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AL pairs with none but two allies

Ties between Awami League and its allies have apparently come under strain over backing of candidates in the upcoming municipality elections.

BNP reluctant on deal with Jamaat

BNP policymakers are not interested in making any deal with its ally Jamaat-e-Islami for backing pro-Jamaat candidates in the municipality polls scheduled for January 12.

End of an eventful year

With the clock striking 12 at night, a new year began leaving behind an eventful year that saw less heat in the political arena, a steady economic growth, the long-awaited trial and execution of Bangabandhu killers and the start of the war crimes trial process.

Fishes in danger

Around 20 species of indigenous fish have become extinct over the last 10 years for use of current nets, insecticides and chemical fertilisers and depletion of habitats, researchers say.

Textbook distribution starts today

Students attending schools this morning will return home with a set of new textbooks.

Welcome, goodbye

As we ring in 2011 and say goodbye to 2010, the last thing we want to do is bid a tearful farewell to a friend or a loved one killed in an accident caused by a reckless driver.

Dropout worries remain after JSC

Many of some five lakh students who either failed in or were absent from the Junior School Certificate (JSC) and Junior Dakhil Certificate (JDC) examinations will give up their studies due to poverty, educationists say.

RMG boost in US market

Bangladesh has edged past Mexico and Indonesia taking the third position in exporting apparels to the US market.

Dhaka looks for better ties with friendly nations

The year 2011 is likely to be packed with diplomatic activities for Bangladesh aiming at strengthening diplomatic ties after a hectic 2010.

9 firearms recovered

Police and Rapid Action Battalion arrested a robber and recovered nine firearms, 17 bullets and one kilogram of heroin from Jessore yesterday.

Credit card fraud held

Detectives on Thursday night arrested a youth in the capital on charges of using other people's bank account through fake debit and credit cards.

2 held over triple murder

Police yesterday arrested two persons in connection with Thursday's triple murder incident in the town.

New Year Greetings

THE DAILY STAR wishes its valued readers, patrons, well-wishers and advertisers a very happy New Year.

Editorial

Leadership by example

That which is regarded as a fundamental requirement of transparency and a guaranteed attribute of a functional and responsible democracy, unfortunately, had to await the initiative of a high functionary of the state to be reminded of and be complied with. Chief Justice ABM Khairul Haque submitted his wealth statement to President Zillur Rahman on Thursday leading the way for the judges of the Appellate Division and High Court divisions to furnish their wealth statements to the CJ.

Shoddy state of BSMMU ICU

The description of the treatment at the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) ICU and the condition of the general area belie belief. If that is the state of the premier public hospital of the country very little can be left to the imagination about the condition of other public hospitals.

Sports

Finally Shakib named Bangladesh captain

As was widely expected, Shakib Al Hasan will lead Bangladesh into this year's World Cup after the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), on Friday, named the world's number all-rounder as captain and dashing opener Tamim Iqbal as his deputy for the next one year.

Tickets for the elite?

As the clock ticked down on 2010 ushering in a new year, cricket lovers around the country were counting down on the moment they would get a chance to get their hands on the tickets for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011. The biggest international event in the country's history is less than fifty days away and cricket lovers are waiting excitedly to be a part of that event, by being at the stadium to support their own beloved Tigers.

Muktis off to a flyer

A brace from Mithun Chowdhury powered title contenders Muktijoddha Sangsad a 2-0 win over a spirited Brothers Union in their opening game of the Grameenphone Bangladesh League at the Brishreshtha Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.

Public support was remarkable

When the 1999 World Cup squad was first announced, one name was missing. The cricket-loving public of the country protested, there was a huge outcry in the media and then, bending to the pressure, Minhazul Abedin Nannu was added to the squad. In Glasgow, Nannu stroked a masterful 68 against Scotland when Bangladesh were 5 for 26. The win thereafter was all his doing and it took Bangladesh a step further towards the Test arena. Speaking to The Daily Star Sport, Nannu mentioned the affection of the public at the mere mention of the 1999 tournament.

City Bank urges calm from fans

Tickets for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 matches in Bangladesh will go on sale across the country from tomorrow but City Bank yesterday pointed the finger of blame at the BCB for not effectively communicating ticketing procedures to the public in due time.

Renat hits a hattrick

Renat struck a hattrick as BAF Shaheen English Medium School recorded a massive 8-0 win over Don Grammar High School in the Ashiyan City Dhaka Metropolis School Football at the BAF Shaheen High School ground yesterday.

