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News of: Monday, 10th of December, 2012

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4pc was for Abul

An Anti-Corruption Commission enquiry team in its final report has recommended filing case against seven persons, excluding former minister Syed Abul Hossain, for corruption conspiracy in the Padma bridge project.

Findings in short

Canadian company SNC Lavalin, which did not even qualify, was selected as the number one bidder in the tender for supervising Padma bridge construction through a corruption conspiracy by several government officials and powerful individuals, says the ACC enquiry report.

Terror strikes roads

Even before the sun broke through the winter fog, thousands of BNP and Jamaat activists took absolute control of Dhaka's entry points yesterday and went on the rampage, bashing and torching vehicles, and sending terror down the spine of city dwellers.

A murder: who will explain?

An ardent fan of cricket, Bishwajit Das watched the Bangladesh-West Indies match at a shop next to his tailoring house on Saturday. To celebrate the Bangladesh win, he then partied with his friends at his shop late that night. Little did he know it would be his last celebration.

Blockade aims to save war criminals: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has blasted the opposition for enforcing countrywide road blockade programme yesterday to save war criminals.

Only T20 against WI today

With both teams having won one series each, the only Twenty20 International between Bangladesh and West Indies, which is scheduled to begin at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium at 6:00 pm today, promises to provide the month-long tour a fitting end.

Exploration; no export

Petrobangla, state-run oil, gas and mineral resources corporation, yesterday invited international companies to bid for oil and gas exploration in 12 blocks in the Bay of Bengal with no scope for export.

Parties must talk to hold credible polls

The United Nations encourages a constructive dialogue among the political parties to find out a formula acceptable to all for holding an inclusive, free and fair next general election in the country.

Deal clears way for damage aid to poor

Poor countries have won historic recognition of the plight they face from the ravages of climate change, wringing a pledge from rich nations that they will receive funds to repair the "loss and damage" incurred.

Azad killed 2 in Faridpur

An eyewitness yesterday testified before the International Crimes Tribunal-2 that expelled Jamaat-e-Islami member Abul Kalam Azad had killed two persons at Mayendia Market in Faridpur during the Liberation War.

Mashiur at Planning Commission

Prime minister's economic affairs adviser Mashiur Rahman, who is on leave in connection with alleged corruption in Padma Bridge project, yesterday held a meeting with some members of the Planning Commission.

Ctg-12 JS by-polls on Jan 17

By-elections to Chittagong-12 parliamentary constituency will be held on January 17, announced the Election Commission yesterday.

Ashraf meets WB country director

LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Syed Ashraful Islam met Ellen Goldstein, World Bank country director for Bangladesh, at the latter's residence last night.

Kidnapped US doctor rescued in Afghanistan

US soldiers killed seven Taliban insurgents in a successful pre-dawn raid to rescue a kidnapped American doctor in eastern Afghanistan yesterday, the Nato force in the war-torn country said.

Turkey to host Afghan-Pak summit

The presidents of Afghanistan and Pakistan will hold talks in Turkey on Tuesday and Wednesday in a bid to resolve a row after Kabul claimed an attack against its spy chief was planned in Pakistan, an official said.

EU to offer Mali another $26m

The European Union yesterday said it would offer another 20 million euros ($26 million) in humanitarian aid for Mali, bringing the total to 101 million euros to help the country cope with the fallout from the loss of control of the north to Islamist rebel forces.

Editorial

We condemn the violence most strongly

We wonder what the BNP and its alliance members have achieved in the half-day siege yesterday. Except for the violence, that we had predicted in this very column yesterday, that the programme would engender because of the fact that the siege would be 'enforced' by the 18-party alliance, anything that the BNP-led alliance had wanted to convey to the people was marred by senseless violence and destruction. It sounds ludicrous that the siege, among other things, was to protest against the public sufferings caused by government policies.

Congratulations to Bangladesh cricket team

Bangladesh cricket team by wresting a two-wicket victory in the deciding finals of the five-match one dayer series from the formidable West Indies side has done us proud. There were all the elements of drama, steep rise and fall in fortunes, climax and anti-climax, and above all, a nail biting finish to a glorious triumph of the Bangladesh side. It was a well-deserved victory, Bangladesh team had to fight every inch of the way to script a diligent team work performance.

