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News of: Saturday, 13th of December, 2008

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Hasina rolls out AL's charter for change

Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday unveiled her party's election manifesto titled 'Charter for Change' highlighting five promises: lowering of commodity prices and avoiding an economic depression, curbing of corruption, raising production of power and energy, eradication of poverty and inequity, and establishment of good governance.

Country in deep crisis

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday inaugurated her party's campaign for the ninth parliamentary elections from Sylhet, urging voters to give the BNP-led four-party alliance another chance to complete the unfinished development tasks of its rule.

Poll symbol allocation in a shambles

A lack of appropriate guidelines and coordination between the Election Commission (EC) and returning officers (RO) yesterday created confusions over allocating election symbols to the candidates of the ensuing parliamentary polls.

Fresh onslaught on Rampura Canal

The authorities of Aftabnagar housing project have once again started narrowing Rampura Canal in the name of levelling its bank for building a walkway behind the studio of Bangladesh Television opposite Banasree Housing Project.

Pakistan turns screw on charity in question

Pakistan yesterday tightened the screw on an Islamic charity linked to militants behind the Mumbai massacre, arresting dozens of members and placing a local leader under house arrest.

Record candidates vie for upazila posts

The deadline for filing applications for candidacy in the long overdue Upazila Parishad elections slated for January 22 expires today.

BNP unveils electoral manifesto today

BNP Chairperson and former prime minister Khaleda Zia is to unveil her party's election manifesto in the capital today.

4 constituencies miss candidates of 2 alliances

The BNP-led four-party alliance has no candidates in at least three constituencies while its rival the Awami League (AL)-led grand alliance lost its candidate in one constituency.

World markets plunge as US auto bailout fails

World stock markets plunged yesterday as the US Senate's rejection of a $14 billion deal to rescue Detroit's ailing automakers stoked concerns that the recession in the world's largest economy will be even longer and deeper than projected.

World leaders vow to strive for Green deal

The higher segment of Conference of Parties (COP-14) of UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) concluded yesterday in Poznan, Poland, with global leaders' commitment to keep on negotiating to reach a consensus on a Green deal in the next UN climate change summit in Copenhagen.

Slow-going project costs already 4 times up

Jhilmil Residential Project, initiated by Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) in 1997, has so far completed only about 38 percent of its earth-filling job among other works causing almost four-fold increase in the project cost.

Next JS must review all ordinances

The next parliament must not grant blanket indemnity to the state of emergency provisions, declarations or decisions made during the 23-month tenure of the caretaker government, human rights body Odhikar said yesterday.

CPB says no to war criminals, corrupts

Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) yesterday launched its election campaign with a call for not casting vote for any war criminal or corrupt politician in the upcoming parliamentary election.

3 'criminals' killed in crossfire

Three suspected criminals were killed in separate incidents of 'crossfire' between their accomplices and law enforcers in Gazipur, Narayanganj and Rajshahi early yesterday.

2 women killed as grenade goes off

Two women were killed in a grenade explosion in Bandarban Cantonment area yesterday.

Eid holidayers returning to Dhaka

Dhaka city is slowly returning to its former self as city dwellers, who went home for Eid holidays, have started returning to the relatively quiet capital.

Vegetable prices fall for poor demand

Prices of various types of vegetables dropped sharply in the city markets in last two days because of less demand immediately after Eid-ul-Azha.

EU seals climate, recession deals

EU leaders sealed an agreement yesterday for a 200 billion euro plan designed to dig Europe out of recession and a package to combat global warming on the final day of a crunch summit in Brussels.

Health scare in Assam as bird flu spreads

Medical workers were going door-to-door to look for people with symptoms of avian influenza in northeast India yesterday as the infection in birds spread further, officials said.

$50b fraud charge at hedge fund

Bernard Madoff, a longtime fixture on Wall Street, was arrested and charged on Thursday with allegedly running a $50 billion Ponzi scheme, US authorities said.

Obama presses for auto deal

President-elect Barack Obama is encouraging the White House and Congress to keep working on a rescue plan for the auto industry.

1 shot dead in city

Criminals yesterday shot dead a driver of a rent-a-car company in the capital's Narinda.

US to act tough on 'scareware' sellers

The US government has moved to shut down sellers of fake security software.

Editorial

AL's manifesto: Refreshingly specific and time bound

The AL has addressed nearly all substantive issues, and promised new initiatives in many. The prioritisation of the issues--prices of essentials, inflation, poverty, energy, good governance and terrorism --pretty much reflects public concern.

