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Wednesday, November 26, 2014


News of: Monday, 7th of December, 2009

Front Page

Climate bell tolls

Inside her small dark, musty hut, Pia Rani looks like a haunted animal. Fear and insecurity etched in her desperate eyes; she is even hesitant to open the bamboo door just a crack to see her visitors.

Copenhagen talks open today

Bangladesh is all set to place its demands, including reduction of carbon emission by developed countries, to fight the impacts of global warming as the United Nations Climate Change Summit kicks off today in Copenhagen, Denmark.

An SOS from newspapers

Today, over 56 newspapers in 44 countries take the unprecedented step of speaking with one voice through a common editorial. We do so because humanity faces a profound emergency.

BDR to empower its battalions

The Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) is going to propose in its draft law and reform policy provisions for punishment and promotion of soldiers by their own battalions in a bid to decentralise the force.

Kashmiri militant Butt admits to Aug 21 role

Detained Kashmiri Islamist militant Abu Yusuf Butt, who is a leader of Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan's armed wing Hijbul Mujahideen, confessed to a Dhaka court yesterday that he was linked to the 2004 grenade attack on an Awami League rally on Bangabandhu Avenue in the city.

20 die as buses collide head-on

A head-on collision between two buses yesterday left 20 people dead and 50 others injured on Dhaka-Barisal highway in Bhanga upazila of Faridpur.

Hasina invited to BNP council

A number of founding members of BNP were excluded from the list of guests to be invited to the inaugural session of its fifth national council though about three thousand guests, apart from councillors and delegates, are going to attend it.

Infant mortality rate halved in 18 years

Infant mortality rate in Bangladesh halved in 18 years since 1990, reveals a global flagship report of Unicef released yesterday.

Govt challenges HC orders

The government has begun challenging a High Court bench's recent orders granting bail to a good number of people convicted of serious offences.

Rising sea to cost Bangladesh dear

Just a one-meter rise in sea level might cause around 17 percent of Bangladesh's landmass to go under water, displacing some 20 million people living in coastal areas, forecasts Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

MPs raise their voice

The parliament members' forum on climate change, Bangladesh (PMFCCB) yesterday declared a set of activities, including preparing a master plan to tackle the possible adverse effects of climate change on the country.

Wahiduddin made member of UN body on dev policy

Renowned economist Wahiduddin Mahmud, a professor at Dhaka University, has been appointed a member of the United Nations Committee for Development Policy (UNCDP).

Take measures against fatwa

President Zillur Rahman yesterday urged the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to take quick measures against all sorts of human rights violations, particularly fatwa (religious edict) as it is being used against rural women.

Duration of traffic lights to be recast

Dhaka City Corporation authorities have decided to resynchronise the duration of traffic lights, considering peak and off-peak hours of commuters' movement in the capital to bring discipline in vehicular movement.

Pakistan holds Bangladesh

Bangladesh and Pakistan played out the tournament's first goalless match in their insipid encounter of the Bangabandhu SAFF Championship under the floodlights at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

PM's India tour now starts on Dec 19

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has deferred her India visit by a day and will now start her four-day official visit from December 19, official sources said.

Minor girl, woman murdered

Unidentified criminals killed a minor girl and a woman in separate incidents in city's Badda and Dakkhin Khan yesterday.

Editorial

All eyes on Copenhagen

THE atmospheric build-up to world climate conference in Copenhagen on which the curtain is being raised today has been climactically propitious. It is marked by a forward-looking change at the upper echelons of the world order which also happen to be the biggest emitters of green house gases. As such they bear the responsibility of leading the way in cutting GHG emissions, a task to which they seem to be warming up with a degree of flexibility missing so far.

Under-aged drivers

IT is extremely disquieting to learn that on an average 28 accidents take place in the city every day. And what is of particular worry is that under-aged drivers of public transport are responsible for most of the accidents. The Dhaka Metropolitan Police is reported to have launched a special drive against these under-aged drivers and arrested 14 of them on Saturday.

