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News of: Friday, 23rd of November, 2012

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Koko's laundered money back

The Anti-Corruption Commission says it has brought back around 20.41 lakh Singapore dollars laundered by BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s younger son Arafat Rahman Koko and his associate.

Good to see int'l rules working

Anti-graft campaigners, politicians, ministers and independent analysts yesterday welcomed the recovery of the money that Arafat Rahman Koko and his aide had laundered. They termed it a major step towards the country's fight against corruption.

Jubo League's Jewel arrested

Police yesterday arrested a Jubo League leader for his alleged links with the abduction of six-year-old Parag Mondol less than two hours after a High Court ruling.

D-8 summit on in shadows of death

Muslim leaders attended a rare summit in Pakistan yesterday after militant attacks killed 36 people across the country in some of the deadliest violence claimed by the Taliban for months.

When civility goes missing

In the early 1970s, soon after the liberation of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia quite often met each other, usually at Bangabandhu's residence at Dhanmondi 32. They were both young. One was the daughter of the Father of the Nation. The other was the spouse of the Liberation War hero Ziaur Rahman, then deputy chief of army staff.

Tarique most popular despite propaganda

BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday claimed Tarique Rahman is the “most popular” person in the country despite the government's propaganda against the party's senior vice-chairman.

Revenge, if Kasab's body not returned

The Pakistani Taliban yesterday threatened revenge unless India returns the body of a Pakistani man executed for his role in the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people.

How Laden's body was buried at sea

Osama bin Laden was buried at sea from a US warship amid high secrecy that included his body being referred to as "the package" delivered by "Fedex", secret military emails reveal.

Desperate bid continues

Fifty-two people including 15 Rohingyas were detained in Teknaf of Cox's Bazar in the last two days for allegedly taking perilous sea journeys to Malaysia in quest of jobs.

Martyr's daughter testifies against Alim

A martyred subeder major's daughter yesterday testified that on Abdul Alim's order, Shanti (peace) Committee and Razakar men killed her father in Joypurhat for fighting against the Pakistani army during the Liberation War.

Khaleda to bring graft, terror again if goes to power

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday ridiculed BNP chief Khaleda Zia over the latter's vow to give the country a facelift if her party returned to power and said the former prime minister would only replace the prevailing “peace” with “terrorism, militancy and corruption” in the name of change.

22 teachers to quit admin jobs at IU

Twenty-two teachers of Islamic University are set to resign from their administrative posts yesterday demanding immediate removal of the university's vice-chancellor, pro vice-chancellor and treasurer.

TIB protests govt move to change law

Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) yesterday condemned the home ministry move to amend a section of criminal law to allow the government withdraw politically motivated corruption cases.

BCL attacks JCD march in Kushtia

At least 20 activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) were injured when activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) attacked the former's procession in Kushtia yesterday.

Govt forms probe body

The Ministry of Primary and Mass Education yesterday formed a three-member committee to investigate the rumour of question paper leakage that spread on the first day of the primary terminal examinations.

Defence for mercy

The defence of Jamaat leaders accused of war crimes yesterday sought unconditional mercy from the International Crimes Tribunal-1 instead of giving reply to two show-cause notices.

Ensure transparency in party functioning

Representatives from a number of non-government organisations yesterday asked the Election Commission to increase supervision of political parties registered with it to ensure the parties' accountability and transparency of their activities.

Ex-DGM gives confessional statement

A former high official of Sonali Bank's Ruposhi Bangla Hotel branch yesterday confessed to a magistrate that over Tk 2,686 crore was sanctioned from the branch to Hall-Mark Group.

New device can detect emotion

People are good at hiding their emotions. But now a device aims to make them visible for all to see.

Australia denies refugee policy failure

Australia yesterday denied its policies to combat people-smuggling have failed as a decision to release asylum-seekers into the community with little help or support was blasted as "a new low".

North Korea threatens repeat of island shelling

North Korea has threatened to repeat its 2010 artillery attack on a border island, as South Korea prepares to mark the second anniversary of the shelling today that left four dead.

