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News of: Wednesday, 3rd of December, 2008

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76 identified as loan defaulters on EC list

Bangladesh Bank has identified 76 loan defaulters on the Election Commission's (EC) list of candidates of different political parties for the upcoming parliamentary elections.

Khaleda, Hasina may face off

The Election Commission (EC) plans to organise electoral debates on crucial issues before the December 29 parliamentary elections with participation of top political leaders. This might bring archrivals Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia face to face.

Thai govt dissolved

A Thai court stripped Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat of his post and outlawed the ruling party yesterday, prompting jubilant anti-government protesters to lift a blockade of Bangkok's main airport.

BNP nomination list reviewed

In the wake of severe criticism of the nomination decisions, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia is now making some changes to the party ticket for the December 29 general election.

Scrutiny of nomination starts today

The returning officers (ROs) today start scrutinising nomination papers filed by candidates to decide who are qualified to contest the upcoming parliamentary polls as per the stringent criteria laid down in the electoral laws.

AL for S Asian initiative to fight terror

Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday said if voted to power she would take an initiative to form an antiterrorism taskforce in South Asia to fight terrorism.

Most parties show poor poll bid

Ten political parties have each nominated less than 10 candidates in the upcoming parliamentary elections and their total number of nominees is 48, according to a report prepared by the Election Commission (EC) Secretariat.

Khaleda's bail order extended in Gatco case

The High Court (HC) yesterday extended its earlier order granting bail to BNP Chairperson and former prime minister Khaleda Zia in the Gatco graft case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) until disposal of the rule issued by it.

Media totally free during emergency

Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday said the press in Bangladesh is totally free as no restrictive regulation was imposed on the media under the present state of emergency.

McCain visits Dhaka

US Senator John McCain, who was the Republican nominee in the recent presidential election, arrived in Dhaka last night as part of a regional visit.

Writ petition cancelled as appeal pending

The High Court (HC) yesterday summarily rejected a writ petition filed by detained former housing and public works minister Mirza Abbas seeking stay on the trial court verdict that sentenced him to imprisonment and ordered confiscation of his property in a tax evasion case.

Ershad earns Tk 2.89cr a yr

Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad earns about Tk 2.89 crore a year from different sources including business.

Bribe gets one a seat in medical college

Merit could not earn Nuruddin a place at any public medical college, but money did the trick.

Bribe gets one a seat in medical college

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Monday night arrested four people, including a physician and the owner of a diagnostic centre, in Chittagong and Comilla for their alleged involvement in fraud in government medical college admission.

Bomb blast in train kills 3 in Assam

A bomb exploded in a train coach in India's insurgency-hit northeast on Tuesday, killing at least three people and injuring another 29, a state government official said.

Ferry escapes disaster on Padma

A ferry carrying over 300 people and 22 vehicles narrowly escaped a disaster as its hull developed a crack while in the middle of the Padma and water gushed into it.

Govt to consider its last power bid today

The cabinet purchase committee of the caretaker government will consider today approval of its last power scheme -- the 50 megawatt Sikalbaha rental power project.

Jatiya Jukta Front faces break-up

The new electoral alliance Jatiya Jukta Front initiated by Dr Kamal Hossain and AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury may break up within the next few days over joining of Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) in the group.

India asks Pakistan to hand over 20 suspects

India demanded yesterday that Pakistan hand over several terrorist suspects as the government faced mounting criticism over intelligence failures in the Mumbai attacks that left 188 dead.

Set up adaptation centre in Dhaka

Bangladesh on the second day of UN Climate Change Conference in Poznan, Poland, demanded that an International Adaptation Centre under UN framework be set up in Dhaka. The centre would research on how to adapt to climate change.

Editorial

Parties yet to reveal manifestoes

IT is intriguing that with barely four weeks to go before the country goes to the general elections, the political parties are yet to make public their manifestoes on the basis of which they mean to gain support at the ballot box. In fact, by now the manifestoes outlining the positions of the parties on the pressing issues ought to have been in place and a good degree of public debate should have been generated on them. While we understand that the parties are working on them, we still feel that voters should have been given an opportunity to make their informed choices on the issues reflected in the manifestoes a little earlier than now.

