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Fire kills 11

At least 11 people were killed as a devastating fire razed a slum and some of its adjoining tin-shed homes in the capital's Hazaribagh early yesterday.

Their world, up in flames

Rahman Hawladar had the haunted look of a man having no reason to live any more after the fire at Boubazar slum in the capital's Hazaribagh yesterday. He lost his wife and daughter.

Jamaat attacks cops again

The Jamaat-e-Islami and its student wing Islami Chhatra Shibir once again swooped on law enforcers yesterday, leaving at least eight policemen and 11 others injured in Chittagong and Dhaka.

AL sinks as rebel wins

Awami League rebel Amanur Rahman Khan Rana won the Tangail-3 by-election by a wide margin yesterday.

As Obama goes to Yangon . . .

US President Barack Obama flies into Yangon today on a historic visit to Myanmar. The sense of history stems from two very important realities. The first is that the visit is the first ever to the country by an American president (Vice President Richard Nixon visited Myanmar, then known as Burma, in 1953). The second is that the Obama trip comes at a rather dramatic moment in Myanmar's history, considering the way it has been opening up to the outside world in the light of Aung San Suu Kyi's emergence into freedom after years of internment.

Myanmar needs reform

Barack Obama yesterday flexed US power in Asia on a regional tour that will make history when he lands in Myanmar, calling on its leaders to step up their startling political reform drive.

TIB survey flawed: Inu

Information Minister Hasanul Haque Inu has termed flawed, weak and substandard the research method that Transparency International Bangladesh used for its survey on lawmakers.

Dhaka shocked by Suu Kyi's comments

Dhaka has expressed surprise over Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's recent comments about Rohingyas in her country's Rakhine state terming them illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.

BRDB official shot dead, wife injured

Armed criminals shot dead an official of Bangladesh Rural Development Board (BRDB) in Manikchhari of Khagrachhari yesterday.

Build awareness to combat Aids better

The media should play a significant role in educating people on HIV/AIDS and raise awareness about it, as the people of the country have limited knowledge about the disease, said discussants at a roundtable yesterday.

Matia blasts US embassy

Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury yesterday in parliament blasted the US Embassy in Dhaka for what she called the mission's siding with the Jamaat-e-Islami by urging the government for a dialogue with the anti-liberation force.

'Fugitive' speaks to journalists

Even though Aminul Huq Jewel alias Jewel Mollah is one of the prime suspects in the abduction of six-year-old schoolboy Parag Mondol and a “fugitive” to the law enforcers, the Juba League leader yesterday held a press conference in the capital and claimed himself “innocent”.

Mollah admits link to Chhatra Sangha

Jamaat leader Abdul Quader Mollah yesterday testified that he was involved with Islami Chhatra Sangha, the then “ideological” student wing of the Jamaat-e-Islami, in his student life in 1966.

Arrest order for 18 Destiny men

Arrest warrants against 18 senior officials of Destiny Group and Destiny-2000 Ltd were issued yesterday in two money laundering cases.

Govt okays 7 more private universities

The government yesterday gave approval to seven more private universities, raising their number to 70 in the country.

Gaza pounded from air, sea

Israel is continuing its assault on the Gaza Strip for a fifth straight day, bombarding the Palestinian enclave from both the air and sea.


The Rohingya issue

The pledge of the Myanmar authority to consider a set of new rights for Rohingyas, who have been made stateless in their own country, does not go far enough. It is the question of citizenship of the Muslims of Arakan State that is the nub of the issue. Amidst renewed violence against them in Myanmar, an early resolution of the matter assumes great importance.

After the Hay Festival …

What happens in literature could well be happening in life. It is the symbolism of literature which has served as a huge prop to life through the generations and across societies. It was such symbolism which was on display for a heady, almost intoxicating three days at the Bangla Academy here in Dhaka.


A big-hearted return

The post-Test match headlines on Sunday were expectedly dominated by the performance of Bangladesh's newbie Shohag Gazi, who was by far the most effective Bangladeshi bowler in the first Test.

Khulna on its mark, set & ready to go

A festive atmosphere has been prevailing over the last few days throughout this metropolis centring around the upcoming Test match and one-day internationals between Bangladesh and the West Indies which begins in four days time at Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium here.

WI, Tigers in Khulna

The West Indies cricket team arrived in Khulna yesterday morning to play the second and final Test and first two ODIs of five against Bangladesh, who also reached here in the evening.

