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News of: Wednesday, 23rd of November, 2011

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Stop Tipai project

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday demanded India immediately discontinue the construction of Tipaimukh dam in Manipur.

No harm for Bangladesh

Amid widespread resentment in Bangladesh, India yesterday officially confirmed the signing of an agreement on the setting up of a hydroelectric project on the Barak river at Tipaimukh in Manipur state.

Share all details

With concerns growing about the harm the Tipaimukh dam will wreak on the ecology, agriculture and fisheries downstream, Bangladesh yesterday urged India to hold consultations with it and share all relevant information before it implemented the hydroelectric project.

India seeks to dispel fear without study

Without any environmental impact assessment on Bangladesh, New Delhi keeps assuring Dhaka that the Tipaimukh hydroelectric project will not harm the latter's interests.

Beautification goes on silently

The government has taken up a massive scheme to beautify the 98-acre area of Dhanmondi Lake in the capital.

Govt moves to appoint 20 more HC judges

The government plans to appoint around 20 more High Court judges to deal with a huge backlog of cases.

E-voting machine in all centres, no army

The Comilla City Corporation election, scheduled for January 5, has plunged into controversy on the issues of electronic voting machine (EVM) and deployment of the army even before a formal start of the polls campaign.

Army not deployed for 4 reasons

The Armed Forces Division (AFD) has cited four reasons including "constraint of time" for not deploying troops in the Narayanganj City Corporation (NCC) polls.

Fair polls difficult under party govt

Chief Election Commissioner ATM Shamsul Huda yesterday said it is difficult to hold a free and fair election under a partisan government.

Life lived in the dark

Since the rescue of a mentally challenged mother and her twenty-month-old daughter from a flat in the city's Segunbagicha on Sunday, many more mysterious stories have been coming to light regarding her family.

Leave!

Egypt's military ruler said yesterday that presidential polls will be held by the end of June, and offered a referendum on the immediate transfer of power in a bid to contain mass anti-military rallies.

30pc stake must for sponsors, directors of firms

Sponsors, directors and promoters of a company listed with any stock exchange will have to jointly hold at least 30 per cent stake in the firm for all time, according to a regulatory decision.

9pc power tariff hike suggested for DPDC

An evaluation committee of the energy regulator yesterday suggested raising electricity tariffs by 9.09 percent for the retail consumers in Dhaka's several areas administered by the Dhaka Power Distribution Company (DPDC).

Govt to buy Aman from local market

The government yesterday decided to procure Aman rice from local market in the wake of fall in prices of paddy, but is yet to fix the price and quantity it wants to buy.

Pro-AL lawyers remove photos of Bhashani, Zia, Osmani

Pro-Awami League lawyers yesterday removed photographs of Ziaur Rahman, Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhashani and MAG Osmani from the wall of the SCBA president's office room.

Libya returnees getting back job

Thirty-eight Bangladeshi workers will fly for Libya today, as the war-torn country starts recruiting overseas workers after a pause of eight months.

EC to appeal against HC verdict: CEC

The Election Commission will file an appeal with the Appellate Division, challenging the High Court verdict that declared illegal and void the commission's decision of cancelling Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir's parliament membership.

Ex-IGP Huda, Laskar leader Butt appeal for discharge

Former inspector general of police Ashraful Huda and Pakistan-based militant group Laskar-e-Taiba leader Abdul Mazed Butt yesterday appealed to a Dhaka court to be discharged from the August 21 grenade attack cases.

Tippon remanded again

A Narsingdi court yesterday placed Masudur Rahman Tippon on a fresh four-day remand in connection with the murder of Narsingdi municipality mayor Lokman Hossain.

Doubt on faster-than-light result

Subatomic particles called neutrinos cannot move faster than the speed of light, according to a new report.

Blast kills 3 Afghans

Three civilians were killed and three others including a woman and child wounded when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in eastern Afghanistan yesterday, police said.

Indian train fire kills 7

Seven people, including one Australian woman, died when a fire swept through an overnight train in eastern India early yesterday, officials said.

Editorial

SC's firm move against hazardous ship-breaking

The Supreme Court directive on the government to frame a set of rules by December 14 to counter escalating hazards posed by ship-breaking industry in Shitakundu is emphatic. The apex court also makes it mandatory for the government to stop conditional import of scrap ships. We heartily welcome the directive and hope that it will help put an end to the environment pollution and loss of workers' lives.

