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Front Page

Guilty yet get off scot-free

Almost all drivers responsible for road accidents across the country escape punishment through legal loopholes and continue to commit such offences, resulting in heavy casualties.

Dhaka may get 2-4 mayors

Dhaka City Corporation may be split into two or four parts, and elections to those are likely after that, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said.

BNP sticks to boycott guns

The seventh session of the Jatiya Sangsad begins today amidst the main opposition's boycott of parliament.

Mob kills 3 'robbers'

A mob beat dead three alleged members of a robber gang who had opened fire on locals killing one at Muradnagar upazila in Comilla yesterday.

Dreaming beyond unforgiving life

How many diamonds in the rough have ended as ordinary pebbles in the heat and pressure of life unforgiving? Well, in the havens of poverty, a mind boggling many.

Industries remain unprotected

Since the inauguration of Industrial Police on November 1, over 20 incidents of unrest happened at different garment factories in and around the capital. But the specialised police unit could not take part in any operation to calm those or start an investigation into them.

Pakistan army stresses loyalty

Pakistan's army stressed its loyalty to civilian politics after diplomatic correspondence leaked by whistleblowers WikiLeaks said the military had considered deposing the country's president.

Shifting not finished yet

Removal of household belongings of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia from her previous residence in Dhaka cantonment continued for the second day yesterday.

Police to probe boy's death in their custody

A one-member probe committee will be formed by the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) authorities to investigate the death of teenager Sagor who died in police custody on November 30.

Fire burns 5 'factories' in Old Dhaka

A fire gutted five makeshift plastic factories and several shops at East Islambagh at Chawkbazar in Old Dhaka early yesterday.

Sepoy Baset says sorry after conviction of contempt

Sepoy Abdul Baset, the mutineer who received a six-month penalty for contempt of court, apologised verbally to the court for his offence yesterday.

Perform neutrally

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said that judges must remain alert to provide justice to the people with honesty, neutrality and professional attitude.

Health ministry promotion braces for controversy

The Departmental Promotion Committee of the health ministry will sit today for the promotion of officials to 121 cadre posts based on a short list that allegedly includes non-cadre doctors.

RMG unrest in Ashulia again

At least 10 people, including two policemen, were injured in a clash between law enforcers and garment workers over the sudden closure of a factory at Jamgara in Ashulia yesterday.

First foreign secy Fateh passes away

The country's first foreign secretary and the senior most diplomat in the Mujibnagar administration AFM Abul Fateh passed away yesterday at 7:45 in London of natural causes.

Army men beat up three in city

Some army personnel in civil dress beat up three persons at a boutique in the city's Mohammadpur area last night in a dispute over possession of the shop.

Kyoto row hits climate talks

UN climate talks in Cancun ran into a storm Friday as a deepening split emerged over the future of the carbon-cutting Kyoto Protocol.

Israel sad as Brazil recognises Palestine

Israel yesterday said it was disappointed by Brazil's decision to recognise a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders, saying it flew in the face of efforts to negotiate a peace deal.

Will WikiLeaks survive minus Assange?

Its founder is a wanted man, its systems are under attack, it is condemned from the capitals of the world.

Editorial

Toxic ships in Bangladesh waters

The entry of sixteen toxic ships into Bangladesh waters, despite clear High Court orders prohibiting such entry, is a matter which arouses the concern of every citizen. As a report in Friday's issue of this newspaper makes clear, the shipping and environment departments have obviously seen little reason not to let these ships in. It is here that one wonders: are these departments at all aware of the legal moves taken in the recent past to keep such toxic vessels away from Bangladesh or have they simply decided on their own that High Court directives matter little and can easily be flouted? The sixteen ships in question have been given no objection certificates (NOCs) by the shipping authorities and are therefore now busy with the task of scrapping. Perhaps the issue would not have come to light had the Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA) not kept track of circumstances. The organization has served a legal notice on those responsible for issuing the NOCs despite the clear, unambiguous High Court orders relating to the issue.

For lasting peace in the CHT

Why is the CHT region still a place of occasional violence and discontent, so many years after signing of the peace accord in 1997?

Sports

Fingers crossed for Mashrafe

In the past, whenever Mashrafe Bin Mortaza had made a return from injury he came back with more verve. But this is not the case for the country's leading paceman this time around.

