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News of: Monday, 13th of December, 2010

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Four killed in RMG flare-up

Unruly garment workers clashed with law enforcers in Chittagong, Dhaka and Narayanganj out of grievances over wage yesterday leaving at least four people dead and 200 others injured.

Govt moves to spot grabbers, allies

The government yesterday formed a committee to take action against the river grabbers and the government officials who helped them.

Pay confusion triggers troubles

Confusion over the new wage structure appears to be at the heart of the unrest in the garment sector.

Tamim makes it look easy

Tamim Iqbal's six-hitting spree gave Bangladesh a fine finish to the year, the Tigers clinching the five-match one-day series against Zimbabwe 3-1 through a six-wicket win yesterday at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.

Symbolic start to drive

The crackdown against overhead Internet and cable TV wires on city thoroughfares began yesterday with cables from a pole at Karwan Bazar removed.

Follow rule

The private universities, which failed to start educational activities at their permanent campuses as yet, will not be allowed to enrol new students from October next year.

No wrong done

Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus yesterday re-emphasised that there was no wrongdoing in the fund transfer from Grameen Bank to Grameen Kalyan.

Sugarcane sale through SMS

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called upon entrepreneurs to invest more in agro-based and other small and medium industries.

All aboard hijacked ship doing well

The families of two crew of hijacked ship MV Jahan Moni yesterday claimed that the pirates demanded ransoms for their release. But the figures vary wildly.

Steps far less than what planet needs

A climate deal reached in Mexico has revived faith in UN-backed talks after last year's debacle in Copenhagen, but environmentalists warn the new measures are far less than what the planet needs.

Unrest gets on people's nerves

Thousands of city dwellers suffered badly yesterday, as garment workers blocked the Kuril Bishwa Road for around three hours.

Govt pledges pay review

Any discrepancy in the newly announced wage structure of the Readymade Garments (RMG) workers would be resolved through reviewing the wage structure and discussion with the stakeholders, said the home and labour ministers yesterday.

Outsiders behind it

Outsiders were behind the workers' agitation in Chittagong in the last two days, Kihak Sung, chief executive officer (CEO) of South Korean Youngone Corporation, said yesterday.

Tiger response team proves a point

A village-based tiger response team has again showed great courage to save a tiger of the Sundarbans.

Govt out to eliminate opposition

Accusing the government of flagrant violation of human rights, BNP leaders and pro-BNP professionals yesterday urged the international community's attention to what they said its (govt's) bid to establish one-party rule in the country again.

AL questions BNP's hartal support

The Awami League yesterday said BNP extended its support to the countrywide hartal for December 26 called by Sammilita Olama Mashayekh Parishad as the main opposition wants to protect the war criminals from trial.

Three jute go-downs gutted by fire

Three go-downs of Abdul Latif Bawani Jute Mill were gutted in a blaze at Demra in the capital last night.

Editorial

Why must RMG sector remain so troubled?

Last two days have seen a spate of violence in the RMG factories in Chittagong and Dhaka. The losses incurred due to destruction and vandalism inside the factory has been immense. Not only were factories subjected to the wrath of the workers, the trouble also spilled on to the streets. What is quite disconcerting is that a RMG manufacturing company in CEPZ was forced to close down operations completely after some of its factories were damaged by the workers. This situation is absolutely unacceptable.

The climate after Cancun

The good news about climate and its changing patterns and how nations cope with it is that there is fresh new ground for hope. What has transpired in Cancun is something quite removed from the stalemate and chaos which descended on Copenhagen at this time last year. Where miffed and shocked negotiators simply could not understand why nothing was working in Copenhagen, this time around matters appear to be rather under control. There is certainly nothing of the dramatic sort that has occurred in Cancun, of course, but after Copenhagen there appears to have been a conscious effort made toward avoiding the old mistakes.

Sports

All's well that ends well

If the 3-1 series win over Zimbabwe was the ideal end to 2010 the Tigers had hoped for, the upshot of this success is far more important as they approach the home stretch of their World Cup preparations.

Boom boom Tamim

When Tamim Iqbal goes after a spinner, skipping forward, eyes fixed on the immediate left and right of the sightscreen, he uses his full body weight to hit the ball as hard as possible and as far as it is permitted. The shot, admittedly one of his main weapons in his early days of international cricket, is an act of violence when you're the targeted spinner, a cause for nerves if you are at long-on or long-off and a reason to be joyful if you are in the crowd waiting for it to, with a bit of luck, fall in your hands.

