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News of: Wednesday, 24th of November, 2010

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Khaleda contests 'eviction'

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday filed two petitions with the Appellate Division of Supreme Court, bringing a contempt of court charge against the government over her recent "eviction" from her prior residence in Dhaka Cantonment, and seeking permission to return to the disputed house.

PM urges global help

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged the world community to assist Bangladesh in protecting the Royal Bengal Tigers and the Sundarbans.

It's 3G time

Telenor President Jon Fredrik Baksaas yesterday urged the telecom regulator in Bangladesh to expedite the process of introducing 3G network, as at least half the local telecom market is now ready for the third generation technology.

Hasina talks nuke plants with Putin

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday sought cooperation from Russia to set up new power plants and repair the old ones.

WB funds to be released on time

World Bank President Robert Zoellick has assured Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina that funds pledged by the global lender for constructing the Padma Bridge in Bangladesh would be released on time.

Sahara warns against chaos

Home Minister Sahara Khatun has urged the opposition BNP to withdraw its proposed hartal on November 30 considering public sufferings, and warned that the government will contain with an iron hand any kind of chaos in the name of hartal.

Promotion spree to see more OSDs

The government is set to promote officers to the posts of deputy secretaries, additional secretaries and secretaries even though there are no vacancies, further increasing the number of officers on special duty (OSD).

'Mugger' killed in 'shootout'

An alleged mugger was killed in a 'shootout' between his cohorts and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) personnel at Ashulia in Savar early yesterday.

23 BDR men jailed

A special court yesterday sentenced 23 border guards to different terms in jail for their involvement in 2009 BDR mutiny in Lalmonirhat.

Genie cure by quack leads to boy's death

A child who was set afire by a quack for treatment died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital yesterday after fighting for life for 34 days.

Strike at CNG stations deferred

The owners of CNG refuelling stations and conversion workshops yesterday postponed their indefinite strike until December 20 after the government sought time to meet their six-point demands.

William, Kate to marry on April 29

Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton are to marry on April 29 at Westminster Abbey, the historic London church where the funeral of his mother Diana was held in 1997, royal officials said yesterday.

Soup up local government

Ruling Awami League Lawmaker AKM Mozammel Huq yesterday termed the Upazila Parishad Act a "black law" for allowing a lawmaker board have control over upazila parishads and chairmen.

CJ now gets threat over phone

An unidentified phone caller on Sunday issued threats to Chief Justice ABM Khairul Haque and his family members, just three days after two Molotov cocktails were hurled on the compound of his official residence in the city on November 18.

Stalkers jailed, arrested in several dists

A mobile court, led by Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Md Abdur Rajjak, punished two alleged stalkers for teasing school going girls at Santhia upazila yesterday, reports our Pabna correspondent.

N Korea pounds South

South Korea says it has returned fire after North Korea fired artillery shells at one of its border islands, killing two South Korean marines.

Cambodia stampede kills 375

Cambodia searched for answers yesterday a day after a stampede killed at least 375 people on a suspension bridge where survivors said they were wedged into the crowd of living and dead for hours.

Editorial

Call off hartal

The BNP in its wisdom has again called a countrywide dawn to dusk hartal on 30th Nov to demand actions to resolve the miseries of the people, to save democracy and defend the country's interest, according to it. It is fully aware, we are sure, as the rest of us, that saving democracy or upholding the country's interest can never be achieved through hartal nor boycotting the parliament. Hartal will certainly not end people's miseries.

Delay in textbook printing is worrying

The distribution of textbooks at the primary school level may not run according to plan. Obviously, it is cause for worry especially when one considers the fact that distribution is supposed to begin in the next thirty-eight days. One could suggest, of course, that this period of more than a month before distribution of the textbooks can get underway is good enough for everyone concerned --- the National Curriculum and Textbook Board (NCTB), teachers and pupils. The problem here, though, is that so far only 28 per cent of the textbooks have been sent to the various upazilas for distribution. As to the rest, no matter what the assurances are regarding a meeting of the target, there is the fear the distribution schedule may not be maintained.

