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News of: Tuesday, 3rd of January, 2012

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Kuet shut after daylong violence

Khulna University of Engineering and Technology (Kuet) was shut down indefinitely yesterday after Bangladesh Chhatra League activists attacked students protesting sub-standard food at an annual feast on the campus.

No good news in politics

Politics has turned more volatile and confrontational over the last three years. People fear that possible political unrest ahead of the next parliamentary polls might erupt because of the sudden cancellation of the caretaker government (CG) system.

Discord on power tariff baffles all

A minister and an adviser to the prime minister made news headlines on Monday by contradicting each other over a vital public issue -- whether the price of power will continue to rise over the next three years or not.

Jica asks govt to fix pending issues

Jica, the funding agency of metro rail, has asked the government to resolve the project's outstanding issues so that it can release fund for the $2.7 billion venture in the current fiscal year.

2 BCL men expelled

In the face of a three-day student movement, the Buet administration yesterday expelled two activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League for assaulting a senior student of the university.

2 more parties propose CG for next polls

Two more political parties have proposed restoring the caretaker government system and holding the next general elections under its supervision.

Last moment campaign goes peacefully

Candidates of the Comilla City Corporation elections are busy with their last moment campaigning while the poll authorities have almost finished their preparations.

Khaleda for peaceful movement

BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday said her party would launch peaceful movement to oust the government to establish democracy and rule of law in the country.

4 killed as microbus catches fire

Four passengers of a microbus were killed and eight others injured when the CNG-run vehicle caught fire on being hit by a bus on Dhaka-Mawa highway in Sirajdikhan, Munshiganj yesterday morning.

Gloomy weather may improve today

The weather was gloomy coupled with drizzles in different parts of the country including the capital yesterday but the situation will improve today, meteorologists said.

Deep-sea port still far away

Setting up a deep-sea port appears a far cry as the government has taken two and a half years to draft a law only, let alone approving designs and finding investor for the Tk 40,000-crore project.

Burnt Amena fighting for life

A 19-year-old newly-wed girl was writhing in a hospital bed with much of her body burnt. Her once delicate face shrivelled. Eyes burnt to coal.

Suspect held in city

Rab intelligence arrested a man from the capital Sunday night on charge of demanding ransom from the families of three youths who had been abducted two months ago and of whom one was later found dead.

Over 6,000 women repressed last year

As many as 449 women committed suicide facing different forms of repression last year, according to a report of a women's rights organisation published yesterday. Of them, 27 took their lives due to stalking.

Shajahan backs drivers again

The communications minister yesterday directed drivers to maintain maximum alertness to prevent road accidents while the shipping minister defended them once again saying drivers are not solely responsible for accidents.

10-year jail for making, distributing pornography

The cabinet yesterday approved a draft law with a provision of maximum 10 years' rigorous imprisonment or Tk 5 lakh fine or both for pornography-related offences.

Arrest order against 17 BNP leaders stayed

A Dhaka court yesterday stayed an arrest warrant hours after issuing it against 17 leaders and activists of BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami in a case filed for creating violence in the city's Paltan area on December 18 last year.

Amartya praises Bangladesh for gains

Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen yesterday praised Bangladesh for its achievements in health and women's education, saying it surpassed India in these fields.

AL leader Shamsur Rahman dies

Former lawmaker and Tangail district Awami League president Shamsur Rahman Khan Shahjahan died of old-age complications at his residence early yesterday.

Eighth PW gives false statement

Counsels of Jamaat-e-Islami leader Delawar Hossain Sayedee yesterday said eighth prosecution witness in the case filed against the Jamaat leader in connection with war crimes gave false statements out of "political vengeance".

Robbers kill night guard

Angry villagers beat a robber to death in Chungapara village of Pirojpur early yesterday after he killed the night guard of the village while fleeing.

BRTC driver found guilty

The probe body formed on the road accident of journalist Nikhil Bhadra, following which he lost a leg, has recommended punishment for the driver of the BRTC bus that ran him over on December 28.

