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Govt wary of rice price

In a sharp departure from the usual practice, the government will not procure rice from the domestic market in the current Aman season fearing that public buying might further inflate the price of rice.

Evidence 'convincing'

The Anti-Corruption Commission has claimed to have found "convincing" evidence that former prime minister Khaleda Zia had shown fake sources of funds for establishing Zia Charitable Trust.

Regret? No

Expelled BNP vice chairman Nazmul Huda yesterday blamed the conspiracy of the "Noakhali clique" within BNP for his expulsion from the party.

4-lane sees green light

The cabinet committee on purchase yesterday approved proposed appointment of a new consulting firm as a consultancy glitch already delayed by a year the upgrading of Dhaka-Chittagong highway.

Delay feared for slow progress in printing

Distribution of around three crore copies of free textbooks for students of primary classes is likely to miss the deadline due to slow progress in the local printer's work and negligence of the paper supplier.

Mobile court jails youth

A mobile court yesterday convicted a young man for stalking a 13-year old girl and sentenced him to one-year imprisonment in the capital, but the trial gave rise to a controversy among local residents.

BNP calls hartal for Nov 30

The main opposition BNP has called another countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal for November 30 demanding actions to resolve the miseries of the people, save democracy and defend the country's interest.

No wild tigers in 12yrs!

Wild tigers could become extinct in 12 years if countries where they still roam fail to take quick action to protect their habitats and step up the fight against poaching, global wildlife experts told a "tiger summit" yesterday.

AL MP Lutful Hai dies

Lutful Hai, an Awami League lawmaker and a veteran freedom fighter, died in the capital yesterday morning following a massive cardiac arrest.

PM reaches Russia

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arrived at St Petersburg in Russia yesterday at 4:00pm (local time) on the first leg of her 12-day tri-nation tour of Russia, Belgium and Japan.

Primary terminal exams begin today

The Primary Education Terminal Examination 2010 begins today with around 25 lakh students sitting for the exams.

Mir Shawkat laid to rest in state honour

War veteran Mir Shawkat Ali, Bir Uttam, was laid to rest yesterday afternoon in state and military honour at the city's Banani military graveyard.

CID given more time for probe

A Dhaka court yesterday granted three and a half months to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to complete the investigation into one of the two cases filed for the August 21 grenade attacks on an Awami League rally in 2004.

DB raids Jamaat HQ

Police conducted an hour-long raid on Jamaat-e-Islami head office in the city's Moghbazar last night.

Police wants Dipjol's arms licenses revoked

Police yesterday appealed to the deputy commissioner of Dhaka to cancel four firearms licenses of film actor also Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) Ward Councillor Monwar Hossain Dipjol, who has been on the run to avoid arrest.

It's all for a mobile

An 8-year-old boy was murdered for a mobile phone in Sujanagar upazila of the district.

Fire at city high-rise

A fire broke out at the server room of state-owned Investment Corporation of Bangladesh (ICB), located at Shilpa Bank Bhaban in the city's commercial hub Motijheel, gutting its computers and documents early yesterday.

N Korea's nuke disclosures spark global alarm

North Korea's claims to have a working uranium enrichment plant -- a possible second route to a nuclear bomb -- sparked anger yesterday in Washington, Seoul and Tokyo.


Nazmul Huda's expulsion

Nazmul Huda, an eminent lawyer and a long time BNP leader and two-time cabinet minister, has been expelled from his party for “breaking organisational discipline” and doing things “against the interest of the party”. In our view the expulsion speaks far more of the BNP as a party and its constitution than it does about Nazmul Huda who, either as a politician or as an individual, is not the focus of our comment. What interests us is the core question whether or not there is any place for dissenting views within the BNP, or for that matter any of our political parties.

Malaysia job market reopening

It is heartening to know that Malaysia which had tabooed hiring Bangladeshi workers in March last year has signaled a positive response. The welcome change of heart is reflected on the process already initiated by the country to regularise 3lakh undocumented Bangladeshi workers hitherto virtually living a fugitive's life. This itself is a good piece of news, let alone the fact that upon completion of the process of absorption, Malaysia will accept new Bangladeshi hands in keeping with its growing requirement in the economy. This also sits in with Malaysia being one of the favoured destinations for our workers.


