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News of: Wednesday, 9th of December, 2009

Front Page

Tarique made powerful senior vice-chairman

The BNP national council yesterday elected Tarique Rahman senior vice-chairman in a move apparently designed to smooth his path to the party helm.

BNP chief lays out 19-pt programme for future

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia at her party's fifth national council yesterday unveiled 19-point programme that includes strengthening the country's democratic institutions and curbing corruption, criminal activities and injustice.

Tarique now soul searching

Tarique Rahman yesterday said he has yet to decide about his direct participation in BNP's activities, as he is now soul searching and trying to monitor the country's present situation from abroad.

Bangladesh worst climate-hit

Natural disasters have caused the greatest loss of life in Bangladesh over the last decade than in any other country of the world, according to the Global Climate Risk Index (CRI), 2010 published yesterday in Copenhagen.

LDCs not happy with progress

Least Developed Countries (LDCs) yesterday said they are not happy with the way climate-change adaptation fund is being raised and demanded mandatory contribution from developed countries, which are the major polluters.

Bangladesh to demand 15pc of adaptation fund: Hasan

Bangladesh will demand at least 15 percent of the global climate change adaptation fund -- proportionate to its population -- at the Copenhagen summit.

Driving stays willy-nilly

Dhaka dwellers did not see the benefit of the new traffic rules as a good number of drivers continued to drive willy-nilly despite many drivers faced penalties yesterday for failing to follow signal lights and maintain lanes.

Blasts kill 49 in Lahore market

Suicide attackers launched a gun and bomb assault near an office of Pakistan's main spy agency in an eastern city yesterday, with nine people dead in the third bloody militant strike in 24 hours.

Govt slaps ban on raw jute export

The government has imposed a ban on export of raw jute to ensure smooth supply of the natural fibre to local mills, which are facing troubles because of rising prices of jute amid increased demand of jute goods in the international market.

Enamul fires hosts into semifinals

Bangladesh progressed to the semifinals of the Bangabandhu SAFF Championships as they beat Sri Lanka 2-1, courtesy of a brace from their in-form striker Enamul Haque, in a thoroughly entertaining encounter at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Buriganga cleaning drive from Jan 1

The authorities will launch a drive on January 1 for removal of layers of polythene from the Buriganga bed manually to free the river from the imperishable pollutant.

Set up industries outside Dhaka, get low-interest loan

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the government would disburse bank loan to the entrepreneurs at low interest rate if they set up their industries at district and upazila level to reduce the burden on Dhaka city.

AL wishes BNP all the best

The ruling Awami League (AL) yesterday hoped that democracy in Bangladesh will be stronger through reorganisation of BNP under the leadership of its Chairperson Khaleda Zia making its national council successful.

Charge-framing in Satkhira Jan 18

A special court in Satkhira yesterday fixed January 18 next year for framing charges against 60 accused BDR personnel of 7 Rifles Battalion under Khulna sector in the mutiny case.

A chair lesson from Hasina

In a rare gesture, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday left her ornate seat of honour to sit in a less decorative chair next to colleagues and other distinguished guests at the inaugural session of the SME Financing Fair 2009.

Repeal criminal defamation against journos

The Commonwealth Journalists Association (CJA) has welcomed the Bangladesh government decision to drop arrest warrant provision from the defamation law.

Gunmen fire at city shop; 3 injured

Three people including a woman sustained bullet injuries at Stadium Furniture Market in Mirpur as a gang of three criminals sprayed bullets during a snatch attempt yesterday afternoon.

Final charge sheet by this month: Sahara

The final charge sheet in the BDR headquarters killings case would be received within this month, Home Minister Sahara Khatun said yesterday.

'Shootout' kills outlaw in Bagerhat

A leader of Janajuddha faction of outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party was killed in a "shootout" between police and his cohorts at Brahmandia village of Fakirhat upazila in Bagerhat early yesterday.

10 wounded in cop-outlaw gunfight

At least 10 people including three policemen were injured in a gunfight between police and the members of Janajuddha, a faction of outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party, at Gurpipul Jojaipara in Tarash upazila yesterday.

BSF kills Bangladeshi pilgrim

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) yesterday gunned down a Bangladeshi pilgrim in West Bengal's Basirhat area and abducted a farmer from Jibonnagar upazila in Chuadanga Monday evening.