Editorial

Chaos on campus

The recent unrest on university campuses caused by the ruling party's student wing Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists has a pattern to it which is worrying. In only the last two days, they beat up a student at Buet, ultimately leading to a campus shutdown; created chaos at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST); and assaulted police personnel at Rajshahi University. The first case arose from a “scuffle” between senior and junior students which later evolved into a physical altercation leaving one of the student's hand broken. The second incident occurred at a reception where BCL members presented a memorandum to the University Grants Commission (UGC) Chairman against the current apparently “corrupt” administration. The third was allegedly provoked by derogatory remarks made against the Prime Minister by police personnel which led to one policeman being made to do sit ups holding his ears in public and physical injuries. The motives may have varied but the perpetrators were of the same wider group, though, as is the norm, in at least one of the cases, the BCL's official position was that the culprits are not associated with the organisation.

State of law and order and human rights

We are deeply disturbed by the Human Rights Review Report-2011 of Ain-o-Shalishi Kendra (ASK), a human rights watchdog which, among other things shows an increasing trend of mysterious and enforced disappearances in the country. It negates the oft-repeated claim by the government that the state of law and order in the country has never been as good as now.

Sports

Rain the spoilsport

Sudden rain in the capital played havoc with the Dhaka Premier League matches yesterday as all three had to be shifted to a second day for completion.

Muktis rain goals in opener

Title contenders Muktijoddha Sangsad got off to a rip-roaring start in the Federation Cup as they ran up a cricket score but fallen giants Mohammedan stumbled on the opening day at two separate venues yesterday.

'Fixing row is history'

England Test captain Andrew Strauss has insisted his side are prepared to play against Pakistan players named in the spot-fixing trial that led to three cricketers being jailed.

BCB names U-19 squad for England

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) announced an 18-member Bangladesh Under-19 squad for the home series against the England Under-19 team.

'They are idiots'

After a disappointing goalless draw against newcomers Team BJMC in their first match of the Grameenphone Federation Cup, Mohammedan coach Emeka Euzegio was booed from a section of the Mohammedan supporters group on way to the dressing room at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Feni cricket

Mohammedan Sporting Club handed Pubali Sangsad a massive 343-run defeat in their Beacon Group First Division Cricket League match at the Shaheed Salam Stadium in Feni on Monday.

Dhoni won't push panic button now

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has warned Australia not to get too carried away with their victory in the first Test and backed his team to battle back in the second in Sydney this week.

SA chase elusive win

Stung by a shock defeat in the second Test in Durban, South Africa will have to overcome a confident Sri Lankan team to gain an elusive series win in the third and final Test starting at Newlands Tuesday.

Not in love with tennis?

Serena Williams says she has fallen out of love with tennis despite recording an impressive comeback win over Chanelle Scheepers in the first round of the Brisbane International on Monday.

Fred exposes Hidden Side of Sport

Andrew Flintoff has spoken of the emotional anguish he experienced leading England during their Ashes thrashing in Australia five years ago and how he wanted to retire at the subsequent World Cup.

BGB, Army win big

Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and Bangladesh Army won their respective matches of the Citycell 25th National Basketball Championship at the Dhanmondi Indoor Baskteball Gymnasium yesterday.

Kiron on FIFA committee

Mahfuza Akhter Kiron, the deputy chairman of the Bangladesh Football Federation's Women's Wing has been selected as a member of the FIFA 2012 U-20 Women's World Cup organising committee.

Agrani maul Mariners

Agrani Bank took step towards safety in the First Division Relegation play-offs when they crushed Dhaka Mariner Youngs Club by nine wickets at the BKSP-3 ground yesterday.

Ji inflicts City pain

South Korea's Ji Dong-Won struck in injury time as Sunderland inflicted a shock 1-0 defeat upon Premier League leaders Manchester City at the Stadium of Light here on Sunday.

QPR snap up Macheda

Federico Macheda has joined QPR on loan from English Premier League rivals Manchester United until the end of the season, the London club announced Monday.

VDV wants killer instinct

Tottenham midfielder Rafael van der Vaart has told his team-mates they must develop a more ruthless streak before they can be regarded as serious contenders for the Premier League title.

