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Govt given 48 hours to meet 4 demands

BNP-led four-party alliance yesterday issued a 48-hour ultimatum to the caretaker government to meet its four-point demand in order to make way for its participation in the upcoming general election.

Govt sits today for review

Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed has called an emergency meeting with advisers today to discuss and review the situation arisen out of the BNP's ultimatum over its participation in the next parlia-mentary election, sources said.

Made in Bangladesh, made by JMB

The revelation of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh's (JMB) explosives cache sends a chill down the investigators' spine that the outlawed militant outfit has developed expertise to manufacture powerful grenades and explosives using materials available in the local market.

Poll dreams over for many AL stalwarts

Awami League (AL) yesterday finalised its nominations for the December 18 national polls, leaving out a good number of party bigwigs apparently for conviction under emergency power rules, post-1/11 role, and allegations of corruption and patronising crime.

Alternative political movement needed

Eminent educationist and author Prof Serajul Islam Choudhury has said the country urgently needs an alternative political movement aiming at realisation of the Liberation War's objectives, which were to bring about a radical democratic transformation in the state and society.

Act without fear

Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed reaffirmed yesterday that his caretaker government is committed to giving the nation a free, fair and neutral election with participation of all political parties.

Hail loan, bill defaulters

Loan defaulters aspiring to participate in the coming parliamentary election are among the luckiest persons at the moment because the caretaker government has relaxed electoral laws twice to make it easy for them to contest the polls.

Test all milk brands in Europe, under WHO

The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday directed the health ministry to send samples of all brands of powdered milk available in domestic markets to any European country through World Health Organisation (WHO) for laboratory test and submit the reports to the High Court (HC) by December 31.

IMF alarmed at banks' credit growth leap

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has expressed serious concern as credit by the private commercial banks went up by 38 percent in the first three months of the current fiscal year, although it recommends keeping the credit growth at 18 percent by June next year.

RMG workers clash with cops: 30 hurt

At least 30 people were injured in a tripartite clash involving garment workers, outsiders and police at Rishipara in Savar yesterday morning over supplying of low quality food among the workers.

Boycott call, clash mar Kashmir polls

Indian Kashmir voted under tight security yesterday for a new state government, with a boycott call by Muslim separatists triggering sporadic clashes but failing to shut down the ballot.

Next round talks in Myanmar

The Bangladesh-Myanmar expert-level maritime delimitation talks ended yesterday with decision to sit again in Yangon next January, only four months ahead of Myanmar's deadline for maritime demarcation claims to UN.

ACC okays filing of 2 graft cases

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday approved filing of separate cases against former BRTC chairman Taimur Alam Khandaker and Awami League (AL) presidium member Kazi Zafarullah's son Kazi Raihan Zafar for amassing wealth illegally and hiding information of their assets.

Trial of Aug 21 grenade attack case begins

Trial of the August 21 grenade attack cases began at a Dhaka court yesterday with deposition of the complainant.

RPO, party constitution overlooked

Awami League (AL) has ignored electoral laws and its own constitution to pick up some of its contenders in the upcoming parliamentary polls, rejecting proposals from grassroots level party committees in those constituencies.

Party demand for letting convicts contest polls unconstitutional

Gano Forum (GF) President Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday said the recent stand of the political parties not to participate in the national election if the convicted politicians are not allowed to compete is unconstitutional.

Those who get AL ticket

The list of the candidates who were nominated by the Awami League yesterday for contesting the upcoming parliamentary elections is as follows:

Tac resumes work, extends deadline for application

The Truth and Accountability Commission (Tac) yesterday resumed functioning and extended the deadline for submitting applications for clemency till November 19.

Special court ignores HC stay in verdict

In spite of a stay order passed by the High Court (HC), a special court on November 16 sentenced suspended Bangladesh ambassador to the United Arab Emirates ATM Nazimullah Chowdhury to five years' rigorous imprisonment on charges of embezzlement of state funds, defence lawyers alleged.

BSF regrets killings on Panchagarh border

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) yesterday regretted and apologised for killing three people and wounding another in Maynaguri village in Tetulia upazila of Panchagarh Sunday night, according to Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) officials.

Polls must be held within constitutional framework

The High Court yesterday ruled that national elections must be organised within the constitutional timeframe, except for any special legal excuse.

