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Govt may miss MRP deadline

Bangladesh's hope of meeting the international deadline to introduce machine-readable passport (MRP) by April, 2010 looks bleak and the authorities are now not even thinking about the 2014 deadline for introducing e-passports.

Anomalies in Dal-Bhat scheme key factor

The jawans punished for irregularities in the BDR's Operation Dal-Bhat led the vicious killings during the Pilkhana mutiny on February 25-26.

World heritage site left in ruins

Terracotta artefacts at the Paharpur Buddhist Monastery, a world heritage site, are on the verge of ruination due to sheer negligence of the Department of Archaeology.

MPs' discretionary funds used without rules

Members of the Parliament (MPs) have been spending from their annual discretionary fund totalling around Tk 3 crore each fiscal year since 1992, while guidelines for the spending are yet to be formulated.

Govt reviews Milk Vita probe reports

The government has started reviewing probe reports about alleged embezzlement of a large amount of fund from state-run Milk Vita during the BNP-Jamaat-led alliance government between 2001 and 2006.

BCL, JCD partners in 'admission business'

Some 330 students failed to take admission into Pabna Edward College this academic year because of illegal 'admission business' by some student organisations and a section of teachers.

3 injured in gun attack over city slum's control

At least three people including two local Awami League (AL) and Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) leaders were injured yesterday as unidentified criminals opened fire on them at the AL office in the city's Fulbaria Railway Colony centring an internal feud over control of a slum.

Ctg chemical complex reopens after 6yrs

Industries Minister Dilip Barua yesterday said the draft industrial policy that the government announces today is aimed at turning Bangladesh into a middle-income country by 2021 when the country will celebrate its golden jubilee.

China's help sought for rail link with Myanmar

Bangladesh has sought financial and technical assistance from China to expand the country's railway network up to Gundum of Myanmar and link it up with the Trans-Asian Railway (TAR).

Ctg Port operations resume

Vessel movement in Chittagong port resumed in full swing from yesterday morning.

Govt won't go for strict control of market: Faruk

The government does not want to strictly control the commodity market, rather it wants to see a more responsible role from wholesalers, retailers and consumers to keep prices below the government-fixed price, said Commerce Minister Faruk Khan.

Hasina offers Juma prayers in Madina

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina offered Juma prayers at Masjid-e-Nabobi in Madina yesterday.

Green Crescent's foreign funds received illegally

Bangladeshi-born British citizen Faisal Mostafa's NGO in Bhola has been regularly receiving foreign funds for its operation though it has no legal permit to receive so.

Army officer found buried in Sherpur

Army Warrant Officer Batan Barua, 35, missing since April 14, was found buried in a remote border village of Sreebordi upazila in Sherpur yesterday.

Wasa ups vigilance at pumps

Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) yesterday took a number of measures, including increased vigilance at pumps under different zones, to reduce the water crises in the city.

Tornado kills 1 in Chandpur

A tornado ripped through two villages of Haimchar upazila in Chandpur district Wednesday night leaving at least one person killed and 25 others injured.

Mamata owns assets worth only Rs 4 lakh

As a candidate in Indian parliamentary elections, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee stands out in sharp contrast with her declared assets worth just Rs 4.73 lakh. She does not own a car or a house.

One killed in gunfight over char land

One person was killed and 30 others were injured yesterday in a gunfight between two groups over the control of an alluvial land from the Padma River at Sultanpur in Natore.

22 arrestees sent to jail, safe custody

Barisal Chief Judicial Magistrate court sent a male and 21 female suspects to jail and safe custody yesterday.

Nearly 6,500 civilians killed in Lanka: UN

Two top Indian officials met with Sri Lanka's president yesterday to demand an immediate ceasefire in the bloody civil war as the UN reported that nearly 6,500 ethnic Tamil civilians were killed in the last three months of fighting.

Twin suicide bomb attacks kill 60 in Baghdad

Back-to-back suicide bombings killed 60 people yesterday outside the most important Shia shrine in Baghdad, a day after the country was rocked by its most deadly violence in more than a year.

