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US wants lifting of emergency before polls: Boucher

Visiting US Assistant Secretary of State Richard A Boucher yesterday said the United States would not accept any deviation from the path to parliamentary polls here by this year-end.

Charge sheet likely to be submitted this week

The long awaited charge sheet in the grenade attack on an Awami League (AL) rally in the capital about four years ago is now ready and is likely to be submitted this week.

Gatco case eye-opener for reformists

Khandaker Delwar Hossain, chairperson-appointed secretary general of BNP, yesterday said he hopes leaders of Saifur-led faction will “learn a lesson from Gatco case”.

AL undecided over polls with or without Hasina

Awami League (AL) Presidium, the highest policy-making body of the party, is still not sure whether to take part in the election with or without its President Sheikh Hasina.

Biofuels backlash in US as food costs hit home

A biofuels backlash has erupted in major ethanol producer the United States, as lawmakers and experts debate the merits of converting food to fuel to support America's age-old love affair with the automobile.

Criminals commit crimes in guise of cops

Criminals continue to cheat people using uniforms, caps, handcuffs and other accessories used by law enforcers due to lack of proper mechanism for monitoring the sale of these items.

Drug admin ineffective for poor manpower, lack of testing laboratories

The Drug Administration (DA), the country's drug regulatory authority, is failing to foster and oversee the country's Tk 6,000-crore drug industry due to inadequate workforce, testing laboratories and equipment.

Polytech students block road, clash with cops and damage vehicles

Angry students of Dhaka Polytechnic Institute damaged at least 20 vehicles and set fire to a bus after a fellow student was killed in a road accident at Satrasta intersection on Tongi Diversion Road last night.

GF for election alliance with like-minded groups, says

Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday said his party would form an alliance with like-minded parties, professional and civil society bodies to contest the next general election.

Onion prices up, ploy to hike edible oil prices

Prices of local and Indian onion went up in the city's kitchen markets in the last two days while retailers and edible oil refiners are making a ploy to hike the edible oil prices.

600 businesses in Bogra use corrosive acids without licence

More than 600 businesses in Bogra are using nitric and other corrosive acids without any licence, contributing to rising acid violence in the district.

Khulna Rabindra Complex project gathering dust for 13 years

The project file for the construction of Rabindra Complex at Dakkhindihi in the district has been gathering dust for nearly 13 years.

DMCH employee murdered

A Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) employee was stabbed to death and his body was found at Kawran Bazar in the city early yesterday.

Buddha statue worth Tk 1cr recovered

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) recovered a statue of Lord Buddha worth around Tk 1 crore from Cox's Bazar town on Thursday night.

Golden Jubilee of Faujdarhat Cadet College

Former and current students of Faujdarhat Cadet College yesterday celebrated the institution's golden jubilee on campus with enthusiasm.

Boy killed in wall collapse

A boy was killed and another injured in a wall collapse at Karar Char in Shibpur upazila yesterday.

6 DU teachers face students’ wrath at hall

The leaders and activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) last night surrounded the provost of Zahurul Huq Hall of Dhaka University and five house tutors for about half an hour.

UN halts aid to Myanmar as junta seizes supplies

Myanmar said yesterday it was not ready to let in foreign aid workers, rejecting international pressure to allow experts into the isolated nation where disease and starvation are stalking cyclone survivors.

Lebanon on the brink of all-out civil war

Hezbollah fighters, their guns blazing, seized control of west Beirut yesterday after three days of street battles with pro-government foes pushed Lebanon dangerously close to all-out civil war.

Wrong response aggravates Asia food crisis

Asia's response to tightening global grain supplies has aggravated food price inflation and uncertainty, according to an Asian Development Bank report released here yesterday.

'Musharraf known to all beautiful Pak young girls'

Weeks after a Pakistani beauty queen said she would love to date President Pervez Musharraf, another top model has claimed that she and the former military ruler are "old friends".

Leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq arrested

Iraqi police commandos captured the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq in a raid in the northern city of Mosul, Iraqi officials said Thursday, in what could mark a significant blow to the Sunni insurgency in its last urban stronghold.