Baghdad blasts kill 127

Five massive vehicle-borne bombs rocked Baghdad yesterday, killing 127 people, including women and students, and wounding hundreds in the third co-ordinated massacre to devastate the city since August.

Editorial

Copenhagen conference is an opportunity

THE sense of urgency which characterises the world climate conference in Copenhagen says it all. Never before has the international community been exposed to the kind of risks it now faces because of the increasing deterioration in global climate conditions. On the first day of the conference, where as many as 192 nations are taking part and which will be joined later by heads of government and state, these risks were highlighted. Perhaps Yvo de Boers, the UN climate chief, put it in perspective when he noted that the time for formal statements is over, that indeed the moment is here and now for governments across the world to take concrete action. A major component of such action must be a deal that will have the world's rich and emerging economies promise to curb their greenhouse gas emissions.

Management of our borders

TAKING a comprehensive approach with regard to supervision of our borders would be our advice to those entrusted with the task. Managing our border with efficiency is not an easy task. It calls for a wide-ranging policy that would involve all the relevant agencies directly in all that is happening in and around the border.

Copenhagen, saving Bangladesh and . . .

COPENHAGEN is more than a summit on a theme that affects all of us. It is a reminder to us, across the world, of the existentialist threats we live with, have lived with for ages on end. No, you do not need to travel back across millennia. You are not even called upon to peer back into the centuries to understand the complexities we have been going through in our times. There is the historical record that remains for us to consult any time we need to check and cross-check for reference.

India wonders where it stands

INDIA and China seem to be natural allies, both are large, multi-ethnic and religiously diverse nations that embraced democracy after colonial rule. India and the US grew closer than any other time in their history during Bush's presidency, spurred by the nuclear deal between the two countries.

The office of ombudsman

THE government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh is considering the appointment of an ombudsman under Article 77 of the Constitution of Bangladesh. The Ombudsman Act, 1980, provides for the establishment of the office of ombudsman and defines his powers and functions and states that the ombudsman shall be appointed by the president on the recommendation of Parliament.

Sports

Shantoo hails teamwork

Bangladesh coach Shahidur Rahman Shantoo expressed his pleasure at advancing to the semifinals as champions from Group B after his charges beat Sri Lanka 2-1 in their last group match at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Pakistan bury Bhutan

Striker Arif Mehmood struck the second hattrick of the SAFF Championship as Pakistan demolished Bhutan 7-0 in their last group match at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

CCS last into Super League

Uttam Sarker's hundred was not good enough for Cricket Coaching School (CCS) to avoid a 53-run defeat against Kalabagan in the final first round game of the Premier Division League yesterday but still managed a Super League berth as the last team.

Draw delight for WI

In the end, five days just wasn't enough. Despite the finest efforts of Dwayne Bravo - and his best was brilliant - and a captain's innings from Chris Gayle, West Indies ran out of time to beat Australia for the first time in six years.

Razzaq upset at missing IPL

All-rounder Abdul Razzaq was upset with the news that Pakistani cricketers will miss the coming Indian Premier League (IPL) due to a delay in securing visas.

IPL sans Pak players

Pakistan's cricketers will miss the next edition of the Indian Premier League due to a delay in securing visas for the lucrative Twenty20 event in India, IPL chief Lalit Modi said on Tuesday.

Barca can secure passage

Holders Barcelona can secure a place in the Champions League knockout stage even if they lose at Dynamo Kiev on Wednesday, but Inter Milan face a winner-takes-all home encounter with Rubin Kazan.

Toni to return to Italy

Bayern Munich's Italian striker Luca Toni has claimed he will be returning to Italy while his coach insisted he would not try to stop him.

Domenech bonus claims resurface

Raymond Domenech was in line to receive 826,222 euros in bonuses as a result of France's successful World Cup qualifying campaign, according to a report to be published in Le Monde on Tuesday.

Ancelotti backs duo

Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has backed goalkeeper Petr Cech and Frank Lampard to bounce back from being blamed for the club's defeat to Manchester City at the weekend.

Juve punished again

Juventus were on Monday fined for the second time this season for chants their fans directed against Inter Milan's black striker Mario Balotelli.

Serb president fined 400 euros

A Serbian court fined President Boris Tadic 400 euros (593 dollars) for drinking champagne, in contravention of an alcohol ban in football stadiums, to toast Serbia's World Cup qualification.

