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News of: Saturday, 4th of April, 2009

Front Page

Fast decision a must to produce coal, N-power

The country is walking the path of a perennial gas crisis where even the best possible situation of striking gas in the off-shore blocks will not give it a respite till 2020.

CID to quiz ministers who tried to strike deal

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has decided to take statements of ministers and lawmakers who played roles in negotiating with Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) jawans involved in the February 25-26 carnage at Pilkhana BDR headquarters.

BCL men pocketed huge money from admission seekers

Leaders of Bangladesh Chhatra League have received a few crore taka brokering illegal admission of freshmen to government colleges in the capital.

Govt to probe activities, spending in last 2 yrs

Two ministers yesterday said the government would look into the activities and expenditure of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) in the last two years.

Road digging starts as monsoon approaches

With the monsoon approaching, Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has permitted different utility service providers to dig up 12,601 square metres of street surface, which is likely to make city dwellers suffer.

Patients suffer from acute oxygen shortage at DMCH

Patients with respiratory problems at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) have been suffering immensely due to short supply of oxygen for quite a long time.

Lowest rice price fails to attract customers

The shops selected for open market sale (OMS) of rice have failed to attract customers in the capital despite offering this time the lowest price under the programme.

Sircar Khaleda's choice, Moudud lobbying hard

Former speaker Jamiruddin Sircar and BNP leader Moudud Ahmed are in a race to become the deputy leader of the opposition in parliament. The post is still vacant.

Legality in question as EC follows invalid rules

Questions have been raised over the legality of upcoming elections to six upazila parishads as the Election Commission (EC) prepares for holding the postponed polls under the conduct of upazila parishad election rules that are no longer valid.

23 Bangladeshi job seekers stranded at KL airport

Twenty-three Bangladeshi job seekers have been stranded in Kuala Lumpur International Airport for nearly two months as their Malaysian employer Network Esquire Sdn Bhd is yet to receive them although they have all valid documents.

Student dies contacting live wire

A female student of Narayanganj Charukala Institute died after falling from an under construction foot over-bridge at Shahbagh in the capital yesterday.

Son kills father over voting dispute

A youth killed his father yesterday following an altercation over casting vote by his mother in the by-elections of Rangpur-6 constituency.

15 hurt as BCL rivals clash at JU

At least 15 activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) were injured in a violent intra-party clash over establishing supremacy at a dormitory at Jahangirnagar University (JU) early Friday.

Ex-KCC mayor Tayebur sued for ill-gotten wealth

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has filed a case with Khulna Sadar Police Station against former KCC mayor Sheikh Tayebur Rahman for amassing wealth beyond his known sources of income.

Khaleda uses cantt house for politics defying law

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia runs party activities from her residence in Dhaka Canton-ment although Cantonment Board laws forbid politics there, alleged Awami League (AL) Joint General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam yesterday.

4 AL activists injured in bomb blast

Four Awami League (AL) activists were wounded in bomb explosions at Adhara village in Sadar upazila Thursday night.

13 feared killed in NY town gun rampage

Up to 13 people may have been killed yesterday in a rampage by a gunman believed to be holding dozens of hostages at a civic centre in upstate New York, local radio reported.

3 bullet-hit, 1 hacked in land dispute

Four of a family were injured in a clash over a disputed land at Rajbari Mograpara Colony in Port upazila on Thursday night.

2009 dawns as deadly year for journalists

Thirty-five journalists were killed on the job during the first quarter of 2009 -- 15 more than during the same period last year, media watchdog group Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) said Thursday.

Thai PM calls for talks with Thaksin

Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva yesterday said he was ready to hold talks with fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra as he sought to end more than a week of political protests.

Obama sets goal of world without nukes

Welcomed with thunderous cheers, President Barack Obama told a European audience yesterday that he is setting a dramatic goal of "a world without nuclear weapons."

Lanka troops take key village, kill 57 rebels

Sri Lankan troops captured a key village from the Tamil Tigers yesterday after heavy fighting that left at least 44 guerrillas dead while another 13 rebels were killed elsewhere, the military said.

Six killed as Kashmir security reviewed

Five militants and a civilian were killed in fresh violence in Kashmir as senior Indian officials arrived in the revolt-hit state to review security ahead of elections, police said Friday.

