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They just disappear

It has been a month since Shamsher Mollah went missing during the clashes between villagers and law enforcers in Rupganj over purchase of land for an army housing project.

Highways unsafe for poor policing

A highway policeman with almost no logistics has to keep vigil on average over a 12-kilometre highway, meaning major parts of the 11,806-kilometre roads always remain out of law enforcers' watch.

BNP worried over party strength

Even though it is quite vocal about waging a tough anti-government movement, BNP remains doubtful about its organisational capabilities which suffered a lot after the 1/11 changeover and the defeat in the last national polls.

PM begins 3-nation visit today

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today begins her tri-nation visit to Russia, Belgium and Japan for 12 days.

4 killed in cylinder explosion

Four of a family, three of them children, were burnt alive when a gas cylinder of a CNG-run microbus exploded on Dhaka-Chittagong highway in Gazaria upazila of Munshiganj yesterday.

Mir Shawkat no more

Veteran freedom fighter and sector commander of the Liberation War, Lt Gen (retd) Mir Shawkat Ali, Bir Uttam, died at his Gulshan residence yesterday evening.

Four-lane scheme delayed by a year

Launching of the construction works to upgrade Dhaka-Chittagong highway would take more time although 11 months since the signing of the job contract have already been passed over consultancy glitch.

A risky ride to Ctg

A speeding bus from the opposite direction overtook a CNG-run auto-rickshaw and whizzed past the bus these correspondents were travelling by, missing a collision by a whisker.

Indian premier pledges action

India's premier defended himself against accusations of inaction in a 40-billion-dollar telecoms scandal as he promised anyone found guilty in the case would be punished.

NATO agrees on missile defence system

US President Barack Obama and his NATO allies agreed Friday to set up a new anti-missile defence shield across Europe and invite Russia to take part.

Girl kills herself after parents assaulted

Amidst nationwide fight against stalking, a 13-year-old girl commits suicide following her parents' assault by the stalker's family when they protested against the stalker's forceful entrance into their house at Dinajpur on Friday.

Police hunt for five BNP men

Police have yet to know the motive behind Thursday night's cracker explosions on the premises of the chief justice's official residence in the capital's Kakrail area.

Saving tigers

Leaders of a few countries, where tigers are still found in the wild, have gathered for a make or break summit in Russia to save the critically endangered animal and thrash out a global recovery plan to double its numbers by 2022.

Transit, water sharing to top agenda

Alongside discussions with India, Bangladesh will also hold talks with Nepal and Bhutan on transit, transhipment, water sharing and other related issues.

Armed Forces Day today

The Armed Forces Day will be observed today with due solemnity and festivity.

It's all for an egg

One person was killed and about 50 others were injured in a clash between two groups of villagers over a trifling matter at Kalapaharia under Araihazar upazila of Narayanganj yesterday.

Camilla could be queen

Britain's Prince Charles has for the first time said his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, could become queen if he were to succeed his mother, Queen Elizabeth II.

Notice

Today's issue of The Daily Star contains a one-page supplement on the proceedings of a policy dialogue on "Extreme Poverty Reduction: Challenges and Possibilities," organised jointly by BRAC and The Daily Star on October 16, 2010. See page 13.

Editorial

Cocktail blast case handling

Immediately after the explosion in the Chief Justice's official residence compound on Thursday night, Home Minister Shahara Khatun made what we believe to have been not only a premature, but also an utterly irresponsible remark. To a suggestion if she thought the attack was in anyway related to 'eviction' of the opposition leader from Mainul Hossain Road residence, the minister apparently took the bait saying, "in that case, the attacker wouldn't escape punishment".

A planet circling a dying star

Creation never ceases. And however much one would like to think that the birth and growth of the universe occurred at a particular point in time, that indeed the stars and the planets have taken a certain form and substance and have settled in their ordained places, there is yet a lot that keeps happening beyond the world we inhabit. News that a planet has been glimpsed on the outer rim of the Milky Way, one that appears to be orbiting a dying star, is one of those reports from outer space that keep rekindling our interest in what has regularly been happening along the cosmic patterns and through varied activities taking place all over the universe.

