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News of: Saturday, 6th of September, 2008

Front Page

Yunus may sue Telenor

Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus might take legal actions against Telenor to force the Norwegian telecom operator to honour a deal concerning their joint subsidiary in Bangladesh.

Low-lying areas in city’s eastern part flooded

Many low-lying areas in the eastern part of the capital went under floodwater yesterday and more areas are likely to be inundated in the next couple of days as rivers around the city started flowing over danger levels from Thursday.

SQ Chowdhury, Obaidul Qader freed on bail

Detained former premier Khaleda Zia's parliamentary adviser and BNP leader Salauddin Quader Chowdhury and former Awami League (AL) state minister Obaidul Qader were released from jail on bail yesterday.

Tarique likely to stay abroad during parliamentary poll

Tarique Rahman, recently released from detention, is likely to leave the country this week for treatment abroad and might not return before the parliamentary election slated for the third week of December, BNP and family sources said.

AL to press EC for holding both polls as per ‘roadmap’

At second round talks with the Election Commission this week, Awami League will press hard for national election before upazila polls, full withdrawal of the state of emergency and changes in some new electoral provisions.

Rubina’s moan of agony

It does not make any sense to Rubina Begum that she is being ostracised for something she is not responsible for at all.

EC opens third round dialogue today

The Election Commission (EC) begins talks with political parties today in an effort to minimise differences between the EC and political parties about their registration with the commission, which was made mandatory for taking part in the general elections.

Lagoons of deadly fishes

It was 3:00pm on Monday. A man and a woman were busy catching fish in a lagoon of the waste treatment plant in Pagla of Narayanganj. The lagoon was just next to another lagoon where poison was applied on August 30 to kill the fish in it as they were contaminated with heavy metals.

Rab website hacked

The website of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) has been hacked by a person who claimed himself a genius and 10 times better than Rab IT experts.

450 Bangladeshi job seekers without food, water in Riyadh

Around 450 Bangladeshi workers have been stranded in the Saudi capital Riyadh with no food and water as their employer said they arrived in the country well ahead of schedule, the Arab News reported Thursday.

EU may not send full mission if basic rights not restored

The European Union (EU) might not send a full election observation mission if the government does not restore people's 'basic freedoms' at least six weeks before the national polls planned for December, said EU officials.

Prices of veg, oil fall

The prices of some commodities, including green chilli, aubergine and cucumber, came down in the kitchen markets yesterday.

Liakat freed on bail after 5 yrs in detention

Top criminal and Jubo League leader Liakat Hossain was released on bail on Thursday.

Shibir cadre Nasir’s aide arrested

Detectives yesterday arrested topnotch criminal Jahangir Alam who was reportedly the bodyguard of detained Shibir cadre Nasir.

Aman production cost to rise in 16 N-dists

Aman production cost is likely to rise significantly this season in the 16 northern districts due to higher prices of fertilisers and other farm inputs, according to a Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) field level survey.

N’ganj factory owners demand adequate gas supply

Industrialists from Narayanganj's Araihazar, Rupganj and Bhulta belt yesterday called for adequate gas supply to their units immediately for smooth production.

‘Anti-graft drive slows down as govt now giving priority to poll’

Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) Chairman Prof Muzaffer Ahmad yesterday said the caretaker government's anti-corruption drive is slowing down as it is now giving more importance to the parliamentary election to be held in December.

Tk 5.5cr heroin seized in C’nawabganj

Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) personnel yesterday seized heroin worth Tk 5.5 crore in two separate drives at Balkchar and Poladanga villages under Alatuli Union of Chapainawabganj Sadar upazila.

Gap in wholesale, retail prices unusual, says FBCCI chief

Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) President Annisul Huq yesterday asked the administration to remove the unusual gap in prices of essentials between wholesale and kitchen markets in the city.

Storm lashes two upazilas of Jamalpur: 20 hurt

At least 20 people were injured and over 200 houses damaged as storm lashed two upazilas of the district early yesterday.

Tigers' final ODI today

Bangladesh cricket team have one last chance to salvage pride when they take on world champions Australia in the third one-day international at the TIO Stadium in Darwin today.

Zardari likely to win today’s presidential polls

Pakistan's presidential hopefuls began a final push for support yesterday on the eve of an election that slain opposition leader Benazir Bhutto's widower is expected to win.

McCain accepts nomination, to fight for political change

John McCain vowed to fight for America as long as he draws breath, in a patriotic pledge to bring political change as he accepted the Republican presidential nomination.

