Thursday, 28 April 2011

Royal wedding Today..28 April

Roslynd Hadley is enough of a royalist that she's happily hosting a garden party Friday to celebrate the much-anticipated marriage of Prince William to his college sweetheart, Kate Middleton.

But Hadley is also enough of a businesswoman to know that, though the wedding may buoy people's spirits, it's no boon to her company. Since the British government declared Friday a national holiday in honor of the event, cancellations of bookings for the day have cost her busing firm about $22,000 in lost business.

"I am all for the royal family, but when you've got 45 employees to pay and you're losing that kind of revenue, it is a lot of money," said Hadley, whose company, Prospect Coaches, is based outside Birmingham.

"We are able to sustain it," Hadley said of the financial hit, but, "I do feel sorry for the start-ups and the businesses that are still struggling."

With British flags strung up over busy streets and finishing touches being put on historic Westminster Abbey, where the ceremony will be held, this country is getting ready for its biggest royal wedding since William's father, Prince Charles, married Lady Diana Spencer 30 years ago.

Journalists and tourists from around the world have flocked to London by the thousands, breathlessly relaying to readers, viewers, and friends and family at home every scrap of wedding-related information they can lay their hands on.

Barak Obama's birth certificate

Questions regarding Obama's birth certificate have persisted for more than two years, as the president noted Wednesday at a press conference announcing the release of his long-form birth certificate. A vast array of evidence attests to Obama's citizenship--including a certificate of live birth, signed affidavits from people who viewed Obama's long-form birth certificate, confirmation by Hawaiian officials, and independent investigations by news outlets. Nevertheless, "this thing just keeps going" as Obama said this morning. Even after the White House released the long-form certificate of Obama's birth, birther leader Orly Taitz—who has filed unsuccessful lawsuits seeking to obtain access to Obama's birth certificate—sought to cast doubt on the document's authenticity, suggesting that in 1961, Hawaiian officials would have classified Obama as "Negro" rather than using designation "African," which suggests, in her view, a more contemporary concern for "political correctness."

So what's fueling the dogged questioning of Obama's origins? Many critics of the birther movement say its core tenets--and its stubborn resistance to evidence disproving those beliefs--can be traced to racial hostilities. The fundamental birtherist conviction, these critics say, is that an African-American can't have legitimately won the presidency--and that his elevation to power therefore has to be the result of an elaborate subterfuge.

"There is a real deep-seated and vicious racism at work here in terms of trying to de-legitimate the president," Peniel Joseph, a professor of history at Tufts University, told The Ticket.

"This is more than just a conspiracy," Peniel added. "I think this is fundamentally connected to white supremacism in this country."

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Apple to ship new iPhone in September

Apple's next-generation iPhone will have a faster processor and will begin shipping in September, three people with direct knowledge of the company's supply chain said.

The production of the new iPhone will start in July/August and the smartphone will look largely similar to the iPhone 4, one of the people said on Wednesday.

The iPhone -- introduced in 2007 with the touchscreen, on-demand application template now adopted by its rivals -- remains the gold standard in the booming smartphone market.

Reports on the timeline of the new iPhone launch vary, though it is largely expected that Apple will likely refresh its iPhone 4 later this year.

The sources declined to be identified because the plans for the new iPhone were not yet public. An Apple spokeswoman in Hong Kong was not available for comment.

The iPhone is one of Apple's most successful products, with more than 16 million sold in the last quarter of 2010 and the product accounted for more than a third of the company's sales in the quarter.

The current iPhone 4 was launched by Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs in June last year and began shipping the same month in 2010.

Apple sources many of its components from Taiwan-based suppliers, many of whom are expected to benefit from an uptick in sales as some of them rely on the U.S. company for about 20-40 percent of their business, said Vincent Chen, an analyst at Yuanta Securities.

"For some suppliers, Apple is their cash cow, or their bread and butter," Chen said.

"With all these versions being launched so frequently, it will be the so-called low-margin suppliers, such as those that assemble the phones, who will benefit the most."

Suppliers to the new iPhone include camera module maker Largan Precision Co Ltd, touchscreen panel maker Wintek Corp and case maker Foxconn Technology Co Ltd, two of the people said.

Sarkozy's special envoy in Dhaka :YUNUS ISSUE

A special envoy of French president Nicholas Sarkozy is in Dhaka to know about the issue of Grameen Bank's removed MD Muhammad Yunus.

Martin Hirsch already met foreign minister Dipu Moni on Saturday and discussed matters relating to Yunus and G-20 summit to be held in France this year, said a foreign ministry press release on Sunday.

The minister briefed the envoy that the government was not interfering in matters relating to Yunus.

The government formed an independent and neutral review committee to make a comprehensive investigation into some concerns and issues that were raised about Grameen Bank and Yunus. "The government is expecting the review committee report in a couple of days," the release said.

Dipu Moni informed the envoy that Yunus went to the Supreme Court challenging an order issued by the central bank removing him as managing director, which he held for long beyond 'legal capacity'.
He got the verdict as per law of the land, she told the French envoy.

Thursday, 31 March 2011

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After the infamous Prova and Rajib's sex scandal, the second sex scandal hit the Bangladeshi Media as Enamul Karim Nirjhor, the award winning director gets involved with the famous model Nadia Nasim Chaity, co-host of a famous TV show "Shuveccha".