Sports

Milon stays in hunt

Emdadul Haq Milon made it a step closer to the quarterfinals of archery's individual competition in the Asian Games at the Aoti Archery Range in Guangzhou yesterday.

Men's cricket from today

Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh are braced for an emotion-fuelled gold medal assault by Afghanistan as the Asian Games men's cricket tournament starts on Sunday.

A thriller

The 1979 World Cup was not an advert for close finishes, unlike its predecessor which had two cliff-hangers, both involving the eventual champions West Indies. Here West Indies swept through the tournament in an even more dominant fashion than in 1975. England, the other team in the final, had to fight tooth and nail to put one over the Kiwis in the semifinal at Old Trafford on June 20.

Bowlers put India atop

India rode on some fine performances by their under-fire bowlers to restrict New Zealand to 148-7 and seize early control of the series-deciding third and final Test on Saturday.

Siddikur going great guns

Siddikur Rahman's fine form at the UBS Hong Kong Open followed into third round when he leaped from 36th place to joint 19th (placed 26th) with a score of third round of 6 under par. His aggregate score is now 8-under par 202 after three rounds with a third round 6-under par.

Sania in semis

Peng Shuai reached the Asian Games last four on Saturday by defeating Taiwan's Chang Kai-chen in a clash plagued by 89 unforced errors which the Chinese star blamed on the bright sunshine.

Tigers go to Ctg today

The national cricketers get back to business after the Eid holidays today as they move to Chittagong to prepare for next month's five-match one-day series against Zimbabwe.

2015 World C'ships in Beijing

World athletics governing body IAAF announced on Saturday that Beijing has been selected to host the 2015 World Championships.

Axe falls on Hauritz

Off-spinner Nathan Hauritz was the major omission when the Australian squad was reduced to 13 players on Saturday for next week's opening Ashes Test against England in Brisbane.

Branson as air hostess?

"Now it's time for Richard to start preparing himself for some hard work and the likely pain of a pair of high heels." Was the reflection of an elated Lotus F1 boss Tony Fernandes revealing a bet with Virgin's Richard Branson, under which whoever's Formula One team came lower in the final standings would dress up as a female flight attendant on the other's airline.

De Villiers, Kallis turn up heat

AB de Villiers and Jacques Kallis rescued South Africa with sparkling hundreds to guide them to 311-5 at close on the first day of the second Test against Pakistan on Saturday.

India in hockey semis by beating Pakistan

Sandeep Singh scored two goals as India stormed into the Asian Games men's hockey semifinals with a 3-2 win over Pakistan Saturday, their fourth success over their arch-rivals this year.

English warm up well

England head into next week's Ashes opener brimming with confidence after a comprehensive 10-wicket victory over Australia A on the fourth and final day of their tour match at Bellerive Oval on Saturday.

Shillingford reported

West Indies spinner Shane Shillingford has been reported for a suspected illegal bowling action following the opening Test against Sri Lanka, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Saturday.

Spurs pull off a stunner

Tottenham defender Younes Kaboul snatched a late winner to earn a thrilling 3-2 derby victory over Arsenal after his side were two goals down at half-time on Saturday.

Diego's favourite Jose

Former Argentina coach Diego Maradona on Friday backed Jose Mourinho to end Real Madrid's recent Champions League hoodoo and become the first coach to win the competition with three different clubs.

FA compensates L'pool

The Football Association have moved to cool the club v country row over Steven Gerrard by compensating Liverpool for the midfielder's hamstring injury.

WC bids suffer from tennis, rugby clashes

England and Australia's bids to host football's World Cup in 2018 and 2022 may suffer from clashes with local sports events, including tennis at Wimbledon and Australian rugby league, FIFA indicated.

Milan coy on Ronaldinho

AC Milan refused to comment on reports in the Italian press that Brazilian forward Ronaldinho was spotted out and about at 2am in Milan.

Bayern after Criscito

Bayern Munich are considering making an approach for Genoa's Italian international defender Domenico Criscito in the January transfer window, according to German daily Bild on Saturday.

