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News of: Friday, 16th of November, 2012

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They did it for money

Seven persons were arrested Wednesday night for their suspected links to the abduction of kindergarten student Parag Mondol, a day after the six-year-old returned to his parents.

Launching of Daily Star Books today

The Daily Star starts its book publishing wing, Daily Star Books, today through the launching of eminent journalist Kuldip Nayar's autobiography Beyond the Lines.

China unveils new leadership

Xi Jinping took the reins of both the Communist party and the military in China yesterday morning, before introducing the broadly conservative team who will lead the country with him.

Ensure security of Parag, family

The High Court yesterday directed the government to provide extra security to six-year-old Parag Mondol, who had been rescued three days after his abduction from Keraniganj, and his family until further orders.

Rights bodies concerned

The government had not made any progress in improving the country's human rights situation during its tenure over the last four years, observed Human Rights Forum (HRF), a coalition of 19 rights and development organisations.

Dhaka tops list of global cities

Dhaka has been ranked the top city in the world to face the highest climate change risks in the coming years.

PM, Khaleda greet new CPC leaders

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday congratulated Xi Jinping, China's newly elected Communist Party chief, certain to become the country's new president next year.

Hay Festival opens in city

With a promise to spread the vast treasure of Bangladeshi literature in the world, the Hay Festival Dhaka opened at Bangla Academy in the capital yesterday.

5 suspects freed on Babar's order

Police had detained five suspected activists of United Liberation Front of Assam (Ulfa) in connection with the seizure of 10-truck arms and ammunition in 2004 and later freed them upon receiving an order from former state minister for home Lutfuzzaman Babar.

Prosecution seeks death penalty

The prosecution yesterday asked for the death penalty against Jamaat-e-Islami Nayeb-e-Ameer Delawar Hossain Sayedee in connection with crimes against humanity committed during the Liberation War.

I trained to be freedom fighter

Jamaat leader Abdul Quader Mollah yesterday claimed that he received training for the Liberation War along with some youths at Amirabad village in Faridpur.

Gowher to represent PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will be unable to attend the D-8 summit in Islamabad scheduled for November 22 because of a conflict in her schedule, said a spokesman for the Prime Minister's Office yesterday.

Ashura on Nov 25

The holy Ashura will be observed across the country on November 25, as the moon of Muharram month was sighted yesterday.

4 hurt as JCD men clash at CU

Four activists were injured in a clash between two groups of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal Chittagong University (CU) Unit on the university campus in the port city yesterday.

Alal freed on bail

Juba Dal President Syed Moazzem Hossain Alal was released on bail from Dhaka Central Jail yesterday.

Suu Kyi declines to back Rohingyas

Even as the country accommodates thousands of Rohingyas despite its own population and poverty problems, Aung San Suu Kyi says illegal immigration from Bangladesh has to be stopped.

The world's 'poorest' president

It's a common grumble that politicians' lifestyles are far removed from those of their electorate. Not so in Uruguay. Meet the president - who lives on a ramshackle farm and gives away most of his pay.

Japan wants 'mutually beneficial' ties with new China

Japan yesterday voiced hope for "mutually beneficial" ties with China's new leaders amid a bitter maritime dispute, but analysts said Beijing's territorial ambitions are unlikely to fade any time soon.

Obama wants immigration bill 'very soon'

President Barack Obama on Wednesday urged lawmakers to agree as early as January on a bill to lay a path to citizenship for the estimated 11.5 million illegal immigrants in the United States.

Threatened, Mali rebels reject Sharia law

One of the main Islamist groups controlling northern Mali offered important concessions Wednesday, as plans to send an international military force to the country gathered steam.

BP says in 'advanced discussions' to settle dispute

British energy giant BP yesterday said it was in advanced discussions to settle open criminal and regulatory cases with US authorities over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster.

Editorial

Dhaka-Minsk ties

In Belarus, Bangladesh has made a new friend on what may be seen as breaking new ground. Since the contributions of the USSR -- of which Belarus was then a part -- during our liberation war, and the establishment of diplomatic relations with the independent nation in 1991, the recent visit of the country's Prime Minister to Bangladesh has brought the first sure signs of promise of a mutually beneficial relationship between the two countries.

