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News of: Sunday, 12th of December, 2010

Front Page

Green fund for climate-hurts

Global talks on climate change yesterday set up a new fund to manage billions of dollars in aid to poor nations in a hard-fought package urging deep cuts in industrial emissions.

RMG workers go berserk

All the 11 factories of Korean Youngone Ltd in Chittagong Export Processing Zone (CEPZ) were shut yesterday for an indefinite period following workers unrest over wages.

SC goes digital

As part of a move to reform the judiciary, the Supreme Court has started updating its website with details of the cases heard and disposed at the Appellate and the High Court divisions every day.

TV, Net links under cutter

A government crackdown begins today on all overhead Internet and cable TV wires on thoroughfares between Uttara and Shahbagh in the capital, with the likely disruption of the services in the next seven days and making them even costlier.

4 of family acid-burnt

A mother, her 11-month-old daughter and two other female family members sustained burns when a youth hurled acid on them at Baherpur village in Keraniganj early yesterday.

9 women, over 700 houses burnt

The country's indigenous community has lost nine women and over 700 houses over land disputes in the last 23 months, said a study of Kapaeeng Foundation, a human rights organisation of ethnic people.

Speed up trial

Leaders of the Sector Commanders' Forum (SCF) yesterday demanded that the government speed up the war crimes trial, as supporters of the war criminals are conspiring to foil the trial.

A person is innocent until found guilty

Dr Muhammad Yunus, founder of Grameen Bank, yesterday said a person is innocent until found guilty.

Fate of 26 unknown as yet

The fate of 26 Bangladeshis on hijacked ship MV Jahan Moni remains unknown even six days after its seizure by Somali pirates from the Arabian Sea.

Police chief critical of TIB report

Inspector General of Police Hassan Mahmood Khandaker yesterday claimed the recent survey report of Transparency International Bangladesh did not reflect the public opinion.

Taskforce to see draft today

The draft National River Protection Commission Act, 2010 will be placed before the taskforce on river protection for scrutiny at its meeting at the shipping ministry today.

Babar, Rahim brought to Dhaka for quizzing

Former state minister Lutfozzaman Babar and ex-director general of National Security Intelligence Abdur Rahim were brought to Dhaka from Chittagong yesterday for quizzing on a five-day remand in two cases over the 10-truck arms haul.

Teacher killed

A female schoolteacher was killed at her house in the capital's Pallabi area on Friday night.

WikiLeaks dissidents to open OpenLeaks

Former WikiLeaks supporters at odds with founder Julian Assange will shortly launch OpenLeaks, a rival project aiming to get secret documents directly to media, one of them said Friday.

BSF kills another cattle trader

A Bangladeshi cattle trader was beaten to death by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) on Gatipara border of Benapole early yesterday, BDR sources claimed.

Iran TV airs stoning woman's 'confession'

Iran's English-language Press TV on Friday aired footage of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, a woman sentenced to death by stoning, re-enacting what it said was the murder of her husband.

Erratum

In the photo caption accompanying the story 'Testing time for Forestsí, which was published on the front page yesterday, we mistakenly cited 'phayre's leaf monkey' as 'hoolock gibbons' of Lawachhara Forest.

Editorial

Human rights in Bangladesh

The observance of International Human Rights Day in Bangladesh yesterday could not have happened in sorrier circumstances. For all the fanfare associated with a celebration of the day, through seminars, symposia and the like, the fact remains that in today's Bangladesh, there is a blight which casts its shadows over the rights that citizens are morally and constitutionally entitled to enjoy. Justice Mohammad Habibur Rahman puts it in perspective for us when he notes that the executive branch of government possesses neither the skills nor the power to protect human rights. That is a severe indictment of the authorities. Add to that the fact that there is hardly any meaningful exhortation from the powers that be about the need to guarantee human rights through taking swift action against those who have continued to demonstrate a cavalier attitude to them through a systematic violation of them.

Image building through exposition of our culture

Bangladesh has a great potential and opportunity to make its mark in the world by projecting her culture through heritage shows overseas like India and Sri Lanka have been doing. This was stated at a news conference held by Bangladesh Arts Council (BAC) ahead of a heritage show last Thursday. Bangladeshi culture has a unique history of 2500 years. We have a rich heritage, full of diversity and some distinct characteristics which need to be presented in a coherent and attractive manner to the outside world.

