News of: Wednesday, 26th of December, 2012
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Raising fears of traffic chaos in the capital, opposition leaders and activists march on rally venues in Dhaka today as part of a mass contact programme to press their demands, including the restoration of the caretaker government system.
Detectives nabbed yesterday another Bangladesh Chhatra League cadre, Emdadul Haque, identified as one of the killers of Bishwajit.
A group of BCL activists from Jagannath University had launched a brutal attack on a defenceless Bishwajit during an opposition blockade to show off strength to their leaders, organisation insiders say.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday called upon the media to play a more responsible role in disseminating news and programmes, saying there should be more responsibility alongside freedom.
The Rajuk authorities will decide today on whether to re-tender the Tk25-crore Uttara bridge project, as a gang of thugs snatched the bidding documents from one of the prospective bidders on Monday.
Law Minister Shafique Ahmed yesterday questioned the intention of some Turkish politicians who recently visited Dhaka and the international crimes tribunal.
Experts have equated the effect of loneliness on health to that of obesity or smoking 15 cigarettes a day.
Crops, especially, Boro seedlings may suffer from cold injury in the chilling weather coupled with thick fog while potatoes from blight if farmers do not take extra caution, agronomists say.
Another forged High Court order has been brought to the notice of the court that immediately called for action against those involved upon an investigation.
Information Minister Hasanul Haque Inu yesterday urged journalists not to disseminate news in favour of war crimes suspects.
While allegedly trying to extort a trucker, a highway police sergeant pushed him into the path of a bus which killed him at Fashitola of Bogra on Dhaka-Rangpur highway yesterday.
Authorities in Gazipur's Kaliakoir upazila started culling more than 1.5 lakh poultry and destroying 5 lakh eggs from Monday night after an outbreak of bird flu was confirmed.
The UN General Assembly expressed serious concern on Monday over violence between Rohingya Muslims and Buddhists in Myanmar and called upon its government to address reports of human rights abuses by some authorities.
Some days in life will always be remembered, whether it's your wedding day, the birth of a child or a perfect holiday.
The 80-year-old US current affairs magazine Newsweek on Monday revealed the image that will grace the cover of its last-ever print edition.
A top Philippine communist rebel with a $128,000 bounty on his head was arrested yesteraday, the military said.
A Guatemalan federal prosecutor and six other people were killed in an attack near the Mexican border blamed on drug traffickers, officials said Monday.
Defence Minister Ehud Barak on Monday confirmed a government decision to officially recognise the status of the first Israeli university established in the occupied West Bank.
Today rallies are being held at six points of the congested city in a daylong mass contact programme as part of the opposition alliance's movement for restoration of caretaker government
The education ministry plans to observe the Textbook Festival Day on January 1, 2013 through reaching textbooks to all the primary and secondary level students across the country.
A 106-run fourth-wicket partnership between captain Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik helped Pakistan overcame a terrible start to pull off a thrilling last-over win the first Twenty20 International against India by five wickets at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore yesterday. It was a match of contrasting innings from Pakistan and India, as the hosts earlier frittered away an excellent start to be restricted to a sub-par total.
Bangladesh vice-captain Mahmud-ullah Riyad has high hopes for the Bangladesh Cricket League (BCL), the franchise-based four-day cricket league which will get underway at two different venues tomorrow.
Asif Hossain Khan won his first gold in three years in national level competitions when the Commonwealth Games gold medalist beat holder Jessimuzzaman to win the 10m Air Rifles event in the IFIC 5th Air Gun Championships at the National Shooting Complex in Gulshan yesterday.
Overwhelmed by the tributes that have poured in ever since he announced his retirement from one-day cricket, senior Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar on Tuesday said the "love and support" brought tears to his eyes.
Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan (BKSP) became champions in the Victory Day Open Archery Tournament after winning two gold and as many silver medals at the Paltan Maidan yesterday.
Hossain Mona slammed a hundred as Tasin Hasin Cricket Academy handed a 100-run defeat to Azad Sporting Club in the First Division Cricket League at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium yesterday.
Tariqul Islam of Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC) set a new national record in 1000 metre sprint on the second day of Dr Abdul Basit 36th National Cycling Championship at Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
The Dhaka City team qualified for the 16-team knock-out phase of the World Cities Team Chess Championship after playing out a draw against Lund City of Sweden in the third round in United Arab Emirates on Monday.