Bank credit being used unproductively

A recent research study conducted by a former Bangladesh Bank governor has come up with some startling facts. Of the eighteen banks surveyed, their managements were clueless about where the credit was going. Indeed, several senior bank officials, both serving and retired, have stressed that bank credit must be prioritised to meet the needs of productive sectors.

Sports

A Tigers day

Shakib Al Hasan angrily swung his bat after his dismissal as the left-hander missed his deserved hundred on a placid wicket by eleven runs only because of his poor shot selection. But the other overnight batsman Naeem Islam was a picture of calm while essaying his maiden hundred and set the tone for Bangladesh to enjoy a rare successful day in Test cricket on the third day of the first Test against the West Indies at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.

Naeem's hard work pays dividends

In the recently concluded domestic league match between Rangpur and Barisal, Naeem Islam occupied the crease for more than seven hours for his century. He eventually carried his bat, recorded his highest first-class score and left the field only after his ten other Rangpur teammates were out.

THE MOMENTS

Shakib's lucky break
The morning juice in the pitch meant that the Bangladesh batsmen had to be cautious early on in order to put up a good reply. While they did manage to keep their wickets intact, things would have been a lot different had Rampaul not bowled a no-ball. In the day's 7th over, Shakib edged a back of a length delivery to the keeper and headed for the dressing room only to stopped by the umpire. Luckily for him, Rampaul had overstepped.

'Credit to home batsmen'

Bangladesh's strong reply brought a number of 'firsts' in Bangladesh cricket, from Naeem Islam scoring his first century to the hosts making their highest ever fourth wicket stand. Bangladesh's strong performance though didn't surprise the West Indian coach Ottis Gibson.

Significant numbers

In the process of piling up 455 for six in their first innings of the first Test against the West Indies at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday, the Tigers set some encouraging benchmarks in their cricketing history.

Sehwag roars back

Virender Sehwag cracked his first century in more than two years as India came up with a solid batting display to take control of the first cricket Test against England here on Thursday.

Blackout takes effect

International news agencies suspended coverage of the Test series between India and England starting Thursday after Indian cricket authorities refused to lift restrictions on photo agencies.

Mashrafe returns to NCL

The fourth round of matches of the National Cricket League (NCL) is set to begin today at different venues across the country after a gap of three days. The round is expected to witness the return of Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, who had earlier taken a break from the longer version of the game due to fitness issues, for Khulna. The injury-plagued pace bowler, who made a successful comeback to the shorter version of the game, had earlier stated that he was following a process that would eventually help him return to Test cricket. “I am hoping to make a start for my team,” said Mashrafe.

ICC boss due tonight

International Cricket Council (ICC) president Sir Alan Isaac will arrive in Dhaka tonight on a two-day visit.

Jr tennis from tomorrow

The Focal Point 26th Bangladesh International Junior Tennis Championship gets underway tomorrow at the National Tennis Complex in Ramna with some 82 players including 26 girls from 19 nations taking part in the championship, an ITF Junior World Ranking Group-5 competition.

Booters in Bangkok

The Bangladesh national football team reached Bangkok yesterday afternoon to play a FIFA friendly match against Thailand, who are 19 places above Bangladesh in the FIFA rankings.

U-23s to play SL tourney

The Bangladesh U-23 national football team will participate in the HE Mahinda Rajapaksa International Football Tournament, scheduled for December 3-9 in Nawalapitiya, Sri Lanka.

Daily Star start strong

When the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur resounded with the roars of the Tigers of the Bangladesh national team yesterday, The Daily Star tigers roared at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium by clinching an emphatic all-wicket win over Daily Sangram in media cricket.

Ibrahimovic masterclass

Zlatan Ibrahimovic drew praise from every corner after he scored all four goals -- including a jaw-dropping long-range bicycle kick -- in Sweden's 4-2 friendly win over England.

France conquer Italy

Zlatan Ibrahimovic lit up a night of friendlies most club coaches had castigated as an unnecessary intrusion into their domestic campaigns as the Swedish star scored four times to give his side a 4-2 win over England on Wednesday.

Colombia hold Brazil

Neymar conjured up a superb equaliser and a dreadful penalty miss in a pulsating 1-1 draw between 2014 World Cup hosts Brazil and Colombia in their friendly on Wednesday.