Lord's for memory, guts in Manchester

Before Tamim Iqbal, a procession of wickets was guaranteed. But for the last two years, Bangladesh have been given a good start with the bat. This year, in particular, the left-hander has scored 837 runs nearly at an average of 60 in Tests and some more in ODIs. More than the runs, Tamim has added a much-needed stability. The Daily Star Sport's Mohammad Isam met him yesterday at the team hotel.


A sprint cut short

In his prime, he was the man who could run faster than anyone in the country. Off the track, Mahbub Alam remained humble despite all his achievements and was equally loved by his fellow athletes and coaches. The country lost this glorious man in a road accident yesterday.

ICC Cricket World Cup History

The 1992 World Cup was the first appearance on the global stage of players who are well-known to today's generation, and some who have since been idolised and elevated to the status of all-time greats and geniuses.

No practice under lights

Bangladesh will play Monday's scheduled third day-night one-dayer against Zimbabwe at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium without any practice under lights.

Premier Div from Dec14

The Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolis (CCDM) yesterday confirmed that the Premier Division League would start on December 14.

Commander Cook

Alastair Cook again proved to be an immovable force, blunting Australia's bowlers to put England in a commanding position in the second Test at the Adelaide Oval on Saturday.

The marathon man

Alastair Cook is proving to be the marathon man for England in the Ashes series with his herculean batting performances and he puts it down to being able to concentrate for long periods.

Gautam confirms series

Gautam Gambhir hit a second successive century as India crushed New Zealand by nine wickets in the third one-day international on Saturday to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series.

BD League this month

The first phase of the fourth Bangladesh League football competition will be held over December 27 to March 5 at the Birshreshtha Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur.

Siddikur now 8th in Delhi

Siddikur Rahman produced a spectacular third round score of 5-under-par to move within five shots of the overall leader in the Hero Honda Indian Open golf tournament in New Delhi yesterday.

Lazio flying high

Lazio moved joint-top of Serie A with a 3-1 home win over Inter Milan on Friday which plunged the champions and coach Rafael Benitez into a fresh crisis after the worst of their problems seemed to have passed.

Snub shocks US media

American media reacted Friday with shock to FIFA's decision to snub a US bid for the 2022 World Cup in favor of Qatar, some dubbing the move a "money grab" from a nation rich in oil and natural gas.

FA can't trust FIFA

The acting chairman of the English Football Association has said he will not take the job on a permanent basis in the wake of England's 2018 World Cup defeat because he "cannot trust" FIFA.

Kaiser wants 2022 WC in January

German football legend Franz Beckenbauer has suggested that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar be held in January to avoid the searing summer heat in the Gulf country.

UEFA ban a medal

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho called a two-match UEFA ban for improper conduct a medal and not a punishment on Friday and said he had been singled out for special treatment by the European governing body.

Strike affects La Liga

A wildcat strike by air traffic controllers which has produced Spain's first state of alert since the return to democracy on the 1975 death of Franco has affected the country's football fixtures with leaders Barcelona having their match postponed to Sunday.

MU match called off

Manchester United's bid to maintain their position on the top of the Premier League with victory at Blackpool on Saturday has been scuppered by the freezing temperatures in England.

New deals for L'pool kids

Liverpool youngsters Daniel Pacheco and Martin Kelly were given new long-term contracts with the Premier League club on Friday.

Robbie exit on the cards

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp will allow Republic of Ireland captain Robbie Keane to leave White Hart Lane in the January transfer window.

Canales out for a month

Real Madrid will be without Sergio Canales for three to four weeks after the Spanish midfielder sprained his ankle during training, the club said Friday.

Balotelli, Boateng trade blows

Controversial Italian striker Mario Balotelli and Manchester City teammate Jerome Boateng were involved in a training ground bust-up, it was claimed on Friday.

Business

BB spots new cases of loan diversion

The central bank has identified two more incidents of diverting loans to the stockmarket.

Knitwear may get Japan's zero tariff

Bangladesh is likely to get zero tariff benefit in knitwear exports to Japan next year, as rules of origin (RoO) on apparel imports from least developed countries are expected to be relaxed by Tokyo.

IMF seeks data on banks' stock investment

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) may impose new conditions on the $1 billion loan to Bangladesh, limiting investment by banks in the stockmarket to mitigate risks in the financial sector.

Indian institute offers training on stockmarket

Pearl Institute of Financial Market, an India-based training organisation in the field of share, commodity and currency market, started Bangladesh operations yesterday.

