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Rescue goes on as toll crosses 2,000

Aid workers and volunteers were toiling hard yesterday to collect decomposing bodies and rescue thousands of survivors from the monster cyclone Sidr that ripped through the country's southern shoreline early Friday, wreaking deadly havoc on more than a dozen districts.

Island of death and destiny

The trees started floating in. Sundari and Keora. Whole trees. Stumps with roots protruding in all directions. Leaves creating a long trail on the sea water. They streamed by BNS Modhumati, as the navy's patrol craft cruised for hours towards Dublar Char, the island first to receive the brunt of the hurricane.

Armed forces launch extensive rescue work

The armed forces yesterday deployed 12 additional ships, three aircraft and 12 helicopters for disaster management in the cyclone-hit districts.

Normalcy returns in city life after 36 hrs

After disruption of over 36 hours, life is returning to normalcy in the capital with restoration of utility services snapped by the cyclone Sidr that ripped through the country in the early hours Friday.

6 lakh tonnes of Aman crops damaged

The government estimates that at least six lakh metric tons of Aman crops have been damaged in Cyclone Sidr, adding to the existing food crisis.

Visiting the cyclone eye

November 16, Mongla
The moon was a brightly shining crescent, hanging low on the horizon. The stars shone in their zillions on the other part of the sky, reflecting on the waters below. The extraordinarily smooth Khulna road was eerily empty and tidy.

Grim burials he wants to forget

Retired army corporal Sultan Mahmud was trained to accept death around him in battlefield but he never imagined he would have to bury 120 dead bodies in just 24 hours during peacetime.

Int'l community, NGOs extend more assistance

The United Nations, Germany and different local and international organisations have allocated funds for conducting relief and rehabilitation activities among the cyclone-hit people.

Govt sanctionsTk 35cr aid for house building

A special meeting of the Council of Advisers yesterday allocated Tk 35 crore in emergency aid for house building in the cyclone-affected districts and asked the ministries concerned to restore the snapped communication networks on an urgent basis.

Prices of essentials shoot up

Prices of most essential commodities shot up in kitchen and wholesale markets in the capital yesterday, with the effects of the devastating cyclone Sidr filtering through to consumers.

Road that bears harrowing tale

The road from Barguna to Nishanbaria reeks of death. Thousands of devastated, destitute families took refuge on the 22-kilometre-long road in the remote land, where some lost their dear ones, but most their precious cattle.

Pvt hospitals, coaching centres have to pay fees to local govt bodies

Private hospitals, paramedical institutes, tutorial schools, and coaching centres must pay certain amounts of annual fees to respective local governments for running their businesses and must be re-registered with respective governments, stipulate the draft ordinances on local governments of different levels.

Law will decide fate of held politicians

Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday told a visiting European parliamentary delegation that the law of the land would decide the fate of the two detained top leaders of two major political parties.

Right to info a must before any int'l deal

The government should ensure the people's right to information before signing any international deal or formulating any policy, especially for energy or coal, speakers told a roundtable in Dhaka yesterday.

Developed nations should shoulder more to save others from cyclones

Environmentalists and experts on climate change said cyclones like Sidr that ripped through the country from Thursday night to Friday morning are likely to occur with increasing frequency and ferocity due to the global climate change.

Global warming impact could be irreversible

The world's top scientific authority on climate change published yesterday its starkest warning yet, declaring that the impact of global warming could be "abrupt or irreversible" and no country would be spared.

Voter list work won't stop in coastal region

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) ATM Shamsul Huda yesterday said work on preparing the voter list with photographs would not get stuck across the coastal belt even though the region was ravaged by a catastrophic cyclone Thursday.

Shops gutted as gas leakage causes fire

A fire gutted four shops and partially damaged six others in the city's Farmgate yesterday.

Journos, freedom fighters for war criminals' trial

Eminent journalists and leaders of Sector Commanders' Forum yesterday agreed to take forward the move to bring the war criminals to book.

Grieving, they discover lost relatives dead

Scenes of intense grief and stupor prevail in the air as each hour reveals more tragic news about missing residents of the coastal regions. Helpless survivors yesterday struggled to come to terms with their losses as the bodies of cyclone Sidr victims were brought back to different villages yesterday.

2 US vessels dispatched for rescue

Two US navy amphibious assault ships are on their way to Bangladesh after cyclone Sidr lashed the country's coastal belts, killing over 1,000 people and making thousands homeless.

