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Battle on at Taj, siege over at Jewish centre, Oberoi

Commandos who stormed the Mumbai headquarters of an ultra-orthodox Jewish group found the bodies of five hostages inside as a fresh battle raged at the luxury Taj Mahal hotel and other Indian forces ended a siege at another five-star hotel.

BNP ends interviews but tightlipped on candidates

BNP last night completed interview of all those seeking its nominations, but did not disclose names of the candidates to avoid intra-party rift.

AL now mulls giving tickets to mid-level 'reformists'

Amid pressure from inside and outside the party, Awami League (AL) now mulls nominating some of its mid-level 'reformist' leaders who were initially denied party tickets for contesting the December 29 parliamentary election.

Handing over of a few plots begins in March

The Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) will start handing over a small number of plots among the allottees in Purbachal New Town Project from March next year although its development work needs over three years to be completed.

Emergency a bar to holding fair polls

The European Union Election Observation Mission (EUEOM) yesterday said the state of emergency is a negative factor for a free and fair election but hoped that the authorities will lift the emergency prior to the polls and ensure security to all concerned.

Charge sheets in 2 cases likely tomorrow

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) is likely to submit tomorrow the charge sheets of the two cases connected with the bomb attacks at Ramna Batamul accusing 14 leaders and activists of Harkatul Jihad (Huji).

Party in power has to bring opposition to JS

Former caretaker government adviser Rokia Afzal Rahman has said the responsibility of making the next parliament effective falls to a great extent on the party that will form the government.

Bigger parties are more democratic, won’t keep off poll

Former caretaker government adviser Akbar Ali Khan yesterday said bigger political parties of the country are democratic and will not refrain from participating in the upcoming parliamentary election, which he hopes will be held on schedule.

3 teachers ‘guilty’ but syndicate for experts’ opinion

A fact-finding committee of Dhaka University (DU) has found three professors of political science to have been involved in a question leak incident at their department.

BNP, allies yet to finalise seat sharing

Even after a series of meetings, BNP has yet to reach an agreement with its partners in the four-party alliance on seat sharing for the December 29 parliamentary polls.

Eid-ul-Azha on Dec 9

The holy Eid-ul-Azha will be celebrated on December 9 as Zilhajj moon was not sighted anywhere in the country yesterday.

AL yet to reach accord with JP, LDP

Awami League (AL) is yet to finalise sharing of seats with any components of the grand electoral alliance including Jatiya Party (JP) and Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) while the last date for filing nominations for the December 29 parliamentary election expires tomorrow.

Make Dhaka habitable, urges CA

Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday called for saving the Buriganga, Dhaleshwari, Shitalakhya and Turag rivers to save Dhaka, as the rivers surround the sprawling city.

High hopes to stop sexual exploitation of children

The World Congress III against Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents ended yesterday in Rio de Janeiro amid high hopes and firm promises to work with renewed effectiveness to stop sexual exploitation of children and adolescents.

Abducted RU student rescued

Police rescued an admission seeker after14 hours of his abduction from a students' mess of Rajshahi University and arrested two kidnappers.

‘Boycott war criminals, corrupt in election’

Speakers at a discussion yesterday called upon the people to boycott war criminals, black money holders and the corrupt in the upcoming national election to establish real democracy in the country.

BKMEA refutes WB forecast

BKMEA President Fazlul Hoque yesterday refuted the recent World Bank forecast that Bangladesh's garment export growth might fall because of ongoing global recession.

Involve youths to win long battle against corruption

Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Chairman Lt Gen (retd) Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury yesterday said the fight against corruption is a long battle and the incorporation of the young generation into the battle is imperative to winning the war.

6-storey building tilts in Lalbagh

A six-storey residential building tilted by over one foot at Chak Mogholtuli in the city's Lalbagh area early yesterday creating panic among the people of the locality.

Somali pirates hijack another ship

Somali pirates hijacked a chemical tanker with dozens of Indian crew members on board Friday, and three British security guards were rescued by helicopter after jumping into the sea, officials said.

'AIDS cases in Asia to hit 10m by 2010’

Cases of HIV/AIDS could hit 10 million in Asia by 2010 -- more than doubling the current estimate -- unless nations take stronger steps to control the disease, experts warned on Friday.

