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PM's public programmes curtailed on security alert

The government a couple of days ago received information from different international intelligence agencies that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's life is under threat from international terrorist organisations who are in league with local extremist groups.

DIG-Prisons violated code, abused power

Deputy Inspector General of Prisons (DIG-Prisons) Maj Shamsul Haider Siddique violated at least 15 clauses of the jail code and abused his power in various ways to allow special privileges for a dreaded convict, Monowar Hossain Dipjol, according to an investigation by the jail authorities.

'72 trade accord was only renewed during Zia's rule

The BNP has said the bilateral trade deal with India during the rule of late president Ziaur Rahman was not a new treaty but renewal of the 1972 agreement.

70pc can't read, write even after 5-yr study

The quality of the country's primary education is so substandard that around 70 percent of students who complete the five-year primary level education are unable to read, write or calculate properly.

Poor rate for excavation fails to attract any firm

Although one and half years have passed since Ecnec's approval of the circular waterway (phase-II), excavation work of the main channel could not begin as the government failed to attract any firm due to fixing low rate for the task.

Mashrafe now a $6 lakh cricketer

Mashrafe Bin Mortaza hit an amazing figure when the Kolkata Knight Riders purchased the Bangladesh fast bowler for six-lakh dollars (US) after a sensational bidding in the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction in Goa yesterday.

Trans-Asian Railway project finally set to take off

The government is going to start work on Trans-Asian Railway (TAR) that would connect the country's railway system to a 81,000-km network stretching from Europe to East and South-East Asia.

Hasina likely to visit KSA this month

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is likely to visit Saudi Arabia in the third week of this month to perform Umrah.

AL to offer chairmanship of four JS bodies to BNP

Ruling Awami League (AL) has decided to offer the main opposition BNP chairmanship of four parliamentary standing committees.

Boucher due today

US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Richard A Boucher arrives today on a two-day visit to Bangladesh to hold talks with both the government and opposition leaders on trade and terrorism issues.

Sahara slates Pak claim of Bangladesh's involvement

Home Minister Sahara Khatun yesterday strongly condemned the Pakistan investigation agency's claim of Bangladesh's involvement in the Mumbai terror attacks last year.

S Arabia to recruit more doctors from Bangladesh

Saudi Arabia is soon going to recruit 5,000 doctors from Bangladesh, Pakistan and India for dozens of newly constructed and renovated public hospitals in the Kingdom.

Karnaphuli tunnel work to start in mid Sept

The government is to start the process of constructing a tunnel under the Karnaphuli in Chittagong as soon as mid September.

4-hr Shishu Prohor at Ekushey fair

The time was not much, just four hours. But those four hours made the Amar Ekushey Boi Mela alive yesterday with hundreds of children running from one stall to another as if the entire Bangla Academy premises were their playground.

Soya bean oil prices drop again

Prices of soya bean oil of different brands came down by Tk 5 per litre while the non-brand ones by Tk 2-6 per litre in the kitchen markets in the city over the past three days.

ISI behind Mumbai attacks: India

India for the first time yesterday directly accused Pakistan's military intelligence agency of involvement in the Mumbai attacks.

Hasina spent Tk 3 lakh in Bagerhat-1

Sheikh Hasina has spent only Tk 3.10 lakh in her election campaign for Bagerhat-1 (Fakirhat-Mollahat-Chitalmari) constituency.

BNP to help try war criminals

BNP lawmaker Salauddin Quader Chowdhury yesterday said his party would give its best effort to help try war criminals.

Thai PM vows to take action against abusers

Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva pledged yesterday to hold accountable any security forces who abused Muslim migrants from Myanmar after hundreds of boat people were found adrift.

Court declares Qadeer Khan a free man

A Pakistani court yesterday ruled that nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan, father of the country's atomic bomb, was a free man, five years after he was effectively put under house arrest.

Kyrgyz govt orders closure of US base

The Kyrgyzstan government's decision to order the closure of a US base that serves as a vital route for supplies to Afghanistan is "final", a government spokesman said yesterday.