Business leaders underline trade services

Bangladesh needs to understand the global trade challenges better through right platforms and developing knowledge and skills as the country's economy continues to open up, business leaders and bankers said yesterday.

Steps underway for food safety

A new legislation, along with improvements in laboratory analytical capacities and development of a traceability system from hatchery to export, has created a sound environment for ensuring food safety in Bangladesh, analysts said.

Furniture fair starts tomorrow

A six-day furniture fair will begin in Dhaka tomorrow, eyeing expansion of the local markets in homemade furniture.

Proper role of the central bank

The recent initiative of the United States Federal Reserve to stimulate economic growth by injecting some $600 billion through the purchase of US Treasury bonds, known as the "Quantitative Easing" (QE2), has generated considerable controversy and debate both abroad and in the USA. The concern abroad is that this would cause their currencies to appreciate against the dollar and thereby reduces their export competitiveness. The outside world, which holds a lot of the US Treasury debt instruments, also worries that this policy will inflict capital losses by inflating the US economy and lowering the real value of these dollar debt instruments. The concern in the US is that the fiscal deficit is already very high ($1.3 trillion or 8.9 percent of GDP); this action will further raise the budget deficit and also increase inflationary expectations.

The push and pull of mobile banking

Preventing money laundering, eliminating informal foreign remittance inflows and promoting savings among rural people have driven the theme of “financial inclusion” worldwide. Financial inclusion aims to include more people in the banking process. In Bangladesh, where only 13 percent of the population has a bank account and 33 percent a mobile phone, relevant parties are considering using mobile phones to deliver banking to the unbanked. In such initiatives, bank-nominated agents perform banking activities, including opening a mobile bank account and providing cash.

TNT GM due today

TNT Express General Manager for Middle East and Subcontinent Associates Tim Frank will arrive in Dhaka today on a three-day visit.

Australia's Myer to sell online from China

Australia's largest department store chain Myer will open an online business based in China in a bid to lure Australian customers with the promise of zero taxes on their goods, reports said Saturday.

Honda to end motorcycle joint venture in India

Honda Motor Co. plans to sell its stake in India's top-ranked motorcycle maker, Hero Honda Motors, and instead focus on its wholly owned subsidiary in the country, a news report said Saturday.

Tata plans hiring spree in Detroit

Tata Technologies, a subsidiary of India's Tata Motors, said Friday it plans to hire 400 engineers by the end of the year at its technical center near Detroit to help with projects for car makers in North America.

Spain backs pension reform

Spain's government Friday set a date to raise the retirement age and backed multi-billion-euro sales of stakes in the lottery and airports in a bid to ward off debt pressures threatening the country.

Wall Street strengthens

Wall Street enters a typically quiet pre-holidays week following a tumultuous week that ended with strong gains despite grave concerns about the eurozone and mixed US economic data.

Taiwan firms bid for AIG's unit

Five Taiwanese companies are bidding for US insurance giant AIG's local unit, Nan Shan Life, with offers of between two and three billion US dollars, the bidders and media said Saturday.

Weekly Currency Roundup

November 28- Dec 2, 2010

Metropolitan

Female students highly vulnerable to stalking

Female students are highly vulnerable to sexual harassment including stalking on their way to and from school, which can increase their drop out rate, said development experts at a workshop yesterday.

Edible oil prices need not be fixed, says refiner

Bangladesh Edible Oil Ltd (BEOL) yesterday urged the government not to fix up the edible oil price in branded segment, saying that it will hamper brand building in the country.

Resolve anarchy in industrial sector with sincerity: Sahara

Home Minister Sahara Khatun yesterday urged the members of Industrial Police to resolve any unwanted situation in industrial sector with their merit and sincerity.

Use agri loan properly, repay on time

Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury yesterday urged farmers to play their role in strengthening country's economy through proper utilisation of agricultural credits.

Ershad for electoral reform

Jatiya Party (JP) Chairman HM Ershad yesterday demanded reforms in polling system for electing public representatives in terms of the proportion of votes.

Accident or murder?

Family members, friends and colleagues of late Ganotantri Party President Nurul Islam yesterday demanded a transparent and neutral investigation into the fire incident at his Lalmatia residence in the capital that had killed the politician and his son Tamohor Islam two years ago.