Thai PM lifts emergency as new protest looms

Thai Premier Abhisit Vejjajiva Friday lifted a state of emergency imposed in Bangkok after violent protests, but said troops would remain deployed amid opposition plans to take to the streets again.

Pak Taliban pull back to Swat stronghold

Taliban militants who had seized a district just 100km from Pakistan's capital began pulling out yesterday after the government warned that it would use force to evict them.

Bopara powers Punjab

Ravi Bopara scored 84 as Kings XI Punjab defeated Bangalore Royal Challengers by seven wickets Friday to claim their first Indian Premier League victory this season.

Symonds stars in Aussies win

Comeback boy Andrew Symonds starred in Australia's much improved performance with both bat and ball as they beat Pakistan by six wickets in the second day-night international here on Friday.


Relief for Bangladeshi workers in Saudi Arabia

What a high level intervention and persuasion at the head of government level can deliver is amply proven by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's taking up the issue of our workers' employment and wellbeing with the Saudi leadership during her Umra visit to the fraternal kingdom. By virtue of a series of regulations adopted by the Saudi Council of Ministers, 20 lakh Bangladeshi employees in that country are being enabled to change their jobs thereby acquiring mobility, flexibility and security of employment across a broad spectrum of Saudi economy.

High-rises vulnerable to fire

We are shocked, but not surprised, at the extent of vulnerability to fire in Dhaka's high-rise buildings, that was recently revealed in a Daily Star investigative report.


Int'l football returns

Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) is all set to host the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Challenge Cup Qualifiers from Sunday three years after staging the final round of AFC Challenge Cup in 2006.

PCL auction today

The country's domestic cricket makes history this morning at the Chittagong Club auditorium when the likes of Tamim Iqbal, Abdur Razzak, Mehrab Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahim and numerous players will be put on sale.

Pakistan restricted

Australian bowlers unleashed tight line and length to fold Pakistan's innings at 207 in 46.2 overs in the second day-night one-day international here at the Dubai cricket Stadium on Friday.

Bangladesh name hurting trio

Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) announced a 23-member squad yesterday for the AFC Challenge Cup qualifiers that included the injured trio of Zahid Hasan Emily, Mohammad Robin and Zahid Hossain.

Three-dayer ends in stalemate

Amit Majumder hogged the spotlight on the final day with a stroke-filled hundred as the batsmen-dominated three-day match between Bangladesh Under-19 and the visiting Sri Lanka Under-19 ended in a draw at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium yesterday.

Women's Club Cup from today

The Women's Club Cup Cricket tournament get underway today at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur with Abahani taking on BKSP in the inaugural match.

Under-15's in control

A 94-run opening partnership between Mohammad Javed and Anik helped BCB Under-15s to put up a decent total on the opening day of the two-day match against visiting CAB Under-15s at the Mymensingh Stadium yesterday.

Sachin feels like 16 on 36th birthday

Arguably cricket's biggest icon, Sachin Tendulkar turned 36 on Friday and said he still feels like a boy of 16.

Two overs too many

So what's wrong with a tie?

Imran's solution

Former Pakistan captain Imran Khan said Friday international cricket authorities should swap the 2011 and 2015 World Cup venues, rather than deprive Pakistan of its matches in the earlier tournament.

ICC warns of APL

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has warned players against signing up for a new unauthorised league being established in the USA.

PCB looks to move on

Nearly a week after the ICC's decision to move away the 2011 World Cup from Pakistan and effectively rule out international cricket in the country due to security concerns, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is weighing up options of how to move on. Though officially there has been silence from the board -- apart from filing an official protest to the decision with the ICC -- contact has been maintained with the ICC hierarchy on how best to proceed and two options on where Pakistan will play its designated 'home' cricket from now have become clear.

Warne hails Pathan

Shane Warne, the Rajasthan Royals captain, has called Yusuf Pathan's batting 'fantastic' after he plundered 18 runs from the first four balls of the Super Over to give the defending champions their first win of the season. Yusuf's performance in the tie-breaker capped a strong show with the ball and bat; he had blasted a 21-ball 42 besides sending down four tidy overs.

