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News of: Saturday, 8th of December, 2007

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Balu to be widened up to 37 metres in place of 100

Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) prepares to dredge the Balu river, the major channel to drain floodwaters out of the city, without adhering to recommendations of the government taskforce on rivers flowing through and around the capital.

US starts planning rehabilitation in cyclone-hit areas

The United States has started planning to help with the rehabilitation of the cyclone-devastated areas as well as preparing measures to mitigate losses in future crises, US Charge d' Affaires Geeta Pasi said yesterday.

A noble move to save Sidr-hit children

Among many good Samaritans who came forward with aid for the Sidr victims in Kuakata, Shibli Mostafa definitely stands out.

30,000 fishermen have lone usable pond

Around 30,000 fishermen at different Sidr-affected chars adjacent to the Sundarbans are facing an acute crisis of drinking water as the November 15 cyclone left badly polluted all the four ponds which used to be the source of potable water for them.

18 ancient clay seals found at Bhasu Bihar

Archaeologists have discovered 18 ancient clay seals, mostly from the Pala dynasty, and two brick-built structures at Bhasu Bihar archaeological site in Shibganj upazila of Bogra during an excavation.

Mob lynches 2 fleeing killers of young man

A mob beat to death two unidentified young assailants on the River Burigunga when they were tying to flee after gunning down an alleged criminal in suburban South Keraniganj yesterday afternoon.

ROK to resume employment of Bangladeshis this month

The process of employing Bangladeshi workers in South Korea will resume at the end of December.

The huge tidal surge and the lone castaway

"Bhaiya [brother] I'll die. You try to live. Please don't let go of the bamboo pole. Tell mom to pray for me and you also pray for me," these were the last words of a young man to his eldest brother before being washed away by a heavy tidal wave in the Bay of Bengal in the fateful evening of November 14, when Cyclone Sidr hit the country's coastal areas with its deadly wrath.

Saarc will set up security network, finalise MLAT

Eight-member Saarc countries have decided to set up a regional security network and finalise a mutual legal assistance treaty (MLAT) for cooperation against criminal activities.

Saifur's unity move yet to see success

The initiatives taken by acting BNP Chairman Saifur Rahman to bring unity in the party have apparently failed due to the rigid stance of pro-Khaleda leaders.

Biman gets four extra slots from Saudi Arabia

Biman Bangladesh Airlines Ltd received four extra slots (prescribed timing for arriving and departure of flights) from the Civil Aviation Authority of Saudi Arabia, which apparently would remove the uncertainty of 1,600 people making the pilgrimage in Makkah.

No move yet to set up 4 police station

The task of setting up four more police stations in Sylhet city is yet to start even after a year of the introduction of Sylhet Metropolitan Police (SMP).

Abductors free Brac employee in Afghanistan

Noor Islam, a Brac official, who was abducted from his office in the Kulangar district of Afghan province of Loger on September 15, was released from captivity late last night.

WTO should focus on fair trade, not just free trade: CJ

Chief Justice Md Ruhul Amin yesterday called upon the international community to restructure the management of international institutions in order to ensure equality, fairness, and democratic practices.

'Allow cartoonists' freedom for exposing more corruption'

Speakers at a discussion yesterday said instead of limiting the freedom of speech the authorities concerned should rather ensure an atmosphere conducive to cartoonists uncovering diverse aspects of corruption.

Dhaka offers to host Saarc climate meet

Bangladesh yesterday offered to host a Saarc ministerial conference on climate change in line with the informal consultations during the last UN General Assembly session.

Absconding JMB accused held in Dinajpur

Police arrested an alleged member of the banned militant outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) at Khanpur in Dinajpur yesterday afternoon.

JMB bomber killed 8 in Netrakona on this day

Today is the second anniversary of the gruesome Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) suicide-bomb attack on a crowd in front of Udichi office on Ajahar Road in Netrakona.

Greek cops rescue Bangladeshi held hostage by compatriots

Greek police have rescued a Bangladeshi national held hostage by seven fellow countrymen for ransom for over a month.

