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News of: Friday, 25th of December, 2009

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Law ministry in a shambles

The recruitment and promotion policy for the law, justice and parliamentary ministry was not followed in appointment and promotion of many officials in last three years, depriving the judicial officials.

Hopes brighten on Teesta

Bangladesh hopes to resolve the long-standing issue of Teesta water sharing with India at the next secretary-level meeting on water issues to be started on January 3.

Students to get books in 7days

A major part of textbooks for the next academic session has already been printed and sent to districts for free distribution and the authorities concerned hope all the students will get the books on schedule.

Govt set to spend Tk 324 crore more

The government will have to count an extra Tk 324 crore from public exchequer as bureaucratic tangles and legal complications are delaying the construction of Keraniganj central jail, sources in the home ministry said.

Climate discontent justified: Obama

President Barack Obama said disenchantment over the Copenhagen climate talks was "justified" but defended the chaotic outcome as the top UN envoy urged an end to post-summit recriminations.

Fake Phensidyl factory in city busted

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab-3) personnel yesterday unearthed a factory of contraband Indian drug Phensidyl at North Rayerbagh in the city and arrested three persons with huge quantity of Phensidyl-making chemical and other materials.

Clock goes back 1-hr on Dec 31 night

The government yesterday decided to put the clock back by one hour on December 31 midnight and the new time will continue until March 31, 2010 midnight.

Distribution of MRP from April next

Home Minister Sahara Khatun yesterday said the distribution of machine- readable passports (MRP) will begin from April next year.

Slum fire kills 3 of a family

Three members of a family were burnt alive and 44 shanties gutted as a fire broke out at a slum in the town early yesterday.

Crisis may deepen further

Splitting the law, justice and parliamentary affairs ministry into two divisions might deepen the crisis by adding to the grievances of judicial officials, said judicial officials.

Hasina flies to India Jan 10

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will leave for India on the night of January 10 to hold crucial summit talks with her Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh in New Delhi on January 11.

1,360 MW new power by March

A total of 1,360 MW power would be added to the national grid within next three months to deal with the power crisis in the country.

Parking space retrieved

A number of commercial premises in Mirpur in the capital were demolished yesterday in a bid to retrieve designated car-parking spaces from commercial use.

Admission tests start in city

Admission tests in the city's government schools began yesterday.

Xmas today

Christians in Bangladesh and around the world will today celebrate Christmas, which commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ.

BNP blames PM for 'failure'

The BNP said yesterday Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina failed to project the country's interests at the Copenhagen summit on climate change held recently.

Delwar's son sued for bid to grab shops

A case was filed yesterday against BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain's son Abdul Hamid Dablu on charges of attempting to take possession of four shops illegally in the capital's Motaleb Plaza.

Bangladeshi miracle twins 'inspiration'

One of Australia's top Catholic clerics yesterday said people all over the world should take inspiration from the separation of conjoined Bangladeshi twins Trishna and Krishna.

Relax height limit rules

A parliamentary body yesterday recommended that the government relax the height limit for buildings to pave way for construction of high-rises around the Tejgaon Old Airport in the capital.

Criminals fire on workers, 2 injured

Armed criminals shot at workers of an under construction building at East Kazipara in the capital's Kafrul yesterday, leaving two workers injured.

Tk 14 lakh looted from office, shop

Criminals looted around Tk 14 lakh in two separate incidents in the capital in the early hours yesterday.

Councillor among 15 dead in Iraq attack

Fifteen people, including a provincial councillor, were killed and 70 wounded in a twin bomb attack yesterday in Hilla, south of Baghdad, an Iraqi security source said.

Russia to keep developing nuke missiles

President Dmitry Medvedev voiced hope yesterday that Moscow and Washington would reach an agreement on a new nuclear treaty but said Russia would continue developing nuclear missiles to defend itself.

Editorial

Merry Christmas!

The coming of Christmas signifies for the followers of Jesus Christ not only a celebration of life but also a remembrance of the need to conduct their lives on the principles of belief. The fundamental basis on which Jesus lived and for which he died was that people must love one another and share the joys and sorrows of this world because they all spring from the same Creation. The birth of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem was a sign that a bright new dawn had arrived for those who had long waited for a sign from the Almighty of oncoming change. For Joseph and Mary, the birth of the child Jesus was a miracle. For suffering souls in that long-ago era, it was a broad hint that fate was about to change for them. Wise men followed a star and made their way to the spot where a fresh symbol of faith awaited them.