Catania appoint Mihajlovic

Serbian Sinisa Mihajlovic has been appointed the new coach of Catania after Gianluca Atzori became the ninth Serie A coaching casualty this season.

Fergie denies Dzeko speculation

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has poured cold water on speculation the English giants are set to bid for Wolfsburg's Edin Dzeko on the eve of the sides' Champions League clash.

Cantona calls identity debate stupid

French soccer hero Eric Cantona stuck his boot into the sensitive debate on national identity on Tuesday, deriding what he called the "stupid" nationalist approaches to the issue.

Advocaat joins Alkmaar

Belgium coach Dick Advocaat has been given the green light by the Belgian football federation to take the reins at Dutch champions AZ Alkmaar "for some months".

Real, Barca sweep FIFA nominees

Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid have swept the list of five nominees for the 2009 FIFA World Player of the Year award.

WC village for German fans

The German Football Federation (DFB) is offering fans their own World Cup village for next June's tournament in South Africa.

Top seven put 'em on top

Kris Srikkanth, the chairman of the BCCI's selection panel, has attributed India's climb to the top of the Test rankings to their balance and depth with both bat and ball, and their ability to finish off games after gaining the advantage.

Martin wants batting to improve

Chris Martin has expressed confidence in New Zealand's struggling batting line-up ahead of the series decider in Napier, starting on Friday.

Yousuf retains captaincy

Pakistan were forced to retain Mohammad Yousuf as captain for their three-Test series in Australia after Younus Khan remained unavailable, selectors announced Tuesday.

'Bolt is no superman'

Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt is no "superman" and can be beaten, his compatriot and rival Asafa Powell insisted Tuesday.

School chess

Abdullah Al Saif finished fifth in the 21st Telegraph School's Chess Championship that ended in Kolkata yesterday.

Div I chess

Titas Club and I2 Soft Solution Limited continued their winning spree to share the lead with maximum four points each after the end of the second round of the Dutch-Bangla Ban First Division Chess League at the federation hall-room yesterday. Dhaka Metropolitan Chess Club and Farashganj Sporting Club followed the leaders with three points each.

Business

Pharma packaging shores up foothold

The pharmaceutical industry is fast becoming self-sufficient in packaging and meets more than 90 percent of the need, which was previously import-dependent.

HSBC launches first taka-dollar derivative

HSBC has launched the first taka-dollar option in Bangladesh to help customers manage the risks of future foreign exchange in a volatile market.

Half of banks lag in SME loans

Nearly half of the 30 private commercial banks (PCBs) exhibit poor performance in SME credit disbursement, despite the central bank's continuous efforts to boost it.

Forex ceiling goes up for travellers

The central bank has raised the ceiling of foreign currency for Bangladesh nationals allowing them to spend more while travelling abroad.

Former adviser suggests banks' code of conduct

Pointing his finger at gaps in regulatory enforcement that vitiates ethical climate in banks, a former government functionary has suggested that these financial institutions formulate a comprehensive code of conduct.

Summit moves to light up char homes

Summit Power, a company of Summit Group, joined hands with a nongovernmental organisation (NGO) to provide electricity to char areas.

Dhaka bags $14m shipbuilding orders

Bangladesh has received export orders for ships worth $14 million at an international shipbuilding fair in India, said a statement from Export Promotion Bureau (EPB).

Bangladesh Development Bank starts journey Jan 3

Bangladesh Development Bank Ltd (BDBL), which was shaped up by a merger between Bangladesh Shilpa Bank and Bangladesh Shilpa Rin Sangstha, will start its full-fledged operations across the country from January 3.

German-Bangla chamber’s new executives

Bangladesh German Chamber of Commerce and Industry has elected Md Saiful Islam as president for 2010-2011, the trade body said in a statement yesterday.

Cash crisis dismays holiday gifts

With the holiday season in full swing, Americans hit by the recession and unemployment are remembering "it's the thought that counts" and finding budget-friendly ways to give their loved ones gifts.

Japan launches new recovery package

Japan announced 80 billion dollars in new spending Tuesday as part of a stimulus package it said would be worth 274 billion dollars to jump-start a fragile recovery in Asia's biggest economy.

Asian markets fall

Asian markets fell on Tuesday after comments by the US Federal Reserve chief about a slow recovery gave investors reason to cash in on strong regional rallies last week.

