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Accept 7-pt demand to let us join poll

Demanding immediate hand over of power to an elected government through a free and fair election, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday said her party will contest in the December 18 poll if the government meets their already announced seven-point demand.

Allow convicts under EPR to contest poll if higher courts accept appeals: AL

Awami League (AL) yesterday reiterated its demand for withdrawal of the state of emergency to allow party leaders convicted by lower courts under the Emergency Power Rules (EPR) to contest elections if higher courts accept their appeals against conviction.

Certificate trade in guise of teachers' training

Almost all private teachers training (TT) colleges are incompetent and allegedly engaged in "selling certificates" as the government has yet to take any action against these institutions.

BNP undecided, Jamaat ready as time running out

BNP is still undecided whether to participate in the December 18 national election while only six days are left to go before the deadline for filing nominations ends.

Another toxic ship set to get ministry nod for scrapping

Ignoring threats to public health, the shipping ministry is likely to permit scrapping of another toxic ship-- SA Helderberg-- one of the 50 blacklisted by environmental watch group Greenpeace.

Polls still in doubt as key issues unresolved

Bikalpo Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) President Prof AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury thinks there is still public confusion about the upcoming parliamentary election as BNP has yet to disclose whether it will contest in the December 18 poll.

Demand for a deferred poll worries US envoy

US Ambassador to Dhaka James F Moriarty yesterday expressed his worries over the idea of deferring the national polls, scheduled for December 18.

BNP steals the show with first mass rally since 1/11

With a contagious festivity the motorcade of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia started towards the port city of Chittagong from the capital around 7:15am.

No decision yet on removing Myanmar ships

Bangladesh and Myanmar failed to reach any decision in a high level meeting yesterday on the situation arising out of Myanmar's mobilisation of naval ships in Bangladesh maritime territory for exploration and will sit again on November 16.

Polls rules for schoolteachers under MPO

Schoolteachers under MPO (Monthly Pay Order) system can contest the parliamentary elections retaining their posts, but they must resign if they want to contest the upazila polls, the Election Commission secretary said yesterday.

2 of 11 doctors did not sign it

Two of the eleven doctors of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) whose names were typed on the phoney medical certificate for detained ex-BNP lawmaker Mosaddak Ali Falu did not sign it.

High ammonia concentration poses severe health risk

Millions of Dhaka residents, who drink water treated in Saidabad Water Treatment Plant (SWTP) and supplied by Water and Sewerage Authority (Wasa), are at severe health risk due to high concentration of ammonia in that, according to several studies.

BA to suspend Dhaka-London flights in March

British Airways has decided to suspend its flights between Dhaka and London Heathrow from March 28 next year, considering non-profitability of the route in recent times.

AL nomination seekers get one more day

Awami League (AL) yesterday extended by a day the last date for submission of nomination forms and sending recommendations for a panel of five possible candidates by the grassroots committees.

BJSA deadline for removing all non-judicial men from ministry

Bangladesh Judicial Service Association (BJSA) yesterday demanded removal of all non-judicial officials from the law ministry including Secretary Kazi Habibul Awal and Solicitor Israil Hossain and appointment of judicial officials to ministry posts in seven days.

Steyn breaks Tigers' hearts

A fiery second spell from Dale Steyn where he got the outside edge of Mohammad Ashraful dashed the hopes of the Tigers as South Africa pulled off a 61run victory in the first one-day of the three-match series at Senwes Park on Friday.

Fahim Munaim made envoy to Indonesia

The government has decided to appoint chief adviser's press secretary Syed Fahim Munaim as ambassador to Indonesia.

Saifur visits Sylhet after 21 months

BNP leader and former finance minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday paid a brief visit to Sylhet after about 21 months.

BNP observes National Solidarity Day

The BNP and its associate organisations observed the "National Revolution and Solidarity Day" yesterday with elaborate programmes. A few political parties, including Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD), observed the day as the "Civil-Military Uprising Day".

‘Extortionist’ falls sick at court, dies in hospital

An alleged extortionist, who was arrested by Rab personnel Thursday evening, died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) after he was taken to the hospital from Mirpur Police custody yesterday.

Edible oil, onion prices up

The prices of non-brand edible oil and onion have been increased whereas wheat and flour decreased in the city markets in a week.