Sports

A Simple Man

The Tigers' silent performer Mahmudullah Riyad, who already won the hearts of millions of cricket lovers for his elegant style of batting, was happy with his consistent performance with the bat as well as effective contribution with the ball in Bangladesh's home series against the West Indies, and was delighted with the way his team won the one-day series. The soft-spoken cricketer from Mymensingh hogged the spotlight after the completion of the Test and one-day series but to the stylish batsman the team always comes first. The all-rounder spoke of his philosophy and expectations during a freewheeling conversation with reporters at the poolside of the Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel the day after Bangladesh's memorable series victory on Saturday. The following is an excerpt from the encounter.


'A result of belief'

Mashrafe Bin Mortaza might not have been in the playing eleven which scripted a two-wicket victory in the fifth and final ODI to clinch a memorable series victory against the formidable West Indies, but the amount of encouragement the brave-heart cricketer provided from behind the scenes played a vital role for the Tigers to achieve their best success in ODI history.

The dream begins here

Mohammad Rubel's life revolved around nothing but playing football and working as a ball-boy since he dropped out of school a year ago because his family could not bear his educational expenses anymore. But the 13-year old boy from Narayanganj can dream again of a good future as he has made the cut as one of the 37 footballers selected for the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) Academy in Sylhet. Now he can concentrate on his football as well as studies, which will be taken care of by the academy.

'Excitement got the better of me'

Bangladesh's ODI series win over the West Indies was undoubtedly the talk of the town yesterday. Right from the addas at roadside tea stalls to the get-togethers in different homes propelled by the road-blockade programme, cricket, it seemed, found the prime spot in almost every conversation that took place in the country.

Khulna lift third crown

Khulna were crowned the cham-pions of the 14th National Cricket League (NCL) as they defeated holders Rajshahi by 33 runs at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium in Bogra yesterday to win their third first-

Contradictory Dhoni

Despite a mini-hiccup -- they contrived to be 8-3 in pursuit of the 41 runs required to win -- England completed a second momentous victory in a row within the hour on the fifth day, thus earning themselves a lazy Sunday afternoon in Kolkata. For the rest of the day they had no worries. They could close their eyes and drift away and -- who knows? -- dream of Nagpur, the venue of the final Test match.

Zaheer, Yuvraj & Harbhajan axed

India have dropped Zaheer Khan, Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh for the Nagpur Test. Delhi fast bowler Parvinder Awana and Saurashtra all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja have received their first call-ups, and leg-spinner Piyush Chawla replaced Harbhajan.

Zakir wins Stan Chart golf

Lieutenant Colonel Zakir Hossain emerged champion in the 17th Standard Chartered Golf Tournament held at the lush greens of Bhatiary Golf and Country Club (BGCC) in Chittagong on Friday.

Rajib loses 7th round board

GM Enamul Hossain Rajib lost his seventh round board against Egyptian GM Adely Ahmed in the Rose Valley Open International Chess Tournament in Kolkata, India yesterday.

Wins for BU, Muktis

Brothers Union Club and Bangladesh Muktijoddha Sangsad won their respective matches in the Chittagong Premier Division Football League at the MA Aziz Stadium yesterday.

Australia's record 5th on the trot

Australia clinched a record fifth straight Champions Trophy field hockey title with a 2-1 extra-time win over the Netherlands in the final in Melbourne on Sunday.

City painted red

Robin van Persie scored a stoppage-time winner as Manchester United clinched a dramatic 3-2 away victory over Manchester City to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League to six points on Sunday.

Bayern unstoppable

Bayern Munich moved a step closer to the Bundesliga title on Saturday as they beat Augsburg 2-0 and extended their lead over two-time reigning champions Borussia Dortmund to 14 points.

Ozil Real's saviour

Mesut Ozil grabbed two goals as Real Madrid twice came from behind to defeat Valladolid 3-2 on Saturday to close to within eight points of Barcelona at the top of La Liga.

Totti lifts Roma

A double strike from Francesco Totti helped push AS Roma into the top four in Serie A on Saturday, proving instrumental in an entertaining 4-2 home win over Fiorentina, who missed the chance to leapfrog Inter Milan into third.

