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BSF intruders gun down 2 BDR men

The Border Security Force of India (BSF) shot dead two Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) soldiers at Raghunathpur border under Shibganj upazila in Chainawabganj early yesterday intruding into Bangladesh territory, sparking off tension at all frontiers around the country.

Over half of polling centres in four cities vulnerable

Law enforcement agencies have identified 353 polling centres out of 579 as vulnerable to violence in elections in four city corporations scheduled for August 4, and launched crackdown on criminals working in favour of candidates.

Protein going beyond reach of limited income group

Almost all protein sources are becoming unreachable to limited income group as well as the middle-class people as their prices have marked a sharp rise in the city markets and elsewhere in the country.

Power cut paralyses DMCH as patients bear the brunt

Patients at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) yesterday suffered severely due to power outage for over four hours in two phases.

Illegal shops destroying Dhanmondi lake

Dhaka City Corporation (DCC), guardian of Dhanmondi lake, itself has been filling up portions of the lake in the name of maintenance, giving an opportunity for illegal shops to be set up there.

Aman may miss target for fertiliser shortage

Short supply of fertilisers is affecting cultivation of Aman rice in northern region of the country creating uncertainty about achieving the production target this season, Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) officials said.

Trapped in deprivation as constitution silent

Poly, a Khiyang minority youth, takes up a "halong", a big basket to carry water, on her back a little before daybreak to fetch drinking water from a fountain. Her brows look knitted in a permanent frown as she leaves home with other women just like every other day. It will take at least three hours for them to bring water.

Dhaka condemns killings, terms the incident most serious

The foreign ministry condemned the killings of two Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) personnel by the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) at the Chapainawabganj frontier early yesterday.

Khaleda, Tarique likely to be freed this week

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and her elder son Tarique Rahman are likely to be released this week, said party sources.

Road mishaps kill 14 in Dhaka, Comilla

At least 14 people were killed in two road accidents in Dhaka and Comilla yesterday.

Shamim Iskander arrested for ill-gotten wealth

The joint forces last night arrested Shamim Iskander, younger brother of detained former prime minister Khaleda Zia, in Dhaka Cantonment area.

HRC Group chairman arrested

Joint forces yesterday arrested HRC Group Chairman Sayeed Hossain Chowdhury at his Gulshan home on charges of money laundering and keeping his purchased properties in other people's names.

A costly mistake

Police arrested a surgeon in the capital early yesterday after his patient died in the operation theatre (OT) allegedly due to a mistake during surgery.

Biman’s aircraft escapes mishap in Bangkok

Passengers and crew of a Biman DC10-30 aircraft went unhurt as the plane's two wheels burst while landing at Bangkok International Airport on Thursday.

Workers Party to stay out of mayoral race

Workers Party of Bangladesh yesterday decided to refrain from running for the mayoral posts in the August 4 local body polls.

Two wise ways to save groundwater, soil fertility

As degradation of soil fertility and depletion of groundwater level pose threats to agriculture, scientists say ploughing agricultural fields at the onset of monsoons and harnessing of rainwater can protect fertility of soil and the level of groundwater.

Anti-corruption drive may go in vain: Dr Kamal

Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday expressed his doubt about the success of the anti-corruption drive as he said many “corrupt people are being released on bail”.

Mjøs meets women who defeated abject poverty

"From an ordinary village housewife owning not even a house to live in I now have my own house, five cows and a truck. It took 21 years, but I did it," says Monwara Begum of Dhamrai's South Kelia village describing the bumpy way to her success.

Dulu showcaused for defying party decision, faces expulsion

Rajshahi city unit of Awami League yesterday issued a notice on its president Masudul Haque Dulu, asking him to explain why he will not be expelled from the party.

CA to attend dialogues in Sylhet tomorrow

The Chief Adviser is to attend two citizens' dialogue in Srimangal of Moulvibazar and in Jalalabad Gas Auditorium in Sylhet city tomorrow before holding the cabinet meeting in Sylhet Monday, the first time since 1981 and the second time in Sylhet's history.

BSF returns body of Bangladeshi

The body of a Bangladeshi cattle trader, shot dead by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) at a frontier village on Indian territory on June 27, was handed over to BDR on Thursday, 21 days after the incident.

