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News of: Tuesday, 6th of December, 2011

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Dreams come untrue

The mass upsurge that brought down the autocratic regime of HM Ershad on December 6, 1990 added yet another glorious chapter to the history of democratic movements in this country.

Last few days of Ershad

A day after HM Ershad announced that he would step down, thus ending his nearly nine years of autocratic rule in 1990, I happened to be privy to a rare telephone conversation between Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia, the two women who had spearheaded the mass upsurge that ousted the dictator.

Quader gets Abul's job

In a major reshuffle in the cabinet, the government yesterday replaced Syed Abul Hossain with newly sworn in Obaidul Quader as the communications minister.

The sins of civil society

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina feels that some people, using the banner of civil society, have been weakening the foundations of democracy.

Forgotten code of conduct

On November 19, we three political alliances, believing in the spirit of the Liberation War, presented a common outline for the removal of autocrat Ershad and for a transition to democracy through free and neutral elections to a sovereign parliament.

Of the unfulfilled joint declaration

Joint declaration on the outline of 15-party, 7-party and 5-party alliances for removal of the autocratic Ershad government, holding elections to a sovereign Parliament and establishing a representative government through elections supervised by a non-party, neutral interim government.

New ministers fix priorities

Suranjit Sengupta, the newly appointed railway minister, yesterday identified four challenges in his ministry and said overcoming those would be his top priority.

Tk 28/kg

The government today starts procurement of 2 lakh tonnes of Aman rice at Tk 28 a kilogram from the domestic market to provide incentives to the farmers amid continued fall in prices of both rice and paddy.

Nanak moves to quell fears

Staff of the now defunct Dhaka City Corporation will not be sacked; rather they will be shifted to South or North city corporations as per their choice.

BNP renews call for joint survey

Reiterating its earlier demand for a joint survey on Tipaimukh dam, main opposition BNP yesterday maintained that the project on Manipur's Barak river would affect Bangladesh adversely.

Army officials lined up, killed

A Border Guard Bangladesh officer's testimony yesterday shed light on how the then BDR director general and other high-ups were taken hostage, and how the killings began at Darbar Hall of Pilkhana BDR headquarters on February 25, 2009.

Time ticks away for thorny issues

The UN climate conference on Monday enters its second week as thorny issues like rich nations agreeing to a second phase of cutting emission and creation of a green climate fund remain unsettled.

Holy Ashura today

Marking the 10th day of Muharram, the 1st month in the Hijri calendar, the Muslims will observe the Holy Ashura today with due religious solemnity and in a befitting manner.

HC asks govt to explain fuel price hike

The High Court yesterday issued a rule upon the government, asking it to explain in four weeks why its latest move raising fuel prices should not be declared illegal.

Khmer Rouge not 'bad people'

The Khmer Rouge were not "bad people", the regime's highest-ranking surviving member said yesterday as Cambodia's UN-backed war crimes tribunal began hearing evidence in a long-awaited atrocities trial.

Carbon emissions show record jump

Carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels have increased by half in the last 20 years, giving the world much less chance of avoiding dangerous climate change, according to new data.

Rumana's ex-husband dies in prison cell

Hasan Sayeed Sumon, who had been detained on charge of torturing his ex-wife Dhaka University teacher Rumana Manzur, was found dead in the bathroom of his prison cell at BSMMU Hospital yesterday.

Formal war charges now on Dec 11

The International Crimes Tribunal yesterday deferred till December 11 for submitting formal charges against four top Jamaat-e-Islami leaders for their alleged involvement in crimes against humanity during the Liberation War.

AL, BNP ruled like Ershad

Dr Kamal Hossain, who played a key role in formulating the modalities of the interim government of 1990, says that the democratic spirit behind the 1990 upheaval against HM Ershad has been destroyed by greed for power and money by the country's political parties.

All destroyed by bad politics

Political parties have failed to turn parliament into the centre of all activities, one of the vital pledges made in the pre-polls agreement (Tin Joter Ruprekha) in 1990, observed Tofail Ahmed, one of the doyens of the country's politics.

AL, BNP didn't keep promises

The autocratic mindset of the politicians is thwarting the country's progress towards democracy, more than two decades after the fall of autocratic ruler HM Ershad, Workers Party President Rashed Khan Menon has said.

AL broke '90 promises

BNP standing committee member Brig Gen (retd) ASM Hannan Shah has identified the serving of narrow party interests as being responsible for a non-implementation of the joint declaration of the three alliances made during the anti-autocratic movement of 1990.