UAE stocks continue to tumble

The Dubai and Abu Dhabi stock markets were buffeted on Tuesday by the fallout of Dubai's debt woes, both posting fresh losses in volatile trade.

Oil up

Oil prices rose in Asia on Tuesday as traders capitalised on a weakening US dollar, analysts said.

Bernanke: Recovery fragile

Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke on Monday tamped down speculation that essentially zero interest rates were set to rise, saying the US recovery from recession remains fragile.

Indian car sales surge 61pc

New car sales in India rose 61 percent year on year in November, helped by a low base level in 2008 and government stimulus to encourage spending, industry data showed Tuesday.

Taiwan opposition says China pact may cost 1.6m jobs

Taiwan's opposition leader on Tuesday said a planned trade pact with China could cost the island 1.6 million jobs, insisting on a referendum on the controversial agreement.

Kuwait parliament ratifies Gulf monetary union pact

Kuwait's parliament unanimously ratified a Gulf monetary union pact on Tuesday as the emirate's foreign minister said the launch of a single regional currency could take a decade.

Metropolitan

Military rulers spoilt youths to cling to power

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said military rulers in the past spoilt the country's youth community handing them drugs, arms and illegal money in their bid to perpetuate their usurped power.

'Communal forces out to destroy democracy'

Speakers at a commemorative meeting yesterday said communal as well as fundamental forces are trying to foil the cultural movement in a bid to destroy the base of democracy in the country.

Ban UPDF, withdraw army: Shantu Larma

Jyotirindra Bodhipriyo Larma, chairman of the CHT Regional Council, yesterday urged the government to ban anti-peace accord organisation United People's Democratic Front (UPDF), saying that the armed cadres of this group is carrying out terrorist activities in the hills.

Be forward-looking in developing hybrid crops

Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury yesterday urged the scientists to be progressive and forward-looking in developing and extending hybrid and genetically engineered crops to meet the increasing demand for food.

Govt set to introduce new disaster signal system

The government will soon introduce new disaster signaling system, which will mention the areas that may be affected by disasters so that people of the areas concerned can take necessary precautions to save lives and properties.

Education of Dalits stressed to establish their rights

Speakers at a programme yesterday stressed the need for education to empower the Dalits and establish their rights with a view to creating a society free of discrimination.

Teachers' registration exams Dec 11,12

The fifth Non-government Teachers' Registration Examination will be held on December 11 and 12 at 114 sub-centres in 20 old districts in the country, says an official handout.

Terrorists out to destabilise world peace using Islam

Tourism and Civil Aviation Minister GM Quader in Rajshahi yesterday said some terrorists are using the name of Islam to destabilise peace across the world, adding: “In fact, it is not Islam which they (terrorists) are preaching.”

Comrade Barun Roy passes away

Comrade Prasun Kanti Roy, popularly known as Barun Roy, an anti-British movement veteran and organiser of the liberation war, passed away due to old-age ailments at his house at Hasonnagar in Sunamganj yesterday morning at the age of 88.

Begum Rokeya Day today

Begum Rokeya Day, commemorating Begum Rokeya's pioneering role in advancing the causes of women in this subcontinent, will be observed in the country today.

HC asks govt to include 159 FP officers in cadre service

The High Court (HC) yesterday directed the government to immediately include the jobs of 159 non-cadre family planning officers in the cadre service with seniority.

DVD of Muktijuddha Protidin launched

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina called for presenting the true history of the 1971 War of Liberation before the new generations, blaming the anti-liberation forces for distortion of history.

Orientation for journos to cover JS debate

An orientation for journalists to strengthen their capacity in monitoring discussions in the parliament on electoral manifesto and commitments related to achieving Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) was held in the city yeserday, says a press release.

Azimpur Girls' School reunion

A reunion of Azimpur Girls' School and College will be held on January 23.

Committee to monitor setting up of tribunal

The government yesterday formed a four-member committee to monitor the overall activities of setting up the tribunal and other offices to try 1971 war criminals.

National

AL leader sets up big brick field inside reserve forest

A local Awami League (AL) leader has set up a huge brickfield inside Fashiakhali Reserve Forest in Chakoria upazila of Cox's Bazar district.

