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News of: Sunday, 30th of December, 2007

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Militants, Benazir aides allege cover-up

A militant group said yesterday it had no link to Benazir Bhutto's killing, dismissing government claims as a bitter dispute erupted over how the opposition leader was killed.

CA seeks long term NRB contributions

Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed called on expatriate Bangladeshis to help the country become a middle-income state by 2021 with their long-term contributions as the first non-resident Bangladeshi (NRB) conference drew to a close yesterday.

Motive unknown, main culprit untraced still

A week after two Vishnu statuettes were stolen from Zia International Airport (ZIA), law enforcers are yet to find out the motive behind the theft, their destruction and trace Abbas of "Abbas-Nasir" gang, a ZIA-based group who apparently had the artefacts stolen.

71 organisations ask govt for tribunals

Seventy-one socio-cultural and professional organisations yesterday asked the caretaker government to set up special tribunals to try the war criminals of 1971 as soon as possible for the sake of holding a free and fair election in the country.

Rice price up further

Prices of rice varieties and soybean oil have been rising by the day for the last four days in the capital, forcing consumers to throng the fair price shops set up by Bangladesh Rifles (BDR).

Govt asked to involve UN in trial process

Speakers at a discussion yesterday demanded that the present government begin the prosecution of war criminals and involve the international community including the United Nations (UN) in the process.

Militant alert at 67 prisons

Jail authorities have stepped up security in all the 67 prisons, where the Islamist militants are being kept, following the assassination of former Pakistan premier Benazir Bhutto on Thursday.

NRBs for transfer of educational skills

Expatriates have sought government help in transferring their educational skill achieved abroad in a bid to enlighten next generations in Bangladesh with world-class education.

Polls by end of 2008 crucial for foreign investment

Michigan State Senator of the US Hansen Clarke thinks the current atmosphere in Bangladesh is congenial enough to attract foreign investors, but he also said a corruption-free environment remains the precondition.

Sundarbans' Phoenix of recovery

Nature tries to catch up as quickly as possible to regenerate what has been destroyed of the Sundarbans in Cyclone Sidr six weeks ago, with signs of thriving flora and fauna.

India withdraws ban on Bangladeshi investments

India will allow investment from Bangladesh dropping its name from a list which India prepared due to security concerns, leading financial daily The Economic Times reported yesterday.

Charge sheet by tomorrow

Police may file charge sheets against two dozen people today or tomorrow, most of them Dhaka University students, in two cases for assaulting an army person and setting fire to a military vehicle in the city's Shahbagh area August 21.

Fog disrupts river travel

Dense fog yesterday disrupted launch and steamer services on different river routes for seven to nine hours, causing immense sufferings to the passengers.

CJ should take reform initiative

Law Adviser Mainul Hosein yesterday said the chief justice should take the initiative to bring about reforms in the highest court.

Best Air startspassenger flights Jan 14

Domestic airline Best Air will start operating passenger flights on domestic routes on January 14.

Duta yet to finalise next steps

Dhaka University Teachers' Association (Duta) is yet to decide about its next course of action to free the detained teachers and students, although the government deadline for their release expired a week ago.

One killed as train rams microbus

A Saidpur-bound inter-district train from Khulna crashed into a microbus at a level crossing in Jibannagar upazila yesterday morning leaving a microbus passenger dead and four others injured.

Decomposed body of Sidr victim found

One more decomposed body was found at cyclone Sidr- hit Chhoto Taltali village under Sadar upazila of Barguna district yesterday.

Editorial

... And now confusion over how she died?

Tragedy is being reduced to the ludicrous. The assassination of Benazir Bhutto is shocking enough with ramifications not only for Pakistan but also for the region as a whole. But now the Pakistan government comes up with the questionable theory that the former prime minister died not from any gunshot wounds or bomb explosion but from hitting her head on the levers of the sunroof on her vehicle. A successful assassination has taken place, with three shots being fired at her before her assailant blew himself up. For the Islamabad authorities now to inform people that a hit on her head as she ducked killed her is not only bizarre but looks like a clear attempt to evade responsibility over their failure to ensure security for the PPP leader. What about all the eye-witness accounts, report by attending doctors, etc.

