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News of: Friday, 11th of November, 2011

Front Page

Teesta deal not soon

Teesta water-sharing deal will take some more time till the interests of all concerned, including those of Paschimbanga, are addressed.

Time for bold decisions

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called for combined efforts to eliminate poverty and terrorism, the two most dangerous malaises in South Asia, to ensure growth and development of the region.

New chapter

Pakistan Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani and his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh have met in the Maldives, pledging to open a "new chapter" between the two nations.

Fuel oil prices rise again

The government for the second time in two months increased the fuel prices by Tk 5 a litre to reduce subsidy on imports of petroleum products.

Target right compensation

The forum of 26 countries vulnerable to climate change will meet in a two-day conference on Sunday in Dhaka for ensuring justified compensation from the polluter industrially developed countries by raising a common voice ahead of the Durban Climate Summit scheduled for end November.

Record 137m took microloan

More than 137.5 million of the world's poorest families received microloans in 2010 -- an all-time high, according to a report released yesterday.

Acquitted in arms case, 2 others on

Abdul Kadar, the Dhaka University student who was tortured in police custody, has been discharged from an arms case, one of the three cases he was implicated in.

Govt warned against borrowing spree

The Bangladesh Bank in a letter has warned the government against excessive bank borrowing. It also recommended austerity and reducing unnecessary non-development expenditure.

Social business is about future of humanity

The third Global Social Business Summit began in Vienna yesterday to discuss the progress of global movement of the new business concept to find ways to tackle the most pressing needs of the world.

Western black rhino declared extinct

No wild black rhinos remain in West Africa, according to the latest global assessment of threatened species, the Red List, drawn up by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

High on poor rawhide price

The export-oriented leather sector expects to bounce back from slow business as the prices of rawhides are on the wane, said manufacturers.

Errant CBA men let off the hook

Bangladesh Bank has drawn criticism for reinstating six pro-Awami League CBA leaders to their jobs reversing its decision to send them into forced retirement on charge of assaulting a deputy director of the bank.

BNP backs China's bid

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday expressed her full support for China in obtaining membership in the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc).

Rally round Sundarbans

“Have you voted for the Sundarbans yet?” rickshaw puller Idris Ali asked the owner of a makeshift tea stall near New Market.

Khokon gets 2nd bail

A Narsingdi court yesterday granted bail to BNP leader Khairul Kabir Khokon in a case filed for vandalising the district circuit house following the killing of municipal mayor Lokman Hossain.

2G licence renewal after court verdict

Telecoms regulator BTRC yesterday halted the 2G licence renewal of four private mobile phone operators, saying it has to wait for a court verdict on VAT and spectrum charges.

Santos aborts drilling well sensing risk

Australian oil and gas exploration company Santos abandoned a well due to huge water pressure in block 16 in the Bay of Bengal after drilling 3,400 metres into it.

BNP's Khulna road march Nov 26

After more than a month's break, BNP led four-party alliance will go for the next road march towards Khulna on November 26 to press home the demand of holding the next general elections under the non-party caretaker government.

Tractor kills 18 pilgrims in Nepal

At least 18 people including two children were killed in southeastern Nepal yesterday when a tractor pulling a trailer packed with pilgrims fell into a roadside canal, police said.

Editorial

The 17th SAARC summit

The leaders of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) are meeting in a summit in Maldives for the 17th time since the regional forum's inception in 1985.

Depletion of ground water

All across the country, there is an ecological threat which negatively impacts agriculture. This is due to the unplanned and excessive use of groundwater for irrigation purposes, as stated by the Bangladesh Agricultural Development Corporation (BADC).

Sports

Cape of madness

* Australia's second innings total of 47 all out is their fourth-lowest of all time, their lowest being 36 against England in Birmingham in 1902.

Malinga could be vital

Rival captains Misbahul Haq and Tillakaratne Dilshan agreed sling-action paceman Lasith Malinga could make the difference when Pakistan and Sri Lanka play their first one-day international here on Friday.

Mushfiqur, Rubel & Shakib rested

Captain Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan and Rubel Hossain -- all Khulna players -- will not play the fourth round match of the National Cricket League (NCL).

Siddikur struggles

Siddikur Rahman endured another torrid day on the field as he posted a two-over-par 73 in the first round of the Barclays Singapore Open on Thursday.

