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News of: Tuesday, 17th of November, 2009

Front Page

River grabbing goes unabated

The High Court has issued several directives to free four Dhaka rivers from encroachment and pollution. The government too has declared a war against the grabbers, cancelling all riverbank leases. But nothing could stop these river grabbers who by their covetous acts are nearly blocking the arteries of Dhaka. They seem unstoppable. Restaurants frequented by dating couples are now

Hasina calls for fair food governance

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged the global leadership to create a fair and equitable food governance system both at national and international levels to make food available and accessible to the marginalised and vulnerable across the world.

HC asks govt to report its actions

The High Court (HC) yesterday asked the government to submit by December 12 the actions taken following recommendations by the designated commission on giving autonomy to state-run Bangladesh Betar and Bangladesh Television (BTV).

Stimulus-plus of Tk 2,000cr soon

The government is likely to announce an additional recession package of Tk 2,000 crore within this month to promote different sectors suffering from the global meltdown.

No Dhaka envoy for Berlin for two years

The Bangladesh embassy in Berlin is without an ambassador for nearly two years.

Stumbling start to BNP council

The council of Chittagong City unit Bangladesh Nationalist Party was postponed amid a series of intra-party clashes in the port city yesterday.

Power talks with India tomorrow

A team led by Power Secretary Abul Kalam Azad starts visiting India tomorrow to discuss cooperation in the power sector which includes purchase of 100 megawatt power from India as well as equity sharing of a power project in Tripura.

Dhaka jail on high alert

Home Minister Sahara Khatun yesterday said the government has put all the law enforcement and intelligence agencies on highest alert ahead of the verdict in the Bangabandhu murder case on Thursday.

ACC challenges HC verdict against MK Alamgir's jail

The Anti-corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday filed an appeal with the Supreme Court (SC) against the High Court (HC) verdict that scrapped the 13-year jail sentence against Awami League lawmaker Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir in a corruption case.

3 Pakistanis remanded for 4 more days

A Dhaka court yesterday placed the three Pakistani nationals, held for suspected link with a plot to attack the US embassy and Indian high commission in Dhaka, on a four-day remand each.

Food summit kicks off

The World Summit on Food Security kicked off yesterday at the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) headquarters in Italian capital Rome where world leaders rallied around a new strategy to fight global hunger and help poor countries.

Judges fully independent

Ruling out BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain's allegation of influencing the court, Law Minister Shafique Ahmed yesterday said the judges are holding the hearings into the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman murder case independently.

BNP standing body okays changed party constitution

BNP standing committee, the party's highest policymaking body, provisionally approved its draft-amended constitution last night after two day's consecutive meeting.

KMC closed after BCL factions clash

Khulna Medical College (KMC) was closed for an indefinite period following a clash between two rival factions of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) yesterday.

GP debuts with flying colours

Top mobile operator Grameenphone yesterday made a spectacular debut on the capital market.

2 brothers killed in 'shootout'

Two brothers, who were operatives of outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP), were killed during a "shootout" between their cohorts and Rapid Action Battalion in Madaripur sadar upazila early yesterday.

9 killed as buses collide in Tangail

At least nine people including two women and a child were killed and over 50 others injured in a road accident on Dhaka-Tangail highway in Mirzapur upazila of Tangail yesterday.

Khaleda fears not getting justice

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in a petition apprehended that she will not get justice from the High Court (HC) bench of Justice Md Momtajuddin Ahmed in the case of her birth anniversary on August 15.

Drug addict kills mother, daughter

A woman and her daughter were murdered allegedly by a drug addict in their rented house in Railway area of the town yesterday.

Interrogate Salam Pintu at jail gate

The High Court (HC) yesterday directed the authorities to interrogate former deputy minister Abdus Salam Pintu at jail gate in the Narayanganj bomb blast case.

Girl student commits suicide at CRP

A student of Bangladesh Health Profession Institute yesterday set herself on fire at her dormitory room of Centre for Rehabilitation for Paralysed (CRP) in Savar after she was expelled from examination for adopting unfair means.