Good catches of hilsa at long last

Thousands of fishermen in coastal areas of Cox's Bazar district are all smiles as a huge catches of popular fish hilsa is being netted in the Bay.

Muktijuddher Bijoy Mela opens in Ctg tomorrow

A three-week-long 'Muktijuddher Bijoy Mela” begins in the port city tomorrow.

Hundreds say 'no' to corruption

Hundreds of people yesterday formed a human chain in front the deputy commissioner's office in the town to build awareness against corruption.

Blanket of fog disrupts road, river links

Road and river transports have been facing serious disruption in different parts of the country due to dense fog for the last few days.

Doctor sued for private practice in office hours

The Chief Judicial Magistrate's Court here on Monday issued arrest warrant against a doctor of Dinajpur Medical College and Hospital for doing private practice violating government rules.

Paddy seeds seized while being taken to other dist

Authorities seized 1100 kg boro paddy seeds prepared by Bangladesh Agriculture Development Corporation (BADC) while it was being illegally taken from Dimla upazila town to another district on Sunday afternoon.

Jubo Dal leader murdered, 25 hurt in AL-BNP clash

A Jessore Jubo Dal leader was hacked to death by rivals on Monday and 25 were injured in Magura as AL, BNP clashed yesterday and the day before while in Pabna BCL, JCD locked in clash on Sunday.

Passengers suffer as students block road

The students of Gopalganj Government Bangabandhu University College yesterday put up blockade on Dhaka-Khulna highway demanding permission for registration of the 'additional' students of honours first year.

Fratricide in Meherpur

An elder brother was killed by his younger during a dispute over ancestral land in a village yesterday afternoon.

Muggers kill press worker

Muggers stabbed a press worker to death on Monday night at Ghope in the town. Victim Biplob Hossain, 28, was the son of Nizamuddin of Newtown area, Police and locals said, after finishing work Biplob, a machine man of Imperial Press left his workplace for home at about 2am. A group of muggers intercepted him in front in Ghope area. They stabbed him severely as he tried to resist them. Hearing his scream, locals rushed to the spot and took him to hospital but the attending doctor declared him dead. A case was filed in this connection. None was arrested till filing of this report yesterday evening.

Criminals attack police

A case was filed on Sunday night against 19 people for attacking police at Soyghati village in Neyamatpur upazila. Officer-In-charge of Neyamatpur police station Shaheed Suhrawardy said a complaint was lodged recently as Sirajul and his terror gang obstructed the cultivation of fish in a pond leased by one Bulu of the same village. The gang intercepted the police team when they, led by ASI Ali Akbar, went to the village to investigate the allegation on Sunday afternoon. At one stage they assaulted Ali Akbar and damaged the police pick-up van, forcing the team to retreat. Bulu later lodged the case against Sirajul and his accomplices.

Youth murdered

Criminals have murdered a youth at Raita village in Bheramara upazila. Police recovered the body of Badsha, 17, son of Ektar Uddin Malitha of the village yesterday. Police said, locals saw the slaughtered body of Badsha on the bank of Padma river at Raita and informed them. They rushed to the spot and recovered it at about 2.30pm. Badsha was a fisherman. Victim's father Ektar told journalists that a local phensidyl peddler threatened Badsha three days ago as he helped a Rab (Rapid Action Battalion) team to locate the house of another drug trader of the village. According to family sources, Badsha went to Padma river on Sunday noon and since then he was missing.

10 bombs recovered

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) on Saturday night recovered 10 cocktails from a bag kept in front of Comilla EPZ gate and arrested one person in this connection. The arrestee was identified as Saddam Hossain Sajib, 23, of Haluapara village in Sadar Dakkhin upazila. Acting on secret information, a team of Rab-11 raided the area at about 9.30pm and arrested Saddam. Later, the team recovered the bombs kept in a bag. The bombs were defused at the Comilla Rab office ground in presence of Major Shakil, sources said.

25 hurt in Munshiganj clash

At least 25 people were injured when people of two villages at Bhaberchar bus stand area in Gozaria upazila clashed Saturday night. At least 40 shops and other business firms were ransacked during the clash between the people of Puran Baushia and Laxmipura villages. Seriously injured Liton Miah, 23, was admitted to Bhaberchar Health Complex. The clash followed an altercation between people of the two villages over a waj mahfil.