Hughes struts to 100

Australia batting prodigy Phillip Hughes marked his Middlesex debut with 100 not out at Lord's here on Thursday.

Local Snippets

Rayer Bazar A.C beat Green Leaf C.A by 58 runs in the Second Division Cricket League at the Jahangirnagar University Ground yesterday.

Rating Chess

IWM Rani Hamid along with three other players continued their winning spree to share the lead in the Prime Bank 4th International Rating Women Chess Tournament at the end of the second round at the federation hall-room yesterday.

A book on Sachin's birthday

A new book on champion batsman Sachin Tendulkar, who celebrates his 36th birthday today in South Africa where he is leading Mumbai Indians in the IPL, was released here to mark the occasion.

Moulvibazar cricket

Ward No-3 team of Moulvibazar Municipality became champions of the Mayor Cup 20-20 Cricket tournament' when they beat Ward No-7 by four wickets at the M Saifur Rahman Stadium on Thursday.

ICL's Russell makes way into IPL

Phil Russell's status at the Kingsmead ground is unique -- the much-respected curator is probably the only person involved with the IPL and its bitter rival, the ICL. Russell, who was the ICL's curator last season, is currently an advisor on the ground preparations at Kingsmead for the IPL tournament.

Flintoff to have knee surgery

England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff is to undergo surgery on his right knee, ruling him out of the upcoming two-Test series against the West Indies.

Crunch time for Barca

Barcelona will be desperate to maintain their six-point cushion over Real Madrid on a crucial weekend in the Spanish League before the two giants meet in the 'El Clasico' at the Santiago Bernabeu.

MU face Spurs test

Manchester United can take a huge step towards retaining their Premier League title on Saturday but first they must do what none of their rivals have managed this season -- take all three points from a meeting with Tottenham.

Racing destroy Atletico

Atletico Madrid's hopes of a second successive season in the Champions League are fading fast after a thumping 5-1 defeat at Racing Santander on Thursday left them six-points adrift of the top four.

Toni targets title

Bayern Munich striker Luca Toni says his side must defend their Bundesliga title or risk being part of a lost generation as they look to over-haul leaders Wolfsburg starting Saturday against Schalke.

Inter so close

As Inter Milan chase a fourth straight title in Serie A, the focus has now centred on the battle for Champions League places with a weekend of intriguing fixtures on the agenda in Italy.

Inter out of Italian Cup

Serie A leaders Inter Milan were knocked out of the Italian Cup on Thursday when a 1-0 semifinal second leg win over Sampdoria fell short of overturning a 3-0 deficit from the teams' first meeting.

Spurs want Beckham

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has admitted he could be interested in bringing local boy David Beckham back home in the run-up to next year's World Cup in South Africa.

Persie blow for Arsenal

Robin van Persie, Arsenal's leading scorer this season, has been ruled out of next week's Champions League semifinal first leg against Manchester United.


Call for survey in high-rises to ensure fire safety

Speakers at a roundtable yesterday suggested introduction of a survey system in high-rise buildings in the major cities and giving fitness certificates every year based on the survey to ensure fire safety of the buildings.

'Remove Bangalee settlers to preserve CHT heritage'

Preserving Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) with its tradition, culture and heritage would not be possible unless Bangalee settlers are removed from there without any delay, said the speakers at a view exchange meeting yesterday.

Shipbuilding can play significant role in boosting economy

Local shipbuilders, who have already made a mark in wooing foreign buyers, said Bangladesh has a marvelous opportunity to earn huge foreign currencies by building and exporting ships.

BDR, BSF agree to check cross-border crimes

Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Indian Border Security Force (BSF) at a meeting yesterday agreed to work together to check cross-border crimes and resolve other problems.

Parkumira Mass Killing Day observed

Freedom fighters and members of the martyred families yesterday observed 'Parkumira Mass Killings Day' demanding trial of war criminals.

BDR mutiny a conspiracy against country

Speakers at a roundtable yesterday said the recent mutiny by BDR jawans is part of a conspiracy against the country, which started in 1971.

