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News of: Monday, 6th of December, 2010

Front Page

Canals for grabbers

Natural canals crisscrossing the low-lying areas along the Mohammadpur flood protection dam are disappearing fast due to encroachment by land grabbers.

Govt to unearth the facts

Reacting sharply to the recent controversy over Grameen Bank, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said yesterday it must be investigated extensively to find out if there was any unlawful activity.

Cap on soaring soya oil prices

After a series of pleas, warnings and meetings with top edible oil refiners, the government has set the mill gate and retail prices of edible oil to stop it from skyrocketing in the local market.

Khaleda moves all belongings

Representatives of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia have received all her belongings including 29 air conditioners, 48 pieces of sofa, six television sets and five refrigerators from the Dhaka Cantonment house that she lost in a legal battle.

No construction near Lalbagh fort

The High Court yesterday directed the Lalbagh police to take steps within 24 hours to stop the construction work going on near the boundary of historical Lalbagh Kella (fort) in Old Dhaka.

Hamid beckons opposition

At the beginning of the seventh session of the Jatiya Sangsad yesterday, Speaker Abdul Hamid urged BNP-led opposition lawmakers to return to the House to make it more effective and strengthen democracy in the country.

Trust not there right now

Bangladesh could earn a huge revenue by allowing transit to neighbouring countries but it is also about building trust, Mashiur Rahman, the prime minister's adviser on economic affairs, has said.

50,000 apartments within 5 years

The Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) is going to build more than 50,000 apartments in three different housing projects for middle and lower-middle income groups in the capital in next three to five years.

Gangasagar site selected

Gangasagar, a small train station in Akhaura, and Agartala of Tripura, have been selected for establishing direct rail-link between Bangladesh and the northeastern part of India.

Stalker gone wild

An exasperated stalker went wild and attacked the girl and her father with a sharp weapon in Barguna.

Prof Yunus hails bid to probe

Nobel Laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus has welcomed any probe into the allegation against Grameen Bank of unauthorised transfer of funds.

800 unknown workers sued

A Dhaka court yesterday granted one-day remand for the three garment workers who were held and shown arrested during the Saturday's clash between Universe Knitwear Factory workers and law enforcers in Ashulia on the capital's outskirts.

SC resumes hearing on appeal against acquittal of six

The Supreme Court today resumes hearing on the leave-to-appeal petitions filed by the government against the High Court judgment that acquitted six former army personnel in the jail killing case.

Charges framed against 187

A BDR Special Court yesterday framed charges against 187 accused mutineers of signal sector of the force's Pilkhana headquarters.

7 teams to scout jobs overseas

The government has decided to send seven teams to different countries of Asia, Europe and Africa to explore new job markets.

One shot dead in city

A trader was shot dead on Noorjahan Road in the capital's Mohammadpur area last night.

Pirates hijack Bangladeshi ship in the Arabian sea

Pirates have hijacked a Bangladesh-flagged ship in the Arabian Sea off the coast of India, shipping officials in Dhaka said yesterday.

China 'hacked' Google

Senior Chinese figures were behind the hacking of Google earlier this year, which forced the search engine to quit the country, leaked US cables suggest.

GD against 3 army men

One of the three owners of the boutique yesterday filed a general diary (GD) with Mohammadpur Police Station against three army personnel for beating them up Saturday night inside their shop in the city's Mohammadpur area.

Israel hopes to have wildfire under control

Israeli fire-fighters could bring a deadly wildfire sweeping through northern woodlands since last week under control yesterday, a fire service spokesman said.

Bangladesh among top 10 climate-risk nations

Bangladesh is one of the top 10 nations mostly vulnerable to climate change, said Germanwatch Global Climate Risk Index (CRI)-2011 report.

Editorial

Vilification of Grameen

The tenor of the comments made by the Prime Minister and in certain section of the media against the Nobel laureate, following a Norwegian TV documentary regarding notional transfer of funds from Grameen Bank (GB) to a sister concern Grameen Kalyan (GK), appears to us to have been done without all facts being considered.