Sports

Venues behind schedule

As the start of the ICC Cricket Word Cup 2011 draws closer, the renovation and modernisation works at five different venues in Bangladesh, co-hosts of the landmark event, have been ramped up. The final ICC (International Cricket Council) inspection team is due to arrive here in the second week of December. Though reality shows that work will not be completed by that time, the host tournament director Ali Ahsan Babu is confident that the venues will meet the specific requirements of the world governing body.

India take series in style

India rode on some inspired spin bowling to thrash New Zealand by an innings and 198 runs in the third and final Test on Tuesday and claim the series 1-0.

Cricketers start brightly

Bangladesh had another day of mixed results in the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou yesterday as the men's cricket team reached semifinmals beating Malaysia comfortably while women's kabaddi team were on the verge of a semifinals spot which would ensure a medal of any colour.

Coin, stamp for WC

A commemorative coin will be issued to mark the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 to be co-hosted by Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka.

Tigers end Ctg sojourn

“Only the coach and Nasu bhai are left now [to get injured],” chirped Mushfiqur Rahim after his shot struck trainer Grant Luden's leg. The South African was not the only one on the casualty list as three players sat out training at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium yesterday.

Women's SAFF football c'ship deferred

The inaugural women's SAFF championship has been deferred by a week, and is set to get underway from December 12 in Cox's Bazar with the participation of all eight members of South Asian Football Federation.

SL struggle on shortened day

West Indies fast bowler Kemar Roach grabbed two quick wickets in a lively opening spell to put Sri Lanka under pressure on the first day of the second Test on Tuesday.

Suarez banned for biting opponent

Ajax have handed a two match ban to captain Luis Suarez after the Uruguay international bit the neck of a PSV player in a league match at the weekend.

Maryam wins with ease

World champion Maryam Jamal comfortably defended her 1,500m Asian Games title on Tuesday as Somdev Devvarman and Peng Shaui delivered tennis gold to India and China.

Surprises in semis

Amin Rahim slammed two late goals as Malaysia came back from the brink to stun favourites India 4-3 on Tuesday and set up an Asian Games men's hockey final against Pakistan.

Rehman saves Pakistan

Pakistan left-arm spinner Abdul Rehman took three wickets and scored his maiden half-century to foil South Africa's attempts to win the second Test at Abu Dhabi Stadium on Tuesday.

Ryder to miss India ODIs

Key New Zealand batsman Jesse Ryder will miss an upcoming five-match one-day international series against India following a calf injury.

Inter struggling

Rafael Benitez has experienced the finest moment of his professional career as a coach in the Champions League but defeat for holders Inter Milan at home to unglamorous Dutch side FC Twente on Wednesday could bring him his lowest.

Arteta rescues a point

A late goal by Everton's Spanish midfielder Mikel Arteta forced a 2-2 draw with in-form Sunderland in their Premier League clash here on Monday.

Japan, UAE in final

Japan will meet the United Arab Emirates in the Asian Games football final after the unheralded Gulf side knocked out South Korea with the last kick of extra-time in their semifinal.

Eto'o punished

Inter Milan striker Samuel Eto'o has been banned for three matches for headbutting Chievo's Bostjan Cesar after TV evidence was used to prove his guilt.

Del Bosque blames himself

Coach Vicente del Bosque admitted Monday he was "probably" the main guilty partner in Spain's two friendly defeats to Argentina and Portugal this autumn.

Buffon back in training

Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon returned to training with Juventus on Tuesday following almost six months out with a back injury.

Bayern won't sell Bastian

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge insisted Monday the German giants will not sell Bastian Schweinsteiger before his contract expires in 2012, regardless of whether he signs an extension.