Najib sworn in as new PM of Malaysia

Najib Razak was sworn in as Malaysia's prime minister yesterday, assuming charge of reuniting a fractured ruling party and shoring up an economy in crisis.

Optimism fades after G20 'turning point'

An initial surge of optimism over a G20 recovery plan to lift the world economy out of recession was tempered yesterday, as markets digested the details.

US plans $3 b military boost for Pakistan

The US Defense Department has a three billion dollar plan to train and equip Pakistan's military over the next five years, US media reported Friday.

Editorial

Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury's departure regrettable

It is with deep regret that we note the departure of Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury from the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC). The resignation of the ACC chairman clearly raises a number of questions, the answers to which have not been provided by either Chowdhury or the government. There is, though, the subtle feeling that not everything had been going well for the ACC chief since the general elections in December despite his apparent belief that the new government would give him the cooperation necessary to continue the drive against corruption. The retired general met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and then emerged to tell waiting newsmen of the satisfactory nature of their talks.

Polythene layer underneath Buriganga

A polythene stratum measuring about ten feet in thickness is said to be embedded under a certain stretch of the Buriganga. The river remains terribly polluted from domestic and industrial wastes disgorging into it, anyway. The polythene comes as an aggravating factor, especially given the shallowness of the river.

Unauthorised firearms in unlikely places

The recent haul of arms and ammunition in a madrassa at Bhola once again proves that the ugly hands of so-called religious extremism have not remained inactive. There are credible indications to believe that links with regional and international terror networks, in the guise of charitable or ecclesiastical work, have been maintained with a view to causing fratricidal fissures in our democratic polity.

Clinton's travails in a maze

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been busy to say the least. She has just finished extended trips that have seen her having discussions with the leaderships of Japan, China, Indonesia, Egypt, Palestine, Israel, Turkey, Belgium, Russia and the Nato. Her entire effort appears to have been directed at listening in and explaining the Obama administration's approach to the many prickly foreign policy issues that confront today's US State Department.

Recession and our policy response

The government has constituted a forum comprising of renowned personalities to assess the impact of recession, which has started to affect our economy adversely, and suggest measures thereupon. Already, thousands of workers are arriving from Malaysia and the Middle East. The foreign minister has gone to Malaysia to resolve the issue of cancellation of visas of 55,000 workers.

Sports

Abahani leave no doubts

Even without their inspirational captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, Abahani showed yet another rare brand of team effort to confirm a hattrick of titles after beating Bangladesh Biman by three wickets in the Premier Division Cricket Super League yesterday.

Rokibul piles season's best

Rokibul Hasan returned to form with a massive hundred as Mohammedan handed a 54-run defeat to Partex in the Premier Division Cricket Super League at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium yesterday.

Asad, Jesmin sparkle

Asadul Islam and Jesmin Akhter will carry hopes of the nation to retain Bangladesh's superiority in the coming South Asian Games (SAG) hurdles events after the two clinched the honours in the 34th UCB National Athletics Championships yesterday.

2nd win for Jordan

Jordan triumphed for the second consecutive time, after losing their first game to hosts Bangladesh on the opening day, in the Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Zone Group IV competition beating Qatar 3-0 yesterday.

Masud eyes 50th gold medal

Ace sprinter Masudul Karim will aim to win his 50th national gold medal at the 34th National Athletics Championships.

Manzurul, Mamun reelected

Senior reporter of BSS Syed Mamun was reelected general secretary of Bangladesh Sports Journalists Association (BSJA) for the next two years in its biennial general meeting held at its office yesterday.

Hussey fires Australia

Mike Hussey ended a run of poor form when he led a late Australian onslaught in the first one-day international against South Africa at Kingsmead on Friday.

India fight back

India's tail wagged on the first day of the third and deciding Test against New Zealand in Wellington on Friday to ensure the tourists reached a respectable 375 for nine at stumps.

Sachin greatest ever: Hadlee

Sachin Tendulkar may not boast a Bradmanesque average but his ability to adjust to all formats of the game makes him the greatest batsman ever, legendary New Zealand all-rounder Richard Hadlee said here today.

Symonds selected

Andrew Symonds and three uncapped players were included Friday in Australia's preliminary 30-man squad for the ICC Twenty20 World Championship in England in June.