Dhaka-Ctg highway blocked

Dhaka-Chittagong highway was blocked for two hours following death of a local in road accident at Lolati in Sonargaon early yesterday.

Suhrawardy's anniversary of death today

The 47th death anniversary of Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy will be observed in the country today.

Deaths from drowning turn into 'silent epidemic'

Drowning, one of the leading cause of deaths of children aged between 10 months and 17 years, has turned into a “silent epidemic” in Bangladesh and some other countries in South and Southeast Asia, maintianed public health researchers from home and abroad yesterday.

BNP creating anarchy over the house: BCL

Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) yesterday said BNP is trying to create anarchy in the country over the cantonment residence that the Leader of the Opposition Khaleda Zia lost in a legal fight.

Call for social movement to ban tobacco farming

Bangladesh Paribesh Andolon (Bapa) General Secretary Dr Abdul Matin yesterday said nationwide social movement is necessary to ban tobacco cultivation in the country.

Set clauses in constitution for Dalit community

Speakers at a programme yesterday demanded special clauses in the constitution to ensure the Dalit and Excluded people free from social exclusion, oppression and disregard.

English teaching dev event held

A two-day educational development programme titled Leadership in English Language Teaching ended at Brac Centre Inn in the city on Friday, says a press release.

Prevent repression against women: Deputy speaker

Deputy Speaker of the Jatiya Sangsad Shawkat Ali yesterday urged the people of all spheres to come forward for preventing woman repression in the country.

Ulema Mashaikh leaders meet Khaleda

A delegation of Sammilita Ulema Mashaikh Parishad last night met BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia to discuss its action programme for removal of the director general of the Islamic Foundation Bangladesh.

Women helped war victory significantly

Women with their participation in the Liberation War contributed significantly to achieving and confirming the victory, speakers told a roundtable yesterday.

DU Kha unit interview from Dec 18

Interview of successful candidates of Dhaka University Kha unit admission examination will be held from December 18 to 23.

Four fake DB men held

Police arrested four fake Detective Branch (DB) men in the city's Kakrail area last night.

National

Coolie looks after railway station, vendor sells ticket!

Six of the 10 railway stations in Parbotipur-Chilahati railway section under Western Zone of Bangladesh Railway (BR) have remained virtually closed for long due to manpower crisis.

Joint survey of disputed Sylhet-Meghalaya borders begins Dec 7

Joint survey of the disputed borders along Sylhet-Meghalaya will begin 7 December.

Ticket counter torched, bus vandalised as it hits lawmaker's car

Jubo League activists went berserk at Boronagar on Kaliganj bypass road as a bus hit the car of a lawmaker at Taltia in Kaliganj upazila yesterday morning.

Kids attend classes amid risk of life

Students of Mirzapur Munshi Shahidur Rahman non-government registered primary school in Narail Sadar upazila attend their classes amid risk of life as cracks have developed in the roof and walls of the school building.

36 houses gutted in Khulna, hostel rooms in Barisal

Four rooms of Debendranath Ghosh Student Hostel adjacent to city's BM College were gutted in a fire on Friday evening.

Burglary in Bagerhat

Thieves took away cash and valuables from a house at Patilakhali village in Sadar upazila making the members of the house unconscious early Friday.

Outlaw held in Meherpur

Police arrested a member of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-ML) faction Janajuddho from Nawdapara village in Gangni upazila of Meherpur early Thursday. The arrestee was identified as Badar Uddin alias Bodu, 29, of Nawdapara, a bomb-maker of the party.

280 saplings destroyed in Natore

Criminals destroyed around 280 mango and mahogany saplings at Shukulpatti area under Sadar upazila of the district on Wednesday night.

JMB man arrested

Police on Wednesday night arrested Obaidur Rahman Ibne Abdullah, brother of Sheikh Abdur Rahman, the executed kingpin of JMB from Islampara area of the city. He was placed before the District Chief Judicial Magistrate court Justice Dilip Kumar Bhoumik Thursday afternoon and the court sent him to jail. Office-in-charge Borhan Uddin of Sadar police station said a team of patrol police arrested him while he was moving suspiciously in Islampara area in the evening. Obaidur is the main accused in a case filed against him for bomb attack on a catholic church in Baniarchar which left 10 killed and 50 injured.