EC asked not to defer polls

The leaders of Shushashoner Janney Nagorik (Shujan) yesterday urged the caretaker government and the Election Commission to hold the next parliamentary election by this year disallowing the convicted people to contest the polls.

Aman, Dulu, Salahuddin, Lalu get bail

The High Court (HC) yesterday granted bail to former state ministers Aman Ullah Aman and Ruhul Quddus Talukder Dulu and former lawmakers Helaluzzaman Talukder Lalu and Salahuddin Ahmed in separate criminal cases.

JMB operative remanded

A Dhaka court yesterday placed Mohammad Hanif alias Kamal, an ehsar of banned Islamist outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), on a 10-day remand.

Efforts are on to ensure poll participation of all parties

Commerce Adviser Dr Hossain Zillur Rahman yesterday reiterated that efforts are on so that all the political parties take part in the upcoming parliamentary elections.


The Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (BCSIR) in a rejoinder protested a comment made by Prof Nilufar Nahar of the department of chemistry of Dhaka University, which had been published on November 10 in The Daily Star news report titled 'BAEC find vindicates DU melamine results'.

Obama vows to exit Iraq

US President-elect Barack Obama vowed to pull troops out of Iraq, crush al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and shut down the Guantanamo Bay camp as part of a dramatic foreign policy break with George W Bush.


Arms and ammunition haul

The haul of a huge quantity of explosives and grenade cases in Mirpur and Shonir Akhra by the Rapid Action Battalion on Sunday only shows how much yet needs to be done by the nation to put religious extremism out of action. Altogether 70 kilograms of explosives and 150 cases of grenades have been seized from members of the outlawed Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh. Besides, other materials such as nitric acid, bomb producing materials and so-called jihadist literature have also been netted by RAB. The RAB action is commendable.

A tribute to Arun Nandi

Arun Nandi, the legendary swimmer died at 68, leaving behind the glorious saga of a man’s unflinching determination to endure any ordeal to uphold the cause of his nation. We are proud of Nandi' incredible feat as a great swimmer which was but a powerful statement on patriotism made through the medium of a sport.

Students' movement against corruption

A friend of mine recently expressed his sincere desire about returning to Bangladesh and asked for my advice on what he should do to join a political party. I asked him -- somewhat derisively -- if he had any criminal record in his profile. Specifically, I asked him if he had any police record from his university days in Bangladesh; if he had ever participated in hartal, burning police cars or public properties; if he was involved in extortion and/or forceful and illegal land grabbing, and so on.

Will Obama seize the moment?

Barack Obama's election as the president of the United States has electrified the world. It's historic that an African-American (AA) will live as the master of the White House, which was built by African slaves but where AAs would rarely be invited until 60 years ago.


Yuvraj alone takes care of England

Yuvraj Singh scored a second successive century and claimed four wickets as India thrashed England by 54 runs in the second one-day international here on Monday.

Bowling worries Ash

Bangladesh captain Mohammad Ashraful was satisfied that most of his batsmen got some runs in the lone two-day warm-up match to gain confidence ahead of the tough two-Test series against South Africa.

Hansie, no tragic hero

If someone somehow gets to know that you are in the beautiful city of Bloemfontein to cover the cricket series or you have any link with the game then there's no way out for you, he or she will make you go to at least one place which is the prestigious Grey College.

Rajshahi's solid start

Rajshahi looked set to retain their lead in the 10th National Cricket League when they took control of a top-of-the-table clash against Barisal on the opening day yesterday.

Arun to be paid homage at BNS today

The fans and colleagues of Arun Nandi will get a chance to pay last homage to the late swimmer and freedom fighter whose dead body will be brought to the Bangabandhu National Stadium at 10 am.

9 on the trot for Barca

Barcelona opened up a three-point lead at the top of the Spanish first division with Lionel Messi's seventh goal of the season and a late goal from substitute Seydou Keita sealing a 2-0 win over Recreativo Huelva on Sunday.

Players back Schuster

Real Madrid captain Raul Gonzalez insists all the club's players are 100 per cent behind under-fire manager Bernd Schuster amid media reports that the German coach has lost the respect of the dressing room.