Radha statue recovered

Jhenidah DB police on Saturday night recovered a Radha statue from Gourinathpur village under Kaliganj upazila. Police Superintendent of Jhenidah Rezaul Karim said, a team of DB police raided Gourinathpur village at about 8:30 at night. During the drive police the statue weighing 18 kg from the house of one Shamsul Islam. They arrested Shamsul and Sanoar Hossain for their alleged in the smuggling. Sources said, the statue is made of precious stone and worth Tk 15 crore.

Letters

Wind and solar power

I am writing with reference to the piece "Nuclear generator" by Engineer Shafi Ahmed (Dec. 1).

Launch disasters

I refer to various letters, articles, comments etc., on this tragic matter from home and abroad. This and practically all other ills of our hapless society can be traced to the relentless force of 'Population Pressure' on our resources and psyche. In our country human life seems to the cheapest commodity and this accords with the laws of economics that the value of any commodity is dependent on its 'relative scarcity'. Successive governments in Bangladesh have failed to curb the explosion of population as a priority, often misguidedly believing that a large population is a source of economic strength. So people are what we now have in utmost abundance on every square foot of soil or water surface of Bangladesh, and that is why according to the economic principle it is now the cheapest commodity. It is no wonder people are dying on the roads, the rivers, of malnutrition and ill health, and as victims of criminal gangs, unbridled corruption, extortion, etc.

The mangrove forests

The Sundarbans is one of the most beautiful and largest mangrove forests in Bangladesh and it is the largest remaining tract of mangrove forests in the world. The forest covers 10,000km of which about 6,000 are in Bangladesh. It became inscribed as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1997. Royal Bengal Tiger as well as numerous fauna including different species of birds, spotted deer, crocodiles and snakes etc are found here. But the bad news is that the Sundarbans has a population of over 4 million and they are spoiling its beauty. The population pressure resulted in half of this eco-region's mangrove forests cut down to supply the fuel wood. Other natural resources are also extracted from these forests by this large population. The Sundarbans play an important role in the economy of the south-western region of Bangladesh as well as in the national economy. Now it is contesting to be a part of the Seven Wonders of the World.

Between chaos and confusion!

Failure of the traffic light based automated system of traffic management was reported in the front page of most dailies on November 23. This is nothing but the natural result of most drivers' normal response to usual traffic management system, where hand signals by traffic policemen supersedes traffic lights! Drivers are used to manual traffic control, so even with the red light they will go on driving! They naturally wait for the whistle and hand signal before stopping! This is what they have been used to at all times.

Mugging on the rise

A mugging story on a busy road of the Dhaka city is basically a glaring evidence of poor law and order situation in our country, especially in Dhaka.

Climate change and we

One of the UK's best known scientists, Professor James Lovelock, says only a catastrophe will prompt the world to tackle the threat of climate change seriously. He also said: In late 1930 when I was a student we knew that war was imminent, but there was no clear idea of what to do about it. We think that something unpleasant may soon happen but we are as confused over what to do about it as we were in 1938. Our response so far is just an attempt to appease.

Rich are always right

I am not at all religious, but even I was flabbergasted seeing the distorted mentality of people. The other day I was coming back home from Dhanmondi when I saw a bus sporting a nice advertisement on its back. The advertisement informed consumers about the chance to get a free butcher for the upcoming Eid if they answered a very clever question.

Cox's Bazar

We can and we build the mega sea beach from Cox's Bazar to Teknaf as Asia's greatest tourist attraction. If Tajmahal is Asia's most beautiful monument and people from all over the world flock to Agra, why does the most panoramic and longest sea beach of Cox's Bazar of Bangladesh fail to quench the thirst of the people all over the globe?

Corporate governance

Corporate governance has become a buzzword in the corporate world, especially when the latest global financial crisis originated in the U.S.A. due to poor governance of financial institutions. Therefore, recently corporate governance which replicates a mechanism to mitigate the conflict of interests among the stakeholders of a corporation, has also received increased attention from our regulatory bodies.

Historic verdict

After the historic Supreme Court verdict on the killing of Sheikh Mujib many people have claimed that it's a glorious triumph of the rule of law in Bangladesh. However, we must not forget that this verdict was made possible because its facilitation was one of the foremost priorities of the ruling party. The family members of the incumbent prime minister were the direct victims of the brutal massacre of 1975. Obviously, no one can possibly condone the killers of his/her family members and as the most powerful person of the nation she was firmly determined to bring the killers to justice.