Murder in Chuadanga

Criminals murdered a man in Bademazu village in Alamdanga upazila in Chuadanga. The victim was identified as Zafar Ali, 25, son of Ahad Ali of the same village. Police recovered his slaughtered body on Wednesday. Zafar was a carpenter. Police said Zafar left for his workplace in Housepur area in Alamdanga upazila on Tuesday morning. Police said Zafar left the work place at about 6:30 pm for home on Tuesday and since then he was missing. Locals found Zafar's body at Khasbhui field on Wednesday afternoon. Police sent the body to Chuadanga Sadar Hospital for autopsy. A case has been filed in this regard.

Cattle drown in Jamuna

At least 28 cattle drowned and four cattle traders injured when an engine boat capsized in the Jamuna river in Sadar upazila of the district Thursday morning. Police and local sources said seven cattle traders along with 33 cattle on board an engine boat were going to Gopindashi market from Motishaheb terminal of Sadar upazila. At around 7:00am a sand laden trawler collided head on with the boat. All the passengers of the boat swam ashore but 28 out of 33 cattle drowned.

Letters

Biotechnology in agricultural improvement

Some people say that conventional breeding techniques alone may be sufficient to increase the yield of food grains to feed the growing population of Bangladesh. But do they take the rapidly changing climate and increasing incidence of natural disasters, such as sudden flood or drought, decreasing availability of farmlands or declining water availability on earth's surface into account?

Tilting buildings of Bangladesh!

Centuries after the leaning tower of Pisa was built, we in Bangladesh are determined to build many tilting buildings in the many urban areas of Bangladesh! The easy way out seems to be to pass the blame on building designers! The reality is however something very much different! It starts as a case of 'ignorance is bliss'; with economy drive being the sole criteria of work! To begin with, ground clearance between adjacent buildings, which is quite important, is ignored! Every one wants to occupy as much land as possible, and the important clearances between built-up areas are ignored! Unlike Dhaka and may be Chittagong, there are no Rajuk like organisation to give approval, after taking into consideration these factors!

Showing patience to aging parents

This is a story about an old man and his son. It was a lovely day and both were sitting outside in their lawn. Hearing the chirping of a sparrow, the man asked, “What is that?” The son, who was busy reading the newspaper, nonchalantly replied, “A sparrow.” The man asked the same question a couple of times, and each time the son replied with increasing impatience and annoyance. At one point, the son burst out, “How many times will I have to tell you that it's a sparrow?” The man went in and came back with a diary, asking the son to read it aloud.

Parliamentary democracy

There is nothing the BNP chief likes more than a fit of tantrum, and there is no saying who or what will provoke her. The thought that the destiny of our nation is determined by such people is indeed alarming. Though for long she has been famous for her tantrums, her latest act was a little too much. Unruly behaviour by a senior parliamentarian sets a bad example for first-time MPs. People watching the proceedings of the parliament as well as reports from print media received a jolt on seeing how casually an MP dishonoured parliamentary democracy and the rule of law of the judiciary.

WikiLeaks revelations

This whistle-blower website should be applauded for leaking so many secret documents. The best governance or democracy is one that is fully transparent and accountable. These leaks will have a sobering effect on reckless public servants at all levels and will bring greater morality to their behaviour.

Utter disrespect for law!

As soon as anyone comes out on the street, he or she is sure to be confronted with this phenomenal problem. It seems there is no respite from it. No one is willing to abide by the law; be he a rickshaw puller, truck driver, bus driver or car driver; everybody behaves in the same manner. Everybody wants to go ahead of the other, no matter whether it is right or wrong. Even a rickshaw puller, knowing very well that he cannot go faster than a motor vehicle, would, by all possible mean, try to overtake the car in front, in a bid to establish his supremacy over it.

Dhaka University campus

Dhaka University is one of the leading public universities of the country. But it is a matter of regret that the campus environment is going from bad to worse day by day. The university is situated in the middle of the city. As a result, the campus is always overcrowded. The roads are always busy with rickshaws, microbuses, ambulances and even local buses. Road accident is regular news. There are about 100 rickshaw garages in the campus. Besides, there are a large number of unhygienic roadside food shops. There is no place left for the DU students to sit, because outsiders gather everywhere. Roads are dirty and also in a bad condition. DU campus is now a place for the vagabonds, beggars, rickshaw-pullers and drug addicts.

Tribute to a war hero

I came to know about him when I started reading books on our Liberation War. I did not see him face to face, but his activities gave me inspiration. He was Lt. General Mir Shawkat Ali, Commander of Sector-5 in our Liberation War. He was a former minister, lawmaker and ambassador. He was also an active member of the Sector Commanders' Forum.

