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Shahjalal airport braces for chaos

The 24-hour Shahjalal International Airport becomes a 15-hour airport for five months from today, as its only runway gets a fresh coat of tarmac.

Tigers' teamwork crushes Windies

The Bangladesh team surpassed all expectations and confounded all pre-series predictions as they convincingly beat the West Indies by seven wickets in the first of five ODIs at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium in Khulna yesterday.

Pro-govt doctors lead in BMA polls

The pro-Awami League Swadhinata Chikitsak Parishad (Swachip) is leading in the biennial election of Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA) held on Thursday.

“It will kill me!”

She cannot recognise anyone most of the times. She doesn't speak now, she screams, “There it is … it will kill me!”

Western shoppers' habits not changed

Before purchasing a shirt, shoppers will run their hands over the fabric, look at the price tag and wonder how it will hold up in the washing machine. Some might even ask if it makes them look fat.

Top buyers press for fire safety

International buyers yesterday recommended the garment makers of Bangladesh immediately upgrade fire safety system at the factories to avert fire deaths.

PM donates money for victims

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday allocated Tk 2 lakh to each of the families of those killed in a garment factory fire in Ashulia and a flyover collapse in Chittagong on November 24.

IK Gujral no more

Former Indian Prime Minister Inder Kumar Gujral, better known as IK Gujral, who had championed the cause of the country's strong relations with neighbouring countries, died yesterday after a brief illness.

Palestinians win UN vote

The UN General Assembly on Thursday overwhelmingly voted to make Palestine a non-member state, in the face of strong opposition from Israel and the US.

Israel pushes settlements in East Jerusalem

As the United Nations General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to upgrade the Palestinians' status Thursday night, Israel took steps toward building housing in a controversial area of East Jerusalem, where Jewish settlements have long been seen as the death knell for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Crisis managers in hibernation

Tasked with resolving problems in the apparel sector, seven regional crisis management committees were formed in 2010. Ever since, these committees exist mainly on paper.

Probe body finds negligence

Faulty engineering work, negligence and lack of coordination among the agencies concerned caused three girders of the Bahaddarhat flyover in Chittagong to collapse leaving 12 people dead and 50 injured on November 24, said a government probe report.

Salary day for Tazreen workers today

The surviving workers of razed and now-closed Tazreen Fashions Ltd at Nischintapur in Ashulia demand their salary of four months and 13 days altogether.

Prof Murshid critically ill

Eminent educationalist Prof Khan Sarwar Murshid has been kept on life support at Apollo Hospitals.

Fire takes toll beyond factory

Armed police stand guard at the gate of Tazreen Fashions. A black banner hung on the wall reads: "Please do not enter. The building is highly risky."

Admission worry for parents

Parents have begun worrying as the time their children's entrance to renowned state-run and private schools, either by lottery or admission test, is approaching.

2 district AL leaders killed

Unidentified criminals shot dead an Awami League leader in Meherpur and hacked to death another in Bogra on Thursday night.

Call for stronger ties with India

A delegation of Bangladesh lawmakers drawn from the ruling Awami League, Jatiya Party and main opposition BNP yesterday sought to present a show of unity in strengthening relations with India.

Ranga quits Rangpur city polls

A total of 12 candidates will contest for mayor in the Rangpur City Corporation polls as the Jatiya Party presidium member Moshiur Rahman Ranga withdrew his candidacy from the election.

Muhith hints at political influence

Finance Minister AMA Muhith has held flaws in bank's management system responsible for the Hall-Mark scam.

Iran may withdrawal from NPT if attacked

Any attack on Iran's nuclear facilities may lead to it withdrawing from the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), a pact aimed at preventing the spread of nuclear arms, a senior Iranian official said yesterday.

German parliament approves aid for Greece

Germany's parliament yesterday overwhelmingly approved billions of euros in international aid for Greece, handing a much-needed financial boost to Athens as it battles against bankruptcy.