If it rains, it's gone

If you consider its location among chemical factories in one desolate corner of the city, the smell of fumes in its air, the unfinished eastern galleries and the thick seaside grass, there isn't much right about the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.

Cup facts

The Wills World Cup in 1996 was the sixth cricket World Cup and the second to be held in the Indian subcontinent, with India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka co-hosting the showpiece event.

Siddikur finishes 19th

Bangladesh's golfing sensation Siddikur Rahman bounced back in the fourth and final round but only to improve his position to finish joint 19th in the 300,000-dollar Johnnie Walker Cambodian Open at the Phokeethra Country Club yesterday.

Bangladesh to host 2012 Asia Cup

Bangladesh have been awarded the rights to host the 2012 Asia Cup Cricket yesterday after an executive committee meeting of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) at the Hotel Raddison in the city.

Frisk highlight of bright opening

The biggest footballing extravaganza for women in South Asia got underway at the seaside city of Cox's Bazar yesterday amidst much enthusiasm, fanfare, and some disorganization in the presence of the high priests of Asian and domestic football.

Liverpool Hammered

Manchester City moved up to second place in the Premier League on Saturday with a 3-1 victory at West Ham as Newcastle beat Liverpool by the same score to get new manager Alan Pardew's reign off to a dream start.

Aguero puts Atletico back on track

A brace by Sergio Aguero led Atletico Madrid to a 2-0 victory over Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday to put them back on track in the hunt for a European place following rivals Villarreal's shock 1-0 defeat by nine-man Getafe.

Irresistible Dortmund

German league leaders Dortmund picked up their seventh-straight win on Saturday with a 2-0 victory over Bremen, while Bayern Munich were boosted by midfield star Bastian Schweinsteiger committing to the club until 2016.

'My heart is Red'

Bayern Munich fans had double cause to celebrate Saturday's 3-0 home win over St Pauli as Germany star Bastian Schweinsteiger announced he had signed a contract extension until 2016.

Nepal run rampage

Nepal thrashed Maldives 6-0 in the opening match of the SAFF Women's Football Championship at the Cox's Bazar Zilla Stadium yesterday. Nepal striker Anu Lama bagged a hattrick while fellow striker and captain Jamuna Gurang scored twice as the SA Games runners-ups ended as comfortable winners in the Group B encounter.

Napoli in heady company

Napoli coach Walter Mazzarri told his players to ignore the Serie A standings after they went second with a hard-fought 1-0 victory at Genoa.

Nasri bullish about MU date

Samir Nasri believes Old Trafford is not the intimidating venue it once was and that Arsenal should not fear taking on Manchester United on Monday.

Tevez wants out?

Controversial striker Carlos Tevez wants to leave Manchester City and has handed in a transfer request, it was reported here Sunday.

England draw tour tie

Wicketkeeper Matt Prior said England were aiming to go through their Australian tour unbeaten after the tourists ground out a draw in their three-day match with Victoria on Sunday.

Stuey slams selectors

Stuart MacGill, the former Australian Test leg-spinner, has slammed the decision of his country's selectors to call up Michael Beer, a slow left-armer who has played just five first-class games, for the third Ashes Test at Perth next week.

BHF, Rach part company

The Bangladesh Hockey Federation has decided not to renew the contract of German coach Gerhard Peter Rach, who has already left country after his four-month deal expired on November 30.

Abahani go to Thailand today

Federation Cup champions Abahani leave here for Thai-land today afternoon to play two practice matches against local clubs in a bid to make them prepared for the upcoming Bangladesh League, beginning from December 27.

WC officials announced

Umpires Kumar Dharmasena, Richard Kettleborough, Nigel Llong, Bruce Oxenford, Amish Saheba and Shahvir Tarapore have been named to stand alongside the members of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires during the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, which begins in Dhaka on February 19.

Semifinalists finalised

The semifinal line-ups of the Exim Bank 21st National Women's Handball Champion-ship were completed when holders Bangladesh Ansar, Dhaka, Dhaka University and BJMC moved into the last four at two separate venues in capital yesterday.

Hingis, Hutin tie the knot

Retired tennis star Martina Hingis has married French showjumper Thibault Hutin in Paris, Swiss celebrity magazine Schweizer Illustrierte said.