WB calls for help to poor nations hit by financial crisis

The World Bank on Thursday called on donors to boost aid to poor nations hit by a financial crisis that is "not of their making" ahead of a UN development conference this weekend.

SA whitewash Bangladesh

Bangladesh completed their second trip to South Africa in a pathetic note as they suffered yet another innings defeat inside three days at the SuperSport Park on Friday.

Forex snatched at gunpoint

Armed criminals snatched foreign currencies worth about Tk 12 lakh from a money exchange businessman in the city's Mirpur area Thursday night.

Editorial

Mumbai siege continues

We continue to be shocked by the enormity of the long-drawn-out carnage by a group of terrorists in Mumbai that has left over 125 people dead and over 300 injured. As of writing this comment it has not come to an end yet as terrorists continue to keep hostages in some buildings. The Indian intelligence has claimed that the home grown terrorist outfit Deccan Mujahedeen has links with a bigger militant group based in Pakistan, which was also hinted at by Indian Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee. But in a positive development Pakistan prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has responded to the request of Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh and agreed to send the ISI chief to India to assist in the investigation. In a separate telephone call to Manmohan Singh on Friday Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari had also talked about extending cooperation with India "in exposing and apprehending the culprits and the masterminds behind the attack". Pakistan foreign minister has also said India and Pakistan should join hands to defeat a common enemy, requesting India however not to play politics over the attack.

A multi-dividend project

IT'S quite a cheery piece of news when uncertainty prevails about what impact the global financial meltdown might have on our economy. Organic waste generated at the city's Karwan Bazar kitchen market has been successfully recycled into producing quality bio-fertilizer. Our felicitations to the local firm Waste Concern and their Dutch partners which have flagged off the world's first-ever UN-approved Clean Development Mechanism(CDM) compost plant in Narayanganj.

Searching for a meaningful election

TWENTY-two months into our current caretaker administration, we have with us an election schedule that keeps on changing many times a week. The glimmer of hope towards the eventual transfer of power to an elected government becomes that much more uncertain with each such exercise.

In quest of right candidates

THE forthcoming parliamentary election now scheduled for December 29 could well be a poll that marks a turning point in Bangladeshi politics. Exasperated with the experience of three democratic governments with one party coming to power twice and protracted bouts of non-governance, the voters in the country have again a chance of either putting things straight or catapulting the country into crisis.

Sports

Run-outs mark defeat

Running between the wickets has now emerged as a major headache for the Bangladesh team with three batsmen falling prey to unnecessary dismissals as South Africa cruised to an innings and 48-run win in the second Test at Centurion on Friday.

Smith sees no progress

It was hard to believe for Bangladesh team as they lost the second and final Test against South Africa inside three days on Friday.

Shakib admits lost chance

What confident Shakib Al Hasan said after the second day's play that it could have been a different story if he had not left the field in a crucial time when the South African batsmen were in a spot of bother against his left-arm spin.

Tipu ignites Abahani

Shahajuddin Tipu renewed his super-sub status with a late strike to inspire Abahani record a hard-fought 2-0 win over Muktijoddha Sangsad in yesterday's Citycell B. League match at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.

Imran lifts Khulna

An unbeaten 58 by Al Imran helped Khulna survive a top-order collapse on way to a four-wicket win against Faridpur in the 29th National Cricket Championship final round yesterday.

Test moved from Mumbai

India on Friday took the first step towards resuming international cricket after the deadly Mumbai blasts by removing the terror-hit city from England's Test schedule.

Carnival kicks off

The UCB-Dhaka Sports Carnival got under way at different venues of the five host clubs in Dhaka yesterday.

Boys, Prantik win easy

Bangladesh Boys and Prantik KC recorded identical wins in the Second Division Football League at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.

Pippo's rescue act

AC Milan's veteran Italian striker Filippo Inzhagi grabbed his 65th career European goal to dent Portsmouth's UEFA Cup ambitions in a 2-2 draw on Thursday as Manchester City and Tottenham eased to victory.

A high-stake derby

Wayne Rooney has raised the stakes for this weekend's Manchester derby by casting scorn on newly-rich City's hopes of knocking champions United off their pedestal any time soon.

Napoli plot Inter fall

Serie A surprise outfit Napoli travel to Inter Milan this weekend confident they can emulate Panathinaikos and come away from the San Siro with three points.

