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News of: Monday, 31st of December, 2012

Front Page

Upsets eclipse successes

2012 has been a nerve-racking year for the country.

Empowerment beyond charter

In yet another violation of party constitution, the Awami League national council has empowered newly elected AL President Sheikh Hasina to bring changes, if necessary, in the charter and declaration.

Lobbying on for vital posts

Hectic lobbying for a place in the next central committee of ruling Awami League has started with the close circles of re-elected party chief Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Mosharraf points finger at his boss

Retracting from his earlier statement, ex-secretary of Bridges Division Mosharraf Hossain Bhuiyan has told the ACC in custody that he made all decisions on the Padma bridge project in consultation with “higher authorities” in an oblique reference to ex-minister Syed Abul Hossain.

Power tariff hike on cards

The technical evaluation committee of Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission yesterday recommended increasing power prices by 4.84 percent at retail level to reduce subsidy burden on the state-run electricity distribution company.

Bus crash kills 12

At least 12 people were killed and 18 others injured in a head-on collision between a bus and a microbus on the Dhaka-Sylhet highway at Shibpur upazila in Narsingdi yesterday.

Don't favour war crimes accused

Dhaka yesterday called upon the international community not to make any request in favour of the war crimes accused who are now under trial in the International Crimes Tribunal.

Five to die for Khalaf murder

A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced five people to death for killing Saudi Embassy official Khalaf Al Ali in March this year.

Hartal, if fuel price hiked

The BNP-led 18-party alliance last night decided to call hartal if the government increases fuel prices.

4-day closure from Jan 4

Vehicular movement on two key bridges -- Meghna and Meghna-Gumti -- on Dhaka-Chittagong Highway will remain suspended for four days from 6:00am Friday due to their repair works.

Three cheers for women

Women's participation in the economic activities nearly doubled to 9.8 percent of the female population over the last seven years, according to 5th Population and Housing Census 2011.

Skype hacking designed to foil war trial

Attorney General Mahbubey Alam yesterday said the Skype conversation between former chairman of the International Crimes Tribunal-1 and an expatriate legal expert was recorded with a malicious intention to delay and foil trial of the war crimes accused.

Oil spill in Karnaphuli

At least 500 litres of oil spilled into Karnaphuli river after an oil tanker collided with a jetty near the estuary yesterday.

Emdadul admits his role

Yet another accused in the sensational Bishwajit murder case has admitted to directly taking part in the killing of the innocent tailor and being involved in Chhatra League politics.

Stop women repression

Hundreds of women and men held a human chain and candle light vigil yesterday in front of the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban in the capital to protest violence against women in South Asia.

Cold spell may continue

People across the country have suffered badly in the last few days as a cold wave is sweeping over different parts of the country.

Indian gang-rape victim cremated

The victim of a gang-rape and murder which triggered an outpouring of grief and revulsion across India was cremated at a private ceremony yesterday.

Plane crashes into Russia motorway

Four crew were killed Saturday when a Russian airliner crashed into a motorway and broke up into three pieces after overshooting the runway at an international Moscow airport.

Missing Georgian soldier shot dead in Afghanistan

A Georgian soldier who went missing in Afghanistan earlier this month was found dead in an abandoned mud house with multiple bullets to his body, local officials said yesterday.

Philippine storm death toll rises to 20

The death toll from a tropical storm that hit the central Philippines on Christmas Day has risen to 20, with more than 20,000 others left homeless, the government said yesterday.

Cyclone batters Solomon Islands

Thousands of people were forced to flee rapidly rising rivers in the Solomon Islands, officials said yesterday as Cyclone Freda intensified into a "destructive" force storm and headed towards New Caledonia.

Editorial

Awami League's national council outcome

We congratulate Sheikh Hasina and Syed Ashraful Islam on their reelection as the party president and general secretary. The outcome was predictable and the procedure pretty much ritualistic in that they have been elected unopposed in keeping with party tradition.