Business

RMG exports to benefit from relaxed EU rules

Bangladesh's apparel exports will benefit from Europe's relaxed rules for the least developed countries (LDCs) under the generalised system of preferences (GSP) in textile trade, experts said.

Telenor upbeat on internet prospects

Telecom giant Telenor Group is upbeat on Bangladesh's growth prospect in internet penetration, said a top official yesterday.

DSE suspends share trade of 13 firms

Share trade of 13 listed companies was suspended for an indefinite period from yesterday, as prices of the stocks soared abnormally Monday.

1983: Indian Summer

The 1983 World Cup, the third consecutive Cup held in England, saw a few changes in the tournament's format. The number of teams were the same, as well as the group divisions; two groups of four with the top two from each group going through to the knockout stage, but to counter the disruptions of England's summer weather, each team would play each other twice in the group stage. The only non-Test playing nation was Zimbabwe, with Sri Lanka being awarded Test status in 1981.

Says CPD

Bangladesh needs to boost its bargaining capacity and quantify the benefits it can get from providing transit and transhipment facility to India, said a spokesperson for the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) yesterday.

BB fines four banks

Bangladesh Bank yesterday fined four banks up to Tk 1 lakh each for not complying with anti-money laundering rules, a central bank official said.

LDC dialogue kicks off today

A three-day international dialogue on exploring new global partnership for the least developed countries (LDC) will begin in Dhaka today.

New business platform for Nordic countries

Businesses of five Nordic countries in Dhaka launched a chamber yesterday to boost bilateral trade and investment between Bangladesh and the countries of Scandinavia, Iceland and Finland.

Muhith to take care of budget pledges

Finance Minister AMA Muhith has made a move to take stock of how much of the pledges he made in the last two budget speeches have been implemented.

A great leap in training

Technical and vocational education and training has come a long way. Once the mere acquiring of basic skills was considered enough to address the demand for technical expertise. Times and demands have changed. But in an age when emphasis is placed on technical competencies, especially in blue-collar jobs, Bangladesh faces a challenge.

E-bidding in January

The government will introduce an online tendering process by the end of January to ensure transparency and accountability in public procurement.

Downloads on iPhone? Not so fast in Asia

As telecom equipment makers jostle to sell and promote their next-generation wireless technology, one question is left unanswered: are they building too much capacity at a time when demand doesn't exist?

Army not needed at main port: Minister

The government might withdraw the army from Chittagong port within a month after declaring that port operations are normal once again.

Bumper T-aman output expected in the south

Farmers in 10 districts of the south-western region are now upbeat on bumper production of transplanted aman (T-aman) paddy this season.

German business team due today

German State Secretary of the Federal Foreign Office Martin Biesel, accompanied by an eight- member business delegation, arrives in Dhaka today on a three-day official visit to Bangladesh.

Qatar opens Shipyard

Gas-rich Qatar on Tuesday inaugurated the first phase of a 2.8-billion-dollar ship repair yard in partnership with Singapore's Keppel Offshore and Marine.

India's Mahindra signs deal to buy Ssangyong

Indian carmaker Mahindra and Mahindra Tuesday signed a deal to buy a controlling stake in South Korean auto maker Ssangyong, in a move likely to create a global player in sport utility vehicles.

Twitter co-founder hopes to create news network

Biz Stone, the co-founder of popular microblogging site Twitter, is eager to harness the vast quantities of information that it helps its users share to create a news network, he told Reuters on Monday.

Indonesian flag carrier apologises for flight chaos

National carrier Garuda Indonesia was forced to issue a public apology Tuesday for three days of flight chaos caused by the loss of crew rotation data during a switch to a new operating system.

HP to focus more on software, new CEO says

Hewlett-Packard plans to increase its focus on software, new chief executive Leo Apotheker said Monday, as the US computer giant posted fourth quarter results that topped Wall Street's expectations.