The dangers of reckless driving

No fewer than 3,300 people have on average died in road accidents in Bangladesh in the last ten years. Only the other day, reckless driving on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway claimed the life a well-known sportsman of the country. And lawmaker Tarana Halim only confirms what we have always known, which is that drivers who cause all these accidents on the roads and highways always manage to go free and none among them sees the law taking its natural course. It all makes clear to us, yet once more, just how much a menace accidents have become in the country. Worse, it also shows a clear inability or unwillingness or both on the part of the authorities to make sure that the roads are kept free of reckless driving. The consequences are now out there for everyone to see. The safety of citizens, be they pedestrians or commuters, cannot be guaranteed because those responsible for ensuring a plying of good, safe vehicles with good drivers at the wheels will not do their job.

Sports

Today's a day game

The third one-day international between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe will be a day match, instead of the scheduled day-night affair at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur today.

Tigers unchanged, Elton out

Under extraordinary circumstances, Bangladesh will go into the third game of the five-match ODI series against Zimbabwe today with an unchanged line-up, while the visitors will be minus their captain Elton Chigumbura.

KP tightens the noose

Kevin Pietersen became the fifth Englishman to score a double century in Australia as England's lead ballooned to 306 runs on the third day of the second Ashes Test at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday.

Rubcic wants 3-month camp

The fourth edition of the professional football league, the Bangladesh League, and preparations for the pre-Olympic qualifiers will go on simultaneously as national football coach Robert Rubcic developed a three-month training programme for the U23 booters.

Murder case filed with Bandar police

Swapna Begum, wife of late sprinter Mahbub Alam, yesterday filed a murder case with Narayanganj Bandar Police Station implicating Mahbub's co-passenger and former coach Mohammad Yahia as the prime accused while Bangladesh Athletics Federation's (BAF) general secretary Shah Alam and his allies as the secondary defendants.

ICC Cricket World Cup History

In the 1992 World Cup, an unforgettable semifinal took place at Eden Park, New Zealand. After eighty-five of the hundred overs had been bowled, one side were almost certain of victory. The other side was facing an exit after having come so close to the ultimate prize. And both sides were driven by captains for whom winning the World Cup would be a crowning glory.

Dad Siddons rushes to Brisbane

Jamie Siddons left Dhaka hurriedly for Brisbane last night to join his wife and his newborn baby.

Training for shooting coaches

A five-day training course for C coaches, organized by National Shooting Federation of Bangladesh and funded by the Asian Shooting Confederation, got underway at the National Shooting Complex yesterday.

Siddikur sixth

Bangladesh's vaunted golfer Siddikur Rahman finished sixth in the Hero Honda Indian Open golf tournament in New Delhi after the end of the fourth round at the Delhi Golf Club yesterday.

Bhutan women booters arrive

Bhutan women's football team arrived in the city yesterday, a week before the SAFF Women's Football Championship starts in Cox's Bazar on December 12.

Nasri guns Arsenal top

Arsenal went top of the Premier League by a point after Samir Nasri scored twice in a 2-1 victory over London rivals Fulham on Saturday.

Bayern slump at Schalke

Bayern Munich's hopes of retaining their Bundesliga title suffered a major setback on Saturday when a 2-0 defeat at rivals Schalke 04 left them 14 points behind leaders Dortmund.

Barca, Real dominant

Barcelona shrugged off a hastily-arranged five-hour train and coach journey to clinch a 3-0 win at Osasuna on Saturday to stay top of the Spanish first division, two points clear of Real Madrid who beat 10-man Valencia 2-0.

A Milan masterclass

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored another special goal as AC Milan underlined their position as Serie A title favourites with a 3-0 home win over Brescia on Saturday.

Kaiser moots January World Cup

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.

Van Gaal gives up on title

Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal has admitted that with his team 14 points behind Bundesliga leaders Dortmund, winning the title again this season is probably now out of the question.

Schweinsteiger set to stay on

Bayern Munich star Bastian Schweinsteiger is expected to sign a four-year contract extension that would keep him at the German champions until 2016.

Test C'ship in 2013?

The International Cricket Council (ICC) is eyeing June 2013 for the inaugural Test World Championship and will use current rankings to decide the four playoff spots, CEO Haroon Lorgat told Australian radio on Sunday.

