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News of: Saturday, 12th of April, 2008

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Violent clashes with cops leave 200 hurt

Hundreds of Islamist activists clashed with police for hours on the second day of violent protests in the city's Baitul Mukarram National Mosque area yesterday, leaving over 200 people injured.

Demand for women's equal rights logical, says CJ

Chief Justice M Ruhul Amin yesterday said the demand for equal rights for women in every aspect of life is logical.

Saifur resumes unity move as rivals to go to higher court

M Saifur Rahman, acting chairman appointed by the BNP standing committee, has taken a fresh initiative to reunite the party before talks with the Election Commission (EC) and the caretaker government.

Middle-class, limited income group grapple with prices

Middle-class people and those with limited income have been rendered helpless by the spiralling price of edibles as well as by the spike in expenses on other heads.

Farmers selling boro before harvest for pittance to survive

Sixty-two year old Abul Hossain of Itkhola village in sadar upazila would have earned his retirement by now had he held a job.

Govt to slash amount demanded by EC

The government has decided to allocate Tk 425 crore in the next budget for holding elections to parliament and local government bodies while the Election Commission (EC) sought Tk 570 crore for the job.

‘NSC must be civilian dominated and help strengthen democracy’

The proposed national security council (NSC) must be dominated by civilians and should work as a helping hand for strengthening democracy by advising the cabinet on various national security issues, said Bangladesh Heritage Foundation Chairman Wali-ur Rahman yesterday.

Call for calm, solving crisis thru’ talks

In reaction to yesterday's violent clashes between irate Islamists and police over the country's new women's development policy, members of the civil society and human rights activists called upon all to maintain peace.

Madrasa students go on rampage, storm Hathazari police station

Hundreds of madrasa students went on the rampage and stormed Hathazari Police Station in Chittagong yesterday over rumours that an imam was killed earlier in the day in clashes between police and religious militants in Dhaka.

20 injured as JCD, BCL in Dhaka Medical College clash

At least 20 students of Dhaka Medical College were injured in clashes between Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) yesterday.

AL may change its stance on dialogue

The Awami League Presidium sits today to discuss its stance to reject talks with the government unless it received a formal invitation.

Indian cabinet okays train service deal

Indian cabinet yesterday approved the agreement with Bangladesh to resume passenger train services between Kolkata and Dhaka after a 43-year hiatus.

In Bangladesh a 2kg bag of rice consumes a family’s half of daily income

Rocketing global food prices are causing acute problems of hunger and malnutrition in poor countries and have put back the fight against poverty by seven years, the World Bank said yesterday.

Retailers yet to reduce prices of coarse rice

The retail price of coarse rice, which rose steadily in the last 10 days, is yet to come down in the city's retail markets despite a fall in its wholesale price by over Tk 2 per kilogram (kg).

Artefacts lie uncared for on the floor of a college

A large number of artefacts including terracotta plaques have been lying on the floor of a college classroom at Gurudaspur of Natore for the last 21 years.

It’s our duty to inspire youths with spirit of Liberation War

Eminent jurist Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday called upon the freedom fighters (FFs) to inspire people, especially younger generation, with the spirit of Liberation War for building a nation free from all sorts of exploitation.

4 of a family, 2 others killed in road accident

A head-on collision between a bus and a people carrier left six people, including four of a family, dead and 26 others injured at Harisarder in Chouddagram upazila on Dhaka-Chittagong highway yesterday.

1,000 shanties gutted in Narayanganj

A devastating fire gutted more than 1,000 shanties at Gymkhana slum in Narayanganj town yesterday.

Policy needed to raise awareness about autistic children

Seeam, a 13-year-old boy, has so far approached at least 30 reputed schools in the capital seeking admission but he was refused. His mother spent nine years since he was two and a half years old, wondering what went wrong with her child.

Pakistan make it 2-0

Pakistan relied on an entertaining half-century by Salman Butt to beat Bangladesh by seven wickets on Duckworth-Lewis method in a rain-hit second day-night international on Friday.