Road mishaps galore

During the Eid holidays 41 lives were lost to highway and road accidents, making a daily average of ten fatalities. One simply loses count of the numbers of injured and maimed. The pressure of mobility mounting prior to and following festivals, commandeering of dilapidated transports, overloading, speeding, overtaking, putting novices on the driver's seat et all make a lethal combination with accidents just waiting to happen. All of these factors are more or less present at other times, but these make a reappearance during festive occasions with vengeance.

Our robber barons!

The nomination seeking process of prospective members of parliament have exposed the shady past of the new rich of our society and have also disconcertingly brought to the fore the not-so-hidden culture of disobedience of law by the high and mighty. While this may not be surprising to the informed, it is without doubt, a very disappointing sight to the optimists as it lends credence to the cynical view that politics belittle greatness and corrupt goodness; and that while good people are engaged in introspection, the burly sinners continue to run our public affairs.

Thailand in crisis

The yellow clad mass supporters from the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) have rolled up their mats and sleeping bags and vacated Bangkok's two international airports -- Don Muang and Suvarnabhumi. The state of the art airports are again back in business. Thailand has survived its latest crisis and another episode in an ongoing political saga that has not only undermined the stability of the southeast Asian nation but also caused havoc to its tourist industry.

Four-plus-one year tenure for better governance

Recently a proposal for a four-year parliament (in place of the five-year one) was put forward by renowned essayist and educationist Prof. Serajul Islam Chowdhury in an interview with The Daily Star (November 18). After three days, Prof. Nazrul Islam, not only supported Prof. Chowdhury's point of view, but also elaborated on his proposal in his article “Vital reforms ignored” (DS Pcp 21/11/2008).

BNP men seek vote for Wadud's nephew in Khagrachhari

Nominees of both Awami League and BNP as well as 'rebel' leaders now contesting as independent candidates, started their formal election campaign with procession in Khagrachhari yesterday.

Sports

Newbie Swann blitzes India

England debutant Graeme Swann grabbed two wickets in his first over to spark a dramatic Indian collapse in the first cricket Test here on Friday.

NCL gets nat'l touch

The national cricketers will be back to business tomorrow when the penultimate round of the 10th National Cricket League kicks off at three different venues across the country.

CL Twenty20 next year

The inaugural Champions Twenty20 League has been pushed back by a year and will now be held in India in October 2009, the window originally identified for the tournament's second edition.

Kapil hits out at BCCI

Former India captain Kapil Dev yesterday lambasted the BCCI for neglecting former cricketers and pleaded before the Delhi High Court that it should be asked to release pensions to him and other players who joined the rival Indian Cricket League (ICL).

'India should not tour'

The Indian cricket team should not tour Pakistan following last month's terror attacks in Mumbai, the country's sports minister said here on Friday.

No play possible at Dunedin

Heavy overnight rain topped up with a series of daytime showers meant that there was no play possible on the second day of the opening Test at Dunedin's University Oval yesterday.

FIFA reveals top five

World football's ruling body FIFA on Friday revealed the remaining contenders for the 2008 World Player and FIFA Women's World Player awards, to be handed out here on January 12, 2009.

AB relieves Proteas

AB de Villiers is another player the South Africans do not have to worry about entering Wednesday's first Test after he fine-tuned with a century against Western Australia's 2nd XI at the WACA.

No visa woes for Rauf

Pakistan's top-ranked umpire Asad Rauf said Friday he will travel to India next week for the second Test between India and England after missing the first match due to visa problems.

Ramos's El Clasico debut

New Real Madrid manager Juande Ramos faces a real baptism of fire in his first league match in charge with the struggling double champions travelling to Barcelona's Camp Nou on Saturday night.

Must-win clash at Turin

AC Milan and Juventus have been trying to play down the significance of their must-win clash at Turin's Stadio Olimpico this weekend.

Babbel eyes Bayern scalp

VfB Stuttgart coach Markus Babbel, with two wins from his first two league games in charge, is looking to take arguably the biggest scalp in the Bundesliga when his side host Bayern Munich on Saturday.

MU face Spurs test

Sir Alex Ferguson admits Manchester United's Premier League clash against Tottenham on Saturday is one of the champions' most important games of the season.

Iniesta resumes training

Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta, sidelined since the beginning of November with a muscle injury, resumed training with the rest of the squad on Friday, one day before the club faces arch rivals Real Madrid at home in a league match.

