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News of: Tuesday, 12th of January, 2010

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Dhaka, Delhi sign 3 agreements

India yesterday announced a $1-billion line of credit for infrastructure development in Bangladesh.

Hasina wants deal on Teesta water

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina here yesterday called for treaties on sharing waters of the Teesta and other common rivers to ensure a guaranteed flow for Bangladesh every year.

No respite from traffic mess

The government moves to give the city dwellers a respite from tailbacks went in vain due to poor enforcement of traffic rules, partial implementation of plans and reckless driving.

Duty-free access to India widens

India dropped 47 more items from its negative list giving Bangladeshi goods duty-free access to the Indian market, a foreign ministry official told The Daily Star yesterday.

SSC exams deferred for SA Games

The Secondary School Certificate examinations will begin on February 11 rather than February 1 to accommodate the upcoming South Asian Games in Bangladesh.

CID wants to quiz former OC Rafiq

Criminal Investigation Department yesterday sought permission from a Dhaka court to quiz detained former officer-in-charge of Motijheel Police Station Mohammad Rafiqul Islam at the jail gate in connection with the August 21, 2004 grenade attack cases.

Production hampered in 30 RMG units

Production in around 30 garment factories in Ashulia halted after several thousand angry workers clashed with police for realising their three-point demand yesterday.

Faruque's men storm Proshika head office

A group of people backed by former Proshika chairman Qazi Faruque Ahmed ousted the anti-Faruque group from the head office of the non-government organisation and took control of the building in the early hours of today.

India for rail link with Akhaura

India will offer to construct the rail link between Akhaura and Agartala, capital of north eastern Indian state of Tripura, when Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee meets visiting Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina here today.

Bill seeks to stop journalist harassment

A bill was placed in parliament yesterday for dropping the provision from the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1989 that allows courts to issue arrest warrants against editors, publishers, reporters or writers in defamation cases.

6pc ADP cut likely

The government might slash the Annual Development Programme (ADP) by 6 percent or Tk 2,000 crore as most ministries have failed to spend their budget allocations.

BNP for trial of 1/11 'organisers'

BNP, the main opposition in parliament, has demanded trials of the main players and collaborators of the 1/11 changeover in the country, and claimed that people who do not observe the day as a 'black day' were also involved in 'the conspiracy'.

All highways to be made 4-lane

The government has planned to upgrade all the highways to four-lane in phases with an estimated expenditure of Tk 25,000 crore in efforts to develop communication network across the country, Communications Minister Syed Abul Hossain told the House yesterday.

Bangabandhu's killers deserve no mercy

Law Minister Shafique Ahmed yesterday said the three condemned convicts in Bangabandhu assassination case, who sought presidential mercy, should not get any reprieve, but it is the president's prerogative.

Bangladesh to seek Libyan assistance

Bangladesh will seek Libyan assistance in disciplining the labour recruitment process and ensuring Bangladeshi workers' welfare in the oil-rich North African country, which requires around a million foreign workers by 2014.

No plan to send troops to Yemen

President Barack Obama says he has "no intention" of sending US troops to fight militants in Yemen and Somalia, despite growing concern over the presence of militant cells there.

Criminals gun down trader

Criminals gunned down a trader and snatched Tk 1 lakh from his possession at Natun Sahapur in Keraniganj yesterday.

Robber killed in 'shootout'

Leader of an inter-district robbers gang was killed and one of his accomplices injured in a 'shootout' with police in Hathazari upazila in the district yesterday.

India walk away easy

Virat Kohli scored an unbeaten hundred to guide India to another comprehensive six-wicket victory over Bangladesh in the Idea Cup triangular series at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.

Newborn stolen from DMCH

A newborn baby was stolen as his mother slept beside him in a labour ward at Dhaka Medical College Hospital yesterday morning.

Petroleum store gutted in Ctg: 3 hurt

Huge quantity of petroleum products and chemicals were damaged and five shops gutted in a devastating fire at a petroleum godown here yesterday.

