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Rice price falls little, fails to soothe people

Economists say the ongoing crisis of rice is the result of government failure to ensure timely import needed to make good the production shortfall caused by recurring floods and cyclone last year.

Global price surge heats up edible oil market

Edible oil prices increased by Tk 2 per litre yesterday in local markets as crude soybean oil prices soared to $ 1,200 a tonne in international markets the previous day.

Strong local govt soon to serve the grassroots

Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday hoped the government will soon be able to build a strong, transparent and accountable local government on the basis of the recommendations made by a committee to effectively provide desired services for the grassroots people.

AI expects govt to initiate the process

Global human rights watchdog Amnesty International (AI) yesterday asked the caretaker government to try war criminals.

Living on less

It was 2:00pm, already late for the first meal of the day. Sitting by the Karwan Bazar railway tracks, Marzina Begum was just making preparations to do the cooking for her family of six.

Steps taken to import 10 lakh MT rice: CA

Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday said the government has taken steps to import 10 lakh tonnes of rice to stabilise the food prices.

Aziz blames lack of proper coordination

Finance Adviser Mirza Azizul Islam yesterday attributed the present rice crisis to lack of coordination between demand and supply and lake of confidence among the traders.

Price control govt's main challenge

Army Chief General Moeen U Ahmed has said the main challenge for the caretaker government is to control the soaring prices of essentials and keep the market stable until the next Boro harvest.

Govt's talk with parties a must to end crisis

Dialogues between political parties and the government are an imperative to resolve the present political crisis in the country and to pave the way towards holding a free, fair and credible election, said speakers at a roundtable yesterday.

Govt asked to follow int'l procedures

Panellists at the BBC Bangladesh Sanglap yesterday demanded immediate trial of the war criminals of 1971.

Razakars' list being made in Patuakhali

Bangladesh Muktijoddha Sangsad's Patuakhali unit has started preparing a list of Razakars, the local collaborators of Pakistan Army during the Liberation War, in the district.

A rare good Tigers day

Debutants Tamim Iqbal and Zunaed Siddiqui put on a record partnership for the first wicket as Bangladesh staged a dramatic turnaround in their second innings against New Zealand on the second day of the first Test at the University Oval in Dunedin yesterday.

3 of a family burned to death in fire

Three of a family were burnt alive yesterday as a fire broke out at their house at Kashimnagar village of Paikgachha upazila in Khulna.

Ex-dy minister Salam Pintu not yet handed over to police

BNP leader and former deputy minister for education Abdus Salam Pintu, reportedly detained by joint forces for his suspected involvement in the August 21 grenade attacks on an Awami League rally in 2004, is yet to be handed over to police or produced before court.

AL city unit for movement to free Hasina

The Awami League's Dhaka city unit yesterday called on their central leadership to announce specific programmes to free party chief Sheikh Hasina from jail.

British MP arrives to discuss elections

British Conservative Party MP Anne Main arrived here yesterday on a weeklong visit to discuss elections and others issues with the government and opposition leaders and civil-society representatives.

Qatar labour minister in city

Labour and Social Affairs Minister of Qatar Sultan Bin Hasan al-Dhabit Al-Dosari arrived in Dhaka yesterday on a two-day visit.

One crushed under train

A man was killed on Friday evening as a Dhaka-bound train ran over him near Arani rail station in Rajshahi.

BSF kills 1

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) shot dead a Bangladeshi cattle trader on Ratanai border under Baliadangi upazila early yesterday.

Zardari blames govt elements for killing

The husband of slain opposition leader Benazir Bhutto yesterday accused elements within Pakistan's government of responsibility for her murder and urged Britain and the United States to support a UN investigation into the killing.

Troops overrun LTTE bunkers: 26 killed

Soldiers overran separatist Tamil rebel bunkers and traded artillery fire across Sri Lanka's embattled north yesterday leaving 26 insurgents dead, the military said, just days after the country's 2002 cease-fire collapsed.

