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News of: Wednesday, 12th of January, 2011

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Stocks on abnormal rebound

Reversing the trend of the last few days, Dhaka stockmarket yesterday clocked a record 15 percent gain.

Govt likely to impose stock index breaker

The government is going to use index breaker in the share market to curb abnormal slumps and rises.

Municipality polls kick off today

Amid tight security, 72 municipalities of Rajshahi and Rangpur divisions go to polls today kicking off elections to 243 local government bodies nationwide.

SC moves to reduce backlog of cases

The Supreme Court has taken special measures for quick disposal of over one lakh cases pending with the High Court, which is now bogged down with more than three lakh cases.

Magic game, once again

Are you salivating at the prices again? Are you? Better that your share prices are rising again? If so then take a deep breath.

Bhutan to help in hydropower sector

Bhutan yesterday assured Bangladesh of extending cooperation in the hydropower sector, in which the Himalayan country has huge potential.

Col Taher was not the only victim

Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal leader Hasanul Huq Inu yesterday told the High Court that 496 military officers, who were freedom fighters, were executed in a secret military trial and they were not given any chance to defend themselves.

2 accused asked to surrender

The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday directed Dafadar (dismissed) Marfat Ali Shah and Dafadar (dismissed) Abdul Hashem Mridha, now absconding, to immediately surrender before the trial court in connection with the jail killing case.

Padma Bridge cost doubles in 4 years

The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) yesterday approved seven projects involving Tk 22,520 crore including the revised Padma Bridge Project.

Govt eyes 2,000MW more power this year

While the government scored a record of signing dozens of deals for generating around 3,000 megawatt power last year, this year it aims at making another record: adding more than 2000MW electricity to the national grid.

Maternity leave now 6 months

The government yesterday published a gazette notification on six-months maternity leave for the pubic servants.

Rebels, voters face intimidation

Voters of the district's different municipal areas have allegedly been warned not to cast ballots against candidates backed by local ruling party lawmakers.

Murder spree in city

Murder of over 15 people coupled with frequent robberies and gun attacks in the capital within the first ten days of the new year mark an alarming slide in law and order.

Municipal polls will be free: AL

The municipal elections will be free and fair, and the government gave the administration necessary directions in this regard, said Mahbubul Alam Hanif, joint secretary general of Awami League.

56 more cases against AL men to be dropped

The government yesterday recommended withdrawal of 56 cases filed against Awami League (AL) leaders, during the tenure of the caretaker government and the BNP-led four-party alliance with the 'intention of political harassment'.

Student killed

Police shot dead a college student at Pallabi in the capital on Monday night and claimed yesterday he was a member of a gang of robbers.

BNP doubts fair voting in municipalities

The main opposition BNP yesterday expressed doubt if the municipal elections starting today will be free and fair. It alleged the ruling party men and the administration are harassing the BNP-supported candidates.

US pledges to help conduct fair trial

The United States will provide all necessary assistance to Bangladesh to ensure fair and credible trial of the 1971 crimes against humanity, said Law Minister Shafique Ahmed yesterday.

One more HC judge places wealth report

Another High Court judge yesterday submitted his wealth statement to Chief Justice ABM Khairul Haque.

Govt forms body to look into Grameen Bank issues

The government has formed a five-member committee to look into Grameen Bank issues.

BDR accused try to create chaos in court

A special court of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) yesterday warned an accused jawan as he was attempting to instigate others to create chaos in the courtroom during the proceedings of the trial.

Ex-AL whip Suja acquitted

The High Court (HC) yesterday acquitted former Awami League lawmaker and whip Mostafa Rashidi Suja and his wife Khodeza Rashidi, who were sentenced in a corruption case during the caretaker government.

Shops burnt in mall fire

Four shops were burnt to ashes in a fire at Suvastu Nazar Valley Shopping Mall in the city's Badda yesterday morning.

Indians growing richer and less healthy: study

Indians are growing richer, but they are also adopting unhealthy lifestyles that could take years off their lives and threaten economic growth, a major study said yesterday.

Correction

A report headlined “Dhaka, Delhi agree on 15-yr Teesta deal” published in The Daily Star yesterday inadvertently stated Bangladesh's water resources minister Ramesh Chandra Sen as India's water resources minister. We regret the error.