Van Gaal slates Ribery

Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal sharply criticised winger Franck Ribery on Friday, saying the Frenchman needed to work harder on his comeback after his seven-week injury lay-off.

Ballack tired of waiting

German international Michael Ballack has expressed his frustration at having to wait to make his comeback from an injury that has kept him out of action since September.

Cassano meeting date set

Sampdoria's bid to scrap the contract of controversial playmaker Antonio Cassano will be examined by a panel on December 3, the Italian Football League announced on Saturday.

Business

Rawhide battle heats up

Rawhide prices have gone up after a group of 'seasonal traders' moved to raise the prices higher than the rates set by tanners and hide and skin merchants.

Bad loans decline in July-Sept

The loans that turned bad during July-September have marked a decline in percentage of the outstanding amount but showed a slight rise in volume.

Airtel rebranded

With an eye on the youth in Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka, India's top mobile phone operator Bharti Airtel has rebranded itself as 'airtel' and launched a global campaign that will rebrand its operations across the world.

SEC rewrites listing rules for energy firms

The stockmarket regulator has eased some IPO rules under the book building method to encourage infrastructure, power and fuel companies to go public.

Ireland clinging to cherished corporation tax rate

A major stumbling block in talks between the EU, the IMF and Dublin is Ireland's 12.5 percent corporation tax rate, which has helped attract international companies and spark growth.

Steps that pay off

The column is part of a lecture presented by Dr Atiur Rahman at the Legatum Centre for Development and Entrepreneurship, Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, USA, on October 12.

Irish crisis forces eurozone back to basics

Ireland's debt crisis, following hard on the heels of a massive Greek bailout and threatening to suck in other countries, is forcing a nervous eurozone to look again at the basics of how it should be run.

Wall Street eyes happy Black Friday amid global woes

Wall Street enters the holiday shopping season next week with great hope as concerns over Europe's sovereign debt and China's roaring inflation continue to weigh on stocks.

Commodity prices drop on eurozone, China fears

Commodity prices slid this week on heightened concerns over European sovereign debt amid a likely bailout for Ireland while Chinese steps to tackle soaring inflation also weighed.

China to boost grain supplies to combat inflation

China will increase grain supplies, open up more land for planting vegetables and crack down on hoarding as the government steps up efforts to combat rising inflation, state media said Saturday.

Rawhide pricey

Wholesale and seasonal hide traders of Patuakhali have purchased rawhide of sacrificial animals at prices higher than the rates fixed this year.

Smugglers upset rawhide market

The rawhide traders of Chittagong have alleged that smugglers bought at least 40,000 pieces of hide during Eid-ul-Azha this year, and fuelled a price war among the traders.

High-profile Japan team to explore investment scope

A high-level Japanese delegation arrived in Dhaka yesterday to explore broader areas of diplomatic and economic cooperation between the two countries.

US Fed chief hits back at critics

US Federal Reserve chief Ben Bernanke Friday hit back at opponents of US monetary policy at an appearance in Germany, one of the fiercest critics of measures to stimulate the weak American economy.

WTO chief warns against currency wars

The head of the World Trade Organization on Friday warned countries against keeping their currencies undervalued to create jobs, saying such policies could spark a return to 1930s-style protectionism.

Global M&A to hit $3 trillion in 2011

Global mergers and acquisitions (M&A) may jump more than a third in 2011 to the highest level since the credit crisis, driven by a big pick-up in real estate and financial services deals, a survey found.

Metropolitan

Sundarbans has 425 species of wildlife

The World Bank (WB) is helping Bangladesh carry out a series of studies to develop a holistic programme for sustainable development of the Sundarbans, the world's single largest mangrove forest.

An attempt to protect Khaleda's house

Pro-Awami League (AL) lawyers yesterday said the Molotov cocktails were hurled into the compound of chief justice to protect Khaleda Zia's cantonment house.

Road crashes kill 2, injure 63

At least two people were killed and 63 others injured in separate road accidents in Madaripur and Bagerhat yesterday.