Sports

All to play for

As strong as Jamie Siddons's bullish mood was the Zimbabwe camp's assertion on ending the five-match one-day series with a win. The visitors have all to play for today as they take on the Tigers in the final game at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.

Women's C'ship sees light today

The curtain of the inaugural SAFF (South Asian Football Federation) Women's Football Championship opens today at the Cox's Bazar Stadium with Nepal taking on Maldives in the opening game.

Prism of shame

In the scale of embarrassing incidents, this one is definitely near the top.

A year to remember

Shafiul Islam's entire international career has been within the year 2010. Whether it is the 32 wickets that landed him in No 3 among the wicket-takers this year in one-day cricket or a stunning game-changing catch or even two very expensive spells; it has all taken place in the last 12 months.

Only Canada could play

In response to coach Jamie Siddons's desire for the national team to play some more international matches before the 2011 World Cup, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) yesterday revealed that it might be possible to arrange some matches against Canada.

A bittersweet symphony

The Wills World Cup in 1996 provided some great entertainment and a fairytale ending with Sri Lanka triumphing. The tournament though, was not free from controversy and planning gaffes, and trouble was on the horizon even before it started. Three weeks before the Cup started, over a thousand people had been injured in a terrorist bomb in Sri Lanka's capital Colombo, one of the host cities of the World Cup.

Inspectors happy

The ground at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium has impressed the inspection team of the International Cricket Council (ICC).

Call for BHF committee to resign

Having brought allegations of irregularities, inability, failures as well as downgrading the standard of the sport against the current body of Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF), former national hockey players, councillors and organisers have urged the authorities concerned to dissolve the existing committee led by Khondokar Jamiluddin to form an ad-hoc committee.

Arsene shrugs off jibes

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger shrugged off jibes by Patrice Evra on Friday after the Manchester United defender ridiculed the Gunners as little more than a "training centre."

Testing times start

Carlo Ancelotti insists Chelsea will use Sunday's crucial London derby at Tottenham to show they can emerge unscathed from the woeful run that threatens to ruin their defence of the Premier League title.

Houllier says sorry

Gerard Houllier has apologised to Aston Villa's fans after triggering outrage with his behaviour at former club Liverpool earlier this week.

Platini moots Jan WC

UEFA president Michel Platini on Friday called for a debate on whether the 2022 World Cup in Qatar could take place in January, to spare players from soaring summer temperatures in the country.

Allegri aims at summit

AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri has set his team a challenge: to finish the year at the top of Serie A.

Hanover go second

Didier Ya Konan struck twice to steer Hanover 96 to a 2-1 win over VfB Stuttgart and into second place in the Bundesliga on Friday as their opponents sunk deeper into trouble.

Michel's choice Xavi

UEFA president Michel Platini says Spain playmaker Xavi would get his vote for the Ballon d'Or award for world player of the year.

Fergie calls for respect

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has pleaded with the club's fans not to bombard Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger with obscene chants when the teams face off at Old Trafford on Monday.

Aussies' Beer gamble

Australia dropped three players on Friday and gambled on left-arm spinner Michael Beer after just five first-class games for next week's crucial third Ashes Test against England in Perth.

Keegan blasts Hughton sacking

Former Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan blasted the sacking of Chris Hughton as St James' Park boss on Friday and warned long-suffering Geordie fans that the club was heading nowhere.

Ansars begin with big wins

The Exim Bank 21st National Women's Handball Cham-pionship got underway yesterday at two different venues with champions Bangladesh Ansar beginning their campaign with two successive victories.

Ribery pleases Van Gaal

Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal on Friday insisted that he was satisfied with the work of Franck Ribery, despite the French winger having asked for more freedom on the pitch.

Rubcic picking his own team

Football's Croatian coach Robert Rubcic has come close to picking his 'own' squad for the Olympic pre-qualifiers against Kuwait as a one-day trial of 56 players was held at the Birshreshtha Mostafa Kamal Stadium at Kamalapur yesterday.

PCB, BCCI at loggerheads

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) are at loggerheads over the ICC's new Future Tours Programme as the PCB claims that the Indian board is reluctant to give definite time frames for upcoming series.

Fergie bans snoods

Lightweight scarves known as snoods may be sweeping the playing fields of the English Premier League, but Manchester United coach Sir Alex Ferguson has banned his players from wearing them.