The ever-evolving cycle of crises

WHEN the Berlin wall came crashing down 20 years ago the Cold War ended, and the mood was celebratory in the West. Instead of two superpowers there was one, and the only ideology that survived was capitalism -- a brash form of capitalism at that. The elder George Bush arrogantly proclaimed that the world had better learn how to do things the American way, because it was they who knew what worked. He said: "Free markets work." The reach of the market grew longer over the next two decades, encompassing China, India, and former Soviet Union along with its satellites.

Prologue to India visit

PRIME Minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to visit India shortly. The visit is expected to be fruitful mainly because of a changed mind-set of politicians and bureaucrats in Bangladesh, and hopefully in India, in approaching the festering issues in an objective manner. Indo-Bangladesh relations have been bedeviled by a host of issues that both countries have been viewing from the narrow plane of self-interest instead of the changed global situation where integrated approach to presumed insoluble issues have proved to be more successful than disjointed approach aimed more at domestic audience than at the long term interest of the country and the people.

Not a future threat but a current reality

AS we approach the climate change negotiations in Copenhagen, one thing is clear: for millions of people around the world climate change is not simply a future threat, it is a current reality.

Sports

Shabby BCB

With the busy international commitment beckoning, injury may have been a big concern for the Tigers especially after the way the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has been handling injuries to some key players.

Shantoo pleased

Despite having played a goalless draw against Pakistan, Bangladesh coach Shahidur Rahman Shantoo was not totally unhappy with the fact that they have come away with a point in a very crucial match.

Lanka run riot

Kasun Jayasuriya slammed the first hattrick of the SAFF Championship as a ruthless Sri Lanka thumped Bhutan 6-0 in a Group B encounter at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Pakistan level series

If Pakistan are not to go another three years and 12 Tests without a win, much will rest, as it has always, on their bowling. The very shape and variety of this attack, the threat of wickets alive in each of them, did for New Zealand at the Basin Reserve in Wellington, taking Pakistan to an ultimately comfortable 141-run win to level the series, going into Napier. Mohammad Asif and Danish Kaneria were the heavies this innings, but at all times Mohammad Aamer and a luckless Umar Gul were chomping at the bit behind them.

Bond ponders quitting Tests

Frustrated by yet another injury interrupting his career, Shane Bond has contemplated quitting Test cricket but will wait for the emotions to pass before taking a decision.

India Numero Uno

India became the number one Test team on Sunday after routing Sri Lanka by an innings and 24 runs in the third and final Test in Mumbai to clinch the series 2-0.

Manchester toasts Tevez

Carlos Tevez did his old side Manchester United a favour by scoring the winner as Manchester City beat leaders Chelsea 2-1 in the English Premier League on Saturday.

Juve edge past Inter

Claudio Marchisio scored the winner as Juventus beat champions Inter Milan 2-1 in a bad-tempered clash at the Stadio Olimpico here on Saturday to breathe new life into the Serie A title race.

Ronaldo, hero and villain

Ballon D'Or winner Lionel Messi scored a brace as Barcelona won 3-1 at Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday to restore their five-point advantage over Real Madrid at the summit.

Bayer held to draw

Bundesliga leaders Leverkusen dropped another point when they were held to a goalless drew at Hanover 96 on Saturday, but remain four points clear as Bayern Munich continued their rise up the table.

Becks doesn't fear axe

David Beckham does not fear being left in the cold when England boss Fabio Capello picks his World Cup squad next summer.

Advantage West Indies

On a day of good old-fashioned Test cricket, a persistent Sulieman Benn and a powerful Kemar Roach dragged West Indies into an unexpectedly strong position with two days to play.

Captains divided on review system

Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara on Sunday called for the umpires' review system to be made mandatory after India defeated his side 2-0 in the Test series.

Telegraph chess

Abdullah Al Saif drew his seventh round board with Prakash Ved of Bihar in the 21st Telegraph School Chess Championship in Kolkata yesterday.

Spain retain Davis Cup title

Spain won its fourth Davis Cup title on Saturday when the doubles pair of Fernando Verdasco and Feliciano Lopez demolished their Czech opponents to give the hosts an unassailable 3-0 lead.