Bangladesh hopes consensus on climate fund in Cancun, says environment secy

Bangladesh hopes to reach a consensus in the upcoming United Nations (UN) climate change conference in Cancun to disburse money from the climate change fund, said Dr Mihir Kanti Majumder, secretary to the Ministry of Environment and Forests.

Call to assess investment, finance flows for facing climate impact

Speakers yesterday called for urgently assessing investment and financial flows required for addressing the adverse impacts of the climate change in the short, medium and long-terms to ensure climate-proof low carbon development in Bangladesh over 2010-30.

Govt files false cases to prevent its fall

The government cannot evade its downfall by trying to foil the ongoing anti-government movement through persecution, said BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain yesterday.

Poachers active as migratory birds start arriving in northern region

Migratory birds of the Himalayan and Siberian regions have already started arriving at water bodies, beels, haors and major rivers in the country's northern region along with the beginning of winter season now.

EC to take action against election rule violators

Election Commission will take action against the violators of election rules by conducting advance campaign ahead of local government body elections in the name of exchanging Eid greetings.

3 rapists beaten up

A mob yesterday beat up three persons who allegedly raped a housewife in Gudaraghat slum area under Mirpur-13 in the capital early hours Thursday.

Indian cave research body opposes Lafarge's mega cement plant

A cave research body recently urged the Indian Environment and Forest Minister Jairam Ramesh not to give environmental clearance to French company Lafarge's proposed mega cement plant in Meghalaya.

No progress in probe

Police are yet to ascertain the motive behind the Thursday night's Molotov cocktail explosion on the compound of the chief justice's official residence at Minto Road in the capital.

Contribution of Sufia Kamal recalled

Speakers at a memorial meeting yesterday recalled the contribution of Poet Begum Sufia Kamal.

One murdered

A youth was killed allegedly by the family members of his girlfriend at Sutrapur area in the city on Friday night.

Bid to kidnap girl in city

Locals beat up two criminals yesterday as they attempted to kidnap a 14-year-old girl forcefully while she was on her way to private tutor's house with her father at Kamarpara in city's Turag.

BCL leader shot dead by criminals in Cox's Bazar

A local leader of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) succumbed to his injuries yesterday here a few hours after criminals shot him in Ukhia upazila.

Veterinary Varsity likely

Prof A S Mahfuzul Bari of Bangladesh Agricultural University is likely to be appointed vice-chancellor of Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (CVASU).

Dewan Farid Gazi laid to rest

Ruling Awami League lawmaker and veteran freedom fighter Dewan Farid Gazi was laid to rest with state honour at the graveyard beside the shrine of Hazrat Shahjalal (RA) in Sylhet city yesterday afternoon.

Man dies after wife allegedly pushes him to the floor

A man died yesterday at city's Pallabi area when he fell down on the floor during a scuffle with his wife over money to buy drugs.

Two robbers arrested in city

Police arrested two suspected robbers early yesterday from the capital's Pallabi area and recovered cash and gold ornaments worth over Tk 2 lakh from their possession.

National

Hundreds of Hakaluki birds poached: 6 sued

Wildlife Management and Nature Conservation Department in Juri upazila of Moulvibazar district has filed a case against six people on charge of killing several hundred migratory winter birds.

Temple vandalised, set on fire; idols looted

Criminals vandalised and set fire to a temple at Purbo Bejgram village of Tongvanga union under Hatibandha upazila in Lalmonirhat yesterday while a gang looted three touchstone made idols and other valuables from a Kali mandir (temple) in Durgapur upazila of Netrakona district on Wednesday night.

'Boma' Moru held from Natore

Police on Friday night arrested another accused of bomb attack inside the house of Awami League lawmaker Afaz Uddin Ahmed at Taragunia in Daulatpur upazila on the night of November 13 that left three people killed.

1 killed, 200 hurt in clashes in 4 dists

A man was killed and around 200 others were injured in clashes in Habiganj, Brahmanbaria, Sherpur and Gaibandha districts on Friday and the day before.

PCJSS, UPDF trade fire

A gunfight between the cadres of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) and United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) took place in remote Dewanpara area under Dighinala Police Station of Khagrachhari district yesterday.

