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News of: Sunday, 14th of December, 2008

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BNP unveils charter for saving people, country

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday announced her party's election manifesto on the slogan 'Save country, save people', and said they will reform the caretaker government system and scrap the special powers act if voted back to power.

War crimes redden liberation ministry

The Ministry of Liberation War Affairs symbolises the government's sheer political indifference to the War of Independence, the most important phase for any nation around the globe.

Mix of doable, pragmatic and lofty things

Politics had been uninspiring for quite some time. It made a turnaround when the Awami League unveiled its election manifesto Friday. More than a list of promises to lure voters, it is an economic document for development with clearly set goals, some achievable and some quite lofty, to hold the party accountable if it is elected to power. The problem with the manifesto, however, is elsewhere -- in the question of implementation and financing.

Dhaka sees delectably different polls race

Residents of the capital are witnessing significant changes in this year's election campaign with no graffiti and poster on city walls and no decorated campaign gate on roads, thanks to the new electoral code of conduct.

Economists sing praises for AL's economic plan

Economists have termed the Awami League's projection of time-bound economic plans in its electoral manifesto a good sign and said it would hold the party accountable to the people.

EC bends laws to clear nomination of BNP's Enamul

The Election Commission (EC) has cleared the candidature of BNP nominee Dr Enamul Haque in Rajshahi-1 constituency ignoring the electoral laws that clearly disqualify him from contesting the upcoming parliamentary election.

Martyred Intellectuals Day today

The nation pays tribute to the martyred intellectuals today amid increasing demand for trial of war criminals who systematically killed prominent Bangladeshi intellectuals and professionals at the fag end of the Liberation War on this day in 1971.

9,976 contest upazila polls

A total of 9,976 candidates have filed applications for contesting the January 22 Upazila Parishad elections in 481 upazilas of 64 districts across the country.

Vote 4-party to foil anti-state plots

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday urged people to vote for the BNP-led four-party alliance to foil the conspiracy to make the country a 'failed and subservient' state.

No anti-Islamic law if AL voted to power

Awami League (AL) will not formulate any anti-Islamic law if voted to power since the party is committed to restoring the image of Islam as a religion of peace and equality, said AL presidium member Matia Chowdhury yesterday.

Ershad sees landslide win for alliance

Jatiya Party (JP) Chairman HM Ershad yesterday said the grand alliance would secure a 'landslide victory' in the upcoming parliamentary election as people want a change in real sense.

Vote against war criminals

Sammilito Sangskritik Jote, a platform of cultural organisations, yesterday launched its four-day-long Victory Day celebrations across the country with a vow to boycott war criminals in the upcoming national elections.

CA sits with bureaucrats today to talk polls issues

Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed sits with top bureaucrats at the Secretariat today to give them instructions on holding the ninth parliamentary election in a free, fair and peaceful manner.

Workers Party for graft-free Bangladesh

The Workers Party of Bangladesh (WPB) yesterday unveiled its 21-point election manifesto with commitments of building a prosperous Bangladesh-- free from corruption, terrorism and militancy.

Symbol list yet to be finalised

The Election Commission (EC) could not finalise the list of contesting candidates with their election symbols as some political alliances are yet to withdraw their additional candidatures from around 60 parliamentary constituencies.

India pressurises Pak to crack down on militants

India yesterday piled new pressure on Pakistan to crack down on Islamic militants in the wake of the Mumbai attacks, with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh citing a "moral duty" to combat terrorism.

UN talks set stage for climate pact next year

A planet-wide forum on climate change yesterday hammered out a work schedule designed to end in a treaty for expunging the darkening threat to mankind from greenhouse gases.

Satisfaction, anger over talks outcome

For some, a marathon UN conference that ended here on Friday cleared essential ground for building a new treaty on global warming, while others saw it as a disappointment or an outright flop.

Pak militants destroy more Nato vehicles

Suspected Taliban militants yesterday attacked a Nato supply depot in northwest Pakistan while five people were killed in roadside bomb blast in the same region rocked by violence.

