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News of: Sunday, 4th of November, 2012

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BNP's India politics at a crossroads

While the mainstream BNP welcomes Khaleda Zia's latest steps to reverse its long-held anti-India stance, hardliners are yet to believe the big neighbour can be friendlier to the party.

Confusion back with Mashiur

The World Bank, irked by Mashiur Rahman's claim that he joined office on return from leave, has been told by government officials that the adviser to the prime minister is still on leave.

MKA claims more probe progress

Home Minister Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir yesterday claimed more progress in the investigation into the killing of journalist couple Sagar and Runi.

Highly successful

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday termed her visit to India “highly successful” and her talks with the Indian leaders “fruitful”.

Wait and see

The taste of the pudding is in its eating. The old saying is applicable to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's remarks made during her interactions with Indian leaders here, according to two former Indian High Commissioners to Bangladesh.

Trains face little terrors

For some street kids, it is just “fun”. For train passengers, it is a nightmare. And for Bangladesh Railway, it is a nuisance and wastage of money.

He reads it out, weeps

They all wept for the loss of the centuries-old Buddhist monastery Sima Bihar, which was razed to the ground by a group of monsters in late September.

Buddhists point at police super

Buddhist leaders yesterday demanded removal of the Cox's Bazar superintendent of police and immediate action against him for his alleged inaction during the recent atrocities on the minority community in Ramu.

US rivals go for last edge

Three days. Nine states - give or take. A magic 270 electoral votes. For President Barack Obama and rival Mitt Romney, the final touch-and-go stretch of campaigning is down to the numbers.

Come, invest

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday called on Vietnamese entrepreneurs to be partners of business activities by increasing their trade and investment in Bangladesh. She assured them of providing special consideration.

JSC exams begin today

The Junior School Certificate (JSC) and Junior Dakhil Certificate (JDC) examinations begin today with over 19 lakh class VIII students participating across the country.

Promises she should keep

Terming the just-concluded India visit by opposition leader Khaleda Zia important, ruling Awami League General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam yesterday said he hoped the BNP chief would keep the promises she had made during this visit.

Mahbub clarifies

BNP standing committee member Lt Gen (retd) Mahbubur Rahman in a clarification to the report “It was a mistake” run in this newspaper yesterday said his statement on BNP Senior Vice Chairman Tarique Rahman has been “wrongly quoted”.

Boy dies as concrete arch collapses

A boy of 10 died and two other boys were injured as the concrete arch of the gate of an old and abandoned building collapsed at Dogair in the capital's Demra area yesterday.

'Outlaw' killed in 'shootout'

The ringleader of the outlawed New Biplobi Communist Party (NBCP) was killed in a “shootout” between his accomplices and Rapid Action Battalion personnel in Dumuria upazila of Khulna early yesterday.

Quashem keeps mum

Jamaat-e-Islami leader Mir Quashem Ali tactically avoided answering most of the questions the interrogators asked him about his alleged involvement in crimes against humanity in 1971.

Politician dragged into British sex abuse scandal

Internet speculation was circulating Saturday after a BBC news programme embroiled in the Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal aired a report in which two men claimed they had been abused by a top politician.

Iraq attacks kill three

Attacks north of Baghdad killed at least three people yesterday, including two soldiers gunned down at a checkpoint, officials said.

Plan takes shape for Syria opposition overhaul

Details emerged yesterday of plans to reshape Syria's opposition into a representative government-in-exile, on the eve of key talks between regime opponents.

14 kidnappers killed in Nigeria

Nigerian security forces stormed the hideout of the kidnappers of a Turkish national in oil-rich Rivers State and killed 14 of them in a shootout, police said yesterday.

'Militia attack' kills 13 in Sudan's Darfur

Militia in Sudan's North Darfur state attacked a village and killed 13 people, a local source said yesterday, adding to an upsurge of deadly violence in the area.

6.1 quake hits Philippines

A strong 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck off the southern Philippine island of Mindanao early yesterday, US seismologists said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

Correction

The report titled “ACC set to sue BTCL officials” published in The Daily Star yesterday inadvertently mentions international call carriers as international gateway (IGW).

