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News of: Saturday, 13th of September, 2008

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Khaleda agrees to drop bad elements from party, sit with Hasina

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia last night said she is ready to sit with Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina and discuss how to promote fair competition in politics and do away with the culture of mudslinging.

BNP set to reunify as standing body meets today

Reunification of splintered BNP and the party's much awaited electoral dialogue with the Election Commission (EC) and the government seem only a matter of time as its standing committee, the highest policymaking forum, meets today under the leadership of its just released Chairperson Khaleda Zia.

Jalil’s past stand against Hasina keeps him out of party post

Abdul Jalil was not allowed to be back as Awami League (AL) general secretary due mainly to his fierce criticism of party President Sheikh Hasina in the mercy petition to the caretaker government in July last year, AL sources said.

Saudi ban on visas to Bangladeshis stays

Bangladesh Embassy in Riyadh confirmed Saudi Arabia's official ban on issuing visas to Bangladeshis seeking employment in households and in the agricultural sector.

Record success does not mean qualitative change

Eminent educationists say the record growth in percentage of pass and GPA-5 achievers in this year's HSC examinations does not necessarily reflect qualitative improvement of education in the country.

Aman targets in 4 N-dists may fail

Aman production in four northern districts may fall 1,33,000 metric tons short of their targets due to floods and waterlogging, officials said.

Diseases spread as floodwater recedes

Water-borne diseases marked rise in the flood-hit districts as overall flood situation continued to improve yesterday.

JCD men assault journos, students at DU

Leaders and activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal, student wing of BNP, assaulted three journalists and at least 10 students of department of mass communication and journalism of Dhaka University (DU) early yesterday.

RMC closed as JCD, BCL clash: 20 hurt

Rajshahi Medical College (RMC) was yesterday declared closed until October 10 following a clash between the activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) on Thursday night.

They poison canal just for good catch, quick bucks

Unscrupulous greed of some Patuakhali fishermen for quick bucks is endangering the local people, livestock and aquatic resources as they are using insecticides in the canals of coastal areas for increasing the volume of their catches.

Tarique, aides avoid journos in London

Former prime minister Khaleda Zia's elder son Tarique Rahman, now out on bail, reached London for treatment yesterday afternoon.

Senpara Parbata roads in miserable condition

Years of neglect has remodelled most the roads of Senpara Parbata in Mirpur Section 10 with huge bumps and potholes, bringing about everyday misery for the residents of the neighbourhood.

Rockefeller award for Fazle Abed

Fazle Hasan Abed, founder and chairperson of Brac, has been selected for this year's David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award in recognition of his contribution to addressing poverty and equity.

Retailers show no sign of price cut

Prices of daily essentials did not fall as expected in retail markets in the capital even though prices in wholesale markets are witnessed a sharp drop last week.

BSF kills one in Naogaon, trades fire with BDR in Dinajpur

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) shot dead a Bangladeshi cattle trader on Radhanagar border under Patnitala upazila early yesterday.

Ferry service improves

Ferry service on Paturia-Daulatdia river route has improved as two more ferries have started operating in the channel.

Rab deployed at bus terminals

The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) has taken measures to ease sufferings and harassment of homebound passengers at bus and launch terminals in the capital ahead of the Eid.

Severe water crisis in west Rampura

Around 1,000 families in Ulon of west Rampura in the capital have been suffering from severe water crisis for over 10 days as the water Dhaka Wasa supplies is very dirty, coloured and stinking. The water is totally unusable.

Polls will be held on schedule, reaffirms CA

Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed has said the stalled general election in the country will be held on schedule.

Suspected US missile kills 12 in Pakistan

A missile from a suspected US drone killed 12 people yesterday in a Pakistani tribal area where US forces have been aggressively targeting al-Qaeda militants -- fuelling anger from its key "war on terror" ally.

Thai ruling party pulls ousted PM out of race

Thailand's ruling party yesterday abandoned its bid to put its ousted Prime Minister back in power, raising hopes of an end to a political crisis that has tied up the country for months.

Indian cabinet okays biofuel policy

Government has set 2017 as the target for selling petrol mixed with one-fifth of sugarcane extracted ethanol and diesel doped with non-edible oil with a view to cut the nation's dependence on expensive oil imports.

