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News of: Saturday, 26th of April, 2008

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Time to introduce rating system for all universities

Regulatory Reforms Commission (RRC) Chairman Dr Akbar Ali Khan yesterday called for introducing 'rating system' for evaluating performances of all public and private universities in the country so that people can know the quality of each of these educational institutions.

Steep rise in taxicab, three-wheeler fares

The sudden price hike of compressed natural gas (CNG) has led to bitter war of words between passengers and drivers of CNG-run vehicles as the latter began charging higher fares on the very first day of new gas rate.

Bengal Plastic, Ikebana and Viyellatex Group honoured

Two prominent businesspersons and a corporate house were honoured with the Bangladesh Business Awards 2007 in the capital yesterday for outstanding performances in different fields last year.

Pro-Khaleda men yet to see any sign of pre-dialogue parley

Uncertainty looms large over pre-dialogue talks between the pro-Khaleda faction of BNP and a panel of advisers to the caretaker government as the schedule for the meeting is yet to be set.

Grassroots leaders still confused about Al’s hunger strike plan

Amid a countrywide state of emergency and a ban on indoor politics all over except in the capital, Awami League's (AL) district unit leaders find themselves confused about how to go on an announced token hunger strike on April 29 in all 64 districts, demanding release of their detained party chief Sheikh Hasina.

The luckiest 3 among the Mro community

Younguang Mro and two of his friends find themselves the luckiest among the Mro community as they are the first three from the community ever to study in a university.

Road blocked for 2 hrs, vehicles damaged as road accident kills garment worker

Garment workers damaged over 15 vehicles and blocked the Dhaka-Aricha Highway for about two hours yesterday after one of their fellow workers was killed in a road accident at Hemayetpur in Savar.

Aug 21 attack was aimed at killing Hasina

Harkat ul Jihad (Huji) leader Arif Hasan Sumon in his confessional statement yesterday said that they made the grenade attack on the Awami League rally on August 21 in 2004 for killing Awami League president Sheikh Hasina.

Be accountable to conscience, CJ urges judges

Chief Justice M Ruhul Amin yesterday urged the judges to ensure dispensation of justice by remaining accountable to their conscience, not to seek applause.

Dhaka can follow China-Pakistan model for nuclear ties with Beijing

Foreign Adviser Dr Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury yesterday said Bangladesh-China peaceful nuclear power cooperation can be built on the China-Pakistan model as China wanted to get involved in Rooppur Nuclear power plant.

Cancel so-called review body, discard their proposals

Samajik Protirodh Committee, an alliance of women's rights organisations, yesterday demanded cancellation of the "so-called committee to review the National Women's Development Policy" and urged the government to discard their recommendations.

Onion joins price hike race

The prices of local and Indian onions increased by Tk 2-3 per kg in wholesale and retail markets during the last two days.

Rice price hits new high on global markets

The prices of rice in Thailand, the world's top exporter, surged to a record high above US$1,000 (S$1,360) a tonne yesterday as fears of a global shortage spread as far as the United States.

Tagore memorabilia stolen, many lie in storeroom

A collection of Rabindranath Tagore memorabilia have been stolen and misplaced at the Rabindra Memorial Museum of Shahzadpur upazila in Sirajganj.

Future of 14families now uncertain as bread earners are dead

The family members of the 14 weavers who were killed in a tragic accident in Tangail on April 16 have demanded proper compensation from the government as most of the small handloom factories run by the weavers remain closed since the incident.

Myanmarese refute charges against Bangladeshis

Burmese (Myanmarese) community leaders in Makkah have refuted allegations that Bangladeshis in the kingdom are obstructing progress of Burmese people living there, Arab News reported yesterday.

Subsidies at this rate should not continue further

Finance Adviser Mirza Azizul Islam yesterday said subsidies on gas, fuel and fertiliser at the present rate should not continue further as such incentives have long-term adverse effects on economy.

4 children drown in Chandpur

Four children drowned in two ponds in Faridganj and Matlab (north) upazilas of Chandpur.

Over 2000 more hospitalised

With the hot and humid weather continuing, diarrhoea situation has remained unchanged across the country as 2,221 new patients were admitted to different hospitals while three died.

Nature makes cover story on Bangladesh scientist

The Nature, an authoritative US science journal and among the most prestigious in the world, has made a cover story on a paper of a Bangladeshi scientist recently.