Captaincy set to change hands

A change at the top looks likely as the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has decided to select the captain for the five-match one-day series against Zimbabwe only after the selectors name the squad.

Much work remains in Chittagong

Construction sites are never pleasing to the eye, especially in a sports venue where the deadline is looming. The International Cricket Council (ICC) will send a delegation in mid-December to inspect the 2011 World Cup venues and in all likelihood, even at that time the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong will remain unfinished.

A bleak day

The ninth day of the Guangzhou Asian Games brought a heap of frustration for the Bangladesh contingent as they conceded hapless defeats in almost every discipline participated.

Chisato, Lao fastest

China's Liu Xiang lit up the Asian Games Monday with his long-awaited debut in the 110m hurdles but it was teammate Lao Yi who stole the show by winning the coveted 100m title.

Cup facts

The 1979 World Cup contained eight teams: West Indies, England, New Zealand, Pakistan, Australia, and India from the Test nations, with Sri Lanka and Canada qualifying through a separate tournament involving the Associate nations.

Bangladesh's game starts today

Mohammad Ashraful's boys start their campaign in the first-ever men's cricket competition of the Asian Games today when they meet Malaysia in a quarterfinal match in Guangzhou.

Super Cup may be shelved till next year

The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) is unlikely to follow its announced schedule and go ahead with the Super Cup in December, as the imminent sponsor has apparently requested maximum exposure by holding the much-discussed tournament at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.

Somdev in final

Somdev Devvarman kept India on course for three Asian Games tennis golds on Monday when he reached the men's singles final.

Bolt dreams of Man Utd

Jamaican sprint sensation Usain Bolt on Sunday revealed that he would like to try his hand at professional football when he retires from athletics, and dreams of playing for Manchester United.

Dravid drives India

Rahul Dravid struck a superb 191 to put India in a winning position in the series-deciding third and final Test against New Zealand on Monday.

Pakistan fight back

Skipper Misbahul Haq and Azhar Ali led Pakistan's fightback with half-centuries apiece to keep South African hopes of enforcing follow-on at bay on the third day of the second Test on Monday.

WI wary of SL backlash

The West Indies are prepared for a Sri Lankan comeback in the second Test in Colombo, skipper Darren Sammy said Monday.

ICC for anti-corruption code in all countries

Cricket's governing body Sunday said every member board should introduce an anti-corruption code in their domestic cricket to support the fight against corruption.

Pakistan humble hosts

Pakistan captain Khalid Latif smashed the first century of the Asian Games cricket tournament on Monday as the favourites crushed China by 128 runs to reach the semifinals.

Japan's maiden title triumph

Japan beat two-time defending champions North Korea 1-0 on Monday to avenge their final defeat four years ago and clinch their first gold medal in women's football.

City close gap

Manchester City forward Carlos Tevez scored twice at Craven Cottage to help his club return to winning ways and get within three points of the Premier League summit.

Trio looks to rebound

After suffering a domestic dose of the jitters, Chelsea, London rivals Arsenal and German giants Bayern Munich will seek solace in strong Champions League form on Tuesday.

Espanyol's perfect 6

Espanyol made it a perfect six wins from six at their Cornella-El Prat stadium on Sunday, defeating promoted Hercules 3-0 to move into fourth.

Rafa under pressure

Inter Milan coach Rafael Benitez is teetering on the brink of being sacked after his Italian champions crashed 2-1 at Chievo to drop to sixth and nine points off leaders and city rivals AC Milan.

Ancelotti dismisses rumours

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has insisted he has no plans to leave the English champions after a British newspaper report suggested he was frustrated by his lack of control at Stamford Bridge.

Just 'another match'

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has played down the importance of the first 'clasico' of the season between his side and arch-rivals Barcelona next week, saying it is just "another match".