Stoichkov to coach Litex

Hristo Stoichkov is poised to replace Atanas Dzhambazki as coach of Bulgarian champions Litex Lovech, state news agency (BTA) reported on Sunday.

MU fine Rooney

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has been fined the equivalent of a week's wages by the Premier League club for a night out over the Christmas weekend, according to press reports here on Monday.

Carlo takes charge of training

Carlo Ancelotti took charge of his first training session of Paris Saint-Germain here on Monday under the eyes of the Parisian club's Qatari bankrollers.

Arsenal.com's Henry goof-up

It's been known for days now that Thierry Henry will rejoin Arsenal on a two-month loan, but for eager Arsenal fans, it wasn't going to be real until that first image of Henry in the 125th anniversary kit came out.

Business

Remittance hits 10-year high

Remittance inflows hit a decade high of $12.17 billion in the just concluded year, offering the government a much-needed cushion against dwindling foreign exchange reserves and exchange rate volatility.

Stocks lose buoyant spirits

Indicators of twin bourses returned to the red yesterday as investors sold shares to pocket profits.

Brokers cut jobs to offset losses

Financially-strapped stock brokerage houses cut jobs, which the owners blamed on the sharp fall in their revenues last year.

ADB to sign $300m loan for power tomorrow

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is extending a $300 million energy infrastructure loan to help Bangladesh address critical power shortages that are undermining the economy and slowing poverty reduction efforts.

Rupee loses ground

The rupee fell in its first session of 2012 on demand from oil importers, though losses were limited by a turnaround in domestic stocks and dollar-selling.

Tea traders want import duty to go

Traders have urged the government to completely withdraw duties on imports of tea as consumption is outpacing local production.

A challenging year ahead: economists

Economists see a challenging year ahead as the government will have to confront some internal and external economic risks such as rising inflation, slow export and plummeting remittance growth.

Call rates jump on year-end liquidity tightness: Citi

Weighted average call money rates remained well below double digits for most of the year due mainly to the excess liquidity and central bank's continuous support through repo/reverse repo window. Deals settled between 4 percent and 7 percent range during the first three quarters of the year. However, increased seasonal demand ahead of Eid festivals during August and November led call money rates to hover around double digit levels. Higher government borrowing from the banking sector also created significant pressure in the money market during the last quarter of the year and the market remained very tight during the latter half of December. Central bank provided repo/reverse repo facilities in a very limited scale during this time which contributed to the tightness in the inter-bank money market. Most of the deals settled between 16 percent and 20 percent range during end part of December.

Malaysian chamber gets new president

Syed Nurul Islam, chairman and chief executive officer of Well Group of Industries, has been elected as president of the Bangladesh-Malaysia Chamber of Commerce and Industry for 2012-2013, the chamber said in a statement yesterday.

2012 to be worse than 2011: German finance minister

The new year will probably be worse than the last, but Germany, Europe's biggest economy, should be able to withstand it, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said in an interview Monday.

Help enterprises with easy credit

Every businessman first focuses on establishing the business to give it a firm footing. It is only after that an entity can contribute to the economy, said Mahbubul Alam Chowdhury, senior vice president of Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI).

Streamlining business

Bangladesh today is the 70th largest exporter and the 3rd largest RMG exporter in the world, boasting the 21st fastest growing economy. The world's two top credit rating agencies, Standard and Poors (S&P) and Moody's Investor Service, for the first time, assigned sovereign credit ratings to Bangladesh. S&P assigned BB- and Moody's Investors Service assigned Ba3 to Bangladesh and termed the macroeconomic outlook of the country 'stable', putting Bangladesh at par with Philippines, Vietnam and Turkey. In the South Asian context, Bangladesh is positioned higher than Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Metropolitan

President's talks to fail: Moudud

The president's dialogue on the appointment of new election commissioners will fail as he has discriminated against some political parties in his invitation, said BNP Standing Committee Member Barrister Moudud Ahmed yesterday.

Phensidyl bottles concealed in vegetable sacks

Detective police seized 2,500 bottles of phensedyl from a vegetable-laden truck and arrested five alleged drug peddlers in this connection from the city's Gabtoli area yesterday.

