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News of: Saturday, 30th of August, 2008

Front Page

Police raise new corps of female sleuths

Bangladesh Police introduced a special intelligence branch comprised of only women.

Justice Fazlul Huq bribes Tk 24 lakh for acquittal

The Detective Branch (DB) of police has arrested three cheats in the city for taking Tk 24 lakh from the family of former caretaker government adviser Justice M Fazlul Huq in return for getting Huq acquitted of corruption charges.

Thaw in BNP-govt ties in the offing

Release of former prime minister Khaleda Zia and her son Tarique Rahman will help the caretaker government thaw relations with BNP and ensure its participation in talks and the election, said party insiders.

AL might be forced to change stance

Awami League (AL) is viewing the military backed caretaker government's manoeuvring for releasing detained BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and her son Tarique Rahman as an undue administrative favour towards BNP-Jamaat alliance, according to party insiders.

Flood situation in 3 districts worsens

Heavy downpour worsened the flood situation in Sylhet, Sunamganj and Netrakona while river erosion has taken a serious turn for the worse in Nilphamari due to swilling of the Teesta. Around 1 lakh people are said to be marooned in Netrakona.

Prices of several items rise as Ramadan nears

With the month of Ramadan only a day or two away, prices of onion, aubergine, ginger, green chilli, sugar and milk that are used in preparing 'iftar' items have already marked a rise in kitchen markets in the capital.

Zardari’s security beefed up

Pakistan presidential hopeful Asif Ali Zardari has moved to a top security location in Islamabad due to fears of attacks being made on his life, the country's prime minister said yesterday.

Draft Bimstec convention to combat terrorism, crime

Echoing Bangladesh's concern over the increasing criminal activities in the region, Bimstec foreign ministers adopted a draft convention on combating international terrorism, trans-border organised crime and drug trafficking in New Delhi yesterday.

Home secretaries of Bangladesh, India meet today

Bangladesh will again press for handing over its criminals hiding in India as the home secretaries of the two countries kick off a two-day meeting in Dhaka this morning.

Local-variety paddy as interim crop

Farmers in Bogra produced large quantities of local-variety paddy as interim crop between Boro and Aman. According to Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) Bogra, the farmers of Bogra would earn around Tk 210 crore in addition by growing the interim crop.

‘Promulgate ordinance to save buyers from dishonest developers’

Bangladesh Paribesh Andolan (Bapa) yesterday demanded immediate promulgation of the Real-estate Management Ordinance, 2008 to reduce harassment of property buyers.

Obama vows to renew America's promise

Barack Obama savaged John McCain and "broken" Republican politics, vowing to restore America's promise in a tumultuous climax to the Democratic convention before an 84,000 strong crowd.

Verdict in jail killing case frustrating

Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) mayor-elect AHM Khairuzzaman Liton has expressed disappointment over the High Court (HC) verdict in the Jail Killing Case, saying justice has not been reflected.

Delhi urged to lift ban on non-basmati rice export

Bangladesh has called on India to lift a ban on non-basmati rice export and remove all forms of trade barriers to help restore trade balance between the two countries.

Iceland president arrives

Iceland President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson arrived in Dhaka last night on a three-day official visit.

FAO pledges help to ensure food security

A visiting high official of United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) yesterday assured Bangladesh of providing necessary help in its efforts to ensure food security.

Vow to continue agitation for trial of war criminals

Freedom fighters, civil society members and cultural activists yesterday vowed to continue the movement demanding trial of war criminals at all levels across the country until the execution of verdicts against the war criminals.

Tigers take on Aussies in first ODI today

Bangladesh cricket team take on world champions Australia in the first one-day international of a three-match series at the TOI Stadium in Darwin today.

Zia Hyder critically ill

Renowned and pioneering figure in the country's theatre and former teacher of theatre at Chittagong University Prof Zia Hyder has been fighting for life at a city hospital. He has been suffering from Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma for four months.

Georgia snaps diplomatic ties with Russia

Georgia has broken off diplomatic ties with Russia and ordered Russian diplomats to leave Tbilisi, Deputy Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze told AFP yesterday.

Iran is operating 4,000 enrichment centrifuges

Iran is currently operating about 4,000 uranium enrichment centrifuges and it is installing several thousand more, the state news agency IRNA quoted the deputy foreign minister as saying yesterday.

BSF kills one in Benapole

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) shot dead a Bangladeshi cattle trader on Agrabhulat border here early yesterday.

