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News of: Tuesday, 11th of December, 2012

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Fakhrul arrested

A day after filing a case against him in connection with Sunday's violence, police yesterday arrested BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, when he was leaving the party's Nayapaltan office in the evening.

Windies have last laugh

A superb unbeaten 85 by Marlon Samuels, and disciplined bowling by the spinners gave West Indies an 18-run victory over Bangladesh in the only T20 International at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday. The win came as a balm for the tourists in their last international match of the year after earlier having lost the ODI series 3-2.

Sorry, it's no democracy

If democracy means the right to choice and the right to express then the Awami League's latest proposal to the Election Commission to disqualify rebel candidates from contesting elections for two terms can best be termed autocratic and smacks of authoritarianism.

Of The Murderers

Thirteen-year-old Saiful Islam could not keep his eyes open when Chhatra League armed cadres were striking Bishwajit Das with machetes and iron rods inside a clinic, Intensive Dental Care. The attackers would not care how pitifully their victim would beg for his life.

Protect people

National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Chairman Mizanur Rahman yesterday demanded that the government arrests and takes punitive measures against the persons responsible for the killing of Bishwajit Das.

Save economy

The country's leading business chambers and associations yesterday urged the ruling and opposition parties to avoid confrontational politics -- to keep up the favourable growth momentum the country is going through at present.

EU privileges utilised best by Bangladesh

Bangladesh has emerged as a huge success story and benefited most as a least developed country from preferential market access to Europe, William Hanna, ambassador and head of delegation of EU to Dhaka, said yesterday.

Dense fog disrupts life

Thousands of travellers yesterday were stranded because of heavy fog that disrupted ship and ferry movement, train trips and flights across the country.

Iajuddin passes away

Former president Iajuddin Ahmed died yesterday at a Bangkok hospital, leaving behind a glaring example of how an outspoken educationist loved by many was mired in controversy when he surrendered to undue political pressure.

Rejoinder, our reply

In a rejoinder to The Daily Star report headlined “Findings in Short” published on Monday, former state minister for foreign affairs Abul Hasan Chowdhury has denied lobbying for Lavalin or anyone else in the Padma bridge project.

Quit war tribunal

Pro-BNP-Jamaat lawyers yesterday demanded resignation of Justice Md Nizamul Huq, the chairman of International Crimes Tribunal-1, for what they said his “misconduct” by reportedly holding Skype conversations with a Bangladeshi expatriate about the trial proceedings.

Prosecution for legal action

The prosecution yesterday appealed to the International Crimes Tribunal-1 to take legal action against Bangla daily Amar Desh for publishing reports, which, they said, were carried out to hamper the war crimes trial pending with the court.

Suranjit's APS sent to jail

A Dhaka court yesterday ordered sending Omar Faruque Talukdar, sacked assistant private secretary of former railways minister Suranjit Sengupta, to jail in a corruption case after rejecting his bail prayer.

Friendly attack!

It was about 7:00am on Sunday. A dense fog reduced the visibility to almost zero at Gabtoli bus stand.

Journos' hunger strike on Dec 23

Journalists will stage a mass hunger strike on December 23 in the capital demanding trial of killers of the journalist couple Sagar Sarowar and Meherun Runi.

German embassy deplores attack on its citizen

The German embassy in Dhaka yesterday denounced the attack on a German citizen, an internationally-acclaimed architect, in the capital's Gabtoli during Sunday's road blockade enforced by the BNP-led 18-party alliance.

Morsi gives army arrest powers ahead of vote

Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has ordered the military to maintain security and protect state institutions in the run-up to a controversial referendum on a new constitution.

An iPhone case you can eat

Yes, critics of the sometimes disposable nature of today's tech world, it's come to this. You can now eat your iPhone case.

Wedding boom for 12/12/12

Couples from Hong Kong and Singapore are flocking to tie the knot on 12/12/12, sparking a wedding boom on the century's last repeating date seen as auspicious by some to guarantee a happy marriage.

RAFIQUL

A second-year student of Islamic History, Rafiqul Islam is one of the main culprits who swooped on Bishwajit.

