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News of: Sunday, 24th of February, 2008

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Demand for poll date on parties' agenda as EC restarts talks today

The Election Commission (EC) begins today its second round of talks with political parties with the unsolved BNP issue remaining a barrier to finalising the electoral reform proposals, which in turn is delaying the proposed talks between the government itself and the parties.

Artefacts finally back home

All the 42 artefacts that the government had sent for an exhibition at Guimet Museum in Paris on December 1 last year were brought back home yesterday.

Shahadat puts Tigers on top

Young Shahadat Hossain rose to a height that no paceman of the country has reached before with a six-wicket burst as Bangladesh put South Africa on a knife-edge after the eventful second day's play of the first Test at the Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday.

New law on cards to recover assets abroad

The government will soon promulgate a new anti-money laundering ordinance to confiscate and recover the assets siphoned out of the country.

Only Jamaat opposes EC plan for poll fund transparency

Jamaat-e-Islami is the lone party that opposed the Election Commission's (EC) proposals aimed at ensuring accountability and transparency in collection and expenditure of election funds of political parties, reveals an EC report.

Gen Moeen goes to India today on 6-day visit

Chief of Army Staff General Moeen U Ahmed flies to India on a six-day visit today, seeking to boost military relations between the two neighbours.

Opponents vow to curb Musharraf's power

The leaders of Pakistan's main opposition party vowed yesterday to curtail some of President Pervez Musharraf's broad powers, including his right to dismiss parliament, following their sweeping win in recent elections.

26,000 more fowls culled in 4 districts

A total of 26,159 fowls infected with avian influenza commonly known as bird flu were culled in Savar, Nilphamari, Barisal and Thakurgaon on Friday night and yesterday.

River erosion eats into Bangladesh territory

The country's territory might shrink in future as erosion in the rivers bordering with India and Myanmar is causing loss of land areas.

Try war criminals for nation's better future

Freedom fighters yesterday renewed their demand for the trial of the war criminals.

BSF kills four on Thakurgaon Satkhira, borders

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) shot dead four Bangladeshi cattle traders near Rudrapur border in Satkhira district and on Hetagachhi border in Thakurgaon district early yesterday, Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) sources said.

Probe taking time for extra caution

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Nur Mohammad yesterday said the police are taking time to complete the investigation of the August 21, 2004 grenade attack case in a bid to avoid further controversies.

Hafizuddin fears movement if 2 ex-premiers not tried flawlessly

Former adviser to a caretaker government M Hafizuddin Khan yesterday said people would launch united movement in the country if the trial process of the two detained former prime ministers had flaws, imperfection or were influenced.

Democrats focus on Ohio as Hillary denies looming defeat

US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her rival, Barack Obama, take their battle to the Midwestern state of Ohio Saturday after the New York senator denied she was contemplating defeat for her White House bid.

Poultry industry losses cross Tk 4100cr

The country's poultry industry has incurred a loss of over Tk 4,100 crore over the last one year due to the outbreak of avian influenza, according to a recent study conducted by Bangladesh Poultry Industries Coordination Committee.

Hannan Shah blames EC for deadlock over talks with BNP

BNP chairperson's adviser Brig Gen (retd) Hannan Shah yesterday blamed the Election Commission (EC) for the current deadlock in holding dialogue with BNP by taking a controversial decision on its invitation letter.

Dr Kamal for dialogue with civil society, professionals

Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday said dialogue should be held with civil society, non-communal parties and professional groups apart from the major political parties to bring about qualitative changes in the country through a credible election.

Rice, sugar, soya bean get costlier in Khulna

Prices of rice, sugar and soya bean oil increased in Khulna in last one week.

BTTB has no chairman for 3 weeks

Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) is running without a chairman since February 1 as the government is finding it hard to pick a candidate for the post from a pool of three.

Special teams start market monitoring

Special teams are starting round-the-clock surveillance on the city's 10 biggest poultry markets today to stop sales of sick chickens and enforce other hygiene instructions to stop spreading of avian influenza.