Banyan tree at DU hall finally felled

The PG Hartog International Hall authorities at Dhaka University (DU) finally cut down the banyan tree on its premises to make way for a flower garden, without taking permission of the department concerned.

‘Raising yields the only long-term solution’

Rice prices are likely to keep rising for some time as production of the staple fails to keep up with soaring demand, the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) said yesterday.

Maoists poised to become second largest party

Nepal's former Maoist guerrillas, who had fought a 10-year savage war to overthrow the monarchy, tasted victory on Friday with trends in Kathmandu valley showing them poised to become the second largest party, after Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala's Nepali Congress (NC).

Editorial

Violence in the name of religion is reprehensible

WE have witnessed to our utter dismay, two successive days of clashes between activists of Khelafat Majlish and Islami Shashantantra Andolon on the one side and the law enforcers on the other near the National Mosque during emergency centring around demonstrations by the former against the Women Development Policy. In the fallout many people on both sides have been injured and hospitalised, something that should have been avoidable in the first place. It created a law and order situation at a time when the country is grappling with food crisis and looking ahead to the national elections due by December.

Stage set for Dhaka-Kolkata train

THE train service between Dhaka and Kolkata, a link to be resumed after 43 years, will add a new dimension to traveling between the two most historic capitals of the region. If everything goes well, the much-awaited service in the shape of “Moitree Express” is to start on 14 April, Pahela Baishakh, which is an auspicious day for the Bengalis on the two sides of the border. According to the deal signed by the representatives of the two governments, passenger trains will run between Cantonment Station in Dhaka and Chitpur Station in Kolkata through the Darshana border for a period of three years. The treaty would be renewed if the two sides find it worthwhile after the period initially agreed upon.

Exorbitant prices creating havoc

ORDINARY citizens are not only weary but just about fed up with the continuous bickering between the authorities and the economists. Even now, while starvation is stalking the countryside, responsible authorities are playing around with words and denying that there is a crisis of major proportions.

Role model in politics and disconcerting reality

FORMER Chief Adviser and Chief Justice Muhammad Habibur Rahman while speaking as chief guest at the National Citizen's Dialogue titled "National unity to face major challenges 2008" has implored the nation to "elect such parliament members who will be role models not only in politics but also on our way forward". He has reportedly urged not to waste our votes on incompetent persons. Justice Habibur Rahman could not be more candid. How one wishes his entreaties make an appropriate impact on the relevant quarters?

Not by visa alone

NAWAZ Sharif, former Prime Minister of Pakistan, is touching upon subjects which leaders in his country and India intentionally avoid. His suggestion to Pakistan to unilaterally lift restrictions on travels by Indians is bold and timely. Tension between the two countries is far less than before and there is a pronounced desire to come closer to each other. The Muslim League which Nawaz Sharif heads is a concomitant with fanatic elements. Some have strong anti-India views. For him to ignore their bias is courageous. Yet, the hardheaded politician as he is, his ears are plugged to the ground. He is convinced that an average Pakistani wants to befriend India. He has tested this sentiment when, a few years ago, he swept the polls against the late Benazir Bhutto on the plank that the vote for him was a vote for friendship with India. She had then taken an opposite stand. Nawaz Sharif has said that Asif Ali Zardari, co-chairman of the ruling Pakistan People's Party (PPP), also supports his proposal. Zardari or any PPP minister should come out with some statement to confirm their support. It is, however, strange that Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has made no statement to express his views on how to improve relations with India. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, whose visit to Pakistan is awaited anxiously by Islamabad, said a few weeks ago that he was ready to travel to the other side provided there was something important to sign. The abolition of visa can be worth a visit.

Sports

Hosts on top

Nayeem Islam carried his good form with a back-to-back century as BCB National Cricket Academy (NCA) tightened their grip on South Africa Academy on the third day of the second and final four-day Test at the Beer Shreshtha Shaheed Motiur Rahman Stadium in Khulna yesterday.

Booters training hard

Abu Yusuf is looking forward to build a team that will understand the concept of modern football and try to play it.