Three lead rating chess

Three players shared the lead in the 8th Amritolal Dey international rating chess tournament, organised by Barisal Chess Club, at close of fourth round in Barisal yesterday.

Sachin's 200 in Times moments

Iconic Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar's record-breaking one-day international double century has found a place in the Times magazine's top 10 sports moments of the year.

Business

RMG violence sewn with wage confusion

Mohammad Abdullah, managing director of garment giant Nassa Group, said he paid the new minimum wages to his workers, but they protested anyway, forcing him to shutter his factories.

Stocks suffer biggest jolt

Dhaka stocks witnessed the steepest single-day fall in yesterday's trading, with the key index of the premier bourse sliding by 285 points, or 3.31 percent.

HC rules on SEC member

The High Court yesterday issued a rule upon the government to explain within four weeks why the finance ministry should not be directed to declare Mansur Alam, a member of Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), as disqualified to continue his office for abusing powers.

Bangladesh 27th most favourite nation for FDI

Bangladesh is the 27th most favourite destination among developing countries for foreign direct investment (FDI), in line with a report of the World Bank's Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA).

Robi IPO falters on licence renewal

Telecom operator Robi said yesterday it might have to backtrack on the plan of an initial public offering (IPO) in the near future if the company is to pay huge sums on licence renewal.

Galaxy Tab hits market today

Samsung Electronics, a global leader in mobile technology, launched its latest smartphone Galaxy Tab in Bangladesh yesterday.

Mihin Lanka starts flights to Dhaka

Mihin Lanka, a low-cost airline of Sri Lanka, started direct flights to Dhaka yesterday with Airbus A320 aircraft, said a statement.

SMS to inform citizens of rights

Mobile phone operators will help raise citizens' awareness by sending free text messages that explain the Right to Information Act (RTIA), they announced in Dhaka yesterday along with government representatives.

Call to reopen PSTN

“JS body for reopening of 5 land phone companies” says the headline of a news item in The Daily Star on December 1. The Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications (MoPT) has resurrected a seemingly dead issue. One may recall that the networks of five locally owned PSTN (public switched telephone network) operators (Dhaka Phone, National Telecom, Peoples Tel, RanksTel and Worldtel) were shut down by the BTRC in March this year on suspicion of being involved in illegal call termination business and subsequently their licences were cancelled in May. The Standing Committee immediately expressed its concerns over the drastic action taken by the BTRC and decided to review the case. As such, it summoned the representatives of the operators, the officials of the BTRC and the MoPT to make their submissions and after having considered all the aspects including the significance and long term impact of the shutdown on the industry, it gave its recommendations to the MoPT for taking initiatives for reopening of the networks. Several months have passed since then, but the MoPT has been characteristically inactive as if it were not their business at all.

Mobile eases Pacific isolation, poverty

From the rugged highlands of Papua New Guinea to the remote islands of Tonga, a telecommunications revolution in the Pacific is helping ease poverty and isolation in some of the world's poorest countries.

Kisan Corp teams up with Super Oil Refinery

Kisan Corporation has recently signed a memorandum of understanding with Super Oil Refinery Ltd to market soybean oil SALWA in Bangladesh, says a statement.

Chinese business in Africa breaking free of Beijing

Chinese businesses are enjoying increased autonomy and economic freedom to invest in Africa, analysts say, challenging diplomatic perceptions that Beijing is playing puppet master on the continent.

Gulshan Club president re-elected

Rubel Aziz has been re-elected the president of Gulshan Club for 2010-11, says a statement.

Don't bet against euro: German finance minister

Europe's single currency is here to stay and those who bet against its survival are making a mistake, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said.

Australia unveils sweeping banking reforms

Australia unveiled tough changes to finance laws Sunday, banning unpopular mortgage fees and cracking down on price collusion between major banks in a bid to boost competition in the sector.

Indians eye silver in face of pricey gold

India, the world's No. 1 silver buyer, is on track to show sharply higher imports this year of the metal near 30-year peaks, as consumers normally fond of more expensive gold seek to lower cash outlays.

Branson to be AirAsia 'stewardess' February

Virgin boss Richard Branson will serve as a flight attendant on an AirAsia X flight in February next year after losing a cross-dressing bet to rival Tony Fernandes, officials said Sunday.