Emergency in Pakistan to stay for now

Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf told a top US diplomat Saturday that he would only call off emergency rule when the security situation improves, a senior presidential aide told AFP.

Sectarian clashes kill 30 in northwest Pakistan

About 30 people were killed and scores more injured in clashes between rival Sunni and Shia Muslims in a restive Pakistani tribal belt, officials and witnesses said Saturday.

Editorial

Dhaka University violence probe report

The Judicial Probe Commission report related to the August DU violence has been submitted to the government. We would like to echo the view of Justice Khan, head of the one-man commission, entrusted with the task to probe into the matter, that the report be made public.

The general's new man in Pakistan

General Pervez Musharraf has chosen a new prime minister for himself. In real terms, though, the appointment of Mohammadmian Soomro as the head of what Pakistan's military leader calls a caretaker administration does not make much of a difference. Neither does the fact that Musharraf flatters himself by telling Pakistanis and the outside world that the appointment is history in the making. And he makes matters even more laughable by suggesting that being a military man he has introduced the essence of democracy in Pakistan.

Pakistan crisis revisited

The crisis in Pakistan has further deepened with Benazir Bhutto's demand for President Musharraf to step down from office, her threat not to participate in the January 2008 elections, and her internment.

The middle-income matrix

The World Bank (WB) President Robert Zoellick, who concluded his first trip to Bangladesh on November 4, appreciated the government's reform measures, especially in the financial sector, and suggested making it a priority to make Bangladesh a mid-income country (MIC) by 2016.

Sports

Last chance to impress

The 9th Na-tional Cricket League resu-mes today after three days break when the fifth round matches kicks off at three different venues across the country.

BKSP dethrone Navy

BKSP put an end to Bangladesh Navy's reign in the National Swimming Championship when they became champions of the 22nd version of the meet at the National Swimming Complex in Mirpur yesterday.

Aussies blaze away

Adam Gilchrist blazed his way to 100 Test sixes as Australia plundered Sri Lanka's bowlers for another 500-plus run innings declaration in the second cricket Test at Bellerive Oval here Saturday.

Pride, Tests in mind

There may be little for Pakistan to play for in Jaipur, apart from the cliched pride and a morale-boosting win going into the first Test, but the touring batsmen will have to rally together to match a confident Indian line-up and avoid a 4-1 defeat in the one-day series.

Kallis flays Kiwis

Jacques Kallis hit his fifth Test century in seven innings as South Africa moved into a commanding position on the second day of the second and final Test against New Zealand at Centurion Park Saturday.

Gilly deserves it

Adam Gilchrist has appealed to the Australian public to help him find the ball he smashed his 100th test six with.

Dilip defies BCCI

The Cricket Board Saturday sought an explanation from Chief Selector Dilip Vengsarkar for continuing to write newspaper columns defying the BCCI's ban.

Olympic Day Run held

With the slogan `Pollution-free society through sports', the Olympic Day Run was held yesterday in six divisions across the country.

Under-19s off to Pakistan

Bangladesh under-19 cricket team are expected to leave Dhaka in the early hours today for a three-week tour to Pakistan.

Scholastica thump Holy Cross

Scholastica beat Holy Cross College 8-3 in the super three of the 11th Delta Life Women Handball Competition at the Dhanmondi Women's Sports Complex yesterday.

Eves take on boys tomorrow

Bangladesh Women's cricket team will play a practice match against Under- 17 Boys team tomorrow.

England labour to win

Michael Owen will miss England's potentially decisive final Euro 2008 qualifier against Croatia on Wednesday after limping out of a 1-0 friendly win over Austria here.

'Scots deserve a spot'

Scotland fully deserved their victories over France and deserve their chance to knock one of the World Cup finalists out of Euro 2008, according to Italy manager Roberto Donadoni.

Federer v Ferrer final

World number one Roger Federer romped to his best ever win over arch-rival Rafael Nadal to reach his fifth Masters Cup final on Saturday.

Japanese rush beside Osim

Japan's star players expressed shock but hope Saturday that national team coach Ivica Osim would recover after suffering a serious strike.

Caps heartbreak for Becks?

David Beckham is tantalisingly close to becoming only the fifth Englishman in history to earn 100 caps for his country but claims he is more concerned with the prospect of England missing out on the UEFA Euro 2008 Finals.

Kaka extends with Milan?

