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MPs-elect take oath today, tomorrow

Members-elect of parliament belonging to Awami League (AL)-led grand alliance will take oath this afternoon at the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban and the remaining MPs-elect will be sworn in tomorrow.

Impartial anti-graft drive to continue

Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the new government to be formed by her party-led alliance will continue the ongoing anti-graft drive to build a country free of corruption.

Sheikh Hasina's acid test

Two recent elections have been fought on the promise of 'change' -- Barack Obama's in the US and Sheikh Hasina's in Bangladesh -- and both of them received resounding endorsement from the electorate and both now have the potential of transforming the politics of their two countries. The similarity can go further if Sheikh Hasina chooses her cabinet with the same circumspection and in-depth thinking as Obama has done, putting premium on expertise, experience and integrity.

BNP divided over what to do now

Though BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has described the December 29 election as 'stage-managed', her colleagues put the polls drubbing down to wrong strategies and waning organisational strength.

Delwar for playing constructive role in parliament

BNP will play a constructive role as the opposition in parliament if the treasury bench conducts itself properly, the party's Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain said yesterday.

6 foreign prisoners freed, 20 more await their turn

The jail authorities have started freeing the foreign nationals languishing in Bangladeshi jails for years after serving their sentences because of diplomatic and bureaucratic tangles.

BCL captures DU rooms ignoring Hasina’s directive

Ignoring Awami League President Sheikh Hasina's instructions, cadres of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) have occupied the rooms of many students, journalists and leaders of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) in all dormitories of Dhaka University.

Work together rising above winner-loser feeling

The new elected government and the opposition should not feel like winners or losers, rather they should work together to strengthen the democratic institutions, said the UN panel on parliamentary elections in Bangladesh yesterday.

AL, JP to form govt as per condition of alliance

Jatiya Party (JP) Chairman HM Ershad yesterday said the Awami League and his party will jointly form the next government according to the conditions of the grand alliance.

Dulu freed on bail

Former BNP deputy minister for land Ruhul Kuddus Talukder Dulu was released yesterday from the prison cell of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU).

Attack on BNP men continues, alleges Rizvi

BNP Office Secretary Rizvi Ahmed yesterday criticised the Awami League (AL) for failing to rein in its activists despite party President Sheikh Hasina's statement earlier that there would be no politics of vengeance.

2 BCL men held, 9 DU halls raided

Police yesterday arrested two activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), student body of Awami League, at Muktijoddha Ziaur Rahman Hall of Dhaka University (DU) for their involvement in Thursday's incident at the hall.

Prayers for divine blessings

Awami League yesterday arranged special prayers at mosques and other places of worship across the country to express gratitude to Allah for its landslide victory in the December 29 parliamentary election.

Veg, fish prices spiral despite adequate supply

The prices of vegetables and fish marked a fresh hike in the city's kitchen markets after the elections despite their adequate supply for the last two days.

Sri Lankan troops capture rebel Tiger 'capital'

Sri Lanka said yesterday its troops had finally captured the unofficial capital of the Tamil Tigers and urged the rebels to lay down their arms and end their decades-old struggle for a separate homeland.

SCF calls to resume early trial of war criminals

Sector Commanders Forum (SCF) has urged the incoming government to start trial of war criminals as soon as possible to free the nation from disgrace.

China, Pak president for better ties

China was pleased to see that Bangladesh's ninth parliamentary elections completed smoothly, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said yesterday.

2 murdered in city

Unknown criminals slit a 12-year-old boy's throat at Kadamtoli in the city and killed a housewife at Shah Ali in Mirpur yesterday.

2 killed, 15 hurt in violence

Two people died and 15 others were injured in separate incidents of violence across the country yesterday.

Tigers' 2nd Test from today

Bangladesh take on Sri Lanka in the second Test of the two-match series at the Chittagong Divisional Stadium from today.

