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News of: Tuesday, 13th of November, 2012

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PM cancels Pak tour

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has cancelled her planned visit to Pakistan to attend the 8th D-8 Summit scheduled for November 22, a highly placed source said yesterday.

Dhaka, Minsk sign 12 deals

Bangladesh and Belarus yesterday inked seven agreements and five Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) related to investment, agriculture, defence, science and technology, and education.

Jamaat, Shibir go berserk

Activists of Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Chhatra Shibir fought pitched battles with cops, torched vehicles and damaged public property during a daylong hartal in Joypurhat yesterday.

Ministry stalls it amid outcry

The education ministry is in a fix whether to introduce parliamentarians' quota on enrolment in private schools in the face of public and media outcries.

No trace of Parag

Two days into the abduction of a six-year-old boy, his parents and law enforcers have been baffled as none demanded any ransom until yesterday evening.

Tigers-WI first Test from today

Shohag Gazi, the 21-year-old off-spinner, is all set to make his Test debut today when Bangladesh take on West Indies in the first Test of a two-match series at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.

A strange invitation?

Police have suddenly become very curious about Delwar Hossain, the man who played a key role in launching the military-backed caretaker regime's anti-graft drive in 2007 as the Anti-Corruption Commission secretary.

Govt free to beef up law

The apex court's stay on a High Court order to shut all ship-breaking yards without environmental clearance lost effect yesterday, as Bangladesh Ship Breakers Association withdrew its appeal against the HC verdict.

BBC news head, deputy quit

The BBC's director of news, Helen Boaden, and her deputy, Stephen Mitchell, have "stepped aside" as the fallout from the Newsnight scandal continues.

It's a bid to take revenge

War crimes accused Ghulam Azam's son yesterday said legal proceeding against his father was undertaken after 40 years "to take revenge following failure to face him politically".

CPC remains a boys' club

Mao Zedong once declared: "Women hold up half the sky," but today's Chinese Communist Party is heavy with testosterone and when a new set of leaders is announced this week all are expected to be male.

Smart cars on test

Toyota Motor Corp is testing car safety systems that allow vehicles to communicate with each other and with the roads they are on in a just completed facility in Japan the size of three baseball stadiums.

WB to cut 4pc for study, supervision

The World Bank would deduct around four percent of the total foreign grants Bangladesh receives under the Bangladesh Climate Change Resilience Fund (BCCRF) from the developed countries to tackle the effects of climate change.

Turag polluters fined

The Department of Environment (DoE) yesterday fined two factories in Gazipur a sum of Tk 21 lakh for discharging untreated liquid waste into the Turag river.

Pak honour for Malala

Pakistan plans to honour Malala Yousafzai, the schoolgirl education campaigner shot by the Taliban, by opening special schools in her name for poor children, officials said yesterday.

Ex-Jamaat MP Golam Parwar held

The Detective Branch of police (DB) yesterday arrested assistant secretary general of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami and former legislator of Khulna-5 constituency Mia Golam Parwar in the capital's Gulshan.

Hopes weak for Pakistan-Afghanistan peace talks

A high-level Afghan delegation was due to arrive in Pakistan yesterday for talks on peace in the war-torn nation, but analysts warned that without Taliban involvement little would come of the negotiations.

Pak Army rejects probe

The Pakistan Army's legal branch has concluded that there is no scope for the military to try former army chief Gen Mirza Aslam Beg and former ISI chief Lt Gen Asad Durrani for paying millions of rupees to politicians to rig the 1990 general election, a media report said yesterday.

Kabul seeks more Indian investment

President Hamid Karzai said yesterday that Afghanistan was confident in its future and ripe for foreign investment as he touted for Indian business despite continuing unrest in his war-torn country.

Tension in Indian city over temple

Sporadic incidents of violence rocked the Old City after Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) legislators were arrested by police when they were trying to march towards Bhagyalakshmi temple at Charminar on Sunday. At some places, police had to fire tear gas shells to disperse protestors.

3 detained

Coast guard personnel detained three people, including one member of a human trafficking syndicate, at Teknaf in Cox's Bazar yesterday.

Editorial

Private school admission quota for MPs

A proposed parliamentarians' quota for enrolment at non-government schools has raised serious questions and doubts among educationists, guardians, and, indeed, ourselves.