14 killed in suspected US missile strike in Pakistan

Up to 14 militants were killed yesterday when a suspected US missile strike destroyed an al-Qaeda training camp in a tribal area of northwest Pakistan near the Afghan border, officials said.

Obama, world leaders talk global financial crisis

Incoming US president Barack Obama discussed the financial crisis and other problems with top world leaders ahead of his first public comments yesterday since his election triumph.

Improve skill, productivity to face global recession

Improvement of efficiency and productivity is the key for the garment industry to survive at this time of global financial recession, economists and exporters said at a seminar yesterday.

Iran leader offers Obama landmark congratulations

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Thursday congratulated Barack Obama on his election win the first time an Iranian leader has offered such wishes to a US president-elect since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

3 of a family killed in road accident

Three members of a family were killed and ten others injured when a bus hit the pedestrians at Navaran on the Jessore-Benapole highway yesterday.

35 hurt as two groups lock in gunfight

At least 35 people were injured yesterday in a gunfight between two groups of criminals at Adharghona village in Cox's Bazar.

Janata Dal MPs quit Lok Sabha over MNS issue

Five Janata Dal (U) Lok Sabha members from Bihar put in their papers yesterday to protest against violence inflicted on north Indians in Maharashtra.


Towards becoming a middle-income country

THERE are all the positive signs that Bangladesh is marching ahead towards becoming a middle-income country by the year 2020. This achievable goal is projected by our policy makers on the basis of some development indicators. And now it largely depends on the next elected government to give a boost to the momentum so that we are firmly on course.

Education for all

WE have achieved a decline in dropout rates among school-going children and gender parity between the girl and boy child. The time has come to take stock of where we stand in terms of meeting the Millenium Development Goal (MDG): education for all by 2015.

Recalibrating strategy to fight corruption

THIS interim Caretaker Administration, to its credit, started its campaign against corruption in a meaningful manner. The decision to create an independent Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) was a good first step. Controversy about the organic nature of this Commission was also reduced through its overhaul and empowerment in terms of capacity building. Unfortunately, it has not been a simple, straight path since then.

Can Bangladesh learn from the US elections?

MINUTES after Barack Obama was declared as the 44th President of the United States of America, I received the following email, “CONGRATULATIONS folks! Now USA can realize her true potential and be what she's meant to be with the leadership of PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA.” It was a victory -- and a solid one -- built on the twin promises of hope and change. And it was a strong warning to another set of twins: control and arrogance.

Changing of the guard

WHEN you're under pressure, there's tendency to be less daring and more prudent, specially when it is in case of a country long plagued by natural disasters, poverty, corruption and violence. Moreover, recent events have shown that politics in this country may have become overwhelmingly toxic. Perhaps caretaker government has become more realistic about the need for concessions as it knows very well that protests and demonstrations are not unusual in the country that has always been quick to take its grievances to the streets.


Pretty Potchefstroom hosts Tigers

On Thursday it was too hot, but the weather suddenly took a u-turn the following day. Clouds hovered in the sky and a gentle breeze was constantly blowing. It was not sure whether the conditions were perfect for the teams---Bangladesh and South Africawhen they were involved in the first one-day of the three-match series at the picturesque Senwes Park ground yesterday.

Old boys feel confident

The national football team would not be short of confidence when they play in the 3rd Grand Royal Challenge Cup, which kicks off in Myanmar on November 11.

Krejza snaps up 8

Debutant off-spinner Jason Krejza kept alive Australia's hopes of levelling the series with an eight-wicket haul in the fourth and final Test against India here on Friday.

Dhaka trampled by Naved show

A spectacular all-round show from Naved-ul-Hasan propelled the Lahore Badshahs to a comfortable 5-wicket win over Dhaka Warriors in their ICL Twenty20 match at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad yesterday.

Rajib drops points

Enamul Hossain Rajib dropped valuable points in the sixth round of the 12th Bavarian Open International Chess Champion-ship at Bad Wiessee in Germany when the Bangladeshi Grand-master drew with Poland's GM Babras Piotr on Thursday.

Harbhajan joins elite 300-club

Harbhajan Singh on Friday became the third Indian and 22nd cricketer in the world to claim 300 or more wickets in Test cricket when he dismissed Australian captain Ricky Ponting on the second day of the fourth and final Test here.

