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Front Pagearrow CU cancels certificates of Judge Faizee, 2,350 others
Chittagong University (CU) syndicate yesterday cancelled the LLB certificate of Judge Faisal Mahmud Faizee and 70 others on charge of tampering with their mark sheets, asking them to immediately return
 arrow Blindfolded, 2 Rab men gunned down
Unknown assailants shot dead two members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday at Amin Bazar on the outskirts of the capital in the first of such casualties from direct attacks on the elite forcesince
 arrow Relief goods found at offices of Tariqul's wife
Joint forces in Jessore recovered 103 corrugated iron (CI) sheets of state relief from different houses including the office of Astha, an NGO run by former BNP minister Tariqul Islam's wife Nargis Begum
 arrow Passports of 200 more to be seized
The joint forces prepare to seize passports of at least 200 more individuals suspected of corruption and other criminal activities to prevent them from leaving the country, said sources.
 arrow Abbas gives park land to his brothers, sisters
Former housing minister Mirza Abbas had allotted a two-bigha land in the capital, earmarked for a children's park, to his brothers, sisters and other relatives.
 arrow CMC fails to deliver, presses for $30m
While Chinese company CMC is mounting pressure on the government for immediate payment of about $30 million in cash and benefits for Barapukuria coal mine, the mine authorities' legal adviser has strongly
 arrow Faizee should quit now, say jurists
Eminent jurists yesterday said controversial High Court (HC) judge Faisal Mahmud Faizee should immediately stop all judicial activities, and that legal steps should be taken against him on charges offraud.
 arrow Farmers block roads, besiege agri offices
Failing to get fertiliser in this peak season for IRRI-Boro cultivation, aggrieved farmers barricaded highways and laid siege to upazila agricultural offices in Dinajpur, Pabna and Barisal in the last
 arrow Essentials' prices on the rise
The prices of essentials have been on the rise for the past two weeks causing much suffering to the people of low and middle income groups.
 arrow Ecnec sends back 7 projects for review
The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) yesterday sent back seven projects including three power schemes.
 arrow Speed up process for polls by June
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged the caretaker government and the Election Commission (EC) to speed up initiatives for holding the next parliamentary elections by June.
 arrow Diplomatic ties with Montenegro established
Bangladesh and Montenegro formally established diplomatic relations at a ceremony held at Bangladesh permanent mission to the United Nations on Friday.
 arrow Another student gets world's highest mark in 1 subject
Our yesterday's report headlined "3 get world highest marks in 3 subjects" states the names of meritorious Bangladeshi students who obtained the highest marks in different subjects in the O and A level
 arrow Border confce ends with vow to combat crime
A six-day border conference between Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Indian Border Security Force (BSF) concluded in New Delhi yesterday with both sides agreeing to combat cross-border crimes and cooperate
 arrow Date-expired spices, milk powder seized
The joint forces yesterday seized date-expired spices and powdered milk from the town. Led by magistrate Hasna Jahan Khanam, the team raided Jamir Super Market and seized the spices and powder milk.
 arrow Left to be ruined...

 arrow Govt focused on poll reforms, economy
The caretaker government is emphasising mostly on reforming the election system and reviving the economic activities, said Law Adviser barrister Mainul Hosein yesterday.
 arrow 40 people killed in Indonesia landslide
At least 40 people have been killed in landslides triggered by heavy rains on the eastern Indonesian island of Flores, and dozens more are still missing, officials said yesterday.
 arrow US war-wounded scandal grows
US Defence Secretary Robert Gates sacked the civilian chief of the US Army Friday, saying he was "disappointed" with the service's response to a scandal over the care of wounded troops at a top military
 arrow Risking lives

 arrow 6 Sunnis slainfor talking with Shias
Six Sunni men who had received death threats for meeting with local Shias were killed Saturday in execution-style slayings, police said.
 arrow Clarification
Pacific Motors Limited has sent a clarification of a news item titled "Rab seizes Harris Chy’s luxury SUV" published in The Daily Star on March 1.
 arrow Rejoinder, our reply
Former water resources and commerce minister Major (retd) Hafizuddin Ahmed sent a rejoinder to the news item under the headline 'Former minister Hafizuddin sued for killing' published in The Daily Star
Businessarrow Development bank for South Asia needed to remove poverty
Setting up a development bank for the South Asians and infusing dynamism into the Saarc Development Fund can help eradicate poverty in the region, said a local NGO in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Govt provides citizens with minimal information on budget, financial activities
Bangladesh government provides citizens with minimal information on yearly budget and financial activities, according to a study on public access to budget information and budgetary practices.