Memorial for five FFs of Jamalpur

A memorial for five martyred freedom fighters was inaugurated at Madarganj upazila headquarters on Thursday.

Ras Leela festival in Kamolganj today

Indigenous Manipuri community will celebrate 'Ras Leela Festival' from today at two temples in Kamolganj upazila of the district.

Tiger kills fisherman

A Sundarbans tiger killed a fisherman on Thursday morning at Gomarkhal under Sharankhola upazila in Bagerhat district. The fisherman was identified as Abdur Rashid Munshi,52, of Bogi village under the upazila. With this one, the total number of people killed by tigers since 2000 in different places under Sundarban Forest Division now stands at 190, officials said. According to DFO (east) Mihir Kumar, a tiger attacked fisherman Abdur Rashid Munshi minutes after he entered the forest from his fishing boat. The tiger dragged him into the deep forest from where his dead body was recovered at night. According to forest officials, 19 people were killed by tigers in 2001 and 2003 each, 28 in 2002, 15 in 2004, 12 in 2005, 6 in 2006 and 2007 each, 21 in 2008, 30 in 2009 and 34 till November 18 this year.

Robbers injure three

Robbers shot two people and stabbed another in Chatkhil upazila of the district early yesterday. Masud, 28, and Nurul Amin, 26, were admitted to Chatkhil upazila health complex with bullet injuries while Rubel, 25, with stab injuries. Locals said a gang of armed robbers stormed into the house of Taher Chowdhury at Sundalpur village in the upazila at about 2:00am. Hearing screams of the family members, local people rushed to the spot and chased the robbers. Sensing danger, the robbers shot the villagers, leaving Masud and Nurul Islam injured. They also stabbed Rubel when he tried to catch them. In another incident, robbers looted gold ornaments, cash, five mobile sets and other valuable goods worth Tk 20 lakh from a house at Dhanyapur village in Chatkhil upazila on the same night.

Passenger train derails

Train communication between Lalmonirhat and Burimari land port remained suspended for 16 hours from 11:30 pm on Friday to 3:30 pm yesterday as a passenger train derailed near Votmari railway station under Kaliganj upazila. Lalmonirhat railway control room sources said, two compartments of a Burimari land port station bound passenger train from Lalmonirhat derailed near Votmari railway station at around 11:30 pm on Friday. A rescue train reached the spot at around 9:30 am yesterday and train communication resumed after 16 hours.

Youth held with arms

Detective Branch (DB) police held a youth with a foreign revolver and eight bullets from his rented house at Joyra, adjacent to Manikganj bus stand, on Friday night. The arrestee is Moshiur Rahman, 38, son of Mozammel Haque of Andharmanik village under Mehendiganj upazila of Barisal district. Acting on a tip-off, the DB men went to 'Manikganj Bhaban' at around 10:00 pm and arrested Moshiur Rahman from the house. The team recovered a Pakistani revolver with eight bullets from his house, the DB police said. DB police handed over the arrestee, seized arms and ammunition to Manikganj police at night.

Criminals rounded up

Police arrested a hardened criminal and drug peddler from Miabazaar area of Chouddagram upazila on Thursday. The arrestee was identified as Sohel, son of Babul Mia of Jagamohanpur village in the upazila. Local people heaved a sigh of relief at the arrest of Sohel. Police said Sohel was engaged in criminal activities in the area since long and nobody dared to lodge complaint against him. Police said he was wanted in a number of cases. Another report from Kushtia adds: police in a drive arrested two people along with a firearm and bullet from Hosnabad area of Doulatpur upazila early Wednesday. Police said acting on secret information they raided the area late at night when a gang was trying to snatch belongings of the passengers of a three-wheeler tempo. Later, after a hot chase they arrested two of the criminals identified as Kazim, 22, and Dipu, 20, while others managed to flee. Police also recovered one Light Gun (LG) and one bullet from their possession.