Pakistan kills 52 militants in Khyber region

Pakistani helicopter gunships and ground forces killed 52 militants in a massive operation to clear Taliban fighters out of the flashpoint Khyber region on Friday, security officials said.


The case against minister Latif Biswas

THE Election Commission has filed a case against Fisheries and Livestock Minister Abdul Latif Biswas on the charge that the minister interfered in voting for the upazilla elections in Belkuchi on January 22. Indeed, since Chief Election Commissioner ATM Shamsul Huda made it publicly known at the end of the voting on the day that the minister had violated the electoral code of conduct, Biswas has been under a cloud. Now the suit against him by the EC makes it clear that the electoral body means to see the whole business through.

Launch terminal disorder

HOW insensitive public or private service operators touching the lives of ordinary citizens can get to the pressing public need for mobility on the waterways was starkly demonstrated in and around Sadarghat terminal on Thursday. At that premier inland transportation hub such a massive impediment was placed to the movement of incoming and outgoing passengers by feuding groups claiming control over the labour handling business that it led to a five-hour standstill in river traffic. As many as 200 launches could neither anchor nor depart from the terminal causing enormous loss to business and of man hour.

Davos, the global financial crisis and the world's poorest

MANY in the world's poorest countries had looked forward to this year's World Economic Forum (held every year in Davos, Switzerland) and had hoped that the world's political and financial leadership would be able to provide assurances that the worst of the international financial crisis had passed and that a new dawn was round the corner. It wasn't to be. Things turned out to be different. Instead of the usual celebration of the triumph of global capitalism there was an ambience of gloom and recriminations about the deepening global economic crisis.

Time to strengthen institutions

THE people of Bangladesh now have the benefit of stewardship of a government that enjoys an overwhelming electoral mandate. Quite naturally, the expectations from such a government are very high thus placing onerous responsibilities on the new guardians. Such responsibilities assume special significance because we are passing through a period that is characterized by a loss of sense of values.



When the news first broke, Mashrafe bin Mortaza's first reaction was astonishment, which goes to explain his first words. "This is totally unexpected," said the man who has been dubbed the Narail Express by adulating fans.

$600000 Mashrafe

England's Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff joined the Indian Premier League on Friday as its most expensive players after being auctioned for 1.55 million dollars each.

Bangladesh lose opener

Pakistan made a flying start in the Grameen Phone tri-nation women's cricket tournament beating Bangladesh by seven wickets at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium (SCS) in Bogra yesterday.

Komol salvages Mohammedan

Mohammedan of Dhaka stayed on the hunt for the ru-nners-up spot for the second time in the B. League when they edged their Chittagong counterparts by a solitary goal yesterday.

Phelps suspended, loses sponsor

The Olympic swimming star Michael Phelps, who was photographed inhaling from a marijuana pipe, has lost a major sponsorship deal and has been suspended from competition for three months.

Players sold to IPL

List of the 17 cricketers bought by franchises at the second auction of the Indian Premier League yesterday:

Thakurgaon stun Dhaka

After the initial goals galore, normalcy returned to the Citycell Women's National Football Championship with five goals in two matches yesterday.

Abahani visit PM's new residence

B. League champions Abahani booters and officials yesterday afternoon called on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her new residence Jamuna.

Pak-Aus on neutral venue

Pakistan will play Australia in five one-day matches on neutral ground in the Middle East later this year, a top official of PCB said yesterday.

Kiwis surge to 2-0 lead

Michael Clarke's 98 could not stop his unthinkable series loss from coming a step closer after Grant Elliott kept a cool head to complete a six-wicket victory for New Zealand, who were solid without being spectacular. Despite making hard work of a less than imposing chase of 226, New Zealand got home with seven balls to spare to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.

India's record run

India marched to their longest winning streak - nine matches - with a comprehensive win that pushed Sri Lanka further towards their first 5-0 ODI whitewash. The victory was set up by left-handed opener Gautam Gambhir, who smashed a career-best 150 off 147 balls to help his side score a challenging 332-5. He hit one six and 14 fours in his sixth hundred in one-dayers.