Travel chaos in Britain as tunnel closed

Britain was plunged into travel turmoil yesterday as the country's third largest tour operator went bust at the same time as the Channel Tunnel remained closed due to a fire.

Editorial

Positive development in the political arena

With the release of Khaleda Zia the two leaders are back in the centre stage of our political arena. Nothing could be more positive than a situation where the two major parties, shorn of their party chiefs for so long, can now move definitively forward and work towards a well participated, free and fair election.

Polybag back in business?

Without perhaps realising it, we are losing our battle with polythene shopping bags. We had discarded it six years ago under a nationwide ban. We carved a good name among the developing countries by the move but now the reputation is wearing thin. The almost ubiquitous reappearance of the non-biodegradable material poses a great threat to environment, particularly by choking the already dysfunctional sewerage system, not to speak of its insidious effect on soil quality and public health.

Making Dhaka more liveable

A few days ago I met someone who had come to Bangladesh on a brief consultancy assignment. He had been in Dhaka for about a week and was on his way home the next day via Bangkok. I asked him about his impressions about our capital. The question came after his query about the historical past of the city and the current efforts by some institutions to celebrate its 400th anniversary. Being a European by origin, he hesitated at first and then asked me if I would mind some straight comments. I assured him that candour was not a virtue but nevertheless, was welcome as far as I was concerned.

Politics and polemics: A South African parallel

DO the current developments in the political scene look as though the country is moving ahead along a well-charted way towards reconciliation and a return to democracy? Though some of the roadblocks seem to have been averted, internal strife in the parties and inter-party bickering to gain or retain power circumventing the political and electoral reforms once agreed to in principle, still seem to pose a threat. Mere acquiescence to the adoption of forms of reform rather than its spirit and substance, more as measure of expediency than anything else, cannot help return to desired democracy. For this, a change of heart is required perhaps on the part of both the administration and the political parties.

Liberties and limits of democracy

IT'S one thing to throw out a bad government it's another to install something better. The caretaker government's attempt to clean up a corrupt political system and adopt economic reforms to help rebuild a ramshackle economy may have failed to a certain extent, but when politicians offer only crowd-pleasing rhetoric instead of sound and proven ideas, the result is not a promise of hope. Unsurprisingly, the caretaker government aroused public expectation of change, but couldn't achieve much. It is always difficult to defeat ghosts of the past. Some sociologists jokingly commented that corruption has entered the DNA of our national culture and has naturally reproduced itself there. Political corruption is widespread throughout the country. Unscrupulous politicians see their main job as to harvesting money.

Sports

Rafiq defends Tigers

Chief selector Rafiqul Alam pointed out some reasons behind Bangladesh's dismal performance in the three-match one-day series against Australia in Darwin.

The wait is over

The long 13-month wait for the second edition of the professional football league ends today when defending champions Abahani take on Rahmatganj in the opening match of the Citycell B. League.

Academy ahead by 65 runs

Sri Lanka Cricket Development XI trailed by 65 runs at the end of the third day of the four-dayer against GP-BCB National Cricket Academy in Dambulla yesterday.

Ryder back for Kiwis

Jesse Ryder is in line for a possible Test debut after earning a call-up into the 15-man New Zealand squad for their two-Test tour of Bangladesh. However, there was no place for James Marshall, Peter Fulton or Michael Mason, all of whom were in the group that toured England this year.

Where is Yousuf?

Mohammad Yousuf, the Pakistan batsman, was one of the players nominated for ICC's ODI Player-of-the-Year Award. Yousuf didn't win; Mahendra Singh Dhoni did. And Dhoni and fellow nominees, Sachin Tendulkar and Nathan Bracken, were named in the ODI Team of the Year, Yousuf wasn't. Yousuf's omission was puzzling not only because he was one of the nominees for the top award, but also one of the prolific run-scorers in the period considered by the ICC.

Symonds kept out

Australia on Friday left out all-rounder Andrew Symonds for disciplinary reasons and chose 36-year-old leg-spinner Bryce McGain for next month's four-Test tour of India.

ICC to continue referral system

The ICC decided to continue the trial of umpire referral system, which took place in the recent Sri Lanka-India Test series, to some upcoming series before its actual implementation, it was decided in a meeting.

