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News of: Saturday, 15th of November, 2008

Front Page

Anti-graft drive stumbles on Tac

Thursday's High Court (HC) order declaring the Truth and Accountability Commission (Tac) illegal has dealt a body blow to the drive against high-profile graft suspects, observed those involved in the anti-corruption efforts.

4-party walks on tight polls rope

A whole new polarisation may arise centring the race for the December 18 parliamentary election if BNP keeps away from participating in it since some of its leaders and key ally Jamaat-e-Islami desperately want to contest the poll.

Govt yet to act tough on trade

The authorities have yet to take legal action against dishonest traders who illegally marketed Chinese powdered milk, proving either way the laxity of the government in protecting public interests.

EC legally bound to hold polls by Dec

The Election Commission (EC) now considers holding of the ninth parliamentary election within December a legal obligation as the commission in an affidavit to the Supreme Court has promised to do so.

Party meeting in jail

The jail authorities yesterday issued show-cause notices upon detained former BNP ministers Moudud Ahmed, Nazmul Huda, Mirza Abbas and ex-MP Abdul Wadud Bhuiyan in connection with holding meetings in the prison cells of BSMMU with their party men and relatives violating the jail code.

Govt interested for sake of Dec 18 polls

Education Adviser Hossain Zillur Rahman yesterday said the government will strive to bring Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia to the negotiating table, as it believes dialogue between the two will remove uncertainty over the December 18 election.

Country still reels from Sidr havoc

Monira still cries for her son Jihad. "Sometimes I just forget that he is no more," lamented Monira as she was talking over phone from Southkhali, a remote village near the Sundarbans.

World leaders head for US, recession grips Euro zone

World leaders headed to Washington on Friday to try to find ways to tackle a global economic crisis that has plunged much of Europe into its first recession since the euro currency was formed.

Import at Benapole stops as BSTI goes for check

A recent Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) move to check the quality of processed food items being imported from India has almost brought import of these through Benapole Land Port to a halt.

Call to relocate courts, sub-jails from JS arena

The Supreme Court (SC) lawyers call for immediate relocation of the special courts and sub-jails from the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban compound to uphold the dignity of parliament as the next general election is very near.

Depression intensifying in Bay

The depression over the west central Bay and adjoining southwest Bay moved slightly westwards and intensified into a deep depression yesterday

Judicial powers of Tac led to HC verdict against it

The Truth and Accountability Commission (Tac) was declared illegal because despite being a non-judicial organisation it was given judicial powers, said legal experts.

3 milk centres fined

A mobile court Thursday fined three milk cooling centres of Pran Dairy, Akiz Food and Brac Dairy Tk 7,500 for non-compliance with health regulations in Pabna's Sujanagar upazila.

AL nomination to be announced in couple of days

The Awami League (AL) will announce their candidates for the December 18 general election from the 14-party platform in a couple of days if the BNP keeps from the polls in the event.

3 die, 12 sick after drinking rectified spirit

Three people died and 12 others became sick Thursday after drinking rectified spirit in different areas of Dhamrai, Dhaka.

Farmers' fate never changes for land graft

The farmers cannot improve their economic status because of various forms of corruption in land and agriculture sectors, Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) Chairman Prof Muzaffer Ahmad said yesterday.

Prices of onion, potato on rise

The prices of onion and potato witnessed a sharp rise in the city markets in the last week.

Pak envoy meets Khaleda

Pakistan High Commissioner in Dhaka Alamgir Babar called on BNP Chairperson and former prime minister Khaleda Zia at her Gulshan office yesterday evening.

Obama eyes Hillary as US secy of state

Sen Hillary Rodham Clinton is among the candidates that President-elect Barack Obama is considering for secretary of state, according to two Democratic officials in close contact with the Obama transition team.

Rejoinder, our reply

Two private universities differed with some points of a report titled "Certificate Trade in Guise of Teachers' Training" published in The Daily Star on November 8.

Kathmandu keen on sharing power with Bangladesh

Thailand and Nepal want to expand the existing bilateral relations with Bangladesh through Bimstec.

3 killed in city

Three people including two alleged listed criminals were killed in two separate incidents in the city yesterday.

US missile strike kills 12 in Pakistan

A suspected US missile strike killed at least 12 people in a village near the Afghan border yesterday, including several suspected foreign militants, Pakistani officials said.

Indian probe lands on moon

An Indian probe landed on the moon on Friday, the Indian Space Research Organisation announced, in a milestone for the country's 45-year-old space programme.

