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Abul stumbling block

The meeting between the World Bank's external panel and the Anti-Corruption Commission ended inconclusively yesterday, as the panel was unhappy at the commission's bid to drop the name of ex-communications minister Syed Abul Hossain from the draft enquiry report on corruption allegations in the Padma bridge project.

Puzzling ACC

The Anti-Corruption Commission has finally found out that a few individuals may indeed have committed some crimes in dealing with the Padma bridge project. What the World Bank had been vocal about all along, leading to the cancellation of its $1.2 billion loan, the largest in any country in the multilateral agency's history, has now belatedly been vetted by the ACC.

Chance to seal series today

The Bangladesh cricket team will look to take an unassailable 3-0 lead when they take on the West Indies in the third match of the five-ODI series at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur today. The match, a day-night affair, will begin at 2:30 pm and satellite television Channel 9 will provide live coverage.

Tazreen fire victims get compensation

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday handed over Tk 2.58 crore to the families of 43 of the 112 garment workers killed in the November 24 fire at Tazreen Fashions in Ashulia.

Clothing patterns for US marines found at fire site

Order forms and design specs for sweatshirts and tank tops emblazoned with US Marine Corps insignia and logos have been found inside the smouldering wreckage of the Tazreen Fashions factory, activists in Bangladesh have told ABC News.

A future burnt out

With high hopes for a better living, Bilkis Begum and her 18-year-old daughter Munni Akter joined Tazreen Fashions on November 14, only to have their dreams shattered in ten days.

Jamaat strikes, flees

Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Chhatra Shibir activists yesterday vandalised and set fire to several vehicles in Dhaka and other districts during their countrywide daylong hartal using the hit and run tactic.

Sorry only for US embassy vehicle

Jamaat-e-Islami has accepted responsibility and apologised for the attack on a US embassy vehicle on Pragati Sarani in the capital during yesterday's hartal in which the driver of the vehicle was injured.

Extradition deal with India in Jan

Bangladesh and India yesterday agreed to sign an extradition treaty and a Revised Travel Agreement (RTA) next month.

Azad abducted, confined a girl

A prosecution witness yesterday testified that Abul Kalam Azad had abducted his sister and driven her to suicide after her release as his cohorts tried to abduct her again during the Liberation War.

Gunmen kill 2 PCJSS men

Gunmen shot dead two activists of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) in Fatikchhari upazila of Chittagong yesterday.

PM slams BNP for backing Jamaat hartal

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said by extending its support to Jamaat's hartal, the BNP has proved once again that it does not want the trial of war criminals.

Motorised rickshaws ply illegally

Although illegal, several thousand battery-run rickshaws are running in the capital at the behest of some Sramik League leaders and their aides in the name of associations.

Explain the absence

The International Crimes Tribunal-2 asked four defence counsels of two war crimes accused Jamaat leaders to explain by December 6 their absence in the court yesterday.

India eases tourist visa rules

India has relaxed its tourist visa rules by lifting restrictions on foreign visitors who were required to have a two-month gap between two visits to the country.

Vienna tops list of best livable cities

Vienna, famous for its hundreds of museums, 2000 parks and of course its roasted coffee, is the best place on the planet to live, according to Mercer's 2012 Quality of Living Index. This year's latest accolade makes Vienna number one in the world for the fourth year in a row.

Iran 'captures' US drone in its airspace

Iran yesterday said it had captured a US intelligence drone in its airspace over the Gulf in the last few days, but the US military quickly denied having lost any unmanned aircraft in the Middle East.


Violence marks Jamaat's hartal

Tuesday's Jamaat-e-Islami-enforced hartal came as a protest against what the party claimed the government's denying them permission to hold meeting the day before. The party said it sought permission from the government to hold a rally, while the home minister refuted it saying the party did not seek it. We are confused whether the situated was precipitated.

How long will the two-state solution be stalled?

In what appeared to be a backlash to the U.N. General Assembly's decision to upgrade the Palestinians' status in the world body from “observer entity” to “non-member state” on December 01, Israel has announced its intention to construct 3,000 more homes in East Jerusalem and occupied West Bank. The decision has brought widespread condemnation from the United States, the UK and a host of other European nations which view the move as particularly damaging to the prospects of establishing a two-state solution which would envisage East Jerusalem as Palestine's capital.