Plying of battery-powered vehicles

As reported in this newspaper recently, a large number of electric three-wheelers have flooded the port city. And they come in two forms, motor-rickshaws and easy-bikes, which are battery powered. They are unauthorised, not having obtained BRTA approval. The fact is, it is not only Chittagong but also many other towns and cities where these machines have made their appearance. And they have been there for quite sometime now, operating under the very nose of the law enforcing agencies illegally.

Sports

Team Tigers take a bow

The image of Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim in tears after the Asia Cup final in March is one that springs readily to mind when looking at the Bangladesh cricket team's performance in the year just going by. The chance to achieve their biggest success was shattered following a two-run defeat to Pakistan at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in March, but the crying cricketers won the hearts of millions through their outstanding performance in the region's showpiece event.

Controversially 2012

In 2012 Bangladesh have made some strides in the sports sphere -- the playing of FIFA international friendlies and the general elevation of the cricket team's standard in ODI cricket come to mind. But if there is one thing that can be expected from organised sports in Bangladesh, it is that there will be controversies, and 2012 supplied a steady stream of the same. Here's a look back at some of the off-field scandals:

In Other News…

While the Tigers have undoubtedly gained high honours this year with their brilliant run in One-Day-Internationals (ODIs), 2012 however witnessed various other highlights in Bangladesh's sporting arena.

Lampard propels Chelsea

Frank Lampard scored twice as Chelsea came from behind to secure a 2-1 victory at Everton on Sunday in Blues interim coach Rafael Benitez's first game on Merseyside since leaving Liverpool.

Pakistan draw first blood

Pakistan beat India by 6 wickets in the first one-day international in Chennai on Sunday.

Robiul lights up day of draws

The first-round match of the Bangladesh Cricket League (BCL) between Walton Central Zone and Prime Bank South Zone at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium eventually turned out to be a draw at the end of the fourth day yesterday. However, for a moment it seemed as though Robiul Islam's terrific opening spell, which included four wickets in the very first over of the fourth innings, would produce a win for South Zone.

'Should be fit for BPL’

Ace Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has said that he expects to be fit in time for the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) T20, which begins on January 18. Shakib was earlier diagnosed with a shin injury after Bangladesh's second Test match against the West Indies in November and had been advised to 'stay away from sporting activities' for six weeks.

BHF Eleven win V-Day tourney

Bangladesh Hockey Federation Eleven emerged champions in the Southeast Bank Victory Day Hockey Tournament with a 4-1 win over BKSP in the final at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium yesterday.

The friendly path to success

Domestic football competitions have been in a steady position over last five years without much improvement seen in the general standard of football. The poor standard of the country's footballers was exposed time and again when they competed at the international level in tournaments such as the biennial SAFF Championship, FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, Olympic Qualifiers or the AFC Challenge Cup.

United they achieved

When Niaz Murshed became the country's first Grandmaster (the first one from South Asian as well) back in 1987, a generation of youth were inspired to take up the game. They thought that chess would give them an identity and fame like no other sport could. But soon enough the harsh realities of the game dawned on Niaz and his followers -- the lack of money in the game, the politicisation of the game's governing body and the struggle to cope with modern tech-based chess -- meant the positive vibe from the game slowly drifted away.

London's Bolt into immortality

In a cool summer evening on the 12th of August in London, Lord Sebastian Coe stood up to the podium facing 80,000 people and a TV audience of nearly a billion to whisper a simple phrase into the microphone.

Siddikur's highs and lows

The year 2012 is a tale of two halves for Siddikur Rahman, Bangladesh's flag bearer in international golf. The man who became the first and only Bangladeshi to win an Asian Tour tile back in 2010 has produced some brilliant performances, threatened to win another title, but in the end fell to disappointing depths.

Business

A rocky year winds down for stocks

Stocks are all set to end the year in the red territory, as the market failed to recapture its pre-2011 shine in 2012.

BB seeks investment from mutual funds in bonds

The central bank has asked Bangladesh Securities and Exchange Commission to make it mandatory for mutual funds to invest in government bonds to make the debt instruments more popular.

