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News of: Wednesday, 21st of November, 2012

Front Page

ACC may sue officials in Dec

The Anti-Corruption Commission is likely to sue some top officials of Bangladesh Bridge Authorities and Padma bridge project by mid-December for influencing the selection of the consultant for the troubled venture.

Irked government to complain to TI

The government will write to the Berlin-based Transparency International against the corruption watchdog's Bangladesh chapter over its “ill-motivated” survey on lawmakers, Information Minister Hasanul Haque Inu told parliament yesterday.

Truce agreed: Hamas

A Hamas official says Egypt has brokered a Gaza ceasefire deal that would go into effect within hours, but a spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said “we're not there yet”.

Khulna hosts first Test from today

The Bangladesh cricket team for the second Test against the West Indies at Test cricket's newest stadium and Bangladesh's seventh Test venue, the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium in Khulna, is likely to remain unchanged from the eleven that lost the first Test by 77 runs.

It's all lies

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday said her elder son Tarique Rahman leads “a very honest life” and is not involved in any corruption and has no wealth.

Khaleda to join Armed Forces Day party today

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia will attend the Armed Forces Day reception at Dhaka cantonment today.

Yaba alert in capital

Four days after the seizure of 1.44 lakh pieces of yaba tablets in Comilla, Detective Branch of police on Monday night arrested six drug traders with 45,000 yaba tablets in the capital's Kamalapur Stadium area.

11 exotic birds stolen from zoo

Burglars broke into a cage at Dhaka Zoo early Monday and escaped with 11 exotic birds.

Govt unveils admission policy

The education ministry yesterday announced the admission policy for public secondary schools, keeping the lottery system mandatory for enrolling students in class-I.

Myanmar to address Rohingya citizenship

The Myanmarese government has reiterated its commitment to address the Rohingya issues including citizenship, according to US Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes.

Mojaheed involved in mass killing

Jamaat-e-Islami leader Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed was involved in the mass killing committed in four Hindu-dominated villages in Faridpur during the Liberation War.

Azmi defends father's role

War crimes accused Ghulam Azam's son yesterday claimed his father had praised Pakistani army and its auxiliary forces for their role to save sovereignty and independence of undivided Pakistan during the Liberation War in 1971.

Bus Rapid Transit gets go-ahead

The government is going to introduce a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line by the year 2016 to ease traffic congestion on the 20-kilometre Gazipur-Airport road.

67 Jamaat, Shibir men detained

As many as 67 leaders and activists of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Chhatra Shibir have been arrested on charges of vandalism and attacking police in Narayanganj, Chittagong, Gaibandha and Rajshahi in the last two days.

Hasina didn't demand Pak apology for '71 atrocities

Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has sought to dispel speculations that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had set a formal apology from Pakistan for 1971 war atrocities as a condition for accepting Islamabad's invitation to the D-8 summit later this week.

Stop import of chemical treated food

A businessman filed a writ petition seeking High Court directive on the government to stop the import, distribution and sale of all foodstuffs treated with formalin and other poisonous chemicals in the country.

JCD calls for hartal today in Rangamati

Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal will enforce a dawn-to-dusk hartal in Rangamati district today protesting the murder of a leader and an activist of the student body.

Govt ready to resist Jamaat

Home Minister Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir yesterday said the government had taken all out efforts to resist Jamaat-e-Islami and its youth wing Islami Chhatra Shibir.

EC dialogue with parties from Nov 26

The Election Commission has decided to begin on November 26 four-day electoral talks with political parties.

1,214 more teachers on MPO list

Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid yesterday announced the inclusion of 1,214 teachers of schools and madrasas on the MPO list.

Murdoch 'Jewish press' comment stokes row

Media magnate Rupert Murdoch stirred an online row with a tweet complaining about the "Jewish owned" press and apologized again in a bid to calm the furor.

Editorial

Why demonise TIB?

The strongly-worded denunciation in parliament of the TIB on Monday, even so much as accusing it of committing sedition by one MP, comes as a severe jolt to public sensibilities. This has been disproportionately reactive rather than proactive on the part of the Jatiya Sangsad. The fault of the transparency research body was that it had released data and analysed trend largely about MPs' negative activities outstripping positive ones outside the parliament as they transpired from a focused research exercise.