'Want more of the same'

Mushfiqur Rahim along with young batsman Mominul Haque came to the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium two hours before the scheduled practice time yesterday evening. The Bangladesh captain had a quick look at the pitch on which the Tigers, 2-0 up in the five-match series, will take on a wounded West Indies in today's third ODI, which will start at 2.30pm.

Gibson hopes for batting revival

West Indies coach Ottis Gibson said he expected his side to step up their performance in the crucial third ODI against Bangladesh at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium today. West Indies trail 0-2 in the five-match series, and Gibson said hosts Bangladesh had things too easy in the first two matches.

Khulna miss a chance

Khulna slumped to a five-wicket loss against Dhaka at the Shaheed Kamruzzaman Stadium in Rajshahi, a match which, had they won yesterday, would have given them the National Cricket League title.

Booters need to beat SL today

Smarting from a lone-goal defeat against Pakistan, Bangladesh U-23 National Football team will be hoping to bounce back in the HE Mahinda Rajapakshe International Football Tournament when they take on hosts Sri Lanka at the Jayathalike Stadium in Nawalapitiya today.

Directors to elect BCB president

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president will be elected by the directors instead of the councillors.

Kolkata Test from today

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said he expects the wicket to favour fast bowlers when the third Test in Kolkata gets underway on Wednesday, although the evidence suggests that a slow turner -- closer to Ahmedabad, where England lost the first Test, than Mumbai, where they won the second -- will be presented at Eden Gardens.

Nakayama hangs up his boots

Former Japan striker Masashi Nakayama, who scored the country's first ever World Cup goal, said Tuesday he was retiring as he could no longer push his body to the limit at the age of 45.

Sagor's reason to smile

Sagor, the tea-boy-cum-chess-player from Magura, who finished runner-up in the 33rd National Junior Chess Championship (NJCC) in October, has been rewarded for his perseverance and talent. The talented chess player will have to worry about his living no more as he has been provided a job as a chess instructor at the Bright Future English Medium School and College established at west Agargaon in Dhaka. The owner of the school, Mushfiqur Rahman Mohan who also owns the Duranta Rajshahi cricket and chess teams, has also arranged free food and accommodation during Sagor's stay in Dhaka, apart from giving him a monthly salary of Tk 5000.

Ponting feared Lara most

Newly retired Ricky Ponting says while India's Sachin Tendulkar was the best batsman he played against, West Indian Brian Lara was the opponent he feared most.

BCB condoles Kuntal's death

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) expressed its shock at the death of former Bangladesh under-19 wicketkeeper Kuntal Chandra Pappon, who represented the country in the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup in 2000.

Axe likely to fall on Taylor

Ross Taylor is expected to be axed as New Zealand captain when the Black Caps' squad to tour South Africa is announced this week following a string of disappointing results, reports said Tuesday.

Goals galore in youth hockey

Mostafizur Rahman and Proshenjit Roy struck six goals each as Rajshahi overwhelmed Satkhira by 25-0 goals in the Agrani Bank 23rd National Youth Hockey Championship at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium yesterday.

Ticket sale for 4th ODI from today

Tickets for the fourth one-day international between Bangladesh and the West Indies, which is scheduled to take place at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on December 7, go on sale at the designated branches of Social Islami Bank Limited today.

India, Dutch top pools

India finished top of Pool A despite going down 3-2 in their final pool game to Olympic champions Germany at the Champions Trophy in Melbourne on Tuesday.

Vettel's suit earns £11k

A signed race suit worn by newly crowned Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel was sold for 11,000 pounds at a charity auction, organisers announced on Tuesday.

Nadal sets sights on clay season

Rafael Nadal is aiming to be back to his best after injury in time for the claycourt season and the run-up to Roland Garros, the Spaniard said on Monday.

Local Snippets

Tangail finished third in the Exim Bank 22nd National Men's Handball Championship with a 44-32 win over Kushtia in the place-deciding match at the Shaheed (captain) M Mansur Ali National Handball Stadium yesterday. Tangail led the first half 19-13. Sajjadur and Asad scored 17 and nine goals respectively for the winners while Sumon and Shandhi scored nine goals each for the losing side.

