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News of: Friday, 2nd of November, 2012

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Govt favours new banks

The government has offered concessions to the nine new banks and made room for other contenders having political clout to join the fray for making quick bucks as sponsor directors.

It was a 'mistake'

Realising that its long-held “anti-India” stance was a mistake, the BNP appears to be making a turnaround in its policy towards the big neighbour, party insiders say.

Mashiur returns

Prime Minister's Economic Affairs Adviser Mashiur Rahman has returned to work, although one of the World Bank conditions for the revival of Padma bridge loan was to keep him on leave during the probe into graft allegations in the mega project.

Scrap HC verdict in jail killing case

The government yesterday prayed to the Supreme Court to uphold the lower court verdict by cancelling the High Court verdict in the historic jail killing case.

Sale of assets banned

The government has banned selling of assets of Destiny Multipurpose Cooperative Society Ltd (DMCSL) to safeguard the interests of its members.

ACC seeks bank details of 16

The Anti-Corruption Commission has directed the Bangladesh Bank to send to it the bank account information of 16 top officials of five companies in connection with a scam involving Sonali Bank's Ruposhi Bangla Hotel branch.

Sandy may prove a boon for Obama

Putting aside partisan differences, President Barack Obama and Republican Governor Chris Christie toured storm-stricken parts of New Jersey on Wednesday, taking in scenes of flooded roads and praising each other for their response to superstorm Sandy.

Celebrating Life gala event today

The Celebrating Life gala event organised by The Daily Star and Standard Chartered Bank is going to be held today at Shaheed Suhrawardy Indoor Stadium at Mirpur in the capital.

Anjuara freed at last

Spending about three months behind bars without committing any crime, Anjuara Begum walked free early yesterday, hours after the High Court ordered her release.

Jamaat was Pak army's auxiliary force during war

An investigator of the international crimes tribunal yesterday said he had evidence that the Jamaat-e-Islami worked as an auxiliary force of the Pakistani army during the Liberation War.

No possibility of polls right now

The 61 administrators appointed last year to as many zila parishads (district councils) appear to be fortunate as the government has no plan to get elected representatives for the parishads.

Limon won't withdraw case against Rab men

College student Limon Hossain and his family have said that they will not withdraw the case his mother Henoara Begum has filed against Rab personnel for shooting him, leading to the amputation of one of his legs and disruption in studies.

Hasina flies today for Vietnam

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina leaves here for Hanoi this morning on a six-day official visit to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and Lao People's Democratic Republic.

Khaleda now plans to visit US, UK

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia is likely to visit the UK and the USA in December or January, party sources told The Daily Star.

Bangladeshis in US safe

The Bangladeshi expatriates living in Sandi-hit areas of the USA are safe, confirmed the Bangladesh mission in Washington.

Shantinagar market now formalin-free

After the Malibagh kitchen market, traders in the capital yesterday declared Shantinagar Bazar as the second formalin-free market of the country.

Khaleda visits Ajmer Sharif

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, now on an official tour in India, yesterday offered fateha at the shrine of Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti in Ajmer Sharif.

9 sued for bid to send people to Malaysia

A man, who survived a motorboat capsize in the Bay of Bengal in the early hours of October 28, has sued nine people for trying to send around 130 people illegally to Malaysia.

Lankan ruling party moves to impeach chief justice

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa's ruling party moved a motion in parliament yesterday to impeach the chief justice for violating the constitution, signaling a deepening rift between the government and the judiciary.

Taiwan vice rail chief arrested for corruption

The deputy director general of Taiwan's state Railway Administration and five employees were arrested yesterday for allegedly taking bribes in connection with several procurement cases, a prosecutor said.

Focus on growth

Indian prime minister yesterday urged his re-shuffled administration to focus all its efforts on reviving the flagging economy, and said pushing through infrastructure projects would be prioritised.

Police start counting ammo at all units

Bullets and cartridges seized recently from the possession of five policemen were made in the Bangladesh Ordnance Factory, confirmed Monirul Islam, deputy commissioner of DB (south), yesterday.