Sachin still best, says Adam

Mahendra Singh Dhoni may have pipped Sachin Tendulkar to the ICC ODI Player of the Year award but Adam Gilchrist believes the Little Master is still the best batsman around.

Captaincy nothing for Sehwag

Virender Sehwag does not hanker after Test captaincy and the swashbuckling opener says as a senior member of the squad, he would keep giving his inputs to whoever leads the side.

Bima ride on Biplob

Sadharan Bima beat Matuail Udayan Sangsad by a solitary goal in the Second Division Football League at the Kamalapur Stadium yesterday.

Robinho set for debut

Robinho is set to make his Premier League debut on Saturday against Chelsea - the club he was set to join until English football's previously unchallenged big-spenders were trumped by Manchester City.

Violence making headlines

The Serie A season is only one match old but already football has been pushed onto the back seat and hooligan violence is dominating the headlines in Italy.

Zola back in England

Few foreign footballers have proved as popular in England as Gianfranco Zola.

Bolt to train with Real

Olympic champion Usain Bolt has agreed to go training with Spanish football giants Real Madrid, the Jamaican sprint king revealed on Thursday.

Clarke quits Chelsea

Luiz Felipe Scolari has suffered his first major setback as Chelsea manager after admitting defeat in his battle to keep long-serving club servant Steve Clarke on his coaching staff.

Madonna fans damage pitch

Friday's Bundesliga match between Eintracht Frankfurt and Karlsruhe has been postponed because of damage to the pitch caused by a Madonna concert.

Real won't buy in winter

Reigning Spanish champions Real Madrid do not envisage recruiting any new players in the winter transfer window, according to sporting director Pedja Mijatovic.

Laudrup takes over at Spartak

Former Danish football great Mikael Laudrup on Friday signed an 18-month contract with Russia's nine-time champions Spartak Moscow, the club's general manager Valery Karpin said.

Rivaldo warms up for ACL

Kuruvchi's (Bunyodkor) new Brazilian signing Rivaldo had a dream debut for the AFC Champions League (ACL) quarterfinalists as his brace saw them beat Mashal 2-0 on Thursday.

Fourth gold for Du Toit

China pulled away from its Paralympic rivals Friday as the host nation's medal tally soared over 100, while South African swimming sensation Natalie du Toit grabbed her fourth gold.

Real, Barca search for win

Real Madrid are 40 million euros better off after selling Robinho to Manchester City, but his loss leaves the Spanish champions short of firepower in their quest for a third successive title.

Podolski has to wait

Bayern Munich coach Jurgen Klinsmann has told restless forward Lukas Podolski his frustrating stay on the bench will continue for the German giants' trip to Cologne on Saturday.

McGain seeks Warne

As Bryce McGain strolled towards Cricket Australia's Melbourne headquarters on Friday it was hard to know who was more excited about his Test call-up, the legspinner himself or his eight-year-old son Liam. McGain was smiling but suitably restrained; Liam was powering along the footpath and replicating his father's legbreak action, with an extra couple of flourishes.

What could've been!

Pakistan pondered another low-point for the country's cricketing fortunes on Friday, when the shelved Champions Trophy had been due to kick off.

Another twist in WICB row

The row between the West Indies Cricket Board and its sponsors, Digicel, took another twist on Thursday with a proposal from the company to settle its dispute with the board.

BCCI wins big in TV deal

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will be the biggest gainer as it is windfall time for the three founding members of Champions Twenty20 League after inking the massive US$ 975 million television rights deal with ESPN-STAR, with the Indian board hogging 50 per cent of the amount.

Laila becomes a mother

Laila Ali, daughter of boxing legend Muhammad Ali and a champion fighter in her own right, has welcomed her first child with husband Curtis Conway, she announced Thursday on her website.

Hantuchova, Schnyder in last four

Top seed Daniela Hantuchova battled past Taiwan's Chan Yung-Jan 7-6, 4-6, 6-2 to join Nadia Petrova and Patty Schnyder in the Bali Open semi-finals on Friday.

Shiv celebrates with runs

West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul celebrated his award as the ICC Player of the Year by hitting 93 for Durham in a County Championship first division clash with Somerset at Taunton.

