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News of: Wednesday, 14th of November, 2012

Front Page

Shibir strikes terror in city

It was a planned attack by the Jamaat-Shibir men. Or so it seemed. They snatched the rifle from a policeman and beat him with its butt, injured over a dozen other law enforcers, attempted to hack a Jubo League leader and attacked law minister's private secretary's car -- all on the capital's main thoroughfares yesterday afternoon.

30 cops hurt in attacks

Jamaat-e-Islami and its student wing Islami Chhatra Shibir once again swooped on law enforcers yesterday, the last day of Jamaat's nine-day programme, leaving about 20 policemen injured in Dhaka, Khulna and Cox's Bazar.

It's a bid to thwart war crimes trial

Law Minister Shafique Ahmed yesterday said the activists of Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Chhatra Shibir have attacked his police escort to foil the ongoing trial of crimes against humanity.

Little Parag found 3 days into abduction

Parag Mondol, the six-year-old boy kidnapped in Keraniganj on the capital's outskirts three days ago, was found at Atibazar in the locality early today.

An eerie evening

The commotion outside, on the streets, was unmistakable. On the pavement across from the offices of this newspaper, hundreds of young men were suddenly seen to be running toward the Sonargaon crossroads. It was clear that they were coming down in droves from the high street on Farmgate or its vicinity. Just how they emerged in such force and with such seeming determination was a mystery.

Armed yet in danger

Hit with brick chips in the head, face and eyes and knocked down to the ground, he made a last-ditch effort to strike back. But bad luck; the pistol misfired.

No MP quota

The government yesterday backtracked from the move to reserve parliamentarians' quota for admission in private schools in the face of public and media criticism.

8pc growth is the need

Poor infrastructure, lack of land for new industries and unskilled manpower are the obstacles to Bangladesh becoming a middle-income nation in a decade, the World Bank said yesterday.

TIB study done with negative notion: govt

The government has called the last month's TIB report on parliamentarians' activities a study to project the graft watchdog's "preconceived notion" using "convenience samplings".

Testimony against Jamaat trio

An eyewitness yesterday testified that he had seen Jamaat-e-Islami leaders Ghulam Azam, Motiur Rahman Nizami and Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed at a Pakistan army and their collaborators' camp at Mohammadpur during the Liberation War.

Man 'detained for ransom'

Law enforcers have been holding a factory worker for ransom since rescuing him from abductors around eight months ago, according to a writ petition filed with the High Court yesterday.

Internal probe shows lapses

The BBC showed "basic" journalistic failures in a news report in which it wrongly accused a senior politician of child abuse, an internal investigation has found.

Dhaka, Minsk for closer ties

Bangladesh and Belarus stressed the need for deepening economic ties between the two countries and agreed to consider the opportunities of exporting clothing, jute yarn, tobacco, fish and other marine products from Bangladesh.

Be careful in making comments

The International Crimes Tribunal-2 yesterday disposed of two separate contempt of court petitions against ruling Awami League leaders Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury and Matia Chowdhury with some observations.

Rescue Parag

Home Minister Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir yesterday directed the law enforcement agencies to take all-out measures to rescue abducted Parag Mondol.

JS session from today

Parliament goes into its 15th session this afternoon amid main opposition BNP continuing to boycott the sittings.

UK inflation surges on higher tution fees

Annual inflation in Britain surged to a higher-than-expected rate of 2.7 percent in October largely owing to massive hikes in the country's university tuition fees, official data showed yesterday.

Bicycle bomb kills two in Pakistan

A bicycle bomb apparently targeting security forces killed two people and injured nine others in Pakistan's troubled southwestern province of Baluchistan yesterday, police said.

Policy shift to Asia is 'real': Panetta

The United States yesterday insisted that its much-touted shift to the Asia-Pacific region is for real as US and Australian officials met for annual strategic talks.

Diwali blaze kills 8 in India

An explosion and fire at a house in northern India killed eight people yesterday, including six members of a family who were making firecrackers for the festival of Diwali, a media report said.

Editorial

Cancellation of PM's Islamabad visit

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's cancellation of Pakistan visit to Islamabad in connection with the upcoming D-8 summit has raised more questions than answers.

To whom does the family turn?