Two more bodies of Sidr victims recovered

Two more decomposed bodies were recovered from a paddy field at Tafalbari under Sharonkhola upazila of Bagerhat district yesterday, raising the death toll from cyclone Sidr in the upazila to 660.

Library for cyclone-hit students

In a bid to facilitate the study of the students of cyclone-battered Sharonkhola upazila ahead of the SSC examination, the army has set up an evening library at Tafalbari village.

Theft in house of Daily Star photographer

Miscreants looted gold ornaments, money and other valuables totalling Tk 7 lakh from the residence of a staff photographer of The Daily Star at Lalmatia under Mohammadpur Police Station yesterday evening.

$17.6m ADB loan for Bangladesh

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide Cambodia and Bangladesh with 49 million dollars in loans and grants to help in development aid, the Manila based multilateral bank said Friday.

Benazir, Sharif fail to agree on polls tactics

Pakistan's two main opposition leaders have failed to overcome key differences preventing them forging a united front ahead of general elections in January, party officials said yesterday.

Twin bombings kill 26 in Iraq

A female suicide bomber attacked the offices of an anti-al-Qaeda group that has joined forces with the US, killing 16 people while another car bomb blast killed 10 others yesterday in one of Iraq's most violent provinces, police and the US military said.

US, poor nations won't pledge binding cuts in Bali: UN

A UN conference trying to lay the groundwork for a new climate change pact is unlikely to win any binding pledge by the United States to cut greenhouse gas emissions, its head said yesterday.

Editorial

IT for empowerment

The Chief Adviser to the caretaker government could not have been more explicit when he said while inaugurating the programme of Mission 2011 that access to information technology (IT) could empower the poor and rural population considerably. While the theme of the mission - “Building a Sustainable ICT-based Information and Knowledge System for the Poor and Marginalised” is encouraging, the aim to set up 40,000 telecentres all over Bangladesh by 2011, raising the number from present 800 only, is no doubt spirit-lifting. What remains to be seen is timely implementation of the mission objective.

Probing institutionalised corruption

The campaign that the Anti-Corruption Commission plans to undertake soon against institutional as well as institutionalised corruption is one the nation will certainly welcome, for obvious reasons. In these past many years, graft has eaten away at the vitals of society with the result that citizens have always found themselves at the receiving end of manifest injustice. Indeed, corruption across many tiers, notably in the public sector bodies, has been synonymous with harassment of the general public. If now the ACC can truly get into the business of ferreting out the corrupt elements in the utility services, one can be reasonably sure that a semblance of normality will come to life.

Reducing water sector corruption

A joint publication undertaken by the Stockholm International Water Institute, the Water Integrity Network and the Swedish Water House has focused on a vital area of our daily life -- clean water. In this context conservative estimates have indicated that the lack of access to clean water causes the death of five million people worldwide every year. The study helps us to understand the magnitude of the problem by asking us to consider 34 jumbo jets, each carrying 400 passengers, crashing every day of they year. That adds up to about 12,500 planes annually. This is indeed a frightening scenario.

Heady mix of religion and politics

Gujarat and Punjab are the two states in India, which are ill at ease most of the time. Their problem is not economic but narrow thinking. Most of the blame lies on the governments because they do not allow people to rise above their limited and personal agenda dinned constantly into their ears. The fallout is that the two states are often absorbed in non-issues and suffer the consequences of mixing religion with politics.

Sidr aftermath: Hold firm the helm of economy

The Chief Adviser of the caretaker government was very right when he extolled the people of southern districts of Bangladesh as very brave being used to live with the unpredictable nature. The ultimate cost of such bravery, however, has been so very heavy as would blunt our imagination. Surnamed 'Sidr' the cyclone created havoc in the southern districts mostly razing every things on its way. Trees were uprooted, crops in the field awaiting harvest were damaged beyond salvation. Every homestead was ruthlessly battered. The death toll of human being was about 4000 till the last report came in. This didn't include innumerable missing. Many fishermen who went out the day before to the sea to catch fish were yet to return home. Perhaps they would never come back. The onslaught of the cyclone reaching a velocity of about 250 kilometer per hour with the sea waters rising 20-25 feet high ransacked the Sundarbans. Many deer and a number of other wild animals were washed out to the Bay. A big part of the mangrove forest was rendered barren.