Baby girl beaten to death by youth at Badda

A three-and-a-half-year-old girl was beaten to death by a young man at Badda in the city Thursday evening.

30pc found in good condition before being destroyed

A large quantity of the 451 tonnes of 'damaged' rice earmarked for destruction was found in good condition yesterday.

Basundhara ED freed on bail, arrested again

Tejgaon police arrested Basundhara Group Executive Director Shamsuddin Ahmmed from the jail gate moments after his release from the Dhaka Central Jail yesterday evening.

Indian cabinet okays investment promotion accord with Bangladesh

India has approved signing and ratification of an agreement with Bangladesh for bilateral investment promotion and protection.

Editorial

CNG price rise

Agreat sense of relief motorists and transport owners have so far derived amidst high prices of octane, petrol and diesel from the low CNG price tag. But that relieving spot has been somewhat taken away by the doubling of CNG price now. Some upward adjustment in CNG price was inevitable, if the books of Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC), or for that matter, the subsidy budget of the government, were to be balanced. Yet raising the price by hundred percent by one single stroke is something that can have a shock effect on the road transport sector that is associated with environment-friendly use of fuel.

The lethal lucre of jobs abroad

EVERY other day, we hear the sad tale of fortune seekers returning home from a totally frustrated pursuit of the El Dorado -- physically and mentally ruined with nothing to subsist on and up to their necks in debts. There is hardly any place in the world our youths cheated by manpower frauds have not been repatriated from. Many have landed in jail, requiring counsellor assistance that was hard to come by.

Overcoming the bleak power generation scenario

THE power generation scenario with the onset of this summer season is going from bad to worse. It has been learnt from the PDB sources that the country's average power generation capacity has come down to 3700 megawatts as against the demand of 4350 megawatts. But unofficially the demand curve exceeds 5000 megawatts. Special Assistant to the Chief Adviser on Power and Energy Professor M.Tamim said in a recent press briefing that the shortage of power at the moment is more due to transmission problem than generational. It has been further learnt that constraints in supplying gas from Bibiyana and Jalalabad gas fields to power plants at Ghorasal, Siddhirganj and Chittagong now stands in the way of enhancing power generation. Shockingly, as Professor Tamim said, the move taken in 2005 to install 4 (four) compressors at the national grid with the assistance of ADB for increasing gas pressure did not materialise. Compounding the problem is the sudden drop of gas extraction from the only offshore gas field Sangu which Cairn Energy plc, the operator of the gas field, failed to ascertain earlier. Further, their effort to extract gas from other wells including Mognama and Hatiya has not met with success.

ASEAN and SAARC: Need for closer ties

MEMBERS of SAARC hold ASEAN in high esteem. We admire the cohesion and stability that this regional organisation has brought for its members in Southeast Asia over the last forty years. We compare SAARC with ASEAN and discover many areas where we lag behind. I shall first try to enumerate the areas where ASEAN has stolen a march over SAARC.

Unending quota politics

AFTER Jawaharlal Nehru assumed power as India's first Prime Minister it was expected that he would build it up as a welfare state. But when it came to writing the Constitution, even the word, socialism, did not figure in the 395-Article document. His daughter, Mrs Indira Gandhi, added the word, socialism, in the preamble of the Constitution and that too during the emergency in 1975 when fundamental rights had been suspended.

Sports

Bank challenge for Abahani

Abahani look favourites to regain the Club Cup hockey title when they take on rank-outsiders Sonali Bank in the final today.

Proxy voters named

The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) election scheduled for Monday could be deferred once again.

Pioneer League opened

Bangladesh Football Federation's outgoing president SA Sultan yesterday inaugurated the Pioneer Football League with a grand opening ceremony at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.

NCA-PCA 1st 4-dayer today

GP-BCB National Cricket Academy (NCA) will definitely try to revenge their one-day defeats to Pakistan Cricket Academy when they go into the first four-dayer of the two-match series at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium in Bogra today.

Protesters call off programme

Rajshahi Test Venue Movement Council (RTVMC) yesterday called off their protest programme scheduled for today following 'fruitful discussions' with the Joint Forces here over shifting of floodlights.

Local Snippets

Narail thrashed Gopalganj 36-1 in an opening day match of the Exim Bank 19th National Women's Handball Competition at the Bagerhat Stadium yesterday.