Gayle, Sarwan shine

West Indies' second wicket pair of Chris Gayle and his former deputy Ramnaresh Sarwan batted England into the ground with a hundred-run partnership in the opening Test at Sabina Park on Thursday.

Rana guides Swadhinata

Swadhinata Sangha rode on a brace by Masud Rana to collect full three points in the Citycell 3rd Division Football League with a 2-1 win against Jirabo SC yesterday.

Gaibandha cricket

Russel Smrity Sangsad defeated Munshipara Tarun Sangha by two wickets while Nabarun Krira Chakra beat Nutan Bangla Club by six wickets in the Gaibandha Second Division Cricket League at Gaibandha Stadium yesterday.

Reds feeling Gerrard strain

Liverpool's bid for a first English title since 1990 was revitalised by last weekend's win over Chelsea.

Becks boost for Milan

AC Milan continue their pursuit of Inter Milan this weekend boosted by David Beckham's admission that he wants to stay in Italy rather than end his loan deal in March.

Atletico turn to Resino

Atletico Madrid may still be in the money-spinning Champions League, but on the domestic front they are in crisis without a win in 2009 giving them an uphill task to match last season's top four finish.

Hoffenheim wait on Timo

Bundesliga leaders Hoffenheim are waiting on the fit-ness of ex-Germany goalkeeper Timo Hildebrand as they look to strengthen their position against bottom club Borussia Moenchengladbach on Saturday.

Barca see off Mallorca

Thierry Henry and Rafael Marquez shot Barcelona to a 2-0 victory over Real Mallorca at the Nou Camp stadium on Thursday in the Spanish Cup semifinals first leg.

Ronaldo backs Phelps

Brazil football star Ronaldo has come out in support of disgraced Olympic champion Michael Phelps who was banned for three months on Friday after a published photograph showed him smoking marijuana.

PSG suspend Kezman

Paris Saint Germain on Friday handed Serbian international Mateja Kezman a two week suspension for his temper tantrum in the midweek League Cup loss to Bordeaux.


China does not want conflict between Dhaka, Yangon

China does not want any conflict between Bangladesh and Myanmar on the maritime boundary dispute in the Bay of Bengal, said a china-based think tank Shanghai Institutes for International Studies (SIIS) yesterday.

Steps taken for optimum use of marginal, fallow lands

The Department of Forest has taken up a development programme for optimum use of marginal and fallow land through participatory social forestry.

'Make BSMMU service-oriented instt of high standard'

Health Minister AFM Ruhul Haque has directed the authorities of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) to suggest measures for making it a service-oriented institution of high standard.

Youths urged to acquire proper knowledge

Speakers at a seminar yesterday said there is no doubt that proper education makes young generation wiser and more tolerant of diverse views.

'Only enlightened people can take nation forward'

Only enlightened people can take the nation forward and show lights amid darkness all around while the habit of reading books can help build such enlightened people, said the speakers at the prize giving ceremony of a book reading programme of Bishwa Sahitya Kendra yesterday.

Oxford to honour Fazle Hasan Abed

Fazle Hasan Abed, founder and chairperson of Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (Brac), will be given an Honorary Doctor of Letters by the University of Oxford.

Lawyer, college student killed in road accidents

A lawyer and a college student were killed in two separate road accidents in Gulistan and Mirpur areas in the city yesterday.

Help explore talents of autistic children

National Prof Dr MR Khan yesterday said the autistic children are not burden of the society, rather many successes may come if their latent talents could be utilised.

Handcuffed robber escapes from police custody

A handcuffed robber suspect escaped from police custody hours after his arrest in Narail yesterday.

Road network crumbling for lack of regular maintenance

The road network of the country, a key component of economic development, is gradually deteriorating due to lack of regular maintenance of roads, according to experts in the sector.

Langsisa Ri conquerors now eye Annapurna IV peak

The mountaineers of North Alpine Club Bangladesh, who conquered the 20,700-feet high Langsisa Ri peak in Nepal on December 1 last year, shared their experiences in the city yesterday.