Managing city's unwieldy traffic!

The Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP)'s ongoing drive to enforce movements of different modes of vehicles along designated lanes and debarring private cars from parking along streets reflect a certain commitment on the part of traffic police authorities to bring discipline on the roads. Some new measures have led to an untangling of traffic mess in certain places and to that extent these are welcome. Yet, given the serious physical and infra-structural constraints of limited road space relative to the size and population of the metropolis, flawed signalling arrangements and, above all, utterly inadequate parking facilities, such measures are bound to be mere palliatives to a malignant syndrome.

When politics perverted poetry

A popular saying has it in Nicaragua that everyone is a poet until proven otherwise. What about the rest of the world? Poets spring from their soils, and every soil isn't equally fertile to bear a bounteous crop. Khaled Hosseini writes in A Thousand Splendid Suns that amongst all the provinces of Afghanistan, one couldn't stretch a leg in Herat "without poking a poet."

Separate strategy needed

COPENHAGEN, as many had feared, delivered very little. The developed world once again used its clout to deny a fair deal for all other countries, particularly the worst hit ones. Many had gone to the meeting expecting a great accord with legally binding clauses but what it produced was a "thin deal" even by the UN, which is a professionally optimist body. Many are saying that this is the first step and some have said that the process will go on for a better deal, but it's going to be more disappointment if one expects all this. The poor countries have basically been left to fend for themselves as they have no clout in the world of international negotiations.

Sports

Abahani thrash Arambagh

Defending champions Abahani Limited maintained their hundred percent record in the Bangladesh League with a thumping 4-0 victory over Arambagh Krira Shangha at the Birshreshtha Sepoy Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.

U-19 WC squad named

Keeping faith on the players who have been playing together for the last few months, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) announced a 15-member team for the ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup to be held in New Zealand in January next year.

Tharanga ton boosts SL

Upul Tharanga cracked a robust century to help Sri Lanka post a challenging 315-6 against India in the fourth one-day international that was interrupted by a power outage on Thursday.

U-16 cricket from tomorrow

The Standard Chartered Young Tigers Under-16 National Cricket tournament will get underway tomorrow with the same old promise of making it a real breeding ground for young talents.

Free but not for fans

For the first time in India, perhaps anywhere in the world, ordinary fans were kept out of a one-day international cricket match on Thursday because no tickets were available.

Yousuf wants Younus

Pakistan captain Mohammad Yousuf has said he had requested Younus Khan to make himself available for the one-day series in Australia in January, after the Tests. Younus, the regular captain, backed out of the three-Test series in New Zealand because he wanted a break from international cricket but didn't figure in the squad for the three Tests in Australia, starting on December 26 in Melbourne.

Asian chess

Bangladesh men's team lost their second round match of the Asian Team Chess Championship by 0.5-3.5 points against Indonesia that was held in Kolkata on Wednesday.

V-Day tennis

All the seeded players, except for Biplob Ram, won their respective matches of the second round of the Victory Day Tennis Championship 2009 at the National tennis Complex in Ramna yesterday.

Strauss not worried

England captain Andrew Strauss said on Thursday he was confident in the ability of his batsmen to deal with what is likely to be an improved South African bowling attack in the second Test starting at Kingsmead on Saturday.

Ntini Smith's choice

South African captain Graeme Smith gave his unequivocal backing on Wednesday to Makhaya Ntini, saying the fast bowler would almost certainly play in the second Test against England at Kingsmead, starting on Saturday.

Ponting easy in the nets

Ricky Ponting's prospects of leading Australia in the Boxing Day Test appear strong after he batted in the nets at the MCG without any clear signs of discomfort in his injured left elbow. Australia will wait to see how Ponting pulls up on Christmas Day before confirming him in the starting line-up but the indications were positive two days out from the first Test against Pakistan.

Pak-Eng T20 in Dubai

Pakistan will play two Twenty20 matches against England in Dubai next year before defending their title at the next World Twenty20, an official said Thursday.

V-Day volleyball

Biltu Club won the Victory Day volleyball tournament title with a two sets to nil win against Jovat Sangha in the final at the Porra Government Primary School ground here on Thursday.

