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News of: Friday, 26th of November, 2010

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DU boys go berserk

Angry students of Dhaka University torched two cars and vandalised 25 others after a trainee driver hit a student of the university on the campus yesterday afternoon.

Disappearances in question

Around 10:00am on July 22, 2008. Tusher Islam Titu, 25, was buying bangles for his wife at Dhukuria Bera Bazar in Sirajganj. Suddenly, he heard an unknown voice from behind asking him his name. Shaken, Titu turned back to find he was surrounded by four well-built men.

AL, BNP trade salvos

Ruling Awami League is not worried about the main opposition BNP's threat of resigning en masse from the parliament, as the vacuum can be filled through by-elections, according to AL leaders.

2 ministers slam FBCCI for seeking hartal ban

Two influential ministers of the government yesterday blasted the country's apex trade body, FBCCI, for their stance on enacting law to ban hartal.

EU assures Dhaka of ample fund

European Union leaders have assured that Bangladesh will get adequate funding from the promised European Union Climate Change Adaptation Fund.

'Drug peddler' killed in Rab 'shootout'

An alleged drug peddler was killed in a 'shootout' between his cohorts and members of the Rapid Action Battalion at Belghar bazaar in Madhabpur upazila of Habiganj early yesterday.

JS body mulls scope for administrator

A parliamentary body yesterday discussed appointment of government administrators in place of the mayors and ward councillors whose tenure have expired.

GDP growth 8.4pc likely by 2020

The Least Developed Countries (LDC) Report 2010 has predicted that annual growth of Bangladesh would be 8.4 percent by 2020 and income per capita under PPP (purchasing power parity) method would rise to $2,776 from the present $1,361.

ADB, IDB okay $755m credit

Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Islamic Development Bank have approved loans of $615 million and $140 million for the construction of Padma Multipurpose Bridge.

Victim's father assaulted

The father of a stalking victim was assaulted yesterday while nine stalkers were jailed and another nine were fined in Sirajganj, Bagerhat, Tangail, Netrokona and Madaripur.

Fund delay to affect developing nations

Failure to create the 30-billion dollars climate fund even after one year of international commitment in Copenhagen will badly affect developing countries like Bangladesh, the Maldives and Ethiopia, said environmentalists at a climate change workshop in Delhi yesterday.

Law state minister plays down stalking

State Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Qamrul Islam yesterday blamed a quarter for spreading the news of recent stalking incidents, claiming the stalking incidents are at a tolerable level in the country.

BNP begins pre-hartal agitation

BNP began a six-day agitation programme yesterday by holding rallies and bringing out processions at district and upazila levels across the country.

EU to grant €200m for Bangladesh's development

European Union (EU) will provide nearly €200 million grant support for poverty alleviation, good governance and human rights, human and social development throughout Bangladesh.

Bangladesh's chance for cricket gold

Bangladesh men's cricket team stand on the brink of bringing the country's first-ever Asian Games gold home when they take on surprise package Afghanistan in the final in Guangzhou today.

Raid on CU hall

The law enforcers in a sudden drive last night seized nine illegal firearms and over one hundred rounds of bullets from F Rahman Hall of Chittagong University.

The 'hottest year' in progress

This year is so far tied for the hottest year in a temperature record dating back to 1850 in a new sign of a warming trend, the three major institutes which calculate global warming estimates told Reuters.

King Khan to vote for Sundarbans

Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan is going to perform live at Army Stadium in Dhaka and campaign for the Sundarbans to help it become one of the Seven Wonders of the World on December 10.

Three boys adrift in Pacific for 50 days found alive

Three teenage boys have been found alive after being lost in their boat in the Pacific Ocean for 50 days.

Andromeda 'born in a collision'

The nearest spiral galaxy to the Milky Way -- Andromeda -- was born when two smaller galaxies collided, say astronomers.

Editorial

Striving for MIC status

Having got used to the appellation of LDC (Least Developed Country) for our economic status since 1975, it sounds exhilarating when the finance minister AMA Muhith makes a strong case for upgrading it to a Middle Income Country (MIC) at the fourth LDC conference of the UN to be held in Istanbul in May next year. But what advantage the country and its people will gain from such enhancement of status under the new category of MIC?