Traffic jam on highways

Now-a-days inter-district buses plying on Dhaka-Chittagong highway face severe traffic jam frequently at different points. Traffic jam starts from Sayedabad Bus Terminal and continues till the Kanchpur Bridge in the beginning of a journey. It occurs again on Gouripur- Motlob road and then on Moynamoti road of Comilla cantonment area. The authorities can build overpasses or take other alternative steps to save the commuters' time and lessen their miseries.

Acid violence

Acid throwing is one of the most heinous crimes and very common in our country. Almost every day, we find the news of acid throwing in the daily newspapers. A frustrated lover who fails to win the heart of his beloved usually commits such obnoxious crime. In most cases, the victims succumb to injuries. Those who survive lead a miserable life with irreparable scars on their face and body.

USA's economic woe

The root cause of America's unprecedented economic recession is the non-performing home loan. So-called 'sub-prime'- loan i.e. lending to a borrower of poor credit history with high flexible interest rate was made assuming abnormal degree of non-payment risk. Again, mainly basing on banks' huge home-loan business different kind of non-bank financial and non-bank, non-financial institutions in great number, such as Realtor, Processor, Discounter, Underwriter, Insurer, Re-insurer, Inspectors' firm, Service agency, title agency, closing agency etc. appeared and started playing in the market. Derivative financial products like bond, share, debenture etc. were assiduously structured and floated in the market. Most of the banks including the mega ones started to fail one after another due to capital and reserve inadequacy.

Showing tolerance

We watched in the media how Begum Khaleda Zia broke down at her Gulshan office as she was evicted from her cantonment residence where she had lived for nearly four decades. Whether the eviction was legal or not is not my concern. It is clear that she loved the house very much and that is quite natural.

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International

Obama returns to US after a surprise Afghan visit

US President Barack Obama returned to the US capital early yesterday after a surprise visit to Afghanistan where he assured US troops they were winning the war against the Taliban.

Sarkozy on four-day India trip

French President Nicolas Sarkozy began a four-day trip to India yesterday, pitching for new nuclear energy contracts while stressing his hosts' increased power in world affairs.

'Climate change to cause a million deaths a year'

By 2030, climate change will indirectly cause nearly one million deaths a year and inflict 157 billion dollars in damage, according to estimates presented at UN talks on Friday.

Website battles to stay online

WikiLeaks was battling to stay online yesterday after Sweden issued a new arrest warrant for its elusive boss Julian Assange, while PayPal axed donations access for the whistleblowing website.

Mehsud not behind Benazir's killing: Zardari

Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari had dismissed a suggestion by then US Ambassador Anne Patterson that Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud was responsible for Benazir Bhutto's death, saying he was 'just a pawn' in the process, according to a WikiLeaks expose.

Karzai doubts credibility of US leaked cables

Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai said yesterday he doubted that US diplomatic cables leaked by the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks were real.

14 killed in Baghdad attacks

Six Iranian pilgrims were among 14 people killed in a spate of bombings across Baghdad on Saturday morning, security officials said.

WikiLeaks battles to stay online

WikiLeaks was battling to stay online yesterday after Sweden issued a new arrest warrant for its elusive boss Julian Assange, while PayPal axed donations access for the whistleblowing website.

Philippine leader says media ruining his love life

The Philippines' bachelor president has appealed for privacy, saying journalists' prying eyes are ruining his love life.

Pak hackers shut Indian crime bureau website

A group calling itself the "Pakistani Cyber Army" has hacked into the website of India's federal crime investigation bureau and left a warning message to Indian hackers, local media said on Saturday.

CBI to question Raja soon say sources

Former Telecom Minister A Raja will be questioned by the CBI in connection with the 2G scam -estimated to be worth 1.76 lakh crore rupees and described as India's biggest swindle.

Musharraf vows never to visit India again

Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf has vowed never to visit to India again after being denied a visa by the Indian government, a report said Friday.

Court allows CBI to arrest 3 execs in loan probe

A special court yesterday said it would allow the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to re-arrest three executives from Money Matters Financial Services, the company implicated in the bribes-for-loan investigation.

Latest developments

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, reported to be in Britain, said he and colleagues were aware of death threats following the website's publication of US diplomatic cables.