Body of missing college student recovered

Chittagong police recovered the decomposed body of a college student hanging from a large tree on a hilltop behind Pritilata Hall of Chittagong University (CU) yesterday.

Frequent power outage, water crisis paralyse life in Khulna

Acute shortage of water compounded by severe power outage has made the city life quite unbearable as four out of six power plants of Khulna Power Station (KPS) remain inoperative for long.

Call for more budgetary allocation for education sector

Lawmaker Rashed Khan Menon, also the chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on education, yesterday said it is necessary to increase budgetary allocation in the education sector.

Formulate policy to check dust pollution

Speakers at a meeting yesterday called upon the government to formulate a policy and implement it properly to check dust pollution in the city.

IDCOL plans to produce solar panels locally

Infrastructure Development Company Limited (IDCOL), a non-bank financial institution, is planning to produce solar panels locally in an effort to bring the country's rural areas under power supply network faster.

'Increase allocation for biological sciences'

Dhaka University VC Prof AAMS Arefin Siddique yesterday said allocation for the fields of biological sciences should be increased and researchers and scientists be allowed to enjoy freedom so that they can engage themselves in full-time researches to face food and economic crises.

Father, son die of diarrhoea in Dinajpur

A man and his son died of diarrhoea within a span of eight hours at Dinajpur Medical College and Hospital on Thursday.

Student beaten to death

A student of master's degree was beaten to death at Ekrampur in Narayanganj last night following a quarrel during a cricket match.

Syed Ahmed laid to rest

Veteran politician Advocate Syed Ahmed was laid to rest at his family graveyard at Faridpur under Kuliarchar upazila in Kishoreganj district yesterday.

Driver of human hauler killed

The driver of a human hauler, who was attacked by unidentified miscreants in Tepakhola bus stand area in Faridpur town on Thursday night, succumbed to his injuries early yesterday.

HSC examinee abducted in Jhalakathi

A female HSC examinee was abducted by a gang of hoodlums from in front of the Binoykathi exam centre in Sadar upazila on Thursday.

Fire in three factories in city

Fire broke out in three separate factories in the city yesterday, leaving at least seven workers injured.

Khulna Wasa chairman resigns

Liakat Ali has stepped down as the chairman of Khulna Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) citing his inability to provide the city dwellers with desired services.

World Malaria Day today

The World Malaria Day will be observed in the country as elsewhere across the globe today with the theme 'Counting malaria out'.

Cattle trader injured in BSF firing

A Bangladeshi cattle trader was shot and injured by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) at bordering Manipur village in Sadar upazila early Thursday.

Fix price of IRRI paddy at Tk 750 per maund

Leaders of Bangladesh Krishak Samity demanded the government fix the price of IRRI paddy at Tk 750 per maund.

1,742 bottles of Phensidyl seized, two arrested

A total of 1,742 bottles of Phensidyl syrup were seized in Savar and Dinajpur and two drug peddlers were arrested on Thursday.

College student killed in road accident

A college student was killed and two others were injured in a road accident at Mashkanda bypass road in the district town yesterday morning.


Children used for smuggling as BDR, BSF watchful about adults

Smugglers active in Sadar, Aditmari, Kaliganj, Hatibandha and Patgram upazilas under Lalmonirhat district are using children as carriers as adults now prefer to keep away due to increased vigilance by Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Indian Border Security Force (BSF).

RU Press Club sealed to free it from Shibir

Rajshahi University (RU) authorities yesterday locked RU Press Club as a step to free it from the control of Shibir men.

21 sued for '71 war crimes in Gaibandha, Satkhira

Twenty-two alleged collaborators of Pakistani occupation forces have been sued for war crimes, including murder, rape and looting, in Gaibandha and Satkhira in 1971.

Khapra Ward killing day observed in Rajshahi

The historic Khapra Ward Day was observed at Rajshahi Central Jail and in the city yesterday with a vow to continue movement to ensure trial of the war criminals of 1971.

