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News of: Monday, 15th of November, 2010

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Home rush goes haywire

Thousands of people flocked to the city's passenger terminals with uncertainty about their journey back home amid a dawn-to-dusk hartal yesterday, two days before Eid-ul-Azha.

Dhaka, Ankara vow to fight terrorism

Bangladesh and Turkey yesterday renewed pledges to work closely in different international forums to maintain world peace and security as well as combating terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.

Quiet day at Gulshan

After living in a sprawling house within a restricted military zone of Dhaka Cantonment for 38 years, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday spent her first day in a civilian neighbourhood in a Gulshan apartment.

Tougher law for stalkers

The government has decided to amend the Women and Children Repression Prevention Act, 2003 to make sure it is enforced vigorously in fighting stalking.

Woman saves husband, but baby missing

A young housewife in the capital's Shyamoli yesterday foiled an attempt to kidnap her husband, but by then her five-year-old son was gone.

8 power contracts get go-ahead

The Cabinet purchase committee yesterday approved awarding eight contracts to different local and foreign companies to build power plants and generate 1,235 megawatts of power using natural gas and furnace oil.

11 held over 'suicide blasts'

The police detained 11 people yesterday with links to Saturday's bomb blasts at the house of ruling party lawmaker Afaz Uddin at Taragunia in Kushtia.

Stray clashes mark hartal, 300 hurt

The main opposition BNP yesterday observed a dawn to dusk hartal that disrupted normal life across the country and caused sufferings to homebound people ahead of the Eid-ul-Azha.

Hajj today

Hundreds of thousands of Muslims poured yesterday into the camps of Mina from Makkah to perform hajj, the world's largest annual pilgrimage, today.

Sued at home while staying away for hajj

A Jubo Dal leader, who is now in Saudi Arabia to perform hajj, was sued for preventing police from discharging their duties and torching vehicles in front of BNP's Paltan office in the capital on Saturday.

A trip inside the house

It was quite clear that Khaleda Zia left her Dhaka cantonment house hurriedly. Most things except the furniture and food items were packed and ready to be shifted.

Hartal adds to patients' sufferings

Sixteen-year-old China Khatun broke her left leg two months ago in a motorcycle accident. Adding to her sufferings, she displaced her broken leg at her slum house at Ershad Nagar in Tongi early hours yesterday.

Khaleda to retain house if SC orders

Attorney General Mahbubey Alam yesterday said BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia would get her cantonment residence back if the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court (SC) gives verdict in her favour.

Suu Kyi talks about hope, not politics

Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has urged thousands of her supporters not to give up hope, a day after her release from house arrest.

1 killed in 'shootout'

An alleged criminal was killed in a “shootout” between his cohorts and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in Shiddhirganj upazila of Narayanganj early yesterday.

Qaeda denies plot to target Muslim pilgrims

Yemen-based al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula denied on Sunday it would stage any action to coincide with the Muslim haj pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia after a Saudi minister said such an operation could not be ruled out.

Editorial

BNP's hartal

Yesterday's hartal called by the BNP to protest the eviction of Khaleda Zia from her cantonment residence was totally uncalled for. It exhibited a total disregard for public convenience, particularly the millions who travel home for Eid holidays.

Aung San Suu Kyi emerges into freedom

The release of Aung San Suu Kyi from her long confinement is truly a triumph for people who have held faith in democracy not only in Myanmar but also across the world. It is also a tribute to the resilience and determination with which Ms. Suu Kyi has upheld her politics and her values since returning to her country in 1988. That she and her party, the National League for Democracy (NLD) were not allowed to take power after their massive victory at the elections held in 1990 remains a dark chapter in Myanmar's history. Had Ms. Suu Kyi been permitted to form the government, the face of her country would be a whole lot different, and positively too, by now and Myanmar would be playing its due role in the international community. Unfortunately, the people of Myanmar, despite the inspirational leadership provided by Aung San Suu Kyi even in her imprisonment, are yet to see pluralistic politics reshape the image of their country.

Sports

Sunny Dhaka

Underrated all-rounder Elias Sunny played possibly the innings of his life to lift Dhaka as the National Cricket League one-day champions yesterday. Dhaka's hopes were nearly gone but Sunny's effort ensured the three-wicket win against Barisal at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur that happened to be Dhaka's second limited-overs glory in the competition.