Split in Samajwadi Party: Manmohan seeks JD-S support

A meeting of Samajwadi Party MPs held in New Delhi yesterday ahead of the crucial July 22 trust vote saw 16 of the 39 Lok Sabha members turning up amid splits.

Talks with US possible on outpost, says Iran

Iran is open to the idea of talks with the United States on establishing a US interests section in Iran and launching a direct air link, Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said here yesterday.

30 rebels, 4 soldiers killed in Lanka battle

Thirty Tamil Tiger rebels and four soldiers were killed in two days of gunbattles in Sri Lanka, the defence ministry said yesterday.

Oil prices in modest rally after dizzying plunge

Oil prices rallied on Friday after three days of heavy falls that pulled the market down by 15 dollars on worries over economic growth and slowing demand, traders said.


Reappointment of judges

THE order of the high court to reappoint those judges, whose appointments were not confirmed by the erstwhile 4-party alliance government despite the recommendation of the Chief Justice, goes to reestablish the supremacy of the rule of law. It would in no small measure help enhance public confidence in the highest court of the country. The government must implement the order as soon as possible

Correction in rice market behaviour

CONTRARY to expectations that a bumper boro harvest will bring down cereal prices, these have only increased over the last several weeks. Concurrently, the world prices of rice and wheat have declined but these have not had a commensurate impact in lowering prices at our end. People's purchasing power constantly eroding, the ruling food price is eating up most of the household income.

Meeting the sensitive challenges in Afghanistan

MORE than six years on, the demanding marathon in Afghanistan appears to be testing the resources, and the will of the runners. Recent incidents have made it quite clear that Afghanistan's fate is on the edge and that the international community needs to engage itself more politically, rather than just militarily. At the same time they should ensure that Afghans themselves are in the driving seat. It is also becoming apparent to the NATO policy planners that they should, if possible, work jointly with the United Nations and the US so that the international community speaks to the Afghan government with one voice.

Fuel price hike appreciates cost of food

WITH prices rising almost every day and incomes remaining the same not only the poorest class but also the lower middle and middle class people are in dire strait. Compounding the problem already affecting every aspect of life, the sudden big rise in the price of petroleum products, linked with the livelihood and living of all classes of people has pushed them on the brink. The government handout explaining the rationale of hike in a bid to save the exchequer of the subsidy burden although appears somewhat logical but transferring the burden in a quick jump on the people already living on the margin seems to be a very unkind gesture to salvage a sinking economy.

Gender equality yet to be achieved

BANGLADESH seems to be still at the beginning of its struggle for liberation of mind and socio-economic emancipation. It will be relevant to study the viewpoints of some eminent educationists and social scientists to formulate the subject- matter in its proper perspective.


Foreign imports flocking

Veteran footballer Charles Ghansah will play for his old club Abahani in the coming Federation Cup football tournament.

Pace duo destroys Eng

Andrew Flintoff's first Test innings for 18 months failed to prevent England being bowled out for 203 on the first day of the second Test against South Africa at Headingley here Friday.

Bangladesh A's Leicestershire match drawn

Bangladesh A team's third first-class match in the tour of England against Leicestershire ended in a tame draw on the final day yesterday.

Can't wait for Kaka link-up

Brazil forward Ronaldinho said he was mostly looking forward to teaming up again with compatriot Kaka as he was unveiled as an AC Milan player on Thursday.

ICC to decide on host

Pakistan face an agonising wait till Sunday to know if they will host the Inter-national Cricket Council's Champions Trophy in September amid security concerns in that country.

Chambers fails in bid

Sprinter Dwain Chambers cannot take part in the Beijing Olympics next month after failing to gain an injunction against a British Olympic Association (BOA) ban in the High Court on Friday.

Bangladesh meet WI in T20 opener

Bangladesh will meet West Indies in the opening match of the Canada Cup Four Nation Twenty20 on August 14in Toronto, Bangladesh Cricket Board confirmed today.

Asif tests positive for steroid

Pakistan paceman Mohammad Asif tested positive for the banned steroid nandrolone during the Indian Premier League (IPL), his lawyer said Friday.