Editorial

Elevation of Palestine status

Exactly 65 Years to the day after the UN resolution divided the state of Palestine and established a state of Israel, the UNGA members in vast majority set the stage for the 'rebirth' of the state of Palestine by elevating its status.

Desperately needed funds made available

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has earmarked US$700million for the development of the severely strained power infrastructure of the country. While rental power plant contracts get all the headlines, what has for decades been overlooked is the issue of transmission system upgradation -- without which power shortfalls and outages cannot be mitigated. The ADB commitment is part of a $1.6 billion programme that is being co-financed by Agence Française de Développement, the European Investment Bank (EIB), and the Islamic Development Bank, as well as a government contribution of $222 million.

Sports

Tigers ride on old & new

It is a healthy sign for Bangladesh cricket when unexpected faces show up at post-match press conferences. It means that the range of performers are increasing and it is not the same old story of a Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal or Mushfiqur Rahim being the driving force behind the team's wins. Bangladesh won the first of five ODIs at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium against a strong West Indies outfit without Shakib, and more impressively with four debutants.

It goes both ways

One of the main points of interests surrounding the first ODI between Bangladesh and the West Indies were the new ODI rules -- particularly the one that limits the number of fielders allowed outside the 30-yard circle at any time to four instead of five -- and how detrimental their effect would be on Bangladesh.

Pollard laments 'bad day'

After the practice match against the BCB XI on Wednesday when they scored 361 in 50 overs, West Indies would probably not have thought that they would not be able to pass 200 in their next outing at the same ground. But that was the outcome during their seven-wicket loss to Bangladesh at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium in Khulna yesterday.

'Pain was worth it'

Yesterday was the day that Khulna had been waiting for -- the return of one-day internationals for the first time since 2006. The Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium filled up rapidly to its capacity of 10,800. There had been a mad rush for tickets such that wherever you went in the city, the availability or lack thereof of tickets was the refrain.

Manzarul honoured

Yesterday, the day of the first ODI between Bangladesh and West Indies, was an emotional day for Khulna as one of its sons, Bangladesh Test cricketer Manzarul Islam Rana, was immortalised when the International Gallery (West) of the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium was officially renamed as the Manzarul Islam Rana stand.

Rnd 6 from today

The penultimate round of the national cricket league begins today with Khulna leading the table by 11 points. They face Dhaka at the Shaheed Kamaruzzaman Stadium in Rajshahi and will be crowned champions if they win the game. Meanwhile second-placed Sylhet will aim to put the pressure on Khulna as they take on reigning champions Rajshahi at BKSP.

Jewel lights up the end

Jewel Ahmed lit up the last day of the Citycell 26th National Swimming Championships with another national record at the Syed Nazrul Islam National Swimming Complex in Mirpur yesterday, which took his tally for the to six gold and two silver medals.

'The best since Don'

Australian captain Michael Clarke Friday said Ricky Ponting calling it quits had left him "numb" as the press paid tribute to a batsman they described as the best since Donald Bradman.

Wickets tumble at WACA

South Africa hit back with two wickets after Australia's second-string pace attack dismissed the Proteas on a dramatic opening day of the third and final Test at the WACA Ground on Friday.

Ballack planning own farewell

Former Germany captain Michael Ballack is reported to be organising his own farewell match for July 2013 having retired from professional football in October.

U-23 booters off to SL

The Bangladesh U-23 football team flew off to Sri Lanka yesterday to take part in the Mahindra Rajapaksha International Football Tournament, scheduled for December 3 to 9 in Nawalapitiya.

Men's handball

Gaibandha registered a hard-fought 13-12 win over Bandarban in the opening match of the Exim Bank 22nd National Men's Handball Championship at the Shaheed (captain) M Mansur Ali National Handball Stadium yesterday.

Weightlifting C'ship starts

Six events were decided on the opening day of the National Weightlifting Championships at the National Sports Council Gymnasium yesterday.