Thailand's PTTEP buys Statoil oil stake

Thailand's PTT Exploration and Production will pay $2.3 billion for 40 percent of Statoil ASA's Canadian oil sands project, joining the rush of Asian investors into the huge energy resource.

Oil down

Oil prices were down in Asian trade on Tuesday as worries about Ireland's massive bailout permeated the markets, analysts said.

Corporate Briefs

SAIHAM TEXTILE
The company has recommended one and half rights shares for each share at an issue price of Tk 40 (including premium of Tk 30), subject to the approval in the extraordinary general meeting and regulatory authorities. The fund will be utilised for the company's expansion by setting up Melange Spinning Mills that is 100 percent export oriented. The EGM will be held on January 6, 2011 (at 11:30am) at its mill premises in Habiganj. The record date for the EGM is December 15. Another record date for entitlement of the proposed rights shares will be notified after obtaining approval from the SEC. There is no price limit on the trading of shares today following its corporate declaration.

Metropolitan

Funding for Padma Bridge, trade to top agenda

Financing for Padma Bridge, strengthening economic cooperation and expansion of bilateral trade and investment will figure prominently at the summit level talks between the prime ministers of Bangladesh and Japan during Sheikh Hasina's visit to Japan beginning November 28.

Call to empower indigenous women to end discrimination

Some eminent personalities yesterday stressed the need for initiatives of both government and non-government organisations to empower indigenous women for betterment of their life standard and end discrimination against them.

Policy to protect, promote child rights drafted

Women and Children Affairs State Minister Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury yesterday said the government has already drafted a child policy to protect and promote child rights.

Sand export to Maldives on cards

The government is seriously assessing the potentials of exporting sand to the Maldives as an inter-minister meeting yesterday decided to invite sand importers of Maldives to Bangladesh.

186 students expelled on first day

About 22,25,739 students of class V from general education and madrasas took part in the Primary Education Terminal Examination 2010 across the country yesterday amid great enthusiasm.

Energy bulbs another hazardous E-watse

Environmentalists and development workers voiced concerns over the ecological aspects of the energy saving bulbs, calling them potentially hazardous.

GP set to pair up with Channel i

Grameenphone Limited, Bangladesh's largest cellular operator, will pair up with Channel i to provide information services to farmers.

Project to cut emissions from vehicles, brick kilns

With an aim to improve air quality in the capital, the government is working to address two main sources of air pollution, emissions from vehicles and brick kilns.

150MW rental power deal with British co signed

The Power Development Board (PDB) yesterday signed a 150-megawatt rental power agreement with British company Aggreko and issued notices to award eight power contracts mostly to local companies to generate 1,240MW of electricity.

Shopkeeper assaulted

Miscreants injured a shopkeeper and a schoolboy and assaulted several others in the city's Kadamtali area yesterday as the shopkeeper refused to give them food for free on Monday.

Navy man allegedly stabs wife to death

A woman was killed allegedly by her husband in Purgaon area of Pathalia union in city's Ashulia yesterday.

Protect ecology of oceans

Shipping Minister Shahjahan Khan yesterday called for global efforts to protect the environment and ecology of the oceans.

One held for hill cutting

Police arrested a man on charge of hill cutting in the port city yesterday.

US to invest $63b in health in Bangladesh, seven other states

The US government will invest $63 billion in Bangladesh and 7 other countries to strengthen the health and family planning system and to develop the nutritional status of the people till 2015.

Mannan replaces Huda

Former state minister Abdul Mannan has been made Dhaka district unit president of BNP.

Tannery gutted in Ctg

A fire gutted rawhide, chemicals, and machineries of a tannery at Oxygen intersection in the port city yesterday.

JMB leader arrested

An anti-militancy unit of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested a leader of the banned Islamic militant outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) from Kurigram district early Tuesday.