Del Potro stuns Nadal

Juan Martin del Potro shocked world number one Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals of the Miami ATP Masters 1000 Thursday, downing the top-seeded Spaniard 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7/3).

Hussey won't play in IPL

Michael Hussey will become the latest Australian to withdraw from this year's IPL in an effort to reinvigorate himself ahead of the Ashes. Hussey is one of only two Australians, along with Brad Haddin, to have played in all 12 Tests and 10 one-day internationals since last year's tour of India, and was due to join the Chennai Super Kings after the limited-overs series against Pakistan next month.

Poldi fined 5,000 euros for slapping Ballack

Germany striker Lukas Podolski has agreed to pay 5,000 euros to the German Football Federation (DFB) by way of reparation for slapping national captain Michael Ballack, the DFB announced on Friday.

Local Snippets

M Taibur Rahman and Jamal Ahmed took joint lead in the preliminary phase of the Mercantile Bank 35th National Chess Championship with eight points after the 10th round at the chess federation hall room yesterday.

Gerrard pleads not guilty

England and Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard pleaded not guilty Friday to being involved in a nightclub fight.

Maradona's back to the wall

After leading his country to their worst defeat in six decades - a 6-1 World Cup qualifier pasting in Bolivia - Argentina coach Diego Maradona has his back to the wall.

MU facing injury crisis

Sir Alex Ferguson could be forced to do without more than half of his first-choice line-up for what has become a pivotal Premier League fixture with Aston Villa this weekend.

Barca fighting jet-lag

League leaders Barcelona sparked talk of a treble playing some of the best football in Europe before the international break, but this weekend Valladolid will be primed to take advantage of their jet-lagged players.

Mexico sack Eriksson

Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson was sacked as Mexico national coach on Thursday following a disappointing 3-1 loss to Honduras in a World Cup qualifier.

High stakes for Bayern

Bayern Munich coach Jurgen Klinsmann says his side begin five crucial days on Saturday as the defending Bundesliga champions travel to title-rivals Wolfsburg ahead of facing Barcelona in the Champions League.

Ireland fan found in bar toilet

An Ireland fan was found in the toilet of a bar in Bari the morning after the Italy-Ireland World Cup qualifier in the city having spent the entire night there.

Jens extends with Stuttgart

Ex-Germany goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has extended his contract to stay with Bundesliga club Stuttgart next season.

Diouf quits int'l football again

Senegal striker El Hadji Diouf quit international football for the second time on Thursday, the country's national federation (CNF) said.

Dunga keeps counsel on Argentina

Brazil coach Dunga preferred Thursday to salute a 3-0 romp over Peru in their World Cup qualifier which left the five-time champions in second spot in the continental group rather than gloat at rivals Argentina being battered 6-1 in Bolivia.

Metropolitan

Even a divorce couldn't protect Jhorna

She was like a goose that laid golden eggs for him on demand.

RCC won't impose new holding tax : Mayor

Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) has taken an initiative to hold open discussions with the city dwellers over preparing its forthcoming 2009-10 annual budget.

Arctic may be ice-free in 30 years: Study

Some 80 percent of Arctic ice may disappear in 30 years, not 90 as scientists had previously estimated, according to a new study on the impact of global warming.

2-day handicraft fair for autistic children begins

Around hundred of autistic children took part in the two-day handicraft fair that began in the city yesterday on the occasion of World Autism Awareness Day and the 5th founding anniversary of Autism Welfare Foundation.

Vow to protect country from evil, injustice

The 5th National HSBC-Prothom Alo Bhasha Protijog (language competition) ended in the city yesterday with a vow to protect the country from all evil and injustice in the future.

'Help establish knowledge-based society'

State Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Hasan Mahmud has said that the judicial officials and lawyers should put their best efforts to establish a knowledge-based society.

Pirates release 30 fishermen

A group of 30 kidnapped fishermen were released by the pirates after realising ransom at Manpurar Char in Bhola on Thursday night.

Newly married woman found dead

A newly married housewife was found dead on a paddy field at Bhaluka village in Melandha upazila yesterday.

Three power plants being set up in Ctg to ease crisis

Power crisis is likely to ease in Chittagong with two rental and one state-run power plants expecting to generate 227 megawatt more power by April next year.