Bhajji isn't out yet

Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh frustrated New Zealand with the bat once again, smashing 85 runs off 82 balls on the third day of the second Test on Sunday.

Cricket the only cheer

Tayef Quader's impressive run in men's 8-ball pool singles of the 16th Asian Games ended when the 21-year old went down 7-1 to Kuo Po Cheng of Chinese Taipei in the quarterfinals in Guangzhou yesterday.

ICC Cricket World Cup History

As it was the inaugural edition and international limited overs cricket was just beginning, a lot of records were set in this 1975 World Cup.

No Zim series matches in Ctg?

All five matches of the Tigers' series against Zimbabwe next month could be staged at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.

Siddikur's brilliant rebound

Siddikur Rahman bounced back from a disastrous third round to move to joint 21st position in the fourth round yesterday in the Barclays Open at the Sentosa Course in Singapore yesterday.

China dominate Day 2

South Korean swimming superstar Park Tae-Hwan powered back to his best at the Asian Games on Sunday, but China dominated once again with another 17 gold medals.

Proteas bat ahead

South Africa held the upper hand in the first Test against Pakistan after paceman Morne Morkel grabbed five wickets and off-spinner Johan Botha took three on the third day at the Dubai Stadium on Sunday.

SL aim to keep it up

Sri Lanka are determined to maintain their Test supremacy over the West Indies in their three-match series starting in Galle on Monday, skipper Kumar Sangakkara said Sunday.

Monfils shocks Federer

Gael Monfils stunned top seed Roger Federer 7-6, 6-7, 7-6 to reach the ATP Paris Masters final on Saturday, after Robin Soderling had edged Michael Llodra in an equally epic tie.

Big win for Pakistan

Off-spinner Sana Gulzar took four wickets for just eight runs as Pakistan crushed Thailand in their Asian Games women's cricket opener on Sunday.

Messi sinks Villarreal

Barcelona forward Leo Messi scored a brace as the champions beat Villarreal 3-1 in an exhibition of attacking football from both sides on Saturday.

Del Piero still unsure of retirement

Veteran Juventus striker Alessandro Del Piero, whose contract with the Italian side expires in 2011, said Sunday he still does not know when he will retire from football in an interview published in Spain.

Mainz on the slide

Mainz 05's title aspirations suffered a serious set-back on Saturday when they were beaten 1-0 at home by ten-man Hanover as Dortmund opened a seven-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga.

Man Utd leave it late

Manchester United staged a dramatic fightback with two goals in the last nine minutes to salvage a 2-2 draw at Aston Villa on Saturday.

Penalty frustrates Juve

Juventus and Roma did little to boost their respective championship hopes as they battled to a 1-1 draw at Turin's Olympic stadium on Saturday.

McClaren under severe pressure

Wolfsburg's general manager Dieter Hoeness said Sunday he still has confidence in former England coach Steve McClaren, despite the Bundesliga side being held 2-2 by Schalke after throwing away a 2-0 lead.

Lahm still wants to play abroad

Germany defender Philipp Lahm said Sunday he wants to one day play abroad, despite having signed a contract with Bayern Munich until 2016.

England name experimental squad

Squad

Goalkeepers:
Ben Foster (Birmingham City), Robert Green (West Ham United), Joe Hart (Manchester City)

Ganguly wows Salt Lake with his feet

If you saw Sourav Ganguly walking out onto the pitch of the Salt Lake Stadium, you would be forgiven for thinking he had turned up at the wrong ground in Kolkata. But he did in fact play his first professional football match on Friday for Mohammedan Sporting Club against East Bengal in the Mohammedan Sporting Platinum Jubilee Cup.

Business

Leather sector rides out fears

Tanners and leather goods makers yesterday ruled out any drastic fall in cattle sales during this week's Eid-ul-Azha with the anthrax-scare at bay.

Turkey eyes $3b trade with Bangladesh

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said bilateral trade between Turkey and Bangladesh will cross the $3 billion mark by 2015.

Hartal disrupts business

The nationwide hartal called by the opposition dealt a blow to industrial and financial sectors yesterday, and brought economic activities to a near-standstill, just a couple of days before Eid.

Stock index rises to all-time high

Dhaka stocks continued their bull run for four straight sessions, unaffected by yesterday's countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal.