Business

Tourism on a roll as funds pour in

The hospitality industry witnessed rapid growth, receiving Tk 5,000 crore in 2005-2009, said the civil aviation and tourism ministry.

ADP picks up speed

The implementation rate of annual development programme (ADP) has turned around to reach 16 percent of allocation in the first four months of the current fiscal year -- the highest in the last four years.

Dhaka awaits response from Delhi on hidden tax on RMG exports

The commerce ministry in a recent letter has sought clarafications from Delhi for imposing higher hidden taxes on export of eight million pieces of readymade garment products to India under duty-free facility, a ministry official said.

AKTEL makes a comeback

AKTEL, the third largest mobile operator, recorded profits worth Tk 147 million at the end of September, rising from a loss of Tk 737 million in the same period last year.

Subscription to 3 IPOs starts

IPO subscriptions started for two closed-end mutual funds and an insurance company yesterday.

Rupali Bank gets new chairman

The government yesterday appointed Dr Ahmad Al Kabir as the chairman of Rupali Bank as part of the ongoing reshuffling process in the state banks.

UK awaits budget steps to fight debt

Britain's Labour government delivers its latest taxation and spending plans next week against the backdrop of soaring national debt and a record recession and ahead of a general election in 2010.

Automated CIB promises to cut cost of fund

Banks' cost of funds may come down with the automation of the credit information bureau (CIB) of Bangladesh Bank, officials said yesterday.

Taiwan's Ma may slow China policy after local vote

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou may slow down an aggressive push for improved ties with China after the island's voters showed disquiet with his policies in local elections, analysts said.

LDCs press for maximum trade benefit

Commerce Minister Faruk Khan said yesterday Bangladesh wants the Doha round to be implemented by 2010 to help the least-developed countries gain duty-free and quota-free (DFQF) access to the advanced countries.

Dubai faces gradual exit of workers

Construction worker Bilal is in a happy mood as he takes his lunch break sitting next to an artificial lake near Dubai's showpiece Mall of the Emirates.

Compliance

He was late for breakfast. As I sipped on Earl Grey English tea, wondering what was keeping Sakib Habib, my counterpart in Pakistan, I glanced around the Hotel Ramada restaurant.

Pizza Hut marks sixth anniversary

Pizza Hut, an international restaurant chain, celebrated its sixth anniversary in Bangladesh yesterday.

Thousands call for sharia to stem corruption in Indonesia

Thousands of hardine Muslim protesters staged rallies in Indonesia on Sunday urging the government to apply Islamic law as the only way to tackle widespread corruption.

Fears of Greek bankruptcy unfounded

Fears that Greece faces imminent bankruptcy are unfounded but the country must take "harsh" measures to shore up its economy, Eurogroup chairman Jean-Claude Juncker said on Sunday.

Trust Bank gets new MD

Trust Bank Ltd has appointed M Shah Alam Sarwar as its new managing director and chief executive officer recently, the bank said in a statement.

Australia in $82b LNG deal with Japan

Australia has welcomed a 90 billion dollar (82 billion US) deal to supply liquefied natural gas (LNG) to a Japanese power company in what is believed to be the country's biggest export sales contract.

China leaders meet to chart course for 2010

China's top leaders met in Beijing over the weekend for the Central Economic Work Conference that will determine how to strengthen the Asian giant's economic recovery in 2010, state media reported.

Japan to give JAL $7.7b loan guarantee

The Japanese government is expected to guarantee about 700 billion yen (7.73 billion dollars) in loans and other funds provided by financial institutions to help ailing Japan Airlines, a report said Sunday.

GM Daewoo to recall 16,000 cars in South Korea

GM Daewoo Auto and Technology has decided to recall 16,379 units of its Matiz Creative mini-car because of defects in their airbags or windshield wipers, government officials said Sunday.

Citi South Asia exec due today

Julia Zilberman, head of public affairs for Citi South Asia, arrives in Dhaka today for an official visit, it said in a statement.

Yanzhou bid for Felix Resources okayed

Chinese regulators have approved a bid by state-owned Yanzhou Coal to take over Australian miner Felix Resources Ltd., the company said in a statement.