Six foreign troops killed in Afghan fighting

Six Nato service members, including three Americans, were killed Monday in Afghanistan, making it the deadliest day for the international force in more than two months.

Wave of killings in Karachi

Dozens of people have been killed in Pakistan's largest city including four found Sunday three of them headless in a wave of targeted attacks among rival political groups that some say is aimed at destabilising the country's ruling coalition.

Editorial

Realtors into land grabbing!

WE appreciate the candid manner in which the Minister for Housing has laid bare the nefarious practice of grabbing private and public lands by some real estate owners and land developers, at a meeting with the office bearers of REHAB and BLDA. The issue has become a sore point for both the government as well as the public. He has hit the nail on the head but he should not stop here.

AL's tough stance on BCL

IT has been reported that the Awami League high command wants tough action to be taken against the unruly BCL elements responsible for violence in educational institutions. The prime minister herself has spelt out the party's position on the issue in clear terms. Obviously, the situation has turned critical and there is perhaps no alternative to the pure law and order approach to defuse campus tension, which sometimes degenerates into senseless bloodletting.

Self-criticism: A healthy sign

WHEN a government learns to criticise its own failures and accept credits with due humility, there is no reason why it should not be able to do better tomorrow than what it has done today. As far as Bangladesh is concerned, one has to say that no such phrase as "self-criticism" exists in the dictionary of the politicians. Self-criticism or admission of failures in public is like inflicting a mortal blow to the political career of a politician, or credibility of a party.

Sports

Still a long way to go

At the end of a memorable year everybody was looking forward to see how the Tigers transform their form in a new year with the fact that the challenge is much bigger than the year gone by. The number of wins itself shows how successful 2009 was for the Tigers but it was appropriately foretold that it would be a tough challenge for Shakib Al Hasan's men to make everyone believe in the New Year that they are in the right track on terms of not only improvement but also winning matches. And their performance in the first assignment of the New Year in the Idea Cup tri-nation tournament gave a glimpse of how big the challenge is.

U-19s warm up well

While the national team bowed out of the Idea Cup with their fourth defeat in the triangular tournament, the Bangladesh Under-19 team got their pre-World Cup campaign off to the best possible start, winning the first practice match against hosts New Zealand at Lincoln Green Park in Christchurch yesterday.

Fielding causes new concern for Tigers

A new headache added to the woes of the Bangladesh team management after their six-wicket defeat in the last league match against India in the Idea Cup tri-nation tournament at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.

TT, badminton eye silver

Bangladesh Badminton Federation and Bangla-desh Table Tennis Fede-ration have set their sights on silver, something they had never achieved in the history of the South Asian Games that started its journey from Nepal in 1984.

Shahriar finds his place in Test side

Mashrafe Bin Mortaza is yet to be match fit as the national selectors on Monday announced a 14-member squad for the two-Test series against India keeping Shakib Al Hasan as captain and wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim as his deputy.

Muktijoddha's maiden win

Muktijoddha Sangsad tasted their first win in the Bangladesh League when the Reds came from behind to beat Arambagh Krira Sangha 3-2 at Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.

NCL crisis over

Top first-class cricketers have backtracked from their stance to agree to take part in the upcoming National Cricket League, scheduled to get underway on Thursday.

U-16 cricket

Bandutia High School became champions in Manikganj Zone of the Standard Chartered Young Tigers U-16 National Cricket Tournament with an 80-run victory over Manikganj Government Boys' High School at Shahid Miraj-Tapan Stadium on Monday.

Mesmerising Messi

Lionel Messi scored a sensational hattrick as champions Barcelona nudged Real Madrid off the summit crushing Tenerife 5-0 on their own patch on Sunday for their first victory of 2010.

Mali's miraculous recovery

Mali made a miraculous recovery to pull back from a four goal deficit to hold Angola to a 4-4 draw in the opening game of the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations here on Sunday.