Tea stall owner shot dead

Miscreants shot dead a tea stall owner in the city's Kafrul area yesterday.

England clinch ODI series

England produced another fine display under Kevin Pietersen's captaincy to beat South Africa by 126 runs in the third one-day international at The Oval and seal the one-day series on Friday.

Consolation win for Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka beat India by 112 runs in the fifth and final one-day international at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Friday.

11 hurt as BCL, Shibir clash at Ziaur Rahman Medical College

Clashes between the activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) left at least 11 students of Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Medical College injured last night.

Editorial

HC verdict in jail killing case

THE High Court judgement on the famous jail killing case, overturning the convictions handed out by the lower court and acquitting six former militarymen and upholding the death sentence of only Risaldar (retd) Muslemuddin, has generated more questions than answered.

Requisition of vehicles by cops

HOW indiscriminate and pervasive the practice of the police requisitioning private transports has become can be quantified by a simple statistic: as many as 300 vehicles reportedly are commandeered on a daily basis! What was perceived to be a contingency measure to meet an exigency when the police felt an urgent need to replenish its fleet of transports has now become a daily affair. Why this must become a permanent feature of logistical dependence on privately-owned vehicles?

Freedom of access to information in South Asia

IT is universally acknowledged that right to information is not only a fundamental right but also a means to power. This enables individuals and institutions to make appropriate choices and also to meaningfully participate in the decision-making process itself. It also helps governments to become more accountable, to reduce corruption and poverty and to promote democracy. It also empowers public bodies to work more transparently.

Kashmir on edge

WHO are to blame for the situation in Jammu and Kashmir is not yet possible to determine. Still the jury is out. There is no doubting the inept handling by the government of India and its advisers. Religious ferment is the consequence of what has happened in the two regions, not the cause. The cause is the lack of political will and the inadequacy of successive governments at the centre to take decisions when it should have.

Expectations and monetary policy

UNDERSTANDING the economic processes that generate inflation has been an important, yet elusive, objective for macroeconomists and monetary policy authorities. One piece of the puzzle is the role of inflation expectations (INFEXP) in the inflation generating process.

Sports

Tigers ready to battle

Fully settled in Darwin and encouraged by the team's batting form Bangladesh captain Mohammad Ashraful is confident that the Tigers will give it all when the face Australia in the first ODI at the TIO Stadium today.

Rare goals lift Abahani

Irregular goal scorers Pranotosh Kumar and Waly Faisal fired seven-time champions Abahani into the final of the Federation Cup after six years with a come-from-behind 2-1 win against Farashganj yesterday.

Coin stuns Ivanovic

World No. 1 Rafael Nadal wasted no time booking his place in the third round, steamrolling Ryler DeHeart while women's top seed Ana Ivanovic became the biggest casualty of the US Open.

Local Snippets

Narinda Pragati Boys became Cute Premier Division Handball champions when they won the title-deciding last match against Old Ideals Club 29-17 at the Outer Stadium handball ground yesterday.

Dhaka, Ctg MSCs fight it out today

Eight-time winners Dhaka Mohammedan take on their Chittagong namesakes in the second semifinal today for a place in Monday's Citycell Federation final against Abahani.

Spurs test for Chelsea

Frank Lampard has warned Chelsea's Premier League rivals that the Blues' combination of style and substance is potent enough to regain the title.

A Hoffenheim surprise

Shock early Bundesliga leaders Hoffen-heim are looking for their third straight league win on Saturday when they tackle Bayer Lever-kusen to continue their dream start to life in Germany's top tier.

Barca in Real's way

Barcelona and Real Madrid stars united to help Spain win the European championships this summer but club allegiances now come first as Xavi, Sergio Ramos, Andres Iniesta, Carles Puyol and Iker Casillas gear up for this season's title duel.

Inter the team to beat

Inter Milan's star Sweden forward Zlatan Ibrahi movic says the champions are still the team to beat ahead of the Serie A kick-off this weekend.

Saha going to Everton

Everton agreed to sign Manchester United striker Louis Saha for an undisclosed fee on Friday.

Real to keep Robinho

Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has decided to keep Chelsea target Robinho at the club, a Spanish sports newspaper said Friday.

Seamers restrict Lanka

India's fast bowlers bowled a claustrophobic line and length and left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha strangled Sri Lanka's top order with flight and turn before Thilan Thushara and Jehan Mubarak gave their side a much-needed gasp of air with a crucial partnership in the dead rubber in Colombo.