European debut for '$100 laptop’

The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) organisation is planning to sell the devices via online store Amazon's European outlets from 17 November.

Human ancestors born big brained

A new Homo erectus fossil suggests that females had large, wide pelvises in order to deliver large-brained babies.

Editorial

BIMSTEC initiatives

IT is only for the second time that the newly formed regional economic grouping has met at summit level, and it was worth repeating the essential message that has resonated during the recently concluded BIMSTEC summit in New Delhi recently -- that our progress lies in collective endeavour.

Public hearing on DAP

WE cannot help being skeptic about the public hearing launched by Rajuk, some five weeks ago, on the draft final reports of Detailed Area Plan (DAP) offering a participatory outlet to the city dwellers to be associated with the planning process for the capital city's well-rounded development. In theory, the idea is good; but in practice, it looks headed for a debacle unless of course it is reorganised into an effective interface between the development planner and the city dweller.

The US polls revolution and Bangladesh

WHAT happened on 4 November shook the world. The people of the USA spoke this time and ushered in change in the most meaningful and effective mode. The manner, in which this was played out, restored to America its standing at the top of the ladder of moral leadership. The electoral process demonstrated once again that given good governance, fairness and a level playing field, a credible election can be held despite difficulties. Like many others, I felt happy to have been alive on this day and to have savoured this magical moment. It kindled in the hearts of many around the world a spring of hope. It has taken 45 years since Martin Luther King's famous "I have a dream" speech was delivered at Lincoln Memorial, but segregation, discrimination and violent racist abuse has finally come to rest in America. This election, in more ways than one, has been "a huge step for mankind".

Obama factor in South Asia

SOME Pakistani television channels have called me up seeking my comment on the effect of Senator Barrack Hussein Obama's election as the US President on India-Pakistan relations. The Indian media has raised the same question. The first is downcast and the second exudes confidence since it assumes that India and America are "natural allies."

Bangladesh agriculture: Challenges ahead

BANGLADESH Academy of Agriculture (BAAG), an organization of senior and eminent agriculturists of the country, organized a round table discussion on "Bangladesh Agriculture: Challenges Ahead" just more than a couple of months ago (23rd August) at BARC Conference Room, Dhaka. A large number of shortcomings as well as challenges were identified during the meeting and ameliorative measures were suggested. However, the most daunting challenges facing our agriculture and urgently necessary measures are analyzed here.

Sports

Mashrafe worry for Tigers

The Bangladesh team management is in a dilemma with the condition of Mashrafe Bin Mortaza ahead of the two-match Test series.

Rony, Sonia march on

Shahjahan Ali Rony established himself as the country's top breaststroke swimmer yesterday when he completed a double at the Mercantile Bank 23rd National Swimming Championships.

Sun shining in Kimberley

There will be nothing better if the Tigers get the current sunny weather in their two-day warm-up match against South Africa A at the De Beers Diamond Oval today ahead of their tough challenge against the Proteas in the Test series.

India dump England

England narrowly avoided their worst one-day defeat in terms of runs as India won the first game of the seven-match series by 158 runs here on Friday.

WI ride on Taylor

West Indies bowled a disciplined line and length to dismiss Pakistan for 232 in the second one-day international at Sheikh Zayed Stadium here on Friday.

Keeping fingers crossed for big Indonesian win

Bangladesh will look to Indonesia today for a place in the semifinals of the 3rd Grand Royal Challenge Cup.

Olympic Day Run held

Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA) observed the Olympic Day Run in the capital and elsewhere in the country yesterday in a bid to popularise the Olympic movement in Bangladesh.

Great start for women's team

Bangladesh men's and women's teams got off to contrasting starts in the 38th Chess Olympiad in Dresden, Germany on Thursday.

Kevin won't panic

As Kevin Pietersen was skipping through his early matches as England captain, spreading the love wherever he went, there was a gentle warning -- wait until you get to India. After a 158-run defeat in the opening one-day international, as England conceded their highest total, he has been left in no doubt about the task ahead of his team.

'Nothing to prove'

After single-handedly demolishing the England bowling line-up and setting up India's huge 158-run victory in the first one-dayer here today (Friday), Yuvraj Singh said he did not intend to prove anything to anyone.

Leaders resume tussle

Chelsea and Liverpool will attempt to draw a line under what has been a difficult week for both clubs as they resume their tussle for pole position in the Premier League title race this weekend.

