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News of: Tuesday, 22nd of November, 2011

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Farmers in the doldrums

Farmers across the country are going to face a tough time in the coming Boro season from December to May due to repeated increases of diesel price, a possible hike in power tariff and low prices of rice, potato and jute that have already caused them losses this year.

No more conditional import of toxic ships

The Supreme Court yesterday directed the government to frame by December 14 a set of rules to free the ship-breaking industry from pollution and ensure safety of the workers.

Rice that was, and that is

It is nostalgia which rises in the soul when you think back on an era that is not to be again. Time was when Bangladesh was home to as many as 7,500 varieties of rice, proof of which comes through the preservation of these varieties at the Bangladesh Rice Research Institute as also at the Gene Bank of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in the Philippines. To put it more simply, these varieties of our staple food, known by their poetically fragrant names of Banshphul, Laxmibilash, Dudhbinni, Radhakrishna, Chinisagar and many others, are, for the most part, exhibits that hark back to a more glorious time in our history. But time, again, has its own ways of dealing with nature, indeed with life itself.

Hindus attacked, raped

Delawar Hossain Sayedee along with other collaborators kept a Hindu girl confined to her father's house at Parerhat in Pirojpur and raped her day after day during the Liberation War, the International Crimes Tribunal was told yesterday.

India to track them down

India is doing its best to track down two fugitive killers of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and extradite them to Bangladesh, Indian Home Secretary RK Singh said yesterday after two days of talks in New Delhi with his Bangladesh counterpart.

Govt nudged into hiking energy prices

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) yesterday recommended that the government increase fuel and power prices, as pressure subsidy is eating up the social and development expenditure.

Beware of mugging by fake law enforcers

Posing as law enforcers, different gangs continue to mug people in the capital as the authorities are yet to find effective ways to prevent such crimes.

Blind eye turned to black money

The National Board of Revenue (NBR) yesterday asked people to invest black money in stocks without fear, in an effort to boost the crisis-ridden capital market.

Golf course at Suhrawardy Udyan illegal

The High Court yesterday declared illegal the military-backed caretaker government's decision to allocate Dhaka Club a piece of land of Suhrawardy Udyan for a golf course.

Lack of safety gears claim yet another

A worker of a Sitakunda ship-breaking yard in Chittagong died yesterday morning after falling into a 50-feet elevator shaft of a scrap ship. It is the 16th casualty of workers in the current year despite court's directions for taking proper safety measures.

Barkat believes PM's comment aimed at him

Prof Abul Barkat yesterday claimed that the prime minister's remarks on the critics of rental power projects were aimed at him and that they were made in a light vein.

Allowances for war heroes' families to rise

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday announced that increasing the allowance for war-wounded and martyred freedom fighters' families by 20 percent from the current fiscal is under government consideration.

Khaleda skips Senakunja function again

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday did not turn up at the Armed Forces Day reception in Dhaka Cantonment, for the second consecutive year.

Rumour spread thru' unreliable media: Ashraf

Awami League General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam yesterday said the news of his resignation from the cabinet was spread through an unreliable media and the party did not take cognisance of it.

Charge framing against Limon now on Feb 26

A Jhalakathi court yesterday deferred for two months and 20 days the date for hearing on the charge framing against Limon Hossain in an arms case filed by the Rab.

Let GP operate freely

The Supreme Court yesterday upheld its chamber judge's order that directed Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) to allow Grameenphone to continue operations without any interruption until further orders.

Mastermind still at large

Three weeks into the killing of Narsingdi mayor Lokman Hossain, police have yet to arrest the masterminds behind the murder.

No formal response yet from govt

The government has not yet emerged with any formal response to the signing of a deal by the Indian authorities on the construction of the Tipaimukh dam in the state of Manipur.

Tremor jolts country

A moderate tremor measuring 5.9 on the Richter Scale jolted some parts of the country including the capital yesterday.

Philippines asks S Korea for military help

Philippine President Benigno Aquino asked his visiting counterpart from South Korean yesterday for aircraft, boats and other hardware to help boost his country's military, amid rising tensions with China.