Protests in Egypt

The departure of President Hosni Mubarak from the Egyptian Presidency has not in any way paved the way for peace and stability in the country. Protestors continue to oppose the military rule, causing bloodshed, threatening the first free parliamentary elections in Egypt which are scheduled to start next week. Clashes between the protestors and the police have caused the worst uprising since the Arab Spring uprising, killing 33 people so far.

Sports

Hosts' World Cup dream over

Sri Lanka, who beat Bangladesh by six wickets yesterday, joined Pakistan, South Africa and West Indies as the teams to qualify to the ICC Women's World Cup 2013.

Khulna eye bigger lead

The Rangpur-Khulna tie of the National Cricket League is evenly poised while Rajshahi, Dhaka and Dhaka Metropolis were in firm control yesterday.

Windies rule Day One

In-form Kirk Edwards and Darren Bravo capped an impressive West Indies batting performance with unbeaten half-centuries on the opening day of the third and final Test against India on Tuesday.

Tamim's knee okay

Nothing serious has been discovered regarding Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal's complaint about his knee following an MRI scan at a city hospital yesterday.

Aus rope in Arthur

South Africa's Mickey Arthur was Tuesday appointed Australia's new head cricket coach two months after Tim Nielsen quit, completing a sweeping revamp of the way the team is run.

Clarke hails veterans

Australian captain Michael Clarke praised the courage and character of some of his under-pressure players after they chased down a target of 310 to share their two-match Test series with South Africa here on Monday.

Abahani search for a foreign coach

Three-time Bangladesh League champions Abahani once again want to bank on a foreign coach for the upcoming season as the Sky Blues are on the verge to rope in a foreign coach like the previous season.

Djokovic battles, Murray falters

World number one Novak Djokovic recovered from a slow start to defeat Tomas Berdych 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7/3), while David Ferrer dented Andy Murray's hopes of winning the ATP World Tour Finals on home turf in London with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over the world number three in their opening matches on Monday.

Adebayor lifts Spurs

A double by Togolese international striker Emmanuel Adebayor handed Spurs a deserved 2-0 win over Aston Villa here on Monday and lifted them up to third place in the Premier League.

London duo eye progress

Chelsea and Arsenal have enjoyed contrasting domestic fortunes recently, but both can seal their places in the Champions League last 16 with wins against German opposition on Wednesday evening.

Only two turn up

Asia's football body hinted it may scrap its controversial no show, no win rule Tuesday after only two people turned up to claim the prestigious Asian Player of the Year award.

Party mars team image

An impromptu party thrown by jubilant Czech players last week after they qualified for Euro 2012 has marred the team's image just six months before the tournament kicks off in Poland and Ukraine.

Diego attends mom's funeral

Argentinian football legend Diego Maradona attended the funeral of his mother at a private ceremony in Bella Vista, north-west of the capital Buenos Aires on Monday.

AFC fines U-19s

Bangladesh have been fined 2700 dollars for conceding too many bookings during the match against Oman in the AFC U-19 Championship Qualifiers at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on November 2.

Lorgat to step down in 2012

International Cricket Council chief executive Haroon Lorgat is to stand down from the position on June 30, 2012, the ICC announced on Tuesday.

Mahela to miss fifth ODI

Injured middle-order batsman Mahela Jayawardene has been ruled out of Sri Lanka's last match against Pakistan and returned home, team manager Anura Tennekoon said on Tuesday.

Iniesta misses Milan tie

Barcelona revealed on Monday that Andres Iniesta will miss the reigning European champions' trip to face AC Milan in the Champions League on Wednesday with a thigh injury.

Kidnappers denied bail

A Nigerian federal high court Monday denied bail for seven suspects, including two former soldiers, facing charges of kidnapping Chelsea footballer John Obi Mikel's father in August.

Business

Stocks ride high on optimism

Stocks saw a 54.6 percent rise in turnover yesterday, spurred by news that the market watchdog designed a bailout package to stabilise the market.

Revenue shoots past target

Revenue earnings by the tax administrator increased by around 16 percent in the first four months of the current fiscal year, which is more than the target set for the period.

Padma Life's Tk 12cr listing gets nod

The Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday approved a prospectus of Tk 12 crore initial public offering (IPO) and rights offering of a listed insurance company.

DSE submits market-revamp proposals to SEC

The country's premier bourse yesterday submitted an eight-point proposal to the Securities and Exchange Commission, urging it to implement them quickly to stabilise the market.