Editorial

Introducing digital power meter

The government's decision to introduce pre-paid power meters on a wider scale across the nation from next month is welcome.

Celebrate life

For the last five years, The Daily Star in collaboration with the Standard Chartered Bank has been honouring budding talents in the fields of arts and culture like, lyric, cinema and photography. This year's theme was “Celebrating Youth of Bangladesh." The spirit of the evening was well encapsulated in the rendition of classical music by two famous Indian classical artists.

Sports

Mixed day for national stars

There were mixed performances from the national players on the second day of the second round of the National Cricket League in different venues across the country yesterday. Khulna skipper Abdur Razzak continued his good run with yet another five-wicket haul as he played a crucial role in bowling out Rangpur at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium in Khulna. The same match, however, saw star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan struggle on his return to the longer format of the game. While he did pick up three wickets in the innings, he was caught behind for 25.

Rajib rules in Vizag

Grand Master Enamul Hossain Rajib added a new feather to Bangladesh's chess as he became undefeated champion in the Vizag Grandmasters International Open Chess Tournament in Andhra Pradesh of India yesterday.

Bijoy needs a boost

Sport in a poverty-stricken nation like Bangladesh throws up many inspirational stories of rags to riches, but for one tale of success there are many more examples of crushing poverty destroying dreams. Bijoy Kumar Sarker's tale falls somewhere in between, and so is perhaps more tragic, as he faces the possibility of his ambitions remaining unfulfilled after having come so close to fruition.

Nadir goes AWOL

The inquiry committee formed to get to the bottom of the recent spot-fixing controversy involving umpires is waiting on umpire Nadir Shah to present himself for cross examination.

Control is Ardeshir's philosophy

Abahani's new Iranian coach Ardeshir Pournemat Vodehi wants to build a side around its current crop of players that will be tactically proficient enough to win difficult matches in their bid to retain the professional league title. The former Asian Football Confederation (AFC) coaching instructor, who arrived in Dhaka on Friday night, said he follows the philosophy of Barcelona. “Control the ball, control everything -- that would be my philosophy here with Abahani,” said the Iranian after having a first look at his charges at the club premises yesterday.

Windies' itinerary revealed

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Saturday released the itinerary for the West Indies tour of Bangladesh.

Siddikur at lowly 77th

Bangladesh's ace golfer Siddikur Rahman was staring at yet another ignominious end to a prestigious event as he was placed 77th out of 78 participants at the end of the third round of WGC-HSBC Champions in Dongguan, China yesterday.

'First Test the factor'

Former captain Sunil Gavaskar said on Saturday that India will have an edge over England in the upcoming Test series if they manage to win the first match, but added that the hosts' batting line-up looks shaky.

Simon on, Tsonga off

Gilles Simon thrilled home fans by reaching the semifinals of the Paris Masters on Friday as he beat Czech fifth seed Tomas Berdych 6-4, 6-4 -- only to find himself next facing the surprise packet of the week.

Barcelona shoot to record start

Barcelona beat Celta Vigo 3-1 at Camp Nou yesterday to set a new club record start to the season and go eleven points clear of bitter rivals Real Madrid, who play later against Zaragoza.

Blues lose top spot after Swansea draw

Chelsea endured a frustrating end to a controversial week as they failed to reclaim top spot in the Premier League after Pablo Hernandez earned Swansea a 1-1 draw with an 88th-minute equaliser.

Proteas toil in Sydney

Alex Doolan stroked his highest first class score as Australia A's middle-order coped comfortably with South Africa's pace attack and moved into a 352-run first innings lead by the close of the second day of their match on Saturday.

Bairstow hits ton

Jonny Bairstow hit a century to spare England's blushes on Saturday, after a dramatic collapse on the opening day of the three-day tour match against Mumbai A.

Booters fly to Nepal

A 20-member squad of the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) Junior XI, along with officials, reached Nepal yesterday morning to take part in the 2nd Safal Pokhara Gold Cup tournament. The team is staying at the Moon Light Resort in Pokhara.

