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News of: Thursday, 24th of December, 2009

Front Page

Other Aug 15 killings pushed into oblivion

Criminal Investigation Department in 2002 gave final report in Sheikh Fazlul Haque Moni murder case and had it dismissed in secrecy, ignoring the legal bindings.

Cabinet purchase body okays 5 rental power bids

The cabinet committee on purchase yesterday approved bids of five rental power projects with a capacity of generating a total of 330 megawatt (MW) electricity.

7 kids compete for each seat

Tiny heads crammed with lessons are ready to fight crucial battles as the admission tests at government schools in the capital kick off today with around seven students competing for a seat.

Cops go tough on street parking

The DMP authorities will fine private car owners Tk 1,000 from today if they park their vehicles on streets.

Justice for poor

The newly appointed Chief Justice, Md Tafazzul Islam, yesterday said he would try the best in his brief stint to ensure justice for all especially the poor.

Death warrants not issued over who should sign debate

The Dhaka District and Sessions Judge's Court yesterday did not issue death warrants against the five detained convicted killers of Bangabandhu for legal complexities due to a month-long annual court vacation.

Hasina vows to fight corruption

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said her government would continue the drive against corruption.

Petrobangla comes under JS body fire

Top officials of Petrobangla yesterday came under fire at a meeting of a parliamentary standing committee for go-slow policy in extracting gas as well as 'incorrect and misleading statistics' on production and reservation of gas.

Free books in time

The government yesterday reaffirmed that it will reach free textbooks to the students in time for the next academic session.

Illegally built restaurant demolished

An illegally built restaurant on Cox's Bazar beach was demolished by the district administration Tuesday night.

2 divisions created in law ministry

The Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs has been divided into two divisions -- Legislative and Drafting Division, and Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Division.

Clarification

Zainul Haque Sikder Women's Medical College and Hospital (Pvt) Ltd in a clarification yesterday said Parveen Haque Sikder deposited Tk 42 crore to Bangladesh Bank during the anti-corruption drive of the last caretaker government.

Climate discord deepens further

Europe accused the United States and China of torpedoing the Copenhagen climate summit and vowed not to back down in its push for a tough, binding accord to avert the potential disaster of global warming.

US 'deeply concerned’

The United States said yesterday it is "deeply concerned" that Sudan's parliament adopted plans for a referendum on southern independence that stripped language agreed with southern politicians.

Guinea junta vows polls at 'earliest possible' date

Guinea's interim leader General Sekouba Konate vowed yesterday to hold democratic elections as soon as possible, as the west African country marked one year since the military coup.

Editorial

Primary school terminal exam results

THE results of Primary Education Terminal Examination published yesterday show that out of more than 16 lakh candidates, nearly 89 per cent have come out successful. Of this pass figure significantly 42 per cent secured first division. Department of Primary Education deserves thanks for successfully conducting such a massive examination for the first time in the country.

Timely step to retain job market abroad

THE job contracts of 6,000 Bangladeshi expatriate workers, which were in balance in the island state of Mauritius, have finally been retained. We appreciate the role of the Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dipu Moni in making a fast-track diplomatic move to persuade the host government to renew the job contracts. Thanks are also due to the Mauritius government for the accommodative spirit it has extended towards Bangladesh.

The deficits causing extra-judicial killings

DEATHS in extra-judicial killings appear to be a pathetic recurrent reality in Bangladesh. It was, therefore, quite natural for The Daily Star to once again editorially (December 17) condemn the menace of extra-judicial killings and highlight the non-tenability of such retrograde actions resorted to by state organs. What, however, is distressing is that despite assurances from the highest quarters about not allowing any kind of extra-judicial killings, some people continue to be the unfortunate victims of unlawful killings.

Why food price hike worries us

THE rising rate of inflation has been in the news for the last month or so. The Daily Star on December 18 wrote that inflation rate on point-to-point basis had increased by 46 percent in a month and stood at 6.71percent in October against 4.60 percent in September mainly because of rising food price. Different quarters have expressed concern that rising food price is making the livelihood of low and middle-income groups difficult.

Sports

Revamped NCL all set

The National Cricket League (NCL), country's lone first-class competition, will start from January 1 under a new format.

Brothers struggle

Brothers Union dropped points again in their Bangladesh League match when the Orange outfit played out a goalless draw against giant-killers Rahmatganj MFS at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium yesterday.