Jamal leave for Nepal

Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club flew to Nepal on Thursday with expectations of winning the Safal Pokhara Cup football tournament which started at Pokhara on November 8.

Forhad off to Windies

All-rounder Forhad Reza left Dhaka on Wednesday night to join the Bangladesh A team in the West Indies.

Imran quits BCB

Coach Sarwar Imran has tendered his resignation letter to the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) yesterday.

Biggies thru' in Paris

Gael Monfils's dreams of a first Paris Masters crown were dashed by Feliciano Lopez on Wednesday, after Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Roger Federer had all cruised into the third round.

Showdown on Saturday

Mexico's Juan Manuel Marquez says he has the speed and power to defeat Manny Pacquiao in their Saturday showdown, but the Filipino icon expects a toe-to-toe slugfest that plays into his hands.

Akram an Ashwin fan

Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram praised Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin for his excellent Test debut against the West Indies, in which he finished with a nine-wicket haul, but warned him against becoming complacent.

Premier Div Chess from tomorrow

The first-ever Premier Division Chess League starts tomorrow at the Chess Federation hall room.

No. 1 means nothing to Steyn!

South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn says that his World No. 1 Test bowler ranking meant nothing when he ran up to bowl and he still had to earn his wickets.

India keep same team

India on Thursday kept faith in the same squad that won this week's opening Test against the West Indies for the second match in Kolkata next week.

Irish fear complacency

Euro 2012 qualifying enters its endgame on Friday with Portugal facing a tough assignment in Zenica and the Republic of Ireland in Tallinn hoping to erase the bitter memories of missing the boat to last year's World Cup.

Tevez skips training

Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez could face further disciplinary action from the Premier League club after failing to report for training on Wednesday.

Iniesta gives Barca edge

Barcelona had to settle for a single-goal victory against third-tier club CD L'Hospitalet in the first leg of their Spanish Cup last 32 tie on Wednesday, with Andres Iniesta scoring the game's only goal.

Anger over rebranding

Newcastle fans reacted angrily on Thursday after club bosses announced plans to rename St James Park in a drive to increase revenues at the high-flying Premier League club.

Chile punish partying players

Chile coach Claudio Borghi has suspended five players who turned up late for training visibly the worse for wear after attending a party.

Neymar pens new deal

Highly-coveted Brazilian striker Neymar put a definitive end to speculation about his future here on Wednesday as he extended his contract with Santos for a further two years to 2014.

Mano searches for leaders

Brazil, hosts of the 2014 World Cup, take on Gabon, co-hosts of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, in the new national stadium in Libreville on Thursday.

'I'm not crazy'

Unpredictable Italian striker Mario Balotelli said on Wednesday he was capable of doing surprising things but he was not crazy.

Metropolitan

Saarc leaders for collective efforts to reap benefit for peoples

The Saarc leaders yesterday emphasised that the region shows signs of promise but needs collective efforts to prosper and bring benefit for the peoples.

Truck driver yet to be held

Police are yet to arrest driver of the truck which collided head-on with a private car, leaving a couple dead on the spot, at Nagapara of Gazipur Sadar on Dhaka-Mymensingh Highway Wednesday night.

Pizza Hut takes fine dining to Uttara

The residents of Uttara are offered delicious pizzas and wonderful dine-in experience right at their doorstep as Pizza Hut opened its latest and fifth outlet there yesterday.

Noor Hossain Day observed

The nation yesterday observed the Shaheed Noor Hossain Day with due honour and solemnity commemorating the supreme sacrifice of the pro-democracy movement activist.

Eid holidaymakers start flocking back

Bus, railway and launch terminals were bustling with the influx of people into the city yesterday as holidaymakers are flocking back to the capital after spending Eid with their loved ones.

Land dispute led to BNP leader's killing

Detective police have suspected that feud over a disputed piece of land was one of the reasons behind the killing of ward level BNP leader Abdul Baki alias Milton.

Bangladesh products display centre in Male on the cards

Bangladesh and the Maldives yesterday discussed setting up a Bangladesh product display centre in Male where potential exportable products from Bangladesh would be displayed.

BSTI ordinance to be amended

The government has decided to amend the Bangladesh Standard and Testing Institute (BSTI) Ordinance 1985 to ensure quality goods production in the country.

DRU election on Nov 30

Election to the executive committee of Dhaka Reporters' Unity (DRU) will be held on November 30.