Three days have elapsed since young Parag; a six-year old was abducted from Keraniganj in broad daylight. What is shocking is the ferocity with which kidnappers shot and injured his mother, two sisters and the vehicle driver for resisting the incident. The boy was whisked away on motorcycles and hasn't been heard of since. It is not surprising to find that twenty or so bystanders did not intervene. What can a crowd of unarmed people do against criminals, particularly when the police were not at hand.

Sports

Windies in command

Can anyone recall the first ball of a Test match disappearing for six? Even in these T20 times, it was a rare occurence when West Indies hitman Chris Gayle clobbered the offering from Bangladesh debutant off-spinner Shohag Gazi, who delivered the first over of the match, over long on for a maximum. The fourth ball met a similar fate, and it was pretty clear that the formidable Jamaican had set out to punish Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim's gamble of opening with a spinner.

THE MOMENTS

Spinning beginning
Bangladesh opened the bowling with debutant off-spinner Shohag Gazi and it took everyone in the stadium, except the squad, by surprise. The move was criticised by majority of the journalists in the press box after Chris Gayle greeted him with a six over long-on. The criticism continued throughout the over as Gayle smashed 14 runs in it.

'Batting with Shiv helped'

It was a display of attacking left-handed batting that stole the show at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium yesterday. West Indies opener Kieran Powell and veteran middle-order batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul entertained the crowd with their respective tons. The West Indian batsmen, who are separated in age by almost two-decades, brushed aside the spin-dominated Bangladesh bowling attack.

'It's just like an NCL match' for Shohag

It is definitely too early to say that Bangladesh have found the quality off-spinner they have missed for so long, but it was encouraging to watch Shohag Gazi bowling in his debut Test at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday. Bangladesh had been searching for an off-spinner for long and the arrival of the 21-year old spinner was cause for some hope, especially the way the young man came back after he was hit for a six off his very first international delivery by the dashing Chris Gayle.

Abahani off to a flyer

The sixth edition of the professional football league, the Grameenphone Bangladesh Premier League, got off to a raucous start as holders Abahani handed a 3-0 defeat to Feni Soccer Club at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Decent crowd

The Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur isn't necessarily everybody's favourite place to hang out during a Test match beginning on a weekday. However, the return of Test cricket in Bangladesh after almost eleven months seemed to have attracted quite a few spectators ranging from different backgrounds. The General gallery was almost full in the first session of the game with the big screen at Mirpur proclaiming the presence of approximately 6500 people in the stadium as early as the morning session.

Expected draw at Gabba

South Africa staved off Australia's push for an unlikely victory to bat out for a draw in the first Gabba Test on Tuesday, though the home team could take heart from having the better of the encounter.

Reefat, Debaraj in lead

Grandmaster Reefat Bin Sattar regained the lead in the Healthcare Pharmaceuticals Ltd 38th National A Champions along with FM Debaraj Chatterjee at the close of the sixth round at the Media Centre of the Bangladesh Olympic Association yesterday.

Novak fends off Roger

Novak Djokovic produced a masterful display to end Roger Federer's reign as ATP Tour Finals champion as the world number one swept to a 7-6 (8/6), 7-5 victory in the final on Monday.

Broad likely to be fit, Finn not

England's Steven Finn is likely to miss the first cricket Test against India after skipping Tuesday's practice but pace colleague Stuart Broad appeared to be fit for the match starting on Thursday.

Shooting body elected unopposed

The Executive Committee of National Shooting Federation, Bangladesh has been elected unopposed after vice president and member candidates Alauddin Chowdhury and Wazed Islam respectively withdrew their nominations from the elections yesterday.

Scholastica lift volleyball titles

Scholastica School made a clean sweep of Inter-school Volleyball Tournament winning both the boys' and girls' trophies at the Scholastica Senior School Section in Uttara yesterday.

Div I football

Badda Jagoroni Sangsad and Jatrabari Krira Chakra played a 1-1 draw in their Popular Life Insurance Senior Division Football League match at the Birshreshtha Shahid Kamal Stadium yesterday. Alam Nabi opened the scoring for Badda Jagoroni in the 6th minute of the match but Mohammad Babu equalised for Jatrabari with six minutes remaining on the clock to salvage a draw.

Messi gets a gun on his face

As a new father and someone who very much enjoys life, Lionel Messi probably didn't appreciate the part of his arrival at a Saudi airport on Monday that involved gun barrels in his face.

Mario to lead attack

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli could help Mario Balotelli get over his Manchester City blues by starting the striker in a new two-man attack when the Azzurri host France in a friendly in Parma on Wednesday.