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Tuesday, 29 March 2011

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After the infamous Prova and Rajib's sex scandal, the second sex scandal hit the Bangladeshi Media as Enamul Karim Nirjhor, the award winning director gets involved with the famous model Nadia Nasim Chaity, co-host of a famous TV show "Shuveccha". has received the video from the source which was posted in the web forum. In the video both Enamul Karim and Chaity were found in an intimate steamy session which depicts the sort of advantage a director could take from actresses favouring them for roles. The source also informed that both Nirjhor and Chaity used to have a off and on relationship during working together. Nirjhor directed Chaity in numerous music videos.
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Monday, 28 March 2011

Movie "The Tourist"

Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp star in an international action thriller as strangers caught up in a web of intrigue, romance and danger. Frank, a mild-mannered American tourist nursing a broken heart on a trip to Europe, unexpectedly finds himself in a flirtatious encounter with Elise, a beautiful woman with a mysterious secret. Against the breathtaking back drop of Paris and Venice, their playful romantic dalliance quickly evolves when they find themselves unwittingly thrust into a deadly game of cat and mouse with Interpol, the Italian police, and Russian hit men.

Johnny Depp stars as an American tourist whose playful dalliance with a stranger leads to a web of intrigue, romance and danger in "The Tourist." During an impromptu trip to Europe to mend a broken heart, Frank (Depp) unexpectedly finds himself in a flirtatious encounter with Elise (Angelina Jolie), an extraordinary woman who deliberately crosses his path. Against the breathtaking backdrop of Paris and Venice, their whirlwind romance quickly evolves as they find themselves unwittingly thrust into a deadly game of cat and mouse.

3 tips for dealing with jealousy

if you’re feeling the “right” amount of jealousy, and how do you express it without driving your significant other crazy? Here are some tips.

1. Be honest with yourself. According to Dr. Ish Major, author of Little White Whys: A No Nonsense Guide to the Lies Men Tell in Relationships and Why, some men feel so secure in themselves and in the fidelity of their partners that they experience no jealous feelings whatsoever. Aside from these lucky guys, Major says, most men who refuse to admit to jealousy fall into one of two camps: either “they aren’t paying attention and have no clue that they should feel jealous,” or “they simply don’t care... this type of guy would be more than happy if someone (other than himself) would come and sweep a partner off of her feet and right out of his life.”

2. Express your feelings appropriately. Sometimes, as with that grocery store fantasy, jealousy-provoking scenarios are best left unshared with your partner. If you do decide to unload, Dr. Haltzman says, you should keep in mind that “expressing jealousy is a double-edged sword. It says ‘I care about you enough to be jealous,’ but it also says ‘I don’t trust you.’ I think it’s more important to talk about the experiences that lead to jealousy rather the jealousy itself. So instead of saying ‘I’m really jealous of the time you’re spending with Tommy,’ you might say, ‘I have to admit, I’m a little jealous that you and Tommy went to the movies and then went out afterward.’”

3. If you’re not feeling it, don’t be afraid to fake it. “Some, if not most, women are absolutely flattered when their partners get jealous,” says Dr. Major. “Think Marilyn Monroe. Think Scarlett O’Hara. For women, a partner’s jealousy serves a multitude of purposes, not the least of which is letting them know they still ‘have it’ and somebody wants it. It also lets them know you’re paying attention and you care.” Not surprisingly, Dr. Major adds, “I am a strong advocate of feigned jealousy. I have used it personally and at times I’ve advised friends and patients to do the same.”

More radioactive water spills at Japan nuke plant

Workers discovered new pools of radioactive water leaking from Japan's crippled nuclear complex, officials said Monday, as emergency crews struggled to pump out hundreds of tons of contaminated water and bring the plant back under control.

Officials believe the contaminated water has sent radioactivity levels soaring at the coastal complex, and caused more radiation to seep into soil and seawater.

The Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant, 140 miles (220 kilometers) northeast of Tokyo, was crippled March 11 when a tsunami spawned by a powerful earthquake slammed into Japan's northeastern coast. The huge wave engulfed much of the complex, and destroyed the crucial power systems needed to cool the complex's nuclear fuel rods.

Since then, three of the complex's six units are believed to have partially melted down, and emergency crews have struggled with everything from malfunctioning pumps to dangerous spikes in radiation that have forced temporary evacuations.

Confusion at the plant has intensified fears that the nuclear crisis will last weeks, months or years amid alarms over radiation making its way into produce, raw milk and even tap water as far away as Tokyo.

The troubles at the Fukushima complex have eclipsed Pennsylvania's 1979 crisis at Three Mile Island, when a partial meltdown raised fears of widespread radiation release, but is still well short of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, which killed at least 31 people with radiation sickness, raised long-term cancer rates, and spewed radiation for hundreds of miles (kilometers).

While parts of the Japanese plant has been reconnected to the power grid, the contaminated water — which has now been found in numerous places around the complex, including the basements of several buildings — must be pumped out before electricity can be restored to the cooling system.

That has left officials struggling with two sometimes-contradictory efforts: pumping in water to keep the fuel rods cool and pumping out — and then safely storing — contaminated water.

Hidehiko Nishiyama, a spokesman for Japan's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, called that balance "very delicate work."

Saturday, 26 March 2011

10 most beautiful woman of the world

Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway and James Franco have been announced as the hosts of the Oscars, and she has said that she is really looking forward to taking part in the famous awards show. In the past, very few women have played the part of the host, so she feels honored to be a part of it, as well as slightly intimidated!Among Hollywood's ever hot-and-cold crowd of 20-something-year-old performers, Anne Hathaway is one of most well-rounded actresses in the bunch, and her versatility shines through in her wide-ranging demographic appeal. Once pegged as a family-friendly actress for her roles in The Princess Diaries films, she's kept the kids on her side with Ella Enchanted and Alice in Wonderland, won the mainstream crowd over with breezy entertainment in Get Smart and Bride Wars and made Oscar stand up and take notice with her performances in Rachel Getting Married and Brokeback Mountain. And people took notice in a very different way when she bared her skin in Love and Other Drugs.