Poisoning of the PM?

Well, in the careless utterances (or mutterings) of many of our great leaders vagaries abound. I would have given the whole episode a rather farcical pass. But the fact that the question was raised by the personal physician (I suppose he is competent and more of a doctor than a politician) of a sitting PM, it becomes an issue of national importance and of national security. This needs to be delved further, and if true, proper medical and legal intervention is in order.

Gender equality

Women have basically achieved parity in participation in most areas of undergraduate and coursework postgraduate study. However, there are still some areas such as engineering and architecture where women are under represented. Again, there are fewer women these days undertaking post graduate study. This is partly due to financial restraints and less funding options to undertake this level of study. We feel more emphasis is required to make all careers at all levels of education more accessible to women. Girls in general have excellent completion rates and results at junior and senior high school level.

International

Lanka ex-general fears rebel attack on presidential bid

Sri Lanka's former military chief who led troops to victory over Tamil separatists in May said he fears fugitive rebels will try to assassinate him during his presidential election campaign.

Historic climate debate opens, with boost from US

Delegates to a pivotal climate conference welcomed an Obama administration move Monday to regulate greenhouse gases under existing clean air law, but said they still expect more.

Google search getting eyes and ears

Google search is getting eyes and ears, moving beyond typed key words to let people scour the Internet with mobile telephone cameras or spoken words in multiple languages.

World's hottest decade adds to pressure for climate accord

The UN's top weather expert warned yesterday that the world is in its hottest decade on record as climate negotiators plunged into talks seeking a historic deal on cutting carbon emissions.

Proof on India's interference in Pakistan handed over

Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that substantial evidence regarding India's interference in Pakistan's internal affairs has been handed over to the Foreign Office, which will take it up at an appropriate forum.

Amnesty calls for end to Philippine martial law

Amnesty International called on the Philippine government yesterday to revoke martial law in a southern province, where troops cracked down on a powerful clan and its armed supporters blamed for the massacre of 57 people.

UN urges restraint after clashes in Nepal

The United Nations urged Nepal's government and opposition Maoists to exercise restraint after deadly clashes between police and landless settlers in the west of the country.

Virgin spaceship to take visitors into sub orbital space

British billionaire Richard Branson unveiled a commercial rocket plane here that will allow tourists a chance to view the Earth and experience weightlessness from sub orbital space.

8 killed, 26 injured in China school stampede

Eight youths were killed and 26 injured when students descending a crowded staircase after evening classes at a school in central China lost their footing amid a crush of bodies, state media and the local government reported yesterday.

Karzai condemns death of 6 civilians in Nato raid

President Hamid Karzai yesterday condemned the death of six civilians during a Nato raid as US Defence Secretary Robert Gates vowed US troop reinforcements would keep civilian deaths to a minimum.

Japan says talks on US base suspended

A report said yesterday that the high-level talks between the United States and Japan on the relocation of an American military base have been suspended.

EU seeks joint stance on Jerusalem

EU foreign ministers were seeking common ground yesterday on the vexed issue of a future Palestinian state, after an initial proposal that east Jerusalem should be the capital angered Israel.

US envoy begins rare trip to N Korea

President Barack Obama's envoy began a rare trip to North Korea yesterday for the highest-level talks with the communist nation in more than a year as a senior US official warned of strong sanctions against Pyongyang unless it rejoins international nuclear talks.

Karzai urges aid to fund Afghan security

President Hamid Karzai said yesterday that Afghanistan lacked the resources to fund its security forces for the next 15 to 20 years, appealing for foreign aid to stand up the police and army.

Chicago man accused of involvement in Mumbai attacks

US prosecutors have charged a Chicago man with involvement in the deadly Mumbai (Bombay) attacks of a year ago.

Tourist caught smuggling lizards in pants

A German visitor was caught trying to leave New Zealand with 23 geckos and 20 skinks hidden in his underwear, a court was told.

Serb president fined for toasting World Cup win

A Serbian court fined President Boris Tadic 400 euros (593 dollars) for drinking champagne, in contravention of an alcohol ban in football stadiums, to toast Serbia's World Cup qualification.

Pakistani held with 98 heroin packs in stomach

Thai customs officials said yesterday they had arrested a Pakistani man at Bangkok's main international airport with 98 aluminium foil packages in his stomach containing more than a kilo of heroin.