Bangladeshi workers in distress

Bangladeshis employed in Saudi Arabia are in dire straits. That is the truth which comes out in the media. Over the past few months, Saudi policemen have been hunting down Bangladeshis and sending them off to deportation centres despite many of them possessing perfectly valid papers. As a number of anguished Bangladeshis now in the kingdom have made it clear, the Saudi police pay no heed to the fact that those they go after are legally permitted to work in the country. In many cases, when our workers show their absolutely genuine papers to the police, the latter commit the sheer outrage of tearing them up and hauling these hapless people off to the deportation centres as a step towards sending them back to Bangladesh. Amidst such grossly unacceptable behaviour, the workers are unable to collect their belongings or call their employers.

Diarrhoeal pressure grows

Let's get one thing straight: the diarrhoeal situation is not frightening, but its incidence at this time of the year is certainly higher than recorded previously. Diarrhoea usually breaks out at the beginning and towards the end of the rainy season. But somehow there is a departure from the pattern as the affliction is noticeable much ahead of the rainy season, at least six weeks too early. Why so? The experts are yet to find an explanation for the early appearance of the water-borne disease; but we think, the precipitation of the malady can be put down to deteriorating sanitary conditions together with acute scarcity of potable water in the city.

The global food crisis and Bangladesh

THE political leadership all over the world realise that it is important that the international community takes measures to not only ensure lower prices of food products but also food security. The FAO is meeting specially for this in Rome in June. The G-8 will also be meeting at the Summit level in Japan in July. The leaders of the industrialized nations will be specially focusing on this issue to find emergency and longer-term solutions. The significance of the deteriorating situation has also been underlined by the WFP when they launched an appeal for additional emergency donations to meet this 'silent tsunami of starvation'.

A composite dialogue

IF I had anything to do with the formulation of a policy on Pakistan, I would have sent a goodwill mission to Islamabad soon after elections. For the first time, after many years, the democratic forces had emerged victorious despite a large-scale rigging, as the report of a European Union team has revealed. That a beleaguered nation, awakened by the lawyers' agitation, asserted itself to choose its own representatives is a great achievement in a country which was tightly controlled by the military. It was a limited democracy, but a democracy nonetheless.

Soaring food price: Lesson from Africa

THE head of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Haruhiko Kuroda, asked for an immediate response to soaring food prices, which threaten a billion Asians with risk of malnutrition.


Ashraful back in runs

Mohammad Ashraful returned among the runs with a match-winning knock as Mohammedan Sporting Club made sure that there would be no upsets when the Premier Cricket Super League kicked off in immense heat yesterday.

Bangladesh down & out

Late goals sunk Bangladesh's chances to reach the AFC Challenge Cup finals when they gave up a 1-0 lead to lose 2-1 against Kyrgyzstan yesterday.

Women end Asia Cup quietly

Bangladesh women's cricket team completed their first Asia Cup campaign with an embarrassing nine-wicket loss at the hands of hosts Sri Lanka at the Welagedara Stadium in Kurunegala yesterday.

Mohammedan share points with Sonali

Mohammedan Sporting Club fired two late goals to salvage one point with a 2-2 draw against Sonali Bank in yesterday's Green Delta Insurance Premier Hockey League.

Volleyball final today

Bangladesh Rifles will face Bangladesh Police in the final of the Premier Volleyball League at the Volleyball Stadium this afternoon.

Kolkata reign in rain

Desperately seeking points after a string of losses the Kolkata Knight Riders and Bangalore Royal Challengers, two of the IPL's struggling but high-profile teams, produced a fascinating, if low-scoring, contest that was decided in Kolkata's favour off the penultimate ball. Their second encounter lacked the batting heroics of the first but there was plenty of brilliance in the field and with ball in a rain-shortened match that ended way past midnight.

Revenge match for Punjab

Having lost their home tie against Chennai Super Kings, Yuvraj Singh would be keen to settle the score as Kings XI Punjab take on the hosts in the Indian Premier League tie at the M A Chidambaram stadium on Saturday.

Sehwag rues 5th option

Delhi Daredevils conceded 15 runs off the final over in their last-ball defeat to the Chennai Super Kings, but instead of faulting Shoaib Malik, the bowler, his captain Virender Sehwag blamed the defeat on the lack of a specialist spinner in the side.

Another year for Bracewell

New Zealand cricket coach John Bracewell will step down when his contract expires in April next year, New Zealand Cricket said Friday.