Ishant stands tall

Teenage paceman Ishant Sharma and off-spinner Harbhajan Singh shared six wickets as India restricted South Africa to 265 in the third and final Test here on Friday.

Shiv's 6 seals win

Chaminda Vaas lost his nerves, but Shivnarine Chanderpaul kept his, and struck a four and a six off the last two balls to hand West Indies a sensational one-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the first One-day International here Thursday.

Local Snippets

The Brac Bank Club Cup Hockey begins today at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium with Mohammedan Sporting Club and Sadharan Bima playing the opening match.

Pegasus stay in Premier

A three-wicket burst from paceman Mukhtar Ali helped Young Pegasus stay afloat in the Premier League after they registered a massive 91-run victory over Sonargaon Cricketers in the last relegation playoff match at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.

Victoria ride on Omar

Omar made unbeaten 50 as Victoria Club registered a four-wicket victory against Bangladesh Cricket Academy and School (BCAS) in the Colonel Malek Smriti First Division Cricket League at the Shaheed Miraj-Tapan Stadium yesterday.

Tanima unbeaten champion

WFM Tanima Parveen clinched the title of the Prime Bank Women 3rd International Rating Chess tournament when she maintained her unbeaten run at Hotel Media International in Cox's Bazar yesterday.

Toni saves the day

Favourites Bayern Munich went perilously close to crashing out of the UEFA Cup on Thursday with only eleventh hour heroics from Luca Toni saving the day against 10-man Getafe.

Rijkaard under strain

Frank Rijkaard can do nothing right at the moment with Barcelona fans jeering their manager's decisions even though he has guided them to the Champions League semi-finals.

Make or break for Gunners

Arsenal's fading Premier League title hopes will be put to the sternest of tests this weekend when they face leaders Manchester United at Old Trafford.

A blockbuster weekend

Six of Serie A's top seven teams face off this weekend with AC Milan's trip to Juventus the highlight of a blockbuster programme.

Bayern, Dortmund double-header

Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Doll insists his side are capable of meeting and beating league leaders Bayern Munich twice in six days ahead of Sunday's Bundesliga clash.

Messi back for Barca

Argentina forward Lionel Messi returned to the Barcelona squad on Friday for the trip to face Recreativo Huelva in the Primera Liga this weekend.

Henry losing scoring touch

Thierry Henry fears his scoring instincts have been dulled by playing on the left wing instead of centre forward at Barcelona.

C'Ron leads PFA nominations

Cristiano Ronaldo has the chance to retain his English PFA Players' Player of the Year award after being named one of the six nominations for this season's prize on Friday

Ribery an injury concern

French midfielder Franck Ribery is an injury concern for Bayern Munich as the league leaders prepare to face Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga on Sunday.

Cech returns to training

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech is back in training after his horrific facial injury and waiting for the green light to return to action.

Sharapova survives a scare

Maria Sharapova survived a scare Thursday as she outlasted Anabel Medina Garrigues 7-6 (7/3), 5-7, 7-6 (7/1) to reach the quarterfinals of the WTA Amelia Island claycourt event.

'ICC toothless'

Pakistan's whistleblowers on match fixing Sarfraz Nawaz and Rashid Latif said Friday that cricket authorities were powerless to stop match fixing in the Indian private leagues.

Power from God

Shivnarine Chanderpaul disclosed that he defied illness to hand West Indies a thrilling one-wicket victory in the first One-day International of three against Sri Lanka on Thursday at Queen's Park Oval.

Warning from Bayliss

Sri Lanka coach Trevor Bayliss has warned that his side will be going all out for a win in the second one-day international against West Indies on Saturday at Queen's Park Oval.

Ajantha's bright start

Tougher days surely lie ahead, but Ajantha Mendis appears to be a spin bowler with a bright future based on the evidence of his One-day International debut for Sri Lanka against West Indies on Thursday at Queen's Park Oval.

'Harmison, Hoggard still in plans'

Geoff Miller, England's chairman of selectors, has insisted Steve Harmison and Matthew Hoggard -- who were both dropped after the first Test against New Zealand in March -- are both part of England's immediate plans for the forthcoming season.

