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Economy may face grave crisis unless elected govt takes over soon

Former caretaker government adviser Dr Akbar Ali Khan yesterday said an "economic emergency" also exists in the country along with the political state of emergency and the country's economy may face a grave crisis unless an elected government takes over soon.

Pintu quizzed to know any Hawa Bhaban link

Although investigators confirmed the information about former deputy minister Abdus Salam Pintu's involvement in the August 21 grenade attacks, they are also trying to trace if more influential people had also been among the masterminds of the attacks.

CA meets advisers, army chief, VC on DU crisis

A high level meeting chaired by Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday discussed how to find a respectable solution to the crisis at Dhaka University (DU) over the release of its detained teachers and students, sources said.

Tearful Khaleda sees mother's body

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia was released on parole yesterday to have last glimpse of her mother who died Friday night.

Army takeover, martial law not acceptable in modern world

Army Chief General Moeen U Ahmed has said seizing power or imposing martial law by the army is not right and no-one in the modern world would accept that.

Advisers may sit tomorrow to discuss talks with parties

The council of advisers to the caretaker government is likely to meet tomorrow and discuss how to kick off talks with the political parties, said sources close to the military-backed administration.

More democracy needed to reform democracy

Leaders from across the political spectrum yesterday said there should be no return to politics of the pre-1/11 era and reforming democracy should mean greater democratisation in the country.

Exceptional micro endeavours get recognition

The early afternoon of yesterday belonged entirely to four exceptional micro entrepreneurs and a microcredit institution, who were awarded for their individual and organisational successes, their visions, and their enterprising spirit.

Bill Gates to help in health care facilities for the poor

Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates in a meeting with Nobel laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus has expressed his interest in investing in the improvement of health care facilities for the poor in Bangladesh.

Prof Wahiduddin against engaging law enforcers

Eminent economist and former adviser to a caretaker government Prof Wahiduddin Mahmud has said the government should take steps to restore confidence in the businessmen instead of engaging law enforcement agencies in the market monitoring.

Rice prices drop slightly in retail markets

The prices of rice at retail and wholesale markets in the capital dropped slightly yesterday due to joint forces' strong monitoring and a steady supply of rice during the last few days.

Ashura today

The holy Ashura will be observed across the country today to commemorate the Karbala tragedy in which Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) along with his family and followers embraced martyrdom.

Zia's birth anniversary observed

The 72nd birth anniversary of late president Ziaur Rahman, the founder of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), was observed yesterday in a low-key manner.

Govt-parties dialogue a must for democracy

Democracy might be in jeopardy and unwanted elements might assume power if the present caretaker government does not hold dialogues with political parties soon to find a solution to the prevailing political crisis, said speakers at the BBC Bangladesh Sanglap yesterday.

Missions asked to give top priority to workers' welfare

All Bangladesh missions are being instructed to give utmost priority to welfare of Bangladeshi workers abroad, a spokesman for the foreign ministry said yesterday.

Bigots harass Ahmadiyya family

An Ahmadiyya family was forced to leave their village home in Kushtia following harassment by bigots.

Pakistani troops kill 90 militants in tribal belt

Pakistani soldiers killed up to 90 Islamist militants near the Afghan border Friday, as the chief of the CIA linked the leader of the extremists in the region to the assassination of Benazir Bhutto.

Asif Zardari regrets premiership for a year

PPP Co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari has regretted a proposal of becoming caretaker Prime Minister for one year. Well informed sources have confided that some people close to the establishment approached Zardari recently and suggested that elections must be delayed for one year and a broad based national government is the urgent need of time.

70 people killed in Iraqi clashes

Iraqi security forces overran a mosque in southern Iraq where fighters of a shadowy Shia messianic sect were holed up yesterday, ending two days of clashes in two cities that killed more than 70 people, police said.

Thaksin allies unveil coalition government

The People Power Party, which supports deposed Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra, unveiled a coalition government yesterday, capping a dramatic political turnaround 16 months after his ouster.

Teen suspect arrested

Pakistani police have arrested a teenager who was allegedly part of a five-man squad in the plot to kill opposition leader Benazir Bhutto last month, security officials said yesterday.

Editorial

The tragedy of Karbala

The 10th day of Muharram is a day of mourning for the Muslims of the world. It is also a day of triumph.