Lyon surge clear

Lyon defeated title contenders Bordeaux 2-1 on Sunday to surge seven points clear at the top of the French league table in what may very well turn out to be the pivotal weekend of the 2007/08 season.

Derby lifeline for Roma

Brazilian forward Julio Baptista scored the winner five minutes after the break as AS Roma gave their season a welcome boost with a crucial 1-0 derby victory over 10-man Lazio on Sunday.

Local Snippets

Mymenisngh joined Faridpur, Rangpur and Habiganj in the finals of the 29th National Cricket Championship when they dumped Dhaka out of the competition with a three-wicket victory in the Tangail Zone final yesterday.

Geovanni salvages draw

Hull mid-fielder Geovanni returned to haunt Man-chester City as the Brazilian salvaged a 2-2 draw at the KC Stadium on Sunday.

Malik for hard work

Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik said Monday that hard work was needed ahead of next year's high-profile series against archrivals India, despite his team's 3-0 whitewash of the West Indies.

Federer ready to roll

Roger Federer winds down his tough season with Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe this week, playing a series of exhibitions despite the back injury that hampered his bid for a fifth Masters Cup.

Dyson blasts Windies

Frustrated West Indies coach John Dyson on Monday criticised the standard of the nation's domestic game, saying that it was failing to produce players ready for the rigours of international cricket. The West Indies, with four debutants in the squad, suffered a 3-0 whitewash against Pakistan in the one-day series here on Sunday -- a defeat Dyson hoped will provide several lessons for the future.

Sourav taking to field again!

Giving in to desperate requests from the Cricket Association of Bengal, former India captain Sourav Ganguly will return to cricket to represent Bengal, who are languishing in the Ranji Trophy Plate League.

Chess teams lose at Olympiad

Bangladesh men's and women's teams had a bad day at the 38th Chess Olympiad on Sunday, losing their fourth round matches to stronger opponents at Dresden, Germany.

Lippi pulls a surprise

Italy coach Marcello Lippi named one new face to his 22-man squad for Wednesday's friendly in Greece by calling up Udinese midfielder Gaetano D'Agostino.

Lucio out of Brazil squad

Injured Bayern Munich defender Lucio has pulled out of Brazil's squad to face Portugal in a friendly international on Wednesday, the Brazilian football federation (CBF) said.

Llorente out for a month

Villarreal striker Joseba Llorente will be out for a month after suffering a leg injury in Sunday's draw against Malaga, the club said Monday.

Gerrard, Lamps both out

England midfield duo Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard were both ruled out Monday from Wednesday's friendly international away to Germany in Berlin because of injuries they both suffered last weekend.

End of the road for Pauleta

Paris St Germain's all-time leading goalscorer Pauleta has announced his retirement at the age of 35.


Big players edge out minnows in tea trade

Six tea companies have grabbed over 80 percent share of the country's branded-tea market, driving others almost away from the scene.

Japan tips into recession

Japan became the latest major country to fall into recession Monday as global economic fears deepened after a Washington summit offered markets scant hope for action to contain the damage, analysts said.

Sheltech opens Tk 25cr hotel in Jan

Sheltech, one of the real estate leaders in Bangladesh, is set to inaugurate a Tk 25 crore hotel in Dhaka, as the company now eyes the hospitality sector and targets foreigners.

Banks fear deficit on slow import loan repayment

Commercial banks are likely to face a huge deficit this year following a delay in repayment of loans provided for import of commodities.

Shinepukur Ceramics eyes Tk 40cr net profit

Shinepukur Ceramics, a subsidiary of Beximco Group, has set a target of generating a net profit of Tk 40 crore within next two years, officials said.

Steel millers demand safeguard

Businessmen yesterday demanded that the government hikes import duty on MS (mild steel) rods to 25 percent from 7 percent to safeguard the local industry.

$15m US grant for installing radiation detector at Chittagong Port

The United States would provide a grant assistance of $ 15 million to Bangladesh for installing radiation detection equipment and associated infrastructure at Chittagong Seaport.

BoI's strategic plan for capacity building

A three-year 'Strategic Plan' was approved in principle yesterday to make the Board of Investment (BoI) a private sector-friendly world-class organisation.

ICC chief hails G20 leaders

International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Chairman Victor K Fung has lauded the G20 leaders for their commitment to conclude WTO's Doha development agenda and rejection of protectionism in the G20 Summit in Washington.