Juventus thrash Genoa

Juventus moved into second place in Italy's Serie A with a 4-1 win over Genoa on Thursday at Turin's Stadio Olimpico.

Rome derby tops billing

Lazio and Roma will be playing for more than local bragging rights when they meet in the season's first Rome derby on Sunday evening.

Lahm back for Bayern

Bayern Munich's Germany defender Philipp Lahm has shaken off his ankle injury and is hoping to help fire the German giants to the top of the Bundesliga on Saturday.

Axe hovers over Schuster

Bernd Schuster has experienced some lows in his 16-month spell as Real Madrid manager but the German coach is currently facing his most difficult time with intense speculation that he could be set for the axe if things don't improve, starting with Saturday's match at Valladolid.

Nistelrooy out for season

Real Madrid's Dutch striker Ruud van Nistelrooy underwent an operation on his right knee in the United States and will miss the rest of the season, the reigning Spanish champions said Thursday.

Brazil set Italy date

Brazil are to play a friendly against World Cup holders Italy at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium on February 10, the Premier League club announced here Thursday.

Drogba charged with violent conduct

The English Football Association on Friday charged Chelsea striker Didier Drogba with violent conduct after he threw a coin into the crowd during his club's League Cup defeat by Burnley.

Spain name team for Chile tie

Spain squad announced Friday for the November 19 friendly against Chile in the southeastern Spanish city of Villarreal:

Murray knocks out Federer

British world number four Andy Murray knocked defending champion Roger Federer out of the Tennis Masters Cup with a 4-6, 7-6 (7/3), 7-5 victory on Friday.

Donovan close to Bayern move

Los Angeles Galaxy forward Landon Donovan has taken a step closer to a move to German giants Bayern Munich after impressing coach Jurgen Klinsmann on his 10-day trial in the south German city.

Becks may not play: Seedorf

AC Milan's Clarence Seedorf believes it's quite possible that new loan signing David Beckham won't play a single match for the Italian giants.

Lahore take 1-0 lead

There were some nerves during their chase, but Lahore Badshahs eventually overcame Hyderabad Heroes to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three finals in Ahmedabad.

Ramiz pleads to India

Former captain Ramiz Raza Friday urged India to send its cricket team to Pakistan, saying the two countries need each other's backing.

PCB to go neutral

Pakistan is ready to shift its home series against India early next year to a neutral venue if New Delhi refuses to clear its team's tour over security fears, a top official said Thursday.

India champs in Jr South Asian tennis

India won the first Junior South Asian Tennis Championship title when they defeated Pakistan 3-0 on the final day of the competition at the National Tennis Complex in Ramna yesterday.

BCCI snaps back at Hayden

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Friday reacted strongly to Matthew Hayden's comment about India being a 'third world' country, saying such a remark was totally uncalled for from the Australian opener.

Local Snippets

Mukta Bihanga Tarun Sangha won their second game in the only match of the Green Delta First Division Hockey League at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.

Metropolitan

Include women's rights issues in election manifestos

Conscious women voters in the district have called on the political parties to clearly mention their stand on women's rights issues in the electoral manifestos for the upcoming general elections scheduled for December 18.

EC frames code of conduct for media

The Election Commission is going to hand the print and electronic media a code of conduct to abide by while covering the parliamentary and upazila elections so that a sense of accountability and propriety is maintained.

Over one million struggling for shelter

Speakers at a discussion on Thursday said over one million of Sidr victims are still struggling for shelters.

N'ganj farmers protest move to acquire lands

Thousands of farmers from 20 villages in Sadar upazila staged a demonstration here yesterday protesting the government decision to acquire their croplands for the construction of a road.

JP selects 102 candidates

Jatiya Party (Ershad) yesterday primarily announced the names of 102 aspiring candidates to contest the parliamentary elections scheduled for December 18.

'Hold Dec 18 polls to safeguard nation'

A total of 25 renowned intellectuals yesterday urged the caretaker government and Election Commission (EC) to hold the December 18 parliamentary election to safeguard the nation from foreign conspiracy and constitutional crisis.

Call to resist bringing of toxic ship to Ctg port

Greern Voice and Sheba yesterday formed a human chain in front of the National Museum in the city protesting the conspiracy of bringing toxic ship SA Helderberg to Chittagong port.

Four children rescued from traffickers

Chittagong Metropolitan Police rescued four children while they were being kidnapped in two separate incidents in the early hours of yesterday.

Fazle Abed to be awarded Asiatic Society Fellowship today

Brac Chairman Fazle Hasan Abed will be awarded Bangladesh Asiatic Society Fellowship at a function in the city today, says a press release.