300 re-rolling mills on verge of closure

Around 300 re-rolling mills of the country are on the verge of closure due to scarcity of raw materials.

Five snatchers held in Rajshahi

Police arrested five members of an organised gang of snatchers along with looted items from an abandoned building of Muslim High School in the city yesterday.

193 sacks of urea seized in Ctg Port

The Anti-Smuggling Cell of Bangladesh Navy seized 193 sacks of urea fertilisers while they were being smuggled by a fishing boat at the outer anchorage of Chittagong Port early yesterday.

Admit cards for HSC examinees tomorrow

The admit cards for the ensuing HSC examinations will be distributed among the students of Bir Shreshtha Nur Mohammad Rifles Public School and College tomorrow and the following day, says a press release.

Housewife burnt alive in Rajbari

A housewife was burnt to death in a devastating fire in a house at Gobindapur village in Baliakandi upazila on Thursday night.

11 gamblers, 3 snatchers held in Sylhet

Police arrested 11 gamblers and three snatchers at Muftirgaon village under Biswanath upazila and Sobhani ghat in the district on Thursday.

Criminal gives threat to Uttar Janapad editor

A criminal suspect threatened to kill Golam Mostafa Mamun, editor of the local weekly Uttar Janapad in Rajshahi on Wednesday.

Hundi trader held in Benapole

BDR jawans arrested an alleged hundi trader along with Indian rupee 1 lakh from near the check-post here on Thursday.

Mahila AL leader killed in road accident

Nargis Amin, organising secretary of Gulshan thana unit of Bangladesh Mahila Awami League, was killed in a road accident at Gulshan in the city on Thursday night. She was 53.

Physicians Assoc executives

Prof Dr Rafique Uddin, former head of the Department of Medicine, Dhaka Medical College, and Prof Dr AKM Mosharraf Hossain of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, were elected president and secretary general to the executive committee of Association of Physicians of Bangladesh (APB) for the term 2009-11, says a press release.

Call to protect playground from fair organisers

Several hundred local people and environmental activists staged a demonstration in front of Senpara Parbata Govt Primary School at Mirpur in the city yesterday demanding steps to protect the playground of the school.

Dr Mujeri joins BIDS as DG

Dr Mustafa Kamal Mujeri joined Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) as its director general on April 1.

National

Ultra-poor deprived as 'political men' preferred

Many ultra-poor people in Atghoria upazila under Pabna district have been deprived of the Vulnerable Group Feeding (VGF) programme as most the 1,500 names in the recently prepared list were included allegedly under political considerations.

Ill-equipped Sundarbans Forest Division insecure

Recurrent incidents of robbery, arms looting and abduction by robbers of the Sundarbans and pirates of coastal belts leave four ranges under Sundarbans Forest Division (SFD) highly vulnerable.

RU to set CCTV camera for security

Rajshahi University (RU) authorities have decided to install close-circuit Television (CCTV) camera at different points including dormitories to ensure security of the students.

Villagers attack police in Satkhira

A police team came under attack by the villagers as they went to arrest an accused in a robbery case at Noongola village in Sadar upazila yesterday.

Hearing of case against ex-MP Ilyas today

Hearing on the charge sheet filed against Sylhet district BNP convener and former lawmaker Ilyas Ali and 47 others will be held at the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate's Court today.

Nine sued for misuse of college funds

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has filed four separate cases against three former principals, two senior teachers and JCD and BCL leaders of B M College on charges of misuse of college funds.

5 muggers arrested in Rajshahi

Police arrested five muggers in the city's Kalabagan area early yesterday.

International

Indian PM sets terms for talks with Pakistan

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of India has said his country was prepared to discuss with Pakistan all outstanding issues, but added "we cannot proceed if our people keep getting killed."

BJP plays security card

India's main opposition BJP party launched its election manifesto yesterday, positioning itself as the guardian of national security and appealing to its Hindu nationalist base.

Obama asks N Korea to halt 'provocative' missile launch

US President Barack Obama demanded yesterday that North Korea halt a "provocative" missile launch, as tensions flared on the possible eve of a test sure to spark a dangerous new foreign policy crisis.