The quiet entrepreneur

Fourteen years ago, when Tahera Begum first started Arju Iron Store in Bogra, it was quite impossible to convince her family that she could succeed in business.

Reforming the revenue administration

Bangladesh is expected to be a Middle Income Country (MIC) by 2021, if not earlier. The country is also, so far, on track to achieving millennium development goals (MDGs) by 2015, which aims to reduce poverty and improve human development indicators. While we all are thinking of growing bigger and taking measures for developing our country, have we given a hard look on the financing aspect of the growth? How will we be able to finance growth? What are the ways of financing growth?

Citigroup to slash 50,000 jobs worldwide

Citigroup said Monday it would cut up to 50,000 jobs worldwide as the US banking giant struggles with the global financial crisis and four consecutive quarters of heavy losses.

Global stocks dive

World stock markets fell heavily on Monday as recession spread to Japan, overshadowing a weekend summit in Washington that was aimed at calming the economic crisis, analysts said.

Oil prices fall as Opec dampens cut prospect

Oil prices fell on Monday after the Opec crude cartel talked down a possible cut to output, while news of a recession in Japan stoked fears about weak global demand, analysts said.

Dhaka stocks slip for second day

The Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) posted sluggish turnover yesterday. The benchmark index slipped for a second day.

Barroso backs EU fiscal stimulus plan

Europe needs a continent-wide fiscal stimulus plan, European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso said on Monday adding that "exceptional moments... need exceptional measures."

Two China airlines to get govt aid

The parent companies of China Eastern Airlines and China Southern Airlines are expected to each get three billion yuan (440 million dollars) to tide them over hard times, state media reported Monday.

HSBC cuts 450 jobs in HK

Global banking giant HSBC said Monday it has cut 450 staff in Hong Kong in anticipation of a deteriorating global economy next year.

IMF wants $100b more

The International Monetary Fund needs 100 billion more dollars (79 billion euros) over the next six months to cope with increased demand, its chief said in an interview aired Monday.

Eurozone trade deficit narrows

The 15-nation eurozone saw its trade gap with the rest of the world narrow in September, but the performance pales when compared to the surplus registered in the same month last year, official figures showed Monday.

KfW posts loss of 1.8b euros

The German state-owned development bank KfW has recorded a loss of 1.8 billion euros (2.26 billion dollars) for the first nine months of the year, a statement said on Monday.


Incorporate rights issues of women in poll manifestos

Speakers at a press conference called on the political parties yesterday to incorporate the rights issues of women and labourers in their election manifestos for the next general elections.

'Lift restriction on NGO executives'

Speakers at a roundtable yesterday demanded withdrawal of the restriction under the Representation of the People Order (RPO) barring the chief executives of NGOs from taking part in general election within three years of their resignation from the NGO.

Call to make women issues integral part of nat'l dev

Speakers at a workshop yesterday underscored the need for making women development issues an integral part of the national development programme and establishing them as equal partners in the development process.

3 die, 6 fall ill after taking deworming medicine

Three died and six others fell seriously ill shortly after taking deworming medicines yesterday afternoon.

Childhood development conference begins

The third national early childhood development (ECD) conference began in the city yesterday.

Angry AL activists set fire to party office in Bogra

Agitating Awami League activists set fire to the party office at Adamdighi and staged demonstrations yesterday protesting the party's nomination to former BNP lawmaker Maj Gen (retd) Golam Moula as its candidate from Bogra-3 constituency.

Preserve ethnic languages for cultural diversity

Speakers at a seminar yesterday said mother language is a priceless asset of a nation and the nation who neglects its mother tongue turns into a rootless refugee.

Use of insecticide-treated mosquito nets can reduce malaria deaths

Speakers at a roundtable yesterday said insecticide-treated mosquito nets could help reduce deaths due to malaria effectively.

Bamboo-clay school architects receive Aga Khan Award

Two architects of the hand-built bamboo-clay school at Rudrapur in Dinajpur, which won the prestigious Aga Khan Award for Architecture-2007, received the awards at a programme at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in the city yesterday.