Van Persie stabs Arsenal

Robin van Persie scored against his former club and Patrice Evra was also on target as Manchester United secured a 2-1 win over 10-man Arsenal at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Davids demands apology

Former Dutch international midfielder Edgar Davids demanded on Saturday that Dutch legend Johann Cruyff apologise over his alleged remark a year ago the only reason he was on the board of Ajax football club was because he was black.

Referees mull boycott

Several English Premier League referees are debating over whether to boycott matches involving Chelsea in the wake of the club alleging fellow referee Mark Clattenburg made racist remarks in last Sunday's game with Manchester United according to former referee Clive Wilkes.

Papa Messi

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi announced Friday the birth of his first child, Thiago, although the club say he will still play on Saturday,

Zim disbands national team

Zimbabwe has dissolved the national football team for failing to qualify for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations as a major match-fixing scandal still overshadows their performance, an official said Friday.

Vidic out till Christmas

Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic could be out of action until Christmas, according to manager Alex Ferguson.

Business

Hasina calls for deeper trade links with Vietnam

In Hanoi yesterday, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina proposed that Vietnamese entrepreneurs increase trade and investment in Bangladesh. She noted that her country had a vibrant business sector which Hanoi could derive advantage from, to the mutual benefit of the two countries.

Four commodities to face export ban

The new export policy will ban exports of rice, sugar, soybean oil and palm oil.

Bangladesh slips 3 notches in global brand ranking

Bangladesh slipped three places to 110th in the 2012-13 edition of the Country Brand Index, compared to the previous study that ranks nations based on current global perceptions about them.

Tanners, leather exporters against rawhide export

Tanners and leather exporters opposed the commerce ministry's plan to allow rawhide exports, on the grounds that it might cause a scarcity for the local industry.

City Group to produce rice-bran oil

Local commodity giant City Group plans to launch its own brand of rice bran oil on the domestic market by April, an official of the company said yesterday.

Stocks depressed by dismal earnings news

Stocks declined last week with the key index of Dhaka Stock Exchange slipping below 4,500 points as investors sold shares due to dismal earnings data from banks and non-bank financial institutes.

China to prioritise economic growth

China's central bank will prioritise supporting the economy above other needs, its latest policy report showed, affirming expectations that the recovery in the Chinese growth engine is feeble at best.

GM badly lags Ford in Europe restructuring

Ford Motor Co, which clung to the road with a timely swerve before the 2009 crisis that bankrupted General Motors Co, may now be pulling a similar stunt in Europe.

Major challenges and impediments to FDI

Among many other developing countries, especially in Asia, Bangladesh has been struggling to improve the foreign direct investments (FDI) inflow.

UK's Perkins diesel, gas engines now in Bangladesh

Perkins, a UK-based power equipment manufacturer, entered the Bangladeshi market last Thursday to provide energy solutions.

Google's Android software in 3 out of 4 smartphones

Three out of every four smartphones sold in the third quarter featured Google Inc's Android mobile operating system, as the gap between Google and Apple Inc-based phones widened further, according to a new research report.

Hindujas 'close' to $1.1b deal to buy US chemical firm

India's Hinduja Group is close to acquiring US oils and chemicals firm Houghton for $1.1 billion as the family-owned conglomerate seeks a tie-up for its lubricants business, a report said Saturday.

US jobs picture brightens ahead of Tuesday's election

The United States added 171,000 jobs in October, far more than expected, though the jobless rate rose as the labour force expanded, the government said Friday in a crucial look at the economy four days ahead of the presidential election.

Metropolitan

Govt to bring killers to trial

Home Minister Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir yesterday said the government would collect all the evidence related to the killing of the four national leaders and bring to trial the main perpetrators and those working behind the scenes.

Case filed after 11 years

Eleven years past his murder, family members of a Jubo League activist filed a murder case with Fatullah Police Station Friday night.