Editorial

Framework deal on Teesta waters

A good deal of hope will certainly be generated by the deal on a framework of agreement on the Teesta waters reached by Bangladesh and India on Monday. The secretary-level talks of the Joint Rivers Commission stipulate an agreement that will cover a fifteen-year period in which the two countries will share the waters of the river. The significance of the deal, which will be followed by ministerial level talks in order to fine tune the details of the eventual agreement to be initialed by the prime ministers of India and Bangladesh, cannot be lost on anyone. Although this breakthrough comes after more than two decades of negotiations between Dhaka and Delhi, it must be pointed out that the Teesta waters have been high on the agenda since 1952, when the governments of India and the then Pakistan first tried hammering out a deal on them. In the post-1971 period, with the emergence of Bangladesh as an independent state, the Teesta took on a seriousness that was as critical as, if not more critical than, the need for a sharing of the waters of the Ganges.

The begging malady

The High Court directives upon the government to bring to a halt incidence of abduction and maiming of children and forcing them into begging in the streets are welcome. It is manifestly barbaric, not to speak of being a social menace.

Sports

Defying Dublin's cold

Naimur Rahman, dashing batsman, cunning off-spinner and former captain of Bangladesh, was part of the country's first World Cup team in 1999. In a chat with The Daily Star Sport he reminisces on those heady days.

DOHS thrash Tarun

Nasir Jamshed and Javed Omar smashed Surjo Tarun bowlers to bits as Old DOHS picked up a ten-wicket victory in the Premier Cricket League at the Fatullah Stadium yesterday.

Eyes on WC selection

South Africa and India enter a five-match one-day international series at Kingsmead today with at least half an eye on the Cricket World Cup which starts in Asia next month.

Added security for referees

Referees will be given security on way to the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) office as well as at their residence, after Bangladesh League matches, following the physical harassment of referee Mizanur Rahman on Saturday.

No decision on spot-fixing hearing

An anti-corruption tribunal against Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer that ended Tuesday reached no decision with a further hearing scheduled for February 5.

School football final today

A Latif Charitable School and Dhaka Residential Model School advanced into the final of the Ashyian City Dhaka Metropolis School Football Tournament beating their respective rivals at the Birshreshtha Mostafa Kamal Stadium yesterday.

Beximco Tigers sponsors

Beximco Group struck a deal with the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) yesterday to become official sponsors of the national team for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011.

WC lifeline for Lee

Pacemen Brett Lee and Shaun Tait were Tuesday named in Australia's squad for the opening match of a seven-game one-day international series against England, raising their hopes of a World Cup berth.

Messi, Nadal lined up for Laureus

Footballer Lionel Messi and tennis aces Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams will lead the nominees for the Laureus World Sports Awards to be held next month in Abu Dhabi, it was announced Tuesday.

Sourav snub surprises Wasim

The snub to Sourav Ganguly in the IPL players auction shocked his former team Kolkata Knight Riders' bowling coach Wasim Akram, who said he expected any of the other franchise to pick the ex-India captain for his "experience and leadership qualities".

Hilditch won't go

Under-fire chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch vowed Tuesday he would not quit his post despite Australia's Ashes drubbing against England, saying he would only go if pushed.

Lionel Messi the 'upset' winner

Argentinian Lionel Messi won the Ballon D'Or for the second successive year here on Monday beating his more favoured Barcelona teammates Andres Iniesta and Xavi.

Juve fissures run deep

After a stuttering start to the season followed by a decent run that lifted them to the upper tiers of the Serie A, Juventus are in a crisis that threatens to compromise the remainder of their season.

Kuyt has faith in Dalglish

Dirk Kuyt is sure Kenny Dalglish can turn around Liverpool's fortunes as the Scot prepares to take charge of his first Premier League game at Blackpool.

Spanish media cry foul

The Spanish media lashed out at FIFA President Sepp Blatter on Tuesday after Lionel Messi won the Ballon d'Or ahead of Barcelona teammates Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez, who played for Spain when they won the World Cup.

Flamengo snap up Ronaldinho

AC Milan's out of favour Brazilian star Ronaldinho is to sign for Rio giants Flamengo, after days of negotiations in his native Brazil, the football icon confirmed on his website Monday.

Lampard’s grim prospect

Chelsea star Frank Lampard has said that he faces the prospect of never being fully fit again for the rest of his career.

IPL blamed for Aussie debacle

Former Pakistan captain Javed Miandad has blamed the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) for Australian cricket's decline.

Business

Stocks out of bounds

Stranded in a tailback in a commuter bus in early afternoon, a suited mid-age man was checking his portfolio balance of the stock market -- he was Tk 288,000 down.

Rice prices soar to new level

Prices of essentials rose to a new level, forcing a growing number of people to line up for subsidised rice.