Dhaka trade fair begins tomorrow

The month-long Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF) begins tomorrow to showcase Bangladeshi products with new features among the visitors from home and abroad.

StanChart signs $193m loan deal with Ashuganj Power

Standard Chartered Bank has arranged around $193 million loans for Ashuganj Power Station Company Ltd to help the state-run electricity producer set up a 225-megawatt combined cycle power plant.

A fall in call money rates: Citi

(Continued from yesterday)

BIAC holds dialogue on business arbitration

Commerce Minister GM Quader called for efforts to build confidence among investors by highlighting the resilience of local entrepreneurs, industrious labour and a supportive policy framework.

Indenting association's new office bearers

KMH Shahidul Haque has recently been elected as the president of Bangladesh Indenting Agents' Association, the association said in a statement.

BTCL clarifies technical glitch

Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Ltd (BTCL) yesterday said a technical glitch at the state-run company disrupted its internet gateway services from 2.45pm to 5.45pm on Wednesday.

Garment: parties there, failures too

Four major incidents put a damper on the party of the garment entrepreneurs who moved close to a $20-billion milestone in exports in the outgoing year.

A turbulent year

The past year has had many major market moving events that created both short and long term ripple effects throughout the banking industry. Such a turbulent year led to heated debates not only about global banking reforms but the future of the eurozone and of capitalism itself as well.

Three tech predictions for 2013

Sometimes the most important ideas in tech are hiding in plain sight. In that spirit, here are three predictions for 2013 that are just waiting to happen. No 3D TVs, wearable computer or jet packs for me -- at least not this year.

Metropolitan

Tight security for New Year's eve

Tight security will be in force in the capital on the New Year's eve today.

Freedom fighters vow to continue movement

Freedom fighters yesterday vowed to continue their movement against the “conspiracy to foil” the ongoing war crimes trial until the trial's completion.

25 protesters hurt in police action near Secretariat

Some 25 leaders and activists of left-leaning parties sustained injuries, one allegedly from gunshot, yesterday when police charged truncheon and fired teargas to foil their attempt to lay siege to the power, energy and mineral resources ministry.

Sabuj re-elected president, Abdal general secretary

Kamal Uddin Sabuj and Syed Abdal Ahmed have been re-elected president and general secretary of Jatiya Press Club for 2013-14 term.

33 Tahrir men on 3-day remand

A Dhaka court yesterday sent 33 members of banned Islamist outfit Hizb-ut Tahrir on a three-day remand each in connection with a case filed under the anti-terrorism act.

Hanging body of domestic help recovered

The body of a domestic help was found hanging at her employer's house in the capital's Basabo yesterday.

Three killed in road accidents

Three people were killed in separate road accidents in Bogra and Kushtia yesterday.

Hasina rejects interim govt formula

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday heavily criticised Dr Akbar Ali Khan, former adviser to a caretaker government, saying a person who has failed to hold a simple election has no right to talk about the formula of an interim government.

Families should help end corporal punishment

Every family should build social awareness and take initiatives to end corporal punishment against children for their smooth mental and physical growth, said rights activists and policy makers yesterday.

Migrant workers victim of exploitation, not graft

Bangladeshi migrant workers become victims of exploitation by different stakeholders including private recruiting agencies; not of government corruption, claimed Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain yesterday.

Clarification

Epic Garments Manufacturing Company Limited in a statement yesterday clarified that several of its workers sustained minor injuries while rushing out of its canteen in panic after a steam generating machine went out of order with a big noise in Narayanganj's Adamjee Export Processing Zone on December 25.

Just-engaged couple mugged of Tk 7 lakh valuables

Some muggers snatched around Tk 7 lakh worth valuables from a couple who were hanging out with their cousins just after their engagement ceremony in the capital's Dhanmondi Road-9 area early yesterday.

Barind farmers incur loss for agri inputs price hike

Farmers in the country's Barind region are counting losses due to increased prices of agricultural inputs like fertiliser, seeds, pesticides, diesel and electricity, said lawmaker Fazle Hossain Badsha.