CIA paid millions to ISI

The CIA has paid millions of dollars to Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) since 9/11, "accounting for as much as one-third of the foreign spy agency's annual budget," says a media report.

Deadly attack as French gen meets Afghans

Afghan insurgents fired a pair of rockets into a crowded marketplace as a French general met local leaders nearby yesterday, killing 10 civilians, Afghan and French officials said.

Obama presses freedoms in China

US President Barack Obama Monday pushed for an unshackled Internet and expanded political freedoms, seeking to get around China's media curbs with a webcast town hall event in booming Shanghai.

Space shuttle Atlantis set for launch

The space shuttle Atlantis and its six astronauts lift off yesterday on a mission to bring vital supplies and spare parts to the nearly-completed Inter-national Space Station (ISS).

Editorial

Leases on riverbanks

THIS is a forthright move clearly assertive of government's political will to push ahead with the campaign to save endangered rivers and water bodies of the country. A high powered taskforce in a meeting at the Shipping Ministry has decided to rid the river banks of leases that go against the public's health, environmental and navigational interests.

Drooping Baldha Garden

BALDHA Garden no longer throbs with life, as it used to in the past with a delightful array of exotic plants and trees. Unplanned expansion of the concrete jungle around the garden leaves it with little air and even less sunlight -- the two vitally important elements for its survival. There are billboards and high rises all around it casting ominous shadows on the century-old garden -- a botanical wonder.

Bad news, good news

EVERY day we are being bombarded with news items that either make us feel good and uplift our morale to a lofty height, or dampen our spirit and drown us in the abyss of despair. A day is either made, or messed up, depending on what kind of news item you read first. One news item last week kept me hanging in between, knowing not how to respond, or react. I couldn't be happy, neither did I feel sad. The headline said many of the Golden GPA holders failed to pass Dhaka University admission tests. The same report said that most of the ordinary GPAs, however, succeeded in getting through.

'Crossfire' is indefensible

THERE has been a spate of militancy and social crimes the across the globe. The rise of these antisocial acts is attributed to disproportionate distribution of wealth resources, non-development, availability of firearms and criminalisation of the society for meeting political and economic ends. These are bare bones. To get the fuller picture we need to separate the constituent elements, which will entail an elaborate research-oriented approach.

Sports

MSC survive Biman scare

Needing six runs off the last ball, Biman's last batsman Talha Jubair stepped out but could manage only a boundary as title aspirants Mohammedan survived the scare to post an exciting one-run victory to keep their winning run intact in the Premier Division Cricket League yesterday.

Abahani abase Partex

Abahani opener Rony Talukder notched up his second century of the season as he helped his team to a thumping 170-run victory over a hapless Partex in their match of the Premier Cricket League at the Fatullah Stadium yesterday.

Dravid, Dhoni lift India

Rahul Dravid and Mahendra Singh Dhoni hit centuries as India brushed aside a stunning start by Sri Lanka's new-look pace attack in the first Test here on Monday.

BOA seeks sponsors

Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA) has urged different corporate houses and businessmen to come forward to sponsor the upcoming South Asian Games.

FIFA punishes Diego

Just when Argentina thought it was safe finally to prepare for the World Cup, their coach, Diego Maradona, was banned from football for two months last night. An often surreal, intensely controversial and deeply troubling year will draw to a close with no manager on the bench and a shadow hanging over the troubled national team who were defeated 2-1 here on Saturday by Spain.

Under-19s win again

Bangladesh Under-19 cricket team kept their winning run intact as they swept to a 21-run victory over touring Zimbabwe Under-19 side in the third one-dayer at the Khulna Divisional Stadium yesterday.

Selectors sans job description

The Rafiqul Alam-led national selection panel that is enjoying an extension after its original tenure had ended last August is working without any specific job description as Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is yet to finalise the terms and condition of their jobs.

