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News of: Monday, 1st of December, 2008

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EPR convicts' poll hopes over

The High Court (HC) yesterday upheld the constitutional provision for disqualifying a person from contesting parliamentary elections if they are sentenced to not less than a two-year term under the Emergency Power Rules (EPR).

JP manages 50 seats from AL

Awami League (AL) and Jatiya Party (JP) finally struck a bargain over seat sharing last night after a day of high drama that at times had threatened to break up the electoral union between the parties.

Hannan, 13 other Huji men charged

Over seven and a half years after the Ramna Batamul blast, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) yesterday pressed charges against 14 operatives of banned Islamist outfit Harkatul Jihad Al Islami (Huji) in two cases filed for the carnage.

4-party yet to strike poll deal

BNP and its allies submitted nomination papers separately across the country on the last date yesterday as the alliance leaders failed to reach an agreement over seat sharing for the upcoming parliamentary election.

6 sent to jail for damaging sculpture in Motijheel

Six activists of Ulama Anjuman-e Al-Bayinat who partially vandalised the sculpture 'Balaka' in front of the Hotel Purbani International in Motijheel on Saturday night were sent to jail yesterday.

Indian home minister, security adviser quit

Indian Home Minister Shivraj Patil resigned yesterday facing severe criticism for handling of internal security during the terror attacks on Mumbai.

SQ Chy, other Ctg candidates violate rules

Several nominees of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and a few independent candidates staged big showdowns in Chittagong yesterday by gathering party activists and supporters during submission of nomination papers violating the electoral code of conduct.

Khaleda Zia claims to be self-educated

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has claimed to be self-educated in the affidavit attached with her nomination paper submitted for the Bogra-6 constituency.

Nomination papers fewer than in last 4 elections

A total of 2,460 nomination papers were filed with the Election Commission (EC) for the upcoming parliamentary election, record low since the 1991 national election, commission sources said last night.

Babar stripped of division status in jail

Jail authorities again caught detained former BNP state minister for home affairs Lutfozzaman Babar talking on a cellphone at a cabin of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU).

Bhuiyan, other 'reformists' submit papers independently

Former BNP secretary general Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan and nine former BNP lawmakers, who failed to get party nomination for siding with him after the changeover of 1/11, filed nomination papers with the Election Commission (EC) yesterday as independent candidates.

AL, BNP rejects in race as independent

Failing to get party tickets, leaders of Awami League (AL) and BNP submitted nomination papers as independent candidates in many constituencies on the last day for filing nomination papers yesterday.

EC rule barring Ctg mayor from polls stayed

The High Court (HC) yesterday stayed until December 3 the operation of the Election Commission's (EC) decision banning Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury from contesting the parliamentary polls.

Cry for Eid tickets

Homebound people have been facing numerous difficulties in collecting bus, launch and train tickets ahead of the Eid-ul-Azha.

Case hearing adjourned till Dec 3

A Dhaka court yesterday adjourned the hearing of grenade attack cases until December 3 following time petitions by the prosecution.

ANFREL to bring 70 poll observers

The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) Foundation, an international election observation mission, will engage about 70 international observers in 35 districts across the country to monitor the upcoming parliamentary elections at the invitation of the Election Commission.

Advisers okay merger of BSB, BSRS

The Council of Advisers yesterday approved a proposal for forming Bangladesh Development Bank Ltd (BDBL), a public limited company, through the merger of Bangladesh Shilpa Bank (BSB) and Bangladesh Shilpa Rin Sangstha (BSRS).

Editorial

Party nominations for Jatiyo Sangsad polls

THE major political parties have announced the names of their nominees for this month's general elections. Though the nomination process is yet to be completed, we feel we are now in a position to make some initial comments on some of the trends already manifested by the nominations.

400 years of Dhaka

DHAKA City has crossed the enviable milestone of 400 years as the oldest city in this part of the subcontinent. The event was officially inaugurated on Friday with the chief adviser of the caretaker government cutting the ribbon. The celebrations would continue for three years to mark the grand occasion. Founded by the Mughals in 17th century, Dhaka saw rapid growth during the British Raj in the late 19th and early 20th century, a period when many eye-catching office buildings and residential quarters were built and concrete roads constructed. Residents were introduced to electricity, telephone and automobiles, and new destinations were brought under the railway and steamer network. For the first time in late '30s and early '40s new residential enclaves were built up in a planned way. In fact, by the 40s Dhaka became a modern city worth its name. Lofty trees, large ponds and playgrounds became some of the integral features of Dhaka.