Pakistan crush New Zealand

Pakistan's Rehan Butt scored four goals to help his team to a 6-3 win over New Zealand in a highly entertaining Sultan Azlan Shah Cup match Friday.

Roma complete formality

AS Roma and Inter Milan will battle each other for silverware on two fronts after the capital-based club reached the Coppa Italia final on Thursday.

High stakes derby for Sevilla

A derby game is always important but for Sevilla this Sunday's clash with neighbours Real Betis could be worth millions with the prize of Champions League football still within their grasp.

MU get Rooney boost

Wayne Rooney is set to hand Manchester United a massive boost by returning to their squad for this weekend's dramatic finale to the Premier League title battle.

Hleb set to leave Gunners

Alexander Hleb, the Belarus midfielder who has been one of Arsenal's outstanding players this season, is set to follow Mathieu Flamini out of the Emirates Stadium, according to his agent.

Federer reaches quarters

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic remained on track for a dream semifinal match-up with hard-fought victories at the Rome Masters on Thursday.

Barca confirm Guardiola

Less than 24 hours after their humiliating 4-1 defeat to Real Madrid in El Clasico Barcelona have announced that the club's reserve team coach Pep Guardiola, a former player, will take over from Frank Rijkaard at the end of the season.

Rosicky out of Euro '08

The Czech Republic's injured captain Tomas Rosicky announced Friday that he will not be taking part in next month's European Championships due to a recurring knee injury.

Crouch will cost 15m

Liverpool have slapped a 15-million-pound (30-million-dollar) price tag on unsettled England striker Peter Crouch while Tottenham have indicated that they are resigned to losing Dimitar Berbatov at the end of this season.

Bayern offer Gattuso 6m euros

German champions Bayern Munich are reported to have offered Italian World Cup winner Gennaro Gattuso a contract worth six million euros (nine million US dollars) per year to leave AC Milan, it was reported here on Thursday.

Ganguly sparkles

Even at half past one, they were walking down the Esplanade in their hundreds, discussing ways to get home. Some were still laughing and cheering, while others clutched their black-and-gold flags and moved ahead like zombies. Some carried sleeping infants, while others were exhaling smoky fumes of relief into the cloudy Kolkata sky.

Aussies sans Clarke

Michael Clarke has forced a change in Australia's West Indies tour plans after pulling out of the start of the trip due to the serious condition of his fiancé's father. Clarke was due to make his debut as Australia's Test vice-captain following the retirement of Adam Gilchrist, but the batsman will not leave with the team on Saturday after being granted compassionate leave by Cricket Australia.

Kiwis on top

New Zealand continued their impressive build-up to next week's opening Test by undermining the claims of a trio of England hopefuls in their final warm-up match at the Rose Bowl on Thursday.

Kanpur 'poor' in ICC books

The International Cricket Council (ICC) issued an official warning to the Indian board on Friday over the sub-standard pitch used for last month's final test against South Africa in Kanpur.

Johnson in front

In theory Mitchell Johnson and Ashley Noffke are competing for a fast-bowling place in the West Indies. The reality is different for the Queensland teammates.

'Don't rush Freddie'

England legend Sir Ian Botham says Andrew Flintoff should not be rushed back into the national side.


Enforcement of Blood Transfusion Act a must for safety

Though Safe Blood Transfusion Act was enacted in 2002 to ensure blood safety, innumerable blood banks are operating in the country without being monitored and posing serious threats of transmitting the diseases like HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B and C.

Govt urged to formulate pro-people jute policy

Agriculturalists, politicians and civil society members yesterday urged the caretaker government to formulate a pro-people jute policy and reject the prescriptions of World Bank and IMF for safeguarding the jute sector.

Umbrella Act goes against autonomy of universities

Teachers of different public universities yesterday alleged that the government is trying to impose institutional control over the public universities by implementing the Umbrella Act, prepared by the University Grants Commission (UGC).

Take steps to hold free, fair polls soon

Speakers at a roundtable yesterday said formulation of the National Women Development Policy 2008 hurriedly proves that the caretaker government is trying to remain busy with things that are beyond its jurisdiction rather holding the parliamentary election in time.

'Prince's visit to foster ties'

The visiting Duke of Gloucester, Prince Richard, yesterday paid rich tributes to those who died in the World War-II, especially the 736 service personnel of different nations who were buried at the Commonwealth War Graves at Mainamati in Comilla.