Imam held for alleged link with militants

Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) on Thursday night arrested an imam of a mosque at Bheramara of the district for his alleged links with an Islamist militant outfit.

Israeli jets destroy Hamas homes, flatten mosque

Israel destroyed the homes of more than a dozen Hamas operatives and bombed one of its mosques yesterday, the seventh day of a blistering offensive in Gaza and the day after a deadly strike killed a prominent Hamas figure.

India abandons search for 300 missing in Bay

The Indian Coast Guard called off its search yesterday for 300 illegal migrants who went missing after abandoning their boat near a remote island chain in the Bay of Bengal last week.

Suicide blast kills 23 near Baghdad

A suicide bomber killed 23 people and wounded at least 42 yesterday at a tribal meeting near the Iraqi capital, Baghdad security plan spokesman General Qassem Atta told AFP.

Editorial

BNP's thoughtful indication

WE are happy, as must be the electorate in general, to see some signs that the BNP is shaking off its initial diffidence in accepting the reality of the popular verdict at Monday's general election. The party's secretary general Khandaker Delwar Hossain indicated on Thursday that the BNP has no mental barrier in the Awami League's forming the government and running the country with the BNP keeping a watchful eye on its performance. He hasn't forgotten to mention in a curiously, but understandably, nuanced fashion that a 'so-called elected government' is better than an unelected one.

CHT peace accord

A comment by Jatindra Lal Tripura, MP-elect on Awami League ticket from Khagrachhari, has caught our attention. He suggests that with the ushering in of an AL government, prospects for full implementation of the accord have brightened. More so, because in other hill constituencies, too, AL candidates have come out winning. From the look of things, Jatindra Lal Tripura has stated the obvious inasmuch as the AL being the author of the CHT agreement, can only be expected to complete the process of its implementation.

And now comes the hard part

THE nation waited patiently for over two years and has eventually completed the electoral process. A fair, impartial and credible election has reflected the desire of the people. The results have reminded many of what transpired in the historic 1970 election that subsequently led to the emergence of an independent Bangladesh.

Grievance or aspiration?

STATE elections in Jammu and Kashmir may not have provided many answers but it has made one thing clear that the Hurriyat Conference has been exaggerating its strength and lessening the exasperation of people over the kind of politics it has been pursuing. It was wrong in assessing the mood of the Valley because the voters rejected roundly the Hurriyat's call to boycott polls. Nearly 61 per cent of the voters queued up before polling booths in severe winter to elect their representatives. As many as 354 candidates contested to return 87 members to the assembly. It was democracy versus the boycott call.

Sports

Tigers to fight on

Bangladesh will take inspiration from the fighting spirit in the Dhaka Test when the home side take on Sri Lanka in the second and final Test at the Chittagong Divisional Stadium here today.

'Pitch to help batsmen'

Buoyed by the good show in Dhaka, Bangladesh will meet visiting Sri Lanka today in the second Test amid optimism to clinch the win they had come close to in the first Test.

Abahani topple Ctg MSC

Chittagong Mohammedan's unbeaten home run in the Citycell B. League came to an end when the local giants suffered a solitary goal defeat to defending champions Abahani from Dhaka here yesterday.

Riyad leads from front

Dhaka captain Mahmudullah Riyad's rich vein of form in domestic cricket helped Dhaka to an easy seven-wicket victory over Sylhet in the National Cricket League at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium yesterday.

Dead rubber full of life

Graeme Smith has been surprised by Australia's lack of clarity, but the only possible cloudiness in the South African camp has been caused by the celebrations from the peaks of success over the past two weeks. While the visitors have worn the smiles of hard-earned triumphs either side of Christmas, the hosts have been scrooging their way through the festive season while losing a rare series at home.

Muktijoddha's second draw

For the first time in the season, Muktijoddha kept clean sheets in two successive matches when the struggling giants drew goalless with Arambagh in the Citycell B. League yesterday.