Warne topples Symonds

Shane Warne inspired Rajasthan Royals to a sensational come-from-behind win against Deccan Chargers by capping outstanding leadership and canny bowling with a 17-run charge in the last over.

Speed's early exit

International Cricket Council chief executive Malcolm Speed has been put on paid leave until his contract runs out on July 4.

Hero to villain

If, as the cliché goes, India really is a land of contrasts, then what does that make Twenty20? One minute Andrew Symonds was being cheered simply for taking his place on the deep midwicket boundary. The next he was bowling what he cheerfully described as "the worst over in Twenty20 history". Jekyll and Hyde could scarcely have done it any better themselves.

MU aim Chelsea victory

Cristiano Ronaldo has warned Chelsea that Manchester United are determined to end the Premier League title race by winning their decisive showdown on Saturday.

Lucio own-goal deny win

Bayern Munich defender Lucio headed into his own net to give Zenit St Petersburg a crucial away goal ahead of next week's return match in Russia after Thursday night's UEFA Cup semifinal, first leg ended in a 1-1 draw.

Rangers hold Fiorentina

Rangers will need to carry out a successful Italian job in Florence next week after they failed to score against Fiorentina in a nervy UEFA Cup semi-final, first leg goalless draw here on Thursday.

Real almost champions

Real Madrid celebrated as if they were champions last weekend and they can clinch a 31st Spanish title on Sunday if they defeat Athletic Bilbao at home and Barcelona and Villarreal both fail to win.

Stuttgart test for Bayern

The champagne is on ice and the league title within their grasp, but Bayern Munich boss Karl-Heinz Rummenigge insists his side are battling fatigue despite their ten-point lead.

End your battle: Benitez

Rafa Benitez has called on Liverpool's feuding owners to resolve their differences so he can plan for the future.

C'Ron not worried

Cristiano Ronaldo insists he will have no qualms about taking another penalty for Manchester United despite his spot-kick misery against Barcelona.

Henry still loves Arsenal

Thierry Henry, who has had a difficult first season with Barcelona, says he is happy in Spain but if he did return to England he would only play for former club Arsenal.

'Beckham could play at 2010 WC'

David Beckham could play for England at the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa if he looks after himself, coach Fabio Capello has said.

Kiwis distracted

In body, if not in spirit, New Zealand's cricketers last night arrived in England for the start of their three-Test series. Ordinarily, such a tour would represent one of the biggest challenges that any of these players could hope to face - last month, their former captain, Stephen Fleming, recalled his team's 2-1 victory in 1999 as the proudest moment of an illustrious career. But times they are a-changing, and when the coach, John Bracewell, and the stand-in captain, Jamie How, faced the media at Lord's on Thursday afternoon, neither man could quite pretend that they are entirely focused on the job.

Federer enters quarters

Rafael Nadal closed in on Monte Carlo Masters history on Thursday while Roger Federer confidently buried his previous day's heart-stopping brush with humiliation to move into the quarterfinals.

Sachin celebrates with teammates

A quiet but warm celebration marked Sachin Tendulkar's 35th birthday as the master batsman cut the cake surrounded by cheerful Mumbai Indians teammates at a hotel here on Thursday.

Only for millionaires

Football supporters wishing to watch the African Confederation Cup match between Highlanders of Zimbabwe and Al-Merreikh of Sudan in Harare Saturday will have to be multi-millionaires.

India hold Australia

India, who will be missing from this year's Olympics for the first time, grabbed a last-minute equaliser to rock fancied Australia in the four-nations field hockey tournament here on Thursday.

Pakistan Premier League soon?

The Pakistan Cricket Board will launch a new look Twenty20 domestic tournament next year on the lines of the Indian Premier League, offering franchises of city-based teams to sponsors and companies.

Wasim predicts early departures

Wasim Akram has no doubt that the cash-awash Indian Premier League (IPL) would improve the lifestyle of the cricketers but the Pakistani bowling great fears it might also trigger premature retirements among some players.

PCB orders inquiry into partial report

Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Nasim Ashraf has ordered an inquiry into the submission of incomplete documents, relating to financial packages of PCB top brass, to the National Assembly, which drew flaks from the irate senators.

Rawshan Ali football title Dipu SC's

Dipu Sporting Club emerged champions in the Shaheed Rawshan Ali football tournament with a 1-0 win against Ghatar Char Juba Samabay Samity at the Ati Bhawal High School ground in Keraniganj yesterday.