Obama adds a powerful voice on Rohingya issue

President Obama has spoken out against widespread ethnic violence in Rakhine state in his speech at Yangon University on Monday. With the death toll hovering around 180 and some 110,000 people displaced due to clashes between the dominant Buddhist and ethnic Rohingyas since June, the western state in Myanmar bordering Bangladesh has turned into a humanitarian disaster one that needs to be resolved through national reconciliation above all else.

Sports

Big occasion for Tigers, Khulna

Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim said it would be a huge occasion for the people of the south-western city of Khulna when Bangladesh take on the West Indies in the second and final Test at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium today.

Sammy wants 2-0

Darren Sammy loves a laugh whenever he gets the chance and the smile seemingly painted on his face makes the West Indies skipper look like the happiest man in the world. Yesterday was no exception, when the Caribbean captain was found in his usual happy mood on the eve of the second and final Test against a spirited Bangladesh.

Tamim playing

The fear that Tamim Iqbal might not play the second and final Test against the West Indies has been quashed yesterday as the Bangladesh team management declared the left-handed opener fit for the match.

Khulna ready and eager

Everybody wants to be a part of history when the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium becomes the seventh Test venue in Bangladesh. A full house is expected when Bangladesh take on West Indies in the second and final Test today as tickets for the first two days have been sold out.

Booters win a draw in KL

The Bangladesh national football team showed tremendous resilience as they bounced back from their 5-0 drubbing against Thailand to register a creditable 1-1 draw against Malaysia at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium yesterday.

Mixed day for locals

Bangladeshi players had a mixed day in the Focal Point 26th Bangladesh ITF Junior Tennis Championships at the National Tennis Complex in Ramna yesterday. Eshita Afroz and Sharmin Alam Sharda won their respective matches in opening round of the girls' group while Jamil Bhuyan was the only Bangladeshi boy making it to the third round after beating a compatriot.

2nd Test from tomorrow

Ricky Ponting is hoping a return to the Adelaide Oval, his favoured hunting ground, will kill his run of ducks against South Africa in Thursday's second Test.

Proteas target Clarke

South Africa are targeting prolific Australian skipper Michael Clarke as they aim to break a five-decade winless drought in the Adelaide Test and seize the initiative in the three-match series.

Rafa starts training

Rafael Nadal returned to the training court and started hitting balls again on Tuesday for the first time since the latest in a series of knee injuries forced his withdrawal from the US Open at the end of August.

BFF to apprise FIFA on fixing rules

The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has recently been requested by world football's governing body FIFA to send it the guidelines related to match-fixing BFF has recently inserted in its bylaws, said BFF's senior vice president Abdus Salam Murshedy yesterday.

Niaz, Reefat in lead

GM Niaz Murshed and GM Reefat Bin Sattar shared the lead in the Healthcare Pharmaceuticals Ltd 38th National 'A' Chess Championship at the close of 12th and penultimate round at the Media Centre of Bangladesh Olympic Association yesterday.

Korean coaches on radar

The significant development of youth football in South Korea has attracted the Bangladesh Football Federation to search for Korean coaches for its football academy as well the national team.

F'pool beat Mahakhali

Young Men's Club of Fakirerpool defeated Mahakhali Ekadash 2-1 in their Popular Life Insurance Senior Division Football League match at the Birshreshtha Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.

BAF, BGB win

Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) and Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) won their respective matches of the Walton Motorcycle Super Seven Services Kabaddi League matches at the Kabaddi Stadium yesterday. BAF defeated Bangladesh Fire Service & Civil Defence by 19-08 points with one creditable lona while BGB eked out a 15-12 point win over Bangladesh Navy in the second match. The third match of the day between Bangladesh Police and Bangladesh Army ended in a 11-11 draw.

Do or die for City

Manchester City's first tilt at Champions League glory ended in a heartbreaking group stage exit a year ago having been drawn in a tough group - though the club then went on to lift the Premier League crown.