Nitol-Tata driving school opens today

The Nitol-Tata Driving Training Institute will be inaugurated today in Kishoreganj with an aim to produce 50,000 trained and skilled drivers in the next five years.

US growth cut to 2pc

The estimate of US growth in the third quarter was cut to 2.0 percent on Tuesday, sharply lower than the 2.5 percent initial estimate that gave markets hopes the economy was rebounding.

Another worry for garment makers

Bangladeshi garment makers will strongly oppose Pakistan's plea for gaining a “GSP Plus” status from the EU from 2014 for duty-free export of all its products.

East Asia cushioned from global crisis: WB

Growth in East Asian economies will slow next year with demand from key export markets in the United States and Europe falling as they struggle with their debt crises, the World Bank warned Tuesday.

Indian rupee hits record low against US dollar

The Indian rupee on Tuesday hit a record low against the dollar, as fears about eurozone debt and the global economy as well as falling local stock markets provoked further selling of the currency.

European leaders scramble to stem debt crisis

European Union leaders hold a flurry of meetings on Tuesday on fighting the debt crisis now threatening Italy and France while deficit gridlock also puts the United States in the spotlight.

Rates soar in first Spanish debt auction since election

Spain's borrowing costs soared Tuesday at its first debt auction since a weekend general election swept the right to power, stepping up pressure for rapid economic reforms.

Tokyo, Osaka bourses to merge in 2013

Japan's two main bourses on Tuesday announced a plan to merge their operations in January 2013 as they look to boost competitiveness and create one of the world's biggest exchanges.

A quiet entrepreneur looks to brighter days

A mother of three, Amena Begum became a widow at the age of 29 when her husband lost the battle against a kidney disease. Anyone in her position would have ended up working as a household maid, but it was with determination and hard-work that she established herself as a young entrepreneur.

Old clothes, new hues

Hard work is the only means of survival for the honest man. Sincerity and creativity gives new solutions to old problems. It is true for a group of men in Faila village of Kaliganj involved with the uncommon vocation of dyeing old clothes.

Metropolitan

PM asks for hassle-free land registration

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked the officials of Directorate of Registration to be more careful and sincere in land registration process for minimising public sufferings.

Ship-breaking training institute on cards

With help from Norway, the government is going to set up a training institute for ship-breaking workers in a bid to make them aware of the occupational health hazards and reduce causalities in the yards, said Industries Minister Dilip Barua yesterday.

Train derails in Rajshahi

The train communication remained suspended from and toward Rajshahi for five hours yesterday as a locomotive of an oil carrying train at Harian Railway Station derailed early in the morning.

Tortured Romela gives statement

Ten-year-old Romela who was allegedly tortured by the wife of police sub-inspector (SI) Shahed recently made a statement against the couple at the Pabna chief judicial court yesterday.

'Bid to stop criticism of govt'

The government has incorporated some provisions in the draft broadcasting policy to stop criticism against it, Dr Akbar Ali Khan, former adviser to a caretaker government, said yesterday.

Two fake doctors fined in Ctg

A mobile court, in two separate drives, fined two fake doctors Tk 1 lakh each in Kalurghat and Bandartila yesterday.

Woman held for deceit in city

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested a woman from the city's Moghbazar area on charge of cheating people in the name of giving admission to their children in city schools.

INGO to celebrate its four decades

International NGO (INGO) Forum will organise a daylong event tomorrow at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre to celebrate four decades of INGOs engagement in the development of Bangladesh.

Star journo assaulted at DU

Some Dhaka University students physically assaulted a photographer of The Daily Star in presence of a contingent of police, as he took snaps while the students were beating up another person in front of the Faculty of Fine Arts yesterday.

'Take Tipaimukh issue to int'l courts'

Sachetan Prokoushali Samaj, a rights organisation, called on the government to take the issue of Tipaimukh Dam to international courts, including the United Nations, said a press release yesterday.

Pry terminal exams begin today

The primary terminal examinations 2011 for class V students of general and madrasa education begin today with some 26.37 lakh examinees.

Biman gets its second Boeing aircraft today

The second new Boeing aircraft of Biman Bangladesh Airlines is likely to land at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the capital today.

Bangladeshi women's travails in Mumbai

Defying mounting pressure from the authorities of both countries, a Mumbai-based NGO refuses to send back a 21-year-old flesh trade victim to Bangladesh unless all 125 victims that the NGO is sheltering are sent home.