Global players in apparels eye Dhaka

The arrival of a team of more than two dozen global players in garment business in the capital with the express desire to make Bangladesh their number one choice for sourcing garment products is indeed a resounding acknowledgement of our garment industry's goodwill and potential.

Sports

Different WI await Tigers

On paper, the Test series beginning at 9:30 am today between hosts Bangladesh and the West Indies at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium may seem a good contest, being a battle between Test cricket's seventh (West Indies) and ninth (Bangladesh) ranked teams. That impression may be further entrenched if Bangladesh's record against their opponents is considered -- two draws and two wins from eight matches, their best returns against a top team.

Sammy seeks clean sweep

West Indies captain Darren Sammy said that his team was aiming for a better score-line in this series than they went away with after their tour last year. In a press conference held at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium yesterday, the visiting captain stated that the players were confident and ready for the two-match Test series against Bangladesh that begins today.

We'll play cricket hard

The Tigers will once again step out of their comfort zone when they take on a new-look West Indies in the first Test of the two-match series, starting from today at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur. After almost a year's break, Mushfiqur Rahim's men face the same old challenge of proving their worth in the longer version of the game against opponents who have established themselves as a much improved side than the last time they played here a year ago, with the return of Chris Gayle proving particularly inspirational.

A day of trouncings

Khulna skipper Abdur Razzak finished the match with figures of 13 for 112 as he led his team to a mammoth 299-run victory over Chittagong at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium in Bogra on the fourth and final day of the third round of the National Cricket League (NCL) yesterday. He followed his nine-wicket haul in the first innings with four more wickets in the second.

National A chess

IM Minhazuddin Ahmed Sagar took solo lead in the Healthcare Pharmaceuticals Ltd 38th National A Chess Championship after overnight leader GM Reefat Bin Sattar lost to holder GM Ziaur Rahman in the fifth round at the Media Center of Bangladesh Olympic Association yesterday.

Lampard in China talks

Chelsea star Frank Lampard is poised to follow former teammates Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka with a lucrative move to China, after Guizhou Renhe confirmed Monday they were in talks with him.

Renewed Optimism for new season

As the sixth edition of the professional football league, the Bangladesh Premier League, kicks off today with the match between defending champions Abahani and Feni Soccer Club at the Bangabandhu National Stadium (BNS), there is a new wave of enthusiasm and expectation among the organisers, clubs and players.

Title in Sk Jamal's sights

One professional league title in their debut season, a Federation Cup win and a trophy from abroad in the beginning of the next season – Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club's return to top-flight football couldn't have been any better.

Amer gets one month ban

Bangladesh Premier League champions Abahani and Brothers Union have been cleared off the allegation of playing a fixed match in last season's Professional football league, but Brothers Union manager Amer Khan has been handed a one-month suspension for 'providing misleading information' about the league match between the two alleged teams.

Clarke holds Gabba fort

Majestic Michael Clarke unfurled another double century and opener Ed Cowan scored his first Test hundred as Australia batted South Africa out of the opening Brisbane Test on Monday.

Pinki is a man

Indian police on Monday charged an international gold medal-winning athlete with raping her former partner after medical tests showed she was actually a man.

SL-NZ final ODI washed out

Rain robbed New Zealand's best chance of sneaking in a win in a one-sided series, after they restricted Sri Lanka to 123 for 8 in the fifth and final one-day international in Hambantota on Monday.

Italian expat for Brothers

Brothers Union signed up a Bangladesh-born Italian striker Ismael Hossain John for the Bangladesh Premier League which begins today.

Div I football

Youngmen's Fakirerpool Club registered a 2-1 win over Sunrise SC in the Popular Life Senior Division Football League at Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium yesterday.

Roger-Novak showdown

Roger Federer remains on course for a seventh ATP Tour Finals title after the defending champion defeated third seed Andy Murray 7-6 (7/5), 6-2 on Sunday to set up a final showdown with Novak Djokovic.

Fair play please

On the eve of the sixth edition of the professional football league, The Daily Star's Anisur Rahman takes an in-depth look into an epidemic that threatens to ruin the spirit of the beautiful game in Bangladesh. Match-fixing has been around for a while, starting with seemingly innocent coalitions between small clubs. But over the years, it has taken a darker turn with many insiders claiming that no modern league champion has achieved glory in an untarnished manner. Match-fixing is a systemic and a collective issue and the only way to overcome this is by taking a systemic and collective approach. This is a call-to-arms. The ball finally dropped in 2011.