Editorial

Mindless carnage in old town

One never gets tired of mayhem created by unruly students on this campus or that. Mostly such incidents are the result of some frivolous altercation that sparks off the mindless violence creating anarchy and resulting in untold suffering for people in the locality. The latest example of this uncivilised barbarism took place on November 21 when students of Kobi Nazrul College and Jagannath University clashed over what appears to be who would get precedence over whom in depositing certain fees in a bank.

Well done Hasan

For a person who the selectors thought 'can bat a bit', Hasan has proved he can do much more than that. What a test debutante, who was included in the team as a fast bowler only, and came in only after the fall of the eighth wicket, is more than merely a hundred runs in the scorer's book. He broke a 110--year old record and became not only the second number ten batsman to score a century in his first test match, his is also the highest score for a batsman in that position. Bravo Abul Hasan.

Sports

Patient WI make Tigers work

Compared to the first day's drama courtesy of Bangladesh's early collapse and then debutant Abul Hasan's record hundred, the second day was a dull affair. Marlon Samuels hit his fifth Test century, and with Darren Bravo batted cautiously and purposefully during their unbeaten third-wicket stand to put West Indies in a comfortable position at the end of the second day's play at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium in Khulna yesterday.

Jurgensen in high spirits

It might have been a tough day for the Bangla-deshi bowlers but interim head coach Shane Jurgensen praised his bowlers highly despite there being little to smile about on the second day of the second and final Test against West Indies at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium yesterday.

Windies looking to bat once

West Indies captain Darren Sammy expressed his satisfaction over the slow batting from the two not out batsmen Marlon Samuels and Darren Bravo. Batting almost the whole day West Indies scored 241 runs for the loss of two wickets in 82 overs before stumps were drawn. The score made the Caribbean skipper happy as he believed that they were in a good position after the second day's play at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium.

Bangladesh League resumes today

The sixth Grameenphone Bangladesh Premier League resumes today at the Bangabandhu National Stadium with last season's runners-up Muktijoddha Sangsad taking on Brothers Union at 5:00pm.

Rooftop galleries

Cricket fans were watching the second day of the second Test between Bangladesh and West Indies on Thursday from the rooftop of every building adjacent to the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium. Most of the fans had gathered after hearing news of debutant Abul Hasan's historic century that had changed the whole complexion of the game.

Jamil's run ends

The impressive run of Jamil Bhuiyan in the Focal Point 26th Bangladesh International Junior Tennis Championship ended yesterday when he suffered a defeat to Juprang of Thailand in the quarterfinal

Local Snippets

Maasranga Television retained the title of the Walton-DRU Media Cricket tournament with a 44-run win over Shokaler Khabor in the final at Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium yesterday.

Clarke pummels Proteas

Michael Clarke posted a successive double century and David Warner and Michael Hussey unleashed whirlwind hundreds as Australia demoralised South Africa in the second Adelaide Test on Thursday.

India aim to keep form

Buoyed by the comprehensive nine-wicket win in the series opener, a confident India will look to maintain their stranglehold over England when the second Test begins on Friday in conditions which is expected to suit the home team spinners.

Kirsten defends off days

South Africa coach Gary Kirsten Thursday defended giving his team time off before the second Adelaide Test as injuries struck down three key bowlers on the opening day of the match.

Some solace for big names

Two International Masters and four FIDE Masters have finally been roped in by three clubs yesterday, just a few hours before the start of the Premier Division Chess League, which gets underway today at the auditorium of NSC tower.

NCL fifth round from today

The fifth round of the National Cricket League (NCL) is set to begin today. League leaders Khulna, who have won all their four games, will take on second-placed Sylhet at the Cricket Garden in Rangpur. Khulna currently have 24 points, whereas Sylhet have 18 from their four. Chittagong will finally get a home game when they square off against on Dhaka at the MA Aziz Stadium.

'We deserve credit'

Borussia Dortmund deserve credit for having dominated the Champions League's so-called 'Group of Death', according to director of sport Michael Zorc after his team hammered Ajax 4-1 in Amsterdam.

