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News of: Thursday, 15th of November, 2012

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Confusion over ransom

A day after abducted kindergarten student Parag Mondol was found in Keraniganj, conflicting stories have emerged surrounding the ransom.

Parag sedated heavily

Despite the rescue of six-year-old Parag Mondol, the victim is still facing various kinds of trouble -- both physical and psychological. Parag was admitted to Square Hospital's ICU unit at 1:00am yesterday, and later declared “out of danger” by doctors.

Govt cannot split BNP-led alliance

Opposition Chief Whip Zainul Abdin Farroque yesterday said the government cannot create a rift in the BNP-led political alliance by oppressing its allies.

Zillur too merciful

President Zillur Rahman in the three years from 2009 granted clemency to 21 persons sentenced to death in different cases, Home Minister Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir told parliament yesterday.

Not sympathy, but special care

Private companies should introduce a quota system for recruiting physically challenged women, opening a door to them to show their potential in the corporate sector, social activists said at a discussion yesterday.

Jamaat mayhem again in Dec?

Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Chhatra Shibir are likely to intensify violent activities across the country in December as they think the international crimes tribunals would deliver verdicts against a few Jamaat leaders then, sources said.

Jamaat out with one purpose

No fewer than 200 policemen were injured across the country in the last nine days of violent demonstrations by Jamaat-Shibir men. Interestingly, the law enforcers were apparently the target of “planned attacks” that also left at least 300 people injured.

It created problem already

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said in parliament yesterday that religion-based politics had already created a political problem in the country.

Hay comes to Dhaka

The Hay Festival Dhaka begins tonight for the second time at Bangla Academy. The extravaganza is open for all.

EU worried about RMG

International buyers might stop purchasing garment items from Bangladesh because of political violence and bad working conditions that threaten to hurt the country's image abroad, said a top EU diplomat yesterday.

War tribunal told of torture at Goods Hill

A prosecution witness yesterday told International Crimes Tribunal-1 that student leader Mahbubul Alam of Chittagong was tortured in the presence of war crimes accused Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury that led to his death during the Liberation War.

Prosecution gets boost

The government has added 12 more lawyers to the prosecution team engaged with crimes against humanity trials as new cases were in the pipeline and more manpower was needed during closing arguments of trials.

Central bank turns to tech

Bangladesh Bank has decided to introduce modern technology to detect highly abnormal transactions like that of Hall-Mark.

Tanvir, Tushar confess again

Hall-Mark Group Managing Director Tanvir Mahmud and its General Manager Tushar Ahmed yesterday once again confessed to magistrates about their involvement in the Tk 2,686 crore scam.

Heart patient among 3 dead as truck hits ambulance

A cardiac patient, his wife and the driver of an ambulance carrying the patient were killed on their way to a hospital as the vehicle collided with a sand-laden truck in the capital's Sher-e-Bangla Nagar early yesterday.

Diamond sold at record £13m

A huge, internally flawless diamond from India's fabled Golconda mines was sold at auction in Geneva on Tuesday night for a record 20.35m Swiss francs (£13.5m), Christie's said.

Nothing can stop war crimes trial

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday reaffirmed her government's firm resolve to hold the trial of war criminals.

Speaker for political consensus

Speaker Abdul Hamid yesterday stressed the need for "consensus" among all political parties "for the sake of the country.

Star's CU reporter gets death threat

An anonymous caller on Tuesday threatened to kill a news reporter of The Daily Star unless he apologised publicly for "reporting against Jamaat-Shibir".

Editorial

Police's role baffling

The scale of the violence that activists of Jamaat-e-Islami and militant cadres of its student wing Shibir unleashed against the police and pedestrians on Tuesday afternoon was extremely worrying. Compared to the pitch of their destructive attacks, the police's role seemed to be rather feeble and withdrawn. In fact, the police were on the defensive and took the beating from the Jamaat-Shibir cadres who were clearly on the offensive.

Good news for the environment

In an ironic twist to the saga of whether or not ships carrying toxic material would be allowed entry into the country, Bangladesh Ship Breakers Association (BSBA) has withdrawn its appeal against a High Court (HC) verdict given in 2009. This removes the last hurdle to the government's plans to formulate legislation on ship breaking.