Salman knows how to play Ajantha

Pakistan opener Salman Butt claims to have found the key to success against Sri Lankan mystery spinner Ajantha Mendis after watching him bowl during the Indian Premier League trials for Kolkata Knight Riders.

NZ look to bury past

New Zealand will be looking to put a summer of stalemates behind them when they face the West Indies in the second one-day international here on Saturday.

'Cricket to defy trials'

ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat said Friday that cricket -- currently grappling with major challenges such as security problems -- has overcome bigger hurdles in the past.

ICC hopeful of visas

The ICC will table a report on the state of the game in Zimbabwe at its board meeting at the end of the month and will make a special request to the Australian government that Peter Chingoka, the Zimbabwe Cricket chairman, be allowed to attend. Chingoka and Ozias Bvute, the managing director, were put on Australia's banned list last month for being associated with the president Robert Mugabe's Zanu-PF regime.

Bollinger wants to keep it simple

Doug Bollinger is the sort of bowler that could quickly develop into an Australian cult figure. He is fast, swings the new and old ball and takes wickets regularly, especially at the SCG. It was those traits that earned him a spot ahead of Ben Hilfenhaus for the third Test, but he also brings colourful off-field characteristics.

Shiv in doubt

Shivnarine Chanderpaul, the West Indies batsman, could miss the second ODI against New Zealand in Christchurch on Saturday with a hand injury. He sat out the first rain-ruined ODI of the five against New Zealand on New Year's Eve as he was being treated for discomfort between thumb and forefinger in his left hand.

Falling pound makes players dearer

The chill economic wind is threatening English football's love affair with foreign talent as the sinking value of sterling makes new players from Europe increasingly expensive to bring to these shores. And in a reversal of fortune, the plunging pound, which has lost 18 per cent of its value against the euro in the past month, makes Barclays Premier League players more attractive transfer targets to managers in Spain, Italy and France.

ECB to manage team rift

England's build-up to their tour of the West Indies, as well as their campaign to reclaim the Ashes, was clouded in controversy on Thursday when skipper Kevin Pietersen and coach Peter Moores were reported to have fallen out.

Smith to play sans pain

Graeme Smith will fight through the pain of a debilitating elbow injury for one more match in the hope he can take South Africa to a 3-0 victory over Australia -- and be fit for the return series next month. Smith knows he should be having surgery but wants to be available for both engagements and will miss the one-day campaign in the hope he can recover.

Pakistan refuses to send team to India

Pakistan refused to clear its national junior squash team on Friday to travel to India for the Asian Junior championship amid heightened tension between the two countries.

Last chance saloon

England football legend Paul Gascoigne said drink and drug addictions nearly killed him in 2008 and knows he is now on his last chance to save himself, in an interview published Friday.

City close to Bridge

Manchester City are expected to make Chelsea full-back Wayne Bridge their first signing of the January transfer window after agreeing a £10 million transfer fee for the England international.

Mission: catch Barca

Real Madrid coach Juande Ramos, dumped by Spurs last year, starts 2009 with another daunting mission as his team try to cut Barcelona's 12-point lead at the top of the Spanish first division.

Man Utd rope in Serb duo

Manchester United have completed the signings of Zoran Tosic and Adem Ljajic, the two Serbian youngsters, in a combined £16.3million deal from Partizan Belgrade.

Hull in for Pennant

Unfashionable Hull City on Thursday muscled in on Real Madrid territory by revealing their interest in Liverpool winger Jermaine Pennant.

Defoe all set for exit

Portsmouth admitted on Thursday that England striker Jermain Defoe is set to leave the club during the January transfer window.

Stuttgart snap up Gebhart

Stuttgart have signed up Timo Gebhart, skipper of Germany's under19 European champions and earmarked for stardom.

Marseille dream of Larsson

Marseille coach Eric Gerets on Friday praised Swedish veteran Henrik Larsson as a player he would like to take on board in the transfer window.