Making Bangladesh's women feel secure

The figures say it all. Between January and September this year, no fewer than 434 incidents of stalking of women have been recorded in the country. In the same period, 22 women, unable to resist their tormentors, opted to commit suicide. Note too that other instance of shame in the period we speak of: 34 fatwas have been issued in different regions of the country over incidents involving women -- and this when there are clear High Court directives against fatwas. Overall, these figures inform us of all that we as citizens yet need to do where guaranteeing the safety and security of women is concerned. There is little question that a clear degree of awareness has been created among the populace regarding the menace of stalking or sexual harassment of women throughout the country. The spirited manner in which citizens have been coming together to combat the danger is out there for us to see. It is a condition that should make us feel happy, for seemingly matters are under control. But are they?

Sports

Bangladesh on cusp of history

Bangladesh rode on some excellent spin bowling to romp into the final of the Asian Games cricket with a comfortable five-wicket victory over Sri Lanka at the Guanggong International Cricket Stadium yesterday.

Zimbabwe arrive today

The Zimbabwe cricket team, led by Elton Chigumbura, will arrive in Dhaka today to take part in a five-match one-day series against the hosts who are buoyant after their recent 4-0 drubbing of New Zealand.

ICC Cricket World Cup History

In the previous World Cup, New Zealand hearts were broken as they went down fighting against England in the semifinal, taking the match to the last over.

Siddle rocks England

Peter Siddle celebrated a hattrick and career-best Test figures on his birthday to bowl Australia into a commanding position against England after the opening day of the first Ashes Test at the Gabba Thursday.

Another poor showing

The cricketers made it into the final of the Twenty20 but elsewhere it was just doom and gloom as usual for the Bangladesh athletes in all the disciplines they participated in at the Asian Games in Gaungzhou, China yesterday.

Nat'l cycling starts today

The NCC Bank National Cycling Championship gets underway today amidst disagreement about holding the 34th edition of the meet on the athletic turf at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.

Dhaka Sports Carnival from today

The Prime Bank-Dhaka Sports Carnival begins today at different venues in the city with amateur athletes from 35 social clubs from India, Pakistan, Thailand and Bangladesh taking part in the three-day meet.

U-17 booters start with a win

The Bangladesh U-17 football team began their Subroto Mukherjee Cup Football campaign on a winning note when they handed a lone goal defeat to Lagaland in their Group H opener in Delhi, India yesterday.

Serena skips Aussie Open

Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Australian Open because of a foot injury after winning the Grand Slam event the last two years.

Barcelona stroll

Holders Inter Milan, Barcelona and Manchester United reaped rich reward from contrasting displays as the last three Champions League winners led a group of seven teams into the last 16 on Wednesday.

Relief for Rafa

Inter Milan coach Rafael Benitez breathed a sigh of relief as his reigning champions squeaked into the Champions League knock-out rounds with a 1-0 victory over FC Twente.

Fergie praises Rooney

Sir Alex Ferguson praised the "courage" of Wayne Rooney after the striker scored from the penalty spot late on to seal Manchester United's 1-0 win over Rangers in the Champions League here at Ibrox.

Kalle sets 10-pt target

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has set the defending champions a target of 10 points from their next four league games as they look to close the 14-point gap to leaders Dortmund.

Japan's maiden gold

Japan won their first Asian Games football gold on Thursday with a 1-0 win over the United Arab Emirates who had created and then squandered the best opportunities of the final.

Suarez given 7-match ban

Ajax skipper Luis Suarez's neck-biting attack on a PSV player has cost him dear with the Dutch Football Federation (KNVB) banning the Uruguay international for seven domestic games on Wednesday.

Barca top in Facebook

FC Barcelona says it has attracted over seven million fans on Facebook, making it the most popular sports club on the social networking site ahead of Real Madrid and Manchester United.