Call to ensure participation of minority people in polls

The Forum for Secular Bangladesh and Trial of War Criminals of 1971 yesterday demanded deployment of adequate election monitoring teams to help ensure participation of ethnic and religious minority communities in the forthcoming parliamentary election.

Separate body needed to save rivers, canals

A separate body is needed to save the rivers and canals in and around the capital from being polluted, said the speakers at a discussion yesterday.

Citi financial quiz contest launched

The Citi Foundation yesterday launched a quiz contest styled 'Citi Financial Quiz Compe-tition 2008' in order to promote financial education in Bangla-desh, says a press release.

Indian sarees worth Tk 1 cr seized

BDR members seized a huge number of Indian saree worth about Tk 1.05 crore during separate raids in Sadar South upazila early yesterday.

Headman of Singapa Mouza shot dead

Unidentified miscreants shot Pai Thoai U Marma, headman of Singapa Mouza, dead at Thanchi in Bandarban yesterday noon.

DU students beat 2 Chhatra Mukti activists

A group of Dhaka University (DU) students yesterday beat up two activists of Chhatra Mukti, student wing of outlawed Hizb ut-Tahrir, while holding a rally on the university campus.

Spice Catering celebrates 4th anniversary

Spice Catering Ltd celebrated its 4th anniversary with 'Food Festival-2008' at Baridhara Bashundhara Convention Centre in the city recently, says a press release.

HC dismisses writ challenging govt decision to give facilities to US-led forces in 2001

The High Court (HC) yesterday dismissed a long-pending writ petition challenging the legality of the then caretaker government's decision to provide seaports, airspace and refueling facilities to US-led coalition forces to carry attack on Afghanistan in 2001.

Sale of Dhaka Dental College admission forms begins

Sale of admission forms for first year courses at Dhaka Dental College and Hospital (DDCH) resumed yesterday after twelve days' student strike.

Management Net reunion

Management Net, an organisation of ex-students of 10 batches of the Department of Management ('83-'92), Dhaka University, is going to organise a daylong grand reunion at the Teacher-Students Centre (TSC) on November 28, says a press release.

Photographic field guide to wildlife launched

The first ever definitive field guide to the wildlife of protected forest areas of Bangladesh was released in the city on Sunday.

3 teenage girls rescued from traffickers, four held

Gopalganj police rescued three teenage girls and arrested four alleged traffickers from a house at Fakirerpool in Dhaka city yesterday.

President, CA greet sultan of Oman

President Iajuddin Ahmed and Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed have greeted the Sultan of Oman, Qaboos Bin Said, on the occasion of the National Day of his country today.

GP organises free eye camp in Tangail

Grameenphone and Sightsavers International jointly organised a free eye camp at the 'Bhashani Hall' in Tangail yesterday to provide services to the economically disadvantaged people, says a press release.

Appeal for help

Nilufa Begum, wife of Mobarak Hossain Khan, an employee of Rangs Industries Ltd, has been suffering from Hepatitis-C, says a press release.

Crop Protection Assoc executives

M Azmal Hossain of FMC Chemical International and Musfiqur Rahman of Haychem (Bangladesh) Limited were elected chairman and general secretary of Bangladesh Crop Protection Association (BCPA), says a press release.


AL won't 'surrender' Satkhira-1, 2, 4 to alliance partners

Declaration of candidature of Jatiya Party (Ershad) and Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) in three constituencies in Satkhira have annoyed the Awami League rank and file in the district.

AL selects candidates in 36 JS seats in Khulna division

Awami League has selected candidates in 36 constituencies in Khulna division. Names of candidates will be formally announced after discussion with components of the grand alliance on the issue of allotment of seats, said a highly placed source of Khulna Awami League.

4-party gains in Khulna-6, AL in Khulna-1

Delimitation of Khulna-6 (Koira-Paikgachha) constituency has affected vote bank of Awami League (AL) and benefited BNP-led four-party alliance as Deluti union has been sliced from Khulna-6 and added with Khulna-1 (Dakope-Batiaghata) constituency.

15 AL leaders resign protesting central decision

Fifteen members of Galachipa upazilz unit of Awami League yesterday submitted their resignation from the party protesting central AL's reported decision to nominate Golam Moula Roni, a member of the party in ward no. 54 in Dhaka city, to contest in the upcoming parliamentary election from Patuakhali-3 constituency (Galachipa-Dasmina).