Division II football

Soukhin XI became champions in the Mahbubur Rashid Khan Mithu Smriti Second Division Football League after they defeated Jobhat Sangha by 4-3 goals in the tiebreaker after the match ended goalless at the Shahid Miraz-Tapan stadium in Manikganj yesterday.

Ctg club swimming from today

A day-long swimming competition, organised by Chittagong Jela Krira Sangstha, will be held at the swimming pool of Chittagong Club today.

More to follow after Ponting?

Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting's decision to retire could be the start of an exodus of other batting greats, including Indian maestro Sachin Tendulkar and South Africa's Jacques Kallis.

'I am obliged to win WC'

Luiz Felipe Scolari believes Brazil have a solemn duty to win the World Cup on home soil in 2014, but admitted that the faltering giants are nowhere near favourites for a sixth world title.

Mourinho's derby test

Atletico Madrid take on derby rivals Real Madrid this weekend aiming to pile up the pressure on under-fire coach Jose Mourinho whose team already trail leaders Barcelona by 11 points.

Rafa seeks first win

European champions Chelsea may be third in the Premier League but that will be little consolation to interim manager Rafael Benitez as he takes his side across London to West Ham on Saturday.

Clasico time in Germany

Bayern Munich are out to break their losing streak against defending champions Borussia Dortmund on Saturday in the Bundesliga clash which has been described as 'El Clasico' of Germany.

London return for Scolari

Luiz Felipe Scolari will get the chance to polish up a reputation dented by a disastrous spell at Chelsea as his first match in charge of Brazil after Thursday's reappointment will be against England at Wembley.

Inter mull selling Sneijder

Inter Milan will consider selling Netherlands midfielder Wesley Sneijder after talks over accepting a wage cut stalled.

Ribery has full faith in Bayern

France winger Franck Ribery has said he is "100 per cent sure" that Bayern Munich will finish the season as Bundesliga champions ahead of Saturday's crunch showdown with Borussia Dortmund.

Metropolitan

The Value of a Photograph

Not too long ago, a piece by the German photographer Andreas Gursky, called Rhine II, sold for $4.3 million to an art collector. This was the highest (disclosed) price anyone ever paid for a photograph, and the news startled me into thinking about the value of photographs.

Incomplete execution will increase unrest

Leaders of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) yesterday said the unrest in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) would worsen if the CHT Peace Accord was not completely implemented.

Man held with 40 turtles, 200 shells in Narayanganj

Forest officials yesterday held a person for illegal trading of wildlife and recovered 40 live turtles and 200 turtle shells from him in Narayanganj.

Female doctor found killed at clinic in capital

Police recovered the body of a female doctor who was allegedly killed at her clinic office in the capital's Dakshin Khan early yesterday.

Public-private efforts must for poverty cut

Speakers at a discussion yesterday underscored the need for coordination among government, non-government and business organisations to eradicate poverty from the country.

Ruet VC forced out of campus

In the face of demonstration of a section of teachers, students and staff of Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (Ruet), the university's vice chancellor and his wife could not enter the campus and their residence yesterday.

Elderly woman killed in capital

Unidentified criminals strangled an elderly woman at her residence in the capital's Khilkhet on Thursday night and stole money and gold ornaments.

51 stations closed due to manpower shortage

Severe shortage of manpower, mainly of station masters, has forced Bangladesh Railway (BR) to shut down 51 railway stations in the eastern zone since fiscal year 2005-2006, when all recruitments got suspended.

World AIDS Day today

World AIDS Day will be observed in the country today as elsewhere in the world.

South Asian unity urged for just society

There is a need to forge friendships and alliances across borders and support each other in creating a more peaceful, just, and democratic South Asia, speakers said at a programme marking South Asian Women's Day yesterday.

NSI official arrested for 'taking bribe'

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested an intelligence official on Thursday for allegedly taking bribe from an MLM company chief.