Agri production to be increased for food security

Agriculture and Water Resources Adviser CS Karim yesterday said agriculture production would have to be increased in order to ensure food security in the country.

One crushed to death under wheels of truck

A sports official of Munshiganj district was crushed to death under the wheels of a speeding truck at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in the city last night.

Citi micro-business awards to be declared Nov 20

The name of the winners of the Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards 2008 will be announced on November 20 at the grand finale of the event, says a press release.

GF makes primary list of 70 candidates

Gono Forum Parliamentary Board has prepared a primary list of 70 aspirant candidates for the upcoming election, says a press release.

Primary textbooks to reach students before January

Primary school textbooks will reach to the hands of all students before January next as till November 11, the books have already been reached to more than half of the districts.

Workshop on AIDS held at IUB

A workshop on 'Confronting AIDS Challenges of the 21st Century: The Student Community' was held on the Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) campus in the city on Thursday, says a press release.

Prof Mandal made BAU VC

Prof MA Sattar Mandal has been made the vice chancellor of Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU), Mymensingh for the next four years, says a press release.

Fakhruddin returns home

Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed returned home yesterday after attending the 2nd Bimstec summit in New Delhi.

Call to raise awareness about diabetes

The World Diabetes Day was observed across the country yesterday with a call to raise awareness about the disease among the people, says a press release.

Envoys of 17 countries visit Maynamati war cemetery

Ambassadors, high commissioners and high officials of 17 countries, including the USA and the UK, yesterday visited Maynamati War Cemetery to pay their respects to the soldiers martyred in the World War II.

Nat'l Chemistry Olympiad held

The 2nd National Chemistry Olympiad was held in six divisional headquarters yesterday.

Robbery at city hotel, one held

Two employees of a hotel were injured as a gang of robbers assaulted them during a robbery at Mohakhali in the city yesterday.

Death anniversary

Today is the 37th death anniversary of Dr Azhar and Dr Humayun, the first victims of the Al-Badr during the liberation war, says a press release.

National

Delimitation dents BNP vote in B'baria-2, 5, AL's in 1, 6

The change of areas in constituencies has made a dent in BNP vote banks in Brahmanbaria-2 and 5 constituencies while Awami League (AL) has become loser in Brahmanbaria-1 and 6.

2 women Hijbut activists held in Patuakhali

Two women activists of Hijbut Tauhid were sent to jail after police produced them before a court following their arrest with books, CDs and leaflets.

Villagers swindled of Tk 20 lakh by fake NGO in Zaintapur

Officials of a fake NGO are on the run after swindling poor depositors of about Tk 20 lakh in Zaintapur.

Badsha claims he is sure to get Rajshahi-2 ticket

Workers' Party Politburo member Fazle Hossain Badsha yesterday hoped he would get nomination from Awami League-led alliance from Rajshahi-2 (Rajshahi City Corporation) constituency in the upcoming parliamentary election.

Feud keeps AL losing in Tangail-3

Victory eludes Awami League (AL) in Tangail-3 (Ghatail) constituency as the party is divided into three factions.

EU team in Khulna to visit shrimp farms

A two-member European Union (EU) team yesterday visited the Fish Inspection and Quality Control office as part of their three-day tour here to have an idea about present condition of shrimp industry in Khulna-Bagerhat zone.

'Irregularities' by 2 PSTU VCs being probed

A 3-member probe team formed by the University Grants Commission (UGC) started investigation of various allegations against two vice chancellors (VCs) of Patuakhali Science and Technology University (PSTU).

45 fall sick taking sweets at mosque

At least 45 people including 30 children fell sick after taking home-prepared sweetmeat at a village mosque at Rampur in in Thakurgaon Sadar upazila yesterday.

AL in Rajshahi-3 wants Zinatun Nesa Talukder

Leaders and activists of Mohanpur upazila Awami League (AL) at a press conference here yesterday demanded nomination of former state minister Zinatun Nesa Talukder as party candidate in Rajshahi-3 (Mahanpur-Poba) constituency in the the upcoming parliamentary election.

International

Violence mars Indian state election

Indian troops battled Maoist rebels in the east of the country yesteday as violence marred the start of a string of key state elections seen as a popularity test for the ruling party.

Nine monks jailed for Myanmar protests

Nine Buddhist monks and 28 pro-democracy activists have been jailed in Mynamar for involvement in last year's massive protests against the military junta, an opposition spokesman said yesterday.