AL lawmaker Lutful Hai laid to rest in B'baria

Awami League lawmaker Advocate Lutful Hai Sachchu was laid to rest beside his father's grave at their family graveyard at his village home at Shuhata of Sadar upazila in the district yesterday.

Hearing deferred for seventh time

A Dhaka court yesterday for the seventh time deferred the hearing on charge framing till January 30 against former state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar in connection with a tax evasion case.

Valerie Taylor gets honorary doctorate

Valerie Taylor, founder and coordinator of Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP), received an honorary doctorate degree in Health Sciences from York St John University, UK, on November 19, says a press release.

Pro-BNP lawyers' rally on Nov 29

Jatiyatabadi Ainjibi Forum, an association of pro-BNP lawyers, will stage demonstrations on the bar premises across the country on November 29, demanding withdrawal of the government notice that asked BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia to leave her cantonment residence.

US embassy closed tomorrow

The American embassy, including the consular section and the American center with the Archer K Blood American Center Library and the Student Advising Center will be closed tomorrow on the occasion of Thanks Giving Day, an American national holiday, says a press release.

Five-storey building tilts in Ctg

A five-storied building partially tilted towards another building at Chittagong Development Authority (CDA) residential area of Agrabad in the port city yesterday.

Sylhet rail link with Dhaka, Ctg suspended for 2 hours

Rail communications of Sylhet with Dhaka and Chittagong were suspended for two hours yesterday morning as the engine of the intercity train Parabat Express went out of order at a place between Rashidpur and Satgaon Railway Stations at about 11:00am.

National

Charges framed against 44 Sylhet mutineers

The special Court-14, set up at Sylhet sector headquarters, yesterday framed charges against 44 mutineers of 21 Rifles Battalion.

Bumper aman in greater Sylhet, Natore likely

Production of aman paddy in greater Sylhet region and Natore district is likely to exceed the target this season as the weather condition has been favourable.

Girl abducted from school gate in Narsingdi

A schoolgirl was abducted in broad daylight from the gate of Narsingdi Government Girls' High School at Satirpara in the town yesterday afternoon.

Flood tolerant paddy to change farmers' lot

Flood tolerant varieties of paddy developed by Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) bears bright prospect for farmers of char (newly emerged landmass) areas on the Teesta basin in Dimla upazila of Nilphamari district.

Kuet BCL chief, 2 others die of liquor poisoning

Three people, including the president of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) Khulna University of Engineering and Technology (Kuet) unit, died and 20 others fell sick after taking spurious liquor at Bhagjote area under Daulatpur upazila of Kushtia on Sunday night.

Mass signature campaign in two more districts

Hundreds of people of Dinajpur and Joypurhat districts yesterday took part in a mass signature campaign demanding constitutional recognition of the indigenous community.

Senseless act of a principal

Some 150 HSC students of Joyenpur Adarsha College in Sadullapur Upazila appeared in the test examinations at the residence of the college principal who was earlier suspended on charge of corruption.

Police free 17 out of 19 goons of land grabber

Seventeen of the 19 men, caught and handed over to police for vandalising three business establishments and exploding cocktails at Gopalia Bazar in Baufal upazila on Monday night, were freed from Baufal police station yesterday noon.

Deposition of PWs recorded in 2 cases

Sylhet Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal on Monday recorded deposition of proscution witnesses (PWs) in two cases against the seven accused for the series blasts of August 17 of 2005 in the district town of Habiganj.

Gunpowder seized in Khulna, 2 arrested

Police arrested two youths and recovered 200 grams of gunpowder from their possession on Monday at Patherbazar checkpost under Khanjahan Ali police station of the city.

Two outlaws arrested

Two members of outlawed organisations were arrested in Jhenidah and Savar yesterday and the day before.

One held on charge of smuggling brass coins

DB police arrested one person on Monday for purchasing brass-made one-taka coins each for Tk 20 to 100 allegedly to smuggle them to India.