Van Bommel to snub PSV

Mark van Bommel insists a return to PSV Eindhoven is not on the agenda with his Bayern Munich contract due to expire in the summer.

Saha out for five weeks

Everton striker Louis Saha has been ruled out for up to five weeks after a second scan on his hamstring injury on Friday.

Metropolitan

Countrymen hope for meaningful change

Different socio-political parties have continued to greet Awami League President Sheikh Hasina for her landslide victory in the 9th parliamentary elections on December 29.

Pabna University of Science, Tech to be launched today

Pabna University of Science and Technology will be officially launched in Pabna today.

Singaporean children prioritises family over career: Survey

The results of a survey of 60 children conducted by Adecco Singapore, the Singapore subsidiary of the world's leading human resource and staffing services company, reveals that 88 percent of Singapore's workforce of tomorrow believe that it is more important to spend time with family than to make a large salary and lots of money, thus making family a priority over salary when considering work/life balance.

Polls held in free, peaceful manner

Janipop, an election observation group, has said the ninth parliamentary election was held in a free, fair, neutral and peaceful manner with very few stray incidents across the country.

BSF returns body of Bangladeshi youth

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) returned the body of a Bangladeshi youth after a company commander-level flag meeting with Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) last night.

Recruitment test question leaked in Bandarban

Candidates in an examination to appoint staffers for Bandarban Chief Judicial Magistrate's Court staged a demonstration in the town yesterday alleging that questions were leaked on Thursday night.

11 fish shops gutted in Ctg

Eleven dried fish shops were gutted in a fire at Asadganj market in the port city early yesterday.

Journo injured in attack in Jessore

A journalist of a local daily in Jessore was injured as unidentified miscreants hit him indiscriminately with sharp weapons while he was returning to his residence on Wednesday night.

Include climate change in dev strategy

It is essential to incorporate the issue of climate change in the development strategy of the government, said discussants at a special conference on climate change yesterday.

'Bring autistic children to mainstream'

Speakers at a programme in the city yesterday urged the conscious citizens to come forward to help autistic children of the society.

New govt's first task is to cut Boro output cost

The country has a record food stock now but the coming government will have to depend on Boro production in the next season to fulfil its election pledge to lower prices of essentials including rice.

Ctg to be made world class city

Four new grand alliance MPs, elected from the port city, have said they will work for infrastructure development of Chittagong to make it a world class city.

2 killed in road accidents

Two people were killed and eight others injured in separate road accidents in Kishoreganj and Manikganj yesterday.

Sir Maurice Brown Int'l School starts functioning

Sir Maurice Brown International School, an English medium school in national curriculum, started its activities with a motto of 'Forever learning' in the port city's Nasirabad area yesterday.

8 shops burn down in Noakhali

At least eight shops burned down in a fire at Kalumunshi Bazaar in Kabairhat, Noakhali, early yesterday.

Citycell offers special Zoom package

Citycell, a mobile phone operator, has been offering special packages of its high-speed wireless Internet service Zoom at Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF) that began at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in the city on January 1, says a press release.

Zardari, Gilani greet Hasina

Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yusuf Raja Gilani yesterday greeted Awami League President Sheikh Hasina for the grand alliance's massive victory in the December 29 general elections.

BDB to work with new govt to curb graft, terrorism

Former president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury yesterday said Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) will work with the newly elected government to eliminate terrorism, corruption and poverty from the country.

Woman stabbed to death in Jhenidah

A woman was stabbed to death by some villagers at Srirampur under Shailakupa upazila in the district last night.

Rab man robbed at Savar, three arrested

A Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) member was robbed of his salary and valuables by a number of armed muggers at Bhatpara in Savar in the early hours of Friday.

JU reopens today after month-long vacation

Jahangirnagar University (JU) reopens today after a month-long vacation for the Eid-ul-Azha, winter and the national election.

Withdraw cases against teachers, students: Duta

The newly elected executive committee of Dhaka University Teachers' Association (Duta) has demanded immediate withdrawal of all cases filed against teachers and students in connection with the August 2007 campus violence.