Iraqi soldier guns down 2 US troops

Two American soldiers killed during a joint US-Iraq patrol in the northern city of Mosul last week were deliberately shot by an Iraqi soldier, the US and Iraqi militaries said on Saturday.


We regret the inadvertent mistake in a caption yesterday that described Raju Bhashkorjo (sculpture) on Dhaka University campus as Aparajeyo Bangla.


Case against DU teachers and students

The detained Dhaka University teachers and students are undergoing a legal process despite the two-week deadline the government had set for their release which expired on December 23. Nearly two weeks have elapsed since then. Their already long period of detention is that much more extended, for how long, nobody can say with any degree of certainty.

Utilisation of natural resources

A roundtable on our endangered power sector and what needs to be done about it in the national interest emphasises once again an issue of vital public concern. In the past many years, the inefficiency as well as corruption that has sapped the strength of the sector has left the country reeling from its effects, to a point where the nation is still paying a price. One cannot but agree with the participants, many of whom echoed the views of large sections of the public when they referred to improper utilisation of natural resources and unbridled corruption in the power sector as realities we must now contend with. With power shortage now well over 2000 megawatts, it is not unnatural that industrial production in the country will be directly affected.

The winter of discontent

The assassination of Benazir Bhutto has dealt a serious blow to the re-emergence of democracy in Pakistan and the country's return to stability. Echoing global sentiment, Brussels based International Crisis Group in a statement said: "Pakistan's military backed interim government is not in a position to carry out a fair investigation into the assassination. The United Nations Security Council should meet urgently to establish an international commission of enquiry to determine who ordered and carried out the killings. Given the long standing connections between the Pakistan military and jihadi groups, this would be the only way to carry out an impartial and credible investigation."

The 'price' of high rice prices

That soaring rice prices are hitting households below the belt is not a secret in a market economy and a society with media independence. Media independence has both a good and a bad side -- depending on how one looks at it. It is good because it keeps a government awake and updated so that riots and rumours do not cost popularity of the government. That is why it is said that democratic societies with press freedom rarely face famines.

2007 -- South Asia was in focus in contrasting ways

Events in two countries in South Asia, in contrasting fashions, hogged headlines not only in the region but also in the international scene in 2007. Interestingly, one event took place early in the year, which was talked about as a positive issue, while the other at the fag end of the year caused severe adverse repurcussions.


Day belongs to Tigers

After a fascinating day's cricket Bangladesh finally imposed themselves on New Zealand and showed some much needed fight that could yet revive a tour that had been largely disappointing until Saturday. The Tigers bowled New Zealand out for 357 and then in their second innings trailed by just 72 runs with all wickets intact thanks to a record 148-run opening stand in 39 overs from Tamim Iqbal and Zunaed Siddiqui. With three full days to go the first Test could be thrown wide open if the tourists can bat throughout day three, a prospect that is no longer an improbability.

Title tilts to north

Nayeem Islam and Mohammad Shahjada converted their over-night half-centuries into hundreds as Rajshahi tightened their grip on Dhaka at the end of the second day of the tenth and final round National Cricket League match at the Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday.

SA level series

South Africa successfully chased down 185 runs on the fourth day of the second Test to win by seven wickets, levelling the three-match series with West Indies 1-1 at Newlands on Saturday.

Hayden wrests control

Matthew Hayden batted in pain to give Australia an outside chance of a record-equalling 16th Test victory over India in the second cricket Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday.

Shakil down to third

FIDE Master Abu Sufian Shakil is in third place of the Masters Chess Tournament 83rd Hastings Chess Congress along with 11 other players at Hastings in England on Friday.

Wari eke out a win

Wari's Anwar scored the solitary goal in his team's 1-0 victory over Dipali Jubo Sangha in the Metropolis Senior Division Football League at the Bir Shreshtha Shaheed Sepoy Mostafa Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.