'Nijhum Deep' becomes a tourist spot

One must congratulate all those connected with the project, the Bangladeshi sponsor as well as the Upa Zillah Parishad for developing the island as a tourism and entertainment spot. Although the start is modest, the idea behind the action must be commended. It has been the demand of the local inhabitants who saw the vast potential of the area that is of immense natural beauty on the coast of Bangladesh, as a tourist location. This will also accrue to the local council 25 percent of the earning from enterprise.

Benazir's assassination: Implications and lessons

I had grave reservations about the manner in which Benazir Bhutto returned to Pakistan two months ago after a reported power-sharing "deal" with President-General Musharraf. That deal had revived bad memories about an earlier deal struck between her father and another general, with fateful consequences for the future of Pakistan and the region.

Possible aftermath of the elections

There is little doubt that mankind's evolutionary journey for the most optimum ideological system of governance in the "universalisation of western liberal democracy" as the end point of history is yet to be arrived at. The inequity one sees, particularly in the least developed countries like Bangladesh, in people battered by poverty created by both man and nature, lends credence to some scholars' economistic (capitalism versus socialism) theory of democratic development whereby "the developmental principle of democracy is vitiated by the extractive principle of capitalism."

Gujarat wins battle in hate

Once again it has been proved, if any proof was needed, that democracy has struck deep roots in India. The election in Gujarat was free and fair. As happens in a democratic state, the Central Election Commission was supreme, and it rightly kept a tight rein on political

Sports

Win beckons Rajshahi

Rajshahi are eight wickets away from snatching Khulna's top spot as they dominated Day Three of their ninth round match in the 9th National Cricket League at the Rajshahi Divisional Stadium yesterday.

Vettori questions Tigers

New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori has said that Bangladesh could have shown more resolve in chasing a mammoth target of 336 in the second one-day international in Napier yesterday. Bangladesh failed to build on a solid opening stand of 63, losing three wickets for the addition of only five runs and went on the defensive for the rest of the chase. Bangladesh ended on 181 for 6 before rain forced an early end to the match, handing New Zealand a 102-run victory by the D/L method, and the series 2-0.

Aussies storm to win

Australia inflicted one of India's heaviest Test defeats Saturday, winning the opening match of the four-Test Border-Gavaskar Trophy series by 337 runs on the fourth day at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

WI conquer SA finally

The West Indies gained their most significant Test win away from home in seven years when they beat South Africa by 128 runs on the fourth day of the first Test at St George's Park here on Saturday.

Mahmudur's tenure won't be extended

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Saturday officially confirmed that it's current chief executive officer Mahmudur Rahman's contract will not be renewed at the end of his current tenure in mid-February next year.

Trio shines as match drawn

Mithun Ali and Nadimuddin slammed half centuries after Dollar Mahmud's five-for as the three-day warm-up match between Bangladesh Under-19s and South Africa Under-19s ended in a draw at Sedgars Park in Potchefstroom yesterday.

Kumble orders runs

Skipper Anil Kumble, stung Saturday by one of India's heaviest Test defeats, says the tourists must toughen up mentally if they are to improve against Australia in next week's second Test in Sydney.

'Dravid call was right'

India were right to move Rahul Dravid up to opening batsman against Australia, to make room for Yuvraj Singh in the middle order, captain Anil Kumble said after his team lost the first Test on Saturday.

'We did well on foreign pitch'

Australian skipper Ricky Ponting Saturday declared that if the Indian batsmen felt suffocated at a "sub-continental" track like the MCG, they will not find it easy at any of the remaining three matches of the Test series.

Barton in the dock

The Newcastle United footballer Joey Barton will spend new year in jail after being remanded on charges of common assault and affray yesterday.

Fulham appoint Hodgson

Fulham have appointed former Inter Milan and Blackburn boss Roy Hodgson as their new manager, the Premier League club announced on Friday.

USA edge India

An untimely bout of cramp for Sania Mirza cost India any chance of a win against the second-seeded United States in the opening tie of the mixed teams Hopman Cup on Saturday.

Bianchi set to pack his bags

Rolando Bianchi, the £9m Italian striker, has admitted he has no long-term future in English football after six troubled months at Manchester City. Bianchi vented his frustrations in an interview with La Gazetta dello Sport in which he was scathing about English food and described team-mates looking at him "as if I were an alien" when they found out he was teetotal.

$70 million for C' Ron?

Spanish champions Real Madrid are prepared to pay up to 70 million euros (102.59 million dollars) for Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo. This is the front-page claim made on Saturday by sports daily AS.