'Raise awareness about AIDS'

Speakers at a programme underscored the need for raising awareness about HIV/AIDS among the young generation, who constitutes a major portion of the population, to prevent the spread of the deadly disease.

Two muggers beaten to death in Ctg

A mob beat two muggers to death and injured another at Saraipara in Chittagong yesterday.

Body of shallow machine operator recovered

Police recovered the body of a shallow machine operator from Madaripur Sadar upazila yesterday.

'Judicial officials, lawyers urged to ensure justice to litigants'

Justice Mohammad Tafazzal Islam of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court has called upon the judicial officials and lawyers to work together with the utmost sincerity to ensure justice to litigants.

Confce on disaster management concludes

A five-day initial planning conference of Multinational Communications Interoperability Programmes jointly organised by Bangladesh and the US Pacific Command concluded at a city hotel yesterday.

Jubo Ainjibi Oikya Parishad executives

Advocate Sheikh Salahuddin Ahmed and Advocate Mohammad Monirul Islam Akash were elected president and general secretary of the 101-member executive committee of Bangladesh Jubo Ainjibi Oikya Parishad for the two-year term, says a press release.

Work for poverty-free Bangladesh

Industries Minister Dilip Barua yesterday called upon the members of the voluntary organisations to put in their best efforts for establishing a hunger- and poverty-free Bangladesh.

Chhinnamul Hawkers' Samity office looted

A number of criminals stormed Bangladesh Chhinnamul Hawkers' Samity office at Gulistan in the city on Thursday and looted its valuables, leaving two people injured.

Two killed in road accidents

Two people were killed in separate road accidents in Narail and Kushtia yesterday and Wednesday.

4th convocation of Brac varsity held

Brac is playing a vital role in providing quality education along with its other activities like micro-credit, health service and poverty alleviation, said renowned academic and historian Prof AF Salahuddin Ahmed at the fourth convocation of Brac University on Thursday.

Death anniversary

Today is the first death anniversary of Mustafa Jamal Uddin, CSO-1 at the office of the Chief Administrative Officer, Ministry of Defence, says a press release.


45 trains derail in 5 months

As many as 45 incidents of train derailment occurred on 85-kilometre long Lalmonirhat-Burimari route under Lalmonirhat Railway Division during the last five months as shortage of sleepers and stone has made the line awfully risky.

More 11,000 hectares under Boro farming in Mymensingh

To increase production of Boro paddy in Mymensingh district, Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) has taken initiative to bring additional 11,000 hectares of land under Boro cultivation in all 12 upazilas of the district during the current season.

Rab plans combing operations in 10 Khulna dists

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) is taking preparation to launch combing operations ahead of Shaheed Day in ten districts of Khulna division.

RU pro-AL teachers, staff allege acting VC's Jamaat link

Pro-Awami League (AL) teachers, officers and employees of Rajshahi University staged demonstrations in front of the acting vice-chancellor's office on Thursday demanding his immediate resignation for his alleged link to Jamaat-e-Islami.

Abducted RU JCD worker freed, 2 BCL men held

Police have rescued a Rajshahi University (RU) Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) worker and arrested three alleged kidnappers including two Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists from near the campus.

Arms peddler held in satkhira

Police arrested an arms peddler from Badamtala in Sadar upazila and recovered a revolver, a shutter gun and three bullets from his possession.

Drunkard husband sets fire to wife

Victim of drunkard husband's arson attack, a newly married woman is now fighting for life at Dinajpur Medical College Hospital.

Two arrested

Police yesterday arrested two people in connection with killing of two BNP workers at Jajira of Adhara union in Munshiganj Sadar upazila on Wednesday.

Three Ansars among 5 hurt as robbers hurl bombs

At least five people, including three Ansars, were seriously injured as a gang of robbers hurled bombs at them while fleeing after committing robbery at village Kashba under Gangni upazila on Thursday night, victims and police said.

Ex-BCL leader arrested for 'extortion'

Police has arrested a former leader of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) on charge of extortion.