More than just friendlies

Several high-profile European friendlies are set for Wednesday but friendly would not be the term to be used with how they have been viewed by hard-pressed club managers.

'Panama need 22 men'

Panama's best hope of ending Spain's year-long unbeaten run would be to field 22 men in their friendly soccer match on Wednesday, coach Julio Cesar Dely Valdes said.

Terry out for weeks

John Terry has suffered "no significant damage" following a scan on his right knee and will be out for weeks rather than months, Chelsea announced Monday.

Gerrard set for 100 caps

England captain Steven Gerrard is set to win his 100th cap in Wednesday's friendly away to Sweden after being cleared to travel with the squad following a scan on a knee injury on Monday.

'Elbow on C'Ron unintentional'

Levante defender David Navarro said he did not intend to hurt Cristiano Ronaldo after his leading elbow caught the Real Madrid forward in the face and opened a nasty gash above his left eye in Sunday's La Liga match.

Business

Bangladesh could be 'next China'

Bangladesh must act soon to take advantage of its low-cost edge to become the "next China" before Dhaka's competitors take the markets the world's second largest economy is leaving, according to the World Bank.

GP gets nod to borrow $355m from abroad

Bangladesh Bank yesterday gave approval to four private sector companies to take loans from foreign sources, with Grameenphone Ltd being one of the companies.

BB to slap charges on cheque clearance

Bangladesh Bank will impose a service charge on automated cheque clearance and electronic fund transfer from the beginning of next year, said a circular yesterday.

Belarus to import drugs from Square

Belarus has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to import pharmaceutical products and technological expertise from Square Pharmaceuticals.

Labour leaders: reopen Hall-Mark factories

Leaders of 40 trade unions in the garment sector yesterday demanded reopening of the factories of Hall-Mark Group and payment of arrears to its workers.

Stocks bounce back after a 10-day slump

Stocks returned to the black yesterday riding on investors' optimism, after a continuous downtrend for 10 days.

Premier Cement's IPO delayed by a month

Premier Cement Mills' initial public offering (IPO) subscription has been delayed by a month due to the continued lacklustre performance of the secondary market.

Use existing resources for further growth: Mozena

Bangladesh can achieve excellent growth if the country utilises its rich stocks of mineral resources properly, said US Ambassador Dan W Mozena yesterday.

Tourism fair begins in Ctg tomorrow

A three-day tourism fair, Chittagong Travel Mart - 2012, begins in the port city tomorrow.

PepsiCo to sign Myanmar bottling deal

PepsiCo Inc is in talks to sign a bottling agreement in Myanmar, ramping up the competition with Coca-Cola Co as they fight for market share in a country emerging from decades of isolation.

GPH Ispat okays 20pc stock, 10pc cash dividends

GPH Ispat announced a 20 percent stock and 10 percent cash dividends for 2011-12 for its shareholders yesterday.

Should equity investors be totally fed up?

Extreme volatility started in the stockmarket nearly two years ago, but the condition is yet to show any sign of improvement. The benchmark general index, DGEN, has been displaying whimsical movement in both directions without any respite rather roiling the confidence of investors down.

'World's workshop' China aims to reinvent itself

China's Communist leaders are promising to revolutionise the world's second largest economy and move on from being the world's workshop, but economists say the monumental task faces major hurdles.

Greece raises 4.06b euros in bond sale

Greece on Tuesday raised 4.062 billion euros ($5.16 billion) to avert a messy default this week.

Metropolitan

Belarus keen to invest in Bangladesh

Belarus is keen to invest in the heavy industry and technological sectors of Bangladesh.

Mahila Parishad expresses concern

Bangladesh Mahila Parishad yesterday expressed deep concern over the repeated attacks on police by activists of Jamaat-e-Islami and pro-Jamaat student organisation Islami Chhatra Shibir across the country since November 5.

Successes marred by inequality

The inequality between poor and rich children is widening in the country despite Bangladesh's admirable successes in cutting child deaths and increasing school enrolment rate, observes an international child rights organisation.

Dipu Moni leaves for Djibouti

Foreign Minister Dipu Moni left for Djibouti yesterday night to attend the 39th session of Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation's Council of Foreign Ministers, which will be held in Djibouti from November 15 to November 17.