Metropolitan

279 fall victim to extrajudicial killing in 20 months

At least 279 people fell victim to extrajudicial killing by the law enforcement agencies across the country during the state of emergency between January 2007 and September 2008, revealed a study report yesterday.

Six killed in road crashes

A total of six people were killed and 20 others injured in separate road accidents in Chittagong, Noakhali, Dinajpur and Pabna yesterday.

Under-5 mortality rate reduced by 50pc

Bangladesh has reduced her under-five mortality rate by more than 50 percent since 1990, revealed a Unicef report on Thursday.

Give workers due wages to solve crisis in RMG sector

Give workers necessary wages to help solve the current crisis in garment sector, said the speakers at a view exchange meeting yesterday.

Record rise in remittance from Malaysia

Remittances from Bangladeshi workers in Malaysia have marked a record rise in recent times, a spokesman of the Ministry of Expatriates' Welfare & Overseas Employment said yesterday.

Congressmen lauds contribution of Bangladesh community in US

Congressman Howard Berman has lauded the contribution of Bangladesh community in the US.

88pc sanitation coverage achieved in rural areas

Sanitation coverage has been improving substantially in rural areas of the country since 2003 despite challenges in achieving 100 percent success by 2010 due to natural calamities.

'People's opinion not reflected in finance adviser's speech'

Terming the finance adviser's speech delivered at the UK-Bangladesh Climate Conference 'anti-people and contradictory to the interests of the poor', speakers at a press conference yesterday demanded withdrawal of his speech and called for raising the issue in the next elected parliament.

Eight injured in Bagerhat clash

Eight people, including a Sramik League leader, were injured in a clash between two groups of villagers at Bagdia village in Bagerhat Sadar yesterday.

Fellowship for women journalists

Mass-line Media Centre (MMC) and Article 19, a UK-based international organisation, is jointly implementing a project entitled 'Access to Information for Greater Participation and Government Accountability', says a press release.

Boy drowns in Sirajganj

A six-year-old boy drowned in floodwater at Nabila village in Shahzadpur upazila yesterday.

Death anniversary of Noorul Quader today

Today is the 11th death anniversary of M Noorul Quader, a freedom fighter and the first secretary of the Bangladesh government, says a press release.

Five held with 1,750 bottles of Phensidyl

Police arrested five people along with 1,750 bottles of Phensidyl syrup in Gol Chattar area under Jamuna Bridge (west) Police Station.

Two muggers held in city

Police arrested two muggers at Matuail at Jatrabari in the city in the early hours of yesterday.

Six fake Tk 500 notes seized, two arrested

Detective Branch of Police (DB) arrested two people with six fake banknotes of Tk 500 at a residential hotel in Rajshahi city on Thursday night.

One killed in rival attack in Rajshahi

A man, who came out of local jail on September 1 after serving 10 years of imprisonment in a murder case, was killed in an attack by his rivals at Bolihar village in Bagha upazila yesterday.

Ban hopeful of consensus on peace, security in UNSC

Admitting that major powers in the Security Council have been unable to reach agreement on some of the key issues, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said it would be "too hasty" to characterise the situation as "going back to so called cold war."

National

Khagrachhari BNP faces split

Intra-party feud in Khagrachhari BNP has intensified following recent formation of a 11-member district convening committee.

B Chy suggests meeting between Hasina, Khaleda

Former president and chairman of Bikalpadhara Bangladesh Prof AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury yesterday suggested a meeting between chiefs of Awami Leaguer and BNP.

Setback in shrimp sector

Cultivation of shrimp, a major export earner, is facing a serious set back in coastal Satkhira district this year due to attack of the fishes by an unknown viral disease.

SCC prepares draft organogram

Six years into inception, Sylhet City Corporation (SCC) has prepared a draft 'SCC Recruitment Rules' keeping provision for appointment of 644-strong manpower.

Two held with bomb making materials

Two persons were arrested from Jhenidah town yesterday evening along with a huge quantity of bomb making materials.

Two arrested for assaulting plaintiff in court

A case has been filed with Satkhira Sadar Police Station against five people including two accused in an earlier case for attacking the complainant in presence of the trial judge in the courtroom.

2 killed in police 'encounter' in Jhenidah

Two criminals were killed in separate incidents of encounter with police in Jhenidah on Wednesday night and early hours of Thursday.