Messi draws a blank

Lionel Messi drew a rare blank on Wednesday as Argentina could only labour to a goalless draw with Saudi Arabia in a friendly here.

Russia, USA share spoils

Fabio Capello extended his unbeaten run as Russia coach on Wednesday, as his side drew 2-2 with the United States in a friendly in Krasnodar.

Gerrard's 100th appearance

Steven Gerrard became the sixth English player to play 100 times for his country when he captained his side against Sweden in their friendly international to open the Friends Arena on Wednesday.

Business

A chilling move on internet

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) conference, set to take place in Dubai next month, will decide whether internet content access remains free -- of government intervention and cost.

Analysts see loopholes in consumer rights law

The rights of people to various services, including the financial services, have not been reflected properly in the Consumer Rights Protection Act, said an economist yesterday.

Tax returns submission beats last year's figure

The deadline for the submission of income tax returns ended yesterday with the National Board of Revenue (NBR) receiving 36 percent higher returns this year from a year ago, a senior official said.

Online jobseekers on the rise

Online job vacancy postings have seen robust growth over the last several years, mainly due to quick responses from job seekers and increasing internet usage, officials of two jobsites said.

Air India to connect Dhaka, Delhi

Air India is set to start Dhaka-Delhi direct flights on December 3, the company said in a statement yesterday.

State banks' reforms to figure high in govt-IMF talks

Reforms in the state-owned banks will dominate the discussion between the government and an upcoming mission of the International Monetary Fund.

WB vice president postpones Dhaka visit

The World Bank Vice President Isabel Guerrero's scheduled visit to Dhaka has been postponed due to her preoccupations in the global lender's headquarters in Washington.

Envoy advises Bangladesh to form tourism hub with Sri Lanka, Maldives

Bangladesh can form a hub with Sri Lanka and Maldives to promote regional tourism and begin a new era, WA Sarath K Weragoda, Sri Lankan high commissioner, said yesterday.

Power exposition begins in Dhaka

An exhibition for power generation, transmission and renewable energy products began in the city yesterday to give local companies and policymakers scope to explore new opportunities in the sector.

Stocks maintain upward trend

Stocks gained for the third day yesterday, as investors went for buying of shares and mutual fund units anticipating a short-term bull-run.

Chinese firm places feasibility report on Karnaphuli tunnel

China Communication Construction Company Ltd (CCCC) yesterday placed a feasibility study for a multi-lane road tunnel under the Karnaphuli River to Bangladesh Bridge Authority.

SIBL gets new chairman

Md Anisul Haque has recently been elected as the chairman of Social Islami Bank Ltd (SIBL).

SEC clarifies Orion Pharma IPO

The Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday clarified Orion Pharma followed the highest accounting standard to re-evaluate its asset and financial statements.

Metropolitan

12-day event on 'cross perspectives' starts at AUW

The opening ceremony of a multidisciplinary programme styled “Cross Perspectives” was held at Asian University for Women (AUW) in Chittagong yesterday.

Cabinet okays drafts of four laws

The cabinet yesterday okayed drafts of four laws, including Bangladesh Legal Practitioners and Bar Council (Amendment) Act, 2012.

Australia Awards Bangladesh Alumni Association launched

The Australian High Commission in Dhaka launched "The Australia Awards Bangladesh Alumni Association" at a hotel in the capital yesterday.

ACC sues eight BIWTA officials

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday filed a case against 10 people, including eight officials of the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA), on charge of misappropriating nearly Tk 4 crore in the name of river dredging.

15 RMG workers hurt in clash with cops

At least 15 workers of a garment factory were injured when they clashed with ansar and police personnel at Dhaka Export Processing Zone (DEPZ) in Ashulia yesterday.

Five-day cartoon festival launched

With 140 caricatures, cartoons and animation displays, Bangladesh Cartoonist Association yesterday launched a cartoon festival at Drik Gallery in the capital.

Home minister rejects US call for dialogue

Home Minister MK Alamgir yesterday rejected a call by the US to resolve political differences through dialogue.