Brazilian international playmaker Kaka has agreed a contract extension that will keep him at AC Milan until 2012, the Gazzetta dello Sport said Saturday.

Adriano bids to regain fitness

Inter Milan striker Adriano will attend a training camp in his native Brazil in a bid to regain full mental and physical fitness, the Italian champions said on Friday.

Wanchope calls it quits

Costa Rican international striker Paulo Wanchope retired from football Friday, ending a 12-year career plagued by injuries after completing the Major League Soccer season for the Chicago Fire.

Morocco hold France

France, probably sidetracked by the closing stages of Euro 2008, drew 2-2 with Morocco in a friendly at the Stade de France on Friday night.

Australia trump Iraq

Australia have one foot in next year's Beijing Olympics after defeating Asian champions Iraq 2-0 in Gosford on Saturday.

Binya ban angers Benfica

Lisbon giants Benfica have hit out at the severity of a six-match ban which UEFA slapped on their Cameroonian defender Agustin Binya.

Little chance for Murali

Adam Gilchrist extended his world record for striking sixes, but unless Muttiah Muralidaran conjures a second-innings miracle that might never happen he will leave Australia without the mark he is destined to hold for decades. Murali has not been able to conquer Australia in the same way Shane Warne could not dominate in India. It is a strange omission on a spectacular resume` and one that will provide fuel for the Murali's critics whenever they dissect his career.

Time for Yuvraj

Over the next few days, new Test skipper Anil Kumble will be stroking his square jaw in serious strategizing if he is not already spending sleepless nights.

Moores appeases Panesar

Coach Peter Moores has ruled out any possibility of Monty Panesar being overlooked in the starting line-up for England's three Tests in Sri Lanka.

NSU football

Defending champions Batch 06 got off to a winning start against Batch 07 on the second day of the North South Intra-Batch football tournament at the WAPDA ground yesterday.

Maharoof to miss Eng Tests

The beleaguered Sri Lankan tourists will be without seamer Farveez Maharoof for this month's home cricket series with England, skipper Mahela Jayawardene said Saturday.

Business

Essential prices up on cyclone fallout

Prices of most essential commodities shot up in kitchen and wholesale markets in the capital yesterday with the effects of the devastating cyclone Sidr pinching consumers.

Construction sector feels pinch as property market slumps

The sharp downturn in the property market has been mirrored by a slump in apartment construction, a trend that has hit hard at suppliers of both raw materials and labour.

Businesses struggle with erratic power supply

Businesses outside the hard hit coastal region were attempting to return to normal yesterday despite erratic power supplies.

High-tech world salivates over internet cellphones

A grandmother reminisces: born in Marseille, France, she studied in Athens and Mumbai in virtual classrooms by cellphone and used her phone to play with friends around the world.

Batexpo sees increased orders, interest

Foreign buyers placed spot orders worth more than $53 million dollars at the Bangladesh Apparel and Textile Exposition (Batexpo), an increase of more than 7 percent on last year.

Reforms high on agenda as G20 finance ministers meet

Finance ministers from the world's largest 20 economies began talks Saturday in South Africa focusing on reforming the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Opec leaders talk soaring oil price

Opec heads of state converged on Riyadh for a rare summit opening Saturday with soaring oil prices and long-term crude supplies high on their agenda amid fresh tensions over member Iran.

DCCI urges businesses to help cyclone victims

Dhaka Chamber of Commerce & Industry (DCCI) has urged its members and the business community to stand beside the people affected by cyclone Sidr in the coastal districts of the country.

Asia growth may exceed expectations

Asian economic growth will remain strong this year and in 2008 despite higher energy costs and recent market turbulence, Asian Development Bank president Haruhiko Kuroda said Saturday.

Nepali carpets export up 14pc

Export of Nepali hand-knotted woolen carpets went up 14 percent in value in the first quarter of the current fiscal year started in mid-July from the same period of last fiscal, with total exports touching 24.90 million US dollars, according to official sources.

UAE eases job change rules for expats

The UAE has amended the rules for sponsorship transfer allowing expatriates to change their jobs without having to spend one year with their original sponsors.

Indian gems, jewellery exports up 21.5pc

India's gems and jewellery exports have risen 21.5 per cent to 9.38 billion dollars in the first six months of the current fiscal as against 8.01 billion dollars in the corresponding period last year.