Afghan battle kills 12 militants

Coalition and Afghan forces killed 12 militants and one civilian in a province next to the Afghan capital in a mission that included airstrikes, an Afghan official said Friday, while a member of the Nato-led force was killed in violence in the east.

Thai-Cambodian troops clash in border: 3 killed

Cambodian and Thai troops fought heavy gunbattles along their disputed border yesterday, leaving three soldiers dead in a major flare-up of a long-running feud over an ancient temple.

India imposes tight security for polls

India has tightened security and is ready to deal with any militant attacks during campaigning for general elections set to start in mid-April, a cabinet minister said Thursday.

Pakistan may implode with nukes in future

The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, has expressed concern that Pakistan may implode with nuclear weapons in near future, and also "use" them.

UN team in Pakistan to probe Benazir killing

A United Nations team has arrived in Pakistan to probe the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

Militants destroy 9 Nato vehicles in Pakistan

Suspected Taliban militants in Pakistan destroyed nine parked Nato force vehicles after attacking a terminal, officials said Friday.

IAEA split over new chief, Iran, Syria

An ideological split at International Atomic Energy Agency is slowing the search for a new chief at a time the organisation tasked with keeping nuclear arms away from rogue states needs a firm hand at the rudder.

New antibiotic clears hurdle in TB treatment

A new antibiotic has passed a key phase in a test of drugs aimed at shortening the time to cure tuberculosis, offering a potential boon in the fight against TB, according to a study reported in The Lancet today.

Finalists named in race for 'best job in the world'

The competition for "the best job in the world" has been narrowed to a shortlist of 16 finalists all hoping to become caretaker of a tropical island paradise off Australia's Great Barrier Reef.

US asks EU to take in former Guantanamo detainees

The United States has "formally" asked the European Union to accept ex-detainees of the US military prison at Guantanamo and has promised to provide all necessary information, the EU commission said yesterday.

Singapore urges caution on cervical cancer shots

Singapore yesterday called for caution on carrying out mass immunisation of girls as young as nine years old against cervical cancer, saying the vaccine's effects must be studied further.

Australia endorses UN declaration on indigenous rights

Australia formally adopted the United Nations' declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples yesterday, calling it an important symbolic step in healing past hurts.

Ancient and modern worlds meet at Rome art exhibition

This ancient Italian city bowed to the 21st century on Thursday, kicking off a three-day show of modern and sometimes unsettling art in some of its most celebrated palazzos.

Arts & Entertainment

Distant Window: A mélange of artworks from Kolkata

“Distant Window,” a group exhibition of works by teachers of the Govt. College of Arts and Crafts, Calcutta (Kolkata), is on at Zainul Gallery, Faculty of Fine Arts, Dhaka University. The exhibition holds significance in the sense that the master painters and pioneers of our art movement including Zainul Abedin, Quamrul Hassan, Shafiuddin Ahmed, Anwarul Haq, Habibur Rahman and Mohammad Kibria were students of the college in Kolkata.

Bangladesh Night Muscat ‘08 on Channel i

Last year in December, a live extravaganza performed by Bangladeshi artistes was organised by Oman International Exchange at the Amphitheatre in Muscat, Oman. The show will be aired on Channel i today at 2:30pm.

Bari Bari Shari Shari on ntv

Drama serial "Bari Bari Shari Shari" will be aired on ntv tonight at 8:15pm. Written and directed by Shafayet Mansur Rana, the serial is aired every Saturday and Sunday.

Call to uphold Marma traditions and culture

At a discussion recently, speakers urged the government to preserve the Marma language, and the ethnic group's rich culture and traditions.

Young photographers display their craft

The five-day Intra North South University Photography Competition and Exhibition 2009, held recently at the GMQ Tower of North South University (NSU) in Banani, managed to impress seasoned and amateur photographers, and enthusiasts alike. The exhibition, organised annually by North South University Photography Club (NSUPC), has been a platform for many aspiring photographers over the years.

Weeklong theatre festival in Bogra begins today

The weeklong 'Singer Inter District Theatre Festival 2009' begins today at Muktijoddha Aminul Haque Dulal Auditorium in Bogra town.

OP-ED

What lies below

The Pilkhana incident has restored mutiny and violent deaths to the centre of political discourse after many years. The role of institutions like the army and its auxiliaries like the BDR and the Ansars have returned in full force, making everyone anxious to understand what they mean in terms of law and order stability and the character of the state institutions that house such forces.