Hanif sees no significance in Khaleda's India visit

Ruling Awami League (AL) Joint General Secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif yesterday said his party saw nothing significant in opposition leader Khaleda Zia's visit to India.

Editorial

Brain drain in a critical area

Poor pay and lack of facilities are two of the main reasons why the eleven agro-research facilities are facing a steady loss of the best minds in the industry. To state the situation dire is somewhat of an understatement. According to media reports, some 300 out of 1,600 scientists in the country have availed voluntary retirement from state-owned research facilities and many have gone abroad.

Proposed amendments to Companies Act

It is little wonder that the government's plans to amend the Companies Act 1994 to enable it to appoint administrators to run so-called troubled companies have run into rough water. Apart from business establishments, eminent lawyers too have questioned the legality of such a move. From what has been reported in the press, we understand that such a move would violate two articles of the constitution. Furthermore, what has come to light is that there is no need to amend the Act since there are provisions that exist under the law allowing for administrators to step in through direction of the court.

Sports

BCB chasing its own tail

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has finally fallen back to their well-worn method of forming a committee to resolve the problem regarding the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).

NSC meeting by next Monday

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hassan Papon will discuss issues regarding the BCB constitution and board elections with the high-ups of the National Sports Council (NSC) by next Monday.

Last chance to impress

The all-impor-tant second round of the National Cricket League (NCL) begins today after a short break for eid. The round will be the last chance for certain players to make an impression on the national selectors. Chief selector Akram Khan has already said that Bangladesh's long hiatus from Test cricket has put him and his team in a spot of bother.

FIFA director likely for final selection

FIFA technical director Jean Michel Benezet is likely to conduct the final selection of the booters for the Bangladesh Football Federation Academy in December as the divisional phase of the talent hunt has almost been completed last month.

'Batting has to improve'

The Bangladesh women's cricket team returned yesterday after participating in the ACC Women's Twenty20 Asia Cup in Guangzhou, China.

20 selected for Pokhara Cup

A total of 20 players have been selected for the Safal Pokhara Cup Football Tournament in Nepal. Only three players have been cut, one of whom was called-up the day before being axed.

Shocking start by Siddikur

Ace Bangladesh golfer Siddikur Rahman's torrid time on the course continued as he finished the first round of the WGC-HSBC Champions in joint 66th position after carding a woeful five-over-par 77 at the Mission Hills Golf Club's Olazabal course at Dongguan in Guangdong yesterday.

Talent hunt for special athletes on

The regional talent hunt for intellectually-challenged athletes, organsied by the Special Olympics Bangladesh in financial assistance with Grameenphone, began at the Chittagong BKSP yesterday.

Berlusconi slams Milan tactics

AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi has reportedly criticised coach Massimiliano Allegri's choice of tactics during a 2-2 draw away to Palermo in Italy's Serie A on Tuesday.

Shooters mourn Pakhi

Hundreds of relatives and mourners laid South Asian Games gold medal-winning shooter Firoz Hossain Pakhi, who along with his three-year-old daughter Pushpita and domestic help Aina died in a fatal road accident, to rest at Arifpur graveyard here on Wednesday night.

Patel stakes Test claim

Samit Patel hit a century on Thursday to make a strong bid for selection in England's team for the first Test against India in Ahmedabad from November 15.

Edwards in for Roach

Kemar Roach, the West Indies fast bowler, has been ruled out of the Test series in Bangladesh in November because of a knee injury. Fidel Edwards has been chosen as the replacement and will join the squad before it leaves the Caribbean on November 3.

'Fitness key to Yuvi'

Fitness will be the key to cancer survivor Yuvraj Singh's selection to the Indian team for a home Test series against England next month, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said on Wednesday.

Rajib on top in Vizag chess

GM Enamul Hossain Rajib took the solo lead in the Vizag Grandmasters International Open Chess Tournament at the close of the ninth round at the Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium in Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh in India.

Rain ruins 1st SL-NZ ODI

Heavy rain prevented any play in the first one-day international between Sri Lanka and New Zealand at Pallekele on Thursday.

Djokovic falls flat

Novak Djokovic crashed out of the Paris Masters in his first match, losing 0-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 to American journeyman Sam Querrey on Wednesday.

