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News of: Friday, 9th of December, 2011

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Power import uncertain

Importing 250 megawatts of power from India from late next year remains uncertain as New Delhi is not responding to Dhaka's request for the lowest possible power tariff.

60 Hindus forced to 'become Muslims'

Resuming his deposition yesterday, Ruhul Amin Nabin told the International Crimes Tribunal that Jamaat-e-Islami leader Delawar Hossain Sayedee and other collaborators had compelled 60 Hindus to convert to Islam during the Liberation War in Pirojpur. He said they also helped the Pakistani army rape several women in 1971.

Khaleda goes to HC, gets bail

In her maiden appearance before the High Court as an accused, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday secured bail for eight weeks in the Shaheed Zia Charitable Trust corruption case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission.

Reach legally binding deal

Environment and Forest Minister Hasan Mahmud yesterday urged the global leaders to reach a legally binding climate deal to renew the Kyoto Protocol at the Durban climate conference.

Sue caretaker top shots

Former chief adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed, ex-home adviser MA Matin, former army chief Moeen U Ahmed, and ex-DGFI officers ATM Amin and Fazlul Bari should be brought to justice for their part in the atrocities on Dhaka University students and teachers in 2007, recommends a parliamentary body.

Govt may opt for 2nd Padma bridge

The government will go for a second bridge over the Padma if the World Bank does not withdraw its suspension on funding the Padma Multipurpose Bridge project, Communications Minister Obaidul Quader said yesterday.

It's extorted money

The money Tarique Rahman and his business partner Giasuddin Al Mamun laundered to a Singapore bank had been extorted from different firms including Nirman Construction Ltd, a prosecution witness told a Dhaka court yesterday.

Rejoinder

In a rejoinder to The Daily Star report headlined 'WB funding Tipai Project' published on December 4, the World Bank has said it has no involvement in the Tipaimukh dam project, and the Indian government has not made any request to that end.

Ershad asks for joint Tipai study

Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad yesterday demanded that the Indian government conduct a joint study with Bangladesh to assess the environmental and socio-economic impact of the proposed Tipaimukh dam.

Trucker to stay 5 years behind bars

A Chittagong court yesterday awarded five years' imprisonment to the trucker responsible for the July 11 road crash in Mirsarai upazila that killed 44 people, most of whom were students.

Jordan jobs made tough

Only after one year of lifting the ban, Jordan has tightened recruitment of Bangladeshi workers following a number of reports of sexual abuse of female workers and labour strike.

US sent arms to Egypt

The United States continued to send crowd control weapons to Egypt, even as security forces pressed their violent crackdown on protesters there, Amnesty International said Wednesday.

Sehwag slams record score

India opener Virender Sehwag smashed the highest score in one-day international cricket on Thursday as he made 219 off 149 balls in the fourth match against the West Indies.

7 initiatives for true democracy

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina proposed a seven-point initiative at the Bali Democracy Forum yesterday to establish an equitable society through true democracy.

Telecoms to go under ICT

The Telecommunications Division of the posts and telecommunications ministry (MoPT) is likely to be merged with the newly formed Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), amid objections from the former.

10th witness names 4 more jawans who shot officers

Another officer of the erstwhile BDR yesterday named four more jawans who shot their officers at the Darbar Hall minutes after the mutiny broke out in the Pilkhana headquarters in 2009.

BNP to hold rally in city this month

BNP yesterday decided to hold a rally in the capital this month protesting the splitting of the Dhaka City Corporation.

Ex-police, NSI bosses appeal for exclusion

Former IGP Shahudul Haque and former NSI director general Maj Gen (retd) Rezzaqul Haider Chowdhury yesterday appealed to a Dhaka court to discharge them from the August 21 grenade attack cases.

PBCP leader killed in Rab 'shootout'

A leader of the outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-ML) was killed in a “shootout” between a Rapid Action Battalion team and his cohorts in Alamdanga upazila of Chuadanga early yesterday.