Physician sued for violating patient

A case was filed with Women and Children Repression Prevention Court, Satkhira, on Thursday against four people, including a physician, for allegedly violating a patient at Langaljhhara health and family planning centre under Kalaroa upazila on April 21.

RMC reopens April 28

Classes and scheduled examinations of Rajshahi Medical College (RMC) will resume on April 28 as the institution reopens after a closure since March 13.

Woman held with bomb materials

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested a woman with bomb making materials at village Shawratola under Gangni upazila of the district yesterday morning.


Lanka rejects fresh UN humanitarian mission

Sri Lanka yesterday flatly rejected a plan by the United Nations to send a special humanitarian mission to the island's war-torn north.

Reach out to India,US tells Pakistan

Worried about a "blow up" between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan over Kashmir, the US is encouraging Islamabad to reach out to the Indian government and continue with previous confidence- building measures.

Hospital overwhelmed

The unfolding human tragedy of weary civilians fleeing the LTTE-held area in the island's north has 'overwhelmed' a 450-bed hospital in Vavuniya, which now tends to 1,700 badly wounded patients, a doctor said.

N Korea reiterates boycott of nuclear talks

North Korea noted Friday that Russia "paid attention" to its decision to boycott international nuclear talks when their top diplomats met, indicating there was no breakthrough in Moscow's efforts to get Pyongyang back to the negotiating table.

Israel hits out at Iran, Syria

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said in an interview published Friday Iran is a key obstacle to resolving the Middle East conflict and spoke out against resuming indirect talks with Syria.

Nepal celebrates Gyanendra ouster

As Nepal Friday celebrated the third anniversary of the fall of former king Gyanendra's army-backed regime, the celebrations were marred by discord among the major parties, a standoff between the ruling Maoists and the army, and bad blood between the former guerrillas and their southern ally India.

Myanmar arrests opposition politicians for praying

Two members of detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi's political party were arrested and charged with insulting religion after they prayed for the release of political prisoners, a party spokesman said yesterday.

Nepal Army rejects coup reports

Warily watching the dogged duel between its chief and the ruling Maoist party and grieving for the death of 13 soldiers in a forest fire, Nepal's beleaguered army was dragged into fresh controversy Friday by a leading media house whose two dailies accused it of planning a coup.

US, Russia begin talks on new START treaty

Russian and US diplomats began talks Friday in Rome aimed at replacing a landmark Cold War-era nuclear arms control treaty, a US embassy spokeswoman said.

US 'torture memos' could not be kept secret: Gates

US Defence Secretary Robert Gates said on Thursday it would have been "unrealistic" to keep secret sensitive memos on harsh interrogations as their eventual disclosure was "inevitable."

Two US journalists to be tried in North Korea

Two US journalists accused by North Korea of crossing into the country illegally from China and committing "hostile acts" will be tried on criminal charges, North Korea announced Friday.

India warns Pakistan to rein in Taliban

India yesterday told arch-rival Pakistan to rein in the Taliban, warning the Islamist militia posed a threat to the security of South Asia as a whole

Two CPI-M leaders killed in West Bengal

Suspected Maoists have shot dead two local CPI (M) leaders at Supurdih village in Balarampur area, about 40km from Purulia in West Bengal, on Thursday night.

Kidnappers release father of Afghan minister

The elderly father of an Afghan cabinet minister kidnapped by suspected Taliban guerrillas was released unharmed on Friday, four days after he was abducted at gunpoint, officials said.

Military solution won't end Afghan war

As fresh US troop reinforcements prepare to deploy to Afghanistan, veterans of the war Thursday decried past mistakes and warned the conflict cannot be solved by military means alone.

Congress doesn't need BJP's advice to tackle terrorism: Sonia

Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Thursday said that her party did not need the Bharatiya Janata Party's advice for tackling issues like terrorism.

Mumbai attacks accused to undergo age test

An Indian court on Friday ordered the only surviving suspected gunman in the Mumbai attacks to undergo medical tests to determine his age after he claimed to have been a minor at the time of the assault, which would allow him to escape the death penalty.