Nadir's fate in two days

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) director and disciplinary committee chairman Sirajuddin Mohammad Alamgir said that the three-member committee formed to investigate the allegations of corrupt conduct by the board's umpires will submit a report and their suggestions to the BCB based on their findings in two days' time.

Windies name one-day side

West Indies have retained left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul and opener Kieran Powell for the limited-overs series against Bangladesh, starting November 30. Permaul made his Test debut in the opening game of the two-Test series against Bangladesh in Mirpur and picked up four wickets. He is yet to play an international limited-overs game. Powell made a century in each innings of the Mirpur Test, which West Indies won by 77 runs.

Razzak on a roll

Two of the four fourth round matches of the 14th National Cricket League (NCL) were headed for a result after the third day's play while draw was the possibility in the other two if batsmen in those games can tough it out on the fourth and final day today.

Failure the pillar of success

Bangladesh's 5-0 drubbing at the hands of Thailand in their FIFA International Friendly on Saturday might have been a disappointing result, but this served the purpose of playing such friendlies, which is to judge the standard of the national team and find out the areas to work on for improving.

Vettel in pole position

Sebastian Vettel would line up for his 100th Formula One race in pole position on Sunday after dominating Saturday's United States Grand Prix qualifying session with a dazzling display of pace in his Red Bull car.

Captain Cook's fight

Captain Alastair Cook led a remarkable England fightback with a heroic unbeaten 168 as the defiant visitors wiped out India's mammoth first innings lead with a gritty batting display to raise hopes of saving the first cricket Test in Ahmedabad on Sunday.

Players search for clubs

With only four days to go to the start of the Premier Division Chess League, some of the top players of the country are yet to find clubs as some of the big clubs have opted to form low-budget sides due to financial crisis.

Lanka gain slim lead

Mahela Jayawardene cracked an impressive 91 to lead Sri Lanka's fightback on an absorbing second day of the opening Test against New Zealand in Galle on Sunday.

Daily Star in quarters

The Daily Star stormed into the quarterfinal of the Walton-DRU Six-a-side Media Cricket with all-wicket win over Jai Jai Din in their last group match at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium yesterday.

Local Snippets

The 2nd Deputy Commissioner Gold Cup Football Tournament was inaugurated at the Shaheed Mohammad Ali Stadium in Thakurgaon on Sunday.

City sneak into first

Unexpected defeats for Chelsea and Manchester United allowed champions Manchester City to stroll into first place in the Premier League on Saturday by crushing Aston Villa 5-0.

Barca race to best ever start

Lionel Messi hit a brace as Barcelona beat Zaragoza 3-1 to make the best ever start to a Liga season but Real Madrid kept in touch with a 5-1 win over Athletic Bilbao.

Heynckes content with a point

Coach Jupp Heynckes has said Bayern Munich can live with the 1-1 draw at 10-man Nuremberg which ultimately took the Bavarians eight-points clear at the top of the Bundesliga table.

Milan show some mettle

Lazio put the brakes on Juventus's bid to extend their Serie A lead by holding the champions to a scoreless draw on Saturday as AC Milan fought back to grab a share of the points in a 2-2 draw at Napoli.

Barca go corporate

Spanish giants Barcelona have replaced their shirt sponsors Qatar Foundation with Qatar Airways, and will display a purely corporate advertisement for the first time under a 210-million dollar deal approved last year.


BB plans real-time fund transfer for banks

Bangladesh Bank aims to introduce a mechanism for faster settlement of funds transferred from one bank to another by 2014, particularly to help businesses get liquidity without any delay, said a senior official yesterday.

New markets brighten hope for RMG

The first quarter of fiscal 2012-13 saw a rise in garment exports to non-traditional markets, an encouraging sign for the sector hurt by economic crises at its traditional markets.

BB moves to design guideline to check suspicious stock trade

The central bank will issue a guideline by January to stop suspicious transactions in the stockmarket.

Early warning system in progress to fight financial scams: Muhith

Bangladesh Bank is modernising its supervision system to help foil Hall-Mark-like scams, Finance Minister AMA Muhith told parliament yesterday.

Govt to put GI law in place soon

The industries ministry will place the bill of Geographical Indication (GI) Act of Bangladesh in the winter session of parliament to get it passed.