Dido may get his dues by this week

Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) is seemingly in dilemma to clear the due payments to Brazilian coach Edson Silva Dido, who was sacked last week following uproar over his selection of a young side for the SAFF Championship to be held in Dhaka in December.

Bangladesh struggle

Sajib Hossain from BKSP bettered his previous record in the high jump in the Asian Athletic Championship, but could not finish higher than his South Asian rivals from Sri Lanka and India.

Mali give Ghana a fright

World Cup qualifiers Ghana fought back twice to draw 2-2 with Mali Sunday in the last Africa group game for the 2010 tournament in South Africa.

Trap remains bullish

Republic of Ireland coach Giovanni Trapattoni on Sunday insisted his side could still qualify for next year's World Cup, despite the narrow defeat to France in the first leg of their play-off tie.

Cudicini to make full recovery

Tottenham say goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini is expected to make a full recovery after surgery on injuries he suffered in an horrific motorbike crash.

Scotland to axe Burley

George Burley will lose his job as manager of Scotland before the end of this week, local media predicted Monday after it emerged that his bosses are to discuss his future in the wake of a 3-0 friendly defeat by Wales.

Switzerland win U-17 WC

Debutants Switzerland were crowned Under-17 world champions here on Sunday when they defeated hosts and defending champions Nigeria 1-0 inside a packed Abuja National Stadium.

Ballack out of friendly

Captain Michael Ballack will miss Germany's World Cup warm-up clash on Wednesday against the Ivory Coast as the Chelsea star has failed to recover from a minor knee injury, coach Joachim Loew said.

Van Persie sidelined

Arsenal's Premier League title hopes suffered a setback on Sunday after star striker Robin van Persie damaged ankle ligaments during the Netherlands' 0-0 friendly draw with Italy.

Mexican striker De Nigris dies

Mexican striker Antonio De Nigris who played for Greek first division club Larissa has died of a suspected heart attack, the club announced on Monday.

France suffer double blow

France midfielder Jeremy Toulalan and central defender Eric Abidal have both been ruled out of Wednesday's World Cup play-off second leg tie against Ireland because of injury.

Japan pick WC base camp

Japan's national football team has picked a happy hunting ground as its base camp for next year's World Cup finals in South Africa, press reports said Monday.

Djokovic downs Monfils

Novak Djokovic of Serbia secured back-to-back ATP titles on Sunday by edging past battling Frenchman Gael Monfils 6-2, 5-7, 7-6 in a thrilling Paris Masters final.

Proteas wallop Eng

Graeme Smith and Loots Bosman went on a six-hitting spree as South Africa gained a crushing 84-run win over England in the second and final Twenty20 international at SuperSport Park on Sunday.

Vettori fit for Tests

New Zealand's hopes for the three-Test series against Pakistan have been boosted by news Monday that captain Daniel Vettori has been cleared of injury fears.

Ratna wins gold in 10m

Sharmin Akter Ratna clinched the gold medal in the women's 10m Air Rifles event on the concluding day of the 2nd National Air Gun Championship at the National Shooting Complex in Gulshan yesterday.

Active chess

Dhaka University Chess Club is going to organise Kazi Mahbub Hossain Memorial Active Chess Tournament from 19th to 25th of November.

ESS finish runners-up

European Standard School emerged group runners-up to play the platinum round in the 3rd KAF International Youth Cricket Carnival in Malaysia.

Inter-varsity football

North South University and Independent University moved into the final of the Mentor's Inter-University Football tournament beating their rivals in the semifinals at the Army Stadium yesterday.

Business

GP soars on debut

It was Grameenphone that stole the show yesterday. Its share trade debut on bourses set a milestone.

Bangladesh now a hub of sportswear outsourcing

Bangladesh has become a global hub for outsourcing sportswear as internationally renowned brands in large numbers are flocking here to purchase such special clothing ahead of big global sports events.

Hasina's Delhi visit may win greater market access for Dhaka

India is set to unveil a package of unilateral concessions to give greater market access to Bangladesh products during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's visit here.