Probe into bribery by SI begins

A 3-member committee headed by Additional Police Superintendent Sajid Hossain yesterday visited Kismat hotel at Zakiganj, where a police officer was caught Wednesday night while taking bribe.

International

US ground assault strains ties with Pakistan

US ties with "war on terror" ally Pakistan are strained after US commandos unilaterally launched ground assaults on militants on Pakistani soil, drawing fire from the military chief in Islamabad.

Zimbabwe rivals to wield equal power in unity govt

President Robert Mugabe and the opposition will wield equal power in a unity government aimed at ending Zimbabwe's protracted political crisis and economic meltdown, sources said yesterday.

US Congress vows to examine nuclear deal with India

The US Congress said Thursday it would examine a landmark civilian nuclear agreement with India sent for approval by the White House, as leaders of the two countries prepared to meet this month.

Dire warning as deadly Ike rumbles toward Texas

A strengthening Hurricane Ike Friday bore down on Houston Friday, forcing hundreds of thousands to flee and sparking a dire warning that those remaining in low-lying areas "face certain death."

10 Taliban, 5 Afghan guards killed in ambush

Dozens of Taliban attacked an international military logistics convoy in Afghanistan yesterday, kicking off a fierce battle that left 10 rebels and five Afghan guards dead and three missing, an official said.

Thousands return home in flood-hit north India

More than 10,000 flood victims rushed back to their homes from state-run relief camps as water receded from nearly 250 villages more than three weeks after a monsoon-swollen river flooded northern India's vast plains, officials said yesterday.

US at the 'edge of historical defeat'

Afghanistan's insurgent Taliban movement said Thursday that the United States was at the "edge of historical defeat" in Afghanistan seven years after invading following the 9/11 attacks.

US freezes Venezuelans' assets over Colombian rebel drug links

The US Treasury announced yesterday it was freezing any US assets of two senior Venezuelan officials and a former official after accusing them of aiding Colombian rebels involved in drug trafficking.

Iran, Syria talks in Moscow amid stand-off with West

Russian diplomatic and military officials held talks with their Iranian and Syrian counterparts Friday, amid tensions with the West following Russia's conflict with Georgia last month.

Libya had contact with Pakistan's Khan earlier than thought: IAEA

Libya, which abandoned a clandestine nuclear weapons programme in 2003, was in contact with the black market network of Pakistani nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan much earlier than first thought, a new report by the UN atomic watchdog revealed Friday.

Myanmar junta grants Suu Kyi new rights

Detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was expected to stop shunning food deliveries after the junta approved several requests, including the right to receive regular mail deliveries and certain foreign news publications, her lawyer said Friday.

Indiana scientists helped build 'Giant Collider'

Research scientists and graduate students at three Indiana universities helped build a machine that's designed to recreate conditions from the early days of the universe.

Palin sends son to fight 'righteous cause' in Iraq

Republican vice presidential hopeful Sarah Palin sent her son off to fight for a "righteous cause" Thursday as his Army unit prepared to deploy to Iraq.

Laden's son promotes peace at Sept 11 Ramadan fast

At the end of a sandy track in the shadow of some of Egypt's lesser-known pyramids, Osama bin Laden's son Omar broke the Ramadan fast on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in the name of world peace.

Tiger chief honours suicide bombers

Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger chief has paid tribute to 10 suicide bombers who killed at least 15 people in an attack on a northern military base, a pro-rebel website said yesterday.

Russian subs to testfire missiles in Pacific

Russian submarines armed with intercontinental ballistic missiles will testfire their rockets in the Pacific Ocean between September 15 and 20, a military official was quoted as saying yesterday.

New Zealand PM sets Nov date for general election

New Zealand's Prime Minister Helen Clark called general elections for November 8 Friday with her Labour Party behind in opinion polls amid a slowing economy and her foreign minister facing the axe.

Mediterranean diet helps ward off strokes, cancer: Study

The so-called Mediterranean diet cuts the risk of heart disease, cancer and neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer's, according to research released yesterday.

Dinosaur's dominance due to chance: Study

The age of dinosaurs lasted more than 160 million years, but new research out Thursday suggests their dominance had less to do with their supposed physiological superiority and more to do with blind luck.