All values lost from politics

BNP leader Nazmul Huda thinks politicians' failure to act in line with people's expectations has prevented democracy from acquiring institutional shape even in two decades though that was the spirit of the 1990 mass upsurge against autocrat HM Ershad.

They followed Ershad policy

The framework of the three alliances has proved meaningless as all successive governments, including the caretaker administrations since 1991, maintained the same corrupt economic policy as that of autocrat HM Ershad.

AL fulfilled pledges

Awami League leader Amir Hossain Amu has claimed that his party has fulfilled most pledges of “Tin Joter Ruprekha,” a 1990 joint declaration of three alliances led by AL, BNP and left-leaning parties.

Assange wins new round in UK court

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was yesterday granted permission to apply to England's highest court in his year-long battle to block his extradition to Sweden over rape and sexual assault allegations.

Holiday notice

The Daily Star office will remain closed today on the occasion of holy Ashura, and therefore there will be no issue of the newspaper tomorrow.

Editorial

Holy Ashura

The month of Muharram reminds us of the epical saga of sacrifice made by the Holy Prophet's (Peace Be Upon Him) grandson Imam Hussein (RA) along with his near and dear ones against the vicious machinations of Yazid. It was on this day, Ashura, falling on the 10th of Muharram that he together with his family and companions spearheaded a righteous fight in the battlefield of Karbala against Yazid, a ruler of sinister intent who till this day represents cruelty, greed and injustice. Hussein (RA) thus showed that it is nobler to die courageously in defense of one's faith and conviction than to yield to the nefarious, selfish design of a pretender.

Tipai's efficacy

We have now the reported categorical statement of the Indian Prime Minister made recently in Manipur that the dam on Tipaimukh would be built and that environmental clearance has already been accorded to the project.

Sports

Some life in dead rubber

The third and final one-dayer between Bangladesh and Pakistan turned into a dead rubber after the visitors confirmed the series by winning the first two games, but still the lacklustre home side stand to achieve a lot at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium today.

Bangladesh need a win and more

Bangladesh coach Nikola Ilievski is set to revert to an attacking strategy and bring changes to his starting eleven as his charges are faced with a must win situation against Maldives in their last Group B match of the SAFF Championship at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium today.

Sammy, Rampaul make it 2-1

Late order blasts from skipper Darren Sammy and Andre Russel, and a 4-wicket haul by pacer Ravi Rampaul meant that the West Indies kept the three-match ODI series against India alive with a tense 16-run victory in the third ODI at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera yesterday.

Players grimly determined

Just four months ago, Bangladesh football was on a relative high. Having trumped Pakistan 3-0 at home, they followed up a disappointing showing against Lebanon in the Middle East by humbling the giants 2-0 in a famous win at Dhaka.

Afghanistan, India win

Holders India and Afghanistan brightened their chances of moving to the semifinals of the SAFF Championship beating their respective rivals at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium yesterday.

Game On for Tk 400 crore

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has approved Game On Sports Management as the event management firm for the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Twenty20 tournament.

Imrul to miss today's ODI

Bangladesh opener Imrul Kayes will miss today's third and final one-dayer against Pakistan due to a groin injury.

Spain's 5th Davis Cup

Rafael Nadal battled back from a set down to defeat brave Argentine Juan Martin del Potro and hand Spain a fifth Davis Cup title on Sunday.

Mayhem in Bogra

There was havoc in Bogra where 20 wickets fell on the first day of the National Cricket League's seventh round Chittagong-Rangpur game, including a hattrick by leg-spinner Noor Hossain.

Hussey bucks Hughes up

Senior batsman Mike Hussey on Monday urged besieged opener Phillip Hughes to back his natural game after being retained in Australia's Test squad.

Australia include Christian

Daniel Christian was added Monday to the Australian squad for this week's second and final Test against New Zealand in Hobart as the home side look to wrap up a series win.

Havelange quits IOC?

Former FIFA president Joao Havelange resigned from the International Olympic Committee on Sunday, just days before he was to face an ethics inquiry, it was reported by the BBC.

Final three revealed

Holder Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Xavi were on Monday named on the final three-man shortlist for the 2011 FIFA Ballon d'Or award, which will be presented at a ceremony in Zurich on January 9.