Who will have the last laugh?

A hiatus of two years after despicable rule has done wonders by resuscitating a comatose BNP back to life. During the period, much of its misdeeds and miasma have been buried under the thick crust of the shifting sands of time and obfuscated by the nation's collective amnesia. None of the excesses perpetrated by the so- called Hawa Bhaban is put to question; neither is the high-handedness of Tariq Zia or Babar a subject of scrutiny anymore.

Election expectations

AT long last, the nation heaved a sigh of relief. It is indeed good to note that, other things remaining the same, a new government will take over next year. The overdue election is scheduled to be held on December 29, after which an elected government will assume power.

Right tilt

AS India's security and intelligence forces work in the coming days to find the identity of the terrorists who attacked the country's financial capital, Indians in several states across the country will head for the polls to choose members of their state assemblies. The states of Delhi and Mizoram hold elections on Saturday, Rajasthan in the northwest will vote on Dec. 4, and Jammu and Kashmir is holding an ongoing election through December 24. These states, together with Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh, which also polled this month, account for over 180 million of the country's 1.1 billion population.

Sports

Nasir spurs MSC

Mohammedan buried their recent poor form in the Citycell B. League with a dramatic come-from-behind 2-1 win against Farashganj at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

India calls off Pak tour?

India's government has refused permission to send a cricket team for a full tour of Pakistan early next year following the deadly Mumbai attacks, Indian television reported on Sunday.

Rooney century sinks City

Cristiano Ronaldo was sent off for the third time in his Manchester United career as Wayne Rooney's 100th goal in club football sealed a 1-0 victory for Sir Alex Ferguson's men against Manchester City at Eastlands on Sunday.

Barisal's chance to further lead

Barisal take on Sylhet today in one of three eighth round matches of the Ispahani Mirzapore Tea 10th National Cricket League.

Dinajpur last into semis

Dinajpur set up a semifinal clash with northern rivals Rangpur after a four-wicket win over Moulavibazar in the last quarterfinal of the 29th National Cricket League at the Shamsul Huda Stadium in Jessore yesterday.

Tour decision tomorrow

England's cricketers will not be forced to return to India for the two-Test series between the two countries, the managing director for England cricket said Saturday although a decision could come by Monday.

Haddin drives Aussies

The wicketkeeper Brad Haddin found himself as a Test player and allowed himself to relax during an entertaining 169 that swept the match from New Zealand and confirmed his international future. Haddin, playing his ninth game as Adam Gilchrist's replacement, was the aggressor throughout the day and comfortably outscored the more considered Michael Clarke, who posted 110.

SL whitewash Zimbabwe

Sri Lanka beat Zimbabwe by 19 runs here on Sunday to complete a 5-0 whitewash in their one-day series.

Blistering Barcelona

A brace from Lionel Messi helped Barcelona clinch a 3-0 victory over Sevilla on Saturday and open a six-point lead at the top of the Spanish league as Real Madrid crashed 3-1 at city rivals Getafe.

Stage set for Friday

Title rivals Bayern Munich and Hoffenheim remain on a collision course to decide who is the Bundesliga's best on Friday night after both teams picked up wins at the weekend.

Bayern set for Tymoschuk?

Defending Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich are set to sign Ukrainian midfielder Anatoliy Tymoschuk for 15 million euros (19 million US dollars), German tabloid Bild reported on Sunday.

Metzelder has to play: Loew

Germany coach Joachim Loew on Sunday advised Real Madrid defender Christoph Metzelder to consider leaving the Spanish giants in order to get more match practice and save his international career.

Fergie staying put yet

Sir Alex Ferguson has upset predictions on his possible retirement date after declaring he will will remain in the Manchester United hot seat for some time yet.

Dropped catches costly

Two dropped catches significantly increased New Zealand's deficit in Adelaide, where they face an enormous challenge to save the Test with two days remaining. On a day when Ross Taylor snared a one-handed blinder at first slip to remove Brett Lee, New Zealand could only wonder how Daniel Flynn and Daniel Vettori put down sitters earlier in the afternoon.