Fighting terrorism

WE in Bangladesh have observed two strands of reaction to the question of terrorism. There are those who have always cried wolf at any mention of terrorism, to a point where they have ended up exaggerating or over-estimating the influence of religious extremism in the country. That has often created a rather sickening doomsday scenario. And then there is the other, equally lamentable truth, which is that influential quarters in the government have always been in denial mode on the terrorism question. One has only to go back to the JMB issue to know how resolutely the government of the day denied its presence, with consequences that were to be horrific. The point here is that we as a nation cannot afford to fall into the pitfalls created by either of the two assumptions above. In other words, we cannot afford to panic and at the same time must not be tempted into adopting a laid-back position.

Charting our way forward

IF conflict between civilizations is replacing the ideological animosity that ended with the cold war then it becomes necessary to understand the term civilization, that Samuel Huntington described as basically a cultural entity, and that the most important conflicts in the future will occur along the cultural fault lines. The differences among civilizations are not only real but are also basic. Among these differences the most important is religion.

The unaffordable Rs 1 lakh car

"RS 1 lakh car drives 1 billion dreams," "Tata reinvents the wheel," screamed the headlines as the media rapturously welcomed Tata Motors' Nano amidst rousing music. The car has been called "revolutionary" and a "historic breakthrough" which makes "every Indian inches taller," and will trigger innovation in manufacturing technology the world over!

Significance of George Bush's Middle East tour

BUSH ended his eight day Middle East trip a few days ago, sparking questions concerning various issues, particularly the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Iran's nuclear capability. But the most significant part of his tour has been the resumed peace process between Israel and Palestine, which had remained dormant for more than seven years as it received very scant importance from the Bush administration. George Bush's visit to Ramallah gave the green signal for the Middle East peace process, as he called for an end to Israel's 41-year occupation of Palestinian lands and stated a commitment to forge a peace agreement before the end of his tenure in office. Bush said: "I believe its going to happen, that there's going to be a signed peace treaty by the time I leave office." He further emphasised that the Palestinian refugees would be paid compensation for the loss of homes when they fled after occupation by Israel.

Sports

Brilliant India

Indian captain Anil Kumble hailed one of the greatest wins of his career after his side again halted a record Australian winning streak with a famous 72-run victory in the third Test at the WACA Ground here Saturday.

Shaun fashions win

Shaun Pollock's farewell tour of South Africa started in triumph when he steered his team to victory in a Twenty20 international against the West Indies at the Wanderers Stadium Friday.

Army clinch v'ball title

Bangladesh Army were unbeaten champions in the President Cup Super Four volleyball competition when they won the final against Bangladesh Navy 18-25, 25-20, 21-25, 27-25, 16-14 at the Dhaka Volleyball Stadium yesterday.

Ispahani ride on wides!

There were some amazing figures in the Parachute Women's Open cricket tournament at different venues across the country yesterday.

Ishant's fine hour

Irrespective of what has gone in this series and what lies ahead, Ishant Sharma's mesmeric spell to Ricky Ponting will remain one of the highlights of the series, and will be remembered for years to come. Cricket lovers still talk about the working-over Andrew Flintoff gave Ponting at Edgbaston but that lasted only one over. Here at the WACA, the torment continued for an hour. Harbhajan Singh has had his number for some time now but rarely has Ponting been shown up as so vulnerable for such a long period of time since he established himself as Australia's best batsman. That Ishant is 19 and playing his fourth Test only added to the drama and romance.

Australia fined for slow going

Australian captain Ricky Ponting admitted the prospect of a suspension affected his tactics after he was fined 20 per cent of his match fee for a slow over rate during the 72-run loss to India in the third Test Saturday.

Selectors to decide on Rahul

The national selection committee will meet here today to choose the Indian cricket squad for next month's triangular ODI series in Australia with the biggest dilemma facing it whether to recall former captain Rahul Dravid.

Fright for Federer

Roger Federer flirted with Grand Slam disaster before pulling off a desperate five-set Australian Open victory Saturday, but there were no such dramas for young Serb hotshot Novak Djokovic.

We will be great: Keegan

Kevin Keegan has set his sights on breaking into the top four after insisting Newcastle United are fully-equipped to upset the Premier League big guns.

Focus on Ghana

The west African state of Ghana is about to take its place in the international spotlight as hosts of the 26th African Nations Cup.

Seeds crash and burn

World number two Svetlana Kuznetsova slumped to a shock loss at the Australian Open Saturday, joined by sixth seeded fellow Russian Anna Chakvetadze as the upsets continued at Melbourne Park.