Sports

MSC bag charity series

Guest goalkeeper Aminul Haque saved two penalties as Mohammedan Sporting Club produced another tiebreaker win against Abahani yesterday to lift the Teletalk Best of Three charity series 2-1.

Khulna's big chance

Even if Rajshahi completes the formality of an easy win over Barisal today, Khulna have a great opportunity to keep their top position intact as they fought back against Chittagong on the third day of their National Cricket League match at the Chittagong Divisional Stadium yesterday.

All eyes on the pitch

The Eden Gardens pitch was severely criticised during the second Test between India and Pakistan. Only 23 wickets fell on a slow and low track, yet the batsmen were unable to score with ease. However, if the pitch for the third Test at the Chinnaswamy Stadium plays according to how the curator, Narayan Raju, said it would, we can expect an extremely different Test match that starts today.

Tendulkar, Dhoni scare

India's hopes of winning the first series against Pakistan at home in more than two decades suffered a setback due to injuries to key batsmen ahead of Saturday's third and final Test.

WI take winning lead

Half-centuries by Runako Morton and Marlon Samuels guided West Indies to a one-day series win over Zimbabwe at Bulawayo on Friday.

U-19s seal spectacular triumph

Bangladesh Under-19s completed a remarkable achievement in Pakistan when they won the one-day series with an exciting two-wicket victory against their Pakistan counterparts in the fifth and final match at the National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) ground in Karachi yesterday.

Siddons sees improvement

The Tigers played another practice match yesterday under simulated conditions for their coming tour to New Zealand a session in which the new national coach found slight improvements of his charges.

WC 2011 set for overhaul

The World Cup could have a major, and much-needed, overhaul following the lengthy Caribbean competition, which was further exposed by the success of the two-week Twenty20 format.

India hope for series victory

Despite Sachin Tendulkar being a doubtful starter and a depleted pace attack, India will try hard to pull off a series win against Pakistan, which just managed to come out of a leadership crisis ahead of the crucial third and final cricket Test beginning here on Saturday.

SL bank on lucky venue

Buoyant Sri Lanka are looking to clinch the Test series against England when they return to their favourite hunting ground for the second Test starting here on Sunday.

Kiwis off on wrong foot

New Zealand's brief limited-overs tour of Australia got off to a disappointing start when it was beaten in the Lilac Hill festival match here Friday.

Bayern must show mettle

Bayern Munich captain Oliver Kahn insists his side must demonstrate they are tough enough to win the Bundesliga when they take on strugglers Duisburg on Saturday with Werder Bremen hard on their heels.

It'll be either Australia or Korea against Germany

World number one Australia and Asia's top-ranked Korea face a fight over the remaining berth in the finals of the Champions Trophy hockey against Germany this weekend.

Parsons gets key ECB job

Spin bowling coach David Parsons was confirmed Thursday as performance director of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).

Tharanga to open for Lanka

Sri Lanka have not called up an extra batsman following the retirement of Sanath Jayasuriya for the second Test against England starting on Sunday.

Vengsarkar to meet Pawar next week

India's chief cricket selector Dilip Vengsarkar would be able to watch the third and deciding Test match between India and Pakistan at Bangalore on all five days following the rescheduling of his meeting with board president Sharad Pawar to next week.

Kirsten arrives in Bangalore

Gary Kirsten, the former South African batsman who was recently roped in as India's coach, landed in Bangalore on Friday and is expected to have his first meeting with the players.

Boje ready to cooperate

Nicky Boje, the former South African left-arm spinner, has said he is prepared to help the Delhi police with the investigation into the match-fixing scandal of 2000.

Abahani league champs in M'singh

Mymensingh Abahani Krira Chakra clinched the First Division Football League title by winning the last game against their local archrivals Mohammedan Sporting Club at the local circuit house ground yesterday.

Spurs, Bolton through

Tottenham reached the UEFA Cup last 32 on Thursday while Bolton virtually ensured their place but both ties were overshadowed by controversy.

All to do for Barca

With 'El Derby' on the horizon Barcelona are playing catch-up on rivals Real Madrid trying to close a four-point gap before the two teams meet in a Christmas cracker at Camp Nou on December 23.