Two killed in fresh Kashmir protests

Fresh separatist protests rocked revolt-hit Indian Kashmir yesterday, leaving two people dead and 80 others injured when police fired teargas and bullets, police said.

India-France nuclear deal likely this month

India and France could sign a major nuclear trade agreement at the end of this month, but only once a landmark India-US nuclear pact has been ratified by the US Congress, a minister said here yesterday.

Bush to welcome Karzai Sept 26

US President George W Bush will host President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan on September 26 for talks on the war amid tensions with Pakistan over cross-border violence, the White House said yesterday.

Pak army vows to safeguard country's territorial integrity

Pakistan's army vowed yesterday to safeguard the country's territorial integrity under the leadership of its new democratic government, an official statement said.

Arts & Entertainment

The overlooked Rabindra Kachharibari in Shahzadpur

The Rabindra Kachharibari in Shahzadpur and the memorabilia it houses are in a shabby state. Preservation, funds and staff are desperately needed, the locals say.

Channelling Coco Chanel

Shirley MacLaine considers herself too cheap to buy Chanel, doesn't do a French accent and probably wouldn't have wanted to dine with legendary designer Coco Chanel.

Looking back

Drik, one of the major picture agencies of the country, completed its 19th year on September 4, 2008. To celebrate the occasion, Drik held a discussion programme titled "Looking Back" on September 11 at the Drik Gallery in Dhanmondi. The programme was blessed with a hearty gathering of compatriots and well-wishers of Drik.

“Aha!” to represent Bangladesh at the Oscars

Enamul Karim Nirjhar's debut film Aha! will represent Bangladesh in the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 81st Annual Academy Awards (Oscars). The announcement was made at a press conference held at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel on September 11. The conference was arranged by Bangladesh Federation of Film Societies (BFFS). A nine-member committee, headed by producer and President of BFFS, Habibur Rahman Khan, selected Aha! for the prestigious competition. Director Nirjhor was also present at the press conference.

Drama serial “Ek Janomey” featuring Abdullah Al Mamun

Drama serial Ek Janomey, directed by the late Abdullah Al Mamun, is on air on ATN Bangla. The 288th episode of the serial will be aired tonight at 9:20 pm.

Amitabh addresses the controversy regarding Jaya’s remarks

Amitabh Bachchan addressed a press conference on September 10 to clear the air about the controversy that erupted after his wife Jaya's comments at the "Drona" music launch. He also announced that his new film, "The Last Lear", would release as per schedule this week despite Maharashtra Navnirman Sena leader Raj Thackeray calling for a ban on all Bachchan movies in Maharashtra.

Nicole Kidman tops Hollywood overpaid list

Nicole Kidman was named the most overpaid celebrity in Hollywood in the second annual list of least bankable stars by U.S. magazine Forbes, taking the top slot from fellow Australian Russell Crowe.

Australia grants rapper Snoop Dogg visa, plus counselling

Australia granted rapper Snoop Dogg a visa on Friday after public complaints over a planned tour in October, but said he would be required to undergo counselling before arriving Down Under.

OP-ED

Food security of Bangladesh

Bangladesh, our beloved motherland, is the abode of a brave nation. Natural and man made calamities take away most of our belongings time and again and put us on the crossroads of life and death. Still, our courageous people resort to struggle for their existence almost barehanded. They don't look for mercy nor do they care for any support. This struggle, which they definitely win, shapes their lives. These victorious people are our inspiration. We fought the liberation war and achieved independence with this motivation and inspiration. In the last 37 years since independence we at times were drowned in deep frustration and at times sparkled with the ray of hope. But our journey never ended. Neither shall it end now. The promised election shall be held by the end of this year. Like all other common people I also hope that the new, honest elected leadership will lead the country towards development through the desired path. Bangladesh shall rise with new dreams, new realities, new thinking and new rhythms, the whole world shall admire a new Bangladesh. But there are some crisis those need immediate attention and any delay in addressing those may retard progress. One such crisis is that of food security.

National integrity strategy and institutional decay

Newspaper reports have it that the present Caretaker Government is contemplating to formulate a national integrity strategy that are required to be maintained at different institutions of state organs. Reportedly, experts involved in this venture are already in the process of identifying problems or challenges in the state and non-state institutions, defining goals and devising strategies to achieve those. Such experts have expressed cautious optimism by commenting that the implementation of the said national integrity strategy would depend entirely on the political will of the future governments.

