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News of: Saturday, 12th of November, 2011

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Focus on climate, food security

The 17th Saarc summit ended at Addu in the Maldives yesterday with the adoption of a 20-point Addu Declaration to forge effective cooperation among the member states in areas including economy, connectivity, climate change and food security.

4 deals signed

Four regional agreements were signed on the concluding day of the 17th Saarc Summit at Addu in the Maldives yesterday.

Nepal to host next summit

Nepal will hold the 18th summit of the eight-nation South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc).

China for 'Saarc Plus One' summit

China, continuing its relentless push for a larger footprint in India's backyard, quietly approached some South Asian nations for an annual summit modelled loosely as a "Saarc Plus One" fixture, diplomatic sources said yesterday.

Expand social business with the help of IT

Nobel laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus yesterday said information technology should be used to expand social business.

EU to fight inequality thru' social business

European Union (EU) Commissioner for Social Affairs and Inclusion Laszlo Andor firmly believes that social business will significantly contribute to creating a more inclusive EU.

Fuel price hike draws criticism

Leaders of different political parties including the main opposition BNP yesterday slammed the government for raising oil prices saying the move will worsen public sufferings.

General public to bear the brunt

The latest rise in fuel prices will affect the middle and lower income groups and the poor as the costs of daily essentials and transport will now go up.

Fuel price hike not the solution

The finance minister on Wednesday said that the price of CNG, the cheapest and cleanest transport fuel in the country, would be brought up close to the level of diesel price by December. In this connection, the energy ministry has prepared a proposal to increase the price to Tk 45 per cubic meter from Tk 30. This would be the third round of CNG price hike.

Strengthen safety net to bail out sufferers

Although yesterday's sudden hike in fuel oil prices is likely to put pressure on fixed and low income group people, economists said the rise was necessary.

Bangladesh keen to import hydropower

Bangladesh is eager to import hydro-electricity from Nepal to mitigate power crisis in the country.

Sundarbans voted out of 7 wonders race

The four-year-long waiting of the people in Bangladesh and India to see the Sundarbans, the world's largest single-patch mangrove forest, among the new seven wonders of nature ended in frustration early today.

Narsingdi MPs irked by Nazrul's remarks

Awami League lawmaker Nazrul Islam's comment favouring Salauddin Ahmed, the prime accused in Narsingdi mayor Lokman Hossain murder case, has irked other AL lawmakers of the district.

Help get rid of phensidyl

Bangladesh will raise the issue of dismantling phensidyl factories in Indian territory along the border with Bangladesh at the next joint working group meeting later this month.

Nasa readies 'dream machine'

The US space agency is getting ready to launch later this month the biggest, most expensive robotic vehicle ever built to explore Mars for signs of previous life there, Nasa said Thursday.

Daulatdia tailback gets longer

Thousands of passengers streaming into the capital after the Eid holidays were stranded for hours in a 15-kilometre tailback at Daulatdia ferry terminal of Rajbari yesterday.

SC website hacked

The official website of the Supreme Court was hacked yesterday.

6 killed in Rangpur bus crash

Six people were killed and 25 others injured when a recklessly-driven bus crashed into a wayside tree in Kaunia upazila Thursday midnight.

4 die after taking spirit in Jessore

Four people died and five others fell sick in Jessore's Chowgachha upazila yesterday after consuming rectified spirit.

Hillary offers flood help to Thailand

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Thursday that she would offer US assistance to flood-hit Thailand on a visit next week but wanted to see what the kingdom's leaders needed.

Editorial

Fuel price rise to hit people hard

We are shocked at the government's announcement of a sweeping increase in the price of all categories of fuel oil -- petrol, octane, diesel, kerosene and furnace oil. The government subsidy on petroleum products becoming 'unsustainable', this has to be cutback on, to save Tk 4,000 crore on that account.

Four-lane project stymied

The good news, if at all it can be called that, is that the project to expand the Dhaka-Chittagong highway into a four-lane one goes on. The bad news is that the progress one had expected to come into the work has simply not been there. Despite two years having gone by, only 17 per cent of the work has been completed. The deadline for the four-lane project to be implemented remains, of course, December 2012. From the look of things, however, it is difficult to believe that the work will be over by that date.