Govt seeks responses to tea policy

The government will post the draft national tea policy on the website of Bangladesh Tea Board tomorrow to take recommendations from people.

Emerging Energy teams up with SEBA

Emerging Energy Solutions Ltd (EESL), a solar home system provider, has recently assigned SEBA Ltd to market its “Anirban” brand products in twenty districts of Bangladesh.

Small hopes gone with the crash

A cobbler in front of the DSE building says the market is going up again, but it will take time to recover the lost prices.

Seize the day or lose

Bangladesh might double its apparel exports to $30 billion within three years, but limited capacity and a poor business environment could foil the opportunity, said Kihak Sung, chairman of Youngone.

2011 and beyond: What's in store for Indian investors?

For any investor globally, the start of each year gives rise to renewed emotions of hope, greed, fear, expectations and the like, of the kind of returns they will make on investments.

Automation answers dearth of skilled recruits

The number of workers was cut from 65 to 40 at a production line in Ananta Denim Technology, a Kanchpur-based denim jeans plant. It was possible because of the production system there was automated. The plant boasts a good number of such production lines.

Home textiles make a comeback

The export of home textiles is on the rebound with the western world making a recovery from the global financial recession.

Communist Laos opens new stock exchange

Communist Laos launched its first stock exchange on Tuesday, an official said, in the latest capitalist step by the rural-based nation aimed at spurring development.

Japan to buy euro debt, Portugal resists bailout

Japan pledged on Tuesday to buy euro zone bonds this month in a show of support for Europe's struggle with a seething debt crisis as Portugal wrestled to fend off market and peer pressure to seek a bailout.

Indians growing richer and less healthy

Indians are growing richer, but they are also adopting unhealthy lifestyles that could take years off their lives and threaten economic growth, a major study said Tuesday.

China's BYD looks to US market to boost profile

China's BYD is looking to the launch of its electric vehicles in the US market as a way to boost its reputation with customers at home, a top executive said at the Detroit auto show.

India's 2010 auto sales up 31pc, seen slowing

Car sales in India grew nearly 29 percent in December, driven by a burgeoning middle class and easier access to loans in Asia's third-largest economy, but analysts cautioned a slowdown amid a likely hike in interest rates, rising fuel prices and higher costs of vehicles in 2011.

Samsung ordered to pay $532m

A South Korean appeal court ordered Samsung group companies Tuesday to pay creditors of its failed automaking unit $532 million as a penalty for a delayed debt repayment and in accumulated interest.

Barclays chief pragmatic amid bonus anger

Bob Diamond, the new chief executive of British bank Barclays, acknowledged on Tuesday the need for a "safer and sounder" bonus system amid increasing public anger over excessive pay for bankers.

Canon to spend $12b on acquisitions by 2015

Canon plans to spend up to one trillion yen ($12 billion) by 2015 on mergers and acquisitions to expand in the areas of medical equipment and robotics, according to an interview published Tuesday.

Asian shares mixed amid Europe debt fears

Asian shares were mixed in cautious trade on Tuesday amid growing fears of a resurgent eurozone debt crisis, with Portugal resisting what it called "rumours" that it needs a bailout.

Metropolitan

Cold wave hits children

Most city hospitals begin to receive child patients with cold related diseases like bronchial asthma, pneumonia, coughing, and rota viral diarrhoea as children are hit hard by the recent cold wave.

Housewife in spotlight

Let alone contesting any election housewife Nargis Khatun did not think of politics even two months ago, but she turned a leading figure in Charghat municipality.

Thinley says people now 'economic animals'

Bhutanese Prime Minister and Saarc Chairman Lyonchhen Jigmi Y Thinley yesterday insisted that the people in the today's world have become “economic animals.”

Students failed in two subjects can enrol in class IX

The class VIII students who failed in two subjects in the maiden Junior School Certificate (JSC) and Junior Dakhil Certificate (JDC) examinations can enrol in class IX this year.

Try 1/11 plotters

BNP leaders once again urged the government to try the main plotters of 1/11 changeover in 2007 on sedition charges.

More victim support centres to be established

Bangladesh Police is going to establish seven more victim support centers outside the capital in a bid to reach victims living in remote areas.

Conspiracy on against country: Dr Malek

General Secretary of Bangabandhu Parishad Dr SA Malek yesterday said enemies of liberation, being owners of huge wealth, continued conspiracy against the country

New body prays for vacating stay order

The newly elected executive committee of the Jatiya Press Club (JPC) yesterday submitted a petition to a Dhaka court for vacating its stay order imposed upon them not to continue their function.