Onus now on batsmen

South Africa's in-form batsman Hashim Amla on Friday admitted that his team lost "too many wickets" towards the end but warned India that they would also find the going tough in the third and final cricket Test.

Cardiff given Ashes Test

Ashes 2009 will start at Cardiff as the Welsh capital hosts a Test match for the first time, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced on Friday.

Metropolitan

'Use Bangla in all spheres of life'

The national round of HSBC-Prothom Alo Bhasha Protijog was held in the capital yesterday with a call for using Bangla in all spheres of life.

Call for quick implementation of taskforce's recommendations

Demanding immediate implementation of the recommendations of the taskforce regarding Buriganga, the lifeline of Dhaka, the speakers at a discussion yesterday said there is no time for sitting without doing anything.

'Take action against those violating emergency'

Women leaders and civil society members yesterday called on the caretaker government to take action against Islamist activists who have been agitating and clashing with the police in the city for the last two days in violation of emergency rules.

DMP cell to provide legal aid to expats

Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has set up a cell to provide legal assistance and counselling service to Bangladeshi expatriates who fall victim to cheating and other crimes.

$ 50m livelihood project for Sidr-hit people

The US$ 50 million livelihood restoration project for cyclone Sidr-affected people will be launched this month, with four worst affected upazilas being covered in the first phase.

Fulbright foreign student programme

The American Centre of the US Embassy in Dhaka invites applications for the Fulbright Foreign Student programme for 2009, says a press release.

Int'l expo on healthcare products begins

A three-day international exhibition on medical, pharmaceutical and healthcare products and services began at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in the city yesterday.

Ten win Informatics Olympiad

Bushra Mahbub of Viqarunnisa Noon College topped the list of ten winners of the national competition of 5th Bangladesh Informatics Olympiad (BIO) held at Notre Dame College in the city yesterday.

Traffic disrupted for five hours on Dhaka-Ctg highway

Traffic movement on Dhaka-Chittagong Highway was disrupted for about four and a half hours as an overloaded truck collapsed on the highway in Burichang upazila of Comilla yesterday.

Foundation stone laid for int'l check post

Realising the importance of the Benapole land port among other land ports in the country, the government itself has taken the responsibilities of its supervision, said National Revenue Board Chairman Muhammad Abdul Mazid.

Two killed in road crashes

At least two people were killed and six others injured in separate road accidents in Rajshahi and Chittagong yesterday.

Taskforce formed to monitor KCC activities

A taskforce has been formed to monitor the activities of Khulna City Corporation (KCC).

25 shops gutted in Shariatpur

Some 25 shops were gutted in a fire at Kazirhat port bazar under Jazira upazila in the district yesterday.

Dress exhibition begins at RU

A four-day dress exhibition styled 'Grameen Poshak' began at the hall room of central cafeteria of Rajshahi University (RU) on Thursday to celebrate the Pahela Baishakh, first day of the Bangla New Year.

Criminal held in Madaripur

Rab members yesterday arrested a notorious criminal from Kalai Darderer village of Kalkini upazila.

British High Commission closed Apr 14

British High Commission in Dhaka and its office in Sylhet will remain closed to the public on April 14 on the occasion of Pahela Baishakh, the first day of Bengali New Year, says a press release.

BBC Bangladesh Sanglap today

The 33rd edition of BBC Bangladesh Sanglap will be held at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in the capital today.

18th BCS Forum AGM today

The 3rd reunion and annual general meeting (AGM)-2008 of the 18th BCS Forum will be held at the Engineers' Institute auditorium in the city today.

Certificate award ceremony held

The certificate award ceremony of Command Post Exercise (CPX) of Exercise Shanti Doot-2 was held at Hotel Radisson in the city yesterday.

Fire at electronics shop in city

A fire ripped through an electronics shop at No. 2 Super Market of the Dhaka City Corporation at Karwan Bazar late last night, destroying all the goods.

One gets life for violating girl in Kishoreganj

A Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal on Thursday sentenced a man to life imprisonment for violating a minor girl.