Ibra urges caution

Inter Milan's star forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic has tried to calm expectation despite his club's flying start to the season.

Law wary of Arsenal

Manchester United legend Denis Law believes Arsenal represent the biggest obstacle to his old club's hopes of retaining the Premier League title.

Milan target victory

AC Milan insisted Friday the Club World Cup was as important to them as the Champions League, and winning it was their major goal of the season.

Drogba heading for a clash

Didier Drogba's desire to play in next month's African Cup of Nations may set him and his country on a collision course with Chelsea. The striker has a chronic knee condition which would benefit from surgery and, although he has played through the pain for at least 12 months, Ivory Coast fear that the club will press him to have the operation after the turn of the year when they are due to lose him anyway to international duty.

Mourinho in England

Jose Mourinho flew into England yesterday, fuelling speculation that he is set for talks with the Football Association about the vacant England head coach's job.

Romario takes charge at Vasco

Veteran Brazilian striker Romario, who failed a dope test after taking a substance to combat hair loss, was on Thursday named as the new coach of Rio club Vasco de Gama, local radio reported.

SKorea name coach

South Korea's football association Friday named a Korean as coach of its national team after two high-profile foreign candidates turned them down.

'Bayern must spend more'

Bayern Munich president Franz Beckenbauer says the European giants must recruit more stars if they are going to pick up their 21st crown as German champions.

Batch 05 NSU champions

Batch 05 were crowned Intra NSU Batch Champions 2007 after triumphing 3-1 in the final against Team MBA at the WAPDA Ground on Friday.

Business

Ctg port ups penalty rate by four times for reefer containers

Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) has increased the rate of penalty by four times for perishable goods-laden containers lying inside the port for more than four days effective from tomorrow in order to clear container congestion.

Job portals thrive as employers, jobseekers getting internet-savvy

Gone are the days for jobseekers to go through traditional processes of submitting job applications, as job portals are offering easy ways to apply online.

Foreign hospitals wooing visitors

In the face of increasing quality health services offered by some new local hospitals, some foreign hospitals at a three-day medical exhibition in Dhaka are wooing visitors to receive services from them.

Air Slovakia launches Bangladesh operations

The inaugural flight of newly launched Air Slovakia yesterday left Dhaka for Italy via Slovakian capital Bratislava.

Japanese firms leaving Thailand for Vietnam to lower operating costs

Japanese companies are relocating their production bases to Vietnam to take advantage of lower operating costs there and avoid the political turmoil here, according to the Japan External Trade Organisation (Jetro).

Nordic, Scandinavian states face labour shortage

Nordic and Scandinavian countries have run into labour shortages arising from strong growth, the OECD said on Thursday.

IMF eyes major job cuts

The new head of the International Monetary Fund plans to slash as much as 15 percent of the organisation's staff in its first significant job cuts, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

Donors pledge record $5.4b to Vietnam

International donors on Friday pledged a record 5.4 billion dollars in official development assistance (ODA) to communist Vietnam for 2008, almost 20 percent more than this year.

Sugarcane crushing begins at Rangpur Sugar Mills

Sugarcane crushing at Rangpur Sugar Mills at Mahimaganj in Gobindaganj upazila of the district began yesterday after remaining closed for three years.

Bangladesh single country fair begins in Kathmandu

Speaker of the legislative Parliament of Nepal Subash Chandra Nemwang yesterday said Bangladesh Single Country Fair would encourage business communities of Nepal and Bangladesh to move ahead and further strengthen the existing economic and trade relations between the two countries.

Grain prices remain high despite record output: FAO

Despite record production this year, cereal prices remain high, affecting poor countries the most, the UN food agency warned Thursday.

China halts unsafe US potato chips

Potato chip imports containing the banned carcinogenic additive potassium bromate were halted in Shenzhen after failing to pass quarantine in July, the importer in Zhuhai told China Daily on Thursday.

India's Jet Airways to launch flights to Dhaka next week

India's largest domestic airline Jet Airways said on Friday it will launch non-stop flights to Dhaka as it continues to spread its international wings.