Hockey gold Pakistan's

Fired-up Pakistan annexed the Asian Games men's hockey gold medal after 20 years with a convincing 2-0 win over Malaysia in the final on Thursday.

Maryam fails in her 800m bid

World champion Maryam Jamal failed dismally in her bid for a middle distance double Wednesday as a fired-up Pakistan won its first men's Asian Games hockey gold in 20 years.

Windies on back foot

Part-time spinner Tillakaratne Dilshan grabbed two wickets in one over in fading light to boost Sri Lanka's hopes of gaining the lead in the second Test against the West Indies on Thursday.

Afghans stun Pakistan

Afghanistan beat Pakistan by 22 runs on Thursday to reach the final of the Asian Games cricket tournament as the war-torn nation's battling team continued their fairytale rise in the sport.

Becks in Australia sans Victoria

Football superstar David Beckham flew into Australia Thursday for an exhibition game with his team LA Galaxy, but minus his popstar wife Victoria who opted to stay at home.

Business

Eyes on record shares

The stockmarket regulator yesterday gave the green light to the issue of

Western Marine delivers ice-class vessels today

Western Marine Shipyard will deliver two largest vessels ever built in the country to a German buyer today.

SEC resets rules for stockbrokers

Stockbrokers will have to double their deposits against any additional trade exposure to the capital market, according to a new rule set by the Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday.

Tk 100cr more for RMG exporters

The government will roll out an additional stimulus of Tk 100 crore for small- and medium-scale garment exporters to help increase their competitiveness on the global market, said Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday.

LDC dialogue spotlights domestic investment

The least developed countries should strive to attract domestic investors and the diaspora, develop capital market and formulate public private partnership initiative instead of looking to the declining foreign direct investments, economists said yesterday.

Book-building rules altered

Some changes have been brought about in book-building method.

SEZ proposed for German investors

Germany has suggested a reliable and sustainable legal framework in Bangladesh to attract foreign direct investment and setting up a special economic zone (SEZ) here for its entrepreneurs.

Nakugaon upgraded to full-fledged land port

The revenue station in border area of Nakugaon in Nalitabari upazila was upgraded to a full-fledged land port Wednesday.

Oil lower

Oil prices were down in lacklustre Asian trade on Thursday as a "holiday rally" the day before rounded off the last American working day before Thanksgiving, analysts said.

Euro faces pressure on eurozone crisis

The euro faced fresh pressure on Thursday over the eurozone debt crisis as Spain and Portugal came into focus after Ireland launched a new austerity drive as part of a massive debt bailout, dealers said.

Corporate Briefs

RUPALI INSURANCE
Normal trading of the insurer's shares resumes Sunday after a record date for extraordinary general meeting. Another record date for entitlement of the proposed rights shares will be notified after obtaining approval from the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Metropolitan

Inclusion of gender issue in textbooks demanded

The issues of gender sensitivity and human values will have to be incorporated in the textbook curriculum so that children can learn to respect women and give them due dignity, speakers at a roundtable said yesterday.

Padma Bridge to be completed in time, hopes World Bank

The World Bank (WB), one of the major development partners in financing the Padma Multipurpose Bridge, is confident about timely completion of the bridge project.

Two JMB men get seven years' RI

A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced two members of banned Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) to seven years' rigorous imprisonment for using explosives during a robbery in 2005 at the Brac Bank Limited under Kotalipara upazila in Gopalganj.

88 bullets recovered

Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab-2) recovered 88 rounds of bullets, which were looted by Bangladesh Rifles mutineers, from Moneshwar Lane in the city's Hazaribag area yesterday.

CCC mulls 2 shifts for rickshaws

Chittagong City Corporation Mayor M Manjur Alam yesterday said they are planning to start double shift system for rickshaws in the port city in a bid to reduce traffic jam.

Law a must to ban hartal, says Ershad

Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad has favoured formulating a law to ban hartal.

Baksal was formed for people's welfare

Justice AHM Shamsuddin Chowdhury Manik, a sitting judge of the High Court, said Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman formed Baksal in 1975 to unit the nation for the welfare of the people, and even Ziaur Rahman was a member of the party

1 killed in road accident in Panchagarh

A woman was killed and two others injured in a road accident on Panchagarh-Debiganj road at Kaliagonj village under Boda upazila in Panchagarh on Wednesday.