Corporate Briefs

PRIME TEXTILE
The company's EGM and AGM will be held on December 27 (at 1pm and 1:30pm respectively) instead of December 26. Other information of the meetings will remain the same as announced earlier.

Metropolitan

Stand against sexual harassment, stalking

Women rights leaders yesterday called all to stand against sexual harassment and stalking as an alarming 4186 incidents of violence on women took place between January and September this year.

Days of winning polls by flexing muscle over: CEC

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Dr ATM Shamsul Huda yesterday viewed that the days of winning election by flexing muscle, money and power are over.

Female RMG worker found dead in Botanical Garden

Police recovered the body of a female garment worker hanging by the neck from a tree branch at Botanical Garden in the city yesterday morning.

President for proper application of traffic rules to cut road crash

President Zillur Rahman yesterday emphasised proper application of traffic rules to reduce road accidents that claim precious lives everyday.

39 accused cross-examine 5 witnesses

Thirty-nine accused of Record Wing under Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) headquarters yesterday cross-examined five witnesses who gave depositions before a court.

Scout leaders meet president

President Zillur Rahman yesterday urged the Scout leaders to engage the distressed, unprivileged and deprived street children in welfare-oriented programmes along with ensuring their education.

Use of 3 ports discussed

Bangladesh and India yesterday discussed on use of Chittagong, Mongla Ashuganj ports for transshipment of goods to its northeast states through Bangladesh.

Four killed, 25 injured in Faridpur road crash

At least four people were killed and 25 others injured when a Bhanga-bound bus collided with a truck at Baulkandi on Dhaka-Khulna highway at 8:00pm yesterday.

SC upholds order of chamber judge

The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday upheld its chamber judge's order that stayed a tribunal verdict directing the Election Commission (EC) to reinstate 85 upazila election officers.

Sahara bins TIB report

A recent survey report by Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB), which ranked the police administration as the most corrupt institution in the country, was “ill-intentioned”, said Home Minister Sahara Khatun yesterday.

Four additional HC judges sworn in

Newly appointed four additional judges of the High Court (HC) were sworn in yesterday.

Committee to increase compensation

A three-member committee has been formed to recommend measures for increasing the amount of compensation to be given to the families of those killed in recent train accident in Narsingdi.

Dhaka College JCD men ransack central office

A section of angry leaders and activists of Dhaka College unit of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) yesterday vandalised the central office of the student body at Naya Paltan over forming the unit's fresh committee.

Three killed in road crashes

At least three people were killed and another injured in separate road accidents in Madaripur, Gopalganj and Khagrachhari on Saturday night and yesterday.

Polls stayed for 2 months

The High Court yesterday stayed for two months the process for holding election to Chandpur pourasava.

3 promoted to major general

Three brigadier generals were promoted to the rank of major general yesterday.

National

UP chairmen, members demand poll schedules without delay

Bangladesh Union Parishad Forum (BUPF), a countrywide organisation of UP chairmen and members, yesterday urged the government to meet their three-point demand including early announcement of election schedules for all union parishads that expired tenures.

People of 3 Kushtia unions besiege DC office, block road

At least 30 people were injured during a clash between villagers and law enforcers near the deputy commissioner's office in Kushtia town yesterday.

Canal recovery in Sylhet goes on in snail's pace

Sylhet City Corporation (SCC) resumed its drive to reclaim 11 canals and natural streams in the city from the grip of encroachers in the third week of October.

Housewife set afire for dowry

A housewife was set afire allegedly by in-laws for dowry at Sahebganj in Bakerganj upazila of Barisal district on Saturday night.

Prime accused scot-free 2 months into Natore UZ chairman killing

Two months into the killing of Baroigram upazila chairman Sanaullah Noor Babu, police are yet to arrest any prime accused in the case.

BDR, BSF talk issues

Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Indian Border Security Force (BSF) yesterday agreed to contain cross border crimes and resolve other issues through talks.

No headway yet in Sylhet gas official murder

Police are yet to unearth the mystery behind the killing of the gas official Anwara Begum Chowdhury.

Firearms, bullets recovered

Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in separate drives in Chapainawabagnj and Pabna recovered five firearms and 16 bullets yesterday and the day before.