AL demands Jamaat-Shibir men's speedy trial

The ruling Awami League yesterday staged demonstrations at 118 wards and unions in Dhaka protesting the recent attacks on police by Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Chhatra Shibir, and demanded the attackers' arrest and punishment under the speedy trial act.

HC judge embarrassed to hear writ petition

A High Court judge yesterday felt embarrassed to hear a writ petition that challenged the legality of the alleged detention of Shukho Ranjan Bali, a defence witness for detained Jamaat-e-Islami leader Delawar Hossain Sayedee, facing war crimes charges.

2,400 held till yesterday

Police arrested around 2,400 people till yesterday evening for carrying out violent activities, including attacks on cops, across the country during the last few days, said Home Minister Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir at a discussion yesterday.

SC asks HC to decide on proceedings' legality

The Supreme Court yesterday directed the High Court to decide within six weeks whether the Niko corruption proceedings against former BNP state minister for energy AKM Mosharraf Hossain were legal or not.

Fire breaks out in Kuwait embassy

A fire broke out in Kuwait embassy in Dhaka in Gulshan-2 area yesterday.

Boy killed in Kamrangirchar

A boy was killed allegedly by his friend in the capital's Kamrangirchar yesterday.

Man gets 60 years in jail for abduction, rape

A Chittagong court yesterday sentenced a man to 60 years' rigorous imprisonment for raping a class VII student of Kishnakumari City Corporation Girls High School, after abducting her on February 28, 1997.

HC orders Barisal AL leader's arrest

The High Court yesterday directed police to immediately arrest Liton Pandey, a local Awami League leader of Ujirpur in Barisal, and to produce him before it on November 21 in connection with torturing a schoolteacher.

Eatery manager killed in Ctg

An eatery manager was hacked to death by a staff of the restaurant in Khatunganj of Chittagong yesterday.

Noab meeting tomorrow

The Newspaper Owners' Association of Bangladesh (Noab) will hold an emergency meeting at Surma Hall of Dhaka Club at 1:00pm tomorrow (Saturday), says a Noab press release.

Koica's free medical camp held at Ashulia

A three-day free mobile medical camp organised by Korea International Cooperation Agency (Koica) was held at Ashulia in Dhaka yesterday.

Registration for Biochemistry Olympiad begins

Registration for the upcoming 4th Biochemistry Olympiad has started.

Banks will remain open today, tomorrow in Rangpur

All the state-owned and private commercial banks in Rangpur have been asked to keep open their branches today (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday).

Large amount of cannabis destroyed

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) destroyed about 2,000kg of cannabis worth around Tk 1.6 crore at Kawkhali upazila in Rangamati district yesterday.

Charity concert at Army Stadium today

A charity concert will be held at the Army Stadium in the capital today to raise funds for the poor people. The concert will start at 2:30pm.

15 govt officers to get training in India

A team of 15 Bangladeshi officers will go to India to participate in a five-day training programme on chemical analysis of drugs.

Obituary

Dr Jahedur Rahman, former member of National Assembly and an organiser of the Liberation War, died of old aged complications in Singapore National University Hospital on Wednesday. He was 97.

Cellphone trader mugged in capital

Muggers snatched Tk 5 lakh from a cellphone trader and stabbed his employee in the capital's Elephant Road area yesterday.

Law enforcers harassing students: Fakhrul

BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday said law enforcers are harassing general students in the name of arresting them as Islami Chhatra Shibir activists in the capital.

National

Sidr victims still cry for help

Five years into the onslaught of super cyclone Sidr, most of the 54,006 families who lost their houses in eight upazilas under the district are yet to get suitable dwellings.

9 Shibir men held from Kushtia training camp

Law enforcers unearthed a training camp, run by Jamaat-Shibir, in Mazampur area of the town yesterday and arrested nine Shibir activists along with bombs, bomb- making materials, gun powder, books on jihad, leaflets, posters, barbed wire and CDs from there.

Panel introduction programme for BMA poll at MMC postponed

The programme to introduce panel for the election of Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA) unit here was postponed yesterday as a faction of Swadhinata Chikitshak Parishad continued to oppose the panel.

67 of 96 poll centres 'risky'

The Election Commission (EC) has taken huge security measures to hold the Tangail-3 (Ghatail) by-election, slated for November 18, free and fair.