Lazio win derby honours

Lazio splashed their way to a 3-2 derby win over AS Roma in atrocious conditions on Sunday, helped by a puddle of water which played a crucial part in their second goal.

Only doubles good enough

Not content with merely getting his name on the scoresheet, Barcelona's insatiable forward Lionel Messi has set the bar even higher for himself in La Liga this season by netting at least twice in each of the seven games he has scored.

Terry set for scan

Chelsea coach Roberto Di Matteo says John Terry will undergo a scan on his right knee after injury cut short his comeback in the Blues' 1-1 draw at home to Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday.

Italy drop De Rossi

Midfielder Daniele De Rossi paid the price for being sent off in the Rome derby for punching an opponent as he was left out of the Italy squad for Wednesday's friendly against France.

C'Ron to miss Gabon friendly

Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo will miss Wednesday's friendly against Gabon in Libreville after he sustained a cut above his left eye in Sunday's 2-1 La Liga win at Levante, the Portuguese Federation (FPF) said on Monday.

Business

Businesses seek duty waiver from Belarus

Bangladeshi businesspeople yesterday demanded zero-duty benefit on exports of all products to Belarus for an enhanced bilateral trade.

NBR keeps officials on a tight leash

The National Board of Revenue (NBR) has tightened its grips on its officials, including barring them from making personal trips abroad, in a bid to bring discipline in overall administration.

United Airways inflates first quarter earnings

United Airways has doctored its first quarter earnings' report to show positive earnings per share (EPS), says an investigation by the Dhaka Stock Exchange.

Bangladesh, Turkey eye $3b trade in 3 years

Bangladesh and Turkey plan to treble the two-way trade between the two countries by 2015 from the existing less than $1 billion to deepen economic ties, top officials said yesterday.

Buyers list challenges to higher RMG exports

Bangladesh needs to address four specific challenges to achieve higher garment export growth, international buyers said yesterday.

BB resumes auction of its 30-day bill

After nearly two years, the central bank yesterday resumed the auction of its 30-day bill to mop up excess liquidity from the money market, Bangladesh Bank (BB) officials said.

Stocks continue losing streak

Stocks continued its falling trend yesterday amid declining confidence of investors.

India unveils 'world's cheapest tablet'

India has launched a new version of what is dubbed the world's cheapest computer -- on sale to students at the subsidised price of $20 -- with a quicker processor and an improved battery.

SpiceJet lifted by Kingfisher's woes

SpiceJet, India's second-biggest budget carrier by market share, reduced its second-quarter losses by 32 percent, benefiting from massive cuts in capacity by rival Kingfisher Airlines.

Emirates' net profit doubles in first half

The Emirates Group yesterday announced its half yearly results, which remain robust despite continued global economic pressure and high fuel prices.

How long can Bangladesh float on its gas fields?

The quest to obtain a piece of land has been for centuries the most popular and possibly the only way to obtain wealth. If I was to rewind my life to the age where I wore the ubiquitous half pants as uniform, I remember history books filled with the conquests of emperors like Napoleon Bonaparte to the very recent East India Empire going great lengths to expand their kingdoms.

Demand for better infrastructures at land port in Haluaghat

Coal importers at Gubrakura-Karaitali land port in Haluaghat of Mymensingh want immediate infrastructure development of the port to facilitate more import and export.

Dismal trade, production data deepens fears about Indian economy

India's economic gloom deepened on Monday with a surprise contraction in industrial production, a fall in exports and higher retail inflation, dashing hopes of a quick revival in an economy on track to post its slowest growth in a decade.

RIM to launch BlackBerry 10 in Jan

Research In Motion Ltd plans to introduce its new line of BlackBerry 10 smartphones on January 30, the company said on Monday, giving investors a measure of confidence that the long-awaited devices are nearing completion.

Metropolitan

ACC calls 14 Janata officials for interrogation

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) asked 14 Janata Bank officials, including its general manager (GM) and assistant general manager (AGM), to appear before it next week to be interrogated over the Hall-Mark loan scam.