Ottey's final attempt

Jamaican-born sprinter Merlene Ottey will race twice in four days in a last-ditch effort to become the first athlete to take part in eight Olympic Games.

Pioneer League 2nd phase from today

Golam Mostafa Lane Kishore Sangha take on Dhaka XI Club in the opening match of the second phase of the Dhaka City Corporation Pioneer Football League today.

Kandamby shines for SL Board XI

Test hopeful Thilina Kandamby top-scored with 84 to help the Sri Lanka Board XI make 224 against a visiting India on the opening day of their three-day tour match here on Friday.

'Klinsi is a revolutionary'

Bayern Munich boss Jurgen Klinsmann's new coaching methods will have major implications not only for German football but for the global game, according to club president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

Keeping the wall in place

Argentine football is to use a quickly-vanishing spray in an attempt to stop defensive walls from creeping forward at free kicks.

Inter look at alternatives

Inter Milan have looked at alternative buys in case they fail to strike a deal to bring Frank Lampard to Italy, president Massimo Moratti said on Thursday.

Deco wants Lampard stay

Deco has urged Chelsea to secure Frank Lampard's future if the club wants to realise its dream of winning the Champions League.

Wenger won't buy big

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admits he is concerned about spending big money on star signings in case it blocks the development of his young Gunners.

Sven imposter fools Mexico

The distinctive frameless spectacles, the studious Scandinavian manner and the ice blue tie all helped, but it was the pair of tall brunettes wearing short skirts by his side that really fooled Mexico.

Fergie confirms Berbatov offer

Alex Ferguson has confirmed that Manchester United have made Tottenham an offer for their Bulgaria striker Dimitar Berbatov.

Eto'o to move to Kuruvchi?

Unsettled Barcelona striker Samuel Eto'o is considering a move to join Uzbek club Kuruvchi, the Cameroon international said on Thursday.

Yobo's brother released

Nigeria defender Joseph Yobo wants to repay Everton for their support after his kidnapped brother was released this week.

Monaco snubbed off Kranjcar

Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp has rejected a Monaco bid of 12 million pounds (15 million euros) for Croatia midfielder Niko Kranjcar.

Atalanta could be fined

Serie A side Atalanta could be given a six-point penalty this season if they are found guilty of attempted match-fixing last term, Italian media reported on Friday.

Giuly denies Zorro comparisons

AS Roma's former French international Ludovic Giuly on Friday signed for Paris St Germain, the Parisian club's president Charles Villeneuve announced.

Venues set to awe

While feats of athletic brilliance may be the main focus of cameras during the Beijing Olympics, the telegenic venues set to host the athletes will draw their own share of gasps from admiring spectators.

Shock debut for Pattinson

Former roof tiler Darren Pattinson was given a dramatic England debut at Headingley here Friday after being named in the side to play South Africa in the second Test.

Rudolph has no regrets

Jacques Rudolph has insisted he has "no regrets" over swapping his South Africa career for one with Yorkshire.

Gooch questions call-up

Former England captain Graham Gooch has questioned the "leftfield" decision to hand a Test debut to Australia-raised Darren Pattinson.

India to host 2010 hockey World Cup

New Delhi will host field hockey's men's World Cup in 2010, the game's world governing body announced on Friday.

Blind cricket camp in Ctg

A five-day long 'Blind Cricket Camp 2008' began here in the port city yesterday.

Laxman, Chawla barred from English counties

India's cricket chiefs on Friday barred two national stars from signing up with English counties because those sides included players aligned with a rebel Twenty20 league.

Kiwis search for coach

New Zealand Cricket (NZC) Thursday launched a worldwide search for a new national coach to replace John Bracewell who is returning to England.


Make Saarc a real 'people's union'

The pre-Saarc South Asian People's Assembly began here yesterday with a call for making the regional bloc a real “people's union” to promote closer trade and socioeconomic integration among the people of the region.

Call to protect city from turning into concrete jungle

Duranta, a mouthpiece of the Children Council, took out a colourful procession yesterday to celebrate 400 years of Dhaka city.

'CG has no right to sign deal on oil, gas resources'

The caretaker government (CG) has no right to sign any deal on oil and gas resources of the country keeping people in the dark during the state of emergency, said the leaders of National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Electricity and Port yesterday.