Arts & Entertainment

Warfaze and its reign of metal

Warfaze has become a legend in contemporary Bangladeshi music scene right from the band's inception in 1984. Known as a hard rock and heavy metal band, the number of their fans only kept on increasing, crossing generations. And why not! When they started almost 2 decades ago, the average Bangladeshi music enthusiasts was not keen on rock. Some said “this was the devil's music.” As rock and metal went through an evolution all around the world, in Bangladesh as well we had our very own icons. As rock and metal caught on in Bangladesh, Warfaze never had to look back.

Mapping the neighbourhood

Britto Arts Trust, Bangladesh and Visiting Arts (from UK) jointly organised a two-month long international experimental workshop, titled “1 Mile2,” which ended on December 4 through a daylong exhibition. The exhibition featured the output of the workshop and took place at different locations within the selected square mile area of Old Dhaka. The exhibition's prime focus was to explore biodiversity, cultural diversity and aesthetic diversity of the chosen area. Working in collaboration with artists, ecologists and researchers, the programme highlighted social and environmental issues and provided learning opportunities via diverse creative mediums. The exhibition focused on four elements -- creativity, community action, environmental engagement and intercultural dialogue. Apart from Old Dhaka, some participants also worked on selected areas of Madhupur forest. At the workshop, 38 participants worked on varied themes in different mediums like video art, installation, performance, digital image and sound, photography, documentary and presentation. The workshop was simultaneously being held in 10 cities of eight countries including Dhaka (Bangladesh), New Delhi (India), Karachi (Pakistan), Shanghai (China), Bradford (England), Johannesburg (South Africa), Edinburgh (Scotland) and Tehran (Iran). Among the participants were Anisuzzaman Sohel, Shahriar Shaon, Amirul Rajiv, Sanjida Shaheed Sunny, Tarun Ghosh, Tayeba Begum Lipi, Rokeya Sultana, Mohammad Ismail Hossain Neloy, Naima Haque and Nazmul Ahsan.

Nature through the lens

Shamsunnahar Lovely is an amateur photographer who likes to grasp surrounding beauty through the lens. Brightness is a predominant aspect in her works as the images look very lucid and tranquil. Lovely has been practicing photography for over five years. Her solo photography exhibition titled “Different Forms of Live” is now on at Drik Gallery, Dhanmondi.

“Unadittya” goes to 8th Third Eye Asian Film Festival

Young filmmaker Razibul Hossain's second feature film "Unadittya" is participating in the 8th Third Eye Asian Film Festival. The festival is being held in Mumbai (India), starting from December 4.

AR Rahman up for Grammys

After his double Oscar-winning feat in Danny Boyle's "Slumdog Millionaire", acclaimed music director AR Rahman has been nominated for the prestigious Grammy awards next year along with sitar maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan.

Agartala drama festival ends today

A 20-member team of Padatik Natya Sangsad-Bangladesh went to Agartala, India to participate in a drama festival on December 5, says a press release. The Secretariat Recreation Club of Agartala has organised the drama festival (from December 3 to 9) at Nazrul Kalakendra, Agartala. In the course of the festival, Padatik and Natyajan staged their productions. Other groups from Delhi, Assam and Kolkata also performed at the festival.

OP-ED

Copenhagen: What could be the Bangladesh strategy?

THE previous piece tried for a dissection of the hard reality of climate diplomacy, which now hovers around the few major emitters, both from the developed and the developing countries. The UNFCCC-led universal multilateralism has been relegated to some non-voting observer status in the whole drama. The walkout of the 51 African countries for a day on November 4 in Barcelona, led by the Ethiopian leader, is a loud protest, but it seems to have no significant impact on the remaining two days of deliberations.

Caring for the livelihoods of small fishermen

IRONICALLY, one of the great injustices prevalent in many of our societies today is that those who produce our food are often impoverished. In recent years, the struggles of indebted farmers and migrant field workers have increasingly gained attention as food prices have risen and rural poverty has increased. On the other hand, the plight of our fishers, and in particular our small-scale fishers, has rarely been considered. In ignoring their problems, we have created a crisis that now confronts us all.

The biggest lawsuit ever

A man in a black suit walks into a courthouse and says to the duty lawyer. "I'd like to file a writ, please."



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