2 journos killed, 288 tortured in 2011

Two journalists were murdered by miscreants while 288 journalists were tortured by political party cadres, criminals and members of law enforcement agencies in the country last year, said a Mass-line Media Centre (MMC) report yesterday.

Arrest warrant issued to foil Ctg road march: BNP

The arrest warrant against Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and Jubo Dal presidents and 15 others has been issued to foil the party's Chittagong road march to be held this month, said BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday.

Two 'commit' suicide in city

Two persons including a housewife allegedly committed suicide at Shah Ali and Ramna Park in the city yesterday.

HC recalls bail orders to 66 BNP leaders, activists

The High Court yesterday recalled its orders of bail to 66 BNP men, including its former lawmaker Ilias Ali, in six cases filed in Sylhet and Sirajganj on charges of vandalism and preventing police from discharging duties on December 18 last year.

Arrest warrant against Amini, four others

A Dhaka court yesterday issued an arrest warrant against Fazlul Haque Amini, chairman of a faction of Islami Oikya Jote (IOJ), and four others in a madrasa student assault case.

Stolen items worth Tk30 lakh recovered

An alleged leader of a gang carrying out organised theft of passengers' luggage was arrested by police at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on Sunday night.

BCL activist held for stabbing cop

Police yesterday arrested a Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activist of Rajshahi University unit in connection with a case filed after a policeman was stabbed and another humiliated on the campus on Saturday.

BCL locks CU admin bldg for rivals' arrest

Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists of Chittagong University (CU) unit yesterday locked the administration building for half an hour while submitting a memorandum to the vice-chancellor (VC) demanding the arrest of some alleged rival faction activists.

Call to form more tribunals

Veteran Awami League (AL) leader Tofail Ahmed yesterday called for setting up more tribunals to complete war crimes trial within this year.

BCL man stabbed by rivals at RU

An activist of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) was beaten and stabbed by his rivals at Rajshahi University (RU) early yesterday over previous enmity.

10 killed, 55 hurt in road crashes

Ten people were killed and 55 others injured in separate road accidents in Natore, Joypurhat, Gaibandha, Mymensingh, Patuakhali and Lalmonirhat early Sunday and yesterday.

BNP memo to CMP not to arrest leaders

Chittagong city unit BNP yesterday submitted a memorandum to Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) commissioner urging not to "arrest or harass" its leaders and activists ahead of a road march and a rally in the port city.

3,000 blankets for cold-hit people

As a part of corporate social responsibility, First Security Islami Bank Limited (FSIBL) has donated 3,000 blankets to cold-hit people of Panchagarh and Dinajpur.

Valerie Taylor nominated for Sheltech award

Valerie A. Taylor, founder and coordinator of Centre for Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP), has been nominated for Sheltech Award 2011.

Prothom Alo editor gets bail

The High Court yesterday granted bail to Prothom Alo Editor and Publisher Matiur Rahman for two months in a defamation case filed in Khulna.

RU admission till Jan 15

The date of admission into honours programmes of Rajshahi University (RU) under the 2011-12 academic sessions has been extended till January 15.

Lawyer fined over contempt of court

A Dhaka court yesterday fined a lawyer of Dhaka Metropolitan Bar Association Tk 100 for contempt of court.

Man dies at workshop

A worker of an engineering workshop at Matuail in the city's Jatrabari area was killed after he was hit by an iron dice yesterday.

Deposition recording deferred for second time

A Chittagong court, for the second time, yesterday deferred the recording of a witness' deposition in connection with an arson attack in Banshkhali on November 18, 2003, leaving 11 members of a minority family dead.

Countrywide protest Jan 17

National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports will hold rallies in front of all power offices across the country on January 17 including Power Development Board in the capital.

Accounting Alumni executives

Wahiduzzaman Babar, head of finance of Practical Action Bangladesh and Hasan Ahmed Chowdhury Kiron, chairman of Debate for Democracy, were elected president and general secretary of the Dhaka University Accounting Alumni (DUAA) on Sunday.