Jessica Pare -- Hollywood’s newly-minted “It Girl” -- is experiencing deja vu, it’s because the striking Montreal-born actress has been here before. After breaking out on the big screen 10 years ago in Canadian auteur Denys Arcand’s Stardom, followed by her Hollywood debut in Wicker Park, Pare was a consensus actress-to-watch. It wasn’t a case of if she made it, but when.

Flash forward 10 years, and Jessica Pare’s most widely seen role since her banner year was as a booby-flashing groupie in the raunch-com Hot Tub Time Machine. Once Canada’s most promising export, Jessica Pare was now showing her breasts on screen for a paycheck. Then she landed a role as a secretary on AMC’s wildly popular Mad Men,

Katy Perry

With an exploitative debut single like "I Kissed a Girl" (not to mention its less successful predecessor "Ur So Gay"), Katy Perry had all the makings of a typical one-hit wonder. Flash forward almost three years, and Katy Perry has managed to establish herself as one of the best selling female artists in the world. While "I Kissed a Girl" peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, Perry's debut record One of the Boys hit No. 9 on the charts and produced a string of smash hits including "Hot N' Cold" and "Waking Up in Vegas."

Six MTV Video Music Awards and two Grammy Award nominations later, and Katy Perry returned with yet another hit machine. Lead single "California Gurls" immediately peaked at No. 1, making her sophomore effort Teenage Dream a certified smash before it was even released -- it's now up for Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album at the 53rd Grammy Awards. Perry is also set to make the inevitable leap to the big screen when she stars as Smurfette in the 2011 animated film adaptation of The Smurfs. Something tells us the small blue forest creature will never have looked so sexy.

Keeley Hazell

Keeley Hazell won The Sun’s Page 3 Idol contest in 2004 and has become one of Britain’s most sought-after glamour models, gracing the covers of Maxim, FHM, Loaded, and ZooBorn and raised in the suburbs of London, England, Keeley Hazell quit school at 16 to become a hairdresser, though she later picked up courses in ,fashion drama and psychology. Keeley Hazell’s real ambition was to become a Page 3 girl. Once Keeley reached the age of majority and became a voluptuous young woman, she was on her way. Keeley Hazell, thanks to her beauty and has had enormous success in Britain as a model. In a few short years, she’s become a mainstay in The Sun, Maxim, Zoo, FHM, and Loaded, and she’s topped reader polls as a favorite pinup.

Most Beautiful Woman in the world -2011

Kate Beckinsale

Kathryn Bailey "Kate" Beckinsale, born 26 July 1973 is an English actress. She first gained notice, while a student at Oxford University, for making her debut in the film adaptation of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. Throughout the 1990s, she worked on both film and television, most notably by portraying the title character in the 1996 ITV television series Emma.


Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, born February 2, 1977, known professionally as Shakira is a Colombian singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, dancer, and philanthropist who emerged in the music scene of Colombia and Latin America in the early 1990s. Shakira is a native Spanish speaker and also speaks fluent English and Portuguese as well as some Italian, French and Arabic.

Salma Hayek

Salma Valgarma Hayek Jiménez-Pinault, born September 2, 1966 in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz is a Mexican actress, director and producer. Hayek is the first Mexican national to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress. She is one of the most prominent Mexican figures in Hollywood. She is also, after Fernanda Montenegro, the second of only three Latin American actresses to achieve a Best Actress Oscar nomination.

Kareena Kapoor

Kareena Kapoor born on September 21, 1980, often informally referred to as Bebo, is an Indian actress who appears in Bollywood films. During her career, Kapoor has received six Filmfare Awards[4] and has been noted for her performances in a range of film genres; these include her work from contemporary romantic dramas to comedies, period films to major Bollywood productions.

Barbara Mori

Bárbara Mori Ochoa, born February 2, 1978 in Montevideo, Uruguay is a Mexican actress and model. Mori started work modeling and later became a telenovela actress with TV Azteca, when she starred in the soap opera Azul Tequila. Her big break came in 2004, with the telenovela Rubí

(a remake of the 1968 series) by rival networkTelevisa, in which she played the main character.

Aishwarya Rai

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, born 1 November 1973 is an Indian actress and former Miss World. Before starting her acting career, she worked as a modeland gained fame after winning the Miss World title in 1994. During her career, Rai has acted in over 40 movies in Hindi, English, Tamil and Bengali, which include a number of international productions. Often cited by the media as the most beautiful woman in the world.

Friday, 18 March 2011

Libya calls ceasefire on West threat

Muammar Gaddafi's government said it was declaring a unilateral cease-fire in its offensive to crush Libya's revolt, as Western warplanes prepared to attack his forces.

"We decided on an immediate cease-fire and on an immediate stop to all military operations," Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa told reporters in Tripoli on Friday, after the UN Security Council passed a resolution authorising military action.

He called for dialogue with all sides. Gaddafi had vowed to show "no mercy, no pity" on Thursday, and rebels pleaded for foreign aid before time ran out. They said the city of Misrata was being pounded by government forces on Friday morning.

France, a leading advocate of military action, said it was cautious about the cease-fire announcement and that the "threat on the ground has not changed".

Western officials said military action could include France, Britain, the United States and one or more Arab countries.