Corporate Briefs

PRIME TEXTILE
SEC has fined Md Abdul Awal, managing director, Md Abul Bashar, deputy managing director, Fatema Khatun, director, Md Abdul Hafiz, director, Md Abdul Karim, director, Md Abdul Halim, director, Md Manzurul Hassan Talukder, director, Nazmul Bari, director, and Md Khalilur Rahman Chowdhury, director of the company, Tk 1 lakh each for non-compliance with securities laws in connection with preparation of audited financial statements for the year to June 30, 2007.

UAE markets recover

Abu Dhabi stocks surged on Sunday while the Dubai bourse fluctuated on what dealers said was profit-taking, amid an apparent return of confidence following heavy losses last week over Dubai's debt woes.

Metropolitan

PM's India visit to help resolve unsettled issues

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's visit to India creates a huge opportunity to resolve the unsettled issues affecting the relations between the two countries, Foreign Minister Dipu Moni said yesterday.

Reform in law needed for implementation of RTI Act

Director of International Press Institute (IPI) David Dadge yesterday said the legal framework within which the media in Bangladesh operates should be reformed to ensure freedom of press and effective implementation of Right to Information Act.

4 killed, 9 injured in road crashes

Four people were killed and nine injured in separate road accidents in Chittagong Narayan ganj and Gazipur yeserday.

'Ensure economic emancipation of marginalised communities'

Speakers at a programme yesterday demanded equal rights of the members of the communities and opportunities in all sectors, including education, in a bid to develop their living standards.

Govt firm to safeguard human rights: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday reaffirmed her government's commitment to safeguard people's human rights alongside ensuring their economic and social security.

Govt yet to form probe body as per HC order

The government is likely to face a contempt of court charge, as it has not yet constituted an inquiry commission as per the High Court verdict to investigate the post-poll violence in 2001.

Process to set up tribunal begins

The government yesterday initiated the process of setting up the tribunal and other offices for holding the trial of 1971 war criminals.

JS to beef up security

The House committee at a meeting yesterday decided to beef up security in and around Jatiya Sangsad (parliament) Bhaban.

'Build memorial for martyred Indian soldiers'

A memorial should be built to commemorate the sacrifices of the Indian soldiers who embraced martyrdom during the War of Liberation in 1971, speakers said at a discussion yesterday.

Special education for autistic children under consideration

Speakers at a view exchange meeting yesterday call for raising awareness of autism among the masses in the country as they facing the problem for lack of ignorance.

Indian muggers kill Bangladeshi woman

A Bangladeshi woman, injured in an attack by a group of Indian muggers, succumbed to her injuries at a hospital in Kolkata on Friday, police said yesterday.

Call for network of doctors to deal with burns

A two-day fire burn management course started in the port city of Chittagong yesterday with a call to build a nationwide network of doctors qualified to deal with burns and provide a sustainable solution to combat fire burns.

People pay last respects to Swadesh Bose

People from all walks of life paid their last respects to Dr Swadesh Bose, a renowned economist and organiser of the Liberation War, at the Central Shaheed Minar in the city yesterday.

Dhaka to ratify Rome Statute of int'l court

Bangladesh will take steps to ratify the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) so that the ICC can hold trial of genocide, crime against humanity and crime of aggression in future in Bangladesh, Law Minister Shafique Ahmed said yesterday.

Time to submit probe report extended

The government has extended the deadline to submit the probe report on launch disaster in Bhola by three days, said Shipping Minister Shahjahan Khan yesterday.

DUJ election on Jan 31

The biennial conference and election of Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) will be held on January 30 and 31.

Journalist Mozammel laid to rest

Mohammad Mozammel Huq, former president of Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalist (BFUJ) and former press secretary to ex-prime minister Khaleda Zia, was laid to rest at his family graveyard at Shilori village under Chouddagram upazila in Comilla yesterday.

1 electrocuted, two shanties gutted in city

A young man was electrocuted while he was seeing the fire from the rooftop of his house that broke out at MCC Bihari camp and gutted two shanties in city's Pallabi yesterday morning.