Illegal structures demolished

Rajshahi district administration in an eviction drive yesterday demolished at least 35 structures on a piece of land of Baneswar union land office in Puthia upazila of Rajshahi.

College student murdered

A college student was killed and two others were injured by a gang at Katakhali village in Magura sadar upazila on Wednesday night.

Move to increase CNG price protested

Protesting the government move to increase price of compressed natural gas (CNG), two organisations related to CNG use yesterday threatened of tough agitation programmes.

2 Bangladeshis killed in S Africa

A gang of suspected robbers knifed two Bangladeshis to death at their shop in the South African province of Kwa Zulu Natal, 300 kilometres off the capital Pretoria, on Monday.

Saima for autism confce in India next yr

Saima Wazed Putul, chairperson of National Advisory Committee on Autism in Bangladesh, met Congress Party President Sonia Gandhi yesterday and proposed an Asian conference on autism in India next year.

Stalker imprisoned

A youth was sentenced a month in prison for stalking a woman in the district's Budhpara area yesterday.

DB man dies in attack over land dispute

A member of Detective Branch of Police was killed and two of his nephews were injured in an attack over land dispute in Kalukhali upazila of Rajbari yesterday.

Road crashes kill 9

Nine people were killed and 14 others injured in separate road accidents in Gaibandha, Narail, Sirajganj and Rajshahi on Wednesday and yesterday.

Women to play vital role in trade

The country's women always perform their duties smoothly, said Commerce Minister Lt Col (Retd) Faruk Khan at a programme in the port city yesterday.

e-services in all dists from Nov 14

All major public services will be delivered from country's 64 district e-service centres from November 14, ending the over 200-year-old manual and cumbersome method.

Hearing of Tarique's case Nov 15

A Dhaka court yesterday adjourned the hearing of a money laundering case against BNP senior vice-chairman Tarique Rahman and his business associate Giasuddin Al Mamun till November 15.

Geeta Joyanti ends

The three-day 'Sree Sree Geeta Joyanti' organised by Haridebpur Swaswato Arjun Geeta Sangha (HSAGS) ended on the Sree Sree Radhakrisna Zeu Bigraho Mandir (SSRZBM) premises here yesterday.

Bus kills woman, hurts daughter

A woman died and two others, including her daughter, sustained injuries as a speeding bus hit the motorbike the three were riding at Asad Gate in the city yesterday.

Major Gani's anniversary of death today

Today is the 54th death anniversary of Major (retd) MA Gani, founder of East Bengal Regiment and Language Movement veteran.

Arati Dutta passes away

Veteran woman leader Arati Dutta passed away in her sister's residence at Nandan Kanon in the port city on Wednesday due to old age complications at the age of 87.

Qulkhwani

Qulkhwani of Syed Abu Abbas, former chairman of Kaitola Jagyeshwar High School, will be held at the Bir Muktijoddha Sadeque Hossain Khoka Community Centre Complex at Gopibagh in the city at 4:00 pm today, a press release said.

Shahabuddin

Today is the fourth death anniversary of Shahabuddin Musharraf Hossain (Munir), former senior economist of International Monetary Fund and former teacher of Dhaka University's Economics Department, said a press release.

Enamul Haque

Today is the 34th death anniversary of Enamul Haque, a noted social worker, teacher and engineer, a press release said.

Haji Abdul Ali

Haji Abdul Ali, father of film star Elias Kanchan, passed away on Monday night at a city hospital at the age of 80.

Md Iqbal Mian

Md Iqbal Mian, a senior lawyer of Thakurgaon Lawyers' Association and an adviser for Thakurgaon district BNP unit, died on Wednesday afternoon at Asrampara in the municipality area due to cardiac arrest at the age of 65.

National

No gate, gateman at 305 level crossings in 8 N dists

A staggering 305 of 525 level crossings on 540-kilometre rail tracks in eight northern districts under Lalmonirhat West Zone Railway Division have remained without gates and gatemen for long, exposing commuters and vehicles to accidents.

Dilapidated schoolhouse poses risk to kids

Most of the students of century-old Mahinanda Government Primary School in Kishoreganj Sadar upazila attend classes under the open sky as the faulty schoolhouse has turned too risky for use.

UPDF activist shot dead in Rangamati

An activist of United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) was killed and another injured as unknown assailants opened fire on them yesterday morning at Ghuichhari village of the district.