Alleged Iran nuke site being watched

Satellite surveillance has shown an increase in activity at an Iranian site suspected of links to alleged secret work on nuclear weapons, officials tell The Associated Press.

Palestinians seek UN help

The Palestinians have asked for UN intervention to free up funds frozen by Israel after they gained Unesco membership, the Palestinian foreign minister said yesterday.

Editorial

Prevention of HIV/AIDS

We should feel happy that the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in Bangladesh is much less than that of other countries, even some around us. But that does in no way allow us to bask in complacency because like it or not, in spite of the religious and social mores that exercise certain restraint on people's behaviour in our country, existence of other causative factors makes most people above a certain age potentially susceptible to the disease.

Corporal punishment in schools

The case of a teacher indiscriminately beating 37 students of Class 6 at a school in Rampura is appalling. While this particular case has made headlines, corporal punishment remains a common practice at schools and madrasahs in Bangladesh, with hundreds of students being subjected to it every year. This is despite a High Court ban on corporal punishment at educational institutions last year and a rule earlier this year declaring corporal punishment as constituting a clear violation of children's fundamental rights to life, liberty and freedom from cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. The HC last year also asked the government to show cause why its failure to prevent such incidents -- including through the framing of laws and guidelines; investigate such allegations; and prosecute and punish the perpetrators, should not be deemed a violation of rights guaranteed under the Constitution.

Sports

Hosts' last chance to qualify

Bangladesh take on Sri Lanka today in a crucial play-off match of the ICC Women's World Cup Qualifiers at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.

Shakib, Kamal make BCB look silly

Another needless controversy has struck the Tigers after Shakib Al Hasan's flimsy demand was met by the Bangladesh Cricket Board boss, ignoring the entire chain of command existing for the national team.

Wickets galore on Day 1

It wasn't a great day to be a batsman in the National Cricket League yesterday as wickets were a dime a dozen in Bogra, Jessore and Barisal during the first day of the fifth round games.

Booters lose in prep match

The Bangladesh national team suffered a 3-2 defeat against Malaysia Cup champions Negeri Sembilan in a preparatory match for the SAFF Championship at the Tuanku Abdur Rahman Stadium in Malaysia yesterday.

Tamim to undergo scan

Dashing Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal has been complaining of pain on his right knee.

Media Cup Maasranga's

Maasranga TV became champions in the Pepsi-DRU Media Cup cricket tournament beating The Daily Star by 33 runs in the final at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.

Aus clinch thriller

Teenage fast bowler Pat Cummins sealed a dream Test debut when he hit the winning runs to take Australia to a two-wicket win in the second and final Test against South Africa at the Wanderers Stadium on Monday.

Ad-hoc body for hockey

The National Sports Council (NSC) yesterday dissolved the 'ineffective' executive committee of Bangladesh Hockey Federation and appointed a 25-member ad-hoc committee to run the federation.

Afridi delivers series

All-rounder Shahid Afridi scored a half-century before taking five wickets to steer Pakistan to a hard fought 26-run win in the fourth day-night match over Sri Lanka at Sharjah stadium on Sunday.

Fed, Nadal get going

Roger Federer started his bid for a record sixth title at the ATP World Tour Finals with a 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 victory over France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, while Rafael Nadal disposed of America's Mardy Fish with a with a 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (7/3) win on Sunday.

Pakistan axe Riaz

Pakistan on Monday axed Wahab Riaz from the squad for the upcoming tour of Bangladesh after he was named in connection with a damaging spot-fixing scandal in England.

Chanderpaul worries WI

Key West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul is racing against time to be fit for the third and final Test against India, starting at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Tuesday.

Glen stabs Chelsea

Glen Johnson's 87th minute goal secured Liverpool's 2-1 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge here on Sunday and increased the pressure on Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas.

Big guns eye last 16

Manchester United and Manchester City can both seal their places in the knockout stages of the Champions League with victories over Benfica and Napoli respectively on Tuesday.

Hollywood ending for Beckham

David Beckham's Los Angeles Galaxy beat Houston 1-0 on Sunday to win Major League Soccer's MLS Cup, giving the English superstar the Hollywood ending he sought to his ground-breaking Galaxy deal.