Messi to bolster Barca

Spanish league leaders Barcelona look to build on their impressive Champions League demolition of Sporting Lisbon when they travel to Sevilla on Saturday.

Table-toppers clash

Bayern Munich striker Miroslav Klose insists the defending Bundesliga champions must seize their chance to leapfrog Bayer Leverkusen to go second in the table when the two sides meet Saturday.

UEFA Cup results

Collated UEFA Cup results on Thursday:
Group A
Schalke 04 (GER) 0 Manchester City (ENG) 2 (Benjani 32, Ireland 66)

Kinnear in charge till season end

Joe Kinnear has had his short-term contract as Newcastle boss extended until the end of the season, the club announced on Friday.

Ronaldo targets Jan return

Brazilian World Cup winner Ronaldo, who has been out of action since February with a knee injury, hopes to play again in January - if he can find a club, his doctor said.

L'pool suffer Torres blow

Liverpool's Premier League title push suffered a setback on Thursday when their Spanish international striker Fernando Torres was ruled out for up to three weeks with a hamstring strain.

Kiwis lose their way

A large opening total in Adelaide is essential to remain in the contest, but New Zealand's top and middle orders wasted their opportunity with a rash of loose shots on the way to 262 for six at stumps. Aaron Redmond's two-paced 83 gave the tourists a strong base in between bouts of thoughtlessness that prevented them from staging the type of start needed to frighten Australia, who lead the two-game series 1-0.

Butt for clear message

India should tour Pakistan early next year as planned to send a message to extremists that cricket will not be cowed by terrorists, Pakistan's cricket chief said Friday.

Lee, Ashiqur Citi Cup golf champs

Syed Ashiqur Rahman and SY Lee the men's and women's titles of the Citi Cup golf tournament which concluded at the Kurmitola Golf Club (KGC) yesterday.

SL make it 4-0

Sri Lanka won the fourth of their five ODIs with hosts Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports Club on Friday by two wickets.

PCB clears stance on ICL players

The Pakistan Cricket Board on Friday made it clear that it would never recognise the unofficial Indian Cricket League or lift ban on its players until the ICC and the Indian board changed their policy on the league.

'Modi's words insensitive'

BCCI vice-President Lalit Modi was Friday chastised by the British media for suggesting that England's cricketers should return to India for next month's Test series despite their heightened security fears in the wake of Mumbai terror attacks.

Metropolitan

Siltation in Jamuna hampers fertiliser shipment

Shipment of fertiliser through Aricha-Baghabari route still suffers as the navigation problem in the Jamuna remained unchanged during the last week, said different sources.

'Formulate guidelines to control food products'

Pharmacists, health professionals and health rights activists at a roundtable yesterday underscored the need for formulating necessary laws and guidelines to control food and consumer products considering health security.

Hearing on Dec 1

A Dhaka court on Thursday took up a petition for hearing whether the civil suit filed against 36 persons for their alleged anti-state activities during the Liberation War in 1971 would continue or not.

'Include women dev issues in election manifestos'

Speakers at a view exchange meeting yesterday urged the political parties to incorporate the issue of women development into election manifestos.

Link road project in Bogra faces uncertainty

Although Tk 2 crore has already been spent on the purchase of land for a link road to Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Medical College, the project now faces uncertainty.

Call to make NID a success

President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday urged all, including government, non-government and international organisations to make the National Immunisation Day (NID) a success.

Suspected criminal beaten to death in city

A suspected criminal was beaten to death by a mob at Shantibag in the city yesterday morning.

Terrorist attacks in Mumbai condemned

Different political, socio-cultural and human rights organisations and individuals yesterday strongly condemned and protested the terrorist attack on the city of Mumbai on Wednesday night with a call to be united against terrorism.

DRU announces best report awards

Dhaka Reporters' Unity (DRU) yesterday announced the names of the winners of its annual awards for best reporting.

Humayra's parents asked to appear before court

The High Court (HC) has ordered father, mother and uncle of Dr Humayra Abedin, a Bangladeshi expatriate in London, to appear before the court on December 3 in connection with a contempt of court charge.

Ziabul's death anniversary today

The 18th death anniversary of Ziabul Hassan will be observed in Rajshahi today, says a press release.

6 re-arrested in Bokul murder case

Members of joint forces re-arrested six out of seven accused in businessman Asraf Ali Bokul murder case at the jail gate on Thursday night.