Obama's new team

THE hallmark of a good leader is his ability to choose the right person for the right job. In the case of the US president- elect the rationale behind his choice of secretaries and heads of important national institutions seems unassailable. The fact that he has chosen his rival Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primaries to head the State Department and his decision to retain Robert Gates as Secretary of Defense go only to demonstrate the inclusive nature in the choice of his political team.

The queer and the bizarre and the dark

THESE are ticklish times. You laugh even if you do not want to. But, then again, politics is often a set of conditions where some of the most queer and some of the most bizarre of things happen. Think of this: the ameer of the Jamaat-e-Islami claims in his nomination papers to be a writer. Now that is pretty interesting, especially when you know, or think you know, that you have not had much cause or opportunity to come across the words of wisdom he claims to be earning a living by.

Obama takes charge

AMERICA is unique among the world's democracies. The transition to a new administration takes close to three months. In the UK, if a party wins the election, it takes over in a couple of days. Obama was elected president on November 4; but will not be sworn in until January 20.

Green energy

GREEN energy encompasses alternative environmentally friendly energy sources that are virtually non-polluting. They include geothermal, wind, solar, biomass etc. In 2006, renewables provided nearly 18% of global energy consumption, of which 13% was provided by biomass, such as wood-burning, 3% by hydroelectric, 1.3% by solar heating, and 0.8% by geothermal, wind, solar, and ocean energy combined.

Sports

Ashraful admits batters' failure

The Bangladesh cricket team returned home yesterday after an expectedly dismal tour of South Africa, where they were whitewashed in the Test series but were spared a similar crashing in the one-dayers due to rain.

Khulna lose their way

Chittagong fashioned a stunning reversal while Rajshahi dominated Dhaka on the second day of the seventh round National Cricket League yesterday.

Arambagh ride on Nicodemus treble

Nicodemus Gichana slotted a first-half hattrick as Arambagh destroyed Khulna Abahani 5-0 for their second victory in the Citycell B. League at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

England offered new tour itinerary by India

England have been offered a revised schedule for their tour of India but will await a security report before making any decision.

'CGames, WC safe'

India will host the 2010 Commonwealth Games and cricket's World Cup in 2011 as scheduled despite security concerns after the Mumbai terror attacks, top officials said on Tuesday.

BOA to start SAG preps this month

The Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA) is looking forward to start training camps by this month to prepare the athletes for next year's South Asian Games (SAG).

BCB approves standing committees

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) yesterday approved the heads of its different standing committees at the second meeting of the board of directors.

Rangpur set final clash with Khulna

A blazing 80-run opening stand between Salahuddin Papu and Ashraful Islam paved Rangpur's way to the final of the 29th National Cricket Championship with an emphatic eight-wicket victory against neighbours Dinajpur in the second semifinal yesterday.

United start with a win

United Cricket Club defeated Agrani Krira Chakra by 5 wickets in the opening day of the International Grammar School inter-district cricket tournament here at the Rangpur Cricket Garden yesterday.

Malik hopes cricket can ease Indo-Pak tension

Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik on Tuesday called for India's tour of his country to go ahead, saying "cricket diplomacy" would ease tensions between the rival neighbours.

L'pool at the summit

Liverpool went one point clear at the top of the Premier League table despite suffering a frustrating goalless draw at home to West Ham on Monday.

Del Piero eyes 300 goals

Evergreen Alessandro Del Piero struck his 250th goal in Juventus colours at the weekend, bagging a penalty in a 4-0 rout of woeful Reggina.

'Mane' new Espanyol coach

Jose Manuel Esnal, known as "Mane" in Spain, will coach Espanyol until the end of the season, the Spanish first division side said Monday.

Riquelme in hot water

Argentina playmaker Juan Roman Riquelme could face charges of inciting disorder after an angry goal celebration in Boca Juniors' 2-1 win over Racing Club.