Business

Family-run giants still market-shy

Big family businesses mainly shun stockmarket listing because they do not want to dilute the ownership of their hard-earned assets to others, but there are other factors at work as well, analysts said.

Overseas investment to be allowed

Finance Minister AMA Muhith has said drug makers will be allowed to make overseas investment on a case-by-case basis.

Saarc trade fair begins in Nepal December 15

Nepal will host the five-day 10th Saarc Trade Fair that will begin on December 15 in Kathmandu aiming to boost regional cooperation in trade, tourism and culture.

A week of mayhem

The stockmarket passed a dramatic last week with an unprecedented upheaval in the premier bourse's key index in the history of Motijheel financial district.

Furniture fair makes a happy ending

A six-day furniture fair ended yesterday with prospects for a brighter future for the expanding industry.

Pizza Hut's discount for Visa users

Pizza Hut yesterday announced a 20 percent discount on its six 'king-size' meals, an exclusive menu for Visa card holders.

Seminar points to Bangladesh's potential in generic medicines

Pharmaceutical sector leaders at a seminar in Dhaka yesterday pointed to a number of problems the industry now faces.

Analysts stress upgrade to internet protocol

Speakers at a workshop in the city yesterday called for gradual adoption of the latest internet protocol IPv6 to cope with the increasing size and coverage of internet technology globally.

Pabna Sugar Mills starts production

Pabna Sugar Mill started production for this season amid fears of losing nearly Tk 85 crore.

BKMEA to help execute new wage

BKMEA acting president M Hatem yesterday said his organisation will provide all-out cooperation to its members to implement new wage structure for workers.

Govt fee grab will kill fast data

The head of Grameenphone has warned that the government's proposed licence-renewal scheme is so costly that the top mobile phone operator would be forced to put its investment in a high-speed cellular data network on hold for up to five years.

The Chinese consumer awakens

In the Tibetan monastery town of Xiahe, Gyelyanjia is visiting for a festival and taking the opportunity to do some shopping.

Wall Street ends strong

Wall Street stocks ended the week higher as trade was boosted by a brighter outlook for 2011, and with next week expected to see more gains as traders take positions ahead of the year's end.

Chinese firms eye US IPO gold

One of China's largest social networking companies, Oak Pacific Interactive, has hired investment banks for an initial public offering in the United States next year, the first in a rush of Chinese Facebook clones looking to list.

DBH re-elects chairman

Faruq A Choudhury, former foreign secretary, has been re-elected as chairman of Delta Brac Housing Finance Corporation Ltd (DBH), says a statement.

India watchdog urges scrapping of telecom licences

India's telecom watchdog has called for the licences of operators caught up in what could be the country's largest corruption scandal to be cancelled, a statement said Saturday.

EU bank stress tests to made regularly: Trichet

The president of the European Central Bank, Jean-Claude Trichet, Friday said bank stress tests were "useful" and would be organised regularly in the European Union.

Court orders Air India to rehire overweight air hostess

An Indian court ordered state-run Air India on Friday to rehire an airline hostess that the carrier had sacked nearly a decade ago for being overweight.

GM chief wants government nod to raise pay

The head of US automaker General Motors, Dan Akerson, said Friday that he wanted the government to allow the company more freedom in awarding executive pay raises.

Metropolitan

Family quarrels main cause of suicide

Family dispute is the main cause of suicide in rural Bangladesh where most of the people belong to lower or lower middle class, revealed a study yesterday.

Import more quality products

Foreign Minister (FM) Dipu Moni requested her Indonesian counterpart to import more quality products from Bangladesh, including pharmaceuticals, jute and jute products and ceramics.

BNP move to strengthen relations with CPC

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia will leave Dhaka on December 18 on a five-day visit to China to strengthen ties with the Communist Party of China (CPC).

Four addl HC judges to be sworn in today

Newly appointed four additional judges of the High Court will be sworn in today.

Help hold free, fair municipal elections

Election Commissioner Sohul Hossain yesterday sought cooperation of all concerned in holding the upcoming municipal elections in Chittagong division in a free and fair manner.

Govt urged to buy rice from farmers

Farmers from across the country yesterday demanded the government purchase rice from them instead of from foreign sources.

Anniversary of death of 5 martyrs today

Today is the 39th death anniversary of four martyred brothers -- Mukarram Hossain Mukul, Mansur Hossain Manju, Mastaque Hossain Anju, and Mosharraf Hossain Ranju -- and their brother-in-law, Yusuf Ali.