CSA's yes to SL proposal

Cricket South Africa (CSA) have agreed to a request from the Sri Lanka board and postponed their Test series scheduled for next year until the middle of 2015.

Pakistan due in India on Dec 22

Pakistan will arrive in Bangalore for the India tour on December 22 and will play the first Twenty20 international on Christmas Day.

Chelsea 5 Man Utd 4

Chelsea claimed partial revenge for their stormy loss to Manchester United at the weekend by prevailing 5-4 when the teams resumed hostilities in an end-to-end fourth-round League Cup tie on Wednesday.

Juve leave it late

Former Manchester United forward Paul Pogba struck in injury time to hand Juventus a 2-1 win over Bologna on Wednesday as the champions opened up a six-point gap on Napoli.

'I'm happy at Santos'

European clubs are falling over themselves to get their hands on Brazilian prodigy Neymar but the 20-year-old said on Wednesday he was still not ready to leave his homeland.

Benzema fires Real

A double by Karim Benzema and goals from Kaka and Jose Rodriguez saw Real Madrid to a 4-1 first-leg victory at Alcoyano on Wednesday and barring a major shock in the return leg a place in the Last 16 of the Spanish Cup.

Berg fills Rovers vacancy

Henning Berg has returned to his old club Blackburn Rovers to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of former manager Steve Kean, the Championship side announced on Wednesday.

Jobless Ballack seeks fine reduction

A speed camera in Spain caught former German captain Michael Ballack going 131 mph (where the speed limit is 75 mph) with his Audi U7 in October and now he is trying to get his fine reduced because he is retired and has no income.

Business

Doors open for sugar refiners to make millions

Raw sugar import is on the rise thanks to a new opportunity to export the product after refining, particularly to countries where Bangladesh enjoys duty-free access.

A dangerous amendment

The proposed amendment to the Companies Act 1994 for the purpose of appointing administrators with indemnity power to troubled companies will have dangerous consequences, experts said yesterday.

Dhaka bourse sends recipe to SEC for market stability

Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) has submitted a set of proposals to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), aimed at bringing stability to the volatile market.

Pharma to get boost in new export policy

Drugmakers will soon be able to send samples worth up to $60,000 annually to prospective buyers overseas, if a new export policy gets through.

Stocks hurt by confidence deficit

Stocks ended flat yesterday as investor confidence was pushed down by dismal data from listed firms for the third quarter through September.

Remittance hits new high

The monthly remittance inflow hits the all-time high $1.45 billion in October, breaking the record of $1.17 billion in September this year.

India's Wipro demerges non-IT businesses

Indian outsourcing giant Wipro on Thursday announced that all its non-technology operations would be separated into a new firm, allowing it to focus on its core information technology business.

Lack of modern technology weakens Ctg card business

Card producers in Chittagong are suffering from asymmetric competition from their counterparts in Dhaka, local businesses say.

UCB gets new MD

Muhammed Ali yesterday joined United Commercial Bank (UCB) as its managing director and chief executive officer, the bank said in a statement.

SIBL gets new MD

Md Shafiqur Rahman took the post of managing director of Social Islami Bank (SIBL) yesterday, the bank said in a statement.

Myanmar MPs approve business-friendly investment law

Myanmar's parliament on Thursday approved a revised, more business-friendly foreign investment bill aimed at boosting the struggling economy as it emerges from decades of junta rule, lawmakers said.

Sharp fears for future as Japan TV makers bleed

Struggling Japanese TV maker Sharp Corp warned it might not be able to survive on its own, as it almost doubled its full-year net loss forecast to $5.6 billion, and said it was considering alliances with other companies.

Tanners oppose rawhide export plan

Tanners and finished leather exporters yesterday urged the government to disallow rawhide export to save the local industry.

Metropolitan

PM asks youths to be entrepreneurs

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged the country's youths to set goal and philosophy for themselves, their families and for the nation.

Ctg city in dire need of foot overbridges

With the rise in numbers of vehicles, markets, offices and residents, Chittagong city is in need of at least seven foot overbridges at six busy intersections and in front of a school.