Top Kashmiri leaders under house arrest

The three top separatist leaders in Muslim-majority Indian Kashmir were put under house arrest Friday ahead of planned protests against Indian-rule during weekly prayers, police said.

Editorial

A growing propensity toward violence

We are concerned at the growing tendency on the part of a section of students to resort to violence on any pretext whatsoever. A few weeks ago, agitation by students in the university area as well as Dhaka College led to mindless violence which resulted in the death of an innocent trader. And now come reports of the vandalism let loose by students at Pangu Hospital because of what has been described as a non-fulfilment of their demands. It may well be that the students were provoked into violence. But the point is that students being the enlightened people they are ought not to succumb to such provocation.

Our workers in Jordan

The latest series of incidents centring around overseas Bangladeshi wage earners' demands has been reported from Jordan. They having resorted to strike since Sunday in an apparel factory protesting cutback in salaries and irregular payments were baton-charged and debarred entry into the premises.

Water and sustainable development

We have, over the last few days, been inundated with news about destruction being wrought by the Koshi River in Nepal and Bihar. The international electronic media has highlighted the plight of millions of flood affected people throughout this sub-region. Our domestic electronic media has also telecast reports of Teesta, Brahmaputra and the Dharla rivers crossing danger marks and marooning more than a quarter of a million people inside Bangladesh. Our Water Development Board has recently indicated that there is a possibility of 'moderate flooding' but most analysts consider such a prognosis as an under-estimation. There are already suggestions that a major flood may be underway by the end of the first week of September. On the other side there are more reports of draught in Ethiopia and Darfur.

Laboratory of hate

How cruel is the coincidence that the birthday of Mother Teresa, who embodied love for Indian children, should have fallen in the same week of August when two Christian children and their mother were burnt alive by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) at Khandmal district in Orissa. True, the naxalites have claimed that they have killed the Hindu mahant (priest), Swami Laxmananda Saraswati, because he had indulged in crimes against the Christians. But the naxalites' statement is taken with a pinch of salt. The Hindu extremists are said to be the real culprits.

Towards elections

This is a third eye view of the fast developing political situation around the election process initiated by the caretaker government. Contrary to criticism in the media and in public mind, the present caretaker government has progressed well towards its main objective of holding a free, fair and credible election before the year is out. The roadblocks haven't been totally removed, but certainly some of them have skilfully been averted and quite a few long overdue administrative reforms accomplished.

Sports

Last chance for solace

With the series gone already and their image taking a beating Bangladesh know that tomorrow's third and final ODI against Australia will be the final opportunity to recover lost pride.

Novak downs Andy, crowd

That litany of health issues Novak Djokovic dealt with earlier in the week hip, ankle, stomach and more seemed a tad humorous to Andy Roddick.

No Roy, no tension

Andrew Symonds' likely absence may leave Australia short on experience when they tour India next month but at the same time, it might ease tension in the high-profile series, reckons India coach Gary Kirsten.

'Ajantha easier'

Middle-order batsman Rohit Sharma reckons Indian players had become more adept in reading the guiles of mystery spinner Ajantha Mendis in the one-day series after getting the chance to play against him frequently on the recent tour of Sri Lanka.

Arthur targets Kolpaks

South Africa's one-day nightmare against England has at least crystallised two things in coach Mickey Arthur's mind: the need for inaction on one front and action on another. With so many South Africans opting to sign in England as Kolpaks, Arthur is increasingly determined to lure them back to home soil.

Mamun slams 2nd hattrick

Brothers Union and Mohammedan entered the semifinals of the Citycell Futsal competition from Group B while Abahani all but confirmed their place in the last four yesterday.

Paes wins mixed doubles title

India's Leander Paes and Zimbabwe's Cara Black won the US Open mixed doubles title on Thursday, defeating Britain's Jamie Murray and American Liezel Huber 7-6 (8/6), 6-4 in the final.

Siddikur lifts maiden pro title

Bangladeshi golfer Siddikur Rahman bagged his first professional title when he won the Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) Players Championship at Poona Golf Club yesterday.

Footballers report to Manik

Mohammedan defender Rajani Kanta Barman and midfielder Arman Aziz were the only absentees among the 30 players of the preliminary national squad that reported to coach Shafiqul Islam Manik yesterday afternoon at the BFF House.