New role excites Zidane

French great Zinedine Zidane has expressed his enthusiasm about working more closely with the first-team squad at Real Madrid.


RMG exports rise as demand buoyant

Garment exports went up by more than 37 percent in the first four months of the current fiscal year compared to the same period a year ago, according to government data.

Cabinet body endorses Mobil Jamuna IPO

The cabinet committee on economic affairs yesterday approved flotation of four crore new ordinary shares of Mobil Jamuna Lubricants Bangladesh Ltd.

Stocks tank on SEC move

Dhaka stocks fell by around 1 percent yesterday, after gaining for six straight sessions, with the regulatory measure to tighten share credit coming into effect.

Pakistan commerce minister due today

Pakistan Federal Minister for Commerce Makhdoom Amim Fahim arrives in Dhaka today on a three-day visit, aiming to deepen bilateral trade and commerce with Bangladesh.

Japanese urged to invest more

Local business leaders yesterday asked Japanese business representatives to take advantage of the country's export processing zones and set up a special economic zone here for their country.

Rawhide traders in north fear loss

Small traders of rawhides in Dinajpur and Joypurhat districts are facing a tough time this year due to a shortage of capital, lack of buyers and low prices.

RAK Airways to resume Bangladesh flights

RAK Airways, a national carrier of United Arab Emirates (UAE), will resume passenger flights from Bangladesh next month after a break of nearly two years, officials said yesterday.

Users reiterate demand for raising Ctg port capacity

The demand to immediately enhance capacity of the country's prime seaport was raised again in a meeting between Chittagong Port Authority and the users yesterday.

Muhith signals cutting tax on life insurance

Finance Minister AMA Muhith said yesterday there is scope to reduce the income tax rate on life insurance, as the prevailing rate in Bangladesh is the highest among neighbouring countries.

Jute growers happy over lofty prices

After many years of dull market, jute is selling at high prices in Narail district this season to the satisfaction of growers.

Telenor seeks banking niche

Telenor Group, the majority stakeholder in Grameenphone, is keen to engage in financial services, especially in remote areas, where most financial institutions have no outlets.

Ireland caves in and takes bailout

Ireland was Monday hammering out the conditions of an EU bailout package worth up to 90 billion euros, sending the single currency soaring but sparking fierce criticism at home of the already beleaguered government.

Rolls-Royce wins $1.8b Air China order

Britain's Rolls-Royce said Monday it had won a contract worth 1.8 billion dollars at list prices to supply engines to Air China for 20 Airbus long-haul aircraft.

Opel heads for loss of 1.4b euros this year

Opel, the European unit of US auto group General Motors, expects to report a loss of 1.4 billion euros this year, Opel head Nick Reilly said in a magazine interview on Monday.

Melamine-tainted drinks emerge again in China

Authorities in central China are searching for a batch of dairy products containing high levels of melamine, the chemical that killed six babies and sickened 300,000 others in 2008, state media said Monday.

Nissan to move production to cut currency risk

Japanese auto giant Nissan wants to move production and support functions to dollar-linked economies, including the United States and China, to avoid currency volatility, the Financial Times reported on Monday.

Oil over $82

Oil prices topped 82 dollars in Asian trade Monday as the euro's value soared following the agreement of a massive bailout for financially strapped Ireland, analysts said.

City Brokerage gets new CEO

Kh Asadul Islam has recently been appointed the chief executive officer of City Brokerage Ltd, said a statement.

Premier Leasing audit body’s new chief

Md Nasiruddin Choudhury, director of Premier Leasing and Finance Ltd, has been elected the audit committee chairman, said a statement.

Corporate Briefs

The fund reported net asset value of Tk 16 per unit at current market price and Tk 11.84 per unit at cost price against face value of Tk 10 on the close of operation on November 15. Total net assets stood at Tk 1,600,334,753.45 on market price and Tk 1,183,796,057.88 on cost price after considering all assets and liabilities


A mutineer looked for spirit to burn bodies

Habildar Humayun Kabir of BDR hospital unit at the Pilkhana headquarters had intended to burn the bodies of army officers killed during the carnage to wipe out all evidence, said a prosecutor of a mutiny case yesterday.