Metropolitan

Implement Nat'l Women Dev Policy

A total of 51 prominent citizens in a written statement yesterday urged the government to take an effective step to implement the National Women Development Policy 2008 and cancel the review committee that recommended amendment and cancellation of some provisions from the policy, says a press release.

Form authority to save Buriganga, other rivers

Expressing concern over the precarious condition of the rivers around the capital, environmentalists yesterday called for forming an 'authority to save Buriganga and other rivers' and introducing a river patrolling team to take care of the rivers.

20 held for forging British passports in Paris

French police have smashed an international network that printed and sold fake British passports across Europe, reported The Daily Mail of UK yesterday.

Prisoners in Britain don't use opportunities to escape

Prisons in Britain are so comfortable that inmates do not use opportunities to escape, according to a prison officers' union leader.

Corporate champions get accolades

A spectacular dance and a dashing display of light and sound heralded the beginning of the gala event at the ballroom of Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel in the city yesterday.

Winners of Bangladesh Business Awards '07

Business Person of the Year
KM Rezaul Hasanat, chairman and managing director of Viyellatex Group, received the 'Business Person of the Year 2007' award.

1768 workers die at work in '07

A total of 1768 workers were killed and another 1782 workers received serious injuries in their workplaces in the country in 2007, said the speakers at a press conference yesterday.

Call for sub-contracting among big, small industries

Finance Adviser Dr ABM Mirza Azizul Islam yesterday called for sub-contracting among the big and small industries to make micro entrepreneurship a key driver of the mainstream economy.

Didar, Marma Singh Tripura joint champions

Didarul Alam Didar had to share the title of this year's 'Jabbarer Boli Khela', a traditional wrestling competition, with Marma Singh Tripura at the historical Laldighi Maidan in the port city yesterday, as the latter's defensive attitude proved decisive.

Pledge to maintain current pace of productivity

Chittagong Port, country's principal seaport, observed the 120th 'Port Day' yesterday with a brief programme pledging to maintain the current pace of productivity and development resulted from a massive reforms initiated by the present caretaker government.

Five killed in road accidents

Five people were killed and two others injured in separate road accidents in Kushtia and Magura yesterday.

Worker falls off iron structure, dies

A young construction worker died after falling from a high iron structure at a steel mill in the port city yesterday.

Military-military cooperation important part of overall ties

Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi yesterday said military to military cooperation is an important part of overall bilateral relation between Bangladesh and China.

Int'l cable TV expo begins in city

The second Dhaka International Cable TV Exhibition began at Bashundhara City in the city yesterday, says a press release.

OMS ends April 30

The open market sale (OMS) programme of food directorate will be ended on April 30 across the country while rice sale at the OMS outlets reduces today.

Gold medal to 4 personalities

Dr Mahanam Foundation for Peace and Solidarity of the Department of World Religions of Dhaka University (DU) will award gold medal to four noted personalities at Teacher-Student Centre of the university at 4:00pm today for their contribution to promoting human values, says a press release.

Painting contest for children of pavement dwellers

A different type of painting competition for children of pavement dwellers was held at the Institute of Fine Arts yesterday.

Youth murdered in Keraniganj

The slaughtered body of a young man was recovered from Islamabad Balurmath area here yesterday morning.

World Veterinary Day today

Veterinary Faculty of Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) has chalked out an elaborate programme to observe 'World Veterinary Day' today in a befitting manner as elsewhere in the world.

Awareness can reduce heart diseases

Speakers at a national cardiac conference and scientific seminar-2008 yesterday called for raising awareness for reducing heart diseases.

Viqarunnisa Noon School guardian forum formed

Ataur Rahman and Engn Dolan Md A Taleb were elected president and general secretary of the 251-member executive committee of the guardian forum of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College recently, says a press release.

Chhatra Union's founding anniversary today

The 56th founding anniversary of Bangladesh Chhatra Union (BCU), a left-leaning student organisation, will be observed today on Dhaka University (DU) amid a series of programmes.

Price hike of CNG condemned

Different organisations yesterday condemned the government decision to hike price of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG).

Bus bomb kills 23 passengers near Lankan capital

A bomb ripped through a crowded bus just outside Sri Lanka's capital yesterday, killing at least 23 passengers and wounding more than 50, police said.