UN chief, Maliki discuss lifting Iraq sanctions

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said in Baghdad Friday that the United Nations is considering scrapping sanctions imposed on Iraq during Saddam Hussein's regime before the 2003 US-led invasion.

Red Cross office attacked as Lanka blames it for inciting panic

A stone-throwing mob attacked the offices of the Red Cross in Sri Lanka's capital Friday as the government accused the agency of inciting panic over civilian deaths from fighting with Tamil Tiger rebels.

Lanka battle zone facing 'food crisis': UN agency

About 250,000 people in the embattled north- eastern Vanni region of Sri Lanka are facing a food crisis and surviving on fraught aid deliveries, the UN's food relief agency said yesterday.

Pak Shia mobs stage protests after mosque bombing

Mobs sacked property and protestors called for revenge in central Pakistan yesterday after a bomb killed 33 people near a mosque in one of the country's deadliest anti-Shia attacks.

Ensure Pakistan fulfils promise to end terror

India on Friday said the United Nations should ensure that Pakistan fulfils its commitment to end terrorism emanating from its soil.

UN urges Myanmar rulers, opposition to resume substantive talks

UN chief Ban Ki-moon is appealing to Myanmar's military rulers and opposition to resume early, substantive negotiations without preconditions, his spokeswoman said Thursday.

Russia allows transit of US military supplies

Russia said Friday that it will start allowing US military supplies for Afghanistan to cross its territory, while Kyrgyzstan said it will not reverse its decision to close a key US air base.

CIA nominee vows to break with Bush's terror policies

President Barack Obama's choice to head the CIA made clear Thursday he would break with Bush administration policy against terror suspects, saying detainees would not be subjected to torture while in US custody or in allied countries.

Foreign troops kill 6 Afghans in south

International troops killed six Afghan men in an overnight raid on a village in southern Afghanistan. A provincial official said the men were civilians, but the US military said they were militants.

Lanka war near end, but not ethnic tension

The Sri Lankan government is poised to crush the Tamil Tiger rebels and end a quarter-century civil war that has killed tens of thousands. But it still faces a major challenge beyond the battlefield: resolving the ethnic conflict that fuelled the uprising.

Taliban kill two 'US spies' in Pak tribal area

Taliban militants shot dead two men in Pakistan's lawless tribal belt on the border with Afghanistan after accusing them of spying for the United States, a local official said yesterday.

Pakistan arrests 50 Indian fishermen

Pakistan's Maritime Security Agency said Friday it has seized nine boats and arrested 50 Indian fishermen for illegally trawling in its waters in the Arabian Sea.

Kashmir issue key to global peace

Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani while stressing the need to resolve the long-standing Kashmir dispute said on Thursday that this dispute is central to Pakistan-India relations and holds the key not only to regional but also to global peace.

Jolie visits camp for Myanmar refugees

Angelina Jolie, a Hollywood star deeply involved in the plight of refugees, has called on the Thai government to respect the human rights of Myanmar's Rohinyga boat people whom Thai authorities have pushed out to sea in recent weeks, a UN spokeswoman said yesterday.

Israel deports activists from detained ship

Israel deported activists from an aid ship it intercepted in the Mediterranean en route from Lebanon to the Gaza Strip, but allowed blood donations that were on board to enter Gaza yesterday, the Israeli military said.

'Afghanistan can be quagmire for Qaeda'

The US-led "war on terror" will end when moderate Muslims stand up to extremism in Afghanistan, US Senator Joseph Lieberman wrote yesterday in the Wall Street Journal.

South African president defends ANC record

South African President Kgalema Motlanthe on Friday defended the ruling ANC's record in a state of the nation address as the party heads into general elections after a period of political upheaval.

Gates ignoring Obama on Guantanamo

A leading US rights group Thursday slammed Defence Secretary Robert Gates for not backing President Barack Obama's executive order to halt proceedings against terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay.

N Korea may fire missiles across sea border

North Korea may fire short-range missiles across its disputed sea border with South Korea to bolster its sabre-rattling campaign against the Seoul government, media reports said yesterday.