Serbia level 2-2

Local hero Novak Djokovic put Serbia in line for their maiden Davis Cup crown Sunday with a crushing 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 defeat of Gael Monfils which pulled the hosts level 2-2 with France.

Series ends in more rain

The stadium at Pallekele could have scarcely had a worse debut. After five hours of incessant rain on the final day, play was finally called off without a ball being bowled -- the second completely washed-out day during the match.

Kochi gets IPL nod

The Indian Premier League (IPL) on Sunday cleared the new Kochi franchise to take part in the lucrative Twenty20 cricket tournament from next year, ending a long dispute over the team's ownership structure.

Spinners coming to India

Australia spin legend Shane Warne, who turned designer with his clothing brand 'Spinners', is all set to bring the apparel label to India.

Business

Biman under gun to fix ground service

Biman Bangladesh Airlines moved to renovate its ground-handling services after the civil aviation ministry warned it might take the decade-old money-spinning monopoly away from the national flag carrier.

Exports surge 36pc

Export earnings crossed the $8.27 billion mark in the July-November period, registering nearly 36 percent growth over the same period a year earlier, according to the latest Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) data.

Keya plans merger of 3 units

Keya Group, as part of a new business plan, is going to amalgamate its three units soon.

Hasina backs special access for expatriate investors

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has directed the ministry and department concerned to explore the extra facilities and incentives, which can be provided to expatriate Bangladeshis interested in investing in the country.

DSE turnover sets new record

Single-day turnover value on the Dhaka Stock Exchange yesterday hit an all-time high of Tk 3,250 crore, continuing a record-breaking rally on the prime bourse for a third session.

Denmark pins high hopes on Bangladesh

Bangladesh is no longer an aid receiving country for Denmark, it is a also a trade partner and a place where the Danish investors can do business, said Jan Moller Hansen, deputy head of mission of the Danish embassy in Dhaka.

PM seeks Danish support

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday sought Danish support for Bangladesh's shipbuilding industry and exploring gas for socioeconomic development of the country.

Europe under pressure to boost rescue fund

Euro zone governments faced pressure at the weekend to increase the size of their rescue fund for crisis-hit member states and avert a new bout of market turmoil that could threaten the stability of the currency bloc.

Google to buy anti-piracy software firm

Google Inc has agreed to buy Seattle-based anti-piracy software firm Widevine in a bid to boost its online video services, the world's dominant Internet search company said on its official blog.

British chamber cuts UK's 2011 outlook

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) on Sunday cuts its expectations for UK economic growth next year, although it raised its forecasts for the following year.

Craftsmen pine for old days

The exhibition hall is abuzz as visitors flock from one stall to the other.

Top papers to charge online, but how?

Three of the world's most influential newspapers have finally come to terms with the notion that charging readers online is the only way to survive.

Buyers put brakes on cheapest car: Nano

The people are not flocking to the "people's car." Sales of the Nano, launched by Tata Motors to much fanfare in March 2009 as the world's cheapest car, sputtered to just 509 during the month of November, an 85 percent drop from a year earlier despite a surging Indian auto market.

Vodafone close to SFR, Polkomtel sales

Vodafone is close to selling its 44 percent stake in mobile phone operator SFR to France's Vivendi, paving the way for Vodafone buy back 5 billion pounds ($7.9 billion) in its own shares in 2011, a UK newspaper said on Sunday.

Indian banks need to lift deposit rates: Subbarao

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) chief said on Friday that banks need to increase their deposit rates and reduce lending rates to accelerate the savings, investment rate and boost a double-digit growth.

Google unveils satellite platform to aid forest efforts

Google Inc unveiled technology on Thursday it says will help build trust between rich and poor countries on projects designed to protect the world's tropical forests.

California electric car parts maker expands in China

California's privately owned AC Propulsion said on Friday it would double production of its electric vehicle drive systems in China by building a new manufacturing plant in Beijing.

Nissan launches zero- emissions Leaf vehicle

Japan's Nissan Motor Co formally launched its zero emissions Leaf vehicle, an electric car boasting a range of 200km and billed as the first of its type to be sold on a large scale.

Corporate Briefs

UNITED COMMERCIAL BANK
Share trading of the bank will be allowed only on the spot market and block/odd lot transactions will also be settled as per spot settlement cycle from today to Wednesday. Trading will remain suspended on Thursday, a record date for changing the face value and market lot.