Tiger kills fisherman in Sundarbans

A fisherman was killed when he was attacked by a tiger in the Sundarbans on Thursday noon.

Institute of Medical Tech opens today

Ahsania Mission Institute of Medical Technology (IMT) will be formally launched today.

Chehlum of Nurul Islam today

Chehlum of veteran labour leader and politician Mohammad Nurul Islam and his son Islam Tomhor Puchi will be held at Teacher-Student Centre (TSC) cafeteria of Dhaka University at 3:00pm today, says a press release.

National

Internal feud rises as local AL divided over UZ polls candidacy in 3 N dists

Internal feud has surfaced among Awami League leaders in Rangpur, Kurigram and Lalmonirhat districts over candidacy for the posts of chairmen in the upcoming upazila parishad election.

10,961 votes invalid in 4 Nilphamari seats

A total of 10,961 cast votes were invalid in four constituencies of the district in the December 29 parliament election.

Arson at BNP leader's jute stock

Some 275 maunds of jute fibres were gutted in an arson attack at Shialkhoil Bazar under Bhuapur upazila in Tangail district early yesterday.

8,780 cast 'no' vote in Barisal division

A total of 8,780 voters cast 'no' vote in 21 constituencies of Barisal division.

Janajuddha cadre held in Jhenidah

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested a Janajuddha cadre of the outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-Janajuddha) at a village in Shailkupa upazila early yesterday.

International

Key loss will test LTTE

The Sri Lankan army's capture of the northern town of Kilinochchi marks a new phase in the fighting between the security forces and the Tamil Tiger rebels.

No noticeable change in Pak attitude: India

Rubbishing Pakistan's "advice" for deactivating ground and air troops in forward areas, India yesterday said it has no right to give any such suggestion and pointed out that 30 terror outfits are still active in that country.

Hamas resilient despite Israeli onslaught

Israel is methodically targeting the Hamas domain, bombing government offices, security compounds, commanders, and even Hamas-linked clinics, mosques and money changers. Yet Gaza's Islamic rulers show no sign of buckling under the aerial onslaught.

Israel aims to cripple Hamas, warn other foes: Experts

Israel has thousands of troops massed for a ground offensive on Gaza that would aim to deal a hammer blow to Hamas and re-establish Israel's military credentials with its other foes, experts said.

US readying Afghan surge against Taliban

The US is preparing to pour at least 20,000 extra troops into southern Afghanistan to cope with a Taliban insurgency that is fiercer than Nato leaders expected.

9 Muslims removed from US flight

Nine Muslims, including three children, were ordered off a domestic US flight after two other passengers heard them making what they thought were suspicious remarks about security, media said yesterday.

Israeli Labour rebounds in polls with Gaza blitz

The popularity of Defence Minister Ehud Barak's Labour party has shot up on the back of Israel's deadly blitz on Hamas in Gaza, according to an opinion poll published on Friday.

Chinese police detain tainted milk activist

The father of a child sickened by tainted milk was detained by police to prevent a news conference by parents to complain that proposed compensation for their ill children is too low, a lawyer said yesterday.

Britain urged to accept Guantanamo detainees

Britain should accept inmates from the Guantanamo Bay detention camp to help the new US administration close down the notorious centre, former premier Tony Blair's chief legal advisor said yesterday.

Cuba revolution will last another 50-yr

President Raul Castro predicted Cuba's revolution will survive another half-century as the communist government marked the 50th anniversary of its triumph amid fears of economic hardship following three devastating hurricanes.

N Korea resumes anti-US rhetoric

North Korea yesterday resumed its criticism of the United States, a day after dropping its customary harsh words from a policy-setting New Year message.

Two soldiers, 6 militants killed in Kashmir

Two soldiers and six Muslim militants have been killed in two shootouts in Indian Kashmir, the first violence since state elections in the Muslim-majority region, the army said yesterday.