British troops to quit Iraq by end of 2009

All British troops will be out of Iraq by the end of next year, Iraq's national security advisor said yesterday, days before Baghdad was expected to vote on a controversial US military pact.

India's rich lose 60pct of their fortune

The fortunes of India's wealthiest have been cut by more than 60 percent due to the global financial crisis, which has sharply pulled down stock markets, according to a new rich list.

UNHCR to move 60,000 DR Congo refugees for their safety

Around 60,000 people displaced by fighting in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo are to be moved out of a camp near the city of Goma because of safety fears, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said yesterday.

Israel to try troops over Palestinian abuse video

The Israeli army is to try several soldiers suspected of posting a video on YouTube that shows them humiliating a bound and blindfolded Palestinian, a statement said yesterday.

Clouds of pollution threaten glaciers, health: UN

A dirty brown haze sometimes more than a mile thick is darkening skies not only over vast areas of Asia, but also in the Middle East, southern Africa and the Amazon Basin, changing weather patterns around the world and threatening health and food supplies, the UN reported Thursday.

Obama risks trap with Ahmadinejad letter

Barack Obama may have pledged during his campaign to talk to Iran's leaders, but he could fall into a trap by replying to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's congratulatory letter, analysts warn.

Canadian journalist abducted in Pakistan

A Canadian journalist was abducted this week in Pakistan's northern tribal region while gathering materials for a documentary, officials said Thursday, days after another was released in Afghanistan.

Bin Laden is isolated, Qaeda resilient: CIA

Osama bin Laden, deeply isolated and likely near the rugged Afghanistan-Pakistan border, has been forced to devote much of his energy to his own security while his al-Qaeda terror network remains resilient, CIA Director Michael Hayden said Thursday.

Alien planets outside our solar system

Earth seems to have its first fuzzy photos of alien planets outside our solar system, images captured by two teams of astronomers. The pictures show four likely planets that appear as specks of white, nearly indecipherable except to the most eagle-eyed experts. All are trillions of miles away three of them orbiting the same star, and the fourth circling a different star.

Russian parliament approves longer presidential terms

Russia's parliament yesterday approved constitutional changes extending the length of presidential terms, a move opponents said could lead to the return of Vladimir Putin to the presidency.

Prince Charles turns 60 waiting for throne

Talk about an apprentice. By the time he turns 60 yesterday, Prince Charles will have spent a lifetime in line to become king.

Biden meets Cheney

Vice President Dick Cheney welcomed his successor, vice president-elect Joseph Biden, to his official residence Thursday, shrugging off his visitor's stinging campaign trail attacks.

UN food distribution in Gaza grinds to a halt

UN food distribution to half of Gaza's 1.5 million population ground to a halt on Friday as Israel maintained a total lockdown of the impoverished Palestinian territory amid continuing violence.

Thai PM mulls new office as protests continue

Thai Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat said yesterday he was considering building a new headquarters in Bangkok as anti-government protesters continue a three-month siege of his office.

Arts & Entertainment

Humayun Ahmed turns 60

Humayun Ahmed is perhaps the most celebrated contemporary Bangladeshi fiction writer. His immense contribution to the Bangladeshi literature over the last three decades has earned him international acclaim as well. At least for the last two decades, his books have been topping the bestseller lists in Bangladesh.

Jamal’s romantic and pensive journey

For a long time, Bengal's scenic beauty as well as nubile women in all their curvaceous beauty, bucolic panoramic view, metropolis, bauls, mendicants, working class and more have been supremely depicted by the avant-garde painter Jamal Ahmed. The artist portrays the moving and remarkable sights around us.

Manipuris in Maulvibazar celebrate ‘Rash Leela’

The Manipuri communities living in Madhabpur and Adampur under Kamalganj upazila of Maulvibazar district celebrated their major religious and cultural festival 'Maha Rash Leela' on November 13. Celebrations were held at Manipuri Jora Mandaps in Adampur and Madhabpur.

“The Mysterious Equation” on ntv tonight

Single-episode TV play "The Mysterious Equation" will be aired on ntv tonight at 9pm. Written and directed by Shafayet Mansur Rana, the play features actors Sweety, Azad Abul Kalam, Hillol, Nova and others.

‘Rash Mela’ in Manikganj

‘Rash Mela,’ a major local event and a tradition that goes back 500 years, began here last Thursday.