BKSP sink Navy

BKSP earned a convincing 3-1 victory over Bangladesh Navy in the day's lone match of the Dhaka Bank Victory Day Hockey Competition at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.

For the 8th time

Harbhajan Singh spiced up his feisty rivalry with Ricky Ponting, revelling in a first-ball dismissal of the Australian captain on the fourth day of the second Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday.

Maldini concerned

AC Milan defender Paolo Maldini admitted on Saturday that he is worried about the European champions' dismal home league form.

Venus crushes Maria

American superstar Venus Williams fired a warning shot ahead of the Australian Open Saturday, crushing one of her main rivals Maria Sharapova in Hong Kong with a ruthless display of power tennis.

Gunner Becks!

David Beckham trained with Arsenal for the first time on Friday as the England midfielder tries to maintain his fitness for international duty.

Cup headache for Arsene

Arsene Wenger admits the FA Cup could jeopardise his hopes of winning the Champions League but the Arsenal manager is determined not to disrespect the competition's heritage.

C'Ron rumours rubbished

Sir Alex Ferguson has rubbished speculation linking Cristiano Ronaldo with a shock move to Spanish champions Real Madrid.

Premiership is best league

The national team may be an embarrassment, but England's Premier League has been voted the best in the world in a survey.

Chelsea cool Berbatov talk

Avram Grant insists Chelsea are not considering a bid for Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov.

Rijkaard wants more style

Barcelona wants to win matches by playing an attractive game, the club's coach Frank Rijkaard said Friday, one day after his Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o argued winning matters more than style.

Van der Vaart readies for exit

Hamburg's Dutch international Raphael van der Vaart revealed Saturday that he will not be renewing his contract with the German side and sees his future more at Italian club Juventus.

'No racial abuse'

Match umpires did not hear any alleged racial abuse of Australia's Andrew Symonds during the second cricket Test against India, match referee Mike Procter said Saturday.

Sachin's script written

The script was almost written the moment he played on after making 62 in Melbourne when he appeared set for a big hundred.

Ponting's biggest punt

Ricky Ponting will need to take a big risk if Australia are to equal the world record of 16 consecutive wins. The mark set by Steve Waugh does not bother Ponting, who refuses to be swayed by statistics, but winning matters a lot to him.

India not upset: Ganguly

Australia's racial abuse complaint against Harbhajan Singh may have given a seemingly nasty turn to the ongoing Test series but Indian batsman Sourav Ganguly on Saturday rubbished suggestions that the issue has upset the visiting side.

Matthew level with the Don

Matthew Hayden overcame a nagging thigh injury to move level with Don Bradman on Australia's list of century makers with 29. Hayden's 123 helped Australia earn a lead of 213 entering the final day and he is confident they already have enough to defeat India and secure a world-record equalling 16th victory.


Knitwear emerges as No 1 export item

For the first time ever exports of knitwear look set to overtake woven products this year as the country's largest export item, with the industry benefiting from large-scale investment in the sector over the past decade.

MCCI wants reforms in BoI

The metropolitan chamber has advocated reforms in the country's state-run investment promotion agency in order to remove bottlenecks to investment.

Foreign investment on DSE surges in 2007

The country's premier bourse received Tk 8.9 billion in net foreign or portfolio investment during 2007, a jump of around 830 percent on the previous year as European and US fund mangers looking for high returns 'discovered' the Dhaka Stock Exchange.

United Airways' more flights from next month

Amid increased customer demands, United Airways (BD) is planning to raise the number of its flights on domestic routes early next month by adding another aircraft to its fleet.

US unemployment up, stoking recession fears

Wary employers clamped down on hiring and pushed the unemployment rate to a two-year high of 5 percent in December, an ominous sign that the economy may slide into recession. President Bush explored a rescue package, including a tax cut, with his economic advisers.

Vietnamese textile workers strike over low wage

About 2,000 workers have gone on strike at a Taiwan-owned textile plant in southern Vietnam, complaining their wages are not keeping pace with rising consumer prices, a labour official said Friday.