Baby burned to death

A two-month-old was burnt to death while two of his family were injured in a fire at Ichhanagar under Karnaphuli Police Station in the city early yesterday.

Mortars, rockets hit Iraq Green Zone

Rockets or mortars hit the US-protected Green Zone early yesterday, just a day after powerful Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr ordered his Mahdi Army militia to extend its cease-fire by another six months.

Editorial

Doing away with Titas meter readers

TRIMMING an overstaffed organisation is a good thing. But the primary reason cited by Titas Gas for doing so seems rather unconvincing and may be even a misplaced proposition.

After Pakistan's general elections . . .

PAKISTAN'S general elections have clearly shown that its extremist elements remain on the fringes, despite the noise they have always made. An observation of the voting results from the fraught North West Frontier Province, where the presence of the Taliban and Al-Qaida has been rather pronounced, reveals that when it comes to voting for a government, Pakistan's people have by and large placed faith in moderation. That is why today it is the Pakistan People's Party and the Pakistan Muslim League-N which stand poised to define the country's politics in the coming few years. That assumption is of course based on the calculation that no adventurism will upset such a possibility in the meantime.

Democracy and development

DESPITE the fact that the capitalist system enveloped by democratic governance has been unable to provide the essential goods to the maximum number of people in whose name democracy is preached, the world is yet to devise a system that would remove the lacuna that exists between the rich and the poor.

The essential elections

PRESSURE on the caretaker government (CTG) is reportedly mounting from both home and abroad for lifting of the state of emergency and announcement of election date. Political parties, civil society and also the development partners are getting concerned about the election and eager to know when it will be held.

Dumb and dumber: Are Americans hostile to knowledge?

A popular video on YouTube shows Kellie Pickler, the adorable platinum blonde from "American Idol," appearing on the Fox game show "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" during celebrity week. Selected from a third-grade geography curriculum, the $25,000 question asked: "Budapest is the capital of what European country?"

Sports

Drama far from over

Off the field, he is as modest and simple as one can be but once he has the red or white cherry in his grasp, paceman Shahadat Hossain turns into the typical fast bowler: aggressive, cuss in his breath and a long glare.

'Next time, I'll keep it down'

In a day where the Tigers' bowlers hogged the headline, it was still South African batsman AB de Villiers who captured the imagination.

Hosts dominate Day One

Bangladesh dominated all three disciplines on the opening day of the 2nd Indo-Bangladesh Bangla Games in different venues of the capital yesterday.

Youths' date with SA

Bangladesh under-19 captain Suharwardi Shuvo's words ahead of today's quarterfinal reflected his team's mindset.

Nayeem stars in Indo-Bangla T20

Bangladesh's combined divisional under-22 team made a good start in the three-match Indo-Bangladesh Bangla Games Twenty20 series, beating Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) under-22 side by 15 runs in the first match at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium in Bogra yesterday.

McCullum powers NZ

An explosive Brendon McCullum wrecked the best bowling England could offer as New Zealand overcame a mid-innings crisis to win the one-day cricket decider by 34 runs here Saturday.

Div 1 Cricket

Badda Ekota registered an emphatic seven-wicket win over Dhanmondi Club in the First Division Cricket League match at the Jahangirnagar University ground yesterday.

N'ganj in JFA zonal final

Narayanganj moved into the zonal final of the JFA Cup under-15 football tournament, thrashing Munshiganj 5-1 the Shaheed Miraz-Tapan Stadium here yesterday.

School cricket

Mahimaganj High School entered the regional final of the Standard Chartered Young Tigers school cricket competition at the local stadium here yesterday.

Bad day for Arsenal

James McFadden's injury-time penalty secured a vital point for ten-man Birmingham City in a 2-2 draw with Arsenal that could have done serious damage to the Gunners' bid to reclaim the Premier League title.

London derby in final

Avram Grant will never hog the headlines like Jose Mourinho, but the Chelsea manager is developing a ruthless streak to match his predecessor and it could prove the decisive factor in Sunday's League Cup final against Tottenham.