Humayun Ahmed's birthday celebrated

Admirers and well-wishers of the late litterateur Humayun Ahmed celebrated his 64th birth anniversary with elaborate programmes and festivities at home and aboard yesterday.

Earlier statement was for 'prevailing situation'

A prosecution witness of the 10-truck arms haul cases stated before a Chittagong court yesterday that he gave his 2005 statement before the court “as per the prevailing situation”.

Ecnec okays Tk 849cr project for railway

The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) has approved a project involving Tk 849 crore, aiming at improving rail communication on Dhaka-Tongi-Joydevpur route.

Campaign on in full swing

As the day of election to the Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA) of Chittagong unit nears, candidates are busy with their campaigning in different public and private hospitals in Chittagong district.

HC rejects petition challenging legality

The High Court yesterday rejected a writ petition which challenged the legality of the alleged detention of a defence witness of Jamaat-e-Islami leader Delawar Hossain Sayedee.

Khulna Shipyard hands over locally made ship to army

The authorities of Khulna Shipyard Limited yesterday handed over a newly built Landing Craft Vehicle Personnel (LCVP) worth Tk 16 crore to Army Chief General Iqbal Karim Bhuiyan.

5 killed, 7 injured in road accidents

Five people were killed and seven others injured in road accidents in Magura, Thakurgaon, Dinajpur, Gazipur and Rajshahi on Monday and yesterday.

ACC to sue more Sonali officials

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) will take legal action against more Sonali Bank officials reportedly involved in a Tk 3,600 crore loan scam.

Govt to enact new child rights act

To protect children's rights, the government will enact the Children Act 2012 removing all loopholes in the existing laws, said Law Minister Shafique Ahmed yesterday.

HC stays housing project work in Ctg

The High Court yesterday stayed for three months the proceedings of Sampan Satellite Town Project of Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) in Kalurghat area of the district.

Project launched to reduce child abuse

A new project was launched in Dhaka yesterday aiming to help reduce sexual abuse and exploitation of children in the country.

Tank lorry workers go on strike in Sylhet

In protest of the arrest of four leaders for possession of heroin, the Tank Lorry Sramik Union stopped transporting petroleum products from the depots of three state-run companies to the filling stations in the region from Monday.

30 hurt as RMG workers clash with police

At least 30 people, including five police officers, were injured as workers of a garment factory clashed with police on the Dhaka-Sylhet highway in Rupganj upazila of Narayanganj yesterday.

House body on CHT probes recent violence in Rangamati

Members of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs yesterday started interacting with Rangamati town residents on the September 22 clash between Bangalee settlers and indigenous people.

Govt staff jailed for embezzling development fund

A Chittagong court yesterday sentenced a government staff to nine years' rigorous imprisonment for misappropriating fund from a development project.

BNP-led alliance's Dhaka rally now November 28

The BNP-led 18-party opposition alliance will hold its rally in the capital on November 28 instead of November 22.

Cop arrested for hacking wife

A policeman was held on charge of hacking his wife at Guptomari village under Batiaghata upazila in Khulna early yesterday.

Schoolboy missing since Friday

Schoolboy Mohammad Sujon, who went missing on Friday in Chittagong city, was yet to be rescued till yesterday.

Bangladesh Scouts to host regional conference

Bangladesh Scouts will host the 24th Asia Pacific Regional Scout Conference, being held for the first time in Bangladesh, at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the capital from November 24 to 29.

Impact PR awards two journos

Impact PR, a public relations agency, yesterday awarded two journalists for their contribution to agricultural journalism.

Death anniversary

Today is the 24th death anniversary of Father Charles J Young, founder of the Cooperative Credit Union Movement in Bangladesh.

Rezaul Karim Manik

Yesterday was the 41st death anniversary of liberation war martyr Rezaul Karim Manik. The valiant freedom fighter lost his life in Manikganj while fighting against the Pakistani army.

Anwara Begum

Yesterday was the 20th death anniversary of Anwara Begum, former managing director of KDH Laboratories Limited.

National

Campaign starts much ahead of Dec 20 polls

Aspirants in the Rangpur City Corporation election scheduled for December 20 have already started campaign, before finalisation of the candidatures.

Chairman, members of 12 Natore UPs on strike

Chairmen and members of all 12 union parishads under Natore Sadar upazila will go on an indefinite strike from today, demanding arrest of the criminals, who assaulted Brommapur Union Parishad Chairman and BNP leader Afzal Hossain, on Tuesday.