SQ Chowdhury granted bail

The High Court yesterday granted anticipatory bail for two months to BNP lawmaker Salauddin Quader Chowdhury in a sedition case.

24 dredgers out of 28 inoperative!

Only four dredgers out of 28 in the country are fit for operations.

Akhter Ahmed buried

Akhter Ahmed Khan, former secretary general of Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) and Minister (Press) at Bangladesh Embassy in Washington, was laid to eternal rest beside his parents in the city's Jurain graveyard yesterday.

National

Passengers stop train, stage protest

Passengers halted an intercity train for three hours at Panchbibi station in Joypurhat yesterday protesting carrying of smuggled goods in trains and alleged harassment by border troops in the name of raids.

DC, SP offices besieged in Gaibandha demanding arrest of extortionists

A few hundred people yesterday besieged offices of the deputy commissioner and police superintendent in the town demanding immediate arrest and punishment of some local criminals.

82km gas pipeline 'risky'

Around 82 kilometres gas pipeline from Baghabari of Sirajganj to Ishwardi of Pabna under Pashchimanchal Gas Company Limited (PGCL) faces threat of explosion due to high pressure of gas.

Road blocked as bus workers beat up Ruet student

Students of Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (Ruet) yesterday barricaded the Dhaka-Rajshahi highway as bus workers beat up a student the previous night.

Boy untraced for 14 days

A madrasa student, who went missing along with Tk 85,000 from Islami Bank area in Cox's Bazar town 14 days ago, is yet to be traced.

FFs freed Magura, Gopalganj, Gaibandha on this day

Today is December 7. On this day in 1971, valiant freedom fighters aided by the Indian allied forces freed Magura, Gopalganj and Gaibandha from the Pakistan occupation forces.

Bochaganj upazila, Jhenidah dist recall the day of freedom

The day of freedom was observed in Jhenidah district and Bochaganj upazila under Dinajpur yesterday.

RU classes resume today

The classes of Rajshahi University (RU) will resume today after a 16-day vacation of Eid-ul-Azha.

Fog disrupts ferry service

Dense fog disrupted ferry services on Paturia-Daulatdia route for over 4 hours yesterday.

Letters

Kuakata tourist centre

The world is blessed with many wonderful places attracting people to see the exquisite beauty of the nature. One such place is Kuakata situated at the end point of Patuakhali district. It is a rare gift that nature has offered us.

Bangladesh and democracy

Bangladesh turned over a new leaf in the world's history with the achievement of independence through a nine month-long bloody war. It is a third world country burdened with a population abnormally higher in comparison with its small area. It is the most densely-populated country of the world whose majority of people are poor and illiterate and consequently live in extreme poverty. They cannot afford to meet their basic needs. They never bother about what democracy means and whom it serves. It is a matter out of their thinking purview. What indispensably matters to them is the interminable certainty of square meals three times a day and, if possible, the satisfactory fulfilment of their fundamental demands guaranteed by the constitution of the country.

Hatirjheel project

Looking at the progress of this project, it seems that it is moving at a very slow pace. The much expected Tk 1,600 crore development project of Hatirjheel project is unlikely to be complete in time.

Gas and diesel prices

It is interesting to note that the govt. again and again publicises that food price is under control. But what about gas? There is anomaly between diesel and gas price. Though I am not an expert, but after a few months of my writing to the communications minister about gas-diesel price anomaly, now it is also endorsed by the CNG Association. They say gas price is higher than diesel. As a result, owners of transport are less interested in converting their engines to gas. The govt. in the past encouraged conversion to CNG. But the situation is changing. As a result valuable foreign exchange will be invested in importing fuel. The government should give serious thought to use of gas in the transport sector. In the mean time LPG gas price has been reduced. I congratulate the govt. for this right step. It has been reported that the govt. is contemplating further lowering of the prices of diesel. Such one-sided reduction of diesel price will not be productive. The govt. must rethink about gas price in the interest of saving foreign exchange.