Train-hit college student dies in city

A college student was killed yesterday as a train hit him at Kuril Biswa Road area in the city.

DU Kha unit viva postponed

Dhaka University (DU) Kha unit admission viva, scheduled for tomorrow, has been postponed due to unavoidable circumstances, says a press release.

LDCs urged to raise united voice

Leaders of All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) at a meeting yesterday stressed the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) to raise united voice in upcoming Cancun Climate Conference to bring a fruitful outcome for countries vulnerable to climate change.

'Stop violence against women'

The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women was observed across the country yesterday.

Argentine varsity teacher mugged in city

A female professor of an Argentine university was mugged near Fakirapul Water Tank in the city yesterday morning.

Dredging, waste removal of city rivers to end by 2011

Removal of waste and dredging of four rivers around Dhaka city will be complete within 2011.

Withdraw Nov 30 hartal

Pro-Awami League (AL) lawyers yesterday urged main opposition BNP to withdraw their countrywide hartal called on November 30 for the sake of democracy and rule of law.

Perform duty efficiently

President Zillur Rahman has urged the commanders of the Armoured Corps to perform their duties with skill and efficiency as leaders of the regiments.

Kidnapped Ctg college student rescued

Detective Branch (DB) of Chittagong Metropolitan Police rescued a kidnapped person after arresting five hijackers in the port city on Wednesday night.

CU viva postponed

Chittagong University authorities have postponed viva of G-unit of the 1st year honours admission test scheduled on November 30 due to unavoidable reasons.

Korean volunteers to receive local training

A six-member team of Korea Overseas Volunteers (KOVs) will receive two months local adaptation training to learn local language, culture, and customs.

One stabbed to death in Ctg

A man was stabbed to death by unidentified criminals at Monsurabad C&B colony in the port city yesterday.

Jail authorities fail to produce accused before court

A Dhaka court could not record statement of a witness in connection with the Ramna Batamul carnage case, as jail authorities failed to produce two accused before it yesterday.

National

Bridge not opened in 3 years as approach road incomplete

The bridge over Kumar River in Shailokupa has not been opened for the public even three years after the completion of construction work.

Verdict in Sylhet BDR mutiny case Dec 29

The special court-14, set up at Sylhet Sector headquarters, yesterday fixed December 29 for judgment in BDR mutiny case.

Land grabbers eye widow's land in Patuakhali town

An influential group is grabbing the land in Sabujbagh area of the town, originally owned by a widow, even after a forbidding court order. The group is now threatening the lives of the widow Majeda Begum and her son Mahbub Hasan, a student of Jogonnath University in Dhaka.

A beacon of hope for poor children

“I got a safe shelter and can study here. I feel fine. I can live and eat enough,” Sobinoy Chakma, a class seven student of Kharangipara High School, said expressing his happy feelings at Dashbal Shishu Sadan, a children's home at remote Chelchhara in Ghagra union under Kaukhali upazila.

Singair villagers agitate again over satellite town plan

Farmers of Gobindal, Azimpur, Noyadingi, Laxmipur, Bauntewri, Sahrail and Dakkhin Charigram villages in Singair upazila brought out a procession at the upazila headquarters yesterday protesting the government's alleged move to acquire agricultural lands at the villages to develop a satellite town.

SI sent to jail in case for bribery, torture

Brahmanbaria Chief Judicial Magistrate's Court yesterday sent a sub inspector (SI) to jail after he appeared before the court in a case for bribery and torture.

7 robbers held with arms

Police arrested seven robbers with firearms in Maria area under Kishoreganj Sadar upazila early yesterday.

One more Shibir cadre held at RU

Motihar police yesterday arrested one more Islami Chhatra Shibir cadre in connection with February 9 violence on Rajshahi University (RU) campus.