Juventus storm atop

Juventus went back to the top of Serie A after a 3-0 win over Palermo on Sunday which took them ahead of Lazio on goal difference.

Burdisso has knee operation

Nicolas Burdisso underwent a two-hour operation to repair the knee ligaments he damaged in a 2014 World Cup qualifier against Colombia in midweek.

Sneijder out of Turkey trip

Inter Milan playmaker Wesley Sneijder has been ruled out of the club's Champions League match with Trabzonspor on Tuesday with a thigh strain.

C'Ron donates to Palestine

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has donated €2,400 to Palestinian children in Gaza, the Arabic site of the club's 'Classico' network has revealed.

Business

Dhaka bourse offers stock overhaul recipe

Dhaka Stock Exchange yesterday proposed that sponsors of all the listed companies will have to hold at least a combined 30 percent stake in those companies all the time.

SEC may unveil revamp package today

The Securities and Exchange Commission is likely to announce a complete package today to stabilise the troubled stockmarket, a member of the regulator said yesterday.

IMF suggests intense efforts to curb inflation

The International Monetary Fund yesterday asked Bangladesh to tighten monetary policy to contain inflation that soared to a 13-year high of 11.42 percent in October.

ICT fair kicks off, with focus on tech in daily life

The fourth BCS ICT World 2011, an exhibition of information and communication technology, kicked off in Dhaka yesterday with a slogan for technology in education and daily life.

Saudi Aramco denies it plans Bangladesh refinery

The head of state-run Saudi Aramco denied it was considering construction of an oil refinery in Bangladesh after a senior Dhaka energy official said on Monday the proposal had been raised last week.

Ctg garment workers blockade road for dues

Workers of two garment factories yesterday blocked the Muradpur-Oxygen area in the port city for three hours to press home their demands, including payment of dues.

Call for new civilisation through social business

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus highlighted the failure of the present civilisation to solve problems of poverty, unemployment, degradation of environment and healthcare.

Sweden supports Bangladesh's urban poor

Sweden will spend SEK 4.1 crore or Tk 45 crore in the next five years to take water, sanitation and hygiene services to about 20 lakh urban poor people in Bangladesh.

Analysts stress relaunch of food rationing for garment workers

The government should restart food rationing for garment workers immediately to help them buy basic essentials at a subsidised rate, said a noted economist yesterday.

Women entrepreneurs' summit held

The country's first Women Entrepreneurs' Summit has taken place in the capital recently with an aim to facilitate entrepreneurial success for women.

Huawei brings new data card

Huawei Device has recently announced the release of PA+ data card, the E369 that is specially tailored for ultra-thin notebook computers like the Macbook Air.

India's struggling Nano car gets a makeover

India's Tata Nano, the world's cheapest car that has struggled to find buyers since its 2009 launch, has been given a revamp to boost its appeal, its manufacturer said Monday.

Appetite for business in Bangladesh

Export Development Canada (EDC), a Canadian state-run credit agency, plans to exploit business opportunities that exist in Bangladesh, a top official said.

Diversify two-way trade

Two-way trade between Bangladesh and Canada can easily reach $2 billion if the government diversifies export products, a chamber leader said yesterday.

Metropolitan

Govt to finish trial as soon as possible: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the government is committed to completing the trial of the BDR mutiny and carnage cases within the shortest possible time although it is a huge task to try over 800 accused.

Use English as 2nd language officially

Bangladeshi writing in English has mostly remained a step below the international standard, preventing the country's rich culture and literature from reaching out to an international audience.

Civilian control over military helps build professionalism

Objective civilian control over the military can help the armed forces reach new heights of professionalism for defence of the state, said discussants at a seminar yesterday.

Introduce special quotas for Dalits in govt service

Prof Abul Barkat says that around 600 Dalits leave country daily for lack of jobs

NUB students ransack campus

Northern University Bangladesh (NUB) students ransacked parts of its building in the city's Tejgaon and blocked Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue for around 15 minutes yesterday protesting NUB's decision to transfer them to a rented campus in Banani.

Kuldip Nayar resents India's move on Tipaimukh

Expressing guarded resentment over India's initiative to construct the Tipaimukh dam, noted Indian journalist Kuldip Nayar yesterday said the “water issue” could either “spoil” or make a “solid ground” for Indo-Bangla relations.