FFs hoist national flag in Manikganj on this day

Valiant freedom fighters and Indian allied forces on this months continued their triumphant march towards Dhaka, making the final victory against the occupation Pakistan forces clear in sight.

Village doc abducted for ransom

Criminals abducted a village doctor and demanded Tk 10 lakh ransom at Parlakhmipur in Alamdanga upazila in Chuadanga on Saturday night.

Young farmer murdered

A young farmer was murdered by criminals at village Kushkhali in Sadar upazila Saturday night. Body of Montu, 26, son of Nasir Uddin of village Satani in Sadar upazila was found near Kushkhali Primary School early yesterday. Quoting locals police said, Montu went to local market on Saturday afternoon and since then he had been missing. Locals found the body and informed police. Police rushed there and sent it to Satkhira morgue for post-mortem. Police said dispute over land might be the cause behind the murder.

Robbers loot three houses

Robbers looted cash and valuables from the houses of an expatriate and his two brothers at Hamchadi village in Sonargaon upazila on Friday night. Police and family sources said breaking open the main gate, a gang of armed robbers numbering 10/15 stormed into the houses of expatriate Alauddin, his two brothers Amir Uddin and Samir Uddin at midnight. The gang took the family members hostage at gunpoint and looted Tk three lakh in cash, 47 tolas of gold ornaments, four mobile phone sets and other valuables. They also beat up and critically injured Samir Uddin, his wife Shahida Begum and Alauddin's wife Rehana Begum as they tried to resist them.

Polythene seized, shops sealed

A mobile court on Thursday seized 6 tons banned polythene shopping bags and sealed off five shops at Tongi bazaar here on Thursday. The Department of Environment sources said the mobile court led by magistrate Kamruzzaman launched an anti-polythene drive at the bazaar and seized the polythene bags. The court also realised Tk 1.70 lakh as fine from 17 shops for stocking and selling polythene shopping bags. The court also sealed off five shops and sentenced one month imprisonment to shop worker Rabbi of Mayer Doa shop for selling polythene bags. Regular cases were also filed against 13 shops in this connection.

Domestic help killed

Rabindra Bepari, 20, a domestic help in Batazor area under Gournadi upazila of the district was beaten to death yesterday morning. Locals and police said, his master Sankha Banik called Rabindra when he was watching a folk song programme. As he was too late, Sankha Banik beat him up severely. At one stage Rabindra ran away but Sankha followed him. After an hour of the incident, Rabindra was found dead at a betel leaf garden. Sankha later went into hiding. Police visited the spot and sent the body to Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital for autopsy. A UD case was filed.

Girl gang-raped

A teenage girl was gang-raped at Lotarupara under Alatuli union of Sadar upazila in Chapainawabganj on Tuesday night. SI Rokonuzzaman, duty officer of Sadar police station said, a 14-year-old girl of Char Alatuli-Adarashagram under Alatuli union went to a waz mehfil at Lotarupara with her elder brother. As she came out from the mehfil to respond to nature's call at around 11:00pm three youths Kamal, 22, son of Akbar Ali, Jamal, 18, son of Azad Ali and Durul, 19, son of Ataur Ali of Kodalkati village forcibly took the girl to a nearby place and raped her. Locals rescued the girl from the spot while the rapists fled the scene. Victim's father Enamul Haque filed a case with Sadar police station against the three on Wednesday noon.

Fish farmer killed

A fish farmer was electrocuted as he came in touch with live electric wire while looking after his pond on Tuesday night. Seriously injured, he was admitted to hospital at night in critical condition where he died in the morning. The victim was identified as Joyotish Chandra Roy, 22, son of Pulin Chandra Roy of Bahali Para village of Sadar upazila. Family sources said, Joyotish took training on fishery a year ago and made a fish farm in his village. As thieves stole fishes from the pond several times, he fenced the pond with live wire. On Tuesday night he suddenly came in touch of the electric wire in the pond and died.

Letters

Remembering the martyrs

The auspicious month of December has come. After nine months of fierce fighting, the valiant sons of this soil, not caring for their lives, liberated this country. Victory has been achieved on 16th December 1971, and history has been made. With their supreme sacrifice, they wanted to make us secure. People's joy knew no bounds; their eyes sparkled with happiness, hope and contentment.