Snatched tender documents recovered

Police yesterday recovered all the 41 tender documents snatched on Wednesday from a nearby place of Shibganj upazila municipality office.

3-day digital fair from tomorrow

A three-day Digital Innovation Fair-2010 will begin at Sonadanga Public Hall Auditorium here tomorrow. Jointly organised by the office of Khulna Divisional Commissioner and Access to Information (A to I) Project of Prime Minister's Office, the fair will have a total of 32 stalls of both government and private institutions, said Khulna Divisional Commissioner Md Mashiur Rahman. It has been aimed at materialising the dream of digital Bangladesh to enable the country meet global challenges and develop human resources, he said. State Minister for Science and Information Technology Yafes Osman will formally inaugurate the fair as chief guest at 10:30 am. The fair will remain open to all from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm everyday. Access to Information Technology project and office of Khulna Divisional Commissioner will hold two seminars separately. Eminent IT experts Mostafa Jabbar and Munir Hasan will present two keynote papers at the seminars.

Drug peddler sentenced to jail

A mobile court here yesterday sentenced a drug peddler to six months imprisonment. The convict, Anwarul Islam, 40, of Jhhikra village under Kalaroa upazila, used to sell drugs in the upazila for long, locals said. A task force led by Magistrate Mushruba Ferdousi and Narcotics Department Inspector Milon Kumar Mukherjee raided Anwar's house, recovered three bottles of Indian whisky from there and arrested him. The magistrate held a trial near his house and sentenced him to six months' imprisonment.

Valuables looted

Burglars looted cash and gold ornaments from a businessman's house in launch ghat area of the district town on Wednesday noon. Abdul Aziz, owner of the house, said he along with his family members went out for his son's primary terminal examination in the morning and kept the main gate locked. When he returned home at around 1:00pm, he found the main gate and door of the house broken. He said the burglars took away 8 tolas of gold ornament and Tk 2 lakh by breaking open his almirah. On information, police visited the spot.

Woman murdered

A widow was killed by unknown criminals in Chirirbandar upazila on Wednesday night, police said. The dead is Shamiyara Begum, 48, wife of late Abdul Latif of Ichhamati village in the upazila. Police quoted family members as saying that criminals entered her house at around 8:30pm when she was staying alone and strangled her. On return home, her son Md Manik found his mother dead and lying on the floor of her room. Being informed, police rushed to the spot and sent the body to Dinajpur Medical College and Hospital for autopsy. A murder case was filed with Chirirbandar Police Station accusing 10 unidentified people. Police suspect that the woman might have been killed following a land dispute with neighbours.

Suchitra Sen film festival

Suchitra Sen Film Festival will begin here today. Suchitra Sen Smrity Shangrakhhan Parishad has organised the eight-day film festival at Pabna Town Hall. Popula actor Razzak will inaugurate the festival while prominent film director Amjad Hossain will be present as chief guest. Film actors Shohel Rana, Ujjal, film director Kazi Hayat, film actress Diti and Anwara are expected to be present at the inaugural programme.The festival at Suchitra Sen's hometown in Pabna has created great enthusiasm among local people.

Train service disrupted

Train service on Chandpur-Laksham route remained suspended for nearly three hours due to damage of railway sleepers at Balakhal railway station yesterday morning. The accident occurred as necessary repair work was not done for a long time, railway officials said. Chandpur assistant stationmaster Md Golam Mostafa said at around 5:45am, the train line was damaged at two spots after Chittagong-bound train "Meghna Express" passed through Balakhal station. Tain service on the route resumed at around 9:00am.

Two outlaws arrested

Police arrested a regional leader of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP- Red Flag) faction at Ratanpur village in Faridpur upazila on Tuesday night. Another operative of outlawed Janjudhha faction was injured in bomb explosion at Lakhhipur in Ataikula. Police arrested him at a hospital. The arrestees are Asraf Hossain, 26, a regional leader, and Md Eusub Ali, 22, an operative of outlawed PBCP Janajudhho faction. The officer-in-charge of Faridpur Police Station Md Abu Zafar said police arrested Asraf Hossain from his village on Tuesday night. The arrestee is an accused in several cases including five for murder. Police produced him in a court yesterday. Sub-inspector Md Jahidul Islam of Ataikula Police Station said outlaw Eusub Ali of Janajudhha faction was carrying bombs to Jatrapur village on Tuesday night but the bomb suddenly went off, leaving him injured. He was admitted to Pabna General Hospital from where police arrested him, he said.