Van-puller stabbed to death in Khulna

A van-puller was stabbed to death allegedly by one of his fellowmen at Godaipur village under Paikgachha upazila in the district yesterday.

Two garment workers raped in Savar

Two female garment workers were raped by criminals at Shreepur village in Ashulia early yesterday.

Garment worker raped in Ashulia

A gang of criminals raped a female garment worker and assaulted another female worker at Shreepur village in Ashulia early yesterday.

Journalist Abdul Matin passes away

Muhammad Abdul Matin, a veteran journalist and columnist, passed away at his home at Sherpur in Bogra yesterday at the age of 85.

National

Boro harvest begins in Sylhet, Kishoreganj, Netrakona haors

Harvest of Boro paddy has started in haor areas of Sylhet, Kishoreganj and Neterakona districts. But the small arrival of paddy in markets is yet to make any dent in retail prices of rice.

Pahela Baisakh festivities begin in Khagrachhari

The five- day traditional indigenous cultural progrmme marking Pahela Baisakh began in Khagrachhari yesterday with great enthusiasm in district to mark the Bangla New year 1415 at district Khagrachhari.

Withdraw explanation letter for write-up

One hundred and twenty teachers of Rajshahi University have demanded immediate withdrawal of the letter that asked for explanation and document on the subject-matter of a newspaper write-up by a social work department teacher.

2 held while stealing 50,000 primary textbooks

Joint forces yesterday caught a upazila primary education office staff and a truck driver when they were trying to take about 50 thousand primary school textbooks from the education office store room at Noyarhat in Lalmonirhat town without any official order.

Departmental case against accused officials soon

Food directorate will file a departmental case against the four officials who are now detained on charge of misappropriating 158 tonnes of rice from government-run Muladuli CSD godown.

Retired airport security guard faces ACC case

A retired security guard of Zia International airport faces an ACC (Anti Corruption Commission) case for hiding wealth.

Steps soon for education in mother tongue

Special Assistant to the Chief Advisor Barrister Devashish Roy yesterday said the government will take step to introduce primary education in mother tongue for the 13 indigenous communities in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT).

Community police sell rice at Tk 25 a kg

Gaibandha district community policing committee yesterday began rice sale at Tk 25 per kg to help the ultra-poor people in remote areas of the district.

International

Nepal endorses peace amid tough challenges

Crucial polls in Nepal that had been plagued by pre-election violence have passed off smoothly, but analysts warn it is too early to declare peace has truly broken out in the Himalayan nation.

Zimbabwe neighbours to push for end to deadlock

The leaders of southern Africa, traditionally loth to criticise Robert Mugabe, will try and cajole Zimbabwe's president to defuse an escalating post-election crisis at a summit in Zambia Saturday.

26 rebels killed in Lankan fighting

At least 26 Tamil Tiger rebels, two soldiers and a civilian have been killed in fighting across Sri Lanka's northern districts, the defence ministry said yesterday.

India risks sanctions for not taking back illegal migrants

A legislation targeting India and seven other countries which allegedly refuse to take back illegal immigrants convicted of crimes in the United States has been introduced in the House of Representatives.

New US airstrikes kill 12 in Iraq

Fresh US airstrikes killed at least 12 people in Baghdad and Basra on yesterday as Shia militiamen and security forces fought sporadic streets battles in the two Iraqi cities.

Israel sends tanks, bulldozers into Gaza

Israeli tanks and bulldozers crossed into the Gaza Strip on Friday after the Jewish state warned it would retaliate against Hamas for a deadly explosion of violence earlier this week.

Scientists predict more floods, droughts

Scientists predicted Thursday that climate change in coming decades will cause more flooding in the Northern Hemisphere and droughts in some southern and arid zones.

Bush ties Iran, al-Qaeda among 'greatest threats'

US President George W. Bush on Thursday lumped Iran with the al-Qaeda terrorist group as "two of the greatest threats to America in this new century" and said both hoped for a US defeat in Iraq.