Milan humiliate Juve

Defensive horror shows at three corners saw AC Milan humiliate Juventus 3-0 at Turin's Stadio Olimpico and all but end their rivals' Serie A title hopes and leave coach Ciro Ferrara's job on the line.

Police arrest two

Police in Angola grilled two suspects Monday over a deadly shooting attack by separatist rebels on the Togolese team which overshadowed the start of Africa's premier football tournament.

France vows response

France on Sunday vowed a response to comments from an Angolan separatist whose group has claimed the deadly attack against Togo's football squad, after the France-based rebel threatened more violence.

Dynamo sign Voronin

Russian top flight side Dynamo Moscow have signed Ukrainian striker Andriy Voronin on a three-year contract from Liverpool, the Russian club announced Sunday.

Adebayor very sad to leave

Togo captain Emmanuel Adebayor said he was "very sad" for his team to leave the African Cup of Nations on Sunday, two days after a rebel ambush in Angola killed two members of the squad.

Van der Vaart out for several weeks

Real Madrid's Dutch midfielder Rafael Van der Vaart will be out of action for two to three weeks following an injury at the weekend, the club said Monday.

Togo keeper in stable condition

Togo goalkeeper Kodjovi Obilale was in a stable condition but still in intensive care in a South African hospital on Monday after a deadly gun attack on his squad in Angola, the hospital said.

Akmal confident of playing in Hobart

Kamran Akmal, Pakistan's embattled wicketkeeper, has ruled out the possibility of playing in the Hobart Test as a batsman alone, and has insisted again that he is confident he will play. Akmal's position in the side has come under intense scrutiny after a dismal second Test in Sydney in which he dropped four catches and failed with the bat as Pakistan handed Australia a remarkable win that sealed the series.

Akram says, KKR ready

Former Pakistan captain and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) bowling coach Wasim Akram on Sunday said the team is in good shape and would perform well in the third season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) beginning in March.

BOA Lottery draw held

The draw of the Bangladesh Olympic Association's (BOA) Sports Development Fund Lottery was held yesterday at the National Sports Council gymnasium in presence of general public and pressmen.

JU cricket

The Department of Physics emerged champions in Jahangirnagar University's inter-department cricket competition with a hard-fought four-run win over History in the final at the JU central playground yesterday.

Business

Inflation emerges as big challenge: CPD

Inflation could emerge as the most crucial challenge for Bangladesh in maintaining macroeconomic stability in 2010, said the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD).

Sachets drive shampoo market

Global brands are gaining foothold on local shampoo market, driven by faster growth in demand because of the low-priced sachets that are popular among low-income groups, students and travellers.

Overall exports drop in July-Nov

The overall exports of merchandises from Bangladesh declined 6.96 percent in the July-November period of the current fiscal year compared with the same period of the previous year, according to the provisional data of Export Promotion Bureau (EPB).

AB Bank shores up foothold in money transfer business

AB Bank has moved to strengthen its position in electronic fund transfer outsourcing business, as the bank is on course to buy a further 30 percent stake in Cashlink Bangladesh Limited, a payment system solutions provider.

IMF mission heads to debt-stricken Greece

The International Monetary Fund said Monday it is sending an IMF mission to Athens this week for talks on helping debt-stricken Greece overcome its financial crisis.

Russia unveils own 'cash for clunkers' scheme

Russia on Monday unveiled a scheme similar to those employed in the West to encourage consumers to buy new cars by handing out cash in return for their own ageing vehicles.

Benapole revenue income goes ahead of target

Customs House of Benapole land port earned Tk 961.75 crore in revenue during the first six months of the current fiscal year, which is Tk 93.62 crore more than the target set for the period.

Debate over Basel II costs

The regulator and banks differ on the costs of implementing the Basel II norms, particularly in borrowers' credit rating.

Tk 4,500cr freshwater shrimp to be exported

Clouds over Bangladesh's freshwater shrimp industry are clearing as the European Union (EU) has renewed its confidence in the second biggest foreign currency earner.