Metropolitan

Gridlock slows city life

Arifa, a private jobholder, left her Shahjahanpur residence at 9:00am to attend a very important meeting scheduled to be held at 10:00am at her Shahbagh office.

Law to be made more effective to rein in hoarding

Anti-hoarding law should be made more effective in order to control prices of essential commodities and to maintain stability in the market, said Commerce Minister Faruk Khan in parliament yesterday.

Adulterated medicine recovered: One held

Police yesterday recovered some adulterated medicine and arrested its supplier from Khilgaon of the capital.

A witness to glories of student politics

Writer, Dr Sarwar Ali, has travelled along with the winding path of history to portray the birth of Bangladesh in his book, commented Planning Minister AK Khandker while speaking at the publication ceremony of the book, yesterday, in the capital.

FM for role of women in decision-making

Foreign Minister Dipu Moni yesterday said that women should play roles in decision-making in media to bring a significant change in society.

Call for national consensus

Industry Minister Dilip Barua yesterday said there should be national consensus on the issue of war crimes trial and it is surprising that there is difference in opinion regarding it.

Give democracy permanent shape

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia urged all to be united to give the democracy a permanent shape through resisting undemocratic ill forces.

7 teams to scout jobs overseas

The government has decided to send seven teams to different countries of Asia, Europe and Africa to explore new job markets.

Maple Leaf to join German language programme

Maple Leaf International School is about to become the third Bangladeshi school to join the German Language Partner School Programme (PASCH).

30th BCS written test begins Jan 11

The written test of 30th BCS will begin in six divisions from January 11.

Islamic Foundation DG sued in Ctg

A case was filed in a court yesterday against Samim Mohammad Afzal, Director General of Islamic Foundation for allegedly hurting religious sentiment of Muslims recently.

Join JS, discard destructive acts

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged the main opposition party to return to parliament by discarding destructive acts which damage property and cause public suffering.

Provide information professionally

The Chief Information Commissioner Muhammad Zamir yesterday urged the designated information officers to provide information to the people with sincerity and professional attitude.

3 get anticipatory bail

The High Court yesterday granted anticipatory bail for six months to the presidents of three front associated bodies of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) in a case filed for cocktail explosions on the premises of the residence of chief justice.

SQ Chowdhury, Mahbub granted bail

A High Court bench yesterday granted anticipatory bail for six months to BNP leader Salauddin Quader Chowdhury and Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) President Khandker Mahbub Hossain in three separate cases filed against them.

Dipjol's bail prayer rejected

A Dhaka court yesterday rejected a bail petition of actor and Dhaka City Corporation Ward Councilor Dipjol in a case filed against him for assaulting a traffic police constable on November 16 in the city's Gabtoli area.

'Amend law to stop child marriage'

"When I was only ten years old, parents gave my marriage with a man who was 24 years older than me," said Rumi of Barguna at a view-exchange meeting at a hotel in the city yesterday.

Criminals attack schoolgirl with razor blades

A gang of criminals attacked a schoolgirl and slit different parts of her body with razor blades in Parnaogaon area of the district town of Naogaon yesterday.

Road accidents kill four

At least four people were killed in separate road accidents in Barisal and Chittagong on Saturday night and yesterday.

President lauds army

President Zillur Rahman yesterday said engagement of highest number of troops in the UN peacekeeping missions by the country is an international recognition and proper evaluation of the outstanding performance of Bangladesh Army.

Sylhet mobile court jails two stalkers

For the first time in Sylhet, a mobile court yesterday jailed two stalkers for harassing schoolgirls.

Police foil Ctg BNP rally, injure 22

Police foiled BNP's rally using batons and firing several rounds of blank shots at Uttar Bazar in Sitakunda yesterday afternoon.

Seminar on children at risk held

A seminar was held at Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College Hospital (SSMCH) on Saturday on the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

RU, German varsity sign MoU

Aiming to assist higher education and research, the authorities of Rajshahi University signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Education in German yesterday.

FM condoles death of Fateh

Foreign Minister Dipu Moni expressed her deep shock at the death of Abul Fateh, country's first foreign secretary and senior most diplomat in the Mujibnagar administration.