Israel OKs settler homes in Jerusalem

Israel has approved construction of a new Jewish enclave in the heart of a Palestinian neighbourhood of annexed east Jerusalem, state-owned Channel One TV reported Wednesday.

US calls for Internet freedom amid India plan

The United States called Wednesday for freedom of expression on the Internet after the India said it planned to find ways to ban offensive content before it is posted.

Editorial

Holding polls for divided DCC

The Election Commission (EC) has expressed its inability to hold the polls for the deconstructed Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) on the ground that its tenure in office will come to an end in the second half of February 2012.

HC rule welcome on unauthorized advertising

The High Court's recent ban on advertisement of unauthorized housing projects in print and electronic media is a move in the right direction. Slick advertisements in media have been a way with the real estate companies for courting clients regardless of the questionable nature of their land acquisition.

Sports

Sehwag shatters scoring record

Virender Sehwag set fire to the record books, recording the highest individual ODI score, as India took an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match series with a 153-run win against West Indies at Indore yesterday.

High time for batsmen

With a team composed largely of batsmen out of form, Bangladesh will face an uphill task to draw some blood in the so far disappointing campaign when they meet a buoyant Pakistan in the first Test of the two-match series at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium (ZACS) today.

None lack confidence

The coaches of all four teams in the semifinal are upbeat of making it into the final of the SAFF Championship when they lock horns at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium today.

Pak look to continue winning

Putting aside all the controversies that dog the nation, Pakistan has been playing scintillating cricket under the leadership of Misbah-ul Haq, having already flexed their muscles to dispose of Bangladesh in the limited-over series. Without doubt they are clear favourites in the two-match Test series against Bangladesh which will kick off today at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, although their batting was not as satisfactory as their bowling in the just-concluded limited overs leg of the tour.

PCB to present security plan to BCB

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has formed a security plan to present to the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) in an effort to convince it to send the national team to Pakistan. The PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf will meet his Bangladesh counterpart AHM Mustafa Kamal at the Asian Cricket Council meeting in Singapore next week and in Bangladesh after that.

Sylhet in second phase

Sylhet made it to the second phase of the National Cricket League with a resounding eight-wicket win over Dhaka at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium yesterday.

Memories of Munna

Monem Munna, one of the finest footballers Bangladesh has ever produced, who died in 2005 at the age of 39, is still alive in the memories of the West Bengal people as the former Bangladesh captain who enthralled Indian spectators wearing the shirt of the East Bengal Football Club 20 years ago.

Watson's fresh injury setback

Shane Watson has suffered a setback in his bid to regain fitness in time for Australia's Test series opener against India but he is still expected to recover in time for the big clash.

CA board to restructure

Cricket Australia (CA) said Thursday it would overhaul the structure of its board to give each of its six state associations equal representation in decision-making.

Clarke would bowl first

Australia captain Michael Clarke said Thursday he could be tempted to bowl first if he wins the toss on a Bellerive greentop in the second Test against New Zealand.

Djoker's record prize money

Novak Djokovic has ended the season with a record 12.6 million dollars in prize money.

Red Devils Basel-ed

Manchester United and Manchester City crashed out of the Champions League on Wednesday as French side Lyon achieved a seven-goal miracle to reach the last 16.

Magnificent seven

French side Lyon pulled off a remarkable Champions League rescue act on Wednesday when they defeated Dinamo Zagreb 7-1 to sneak into the last 16 at the expense of Ajax.

Fergie faces uphill task

Just as in 2005, when Manchester United were last dispatched from the Champions League before Christmas, Sir Alex Ferguson will face calls to overhaul his team.

Life goes on

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini insisted "our life is not finished now" after the Premier League leaders were knocked out of the Champions League despite a 2-0 win over Bayern Munich.

Lyon-Zagreb result under microscope

French online gaming authority (ARJEL) have opened a probe into the 7-1 victory by Lyon in their Champions League game against Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb, a spokesman told AFP on Thursday.