'Learn from Obama'

Pakistan cricket coach Intikhab Alam urged his team to learn from Barack Obama's historic US presidential election victory, as they prepared for a three-match one-day series against the West Indies.

Full marks for Friends

Mokhles and Sohel struck either side of the break to help Friends Social Welfare record a 2-1 win over Sadharan Bima in the Second Division Football League at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday. Fazlul reduced the margin for Bima.

Barnak beat Wanderers

Second half goals by Alamgir and Mithun ensured three points for Barnak Samaj in the Green Delta Metropolis First Division Hockey League with a 2-0 win against Dhaka wanderers yesterday.

Showdown in London

Arsene Wenger has billed Saturday's showdown between Arsenal and Manchester United as one of the summit meetings between England's big four that will decide this season's Premier League title battle.

Real look for form boost

After dropping two points at Almeria and losing to Juventus in the Champions League midweek, champions Real Madrid need to get back to winning ways against Malaga at home on Saturday.

Mutu out for two weeks

Fiorentina have suffered a blow to their title challenge as Romania forward Adrian Mutu faces two weeks on the sidelines with a groin injury.

Owen targets Europe

Newcastle striker Michael Owen believes qualification for Europe at the end of what may yet prove a turbulent season for the club is a realistic goal.

FA charges Fergie

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was charged Thursday with improper conduct by the Football Association.

Hammers invite Obama

President-elect Barack Obama has been invited to watch a match at English Premiership club West Ham, it was revealed on Thursday.

Udinese take on Inter

Champions Inter Milan host high-flying Udinese in the game of the weekend at the San Siro with top spot potentially up for grabs for the winners.

Venus overcomes Serena

Venus Williams made certain of reaching the last four of the WTA Championships with a landslide 5-7, 6-1, 6-0 victory over sister Serena Williams here on Thursday.

Seeking a fresh start

England will try to make a fresh start during their tough one-day series in India following their disappointing Stanford defeat, captain Kevin Pietersen said Friday.

Yousuf blames Malik

An angry Mohammad Yousuf on Friday blamed the attitude of Pakistan cricket authorities and captain Shoaib Malik for his move to the unofficial Indian league, denying he was motivated by money.

Tendulkar far from retiring

Two of his celebrated peers, Anil Kumble and Sourav Ganguly have decided to walk into the sunset after glorious careers but Sachin Tendulkar says his body is "doing fine" and he has no plans to retire in the immediate future.

L'pool reward Benitez

Rafael Benitez has been rewarded for Liverpool's best start to a Premier League campaign with a move by the club to extend his contract as manager beyond 2010.

A big loss: Abbas

Star batsman Mohammad Yousuf's move to the Indian Cricket League is a huge loss to Pakistan cricket, former national skipper Zaheer Abbas said Thursday while another great criticised his decision. Yousuf, 34, joined the lucrative but unrecognised ICL on Wednesday, prompting the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to ban him from national and international cricket.

South Asian Jr Tennis from Monday

Hosts Bangladesh yesterday named their team for the first Junior South Asian Tennis Championship, which begins in Dhaka on Monday.


Nightmare scenario haunts residents

Tenants of the flat where apprentice female lawyer Nasrin Akhter Tuli was beheaded still cannot sleep at night and do not pass their nights in the house at Segunbagicha in the city as they continue to have nightmares about the incident.

'Telecentres to reduce urban-rural gap'

A two-day National Telecentre Conference began at the Rural Development Academy in Bogra yesterday with a view to reducing the gap between urban and rural communities.

Call to approve nat'l child labour policy

Speakers at a press conference have urged the government to approve and implement the draft national child labour policy immediately to eliminate child labour.

'Stop dumping waste into rivers'

Speakers at a citizens' rally yesterday called for a halt to dumping wastage and grabbing of rivers around the capital.

Khatib urges govt to continue mosque-based education

Acting Khatib of Baitul Mokarram National Mosque Mufti Muhammad Nooruddin yesterday urged the government to continue its mosque-based education project so that the poor children of the country can get the light of education.

2-day eye care programme at Bhairab

A two-day eye care programme for the visually impaired people began at a village hospital in Bhairab yesterday.