Spirit of sacrifice

There are some people who think that to buy high priced animals for 'Qurbani' is a matter of prestige but we must remember that it is of no value to Him as there is the indication in the verses in the Holy Quran-"It is not their meat, nor their blood, that reaches Allah, it is their piety that reaches Allah.”

Media policy on armed forces

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's disclosure that the government was formulating a media policy for defence forces is something we should watch out (The Daily Star, November 23). Democratic tenets afford us the right to information on any public institution, be that the Supreme Court or the armed forces, and efforts designed to shield such institutions from fair scrutiny through laws would be undemocratic and counterproductive. As with any civilized nation, there would be occasional questions about professional competence of the forces, but that does not mean that the non-uniformed are less patriotic and have 'vested interest.' The Economist in its November 5 issue observed that “Bangladesh's defence preparedness is woeful vis-a- vis its Myanmar counterpart, and it's only natural for us to ask why such is the case. You only duck behind laws if you have no answer; impact on 'morale' is a poor argument.

Bangladesh and its neighbours

Myanmar is strategically situated to take the advantages of competition and cooperation between China and India over oil and gas resources. Both China and India are seeking to control the Indian Ocean for strategic military and economic reasons. The United States has been trying to militarise the region on the ground of fighting possible terrorist attacks and has already established an airbase on Banda Ache, Indonesia. Apprehending that the US is hell-bent on a unilateral militarisation of the entire region from the Middle East oil fields to the Strait of Malacca, Beijing has stepped up its engagement in Myanmar. The Strait of Malacca, linking the Indian and Pacific Oceans, is the shortest sea route between the Persian Gulf and China. Myanmar also presents a possible supply route for oil and other commodities for China. An oil pipeline linking Myanmar's deep-water port of Kyaukpyu with Kunming in China's Yunnan province was approved by Beijing in 2006. China is also Myanmar's most important defence ally, providing most of its military hardware and training.

Construction noise!

I live in Shekhertek, Mohammadpur area, in the capital. No doubt it is a burgeoning locality with multi-storeyed buildings, markets and office blocks. Every day there goes up a new building. But all the construction materials are piled up and dumped by roadside, obstructing the normal thoroughfare. The roads are narrow and road condition is so bad that even the rickshaws ply in slow motion. Heavy trucks are parked here and there even in day time.

Party affiliation

Some leaders of at least two political parties were elected members of parliament (MP) using Awami League (AL) symbol i.e. boat. Reportedly, these parties are registered with the Election Commission (EC) and were allotted respective party symbols e.g. hammer, torch etc. Certain questions obviously come to one's mind.

Bureaucracy & politics

Why Dhaka city's streets are so overcrowded, and parliament looks so empty? It is the political magic in Bangladesh; practised for so many decades since 1972.

American policy

America is realizing four times what she is giving LDCs in aid. Bangladesh pays more that 15 per cent tariff while Saudi Arabia pays less than one percent. It reminds us of a proverb, “To carry coal to Newcastle.” America went to unjust wars that killed so many people and destroyed the economies of the poorer countries. We can now clearly see through her tokenism. The sooner America realizes that exploiting the poor does not pay, the better.

Autographs

I have been an autograph hunter since I was 12, more than five decades years ago, which is one of my hobbies.

Price hike

A few months ago we saw that price hike was somewhat moderate but nowadays the price hike is so acute and unbearable for all classes of people.

Mistakes in textbook

Social Studies and Bangladesh, Book-5 (Second Edition-Nov 2008) contains a lot of language errors which are very misleading for the children. The book contains a preface where the publisher did not acknowledge the errors to correct in future editions of the same. This book is mainly prescribed for the children of English medium schools in Bangladesh. Consequently, most of the children learn wrong English. For example in page 54, chapter 8, there is a wrong sentence written like -- "The children of different groups of Sri Lanka varies from one another ...." But the correct sentence should be -- "The children of different groups of Sri Lanka vary from one another...." There are more serious spelling mistakes in the same page. Similarly, there are more grave language and printing mistakes throughout the book.

What a country!