Changes in the wind

The Ispahani Tea Premier Division Cricket League that finished on Monday has been the most entertaining and enthralling in recent past. It was so close this time that the title was eventually decided on the last ball of the 'virtual final' match and ironically, the team that lost that match, not only had to relinquished the title but also had to be content with a third-place finish.

Bond's bye to Tests

Dynamic but injury-prone New Zealand fast bowler Shane Bond announced his retirement from Test cricket Wednesday, saying his body was no longer up to the rigours of the five-day game.

Sami off to Australia

Pakistani paceman Mohammad Sami justified his recall with a burst of six wickets in the final of the country's premier tournament Wednesday, but former captain Younus Khan struggled to impress.

India seek to seal series

India's batting may have lost some sheen in the absence of Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh but the hosts still have enough firepower as they go into the fourth cricket one-dayer against Sri Lanka at the Eden Gardens here on Thursday hoping to wrap up the series by taking an unassailable 3-1 lead.

Fahima lifts silver

Weightlifter Fahima Akther bagged a silver medal in the 16th Asian Junior Weightlifting Championship in Dubai on Tuesday.

Ricky's run against time

Ricky Ponting's teammates are confident he will lead the team in the Boxing Day Test, despite his failure to bat in the nets at the MCG on Wednesday. Ponting put in a vigorous performance in a fielding drill, diving and showing no serious signs of the tendon injury near his elbow, but a decision on his fitness might not be made until Christmas Day.

BNP seeks talks on nat'l issues

The BNP yesterday asked the Awami League-led government to take decisions on national issues in consultation with the leader of the opposition in parliament.

V-Day hockey

Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan kept their hopes of playing the final of the Victory Day Hockey Competition alive with a 3-0 win over Bangladesh Police at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium yesterday.

Chess teams go down

Both the men's and women's team of Bangladesh went down in their respective first round games in the Asian Team Chess Championship at Kolkata Town Hall on Tuesday.

V-Day tennis

The first round of matches in the Victory Day Tennis 2009 were held at the National Tennis Complex in Ramna yesterday. In the men's group, top seed Amol Roy had an easy outing against qualifier Sajib Pashi as he raced to a 6-0, 6-1 victory. Second seed Ranjan Ram beat another qualifier Selim Hossain 6-0, 6-2.In the women's group, top seed Disha Islam beat Ayesha Sultana 6-1, 6-2 while second seed Sathi Sarker blanked Ranjita 6-0, 6-0.

Federer, Serena ITF Champs

Roger Federer has been named International Tennis Federation (ITF) champion for the fifth time with Serena Williams taking the women's award for the second time.

Money taken from graft suspects won't be returned

Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday ruled out the possibility of returning the money collected from corruption suspects during the caretaker government's rule.

Flower questions UDRS

England's coach, Andy Flower, finds some aspects of the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) "illogical" and isn't a supporter of the ICC initiative that was a focal point of the opening Test against South Africa at Centurion Park.

Fred on recovery trail

Former England test all rounder Andrew Flintoff revealed on his blog that he should be able to return to batting practice in January.

Schumi Mercedes's

Seven-times world champion Michael Schumacher has signed a one-year deal to return to Formula One racing with Mercedes GP for the 2010 season, online version of German magazine Bild reported on Tuesday evening.

Tiger, Elin go separate ways

Tiger Woods is reportedly yachting to the Bahamas for the holidays to escape the firestorm over his sex scandal while his wife Elin is said to be off back to Sweden for Christmas with her family.

Turner gets 4-game ban

Sunderland defender Michael Turner will now serve a four-game ban for his sending-off against Manchester City after the Football Association (FA) added an extra match to the usual suspension.

Young v'ball

The Jesco National Young Volleyball Competition, organized by Pabna District Sports Association in collaboration with Bangladesh Volleyball Federation, got underway today at Pabna Town Hall ground.

Robin out for season

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said on Tuesday he'd all but given up on the idea of Dutch striker Robin van Persie playing for the English Premier League club again this season.

Ancelotti backs Terry

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has likened John Terry to Italian greats Franco Baresi and Paolo Maldini in his latest show of support for his beleaguered captain.

City deny lying to fans

Manchester City insisted Tuesday they had not lied to their supporters over when they approached Roberto Mancini to become their new manager.

SFA agrees Levein deal

The Scottish Football Association (SFA) said Wednesday they had agreed a two-and-a-half-year contract with Craig Levein to become Scotland manager.