Include challenged women entrepreneurs

Speakers at a roundtable discussion yesterday urged the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs to include women entrepreneurs with disabilities in their Tk 10 million fund allocation for women entrepreneurs' empowerment projects.

GM Quader for generating trust in investors' minds

Commerce Minister GM Quader called for "generating confidence in the minds of the investors."

SCF condemns Turkish president's request

Sector Commanders' Forum (SCF), a platform of sector commanders in the Liberation War, yesterday condemned Turkish President Abdullah Gul's recent letter to Bangladesh President and Prime Minister calling for “clemency” to the war crimes accused.

Remove Justice Nizamul from HC

Pro-BNP-Jamaat lawyers yesterday demanded Justice Nizamul Huq's removal from the office of the High Court judge through a Supreme Judicial Council and his trial for holding Skype conversations on ICT-1 with an expatriate Bangladeshi legal expert.

Buriganga 'slightly' better

Buriganga's condition has “slightly” improved due to effective drives against polluters, claimed Environment and Forest Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud yesterday.

Abdur Razzak remembered

Speakers expressed grief and shock at the death of Awami League leader Abdur Razzak and remembered his immense contribution during the Liberation War in a condolence meeting yesterday.

12 freedom fighters honoured

Twelve veteran freedom fighters were accorded a reception at a book launching ceremony in the capital yesterday.

Moni Singh's anniversary of death today

Today is the 22nd death anniversary of Comrade Moni Singh, one of the leading organisers of the Liberation War and former president of the Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB).

Joynul president, Ashraful general secy of Buet teachers' assoc

Prof Joynul Abedin and Prof Ashraful Islam were elected president and general secretary respectively of the executive committee of Buet Teachers' Association for 2013, says a press release.

JU concert today for speedy war crimes trial

Demanding speedy trial of war criminals, the Jahangirnagar University authorities will stage an open concert titled "Bangladesh Concert" at Selim Al Deen Mukta Mancha on the campus at around 5:30pm today.

Prof Nazrul chosen for Sheltech Award

Prof Nazrul Islam, former chairman of University Grants Commission (UGC), and current chairman of Centre for Urban Studies (CUS), have been nominated for Sheltech Award 2012.

ULESA gets new executives

Naeem Ahmed Khan and Anisur Rahman Sarkar Litu have been selected president and general secretary respectively of University Laboratory Ex-Student Association (ULESA).

British High Commission, DFID closed tomorrow

The British High Commission in Dhaka, its office in Sylhet, and DFID Bangladesh will remain closed to the public tomorrow [January 1] on the occasion of New Year's Day.

Obituary

DM Bhuiyan, a social worker, passed away in a hospital of the capital on Thursday. He was 98, says a press release.

Death anniversary

Toady is the fifth death anniversary of KM Subhan, former justice of Bangladesh Supreme Court Appellate Division.

National

Dense fog hits production of honey from mustard

Honey producers here have demanded government support including adequate bank loan facilities and ensuring fair price of the highly nutritious item to help develop the prospective industry.

Fog damaging huge urea

Around 2,500 tonnes of urea fertiliser allocated for the cultivation of Irri-boro in the upcoming season are kept under the open sky due to space shortage in the godown in Joypurhat district.

Just a good intention can be of great help to others

A private firm official has set a laudable example of helping poor cold-hit rural students by using social networking site Facebook.

Twin murder in B'baria

Two staffs of a shop at Ashuganj River Port in the district were brutally killed by a gang in the early hours of yesterday.

Arms seized

Members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) recovered two hand made arms and four bullets in Lama upazila on Saturday Morning.

'Friends' murdered him for ransom

The body of Sarowar Hossain, 15, a worker of a lathe machine workshop in the capital, was exhumed from Gaibandha municipality graveyard on Saturday, 45 days after his abduction.

Aggrieved locals attack clinics

Local people on Saturday ransacked a clinic at Ramdia Bazar in Kasiani upazila of Gopalganj district where a newborn died due to alleged negligence of the doctors, reports a correspondent.