20 injured in Sirajganj clash

At least 20 people were injured in a clash over a land dispute at Alokdiar Guchchhogram at Ullapara in the district yesterday.

Orientation programme of Stamford University

An orientation programme for the students of Fall 2008 session of Stamford University was held at BDR Darbar Hall at Pilkhana in the city on Wednesday, says a press release.

Three women pickpockets arrested

Police arrested three women on charges of picking the pocket of an Egyptian woman, a member of an aircrew of Gulf Air, in New Market area in the city yesterday afternoon.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights to head into space

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is to be hoisted to the International Space Station to mark the 60th anniversary of the document's adoption by the UN, the European Space Agency (ESA) said yesterday.

Ensure security during polls

Hindu-Buddhist-Christian Oikya Parishad has urged the government, the Election Commission and the political parties to ensure security of lives and property of the minority communities during the upcoming elections.

Candidates defer self-immolation programme

The candidates of 27th BCS examinations who are now on a hunger strike yesterday deferred their self-immolation programme until Monday, as the Dhaka University authorities have assured them that they would negotiate with the Public Service Commission to resolve the issue.

UP member killed in clash in Khulna

A union parishad (UP) member was killed and six others were injured in a fierce clash over a land dispute yesterday at Fultala village under Batiaghata upazila in the district.

7 killed in road accidents

Seven people were killed and 16 others injured in separate road accidents in the last two days.

Take vow to bring war criminals to book

Sector Commanders' Forum (SCF) yesterday organised a two-day poster and cartoon exhibition at Rabindra Sarobar in the city demanding trial of the war criminals.

Dhaka Int'l Edn Fair begins

The 4th Dhaka International Education Fair has got underway at Bashundhara City.

Concern over attack on RU female student by Shibir cadres

Leaders of Karmojibi Nari (KN) in a statement yesterday expressed grave concern over the attack on a female student by Shibir cadres inside the classroom at Rajshahi University (RU) and the threat to burn RU theatre activists alive, says a press release.

Physiotherapy students threaten tough movement

Bangladesh Physiotherapy Students Union formed a human chain in front of the National Institute of Traumatology and Orthopaedic Rehabilitation (Nitor) in the city on Thursday to press for their demands, including immediate resumption of physiotherapy classes at the institute.

One arrested on charge of nat'l ID card forgery

Police arrested a man on charge of forging a national identity card at Mithamoin upazila in the district yesterday.

Fake doctor held, hospital fined in city

A joint team of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and health directorate arrested a fake doctor and also fined the authority of a hospital on charges of running it by unskilled technicians on Thursday.


AL hopeful of bagging most JS seats in Rajshahi

Delimitation of constituencies has raised the number of Jatiya Sangsad seats in Rajshahi to six from five and changed areas of three of them, making local Awami League leaders hopeful of making a dent in BNP-Jamaat strongholds in the upcoming election.

Shibir threatens RU cultural activists with death

Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) activists of Rajshahi University yesterday staged an angry demonstration on the campus and threatened to burn to death cultural activists of RU on the campus.

AL demands party candidate as JP 'loses' vote bank

The grassroots leaders and activists of Awami League (AL) in Tangail-5 (Sadar) constituency have demanded nomination of a party candidate in the constituency for December 18 parliamentary election.

Hardened Shibir cadre Zafar held

Police Thursday night arrested Zafar Babu, a notorious cadre of Islami Chhatra Shibir from Milik Bagha village in Bagha upazila.

Khagrachhari mayor faces no-confidence

Ten out of 12 councilors of Khagrachhari municipality yesterday expressed 'no-confidence' against Mayor Mohammad Joynal Abedin and demanded his removal for his alleged corruption.

'Protect natural resources from foreign companies'

The convener of the National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Port, Engineer Sheikh Muhammad Shahidullah called upon the people to strengthen their ongoing agitation for protection of natural resources from multinational companies and local agents.

Discussion on Sri Chaitanya held in Moulvibazar

Probhu Pran Kishore Seba Parishad, a Hindu religious organisation, here organised a two-day programme to mark 500 years of asceticism of spiritual leader Sri Chaitanya Deb.