Cement makers look to brighter days

Local cement makers see bright prospects for the days to come as the government plans to embark on some big civil engineering projects in Bangladesh, including the Padma Bridge.

Tifa to deepen trade ties with US

US Ambassador James F Moriarty said yesterday the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (Tifa) is crucial for Bangladesh to win greater access to the US market.

2000 tonnes jute seeds yield planned

The government is planning to produce 2000 tonnes of quality jute seeds from the next year to largely meet the present 4000 tonnes of market demand.

Opec head says 75 to 80 dollars a barrel a 'good price’

Seventy-five to 80 dollars a barrel is a satisfactory price for oil, the president of Opec said Monday, adding that the cartel may leave production unchanged at its meeting next month.

Inflation likely with high currency reserves

A healthy foreign exchange reserve is a must for a healthy economy, but everyone should be careful about its probable adverse impacts on inflationary pressures, said Finance Minister AMA Muhith.

Asian shares power ahead, but Japan cautious

Asian shares saw strong gains amid high capital inflows Monday, but investor caution in Tokyo overshadowed news that Japan's economy grew the fastest in more than two years in the latest quarter.

CAAB profit may exceed Tk 400cr

The civil aviation authority's profit may exceed Tk 400 crore this year compared to last year's Tk 200 crore, indicating a rise of more than 50 percent.

Dreams that pay off

Innovation has been the name of the game for Nasiruddin Biswas, chairman of Nasir Group of Industries. With an inclination toward introducing diversified products, he has never shied away from a challenge.

Eyes on Murdoch as digital future beckons

Is Rupert Murdoch bluffing? Making a bold high-stakes gamble that will save the troubled newspaper industry? Or pursuing a pipe dream that can only end in failure?

Oil higher

Oil was higher in Asian trade Monday as investors bought into commodities including crude on the back of a weak dollar, analysts said.

China hits out at US 'protectionism'

China on Monday accused the United States of increasing protectionism and said American calls to let the yuan rise were "unfair", as US President Barack Obama visited the Asian giant.

Japan's economy posts strongest growth since 2007

Japan's economy grew at its strongest pace in more than two years in the latest quarter, smashing market forecasts and extending a recovery from the worst downturn in decades, data showed Monday.

IMF chief again says Chinese yuan should rise

International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn on Monday reiterated that a stronger yuan would help bolster China's economy, amid mounting pressure on Beijing to let the currency rise.

Turkish jobless rate up to 13.4pc

Turkey's estimated unemployment rate rose to 13.4 percent in the three months to the end of September, up three percentage points from the level in the same period last year, official data showed on Monday.

CORPORATE BRIEFS

BGIC
Unaudited quarterly accounts for the third quarter to September 30, 2009 show the company has made net profit of Tk 26.90 million with EPS of Tk 12.88 against Tk 19.98 million and Tk 9.57 (restated) respectively for the same period of the previous year.

Currency

Local Market FX
Local inter-bank FX market was active today. There was adequate supply of dollar in the market. The USD/BDT rate traded at a similar level compared with the previous day.

Metropolitan

Civil-military relations vital for democracy

Military and non-military institutions should work in an integrated and harmonised manner to strengthen democracy, HT Imam, an adviser to the prime minister, said at a workshop in the city yesterday.

Workshop on assessing investment begins

A three-day orientation course on "Assessing Investment and Financial Flows (I&FF) to Combat Climate Change in Key Sectors" began in the city yesterday aimed at capacity building of the policy makers to assess investment requirements for next 30 years to face adverse impacts of sea-rise and ice-melt.

Govt takes up projects to protect ethnic languages

Information Minister Abul Kalam Azad yesterday said the government has taken up various projects to protect languages of indigenous people.

Bhasani's death anniversary today

Today is the 33rd death anniversary of Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani, a veteran political leader.

British MP to help Dhaka fight climate change

Visiting British Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Dr Greg Clark yesterday said he wants to develop a strong personal relationship with Bangladesh and speak for the country in international forums.