Ultras attack Spurs fans

Visiting supporters from English Premier League club Tottenham were injured after suspected hardline fans of Lazio attacked a pub in the Italian capital, Rome, reports said on Thursday.

City crash out again

Real Madrid and AC Milan led a procession of six teams into the Champions League last 16 on Wednesday while big-spending Manchester City failed again on the European stage to further dent English soccer's standing.

Chelsea appoint Rafa

Chelsea appointed Rafael Benitez as their interim first team-manager until the end of the season on Wednesday after the European champions sacked Roberto di Matteo.

Superclasico Brazil's

Substitute Ignacio Scocco struck twice in the final 10 minutes to give Argentina a 2-1 win over arch-rivals Brazil in a friendly at La Bombonera on Wednesday, but the visitors took the "Superclasico de las Americas" trophy on penalties.

Adriano faces UEFA rap

UEFA on Wednesday opened disciplinary proceedings against Shakhtar Donetsk forward Luiz Adriano after he scored a controversial goal in Tuesday's Champions League game at Danish side Nordsjaelland.

Mourinho feels for Di Matteo

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho expressed sympathy for Roberto Di Matteo after he was sacked as manager of Mourinho's former club, Chelsea, on Wednesday.

Business

Scams push up loan defaults

Bad loans increased by Tk 7,282 crore or 1.58 percentage points in the third quarter this year as a significant amount of loans related to the recent incidents of scams was classified.

Singapore summit set to showcase Bangladesh's investment prospects

A daylong event dedicated to Bangladesh will take place in Singapore next month to convey the country's success stories and potential to foreign investors.

Food agency seeks to buy aman to prop up prices for farmers

The Directorate General of Food seeks the green light to buy 2 lakh tonnes of rice from the ongoing aman yield, an official said yesterday.

BASIC Bank's bad loans pile up on aggressive lending

Aggressive lending has doubled state-owned BASIC Bank's non-performing loans (NPL) in just nine months this year, data shows.

8pc economic growth hinges on FDI: Azad

The slow inflow of foreign direct investment (FDI) has become a major impediment to taking economic growth to 8 percent, the chief of the country's apex trade body said yesterday.

FBCCI goes to polls tomorrow

The biennial election of the country's apex trade body, the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI), is due to be held tomorrow.

India okays new drug pricing policy

The Indian government yesterday approved a new drug pricing policy, two ministers told reporters, a move that will regulate the prices of 348 drugs deemed essential.

Stocks end flat

Stocks ended flat, as the recent bearish trend of the market eroded investors' confidence yesterday.

Korean envoy stresses full functioning of KEPZ

The Korean Export Processing Zone (KEPZ) should start functioning as soon as possible for the development of Chittagong and the whole country, said Lee Yun-young, Korean ambassador to Bangladesh.

Saudi lends $53.33m to set up power plant in Chittagong

The Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) will lend Bangladesh $53.33 million to set up a 225-megawatt power plant in Chittagong.

Opple launches energy-saving lights in Ctg

Opple Lighting of China launched its green lighting products in Chittagong yesterday.

Citi's new head of operations

Denied the right to travel without consent from their male guardians and banned from driving, women in Saudi Arabia are now monitored by an electronic system that tracks any cross-border movements.

Metropolitan

BCL men vandalise 2 coaching centres in capital

Some men, claiming to be the ruling pro-Awami League student organisation Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists, yesterday ransacked two coaching centres in the capital's Farmgate, stating that those were run by Islami Chhatra Shibir.

One held, three cases filed

Police arrested a youth on Wednesday night in connection with a series of clashes between students of Jagannath University (JnU) and Kabi Nazrul Government College in Old Dhaka that day over a trifling matter.

Help resist BNP-Jamaat anarchy

Home Minister Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir yesterday urged people to help law enforcement agencies so that BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami could not create anarchy over the war crimes trial.

Majeda's bail petition rejected

The High Court yesterday rejected two separate bail petitions filed by former Bangladesh ambassador to the Philippines Majeda Rafiqun Nessa in connection with two corruption cases.