Heavy fighting as Lanka troops near rebel capital

Intense battles gripped Sri Lanka's northern Wanni region as government forces stepped up pressure on the Tamil rebel political capital, the defence ministry said yesterday.

Bush leaves ME peace puzzle for Obama

The Bush administration has conceded that an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal is no longer possible by the end of its term and is preparing to hand the fragile, unfinished US-backed peace effort to President-elect Obama.

37 civilians killed in US airstrike

An Afghan investigation has found that 37 civilians were killed in US airstrikes that hit a wedding party, along with 26 Taliban, the Kandahar provincial government said yesterday.

No hidden white bias seen in election

Whether whites supported Barack Obama or not, they don't seem to have lied to pollsters about it.

Obama receives greetings from world leaders

President-elect Obama accepted congratulations from nine presidents and prime ministers Thursday, returning calls from world leaders who reached out after his presidential victory.

Bush admn deported record number of illegals last year

The US government arrested and deported record numbers of illegal immigrants nearly 350,000 in the past year, authorities say. It has also naturalized a record number of new Americans during the same time period, more than 1 million. Bush administration officials consider these to be great accomplishments within a system that President-elect Obama calls "broken and overwhelmed" on his transition Web site.

Arabs see hope in Obama after years of Bush

An Arab news network blared US election coverage in a Cairo hair salon, and the barbers and beauticians watched the images of Barack Obama's victory in amazement.

Hamas threatens to boycott Palestinian talks

Hamas threatened on Friday to boycott next week's Palestinian reconciliation talks, accusing president Mahmud Abbas of arresting hundreds of members of the Islamist movement.

New king vows to shield Bhutan in globalised world

Bhutan's new king vowed yesterday to shield his remote, staunchly traditional and insular Himalayan nation from the negative forces of globalisation.

Brown gets good sign in Scottish election win

An election victory in Scotland is a sign that Prime Minister Gordon Brown's Labour Party is regaining its popularity after Brown launched an unprecedented and widely praised bailout of some of Britain's leading banks.

Rich nations should ditch 'unsustainable' lifestyles: Wen

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and a top UN official urged industrialised nations yesterday to alter their lifestyles and not let the global financial crisis hamper climate change efforts.

Storm sinks Philippine ferry: 11 killed

A passenger boat that capsized during a storm, drowning 11 people just 200 yards offshore, left a port in the central Philippines without clearance, the coast guard said yesterday.

Japanese researchers make brain tissues from stem cells

Japanese researchers said Thursday they had created functioning human brain tissues from stem cells, a world first that has raised new hopes for the treatment of disease.

Ancient cave yields clues to Chinese history

A stalagmite rising from the floor of a cave in China is providing clues to the end of several dynasties in Chinese history. Slowly built from the minerals in dripping water over 1,810 years, chemicals in the stone tell a tale of strong and weak cycles of the monsoon, the life-giving rains that water crops to feed millions of people.

Nepal climbing season claims 5 French lives

Five French trekkers and mountaineers were among six foreigners killed during the autumn climbing season in Nepal, the French embassy and Nepalese officials said yesterday.

Soldiers try to block protest in Kashmir

Thousands of troops in riot gear warned people to stay indoors in the Indian portion of Kashmir in an attempt to block a pro-independence rally called by separatists for a second straight day Friday, local residents said.

UN warns of Congo spillover as fighting erupts anew

UN chief Ban Ki-moon urged African leaders gathered in Nairobi yesterday to stop the rot in eastern DR Congo or face a regional crisis, even as fresh fighting erupted and thousands were displaced.

Green spaces narrow health gap between rich and poor

The rich live longer than the poor but the gap narrows substantially in cities where there are plentiful parks, woods and playing fields, according to a study that appears in Saturday's issue of The Lancet.

Russia to help in Vietnam civil nuclear programme

Russia wants to take part in Vietnam's planned nuclear energy programme, Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Denisov said on Thursday following talks with Vietnam's Foreign Minister Pham Gia Khiem in Hanoi.

Five judges elected to UN's highest court

The UN Security Council and the General Assembly on Thursday jointly elected five judges to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the world body's highest court.

Africa left behind in Kyoto carbon offset trade: Experts

Administrative and technical problems mean that Africa cannot profit from schemes to tackle climate change through projects to cut carbon emissions in developing countries, climate specialists meeting in Dakar said.