Employment rate in Canada hits record high

Canada's economy added 43,000 jobs in November, Statistics Canada said Friday.

US adds 94,000 jobs in Nov

US economic momentum generated 94,000 new jobs in November, the government announced Friday as the rate of hiring slowed from the prior month.

Cape Verde to become 152nd WTO member

Cape Verde, one of the poorest nations on earth, is to become the 152nd member of the World Trade Organisation, a source close to the global trade monitoring body said Thursday.

Weekly Currency Roundup

December 02-December 06, 2007

Metropolitan

Tk 300cr CDA housing project hits snag

Delay in handing over acquired land holds back the allotment and development of Ananya Residential Area, the biggest-ever housing project of Chittagong Development Authority (CDA) involving an amount of Tk 300 crore.

Jail authorities submit lists of 550 prisoners for their release

The jail authorities have submitted lists of 550 prisoners to the home ministry recommending their release under special consideration on the occasion of the Eid-ul-Azha and the Victory Day.

'Contribute more to child literature’

Speakers at a festival on child literature in the port city yesterday urged the litterateurs to contribute more to child literature.

Deplorable condition prevails in jute mills

BJMC Chairman Md Ataharul Islam yesterday said production in the jute mills must be increased for the greater interest of the national economy.

Homage paid to liberation war martyrs

Hundreds of men and women yesterday gathered at the Central Shaheed Minar in the capital to pay homage to those who were lost during the liberation war in 1971.

Anti-Corruption Day tomorrow

The International Anti-Corruption Day will be observed in the country tomorrow as elsewhere across the world.

Army sets up library for SSC examinees at Sharankhola

In a bid to facilitate the study of the students of cyclone-battered Sharankhola upazila ahead of the SSC examination, the army has set up an evening library at Tafalbari.

Private archive on history launched

Heritage, a private archive on the history of the country, was launched at Auctroy-Kajla near Rajshahi University yesterday.

France Bangla chamber to raise funds for Sidr victims

The France Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce & Industry will hold its annual gala event tomorrow at the Radisson Water Garden Hotel in Dhaka to raise funds for the Sidr victims.

Dhaka board extends time

Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Dhaka has extended the deadline for filling up forms of secondary school certificate (SSC) examinations up to December 10, says a press release.

Saarc Charter Day today

The 22nd anniversary of the signing of the Charter establishing the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) will be observed today.

IBA graduation ceremony held

The Graduation Ceremony of the 11th BBA and 39th MBA batches of the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Dhaka University (DU) was held at the Teacher Student Centre (TSC) auditorium yesterday.

Release teachers, students by Dec 12

Dhaka University Teachers' Association (Duta) gave an ultimatum yesterday demanding that all convicted and detained teachers and students of Dhaka and Rajshahi universities be released by December 12.

‘Developed states should pay compensation’

Developed countries should pay compensation to the cyclone-affected people of Bangladesh as such natural disasters are taking place due to global warming resulting from high-level emissions of greenhouse gas in those countries, environmentalists at a press conference said yesterday.

Homage paid to liberation war martyrs

Hundreds of men and women yesterday gathered at the Central Shaheed Minar in the capital to pay homage to those who were lost during the liberation war in 1971.

Pharmacy graduates take oath

More than 500 pharmacy graduates took oath at a 'Get together and freshers' reception' at the auditorium of Engineers' Institute in the city yesterday.

Gazette of 6th Wage Board Award published

The government yesterday published the gazette notification of the Sixth Wage Board Award fixing salaries, allowances and other benefits of journalists, employees and press workers of the newspaper industry.

National

Unite for trial of war criminals

Speakers at a discussion on Satkhira Mukta Dibas (Satkhira Liberation Day) yesterday called for creating mass awareness for trial of war criminals.

No progress after charge sheet

The Coordination Body of Professional Groups yesterday formed a human chain on Ram Babu Road in front of Shaheed Firoz-Jahangir Square here to mark the 5th Cinema Hall Tragedy Day.

10 acquitted in Khulna double murder case

Speedy Trial Tribunal of Judge Abdus Salam Shikder on Thursday acquitted all the ten charge-sheeted accused in a case for killing two police constables in March 2003.