Juve return to top

Juventus went back to the top of Serie A after a 2-0 victory over Cesena on Sunday in a match where the visitors had their goalkeeper controversially sent off.

It's crunch time

The English Premier League's claims to being the best in Europe will be tested this week with three clubs facing Champions League matches which will decide whether or not they progress to the knockout stages.

Doctor paid last respects

Serie A club Fiorentina have paid their respects to former Brazilian player Socrates who died on Sunday aged 57 from an intestinal infection.

Neymar backs Barca over Real

Santos star Neymar says he wants Barcelona to beat Real Madrid in Saturday's Clasico clash.

Bastian eyes early return

Bayern Munich hope that midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger will make his comeback from injury before the December 18 date that marks the winter Bundesliga break.

Ansar in final

Title contenders Bangladesh Ansar & VDP reached final of the KFC Women's Super League 2011 beating Jessore 4-1 in the second semifinal at the Birshreshtha Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.

Korea Cup taekwondo

Bangladesh Army and Bangladesh Ansar & VDP emerged champions in the men's and women's senior group respectively in the Korea Cup Taekwondo Competition yesterday at the Wooden Floor Gymnasium yesterday.

BJMC rule in cycling

Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC) grabbed all four gold on the opening day of the National Cycling Competition at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday. BJMCS Mohammad Tarikul Islam won gold in men's 400km mass start, Sonia Ovi won gold in women's 200km mass start, Mizanur Rahman won gold in men's 12,000m point race and Farhana Sultana won gold in women's 4000m points race.

Rooney's Euro hope in balance

England coach Fabio Capello will await the outcome of Wayne Rooney's appeal against a three-match UEFA suspension to decide whether to pick the Manchester United striker for Euro 2012.

Business

Inflation edges up

Inflation again returned to a rising path in November due mainly to price hike of fuel, according to Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS).

Businessmen seek formal channels of trade with Myanmar

Bangladeshi businesses want a strong trade tie with Myanmar through formal channels as both the neighbouring countries have high bilateral business potentials.

Dollar hits new high

The US dollar price against the taka has reached a new high with 11 banks quoting the exchange rate minimum at Tk 80 yesterday, according to Bangladesh Foreign Exchange Dealers' Association.

Branding for RMG comes under focus

Bangladesh needs extensive branding at home and abroad for long-term sustainability of the apparel sector, according to a research paper released yesterday.

ICCB raises concern about global meltdown

Banks and businesses in the country need to take stringent measures to ensure that their sales transactions are watertight considering the on-going global economic crisis, said ICC Bangladesh President Mahbubur Rahman yesterday.

RMG makers expect more buyers in Batexpo this year

The garment makers expect more international buyers this year in the upcoming 22nd annual Bangladesh Apparel and Textile Exposition (Batexpo) as the country mainly produces basic garment products, the event organisers said yesterday.

New Alpenliebe Eclairs hits market

Perfetti Van Melle Bangladesh has recently launched new Alpenliebe Eclairs in Bangladesh market, the company said in a statement yesterday.

Huge sell-offs pull down stocks

Stocks declined for a third day as investors went for huge sell-offs yesterday fearing the market may become instable again.

Govt okays proposal for tannery effluent treatment plant

The cabinet purchase committee yesterday gave a go-ahead to a Chinese contractor to set up Shahjalal Fertiliser Factory at Fenchuganj in Sylhet.

Robi posts Tk 12.5cr loss in Q3

Robi yesterday declared a third-quarter loss of Tk 12.5 crore, although the mobile operator touched the break-even point in the previous quarter.

Create bigger, better brands

Bangladesh Brand Forum in association with Cannes Lions launches today the Communication Summit 2011 at Westin Dhaka. Global and local advertising professionals will come up with insightful lectures on effective communications strategies, marketing dynamics and brand evolution at the summit. Star Business sits with Allein G Moore, a founder of Creative Circle Singapore, and Manfred Abraham, head of Brand Strategy of Interbrand Global, UK, in exclusive interviews. Both Moore and Abraham are now in Dhaka to attend the summit. We also bring out a write-up by Nirvik Singh, chairman and CEO of Grey Asia Pacific, on this occasion.