Sports

Clinical finish from Proteas

Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla both hit centuries to take South Africa to a comfortable nine-wicket victory over Australia on Friday to end one of cricket's most topsy-turvy Test matches.

Clarke slams batting effort

Australia captain Michael Clarke said his team's batsmen were to blame for the team's collapse to 47 all out in their second innings on a frenetic second day of the first Test against South Africa at Newlands on Thursday.

Only negatives in preparation

With only 20 days to the start of the SAFF Championship in India, Bangladesh's Macedonian coach Nikola Ilievski is not satisfied with the overall condition of the booters who have been gearing up for the regional football extravaganza to be held in Delhi from December 2 to 11.

Manik ends MSC duties

Coach Shafiqul Islam Manik's chapter with Mohammedan SC ended as the Black and Whites are all set to start their residential football camp for the upcoming season from Sunday.

Siddikur bows out of Barclays

Siddikur Rahman failed to avoid the cut for the second time in the season as he finished the second round of the Barclays Singapore Open on 156th position on Friday.

Djokovic pulls out of Paris Masters

Top seed Novak Djokovic on Friday pulled out of the ATP Paris Masters, in which he was due to play Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarterfinals, because of a shoulder injury.

SL skittled for 131

Returning all-rounder Shahid Afridi took three wickets to help Pakistan restrict Sri Lanka to 131 in the first day-night international at Dubai stadium here on Friday.

Federer on course for final

Roger Federer closed on a first ever Paris Masters final when he beat Richard Gasquet to reach the quarterfinals on Thursday, after Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray had swept into the last eight.

Kaneria's petition rejected

Former Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria Friday vowed to clear his name over a spot-fixing case in which he was released without charge in Britain, saying he would take his case to higher courts in his home country.

India squad unchanged

India have made no changes to their 15-man squad for the second Test against West Indies which starts on November 14 in Kolkata. That means offspinner Harbhajan Singh remains on the sidelines while legspinner Rahul Sharma, who was a controversial selection for the first Test squad, retains his place.

Schumacher coy on Mercedes future

Formula One great Michael Schumacher has said he needs more time before reaching any decision on his future with Mercedes.

Pak retain Mohsin as coach

Mohsin Khan will continue as interim coach of Pakistan for the series against Bangladesh, which starts later this month. The PCB said the decision to retain Mohsin was taken as no full-time coach was yet to be identified.

Bautista replaces Simoncelli

Spanish rider Alvaro Bautista has been selected as the replacement for the late Marco Simoncelli

Bangladesh fall to SL

The Bangladesh Women's Cricket Team continued their poor batting show as the Sri Lanka Women's Cricket Team posted a comfortable six-wicket victory in the second one-day practice match at the BKSP yesterday.

Brazil cruise past Gabon

Goals from Sandro and Hernanes gave Brazil a comfortable 2-0 win over Gabon in a friendly in Libreville on Thursday but the five-times world champions will be more pleased their players avoided serious injury on a treacherous surface.

England's Spanish test

England are preparing for a demanding examination of their Euro 2012 credentials here Saturday as Fabio Capello's side take on reigning world and European champions Spain at Wembley.

Japan thrash Tajikistan

Japan thumped Tajikistan by four goals to nil on Friday, moving closer to the next phase of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.

FA charges Villas-Boas

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas was on Friday charged by the FA with "improper conduct" for comments he made about referee Chris Foy after his team's 1-0 defeat at QPR last month.

Iker to equal record

Spain captain Iker Casillas will make an emotional return to Wembley when he wins a record-equalling 126th cap for the world champions in Saturday's friendly against England.

Agbonlahor ruled out

Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor on Friday withdrew from the England squad to face Spain and Sweden after sustaining a slight hamstring injury, officials confirmed.

Becks makes MLS all-star team

David Beckham, whose five-year contract with the Los Angeles Galaxy expires at the end of the season, has been named one of the MLS's top midfielders, league commissioner Don Garber announced Thursday.