Chronicle of tragedy and the pendulum of sentiment

It was appalling to witness the fast swinging of the "sentiment pendulum" during the course of the BDR mutiny. When the first news of the mutiny broke, the sentiment pendulum decisively swung towards the mutineers, partly owing to their socio-economic background but mainly due to the stories of deprivation they managed to deliver to the public.

Untangling the web

There is very little that one can add, at least nothing very insightful, to what has already been said and written on the BDR massacre. The opposition political parties have given their verdict on whom they think is responsible for it. And the AL has come out with theories of its own, courtesy the daily comments on the investigation by the minister for commerce. However, there are differing views on several important aspect of the matter in the Grand Alliance, particularly between the AL and its major component the JP, principally on how the matter should have been handled.

Picking through the wreckage

The emerging conventional wisdom at the time of writing is that the events were premeditated, and not spontaneous. If this view is true, then it is important to scrutinise the rank and file of the BDR. Failure to do this means we run the risk of a rebel soldier killing an Indian officer during a flag meeting. The repercussions of such an incident could be far reaching indeed. And even if nothing like that happens, it seems difficult to ask a 25 year-old captain to command a BDR platoon in the remote border areas. It is no surprise then that officers are yet to join their men at camps.

Urban

Designing for fire safety: Case study Dhaka II

Continued from Previous (27 March) issue

Literature

The Wedding

The weather was getting hotter, the days steadily getting longer, yet there was still so much to do for the wedding.

Two Muktijoddha Letters of 1971

(Abdur Rouf alias Bobin from Sector 6 wrote this letter to his mother Rafia Khatun on 16 July 1971. At that time he was on the Indian border near Panchagarh, Bangladesh.)

Two Poems

Excuses

Wine-ing

I accidentally came across this book on wines written by an Indian in a Kolkata bookshop, and then found to my surprise that it has actually been well received in the country. Magandeep Singh, a sommelier who's a consultant with hotels and restaurants, writes with humour and a light touch. In his introduction he confesses that he “was not a 'wine man' to begin with”, but persistence, curiousity and patience in the quest to understand what “it was about wine that was so mesmerizing” paid off at the end. The book is arranged in fourteen easy-to-read chapters, and clues in South Asians starting to develop a taste for wine, or even ones who have been regularly drinking it without knowing much about it, about the fine art that lies behind selecting, palates, varieties, vintages, reds, whites, tasting, storing (the chapter is titled 'zen and the art of storing wine'), and even ways to handle the stress of surveying snooty wine lists. And much more. White wines, for example, should be served about one-third of the glass (never more!), and reds about two-thirds. Why? So that each sip is at the right temperature! Pour too much and halfway through “the wine starts to taste awful.” For South Asians… well, for a transplanted one like me, however, the most interesting and informative parts are the chapters that deal with which wines to serve with Indian food whites, a floral Chenin Blanc goes best with saag-palak, while the tandoori preparations need full-bodied reds with oak aging. There is also a chapter on Indian wines ('the desi shelf'), a field which, though still a “toddler” is apparently now starting to spread wings with French (who else!) help, away from the traditional popular sparkling wines into a wider range: cabernets and sauvignon blancs, and where the Dindori Reserve Shiraz from the Sula Vineyards actually receives a high rating from Singh.

Star Health

Save lives, make hospitals safe in emergencies

Wars, cyclones, earthquakes, tsunamis, disease outbreaks, famine, radiological incidents and chemical spills — all are emergencies that, invariably, impact heavily on public health. Internal emergencies in health facilities — such as fires and loss of power or water — can damage buildings and equipment and affect staff and patients. In conflicts, reasons for hospital breakdowns include staff being forced to leave due to insecurity and the looting of equipment and drugs.

Role of statins in preventing heart attack and stroke

Millions more people at risk of having heart disease and stroke could benefit from taking statins, a class of lipid lowering drugs, Johns Hopkins doctors reported in a new study.

Moderate-protein diet may beat high-carb diet

People lose weight when they cut calories, but a diet with some extra protein may be especially effective at trimming body fat and improving blood fats, a new study suggests.

Warm weather could cause migraines

Warmer weather and changes in atmospheric pressure may trigger headaches and migraines, rather than pollution, researchers said.