Joey rescues a draw

West Ham rescued a 1-1 draw against Stoke at Upton Park on Monday thanks to Joey O'Brien's first ever Premier League goal.

Domenech slams Ribery, Nasri

Former France coach Raymond Domenech, who led Les Bleus during their 2010 World Cup fiasco, has branded Franck Ribery a "diva", Samir Nasri a "symbol of selfishness" and said Nicolas Anelka "killed the group".

Becks quitting Galaxy

Football legend David Beckham says he will play his final game with the Los Angeles Galaxy when the Major League Soccer club hosts Houston in the MLS Cup match next month, but where he goes from there remains a mystery.

Roma leave it late

Italy striker Pablo Osvaldo and Miralem Pjanic scored a goal apiece late in the second half to hand Roma a welcome 2-0 win at home to Torino on Monday.

Ref racism enquiry goes on

Referee Mark Clattenburg will miss a fourth successive weekend of Premier League action as the Football Association continues an investigation into 'racism' allegations against the official.

Kagawa out for another month

Shinji Kagawa, Manchester United's Japan midfielder, faces at least another four weeks out of action according to manager Alex Ferguson.

Business

Private banks sitting on surplus funds

Unlike the cash-strapped state banks, private commercial banks are sitting on surplus funds to the tune of Tk 20,000-25,000 crore, which indicates a slower demand for loans in the market, according to banks.

Set up finance commission for local government bodies

Bangladesh should set up a local government finance commission to help cities and municipalities become self-sufficient, former central bank governor Salehuddin Ahmed said yesterday.

Bangladesh: one of the fastest growing nations, Muhith says

Bangladesh has been one of the fastest growing economies in the world since 2008, Finance Minister AMA Muhith said yesterday.

Sluggish investment: a big worry for economy

The Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI), a leading chamber, yesterday expressed concerns over the country's sluggish investment scenario.

NRBs to invest directly in Bangladesh Fund

The non-resident Bangladeshis can directly invest in the Bangladesh Fund, which was floated last year following the stockmarket debacle.

IDLC, IDCOL raise funds for Chittagong power project

IDLC Finance Ltd and Infrastructure Development Company Ltd (IDCOL) raised Tk 2.28 billion and $30 million for a power project in Chittagong.

ADP effort quickens

The implementation of the annual development programme increased by five percentage points in the first four months of the current fiscal year compared to the same period a year ago.

Workers demand upgrade of labour law to ILO standards

A workers' forum yesterday demanded the government amends the Bangladesh Labour Act 2006 in line with International Labour Organisation's conventions.

Stocks fall for third day

Stocks declined for the third day as investors lost confidence on market thanks to the bearish trend of last few days.

IMF deal reached on $4.8b loan for Egypt

The International Monetary Fund said Tuesday it had reached a deal with Egyptian authorities on a 22-month loan totalling some $4.8 billion to help the country overcome economic difficulties.

Myanmar orders businesses to repay 'embezzled' cash

Myanmar has ordered state loans totalling tens of millions of dollars to be clawed back from private businesses, in a rare public move to tackle graft in one of the world's most corrupt nations.

Paddy prices fall on huge supply

The prices of newly harvested paddy have started falling in the rural and suburban markets in the north amid increased arrivals, creating worries of recurring losses among many farmers.

Aman output to drop this year: US agency

Production of aman, the country's second biggest crop, may drop in the current harvesting season due to inadequate rains and flash floods during plantation, said US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Ericsson helps Iran telecoms, letter reveals long-term deal

The Swedish firm Ericsson is working with Iran's largest mobile telecom operator to expand its network and has promised to support another Iranian mobile carrier until 2021, according to interviews and an internal company document.

India's economy unmoved by shock therapy

The slowing Indian economy is not responding to shock therapy. The stock market rally that began in September after the government unveiled its high-decibel reforms programme is fizzling out.

Metropolitan

Invent disease tolerant jute: Prime minister

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged scientists to invent high yielding variety of jute tolerant to diseases and adverse climate, and also such varieties that can be cultivated round the year.

People do not accept looters as leaders

Gonoforum President Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday said people did not and will not accept looters as their leaders.