Lampard to lead England

Frank Lampard has been confirmed as England captain for Saturday's friendly international with Spain at Wembley.

Metropolitan

The Card Store

Tiny but colourful, they pop up in many Dhaka neighbourhoods about the time of Eid: those cube-shaped shops selling Eid greeting cards. A sheet of brightly coloured cloth draped around four bamboo posters holds the structure together. The cards hang in rows from horizontal strings suspended from the posters, smaller ones on top.

Little girl brutalised

Riaz Uddin had no knowledge of what had befallen his 10-year-old daughter Romela Khatun since she went to Chittagong to work as domestic help at the home of a police official in April this year.

Saarc summit adopts 20-point declaration

The 17th summit of South Asian Regional Cooperation (Saarc) ended yesterday with a 20-point declaration that encompasses areas like regional connectivity to trade promotion and counter terrorism measures.

Enhance peoples' connectivity: Peoples' Saarc

The Peoples' Saarc delegates, a parallel process to the official Saarc aimed at presenting the South Asian civil societies' collective voices on pressing regional issues, have submitted a “Memorandum” to the 17th official Saarc Summit through the office of the president of the Maldives.

Pneumonia Day today

The World Pneumonia Day will be observed today in the country as else where in the world to raise awareness about pneumonia as a public health issue and help prevent millions of child deaths caused by the disease each year.

Shrinking space in DU library

The number of students at Dhaka University has increased 33 times since its inception nine decades ago, yet the authorities have hardly taken any step to expand its library facilities.

National Memorial replica in Addu

The memories of Bangladesh's liberation war have travelled a long way to the Maldives and are now showing off through a replica set up on the sunny Indian Ocean island of Addu City, the official venue for the 17th Saarc Summit, which ended yesterday.

DU student arrested in model Adrita murder

Detectives on Thursday arrested Dhaka University student Ashish Karmaker in connection with the killing of Tahia Tabassum Adrita.

Bangladeshi bank to open branch in Male

A Bangladeshi commercial bank would open a foreign exchange branch in the Maldivian capital Male to facilitate the expatriates to send their remittances home.

Teenager rapes, kills 7-year-old girl

A teenaged boy was arrested by Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) from Netrakona on Thursday for allegedly violating and murdering a seven-year-old girl in the city's Khilkhet on November 3.

Two 'commit suicide' in city

Two people allegedly committed suicide in separate incidents in the city's Adabar and Turag yesterday.

50 shops gutted in N'ganj market fire

At least 50 shops inside five tin-shed markets were reduced to ashes in a devastating fire which broke out at Fatullah Bazar in sadar upazila here yesterday afternoon. There was no report of casualty.

Stop fighting in hills

Public representatives and civil society leaders yesterday called upon leaders and activists of Parbattya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) and United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) to stop fighting in the hills.

Road crashes kill 4

Four people were killed and 35 others injured in separate road accidents in Gopalganj, Jhenidah and Narail on Thursday and yesterday.

One killed for asking to switch off loudspeaker

A Jubo Dal activist was killed in Begumganj upazila yesterday as he urged organisers of a cultural programme to turn the loudspeaker off during prayers.

President calls for quick implementation

President Zillur Rahman called for quick implementation of the Bangladesh-Myanmar-China road link under the “Kunming Initiative” to increase trade and cooperation between the neighbouring countries.

360 tobacco users vow to quit the habit

At least 360 tobacco users of Bonkishor village in Charghat upazila yesterday vowed to quit tobacco. In recognition of their commitment, they were given free eye treatment and blood sugar level tests.

7 held while trying to intrude into India

The Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) arrested seven Bangladeshi nationals as they tried to illegally intrude into India from Pachbibi upazila of Joypurhat yesterday.

One killed, 15 injured as Khulna AL factions clash

One person was killed and 15 others injured in a fierce clash between two factions of Awami League on Thursday at Terokhada upazila in Khulna.

Work together with govt

The business entrepreneurs should come forward and work together with the government to keep the pace of economic growth of the country, said Commerce Minister Faruque Khan.