KPI student stabbed to death in Jessore

A student of Khulna Polytechnic Institute (KPI) was stabbed to death by a gang of criminals in Navaron Jadavpur area of Sharsha upazila in the district on Monday night.

All for a piece of disputed land

Criminals ransacked a house and looted valuables from there in Karbala area of Shibganj upazila town early yesterday.

Man jailed in dowry case

A court in the district on Monday sentenced a man to two years' rigorous imprisonment for demanding dowry from his wife.

Agitation at KU

A section of teachers, officers and employees of Khulna University (KU) on Monday announced a 13-day programme to press home their demand for bringing the offenders to book who illegally sold the university's land.

15 injured as BCL, BNP clash in Chandpur

At least 15 people were injured in a clash between the activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and BNP at Hajiganj Bazar in Hajiganj upazila on Monday.

Young woman, 3 housewives allegedly commit suicide

A young woman and three housewives allegedly committed suicide in Chapainawabganj, Sunamganj, Jessore and Bogra districts yesterday, on Sunday and the day before.

Coastal fishermen to be brought under group insurance

The government is going to bring the fishermen of the coastal areas of the country under a group insurance scheme taking into consideration the risks involved in sea fishing.

Jubo Dal leader murdered

Unidentified assailants killed a Jubo Dal leader in Pasharipara area of Rangpur city on Monday night.

Ruling party men snatch arrested accused

Around 100 pro-Awami Leage Bangladesh Swechchhasebok League activists snatched an accused held in an arms case from police in Mazampur area in the town on Monday.

Human chain by erosion victims

Local people on Monday staged demonstration to press home their demand for taking necessary steps aimed at saving the residents of Naria upazila from erosion by the Padma river. Under the banner of Wapda, Chandipur, Shureshwar Embankment Implementation Committee, they held an hour-long human chain from 10am in front of the UNO office and demonstration in front of the DC office at noon. They also submitted memoranda to DC Ram Chandra Das and Naria upazila UNO Asaduzzaman. Leaders of Awami League, Jatiya Party and other organisations also attended the programmes by expressing their solidarity with the demand.

231 sued in Netrakona

A case was filed on Monday night against 231 villagers in connection with a clash between two groups in Kendua upazila that left at least 40 injured, including 10 policemen. Mirashuddin, sub-inspector of Kendua police station filed the case at night. The clash took place following an altercation over an incident of stalking a schoolgirl on Monday. Police arrested 57 people in connection with the clash, said Alamgir Hossain, officer in-charge of the PS.

4 held in triple murder case

Police arrested four people in connection with triple murder at Satlathibrahmanbaria village in Belkuchi upazila early yesterday. The arrestees are Anwar Hossain, son of Samsul Haque Khan, Sirajul Islam, son of Somesh Ali of the village, Abdul Kuddus, son of Sonaullah of Agnukali village in Shahzadpur upazila and Abdul Karim son of Ansar Ali of Kamalpur village in Enayetpur upazila. Mizanur Rahman Khan, officer in-charge at Belkuchi police station, said of the four, Anwar and Sirajul were arrested from Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Medical College Hospital, Bogra while the rest from their respective houses. On Monday morning, three people were killed and five others injured in a clash between two rival groups over a piece of disputed land at Satlathibrahmanbaria. Later, a case was filed accusing 19 people, said the OC.

Accused snatched from police

Accomplices snatched on accused from police, leaving three cops injured at Mohammatpur village in Chougacha upazila of the district on Monday night. Officer in-charge of Chowgacha PS Abdul Khaleque said a police team caught drug peddler, Shamim, at about 10pm. As the team was bringing the arrested to the PS handcuffed, his accomplices snatched him away, leaving three cops injured. The injured are assistant sub-inspector Kalam and two other cops.

Letters

Bangladeshi-Americans should take part in American politics

I would like to express my appreciation for your editorial entitled "President Obama's second term: What it means for Bangladesh". America's size and power make it the "most important bilateral partner" (as your editorial described it) for many countries around the world.

The culture of not resigning

Every day one reads in the newspapers that someone high-up in public or private service resigns on being caught doing wrong or saying something inappropriate or even for the mistakes of their predecessors. So we see so many resignations in the democratic countries of the world all the time. Recently the chiefs of two venerable institutions as the BBC and CIA 'walked' voluntarily. Like in cricket, just one mistake by a batsman is sufficient for the umpire to raise his finger.