CDA blames night-time shifting by contractor

Breaking work schedule of Bahaddarhat flyover project, project contractor shifted girders of the flyover at nighttime without informing Chittagong Development Authority (CDA), which was one of the major reasons for the flyover collapse, said Kazi Hasan Bin Shams, the newly appointed project director.

UPDF slams PCJSS, govt

The government and PCJSS are playing games over the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Peace Accord's implementation to cheat and deprive indigenous people, said Prosit Khisha, president of United People's Democratic Front (UPDF), yesterday.

Road crashes kill 4, injure 30

Four people were killed and thirty others injured in road accidents in Dhaka, Manikganj and Satkhira yesterday.

DRU's new president Shahed, general secretary Elias

Shahed Chowdhury, chief reporter of the daily Samakal, and Elias Khan, sports editor of the daily Amar Desh, were elected president and general secretary of Dhaka Reporters Unity respectively yesterday.

Two Jamaat leaders held

Police arrested two Jamaat-e-Islami leaders in separate incidents in Lalmonirhat and Narail on Thursday and yesterday.

14 women trafficked to India return home after 5 years in jail

Fourteen Bangladeshi women returned home yesterday after languishing for five years in an Indian jail.

Training for upazila parishad officials from today

A three-day training for upazila parishad chairmen, vice-chairmen, and upazila nirbahi officers (UNOs) will start simultaneously at Dhaka, Comilla, and Bogra today.

Fire guts warehouse in capital

A fire gutted a catering equipment and furniture supplier's warehouse at Chawk Bazar in the capital yesterday.

Woman's body recovered

Police recovered the body of an unidentified young woman from a graveyard at Dhalla village in Singair upazila of Manikganj yesterday.

International

Egypt charter finalised as opposition cries foul

An Islamist-led assembly raced through approval of a new constitution for Egypt on Friday to end a crisis over President Mohamed Morsi's newly expanded powers, but opponents responded with another rally in Cairo against the Islamist leader.

Manning reveals his despair in 'cage'

WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning admitted to falling apart during his detention and contemplating suicide, as he took the stand for the first time at a pre-trial hearing on Thursday.

'Friends of Syria' to step up pressure on Assad

Delegates from more than 60 countries yesterday agreed in Tokyo to ramp up pressure on Bashar al-Assad's regime and urged the international community to unite to force change in Syria.

15 pc carbon cut needed for UN goal

The chances of hitting the UN's global warming target are diminishing, but the goal can still be met if greenhouse-gas emissions fall by 15 percent by 2020, scientists said yesterday.

Tutu rejects Nobel Prize for EU

Archbishop Desmond Tutu and two other Nobel Peace laureates have written to the foundation in protest at the decision to award the 2012 prize to the European Union.

Britain suspends aid to Rwanda

Britain yesterday said it would withhold $33.7 million in aid to Rwanda following concerns over its support of rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Farc peace talks adjourned

The Colombian government and rebels from the Farc concluded the first stage of peace talks aimed at ending five decades of conflict.

DSK settles case with NY maid

Disgraced former IMF chief and would-be French president Dominique Strauss-Kahn will settle out of court with a Manhattan maid who accused him of sexual assault, ending a sordid 18-month legal saga, reports say.

Bush senior hospitalized

Former US president George HW Bush has been hospitalized in Texas because of complications from bronchitis, a hospital spokeswoman said Thursday.

Nepal ex-prince held in Thailand

Nepal's former crown prince Paras Shah has been granted bail after being arrested and charged with cannabis possession on the Thai resort island of Phuket, police said yesterday.

Yeddyurappa quits BJP

Former Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa yesterday quit the BJP and the assembly to launch his own party, denting the Bharatiya Janata Party's prospects in elections due next year.

Former NBC chief to head CNN

Former NBC top executive Jeff Zucker was named president of CNN Worldwide on Thursday, heading up the news media operation as it seeks to adapt to new technology platforms.