Juve won't be shopping

Juventus will not be making any signings in the January transfer window, according to club president Giovanni Cobolli Gigli.

Blues settle Mikel deal

Chelsea have reached an out-of-court settlement with Norwegian club FC Lyn Oslo over the transfer of Nigerian midfielder John Mikel Obi.

Pepe out for a month

Real Madrid's Brazilian-born Portuguese defender Pepe will be sidelined for up to a month due to the left leg muscle strain which he picked up during a weekend Spanish league match, the club said Monday.

Anorthosis chief steps down

The ex-president of Cypriot football club Anorthosis, the surprise package of this year's Champions League, was retained in police custody on Tuesday to help a police probe of embezzlement charges.

Ex-ECB chief against going back to India

England should call off their tour of India, says former England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Lord MacLaurin.

Local Snippets

Mahtabuddin Ahmed and Abdul Momin took joint lead in the Prime Bank 11th Open International Rating Chess tournament with five points after the fifth round matches held at the federation hall room yesterday.

Business

CA seeks permanent admin structure for BBBF

Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday called for strengthening Bangladesh Better Business Forum (BBBF) by bringing it under a permanent administrative structure to continue the success it had achieved.

Oil prices drop to $46

Oil prices slumped to just above 46 dollars here on Tuesday, reaching the lowest point in almost four years, as global energy demand weakened amid a widespread economic slowdown.

New IPO rule from January

In a move to bring more transparency in the initial public offering process, the stock market regulator will make it compulsory for IPO applicants to provide information on national ID card in their application forms from next year.

IFC-BICF tech help to set up knit villages

The trade body for knitwear sector, BKMEA, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with World Bank's arm IFC-BICF yesterday to get technical assistance for setting up 'knit villages' countrywide to manufacture high value added items.

Coca-Cola, Tabani in legal battle

A legal battle appears to intensify between Coca-Cola Company and Tabani Beverage as the High Court (HC) has issued an interim injunction in favour of Coca-Cola, barring the use of its trademark by Tabani.

China dairy goods' exports see massive fall

The latest General Administration of Customs (GAC) figures showed that only 1,036 tonnes of dairy products were exported in October, down 92 per cent year-on-year. From January to September, the monthly average export of dairy products was 12,000 tonnes.

Proper biotech use can help overcome low crop yield

Appropriate use of biotechnology can help overcome low crop yield, land shortage, insect infestation and climate change challenges for the country's agriculture sector, said experts told a seminar in Dhaka yesterday.

Overseas employment surpasses last year's record

Foreign Adviser Dr Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury yesterday said clearance for overseas employment so far this year, numbering 8,34,309, has already surpassed last year's record figure of 8,32,609 persons.

ADB DG for South Asia due today

Kunio Senga, director general for South Asia at the Asian Development Bank (ADB), arrives in Dhaka today on a one-day official visit to Bangladesh.

Tata Steel consolidated profit up 215pc

Tata Steel, the world's sixth-largest steel-maker, Tuesday reported consolidated second quarterly net profit jumped over 215 percent, lifted by earnings from its British unit Corus.

Firms jostle for office space

The lack of space in Dhaka city turned into a make-or-break factor for many organisations, now searching far and wide for a place to settle down.

Opportunity for Bangladesh in healthcare

After nearly 16 years, I recently travelled to Bangladesh and stayed more than three weeks, travelling, meeting people and examining the immense changes in Bangladesh. I had the opportunity to view the country, not through the eyes of a tourist, but through the eyes of an experienced healthcare scientist who felt and saw the tremendous accomplishments that Bangladesh made despite all negative movements.

Nokia’s mobile computer

You are on a tour in a foreign land and come across a historic site. You bring out your mobile and point it to the site. In seconds, you get all the information about the site and 3D pictures and videos.

Stocks pare gains

After a two-day rise, Dhaka stocks fell slightly yesterday, showing that investors were yet to snap out of ebbing confidence.