 arrow Opec expansion at risk if oil drops below $50
Opec's 254-billion-dollar upstream expansion plan to raise production capacity risks being delayed if oil prices drop below 50 dollars a barrel, the cartel's secretary general has warned.
 arrow US sees 'strong' global economy
US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said Friday that the global and US economies were "strong" and that volatility is a facet of stock markets following heavy losses on Wall Street.
 arrow Toyota family says number one doesn't matter
Being the world's number one automaker doesn't matter unless the public is convinced of the business's quality, a member of Toyota Motor Corp's founding family says.
 arrow IPO subscription of Golden Son starts today
The IPO (initial public offering) subscription of Golden Son Limited, a Bangladesh-Taiwan joint venture, starts today.
 arrow Japan passes $705b budget for '07
Japan's fiscal year 2007 budget, which totals 82.91 trillion yen (705 billion US dollars), was passed by the lower house early Saturday despite the oppositions' attempt to block it.
 arrow Tata, Corus to merge next month
Anglo-Dutch steelmaker Corus will merge with Tata Steel next month once the Indian company's shareholders approve the 13.7-billion-dollar takeover, Tata said Saturday.
 arrow Developed world blasted over WTO deadlock
Leaders of Latin American countries opened a trade summit here late Friday, with Guyana's President, Bharrat Jagdeo, blasting developed countries for failing to eliminate barriers obstructing free trade.
 arrow Citigroup senior executive in Dhaka
Chris Bailey, director and regional head of Client Services, Citigroup Asia Pacific has arrived in Dhaka on a two-day official visit, says a press release.
 arrow Indian carrier signs deal with GMG
Indian has recently entered into a code sharing agreement with the Bangladesh based airline, GMG Airlines and now can send its passengers between Kolkata and Dhaka on the flights of this airline.
 arrow High taxpayers to get airport privileges in ROK
Taxpayers who make honest returns of high taxes will be allowed to use VIP lounges at local airports and enter the country through faster customs service, the National Tax Service said yesterday.
 arrow China cuts overseas borrowing
Quotas will be slashed for short-term overseas borrowing by both domestic and foreign financial institutions to "maintain the basic balance of payments".
 arrow Robust future seen for China's ICT sector
China's booming information industry is expected to maintain its robust health in the coming years, according to a senior government official.
 arrow Global stocks hit by more losses
Volatile global stock markets suffered more losses Friday, with Wall Street hit by heavy selling as edgy investors retrenched ahead of the weekend with other bourses still skittish from this week's turmoil.
 arrow Cellphones changing lives of young Japanese
Almost all young Japanese say mobile phones have changed their lifestyles, with nearly one-third of them confessing to spending three hours or more a day on their mobile, a survey says.
 arrow New forum to promote bio fuel
Five major fossil fuel consumers of the world including India have joined hands to develop, produce and promote the use of bio-fuel which will help cut down greenhouse gases besides increasing fuel security
 arrow US hails 'open skies' deal with EU
The United States on Friday hailed an "open skies" agreement with the European Union, saying the deal would boost economic activity and help lower air fares.
Sportsarrow Football: Brothers' bright start
Both the home teams recorded comfortable victories on the second day of the B. League after opening day's goalless affair.
 arrow Cricket: 'WC or bust'
India's comeback king Sourav Ganguly who has made a dramatic return to international cricket, has revealed that he set himself a World Cup deadline in order to salvage his career.
 arrow Cricket: Woolmer looks to luck
Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer heads to the Caribbean hoping to be third time lucky after twice agonisingly missing out on World Cup glory.
 arrow Cricket: Smith's simple maths
South Africa skipper Graeme Smith believes the team which adjusts fastest to the new pitches at the World Cup will have the best chance of emerging champions.
 arrow Cricket: Chappell's last duty?