TIB calls for transparency in climate change funding

The Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) yesterday called for forming a “coordinated national platform” to ensure the accountability in the management of funds meant for combating climate change.

Working children tell their stories to EU

The EU heads of mission in Dhaka met with a group of working children yesterday to discuss their rights, education and working conditions to mark Universal Children's Day and to pledge their ongoing support towards establishing the rights of working children.

Boubazar slum people rebuild shelters on debris

Many of the 700 income-poor families of the capital's Boubazar slum, who lost almost everything in Sunday's devastating fire, have made temporary accommodation arrangements on the debris after spending two nights in the open or in relatives' houses.

Hijacked covered van recovered with goods

Detective Branch (DB) of police recovered a covered van, which was hijacked by a gang of robbers from the capital when it was carrying 7,565 pieces of shirts about a month ago, from Pabna on Monday.

Resist Jamaat-Shibir to protect nat'l security

The government, progressive forces and people from all strata will have to form unity to resist the ongoing Jamaat-Shibir anarchy across the country, speakers said at a roundtable yesterday.

Bangladesh to honour 150 more foreign friends

Bangladesh will honour 150 more of its foreign friends, including Indian President Pranab Mukherjee, on December 15 for their support and contribution to the country's Liberation War in 1971.

Road crashes kill three in capital

Three persons were killed and another was injured in three separate road accidents in the capital yesterday.

JBFH treats 1,250 patients free

With the slogan, “No Piles Only Smile”, Japan Bangladesh Friendship Hospital (JBFH) organised a free medical campaign in the capital yesterday to mark World Piles and Colorectal Cancer Day.

DRiCM can help boost export

Designated Reference Institute for Chemical Measurements (DRiCM), the country's lone reference laboratory, has created an opportunity for higher exports of different Bangladeshi products, which were earlier ignored by importers due to lack of reliable chemical measurements, speakers said at a seminar yesterday.

Resist communal forces

Women leaders of Samajik Protirodh Committee, a platform of 67 development organisations, have vowed to resist communal forces to establish a non-communal state following the ideology of late poet Sufia Kamal.

High Court quashes proceedings

The High Court yesterday scrapped the proceedings of a corruption case against former Awami League public works minister Mosharraf Hossain.

Primary terminal exams begin today

The primary terminal examinations 2012 for class V students of general and madrasa education begin today with some 29.69 lakh examinees.

Dhaka's population growth fastest among South Asian cities

The population of Dhaka city has been growing at a pace of almost four percent annually, the fastest among the South Asian cities, as all the major manufacturing industries are concentrating here, attracting hordes of migrants, speakers said at a workshop on urban policy yesterday.

Road crashes kill three in three districts

Three people were killed in separate road accidents in Gopalganj, Madaripur and Sirajganj yesterday.

A day out for underprivileged children

She was named after the country's popular singer, Sabina Yasmin. She can not remember how old she was when one of her neighbours brought her to Dhaka to work as a domestic help. Even she does not have any memory of her parents.

ACC quizzes 6 more Janata Bank officials

The Anti-Corruption Commission yesterday quizzed six more officials of state-owned Janata Bank as part of its investigation into non-funded portion of the Hall-Mark loan scam.

Govt asks Myanmar to take back Rohingyas

The government has once again asked Myanmar to take back the remaining Rohingya refugees and prevent their influx in future.

7 Shibir men arrested for stabbing 2 BCL men

Police yesterday arrested seven activists of Islami Chhatra Shibir on suspicion of stabbing two Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) men on Monday night in Baluchar area of Sylhet.

Gowher flies to Pakistan

Prime Minister's International Affairs Adviser Gowher Rizvi yesterday left Dhaka for Pakistan to represent Bangladesh at the D-8 Summit scheduled to be held in Islamabad on November 22.

Court summons Ramna carnage case IO

A Dhaka court yesterday summoned an investigation officer of Ramna Batamul carnage case to appear before it on January 3, 2013 to narrate what he found in his probe into the killing case.

1st Bangladesh Cricket League held in US

The final match of the first ever Bangladesh Cricket League, a series organised by expatriate Bangladeshis in the United States, was recently held at Ben Lomond ground in Virginia.