Unite for full execution of CHT peace deal

Chairman of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Regional Council Chairman Jyotirindra Bodhipriya Larma yesterday called upon all to get united for full implementation of the CHT peace accord, following the footstep of Manabendra Narayan Larma (MN Larma), the founder of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS).

20 hurt as Nilphamari jail inmates clash

Prisoners clashed with hajatees (under-trial prisoners) in Nilphamari district jail yesterday over inadequate supply of food leaving 20 of them injured.

VGF rice sold on black market seized

Law enforcers seized 1,040 kg of rice meant for Vulnerable Group Feeding (VGF) programme from a shop at Chalitatola Bazar in Narail Sadar upazila on Monday.

15 injured, 12 houses vandalised as BNP, BCL clash in Narail

At least 15 people were injured and 12 houses vandalised during a clash between the activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) at Patna village under Kalia upazila of the district on Wednesday evening.

Three charge-sheeted in Khulna Press Club attack case

Charges have been pressed against three people in the case for attack on Khulna Press Club.

Cargo boat sinks in Meghna, 1 missing

An elderly man went missing as a cargo vessel capsized following collision with a passenger launch in the Meghna River in Hizla upazila of Barisal early yesterday.

Accused snatched from cops

Criminals snatched away an accused of a murder case from police custody at Gazipur Bazaar in Ramganj upazila on Wednesday afternoon. Police said criminals numbering 20/22 surrounded them and snatched away the arrested accused of Manik murder case, Mizanur Rahman Mintu. Contacted, Ramganj police station officer in-charge (OC) Rezaul Karim Bhuiyan confirmed the incident.

Ras Mela concludes

Traditional Ras Mela, a major festival of the Hindu community of the country's southern region, concluded yesterday. Several thousands of Hindu devotees thronged at the venue to celebrate the 3-day religious festivities amid religious fervour. Various programms like Kirton, religious discussion, puja to Shree Krisna and Radha idols and dip in sea water were organised. A good number of tourists gathered at the sea beach to mark the 200-year-old religious festivities. A cultural function was held at a temporary mondop throughout the night. Among others, Kiron Roy, a prominent singer, charmed the audience. Devotees believe that bath in sea water wipes out their sin. People irrespective of faith, cast and creed joined the colourful festivities. Similar programmes were also arranged at Dubler Char and the Sundarbans.

1 killed as villagers clash

One person was killed and six others were injured in a villagers' clash following a motorbike accident at Bakoljura village under Durgapur upazila yesterday. The dead was identified as Sahin Mia,22, son of Abdul Hakim of the village. Police and locals said, Shahin knocked down a school girl of Bakoljura High School at Bakoljura while proceeding towards Netrakona from Durgapur by a motorbike in the morning. Following the accident, some villagers attacked Shahin with sharp and lethal weapons. At that time, Shahin's supporters counter attacked. But Shahin sustained serious injuries and died on the spot. Six others were also injured who were admitted to a local health complex for treatment.

Stalker jailed

A mobile court in Sundarganj upazila yesterday sentenced a young man to three months' imprisonment for sexually harassing a schoolgirl. The stalker was identified as Shamiul Islam, 25, son of Abdus Samad. Police said Shamiul intercepted a teenage girl while she was on way to a physician's house at Madhya Tarapur village near Sundarganj Bridge. He dragged her to a lonely place in a bid to rape her. Hearing a hue and cry of the girl, locals rushed there and rescued the girl. But the stalker fled the scene. Later, a police team arrested Shamiul and handed him over to a mobile court led by Sundarganj UNO who handed down the punishment.

Man stabbed to death

A man was stabbed to death by criminals at Bonogram Dakhhinpara village in Bera upazila yesterday afternoon. The dead is Moazzem Hossain, 30, son of Abdul Aziz of the village. Moazzem had an altercation with a group of people over erecting a pandal at one Kamrul Islam's house at the village on Wednesday night, Bera police station officer in-charge Md Abdul Hai Sarkar said. After the incident, unidentified criminals stabbed Moazzem indiscriminately near his house around 1:00pm yesterday. He was rushed to Bera upazila health complex in a critical condition where on-duty doctors declared him dead. One person named Md Abdul Wahab was arrested in this connection.