Fuel price hike protested

Bangladesh Truck-Covered Van Transport Agency Owners Association yesterday protested the hike in the fuel price, saying the hike for the fourth time in a year will push the transport sector on the verge of destruction.

Police week begins today

Police Week, 2012 will begin at Rajarbagh Police Lines ground in the city today.

JU convocation Feb 4

Jahangirnagar University's 5th convocation will be held on February 4, says a press release from the university's public relations office yesterday.

JU mourns student's death

Students of English department of Jahangirnagar University brought out a mourning procession on the campus yesterday commemorating a student of the department who died on Saturday after accidentally falling off the roof of Shaheed Salam Barkat Hall.

SC backs ACC

Supreme Court yesterday stayed till April 12 a High Court order that stayed Anti Corruption Commission's notice asking Abed Hasan Mahmood, son of the BNP government's state minister for power Iqbal Hasan Mahmood Tuku, to submit his wealth statement.

Salary cut for second marriage

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has downgraded payscale of one of its drivers as he got married for the second time without taking permission from his first wife.

Painting exhibition begins today

A weeklong painting exhibition will begin on the campus of University of Development Alternative (UODA) in the city's Dhanmondi today.

Obituary

Hosne Ara Zoha, wife of Prof Mohammed Shamsuzzoha, former director, health, Medical Education Training and Research, passed away at a city hospital on January 1 at the age of 76, says a press release.

Death anniversary

Today is the first death anniversary of Shamsul Alam, former superintendent of police.

Nurjahan Imam

Today is the fourth death anniversary of Nurjahan Imam, mother of journalist and writer Mafiz Imam Milon.

Shormin Kader

Today is the fourth death anniversary of Shormin Kader, professor of Comilla Girls' College and founder of the NGO Drishti.

Suja ud Daula

Today is the seventh death anniversary of Suja ud Daula, a former lawmaker.

National

Affected people start 72-hr fast demanding full compensation

The land subsidence victims of 10 villages around Barapukuria Coal Mine Company Ltd (BCMCL) started a three-day fast yesterday demanding quick disbursement of the full amount of money granted under the authorities' compensation package.

30 hurt as locals clash with cops in Rangpur town

At least 30 people were injured as locals clashed with police in Parjatan area of the district town yesterday afternoon.

AL leader Montaz on fresh remand

A Narsingdi court yesterday placed district town Awami League President Montaz Uddin Bhuiyan on a one-day fresh remand in connection with the murder of Narsingdi municipality mayor Lokman Hossain.

Poacher held with deer skin in Sharonkhola

Forest Department in a drive arrested a suspected poacher along with a deer skin from Sonatola village in Sharonkhola upazila yesterday.

Scrutiny turns results upside down

Frustrated children accompanied by their guardians surrounded the Barisal deputy commissioner's office yesterday after revised admission test results of class-III (morning shift) of Barisal Government Girls' School showed 35 earlier allowed children as failed and 35 earlier failed ones as allowed.

Woman murdered for dowry

A woman was allegedly stabbed to death by her husband for dowry at Dhanua Kamalpur village under Bakshiganj upazila on Sunday night.

Youth jailed for stalking

A mobile court in Sujanagar upazila on Sunday night sentenced a young man to six months' imprisonment for stalking a college girl. The stalker is identified as Imran Hossain Mithu, 18, son of Mojibur Rahman of Raghunathpur village in the upazila. Md Ahasanul Haque, officer in-charge of Sujanagar Police Station, said Imran used to tease the girl on her way to college on Sunday noon. On information, police arrested the stalker from in front of the college and produced him before the court led by Executive Magistrate Md Ashraf Hossain who panalised the youth, the OC added.

Sugar mill workers agitate

The workers of Natore Sugar Mill staged a protest rally in front of the mill gate yesterday noon demanding declaration of a separate wage board for them. Md Firoz Ali, president of the workers union, said they have been demanding the wage board for the mill workers after the government declared a new pay scale for its workers and employees. wazed Ali, secretary of the union, said they will continue the agitation until the demand is met. ABM Asad Ali, managing director of the mill, said he has already informed the higher authorities about the demand.