Greg Chappell will mastermind India's campaign at the World Cup knowing his future as an international coach rests on how Rahul Dravid's men perform in the Caribbean.
 arrow Cricket: Handy lead for England A
The visiting England A rode on Nick Compton's 92 to consolidate their position after third day's play in the rain-interrupted second and final four-day match against Bangladesh A at the Shaheed Chandu
 arrow Cricket: ICC weakens umpires
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has amended its laws so that match referees, rather than umpires, will decide whether games should be terminated if a team refuses to play.
 arrow Cricket: NCL 9th round from today
The ninth round of the Ispahani Mirzapore 8th National Cricket League begins today with two matches. Table-toppers Rajshahi host Barisal while Chittagong meet Khulna at the Chittagong Divisional Stadium.
 arrow Local Snippets
The players' transfer for the 2007 Senior Division Football League will be held in the city from March 15-17.
 arrow Cricket: Pain no issue: Clarke
Australian batsman Michael Clarke says he may have to bat in pain during the cricket World Cup because of a troublesome hip injury, reports here said Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Elton the torchbearer
For a batsman to smash seven sixes in short order off Bangladesh in his last innings and then remark that he hopes to play more big innings against Australia, Elton Chigumbura is a Zimbabwean to be reckoned
 arrow Cricket: Shah as hungry as ever
He's one of only four Kenyan players to have passed the 400-run mark for his country in World Cup matches and has signalled a comeback.
 arrow Cricket: Bagai set to shine
In the shape of Ashish Bagai, Canada can at least point to having at least one player who isn't the wrong side of 40.
 arrow Cricket: Jack doubts prep
Top Caribbean football administrator Austin "Jack" Warner has blasted organisers of the cricket World Cup for their "atrocious" marketing of the sport's global showpiece.
 arrow Cricket: 1992: Roar of cornered tigers
After the manner of the Olympic Games, cricket's World Cup quadrennially grows larger and more spectacular.
 arrow Cricket: Flintoff full of hope
England all-rounder An-drew Flintoff is determined to make an impact at the forthcoming World Cup following disappointments in 1999 and 2003.
 arrow Football: United conquer Anfield
Substitute John O'Shea hit a dramatic stoppage time winner as 10-man Manchester United beat Liverpool 1-0 at Anfield to take a huge step towards securing the Premiership title on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Ferguson lucky again
Sir Alex Ferguson admitted Manchester United have got lucky in the Premiership title race after his 10-men snatched a dramatic 1-0 win at Liverpool on Saturday.
 arrow Table Tennis: Mahbub regains Nat'l TT title
Bangladesh Ansar swept concluding day's both events of the Palolic 28th National Table Tennis Championships yesterday at the Woodenfloor Gymnasium.
 arrow Chess: Debaraj shocks GM Oliver
Bangladesh Grand Master Niaz Murshed and International Master Abdullah Al Rakib were level on four points after the 6th round of the Kolkata Open 07 Grandmasters Chess Tournament on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Johnston eyes win
Trent Johnston has endured many things in his cricket life streakers on the pitch, armed robbers chased by police in the middle of a game and even suffering a broken elbow on his debut.
 arrow Cricket: 'Dravid picked Sehwag'
An out of form Virender Sehwag was selected in India's World Cup cricket squad only because captain Rahul Dravid insisted on his inclusion, chief selector Dilip Vengsarkar has disclosed.
 arrow Cricket: Aussies' lucky escape!
A small light plane crashed some 200 metres from where the cricket world champions Australia were practising on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Real just need a trophy: Zidane
Real Madrid just need to win a trophy to reclaim their rightful place at the top of the game, according to the Spanish club's former player Zinedine Zidane.
 arrow Football: Blatter blasts Swiss malaise
FIFA boss Sepp Blatter hit out at his Swiss countrymen Friday for failing to get excited about next year's European Championships to be held jointly in their country and Austria.
 arrow Cricket: Vaughan all for life ban
England captain Michael Vaughan put behind his weight in the campaign against drug offenders, saying he wanted life ban for cricketers found guilty of indulged in doping.
 arrow Football: 3-match ban for Betis
Real Betis received a three-match stadium ban on Friday after a fan threw a bottle during Wednesday's Cup tie with city rivals Seville, knocking the visitors' coach unconscious.
 arrow Football: Wenger won't be silenced
Arsene Wenger insists he will not be silenced by the threat of punishment from the English Football Association over his defiant response to their suspension of Emmanuel Adebayor.
 arrow Football: Hammers vow to fight charges
Struggling West Ham on Friday vowed to fight charges that they breached Premiership rules by signing Argentina stars Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano last year.
 arrow Football: Diarra sees future at Chelsea
France mid-fielder Lassana Diarra has sought to end speculation that he could join Paris St Germain from Chelsea by insisting he is happy in London.
 arrow Football: Fergie lashes out at Mourinho
Sir Alex Ferguson has told Jose Mourinho to "button his lip" for the rest of the season after the Chelsea manager's claim that Manchester United have benefited from dubious refereeing decisions.
 arrow Football: Euro tickets on high demand
More than 50,000 people ordered tickets for Euro 2008 on the first day of sales, boosting demand to levels more than 10 times higher the last European championship finals in 2004, organisers said Friday.
 arrow Football: Solskjaer faces month out
Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be out of action for most of March after undergoing minor knee surgery.
 arrow Football: Roma pair rested
Roma pair Rodrigo Taddei and Doni will be rested for this weekend's league match against Ascoli to keep them fresh for next week's crucial Champions League last-16 second leg clash against Lyon.
