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ZIA misses Tk 400cr income a year

Bangladesh misses the opportunity of earning over Tk 400 crore extra yearly as more than 60 percent passenger-handling capacity of Zia International Airport (ZIA) remains unutilised.

CA firm says Summit lowest bidder

A chartered accounting (CA) firm gave its independent opinion that Wartsila-Summit group was the lowest bidder in the tender for installation of the 100 megawatt oil fired barge-mount Khulna power plant.

Parties must become accountable first for emergency to relax

Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed has said the state of emergency will be gradually withdrawn and the ban on indoor politics outside the capital will also be lifted if the political parties become more accountable.

Law ministry to send its opinion to housing this week

The law ministry is likely to send this week its opinion to the housing and public works ministry on the abandoned house in the city's Gulshan area which former law minister Moudud Ahmed has been occupying "illegally" for about three decades.

Two more die in cold spell

Two more people have been reported dead as the current spell of severe wintry weather continues across the country.

Polls to 4 city corporations likely by Apr

Election Commissioner Sohul Hossain yesterday said the Election Commission is hopeful of holding city corporation polls in Rajshahi, Khulna, Sylhet and Barisal by March-April this year.

Wife finds new probe pace dismal

Asma Kibria, wife of former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria, yesterday expressed frustration with the pace of supplementary probe into the killing of her husband this day three years ago.

Fate of 70 successful candidates uncertain

Recruitment of 70 successful candidates of the 23rd Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) examination has been stalled for seven years due to political conflicts between two elected governments and bureaucratic tangles during the present caretaker government.

Sector commanders for probe commission with int'l jurists

Sector Commanders' Forum, a platform of sector commanders of the Liberation War, yesterday demanded the government initiate trial of war criminals immediately forming an enquiry commission, with the participation of international jurists, and a tribunal under existing laws.

Ijtema devotees face transport problem

Devotees faced trouble in returning home due to inclement weather and lack of transports following sudden conclusion of Biswa Ijtema at Tongi on Friday.

VIP inmates' health status to be checked

The prison authorities will today examine health condition of the 17 VIP prisoners admitted to different city hospitals and take those needing no more treatment outside back to jail.

Hold credible polls, restore democracy

Calling for greater unity to restore and strengthen democracy, leaders of different political parties and professional bodies yesterday said elections should be held immediately to end the existing crises in the country.

Govt has nothing to do with Azam Chy's statement

Law Adviser AF Hassan Ariff yesterday said the government has nothing to do with the extortion case against former prime minister Sheikh Hasina even after the statement by complainant Azam J Chowdhury.

AL, BNP for freeing chiefs for fair polls

Speakers at a BBC discussion yesterday observed that the next election would not be free, fair and acceptable if held with Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina and BNP Chairperson Khaled Zia still in prison.

Justice KM Hasan says he was ready to be 'neutral' CA

Former chief justice KM Hasan yesterday said he had himself ready to be an "impartial" chief of the caretaker government after the last four-party alliance rule.

3 'criminals' to be brought from India

A team of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) is likely to leave for India in the first week of next month to bring back three wanted Bangladeshi criminals arrested in West Bengal.

Goods gutted in garment factory fire

A devastating fire broke out at a garment factory at Fatulla yesterday morning, burning down its huge readymade shirts and valuable machinery.

30 Tamil Tigers killed in fresh fighting

Fighting across Sri Lanka's north has left at least 31 people dead, nearly all of them Tamil Tiger rebels, the island's military said yesterday.

Hillary, Obama await fate as voting starts in South Carolina

Democratic voters in South Carolina early yesterday began casting their votes on Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in a presidential primary scarred by bad blood between the bitter rivals.

Sharapova wins Australian Open

Russia's Maria Sharapova won her first Australian Open title Saturday, powering to a straight sets victory in her glamour final with Serbia's Ana Ivanovic to claim her third Grand Slam title.

N Korea calls for peace treaty with US to ease tension

North Korea said yesterday a peace treaty formally ending the Korean war should be signed as soon as possible to ease military tensions with the United States.

Bush presses Congress on economy package

President Bush said yesterday that Congress must give its immediate attention to an economic stimulus package and an extension of the law governing how U.S. intelligence agencies carry out electronic eavesdropping.

Ex-Tamil guerilla leader jailed in Britain

A former Sri Lankan Tamil guerrilla leader was jailed for nine months in Britain on Friday after being found guilty of having false documents, the home office said.