Bulb factory gutted in city

A devastating fire gutted most of the tools and machinery of a wood-made three-storied bulb factory at Nazimuddin Road in the city yesterday morning.

Nine killed in road accidents

Nine people were killed and 39 others injured in separate road accidents across the country in the last two days.

Indian footwear exhibition begins today

A two-day Buyer-Seller Meet Cum Exhibition 2008 of Indian footwear components and accessories will begin at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Center today.

Baira election today

A total of 773 members of the Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies (Baira) will elect their leaders today for next two years.

Adivasi students demand more quotas

Adivasi Students' Association of Rajshahi University (ASARU), an organisation of indigenous students, at a meeting yesterday called on the caretaker government and University Grants Commission (UGC) to increase indigenous students' quota in all educational institutions including RU of the northern districts.

RMG workers of Ctg factory refrain from work for 4 hrs

Workers of a garment factory of Azim Group in Chittagong refrained from work for four hours yesterday saying the authorities of the factory did not keep their commitment to raise their allowances and increase share of piece-rate on each garment product.

Engineering Staff College opens in Munshiganj

Housing, Public Works and Communications Adviser Maj Gen (retd) Ghulam Quader yesterday called for developing skilled manpower based on modern technology for accelerating the overall uplift of the country.

Training for child journalists held

A total of 44 child-journalists received a one-day advanced training on feature writing and creative reports on Thursday, says a press release.

BBC Bangladesh sanglap today

The 37th edition of the BBC Bangladesh Sanglap will be held at the Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in the city today.


Combing operation against outlaws soon in Rajshahi

A massive combing operation will be launched in outlaw infested areas in Rajshahi 'within days' to nab the criminals.

Livelihood crisis in CHT forces jhum farming on 3 lakh acres

At least three lakh acres of hilly lands is used for jhum cultivation every year, adding to massive soil erosion, depletion of forests including reserved ones and extinction of wildlife in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT).

4 'outlaws' held in three districts

Four alleged outlaws were arrested from Rajshahi, Kushtia and Rajbari districts yesterday and the day before.

Ex-BNP MP among 11 charge-sheeted in Ullapara

Former BNP lawmaker M Akbar Ali and ten other party men in Ullapara were chargesheeted yesterday in a case for attacking and looting the house of another party man.

'Raise voice against opponents of women policy'

Speakers at a discussion meeting here yesterday vowed to raise their voices against those who are opposing implementation of the National Women Development Policy 2008, calling it anti-Islamic.

Local body polls before national election

Local Government and Rural Development (LGRD) advisor Md Anwarul Iqbal yesterday said the government is seriously considering to hold Upazila and Zila Parishad elections before parliamentary election.

110MW Khulna power plant silent again

The 110MW power plant of Khulna Power Station (KPS) went out of order as the tape of control slab of ID fan tore off on Thursday afternoon.

RU newsmen protest new rules set by authorities

The working journalists of Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday demanded immediate withdrawal of the new rules and regulations imposed by the university authorities for doing journalism on the campus.

'Robber' beaten dead in Madaripur

Villagers beat to death an alleged robber at Bachamara in Shibchar upazila in the district early yesterday.


Hunger, disease and snakes stalk cyclone survivors

Desperate survivors of the Myanmar cyclone are facing serious health worries one week after the disaster, with everything from disease to snake bites putting some 1.5 million people at risk, aid groups say.

Maoists open talks to form new Nepal govt

Nepal's Maoists and mainstream political parties held a first round of talks yesterday to set up a new government following the former insurgents' stunning win in landmark polls, officials said.

Lebanon crisis enters new phase

Lebanon's prolonged political crisis has entered a dangerous new phase, analysts warned on Thursday as Hezbollah's firebrand leader Hassan Nasrallah issued a defiant new challenge to the government and deadly clashes rocked Beirut.

Pakistan does not want another war on Kashmir

Pakistan does not want another war with India over Kashmir, Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar has said while describing the current status of bilateral relations as the "best" the two countries ever had.

Myanmar at risk from further cyclones

Myanmar could suffer another major storm this season even as it braces for more bad weather after the devastating impact of Cyclone Nargis, a UN weather expert warned yesterday.