Metropolitanarrow Enact law to empower the poor
The poor and those involved in the informal business sector should be brought under a legal framework in order to establish social justice system, legal and development experts said at a national consultation
 arrow AL, BNP demand timeframe for polls as early as possible
Leaders of both Awami League (AL) and BNP yesterday said the current state of emergency should not continue more than 120 days for the interest of democracy.
 arrow 'Child mortality to be cut by two-thirds within 2015'
The 11th Annual Scientific Conference (ASCON) of International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research Bangladesh (ICDDR'B) begins at its Sasakawa auditorium in the city today.
 arrow 3 killed in road crashes
At least three people were killed and 11 others injured in separate road accidents in Kishoreganj and Patuakhali yesterday and Friday.
 arrow DU asked to give exact figure of proceeds from admission tests
The Ministry of Education has directed the authorities of Dhaka University (DU) to submit the accurate figure of its earnings collected from the first year admission tests.
 arrow BNP team to meet CEC today
A delegation of BNP will meet the Chief Election Commissioner today to discuss matters of the stalled general election.
 arrow 15 hurt in gas cylinder blast
Fifteen workers, four seriously, were injured when a cylinder of ammonia gas exploded at an under-construction fish feed company at Rupsha upazila in the district yesterday.
 arrow CA goes to Barisal today
Chief Adviser Dr Fakhruddin Ahmed goes to Barisal today to hold a meeting with senior government officials in the country's southern division.
 arrow Independence Day Debate Competition begins
The 'Independence Day Debate Competition', organised by ATN Bangla, a private satellite channel, began in the city yesterday with the slogan 'Let conscience be reflected in the mirror of logic'.
 arrow ... for not following doctor's undue advice
An elderly patient was about to be discharged by a doctor at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) for not going for medical test at the doctor's prescribed diagnostic centre.
 arrow Lawyer proxy examinee held
Two lawyers were arrested for appearing in the written examination of the Bangladesh Bar Council for permission of starting practice in the High Court as proxy examinees at the Sheikh Borhanuddin Post
 arrow Waiting list published
The waiting list of Ka Unit admission test (2006-'07) of Dhaka University was published at the office of the Science Faculty Dean yesterday.
 arrow Seminar on BTEC qualifications
A seminar on 'Potential of BTEC Qualifications in Bangladesh', organised by the Edexcel International, was held at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel yesterday, says a press release.
 arrow Mahmudul Haq awarded 'Sultan Padak'
Professor of the Fine Arts Institute of Dhaka University and former director general of the National Museum eminent artist Mahmudul Haq has been awarded 'Sultan Padak'.
 arrow Abortive bid to loot Armanitola JB branch
Robbers' attempt to loot the vault of Janata Bank at Armanitola Branch in old part of the city failed, as they could not break the heavy vault.
Nationalarrow Tea production falls, export earnings decline
Tea production declined by about 12 per cent while export earnings from it fell by 47 per cent in the last financial year compared to those in the previous year.
 arrow 27 Indians pushed back in Dinajpur
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) yesterday pushed back 27 Bangla speaking Indian nationals, earlier pushed in by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) through Mohanpur border in Dinajpur Sadar upazila.
 arrow JP leader, Chhatra Dal cadre arrested in Meherpur, Sirajganj
Joint forces have arrested a Chhatra Dal cadre in Sirajganj and a Jatiya Party (Naziur) leader in Meherpur on charge of terrorising rivals and corruption.
 arrow RU Dean, Syndicate elections demanded
Progressive Teachers Society (PTS), an association of Rajshahi University teachers aligned with Awami League yesterday met the vice-chancellor at his office and demanded declaration of schedule forDean
 arrow Joint forces meet Rangpur traders
Officials of joint forces exchanged views with local business leaders at a meeting here yesterday. They discussed ways to contain the price spiral, meeting sources said.
 arrow 5-day scouts camp begins in Cox's Bazar
A five-day national scouts camp styled Community Development Camp began at Cox's Bazar sea beach yesterday, marking centenary of scouting in Bangladesh.