Editorial

Martyred Intellectuals' Day

IT is that time of year when we remember some of the bravest sons and daughters of the soil who made the supreme sacrifice in order to ensure the liberation of Bangladesh. In December 1971, only days away from freedom, the Bengali nation lost a whole group of its intellectuals to the murderous onslaught of the Pakistan occupation army and its local collaborators, the Razakars, al-Badr and al-Shams. Between 12 and 14 December, perhaps even later, our doctors, academics, civil servants and journalists were picked up by these forces and then systematically picked off. Their sinister objective was clear: an emerging Bangladesh was to be left maimed so that it could not realise the full meaning of liberty. The occupation army and its collaborators were clearly on the run, but along the way they sought to inflict as much damage as they could on this freedom-loving nation.

Global warming summitry

AMID a mix-up of world economic crisis descending into recession and the climate change challenge intensifying, it is not perhaps surprising that the UN summit on climate change has ended in Poznan, Poland more on a rhetorical rather than substantive note. The global leaders have merely iterated a commitment to keep on negotiating to reach a consensus on a Green deal in the next UN climate change summit in Copenhagen due in December, 2009.

Manifesto and money

SHEIKH Hasina announced the AL's election manifesto in a televised session on Friday. The nation was eagerly waiting to see what AL had to say on the future courses of action, especially, taking into consideration the domestic and international socio-political and economic crisis. We shall try to pick up few things from the submission.

The fight has to be won

ELECTIONS are days away. The political parties are ready with their pledges to the people. With the army having prepared perhaps the least faulty voters list in the history of Bangladesh and the Election Commission determined to hold a free and fair election, the people are raring to send members to parliament who would not conduct public affairs for private gain.

BJP hysteria fails

IF the Assembly elections in four states and Delhi were "semi-finals" which determine the shape of the next Lok Sabha, then the Bharatiya Janata Party is in trouble. The Congress has performed way beyond its expectations. But it must show leadership to make further gains. The Bahujan Samaj Party has marched forward, but hasn't emerged as a kingmaker.

Sports

'Poor quality'

The national cricketers will make their first appearance in the National Cricket League today but their absence throughout the previous eight rounds have hindered the standard.

BCB takes guard

The recent few incidents forced the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) to ponder the national players' discipline.

Strauss sets up Eng

Andrew Strauss was poised for a century in each innings as England took charge of the first cricket Test against India at the Chidambaram stadium here on Saturday.

Day Three Windies'

The West Indies won third day honours in the rain-hit first cricket Test here Saturday, taking New Zealand's last six wickets for 139 runs to dismiss the hosts for 365.

Aliadiere spikes Gunners

Jeremie Aliadiere scored against his old club as Middlesbrough fought back to draw 1-1 with Arsenal and so further dent the Gunners' chances of taking the Premier League title.

Zola eyes Blues defeat

Gianfranco Zola insists there will be no split loyalties when his struggling West Ham side to face his old club Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

'Young is world-class'

Martin O'Neill will soon be running out of superlatives for Ashley Young. Hailed as a "genius" and "world-class" last Sunday after his two goals illuminated Goodison Park, the Aston Villa manager today claimed Young belongs in the same company as Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo. For someone not prone to hyperbole, it was a quite a compliment.

Drogba staying…till summer

Didier Drogba insists he has not considered leaving Chelsea in January, although admits he will speak to the club about his future next summer.

Tapping-up is common

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp said the growing influence of players means that the breaking of Premier League rules by 'tapping-up' players and even managers now happens regularly.

Phenomenal traitor

Ronaldo, the now portly three times FIFA Player of the Year, has been branded as a "phenomenal traitor" by Rio de Janeiro sports daily Lance after he joined Brazilian club Corinthians rather than their great rivals Flamengo, with whom he had been training for the past four months.

Pachuca sink Al Ahly in extra-time

Mexico's Pachuca came from behind to sink six-time African champions Al Ahly of Egypt 4-2 in the quarterfinals of the Club World Cup in Tokyo on Saturday.

Lehmann to take up coaching

Ex-Germany goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has said he learned enough from his five years under Arsene Wenger at Premier League side Arsenal to consider a career in coaching.