Foreign policy blamed

As a reaction to India's initiative to construct the Tipaimukh dam, different social and rights bodies at home criticised Bangladesh's foreign policy as being too kowtowing to India.

Rural elites make local body less effective

The privileged section of rural areas popularly known as "rural elite" have clung on to the power of local government system making it less effective, said Dr Akbar Ali Khan, former adviser to the caretaker government.

'Help end violence against women'

All stakeholders related to violence against women should cooperate, as it is not possible for the government or any organisation alone to remove the social disgrace, speakers said at a seminar yesterday.

Youth stabbed to death

Unidentified miscreants stabbed a youth to death at Hazaribagh in the city yesterday.

Fresh DU admission test for 'Ga' unit Dec 9

The Dhaka University (DU) authorities yesterday decided to hold a fresh admission test for 'Ga' unit (business studies faculty) on December 9.

Post-disaster city plan stressed

Speakers at a seminar yesterday stressed the need of a disaster risk management master plan to bring down the adverse effects of disasters in the densely populated Dhaka city.

Libya returnees get Tk 50,000 each

A total of 35,085 Libya returnees have received Tk 50,000 each in cash under the 'workers rehabilitation project' of the World Bank.

3 killed in road accidents

At least four people were killed and two injured in separate accidents in Chittagong, Dinajpur, Narail and Thakurgaon in the last two days.

Korea to train 15 CID officers

Korea will provide training to 15 officials of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Bangladesh Police on cyber crime investigation with the aim of helping them develop the scientific investigation technique.

Nayeemul gets bail

A Dhaka court yesterday granted bail to Nayeemul Islam Khan, former editor of daily Amader Shomoy, in a case filed against him on charge of an allegation of misappropriating Tk 2.35 crore.

Zillur lauds army

President Zillur Rahman yesterday appreciated the role of the country's armed forces for their contributions to nation-building activities alongside their regular duties.

Ayurvedic College closed sine die

Government Unani and Ayurvedic Degree College at Kafrul in the city was declared closed yesterday for an indefinite period after its students vandalised the library, teachers' room and principal's room and destroyed furniture with a seven-point demand.

HC rejects Mamun's plea

The High Court (HC) yesterday rejected a writ petition filed by Giasuddin Al Mamun, a business partner of BNP Senior Vice Chairman Tarique Rahman, for quashing the proceedings of a money laundering case against him.

Woman's beheaded body recovered from Bashundhara area

The beheaded body of a young woman was recovered from inside the bush of Bashundhara residential area at the city's Badda yesterday evening.

'Observe Textbook Day on Jan 1'

Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid yesterday at the launching ceremony of an international book exhibition called upon all to observe first January as 'Textbook Day'.

Pry terminal exams begin tomorrow

The primary terminal examinations 2011 for class V students of general and madrasa education begin tomorrow with over 26 lakh examinees.

Teacher Selim sent to jail

A Dhaka court yesterday sent the detained school teacher Selim to jail for beating up 37 students of class six on Sunday.

Tourism edn to help create jobs: Minister

Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister GM Quader said on Sunday that tourism education will play a significant role to create jobs in tourism sector and reduce poverty in the country.

Milan gets bail

The High Court yesterday granted anticipatory bail to former BNP state minister ANM Ehsanul Hoque Milan for four months in an extortion case filed in Chandpur.

Comilla city poll schedule likely today

The Election Commission (EC) will today announce the schedule for Comilla City Corporation election likely to be held in January next year.

'Observe Textbook Day on Jan 1'

Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid yesterday at the launching ceremony of an international book exhibition called upon all to observe first January as 'Textbook Day'.

Khaleda's Dhamrai rally today

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia will address a student-public rally in Dhamrai here today marking the 47th birthday of her elder son and senior vice-chairman of the party Tarique Rahman.

JU butterfly fair on Dec 2

Jahangirnagar University's (JU) Zoology Department, in collaboration with Prokriti O Jibon foundation, will organise a day-long panoramic butterfly fair at its Zahir Raihan auditorium on December 2.