More missions being opened abroad

President Zillur Rahman yesterday said the government is opening new missions in those countries that have potentials to increase trade with Bangladesh as well as to recruit skilled and unskilled manpower from it.

Nasim urges Muhith to talk less

Senior Awami League leader Mohammad Nasim yesterday urged Finance Minister AMA Muhith to talk less as true "leadership involves talking less and listening more".

Three more prosecution witnesses give statements

Three more prosecution witnesses gave their statements before a Dhaka court yesterday regarding the killing of Saudi embassy official Khalaf Al Ali.

Two more accused on remand

A Dhaka court yesterday placed two more accused on a two-day remand for their alleged involvement in the killing of six students in Aminbazar on the outskirts of the capital in July last year.

ACC sues two Rajuk officials

The Anti-Corruption Commission yesterday sued three people, including two Rajdhani Unnayan Kartipakkha (Rajuk) officials, for giving approval to construct buildings in a water-body ignoring Detailed Area Plan (DAP).

PM wants closer ties with Belarus

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday underscored the importance of building closer relations between Bangladesh and Belarus, including in business and trade, for mutual benefit.

JU to admit less students this year

Jahangirnagar University (JU) authorities have reduced the number of fresh student intake for the 2012-13 academic session to 2,026.

Murders on rise in Ctg

Murders in Chittagong city have alarmingly increased recently with 15 people becoming victims of gruesome killings in just over a month, preceding November 9.

Kuwait emir to join celebration

Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al- Jaber Al-Sabah has formally accepted the invitation of President Zillur Rahman to participate in the country's Independence and National Day celebration on March 26 next year.

Policy sought to tackle displacement

A large section of slum dwellers in cities consists of migrants from coastal areas who have been victims of natural disasters and these cities should take adequate measures to accommodate them, speakers said at a seminar yesterday.

Jaago Foundation to mark Nov 15

Volunteer for Bangladesh (VBD), a wing of Jaago Foundation, will celebrate the Universal Children's Day (UCD) 2012 through a nationwide campaign on November 15.

18-party march creates gridlocks in capital

A mass procession of the BNP-led 18-party opposition alliance protesting "the government's misrule, corruption and public sufferings" created huge traffic gridlocks in the capital yesterday.

Gas supply to households in Rajshahi city demanded

Speakers at a human chain yesterday demanded immediate gas supply to households in Rajshahi city.

HC seeks judge's explanation for violation

The High Court yesterday directed Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge Md Zahirul Haque to explain by November 26 why he took charges of two cases filed under Anti-Terrorism Act, 2009 into cognizance without government approval.

Interested will get enough time for registration: BMET

Workers interested to go to Malaysia will get adequate time to complete their online registration after the government open's the registration process, said Bureau of Manpower Employment and Training (BMET) yesterday.

Four accused of rape in Chittagong

A woman yesterday accused four men of raping her on November 7 in Lohagara of Chittagong.

Boy dies from electrocution in Ctg

A teenage boy was electrocuted to death while putting up the banner of a coaching centre yesterday in Chittagong city.

Youth's body recovered in capital

South Keraniganj police recovered the body of an unidentified youth five hours after it was discovered left in a drum at Sadarghat Launch Terminal in the capital yesterday.

Army to get locally made vessel

Khulna Shipyard Limited will handover a newly built Landing Craft Vehicle Personnel (LCVP) to Bangladesh Army today.

Why move not illegal

The High Court yesterday issued a rule upon the government to explain in four weeks why its move to cancel Pran Group's licence for making fruit-flavoured drinks should not be declared illegal.

100 BNP men join AL

About 100 leaders and activists of the main opposition BNP of Modhukhali upazila in Faridpur yesterday joined the Awami League.

Ruet admission test on Nov 19

Admission test for the first year honours programmes at Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (Ruet) will be held on November 19.

Cuet admission test results published

The first year admission test results of Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology (Cuet) were published yesterday.

Man 'kills' wife in capital

A housewife was beaten and then strangled to death allegedly by her husband in Bhatara in the capital yesterday evening.

Man dies in C'nawabganj road crash

A bicyclist was killed as a truck hit the cycle on Chapainawabganj-Sonamasjid land port highway in Chamagram area of sadar upazila in Chapainawabganj on Monday.