World stocks tumble

World stock markets tumbled Tuesday, dragged down by heavy losses the previous day on Wall Street after the United States confirmed it was in recession and a raft of grim data suggested worse lay around the corner.

Under fire, EU offers softer touch on bank bailouts

The European Commission, accused of being too "bureaucratic," was forced on Tuesday to take a softer approach to state bailouts of troubled banks under pressure from some EU governments.

Japan announces measures to ease tight credit

Japan's central bank on Tuesday announced new measures to tackle a worsening credit crunch that threatens to push up corporate bankruptcies and send Asia's biggest economy deeper into recession.

Merger could help in auto sector crisis: Fiat

Fiat is open to a merger if it will help the car sector recover from the financial crisis, the Italian auto giant's vice-chairman John Elkann said in an interview published Tuesday.

Metropolitan

'Ensure rights of people with disability'

The 17th International Day of Persons with Disability will be observed today in the country as elsewhere across the globe to strengthen the campaign for ensuring the rights of the physically and mentally challenged people.

Forge strong unity to establish rights

Parbatya Chattagram Janasanghati Samity (PCJSS) Chairman Jyotirindra Bodhipriyo Larma alias Shantu Larma yesterday called on the indigenous people to forge a strong unity and launch a movement to establish their rights.

HC stays admission process of 7 DU depts for 4 weeks

The High Court (HC) yesterday stayed for four weeks the operations of additional admission conditions that disqualify Aleem graduates for their admissions to seven departments at Dhaka University.

Media-friendly environment a must to sustain democracy

A media-friendly environment is imperative to curb corruption and hold a free and fair election to sustain democracy, the visiting International Press Institute (IPI) delegation said yesterday.

'Reject anti-liberation forces in elections'

Speakers at a meeting yesterday called on all to reject anti-liberation forces in the upcoming parliament elections and vote in honest and efficient candidates.

Next elected govt won't hold upazila polls on schedule

Speakers at a roundtable yesterday apprehended that the next elected government would not hold upazila election on scheduled time.

Greater synergy, integrity among national forces underscored

The Graduation Dinner of National Defence Course (NDC)-2008 and Armed Forces War Course (AFWC)-2008 conducted by the National Defence College was held at the Officers' Mess of the Defence Services Command and Staff College at Mirpur Cantonment on Monday.

BDR, BSF agree to resolve disputes thru' discussion

Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Indian Border Security Force (BSF) at a meeting yesterday agreed to maintain peace along the border and resolve disputes through discussion and necessary action.

We will support pro-people party after elections

Expelled BNP secretary general Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday said he along with his fellow reformist colleagues would support the political party which will work in favour of the people after the general election.

Public Admin society launched

A new organisation named 'Bangladesh Society for Public Administration (BASPA)' was launched with a commitment to help develop the skills of officials and employees working in government and non-government organisations.

Karnaphuli gas co to start operation by month-end

Framing of a legal structure is at the final stage to set up a separate gas distribution centre titled 'Karnaphuli Gas Distribution Company Ltd' to ensure smooth distribution of gas in greater Chittagong and CHT areas by the end of this month.

Delete Khaleda's name from voter list

Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), student wing of Awami League, yesterday submitted a memorandum to the Chief Election Commissioner demanding deletion of the name of Khaleda Zia from voter list for using false date as her birthday.

Subject-based training for teachers stressed

Head teachers from 28 noted schools yesterday said teachers will have to be provided with subject-based training and participatory teaching method should be exercised in classrooms to improve quality education at primary and secondary levels.

17 held on charges of vandalism on PSC campus

Police yesterday arrested 12 candidates, who came out successful in the first phase result of the 27th Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) examinations but was later dropped from the list of successful ones as per the second phase result, and five of their relatives on charges of vandalism on Public Service Commission campus.

Website launched to elicit public opinion

A website was launched to elicit public opinion about the draft Police Ordinance-2008.

Political leaders express solidarity

Leaders of several political parties, including Awami League (AL), yesterday assured the teachers of non-government primary schools that the demand of nationalising their jobs would be mentioned in the election manifestos of the parties.

