specifically, the book is a narrative about Bengali women during the war of liberation. The Foreword (by Hameeda Hossain) to the anthology explains the background of the undertaking: “In 2001 Ain o Salish Kendra published oral histories of 22 women who recounted their experiences during the war of independence in 1971 --- accounts of loss, sexual violence, displacement, desertion, escape.” Subsequently, with Niaz Zaman's deft translation, UPL has published the book in English. The expected larger readership will get to know about the privations suffered by Bengali women during the war, and, importantly, for years after Bangladesh had become a sovereign independent nation-state.
The story of The Client is an account of unexpected happenings in the lives of two small boys on the outskirts of Memphis, USA. It's a tale of a week's events and yet its breathtaking plot and the vivid portrayal of the characters are left for the reader to recall and savour for days to come. Eleven-year old Mark Sway and his brother Rick are in the woods to take a puff of forbidden cigarette when a black car pulls into a small clearing. Mark, like all curious boys, waits to see what is happening. By sheer coincidence the brothers witness the occupant of the car, the famous lawyer Romney, shooting himself. But before that happens Mark is taken into the car by the drunken lawyer and is told about the location of the dead body of a murdered senator.
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 Dr. 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.