Hull will play King

Hull City manager Phil Brown has no qualms about playing Marlon King against Liverpool on Saturday after the striker was arrested after being accused of assaulting a woman in a bar.

Eto'o friend on trial

The trial of a friend of Barcelona's Cameroonian international Samuel Eto'o, who is accused of sexually abusing the striker's six-year-old son, is expected to wrap up on Friday.

Van der Sar extends with United

Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed Friday that Edwin van der Sar has agreed a new one-year contract which will see him remain at Manchester United for another season.

Hammers deny Pazzini link

West Ham sporting director Gianluca Nani on Thursday denied that the English Premiership outfit are chasing Fiorentina striker Giampaolo Pazzini.

SA set for Confed Cup

South Africa says it will be ready to host the Confederations Cup, which kicks off in six months time, in a test run for the 2010 World Cup which is expected to inspire the entire continent.

Ronaldo unveiled

Brazilian striker Ronaldo was officially unveiled by his new club Corinthians on Friday, but reminded fans that he still faced "a major challenge" to return to full fitness.

EPL to help Asian clubs

The English Premier League plans to help develop professional football clubs in Asia through "twinning" partnerships, AFC president Mohammed bin Hammam said here Friday.

Hayden ready for Steyn

Matthew Hayden is ready to combat the threat of Dale Steyn, the South Africa fast bowler, during the upcoming Test series, starting from December 17 in Perth. Steyn has been the key focus of the media heading into the contest, and his performance against the world's No. 1 team will be watched very keenly.

Chelsea take tough stance

Chelsea have issued a stern reminder to players with ambitions on leaving the club prior to the end of their contract by declaring the club will decide who will be transferred and when.

De la Red out for season

Real midfielder Ruben de la Red, who collapsed unconscious during a match at the end of October, will miss the rest of the season, the Spanish club's president Ramon Calderon has said.

Johnson confident

Mitchell Johnson has no doubt Australia will win the exciting battle of speed with South Africa at the WACA from Wednesday.

Metropolitan

Extremists become active again in Nilphamari

The police arrested three more Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) members in Nilphamari on Thursday night.

25 injured in pre-polls violence

At least 25 people were injured in pre-poll violence at Chandpur and Narsingdi yesterday.

Local AL's support for Badsha still in doubt

Awami League-led grand alliance candidate Fazle Hossain Badsha yesterday began election campaign in Rajshahi-2 constituency.

20,000 jute workers a concern for vote seekers

All the six candidates of Khulna-3 (Khalishpur, Daulatpur and Khanjahan Ali thanas) seat are concerned about wooing the votes of over 20 thousand jute mill workers in the constituency.

Grand alliance, 4-party both have two runners

Two candidates of Awami League-led grand alliance are contesting from Sirajganj-2 (Sadar) constituency while two other candidates of BNP-led four-party alliance are on the polls race in Sirajganj-4 (Ullapara) constituency, as the high ups of the two alliances failed in negotiation.

'Spearhead cultural movement against fundamentalists'

Speakers at a discussion yesterday called for spearheading the cultural movement against the overall repression and hegemony in the society.

Two murdered in city

Two bodies were recovered in the city yesterday.

Reject anti-liberation forces in elections

Speakers at a discussion yesterday called upon the people not to vote for anti-liberation forces and elect competent and pro-liberation war candidates in the upcoming elections.

Refusal to be state witness in Gatco case landed me in jail: Nizami

Jamaat Ameer Matiur Rahman Nizami yesterday said he was put behind bars twice for refusing to be a state witness against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in Gatco graft case.

Hasina opens AL election media cell today

Awami League will open its election media cell today.

BSD starts election campaign

Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal (BSD) started its election campaign from its central office in the city yesterday, says a press release.

Hasina hailed for giving priority to agri sector

Leaders of Bangabandhu Krishibid Parishad in a statement yesterday hailed Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina for giving priority to agriculture sector in her party's election manifesto.

Robbery at fish trader's house in Khulna

A gang of robbers took away a single barrel gun and 100 bullets, six cell phones and 16 tolas of gold ornaments from the residence of a fish trader at Shamsur Rahman Road in Khulna in the early hours of yesterday.