Newspaper Ashura holiday Nov 25

Newspaper Owners' Association of Bangladesh (Noab) will observe holiday on November 25 on the occasion of holy Ashura.

No journalist repression during this govt tenure: Inu

Information Minister Hasanul Haque Inu yesterday told parliament that not a single incident of journalist repression took place during the regime of AL-led grand alliance.

Woman stabbed to death

A woman was allegedly killed by her cousin in Satkania upazila of Chittagong early yesterday as she refused an unwanted advance of the cousin.

RMG worker dies in workplace accident

A worker of a readymade garment factory was killed as he got entangled with the roller of the factory's washing machine in BSCIC industrial area of Tongi on Monday night.

Girl 'commits suicide' in Ctg

A girl yesterday allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself in the bathroom of her relative's residence at Bakalia in Chittagong.

Three IU asst proctors resign

Three assistant proctors of Islamic University (IU) submitted their resignation letters to the IU registrar on Saturday.

National

Hearts throb in fear as vehicles cross two worn out bridges

Hundreds of vehicles including heavy ones cross two worn out bridges on Tangail-Aricha road in Tangail Sadar and Delduar upazilas amid risk as construction works of two new bridges beside them is being delayed about two years.

Early winter adds to woes of char people

Early arrival of winter this year has come as an added woe to the poor people, especially those living in remote char (landmass emerged from riverbed) areas of five upazilas in Lalmonirhat district.

Comilla healthcare cries for care

Healthcare services in the government hospitals in the district are facing serious setback as 64 posts of doctors have been lying vacant for long in the hospitals.

Agitation at IU on for removal of VC, 2 others

Teachers at Islamic University (IU) continued their agitation yesterday, demanding removal of VC, Pro-VC and Treasurer.

Khas land allocated decade ago still eludes the landless

A staggering 147 of the 150 landless families in Bhogdaburi union under Domar upazila, who received kobuliat (registration documents) for government allocated khas land over a decade ago, are yet to get possession of the lands, as influential people continued their illegal occupation there.

Sec 144 again as BNP factions call programmes

Faridpur upazila administration in in the district has again imposed Section 144 in and around the upazila headquarters as two factions of local BNP called their programmes at the same venue and same time.

Man killed, 10 hurt in Matiranga clash

A man was killed and at least 10 others were injured in a clash between the people of two localities in Suknachhari area under Matiranga upazila on Monday night.

Tk 1.5cr fake cigarettes seized in Kushtia

Police early yesterday unearthed a fake cigarette factory and recovered around Tk 1.5 crore fake cigarettes of different popular brands at Amla in Mirpur upazila of the district.

Youth's body recovered from school's water tank

Police recovered the body of a youth from a water tank at a primary school in Brahmandi village under Sadar upazila on Monday night.

Jubo Dal leader attacked

A local leader of Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal was injured in an attack by rival groups at New Khairtala in Jessore town on Monday evening.

Bangladeshi shot by BSF

A Bangladeshi youth was shot and wounded by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) in Shibganj upazila here early yesterday. The injured was identified as Faruk Hossain, 26, son of Imran Ali of Tarapur Shahapara village in the upazila. Commander of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) Battalion-9 Lt. Col. Manzurul Alam said members of BSF from Shubhopur camp in Maldah in Pashcnimbanga opened fire on Faruk when he was working at his cropland near the border at about 6:00am. BGB at a flag meeting yesterday strongly protested the incident.

College student murdered

A college student was murdered by criminals in Sadar upazila of Meherpur on Monday night. Police recovered the body of Mithun Hossain, 22, a student of Meherpur Pouro Degree College and son of Korban Ali of Sholmari village yesterday morning. Officer in-charge (OC) of Sadar PS Matiur Rahman said that the youth went missing since he came out of his house over a phone call on Monday night. Local people found his body lying at Kutubpur village, three kilometres away from his house at about 4:50pm and informed the local police station, the OC said. Police said the body bore several injury marks.