Sehwag Warne's choice

Virender Sehwag was facing Pakistan's medium-fast bowler Abdul Razzaq, who was reverse-swinging the ball, and the way the Indian handled him is narrated in an interesting story in Australia's legendary spinner Shane Warne's just released book.

'Going back not in my mind'

Steve Harmison has said the decision each player will have to make about whether to return to India will be among "the most important of their lives" but insisted now was not the time to make rash judgements.

KP hasn't slept since Nov 26

England skipper Kevin Pietersen, whose team are expected to decide whether or not to return to India by Monday, has admitted he hasn't slept since the Mumbai terror attacks.

'Safety can't be guaranteed'

If England do return to India to play the two Tests, it appears quite possible that some of the squad will chose to remain at home, leaving the selectors to make some hasty reshuffling. However, Michael Vaughan, who was in Bangalore with the England High Performance team at the time of the attacks in Mumbai, has warned that doing so might not be straightforward.

Business

Merchant banks move to prop up market

In a move to stop the stock market from a freefall, merchant bankers yesterday decided not to sell any share from their own portfolios ahead of Eid holidays.

No gas price hike for now

Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commi-ssion (BERC) has announced that gas price will not be hiked for the time being.

BTRC rolls out telecom network guidelines

The telecom watchdog has announced a set of guidelines for a telecom network in an effort to minimise the waste of national resources from developing individual networks.

UN meet to avoid failure: Oxfam

A UN conference in Doha on aid to developing nations is set to avoid "total failure" because of a new sense of urgency among negotiators, a non-government aid agency said on Sunday.

DBBL launches ATM booths on wheels

Dutch-Bangla Bank Limited (DBBL) yesterday launched two mobile ATM booths, the first of its kind in Bangladesh, to provide "improved services" to clients.

Starwood to manage Sheraton up to March

Starwood, the company assigned for management of Dhaka Sheraton Hotel, signed Saturday a contract with the hotel's owning company Bangladesh Services Limited (BSL) to extend its tenure of service up to March 31.

Joint efforts to combat money laundering

Different agencies and government institutions, including the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC), Bangladesh Bank (BB) and other financial institutions, should work together to eliminate money laundering, said the ACC chairman yesterday.

Weavers shift focus to stay afloat

Weaver Abdus Sobhan Mian pauses to rest his aching feet and hands. After a long deep breath, he renews the shuttle with red yarn.

Attacks chill India economic prospects

The deadly Islamist militant strike on India's financial nerve centre clouds the future of Asia's third-largest economy at a time when it already faces a significant slowdown, analysts say.

Wall Street expects cheer

Wall Street finally found something to cheer about as the holiday season kicks off, offering hope that the battered stock market has turned a corner.

Dhaka-Istanbul air service planned

Turkey plans to introduce direct air service between Dhaka and Istanbul from 2009 for further strengthening the existing ties between the two countries, particularly through enhancing economic cooperation.

NBR chief warns legal action against tax-dodgers

The National Board of Revenue (NBR) will go after the people whose income taxes are not proportionate with their lifestyle, chairman Muhammad Abdul Mazid said yesterday.

Action plan on skilled manpower reviewed

A national panel yesterday reviewed a 14-point action plan to groom skilled manpower suiting contemporary job requirements at home and abroad.

Singapore-KL air travel opens today

More than 70 years after the first Singapore-Kuala Lumpur commercial flight, all restrictions will be lifted on airlines flying between the two cities from today.

Nokia moves to make people mobile-savvy

Nokia, a leading mobile-set manufacturer, launched a new programme in Mymensingh yesterday to educate new and rural subscribers about the necessity of mobile technology to help cope with the tech-driven world.

Poland adopts 24b euros aid package

Poland adopted Sunday an economic package for 2009-2010 valued at 24 billion euros (30 billion dollars) to help weather the global financial crisis, as it revised downwards its growth forecast.

Opec braces for tough time

The Opec oil exporting cartel, suffering from plummeting oil prices, faces further pain next year as a worldwide recession dampens demand for crude even more, analysts believe.

Oil market oversupplied, says Iran

Crude producer Iran said on Sunday that the world oil market is oversupplied by two million barrels a day after Opec decided to leave its oil output quota unchanged amid falling prices.