Letters

Balance of environment

As a green and a playground of beauties, Bangladesh was once every coveted place for the tourists. They used to come here and be charmed by its colourful landscapes which was like a dream to them. Numerous rivers, canals, marshy lands, boundless green fields and birds of different kinds are symbols of beauty as well as Nature's way of balancing the environment. But irresponsible decisions of some ambitious people are destroying its beauty and environment. In the name of development they are constructing multi-storied buildings, markets and factories by earth-filling rivers, canals and ponds. Many such projects in the Capital, and indeed all over Bangladesh, are going on without impediment. Due to this the country is loosing croplands; as a result our food production is also decreasing by the day. Loss of wetland is also causing unemployment to the fishermen. Such harmful projects must be stopped forthwith, and the government should take immediate steps in this regard.

Importance of overbridge

Reluctance to use foot over bridge by the pedestrians is one of the important causes of road accidents. They cross the road in front of moving vehicles and consequently fall victims of fatal accidents. Even then they are not keen to use the foot over bridge. There are many over bridges in Dhaka city under the possession of hawkers and beggars. For example, we can mention the Mouchak, Newmarket, Uttara Azampur and Mirpur foot over bridges.

Tourism has scope for development

Bangladesh is one of the smallest countries in South Asia which has a delicate and distinctive tourist attraction of its own to offer. It is a land of enormous beauty, hundreds of rivers and lakes surrounded by evergreen hills, tropical rain forests and beautiful cascades of green tea gardens, world's heritage, Home of the Royal Bengal Tiger and the wild lives, world's longest natural sea beach, rich cultural heritage, relics of ancient Buddist civilization and colourful tribal life. Much of the country has been relatively untouched by modern technology and development; for these reasons foreigners find the rich flora and fauna and colourful tribal life so enchanting.

Oxygen plant

Scientists are still exploring as to how the dinosaurs became extinct million of years ago. Some believe they were struck by meteorites falling from the skies, yet others believe disappearance of the female species led to the extinction of the dinosaurs. Perhaps we all know that living beings, including human beings, require oxygen for survival and we get this essential element in the atmosphere from plants and trees.

Anti- wastage department needed

We are very much familiar with the words system loss. The ultimate result of all these is wastage, which is very much rampant in our country, and is one of the major causes of shortage of electricity. Wastage of food is observed in most of the marriage ceremonies, in dinner parties and in other similar ceremonies. We find that cars, trucks and buses are lying in different office compounds and in the police stations, for years together, which gradually turn into scraps. I have seen many residential buildings constructed under some development project in remote places, which remained vacant and eventually fell into decay.

Central library at JU

150 seats for 9487 students.

Stalking the girls

This malady is now at the point of being worries for us all. Family, friends, society should take the responsibility for creating awareness against this social ill.

No more smoking on campus premises

I am a student of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology. It is a well known and reputed university for many reasons. The students of SUST and the other universities are the future leaders of the nation. When many people, including the media and other organizations, are raising their voices to say no to smoking, some of the SUST students are engaging in smoking. It is a regretful matter. What will the society learn from them? There are some small tea stalls in the university campus. They sell cigarettes besides other things. I think if the authority bans the sale of cigarettes in the university premises and keep monitoring regularly, smoking amongst the students will decrease automatically.

Corruption in education

Education is the backbone of a nation. No nation can prosper without education in this competitive world. Bangladesh is a developing country. We have not forgotten that Bangladesh won the inglorious first place as a most corrupt country in the world. Before election, every political party displays their strong commitment against corruption. But after coming to power, they completely forget their commitment.

Ignoring Mt. Everest conqueror

Where is our sense of value? We have ignored the salutary human endeavour of Musa Ibrahim, who in his first effort climbed Mt. Everest, against a cruel environment totally unknown in Bangladesh! It is an example of determination, dedication and disciplined training that is second to none in the annals of adventure and achievement in Bangladesh!

PM on religious tolerance

Recently on a TV broadcast I heard Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina quoting from Sura Al-Kafirun “Unto you your religion, and unto me my religion” while stressing on the importance of maintaining religious tolerance for societal peace and friendship. I sincerely appreciate the PM's noble intention of establishing the true values of Islam and reducing the gap in the understanding of the philosophy of Islam within the Muslims and among the followers of other religions. Meanwhile I would like to say one thing that this particular verse is meant for a particular situation.