Need for correct interpretation of religious teachings

I commend the human rights society that urged that those guilty of the attack on the Bauls some months ago, at a major gathering, should be brought to justice. Those perpetuating this great Bengali tradition suffered one death, one injury and the rest utterly humiliated.

Free movement of cattle across Bangladesh-India border

Beef is in high demand in Bangladesh. But its price is very low in India.

Implement 'ten-second- pulse policy'

The BTRC has asked the four private mobile companies to introduce 'ten-second-pulse policy'. This policy stipulates that the user has to pay per ten seconds instead of the existing per minute which would be introduced by respective service providers. At present, in most of the cases, the user has to pay a full minute bill although he has spoken for a few seconds. Implementation of this policy will be advantageous for the users in reducing unwarranted cost. In response to the ruling of BTRC, Banglalink and Grameen phone has perfunctorily introduced the policy. Their policy has a number of conditions. Moreover, ten-second-pulse has been given for specific numbers or for specific durations and not generally. The BTRC must supervise their policies for the greater convenience of the customers.

"Reinstate YouTube"

This refers to the letter dated November 9th 2012 of Aminur Rahim of New DOHS, Mohakhali, Dhaka. I totally agree with him. It is absolutely not necessary to ban the whole website. This website is a great tool for all sorts of reasons. All that is probably required to do is just filter all the contents relating to that silly matter. In the Arab countries such as Dubai, YouTube is not banned at all. In fact all my friends there get to check everything on YouTube and post stuff from there on Facebook.

Gone are the days

Gone are the days when former President Dwight D. Eisenhower launched bold government programs to cover a country 27 times the size of Germany with a network of interstate highways. Gone are the years when former President Lyndon B. Johnson declared war on poverty and enacted federal laws declaring that there could be no second- or third-class citizens, regardless of skin colour. And gone is the spirit of renewal after former President John F. Kennedy's visionary promise to send Americans to the moon within a decade, a program that would cost taxpayers billions.

Readers respond

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International

Policy shift to Asia is 'real': US

The United States yesterday insisted that its much-touted shift to the Asia-Pacific region is for real as US and Australian officials met for annual strategic talks.

Syria crisis gathers pace

Deadly fighting raged near Damascus and in Syria's northeast yesterday, as the Arab League urged more groups to join a newly formed opposition bloc that won swift recognition from the Gulf states.

Petraeus scandal widens

The top US commander in Afghanistan, General John Allen, is under investigation for alleged inappropriate communication with a woman at the centre of the scandal involving former CIA Director David Petraeus, a senior US defence official said yesterday.

China drafts name list of party central committee

China's ruling communists were handed a list of candidates yesterday for their new Central Committee ahead of a tightly circumscribed vote to select a new leadership for the world's most populous nation.

'Who the hell knows?'

Pentagon chief Leon Panetta, a longtime veteran of Washington politics, sidestepped questions Monday about whether he would quit his post as expected amid a new report that John Kerry might replace him.

Israel says Gaza strife not over

Israel struck three targets in the Gaza Strip in the early hours of yesterday and warned an on-going crisis with Palestinian militants had not been resolved, despite a marked decrease in rocket-fire from the territory.

Mossad tried to kill Saddam Hussein

Israeli's intelligence agency Mossad tried and failed to kill Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein with a book bomb in the 1970s, a new documentary has revealed.

Palestinian UN bid on Nov 29

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas has announced that the Palestinian Authority will present its bid for non-state UN membership on November 29, despite US and Israeli opposition.

Suu Kyi urges caution against over-optimism

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi urged India not to be over-optimistic about political changes in her homeland, as she began her first visit to New Delhi for a quarter of a century yesterday.

No regrets over loss: Ryan

Former Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan said Monday he has "no regrets" over the 2012 campaign despite losing the election last week.

Myanmar quake toll rises to 38

A powerful earthquake that struck Myanmar at the weekend has left 38 people dead or missing, the Red Cross said yesterday as a new tremor rattled the government's showpiece capital Naypyidaw.

Qatada released from British jail

Britain yesterday released terror suspect Abu Qatada from prison on bail after judges ruled that the man dubbed Osama bin Laden's right-hand man in Europe should not be extradited to Jordan.