BDR,BSF meet over disputed land on Panchagarh border

A flag meeting between Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and Indian Border Security Force (BSF) was held yesterday on Berubari Shingpara border under Sadar upazila in Panchagarh over ownership of a disputed land in Khudipara village.

Railway man's body found

Government Railway Police (GRP) of Jamalpur recovered the body of an assistant locomotive master (assistant train driver) from Mymensingh-Jamalpur railway track at Khagdahor, an area between Mymensingh Road Station and Bigonbari Station in Sadar upazila of Mymensingh yesterday. The victim was identified as Farid Alam, 45, son of Ismail Hossain of Bhangapara in Bogra. He was a resident of Shahjahanpur Railway Colony in Dhaka, police said. Contacted, Osman Gani, officer in-charge of Jamalpur GRP said, local people found the body of Farid, ran over by a train at Khagdahor, in the morning and informed police.

Fire burns sugarcane fields

Sugarcane on at least 150 bighas was destroyed in a fire at Putimari Beel at Namotola village in Shibganj upazila yesterday. Police arrested a local honey collector, identified as Nazrul Islam, 50, of Laxmipur-Sardar Para under Taraganj upazila in Rangpur, in this connection. Shibganj police and locals said that the man went to Putimari Beel in the morning for collecting honey from a honeycomb with the help of smoke. But suddenly, a sugarcane filed caught fire which swiftly engulfed the other fields destroying canes on around 150 bighas of land.

Three students stabbed

A gang stabbed three students of Narsingdi Model College as they protested assault on the principal of the college yesterday. The injured were identified as Shuvo, 17, Niloy Saha, 18, and Iftekhar, 18 -- all students of HSC second year. College sources said, Akib, 17, a student of HSC second year, entered the classroom with a mobile phone around two months back. The phone was seized by the principal as per the school managing committee's decision. Yesterday, around 11:30am, Akib along with some outsiders, entered the principal's room and asked him to return the phone. As the principal refuted to do so, Akib and him cohorts began to assault the principal. Seeing the incident, college student Shuvo protested it. Later a gang of 10 to 12, led by Akib, entered the college campus for the second time and stabbed Shuvo, Niloy and Iftekhar with sharp weapons, leaving them critically injured.

Letters

Obama's win brings hope

Many experts say that Bangladesh does not have the “best of relationship” with the US at the moment for various reasons. Even so, Bangladesh could benefit outsourcing jobs in the near future, which could be difficult if a Republican was in power. Because it is observed that with the Republican Party government, the USA becomes more conservative in its policy.

Ramu incident and the political blame game

It is surprising what Khaleda Zia mentioned at Ramu. It is true that local and district administration could stop the attack if they had performed their duties properly. So it can be said that the administration didn't play the expected role. But that does not mean that the government has attacked the Buddhist temples and houses in a planned way. I think it is not true at all. Khaleda Zia's accusation really surprised me.

Downside of coal-fired power plant

Coal is a fossil constituted basically of carbon plus elements like hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen and sulphur. Coal is the world's largest source of energy for the generation of electricity. But it is also one of the biggest emitter of carbon dioxide (CO2), a green house gas. There are more than 2300 coal-fired power plants in the world of which nearly 620 plants are stationed in China. A coal-fired electric power generation plant emits around 2000 pounds of CO2 for every megawatt-hour generated. This pollutes the environment. Coal-fired power plant releases a lot of mercury and other harmful chemicals into the air which can seriously affect human health particularly of children.

Thanking Bangladesh

I would like to thank all of Bangladesh who has been praying for Barack Obama to be re-elected. Your concern, support, and kindness during the US election period have really supported me and being with many of you this morning at the US Embassy sponsored Election Gaily and your enthusiasm for Obama really touched my heart. I am constantly touched by the people of Bangladesh as they have shared the US's good and bad times, but more than anything else for their kindness and enthusiasm.

Police fail to ensure public safety

Currently one of the major issues of our country is our safety. It has degraded over the years, and now it's down to policemen committing crimes. Illegal possession of firearms, kidnapping, snatching, murder, drug trafficking, etc., are rampant all over the country. This happens mainly due to bribery, corruption, lack of surveillance and negligence on the part of the law enforcement agents. There are more than a hundred of such cases all over the country. Many village people have started to look after the security of their villages themselves instead of depending on the police. Our police must be neutral. But in many cases, we see the opposition's processions are attacked, whereas those of the ruling party are not. They often harass and punish innocent people instead of the real culprits because their names are the same. If law enforcers want to earn the trust of the citizens, they must work hard to ensure people's safety.