Valencia haven't sacked trio

Valencia are not looking to get rid of dropped players David Albelda, Santiago Canizares and Miguel Angel Angulo, club president Juan Bautista Soler said on Friday.

Return beckons for Japan stars

The Celtic midfielder Shunsuke Nakamura and Eintracht Frankfurt striker Naohiro Takahara are being hunted back home by J-League clubs, sports dailies reported Saturday.

Wenger wants Lehmann to stay

Arsene Wenger admitted Friday he would prefer if German goalkeeper Jens Lehmann stayed with Arsenal.

Frankfurt sign Fenin

Czech striker Martin Fenin, one of the stars of last summer's under-20 World Cup, has signed for Bundesliga club Eintracht Frankfurt, the Czech agency CTK said Friday citing the director of his current club FK Teplice.

Matthaus in line for Bosnia job

German football legend Lothar Matthaus is among the candidates to coach the Bosnian national side, the country's football association said Friday.

Cole loses appeal

Chelsea defender Ashley Cole on Friday lost his appeal for wrongful dismissal against Aston Villa.

Aguero's release clause raised

Atletico Madrid announced Friday they have increased the get-out clause for Argentinian striker Sergio Aguero to 55 million euro (81 million dollars).

Hogg upstages India

A specialist spinner's greatest fear is being out-bowled by a part-timer on the final day. It happened in Brad Hogg's previous Test, when Simon Katich grabbed six wickets in the second innings to his one, and the upshot was a four-year wait for a fifth cap.

Ricky being safe

Captain Ricky Ponting on Saturday kept a lid on expectations as his all-conquering Australian team edge closer to a world record number of Test cricket victories.

Choking to win

There was a time in the morning session, when Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman were in the middle, when Stuart Clark bowled with a short mid-on and two short midwickets, a semi-circle of three waiting for a chip in the air. Mitchell Johnson, bowling at the other end, operated with a staggered slip cordon containing five catchers and Andrew Symonds, brought on soon, was operating with a short midwicket, a lone third slip, and two short extra covers.

Gilchrist thanks bowlers

Adam Gilchrist praised the quality of bowlers he has kept to as he became Australia's record-breaking wicketkeeper during his team's 337-run first Test win over India here Saturday.

Dhaka ride on Sohali

Dhaka won their second successive game with an exciting two-run victory over Rajshahi to all but confirm the title of the first-ever Meril Women's Divisional cricket tournament yesterday.

Yuvraj goes scot-free

Indian batsman Yuvraj Singh was found not guilty of dissent during the first Test against Australia, lingering at the crease out of shock not protest, match referee Mike Procter said Saturday.

Browne to join WI squad

The West Indies called up uncapped wicket-keeper/batsman Patrick Browne on Friday to join the squad on the tour of South Africa.

Semis set for v'ball meet

The semifinal line-up of the 18th National Women Volleyball competition was complete after Bangladesh Ansar, Rajshahi, Pabna and Gazipur winning their respective matches at the Volleyball Stadium in the city yesterday.

V-Day hockey from today

Bangladesh Army take on Bangladesh Navy in the opening day fixture of the Dhaka Bank Victory Day Hockey tournament at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium today.

Business

Best Air starts passenger flights from January 14

Local airline Best Air is set to start passenger flights on the domestic route on January 14, a move industry experts believe will intensify competition in Bangladesh's growing aviation market.

NRBs for more investment-friendly environment

Bangladesh holds a huge potential for investment, especially from abroad, but it needs to ensure a more investment friendly environment to attract foreign direct investment (FDI), expatriate Bangladeshis observed yesterday.

US shares sink after Benazir murder raises security jitters

US stock indices posted triple-digit losses Thursday after the murder of Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto raised geopolitical security concerns, and manufacturing data pointed to sluggish economic growth.

Dollar losing ground in global forex reserves: IMF

The dollar is losing ground as the currency of choice in the world's foreign exchange reserves, the International Monetary Fund said Friday.

US new home sales decline, business activity increases

Sales of new US homes fell in November to the lowest rate since 1995, but business activity perked up this month, according to reports Friday that showed pockets of strength in the economy despite a housing sector meltdown.

China raises individual income tax threshold

China's top legislature on Saturday adopted a law amendment to raise the country's individual income tax threshold from 1,600 yuan a month to 2,000 yuan.