Japan set for 'next month' poll

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has decided to dissolve Japan's parliament as early as Friday, with an election possibly next month, media said yesterday, in a move likely to unseat him from power.

Diwali blaze kills 8 in India

An explosion and fire at a house in northern India killed eight people yesterday, including six members of a family who were making firecrackers for the festival of Diwali, a media report said.

Arts & Entertainment

“Films shouldn't just entertain”

Nandita Das, the award-winning Indian film and theatre actor, is best recognised for her performances in “Fire” (1996), “Earth” (1998), “Bawandar” (2000) and “Aamaar Bhuvan” (2002). She has been honoured with the Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the Government of France.

Theatre Art Unit's 10-day festival begins today

A ten-day International Theatre Festival marking the 20th anniversary of Theatre Art Unit (TAU) begins today at the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. Five overseas troupes will stage six plays at the fest, organised by TAU in association with Shilpakala Academy. Fourteen local troupes will hold shows of as many plays.

'Humayun Mela' and 'Himu Day' celebration at Channel i premises

Family members, friends and fans of Humayun Ahmed and his most popular character 'Himu' -- almost all wearing yellow panjabi and uttario (scarf) -- were visible at the 'Humayun Mela 2012' that was held yesterday at Channel i premises.

Prachyanat to hold three day open theatre festival at Suhrawardy Udyan

Theatre troupe Prachyanat is organising a three-day open theatre festival. Starting from November 15 the festival will be held at the amphitheatre (open stage) of Suhrawardy Udyan in the capital and will continue till November 17. The show will begin at 3:30 pm everyday.

Kushtia celebrates Mir Mosharraf's 165th birth anniversary

A two-day long elaborate programme has been chalked out to mark the 165th birth anniversary of renowned poet, novelist and playwright Mir Mosharraf Hossain. The programme began yesterday.

Amitabh Bachchan presents himself as the “son-in-law of Bengal”

Strong Bollywood presence led by superstars Amitabh Bachchan and Shahrukh Khan and humour marked the opening of the 18th edition of the Kolkata International Film Festival at the Netaji Indoor Stadium on Saturday night.

Artissima speaks Bangla

No art fair in the world equals the importance of the Basel Art Fair, held every year around mid June in the Swiss city and whose brand now has expanded to incorporate under the same management the Basel Hong Kong Fair in May and the Basel Miami Fair in early December.

OP-ED

Our Pakistan question

We have been given to understand that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will not be going to Pakistan for the D-8 summit. The reasons, of course, are yet to be known given that the prime minister had earlier accepted the invitation brought to her by Pakistani foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar. Be that as it may, we now have a rather good opportunity to observe and comment on the wariness with which Bangladesh and Pakistan have circled each other since the surrender of the Pakistan army in Dhaka on December 16, 1971.

Prez Obama's rainbow finds its pot of gold

Any politician who gets elected thanks to the worst financial crisis since America's Great Depression in 1929, and needs the most violent hurricane in a century to get re-elected, obviously has the vote of the Almighty. Many Americans remain convinced that the divine benevolence Barack Hussein Obama enjoys is from a God called Allah, rather than the bearded old man of Christian iconography. Barack is not an English word, let alone an American one; it derives from the Arabic baraka, meaning blessing. Others, and Donald Trump comes to mind, accept that Obama was born, but wish he hadn't been, and certainly not in Hawai.

Beacon of hope and empowerment

The 4th Global Social Business Summit was held from November 8 to10 in Vienna. It was inaugurated by Queen Sofia of Spain. The conference is organised by Grameen Creative Lab (Germany) and Yunus Centre (Bangladesh).

Protect our future

Diabetes is a group of metabolic diseases, clinically known as Diabetes Mellitus, in which a person has high blood sugar, either because the body does not produce enough insulin, or because cells do not respond to the insulin that is produced. Glucose is vital to human health because it is the main source of energy for the cells that make up muscles and tissues. This high blood sugar produces the classical symptoms of urination, increased thirst and increased hunger. If anyone has diabetes, no matter what type, it means he has too much glucose in his blood -- although the reasons may differ -- which can lead to serious health problems.

Adaptation plan

As the 18th Conference of Parties (COP18) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) approaches (it is to be held in Doha, Qatar from November 26 until December 7), preparations are being made to discuss a number of items on the agenda.

This Day In History

November 14
1922

The BBC begins radio service in the United Kingdom.


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