Environment

How Bangladesh can avert the crisis?

After the US President George Bush had refused to sign the “biodiversity” treaty in 1992, the last effort to save the planet from environmental disasters seemed to be on the verge of failure . For the affluent countries like the U.S. the chickens have come home to roost. The U.S. in the last one decade suffered several weather related catastrophes like severe flooding, hurricanes and prolonged hot summer days in some states. After Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans in 2005 and flooded the city for days, Hurricane Gustav with a surge as high as 14 ft accompanied by torrential rain is speeded up to hit Louisiana forcing two million people to flee to safety the other day.

Conservation engineering: Saving marine turtles

Marine turtles have been swimming the world's oceans since before the dinosaurs roamed the earth, more than 110 million years ago. Turtles are an important component of the marine ecosystem and serve as indicators of the health of the environment in which they live. Their aesthetic appeal draws conservationists and tourists from around the world to nesting beaches throughout the region, generating income for local communities. In many countries, marine turtles are used for their meat, egg and shell, representing a traditional source of food for human populations. However, these treasures of ancient times are now on the brink of extinction. All seven sea turtle species are globally endangered including the five species that swim in Bangladesh territorial waters and are listed as "threatened" or "endangered" in the IUCN Red Data Book. The proposed revision of Bangladesh Wildlife Preservation (Amendment) Act 1974 has also included the marine turtles in the list of protected species. The species are: Dermochelys coraicea (Leatherback), Chelonia mydas (Green Turtle), Lepidochelys olivacea (Olive Ridley), Eretmochelys imbricata (Hawksbill) and Caretta caretta (Loggerhead).

Global warming, local impact

Global warning is bearing a global warning for the low-lying sea-facing over populated countries like Bangladesh. This perhaps has made the world community more concerned about than other environmental issue. But it is man who has made it so alarming through his unbridled one-sided development activities without taking the environmental aspects into account over time.

Literature

A Modern Master's Musings

The Uncollected English Writings of Sudhindranath Datta, edited by Sukanta Chaudhuri. With an introduction by Amiya Dev. Delhi: Chroniclebooks, 2008. 326pp.Rs. 650

Indian Poets Writing in English

Poetry volumes--especially books and publications of single poets, of new poets--now have become hard to market outside of libraries and literature classes. As editor Jeet Thayil (60 Indian Poets, Penguin India, 2008) observed ruefully in his introduction, “unlike Indian novelists, poets receive no advances; their books are usually out of print; even the best known among them have trouble finding publishers and are virtually unknown outside India.” He could have been writing--excepting the very select few--about poets in general, anywhere. Poetry published today therefore tend to be anthologies, collections which cover all bases and are geared towards appealing to as broad a range of readers as possible. So it's not surprising to see that this poetry volume by Penguin India is an anthology: there are obviously market calculations that have been made. But let's not quibble: it's a welcome event to see a publisher put money and time into publishing a poetry volume.

Marketing India

There are certain Indians who make you feel good about being a Bangladeshi, who give you a warm glow that despite all that razzmatazz and heavyweight tiffin boxes and big brains like Amartya, they too produce and consume their quota of trash. Shobhaa De is one of them. She is a writing phenomenon, whose books sell all over India, and in Pakistan too (where all the good and high society people fell over each other to fete her when she did a tour there not so many months back), and bring in a hefty chunk of change for her publishers Penguin India. Since I have never read any of her books, I only had a vague idea that she wrote romance novels. That's going by the perhaps less than solid evidence of having seen her on Zee TV a couple of times flaunting her cheekbones.

Errata

Haste lays waste to everything, including genres and categories, and plays genial host to the printer's devil. In the last issue (September 6) of the Literature Page, 'Lunch' was published as 'Non-Fiction' when it should have gone under 'Short Stories'.

Star Health

Managing angina without surgery

There are several modern invasive tools cardiologists are using to treat angina (chest pain) including angioplasty (blowing up balloons to expand the artery at sites of block), stenting (insertion of cylindrical wire mesh tube prop open the blocked artery) and bypass surgery (increasingly through very small incisions). But drug therapy may be just as effective to restore blood flow as invasive surgery for stable angina, a new analysis published in The New England Journal of Medicine suggests.