Angry JCD men lock central office

A section of leaders and activists locked the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) central office in the city yesterday in protest against a move to form new committee of the Dhaka University hall units.

Call to create atmosphere of tolerance

Bangladesh Kallayan Party Chairman Syed Muhammad Ibrahim yesterday urged the government to create an atmosphere of tolerance in the political arena so that democracy flourishes.

National

Barapukuria power plant falters again

The national grid is deprived of power supply from Barapukuria 250 megawatt coal-based power plant as its two units (125 MW each) have remained closed for days.

Charges to be pressed against 61 today

The special court-14, set up at Sylhet BDR sector headquarters, will frame charges against 61 mutineers of 38 Rifles Battalion today.

Lalmonirhat, Jhenidah taste freedom on this day in '71

Today is December 6. On this day in 1971, valiant freedom fighters freed Lalmonirhat and Jhenidah sub-divisions (now districts) from the occupation of Pakistan forces.

When self-help is the only help

Residents of Ujan Bochagari village on the bank of Teesta River in Sundarganj upazila of Gaibandha district have been able to minimise the gravity of erosion by Teesta River by constructing bamboo spars through voluntary work.

Female 'pir' finally lands in jail

The female 'pir' whose treatment claimed life of a young girl in Sylhet city on Friday was sent to jail yesterday.

Sunamganj protest rally terms police role 'mysterious'

Locals at a protest rally at Bhoglabazar in Doarabazar upazila in Sunamganj yesterday demanded immediate arrest and punishment to the killers of the daughter of Khorshed Miah, a freedom fighter of the district.

Robbery at jewellery shop in guise of Rab, DB police

A daring robbery was committed at a jewelry house and other shops at Baburhat Bazaar beside Chandpur-Comilla highway in the district town on Saturday.

Harijans demand 80pc jobs of cleaners and sweepers

People belonging to Harijan community yesterday formed human chains and held rallies in different districts across the country demanding 80 percent quota for them in jobs of cleaners and sweepers in government, semi-government and autonomous organisations including municipalities and city corporations.

BNP rally 'foiled by cops, BCL' in Barisal

Police and BCL cadres yesterday foiled a rally of BNP injuring 11 activists of the party at Gournadi upazila town in the district.

100 hurt in clashes in Habiganj, Sunamganj

At least 50 people were injured, eight seriously, in a fierce clash between two rival groups at Jaria village in Bahubal upazila on Saturday.

5 held with bomb making materials

Police yesterday arrested five people from a place near the bank of the Bhairab river under Sadar upazila of Jessore while they were making bombs there.

Newly wed woman killed

A newly married woman was killed allegedly by her husband over family feud at Kathiarpara of Rohonpur municipal area under Gomostapur upazila early yesterday. Victim Tanjila Akhtar Suma,19, was daughter of Abdul Khalek under the municipal area. She was married only one month six days ago. Jahangir Hossain, officer-in-charge of Gomostapur police station said, following an altercation with his wife, Abdul Bashir, 22, beat up his wife and strangled her at his house at about 3:00am. He said, Bashir had an illicit relation with another woman, so he regularly tortured her wife after their marriage. Police arrested Bashir, son of Giasuddin while victim's father Abdul Khalek filed a murder case with the police station.

Schoolboy abducted

A schoolboy was abducted by criminals for ransom from his house at Sonaikundi village in Sripur upazila on Saturday night. The victim was identified as Pranto Kumar Chaki, 14, class nine student of Jaria High School and son of Samir Chaki of the village. Police said an armed gang numbering 15/20 entered the house of Samir Chaki by breaking open door. Locals rushed in and besieged the house as the house members made hue and cry sensing the presence of criminals in their house. Sensing danger, the criminals fired two gunshots in a bid create panic in the area and left the spot after kidnapping the boy. Before leaving the spot, the abductors demanded a good amount of money as ransom. They also threatened to kill the boy if their demand was not met immediately.