Saudi tycoon gears up for investment spree

Saudi tycoon Prince Alwaleed bin Talal said on Monday he is gearing up his Kingdom Holdings group for major new investments including Gulf hotels and a one-kilometre-tall tower in Jeddah on the Red Sea.

US auto industry gets boost

A new salesman showed up at the Detroit auto show Monday to make a pitch on behalf of the new owners of General Motors and Chrysler: Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

Heineken to buy Mexico's Femsa for $5.5b

Heineken NV said Monday it will buy the beer-making operations of Mexico's Femsa in an all-share deal that values the maker of Dos Equis, Tecate and Sol beers at $5.5 billion (3.8 billion euros), excluding debt.

Asian market rallies

Shanghai and Hong Kong led a regional stocks rally on Monday as investors welcomed Beijing's green light for a new futures market as well as a short-selling experiment in China.

Oil prices back above $83

Oil prices were back above 83 dollars in Asian trade Monday as a cold snap in the northern hemisphere led to higher demand for heating fuel, analysts said.

Business faces more asset damage: Survey

Business in general, and the banks, real estate and auto sectors in particular, likely face more damage to their underlying assets amid doubts about the global recovery, a survey showed on Monday.

India faces sugar, pulses shortages

India's trade minister acknowledged Monday the country faced a shortfall of sugar and pulses, a staple food product for most Indians, after the country's weakest monsoon in four decades.

Chavez vows clampdown on post-devaluation speculators

President Hugo Chavez warned Sunday that any price speculation by shopkeepers will trigger business seizures, and called on the National Guard to help people fight price gouging.

World economy getting back to normal: Central bankers

Leading central bankers believe emerging economies are gradually dragging the world economy back to normality after a steep crisis, the president of the European Central Bank said Monday.

Metropolitan

Bangladesh to buy power from India at competitive price

Bangladesh will purchase power from India at competitive price through tender.

Railway to procure nine locomotives

Bangladesh Railway is going to procure nine metre-gauge diesel-electric locomotives at a cost of Tk 284 crore with a view to improving the train service.

Warm reception to PM in Delhi

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was accorded a warm ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, the presidential palace, in the Indian capital.

PM to secure rational share of all issues

Information Minister Abul Kalam Azad yesterday hoped that the prime minister would be successful in securing rational share of all the issues during her talks with the Indian government.

'Ensure safe drinking water for all'

Speakers at a workshop yesterday called on the government and non-government organisations to put in concerted efforts to ensure 'water security' in the country, saying that access to safe drinking water should be treated as a basic human right.

'Enact law to prevent sexual abuse at workplace'

Speakers at a consultation meeting yesterday urged the government to enact a law in line with the High Court directive on prevention of sexual harassment.

HC asks govt to provide treatment to Hosne Ara

The High Court (HC) yesterday directed the government to immediately provide proper treatment and security to Hosne Ara, a housewife of Pathorghata in Barguna district.

New law on the cards

A new law making it mandatory to use jute goods in packaging various goods, including food grains, sugar, fertiliser and cement, is under process, Textile and Jute Minister Abdul Latif Siddiqui told parliament yesterday.

Ctg dock workers set to lay siege today

Dock workers at Chittagong Seaport yesterday announced a non-stop siege programme from today to realise their four-point demand.

Beximco to launch news channel

Beximco Group has joined hands with NDTV Worldwide to launch a 24-hour news and current affairs television channel in the country to be named 'Independent Television Ltd'.

Increase research activities

President Zillur Rahman yesterday emphasised increasing research activities in the country's agriculture universities with a view to boosting agricultural production and meeting people's needs and requirements.

Indian FM calls on Hasina

Indian Foreign Minister S M Krishna yesterday paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her hotel suite here yesterday.

Punishment to BCL men demanded

Leaders and workers of Bangladesh Chhatra Maitree yesterday demanded punishment to the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) cadres who had killed Maitree leader Rejanul Islam Chowdhury Sunny.