MU to honour Al-Jaber

Manchester United's pursuit of global domination will see a squad including Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney land in Saudi Arabia on Sunday for a visit that will see the Premiership champions play in a testimonial game for Saudi legend Sami al-Jaber.

Stars light up Argentine squad

Playmaker Juan Roman Riquelme and midfielder Javier Mascherano will play for Argentina at the Beijing Olympics where the South American giants are the defending champions.

Krkic set for call-up?

Barcelona's teenage sensation Bojan Krkic could be in line for a shock call-up to the Spanish national side for this summer's European Championships after impressing Spain coach Luis Aragones.

Koeman building wall!

Valencia are building a wall around their training ground at Paterna to keep out prying eyes after Ronald Koeman complained he needed more privacy when coaching the team, Spanish media reported on Saturday.

Van Gaal wants Dutch post

Dutchman Louis Van Gaal on Friday made his desire to return as coach of the Netherlands official.

Fischer: the man who made chess popular

Chess legend Bobby Fischer's victory in the 1972 "match of the century" with Soviet world champion Boris Spassky elevated the game into a Cold War weapon and turned the eccentric young American into a national hero.

'We must level series'

Buoyed by their stunning 72-run win in Perth inside four days, India have set themselves to square the four-Test series against Australia.

Pitch dupes Ponting

Australia captain Ricky Ponting said Saturday his team weren't pressing the panic button following their first Test loss in two years, but admitted they erred in team selection for the third Test against India.

'We are still on top'

Ricky Ponting refuses to believe Australia's global domination is over after their record-equalling winning streak was ended in Perth. While India's 72-run victory gave the world hope that the gap between Australia and the rest was closing, Ponting was not convinced his team was "on the slide".

Tower toppled

The end of the era came quickly. An Australian unit that seemed unbreakable over the past 24 months had actually been admirably masking the dints. During the past four days they could not survive any more collisions and Ricky Ponting's stunning tower has toppled.

TV channels take all semi spots

Four television channels filled up the semifinal spots to be played out on Monday in the Pepsi Media Cup six-a-side cricket tournament at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium yesterday.

Sumita sets national record

The first-ever Maxcom Athletics competition began at the Army Stadium in Banani yesterday with one national record set on the first day.

Home talent proceed

Local boys moved to the second round in the boys' singles Group II opening matches of the Mobil ITF Asian Tennis U-14 Championship at the National Tennis Complex in Ramna yesterday.

Sunrise's first win

Sunrise Sporting Club (SSC) secured their first win in the Metropolis Senior Division Football League with a 2-0 victory over Dipali Jubo Sangha at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Sepoy Mohammad Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.

BCS Cricket

Shakil smashed 71 as Bangladesh ICT Journalists Forum (BIJF) won their second consecutive match, with a 69 run win over D-Net, in the BCS Cricket Fiesta at the Kalabagan Club ground yesterday.

Al Amin off to KL

Long jumper Al Amin left for Malaysia last night for a high performance training programme.

Business

Political turmoil, import duty take toll on primary textiles

High interest rate, increased tax and political uncertainty hit the local investment in the country's primary textile sector last year with entrepreneurs seeing another weak investment year.

Tale of an innovative microentrepreneur

A mere pleasure trip gave him a new business idea: manufacturing of ice-cream sticks. Md Anwarul Islam, who was adjudged Best Innovative Microentrepreneur of the Year 2007 yesterday in Dhaka, saw a factory producing ice-cream sticks during his visit to India in 1992.

Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards 2007 goes to four

It was a remarkable occasion for three personalities and one non-governmental organisation (NGO) when they received Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards 2007 for their individual and organisational success and vision and spirit at a gala function in Dhaka yesterday.

State of Bangladesh economy in FY2007-08 (II)

An in-depth review of the performance of Bangladesh economy during the first six months of FY2007-08 (henceforth FY08) by the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) identified seven indicators of hope and eight indicators of disquiet. The review was published yesterday. In view of the developments during the first six months, eight major challenges have to be addressed by the Caretaker Government (CTG) during the next six months of FY08.

Country has no law to protect consumers' rights

The failure to enact a consumer protection law in Bangladesh has left consumers without real rights in ensuring they gain quality products and services, the Consumers Association of Bangladesh (CAB) claimed yesterday.

India's biggest share offer oversubscribed 73 times

India's biggest share offer by Reliance Power was oversubscribed 73 times as investors scrambled to apply for a slice of the nearly three-billion-dollar flotation, final figures showed on Saturday.