Contraband goods seized

Members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) in separate drives seized contraband goods worth about Tk 10 lakh in the district on Sunday night. However, no one was arrested, said Lt Col Abu Basir, commanding officer of 38 battalion of BGB. The BGB men of Baikari camp seized huge quantity of Indian sarees and three pieces worth about Tk 9 lakh from Baladghata area in Sadar upazila at about 6:30pm. In another drive, Bhatshala camp BGB members seized 72 sacks of garlic worth about Tk one lakh from Bhatshala area in Debhata upazila at around 5:30am.

BAU orientation programme

The orientation programme for the freshers under six faculties of Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) will be held at the university Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin auditorium on Wednesday. BAU Students' Affairs Division has organised the programme. Chairman of University Grants Commission Prof AK Azad Chowdhury is expected to attend the programme as chief guest. Syndicate Member Principal Motiur Rahman, MP, will be the special guest while Vice Chancellor Prof Md Rafiqul Hoque will address the function as chief patron.

15 shanties gutted

At least 15 shanties were gutted in a fire broke out at Crescent Jute Mill Colony in Khalishpur area of the city on Sunday night. Fire service sources said the fire originated from the kitchen of one Babul Mollah's house of the colony at around 10:00pm and soon engulfed the adjoining shanties. On information, fire fighters from Khalishpur and Doulatpur stations rushed to the spot and doused the blaze at around 11:30 pm. The affected people claimed that the extent of loss caused by the fire could go up to Tk 10 lakh.

Two held with arms

Police arrested two suspected criminals along with arms at Idur Baria village in Sreepur upazila on Saturday night. The arrestees are Alif, 30, son of Akkas Mondol of Alamdanga village, and Durlov, 25, son of Ilahi sheikh of Bashtepur village in Pangsha upazila of Rajbari district. Police Superintendent Sajjadur Rahman said on secret information, a patrol team of police arrested the duo while a gang of criminals with illegal arms were going to Pangsha upazila crossing the Gorai River at around 11 pm. Later, the law enforcers recovered two shutter guns from their possession.

Drug peddler jailed

A mobile court in Khalishpur area of the city Sunday sentenced a young man to six months' imprisonment for possessing drugs. The convict, Akther Hossain, 22, is son of Mozammel Hossain of the area. Ranjan Biswas, sub-inspector of Khalishpur Police Station, said they arrested Akter along with 30 grams of hemp from the area on Sunday evening. Later, the drug peddler was produced before the court led by Executive Magistrate Alimul Rajib who panalised the youth.

Robbers loot school

Robbers looted a motorbike and one computer from AZ Girls' High School in Alfadanga upazila early Sunday. Jahangir Hossain, headmaster of the school, said a gang of 6/7 swooped on the institution at about 3:00am, tied the night guard Humayan Sheikh and took away the valuables. They also damaged three showcases of the school, the headmaster added.

International

Two Koreas at a turning point: Lee

The Korean peninsula is at a "turning point" and there are opportunities for change, South Korean President Lee Myung-bak said in a new year speech yesterday.

Snipers, gunfire remain in Syrian cities

Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi said yesterday that snipers and gunfire remain in Syrian cities and called for an immediate halt to the shootings, in his first remarks since Arab monitors were deployed.

No outside control should be imposed over media

Ruling out any outside regulation of the media, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday said the media in the country can itself take care of the 'ills' like paid news and urged it to reduce sensationalism in coverage.

Iran test-fires missiles in the Gulf

Iran yesterday tested missiles near the Strait of Hormuz, underlining its threats to close the vital oil-transit channel at the entrance to the Gulf as the West prepares to impose more economic sanctions.

Khan indicates political tie-up with Musharraf

The political scene in Pakistan appears to be hotting up, with the cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan's Tehrik-e-Insaf party indicating that it is open to an alliance with former military ruler Pervez Musharraf.

NY mosque targeted in arson spree

A mosque and a nearby store run by Muslim immigrants were among four sites hit by suspected arsonists in a single New York neighborhood late Sunday, police said yesterday.