Sports

Tigers' flair overdose

Two very different styles of batting were on display on the second day of the first Test at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday. At one end patient and risk-free batting from Shivnarine Chanderpaul not only took him to a second double hundred but also helped the West Indies to tighten their grip on the home team, while at the other extreme flamboyant batting from Tamim Iqbal only put the Tigers in danger.

'It was bad shot selection'

A lifter from pacer Ravi Rampaul took the edge and flew over the slip cordon and thus Tamim Iqbal got his first boundary; a fortuitous one. But that bit of good fortune did not stop the left-hander to think otherwise with his innings, instead he was outrageous with his stroke-play which even forced the experienced West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul to ask him whether he was playing a T20 game.

Classic Chanderpaul

For those who wanted to witness the essence of a typical Test innings, the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur was the place to be yesterday. Shivnarine Chanderpaul's double hundred (203 not out), the second in his 18-year long career, wasn't necessarily eye-catching. It didn't contain any sixes and neither was it filled with a string of flamboyant strokes.

THE MOMENTS

Minor Chances
The flat wicket at the Sher-e-Bangla contains a bit of moisture in the morning session, making it the most probable time for the bowling side to pick up wickets. While the Bangladeshi bowlers couldn't make the most of it, they did however, squander a couple. The first one in fact came at the second ball of the day when a flighted delivery by debutant Shohag Gazi beat both Denesh Ramdin and keeper Mushfiqur Rahim as it went through the gap between the bat and the pad. The second opportunity came through an edge of Shivnarine Chanderpaul off Gazi, which fell inches short of the slip fielder.

Sk Jamal, MSC win

Title contenders Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club and Mohammedan SC got off to winning starts in the Grameenphone Bangladesh Premier League at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Booters leave for Thailand today

The Bangladesh national football team leave here for Thailand today to play two FIFA friendly matches against Thailand and Malaysia with a hope of verifying the standard they belong to.

First Test from today

India and England will be without the services of fast bowlers Ishant Sharma and Steven Finn when they open a four-Test series in Ahmedabad on Thursday.

Dhar's allegation against BBF

Nikhil Chandra Dhar, Badminton World Federation's level-1 certified coach, brought allegation of non-cooperation against the Bangladesh Badminton Federation, which is dillydallying with the process of handing the BWF invitation of level-2 coaches course to him.

Debaraj takes solo lead

FM Debaraj Chatterjee took solo lead in the Healthcare Pharmaceuticals Limited 38th National 'A' Chess Championship with 6 points after beating FM Mehdi Hasan Parag in the seventh round at the media centre of Bangladesh Olympic Association yesterday.

Blackout in India?

International news agencies, including AFP, warned Tuesday they may be forced to suspend coverage of the Test cricket series between India and England to protest restrictions imposed by authorities.

Local Snippets

Mohakhali Ekadash played out a 1-1 draw against T& T Club in the Popular Insurance Senior Division Football League at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium yesterday. After the barren first half, Helal put Mohakhali ahead in the 56th minute before Shawan levelled the margin in the 73rd minute.

Japan leave it late

Shinji Okazaki scored a late winner as Asian champions Japan edged Oman 2-1 to zero in on a berth at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil on Wednesday.

Aussies edge South Korea

Late call-up Robert Cornthwaite was the unlikely hero with an 87th-minute winner Wednesday as Australia enjoyed a confidence-boosting 2-1 friendly win over South Korea.

Police drop referee racism complaint

British police said Tuesday they had no plans to continue enquiries into a complaint regarding alleged racist comments by referee Mark Clattenburg towards a Chelsea player because no victim had come forward.

Stevie G's Eng regrets

Steven Gerrard has seen all the highs and lows that have befallen England over the last decade, including three penalty shoot-out defeats in major tournaments.

Ibra admires Gerrard

Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic says Steven Gerrard is not "a normal English player", as the Liverpool midfielder prepares to win his 100th England cap in Wednesday's friendly between the two countries.

Solo's fiance released

Former NFL player Jerramy Stevens was released without charge Tuesday after his arrest on suspicion of assaulting his fiance, US women's soccer team goalkeeper Hope Solo.

Gomez scores 4 on return

Germany striker Mario Gomez scored four goals, even managing to burst a football, on his comeback after three months off with injury as Bayern Munich romped to a 6-0 friendly win over a sixth division side.