Chelsea stare at abyss

Defending champions Chelsea face the ignominy of becoming the first title-holders to fail to advance to the Champions League knockout stage as the final round of group fixtures takes place on Wednesday.

No refuge for Rafa

Chelsea's Rafael Benitez goes into the Club World Cup desperate for results and silverware but he will be acutely aware of the 2010 edition, when he was sacked just days after leading Inter Milan to glory.

Carlo not worried

Paris Saint Germain's beleaguered Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti says he is unaware of media reports that say the former Champions League winner could be out of a job by Christmas.

Ba sinks Wigan

Newcastle climbed away from the relegation zone as Senegal striker Demba Ba scored twice to inspire a 3-0 win over 10-man Wigan at St James' Park on Monday.

Youths kill Dutch linesman

A Dutch prosecutor will announce on Tuesday what charges will be brought against three teenaged players after the death of a linesman during a youth soccer competition.

Valladolid eye Europe

Two early goals gave promoted Valladolid a 2-1 victory at Sevilla that moved them up to seventh in La Liga and the brink of the European places on Monday.


At IMF push, central bank hunts for scam money

Bangladesh Bank has opened a probe into the whereabouts of the Sonali Bank money embezzled by Hall-Mark Group, on advice from the International Monetary Fund.

India to accept BSTI certification

India will accept the certification of Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) on goods exported from Bangladesh, except for cement, Commerce Secretary Mahbub Ahmed said yesterday.

India again pushes for special economic zone

Indian businesses yesterday reiterated a demand for a separate economic zone for them to increase Indian investment in Bangladesh and narrow the bilateral trade gap that heavily favours India.

Qatar to park $1.8b in BB

The central bank of Qatar agreed in principle to deposit $1.8 billion with Bangladesh Bank, which would boost the country's foreign exchange reserve.

SEC punishes Rajshahi Digital Plus for forgery

The Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday fined a non-listed company Tk 10 lakh for submitting a forged certificate to get regulatory approval for raising paid-up capital.

Minister stresses removal of trade barriers with India

Foreign Minister Dipu Moni yesterday urged a visiting Indian delegation to remove para- and non-tariffs barriers to reduce the prevailing huge trade imbalance between Bangladesh and India.

Cathay Pacific crews threaten holiday strike

A union representing flight attendants of Hong Kong's flagship carrier Cathay Pacific on Tuesday threatened industrial action over a pay rise dispute, just weeks before the holiday season.

Stocks end flat on hartal day

Stocks ended flat yesterday thanks to the institutional investors' inactiveness to inject fresh funds into the market.

Make 3G base price affordable: Airtel CEO

The proposed base price of $20 million in 3G spectrum auction is prohibitive, said Sanjay Kapoor, Bharti Airtel's chief executive officer (CEO) for India and South Asia.

Global commerce, local tragedy

In the charred bones of the Tazreen Fashions Ltd. factory, the labels and logos - sewn and printed in scarlet and royal blue - beckon from the ashes. Even in ruins, there's no missing that these T-shirts and jeans were intended for US stores and shopping carts, designed as bargains too good to pass up, or stocking stuffers just in time for the holidays and in just the right size.

Pakistan's motorists suffer at centre of gas price row

Huge bottlenecks of cars snaking away from filling stations have become a familiar sight in Pakistan as a row festers between retailers and the authorities over the price of compressed natural gas.

Franco-German rift threatens plan for banking union

Germany and France clashed publicly on Tuesday over plans to put the European Central Bank in charge of supervising banks, deepening a dispute over the scope of ECB powers that threatens to derail one of Europe's boldest reforms.


Passengers suffer at airport for hartal

Muhammad Swapan, a Bangladeshi expatriate living in Kuwait, came home yesterday after about three years with much enthusiasm but it faded after landing in Dhaka as he was told to wait for about eight hours in the airport before going home.

Media important for democracy

The media plays a significant role in ensuring country's democracy, good governance and human rights as it reflects people's opinions, said speakers at a discussion yesterday.