No need to 'reinvent the wheel' for SMEs

The government should strive to implement the recommendations already made to develop the country's small and medium enterprises (SME) instead of searching for new ones, said an economist yesterday.

DBH re-elects chairman

Delta BRAC Housing Finance Corporation Ltd (DBH) has re-elected Faruq A Choudhury as its chairman for the next two years, the company said in a statement yesterday.

End of euro would be disaster: France bank chief

Bank of France governor Christian Noyer said Friday the euro is here to stay and warned that its disappearance would be an "absolute disaster".

China 'optimistic' about FTA talks with Japan, S Korea

China, Japan, and South Korea are expected to agree on the launch of three-way free trade talks at a summit in the Cambodian capital this week, Beijing's foreign ministry spokesman said Sunday.

Stocks fall on profit-taking

Stocks returned to the red yesterday, breaking a gaining streak of three days, as investors went for pocketing profits.

Taskforce meets on Japanese investments in Bangladesh

The first meeting of the task-force formed to increase Japanese investment in Bangladesh was held yesterday, the Japanese embassy said in a statement.

German bid to lure foreign professionals a flop

A programme to attract foreign professionals has flopped in Germany, drawing just 139 people since it was introduced in August, a newspaper reported Sunday citing official figures.

Obama turns to a place where economy grows

Barack Obama's trip to Myanmar is a gift from the photo-opportunity gods. The sight of the US president standing beside political-prisoner-turned-Nobel- laureate Aung San Suu Kyi in Yangon will be a heart-warming moment for a world yearning for good news.

Japan to give $615m in loans to Myanmar

Japan is to provide Myanmar with $615 million in government loans, a report said Sunday, just days after the United States scrapped a ban on most imports from the long-isolated Southeast Asian nation.

DSE to install software to detect abnormal trade

The Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) is set to introduce state-of-the-art surveillance software in the next three months, which would enable the bourse to faultlessly identify manipulative stock trading.

Donors help perk up rural lives

The realisation of holding taxes nearly trebled in Sirajganj district municipality in just three years, thanks to a donor-funded project in the northern district.


Bus strike leaves hundreds stranded

A 12-hour strike by bus and minibus owners and staff left hundreds of passengers stranded on routes among Chittagong, Cox's Bazar and Rangamati districts and from there to the rest of the country yesterday.

Why not admission tests under univs?

The High Court yesterday asked the government to explain in three weeks why it should not be directed to transfer the authority of holding admission tests for medical and dental colleges to the universities concerned.

Why physical education teachers' job not class-I?

The High Court yesterday asked the government to explain in two weeks why it should not be directed to give class-I status to physical education teachers at 70 government colleges.

20 injured as BCL rivals clash at JnU

Jagannath University (JnU) virtually turned into a battlefield yesterday when two rival groups of pro-Awami League Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) locked in fierce clashes, leaving around 20 people, including five students, injured.

Modified textbooks for class I-IX next yr: Nahid

The government is going to distribute textbooks with modified curriculums to class I-IX students from next January, said Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid yesterday.

32 get Meena Media Award 2012

Unicef yesterday conferred the Meena Media Award 2012 on 32 professionals from print and electronic media for their outstanding works in promoting child rights during the last one year.

Mijarul Quayes next UK envoy

The government has decided to appoint Foreign Secretary Mohamed Mijarul Quayes as the next high commissioner of Bangladesh to the United Kingdom on completion of his three- year tenure.

Hearing on charge framing deferred

A Dhaka court yesterday for the fourth time deferred until January 1 the hearing on charge framing against BNP Acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and 28 others in a blast case.

Nahid asks for punishment to stalker

Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid yesterday visited the house of the college girl in Narayanganj who committed suicide on Saturday after a stalker allegedly harassed her on her way to college.

Stop Jamaat anarchy

Bangladesh Muktijoddha Sangsad (BMS) at a press conference in the capital yesterday protesting the anti-state activities of Jamaat-Shibir, declared its six-point demand, including closure of the organisations financing the fundamentalists.

Ex-DGFI chief visited Khaleda with 'minus-two' formula

Former DGFI director general Major Gen (retd) Sadik Hasan Rumi yesterday said he went to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's Mainul Hossain Road residence in the capital on April 17, 2007 with the proposal of “minus-two” formula.