Baul Mela begins in Manikganj today

A three-day long Baul Mela (gathering of mystics) will begin at Manikganj Government Boys' High School playground today.

Culprit held in Mymensingh

Police arrested a man, who allegedly severed the tendons of his wife, from a fish market in Nandail upazila of Mymensingh district on Saturday.

Filling station looted

Robbers looted cash from a filling station in Badarganj upazila on Saturday night. Police said, a gang of 7/8 in a microbus swooped on Shah Filling Station and tied three night guards and Momdel, 35, manager of the station. Later, the robbers took away Tk 25,000 and fled the scene, said Nuruzzaman Chowdhury, officer in-charge at Badarganj police station.

Night guard found dead

Unidentified criminals killed a night guard at Pirgachha upazila of the district early yesterday. The victim was identified as Riazul Islam, 33, son of Akkas Ali of Itakumari village in the upazila. Police and local sources said one Adam Hossain of the village cultivated fish in a pond at Itakumari Bazar and employed Riazul and his uncle Tayab Ali to watch and protect the pond from attack at night. Tayab Ali said when he along with Riazul was sitting in front of a tea stall beside the pond at around 2:30am, a gang of six criminals, wearing masks came and picked up Riazul from there. Locals found Riazul's body at a temple at the village yesterday noon. Police said the gang killed Riazul by slitting his throat. Sirajul Islam, brother of Riazul, lodged a murder case with Pirgachha Police Station yesterday, naming none as accused.

Shop gutted in Jessore

A cloth shop was gutted in a devastating fire that broke out at a market in Sadar upazila early yesterday. Witnesses said the fire originated from an electric short circuit at the cloth shop 'Sagor Bostraloy' at Rupdia Bazar at around 12:30am and soon engulfed the entire shop. On information, firefighters rushed to the spot and doused the blaze with the help of local people after two hours of frantic efforts. The shop owner claimed that the loss caused by the fire could go up to Tk 10 lakh.

Woman, boy murdered

Police recovered the body of a female farm worker from a crop field yesterday at Hariharpur village in Sadar upazila. The deceased, Srimati Goti, 50, was wife of late Ramcharan Barman of the same village. Police said at about 10:00am locals saw the body lying on the crop field and informed the police. There were several marks of injuries on her body. Earlier, police recovered the body of a 5-year-old boy from a pond at Jugirduar village under Boda upazila in Panchagarh district on Friday. He was identified as Al Amin, son of Rashidul Islam, a rickshaw van puller, of the village. UP Chairman of Barashashi union parishad Reazul Islam told this correspondent that the boy went 'missing' on 24 December. On Friday morning, local people found the body floating in a pond and informed the police.

Book festival in Rangpur

Rangpur division has taken all-out preparations to celebrate the book festival in its eight districts through distributing new textbooks for the academic year 2013 among the students on January 1. Sources at Department of Primary Education in Rangpur said, almost cent percent books were sent to 15,234 primary schools of 58 upazilas in the districts. Besides, 9, 70,000 copies of books will be distributed among the secondary school students in the upazilas, said the sources. Like other parts of the country, a festival for distribution of books will be held at each school today.

Letters

Let's welcome 2013 with hope

The New Year is not far away. What is our expectation from this year? It is really difficult to forget the painful events that occurred in 2012. Firstly, the murder of Bishwajit had shaken our heart. One thing is very noticeable that a rickshaw puller named Md. Ripon took the responsibility to take the victim to the hospital. To me, he is not only a rickshaw puller but also a preacher of humanity. Secondly, we also cannot forget the tragic incident that took the lives of so many children in USA. Thirdly, the gang rape of a student in Delhi triggered huge protest. Lakhs of people came to the street to protest. We should work together to stop such gruesome incidents. Let us welcome the New Year with love, hope and enthusiasm.