Acute fodder crisis

Acute crisis of fodder has been prevailing in flood affected Sadar, Naria, Jajira and Bhederganj upazilas of the district. A flash flood recently submerged the low-lying areas of the upazilas, creating acute fodder crisis. Moreover, erosion by the river Padma and the Meghna multiplied the problem. During the recent river erosion and flash flood, affected families along with their domestic animals, including cows and goats, took shelter on embankment and high lands. The affected people, somehow, managed two meals a day but their cattle remained half fed or unfed. They are quite unable to purchase fodder, including straw, rice dust and husk for their high prices in the local markets. Shefali Begum of Sadipur area under Sadar upazila said that she along with her cow took shelter on the nearby embankment during the recent flood. She said she was quite unable to rear her cow for lack of fodder.

Anti-stalking human chain

An anti-stalking forum, based on social networking site facebook, formed a human chain in front of Rangpur Press Club yesterday morning. Speaking at a rally, leaders of the forum said stalking is a social disease and it would spread like a famine if immediate steps are not taken to check it. Speakers also said families along with the government can make children aware about negative impact of stalking. The forum leaders also called upon people from all walks of life to join the awareness campaign in order to eliminate stalking from society once for all.

Letters

Rights of women

In Bangladesh, women constitute half the total population and the majority of them live below poverty line. In our country, over the last few years, women have become visible as productive labour force, but they are deprived of their rights. Women generally work longer hours than men, but they are paid less than men. Undoubtedly, it is a heinous conspiracy to undervalue women's work and their contribution to society. In Bangladesh, female domestic workers are treated badly too. This under-valuation not only reduces women's bargaining power, but also deprives them of the legal rights.

Demolition of the tilted building

The news of demolition of the tilted building by Rajuk did not convince me (source: The Daily Star, 14-11-2010)! An under-construction seven-storey building in Kathalbagan tilted a few days ago. Rajuk, rather than the owner himself, demolished the tilted building!

Tipaimukh dam

The proposed Tipaimukh dam would be one of the rock-filled dams in the world. The main purpose of constructing this dam is to generate hydroelectric power. Bangladesh and its biodiversity will face serious consequences if this dam is constructed. The construction of the dam will destroy the livelihoods of millions of people. All political parties must put aside their differences and unite on this issue. We have seen the consequences of Farakka, and we do not want another Farakka.

Fake birth certificates

At the time of enrolment in the school, most of the students submit fake birth certificates. As far as I know, there are many parents who change their children's date of birth while getting their kids admitted. According to the rules of the Directorate of Primary Education and the six education boards, a student must be above six years for enrolment in class 1 and 14+ for sitting for the SSC examination. How can it be possible for a student to sit for the SSC examination at the age of 14+, getting him/her admitted into class one at the age of 6? I think, everyone will agree with me that it is quite impossible for a student to pass SSC examination before the age of 16+.

Arms factories in Bangladesh

An editorial, published in a local English daily on 10th November, dealt with the busting of an arms factory near Cox's Bazaar. This is just an example of current trend of violence and lawlessness that is fast spreading all over Bangladesh, which is rapidly creating market for illegal arms and ammunitions. Meanwhile, 'eve-teasing', armed robbery, kidnapping, killing and extortion are matters of everyday affair, which was rare and scarce only a decade or so ago. Today, it has become a sad and ugly part of our daily news, with only a small part being reported!

Your editorials

I was disappointed with the editorials, “A legal battle takes to the street” and “BNP's hartal” published on November 14 and 15, 2010, respectively.