Vietnam-WTO trade fair in Jan

Over 300 well-known companies from 20 countries and regions have already registered to showcase their best products and services at the Vietnam-WTO Trade Fair 2008 on the occasion of Vietnam's one year WTO membership, organizers said yesterday.

Metropolitan

Change in attitude needed for mainstreaming them

Change in attitude is needed for mainstreaming the people with disability, said the speakers at a view-exchange meeting yesterday.

Reviewed coal policy for govt partnership with mining firms

A reviewed coal policy provisionally prescribes government's investment in coal-sector development, stating that local private or foreign firms engaged in mining have to go for partnership with the government.

Bar war criminals from election

Since war crimes are the worst crimes against humanity, war criminals must be barred from standing in the elections, as are corrupt people and loan defaulters, said freedom fighters at a roundtable yesterday.

Indigenous people demand constitutional recognition

Indigenous people at a discussion yesterday called on the government to give constitutional recognition to them and ensure their rights to their mother tongue, culture and land.

'Dev nations must compensate LDCs $50b a year'

Developed countries, responsible for climate change, must compensate the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) an amount of $50 billion a year for adaptation to this change, says a press release.

2 killed in Ctg

A businessman was killed in a road accident while an unidentified youth was lynched in the port city yesterday.

Dr Shahabuddin laid to rest

Dr Shahabuddin Mosharraf Hossain, senior economist of International Monetary Fund (IMF), was laid to rest at the Banani graveyard after namaz-e-janaza at Gulshan Azad Mosque after Zohr prayers yesterday, says a press release.

'Preserve languages of minorities to maintain cultural diversity'

Languages of minority communities must be preserved in order to maintain linguistic and cultural diversity of a country, said the speakers at a seminar yesterday.

Dr Wazed meets Hasina in jail

Prominent nuclear scientist Dr M Wazed Mia met with his detained wife, Awami League President Sheikh Hasina at the makeshift jail in the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban complex yesterday on the occasion of their 40th wedding anniversary.

Apollo Hospitals observes World Diabetes Day

Apollo Hospitals Dhaka organised a seminar and free diabetic check up on the occasion of the World Diabetes Day, says a press release.

NU exams of Nov 18-22 postponed

All examinations under the National University scheduled to be held on November 18-22 have been postponed due to inclement weather.

National

65 HuJi cadres trained in Jhenidah camps till 2005

At least 65 activists of militant outfit Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami (HuJi) were trained by its 'chief trainer' Bulbul at camps in Jhenidah till from 1999 to August of 2005, a HuJi deserter said.

'Save rivers, canals from grabbers'

Speakers at a citizens' meeting yesterday urged the government to save the rivers and canals in northern districts from grabbers.

5 BNP men arrested in Rajshahi

Durgapur police of Rajshahi yesterday arrested five fugitive BNP leaders including a former Union Parisad (UP) member from their houses at Gowrihar village in connection with Jubo League leader Nurul Islam murder case, police said.

Homage paid to Bhasani

The 31st death anniversary of Maolana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani was observed in Tangail yesterday.

BSF kills one

A Bangladeshi cattle trader was gunned down by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) at Jalalpur, a border village under Basirhat police station in 24 Parganas, West Bengal Friday night when he was returning home with cattle.

Pabna Poura chairman freed

Pabna Pourasabha chairman and district BNP organising secretary Kamrul Hasan Mintu along with three others were released yesterday after seven months's detention, jail sources said.

International

Pak president claims Benazir dodging election

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf accused opposition leader Benazir Bhutto of wanting to avoid elections, saying her party unlikely to win, in a BBC interview Friday.

Democrats decry Bush's 'drums of war' on Iran

Democratic lawmakers on Friday warned the Bush administration was "beating the drums for war" with Iran, and vowed to wield constitutional powers to thwart any US military strike.

Indian opposition relents on N-deal

The communist parties that support India's ruling coalition have backed off their strong opposition to a landmark nuclear deal with the United States, clearing the way for the pact to go forward after months of high-stakes political gamesmanship.

23 die in raids on Taliban arms suppliers: Coalition

Twenty-three Taliban militants were killed during a US-led coalition operation aimed at disrupting a weapons transfer in southern Afghanistan, the coalition said yesterday. At least four police officers died in a separate clash.

Pakistan's biggest news channels shut down

Two leading private Pakistani television news channels broadcasting out of Dubai have been shut down amid pressure from military ruler Pervez Musharraf, the networks said yesterday.