Rooney ban reduced

England striker Wayne Rooney's ban for Euro 2012 has been reduced from three matches to two following his appeal to UEFA here on Thursday.

Schalke seek Podolski

Cologne's Germany star Lukas Podolski is being targeted by German league rivals Schalke 04 as a replacement for Spain striker Raul next summer, the German media reported Thursday.

Bad day in badminton

It was a forgettable day for the home shuttlers in the Bangladesh International Badminton Series on Thursday when all their players suffered straight-set defeats.

Business

NBR to crack down on tax defaulter firms

The tax administrator plans to crack down on tax defaulter companies, as only 20 percent public and private sector companies pay tax regularly.

BB eases rules for foreign currency accounts

Bangladeshi nationals going abroad for employment, immigration or self-employment can now open private foreign currency accounts without initial deposits, the central bank said yesterday.

ADB awards three govt projects

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) yesterday awarded its three best performing project teams in Bangladesh in recognition of their effective scheme implementation, results delivery and transparency in procurement for 2011.

e-payment gateway in the offing

The central bank has taken an initiative to set up e-payment gateway to expand internet banking and e-commerce in the country, said its chief Atiur Rahman yesterday.

Batexpo kicks off tomorrow

The 22nd annual Bangladesh Apparel and Textile Exposition (Batexpo) will kick off in Dhaka tomorrow to showcase local apparel products to the international community, organisers said yesterday.

Sarkozy warns 'no second chance' if euro summit fails

French President Nicolas Sarkozy warned on Thursday that there would be "no second chance" if a crucial European Union summit failed to reach a deal to save the euro.

SC upholds BB decision on removing 4 Social Islami Bank directors

The Supreme Court yesterday upheld a Bangladesh Bank (BB) decision to remove four directors of Social Islami Bank Ltd from their posts.

Energy efficiency pulls in focus

The government should help the country's industries replace their energy-guzzling machineries with energy-efficient technology and enact laws to ensure efficient use of scarce gas and costly electricity, speakers at a roundtable said yesterday.

Bangladesh on a rising tide

Noted economist Binayak Sen said Bangladesh is now on a rising tide; there are a few countries in the world that are both rising socially and economically.

Keep believing in yourself

Bangladesh has its success stories. But a lack of confidence and self-underrating holds the country back in realising its full potential, said a panel of top business executives yesterday.

Stocks end week in the red

Share prices fell yesterday for the fifth consecutive day as investors refrained from making new investments.

Training on eco-friendly brick-kilns begins

A three-day hands-on training programme on environment-friendly low-cost brick making technology started at Ashulia Campus of Annesha Group, Savar on Wednesday.

Bangladesh second worst to invest in: Survey

Bangladesh is the second worst country after Myanmar in the Asia-Pacific region to invest in, according to a survey conducted by Singapore-based Vriens & Partners.

Metropolitan

Cherie Blair Fellowships for 10 AUW students

Cherie Blair, a leading international lawyer and wife of former British prime minister Tony Blair, awarded fellowships named after her to 10 outstanding students of the Asian University for Women (AUW) yesterday.

Int'l court's judgment in March

The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) is expected to give its judgment in March next year on the dispute concerning delimitation of maritime boundary between Bangladesh and Myanmar in the Bay of Bengal.

Speedy war crimes trial demanded

Speakers at a human chain programme, organised by Bangabandhu Shishu Khishore Mela city unit, yesterday demanded speedy trial of those who committed crimes against humanity during the War of Liberation in 1971.

EC declares five AL candidates elected

The Election Commission yesterday declared five Awami League (AL)-nominated candidates elected uncontested to the reserved seats for women in the parliament.

Cops foil BNP rally

Police yesterday foiled a rally of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) that was scheduled in front of Krishi Market in the city's Mohammadpur area.