Montpellier stun Lyon

Lyon and Marseille went into the Christmas recess nursing severe headaches after collapsing to home defeats to Montpellier and Auxerre respectively on Wednesday.

Schumi is back to win

Seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher said he was gunning for an eighth title in his comeback to Formula One racing with Mercedes GP from next season, in an interview published Thursday.

Fergie slams Man City

Sir Alex Ferguson has slammed neighbours Manchester City for the way in which they handled the sacking of his former player Mark Hughes this week.

Levein to consider exiles

Craig Levein, the new manager of the Scotland national side, marked his first news conference in charge by saying he would consider all eligible players for selection.

FA charges Arsenal, Hull

Arsenal and Hull City have been charged with failing to control their players by the Football Association (FA) here on Wednesday following their Premier League match on December 19.

Carlo doesn't fear Roman axe

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti insists he doesn't fear being sacked by Blues owner Roman Abramovich despite his team's recent struggles.

Almeria hire Lillo

Spanish first division side Almeria have appointed Juan Manuel Lillo to take over as coach following the sacking of Mexican Hugo Sanchez.

Ajax wrack up cricket score

Dutch giants Ajax whipped amateur outfit WHC Wezep 14-1 in a mismatched Dutch Cup round of 16 tie on Wednesday.

Business

RAK Ceramics takes on first IPO under book building

RAK Ceramics, a Bangladesh-UAE joint venture, is going to be the first to offer primary shares using the book building method, a modern pricing mechanism for initial public offering (IPO).

Jute looks to win back shine

The higher demand for biodegradable jute goods points to a comeback of the golden days of the golden fibre in Bangladesh as people across the globe now opt for an eco-friendly lifestyle, with natural fibres gradually replacing synthetics.

Soybean oil puts squeeze on wallet

Prices of soybean have peaked as winter limits traders' scope to sell the edible oil by mixing it with relatively low-priced palm oil, insiders said yesterday.

Importer, PSI firm to face action for false documentation

The National Board of Revenue (NBR) will take legal actions against the company that illegally imported liquor worth over Tk 5 crore through false declaration, and also against the pre-shipment inspection (PSI) company that certified the import, said the chairman of the board.

Diseases, late harvest dim potato prospect

Farmers are in a dilemma over potato farming this year, as fungal crop diseases and late aman harvests dim prospects.

Otobi launches new office collection

Otobi, a leading furniture maker, opened a showroom of office decorative items and accessories in Dhaka yesterday.

Fire retardant cables launched

Micro Cables Ltd unveiled its new product -- fire-retardant cables -- in Dhaka on Wednesday, the company said in a statement.

BTCL declares 10pc dividend

Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Ltd (BTCL) declared 10 percent dividend for its shareholders for the last fiscal year.

Vietnam meets annual inflation target

Vietnam managed to beat its annual inflation target of seven percent in 2009, according to official figures released Thursday, despite signs that prices increased more at the end of the year.

United adds fourth aircraft to fleet

United Airways added a new MD-83 aircraft to its fleet yesterday to expand its international network.

French go for 'green' gifts

A used book or nearly-new kitchen gadget may not be at the top of every Christmas wish list, but hard economic times coupled with a new green awareness are changing attitudes about gift-giving in France.

Citi returns $20b in bailout money

Citigroup Inc yesterday repaid $20 billion in bailout money and received a government ruling that it's no longer covered by the pay restrictions imposed on companies receiving the most rescue money.

Asian shares mostly up

Asian stock markets mostly rose Thursday, with Shanghai ending sharply higher and Tokyo hitting a three-month high on the back of higher commodity prices and a weaker yen.

Oil above $77

Oil prices on Thursday extended a rally that has been caused by a larger-than-expected drop in US energy stockpiles, traders said.

IMF approves release of $1.2b to Pakistan

The International Monetary Fund said Wednesday its executive board approved the release of 1.2 billion dollars to Pakistan under a 11.35 billion dollar loan program to the cash-starved nation.

India airline market seen set for fastest global growth

India's airline passenger market could emerge as the world's fastest growing, an aviation consultancy said Thursday, as it forecast the nation's private carriers would return to profit next year.