Robi signs deal with CU

Robi Axiata Limited signed an agreement with Chittagong University (CU) yesterday to facilitate internship opportunity to the students of Business Administration Faculty of the university.

Koica project inaugurated in city

Korea International Cooperation Agency (Koica) and Department of Social Service (DSS) inaugurated a small-scale development project at Tejgaon Sharkari Shishu Paribar in Dhaka yesterday.

Death anniversary

Today is the first death anniversary of lawmaker Advocate Lutful Hai Sachoo, also Guerrilla Adviser of Sector-3 during the War of Liberation.

Zebun Nisa Jahangir

Today is the 13th death anniversary of Zebun Nisa Jahangir (Suraiya), daughter of the former speaker of National Assembly of Pakistan Late Abdul Wahab Khan, and wife of Shaheed Lt Col NAM Jahangir.

Maulana Abul Khaer

Today is the fifth death anniversary of Maulana Abul Khaer Muhammad Nurullah, imam of historical Sholakia Eidgah Maidan and principal of Hoibat Nagar AU Alia Madrasa in Kishoreganj town.

Obituary

Dr Ali Miraj Khan, head of Hospital Infection Control Department, and associate scientist, Clinical Research, ICDDR,B died on Saturday.

Mostafizur Rahman

Mostafizur Rahman Mazumder Tipu, living in Virginia of the United States of America, passed away at a city hospital due to cardiac arrest on Sunday at the age of 60.

National

Nilphamari CS finally made OSD, transferred to Dhaka

The civil surgeon (CS) of Nilphamari, Abdur Rashid Akond has been made officer on special duty (OSD) and transferred to the capital, following two-month-long agitation by 'deprived' job seekers, freedom fighters, and locals in protest against alleged corruption in recruitment of health department employees in the district.

Nipun confesses to killing father, stepmother and her son

Hamidul Umar alias Nipun, held along with 3 aides on Sunday on charge of killing three of a family on Saturday, said he willingly had killed his stepmother Banya and to others.

Forest officials rescue the hapless vulture

Forest officials of Thakurgaon yesterday brought the nearly extinct species of vulture, caught by a local from Shegoon Bagan in Pollibidyut area of Thakurgaon Sadar upazila on Sunday morning, to Ramsagar Jatiya Udyan in Dinajpur district.

Baraigram AL holds procession, rally demanding release of all accused

Ruling party men brought a procession and held a rally here yesterday evening demanding release of the AL leaders and activists held on charge of killing a local BNP leader.

52 goods-laden vessels stuck in a week

Poor navigability on a 30-kilometre route in the Jamuna causes disruption to the movement of goods-carrying vessels from Aricha to Baghabari.

DB man closed in Dinajpur

An assistant sub-inspector of the Detective Branch (DB) of police was closed to Dinajpur police lines on Sunday evening for physically assaulting a street vendor.

Suspected JMB man arrested

Police arrested a suspected cadre of outlawed JMB at Tambulpur Masterpara village in Pirgachha upazila of the district on Sunday night.

Transport strike in 18 Jessore routes from Thursday

Jessore District Transport Owners'Association will enforce an indefinite transport strike on 18 routes from November 24 to press home its five-point demand.

Robbers loot night coach, 9 arrested

Highway robbers blocked road by putting up logs and looted night coach in Akkelpur upazila of Joypurhat on Sunday night.

Erosion victims form human chain in C'nawabganj demanding dikes

Hundreds of erosion victims of seven unions in Sadar upazila formed human chain and held a rally in front of the press club in the town yesterday morning demanding embankments to stop onslaught of two rivers.

Terosree massacre day today

Today is Terosree massacre day.

Man killed in land dispute

A man was killed in a clash over a land dispute at Dhoroil village under Nachole upazila on Sunday morning. The victim was identified as, Abu Bakkar, 35, son of late Nazrul Islam of Tikrampur in Chapainawabganj municipal area. Sayed Iqbal, officer in-charge (Investigation) of Nachole police station, said there was a longstanding conflict over 200-bigha of khas land and 45 ponds between one Mohammad Tuhin of Rehaichar in the municipality and Mozammel Haque of Moharajpur village in Sadar upazila. Supporters of Tuhin and Haque, equipped with lethal weapons, clashed with each other, leaving the victim injured seriously at about 5:00am. Abu Bakkar later died at hospital.