Maria, Li into qtrs

China's Li Na, who hopes to challenge for a medal at the Beijing Olympics, and Maria Sharapova, who'll be one of the favourites in the Chinese capital, both stormed into the Qatar Open semi-finals on Friday.

Keegan supporting Gazza

Kevin Keegan has promised troubled former Newcastle star Paul Gascoigne that his club will do everything they can to help get his life back on track.

'Expansion plans dead'

Arsene Wenger fears Premier League plans to play a round of fixtures in cities across the world have been killed off by the negative response to the proposals.

World record for Japanese swimmers

Athens Olympic bronze medallists Reiko Nakamura and Yuko Nakanishi issued an Olympic warning by setting new world records at the Japan Open short course swimming championships on Saturday.

Basten to take over Ajax

Marco Van Basten will leave his job as Dutch national team coach after Euro 2008 and take charge of Ajax, the club announced on Friday.

WC boss sorry for racist slur

A South African rights body told a local organiser of the 2010 football World Cup on Friday to apologise for using the word "kaffir", a term considered grossly offensive by the black population.

Only thinking of physiotherapy

Three-time former world footballer of the year Ronaldo has shelved thoughts about playing again and is focused on the lengthy and testing physiotherapy sessions needed to recuperate his injured left knee.

Batting remains worry

It's hard to predict the nature of today's encounter between Australia and India considering how the two sides have played in the tournament so far. Even though Australia are nine points ahead of India, Ricky Ponting's team are facing the same hard questions as Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Co. Batting remains the main concern for the both these teams with majority of their famed batting line-ups struggling for consistency.

Bond handed county lifeline

New Zealand fast bowler Shane Bond will play for Hampshire in the opening weeks of the 2008 season, the English county announced on Friday.

Langer's no to IPL

Former Australian opener Justin Langer has turned his back on the inaugural Twenty20 Indian Premier League, opting to honour a prior commitment to English county side Somerset.

Ricky needs more time

Embattled Australian captain Ricky Ponting believes time at the crease is the only cure for his current slump in form.

Business

Bird flu costs poultry industry Tk4,100cr

The country's poultry industry has incurred a loss of over Tk 4,100 crore in the last one year due to the outbreak of avian influenza or bird flu, according to a recent study conducted by Bangladesh Poultry Industries Coordination Committee.

SEC plans to change system for refund of IPO money

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) plans to change the existing system for refund of the money deposited during IPO applications in a bid to stop the use of fake bank account numbers in applications for primary shares.

57 candidates found valid for FBCCI polls

Fifty-seven candidates have been selected for directorship of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI).

Demand for immediate execution of Livingstone Declaration on LDCs

A demand for Bangladeshi RMG products' duty-free access to the US market and immediate execution of the Livingstone Declaration on LDCs (least developed countries) was raised yesterday.

Yet another may withdraw candidature

At least another candidate is likely to withdraw his candidature today from the election race for the post of director of the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE).

Global commodity prices strike record highs

The price of oil soared to an historic high above 101 dollars this week, while gold and platinum also scored record peaks as speculators dived into already buoyant commodities markets.

Country's labour market abroad faces heartbreak

Criminal acts, reportedly by a few Bangladeshis in Saudi Arabia, not only harm the nation's image but may also jeopardise the country's huge labour market abroad.

Asean to set hospitality standards

Asean countries will set service standards in the tourism and hospitality sector through the development of a tourism curriculum for the region.

GlaxoSmithKline wins European nod for bird flu pandemic vaccines

British pharmaceuticals giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has won European recommendations for two vaccines aimed at combatting a potential bird flu pandemic.

Micro-finance stakeholders' meet begins today

A three-day meeting of micro-finance stakeholders begins in Dhaka today, says a press release.

S’pore airshow sees $13.4b in deals

The Singapore Airshow saw more than 13.4 billion US dollars in sales of aircraft and related equipment this week, thanks to a booming aviation market, organisers have said.