Lesson sharing fair on AIDS begins in Khulna

A two-day fair to share lessons learnt on HIV/AIDS began at Zia Hall in Khulna yesterday.

Kushtia varsity admission tests begin Dec 1

The admission tests for the 1st year honours courses at Kushtia Islamic University for the academic session 2008-'09 will be held on December 1, 2 and 3 respectively.

Liakat Ali made chairman of Khulna Wasa

The government has appointed Liakat Ali, editor of the daily Purbanchal, as the first chairman of the newly established Khulna Water and Sewerage Authority (Wasa).

Bar Council election results announced

The results of the election of Bangladesh Bar Council were announced yesterday.

Pak envoy calls on Nizami

Ambassador of Pakistan in Dhaka Alamgir Babar called on Ameer of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami Matiur Rahman Nizami at the party's central office yesterday.

2 killed in Trishal road accident

Two motorcyclists were killed when a bus rammed their vehicle on Dhaka-Mymen-singh road at Kanhar in Trishal upazila yesterday.

Fertiliser-laden boat sinks in Jamuna

A fertiliser-laden engine boat sank in the Jamuna river on Thursday afternoon.

International

Pakistan, India ties risk chill after attacks

The Mumbai terror attacks threaten to chill improving ties between nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan just as the West is trying to get Islamabad to focus on al-Qaeda and Taliban close to the Afghan border.

Media points to Indian intelligence failures

The carnage wreaked by Islamic militants in Mumbai has cemented South Asia's status as the most dangerous place on earth, the world's media said yesterday, urging India not to rush to blame Pakistan.

Blood, bodies and darkness hampered hunt for gunmen

Ruthless gunmen, terrified guests, pitch darkness and a fear of harming hostages posed huge challenges to commandos charged with ending Mumbai's hostage crisis, their commanders said Friday.

Mumbai attacks expose coastline threats

The revelation of the fact that perpetrators of the terror attacks in Mumbai came by boats once again brought to limelight the threat posed to India's 7,516km coastline, covering nine states and four federally-administered territories, security analysts said yesterday.

Clues point to domestic terrors in attack

The attack on India's financial capital bears all the trademarks of al-Qaeda simultaneous assaults meant to kill scores of Westerners in iconic buildings but clues so far point to homegrown Indian terrorists, global intelligence officials said Thursday.

Mumbai attack shows new sophisticated face of terror

The brazen attacks in Mumbai signal a sea-change in the Islamist militant violence that has beset India, showing sophisticated planning and an "anti-Western agenda," analysts say.

Pakistan pledges cooperation

Pakistan struck a conciliatory tone Friday and denied accusations of involvement in the Mumbai attacks, while Pakistani press warned India to stop pointing the finger of blame across the border.

Militants showed no remorse: Commando

An Indian marine commando who battled Islamic militants room-to-room in a Mumbai hotel said yesterday the guerrillas showed no remorse and fired at anyone who moved.

Tycoon described hotel drama before his death

A British tycoon killed in the attacks on Mumbai had gone to the Taj Mahal hotel for dinner because he heard they served the best food in the city.

Thai PM to stay in north amid tension with army

Thai Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat will remain in the northern city of Chiang Mai "indefinitely" because of tensions with the military, a government spokesman said.

Bomber strikes Shia mosque after Iraq approves US pact

A suicide bomber shattered Friday prayers in a Shia mosque south of Baghdad, killing nine people the day after Iraq's parliament approved a landmark pact allowing US troops to remain until 2011.

Seven dead in Pak suicide attack

A suicide bomber killed at least seven people when he detonated his explosives-laden car near a police van in a northwestern Pakistani town Friday, police said.

Tigers may go back to guerrilla war as mini state crumbles

A pledge by Sri Lanka's Tamil rebel leader to fight on despite a military onslaught raised fears yesterday of a return to a hit-and-run guerrilla war as his mini-state faced potential collapse.

S Korean train makes last trip to North

A South Korean cargo train chugged its way across the heavily fortified border into North Korea on Friday for what may be its last run, with the North putting an end to the historic rail service that had raised hopes for reconciliation between the Cold War foes.

Terror leader slams US, Afghan govts

al-Qaeda's No 2 leader has lashed out at Afghanistan's government and claimed that any US gains in Iraq will be temporary, a terror monitoring group said Thursday.