Remove discrimination

Hundreds of child workers and social activists formed a human chain with the slogan ''step up to remove discrimination'' on the occasion of Human Rights Day in the city yesterday.

Debaters stress moral edn to prevent stalking

Contestants in a parliamentary debate yesterday stressed moral education to prevent stalking instead of enforcement of laws

'Law to be amended to make ADR mandatory in industry, labour cases'

Law Minister Shafique Ahmed yesterday said the government will amend relevant laws to make alternative dispute resolution (ADR) system mandatory in disposing of industry and labour related cases.

Arrest all war criminals before Victory Day

Bangabandhu Sangskritik Jote leaders yesterday demanded arrest of all war criminals before the Victory Day.

Economic dev, democracy vital for sustainable peace

Foreign Minister Dipu Moni said sustainable peace and stability in a society can be ensured through economic development and democracy.

5 killed in road accidents

At least five people were killed in separate road accidents in Munshiganj and Brahmanbaria districts early yesterday.

S Asian confce on early childhood dev ends

The comprehensive early childhood development policy and early learning and development standards (ELDS) will be incorporated in the National Child Policy which is under review now, says a press release.

10,000 to get free cataract surgery

At least 10,000 cataract patients will get cataract surgery free of cost under a project of Rehabilitation of People's Advancement (Ropa), says a press release.

Body to probe train crash

A citizen's investigation committee formed by Paribesh Bachao Andolon questioned the preliminary findings on Narshingdi train accident, prepared by the official investigation team.

Two leaders blamed for failure to run JCD

Central leaders of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) yesterday expressed deep resentment against its two top leaders, accusing them of failing to run the organisation efficiently.

Delwar criticises Shahrukh's concert

BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain yesterday said the country is now falling victim to the aggression of foreign culture and urged all to stand against such 'bad' culture of India.

National

Save lone school in remote Patuakhali village

The lone community school run by an NGO in remote Char Gangamoti, a fishermen's habitation in Kalapara upazila under Patuakhali district adjoining the Bay of Bengal, is to be closed by December this year, much to the worry of poor guardians.

Brutal torture on brick kiln worker

Police on Friday night arrested the manager and a staff of a brick kiln on charge of brutally torturing a labourer at Sreepatipur village in Kalaroa upazila of Satkhira district.

Clash over land in Sunamganj: 2 killed, 60 hurt

Two people were killed and at least 60 others injured in a clash between two rival groups over land dispute at Boglakhara village under South Sunamganj Police Station yesterday.

20 fishermen abducted from Sundarbans

Pirates abducted 20 fishermen from Chaltebari Canal in the Sundarbans on the night of December 7 and demanded Tk 5 lakh as ransom for their release.

AL office in Nilphamari besieged

Agitated supporters of the president of Awami League (AL) district unit Dewan Kamal Ahmed yesterday besieged the party office demanding lone selection of the incumbent mayor as party candidate in the upcoming mayoral election.

No confidence against UP chairman

Nine ward commissioners of Jamalpur Union Parishad in Sadullapur upazila yesterday moved a no confidence motion against the chairman for hia alleged involvement in corruption.

3 muggers arrested in B'baria

Police arrested three people for snatching Tk 4.70 lakh from Azampur area of Akhaura upazila on Friday.

Stalker jailed for six months

A mobile court in Bhurungamari upazila yesterday sentenced a stalker to six months imprisonment. The convict is Ashraful Islam Babu, 22, son of Abdul Kader of Birbaritari village under Andharirjhar union of the upazila. Police and locals said Babu used to tease Sonia Yasmin Nupur, a class-x student of Andharirjhar High School. Her mother Khodeza Khatun informed local Union Parishad (UP) Chairman Fazlul Haque Mondol of the matter on December 9. This has infuriated the stalker. Babu again teased Sonia yesterday morning while she was going to her school. He also threatened to kidnap and marry her at a convenient time. On return home, Sonia narrated the story to her mother who informed the matter to the police. Police rushed to the spot and arrested the stalker. Upazila nirbahi officer (UNO) and executive magistrate of the mobile court Hamidul Haque punished the stalker.