'Climate of fear in Myanmar ahead of referendum’

Military-ruled Myanmar is gripped by a climate of fear ahead of a May 10 constitutional referendum, according to three Buddhist monks who led a failed revolt against the junta and other activists.

Ex-party boss in China gets 18 yrs for graft

The former Communist Party chief of China's financial capital was sentenced yesterday to 18 years in prison for his role in a massive corruption scandal involving a third of the city's pension funds.

Poor farmers commit suicide in India

Authorities in northern India have banned the sale of a cheap variety of hair dye after debt-ridden farmers were found to be drinking it to end their lives, an official said Friday.

Television on the Internet taking off for real

It's been a long time coming but television on the Internet appears finally to be taking off, opening up a new viewing experience for free and helping to fight online piracy.

BJP, Congress in race for power in Karnataka

A resurgent Congress and a determined BJP are locked in a fierce battle for the next month's Karnataka Assembly elections while the Janata Dal (S), eroded by desertions in its ranks, hopes to remain in the reckoning.

Tk 20 lakh stolen rubber seized, 4 held

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday seized six tonnes of stolen raw rubber at Ghatail upazila in Tangail district and arrested four persons.

Japan extends North Korea sanctions

Japan extended for six months Friday the economic sanctions imposed on North Korea for conducting its first test of a nuclear weapon in 2006.

Arts & Entertainment

“Nobin Praan-er Bashontey”

Cultural organisation Protiti, arranged a programme celebrating the season of spring on April 10. The programme was held at the Shawkat Osman Auditorium, Public Library. Titled "Nobin Praan-er Bashontey", the programme included performances by the artistes of Protiti and Nrityanchal.

An evening of Rabindra Sangeet

To promote and uphold traditional Bangla songs, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) took an initiative to arrange solo musical programmes on a regular basis. In this regard, on April 10, BSA arranged a programme featuring solo renditions by noted Tagore singer Fahim Hossain Chowdhury at the auditorium of National Music and Dance Centre.

Objects in Mirror: Closer than they appear

Strums of guitar broke the mould. Musicians Rahul Anand, Krishnokoli, Sawjib and others were jamming; the setting at Drik Gallery on April 10 was informal. The exhibition "Objects in Mirror" wrapped up with music.

Citibank organises talent competition for children

To celebrate and usher in the approaching Bengali New Year, Citibank, N.A. Bangladesh organised a talent competition for children at the Plaza Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) yesterday. Around 500 participants took part in the event titled Agamir Alo Shishu Kishore Sanskritik Protijogita.

Homage to Charlton Heston

The Hollywood legend Charlton Heston died on April 5 at the age of 84. The world community lost one of the greatest film stars. He was a towering figure both in his politics and on screen where his characters had the ear of God, survived apocalyptic plagues and endured one of Hollywood's most-grueling action sequences (the chariot race in "Ben-Hur," which earned him the best-actor Academy Award). The actor died at his home in Beverly Hills with his wife Lydia at his side.

"Boishakhi Fair" to be held at Fantasy Kingdom

Concord Entertainment Co. Ltd. will celebrate Pahela Baishakh with a "Baishakhi Fair" at Fantasy Kingdom and Water Kingdom in Dhaka and Foy's Lake and Ananda Bhuban in Chittagong on April 14, says a press release.

OP-ED

Hoping audaciously: Will 2008 be the year of the unthinkable?

ABOUT eight months ago a cab driver in downtown Washington DC, commenting on the prospects of aspiring presidential candidates, remarked: "America get a black man or woman as president? -- no way! This ain't gonna happen in this country, no sir, not in my lifetime it ain't!"

Reducing dependence on rice

DOMESTIC and worldwide shortage of cereal stock, and consequent price hike, has put Bangladesh, which has been a cereal importing country since 1970-71, under pressure. Normally it imports about 2 million tons of rice and wheat a year. In case of natural disaster, import goes up to about 15% of domestic demand. Two consecutive floods in 2007 and cyclone Sidr affected aman production, creating demand for import. Bangladesh imports rice from India, Thailand and Myanmar.