Butterfly fair at JU December 7

A daylong butterfly fair will be held in Zahir Raihan auditorium of Jahangirnagar University on December 7.

Ctg city public toilet water being illegally sold outside

Some unscrupulous people are making quick bucks by illegally selling water meant for use at public toilets in Chittagong city in the absence of monitoring by the authorities concerned.

Tazreen's 3 officials denied bail

A Dhaka court yesterday rejected bail petitions of three officials of fire-devastated Tazreen Fashion Ltd and ordered sending them to jail.

Dipu Moni nudges India for early Teesta deal

Foreign Minister Dipu Moni yesterday pushed India for the conclusion of an agreement for Teesta water sharing and ratification of the Land Boundary Agreement 1974 and its protocol signed in 2011 at an early date to enable the two sides to move ahead on other areas of possible cooperation.

Probe team visits Bahaddarhat flyover

A technical body of the Ministry of Housing & Public Works, formed to probe Bahaddarhat flyover collapse, visited the spot in Chittagong for the second time yesterday.

Impact assessment on dev projects must

Development projects that have not been assessed for possible environmental impacts can cause irreparable damage to the environment and impede people's lives and their livelihoods, said speakers at a workshop yesterday.

No mala fide intention against Sayedee

The prosecution yesterday refuted the defence's claim that the war crimes case against Jamaat-e-Islami leader Delawar Hossain Sayedee was filed with mala fide intention.

Road crashes kill four

Four people were killed and another was injured in road accidents in Chittagong, Rangpur and Jhenaidah on Monday and yesterday.

Inter-medical college debate contest Dec 14

The "SK+F 2nd National NDF BD-MMDS Medical College Debate Festival" will take place at Mymensingh Medical College on December 14-15, says a press release.

US official Blake due Saturday

US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert O Blake will arrive in Dhaka on Saturday on a four-day official visit to discuss bilateral and regional issues on labour, development, governance, and trade.

Valerie Amos praises Dhaka's disaster preparedness

A senior UN official has said Bangladesh has set an example in disaster preparedness and other countries can learn from its successes.

RU BCL men beat up sangskritik jote president

A group of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) men of Rajshahi University unit beat up president of the university's Kendrio Sangskritik Jote on Monday night.

Muhith hopes war crimes trials' end this month

Finance Minister AMA Muhith has expressed hope that trial of the war criminals would be completed within December, although it has been late.

18 Rohingyas sent back to Myanmar

Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) yesterday sent back 18 Rohingyas to Myanmar who were detained from different points of Ukhia upazila in Cox's Bazar.

Anniversary of Suhrawardy's death today

The 49th death anniversary of Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy, one of the greatest leaders of undivided India, will be observed today.

DRU new committee demands arrest of Sagar-Runi's killers

The newly elected executive committee of Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU) yesterday demanded that the government arrest the real killers of journalist couple Sagar-Runi and bring them to trial soon.

Fire destroys houses, shops

At least 10 tin-shed houses and five shops were destroyed in a fire at Duari Para in the capital's Rupnagar area yesterday.

Gas cylinder explosion injures 3

A gas cylinder explosion at an under-construction ship of Khulna Shipyard Ltd yesterday left three labourers critically injured.

Woman killed as train hits her

An unidentified woman was killed as a train ran her over at DakatTala Crossing in Kotchandpur upazila of Jhenaidah yesterday.

RMG factory boiler blast hurts 5

Five female workers sustained burn injuries when a boiler exploded at a garment factory in Panchabati BISIC industrial area of Narayanganj Sadar upazila yesterday.


Trade on roads as growers have nowhere else to go

The district sees rise in commercial cultivation of banana, but the growers are facing problem in trading the popular fruit due to lack of suitable places to be used as market.

Armed gang abducts three in Rangamati

An armed gang kidnapped three people, including the manager of a plywood factory, from Samota ghat (river terminal) area in the town on Monday night.

Sporadic clashes mark day-long shutdown

Sporadic clashes marked the daylong shutdown enforced by Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami in districts across the country yesterday, according to our correspondents.

Two UPDF activists arrested with arms

Two activists of United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) were arrested along with arms and ammunition in Paillabanga area under Ramgarh upazila of the district early yesterday.