AL, BNP men hope to sail thru' as rebels back out

Withdrawal of nomination papers of two rebel Awami League (AL) and Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) candidates in Tangail-3 (Ghatail) and Tangail-6 (Nagarpur-Delduar) constituencies have brightened the prospects of AL-led grand alliance and BNP-led four-party candidates in the upcoming national parliament election.

BNP to win nat'l polls if held in free, fair manner

BNP Secretary General Khondakar Delwar Hossain yesterday said the BNP-led four-party alliance would win the upcoming national election if it is held in a free and fair manner.

Contractor sued in Barisal

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has filed a case against Mia Mohammad Tazul Islam, a contractor of roads and high ways department, for corruption and amassing assets beyond known sources of his income and concealing wealth information.

Bijoy Utsab begins today

A four-day victory festival titled 'Bijoy Utsab 2008', organised by Sammilita Sangskritik Jote, will begin in the city today.

PBCP man held

The police arrested an outlaw at Boroberakharua village in Belkuchi upazila of Sirajganj district yesterday.

Confce on democracy, English studies

The two-day 2nd International Conference on 'Democracy, New World Order and English Studies' began at the East West University auditorium yesterday.

Traditional food festival held

A festival of traditional foods of Dhaka city was held at Hazaribagh yesterday in connection with the celebration of 400 years of the capital city.

Manikganj Free Day today

Today is Manikganj Free Day.

Music contest begins Dec 16

Kendriya Kachi-Kanchar Mela and Bombe Sweets Company Ltd jointly organise a three-month music contest for primary and secondary students beginning from December 16, says a press release.

Lalpur Free Day today

Today is Lalpur Free Day.

National

AL locks horns with JP in greater Rangpur

Five Awami League leaders are in race with Jatiya Party candidates in five constituencies in greater Rangpur region. They are campaigning with respective party symbols--'boat' and 'plough',allotted by the returning officer, as neither of them withdrew their candidature.

Rawshan to fight AL's Rabbi in Gaibandha-5

Awami League (AL) and Jatiya Party (JP) leaders are contesting in Gaibandha-4 and Gaibandha-5 as the grand alliance failed to field consensus candidates in the two constituencies.

Internal feud may torpedo BNP hopes in Bogra

Internal conflict among local BNP leaders and activists in Bogra may dim prospects of BNP candidates in five out of seven constituencies in the district, political observers and party insiders said.

Mudslinging in campaign as allies turn rivals

Their parties are allies at the centre but they are rivals in their area, charging each other for corruption.

'Boat', 'plough' to clash in Kurigram-4

In Kurigram-4 (Chilmari, Ranemari and Rajibpur) constituency, Awami League and Jatiya Party are in polls race as candidates of both the parties have been given symbols by the returning officer.

Many not on voter list in Dinajpur Sadar, claims Prodhan

Kicking off polls campaign at a press conference yesterday, four-party alliance candidate in Dinajpur-3 Shafiul Alam Prodhan vowed to continue the process of development initiated by the former BNP-led government.

19 get poll symbols in Pabna

Nineteen candidates of different political parties have been allotted polls symbols by the returning officer to contest in five constituencies in Pabna district.

International

Pakistan presses India to share evidence

Pakistan yesterday pressed India to share evidence from the Mumbai attacks, warning that any effort to prosecute key suspects rounded up in Pakistan will be hamstrung without it.

Suspected US strike kills 6 in Pakistan

Six suspected militants were killed Thursday when a missile apparently fired by a US drone struck a house in a Pakistani tribal district known to be a Taliban stronghold, an official said.

Heavy casualties as Lanka takes more Tiger territory

Sri Lanka's military has captured another key town from Tamil Tiger guerrillas in the north following heavy fighting that left scores dead and wounded on both sides, officials said yesterday.

Indian PM asks Pakistan to rein in terrorists

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has asked Pakistan to do more to rein in terrorists on its territory and apologised to the people for his government's inability to prevent the Mumbai terror attacks last month.

Rumsfeld responsible for detainee abuse

Former defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other top administration officials are responsible for abuse of detainees in US custody, a bipartisan Senate report said Thursday.

Taiwan's ex-president indicted for corruption

Prosecutors indicted former Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian on graft charges Friday after holding him in custody for a month to investigate money laundering and other corruption allegations against him.

Greek-inspired protests spread across Europe

The unrest that has gripped Greece is spilling over into the rest of Europe, raising concerns the clashes could be a trigger for opponents of globalisation, disaffected youth and others outraged by the continent's economic turmoil and soaring unemployment.