India sets wages for housemaids abroad

India has begun rolling out mandatory minimum wage requirements for housemaids working in the Gulf and parts of Africa and Southeast Asia, a minister said Friday.

China faces increasing inflation risk

China's central bank warned on Friday (Feb 22) that China is facing an "increasing" risk of inflation and said price levels will remain high throughout the first half of the year.

Microsoft says it won't uproot Yahoo

Microsoft Corp. said Friday it won't totally uproot Yahoo Inc. from its Sunnyvale, Calif. headquarters if it succeeds in its bid to buy the Web portal company.

Surge in gas prices could be short-lived

Gas prices jumped Friday to their highest level since June, a possible preview of what many analysts believe will be a record spike in pump prices this spring.

Rapport boss gets int'l award for HR leadership

M Mosharraf Hossain, chairman and managing director of Rapport Bangladesh Ltd, has won 'HR Leadership Award' at the 'Global HR Excellence Award 2008' function of the Asia Pacific HR Congress.

Baht hits another high against dollar

The baht rose relentlessly to a new historic high yesterday (Feb 22), reaching 32.30 baht against the greenback amid fears of a US recession and exporters' concern over the abolishment of capital controls.

New executive director of cotton dev board

Md Abdul Zabbar Mia has joined the Cotton Development Board as its new executive director, says a press release.

Metropolitan

Advisory council to decide

LGRD and Cooperatives Adviser Anwarul Iqbal yesterday said the Council of Adviser will take the decision on whether emergency will be lifted or not considering the overall situation.

Workers' problems, adverse campaign discussed

Bangladesh Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Major General (Retd) SM Ikramul Haque yesterday called on Speaker of the Saudi Shura Council Dr Saleh bin Abdullah bin Humaid to resolve the problem as there has been some adverse publicity against some Bangladeshi workers over there.

Drilling at Semutang gas field soon

Chief Adviser's Special Assistant for energy and power Dr M Tamim yesterday said drilling at the Semutang gas field in Khagrachhari would begin soon.

Road crashes kill 8, injure 35

At least eight people were killed and 35 others injured in separate road accidents in Dhaka, Netrakona, Sirajganj and Sylhet yesterday.

Call to improve governance on priority basis

Speakers at a workshop yesterday called for improving governance on priority basis as its weakness has increased insecurity for vulnerable and marginal people.

Dream of democratic Bangladesh still remains elusive: Dr Akbar

Regulatory Reforms Commission Chairman Dr Akbar Ali Khan yesterday said the dream of establishing a democratic Bangladesh imbued with the spirit of Liberation War still remains elusive.

'Ensure security of RU female students at halls'

A group of students of Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday demanded immediate measures to ensure security of female students at their dormitories.

Krishna idol seized

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) seized an antique idol of Lord Krishna in North Jatrabari area in the city on Friday.

Job seekers asked not to go abroad thru' illegal channels

The Ministry of Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment has asked the job seekers not to go abroad through illegal channels.

125 policemen leave for Congo to join UN mission

A 125-member contingent of Bangladesh police left here for Congo on Friday night to join the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Monuc.

Celebration of 125th founding anniversary begins

The two-day celebration of 125th founding anniversary of RNDM Mission and St Scholastica's Girls' School began here yesterday.

Punishment to JCD cadres demanded

A group of students of anthropology department of Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday demanded exemplary punishment to Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) cadres who attacked a fellow student on January 27.

College student commits suicide

A college student allegedly committed suicide at his house at East Sheikhdi in the city's Jatrabari area yesterday.

Ahmad Sharif's anniversary of death today

Today is the ninth death anniversary of Dr Ahmad Sharif, an eminent writer and scholar, and former professor at Bangla department of Dhaka University, says a press release.

Properties worth Tk 2 lakh gutted at RU female hall

A fire broke out at Rahmatunnesa Hall of Rajshahi University (RU) in the early hours of yesterday creating panic among the resident students.

Banker Mamun's 2 books published

Two books of banker and columnist Mamun Rashid were published on the occasion of the Amar Ekushey February.