OP-ED

Behind the deficits of electoral candidates

MANY would like to believe that Bangladesh polity is in a reform mode and there are hopes for positive change through the next election. However, disappointments have been expressed in high quarters about the unavailability of desired candidates in the local bodies election slated for next week. The disappointments are unfortunate but not totally unexpected. We have to admit that cronyism has been a hallmark of our political culture and mode of governance. No wonder, therefore, such cronyism has brought problems of delinquency and incompetence to the fore.

Can we not place the country above party and self?

BNP chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia's demand for scrapping of the RPO amendments, withdrawal of graft cases against BNP leaders and resignation of the present Election Commissioners at a public meeting in Chittagong on November 7 last as preconditions to participate in the election, at a time, when there is barely one month left for the Parliamentary election, has stunned the whole nation.

Changing face of history

FORTY years back from now nobody dreamt to have an African-American elected as the President of the United States of America where majority population is white. The dream of civil rights movement architect, Martin Luther King Jr saw the light of the day when Americans voted African-American Barack Hussein Obama as 44th President of America on November 4. Thus, electing the first African-American as President by the people of America irrespective of caste, creed and color marked a profound change of direction in America and the world at large.

Rehabilitating river erosion victims

SITUATED on the Brahmaputra Chilmari is a disaster-prone upazila in Kurigram district. River erosion is a common phenomenon in the area.

Environment

Adverse payoffs of embankment

Embankments are the extravagant expenses of unnecessarily restraining the energetic rivers of the Bengal delta. These engineering structures are outmoded and even problematic with unfathomable maintenance costs. Lakes, ponds and rivers -- the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna are integral parts of Bangladesh land features.

The sunshine walk from Toronto to Ottawa

A group of like-minded Canadians walked from Toronto to Ottawa from October 4 to 20, to deliver a letter to the PM of Canada, Stephen Harper, asking for rational environmental policies and raising awareness on the critical issue. The walk was inspired by Mr. Dewan Shuaib Afzal, a Canadian of Bangladeshi origin, who had walked from Toronto to the Niagara Falls, calling for an end to racial profiling in 2004. The Sunshine Walk was supported by friends and activists and endorsed by many Canadian organisations and individuals.

Sound pollution -- a severe health hazard

Level of sound pollution (also termed as noise pollution) in Dhaka city is now a major concern for the general people because it has already exceeded the tolerance level. Because of this sound or noise pollution millions of people in the country are exposed to a number of health risks -- from deafness to heart attack. On city streets noise pollution can be caused by hydraulic horns of vehicles (the most harmful offenders), microphones and cassette players. The hydraulic horns used by buses, trucks and taxies in the crowded city streets are dangerous for human being. This is also how noise pollution in Dhaka City is affecting the hearing power of thousands of children everyday. Noise intensity is measured in decibel (dB) units. At 45 dB of noise the average person generally cannot sleep. At 120 dB the ear registers pain; hearing damage begins at a much lower level, about 85 dB. Experts say, if a child below three years of age hears a horn emitting 100 dB of noise from a close range, he or she might lose his or her hearing power. A child's health may also be adversely affected by loud sounds from the radio, television, cassette players and, not speak of, microphones, also the sound of mills and factories and any loud noise.

Giant butterflies on way to extinction

Butterflies are natural biotic key to biodiversity conservation as well as conservation of any bio-resource in nature. Species 'assemblage and species' richness in any ecosystem, specially in the forest ecosystem, are significantly preserved by the 'dynamism utilization' of butterfly-plant interaction in natural condition. This trophic dynamism happens in nature when the wild state of the butterfly-plant interaction is not disturbed externally, specially by the humans.

Literature

Conjugal Relations*

This is a story set against the background of the Tebhaga movement and demonstrates the breaking upo f traditional patters of human relationships at a time of crisis. A jotedar is a small landlord, often on his way to becoming a capitalist-farmer. Gagan is obviously a sharecropper, tilling Bhupati's land on lease. One of the slogans of the Tebhaga movement was 'Take the harvest to your own yard'. Once the harvest was taken to the landlord's yard for measurement , there was no guarantee that a sharecropper would get his just share.