That's how he muscles in on land of Hindu family

Members of a Hindu family at Mohammadpur upazila headquarters are passing worrying days due to pressure by the upazila parishad chairman in an alleged bid to grab 22 decimals of their land.

630 sued over AL factional clash in Bagerhat

Three cases have been filed in connection with the Saturday's factional clash of local Awami League in Mollahat upazila.

Arbitration's bid to save rapist, victim's father sues culprit

A village arbitration on Sunday fined a man Tk 15,000 on rape charge and asked the teenage victim's family to withdraw the case filed with a court in the district.

BCL factions clash over LGED tender in Barisal

Two people were injured as activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), student front of ruling Awami League, got locked in a factional clash over dropping of tender and distribution works worth Tk 3.5 crore under Local Government Engineering Department in Barisal Sadar upazila yesterday noon.

BSF returns body of youth

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) yesterday returned the body of a Bangladeshi youth following a flag meeting with Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB).

Boy abducted, 2 held

A six-year-old baby boy was abducted from New Kalabagan area of the district town yesterday noon.

Cylinder blast injures 3

Three workers of Khulna Shipyard sustained severe burn injuries as a gas cylinder exploded in the city yesterday. The injured were identified as Liton, Monir and Jewel. Witnesses said, when some workers were working at the shipyard, a gas cylinder exploded with a big bang and a fire broke out leaving three workers injured. The injured workers jumped into the Rupsha river. However, the blaze was extinguished within half an hour. The co-workers rescued them from the river and took them to general hospital from where they were shifted to Khulna Medical College Hospital. Later, the three workers were sent to Dhaka as their condition deteriorated.

100 old clothe shops gutted

A devastating fire gutted over 100 old garment shops at Gobindaganj municipal hawkers market early yesterday. Delwer Hossain, OC at Gobindaganj police station said the fire originated from a garment store and rapidly spread to the adjoining shops. Within half an hour, more than 100 shops were burnt to ashes, he said. Goods and valuables worth over Tk 50 lakh were damaged in the fire incident, said Abdus Salam, a shop owner. Two fire units from Gaibandha district and Sonatola upazila rushed to the spot and brought the fire under control after a hectic struggle for two hours, but nothing could be saved, witnesses said.

Cattle looted from farm

Criminals looted 26 cattleheads from a dairy farm at Mahimapur Char under Kazipur upazila on Monday. Shimul of Bhetuajagannathpur and Sejur of Madarganj upazila under Jamalpur district jointly set up a cattle farm with 100 buffaloes and 27 cows. On Monday midnight, an armed gang of 20/25 raided the farm and took away 26 cattleheads worth Tk 20 lakh. Motiar Rahman, OC of Kazipur PS, said Shimul came to the PS but did not file any case. Police are looking into the matter at own initiative, he said.


Tangail bridges -- when will those be ready?

Your Tangail correspondent deserves congratulations for his article and thanks for two pictures of the incomplete bridges published by you on 21st. November.

Make formalin-testing kits easily available

Adulterated food causes lethal disease to the people who consume it. Some rogue businessmen adulterate food items with a view to making a huge profit overnight. However, it is good to learn that some initiatives have been taken lately to stop this malpractice. Some markets have been declared formalin-free. Import of formalin and other chemicals which are used in foods should be closely monitored. I felicitate the authorities for giving such efforts. I also request the government to give the malefactors involved in food adulteration harsher punishment. Formalin detectors should be made available at the shops near to bazaars. The endeavour that has been started with a few markets should be extended to the whole country.

Whose footpath is this?

Please have a good look at the picture. It was taken a few days ago at Mohakhali bus stop area. The place is opposite to ICDDR,B's office. Beside the footpath, there stands the Mohakhali Masjid. I think the picture says it all! The pavement or footpath whatever you call it, has been used by the makeshift shops forcing the pedestrians to walk on the roads, which is contributing to traffic jam. On behalf of the Dhaka city dwellers, may I humbly ask how come a footpath of an important point of the city has been encroached by the illegal shops before the eyes of the government authorities?

Fight ignorance to increase anti-HIV/AIDS awareness

I think gloomily of over 400 organizations that claim to be working on HIV/AIDS while ignorance is widespread and damaging……

Is trade union the solution?