Exploiting nature to cut mosquito's life short

Old mosquitoes usually spread disease, so Australian researchers figured out a way to make the pests die younger -- naturally, not poisoned.

Lanka president takes over media portfolio

Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse on Thursday took the country's influential media ministry under his wing ahead of a key mid-term election for his administration, officials said.

Lashkar rejects 'confession' in Mumbai probe

The Pakistan-based militant outfit blamed for the Mumbai attacks rejected yesterday a report that one of its leaders had acknowledged the group's involvement.

Pak govt to set up body to deal with terrorism

The government has decided to set up a high-level body the proposed 'National Commission for Counter-Terrorism to coordinate efforts in countering the threat posed by the Taliban, a private TV channel reported on Thursday as President Asif Ali Zardari called on the nation to put aside their differences and unite in fighting the war on terror.

Nepal Maoists provoke temple rebellion

Riot police have been deployed at Nepal's holiest Hindu temple to stop protests after the Maoist government tried to throw out Indian priests who have officiated there for generations.

Final Ethiopian pullout from Somalia under way

Ethiopia said its military withdrawal from Somalia was under way and would last several more days, even as its forces were targeted in yet another deadly incident in Mogadishu yesterday.

Coral decline warns of ocean changes: Scientists

A sharp slowdown in coral growth on Australia's Great Barrier Reef since 1990 is a warning sign that precipitous changes in the world's oceans may be imminent, scientists said yesterday.

Iran FM slams world inaction on Gaza

Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki hit out at the international community for not doing more in the face of Israel's deadly blitz on Gaza yesterday and demanded an immediate halt to the assault.

US steel industry in collapse, eyes govt aid

The US steel industry is in collapse and looking for a massive government investment program of up to one trillion dollars to stimulate demand for the key commodity, a report said yesterday.

Prague urges Russia, Ukraine to settle gas row

The Czech Republic, which took over the presidency of the European Union on January 1, urged Russia and Ukraine yesterday to settle their dispute over gas supplies by themselves.

Quake hits off Indonesia's Sumatra island

A 5.4-magnitude quake struck off the Indonesian island of Sumatra late Thursday, seismologists said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries, and no tsunami alert was issued.

Belgian parliament gives new PM vote of confidence

The Belgian parliament yesterday gave the government of new Prime Minister Herman Van Rompuy a vote of confidence, as expected, after his predecessor was forced out amid a banking bailout scandal.

Paulson blames global imbalances for crisis

Outgoing US Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson said that a failure to address the rise of emerging markets and resulting imbalances was partly to blame for the global financial crisis, according to an interview published yesterday.

India unveils second economic stimulus plan

India yesterday eased foreign borrowing by domestic firms and permitted additional liquidity for the non-banking sector to boost flagging growth in Asia's third-largest economy.

Arts & Entertainment

Ringing in the New Year

It was a shindig of a different kind; more like a dignified 'adda'. The venue: Bengal Shilpalaya, Dhanmondi. Hosts: Singer Fahmida Nabi and celebrity beautician Kaniz Almas. The occasion: First day of 2009.

A melange of prints at Shilpangan

Shilpangan is holding a group exhibition of prints that is remarkable in several aspects. Prints of renowned artists -- who predominantly work with other mediums -- at the exhibit, are certainly noteworthy.

Heath Ledger 2008’s biggest movie story, according to poll

Australian actor Heath Ledger beat all-comers in a 2008 movie poll released last Thursday, sweeping the biggest news story, most missed star and best villain categories thanks to his posthumous hit film "The Dark Knight."

Drama serial Eka on ATN Bangla

Fourth episode of the new drama serial "Eka" will be aired on ATN Bangla tonight at 8:40 pm. Written by litterateur Imdadul Haque Milon, the serial has been directed by actor Zahid Hasan.