Point-Counterpointarrow Now overdue: Why rights to due process should be restored
Some schoolteachers once compared pictures of the sky drawn by Israeli and Palestinian children. They were startled at what they saw.
 arrow Blair fumbles again
British Premier Tony Blair's decision to "reduce" -- not withdraw -- British troops in southern Iraq, from 7,100 to 5,500, in the coming months is certainly an unexpected stroke that has not only confused
 arrow Buying death at a high price
Once, mach (fish) and bhath (rice) were so abundant that they were, so to speak, identical with the Bengali. Yes, even many species of fishes are now beyond the reach of many for their exorbitant prices.
Culturearrow A musical end to Kalidas' exhibition
Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts arranged a rather exceptional evening of collaboration between music and painting at Bengal Shilpalaya on March 2.
 arrow National Theatre Festival begins tomorrow
The National Theatre Festival, arranged by Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation (BGTF) in association with Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, begins tomorrow.
 arrow A nostalgia-studded celebration
Childhood is a time of restrictions, rules and regulations. All the young ones want is to grow up. The opposite holds true for adults; they want to go back to the best time of their lives -- childhood.
 arrow Children display artistic skills through posters
To mark the occasion of International Women's Day 2007, Bangladesh Human Rights Advocacy Programme (BHRAP) under Academy for Educational Development (AED), with the support of USAID, organised a Children
 arrow 'The Queen' star may have tea with queen
Helen Mirren, who won the best actress Oscar for playing Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen, may be invited to tea, Buckingham Palace said recently.
Generalarrow Create alternative jobs for sex workers before eviction
Speakers at a discussion yesterday emphasised the need for creating alternative jobs for sex workers before evicting them from their homes.
 arrow Online game to teach children how to face disasters
As part of its current global campaign on education called "Disaster risk reduction starts at school", the secretariat of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) launched yesterday
 arrow Pre-world Schools Debating Championship concludes
A three-day Pre-world Schools Debating Championship 2007 ended at The Red Brick School at Uttara in the city yesterday.
Internationalarrow Tehran considering US 'proposals' for Iraq talks
Iran is considering "proposals" which it has received from the United States for talks about Iraq's security, the foreign ministry spokesman said on Saturday.
 arrow Pakistan blasts US hot pursuit claim
Pakistan vehemently denied yesterday the US military's claim that coalition forces in Afghanistan have the authority to pursue Taliban fleeing across the border into Pakistani territory.
 arrow Strike on Iran would destabilise region
Any military strike against Iran in the dispute over its nuclear programme would risk destabilising the region, French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin said in an interview released on Friday.
 arrow UN top court urges India to scrap draconian military law
A panel of the UN's top court urged India yesterday to scrap a draconian law giving the military sweeping powers to curb insurgencies.
 arrow China warns US on Taiwan arms sales
China warned visiting US Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte that plans to sell American missiles to Taiwan threatened to harm Sino-US ties, a Chinese spokesman said Saturday.
 arrow Delhi, Naga rebels talk peace
Separatist tribal rebels from India's northeast and government negotiators launched fresh talks in New Delhi yesterday in a bid to keep alive a peace process in the restive region, rebel officials said.
 arrow Lanka steps up security for diplomats
Sri Lanka is stepping up security for diplomats following a Tamil rebel attack against a helicopter in which envoys were travelling, the foreign ministry said Saturday.
 arrow Danish police battles protesting youths, 100 detained
Danish police fought night battles on Saturday with groups of youths who had set fire to cars during protests over the eviction of squatters from a Copenhagen youth centre.
 arrow Pakistan test fires short-range missile
Pakistan successfully test-fired a short-range nuclear-capable, surface-to-surface ballistic missile on Saturday, the military said. The Hatf-II Abdali had a range of 200 km, it said in a statement.
 arrow Ahmadinejad visits KSA amid crises
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was due in Saudi Arabia on Saturday for talks with King Abdullah expected to focus on the sectarian bloodshed in Iraq, the crisis in Lebanon and Tehran's nuclearrow
 arrow BBC gagged over political funding scam
The British Broadcasting Corporation has been stopped from broadcasting a story about a political funding scandal that has cast a shadow over Prime Minister Tony Blair's final months, police said yesterday.
 arrow US appeals court throws out CIA torture case
A US federal appeals court on Friday upheld a refusal to hear the case of a Lebanese-born German man who says he was tortured by the CIA, citing national security reasons.