3 killed in road crashes

Three people were killed in separate road accidents in Satkhira, Pabna and Thakurgaon in last two days.

Protect consumers' rights

Speakers at a discussion in Gaibandha yesterday called for united efforts to implement the Consumers' Rights Protection Act.

Dhaka to play strong role for developing countries

State Minister for Environment and Forest Dr Hasan Mahmud yesterday said Dhaka would play a strong role on behalf of the developing countries in the upcoming UN conference on climate change in Copenhagen.

Form taskforce to establish women's rights

Speakers at a seminar yesterday demanded the government form a taskforce comprising women representatives for establishing their rights, especially at the workplace.

Charity film show begins at JU

A three-day charity film show began at Jahangirnagar University (JU) central auditorium yesterday.

Increase scopes for higher edn for poor

President Zillur Rahman yesterday emphasised the importance of increasing scopes for higher education for the poor students at affordable cost.

Woman kills brother over trifling matter

A woman killed his brother over a trifling matter at Manda in the city's Sabujbagh area yesterday.

CPB concerned over delay in trial of war criminals

The leaders of Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) yesterday expressed concern over the dilly-dally approach of the government to try the war criminals and bomb attackers.

JU vacation from Nov 21

Jahangirnagar University will go on a 13-day vacation from November 21 on the occasion of holy Eid-ul-Azha.

Establish rights of indigenous people to land, forest

A three-day international seminar on ILO Convention on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples was held at the Brac Centre at Rajendrapur in Gazipur recently with a call for establishing the rights of the indigenous to land, forest and natural resources.

Call to provide housing facilities for homeless in Khas land

Speakers at a workshop on 'Implementation of women empowerment with emphasis on housing rights' stressed the need for housing for homeless people in the country.

10 DU journalism students receive Sitara Parvin Award

Ten students of Department of Mass Communication and Journalism at Dhaka University (DU) received Dr Sitara Parvin Award for excellent performances in their BSS (honours) examinations 2007.

'Consult with HR bodies, experts'

Bangladesh Mahila Parishad yesterday expressed concern over the move to pass the propsed Vested Property Return (amendment) Act 2009 in parliament without consulting with experts, human rights organisations and representatives of the victims who lost their lands through loopholes of the vested property return act.

2 women murdered

Two housewives were killed in separate incidents in Sadar and Kaliakoir upazilas yesterday.

'Kabir Chy conscience of nation'

Writers yesterday accorded a reception to Prof Kabir Chowdhury and praised him as the conscience of the nation in times of crisis.

Cop suspended on bribery charges

A sub-inspector of Tejgaon Industrial Area Police Station was suspended yesterday for allegedly taking bribes from a CNG-run autorickshaw owner.

National

Ruling party men meddle in school-college affairs

Formation of full-fledged managing committees and governing bodies of non-government schools and colleges in the district have remained stalled while inclusion of 'controversial' ruling party men in the committees is affecting academic atmosphere.

AL activists clash over appointment of schoolteacher

Thirty people were injured as two groups of Awami League (AL) activists locked in a clash over appointment of a teacher at Umedpur High School in Shoilkupa upazila under Jhenidah district yesterday morning.

Assault on rival, revolt against committees

Internal feud has surfaced anew in BNP Magura, Kushtia and Pabna units over formation of upazila, municipality and union committees.

Rock lifters block road for end to use of dredgers

Vehicular movement on Panchagarh-Tetulia road have remained suspended since yesterday morning as 'general' rock lifters put up barricade at different places under Sadar and Tetulia upazilas to press for their demands.

Villagers seize 7 dredging trawlers from Feni river

Villagers seized seven dredging trawlers while extracting sand illegally from the Feni River in Nangolmora area in Ghopal union under Chhagalnaiya upazila on Sunday.

Deposition of prosecution witnesses deferred

Deposition of prosecution witnesses (PWs) in the case filed under Explosives Act in connection with the 2004 grenade attack on the then British High Commissioner (HC) Anwar Chowdhury and others could not be held yesterday.