Goods worth Tk 15 lakh burnt

Goods worth Tk15 lakh reduced to ashes as a fire broke out at a market in Ghoraghat upazila of Dinajpur Thursday night, said fire brigade officials of Phulbari upazila.

Jubo League man's tendons cut

Some unidentified criminals cut off tendons of a hand and leg of a Jubo League activist in Natore town Thursday night.

Poacher held with 23kg venison

A poacher was arrested with 23 kilogrammes of venison, snares and an engine-run trawler from Chunkuri launch ghat under Dakop upazila of Khulna district on Thursday afternoon.

Man commits suicide in port city

A man committed suicide by hanging himself from the ceiling of his residence at Halishahar in the port city yesterday.

Abducted schoolgirl rescued

Police rescued an abducted schoolgirl from Puraton Satkhira area in the town on Thursday evening.

Two Shibir leaders arrested

Two Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) leaders were arrested by police from Baitus Sharaf Mosque in Dhoniala Para area of Chittagong city yesterday in two cases filed for attacks on police.

Death anniversary

Today is the 12th death anniversary of Hasna Hena Qadir, wife of Lt Col M Abdul Qadir who embraced martyrdom in the War of Liberation, says a press release.

Enayet-A-Morshed

Today is the seventh death anniversary of Enayet-A-Morshed Rose, an industrialist of Dinajpur, says a press release.

International

US urges Asia to help save global economy

The United States urged Asia Thursday to do more to stimulate global growth to offset the eurozone crisis, ahead of a summit in Hawaii where Washington is seeking to shape the rules for the emerging Pacific region.

UN committee divided on Palestinian bid

A UN Security Council committee yesterday said it had failed to reach agreement over a Palestinian application for full membership in the United Nations, the Portuguese UN ambassador said.

US plays down strike against Iran, urges China's help

US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta on Thursday warned of the risks from any military strike on Iran, saying it could have a "serious impact" on the region without halting Tehran's nuclear program.

US to base Marines in Australia

US President Barack Obama will use a visit to Australia next week to announce that America will station Marines at a base in Darwin, reports said yesterday in a sign of heightened concern about China.

North attacks South Sudan, 18 killed

South Sudan's army yesterday said a cross-border attack by Sudanese troops on a military base left 18 fighters dead and 73 wounded, as the UN warned that Sudanese air raids on a southern refugee camp could be an "international crime".

Violence kills 40 in two days

At least 40 people were killed in Syria yesterday and the day before, as Human Rights Watch accused the regime of committing crimes against humanity.

US ME advisor Dennis Ross to resign

President Barack Obama's key Middle East advisor Dennis Ross said Thursday he would resign after a tenure marked by stalled US peace moves, turmoil in the Arab world and Iranian defiance.

14 killed, Syria accused of 'crimes against humanity'

At least 14 people were killed in violence in Syria yesterday, most of them civilians in the restive city of Homs, as Human Rights Watch accused the regime of crimes against humanity.

3 deaths rock Wall St protest camps

Two shooting deaths at Occupy Wall Street-style camps in Vermont and California and a third fatality at a camp in New Orleans, where the body went unnoticed for two days, rocked the nationwide protest movement yesterday.

2G Scam trial begins in Delhi

The trial in India's biggest corruption scandal began in Delhi yesterday with the questioning of the first witnesses.

Women stoned, shot dead over 'adultery'

A group of armed men stoned and shot dead a woman and her daughter in Afghanistan's Ghazni province, security officials have told the BBC yesterday.

US sergeant found guilty

A US army sergeant was convicted by court-martial on Thursday of murdering unarmed civilians and cutting fingers from their corpses as ringleader of a rogue platoon in Afghanistan's Kandahar province.

Hillary offers flood help to Thailand

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Thursday that she would offer US assistance to flood-hit Thailand on a visit next week but wanted to see what the kingdom's leaders needed.

Watergate testimony made public

The US National Archives has released the grand jury testimony of former President Richard Nixon, made after the Watergate scandal forced him to resign.