Untrained drivers rule routes

Most drivers including those of heavy vehicles on busy highways lack institutional training and knowledge of traffic rules contributing to the increasing number of road accidents.

Road crashes kill 12

At least 12 people were killed and 22 others injured in separate road accidents in Comilla, Barisal, Jhenidah, Magura, Lalmonirhat and Narayanganj on Sunday night and yesterday.

Expand microcredit programmes in all 31Chinese provinces

Lu Hao, secretary general of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Gansu Committee, said microcredit programmes set up by Grameen Trust (GT) in Gansu have set an example that could be extended to all 31 provinces of China, says après release.

Indo-Bangla protocol soon

Bangladesh and India will sign a protocol very soon to conserve the endangered species of Royal Bengal Tiger.

Tender for elevated expressway today

The tender of the much-awaited elevated expressway, to be built in Dhaka city to remove its notorious traffic jam, will be accepted today.

CG adviser, IGP likely to give statement to JS body tomorrow

Former education adviser to a caretaker government, the then education secretary, inspector general of police, DMP commissioner and several other government officials are likely to appear before a parliamentary probe body tomorrow.

Talks to focus on economy

Development of economic and political framework conditions will dominate talks with government leaders and high officials during a three-day visit by German Federal Foreign Office State Secretary Martin Johannes Biesel beginning tomorrow.

Uphold image of DU

President Zillur Rahman yesterday said active representatives of the Dhaka University Alumni Association in various policymaking forums would undoubtedly be able to bring dynamism in the ongoing activities of the university, especially help upholding its image.

Huda's expulsion “erratic act”

Awami League (AL) Presidium member Obaidul Qader yesterday called the overnight expulsion of BNP vice chairman Barrister Nazmul Huda as an “erratic act” saying it reflected the lapses of democratic exercise in the main opposition party.

Sahara asks BNP leaders not to tell lies

Home Minister Sahara Khatun yesterday accused Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain of telling lies regarding the cocktail blasts at the chief justice's house.

Stern action to be taken against land grabbers

State Minister for LGRD and Cooperatives Jahangir Kabir Nanak yesterday said stern action will be taken against the land grabbers and illegal slum owners.

3 muggers held with firearms in Ctg

Police raided different areas of the city early hours yesterday following a mugging incident on Sunday afternoon and arrested three muggers with robbed cash and firearms.

Man dies on being hit by train

A young man died yesterday evening after being hit by a train in Shamantapur area of Gazipur Pourashava.

Three cheats held in city

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab-1) personnel yesterday arrested three alleged cheats from the city's Uttara on charges of misappropriating money and valuables from people by identifying themselves as 'Badshahs of Jinn' (king of supernatural spirits).

RMG worker killed as train hits him

A garment worker was killed as a train hit him while he was crossing rail track in front of the Sainik Club in the city's Banani area.

War museum invites reports

Liberation War Museum has invited reports from the journalists of print and electronic media on liberation war for the Bazlur Rahman Smriti Padak 2010.

RMG factory gutted

The valuables of a garment factory were gutted in a devastating fire in Boro Ashulia Shooting House area here yesterday.

Bangladesh ambassador to Japan presents credentials

The newly appointed Bangladesh Ambassador to Japan, Majibur Rahman Bhuiyan, presented his letter of credence to Emperor of Japan Akihito at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo yesterday.

Phani made supernumerary IGP, Hasan full fledged IGP

The government yesterday appointed Phani Bhushan Chowdhury as the supernumerary Inspector General of Police (IGP).

Tax Evasion Case Hearing against Partex chair on Jan 13

A Dhaka court yesterday deferred the hearing on charge framing against Partex Group Chairman MA Hashem till January 13 in connection with a tax evasion case.

AL lawmaker Sachchu's death condoled

Political leaders yesterday expressed deep shock at the death of Awami League lawmaker Advocate Lutful Hai Sachchu.