Jan transfer window extended

The January transfer window, the last opportunity for players to join English clubs this season, will in fact end on February 2, the Football Association (FA) announced here Friday.

Collingwood satisfied

England's experienced batsman Paul Collingwood reckons his unfinished partnership with Andrew Strauss on Saturday will serve as an example for his teammates who just have to "change their mindset" when playing in sub-continental conditions.

Hayden ready for Steyn

Matthew Hayden is ready to combat the threat of Dale Steyn, the South Africa fast bowler, during Wednesday's first Test at the WACA. Steyn has been the main focus in Australia heading into the three-match contest, and his performance against the world's No. 1 team will help determine whether he is the real deal.

Dyson's concern

As the rain and Arctic chill arrived in Dunedin on Friday, eliminating the entire second day of the first Test at the University Oval, West Indies' head coach John Dyson acknowledged a troubling point. He said that, since he joined the team last March for the Sri Lanka series in the Caribbean, the bowlers had struggled to take wickets on "flat, international standard pitches".

Lord's faces uncertainty

Lord's could get less than one Test every two years as cricket bosses consider the claims of other venues.

Ganguly bats for Dravid

Rahul Dravid's prolonged lean patch seems to have become a national obsession but the Karnataka middle-order batsman found an ally in former India skipper Sourav Ganguly who rubbished claims that the 'Wall' is showing signs of vulnerability.

Henry new physio of Tigers

Michael Henry, the new national team physiotherapist, will arrive in the city today.

BCCI polarising cricket: Dizzy

Former Australia pacer Jason Gillespie has expressed disappointment at the polarisation brought about by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in the cricket world that sees Indian Cricket League (ICL) players being ostracised from international cricket.

S Africans draw 2-dayer

South Africa will enter Wednesday's first Test in a confident mood after their bowlers completed a strong hit-out in the two-day match against Western Australia's 2nd XI at the WACA on Saturday. Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Paul Harris came through the drawn game after minor injuries and the only concern was an ankle problem for the wicketkeeper Mark Boucher.

Twenty20 Cricket

Munshiganj Press Club registered a 54-run victory over Munshiganj Zilla XI in the Twenty20 cricket tournament yesterday.

Sagar wins 8th round

FIDE Master Minhazuddin Ahmed Sagar won the eighth round game against Indian Ramalingam Karthik in the Asian Junior Chess Championship in Chennai yesterday.

Victory Day golf held

Lutfe Najib Khan clinched the Victory Day golf tournament held at the Dhaka Club golf course yesterday.

Div I Chess from Dec 16

The Dutch-Bangla Bank 1st Division Chess League will begin on December 16 at the federation hall-room.

Business

AL poll pledges may run into setbacks

Business leaders and economic analysts, apparently upbeat over the Awami League (AL) election manifesto, said yesterday the execution of the pledges would face big challenges, if the party was elected to power.

Sheraton eyes 10pc profit rise

Dhaka Sheraton Hotel expects a 10 percent rise in operating profit this year from a year ago.

Pharma industry awaits boom

Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis that has operations in Bangladesh sees growth opportunities ahead for the countries with low-cost production.

Industrial raw material imports rise 30pc

Import of industrial raw materials is increasing at an amazing 30 percent rate this fiscal year, Bangladesh Bank (BB) data show.

Dining out going out of fashion

Restaurants are usually the first to feel the chill of recession as Beijing's high-end eateries that depend on group reservations and banquets for business will tell you.

Honestly speaking

This may seem strange to you, but do not be too honest. But be careful, I am not asking you to be dishonest. All I am saying is do not air your honest views too honestly. Recently, for the greater interest of the organisation I proposed some holistic changes that would have had a synergetic effect. Quite rational, quite logical, you would have said. However, I completely misjudged the power play that goes with organisational changes. The result is a taxing stalemate that is sapping away energy and commitment.

Wall Street averts losses as auto rescue hopes revive

Global stock markets came under heavy pressure Friday as fears mounted of a collapse of the Big Three US automakers but Wall Street rebounded after the White House vowed to come to Detroit's rescue.