Open chess from Sept 13

The Destiny 2000 3rd Open FIDE Rating Chess tournament will start from September 13 at the federation hall-room.

Long haul starts today

Hardly has the dust settled on Spain's conquest of Europe than the cream of the international game turn their sights to the two-year qualifying trek leading to the first ever World Cup finals in Africa.

Much to do for Dunga

Brazil's failure to capture gold at the Olympics, and worse, losing to Argentina on the way, has put coach Dunga under yet more pressure for their World Cup qualifier in Chile on Sunday.

Bojan set to be capped

After three missed chances, Barcelona's promising teenage striker Bojan Krkic is poised to earn his first cap for Spain in the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Bosnia and Armenia.

Bilic cools West Ham link

Croatia coach Slaven Bilic on Friday cooled speculation linking himself to the vacant West Ham managerial post after committing his future to Croatia until 2010 at least.

Full-stop for Molik

Australia's Alicia Molik, winner of five WTA singles titles and an Olympic bronze medallist, has announced her retirement from tennis.

Robinho no loss to Chelsea

Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari insisted Friday that the failure to sign his fellow Brazilian Robinho would be no loss to the Premier League club this season.

Tasci gets his chance

Inexperienced defender Serdar Tasci has been preferred to 2002 World Cup and Euro 2008 finalist Christoph Metzelder for Germany's opening 2010 World Cup qualifier, assistant coach Hans-Dieter Flick announced on Friday.

Magpies look for new boss

League Managers' Association (LMA) chief executive Richard Bevan on Friday called on Newcastle to sort out their structural problems to ensure their next manager does not suffer the same fate as Kevin Keegan.

Barton banned for six matches

Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton was banned on Friday for six matches - with another six suspended - and fined 25,000 pounds for assaulting teammate Ousmane Dabo.

Czech call up Kladrubsky

Czech manager Petr Rada on Friday called up Jiri Kladrubsky to the squad preparing for its first World Cup 2010 group qualifier against Northern Ireland on September 10.

Rain threatens semis

US Open organisers are preparing for major weather disruption as Britain's Andy Murray waits to take on world number one Rafael Nadal on Saturday.

Future in franchise, says Greg

Former India coach Greg Chappell believes cricket's future lies in privately-owned Twenty20 club franchises around the world with Tests taking a back seat.

Man jailed for blackmailing

A goalkeeper who blackmailed a top English Premier League footballer over a sex video was jailed for 20 months on Friday.

Empty stands upset coach

Australia's coach Tim Nielsen has told Darwin cricket fans they risk losing their already infrequent international cricket fixtures if they do not turn out in greater numbers. The first two ODIs between Australia and Bangladesh attracted about 4000 fans each and while the figures have pleased Northern Territory Cricket, Nielsen believes it will be hard to justify continually playing in front of such small crowds.

Former umpire Egar no more

Col Egar, the former Test umpire and Australian cricket administrator, has died in Adelaide at the age of 80. Egar was one of the leading umpires during the 1960s and went on to serve as the chairman of the Australian Cricket Board from 1989 to 1992.

Clark happy to shed rust

Seamer Stuart Clark said Australia's lopsided one-day series against Bangladesh has been a worthwhile hit-out ahead of next month's tough tour against fierce rivals India.

Cox assures Symonds

Andrew Symonds's future with the Australian team will be decided once he makes himself available for selection, and the decision will be based purely on cricketing grounds, Jamie Cox, one of Australia's selectors, said in Bangalore.

Ford rejects NZ talks

Kent coach Graham Ford has dismissed speculation linking him with taking up a similar role with New Zealand.

Metropolitan

'Introduce food rationing to tackle price hike'

Leaders of Workers' Party of Bangladesh yesterday urged the government to introduce food rationing system immediately in order to tackle the prevailing price hike during Ramadan.

Acute water crisis hits city areas

Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) blamed Dhaka Electric Supply Authority (Desa) for the frequent disruption in water supply to different parts of the capital city during Ramadan.

Call to publish white paper on graft

Leaders of Democratic Left Alliance yesterday called on the government to publish a White Paper on corruption during the last 38 years in the country and demanded punishment to the top corrupt suspects.

Four killed in road accidents

Four people were killed and three others remained missing in separate road accidents in Dinajpur, Sirajganj and Tangail in the last two days.

Unconditional release of students demanded

Different student bodies yesterday strongly protested the attack and arrest of physiotherapy students of National Institute of Traumatology and Orthopaedic Rehabilitation (Nitor) and demanded their unconditional release.