Iftekhar leaves for Tokyo today

Foreign Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury will pay a three-day visit to Tokyo to discuss bilateral cooperation with his Japanese counterpart Kumura, official sources said.

Fake Rab captain held in Bagerhat

A fake captain of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) was arrested from a residential hotel in the town yesterday.

National

Jhenidah BNP leaders on the run for fear of life

Many panic-stricken BNP leaders in outlaw-infested Jhenidah are now on the run for life as there is no sign of let up in killings and attacks by outlaws.

Polls can be held under emergency, says Matin

Elections can be held under emergency as there are instances of holding polls in such situation in the country in the past, home affairs adviser Maj. Gen. (retd.) MA Matin said at a view exchange meeting here yesterday.

GD against ex-Jamaat MP in Satkhira

A general diary (GD) was filed yesterday with Satkhira Sadar police station against former Jamaat-e-Islami lawmaker Maulana Abdul Khaleque Mondol and party leader Abul Kashem for allegedly threatening a family with death for opposing Mondol's name as a speaker at an Islami mahfil in the area.

Jute workers begin work stoppage

Casual workers of six state-owned jute mills began work stoppage yesterday to press their six-point demand.

Lawyer held for 'extortion'

Police on Friday night arrested advocate Anwar Hossain Mizan, a member of Barisal District Bar Association and former leader of Bangladesh Chhatra League, in connection with robbery and extortion cases.

Zia fertiliser resumes production

Ashuganj Zia Fertiliser Company Ltd (ZFCL) resumed its production on Friday afternoon, after a suspension for 12 days.

600 fertiliser bags seized in Kushtia

Police Friday night seized 600 sacks of fertiliser from two trucks here and arrested the drivers in this connection.

Letters

Women in trouble

If you are a woman, then the problems that you will face are endless. For a woman in Dhaka city going out is like a battle that has to be won in order to survive.

Transport system

An article published in the DS on Transport System for Dhaka City (January 30, 2008) hinted at some solutions of the acute traffic congestion in the city. No doubt, Mr. Quazi Moyeed Rashid is an expert on transport system. I am not an expert, yet I do humbly disagree with some of his suggestions.

PSC

Much is being said about the achievements of the CTG, including its handling of the Public Service Commission (PSC). I am sure there are many positive achievements of the CTG but definitely not in the PSC.

Online world

There has been a heated debate in numerous Internet forums and blogs on software giant Microsoft's recent attempt to buy Yahoo!. The news itself is extremely intriguing for the people concerned about Microsoft's all-out effort to dominate almost all spheres of the online world.

“Helpline 789”

It was the 30th night of last December. While asleep after the day's hassles, there had been some noises in the adjacent room which ended with a sentence: 'Dada, Niloy has been vomiting'. Niloy, my four-year old nephew, the only child of my youngest sister, had been in my Dhaka house for some days. Though a little kid, he has some ability in coinage of vocabulary etc. Everyday whenever I do return after my evening walk, Niloy's aunt, my wife, gives an account of what novelty Niloy showed during the day with my family members and people next door.

International

Good progress on Iran, but ‘not sufficient': IAEA

The UN atomic watchdog said Friday it had made "quite good progress" in its long-running investigation into Iran's disputed nuclear drive, but was still not in a position to offer a verdict on Tehran's nuclear ambitions.

Dozens killed as Turkish army pursues Kurdish rebels in Iraq

Turkish troops pursued Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq on the third day of a major ground operation yesterday as the military put the initial death toll from the clashes at around 50.

Pressure on Zardari, Nawaz to work with Musharraf

Western envoys in Islamabad continued on Friday what seemed to be hectic contacts with the leaders of parties that won last Monday's elections amid mounting worries about President Pervez Musharraf's political future.

'There is no need to impeach Musharraf’

Pakistan parliamentary elections took place Monday, and even though formal results haven't been announced, it was clear from preliminary Election Commission results that Bhutto's Pakistan Peoples Party and Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League-N dominated.