Obama 'entirely dissatisfied' with jobless rate

US President Barack Obama said Wednesday he is "entirely dissatisfied" with the level of US unemployment and cannot congratulate himself on his first year in office between the jobless rate is so high.

Pharmaceuticals drag down Singapore factory output

A sharp drop in pharmaceuticals production pulled down Singapore's manufacturing sector as overall output shrank 8.2 percent in November from a year ago, government data showed Thursday.

Metropolitan

Day care centres other home for children of domestic helps

Poor Sufia Begum, a domestic help, who used to take care of other's kids, leaving her own child in an insecure environment for the whole day, is happy now, because a day care-cum-education centre of an NGO has now taken the responsibility of her child.

44pc children in char lands go to school : Study

About 50 percent of the population living in char (shoal) lands in north-western region of the country are illiterate and only 44 percent of children in these areas go to school, according to a study of Unnayan Shamannay, a research organisation.

Foundation of Bangabandhu complex laid at BMA

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday laid the foundation stone of the 10-storied Bangabandhu Complex inside Bangladesh Military Academy at Vatiary on the outskirts of the port city.

Work shoulder to shoulder with people to protect sovereignty

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged the armed forces to work shoulder to shoulder with the people to safeguard the country's independence and sovereignty and for overall national development.

Call for inclusive education for children with disabilities

Speakers at an awareness campaign yesterday called on all to stand by the children with disabilities and help ensure their rights.

BNP fills major posts with plunderers, bombers

Awami League General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam yesterday alleged that BNP through its council has given important party positions to those who were linked to the politics of plundering, corruption and bombings in the past.

A godsend for Kakon Bibi

To Kakon Bibi it seemed to be a godsend as the hapless indigenous woman got over Tk 15 lakh, at long last, for her courageous role during the liberation war.

Islami Andolon starts long march towards Tipaimukh Dam

Islami Andolon Bangladesh (IAB), led by its president Charmonai Peer Mufti Syed Rezaul Karim, yesterday started a three-day long march from the capital towards the proposed Tipaimukh Dam site to press for scrapping the Indian project considered a big threat to Bangladesh's ecology.

Call for bicycle-friendly environment to reduce risks of health hazard

A bicycle-friendly environment can reduce the risks of health hazards and make the environment better, said speakers at a press conference yesterday.

Remarks of SCBA president protested

Seven pro-BNP and Jamaat lawyers in a joint statement yesterday protested the farewell address of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) president to the retiring judges of the Appellate Division on December 17.

'Ensure rights of street children'

Speakers at a national consultation yesterday stressed on effective role of the city corporations in ensuring rights of the sexually exploited street children.

Autobiography of Rawshan Ara launched

The publication ceremony of an autobiography entitled 'Smritir Bagane Shesh Bikeler Meye' by noted writer Prof Rawshan Ara Rahman was held at the Women's Voluntary Association (WVA) auditorium in the city yesterday.

Camp for diabetic children begins

With a view to create awareness in the society regarding child diabetes and to motivate the children living with diabetes to manage and control it properly, a three-day camp for diabetic children began yesterday.

Mauritius scraps decision to deport workers

Foreign Minister Dipu Moni yesterday said Mauritius has abandoned its plan to deport Bangladeshi workers.

Cut maternal mortality rate: Muhith

Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday stressed the need to raise awareness about reproductive health in order to reduce the rate of maternal mortality.

Cancer hospital lottery from January 1

To raise fund for the construction of the 500-bed cancer hospital, Ahsania Mission Cancer Hospital Lottery-2010 will be launched from January 1, says a press release.

Cuta election on Dec 31

The election of Chittagong University Teachers Association (Cuta) will be held on December 31.

Hotelier murdered

A hotelier was murdered in a hotel at Janapad intersection at Sayadabad in the city last night.

Court allows CID to quiz JMB man at jail gate

A Dhaka court yesterday allowed Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to interrogate Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) member Mizanur Rahman Minhaz at the jail gate in the case of attempt to murder Prof Humayun Azad.

Juta polls on Dec 30

Election to the executive committee of the Jahangirnagar University Teachers' Association (Juta) will be held December 30.

National

Over 5,000 roadside trees looted

Criminals allegedly backed by some local political leaders cut down over 5,000 roadside trees and took them away in broad daylight while the authorities concerned played the role of silent spectators.