Manik Bandhapadya's Short Stories

This is the centenary birth year of Manik Bandopadhay. He was born on 19 May 1908 in a small town called Dumka in Bihar. Writing came to him by accident. The story is that when he was a student at Presidency College, during an adda in the college canteen, a friend dared him to publish a story in Bichitra, at that time a well-known Kolkata publication that published only the best of writers and writings. He took up the dare and put in a story in the editor's box. He signed it off as 'Manik' (his nickname) Bandopadhyay. The story, named 'Atashimami,' was published, it created a stir, and at age twenty Manik Bandopadhyay was well launched on his literary career. From now on he would live solely on the earnings from his writing--in fact, in true Marxist fashion he famously said that a writer was a “pen-wielding labourer” who must be paid for his labour. It was a courageous decision to take, since writing was an ill-paid job in his time, and is sadly reflected in the fact that Manik Bandopadhyay died prematurely in 1956, barely forty-eight years old, dogged by penury and ill-health.

50 Years of Writers Workshop Poetry

Today's youngsters won't know it, but the 1960s and '70s were days when South Asian English language writing was not the huge cruise liner it is today, steaming grandly ahead with its Rushdies and Bookers and fat advances, with publishing giants such as PenguinIndia and HarperCollins laying out fancy book launches in plush hotels at the drop of a pen! Those were the bad old days, with nary a publisher in sight. It was in this situation that in 1958, Professor P Lal (full name Purusottama Lal - born 1929), along with some friends, started his Writers Workshop in order to provide a publishing outlet for those lost, benighted souls bent on writing in English. A one-man, one-filing cabinet outfit, hand-typeset books bound in hand-loomed sari cloth. Since then, astonishingly, over 3000 titles have been published. Among them are a host of writers who went to become household names or achieve literary rock star status--and yes, that's right, they started first at Writers Workshop, knocking on its door with manuscript in hand!

East And West: A Plan For World Peace

East is East and West is West, and never the twain shall meet. -- Rudyard Kipling

Star Health

Family care and its tremendous impact on diabetes

Diabetes has a great impact on the daily lives of the persons with diabetes. Family members play an important role in the management of diabetes. The Center for Policy Research and Social Responsibility (CPR2) has recently conducted a study to evaluate the impact of family and hospital care for the persons with diabetes. According to the opinion of the respondents (who are family members of diabetics), 58 percent consider diet, drug and discipline — all required for the management of diabetes; whereas, 22 percent consider discipline;17 percent consider diet; and only 3 percent consider drug as important for the management of diabetes.

Diabetes: Myth and facts

Diabetes is globally an increasing threat to public health. The prevalence of diabetes is higher in the developing countries than that of the developed countries.

A unique lesson for diabetic

Fahim Ahmed was tested as diabetic incidentally after a urine test. That was about ten years ago, and from then on Mr Fahim, like so many other people with diabetes, became fixated on his blood sugar. His doctor warned him to control it or the consequences could be dire — he could end up blind, lose a leg, fail his kidneys and so on.

Childhood diabetes needs extra care

When a child is diagnosed with diabetes, along with the child the parents will experience everything as new.

Good friends – good health Bad friends – bad health!

Good friends may help our life last longer, say researchers at Flinders University, Australia . It found that those who had a large network of friends outlived those with the fewest friends by 22 percent. And the friendships usually fight off depression and boost confidence.

Conference on avian influenza and other zoonotic diseases

With a view to increase awareness on avian influenza and other emerging zoonotic diseases, ICDDR,B in collaboration with one World One Health-Bangladesh Initiative organised a scientific conference recently at ICDDR,B premises.

Seminar on COPD

On occasion of World COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) day on November 19, a scientific seminar has been organised jointly by Sanofi-aventis and NIDCH at the National Asthma Centre Auditorium, NIDCH, Mohakhali in the city today.

Strategic Issues

US mission in Afghanistan: Doomed?

PRESIDENT Bush's decision in 2003 to attack Iraq, leaving the mission in Afghanistan incomplete, and the country's history are combining to produce the same results as the Soviet invasion in the backdrop of a resurgent Taliban and militancy that has risen alarmingly in recent times. The gloomy scenario has been brought into international attention by the Ambassadors of Great Britain and Russia in Kabul.

