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29
Dec
09

Secrets of honey..!

Beehive

Honeybees are the main collector of honey. The most accurate architecture of Nature can be seen in a beehive. The wax in hives is produced by the glands on the underside of a bee’s body. They use the hive as their abode and most of the compartments are stocked with honey. In each hive there is only one queen-bee and she can lay as many as thousand eggs in one day.

There are several drones or male bees in each hive. Their only function is to serve as mates for queens. The drones usually die soon after mating. The female worker bees keep the hive clean, nurse the newly hatched eggs and collect nectar and pollen from flowers. The interesting thing is that the bees have two stomachs, one is for collecting honey and the other is for digestion. After collecting the nectar the worker-bee passes the nectar from its honey-stomach to another worker’s honey-stomach. This act is repeated several times. It helps to the change of nectar into honey. Nectar is a sweet juice of flower that bees change into honey. The honey so produced is then placed in the compartments of the beehive.

Honey is collected by rural people (locally known as Bawaly) from the Sundarbans forest area. But freshly collected honey remains contaminated with various filthy matters like dirt, wax and excess of water content, which dilute the quality of honey. Scientists of the ‘Carbohydrate Section’ of the Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (BCSIR) laboratories have developed a process to store and preserve the honey collected from the Sundarbans for at least one year and a half without affecting its quality.

Beehive

Honey is a highly nutritive and energetic substance. It is considered to be the precious gift of nature. Different kinds of sugar such as glucose and fructose as well as a small amount of sucrose constitute the main nutrients of honey. Scientists observed that in addition to these nutrients various types of enzymes, vitamins, minerals, proteins and amino acids are also present in the honey. Scientists also observed that storing honey for a longtime might lead to the formation of some toxic materials such as Hydroxy methyl furfural (H.M.F.) etc., which may be fatal for health.

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29
Dec
09

Myanmar to repatriate 9,000 Rohingyas..!!

A family is engaged with bringing mud full of bucket from the nearest mountain area to build their shelter at Kutupalong Rohingya refugee camp at Teknaf in Cox’s Bazar

Myanmar has agreed to repatriate 9,000 out of 28,000 registered Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh “as soon as possible”, foreign secretary Mohamed Mijarul Quayes said on Tuesday. He also said a Myanmar delegation would arrive in Dhaka to hold talks on maritime boundary demarcation on Jan 8 and 9.

Quayes was speaking at the end of the first day of foreign-secretary level talks. Quayes’ counterpart, Myanmar’s deputy foreign minister Maung Myint, arrived in Dhaka Monday to lead his side in the two-day bilateral talks. The two sides also discussed import of gas and electricity from Myanmar, but no specific commitment came on the issues, Quayes said. Myanmar did agree to offer one year’s multiple entry visa for Bangladeshi businessmen, the secretary said. Quayes said Bangladesh stressed at the first day’s consultation that it would not register as refugees illegal Myanmar nationals who intruded for “economic causes”.

He told reporters at the foreign ministry: “We have put pressure on Myanmar for the repatriation of the registered refugees in Bangladesh and they have assured us that they will start as soon as possible.”

“Out of the 28,000 registered refugees, Myanmar has identified 9,000 through verification as their citizens.

“Their repatriation will start within the shortest possible times,” said the foreign secretary.

He also added that increasing number of Myanmar nationals had been sneaking into Bangladesh for “economic” reasons. Quayes said he visited the two refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar district last week. The foreign secretary said besides the two camps, there are many makeshift thatched houses.

“The UNHCR has told us that the people living in the makeshift houses are unregistered Myanmar nationals.

“But since they intruded for economic reasons, they don’t fall in the definition of refugees.

“So, we will not sign any deal with the UNHCR for them,” he said.

About 500,000 of the Muslim Rohingyas fled into Bangladesh from the Northern Rakhain state in the 1990s as the military junta launched a crackdown on its minority populations.

Bangladesh with the help of the UNHCR sent most of the registered refugees back to their homeland over the years. But 28,000 Rohingyas refused to return fearing further repression there.

Local administrations in Bangladesh also say most of the previously repatriated refugees have returned since.

Bangladesh, meanwhile, sent a list of the 28,000 to Myanmar for their repatriation. The Myanmar authorities are in the process of verifying their identities—a precondition for taking them back.

It has already identified of 9,000 refugees as their citizens while the identities of rest of the 19,000 refugees are yet to be confirmed.