Arts & Entertainment

Centenary of Khudiram’s execution observed at LWM

As part of observing 100th anniversary of the execution of Khudiram, a legendary young revolutionary executed by the British Raj, Liberation War Museum (LWM) organised a convention for youngsters and a cultural programme at its premises on November 27.

Shaheed Munier Chowdhury birth anniversary celebrated

November 27 marked the 83rd birth anniversary of Shaheed Munier Chowdhury. As part of observing the day, 'Theatre' has been honouring theatre personalities for their contribution to the performing art form with 'Munier Chowdhury Shammanona' since 1989.

13th Berger Young Painters’ Art Competition

Bangladeshi artists have carved a niche in the international art circuit. They are now receiving international exposure and participating in various competitions. Our young painters are now experimenting with new themes and techniques. Berger Young Painters' Art Competition encourages this trend through awarding talented upcoming artists. The award was introduced in 1996 and since then it has been successfully conferred to deserving artists every year.

Addressing corruption through plays

A three-day theatre festival on the theme 'anti-corruption' began at Tangail Shaheed Minar premises last Thursday evening.

“Return of the Gods”

A new exhibit of Greek and Roman antiquities at Berlin's Pergamon museum puts 170 sculptures, vases and other works on display in Germany for the first time in six decades.

“Jogphol” on Banglavision tonight

Drama serial "Jogphol" will be aired tonight on Banglvision at 8:20 pm. The serial has been written and directed by TV actor Tazin Ahmed.

OP-ED

'We crave for a healthy parliament and good governance'

Former adviser to the caretaker government Rokia Afzal Rahman was born in Calcutta in 1941. She studied at the St Joseph's Convent and St Joseph's College in Karachi, Pakistan. She obtained her Masters in English from Karachi University, and Post Graduate Diploma in Banking from the Institute of Bankers of Pakistan. She also studied at Tufts University in Boston, USA. She started her career in a commercial bank in 1962 and became the first woman bank manager of the country in 1964. She later became a Sponsor Director in Midas Financing Limited and Director in Reliance Insurance Ltd. She served as a Director in the Central Bank of Bangladesh. Rokia Afzal is the founder president of first Women Entrepreneurs Association in the country (1994). She is the Chairperson of Presidency University Foundation and Chair of Bangladesh Board of Advisers, Asian University for Women. She received many awards including Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World in Monte Carlo in 1999; Businessperson of the Year-2003 by American Chamber; Priyadarshani award, India, and Deshbondhu award for Women's Empowerment. She is the Chairperson of Mediaworld Limited and director-shareholder in Mediastar. Shamim Ashraf and Wasim Bin Habib took the interview.

Attitudinal deficits in our fledgeling democracy

Cynical observers of the current Bangladeshi political scene entertain grave doubts about a real change in the style and substance of politics in so far as desirable democratic governance scenario is concerned. Their continued pessimism is not without ground as hapless Bangladeshis sadly watch their guardians unmoved despite the combined onslaught of logic and reason, law and fact.

Of moon sighting and Eid dates

New Moon is the lunar phase when the moon's unilluminated side is facing the earth; the moon is not visible from the earth. The moment is unique and does not depend on location: The new moon at the moment of conjunction in ecliptic longitude with the sun is invisible from earth.

Environment

Gender aspects of climate change

Until recently, most people treated climate change as a matter of scientific discourse, or at best a technical issue discussed and debated in highbrow academic seminars and 'expert consultations'. Of late, however, the pervasive effects of climate change hovering over economic to social to political sectors that bind people of every stage in the society-- regardless of race, caste, ethnicity, sex, and level of income -- have forced this traditional “far-off” perception of climate to change into one of the hard realities of everyday life.

Natural, semi-natural and artificial ecosystems

Ecosystem is defined as "the total physical, chemical and biological conditions surrounding the organisms (including the organisms themselves) of any area of the earth".