21 August grenade attack

THERE is plenty to be worried about the recent revelations regarding the grenade attack on the AL leaders on 21 August 2004. The disclosures of a former state minister have brought to light several startling and at the same time disconcerting facts.

Outbreak of bird flu

THE latest outbreak of avian flu in fifteen countries, as the FAO notes, is deeply worrying. The worry takes on added dimensions considering that Bangladesh is among these countries and has, in the past week, been struggling to contain the spread of the disease. With 4,700 poultry birds culled in Dinajpur, 3,000 in Patuakhali and 4,000 in Barguna, the picture is rather disquieting. And now comes news that crows in large numbers have met with sudden, inexplicable death in Dinajpur and Patuakhali.

Avoiding the burden of conflict

ONE wonders whether the end of the cold war has truly brought about a change in the world system that can claim that the peace Immanuel Kant had dreamt of, or a society devoid of inequity between the rich and the poor that Marx and Engels had thought about, could be realised.

The crucial dialogue

THE decision of the caretaker government (CTG) to open dialogues with political parties to find a formula for holding the stalled parliamentary election in a free and fair manner is a good one indeed.

The supplicant-in-chief

POWER tends to be a zero-sum thing. That is, only one person can wield it -- and be in charge -- at a time. I saw an illustration of this principle as I traveled with President Bush in Saudi Arabia last week. Midway through his two-day stay in Riyadh, a small group of us got the word: the president wanted to sit down and talk. An aide led some of the reporters in his "travel pool" into a gilded conference room, and Bush soon appeared (joking, at the door, "Do I really want to be here?").


More money for clubs

In the face of the clubs' financial crisis, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has significantly increased the grants and prize money for the teams and players to bring enthusiasm in the country's most lucrative competitions.

Aussies inch closer

Opener Matthew Hayden scored his 30th Test century as Australia's batsmen dominated the third day of the fourth and final Test against India here Saturday.

A new world order

Young guns Novak Djokovic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga have the tennis world buzzing with an anticipated changing of the guard in Sunday's Australian Open final.

Gilchrist decides to go

Record-breaking Australia wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist unexpectedly announced Saturday that he will retire from international cricket, ending a remarkable career.

PCB denies Shoaib

Injury-prone fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar Friday received another career blow after the Pakistan Cricket Board denied him a contract, officials said.

Officials to seek Hammam's help

A delegation will meet Asian Football Confederations (AFC) president Mohammed Bin Hammam soon to find a way for bring out Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) from the current crisis.

Academy end with a win

GP-BCB Academy team completed their tour of Hong Kong on a fine note, beating the hosts by three wickets in the third and final one-day match at the Hong Kong Cricket Club ground yesterday.

RP out of 4th Test

India's chances of winning the final Test against Australia to draw their four-match series suffered a cruel blow on Saturday with injury to fast bowler Rudra Pratap Singh.

Insults traded over tactics

On a day overshadowed by the sudden retirement of Adam Gilchrist, tensions between Australia and India surfaced again on the third day of the fourth and final Test here Saturday.

Maria rules Australia

It was to be the Glam Slam, the squealer versus the squeaker. Instead, Saturday's Australian Open women's final was a battle of brinkmanship and jangling nerves. Ana Ivanovic blinked first and Maria Sharapova was the champion.

Open Secrets

Maria Sharapova said tennis great Billie Jean King inspired her Australian Open win Saturday with an encouraging text message ahead of her final against Ana Ivanovic.

Shearer rejects Magpies

Alan Shearer will not be going back to Newcastle United as Kevin Keegan's number two but the new manager said his former striker could still have a role at St James' Park, the club said on Friday.

Drogba lifts Elephants

The Ivory Coast became the first side to qualify for the African Nations Cup quarterfinals on Friday but fellow heavyweights Nigeria's hopes were left hanging by a thread.

Better for the experience

Defeat was a bitter pill to swallow but the experience has steeled Ana Ivanovic for another grand slam run, the Australian Open runner-up said on Saturday.

'FIFA stronger than UN'

Bolivia president Evo Morales, frustrated by curbs on football matches played at altitude in his South American country, said on Friday that the sport's ruling body FIFA was more powerful than the United Nations.

Iniesta extends Barca deal

Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta has extended his contract with the Catalans until 2014, the club said on Friday.