BCL men hurt in attack

Two activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) were injured in an attack by rival groups in the city on Monday. The injured are Ashim Kanti Dhar and Raju Ahmed, supporters of Mithu group in Tilagar area. Shah Paran police said 8/10 youths hit the two BCL activists with sharp weapons at a mess at Baluchar, leaving them injured in the evening. Police suspected that the attack might be a sequel to an internal conflict. The injured were admitted to Sylhet Osmani Medical College Hospital. Earlier on Sunday, the supporters of two BCL groups, one led by Pankaj and another by Mithu, clashed at Tilagar point, leaving 20 people injured.

3 jailed for chaos in court

A court here on Monday sentenced three people to one year rigorous imprisonment (RI) each for creating chaos in the courtroom. The convicts are Abdul Majid, 28, Selim Hossain, 25, Abdul Mannan, 27. They are residents of different areas of the district. Judicial Magistrate court-2 sources said two people of Sadar upazila came to give their deposition in a murder case when the aforesaid three entered the courtroom and assaulted them. Police later arrested them for disrupting court activities.

Arms, ammo seized

Police recovered two USA made pistols, four magazines and 12 bullets in Kachhikata toll plaza area on Natore-Dhaka highway under Gurudapur upazila in the district early yesterday and arrested an alleged peddler. The arrestee was identified as Hazrat Ali, 24, son of Abdur Razzak of village Huzrapur under Chapainawabgonj Sadar upazila. Shafiqul Islam, officer in-charge of Gurudaspur police station said, on secret information, a team of police led by sub inspector Osman raided the areas from a Dhaka-bound bus coming from Chapainawabganj.

Letters

Create a department for children

We have learnt from recent articles of this daily that there is no coordination among the activities of Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, National Council for Women and Child Development, other governmental bodies and NGOs in the works for protecting child rights.

Remove billboards causing visual pollution

I refer to the news item published in the DS dated November 15 regarding illegal billboards in Chittagong. These huge billboards not only destroy the beauty of a city but also divert the attention of the vehicle drivers resulting in serious accidents. The advertising companies who build the billboards in collusion with the city corporation have been creating this nuisance since last two decades.

Unhygienic foods in restaurants

One day I bought some shingaras and noodles from an eatery, which smelled odd. I will not buy anything from there again as I happened to see the unhygienic environment of the kitchen. People eat tehari as lunch in this eatery but they do not know what is behind the scene. If you take a close look, you will see that most of the eateries have the same unhygienic kitchen. The outlets look okay. The shingaras and puris look mouth-watering. But just behind the doors, foods are cooked in unhygienic environment. The water that is used for cooking curries, rice and tehari is full of deadly germs. Moreover, the same old oil is used over and over again. A piece of shingara goes well with a cup of tea at your office or while sitting in your balcony and enjoying the evening. But the way those snacks are cooked is dangerous for health. After seeing this, I would not buy anything from those places again. Would you?

Tunnel under Karnaphuli river!

The Chinese interest shown on this matter was reported in the pages of an English daily on 12th. November. It was an interesting and attractive proposition. The matter when presented to the authorities should be seriously looked into, and if otherwise financially sound, taken up on an urgent basis. Apart from anything else, it will reduce our need for imported liquid fuel, equipment, spares and manpower needed for operating ferries across many of our rivers. Once work on the Karnaphuli tunnel is taken up, we may consider this option wherever possible.

Tamim not Test player

From the way Tamim batted on the second day of the Bangladesh-West Indies Test, it has become very much clear that he lacks the temperament to play the longer version of cricket. No doubt, he is good for one-day cricket as well as for T-20 cricket, but not for the Test cricket. He has already played quite a good number of Test crickets 24 in number but yet could not learn the essence of it. It seems he will never learn it. So next time when the Bangladesh cricket bosses will select a Test cricket team, they must think twice before choosing Tamim. If playing only flamboyant shots is his style, then well and good. But he must not play Test cricket. We may not win, but we may at least draw a Test. After twelve years of achieving Test status, if we still say we are learning, that is not acceptable any more.

US election a lesson for our politicians

US election was successfully ended following a month-long media storm across the world. Re-elected president Barack Obama said in his victory speech that he would talk to Mr. Romney about how they can work together to move US forward. On the other hand, Mr. Romney was quick to congratulate Obama and wish him success as US president.