Paban's bail term extended for third time

A Dhaka court yesterday extended the bail term till January 9 next year for the third time to Khandaker Akhter Hamid Paban in a cracker blast case.

DU bans cellphones during admission test

Dhaka University authorities have asked all examinees of 'Ga' unit admission test not to enter exam centres taking cellphones or other electronic devices.


Verdict in Lalmonirhat mutiny case today

The special court-13 will deliver judgment in the mutiny case against 24 jawans of 31 Lalmonirhat Rifles Battalion under Rangpur sector today while the special court-14, set up at Sylhet sector headquarters, will resume trial and frame charges against 44 rebels of 21 Rifles Battalion.

Locals now just hope against hope

Langolerhaat Bridge over the river Ghagot at Betgari under Gangachara upazila remains incomplete since 1998 impeding road communication from Gangachara to Nilphamari.

Acid thrower to die in C'nawabganj, two rapists get life in Chandpur

A young man was sentenced to death in Chapainawabganj for killing a girl by throwing acid while two youths got life in Chandpur for killing a girl after rape, yesterday.

Signature campaign for constitutional rights

Indigenous people in two northern districts yesterday formed human chains, held rallies and started signature campaign demanding their constitutional rights.

One killed, 80 injured as Habiganj villagers clash

A man was killed and 80 others were injured in a clash between rival groups of villagers in Ajmiriganj upazila of Habiganj district yesterday.

One killed, 50 hurt as villagers clash with fish farm goons

At least 50 people were injured, including seven by bullets, in clashes between villagers and hired goons of a private fish farm at Chatra beel (water body) under Mithapukur and Pirganj upazilas yesterday.

Schoolgirl killed after rape

A schoolgirl was killed after rape in Habiganj on Sunday while another abducted in Thakurgaon was rescued by police the day before.

'Rapist' beaten to death in Pabna

One person was beaten to death and another injured by locals at Char Shibrampur under Pabna Sadar upazila yesterday morning on charge of raping a girl after abduction.

BCL leader held for vandalising magistrate's car

Police arrested a BCL leader in Brahmanbaria for vandalising a magistrate's car and two activists in Kishoreganj with looted cash and gold ornaments on Sunday.

RU reopens Nov 26 amid tight security

Classes at Rajshahi University (RU) will resume on November 26 after a 13-day Eid-ul-Azha vacation amid tight security.

Viva voce starts tomorrow

The viva voce of the candidates seeking admission to first year honours classes at Chittagong University (CU) will begin tomorrow.

'Rapist' beaten to death in Pabna

One person was beaten to death and another injured by locals at Char Shibrampur under Pabna Sadar upazila yesterday morning on charge of raping a girl after abduction.

Prime accused on 4-day remand

A Kushtia court yesterday granted four days' remand to Zahidul Islam Zahid, the prime accused of bomb attack inside the house of Awami League lawmaker Afaz Uddin Ahmed on the night of November 13.


Indian all-party meeting ends without compromise

India's ruling party sought yesterday to defuse a giant telecom corruption scandal that has embroiled the government, stalled parliament and further tarnished the country's political class.

All 29 trapped in China mine rescued

Rescuers yesterday pulled to safety 29 people trapped in a flooded mine in southwestern China in a rare bit of good news for the country's disaster-prone mining sector.

Israeli bill seen as threat to future peace deals

With Mideast peacemaking at a standstill, Israel's hard-line parliament called a vote yesterday to push through a bill that could sink future peace deals with the Palestinians and Syria.

Junta suspends media for highlighting Suu Kyi

Eight magazines in military-controlled Myanmar were suspended by government censors after they prominently published news and photos about pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi's release from 7 1/2 years in continuous detention.

Carbon emissions dip in 2009, to jump in 2010

Global emissions of planet-warming carbon dioxide are on track to hit a record in 2010, a leading annual study said yesterday, driven largely by booming economies in China and India and their reliance on coal.