Ericsson ties up with TMIB

Ericsson, one of the leading telecom equipment providers, has tied up with Telekom Malaysia International Bangladesh (TMIB) to provide spare parts management services (SPMS) to AKTEL'S network.

Oil prices jump, base metals hit fresh lows

Oil prices rebound while aluminium and copper futures hit fresh multi-year lows in a week of volatile trading for commodities.

China faces risks of economic downturn

China is facing "worse-than-expected" risks of an economic downturn, as the global recession looms large, the country's top economic planner said on Friday.

Islamic banks 'insulated' from financial crisis

Islamic banks have largely dodged the financial crisis, thanks to their low exposure to toxic assets like sub-prime loans, and may rebound faster than other sectors once the global outlook strengthens.

Citi best cash management bank in Asia

FinanceAsia, a Hong Kong based financial publishing company, has awarded Citi as Best Cash Management Bank in Asia for 2008.

US retail sales fall again

Signs that the recession will be long and severe mounted Friday with a fresh round of bad economic news, including plunging US sales from manufacturers to stores and falling prices that raise fears of dangerous deflation.

GM-owned Vauxhall moves to cut costs

Vauxhall, owned by crisis-hit American carmaker General Motors, said Saturday it would offer staff in Britain sabbaticals of up to nine months in a bid to cut costs amid the global economic downturn.

Canada announces $2.8b in auto sector aid

Canada has agreed to issue some 2.8 billion dollars in aid to the country's auto sector once the United States agrees on a rescue plan for its carmakers, authorities said Friday.

Asian powers seek action on economy, NKorea

The leaders of China, Japan and South Korea pledged Saturday to drum up funding to spare Asia the worst of the global financial crisis, vowing the region would help revive the global economy.

SEC seeks to salvage assets of New York financier

Federal regulators reached a deal Friday with the Wall Street financier accused of a $50 billion swindle to freeze his company's assets and appoint a receiver to manage the firm's financial affairs. The agreement came as some investors feared their life savings were wiped out.

German bourse opens office in Beijing

Deutsche Boerse, the operator of the German stock exchange, has opened a representative office in Beijing, the latest bourse to do so in a bid to attact Chinese initial public offerings.

Weekly Currency Roundup

December 07-December 11, 2008
Local FX Market

This week, the market was a little tight as the banks opened after the Eid vacations. Trading volume was very thin. US dollar rose slightly against the Bangladesh Taka. There was ample demand for dollar in the market.

Metropolitan

'Bring pro-liberation forces to power for good governance'

Speakers at a book launching ceremony yesterday stressed the need for bringing pro-liberation forces to power to strengthen democracy and ensure good governance in the country.

Freedom fighters most important persons: CA

Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday said the government gives unreserved recognition and importance to the sacrifice and contribution of freedom fighters.

Education for all if voted to power

Four candidates at a meeting here yesterday pledged that if elected, they will take steps to ensure education for all.

AL's Majid out, JP's Abid in

In Habiganj-2 (Ajmiriganj-Baniachong) constituency Awami League's candidate Abdul Majid Khan has been changed to accommodate JP's Abid Ali Chowdhury as the Grand Alliance nominee.

'Enact laws to protect rights of indigenous people'

Indigenous people at a meeting yesterday demanded enactment of laws to protect their rights and uphold their culture and heritage.

AL commitment to make Rangpur a division hailed

Leaders of different socio-cultural organizations of greater Rangpur region highly acclaimed Awami League's election manifesto with commitment to declare Rangpur as a division comprising eight northern districts.

6 killed in road accidents

Six people were killed and 25 others injured in separate road accidents across the country yesterday.

170 shanties gutted in city slum fire

At least 170 shanties were gutted and 10 people, including a fire fighter, were injured in a devastating fire at a slum at Badda in the city last night.

'End discrimination against Harijans'

A country cannot be considered democratic in real sense unless equal rights are ensured for each and every citizen irrespective of their religion, caste and creed, said the speakers at a view exchange meeting yesterday.

Campaign heats up in Rangamati

Election campaign in Rangamati parliamentary seat started from yesterday by the candidates of different political parties after the government on Friday lifted ban on election activities for the ensuing parliament election.