Single authority to monitor food adulteration demanded

Speakers at a roundtable yesterday demanded a single authority to control food adulteration which causes cancer and damages vital human organs including kidney, liver and heart.

Road crashes kill 2

Two people were killed and another was injured in separate road accidents in Pabna and Chittagong yesterday.

Two confess to killing

A metropolitan magistrate told a speedy trial tribunal yesterday that two of the five accused in the killing of Saudi embassy official Khalaf Al Ali confessed before him their involvement in the murder.

Worker stabbed to death

A construction worker was killed by some unknown criminals in the capital's Jatrabari area last night.

ACC quizzes seven Janata Bank officials

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday quizzed seven Janata Bank officials, including its general manager (GM) and deputy general manager (DGM), in connection with the Hall-Mark loan scam.

Pro-AL lawyers for more tribunals

Pro-ruling party lawyers yesterday demanded that the government forms more tribunals to expedite the war crimes trial.

Senior Dutch official due today

Gerda Verburg, permanent representative of the Netherlands to the United Nations food security agencies, will arrive in Dhaka on an official visit today.

Oxfam chief executive due today

Chief Executive of Oxfam GB Dame Barbara Stocking is scheduled to arrive in Dhaka on a four-day official visit to Bangladesh today.

Fire guts 23 shops in Ctg

A fire burned down 23 shops including a rice warehouse in Chaktai area of Chittagong yesterday.

Ban on Jamaat's politics sought

Amra Mukitjoddhar Santan yesterday submitted a memorandum to the Election Commission and brought out a procession in the capital demanding ban on the politics of Jamaat-e-Islami.

Bangladesh geography attracts Vikram Seth

Renowned Indian author and poet Vikram Seth said he is fond of the physical geography of Bangladesh.

Unemployed nurses threaten to go for fast-unto-death

Bangladesh Diploma Bekar Nurses' Association yesterday threatened to go for fast-unto-death in front of Jatiya Press Club from November 26 if their demand to appoint the unemployed nurses is not met by November 25.

Death anniversary

Today is the 18th death anniversary of ATM Walie Ashraf, a freedom fighter and former lawmaker.


Kids attend classes in risky building

Most of the 1,700 students of Khepupara High School in Kalapara upazila town have to attend their classes in a dilapidated building.

13 file nominations for mayoral post

Thirteen candidates have filed nomination papers for the mayoral post in the Rangpur City Corporation (RCC) polls, slated for December 20.

Bailey bridge collapses in Netrakona

Road communication of the district town with Purbodhala upazila remained snapped as a bailey bridge at Rajabazar point on Durgapur-Mymensingh road in the upazila collapsed yesterday morning.

Schoolboy abducted for ransom killed, 3 arrested

Police yesterday recovered the body of schoolboy, who was abducted for ransom from Brombhapur village in Natore Sadar upazila on November 12.

BNP calls hartal in Rangpur city today

Rangpur district unit of BNP and its associate bodies called for an eight-hour hartal in the city from 6:00am today protesting the murder of a Jubo Dal leader.

Elephants kill farmer

An indigenous farmer was trampled to death by wild elephants at Shomnathpara village in Bakshiganj upazila yesterday.

Two robbers killed in gunfight in Sundarbans

Two robbers were killed in a gunfight with law enforcers in Sharonkhola Range of the East Sundarbans yesterday morning.

Pro-AL men clash with JP activists

Five people received injuries with bullets and bomb splinters as Jatiya Party (JP-Ershad) men got locked in a clash with the activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and Jubo League in bus terminal area of Phultala Sadar upazila under the district over land sale on Saturday evening.

UP chairman suspended

Chairman of Bhatgram Union Parishad under Sadullapur upazila has been suspended on charge of misappropriating government fund. Deputy Commissioner (in charge) Abu Bakker Siddique confirmed the suspension of chairman Nawshir Harun Engil, quoting the order of the Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Co-operatives yesterday. Earlier, ten members of the union had brought the allegation against the chairman and submitted a resolution to the deputy commissioner, who later forwarded it to the ministry concerned. As the allegation against the UP chairman was proved true through an investigation, the ministry suspended him under Section 24(4) of Local Government (Union Parishad) Act-2009.