South America takes the lead

For Palestinians, this week there came some good news from South America when Brazil and Argentina officially recognised Palestine as a state on the basis of the pre-1967 war borders. More Latin American countries, such as Uruguay and Peru will soon make their declaration of recognising the future Palestinian state. Brazil also demanded Israel return all occupied lands as per UN resolutions.

Helmet laws

This refers to the enforcing helmet laws. Everybody agrees that wearing crash helmets is safe. But the reluctance of some two-wheeler riders to wear a helmet does not have to do with helmets per se. It is the implementation of the rule by the traffic police that is the problem.

Chariots of fire

Mr Saleh Ayub's regular letters on a variety of subjects are usually balanced and logical, but his latest effort on Dhaka's rickshaws (TDS, 08 Dec), is very disturbing. This is my 80th letter to the DS on the subject in 3 years, where I have analysed the traffic imbroglio from all angles and suggested solutions to keep Dhaka moving, but to no avail. If I had Mr Ayub's e-mail, I would send him uncensored copies of just 3 out of the 80, sent to DS on the dates mentioned, “Rickshaw- free Capital”-22/05/08, “Facts on Dhaka's Jams”-29/10/09 and “Dhaka sans Rickshaws”- 19/04/10.

Smoking in public places!

The BSS report published in most dailies on 28th November, suggesting the fine for smoking in public places to be raised from Tk.50 to Tk.10000, seems absurdly high! A rational figure could be Tk.500 for first offence, and for subsequent offence, say Tk.1000 may be a reasonable figure!

BNP's philosophy

The recent tilting of high-rise buildings in Dhaka and Chittagong reminds us of the weak foundation of the BNP. It is tottering at the very foundation under its current leadership. Many of its top leaders have deserted the party, or have been thrown out. (Syed Badrul Ahsan's col. in the DS of 24th Nov)

Victims of their own hatred

Mahatma Gandhi once remarked, “Those who hate others ultimately end up hating themselves.” Pakistanis have proved that Gandhi was right. Pakistanis are supposed to be Muslims and yet the Sunni Muslims are slaughtering the Shia Muslims and vice versa.

Allegations against Dr. Yunus

I would request the minister who commented 'Yunus is corrupt' to apologise not only to Dr. Yunus but also to the whole nation. He should look at himself and his party-men and only then comment about someone who at least brightens the name of the country. The newspapers that ran the headlines, 'Yunus siphoning off money' should also be held to account because there were no hints in the news under those headlines that Prof. Yunus pocketed the amount.

DU and JU admission

Recently I came to know about two verdicts of the High Court on the issue of challenging the legality of new admission rules disqualifying the undergraduate applicants who did not studied 200 marks in English. That's why a good number of students from Madrasa Education Board were disqualified for the admission test of Dhaka University and Jahangirnagar University.

Use of air-conditioners

We welcome the decision of the Power Development Board to resume power connection but on certain conditions and using air-conditioners only with prior permission.

International

Singapore's Asian allies 'corrupt, incompetent'

Singaporean diplomats think the leaders of some close Asian allies including neighbouring Malaysia are corrupt, incompetent or stupid, cables from WikiLeaks revealed yesterday.

Kosovo holds historic polls

Kosovo is holding its first parliamentary election since unilaterally declaring independence from Serbia almost three years ago.

Fee protester 'made contact with Duchess'

Home Secretary Theresa May has confirmed there was "contact" between the Duchess of Cornwall and one of the protesters who attacked her car.

Jailed Afghan drug lord was 'CIA man'

A top Afghan drug lord jailed in the United States since 2008 was for years on the US payroll as an informant for the CIA and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), The New York Times said Saturday.

The decade's new species

As 2010 draws to a close, scientists have been looking back over the array of new species that have been discovered since the beginning of the century.

Iraq's Ramadi hit by suicide car bomb

A suicide car bomb in western Iraq has killed at least eight people, including six policemen, reports say.

Gunbattle kills 11 in Mexican town

A gunbattle between rival gangs killed 11 people during a Virgin of Guadalupe celebration in a western Mexican town, authorities said Saturday.

Six foreign soldiers killed in Afghanistan

Afghanistan's Taliban-infested south on Sunday, days before the White House publishes a review of US military strategy in the increasingly deadly war.

Obama calls leaders, slams 'deplorable' WikiLeaks

US President Barack Obama called Turkey's prime minister and Mexico's president on Saturday to discuss the "deplorable action" by WikiLeaks, and said the cable releases should not harm bilateral ties.