Freddie fires England

Andrew Flintoff hit 78 not out and Ian Bell 73 as England made 296-7 from 50 overs in the first innings of the third one-day international against South Africa at the Oval on Friday.

Abahani Jr smash 7 past Customs

Two goals each from Didar and Towhid powered Abahani Juniors to a massive 7-1 win over Customs Club in the ANZ Properties First Division Football League here at the MA Aziz Stadium yesterday.

Alikadam, Bandarban in U-16 final

Alikadam XI thrashed Lama 4-1 to reach the final of the Bandarban Hilly District Council unde-16 football tournament at the local stadium here yesterday.

Kohli in for Dhawan

Virat Kohli, the batsman who made his India ODI debut this month, will replace Shikhar Dhawan, the Delhi batsman, in the India A team for the 'Test' series against Australia A starting in Bangalore on September 3, Niranjan Shah, the BCCI secretary, has confirmed.

NZ to face India, WI

New Zealand will face India and the West Indies in two home series in the coming season, taking on both teams in two Tests and five one-day internationals.

Tait resumes career

Shaun Tait will make his return to competitive cricket on Australia A's one-day tour of India next month after walking away from the game in January. It is the strongest indication yet that Tait will be in the mix for national selection this season following his decision to take time off due to mental and physical exhaustion.

BCCI chief to have final say

In a sweeping change in the appointment of national selectors, the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) has decided to empower its president to have a final say in choosing the panel of selectors.

Harmy didn't return for money

Steve Harmison has hit back at accusations that he only returned to England's one-day team to cash in on the huge sums of money flooding into the game.

Metropolitan

'Implement nat'l women dev policy to establish rights'

Bangladesh Mahila Parishad (BMP) General Secretary Dr Maleka Banu yesterday urged the government to implement the National Women Development Policy-2008 for establishing rights of women in the society.

Food security to be hard hit by climate change

Experts at a media workshop yesterday suggested formulating a comprehensive long-term action plan to face the challenges of climate change since the country's food security will be most affected by this natural calamity.

Energy ministry plans to place again draft coal policy before cabinet

The Ministry of Energy plans to place again the draft coal policy before the Cabinet Division by the end of September, clarifying all the queries that have cropped up over the mining modalities concerning the country's important natural wealth.

'Formulate mental health policy'

Speakers at a roundtable yesterday called for formulating a mental health policy to establish the rights of persons with mental disability.

Nat'l film awards for last four yrs announced

The government has decided to provide national film awards in 27 categories for the last four years (2004-2007) for smooth growth of the film industry as well as to inspire the creative contributors of this sector.

4 killed in Benapole road accident

Four people were killed in separate road accidents yesterday.

China expects smooth general elections in Bangladesh

China expects smooth general elections in Bangladesh to maintain stability, as Beijing defined its future relations with Dhaka in four major fields.

Student missing after falling into ditch at Madhabkunda

A student of a private university in Dhaka remained missing after he fell into a ditch at Madhabkunda waterfall in Baralekha yesterday noon.

40 injured in clash between villagers in Rajshahi

Al least 40 people were injured in a daylong clash between the villagers of Belpukur and Zamira village under Puthia upazila in Rajshahi yesterday.

Lankan army chief leaves Dhaka

Sri Lankan Army Chief Lt General GSC Fonseka left Dhaka yesterday after a four-day visit.

8 robbers held in Noakhali

Police on Thursday arrested eight members of an inter-district dacoit gang from Charhajari and Charparbati villages under Companiganj upazila on different charges.

Barisal Board increases SSC exam fees

Barisal Education Board authorities have increased fees for the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinations.

EC team visits Barisal to probe allegations of vote rigging

A team of Election Commission (EC) has visited Barisal to investigate the delay in declaring results of Barisal City Corporation election and alleged vote rigging.

SKAL Int'l Bangladesh executives

ATMA Quddus, director of The Travel House, and Zakir Khan have been elected president and general secretary of SKAL International Bangladesh for 2008-09 at a meeting recently, says a press release.

NU exam results published

Results of honours third year and honours part-3 examinations held in 2006, and masters final examination held in 2005 under the National University (NU) were published on Thursday, says a press release.

Debate workshop, competition begins

A two-day Prothom Alo Debate Workshop and Competition began at Mirpur Bangla High School and College in the city yesterday.