Implement policies in, outside JS

Speaker Abdul Hamid yesterday called upon lawmakers to engage in implementing policies on population, reproductive health and gender development both in and outside parliament.

Cut carbon emission

Seven Bangladeshi climate network organisations yesterday urged the US, the EU and other rich countries to reduce their carbon emissions during a rally brought out ahead of Doha Climate Conference to be held from November 26 to December 7.

Help keep doctors in villages

Frustrated by the lack of doctors in villages, Health Minister AFM Ruhal Haque yesterday proposed to hold discussion in parliament for ways of ensuring doctors' presence in the rural areas.

RU Shibir attack victim needs leg surgery

A former Chhatra League leader of Rajshahi University, whose left leg tendon was severed by Shibir men on Wednesday night, started for Dhaka last evening to have the leg operated on in the orthopaedic hospital.

Road crashes kill 6, injure 68

Six people were killed and 68 others injured in separate road accidents in Chittagong, Gopalganj, Jhenidah and Dinajpur yesterday.

Two more arrested in capital

Police arrested two more people in the capital's Shah Ali area yesterday in connection with the theft of 11 exotic birds from the Dhaka National Zoo on Monday.

28 more Jamaat-Shibir men arrested

Law enforcers arrested at least 28 leaders and activists of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Chhatra Shibir in four districts in the last two days.

Greens seek meeting with JS body

Ten organisations yesterday applied to the chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of Housing and Public Works seeking permission to meet the committee to place their opinion about recent approval of six housing projects.

Over 20,000 newborns die from hepatitis B yearly

Although hepatitis B is easily preventable through vaccination, about 1.5 lakh newborns in Bangladesh get infected with its virus and 20,000-23,000 die from it yearly, said National Professor Nurul Islam at a conference in the capital yesterday.

Normalcy returning to Gaza as truce holds

People in Gaza have been attempting to return to normal life as a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, in effect since Wednesday, appears to be holding.

Bill placed in House seeking record keeping of foreign visitors

A private member's bill was placed in parliament proposing to enact a law for collecting and preserving information of foreigners who visit Bangladesh.

Court allows blast case against 18 BNP activists

A Dhaka court yesterday took into cognisance the charges against 18 BNP leaders and activists, including Swechchhasebak Dal President Habib-un-Nabi Khan Sohel and former Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) president Sultan Salauddin Tuku, in connection with a blast case.

University student 'killed by friends'

A private university student was killed allegedly by his friends at his apartment in the capital's Mirpur-6 on Wednesday.

Sust admission tests Nov 24

Admission tests for the honours programmes at the Shahjalal University of Science & Technology (Sust) for the academic session 2012-13 will be held on November 24.

Army chief accords reception to decorated freedom fighters

Chief of Army Staff General Iqbal Karim Bhuiyan accorded a reception to gallantry award holder freedom fighters from Bangladesh Army and their next of kin on the occasion of Armed Forces Day at Officers' Club of Dhaka Cantonment yesterday.

Three-day programme against violence on women begins at JU

Marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, a 3-day programme began at Jahangirnagar University yesterday.

Man takes hostages, asks Japan PM to go

A man armed with a knife took five people hostage at a Japanese bank yesterday, police said, with local media reporting he was demanding Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda's cabinet resign.

Man's body recovered

The body of an unidentified man aged around 35 was found yesterday morning in a paddy field at Chhoykut in Moulvibazar of Sylhet.

Youth dies as train runs him over

A mentally imbalanced youth died after being run over by a train at Harindia rail crossing in Kotchandpur upazila of Jhenidah district yesterday.

Worker dies from electrocution

A construction worker died from electrocution while working at the site of an under construction showroom in the capital's Azimpur yesterday afternoon.

Death anniversary

Today is the third death anniversary of Dr Mohammad Omar Faruque, former senior consultant surgeon of Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College.

Masudur Rahman

Today is the 17th death anniversary of Masudur Rahman, a former controller of Kolkata Rationing Department and headmaster of Ghorasal Pilot High School.

Qulkhwani

The qulkhwani of freedom fighter and noted physician Dr Khondoker Abu Zaffar will be held after Asr prayers today at House No. 539, Lyse Ali Sarani, Ajampur Kancha Bazar in Uttara.