4 Bangladeshis shot by BSF in two days

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) shot and injured four cattle traders at two border points yesterday and the day before.

Court cancels bail of five

The Chief Judicial Magistrate's (CJM) Court yesterday cancelled bail of five Indian nationals and asked them to appear before court on December 22.

Kishoreganj blockade postponed for 7 days

People of Bhairab and Kuliarchar have postponed their non-stop Kishoreganj blockade programme for seven days at the request of local lawmaker Nazmul Hasan Papon.

Death threat to DU VC protested

Teachers and students of Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday brought out a silent procession on the campus protesting death threat to Dhaka University (DU) Vice-Chancellor Prof AASM Arefin Siddique on Sunday.

Woman, her daughter murdered in Chuadanga

A pregnant woman and her teenage daughter were slaughtered by criminals at their rented house in Railpara area of the district town yesterday morning.

KU to open 16 new depts

Khulna University (KU) authorities have taken a decision to open 16 new departments within next 10 years.

Bandarban BNP council

The council of Bandarban district BNP will be held on November 20 after long 13 years. The date was announced at a press conference at a local restaurant on Sunday evening. Saw Ching Prue Jeri, convener of Bandarban district BNP, joint conveners Prof Osman Goni, advocate Kazi Mohotul Hossain Zatno and chairman of the election commission Azizur Rahaman were present. Saw Ching Prue Jeri informed that the new district committee will by formed through direct election. A total of 182 councilors would participate in the council, he said.

Six sued in Sirajganj

A businessman of the district town yesterday lodged a case against six people including nephew of Fisheries and Livestock Minister Abdul Latif Biswas Moniruzzaman Labu. According to complaint, Labu and his five associates demanded Tk 5 lakh as extortion from renowned businessman Israil Hossain Talukder, owner of Eco Enterprise, on Saturday night. The extortionists also snatched Tk 5,000 from Israil and threatened him with dire consequences if the rest of the amount is not paid or police informed. Israil lodged the case with Chief Judicial Magistrate's Court against Labu and his five other accomplices for recovery of the snatched money and security of his life. The court asked the OC concerned to investigate the incident and submit report.

Two chamber leaders arrested

Two former leaders of Sirajganj Chamber of Commerce and Industries (SCCI) were arrested in a misappropriation case on Sunday. The arrestees are former SCCI president Anisur Rahman and former vice president Abdul Quader Sheikh who is also former chairman of Kaliahoripur Union Parishad. Police arrested them immediately after they appeared before the court with bail petition. The court denied them bail and directed police to send them to jail custody in connection with the case lodged by Mosharraf Hossain Munna, present director of Sirajganj Chamber of Commerce and Industries alleging misappropriation of Tk 52,000 from office fund.

Smuggled wheat seized

Coastguards seized 250 sacks of smuggled wheat from two cargo vessels and held four people at Dularchar in the Meghna River under Model police station on Sunday. The arrestees are Akhter, Saiful Islam, Swapan and Ripon. Acting on a tip-off, a coastguard team raided the two vessels and recovered the wheat weighing 600 maunds in the morning. In another operation, 35 maunds of 'jatka' (hilsa fry) were seized and nine people held from an engine-driven boat in the same river early Sunday.

Two hurt in bomb blast

Two people were injured in a bomb explosion.The incident occurred at Gopinathpur village under Harinakundo upazila on Sunday night. Police said, on Sunday Idris sold a cow at Tk 30 thousand and at around Sunday night at around 3:30 am a gang of 10/12 robbers attacked his house. They tied up Idris Ali and his nephew Robiul Islam and beat them up mercilessly and demanded the money. Hearing the hue and cry, neighbours rushed to the spot to rescue them. While fleeing, the robbers hurled a bomb in which Idris and Robiul were injured. They were later admitted to Harinakundo health complex.