Ton-fest continues

Ton-fest continued in the Ispahani Premier Division Cricket League matches yesterday as young batsman Asif Hossain slammed a big hundred in a losing cause for Orient Sporting, and Mominul Haque slammed one in a winning cause for Victoria. Another youngster Asif Ahmed shone with both bat and ball to give BKSP a hard-fought victory.

Eng want series win

Buoyant England will go into the final Ashes Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Monday intent on wrapping up their first series triumph in Australia for nearly quarter of a century.

Aus desperate to level

Out of the gloom of failing to regain the Ashes and Ricky Ponting's travails comes the feel-good story of Usman Khawaja's emergence into an Australian team desperate to level the series.

Sydney Test sold out

The first three days of the next week's final Ashes Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground have been sold out, officials said on Friday.

Hameed sorry for accusations

Former Pakistan opener Yasir Hameed said on Friday he had apologised to cricket authorities over an interview with a British tabloid in which he accused fellow players of fixing matches.

Roddick back to defend Brisbane title

American Andy Roddick will put behind him a season dogged by illness to launch the new year with the defence of his Brisbane International title starting on Sunday.

IPL cuts 56 from auction list

The IPL has pruned its auction list for the next season from a preliminary 416 to 350, and also increased the base prices of Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman. All 80 players named in the top three price bands of the preliminary list have retained their place in the final list for the auction, which is scheduled to be held in Bangalore on January 8 and 9.

No clear favourites

Australia, Japan and South Korea head into the Asian Cup as clear favourites in a tournament that will test Qatar's ability to host a major event after being controversially awarded the 2022 World Cup.

It's all mind games

Manchester United's Darren Fletcher has insisted talk from title challengers Manchester City that the Premier League is the Red Devils to lose as nothing more than "kidology".

Gudjohnsen can leave

Former Barcelona and Chelsea forward Eidur Gudjohnsen will be allowed to leave Stoke City during the January transfer window if the Premier League club receives a suitable offer.

Freddie seals Celtic deal

Former Arsenal and West Ham star Freddie Ljungberg has signed for Celtic, the Scottish Premier League (SPL) leaders announced here on Thursday.

Grondona's dig at Maradona

Argentine Football Association President Julio Grondona says Lionel Messi is the best player to wear the No. 10 for the national team, an obvious dig at Diego Maradona.

Metropolitan

A Winter's Morning

It was barely light outside when I awoke, cold and groggy. My limbs under the quilt groaned at the cold and refused to move. But the prospect of photographing a winter's morning in the countryside was tempting. Dragging myself out of bed, I put on my clothes, hat, jacket and shoes. Minutes later, I was outside, camera and tripod in hand.

ISPs planning strike to protest cable cut

Internet Service Providers Association of Bangladesh (ISPAB) plans to go for two-hours strike everyday from Monday protesting the government's removal of overhead cables.

Make zebra crossings on busy roads

Environmental activists yesterday demanded marking zebra crossings at all busy thoroughfares in the capital to ensure safe movement of pedestrians.

Dhaka, Delhi water level measurement starts today

Like every other year, Bangladesh and India will record water level at different points of the Ganges and the Padma from today to May 31 as agreed in the Ganges Water Sharing Treaty, 1996.

Children council election held

Underprivileged children, 10 to 16 years, cast their votes to elect representatives in the port city yesterday.

Cattle lifter lynched

An unidentified cattle lifter was killed in a mass beating at Bhatbaur village in Sadar upazila early yesterday.

Call to strengthen local government

Autonomous local government system should be strengthened to create awareness on human rights at grassroots level said speakers at Lokomorcha Conference and Sushason Mela in Barisal on Thursday.

25 hurt in clash over Barapukuria compensation

At least 25 people were injured in clashes between two groups of villagers of Barapukuria Bazar at Parbatipur upazila yesterday over compensation for land subsidence caused by coal mine activities.

Dhaka Int'l Trade Fair begins today

The 16th Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF-2011) begins today at Sher-E-Bangla Nagar in the city.

Criminals threat to kill family members

Rickshaw-puller Umed Ali, father of seven-year old Neyamul, maimed by criminals who force children into begging, is on the run along with his family. A case was filed against him on false charges of abducting one of the criminals.

Protect rights of minorities

Justice Gholam Rabbani yesterday urged the government to withdraw the bill of the Vested Property Return (amendment) Act '2010 that was placed in the parliament on December 7.

Call to save playgrounds

Speakers demanded recovery of the playgrounds from land grabbers in the port city.