Borussia Monchengladbach goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen's dog Bali went missing the day before Christmas eve. He published a note and photo of the dog on his Facebook page, which has over 63,000 "likes," asking for help.
Australia will wait until the very last minute to decide if Michael Clarke has recovered sufficiently from a hamstring injury to lead the side out for the second Test against Sri Lanka at Melbourne Cricket Ground on Boxing Day.
Police were out in full force in Bangalore on Tuesday as part of a massive security operation ahead of Pakistan's first cricket tour of India for five years.
Former men's tennis world number one Rafael Nadal's long-awaited return after an agonising six-month knee injury battle has been put off because of a stomach infection he revealed on his Twitter and Facebook sites on Tuesday.The 26-year-old Spaniard - who hasn't played since his shock second round exit to 100th-ranked Lukas Rosol at Wimbledon in June - had been due to play in a six player exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi this week ahead of his return to the ATP circuit at Doha from December 31.
Bangladesh Air Force, Bangladesh Army and BHF Eleven won their respective matches in the Southeast Bank Victory Day Hockey Tournament at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium yesterday.
Dhaka Wanderers Club recorded an emphatic 4-0 win over Sun Rise Sporting Club in the Popular Life Insurance Senior Division Football League at the Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.
Swansea defender Ashley Williams will not face a Football Association charge after Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson slammed the Wales star for kicking the ball into Robin van Persie's head.
Alex Ferguson has hailed Robin van Persie as the missing piece in Manchester United's title jigsaw as the Premier League leaders bid to extend their lead at the top against Newcastle on Wednesday.
Real Madrid President Florentino Perez adjusted his glasses, as if he couldn't believe what he was reading on the lineup card: Beloved veteran goalkeeper Iker Casillas would not be playing.
Montpellier defender Cyril Jeunechamp is to appeal his one year ban for striking a journalist at the end of a league match last month, his club announced on Monday.
Michael Owen is desperate to break his scoring duck against former club Liverpool on Wednesday and end an eight-year wait.
Swansea City's free-scoring striker Michu is set to make his Spain debut early next year following a sensational start to his career in the English Premier League.
The good times the local tour operators saw in 2012 are unlikely to roll into 2013 due to political turmoil, tour operators said yesterday.
The telecom regulator is due to appoint a foreign accountancy firm to audit the mobile operators' records by early next year, following disputes over its previous appointment of local firms.
Bangladesh Securities and Exchange Commission (BSEC) will take action against 128 listed companies, who have failed to pay a total of Tk 530 crore fine slapped by the regulator on different occasions.
Facebook has become a means of abuse as some people use the social networking site to spread price sensitive information and give advice on the stockmarket.
The 3G licence auction will be held in early February, Finance Minister AMA Muhith said yesterday.
Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) has concluded first half 2013 term negotiations for refined oil products at mostly stronger premiums than current contracts, a senior BPC official said on Monday.
Japan's new envoy to China urged stronger economic ties with Beijing in an interview broadcast Monday, after the incoming premier pledged to mend bilateral ties strained by a bitter territorial row.
Like many Japanese mothers, Ritsuko Kawasaki fretted over the health and safety risks of remaining in Japan after 2011's earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disasters.
The annual summit of Arab monarchs in the Gulf opened in Manama on Monday with a call for closer economic integration and unity in the face of the turmoil which has swept much of the Middle East.
The yen edged higher in Asian trade on Tuesday after tumbling on speculation that the Bank of Japan would launch more easing measures in the face of political demands for policy action.
King Juan Carlos called on Spaniards to unite against an economic crisis of previously unimagined intensity in a Christmas Eve message Monday that took clear aim at Catalonia's bid for nationhood.
Italy's red racing giant Ferrari wants to go green, cutting emissions without sacrificing horsepower and working on a new hybrid model set to thrill pro-environment speed junkies.
Amid great youthful excitement, Bangladesh Computer Samity's computer fair kicked off yesterday at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre.
Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus urged the businesspeople of Nepal to consider investing in social business.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday unveiled the final extension of a new $25 billion oil pipeline to the Pacific that underscores the energy power's gradual shift away from stagnant European markets.