Two schoolgirls drown

Two schoolgirls drowned in the Padma in Lalpur upazila of the district on Friday. They are Rini, 8, daughter of Nantu Mia of Palidoha village and Prity, 7, daughter of Panna Mia, also of the same village, police said. Both the girls were cousins and students of class one of Arambaria Government Primary School. Rini and Prity went to the Padma River for bathing, family sources said. Divers of Rajshahi fire brigade were conducting search operation as of filing of this report as 5:00pm yesterday.

Housewife murdered

A housewife, who sustained injuries by her neighbour on Wednesday, succumbed to her injuries at Rajshahi Medical College and Hospital on Friday night. The victim is Beauty Khatun, 32, wife of Babul Hossain of Tetulia village in Santhia upazila.Officer-in-charge of Santhia Police Station Md Rejaul Islam said there was a long-standing dispute between Babul and sons of his neighbour Md Fayez Uddin. When Babul's wife Beauty went to dry paddy near his residence on Wednesday, Fayez Uddin's sons Mozammel Haque, Mafiz Uddin and Wazed Ali beat up her. In a critical condition, she was taken to Pabna General Hospital and then shifted to Rajshahi Medical College and Hospital on Thursday. She died there at around 10:00 pm on Friday. Yesterday police sent the body to Pabna General Hospital morgue for autopsy.

Firearms seized from bus

A joint team of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and police on Friday recovered two firearms from a passenger bus in Meherpur. Acting on a tip-off, a team of Rab-6 and Meherpur Sadar police raided a Chudanga-bound passenger bus coming from Natore at around 5:30 pm. They searched the bus, seized a small size carton and found a shutter gun and a pistol in it it. Police said the firearms were being taken to Chuadanga for sell. The matter is now under investigation, said deputy assistant director of Rab-6 Nazim Uddin.

Four ISA men arrested

Police on Friday arrested four leaders and activists of Meherpur district unit of Islami Shasantantra Andolon (ISA). The arrestees are Organising Secretary Rezwanul Karim and activists Rokunuzzaman, Badar Uddin and Hira Mondol. As part of their central programme, leaders and activists of the party brought out a procession in the town on Friday afternoon. When they reached the Judge's Court area at around 5:00 pm, police obstructed the ISA men and picked up four of them from the spot.

Letters

Preserving our Liberation War sites!

Most papers reported on 2nd December of the High Court reminding the government of its duty to preserve the Liberation War sites! It is a shame for the nation, the governments and now the Awami League, that two years on, they have done nothing towards preserving our historical sites related to our liberation struggle. Despite the writ petition in 2009, we are still ignoring our own history. One wonders why it needed a writ petition to the Hon. High Court by a few patriotic citizens, to point out to the powers that are, of this vital national duty. Was it not the duty of our politicos to do this, since they talk the most about our liberation struggle and the creation of Bangladesh? They were and are unfortunately too busy otherwise!

Decentralisation of Dhaka

Almost all the countries of the world have two capitals i.e. administrative and commercial. The administrative capital of our neighbouring giant is New Delhi and the commercial capital is Mumbai. Then again, Islamabad is the administrative and Karachi is the commercial capital of Pakistan.

Rights of minorities

I am disturbed by the contrast between the frequent assurances that the racial and religious minorities in Bangladesh are treated honourably and tolerantly and the numerous examples of quite different behaviour that I have come across personally in my years here or read about in your columns - and, so far, have been silent about. These included several murders which got minimal publicity and, usually, no follow-up. On November 30th, you reported two situations, one in Aluari village, Dinajpur and another in Shyamnagar, Satkhira. Mention of the damaging of 'a church' in one of them indicates the village was Christian and in the other one, the community concerned included Hindus.

Controversial cantonment house

Has Begum Khaleda Zia committed any crime by living long 28 years at the cantonment house? She did not request Dhaka Cantonment Board to allot her that house. The fact is our past government/Dhaka Cantonment Board gave her the house to compensate her after the assassination of her husband President Ziaur Rahman. Begum Khaleda Zia is totally innocent. We are surprised and shocked, and we fail to understand why Begum Khaleda Zia was evicted from her house after 28 years? Why now this hue and cry about cantonment house?

Politics of hartal

Although BNP joined one or two parliament sessions, it is a matter of regret that this opposition party could not play a significant role in making the parliament effective. Besides, politics of hartal that caused huge loss to our economy has added fuel into the flame. BNP's decision of not joining the parliament has made the people frustrated. MPs of BNP can even resign any time from the parliament; they have warned the government about it. Undoubtedly, this decision is leading the whole country again to the politics of clash.