JS bodies to have websites, MPs web pages

Each of the parliamentary standing committees will have a dynamic website and every lawmaker will have web page and parliamentary e-mail as part of building a digital parliament.

11 children fall ill after taking date-expired polio vaccine

At least 11 children have fallen ill after taking date-expired polio vaccine and deworming tablets supplied by the health directorate under the national immunisation programme.

Bring people involved in 1/11 to book

Bangladesh Jatiyatabadi Ainjibi Forum (BJAF), a platform of the pro-BNP lawyers, at a human chain yesterday demanded exemplary punishment to the persons involved in the 1/11 political changeover in 2007.

Cherie Blair lauds Brac's human rights programme

Cherie Blair, wife of former British prime minister Tony Blair and a leading human rights activist, praised the Brac's human rights and legal empowerment programme yesterday.

One held on charges of teasing DU girl

Police arrested a former Dhaka University (DU) student on Sunday on charges of blackmailing and teasing a female student of the university.

Swapan sent to Suhrawardi Hospital

The Dhaka Central Jail authorities yesterday referred ailing freedom fighter Kamrul Islam Swapan, who is detained in connection with a bomb attack on Awami League lawmaker Fazle Nur Taposh, to Suhrawardi Hospital from Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University as his physical condition deteriorated.

Next project to be decentralised

The health ministry has decided in principle to decentralise the power for procurement and field-level activities of the next Health, Nutrition and Population Sector Programme (HNPSP), which is due to begin in June 2011.

Cherie Blair discusses health issues with Yunus

Cherie Blair, wife of former British prime minister Tony Blair, called on Nobel laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus, founder and managing director of Grameen Bank, and discussed healthcare programmes of Grameen Kalyan and Grameen Healthcare Trust yesterday.

RU BCL cadres beat up journo

Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) cadres beat up the university correspondent of the daily Dinkal at Rajshahi University (RU) on Sunday night.

Winter clothes distributed

Kalabagan Welfare Society (KWS) distributed winter clothes among poor people in the area yesterday, says a press release.

Mismanagement alleged

Students of the Millennium University a press conference yesterday alleged that the university has been running without any vice chancellor (VC), pro-VC, registrar, dean, treasurer and even a full professor since its inception.

National

Ashuganj power plant needs urgent overhaul

Ashuganj Power Station Company Limited (APSCL) can not produce power to the capacity while the power station, one of the largest in the country, sees gradual fall in production due to rundown machinery.

Cold wave comes only to tell on the poor

The second spell of the cold wave this season has come as an added misery for the poor and disadvantaged people, especially in the northern districts.

70 more Rohingyas held on charge of intrusion

Law enforcers raided different areas of Cox's Bazar town over the last three days and arrested 70 more Rohingyas who entered the country illegally.

Jamaat leader sued again

A case was filed with a Bagerhat court yesterday against nayeb-e-ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami Abul Kalam Muhammad Yusuf and 29 others on charge of killing a freedom fighter during Liberation War in 1971.

Bail prayer of 2 JMB militants rejected

The chief judicial magistrate's court of Dinajpur yesterday rejected the bail plea of two members of banned Islamist outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and sent them to jail.

Rival pirates lock in fierce gunfight

Two rival groups of pirates traded gunshots at Tambulbunia under Sharankhola Police Station of Bagerhat district Sunday evening.

'Jatka' seized in Chandpur

Coastguards in a raid on a passenger launch on the Meghna in Chandpur seized 30 maunds of jatka (hilsa fry) early yesterday. Kept in five baskets, the jatka were found in abandoned condition in "MV Bandhan" coming to Dhaka from Bhola via Chandpur. Chandpur Coastguard station commander Lt Khawja Masum led the drive. Khawja Masum said, the value of the seized jatka would be about Tk 2 lakh. The fish would be given away to orphanages, he added.