6 hurt in clash with pirates

Six fishermen received bullet wounds in a clash with pirates in the Meghna River in Bohanuddin upazila here Saturday night. Police and local sources said, a clash ensued between fishermen and a gang of pirates when the pirates swooped on a fishing boat at Kazir Hat sluice gate point in the river at midnight. The bullet-injured fishermen are Azad Bhuiyan, 40, Alamgir, 48, Bellal, 30, Hasan, 28, Kabir, 22, and Ratan, 40. Nurul Islam, one of the pirates, was captured by the fishermen after the two-hour long clash.

Fugitive convict held

Police arrested a fugitive convict in a robbery case in Mndha ferry ghat area of Manda upazila in Naogaon district on Sunday. The arrestee is Sumon alias Mamun, 30, son of Dost Mohamamd of Bangpur village under Gomostapur upazila in Chapainawabganj. Acting on a tip-off, a team from Nachole police station raided the area around 1:00pm and arrested Mamun, said inspector Sayed Iqbal of the police station. Earlier, a Chapaianwabganj court awarded him 10 years imprisonment in a case filed for committing robbery in Gomostapur upazila.

Boy drowns in river

A seven-year-old boy drowned in the Changi River in Shantinagar area under Sadar upazila yesterday. The deceased was identified as Mohammad Shanta, son of Mohammad Alamgir Hossain of the area. Officer in-charge of Khagrachhari Sadar police station Mostafizur Rahman said, while playing near the bank in the morning, Shanta fell into the river near his house and drowned. His relatives rescued him from the river around 1:30pm and sent him to the local hospital where the on-duty doctor declared him dead.

Clash at Khulna college

Nine people were injured, five of them seriously, in a fierce clash between two rival factions of Chhatra League at Khulna Government City College at 1:30 pm yesterday. The seriously injured belonging to both factions of the party were admitted to Khulna Medical College and Hospital with wounds in their heads and other parts of bodies. They are Alimuzzaman Zia, Amitav Ghosh, Roman, Fakhrul and Tabidul. All of them are students of the college. The clash occurred over holding a party meeting at the college common room, college sources said. According to eye witnesses, supporters of both the factions used iron rods, sticks and other lethal weapons during the clash that continued till 2:30 pm.

International

Death toll hits 33 on third day of Egypt clashes

Cairo police fought protesters demanding an end to army rule for a third day yesterday and morgue officials said the death toll had risen to 33, making it the worst spasm of violence since the uprising that toppled President Hosni Mubarak.

Khmer Rouge trio go on trial

Three Khmer Rouge leaders were responsible for turning Cambodia into a "massive slave camp", prosecutors said yesterday, as the defendants' landmark trial got under way at an UN-backed war crimes court.

Turkish pilgrim bus attacked in Syria

A bus carrying Turkish pilgrims came under attack near the Syrian city of Homs as at least four more people were killed yesterday in a regime crackdown in the same flashpoint region, reports said.

Mamata gives more time to Maoists

In a fresh appeal to Maoists to return to the mainstream, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee yesterday said there was no time limit for patience in democracy but warned sympathisers of action if they were found "glorifying" the Naxals.

Greenhouse gases rise to record high in 2010: UN

The amount of global warming-causing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere rose to a new high in 2010, and the rate of increase has accelerated, the UN weather agency said yesterday.

Libya to declare new govt today

Interim prime minister Abdel Rahim al-Kib said yesterday that Libya's new government following the toppling of Gaddafi's regime will be announced today.

14 Pak troops killed in rebel ambush

Fourteen Pakistani soldiers were killed yesterday in an ambush blamed on separatist rebels in the country's southwestern Baluchistan province, the Frontier Corps paramilitary force said.

Hackers 'hit' US water treatment systems

Hackers are alleged to have destroyed a pump used to pipe water to thousands of homes in a US city in Illinois.

New York man arrested, suspected of bomb plot

A resident of New York has been arrested on suspicion of planning to bomb targets including police cars and post offices.