Citigroup to sell trust banking unit in Japan

US banking giant Citigroup, beset by the global financial turmoil, has decided to sell its Japanese trust banking unit NikkoCiti Trust and Banking, reports said Sunday.

German minister calls stimulus plan 'ineffective populism’

German Finance Minister Peer Steinbrueck has defended Berlin's refusal to back a proposed multi-billion-euro economic stimulus plan, dismissing it as "ineffective populist measures".

SKorea's Hyundai Motor cuts domestic production

South Korea's Hyundai Motor plans to cut domestic production due to slowing demand, following production cuts in its US plants, a company spokesperson said Sunday.

Dubai property giant sacks 500

Dubai property giant Nakheel -- behind such grandiose projects as a one-kilometre tower and artificial palm-shaped islands -- said Sunday it has fired 500 staff because of the global financial crisis.

Metropolitan

Call to nurture diverse cultural traditions

Speakers at an album launching ceremony yesterday said private organisations should come forward with an aim to nurture the country's diverse cultural traditions as well as to uphold its cultural heritage.

42 die, 111 get infected, 288 HIV positive this yr

At least 42 people died of AIDS, 111 others got infected with HIV and 288 found HIV positive this year, said a high official of the health and family welfare ministry at a roundtable in the city yesterday.

No conflict with Bangladesh

Myanmar Ambassador to Dhaka U Phae Thann Oo yesterday said there is no conflict between his country and Bangladesh.

'30,000 children die a year'

Over 30,000 children die of preventable injuries every year, while 13,000 children become disabled and 20 lakh children get injured from different injuries in Bangladesh, revealed a survey at a daylong national workshop yesterday.

Prosecution witnesses' deposition recorded

The Sylhet Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal yesterday took deposition of 11 prosecution witnesses in the case for grenade attack on the British High Commissioner at the shrine of Hazrat Shahjalal (RA) on May 21, 2004.

2 muggers to die, 7 others get life

A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced two muggers to death and seven others to life in jail for killing HM Arefin Alam Rusho, a BBA graduate from North South University, in May last year.

Need for planned city stressed

The 400th anniversary of Dhaka city as a capital was celebrated on the Dhaka University campus yesterday amid much enthusiasm among its teachers and students.

2 get 14 yrs for ransacking Chuadanga court

Lawyers of Chuadanga district court yesterday vandalised a courtroom and staged a demonstration against conviction of newly elected pourasava mayor and a local Awami League leader.

CMP website launched

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Nur Mohammad yesterday called upon all to help police perform their duties.

JMB man remanded

A court in Habiganj yesterday granted seven-day remand for JMB activist Badrul Alam Mizan in connection with the case for killing SAMS Kibria and four others at Baidyer bazaar on January 27 in 2005.

NDC team calls on president

A delegation comprising faculty members and students of the National Defense College (NDC) yesterday called on President Iajuddin Ahmed at Bangabhaban.

RU admission test results published

The results of the 1st year admission tests of Rajshahi University under its 30 departments for the academic session 2008-'09 were published yesterday.

2 get life for killing old man

A court in Chapainawabganj yesterday sentenced two people to death for killing an old man.

EU delegation visits Pabna

A European Union (EU) election observing team visited Pabna yesterday.

Int'l Press Instt delegation meets CEC

The visiting International Press Institute (IPI) delegation called on Chief Election Commissioner Dr ATM Shamsul Huda at his office yesterday and discussed the role of the media in the general election.

CA's meeting with Khulna div officials

Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmad will attend a view exchange meeting with government officials of Khulna division at 10:15am today at the conference room of Deputy Commissioner of Khulna, says a PID handout.

Tayebur shifted to DMCH

Convicted former mayor of KCC Sheikh Tayebur Rahman was sent to Dhaka on Saturday night and later admitted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) for better treatment.

Shamim, Pathik elected DRU president, secy

Shamim Ahmad, UNB chief of correspondents, and Pathick Saha, chief reporter of Bhorerdak, were elected president and secretary of Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU) yesterday.

National

BNP office locked protesting nomination to 'stranger'

Aggrieved at BNP nomination to Jatiya Ganatantrik Party leader Md Shafiul Alam for Dinajpur-3 constituency, local BNP men locked Dinajpur BNP office protesting the decision.

AL, BNP both say no to 'reformists'

Reformist leaders have been left aside in nomination by both Awami League and BNP in Sylhet region for the upcoming national election.