Some international observers have proposed Bangladesh integrate the Rohingya. But Dhaka has rejected the suggestion, saying such a move would open a floodgate of refugees.

Quayes said Mayanmar had informed Bangladesh that it cannot offer gas at present.

“They will sell us gas if they discover new reserves,” he said.

The foreign secretary said the neighbouring state had agreed to go for a joint hydro electric venture with Bangladesh, to be located over a Myanmar river.

“The energy ministry will work on it,” he said.

29
Dec
09

Bangladesh players threaten first-class boycott..

Leading Bangladesh players are threatening a boycott of the upcoming National Cricket League © AFP

Bangladesh’s domestic season is facing chaos after leading players threatened to pull out of the National Cricket League unless the BCB increased their match fees and reverted back to the previous format of the four-day competition.

The dispute came about after the BCB altered the existing first-class competition. The number of games has been reduced but the match fees have been increased from 10,000 Taka (US$ 144) to 12,000 Taka (US$ 173). Per this modification, the finalists will play nine matches while the two teams who fail to quality for the Super Four stage will play five matches, which is five less than the previous home-and-away format.

The changes have not gone down well with the country’s players, not least the leading internationals such as Mohammad Ashraful and Shakib Al Hasan. The Cricketers’ Welfare Association of Bangladesh (CWAB) demanded that match fees be fixed at 35,000 Taka (US$ 505) for four-day games, 20,000 Taka (US$ 288) for one-day games, and 10,000 Taka or Twenty20 games. Aside from the issue of remuneration, CWAB also demanded reinstatement of the original format, and the league, which is due to start on January 1, now faces postponement by four days.

“Considering the proposals, cricketers have decided to refrain from playing the upcoming National Cricket League until their demands are met,” CWAB general secretary Debobroto Paul said at a press conference in Dhaka. “To ascertain cricketers’ interest in different matters, we carried out a survey amongst the first-class cricketers last year and we informed the outcomes of the survey to the tournament committee chairman [Gazi Ashraf Hossain] and BCB’s senior vice-president [Mahbub Anam], both of whom expressed their inability to implement our proposals.

“We then requested them to fix match fees considering that of other Test playing nations and our socio-economical condition or to fix match fees in line with the number of matches first-class cricketers played. But the meeting ended without any directive or promise,” said Paul.

Bangladesh Cricket Team

“We also let them know the cricketers’ disapproval of the new format. We believe that when the experts prefer to play more longer-version games in a bid to improve cricket, the introduction of a new format that will reduce the number of first-class matches will hinder the development of cricket. Later we even tried to meet the BCB president and cricket operations chairman but failed to get any response from the board.”

Naimur Rahman, the former Bangladesh captain turned CWAB president, was present at the press conference along with leading national players Shakib, Ashraful, Shahadat Hossain, Mahbubul Alam, Nafees Iqbal, Enamul Haque jnr, Tushar Imran, Alok Kapali, Hannan Sarkar, Rajin Saleh, Javed Omar, Mohammad Sharif, Faisal Hossain, and Tareq Aziz.

According to Naimur, the crop of budding players in Bangladesh could lose interest due to a lack of monetary incentive. “We are not here for any movement, we have come here to request the authority concerned to meet our proposals through you because we had earlier got no promise from the board which it was very disappointing,” he said.

Added Ashraful: “We, who are playing in the national team, will continue with our national duties, but we will stick to our demands regarding the national league and we hope the authority will sit with us before the start of the national league.

“The last season’s national league was very competitive only because of the increment in the match fees and the level of competitiveness in the league will step up as match fee is increased,” said Shakib. “There is no alternative to first-class cricket if we want to improve our cricket.”

29
Dec
09

Shahriar, Alok, Aftab the ‘rebel cricketers’ is back…!!

From left: Shahriar Nafees, Aftab Ahmed and Alok Kapali

Shahriar Nafis, Alok Kapali and Aftab Ahmed, the ‘rebel cricketers’ who quit breakaway Indian Cricket League (ICL) have been named in the 18-strong national squad for the tri-nation ODI series beginning in Dhaka on Jan 4.

Junaed Siddique, Enamul Huq Junior and Mehrab Hossain Junior have been dropped from the team announced by Bangladesh Cricket Board on Tuesday for the next month’s home tri-series featuring Sri Lanka and India.

The tri-series begins in Dhaka on Jan 4 and will be followed by two Tests against India at Chittagong (Jan 17-21) and Dhaka (Jan 24-28).