Call to try war criminals

Freedom fighters at a protest rally in Munshiganj yesterday demanded exemplary punishment to those who assaulted freedom fighter Mohammad Ali Aman in Dhaka recently.

Roundtable on hill cutting, landslide in Ctg today

The Daily Star will hold a roundtable styled 'Challenges of development: Hill cutting and landslide' in Chittagong today in an effort to bring the issue into media focus.

Five lab workers injured in machine blast

At least five workers were injured when a tablet compression machine exploded at a laboratory in Sagorpara area in Rajshahi on Thursday night.

Televideo healthcare service launched

In a bid to reach healthcare service and health-related information to the doorstep of the people, Japan Bangladesh Friendship Hospital (JBFH) has initiated televideo healthcare service for all.

Two children drown in canal in C'nawabganj

Two children drowned in a canal at Radhanagar in Shibganj yesterday morning.

232 DU teachers demand release of Khaleda, Tarique

A total of 232 Dhaka University (DU) teachers belonging to BNP-Jamaat backed 'white panel' yesterday expressed deep concern over the news of illness of detained BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and her son Tarique Rahman.

1,300 Yaba tablets seized

Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab-1) and Detective Branch (DB) of Police seized 1,300 pieces of Yaba tablets and arrested three people in the city yesterday.

Lyricist Gobinda Haldar critically ill

Noted lyricist Gobinda Haldar, who wrote a number of songs during the liberation war to inspire the freedom fighters, has now been critically ill and bedridden at his home in Kolkata, says a press release.

National

Bridge remains useless as approach roads not made in 3 years

Over three years after construction in 2005, the bridge on Hurasagor River at Rasulpur village in Kamarkhanda upazila of Sirajganj district has remained useless for the people for want of approach roads on the two sides of the bridge.

'Execute Bangabandhu murder case verdict, try war criminals'

Muktijoddha Sanghati Parishad Chairman Awami League leader Col (rtd) Shawkat Ali yesterday demanded execution of the verdict of Bangabandhu murder case.

Artificial insemination to improve livestock, boost milk production

The technology of using artificial insemination by the Veterinary Faculty of Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) can play a vital role in development of livestock and meet the growing demand of milk in the country.

'Save children from harm of junk food'

Speakers at a discussion yesterday urged all to save the future generation from the bad effect of junk food that poses risk of various diseases including diabetes and cancer.

15 men among BNP, Jamaat leaders sued in Khulna

Fifteen Four-party Alliance leaders and 100 other unidentified persons were sued for violating Emergency Powers Act by forming a human chain here on Wednesday.

Doctor sued for 'neglecting' duty

A doctor of Kushtia General Hospital has been sued for alleged negligence in duty.

Violated schoolgirl commits suicide

A schoolgirl committed suicide to get rid of social stigma after she was allegedly gang raped by two local crooks in Mithapukur upazila on Wednesday, police said.

3,000 bottles of phensidyl seized, drug peddler shot by BDR

About 3,000 bottles of phensidyl was recovered from a truck and a drug peddler was injured as Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) fired gunshots at him at Joynagar village in Phulbari upazila yesterday, BDR said.

Housewife killed by husband for dowry

A housewife was killed by her husband for dowry at Ratanhat village in Jhenidah Sadar on Thursday, police and family sources said.

5 hurt as tablet compression machine blasts at lab

At least five workers were injured as a tablet compression machine exploded at Chemico Laboratories Limited at Sagorpara in Rajshahi on Thursday, police and witnesses said.

Imposter held

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested an imposter here on Thursday, Rab and police said.

International

Georgia annuls Russian peacekeeping accords

Georgia yesterday said it was terminating agreements under which Russian peacekeepers were allowed to operate in its breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

US, Pak militaries devise strategy against growing militancy

Top US and Pakistani military officials have met to discuss strategies to contain the growing militant threat along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen said Thursday.

PPP and PML-N step up effort to win over PML-Q

Campaigning for the September 6 presidential election gathered momentum on Thursday as the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) stepped up efforts to win over the PML-Quaid (PML-Q).

US kills 12 more Taliban

The US-led coalition in Afghanistan said yesterday its troops had killed almost a dozen militants after coming under attack while operating near the border with Pakistan.

Thai PM refuses to rule out emergency rule

Embattled Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej yesterday refused to rule out invoking emergency rule as protests spread from his government office to the city's police headquarters.