Discontent brews in Moulvibazar-2 as Big Two field new faces

Fielding of new faces by both Awami League and BNP in Moulvibazar-2 (Kulaura and four unions of Kamalganj) constituency has given rise to discontent among grassroots leaders and activists of the two major political parties.

Nomination changes widen rift in Jhenidah AL

Change of candidates by the Awami League high command has widened rift among the leaders and workers of the party in Jhenidah 2, 3 and 4 constituencies.

3-variety six aspirants

Only two out of six Awami League (AL)-nominated candidates in the district are veteran party leaders.

BNP men agitate for aspirant

Local BNP leaders, workers and supporters became agitated as industrialist and young BNP leader Sheikh Farid Ahmed Manik did not get nomination from Chandpur-3 (Sadar and Haimchar) constituency.

Jamaat grumbles for tickets in Bogra-4,5

Jamaat-e-Islami leaders in Bogra are unhappy for not getting party candidates in Bogra- 4 (Khaloo-Nandigram) and Bogra -5 (Sherpur- Dhanut).

AL fields four new faces in Gaibandha

AL this time choose new faces ignoring many of the dedicated leaders in fielding candidates in four constituencies of Gaibandha district out of five in upcoming general election.

Soren for AL ticket from Dinajpur-6

Rabindra Nath Soren, General Secretary of National Indigenous Council and also a Workers Party nominated candidate from Dinajpur-6 Saturday sought AL chief's support to vie the 9th national election as a AL led grand alliance candidate as Dinajpur-6 constituency has huge number of indigenous people.

Letters

Terrorist attack in Mumbai

This latest attack is terrible and needs to be condemned by all sane people. Having said that, an analysis of the problem is also required by sane minds. The primary reason for terrorism in the world-- be it in India, Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan, or Sri Lanka etc-- is for control of territory or creation of a State, and has nothing to do with establishing supremacy of one religion over another. Once such control of territory is established we have secondary terrorism between the sects of the same religion, or majority versus minority conflicts within the same territory ( Taliban type versus moderate Muslims or other minority; Shia v, Sunni, or say revivalist Hindus v. secular Hindus, or Muslims etc).

Arsenic problem

Arsenic was first detected in Bangladesh in 1984. During that period about 2,500 shallow tube-wells were tested in 34 districts out of which each and every tube-well was detected arsenic contaminated. Another survey conducted jointly by the DPHL (Department of Public Health Engineering) and British Geological survey 2000 showed that more that 90% of the shallow tube-wells in the most seriously arsenic polluted areas produced contaminated water exceeding .05 mg/1ml of arsenic. It is also marked that the most affected area in Bangladesh is North Bengal. Thousands of people in Bangladesh are suffering from arsenic poisoning and more are being affected every day.

Increase trade within Asia

To escape the vicissitude of consumerism in the industrialised West, the Asia countries should increase trading within Asia, to be more independent of external capitalistic tendencies. Other targets Africa and S America, where the standards of living are rising.

Rangamati

The serene atmospheres of Rangamati not only attracts locals but also foreigners. It can be developed into a world-class tourist spot.

Beware of capitalism!

Modern civilization is the contribution of the poor people who depend on their own hard work. In return they were deprived & are being deprived still. They are the capital of the rich class. The way the poor are being deprived, though not being considered as slavery, is nothing but modern slavery.

Change

For God's sake turn over your mind and be a part of change. Yes, change we need, indeed.

Attack on heritage

I was dumbfounded when I saw the news in The Daily Star. How desperate and strong the Islamist groups are now that they can force the government to remove sculptures from an important place. This was a good step by the government to set up sculptures on airport premises. This step would reflect our rich culture to foreigners. But our government has failed. Now my question is if our government is scared about Islamist groups, then can't we guess a time when these groups will try to destroy the memories of the war of liberation?

Campus terrorists

I am one of the hundreds of victims of session jams which took away valuable time from my life during my days as a student at Dhaka University in the 80s. I am proud that the general students of my university did play a pivotal role in ridding the nation of the autocratic regime of Ershad's military junta. I do applaud the leadership of several political leaders at Dhaka University at that time. But I also do recall the killings that took place in gun battles during that time. The whole nation knows the names of several groups that were actively involved in militant politics on Dhaka University campus during that time. Many of the leaders of the so-called armed groups are now engaged in national politics openly. No cases were filed against them and serious allegations are there against the inactive role of the police in those forgotten cases of criminal nature. We have forgotten names like Mamun, Mirza, Bosunia, Shaheed and many others who are now dead. Law might have forgotten to take action against the perpetrators of such criminal activities but we, as the students of the then Dhaka University, have not and will not forget their names.