Bears continue to prowl Wall Street

US stock markets extended their downward spiral Friday closing lower as President George W. Bush's outline of a major economic stimulus plan failed to calm skittish investors.

Proton aims to repeat success story with new Saga

When the first generation Proton Saga was launched 23 years ago, the nation stared in awe at the car. Just like the very first car that rolled out from the Perusahaan Otomobil Nasional Bhd factory in 1985, the new Saga, which was launched yesterday, created the same effect.

Textiles, garments machinery fair begins tomorrow

The 5th Dhaka International Textiles and Garments Machinery Exhibition-2008 kicks off in the city tomorrow with a view to showcasing textile and garment machinery.

Asian workers set for biggest pay rise

Salaried workers in Asia are tipped to enjoy the world's largest pay increase of 7.3 percent on average this year, an international human resources firm said.

Ctg REHAB fair ends

The three-day REHAB Fair Chittagong - 2008 ended yesterday.

Seminar on Safta January 23

A two-day regional seminar titled “Safta and

Bonds plan to save embattled British bank

The British government is to support a plan to turn the Bank of England's loans to troubled bank Northern Rock into bonds for sale, the BBC reported Saturday.

Anju Man Ara, Dil Rawshon Ali bag chef of the year awards

Anju Man Ara and Dil Rawshon Ali, both from Dhaka, won chef of the year awards in amateur and professional categories respectively.

Annual confce 2007 of Eskayef Bangladesh held

The annual conference 2007 of Eskayef Bangladesh Ltd, one of the fastest growing pharmaceutical companies, was held on Thursday in Cox's Bazar, says a press release.

Ukraine may become WTO member Feb 7

Ukraine hopes to join the World Trade Organisation on February 7, an advisor to President Viktor Yushchenko said on Friday.

Metropolitan

Asia especially Bangladesh hit hardest by disasters in 2007

The year 2007 saw a marked increase in the number of floods compared with the average of last seven years, and Asia was the continent hit hardest by disasters, said United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) and its collaborating centres.

Freedom fighters seek steps to preserve mass grave

As the grave of Lt Col Mohammad Abdul Qadir, a martyr of the Liberation War, was finally traced after 36 years, freedom fighters now seek to protect the site in order to pay homage to him and other martyrs buried there.

Ban Jamaat, bring war criminals to justice

Civil society members and political leaders at a discussion yesterday demanded a ban on Jamaat-e-Islami, saying that it had opposed the Liberation War and its constitution is inconsistent with the country's constitution.

Change system to elect president

Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) Chairman Prof Muzaffer Ahmad said the system of electing country's president should be changed for direct election as he observed the incumbent has 'tarnished' the image of his position being 'influenced' by the prime minister.

Preserve nat'l resources thru’ objective journalism

Speakers at a roundtable yesterday urged journalists and media workers to be objective in presenting news related to the preservation of national resources.

Lalbagh Fort declared no-smoking zone

City's Lalbagh Fort was declared a no-smoking zone yesterday.

Foundation stone of Asad Sarani to be laid today

Mayor of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) Sadeque Hossain Khoka and Vice Chancellor of Dhaka University SMA Faiz will jointly lay the foundation stone of 'Asad Sarani' at Chankherpol in the city on the occasion of Asad Day today.

2 sluice gates to be built at Chaktai, Mohesh junction

LGRD and Cooperatives Adviser Md Anwarul Iqbal yesterday said the government will allocate necessary funds soon for the construction of two sluice gates at the junction of Chaktai and Mohesh canals in the port city at a cost of Tk four crore.

Dependents of accused appeal to CA army chief

Dependents of eight accused in the murder of former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria yesterday appealed to the government for action against the investigation officer (IO) for filing motivated charge sheet.

5 top human resources professionals honoured

International Islamic University Chittagong (IIUC), Dhaka campus has given Best Human Resources Professional Award-2008 to five top HR professionals of the country.

DU signs MoU with Pak university

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between Pakistan's Islamia University of Bahawalpur (IUB) and the University of Dhaka (DU) in Bahawalpur last week for bilateral cooperation in the field of education and research, says a press release.

Road crashes kill 2

At least two people were killed and 26 others injured in separate road accidents in Brahmanbaria, Jhenidah and Gazipur yesterday.

Trains collide in Jhenidah, rail link disrupted

Two trains collided head-on at Kotchandpur railway station early yesterday, disrupting train communications on the route for three hours.