One arrested with gun

Police arrested a motorbike lifter along with a pipe gun and two bullets at Satpar Bazar under Gopalganj Sadar upazila on Saturday night. The arrestee is Mamun Sikder, 23, son of Joynal Sikder of village Puishur under Kashiani upazila of the district. Sub-Inspector Md Azizur Rahman of Baultali Police Investigating Centre told this correspondent that they arrested Manun while he along with his accomplices was trying to take away a motorbike from the bazaar at around 11:00pm. Police seized the gun and the bullets from his possession while his cohorts managed to flee, the SI added.

Fire burns sugarcane field

Fire destroyed sugarcane over 200 bighas of land was gutted in a devastating fire near Bishnu Farm under Natore Sadar upazila Sunday noon. Firefighters and local people said the fire originated at about 1:30pm in the northern side of the field through an unidentified source. Sugarcane over 200 bighas out 250 bighas of land was gutted. On information, two units of firefighters from Natore and Dayarampur fore station in Natore district rushed to the spot and brought the blaze under control after fighting one and half hours. Abdur Rauf, officer-in-charge of Natore fire station said, the loss of the blaze could not be estimated immediately.

Man killed by nephew

A man was beaten to death by his nephew over a family feud at Charshalnagar village under Lohagara upazila of the district on Saturday night. The dead was identified as Bokul Sheikh, 65, son of Belal Uddin Sheikh. Officer-in-charge (Investigation) Hafiz Iqbal of Lohagara Police Station,said Sahadat Sheikh along with his sons Shariful, Rezaul and Nazrul beat up Bokul Sheikh over a family feud, resulting in his death on the spot. Being informed, police went to the village, recovered the body and send it to Narail Sadar Hospital for autopsy, after getting autopsy report, we shall go for action, the OC said.

Teenage boy commits suicide

A teenage boy committed suicide at Ghechua Badejama village in Jokiganj upazila on Saturday as his parents refused to give him a new mobile phone set. He was identified as Iqbal Hossain, 15, son of Altabur Rahman. Family members said Iqbal, a class IX student of Jobed Ali High School of the village, hanged himself from a branch of a tree near their house at around 1.00pm. On information, police recovered the body and sent it to Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital morgue for autopsy.

Drug peddler jailed

A mobile court here on Saturday sentenced a drug peddler to two years' imprisonment for possessing contraband injections. The convict is Sanjay Kumar Das, son of Satyendranath Das of Asraypara area of the town. Acting on a tip-off, police raided the art gallery area in the town and arrested Sanjay along with the injections and syringes at around 4.00pm. Later, he was produced before a mobile court led by Magistrate Mahfuzur Rahman who handed down the verdict.

Youth stabbed to death

A youth was stabbed to death at Gabindapur field under Lalpur upazila of the district on yesterday morning. The victim was identified as Rakibub Islam, 22, son of Manjurul Islam of Ramkrisnapur village in upazila.Matiur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Lalpur Police Station, said there was a family feud between Rakibul Islam and Ariful Islam for long. At around 8:00am, Rakibul and his three to four associates attacked Ariful on field with lethal weapons. Hearing the news, Ariful's brother Lalon and Hasan rushed to the spot and stabbed Rakibur. He died instantly. Police later recovered the body and sent it to Natore Sadar Hospital for autopsy.

Four Jamaat men held

Police arrested four Jamaat leaders and activists in Gobindaganj and Sundarganj upazilas of the district on Saturday night.The arrestees are Aminur Rahman, Abdul Aziz, Mahmudul Hasan and Naya Mia.Police said Aminur and Aziz were holding a 'secret' meeting at a house at Malanchi village in Gobindaganj upazila to launch anti-state activities. Acting on a tip-off, law enforcers raided the house and arrested them, police added. In another drive, Hasan and Naya Mia were arrested on charge of attacking police in Sundarganj upazila the same night.

Missing boy found dead

A six-year-old boy, who went missing on Thursday, was found dead in a ditch adjacent to their house at Daitala village in Sadar upazila of Jessore yesterday.The deceased was identified as Abu Hanif, son of Mohammad Zinnah of the village. Police said local people found the body of Hanif floating in the ditch and informed them.They (police) went to the spot, recovered the body and sent it to the hospital morgue for autopsy. The reason behind the death could not be known as of 5:00pm yesterday.


A clean Dhaka: Just a dream?