Shelling kills 9 in Yemen

At least nine people were killed in heavy fighting in the Yemeni city of Taiz yesterday, witnesses and medical officials said, a day after a UN envoy began a new mission to secure the removal of President Ali Abdullah Saleh under a Gulf peace plan.

Sirleaf wins disputed Liberia polls

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was confirmed the victor Thursday of a run-off poll boycotted by the opposition, and vowed to reach out to her opponents and reconcile the divided nation.

Libya ex-PM seeks refugee status

Libya's former prime minister Baghdadi al-Mahmudi has applied for political refugee status to try to avoid his extradition from Tunisia, one of his lawyers said yesterday.

Ai Weiwei vows to fight tax bill

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei said yesterday he will challenge a huge tax bill the government has ordered him to pay, and will use money collected from supporters to lodge an appeal.

Arts & Entertainment

Going back to days of yore

“I paint what I see and I paint what I imagine, as well as the subjects that are dearest to me,” said Proshanto Karmakar, a talented printmaker -- etching and serigraph are his favourite mediums. His solo art exhibition is now on at the Nordic Club in Gulshan-2, Dhaka. At the exhibition, etching, silk-screen, serigraph, acrylic and mixed media works are on display.

Art workshop and exhibition on Liberation War

A 15 day art workshop and exhibition based on Liberation War has been organised in Jhenidah. The fair will run till November 22. Distinguished artist and Associate Professor Sheikh Afzal Hossain of Dhaka University, Department of Fine Arts organised the event at Sheerpur village under Shailkupa upazila of the district.

Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru remembered

To celebrate “Children's Day” and the 126th birth anniversary of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, The Indira Gandhi Culture Centre, High Commission of India, Dhaka arranged various events at Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre(IGCC), Dhanmondi in Dhaka yesterday. “Children's Day” is celebrated on the birth anniversary of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on November 14, as his fondness for children is well remembered. Senior officials of the Indian High Commission were present at the event.

Moha Ras Lila

The Moha Ras Lila festival of the Manipuri community of Kamalganj upazila in Moulvibazar district concluded on Friday dawn. Thousands of people irrespective of religion, cast and creed thronged the festival venue and enjoyed the programme the entire night.

Eid celebration in Manikganj

To celebrate Eid-ul Adha, Dakkhin Shibalay Unnayan Samity arranged a traditional lathi khela performance on the banks of the river Jamuna at Dakkhin Shibalay village in Manikganj on Wednesday. Teams of local lathial participated in the competition. The organisation also hosted other interesting events in which the local youths took part.

Kishoreganj youth say no to drugs

An anti-drug awareness concert was recently organised by Uronto Paira at the Officers' Club tennis court in Kishoreganj town.

Eid Utsab in Natore

Agdhigha Bitarkadhara, a social organisation celebrated Eid Anondo Utsab at Agdhigha under Natore sadar upazila on Tuesday.

Dogged by controversy

The Kolkata Film Festival, the oldest in India, got off to a glamourous but controversial start on Thursday evening with Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan and veteran actress Sharmila Tagore doing the honours but some key film personalities like thespian Soumitra Chatterjee and eminent director Mrinal Sen staying away.

OP-ED

Systemic deficit of containing political annihilation

The brutal murder of the young mayor of Narsingdi, though shocking, does not come as a surprise. The sad reality is that many such murders of persons having political identity have occurred in the last decade and even before that. Temporarily, there were some worries for such unsettling crimes but with the passage of time all concerned chose to forget the dark episode without displaying the resolve to effectively combat the menace.

Secular India faltering

Massacres recede into history. But their memory haunts us. A strain of music, candlelight in the wilderness or a sad face re-enacts the tragedies once again. If concrete evidence emerges, it leaves us forlorn and helpless.

Woes of commuters

Wide and long roads herald economic growth. Former US President John F. Kennedy had said: "It is not wealth that built our roads but the roads that built the wealth." Judging from the dilapidated state of the roads as well as lanes and by lanes in Dhaka city, people are constrained to believe that Bangladeshi leaders thought the other way round.