Deep in concentration, Tina Queralt sorts through a scatter of white paper strips sprayed with scent. She has whittled the choice down to a handful in her search for The One: the perfect perfume.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked the state-run Bangladesh Television (BTV) authorities to upgrade its standard to compete with the private television channels in the country.
Members of the Christian community in Bangladesh celebrated Christmas yesterday with much enthusiasm, festivity and religious fervour.
A parliamentary caucus on child rights was launched yesterday at Hotel Ruposhi Bangla in the capital.
Communications Minister Obaidul Quader yesterday said ruling Awami League is not interested in participating alone in the next general elections.
At least 20 workers of a sweater factory were injured as they clashed with law enforcers blocking Dhaka-Aricha highway in Savar on the outskirts of the capital demanding their arrears yesterday noon.
At least 10 people were injured in a clash between two factions of Awami League backed Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) at Zindabazar in Sylhet yesterday afternoon.
The whole nation, except the BNP-Jamaat people, is united for completion of the war crimes trial, Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury said yesterday.
At least fifteen workers, including three females, were injured in a blast at a garment factory in Adamjee Export Processing Zone in Siddhirganj of Narayanganj town yesterday.
A mobile court sealed off a cosmetics manufacturing factory, Lata Herbal, in Gazipur district town on Monday as its products contain hazardous chemicals, which damage skin.
LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Syed Ashraful Islam yesterday said the water quality of the Buriganga and Shitalakkhya rivers has deteriorated to such a level that treatment plants are now unable to treat that.
Six people were killed and 10 others injured in separate road accidents in Dhaka, Narsingdi, Brahmanbaria, Joypurhat and Jhenidah yesterday.
The Dhaka University Political Science Department Alumni Association (DUPDAA) yesterday held its reunion and organised a reception for dignitaries and oath-taking of new members.
Musa Ibrahim, the first Bangladeshi to conquer Mount Everest, sustained a foot injury as he fell down from his bicycle in Fenchuganj in Sylhet yesterday.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab-7) and police yesterday in separate drives arrested four people with contraband drugs in Chittagong city.
Two hundred and thirty-five people were provided treatment free of cost at a medical camp in Assasuni of Satkhira yesterday.
Shamim Z Bashunia and Miah Muhammad Quayyum were elected president and general secretary respectively of the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh (IEB) on Monday.
Iftakher Uddin Farhad, president of Bangladesh Ceramic Ware Manufacturers Association, passed away from health complications at Bumrungrad International Hospital in Thailand yesterday morning. He was 58.
Kowser Ali, a teacher of Benapole High School, passed away yesterday due to old age complications at the age of 68.
Huge urea fertiliser allocated for the cultivation of rabi and boro crop in this current season is kept under the open sky due to space shortage in the buffer stock godown in Gaibandha district.
Local freedom fighters have demanded setting up a mural with the portrait of martyred freedom fighter Mizanur Rahman.
Local people of Khanshapara in Gobindagnaj upazila feared their houses might be collapsed into a large ditch at any time created due to mindless sand lifting.
At least 10 people, including two policemen, sustained bullet injuries during a clash between two rival groups over election to Duttapara Bazar Committee in Sadar upazila on Monday night.
Fulchhari police yesterday recovered the body of kidnapped schoolteacher Hafizur Rahman from remote Char Kauyabadha in Fazlupur union of Fuchhari upazila under the district, seven days after his abduction.
Two people, detained in connection with a double murder case, were placed on a two-day remand on Monday.
Muggers looted Tk 7.45 lakh from a rice trader in Mirzapur Ambagan area of Sherpur upazila on Monday afternoon.
Law enforcers arrested 56 activists of BNP, Jamaat-e-Islami and its student wing Islami Chhatra Shibir in Naogaon, Noakhali and Lalmonirhat districts yesterday and the day before.
After languishing in Indian jail for three years, 17 Bangladeshis returned home Monday evening through Burimari land port under Patgram upazila of the district.
A woman was killed allegedly by her relative over a piece of disputed land at Sehala village in Daulatpur upazila yesterday.
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested a retired army man along with a light gun (LG) and two bullets from his residence on Mondir Road in Rajapur upazila on Saturday night. The arrestee is Tofazzel Hossen alias Bua Major, 48. Sub-inspector Amor Singh of Rjapur police station said on secret information, a team of Rab-8 raided the residence at around 10:00pm and arrested Tofazzel along with the arms and ammunition. A case was filed in this connection, said the SI.