NOORE ALAM

A fourth-year student of political science, Meer Md Noore Alam repeatedly struck Bishwajit with iron rods when the victim was running down the stairs from the first floor of the building.

MAHFUZUR

A masters' final-year student of Bangla, Mahfuzur Rahman is known as a notorious Chhatra League activist.

OBHIDUL

A fourth-year student of psychology, Obhidul Quader is one of the key hitters. He is known as a cadre of the university's BCL faction led by Sirajul Islam, general secretary of the unit.

EMDADUL

A masters' final-year student of philosophy, Emdadul Haque hit Bishwajit indiscriminately all over even as the victim begged for his life.

Editorial

The shocking death of innocents

The gruesome incident in Sunday's BNP-Jamaat countrywide blockade which made media headlines and bloody footage was the brutal stabbing to death of 24-year-old Bishwajit Das by a bunch of hoodlums on a free rein. The young man, mistaken for an opposition supporter, was killed reportedly by a group of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists in broad daylight. The visual media showed more than a few seconds' coverage of the unarmed man on his way to work, being beaten with sticks and iron rods and stabbed with sharp weapons, covered in blood and trying to escape, while people and presumably the police looked on as they so often do in the case of violence by pro-government activists. Another person died in a clash in Sirajganj.

Doha climate talks

One should welcome the fact that the Doha climate talks have ended on a somewhat positive note although not quite to the full satisfaction of the vulnerable countries. Countries at the receiving end of climate change will now get remunerated for the “loss and damage” they incur. That is the pledge that the rich nations have made to the vulnerable ones, something that has never in the past been included in an international legal document. But does that pledge go far enough to address the core problems imposed by climate change?

Sports

'We did our best today'

Bangladesh signed off their memorable home series against the visiting West Indies with an 18-run defeat in the lone T20 International at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur last night. The Tigers might have lost their last match but undoubtedly the fans got their money's worth after the way Mushfiqur Rahim's men fought against the world champions in the shortest format of the game.

Sammy satisfied

Having ended the month-long tour with an 18-run victory over Bangladesh yesterday, the West Indies captain Darren Sammy stated that he was satisfied with his team's overall performance in Bangladesh. Apart from winning the only T20, the visitors also won the Test series 2-0. Sandwiched between their two successes however was a 3-2 loss in the five-match ODI series.

Dhaka finish second

Dhaka ensured they finish runners-up in the 14th National Cricket League yesterday as they raced to an innings victory over Barisal at the Sheikh Kamruzzaman Stadium in Rajshahi. Dhaka Metro, who thrashed Sylhet by nine wickets at the Cricket Garden in Rangpur finished third whereas reigning champions Rajshahi claimed the fourth spot.

'Won't take any credit for Gazi'

Former Pakistani off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq, who joined the Bangladesh team as their spin bowling coach in August this year has gotten much of the credit for the spinners' excellent performance against the West Indies. The former Pakistan off-spinner, who will be leaving the country tomorrow after the end of his four-month contract, talked to The Daily Star Sport's Naimul Karim yesterday, regarding his short stint in Bangladesh.

Michel impressed with forwards

When it comes the international fixtures, Bangladesh suffer mostly from lack of quality strikers. There isn't any short fix as yet, but may be in the longer run Bangladesh may find a few quality strikers who will find the net regularly. At least the FIFA technical staff are hoping so as they have picked six hitmen in the 27-member U-18 squad for the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) Academy in Sylhet yesterday.

Div I football

Jatrabari Krira Chakra recorded a single-goal win over Sunrise KC in the Popular Life Insurance Senior Division Football League at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.

Messi makes history

Lionel Messi insists that his record-breaking 86-goal haul in 2012 will count for nothing if Barcelona miss out on La Liga and Champions League titles.

'Messidependence'

Spain on Monday hailed Lionel "Missile" Messi's record-breaking 86-goal haul in 2012 and decreed Barcelona's "Messi-dependence" is a blessing.

Seven ticket touts caught

Police yesterday arrested seven people from the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur when they were selling tickets of the T20 game between Bangladesh and West Indies in the black market.