Akram denied work permit

Nashat Akram's hopes of becoming the first Iraqi to play in England's Premier League have been dashed after Manchester City failed to secure a UK work permit for the midfielder.

Shaun's ultimate act

Shaun Pollock said he felt as though he was on 'cloud nine' as he produced a bowling masterclass to take South Africa to a resounding 86-run win in the second one-day international against the West Indies at Newlands Friday.

'Man of change'

Australian opener Matthew Hayden said Adam Gilchrist was one of the greatest players the game had ever seen after the brilliant wicketkeeper-batsman announced his retirement here Saturday.

Ref ignored Sachin

Mike Procter, the match referee who found Harbhajan Singh guilty of calling Andrew Symonds a "monkey" during the Sydney Test, relied on the evidence of three Australian players in reaching his decision, it has been revealed. Harbhajan was banned for three Tests for that offence but the sentence was suspended following an appeal, by the Indian team, which will be heard next week.

Patience pays off

Calls for Ricky Ponting to alter his game this month have not centred around his batting. The team has been much better behaved under Ponting's watch since Sydney, but in Adelaide the most obvious difference has been the pace of his run-making. The stroke player has briefly become cautious, concentrating on the result of the series and trying to gain confidence against bowlers that have drained him.

Merzuki, Boey lift U-14 titles

Merzuki Mohammad Asri and Boey Adelle of Malaysia were named as boys' and girls' champions in the Mobil ITF Asian under-14 Asian Tennis Championship (Group 2) at the National Tennis Complex yesterday.

Zaker stays on top

Through a win over Nahid Parvez, SA Zaker maintained his lead in the metropolis selection chess tournament at the federation hall-room yesterday.

State honour thrills Sachin

Sachin Tendulkar may have won countless awards but the master batsman Saturday said all those trophies pale in comparison to India's second highest civilian honour, the Padma Vibhushan.

PCB insists on Asia Cup

Pakistani cricket authorities have made it clear they were not interested in either shifting the Australia's cricket tour anywhere else from their country or surrendering the hosting rights of the Asia Cup to Sri Lanka.

'Warne will fix spin'

Legendary spinner Shane Warne was sorely missed by Australia on the second day of the crucial fourth Test at the Adelaide Oval, prompting former Australian batsman Darren Lehmann to say that only the player was capable of solving the problem.


Biman pushes govt to ratify int'l treaty to cut borrowing costs

Biman is pushing the government to ratify an international treaty that will cut the cost of international borrowing for the country's airlines at a time when Bangladesh's national carrier prepares to renew its aging fleet.

Poor shipping links, weak deals undermine Bangla-Pak trade

Negative attitudes, poor shipping links and weak trade agreements are undermining trade between Bangladesh and Pakistan, a seminar in Dhaka was told yesterday.

Businesses fail to propose needed reforms

The Regulatory Reforms Commission (RRC) is yet to receive enough specific recommendations from the business community seeking reforms in the government rules and regulations, its Chairman Akbar Ali Khan said yesterday.

3 local banks sign remittance deals with Bahrain firms

For channeling Bangladeshi expatriates' remittances through Bahrain's companies, three Bangladeshi banks have signed agreements with firms in the Gulf country at a fair being held in Manama.

WEF meet wraps up with warnings for 2008

The head of the IMF hammered home the problems facing the world economy in Davos on Saturday, sounding a final gloomy note as the annual gathering of the world's elite wrapped up.

Investors hope Fed will deliver more rate relief

US stocks regained some stability in the past week with investors hoping the Federal Reserve will deliver fresh interest rate cuts in days, but analysts warned that markets would remain volatile.

Fix minimum wage for workers in line with prices of essentials

Make Trade Fair Alliance, an international organisation consisting of several non government organisations supporting workers' rights in Bangladesh, has demanded a minimum wage for the ready made garment workers in line with the market prices of essentials.

Bangladesh trade fairs in 3 countries this year

Three single-country trade fairs will be held in the UK, Ireland and South Africa this year to showcase Bangladeshi goods as part of measures for promoting the country's trade abroad.

BB governor urges banks to help education sector

The central bank governor yesterday urged private banking and non-banking financial institutions to contribute to the development of the country's education sector.

Bush urges Congress to adopt economic stimulus package

President George W. Bush on Friday urged Congress to approve "as soon as possible" an economic stimulus plan of some 150 billion dollars negotiated with congressional leaders aimed at avoiding a recession.