National

Ferry stands against desire for trip to Kuakata beach

Local passengers as well as tourists to Kuakata sea beach are suffering a lot due to poor ferry service at Labukhali terminal on Barisal-Kuakata road via Patuakhali.

Kathin Chibar Daan fest begins in Rangamati

Kathin Chibar Daan, the biggest religious festival of the Buddhist people in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT), began yesterday at Rajban Bihar of the Chakma king with great enthusiasm and festivity.

Interns force senior docs to stop outdoor services

Patients' sufferings mounted as interns at Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital (SBMCH) continued indefinite strike for the second day yesterday protesting assault on interns by attendants of a female patient who died at the hospital Wednesday morning.

Benapole port sees slump in revenue earning

Revenue income at Benapole land port has largely declined in the first four months of the current fiscal year (2012-13) due to various reasons, including alleged corruption and irregularities.

Girl raped in Rangamati

An indigenous girl was kidnapped from a residential hotel at Reserve Bazar in the town and allegedly raped by a Tripura youth on Wednesday night.

Precious statue found in pond

A Buddhist statue worth about Tk 1 crore was recovered from a pond near a high school in Behula Lokkindorer Bashorghor area of Sadar upazila on Wednesday.

25 hurt in clash

Twenty-five people, including women, were injured in a clash between two groups of villagers following a dispute over a piece of land at Madhupur village in Dirai upazila on Wednesday afternoon.

Terosree massacre recalled

'Terosree massacre day' was observed on the Shaheed Minar premises at Terosree under Ghior upazila yesterday.

In-laws torture her for dowry, police refuse to take case without bribe

A housewife has been inhumanly tortured allegedly by her in-laws for failing to meet their dowry demand at Monohorkhali village under Kutubdia upazila.

Jubo Dal leader held, arms recovered

Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested a local Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal leader at Tona Bridge under Tona union in Sadar upazila on Wednesday night.

Meherpur transport strike called off

Bus-truck owners and workers in Meherpur called off the indefinite strike yesterday after the district administration assured them of meeting their demands.

PCJSS man shot dead

A youth, reportedly a member of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS), was shot dead in Dhiginala upazila of the district early yesterday.

Letters

Electronic gadgets behind child obesity!

Experts are constantly warning us that the digital revolution is making our children ill. According to them, the constant overload of information could be triggering mental health problems. Paul Veugelers, a Canadian public health professor said, "If you want your kids to sleep better and live a healthier life, get the technology out of the bedroom." He led a study of nearly 3,400 Grade 5 students in the province of Alberta which showed that as little as one hour of additional sleep decreased the odds of being overweight or obese by around 30 per cent. The recent study also confirmed a link between getting less sleep and having electronic gadgets in the bedroom. Half of the students had a TV, DVD player or video game console in their bedroom; 21 per cent had computer; and 17 per cent had cell phone. Five per cent of students had all three types of devices. 57 per cent of students use electronics when they should be sleeping.

Suu Kyi's comment on Rohingyas surprising

We have learnt from newspaper reports that Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on November 13 described the violence in west Myanmar between Buddhists and Muslims as a "huge international tragedy" and said illegal immigration from Bangladesh had to be stopped.

Create open space for political programmes

Traffic jam is a big problem in Dhaka city. It is a regular matter that we are to wait in the rickshaw or bus or other transports for hours due to traffic jam. It becomes worse when gatherings and processions are held in the middle of the road. By closing the road, political programmes are being held regularly in front of national press club. Those who have to use this road know how much they suffer. Besides, if any big party calls a meeting or procession in Dhaka, the whole city comes to a standstill. To stop this immediately, the government should allot a big open space for political gathering. I would request the prime minister, the policy makers, and the authorities concerned to look into the matter seriously.