Pakistan axe Afridi

Pakistan on Monday dropped big-hitting all-rounder Shahid Afridi from their squad for the three-match one-day international series against arch-rivals India starting this month.

BKSP keep winning

Khorshedur Rahman slammed four goals including a hattrick to power Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishthan (BKSP) to an emphatic 4-1 win over Rajshahi in the Super League match of the Agrani Bank 23rd National Youth Hockey Championship at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium yesterday.

Fabregas out for weeks

Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas could be out of action for up to four weeks after tearing a thigh muscle in Sunday's 2-1 win at Real Betis.

Nagpur then, Nagpur now

Alastair Cook's passage to the city in the middle of India was rather more straightforward than his last journey to Nagpur. In March 2006 he came from the Caribbean as an urgent replacement for Marcus Trescothick; in December 2012 he comes garlanded as the England captain with the Bollywood looks but only from Kolkata.

3 bronze in wrestling meet

Bangladesh won three bronze medals in the International Peace Wrestling Championship held in Pakistan from December 6-9, said a press release yesterday.

Liza leads Laila Alam chess

Shamima Akter Liza took solo lead in the 6th Begum Laila Alam International Rating Women Chess Tournament at the close of the fifth round at the Bangladesh Chess Federation hall room yesterday.

Rajib draws 8th board

Grand Master Enamul Hossain Rajib came out of the losing streak in the Rose Valley Open International Chess Tournament as he drew against FM Diptayan Ghosh in the eighth round held in Kolkata, India on Monday.

Chittagong briefs

CJKS Liberty Group Volleyball League, organised by Chattagram Jela Krira Sangstha, gets underway tomorrow at the MA Aziz Stadium with thirteen teams fighting it out for the title.

Unforgettable night: Falcao

Radamel Falcao hailed an "unforgettable night" after the coveted Atletico Madrid striker hit five goals past Deportivo Coruna to become the first man to achieve the feat in Spain's top league in more than a decade.

Reds turn it around

Liverpool staged an impressive fightback as the Reds scored twice in the closing stages to secure a 3-2 win over West Ham at Upton Park on Sunday.

Mueller hails 'giant' Messi

Germany great Gerd Mueller on Monday described Lionel Messi as a "giant" after the Argentine broke his calendar year goalscoring record that had stood for 40 years.

Inter overtake Napoli

Inter Milan moved up to second and closed the gap to Juventus to four points in Serie A Sunday thanks to a clinical but hard-fought 2-1 win over fellow title chasers Napoli.

Henry set for third spell

French World Cup winner Thierry Henry is set for another loan return to English Premier League giants Arsenal, the club where he remains an icon and all-time top scorer, Britain's press reported Monday.

Hulk makes peace

Zenit Saint Petersburg's big-money Brazilian signing Hulk has made his peace with the club after threatening to leave following an early substitution last week, he said in an interview Monday.

Business

US champions new route to regional prosperity

The US is actively encouraging broad regional linkages in the fragmented South Asia for the region's prosperity, US Assistant Secretary of State Robert O Blake said yesterday.

BGMEA launches fire training for workers

Safety issues in factories have become a major concern for international garment buyers, said an official of a US retail giant at the launch of a fire training programme for workers in Dhaka yesterday.

Extreme poverty to go by 2015: ADB study

Bangladesh is projected to meet the United Nations' millennium development goal of eradicating extreme hunger and poverty by 2015, according to a survey of the Asian Development Bank.

BB strengthens banking supervision to check fraud

The central bank has strengthened its supervision on banks to check fraud in the banking system in settling bill purchases following the Hall-Mark scam.

ADB awards three best performing project teams

ADB has awarded three of its top performing project teams in Bangladesh in an effort to recognise efficient project implementation, it said in a statement yesterday.

Stocks end flat

Stocks ended flat yesterday, as institutional investors remained inactive which eroded investors' confidence.

Proper data of food grain stocks a must: experts

Experts yesterday suggested that the government should maintain a sound data management system of stocks and consumption of food grains in public and private sectors to improve effectiveness of the public food distribution system (PFDS).