Cops fire at protesters in Bahrain

Bahrain's security forces fired tear gas at anti-government protesters and beat them with iron bars leaving dozens injured, human rights activists and the opposition said yesterday.

China launches first 3D TV channel

China has launched its first three-dimensional television channel (3D TV) on a trial basis.

Toxic alcohol kills 17 in S India

At least 17 people have died from drinking toxic home-brewed alcohol in southern India, an official said yesterday, just weeks after a similar incident claimed 170 lives.

Mubarak trial adjourns

The judge in the murder and corruption trial of Egypt's ex-president Hosni Mubarak adjourned the hearing yesterday to the next day to hear the prosecution's arguments.

20 feared dead in Kenyan boat crash

More than 20 people were feared dead after a Kenyan ferry carrying more than 80 passengers capsized on Sunday night following a collision with a cargo boat off the island of Lamu, a popular tourist destination.

Iraq war death toll 162,000

Around 162,000 people, almost 80 percent of them civilians, were killed in Iraq from the start of the 2003 US-led invasion up to last month's withdrawal of American forces, a British NGO said yesterday.

Fiji's military lifting martial law

Martial law will be lifted in Fiji this week, Commodore Voreqe "Frank" Bainimarama said in a New Year speech yesterday.

Three Iranians held in Pakistan

Pakistan on Sunday detained three Iranian border guards after they allegedly crossed the border and shot at a car, killing a Pakistani national, local Pakistani officials said.

Muslims, police clash in China

A crowd of Muslims fought with police who demolished a mosque in China's northwest, a police employee and a human rights group said yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

Photo exhibition highlighting Tagore memorabilia

Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy has organised a solo photography exhibition titled “Remembrance: Tagore through Lens”, featuring the images by Shamsunnahar Lovely.

Animated in Bangladesh: ToonBangla Ushers in a New Era

The fact that the small animation industry in Bangladesh never really took off is of no surprise to industry insiders, considering the high costs of undertaking such animated projects and the lack of demand from the Bangladeshi TV channels for animation. Coupled with the fact that animation outsourcing is not possible until studios manage to build reputations for themselves by showing their films abroad, itself a long and ardous process; the animation industry has been perceived as being largely unfeasible. However, ToonBangla seems to be on the verge of changing the trend.

" Young talents in theatre need motivation,"

Though there are a large number of talented youngsters in the current theatre arena, they are not consistent in their efforts to hone their talent, feels Fauzia Karim Anu, actor of Theatre Art Unit. She says motivation by troupes and seniors as well as dedication by youngsters is needed to keep the theatre journey running smoothly.

200th staging of Tagore play "Bisharjan" in Ctg

The 200th staging of a play is truly a landmark for any theatre troupe. Tirjak Natya Dal, a leading theatre group of the port city, has made it to this milestone.

Discussion on Shilpacharya

Speakers at a discussion on December 29 said that Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin, the pioneer of modern art of the country has earned fame through his timeless art works.

Discussion on 150th birth anniversary of Tagore

To mark the 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore, Bangla Academy arranged a two-day discussion programme. The programme ended yesterday at the Academy's Seminar Room. Professor Sanat Kumar Saha and Dr. Fakrul Alam read out an essay on the topic of “Rabindra Sahityer Shomalochonar Shomoshya” on the concluding day. Noted litterateur Hasnat Abdul Hye, essayist Ataur Rahman and Professor Mohit Ul Alam were present as discussants.

OP-ED

Looking at US economy 2012

It may not be obvious, but the US economy has been getting better. After a fairly miserable first half of the year, the economy grew by 2% in the third quarter and is likely to accelerate to more than 3% growth in the final quarter of 2011. While there are a number of signs that recent momentum could carry into next year -- job openings are on the rise, the unemployment rate is trending down and corporate profits relative to GDP are at their highest level in over six decades -- the economy does not operate in isolation. There are two major risks to the US outlook: the expanding financial crisis in Europe and fiscal restraint from Capitol Hill in Washington. On both fronts, the risks have intensified in the last few months.