3 killed in road crash

Three people were killed on the spot and six others injured when a truck collided head-on with a pick-up van at Mustafapur in sadar upazila yesterday morning.

Muggers shoot motorcycle rider

Muggers shot a motorcycle rider to snatch the motorcycle near Old Airport in the city yesterday.

Woman killed, nine injured in clash

An elderly woman was killed while nine others injured in two clashes over land dispute at Baharampur Charvita and Damon villages in Haripur upazila yesterday.

Birth anniversary of Palli Kobi Jasimuddin today

Today is the 108th birth anniversary of Palli kobi Jasim-uddin.

Three 'Hizbut Touhid' men held in Ctg

Police arrested three alleged activists of Islamist outfit Hizbut Touhid who were seen distributing Jihadi books, leaflets, and CDs in front of Chittagong Press Club at Jamal Khan in the port city yesterday.

Arrest of Ghulam Azam demanded

Amra Muktijoddhar Santan, an organisation of freedom fighters' children, yesterday demanded arrest of former Jamaat Ameer Ghulam Azam and others on charges of war crimes.

5-day Baul fair from today

A five-day long Baul Samabesh (assembly of spiritual singers) in the district begins on Manikganj Govt High School playground today.

DU champion in debate

Dhaka University has been the champion and Rajshahi University the runners-up in a three-day national debate festival at RU, which ended on Thursday.

Pabna fair starts in city

A two-day long Pabna fair organised by Pabna Samity started at the Dhaka University stadium yesterday, says a press release.

Scouts council held

The 39th annual general council meeting of Bangladesh Scouts was held at the Osmani Memorial Auditorium in the city yesterday, says a press release.

DPDC staff dies after fall

An employee of the Dhaka Power Distribution Company died after falling from an electricity pillar while cutting internet wires opposite to the prime minister's office yesterday.

Fake-note making factory busted

Police busted a counterfeit notes making workshop and seized a huge quantity of Tk 1,000, 500, 100 denomination notes in a house at Badda in the city yesterday.

Tk 20 lakh demanded as ransom

Kidnappers of two brothers in Alamdanga upazila of Chuadanga demanded a ransom of Tk 20 lakh yesterday, a day after the abduction.

National Press Club poll held

The election to the managing committee of the National Press Club was held at the club in the city yesterday.

International

W African military chiefs agree to eject Gbagbo if talks fail

West African regional military chiefs have set in motion plans to use force to oust Ivory Coast strongman Laurent Gbagbo if negotiations fail, a Nigerian defence spokesman said yesterday.

Pakistan on strike against bill to amend blasphemy law

A strike took place yesterday across Pakistan to protest against possible changes to the blasphemy laws.

Forced evacuations as thousands flee Australian floods

Australia yesterday started forced evacuations of a major town as floods which have already affected 200,000 people swamped more communities in the stricken northeast.

Rare monk seal colony found in the Mediterranean

Scientists have found a colony of rare Mediterranean monk seals at an "undisclosed" location in Greece.

94 journos killed in 2010

At least 94 journalists died in violence this year, the International Federation of Journalists said yesterday, adding that Pakistan was the most dangerous place in 2010 for media workers.

Nepal's peace process at crossroads

Nepal's peace process is at a crossroads, the head of the United Nations has warned, just two weeks before the planned closure of a UN peace mission in the troubled country.

New Year starts in jail for Belarus opposition

Belarus' opposition marks the New Year with hundreds of its supporters in jail and those still free subject to daily raids as the authorities show no sign of relaxing a post-election crackdown.

US long concerned by Khodorkovsky trial

Russia has hit back at criticism by western governments of the guilty verdict against former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky on embezzlement charges. But diplomatic cables obtained by the website WikiLeaks suggest the United States has long regarded Khodorkovsky's trial as part of a broader assault on the rule of law in Russia.

US frustrated with Egypt military

Egypt's military, the biggest recipient of US military aid after Israel, is in decline, according to American diplomats, who blame the Arab nation's top brass for failing to modernize and adapt to deal with new threats.

Suu Kyi calls for reconciliation struggle in New Year

Myanmar's democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi called for citizens of her country to rejuvenate their struggle for national reconciliation in 2011 in a New Year's message released yesterday.

Taliban 'shadow governor' killed in Afghanistan

A top Taliban commander and a bodyguard were killed during an overnight operation by Afghan and NATO forces in northern Afghanistan, police said yesterday.