Ferry services on Maowa-Kewrakandi river route remained suspended for about two hours early yesterday due to dense fog. Sirajul Haque, manager of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) at Maowa ghat, said river communication on the route came to a halt from 1:30am to 3:30am. Four ferries with about 1,200 passengers on board have also been forced to anchor at the mid point of the Padma River, he said. The suspension of the ferry services caused huge traffic jam on both sides of the river ghat.
Police arrested a young man, who was wanted in a robbery case, on local court premises in the town on Monday afternoon. The arrestee is Razzak Pradhania, 23, son of Husain Ahmed of Suhilpur village of Hajiganj upazila. Police said they raided the area and arrested Razzak. A robbery case was filed against him with Nangolcoat Police Station of Comilla district.
A man sustained bullet injuries in an attack by muggers at Gatipara village in Sharsha upazila on Sunday. Police said two youths, Sabuj, 20, and Shahjamal, 18, of Ghiba village rented a motorbike of Rezaul at Navaron Old Bazar for going to Navaran north in the afternoon. As the motorbike reached Gatipara, the two youths tried to snatch the motorbike at gun point. As Rezaul made hue and cry, locals rushed in, chased the criminals and caught them. One Ishaq was injured as the criminals fired shots during the incident. The two muggers were handed over to police after a mob beating. Police later recovered a foreign made pistol from the spot. The injured was admitted to Navaron Buruganj Health Complex.
What is the real meaning of Christmas? Is it the gifts for children under the tree, the lights on the tree or in the windows, the cards in the mail, grand dinners with family and friends, stockings hanging in the living room, and shouts of "Merry Christmas" to those who pass us on the streets? Is this really Christmas? For many people Christmas is a time of sorrow. They don't have the extra money to buy presents for their children, family, and friends. Many are saddened at Christmas time when they think of their loved ones who will not be able to come home for various reasons.
A good job is rarer than a golden deer in our country. Many people of our country are unemployed. Nearly 1000 candidates apply against a single government post and bank job. So the probability of getting a good job is very little. A jobseeker has to drop a lot of applications for getting a job. Most of the jobseekers are from financially insolvent families, but they have to spend a big amount for each application (pay-order, etc.). It is a matter of great sorrow that many talented applicants can not apply for jobs due to poverty. On behalf of all jobseekers, I politely request the employers to reduce these fees.
I fully agree with American citizens that there should be a gun control law, especially for psychologically challenged people. As much as I have seen, the psychologically challenged people usually do such things. James Holmes, the 'Batman Shooter' was mentally ill, but had easy access to firearms which allowed him to go on a crazy massacre. In the Connecticut incident, Adam Lanza was also mentally ill. These acts were strictly condemned by the US government and the whole world. The USA really needs to control the spread of firearms. Also, a child took a gun with him to school to protect himself. And anti-Islam extremists fired at a Sikh temple thinking that they were Muslims. The USA now needs to ponder these tragedies and take due action. Perhaps each person who owns firearms should go through a mental test. Or perhaps firearms should be banned for civilians. We can only hope that they take a decision which would prevent this kind of tragedy.
Thailand's Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra came to Bangladesh on a two-day official visit recently. Prime minister Sheikh Hasina received her and introduced her with the cabinet members.
We are very much encouraged by the news published in The Daily Star of December 19, 2012 that a peace model placed by our prime minister Sheikh Hasina has been approved by the UN General Assembly. We hope that her government itself would care to follow these proposals. Her peace model underlines the removal of injustices including repression; absence of rule of law; inequality and economic disparity; deprivation and poverty; lack of transparency and accountability in governance; denial of secularism and multi-ethnicity; negligence in equal rights for women and the marginalised, etc.