Ref admits Dortmund blunder

The referee who gave a red card and penalty which may have cost Borussia Dortmund the chance of successfully defending their Bundesliga title admitted afterwards that his call was a mistake.

Bassong abused!

A Swansea City supporter has been arrested on suspicion of racially abusing Norwich City defender Sebastien Bassong during Saturday's Premier League game between the sides, the Welsh club announced.

Taylor ridicules Hesson's advice

Disgruntled former captain Ross Taylor has slammed New Zealand's team management, dismissing head coach Mike Hesson's advice as "laughable" and claiming he was not given enough support in his 18-month stint.

Business

Women-led SMEs promise faster economic growth

The small and medium enterprises that are run by women guarantee faster economic growth, but access to finance remains a major barrier to women entrepreneurship, said Melanne S Verveer, US ambassador-at-large for global women's issues.

Buyers risk brand image by sourcing from rogue factories

International buyers who source garments from non-compliant factories in Bangladesh run the risk of harming their own brands.

Fears of bear run depress stocks

Stocks opened the week with downward pressure yet again, thanks to investors' selling spree in anticipation of a bear run.

High remittance, low imports widen BoP surplus

The first quarter of the current fiscal year saw the country consolidate its balance of payment surplus on the back of high inward remittance and low import bills.

Investment summit in Singapore showcases Bangladesh's strength

The country took a successful stride forward in attracting foreign investment thanks to the Bangladesh Investment Summit in Singapore on December 4.

Time running out for DSE to explain trading delay

The Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday asked the Dhaka Stock Exchange to explain the delay in start of share trading for two days in a space of one week.

Nations must work with women to develop: Mozena

Nations across the world must be serious about working with women if they want to prosper, US Ambassador Dan W Mozena said yesterday.

Lagarde warns against US fudge on fiscal cliff

The United States needs to raise taxes and cut spending to address the looming fiscal cliff, IMF chief Christine Lagarde said Sunday, warning that anything less would undermine economic confidence.

SE Asian governments gamble on making cheap labour less cheap

After years of profiting from cheap labor, Southeast Asian businesses paying wages low enough to undercut China are being forced to accept it is time they paid people a bit more.

Wipro to buy Singapore company for $144m

Wipro Ltd, India's No 3 software services provider, will acquire LD Waxson Group, a Singapore-based consumer goods company, in an all-cash deal worth about $144 million, the company said in a statement.

Grameen solar systems reach one million homes

Grameen Shakti (GS) has reached the landmark of the installation of one million solar home systems in the country's rural areas on November 30, according to a statement yesterday.

Wal-Mart supplier denies knowing clothes made in Bangladesh factory

After the Bangladesh factory fire that killed more than 100 workers in November, retail giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc fired a supplier making clothes at the facility. Now that supplier has come forward to say it was not aware its clothes were stitched there, according to reports.

Forum on MDG performance begins today

A two-day forum to review Asia-Pacific region's performance on millennium development goals (MDG) and formulation of post development framework will start at Sonargaon Hotel in Dhaka today, according to a statement yesterday.

India's bitter colonial past generates suspicion over FDI

India's bitter colonial past hangs heavily over the government's renewed drive to open the inward-looking economy to foreign investment, even 65 years after independence, analysts say.

Rebuilding trust, after the global financial crisis

After the global recession, there has been erosion of trust in the financial sector in general, and banking in particular, in the US, the UK and, to some extent, in Europe.

Metropolitan

Begum Rokeya Day observed

With a call for social movement to stop violence against women, women rights and social organisations observed Begum Rokeya Day, marking Begum Rokeya's 132nd birth and 80th death anniversaries, in the capital and Chittagong yesterday.

UN lauds govt's political, electoral reforms

The visiting assistant secretary general of the United Nations Department of Political Affairs yesterday lauded the government for taking up various political and electoral reforms, particularly the move to make the Election Commission independent.

RU convocation held

The 8th convocation of Rajshahi University was held amid festivity on the campus yesterday.

Green Radio committed to green earth

Since 2010, HSBC-The Daily Star Climate Awards have been recognising individuals and organisations actively working towards preserving the environment.