Reunion of navy officers held

A reunion of retired and active officers of Bangladesh Navy was held at the Multipurpose Hall of Naval Headquarters at Banani here on Thursday night.

President, CA greet Tanzanian president

President Iajuddin Ahmed and Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed congratulated Tanzanian President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete on the occasion of Union Day of the country.

Foreign liquor, beer seized

Department of Narcotics Control (DNC) personnel yesterday recovered 20 bottles of foreign liquor and 50 cans of beer from the fourth class employees' quarters of the public works ministry under Ramna Police Station.

BBC Bangladesh Sanglap today

The 35th edition of the BBC Bangladesh Sanglap will be held at the Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in the city today.

National

Scanty rain, power outage hit tea production, processing

Power crisis has badly hit tea production in the country this year, according to industry sources.

Hold polls to local govt bodies in CHT

Civil society leaders at a roundtable here yesterday demanded holding of election to all local government bodies in three hill districts to ensure transparency in their activities.

Family threatened as 17 chargesheeted

Police yesterday submitted charge sheet against 17 people in schoolboy Farid murder case.

Indo-Bangla teams complete survey on Indian side

A four-member Bangladesh team accompanied by a team comprising four Indian officials returned yesterday after a three-day survey along the Indian side on Bangladesh-India borders at Habiganj-Tripura sector.

Tk 3.14cr cheating case against industrialist

A case has been filed with the Chief Judicial Magistrate's court at Satkhira against an industrialist allegedly for cheating a man of Tk 3.41 crore.

No coal import thru' Tamabil border for 9 days

Coal import through Tamabil border could not be resumed as of yesterday while the stalemate has continued for nine days, much to the worry of the importers and brick manufacturers of the region.

Body to probe cracks in Khulna Nagar Bhaban

Acting mayor Moniruzzaman Moni has formed a three-member committee to thoroughly probe the cause of big cracks that have developed in the new Nagar Bhaban constructed at a cost of Tk 7 crore.

10 hurt in Keraniganj boiler blast

At least 10 people were injured in a boiler explosion at a dyeing & washing factory in Kaliganj area of Dakkhin Keraniganj early yesterday.

International

Hamas ready for truce if Israel ends blockade

Hamas on Thursday agreed to a phased truce that would only extend to the West Bank in a second stage in return for an end to Israel's blockade of Gaza, Egypt's official MENA news agency said.

IAEA chief slams Israel, US for Syrian nuke site bombing

The head of the UN nuclear monitoring agency angrily criticized Israel on Friday for bombing an alleged Syrian nuclear facility, and chastised the US for withholding information on the site.

No breakthrough on Pak judges' reinstatement

Stalemate on the restoration of sacked judges continued in the second meeting of the ruling coalition partners at Parliament House on Thursday.

Palestinian state is 'high priority,' says Bush

US President George W. Bush assured Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas Thursday he was "confident" about reaching an agreement on creating a Palestinian state before he leaves office.

China govt will meet Dalai Lama aide

The Chinese government plans to meet with a private representative of the Dalai Lama in the coming days, state-run media reported, after weeks of pressure from world leaders.

Artificially cooling Earth may prove perilous

Radical proposals to inject sulfur particles into the Earth's stratosphere to cool it down and battle global warming could instead badly damage the ozone layer, a study warned Thursday.

185 Lankan soldiers die in Jaffna battle

At least 165 soldiers were killed and 20 more went missing in a major battle with Tamil separatists this week, military sources told AFP yesterday as journalists complained of unofficial censorship.

Afghanistan govt wary of Pak-Taliban 'peace deal'

Afghan Foreign Minister Rangeen Dadfar Spanta said Thursday that any peace deal between Pakistan and Taliban fighters would only fail and terrorism should instead be tackled globally.

Manmohan asks parties to avoid scare mongering on prices

With opposition and the Left allies attacking the government on rising prices, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today asked political parties not not to indulge in "scare mongering" and create a environment of scarcity that would only help speculators and hoarders.

Iran to finalise new parliament in run-off poll

Iranians started voting Friday in the second round of legislative elections expected to tighten the conservatives' grip on parliament after reformists were hurt by pre-poll disqualifications.

Thai PM denies plan for snap election

Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej on Friday denied having said he would call snap elections once amendments to the constitution are complete.

11 killed in Baghdad

Fierce overnight clashes between Shia militiamen and US and Iraqi forces in east Baghdad's Sadr City killed at least 11 people and wounded 32 others, a medical official told AFP yesterday.