Durand Line-the hot spot

WHEN the British left India in 1947, it left two contested borders, Pakistan-Afghanistan border-the Durrand Line, and India-Chinese border, the McMahon Line. Observers believe that one of the most explosive spots on earth today is the so-called Durand Line, the 2640 kilometre border, much of it in harsh mountain country, between Afghanistan and Pakistan. This is where the United States and its NATO allies are battling the Taleban and are facing the possibility of military defeat. The Durand Line was established by the British. It was demarcated and then signed into a treaty on November 12, 1893 between the ruler of Afghanistan, Amir Abdul Rahman Khan, and Sir Mortimer Durand, foreign secretary of what was then British India. The idea was to create a buffer zone to protect British India from possible Czarist Russian aggression in what was then the 'Great Game' between the British and Russian empires as the Nobel Laureate Kipling described it. When British India was partitioned between India and Pakistan in 1947, the Durand Line became the Pakistan-Afghan border. Successive Afghan rulers repudiated the Durand Line as the border with Pakistan. There was a demand in the past by Afghan rulers to set up an independent Pakhtoonistan state of Pashtun people. Because of the non-recognition of the Durrand Line as the international boundary, Afghanistan in 1947 voted against the admission of Pakistan in the UN. Even Hamid Karzai, Afghanistan's current President, has called the Durand Line a “line of hate” because by cutting through tribal lands it artificially divides the Pashtun people, whom Kabul would like to claim as Afghans.

EU nations launch air transport fleet initiative

Twelve European Union nations launched a project Nov. 10 to build an EU military air transport fleet to help meet a growing need for planes to carry troops and equipment to the world's trouble spots.

India signs defence pact with Qatar

On the first-ever visit by an Indian Prime Minister to the hydrocarbon-rich Qatar, India has sought surplus funds from that country to sustain the flow of investments at a time of global credit squeeze, and signed two agreements relating to defence and law enforcement. Describing the defence agreement with Qatar as a "landmark," officials said on Monday that it would "lay out a structure for joint maritime security and training as well as exchange of visits"... The Hindu

India, Israel step up defence ties

It seems there are simply no full-stops in the Indo-Israeli strategic partnership despite geopolitical sensitivities as well as allegations of kickbacks in defence deals. All set to further ramp up the already expansive defence ties, a top Indian delegation will leave for Israel on Sunday to discuss joint R&D projects, missile defence, procurements, intelligence-sharing and counter-terrorism strategies, said sources...The Times of India.

Beirut and Damascus agree to joint effort against terrorism

By Syria and Lebanon agreed on Monday to boost border controls and anti-terrorism coordination, as the two neighbors took a new step to strengthen ties since recently deciding to establish diplomatic relations. The decision came during a visit to Damascus by Interior Minister Ziyad Baroud, the first of its kind since the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Premier Rafik Hariri. Many Lebanese politicians have blamed Syria for the killing, a charge Damascus has vehemently denied... The Daily Star

Thousands using Britain as base for Islamic terrorism

Thousands of Islamist militants in the UK are actively supporting jihadist activities at home and abroad, according to a leaked Government document.

Star Books Review

Ruins of old courage and lore of old hope

This novel by Marilynne Robinson, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2005, is a first person narrative written in the form of a communiqué from an aged father to his very young son, whose adulthood he does not expect to see because of his advanced years. The novel is set in the in the American Midwest, in a small town bordering the vast prairie area which is both a landscape and a condition that colours the attitudes and responses of the characters in it. It is not a novel in the epistolary or letter form, yet the text divided into sections, which purportedly have been written over many days, addresses the boy, a child of seven, in an attempt to leave not only a memoir of his parent but also to explain and perhaps justify the life that that father has lived, a testament that he hopes the child will read when he is an adult. The intimate, contemplative, often introspective, tone of the book makes the reader almost an accidental bystander, even an eavesdropper.

What women in Islam can do for themselves

At the International Conference for Population & Development ( ICPD ) held in Cairo in 1994, member-states consensually agreed to create “a state of complete, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity, in all matters relating to the reproductive system and to the functions and processes.” The conference reminded all that it was imperative for conscious individuals to equip themselves with knowledge, ability and resources to plan and to preserve reproductive health, such as choice of sexual partners, ability to negotiate safe sex practices, decision about the number of children, and raising healthy children. RH encompasses all aspects of sexuality and reproductive needs during the various stages of the life cycle, health needs of individuals, couples and families.

Colours of a country reinventing itself

“.…In your quest of knowledge, go even as far as China” -Al Hadith.

The power of the word

There is always something stirring about speeches, especially when they have the soul soar in every possible way. Think of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. It is a simple collection of words and yet it has resonated with generations across the world and time. 'Four score and seven years ago . . .' Who has not recalled these famous opening lines? There was, long before Lincoln, Demosthenes with his 'I have always made common cause with the people'. Demosthenes was an orator, in the way that Pericles was. Oliver Cromwell was slightly different, but when his indignation threw up in 1653 that famous reprimand to parliament, he went into the history books. 'In the name of God, go!' --- and they all scampered off. Puritanism was finally in place.


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