The gruesome murder of the poor tailor Bishwajit during BNP-led 18 party alliances-enforced blockade on 9 December, 2012 was heartbreaking. Everyone watched on TV and read in newspapers how he was mercilessly beaten up and hacked to death by Chhatra League cadres. Why had the hardworking youth Bishwajit Das (24) to die? It is said the murderers mistook him for a Shibir cadre. But even if he was Shibir cadre, would such killing in broad daylight by some political cadres be justified? Who gave the so-called political party cadres have the right to take law into their hands and kill people? Bishwajit died even after he was taken to government hospital. Reports say he did not get proper treatment at the hospital. The death of innocent Bishwajit shocked us all. Both Awami League and BNP have to bear the responsibility of Bishwajit killing. It is high time we created congenial democratic culture among all the political parties by uprooting the politics of criminalisation.
As I face the prospect of Christmas in hospital with a knee in plaster, may I appeal to architects and builders - and to the managers of apartments and offices, clubs and schools - to pay attention to the hazard of unmarked steps? I have had sessions with the managers of hotels in various parts of Asia where I have gone on holiday and, like most people, they have all professed ignorance of this aspect of 'health and safety' which, in many such countries, is not much of a priority anyway…
We have come to know that the information ministry issued an internal order and circulated it throughout the country, asking all ministries, departments, semi-government organizations, autonomous bodies and directorates to subscribe only five national dailies. These five selected newspapers are Janakantha, Sangbad, Ittefaq, The Daily Sun and The Independent. The officials entitled to newspapers at government expense must choose from the above five. Officials of these offices can buy other newspapers at their own expense.
Here are some comments that came in response to Tuesday's The Daily Star news report headlined “Abuse of law”
President Pranab Mukherjee expressed "deep distress" over the recent gang-rape of a girl in Delhi but cautioned that though anger over the "ghastly incident" was "justified", violence was "no solution".
Iran yesterday launched naval manoeuvres in the Gulf, and announced plans for another exercise in the strategic Strait of Hormuz later this week, media reports said.
A Myanmar passenger jet packed with foreign tourists crash-landed and burst into flames yesterday in a field in eastern Shan state, killing at least two people and injuring 11 others, officials said.
Seven persons died in the past 24 hours in different parts of Uttar Pradesh as cold wave conditions prevailed across the state.
Gunmen opened fire on a car carrying a senior figure from an extremist Muslim Sunni group in the Pakistani city of Karachi yesterday, killing four policemen and two other people, police said.
Gunmen attacked a church in volatile northern Nigeria during a Christmas Eve service, killing six people including the pastor, before setting the building ablaze, residents and police said yesterday, as the pope deplored "savage acts of terrorism" against Christians in Africa's most populous nation.
Egypt yesterday prepared to announce the result of a vote on a new constitution that Islamist President Mohamed Morsi hails as a step toward stability in a country beset by political and economic crisis.
Peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi yesterday met with internal opposition groups as he pushed a new initiative to end Syria's conflict, while Gulf Arab states urged a rapid political transition in the country.
Pope Benedict used his Christmas message to the world to say people should never lose hope for peace, even in conflict-riven Syria and in Nigeria where he spoke of "terrorism" against Christians.
Israel's interior ministry has approved the building of 1,200 new homes in the east Jerusalem settlement neighbourhood of Gilo, the latest in a slew of such approvals, Israeli watchdog Peace Now said.
A convicted felon shot dead two firefighters and wounded two others Monday after luring them to a blaze that police said he had apparently set as a trap in a small town in New York state.
Fifty members of an Indian community believed to be descendants of one of the lost tribes of Israel arrived on Monday in the Jewish state, completing their immigration.
US firearm sales have sky-rocketed since the Newtown school massacre, as debate over gun control rages and enthusiasts fear certain assault weapons and high-capacity magazines could be banned.
A bitter cold spell in Russia has claimed 123 lives in the past 10 days, an official said yesterday, with the unseasonably early freeze testing authorities in a country used to notoriously tough winters.
Eight people were killed and thousands left homeless as two fires struck the Philippine capital on Christmas Day, with one of the blazes sparking a riot in a slum, officials said.
An old war horse, who could not be put down by allegations of corruption or infighting in the Indian Congress, Virbhadra Singh steered the party back to power in Himachal Pradesh with a spirited campaign this time.
Nelson Mandela, 94, is in good spirits and doctors are happy with his progress, President Jacob Zuma yesterday said after visiting the former leader in hospital.
A Saudi Arabian liberal writer was arrested on Monday for making comments on his Twitter account that were allegedly insulting to Islam, family members said.