Suu Kyi to 'persevere' for dialogue with junta

Myanmar's democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has vowed to remain patient in seeking dialogue with military rulers following last month's controversial poll that has kept them in power.

US 'tried to stop missile delivery to Venezuela'

The United States tried to stop delivery of Russian anti-aircraft missiles to Venezuela in 2009 amid concerns it could pass them on to Marxist guerrillas in Colombia or Mexican drug gangs, The Washington Post said yesterday, citing diplomatic cables from WikiLeaks.

US 'aware of' Kenyan arms shipments

The US government has been aware of Kenyan arms shipments to Southern Sudan for years, the latest diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks reveal.

Arts & Entertainment

A dose of Deshi, a touch of French

The France-Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry arranged their annual French gala evening at Radisson Water Garden Hotel in Dhaka last Saturday evening to promote the countries' cultural diversity.

Two documentary films on the anvil

It will be a different kind of celebration of the Victory Day at the Bangladesh High Commission here on December 16. This is the momentous day when the joint forces of Indian soldiers and Bangladeshi freedom fighters triumphed over the Pakistani army 39 years ago leading to the birth of a new nation.

Celebrations marking Victory Day

A week long celebration began on December 10 afternoon at Chhoto Bazar in the district town marking Victory Day. Bangladesh Muktijuddah Sangsad, District Unit Command organised the programme under the patronage of the local administration.

American jazz group performs in Dhaka

American musical troupe 'The Ari Roland Jazz Quartet' performed at National Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on December 10. The US Embassy in Dhaka, in cooperation with Nrityadhara, organised the programme featuring the jazz group.

Chokh Gelo Pakhirey

Featuring nine soulful songs of Kobial Bijoy Sarkar, “Chokh Gelo Pakirey”, the latest solo album by folk singer Chandana Majumdar was launched recently. The launching ceremony was held at Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, Dhanmondi, Dhaka on December 11. The album has been produced by Bengal Foundation. Among others, Kajal Adhikari, son of Bijoy Sarkar, was present as a guest at the event.

A gender-blind Caesar

There is a certain delight that a woman gets, watching a group of powerful actresses creating magic on stage. That's how I felt while watching the play “Julius Caesar” at the Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka this past weekend.

Drama as a catalyst of social change

A three-day theatre festival began in Pabna on December 10. The event was organised by Manobadhikar Natto Parishad. Lawmaker of Pabna-5 Golam Faruk Khandaker Prince inaugurated the festival at the Pabna Town Hall premises. A discussion, cultural programme and Lathi-Khela were the main features of the occasion.

Bangladeshi photographer Ripon’s solo exhibit in Nepal

Bangladeshi photographer SA Shahriar Ripon's exhibition of photographs on the changing cityscape of Dhaka will be held at Nepal Art Council Gallery, Kathmandu, according to a press release.

OP-ED

The Cancun climate deal

Some good news could finally be heard from Cancun, the Mexican tourist resort where the 16th Conference of the Parties (COP) under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), or in short, UN climate change conference, was held between November 29 and December 11 to reach an international deal on cutting carbon emissions by the member countries.

The profit and loss of noise

It is entirely appropriate that the man in charge of India's volume control, Pranab Mukherjee, should have uttered what is unarguably the comment of the year: our democracy has become too noisy. Through a long career stretching from the 1960s, Pranabda (as he is fondly known) has always preferred the brain to the lung. Noise has been neither in his temperament nor his bhadralok-Brahmin culture.

Energising the energy sector

Bangladesh's development efforts are constrained by an energy crisis characterised by a growing deficit in power and gas supply. Unless addressed, this will slow down industrial operations, jeopardise trade and economic growth; trigger political instability and cause significant deterioration in citizens' quality of life.

Lessons from Malaysian model

Malaysia is generally viewed largely as a destination for Bangladesh manpower, which is only an element, though an important one, in the context of our overall bilateral relationship with Malaysia. My purpose is to try to focus on a wider perspective -- the Malaysian model of democracy and development.

Metternich's World

Something is pretty troubling about the way America treats foreigners. It is understandable that the country will be concerned about its security, especially against a background of the tragedy which happened in September 2001. It is not understandable, though, why every non-American must be considered a potential terrorist, a purveyor of some of the most sinister ideas in the world.


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