Bagerhat JCD leader murdered

Police yesterday recovered body of a JCD leader from a paddy field at Badekarapara village under Sadar upazila of the district.

Smuggled timber, liquor seized

Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) jawans,in separate drives, recovered 438 bottles of Indian liquor and 194.73 cubic feet timber worth about Tk 5 lakh from different parts of the district on Sunday.

Bomb attack on Jhenidah BNP leader's house

The residence of Dignagar Union Parishad (UP) and vice-president of BNP Shailakupa upazila unit Shariful Islam came under bomb attack, allegedly by Awami League (AL) activists, on Monday night.

Explosion in sewer hurts 6

At least six people were injured in a blast inside the sewer at Syed Ali Chamber Road in the district town yesterday.

Letters

Curbing corruption

In our country, corruption is the main obstacle against development, consolidation of democracy, social change, establishment of human rights and rule of law, and above all, fulfilling the dream of independence. The Awami League was committed to rooting out corruption. Amendment of the law made the Anti Corruption Commission ineffective. But thankfully, it was suspended after the TIB and other stakeholders protested.

Two contrasting images

People who had no right to even look at the house in which Aung San Suu Kyi was detained now can look at the beaming smile of their leader. Her release ended all the unending hours of waiting, repressed desire for freedom and doubt about her release. Though she looked a bit aged, she appeared fit and composed. Intelligent and focused, she utilised her time in detention by learning different languages. Her perseverance to utilize her prolonged time of detention positively, always nurturing a golden goal in her mind, is remarkable. Thus she has become the symbol of endurance and an indomitable voice of democracy in the face of persecution.

Trip to Paharpur

Paharpur, widely known as Sompur Buddhist Bihar, which had once produced renowned scholars like Atish Dipankar, where the growth of Hinduism eventually led the way to Buddhist philosophy, has been an arcane monastery city to archaeologists around the world. Although I was unaware of its existence until recently when reading about it in the newspaper, I decided to take a trip to this world heritage site.

Our political culture

The most common dialogue of our political leaders is that whatever they do, they do it for the interest of the people. We know that they seldom mean it. The question is -- how long will this go on? They call for hartal every now and then for selfish interest. They are not worried that we suffer. The two major political parties are no different from each other in this respect. Now it is the time for the BNP to call hartal.

Freedom of humanity

It is a great news for the world that Suu Kyi, the icon of democracy has been released at last. After suffering for almost two decades, she has achieved freedom. Her popularity is not confined within the boundary of Myanmar alone. The whole world had been waiting for the release of this great woman. Through her constant sacrifices for the sake of the country, she has won the hearts of millions of people all over the world.

Malnutrition

Children are the future of the nation. But in the rural areas or urban slums they are suffering from severe malnutrition. Children from well-off families are brought up with balanced diet including supplement food for proper growth. But the plight of the rest, millions in number, is horrible. Their earnings are too little to buy staple food for their babies. They cannot even think about nutrition. A long-term plan can improve the situation. But we are in despair seeing the senseless argue of the political parties.

Cricket world cup

After three months the cricket world cup will be held in Bangladesh. The authorities should remove all the billboards from roadsides and relocate the street beggars. They should clean Dhaka and Chittagong cities. We hope the BPC is aware of the matter. We, the general people of Bangladesh, are keen to know what steps the government and the authorities concerned are taking in this regard with the cricket world cup in mind. We hope our government will ensure that we are not let down in front of the foreigners.

The magic of winter

Winter is the season of celebrations. We celebrate “Pitha Utsab” which gives the city people an opportunity to have a look at the way the rural people celebrate by making pitha of different tastes and of traditional varieties. The gift of winter also manifests upon the dining table. Moreover, new vegetables arrive, supply of fishes is somewhat better. The steaming hot pitha made from ground-rice and date-palm molasses flavours the foggy morning.