Moderate polling in peaceful Tripura

Moderate polling was recorded on Saturday in the northeastern state of Tripura in the single-phase assembly elections with no incidents of violence till the early afternoon, officials said.

Zardari tries to rope in MQM for coalition

Stepping up consultations for forming a coalition government in Pakistan, PPP co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari discussed possible cooperation with pro-Musharraf MQM's chief Altaf Hussain, a move apparently opposed by PML-N of Nawaz Sharif.

21 killed in Lankan fresh fighting

Scattered battles in the war-torn jungles of northern Sri Lanka killed 20 separatist guerrillas and a soldier, the military said Friday, while the rebels accused the government of killing eight civilians in an airstrike.

9 killed in Afghan violence

A mine blast killed seven guards in Afghanistan yesterday, while two civilians were killed in separate incidents, officials said.

Communist leads race for Cyprus presidency

Frontrunner Demetris Christofias could make history by becoming divided Cyprus's first communist president when he faces off against his conservative rival yesterday.

India inducts first batch of British Hawk trainers

India yesterday inducted the first batch of British-made Hawk jets to groom rookie pilots and replace its ageing Russian-built MiG 21 fleet, nicknamed "Flying Coffins" due to their high crash record. Indian Defence Minister AK Anthony gave five trainer aircraft to pilots training at Bidar air force base in southern Karnataka state, nearly three decades after the Indian Air Force first called for such aircraft.

Taiwan minister quits over arms firm row

Taiwan's defence minister resigned on Saturday as the government backed down on a controversial plan to invest in a new company set up to handle its arms imports.

Arts & Entertainment

A festive air

A weeklong cultural event was organised by the Sammilito Sangskritik Jote to mark International Mother Language Day. The event ended on February 21, at the Rabindra Sorobor, Dhanmondi.

10th Int'l Short and Independent Film Festival ends

The award giving and closing ceremony of the "10th International Short and Independent Film Festival, Dhaka-'08" was held at the Shawkat Osman auditorium of Central Public Library on February 22. French film A Sunday in Pripyat (directed by Blandine Huk and Frederic Cousseau), Slovakian film Abel's Black Dog (directed by Mariana Cengel-Solcanska) and Stay in Touch (directed by Saiful Islam) were awarded as the Best Documentary, Best Fiction and Tareque Shahriar Memorial Best Independent Shorts of the festival respectively.

Heino Byrgesen on the achievements of BCITI

President of the Danish ITI, Heino Byrgesen, is in Dhaka to participate at the ITI Theatre Festival. This is his fourth time in Dhaka. The Daily Star recently spoke to Heino Byrgesen.

The festival ends

The weeklong ITI Theatre Festival, jointly organised by Bangladesh Centre of ITI and Bangladesh Shilapakala Academy (BSA), featuring 22 plays at four venues ended yesterday.

Turtle Neck: A mountain expedition

At the Bengal Gallery were photographs taken during “A Climb for Peace” a two-nation joint mountaineering expedition. This expedition aimed at scaling the 6187 metre summit of Mt. Rubal Kang (Turtle Neck) situated in the Kulu Himalayas. The journey proved that when the climbers reached the summit and joined hands in victory, they were unified in the spirit of peace and harmony.

“Sonata”: A moving documentary on autism

An unusually moving documentary Sonata-A story of autism was screened at the Dhaka Independent and short Film Festival on February 21.This is a production of Paix Media, a non-profit organisation based in Washington DC, USA which is dedicated to social causes.

Art Workshop held at UGC

To mark the International Mother Language Day, the University Grants Commission of Bangladesh (UGC) and the Bengal Foundation jointly organised a daylong workshop on art at the UGC Auditorium recently, says a press release. Over 40 artists, including Professor Rafiqun Nabi, Shishir Kumar Bhattacharya, Dr Abu Taher, Professor Hashem Khan and Shamarjit Roy Chowdhury participated at the workshop, producing 37 paintings that were presented to the UGC. This is the first initiative of this kind by UGC.