Expectations from president Obama

Congratulations to Barack Obama for getting re-elected as the president of the US for another four-year term. Like many other developing countries of the world, we too have expectations from the president. We expect to see something new this time from Obama. This time we want to see some upfront measures taken by him that would stop children from crying for their missing parents in the battlefields, would bring smile to the frightened people of the war-torn countries. Any problem can be solved peacefully, if there is honest will. So, we are waiting to see some very positive gestures from the Nobel laureate president while dealing with foreign issues. Hope he will not let us down.

Dissolve parliament, get a fresh mandate

Bangladesh seems to have become a hotbed of unprincipled politics. The ethical standards of the politicians, irrespective of the party to which they belong, have reached a nadir. The people of Bangladesh have been witnessing mud-slinging matches between the ruling and opposition parties far too long. They have never come together to share power. If numbers alone matter, there is no future for moral standards in politics. Now, in our parliament, political differences have turned into personal animosities. Moreover, it appears that the opposition lawmakers have forgotten their duties as responsible parliamentarians. The passing of many bills are getting expedited without any debate because of their boycott. It is time they called off the boycott.

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International

Hillary sent on ME mission

Hillary Clinton is en route to the Middle East to join efforts to broker a ceasefire in the war between Israel and Hamas, in a move that suggests a breakthrough is close, reports the Guardian.

Turkey seeks Nato support on border with Syria

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said yesterday that Nato member Ankara would formally ask the alliance for Patriot missiles to protect its border with conflict-wracked Syria.

Obama set to defy China over sea rows

US President Barack Obama was yesterday set to defy Beijing's protests and use a summit to raise concerns over South China Sea rows that have sent diplomatic and trade shockwaves across the region.

Ex-Murdoch aides face graft charges

British prosecutors yesterday said they will charge ex-News International chief Rebekah Brooks and the prime minister's former spokesman Andy Coulson with making illegal payments to public officials.

Pak court quashes girl's blasphemy case

A Pakistan court yesterday threw out all charges against a Christian girl accused of blasphemy in a case that drew international condemnation, lawyers said.

France ends combat in Afghanistan

French troops yesterday ended their last combat mission in Afghanistan by withdrawing from Kapisa province as part of an accelerated departure from the war-torn country.

‘UPA govt not afraid’

Amidst talk of a no-confidence motion or a vote on FDI issue, the government yesterday said that it was “not afraid” of facing any challenge in parliament.

Nepal calls elections

Nepal's Maoist-led government yesterday called polls to elect a new parliament in April or May, offering hope for an end to the political deadlock that has crippled the deeply-divided nation.

Mps move to impeach judge in Lanka

Sri Lanka's top judge was on Monday asked by parliament to appear before it for an impeachment hearing on Friday after rejecting her appeal for more time to prepare for her case.

Nato driver killed in Pakistan

Gunmen yesterday killed the driver of a Nato supply truck in northwest Pakistan on the Afghan border, officials said.

US embassy guard stabbed

A man stabbed a security guard at the US embassy in Tel Aviv yesterday and was apprehended, a police spokesman said, and Israel Radio reported the assailant was an Israeli with a criminal background.

Dozens killed in Mali clashes

Dozens of people have been killed in clashes between Islamic radicals and secular Tuareg fighters in northern Mali since Friday, witnesses and officials said.

4 US men charged in 'terror plot'

Federal authorities say four California men have been charged with plotting to kill Americans overseas and in the United States by joining al-Qaida and the Taliban in Afghanistan.

BJP chief's resignation demanded

The campaign for the resignation of beleagured BJP President Nitin Gadkari yesterday got fresh ammo within the party with its senior leader Yashwant Sinha demanding that he step down immediately.

Indian festival stampede kills 18

India yesterday launched an inquiry into a stampede, which killed 18 women and children when a makeshift bridge collapsed at a Hindu festival, as devotees returned to pray at the scene of the tragedy.