4 killed as car bomb ends lull in Pak violence

Four people were killed and 30 hurt when a car bomb ripped through a police station in northwest Pakistan yesterday, ending a lull in attacks since a new government took power last month.

Arts & Entertainment

"Muktir Anwesha": Exhibition tracing the history of little magazine

For over 150 years, little magazines have voiced protests against oppression and injustice. The little magazine, Tatwabodhini (1843), made a tremendous impact on the society for featuring articles on socio-economic issues and upholding nationalism. Since the Raj, little magazines had to struggle against the ruling class that considered these publications as a threat.

Living it up with Jazz

The Goethe-Institut auditorium appeared to be bursting in its seams as young music enthusiasts clapped, cheered, swayed and sang along with 'The Jazzy Chopsticks'. This was an Asian flip-flop band playing on April 24.

Remembering Shaheed Munier Chowdhury

Shaheed Munier Chowdhury wrote the play Kabor, when he was in prison. Kabor was first staged at the Dhaka Central Jail on February 21, 1953. Fani Chakrabarti was the director.

A trip to "Roopnagar-er Haat"

Hawaai Mithaai (candyfloss), kaancher churi (glass bangles), paper flowers, masks and more... Snake charmers, palm readers and churiwaali beckoned...the familiar setting of a rural haat (similar to a flea market) was complete. It was hard to believe this haat was set inside the Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel (at the Grand Ballroom).

Baishakhi exhibition at Nitya Upahar

On the occasion of the Bangla New Year, Nitya Upahar and Nitya Upahar Shankhabar have arranged an exhibition titled Notun Hoye Ashbo Boley at the Nitya Upahar Gallery at Aziz Supermarket. The exhibition began on April 6 and will continue till the end of this month.

Baishakhi Utsab in Dinajpur

A weeklong Baishakhi Utsab ended here in Dinajpur recently. Amidst much fanfare, a rally, cultural events and discussions were held in the district and all its 13 upazilas.

OP-ED

Intemperate voices and the needful

Increasingly intemperate and intolerant voices of the so-called extremist groups have been heard during the last two weeks with regard to their vehement opposition to the proposed national women development policy. They have virtually threatened the establishment by serving an ultimatum indicating a time frame by which alterations in the said policy, as suggested by them or wholesale scrapping of the women development policy has to be effected.

Of potato, for potato

Historical record shows that Iraq, Venice, Rome, The Netherlands, Athens and Sumer (Babylonia) responded to food deficiencies with their own resources from distant places. In 500 BC, Athens purchased food from Ukraine, Rome from Africa. The breakdown of long-distance commerce in food has worried Bangladesh, particularly because her neighbours -- India, Myanmar and Bangkok have restricted export of rice in apprehension of world-wide food scarcity. Bangladesh has a landless and incomeless population of about 20 millions, badly crippled, disabled and ailing population of about 20 millions, all of whom need to be healthfully fed free or at subsidized rate.

Boats

This is a country of rivers and rivulets.
This a country of rafts, floats and boats.
There is no impassable river
That you cannot cross.
Is there any fool
Who will like to cross the river swimming
When the boats are waiting at the quay?

Obama facing the music

Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Barack Obama has been facing the music from the media particularly radio talk shows and cable networks, including Fox News which appears to be ending the honeymoon with print and electronic media. Obama has been enjoying favourable coverage since he announced his candidacy for president last year. The press has marvelled at his oratory, swooned over his campaign strategy and given him credit for inspiring youth voters, and reach across party lines to come to vote during primary elections. Senator Obama was spared the negative onslaught by the media until recently.

Environment

Sandwip-Urir Char-Noakhali cross dam for long-term food security

Bangladesh with a population of 150 million and having only 91,500 sq km of land under cultivation is in a critical state so far as food security is concerned. Environmentally it is also in a crucial situation with less than 15 percent forest cover (preferable 25 percent). Available agricultural lands are fast depleting as: (i) about 100 sq km of agricultural land is eroded by rivers each year; and (ii) about another 1300 sq km is going out from agricultural to non-agricultural uses each year. Population increase of about 2 percent per year and simultaneous reduction of cultivable land are making the situation more and more precarious day by day. Increase of cultivable lands by reclamation from Meghna Estuary is one of the viable alternatives for enhancing individual and national food security as well as improving natural environment.