Tigers accuse Lanka of bombing civilians

Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels yesterday accused government forces of setting off a roadside bomb and killing two civilians inside guerrilla-held territory.

'Hindu-Christian clashes under control in Orissa'

Authorities in India insisted yesterday they had halted deadly clashes between Hindus and Christians in the east of the country that have exposed the country to stinging criticism.

'Mr 10 Percent' is fine and fit to rule

Asif Ali Zardari, the man poised to become Pakistan's next president, is still known as "Mr. 10 Percent" because of corruption allegations. Now his own lawyers say he may have suffered from mental health problems within the past year.

Clintons share limelight with Obama at DNC

Rarely in the history of American political conventions has the losing side received so much time and attention as this week in Denver.

Israel willing to free 450 Palestinians in swap

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is willing to release 450 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for a soldier held by militants in the Gaza Strip, a newspaper reported yesterday.

Karadzic refuses to enter pleas to charges

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic has refused to enter pleas to charges including genocide and crimes against humanity.

North Pole ice cap melting faster than ever

The Arctic ice cap keeps melting under the effects of global warming and in August saw its second largest summer shrinkage since satellite observations began 30 years ago, US scientists said.

Japanese physicists aim to unlock universe's mysteries

As the world's scientists try to unzip mysteries about the universe, Japan is set to open its largest atomic science park to study the world at its smallest level.

Arts & Entertainment

Rabirashmi turns ten

To celebrate ten years of practicing and promoting Rabindra Sangeet, Cultural organisation Rabirashmi has arranged a three-daylong programme featuring music and poetry at Central Public Library, Shahbagh.

Chhayanat observes Nazrul death anniversary

On the occasion of the 32nd death anniversary of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, Chhayanat arranged a cultural programme at its Ramesh Chandra Dutta Memorial Auditorium on August 28. Students and teachers of Chhayanat performed songs and poems of Nazrul at the programme.

Subir Nandi wins his fourth National Film Award

Seasoned artiste Subir Nandi has won the National Film Award for "best playback singer (male)" for the year 2004. The song, Bhalobashi shokaley, is from the film Megher Porey Megh (directed by Chashi Nazrul Islam and produced by Impress Telefilm Ltd). Emon Shaha is the music composer and Gazi Mazharul Anwar is the lyricist of the song.

Japan’s Takeshi Kitano brings ‘cruel art’ to Venice Film Festival

Japan's Takeshi Kitano on Thursday completed his trilogy on the creative process as he unveiled his "Achilles and the Tortoise" at the Venice film festival.

A touch of Bangladeshi art in Canada

A 10-day group art exhibition, held at Metro Hall in Toronto, Canada, concluded on August 15. Nandanik Fine Arts in Toronto and Bangladesh-Canadian Community Services (BCCS) jointly organised the exhibition titled "Contemporary Arts on Humanity". Ten expatriate Bangladeshi artists took part in the exhibition.

“Swapnobhumi” to be screened at SAARC Film Festival

Filmmaker Tanvir Mokammel's acclaimed documentary Swapnobhumi (The Promised Land) will be screened at the SAARC Film Festival '08, says a press release.

Madonna vs. McCain

Madonna has always revelled in controversy and with the recent launch of her concert tour, "Sticky & Sweet," the 50-year-old pop star has kicked up a new fuss by comparing John McCain to Adolf Hitler in a video.

OP-ED

Behind the cancelled political intelligence office

The chain of events regarding the now-defunct never-really-born political intelligence office of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police has undoubtedly created curiosity and misgivings in the minds of concerned citizens. The matter, however, would not have attracted much attention if the alleged political intelligence unit reportedly created under DMP Rules 2007 went about its mandated functions in a low key business-as-usual manner. Some other functional units including the much dreaded RAB continue to function without any significant demand from any quarter to put a stop to their work except the “crossfire' killings.

Traffic congestion: Does it defy solution?

IT is not our wealth which built our roads, but roads which built our wealth,” John F. Kennedy, the late US president once said. Given the condition of our roads, it is not surprising that Bangladesh has been so slow to develop. With maintenance aspect totally ignored and drainage system abysmal, the roads in Dhaka city present a horrible look. Despite the fact that huge fund was allocated in the past years towards building new roads or improving the already poor condition of the roads, nothing tangible has come up.