Dr. Yunus - our pride

What is going on in our country? We are criticising Dr. Yunus in a way which is so shameful for the nation. Dr. Yunus achieved the Nobel Prize for his role in eradicating poverty. He introduced microcredit to the world. It is a widely accepted theory and acknowledged by the world famous economists. He established his theory through his works. But we did not stand behind him, rather we criticised his getting the Nobel Prize. I felt so bad when I saw a procession coming out of Dhaka University shouting slogans against Dr. Yunus. Our PM also commented on the incident and demanded proper investigation into the matter which was unfortunate.

Bangla dailies' reports

One cannot get the actual stories behind the news by reading Bangladeshi dailies, especially the Bangla dailies. For example, most Bangla dailies carried the news of shifting Khaleda Zia's household belongings under big headlines. This is not a big news for the nation. The story behind this news is very simple. Begum Zia has lost her legal battle and she is vacating the cantonment house. Of course, she deserves some notice from the media, but not this big coverage.

Hindu communities' woes

While I was in Bangladesh a few weeks ago, I went to my village where I grew up. In our village, there were almost 50 60 Hindu families in 1971 and now there are only seven families left. More shocking is that these remaining families are now the poorest of all. Most of them once had agricultural land, were relatively affluent, but now landless.

Ragging

Ragging is a nasty manifestation of popular culture. But what will be accomplished by assigning new police functions to school or college administrations? A look at child rearing in Bangladesh will reveal the roots of ragging. Girls appear to have lesser scope or opportunity for anti-social behaviour. But in the case of boys, a great deal is overlooked by parents. Even in school, a parent is offended by reports of anti-social behaviour by his son. Perhaps training children for adulthood has to start much earlier. It is difficult to overlook the fact that ragging is cultural in its origins.

Custodial deaths

Custodial deaths and extra judicial killings have made our law enforcing agencies controversial. Last year as many as 90 people died in custody. Very recently 17-year-old Sagor died in police custody. His family alleged that he died due to torture by the cops. Astonishingly, we are observing such deaths one after another. Besides, the police show their disgust to file cases in these connections. Thus, these deaths go uninvestigated.

Hillary's humour!

The American diplomacy sustained a serious jolt following disclosure of a huge volume of classified government documents by the Wikileaks. This disclosure has put the entire world into a chaotic and confusing situation.

Cardiovascular diseases

The daily Prothom Alo has published a report on the Health Bulltin-2010 of Health Directorate on 27th November 2010. Cardiovascular diseases have been identified as the number one cause of patients' death in the country in the report. And the people aged between 25 to 49 years die mainly of these diseases. The age group shown in the report who are vulnerable to cardiac diseases is the most productive and income generating group in the family. Generally, the doctors say that hypertension, stress, anxiety, food habit etc. are the main causes of cardiovascular diseases.

Delayed news in DS

We have seen an example of objective and responsible reporting from The Daily Star on December 3. A foreign media circulated a story of fund transfer from Grameen Bank to a sister organisation Grameen Kalyan. Using this as a source the media at home made a news story on December 2 that created undue sensation in society. The news story created disturbance in the minds of the readers. Some of them, who take pride in the performance of Grameen Bank and its winning of the Nobel Peace Prize, were shocked at the allegations.

Hijacked Bangladeshi ship

A group of Somali pirates reportedly hijacked a Bangladesh-flagged ship in the Arabian Sea off the coast of India recently. The fate of 26 abductees remained unknown. The government and the naval force couldn't do anything to rescue the ship. Some days have passed, and now the debate has turned into who hijacked the ship. This is really frustrating. The government should do something very quickly to recover the ship from the hijackers.

International

Hillary seeks clean start in Mideast peace talks

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday sought a clean start in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks by urging both sides to tackle "without delay" the core issues of their decades-old conflict.

Trade imbalance to cast shadow on China-India talks

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao faces a tough task when he arrives in India next week to allay New Delhi's fears over China's rise as a global power, and to smooth tensions in an often-fractious relationship.

Key points in Cancun climate agreement

UN-led climate negotiations in Mexico yesterday approved a deal after two weeks of talks and a final two days of virtually non-stop diplomacy.

Latest WikiLeaks revelations

Key points in the latest secret US diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks:

US concerned at frisking of India envoy

The United States has expressed regret over India's ambassador Meera Shankar being pulled out of an airport security line and frisked by a security agent.