StanChart to pay $327m to resolve US sanctions case

British bank Standard Chartered Plc will pay $327 million to resolve allegations that it violated US sanctions and other laws, the Federal Reserve said on Monday.

A rallying cry for fire safety

The deaths of about 400 workers in two recent fires at Asian garment factories that made clothes for American and European brands should outrage consumers and become a rallying cry for higher safety standards. Just as the 1911 fire at the Triangle shirtwaist factory in New York ushered in a sweeping overhaul of industrial regulations in this country, these tragedies should lead to comprehensive changes in developing countries that have become the biggest suppliers of clothes to the Western world.

How the United Nations could ruin the internet

The Internet has sustained some pretty intense assaults in the past couple of years. There was the heavy-handed attempt to stamp out content piracy with SOPA/PIPA, the Federal Communications Commission's Net neutrality ruling, which many saw as splitting the baby, and that whack job who claimed to own a patent on the World Wide Web.

Workplace safety must for Bangladesh to become RMG leader

Bangladesh needs to ensure workplace safety immediately if it wants to be the world's biggest readymade garment exporter, analysts said.

Islamic banks to expand: study

Islamic banks are set to expand as they compete increasingly with conventional lenders in attracting mainstream customers, according to a report by consultancy Ernst & Young released on Monday.

Metropolitan

Ten Biranganas honoured

Biranganas yesterday asked the state to give them an allowance to help them lead their lives with some dignity.

Maritime verdict creates new opportunity: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has extended her heartiest thanks to the UN for its Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) saying the verdict of the UN body to resolve maritime dispute with Myanmar has created a new era of opportunity for Bangladesh to prosper.

Green co contributes to emission cut

Energypac Electronics Ltd won the HSBC-The Daily Star Climate Awards 2011 for its pioneering role in manufacturing, promoting and popularising energy-efficient lights in Bangladesh. Md Nurul Akhter, the CEO of the company, speaks to The Daily Star about the philosophy behind his firm's “green business”.

65 birds recovered from illegal traders

The wildlife management and nature conservation wing of the Wildlife Division recovered 65 birds of different species from illegal traders during two separate drives in the capital's Uttara and Tongi Bazar on Sunday.

US offers help in education sector

Visiting US official Robert O Blake yesterday said the US wanted to work for improving the education system in Bangladesh, which would help the students cope with future demands.

Road crashes kill 5, injure 21

Nine people were killed and 21 others injured in road accidents in Sirajganj, Netrakona, Tangail, Jessore and Pabna yesterday.

Provide plots against all acquired lands

Gazipur district residents, whose lands were acquired for Rajuk's Purbachal New Town project, yesterday demanded plots for all the affected land owners and adequate compensation.

Protection for migrant workers' rights sought

Several NGOs and rights bodies jointly placed a memorandum to the prime minister yesterday to press home their fourteen-point demand for protecting the rights of Bangladeshi migrant workers.

Bangladesh Urban Institute launched

Bangladesh Urban Institute (Buri), an initiative to address growing challenges of urbanisation, was launched in Dhaka on December 8 at an international seminar on urbanisation.

Japan donates $6m to feed vulnerable Bangladeshis

The government of Japan has donated US$6 million to World Food Programme (WFP) to provide food assistance to poor and vulnerable communities who are exposed to natural disasters and climate change impacts.

Massive awareness about diabetes urgent

Renowned medical specialists, at the inaugural of a three-day conference yesterday, stressed the importance of creating widespread awareness and modernising the country's doctors to prevent diabetes.

Cabinet okays draft law

The Cabinet yesterday approved in principle the draft of the Endowed Property Management Act-2012, a longstanding demand of the country's Hindu community, to prevent grabbing of such properties.

Ameer on 3-day fresh remand

A Dhaka court yesterday placed Ameer Hossain, mastermind behind the abduction of Parag Mondol, on a three-day fresh remand.