Criminal with firearm held

Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab-12), in a raid conducted in Dakhhin Raghabpur area of Pabna Pourasabha on Wednesday afternoon, arrested a listed criminal along with firearm. The arrestee, Imran Khan Shanto, 24, is son of Sultan Khan of the area and a listed criminal, said Capt Maksudul Alam of Pabna camp. On a tip-off, the Rab team raided Imran's house at about 5:00pm and arrested him with a foreign made one barrel gun and five bullets.

27 houses gutted

Twenty seven thatched houses were gutted in a devastating fire at Ekhtiarpur village in Pirganj upazila Wednesday night. Fire Brigade personnel and locals said, the fire originated from a kitchen of one Shafiqul Islam's house around 9:30pm. On information, fire brigade units from Pirganj, Bochaganj and Dinajpur units rushed to the spot and doused the blaze after about two hours of frantic efforts. The fire damaged property worth about Tk 3 lakh, according to firefighters.

Letters

Significance of Hajj

I am writing this letter on the occasion of Hajj, the Holy Pilgrimage offered by Muslims all over the world. Almighty Allah says in Holy Quran “the first sanctuary appointed for mankind was that at Mecca, a blessed place, a guidance to the people wherein are plain memorials (of Allah's guidance); the place where Abraham (Ibrahim) stood to pray; and whosoever enters it is safe. And pilgrimage to the house is duty unto Allah for mankind, for him who can find a way thither. As for him who disbelieves (let him know that) Allah is independent of (all) creatures”. Many Muslims are united this day but it is sad that this unity disappears when the rituals of Hajj are over. Muslim community is going through the toughest of times and we must be united. Through your daily I ask all my Muslim brothers and sisters to stay united and to save our peaceful religion, Islam, as we commemorate the teachings of Hajj. Eid Mubarak to all of you.

"Manush Manusher Jonno …"

The composer of this song, Dr. Bhupen Hazarika died on 5 November 2011 at the age of 86. He was not only the greatest cultural icon of Assam, but also the region's biggest cultural ambassador. His music echoed beyond borders. He was a multifaceted genius. He was at the same time a poet, a music composer, a singer, an actor, a journalist, an author and a film-maker of the very highest order. It is said that he wrote and composed over 1,000 songs.

Eid to the poor

As most of the people of our country suffer from the worst of all diseases, 'poverty', they never get the chance to enjoy and share the joy of Eid. As the elders were busy discussing their stories of how the haggling for purchasing their sacrificial animals at the cattle market went, many street kids, even on the day of Eid were begging meat from door to door.

Establishing democracy in the Middle East

Wave of changes started from Algeria that jolted most of the parts of Middle East and African countries. Popular upheaval against tyranny is the great gift of this century. Change was inevitable but all the changes were not expected by America and the Western countries, although they are very rhetorical about these changes. Toppling down of Egyptian tyrant was a great blow to Israel and USA. Unpopular Mobarak regime maintained diplomatic relation with Israel that was the cause of smouldering discontent in Egypt and the Arab World. Handing over power from tyrant to military regime is a new development in Egypt. There are, however, uncertainties about over the transition of power and the covert and overt diplomatic manoeuvres by Western countries. A cloud is hovering over the sky of Libya so far as the transition of power and the controlling of its oil resources are concerned. Because, the battle for Libya may turn out to be the battle for grabbing its oil by the USA and its allies. It depends on the new leadership of Middle East to fulfill the dream of the people to establish democracy without the interference of USA, Israel and Europe.

Abolish veto power

Permanent members of the Security Council are in fact, the rulers of the world! They are the rulers and it seems that the rest of the world is destined to be ruled by them! They have the veto powers which provide them with immunity from all their wrongdoings and injustices caused to other nations. A permanent member uses its veto to foil any move or proposal that goes against its interest, even if it is supported by all other member countries of the UN. While these elite members criticize, accuse and impose sanctions against others on flimsy grounds, they themselves smash any such move against their will or interest with the hammer called veto. Due to their intransigence and machinations, many of the world's major problems have been remaining unresolved for decades. The latest instance is the case of Palestine. Though Palestine's just bid for statehood enjoys the support of overwhelming majority of nations, the US is threatening to thwart such a move by using veto in the UN Security Council (UNSC).

The essential elements of life

We have become so much dependent on so many things for living that we have become almost oblivious of the essential elements of life, which we get for free and without which we perhaps could not live for a few seconds even. The modern world has got us preoccupied in such a manner that we have almost forgotten about the very essential elements of survival for which we do not have to pay anything. But then there is a saying "nothing comes free." So what does this imply? It is that everything has a price and that which we are getting for free has got a price too.