'Siam'--not simple self-denial

The grand edifice of Islam stands on five very strong pillars (Rokons) viz: (1) Kalima (faith), (2) Salat (daily 5-time prayer), (3) Siam (fasting), (4) Hajj (pilgrimage) and (5) Zakat (the poor's due). Fasting or Siam is, therefore, one of these strong pillars. Siam is an Arabic word which means fasting, abstinence from food and drink. But when considered from the point of view of Islamic terminology the connotation is something more, something broader.

Environment

Sustainable housing trilogy

One: Paradigm

This is a time of paradigm change -- a change of values and perception generating new policies and practices. Rather than looking at mere appearance, we consider beingness and significance in socio-economic and aesthetic and physical terms. How does one actually react if he is asked opinion on something's looking good, feeling good or aesthetic impact? The paradigm shift is reflected in the changing ways of seeing, thinking, and doing, and hence of evaluating.

Plantation: Type of trees matters more

Plants, animals and microbes together constitute the essential natural biotic community of any sustainable ecosystem. Decomposer microbes are usually in plenty where the producer plants and consumer animals live together in harmony. But we the humans, known as the most destructive animal species, did not let most of the plants thrive well and thereby caused extinction of many animal species as well.

Literature

A Middleclass Diary*

When I was born, a nurse at the Holy Family Hospital laid me beside my mother and smilingly said, “Your daughter is very fair. When she grows up, she'll be so pretty that nobody will be able to take their eyes off her.” My mother was overwhelmed to hear it; that moment was one of the few happiest ones of her life. She used to tell this story at dinnertime on almost all my birthdays, her face lighting up with joy. However, as I grew up, my complexion started turning darker and darker. Then mother would tell the same story with a certain melancholic strain in her voice.

Of Human Attachments and Immigration Cycles

“The sun is out, the sky is blue
There's not a cloud to spoil the blue
But it's raining, raining in my heart…”

(Lines from an old, old song…)

Stockholm Syndrome

On a drizzly November afternoon we set out for Sweden. Stefan (the hubby) and I thought about driving to the airport and leaving the car at the airport parking. Driving is a darn easy job for me these days. Couple of years back when GPS was freshly seen on the shelves of handful of doohickey stores and a few gutsy gadget inquisitors was testing them out I joined them. Previously a timorous driver, I now cruise through the interstate routes, catching up with the occasional change of radio stations as the car radio goes out of range from town after town. I love it, and do not get lost any longer. But Stefan and I ditched the idea of driving to the airport and instead chose the yellow line, the Q train, since we were only two blocks from the station and had little luggage. Aboard the plane we survived the airline rations and the parody of pretend night, morning and then almost pretend breakfast as if we had a whole evening, night and morning all in seven hours.

Little Girl Blues

She wakes up screaming blue murder:
the monsters in her heart are
as sad and solitary as water in a stagnant pond.

Notice : Eid Special Issue

The Daily Star invites submissions to its forthcoming Eid special issue of both fiction and nonfiction pieces. High-grade translations in both categories will also be considered. Translations should be accompanied by the original Bengali copy. The submissions ideally should not exceed 3500 words. The last date for submission is September 10. The date will not be extended.

Star Health

Strategies for feeding a preschooler

During the preschool years, your child will emerge as an individual. No longer a toddler, he or she is less likely to throw a tantrum and should be more willing to cooperate - children of this age want to please their parents. Preschoolers also want to do things themselves, but they are willing to learn from mom and dad. This give-and-take creates opportunities for parents to teach kids about healthy food choices in new and exciting ways.

Researchers turn living cells into insulin-makers

Researchers have transformed ordinary cells into insulin-producing cells in a living mouse, improving symptoms of diabetes in a major step towards regenerative medicine.

WHO study backs universal health care

Major inequalities in health and life expectancy persist worldwide, according to an independent World Health Organisation commission which recently called for all countries to offer universal health care.

Water disinfection products no harm to pregnancy

Drinking water that contains disinfection by-products at regulatory cut-off levels does not appear to raise a pregnant woman's risk of delivering a small baby or delivering prematurely, new research shows.