China fears tight supply may hit grain stability

Tight supplies in key categories and rising global prices are making it difficult to stabilise China's domestic grain market, the governing authority said yesterday.

US keeps up foreign investment in face of deficits

The United States has maintained foreign capital inflows to finance its big balance of payments deficit but any dropoff in investment could end up hurting the economy, a Federal Reserve report showed Thursday.

India calls for lower interest rates

India's finance minister has called on banks to lower interest rates to keep Asia's third-largest economy expanding strongly amid fears aggressive monetary tightening could slow growth.

Phoenix Finance gets new MD

SM Intekhab Alam has taken over as the managing director of Phoenix Finance and Investments Ltd with effect from January 1.

KL rations cooking oil after panic-buying

Malaysia has slapped restrictions on cooking oil purchases after panic-buying triggered by rumours of price hikes caused severe shortages, reports said Saturday.

Eskayef launches medicine for diabetes patients

Eskayef Bangladesh Ltd, one of the leading pharmaceutical companies in Bangladesh, has launched Aldorin film coated tablet for diabetes patients for the first time in the country's market, says a press release.

Prime Bank launches training programme

Prime Bank Ltd launched a five-day long training course on 'Islamic Banking Supervision, Basel II and Capital Adequacy' in Dhaka yesterday, says a press release.

Reliance Power to raise up to $2.9b in India's biggest IPO

Reliance Power, a unit of Reliance Energy, plans to raise up to 2.9 billion dollars in what would be India's biggest public offering, investment bankers said Friday.

ADB to lend, invest $214m in China airports

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is to lend and invest a total of 214 million dollars in China's airports, its first foray into the sector, the Manila-based financial institution announced Saturday.


HR situation deteriorates

Some 184 people were killed by law enforcement agencies and 35 journalists were injured in attacks, 13 others arrested and 35 others were manhandled last year, according to the Annual Report on Human Rights Issues 2007.

Build a society encouraging innovations

Educationists at an award giving ceremony yesterday called for building a society where people would feel encouraged to develop rational thinking and make innovations in order to solve problems and improve their lives.

'Take steps against land grabbers'

A vested quarter has been trying to occupy nine-bigha land of Osmani Udyan in the city showing fake documents, hiding information and misguiding the court, speakers said at a discussion yesterday.

Adopt habitat-friendly coal mining

Phulbari residents will not oppose coal mining in the area if their habitat and livelihoods remain unaffected¸ said leaders of Phulbari Rakkha Committee yesterday.

Health centre to provide free medicare for urban poor

An urban health center was inaugurated at Shahjahanpur yesterday aimed at providing free medicare facilities to the distressed people who live in city's slums and footpaths.

4 killed in road crashes

At least four people were killed and 21 others injured in separate road accidents in Chittagong, Dinajpur, Magura and Thakurgaon yesterday.

Sit-in at DU for release of detained teachers, students

A group of students yesterday staged a sit-in on Dhaka University (DU) campus demanding immediate release of the detained teachers and students.

Call for wider use of Guti urea to boost crop yields

Agriculture Adviser Dr CS Karim yesterday underscored the need for wider use of Guti urea in farmlands in order to increase crop production.

4 held with Yaba tablets, heroin, phensidyl

Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab)-4, in separate drives, arrested four drug peddlers along with Yaba tablets, heroin and phensidyl syrup from the upazila and Dhaka city on Friday night.

Electronic media urged to air more programmes on indigenous culture

The 25th anniversary of a BTV programme for preserving and highlighting the indigenous culture and heritage will be celebrated amid festivity today.

CU progressive teachers boycott condolence meet

Progressive teachers of Chittagong University (CU) yesterday boycotted a meeting to condole the deaths of Prof Chowdhury Zahurul Haque and Prof Rezaul Karim for giving equal treatment.