130 turtles seized, 2 arrested

Police yesterday seized 130 turtles and arrested two persons from Chittagong Railway Station.

Blake lauds govt's counter-terrorism activities

US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert O Blake yesterday lauded the government's counter-terrorism initiatives and success in women empowerment.

Indigenous people's rights must for dev

To develop the country, the state must ensure human and cultural rights of indigenous communities, speakers said at a seminar yesterday.

Why flyover collapse victims shouldn't be compensated

The High Court yesterday asked the authorities concerned to explain in four weeks why they should not be directed to give adequate compensations to the family members of the deceased and to the injured in the Bahaddarhat flyover collapse incident.

Sirajganj road crash kills 5, injures 10

Five people were killed and 10 others injured in a three-vehicle pile-up on western approach road of Bangabandhu Bridge in Kamarkhand upazila of Sirajganj early yesterday.

Prof Khan Sarwar Murshid laid to rest

Eminent educationalist, diplomat and intellectual Prof Khan Sarwar Murshid was laid to rest with state honour at Martyred Intellectuals' Graveyard in the capital's Mirpur yesterday.

Factory official hurt trying to escape labour unrest

An official of Siang Kuang Apparels yesterday jumped off the first floor of the Korean sweater factory at Salna in Gazipur to escape protesters during a labour unrest there.

Jobs of 4 HC judges regularised

President Zillur Rahman yesterday regularised the appointments of four additional judges to the High Court Division of the Supreme Court (SC), said a law ministry press release.

Woman's body found in Khulna

Police yesterday recovered the decomposed body of a housewife from Chanmary area in Khulna city.

Eight houses gutted in Ctg

Eight houses were gutted in separate fire incidents in Chittagong yesterday morning.

DoE asks Rajuk not to fill up Uttara Lake

The Department of Environment (DoE) yesterday issued a notice to Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) asking not to construct a road by filling up a portion of Uttara Lake without its approval.

Hafiz wins Ahsanullah gold medal

Hafiz Ahmed Mazumdar received Khan Bahadur Ahsanullah Gold Medal-2011 yesterday for his outstanding contribution and services to society.

Obituary

Sonai Sarkar, mother of Kailash Sarkar, a senior correspondent of The Daily Star, passed away due to old age complications at Palita village under Rajor upazila in Madaripur early yesterday. She was 85.

Death anniversary

Today is the 6th death anniversary of advocate ABM Fazle Rashid Chowdhury Hiru, a distinguished politician, business personality and social worker.

Serajuddin's death anniversary today

Today is the 41st death anniversary of martyred journalist Serajuddin Hossain.

National

Dense fog disrupts launch, ferry services for hours

Dense fog disrupted the movements of launch, steamer and other water vessels on river routes and ferry services on Paturia-Daulatdia and Mawa-Kawrakandi routes for 10 hours from midnight on Saturday.

Campaign for mayoral poll gains momentum

Candidates for the mayoral post at newly formed Rangpur City Corporation (RCC) election have intensified campaign and are going door to door to seek votes.

Bir Shreshtha's only son passing woeful days

Today is 41st death anniversary of Bir Shreshtha Ruhul Amin.

BCL men arrested while filling up answer scripts

Police arrested three Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists of Pabna Edward College unit along with six 'answer sheets' of Degree examinations at Kalachandpara village in Sadar upazila on Saturday night.

Jubo Dal leader beaten to death in Lalmonirhat

A Jubo Dal leader was killed in a clash over a piece of disputed land at Haribhanga village in Sadar upazila yesterday.

Roads in Faridganj upazila of Chandpur in sorry state

Residents of Faridganj municipality are suffering a lot as almost all the important roads of the upazila headquarters have been lying in dilapidated conditions for long.

Journalist assaulted

A journalist was injured in an attack by criminals at Station Road in the district town on Friday night. Belal Hossain, 46, of Purbo Thanapara in the town, is district correspondent of Desh TV and the daily Bhorer Kagoj. The gang stormed into Belal's office at around 8:30pm and beat him up mercilessly for covering a report on drug peddling, leaving him critically injured, said Jamir Uddin, officer in-charge of Sadar police station. He was rushed to Lalmonirhat Sadar Hospital. Police superintendent visited the hospital, said the OC.