BBC Bangla Sanglap in Rangamati today

Bangla Sanglap (dialogue) of British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) will be held here today, sources said.

Museum on agri tools opened in Pabna

An Appropriate Technology Museum for display of agricultural tools and scientific methods of cultivation in the country, first of its kind at upazila level in the country, was launched in Pabna on Thursday.

Indian held for displacing border pillar

The Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) arrested an Indian national from Atgram border when he was setting a border pillar about five yards inside the Bangladesh territory after uprooting it on Thursday afternoon.

Banker Sufi's death anniversary today

The first death anniversary of former senior banker HA Sufy, also the eldest son of eminent Islamic scholar of greater Sylhet region Maulana Ramij Uddin Ahmed, will be observed today. Milad, Qurankhwani and doa mahfil has been arranged at 11:00am at his paternal house in Sylhet city.

International

Pak election can be fair if emergency ends: US

US Assistant Secretary of State Richard Boucher said on Thursday Pakistan could have an election that was fair, if not perfect, if President Pervez Musharraf lifts its state of emergency on Dec. 16 as promised.

Bush under fire over Iran's nuke claims

The White House Thursday struggled to defend the dire warnings about Iran made by US President George W. Bush even after he had learned that Tehran had likely frozen its atomic weapons programme in 2003.

China wins plaudits at UN climate conference

China, one of the world's biggest polluters, won plaudits Friday at a major UN climate change summit for leading the call for rich nations to make deep greenhouse gas emissions cuts.

Indian PM hits out at Gujarat leader

India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday accused the Hindu nationalist leaders of riot-scarred Gujarat state of fuelling tensions with Muslims ahead of elections there.

Bush seeks nuclear disclosure from Kim

President Bush's personal letter to North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, raising the possibility of normalised relations if he fully discloses his nuclear programs by year's end, is a turnabout for a president who has labelled the communist regime part of an "axis of evil."

Saudi Arabia, US do least for climate

Saudi Arabia and the United States do the least to protect the climate while Sweden does the most, according to a report by a German environmental group published on Friday.

Mugabe looms over summit as EU-African leaders gather

The leaders of Africa and Europe gathered in Lisbon Friday for a summit designed to forge a new era in ties, but which is in danger of being overshadowed by the presence of Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe.

Benazir leaves for Dubai to see children

Former Pakistani premier Benazir Bhutto left for Dubai early Friday to see her children, her spokesman said, taking time out from campaigning for January 8 elections.

UN refugee agency warns against Iraq returns

The United Nations refugee agency yesterday warned that tens of thousands of Iraqis returning to the country face deplorable living conditions and a highly dangerous security situation.

China mine blast toll reaches 105

The death toll from China's latest major coalmine disaster rose to 105 on Friday, official media said, as hopes for survivors ebbed in a tragedy compounded by bungled rescue efforts.

Arts & Entertainment

Wither contemporary art in Bangladesh?

Does Bangladeshi contem-porary art really reflect “sweetness and light”, as Matthew Arnold claimed the essence of culture to be? It is believed that a lot of it is not from the bottom of the heart, and does not have a “soul pitch”. It often aims at quick sale and is sometimes even gimmicky. Three leading artists of repute, Nisar Hussain, Towfiqur Rahman and Saidul Haque Juis talk about this subject over cups of tea at a residence in Dhanmondi. They discuss the Bangladeshi art scene form their angles in as much an unbiased manner as possible.

"It was for the love of the audience that I came back": Mehreen

Mehreen became a female idol in the neo-pop genre in Bangladesh after her debut album Anaari (2000) was released. Her voice and singing style came like a breath of fresh air to the pop music lovers who were craving for this revival.

Cinema hall trade in disarray up North

More than 30 movie theatres in Dinajpur, Thakurgaon and Panchagarh, Jaipurthat, Nilphamari and Gaibandha have been closed down during the last five years and the rest follow suit as the cinema theatres are failing to draw audiences. This is due to absence of quality reels, copying of Indian films, high VAT and adding obscene footages, according to sources. The government is losing revenue from the trade as well.