JU Day celebration on Jan 12

The Jahangirnagar University Day will be celebrated on January 12 with the reunion of former and present students, teachers, officers and employees on the campus.

Jagannath hall alumni association meeting held

Jagannath Hall Alumni Association (JHAA) yesterday held its annual meeting at the Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Center, recalling the golden days at the dormitory of Dhaka University.

‘Give due recognition to indigenous people’

Speakers at a discussion yesterday urged the government to give due recognition to indigenous people of the country.

Aggyan Party kills grocer

Members of 'Aggyan Party' drugged a grocer to death at Dayaganj under Sutrapur Police Station in the city yesterday.

Trader shot

Criminals shot a kitchen shop owner at Dania in Jatrabari in the city yesterday as he refused to pay the extortion money.


Amon yield falls short of target by 3,000 tonnes in Pabna

Production of Amon paddy in Pabna this year has been estimated at around 13,000 tonnes less than the target.

Dinajpur 'mine blast tragedy' day today

Today the people of Dinajpur will remember the tragic death of hundreds of freedom fighters and common people in mine explosions at a freedom fighters transit camp, setup at Maharaja Girizanath High School ground.

Jt forces monitor rice markets in Khulna

Joint forces Friday evening started investigation in rice wholesale markets in Khulna and Daulatdia and talked with traders and wholesalers about rise in rice eprices.

Sajid's father cries for justice

Father of a youth, who was allegedly murdered in police custody here over two years ago, has demanded speedy trial of the case and exemplary punishment to the killers.

12 'JMB-3' marked bombs recovered

Twelve remote control bombs inscribed with 'JMB-3' and eight strong power gels which were allegedly belonging to Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) were recovered at Akhrabazar of the town yesterday.


Assassination of Benazir Bhutto

The assassination of Benazir Bhutto is an attack on those people who want to see progressive, modern and educated leaders in the forefront of politics. As a young man I have taken a great deal of interest in her journey through life as a young woman leader. Having read her autobiography years ago, I was astounded by the pain and agony she had to go through but I was even more astounded by the fact that despite difficulties her will to bring change to Pakistan remained undiminished.

Place of Bangla

Our mother tongue has a permanent place in our hearts. We paid a very high price to achieve it. No one can overlook the enriched literature and tradition of Bangla.

Schools in Dhaka

Recently, I went through the cover story of the November issue of PURPLE magazine. I came to know many surprising facts about our schools--private and public. Many amused me but most were frustrating.

AL plan

The AL front organisations' plan for agitation is indicative of a fundamental distance these organisations have from the plight of common people, who are looking for nothing more than employment and food, especially after the floods and the cyclone.

Forestry graduates

In most of the developed countries, forests are managed by professional foresters who typically require a 4-year university degree in forestry and a professional licence to practise forestry. In Bangladesh, nothing of that sort seems to have a place, especially with the Bangladesh Forest Department (BFD)the lone government agency that has lately earned so much of ill-repute due to unbridled corruption amongst its rank and file.

Need for national austerity

Mr. A.N.M. Nurul Haque, a columnist of The Daily Star in his article published on December 4, 2007 has very rightly advised the government to be serious about austerity to overcome the fallout of cyclones, floods and rising oil prices. It is not difficult to understand the gravity of the situation if we just have a close look at the devastation of the cyclone Sidr that has affected 69 lakh people of 16 lakh families, damaged crops of 4.62 lakh acres of farmland, killed 4.68 lakh cattle-heads, ravaged 12.08 lakh homesteads, razed 1355 educational institutions to the ground, destroyed 1654 bridges & culverts and 848 kilometers of road and ruined 800 dairy & 2000 poultry farms. In fact as days are passing, more destruction & damage is surfacing. About 30% of Sundarbans, the world's largest mangrove forest, has been damaged. Though the total economic loss caused by cyclone Sidr is yet to be assessed, primary estimate reveals that it would be billions of dollars.