Modernise technical edn to create skilled manpower

The engineering and technical education will have to be modernised and expanded across the country for creating skilled manpower which is one of the key ways to make the nation prosperous, speakers at a seminar said yesterday.

Road crashes kill eight

At least eight people were killed and 24 others injured in separate road accidents across the country yesterday and on Thursday.

Govt raises CDA manpower to improve service

The government has raised manpower of Chittagong Development Authority (CDA) to 519 to improve capacity and service standard.

US reaffirms support to Dhaka in fighting terrorism, graft

United States highly appreciated Bangladesh for its anti-corruption drives and counter-terrorism efforts.

Police-media cooperation sought to prevent crime

A three-day training on media relations for police officers began yesterday with a call for increased cooperation and partnership between police and media to help prevent crimes in the country.

Ashraf Hossain released on parole to attend mother's funeral

BNP leader and former whip Ashraf Hossain was released on parole for six hours yesterday to attend the funeral of his mother Majeda Khatun.

'Lift emergency, hand over power to elected govt'

On the second day of the 8th conference of the Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) in the capital yesterday, the speakers demanded of the caretaker government (CG) to lift the state of emergency immediately.

Trial of war criminals demanded

Greater Mirpur Muktijoddha Oikya Forum (GMMOF) yesterday urged the government to save the country from confrontation by holding the trial of war criminals immediately.

Remain aware of rights: CA

Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday expressed his firm hope that all people, including farmers, workers, businessmen, students and youths, would always remain aware of their rights and responsibilities.

Petrobangla-PDB to conduct survey on inefficient power units

Petrobangla and Power Develop-ment Board (PDB) will conduct a joint survey across the country to identify the least-efficient power plants to divert gas supply to new plants.

DU students demand punishment to Shibir cadres

Students of Dhaka University (DU) brought out a torch procession on the campus last night demanding exemplary punishment to the Jamaat-Shibir cadres who assaulted freedom fighter Sheikh Muhammad Ali Aman.

Malek to attend telecom policy confce in US

Brig Gen (retd) MA Malek, special assistant to the chief adviser, left Dhaka on Thursday night for the USA to attend the 6th Access to Capital and Telecommunications Policy Conference.

Sena Shahayok School marks 2nd founding anniversary

The second founding anniversary of Sena Shahayok School run by Sena Paribar Kalyan Samity (SPKS) was celebrated at the Ladies Club in Dhaka Cantonment on Thursday, says an ISPR release.

Three get 10 yrs for killing one in Sherpur

A Sherpur court on Thursday sentenced three people to 10 years' rigorous imprisonment for killing a man.

Final round of MTB-Daily Star Debate Contest today

The final round of Mutual Trust Bank-The Daily Star Debate Contest 2008 will be held in Chittagong city today.

Gender book fair begins at British Council

With a view to creating awareness on gender issues a three-day 'Gender book fair' began at the British Council yesterday.

Indian clothes worth Tk 1 cr seized in Comilla

BDR members seized 45 bales of Indian clothes worth about Tk 1 crore from Anandapur in Chouddagram upazila yesterday.

Khursid Alam's solo art exhibition

A twelve-day solo art exhibition of artist Khursid Alam Selim began yesterday at Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts in the city, says a press release.

Golpo Community holds get-together

Golpo Community, an online forum, organised a get-together at B151 Leisure Lounge at Dhanmondi in the city yesterday.

Centre for Languages opens at Brac University

Brac University (BracU) has launched Centre for Languages (CfL) with an aim to assist students in developing their language skills.

Appeal for help

Salim Shaikh, a rickshawpuller, is suffering from cancer, says a press release.

JU Journalists' Assoc executives

Khairul Hasan Munna of Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS) and Rafiqul Islam Alok of the daily Sangbad were elected president and general secretary of Jahangirnagar University Journalists' Association (JUJA) for the term 2008.


'Jamaat floats fake FFs body to befool people'

Freedom fighters, political leaders and conscious citizens have continued protest against the recent assault of freedom fighter Sheikh Mohammad Ali Aman by Jamaat-Shibir cadres at a programme of 'Jatiya Muktijoddha Parishad' in the capital.