Italy to ban plastic bags

A ban on plastic bags is coming into effect in Italy, which has one of the highest rates of consumption of the bags in Europe.

Arts & Entertainment

Bringing the Stage to Life

2010 was a remarkable year for theatre. Several new productions by theatre troupes, along with popular plays from the previous years, were regularly staged throughout the year. Most of the new plays enjoyed success and earned positive response from the critics. In the later part of the year, productions such as “Banglar Mati Banglar Jol” (Palakar) and “Baramkhana” (Theatre) premiered and were received well by the audience. The plays presented Rabindranath Tagore and Fakir Lalon Shai as central characters. “Mohajoner Nao” by Subachan Natya Shangshad on the life of Baul Shah Abdul Karim was another talked about play last year.

Promoting Aspiring Dancers

The Music and Dance Department of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) held its annual dance show at its auditorium in Dhaka on December 30. The programme featured promising dancers from different schools of the capital and other districts.

Yesterday Once More…

It has been an eventful 2010 on the cultural front -- a flurry of events, be it in the spheres of theatre, films, dance, art or music. Though Dhaka was the centre of most of these happenings, in a relatively new phenomenon we had the privilege of seeing many of our talented cultural personalities making a mark in the international arena as well.

OP-ED

Food price inflation

In the last fiscal year inflation in food price was about 11%. When 40% of the people of a country live bellow the poverty line, this trend of food price inflation becomes an unbearable headache for them. Though productivity in agricultural sector is gradually rising these days, it will, perhaps, not be sufficient to control food price. The upcoming days for us are not good as there are a number of crises to fight against.

Stormy New Year beckons

Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen has said at the International Tagore Conference in Kolkata that "a deep political analysis" was required to understand the reason behind violence. This is a pertinent question posed to a country which won independence through non-violence. Besides, it also claims that it has rejected violence as an instrument in the formulation of its policy, internal or external.

A disturbing signal

Hundreds of thousands of people are leaving their rural homes for the glimmer of opportunities that big cities seem to offer. This migration has transformed the cities, once sleepy towns or manageable urban centres, into bustling human hives. From Dhaka to Chittagong to other big towns there is no turning back the relentless parade. These changes in the cities have come with an awesome swiftness that has caught the administration unprepared.

Social protection: Whose responsibility?

Large numbers across Bangladesh live without secure forms of social protection, but whose responsibility is it to ensure that provisions are in place?

Collecting pebbles on the shore

Sir Isaac Newton formulated the laws of motion, which form the basis of classical mechanics. As a physicist, his only comparison is Albert Einstein. Being one of the two greatest scientists the world has ever produced, Newton used to say that all he was doing was “collecting pebbles on the shore of the sea called knowledge.”

Environment

Adapting agriculture to climate change

Climate change the ultimate global warming impact due to green house effect is changing most of our traditional agricultural practices as the seasonal cycle and rainfall pattern have changed, droughts have become more frequent, violent stresses of natural disasters like cyclones, earth quakes, prolonged floods, salt water intrusions are increasing day by day. The average temperature has increased in the summer while winter season has shortened. There are some projections about climate change that are matter of concern for Bangladesh as such: temperature would rise 1.30 C by 2030 and 2.60 C by 2070, the sea level rise would be up by three feet and a greater part of the costal area would be inundated.

Literature

It happens only in Dhaka

Dhaka is a city buzzing with hordes of people busy amidst their daily lives. Whether it is the pressure of household, study, work or kids people seem to be as 'busy as a bee'. But if you were to look deep into any interesting happenings you need not look far. I went on the bus the other day, my car being unavailable, and had the most mind boggling experience.

Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy

The last few days it has been overcast and cloudy in Boston, with the sun playing a game of “hide and seek” with massive patches of clouds, trying to break out of the cover of clouds, but losing the battle more often than not. Cloudy days are not my favorite ones, and during fall and winter, when days are short and nights are long, I am not eager to jump out of bed and start my daily routine if it's cloudy and dark outside. On any given morning, before I get out of bed, I make sure that the sun has made its appearance on the eastern horizon. Why? Because if the sun is not up yet, I feel very little urge to get up myself. During the winter months, when it is dark by 5 PM, and the night sometimes lasts almost 14 hours, I feel the sun gets more rest than we do. I hardly ever get more than seven hours of sleep, whereas the sun has at least twelvetherefore, I don't see why the sun can't be up in the morning before I do. Also, I need the sun to get me started. Nothing wakes me up and energizes me as much as the sight of the rising sun in the morning.