A tropical storm set to hit the Philippines on Christmas Day could spark floods and landslides, forecasters warned, even as the country struggles to recover from a typhoon that killed hundreds.
Arts & Entertainment
Chalachchitram Film Society has arranged a six-day film show featuring classic Bangladeshi movies to celebrate its 30th anniversary. The event, titled “Shornojuger Chhobi”, is being held at the Music and Dance Centre Auditorium of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
Marking the 98th birth anniversary of maestro of modern Bangladeshi art, Zainul Abedin, a painting competition was held recently at the Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin Art Gallery premises in Mymensingh, organised by the art gallery authorities.
Hundreds of music fans of Chittagong city thronged Foy's Lake last Saturday evening; the occasion was a concert featuring popular Kolkata-based band Chandrabindoo.
Sanjoy Kumar Das' solo art exhibition of 65 paintings, mostly acrylic and oils, began on December 22 at Dhaka Art Centre in Dhanmondi. The exhibition is titled “Unveiling the Mysteries of Existence”.
TV plays on the Liberation War have been a common feature on TV. Recent years however have seen the making of such plays being concentrated only in March and December -- on the occasions of Independence and Victory Day. Plays on this theme from the golden years of BTV were audience favorites. This article highlights some of these plays.
The Institute of Architects, Bangladesh (IAB), Muzharul Islam Foundation and Mongol Barer Shobha (a platform for young and professional architects) jointly organised a reminiscence and cultural programme at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Dhaka University premises yesterday afternoon, on the occasion of the 89th birth anniversary of the pioneering architect Muzharul Islam.
Today satellite TV channel Boishakhi turns eight. To mark the anniversary, the Boishakhi family along with invited guests cut an anniversary cake at midnight. Information Minister Hasanul Haque Inu appeared as a guest on a live talk show titled "Hot Seat".
Behind art, music, prose, poetry, cinema and all other forms of entertainment lies the miracle of creative minds. These great minds have the powers to turn your thoughts into a whirlwind that takes your imagination beyond the limits you ever knew. They can land you in a pensive mood that keeps you preoccupied about thousand life-stirring thoughts that never crossed your mind. The musician can create a merry tune that has the grumpiest soul tapping and dancing on the streets. And the read of a great novel can even change the course of your life! Fairy tales like “Snow White”, “Rapunzel”, or fantasies like “Superman” or “Spiderman” stir up the first ever imagination of children. To keep our civilisation growing stronger we can pray to the Creator to send us more great minds like Rabindranath Tagore, William Shakespeare, Virginia Woolf or Vincent Van Gogh. If science and technology make life easier and safer, the creative minds feed our spiritual beings -- they keep us smiling and crying, keep our love and compassion alive.
There are certain classes of people who think that military rule or martial law is imposed in a country when politicians make a mess of things. That is simply not true. Those who put such arguments forward are pretty much at a distance from a study of history not just in Bangladesh but elsewhere around the world.
On Thursday, Russia's president, Vladimir V. Putin, publicly distanced the Kremlin from Syria's president, Bashar Assad, announcing, "We are not concerned about the fate of Assad's regime." As Syria's rebels continue to gain ground and Russia loses faith in Assad, America has an opportunity to both end the carnage in Syria and improve its relations with Moscow.
South Koreans elected their first female President, Ms. Park Geun-hye, on December 19. She is the sixth president since the country adopted a democratic constitution in 1987. Park will assume office in February 2013. Under the constitution, the president serves for a single five-year term.
Even people who work in the British education system can find it to be confusing; "O- levels," "A levels," GCSEs, IGCSEs, BTECs, HNDs, the CIE exam board v Edexcel -- not to mention the IB, and then of course there is the K12 system! Successfully navigating this alphabet soup can be quite a challenge for both students and parents in the process of selecting the most appropriate courses and the route to place at a good university.
Like most of us, Muzharul Islam had feet of clay, but unlike most of us, he lived a noble life straining to be the best he could be. He came into my life when I was most vulnerable to his unique brand of nobility and after decades of prolonged -- mostly furious -- debate about competing ideologies, he changed my life. Muz had that effect on others as well, but I felt it uniquely because he loved his countrymen more than any of the rest of us seemed to be capable of loving ours. He was a man of the people in every imaginable way, notably at times when such a posture didn't do him a lot of personal good.