Pakistan acts on extremists but military support in doubt

Pakistan has cracked down on militant groups in the wake of the Mumbai attacks, but analysts question the government's ability to destroy organisations long protected by the powerful military.

Myanmar arrests 308 drug traffickers in November

Myanmar authorities arrested more than 300 drug traffickers in November as part of their crackdown on the narcotics trade, state media reported yesterday.

Major Sumatran quake, tsunami likely in decades

More than one million people on Indonesia's Sumatra island are vulnerable to a massive earthquake and tsunami potentially more destructive than one which struck four years ago, scientists who released a study Friday warned.

US wants to sign N-deal with UAE soon: report

US President George W Bush's administration plans to sign a nuclear cooperation deal with the United Arab Emirates, the first such agreement with a Middle East country, the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

“Cultural contribution in 1971 deserves proper evaluation” -- Rathindranath Roy

Rathindranath Roy was one of most prominent performers of the Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra. Recalling his early singing career, Roy mentioned inspirational songs such as "Purbo digantey shurjo uthechhey" and "Nongor tolo tolo" (composed by Samar Das), "Rokto diye naam likhechhi" (composed by Shujeo Shyam) and more.

Try the latest Emo hair cut

One of the current rages in hairstyles for men is Emo hairstyle. For the uninitiated, Emo is actually short for ‘emotional’ and essentially a punk style. Those who do not conform to any particular norms and are known for their own trends are seen sporting this hairstyle. The most typical characteristic of Emo hairstyle is the attitude it reflects. Asymmetrical bangs, partially covering the face and often dyed in bright colours are what make Emo hairstyle absolutely distinct.

Pinoy art in all its magnificence

A number of outstanding painters trace their roots to Philippines. Manila's promising painters are now engaged in experimentation and frequently apply unusual techniques in their works. Installation, videography and collage are important features in their works. Some works are rich conceptually and convey diverse messages to art lovers. Conceptual art, sometimes called "Idea Art," is where ideas or concepts are the most important aspect.

Eastwood, “Dark Knight” among Golden Globes snubs

The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. (HFPA) did not get "Milk." It barely acknowledged "The Dark Knight." And though in past years it loved "Sex and the City" the TV series, it ignored "Sex and the City" the movie.

Alpo Dekhar Golpo on Banglavision

Single episode TV play "Alpo Dekhar Golpo" will be aired on Banglavision tonight at 8:15 pm. Written by Masum Reza, the play has been directed by Ushnish Chakrabarti.

Telefilm Hentmundu Urdhopad on ATN Bangla

Written and directed by Manik Manobik, telefilm "Hentmundu Urdhopad" will be aired on ATN Bangla today at 4:40 pm.

DVD on ntv

Single-episode TV play "DVD" will be aired on ntv tonight at 8:15 pm. The play has been written and directed by Dipankar Dipon.

Sci-fi fan Keanu Reeves jumped at alien role

Keanu Reeves admits to being a big science fiction fan, so when offered the chance to play an alien for new movie "The Day the Earth Stood Still," Reeves said he jumped at it.

OP-ED

Election promises : Myth or reality ?

The revealing report that 35 percent of the aspirants to parliamentary seats not having minimum taxable annual income of Tk. 1.65 lakh and a large number of them have just read up to class eight, has stunned the nation. People are questioning how these people would spend lakhs of taka for election without having the minimum annual taxable income. People feel that although the present EC rules do not require a person to have TIN, it is imperative that EC should frame a law that becomes mandatory in future for persons seeking election to have a TIN and a minimum educational attainment. That the parliament that will usher in through this much-awaited national election take a leaf out of all these happenings and discharge responsibilities according to the Constitution and the laws.

Vote for progress

Pran Nath Haksar, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's Principal Secretary, told me soon after assuming office that he would see to it that the state election was held separately from that of the Lok Sabha. Till then, both were held simultaneously. A voter was given one ballot paper for the Lok Sabha poll and the other for the particular state at the same polling booth.

PRSP ignored role of cooperative societies

The PRSP 2008, Moving Ahead: National Strategy for Accelerated Poverty Reduction 11(NSAPR) has recently been approved. PRSP 11 has set the ambitious target of 26.3% and 27% gross domestic investment out of GDP of fiscal year 2009-2010 and 2010-2011. GDP growth has been projected at the rate of 7% and 7.20% in the PRSP-11 for the coming two years that is higher than the projected 6.2% and 6.20% of the fiscal year 2007-2008 and 2008-2009.