Fake spice factory unearthed, 3 held in Tangail

Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday unearthed a fake spice factory and recovered a huge amount of adulterate spices in Tangail.

10 injured in Munshiganj clash, 12 held

Ten people were injured in a clash between two rival groups over establishing supremacy on Chardumuria Bazar area under Mollakandi union in the district yesterday.

No favourable environment for polls without Khaleda's release

BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain yesterday said a favourable environment for a free and fair election has not created as former premier and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia is yet to be freed.

Manaslu expedition from Sept 8

Two Bangladeshi youths are going to start an expedition on September 8 to conquer the Manaslu, the eighth highest peak of the world.

Bulu has no link with 'reformist' BNP faction

Leaders of Jubo Dal, the youth front of BNP, yesterday claimed that its President Barkat Ullah Bulu, a former commerce adviser, has no link with the pro-reformist faction of BNP.

Three win BDF Lifetime Achievement Awards

Bangladesh Debate Federation (BDF) yesterday presented noted cultural personality Nasiruddin Yusuf Bachchu, Viqarunnisa Noon College Moderator Shameem Jahan Ahsan and the daily Prothom Alo with Lifetime Achievement Awards for their contribution to improving the level of debate in the country and making it more popular among the young generation.

Degree results tomorrow

Results of degree pass, subsidiary and certificate course (1st, 2nd and 3rd year) examinations held under the National University will be published at 4:00pm tomorrow, says a press release.

Tk 6000 snatched from newspaper sales centre

Unidentified muggers snatched Tk 6000 away from a newspaper sales centre in the city's Motijheel area yesterday morning.

Teenaged girl commits suicide

A teenaged girl allegedly committed suicide in Rajshahi city yesterday.

Indigenous people demand constitutional rights

Indigenous leaders at a meeting yesterday called on the government to give constitutional rights to the indigenous people and take steps for an end to encroachment on their lands.

Academic activities of Ziaur Rahman Medical College resume today

Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Medical College, which was closed sine die on Tuesday, will resume its academic activities partially today.

Tarique expresses regret for suffering caused to patients at BSMMU

BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Tarique Rahman yesterday expressed his regret for the suffering caused to patients, their relatives and doctors at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) by the gathering of BNP supporters and well-wishers on Wednesday.

Muggers throw passenger out of running train

A gang of muggers robbed passengers at a compartment of a train and threw a man out of the running train after stabbing him in the city's Malibagh area yesterday evening.

Prize distribution ceremony of Qirat & Azan competition

The prize distribution ceremony of the Inter-Area Qirat and Azan Competition-2008 of Bangladesh Army was held at the Army Central Mosque at Dhaka Cantonment yesterday.

BBC Sanglap on climate change

BBC Bangla will hold a special episode of Bangladesh Sanglap on climate change today ahead of the high level UK-Bangladesh Climate Change Conference in London on September 10.

Adivasi Odhikar Andolan executives

Prof HKS Arefin of Anthropology department of Dhaka University (DU) and Prof Mesbah Kamal of History department have been elected president and general secretary of Bangladesh Adivasi Odhikar Andolan (BAOA).

Death anniversary of Dr Ibrahim today

Today is the 19th death anniversary of says a press release.

Prof Afzal new VC of Hajee Danesh varsity

Prof Md Afzal Hossain joined Hajee Danesh University of Science and Technology as its vice chancellor (VC) on Thursday.

National

Over 100 aspirants in field for polls in nine Sylhet upazilas

Over a hundred aspirants from different parties are already in the field as preparation for contesting in elections in nine of the 12 upazilas under Sylhet district.

I want to see trial of war criminals

The 37th death anniversary of Birshrestha Noor Mohammad was observed yesterday.

RCC election fairer than any earlier polls

The Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) elections held on August 4 was a free, fair one and smoother than elections in the past, says findings of the country's first ever scientific exit poll revealed in the city yesterday.

Good yield of jhum paddy in CHT hills

Indigenous farmers have started harvesting jhum paddy in three hill districts of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) with a hope of a good yield this year.

Khulna jute workers announce fresh agitation programme

Workers of Crescent, Star and Platinum Jubilee jute mills will disconnect water supply lines of their officials' residences on Monday in protest against non-payment of arrears including wages for 15 weeks.