 arrow China parliament to focus on pollution, wealth gap
China yesterday began its annual parliamentary session with calls to address a widening wealth gap, environmental degradation and other ills attending its economic growth.
 arrow Saudi beheaded for murdering compatriot
A Saudi national was beheaded by the sword yesterday in the Red Sea town of al-Lith after being convicted of shooting dead a compatriot, the interior ministry said.
 arrow 5 shot dead in Thai south
Five people, including two teenage girls, were shot dead in Thailand's Muslim-majority south, police said yesterday, as the region endured another bout of violence.
 arrow Pakistan arrests 12 Indian fishermen
Pakistan said yesterday its coast guard has seized five Indian boats and arrested 12 fishermen for illegal fishing in the country's territorial waters in the Arabian Sea.
 arrow Pope names new archbishop of Warsaw
Pope Benedict XVI has named Kazimierz Nycz, a bishop in northern Poland, to succeed Cardinal Jozef Glemp as archbishop of Warsaw, the Vatican announced yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Consumers' rights trifled with
For all we know, a consumer rights protection law has been at draft stages even after a persistent long-felt need to have it in a free country with a free market.
 arrow Editorial: The honoured young
We take this opportunity to congratulate the 733 young scholars honoured by the Daily Star for their performance at the O and A level examinations on Friday.
 arrow Promises yet to be delivered
Attempts by many Third World countries to develop adequate political institutions and earn popular legitimacy have often been unsuccessful, resulting in recurrent political instability.
 arrow Reforming Bangladesh Bank
Arguably, every public institution in Bangladesh can use some reforms and Bangladesh Bank (BB) is no exception.
 arrow Unhealthy healthcare
The healthcare in Bangladesh is deficient in many ways.
Star Healtharrow Vaginoplasty: An asthetic approach to feel better
Medicine has moved into the realm of asthetics (study of sensory or sensori-emotional values, sometimes called judgments of sentiment or taste) in the recent years.
 arrow Quality nursing staffs are key to ensure health care
With a view to delivering heath care services to the middle class people, that comprises most of our population, Central Hospital Ltd. started its journey.
 arrow Circumcision’s anti-AIDS effect found greater than first thought
Circumcision may provide even more protection against AIDS than was realised when two clinical trials in Africa were stopped two months ago because the results were so clear, according to studies.
 arrow International health security
World Health Day (celebrated in April 7) marks the founding of the World Health Organisation (WHO). It is an occasion to raise awareness of key global health issues.
 arrow Maintaning food security
There are disadvantages of foods that are not grown organically. Firstly, pesticides e.g. insecticides, fungicides and herbicides, which are poisonous to humans and animals, are applied to crops.
 arrow Breastfeeding safer for some HIV-infected mothers
Breast-feeding, which helps build a baby's immune system, may be the best option for HIV-infected mothers in developing countries, despite the risk of transmitting the virus that causes AIDS to theirbabies,
 arrow Want to stop disease from spreading? Open a window
Preventing the spread of disease in a hospital may be as simple as opening a window, an international team of researchers reported.
 arrow Partnership in achieving the MDG

 arrow Your Doctor
Send health related queries (either in English or Bangla) to Your Doctor, Star Health, The Daily Star, 19, Karwan Bazar, Dhaka 1215 or simply e-mail your problem to starhealth@thedailystar.
Star Cityarrow Thousands at risk under unsafe building
Although the engineers of Dhaka City Cooperation (DCC) had declared the two-storey structure of Rayer Bazar kitchen market extremely unsafe almost a year ago, thousands of shoppers and near about 300shopkeepers
 arrow DCC has 'no time' to think of beauty
If Dhaka, the city of mosques, needs a new name, 'the city of billboards' would be one quite fitting for it. There is hardly any place in the city from where one cannot see a billboard.
 arrow Rickshaw pullers get licences
The authorities have finally started issuing driving licences to the rickshaw-pullers in a bid to legalise thousands of unauthorised rickshaws in the city.
 arrow Buriganga, Our Dying Lifeline
With over 5,000 tonnes of untreated and highly toxic liquid and solid wastes contaminating its water everyday, the river Buriganga has turned into a stagnant sewerage.
 arrow Shutdown of shopping malls in the evening receives mixed reaction
Shutdown of the shopping malls from 7pm in the evening receives mixed reaction from city dwellers. Shop owners say loss is imminent, while some city dwellers argue that a lifestyle change is all we need.
 arrow Irresponsible drivers...

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