Lanka military captures small northern town

Sri Lanka's military announced the capture of a small town in the north after fighting yesterday that killed 15 Tamil Tiger rebels and two soldiers, calling it an important step in dismantling guerrilla strongholds in the area.

Olmert fights for political life in bribery scandal

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was facing mounting calls yesterday to resign over a criminal probe into allegations he took bribes from a millionaire US financier.

Obama eyes victorious end to Democratic race

Barack Obama's White House drive picked up new momentum Friday with another superdelegate defection from Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, and the virtual endorsement of former rival John Edwards.

Pak Senate calls for change in pro-US foreign policy

Both friends and foes of the new government urged it during a Senate debate on Thursday to review what many saw as a pro-US foreign policy charted by a military-led establishment, which the coalition-leading Pakistan People's Party said it would not become part of.

Arts & Entertainment

Concert at Hyde Park to celebrate Mandela's 90th birthday

Twenty years after a historic Wembley Stadium concert called for his release from Robben Island, Nelson Mandela will travel to London next month for another musical extravaganza to celebrate his 90th birthday and raise awareness of AIDS in Africa.

Changes from within

"Could you please bring a cup of tea for the guest?" -- This was the starting point of a conversation photographer Saiful Huq Omi recorded. Omi was interviewing Nazmun Nahar Mukul, president of a Water Management Association in Patuakhali. The request does not sound unusual, yet in our country -- particularly in rural areas -- we do not hear a wife asking her husband to make tea that often. This was a sign of change, the photographer observed. A change from within.

An inseparable bond with Rabindra Sangeet

Shahjahan Hafiz was a familiar name in the cultural arena of Dhaka in the '50s. Basically a Rabindra Sangeet singer, Hafiz was popular in the student community for his spirited performances at campus-based cultural programmes. However, his musical pursuits were limited due to his busy career as a doctor in the defence service. On the occasion of Tagore's birth anniversary, The Daily Star spoke with the seasoned artiste on a range of issues.

"Reflection-7": Exhibition in Mymensingh

A group of young artists organised a weeklong art exhibition, titled "Reflection -7" at the Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin Sangrahashala in Mymensingh. The exhibition concluded recently.

Telefilm “Shesh Rakkha” on Channel i

Telefilm Shesh Rakkha will be aired today at 2:30 pm on Channel-i. The Tagore classic has been adapted by Lucky Enam, who has directed the telefilm as well.

Cultural programme in Rangamati

A cultural programme was held on May 7 at the auditorium of Rangamati Tribal Culture Institute (TCI).

"Terminator 4" starts filming despite Hollywood strike fears

He'll be back -- Hollywood strike or no strike!


Rationale for better-paid police

CONCERNED citizens have, of late, heard a great deal on the imperatives of a modern police outfit to ensure good governance thereby strengthening the democratic foundation of our polity. 'The Daily Star' has editorially implored the present caretaker government to give effect to the much needed reform by enacting the necessary legislation under its watch. It has explicitly expressed the apprehension that the task should not be left to the political government who may not accord the desired priority to the matter that it rightfully deserves.

The erosion must be checked from the root

WHILE speaking as chief guest at a round table on higher education recently in the capital, Dr. Akbar Ali Khan, a former adviser to the caretaker government and presently Chairman of Regulatory Reforms Commission, said that corruption in education sector fuels it in other sectors. Dr Khan sounded the home truth when he said that corruption in any other sectors can be curbed in four to five years but it will take a few generations to eliminate corruption in education sector.

Mccain vs Mccain

AMID the din of the dueling democrats, people seem to have forgotten about that other guy in the presidential race -- you know, John McCain. McCain is said to be benefitting from this politically because his rivals are tearing each other apart. In fact, few people are paying much attention to what the Republican nominee is saying, or subjecting it to any serious scrutiny.

The biofuel myth

Abiofuel is difficult to define. Most of the fossil fuels we use are biological in nature. Perhaps we have to say that a biofuel is one that does not add to the stock of total carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. These are plant forms that, typically, remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and give up the same amount when burnt.


The Full Moon

Adib checks the time again on his wrist watch. It's 5:30 in the morning. Lying in his bed, he looks out the window to see if he can catch a glimpse of the morning light. There's only darkness outside. He reasons--maybe in a few minutes the blackness will start to fade away from the eastern sky, and reveal the beautiful first glow of day break-- subeh sadiq, as his mother used to call the moment.