Gaibandha-3 likely to see triangular fight

Gaibandha-3 (Palashbari-Sadullapur) constituency will see a three-pronged contest in the upcoming national election.

No AL, BNP candidates in Moulvibazar-2

After cancellation of nomination papers submitted by Awami League and BNP candidates in Moulvibazar-2 (Kulaura and four unions of Kamalganj) constituency, there is now no candidate with symbols of the two major political parties in the seat.

15 injured in AL-BNP clash

At least 15 people were injured in a clash between the activists of Awami League (AL)-led grand alliance and BNP-led four-party alliance during their election campaign at Sharshar Konyadaha village in Benapole on Friday night.

Indian fertiliser seized

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in separate drives seized huge quantity of Indian fertilisers and arrested a fake army person from Joypurhat and Gaibandha districts yesterday.

'Vote out war criminals'

A group of freedom fighters yesterday called on all not to vote for war criminals in the upcoming general elections.

Nasim returns home

Awami League leader and former minister Mohammad Nasim returned home on Friday night after nearly four months' treatment in Singapore.

Boy's wit saves 300 train passengers

A major train accident was averted thanks to the presence of mind of a minor boy on Friday morning.

Ensure HR, strengthen democracy

Speakers at a discussion yesterday called on all to come forward to establish human rights and strengthen democracy in order to implement the spirit of the liberation war.

High-powered probe body formed

A high-powered investigation committee has been formed to investigate the cause of the mysterious fire in which Gonotantri Party President Nurul Islam and his son Tamohar Islam Puchi were killed at their residence on December 3.

Rehana in Dhaka to assist sister

Sheikh Rehana arrived home yesterday after nearly two years to assist her sister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina as the parliamentary election is drawing nearer.

1.5 lakh Eid holidayers stranded for hours in rivers

More than 1.5 lakh Eid holidayers remained stranded at different points from Chandpur to Hizla channel on the Meghna and its branch rivers for six to eight hours due to dense fog early yesterday.

One killed, 30 injured in Natore clash

A young man was killed and 30 others were injured in a clash at Sarkarpara in Bagatipara upazila yesterday over land dispute.

Two murdered in Keraniganj

Police recovered bodies of a young woman and a beheaded body of a youth early in Keraniganj early yesterday.

Two held with 90 bottles of Phensidyl

A team of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested two drug peddlers with 90 bottles of Phensidyl and a can of foreign liquor at Rupganj in Narayanganj yesterday.

Death anniversary of Birsreshtha Jahangir today

Today is the 37th death anniversary of Birsreshtha Captain Mohiuddin Jahangir.

Sirajganj Free Day today

Today is Sirajganj Free Day. On this day in 1971, freedom fighters took control of the district town after defeating the Pakistani occupation forces in a fierce battle.

Dhaka Int'l Book Fair begins tomorrow

The 15th Dhaka International Book Fair begins at the central playground of the Dhaka University tomorrow.

National

Rajshahi AL finally extends support to Badsha

Rajshahi Mayor AHM Khairuzzaman Liton and local Awami League (AL) have finally extended their support to grand alliance candidate Fazle Hossain Badsha in Rajshahi-2 constituency in the upcoming parliamentary election.

Four contenders still face corruption, criminal cases

Parliamentary election candidates in Chapainawabganj-1 and Chapainawabganj-3 constituencies include at least four who are still accused in different corruption and criminal cases.

Hasina, two AL stalwarts vie for 3 Gopalganj seats

Three VIP candidates are contesting in three parliamentary seats in Gopalganj this time. The three are top leaders of Awami League, which is leading the Grand Alliance.

Samiron still fighting rebels

BNP nominee in Khagrachhari Samiron Dewan yesterday said he will take control of the party office on December 15 and requested the local administration to help him.

AL, BNP both have rebel candidates in Dinajpur-4

Rebel contenders of Awami League and BNP, Mizanur Rahman Manu and Md Hafizur Rahman Sarkar have collected their electoral symbols to contest in the December 29 election from Dinajpur-4 (Chirirbandar and Khansama) constituency.

3 women runners in Faridpur

Three female candidates are in parliamentary poll race in Faridpur.