Open pit mining of Phulbari coal

Most English dailies on November 10th reported on government's final go-ahead to Asia Energy Corporation, for open pit mining of coal, and having a mine mouth power plant at the location. After years of arguments, discussions and deliberations, we finally see a concrete decision being taken. I hope it is acted upon, and not left to gather dust in some bureaucratic labyrinth! It is vital that there is biparty agreement and understanding on this important national issue, so that the project can progress without any hindrance, in our overall national interest. Already, a lot of time and effort have been spent on this matter. Admittedly, many farms and rural households and people living in the area will be uprooted and need resettlement. This has to be done with compassion, sincerity, patience and understanding of the plight of the affected people. This is as important as the main project and needs to be taken up with due importance! Our political parties should also restrain from a contentious issue out of it. The fact remains that we may have to pay a social and human price for this endeavour; but this has to be minimised. All interested NGOs should be mobilized and supported by the authorities concerned in carrying out this humanitarian ask, of resettling the affected people. Let us all hope that we will succeed in this important venture.

Challenges for Obama

What are the challenges for Obama in the next four years?

HSC, SSC results should be the basis of varsity admission

It has been a practice in Bangladesh to hold tests for admitting students into the universities. After the completion of HSC exam, students get no break as they have to take admission to different coaching centres for taking preparations for university admission tests. This is unfair. Holding admission tests mean that our public examinations carry no value in the eyes of the government. So this practice should be stopped forthwith in the interest of both students and guardians. The guardians have to pay through the nose for their children's coaching. The real beneficiaries of this system are the coaching centres which are making brisk business.

Kidnappers on the prowl

Kidnapping for ransom has become a regular event now-a-days; mostly schoolgoing children are the target of the criminals. People have become frightened not knowing how to cope with this situation. On November 11, 2012, six-year-old Parag Mondol was kidnapped by criminals riding motorbikes, who shot his mother and sister before abducting him. He was found alive when the kidnappers left him after receiving Tk 50 lakh. But Anik Hossain, aged 11, was not so lucky. He was abducted on November 12, 2012. The kidnappers killed him and his body was found in a water body because his parents did not pay the ransom money and informed the police. After tracking their mobile phones police arrested three people and with their confessional statement, the police were able to locate the body. How agonising monstrosities!

Online Voices

Hail Hasan

International

Mamata's no-trust motion fails in India

A no-confidence motion moved by Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress lawmakers against India's Congress-led UPA government was yesterday disallowed by the speaker as the winter session of Indian parliament began on a stormy note.

Normalcy returns to Gaza as truce holds

People in Gaza have been attempting to return to normal life as a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, in effect since Wednesday, appears to be holding.

Man takes hostages, asks Japan PM to go

A man armed with a knife took five people hostage at a Japanese bank yesterday, police said, with local media reporting he was demanding Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda's cabinet resign.

Rebels seize keytown; toll hits 40,000

Rebels seized the eastern Syria town of Mayadeen yesterday, the latest in a series of strategic advances, as the number of people killed in the increasingly violent conflict passed the 40,000 mark.

Judges grill Sarkozy

French judges yesterday grilled ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy about accusations his 2007 election campaign was financed with funds secured illegally from France's richest woman.

New constraint for Saudi women

Denied the right to travel without consent from their male guardians and banned from driving, women in Saudi Arabia are now monitored by an electronic system that tracks any cross-border movements.

BBC gets new director general

The chief executive of the Royal Opera House and the BBC's former director of news, Tony Hall, has been appointed the corporation's new director general yesterday.

Journalist deaths hit 15-yr high

More journalists have been killed this year while on assignment than at any time in the last 15 years, according to the International Press Institute, a Vienna-based media watchdog.

Rice hits out at Libya allegations

Susan Rice, US ambassador to the United Nations, said Wednesday she has been the victim of "unfounded" Republican attacks over her account of a militant assault on the US embassy in Libya.

Taiwan bars Dalai Lama from visit

Taiwan has decided to bar the Dalai Lama from entering the island, triggering an angry response from a women's organisation that had invited him to a meeting there next month, officials said yesterday.

Sudan foils 'plot', nabs ex-intel chief

Sudan yesterday said it arrested 13 people including the former head of the country's powerful intelligence service for an alleged plot to sabotage national security.