I have written articles over and over again about how people indiscriminately dump rubbish at their own will. The Daily Star even cares enough to print pictures in their pages about how filthy our city is but everyone including the government seems to turn a blind eye to it. The politicians don't seem to care. Why is it so? Is it because their neighbourhood is clean? Why is it that the Dhaka City Corporation never gets a performance evaluation and no one is held responsible for this? Someone even cared enough to write about the dangers of dust in the city but did anyone even care enough to read that article? I have so many questions which I know will probably never be answered. All I know is that I dream of living in a clean Dhaka but this will only remain a dream unless the people in power actually wake up and do something about it.

Police show tolerance

I fully endorse Ahmed As Sami's letter entitled "Exemplary act of a traffic officer" published in your daily dated November 5, 2012. Recently, we saw photo clippings in The Daily Star of activists of Jamaat-e-Islami and Chhatra Shibir vandalising vehicles, setting motorcycles on fire, hurling brickbats at police and vandalising police van, etc. We saw picture of a Jaamat activist hitting a cop with the rifle snatched from him.

Raise your voice against corruption

Corruption in job recruitment process is an open secret in our country. People spend their valuable time and money for education. But when they look for a job, education seems to matter little; in many cases they hardly get the job without giving bribe. Sometimes they borrow money from others or even sell their land for giving bribe and become impoverished. After getting the job, they struggle to run their families and pay debts and so get frustrated. Journalists and the civil society members should raise their voice against corruption to solve this problem.

Caught on Wall St

The elite white liberal establishment is a minority. The white poor is not part of that. The white working class is not part of that. If you really want to talk about being dependent on government, $16 trillion for Wall Street, not one of them gone to jail involved in the criminal activity linked to predatory lending, market manipulation or insider trading.

We want safety on the road

Nowadays criminals walk freely on the streets. And we the normal citizens have to hide like fugitives. Thieves, pickpockets, murderers, kidnappers, etc. are there all over the country. Our law enforcing agencies are sitting idly caring about none of this. Sometimes, the ruling party activists are involved in all these mischievous activities and the law enforcers are ordered not to take action against them. It's the right of every citizen of Bangladesh to get safety from the government. We demand safety while walking on the streets.

A very benevolent president indeed!

We learned that in the last three years President Zillur Rahman has pardoned twenty one people who were sentenced to death in different cases. According to Home Minister Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir, four others who were on a death row got presidential clemency during the period of 1972 to 2008. Only four people were pardoned in the span of thirty-six years, while President Zillur Rahman pardoned twenty one people in three years! We are feeling dumb with disbelief.

VVIPs move, commuters suffer

The other day, my family and I had to encounter a painful experience due to the traffic congestion resulting from “VVIP movement”. My son was due for his O'Level examination at the British Council in Dhaka University area. However, as soon as we reached Karwan Bazar (in front of The Daily Star), traffic movement halted due to VVIPs. At this point, my son started to walk from Karwan Bazar to British Council and he was late by 15 minutes for an exam that is perhaps the most important one he will ever sit for. Later I learned that many students could not even reach British Council early enough. To my sheer disappointment, I convey this message to all in our administration: “Please do not make our lives miserable”. I hope in future our prime minister and all VVIPs would think before moving around like a in this way and make everyone stand still on an already congested road.

Parents who need counselling…

What a relief that the idea of giving MP's children special rights of admission to schools has been cancelled!

STB for digitisation of CTV!

A Set-top Box (STB) also called Set-top Unit (STU) or Cable Box is an electronic device used to decode digital signals from the satellite so that it can be viewed on a traditional TV set (mostly under analogue system now).

Readers respond

Here are some comments that came in response to Sunday's The Daily Star news report headlined “70pc revenue pilfered”


Asian leaders to put pressure on Myanmar

Southeast Asian leaders will put pressure on Myanmar to resolve violence between Buddhists and minority Muslims, a senior regional official said yesterday, after unrest left scores dead and as many as 100,000 people displaced since June.

Mamata seeks BJP support against UPA

Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee called the Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj yesterday seeking support for bringing a no-confidence motion against the UPA government at the Centre, senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi said here.

Israel has right to defend itself

US President Barack Obama yesterday backed Israel's right to defend itself and said it was "preferable" for the Gaza crisis to be ended without a "ramping up" of Israeli military action, as fears mounted of a new invasion of the Hamas-run territory.