AL candidate richest among 5 contenders

Awami League mayoral candidate Talukder Abdul Khaleque is richer than his five other contestants in Khulna City Corporation (KCC) election.

Charge framed against 4 lawyers

A Satkhira court on Thursday framed charges against seven people including four lawyers, two of them notary public, in the case for abduction and rape of a minor girl.

BAU teacher invents easy device to detect bird flu

A scientist at Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) has developed a cheap and easy device for detection of avian influenza (bird flu).

CPB polls runner admits being accused in murder case

Mayoral candidate Firoze Ahmed of Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) admitted that he was named a charge-sheeted accused in Shibir leader Aminul Islam Biman murder case.

500 landless people besiege Badarganj UNO office

About 500 landless people of Bishnapur and Lohanipara unions in Badarganj upazila laid siege to the office of the upazila nirbahi officer (UNO) and staged a sit-in demonstration yesterday in protest against an eviction drive.

KCC mayoral candidates' dialogue with voters today

Khulna Citizens's Forum (KCF) will hold a dialogue between the six mayoral candidates and a cross section of people at Khulna Press Club today.

2 killer suspects of Anupom Tripura held

Police on Thursday arrested two relatives of former councilor of Khagrachhari Hill District Council Anupom Tripura in the case for his murder.

Workshop on strawberry farming held at RU

Bangladesh Strawberry Association (BSA) and Botany Department of Rajshahi University yesterday jointly held a day-long workshop on strawberry cultivation in Bangladesh.


Iran expects progress from nuclear talks

Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki says he expects forthcoming nuclear talks in Geneva that will include the participation of a US diplomat will bring real progress in negotiations.

Cong MP from Haryana attacks UPA, hints at voting against govt

In more bad news for the UPA, Congress MP from Haryana Arvind Sharma today attacked his party and the Manmohan Singh government for "targeting" BSP chief Mayawati and indicated that he may vote against the ruling coalition in the July 22 trust vote.

US Speaker Pelosi calls Bush 'a total failure’

President Bush has been a "total failure" in everything from the economy to the war to energy policy, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday.

Ten militants killed in northwest Pakistan

Pakistan's army says 10 militants have been killed and five troops wounded during a military operation to expel insurgents from a town in the volatile northwest.

UN to end Myanmar aid flights on Aug 10

A United Nations decision to end aid flights to Myanmar next month could hurt relief efforts already struggling to reach millions of survivors with adequate food and water, humanitarian groups said yesterday.

Sudan to restore diplomatic relations with Chad

Sudan President Omar al-Beshir has agreed to restore relations with Chad, mediator Senegal said on Friday, more than two months after Khartoum severed ties accusing Ndjamena of backing Darfuri rebels.

Cambodian, Thai soldiers draw arms

Cambodian and Thai troops came close to a shoot-out in a disputed border region as the confrontation over land surrounding an ancient temple entered its fourth day, a Cambodian general said Friday.

Nepal to choose president today

Lawmakers in Nepal's newly elected Constituent Assembly will vote today to choose the first president of the republic, a key step in formation of a government as the constitutional head will swear in the new prime minister.

Indian man survives after iron rod pierces chest

An Indian man has survived an operation to remove a 1.5-metre (five-foot) long iron bar that stabbed right through his chest, reports said Friday, calling it a medical miracle.

Britain unveils plans to counter Islamist extremism

Young British Muslims are to be taught citizenship in mosque schools to prevent them from being influenced by Islamist extremism, the government announced Friday.

Scientists to explore Lake Baikal

Russian scientists on Thursday outlined plans for a submarine expedition this month that will for the first time probe the depths of Lake Baikal, a unique ecosystem and the deepest lake in the world.

New uranium leak discovered at French nuclear site

French nuclear safety authorities said yesterday that a broken pipe at a nuclear fuel plant in southeast France had caused a radioactive leak but no damage to the environment.

Arts & Entertainment

“Srotar Ashor” at Chhayanat

Chhayanat's monthly musical programme titled "Srotar Ashor" was held at the Ramesh Chandra Dutta Smriti Milankendra, Chhayanat Sanskriti Bhaban on July 17. The programme is held on the third Thursday of every month, featuring performances by upcoming and seasoned artistes.