BB appoints observer to Islami Bank

The central bank yesterday appointed an observer to Islami Bank Bangladesh to identify any suspicious transactions and activities of the bank foundation.

Training: Shake things up

Industrialists often bemoan that they just cannot find workforce with appropriate skills for all the money they spend on advertising. The ones who respond with applications invariably have the same story: “I don't have the skills but will learn.” That kind of confidence is admirable. They even have SSC or HSC certification. But employers need persons who have a skill that can be applied to the work environment after just a brief orientation to the company and its work environment.

Apec trumpets free trade

Leaders of the world's most powerful economies went home yesterday after four days of summitry that left them little closer to agreeing how best to rebalance the global economy and stave off fresh crises.

Main points of Apec summit declaration

Here are the main points from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation's joint declaration.

Govt housing projects in two districts in progress

The government is developing housing projects at Shibchar upazila in Madaripur district and Manikdi mouza in Gopalganj district for the middle and low-income group people.

Massive spice farming target set for Rangpur

The government has set a massive target of producing 23.23 lakh tonnes of various spices on 4.66 lakh hectares of land and taken adequate steps to make the programme a success.

Aarong to buy direct from Tipra community

Aarong and Tipra Community Producers Group signed a deal to create a direct value chain, where the local community will directly send products to the chain store by eliminating middlemen.

Rawhides purchase rates fixed

Tanners will buy rawhide of cows at Tk 55-60 a square feet in Dhaka and Tk 45-50 outside the capital.

Energy suppliers join hands

A body consisting of 50 solar and renewable energy supplier organisations was formed on Thursday to solve the country's energy crisis.

Canada to unveil investment guidelines post Potash

Canada, which stunned markets by blocking a bid from Anglo-Australian firm BHP Billiton for Potash Corp, will soon reveal what kind of foreign investment it finds acceptable, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Sunday.

India sets sights on double-digit growth

India aims to quickly attain double-digit growth as it pulls out of the worst global financial slump in decades, the finance minister told an international business audience Sunday.

Berlusconi faces crunch week amid economic worries

The expected resignation of four ministers from Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's government on Monday will likely signal only the formal start of a lengthy crisis in a tough economic situation.

Madoff's watch sells for $67,500

Imprisoned Wall Street conman Bernard Madoff's luxury watches, piano and other ill-gotten gains sold for high prices at auction Saturday, along with his more mundane possessions including socks.

Delay possible to Greek debt repayments: Papandreou

Greek Prime Minister Georges Papandreou said he did not rule out asking for more time to pay back the 110 billion euro loan granted Greece in May by the EU and IMF in an interview published Sunday.

Corporate Briefs

POWER GRID COMPANY OF BANGLADESH
The company has recommended 15 percent stock and 10 percent cash dividend, as of June 30. The AGM will be held on February 5, 2011 (at 10:30am) at Bashundhara Convention Centre in Dhaka. The record date is December 5. The company has also reported net asset value of Tk 16,049.72 million, earnings per share of Tk 44.11 and net operating cash flow per share of Tk 68.10, as of June 30. There was no price limit on the trading of shares yesterday following its corporate declaration.

Metropolitan

PM iterates stance to root out corruption

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday reiterated her government's strong stance to crack down on nexus between bribery and corruption while providing services to the people.

City cattle markets likely to see rush today

Cattle markets in the capital are yet to draw customers even though only two days are left for Eid-ul-Azha, one of the main festivals of Muslim Ummah.

Road accidents kill 9

At least nine people were killed and 34 others injured in separate road accidents in Sylhet, Munshiganj, Gazipur and Savar yesterday.

Dhaka, Ankara ink deal on healthcare

Bangladesh and Turkey signed an agreement on healthcare and a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on exchange of land for setting up embassy offices in the two countries.

Turkish support to enhance

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday assured that Turkish cooperation with Bangladesh would rapidly increase, emphasising on education and cultural affairs.

Turkish PM pays tributes to martyrs

The visiting Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday paid rich tributes to the martyrs of the War of Liberation by placing wreath at the National Memorial in Savar.

'Cantt house was centre of conspiracy'

State Minister for Home Affairs Shamsul Hoque Tuku yesterday alleged that the cantonment residence of Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Khaleda Zia was a centre of conspiracy against democracy.

Air chief leaves for China

Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal SM Ziaur Rahman yesterday left Dhaka for China to attend the “8th China International Aerospace Exhibition”.