The clue is there

A report entitled “Trees dying in Dhaka” published in The Daily Star on 12th November 2010 says that experts are clueless behind the reasons of the death or decay of trees. The experts may be clueless but I, a layman, am not clueless about the reason. My office is in Uttara on Alaol Avenue. There is a road going out of the avenue. The police quarters stand on the road. The road is lined with green trees on both sides. I walk through that road at least twice a day. A few months back in the morning I found, to my astonishment, many trees on the road were scaled from top to bottom. It was done overnight, because the previous evening while I was passing through the road, I saw the trees ok.

Khaleda Zia's eviction

This time, for sure, the Awami League has netted the ball. It was a very smart decision by the AL to evict Khaleda Zia from her residence, keeping in mind that invariably the BNP would go for hartal the following day on November 14, just two days ahead of Eid-ul-Azha, thereby making BNP more unpopular.

Women's cricket team's success

Finally, Bangladesh has earned a silver medal in the Asian Games, which is undoubtedly great news for the nation. We are feeling extremely proud to see our country's name in the list of the medal winners. We should now try to groom this cricket team.

Call charges go abnormally high

The Bangladesh Telecommunication Company Ltd, BTCL has raised its overseas call charges, at least in case of the UK for sure, by as much as three and a half times the previous rate. Since mid August, 2010, they are charging at the rate of TK.24 per minute for a call to the UK (land phone to land phone) irrespective of whether it is dialed through 012 or 00. It was (for dialing through 012) Tk. 7.50 per minute before. According to BTCL, their overseas call rates have been changed since mid August, 2010 as per instruction of Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission, BTRC. They have now done away with the economy ISD rate and made it same for both 00 and 012 dialing. Regrettably, this they have done with no prior notification.

Hartal

The BNP has called another hartal on 30th November 2010. The funny thing is that they are calling this hartal not for establishing people's demands, not for fulfilling the rights of people, but for their leader who has been evicted from her residence.

Thanksgiving Day wish

Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November (November 25 this year) in the United States of America. According to the historical link, earlier this day was celebrated to express gratitude and thanks to God for a bountiful harvest. It has also a religious connection to express thankfulness to God for everything He has given to us.

Online Voices

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Arts & Entertainment

Group Theatre Federation celebrates 30th anniversary

Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation (BGTF), a platform for theatre troupes across the country, celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. To commemorate this special occasion, the organisation has arranged a four-day programme, which begins today at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA). The celebration includes plays, seminar, adda (informal discussion), rally and felicitation.

Ushering in the season of harvest

The season of late autumn brings with it bountiful harvest. 'Nobanno' is a festival that celebrates this season and harvest. And naturally, the festival originated in and used to be celebrated with much gusto in the villages throughout Bangladesh.

Musa Ibrahim’s solo photography exhibition

A solo exhibition featuring photographs by Musa Ibrahim -- the first Bangladeshi to reach the summit of Mount Everest -- begins today at Alliance Francaise de Dhaka, Dhanmondi.

Rural cultural heritage needs safeguarding

A traditional horse race was held amid festivity at Handial union in Chatmohar upazila under Pabna district. The four-day horse race concluded on November 22. Around 35 horses from northern districts of the country took part in the competition.

Aspirations of an emerging folk singer

Since her grand success in the 2006 edition of the musical talent hunt “Close Up One: Tomakei Khujchhe Bangladesh”, Salma has been on the road to glory. Her career has been on the roll with album releases, stage shows and TV programmes. Salma expresses her gratitude to fans and well-wishers who voted for her throughout the competition.

Singing nonsense verses with Chandrabindoo

Some labelled them as “nonsense verses,” while others find the lyrics to be satire on contemporary society -- call it whatever you will but Chandrabindoo seems to be highly successful in capturing the essence of contemporary Kolkata life with their songs.

OP-ED

The house of discontent

Niccolo Machiavelli, the father of Machiavellism, contends that men are so inclined to obey their immediate needs that a deceiver will never lack in victims for his deception. Now that the government has got us to believe the cantonment house given to Khaleda Zia was an ab initio scam, we know a deception took place some thirty years ago.