Shurer Bhubonay Shurdhuni

Shurdhuni arranged a musical soiree of singers Nausher Uddin Kaderi and Monir Chowdhury at the Bengal Gallery, recently, says a press release. Mahfuzur Rahman, chairman and managing director of ATN was present as chief guest and Saifuddoula, Chhayanat's founder member and Shurdhuni's adviser as special guest. Speeches were also delivered by Dr Khaleda Begum, general secretary of Shurdhuni and Dr Zakir Hussain.

OP-ED

Is Bangladesh economy really in a recession?

THE long lines in front of Bangla Academy have become a tradition, and a way of expressing people's respect for our mother tongue. What is more surprising this year is the larger crowd, despite the introduction of tickets for the first time, and the record volume of purchases by book lovers despite high prices. Similar scenes were observed during the month-long Dhaka International Fair, and during the festivities associated with the beginning of spring (Pahela Falgun), the Pitha Utshab, Nobanno, and Valentine's Day. The mix of local and foreign cultures is also a healthy sign, and I certainly enjoyed seeing the general mood of enthusiasm and celebration.

Combating bird flu

BANGLADESH'S poultry industry is one of the world's largest, producing 220 million chicken and 37 million ducks annually, while millions of households rely on poultry production for income and food. The industry was first hit by bird flu in February 2007, that mainly affected backyard chicken belonging to hapless poverty stricken people in the back country when bird flu wasn't high on Bangladesh's list of things to solve. It resurfaced in January 2008, affecting 271 farms in 78 upazilas in 43 districts till date. The industry is now confronted with its greatest challenge since large-scale poultry farming was first introduced in the 1980s, and, with an investment of about $1.457 billion, is on the verge of collapse following the outbreak of bird flu.

Advertising and sales

ADVERTISING is a major tool used by companies to promote their products to target buyers and the public. It consists of non-personal communication under clear sponsorship conducted through the media. Broadly speaking, it is undertaken to increase company sales and/or profits. More specifically, advertising enhances potential buyer response to the organisation and its offerings.

Star City

Construction of mother language institute resumes after 4 years

Construction work of International Mother Language Institute (IMLI) resumed last month after it remained stalled for around four years.

Plainclothes cops hound unruly cab drivers

Traffic police officials have been working undercover in their renewed effort to ease the chaos and misconduct that gripped the city's taxicab and autorickshaw service sector.

A children's park monopolised, turned into money-spinner

Dhanmondi Cricket Academy has kept a children's park in Dhanmondi occupied for years without authorisation from the authorities concerned, turning it into a potential source of making money through exclusive use.

A little attention changes a life

“It is the grace of the Almighty that I can walk with my own feet again,” said Nur Ullah.

Star Health

Cochlear implant surgery goes on hand in the country

Nine-year-old Abdullah had never heard her mother's voice, nor had the sense of any sound. He had been suffering from profound hearing loss, a mutilation her parents discovered at his first birthday, when their baby was non reactive to any clatter.

Potential benefits of glyconutrient supplement in human body

Glyconutrient supplements are using in the first world for the better improvement of complicated diseases. It is a new technology in medical science. This subject is coming out with some miracle in different disciplines of medical science.

Address traditional practice to reduce harm

Due to ignorance, bird flu created many problems in the country, mostly in rural areas. As known among about 244 species of migratory birds, approximately 21 species may carry the HPAI/H5N1 virus.

Whole grains may curb belly fat, inflammation

Cutting calories helps people lose weight, but doing so by filling up on whole grains may be particularly heart-healthy, new research suggests.

Protecting health from climate change

World Health Day, on 7 April, marks the founding of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and is an opportunity to draw worldwide attention to a subject of major importance to global health each year. In 2008, World Health Day focuses on the need to protect health from the adverse effects of climate change.

First conference on lung health held

In order to share experiences and exchange views among physicians, first international conference on lung health entitled “Pulmocon 2008” held recently at a local conference centre in the city.

Health camp in Tangail

To mark the International Mother Language Day, a large health camp was organised in Hatibandha village of Tangail district, says a press release.



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