UN rights chief urges humane treatment of Gaddafi's son Seif

The UN's human right chief Navi Pillay called yesterday on Libya's interim rulers to ensure that Gaddafi's son Seif al-Islam and spymaster Abdullah Senussi are treated humanely.

Taliban commanders claim peace talks with Pakistan

Senior commanders in the Pakistani Taliban yesterday claimed to be holding initial peace talks with the government that could end a wave of bombings that has killed thousands of people.

Suu Kyi plans to run for office in Myanmar

Myanmar's democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi plans to run in upcoming by-elections, her spokesman said yesterday, days after her party decided to rejoin the official political arena.

Thai govt backs off Thaksin pardon plan

Thailand's government has ruled out a royal pardon for fugitive ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra, according to the justice minister, after strong criticism from opponents to a reported draft decree.

Rajoy's party declares victory

Spain's centre-right Popular Party (PP) has won a resounding victory in a parliamentary election dominated by the country's deep debt crisis.

Arts & Entertainment

Queen of hearts

Actress Moushumi won many hearts for her role in the film "Keyamat Theke Keyamat" in 1991. In her 20- year career, she has starred in many more films and tried her hand at direction too. Of late, she has acted in a film titled "Projapoti" Mosumi took some time off from her busy schedule to talk to The Daily Star (TDS) about myriad subjects.

Sufia Kamal's 12th death anniversary observed

On the occasion of the 12th death anniversary of noted poet and social reformer Sufia Kamal, Samajik Protirodh Committee organised a discussion and cultural programme on November 20 at the Central Shaheed Minar premises in the city.

Nescafe Get Set Rock Competition to kick off

Unlike conventional musical talent hunt competitions, global coffee brand Nescafe is set to arrange a musical competition with a difference--, "Nescafe Get set Rock". A press conference was held at hotel Ruposhi Bangla yesterday to announce the new competition. Through this competition the organisers hope to single out the best instrumentalists and the best vocalist in forming the best band of the forthcoming generation.

New ITI Bangladesh Centre committee formed

The Bangladesh centre of International Theatre Institute (ITI) formed its new committee at a council meeting held on November 19 at the Seminar Room, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. General secretary of the last committee Nasiruddin Yousuff was elected as the president of the new committee, which will run for next two years.

Play "Abashtob Golpo" staged in Natore

Jatiya Somobay Dibash Udjapan Committee in Natore held a cultural programme at zilla parishad open stage. The programme was held on the occasion of National Cooperative Day on Sunday night. Sakam Sangskritik Sangathan, a local cultural organisation staged a play titled "Abashtab Golpo" which aimed to raise social awareness on the wide chasm that separates the industrialists and workers.

“Promises have to be implemented in greater interest”

With new blood and newer ideas, the scenario in the theatre world is very promising, finds Samina Luthfa Nitra, talented actor and emerging playwright in the Dhaka theatre scene. She thinks such promises have to be implemented in greater interest. “Promises will always be there, but how we act will determine whether the theatre of Bangladesh can transcend the next hurdle. To me the hurdle is connecting to the changing audiences. We have not reached the biggest audience. Our theatre is stuck in the air-conditioned remits of the National Theatre Hall,” said Nitra.

Kaleidoscope of colours from young painters

Winter is here in Dhaka. So is the Russian Culture Centre's painting exhibition. The eagerly awaited event was organised by Proshanto Barman and the children sat in Kakoli School, Dhanmondi. The paintings of students in the three and a half to 16 + age group are on display at the two large exhibition halls of the Russian Culture Centre, where Barman is the programme officer.

DS Café

DS Cafe will buzz as one of the leading rock icons of the country Shafin Ahmed drops in to take your calls. Call 8126155, 01711623915 and 01711623917 on Wednesday, November 30, between 4pm and 5pm to speak to Shafin Ahmed! The countdown has begun!!

Culture and the in-law heritage'

The villagers of Shakharunja Chowdhury Para, a distant village of Khetlal upazila of Joypurhat, organised an unusual 'Bou-Shasuri Mela', a fair highlighting rural life. The theme of the fair was the complex relationship between daughters-in-law and mothers-in-law.