Cop caught while taking bribe

Officials of Barisal Metropolitan Police (BMP) and Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) caught Sub Inspector (SI) Shahim Hassan of Barisal Kotwali model police station yesterday while re was receiving Tk 8,000 as bribe from an accused in an extortion case.

Two SIs closed in Rajshahi

Two sub-inspectors of Detective Branch of Rajshahi Metropolitan Police were closed yesterday for releasing criminals.

Fertiliser-laden ship yet to be salvaged

The Panama flag bearer MV Vinashin Iron which ran aground on the morning of September 2 seven nautical miles away from Hiron Point could not be salvaged till yesterday evening.

Rice millers sue REB, food officials

Rice mills owners here have lodged cases against the Rural Electrification Board (REB) assistant general manager (AGM), Md Mainuddin, the district controller of food (DC-Food), Enayetur Rahman and the Sadar upazila controller of food (UCF), Osman Gani for snapping power of their mills.

International

Thousands still trapped by Indian floods

Rescue workers in flood-hit northern India have brought over 800,000 people to safety, but tens of thousands more are still believed to be trapped, officials said Friday.

India vows to avoid arms race as NSG talks resume

India pledged yesterday not to engage in a new arms race as talks continued in Vienna over whether to let the United States sell India nuclear material and technology for civilian use.

Pak govt not to pursue cases against Sharif

The government is not pursuing any case against the Sharif brothers, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani told the National Assembly (NA) on Thursday.

Fighting grips Lanka as troops up offensive

Government forces and Tamil Tiger separatists fought heavy battles in northern Sri Lanka with another 34 combatants killed in fresh clashes, the defence ministry said Friday.

EU ministers in show of unity over Georgia conflict

EU foreign ministers travelled together via high-speed train from Paris to Avignon yesterday in a show of unity over the Georgia crisis ahead of crucial trip to Moscow by French president Nicolas Sarkozy.

Democrats gingerly fire back at Palin

Democrats Thursday set about the delicate task of hitting back at Republican vice presidential pick Sarah Palin after she muscled into the political bullring in a combative convention debut.

Missile strike in Pakistan kills children, women

Three children and two women were killed when missiles fired by a suspected unmanned US aircraft hit a Pakistani tribal village yesterday in the third such attack in as many days, officials said.

Syria makes peace proposal to Israel

Syria's leader said Thursday he offered a proposal for peace with Israel but also refused to break off ties with Hezbollah and militant Palestinians a key Israeli demand.

Thai PM mulls ending state of emergency

Thailand's prime minister said Friday he will consider ending a state of emergency in Bangkok, after the army chief refused to use the special powers to evict protesters squatting outside his offices.

10 killed in Afghan strikes

Air strikes hit a building occupied by a Taliban-era official in southwestern Afghanistan early Friday, killing him, seven other insurgents, a woman and a child, the Afghan army said.

Rights group slams India, Maoist rebels over child soldiers

Human Rights Watch yesterday demanded the Indian government and Maoist rebels stop using child fighters in their escalating battle in the country's eastern jungles.

High-profile Indian gets 5-year jail term in hit-and-run case

An Indian court yesterday jailed the well-connected son of a rich arms dealer for five years for killing six people in a hit-and-run car accident nearly a decade ago, lawyers said.

Suu Kyi's party expresses concern for her health

The political party of detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi urged Myanmar's military government Friday to ensure her well-being as she continued to refuse food deliveries to protest her detention.

Aso announces bid to lead Japan's ruling party

Japan's brash, right-leaning former foreign minister announced Friday that he would run for ruling party president in a move that would put him on track to take over as Japan's next prime minister.

Global warming likely to stoke more powerful hurricanes: Study

Global warming is likely to boost the power of the strongest tropical cyclones, according to a study released recently.

Reform aid management to fight food crisis: WB chief

World Bank (WB) President Robert Zoellick on Thursday called for sweeping reforms in the way international aid is managed if the current food crisis is to be effectively tackled.

McCain strikes out from unpopular Republicans

Even as he claimed its presidential nomination, John McCain did his best to offload his unpopular Republican party Thursday, and carved sharp contrasts with Democrat Barack Obama.

Obama piles up $10m after Palin attacks

Barack Obama has taken in a record 10 million dollars in campaign cash since Republican vice presidential pick Sarah Palin's scorching assault on the Democratic White House nominee.

Nuclear envoys to gather over N Korea impasse

Top nuclear envoys from South Korea, the United States and Japan were to converge in Beijing on Friday to discuss the worsening impasse over North Korea's nuclear programmes as Pyongyang took steps seen as reversing its promised disarmament.