Easterners more polite than Westerners, but we spit more

ASIANS are more polite in greeting each other than Westerners, readers believe. (Expats, please remember that the next time we spit on your shoes.)

Environment

Unabated earthquake fear

Earthquakes happen when forces deep within our planet cause movement of the earth's outer layer called the crust. The rock plates that make up the earth's crust number about 20. Most earthquakes occur along the boundaries of major plates. As the mantle moves plates slowly around the globe, the plates may crape against each other. Sometimes pressure along the edges becomes so great that something has to give way. Then the land trembles with an earthquake.

Dhaka has very high air pollution level

Air pollution has become a matter of great concern for us in recent years. Those who are living in cities in Asian countries including Dhaka, have already realised how seriously air pollution has been poisoning life and degrading the environment. People living in major towns of Bangladesh experience the problems of air pollution in varied degrees.

Linking environment with development

Bangladesh is going through a social and economic transformation. These rapid changes in the economic, social and political life have enormous impact on country's ecosystems and resources. Operationalising the concept of sustainable development requires integrating economic, social and environmental objectives and negotiating and managing trade offs. The future of sustainable development lies in the evolution of the character of governance -- the ensemble of social ethics, public policies and institutions which structure how government, people and the civil society interact with the environment. We are to find ways how to pursue active economic development without further degrading their environment and ecosystem resources. In the midst of widespread poverty and natural resources depletion in the country, the government strives to produce a proper mix of pro-environment and pro-development policies. We are also to give attention to other important strategic dimensions such as the integration of disaster risk reduction into sustainable development policies and plans.

Time to check salinity intrusion in the Sundarbans

Sundarban Mangrove forest of Bangladesh covers an area of about 6017 sq. km which is 62 percent of its total area whereas other 38 percent is situated in the West Bengal province of India. The average elevation from the mean sea level varies between 0.9 and 2.1 m. The rise in sea level and availability of less fresh water particularly during winter will cause inland intrusion of saline water.

Literature

Reptile*

It is midnight when he goes to sleep thinking of the morning's events. Today he has attentively read Sigmund Freud's Outline of Psychoanalysis but unable to diagnose his problem has fallen asleep in an irritated state. Now, at two in the morning, he is making groaning noises in his sleep. His knees are folded against his body. He feels suffocated. Beside him, Runa is fast asleep. He feels he should get out of the room, go out into the open where he can draw in a lungful of air.

On Translations

Translation Theory and Practice (ed. Niaz Zaman); Dhaka: Academic Press and Publishers Limited; 2004; pp. 145; Tk. 200.

A fine new Kolkata novel

In his novel Silverfish Saikat Majumdar (HarperCollins India; 2007) weaves together intimate tales of Calcutta life, the protagonists of which are loosely bound by a collective devotion to words.

The sky hangs in her braids

Like the ocean, endless and intense
like the lake, drenched in spring shower,
her eyes beckon me.

Star Health

Keep your voice healthy

World Voice Day, marked on April 16, is an international celebration of the voice, the primary means of communication. The goal of World Voice Day is to raise awareness about the importance of voice, its disorders, methods of voice preservation and enhancement. The message, “Don’t Tax Your Voice” prompts us to consider ways to preserve and protect our voices. This is the first time we are observing World Voice Day in Bangladesh.

Maternal exercise benefits mother and infant

Exercise during pregnancy has cardiovascular benefits not just for the mother but for the developing fetus as well, according to research presented at the 121st annual meeting of the American Physiological Society, part of the Experimental Biology 2008 scientific conference.

Micronutrients, education keys to end hunger: study

Governments could take a big step towards ending world hunger by spending just $1.2 billion a year in developing nations on dietary supplements and education about the food needs of babies, a study showed.

Study ties bedroom TV to unhealthy habits in teens

Teenagers with a bedroom television tend to have poorer diet and exercise habits and lower grades in school than those without one, U.S. researchers said.

War against doctors’ dress!