Shefali of Natore-1 finally gives in

Though Shefali Momtaz clinched Awami League ticket defeating her brother-in-law Abul Kalam Azad in the fight for nomination she could not hold the ground in Natore-1 (Lalpur-Bagatipara) constituency.

407 out of 600 polling centres risky in Pabna

At least 407 polling centres out of 600 in Pabna are identified as risky, district police department sources informed.

Khulna has no independent candidate

There is no independent candidate in any of the six constituencies in Khulna in the upcoming parliamentary election.

Letters

Women in our society

The rights of women are an important indicator of global well-being. Many believe gender issues exist only in countries where religion is law.

Terrorists provoking Indo-Pak war

Former Pakistan Foreign Secretary Najmuddin A Shaikh has written a clear and candid analysis of the Mumbai attacks in Lahore's Daily Times. He is absolutely right when he says: "Let us be clear however that we do have a problem of uncontrolled and uncontrollable forces in Pakistan that are intent on sabotaging any efforts at Indo-Pak reconciliation. Whether or not the Indians provide us with evidence, we should initiate inquiries ourselves. Regardless of the nationality of the attackers, the Indo-Pak process has been set back. Hardliners in India will be encouraged, ignoring India's own long-term interests to exploit Pakistan's many vulnerabilities. Both countries have lost."

Voter ID

I am happy because I am a first-time voter, I received my identity card in June but when I received it I found five mistakes in it. I went to the election office for correction. I was surprised because many people also came there for correcting the identity card. After three months I went to the election office again.

Mumbai attacks

Here's yet another episode of senseless carnage inflicted on an unsuspecting public.

“Future of Bangla”

I would not try to guess what Sunil Gangopadhyay was thinking when he said “Bengali literature still has bright prospects”. No doubt, he is concerned about the future but I would not expect him to express that explicitly in public. The next day headlines would have been like “Sunil thinks Bangla has got no future?” Well, that would have created a huge controversy and so-called pundits could have spoiled his nostalgic visit of Bangladeshi ancestral home. But as wise as he is, he chose the right expression for his concern.

Level playing field?

People in the government and in politics cry hoarse about allowing level playing field to everybody. We have two prominent leaders belonging to two major parties. We should try our best to provide them level fields, shouldn't we? And that should start from their homes? Whereas, one of them lives in a civilian residential area, open to 24 hours of public scrutiny, the other is ensconced within the confines of the cantonment where the entry is restricted, especially, beyond a certain time without permission or a valid reason.

Myanmar's attitude

Besides India, Myanmar is our other neighbour. Some years back we focused on this country, thinking of mutual interests. Many of us were delighted to hear each development with this country. I also wrote three letters in this page in the past and I would like to mention the headlines of those letters 1. Leasing of Myanmar land (17-03-08), 2. Gas import (14-04-08), 3. Bangladesh-Myanmar road (23-06-08).

Beautification of Dhaka!

Recently I have been to Dhaka. It made me happy to see a new fountain under construction in front of the Chief Adviser's Office. On the other hand, when I went to Shikkha Bhaban using the footpath from Press Club, I found it extremely filthy. Beautification is important but it is essential to have public toilets in the capital.

Country branding

On the eve of celebrating 38th Victory Day of Bangladesh, we have been able to find our own country logo and meaningful brand name “Beautiful Bangladesh”. It will be fantastic to celebrate this Victory Day-2008 with a new logo and catchphrase of Bangladesh.

Think about winter!

Are the caretaker government and the political parties doing anything in preparation for the winter in Bangladesh? Hundreds if not thousands of people die each year as they do not have adequate clothing to fend off the winter cold. The irony is that Bangladesh is an exporter of garments i.e. clothes, yet its citizens die due to lack of it.

England-India Test series

Hats off to England captain Kevin Pieterson for his brave decision to continue their India tour following the heinous terrorist attacks in Mumbai, which claimed almost 200 lives over three days, last month.

Dreams shattered

Langston Hughes warned the world earlier: if dream is deferred how serious the fact might be (in his Dream Deferred)... But what happens if the dream is crashed or thrashed?