Of birds, beauties and abstractions

A group of seven artists, under the banner "Space Visual Art", are holding their exhibition at Gallery Samatata. The imaginative, mind-boggling works are surrealistic, impressionistic and decorative. The display includes the works of Mahabubul Islam, Zahir Hossain, Rajaul Islam, Shahin Akther and Abdul Aziz.

Celebrating 400 years of Dhaka

Dhaka City was declared the capital of Bengal in 1608 (according to some historians, in 1610), when the Islam Khan was appointed as the Mughal Subahdar. Like other major cites, Dhaka is surrounded by rivers, though it hardly seems so now. Due to unplanned, rushed development, the rich heritage of this city is on the verge of decline.

“Muraqqa”: Imperial Mughal albums

Muraqqa is the Farsi term for a patched garment traditionally worn by Sufi mystics as a sign of poverty and humility. Yet it is also the word for a gilded and lavishly calligraphed album. This type of muraqqa, a luxury object from the Mughal empire in India, is a patchwork of imagery: portraits of emperors and courtiers, Eastern mystics and Western religious figures; examples of plant and animal life.

Profile of an aspiring documentary filmmaker

In the current state of filmmaking in Bangladesh, very little number of directors involved themselves with the making of documentaries. In this regard, Molla Sagor can be a notable name. The young filmmaker so far made few numbers of good documentaries on some crucial issues.

Street show to generate awareness on HIV/AIDS

A street show to generate awareness on HIV/AIDS was arranged in Pabna recently. 'Family Planning Association of Bangladesh' (FPAB), Pabna district unit committee organised the street show campaign at the district headquarter. A play "Rahmat Amaderi" was performed at the street show.

Workshop on photography and cinematography

DSCC Trust, Proshika and noted photographer-cinematographer Anwar Hossain intend to organise a fortnight-long workshop titled “Images and Aesthetics”, from August 25 to September 5 at the Proshika HRDC Trust, Koitta, Manikganj, according to a press release.


The photo caption with the article "Album of Nazrul Sangeet, arranged by Arnob, in the offing", published in the July 14th issue should have read "Clockwise (from top) Artistes Fahmida Nabi, Arnob and Kiran Chandra Roy perform at the programme." We regret this inadvertent error.


Time for a new path out of disaster

WE are reminded, increasingly frequently, of nature's potentially destructive power. Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar, or the earthquake in Sichuan province of China, left hundreds of thousands of people dead and millions homeless.

The threat is real

APPARENTLY, Islamabad did not know how angry New Delhi was over the suicide bomb attack on its embassy in Kabul that killed 54 people, including two senior Indian officials. Pakistan's hand was seen straightaway. Still New Delhi did not react officially till Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai himself confirmed that it was the doing of Inter Services Intelligence (ISI). He has now said so in public.

Searching for national food security

MD. Jahangir, a farmer in Amtali in the district of Barguna, was happily demonstrating to his peers how to use a Leaf Color Chart to determine when the plant needs urea fertilizer and how much to use -- “When the color of the paddy matches the dark green shade on the card, you know your crop is healthy and there is no need for fertiliser” -- Jahangir tells them proudly, pointing at his newly harvested paddy. In a visit to Barisal and surrounding Sidr affected areas last week, a team of BRAC officials met with farmers who were covered under its ongoing Agriculture Rehabilitation Programme. As part of the programme, farmers whose crops were destroyed, received High Yielding Variety (HYV) seeds of rice, maize and vegetables, developed by BRAC's Agriculture Research Unit. The main purpose of this visit was to assess the farmers' response to this programme, particularly the performance of Aloron, the new hybrid Aus rice, seeds of which were distributed among the farmers in March -- April this year, for cultivation in the Aus season. As compared to traditional Aus rice, Aloron has more than three times the yield.

Energy scenario and challenges in the new millennium

WORLD'S population by 2030 will reach eight billion from its current 6.4 billion. With the rise of population, global energy demand will grow by almost 60 per cent by 2030.


Improving the living environment

Housing is the third basic need of human beings, after food and clothing. It is not the individual house alone but a habitat with other facilities like hospitals, schools, prayer halls, play ground utilities and other recreational facilities. In other words, it's the environment with all support facilities for comfortable living that constitutes housing.