DoE fines LGED engineer over pond filling

The Department of Environment (DoE) on Wednesday fined the executive engineer of Local Government Engineering Department (LGED), Sunamganj Tk 2 lakh over filling a government pond in the upazila headquarters of Derai of Sunamganj.

Govt prepares to boost export of plants

The government has taken initiatives to ensure safe import and boost export of plants and plant products through modernising 16 plant quarantine centres in the country by adopting the required sanitary and phytosanitary measures.

Khalaf murder trial begins

Trial of Saudi embassy official Khalaf Al Ali murder case began at a Dhaka court yesterday with deposition of the complainant.

Workers demand govt open Hall-Mark factories

A platform of garment workers yesterday demanded that the government open all the factories of Hall-Mark Group in Savar and start operating those under its supervision to secure the workers' job.

ETV chairman indicted for tax evasion

A Dhaka court yesterday framed charge against Ekushey Television Ltd (ETV) Chairman Abdus Salam in connection with a tax evasion case.

6 killed, 42 hurt in road crashes

Six people were killed and 42 others injured in road accidents in Sirajganj, Lalmonirhat, Rajshahi, Manikganj and Feni yesterday.

Missing Jasas man's body found

Eight days into his disappearance, the decomposed body of an activist of Jatiyatabadi Sangskritik Sangstha (Jasas), a pro-BNP cultural organisation, was found in Keraniganj, on the capital's outskirts, yesterday.

Abul Maksud urges govt to reconsider tree felling proposal

Columnist Syed Abul Maksud yesterday urged the government to reconsider its proposal to fell 5,696 trees from natural forests beside Joydevpur-Mymensingh highway for the implementation of a road development project.

College student killed as train hits him

A college student was killed as a train hit him while he was walking along the railway tracks in the capital's Karwan Bazar area yesterday.

Bhola unit of Awami Jubo League dissolved

Awami Jubo League, the youth body of the ruling Awami League (AL), yesterday dissolved its Bhola district unit committee for, what it said, involvement in anti-organisational activities. The decision came at a Jubo League presidium meeting.

Salman Khurshid lauds Bangladesh

India's new External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid appreciated the Bangladesh government for honouring Indians who contributed to Bangladesh's Liberation War in 1972.

Visiting Kenyan team learns about infant, maternal mortality rate

A Kenyan delegation has been on a six-day visit to Bangladesh to gain insights into the latter's progress in reducing infant and maternal mortality, said a press release.

Fugitive held in capital

Police yesterday caught an alleged fugitive, accused in several cases including one for murder, from the capital's Mohakhali Sattola slum area with a revolver and six bullets in his possession.

Body recovered in Sylhet

Police recovered the body of a man, missing for three days, around 600 yards from his Ramdha residence in Sylhet yesterday.

Obituary

Valiant freedom fighter Lal Khan passed away in his Alidhani village residence in Magura sadar upazila yesterday around 9:00am due to old age complications. He was 69.

Dr Muklesur Rahman

Dr Muklesur Rahman Khan, a teacher of the fisheries biology and genetics department at Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU), died of a blood related disease at a hospital in Dhaka on Wednesday. He was 43.

Death anniversary

Today is the first death anniversary of Rahima Khatun (Bely), wife of Dr Nehal Karim, professor of sociology department at Dhaka University.

Qulkhwani

Qulkhwani of Md Matiur Rahman (Sekendar), a language movement veteran and freedom fighter, will be held at Taqwa Masque, Road No 12/A, Dhanmondi R/A in the capital after Asr prayer today.

Death anniversary

October 30 was the 21st death anniversary of Abu Mosab, ex-DGM of Sonali Bank. On the occasion, a doa and milad mahfil will be held today at his residence at Ananda Road in the capital after Maghrib prayers.

National

Health centre in feeble health

Madarganj upazila health complex in the district is miserably failing to provide proper medical services due to acute shortage of doctors, nurses and logistic support although it was upgraded to a 50-bed hospital from a 31-bed one on June 2 this year.

That trader now sets up boundary pillars

A local businessman, who earlier started earth-filling in the restricted area of four-vent Nabaganga regulator near Dhaka Road bus stand in Magura town, yesterday set up boundary pillars, apparently to 'establish' his claim on the land belonging to the Water Development Board (WDB).