Bishwajit killers must be punished

Thousands of people have seen Bishwajit's killing on TV. After the shocking incident we came to know through the media that Bishwajit's killers belonged to the ruling party backed Chattra League (BCL). We have also read in the newspapers that the killers attended other BCL-organised processions that day. One was also seen at a birthday party of a BCL leader. So there is no doubt about the identity of the killers. After the terrible incident, our home minister has tried to implicate BNP and Jamat men in the incident. The PMO office note has also claimed that the killers are not BCL men. Now the arrested killers have confessed that they belong to BCL. We came to know that on the morning of 9th December, an anti-blockade procession was led by Jagannath University BCL president and general secretary. Bishwajit was attacked by the BCL activists who took part in that anti-blockade procession. We need to punish the masterminds behind the incident who instigated the killing. The arrest of the killers should not be mere eyewash. They should get their due punishment for the crime they committed. The police should be instructed to arrest all the masterminds along with the killers. So far they have not arrested any of the masterminds. The home minister and the statement from PM office would also hamper the trial of the killers. People doubt that there would be a fair trial and punishment.

Rid the police department of corrupt officials

Thanks to The Daily Star for publishing the news on the illicit activities of SI Mamun in its December 24 issue. It's very sad to learn that the SI took Tk 20,000 as bribe from a 98- year-old woman who paid him the money by selling all her belongings for the release of her son who was arrested for no reason. Nowadays, people with higher educational background are entering the police department and so we are expecting better behaviour and performances from them. But unfortunately, quite often we come across such negative news about them. The Police department should initiate a strong drive to identify all the bad people in the department and get rid of them for public interest and their own good.

Is it violation of our constitution?

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina took salute at the Victory Day parade at the National Parade Square on 16th December 2012 as President Zillur Rahman was ill and set to leave for the UK for treatment. Traditionally, the president takes salute on Victory Day and the prime minister observes it as a guest. Article 54 of our constitution clearly says, "If the president is unable to discharge the functions of his office on account of absence, illness or any other cause, the speaker shall discharge those functions.”

Auction of our cricket players!

A few days ago a local TV channel was telecasting live the players' auction of the second edition of Bangladesh Premiere League T-20. The person anchoring the event was frequently using words like "this player is sold at the price of this amount, that payer is sold at that amount," etc., and the players who were not hired by any team were termed as 'unsold'. The programme in which the players were being hired was titled 'auction'.

It's time to take a u-turn

The Buriganga flows bearing all the filths of our filthy living. All kinds of solid, human, chemically hazardous waste and garbage are dumped into this river. I wonder whether having a clean wide Buriganga, edged with good walk able beautiful footpaths is an impossible dream. Can't we make the corrupt take a u-turn for a better way of life? We do not want to see people dying under falling flyovers. We do not want to see another bloody killing, shocking abduction, highway robbery and bank looting, or another case of public fleecing to fatten a few.

Nominate honest politicians

Serving people and serving humanity should be the aim of the politicians. But we live in a country where everyone is busy making their own profit, no matter what the means is. Joining a political party ensures long-term advantages and that's why some unscrupulous businessmen are getting involved in politics. The problem arises when they misuse political power to make their ill-motivated plans successful. The political parties should only give nominations to the honest, sincere and, most importantly, educated candidates in the upcoming national elections. Because only honest politicians can ensure a fair poll and represent the common people.

Will the New Year bring us peace?

We are on the cusp of a New Year. People all over the world are looking forward with hope and expectations that the New Year will bring peace and happiness. But we are so unlucky that instead of becoming optimistic we have become very anxious and frightened, not knowing what is awaiting us. The government and the opposition are at loggerheads over the issue of caretaker government (CTG) system which came into being on the demand of the Awami League. And now the Awami League led government has realised that if the election is held under neutral government they have little chance to come to power again as they have failed miserably to govern the country and people are not at all happy with their performance. They abolished the CTG system unilaterally and declared that it will not be restored again.

Readers Respond

Here are some comments that we received in response to Sunday's The Daily Star news report headlined “Same old formula”

International

Victim was to marry in February

She was due to marry her boyfriend in a matter of weeks, was the apple of her father's eye and her friends were convinced she would achieve great things after completing her medical studies.