HC clears way for graft case against former RPGCL boss

The High Court yesterday cleared the way for resuming a corruption case filed against ABM Fazle Elahi, former managing director of Rupantarita Prakritic Gas Company Limited (RPGCL).

Charges against Amar Desh acting editor dropped

A Dhaka court yesterday discharged Amar Desh acting editor Mahmudur Rahman in a case filed against him for illegally using Alhaj Md Hasmat Ali's name as the publisher of the daily and damaging his social image.

HC quashes case against Mohiuddin

The High Court yesterday scrapped the proceedings of a corruption case filed against former mayor of Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury in 2007.

Four HC judges sworn in

The four High Court (HC) judges, whose services were regularised on Sunday, were sworn in yesterday.

DU 'Ka' unit viva now on Saturday

The viva voce of admission seekers to honours 1st year programmes of all departments and institutions under 'Ka' unit of Dhaka University (DU) for the academic session 2012-13 has been deferred due to unavoidable reasons.

BSMMU gets donated equipment

An Australia-based Bangladeshi organisation yesterday donated medical equipment to the neonatology department of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) for providing free treatment to underprivileged children.

Indian visa application centre opens in Rajshahi

Indian High Commission in Dhaka will open a new Indian visa application centre (IVAC) in Rajshahi, managed by State Bank of India, today.

SUST admission test rescheduled

Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (Sust) authorities postponed the admission test for honours courses of academic session 2012-13, scheduled to be held today, due to hartal called by BNP-led 18-party alliance.

National

Schools named after maryred Ffs hardly tell the tales of heroes

Authorities of several educational institutions in the district, named after martyred freedom fighters, hardly do anything to keep the memories of the heroic sons of the soil alive in the minds of students and locals.

HR body for indigenous people demanded

Jatiya Adivasi Parishad (JAP) has demanded formation of a separate human rights commission to protect human rights of the indigenous people.

Five brick kilns illegally set up on cropland sealed off

A mobile court sealed off five illegally set up brick kilns at Jagannathpur village in Sadar upazila on Sunday evening.

10 Hizb-ut Tawhid men held

Police arrested 10 alleged members of Islamist outfit Hizb-ut Tawhid in Toragargh area of the district town last night.

15 held while leaving for Malaysia by boat

Members of Bangladesh Coastguard arrested 15 people in Kaiukkhali canal of Teknaf upazila while trying to leave for Malaysia on Sunday night.

Biting cold pushes up prices of warm clothes

Sellers of warm clothes are doing brisk business in the town and other areas of the district as biting cold, has continued to afflict people.

BNP enforced hartal passes off peacefully in Natore

A dawn-to-dusk hartal enforced by district unit of BNP, protesting the arrest of the party's central leader Ruhul Kuddus Talukdar Dulu, passed off almost peacefully in the district yesterday.

Tangail was freed on this day in 1971

Tangail, around 70 kilometres north of Dhaka, was freed from the occupation of Pakistan army on this day in 1971.

Villagers protest obscene dance, gambling in the name of jatra

Villagers yesterday protested obscene dance and gambling held in the name of jatra (open air drama) at Jawrani in Hatibandha upazila.

BSF picks up Bangladeshi

Members of Indian Border Security Force (BSF) picked up a Bangladeshi farmer from Chakpara border area in Shibganj upazila yesterday. The victim was identified as Erfan, son of Bhadur at Upa-Chakpara village in the upazila. Locals said the BSF members from Shashani camp picked up Erfan while he was working in his filed along the border at about 8:00am. Contacted, commanding officer of Border Guard Bangladesh Battalion-9 Lt Col Manjurul Alam confirmed the incident.

38 sued for Rangpur arson

Thirty eight people were sued yesterday on charge of setting fire to Ispahani Camp-3 in Robartsonsganj area of the city. Altaf Hossain, officer in-charge at Rangpur Kotwali police station, said one Sohorab Alam, son of late Abdus Sattar, filed the case. On Wednesday night, at least 300 houses of standard Pakistanis were gutted and 20 people were injured in the fire incident. The victims claimed that the loss caused by the fire could go up to Tk four crore.