Arts & Entertainment


At 10 past 9 pm, the audience was starting to get a tad twitchy. The ustad had taken the stage. Tuning the four 'jawari,' four melody strings, two 'chikari' and fifteen sympathetic pegs do take a while. "A raaga can be played for hours," the maestro said prior to his performance, "I recall playing from 9 pm to 7 in the next morning in Calcutta (now Kolkata) once." Connoisseurs seemed delighted at the possibility. "But tonight I'll play an array of compositions," he said.

Seminar on censorship of digital films

In recent years, digital filmmaking, which has become popular around the world, is catching on among our filmmakers. This format, comparatively inexpensive to the 35 and 16 mm format, is becoming the preferred medium to work with for many.

Jatrapala “Shajahan” to be staged today

Centrally organised by the University of Dhaka and under the management of the Department of Theatre and Music, DU the "3rd Dhaka University Annual Theatre Festival '08" begins today. The festival will take place at the TSC auditorium till November 18. Vice Chancellor of DU, Professor SMA Fayez will inaugurate the festival. Professor Sirajul Islam Chowdhury will be the chief guest at today's inaugural programme. Dr. Israfil Shahin, chairman of the department, will preside over the programme.

Sudip Chakroborthy: Portrait of a young talent

Young and talented theatre director-designer-actor Sudip Chakroborthy, though a newcomer in the theatre circuit, has created ripples with his experimental works. Of the 15 theatre performances, mostly Department of Theatre and Music, Dhaka University productions, his direction has earned appreciation from theatre personalities in the country. Appointed by Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation, Sudip has directed plays for theatre groups outside Dhaka. Moreover, he has conducted workshops with several theatre groups. His research papers have been published in reputed journals such as Asiatic Society journal.

“Haat” on ntv tonight

Single-episode TV play “Haat” will be aired tonight at 9 pm. Written by renowned litterateur Ahmed Sofa, the play is directed by Giasuddin Selim.

“Angels & Demons”

Tom Hanks returns as Robert Langdon -- a role he played in "The Da Vinci Code" -- in "Angels & Demons, an upcoming film adaptation of Dan Brown's novel of the same name. Directed by Ron Howard, the film is due for release on May 15, 2009.


'Convicts must not be given nomination'

Fifteenth president of the country, Prof Dr AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury was born in November 1932 in Bikrampur. A renowned professor of medicine, he entered politics as the founder secretary general of BNP. He was elected MP for several times and served as cabinet minister during 1979-1982, 1991-1996 and 2001 till he was elected President on November 12, 2001. After resigning as President on June 21, 2002, he formed Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) which later merged into Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) on October 26, 2006. However, Chowdhury and his allies left LDP and reestablished BDB after eight months. Wasim Bin Habib and Suranjith Debnath took this interview.

Concern for credible election

The next general election stated for 18th December 2008 will be different from others held since at least 1971. While there may be worries that democratic elections will be taking place under restrictive arrangements, there is definitely greater concern as to whether our hard-earned freedom's foundation will stay. Such concern assumes significance on account of worldwide economic crisis, political unrest, constitutional erosion, and moral degradation in public life. We may take comfort in the fact that the unrest is worldwide but it would be unwise to deny or ignore that we have a sizable problem at hand.

A tribute to Dr Zohra Kazi

The first Bangali Muslim lady doctor of the then undivided Bengal Professor Dr. Zohra Begum Kazi was born on 15th October, 1912 at Rajnangaon, Madhya Pradesh, India. Her father late Dr. Kazi Abdus Sattar was also a renowned physician and a political personality of the Subcontinent who hailed from the famous Kazi family of Gopalpur village under Kalkini Upazila of Madaripur district. He was a close associate of Mahatma Gandhi, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Maulana Shawkat Ali, Jawaharlal Nehru, Ballav Bhai Patel, Sher-e-Bangla AK Fazlul Haq and many other renowned personalities of that time.