Literature

The First Book of a New Author*

Niranjen Sen, secretary of IPTA (Indian People's Theatre Association), was in the same jail with me at that time. His brother Sachi Sen was a publisher, who ran an office called the Book World in Hastings. Street in Calcutta. Niranjan Sen told me that if I ever wanted to publish a book, I should certainly look up his brother. I did indeed, after a little over a year, having come out from jail. He welcomed me with affection. But, needless to say, I could not get back my (old) job, after my release from jail, in spite of a lot of effort. When I was in jail, my wife went to Writers' Building and approached the then Chief Minister Dr Bidhan Roy, with a request for a monthly allowance for herself. Dr Roy said to her: “Why have you come for a monthly allowance now? Go, and ask your husband to bring about a revolution!” He however did arrange for a monthly allowance of a hundred and fifty rupees for her. But it was stopped after my release from jail. I needed a job desperately. I had to face every day my starving children and wife, and pay a monthly rent of ten rupees for one room with a tiled roof. The landlady was one Sukumari, whom we called Suku-di. We were not scared of her, but of her childless daughter Rambha. Rambha was a young woman. She had been married off when she was a child, but her husband, instead of setting up a separate establishment, was living at her mother's house. Rambha was quite healthy, and had a certain beauty too. But she was probably infertile, and maybe in frustration, her behaviour was harsh, she was arrogant in her manners, and her language was extremely rude and obscene. She was the only child of her mother. The first question that I faced immediately on coming back from jail was Rambha's: “How will they pay rent now? No one can live here without paying.”

Samaresh Basu in translation

Samaresh Basu was sixteen years younger than Manik Bandyopadhyay, and revered him. In somewhat awed tones Samaresh speaks of how a letter exchange with the legendary author of Dibaratri'r Kabya left an indelible mark on him. In his autobiography Nijeke Janar Jonney (an excerpt of which is reprinted above) he wrote that after his first story Adaab was published in the Kolkata monthly journal Parichay, “over-enthusiastic at the publication…I immediately sent another story, in reply to which he (Manik) wrote: 'Since your second story will not protect the good name that you've earned by your first one, I'm returning this. But please send a new story at the earliest…' That was the first stamp of rejection that I received in my life. But now I feel that it was an extraordinary stamp. That rejection kept in check the over-enthusiasm of a new writer, kept awake his powers of observation and thinking, aroused the questioning faculties of a contemplative mind…”

Kali O Kolom - Agrahayon 1415 October 2008

The latest copy of Kali O Kolom, came with the announcement that the journal in partnership with HSBC has instituted two prizes for young poets and writers in order to encourage literary creativity. It is a welcome step, and no doubt will have its intended effect on Bengali writers. 30th November 2008 is the centenary birth year of Buddhadev Bose. Accordingly, there are four pieces on Bose ('Krorepatra’), accompanied by photographs of Bose familiar to Bengali readers, by Bishwajit Ghosh, Mahbub Sadek, Gausur Rahman and Zakir Talukdar. Of these, Talukdar's article offers a sympathetic defense of Bose against his many detractors, pointing to the latter's reluctance to submit to a creed or dogma. Zakir ends his piece by quoting some memorable Buddhadev lines on the fact that the effect of all art is situational: “On the topic of rosh, nothing can be proved. Nothing need be proved. The poem that enchants me on a Chaitra-month noon, that same poem is mute on a rain-laden Srabon-month night. The writing that could not touch the soul on an idle evening, two lines from that very writing can stop me in my tracks while chasing a tram on a frantic office morning.”

From England and India

In Whatever Makes You Happy (London: Bloomsury; 2008) William Sutcliffe explores the inter-relationships between three middle-aged women and their three sons, all in their thirties. An anxiety of growing apart from their sons combined with a loss of direction after occupying such a pivotal role in the young men's lives prompts them to embark on a collective experiment that terrifies them all.

Star Health

Reducing HIV cases

Universal and annual voluntary testing followed by immediate antiretroviral therapy treatment (irrespective of clinical stage or CD4 count) can reduce new HIV cases by 95 percent within 10 years, according to new findings based on a mathematical model developed by a group of HIV specialists in WHO. The findings were published in The Lancet to stimulate discussion, debate and further research.

Fight for the people with HIV/AIDS

For many of us, December 1 will be just like any other day. But millions of people living with HIV/AIDS around the world will be looking towards us to stand up beside them, call for action and help stop their sufferings. Each year on December 1 the world celebrates World AIDS Day.

HIV/AIDS and financial commitment: Thought of World AIDS Day

Around 40 million people worldwide are HIV positive, 95% of them live in developing countries.

How safe is Chinese food?