Militants kill 41 in Pakistan

Pakistani militants, who have escalated attacks in recent weeks, killed at least 41 people in two separate incidents, officials said yesterday, challenging assertions that military offensives have broken the back of hard-line Islamist groups.

Egypt wants to resume talks on IMF loan: PM

Prime Minister Hisham Qandil yesterday said that Egypt wants to resume talks with the International Monetary Fund in January on a $4.8-billion loan frozen this month because of political tensions and unrest.

1 conviction out of 635 cases this yr

There has been only one conviction out of over 600 cases of rape reported to Delhi Police this year even as crime against women has been on the rise in the national capital.

Ready to form unity govt with rebels

Central African Republic President Francois Bozize yesterday said he was ready to form a coalition government with the Seleka rebel alliance and would step down after his term ends in 2016.

Brahimi claims to have viable Syria plan

International envoy Lakhdar Brahimi yesterday warned the Syrian war was worsening "by the day" as he announced a peace plan he believed could find support from world powers, including key Syria ally Russia.

Woman accused of killing Indian

A 31-year-old New York woman was scheduled to appear before a judge yesterday after being charged with murder as a hate crime for shoving a Hindu man to his death in front of an oncoming subway train.

Arabs urge more US role in Mideast

Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi on Saturday called on US President Barack Obama to be proactive in ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in his forthcoming term.

Thatcher leaves hospital

Britain's former prime minister Margaret Thatcher has left hospital after successful bladder surgery, British media have reported.

US drone strike kills 3 in Yemen

A US drone strike has killed three suspected al-Qaeda militants in the central Yemen province of Al-Bayda, in the fourth such attack in a week, a local official said yesterday.

HW Bush out of intensive care

Former US president George HW Bush is on the mend and has been released from intensive care, a spokesman said Saturday.

Swine flu kills 9 Palestinians

Nine Palestinians have died in an outbreak of the H1N1 influenza strain known as swine flu, the office of Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad said yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

2012 In The Rear-view Mirror

12th Dhaka Int'l Film Fest
Both the Bangladeshi entries -- “Guerrilla” and “Moner Manush” -- bagged awards and Turkish filmmaker Sinan Cetin received the Best Director Award for his comedy-drama “Kagit” (Paper) at the 12th Dhaka International Film Festival 2012, held from January 12 to 20. Iconic Iranian filmmaker Dariush Mehrjui was the “personality of the fest”. A retrospective screening of his selected films was one of main attractions.

The TV scene this year

The year is nearing its end, leaving a trail of eventful times in retrospective. The television media saw many ups and downs and here is a recap of 2012:

OP-ED

Making 10th parliamentary election credible

The 9th parliamentary election of Bangladesh has been considered as the “best election in the country's history.” One of the reasons for this success was the caretaker government (CTG). The initiatives taken by the Chief Election Commission were supported by the then CTG.

Meaning of Modi's victory

Narendra Milosevic Modi's third consecutive victory is a big step backwards for Gujarat and a political setback for India. The result will raise Modi's national ambition, as he so clearly indicated through his victory speech in Hindi. But it will also infuse more strife and communal-sectarian poison into Indian politics without removing the major obstacles that he faces in winning the National Democratic Alliance's nomination as its Prime Ministerial candidate.

Corruption and our society

"Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country"

A miscarriage of politics

Despite all the social development, why is Bangladesh still plunged into poor governance? Bangladesh has gained a considerable amount of both social and economic development over the last forty years. The last four decades has allowed Bangladesh's life expectancy to increase by 23 years, compared with 18 years in Iran, 16 years in India and 10 years in Afghanistan.

Feminisation of extreme poverty

Feminisation of poverty" is a global problem. The Global Poverty Project estimates a staggering 70% of the world's poor being women. In Bangladesh, according to HIES 2010, about 28 million people are extremely poor, earning less than what is required to just meet their basic food requirements. Much of this burden falls on women.

This Day In History

December 31
1600
The British East India Company is chartered.



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