Busby Babe Scanlon dies

Former Manchester United player Albert Scanlon, one of the survivors of the Munich air disaster, has died aged 74, the club said on Wednesday.

USA to give unheralded talent a chance

US coach Bob Bradley will give unheralded talents an early chance to show they can contribute to the World Cup side next June in South Africa at a training camp that opens January 4 in Los Angeles.

Spain to play 3 friendlies before WC

Spain will play three international friendlies in the weeks before the World Cup in South Africa next year and will be based near Johannesburg during the tournament, the nation's football federation said on Tuesday.

Del Bosque to stay till 2012

Spanish football authorities have agreed a two-year contract extension with coach Vicente del Bosque taking him through till 2012.

Nuremberg appoint Hecking

Dieter Hecking was named on Tuesday as the new coach at German first division side Nuremberg, taking over from Michael Oenning who was sacked on Monday.

Business

Exporters brace for tough time

Bangladesh exporters fear tougher days ahead as India has signed free trade agreements (FTAs) with Southeast Asian nations and is expected to strike similar deals with European countries.

Govt may ease IPO restrictions

The government is likely to reconsider its decision that new companies -- willing to float IPO -- will have to offer shares equivalent to 40 percent of their paid-up capital.

CPD suggests fixing of boro paddy prices

The Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) yesterday suggested the government fix the procurement price of boro paddy at Tk 15 a kilogram and rice at Tk 25 a kilogram to encourage farmers to allot more lands to rice cultivation.

Mutual funds with no maturity period to go by 2011: SEC

The mutual funds having no maturity period will have to pull out of the market by December 2011, the market regulator said.

Stocks trade buoyant on telecom

Dhaka stocks gained for a second day, as telecommunication, pharmaceuticals and fuel and power shares pushed the market up.

Ethiopians invite RMG makers

Bangladeshi entrepreneurs with good reputation in readymade garment (RMG) sector can explore Ethiopian market, said a business delegation from the northeastern African country at a discussion in Dhaka yesterday.

US home sales jump 7.4pc on tax credits

Sales of US existing homes surged 7.4 percent in November to the highest level since February 2007, as buyers rushed to take advantage of tax credits, industry figures showed Tuesday.

Seminar stresses examining recession triggers

The problems that caused the global financial crisis should be examined to find appropriate solutions to avoid such catastrophe in future, speakers said at a conference in Dhaka yesterday.

Gestures to control TV

Touchscreens are so yesterday. Remote controls? So last century.

Christmas party the latest casualty

The office Christmas party, with its promise of free alcohol, flirting and a chance to see colleagues let rip on the dancefloor, has long been an annual highlight for many British workers.

Financial crisis has strained fiscal rules: IMF

The International Monetary Fund said Tuesday that rules to keep budget deficits in check can help improve member countries' finances that have been strained by the global economic crisis.

Indian annual growth to reach 7.75pc

Indian Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee gave his most bullish outlook yet for the Indian economy on Wednesday, saying growth would be nearly 8.0 percent this fiscal year.

Court upholds ruling against Microsoft in patent case

A US court of appeals barred Microsoft on Tuesday from selling certain versions of its popular Word program and ordered it to pay 290 million dollars in a patent dispute with a Canadian company.

Copyright piracy in China still 'unacceptably high': US

Copyright piracy in China remains at "unacceptably high levels," causing "serious harm" to American businesses, the top US trade official said in an annual report to Congress Tuesday.

CORPORATE BRIEFS

DUTCH-BANGLA BANK
The bank says the board of directors has taken the following decisions: A. Formation of a wholly-owned subsidiary company of Dutch-Bangla Bank to carry out merchant banking operation subject to obtaining approval from Bangladesh Bank; and B. Obtaining licence from Bangladesh Bank through Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority for two offshore banking units to be operated in separate counters in the bank's Dhaka EPZ branch and Agrabad branch, Chittagong to provide services to the clients of both Dhaka and Chittagong EPZs.

Oil prices up

Oil prices climbed on Wednesday as traders awaited the latest official reading on energy inventories in the United States, the world's biggest consumer.

Pizza Hut unveils new menu

Pizza Hut unveiled its new range of pastas and sauces on Tuesday.

Metropolitan

Vow to fight climate change

Children from 44 countries, including Bangladesh, who attended the Children's Climate Forum in Copenhagen pledged to educate and empower themselves in order to combat the climate change in collaboration with the adults.