Resolve CG issue for fair election

Eminent jurist Barrister Rafique-ul Huq yesterday said no free and fair election will be held in the country after two years without resolving the issue of caretaker government (CG).

End discrimination against Dalits

Speakers at a seminar yesterday demanded that the government formulate laws for combating discrimination against the Dalit community.

HC order on DU decision today

The High Court will pass an order on a writ petition that challenges the Dhaka University authorities' decision to cancel the result of 'Ga' unit (business studies faculty) admission test and hold a fresh test.

Public hospitals turn their backs on AIDS patients

The government must without delay ensure that HIV positive patients get treatment and care without any discrimination at the public medical facilities, speakers urged at a roundtable yesterday.

Padma graft allegations politically motivated

Public Administration Affairs Adviser to the Prime Minister HT Imam yesterday said allegations by the World Bank against the communications minister about corruption in Padma Bridge is politically motivated, reports private TV channel ATN Bangla.

Complainant of false case fined

The High Court yesterday fined one person Tk 40,000 for filing a false case against Rajuk chairman and a Supreme Court lawyer to obstruct the compliance of its (HC) order for saving Gulshan-Mohakhali lake in the city.

Ctg tourism fair begins tomorrow

A three-day long international tourism fair will begin in the port city tomorrow.

'Highest fall in HIV infections since 1997'

New HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths have fallen globally to the lowest levels since the peak of the epidemic in 1997, a new report shows.

Sylhet BNP calls hartal on Dec 1

Sylhet district and city units of BNP announced a series of programmes, including a daylong hartal in the district on December 1, protesting the government's "inaction" against the move by the Indian government to construct Tipaimukh Dam.

Road crashes kill 6

Six people were killed and 15 others injured in separate road accidents in Tangail, Satkhira and Magura from early Monday to yesterday, report our correspondents.

Egyptian envoy meets PM

Egyptian Ambassador to Bangladesh Mahmoud Yehia Mohamed Ezzat Mostafa paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her office in the city yesterday.

CU students'memo to VC

Students of Business Administration Faculty at Chittagong University (CU) submitted a memorandum to the Vice Chancellor (VC) Prof Anwarul Azim Arif containing a four-point demand yesterday.

Free eye treatment at Savar

A 15-member team of Korean doctors, nurses, technicians and volunteers conducted a free eye treatment camp at Korea Bangladesh Friendship Hospital in Savar.

Timbers worth Tk 5 lakh seized

A team of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and forest department, in a drive, seized Segun timbers (teak trees) worth about Tk 5 lakh in Kalurghat BSCIC industrial area of the port city yesterday.

Five shops fined in Keraniganj

Directorate of National Consumer Rights Protection fined five sweetmeats and bakery shops Tk 90,000 at different parts in Keraniganj on the outskirts of the city yesterday, said a press release.

Two Ctg brick kilns fined

Department of Environment (DoE), in two separate drives yesterday, fined two brick kilns Tk 26.5 lakh in Lohagara upazila on charge of polluting environment.

US embassy closed tomorrow

US embassy will be closed tomorrow in celebration of Thanksgiving Day.

Obituary

Syed Taib Hossain Quazi, retired superintendent of police, died on Saturday at Lewisville Medical Center, Dallas, Texas, USA due to cancer and heart disease. He was 74.

Sri Sankarananda Giri

Sri Sankarananda Giri, president of Songjugananda Giri Smriti Sangsad, passed away at Giridham in Comilla on November 19 due to cardiac arrest at the age of 55.

Death anniversary

Today is the 16th death anniversary of Masudur Rahman, the controller of Calcutta rationing department and former headmaster of Ghorasal Pilot High School.

National

Children learn amid fun and games

The premises of Baraigram Pilot High School in Baraigram upazila under the district assumed a festive look during yesterday's English language fair organised under English in Schools programme, an initiative of The Daily Star and mobile operator Robi.

Kuet teachers on 3-day work stoppage

Khulna University of Engineering and Technology (Kuet) teachers' association went on a three-day work stoppage yesterday demanding demolition of memorial erected in front of Khanjahan Ali residential hall.

Killing allegedly for dowry sparks protest in Narail

Hundreds of students of Narail Government Victoria College formed a human chain in front of deputy commissioner's office yesterday noon demanding arrest of the alleged killer of a student of the college.

Separate bodies for road march, rally formed

Internal feud in Khulna BNP has surfaced anew centring road march in the division on November 26 and public meeting at Khulna Circuit House maidan the following day.