BSRS rejoinder

Bangladesh Shilpa Rin Sangstha (BSRS) yesterday claimed that a report published in the daily on January 24 titled "BSRS Board virtually ineffective" is not based on facts and therefore misleading.

China's GDP growth highest in 14 years

The Chinese economy expanded by 11.4 per cent year on year in 2007--at the fastest clip since 1994. This is the fifth consecutive year China's economy grew by more than 10 per cent, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said.

Reconditioned car fair Jan 31

Splash Group is going to organise a three-day reconditioned car fair named "Barvida Car Expo".

Ukraine to join WTO

Ukraine has reached an accession agreement with the World Trade Organisation, a WTO source said on Friday.

Power crisis halts S African gold production

Three of South Africa's biggest gold producers said Friday they have suspended production because of the country's electricity crisis.

First Japanese bank to tie-up in India

Mizuho Corporate Bank Ltd. said Friday it has become the first Japanese lender to tie up with an Indian counterpart amid expectations of more Japanese investment in the fast-growing economy.

Microsoft profits soar on record $16.37b revenue

Microsoft reported its profits surged 81 percent on record-high revenues of 16.37 billion dollars in the last three months of 2007 due to intense demand for computer software.

Matsushita, Toshiba to realign battery business

Japanese electronic makers Matsushita and Toshiba are planning major consolidation of their battery businesses amid surging prices of raw materials and rare metals, news reports said Saturday.

SKorea posts 4.9pc growth in 2007

South Korea's economy posted 4.9 percent growth last year, slightly more than earlier forecast, the central bank said Friday in its advance estimate.

Western Union S Asia MD due tomorrow

Anil Kapur, managing director (South Asia) of Western Union, a global money transfer company, is expected to arrive in Dhaka tomorrow, says a press release.


CG to pass a stronger legal system on to next govt

Law Adviser AF Hassan Ariff yesterday said the caretaker government would pass a much-strengthened legal system on to the next elected government.

Gender discrimination cause of violence against women

Former chief justice KM Hasan yesterday stressed the need for a vigorous role by NGOs to stop acid attack and rape in rural areas where police presence is thin, media access is difficult and people are tolerant.

Adequate fertiliser in boro season

Agriculture Adviser CS Karim said farmers would get adequate fertiliser during the current boro season, as there is no shortage of fertiliser in the country.

Unit-2 resumes power generation

The power generation of 250 megawatt (MW) Barapukuria Coal-Powered Plant resumed its power generation on Friday night.

Directive to expedite construction of Ctg court building

Communications and Public Works Adviser Major General (retd) Ghulam Quader has directed the officials concerned to complete the construction work of the new court building in Chittagong soon.

Vested quarter spreading propaganda against Labaid

Labaid Hospital authorities at a press conference yesterday said that a vested quarter has been spreading propaganda against the hospital for the last two and a half months in a bid to ruin its reputation.

Book on Yunus launched

The image of Nobel laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus, the pioneer of micro-credit, can help the country boost its economy, speakers at a book publication ceremony said yesterday.

DU 'Kha' unit admission test now on Feb 15

The admission test for the first year honours courses under 'Kha' unit of Dhaka University under the academic session 2007-08 will be held on February 15 instead of February 1 for unavoidable reasons.

Nazmul, Sajjad elected ERF president, secy

Nazmul Ahsan, special correspondent of the New Age, and Sajjad Alam Khan Tapu, special correspondent of the daily Inqilab, were elected president and general secretary of Economic Reporters' Forum (ERF) for a two-years term on Friday.

Debashish to help resolve unsettled CHT issues

Raja Debashish Roy, special assistant to the chief adviser on Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) affairs, has said he would try his best to narrow down the gap between the people of hill and plain land and help resolve all unsettled issues during his tenure under the present caretaker government.

Prof Motiur elected BSMMU dentistry faculty dean

Prof Dr Motiur Rahman Molla, chairman of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department, has been elected Dean of Faculty of Dentistry, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) on January 21, says a press release.

Road crashes kill 3, injure 11

Three people were killed and 11 homebound Biswa Istema devotees injured in separate road accidents in Mymensingh and Dinajpur yesterday.

Case against 21 for attacking Rab-3 office

The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday filed a case against 21 people with Sutrapur Police Station in the city on charges of attacking the Rab-3 office at Tikatuli on Friday night.

Wife calls for investigation by high-powered Body

Wife of a detained Satkhira businessman yesterday claimed that two firearms recovered from her husband's office on January 10 were planted by somebody over a business feud.