Mycorrhiza: Bio-fertilizer for the future

As different factors like lower-fertility, arsenic contamination, pollution of air and water coupled with draught and attack of pathogens put a dent on harvest Professor Dr Md. Amin Uddni Mridha of Chittagong University comes up with bio-fertilizers and methodology of Mycorrhizal fungi application to overcome the problem and ensure food security with a good yield.

Clock running out on irreversible climate change

Fifty years ago, Yankee Stadium had about 70,000 seats. It seldom sold out, and almost any kid could afford the cheapest seats. Capacity was reduced to about 57,000 when the stadium was remodeled in the 1970s. Most games sell out now, and prices have gone up.

Literature

Godhra Camp*

The wind was blowing in her hair. Her face was distorted with rage and both her hands tightly clenched the barbed wire. Blood trickled from her clenched fists down her wrists. She was staring about her crazily and shouting: “Shams...uddin...Shamsu...ddin.”

Idealistic Conviction

Way back I had read Pakistani writer Umme Umara's short story about 1971, 'The Sin of Innocence,' in a collection of stories from Pakistan. It was the first time I read Pakistani writers on our liberation war. After that, however, I could not access any more of their writing on this subject. Until now, when Professor Niaz Zaman and Asif Farrukhi from Bangladesh and Pakistan have jointly edited Fault Lines: Stories of 1971 (Dhaka: UPL; 2008). Umme Umara's story, coincidentally, is the first one here. The volume is noteworthy for its attempt to portray the diverse, complicated experience of 1971 from both sides, with stories translated from Bangla, Urdu, Punjabi and Sindhi, as well as some originally written in English. Translations rather than stories written originally in English form the main bulk of the book.

Buddhadev Bose and 1971: bhadralok communalism?

Buddhadev Bose was a prolific letter writer. In Amar Chelebela he narrates how during his Noakhali childhood he was his family's designated letter writer, and about its post office and indolent postmaster. In Amar Joubon he rues the loss of several hundred letters to ravenous termites. Now we have Buddhadev Bosur Chithi, a collection of his letters written to his younger daughter Damayanti Singh Bose from 1962 till his death in 1974. These were first published--178 out of roughly 300--in 1988-89 in West Bengal's Desh magazine. They have been reprinted in a 256-page volume, the language even in these informal, sometimes-dashed-off missives gleaming like zamindari heirlooms. Its flow is marred by busy footnotes by Damayanti, who otherwise has penned a loving tribute to him. In these pages Buddhadev emerges as a conscientious, affectionate father and family man. No less valuable is the portrait drawn of '60s Calcutta, its gritty materiality.

Star Health

Bangladesh stands with all

The first ever World Malaria Day was observed yesterday with a view to increase mass awareness and ramp up the global efforts to provide effective control of malaria around the world.

Medical Waste Management

Safe disposal of medical waste continues to be a matter of serious concern for health. Thousands of tonnes of medical waste originating from hospitals and clinics in the form of cotton swabs and bandages infected with blood, IV fluid bags, needles, catheters, human tissues and body parts, etc. are not handled and dumped properly.

Less sleep may cost a lot!

Now a days, we have embraced a hectic way of life that forces us to sleep less. A large number of people specially urban young in the country have developed a habit of sleeping less than required.

Simple regimen eliminates chronic bad breath

Brushing twice a day with antibacterial toothpaste and using a toothbrush with a built-in tongue scraper can eliminate chronic bad breath, according to research presented at the 2008 annual meeting of the American Association for Dental Research in Dallas, Texas.

Heparin drug impurity found again in 4 countries

Batches of Sanofi-Aventis's blood-thinning heparin injection Lovenox have been found to contain small amounts of impurity in Britain, Sweden, Spain and Australia, officials said.

Saliva test may speed heart attack diagnosis

A simple saliva test may one day be used in ambulances, restaurants, neighborhood drug stores, or other places in the community to quickly tell if a person is having a heart attack.

Strategic Issues

Is the Transatlantic Alliance at stake?

DURING the period of the Cold War, the US-dominated NATO alliance was the cornerstone of western military policy in world politics. Now, nearly two decades after the collapse of the former Soviet Union and under conditions of a growing financial and political crisis in the US itself, several political commentators are stressing the opening up of a series of intense differences between Europe and the US which threatens the very existence of the alliance.