Ads change perception

Bangladesh Brand Forum in association with Cannes Lions launches today the Communication Summit 2011 at Westin Dhaka. Global and local advertising professionals will come up with insightful lectures on effective communications strategies, marketing dynamics and brand evolution at the summit. Star Business sits with Allein G Moore, a founder of Creative Circle Singapore, and Manfred Abraham, head of Brand Strategy of Interbrand Global, UK, in exclusive interviews. Both Moore and Abraham are now in Dhaka to attend the summit. We also bring out a write-up by Nirvik Singh, chairman and CEO of Grey Asia Pacific, on this occasion.

Bangladesh carving its name boldly on the global map

Bangladesh Brand Forum in association with Cannes Lions launches today the Communication Summit 2011 at Westin Dhaka. Global and local advertising professionals will come up with insightful lectures on effective communications strategies, marketing dynamics and brand evolution at the summit. Star Business sits with Allein G Moore, a founder of Creative Circle Singapore, and Manfred Abraham, head of Brand Strategy of Interbrand Global, UK, in exclusive interviews. Both Moore and Abraham are now in Dhaka to attend the summit. We also bring out a write-up by Nirvik Singh, chairman and CEO of Grey Asia Pacific, on this occasion.

Metropolitan

Change villages into dev hubs: President

President Zillur Rahman yesterday called for turning the villages into "centres of development" to ensure all sorts of civic amenities to the country's vast population.

SQ Chy's petition on stay order rejected

The International Crimes Tribunal yesterday rejected a petition filed by BNP leader Salauddin Quader Chowdhury seeking stay on the proceedings against him and his release from war crimes charges.

Gowher happy with Indian explanation

Gowher Rizvi, foreign affairs adviser to the prime minister, yesterday expressed happiness at India's explanation on implementing the Tipaimukh project, saying it would not be harmful for Bangladesh.

Equal opportunities in edn, jobs demanded

Visually challenged students yesterday demanded equal opportunities in education and employment.

Suhrawardy's anniversary of death observed

The 48th death anniversary of Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy, one of the greatest leaders of undivided India, was observed yesterday with due respect across the country.

Cabinet reshuffle proves corruption

BNP acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday said the reshuffle in the cabinet proved that the allegation of corruption against ministers was correct.

Allocation cut frustrates Chittagong mayor

Chittagong city Mayor M Manjur Alam yesterday expressed his frustration that the government has almost halved the allocation to Tk 8 crore for the city corporation this fiscal year.

BNP corrects 'mistake' in statement

The main opposition BNP yesterday drew attention to a printing mistake in its Saturday's written statement in which it demanded that the government stop all activities of the war crimes tribunal.

SCBA to put up Zia's photo again

The Supreme Court Bar Association yesterday again decided to put up the photo of BNP founder Ziaur Rahman in the office of its president.

Road crashes kill 3

Three people were killed and another was injured in separate road accidents in Tangail and Dinajpur early Sunday and yesterday.

Moitree men beat teacher

Leaders of Bangladesh Chhatra Moitree of Rajshahi New Government Degree College beat up a lecturer of Bangla department on the college campus yesterday as the victim refused to give them extortion money.

Govt order on mobile courts' power stayed

The High Court yesterday stayed for four months a government order that empowered the mobile courts to try the crimes of real estate companies.

Dhaka keen to import gas, electricity

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday emphasised importing electricity and gas from Myanmar to meet power deficit.

HC summons Biman MD

The High Court yesterday summoned the managing director of Biman Bangladesh Airlines and a captain in connection with a writ petition filed on charge of damaging the dignity of Supreme Court by misbehaving with a judge.

'Deporting killer of Bangabandhu from Canada in progress'

The foreign ministry yesterday said the government is in touch with Canada regarding deportation of Noor Chowdhury, a convicted killer of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, from that country and the process is in progress.

Youth killed in city road crash

A motorcyclist was killed and another injured as a truck hit them on Dhaka-Aricha Highway at Hizla near Aminbazar in the city yesterday evening.

Hearing on DU Ga unit results tomorrow

The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday fixed December 7 for hearing a petition filed by the Dhaka University (DU) authorities challenging a High Court verdict that had directed to re-evaluate the answer sheets of this year's 'Ga' unit admission tests of the university.

Govt hailed for making railway ministry

Environment, governance and civil rights-based organisations at a rally in the city yesterday hailed the government's decision to make railway a separate ministry.

Dec 6 in Ershad's eyes

When all political parties observe today (December 6) as the day of "fall of autocratic regime" of HM Ershad, he will observe it as "the constitution protection day".

Legal action against Moudud demanded

Woman leaders have blasted opposition BNP for taking the side of the war criminals and demanding stop of the ongoing proceedings of the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT).