Man stabbed to death

A man was stabbed to death by criminals in a rail crossing area of the district town on Sunday. The deceased was identified as Liakat, son of Abdul Majid of Bakchar Koborosthan (graveyard) area of the town. He was released from jail six months back after serving 12 years in a robbery case. Locals spotted the body with several injury marks in the head at Muroli rail crossing in the morning and informed police.

5 held on stalking charge

Police arrested five young men at Rajpur village in Sadar upazila yesterday on charge of stalking schoolgirls. The arrestees are Ronju Mia, 19, son of Sohrab Hossain, Jahid Hasan, 18, son of Azizul Haque, Rashedul Haque, 18, son of Yasin Ali of Dhaknai village, Shimul Islam, 18, son of Lutfor Rahman of Hiramanik and Ershadul Haque,17, son of Delwar Hossain of Atbil. Jamir Uddin, officer in-charge of Sadar police station, said the five used to tease a few students of Rajpur High School on their way to the institution. On information, the teachers with the help of locals caught the youths on a road beside the school yesterday afternoon and handed them over to police, said headmaster Mozammel Haque.

International

EU receives Nobel Peace Prize

The presidents of the EU's three main institutions yesterday collected the Nobel Peace Prize in Norway's capital Oslo, reports BBC.

Rebel seize key Aleppo army base

Syrian rebels captured parts of another large army base in the country's north, just west of the city of Aleppo, tightening the opposition's grip on areas close to the Turkish border, activists said yesterday, reports AP.

Xi Jinping stresses reform

China must deepen reforms to perfect its market economy and strengthen rule of law, Communist Party chief Xi Jinping said in southern Guangdong, echoing groundbreaking comments by reformist senior leader Deng Xiaoping in the same province 20 years ago.

Clashes in Lebanon

Six people were killed and at least 40 injured in the Lebanese city of Tripoli in clashes on Sunday between opponents and supporters of Syria's president.

6 Pak cops killed in suicide attack

Taliban suicide bombers besieged a Pakistani police station yesterday, killing six people near the militant stronghold of North Waziristan that borders Afghanistan, officials said.

Iran launches web video channel

Iran yesterday launched a new website for citizens to share short videos.

Arts & Entertainment

K.S. Murshid: A life of the mind

Khan Sarwar Murshid was part of a dwindling band of cultured men in this country. He belonged to a generation which gave of its best to Bangladesh through being part of the historical process which went into its creation in 1971. If the nine months of the struggle for freedom were the worst time in the collective life of the Bengalis this side of the political frontier, fundamentally because of the organised killings carried out by the Pakistan occupation army, they were also the best in terms of drawing out of us the patriotism necessary for a righteous war to be sustained.

Movie Review: We Bought a Zoo

Moviemakers these days seem to be pushing family flicks over the brink of extinction. Is it because families do not have time to watch movies together anymore? Or is Hollywood running out of ideas for family entertainment? Whatever the reason might be, movies with a broad family appeal are becoming a rarity. It is becoming quite an ordeal to find a movie suitable to watch with my six-year old son, who is rapidly turning into a movie buff like me.

Begum Rokeya Day observed in Rangpur

Several socio-cultural organisations of Rangpur observed Begum Rokeya Day on Sunday.

Centenary celebrations of Bangladesh National Museum

Marking the centenary celebrations of Bangladesh National Museum, a painting competition for children was recently held at Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin Sangrahashala (art gallery).

Singer James Taylor suggested for lead role in Lincoln

Singer-songwriter James Taylor says he doesn't see the resemblance, but he was pitched - without success - to play the role of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln in the new film.

Commemorating the spirit of patriotic songs

To mark Victory Day, Banglalink, in association with Jagoran Sangskriti Charcha O Gobeshona Kendra, will release the fourth edition of “Jagoraner Gaan”, a compilation of 71 patriotic songs. CDs of "Jagoraner Gaan" will be available in music stores from December 17, says a press release.

Circus in Magura village attracts huge crowd

Amazing acrobats and rib- tickling clowns of Kamola Circus at the Cottage Industries and Trade Fair at Chukinagar village in Shalikha upazila of Magura district have been attracting a huge crowd everyday.