Children

Professor S M A Faiz, Vice Chancellor, Dhaka University while inaugurating a two-day 'Teaching seminar on child rights' recently urged all to come forward to protect the basic rights of children, which include right to education. Terming children as the future of the country, Prof. Faiz emphasized the need for resolving the problems being faced by them.

AL nomination process

As usual it started very well. Grassroots leaders chose their candidates democratically. Hope and enthusiasm flushed in the faces of dedicated workers of the AL, the party set to participate and win the election. But soon the dirty cat came out of the bag. In many places the weakest of the five was nominated, whereas in other places persons not recommended by grassroots leaders got the ticket. Some were selected not on the basis of their popularity but on the weight of their purse. It is rumoured that the AL nominated 122 candidates ignoring their chance of success. In many places non-locals have been planted, which irked the local workers. In urban and metropolitan areas transplantation may work but in a rural constituency such adventure will definitely backfire. The weight of the opposition candidates is also not taken into account in fielding candidates.

Will they wake up?

People of the United States of America made history by electing Barack Obama a black young man as their President for the first time. The entire world, with great enthusiasm, cherished the victory of Barack Obama.

Traffic congestion

A news item in some newspapers stated, “Bangladesh Railway has agreed to suspend rail operations between Tejgaon and Kamalapur stations during the peak travel hours to reduce tailback in the capital. The move follows a recent request from the Dhaka Metropolitan Police to the railway authorities for assistance in mitigating huge tailbacks that become a common feature in the capital city. According to DMP, many of the city's roads are too frequently blocked for trains arriving at or leaving Kamalapur Railway Station.”

Life of the disabled

I have long been contemplating to write on the disabled. Disability related writing is normally done by persons who are not disabled. Long ago I read an article by Sylvia Mortoza in which she narrated the miserable plight of her being paralysed. As she was a victim, her description was very authentic. It was a tragic part of life for an outstanding columnist and a prolific writer like Mrs. Mortoza when she was unable to put her signature on a piece of paper. An active women as she was, it was her traumatic experience when she could not longer be caring for her own or others' emotional and physical needs. The thought of being helpless and dependent on others was simply horrifying but this was what happened to her.

International

Mumbai mayhem stokes up Indo-Pak tension

Outrage in India over the Mumbai attacks risks sparking a dangerous escalation in tensions with Pakistan, analysts say, even as Islamabad cautions against any knee-jerk reaction.

Pakistan may deploy troops along border

Warning of mounting tension with India in the wake of the Mumbai terror attacks, Pakistan's security apparatus has said that up to one lakh troops could be redeployed along the border with India after diverting them from fighting militants in the restive Afghan frontier.

Captured gunman links Mumbai attacks to Pakistani group

The only gunman captured during the Islamist attacks on Mumbai has provided testimony of the operation's links to a Pakistan-based militant group, Indian press reports said yesterday, quoting intelligence sources.

Mumbai begins to heal

This crowded, bustling financial capital, wracked by three days bloodshed, slowly began puling itself back together Sunday as a once-besieged restaurant reopened its doors and Indians mourned their dead.

Taj hotel was warned of terrorist attack

The Taj Mahal Palace and Tower Hotel in Mumbai had been warned of a possible terrorist attack and had temporarily beefed up security, but nothing could have stopped the gunmen, Ratan Tata, chairman of the Tata Group that owns the hotel, said in an interview broadcast yesterday.

23 killed in Afghan clashes, Kabul suicide attack

A suicide attack near a German diplomatic convoy in Afghanistan's capital Kabul left three Afghan civilians dead yesterday as 20 other people, most of them insurgents, were reported killed in other unrest.

Thanks to India

Thanks to India. Rising tension between the two nuclear powers of South Asia have forced Pakistani establishment to accelerate its efforts for making peace with the Islamic militants in the tribal areas bordering Afghanistan on emergency basis.