Rebel-held hostage flown to freedom in Colombia

The last known politician held hostage by Colombia's main leftist insurgency was airlifted to freedom Thursday after six years in captivity.

Hunt underway for remains of Nazi'Doctor Death'

Police in Germany and Austria sought to confirm Thursday that Nazi war criminal Aribert Heim, alias "Doctor Death", died in Egypt in 1992, but veteran Nazi hunters were sceptical.

Arts & Entertainment

Folklore and myth unfurl under the Bakul tree

As a tribute to eminent activist and Tagore exponent Waheedul Haque, a driving force behind cultural movements for decades, Chhayanat arranged a two-day programme featuring folk music belonging to different genres. The event -- held at Bakultala, Faculty of Fine Arts, starting on February 5 -- was titled "Desh Ghorer Gaan," a phrase coined by noted Indian litterateur Debesh Roy, referring to the opulent heritage of Bengali folk music.

Vibrant colours from a world lacking opportunities

The second annual 'Streetwise Art Exhibition,' featuring artworks by children living on the streets of Dhaka, has opened its doors again to the public from December onwards at the Bay's Galleria, Radius Centre, Gulshan Avenue.

Ekushey book fair in Pabna

'Ekushey Book Fair,' at Pabna Town Hall premises, has become a source of recreation for the locals. The two weeklong book fair began on February 1. The formal inauguration programme was held last Thursday (February 5). Earlier, competitions in four categories for school students were held during the first four days of the fair.

Nokia Music Lounge starts tonight on ntv

"Nokia Music Lounge," to be aired live, starts from today on ntv. The programme will be aired on Saturdays at 9:20 pm. Dipu Mahmud is the producer of the show.

Kranti celebrates 42nd anniversary

With the slogan “Sanskriti Hok Shomaj Bodoler Hatiyar,” cultural organisation Kranti Shilpi Goshthi celebrated its 42nd anniversary on February 5 at Shawkat Osman Memorial Auditorium, Central Public Library in Shahbagh. Kratni was founded in 1967. One of the main objectives of the organisation is to generate social awareness through songs and protest human rights violation.

Ferdaus and Abu Sayeed on Aamar Ami

Film actor Ferdaus and acclaimed filmmaker Abu Sayeed are the guests on tonight's "Aamar Ami." The show will be aired on Banglavision at 9:05 pm. Directed by Ananta Zahid, the show is hosted by Munmun.

Music as a tool for social change

Speakers at a discussion, held recently, urged students to work for the development of society. Music can enhance creativity among the young and help them reach out to others, speakers conveyed. Music is necessary for an enlightened society, they said.

A.R. Rahman has no regrets about “Slumdog”

Oscar nominee A.R. Rahman has a polite suggestion for those in Bollywood who are complaining that the hit film "Slumdog Millionaire" casts India in a negative light with its depiction of poverty in Mumbai's slums: don't just criticise it, make your own film.


Brutal crimes shake the society again

HORRIFYING reports of killing, rape, extortion and hijacking that fill the pages of the dailies with alarming frequency lead one to believe that if anything the country has again fallen in the grip of barbaric and uncivilized forces. The violence that the country is witnessing now has turned it into a degenerate place of 'Black African' standard. When in the morning of February1 last, newspapers ran the news of gruesome killing of a 5-year old girl and two women at different places of the country, people went numb with horror, shock and panic because of the brutality with which these murders were committed.

What to do with deposed Chief Justice?

BURDENED as it is with too many difficult problems, Pakistan is engulfed in a new debate on one particular issue: what to do with the deposed chief justice, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. His is a cause celebre. It is championed by most of the civil society or intelligentsia and the lead role is being played by professional lawyers who have been agitating for the last two years to get him restored to his position a second time because he was again sacked on Nov 3 (2007) by what was a second coup by Gen. Pervez Musharraf.