378 'collaborators' sued in Bagerhat so far

Thirty-three cases have so far been filed against 378 alleged collaborators of Pakistani occupation forces in the district on charges of killing, looting and arson in 1971.

Fresh probe into killing of Prof Yunus demanded

Different quarters yesterday demanded reinvestigation into the killing of Rajshahi University teacher Prof Muhammad Yunus while the trial process of the case against eight JMB militants is at final sage at Rajshahi Speedy Trial Tribunal.

Rhymes of love for freedom

A number of folk rhymes, composed and recited by the freedom loving people in rural areas of northern districts during the Liberation War, have been saved from gradual disappearance as a young admirer of literature has taken initiative to bring the great deeds of unsung heroes to light.

Thus pry schools in C'nawabganj 'extort' guardians

Majority of the class-V passed students have to pay money to their schools under Chapainawabganj municipality area for obtaining certificates.

Protector turns predator

An assistant sub-inspector of Bogra Sadar Police Station was arrested in a cheating case yesterday.

Two die after eating shrimp

Two children died while two other members of a family fell critically ill after taking shrimp curry in Matirpara area in Narsingdi town Wednesday night. Nurjahan Begum, wife of Malek Miah of the area took shrimp curry with her children at around 8:30 pm and went to sleep. At around 11:30 pm, Nurjahan and her children started groaning in pain in their abdomen. Malek Miah woke up but his daughters Ritu Begum, 3, and Sonali Begum, 8, died after sometime while wife Nurjahan Begum, 35, and son Russell, 10, fell seriously ill. As Malek cried out for help locals rushed in and sent Nurjahan and Russell to Dhaka Medical College and Hospital in critical condition.

Section 144 in Ishwardi

Local administration has imposed Section 144 as two rival factions of BNP called meeting at the same venue at Puratan Bus Stand yesterday afternoon. Police said, supporters of Mokhlesur Rahman Bablu, municipality mayor also upazila BNP leader called a meeting at the spot protesting a murder case. The rival faction led by Zakaria Pintu also called another meeting at the same venue triggering tension in the area. At this, Ishwardi upazila nirbahi officer (UNO) Ismail Hossain imposed Section 144 in the area to avoid untoward situation.

Fake Rab man arrested

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members arrested a fake Rab man at Sorojganj bazaar in Sadar upazila on Wednesday morning. The arrestee is identified as Shahjahan Shah, 40, son of late Jamat Ali of Tiorbilla village in the upazila. Rab sources said, police at Sorojganj check post challenged Shahjahan while he was moving suspiciously in the area in a motorcycle. When Shahjahan introduced himself as a Rab member and produced a fake identity card, police informed the matter to local Rab. Later, a team of Rab-6 rushed to the spot and arrested him.

Fake notes seized from bank

Police yesterday seized 270 pieces of fake 500 taka notes from a bank and arrested the cashier on charge of supplying fake note from the bank. Officer-in-charge (OC) of Faridpur police station Md Abu Zafar said, acting on a tip-off, police raided Janata Bank Demra branch at Faridpur upazila town at noon. Searching the cash of the bank they recovered the fake notes. "All the notes were seized from cashier Abdus Subhan, the OC said. Later, the manager of the bank yesterday filed a case with Faridpur police station accusing the bank cashier on charge of trading fake notes through the bank branch.

Arms, ammunition recovered from two districts

Police recovered four firearms from Chitholia in Mirpur upazila in Kushtia yesterday and another from Piadapara in Meherpur town the day before.

Robbers loot jewellery shops, post office and houses

Robbers in Kushtia looted 15 jewellery shops and a post office at Somoshpur bazaar in Khoksa upazila early Tuesday.

FF murdered in Jessore

A freedom fighter (FF), who was injured by his rivals at Saziali village in Sadar upazila recently night, died at Jessore General Hospital on Sunday.

Road barricade to free AL man held in phensidyl case

Awami League (AL) leaders and activists yesterday laid siege to Kalaroa Police Station and put up barricade on Satkhira-Jessore road at Kalaroa demanding release of a local AL leader.

11 shops gutted

At least 11 shops and a sawmill were gutted in two fire incidents in Khagrachhari and Manikganj districts early yesterday.