Tiger kills farmer

A farmer was killed in tiger attack on the bank of Shakbaria river adjacent to Sundarbans in Koira upazila Saturday morning. The deceased was identified as Arman Gazi, 45, son of late Suhrawardi Gazi of Mathbaria village in the upazila. Police and locals said when Arman went to the riverside for collecting kewra leaves for his goat at about 7am, the man-eater attacked and dragged him into deep forest. On information, forest guards from Kashiabad forest station after hectic search recovered the body at about 9am. Later, they handed over the body to his family members.

Shops gutted in Shariatpur

Nine shops were gutted in a fire at Naria Bazar in Naria upazila on Saturday night. According to local Fire Brigade sources, the fire originated from electric short circuit at a shop and soon it engulfed other shops. On information, fire fighters from district down rushed in and brought the fire under control after four hours of hectic efforts. Affected shop owners estimated the losses caused by fire at about Tk one crore.

Letters

Making parliament effective

Prime Minister has urged the opposition to abandon its boycott. The speaker reminds the opposition that democracy can be effective only if it plays its role. But why did the two of them, when in the opposition, not prevent the stalling of parliament or the opposition boycott over the caretaker and other issues? It is the ruling party that initiated the tactics of confrontation such as rushing to the well of the House, disrupting zero hour, and slogan-shouting.

Environment pollution

A picture, taken by Anisur Rahman, was published in the front page of The Daily Star on 29th November 2010. It was a horrifying picture! Toxic wastes from factories have been posing severe environmental hazards in the land and waterways at Godnail in Narayanganj for years. The residents of that area have complained about this many times to the authorities, but it all went in vain. The caption stated that the land was once arable; but now, due to our acts, it has dried up and has become contaminated with hazardous substances. The toxic effluents still keep flowing through a canal into the Shitalakkhya.

Surrender to system

Justice, honour and talent seem to be the main victims of the vitiated society of ours. The officers grab public money and validate it by bogus vouchers while the lower class employees live in abject poverty.

Accidents in DU area

In recent times, several accidents were reported inside the Dhaka University area. And after almost every accident, the vehicle in question, along with many other vehicles, was vandalised by the students. Every time an accident occurs, law enforcers come and charge truncheons, and the university spokesman appears in the scene and utters some well-rehearsed words of assurance and everything goes back to normal, at least until the next accident occurs.

Killing 'Nasimon' and 'Karimon'!

The Home Ministry, based on the ill advice of the Parliamentary Standing Committee, has promptly banned these two popular diesel engined three-wheeler! It is sad, to ignore this interesting development built by rural talent that is a very useful transport hauler.

Cyber crimes

My salute to the lady in Chittagong, who had been bold enough to go to the police and complain against Aleem, a cyber criminal, for posting indecent photographs on a fake Facebook account. The Kotwali police had arrested Aleem. And thanks to The Daily Star for giving a good treatment to the news. This is just the beginning. These stories should be published in the front page of the national dailies and covered in the electronic media as well. Both the print and electronic media should immediately launch nationwide awareness campaigns against any kind of harassment, be it physical or mental. Every individual should be aware of his/her rights; how they can get support and be protected under the law if/when anyone is harassed.

Sufferings of people

I am an employee of a multinational company. I had to go to my office during hartal. I can't describe how much I had to suffer to get a rickshaw. Moreover, the rickshaw puller demanded a high fare for a short distance. He demanded Tk 50/- to go to my office from my place, whereas the regular fare is Tk. 20/- . I saw a damaged car in front of my office, the driver was also hurt. Begum Khaleda Zia did not come to the streets to see the sufferings of the ordinary people. Why should the ordinary people suffer for the political party's benefit?

Conserving the environment

The other day I was watching a documentary film on high speed trains in England on National Geographic Channel with amazement. At one stage of implementing the railway tracks for the high-speed trains, the engineers encountered a huge obstacle. On the path of the intended railway tracks lay woodlands consisting of millions of trees. Had this phenomenon occurred in Bangladesh, the easy solution would have been chopping down the trees giving a damn to the cause for environment. Not to speak of the illiterate people alone, probably many educated people also do not realise the importance of conserving the environment for the well being of the people.

A Tailorbird!