Bleak power generation scenario: Alternative source is a must

Energy plays an important role in accelerating economic growth as much as it serves as an element in providing basic needs like food, shelter, healthcare facilities, safe water, sanitation, education and access to job. “Sustainable human development” that means an economic growth through equitable distribution of benefits can only be ensured through meeting the of energy needs of the nation. This brings into focus the interrelation between per capita energy consumption and per capita GDP, emphasizing the fact that improvement of human development status contributes to increase in per capita energy consumption. Reports have it that in developing countries where per capita commercial energy consumption is below 1000 kg of oil equivalent (KGOE) per year, poverty predominates with the concomitant vices of illiteracy, population growth and infant mortality.


Ground reality requires concerted efforts

Running efficiently a megacity and that too as old and physically volatile as Dhaka is no mean a task, for it performs even when most of its wearied citizens are asleep.

Town planning for Bangladesh : Vision 2020

Our Cities
There is no denying of the fact that urbanization is the inevitable destiny of the human civilization. But, the way cities, both at home and abroad, are growing is not at all sustainable. Therefore it is imperative that governments across the globe should fundamentally rethink policies and approaches towards managing urbanization before it is too late. To be true, “we have ten, maybe fifteen years, to get on to a new track. After that the slum problem, environmental damage and urban insecurity will become so entrenched that they will dominate international relations for the rest of the century”, says Planner Christine Platt, President, Commonwealth Association of Planners (CAP). WTPD gives an opportunity to "advance public and professional interest in planning both locally and abroad" and create "a special day to recognize and promote the role of planning in creating livable communities." WTPD recognizes community-wide needs, the significance of neighborhood and centre, the need for personal involvement in community policy making, the fragile nature of the environment, and the necessity to consider future impacts in community and regional development for the present and the future.


The Flyover*

There is a two- to three-hour long traffic jam right before and after the grand inauguration of the Mohakhali flyover. The traffic jam is because many high government officials plus security and law enforcement agency representatives are present at the grand event. Undoubtedly for the common run of people the whole thing appears to be a blockade or a battle of sorts taking place. Some of the people stuck in traffic are annoyed. There are also some who are waiting patiently; they think that afterwards the flyover will be a boon to all those who use this road often.

A Room of One's Own

The maple leaves are turning colour. Almost imperceptibly, they spring upon us a myriad spectacle of molten golds, auburn browns, soft yellows and brick reds. The wind blows cold now and both of these changes leave us gasping at the bewildering splendor of seasonal change.


I moved to Boston many years ago, and have been living on and off in this city for almost 30 years now. Before my wife Rumi and I came to Boston, and even after that, I used to take pride in my association with Dhaka, where I was born and spent my formative years. I would frequently brag to family and friends about my knowledge of its nooks and crannies, its oli-golies, whether in the old town or in its newer parts. But now, after having lived and worked in the city of Boston, I am starting to feel the same way about Boston and its twin city, Cambridge.

Two poems by Razia Sultana Khan

Photo of Five Year Old Girl in Hijab

Enshrouded in white,
bound head and body
you sit on a prayer mat.
No arms, no legs,
a white lily
in the Snow Queen's land.

Star Health

LASIK eye surgery: Alternative to corrective lenses

LASIK eye surgery — short for laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis — has resulted in making clear vision a reality for millions of people who used to rely on glasses or contact lenses. With increasing experience and advances in technology, outcomes and predictability of LASIK eye surgery have greatly improved in recent years. But complications associated with LASIK eye surgery still exist. Before you schedule LASIK eye surgery, find out what it entails and what could go wrong.

Avoid squatting to protect your knee

Although osteoarthritis (OA) can affect any joint but knee is most commonly affected. Osteoarthritis of the knee is one of the five leading causes of disability among elderly specially women.

Towards a healthy aging

With the increase of life expectancy, we are having larger proportion of aging population. Aging is not a disease but a series of normal changes in our body. It is not surprising that old age would be accompanied by health problems. Some people stay healthy by changing lifestyle with age, thereby increasing their chances of enjoying retirement and taking full advantage of their senior years. We can not stop aging but can learn how to age successfully.

DNA's revolution

A revolution has taken place in the last few decades that explains how DNA makes us look like our parents and how a flawed gene can cause disease. This opens the door to treat lot of diseases.

Be aware of high heels

High heel shoes sure look great, but they are murder for your back. This however does not mean you should steer clear of stilettos. Wear them, but not when you know you will be walking around a lot. Wear them when going out for lunch or dinner — when the only walking you will be doing is to your car, to the table and back.