Banks asked to keep open after working hours today

Bangladesh Bank (BB) asked all concerned banks to keep open after its scheduled working hours today for smooth payment of salaries and allowances for garment workers ahead of the holy Eid-ul-Azha.

PM likely to visit Moscow, Brussels, Tokyo from Nov 21

Prime Minister (PM) Sheikh Hasina is likely to leave Dhaka on a 12-day visit to Russia, Belgium and Japan on November 21.

Hearing on charge framing adjourned till Jan 30

A Dhaka court yesterday adjourned till January 30 the hearing on charge framing against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, her elder son Tarique Rahman and four others in connection with Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case.

'Quality of edn in Bangladesh good'

Standard of education in Bangladesh is incredibly good and students are the best than those of other countries.

BSCNEP conference held

The first national conference of the Bangladesh Society for Clinical Neuro-Electrop-hysiologists (BSCNEP) was held at the Sasakawa Auditorium, ICDDR,B in the city on Friday.

Chinese hospital ship leaves Ctg today

'Peace Ark', a hospital ship of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA), will leave Chittagong Sea Port for China today after concluding its healthcare services to the armed forces and general people.

Korean varsity team meets DU VC

Prof Dr Jin Ho Choi, Dean, Graduate School and Professor of Sociology, Ajou University, Suwon Korea, called on Dhaka University (DU) Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr AAMS Arefin Siddique at his office yesterday.

Justice BK Das Press Council chairman

Justice BK Das joined Bangladesh Press Council chairman on November 10, says a press release.

Bombs hurled at city cattle market, 4 hurt

Some unidentified people hurled bombs at Nayabazar cattle market in the city last night, leaving four people wounded.

National

Extortion a worry for Jessore people ahead of Eid

Frequent incidents of extortion ahead of Eid have become a cause of concern for Jhenidah townspeople.

Clashes, arrests mark hartal

At least 210 people were injured in clashes involving BNP activists, law enforcers and ruling party men while police detained over 138 pickets during hartal in different districts yesterday, report our correspondents.

Sidr still haunts the coastal people

Today is November 15. On this day in 2007, super cyclone Sidr left a trail of devastations in the southern districts.

3 JMB men freed on bail in Satkhira held again

Three cadres of outlawed Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), released from Satkhira jail on November 11 after High Court (HC) granted them bail, were arrested again at the jail gate the same day.

374 rare turtles seized from Khulna shops

A team of The Wildlife Management and Nature Conservation department seized 374 turtles of three rare species from two shops at Jilerdanga and Koiya bazars under Dumuria upazila in Khulna district on Saturday afternoon.

4 members of 'Kalemar Dal' arrested in Gopalganj

Detective Branch of police arrested four suspected members of Islamic militant outfit Kalemar Dal from a mosque of the city on Saturday night.

'Punish stalkers for torture on daughter, mother'

A human chain was formed in the town yesterday noon to protest alleged torture on a school girl and her mother by stalkers at Aloha village under Sadar upazila.

9 outlaws held in 3 days in Pabna

Two more outlaws were arrested in the district on Saturday night raising the total to nine in three days since Thursday.

Kathin Chibar Daan in Khagrachhari

The Buddhist community celebrated Kathin Chibar Daan (yellow robes offering ceremony) at Yongdo Buddhist Monastery here on Saturday.

Pirates loot 2 boats in the Jamuna

Pirates looted valuables worth Tk. 30 lakh from passengers of two boats in Jamuna River in Sadar upazila here on Saturday evening.

Letters

Death of trees

In the front page of The Daily Star on 12th November 2010 a report titled “Trees dying in Dhaka” was published. It says till now experts are clueless behind the reasons of death or decay of trees. More than 550 trees have died in the last four years in the city!

Price hike of essentials

In the last general election, the ruling Awami League had pledged to keep the prices of essentials within the reach of the common man. But we notice with great frustration that the govt. has miserably failed to control the rise in the prices of all the essential commodities.

Drug addiction

A study of the Department of Narcotic Control of Bangladesh reveals that nearly 40% students between the age of 15 and 30 in our educational institutions have taken to different forms of drug and other crimes. According to the study, both female and male medical students are more addicted to drugs as they have easy access to pharmaceutical products. The study also unveils that most of the addicted students justify their addictions with depression as they live in hostels having limited opportunity for recreation and too stressed with their studies.