Abolish admission quotas!

This relates to your cartoon and Habib's front page lead report published on 12th. November on school admissions. In my opinion, except for the physically handicapped, admission quotas at all branches and levels of education must be abolished. After all is said and done, it ignores the right of the capable persons' access to education. We may call it all children's fundamental right to the three Rs! Only merit and mental capability should govern the criteria for admission to all educational institutions at all levels. There should be no interference from any quarter whatsoever. This should be classified as a criminal offence, and anyone doing it should be taken to task! There should be no quotas whatsoever, except for tribal and other excluded children as allowed by the relevant laws only. Under no circumstances, it should be considered a right or entitlement.

Misuse of mobile phones

Mobile phone is one of the wonderful inventions of science. This incredible technology has made our life easy. But the negative uses of mobile phone may bring many troubles to our life. We will not find one mobile user who has not received unexpected calls from unknown numbers. A group of mentally sick people find entertainment in making such calls. Girls are the main target of these unknown callers. If we contact the mobile operators, they suggest that we should avail their call blocking service for a certain fee. But there is no getting away because they call from different numbers. It seems that these unknown callers help the operators make more profit. If we seek help from the law enforcing agencies, they show indifference.

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International

War looms again in Gaza strip

A Hamas rocket killed three Israelis north of the Gaza Strip yesterday, drawing the first blood from Israel as the Palestinian death toll rose to 15 in a military showdown lurching closer to all-out war and an invasion of the enclave.

US plays down rivalry with china again

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton yesterday said the Pacific "is big enough for all of us" as the United States pushes for a more visible military role across the region to counter China.

452 prisoners freed in Myanmar

Myanmar pardoned hundreds of prisoners yesterday under a mass amnesty criticised by pro-democracy activists as a cynical ploy to curry favour ahead of a landmark visit by US President Barack Obama.

Russia opposes arming rebels

Russia yesterday warned nations backing the Syrian opposition against President Bashar al-Assad that they would be violating international law if they started supplying the rebels with weapons.

Obama defends Rice over Libya attacks

President Barack Obama Wednesday angrily hit out Republicans gunning for the US ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, who is under fire over the militant attack on the US mission in Libya that killed ambassador Chris Stevens and three other US staff.

Romney attacks Obama

Mitt Romney said President Barack Obama won by showering "gifts" on women, African American and Hispanic supporters, in his first published remarks since conceding last week's election.

Rahul gets bigger party role

Signaling his much-speculated bigger role in the party, Rahul Gandhi, the scion of Nehru-Gandhi family, was yesterday named the head of India's ruling Congress' coordination committee for next parliamentary elections due in the year 2014.

Tibetan boy dies in self-immolation

A 14-year-old Tibetan boy died after self-immolating, state media said yesterday, the tenth person to set themselves on fire since the eve of a pivotal meeting of ruling Communists last week.

Libya government sworn in

Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan's new cabinet was sworn in on Wednesday at the national assembly and officially took up their posts, in the absence of eight contested nominees.

Bal Thackeray critically ill

Mumbai police stepped up security yesterday to prevent any unrest as Indian firebrand politician Bal Thackeray was reported to be in critical condition at his home in the city.

BP agrees to pay over $4.5b in fine

British energy giant BP yesterday said it had agreed to pay more than $4.5 billion in US fines related to the devastating 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, including a record $4.0 billion to settle criminal claims.

Arts & Entertainment

Bengal-ITC SRA CLASSICAL MUSIC FESTIVAL 2012

The four-day long Bengal-ITC SRA Classical Music Festival is just a few days away. In a bid to bring back the lost pride and to popularise the heritage of classical music, Bengal Foundation has joined hands with ITC-Sangeet Research Academy (SRA) in organising the festival. The much-hyped festival will kick off on November 29 at Army Stadium in Dhaka. Popular Bangla daily Prothom Alo is the strategic partner and The Daily Star is partner of the festival. Maasranga Television is the telecast partner while abc radio is the broadcast partner. Ice Media Limited is the media partner of the festival.