BNP's remark condemned

Samajik Protirodh Committee, a platform of 64 women, human rights and development based organisations, strongly condemned the demand raised by BNP and Jamaat regarding the unconditional release of Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, an accused in committing crimes against humanity during the War of Liberation in 1971.

Khaleda's press secretary's son arrested for Tahrir link

A son of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's press secretary and another youth were arrested from the city's Mohammadpur yesterday on charge of their involvement with banned outfit Hizb ut-Tahrir.

Indian President Patil's ride in battle tank

Two years after flying in a fighter aircraft, Indian President Pratibha Patil yesterday once again donned military fatigues to ride a main battle tank, becoming the first head of state to do so.

BSF returns body of Bangladeshi farmer

Indian Border Security Force yesterday returned the body of a Bangladeshi farmer, nearly a day after he was shot dead allegedly by Indian Khasias along the border in Companyganj, Sylhet.

Factory fined for noise pollution

The Department of Environment (DoE) yesterday fined a garment factory Tk 4 lakh for creating noise pollution with electric generator at Sanarpar in Narayanganj.

Prisoner escapes

A prisoner, who was undergoing treatment at National Institute of Chest Diseases and Hospital at Mohakhali, escaped early yesterday by deceiving guards and police.

Policeman dies after parade

A policeman died yesterday after finishing his parade at a district police line field at Halishahar in the port city.

Nursing college closed

College authorities shut down Rajshahi Nursing College indefinitely and had the dormitories vacated following angry demonstrations and vandalising of college property by students on the campus yesterday.

Man shot dead in Keraniganj

An unidentified man was shot dead by some miscreants at Suvadda Paschim Para in South Keraniganj yesterday.

Photo exhibition on birds at RU

A two-day photo exhibition titled 'Birds of Campus' ended in Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday.

NSU Asian debate competition Dec 7

A five-day long NSU Asian debate competition organised by North South University (NSU) Debate Club will begin on December 7 in the city.

JU staff continue demonstration

The officers and employees of Jahangirnagar University (JU) yesterday continued their demonstration in front of the registrar's building demanding the admission opportunity for their children if they have only the qualification to apply for admission test.

Comilla Awami forum formed

The convening committee of Bangladesh Awami Forum of Comilla district unit was formed yesterday with Harun-or-Rashid as convener.

JU extends admission time

Jahangirnagar University (JU) authorities have extended the admission time till December 8 for the students of waiting list for first year honours courses under 2011-12 academic session.

Qulkhwani

Qulkhwani of Ashiqur Rahman, son of Shafiqur Rahman Munna, director of Bangladesh Cricket Board, will be held at House No # 10, Road No # 118 at Gulshan in the city after Maghrib prayers today, says a press release.

Obituary

Prof Bahauddin Zakaria, treasurer of Sylhet International University and founder president of Rotary Club of Sylhet Holy Land, passed away yesterday at the age of 69.

Saiful Islam

Saiful Islam, vice-president of Sylhet city BNP and president of Bangladesh Sarak Paribahan Malik Samity, died from liver cirrhosis and other complexities on Sunday morning in the city at the age of 50.

Death Anniversary

Today is the second death anniversary of MA Jalil, noted educationist and a former municipality commissioner of Dhaka.

National

Gallamari memorial opens at Krishnanagar of Khulna

Built after long 40 years of independence, Gallamari memorial at Krishnagar under Batiaghata upazila of Khulna district was inaugurated yesterday.

Divorced couple tortured for meeting each other

A few villagers on Monday beat up a recently divorced spouse before cutting off their hair and painting the heads with tar in Neamotpur union of Kaliganj upazila under the district.

Thousands suffer for want of bridge

Thousands of people of eight villages under Bahadurabad union of Dewanganj upazila of the district are suffering for long for want of a bridge on Kolakanda Khal (water body)in the area.

Meet demands by Dec 25, or face tougher agitation

Land subsidence victims around the Barapukuria Coal Mine Company Ltd (BCMCL) have threatened to go for fast unto death if the compensation money and rehabilitation package are not handed over by December 25 this year.

Harijans demand basic rights

People of Harijan community in Chapainawabganj and Natore districts yesterday formed human chains and held rallies demanding basic human rights.

9 BCL men hurt in factional clash

At least nine activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) were injured as two rival factions of the ruling party backed student body clashed at the district town Sunday night.