US braces for Hanna as Ike strengthens

Some Southeastern states declared emergencies and officials urged residents to head inland Thursday as Tropical Storm Hanna headed toward the Atlantic coast, where it could bring high winds and rain from South Carolina to Maine.

Arts & Entertainment

Facets unknown

Murtaja Baseer is one of the most distinguished painters of our country, who has made an immense contribution to the enrichment of our art. Baseer is the son of Dr. Muhammad Shahidullah, an outstanding scholar and linguist. The artist goes down memory lane and recalls his relationship with his father, his reaction to Baseer's decision of pursuing art and more.

Old glory in desperate need of attention

Barobazar in Jhenaidah district is famous for archaeological treasures including ten mosques, eleven dighi (ponds) and four graves from the Sultanate period. Twelve awliya (sages) lived in twelve different bazars in the area. Thus, the area got its name 'Barobazar'.

Becoming “Shera Kontho”

Zanita Ahmed Zhilik won the top spot at the popular talent hunt Channel i Shera Kontho 2008. A student of class IX at Mohammadpur Preparatory High School, success seems to have favoured her at an early stage. The Daily Star caught up with the young singer. Zhilik talked about her journey through Shera Kontho, future plans and more.

A pilgrimage with a camera

Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Darjeeling, Kinnaur, Spiti, Ladakh and Zanskar. Armed only with his camera and backpack, Tibetan exile Tenzing Paljor has put together a photography exhibition aptly titled, “A Tibetan Pilgrim -- Travel through the Vanishing Himalayas.” The recent exhibition at India International Centre in New Delhi is a nostalgic look at the Indian Himalayas through the eyes of an exile who has never seen his homeland.

Drama serial “Aim in Life” on ntv tonight

Drama serial Aim in Life will be aired at 8:15pm on ntv tonight. The serial is written and directed by Masud Shezan. The serial is aired every Saturday and Sunday.

Toronto film festival gets off to a romantic start

The curtain rose on the Toronto International Film Festival on Thursday night with romance "Passchendaele" playing to a packed theatre and starting a 10-day parade of films and stars at one of the world's top movie gatherings.

OP-ED

Return to democracy and the premonitions

There is no dispute as to the imperative of returning to a democratic polity, notwithstanding the increasingly discordant voices of the politicians and the flurry of bails of important corruption suspects. Howsoever difficult and disconcerting it may be to punish the corrupt, we have to remember that punishing the bad hats is an urgent priority because we have to once for all put a stop to the rise of half-educated arrogant predators in the political arena. Surely we do not wish to see the return of the likes of those criminally disposed young members of parliament of Dhaka city and its periphery of the not-too- distant past. These fellows are now behind the bar and the sense of relief consequent upon their absence is there for anyone to see and appreciate.

Prof Noman -- a teacher extraordinaire

There are some persons in this planet of ours who do not need direct acquaintance for you to know them. I am not talking about a famous statesman or a celebrated writer or even a big artist. Rather I am talking about a professor who was truly educated, a real connoisseur of learning with high ethical standards. That a man of letters would prove a connoisseur of learning is not to be taken for granted in our given social context; because, for most of the educated class here, education is only a means to make a living. But the professor I am referring to here was a man of learning as well as a connoisseur of education; though he was not the one to make newspaper headlines. He was a renowned man, one who was and continues to be, honourably enshrined in our hearts.

The price of survival

It's hard to imagine a balance sheet where the accounting matters more. In Asia, despite an ongoing boom, hundreds of millions of people still subsist on such meager incomes that any shift in the official poverty line can make conditions suddenly look brighter or bleaker -- at least on paper.

Georgia conflict: Spectre of US-Russia cold war?

When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, the then US President George H.W. Bush proclaimed the start of a "new world order." Now that unbounded feeling of optimism perhaps has gone with the wind with the recognition of breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia of Georgia by Russia a couple of days back. This dramatic decision came following a big demonstration on August 20 by over 50 thousand people in Sukhumi, capital of Abkhazia province, demanding its recognition as an independent state by Russia. This demonstration was followed by the decision of the Parliament of Abkhazia to request Russia for recognition. The situation has been further complicated by Georgia breaking diplomatic relations with Russia.