Those who inducted Rajakars into cabinet to be tried: Sajeda

Deputy Leader of Parliament Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury yesterday said those who helped Rajakars fly the national flag on their cars would also be tried.

Army to be deployed in special court areas

Alongside police, members of the armed forces division will be deployed at the places where special courts of the Bangladesh Rifles have been formed to hold trial of February 25-26 mutiny, for ensuring security during the hearing.

Govt firm to safeguard spirit of secularism

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the people of Bangladesh are religious but not fanatics.

Stop illegal logging in CHT: JS body

The parliamentary standing committee on planning ministry yesterday asked the concerned authorities to take necessary measures for dredging Kaptai Lake and stopping illegal logging in the Chittagong Hill Tracts area (CHT).

Tk 5cr foreign currencies seized

Customs surveillance personnel seized foreign currencies totalling about Tk five crore at Zia International Airport (ZIA) and arrested a Dubai-bound passenger in this connection yesterday.

Ershad's son released

The police released Arman Ershad, son of former president HM Ershad, yesterday a day after he was detained on charges of reckless driving.

Reshuffle in admin

In a reshuffle in the administration, the government yesterday transferred six acting and additional secretaries and gave new postings in the administration.

Preserve liberation war history, FFs' memories

Speakers at a seminar yesterday demanded the history of the liberation war and the memories of the freedom fighters be preserved with a view to instill the spirit of the liberation war in the new generation.

Communications snapped as rail engine derails

Train communications on one of the two tracks at Khilgaon Rail Gate in the city remained suspended for over three hours yesterday when a shuttle train engine derailed after it had skidded off the track in the Kamalapur Railway Station boundary.

Admission tests begin at Ctg govt schools today

Anxiety grips hundreds of parents and guardians as well as the students here as the admission tests at the secondary level at nine government high schools begins today to enrol around 4,000 students in five different classes from Class V to IX.

Land broker shot in city, fugitive criminal held

Police caught a fugitive criminal red-handed with a firearm and bullets yesterday when he shot a youth over previous enmity at Jhigatala bus stand in the city's Dhanmondi area.

Result of DU 'Gha' unit published

The result of the admission test under 'Gha' unit at Dhaka University (DU) for the academic session 2009-10 was published temporally yesterday.

5 killed in road crashes

Five people were killed in separate road accidents in Bogra and Brahmanbaria in the last two days.

'Arsenicosis claims 3,000 a year'

Speakers at a meeting yesterday said a total of 3,000 rural people die of arsenicosis every year in the country.

Strong local govt, social capital vital for climate change adaptation

Speakers at a workshop yesterday said fully equipped local government is imperative along with social capital for climate change adaptation.

Court asks IO to submit probe report by Jan 27

A Dhaka court yesterday directed the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to submit its probe report in the Pilkhana carnage case by January 27 next year.

2 Wasa staffs suspended for taking bribe

Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) has suspended its two employees for their alleged involvement in taking bribe.

Over 7.5 lakh suffer from blindness

More than 7.5 lakh people in the country are suffering from blindness while 80 percent of them are suffering from cataract blindness, Dr Abu Raihan, country director of ORBIS International, said yesterday.

National

Mindless afforestation by removing native trees from natural forest

Around 70 hectares of hill area of Madhabchhara are being brought under social afforestation programme by removing native eco-friendly trees from the natural forest.

Kuet students demand ban on politics

General students of Khulna University of Engineering and Technology (Kuet) have placed the administrative building under siege to press their demand for ban on student political on the campus, entrance of outsiders and security of life.

2 girls abducted from two dists rescued, 2 held

Two girls were rescued by police on Tuesday and Saturday after four and 15 days of their abduction in two districts.

Villagers hand over four fake NGO men to police

Local people caught four fake NGO officials at Darshana in Chuadanga and handed them to police on Tuesday afternoon.

Fire in Chittagong, Chandpur

Seventeen houses and four shops were gutted in two fire incidents in Chittagong yesterday while in a separate incident in Chandpur on Sunday an elderly woman was burnt alive in her house and five shops were damaged.

Criminals in Chuadanga, Meherpur blast bombs

Criminals exploded four bombs in Chuadanga and Meherpur districts on Tuesday night.

Top outlaw shot dead

Police recovered the bullet-hit body of a top leader of the outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party from Mongla Port area yesterday morning.