Early farming of winter veg brings big bucks

Luck has smiled on the farmers at 45 villages in five upazilas of the district because of early cultivation of winter vegetables.

3 housewives murdered in Dinajpur, Joypurhat

Three housewives were murdered allegedly by their husbands for dowry and other reasons in Dinajpur and Joypurhat districts on Tuesday.

Probe body gets 10 more days to submit report

The three-member body, formed to investigate alleged assault on a female student of Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) allegedly by the proctor on the campus on October 9, has been given ten more days to complete its job.

50 sued in Laxmipur

A case was filed against 50 people, including security coordinator of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, yesterday in connection with the killing of Jubo Dal leader Deedar Hossain.

Now AL men retaliate attack by BNP activist

Awami League activists yesterday vandalised the house and shops of a BNP activist in Khoksa upazila of the district in retaliation for the attack on an upazila AL leader by a BNP man in the morning.

Abducted girl's body recovered

Police have recovered acid burnt body of a madrasa girl from 'zero point' area on Hijaldi border in Kalaroa upazila, eight months after her abduction.

12 rescued from traffickers

Members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) rescued 12 people, including three women and a child, from Sadipur border early yesterday while they were being trafficked to India. The victims hailed from Narail and Gopalganj districts. Acting on a tip-off, a BGB team raided the area in the early hours and rescued the victims, said Rafiqul Islam, in-charge of BGB Benapole. Later, they were handed over to Benapole Port Police Station, he said. However, no one was arrested as the human traffickers fled the scene sensing the presence of the border guards.

Schoolboy stabbed

A schoolboy was severely stabbed by a gang in Manikganj Sadar Upazila Wednesday evening. The victim was identified as Milon, a resident of Nabogram village in the upazila. Officer in-charge of Sadar PS Shafikul Islam said, armed criminals numbering 10/12 picked up Milon at gunpoint from Koroitala of the village while he was taking tea at a stall at around 7.00pm. They took Milon beside a graveyard about a kilometre away and hacked him indiscriminately. After a frantic search for half an hour, his relatives recovered him in a pool of blood. Veins of his both legs were cut off and his left hand severed from his body. He was rushed to Sadar Hospital and later shifted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital as his condition deteriorated.

Youths jailed for teasing

A mobile court sentenced two young men to six months' rigorous imprisonment each for teasing a girl in Nageswari upazila on Wednesday. The two convicts were identified as Shariful, 22, son of Abdul Mazid of Thana Para, and Dulal, 25, son of Abdul Hakim of Chanderpar in the upazila. Sources said, two youths intercepted the girl at Nageswari bus stand while she was going home by a rickshaw and teased her Tuesday afternoon. As the victim, who is a university student, cried out help, local people rushed in but the duo managed to flee. Police arrested Shariful and Dulal after the victim's father lodged complaint with the Nageswari PS Tuesday evening and produced them before the mobile court.

Man killed in B'baria clash

A man was killed and at least 15 others were injured in a clash between two rival groups at Niamatbad village in Kasba upazila yesterday. The deceased was identified as Imam Hossain of the village. Police said, there was a longstanding dispute between Rafiqul Islam and Khurshid Mia of the village over a piece of land. Yesterday morning, both groups locked in an altercation and attacked each other with lethal weapons. Several houses were also ransacked during the clash which lasted for about an hour. The injured were admitted to different hospitals. Severely injured Imam was sent to Dhaka, but he died on the way.

Outlaw held in Jhenidah

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab-6) yesterday morning arrested a member of regional outlawed outfit Biplobi Communist Party (Janajuddha) along with a gun from Goalkhali village under Shailkupa upazila. The arrestee is Korban Ali, 41, son of Barek Sarkar of the village. He is a leader of BCP -Janajuddha in Jhenidah, police said. Rab commander ASP Harun said, on secret information, that a group of BCP cadres were holding a meeting at Goalkhali village, they raided the spot in the early hours and caught Korban red-handed along with the firearms.