Letters

Bijoy Mela

The concluding month of the year, December, brings for us the message of achieving freedom, the taste of emancipation from the regimentation of Pakistani rule. After the bloodbath of nine months, we obtained the `triumph` and since then have been celebrating this month with deep respect and solidarity. On the eve of this month, the people of all districts arrange various functions keeping this month's glory ahead. Bijoy Mela is one of them. In this month, since independence, our inner souls dance with joy round the duration of the fair where on one side of the stage the martyred sons are remembered, and on the other side the arrangement and buzz of the fair get the upper hand.

Israel issue

More than sixty years have passed since the USA and the UK created the state of Israel within the state of Palestine under the 'two-state' utopian theory -- Israel for the immigrant Jews and Palestine for the native Arab Muslims and Christians to divide and rule the Middle East.

Biking

In the USA it is hard to find an 8 year old, a male or a female, who does not know how to bike. Though biking is not much used as a means of primary transportation, many people take their bikes out in the summer for recreational touring. In Holland bikes are used as a means of primary transportation by a large number of people. People use bikes to go to schools, to work, do shopping and visit friends all the time. Streets are designed as bike friendly and there are special rental and parking facilities for bikes in the city areas. In Bangladesh where most people either walk or ride rickshaws, biking could have been made popular if it could be made available to common people at an affordable price. Parents need to buy bikes for their children and encourage them to learn biking. Industries need to come up with full size, as well as, children's bikes, at lower costs to make this happen. The government may come forward with incentives to the industrialists who show interests in such venture to help at the early stages, until they become self supporting or profitable.

Is human safety universal?

Is human safety universal? Realists, and later neo-realists, have seen safety as merely incomplete as well as provisional, for the reason that "war is expected." They consider the world anarchical. Since they consider the state as the ultimate power, therefore, safety is destined to be "national safety." It presupposes a set of mechanisms to defend a state so that it can continue as a political unit. They include defence against attacks and pressure from outside as well as against any event that could gravely intimidate a country's ruling government from inside. As such attacks can take place anytime, they call for force. When there is neither war nor other armed disagreement, a state is hypothetically "safe" or "at peace." Southeast Asia calls it "comprehensive security." Many non-state actors, including the non-government organisations (NGOs), propagate this idea. Inclusive security goes further, and presupposes customary military pressure, internal aggression and racial conflicts.

Build the nation

No wonder as a nation we are proud to have several achievements. One of the biggest achievements is our independence. The extensive nine months' bloody war and sacrifice of the lives of millions of people including awful torture on men, women and children ultimately led to the glorious victory in 1971.

A great man

I commend Pope Benedict XVI for signing a decree recognizing the late Pope John Paul II's life of “heroic virtue.” Pope John Paul II, a man of deep faith, will one day be canonized a saint by the Catholic Church! The Holy Father was an inspiration and a model witness to the life of Christ; a Shepherd of Truth immersed in profound humility and immense love for both God and man.

Honour the FFs

The month of December is well-known for our Victory Day. We achieved the victory on 16 December, 1971, after nine months of Liberation War, fought by our brave freedom fighters. Bangladesh was born in a sea of blood of the martyrs. We celebrated our 38th Victory Day on 16 December.

Garment factory mayhem

MAK Azad's news report published on 17 December based on the investigation carried out by a high-powered probe body concludes that directly, as well as indirectly; the blame lies with the factory owners whom the report holds responsible for the events that precipitated the violence, un-necessarily!

Climate summit and Bangladesh

No success has been achieved at the climate summit in Copenhagen. Head of the governments or representatives from at least 194 countries gathered together to reach understanding on some points, to reduce carbon emission, and to work out how all the vulnerable countries would get payment as compensation. But the demand of developed and developing countries could not be harmonised at all during the summit.

Recruitment by banks

A job in a bank has become very popular nowadays. Many students after completing their masters or MBA want to be employed in both categories of banking Job (GOVT&PRIVATE). The bankers' recruitment committee usually want to have their candidates to have 50% marks or second class at every academic level. But there lies a competition among private banks. They want certain GPA grading or class. Some banks seek 1st class holders at every level. The students of English dept. are victimised because of such demand . It is very tough & sometimes very difficult to get first class at every level.

Cox's Bazar

Cox's Bazar is a potential gold mine and a potential foreign exchange earner in Bangladesh. It is essential to develop Cox's Bazar into an attractive city in order to attract more tourists, especially from foreign countries. A proper tourist industry should be set up and well educated and groomed people should be trained on how to handle, speak and help tourists.