Indian cloths worth Tk 1.5 cr seized in Comilla

BDR jawans seized a huge quantity of Indian cloths worth about Tk 1.5 crore from a covered van at Padua bazar in Sadar Dakkhin upazila early Friday.

EC team to visit ActionAid Projects

A five-member team of the European Commission's (EC) Delegation to Bangladesh will visit Khulna and Satkhira on January 21 and 22 to observe field activities of FoSHoL-ActionAid, says a press release.

IUB celebrates 15 years

The Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) celebrated its 15 years of existence with the orientation ceremony of spring semester 2008, says a press release.

National

Guard against abuse of power in anti-graft drive

Speakers at TIB's regional conference here yesterday said the government should guard against about abuse of power in its drive to curbing corruption.

Education key to progress

Former chief justice Habibur Rahman yesterday said education is the only way for development.

Ex-BNP MP, municipal chairman sued in Meherpur

Former BNP lawmaker from Meherpur-1 Masud Arun and Meherpur municipality chairman Motassim Billah Motu and three others have been sued for allegedly taking money by promising job.

ACC charge sheet against 7 bank officials, guarantor

AKM Fazlul Huq, assistant director of Barisal Anti Corruption Commission (ACC), submitted charge sheet against nine accused including BNP leaders and bank officials in Tk 25 core Barisal Rupali Bank loan scam case.

High alert in Benapole, Bhomra

Benapole border in Jessore and Bhomra border in of Satkhira have been put on high alert to check entry of poultry from India, said Md Abdul Hai, Deputy Director of Khulna divisional office of Livestock Department.

Smugglers snatch timber vehicle from BDR in Juri

A gang of smugglers yesterday snatched a pick-up van loaded with timber from BDR at Dakshinbhag Bazar on Kulaura-Baralekha road in Juri upazila.

Fake milk factory found in Chandpur

A fake milk factory was detected yesterday at Alur Bazar on the bank of the Meghna, 10 kilometres southwest of Chandpur town, said sources in Coast Guard.

Boy rescued, abductors held

Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday rescued a minor boy from abductors at Chandpur village in Nandail upazila in Mymensingh.

Plaintiff sent to jail for filing false case

The plaintiff of a case was arrested and sent to jail here yesterday for filing a false case under Women and Children Repression Act, police and court sources said.

International

Israel strikes Gaza as siege sparks fuel fears

Israel kept up strikes against Gaza militants yesterday, killing at least two in a new raid, as its lockdown of the impoverished Palestinian territory started to take its toll on residents.

Diplomat's exodus muddles nuke deal

The departure of the State Department's No. 3 official adds uncertainty to a US nuclear deal with India that is already in deep trouble.

Lankan troops kill 31 rebels in fighting

At least 31 Sri Lankan guerrillas and one soldier were killed in heavy fighting between government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels across the embattled north, the defence ministry said yesterday.

Kenya opposition vows more pressure

Clashes between rival tribes armed with machetes and bows and arrows on Friday marked the third, the bloodiest and what the government hopes is the last day of opposition protests over Kenya's disputed presidential election.

South Carolina, Nevada enter political fray

Voters in two states a continent apart were choosing among Republican and Democratic candidates for president in contests shadowed by racial politics and the threat of recession.

12 convicted over Gujarat riots

An Indian court has convicted 12 Hindu men, including a policeman, over the gang-rape of a pregnant woman and the murder of her family members in 2002 anti-Muslim riots in Gujarat state, a report said.

Two million Shias attend Karbala ceremony

Two million devout Shia Muslims attended the annual Ashura ceremonies in the Iraqi shrine city of Karbala, the provincial governor said on Saturday as the week-long event drew to a close.

20 Taliban killed in joint operation

More than 20 Taliban rebels were killed and over a dozen wounded in a joint operation between Afghan and Western forces in eastern Afghanistan, officials said yesterday.

Sharif's party wants Musharraf to go

With less than a month remaining for Pakistan's general elections, the party led by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif is insisting that President Pervez Musharraf must quit.

Nepal Maoist leader to stand in key polls

Maoist rebel leader turned politician Prachanda said Friday he would stand for election in key polls set for April that will decide Nepal's political future and formally abolish the monarchy.

India struggles to contain bird flu as farmers resist cull

Laboratory workers yesterday analysed new samples from dead chickens amid fears that India's worst-ever bird flu outbreak may have spread in eastern India as locals resisted a massive cull.