"Britain will deploy Tornadoes and Typhoons as well as air-to-air refuelling and surveillance aircraft," Prime Minister David Cameron told parliament.

"Preparations to deploy these aircraft have already started and in the coming hours they will move to airbases from where they can start to take the necessary action."

Gulf state Qatar said it would take part but it was unclear whether that meant military help, while Denmark said it planned to contribute warplanes. France is to host international talks on Saturday to discuss the action.

People in Misrata said the rebel-held western city was under heavy bombardment by Gaddafi's forces on Friday.

"They are bombing everything, houses, mosques and even ambulances," Gemal, a rebel spokesman, told Reuters by phone from the last big rebel stronghold in the west.

Another rebel named Saadoun said: "We believe they want to enter the city at any cost before the international community starts implementing the U.N. resolution.

"We call on the international community to do something before it's too late. They must act now."

A fighter named Mohammed said tanks were advancing on the city centre. "All the people of Misrata are desperately trying to defend the city," he said.

Four people had been killed and 70 wounded, Al Arabiya television said. A government spokesman said the military operation should be completed on Friday.

The reports could not be independently confirmed. Authorities were preventing Tripoli-based foreign journalists from reporting freely.


Time was also running short for Benghazi, the eastern city that has been at the heart of Libya's month-old revolt.

But Gaddafi's troops did not fulfil his threat to overrun the rebel base overnight after their rapid counter-offensive brought them to within 100 km (60 miles) of the eastern city.

"We will come. House by house, room by room," Gaddafi said in a radio address to Benghazi late on Thursday.

Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam said Libya was "not afraid" of the UN resolution, Al Arabiya said.

He said the army would surround but not enter Benghazi and "anti-terror" forces would be sent in to disarm rebel forces, Al Jazeera quoted ABC news as saying.

Al Jazeera television showed thousands of people listening to Gaddafi's speech in a central Benghazi square, then erupting in celebration after the UN vote, waving anti-Gaddafi tricolours and chanting defiance of the man who has ruled for four decades.

Fireworks burst over the city and gunfire rang out.

Some had fled to the Egyptian border on Thursday but said the UN move had given them new hope. "It's a great development. We are so thankful," said Rajab Mohammed al-Agouri, with five children. "But we are waiting for it to be implemented. We are tired of talk."

The UN Security Council, meeting in emergency session, passed a resolution endorsing a no-fly zone. It also authorised "all necessary measures" -- code for military attack -- to protect civilians from Gaddafi's forces.

Libya's military airfields are mostly strung along the Mediterranean coast, as are its population centres. Gaddafi's ground troops are advancing from the west along the main coast road towards Benghazi in the east.

While other countries or NATO may play roles in military action, US officials expect the United States with its extensive air and sea forces to do the heavy lifting in a campaign likely to include air strikes on tanks and artillery.

Gaddafi on Thursday warned Benghazi that only those who laid down their arms before his advancing troops would be spared the vengeance awaiting "rats and dogs".

Monday, 14 March 2011

Letest Movie in Merch 2011

Red Riding Hood A Gothic imagining of the classic fairy tale in which a young woman is confronted by a werewolf, this time with a teenage love triangle at its center.

Genres: Romance, Suspense/Horror and Adaptation

Release Date: March 11th, 2011 (wide)

Warner Bros Pictures

Jane Eyre For years, there have been documented cases of UFO sightings around the world -- Buenos Aires, Seoul, France, Germany, China. But in 2011, what were once just sightings will become a terrifying reality when Earth is attacked by unknown forces. As people everywhere watch the world's great cities fall, Los Angeles becomes the last stand for mankind in a battle no one expected. It's up to a Marine staff...

Battle: Los AngelesFor years, there have been documented cases of UFO sightings around the world -- Buenos Aires, Seoul, France, Germany, China. But in 2011, what were once just sightings will become a terrifying reality when Earth is attacked by unknown forces. As people everywhere watch the world's great cities fall, Los Angeles becomes the last stand for mankind in a battle no one expected. It's up to a Marine staff..

Action/Adventure and Science Fiction/Fantasy
1 hr. 56 min.

March 11th, 2011 (wide)
PG-13 for sustained and intense sequences of war violence and destruction, and for language.
Sony Pictures Releasing

Saturday, 12 March 2011

England deal in drama once again as Bangladesh win by two wickets

Bangladesh were back from the dead as they pulled off a tense two-wicket win over England with an over to spare in the Group B cliffhanger.

To the delirium of a nation and the despair of England's increasingly grumpy cricketers, Bangladesh conjured a famous victory that throws Group B wide open yet again.

Shakib Al Hasan's side, pilloried here after their ignominious defeat to West Indies in Dhaka a week ago, were heroes once more after defeating England by two wickets with an over to spare in yet another thrilling contest involving Andrew Strauss's weary tourists.

A breathtaking ninth-wicket partnership between Mahmudullah, the coolest man in Chittagong on Friday night, and Shafiul Islam, bold and nerveless in a crisis, saw Bangladesh home. They added 58 to snatch back a game that the home side had dominated for most of the day, but that seemed to be lurching back towards England when Bangladesh lost five wickets for 14 runs in mid‑innings.

Suddenly that stand, sparked by Shafiul smiting Graeme Swann for four and six in the off-spinner's final over, transformed the mood of the crowd, many of whom had started to drift home. Some of England's players looked exhausted as well as disenchanted by the end. Jimmy Anderson, Strauss's banker in the Ashes series, delivered three wides in the first over of the final powerplay. He was striving as hard as he could but the eyes were glazed and there was not much going on behind them. There seemed nothing left to give.