Toxic wastes and chemicals

The hazardous wastes of Hazaribagh tanneries are now flowing through the city drains polluting most of the areas of Rayerbazar. The toxic effluent having a bitter smell is not only polluting the surrounding areas but also posing a serious health hazard to the people living in the adjoining areas. A lot has been written in the newspapers. Television channels also gave coverage highlighting the peril of the toxic wastes and other chemicals that are being used in the tanneries. The successive governments in the face of protests by the locals took a massive task of rehabilitating the tannery industry elsewhere with all modern amenities.

The tilting edifice

Another building built on the foundation of corruption is tilting, teetering on the brink of falling on the adjacen buildings. It seemed to me that it is not the building but the edifice of our nation, achieved through so much sacrifice and blood, is tilting dangerously, thanks to the ruling party's wanton disregard for the national security, safety, sanity and solidarity.

Certificate of appreciation

There is something dreadfully wrong with this society when we can't even say 'thank you' appropriately to those who deserve it. I'm referring to the greatest achievement this country has witnessed since its birth the conquest of Mount Everest by Musa Ibrahim. An outstanding achievement if ever there was one. It won the hearts of Bangladeshis globally.

Motijheel CA

Motijheel commercial area is a business hub of the capital city of Dhaka.

Prescribing antibiotics

A front page lead article on the subject, was published in a local English daily on 8th November, about the easy across-the-counter sale of any drug, which, as reported, was not legal!

A father of 11 children!

It is reported in the daily Shamakal that a family planning inspector in Cox's Bazar is a proud father of 11 children and yet his wife is carrying the 12th child. If the report is true, then in my opinion the inspector has committed a crime.

What would have happened?

It is gathered from the media news that during the recent bilateral talks between the US President Barack Obama and the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi, Indian Officials had blocked three US reporters from entering the venue to cover the meeting. It was earlier agreed that eight American reporters would be allowed to cover the meeting. This had seriously angered US President's Press Secretary Robert Gibbs who strongly protested the Indian Officials' decision by threatening to pull Obama out of the talks if all the eight US reporters were not allowed to cover the bilateral talks. Finding no other way, the Indian official eventually allowed the full American press delegation together with many other Indian reporters to cover the event.

Eye medicine

The letter published on the above subject in The Daily Star very clearly stated the problems faced by the glaucoma eye patients for procuring the imported medicines at a very high cost from the local market. We are a poor nation and the purchasing power of our people is very limited. Most of the earnings of our people are spent for food and shelter. Therefore, if someone gets sick, then they have to borrow money for the treatment.

Killings by BSF

The BSF continues to kill the poor Bangladeshis at their own free will. This time again two cattle traders have been killed as reported in your esteemed daily. Has anyone ever heard of a drug peddler being killed by the BSF? At least I have not. It does not mean that the drugs do not come from India. As a matter of fact, all most all the drugs used by the addicts of Bangladesh are made in India. So why does not a drug peddler get killed by the BSF? The answer is very simple, the neighbouring giant does not want so, for reasons best known to them. I am rather sure their intention is definitely not good. That is the reason why only the poor Bangladeshi cattle traders and farmers get killed every now and then.

International

US offers Israel incentive plan for settlement freeze

The US has offered Israel a package of incentives in exchange for a settlement construction freeze in the West Bank, diplomatic sources say.

Extortion a worry for Jessore people ahead of Eid

Frequent incidents of extortion ahead of Eid have become a cause of concern for Jhenidah townspeople.

Sarkozy names new govt hours after mass resignation

France's President Nicolas Sarkozy was choosing a new cabinet line-up, hoping to reinvigorate his government and set the stage for his undeclared 2012 re-election campaign.

Berlusconi seeks confidence vote

Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi pledged on Saturday to put his government to a make-or-break confidence vote to see if his weakened coalition still has enough support in Parliament to survive.

Suu Kyi freed, but future uncertain

The figurehead of Myanmar's fight against dictatorship, Aung San Suu Kyi, was freed from house arrest on Saturday, a move seen an attempt by the military junta to gain some credit for its much-criticised political process.

Report cautions Obama on high cost of Afghan war

An independent task force cautioned President Barack Obama on Friday about the high cost of the Afghanistan war and said he should consider a narrow military mission if his December review finds the current strategy is not working.