375 students get scholarship from Fair & Lovely Foundation

A total of 375 female students yesterday received scholarship for higher education from Fair & Lovely Foundation, a social initiative of Unilever Bangladesh Ltd.

Citi, HSBC banks mull selling units

US and European banks including Citigroup Inc (C.N) and HSBC Holdings PLC (HSBA.L) are considering selling off parts of their businesses as they prepare for tough times ahead, the Wall Street Journal reported.

ICAB elects new president

Md Humayun Kabir has been elected new president of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh (ICAB) for the year 2008, says a press release.

Indonesia may limit licence for cellular operators

The Indonesian government may limit the number of licences issued to incoming cellular operators, citing fierce competition in the industry that has led to "panic and excessive marketing efforts," local press said Saturday.

Toyota eyes concept truck

Toyota Motor Corp. plans to introduce a concept hybrid pickup truck featuring improved fuel economy and lower emissions at the 2008 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the automaker said Friday.

Kohinoor Chemical approves 18pc dividend

Kohinoor Chemical Company (BD) Ltd has approved an 18 percent dividend for its shareholders for the year 2006-07.

Currency

Global markets
Local foreign exchange market

Correction

In a news item headlined 'Dhaka for free access of all LDC goods to rich nations' published yesterday on this page, the elaboration of NAMA was printed incorrectly. It should read as non-agricultural market access (NAMA). We regret the inadvertent mistake.

Metropolitan

Ensure security of judicial magistrates at dist level

Chief Justice M Ruhul Amin yesterday said the government should enhance the salary of subordinate court judges and ensure logistic supports to make the dispensation of justice effective.

Hold zila, UZ, parliamentary polls simultaneously

Elections to zila and upazila parishads should be held simultaneously with the parliamentary elections, Chairman of Regulatory Reforms Committee Dr Akbar Ali Khan said yesterday.

Religious leaders can play role of change makers

The religious leaders can play the role of change makers and with the institutional support they can also work for preventing women repression in the society, speakers at a workshop said yesterday.

'Write experiences of liberation war'

Speakers at a book publication ceremony yesterday urged the people concerned to write their experiences of the War of Liberation not only to tell people the truth but also to counter those distorting the country's history.

'Train local professionals to extract natural resources'

The government should take initiatives to train local professionals to extract natural resources in order to reduce dependency on foreign experts, former chief justice Muhammad Habibur Rahman said yesterday.

Redwan shown arrested under EPR, sent to jail

A Dhaka court yesterday sent former state minister for Liberation War Affairs Redwan Ahmed to jail after Shahbagh police produced him before the court showing him arrested under section 16(2) of the Emergency Power Rules (EPR).

Road accidents kill three

At least three people were killed and eight others injured in separate road accidents in Dhaka and Satkhira yesterday.

Forming Truth Commission would be unfortunate

Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) President Ferdous Ahmad Quarishi yesterday said it would be unfortunate if the Truth Commission is formed.

NAPSA AGM held

The annual general meeting of the National Association of Public Sector Accountants (NAPSA) was held in the city on Friday, says a press release.

DU political science deptt examination postponed

Dhaka University authorities postponed an MSS examination of 2005 on the comprehensive course under political science department yesterday after it emerged that most questions were leaked.

Monajatuddin had true love for country

Shankar Lal Das, Golachipa correspondent of the Daily Janakantha, was awarded 'Charon Sangbadik Monajatuddin Smirti Award-2006' for his series of investigative reports on 'life and livelihood of char people'.

3 die in city incident

Three people were killed in separate accidents in the capital yesterday.

RCC Community policing launched

Community policing was launched at Ward No 9 under Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) yesterday with a call to making the ward free from drug and terrorism.

Iftekhar signs condolence book for Benazir

Foreign Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury yesterday signed the condolence book opened at the Pakistani embassy in Dhaka in memory of the slain former Pakistan prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

British minister optimistic about election in Bangladesh

British Transport Minister J Fitzpatrick, MP has said they are optimistic about the next national election in Bangladesh, since the authorities have taken up some measures towards a democratic process.

Madrasa boy dies in rooftop fall

A seven-year-old madrasa student died after he fell from the rooftop of a five-storey building at Lalbagh in the old part of the city yesterday.