Tributes paid to Bhasani

Different socio-cultural and political organisations yesterday paid tributes to the memory of Maolana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani, on 32nd anniversary of death of the great leader .

AL men to boycott 'non-party' man in Rajshahi-5

Several hundred leaders and activists of Awami League and its front organisations in Puthia and Durgapur upazilas at a press conference yesterday expressed dissatisfaction over declaration of 'non-political person' Kazi Abdul Wadud Dara as candidate from Rajshahi-5 (Puthia-Durgapur) constituency to contest in December 18 parliamentary election.

Pabna Medical College starts this session

Pabna Medical College will start functioning from the current session .

Innovative smugglers

Rab and police Sunday night recovered 250 bottles of phensidyl packed in coconut trees.

93 PSTU staff demand job regularisation

Ninety-three temporarily appointed staff of Patuakhali Science and Technology University (PSTU) yesterday staged a two-hour sit-in programme at the administrative building demanding regularisation of their job and increase of salaries.

EU team ends visit to Khulna

The two-member EU team on Sunday ended their three-day visit to Khulna and Bagerhat districts where they inspected shrimp processing factories, landing centres, shrimp enclosures, hatcheries and some fish feed shops.


'Friends of Pakistan' pledge support to Islamabad

A group dubbing itself "Friends of Pakistan" pledged support to the extremism-hit country at a meeting in Abu Dhabi yesterday during which a "framework" for cooperation was discussed, a top official said.

Karzai offers Taliban head security in talks

Afghan President Hamid Karzai offered Sunday to provide security for the Taliban's reclusive leader if he agrees to enter peace talks, and said the US and other Western nations could leave the country or oust him if they disagree.

Lanka troops take 2 more towns from Tigers

Sri Lankan troops yesterday captured two more strategic towns from Tamil Tiger rebels following fierce fighting in the north of the island, the defence ministry said.

Tibetan exiles rethink struggle against Chinese rule

Leading Tibetan exiles began a week-long meeting Monday in northern India that could usher in a more radical approach to their long struggle against Chinese rule in Tibet.

Abbas to press Olmert to maintain Gaza truce

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas was expected to press Ehud Olmert yesterday to maintain a ceasefire in Gaza even though the Israeli prime minister accused Hamas of "shattering" the truce.

Pakistan may become a 'failed state'

Fearing that Pakistan could become a "failed state", former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger today said the Barack Obama administration will be faced with the challenge of preventing that as it could be an "extraordinary" situation considering that Pakistan has nuclear weapons.

Suspected ETA military chief arrested in France

French authorities said Monday they had captured the suspected military chief of the Basque separatist group ETA, Miguel De Garikoitz Aspiazu Rubina, alias "Txeroki", dealing the group a major blow.

US supply trucks resume travel thru' Khyber Pass

Security forces escorted container trucks and oil tankers through the Khyber Pass yesterday after Pakistan reopened the route critical to transporting supplies to Nato and US troops in Afghanistan.

Fighting in Congo despite rebel promises to UN

Congo's army clashed with rebels in some of the worst fighting in a week despite the rebel leader's promise to support a cease-fire, the United Nations said Monday.

BJP warns Cong of consequences if RSS, VHP banned

Former BJP president Venkaiah Naidu yesterday warned of dire consequences if the ruling Congress and the UPA Government banned organisations like the Rashtriya Seva Sangh (RSS) and Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP).

Iraqis want US troops out, but fear for the future

Many Iraqis welcomed the government's decision Sunday to approve a military pact that includes a timetable for the withdrawal of US troops, but feared Iraq will not be able to defend itself without them.

Nepal begins work on new constitution

Lawmakers in Maoist-run Nepal have officially started work on a new constitution for the young republic, officials said yesterday.

Indonesia quake kills 4, topples homes

A powerful 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck off the Indonesian island of Sulawesi yesterday, killing four people, toppling homes and triggering tsunami warnings that sparked widespread panic.

Even as winds calm, more Californians flee fires

More residents of Southern California were urged to leave their homes Sunday despite calming winds that allowed a major aerial attack on wildfires that have destroyed hundreds of homes and blanketed the region in smoke.