Arts & Entertainment

Tug of roots

The once-hugely popular heroine of Indian Bangla films, Sabitri Chattapadhyay was in Dhaka recently. On a three-day trip, on invitation from Bonhishikha, Sabitri was amazed at the hospitality of the organisers, and the people of Dhaka, in general.

Going Beyond Tradition

A weeklong group ceramic exhibition titled "60 min/900° C" is on at the Zainul Gallery, Faculty of Fine Arts (FFA), University of Dhaka. The exhibition features works of three promising artists -- Bikash Kanti Karmokar, Soumitra Kumar Biswas (Raju) and Suman Kumar Baral. The artist trio are MFA (Master of Fine Arts) students of the Department of Ceramics, FFA.

Humayun Ahmed, seen through Nasir Ali Mamun's lens

The avid admirers of the late Humayun Ahmed saw his popularity surpassing that of Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyaya.

Literature comes forth on seventh day

Two adaptations of literature were staged on the seventh day (November 21) of the ongoing festival marking Theatre Art Unit's 20th anniversary. Loko Natyadal (Siddheswari) staged “Shilpi O Rothjatra”, a play based on Rabindranath Tagore's “Roth Jatra”, at the National Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. Palakar staged Syed Shamsul Haq's latest play “Narigon” at the Experimental Theatre Hall of the academy.

Nirob @DS Café

Nirob launched his career with a range of modelling gigs, and his successful debut soon steered him towards the world of acting. His stardom expanded with consecutive popular TV commercials. Nirob however decided to shift his focus to cinema, after appearing in several TV plays.

Fortnight-long DU annual theatre fest begins today

A fortnight-long annual theatre festival, organised by Dhaka University (DU) and managed by its Department of Theatre, begins this evening at the TSC Auditorium on campus.

Lucky Akhand to perform at Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre

A solo music performance by Lucky Akhand will be held today at 6:30 pm at Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre, Gulshan, in Dhaka.

OP-ED

The future of love

A seventy-some-years-old friend has gained escape velocity, which is the speed necessary for a spacecraft to break free of Earth's gravity. Children grownup, wife deceased, he has got all the time to graze upon his memories. Unrequited love is like an eclipse; in the rotation of life it often passes into the shadows of reality. Fifty years later my friend is digging into the past. He wants to recover a face from obscurity.

China changes leaders, but not policies

The process of choosing leaders in the two largest economies of the world -- US and China -- has been markedly different. They came in quick succession.

The enigma that is Bangladesh

Bangladesh is an amazing country. Here you have the flashes of rare feats and there you are having to deal with heartbreaking political depressions.

High Commissioner of Canada to Bangladesh speaks

Her Excellency Heather Cruden, the High Commissioner for Canada in Bangladesh, in an exclusive interview with The Daily Star's Diplomatic Correspondent Rezaul Karim spoke about Canada-Bangladesh 40 years of diplomatic ties and bilateral cooperation in various fields. Following are excerpts from the interview.

This Day In History

November 23

1510
First campaign of Ottoman Empire against Kingdom of Imereti (modern western Georgia). Ottoman armies sack its capital Kutaisi and burn Gelati Monastery.

StarTech

Microsoft shows its new technology

Microsoft Bangladesh recently organised 'Microsoft Technology Roadshow' to showcase the latest devices and solutions of Microsoft to the IT industry and experts of the country.

Google enters debate on UN internet control

Google has jumped into the debate over a UN telecom gathering set to review regulations affecting the internet, claiming it is "the wrong place" to make decisions about the future of the Web.

Sanitation Hackathon

Young IT professionals, with the help of sanitation experts will go for an intensive brainstorming and programming marathon session to develop innovative IT applications to tackle the poverty in Bangladesh.

Global mobile data traffic doubled in year: Ericsson

The amount of data used by mobile devices doubled over the past year, boosted by growth in video streaming services, according to a study released on Wednesday by Swedish telecom group Ericsson.

Asus' new laptop

Asus has introduced Asus A55A laptop from its A series in the local market.

Monico Technologies' security device

Monico Technologies Ltd has introduced locally made FINDER Door Informer, a security device for home and office.


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