'Enforce anti-tobacco law strictly'

Speakers at a view exchange meeting yesterday urged the government to enforce the anti-tobacco law strictly to discourage smoking effectively.

DVD on tourism launched

The Bengal Tours Ltd., a leading tour operator, released a DVD on tourism in Bangladesh yesterday.

Over 1,500 fowls culled in Bhola

Around 1,500 poultry birds were culled yesterday in Sadar upazila following detection of avian influenza.

Reception to RU freshers

Rajshahi University (RU) authorities accorded a reception to the freshers under the academic session 2007-08 at Kazi Nazrul Islam Auditorium yesterday.


Try war criminals to establish rule of law

Leaders of freedom fighters of Barisal division during a view-exchange meeting with journalists yesterday demanded trial of war criminals and criticised what they called 'inaction' by past political governments in this regard.

Create scope for good people to join politics

Speakers at a seminar here yesterday stressed on creation of a congenial atmosphere so that honest candidates can contest in the next election for the sake of democracy and good governance.

Only 27pc of agri loan target attained by December

The four nationalised commercial banks -- Sonali, Rupali, Agrani, Janata--and Bangladesh Krishi Bank (BKB) failed to attain any satisfactory level of the Tk 1,300 core loan disbursement target in Sidr affected areas in eight districts in the region for agricultural rehabilitation.

Forced by husband to take acid

Mukta Haldar, forced by husband to swallow acid two and a half months ago, is fighting for life at Ghior Upazila Health Complex in Manikganj.

3 fishermen missing in Bay

Three fishermen were missing as a fishing trawler capsized in the Bay of Bengal Thursday night.

Axes in relief packets

Patharghata upazila administration yesterday seized 242 boxes of relief items containing axes (locally called Chinese Kural) and handed them over to the joint forces.

AGM, 2 others held for staging 'robbery drama'

Police on Friday night arrested an assistant general manager (AGM), a deliveryman and a van driver of Barisal branch of Sundarbon Courier Service for staging the January 17 robbery at the office.

One sea truck withdrawn from Barisal-Laxmipur route

One of the two sea trucks plying Barisal-Laxmipur river route has been withdrawn, creating sufferings to passengers.


Pakistan tightens security around its nuke facilities

Pakistan said yesterday that it had tightened security around all its nuclear facilities amid a surge in militant attacks in the country, but no specific threat had been made against the sites.

West Bengal seeks help from centre to fight bird flu

The Indian state of West Bengal, battling the country's worst outbreak of deadly bird flu, appealed yesterday to the federal government to send "all possible help to defeat" the virus.

Annan hits out at Kenya ‘abuses’

Former UN chief Kofi Annan said yesterday he had seen "gross and systematic human rights abuses" in western Kenya after violence sparked by contested presidential elections last month.

Malaysian police detain 50 anti-govt protesters

Malaysian police yesterday detained dozens of people including a journalist at the capital's iconic Petronas Twin Towers, as they clamped down on an anti-government protest.

Benazir niece wants to make her own political mark

Fatima Bhutto, niece of slain Pakistani leader Benazir Bhutto and tipped as a future leader, says she wants to make her own political mark and not be a "political inheritor," media reported yesterday.

Female US aid worker abducted in Afghanistan

A female US aid worker was kidnapped by unknown gunmen in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar yesterday, officials told AFP.

Sarkozy visits India's monument to love

French President Nicolas Sarkozy jetted to famed monument to love the Taj Mahal yesterday while on a state visit to India but without his supermodel-turned-popstar girlfriend Carla Bruni.

Fire engulfs luxury hotel in Delhi

Firefighters battled to put out a blaze yesterday that raced through a luxury hotel in the Indian capital where hundreds of Western tourists were staying.

India showcases military might at Republic Day parade

French President Nicolas Sarkozy was guest of honour yesterday at India's Republic Day parade as New Delhi showcased its latest military hardware including nuclear-capable missiles.

Man who raped 17 children in Iran executed

An Iranian firing squad yesterday executed a man who raped 17 children, the Fars news agency reported, in a rare use of this method of capital punishment which is usually carried out by hanging.

Japan wants change to 1990 emission baseline

Japan will push for a year after 1990 to be used as the reference point for greenhouse emission cuts in a post-Kyoto deal as chair of the G8 summit in July, Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda said yesterday.