Zardari seeks Drone tech from US

President Asif Ali Zardari has voiced the hope that President-elect Barack Obama's administration in the US will recognise Islamabad's key anti-terror role and understand the fact that Pakistan has been a victim of terrorism.

Floods under Antarctic ice speed glaciers into sea: study

Scientists unveiled Sunday the first direct evidence that massive floods deep below Antarctica's ice cover are accelerating the flow of glaciers into the sea.

Sudan police arrest 60 journalists

Sudanese police detained more than 60 journalists, herding them into a truck after they protested against draconian censorship outside parliament yesterday, witnesses and reporters said.

Flooding traps 33 in Chinese coal mine

Thirty-three workers were trapped when a coalmine in central China's Henan province flooded yesterday, state media reported.

Journalist murdered in Philippines

A journalist and radio show host who frequently criticised corruption was shot dead in the Philippines yesterday, local radio reported.

Arts & Entertainment

Mayar Khela staged on Ranada’s birthday

Students of Bharateswari Homes, a residential girls school at Mirzapur, Tangail, on Saturday staged “Mayar Khela”, a dance drama by Rabindranath Tagore, on the occasion of the 112th birth anniversary of Raibahadur Ranada Prasad Saha, the founder of Kumudini Welfare Trust.

Three-day Theatre Festival in Pabna concludes

A three-day long theatre festival organised by 'Manobadhikar Nattya Parishad' concluded on November 15 in Pabna. A discussion and cultural programme were held on the concluding day. Several cultural organisations participated at the festival in which twelve plays were staged.

Cultural programme on National Agriculture Day

National Agriculture Day was observed in Faridpur for the first time with an impressive cultural programme last Saturday.

Viable cultural platform needed

As part of the ongoing movement for a stronger cultural platform and demanding the reinstallation of the 'baul' sculptures at the airport roundabout, 'Shachetan Shilpi Shamaj' arranged a daylong concert at the Rabindra Sarobar, Dhanmondi on November 15.

Folk festival in Sylhet

The Mayor of Sylhet City Corporation Badaruddin Ahmed Kamran has said that the country's folk music heritage is in a crisis now. “We'll have to confront these forces working against our traditions to uphold our identity,” the mayor said. He was speaking as the chief guest at the inaugural of a daylong folk festival last Friday. Bangla Folk Media organised the event at Saroda Hall in the city.

An evening of classics: Musical soiree at Bengal Shilpalaya

On November 16, music aficionados gathered at Bengal Shilpalaya for an evening of music. The soiree titled “Pran-er Khela” organised by Bengal Foundation featured performances by singers Mahiuzzaman Chowdhury and Fahmida Nabi.

“HSBC-Kali O Kalom Tarun Kobi O Tarun Lekhak” award launched

The monthly literary magazine “Kali O Kalom” in association with multi-national bank HSBC has taken an initiative to encourage young poets and writers of the country. The two organisations have announced an award titled "HSBC-Kali O Kalom Tarun Kobi O Tarun Lekhak Purashkar" at a press conference held at Bengal Shilpalaya, Dhanmondi yesterday.


'People have no reason to have trust in the major political parties'

Eminent educationist and author, Prof. Serajul Islam Chowdhury was born on June 23 in 1936, in Dhaka. He did his matriculation from St Gregory's High School in 1950 and passed from Notre Dame College in 1952. He obtained his Honours and MA in English Literature from Dhaka University in 1955 and 1956. He obtained his PhD degree from University of Leicester in UK. He also studied in University of Leeds in UK. He joined the Department of English of Dhaka University as a lecturer in 1957 and retired in 2002, and was conferred the Emeritus Professor of Dhaka University. Wasim Bin Habib took the interview.

Obama's perceived foreign policy

THERE are two main currents of diplomatic theory: the theory of the military and political caste and the other a more bourgeois conception. The former tends towards power-politics and is concerned with national prestige, status, precedence, and glamour. The latter tends towards profit-politics, and is mainly preoccupied with appeasement, conciliation, compromise and credit. These tendencies frequently overlap. It is the differences between these two tendencies that throw a clearer light on the development of diplomacy.

Math for beginners

YOU don't have to be brilliant at math to be a business person or even an accountant, they say. ANYONE can do it. This claim is insightful, reassuring, and completely wrong.

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