Birth anniversary of Novera Deepita tomorrow

The birth anniversary of Novera Deepita, a reporter of The Daily Star, will be observed tomorrow, says a press release.

Get-together

The annual get-together of the alumni of Dhaka College 1963-65 batch will be held on January 11 next year.

Sadat Salim elected Dhaka Club president

Sadat Hossain Salim, managing director of Rupayan Housing Estate Ltd, was elected president of Dhaka Club for 2007-2008, says a press release.

Kashem Jamal new president of N'ganj Club

Kashem Jamal, vice-president of BKMEA, has been elected president of Narayanganj Club on Friday, says a press release.

Mystery shrouds death of woman, her daughter

Mystery shrouds the murder of a 25-year old mother and her baby daughter who were slaughtered at Dimla village of Dimla upazila Friday night.

National

Surma-Kushiyara irrigation project uncertain after several revisions

Revised several times in last six years, the fate of Upper Surma-Kushiyara Irrigation and Flood Control Project has become uncertain again.

Army move in Nilphamari hailed

Different organisations yesterday hailed the initiative by army to free some hardcore poor farmers of Jaldhaka and Dimla upazilas from shackles of loan.

Security stepped up in Khulna city

Khulna Metropolitan Police (KMP) has stepped up security in the entire city following intelligence information that a group of extremists in different guises are in the city to carry out destructive activities on the night of 31st December (Monday).

Villagers join hands to remove silt from Kabodak

Villagers joined hands to remove silt from the bed of the Kabodak as repeated appeals by people in the area went unheeded several times in Sarulia union (UP) in Tala upazila.

Zainul's birth anniversary porgrammes conclude

The three-day programmes marking the 93rd birth anniversary of Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin concluded on the premises of Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin Sangrahashala (art gallery) here yesterday.

'Declare Sharankhola a disaster area'

Sharankhola Town Protection Implementation Action Committee (STPIAC) yesterday announced an agitation programme to press its three-point demand.

Improve English before going abroad

Zilani Chowdhury, an elected councilor of Islington Council in UK yesterday urged the young people who wanted to go abroad for education or other purposes to improve their English language skill.

Death anniversary of Monajat Uddin observed

Journalists in Rangpur and Nilphamari yesterday observed the 12th death anniversary of Monajatuddin through various programmes.

Letters

America's first woman president?

The year 2007 witnessed an unprecedented event- Prof. Dr. Drew Gilpin Faust became the first woman President of America's most prestigious and oldest university, The Harvard University which was established in 1636. So, it appears that the time has come for the American women to take up the leadership of the United States.

Registration of political parties

Due to the political crisis and unstable law and order situation in the country, the people welcomed the formation of the reconstituted new civil caretaker government headed by Dr. Fakhruddin Ahmed.

Performing Hajj

We have seen the culture of going for Hajj and Umrah by our past national leaders and heads of state. Most of the citizens of Bangladesh remained unaware about the source of the money for making such pilgrimage. According to the principles of Islam, a person with adequate financial ability must go for Hajj once in his/her lifetime.

Remitter programme

Across the developing world, total global remittances from workers to their families (US$240 billion) amounts to more than DOUBLE the value of foreign aid.

Rules and regulations

Formation of the Regulatory Reform Commission (RRC) and the idea of circulation of drafted rules & regulations for public opinion (source: The Daily Star, 14-12-07) is certainly a praiseworthy measure. It could make us, general citizens, conscious and protected from unexplained harassment-- the harassment we faced in the past due to absent or hidden public rules and regulations.

University teachers

Despite all hope for a "honourable" solution of the recent DU incidents, the issue seems to be getting into a “black hole”. As an ordinary citizen we would once again request the government not to take any steps which would lead them to a point of no-return. That would only further destabilise the overall situation prevailing in the country including the present quest for democracy.

Our education system

The education system of our country, after 36 years of independence, still remains the same. Only the grading system has been introduced and every year a large number of students pass their SSC and HSC examinations acquiring Golden GPA-5. But still the main problem in this case is that the books published by the National Curriculum & Text Book Boar cannot be compared with the international standards. The syllabuses prescribed by the board which direct the students to do their studies in a planned way are mostly not practical. And majority of Bangla-medium students can't even speak English fluently, despite their knowledge of grammar and the introduction of FM method, communicative English and such other processes. In addition to this, The English books of primary level truly lack in quality and standard. Most of the SSC examinees memorise the essays, paragraphs, letters etc. from which they surely get one in the examination and they can easily pass without the ability to write freely in English.