Mega Serial "Ak Jonomey" on ATN Bangla tonight

Directed by Abdulla Al Mamun, the 250th episode of Mega serial Ak Jonomey will be aired on ATN Bangla at 9:20pm tonight

Drama serial "Bachelor Dampoti" ends tonight

Drama serial Bachelor Dampoti 's last episode will be aired on Banglavision at 9:30 pm tonight. Written and directed by Murad Parvez, the serial deals with funny side of family life.

OP-ED

Engaging with British Muslims

It was a cheerful Jack Straw who welcomed us into his office on a windy Monday morning. The man who had once been Britain's Home Secretary and then Foreign Secretary before taking upon himself the role of Leader of the Commons was now Secretary of State for Justice. He explained to us, a group of journalists from countries as diverse as Bangladesh, Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, Pakistan and the Philippines, all of them on a trip designed to study first-hand what was described by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as a programme of engaging British Muslims, that the Ministry of Justice had been created in May this year. So how was the new department different from the Home Office? Straw explained briskly: the new department dealt with constitutional affairs as well as half of the job that the Home Office once used to do.

Cyclone Sidr: Impact of climate change?

Cyclone Sidr is the fourth named storm of the 2007 North Indian Ocean cyclone season. The storm formed in the central Bay of Bengal, and quickly strengthened to reach peak sustained winds of 215 km/h (135 mp/h), which would make it a Category-4 equivalent tropical cyclone on the Saffir-Simpson Scale. The storm eventually made landfall near Bangladesh on November 15. The name Sidr was contributed by Oman; it is an Arabic name of a tree belonging to the Ziziphus family, specifically the Ziziphus spina-christi.

Moon sighting for Eid

In astronomical terminology, the new moon is the lunar phase that occurs when the moon, in its orbital motion around the earth, lies between the earth and the sun and is in conjunction with the sun as seen from the earth. The moon then lies in the same direction (longitude) as the sun when viewed from the earth. At this time, the illuminated half of the moon faces directly towards the sun, and the dark or unilluminated portion faces directly towards the earth, so the moon is invisible as seen from the earth. Full moon occurs as the moon comes into conjunction with the sun when it passes behind the earth.

President and prime minister: Balance of power

Westminster model, widely called British parliamentary system of government, is, in fact, a result of compromise between the traditional monarchy and the then rising class who pioneered the 'great revolution' of 1668 that caused the fall of absolute monarchy. This system of government, later, after the Second World War, became popular to the newly emerged independent states of former British empire because of their long time association and familiarity with it.

StarTech

Mission to empower rural community

People in rural Bangladesh work their land from dawn till dusk and women devote themselves to household chores. It is plain lifestyle, away from the daily hubbub of city life. This bucolic simplicity, however, does not exclude the residents from their right to know.

ACM ICPC Dhaka 2007 kicks off

Today the battle of brains takes place once again, as East West University (EWU) hosts the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) Dhaka Regional 2007 at Bangladesh China Friendship Conference Centre (BCFCC).

GS, Smart Communications tie opens new door to Japan

Grameen Solutions (GS), an info-tech wing of Grameen Bank, recently teamed up with Japan based Smart Communications Ltd. with a vision to increase nation's contribution in the Japanese hi-tech market.

Facebook apologises for ad platform 'mistakes'

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday apologised online to members for "mistakes" made implementing a new ad platform and gave them a way to switch it off.

Asus unveils SideShow notebook

Asustek Computer Inc. (Asus), a leading provider of high-performance notebook computers, recently introduced a whole new way to mobile computing with the revolutionary W5Fe series.

Mac OS X

Mac OS X is a line of graphical operating systems developed, marketed, and sold by Apple Inc., the latest of which is pre-loaded on all currently shipping Macintosh computers. Mac OS X is the successor to the original Mac OS, which had been Apple's primary operating system since 1984. Unlike its predecessors, Mac OS X is a Unix-based operating system built on technology that had been developed at NeXT through the second half of the 1980s until Apple purchased the company in early 1997. The first version released was Mac OS X Server 1.0 in 1999, and a desktop-oriented version, Mac OS X v10.0 followed in March 2001. Most recently Mac OS X v10.5 referred as "Leopard" was released in October 2007.