Under trial prisoner dies

An under-trial prisoner died in Bogra district jail Saturday noon. Himel, 40, was sent to jail on August 3 last year following arrest in a case filed under Narcotics Control Act. The general diary (GD) filed by Bogra jail authorities with Sadar police station on Saturday said as Himel was admitted to Shahid Ziaur Rahman Medical College and Hospital after he felt chest pain. He died at around 3:00 pm while under treatment. Himel is son of late Nurul Islam of Dargapara village under Panchbibi upazila in Joypurhat district.

Hundi trader arrested

Benapole customs authorities on Sunday noon recovered a huge amount of foreign currencies from the bag of an Indian citizen and arrested him on charge of hundi trading. Customs superintendent Abdul Latif said, while searching Rezaul Karim's bag at the check point, the customs officials recovered 1,59,000 Japanese yen, 1,065 US$, 65,000 Indian rupees, 990 Thai baht, 360 Saudi riyals and Bangladesh Tk 16,784. Rezaul Karim is son of Kazi Shamsul Huda of New Pandopati Complex, Kolkata. A divisional case has been filed in this regard.

Bullets recovered

Police on Sunday afternoon recovered 179 bullets of two types of firearms from Fatamohammadpur village in Ishwardi upazila. Senior Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Sheikh Joyen Uddin said, on a tip-off, police went to the spot and recovered two bagful of bullets which were hidden under earth near Al Madina mosque. Of 179 bullets, most of them active, 87 are of rifle and 92 of pistols, the ASP said.

Boy 'commits suicide'

A nine-year-old boy allegedly committed suicide in Janpur Bangpara area of the district town early yesterday. Police said Akil Hasan, son of Helal Uddin, killed himself by hanging from the ceiling of his house at about 2:00am. On information, police recovered the body in the morning and sent it to Sadar hospital morgue for autopsy. The reason behind the suicide could not be known immediately.

Body recovered

Police recovered the body of a young girl from a tobacco field at Bilnalai village in Ghior upazila on Sunday. Victim Shilpi Akter, 18, was a worker at a private clinic at Savar. She hailed from Brahmangaon village of the upazila. Locals said, they noticed the body of the girl at the tobacco field in the morning and informed police. Police rushed to the spot and sent the body that bore injury marks, to Sadar hospital morgue for autopsy.

International

Exchange of fire across India-Pakistan border

Pakistani troops shot dead an Indian border guard yesterday during an exchange of fire across the de facto border that splits Kashmir between the two nuclear-armed rivals, Indian officials said.

Zardari's daughter may seek reopening of Bhutto 'hanging' case

Pakistan Law Minister Babar Awan has said that Asifa Bhutto Zardari, daughter of President Asif Ali Zardari, may file a writ petition for reopening the Zulfikar Ali Bhutto 'death by hanging' case in the Supreme Court.

Indo-Pak peace confce begins in Delhi

At the 3-day conference 'A Road Map Towards Peace' mooted by peace activists of India and Pakistan, commenced on Sunday nin New Delhi.

Tamils emerge as kingmakers

For decades, Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels fought for an independent ethnic homeland. In May they were defeated, but observers say Tamil voters could now be key to who becomes the next president.

UAE to host world talks on Afghanistan, Pakistan

Delegations from 40 nations will meet in Abu Dhabi today to discuss the problems faced by troubled Afghanistan and Pakistan, an Emirati official said on Monday.

Thousands of Tigers 'won't be freed soon'

Thousands of Tamil Tiger suspects in government custody will not be released soon, a Sri Lankan minister has said.

Lanka court frees Tamil editor on bail

Sri Lanka's court of appeal on Monday freed on bail a Tamil editor whose 20-year prison sentence last year for supporting "terrorism" drew international criticism, a court official said.

US drones produce loads of intelligence

US remote-controlled spy drones used over Afghanistan and Iraq are producing so much video intelligence that analysts are finding it more and more difficult to keep up with it, The New York Times reported late Sunday.