Ex-MP Golam Rabbani passes away

Golam Rabbani, former member of parliament from Joypurhat, passed away due to cardiac arrest on Monday night. He was 57.

Yeafes sees progress in every sector

State Minister for Science and ICT Yeafes Osman said Bangladesh is achieving a remarkable progress in every sector, as the present generation drives the country towards digitalisation.

Rab rescues woman, daughter: 2 held

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday claimed to have rescued a woman and her daughter and arrested two traffickers in last two days.

VOIP equipment seized at airport

Members of Airport Armed Police (AAP) yesterday caught two young men while they were allegedly trying to smuggle illegal VOIP equipment from the import cargo area of Hazrat Shah Jalal International Airport.

IMO secretary general due today

Secretary General of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Efthimios Mitropoulos will arrive here today for a 3-day visit to discuss how to reduce sea pollution specially from shipping industry.

Narsingdi municipal polls stayed

The High Court yesterday stayed for 15 days the process of the Narsingdi municipality election, which was slated for January 17.

War crimes probe body reconstituted

The government yesterday appointed two more investigators for war crimes investigation agency and excluded one from the existing 19 members probe body.

383 killed in workplace accidents in 2010

Some 383 workers were killed in 270 workplace accidents across the country in 2010 showing a sharp rise in death toll compared to 265 during the previous year.

PM to open 50MW army power plant tomorrow

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to inaugurate a 50MW rental power plant tomorrow, set up by the Bangladesh Army at its Pagla Camp in Narayanganj district.

Boy killed in road accident

A minor boy was killed in road accident in Dinajpur town on Monday night.

Tk 38 lakh looted from Ctg factory

Unidentified burglars stole around Tk 38 lakh in cash breaking open the vault of a textile factory office in Chittagong city early yesterday.

Mohadev Saha gets Literature Award

Eminent Poet Mohadev Saha has got Saadat Ali Akhand Literature Award 2010 for his contribution to Bangla poetry.

Robbers loot factory, hurt 1

A gang of robbers looted 350 metres of valuable cables from a steel factory warehouse at Kadam Rasul of Sitakunda in the port city yesterday.

National

Hectic campaign grips all 10 Ctg division districts

Election fever grips all the 43 municipalities under 10 districts of Chittagong division as the candidates contesting in the poll scheduled for January 18 started round-the-clock campaign following allocation of symbols on January 3.

Rebel candidates dim grand alliance's prospect

Rebels have weakened prospects of the candidates backed by Awami League (AL)-led grand alliance in the municipal polls in Thakurgaon and Panchagarh districts.

Majority polling centres in Khulna division 'risky'

The Election Commission (EC) in consultation with Khulna range police has identified 377 out of 478 polling centres of 33 municipalities in Khulna division as risky.

Steps to ensure peace at 104 'risky' centres

Army, paramilitary troops, Rab, police and Ansars have been deployed in 104 'risky' centers in Pabna and Gaibandha districts to hold today's elections to ten municipalities of the districts peacefully.

JMB man jailed for 10 years

A Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) leader was jailed in Pabna in serial bomb attack case on Monday while an activist of the banned Islamist outfit was held in Kurigram the day before.

Rab recovers arms, bombs in 3 dists

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) have recovered two pistols in Kushtia and 12 bombs in Comilla and Khulna.

2 jailed for stalking schoolgirls

Two young men were jailed in Gaibandha and Dinajpur on Monday and the day before for stalking two schoolgirls.

Another outlaw killed in Pabna

A member of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) Lal Pataka faction was hacked and shot dead by criminals at Shibpur Charpara village under Ataikula police station early yesterday.

Elections brief

Chittagong: Raozan BNP wants deployment of army

International

Deadly border ambush clouds south Sudan vote

A deadly ambush targeting south Sudanese returning from the north for a week-long independence vote clouded the mood of enthusiasm across the south that saw polling hours extended from yesteday.

Rocky exoplanet in hunt for Earth-like worlds

Astronomers have discovered the smallest planet outside our Solar System, and the first that is undoubtedly rocky like Earth.

One dead, 13 hurt in Pak power cut protest

Police opened fire on a crowd demonstrating against power cuts in northwest Pakistan yesterday, killing one protester and wounding 14 others, police said.

India approves first river inter-linking project

The Indian Environment Ministry has given in-principle approval to the country's first river inter-linking project under which water from river Ken in Uttar Pradesh state will be diverted to river Betwa in adjacent Madhya Pradesh.