Rawhide seized on border

Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) members yesterday seized 115 pieces of rawhide of goats while being smuggled to India through Amrakhali border. Acting on a secret information, a BGB team raided Amrakhali area and recovered the rawhide worth Tk 1.10 lakh. However, no was arrested in this connection as the smugglers fled the scene sensing the presence of BGB members. The seized rawhide pieces were later deposited with the Benapole Customs House.

RMP cook murdered

Criminals murdered a cook of Rajshahi Metropolitan Police (RMP) at Katakhali in Kamarkhand upazila on Friday night. The deceased was identified as Abdus Sattar, 42, of Ulipur village in Ullapara upazila of the district. Police said a gang beat up Sattar and stabbed him indiscriminately near the bank of the Phulzor river at night, leaving him dead on the spot. They also took away money from the victim. On information, police recovered the body next morning. They also arrested one Monirul Islam Babu in connection with the killing.

Letters

Make every effort to prevent fire accidents

Death is awaiting us everywhere; violent deaths are happening all the time. In the December 1, 2012 issue of The Daily Star, quite a number of such news were published: Elderly woman killed in capital, road crashes kill 4, female doctor found killed at clinic in capital, two district Awami League leaders killed. It seems people's lives have no value; those are at the mercy of the criminals.

Low Aman price

Recently The Daily Star published news entitled, “The government has decided to procure Aman rice at a price of Tk 26 per kg.” I think this price is inadequate for the farmers. I would like to request the government to inquire about how much money the farmers have to spend and also how much labour they have to give for growing per kg of rice and fix the price accordingly to do our poor farmers justice.

Bangladeshi workers need proper govt. support

Malaysia, a desired labour market for Bangladeshi workers, has officially lifted ban on recruiting Bangladeshi workers after four years. As a result, Bangladesh would be able to send 5 lac workers to Malaysia in the next five years under government programme beginning next January. I would like to congratulate Bangladesh government on its success because this is undoubtedly an outcome of its diplomatic efforts.

How long will we remain silent?

At least 111 people were killed and 100 injured in a devastating fire at Tazreen Fashions Ltd. I cannot accept this as an accident. This is simply genocide. The owners always refer to electrical short circuit as one of the causes of fire. But there is no fire exit or fire safety measures in most of the factories, and workers are not allowed to go out of the factory in situations like this. I am sure those responsible for the deaths will not be punished and after the investigation drama they will be declared innocent.

Managing Director unaware of safety!

I would like to propose the following suggestions to BGMEA for implementing in garment factories. All top officials, including the board members of garment industries, and all top managing and supervising officials of garment factories, must read and understand the Factories Act, as well as Shops and Establishment Act. Further, they should be aware of basic factory accident prevention and safety rules and regulations. It may be useful to have simple booklets in Bangla, where the important sections of these laws and rules can be incorporated. Additionally, simple fire protection and safety do's and don'ts can also be incorporated in this booklet!

We can learn from PRI

A recent report published in The Daily Star (25.11.2012) titled “Bangladesh drops in remittance ranking” mentioned that although Bangladesh continues to be the top 10 remittance receiving countries, it has slid one notch down compared to last year. On the other hand, countries like Pakistan and Nigeria have improved in remittance earnings from the previous years. The reason behind the success of Pakistan in remittance ranking position in recent years was the state-driven joint initiative called “Pakistan Remittance Initiative” (PRI). Under this framework, the government encouraged the state bank to open dedicated Home Remittance Centres and enhance their activities overseas for collecting remittances.

Skill development trainings to workers

About 7 million expatriate workers are now working in different countries all over the world, most of whom are unskilled. Had the 7 million workers been skilled, the amount of foreign remittance would have been more than US$14 billion. Some experts opine that Bangladesh is over-burdened with its huge population while others think this huge population can be a boon for the country if they are properly trained and then sent abroad. It would be wise on the part of the government to set up a modern training centre to provide different skill development trainings to these workers. The sooner the initiative is taken, the better for the nation.