OP-ED

Climate fund management

The poor are poor because they are poor -- a very wise, popular and practical concept goes in economics. We find a very close similarity in our poverty in climate management or even in climate fund management as there are a lot of problems in coordination, prioritisation and utilisation of the funds. Climate fund management is a very complex issue and needs research and proper decision, for which a different level of expertise is essential. Otherwise, the compensation or support will not reach the targeted people and the allocation will not be done in a proper way and to the proper sector.

People's power vs. nuclear power: Myths and realities

Praful Bidwai's article titled "India: People power vs. nuclear power" (October 17) contains many inaccurate and incorrect statements.

Syria: A relentless quest for power?

"A nation that is afraid to let people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people." President John F. Kennedy.

COP 16 Conference: What options does Bangladesh have?

The Kyoto Protocol entered into force in 2005. In 2012, the first phase of the commitment period of this protocol comes to an end. The first commitment period imposed quantitative limits on developed countries' greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). Is there going to be a second commitment period? While India and China would like the continuation of the Protocol, the European Union would like to see a protocol under a global comprehensive framework including China and the United States. On the other hand, Japan, Canada and Russia would like to have the Kyoto Protocol replaced by a more comprehensive new agreement with commitments, both by developed and developing countries.

The legend of the iPod

Happy Birthday little box. The iPod has just celebrated its 10th anniversary.

This Day In History

November 22

1963
In Dallas, Texas, US President John F. Kennedy is assassinated and Texas Governor John B. Connally is seriously wounded. Suspect Lee Harvey Oswald is later captured and charged with the murder of both the President and police officer J. D. Tippit. Oswald is shot two days later by Jack Ruby while in police custody.

Science & Life

Earth's extreme extinction

It's well known that Earth's most severe mass extinction occurred about 250 million years ago. What's not well known is the specific time when the extinctions occurred. A team of researchers from North America and China have published a paper in Science which explicitly provides the date and rate of extinction.

Translating Aristotle

Of the writings endorsed to Aristotle (384-322 BC), the polished essays and dialogues which he intended for publication have been almost completely lost, with the exception of a few fragments. The great body of Aristotle's thought that has come down to us is in the form of "treatise" on various subjects, such as logic, physics, ethics, psychology, biology, and politics. It seems that these treatise began as notes on (or summaries of) Aristotle's lectures at the Lyceum in Athens. He continued to edit and revise them throughout his life, as his views evolved, but never brought them to a state of completion for publication. Subsequently they were edited and organized into "books" by his students, and then the whole corpus was transmitted through a series of transcribers, translators, and commentators.

Yeti 'nests' found?

Bigfoot researcher and biologist John Bindernagel claims his research group has found evidence that the Yeti (a Russian "cousin" of the American Bigfoot) not only exists, but builds nests and shelters by twisting tree branches together.

New 'smart' material

Scientists are reporting development and successful initial testing of the first practical "smart" material that may supply the missing link in efforts to use in medicine a form of light that can penetrate four inches into the human body. Their report on the new polymer or plastic-like material, which has potential for use in diagnosing diseases and engineer new human tissues in the lab, appears in ACS' journal Macromolecules.

Europa has lakes!

Beneath its glossy veneer, Europa's frozen crust might be carved into something resembling Swiss cheese, with enormous cavities of liquid water tucked into the rock-hard ice.

Plastic isn't over yet

A tough new plastic that's easily healed if scratched or damaged could find use in products prone to getting beat up, such as paints or parts for cars and sailboats. What's more, it can be ground up and recycled into completely new products like plastic molding for electronic devices or optical lenses.

Who invented submarine?

Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) made sketches of a submarine and William Bourne, a British mathematician, drew plans for a submarine in 1578. But it was only in 1620 that Cornelius van Drebbel, a Dutch inventor, managed to build a submarine. He wrapped a wooden rowboat tightly in waterproofed leather and had air tubes with floats to the surface to provide oxygen. Of course, there were no engines yet, so the oars went through the hull at leather gaskets. He took the first trip with 12 oarsmen in the Thames River staying submerged for 3 hours.


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