War criminals in politics means graft

The presence of war criminals in politics and resistance by some politicians against the war crimes trial reveal that corruption has penetrated the country's political and cultural sectors, said journalist Kamal Lohani yesterday.

10 injured as city AL factions clash

At least 10 Awami League workers, mostly women, were injured in a factional clash of the ruling party's Shyampur-Kadomtali thana unit that broke out during a party rally at Jurain in the city yesterday.

War tapes disappeared after killing of Bangabandhu

Officials of the state-run Bangladesh Betar have said that a number of politically crucial tapes, many containing evidence of crimes against humanity during the War of Liberation, were destroyed or disappeared after the August 15, 1975 carnage.

Student held for killing fellow

Police yesterday arrested a student of University of Alternative Development (UODA) from Lalmatia in the city for allegedly slaughtering a fellow student.

Road crashes kill 4

Four people, including a student and a teacher, were killed in separate road accidents in Kishoreganj, Benapole, Khagrachhari and Thakurgaon yesterday.

'Moudud should apologise to nation'

Samprodaikota-Jongibad Birodhi Mancha (SJBM), a pro-liberation organisation, yesterday blasted BNP leader Barrister Moudud Ahmed for his recent remark on International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) and said Moudud should withdraw his remarks and seek apology to the nation on behalf of his party.

CU forestry students seek jobs at instt

Students of Institute of Forestry and Environmental Sciences of Chittagong University (CU) yesterday urged the government and authorities concerned to give work opportunity to the institute's graduates in Bangladesh Forest Research Institute (BFRI).

Ctg court summons Oli again

A Chittagong court yesterday summoned Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) chief Col (retd) Oli Ahmed to appear before it within December 29 in another defamation case for his derogatory comment about Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Support climate migrants

Rights activists at a seminar in Durban have said the developed countries must provide support to the climate-induced migrants, shouldering their responsibility for carbon emission.

WB providing assistance

The World Bank is providing technical assistance and grants for various studies to help the government develop a conservation and sustainable development programme for the Sundarbans, the world's largest mangrove forest.

Cop-requisitioned bus rams rickshaws

At least eight people were injured as the driver of a bus requisitioned by police lost control over the steering and rammed through several rickshaws in the city's Moghbazar Dilu Road area yesterday.

Begum Rokeya Day today

Begum Rokeya Day will be observed in the country today to pay glowing tributes to the memory of the pioneer of women renaissance of this subcontinent.

Total lunar eclipse on Saturday

A total lunar eclipse will occur on Saturday.

Seminar on 40 yrs of Bangladesh

A three-day long seminar on '40 Years of Bangladesh: Change and Challenge' will begin at Zahir Raihan auditorium of Jahangirnagar University (JU) today.

Quality fish output stressed

A workshop on “Improving production and supply of quality fish seed in hatcheries and nurseries” was held at Jessore District Fisheries Office on Sunday.

Rokeya Award giving ceremony postponed

The Begum Rokeya Award-2011 giving ceremony scheduled to be held at Osmani Memorial Auditorium today has been postponed due to unavoidable circumstances.

300 shanties gutted in Ctg

At least 300 shanties were gutted in a devastating fire at a slum in the port city's Hafeznagar last night.

Edn ministry gets 2 e-Asia awards

Ministry of Education has been conferred with two best awards in building capacity category in e-Asia conference and exhibition-2011 recently for its contribution to information technology sector.

Clash over public toilet: 10 hurt

Two groups of people clashed over control of a public toilet at the city's Rainkhola of Mirpur last night, leaving at least 10 people injured, three of them seriously.

Obituary

Aysha Siddika Khanom, mother of Minar Mahmud, editor of the weekly Bichinta and mother of Moshiur Rahman Khokon, Faridpur district correspondent of Desh TV, passed away at her Alipur residence in the town yesterday at the age of 86.

Death anniversary

Today is the 40th death anniversary of Shaheed Nazrul Islam, a freedom fighter.