Kabul safer than any cities in West: Nato envoy

Children may be safer in the Afghan capital than in London or New York despite a deadly nine-year Taliban insurgency, Nato's top civilian representative in the country has said.

Afghan political parties divided over peace talks with Taliban

Political leaders are divided about talking to the Taliban to bring peace to Afghanistan yet engagement with militants is seen as a necessity for aid agencies trying to improve life in the war-torn country.

Japan's justice minister quits over gaffe

Japan's justice minister resigned yesterday after his quip that his job was easy sparked howls of outrage and threats of parliamentary stalling tactics from the conservative opposition.

Karnataka CM heads for Delhi, likely to resign

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa, who had ignored summons by the BJP top brass to come for a meeting in Delhi, could no longer hold out yesterday evening and took a flight to the national capital amid indications that he has been asked to resign over corruption charges.

US resolution backs India's UNSC seat bid

Lauding India's commitment to global peace and development of the South Asian region, a resolution introduced in the US House of Representatives has appealed to the United Nations to take necessary steps to make New Delhi a permanent member of the Security Council.

Iran stoning woman's life 'could be spared'

There is a "good chance" that the life of an Iranian woman sentenced to death by stoning for adultery could be spared, the head of Iran's High Human Rights Council said in an interview aired yesterday.

World mayors sign climate change pact

Mayors from around the world signed a voluntary pact Sunday in Mexico City to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at a meeting meant as a precursor to UN-sponsored climate talks in Cancun opening next week.

Germany's parliament curbs visitors amid security alert

Germany's parliament building has closed its popular cupola to visitors amid heightened security.

Suu Kyi's son granted Myanmar visa

The younger son of Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been granted a visa to visit his mother after her release from house arrest.

Rajapakse expands cabinet ahead of budget

Sri Lanka's president expanded his cabinet yesterday, retaining key positions for himself while adding 12 new ministers ahead of the presentation of the first budget of his second term, officials said.

India approves new airport for Mumbai

India gave the green light yesterday for the construction of a second international airport in the commercial capital Mumbai, a two billion dollar project that was ten years in the making.

Arts & Entertainment

Climbing the success ladder

When “Lux Channel i Superstar” contender Tahsin was a kid, she used to stay glued to every TV play being aired on the small screen. No amount of scolding could draw her away from TV.

Ananda Jagya

The Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre (IGCC), Indian High Commission, Dhaka and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) will jointly hold a cultural festival, titled “Ananda Jagya”, featuring Indian music, dance, theatre, films, fine arts and handicrafts. The vibrant event begins on November 26 and runs till December 3.

Kalim Sharafi remembered in Dinajpur

The cultural and socio-political personalities of Dinajpur recently remembered the contribution of noted Tagore singer and exponent Kalim Sharafi, who passed away on November 2 at the age of 86.

Nominations for 6th Citycell-Channel i Music Awards announced

Nominations for the 6th Citycell-Channel i Music Awards have been announced recently. Among the 65 nominees are singers, lyricists, music directors and bands. The awards will be conferred in 15 different categories including a Lifetime Achievement award.

Enacting the legend of Krishna

The indigenous Manipuri community celebrated its biggest religious festival 'Maha Raas Leela' at two of their temples in Kamalganj upazila, Moulvibazar district on November 21. The festival is held on purnima (full moon), between the Bangla months of late Kartik and early Agrahayan.

Ramendu Majumdar attends China Campus Theatre Festival

Ramendu Majumdar, president worldwide of International Theatre Institute (ITI), attended the opening ceremony of the 2nd China Campus Theatre Festival held in Shanghai, from November 9 to 18, 2010. He spoke at the opening on behalf of ITI, says a press release.

Dead Hawaiian singer enthrals Germany

He is an unlikely pop star: a dead, very big Hawaiian -- 343 kg at one point -- accompanied only by his ukulele.

Kiran wants to come out of Aamir’s shadow

Writer-director Kiran Rao wants to come out of the shadow of her Bollywood superstar-husband Aamir Khan and is keen to carve out her own identity as a filmmaker with her forthcoming movie “Dhobi Ghat” and as a creative person.