This result means that England will surely have to beat West Indies in their final group match next Thursday to have a chance of that quarter-final slot. A blitz from Chris Gayle, if he recovers fitness, or Kieron Pollard in Chennai could finish them off for good. Meanwhile, Bangladesh's hopes are still alive.

England were at their most capricious here. In the field their ill-temper was reflected by Swann, snatching his cap from the umpire Daryl Harper, after remonstrating with the Australian on several occasions. It was not Harper's fault that Swann was compelled to bowl with a wet ball. There was more chance of seeing Swann with a smile than a parking meter in Chittagong, even though he managed to pick up two important wickets when he had a chance to bowl with the drier replacement ball in his second spell.

It may be a nonsense that one side is able to bowl with a dry ball and the other with a wet one in a contest of this importance. But the financial lure of floodlit cricket far exceeds any urge for a fair contest in the minds of the modern cricket administrator.

Even so England, having lost the toss, had only themselves to blame. For periods they fought tenaciously in the field, where they were compelled to defend an inadequate total of 225. Ajmal Shahzad popped up everywhere, bowling a poor first spell, running out Imrul Kayes with a brilliant throw, then producing three superb deliveries to right-handed batsmen. At least he was not lacking energy; nor was Eoin Morgan, England's saviour when they were batting. It may be no coincidence that England's liveliest players were not much involved in the Ashes campaign.

With the exception of Morgan England's batsmen were witless, as insipid as the last cup of lukewarm tea at the village fete. However, the atmosphere was as far removed from the gentility of the village green as it possible to be. No cream teas, just a wonderful cacophony of support for the home side.

The dismissal of their converted opener, Matt Prior, reflected England's doziness. He was stumped at the second attempt by the far more alert Mushfiqur Rahim. When Rahim first removed the bails after a leg-side wide from Abdur Razzak, Prior's back foot was just inside the popping crease. But England's wicketkeeper continued meandering so Rahim, ball in hand, removed the stump and in so doing removed Prior as well.

The pattern was set. Strauss, tentative after his first-over dismissal against South Africa, cut an off-break from Naeem Islam to slip. Then Ian Bell played the most insipid innings of all: five runs from 23 balls before he chipped an off-break gently to midwicket.

England were falling into that old trap again: trying only to eliminate error they were terrified of taking a risk and they allowed the Bangladesh spinners to dominate.

Japan on nuclear alert after tsunami

Daybreak revealed the full extent of the damage from Friday's 8.9 magnitude earthquake - the strongest in Japan since records began - and the 10-metre high tsunami it sent surging into cities and villages, sweeping away everything in its path.

At least 402 people have been killed but Japan's Jiji Press News agency said police and other data showed that the total number of quake dead and missing topped 1,000.

Adding to the nation's woes, authorities issued an atomic alert after the quake damaged cooling systems at two nuclear power plants.

Thousands of people were evacuated from areas around the No. 1 and No.2 reactors at Fukushima, and authorities were forced to release what they said were small amounts of radioactive steam from both reactors to reduce the pressure.

Power plant operator Tokyo Electric Power said there were no health risks associated with the releases.Also today, a strong 6.8 magnitude aftershock struck off the east coast of Japan.

The aftershock, which the US Geological Survey says hit at a depth of just 24 kilometres, was centred 174 kilometres east-south-east of the tsunami-hit city of Sendai.

Grim updates indicating appalling loss of life keep emerging from along the hard-hit east coast of northern Honshu island, where the monster waves destroyed more than 3,000 homes.

Friday, 11 March 2011

Huge tsunami at Japan after 140 years

The biggest earthquake to hit Japan in 140 years struck the northeast coast on Friday, triggering a 10-metre tsunami that swept away everything in its path, including houses, cars and farm buildings on fire, media and witnesses said.

At least one person was killed in Fukushima prefecture, north of Tokyo where four million homes were without power. The 8.9 magnitude quake caused many injuries, public broadcaster NHK said, sparked fires and the wall of water, prompting warnings to people to move to higher ground in coastal areas.

The Philippines, Taiwan and Indonesia all issued tsunami alerts, reviving memories of the giant tsunami which struck Asia in 2004. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre issued alerts for countries as far away as Colombia and Peru.

There were several strong aftershocks. In the capital Tokyo, buildings shook violently. An oil refinery near Tokyo was on fire, with dozens of storage tanks under threat.

"I was terrified and I'm still frightened," said Hidekatsu Hata, 36, manager of a Chinese noodle restaurant in Tokyo's Akasaka area. "I've never experienced such a big quake before."

TV pictures showed the tsunami carrying the debris and fires across a large swathe of coastal farmland near the city of Sendai, which has a population of one million. The pictures suggested the death toll was going to rise.

NHK showed flames and black smoke billowing from a building in Odaiba, a Tokyo suburb, and bullet trains to the north of the country were halted.

Black smoke was also pouring out of an industrial area in Yokohama's Isogo area. TV footage showed boats, cars and trucks floating in water after a small tsunami hit the town of Kamaichi in northern Japan. An overpass, location unknown, appeared to have collapsed into the water.

Kyodo news agency said there were reports of fires in Sendai where waves carried cars across the runway at the airport. The western prefecture of Wakayama ordered 20,000 people to evacuate after further tsunami warnings.

"The building shook for what seemed a long time and many people in the newsroom grabbed their helmets and some got under their desks," Reuters correspondent Linda Sieg said in Tokyo.

"It was probably the worst I have felt since I came to Japan more than 20 years ago."