1970 cyclone victims remembered

The victims of 1970 cyclone were commemorated in Chittagong city yesterday through various activities.

National

Villagers panicked by frequent bomb blasts at night

Residents of two villages in Alamdanga upazila of Chuadanga district are in a state of panic as unidentified gangs exploded several bombs at the villages on two consecutive nights.

Pak army massacred 700 on this day in '71

Today is 'Hatia massacre day'.

Rana smells a rat in Tangail bypoll

Ruling Awami League (AL) leader Amanur Rahman Khan Rana, contesting in Tangail-3 (Ghatail) by-election as an independent candidate, has alleged that an interest group from inside the government has been hatching conspiracy to make the election controversial.

Stalking triggers clash of villagers: 40 injured

At least 40 people were injured in a clash between two groups of villagers in Kendua upazila in Netrakona yesterday over stalking a schoolgirl.

Outlaw murdered in Jhenidah

An outlaw belonging to Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) Janajuddha faction was killed allegedly by his party rivals on Sunday night.

IU stalemate continues

Teachers of Islamic University (IU) brought out a silent procession on the campus yesterday, demanding removal of vice chancellor, pro-vice-chancellor and treasurer of the university.

25 families homeless in Lalmonirhat

Erosion by the River Dharla rendered more than 25 families of two villages in Sadar upazila homeless in the last 2-3 days.

Acid attack on madrasa girl, two others

Criminals threw acid on a madrasa student and two others at Sonakanda village in Daudkandi upazila early yesterday.

Three killed in clash over land dispute

At least three people were killed and five others injured in a clash between two rival groups over a piece of disputed land at Satlathibrahmanbaria village in Belkuchi upazila yesterday morning.

Pabna to have marine academy by 2014

The government is going to establish a marine academy in Pabna.

BSF picks up youth

Indian Border Security Forces (BSF) picked up a Bangladeshi cattle trader from Toluigachha frontier in Satkhira district early yesterday. The victim was identified as Mohammad Rana, 29, son of Shawkat Sheikh of Gobindakati village in Sadar upazila. Bordering villagers said BSF troops from Tarali camp at Swarupnagar in Indian Pascimbanga state picked up Rana when he went to the border to bring cattle around 1:00am. Major Abu Motaher Mohammed Sohel, operation officer of 38 Rifles Battalion of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), said BSF arrested Rana as he might have entered into Indian territory by mistake. Meanwhile, a company commander level meeting between BSF and BGB was held around 12:00pm yesterday. BSF men informed that Rana was sent to jail after he was handed over to Swarupnagar police station in Bashirhat of Pascimbanga.

Criminals attack police

A police officer was injured in an attack by criminals in Chowgachha on Sunday night. Chaugachha police station Sub-Inspector Abul Kalam Azad was taken to the upazila health complex for treatment. SI Kalam said, he along with his force went to Monmothpur village on Sunday night to arrest local criminal Hannan alias 'Picchi' Hannan. In the meantime the gangsters of Hannan swooped on police force with sticks. The SI was hit in his head and the criminals fled the scene after the attack.

Body recovered from UP office

Police recovered the body of a young man from the Panchgaon union parishad office in Rajnagar upazila of Moulvibazar district yesterday morning. The deceased was identified as Gopen Das, 26, of village Dighirpar under Jagonnathpur upazila in Sunamganj district. Sources said Gopen went to Durgapur village in Rajnagar upazila on Sunday to meet the daughter of former member of Munshibazar union parishad Farid Miah, as recently a relation developed between them over cell phone. But the locals caught and handed him over to the Panchgaon union parishad chairman Muhir Kanti Das. They later kept him confined to a room of the parishad office. Getting no response from inside, the night guard opened the lock and found Gopen hanging from ceiling fan at about 11pm.

Two brick kilns fined

The Department of Environment (DoE) on Sunday fined the owners of two brick kilns Tk 14 lakh on charges of setting up factories on agricultural land and polluting environment. Sources said the two brick fields -- 'Raj Bricks' owned by M Arifur Rahman alias Ranju and 'Barobari Brick Fields' owned by M Rashedul Alam alias Panna-- were built at Jamalpur in Shahjahanpur upazila of the district. The brick fields were set up digging around 18 acres of cropland and without obtaining environmental clearance certificates. Besides, the brick kilns are situated near dwelling houses and a highway. Normal flow of the nearby water bodies is disrupted as those are filled with earth cut for building brick fields. Md Munir Chowdhury, director (enforcement) of the DoE, on information, went to the brick fields and handed down the penalty. He also asked the brick field authorities to remove all their structures within the next 10 days.