Lanka defence chief calls for ban on Tigers

Sri Lanka's defence secretary has called for a ban on the Tamil Tigers and said the ongoing military campaign was aimed at destroying the rebels' top leaders, a report said yesterday.

Ex-Tamil guerilla leader jailed in Britain

A former Sri Lankan Tamil guerrilla leader was jailed for nine months in Britain on Friday after being found guilty of having false documents, the home office said.

Arts & Entertainment

"Tin Kanya Daan": From myth to reality

IN the pre-Aryan Bengal, Behula travelled with the corpse of her husband, had to fend off the hostile world and plead with the gods to bring the dead back to life. Today many Behulas travel from the outskirts of the city in beat-up buses, slave at sweatshops -- fending for their families, living in slums. Behula's saga never ends.

An evening of ghazals

On the evening of January 25, music enthusiasts were in for a treat at the National Museum auditorium. Swani Zubayeer impressed the audience with his repertoire of ghazals, adhunik songs and more at the musical soiree.

Lalu Bhai undergoing treatment in Dhaka

An ailing AFM Abdul Ali Lalu, once a prominent comic actor, was shifted to Japan-Bangladesh Friendship Hospital, in Dhaka recently. Earlier, he was undergoing treatment at the Mymensingh Medical College Hospital (MMCH) for nearly a month.

Fakir Alamgir back after a month-long tour

Noted singer Fakir Alamgir has returned to Bangladesh after touring North America and Europe for over a month (December 13 2007 to January 17 2008), says a press release.


Remembering my father, three years later

BEFORE retiring to Bangladesh from his post as UN Under-Secretary General in Bangkok, my father Shah AMS Kibria, purchased a computer for himself. Determined to master a technology that was new to him, he spent hours and hours trying to familiarise himself with it. He sent me a letter, one that I still have with me: "Dear Ammu: I am typing this letter to you on the computer that I am taking to Bangladesh. I am practicing every day. It is still difficult for me but I am improving every day…"

Economic reforms

ALL the government needs to do is to get out of the way," Dr. Ron Paul, US libertarian presidential candidate.

Advocacy for the rights of leprosy-affected people

JANUARY 27 this year is the 55th World Leprosy Day. Leprosy still remains a stigmatising disease and, as such, is a sociological and developmental issue. We don't need to write much about this. There is a need for a transformation of the awareness that is already there about leprosy, and to address the stigma causing alienation of the affected people from the society. What I would like to deal with is the societal and, for that matter, an integrated approach to this public health problem urging for advocacy for the human rights of the people affected by the disease.

Star City

Pains of mauled zookeepers

"I was saying prayers at noon in the zoo mosque. All of a sudden I heard visitors screaming -- the tiger is on the loose! Run for your life!”

Silent killers in the air

The volume of poisonous particles in the air of Dhaka city has reached a dangerous level in recent years, going far beyond the permissible level of human body.

Development plan stalled for two years

The development plan of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) for Shaheed Matiur Park in Gulistan has been stalled for nearly two years.

Star Health

What to expect as you recover from stroke

Getting back on your feet is likely one of your top concerns after a stroke. Whether it is returning to work, or regaining enough dexterity to tie your shoes, or dress or feed yourself without assistance — all of these are goals of stroke rehabilitation.

How to control children’s ear infection

Swimmer's ear is also called "Otitis Externa" or an "outer ear infection." It is an infection of the outer ear canal.

Hemoglobin levels useful for diabetes screening

Measuring patients' glycosylated hemoglobin levels (A1C) could be used to screen for diabetes, according to California-based researchers.

Meditation as anti-aging medicine

Oxidative stress is considered a primary agent of aging in many leading theories of aging, and is conceptualised as a product of oxygen radical formation during normal metabolic functioning and/or resulting from deficiencies in protective endogenous antioxidant, free radical scavenging capacities.

Tonsillectomy boosts quality of life: studies

For children and adults who suffer repeated bouts of tonsillitis, surgery to remove the tonsils (tonsillectomy) leads to substantial improvements in quality of life, according to results of two studies published this month.

Marrow injections may help kidney transplant success

Injecting blood or bone marrow cells into people who have just received a donated kidney can reduce the need for drugs that suppress the immune system, researchers reported recently.

Botox warning after 16 death reports

Botox and a similar injection called Myobloc should come with stronger warnings following reports of 16 deaths after the botulinum toxin spread inside the body, a U.S. consumer group warned recently.

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