Pharmacists in Dinajpur threaten strike

Dinajpur unit of Bangladesh Chemists and Druggists Association yesterday called upon the Dinajpur Medical College and Hospital authorities to meet its three-point demand by today.

2 kids killed as walls collapse

Two boys were killed in Thakurgaon and Barisal in the incidents of wall collapse on Monday and the day before.

Indefinite bus strike in Satkhira

Bus owners and transport workers here yesterday jointly enforced an indefinite bus strike on all the eight routes of the district protesting assault on transport workers by a few local people on Sunday.

Letters

Nuclear Iran risks becoming a pariah nation

Before North Korea exploded a nuclear device, it was argued that if North Korea was allowed to go nuclear, it would destabilise the Asia-Pacific region. To counter a nuclear-armed North Korea, Japan would also go nuclear, raising China's historical fear about Japan. South Korea, fearing a North Korean invasion, would also go nuclear and the whole region would see a nuclear arms race similar to Soviet-American nuclear arms race during the Cold War era. Many neo-conservatives in the U.S. had called for a pre-emptive strike on North Korea before it developed the bomb.

Save Karnaphuli!

Thanks to the crass commercialisation and continuous dumping of highly toxic liquid and solid wastes into the Karnaphuli river. It is suffocating the feline of our country's economy! Experts say that the riverside factories, human waste, oil spilling by boats and vessels are responsible for pollution. Once the Karnaphuli used to be the haven of fishes, but now most of the fish species have vanished! "Department of Environment (DoE) and Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) have failed to save the river from pollution, as about 300 factories on the banks of the river are discharging wastes into the river," says Idris Ali, professor of Chittagong College, who has been working on the pollution of the Karnaphuli river for two decades. Is anyone even a wee bit concerned about the fact? DoE director admitted the bad condition of the river. He said that according to the High Court order, they asked the factories to set up ETPs(Effluents Treatment Plants). Idris Ali has said that the renowned factories like KAFCO have no ETPs to treat wastes. Local people say that now even fishermen don't go fishing.

Cinnamon lowers LDL cholesterol

Cinnamon has a great medicinal value. It has been proved through long studies that only 1/2 teaspoonful of cinnamon per day can significantly lower the LDL or bad cholesterol. Cinnamon has a key substance called Methyl Hydroxy Chalcone Polymer (MHCP) that helps stimulate cellular glucose intake and has qualities similar to those of insulin which is especially beneficial to people with Type 2 diabetes. The other important medicinal values of cinnamon are:

Let's stand beside them

A few days back, a friend and I went to Apon- a drug rehabilitation centre, as part of a research work of our department. The conversation we had with the teenaged drug addicts changed our perception about them. Many of them are abandoned by either their father or mother. In most of the cases, their mothers were divorced and then got married again. As a result, they had no place to go but to live on the street. In some cases, after their father or mother's death they were forced to leave home and became street children. What is most depressing is that almost all the street boys are addicted to drugs and involved in crimes and different kinds of anti-social activities. Their average age is not more than 13 or 14 years. If every one of us takes the responsibility to bring them in the mainstream of society, the situation will change radically. It is our moral duty to stand beside these children.

Overcrowded classrooms

The classrooms of our government-run colleges are overcrowded. The students who have to attend the classes and the teachers who have to take the classes know what a noisy situation prevails there. Rows of benches packed with students - with five or more students sharing a single bench - is a common sight of these classrooms. As many as one hundred and fifty students sit in a single room.

The example that Farzana set

Dowry system is a deep-rooted problem in our society. It is an amount of money or property given by the bride's family to the bridegroom's family. Dowry prevails in our society in various forms. Sometimes money is directly given as dowry, sometimes various luxury products are given. The situation is worse in the lower class of society.

An unknown Libya

I have learned some facts about Libya while reading an article on the internet. Readers may find it fascinating that Gaddafi had to die at the hands of his own people even after doing so much for them. The list is almost endless:

Achieving food security

A few days ago, the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies(BIDS) revealed in a survey report that Bangladesh has been losing 15,000 crore taka every year due to the reduction of agricultural land, which is a great obstacle to achieving food security. Experts emphasise the use of organic fertiliser, modern technology, etc. to get the best out of our land. At the same time, awareness has to be raised among the farmers about soil fertility.