New cabinet secy meets president

Newly appointed Cabinet Secretary M Abdul Aziz made a courtesy call on President Iajuddin Ahmed at Bangabhaban in the city yesterday.

Punishment to culprits demanded

Dhaka University (DU) students yesterday reiterated their demand for exemplary punishment to the people who vandalised the sculpture 'Balaka' in the city's Motijheel area on Saturday night.

UCBL guard shot in city

A security guard of Sutrapur branch of United Commercial Bank Ltd (UCBL) was found bullet-hit mysteriously inside the office yesterday morning.

Mumbai blasts condemned

South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR) in a statement yesterday condemned the terrorist attacks in Mumbai, says a press release.

French Gala Evening tomorrow

The French Gala Evening featuring cultural shows from both France and Bangladesh over a gala dinner will be held at the Westin Hotel tomorrow, said a press release yesterday.

Controversial RU staff clash with police

At least 10 'controversially-appointed' fourth-class employees of Rajshahi University (RU) were injured in a clash between police and employees in second day of the indefinite strike on the campus yesterday.

VoIP equipment worth Tk 1cr seized, one held

Officials of Bangladesh Telephone Regulatory Commission (BTRC) in association with Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members seized huge voice over internet protocol (VOIP) equipment worth over Tk 1 crore in separate drives in the city's Ramna and Malibagh areas on Monday night.

Arrest warrant against Falu's wife Mahbuba

A Dhaka court yesterday issued an arrest warrant against detained former BNP lawmaker Mosaddak Ali Falu's wife Mahbuba Sultana in a case filed for abetting her husband in acquiring Tk 62.23 crore illegally and concealing information of wealth worth Tk 15.97 crore from the Anti-Corruption (ACC).

JMB man held with explosives in Dinajpur

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) of Dhaka yesterday arrested a member of banned Islamist outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and recovered explosives from his possession from Sonapara village at Ghoraghat in Dinajpur.

Iftekhar greets Hillary

Foreign Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury yesterday sent a message of felicitations to the newly designated Secretary of State of the United States, Hillary Clinton.

ACC catches Wasa inspector while taking bribe

Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) officials yesterday caught a revenue inspector of Lalbagh branch of Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) red-handed while he was taking Tk 20,000 as bribe from a client.

Genocide Plaques to be set up in killing fields of liberation war

War Crimes Facts Finding Committee (WCFFC) will erect Genocide Plaques at three killing fields in Mymensingh tomorrow.

Appeal for help

Md Zamiul Haider

SC upholds HC order granting bail to Pankaj

The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday upheld the High Court (HC) order granting bail to Awami Swechchhasebak League General Secretary Pankaj Debnath in a corruption case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).

11 police inspectors promoted

Eleven police inspectors were promoted to assistant commissioner yesterday.

National

4-party nominee from Jamaat chargesheeted for corruption

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday submitted charge sheet against former Jamaat-e-Islami lawmaker Gazi Nazrul Islam in a case filed in connection with amassing wealth worth Tk 40.05 lakh illegally and concealing wealth information to the ACC.

Jamaat campaigns against BNP men in Bogra-4,5

Jamaat-e-Islami is campaigning for party nominee Nazir Ahmed in Bogra-4 (Khaloo-Nandigram) where the 4-party alliance has nominated Engineer Mostafa Ali Mukul in the upcoming polls.

Grassroots leaders ignored as 8 new faces get BNP ticket

The BNP has fielded eight new faces, including three alternative candidates, for constituencies in Rajshahi and Natore districts mainly upon recommendations of jailed and absconding leaders while sidelining grassroots party men.

Rivals slate Akbar's visit to Delhi

Against the backdrop of move by party rivals in Sreepur upazila to resist visit of Dr MS Akbar, Awami League (AL) nominee for Magura-1 (Sadar and Sreepur upazilas) constituency, the of former lawmaker left for New Delhi on Monday.