Cutting hills: Why and why not

Bangladesh is mainly a deltaic plain of the Ganges and the Brahmaputra river systems. However, we have some tertiary upland in the northwest and some hills and hillocks in the southeastern area. Hills, plains and river basins -- all are created naturally; unfortunately, the mankind realizes their essentiality at least after doing much harm to the natural ecosystems.

Flood, geography and expectation

"This is the worst flood on record"
"This is the coldest winter on record”
"The hottest decade in recorded history"

The US experiences the pinch

Unprecedented hot weather in temperate climate the United States has taken the people unawares and made life difficult. It is the effect of climate change Americans are experiencing. From spell of scorching heat to tornadoes to heavy thundershowers as well as flood and draught have been occurring in many parts of the vast country.


Scented Worlds

Sharmila sat still in a corner seat of the subway, on her way home, from downtown. The officials in their shining towers had summoned her for a hearing after she had missed two citizenship tests in a row. So she had expected to find herself before a judge. Instead, she was led to a large testing area and handed a citizenship test. It was their way of having one take the test. Silly official people! The whole thing was s-o-o-o easy. It disappointed her, as had many other things, since she first arrived. What had she really expected of this land?

Ship Ahoy!

This is it! This is the book that Amitav Ghosh has talked about and read from during his recent visit to Dhaka (Sea of Poppies, Delhi: Penguin Viking, 2008). Anyone who has been to Ghosh's talk must remember his immediate response to the warm reception given to him by Independent University, Bangladesh: “I wish my parents were here to see how Dhaka had honoured me!” This remark mediated through a shadowy line combines personal 'desire' with the social aspects of language--an idea which I think is characteristic of almost all of Ghosh's writing.

Sharon, the Man of Peace

Sharon, the dogs will, of course, call you
The Man of Peace
By your blessings they fill their stomachs
with human meat
In the senate of the vultures
you will surely get hundred percent vote
in favour of your genocide.
Those vile insects, donning their black jackets,
will accord you a red carpet reception
in the sandy desert land,
for, you have given them as a present
a favourable land, slippery with blood.


Sunset like copper pots and pans
Slowly the grey settles in beneath
The waters of a scummy ditch,
Country liquor, sweeper colony,
Evenings shaped by formless revelry
Aimless talk, smattering of small shops
As afternoon fog
Bumps in like a herd of unfenced swine.

Star Health

Infertility: The pain and the hope

At least 15 percent of couples usually experience some degree of infertility with all of its feelings and frustrations at some point in their life. This issue is not less important than our problem regarding over crowded population.

Simple ways to handle viral fever

The soaring humidity level in monsoon attracts numerous virus making a suitable environment to spread rapidly.

Back pain and your position

The complaint of low back pain is a common medical problem. Pain is an important indicator of sickness. Although it can be a frustrating problem, but most episodes of back pain resolve.

Emili's dream comes true

3 months old Yousuf was born with cleft lip (a congenital deformity in face that leads to difficulty in feeding and makes susceptible to infections). But his family was unable to bear the expenses of the surgery that could correct his defect. Japan Bangladesh Friendship Hospital (JBFH) has recently organised a health camp at Madaripur district stadium where they identified Yousuf and offered the surgery free of cost. They provided healthcare by specialist physicians and teleconference for more than 1000 people at the camp. After surgical correction, Yousuf's mother is happy enough to see her child like other normal boy.

Menthol is used to hook young smokers

Tobacco companies manipulate the amount of menthol in cigarettes to make those first few puffs more palatable to young smokers, U.S. researchers said in a finding that could fuel support for more tobacco regulation.

10 facts on immunisation

1. About 10 million children under the age of five die every year worldwide. One quarter of these deaths are caused by diseases that can be prevented with vaccines.

Workshop on joint replacement surgery in the city

United Hospital Limited has organised a scientific workshop on “Joint Replacement Surgery” today in their hospital, says a press release. Renowned orthopaedic surgeon Professor N S Laud, consultant of Shusrusha Citizen's Co-operative Hospital, Dadar and also Breach Candy Hospital & Research Center and Laud Clinic, Mumbai, India and Professor Harish Bhende, Course Director of National Arthoplasty Course, India will speak on joint replacement. Professor Shamsuddin Ahmed will be present as chairperson on the occasion. Interested doctors are invited to join the workshop.