Kremlin's quest for multipolarity

The Cold War was widely seen as a bipolar world order dominated by the era's two rival superpowers, the United States and the Soviet Union. While the two of them did not (indeed, could not) control the rest of the world, there was a Soviet-American dimension to much of the Cold War era's international relations, especially where there was conflict. However, with the collapse of communism as well as of the Soviet Union itself in 1989-91, Moscow was no longer able to play the role of superpower. Since then, the United States has been seen by many, including many in Russia, as the sole remaining superpower, or even a hyperpower, attempting to unilaterally impose a unipolar world order. And this, in turn, was seen by many, especially in Russia, as unfair, undesirable, and to be resisted.

Festival or nightmare!

For many in the city of Dhaka, celebration of Eid ul Azha this year was seriously marred by two incidents. One was the unprecedented rush and delay in the movement of traffic from Dhaka to other parts of the country. There was not only acute crisis of transport facilities but also serious disruption of time schedules of bus, train and motor launches.

This Day In History

November 12

1893
The treaty of the Durand Line is signed between present day Pakistan and Afghanistan; the Durand Line has gained international recognition as an international border between the two nations.

Environment

Human ecology, changing climate and hydrology

Human ecology inquires into the pattern and process of interaction of human with environment. Human values, health, life-style, consumption, wastage, etc. are influenced by physical and biotic environments. Physical environment includes land, air, water, natural resources, construction and infrastructures. On the other hand, living things like plants, seaweeds, animals and organisms constitute biotic environment. The changes in physical environment has been changing climate and hydrology, which has influences on biotic components and subsequently on food supply and living condition of human being.

Women at the forefront

Climate change, the most talked about issue, is now posing a threat to livelihood, economy and social condition of Bangladesh. Climate change impact is working as a catalyst for natural disasters such as flood, river erosion, cyclone etc. It is believed that agriculture sector which employs the most number of people will be the hardest hit by climate change and natural disasters induced by it. As this sector employs a great number of women and in most cases is the only source of income for rural women, climate change will exert a very negative impact on gender dimension.

Literature

The cruel conflict

Even though he has been longing to meet Rehana, Shojib doesn't seem to have been overpowered by a surge of sudden emotion when he finds his love within his reach; rather he looks sedated like a calm sea as if all is quiet on the battlefield. Staying overnight at Nasim's place, he arrives at the Sadarghat terminal right on time to receive Rehana. With a see-through blue chiffon sari tucked in the petticoat under the navel, she is looking seductively attractive. When their rickshaw gets stuck in a notorious traffic jam at Mitford, Rehana lets her head lean against his broad shoulder, insinuating that she is lovestruck. Being indifferent to the surroundings, she gets closer to him and softly says:

The cottage in the woods

I had to describe the cottage in the woods. I was asked to explain its existence, history and related issues in front of everyone.

Tonight the stars

Tonight the stars descended on my bed
Brightening it up
Ushering in the moon to bathe me in its
Shine
Adorning me to meet you
In sweet slumber

Star Health

Getting on the road to Pneumonia prevention

Pneumonia takes more of our children’s lives than any other disease. Each year, it is responsible for the deaths of nearly 26,000 Bangladeshi children under age five.

Aging well through exercise

We generally accept that physical frailty is inevitable as we grow older. A large number of studies in the past few years also showed that after 40 years, people typically lose their muscle mass with age. But a growing body of newer science suggests that such decline may not be inexorable. Exercise, the thinking goes, and you might be able to rewrite the future for your muscles.

Sound sleep during pregnancy

Getting plenty of sleep is important during pregnancy, but those inevitable physical changes while you are pregnant can make sleep uncomfortable. Following suggestions may help pregnant women get a better night's sleep.

First man functionally cured of HIV

Since HIV was discovered 30 years ago, 30 million people have died from the disease, and it continues to spread at the rate of 7,000 people per day globally, according to the UN. Now, after years of progress in holding back the disease, there is finally an apparent case of one successful cure.