A revolution is going to take place in the hospital’s dress code very soon. This will start from the United Kingdom. Following the recent well publicised outbreaks of MRSA and Clostridium difficile, various demands and claims have been made about how doctors’ dress might be regulated with a view to improving hospital infection rates.

Radial coronary angiography introduced at Apollo Hospitals

The Cardiology department of Apollo Hospitals, Dhaka has introduced the Radial Coronary Angiography at their hospital, says a press release. It is considered convenient and easy route to reach the heart.

New generation drug eluting stent launched

Recently a new generation drug eluting stent — NoboriTM stent system of Terumo Corporation of Japan has been launched in the market of Bangladesh.

Strategic Issues

National Security Council for Bangladesh-not for now

It appears from the newspaper reports that the Caretaker Government has already decided in principle to form a National Security Council (NSC) for Bangladesh. However, the details are perhaps yet to be worked out. The politicians, members of the civil society and media personalities from various shades of opinion have given out their views on the issue some in support, others in opposition. However, most people in Bangladesh have no idea what is the NSC all about. The objectives of this paper are to study the composition, role and task of the National Security Council in a number of selected countries and study its relevance to Bangladesh.

The decline of Annapolis and changes to the regional strategic environment

Current US foreign policy in the Middle East is being strongly neutralized for different reasons:

DAGR Helo rocket excels in latest test: Lockheed

The U.S. Army is monitoring the development of laser-guided, precision 2.75-inch Hydra rockets able to place 35-pound missiles within one meter of target from up to 12,000 meters away, service officials said April 8 at the Army Aviation Association of America Convention in National Harbor, Md.

Denmark to reinforce Afghan deployment

Denmark's defense ministry said April 8 it was sending extra helicopters and troops to Afghanistan, where it has suffered one of the highest per capita death tolls among coalition forces.

India, Germany conduct naval exercises

India and Germany are holding their first-ever joint sea exercises in Indian waters from April 7, a follow-up of the Indo-German Defence Cooperation Agreement signed in 2006.

Star Books Review

Of values that used to be, of culture that yet remains

Old values are what Syed Moqsud Ali speaks of in this narrative of what has been a fruitful life. In a work that encompasses an entirety of a family tale, the writer in essence brings forth all the traditions, as it were, that once were an underpinning of life in this country. These are the writer's memoirs and yet they could be interpreted as expressions of the sentiments that have bound Bengali families and clans together for ages. All history begins with the personal before broadening out to a wider swath of experience. And that is the point which Ali makes at the beginning of his narrative. He goes out in search of his roots and comes away from the density of tradition enriched in terms of his discovery. It is discovery that most, if not all, of us can relate to. There is that identification not just with class but with the accompaniments of aspirations which come with it as well.

Rereading an account of a long-ago war

Retired Indian Lt. Gen. J.F.R. Jacob is a tactful guest. Invited by COAS Gen. Moeen U Ahmed for the 26 March celebrations, a nice gesture, Jacob at a press conference complimented Bangladeshis by saying that “freedom fighters' gallantry… liberated Bangladesh from Pakistan occupation.”

A puzzle swathed in enigma

“For everything that exists there are three instruments by which the knowledge of it is necessarily imparted: fourth, there is the knowledge itself, and, as fifth, we must count the thing itself which is known and truly exists. The first is the name, the second the definition, the third the image...” -- Plato, Epistle VII

A story of perpetual discrimination

The title of the book is most meaningful as it relates the stories and events that actually took place to deprive the minority community of its rights and titles of property ownership. A research based book, it is outstanding in nature as it provides an account, with facts and figures, of how the protective security of the minority has been ignored for years together and how the minority community has been unable to enjoy the property handed down to it from one generation to another.

At A Glance

Development or Destruction?
Essays on Global Hegemony, Corporate Grabbing
And Bangladesh
Anu Muhammad
Shrabon Prokashoni

These are essays that reflect the concerns of a vital segment of Bengali society. Anu Muhammad's belief in socialism has never wavered. In these articles, he explains, from the point of view of the common man, why the activities of international funding agencies need to be scrutinised in this country. The points he makes are based on logic.



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