Qulkhwani

Qulkhwani of Prof Dr Md Kaysar Hussain, former pro vice-chancellor of Asian University, will be held at his residence at 34, Lake Drive Road of Sector No-7 in Uttara after Asr prayers today.

National

24 work in awfully risky buildings

Twenty-four staffs working at Narail district head post office and the sub post office at Ratanganj pass their office hours amid panic as the two office buildings have turned awfully risky due to lack of repair.

Telephone wire theft rampant in Dinajpur

Around nine thousand metres of telephone wire of Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Ltd (BTCL) were stolen from different areas under Dinajpur municipality from August 1 to October 30, BTCL official sources said.

Poacher Nabi held again, this time with tiger skin

Police yesterday arrested a poacher with skin of a tiger from Mothbaria bus stand in Mothbaria upazila of Pirojpur district.

Hill people demand repeal of 15th amendment to constitution

Gonotantrik Jubo Forum, Pahari Chhatra Parishad and Hill Women's Federation jointly held a rally at Kutukchhari Bazar in Rangamati Sadar upazial on Wednesday demanding repeal of the clause concerned of the 15th amendment to the constitution.

Baraigram AL again demands release of 27 party men

Awami League Baraigram upazila and Bonpara municipal units yesterday took out a procession at Bonpara Bazar and held a press conference at local AL office demanding release of 27 party men arrested on charge of killing upazila chairman and local BNP leader Sanaullah Noor Babu.

Punish Bakkar's killers

Residents of Tikrampur area agitated in the town yesterday demanding arrest and punishment of the culprits who killed a local youth last month.

No trace yet of kidnapped Rangamati fishermen

Five fishermen, kidnapped by unknown criminals from bordering Tabalabug area under Barkal upazila at midnight on Sunday, are yet to be traced.

HSTU teachers postpone work abstention

Teachers of Hajee Danesh Science and Technology University (HSTU) yesterday postponed the work abstention till 13 December following an assurance by the vice chancellor to resolve the crisis at the next meeting of the regent board.

Bullet from own gun kills cop

A policeman was killed by a bullet from his own gun while he was on duty in Phulpur upazila on Wednesday evening. The deceased, Mozammel Haque, 51 of Chak Amdaria area in Sherpur upazila, was a constable of Parakanda police station. A bullet from Mozammel's own rifle pierced through his head, killing him instantly, said Narendra Nath Sarkar, officer in-charge of the police station.

Outlaw murdered

Police recovered the body of an alleged outlaw from Amjhupi village in Sadar upazila yesterday morning. The deceased, Dulal Hossain, 40 son of late Shofiuddin of Islamnagar village, was an activist of Purbabanglar Communist Party (PBCP). Jahangir Alam, officer in-charge of Meherpur police station, said on information, they rushed to the spot and found Dulal's body lying on a field in the village. Dulal was accused in a number of cases including for murder. He might have been killed by his party rival, said the OC.

Housewife found dead

Police recovered the body of a housewife from her house in Baktabali Rajapur area of Fatulla early Wednesday. The deceased was Parvin Akter, 32, wife of Sohel Miah of the area. Abdul Matin, officer in-charge of Fatulla Model police station, said on information, they rushed to the spot and recovered the body hanging from the ceiling of the house early in the morning. It could not be ascertained whether she committed suicide or was hanged after killing. Parvin's husband went into hiding.

Letters

Public opinion trampled

It is most unfortunate that the government is paying no heed to the public opinions as is manifested in its cutting of Dhaka City into two parts. If democracy is about people's right to say and the government is to respect it, then the government has miserably failed in that respect. Ignoring the people's opposition to splitting of Dhaka City as reports on and views of the public carried by the print and electronic media go, the government has gone for pushing through the bill in the Jatiya Sangsad and by force of brute majority the bill was enacted within minutes. This is an instance of trampling public opinions. The AL-led government has in fact shown a dictatorial attitude by dividing the historical Dhaka (of 400 years) and hurting the people's sentiment. The government has hardly delivered for the betterment of the people, though it has been successful in creating chaos and unrest resulting into downslide in its popularity. The country is reeling from the shock of the scrapping the CTG system as well as splitting of Dhaka city. The irony is that the AL is failing to read the pulse of the people or take stock of things.