Arts & Entertainment

Ingenious play with space and time

WAKILUR Rahman, settled in Berlin for the last 20 years, is currently having an exhibition at Galleri Kaya to present his ideas and views. He has done this before repeatedly at the popular Dhaka galleries like Chitrak, Alliance Francaise and Goethe-Insititut. Wakil believes that viewers should be given space to pause and think in peace and harmony. His play of space is with colours and lines, in different mediums.

Certificate giving programme of Prachyanat School

“What does art do for us? It shapes the human experience and connects the past and future to our present. It tells us how we want to see our lives, what would be the ideal vision. Art is the soul of a nation,” said eminent litterateur Syed Shamsul Haq, chief guest at the certificate giving programme of the 13th batch of Prachyanat School of Acting and Design.

Tribute to Mahbub ul Alam Chowdhury

Cultural organisation Kranti Shilpi Gosthi (KSG) arranged a special programme to pay tribute to the Language Movement veteran poet Mahbub ul Alam Chowdhury. Mahbub ul Alam Chowdhury, the writer of the first poem on 'Amar Ekushey' Kandte ashini, phashir dabi niye eshechhi passed away on December 23 at the age of 82. The programme was held at Rabindra Sarobar, Dhanmondi on January 18.

Human rights take centre stage through music, photography and more

“Everyone or no one
All human beings are born free and equal
In dignity and life”
--- Article 1, Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Nrittanchal's dance festival to begin

Cultural organisation Nrittanchal arranges a dance festival from January 25 to 28, says a press release. Co-ordinator of Nrittanchal; Muhammed Jahangir, directors Shamim Ara Nipa and Shibli Mohammed were present at the press conference.

OP-ED

Ashoura

ASHOURA, on the tenth of Muharram, occupies a unique and significant place in the annals of history. It is sacred and important not only for the Muslims, but also for the Jews and the Christians, who consider it to be an auspicious occasion. It is the only occasion, which is regularly celebrated with due solemnity and sobriety by two religious communities, the Muslims and the Jews.

Zia -- a visionary leader

IT was about 10 O'clock in the morning when I opened the window of my office to take a look at the Calu Turag river that carries tons of silver coloured water on her chest, I saw some patches of dark grey cloud racing to gobble up the crimson red sun that was travelling along the midstream of Turag. The leafy green trees in the surrounding seemed still. At a distance I could see a few soldiers in their marching fatigues sitting around a radio and listening to something. Some of them were wiping their eyes frequently.

Of cops and candidates

YOU want to see the front line in the fight against terrorists? You don't have to go to Iraq. The cop on the beat is walking it every day where it really counts, right at home, because terrorists don't care about lines, they care about getting you where you live. And in New York City, home to ground zero, the NYPD has created over the last six years what one CIA veteran in Washington calls "the best counterterrorism center in the world."

Star City

Doctors use rusty saucepan, find no sweeper to clean the dirt

Inadequate number of delivery tables, spotlights and scarce medical equipment are some of the nagging problems faced by the doctors and nurses at the Labour Ward of the Mitford Hospital.

Open space, yet not open to all

The authorities of Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) have been turning a deaf ear to the abuse of a huge playground in Sector 4 of Uttara ever since it was rented out to a commercial amusement park operator.

The 'hidden paradise' at BDR headquarters

In the midst of all the hustle and bustle of the capital city, the BDR headquarters compound at Pilkhana stands with its beautiful landscape, gardens full of colourful flowers and a calm and quiet atmosphere.

Star Health

25 biggest weight-loss mistakes

May be you are anxiously looking for tips "to do" and a diet to "go on," which are essential to successful weight loss, but those are not the only things that you need to know.

Modern treatment to overcome addiction

For the last few decades, most countries including Bangladesh have been in the grip of the epidemic of addiction. Increasing illicit drug-trade, lack of awareness, improper treatment and rehabilitation — all are responsible for the spate.

Undernutrition behind third of child deaths: studies

Undernutrition causes more than a third of child deaths worldwide, but simple programmes like promoting breastfeeding and providing supplements could keep some of those children alive, experts said.

Cashiers vulnerable to flu from banknotes!

Bank cashiers and others working with large quantities of paper currency are vulnerable to catching various types of flu from the germs living on notes, a Swiss researcher said recently.

First aid to handle stroke

A stroke occurs when there is bleeding into our brain, or normal blood flow to our brain is hampered. Within minutes of being deprived of essential nutrients, brain cells start dying — a process that may continue over the next several hours.

Poor sanitation kills 5,000 children a day

Five thousand children die every day globally because they do not have access to clean toilets, health experts said.



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