Chinese people have a unique outlook on food since ancient times. The two great Chinese philosophers, Confucius and Taoism, contributed to the way the Chinese food is prepared and served. The food also stresses the value of the precise blend of herbs and condiments and that well prepared food should be eaten with harmony.

Some women unaware of risks of delaying motherhood

Many women may not be fully aware of the potential consequences of waiting until later in life to have a baby, a UK study suggests.

Diabetes summit kicks off in the region

The Diabetes Summit for South East Asia is being organised in Chennai from 28th to 30th November 2008, by the World Diabetes Foundation ( WDF) , in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), South East Asia Regional office (SEARO), the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Bank.

NID: Immunise your child with OPV today

Is your child free from polio? Polio (also called poliomyelitis) is a contagious, historically devastating disease that has plagued humans since ancient times. It is catastrophic for the individual and heartbreaking for the family.

Strategic Issues

Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State

President-elect Barak Obama is already taking steps to warm many hearts. If there is any truth in the cliché that morning shows the day, then it is just not only the people in USA but also the rest of the world who can feel that sunshine is about to return to their lives after eight long and miserable winters suffered under President George W Bush by the decisions that the transition team of the President-elect is taking.

Significance of Gaddafi's visit to Moscow

Colonel Muammar el-Gaddafi, the leader of Libya, visited Moscow on 1-2 November. The visit of the Libyan leader was his first visit to Russia since 1985, a trip that could revive close cooperation between Tripoli and Cold War ally Moscow.

Need for an Indian response in Somali waters

After months of negotiations, the hijacked Ship, MV Stolt Valor, carrying 18 Indian nationals on board was released. The Japanese firm which owned the ship reportedly paid a US$2.5 million ransom to the Somalia based pirates. It was another piracy off the Horn of Africa resolved through ransom payment.

Putin urges Obama to halt missile shield plan

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Nov. 24 urged U.S. president-elect Barack Obama to drop the planned U.S. missile shield in Eastern Europe, warning of an "adequate response" from Moscow.

Star Books Review

A lock of hair and a brittle cup

In the early 1980s, an exodus of English language teachers from Bangladesh to Libya provided hope to many others about a brighter future abroad for themselves and their families. Hundreds of Bengalis, largely men, queued up for interviews at centres in Dhaka and quite a good number among them turned out to be the more fortunate ones among the lot. They went off to Tripoli and from there to other spots in Gaddafiland. Fortunate? Ah, there's the rub.

Odyssey of a politician in the making

Barack Hussein Obama casts a spell on us. He does it here as a writer in Dreams from My Father, with a very meaningful subtitle, A Story of Race and Inheritance. Although it is obvious that the narrative is in line with the travails of the author's discovering and re-discovering his father, nevertheless at the same time it is his finest tribute paid to his wonderful mother who was his friend, philosopher and guide. A burnt offering from a son to his mother when he says in the preface that he sees his mother everyday --- her joy, her capacity for wonder, in his daughters. He does not stop there but adds that "........ what is best in me I owe to her." Thus a weeping soul that oftentimes is tired, somewhat baffled; and although it bends somewhat somewhere, it never breaks. There emerges a strong-willed young man, facing an antagonistic society at large and aiming at putting the pieces of his life into one mosaic in order to recognize his own self by tracing his roots that lie thousands of miles away in a village in Kenya, in the generally less tempting continent of Africa.

Maturity above and beyond youthful years

If one would just let one's imagination run loose, Her Story could just as well have been one's story. Mercifully, it is not, and the reader will realize why as s/he comes to the end of a compelling, in patches, disturbing, first novel. Zahrah Haider is a fifteen-year old British national with Bangladeshi roots. And her novel is set in England. It revolves around Amelia, a fifteen-year old girl who was born in August, the very month that Zahrah was born. Like the author, her fictional character enjoys listening to music, and being around pets. That, on the face of it, is as far as the superficial similarities between the author and her principal protagonist go.

A world beyond war

Selected Papers on Security and Leadership is a collection of papers and essays presented at various national and international conferences, some of which were published earlier. Lieutenant General Mohammed Aminul Karim is both a professional soldier and a trained academic. Thus, combining the knowledge of the battlefield and scholarly rigour comes to him naturally. The essays cover a broad range of issues such as security (both national and global) and other strategic issues.



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