Rajuk's procedures

Rajuk has invited applications for allotting some plots under Uttara Phase III and Purbanchal new residential areas. It is certainly good news to many of us and hence, many prospective purchasers have been struggling to buy forms from the selected banks under great difficulties and submit the applications after completion. The whole process is very time-consuming and frustrating due to time limit and cumbersome procedures to submit within a short period of time and limited banking facilities.

Everyday hazards

We are surrounded by hazards, that we are not aware of. We risk our ear-drums and even our limbs, as we go along with our daily lives, unaware of these dangers around us. One is the hazard from continuous high level noises; and the other is the unforgiving shiny floor, which can damage our bones and limbs! These unsafe environments, we take for granted without realising the potential danger to our health.

“Journey to Wilderness”

In his write-up 'Journey to Wilderness' Dr. Mozammel H Khan writes in DS on 7th Dec. 2008:

International

India to share Mumbai attack evidence once probe ends

Voicing scepticism over Pakistan acting decisively against terrorists operating from its soil, Pranab Mukherjee has said such elements have been "let off" in the past after some initial action.

Lankan troops kill 10 rebels in fighting

Sri Lanka's military used snipers and artillery fire to kill 10 Tamil Tiger rebels as government troops continued their push toward to the guerrillas' de facto capital in the north, the Defence Ministry said yesterday.

Clashes disrupt Kashmir voting

One person was killed and 13 injured in restive Indian Kashmir yesterday as police opened fire and used teargas to break up anti-election protests during voting in state polls.

Pakistan should go extra mile against terror

Pakistan should 'go the extra mile' to combat terrorism especially in the wake of last month's terrorist attacks in Mumbai, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif told India's Tehelka magazine in an interview published on Friday.

4 British marines killed in Afghanistan blasts

Four British troops were killed in two separate explosions Friday in troubled southern Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence said.

Indian navy arrests 23 pirates in Gulf of Aden

The Indian navy said it arrested 23 pirates who threatened a merchant vessel in the Gulf of Aden yesterday, the latest in a series of recent clashes with Somali pirates.

Illinois moves to oust governor amid graft scandal

Illinois' attorney general moved to oust embattled governor Rod Blagojevich Friday amid charges he tried to sell president-elect Barack Obama's Senate seat to the highest bidder.

S Korea, China, Japan show unity at first summit

Japan, China and South Korea moved to ward off the effects of the global financial crunch at a trilateral summit Saturday, while Tokyo and Seoul criticised North Korea for stalling denuclearisation talks.

'Qaeda attack on Brown foiled in Brussels'

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and other European leaders could have been target of an al-Qaeda suicide bomb plot that was foiled by Belgian police yesterday, with the arrest of 14 people.

Media shows Kasab is a Pak national

Even though Pakistani government refuses to accept that Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone terrorist arrested alive during Mumbai attack, is its citizen; evidences gathered by Pakistani and international media point to the fact that he is a Pakistani national.

Afghan neighbours and allies to meet in Paris

Senior envoys from Afghanistan, its neighbours and the world's great powers are to meet today in Paris to discuss ways out of the war-torn country's seemingly permanent state of crisis.

Dollar hits 13-year low under 90 yen

The dollar slumped below the key 90 yen level on Friday for the first time in 13 years after a divided Senate failed to pass a rescue plan for ailing US automakers.

Mumbai attacks spark upper-class calls for change

In India, the elite stay above the fray. They live in walled compounds, have their own source of electricity, hire their own security guards and educate their children in private schools, avoiding the issues confronting the government and the masses.

Arts & Entertainment

“I read the last news announcing the victory on the eve of December 16, 1971” -- Aly Zaker

Renowned theatre actor-director and a familiar face on TV, Aly Zaker, had made significant contributions to our Liberation War. In the war he served not as a cultural activist, but as a war correspondent of Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra, the radio station that worked as the mouthpiece of the freedom struggle of Bangladesh in 1971.