Two arrested for murder

Police arrested two people from Balai Battala area of Tongibari upazila on Sunday for murdering a young man. Victim Selim, 25, a driver of Mitford area in Dhaka, hailed from Feni district.

FFs demand govt allowance

At least 15 freedom fighters (FFs) on Saturday demanded government allowances at Laxmichhari upazila town. Local Muktijuddho commander Khandaker Abdul Wahab at a press briefing claimed only one FF (Dharmacharon Chakma) was selected for government allowance from the upazila. But there are 15 more FFs in Laxmichhari upazila, who fought against Pakistan occupation forces during the liberation war. They are in distress and unable to maintain their families now, Wahab said urging the government to grant allowance for and save their families. Freedom fighters Sahidul Islam, Milon Mia, Fazlul Haque, Nurul Islam, Hashem Mollah, Zahur Howlader, Fazlul Rahman, Nur Muhammad, Abdul Khaleq, Dharma Charon Chakma, Anil Mohajan, Subash Das, Haider Ali and Mokbul Alam were present.

International

No reprieve from suicide bombing in Pakistan

A suicide bomber yesterday blew up a car packed with explosives near a college in Peshawar, killing four people in the latest attack on a city beset by Taliban-linked violence.

US asks Pakistan to step up pressure on Taliban

As President Barack Obama prepares to announce his new strategy for Afghanistan, his administration is stepping up pressure on Pakistan to expand and reorient its fight against the Taliban and al-Qaeda, the New York Times reported yesterday.

I was sold to LeT by my father, says Kasab

Ajmal Amir Kasab, the sole surviving terrorist of the group of ten sent by the Pakistan based terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba to attack Mumbai, says his father essentially sold him to the group.

Peace process on hold as Nepali Maoists protest

He is famous for his fiery speeches, but Nepal's Maoist leader Prachanda projected a dramatically different image last week when he danced in the streets with one of the country's top actresses.

Iran's nuclear 'enemies' defeated: Ahmadinejad

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said yesterday the "enemies" of his country's nuclear programme had been defeated ahead of the release of the latest UN report on the atomic drive.

Suu Kyi seeks meeting with junta chief

Myanmar's detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has sent a letter to the head of the country's ruling junta seeking a meeting to discuss how she can work for the national interest.

Indian nuke installations on high alert

Nuclear installations across the country have been put on high alert as it has been found that David Headley, a US citizen arrested by FBI on terror charges, had visited some states having atomic installations.

Musharraf okayed Blackwater's Pak terror operations

Former Pakistan army chief Mirza Aslam Beg has claimed that former president Pervez Musharraf had given Blackwater the green signal to carry out its terrorist operations in the cities of Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Peshawar and Quetta.

UN summit approves new approach to fight hunger

World leaders at a food summit on Monday rallied around a new strategy to fight global hunger and help poor countries feed themselves, but failed to pledge funds sought by the UN.

Lanka president delays election announcement

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse yesterday asked his supporters for more time to announce dates for snap elections as he faced an unexpected challenge from his erstwhile military chief.

Obama will accept Nobel prize with 'humility'

President Barack Obama says he will accept the Nobel Peace Prize with "great humility", though it's not an honour he feels he deserves.

Apology for kids shipped from Britain to colonies

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd issued a historic apology Monday to thousands of impoverished British children shipped to Australia with the promise of a better life, triggering calls for compensation for the abuse and neglect that many suffered.

Arts & Entertainment

Artistes of Bangladesh and West Bengal come together

Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts and Art Trust, Kolkata have jointly organised a group art exhibition, featuring the works of a team of Bangladeshi painters along with a number of Kolkata- based painters. The exhibition, titled “Dhaka-Kolkata”, is now on at Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, Dhanmondi.

“Shatrughna”: A lone, ethical stance

Theatre troupe Aranyak Natyadal staged “Shatrughna”, an adaptation of “An Enemy of the People”, on the fourth day (November 15) of the ongoing International Ibsen Seminar and Theatre Festival. Adapted and directed by veteran theatre personality Mamunur Rashid, the play was staged at the Experimental Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.