One year on after Sidr

Making edible betel-leaf lime from mollusc is a traditional trade of Seema Rani's family residing at Thanapara under Barguna Sadar Upazila. Continuing from generation to generation this manual process of production had been facing some constraints of late viz. lack of equal interest of all members of family, gradual decrease of investible capital, etc.

Environment

Climate change and food security

World Food and Agricultural Organization's (FAO's) recent projections to 2030 suggest that globally the share of food in average household expenditure will continue to decline. However, recent trends, at least for some commodities, appear to be showing the reverse, with food prices increasing faster than incomes. Growing scarcities of water, land and fuel are likely to put increasing pressure on food prices, even without climate change. Additional pressures on these resources due to climate change, the introduction of mitigation practices that have the potential to create land use competition, and the attribution of market value to environmental services to mitigate climate change, also have the potential to cause significant changes in relative prices for different food items and an overall increase in the cost of an average food basket for the consumer.

Climate refugees search for higher ground

In the hilly hamlet of Hoaikong in southeastern Bangladesh, villagers are used to welcoming new residents on a weekly basis.

Green Plot Ratio: Environmental planning of cities

Weeks ago I went through the article 'Blazing Dhaka: An urban heat island' written by one of my departmental fellows in The Daily Star. It should undoubtedly be a great concern for the urban experts. The UHI is the worse outcome of urban metabolism process (exchange and transformation of material and energy flow) and is very much explicit in most of the densely built urban environments. But most of the economically developed countries are totally dependent on artificial air cooling system to get rid of the uncomfortable local climatic situation which again discharges waste energy in the atmosphere attributing to the global warming. Dhaka, unless address and takes proper initiatives to attenuate the impact of UHI, the city life will be really very much miserable and not unlikely that the city becomes abandoned while also facing other environmental issues as majority of city dwellers are not so rich to own AC and AC in every house in congested localities simply unbearable environmentally.

Literature

Dacca December Days 1971: “Sartre would dig this place.” *

(Excerpted from 'Dacca Diary,' by Peter R. Kaan, The Wall Street Journal, 14 December 1971)

Reporting on South Asia

This collection of Western reporting and journalism published by Viking/Penguin India was timed to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of the Foreign Correspondents' Association of South Asia (FCA), later re-named the Foreign Correspondents' Club. The FCC entrusted the job to three senior 'India hands': Simon Denyer (the Reuters' India and Nepal bureau chief since 2004), John Elliot (currently reporting for Fortune and The Economist), and Bernard Imhasly (ex-Swiss diplomat who was the overseas correspondent for the Neue Zuercher Zeitung from 1991-2007). That the club was founded and is located in New Delhi seems right. Historically Western, or to be more precise, British reporting on India began in Calcutta in the early nineteenth century. In those days, it took four months for news from Calcutta to reach the English port of Falmouth. Word of the 1857 Sepoy Revolt, which began on 9 May, did not reach England till a full month later. The first full-time British correspondent in India was Reuters' twenty-two-year-old Henry Collins, who arrived in Calcutta along with the first telegraph line between Europe and India in 1865.

My Kind of Pride

I am still on my feet, and this is my kind of pride

Bangladesh '71

Venturing at last to go out
I blink at the guilt in the eye
And fumble with the throat
As if there were a tie

Nationalization

I shall nationalize all the roses for children,
otherwise they won't get a single flower
I shall, likewise, nationalize land for the peasants
or they too like the children won't be assured
of food.

Star Health

A unique mobile eye care initiative for the diabetics

Nayana (means eye) is the name of a unique mobile eye care initiative for diabetic patients Supported by the World Diabetes Foundation — run by Dr Krishna R Murthy, Dr Praveen R Murthy, Dr K R Murthy and Subbakrishna Rao and a Joint Project of The Vittala International Institute of Ophthalmology, Prabha Eye Clinic and Research Center and The National Association for the Blind of Karnataka state of Bangalore in India. In fact, this is a great boon for the rural people living with diabetes retinopathy and its complications.

Latest palliative care options for gastrointestinal diseases

A leading specialist and senior consultant in gastroenterology, liver diseases from Mount Elizabeth Hospital, Singapore Dr Yap Chin Kong recently visited Bangladesh. During his visit he shared his views on recent advances in the diagnosis and treatment of different gastrointestinal diseases.