Foul play behind delay

“A Tender process for 300 MW Power Plant Project in Ghorashal, crucial to mitigating the countries Power Supply crisis, is set to be cancelled in the face of a tussle between the communication minister and power development board” The 'Daily Star' November 10, 2010. The report also said, “Incidentally, Abul Hossain's family-owned company Sahco is representing a Chinese company that could not become the lowest bidder in the same tender. .....Until Abul Hossain became a minister in 2009 he was the chief of Sahco”.

Army housing scheme

Recently B.B.C. had released in several instalments under the heading "Sena Banijja ', a report on business ventures undertaken by Bangladesh Army and other Services. The Defence Services had entered into manufacturing, five-star hotels, commercial buildings, shipyards, machine tool factory, bank etc. In fact, our Defence Services have become a major business conglomerate supported by taxpayers' money.

Deviation from the spirit

The spirit of sacrificing cattle or Korbani seems to have deviated in most of the cases. Now it becomes like a social rite. Buying costly cattle publicizes the buyer's wealth. Some show it off as the symbol of their social and political status. It is observed that some political leaders offer cattle for sacrificing to their party men in their constituencies. How much does it conform to the real spirit of sacrifice?

International

Nato leaders endorse Afghan exit strategy

Nato leaders endorsed yesterday a plan to start handing Afghan forces command of the war next year with the aim of ceding full control by 2014.

Few Afghans know reason for war, study shows

Afghans in two crucial southern provinces are almost completely unaware of the September 11 attacks on the United States and don't know they precipitated the foreign intervention now in its 10th year, a new report showed on Friday.

Pakistan denies US bid to widen drone-strike zones

Pakistan has rejected a US request to expand the areas where American missiles can target Taliban and al-Qaeda operatives, a senior Pakistani intelligence official said yesterday.

Fears of second blast delays rescue

No rescue mission will be launched until at least Sunday morning at the New Zealand coal mine where 29 men are missing after a blast, officials say.

No proof to link Sarkozy to Karachi bomb investigation

France's presidential palace said on Friday there was no proof to implicate President Nicolas Sarkozy in an investigation into the circumstances behind a 2002 bomb attack in Pakistan that killed 11 French people.

Indira Gandhi 9th most powerful woman of the century

Indira Gandhi, world's longest serving woman prime minister, has been ranked by the Time magazine as the ninth most powerful woman of the past century, a list that also includes Mother Teresa.

al-Qaeda plans attack on German parliament: Report

Qaeda and its allies are planning an attack on the German parliament, the news magazine Der Spiegel reports in its edition to be published on Monday.

Nobel Peace Prize ceremony may be cancelled

The Nobel Peace Prize committee says the award may not be handed out this year because no one from prize winner Liu Xiaobo's family is likely to attend the ceremony.

Thousands return home

Thousands of villagers have returned to their homes on the slopes of Indonesia's deadly volcano as it has become less active in recent days.

Sweden issues int'l warrant for Assange

Sweden's criminal police has issued an international arrest warrant for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, wanted on suspicion of rape and sexual molestation, police said yesterday.

UN seeks to end Haiti unrest

The top UN envoy in Haiti has called for an end to protests against UN peacekeepers whom Haitians blame for importing a cholera epidemic that has now claimed nearly 1,200 lives.

US must keep 'eyes open' in Myanmar talks: Suu Kyi

Democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi welcomed a new US engagement with Myanmar's junta, but warned against "rose-colored glasses" saying greater human rights and economic progress was still needed.

Nepal president uses emergency powers to pass budget

Nepal's president yesterday used emergency powers to pass the long-overdue annual budget and stave off a looming economic crisis in the poverty-stricken Himalayan nation.

Officials find 2,000 fetuses at Bangkok temple

On the grounds of a Buddhist temple, dozens of white plastic bags lay in carefully arranged rows. Each sack was knotted at the top and contained the remains of a fetus. Thai authorities found about 2,000 remains in the temple's mortuary, where they had been hidden for a year apparently to conceal illegal abortions.