Environment

Social forestry, exotic trees and monga

All over northern Bangladesh the practice of planting fruit trees in and near homestead and other lands is being undermined in recent decades. This has happened soon after the campaign of Social Forestry Programme publicising planting of certain quick-growing trees supposedly having higher timber-value. Earlier, many fruit-bearing trees have been the sources of extra income as well as of supplementary food and nutrition during the Monga crisis for many households. In particular, for example, seeds of jackfruits and creeper potato (Gachh Alu or Machh Alu)) stored earlier were used in case of food scarcity during the Monga period. The timber of jackfruit trees is also of great value for furniture making as well as for house construction. During the last three decades or so there has been a rush for planting cheap trees of foreign origin under the Social Forestry Programme of the government with the help of a number of NGOs and commercial nurseries in northern Bangladesh (also elsewhere in the country).

China continues measures to tackle air and water pollution

China decided to continue measures adopted to tackle air pollution in Beijing on the eve of the Olympic Games to address environmental challenges despite recent improvement in its air quality. According to Du Shaozhong, Deputy Director of the Beijing Environmental Protection Bureau, the treatment of heavy polluting vehicles and in some cases their removal will be accelerated. Authorities have plans to reduce dust from construction site to curb air pollution.

Ghana environmentalists see local cause of climate change

The latest round of United Nations climate change negotiations took place in Accra, Ghana, from 21-27 August. The Accra Climate Change Talks took forward work on a strengthened and effective international climate change deal under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, as well as work on emission reduction rules and tools under the Kyoto Protocol. This is part of a negotiating process that will be concluded in Copenhagen at the end of 2009. Over 1600 participants attended the Accra meeting, which was the third major UNFCCC gathering this year.

Literature

Lunch*

“Lunch” called out the umpire as he delicately tipped one bail from on top of the wickets to the ground. The batsmen walked off the field with the fielding team and the two umpires following them.

Charlie Chaplin and Anjan Das in Bagerhat

A film festival in a city like Dhaka is not a big deal for its dwellers, be it Boishakh, or Falgun or any other month. But when such a festival finds its way to a small town like Bagerhat--however small the monetary resources and funding for advertising and mass gathering!--it is quite an event, a breakthrough in the context of a small town. Especially when one considers that even Khulna, the divisional city, has no such venture. To fully understand the impact of the film society, one has to take into account the context. Bagerhat's filmgoers, much like other parts of the country, gradually shifted over to commercially-oriented Hindi films on the back of the gradual degradation of our national movie industry over the past two decades. It was during this critical time, in 2002, that Bagerhat Film Society, the brainchild of Abdullah Boni, was formed.With the slogan 'Better film, better society', a committee was formed on August 30 with S. Zakir Hossain as president, Abdullah Boni as secretary, and Mahmud Rahman as chief organizer. It has arranged five successful festivals so far, all held at the auditorium of Bagerhat Cultural Foundation located in the center of the town. June 2003 saw the first festival where Bagerhat's inhabitants were given a chance to view movies that till now were seen perhaps by only Dhakaites: Charlie Chaplin's 'The Kid' and the Polish Oscar-winner 'No Man's Land' as well as Bangla classics like Satyajit Roy's 'Gopi Gyne Bagha Byne'. However, as expected, turnout of an audience addicted to Hindi movies was poor.

Kali O Kolom: Bhadro 1415-August 2008
Kobita Shonkha - (Poetry Issue)

This special poetry issue of Kali O Kolom reportedly has gone into its second printing, with reader demand outstripping supply the first time around. This one's a keeper.

Six Shared Seasons

Since we are
our worst enemies,
is it any surprise

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

ADA guideline for diabetes during Ramadan

Most of the diabetic Muslims have strong desire to fast during the month of Ramadan. But many of them can not perform it as there is a risk of an assortment of complications like hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia, diabetic ketoacidosis, dehydration and thrombosis.

Healthy diet for Ramadan

Millions of Muslim started fasting with the advent of the holy month of Ramadan. During this month, health and diet issues are very important for all of us specially for the ailing and people living with specific health complications.

Ibuprofen best for child fevers

Ibuprofen is better at alleviating childhood fever than paracetamol and should be the drug of first choice, say U.K. Researchers.

Common health problems during Ramadan and their solutions

Constipation: Constipation can cause piles (haemorroids), fissures (painful cracks in anal canal) and indigestion with a bloated feeling. Too much refined foods, too little water and not enough fibre in the diet can cause constipation.