Letters

Restore order in Libya

News reports say that the Libyan authorities have not yet disarmed and integrated the former rebels into state institutions even in a year since the killing of Muammar Gaddafi. Recently, fighting around the country's oasis town of Bani Walid led to more than 13 deaqths and injuries to 121 people. Libyan national congress spokesman claimed that Gaddafi's son Khamis Gaddafi, aged 28 years, was killed in one of these clashes.

Disarm student politics

Good leadership is badly needed for Bangladesh as no nation can not go forward without it. Today's students will lead the nation in the future. If we look at the history of the country, we will see that there have been a number of examples of good leadership and student politics --- our Language Movement in 1952, students' movement in 1962, mass uprising in 1969, etc.

ACC should expose corruption

Corruption is a big threat to the development of Bangladesh. If preventive measures are not taken right now, it may become a national disease very soon. We have an Anti-Corruption Commission to contain corruption. But can they claim that they have achieved any remarkable success in reducing corruption? When any corruption is exposed in the media or elsewhere, only then they come in the scene and probe the matter. Most of the time the findings of the ACC seem vague and do not match with the public perception but echoes the government's claim. ACC's duty is to go after corruption, expose corruption and ensure that the corrupt get proper punishment. It is necessary that ACC evaluates its activities to know how they have performed so far.

Save endangered Ganges dolphin

It is of great concern that India's sacred river Ganges is getting severely polluted and the Ganges Dolphin (only 1800 left), the most endangered dolphins on planet, are facing extinction. A proliferation of damming projects along the Ganges compounded by constant pesticide and fertilizer run-off are making the river a harsh and difficult place to live for the dolphins and other aquatic species. According to the World Wide Fund for Nature, 9,000 tons of toxic pesticides and 6 million tons of fertilizer are being used near the Ganges every year.

Take action against businesses like Destiny

Law enforcers have detained destiny officials for their alleged scam. They are indicted for money laundering and collecting money unlawfully from the public. Exemplary punishment should be given to them if they are found guilty. But my question is what did the governments do for the last twelve years since Destiny's establishment? Apart from Destiny, there are several other multi-level marketing companies like Unipay2u, Speak Asia, etc. Why didn't the government take action against those companies at the beginning of their establishment? The government has taken steps when they were reported to have swindled millions of taka out of public pocket making them paupers. They used some of the government high-ups' names in collecting money, to tempt people into investing money. It is time the government took necessary steps so that the helpless investors can at least get their money back. I urge the government to find a permanent solution to the problem.

"Why these atrocities against Rakhine Muslims?"

I fully endorse Anika Nawal Ahmed's letter published in your esteemed newspaper on October 31 on the above subject. The Buddhists also set fire to two mosques in Western Myanmar. Why don't the Buddhists in Bangladesh protest the killings of Rakhine Muslims and burning of mosques in Myanmar? I am sure if the Buddhists of Bangladesh protest against the killings of Muslims in Myanmar, and the Muslims in Bangladesh protest' against the attacks on Buddhists, the problem will be solved very fast. God bless us all.

Obama and Romney: Two of a kind!

You know, and after the S&L crisis, for instance, we went in and there were massive criminal investigations. We put 1,000 people in jail. There were no such investigations this time around. So this was just making everybody well again and restoring everybody to the status quo, which I think was a major mistake because it produced precisely the result we're talking about now. It allowed everybody to think that the previous status quo was okay.

Get rid of dust and be free from diseases

Dust is one of the main reasons of many diseases. It is everywhere in Bangladesh, especially in cities. Dust contains many harmful chemicals and causes various types of diseases such as asthma, kidney damage, brain damage, paralysis, cardio-vascular disease, cancer, infection, etc.

Online Voices

Agriculture Research

International

Fuel, power crisis hamper recovery

New Yorkers awoke to the rumble of subway trains for the first time in four days yesterday in one sign of recovery from Sandy's devastating blow. But elsewhere in the storm-struck US Northeast, gasoline shortages persisted and emergency teams struggled to reach the worst hit areas and restore power to millions of people.

Myanmar unrest could develop into 'terrorism'

Communal bloodshed in western Myanmar risks developing into "armed terrorist acts", the government said Wednesday, after security forces were targeted by homemade firearms in deadly fighting.