Joya Ahsan

Joya Ahsan, one of the biggest names on the television screen is busy with cinema nowadays, and receiving similar resounding accolades on the big screen also. She has won the Best Actress Award at this year's National Film Awards for her outstanding role in "Guerrilla" and her highly anticipated movie "Chorabali" is to be released later this month. Besides working with Shakib Khan in a mainstream Bangla movie, she is also working with a Kolkata movie house and due to be released next year.

OP-ED

South China Sea: Next point of contention?

It is not without reason that the United States (US) is shifting its strategic outlook towards the Pacific. The South China Sea is a vast area of approximately 1.4million square miles and home to vast untapped natural resources. Heightened tensions with China (PRC) and Asean nations and India over supremacy on the high seas beg the question; will the next conflict be fought over water, or more importantly, what lies beneath?

Thoughts on factory fires

The recent tragic incident of factory fire in Ashulia has elevated long and widely held concerns about workplace safety in the RMG sector of Bangladesh. The purpose of this commentary is to explore the risks of such fatal events and how best to manage those risks.

Enabling justice

The United Nations in Bangladesh and The Daily Star have joined hands to raise awareness on violence against women, as part of the UN Secretary General's global UNiTE campaign. This is the final installment in a series of articles that have appeared in The Daily Star, focusing on the context, the policy interventions, and the actions needed in combating violence against women in Bangladesh.

What the Nobel Prize for Peace means to Europe and Bangladesh

With news coverage focusing on the ongoing euro crisis, demonstrators protesting austerity in the streets of European capitals, and commentators predicting the breakup of our union, the European Union may not have seemed the most obvious choice for the Nobel Peace Prize.

A fire that burns deeper than it appears

Since when did life start having a price tag attached to it? Going by BGMEA counts, life is worth one lakh taka or less than 2,000 dollars. In an industry where only a few manufacturers meet the minimal required amenities for workers while the rest pay no heed to these needs, quoting such numbers is rather ironic to say the least. In the past 22 years, there have been around 33 fires in garment factories, claiming lives of more than 500 workers. On the November 24, the most devastating fire in the history of garment manufacturing broke out leaving 124 dead and injuring many. Many workers were not even allowed to leave their work station as the fire burned.

This Day In History

December 11

1946
The United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) is established.

Science & Life

Not a creation of demented minds

The Earth's atmosphere is a window for radiation streaming in from the Sun and for infrared radiation flowing out from the Earth. About 60 percent of solar radiation, mostly in the visible part of the electromagnetic spectrum, gets through to the surface and heats the Earth. The Earth emits, in turn, infrared radiation. But the opacity of the atmosphere to infrared radiation reduces the heat loss and makes the surface warmer than it would be if the radiation could escape freely. This kind of trapping of infrared radiation by transparent glasses warms an actual greenhouse, and hence it earned the moniker “greenhouse effect.”

Climate skeptics swayed by consensus

Conservatives are less likely to accept the reality of human-caused climate science when presented with supporting scientific evidence. But tell them that 99 out of 100 climate scientists agree on the subject, and conservatives will be more likely to accept that humans are altering the climate, according to a new pilot study.

Extraterrestrial chorus heard

Is it alien birds singing alongside crickets? Or the sound of radio waves sweeping through Earth's magnetosphere? A recently released recording is a little bit of both.

Hypergiant enigma solved?

A European research team has published the results of a 30-year study of an extraordinary hypergiant star. They have found that the surface temperature of the super-luminous star HR 8752 increased by about 3000 degrees in less than three decades, while it went through an extremely rare stage called the 'Yellow Evolutionary Void'. The discovery marks an important step closer to unravelling the evolution of the most massive stars.

Oldest dinosaur?

What may be the most ancient dinosaur ever found or at least a very close relative to the oldest currently known examples could push the appearance of the awesome beasts back to 243 million years ago.

Why is the sky blue?

It is easy to see that the sky is blue. Have you ever wondered why? A lot of other smart people have, too. And it took a long time to figure it out!


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