Huge tsunami slams coastal Japan after 8.9 magnitude

A massive 8.9 magnitude quake hit northeast Japan Friday, triggering a 10-metre tsunami that swept away everything in its path, including houses, cars, farm buildings on fire and boats, media and witnesses said.

At least one person was killed in Fukushima prefecture, north of Tokyo where four million homes were without power. The quake caused many injuries, fires and a wall of water across the coast, prompting warnings to people to move to higher ground.

There were several strong aftershocks. In the capital Tokyo, buildings shook violently.

TV pictures showed a vast wall of water carrying the debris and even fires across a large swathe of coastal farmland near the city of Sendai, which has a population of one million.

Public broadcaster NHK showed flames and black smoke billowing from a building in Odaiba, a Tokyo suburb, and bullet trains to the north of the country were halted.

Black smoke was also pouring out of an industrial area in Yokohama's Isogo area. TV footage showed boats, cars and trucks floating in water after a small tsunami hit the town of Kamaichi in northern Japan. An overpass, location unknown, appeared to have collapsed into the water.

Kyodo news agency said there were reports of fires in Sendai where waves carried cars across the runway at the airport.

The western prefecture of Wakayama ordered 20,000 people to evacuate after further tsunami warnings.


"The building shook for what seemed a long time and many people in the newsroom grabbed their helmets and some got under

their desks," Reuters correspondent Linda Sieg said in Tokyo.

"It was probably the worst I have felt since I came to Japan more than 20 years ago."

The Tokyo stock market extended losses after the quake. The central bank said it would do everything to ensure financial stability.

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

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Sheikh Hasina opens online e-content

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina has formally launched the country's first online information storage.

She inaugurated the 'National e-content Repository',, at her office on Sunday.

The Bengali-version site contains information on different sectors of the country.

The site has been developed jointly by the UNDP and Access to Information (A2I) programme of the Prime Minister's Office.

Some 148 government and 50 local and international private organisations contributed information to the site.

Hasina, during the programme, said the website would help ease people's time and money to get information and "will play a key role in empowering rural people and socio-economic development".

She also urged the mobile phone operators to introduce contents in Bengali in a bid to help people understand easily. A2I project director M Nazrul Islam said the 50,000-page website has four-hour audio and 22-hour video footage.

The programme, presided over by prime minister's principal secretary M A Karim, was also attended by agriculture minister Matia Chowdhury, UNDP resident representative Stephen Prisoner and regional director of ActionAid Farah Kabir.

In Bangladesh, no healthcare say for women

Bangladesh's women still cannot make critical healthcare decisions on which their lives and future depend, experts say.

They also say a lack of effective policy twined with insensitiveness of the men towards their health concerns are widening the gender gap that has fatally deprived women of access to healthcare.

An ICDDR,B qualitative study found mothers at the bottom of the family priority list for healthcare. Daughter is just ahead of them while sons and husbands top the list.

Pregnant mothers are often too late in seeing doctors with pregnancy-related complications because they need to wait for their husbands or in-laws to make decisions.

On top of that, they have far less access to mass media than men, according to Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey (BDHS). It means women have relatively less knowledge about serious diseases like tuberculosis, HIV, and cancer and family planning.

Some 45 percent women have no regular access to mass media compared to only 20 percent of men, the findings showed. "Women are marginalised in the men-dominated social structure," said Ruchira Tabassum Naved, head of ICDDR,B's Gender, Health and Human Rights Programme.

She told the problem was so ingrained in Bangladeshi society that things would not change for the better if the social structure was overhauled.

Saturday, 5 March 2011

We'll win if mistakes not repeated: Shakib

Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan has hoped that they would win Friday's cricket World Cup match against West Indies if they could avoid repeating mistakes while West Indies captain Darren Sammy finds it as 'anyone's match'

Shakib and Sammy expressed their opinions in their pre-match press briefings on Thursday. The Tigers and the Caribbean's play their third march in Group B at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium at Mirpur at 2:3pm on Friday.

"We'll not take any pressure of a must-win-game … we will rather try to avoid mistakes in our previous matches. And we'll win if we can do so," said Shakib.

He also thinks that any team can make a berth in the next round. "The door is open for all. But we'll go one step ahead if we win on Friday."

"Bowlers have nothing to do if Chris Gayle or Kieron Pollard can stand on the crease … so we'll try to send them back to pavilion at the earliest," vowed the world's No 1 all-rounder.

He said off-spinner Mahmudulah Riad has been included in the 12-member squad as the West Indies team has several left-handed batsmen.

But the decision to include Riad or Mohammad Ashraful in the final squad has not been made yet, Shakib added.

Darren Sammy said, "Any team can win in their day … so no team is favourite."

"Cricket is an uncertain game," he reminded and echoed his rival captain Shakib, saying "The door to the second round is open for all."

Sammy said, "Chris [Gayle] has his plan that how he will lead the team to win. He is aware of his duty. [Devon] Smith is also playing well."

Regarding Dwayne Bravo's return to West Indies for injury, he said, "We've come to Bangladesh with full confidence … we want to win for him [Bravo]."

In the 2009 one-day series in West Indies, Bangladesh whitewashed them 3-0.

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Nobel laureate Md Yunus removed as Grameen Bank MD

Grameen Bank managing director and Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus has been relieved of his duties.

Deputy general manager (protocol) of the Bangladesh Bank governor's secretariat A F M Asaduzzaman confirmed the sacking of Yunus to

Around 4:45pm on Wednesday, Asaduzzaman said, "Muhammad Yunus has been removed from the post of managing director of Grameen Bank."

"I hope the order to this effect will arrive in a while," he added.

Finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith had on Tuesday confirmed receiving a central bank letter terming holding of office by Yunus illegal.

Muhith, however, declined to comment any further on the issue. "It's a legal issue. There's nothing to be said about it now."

Reports published in various newspapers claimed that the letter cited Article 14(3) of the Grameen Bank Ordinance-1983 and stated that Nobel laureate Yunus should not stay on as the bank's managing director.

The article referred to in the letter specifies the retirement age and deems ineligible people above 60 years of age.

On Feb 15, the finance minister told BBC that Yunus should resign from his position at Grameen Bank. "He has even reached the (retirement) age limit for holding the office of a private bank chief."

Muhith also pointed out that 70-year-old Yunus had already exceeded the age limit, and said that it was time for the Nobel laureate to step down. "No one can stay in an organisation forever."

Norway's national TV NRK aired a documentary on November 30 titled "Fanget i Mikrogjeld" or "Caught in Micro debt", based on which ran a report on December 1.

According to the documentary, Yunus transferred funds destined for Grameen Bank to Grameen Kalyan, which was in no way involved with micro-credit operations.

Responding to the allegations, Grameen Bank claimed there was no wrongdoing in the agreement between the bank and Grameen Kalyan, under which it received Tk 3,917 million from Grameen Bank.

Ireland make record win and Ireland produced the biggest upset

Ireland produced the biggest upset in this World Cup so far by defeating England by three wickets at Chinnaswamy Stadium on Wednesday.

Chasing 328, Ireland broke the record of highest chase, with five balls to spare, in World Cup previously held by Sri Lanka for their chasing 313 runs against Zimbabwe in 1992.

Meanwhile, Kevin O'Brien (113) scored the fastest World Cup hundred in only 50 deliveries, before being run out, pushing Matthew Haydens 66 ball knock against South Africa during in 2007 in the second place.

Kevin O'Brien stunned England with the fastest hundred in World Cup history as Ireland secured their greatest victory with a monumental three-wicket triumph in Bangalore. O'Brien clubbed a magnificent 113 off 63 deliveries as Ireland earned the highest World Cup run-chase with four balls to spare. After he'd added a match-changing 162 with Alex Cusack, John Mooney joined him to play the innings of his life and help write another famous chapter in Irish sport.

When the partnership was broken with 55 still needed Ireland could have lost their way, especially when O'Brien couldn't get the strike back. However, after struggling to get the ball away Mooney suddenly started locating the boundary, firstly off the outside edge but then with two nerveless drives through the covers, each coming after England had strung together a few dot balls to build pressure. He was the dominant partner in the seven-wicket stand.

Malinga Made a History

Lasith Malinga announced his return to full fitness by storming his way to an unprecedented second World Cup hat-trick with an exhibition of yorker-on-demand bowling that proved too much for Kenya's tail at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. The visitors imploded to 142 all out despite dogged half-centuries from the Obuya brothers, who enjoyed plenty of fortune in a determined 94-run stand that kept the varied threats of Sri Lanka's bowling at bay for nearly 30 overs. Sri Lanka's batsmen barely had to break a sweat in the chase, finishing it off in 18 overs.

The Obuyas weren't exactly convincing - testing every edge of their bat, surviving close lbw calls, regularly air-driving outside off and rarely reading the spinner's variations - but hung on obdurately to take Kenya into triple-digits. A solid platform was in place when they had hauled Kenya to 102 for 2, but Malinga's burst demolished the tail as the final eight wickets were blasted out for 40 runs. None of the other Kenyan batsmen made it past single-figures.

The Kenyan collapse was rapid: it took only 22 deliveries for them to go from 127 for 4 to being bowled out. Muttiah Muralitharan started it off by getting the set batsman David Obuya to slog-sweep to midwicket.

Then it was Malinga time. Jimmy Kamande barely found his bearings after being struck by a toe-crusher, and decided to go for a single when the ball was only a couple of metres away from him. Chamara Silva pounced from midwicket and did a passable imitation of Jonty Rhodes from 1992 to crash into the stumps and dismiss Kamande.

Saturday, 26 February 2011

Shafiul secures Bangladesh vital victory

Mohammad Ashraful celebrated extravagantly after his wickets, Bangladesh v Ireland, World Cup 2011, Mirpur, February 25, 2010

Bangladesh's bowlers held their nerve to atone for the failures of their batsman, as the pluck of the Irish proved insufficient to overcome the most fervent atmosphere of the World Cup so far. In a gripping, low-scoring encounter at Mirpur, Bangladesh flirted with disaster as they squandered a flying start from

Tamim Iqbal to crash to 205 all out, and when Ireland reached 93 for 3 at the halfway mark of their reply, they were well on course for a hugely deserved victory. However, six wickets for the Bangladeshi spin quartet set the stage for a flying finish from Shafiul Islam, who claimed 4 for 21 in eight hostile and reverse-swinging overs, to seal a wildly acclaimed victory by 27 runs with five overs to spare.

The result was tough on the Irish who, like the Netherlands earlier in the week, gave the match their all and deserved a Test-playing scalp as their reward. But the belief and unity of the Bangladeshis had to be seen to be believed, as they dusted themselves down after a chastising performance with the bat, and set about defending their meagre total with skill, tenacity and some sublime commitment in the field. Mohammad Ashraful, whose mercurial batting once again let him down when the heat was on, proved a revelation with the ball, as his spin-bowling all-sorts picked up two vital wickets inside the first 19 overs, and whose subsequent celebrations imbued both his team-mates - and perhaps more crucially, a rammed and expectant Mirpur crowd - with belief.