Israel 'admits 1988 killing of PLO's no2'

Israel has for the first time admitted assassinating the PLO's former number two, Abu Jihad, in a raid on the movement's Tunis headquarters in 1988, a newspaper reported yesterday.

Obama, Romney wage parallel elections

Campaign chiefs behind Barack Obama and Mitt Romney do not just conjure conflicting visions for America: they have irreconcilable diagnoses of the true nature of next week's election.

Iraq VP sentenced to death for 2nd time

An Iraqi court sentenced fugitive Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi to death for a second time yesterday on a charge of involvement in a plot to assassinate an interior ministry official, a judicial spokesman said.

Fighters besiege Libya assembly

Nearly 100 Libyan fighters backed by artillery kept the national assembly under siege yesterday in protest at the new premier's cabinet lineup and alleged links of some ministers to Muammar Gaddafi's regime.

Graft claims target Sonia, Rahul

Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy yesterday accused scion of Nehru-Gandhi family and ruling Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi of running a fraud company and of misusing government facilities.

Extremism on focus as fighting rages in Syria

The head of the main opposition Syrian National Council yesterday blamed the international community's failure to react to the country's conflict for fuelling Islamic extremist sentiment.

Saudi gas truck blast kills 22

A gas tanker truck exploded on a main road in the Saudi capital yesterday, killing at least 22 people, injuring about 111 others and leaving a trail of destruction, officials said.

India scraps RTI bill

Facing criticism from anti-graft activists, the Indian government yesterday decided to abandon a move to dilute the Right to Information Act that had sought to restrict disclosure of notings in official files only to social and developmental issues.

Cyclone kills eight in India

Rescuers in southern India yesterday searched for six tanker crew missing after their lifeboat capsized as a cyclone slammed into the coast overnight, forcing thousands to flee and killing eight.

4 injured in US campus shooting

At least four people were wounded overnight in a shooting on the campus of the University of Southern California, police said yesterday.

Japanese city puts its name on sale

A debt-ridden Japanese city is offering to rename itself after the highest bidder, an official said yesterday.

Tunisia extends state of emergency

Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki on Wednesday extended the country's state of emergency through January, continuing special intervention powers for the police and army after a recent series of Islamist attacks.

Tunisia extends state of emergency

Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki on Wednesday extended the country's state of emergency through January, continuing special intervention powers for the police and army after a recent series of Islamist attacks.

Argentina lowers voting age to 16

Argentina late Wednesday approved a law to lower the legal voting age to 16 in a move that could strengthen President Cristina Kirchner's populist bloc ahead of next year's legislative elections.

Arts & Entertainment

A lifetime of Sur and Taal

The Dhaka music scene is set for an extraordinary paean to classical music as Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty arrives in Dhaka for an evening's performance tonight (November 2) with his daughter Kaushiki Desikan. The performance is a part of The Daily Star and Standard Chartered Bank's 'Celebrating Life 2012' festivities.

Homage to Mubinul Azim, a ground-breaking painter

November 1 marked the 37th death anniversary of renowned painter Mubinul Azim, regarded as a pioneer in Bangladeshi art. Along with his contemporaries, he made a great contribution in the sphere of experimental paintings. Some of them mingle local motifs and western forms.

Bangladeshi film opens Int'l Leipzig Festival

The 55th International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film also known as “DOK Leipzig” officially opened on October 29 through the world premiere of Kamar Ahmad Simon and Sara Afreen's “Shunte Ki Pao!” (Are You Listening!). It was first such honour for a Bangladeshi film to be an inaugural treat at the festival, which is to be considered as one of the oldest festivals of its kind.

Syed Jahangir turns 80

On the occasion of the 80th birth anniversary of veteran painter Syed Jahangir, Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts will organise a solo painting exhibition titled “Of Man and Earth”. The exhibition begins today at 5:30pm at Bengal Gallery in Dhanmondi.