Determinants of fertility decline

The relative contributions of the levels of development and of family planning programmes to fertility decline have been a subject of enquiry and controversy for several decades.

His voice's master

Thought for the week: if accent-fraud were a criminal offence, how many serving members of the ruling establishment would be guilty? To speak English well in a country which has inherited it as a service-language is commendable. To speak it badly is perfectly understandable, since it is a foreign tongue. But to speak it in a pseudo-imitation of a style that even an abashed BBC has quietly abandoned is unforgiveable. You could not have got solicitor-general Gopal Subramaniam's haw-haw syllables from central casting, but that may be only a minor sin in his latest curriculum vitae.

Challenges to our food security

While speaking at a function on November 10 for distribution of agro inputs to flash-flood affected farmers of haor area under Taherpur upazila in Sunamganj district, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said: "We don't want to see that a single person is starving, we are relentlessly working for ensuring food security for every person," adding that her government took "massive programmes including lowering of fertiliser prices for development of agriculture sector and providing huge subsidy to bring agro inputs to the doorsteps of farmers."

Injustice revisited

Justice or absence of justice is receiving countrywide attention. The court is there. It will take care of that. The jurists and the law experts of the country have a sensitive agenda before them. In short, I can say that a good society and civilisation is based not just on justice but also on principles to counter injustice.

Dealing with stalking

The government initiative -- which will be effective from November 10 -- for empowering mobile courts under Section 509 of the Penal Code to punish stalkers with one-year imprisonment or fine, or both, is an appropriate and much demanded step. However, mobile courts should be conducted in a free and fair manner so that no one can abuse the operation of the courts through interference.

Science & Life

The space-time cloak

Recently, physicists from the Imperial College London (ICL) conducted a study on manipulating the nature of space and time and concluded that it was possible to hide actual events from the plain sight of the viewer. In other words, an event could take place; say a journey from one location to the other, however, the “journey” in-between, from the point of start to the destined location would remain entirely invisible to the naked eye. Scientists believe this wondrous scientific scheme, which is being referred to as “space-time cloak” can be the ultimate hiding place, like a hole carved right out of space and time. And the very nature of physics, in this particular case, would manipulate light to such an extent that the actual events in real life would be “cut off”, just as an editor cuts off scenes from the reel of film that s/he does not want public to watch. This means that this space-time cloak theory is actually based on censoring the flow of events that we generally perceive as a stream of light particles, which are also known as photons that strike the retina of ours and allows us to see the events as they take place.

Deepest undersea microbial world

The first study to ever explore biological activity in the deepest layer of ocean crust has found bacteria with a remarkable range of capabilities, including eating hydrocarbons and natural gas, and "fixing" or storing carbon.

Exhibit called ‘Brain’

Bars of light passing across a massive tangle of cables give the sense of being surrounded by crackling electrical signals and firing neurons as you enter the American Museum of Natural History's new exhibit here. Most people may visit the museum for the fossils, but this time they'll want to stay for the brains.

Planet from another galaxy

Over the last 15 years, astronomers have detected nearly 500 planets orbiting stars in our cosmic neighbourhood, but none outside our Milky Way has been confirmed [1]. Now, however, a planet with a minimum mass 1.25 times that of Jupiter [2] has been discovered orbiting a star of extragalactic origin, even though the star now finds itself within our own galaxy. It is part of the so-called Helmi stream -- a group of stars that originally belonged to a dwarf galaxy that was devoured by our galaxy, the Milky Way, in an act of galactic cannibalism about six to nine billion years ago.
The results are published in Science Express.

Rent-seeking bird

In what some scientists are likening to a mob protection racket, a species of birds in Africa has been found to guard other birds from predators in exchange for food.

Why does a bull react violently to the colour red?

It is the movement of the cloth that makes the bull react violently as like most mammals, the bull too is colour blind and cannot be affected by the colour of the cloth. When a matador moves a cloth (irrespective of the colour) in front of the bull, it perceives the movement as a threat and is angered, and as a result, reacts violently.

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