Never eat alone!

It is said that 'the family that prays together stays together', but we can add 'eating together' is another way to build up and improve family bonds. As well as inviting neighbours, friends and relatives during mealtime has a surprising power. It does not matter what meal you are having! It could be simple fish, vegetables and dhal but it is the simple act of sitting at the same table and eating rice or tea together.

Vitamin B12 may protect against brain shrinkage

Having higher vitamin B12 levels may protect against brain shrinkage in elderly people, according to a study published recently.

Does cancer have an answer?

Does cancer have an answer? To many people, cancer is a terrifying disease, which they hope not to get, and prefer not to think or talk about. But in reality, cancer is neither uncommon nor is it untreatable. Some types of cancer can be completely cured. With many other types, early diagnosis and proper treatment makes a big difference.

Herpes drug may help control AIDS virus

A cheap, generic drug long used to treat herpes may also help control the AIDS virus, U.S. researchers reported very recently.

Early diabetes treatment key for long term health

People with diabetes given intensive drug treatment soon after diagnosis are healthier when they grow older, even if they become less rigorous about controlling their blood sugar later on, British researchers expressed.

Awareness programme on women health

With a view to raise awareness and increase level of knowledge about women's common health problems, Singhealth, Singapore's largest group of healthcare institutions and Zonta Club, Dhaka III have jointly organised a seminar at a local hotel in the city, says a press release.

Strategic Issues

Bangladesh at crossroads

BANGLADESH is at cross roads; lessons learnt since 1/11 could unite us towards a better future or a failed one if they are ignored. This government came at a time when the BNP and the AL, in pursuing their respective self-interests, had set Bangladesh on course to becoming a failed state. The BNP was scheming to return to power.

For Bangladesh decentralisation is the answer

BARELY hundred days are left for the parliament election; the sheen of the CTG is fading as a reminder of its imminent departure. It is a defining moment: how would it like to be judged. The sword of emergency is dangling on our heads. Suggesting the right course when the authority goes wrong is dangerous in an environment of suspended democracy. Yet the country belongs to the people, in the spirit of '71 cowardice must not be cultivated in the face of fear or danger. We are on a cross road, the controversies might endanger the stability of Bangladesh.

The nuclear deal and India's emergence

WHEN the history of modern India is written, the nuclear deal with the US in 2008 will be considered at par with India's economic liberalization of 1991. The first liberated India from the self imposed shackles of a socialist economy. The second frees India from the bonds of technological isolation. The process also acknowledged India's emergence as an emerging nation with potential and capabilities.

Star Books Review

Adding new substance to historical discourse

Nurjahan Murshid was one of the more articulate political beings in Bangladesh. There was suavity about her, a readiness and an ability to be part of the wider world around her. If cosmopolitanism was the requirement in an era when Bengali politics gradually passed into the hands of the middle class, Murshid demonstrated it in plenty through her view of the issues, indeed of the social canvas which she observed before her and of which she was an integral part. The qualities that defined her in her career --- as a politician, as an editor, as an aesthete --- all come encompassed in these two commemorative volumes on her five years after her death.

A demonic manifestation of political power

A thing may or may not be beautiful but it certainly is powerful when it speaks the truth. With a clear and loud voice of conscience, it transforms itself into a most reliable and, therefore, a valid document mirror imaging atrocities most barbaric and nefarious. And this exactly is recorded in Marudyaney Nandigram 2007, by Kabir Sumon, formerly known as Sumon Chattopaddhaya. The book is a compilation of only nine not so elaborate write-ups that appeared in three different newspapers of West Bengal over a period of roughly one year.

Moustache half burnt but still twirled

On August 17, 1988, a plane carrying President Zia ul-Huq, American ambassador Arnold Raphel, US Brig. General Herbert Wassom, and 28 Pakistani military officers crashed. Nearly twenty years after this catastrophic event, Mohammed Hanif presents a military satire.

Silent, tortured soul

The book contains 43 selected poems of Poet Al Mahmud, one of the leading poets in the country. The poems included in the selection are taken from ten books of poetry published over a period of 32 years.


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