Road crashes kill 10

Ten people, including a son of a lawmaker, were killed and eight others injured in road accidents in Mymensingh, Comilla, Habiganj, Netrakona, Chittagong and Gopalganj yesterday.

Sandy-hit Bangladeshis asked to contact embassy, consulate

Bangladeshis living in the Sandy-hit areas in the USA have been asked to contact two officials of the Bangladesh embassy in Washington and Bangladesh Consulate General in New York for any consular or urgent need.

Abducted schoolboy found dead

The body of a schoolboy, abducted for ransom by his friends on October 13, was recovered from a septic tank of a house at Joydevpur of Gazipur yesterday.

Scrapping of changes demanded

Vice Chairman of Bangladesh Bar Council Khandker Mahbub Hossain yesterday demanded immediate cancellation of the amendments to the bar council act, saying the changes stripped the body's power of enrolling law practitioners.

ACC a govt agent: Moudud

Questioning the neutrality of the Anti- Corruption Commission (ACC), BNP standing committee member Barrister Moudud Ahmed yesterday said the ACC has turned into a "government agent" and doubted whether it has the courage to bring graft allegations against a minister.

Matia to go on five-day visit to India

Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury will pay a five-day official visit to India from November 6 to 10 to discuss with Indian government leaders ways to increase bilateral cooperation in the fields of agriculture and food security.

Kanchan demands Oct 22 as road safety day

Noted road safety campaigner and actor Ilias Kanchan yesterday renewed his request to the government to declare October 22 as National Road Safety Day, which his organisation Nirapad Sarak Chai has been observing since 1998.

Shajahan calls Barrister Rafiqul Islam Mia razakar

Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan yesterday called BNP leader Barrister Rafiqul Islam Mia a razakar.

Punishment to Manipuri leader's killers demanded

Different organisations demanded immediate arrest and punishment of the killers of Manipuri community leader Rabindra Kumar Sinha in Moulvibazar town yesterday.

98th birthday of Debesh Bhattacharya observed

The 98th birth anniversary of eminent jurist and human rights defender Justice Debesh Bhattacharya was observed in Tangail yesterday.

PM to inaugurate bridges in Ruma, Thanchi on Nov 17

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate two bridges in Ruma and Thanchi upazilas of Bandarban on November 17.

Bangladeshi honoured for promoting Japan-Bangla ties

Japan awarded Muhammad Nurul Islam of Bangladesh the “Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon” for his contributions to promoting friendship between the two countries.

ALCWC meeting on Nov 16

Awami League Central Working Committee, the highest decision making body of the ruling party, will sit on November 16 to discuss its organisational matters and the country's latest socio-political situation.

CVASU extends registration deadline for admission test

The Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (CVASU) authorities extended the deadline from October 31 to November 7 for admission test registration for first year honours course (2012-2013).

Fire breaks out in DMCH dorm

A fire broke out in a dorm adjacent to the burn unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) yesterday, creating panic among patients.

Obituary

Valiant freedom fighter Ferdous Zaman Mukul died of cardiac arrest at a local hospital in Bogra on Friday night. He was 62.

National

Over 200 primary schools in Patuakhali in awful state

Houses of 212 primary schools, out of a total 1074 in seven upazilas under the district, are in awful condition, much to the worry of teachers, students and guardians.

Disgusting discrimination

Female labourers in the district get much less wage than their male counterparts for the same type and amount of work.

Nursing students continue agitation, boycott exams

Students of Pabna Nursing Institute yesterday boycotted midterm examinations demanding removal of institute in-charge Halima Khatun

14 charge sheeted in illegal human organ trade case

Charges have been pressed against 14 people in illegal human organ trade case filed with Kalai Police Station in Joypurhat district in August 2011.

Villagers attack police as they arrest 'stalker'

At least 20 people, including four policemen, were injured in a clash between the law enforcers and the villagers over arrest of a 'stalker' at Sheikhpur in Golapganj upazila on Friday evening.

Housewife murdered, acid attack on another

A housewife was murdered while another was hurled acid allegedly by husbands in Chuadanga and Magura districts on Friday and on the previous day.