A news report in the daily Samakal of November 1 made me write a few words under the above caption. The report from Kurigram says that a man, who is alleged to have left no deceitful or fraudulent ways on earth untried to make fortunes and acquire position, contested in one of the parliament elections and has now become vice-chairman of the upazila!

Whither UNO?

Following the collapse of the League of Nations, the USA and the European countries established the United Nations Organisation (UNO).

US aid

As reported, in 2008 the aid received by us from the USA amounted to US$151 million; while during the same period, Bangladesh exporters paid US$573 million as export tariff! Poor (nephew) Bangladesh paid rich (Uncle SAM)USA, US$422 million in excess of the total aid received! It confirms the saying that: "The rich are getting richer, and the poor are becoming poorer"!

Load-shedding

Nowadays load-shedding has become a household word. At present it is a common feature of life in Bangladesh. The government of Bangladesh has pushed back the clock time for decreasing load-shedding. But there is no result. In the evening electricity is very essential but it is not available.

High-tech crimes

Profits of high-tech crimes are high; hackers are able to steal without any geographical limitations. Categories of computer crimes: 1) Computers can be used as storage or communication devices whereby information can be created, stored, manipulated, and communicated electronically. 2) The computer can be used as an instrument or a tool of crime and can be used as a weapon to commit attack on the confidentiality, integrity and availability of information. High-tech crimes pose a problem to law enforcement agencies for two reasons: a) These crimes are not easily detected since the offenders can quietly commit them from any computer terminal, usually in the comfort of their own homes. b) Most of the law enforcement agencies are not equipped to deal with the matter.

Good move

The other day while I was going to Gulshan, a CNG (three-wheeler) caught my attention. Usually we see the CNG drivers lock themselves inside an iron framed door but to my surprise, in this CNG the passengers were also locked in with an iron framed door. It gave me immense joy thinking that the CNG owners have started taking measures to protect their passengers. And this is a much more effective way to save passengers' priceless lives and wealth from snatchers than all the measures taken by the govt and law enforcers so far.

International

Zardari may 'pull a Putin' to become PM

With the pressure from the opposition mounting and relentless attacks being carried out by a hostile media, chances are that Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari may try to replicate Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and opt to step down, a report in the Foreign Policy magazine said.

Laden's location unknown for 'years', says Gates

The United States does not know where al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden is and has lacked reliable information on his whereabouts for years, US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has said.

India seeks to strengthen ties with Russia

Stating that over the years, India and Russia have ensured that their multi-faceted relationship acquires greater depth and maturity, Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh on Sunday said that it would be his endeavour to take this partnership forward during his three-day visit to Moscow.

Maoist strike shuts down Nepal

Capital city Kathmandu and other districts were hard-hit Sunday by a general strike called by Nepal's former Maoist guerrillas after clashes between security forces and homeless squatters during a demolition drive killed at least six people and triggered arson and looting in farwestern Nepal.

US, Britain will fail to isolate Iran

Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei lashed out yesterday at the US and Britain, labelling them Tehran's main "enemies" and warning they will fail to isolate Iran over its nuclear issue, a report said.

Stakes high at Copenhagen

Driven by an ever-louder drumbeat of alarm, the world's nations come together today in a bid to lift the curse of climate change hanging over coming generations.

Iraqi reunited with mother 20 years after gas attack

A man who as a baby survived a chemical attack on the Iraqi city of Halabja in 1988 has been reunited with his mother.

CO2 unleashes more warming than thought

Carbon dioxide indirectly causes up to 50 percent more global warming than originally thought, a finding that raises questions over targets for stabilising carbon emissions over the long term, a study said on Sunday.

Melting Himalayan glaciers threaten 1.3 billion Asians

More than a billion people in Asia depend on Himalayan glaciers for water, but experts say they are melting at an alarming rate, threatening to bring drought to large swathes of the continent.

Philippines troops arrest 62 under martial law

Philippine troops arrested 62 people and discovered another major weapons cache Sunday after martial law was imposed in a southern province following the country's worst political massacre.

'Musharraf forced NAB to drop cases against his close aides'

Former Pakistan National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chief Lt Gen (retired) Shahid Aziz has accused former President General Pervez Musharraf of intervening in the working of the bureau to prevent action against some leading political leaders and his close associates.