Saying goodbye . . .

The wind chime was a melancholy window from which a choir of sadness filled my heart to the extent of non-existence. It was a beautiful day. An old, familiar breeze, in a tremulous fountain of colour hissed and whispered silently on my mulberry red ears. Droplets of rain danced on the window silt like bricks on a lane. I remembered Auro.

Star Health

Stay heal and hearty throughout the year

Happy New Year. Millions of people around the world are thinking about New Year resolutions at this first day of the year 2011 to make a clean slate at the start. Health resolution among others is one of the most important issues that should be taken into count seriously. Health experts suggest some resolutions listed below to ensure that you become a little more health-wise.

Key health issues in focus

The year 2010 started with the jolt of a devastating earthquake in Haiti and is about to end with record number of death from cholera outbreak in the same place. As days commenced, the year was marked starkly with some other natural disasters remarkable the flood in Pakistan. People have faced public health challenges with notable events like drug-resistant tuberculosis at record high levels, post pandemic period of H1N1 influenza virus etc. But it was also a year of significant achievement of health related MDG in reducing maternal and child mortality, implementation of an affordable meningitis vaccine to eliminate one of Africa's biggest health problems.

Cochlear Implant surgery again at Mitford Hospital

One in every thousand people in Bangladesh is born with deafness. An estimated thirty thousand people are currently living with severe deafness. For people with severe to profound deafness, cochlear implant surgery is a revolutionary surgery performed to produce useful hearing sensations to them. Unlike a hearing aid, it does not make sound louder or clearer. Instead, the device bypasses non functioning parts of the hearing system and directly stimulates the nerve of hearing, allowing deaf individuals to receive sound.

Globally the cost of diabetes care has doubled

Diabetes, often thought as a disease for rich people affects the mass regardless of their socio-economic status. Being a developing country, Bangladesh is one of the most vulnerable countries who fall down as a victim of this silent epidemic. This life long disease cannot be cured and is very expensive to manage. Furthermore in the last few decades the cost has also risen.

Swimming eases pain of mystery ailment

Swimming can significantly ease the debilitating pain of fibromyalgia, an ailment with no known cure, European researchers revealed.

Strategic Issues

Plan of human subjugation

Strategy is not the prerogative of war enterprise alone, rather it is a ubiquitous tool deployed by every member of society.

India-France Nuclear and High Technology Partnership

During his visit to India between 4 and 7 December 2010, French President Nicolas Sarkozy went to three important 'capitals': Bangalore - the science capital of the country, Delhi - the political capital, and Mumbai - the commercial capital. Reflecting the Presidential reach, the outcome of the visit was comprehensive and multidimensional. Several agreements and a joint statement emerged out of the visit.

Prithvi-II Test-Fired

India on Wednesday test-fired two Prithvi-II nuclear-capable ballistic missiles from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur, off the Orissa coast. as part of user trials by the Army.

Star Books Review

Idealism and a determined woman

In 1986 Virgilio Barco, previously mayor of Bogota, is elected president of the republic. He wants to reform the economy and wage an all out war against the drug cartels. Carlos Galian 46, is assassinated. Ernesto Samper becomes president through the money supplied by drug traffickers.

Palestinians are non-entities everywhere

On 11 August 2008, Peter Clark writes in a Guardian obituary that as a poet, author, and politician, Mahmoud Darwish 'did as much as anyone to forge a Palestinian national consciousness.' While Clark's comment is undebatable, it is also true that Darwish's poetry transcends its national boundary by reflecting on universal humane values through the mirror of the Palestinian experience. It is one of the major reasons why Darwish now is a great name in world literature. Memory for Forgetfulness is his exquisitely written prose-memoir. Ibrahim Muhawi's adept translation brings out the delicacy of the piece. It is based on Israel's invasion of Lebanon in 1982 that was aimed at wiping out the PLO's base from southern Lebanon. The fact seems most startling when one reads the memoir containing evocative details of Beirut under siege. Darwish, however, lifts up the sufferings of the invasion to an aesthetic level through his musings on reality, belonging, history, resistance and the role of art involving these. The entire book is an extended internal monologue (the poet's thoughts in his mind) about which Robyn Creswell writes in Harper Magazine's January 2009 issue:

Achievements and challenges

Tourism of the world is always influenced by Asian tourism. The thing has become constant for ages because of its multicultural fervor and colorful biodiversity. Besides for long time the region of Asia Pacific is considered these days as a prime business hub of the world.



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