Foreign influence behind Iraq's power-sharing pact: Analysts

Iraq's power-sharing deal, hailed as a sign of its factions coming together, is more a result of foreign powers' influence and was pushed in particular by the United States and Iran, analysts say.

Qaeda denies plot to target Muslim pilgrims

Yemen-based al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula denied on Sunday it would stage any action to coincide with the Muslim haj pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia after a Saudi minister said such an operation could not be ruled out.

Karzai: US should reduce military operations

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said that the United States must reduce the visibility and intensity of its military operations in Afghanistan, The Washington Post reported.

Obama to push for START in 'lame duck' Congress

President Barack Obama said yesterday he would push hard to get the US congress to approve a new START weapons treaty with Russia and stressed the former Cold War foes were now cooperating closely on key issues.

Greeks vote under threat of more austerity

Greeks vote in a local election run-off yesterday which could further complicate Prime Minister George Papandreou's drive to meet tough deficit targets agreed in exchange for a 110 billion euro rescue from the EU and IMF.

West cannot defeat Qaeda

The West can only contain not defeat militant groups such as al-Qaeda, the head of the UK's armed forces has said.

Indian PMO website to have details of ministers' assets

In the midst of political heat over scams, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has decided to make public assets and liabilities of his ministerial colleagues.

Arts & Entertainment

Those were the days

Eid is a fun day for children. As Eid-ul-Azha knocks on the door, several celebrities shared their childhood memories of this festival with The Daily Star. Here's what they had to say:

Doobshatar

Impress Telefilm Ltd premiered its 61st production “Doobshatar” on November 13. The event was held at the Channel i centre in Tejgaon, Dhaka. The film, directed by Nurul Alam Atiq, follows a young middleclass woman and the predicaments she faces in the society.

Fundraiser for Chhayanaut teacher Bipul Bhattacharya

To raise funds for the ailing singer Bipul Bhattacharya, cultural organisation and music school Chhayanaut arranged a special musical programme at the main auditorium of Chhayanaut Shangskriti Bhaban in Dhanmondi, Dhaka on November 13.

“The Simpsons” forever!

Mega-popular, award-winning cartoon “The Simpsons” is to return for its 23rd series, Fox Television has announced.

Hanif Sanket’s Eid offerings

Like every Eid, popular TV personality Hanif Sanket has special programmes on the occasion for the viewers.

US and Indian filmmakers sign Hollywood-Bollywood deal

The world's two leading movie industries have signed a pact to strengthen production, distribution and commercial ties.

Handloom fair in Mymensingh

A month-long handloom and handicrafts fair at the premises of District Mohila Krira Shangstha, in town, concludes on November 16, a day before Eid-ul-Azha.

OP-ED

The eviction and the hartal

Was this haste necessary? If it was a purely legal issue between the opposition leader Begum Khaleda Zia and the Cantonment Board, then there was no need for the ruling party to make any comment on the issue from the beginning. Sadly, the people's reading of the entire development over Khaleda Zia's Cantonment residence is quite different. Leaders of the ruling Awami League (AL) have been on various occasions in the habit of attacking the opposition leader on the issue. At the AL-organised political gatherings the issue has come up again and again. So, it would be naïve to think that the people at large will like to look at Khaleda Zia's eviction from her Cantonment house as purely a matter of legal battle between Khaleda Zia as an individual and the plaintiff, the Cantonment Board. On the contrary, the popular perception of what happened on November 13 at the Cantonment residence of the opposition leader will be seen as a nasty outcome of politics of hatred between the two major political parties of the country.

Welfare of migrant workers

Remittances from Bangladeshi migrants have been growing rapidly over the past decade and a half, contributing significantly to economic growth and substantially improving the nation's balance of payments position. However, the recent global recession has caused dramatic losses in employment opportunities for Bangladeshi migrants, not only in the form of reduced job availability but also in the form of massive layoffs among the current labour force. While remittances increased until 2009, the drastically lower numbers of new migrants has already resulted in reduced remittances during the first months of 2010.

The Korean miracle

As far as miracle stories of growth go, few can elicit as much wonder and admiration as the Korean one. More specifically, the story of the rise and rise, over the last three decades, of South Korea, a country of rare beauty and absolute sophistication nestled on the southern tip of the Korean Peninsula.



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