Strategic Issues

A Valentine gift or assault on India's sovereignty?

THE Unites States is in a position to consolidate a long-term relationship with India, edge Pakistan away from chaos, prevent another regional war, and address such important issues as the spread of nuclear weapons, terrorism and China's regional role. United States looks at enormous economic profits. India has a population of more than 1 billion, which means a big market. India has already become the third largest economy in Asia after Japan and China. Then, the “China factor” is a strong boost to US- India relations. A US think-tank Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, recently issued a report on the US agenda with regard to the rising power of India namely India as a New Global Power: An Action Agenda for the United States. Similarly, the opening of the Indian economy has also encouraged India's civil society to expand its interactions especially exports with the United States.

Obama's trip to Iraq

THE Editor of Newsweek International has categorically spelt out "What Obama Should Say on Iraq." This is necessary as Zakaria prophesies that 'were he elected, the war would be his biggest and most immediate problem…..he….will need to implement a serious policy on Iraq…..that is…. informed by the conditions on the ground to-day.'

Difficult time for Pakistan

HOPE for peace and progress under emerging democracy in Pakistan is being increasingly mired in violence and uncertainty. The Afghan inferno is sucking the neighbourhood. Fighting terrorism continues to be the top agenda of the PPP government. The latest bombing in Karachi, Islamabad and the offensive in Khyber area to evade insurgent pressure on Peshawar, the capital city of the frontier province, are the signs that containing terrorists through war and ceasefire is far from achieved. That Americans have advised Pakistan to concentrate on antiterrorist operations and not to waste energy on the removal of president Musharraf is the strongest indicator of the ground reality. The continuation of President Musharraf and failing to allow the judges to get back to the courts within 100 days are signs that corrections of the military regime may have to wait longer.

Star Books Review

Across a landscape of memory and timeless poetry

AIDE-Memoire is quite a few strands of thought coming together. And with Hasnat Abdul Hye's telling of the tale, or tales as the case may be, there is a feeling that readers will get to enjoy vicariously the experiences he relates in these accounts of his life. Ah, but then the writer, or perhaps a reader, might protest. Whoever said these accounts relate to Hye's life as he lived them between 1943 and 1954? There is --- isn't there? --- a narrator here, one who speaks impersonally, in third person singular? You do not get to spot Hye anywhere. It is always a 'he', always 'his' world of experience. And there lies the charm in the tale.

In search of new storytellers

Sometimes Bangladesh seems like a literary wasteland. No time-winning fiction gets published. No new writers are promoted. Despite being a pro-stalwart literary area, none of the established novelists makes it a point to write in such a way that people read them, get back their lost reading habits. Too many people here exhaust themselves wrestling with poetry. Or is it? Do they find composing poems easier than writing short stories or novels? Writers who show potentials of writing good fiction spend most of their time writing newspaper columns on politics.

Making a case for new, democratic politics

In democracy, the institution of election is held in high esteem. Democracy theorists consider this institution greatly essential not only for political legitimacy of the rulers and stability of the political order but also for integration of societal arrangement, system capability, participatory behavior and above all political institutionalization. It is through the means of election that the politicians bolster their assurance to deal with the crises involved in the process of nation and state building. The essence of this commitment is general agreement on the rule of the game of politics that in turn establishes trust in the election process and peaceful transfer of state power.

General Zia brought back still again

It is never difficult to lampoon a particularly flamboyant politician. In the United States, Richard Nixon was the subject of numerous novels, both while he was in office and shortly thereafter. Bill Clinton was the hero of Primary Colors, published anonymously early in his presidency. George Bush has been satirized on stage in two devastating dramas--and certainly more are in the works. American (and Western) writers certainly have no lock on the tradition. One thinks immediately of Nigeria's greatest writers--Chinua Achebe and Wole Soyinka--both of whom have borrowed lead characters from real life. The list is actually endless, once it is opened up to Latin America and Asia.

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