India initiates new measures at the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium

WHOEVER controls the Indian Ocean will dominate Asia, the destiny of the world would be decided on its waters”-Admiral Mahan.

Initial $1.16B BAMS contract goes to Northrop

Northrop Grumman will build the U.S. Navy's much-anticipated Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) drone, beating out Boeing and the Lockheed Martin-General Atomics team for the $1.16 billion developmental contract.

New deadline set to rid world of chemical weapons

A body set up to rid the world of chemical weapons agreed on April 19 to a new global deadline of 2012, after conceding that Albania is the only country to have completely destroyed its stock.

China defends Zimbabwe arms shipment headed for Angola

A Chinese ship loaded with arms intended for Zimbabwe was headed to Angola, the agent handling the ship said on Tuesday, as China defended the shipment against international criticism. The ship, the An Yue Jiang, was carrying three million rounds of assault rifle ammunition, 3,000 mortar rounds and 1,500 rocket-propelled grenades, according to its inventory, published by a South African newspaper.

Gripen Fighter Demonstrator - The future of air combat

Today in Linkoping, Sweden, Saab and its powerful network of leading international aerospace partners, proudly unveiled the first of the next generation of combat fighters, the Gripen Demonstrator aircraft.

Eurofighter Typhoon success in "Spring Flag 2008"

“Spring Flag”, the most important annual exercise of the Italian Air Force, in 2008 was hosted by 9° Gruppo and XII Gruppo, with their Eurofighter Typhoons taking the lead in the Air Dominance role.

Eurofighter Typhoon success in "Spring Flag 2008"

“Spring Flag”, the most important annual exercise of the Italian Air Force, in 2008 was hosted by 9° Gruppo and XII Gruppo, with their Eurofighter Typhoons taking the lead in the Air Dominance role.

Star Books Review

Whispers in the heart and mysticism in the soul

Kamrun Haque tells a tale of art coming in combination with the calling of the heart. And it helps that she is an artist herself, for such a background explains not just the various manifestations of aesthetics in purely modern terms but also provides details of why an appreciation of art could eventually turn out to be a study of the artist herself. The forty-something Anish's admiration, followed by infatuation followed by a falling head over heels in love with the slightly over twenty Trisha, is but an instance when the image and the image maker become a complete whole for an individual. It is the paintings at Ajanta and Ellora that Trisha admires. For Anish, a West Bengali Indian resident in distant Canada, it is the art in the being of East Bengali Trisha that matters. He then falls in love with the art, eventually to discover in it the woman he needs to love.

Dictators and the irrelevance of life

The master storyteller in Isabelle Allende holds up a world of dictatorship through the eyes of a poet in Of Love and Shadows. It is a story of love, triumph and tragedy that can occur under a dictatorship. It is a love story about a journalist, Irene Beltrán, and a photographer, Francisco Leal. They live in a country in Latin America that is run by a military dictatorship. It is also a story that unearths the brutalities perpetrated under harsh military rule. It is a beautiful story that grows in the folds of atrocities, love that finds roots while two souls search for justice.

Unity of various sensibilities

Love is a symbol of truth and beauty and gives us insights into blissful and spiritual life. Without love and affection, it is rather difficult to think about the existence of the soul in the body. Loving humankind and feeling empathy, delight and liberty are the four aspects of true love. Love is tranquil, quiet, honest, virtuous and based on conviction, esteem, confidence, support and truth. It does not have any room for jealousy, distrust, conceit, snobbery and unfairness. Love excuses all. Love happens when a wish is developed from an attraction, which leads to submission and then urges one to take the path to commitment. A deep attachment is felt for the person we love; we feel sensitive and are mesmerised by our love and thus seek devotion and regard. Love brings people together, as opposed to hate which separates people from one another. Love is refined and if allowed to flow naturally will smoothen the trail chosen after birth. Love makes life healthier and fuller. These comprise the essence of Murtaja Baseer's poetry. To express wonder and to feel exceptional sensibility are two kinds of emotional experience. He excels in uniting different sensibilities

Ramblings and poetry

‘I read a book one day, and my whole life was changed.' Thus begins Pamuk's The New Life, the fastest-selling title in Turkish history. Contradictorily to all praises, to me the opening line comes like the beginning of a review by a fan of Paulo Coelho. But perhaps that's what Pamuk meant when he says in this book, 'A good book is something that reminds us of the whole world'.


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