US, Japan grapple with North Korea, Afghanistan

US President George W Bush and Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda met Friday for talks aimed at bridging rifts on North Korea and Tokyo's military role in the "war on terror."

Arts & Entertainment

Sabina Yasmin makes a comeback

After treatment for her ailment the 'Nightingale of Bangladesh' Sabina Yasmin made a comeback at the two-day 'Batexpo Night' concert at Pan Pacific Sonargaon hotel. The cultural programme was held on the first two days of the three-day Bangladesh Apparel and Textile Exposition (Batexpo), which began on November 15.

Dedication and drive for prints

Ratan Mojumder went into woodcuts of which there are ample examples currently at Gallery Kaya in his display Black and White. Unfriendly atmosphere in the cement jungles of Dhaka City often discourages young artists' urge for creativity. Nevertheless, Mojumder has forged ahead with his creations in black and white, and the selection of prints that we see are done from 1976 to 1992.

Bangladesh Theatre celebrates its 21st anniversary

To celebrate its 21st anniversary, Bangladesh Theatre arranged a two-day programme at the plaza of National Theatre Stage, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. The anniversary programme began on November 16. Twenty-one candles were lit which read Ekush in Bangla

Dhaka University Theatre Week begins today

Centrally organised by University of Dhaka under the management of Department of Theatre and Music, a weeklong theatre festival begins today at the TSC Auditorium.

Shanjib Chowdhury critically ill

Shanjib Chowdhury, vocalist of one of the most popular bands in Bangladesh Dalchhut, is critilly ill. He is on life support at Apollo Hospital.

OP-ED

Veterans in US turn homeless

It was a beautiful sunny morning, and I was waiting to cross the street at central park south and six Avenue, Manhattan, New York. A city bus moved in front of me. It had a slogan written on it: "We don't accept applicants, we accept commitments."

Boosting exports through laboratory accreditation

Every businessman wants to export as much as possible, and that whatever he exports should be readily acceptable to clients in the world market. This is possible only if he exports quality products, which have been tested by a reliable laboratory in his own country.

Fertilizer and management problems

With one of the highest population densities, the lowest national resource base, and almost perennial recurrence of natural calamities, Bangladesh is destined to remain an agriculture driven economy for the foreseeable future; there is very little unused arable land thus development opportunities are linked primarily to intensified production. Though rice production is essential and dominant, occupying about 75% of the arable land, other crops are also important such as: wheat, cotton, jute, sugarcane, pulses, oilseeds, fruits, vegetables, livestock (including poultry), fisheries and forestry.

Star City

Turag Express starts shuttling, draws commuters' eyes

For the convenience of the residents of Tongi and the city's northern part and to lessen the pressure on the city thoroughfares Bangladesh Railway has launched a special train service on the Dhaka-Tongi route.

Vowing afresh to bring offenders to justice

Twelve-year-old Salma Akhter fell victim to acid violence three years back when she was a student of class III.

Mosquito bite fails to wake up city fathers

The season of malaria fever lurks just round the corner, but the Mosquito Control Wing (MCW) of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) is yet to wake up from slumbers.

Star Health

Translate novel interventions to the policy makers

Pediatric infectious diseases are a worldwide medical problem. Thousands of physicians seek to prevent and treat these diseases by the best means possible, using the best information.

Bringing hearing to the deaf

A cochlear implant (also called Bionic Ear) is an electronic hearing device, designed to produce useful hearing sensations to a person with severe to profound deafness.

Hair transplant surgery information

Treatment for baldness has been a problem for the doctors ever since and results were largely unsatisfactory. This fact prompted bald men and woman to go for wig and weaving. They both cause recurrent dandruff and scalp infection. An additional problem associated with weaving is further hair loss from the sides.

Seminar on advances in epilepsy treatment

The Society of Neurologists of Bangladesh and Sanofi Aventis, Bangladesh have jointly organised a seminar on “Recent Advances in the treatment of epilepsy” at a local hotel in the city recently.

Facts on Human Papilloma virus (HPV)

Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is a large family of virus that infect skin, often causing irregular cell growth or warts. There are more than 60 types of HPV.

Simple test may help predict breast cancer return

A simple test to measure tumor cells circulating in the blood could make it easier to tell which breast cancer patients are at greatest risk of their cancer returning after treatment, a German researcher said.



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