International

West declares support for united Syrian opposition

The United States late Sunday declared its support for the united Syrian opposition after various groups opposed to the government of President Bashar al-Assad decided to come together following talks in Doha, Qatar.

Xi Jinping emerges most powerful in China

China's new leader in waiting, Xi Jinping will have a surprise head-start to emerge as the most influential leader, as outgoing President Hu Jintao has reportedly decided to step down from all posts including the all-powerful post of the military chief.

Obama hails end of decade of war

US President Barack Obama marked Veterans Day Sunday by celebrating the fact that America's painful decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan is coming to a close.

US Congress to grill spy chiefs

Fresh reports piled pressure yesterday on FBI and CIA officials to explain the circumstances and timing of an investigation that ended the storied career of spy chief David Petraeus just three days after President Barack Obama's re-election.

Myanmar struggles to reach quake victims

Myanmar rescuers struggled yesterday to help villagers hit by an earthquake that aid agencies said killed at least 13, injured dozens and caused a bridge and mine to collapse.

Ex-BBC boss starts at NY Times

The New York Times Co said it would proceed with its plan for Mark Thompson to take over as CEO, despite an intensifying scandal at the BBC that has raised questions about his tenure at Britain's flagship broadcasting company.

Another quake hit Guatemala

A strong 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck off the Pacific coast of Guatemala on Sunday, just days after a tremor in the same area left 42 people dead, Guatemalan President Otto Perez said.

Australia announces abuse probe

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard yesterday announced a national inquiry into institutional responses to child sex abuse after a series of scandals involving paedophile priests.

Abu Qatada wins appeal

Terror suspect Abu Qatada will be released on bail today after he won his appeal against extradition to Jordan.

Blast kills1 in NE India

A man was killed and another injured in a blast on Monday in the insurgency-racked northeastern Indian state of Manipur, police said.

'Modi behind anti-Gadkari campaign'

Senior RSS leader MG Vaidya has alleged that Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi was behind the campaign against BJP president Nitin Gadkari.

Iran launches air drill

Iran yesterday launched an air defence exercise a general said was aimed at optimising its deterrent capabilities as well as sending a "strong warning" to those threatening it with military strikes.

Arts & Entertainment

Actors recall Humayun Ahmed

Today marks iconic writer and filmmaker Humayun Ahmed's 64th birthday. Every year, Ahmed's birthday was celebrated by near and dear ones, his friends and well-wishers from the media and the publishing industry. Though in and outside Bangladesh, Ahmed's primary identity was that of a writer, TV plays and films made by him or based on his stories were massively popular. Naturally, Ahmed maintained close relationship with actors. On his birthday, The Daily Star spoke to accomplished actors -- representing different generations -- who had worked with Ahmed.


Humayun's Himu

Himu's real name is Himalay. When Himu was young, his psychopath father killed his mother so as to prevent her from interfering with the way he intended to bring their son up. His father named him Himalay because the Himalayas symbolise greatness. He could have also been named Akash (sky), but the sky cannot be touched.

Festival in Humayun's honour in New York

Marking Humayun Ahmed's 64th birth anniversary, a five-day memorial festival named after him is now being held in New York. Muktadhara Foundation, the organisation behind arranging an annual Bangla book fair in New York, is holding the festival, according to a press release.

Simple, rural life on canvas

Syed Jahangir earned prominence as a painter in the 1950s. His current solo exhibition, titled “Of Man and Earth”, is partly retrospective, as it includes some drawings and paintings (different mediums) from 1950s to 1970s. Most of the works, however, have been done in the last couple of years. The exhibition is a part of the celebration of his 80th birth anniversary, which is now on at Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, at Dhanmondi, Dhaka.

Nandita Das to perform in Dhaka tonight

The Dhaka audience will witness famed Indian actress Nandia Das in a play, “Between the Lines”, to be staged this evening at 7 pm at the Radisson Blu Water Garden Hotel, says a press release.