Bargain on as JP gets only 3 seats

Although the Jatiya party wanted 6 out of 19 seats in the Sylhet division from the AL in the grand alliance, things had been settled for 3 only by now, Jatiya party sources informed. These are, Sylhet-3, Sunamganj-4 and Habiganj-3.

Minu declares politics as his profession

Former Rajshahi mayor Mizanur Rahman Minu mentioned politics as his profession in the affidavit he submitted along with nomination papers for contesting from Rajshahi-2 constituency.

BNP tickets in Barisal spark protest

Grassroots BNP leaders in Muladi upazila under the district yesterday expressed sharp reaction over nomination of candidates, saying that the party high command fielded unpopular candidates in their constituencies depriving dedicated and acceptable leaders.

None but Henry acceptable

Sirajganj district Awami League has threatened of boycotting party candidate in the upcoming election if the candidature of Jannat Ara Henry alias Henry Talukder for Sirajganj-2 constituency (Sirajganj Sadar) is changed in the name of grand alliance. Henry was nominated by AL earlier.

Letters

Decentralization

The Election Commission has declared election schedules for the upcoming national and upazila elections and now the political parties would move forward with their election mandates and manifestoes.

Going after Iran?

The news report published by you on 24 November is the warning siren announcing the impending attack on Iran by Israel. The trigger finger of Israeli armed forces is itching to go after Iran, their lust for Muslim blood is still not satisfied!

Crucial sectors

Nothing remarkable has yet taken place in our country as far as the expansion of the industrial sector is concerned. Financial constraints and lack of technological support are said to have been the main reasons behind this situation. However, in no way can we ignore the base of our main economic developmentagriculture sector. Nor can the expansion of the former sector be overlooked, for it is of great importance in developing a country rapidly.

Traffic congestions

Refer to the letter dated D.S 01.11.08 by Aminul Islam with the above heading where he emphasized the movement of trains. I do agree with him but what I think Aminul Islam missed out is or got confused with the American study of 130 cities is the commuters who travel in trains do not live in the city and are mostly residing minimum 60 miles not kilometres outside those cities. They come to work in and around the city by train. This is also a regular practice for many in Europe as the cost of living outside the city is much lower than the main city.

Khaleda becomes voter

I would like to draw your attention to the above news item published in various dailies on 30/11/08.

Urban healthcare programmes

In Dr. Ishtiaq's editorial posted in The Daily Star on November 11, 2008, a very timely call was made for effective public-private partnerships for primary healthcare for the millions of urban residents in Bangladesh.

Our politics

According to "Dialectic Process", there are "thesis", "antithesis" and finally "synthesis". If we try to analyse our politics, we may term the rule of the AL right after the independence the "thesis".

Mumbai attacks

It is not a question of religion. It is purely political. Whenever a problem occurs surrounding political issues involving a Muslim nation or any adverse situation with a group which has Muslim members, the term 'Islamic Terrorism' is loosely used. India has been facing terrorist attacks from all corners including Kashmir, Assam and the South. With Muslim extremism, Maoism, Hindu fanaticism and other forms of hooliganism - India is now faced with the challenge of safeguarding the largest democracy in the world. A fierce suppressive response from the government may further jeopardise India's democracy. Diplomacy is required with the cooperation from neighbours.

Admission test

I would like to draw your kind attention to the admission tests of Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University and Government Dental Colleges on the same date and time to be held on 5 December 2008 at 10.00am. This coincidence has created great frustration among the candidates seeking admission in the first year courses of agricultural and dental education, because they have purchased admission forms from both of these educational establishments.

Nomination business

What I saw on television, the way MP candidates gave job interviews, looked like a private company hiring an employee. The way the parties distribute the parliamentary seats among themselves reminds me of the story of the monkey distributing the cake (Banorer pitha vagh). Where is democracy? Where are people's voices? The base of democracy is debate and election. From my constituency the candidate should be chosen by local party members, not from Dhaka. He or she must be a local party member for at least three years, also requires three years as a tax-paying local resident. If there's more than one candidate, then locals arrange a debate and by the secret voting system, where only a member who has at least three years of membership can elect the candidate from the constituency. Only the central executive committee can approve the nomination. If there are any serious allegations against the candidate, the committee can ask locals for a second choice. This culture must begin from the grassroots level to electing the party chief. At least every three years there must be party counselling for a leadership race. Our party leaders are afraid to go to any debate or party leadership contest because they don't have any vision or leadership quality, so they are selected on the basis of family backgrounds. But it is not a family business.