The house of discontent

Niccolo Machiavelli, the father of Machiavellism, contends that men are so inclined to obey their immediate needs that a deceiver will never lack in victims for his deception. Now that the government has got us to believe the cantonment house given to Khaleda Zia was an ab initio scam, we know a deception took place some thirty years ago.

Elimination of violence against women in Bangladesh

International Day to Protest Violence against Women is observed on November 25. In Bangladesh, violence against women and girls is becoming more and more common and widespread across the country. The so called "eve teasing" is getting wide attention because girls and their guardians are being attacked, and sometimes murdered, because they protested against it.

Maldives: Attempting to work with the unwilling

Sparkling waters of the Indian Ocean with variegated shades of blue surround islands with luxurious over-water bungalows trembling on lagoons. Stylish villas, exotic hotel rooms, innovative facilities and gorgeous beaches make Maldives truly enchanting.

November 4 and beyond

Yet another November 4, the day on which our Constitution was adopted, just went by unnoticed, uncelebrated. However much the constitution cuts across the political divide as a statement of enduring values, we have patently failed to dedicate this date as Constitution Day in the forty years of our nationhood. It is a pity to find this date disappearing from our consciousness and conspicuously missing in the array of designated national dates.

StarTech

Power controls from afar

We are a power-starved nation. According to some statistics, access to electricity in Bangladesh is one of the lowest in the world -- around 70 percent of the total population does not have electricity. In other words, among some 30 million families, about 23 million are deprived of power, most of who live in rural areas. And neither are there any realistic chances that these people will get electricity any time soon.

Day out with N8

On an autumn morning on November 4, twenty-three journalists from electronic and print media participated in a river cruise organised by Nokia Emerging Asia, to experience their latest flagship product N8.

Local blog receives global award

Somewhere in Net Limited, a company operating the largest Bangla social media community became the first organisation in Bangladesh to win the prestigious Red Herring Award.

Acer unveils its tablets

Acer Inc, the world's No. 2 PC manufacturer, unveiled a range of tablet computers to help it compete with Apple Inc's iPad, wading into the fast-growing market.

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India-Pakistan Talks on Ice

Two years after the worst terror attack on Indian soil, the perpetrators of 26/11 remain sheltered behind a wall of subterfuge in Pakistan, only serving to freeze bilateral ties.

India hit by another major corruption scam

India's reputation as a place to do business took another hit after the scandal-tainted government charged top public sector bankers of accepting bribes worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

India test-fires nuclear-capable ballistic missile

India test-fired a nuclear-capable strategic ballistic missile, with a range of 700 km, during an army training exercise yesterday.

Suu Kyi to appeal in party dissolution case

Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi will appeal the Supreme Court's refusal to hear her lawsuit against the junta for dissolving her party, her lawyer said yesterday.

US expresses 'solidarity' with India

Two years after the 2008 Mumbai attacks killed 166 people, the United State stands "in solidarity" with India, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said.

S Korea boosts defences

South Korea said yesterday it would send more troops and guns to frontline islands, as North Korea warned it could follow up this week's deadly shelling with more attacks.

Obama: I don't think about Sarah Palin

President Barack Obama has said he does not think about Republican former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, a possible contender for his job in 2012.

US worried over WikiLeaks release of diplomatic cables

The United States is concerned about a big dumping of classified documents by WikiLeaks which is expected to included diplomatic cables, State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said Wednesday.

Cambodia holds day of mourning

Crowds of mourners offered flowers and incense yesterday at the site of a stampede that killed almost 350 people after panic spread over rumours an overcrowded bridge was about to collapse.

Maliki named Iraq PM for second term

Nuri al-Maliki called for unity among Iraq's factions yesterday after he was named for a second term as prime minister, signalling an end may be in sight to an eight-month political impasse.

New Andhra CM takes oath as

Nallari Kiran Kumar Reddy, an YSR loyalist and former Andhra Pradesh assembly Speaker, was yesterday sworn in as the 16th chief minister of the state.

Queen arrives in Abu Dhabi for state visit

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh have arrived in Abu Dhabi for a five-day state visit to the Gulf.



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