Review the govt employees' pay structure

Corruption exists in every country including Bangladesh. In Bangladesh, we see corruption mostly in the government offices. According to Human Resource Management (HRM), an attractive compensation package is very important for any employee. Corruption mostly occurs due to very low wages and benefits given to the employees. Some employees cannot manage their living expenses with their poor salary. To maintain a minimum standard of living, many government officials get involved in corruption and make money by illegal means. Reasonable compensation package is very vital to curb this kind of corruption. So, the government needs to make a new compensation structure based on the country's economy. It should also regularly review the pay structures. This will motivate people and help them live peacefully. The employees should at the same time be duly warned of punishment they will have if they are found indulging in corruption.

Indian PM's assurances

All the dailies on November 3 reported on the Indian PM's statement that: "India will not take any steps on Tipaimukhi Project that may adversely affect Bangladesh." Given India's past record, there is reason for concern. They will build the dam and the hydroelectric power plant, and irrigate their land by diverting river water as they have been doing all along, despite their assurances. Mamata from Calcutta knows it all, hence she did not come to Bangladesh with the Indian PM. The fact is that the dam, power plant and irrigation works are all under progress in stages; with the irrigation works as the last work to be done; while Bangladesh is lulled into silence. After all, Indian hegemony is not unknown in the sub-continent. Now after patching up with USA, they are the western powers' official representative for all matters in this sub-continent!

Changing torn notes at bank counters

A few days ago I went to a private bank to deposit some money. But the person at the cash counter refused to accept three torn one hundred taka notes among other banknotes that I placed at the counter. She asked me to replace those with good notes. I was surprised and said that they could easily exchange those notes with Bangladesh Bank and I also showed them a poster circulated by Bangladesh Bank, near the cash counter, where it was written that the bank would accept torn notes. After much argument when I understood that it was futile to argue with her, I just changed those notes.

Need for competent leaders

The other day I was watching President Obama and his two daughters in a bookstore on the eve of Thanksgiving Day on a local television channel. The president of the United States of America, dubbed the most powerful man in the world, was interacting with a cashier at a bookstore.

The Padma bridge

A lot is being written about the difficulties of correcting the scandalous malpractices in the building of the Padma Bridge but I have not read the obvious - that whoever is in charge of the work, should be like the Chief Adviser (British) who built the Paksey Bridge, who was ready to get up at 2 O'clock in the morning to check that the quality of the cement going into the uprights was the quality specified by the designer and not a cheaper variety!

BNP in a political quagmire

The Election Commission (EC) did not pay any heed to any of the BNP's demands in the recently held Narayanganj City Corporation election. Neither did it refrain from using EVM, nor could it deploy the army. As a result, BNP had to withdraw its mayoral candidate at the last moment, much to the frustration of its activists and supporters.

Uncivil protest earns nothing for people

Incidents of insulting high-ranking and even elderly personalities in the name of protest are increasing. Recently, India's Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar was slapped in the face by an angry youth protesting against price hike of essentials and corruption.

Metro rail route

Metro rail route should be taken via IDB Bhaban-Shyamoli Shishu Mela -Asadgate-Farmgate, instead of Bijoy Sharani or Khamar Bari. If it is routed via Bijoy Sharani or Khamar Bari, metro facility will be out of reach of the residents of Mohammadpur, Lalmatia and Dhanmondi.

Online Voices

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International

Tension rises in Afghan -Pak ties after attack

Afghanistan and Pakistan were locked in a war of words yesterday over a shrine bombing that killed at least 55 people in Kabul and which the Afghan government blamed on a Pakistani terror group.