Key negotiator pulls out of India's team

India's campaign at the crucial climate change talks appeared set for a rocky start with a key negotiator pulling out of the delegation to Copenhagen, apparently upset over the government's announcement of undertaking voluntary carbon intensity cuts.

Virgin Galactic readies maiden suborbital flight

British billionaire Sir Richard Branson will unveil a craft yesterday that could soon carry tourists on an out-of-this-world trip into space -- for a mere 200,000 dollars.

Kasab trial to end within a week

The 26/11 Mumbai terror attack trial is expected to be wrapped up within a week, with only 35 formal witnesses remained to be examined in the case in which Pakistani gunman Ajmal Kasab and two others are charged with killing 166 people.

Israeli military chief on first visit to India

Israel's army chief of staff, Lieutenant General Gabi Ashkenazi, has left on a trip to India, the first time the head of the Israeli military is visiting the country, the army said on Sunday.

Two peacekeepers killed in Darfur

Two Rwandan peacekeepers were killed in an attack on Saturday in Sudan's war-torn region of Darfur where insecurity is rampant, in the second such deadly incident in as many days, a UN source said.

Arts & Entertainment

Family ties

On the occasion of 37th death anniversary of sarod legend Ustad Alauddin Khan and 42nd death anniversary of renowned Indian classical musician Ustad Ayet Ali Khan, Ustad Ayet Ali Khan Sangeet Niketan held a concert featuring classical instrumental music on December 5 at the auditorium of German Cultural Centre, Dhanmondi.

‘Arangetram’: Coming of age of Bharatanatyam dancers

Dhrupad Kala Kendra, one of the leading Bharatanatyam dance schools, arranged a programme at the National Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on December 5. The programme marked the on-stage debut of two Dhrupad Kala Kendra students.

“AIDS Jaago”: Films that awaken

What could be more opportune on World AIDS Day (December 1) this year than a series of short films by well-known Indian film directors that combine a socially relevant theme with gripping storylines?

Weeklong drama festival begins in Faridpur

A weeklong drama festival is on at Kobi Jasim Uddin Hall in Faridpur town.

Art competition for children in Khagrachhari

Around 50 primary school students recently participated in an art competition at the district town hall premises to mark International Volunteer Service Day.

Being one with earth

A six-day long (starting from December 5) exhibition of clay jewellery is now on in Tangail.

Italy police seize secret stash of masterpieces

Italian tax police said Saturday that they had seized works by Van Gogh, Picasso, Cezanne and other giants of art in a crackdown on assets hidden by the disgraced founder of the collapsed dairy company Parmalat.

Bangladesh Shishu Academy to implement Sisimpur Outreach Project

The Government of Bangladesh and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) recently signed an agreement to expand pre-school education in Bangladesh. Under this agreement, Bangladesh Shishu Academy will implement a venture named Sisimpur Outreach Project, says a press release.

“Drishyakalpo”: A behind-the-scene look at films, TV shows

"Drishyakalpo" is a discussion-based programme, highlighting cinema, TV plays and various aspects of the visual media. Aestheticism, cinematography, art direction, lighting and other issues will also be discussed on the show. Manzare Haseen Murad is the anchor of the programme, which will be aired today on Rtv at 11:30pm.

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Vulnerable communities demand climate justice

THE COP-15 Summit in Copenhagen is aimed at implementing the Bali Action Plan as well as ensuring a credible follow up to the Kyoto Protocol. Many meetings across the world, of heads of governments, climate change negotiators, civil society groups, activists and the scientific community, are calling for the implementation of the Bali Action Plan. At the Copenhagen Bella Centre the parties to the UNFCCC Conference of Parties and the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol must seal a deal that significantly reduces greenhouse gases, and save the most vulnerable from increasing climate risks.

BNP conference and citizens' expectation

THE BNP's national council, to be held after nearly 16 years, has generated much interest among both party loyalists and citizen groups. Within the party, this interest is manifested in competition, often violent, for holding higher positions and influence.



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