Obama's Myanmar trip not a threat: China

China is downplaying the impact of US President Barack Obama's upcoming visit to Myanmar and upcoming discussion on the South China Sea dispute at the meeting of Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Cambodia. But it is clearly anxious about both.

Coptic Pope enthroned in Cairo

The new pope of Egypt's Coptic Christian church has been formally enthroned in Cairo.

US denies visas to Iran officials

The United States has denied visas to Iranian officials hoping to attend a UN meeting in New York, Iran's state news agency reported on Saturday.

India says farewell to Thackeray

Huge crowds thronged the streets of Mumbai yesterday to witness the funeral procession of Bal Thackeray, chief of the Hindu nationalist Shiv Sena party and one of India's most divisive politicians.

Majority of Britons wants quit EU

Well over half of British voters now want to leave the European Union, according to an opinion poll that shows anti-EU sentiment is sweeping through all three main political parties.

Arts & Entertainment

Bangla flavours the Bard

The Ranga Shankara annual theatre festival 2012 this year celebrated the eternal Bard of theatre: the legacy of Shakespeare. With plays in eight languages, from the famous Globe to Globe component, for the first time Shakespeare was reinterpreted with far more festivity than his own natives would have done it. The Dhaka Theatre from Bangladesh took audiences by storm with their colourful and lively adaptation of “The Tempest”, directed by Nasiruddin Yousuff.

Nurturing the legacy of classical music

The Bengal Foundation and the ITC-SRA together are organising a grand music conference in Bangladesh. Many well-known artistes are coming from India and it is also perhaps going to include a great dance personality like Birju Maharaj. It is expected that classical artistes from Bangladesh will get some chance to bloom in the company of the senior artistes from India.

70 years of Martin Scorsese

November 17 was the 70th birthday of one of America's greatest living film directors, Martin Scorsese. He has been making feature films for 45 years, and continues to do so today. Hailed as a living legend for decades now, Scorsese does not rest on his laurels like some of his contemporaries, but continues to work in new directions. He still wants to experiment, learn and grow, get better.

The Legend Singer-Channel i Awards

Singer-Channel i Bravery Award: Kingbodonti was held at the capital's Bangabandhu International Conference Center on Wednesday, for the second time. The presence of eminent social personalities adorned the event. Musical and dance performances were also showcased, beside the awarding ceremony.

Different colours, different presentations

The 10-day International Theatre Festival marking Theatre Art Unit's 20th anniversary began at the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, on November 14. Over the first four days, eight plays were staged at the National Theatre Hall and Experimental Theatre Hall, while each evening also featured either brief traditional theatrical or musical presentations in front of the National Theatre Hall.

Television to compete for top award at Dubai film fest

After its world premiere and coming by rave reviews at the 17th Busan International Film Festival, Mostafa Sarwar Farooki's “Television” will compete for the top award “Al Mohr” at the upcoming Dubai International Film Festival.


Between serious matters and lighter remarks

The dream for a democratic secular and exploitation-free society was the driving ideology behind the creation of Bangladesh. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her party colleagues had never stopped telling the people that it is this ideological stance that draws the line between Awami League and other parties, especially the opposition BNP.

New challenges for India

President Obama's re-election is a welcome. A Republican win would have further widened class, race and ethnic rifts in America's highly unequal society, strengthened a Rightward economic tilt domestically and internationally, and made for a more jingoist foreign and security policy, with terrible consequences for the world, including South Asia.

Are we in trouble?

The food minister claimed that there is such a huge production of food that the government cannot accommodate those in the store houses.

Unholy winds from Jangipur

It used to be said, what Bengal thinks today, India thinks tomorrow. That was a different Bengal and a different idea of "India." If the recent by-election results from Jangipur Lok Sabha constituency of West Bengal is any indication of how Bengal might start thinking tomorrow, that would indicate no small shift in the political landscape of post-partition West Bengal as we have known it. So, what has happened?

Obama's trip to Myanmar a long-term move

Even though the re-elected US President Barack Obama's visit to Myanmar this week will be brief, it will have a series of significant outcomes for Myanmar and the region. Make no mistake, his visit is part of a long-term strategic plan by US decision-makers, who view the once most condemned nation in the world as a key future ally.

This Day In History

November 19
The Council of Clermont, called by Pope Urban II to discuss sending the First Crusade to the Holy Land, begins.

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