Srinagar under indefinite curfew

In the wake of sectarian tension in Baramulla and Budgam districts of Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday over an alleged sacrilegious marking on some shoes, the authorities imposed curfew in more than half of Srinagar on Wednesday.

Arts & Entertainment

Magic happened on stage

The large space inside Bangladesh Army Stadium was used cleverly and efficiently -- not missing out on any vital component that would be required for a nightlong programme. Right from the outset on the opening day of Bengal ITC SRA Classical Music Festival 2012 (November 29), the arrangement was in a word, impeccable.

Uday Shankar

World-renowned dance artiste Uday Shankar's father, Pandit Shyam Shankar, was a native of Jessore district. Uday was born in 1900, in the city of Udaipur, while Shyam Shankar was serving the Maharaja of Jhalawar as his private secretary. Shyam Shankar was a connoisseur of performing arts. To him dance was both art and worship. Uday himself was instinctively inclined to dance and painting. He was sent to Mumbai in 1918 to receive training at the famous J.J. School of Arts and then to Gandharva Mahavidyalaya. For higher training, Uday Shankar went to Royal College of Arts, London, where he received both theoretical and practical training in oriental and western painting and dance. Sir Rothenstein, President of the Royal College of Arts, introduced him to leading performing artistes of Britain. With a scholarship from the Royal College of Arts, Uday went to Rome for further training in painting.

007 comes to D-Town

Great news for Dhaka film buffs: the latest James Bond film, “Skyfall”, has had its Bangladesh release. While the film saw its UK release on October 1, it was released in the US on November 9. The film was released in Dhaka on November 29. Star Cineplex made it happen for the local fans of the British secret agent. According to Internet Movie Database, the film will see its Japan release today.

OP-ED

Corporate criminal liability

Public opinion reflected through media reports and comments is of the view that the Ashulia garments factory tragedy that took at least 111 lives, and injured scores others, is another sad episode in our long chapter of industrial establishment disasters.

Goodbye yesterday, welcome tomorrow

One of the minor games of public life is decoding the difference between what a politician says and what he means. Bal Thackeray, who founded the cadre-based Shiv Sena in 1966, and nurtured it into the second largest party of the second largest province in India by the time he passed away last week, Maharashtra, never used code.

Garments factories or death traps?

True, natural disasters are a universal reality and humans have no control over it. But when disasters are man-made, and our preparedness is either non-existent or minimum, we have reasons to be worried.

In Bangladesh, echoes of 1911 Triangle fire in NYC

Terrified women leaping to their deaths. Locked exits trapping workers. Piles of clothing blocking stairwells to safety. The fire that raced through a garment factory in Bangladesh last week and killed 112 workers bore eerie echoes of another blaze more than a century ago: the Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire in New York City. While the March 25, 1911, Triangle fire that killed 146 workers spurred the organized labor movement and led to workplace safety improvements, experts question whether the same will happen in Bangladesh.

HIV testing critical to end AIDS

Ten years ago, the idea of elimination of HIV would have sounded like a pipedream. However, this is now considered a realistic goal due to substantial progress made through years of commitment, investment and collective action.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

1965
The Border Security Force is formed in India as a special force to guard the borders.

Literature

My sister, my soulmate

I have been asking myself ceaselessly all these years the eternal question that anyone, having suffered a loss, would ask --- a loss that leaves a special kind of void, creating a gaping hole that does not heal with the passage of time. It rather exacerbates its presence by renewing itself day after day. But why does it not die away? I often wonder. Nine years is a rather long time. Memories normally would fade, particularly when one is afflicted with one's own troubled life. One more often than not feels as if the world around one is about to close in any moment.