More than 50 killed in Tunisian riots

More than 50 people were killed in three days of rioting in Tunisia's central Kasserine region, a union official told AFP yesterday, reporting more violence and sniper fire overnight.

Russia 'interested' in Iranian nuclear offer

Russia yesterday said it was interested in Iran's invitation to inspect its nuclear facilities, saying the offer represented a step towards dialogue on the nuclear dispute.

US could be in Afghanistan after 2014: Biden

US Vice President Joe Biden said yesterday that the United States will not withdraw its troops from Afghanistan completely in 2014 if Afghans did not want his country to do so.

N Korea could pose ICBM threat to US: Gates

US Defense Secretary Robert Gates said yesterday that North Korea could develop intercontinental ballistic missiles within five years that would pose a direct threat to the United States.

China detains 4,000 people in copyright crackdown

China has detained more than 4,000 people suspected of violating intellectual property rights since November and will toughen punishment to tackle the rampant crime, an official said yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

Bollywood Music's Bengali Connection

Geeta Roy, Manna Dey, and Hemant Kumar -- three of the most talented singers of the Hindi filmdom were the musical crafts of Sachin Dev Burman. He gave them their turning points in life.

Chandni and Sarika's 2011 Plans

Chandni and Sarika are two popular media personalities. What's on their minds as they look ahead to the new year? A chat with them revealed the answers.

Fundraising Concert at Rajshahi University

With the aim of providing winter clothes to the impoverished shivering under the cold wave in northern Bangladesh, a fundraising concert was held at Rajshahi University (RU) last Sunday evening.

The Daily Star at the edge of twenty

The Daily Star turns 20 on January 14. We set out on our journey with a sense of challenge and a feeling of humility to serve this nation as a truly independent newspaper. Over these last two decades you, the readers, have encouraged and supported our endeavours along this track. To mark our 20th anniversary, we have chalked out a range of special programmes. We believe the celebration will not be complete without you.

Songs of the five poets hold the key

Gonoshilpi Shangshtha, Pabna organised a musical programme featuring the works of the five great poets: Rabindranath Tagore, Kazi Nazrul Islam, D.L . Roy, Rajanikanta Sen and Atul Prashad Sen. The venue was the Pabna Press Club auditorium.

Initiative to Promote Cultural Activities at Chittagong University

A group of teachers of Chittagong University (CU) have launched an organisation to promote cultural activities on campus.

OP-ED

A scholar, Agartala and history

Khan Shamsur Rahman, or call him Shamsur Rahman Khan, died close to three months ago at the age of eighty four. There ought to have been all the reminiscences on his life and times in the media. Those who have kept watch on Bangladesh's history as it unfolded in the 1960s and 1970s should have found time to reflect on the man whose contributions to the creation of Bangladesh were based on pure conviction and undiluted courage. The Agartala conspiracy case instituted by the Ayub Khan regime in late 1967 and pursued with vigour bordering on vengeance all the way to early 1969 made Khan Shamsur Rahman a household word inasmuch as it helped turn the tide for the people of a soon to be born Bangladesh. It was Khan's suffering, as accused number nineteen in the case, along with that of thirty four other Bengalis that sealed our collective belief in our future being well outside the parameters of the state of Pakistan.

A new country may emerge in Africa

January 9 was the day when a referendum was held to decide whether Southern Sudan became an independent country, separating from Northern Sudan under a comprehensive peace agreement in 2005 between the rebels of the south and the Khartoum government. The voters' registration ended on December 8, 2010.

Revisiting Bhaimara

The pace and atmosphere of the village was different. That was the first thing we noticed when we came back to Bhaimara after more than 30 years. At the end of the1970s, Bhaimara was a quiet small village, 60 km west of the capital, Dhaka. Most people rarely moved far away from the village and when they travelled they took rickshaw, bullock cart or most often on foot. During the monsoon, when only the houses were above the large inundated rice fields, the small country boats were the only means of transport. The travels were slow and quiet.

Happy birthday to you, JU

Jahangirnagar University (JU) started its journey as the highest citadel of learning on January 12, 1970. For a pretty long time, Dhaka University graduates steered the wheels of administration. But we are glad to see that, of late, the top brass of the universityShariff Enamul Kabir (VC), Nasir Uddin (Treasurer) and Abu Bakar Siddique (Registrar) -- are all former graduates of JU. One distinguishing feature of JU is that it is the only residential university in the country -- a "green" campus covered by trees and livened by the lakes.


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