Arts & Entertainment

Group exhibition of Bangladeshi artists in London

Bangladesh Brand Forum (BBF), in cooperation with Ritu Jain and Ishi Jami, will hold a group art exhibition featuring leading Bangladeshi painters at Asia House Foundation in London on November 27, says a press release.

German Town’s musical chemistry

Our idea was to have a name that sounded classic just like our performances were or still are.

Tribute to a litterateur

The 163rd birth anniversary of renowned poet, novelist and playwright Mir Mosharraf Hossain was observed with a two-day programme starting from yesterday.

Between fantasy and reality

The play “Jolar Golpo” was staged at Dinajpur Natya Shamiti Auditorium recently, drawing a full house.

Bond between humans and domestic animals

Written and directed by Shahnewaz Kakoli, tele-film “Hamar lalu” will be aired today at 3:05 pm on Channel i. The cast includes Jayanto Chattopadhyay, Dilara Zaman, Nargis, Joyita and Mamun.

When art imitates life

The newly married actor couple Apurbo and Prova play the lead roles in the telefilm “Paliye Giye Biye”. Written and directed by Nazrul Islam and Chayanika Chowdhury respectively, the film will be aired today at 2:40 pm on Banglavision.

Live performances by Ankhi and Rubel on Boishakhi TV

“Shomoy Katuk Ganey Ganey” is one of Boishakhi TV's Eid exclusive programmes. It has been aired every night at 12 am since Eid eve. Popular singers Ankhi Alamgir and SD Rubel will perform live tonight on the show. Islam Shafiq has produced the show.

Mini series “Murti” on Desh TV

As a part of the Eid special lineup of programmes, Desh TV is airing a seven-episode drama serial titled “Murti”.

“I tried showing the positive approach the characters take”

Bollywood director Sanjay Leela Bhansali says his films highlight the plight of the common people and encourage them to look at life in a positive way.

OP-ED

Our dilemma in Saudi Arabia

This year more than 93,900 Bangladeshis were given Saudi visas to perform Haj. Of this, 6,733 went with the assistance of our government. Last year the total number going for Haj was only 50,090. Add to this the persons of Bangladeshi origin going from different countries. The aggregate number would be the largest in the history of Bangladesh. We can thank the Saudi government for this.

India rocked by scams

Every time a scam tumbles out of the government's almirah, there is a familiar exercise that follows. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), an official agency, is asked to hold an enquiry. The Economic Enforcement Bureau gets "into action." The home minister and some other senior cabinet ministers say in a press interview that the guilty will not be spared. Soon, it is business as usual. But the exercise begins again when another scandal rocks the country.

Legacy of Hiroshima

The 10th World Summit of Noble Peace Laureates was held in Hiroshima, Japan from November 12 to14 and, given the venue, the theme was appropriately "Legacy of Hiroshima: A World without Nuclear Weapons." I participated in this Summit, on invitation, as a Representative of Parliaments for Nuclear Non Proliferation and Disarmament (PNND).

COP16 and climate finance

The recent op-ed piece on climate finance, written by Dr. Saleemul Huq in the Guardian, was insightful. In fact, finance is the second most debated issue in climate diplomacy, after burden-sharing in mitigation (emission reduction) by the major emitters. Dr. Huq wrote that, reportedly, only $3 billion out of $30 billion, pledged at Copenhagen as the fast-start finance for 2010-12 by the industrial countries, is likely to be earmarked for adaptation. This is just $3/head for a billion people in the most vulnerable countries (MVCs). This is blatantly unfair, as the Copenhagen Accord purports to provide for a "balanced allocation" between adaptation and mitigation.

When CFOs take over

I have serious bad news! News reports say that the recession has removed the power of Chief Operating Officers, the people who expand companies by investing in jobs and equipment. At the same time, it has raised the power of Chief Financial Officers, the guys who go around destroying expansionist projects with large axes, sometimes literally.

When CFOs take over

I have serious bad news! News reports say that the recession has removed the power of Chief Operating Officers, the people who expand companies by investing in jobs and equipment. At the same time, it has raised the power of Chief Financial Officers, the guys who go around destroying expansionist projects with large axes, sometimes literally.


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