Eviction of poor horijons

It was pathetic to see horijon families at Nandigram in Bogra are being evicted from their colonies without any prior warnings. These poor and socially oppressed people have been living there for more than forty years and now they have no place to go but to sleep under the bare wintry sky. I find this act very callous on the part of the local government who has committed a grave injustice to these people. Evicting these families right in the middle of Diwali and Kali puja ceremonies is obscene and inhuman. I find it pretty odd that no Bangladeshi news media have taken up this issue. The reason could be that these poor people are so marginalized in our society that nobody really cares whether they could make it to the next day or not.

Expand the Nabisco-Farmgate lane

The lane from Nabisco (Tejgaon) to Farmgate is an important lane used by thousands of pedestrians everyday. But it remained uncared for, unnoticed and overlooked by the Dhaka City Corporation for decades. This is the only lane connecting Farmgate. The lane is very narrow and is very difficult for the movement of car. Pedestrians, too, find it difficult to use. The two sides of the lane are occupied illegally and in an unauthorized manner by some shopkeepers thereby blocking and narrowing the lane. This creates jam, congestion and kills valuable time and causes unbearable hardships to its users.

Relationship with India

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina needs to be judicious and careful about extending cooperation to India on Indian terms without resolutely standing for safeguarding the national interests of Bangladesh. In this connection, the role of Lendup Dorje of Sikkim, who played a major part in making Sikkim a province of India through massive manipulations by India, should be borne in mind.

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International

Pakistan proposes visa-free system

Pakistan pressed for the adoption of a visa-free system among the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) countries.

Gilani a 'man of peace'

India and Pakistan yesterday started a new drive to heal the wounded, accident-prone ties, with Manmohan Singh terming his counterpart as a 'man of peace' which was slammed by BJP as ridiculous.

Pakistan assures India on new trade status

Pakistan on Wednesday assured India it will not backtrack on its decision to grant the most favoured nation (MFN) status to its South Asian arch-rival, a report said.

Joint security for summit

A joint security plan involving the Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF), Sri Lanka's Special Task Force (STF) and Indian Navy were placed in and around the Saarc summit venue in Addu.

UN envoy back in Yemen

The UN envoy to Yemen returned to Sanaa yesterday to revive efforts aimed at resolving the political turmoil rocking the impoverished country for nearly a year, state news agency Saba reported.

Rush to marry on China's 'singles day'

Thousands of Chinese couples are reportedly planning to get married today, dubbed "singles' day" in China because the date is made up entirely of the number one.

Greece picks new PM to save country

Greece's new leader Lucas Papademos steeled his country for tough times ahead yesterday, as he assured Greeks of the need for the euro after being named interim prime minister to lead a crisis government.

Thai PM won't quit over crisis

Embattled Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra yesterday vowed to stay on and fight the country's deadly flood crisis despite criticism of her handling of the disaster.

Funding shortfall threatens aid

Western aid agencies in Pakistan warned yesterday they might have to halt flood relief efforts in the cash-strapped country because of funding shortfalls.

Mine blast kills 20, traps 23 in China

At least 20 workers were killed and another 23 were trapped underground after a blast at a mine in China yesterday, state media said, in the latest disaster to hit the country's vast mining industry.

US 'confident' on Pak nuke safety

The United States believes that Pakistan's nuclear weapons are in safe hands, a State Department spokesman said Wednesday, rebutting a report that Islamabad's atomic arsenal was vulnerable to theft.

Iran to 'respond with full force'

Iran "will respond with full force" to any attack -- or even any threat of military action -- the country's supreme leader said yesterday, after Israel warned the world must act to prevent Tehran getting nuclear weapons.

James Murdoch denies 'mafia boss' claims

James Murdoch rejected allegations yesterday that he was a "mafia boss" and told British lawmakers he had not misled them about the extent of his knowledge of phone-hacking at the News of the World.

New quake hits Turkey

Hundreds of rescuers hunted for survivors yesterday after an earthquake in eastern Turkey killed seven people, toppled buildings and sowed panic less than three weeks after a massive deadly quake in the same area.

'Kasab should be hanged'

Demanding death for "terrorist" Ajmal Kasab, Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik yesterday said the proposed visit of a Judicial Commission to India will help quicken the trial of 26/11 accused in his country.