The 18 players were selected from a list of 26. But the selectors will finally name the 14 players in the squad on Dec 31.

The short-listed players are—Mashrafee Bin Mortuza, Sakib Al Hassan, Mohamamd Ashraful, Abdur Razzak, Mushfiqur Rahim, Tamim Iqbal, Syed Russel, Roqibul Hassan, Mahmud Ullah Riyad, Nazmul Hossain, Nayeem Islam, Imrul Kayes, Rubel Hossain, Shafiul Islam, Shahriar Nafis, Aftab Ahmed, Shahadat Hossain and Alok Kapali.

29
Dec
09

“Yaaro Dosti Bari Hi Ajeeb Hai”-KK, Nokia Music Carnival with LRB, Artcell and KK…

On the winter morning of December 26, when the students of Residential Model School were busy in the classrooms, groups of men were toiling at the school’s cricket ground. There was a huge preparation going on, from erecting the stage to fixing the lights and checking the sounds. The set-up continued all the way through the evening. Around 3 pm, people of all age groups, occupations and tastes in music started to throng the field. The crowd kept getting bigger. At one point it turned out to be a thousand, then two thousand, but people still kept on flooding in. Around 4:30 pm, the concert started. The first to perform was the hard rock band Artcell.

Artcell (top) and KK perform at the concert

Lincoln, Shaju, Cezanne and Ershad had the ‘Tribute to Artcell’ concert two months back, and had been in the limelight since then. This time they rocked thousands of fans at Dhaka Residential Model School, who could be described with only one word, “wild”. The band performed “Durgam giri”, “Onno Shomoy” and several other tracks.

“This was the last open air concert and also the last show featuring Artcell for this year,” said Cezanne. “We will be leaving Bangladesh on December 29 for a concert in Sydney and would be back in the country by January 15, 2010.” What did these guys have to say about the crowd? The crowd was great — very supportive. It was pretty interesting to see them joining us in every beat. There was a minor problem with the sound, but other than that everything was great at the show, they said.

Ayub Bachchu in LRB Concert

LRB was next. After rock, it was metal-electro mix. The audience kept on singing, dancing and cheering. They performed “Shei Tumi”, “Meye”, “Mon Chaile Mon”, “Ek Akashey Tara” etc. They had a small break during the Azaan after which the show resumed. Ayub Bachchu’s powerful vocals filled the air. The collective sound of hundreds of voices singing to “Ek Akasher Tara” was remarkable.

No one was there in the whole field who wasn’t having a good time. The crowd was so big that at the end of the show there was a traffic jam on the main road.

The last performer at the concert was Indian singer KK. Before he appeared on the stage, the crowd shouted out the two syllables, waiting anxiously. Finally when he turned up on stage, there was a silence for fraction of a second, after that the noise reached a crescendo.

KK’s first rendition was “Bitey Lamhe” — a slow romantic number form the movie “The Train”. Some people swayed to the music. When the artiste asked around whether he should do slow or fast music, he heard a loud “fast”. And so he performed “Mera Pehla Pyaar Hai Yeh”. KK dedicated the song to Dhaka and said, “I hope to make a lot of friends here.”

Playback singer KK

He performed the song “Yaaro” soon after and it was as if the song had cast a spell. “Yaaro Dosti Bari Hi Ajeeb Hai” (Friends, friendship is a strange feeling…that comforts when you are alone) — the words had everyone contemplate about their friends who were perhaps at the concert with them or couldn’t make it. KK said the song was one of his personal favourites, reminding him of his college days, from 10 years back, when he composed it.

“What are the two most important things in life?” And as he expected, the crowd responded, “Music and Love.”

KK’s songs seem to have been set in the hearts of Bangladeshis and when he sang something melancholy the crowd became nostalgic, but when he did a pop, happy-go-lucky number, they were vibrant.

This was KK’s first time in Dhaka, and according to him the feeling was “awesome”.

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29
Dec
09

Jamaat honours 5 ‘Muktijoddhas’.!… Like a great honors..!!

In an ironic move, Jamaat-e-Islami accorded a reception and gave award to five Muktijoddhas (freedom fighters) yesterday, 38 years after the birth of Bangladesh.

Jamaat-e-islami bangladesh

This party had termed freedom fighters traitors and miscreants during the Liberation War in 1971, and called for killing them.

Jatiya Muktijoddha Parishad, a Jamaat patronised organisation, organised the reception at a city hotel.