Pele undergoes hip operation

Legendary Brazilian footballer Pele underwent a successful hip operation in Sao Paulo on Tuesday, a spokesperson for the three-time World Cup winner told the Globo Esporte website.

Business

Are you eating safe?

Retail chain Agora will sell fruits, vegetables, fish, meat and processed foods, tested by a research organisation of the government, in a bid to provide safe and hygienic food items to consumers.

Lagarde wants 'real fix, not quick fix' on Greek debt

The International Monetary Fund wants a "real fix, not a quick fix" on Greek debt, its managing director said Wednesday, days after publicly clashing with European officials on the issue.

New study finds 0.3pc of arable land lost each year

Bangladesh loses 0.3 percent of cultivable land each year due to massive urbanisation, industrialisation and new roads, not the 1 percent long been claimed, according to a recent study.

Anti-austerity strikes sweep Europe

Police and protesters clashed in Spain on Wednesday as millions of workers went on strike across Europe to protest spending cuts they say have made the economic crisis worse.

Bank loans being diverted

A portion of bank credit is being used for unintended purposes due to weak monitoring by the regulator and the banks, two former central bank governors and a business leader said yesterday.

Tank-lorry owners postpone strike

Tank-lorry owners and workers yesterday postponed their strike as Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation assured them of providing all legal cooperation to release their four leaders who were detained on November 10 on charges of carrying 90 grams of heroin.

Govt defers plan to reset GDP, export targets

The government has put off the decision of re-fixing the country's targets for economic growth and other macroeconomic indicators for the current fiscal year by three months.

Bangladesh objects to bank list for UK visa

Bangladesh has objected to the new rules of the UK Border Agency on the financial statements required for British visa applications.

Tesco opens Skills Foundation for garment workers

Tesco, a retail giant of the UK, has recently announced the launch of an Apparel Skills Foundation to support Bangladesh's readymade garment industry.

ADB lends $25.1m to Pran for food manufacturing plants

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has signed an agreement yesterday to lend $25.1 million to Pran Group to build three food manufacturing plants.

Tourism fair kicks off in Ctg today

Chittagong should be the tourism capital of Bangladesh alongside the commercial capital, Akhtaruz Zaman Khan Kabir, chief executive officer of Bangladesh Tourism Board, said yesterday.

Banglalink revenue up 23pc in Q3

Banglalink's revenue rose 23 percent year-on-year in the third quarter of 2012, the operator's parent company Orascom Telecom Holdings said in a statement yesterday.

Ctg port shows signs of improved efficiency

Chittagong port has shown improved efficiency in handling of containers, thanks to computerised terminal management system (CTMS).

Metropolitan

CCC yet to move against illegal billboards

Despite its recent announcement, the Chittagong City Corporation has failed to remove the illegal hoardings from the port city.

HC stays bar on madrasa students for 3 months

The High Court yesterday, in response to a writ petition, stayed for three months an admission precondition of Dhaka University (DU) for which madrasa students were not eligible for enrollment in eight departments.

222m women suffer in developing world

A United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) report stated that family planning was a right and about 222 million women in developing countries have unplanned pregnancy for not having access to contraceptives or family planning information.

Jamaat-Shibir's mayhem condemned

Different socio-political organisations yesterday condemned the recent attack by Jamaat-e-Islami and pro-Jamaat student organisation Islami Chhatra Shibir on the law minister's escort car, police personnel and the general people.

Mosharraf acquitted of graft charges

The High Court yesterday acquitted former state minister for energy AKM Mosharraf Hossain and his estranged wife Zinat Mosharraf in a corruption case filed in 1991.

Friendship launches another hospital ship

Aiming to provide free emergency healthcare to underprivileged people living in coastal areas, a floating hospital called Rongdhonu was launched yesterday at Marine Workshop Ghat in Chittagong.

HC asks for girl tortured by cops

The High Court yesterday directed Bangladesh National Women Lawyers' Association (BNWLA), a rights organisation, to bring the girl who was allegedly tortured in police custody in Kushtia in September, before it on November 29.

Envoy denies link

Libyan Chargé d' Affaires in Dhaka Kamel Al-Mahjoub yesterday refuted an ATN Bangla report which stated that he had connections with three Libyan nationals arrested on October 24 for their alleged cheating in manpower recruitment.