India, US deal no threat: Karzai

Afghan President Hamid Karzai attempted to ease tensions with Pakistan yesterday, asserting that a strategic partnership with India and talks for a similar deal with the United States do not threaten his country's neighbors.

China opens embassy in Male

China opened a full diplomatic mission in the Maldives Tuesday, heading South Asian summit in the Indian Ocean archipelago, an official said.

Gayoom optimistic about Summit

Former President of Maldives Maumoon Abdul Gayoom stressed that the regional club attained key milestones over the years such as the social charter, the Dhaka declaration on climate change, Saarc convention for the promotion of child welfare and Safta.

Arts & Entertainment

Mesmerising, magical Beijing Night

The promoters had not promised too much on the invitation card: 'Beijing Night', held on Wednesday evening by the Beijing Municipal People's Government and Embassy of the People's Republic of China, in association with Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, was indeed a grand show. It started in the foyer: On big screens, pictures of Beijing were shown, accompanied by melodic Chinese music. The entrance and the theatre hall were decorated with red Chinese lanterns and hundreds of blossoms. The turnout at this show was so huge that not all could be seated. “We didn't expect so many people to come,” an attendant said.

Mosharraf Karim The go-getter actor

Mosharraf Karim is one of the most popular contemporary actors. Currently he has his hands full with TV commercials and movies besides his regular appearances on TV.

Singing the song of humanity

I was 21 years old and studying for my masters at Carleton University, Canada. I spotted an ad in the tunnel of my university: Bhupen Hazarika, the famous singer, was going to sing in Ottawa! I looked at the date; it was that very day. I decided I would go. I had no time to go home for a change and rushed to the venue undaunted by the bitter cold of the month of November in Canada. The venue was deserted, seemed as if the organisers did not have enough time to campaign and advertise for this programme. For me, it turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

Guerrilla to participate in three Indian film fests

Nasiruddin Yousuff's Liberation War saga, “Guerrilla”, will participate in three major Indian film festivals. The film will be screened at the upcoming 42nd International Film Festival of India, 17th Kolkata Film Festival and 16th International Film Festival of Kerala.

Shakira named Latin Grammy Person of the Year

Her hips don't lie and neither do her massive album sales.

Cultural programme to encourage votes for Sundarban

To encourage people to vote for the mangrove forest Sundarban, as one of the seven wonders of the world, Ekush Shotoker Unnayan (ESU) arranged a cultural function at Manikganj central Shaheed Minar premises on Wednesday evening.

Eid Specials

"Adbhut Jadukar"
on Channel i
Single-episode play “Adbhut Jadukar” will be aired on the fifth day at 9:35pm on Channel i. Written by Kamrul Ahsan, the play has been directed by noted actor Humayun Faridee.

OP-ED

Reading between the mayors

However much the planet Earth may revolve on its axis in two days, it was enough time for our contentious politics to go from one extreme to another. One day a female candidate won a bitterly contested mayoral election by a landslide, even after her party had dropped her like a hot potato to endorse a notorious rival. Next day came the complete reversal. An assassin's bullet cut short the life of another mayor who was immensely popular amongst his people. In just two days, the power of the people went from invincibility to invisibility. Like a drop of water on a lotus leaf, it wobbled.

Neither sport nor entertainment

Vettel is the Champ, India the Winner," screamed the newspaper headlines reporting on the first-ever round of the Formula One (F1) motor-racing championship held India. The race -- to watch which India's tycoons and celebrities travelled in private jets -- was over in less than 91 minutes.

That is politics …

Some detractors of the United People's Alliance (UPA) government in India have called it “midnight deceit,” others a “midnight massacre.” So strong have been the sentiments voiced against the last installment of petrol price hike in Indiaby Rs.1.82 per litrethat the entire Indian polity has been reeling in the fallout.

Social business: The new economic paradigm

No doubt humans are selfish beings, but they are selfless beings, too. Both these qualities coexist in all human beings." Professor Muhammad Yunus.

8 tales of calls for help

A reader who will be unnamed out of kindness wrote to ask me for help: "Sir, I am a would-be writer…any valuable advice?" I suggested the obvious: anyone applying to be a writer should at least compose a good letter.

This Day In History

November 11

1673
Second Battle of Khotyn in Ukraine: Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth forces under the command of Jan Sobieski defeat the Ottoman army. In this battle, rockets made by Kazimierz Siemienowicz are successfully used.


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