Fiber-loving teens have lower heart, diabetes risks

Teenagers who eat a lot of fiber-rich foods, such as vegetables and whole grains, are less likely to have risk factors for diabetes and heart disease, a new study shows. The study is based on government data collected between 1999 and 2002 for the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

Strategic Issues

India looks beyond South Asia

"India's leadership has the potential to positively shape the future of the Asia-Pacific... and we encourage you not just to look east, but continue to engage and act east as well."

Need to broaden scope of India-Bangladesh engagement

After Manmohan Singh and Sheikh Hasina signed the 10 point agreement in Dhaka on September 06, 2011, young scholars and professionals from both the countries met under the banner of India-Bangladesh Studies in Gangtok and Dhaka from September 9-15, 2011. The objective was to exchange their views and ideas on the future dynamics of India-Bangladesh relationship. The programme was jointly organised by the Jamia Millia Islamia of New Delhi, Dhaka University and Sikkim University.

America's UNESCO fiasco

America's debacle in Paris the other day has eclipsed all its 'achievements' during the past few months such as the killing of key terrorists and the ouster of the Gaddafi regime. The conferment of full UNESCO membership on Palestine has come as a diplomatic knuckle sandwich for the US-led western bloc on an aggressive campaign to shore up its international image and reassert its global dominance.

Star Books Review

The world of an Indian civil servant

One of the more enduring legacies of British colonial rule in the Indian subcontinent has been the civil service structure it forged into shape, the better to ensure its hold on the psyche of the country. It has not mattered much that the withdrawal of the foreign power in 1947 through the partition of India left two countries created out of the original one, and that too through much communal bloodletting. Power may have passed into local hands and politics may have gone into a process of reshaping the land. And yet such new configurations of authority have hardly affected the administrative structure the British thought, and rightly too, would help bring about governmental discipline in the country. In independent India, the Indian Civil Service, the fabled ICS, was quickly replaced by the Indian Administrative Service, or IAS, with the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) not far behind. In the new state of Pakistan, the pre-1947 ICS was quickly supplanted by the Central Service of Pakistan or CSP. It is equally interesting that in both countries, the federating units developed their own civil service structure which of course was, in the ultimate analysis, subservient to the central administrative organ. For Bangladesh, the pre-1971 CSP administrative structure was succeeded by the Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) soon after the country's military triumph over Pakistan in December 1971.

To centre stage from the fringe

This is a difficult book to review, but, strangely enough, also a relatively easy one. Survival on the Fringe: Adivasis of Bangladesh is a 600-plus-page tome whose dizzying array of topics relating to the indigenous people makes it a taxing task to take stock of within a limited space. However, the editor, Philip Gain, has simplified the task by presenting a thoughtful and comprehensive introduction (“An Introduction to the Adivasis of Bangladesh”) that encapsulates in twenty four pages the diverse contents of the rest of the book. The entire book and the introduction are monumental efforts in presenting the sometimes misunderstood, often partially understood, at times totally ignorant of, and ignored, life and society of the diverse indigenous people inhabiting Bangladesh. The entrancing cover photograph of a Garo woman who was reported to be over a hundred years old when photographed in 2006, gives one a partial insight into the editor's passion. He is an avid and accomplished photographer and a vigorous advocate of upholding and advancing indigenous rights as a distinctly minority community with its own cultural and societal norms, traditions, and practices. Gain is Director, Society for Environment and Human Development (SEHD), an NGO, researcher, freelance journalist, and adjunct faculty teaching environment communication in the Department of Media and Communication, Independent University, Bangladesh.

Containing poverty --- a new approach

There have been many approaches towards poverty alleviation for many years. Poverty was attributed the degree of scourge following population, the number one problem of the nation. One of the notable approaches or rather the most notable approach has been the concept of micro credit. It gained popularity and credit that has brought it and its pioneer the highest honourthe Nobel Prize. By now there have been a number of institutions and NGOs operating microcredit services across the country and beyond. But the spread of the problem is so vast and deep that despite all this only a partial result is apparent. So there is scope, rather need for further effective approaches and innovation of more potential ways towards an alleviation of poverty.


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