The other night while I was watching the picture of a Goldfinch (a beautiful coloured bird) on the Internet edition of London's daily “The Telegraph,” suddenly I heard some noise coming from the corridor adjacent to my room. I guessed it was a bird's scream. Quickly I opened the door and discovered to my surprise a tiny Tailorbird got trapped inside the corridor. The Tailorbird is known as Tuntuni in Bangladesh which is lovely coloured singing bird. The Tuntuni was screaming perhaps out of fear! I tried to assure the bird that she's safe and secure and I was not going to hurt or catch her. I immediately put off the light so that the Tuntuni could get herself settled. It wasn't possible to drive her out in the midnight!

Love of a mother

Women have gone to either of the two extremes with regards to family and work. Some women have sacrificed everything for their families when their education and work could have contributed greatly to the society. On the other hand, some women are ready to compromise rearing of the children for developing their career. Many women, including celebrities, have taken a break from their work to remain with their kids during their formative years when they learn how to walk, talk and behave. These women have successfully returned to higher studies and works after a certain time. Some women chose to do home-orientated or part-time jobs for rearing their kids during the first few years.

Justice will hide its face in shame

The main reason behind Khaleda Zia's eviction has been clearly said by Awami League MP Mohammed Golam Moula Rony on the talk show GrameenPhone Tritio Matra, what people were suspecting all along.

Death of a friend

When Mr. Bakhtiar Nur Siddiqui, an eminent social worker and a politician of the city, gave me the news of Prof. Dr. Abu Yousuf Alam's death, I was suddenly plunged into a state of grief. Abu Yousuf Alam was such a great friend and so many interactions between us crossed my mind that I could hardly get out of those past memories.

When will we be civilised?

In a recent visit to Dhaka, I was in a restaurant in Banani. The sight that caught my attention was that of a maid standing next to a table while a young well-to-do, apparently educated couple and their child eating. For the entire time, the maid just stood there while the family enjoyed their food.

International

Pak court orders arrests of police

A Pakistani anti-terrorism court has ordered the arrest of two senior police officers on allegations they failed to provide adequate security for former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto before her 2007 assassination, a prosecutor said yesterday.

Abbas: As a last resort, I'll ask Israel to take over

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has warned he may dissolve his self-rule government and ask Israel to resume full control of the West Bank if troubled peace talks fail.

Ghost of Copenhagen stalks Cancun climate talks

World climate talks in Cancun yesterday entered their final stretch beset by fears of a repeat of the failures that nearly wrecked the December 2009 Copenhagen summit.

Two 'presidents' claim power in Ivory Coast standoff

Two men crowned themselves president in Ivory Coast's bloody election dispute Saturday as Laurent Gbagbo defied international calls for him to cede power.

End parliament logjam: Indian speaker to MPs

Parliament's young turks - some 40 of them - from across the political divide took to the wheels yesterday for a car rally for safe driving, and Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar grabbed the chance to send a message across to the squabbling house - end the logjam over the 2G spectrum allocation.

Assange to fight Swedish charges

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange will fight any attempts to take him to Sweden to face rape allegations, his lawyer has told the BBC.

Saudi Arab 'critical' finance base for Qaeda, Taliban

Saudi Arabia is the key source of funding for radical Islamist groups including al-Qaeda, the Taliban, Hamas and Lashkar-e-Taiba, according to a US diplomatic cable leaked by WikiLeaks yesterday.

Swiss bank checks Assange's account

The Swiss Post Office said yesterday that it was carrying out checks on Wikileaks founder Julian Assange's account with its banking arm, after doubts emerged over the Swiss address he gave.

Sarkozy to meet Manmohan in Delhi

French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who began his four-day visit to India on Saturday, managed to skip to Agra last evening with wife Carla Bruni to visit the Taj Mahal.

Tutu urges China to release Liu Xiaobo

Archbishop Desmond Tutu and former Czech President Vaclav Havel have called on China to release dissident Liu Xiaobo before he is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday.

Myanmar undergoing political change: UN envoy

The UN envoy to Myanmar has said it is clear that political change is taking place in the country, despite UN criticism of last month's poll there.

Russian 'spy' found in UK parliament

A Russian woman working in parliament is to be deported after security services arrested her on suspicion of espionage, The Sunday Times reported.