Arts & Entertainment

A touch of Mughal grandeur at Lalbagh Fort

The gala event of 6th Citycell-Channel i Music Awards was held at Lalbagh Qilla (fort), Dhaka on December 3. This year's awards included fifteen categories, including a Lifetime Achievement Award. Pioneering Nazrul Sangeet artiste and exponent Feroza Begum received the Lifetime Achievement Award this year.

Rockstars call out to real men: Say no to gender violence

Leading rock bands of the country played to the delight of young music enthusiasts at a major concert on December 3. The concert at Army Stadium was arranged by Bangladesh Musical Bands' Association (BAMBA) and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). The call was, “Say No To Violence Against Women: Be A Real Man!”

Time and Beyond

Eminent sculptor Hamiduzzaman Khan's 27th solo exhibition titled 'Time and Beyond' is being held at Galleri Kaya in Uttara -- showcasing some of the artist's smaller pieces of work cast in bronze as well as watercolours that he has worked on throughout last year.

DU Theatre Festival at Shilpakala

The University of Dhaka (DU) is holding a four-day theatre festival at the National Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. Starting on December 3, the festival features two plays by the Department of Theatre, DU. The plays “Madhyambyaog” and “Shiddhanto” were recently staged during the DU annual theatre festival at the TSC auditorium.

‘‘Julius Caesar” comes to town

TARA ARTS London in association with Stage One Dhaka (www.stageonedhaka.com) and British Council launches their latest international touring production in Bangladesh and India. Shakespeare's most famous Roman tragedy “Julius Caesar” is performed in English and Bangla with an all-female multinational cast, says a press release.

OP-ED

No cheeky diplomacy please!

A new war has broken out in the world. Its cause is not clear and its effect is yet to be understood. It cannot be called a cyber war. Yet cyberspace is the domain which is used to carry out all the belligerence. The war so far looks asymmetric. Here, the big powers looks the weakest and most vulnerable. On the other hand, a single organisation called Wikileaks is the Empire which is striking with full force. The pace at which Wikileaks is striking is simply phenomenal. The world powers are seemingly dazed and in a cyber stupor.

S.M. Ali -- The man and the journalist

There are some among us who impact our lives through their thoughts, while there are others who inspire us with their deeds, while the bravest and wisest both think courageously and act diligently. Late S.M. Ali was one of those rare people who belong to the third category. Even though he spent a significant portion of his life outside Bangladesh, it never had any effect on his ability to envision a future for Bangladesh, which not many had the sagacity to foresee.

Life-sketch of S.M. Ali

Today is the 82nd birth anniversary of Syed Mohammad Ali, founder editor and publisher of The Daily Star. He was the nephew of famous writers Syed Mujtaba Ali and Syed Murtaja Ali.

Bangladesh holocaust of '71

It was the most brutal genocide ever known in the history of mankind. History has never seen such a large number of people wiped out in such a short period of the nine months of the Bangladesh liberation war. Between March 25, 1971 and December 16, 1971, Pakistani occupation army and their local collaborators killed 3 million innocent, unarmed people, violated more than a quarter million women; destroyed most of the factories, roads, bridges and culverts, burned houses, engaged in indiscriminate arson and plundering and created such an unbearable situation that 10 million people were forced to leave their country.

My right to justice

A few hours before the birth of the new nation, on the evening of December 15, 1971, a microbus covered in mud, drove up to the front of our house. They took my father Dr. Abdul Alim Chaudhury away. On December 18, we found his lifeless body lying in a pool of blood in the Rayer Bazaar brickfield along with hundreds of other leading intellectuals of the day.

An end to impunity

The phrase juddhaporadhider bichar can sometimes give you a misleading impression. If you take the words in the sense of "trial of war criminals" then there is an apprehension of losing the complete sense it tries to convey about the ongoing trial of international crimes suspects. The words confine the meaning within only "war crimes", which should be its genus "international crimes", i.e. war crimes, genocide, crimes against humanity, and crimes against peace and international law.

CHT accord: hope and reality

In order to resolve the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) problem through political and peaceful means, the CHT Accord, popularly known as CHT Peace Accord was signed between the Government of Bangladesh (GoB) and the Parbatya Chattagram Jana Samhati Samiti (PCJSS) on December 2, 1997. This Accord was achieved after a series of dialogues between the government and PCJSS. This Accord paves the way for re-introducing special government system in CHT.



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