Revisiting Buddhadeva Bose

Two decades ago, perhaps more, a reputed Bengali language weekly in Calcutta serialized a number of letters written by Buddhadeva Bose to his daughter. Till then, my idea of Bose had been pretty much vague. You could even say that I had little idea, apart from having heard of him, of the position he enjoyed in modern Bengali literature. It was not until Waheedul Haque, the guru who literally led me by the hand to enlightenment and had me get a taste of Bengali literature, indeed the Bengali cultural tradition, pointed out the letters to me, instructing me to read them, that I went looking for Buddhadeva Bose. Those letters opened up a whole new world for me. Having studied English literature at university and with a smattering of Urdu poetry and prose in my academic background at school (which was in pre-1971 West Pakistan), I suffered from indescribable poverty when it came to understanding the literary nuances of my own country. If my mother taught me how to write and read Bengali (and this was when I was in college), it was Waheedul Haque who opened the doors and windows to the Bengali literary and cultural heritage for me.

Star Health

A world without AIDS: working to end the epidemic

Thirty one years ago, when HIV/AIDS was first discovered, there was very little understanding about the devastating virus. Even in past decades, thinking to end the AIDS was a dare dream.

Only women bear the brunt of infertility

When a couple cannot have children, the woman is usually blamed in Bangladesh. In our society, only woman is being generally considered responsible for child bearing and bears the brunt of being infertile irrespective of with whom the cause of infertility lies.

Vegetables, colourful fruits key to cancer-fighting diet

Many cancer-fighting fruits and vegetables are at their nutritional peak in the fall, and it is a good time to incorporate them into your diet, according to nutritional experts from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Internet addiction can cause physical damage to the brain — just like drugs

Internet addiction disrupts nerve wiring in the brains of teenagers, a study published in PLoS ONE has found — causing a level of brain damage normally seen in heavy substance abusers. Similar effects have been seen in the brains of people exposed to alcohol, cocaine and cannabis.

When pregnant women lack vitamin C, their babies pay the price

Vitamin C deficiency in the mother during pregnancy can have serious consequences for their unborn babies brain. And once brain damage has occurred, it cannot be reversed by vitamin C supplements after birth. This is shown through new research at the University of Copenhagen published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE.

Autism: Traffic pollution linked, study suggests

The possibility that autism is linked to traffic pollution has been raised by a new study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry journal. Researchers said that those exposed to high levels of pollution were three times more likely to have autism than children who grew up with cleaner air.

Strategic Issues

US- Myanmar military engagement: A step to counter China?

The very fact that the US is seriously thinking to involve Myanmar to observe its joint military exercises with Thailand demonstrates amply how far relations between the United States and Myanmar have improved since President U Thein Sein took power 18 months ago..

Food security in South Asia: Much needed regional cooperation

With 1.7 bn people, South Asia has more inhabitants than Europe, North and South America put together. In a few years time South Asia is expected to overtake East Asia and then will be the most populous region of the world. Unfortunately, it is also the poorest region. More people are going hungry than in Africa. Feeding better a rising population will be one of the most pressing needs of the years ahead (Zingel 1999, 2006).

Name that foreign policy legacy

In re-electing President Barack Obama, voters decisively rejected the Republican version of economic reform. Obama is already angling to use his mandate to solve the nation's fiscal woes by letting the Bush-era tax cuts expire for the rich.

Star Books Review

Out to explore the world

The beckoning counts, and not the clicking latch behind you: and all through life the actual moment of emancipation still holds that delight, of the whole world coming to meet you like a wave.

A Pakistani, Victorian Novel Celebrating Women

The quotation from George Eliot's Middlemarch at the beginning of Ali Sethi's novel is a dead give away: “The difficult task of knowing another soul is not for young gentlemen whose consciousness is chiefly made up of their own wishes.” Eighty pages into the story, one of the main characters is reading Middlemarch. At the novel's conclusion, there's a quotation from Tolstoy: “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Granted, Tolstoy wasn't a Victorian, but his novels share numerous characteristics with his English counterparts: lengthy explorations of family dynamics, rapid social change, and so on.


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