Promoting Bangla films

This is the proper time to establish a film city in our country and save our film industry and as our culture. Bangladesh Film Development Corporation (BFDC) should be rebuilt so that quality films can be made there. During the last Eid-ul-Azha five movies were released. Among them four movies got good response from the audience. The directors and producers of these movies are happy in their success. Now, for the sake of our film industry the government should establish a film city in the country. Besides, a group of young filmmakers are trying to make good films. We hope the government will take some initiatives to promote these promising filmmakers.

Readers Respond

Here are some comments that came in response to Tuesday's The Daily Star news report headlined “Hindus attacked, raped.”

International

Game of losing allies

Much of the political rise of Paschimbanga Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is due to her ability to singlehandedly fight with her opponents. She has done it by ending 34 years of Left Front rule in the state but now seems to have opened two more fronts against ironically her coalition partner Congress party and the Maoists who had helped her fight the front.

Mandela back to his roots

"Madiba", the man who rose from a cattle herd boy in the poor Eastern Cape to turn the tide of South African history, has returned to his childhood home -- this time maybe for good.

The return of 'Mr No'

Russia has defiantly refused to back the West's hard line on Syria not just because it retains interests there but also as Moscow wants to send a message it is still a great power, analysts said.

Turkey tells Assad to step down

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday called on his former ally Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad to step down as Syrian opposition launched talks with Arab League eyeing post-Assad Syria.

New sanctions hit Iran

Western powers responded to a damning UN report about Iran's nuclear program with a fresh batch of sanctions Monday which were quickly rejected by Tehran and Moscow as 'illegal".

Pakistan's US envoy resigns

Pakistan's envoy to the United States resigned yesterday, losing a battle with the country's powerful generals to keep his job over allegations he wrote a memo to Washington asking for its help in reining them in.

Arts & Entertainment

Making Hay in Dhaka

Perhaps it was a tad early, and lack of sleep might have rendered me somewhat disoriented, but it was a beautiful early winter morning -- the kind that leaves you in a state of quiet euphoria. The venue -- British Council on Fuller Road, Dhaka -- added to that bliss of course. Intoxicating smell of Shiuli seducing the olfaction and perfectly manicured bright green lawn under the feet. A great day to make hay.

OP-ED

Ouster is a bad word . . . in these times

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party has said it loud and clear. The Awami League-led government, it informs the country, must be ousted in order to protect the country. And how do you observe that statement? For starters, you could tell the opposition that you can only agree with it halfway. And that is to inform it that the country is always in need of protection, always requiring the highest degree of security in order to carry on. And that ouster idea? That is a fine term, ouster, and we have over the past five decades or so been witness to the many spells of ouster governments have been subjected to by ambitious military officers across the globe. And then think of this lovely land of ours. Every ouster of a government has brought with it an end to the lives of the great and the good. By extension, each ouster has seen a newer, swifter decline in values. But oust an elected government? That very thought is in bad taste. It reveals two things. The first is an absence of pluralistic sentiment in those who simply do not know the ramifications of the term. The second is that a call for the ouster of a government voted to power by the majority of people in a country is akin to undermining the sovereign right of a society to make informed political choices for itself.

Why AFSPA must go

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah came to Delhi and valiantly pleaded that the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act be lifted from parts of the state. But Delhi Durbar was left unmoved. Mr Abdullah was told that "more consultations" are needed on this "very, very sensitive issue." It requires "mature" handling.

India-Myanmar: A shift of policy?

At the invitation of Indian President Pratibha Devisingh Patil, Myanmar President U Thein Sein made a three-day goodwill visit to India recently. The visit was very significant from the political and economic perspectives.

Shale gas: A burning issue

The issue seems rather similar to that of unconventional oil and has already sparked a major controversy in the West. But its implications for the debate on climate change are hardly known in countries of the global South. On November 6, thousands of protesters staged a colourful encirclement of the White House, protesting against the Keystone XL pipeline-project and against expansion in extraction of tar sands oil. Four days after this, Obama ordered a thorough review of the pipeline plan and suspended decision-making on its construction.

Would you be a good parent?

Take our quiz and find out Justice for children in China and India! Almost 300 Indian girls named "unwanted" by their parents were legally given pretty new names in a ceremony last week. The girls chose names such as Aishwarya, after the cute Bollywood star.

This Day In History

November 23

1510
First campaign of Ottoman Empire against Kingdom of Imereti (modern western Georgia). Ottoman armies sack its capital Kutaisi and burn Gelati Monastery.


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