US Republicans slam Obama on Iran, Syria

Republican White House hopefuls slammed US President Barack Obama's policy towards Israel on Wednesday, charging he has undermined its security, set back Middle East peace efforts, and coddled Iran.

US denies delaying global climate deal

The United States yesterday denied the allegation that it was trying to delay a new global climate deal until 2020, saying it supported an EU proposal that aims to chart a path to a more ambitious pact to fight climate change.

Putin accuses US of fueling unrest

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin yesterday accused the United States of provoking the post-election protests in Russia, warning that demonstrators who broke the law would be punished.

Egypt Islamists wins in poll run-offs

Egypt's largest Islamist party claimed victory Wednesday after elections officials named winners in run-off polls for the first round of parliamentary elections since the ouster of former president Hosni Mubarak.

Syrians to launch more protests

Syrian activists yesterday launched a campaign of civil disobedience to pile pressure on President Bashar al-Assad, after he drew a stinging rebuke from the US for denying he ordered a deadly crackdown.

Nato, Russia fail to defuse missile defence row

Nato and Russia failed to resolve a rift over a European missile shield yesterday but agreed to press on with negotiations aimed at reaching a cooperation deal.

Occupy protesters target lobbyists

Police arrested 62 protesters Wednesday as supporters of Occupy Wall Street targeted lobbyists who promote the interests of corporate America in Washington's corridors of power.

37 killed in South Sudan massacre: UN

Unknown assailants killed at least 37 people and wounded 22 others in an attack on a South Sudan village this week, the UN said Wednesday.

Ulfa warns against army ops in Assam

At least six persons were injured by unidentified persons claiming to be Ulfa in Tinsukia district, officials said yesterday.

Assange's ruling by Christmas

Britain's Supreme Court will decide by December 25 whether to hear an appeal by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange against his extradition to Sweden, a court spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Noriega's extradition on Sunday

Panama's former strongman Manuel Noriega could be extradited from France on Sunday to serve prison time in his native land, officials said Wednesday.

Kabila set to win in Congo

President Joseph Kabila is poised to claim a new five-year term yesterday when officials announce the winner of DR Congo's elections, a result the opposition is likely to contest both in court and on the street.

Thai royal insult put US man in jail

A court in Thailand yesterday jailed an American for two-and-a-half years for insulting the king, drawing a protest from the United States, which said he was exercising his right to free speech.

Arts & Entertainment

Travels through Liberty

The year was 1971. I was a student of Intermediate 2nd year at Jagannath College. I can still see the night of March 25 if I close my eyes. Razarbagh was right next to our house. Along with a few others, Nasiruddin Yusuf, took refuge in our house.

Shafin Ahmed @DS Cafe

Rock icon and lead singer of Miles, Shafin Ahmed recently dropped by at DS Café. Phones rang constantly as fans sought to touch base with the singer.

Kagemusha

“Kagemusha” (Shadow Warrior) is a Kurosawa classic, made in Technicolour. Interesting fact: George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola were the executive producers of the film. These two American film icons convinced 20th Century Fox to produce the film; the primary producer was not able to fully finance it as the film went over budget. This is another Kurosawa saga featuring a vast landscape and elaborate war scenes. This film was based on the Battle of Nagashino (1575) and the protagonist, fashioned after the warlord Shingen Takeda Tatsuya Nakadai.

GongMyong concert in Dhaka

The Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Bangladesh will organise a musical soiree, titled “GongMyoung Concert” on December 11 at the auditorium of Bangladesh National Museum, Shahbagh. Abul Kalam Azad, Minister of Cultural Affairs will inaugurate the programme. The programme will feature several musical performances like “Paper Lady”, “Speed Movement”, “War and Peace”, “Treasure Island”, “Walkabout” and “Sunflower”.

Bahurupi Natya Sangstha stages Agunmukha

Bahurupi Natya Sangstha, a leading drama group of the town staged “Agunmukha” at Shilpakala Academy auditorium on Saturday evening.