5 abducted in 3 districts rescued, 8 arrested

Law enforcers rescued two youths, an eight-year-old girl child and two schoolgirls, who were abducted in Tangail, Gaibandha and Narail districts, yesterday and on the previous day.

Youth murdered in Narsingdi; 5 hurt, houses ransacked in Netrakona

A youth was murdered in Narsingdi while five people were injured and five houses ransacked in Netrakona due to incidents over disputed lands on Friday.

BSF abducts Bangladeshi

A Bangladeshi national was abducted allegedly by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) at Subhorajpur border point in Meherpur district on Friday afternoon.

Schoolgirl kidnapped

A 13-year-old schoolgirl was abducted allegedly by a local Jubo League activist in Luxmipur district on Friday. The victim hailed from Tumchur village. Following the incident, victim's uncle filed a case accusing the Jubo League activist Shourav Hossain Shahed and 25 others, said Golan Sarowar, officer in-charge at Sadar police station. A gang of 20/25 led by Masum, Monir, Zabed and Shourav in 10 motorbikes and a microbus stormed into the residence of the girl and picked her up at gunpoint. Police were raiding different areas to arrest the accused, said the OC.

Fishes poisoned to death

Fishes worth Tk one lakh of a pond were poisoned to death at Dhaphat in Dupchacia upazila on Friday night. Locals said the authorities of local Dudu Dawan Foundation leased the pond from the municipality for fish cultivation. Officials of the foundation said those, who failed to take lease of the pond, might have poisoned the water of the pond.

Student drowns

A university student drowned in Fulzor River at Ghurka in Raiganj upazila on Friday night. The victim, Sujan Kumar Paul, 22, son of Suresh Chandra Paul of Ghurka Beltalapalpara, was a fourth year student at Mymensingh Agricultural University. Family members said, Sujan went to the river to immerse Laxmi idol and drowned. He could not be traced till filing of this report at 6:00pm yesterday. Abdul Hamid.

International

Dirty tricks sully US polls

Scare-mongering ads, voter registration forms dumped in the trash and misleading statements on the stump: the list of dirty tricks sullying the US presidential election is seemingly endless.

Voting machines remain a worry

Few want to even think about it, but the 2012 US election result could be clouded by problems with voting machines ... again.

Hillary would win against Romney: Poll

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would be on course for a landslide victory over Mitt Romney, with a lead five points larger than Barack Obama's, if she was on the ballot paper instead of the president in Tuesday's US election, according to a poll.

Giuliani calls on Obama to resign

Not long after taking a few seconds of silence for those affected by Superstorm Sandy, Rudy Giuliani began ripping into President Barack Obama on Friday while speaking at major campaign event for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan in Ohio.

Syria rebels target key airbase

Syrian rebels yesterday said they had launched a major assault on a northern airbase used to deploy regime air power, on the eve of a crucial meeting to decide the future of the opposition.

Limited power returns to lower Manhattan

The lower Manhattan skyline lit up early yesterday morning for the first time since superstorm Sandy slammed into the US Northeast while thousands of storm victims in New Jersey and elsewhere remained in the dark and awaiting disaster relief.

Myanmar considering citizenship for Rohingyas

The government's search for a 'win-win' solution to the conflict between the two groups follows a new outbreak of violence last week in which attacks by Buddhist mobs left 89 dead and forced more than 28,000 to flee their homes.

Derecognise Congress

India's Janata Party chief Subramanian Swamy yesterday said that he will file a plea before the Election Commission seeking derecognition of the Congress party.

Himachal set for polls today

India’s Himachal Pradesh braces for it’s 68-member assembly polls today .

UNSC serves no one's purpose: India

India has said the UN Security Council in its present structure is “completely out of tune” with global realities and serves “no one's purpose”, asserting that an expansion in the 15-member body should have permanent representation from Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Men are happiest at 37

Men reach the peak of happiness at age 37 when they have climbed the career ladder and started a family, according to a new study.