Good films

In most of the countries of the world films focus on the economic, social and political conditions of the country. These films are also earning international fame for their country. But our country is still lagging behind in this sector. We are only making movies which are cheap source of entertainment. But the good news is that some directors are coming forward with movies like "Made in Bangladesh", "Runway", etc. I think we should make more movies of this category.

We can make a change

Can you see the earth crying in pain? Look around and you will see the polluted water and waste, and groaning trees everywhere. We still have time to change this situation.

Global warming

Global warming is one of the most discussed topics on earth today. It is defined as the increase in the average temperature of the earth's surface, air and oceans, and its projected continuation. The average temperature of the earth has increased with the increased emission of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Climate change is a consequence of heinous activities by humans. So, as the best creation of Allah, we should always be conscious about our activities.

Time to work together

We are one of the least developed nations in the world. Still a lot of things have to be done the common man needs to be properly educated, food sufficiency has to be achieved, etc. In this situation we should all work for the progress of the nation. So why not work together? Our individual interest is futile compared to that.

Corruption

I inherited a small apartment six years back and I was getting house rent from it. I filed income tax return with the help of an income tax lawyer, though I was not required to pay it after retirement from a non-pension able job 20 years back, as I was surviving from the income of my wife and children. I was familiar with income tax, as I had to pay tax when I joined service in 1962. Since I got that apartment at no cost, the Deputy Commissioner of Income Tax continued to raise many objections and ultimately its lawyer settled the issue through underhand deals.

Cricket team's jersey

Of late, a letter published in The Daily Star has drawn my attention. The writer has said that there is no need to mention the name "Bangladesh" on the cricketer's jersey. What a ridiculous thing to say! Bearing the country's name on the jersey makes the player feel proud as well as confident in performing his task. Our cricketers are the representatives of our country. They should bear the country's name on their shirts. Besides, there is no cricket team in the world who do not have their country's name on their jersey. So, thinking about the deletion of the word 'Bangladesh' from the jersey is not a good idea surely!

International

Suu Kyi's emotional reunion with son

In an emotional moment at the Yangon airport, 10 days after her release from detention, Myanmar's Democracy leader Suu Kyi was reunited with her youngest son Kim Aris after a decade-long separation.

Karzai still against Nato night raids

The responsibility for finding peace after more than nine years of war rests with the Afghan people and not with the foreigners, the Afghan president said yesterday.

Dalai Lama wants to give up his role as ceremonial leader

The Dalai Lama intends to retire as head of the Tibetan government in exile next year as he looks to reduce his ceremonial role and scale back his workload, his spokesman told AFP yesterday.

North's artillery strike alarms world powers

The United States vowed to defend its ally South Korea after North Korea rained artillery shells on its neighbour yesterday, killing two people and touching off widespread alarm in world capitals.

Graft row threatens Indian PM legacy, exposes weakness

A widening corruption scandal has exposed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as an honest but ineffectual leader whose failure to dominate has underlined India's weak political system, hampering strong policymaking.

Climate pledges fall short, says UN

The promises countries have made to control carbon emissions will see temperatures rise by up to 4C during this century, a UN report concludes.

PM defended in SC

India's attorney general appeared before the country's Supreme Court yesterday to defend Prime Minister Manmohan Singh against allegations he had failed to act over a massive telecom corruption scam.

Indian police kill 25 suspected Maoists

Indian security forces said yesterday they had killed 25 suspected Maoist guerrillas in the insurgency-riven central state of Chhattisgarh, while two policemen died in a separate land mine blast.

Lanka probes mass grave of soldiers

Sri Lanka yesterday began investigating a claim that Tamil Tiger rebels executed 26 captured government soldiers at the height of fighting between the two sides last year, an official said.

Afghan EC to release final result today

Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission will announce final results from a September 18 parliamentary election today, an official said, after long delays while fraud complaints were investigated.

Obama to get new update on North's showdown

US President Barack Obama was shortly due to get a fresh intelligence update on the crisis sparked by North Korea's artillery barrage against a South Korean island, officials said yesterday.