Kenyan president offers unity govt to resolve row

Kenya's president is ready to form "a government of national unity" to help resolve disputed elections that caused deadly riots, a government statement said Saturday without explaining what a power-sharing arrangement might involve.

Hamas chief ready for talks with Abbas

The exiled political chief of the Palestinian Islamist Hamas movement reiterated in a Friday speech he was ready to talk unconditionally with Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas.

Obama, Hillary to clash in New Hampshire debates

Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton will clash face-to-face on Saturday for the first time since he won the first 2008 White House nominating contest and threw her campaign into turmoil.

Governor of militancy-hit Pakistan border province quits

A top official in charge of Pakistani tribal areas resigned yesterday following a surge in violence linked to al-Qaeda rebels hiding out in the country's northwest, an official said.

N Korea nuclear talks stalled amid disputes

International efforts to put an end to North Korea's nuclear programme appeared to hit a snag Saturday after Pyongyang defiantly insisted it had lived up to its end of a six-party disarmament deal.

ME visit to promote peace, corral Iran

US President George W Bush said yesterday that his trip to the Middle East next week aimed to promote peace between Israel and the Palestinians and curtail Iran's "aggressive ambitions."

One million lose power in California storm

Howling winds, pelting rain and heavy snow pummelled California on Friday, toppling trees, flipping big rigs, cutting power to more than a million people and forcing evacuations in mudslide-prone areas.

102-yr-old quitting Britain for New Zealand

A 102-year-old man was setting sail yesterday to start a new life in New Zealand, becoming Britain's oldest emigrant in the process, BBC television reported.

Georgian opposition cries foul in vote

Georgia's opposition complained of "serious violations" in a snap presidential poll yesterday, but elections officials and representatives of incumbent Mikheil Saakashvili dismissed the accusation.

Unexpectedly tough battle jars Republican camp

Locked in an unexpectedly unpredictable battle over the Republican presidential nomination, top members of President George W Bush's party plunged head-long into political campaigning yesterday, promising voters a change of course.

Myanmar issue must remain a priority

Efforts to promote democracy in Myanmar must remain a priority for the international community, European Union special envoy for Myanmar Piero Fassino said here Friday.

Ebadi slams executions in Iran, hanging of mother

Nobel peace prize winner Shirin Ebadi's rights group yesterday slammed the rising number of executions in Iran, including the hanging of a young mother who murdered her husband.

Afghan Mullahs demand TV crackdown

Afghanistan's Islamic clerics have called on President Hamid Karzai to clamp down on a burgeoning television industry which it accused of spreading "immorality and unIslamic culture."

Israel presses raid into northern West Bank city

Israel expanded a massive military operation in the northern West Bank city of Nablus yesterday and placed the city centre under curfew, Israeli and Palestinian officials said.

China to launch pollution survey

China, which is facing serious environmental problems due to its booming economic growth, will next month launch its first nationwide survey to identify pollution sources, state media said yesterday.

Vietnamese held for trafficking 23 females to China

Vietnamese police have arrested a man who allegedly trafficked 23 females to China after authorities received a tip-off from one teenager who escaped back into Vietnam, a news report said yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

Nature's largesse and allure

Alak Roy, a sculptor of international repute, with over two decades of exhibitions to his credit, has an ongoing exhibition at the Bengal Gallery. The exhibition titled Ecology of Mind-2 opened yesterday.

Lalu bhai undergoing treatment

AFM Abdul Ali Lalu, once a popular comic actor, is now undergoing treatment at Ward No. 14, Mymensingh Medical College Hospital (MMCH). He was admitted at MMCH on December 27 with high blood pressure, diabetes, asthma and heart disease.

Drama serial “Syed Barir Bou” on ATN Bangla

Written and directed by Idris Haidar, drama serial Syed Barir Bou will be aired tonight on ATN Bangla at 8:40 pm. The serial follows the ups and downs of an extended, aristocratic family.