The function was held against the backdrop of public demand for and the government’s promise to hold trial of war criminals who had not only opposed the Liberation War but also collaborated with the Pakistani occupation forces in committing genocide during the nine-month war.

Recipients of the award from Jamaat are Dr Rowshan Ara Begum, Lt Commander (retd) Afazuddin Ahmed, Salahuddin Ahmed, poet Al Mahmud and (posthumous) Major MA Jalil.

Rawshan Ara told this correspondent she did not know that Jamaat was involved in the programme.

Talking to journalists later, both Rawshan and Afazuddin demanded exemplary punishment of Jamaat leaders if found involved in the killings and oppression during the Liberation War.

Salahuddin said the award [Tk 50,000, books and a crest] will help an insolvent freedom fighter like him.

No representative of Jalil was present to receive his award.

Organisers said they would send it to his house as his wife is now abroad.

Jamaat Secretary General Ali Ahsan Muhammad Mojaheed, who was scheduled to be the chief guest at the function, did not turn up. He was represented by Maulana Rafiqul Islam Khan, ameer of city unit of the party.

Top Razakars

Several other Jamaat leaders including lawmaker Hamidur Rahman Azad were present at the programme.

Many of the present top leaders of Jamaat including its Ameer Maulana Motiur Rahman Nizami and Secretary General Mojaheed were accused of war crimes.

Leaders of Jamaat’s student wing the then Islami Chhatra Sangha, now known as Islami Chhatra Shibir, and some other groups were involved in anti-liberation activities.

Mojaheed was president of East Pakistan Islami Chhatra Sangha in 1971. Mojaheed asked workers of the organisation to form Al-Badr Bahini to resist freedom fighters, according to a “Fortnightly Secret Report on the Situation in East Pakistan”. In line with an official procedure, the report used to be regularly dispatched by the then East Pakistan home ministry to General Yahya Khan, head of the Pakistan government.

Many researches, academic studies, accounts of both victims and collaborators, and publications including newspapers revealed that Mojaheed, who headed the Al Badr team in Dhaka at that time, allegedly led those who had been involved in the killings of intellectuals — only two days before the victory of liberation forces on December 16, 1971.

Thousands of people still bear the scars of war crimes by Jamaat, Islami Chhatra Sangha and some other controversial outfits such as Nizam-e-Islami. Jamaat’s opposition to the struggle for independence has been documented in different publications including those by the party itself.

29
Dec
09

Morshedul Islam’s Priyotomeshu (2009) – The First Digital Film in Bangladesh..

Morshedul Islam (3rd from right) speaks at the premiere

Bangladeshi TV drama popular celebrity actress Afshana Mimi becomes a Dallywood film actress. She was work the central roles with actor Tawkir Ahmed in film “Priyotameshu”. It’s a Morshedul Islam’s film.
The film “Priyotameshu” recently got the clearance from Bangladesh Censor Board. To celebrate the occasion, an informal meet was held at a restaurant in the city on October 4.The film “Priyotameshu” is going to be released on November 6, 2009. Premiere of the film might be held on November 2.

Mimi & Sohana Saba

The film is an adaptation of a novel by Humayun Ahmed. Laser Vision has produced the film.It’s a first Bangladeshi digital cinema, story written by Humaya Ahmed.The story follows Nishat and Pushpa — neighbours and confidants. Nishat’s husband Zahir is a high official while Rakib, Pushpa’s husband, has a run of the mill job.

Rakib’s affluent friend Mizan often comes over with unconvincing excuses to chat with Pushpa. One day, Mizan takes advantage of Pushpa and rapes her.Pushpa wants to take legal actions, but her husband objects, fearing public scandal. Nishat takes the matter seriously and fights for Pushpa. Two women face an uphill battle against powerful adversaries.

Afsana Mimi

The Bangladeshi movie Priyotomeshu is directed by Morshedul Islam and the star cast includes Afsana Mimi, Sohana Saba, Tauquir Ahmed, Arman Parvez Murad, Gazi Rakayet, Humayun Faridi, Dity, Dr Enamul Haque, Mamunur Rashid, Masud Ali Khan, Dilara Zaman and others.

The Bangla film is adapted from the novel of the same name written by acclaimed Bangladeshi writer Humayun Ahmed.

Popular Bangladeshi Pop musician Balam has directed the only Bengali film song in the Priyotomeshu soundtrack. The song has been performed by Balam and Julee.




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