Of Bangladesh-India relations

BANGLADESH is surrounded by India on three sides, with a small border with Myanmar in the south-east and the Bay of Bengal on the south. Among the SAARC countries India's GDP is more than twelve times and population eight times of Bangladesh. With India Bangladesh has more than 4000 miles of border and shares 54 common rivers. Geographical compulsion, however, dictates that laying the foundation of friendly relations with neighbouring countries should be the cornerstone of foreign policy of Bangladesh.

Discussing crucial issues in the Parliament

AFTER more than two years' long recess, Members of Parliament (MPs) gathered in the Jatiya Sangsad on January 25. This is the first session of the 9th Parliament constituted by MPs mostly from the Awami League (AL) and its allies, and the major opposition -- BNP -- has only about 1/10th of the total number of seats. So the 9th JS is heavily manned by the government party, therefore the government needs to be more accommodating in its dealings with the opposition.


Satellite remote sensing : Efficient tool for fisheries development

Remote Sensing is the process of sensing and measuring objects from a distance without physical contact with them. Satellite remote sensing observation systems brought with it the capability to synoptically survey vast areas in unprecedented detail. It appears feasible to use satellite sensors to measure selected parameters and then to use these measurements to predict the distribution and abundance of fisheries resources. Remote sensing technique can provide considerable information at a minimal cost and time for this type of study. This technique can be used reliably and effectively to map location, size, quality of wetlands and some aspects of habitat. Bangladesh Space Research and Remote Sensing (SPARRSO) has developed remote sensing techniques effectively and efficiently to locate, identify and quantify our inland, coastal and marine fisheries resources habitat. Some of the works accomplished by SPARRSO are as the following:


The Joy of Feminist Agony

“What is our unhappiness? Sakhina, can you tell me? Do you know how powerful we are in this country? The prime minister is a woman; the opposition leader is a woman…in the police, in the army - where are there not women? Moushumi is a woman, Shabnur is a woman, everywhere there are women, and only women. Let's do one thing on this solitary mid-day. Let's shout out a slogan: In every corner what is heard…are echoes of women's victory…”

The Bond Brand Lives On

James Bond has proved to be a lasting brand name, and a moneyspinner for the Fleming Estate. Aside from other spin-offs, the estate contracted Charlie Higson to write about the 'young Bond' at Eton College, and then chose Sebastian Faulks, author of a fine 1993 best-selling war novel titled Birdsong, to produce the latest adventure of the most famous employee of Her Majesty's Secret Service. The result, Devil May Care, was launched with great fanfare by Penguin UK. It has now been released by Penguin India, aimed at the thriller-consuming Indian reading class.

Words Don't Bite, Or Do They?

My colleague, Jeff, never gets upset when his friends swear at him. He also expects others to reciprocate in kind, and feels that the world would be a better place if everyone, particularly his coworkers, react to verbal assaults with equanimity. “Words don't bite,” he says. If he swears, you will hardly notice any emotion either in his face or voice to suggest that he is insulting or trying to hurt the interlocutor!

The Yellow Bird's Whistle

Do you yourself know what you desire?

Thinking of You

The good fire is quenched, the good spirit withdrawn,
when arrives what I fear:
a gathering of crows in this nascent light
as a glimmer in the shadows heralds my rise.

Star Health

Childhood obesity: The rising concern

Do you know when to be concerned about your child's weight? Of course, all children gain weight as they grow older. But extra pounds — more than what is needed to support their growth and development — can lead to childhood obesity. Childhood obesity is a serious medical condition that affects children and adolescents.

Drooling in young children

Many parents often wonder why their babies drool or why they drool more than some of others? Is there anything that can be done for these babies? Is excessive drooling harmful or is it just a symptom of other clinical conditions?

Alarming story of margarine

Many people enjoy margarine as an alternate of butter. But is margarine good for health? This debate is very hot today.

How to get rid of mouth ulcers

Mouth sores are small ulcer patches that grow on certain areas around oral cavity. They can appear very red or white, may have a tendency to bleed and can become infected if left untreated.

Newborn research shares top honor

An article by Abdullah Baqui, MBBS, DrPH, associate professor in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's Department of International Health, and colleagues from the U.S. and Bangladesh, was selected by The Lancet as one of three papers to share the honor of "Paper of the Year.”