Talk-show culture

I noted a complaint in the press about the new culture of TV talk-shows [after the suffocation of the muzzled freedom of the press by the dictated political regimes, now drowning and seeking floating straws for survival]. We Bengalese have got the natural gift of the gab -- it creates a lot of intellectual garbage!

Why this delay?

My elder brother was a dedicated physician. Dr. Azizul Huq retired as Deputy Director of Sir Salimullah Medical Hospital in 1999. He applied for his pension the same year. He died in 2002. Neither pension nor his provident fund money he could enjoy during his lifetime. Five more years passed, his wife somehow drew G.P. fund money and 12 months pay after undue persuasion as well as paying enough bribe. She and her unemployed son are still awaiting for the pension money long overdue. Perhaps none in the health ministry reviews the pending pension cases even once in seven years. Dr. Azizul Huq died without pension. His widow a diabetic patient is languishing in poverty in these hard days waiting for her husband's pension. Corrupt officials are extracting money in every possible way. Is there none to look after these?

International

Musharraf orders firm action against rioters

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf yesterday ordered security chiefs to take firm action against rioters following the assassination of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto, state media said.

'Pakistan's nukes safe despite unrest'

The chance of Pakistan's nuclear weapons falling into the hands of Islamic militants is slight, even if unrest persists in the wake of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto's death, US analysts said.

US admn consults allies, Pak parties on crisis

The United States said Friday it is in close contact with Pakistani political parties and allies to keep Pakistan on the path to democracy after opposition leader Benazir Bhutto's assassination.

Japan PM plays catch with China's Wen as ties warm

Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda enjoyed a round of baseball diplomacy with his Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabao Saturday, one day after the leaders pledged to build on their rapidly warming ties.

US must burnish image in Pakistan

As calls rose for the United States to toughen its stance towards Pakistan after the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, experts urged Washington to tread carefully to keep its volatile Asian ally on side and avoid the country imploding.

Hillary slams Musharraf, demands int'l probe

Hillary Clinton Friday called for an independent, international probe into Benazir Bhutto's murder, as the turmoil wracking US anti-terror ally Pakistan reshaped debate in the White House race.

Benazir note on party's future to be read today: Husband

Benazir Bhutto's husband said in an interview yesterday that she left instructions about the future of the Pakistan People's Party to be read in the event of her death, which would be made public today.

Afghan ministers call for unity against terror

Afghan leaders expressed concern Saturday that the killing of Benazir Bhutto would harm stability in the region and called for "honest" cooperation against extremism affecting both nations.

Tensions in Kenya over polls results

Hundreds of people stoned cars and rival ethnic groups fought in a sprawling slum Saturday amid tensions over delayed results from the closest presidential election in Kenya's history, witnesses said.

Arts & Entertainment

First Non-Resident Bangladeshi Conference '07

On the second day of the First Non-Resident Bangladeshi Conference '07, a cultural programme was held at the Ball Room, Hotel Sheraton on December 28. The programme featured Tagore and Nazrul songs, recitation and dance performed by expatriate and noted Bangladeshi artistes.

Concert by Warid

On December 28 the band music aficionados in Dhaka were in for a treat at the 'Warid Caller Tunes Concert'. The event was jointly organised by Antar Showbiz and Warid Telecom and pulled in about 10,000 music lovers at the Kalabagan field.

Merging prose and poetry with paints

Teen-aged, gold medal winner Adil Hoque, an autistic painter, has won the hearts of Dhaka art lovers years back with his repeated solos and joint ventures. Now, along with his elder sister Shaoli, here for a while from Oxford, Adil, with his vivid imagination and tales or Egyptian past, builds a world of dreams and recorded history. In them Tutenkhamun, Shakespeare and Shelley are well blended together in scintillating colours and moving images.

Bengal Foundation launches regular musical programme

As part of its efforts to promote traditional music, Bengal Foundation launched a new programme on December 28 at the Bengal Shilpalaya in Dhanmondi. Bengal Foundation announced that from now on it will arrange a three-day musical programme titled Praner Khela every month.