Try the latest Emo hair cut

One of the current rages in hairstyles for men is Emo hairstyle. For the uninitiated, Emo is actually short for ‘emotional’ and essentially a punk style. Those who do not conform to any particular norms and are known for their own trends are seen sporting this hairstyle. The most typical characteristic of Emo hairstyle is the attitude it reflects. Asymmetrical bangs, partially covering the face and often dyed in bright colours are what make Emo hairstyle absolutely distinct.

Munier Chowdhury: A son remembers

On December 14, 1971, when the members of the Al-Badr abducted Professor Munier Chowdhury, his son Asif Munier Tanmoy was only a child of four. At present he is a young man of 41. Alongside his friends, Asif runs a theatre troupe and work professionally in the field of Theatre for Development (TfD) at present. In a conversation with The Daily Star, Asif recalls his memories of his father and talks about his present activities.

TV play on Liberation War screened

On the eve of the 37th Independence Day, viewers got to see a TV play based on the Liberation War. Titled “Tini Ekjon Muktijoddha”, the play was screened at the auditorium of the Liberation War Museum on December 12. Ahsanul Haque Minu is the director of the play.

Tomar Katha Amar Katha

“Tomar Katha Amar Katha” zooms in on newly married couple, Reshmi and Shagor. Having tied the knot after a whirlwind romance of two years, they share a happy home. However, friction begins as soon as the honeymoon fever wears off. Beginning with trivial arguments, the relationship snowballs into a bitter fight, after which Shagor orders Reshmi to leave. A shattered Reshmi leaves the house without telling her husband. Shagor refuses to bring her back or even call her. After a few weeks, Reshmi learns that Shagor is leaving town for a new job abroad. Reshmi rushes back, but can she stop Shagor? Does Shagor realise his mistake?

Krishno Gahobar

To mark Martyred Intellectuals Day, ntv will air a unique documentary, “Krishno Gahobar” based on the life and work of Shaheed Munier Chowdhury. Scripted by Manik Manabik and directed by Golam Sohrab Dodul, the documentary will be aired on December 14 at 12: 30 pm.

Bengali children on winning streak in Toronto

The children of Bengali expatriates in Toronto, Canada are flourishing in diverse arts and cultural competitions-- earning glory for their country. The children studying at school level take part in different competitions like painting, handwriting, calligraphy, cover design, poster design and cultural competitions including songs and dance sequences, according to reports.

Joe Satriani sues Coldplay

Grammy nominees Coldplay have been sued by rock guitarist Joe Satriani, who claims the band's song "Viva La Vida" uses one of his riffs.

OP-ED

Minority intimidation and electoral bigotry

MOST of us uncompromisingly show a conscious disgust against bigotry when it comes to foreigners -- be it some racist acts of foreign cricketers or Barack Obama facing a negative campaign during the US election. When our expatriate friends and families tell us their experience of racial intimidation, we listen to them with utter shock and question: How can people be so bigoted? And then we have a content, self-serving feeling -- at least we Bangalees are not bigots!

Another wake-up call: Are we listening?

NURUL Islam is in the hospital fighting severe burn and Tamohar is no more" -- a short email from a friend changed my day, perhaps even my life. I have watched unfortunate incidents happening in people's lives many times on TV news and read about them on newspapers -- but this was the first time it happened to someone I knew. I was dumbfounded, I was shocked, I was shaken to the core. Over the course of next few hours, frantic emails with updates and speculations of what happened started coming in, until the final news -- "Nurul Islam, too, is no more."

My homage

THE sudden passing away of Ambassador Abul Ahsan, a former foreign secretary and the first secretary general of Saarc, is a great loss to the nation, and to his friends and admirers at home and abroad.

Cold, raw sheep's brain and other popular foods

I used to think I was an adventurous diner. Until I went to a Uyghur restaurant where the signature dish was "cold raw sheep's brain."

Star City

Woes of single, working women looking for a lone living

Farzana Shifa, a 28-year-old single woman, was refused accommodation at least 30 times by landlords before she could finally manage one who sublet a room to her.

Poachers, peddlers active again

The smoggy mantle over the ever-sunny, humid city should be a cause for celebrations for many, but for the hundreds and thousands of migratory birds, which travel thousands of miles to this city every winter, it may not be a blessing.



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