Dr. Debapriya Bhattacharya said allowing trade union as a solution to recurrence of disturbances in the garment/textile industries. We would like to raise some points for him to think and then make suggestions because his suggestions are highly important for the local decision-makers as well as foreign customers and donor agencies.

Rohingyas are my brothers

A long time ago, I had written an article titled “Obama and Suu Kyi” that had been published in The Daily Star on 19th October, 2009 when Suu Kyi, the icon of democracy, was under house arrest. I have tremendous respect for this lady who has sacrificed most of the time of her life for the revival of democracy in her country. But the recent comment of Suu Kyi on Rohingyas and her sidestepping attitude towards them made me really upset as it made her very controversial.

President Obama, US economy and peace

Only 4% American voters are concerned about their foreign policy. But more than 60% voters are concerned about their economy. It seems to me that military cost is one of the major cause of the US' weak economy i.e. budget deficit, unemployment and poverty. So their foreign policy is a big factor for their economy. This reality should be understood by the ordinary American people. We came to know that cyclone Sandy might have cost America USD 20 billion. American economy needs more careful handling by the Obama administration. Racial division is growing gradually that may take serious turn in future. So president Obama should take the responsibility to unite the deeply divided American society. President Obama's win for four more years is a hope for the peace-loving people. I think Obama will be able to bring peace in the Middle East and other parts of the world.

Readers Respond

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Syria chemical weapon fear grips world

Nato joined Washington in delivering a blunt warning to Damascus yesterday against any use of chemical weapons, as the alliance readied to approve a Turkish request for missiles to protect its border with Syria.

Iran 'captures' US drone in its airspace

Iran yesterday said it had captured a US intelligence drone in its airspace over the Gulf in the last few days, but the US military quickly denied having lost any unmanned aircraft in the Middle East.

Israel defies world pressure

Israel's government yesterday stood firm in the face of mounting international pressure as it pushed ahead with a swathe of settlement plans seen as threatening the viability of a future Palestinian state.

Typhoon kills at least 27 in Philippines

An intense typhoon thumped into the southern Philippines yesterday, destroying homes, setting off a landslide and killing more than two dozen people, authorities said.

'Israel should have accepted UN bid'

Israel had no reason to oppose Palestine's UN observer state membership, according to ex-prime minister Ehud Olmert, who plans to announce whether he will run in the next polls today.

UK royal couple expecting baby

Prince William and his wife Catherine on Monday announced they are expecting their first child, ending fevered speculation about a baby destined to become Britain's monarch whether it is a boy or a girl amid concern over latter's physical condition.

More protests as crisis intensifies in Egypt

Opponents of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi were to march on the presidential palace to protest his power grab and a controversial draft charter, as the country plunged deeper into crisis.

Indian govt lambasted; urged to scrap law

India's government faced a test of its ability to survive as a minority administration yesterday as opposition lawmakers slammed its decision to allow in foreign supermarket giants such as Walmart.

Typhoon kills 6 in Philippines

Typhoon Bopha killed at least six people in the Philippines yesterday as the strongest storm to hit the country this year forced more than 50,000 to seek refuge in emergency shelters, officials said.

Jordan king to visit Palestine

Jordan's King Abdullah II arrives in Ramallah tomorrow on his first visit since the Palestinians won UN recognition as a non-member state, a senior official told AFP yesterday.

Top Myanmar monk held

A leader of Myanmar's 2007 monk rallies has been arrested, an official said yesterday, in his latest brush with the law since being freed from jail along with hundreds of other political prisoners this year.

US hearing for DSK set for Dec 10

A hearing in the civil case of disgraced former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been set for December 10, after reports he will settle with the hotel maid who accused him of sexual assault.

Japan, India to swap currency

Japan and India have inked a $15 billion currency swap agreement, the Bank of Japan said yesterday, in the latest sign of cooperation between the Asian giants.

LeT chief targets Pak FM

Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Mohammad Saeed has criticized foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar for promising to take action against him if India provides evidence, saying the Pakistan government had been unable to resolve outstanding issues like the Kashmir issue.