Pakistan hoaxed by bogus anti-India cables

Pakistani newspapers have admitted they were hoaxed after publishing reports based on fake Wikileaks cables containing anti-Indian propaganda.

US likely to charge Assange on espionage soon

A lawyer for Julian Assange, the founder of the WikiLeaks website, said on Friday she expects US prosecutors will indict her client soon for espionage.

Raja pledges cooperation

A former Indian minister at the heart of a telecom scandal promised Saturday to "cooperate fully" with authorities investigating what could be the country's biggest corruption case.

Bomb, drone kill 22 Afghan civilians

Fifteen Afghan civilians died when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan and seven road construction company employees were killed in an air strike in an eastern province, authorities said yesterday.

Petraeus 'most fascinating person' of 2010

General David Petraeus, the top US military commander in Afghanistan, has been named the "most fascinating person of 2010", beating the cast of MTV reality show "The Jersey Shore" and teen singer Justin Bieber.

Mexican broker 'a goddess': Ramesh

India's environment minister late Friday likened Mexican Foreign Secretary Patricia Espinosa to a "goddess" as she won rave reviews for brokering a deal on climate change.

Bolivia criticizes UN climate draft

Bolivia late Friday criticized a draft UN agreement on climate change as too weak and accused other nations of trying to isolate the leftist-led nation at a crunch conference in Mexico.

Radio failure claims rejected in royal attack

Police have rejected suggestions that a communication breakdown led to the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall being caught up in student protests.

Arts & Entertainment

Awareness through music

To mark Universal Human Rights Day 2010 as well as to generate awareness against violation of basic human rights, Manusher Jonno Foundation in association with UKaid and Royal Norwegian Embassy in Bangladesh organised an award giving ceremony and a music festival on December 10 at the Mall Chattar on Dhaka University campus.

King of Bollywood entertains Dhaka

All roads led to Army Stadium as the decked out stage was all set to welcome the 'King of Bollywood' Shahrukh Khan on December 10. Countless die-hard fans of the 'Bollywood Badshah' waited with bated breath to catch a glimpse of their favourite 'hero'.

Classical performance by Priyanka

Indira Gandhi Culture Centre, High Commission of India, Dhaka held a musical soiree featuring Hindustani classical vocal performance by Priyanka Gope on December 10 at the centre in Gulshan-1, Dhaka.

OP-ED

Our heroes on a hijacked ship

The extraordinary news of the hijacking of Bangladeshi ship MV Jahan Moni, belonging to Brave Royal Ship Management, has shocked us. The merchant ship was carrying nickel and was sailing from Indonesia to Greece after refueling at Singapore. According to reports, a group of pirates attacked the bulk carrier off the Indian port of Cochin on the afternoon of December 5, and it was last seen by satellites to be heading towards the Somali coast. Twenty-six Bangladeshi are on board, of which twenty-five are crew members and one lady, who is the spouse of the chief engineer.

The young child -- the whole child

The first-ever South Asia regional conference on early childhood development (ECD) ended in Dhaka on December 9. The three day meeting at the Bangabandhu International Centre was attended by four hundred people, including over a hundred academics, researchers and practitioners from all the South Asian countries and renowned experts from USA, UK, Canada, Australia and elsewhere. The Bangladesh ECD Network (BEN) and the Asia-Pacific Regional Network on Early Childhood (ARNEC) jointly hosted the South Asian Conference.

Green growth strategy

Several economists have been arguing for sustainable economic development which takes care of the natural resources and can ensure intergenerational equity since the 1960s, though it was not until the 1970s that an international environmental policy was thought of at the policy level.

Incumbency factor and the 'dos'

The last two years of the Awami League government have been a mixed bag of hopes and dashed expectations. It is true that no one takes the aposhheen netri seriously when she heaps ludicrous allegations like economic stagnation and "selling" of the country to a "foreign power" upon the incumbent government. But when she talks about the rent seeking of the student and the youth wings of the Awami League, inability of the government to control the price of essentials, the stagnation in the ministries, she will certainly come across some consenting nods. That too, from people who have not been known to be admirers of the BNP.

The jet lag diary

Airline traffic rises as business travellers return to the skies," a news report said. It's true. Despite all our pleadings on behalf of the environment, thousands of business people are once more being assigned to take long journeys for short meetings.


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