Arts & Entertainment

Prachyanat holds three-day street theatre fest

As part of its yearlong celebration marking its 15th anniversary, one of the leading Bangladeshi theatre troupes, Prachyanat, arranged a three-day street theatre festival at the amphitheatre inside Suhrawardi Udyan in Dhaka. The festival took place on November 15 to 17. Nine plays by seven troupes were staged at the festival.

Highlighting childhood nostalgia

Under the title “Nostalgia and Reality”, Toronto Public Library in Don Mills, Canada has organised a solo painting exhibition, featuring the works of Bangladeshi expatriate painter Babul Mahmood. The exhibition was inaugurated recently and will continue till November 30. This is his sixth solo painting exhibition.

A Progressive Mind

Yesterday marked the 124th birth anniversary of journalist and liberal thinker Mohammad Nasiruddin.

Songs from Gitanjali hold sway over Chittagong audience

Last weekend, music aficionados of the port city attended “Gitanjali'r Gaan” -- featuring solo, duet, and choral renditions of songs, as well as poetry from Tagore's Nobel Prize winning “Gitanjali”.

The mystic in perspective

'Lalon Sandhya', an event dedicated to the mystic bard Lalon, was held recently in Barisal calling for a study of his philosophy to combat religious fundamentalism and prevent commercialisation of Lalon's songs.

Faridpur celebrates Humayun Ahmed

A five-day long 'Humayun Mela', was held at Kobi Jasimuddin Hall premises of the town in Faridpur to mark the 64th birth anniversary (November 13) of noted litterateur Humayun Ahmed.

Aim to promote their talent

A two- day cultural and sports competition for differently-abled children from five districts, organised by SWID Bangladesh and Special Olympic Sub Chapter, Pabna unit, concluded recently. The programme aimed to launch special Olympics for them.

Jackie Chan: Upcoming film will be last big action movie

Kung Fu superstar Jackie Chan said that while the upcoming film "Chinese Zodiac 2012" will be his last major action movie, citing his increasing age, he will still be packing punches in the world of philanthropy.

OP-ED

Dialogue, violence and bad politics

Home Minister Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir has brushed aside American suggestions that the Bangladesh government engage in a dialogue with the opposition. A dialogue is certainly a healthy thing, considering the proliferation of ideas it generally throws up. Besides, politics is all about dialogue, about an exchange of ideas. But in this particular instance, when activists of the Jamaat-e-Islami and the Islami Chhatra Shibir have been doing all they can to disrupt normal life through pouncing on policemen, the idea that the ruling Awami League should engage the opposition in discussions with it sounds rather queer. The US ambassador could have done something better than suggest a dialogue. On behalf of his government, he could simply have condemned the violence that the Jamaat and its adherents have been resorting to over these past few weeks before throwing in the idea of political engagement between the government and the opposition.

The challenge ahead for China

Unlike the cliffhanger US elections on November 6, the leadership change in China this week was hardly an exercise in suspense -- or democracy.

Suu Kyi's visit to India: Reflecting geo-political realities

On November13, Myanmar opposition leader and Member of Parliament Aung San Suu Kyi paid her first visit to India after almost 40 years.

Our nation's pride, our nation's glory

As we celebrate the 42nd Armed Forces Day, it is time for the nation to look back and assess the contribution of the Armed Forces to the country. Not many like our country can take pride that their Armed Forces came into being through a war of liberation. The Liberation War had brought more challenges than opportunities for the country and the Armed Forces had endured difficult times during the nation's initial years of freedom and thereafter. However, it has matured over the past four decades and made us proud both within and outside the country. Our Armed Forces have always supported the country in safeguarding its national interests and enhancing national security and development. It fought a long counterinsurgency battle in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) and finally created conditions for a Peace Agreement in December 1997.

The perfect job for your child

Most parents want their children to grow up to be brain surgeons or lawyers or billionaires. But not me. I've got ambition. This planet is awash with doctors and lawyers, and have you ever met a billionaire? I have. Eww, ugly miserable grumps with grotesquely spoiled children. The fact is, you don't need a billion dollars to have grotesquely spoiled children, and I should know.

This Day In History

November 21
1962

The Chinese People's Liberation Army declares a unilateral cease-fire in the Sino-Indian War.



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