Traditional Bangla songs at BUET

On January 3, a musical evening titled “Onek Din-er Amar Je Gaan” was held at the BUET Central Auditorium. Roquaiya Hasina Neely and Mahiuzzaman Chowdhury, two well-known Tagore singers, performed at the programme. The artistes rendered a variety of Tagore songs along with some adhunik Bangla songs. The show was dedicated to martyred intellectual Rashidul Hasan, father of Roquaiya, who had inspired her to pursue music. It was his dream that she would one day become a singer.

Madonna rings in the New Year in Rajasthan

It was a year-end holiday for international pop icon Madonna in the midst of undulating sand dunes of western Indian state of Rajasthan although it has not set off a desert storm.


Police must act as friends of the people

We may remember that Rajarbag police inaugurated armed resistance against the artillery assault of Pakistan army on March 25, 1971. Memorable are the laudable sacrifices of life of Bangladesh police in the theatre of the liberation war, and the contribution of the devastated force to the restorative efforts of the new Bangladesh government. It is certainly a calumny that the police occupied first place in corruption for consecutive five years in the Transparency international report. We cannot deny the state of acute corruption in Bangladesh. People want criminals and corrupt persons in chains, and the police to perform their duty honestly.

K.M. Sobhan in twilight remembrance

Justice K.M. Sobhan belonged to the class of the courageous and the principled. It is a matter of record that when the Awami League returned to power in the general elections of 1996, many expected him to seek reinstatement as a judge in the Supreme Court. It was an expectation that did not reach fruition, for Sobhan was averse to the idea that the new government place him back in a position that had earlier been seized from him by a military government. Not many men in his circumstances would have acted in similar fashion.

Star City

Use of DNA test limps for lack of laws, funds

Application of DNA test in the criminal investigation process has opened a new opportunity for identifying criminals but in the absence of specific laws and enough funds to set up more than one DNA lab in the country, the fruits of DNA technology could not be reached the mass level.

No visible step yet to cancel two plot allotments

The government is yet to take any concrete step to cancel allotment of plots to Hotel Hilton and Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FBCCI) in the city's Begunbari canal area despite anomalies and public outcry.

Dhaka Jail to have a museum

The prison authorities recently decided to set up jail museums where things used by the country's prominent political personalities as well as infamous militants during their stay in prisons all over the country would be on display for the general public.

Star Health

Combating maternal mortality

Bangladesh is one of the developing countries where maternal mortality due to pregnancy and childbirth complications is estimated at 3.2/1000 live births, is many times higher than that of the rates in developed countries. From such complications more women die in less than 12 hours in Bangladesh.

Face to face with cancer specialists

Cancer is the leading factor that drives thousands of our patients to seek healthcare abroad bypassing local doctors and undertake the hassle of going far off place. Prompt diagnosis of the extent of the disease, multidisciplinary cancer treatment facilities and latest technology — all attract our affluent society to seek overseas treatment.

Salt restriction necessary in high blood pressure?

Patients often ask, what changes in lifestyle can improve their blood pressure controlled. In response, we doctors often recommend that reducing body weight, decreasing intake of dietary salt and limiting consumption of alcohol can be beneficial.

Common cold, common in children

Common cold in children is very common illness in winter in our country. Common cold actually is a type of upper respiratory tract infection and is caused by few hundred different strains of viruses namely rhinovirus, influenza, parainfluenza virus, adenovirus etc. As strains of viruses are innumerable, antibodies are not protective and vaccine development is also not possible. Most children have three to eight attack of common cold in a year.

Revealed: The great “medical myths”

Reading in dim light will not damage your eyes, you do not need eight glasses of water a day to stay healthy and shaving your legs will not make the hair grow back faster.

Hysterectomy alternative effective for bleeding

For women who need surgery for abnormal vaginal bleeding, both hysterectomy and a less-extensive alternative seem to be similarly effective, new research suggests.

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