PM won't join D-8 summit

Dhaka yesterday officially informed Islamabad of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's “inability” to participate in the D-8 summit scheduled for November 22.

Govt team did not know of carnage on first day

A government delegation meant for negotiating with the BDR mutineers could not figure out the bloodshed in Pilkhana even when the rebels surrendered some arms on the first night of the 2009 mutiny, State Minister for Law Quamrul Islam told a court yesterday.

AHRC seeks UN help

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) filed a petition to the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID) on Tuesday seeking its intervention in the case of disappearance of Bangladeshi national Mohammad Imam Hassan Badal.

Dandy Dyeing case hearing deferred

A Dhaka court yesterday deferred till January 7 the hearing on a case filed against 10 directors of Dandy Dyeing Ltd, including BNP Senior Vice Chairman Tarique Rahman, for defaulting on a loan of Tk 45.49 crore.

Missing man's body found buried underground

Police recovered the body of a man, buried underground and having injury marks on the forehead, in Sitakunda upazila of Chittagong yesterday.

Fire guts 4 houses in Ctg

Four houses were gutted in a fire on Bahadderhat Khaza road in Chittagong early yesterday.

Cross-examination of Golam Rasul ends

The cross-examination of the prosecution witness Golam Rasul, a police personnel, in the sensational 10-truck arms haul cases concluded yesterday.

BBC Bangladesh Sanglap returns Nov 18

BBC Bangladesh Sanglap, a popular discussion programme featuring contemporary social and political issues, is all geared up to be aired for the second time in the country from November 18.

Lawyers slate attack on Shafique's escort car

Pro-ruling party lawyers yesterday said Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Chhatra Shibir activists attacked the law minister's escort car on Tuesday targeting the minister as he played a vital role in holding the ongoing trial of the 1971 crimes against humanity.

Four more prosecution witnesses give statements

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

House passes obituary motion

The House on the first day of its 15th session yesterday unanimously adopted an obituary motion on the death of Awami League lawmaker from Chittagong and the party presidium member Akhtaruzzaman Chowdhury Babu.

Four held with heroin in Sylhet

Rapid Action Battalion arrested four people with 400 grammes of heroin worth Tk 10 lakh in their possession at Hotel Gulshan in Sylhet city on Tuesday night.

Bangladesh ambassador to Japan presents credentials

The newly appointed Bangladesh Ambassador to Japan Masud Bin Momen presented his credentials to Emperor of Japan Akihito at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo yesterday.

Man dies as train runs him over

Abdul Malek Chowdhury, 37, of Collegepara area in Gaibandha municipality, was killed as a train ran him over near the Gaibandha railway station on Tuesday evening.

Father, son held for human trafficking

Coast guard personnel yesterday detained a man and his son at Teknaf in Cox's Bazar for their alleged involvement in a human trafficking syndicate.

Bangladesh's ranking down in warning on tobacco products

Bangladesh's position in the ranking of use of visual warnings on the packages of tobacco products has fallen by 20 points, according to a research report.

Teen dies from electrocution

A teenager died from electrocution at Fatikchhari upazila in Chittagong yesterday.

National

Chairmen, members of 108 Ups in Bogra on work abstention

The chairmen and members of 108 union parishads (UPs) in the district refained from official jobs yesterday, the second day of their three-day work abstention programme.

Tk 1cr beans sell a day at Muladuli market

Muladuli vegetable market in Ishwardi upazila under the district is buzzing with activities as the largest 'bean market' of the northern region sees trading of beans worth Tk 80 lakh to 1 crore daily during the ongoing reaping season.

Pre-poll promises to woo voters

All the three candidates in Tangail-3 (Ghatail) by-election slated for November 18 are now busy in mass contacts to woo voters.

Disgruntled aspirants ransack room of BMA election chief

A group of Swadhinata Chikitshak Parishad members yesterday ransacked the room of Prof PC Babla at Mymensingh Medical College (MMC).

BCL activists attack coaching centres, Shibir office

A group of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) men ransacked two coaching centres and an office of Islami Chhatra Shibir in the city on Tuesday night.

Jubo Dal activist killed in Pabna

A Jubo Dal activist was murdered allegedly by Swechchhasebok League men at Koromza village in Santhia upazila of the district on Tuesday night.