College debate champions

Magura Government Technical School and College team emerged champion while Magura Hossain Shahid Suhrawardy Government College became runner up in of the five-day-long inter-college debate contest that concluded at the Asaduzzaman auditorium in Magura yesterday. The debate contest was organised by BRAC advocacy and human rights unit. Deputy Commissioner in Magura Mohammad Dilwar Bakht attended the programme as the chief guest and gave away the prizes among the winners. Earlier, a colourful procession paraded the main roads of the town. Sixteen teams from different colleges in four upazilas of the district participated in the competition.

Golden Jubilee celebration

A three-day programme marking the celebration of golden jubilee of Mymensingh Press Club began yesterday. The press club was established in 1959. The programmes included a colourful procession, seminar, discussions and cultural events. Md Momtaz Uddin, founder member of the club inaugurated the programmes in the morning. The procession brought out from the club premises paraded the main thoroughfares of the town. Journalists from different upazilas of the district also joined the colourful event.

Bus helper murdered

A bus helper was hacked to death in the district town on Tuesday night. The victim was identified as Sanglap, 28, son of Abdur Rahman in Naruli area of the town. Family sources said, some youths called Sanglap out of his house at about 8:00pm. Later locals found Sanglap lying at a secluded place in Dhawapara area with stab in his head, neck and other parts of body. The criminals also cut off tendons of both hands and legs of Sanglap. He was rushed to Bogra Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Medical College and Hospital in a critical condition. Sanglap succumbed to his injures at 12:00 midnight on way to the capital.

Polythene bags seized

Law enforcers in a drive yesterday seized a huge quantity of banned polythene bags from two stores at Pabna municipality market. Additional District Magistrate (ADM) Emam Uddin Kabir led the drive aided by the members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab). Sources said, acting on a tip-off, the team raided the stores of Manik and Moksed at Daibazar intersection in the municipality market area at noon and seized the banned polythene bags worth about Tk 2 lakh. The mobile court also fined each Tk 10 thousand, said Akhtarul Alam, assistant superintendent of police (ASP) of Rab adding the two were selling banned polythene bags in the district since long.

International

Obama preparing more sanctions for Iran

The Obama administration has reportedly been preparing additional ways of sanctioning Iran for its pursuit of nuclear weapons, ABC News has learned.

Laden's missing wife, children living in Iran

A son of Osama bin Laden has revealed that several missing members of al-Qaeda leader's family are living in a secret compound in Iran.

Kidnapped Colombian governor found dead

The governor of the southern Colombian province of Caqueta, Luis Francisco Cuellar, was found dead a day after suspected FARC rebels snatched him from his home in the provincial capital, officials said.

Taliban blow up girls' school in Pakistan

The Taliban blew up a girls' school in Pakistan's Khyber district, where troops are fighting against militants in the tribal region bordering Afghanistan, an official said yesterday.

Nepali Maoists demand national unity govt

Nepal's opposition Maoists on Tuesday set a one-month deadline for the formation of a national unity government and vowed to launch an indefinite strike if their demand was not met.

Both Congress, BJP vying for JMM's support

The Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) were Wednesday morning vying for the support of the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM), which emerged the key to government formation following the messy, fractured electoral verdict that gave no clear leads to any political grouping.

India tightens long-term tourist visa rules

India has tightened its rules for long-term tourist visas, officials said yesterday, in a move that is causing confusion for travellers and will affect thousands of foreigners in the country.

Iraqi general killed

A senior Iraqi army officer has been shot dead in front of his home west of Baghdad while a church was bombed ahead of Christmas in Mosul, an interior ministry official said yesterday.

Laden was just minutes behind bid to kill Bill Clinton

Osama Bin Laden-controlled terrorists came within minutes of assassinating former US president Bill Clinton during his 1996 Philippines visit, a new book has revealed.

Prince William experiences being homeless on street

Prince William spent a rough night on the streets of London to experience the appalling conditions faced by the country's homeless.

India seeks 'negotiations' with Maoist rebels

India's federal home minister has said he is ready for "serious negotiations" with Maoist rebels. P Chidambaram said the rebels were not "terrorists" and had raised "serious issues" about the lack of development.

Zardari blames int'l community for creating militancy, extremism

Troubled Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has blamed the international community for creating the 'modern militancy and extremism', and has said that it should help Pakistan to clear the mess.

Arms-carrying plane headed for Sri Lanka

The mystery of an aircraft seized in Thailand with a cache of North Korean weapons deepened further Wednesday when a senior Thai police officer said it was not headed to Iran as some reports have indicated.