English Poems of Khandakar Ashraf Hossain

Khandakar Ashraf Hossain is a professor of English at Dhaka University, and a well-known Bengali poet. He has published seven volumes of poetry, as well as translated into Bengali texts such as Terry Eagleton's Literary Theory: An Introduction. He is the editor of the long-running little magazine Ekobingsho for which he was awarded the West Bengal Little Magazine Award in 1998.

Kali O Kolom

The March 2008/Chaitra 1414 issue of the country's premier mainstream literary magazine is especially strong, sadly enough, in its in-memoriums to a scholar, an artist and a poet. Gulam Murshid writes an engrossing eulogy of writer-academic-essayist Shibnarayan Rai, who died on 26th February, which pens a portrait of a superior mind and a generous individual. He recounts an amusing story about the late Professor Ahmed Sharif of Dhaka University enquiring of the author whether Shibnarayan was a CIA agent since the latter had abandoned his youthful Marxism. Shamarjit Rai Chowdhury writes about artist Debdas Chakravarty, while Shouvik Reza charmingly recalls the fifties poet Pranabendhu Das Gupta, one of whose most well-known poems Sadar Street Verandah. There is a translation of a short story by American author Jay McInerney, whose novel Bright Lights Big City was a phenomenal success. This is the first time perhaps that a contemporary American author has been translated in Kali O Kolom and McInerney is a good choice to introduce the journal’s readers to current American fiction and authors. Among other notable articles are a short story, Chaka Bhangar Golpo, by Jahanara Nausheen, an essay on the French poet/enfant terrible Arthur Rimbaud, a travel piece on a Vientiane market by Mainus Sultan, and a look, informative if sometimes repetitive, at our poets of the Seventies by Mamun Mustafa.

Ex Party Men

You don't listen to me anymore
I know why you don't—
Certainly you must have been
Beckoned by money.
What else can it be?
Ah, how would I know that
Me, I'm just all innocence
Why, I'm an open book!
I'm the only one strong
Because I'm true
You don't know this simple truth
Because you are what you are!
What you say today
What you write today
Nowhere will I repeat it
Not even the slightest bit—
Because you can't be trusted
Because you and that lot
Have no doubt secretly found
Heaps and heaps of gold.

Love Lane

Potholes, speed breakers, zebra crossings,
slow pedestrians, traffic sergeant chafing to send
his stick up indiscreet places, poor street lighting, muggers-buggers
you'd have to be crazy to go anywhere near
Love Lane these days!

No Vacancy

Nature never allows an empty space
Ask the barren womb which nurtures
Its malignant tumour jealously
Ask the middle-aged man
Whose menopausal home
Nails a “help wanted” sign
Hanging from his vacant virility
Ask the mother just back
From her newborn's grave
Whose aching breasts and gaping lap
Sublet the mind
To a tenant named insanity

For Bangladeshi English language authors and translators

One of the world's richest and most innovative literary awards is to be launched later this year. It is the AALA (Western Australian Premier's Australia-Asia Literary Award), and winners will receive a cash payment of A$110,000 (US$103,000). It makes the AALA far larger than the American Pulitzer for fiction ($10,000) and in roughly the same league as UK's Man Booker (US$100,000). The chair of the judging panel is Nury Vittachi, the Hong Kong-based Sri Lankese writer whose column is currently being syndicated in The Daily Star. The other judge is Kamila Shamsie, the Pakistani writer, while a third judge has yet to be named.

Star Health

Battling Thalassaemia and its dilemma

The first thing you will notice about 8-year-old Abir is the dark circles under his eyes. They stand in stark contrast to the rest of his pale face; at a glance, he might look a pretty boy with his blue eyes, elfin frame and beautiful smile. But the circles under the eyes tell a different story. Abir looks as if he has not slept in a month for a recurring nightmare.

Innocent victim of climate change

Today health-driven environmental concerns are most keenly felt among urban dwellers in low-income countries like Bangladesh although it has emerged as a great threat for them. Urban populations in developing countries are both vulnerable to health hazards from climate changes and are increasingly contributors to the problem.

Cholesterol and cooking oil

Very often, we notice some messages like cholesterol-free or fat-free or something related to saturated / unsaturated fat written in some oil containers of grocery stores. Understanding these languages is vital for some people who have been suffering from fat related diseases like atherosclerosis (a condition where the artery to heart becomes narrow by deposition of excess fat).