Parenting magazine

Recent research from the new fields of epigenetic and social neuro-science has found out that everything we think, say, do and experience has a profound impact on everything and everyone around us - especially our innocent children! So, modern parents ought to create a congenial atmosphere in order to educate, nurture and raise children. And for this reason, every conscious parent really needs to know about vaccinations, autism, ADHD, sensory integration issues, education, learning challenges and styles, emotional intelligence, food, chemicals, nutrition and health, how children think, learn and develop, which are the most nurturing and supportive parenting approaches.

Men and women

In our Holy book, it is mentioned that women and men are equal. But men claim that women have been created to cater to their wishes (whims and fantasies), give birth to children to perpetuate the family line, manage the home and be responsible for the smooth running of it, together with all issues related to family. Men, on the other hand, they claim, are ordered to earn their daily bread, a very difficult and arduous task, and return to the family fold to be pampered by their women. This is the role of Man.

Ban smoking

We know smoking is a bad habit. But in spite of most of the smokers knowing the consequences of smoking, they have not given up this habit. In fact, people earn money for a better living and should spend on things that are not harmful. Our new generation smokes as a fashion or style without knowing its bad effects.

International

Pakistan blames 'non-state actors' for Mumbai attacks

The terrorists who attacked India's financial capital had no links to any government, Pakistan's president said Monday amid claims that at least one of the gunmen belonged to a banned Pakistani militant group.

Palestinian PM warns EU against boosting ties with Israel

Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad has urged the European Union not to upgrade relations with Israel, citing lack of progress in the Middle East peace talks, diplomatic sources said yesterday.

Thai PM's ouster won't solve crisis

The court ruling forcing Thailand's premier from office has met a key demand of protesters, but analysts say it will not solve the kingdom's long-running political turmoil.

Politicians face public ire

Indian political class never had it so bad in the face of public anger against the terror attacks in Mumbai.

US panel warns biological attack likely by 2013

The United States can expect a terrorist attack using nuclear or more likely biological weapons before 2013, reports a bipartisan commission in a study being briefed Tuesday to Vice President-elect Joe Biden. It suggests the Obama administration bolster efforts to counter and prepare for germ warfare by terrorists.

India should give us evidence: Pak PM

Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Tuesday urged India to provide evidence that Pakistanis were involved in the deadly Mumbai attacks and promised to cooperate if proof was provided.

Iran speaker mulls talks with US Congress

Iranian parliament speaker Ali Larijani said he is considering talks with members of the US Congress amid hopes for improved ties with the next administration in Washington, the local press reported on Tuesday.

US warned India 'twice' about sea attack

United States intelligence agencies had warned India "twice" about a potential maritime attack on Mumbai at least a month before the audacious terror strikes that has left about 200 people dead and scores injured, media reports said.

Don't bury Mumbai attackers in India

Muslim clerics in Mumbai said Tuesday that the bodies of nine militants who carried out last week's attacks in the city should not be buried in India.

Obama still looks for Iraq pullout in 16 months

Barack Obama says the US-Iraq security agreement approved by Iraq's parliament puts the US on a "glide path" toward reducing forces there.

Iraq's 'Chemical Ali' condemned to death again

An Iraqi court yesterday condemned Iraq's notorious "Chemical Ali" Hassan al-Majid to death over his role in Saddam Hussein's brutal crushing of a 1991 Shia uprising, according to an AFP correspondent at the trial, his second death sentence.

Somali pirates fail to hijack US cruise liner

Pirates near Somalia chased and shot at a US cruise liner with more than 1,000 people on board but failed to hijack the vessel, a maritime official said Tuesday.