Human chain, roadblock by IU teachers and students

Around 1000 teachers, officers, staff and general students of the Islamic University (IU) formed a human chain on the campus yesterday, demanding removal of vice-chancellor, pro-vice-chancellor and treasurer of the university.

BCL leaders hurt in JCD attack

Three Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) leaders were injured as Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists attacked them on Manikganj Government Devendra College campus yesterday. The injured are Abid Hossain Khan Sakib, organising secretary of BCL college unit, Tanvir Foysal Rahi, assistant relief and disaster affairs secretary of the district unit and its member Joy Khandaker. Of the trio, Abid was admitted to Manikganj Sadar Hospital in critical condition. Injured Tanvir and Joy said a group of JCD men numbering 30/40 and led by Awlad Hossain suddenly beat them up with iron rods mercilessly while they were gossiping on the campus. Contacted, former president of the college unit JCD Awlad Hossain said he was not present on the campus when the attack was made.

Nine injured in clash

At least nine people were injured in a clash between two rival groups over a piece of disputed land at Khordamalibari village in Sadar upazila yesterday. Locals said there was a longstanding conflict between one Azahar Ali of Khordamalibari and Sekender Ali of Fakirtari village over the land. The supporters of the rivals attacked each other with lethal weapons, leaving at least nine from both sides injured following an altercation over the issue. Of the injured, five were admitted to Gaibandha Sadar Hospital.

International

Suu Kyi seeks India's support

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday urged the people of India to help her country secure democracy as she paid her first visit for 25 years.

Syria rebels receive heavy pounding

Syria's regime unleashed tanks and warplanes against rebels as battles raged yesterday, after France recognised the newly united political opposition and raised the prospect of arming its fighters.

Pak PM relieved of contempt charges

Pakistan's Supreme Court yesterday withdrew a contempt notice issued to Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf earlier this year after he failed to approach Swiss authorities to revive graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari.

BBC's 90th birthday amid testing times

The BBC marked the 90th anniversary of its first ever transmission yesterday beset by doubts about its future after scandals surrounding its reporting of child sex abuse allegations.

US soldier could face death penalty

Prosecutors called Tuesday for a US soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan villagers to face a full court-martial and even death.

War cries as Israel kills Hamas military chief

Israel launched a major offensive against Palestinian militants in Gaza yesterday, killing the military commander of Hamas in an air strike and threatening an invasion of the enclave that the Islamist group vowed would "open the gates of hell".

UN failed to protect victims

The United Nations failed to protect civilians and halt rights abuses during the end of Sri Lanka's civil war, according to an internal review that triggered an angry response Wednesday from the government.

Obama set to discuss Rohingya issue

President Barack Obama will discuss the deadly sectarian violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state during his historic visit to the country, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said yesterday.

Five Maoists killed in India

Five Maoists were killed in a fierce encounter with security forces in a forest on the border of Odisha's Ganjam and Gajapati districts yesterday.

Xi set to take power in China

China's ruling Communist Party closed a pivotal congress yesterday that put Vice President Xi Jinping a step closer to taking power for the next decade in a landmark transition.

Israel mulling Abbas ouster

Israel's foreign ministry has proposed in a policy paper "toppling" Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas if a Palestinian bid for state observer status at the United Nations is approved later this month.

Obama to meet press, backs Allen

President Barack Obama is set to address the sex scandal that brought down CIA chief David Petraeus and snared a top US general when he gives his first post-election press conference yesterday.

AU backs Mali intervention

The African Union has endorsed a plan for military intervention to regain control of Mali's desert north from Islamist rebels and restore the authority of the state.

Japan to hold polls on Dec 16

Japan will hold a general election on December 16, a senior governing party official confirmed yesterday, putting an end to months of speculation over the date of polls.

Hamas military chief killed

The Palestinian Islamist group Hamas yesterday said the head of its military wing, Ahmed Said Khalil al-Jabari, was killed in an Israeli air strike. Witnesses said he was travelling in a car in Gaza City when it exploded.

Spate of blasts kill 15 in Iraq

A spate of apparently coordinated attacks across Iraq on the eve of a Muslim festival marking the Islamic new year killed 15 people and wounded more than 100 others yesterday, officials said.

S Korea leader's son to face probe

South Korean prosecutors yesterday said they would refer President Lee Myung-Bak's only son to the tax authorities as they handed down indictments over a land deal for Lee's retirement home.