Warid to sponsor 3rd Int’l Children’s Film Festival

Warid will sponsor the 3rd International Children's Film Festival to be held in January 2010 in the city, says a press release.

Nobanno festival at campus

The Department of Music, Dhaka University ushered in the age-old traditional Nobanno festival with musical renditions and dance performances at Teachers and Students Centre (TSC) premises on November 15.

Mime in motion in Barisal

Paris-based, noted Bangladeshi mime artiste Partha Pratim Majumder, embarked on a four-day workshop in Barisal on November 14. The workshop has been jointly arranged by Shabdaboli Group Theatre of Barisal and Natukey Dhaka at the Studio-Theatre hall of Shabdaboli. Around 20 trainees participated in the workshop.

Contest of wall magazines on climate change held

A divisional contest of wall magazines was held in Sylhet city on Thursday last. Over 50 wall magazines of school, college and university students from the division participated in the event, organised to create mass awareness on the burning issue of climate change. Of them, 20 were selected to contest at the national level. Swajon Samabesh of the Daily Jugantor organised the event with assistance from Oxfam.

Cultural programme marking National Agriculture Day

A cultural programme, painting competition for children, discussion and a fair was held at the Nomani maidan in Magura on November 15 to mark National Agriculture Day.

OP-ED

Ensure food and nutrition security for the poor

WOMEN must recognize their contributions in food production.

Is a new government in the offing?

NEPAL, the picturesque South Asian country, is once again witnessing political agitations and has caught the attention of the outside world. The nation is certainly at a political crossroads at present as the government of Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal is failing to provide the much-required stability even though a glorious chapter has embraced the Himalayan land following the abolition of monarchy not long ago.

Rub on a little chocolate

WARNING: Do not rub chocolate on your body. Let me do it for you.

Science & Life

Glowing black holes and Professor Hawking

BLACK holes are black because they eat up even the light that comes out of the matter being crushed into nothingness under its fearsome gravitational pull. However, it is from their pull on other objects outside them that black holes' presence can be known. While black holes themselves are invisible, their surroundings are dominated by powerful magnetic and gravitational forces. Those forces produce extremely bright radiations. Those radiations include cosmic rays, plasma jets and gamma-ray bursts that travel across the universe. It is very recently that scientists have started to unlock the mysteries of how those radiations are generated.

Forgotten indigenous baby food

IN this age of imported baby foods of a hundred and one brands, we have about forgotten our Shoti, an indigenous baby food made from the root of a perennial green plant. In the past, traditional doctors such as a Kaviraj, who practiced age-old Ayurvedic medicine, would invariably prescribe the white powdered root of shoti (scientific name 'curcuma zedoaria'), also called 'white turmeric' in English, for convalescing patients as a substitute for barley. It usually grows in the wild, but villagers in the past might also leave a fallow piece of land to cultivate it along with other similar plants.

Green energy vs. food security

NICO Strydo, a Jatropha farmer in Mozambique looks out over the 10-month-old, 1,000-hectare farm he runs for Sun Biofuels, a British-based company that hopes jatropha will turn African farmland into a fuel source for the 21st century.

Lots of water on Moon!

Suddenly, the moon looks exciting again. It has lots of water, scientists said a thrilling discovery that sent a ripple of hope for a future astronaut outpost in a place that has always seemed barren and inhospitable.

Slender, plump spiral galaxies

THIS NASA handout illustrates the two types of spiral galaxies that populate our universe--those with plump middles, or central bulges (upper left), and those lacking the bulge (foreground). New observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope provide strong evidence that the slender, bulgeless galaxies can, like their chubbier counterparts, harbour supermassive black holes at their cores. Previously, astronomers thought that a galaxy without a bulge could not have a supermassive black hole. In this illustration, jets shooting away from the black holes are depicted as thin streams. The findings are reshaping theories of galaxy formation, suggesting that a galaxy's "waistline" does not determine whether it will be home to a big black hole.



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