S Africa farm strike resumes

Farm workers in South Africa's picturesque winelands resumed strike action yesterday, with tension enveloping the Western Cape region but few signs of a repeat of deadly violence.

Arts & Entertainment

Shaheed Munier Chowdhury Award conferred

Veteran director Mamunur Rashid received this year's Shaheed Munier Chowdhury Award. On the other hand, young director and teacher Sudip Chakrobarthy received the Mohammad Zakaria Memorial award. Both awards were conferred by the troupe, Theatre (Bailey Road), on November 29 at the Experimental Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.

DVD of Tanvir Mokammel's 1971 to be launched

DVD of Tanvir Mokammel's documentary on the Liberation War, “1971”, will be released tomorrow. The formal launch will be held at the Shawkat Osman Auditorium, Central Public Library in Dhaka.

Breathtaking Tales from Spectacular Worlds

“What is it like on the underwater side of the North Pole?” -- is probably not one of the questions that pop into someone's head very often. The extremities of North Pole itself are such that the thought of going deep sea diving there seems maddening. However, once the question emerges, one can't help but keep wondering. “Deep Sea Under the Pole” -- a documentary on the first ever attempt to go underwater in the Arctic -- is one of the 19 films screened on adventure sports and exploration, at the BANFF Mountain Festival World Tour.

Udichi's conference in Thakurgaon

The district unit conference of Bangladesh Udichi Shilpi Gosthi was held at Panchagarh Shilpakala Academy Auditorium on Saturday. A vibrant cultural function and a discussion featured in the programme.

Bangladeshi artists taking part in Art Asia Miami

For the first time, Art Asia Miami (Art Basel Miami Beach) in the USA invited Bangladeshi artists to display their installations, paintings and video art to fellow artists and art lovers from around the world. The fair opens today and will continue till November 9. The participation of Bangladeshi artists has been arranged and sponsored by Gallery Cosmos, according to a press release.

Helen Mirren 'unsure' over reprising her portrayal of the Queen

Dame Helen Mirren has admitted she felt "very unsure" about reprising her Oscar-winning role as The Queen in an upcoming West End play.

Ras Utshab wraps up in Narail

A six-day 'Maha Ras Leela Utshab' of the Hindu community of Narail concluded recently.


Suhrawardy's place in history

Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy died a deeply disappointed man. And there were all the reasons behind this disappointment. His imprisonment by the Ayub Khan military regime came as a clear shock to him, indeed to people all across what used to be East and West Pakistan. That an individual of Suhrawardy's stature could be hauled away to prison, could be humiliated by a man who to all intents and purposes was an upstart in Pakistan's increasingly chaotic politics was a reality no one had imagined could happen. Suhrawardy was not quite the same man after he was freed from jail. It would seem in hindsight that he was relieved, or almost, at being able to leave Pakistan rather than stay genuflect before the junta.

Building a disability-inclusive society in Asia and the Pacific

The 2012 London Paralympics captivated the world's attention with the strength of the human spirit demonstrated by persons with disabilities. We were all moved by the determination and perseverance of the athletes to overcome the odds that defeat so many of us.

Significance of UN vote for Palestine resolution

Palestine resolution for admission into the UN as an "observer non-member state" was adopted on December 29 by a huge majority (138 in favour, 9 against, 41 abstentions). All European countries except the Czech Republic either voted for or abstained. It is a big success for the Palestinians.

The nexus: Undocumented migration and violence against women

The boom in the working age population in Bangladesh struggling with poor employment generation in the occupations and industries of the formal economy and under-employment in the informal economy has created an environment where labour force participation is largely poverty-driven.

How to help your own child who has a disability

My earliest childhood memory is of my elder brother sitting, it seemed to me, permanently, in a push-chair and sometimes in a wheelchair. It was something that as a young child I accepted, not knowing it was unusual. My brother, who died in 1999 at the age of 55, was severely mentally handicapped with Down's Syndrome and learnt to walk when he was 6 years old and was not able to speak. I should emphasise, however, that he had a definite character and personality and at the residential home at which he lived he was a useful, helpful, and cheerful member of society.

This Day In History

December 5

The United Nations General Assembly adopts Pakistan's resolution on security of non-Nuclear States.

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