Iran declares nuke 'self-sufficiency'

Iran said it will use domestically produced uranium concentrates for the first time at a key nuclear facility yesterday, signalling determination to push ahead with its atomic work a day before talks with world powers.

North Korea warns South Korea against 'provocations'

North Korea has warned the South against "provocations", including planned military live-fire drills near the disputed maritime border.

Bomb hits Afghan army base, kills 2

Afghan officials say a bomb has exploded inside an army base in eastern Afghanistan, killing at least 2 civilians.

Egypt holds parliament run-offs

Egypt held runoff parliamentary elections yesterday that are certain to hand President Hosni Mubarak's ruling party a crushing victory after the two main opposition groups decided to boycott in protest of alleged fraud in the first round.

Arts & Entertainment

Remembering two pioneering photographers

Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts organised a memorial meeting on two pioneering Bangladeshi photographers Naibuddin Ahmed and Nowazesh Ahmed at Bengal Café in Dhanmondi, Dhaka on December 4.

Bangla Academy celebrates 55th founding anniversary

Bangla Academy celebrated its 55th founding anniversary with elaborate programmes on December 3. The celebration began with offering wreaths at the Central Shaheed Minar, and included discussion and a cultural event.

Dhaka International Book Fair ‘10 gets a lukewarm opening

Marking the month of victory, Jatiya Grontho Kendra has arranged 'Dhaka International Book Fair 2010' at Dhaka University Gymnasium premises. Information and Cultural Affairs Minister Abul Kalam Azad inaugurated the fair as chief guest on December 1. Vice Chancellor of Dhaka University Professor AAMS Arefin Siddique was present as special guest on the occasion.

Becoming Lalon

For Bengali superstar Prosenjit, essaying the role of Lalon in Goutam Ghosh-directed “Moner Manush” was like a dream come true.

Tron Legacy

Director Steven Lisberger's sci-fi classic “Tron” is the story of Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges), a flesh-and-blood video-game developer, who is sucked physically into a digital universe inhabited by human-looking “programmes”. Released in 1982, it was a visionary work.

Poet Abul Hassem birth anniversary celebration in Pabna

The 112th birth anniversary of Abul Hassem, considered one of the major poets of the Bengali Muslim Renaissance, was observed in Faridpur upazila of Pabna district, hometown of the poet, last Wednesday. The programme was organised by the Abul Hassem Smrity Parishad at Kobi Abul Hassem Academy premises.

Film Festival ends with demand to restore Suchitra’s ancestral home

The weeklong Suchitra Sen Film Festival concluded last Friday with a vow to set up a museum at the ancestral home of the screen legend, which has been unjustly occupied for years. At the concluding programme on December 3, renowned actors of Bangladesh stressed to generate quality films that would inspire the people.

Lalon Festival begins in Bogra

A five day festival on Lalon songs began at Shardighi in Bogra Sadar Upazila on Sunday. Bogra Lalon Academy arranged the programme celebrating its first anniversary.

OP-ED

When a journalists is in the dock

The information minister Abul Kalam Azad was candid when, at an award giving function in the city the other day, he said that journalists were nowadays getting more involved in politics and that the government cannot do any good for them because they are divided.

New social coalition and improved governance

By winning 206 of the 243 seats in the Bihar Assembly, Mr Nitish Kumar's Janata Dal (United)-Bharatiya Janata Party coalition has made history. The landslide has reduced the flamboyant Laloo Prasad's Rashtriya Janata Dal to 22 seats and the Congress to a pathetic four seats, its lowest-ever Bihar score.

Uninterrupted and increased cooperation would build up the trust

The Prime Minister's economic affairs adviser Mashiur Rahman says that if Bangladesh gives transit facility it will earn an enormous amount of money, but it depends on building up a relationship of trust with India. The Daily Star took a detailed interview of Mashiur Rahman on November 20.

Leaked documents and public romances

Hilary Clinton was deeply upset and angry a few days ago. The reason was obvious. She was furious at what Julian Assange and his Wikileaks team were doing through releasing thousands of documents, mostly cables from American embassies around the world, on their website.

The secret of the blurb

It's bizarre what people choose to boast about these days. Got an email ad urging me to buy tickets for a theatre show called "Insane in the Brain." The blurb said: "Violent and sad!"



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