Gum disease risky for pregnant women

Pregnant women with gum disease and high levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) — a marker of inflammation in the body — are at increased risk of developing preeclampsia, a potentially serious complication involving high blood pressure that often leads to premature delivery.

Experts urge prostate cancer 'man-o-gram’

Prostate cancer experts urged the U.S. Congress and the newly formed Obama administration to make a major research commitment to find better detection methods, including what they call a "man-o-gram."

Strategic Issues

South Asian counter-terrorism task force

THE Mumbai terrorist attacks of 26/11 and its political fallout on Indo-Pak relations were yet another harsh reminder of some disconcerting realities about South Asia. It pointed out that South Asia remains one of the most vulnerable regions for terror attacks and trans-national security breaches. That the danger which terrorism poses within and among the countries of South Asia has every potential to stymie political goodwill earned through bilateral and regional initiatives such as SAARC or BIMSTEC. That despite having emerged as the epicentre of the US led global 'war on terror', South Asia's success in hunting down the 'terrorists' or their 'masterminds' have been less than enviable. That terrorism in South Asia is trans-national in nature and necessitates a regional approach, no matter how difficult it may seem to achieve, given the political tension and mistrust among countries in the region. It is high time that countries in South Asia cease to view terrorism as their neighbour's problem, set aside the culture of recriminating neighbours to the detriment of regional cooperation and crack down on terrorism as a common security challenge.

Why America needs Obama in its fight against terror

WITH Barrack Obama at the helm of USA, the global atmosphere, especially on terrorism and foreign policy front, is bound to change. In some cases, there would be several paradigm shifts across the world. Obama's inaugural speech, recent statements, as well as his first interview with an Arabian TV channel bears testimony to that.

Pranab Mukherjee's visit to Dhaka

ALTHOUGH India's Minister for External Affairs, Pranab Mukherjee's visit on 9th February, has been called a “goodwill” one, the visit is seen as important for two reasons: it will be the first visit of an Indian senior Minister after Awami league-led government's assumption of office, and secondly he is currently discharging additional responsibilities in the absence of the Indian Prime Minister Dr. Singh.

Star Books Review

Poetry and prose blending in fashion . . .

Beginning from December, February and then March, we cannot come out of memories, still fresh, of the liberation war. February reminds us of the young men who laid down their lives to make Bangla the 'Rashthro Bhasha'. This was the threshold of the liberation war and Writing Across Borders encloses such reminiscences. In this month, St.Valentine avowed that love is the most beautiful thing that could happen to a person. Such episodes are accommodated too.

Only free men can laugh . . . and love

Kreetadasher Hashi is Shaukat Osman's masterpiece dedicated to A.K.M.Ahsan, civil servant, poet Sanaul Huq, and Harihar Juglashu. More significant is Abdul Bari Warsi who supported the publication of this work. There are remembrances of atrocities committed during the rule of Ayub Khan, the period referred to in Osman's work.

The glow in a poet's soul

It is indeed a pleasure to write on the works of a poet whose heart cries out for the distressed. Saiful Bari's tribute to the poor is extremely pure and high, and in some of the poems I felt the tribute could be turned into deep love as well. One is here reminded of Rabindranath Tagore, whose songs of the puja parba are similar to the love songs of the prem parba in Geetabitan. Perhaps all love starts with respect, with very strong love ending in puja or devotion. Love for a physical being turns into love for God, for llah, for Christ or for the prabhu in Tagore music.

Paradox of the creator and the created

Out of a brothel, perfumed desirably and trailing a mysterious bloodline, an 'overly pretty' traveller reaches the magnificent court of Mughal emperor Akbar. Despite his foolish choice to wear a coat of coloured leather lozenges in the heat of Fatehpur Sikri, the traveller wittily introduces himself as 'Mogor dell'Amore', the Mughal of Love. As Akbar falls prey to his silvered tongue, the yellow-haired traveller starts to relate a story of love which can 'make his fortune or else cost him his life.'

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