Siddiqua Kabir and Sharmin Lucky on Amar Ami tonight

Banglavision will air talk show “Lizan Mehedi Amar Ami” tonight at 9:05 pm. Each episode of the show features two celebrities as guests, offering an insight into their lives.

Madhumita on ntv

Single-episode play "Madhumita" will be aired on ntv at 9 pm tonight. The play has been written and directed by Ferdaus Hasan.

New Year celebration in Jhenidah

To usher in the New Year, a celebration and cultural programme was held on January 1 in Jhenidah. The event was organised by Suniketan Pathshala at Kaliganj Pourasabha.

OP-ED

Daring to change

ON 27th December last this scribe commented in this column (Bracing for change) that "The common man is deeply religious but wants an improvement in life and for that, whenever given a chance, he has chosen the progressive, forward-looking secular leaders and parties......... In the historic election of 1970 people voted for the secularists in both parts of Pakistan. The common man is perhaps wise enough to place religion and politics in different spaces and believes that worldly affairs are too important to be left in the hands of one group."

Priorities for the next government

PEOPLE have spoken very clearly about the change that should come about and they need in the state policy and economy and of their abhorance of politics of hatred, religious fundamentalism and communal divide through the Parliamentary election held on December 29 last. The overwhelming mandate that the voters have given to AL or, so to say, the Grand Alliance has increased their share of responsibility of building a new Bangladesh free from hunger and deprivation.

Is war between India and Pakistan inevitable?

TENSION is building up between India and Pakistan following the attacks in Mumbai, which, according to India, was instigated by a Pakistan based extremist group. Initially, India's Deputy Foreign Minister Anand Sharma reacted sharply: "We are a nation outraged right now. Our response will be very serious." It was followed by India's demand that Pakistan hand over 20 suspected terrorists who are involved with Lashkar-e-Taiba. This group was banned by Pervez Musharraf.

Environment

Bio-shield to natural disasters

Mangroves are the salt-tolerant forest ecosystems that evolve in the transition zones between terrestrial and marine environments of tropical and sub-tropical areas of the world. Mangrove forests currently occupy 14,650,000 ha of coastline globally. The Bangladesh coast supports about 587,380 ha of natural mangroves and a further 100,000 ha of planted mangroves, locally known as Perabon, and mostly distributed in the intertidal zone.

The elite's failure

Over the past decade the Kyoto Protocol has shown us just how difficult it is for countries to make real and deep cuts in their carbon emissions. During this time, emissions have soared by over one percent a year, and are projected to begin rising soon by up to 2.5 percent a year. Emissions are growing beyond imagination and way faster than even worst case scenarios. Every year the science becomes more dire -- abrupt climate change of horrific speed and consequences looms. The Earth System needs cuts of emissions of at least 3 percent a year, and almost undoubtedly more, to avoid civilization ending abrupt and runaway climate change.

Emergent threat to health and environment

Since the development of plastic in the fifties of the past century by German scientist, it has become a popular material used in a wide variety of ways. Of late, it is used even for producing boxes, utensils, doors and other commercial items. But unfortunately, because of the same useful qualities, it poses a serious and huge pollution problem. It can do great harm to environment as it doesn't decompose and requires high energy ultra-violet light to break down. In addition to using up fossil fuels and other resources, plastic products create litter and threaten the basis of life on earth.

Literature

Flaneuring around Calcutta

On a recent visit to Calcutta, I learned a new word to describe what I sometimes engage in: flânerie.

Against One's Own Class

Possibly no Booker-winner from India has been received with so much resentment at home as Aravind Adiga. Indeed, his debut novel, The White Tiger, winner of the 2008 Man Booker Prize, has invited so much hostile criticism at home that the Times of India ran a piece recently called "The Hero India Doesn't Want." Given the unexpected nature and intensity of this response, this review perhaps needs to be as much about the critical response as about the book itself.