Arts & Entertainment

Between the Lines, woven in deeply

What happens when two lawyers, married to each other, find themselves on opposing sides of an attempted murder case in court? Do the educated, affluent, supposedly progressive couple keep it “strictly professional” or does the trial travel home and shed light on issues, until then invisible, creating tension?

Tanvir Mokammel's Jibondhuli off the ground

The festivities of Durga Puja in the quaint world of a 100-year-old house of a Hindu family at Nasirnagar (Brahmanbaria district) and the immersion of the idols in nearby Langhan river came alive beautifully during the second phase of the shooting of Tanvir Mokammel's forthcoming feature film “Jibondhuli” last week.

“1971” staged on Humayan Ahmed's birthday in Chittagong

As part of the birthday celebration of noted litterateur Humayan Ahmed, Anadikalpo, a theatre troupe in the port city, staged an adaptation of his novel “1971” at the Shilpakala Academy Auditorium here on Tuesday evening.

Humayun Ahmed recalled in Pabna

Shahitya-Shangskritik Kendra, a cultural organisation based at Pabna Edward College, observed the 64th birth anniversary of noted writer Humayun Ahmed on Tuesday.

Juddho: LRB's fight against odds

LRB has released its 11th album “Juddho”(war) at a time when the music industry, particularly the country's rock music, faces a tough time. The release of rock albums has reduced significantly over the last couple years and at present bands prefer to release new compositions on radio and cell phones first rather than CDs.

Magic of Lines

Gallery Cosmos-2 in Mohakhali will organise a nine-day long drawing exhibition, titled “Magic of Lines”. The exhibition opens tomorrow (November 16). The exhibition will showcase figure drawings by young artists, done at a workshop recently conducted by the artist Jamal Ahmed.

Mark Rothko painting crowns New York art sale

Rothko's No 1 (Royal Red and Blue), described by Sotheby's as "a seminal, large-scale masterpiece", was the subject of a heated bidding war.

Traditional Dipali observed

Members of the Hindu community of Barisal observed Maha Shamshan Dipali on Monday night at Maha Shamshanghat and Dipabali Utsab at their homes.

Seventh anniversary of Bonhishikha

Marking seventh anniversary of cultural organisation 'Bonhishikha', a two daylong cultural programme will kick off tomorrow (November 16) at Shawkat Osman Memorial Auditorium of Central Public Library, Shahbagh in the capital.

OP-ED

Competitive, not confrontational, politics

This piece has been motivated by the cover picture of the latest edition of The Economist. I am told that this is the world's most twittered picture since it appeared on the internet, reaching nearly a million. It is a picture of the reelected President Obama hugging his wife, his face showing distinct signs of happiness and, perhaps even more, of relief.

With Obama's victory, where does India stand?

Now that the election frenzy is over and President Barack Obama has retained his hold on the White House, attention has shifted to what the result can mean for the US and its partners across the world. During the campaign, India barely made a blip: outsourcing and visas earned a passing mention but neither candidate brought the India-US relationship anywhere near the centre of his electoral concerns.

How our reckless politics gives India an edge

The recent visit to India by the leader of the opposition Khaleda Zia has become a much talked about subject in the political arena of both Bangladesh and India. Given the general public perception of BNP being "anti Indian" and Awami League being "pro Indian," Khaleda Zia's conciliatory tone and friendly overtures towards India have been looked upon with both positivism and scepticism by different quarters.

Making sense of EU's Nobel Peace Prize

The Norwegian Nobel Committee's decision to award the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize to European Union (EU) has generated mixed responses. For EU officials, the Nobel Committee's decision makes sense since the peace award goes to an institution that really deserves it. EU supporters are delighted by the fact that EU is the only regional intergovernmental organisation to win the prestigious peace prize. Senior EU officials, including EU President Herman Van Rompuy, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, and European Parliament President Martin Schultz, said it was a recognition that was long overdue.

Earth for sale on auction site

A man put the planet Earth up for sale on a Japanese internet auction site last week. The seller listed the Earth as "used" and warned that there was a "no-return" policy. Buy it and you're stuck with it.

This Day In History

November 15
1777

American Revolutionary War: After 16 months of debate the Continental Congress approves the Articles of Confederation.



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