High-fat, low-carb diet helps kids with epilepsy

The results of a study provide strong evidence that a diet high in fat and low in carbohydrates — a so-called "ketogenic diet" — can help control seizures in children with stubborn epilepsy that does not respond well to drug therapy.

Breast-fed children found smarter

A new study provides some of the best evidence to date that breast-feeding can make children smarter, an international team of researchers said.

Modern insulin pump launched

Sonargaon Healthcare Pvt. Ltd. (sole agent of Medtronic) has launched a new device named “Minimed paradigm real-time insulin pump and continuous glucose monitoring system” recently, says a press release.

Strategic Issues

Law of maritime delimitation

Nature is not uniform and human beings cannot refashion nature. The boundaries of coastal states are accidental or historical or arose out of colonial history. States have to live with neighbours that cannot be changed.

Tibet: a case of cultural and religious oppression or economic deprivation?

THE media and various protest groups have almost universally treated the unrest in Tibet as a case of cultural and religious oppression and ignored the underlying economic processes.

Bypassing the Malacca Straits

The Straits of Malacca, the shortest sea route from East and Southeast Asia to the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East, Africa and Europe, has increasingly suffered from congestion as Asia's integration in international trade has deepened. Today, around 1,300-1,400 ships per day cross the Straits, while 600 dock at Singapore daily. Less than two miles wide at its narrowest, the straits can easily be locked during a conflict, thus interrupting the flow of trade and, more importantly, of vital resources such as oil. In addition, piracy and terrorism are a constant threat in the Straits. Therefore, in order to secure sea-lanes and facilitate east-west movement between the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea, concretizing alternatives to the Straits of Malacca - some of which had been thought of as early as the 18th century - has now become an imperative.

Global connection

U.S. Marines in Fallujah, Iraq, looked at the digital displays of the Joint Automated Deep Operations Coordination System (JADOCS) and noticed that the maps were lit up almost entirely red to depict the sources of enemy fire.

Mahindra, BAE propose artillery, armor deal

Britain's BAE Systems and Indian automobile major Mahindra and Mahindra may form the first joint venture in India's private defense sector with an overseas partner holding 49 percent.

Indian navy leaders to discuss maritime security

The Indian Navy's top commanders will review maritime security needs at the Naval Commanders Conference being held May 7-9 in Mumbai.

Star Books Review

Can Yunus create a poverty free world?

Nobel Peace laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus, a pioneer of collateral free small credit to poor women, is in quest of harnessing free market power to solve the problems of poverty, hunger and inequality across the world. Grameen Bank, which he founded more than three decades ago to reach collateral free credit to the target group at their doorstep, has been replicated in all the continents to benefit over 100 million families. But he remains far from satisfied as poverty, hunger and inequality continue to trouble the world as well as his native Bangladesh. If the dynamics of capitalism could be applied properly, he believes, poverty, the greatest challenge, facing mankind, could be tackled to a great extent.

A complete story about the struggle called life

The story about two Igbo sisters, the beautiful Olanna and the smart Kainene, in Half of a Yellow Sun stretches through the tough sixties in Nigeria.

Mystery and love, out of a cemetery

Lovers of Nicholas Sparks' novels are for the big treat of their life as they read True Believer. The characters created in the story are so vivid and the period details are so contemporary that the reader has a hard time believing that he or she is reading a work of fiction. It is a true work of literature, for the life sketched in it is vibrant and catches the reader's attention right from the first page. Literature, after all, is supposed to have its ends strung to real life. Readers are also in for a surprise, for unlike other books of Nicholas Sparks this book balances a love story with a mystery. Sparks is mostly widely read for his romantic tragedies. The mystery and the love story run on parallel plot lines all through this book.

A tale of little magazines

What is a little magazine and why is it there? What is its history and who first brought it out? Before getting into the answers let us first see the definition of little magazines. It goes like this ? a periodical, usually not published for profit, prints reviews, essays, fiction, or poetry or more usually some combination of them, supposedly devoted to high literary standards. Little magazines often run innovative or experimental works. A few little magazines pay for contributions, many do not. Some are widely influential, but others are virtually unknown except to the editors and contributors. Little magazines may be very helpful to a new writer who is selective in sending submissions.

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