Ferdous Ara's solo musical soiree at Shilpakala

Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) arranged a solo musical soiree featuring performances by renowned Nazrul singer Ferdous Ara at the National Theatre Stage on December 28. The soiree featured renditions of bhawaiyya, patriotic tunes, songs of yesteryears and Nazrul sangeet.

"Jolbalika" goes to India

Padatik Natya Sangsad's popular production Jolbalika will be staged at the "Joychandi Pahar Tourism Festival, Purulia, West Bengal on January 1, 2008, says a press release. There will be two more shows of the play near Purulia on January 2 and 3. The last show will be staged in Kolkata on January 4, at Modhusudhan Mancho.

OP-ED

Another Muslim killed by Muslim extremists

Ever since her return to Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto had been a target of opportunity for Muslim extremists belonging to Al Qaeda, Taliban and assorted group of Muslim extremists. Being an educated and liberal-minded woman, she was most hated by these Muslim extremists and they declared a war against her even before her arrival. For them, a woman as head of government is totally unacceptable.

Second generation NRBs: Untapped resource

Dhaka witnessed one of the biggest gathering of NRB professionals at Hotel Sheraton over the past three days. The three day event that commenced Thursday and ended yesterday is organised by a not for profit organisation, Scholars Bangladesh, with the support of the government.

Resident or non-resident?

Recently, in Delhi, as a Delhite historian friend was showing me a historical site, she said the architect of that monument was from Persia. I shot back, saying: "He must have been the first NRI, Non-resident Iranian, I mean."

Reforms and election

The political history of the South Asian subcontinent is fairly old and eventful. In fact, formal organisational politics in South Asia started with the formation of the Indian Congress in 1885. The Muslims of India emerged as a separate political entity with the formation of Muslim League about a hundred years back. It is, indeed, a shame for our politicians that we failed to provide truly democratic politics to our people despite having a long political past. The political bankruptcy that we now encounter is the legacy of negligence, disregard, and the feudalistic attitude of our leaders over the years.

Star City

No time for becoming voters

With the clock ticking away to one in the afternoon, thousands of garment factory workers start pouring into the busy thoroughfares of the city.

Dhaka Zoo now looks for 'suitable' importer

The Dhaka Zoo will not be able to add more animals to its display quite soon due to unavailability of local importers specialised and experienced in wild animal import, said zoo officials.

'Stop unplanned growth, take pro-people steps'

Development of sustainable transportation systems for Dhaka largely depends on undertaking well-planned and feasible projects and decentralisation of facilities, said both local experts and non-resident Bangladeshi professionals yesterday.

Sidelined from the sidewalks

The sidewalks of Dhaka have all the elements to turn even the most mild-mannered person into a raving lunatic.

Star Health

Vaccine to prevent diarrhoea

Throughout the world, rotaviruses are the single most causative agents of severe diarrhoea in infants and young children. As a result of the associated mortality and morbidity, rotaviral gastroenteritis represents a major public health burden. Within the first five years of life, virtually every children becomes infected with this diarrhoeal pathogen, irrespective of race or socio-economic status.

Surgery in the mainstay of cancer treatment

More than two and half lacs of patents are diagnosed with cancer in Bangladesh. Everyday there is emergence of newer problems in medical science. Surgery is the oldest form of cancer treatment. The branch of surgery which deals with cancer patients is called surgical oncology and surgeons are called oncosurgeons.

Integrated thalassaemia treatment centre is to set up in the city

Bangladesh Thalassaemia Foundation and Bangladesh Society of Hematology has jointly organised a seminar entitled “The role of iron chelation in Thalassaemia: Present and future prospects” at BIRDEM auditorium recently. Eminent specialist physicians of the country discussed about the importance of iron chelation in the treatment of thalassaemia.

Children dying for lack of child-sized drugs: WHO

Children are dying for lack of drugs tailored to their needs, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), which launched a global campaign recently to promote more research into child medicine.

Obesity may hurt women's chances of conception

Obesity decreases the chances that a woman will get pregnant, and the more obese she is, the worse her prospects of conception, Dutch researchers said.

M-Enoxaparin ANDA not approvable in current form

Momenta Pharmaceutics Inc. (Nasdaq:MNTA) announced that its collaboration partner, Sandoz Inc. (Sandoz), a division of Novartis, had received a letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on November 5, 2007, stating that Sandoz abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) for Enoxaparin Sodium Injection is not approvable says a press release.



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