Foreign govts race to pull nationals from Thailand

Foreign governments were racing yesterday to evacuate tens of thousands of visitors stranded in Thailand after anti-government protesters occupied Bangkok's airports, throwing travel plans into chaos.

Obama to name Hillary secy of state today

President-elect Barack Obama planned to nominate Sen Hillary Rodham Clinton as his secretary of state today, transforming a once-bitter political rivalry into a high-level strategic and diplomatic partnership.

Lanka resumes advance on rebel HQ

Sri Lankan security forces have resumed their offensive to capture the political capital of Tamil Tiger rebels after heavy monsoon rains began subsiding, the defence ministry said Sunday.

Iran proposes N-plants with Arab countries

Iran's official news agency says Tehran has proposed building joint light-water nuclear power plants with neighbouring Arab countries.

New Gaza clashes as Israel keeps borders sealed

Pre-dawn clashes erupted in Gaza yesterday, leaving three militants wounded according to the Palestinians, as Israel said it was keeping all border crossings with impoverished territory sealed.

Arts & Entertainment

A photographer looks back at 1971

With great risk veteran photographer Naibuddin Ahmed captured scathing images of brutality and how people survived the terror unleashed by the Pakistani army in 1971 that helped publicise the war to the world. These images now survive as documents of the Liberation War.

Palakar’s Experimental Theatre Festival ends

The ten-day 'Experimental Theatre Festival' at the Palakar Studio ended yesterday with performances by Space and Acting Research Centre. The troupe staged "Kalapani", "Platform" and "Shanki" at Palakar Studio, Natok Sharani on the closing day. All three plays are written and directed by Ashish Khandaker.

A concoction of diverse styles

Mehedi Hasan, Rashidul Alam, Urmi Basak Sukla and Farzana Ahamed are four promising painters and all four are students of Faculty of Fine Arts (FFA), University of Dhaka. A group exhibition featuring works of these young artists was held recently at the Shilpangan Gallery.

Live Earth India shelved after Mumbai attacks

'Live Earth India,' a concert which was scheduled to be held in Mumbai on December 7 to propagate awareness about climate change, has been cancelled in the wake of the terror attacks in India's financial capital, the event's organisers have said.

Sydney Opera House darkens in mourning

The distinctive white sails of the Sydney Opera House was darkened Sunday to mourn the death of Joern Utzon, the creative mind behind the globally known landmark.

Amader Bijoy-er Kotha on Banglavision

On the first day of December, the month that marks victory over the Pakistani army and liberation after a nine-month war in 1971, Banglavision will air a special talk show titled "Amader Bijoy-er Kotha." Produced by Ananta Zahid and hosted by eminent theatre and TV personality Mamunur Rashid, the first of the eight-episode talk show will be aired today at 4:20 pm.

Rommo Bitorko on ATN Bangla

On the second day of Eid-ul-Azha, ATN Bangla will air a mock debate titled “Rommo Bitorko.” Celebrities will take part in this amusing programme on the topic “Faith alone is not enough in love.”

OP-ED

Looking beyond the 2008 election

AS election nears, there is concern whether the losing side will reject the result and indulge in boycott of the parliament, street agitation, and continuous hartals. Another concern is whether mastans and the corrupt will again dominate Bangladesh politics.

Chittagong Hill Tracts and the missing Pahari vote

BURIED in the middle of the raja-raja war over elections is news of the ulu-khagra getting crushed. I first saw the news in an item in Shamokal: in a list of political parties denied registration, two names jumped out. UPDF (United Peoples Democratic Front) and PCJSS (Parbotto Chottogram Jonoshonghoti Samity) -- the only two large political parties representing the rights of the Pahari/Jumma people of the Chittagong Hill Tracts.

Two faces of India

SHORTLY before the bombs went off in Mumbai, Krsna Mehta, a graphic and textile designer who lives in South Bombay and a close friend of mine, had hosted, of all things, the launch of his new line at the Bombay Store, India' s first lifestyle store which was founded in 1906 to market goods made in India.

Star City

Mayor's order to free playground from occupants goes unheeded

Estate Department of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has been mysteriously silent on the mayor's directive to remove unauthorised structures from Gulshan Central Park.

Fuel price cut but fare remains the same

When the government decided to cut diesel price earlier last month, city's bus riders heaved a sigh of relief thinking bus fares would follow suit and decrease accordingly.


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