Secondhand smoke also causes fertility problems

Women who breathed in secondhand smoke as children or young adults were later more likely to have trouble getting pregnant and suffer more miscarriages than women not exposed to smoke, U.S. researchers reported.

Baby girl born from full ovary transplant

Doctors in St. Louis said they have successfully transplanted a full ovary from a volunteer, allowing her infertile twin sister to give birth to a healthy baby girl on November 11, 2008.

Alcoholism increases osteoporosis risk in young men

Brittle bones are a known consequence of alcoholism, and now new findings suggest that even young men are at risk of developing low bone mass. Surprisingly, a similar risk was not seen in their female counterparts.

Strategic Issues

The regional dimension in the aftermath of Obama victory

Regionally it seems that everyone expects a lot from President-Elect Barak Obama, mainly in terms of changing the strategic environment in favor of each party. What Israel wants from Obama is to continue his verbal commitment to the security of the state made during his campaign. Israel also expects to get the same political, strategic and financial support of the US for its policy. Israel's main concerns are that due to domestic economic reasons, the US might reduce its financial, security and civilian aid in the amount of 3 billion US dollars. Israel also wants the US to continue with its agenda of containing Iran, Hamas and Hezbollah. If Obama continues that policy, Israel will continue its policy as well.

Will Obama repair US-Russia relations?

There is a new hope and expectation that US-Russia relations that plummeted during the Bush administration will be improved. The US Secretary of State Dr. Condoleezza Rice, who earned a Ph-D on her study on Communist Russia, could not shed the Cold War mentality and as a result the Bush administration provoked Russia at every possible opportunity.

Ninety-three countries sign ban on cluster bombs

Ninety-three countries have signed a landmark treaty banning cluster bombs, seen as one of the biggest international humanitarian agreements clinched in the past decade, host country Norway said December 4.

Georgia, Ukraine compromise reached

Nato's biggest nations reached an agreement Dec. 2 that would allow the alliance to deepen cooperation with Georgia and Ukraine, without prejudice to the way they would eventually join the alliance.

Sri Lanka takes back Pooneryn

The sri lanka army recaptured Pooneryn on 15 november, after the northern coastal village had for years been a staging area for artillery attacks on the government held Jaffna peninsula by the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

Star Books Review

Two arrogant men obsessed with themselves . . .

Both men were obsessed with ambitions of coming by power and using it to the full. Both were arrogant and looked down on the world around them in huge disdain. And both, in the end, were recipients of less than admiration in the world of geopolitics. That is the core message which springs from Robert Dallek's analysis of Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger in Partners in Power. If there are people who still think Nixon and Kissinger were meant for each other, in that political sense of the meaning, they must brace themselves for some very hard truths. One of those truths is the degree of dislike the 37th President of the United States had for his secretary of state-cum-national security advisor. And Kissinger returned the favour in equal measure.

Academics in incarceration and on remand . . .

Everything that happened in August 2007 at Dhaka University, and around it, promises to remain a dark chapter in the history of this country. Of course, the university has seen some terribly bad, difficult days in the past. Take the 1960s, when the Ayub-Monem regime unleashed the corruption that would in subsequent times give student politics a bad name. The National Students Federation, with the support and encouragement of the Pakistani establishment, went cheerfully into the business of clubbing anyone and everyone promoting or upholding the Bengali secular democratic cause into silence. And then there was the scandal of the Hamoodur Rahman Commission report on education. Finally, in the last phase of the Pakistan state in these parts, the frenzy with which Pakistan's soldiers went into murdering teachers and students alike at Dhaka University in 1971 remains a blot on civilization.

Of a painful, beautiful war . . .

The formation of the Provisional Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh on April 17, 1971 remains a pivotal event in the history of this country. By and large known as the Mujibnagar government, it sketched the bare outlines of a nascent war of national liberation; and as the months wore on, those outlines were to be fleshed out in finer detail, to a point where the international community steadily began to acknowledge the gravity of the Bengali struggle.

Tapestry of an artist's life

The work emerged from Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy quite a while ago. Art aficionados have enjoyed Murtaja Baseer's painting from 1950 and all the way up to 2003. Baseer's major specialty is painting and drawing and it is this inclination which has helped him to hold his position in the forefront of the Bangladeshi art scene. But his profound grasp and expression regarding other mediums are equally praiseworthy. He is exceedingly fond of experimenting and trying out new forms and techniques. To search for fresh themes and present them with a novel approach is one of his characteristics.



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