Fate of women same everywhere

America is perhaps the champion in bringing equality between men and women but yet disparity prevails here too. I work in a gas station as a cashier, which is located at Woodway Dr, one of the most posh areas in Houston, Texas. One night a middle aged lady rushed into the store and asked whether we could help her fix the punctured tire of her car which she left somewhere nearby. My boss, the owner of the store, was also present there.

“Whose footpath is this?”

I completely agree with Khandaker Zia Hasan who said in his recent letter, published in your daily on December 5th, that our footpaths are being unnecessarily blocked, causing major problems to the pedestrians. Unfortunately, the example he cited isn't the only one. A bit ahead of the Mohakhali Masjid, at Amtoli bus stand, a part of a footpath is being used by some people for collecting money for the construction of a mosque. Apart from that, they create unnecessary noise using speakers, which causes great disturbance to the nearby South Point School and the residents of that area. The R&H department has a makeshift tenement there. The noise causes discomfort to the sick, elderly and infants. Despite numerous protests, no action has been taken against this. We hope the authorities concerned will read this letter and help clean the environment.

Readers Respond

Here are some comments that came in response to Sunday's The Daily Star news report headlined “Oops YES!”

International

Morsi scraps divisive decree

Egypt's president scrapped a decree that gave him extra powers and ignited violent protests as opposition was set to decide on further possible rallies in Cairo.

Arabs agree on aid for Palestinians

Arab League foreign ministers have agreed during a meeting to send hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to the Palestinian Authority to make up for punitive measures imposed by the Israeli government after a successful bid for recognition at the United Nations.

90pc of Indians are 'idiots'!

Ninety per cent of Indians are "idiots" who can easily be misled by mischievous elements in the name of religion, Press Council of India (PCI) chairperson Justice Markandey Katju claimed on Saturday.

Syria rebels seize chunk of key military base

Syrian rebels yesterday seized control of a large sector of Sheikh Suleiman base west of Aleppo, bringing them closer to holding a large swathe of territory extending to the Turkish border in the north.

Chavez admits cancer relapse

Leftist Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez admitted a relapse of his cancer late Saturday and designated vice president Nicolas Maduro as his heir apparent in case "something happened" to him.

Australian radio station to review practices

The owners of an Australian radio station at the centre of the British royal prank call scandal Sunday said the tragic death of a nurse was "unforeseeable" and vowed to review its broadcasting processes.

Storm Bopha returns to Philippines

Heavy rain brought flooding fears in the north of the storm-battered Philippines as Typhoon Bopha returned yesterday, days after slamming into the south of the country and leaving almost 1,400 dead or missing.

Afghans attack Iran consulate

Hundreds of angry demonstrators tried to storm the Iranian consulate in the western Afghan city of Herat yesterday in protest at the alleged killing of Afghan immigrants by Iranian security forces.

C'wealth probe urged in Lanka

Sri Lanka's main opposition party asked the commonwealth yesterday to investigate the impeachment of the country's chief justice in what it called a breach of the bloc's democratic values.

US drone kills 3 in Pakistan

US drones targeting a militant compound killed at least three people in a restive Pakistani tribal region near the Afghan border yesterday, officials said.

Mandela 'comfortable': Zuma

Nelson Mandela is "comfortable", the South African government said yesterday after the former president spent the night in hospital, for medical tests described as "consistent with his age".

Romania set to pick parliament

Austerity-weary Romanians voted for a new parliament yesterday, with the centre-left ruling coalition on course for a large victory that was likely to trigger fresh tension between the party and rival president Traian Basescu.

Italy PM to resign

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti is stepping down, the president's office announced Saturday, just hours after the man he replaced, Silvio Berlusconi, said he would run again for head of government.

Bus plunge kills 13 in Taiwan

Thirteen people were killed and ten others injured yesterday when a bus they were travelling on plunged into a ravine in a mountainous area of northern Taiwan, rescue workers said.

Arts & Entertainment

Articulation of diversity

Although Nasima Khanam Queenie is quite aptly described as an abstract painter, her work is never non-figurative. Her paintings can be categorised according to the use of varied alien forms as well as detailed compositions. A notable feature of her painting is the way in which the forms seem to push outwards on the way to the viewers at its centre and to gather to pursue each other around the edges of the paintings. This reflects Queenie's longstanding interest in Cubism.