Jubo Dal men rough up BNP leader

Jubo Dal activists swooped on the general secretary of BNP Baghaichhari upazila unit in Rangamati town on Sunday night, leaving him seriously injured.

DCCs get CEOs

The government yesterday reshuffled the civil administration to appoint chief executive officers (CEO) to the just separated Dhaka city corporations and to post some senior bureaucrats who were officers on special duty (OSD).

Lalmonirhat was freed on this day in 1971

On this day in 1971, this northern border district was freed from the occupation of Pakistani forces. The district town was the Sector 6 headquarters of the freedom fighters (FF).

Former school committee men sued for corruption

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Tuesday last filed four cases against the members of a former managing committee of Asaduzzaman Girls' High School on charge of misappropriating Tk 35 lakh.

2 murdered in Tangail

Two people were murdered in Kalihati upazila on Sunday night and yesterday morning.

Fire kills one, destroys two cinemas, more than 50 shops in Bhola

A young man was burned to death and 20 others sustained injuries in a devastating fire which gutted a large number of shops, storehouses, two cinema halls in Lalmohan upazila town on Sunday night.

UP member murdered

A union parishad (UP) member was killed by criminals at East Someshpur village in Nalitabari upazila early yesterday.

2 Shibir men arrested

Police yesterday noon arrested two activists of Islami Chhatra Shibir in Kaliganj upazila town on charge of holding rally without permission.

International

Afghans need help for another decade

Afghan President Hamid Karzai yesterday told a major conference on the future of his country after Nato combat troops withdraw in 2014 that it would need international help for at least another decade.

Putin party wins, loses majority in Russia polls

The ruling party of Vladimir Putin yesterday won Russia's parliamentary elections but with a sharply reduced majority, in a blow for the Russian strongman ahead of his planned return to the Kremlin in 2012.

Dutch govt to apologise for 1947 Indonesia massacre

The Dutch government will formally apologise to Indonesia for the Dutch army's 1947 executions of scores of people, the foreign ministry said yesterday.

Greenpeace activists break into French nuclear plant

Activists from environmental group Greenpeace managed to sneak into a nuclear power plant near Paris yesterday in a move they said highlighted the dangers posed by France's reliance on atomic energy.

Islamists seek to extend gains in Egypt run-off vote

Egyptians voted yesterday in run-off contests for parliamentary seats, with the Muslim Brotherhood's party trying to extend its lead over hardline Islamists and liberal parties in a political landscape redrawn by the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak.

Arts & Entertainment

Tagore's French Connection

“Tobu mone rekho jodi duure jai chole…” is a much-loved, soulful Rabindra Sangeet. But its charm multiplies manifold when you hear the bard rendering it himself in his stirring voice.

Tribute to an iconic photographer

Six weeks have gone by since Rashid Talukder, one of Bangladesh's most revered photojournalists, has passed away at the age of 72. As homage to Rashid Talukder's extraordinary work, the Liberation War Museum in Dhaka is hosting a special photography exhibition in its premises. The exhibition with the title, “From the self-rule to independence -- people's movement in camera”, will last until December 7.

“We want to project our culture through theatre”

Jyoti Sinha, actor of Manipuri Theatre, believes that it is possible to uphold one's cultural identity through performing arts such as theatre. She adds that theatre is also an effective way to preserve and resurrect dying cultural elements.

Travels through Liberty

When the (Liberation) war broke out, my father told me that if I go to the battlefield, I'd have to come back only after the nation have been liberated. I took it as a challenge. His words encouraged me a great deal on the battlefield.

Bangladeshi art exhibition in Agartala

On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of Bangladesh's independence, Kirat (an organisation of artists from north-east India) and Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, Bangladesh have jointly organised a four day group art exhibition titled “Bangladesh Muktijuddho: Chollish Bochhor” at Agartala City Centre, Tripura.

Two of a kind

Gallery Cosmos inaugurated its second premises on December 3 at Villa de Anjuman, New DOHS, Mohakhali in the city. Bangladeshi expatriate painter Shahabuddin Ahmed formally inaugurated the gallery. Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh Shiro Sadoshima, UNB Chairman Amannullah Khan, UNB Editor-in-Chief and CEO of the gallery Enayetullah Khan, Tehmina Enayet, director of the gallery, among others, were present on the occasion.