Enjoy good health in Ramadan

Probably, the health benefits of fasting were known to our forefathers several centuries ago. For this entire month, Muslims will eat a pre-dawn meal and fast until sunset as they observe the holiest of months — ‘Ramadan’.

Take the stairs for a healthy heart

Using the stairs at work instead of taking elevators could be a life saver.

Quitting smoking this Ramadan

If you are a smoker, you can take the necessary steps to stop smoking this Ramadan. This will allow you to gain the full benefit of this holy month and will be an important step towards restoring your health.

Strategic Issues

Fukuda’s resignation - Is political turmoil inevitable?

Is Japan returning to its old political habit of electing more than one Prime Minister a year after Koizumi had tried to change that by remaining in power firmly for five years? Is political instability that was endemic in the pre-Koizumi era, coming back to Japan? Yasuo Fukuda's resignation as Japan's Prime Minister this week, rather abruptly, means that since Koizumi's departure less than 2 years ago, Japan is going to have a third Prime Minister soon.

The Bush administration stumbles again with North Korea

When President George W. Bush leaves his office by next January what kind of legacy would he leave behind?

Jammu and Kashmir at crossroads

The stunningly beautiful Kashmir Valley in August was echoing with the word “Azadi” - the word for "freedom". Hundreds of thousands of Kashmiris had been marching to demand freedom from India. Schools and businesses across the region had been closed as the central government in New Delhi mobilised thousands of troops into the area to assert its control.

Star Books Review

Early light on the land of the rising sun

The three people who had visited Japan before Rabindranath Tagore and written on their experiences in Japan or on Japan in general are Sureshchandra Bandopadhyay, Manmatha Nath Ghosh and Hariprova Takeda. Sureshchandra Bandopadhyay authored at least one book on Japan with the title 'Japane’ (1910). Manmatha Nath Ghosh had three titles on Japan to his credit, including 'Japan-Probash’ (published approximately in 1910 or before), 'Nobyo-Japan’ (the date of publication is yet to be assured but it was before 1915, no doubt) and 'Supto-Japan’ (1915). Hariprova Takeda had 'Bongomohilar Japanjatra’ on her experiences in Japan to her credit which was published in 1915, though she authored another book 'Swaddhi Jnandevi.’

Reducing poverty through shaping strategies

Incidence of poverty is not new in human history, but its analysis, discourse or the efforts for reduction are. The emergence of urban poverty in Europe in the eighteenth century in the wake of industrialisation drew initial attention in a formal sense. Even till recently some people used to believe that the affluent West succeeded in striking out this evil even as it came to be revealed that at the fag end of the last century poverty still kept sticking out its ugly head, in no less a highly industrialised country than the United Kingdom.

A whole, wholesome question of taming

Nicholas Evans comes up with The Horse Whisperer with a picturesque description of life in the far outback of Montana, USA. The book begins with a heart-breaking accident showing how abruptly life can change. The realisation comes that we cannot expect life to be an endless calm sea. Sudden winds can set the sea to pounding with deadly waves. One fine crisp winter morning, Anne Graves finds her life in turmoil when her daughter Grace and her horse Pilgrim hit a 40-ton truck. Grace loses one leg and the horse is gravely injured. Grace had been riding with her friend Judith and her horse Gulliver. Judith and Gulliver, also hit by the truck, die on the spot. But the emotional and physical trauma of Grace and Pilgrim paralyses Annie's life. A morning that Annie had welcomed as the beginning of a beautiful day turns to a catastrophe. A mother cannot rest in peace until her child finds peace. And so Annie, a journalist, decides to believe in the healing of a mystic and heads out to Montana, to a horse whisperer. Horse whisperers are said to have the gift of healing troubled horses. Annie believes that Grace's recovery depends to a great extent upon the recovery of Pilgrim. She is ready to do the impossible and take the girl and the horse to the other end of the world in the hope that the horse whisperer will come up with miracles.

Sights, sounds, a lost era

Assalamo Alaycom Beratharane Islam,
You all are aware that the Eid Mobarak procession is coming out in this Dhaka city of East Pakistan for the last 21 years due to your kind support. Therefore, this year too on the next day of Eid-ul-Fitr it will come out from Chawkbazar at 3 in the afternoon. Processions from each mahalla will join the big one at Chawkbazar. We expect that your participation will add to the grandeur of the procession.
Yours sincerely
Abdul Aziz
President
AM Nabi (secretary)
Eid Mobarak Procession Committee Dhaka
1368 Hizri



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