India test fires air-to-air Astra missile

India Monday successfully test fired the Astra air-to-air missile from its Integrated Test Range (ITR) off the Orissa coast.

Agriculture radio likely to start in Barguna in Feb

A community radio station is likely to be set up in Barguna's remote area in February to empower nearly three lakh rural people.

Scientists getting closer to resurrect extinct animals

New research indicates that scientists are making remarkable advances that are bringing us closer than ever before to the possibility of resurrecting extinct species.

N Korea calls for peace talks, end to sanctions

North Korea proposed concluding a peace treaty to formally end the Korean War this year, saying yesterday that improved ties with the United States and an end to sanctions are conditions for resuming international negotiations aimed at ridding it of nuclear weapons.

Europe counts the cost of big freeze

Europe battled Monday to recover from Arctic cold amid warnings over the cost of the weeks long freeze that has caused the cancellation of thousands of flights and train journeys and been blamed for dozens of deaths.

Cyprus' leaders launch intensified talks

Rival leaders on the divided island of Cyprus launched a round of intensified talks yesterday aimed at paving the way for a peace deal this year.

40,000 anti-Qaeda fighters in Iraq integrated: US

More than one third of 118,000 anti-al-Qaeda militiamen have been integrated into Iraqi institutions as part of national reconciliation efforts, a senior US general said on Sunday.

'Sarah Palin thought Saddam was behind 9/11'

Sarah Palin thought Saddam Hussein was behind 9/11, authors of a tell-all book about 2008 US presidential election claim.

Qaeda offers exchange for French hostage

al-Qaeda's North Africa offshoot demanded the release of four of its members in exchange for a French hostage it kidnapped two months ago, in a message posted on militant Websites yesterday that gave a 20 day deadline.

Loss of species is 'wake up call' to humanity: UN

The United Nations has warned that the on-going loss of species should be considered as a wake-up call, as it affects human well-being around the world.

Egypt discovers new workers' tombs near pyramids

Egyptian archaeologists discovered a new set of tombs belonging to the workers who built the great pyramids, shedding light on how the labourers lived and ate more than 4,000 years ago, the antiquities department said Sunday.

24 million Chinese men face lonely future

More than 24 million Chinese men of marrying age could find themselves without spouses in 2020, state media reported yesterday, citing a study that blamed sex-specific abortions as a major factor.

Arts & Entertainment

A display of innovative technique and texture

The delicate lines, tones, textures and the fine monochromatic balance give a distinct look to the works of Fokhrul Islam, one of the noteworthy painters of the country.

Hitting the right notes in Rome

Rome, it is said is the city of dreams. It has attracted artistes, painters, musicians for untold ages. As we walked past the Coliseum we couldn't fail noticing the imposing architecture and grandeur, the legacy of master architects, from all those centuries ago.

Unleashing creativity

Lekhak Parishad a platform of Dinajpur- based writers recently organised a creative literature writing and reading competition. The day long colourful programme ended with a prize distribution function and cultural programme. The competition was organised at the Dinajpur Zila School Auditorium.

Homage to filmmaker Shibli Sadik

He was one of the most successful filmmakers of contemporary Bangladeshi film industry. The 1980s and early '90s were marked with his blockbusters including "Tin Konya", "Bheja Chokh" and "Neetibaan". Filmmaker Shibli Sadik passed away on January 7 at Central Hospital in the city due to several age related ailments. He was 69. Sadik left a son and a daughter.

“I don’t want to make depressing films for my fans” -- Salman Khan

Salman Khan gave one of the biggest Bollywood hits of 2009 with "Wanted". It almost made the audience forget his next two duds -- "Main Aurr Mrs Khanna" and "London Dreams".

Fifth Citycell-Channel i Music Awards to be held today

The 5th Citycell-Channel i Music Awards is being held today. The award giving ceremony will be held at Winter Garden, Dhaka Sheraton Hotel. The announcement was made at a press conference at the Tejgaon office of Channel i, yesterday.