Sweet potatoes: Color yourself healthy

Why eat sweet potatoes? The deep orange-yellow color of sweet potatoes tells you that they are high in the antioxidant beta carotene.

Gates urges rich countries not to cut health aid

Microsoft founder Bill Gates said he was worried the global financial crisis he says could last two to three years might drive rich countries to cut back spending on health aid for the developing world.

Strategic Issues

Message of change from President Obama

THE US voters rose above their racial prejudice and voted to the White House as their 44th President a black man and thus made history. A country where slavery was once institutionalised and legalized, where even as late as in the 1960s blacks were still fighting for their civil and human rights, has now changed forever. Martin Luther King's dream that there will be a day when people will be judged not by the colour of their skins but by the content of their character is now a reality.

Expansion of NATO in the terrorist era

THE North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO) missions have expanded dramatically since the end of the Cold War, and most of the United States' closest allies are members of the alliance. NATO has added new members six times since first forming in 1949 and now NATO comprises twenty-six members. The United States is taking another step today toward getting Albania and Croatia folded into the NATO alliance. Both countries had been isolated behind the Iron Curtain during the Cold War. NATO leaders agreed at a summit earlier this year in Romania to invite Albania and Croatia into the alliance. However, the alliance rebuffed US attempts to begin the process of inviting Ukraine and Georgia. Germany, France and some other alliance members opposed that move, fearing it would provoke Russia, which is unhappy with possible NATO enlargement on its doorstep. Nevertheless, NATO plays, at best, a supportive role in US efforts to combat terrorism. The alliance contributes to preventive and defensive missions to address the threat of terrorism, and its consequence management plans aim to respond to terrorist attacks and to mitigate their effects.

Major equipment shortfall in Pakistan army

Only around USD 500 million of the funds given to Pakistan by the United States have been spent on hardware for the army, a senior Pakistani security official has claimed, even though Washington has poured up to USD 10 billion in military aid into the country since 2003.

Aso backs new Afghan mandate

Japan's Prime Minister, Taro Aso, has made the continuation of his country's naval mission in the Indian Ocean one of the top priorities of his new administration.

EU worries over political influence of Turkish army

Turkey's powerful military continues to wield political influence despite EU demands that control over the army be put firmly in the hands of the government, the European Commission said November 5.

NATO welcomes Obama win

The NATO military alliance welcomed Barack Obama's US election victory November 5 underlining that tighter transatlantic cooperation was essential to combat the world's security problems.

Star Books Review

Exploring gender bias in the Bangladeshi media

“one is really surprised by the presence of atypical and non-traditional women in dramas and ads and the print media. I will argue towards the end of the book that it can be said about the print and electronic media that when the image of the woman is concerned they are integral and flowing together and colluding in constructing the modern, free, outgoing, and working woman of Bangladesh.” So Anwara Begum claims at the outset of Magical Shadows: Women in the Bangladeshi Media. However, when one painstakingly, and mercifully, reaches the end of the book, having gone through everything in between the beginning and the finale, one might be excused in thinking whether s/he has actually detected the author's contention.

Idealism and a determined woman

In 1986 Virgilio Barco, previously mayor of Bogota, is elected president of the republic. He wants to reform the economy and wage an all out war against the drug cartels. Carlos Galian 46, is assassinated. Ernesto Samper becomes president through the money supplied by drug traffickers.

Empress of the old world

The name 'Cleopatra' comes to our mind like a dream. She springs from the shadowy dawn of civilization and amazes us with her royal grandeur. She is the empress of the old world. We are enamoured of her love story and bravery as a queen. Abdul Matin acquaints Bengali readers with this queen of ancient Egypt vis-a-vis the history of Roman Empire.

The strategy that needs to be shaped

Bangladesh is a beautiful surprise to tourists who come visiting. It is the daughter of the sea. It is the largest and youngest delta in the world, stands on the world's largest bay, the Bay of Bengal. The most beautiful sunset in the world is there in Bangladesh. The longest unbroken sea beach in the world, Cox's Bazar, may attract beach lovers from everywhere. Evergreen rural Bangladesh, crisscrossed by rivers, could well be paradise.

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