OP-ED

Business incubators: A global trend

Business incubation is not a new concept. It focuses on growing new companies which will leave the business incubation programme when ready. It has evolved since the mid-'80s. What started as an experiment in the United States has over the course of three decades encompassed Europe and become a global trend. According to 2002 data, there were an estimated 5,000 business incubators globally. The concept found a solid founding in Asian economies accounting for about a fifth of that total. Again half of this figure is concentrated in the Chinese economy. Interestingly, China along with Australia and the US has incubators that have lasted more than fifteen years.

Congress on a suicidal course

Last Sunday, an Indian National Congress rally celebrated the United Progressive Alliance's decision to open up multi-brand retail to foreign investment. Thus the Congress, which seems to have lost its basic instincts, openly defended a Right-wing measure that hurts millions. This is similar to the Bharatiya Janata Party's suicidal "India Shining" campaign its 2004.

Significance of Obama's Myanmar visit

In contemporary international relations, the first official visit of a country's newly elected president or prime minister is an indicator of its foreign policy direction. When the visit is by the president of the world's only superpower, then obviously it is even more significant.

What US presidential election result means

The American electorate has spoken: they have given President Obama a historic victory over the Republican candidate, Mitt Romney, defying many pundits who had written off the Democratic ticket after the first presidential debate. The Obama-Biden ticket received 332 electoral votes and about 51% of the popular vote as opposed to 206 and 48% for Romney-Ryan. Significantly, Romney and Ryan even lost in their home states of Michigan and Wisconsin, and also Massachusetts, where Romney was an elected governor. The victory was historic in that Mr. Obama is only one of the 17 presidents, and the first and only African-American president, who won re-election.

Time to break the silence

There is wholesale attack on civilians going on in our backyard. Villagers have been massacred, their houses have been burnt to the ground, a hundred thousand have been made homeless and corralled into virtual concentration camps, and hundreds, perhaps thousands murdered. Inevitably, women and children have borne the brunt of the brutalities perpetrated in the name of Lord Buddha whose ashes must surely be in turmoil.

Science & Life

Green agriculture with plastic

Plastic is usually considered to be a big threat to the environment as it is not usually degradable. But a lot of improvement has been made in recent years in the plastic sector and its use in agriculture is increasing very rapidly throughout the world. Bangladesh is no exception in this regard. Its use in agriculture, called plasticulture, in the form of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipes for deep tubewell (DTW) and shallow tubewell (STW), buried pipe for underground water distribution system for irrigation, flexible PVC pipes for conveyance of water of STWs and DTWs, and polybags for raising seedlings became very common in Bangladesh. In protected agriculture, vegetables and small fruit are grown giving some kind of protection from adverse weather like rainfall, temperature, wind, diseases, insects, water logging, etc. all of which seriously affect crop yield. In this system, crops are shaded by plastic sheets put on top of structure made of bamboo or galvanized iron pipes. Summer tomato is grown commercially in this system. All these uses have made agricultural operations easier and cost effective.

Corals send chemical SOS

When a killer seaweed touches a kind of spiky coral, the coral pushes a chemical panic button that brings small resident fish to the rescue.

Deep into spinal nerve

Scientists from the University of Leicester have hit upon unique forms of spinal nerve activity that shape output of nerve cell networks controlling motor behaviours.

Entanglement gets extra twist

Quantum physics is the science of the very small. But physicists are making it bigger, setting records for the size and energies of objects they can get to exhibit quantum effects.

El Niño may say adios

Adios, El Niño. Forecasters have called off predictions for a wet winter in the West, finally acceding that ocean temperatures in the Pacific show no signs of the infamous El Niño phenomenon.

New emperor penguin colonies

Researchers have finally found a long-sought colony of emperor penguins in eastern Antarctica, but they say it's been split in two due to a glacier break. Moreover, a tally of the 6,000 chicks among these two populations suggests there are more emperor penguin parents in this part of the frozen continent than previously thought.

What is planck's constant?

Planck's constant, (symbol h), fundamental physical constant characteristic of the mathematical formulations of quantum mechanics, which describes the behaviour of particles and waves on the atomic scale, including the particle aspect of light.



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