Research activities

Research activities should be the top priority of a university. A university is not the place for only conducting classes and exams.

BNP council

The BNP has just completed their customized council with much complacence. What is the net result? To me, "The new BNP" is back to the old "Haowa Bhaban", just keep this in mind and proceed to challenge the party in power by developing a liberal democratic image; also accept the reality of today's politics in Bangladesh in your "new BNP".

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International

Suicide bomber kills 5 in NW Pakistan

A suicide bomber struck a neighbourhood full of government buildings in Pakistan's main northwest city yesterday, killing five people and underscoring that militant groups retain strength despite being under siege by the army.

Chaotic situation in Pakistan ripe for another coup

With the political situation in Pakistan witnessing a tumultuous time following the Supreme Court's verdict declaring the special amnesty law, the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO), as 'unconstitutional' rumours are rife that the country is headed towards yet another stint of military rule.

11 MPs, 80 legislators from Telangana resign in protest

Eleven out of 12 Congress party MPs from the Telangana region and as many as 80 legislators - cutting across party lines - yesterday decided to resign to protest the central government's move to put on hold the process of forming a Telangana state out of Andhra Pradesh.

Cambodia accuses Thailand of preparing coup

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday accused neighbouring Thailand of preparing a coup against his government as the war of words between the neighbouring nations worsened.

PM's advisers recommend autonomy for Kashmir

High-level advisers appointed by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh are recommending autonomy for Kashmir, where militants have fought for 20 years against rule from New Delhi.

500 child soldiers still in Lanka govt custody

The Sri Lankan Government has claimed that it has 550 ex-child soldiers in its custody - and about half of them are being given the chance of education.

Sharifs own properties worth billions in London

Its not only President Asif Ali Zardari who owns property worth billions in Britain, but former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family members too are the owners of costly flats and apartments in and around high-end Central London.

Bacteria could cut spread of mosquito borne diseases

A common type of bacteria could help curtail the spread of mosquito-borne diseases by making the pests more resistant to infection, according to a study published Thursday in the US journal Cell.

Dad flies to US with son after winning custody battle in Brazil

A US man who won a five-year legal battle to regain custody of his young son flew back to the United States with the boy yesterday after an emotional Christmas Eve reunion.

Four drown, 23 missing as Philippine boat sinks

Four people were killed and were 23 missing yesterday after two boats collided in darkness near Manila during the Christmas holiday rush, the latest disaster to hit the Philippines in a year of tragedy.

US woman charged over threat to kill Michelle Obama

A US woman with a history of making threatening phone calls to the United States Secret Service has been arrested and charged with threatening to kill First Lady Michelle Obama.

US Senate okays historic healthcare reform bill

Senate Democrats passed a landmark healthcare bill yesterday that could define President Barack Obama's legacy and usher in near-universal medical coverage for the first time in the country's history.

UN appeals for calm after Copenhagen bustup

The UN's pointman on climate change pleaded for calm on Wednesday after angry spats erupted over the outcome of the much-trumpeted world climate summit in Copenhagen.

Iran sentences leading reformist to 6 yrs jail

An Iranian court has sentenced prominent reformist Abdollah Ramezanzadeh to six years in prison on charges including acting against national security, the Fars news agency reported on Thursday.

UN slaps sanctions on Eritrea

The UN Security Council on Wednesday slapped an arms embargo on Eritrea and targeted sanctions on its leaders for aiding Somali rebels and refusing to withdraw troops from its disputed border with Djibouti.

Guantanamo prison may stay open till 2011

President Barack Obama's commitment to close the US detention centre at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, by next month may be delayed until 2011 because it will take months for the government to buy an Illinois prison and upgrade it to hold suspected terrorists.

Massive storm snarls holiday travel in US

A massive winter storm yesterday snarled holiday travel across the central United States as freezing rain and heavy snow caused traffic chaos and threatened to ground more flights.

34 suspected Qaeda men killed in Yemen airstrike

Yemeni forces killed 34 suspected al-Qaeda members, including senior leaders, in a dawn raid Thursday in a remote mountainous region of Yemen's Shabwa province, a security source said.