Bishwa Shahitya Kendra launches 10 new mobile libraries

With the help of the Danish Embassy in Bangladesh, Bishwa Shahitya Kendra has launched 10 new mobile libraries for the readers. The new libraries will be added to the already existing 31 mobile libraries that are serving nearly one lakh readers in 45 districts. The new libraries will serve readers in 10 districts.

OP-ED

The tale of a splitting city

At Yahweh's command Moses held his staff out over the water and throughout the night a strong east wind divided the Red Sea so that the Israelites could flee from the pursuing Egyptians. Something like that also happened last week when a strong political wind swept over this country and parted its capital into two separate municipalities. Lucky you and me! Born in one, we are going to die in two cities!

Can Russia help US withdraw from Afghanistan?

America's relations with Pakistan have been steadily deteriorating ever since a Navy Seals team killed Osama bin Laden near Islamabad in May. Matters became still worse in September, when Adm. Mike Mullen, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, accused Pakistan's intelligence agency of supporting an attack on the American Embassy in Kabul. And on Saturday, the relationship hit a new low when a Nato air strike mistakenly killed two dozen Pakistani soldiers, and Pakistan retaliated by shutting down supply routes to Afghanistan that crossed its territory.

Prime Minister, please listen ...

I am keeping out of the PM's adverse criticism of the civil society and the press at the inaugural of the International Congress of Social Philosophy (ICSP) last Friday. For, this is a beaten track. It is noteworthy though, the PM's uncharitable remarks came on the heels of the formation of a platform called Citizens' Movement for Democracy and Human Rights (CMDHR). Never mind her premature combativeness against the new move, I am latching on the positive vibe in the assurance she held out to the press and perhaps even to the civil society that she would be open to "constructive" criticism or suggestion from them. That encourages me to put in a word of advice to her, if I may.

The need to overcome pernicious greed

Acquisition is a basic human instinct. People acquire material resources for consumption, investment and bequeathing purpose. Consumption is broadly defined in this write up: it not only includes consumption of goods and services of tangible nature, it also includes sensual pleasures and utility derived from charity and emotional fulfillment. The essential requirement is that one has to consciously feel that he is getting perceptible utility from such activities.

Jalal Alamgir: Remembering a brilliant academic

The death of Dr. Jalal Alamgir, a young Bangladeshi academic, was a real shocker. He died on December 3 while swimming in the sea in Phuket, a Thai holiday resort. He was a proud faculty of the Political Science department at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, USA, and a Fellow at the South Asia Initiative, Harvard University. In Bangladesh, Dr. Alamgir was affiliated with the Institute of Governance Studies (IGS), Brac University.

StarTech

The smart 'idiot box'

There is an ancient Chinese proverb that says, “May you live in interesting times, may you find what you are looking for.” Ancient though, the proverb surely is a fit for today's time, where things keep getting more and more interesting. What seemed to be out of reach or dreamy decades back are now the reality-vacationing on Mars or having a clone of your favourite pet dog.

Microsoft to open "app store" in February

Microsoft on Tuesday began wooing developers for a February opening of its first "app store" for computers powered by the US technology giant's Windows software.

Speakers opt for local mobile content ecosystem

Local and foreign speakers at a workshop urged to establish a highly local content based mobile ecosystem in our country. They also observed that such ecosystem will not only promote our local and global brands but also guarantee the sustainability of the mobile application developers.

Hackers jailbreak RIM's PlayBook

Three hackers say they have exploited a vulnerability in Research In Motion's PlayBook tablet to gain root access to the device, a claim that could damage the BlackBerry maker's hard-won reputation for security.

Flaw exposes Facebook CEO's photos of puppy, food

Newly unearthed private photos of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg may be a letdown if you were expecting raucous party scenes like the ones in "The Social Network" movie.

Android Market downloads top 10 billion: Google

Google said Tuesday that over 10 billion applications have been downloaded from the Android Market, which offers free and paid programs for smartphones and tablet computers running the Internet giant's operating system.


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