Indian Poetry of the Seventies

This volume - New English Poetry by Indian Men - came into this reviewer's hands by chance, and evoked immediate curiosity, not only for its provocative title but because it afforded a look at English poetry by Indians during the '70s, when the poets were still feeling their way around. It was published by Writers Workshop of Kolkata in 1978, the companion volume to the previous year's publication containing women poets - a volume I have not yet been able to locate. This volume showcased the works of thirteen Indian poets writing in English: Pranab Chatterjee, Deb Kumar Das, V Kandaswami, Randhir Khare, R Rabindranath Menon, Moni Moulik, S Padmanab, Rakshat Puri, S Ramnath, S V Ramachandra Rao, Santan Rodrigues, Mukul Sharma and Thambi Srinivasan.

Star Health

Health guide for 2009

The New Year has just started. It is the perfect time for a fresh start. Many people are planning to make resolutions in health for the New Year to improve their life such as losing weight, exercising more, getting more organised or quitting smoking. But none of these will be effective without a proper health checklist, something that prioritises the important things you need to do this year, this decade and for the rest of your life. All you require is a roadmap to hit the highway to better health. The following things can help you to make 2009 your year of good health.

Promise to fight

Second SAARC conference on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases was organized by SAARC Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS Centre (STAC) on 15-18th December, 2008 in Kathmandu.

Poor mental health linked to asthma

The presence of mental illness, and its severity, appear to confer an increased risk of developing asthma, researchers report.

17th NID: Immunise your child today

As a parent, the best way to ensure your child's good health is to try to prevent illness before it starts. The best way to prevent a number of serious illnesses is to make sure your children receive appropriate immunisation. All parents should ensure the immunisation of their child in time.

Have a nice year

I realise, 2008 has been an informative year for my readers. Last year I wrote on non-medicinal factors and their effects on health, more than I did in last few years. Today I would like to share the top 10 of them. Here are my top recommendations:

Strategic Issues

Some strategic choices for the AL

WHEN I called a friend whose brother was winning a seat easily with an Awami League (AL) ticket on Election Day, his voice appeared tense. That surprised me. When I inquired why he was tense, he told me that he was worried because the AL was winning much more handsomely and decisively than he had expected in the height of pre-election optimism. He said that would burden the party with expectations from the people that the AL may not be able to fulfill.

India's security overhaul plan: Will it work?

THE Indian new Interior Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram has recently announced a raft of measures to overhaul the security apparatus after the Mumbai attacks.

Israel mulls truce but says assault may last weeks

Israel on December 30 mulled a proposed 48-hour truce as world leaders stepped up calls for an end to the violence and warplanes pummeled Hamas targets in the battered Gaza Strip for a fourth day. But Israeli officials warned that the onslaught, which has killed at least 368 Palestinians, could continue for weeks, while Hamas militants remained defiant, firing more deadly rockets into Israel and threatening to step up the attacks.

Chinese Navy on historic anti-piracy mission

An anti-piracy task force of the Chinese navy set sail Friday for Africa, state media said, in the nation's first potential combat mission beyond its territorial waters in centuries.

Star Books Review

Death, destruction and the birth of a nation

FAULT Lines Stories of 1971 are episodes surrounding, literally meaning, an incorrect demarcation, of a country, of a nation; about the people who are on either side, who may be good or may be bad and stronger; not forgetting what Shakespeare said, '…there is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.'

The poor - and the cooperative endeavour

The credit union is a bank of poor people. It has been playing a major role in the economic emancipation of people in the country. Being united, people save their hard-earned money here by forming credit unions to meet their financial needs.

Nature in wild profusion

Noazesh Ahmed is a name that hardly needs any introduction. He is an internationally reputed agriculture scientist and a notable photographer. Basically he is a photographer of the 1950s. Noazesh Ahmed is a plant geneticist by profession. He has given lots of valuable things to our agricultural field. He is not only well known in our country but also abroad. He obtained a gold medal for outstanding contributions in agricultural research and development in 1978. He is also an environmentalist. He has always vouched for the development and preservation of our environment.


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