OP-ED

Finance minister's Barber Paradox

How many roads must a man walk down before you call him a man?" asks Bob Dylan in the opening line of his famous song "Blowing in the Wind." The song asks many more "hows" as it goes along, but by the time it gets to the last "how" you think of our finance minister before you know. The words transform in your subconscious mind and turn into a chant verging on rant: How many times must a man say sorry before you call him a joke?

China dares to evolve differently

The 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China concluded on November 14 after making some amendments to the CPC Constitution.

Silent victims of trade-offs

From the state to celebrity to institution, twisted minds either commit horrifying crimes, all under the wraps of normality, or abet in them. The "sewer of deceit" is scarcely laid open in real-time. It is either unraveled posthumously, or through deferred autopsies, if you like. In both cases, at best diminished traces of forensic evidence would be available to go on with. An exercise in moral rage whose potency has long expired as the victims had suffered quietly. Belated moral platitudes cannot heal the wound, but only reopen it.

Unesco braving crisis at 68

Unesco continues to remain in high esteem in the eyes of all concerned with education, science and culture throughout the world, even in the face of "crippling" fund cuts by the USA. The specialised agency of the United Nations enters 68 years today. It was thrown into severe financial crisis in October 2011 when Washington cancelled its grant on the issue of full membership of Palestine. Unesco was forced to slash spending, freeze job hires and cut programmes after the US fund cut, which made up 22% of its budget. The organisation, which promotes global education and supports press freedom among other tasks, started the year with a deficit of $150 million out of $653 million in its budget for 2012 and 2013, To cover up the deficit, UNnesco, under the leadership of Irina Bokova, the 60-year old former Bulgarian foreign minister and the first ever woman Director General, created an emergency fund to obtain cash, primarily from other members. She managed to raise $69 million, including $20 million each from Saudi Arabia and Qatar, as well as smaller donations from countries including Turkey, Indonesia and Algeria. It has also received specific project funding from countries that have particular interests in certain fields. However, it fills gaps, but not in the long-run, Bokova said.

UK aid and trade for development

Earlier this month the British Prime Minister David Cameron co-chaired a meeting of the UN High Level Panel to help shape the future of international development. The panel agreed its main focus should be on eradicating extreme poverty. At the United Nations in September, the prime minister had called on the Panel to produce a bold and ambitious plan. He is convinced that this generation can be the first to eradicate absolute poverty by putting in place the building blocks that take countries from poverty to prosperity: the absence of conflict, corruption and injustice, and the presence of property rights and the rule of law.

This Day In History

November 16
1532

Francisco Pizarro and his men capture Inca Emperor Atahualpa.

StarTech

Dell is not just PC seller

Dell, a progressive 60 billion dollar US hardware company, has started its operations in Bangladesh as Dell Bangladesh.

Samsung plans no settlement with Apple

A top Samsung executive said Wednesday that the South Korean electronics giant had no plans to follow Taiwanese firm HTC in seeking a settlement over its patent disputes with arch-rival Apple.

Microsoft's Surface tablet has modest start

Microsoft Corp's new Surface tablet - its challenger to Apple's iPad - had a "modest" start to sales because of limited availability, Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer told French daily Le Parisien.

Nokia to offer free maps app, service for rival handsets

Nokia has unveiled plans to offer a free maps app on rivals' devices.

CSL brings Fujitsu's Lifebook

Computer Source Limited (CSL), has introduced Fujitsu Lifebook LH772 in the local market.

World Cyber Games Bangladesh ends

World Cyber Games (WCG) Bangladesh 2012 ended on Saturday with the promise of future events from the next year on regular basis.

South Asian Carriers' Meet begins today

A two-day South Asian Carriers' Meet (SCAM) 2012 begins today in the capital.

CIO Summit held in Dhaka

I-Station Limited and UBM India, a part of UBM PLC, UK jointly organised second edition of The Bangladesh CIO Summit on November 8 at the Ruposhi Bangla in the capital.

Qubee's limited edition offer

Qubee has introduced a limited edition package for the users who looks for good volume, decent speed and affordable price.


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