What's your antibiotics IQ?

Think you need an antibiotic? Keep these four tips in mind:

Warning signs of heart attack

Knowing the symptoms of a heart attack can save your life, the life of a loved one, or even the life of a complete stranger. When it comes to a heart attack, time is everything. The sooner you get medical treatment, the better your chances of surviving a heart attack.

Skin health in summer

In general, some of the same steps that keep you healthy on the inside — such as not smoking and maintaining a normal weight also can help keep you looking healthy on the outside. Here are some steps you can take to help your skin look younger longer:

Bangladeshi cardiologist awarded

Dr M Afzalur Rahman, a renowned cardiologist of Bangladesh, has been bestowed with International Cardiovascular Revascularisation Therapies (CRT) 2009 Young Leadership Award recently, says a press release. He has been recognised as an emerging young leader for interventional cardiology by The Cardiovascular Research Institute at Washington Hospital Center.

Strategic Issues

Struggling with strategic fallouts of 2/25

BDR Mutiny (or 2/25) created strategic implications of unimaginable consequences both within and without the country. Friends and enemies, far and near, are watching our actions and utterances and devising their own strategies to keep the fallout of 2/25 from reaching their own doorsteps. 2/25 has caused multidirectional alarms in regional and concerned capitals. Our government and opposition are further complicating the matter by trying to answer the unanswerable “hypothetically”, thus creating insurmountable confusions, which compels all seeking answers to go astray and haywire.

Bangladesh, conspiracy theories and unraveling truth

THE BDR carnage has left a scar on the face of the nation that will take a long time to fade off. At the same time, the country's image has taken a battering that will further debilitate its efforts to expand her interests in the international environment that is crucial to her existence and her future. The carnage has been covered by the international media in the context of the abhorrent nature of the atrocities committed. It has also reflected upon our inability in dealing with it in a manner that would help the nation recover from the shame the carnage has given us.

Obama's 3 ½ wars

OBAMA is the first African-American US President and also the first to inherit 3 ½ warsone volcanic (economy), two hot (Iraq and Afghanistan) and ½ simmering (Mexico).

Star Books Review

Study of a perplexing regional organization

SAARC, a manifestation of regionalism, emerged in an institutional form on 8 December 1985 as another effort at attaining regional cooperation, this time in South Asia. In Shah Muhammad Ikhtiar Jahan Kabir's view, “SAARC has been contributing to the regionalism in South Asia as an institution, as a process and a spirit.” However, further down the book, the author declares: “The SAARC Charter remains a non-starter from the very beginning to guide the regional process.” The contradiction in the two observations should not escape the reader, and there are several in Regionalism in South Asia: A Critique of the Functionalist Approach. They mar the quality of a serious undertaking, which purports “to address the question of whether the ongoing process of cooperation in South Asia is on the right track; and if it is not, then to explore alternatives or remedies.”

Party and state and loveless marriages

Xinran, with the manuscript of The Good Women of China in a bag is physically assaulted while on her way home from teaching an evening class at London's School of Oriental and African Studies. When the policeman arrives at the scene he asks her why she has risked her life fighting over a bag. Xinran, trembling and in a state of shock, says, 'It had my book in it.' The policeman then asks, 'Is a book more important than your life?' And Xinran thinks that in many ways life is more important than a book. 'But in so many ways my book was my life.'

The burden of a name

Syed Shamsul Haq is unquestionably a pre-eminent intellectual personality in Bangladesh. He is a writer, playwright, poet and critic all rolled into one. He has won numerous awards for his writing at home and abroad, including the Bangla Academy Award and Ekushe Padak, two of the most prestigious accolades in Bangladesh. His writing career has earned him the honorific “ambidextrous writer”, meaning someone who can work with both his hands. Haq has been one of the most prolific writers of recent times in the field of literature for more than fifty years now. A number of his plays and novels have been translated in many different languages.

Being busy, being happy

Most of our adult life is spent working. Taking into account commuting time, overtime, thinking about our jobs and worrying over work, we spend increasingly more of our waking hours in the office, on the road, behind the desk than we do at home. This is a reality shared by countless workers. How many of us can put on a genuine smile and say, “I love my work and all that comes in the package”?



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