10 best healthy foods we should not ignore (3)

Earlier we have been talking about the good effects of fresh fruits and vegetables. Today we will also look at some other amazing natural food items. One can find diversity in our Bangla food like our culture and climate. There is no doubt that our food is rich and delicious and spices are at the heart of our food to enhance appetite and taste. Let's talk about some very special food we should not ignore:

Tips for the parents of drug addicts

* No addict can be forced to give up the drug.
* Start with yourself. Gain knowledge about addiction and find the courage to deal with it.
* Do not treat the addict on your own.
* Accept the reality — no matter how harsh.
* Do not let the addict control your behaviour. Don’t be ambivalent, at any cost. Don’t ever panic.
* Do not infuse guilt via moralising or losing your temper.
* Try and understand the addict and make him/her feel that you care.
* Be patient. Do not look for shortcuts. Recovery takes between four to six months.
* Pray to God. It works.
* Do something. To do nothing is the second worst choice you can make.

Tele-Video healthcare services for all

Recently Japan Bangladesh Friendship Medical Services has launched the Tele-Video healthcare services for all, says a press release. The inaugural programme was held on August 28 in a hotel in the capital.

Strategic Issues

After Musharraf what?

AFTER resignation of President Musharraf, it is disappointing to note that Pakistan's politicians are divided as ever. The PPP and PML (N), the two largest parties in Pakistan are deeply split on national issues. PPP is led by Bhutto's widower Asif Ali Zardari and PML (N) is led by former Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

US Presidential election: The international dimension

INTERNATIONALLY the US presidential elections between the two candidates, Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama, reflect all spheres of the US administration. The current American president is a lame duck who cannot conduct any substantial domestic or international policy.

Is Biden a good choice?

SENATOR Obama has chosen Senator Biden as his running mate during the Democratic convention now underway in Denver. Many outside the USA and particularly in Bangladesh will be disappointed that it was not Senator Hillary Clinton on the ticket. Has Obama made the same mistake that Al Gore did in 2000 where the choice of the Vice-President was crucial in the ultimate result in a very closely fought election?

Counter terrorism strategies in India and Israel

INDIA and Israel exist in a hostile environment, encircled by inexorable adversaries and a militarised regional milieu. Both countries have fought wars and witnessed crises in every decade of their existence and both are nations confronting external and internal security threats due to terrorism. Israel pursues its uncongenial anti-Islamic stance, while India pursues the path of a secular state to reconcile its large minorities and each country has adopted significantly different strategic approaches to combat terrorism.

Star Books Review

Two governments, a war and memories of a teacher

The war for Bangladesh continues to be a major concern for people intrigued by the history of the Indian subcontinent. And then there are people, notably in Pakistan, who would rather look away from the 1971 story largely because of the deep embarrassment it still causes them. For one thing, the war signified a break-up of Pakistan through its eastern wing reasserting itself as the independent republic of Bangladesh. For another, it was a military defeat for an army that had always prided itself, however delusionally, on its bravery in the battlefield. In 1971, that bravery was sorely tested before the Mukti Bahini, the Bengali guerrilla army, and then the Indian army towards the end of the Bangladesh struggle for liberation.

Condemned by fate, persecuted by politics

Milan Kundera's The Unbearable Lightness of Being is an exploration into the philosophical concept of lightness, used in ontology and associated with existentialism. Nietzsche's doctrine of eternal return is used to illustrate lightness. The idea, according to Kundera, is 'a mad myth.' Its reverse shows that 'a life which disappears once and for all……does not return …is like a shadow without weight.' Life's 'horror, sublimity and beauty mean nothing.'

Tangail's brave young guerrilla

Shaheed is the nickname of Anwar-ul-Alam, who is one of the two great heroes of Tangail Mukti Bahini during the War of Liberation in 1971. Shaheed was the deputy commander and civilian administrator of Tangail during the war. History bestowed upon him the great task of leading the war in the area, a job he accomplished with great wisdom and selflessness. The military commander of Tangail Mukti Bahini, Kader Siddiqui, depended a lot on this intelligent man.

The songs of a mystic

There is a certain pleasure in reviewing works on Lalon and his songs. This work on the mystic by Haroonuzzaman is a rare publication. The book only reasserts our feelings of debt to Lalon. His songs have always enriched and nurtured our souls and minds. It is certainly true that Lalon's is one of the most talented and philosophically insightful minds as revealed in oral and textual traditions. He disseminated his ideas in mind-boggling songs, through a remarkable multitude of musical compositions. The main musical instruments ektara and dugdugi for Lalon music are easily found anywhere in Bangladesh, for the culture he upholds defines the quality of life here. Lalon songs are philosophical, contemplative and thought-provoking. The language of the songs is very simple but the essence of the language is very contemplative, powerful and rich. The songs project before us a heavenly and mysterious world.



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