Arts & Entertainment

Unsatisfactory turnout at Dhaka Int’l Book fair ‘09

The two-week long Dhaka International Book Fair 2009 at Suhrawardi Udyan ends today. National Book Centre and the Ministry of Cultural Affairs jointly organised the fair, which began on December 11. The fair, largest after the Ekushey Book Fair, featured a total 169 stalls giving the visitors an opportunity to choose from a lot. This year two publication houses from overseas -- National Book Trust, India and Al Huda International Publication, Iran participated at the event.

Cultural show for differently abled children

“Road to Rights”, a Patha Jatra featuring cultural shows including plays and songs was held recently, targeted at creating awareness about the rights of differently abled children in Jhenidah.Later, a discussion was held at the old DC court premises on Wednesday at the initiative of NGO Action In Development (AID).

Celebrity deaths had heavy impact in 2009

The recent passing of actress Brittany Murphy adds another high-profile name to the list of those who have died in 2009.

The stars of bricks, cement and paint

Innovative, fun, colourful and one of the most talked about TV shows in the country right now -- "Shah Cement Nirman Taroka" -- stands out from all the other musical competitions because its participants are all construction workers. Here's what the judges and organisers of the show had to say:

A kaleidoscopic vision of Nepal

National Forum of Photojournalists and Bangladesh Photojournalists Association jointly organised an exhibition titled 'Maitri Nepal Photo Exhibition 2009' at the National Press Club in the city.

Prachyanat performs in Tripura

Prachyanat participated at a theatre festival held at the Belonia Town Hall, Tripura, India, says a press release. Agontuk, a Tripura based social and cultural organisation, arranged the festival marking their silver jubilee. Starting from December 13, the festival ends today with the staging of "Koinna", a popular production of Prachyanat.

Christmas special on ntv

To mark Christmas, a special programme will be aired on ntv tonight at 4:10 pm. Titled "Jai Paromeshwar-er Jai", the programme will include music, dance and special features.

OP-ED

Christmas that beckons us

THE Old Testament book of Isaiah, a prophet of the 8th century B.C., is of great significance in understanding the birth, life, work, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, more than any other book in the entire prophetic literature. Isaiah is quoted 62 times (next only to the Book of the Psalms) and is frequently alluded to in the New Testament.

Is wishing for positive politics a goose chase?

MANY elderly citizens in Bangladesh lament that they are unlikely to see "politics for prosperity of the country" during their lifetime. Indeed, many of us feel that Bangladesh, since our bloody war for independence 39 years back, is still experimenting with the format of politics that suits the nation. The liberation war veterans are passing away, with their wishes unfulfilled, and a new era is yet to be born.

In memory of Saber Reza Karim

MY long association with Saber Reza Karim, spanning over 58 years, started in Lahore in 1952 and ended with his death in his sleep in the early hours of December 16 in Dhaka. We were colleagues and batch-mates in the Civil Service of Pakistan and met for the first time in Lahore after joining the Civil Service Academy as probationers.

StarTech

Tech highs and lows, today and tomorrow

The base of knowledge about the information and communication technology strengthened in 2009, thanks to relentless activities in public-private sector for reforming the lifestyle with ICT enabled services. Long anticipated, the sector started a flamboyant rolling on with laws, policies, public-private partnerships, positive growth in different areas and many more. The mentors of this sector shared their views with StarTech. Musa Ibrahim arranged the interviews.

Digital security certificates now in Bangladesh

Bangladesh has entered into the digital era. Different government and non-government organisations are now eying to electronic money transaction and data transfer in a safer way. But the internet chaos ensues when websites are not encrypted with secure socket layer (SSL) technology -- the digital security.

'Ovijaan' crosses Mymensingh

In a course to bring Internet closer to reality and with a vision to drive internet literacy in Bangladesh, Nokia's nationwide campaign 'Ovijaan' on December 20 reached Trishal, Mymensingh.

Twitter gets more business friendly

Twitter is testing a way to let businesses better use the popular microblogging service in what could be a future money-making opportunity.

NASA, Microsoft take Web surfers to Mars

NASA and Microsoft launched an interactive website on Tuesday that allows Web surfers to become Mars explorers.

Nationwide fibre optics network on approach

Bangladeshi is coming under a telecommunication transmission network soon with a view to strengthening communications to cope with the challenges of the 21st century.


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