Portrait of a lady

At a time when Myanmar is taking the first tentative steps towards restoration of democracy and US Secretary Hillary Clinton met her longtime icon Aung San Suu Kyi in Myanmar for the first time, it was in the fitness of things that a feature film on that country's most powerful symbol of pro-democracy movement should ring down the curtains on the 42nd International Film Festival of India in Goa.

OP-ED

What you want, what you get

Institutions matter because economic growth is dependent on economic institutions, and the latter is in turn shaped by the nature of political power and structure, and ultimately by the prevailing political institutions. An authority on institutions, Douglass North, says: "Institutions are the rules of the game in a society or, more formally, are the humanly devised constraints that shape human interaction." A cursory review of literature on institutions leads us to the conclusion that differing growth in countries is predominantly due to the nature and quality of institutions in existence.

The US-Russian reset in recess

Russian President Dmitri Medvedev's warning last week of measures Russia will take if the United States and Nato continue with their missile-defense programme in Europe, while sounding tough, is not the end of the US-Russian reset. It is more of a pre-election recess of Russian-American diplomacy.

The great partition of Dhaka city

The great divide of our historic Dhaka city into two parts is finally happening; the legislature has approved the ordinance for the division. Barring any miraculous court orders nullifying the legislation, for which the courts have been moved, soon there will be two cities although we do not know what they will be called. People like us who had spent their childhood and youth in good old Dhaka will not know what new name our part of the old city will bear. Will they be simply called South and North,or will they be christened with some names?

America's blunders with the forces of change

The excitement that came with the fall of Mubarak on February 11 has been extinguished, with the Egyptian army's continuously regressive activities in the recent months. Some 12,000 civilians have been summarily tried in military courts. The presence of the international community has been curtailed, while human rights and democracy activists have been harassed, jailed, and tortured. A 22-point set of supra-constitutional terms has been introduced in order to control the election and the entire transitional process, dictating constitutional terms.

10 bizarre news alerts

You can't imagine the kind of stuff we are given to work with Aiyeeah. It's tough being a reporter in Asia. No one tells you anything.

This Day In History

December 6

1240
Mongol invasion of Rus: Kiev under Danylo of Halych and Voivode Dmytro falls to the Mongols under Batu Khan.

Science & Life

Probiotics: Bacteria as medicine

Before going into heart of the topic, let us listen to a conversation between between Sarah and her brother Saif.

Pulsating dead stars

In 1967, a research student named Jocelyn Bell of Mullard Radio Astronomy Laboratory in Cambridge discovered a very mysterious noise coming from the sky. It consisted of very precise, short and rapid pulse of radio waves at regular intervals. She and her team locked down four of such cosmic sources and thought that the extra-terrestrials from a distant alien civilization were sending the Earthlings such systematic signals in an attempt to communicate with them. They were so sure of this explanation that they named these strange sources as LGM 1-4, where LGM stood for Little Green Men. But soon it was realized that these signals were actually coming from rotating neutron stars (the collapsed core of a supernovae, which takes place when the outer region of a star gets blown off in a tremendous explosion). And these neutron stars were emitting pulses of radio waves because of a complicated interaction between their magnetic fields and surrounding matter. The researchers later noticed that the signals coincided with the position of a flashing star located at the centre of the Crab Nebula, the very locale where the remnant of a supernovae that was seen from Earth in 1054 AD.

Blood is red

What do you really know about your blood types? Why the terms are “positive or negative” added to a blood type actually? And why are negative blood types an issue of concern?

Antartic ice sheets

When the last ice age was coming to a close about 19,000 years ago, the ice sheets that cover Antarctica began to shrink to their current sizes at about the same time as those in the Arctic, a new study finds.

Molecular switch

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have invented a new type of electronic switch that performs electronic logic functions within a single molecule. The incorporation of such single-molecule elements could enable smaller, faster, and more energy-efficient electronics.

Cosmic firework!

The Christmas sky last year was lit up by an extraordinarily powerful and mysteriously long-lasting explosion in space that scientists now suggest was a comet smacking into a dense star or a peculiar supernova death.

Do animals fall from sky?

Yes, such occurrences have been reported from many countries throughout history.Raining animals is a rare meteorological phenomenon in which flightless animals "rain" from the sky. One hypothesis offered to explain this phenomenon is that strong winds traveling over water sometimes pick up creatures such as fish or frogs, and carry them for up to several miles. However, this primary aspect of the phenomenon has never been witnessed or scientifically tested.



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