Victory Day celebration by Tarunner Ucchash

To celebrate Victory Day, Tarunner Ucchash, an organisation of elocutionists in the port city, held a two-day 'Bijoy Utshab' (Victory Day Festival), featuring a number of cultural programmes with the theme “Awndho Boloy Bhangre Ebar Shoili Alo Jele” at DC Hill Premises. The event concluded on Friday.

Shotoborsher Arghaya in memory of Ustad Amir Khan

A classical music soiree, titled 'Shotoborsher Arghaya', organised by Ustad Amir Khan Jonmoshotobarshiki Udjapan Parishad (UAKJUP), was held on December 7 at the main auditorium of Bangladesh National Museum, Shahbagh in Dhaka.

Nrityanchal to stage Rai Krishna Padabali tomorrow in Kolkata

Nrityanchal's much acclaimed dance drama "Rai Krishna Padabali" will be staged tomorrow (December 11) evening at the auditorium of G.D. Birla Sabhaghar, Ballygunge, Kolkata, India. The event is being hosted by "Shatkahon", a leading cultural organisation of Kolkata. Produced by Nrityanchal the dance drama has been written by a Bangladeshi poet Sheikh Hafizur Rahman.

Storytelling for the young

“Girisha is a girl from the hills. Her house is near the waterfall. The crowing of the wild rooster wakes her up every morning. She roams around in the hills, and plays with the clouds.” “Girisha from the Hills” is just one of the 25 books that 'Room to Read', an international award-winning NGO working for the development of education, is publishing this year, to reach out to the most beginner-level readers with enthralling stories, in the simplest form of their native language.

Concert to mark Magura Free Day

An open-air concert was held at Nomani Maidan (ground) in Magura town on December 7 to mark 'Magura Free Day'.

Souls participates in South Asian Band Fest

Popular rock act Souls is participating in the 6th South Asian Band Festival in New Delhi and Jaipur. The festival started on December 6 and will continue till December 11, according to Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre (IGCC) sources.

OP-ED

Countries default on observing human rights

Human Rights Day marks the occasion when on December 10, 1948, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). It was the destruction, deaths and incidents of gross human rights violation on an unprecedented scale during the Second World War that propelled the world community to consider the issue of human rights in a new light. As the madness of the war was over, good sense again prevailed. Humanity felt the need to designate a day of the year to observe as human rights day. Formally, that day was declared by the UNGA at one of its plenary meetings held in December 1950.

America's hope against hope

After a hard-fought election campaign, costing well in excess of $2 billion, it seems to many observers that not much has changed in American politics: Barack Obama is still president, the Republicans still control the House of Representatives, and the Democrats still have a majority in the Senate. With America facing a "fiscal cliff" -- automatic tax increases and spending cuts at the start of 2013 that will most likely drive the economy into recession unless bipartisan agreement on an alternative fiscal path is reached -- could there be anything worse than continued political gridlock?

Professor Khan Sarwar Murshid: My teacher

On December 9, through the internet edition of The Daily Star, I learned with great sadness in Sydney that Professor Khan Sarwar Murshid had passed away on December 8 in Dhaka. When I left Dhaka I knew that Professor Murshid was seriously ill and was admitted in a hospital. Hoping against hope, I thought that I would meet him in hospital or at his residence on my return.

Prof. K.S. Murshid: An icon

I am so saddened to hear of the passing of Prof. Murshid and would like to extend my deepest condolences and sympathy to the bereaved family. My thoughts and prayers are with them in this time of deep sadness. Lets us all pray to the Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with fortitude.

Social and economic rights: Our failures

The 1966 International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (came into force on January 3, 1976) is the inspiration and guide for many later constitutions for their inclusion of social and economic rights. Its preamble recognises that inherent dignity of all persons is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world and that inherent dignity could not be achieved without enjoyment of economic, social and cultural rights, as well as civil and political rights. According to Article 2 of the Covenant, each State Party therefore undertakes to take steps, to the maximum of its available resources, with a view to achieving progressively the full realisation of these rights by all appropriate means.

This Day In History

December 10

1949
Chinese Civil War: The People's Liberation Army begins its siege of Chengdu, the last Kuomintang-held city in mainland China.



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