Afghan senator killed at police checkpoint

An Afghan senator was killed when he drove through a police ambush set for Taliban militants in northern Afghanistan yesterday, officials said.

India, Bhutan ink 12 accords

India and Bhutan on Tuesday inked a dozen agreements, including four on hydropower generation, after Bhutanese King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck held extensive talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Obamas vaccinated against H1N1 flu

President Barack Obama said Tuesday he and his wife, Michelle, have been vaccinated against the A(H1N1) flu virus, urging other Americans to do the same.

PM, Sonia among 4 to get D Lit

The Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) will award D Lit (Honoris-causa) degrees to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress President Sonia Gandhi, painter M F Hussain and former Chief Justice of India A M Ahmedi for their outstanding contribution in their respective fields. "The degrees will be awarded to these personalities at the forthcoming annual convention of the university, date of which will be announced soon," an AMU release said today.

Russia to send monkey to Mars

Russian scientists have revealed that a monkey may be sent to Mars.

Arts & Entertainment

Emerging talents get focus

The Berger Young Painters' Art Competition is an annual event that showcases entries of the top 40 finalists. The competition, which was held for the first time in 1996, has entered into its 14th year and encourages talented young artists to explore their creativity. It has now become a prestigious award in the Bangladeshi art scenario. The exhibition is on at Zainul Gallery (Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka).

More Tagore memorabilia surface

The Department of Archaeology, Bangladesh recently recovered more Rabindranath Tagore memorabilia, including a teapot and chairs from Naogaon and Natore districts. Meanwhile the department's employees say that some Tagore memorabilia have been lost and efforts are on to collect them in the interests of preservation.

“Channel i Shera Kantho ‘09” finale tonight

The much-awaited grand finale of "Channel i Shera Kantho-2009" will be held today. Viewers at home and abroad can watch the 'Maha Utshab', aired live from Rajshahi District Stadium.

Call to support quality films

Filmmaker Mostafa Sarwar Farooki and actress Tisha were accorded a reception in Pabna last Tuesday evening when they arrived at the Rupkotha Cinema Hall in town, which is screening Farooki's "Third Person Singular Number". The reception was held at the movie theatre.

Traditional boat race draws thousands

The traditional boat race competition was held in the river Betna near Rudrapur village in Sadar upazila yesterday.

Simon Cowell leaving “American Idol”?

As if Paula Abdul's exit from the "American Idol" judging panel wasn't enough of a shock to the audience, then this news will leave them speechless. Tony Cowell, Simon's older brother, revealed in his weekly podcast "The Cowell Factor" that the upcoming ninth season of the show will be Simon's last, as he's focused on bringing his British talent competition "X-Factor" to the States.

OP-ED

'Wild roller coaster ride' at COP15: Us vs them

THE caption in the title is not mine, it is at the courtesy of chief of the UNFCC, the sponsor of the Copenhagen summit, otherwise known as COP15. Indeed, he was absolutely right after observing the 12 days of negotiations at the summit. In this piece, however, my interest unlike other commentators is to inform the readers how the COP15 was conducted, since I have some professional interests on the subject. I am now in the middle of a book project on climate change and growth in Asia and have been coordinating the project taking in board international experts at several universities and NGOs including Dr QK Ahmad, the head of the BUP and president, Bangladesh Economic Association.

Yes, cadet colleges do serve national interests

IT was heartening to see the article "Wistful memories and unfulfilled promises" by Mushfiqur Rahman in The Daily Star on December 15. I was greatly attracted to the theme of Mr. Rahman's piece. The first half of the article describes how, as a cadet of Faujdarhat Cadet College [FCC], he had spend his six years from 1959 to 1965.

Jerks are off the hook

IT is no longer a crime to be a total sleazeball in South Korea. Phew!I know many guys will be breathing a sigh of relief at this news.

Star Chittagong

20 acres of grabbed land recovered

District administration recovered over 20 acres of land during its drive against encroachers in last 13 months that began on October 15 in 2008 at Anwara Singhara, Banshkhali Boiltali and Satkania Keranirhat.

Winter vegetables get dearer

The winter vegetables remain dearer to the common people in the port city despite the local kitchen markets are buzzing with abundant supply.

The Week That Was

Usmania Glass gives 40pc dividend
Usmania Glass Sheet Factory Limited (UGSFL) approved 40 percent cash dividend for the shareholders for the 2008-2009 fiscal year its 23rd annual general meeting on Friday .


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