Literature

Birds

Koshkin called me on the morning of 3 December. Koshkin, that is Andrei Pavlovich Koshkin, is a young diplomat at Dhaka's Russian Embassy. I had met him in Moscow where I once lived as a university student. I have returned home some five years now. These past years I have had no contact with him, until last year when we unexpectedly met at an international conference in Dhaka. I learned that he had been reassigned here from New Delhi only the previous month. We soon renewed our old friendship and spiced it up with Vodka. These days we see each other once in a while, and speak quite often over phone. Each time he goes home, he returns with a bottle of Vodka for me. There are days when we also eat out at restaurants.

Imagining South Asian Writing in English from Bangladesh

It was during the Cold War that some Americans academics began to construct the category of “South Asia Studies”. Subsequently, the influx of South Asian students in western universities boosted the demand for courses in South Asian culture as well as politics. A new generation of scholars then took over the term coined by the Cold War intellectuals working with an “Area Studies” outlook in mind adopted earlier to give it a new currency dependent on the value that would be accruing to it because of the large number of South Asians living and working in North America from the seventies onward.

Strategic Issues

Gaza and aftermath of Annapolis

It currently seems as though the Israeli decision makers are conducting two different policies towards the Palestinians; the first towards the Palestinian Authority and Abu Mazen and the second towards Hamas in the Gaza Strip. As a matter of fact, however, the Israelis are conducting one policy for both entities, that of continuing to confront instead of real negotiations with both parts of the Palestinians.

Is Paris burning?

This write-up is not about 'Is Paris burning?' - the best-selling book by Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre - but riots that had put the north Paris suburbs burning for two consecutive nights after the deaths of two Muslim immigrant youth, Moushin and Larimi, aged 15 and 16, in the north Paris suburb town of Villiers-le-Bel around 5 p.m. on Sunday, November 25. The youths were riding on a motorbike that was hit by a police car and were left for dead.

What does it take to be a good neighbour?

The oriental philosophy speaks constantly of a unifying principle which gives meaning and guidance to human interaction; it is the key concept for understanding human conduct. This unifying principle is manifested in "benevolence", "magnanimity", "virtue", "compassion", and "human-heartedness".

Star Books Review

A tale, with graceful epistemological digressions

To Eva Khatchadourian, motherhood is “a foreign country”. One can hardly ignore the allusion which begs the question: how differently do they do things there?

All those affairs of the heart

The book was The New York Times bestseller. Magazine and newspaper reviews showered praises on it. More praises are still coming. The book, from Dr. Dean Ornish, on coronary heart disease, quickly caught the attention of heart patients and health experts, especially the cardiologists. Heart patients are getting immense health benefits by following the lifestyle prescription Dr. Dean Ornish advises them to follow. The book tells the reader, and convincingly so, how blockages in the coronary arteries may begin to reverse, even when the disease is at the advanced stage. That also without surgery and cholesterol lowering drugs.

An accumulation of awakened senses

Paulo Coelho, the Brazilian born master storyteller, has done it again: he has presented readers with a piece of a gem. This astonishing, breathtaking book Like a Flowing River awakens the reader and rekindles the aesthetic senses. It is an intimate collection of the writer's reflections and short stories. These are tales of the living and the dying. They are tales of life and love, of the choices made in life. Some of the tales are humorous and others are serious. However, they all tell profound tales. The tales delve into human lives and draw out wisdom. Like real life experiences we seem to learn by trial and error as we go through the narratives of the writer.

Images of an artist's life

Hamiduzzaman Khan A Modern Sculptor is a biographical work. Such kinds of publications are rare in our country. The paper quality is quite up to the standard and the printing is superb. The book has been admirably edited. It is certainly a matter of great satisfaction that such a book has been published in our country.

At a glance

The Official Politically Correct Dictionary & Handbook
Henry Beard, Christopher Cerf
Grafton

In an age where sensibilities matter, this is a work which will leave many issues cleared for readers. Of course, along the way you might stumble quite a few times, before getting up to laugh about it. For there is much that is hilarious here, obviously with a dash of the pretentious in terms of language. You will love it all.


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