Obama's 2012 re-election prospects uncertain: Survey

President Barack Obama faces uncertain prospects for re-election in 2012 as many voters question whether he deserves a second term, a new poll said on Monday.

Putin warns tigers 'close to catastrophe'

The plight of the world's last wild tigers "is close to catastrophe", Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin yesterday told an unprecedented summit aiming to save the animal from extinction.

Arts & Entertainment

The many moods of farmers

A four-day Japanese sculpture exhibition ended at Sherpur village under Sailkupa upazila in Jhenidah district last Sunday. A visiting Japanese professor Sepzu Suzuki arranged the exhibition on ecological agriculture and climate issues.

Tribute to a theatre icon

To mark the 102nd birth anniversary of playwright Professor Nurul Momen, a weeklong programme has begun at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) on November 22. Organised jointly by BSA and Aurony Mohona International, the celebration features plays, discussions, video screenings and a photography exhibition.

Hometown’s homage to screen legend

The second Suchitra Sen Film Festival in Pabna begins from Friday, November 26. Suchitra Sen Smriti Shangrakhhan Parishad (SSSSP) is the organiser of the festival, which will showcase the legendary screen diva's popular films in her hometown, Pabna. The eight-day film festival is to be held at Pabna Town Hall premises.

The world through different eyes

To celebrate Eid-ul-Azha, Shapla Natya Goshthi, a member of Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation, staged a play titled “Nanan Rokom Manush Nanan Rokom Katha” at Nichintapur Ideal High School premises on Friday night.

Differently-abled children take to the stage

Differently-abled children of the district, often marginalised, performed recently at a splendid cultural programme in Dinajpur Press Club.

Recalling Hemanga Biswas’ musical contribution

To observe the death anniversary of Gano Sangeet exponent Hemanga Biswas, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) arranged a musical programme at the auditorium of National Music and Dance Centre.

Britto International Artist Workshop-2010 begins today

Britto Arts Trust has organised an art workshop titled “Britto International Artist Workshop-2010” at Sonargaon in Narayanganj. The workshop begins today and will continue till December 3, says a press release. Several artists from different countries are taking part at the workshop. The participating countries are India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, China, Italy, Iran, Malaysia, England and Kyrgyzstan. A number of Bangladeshi conceptual painters are also participating at the programme. The workshop has been held previously in 2003, 2005 and 2008.

Musical Soiree

This month's instalment of the musical programme “Praner Khela” featured popular adhunik singer Shuvro Dev and Nazrul Sangeet artiste Nasima Shaheen. The programme was held at Bengal Gallery in Dhanmondi, Dhaka on November 22.

OP-ED

A party and its falling heroes

The Awami League is a re-energised party in opposition. The Bangladesh Nationalist Party is an organisation in disarray every time it goes out of power. That has been the lesson we have learnt over the years. And the truth of this lesson comes to us anew through the move by the BNP to throw Najmul Huda, one of its foremost spokesmen, out of it for the audacity of dissent he has of late opted for.

Obama's emotional trip to Indonesia

President Barack Obama arrived in Indonesia on November 9 and told reporters he was "deeply moved" to return to the country of his childhood after he was forced to postpone the visit twice. He arrived in Jakarta despite a cloud of volcanic ash spewing out from Mount Merapi in Central Java, which has severely disrupted air travel across the region.

The changing face of Bangladesh

Nowadays, we are so busy coping with the changes in our day-to-day lives that we do not have the time to step back and think for a moment about how Bangladesh is changing and what the changes are. Let's take a trip down memory lane and try to figure out some of the significant changes that took place between 1990 and 2010.

How to get arrested

Life is all about having new experiences, right? So today, boys and girls, we are going to commit a crime. Yes, a real live arrestable offence, right here on this page. I'll tell a joke. You laugh or groan, as applicable.



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