Celebrating Life 2012

Media personality Afzal Hossain will host the “Celebrating Life 2012 Gala Event” today at Shaheed Suhrawardy Stadium, Mirpur. This is the first time that he is hosting a 'Celebrating Life' event. While talking to The Daily Star, he expressed his feelings about hosting this occasion. In his words, “'Celebrating Life' is different from the other programmes that I host. The name is self-explanatory. It reminds us how we often forget to celebrate the good things in life and focus on the negative aspects instead. An effort like this is very commendable and I am very happy to be a part of it.”

Yash Chopra: The King of Romance bows out

Indian filmmaker Yash Chopra, also known as the “King of Romance” passed away on October 21, leaving a void in Bollywood which will be difficult to fill. Be it bold films on themes like illegitimacy “(Dhool ka Phool”), polygamous relationships (“Daag”), adultery (“Silisila”), or out and out romantic films ( “Dil to Pagal Hai”, “Veer-Zaara”, for example), he had a unique touch typified in what has come to be known as the “Yash Chopra style'. That term embraced films that were heroine-oriented, romantic, emotional, while depicting the lavish lifestyle of the elite with unforgettable songs and scenic foreign locations.

George Clooney is distant cousin of Abraham Lincoln

Aunt Rosemary was not George Clooney's only famous relative. You can add a certain Civil War American president to the Oscar-winning actor's family tree.

Eid reunion: A meeting ground

Alumni who passed the SSC Examination in 1987 from Amada High School arranged a day long Eid reunion at the school premises under Lohagara upazila of the district on Sunday.

OP-ED

King Canute's call for unity

Two veteran politicians of the country, one its former president and, another, the first foreign minister, held high their clasped hands in front of cameras and made a clarion call for national unity. It has been a necessary call having a twist of irony, a lot like treating a patient with expired medicine. While the dosage is right, the medicine has lost the potency.

What's at stake in this election

The presidential election offers Americans a real choice, one with potentially large consequences. The future course of inequality and what, if anything, to do about it is one of many issues on which the candidates have profound differences that have not been adequately debated. Mitt Romney has been explicit: We should talk about inequality only behind closed doors. But American inequality has become so extreme, as The Economist reported in a recent special series, that it is adversely affecting our economy. Inequality, in other words, is no longer just a moral issue.

Rainbow diplomacy

Two thoughts instantly spring out from Khaleda Zia's apparently redefining of her stance towards India. The first one comes as a confirmation of a known fact: Our leaders show their trump cards abroad, break news out of home, even set a tenor not conforming to their previous positions.

Is the response logical?

It has been quite a while since the Bangladesh government decided to shut down YouTube in Bangladesh. YouTube is a popular online social media, owned by Google, world's leading internet search engine.

Australia in the Asian Century

Through 40 years of diplomatic relations, Australia and Bangladesh have come to share much. We are proud of our shared history. Equally, we are excited by our shared future as partners in the world's most dynamic region. Asia's staggering rise is changing the world. This is a defining feature of the 21st century -- the Asian century. It has profound implications for our two countries and for people everywhere.

This Day In History

November 2

1930
Haile Selassie is crowned emperor of Ethiopia.

StarTech

Facebook's billion: Are you being served?

Facebook has reached an almost unimaginable milestone: 1 billion people are active users. It is hard to get your head around that number, which represents one-seventh of the world's population (and not every one of us even has Internet access). It's almost half the total number of people estimated to be on the Web at the beginning of this year.

Apple's iPad mini packs full-sized punch but screen inferior: reviews

Apple Inc's entry in the accelerating mobile tablet race squeezes about 35 percent more viewing space onto a lighter package than rival devices from Google or Amazon.com Inc, but it sports inferior resolution and a lofty price tag, two influential reviewers wrote on Tuesday.

Country's first bilingual classified website

Bikroy.com, a Sweden-based website for buying and selling second-hand products, was formally launched last month though it started its journey in June this year.

BSRM selects Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3

BSRM Group, a leading manufacturer of steel in Bangladesh, has selected Oracle E-Business suite 12.1 to optimise its business processes across various business functions, while providing senior management with accurate real-time information enabling quicker and smarter decision making.

Huawei wins InfoVision award 2012

Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, has won the InfoVision award for Best Broadband Access- Fixed at the Broadband World Forum 2012 with its Largest Capacity Vectoring System.


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