Art exhibition at Kamranga

A group art exhibition began from January 8, 2010 at the art gallery Kamranga in Gulshan 2; which will run till January 22, says a press release. The exhibition includes the works of three contemporary artists, namely Mumana I Khan, Shahnaz Sultana and Aowlad Hossain. Professor Syed Azizul Huq and Professor Nisar Hossain of University of Dhaka graced the occasion as chief guest and guest of honour respectively.

Cultural programme in Pabna

To celebrate the New Year, Suchona Shangeet Academy, a leading cultural organisation of the district held a discussion and cultural show with a vow to work towards a good future. The event was held at the Pabna Town Hall premises on Saturday night.

Magazine “Kishore Shamoyiki” launched

“Kishore Shamoyiki”, a monthly magazine for youth and adolescents, was launched recently.

OP-ED

Finance: good job so far

HE is widely acknowledged as a fine human being, and is respected for his articulateness too. He is recognised for his administrative skills, knowledge, and intellect, and for creating space for others, specially his lieutenants. He did not fail us while setting the economic direction in his first budget speech for FY2009-10 and tried his best to guide the nation, keeping in mind the election pledges and the vision of creating a middle-income Bangladesh by 2021.

Reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide to 350ppm

THOUGH unchecked warming could end global prosperity, money, if matched by action internationally, can reduce emissions radically over the next half century, contain warming and lead to a post-carbon world. Climate change is a natural phenomenon and an effect of rising global temperature leading to changes in cloud cover and precipitation, especially overland, melting of icecaps and glaciers, reduction of snow cover, increases in ocean temperatures due to sea water absorbing heat, and concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

Remembering the judge -- Murshed

BACK in 1968, Field Marshal Mohammad Ayub Khan was in terrific form. He celebrated the tenth year of his seizure of power through a frenzy of exhibitions as well as exhibitionism. The moment was one of intense fulfillment for the man, for he was the only ruler in the history of Pakistan till that point in that country's history, to have survived in office for a decade. And, appropriately enough, the celebrations that deluged the country were given official sanction as the decade of development.

Science & Life

Growing crops without soil

HYDROPONICS is a modern method of crop production. In this method, crop is grown not on soil, but artificially in a protective environment using mineral nutrient solutions in water. In the 19th century, scientists discovered that plants absorb essential mineral nutrients as inorganic ion in water. Soil acts as a mineral nutrient reservoir. When water is added to the soil, it dissolves the mineral nutrients. Those are absorbed by plant roots. Soil is no longer required for plant growth when mineral nutrients are properly introduced into plant's water supply artificially.

Fish disciplines fish for 'bad manners'!

MALES of a certain fish species will punish females when they misbehave while eating, a new study finds.

An undying soul dedicated to science

Born at Netrokona in September 1916, Dr. Innas Ali was awarded the M.Sc. degree in Physics from the University of Dhaka in 1940 and stood First class First in the Electronics group. His research subject in M.Sc. course was 'Atmospherics at Dacca in mid and high frequency channels'. He carried out research in Ph.D. course on Nuclear Physics, electron design and construction of the 25 MeV electron accelerator, the Micotron and studies in nuclear structure under the supervision of Professor (Sir) H.S.W. Massey, F. R. S., the then Chairman of the Department.

Drink from Bel

WE are more or less familiar with 'Bel shoot,' a herbal medicine, for curing constipation and other diseases. The green fruit is chopped into thin slices and dried in the sun. The Bel shoot is then soaked overnight in water and its extract is taken as medicine.

Website on heart care

INCIDENCE of heart diseases is increasing every year globally at an exponential rate. It is assumed that 15-20 million people in Bangladesh are affected with some form of heart diseases. With the advent of information technology, it has now become possible to bring management and prevention of heart diseases at your fingertip.

More evolution mystery

FROM bizarre butterfly spots to rainbow-colored lizards to adaptations that allow squirrels and even snakes to "fly," physical innovations in the natural world can be mind-boggling.


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