Congress to stage massive rally in India

Sonia Gandhi, chief of India's ruling Congress party, and Premier Manmohan Singh were set to speak at a massive rally today to whip up support for the scandal-tainted government ahead of 2014 elections.

Blast kills Pak politician

A bomb attack in the north-west Pakistani city of Buner has killed a local anti-Taliban politician and 4 of his guards, police sources said yesterday.

CIA's response under scrutiny

Nearly two months after a deadly attack on a US consulate in Libya, a bitter row is still raging over who is to blame for the security breakdown, with the spotlight now shifting to the CIA's role.

Obama has early voter lead

President Barack Obama is heading toward Election Day with an apparent lead over Republican Mitt Romney among early voters in key states that could decide the election.

Sandy brings military in polls

Army trucks will serve as polling stations in Tuesday's US presidential election as authorities in states stricken by superstorm Sandy race against time to get voting ready.

Campaign coverage 'negative'

The US media coverage of the 2012 presidential campaign has been more negative than positive, with the harshest comments coming in social media, a study said yesterday.

Blacks should vote Romney: Ad

A super PAC ad running Ohio hopes it can woo African American voters with a new ad suggesting their loyalty to the Democratic Party is misguided, and that they should vote Republican because Abraham Lincoln was a Republican, too.

Arts & Entertainment

In the realm of melody's paradise

All roads led to Shaheed Suhrawardy National Indoor Stadium yesterday. Eager crowds flocked to the fifth award ceremony of “Celebrating Life”, a Standard Chartered Bank-The Daily Star tie up to award talents in the sphere of photography, lyrics and film. This year's theme was “Celebrating Youth of Bangladesh.”

Bangladeshi Rajeeb Samdani appointed founding member

The founder of Samdani Art Foundation & Dhaka Art Summit and the Managing Director of Golden Harvest Group, Rajeeb Samdani has been appointed as the founding committee member of the South Asian Acquisition Committee (SAAC) of Tate Museum United Kingdom, according to a press release. This is the first time in the history of Bangladesh that an individual from the country has been invited by an international museum to hold such a prestigious position.

Happy tidings

It was a birthday Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan had to wait for a year. And she finally got it when she was honoured by France with a prestigious civilian award for her contribution to art on her 39th birthday on November 1.

OP-ED

Khaleda Zia tempting history?

Khaleda Zia, the leader of the opposition, is in Delhi on an official visit. She was invited by the government of India and accorded a red carpet welcome. Besides calling on the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and having lunch with him, she was also hosted by the leader of the Indian opposition Ms. Shushma Swaraj of BJP.

Power struggles make picking China's next leaders daunting

More than 350 top cadres of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) will gather for the seventh and last time to finalise the leadership succession plan to be adopted at the 18th Party Congress, which opens next Thursday.

Recent 5 oddest news items

1) A Woman faked a kidnapping last week so that she could get a day off work. People have no integrity these days!

Torture on women unheard, unspoken

Domestic violence is a less talked about form of repression that women suffer without ever protesting because it takes place away from public view. Women consider marriage as a bond that must be protected at all costs. In most cases, they go to unbelievable lengths to make that relationship durable in the face of all odds and atrocities that come their way. A broken marriage is very often attributed to the woman's failings. Most worryingly, women endure this mental and physical torture of husbands without uttering a word of protest because society's attitude towards women has never been anything very assuring.

From 'burqas' to 'binders'

In what new ways do you intend to rectify the inequalities in the workplace, specifically regarding females making only 72% of what their male counterparts earn?" a woman asked Mitt Romney during the second US presidential debate. Governor Romney's response, which sparked the maximum number of comments and tweets in this election season, was: "We took a concerted effort to go out and find women who had backgrounds that could be qualified to become members of our cabinet. I went to a number of women's groups and said, can you help us find folks? And I brought us whole binders full of -- of women." Romney's claim being that he made a proactive endeavour to find and hire qualified women during his tenure as governor of Massachusetts.

This Day In History

November 4
1798

Beginning of the Russo-Ottoman siege of Corfu.


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