There will be many higher-profile fixtures than this in the coming weeks, but few could prove as pivotal to the fortunes of two teams who exceeded expectations four years ago in reaching the Super Eights in the Caribbean. Ireland's hopes of playing in the 2015 tournament hinge on their ability to produce this sort of performance in each of their next five matches, to convince the ICC that they deserve their place at the top table. But more immediately, Bangladesh's victory gives them a real chance of pushing for a quarter-final place that their form in home internationals suggests could be attainable.

After winning the toss and choosing to bat, Bangladesh started the match with the same aplomb with which they finished, bringing their fans to their feet in a thrilling first four overs, in which Tamim's blistering volley of strokeplay lifted the score to an imposing 41 for 0. However, Ireland are a more resourceful side than meets the eye, and the early decision to reduce the pace on the ball slowly but surely changed the tide of the contest. Trent Johnston and John Mooney drew the sting of the innings with their unrelenting line and length, but it was left to the teenaged spinner George Dockrell to inflict the telling blows.

Dockrell twirled straight through his ten overs, claiming 2 for 23 with a performance brimful of guile. His agonisingly slow pace through the air left all the batsmen groping in their defences, scared of taking on the long straight boundary for fear of being beaten in flight, and his two dismissals were carbon-copies of one another - a crease-bound Mushfiqur Rahim paddle-swept to Andrew White at short backward leg to end a doughty innings of 36, before Ashraful followed suit for 1 in the very next over.

Ireland's commitment in the field was unstinting. Ed Joyce and White pulled off a direct-hit run-out apiece, the first to remove Junaid Siddique for 3 - a dismissal which undermined Bangladesh's early momentum following the loss of the opener Imrul Kayes to an expert leg-side stumping from Niall O'Brien - and the latter to extract Raqibul Hasan for 38, at precisely the moment he looked set to guide the tail to a comfortable 200-plus total. But the one telling shortcoming was the performance of their quickest bowler, Boyd Rankin. His nine overs went for 62 - the most expensive analysis of the day - including a poor final over that went for 11.

Bangladesh won the Big match w Ireland

Ireland’s opening World Cup game ended in a 27-run defeat to Bangladesh in Group B in Mirpur today. Asked to field first, Ireland produced a superb bowling display after Tamim Iqbal’s quickfire 44 as Andre Botha (three for 32) and 18-year-old spinner George Dockrell (two for 23) restricted the Tigers to a modest 205 all out.

In response, brothers Niall (38) and Kevin O’Brien (37) were the standout performers with the bat, but despite staying ahead of the run-rate, a steady fall of wickets ended their hopes.

Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan and Mohammad Ashraful initially led the Bangladesh attack, picking up two wickets apiece, but it was Shafiul Islam’s career-best figures of four for 21 that rocked the Irish lower half and clinched victory with five overs to spare.

Tamim and Imrul Kayes gave the crowd plenty to cheer about in the first powerplay as the total reached 50 in just 5.4 overs, but Ireland hit back with three quick wickets. Kayes (12) was stumped smartly by Niall O’Brien off John Mooney before Junaid Siddique was run out for three attempting a quick single.

Botha made it three down when he had the dangerous Tamim caught slashing to point for 44. Shakib struck three boundaries for his 16, but Botha nipped the skipper’s innings in the bud, catching him off his own bowling.

Raqibul Hasan (38) and Mushfiqur Rahim (36) lent stability to the innings with their patient approach, taking 109 deliveries to put on 61 for the fifth wicket. However, Ireland regained the initiative as Dockrell — who bowled one of the tightest spells of the tournament to date — removed Mushfiqur and newcomer Ashraful (one) in successive overs, while Andrew White’s quick fielding saw Raqibul run out.

The last three batsmen added a crucial 49 runs before being wrapped up by Botha and Trent Johnston, who ended with figures of two for 40.

In reply, Ireland lost both their openers — Paul Stirling (nine) and skipper William Porterfield (20) — by the 10th over and were left reeling at 75 for three when Ed Joyce (16) was tamely caught and bowled by Ashraful.

Niall O’Brien was soon joined in the middle by his younger brother Kevin when White (10) was bowled by Ashraful and Bangladesh kept the pressure going with Niall’s dismissal off a superb catch by Tamim.

Kevin kept things steady — notching up a useful 41-run stand with Botha — but was caught in the deep for 37 off Shaiful and three quick wickets then further deepened Ireland’s woes. Mooney (nought) was bowled by Naeem Islam and followed in similar fashion by Botha (22) off Shaiful, who also trapped Johnston lbw for six.

Fittingly, it was Shaiful who kicked off Bangladesh’s victory celebrations when he dismissed Boyd Rankin for three.

Thursday, 24 February 2011

Strong earthquake hits New Zealand

About 300 people remain missing as search efforts in New Zealand continue in the aftermath of Tuesday's powerful earthquake in Christchurch.

At least 75 people are known to have died, with the death toll expected to rise significantly, officials say.

Meanwhile, hundreds of foreign rescue workers are arriving to join the search effort, amid warnings that time is running out for survivors.

The 6.3 magnitude quake is the country's biggest disaster in 80 years.

Authorities are working through the night to find survivors in an effort which has been hampered by aftershocks.Rescue work at one building, housing a TV network and a foreign language school, was called off as officials said there were no signs of life.

And the city's tallest hotel and surrounding area was cordoned off as rescue officials feared the hotel could fall on top of them.

The director of New Zealand's Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management, John Hamilton, has said rescuers have only a window of two or three days to find people.