Imperative of updated police legislation

As the establishment celebrates the three-day Police Week 2012 from today, the imperative of updated police legislation after forty years of independent existence assumes special significance. Since there is universal agreement that the purpose of police legislation is to establish an efficient and effective police service that gives top operational priority to servicing the needs of the public, the fitness of the Police Act, 1861 can certainly be called into question.

Moving Forward

The introduction of socialism as a pillar of the constitution was intended as a metaphor for social justice. The struggle for social justice was central to every democratic struggle which inspired the politics of the people of Bangladesh from the peasant uprisings of Titumir and Nureldin, to the 6-point/11-point movement led by Bangabandhu which drove the election campaign of 1970. The dispossessed peasantry of Bengal, which constituted the numerical majority of the population, provided the support base of every major democratic struggle. It was this same class of peasants, now joined by a nascent working class and the students of Bangladesh, who provided the vanguard for the liberation struggle. It was this class which gave the Awami League its overwhelming electoral victory in 1970 and uncompromising support to the non-cooperation movement which culminated in the genocide unleashed by the Pakistan army on March 26, 1971. It was again this same subaltern class which provided the foot-soldiers for the liberation war and bore the brunt of the casualties. It was their families which were the principal victims of the genocide, their wives and daughters who were raped and their homes which were burnt by the Pakistani army.

Pakistan's Afghan role

The rupture in the broad security partnership between the United States and Pakistan has significant implications in the fight against terrorism. A key casualty of the rift is the area of "Af-Pak", a term the Obama administration uses for Afghanistan and Pakistan - and which it designates as a single theatre of operations where common policy approaches apply. What is worrying is that targets who operate with a fair degree of impunity on either side of the border of the two countries - the terrorist groups - will be tempted to step up their game even more now, and convert any space being vacated into their own strategic domain. Last month's US air strike which killed 26 Pakistani troops near the Afghan border - which precipitated the current downturn in relations - was a dreadful accident for which the US concedes responsibility.

This Day In History

January 3

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Joan of Arc is handed over to Bishop Pierre Cauchon.

Science & Life

2011: Year of the restless Sun

After five years of surprising quiet, the sun roared to life in 2011. Our star erupted with numerous strong flares and waves of charged particles. Many researchers predict the surge will culminate in a peak in the sun's 11-year activity cycle in 2013.

The Chandrasekhar limit

In the year 1928, an Indian graduate student named Subramanian Chandrasekhar who went to Cambridge University to study astronomy, stumbled upon a revolutionary idea about stars. The young Indian scholar thought that it would be intriguing to know how big a star could get while still supporting itself against its very own gravity even after it has used up all of its fuel that illuminated itself at the first place. It is understood that, in its lifespan, when a star eventually becomes very small, the matter particles in it becomes very close to each other. And based on Pauli Exclusion Principle, these particles have very different velocities which make them move away from each other which, in effect, make the appearance of the star as if it is expanding. And thus, a star, at that stage, maintains a steady radius given the balance that exists between the attractions of gravity and the repulsion that arises from that very exclusion principle. But Chandrasekhar very soon realized that there's got to be a limit to the process of repulsion that the exclusion principle provides.

Molecule in a complex knot

Chemists have tangled themselves a complicated knot: a molecule whose 160 atoms loop over one another like a five-pointed star.

Serving cancer patients better

Diagnosis of cancer and delivering better services to patients can be ensured in the country, if doctors, radiotherapists and technicians work as a team. An attitudinal change of doctors towards patients can also go a long way in providing quality treatment. In this manner, local cancer patients can be de-motivated from travelling abroad in the hope of better treatment. .

Magnetic microbes

Nevada, the "Silver State," is well-known for mining precious metals. But scientists Dennis Bazylinski and colleagues at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) do a different type of mining.

Pockets of life on the Icy Continent

Thin shoots of moss taken from fuzzy clumps growing in Antarctica contain evidence of how human activities are affecting life on the ice-covered continent, new research indicates.

How radioactive is coal ash?

The fly ash emitted by a power planta by-product from burning coal for electricitycarries into the surrounding environment 100 times more radiation than a nuclear power plant producing the same amount of energy. * [See Editor's Note at end of page 2]


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