2 US soldiers probed for Afghan prisoner abuse

The US military is investigating whether two of its soldiers abused a detainee in Afghanistan, a military statement said.

Number of jobless in Spain nears 3m in November

The number of registered unemployed in Spain rose by 6.0 percent, or 171,243 jobless, in November over the previous month, the eighth consecutive monthly increase, to reach 2,989,269 people, the labour ministry said Tuesday.

Arts & Entertainment

Honours for Tanvir Mokammel in India

Acclaimed Bangladeshi filmmaker Tanvir Mokammel is poised to add two "firsts" to his career. He will inaugurate a festival of short and documentary films in Bhubaneshwar, capital of Orissa on December 12, and then have a retrospective of his work in Kolkata and Delhi later this month.

Jadur Pradip A Mimodrama by Swapnadal

Theatre troupe Swapnadal staged their latest production "Jadur Pradip" (The Magic Lamp) recently at the Experimental Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.

Victory Day celebration by Khelaghar

On the first day of December, the month when Bangladesh became a sovereign country in 1971, cultural organisation Kendriyo Khelaghar Ashor arranged a programme at the National Music and Dance Centre, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.

Drama circle honours a freedom fighter

Local cultural organisation Pabna Drama Circle recently held a programe at its premises marking the start of the month when Bangladesh achieved its independence in 1971. An underprivileged freedom fighter Azimuddin was accorded a reception at the programme. This is the first programme in Pabna on the occasion of Victory Day.

Cultural programme on disaster risk reduction

A cultural programme to address natural disasters and the vulnerable communities of Jamuna river basin areas was held at Kazipur Upazila office premises in Sirajganj district recently. Two NGOs 'Gono Kalyan Sangstha' (GKS) and Concern Worldwide (CW) jointly organised the programme. About 2000 people turned out at the function, which included women of different 'char' (shoals) in the upazila.

Sir Jagadish Chandra Bose's birth anniversary observed

UNESCO Club, Pabna recently celebrated the 150th birth anniversary of eminent scientist Sir Jagadish Chandra Bose. A discussion was held at the organisation's premise which focused on the life and work of Basu. President of UNESCO Club, Pabna district unit committee Abdul Hamid Khan chaired the programme.

OP-ED

Bangladesh vision 2020

THE National Strategy for Accelerated Poverty Reduction contains no long-range national vision for prosperity. Adopting a time-bound vision such as Malaysia's Vision 2020 or Kenya's Vision 2030 will be of practical value towards guiding national priorities.

Flunking the intelligence test

THE hostage takers in Mumbai didn't need to wonder how large an armed rescue team the Indian government was sending, or when to anticipate its arrival. They had only to click on the nearest TV set, and there was the federal home minister, Shivraj Patil, obliviously telling viewers that 200 commandos had taken off from New Delhi at 2:30 a.m.

Different trajectories

WINSTON S. Churchill maintained in post-war Britain that there was no better investment for a country than to put milk into its babies. There was no better investment post-independence India could have made than to have put education into the minds of young Indians.

Star City

Terrible tailbacks in old Dhaka make life miserable

For the thousands of commuters in old Dhaka, moving from one place to another within and out of the region is a bane. They lose several hours a day for tailbacks.

Polls near but mike business still dull

After a series of drama in the political arena, it is now certain that the national election will be held on December 29. But the news has not instilled hope into those who provide loudspeaker service during election campaign.

A Show with a Difference

The indigenous community of Bangladesh 'weaved their hearts together' at a cultural programme in the city. At the Bangladesh China Friendship Conference Centre a three-day vibrant festival was held from November 30 to introduce the cultural life of the hill people. Dazzling display of dances and unique songs marked the occasion. Mouth-watering delicacies relished by the hill community were also shown at the festival. Exhibition of indigenous crafts, artefacts and colourful fabrics attracted a large crowd. The festival that concluded yesterday was organised by the Chittagong Hill Tracts Development Facility, a project funded by the European Union.


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