Kashmir leaders under house arrest

Police in Indian Kashmir placed the troubled region's separatist leaders under house arrest Friday, to prevent them addressing rallies aimed at shoring up support for an election boycott.

Islamabad should stop appeasing Taliban

Pakistan needs to use force to reassert government control in areas overrun by Islamist extremists and prevent them from invading the capital, analysts said.

Arts & Entertainment

Warfaze: 25 years and still going strong

“Poth Chola,” Warfaze's latest album, was launched at the 'Nokia Baishakhi Music Mela,' a concert to celebrate Bangla New Year on April 14. This is the seventh album by the band that popularised Bangla hard rock and metal, and comes after a hiatus of nearly 6 years. The previous album “Moharaj” was launched in 2003.

When rhythm assists flying feet

With the slogan "Milechhi Miloney Chhandey Anandey," the weeklong 4th National Dance Festival started at the National Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) on April 23. Organised by Bangladesh Nritya Shilpi Sangstha (BNSS), the festival will end at the same venue on the International Dance Day (April 29). Celebrations are also on at other major cities of the country.

Back to the roots

The performers gathered in a circle and the 'Gayen,' narrator and protagonist, was singing his story to the audience. He is the king of Kharvan, and despite his endless riches, he wants to drown himself in the river Jamuna because he has no heir. The story progresses with moving songs and dance sequences, featuring the seven beautiful queens (all played by male performers). The 'pala' continued for hours; the city audience included several noted theatre and cultural personalities. The pala, "Gujra Satir Banobash," was staged by Sundarganj Pala-gaaner Akhra from Gaibandha.

Folk artiste Professor Abdur Rashid passes away

Eminent folk artiste and exponent, Professor Abdur Rashid Miah, composer of the popular dance-drama "Mahua," died of old age complications on April 21. The 74-year-old Professor Rashid passed away at his residence at Golkibari area in the district town.

Drama Serial Channel 21 on Ekushey TV

Drama Serial "Channel 21" will be aired tonight at 9:30 pm on Ekushey TV. With the concept of Abdus Salam, the serial has bee written and directed by Masum Shahriar.


The alleged madrasa-terrorism linkage

THE alleged links of madrasas with terrorism received greater media attention when the prime minister met a team of religious leaders that reportedly apprised her of their grievances vis-a-vis some comments on the activities of qaumi madrasas. The allegation, undoubtedly, is very serious and the reaction has been very sharp.

Cox's Bazar and tourism

BY popular choice, Cox's Bazar has recently been ranked as one of the 'New Seven Wonders of the World'. A favourite spot for many in Bangladesh, this fishing port with its adjoining and unbroken 125 km of natural, gentle, sloping sandy beach, has once again emerged as an important potential tourist destination.

Reading between the lines

THE finance minister announced a package of measures on April 19 to mitigate the impact of the on-going global recession on our economy. Elements of the fiscal package for FY 2008-2009 comprise increase of cash incentive for export of three items and higher allocation for subsidies to agriculture and electricity, recapitalisation of state-owned financial institutions, agricultural loans and social protection (food). The additional financial implications for the revised budget of the current fiscal year have been estimated as Tk.3,424 crores.

Alternative source is a must

UNDENIABLY true a nation, mired in unending crisis and courting disaster with alarming frequency and desperate to chart out a road map for progress, development and self-sufficiency, must focus its attention on two core issues: education and electricity. Steeped in a culture of ignorance and bad politics, our leaders and bureaucrats have long discarded these two primary objectives simply because of lack of vision, competence and vested interest.

Technology in the bedroom

YOUR boyfriend may be a mega hunk now. But how do you know whether he grow up to be a fat, bald guy who can only produce fat, bald children? Now you can tell. All you have to do is get him to spit at you. (Some boyfriends helpfully do this without being asked.)


Tipaimukh Dam: An alarming venture

TIPAIMUKH dam located in Monipur state of India, by all definitions falls into the category of a large high head [162m] dam. Though learnt to be a hydel power project for generation of 1500 MW electricity, it will definitely work as a flood control dam for Monipur and the neighbouring Mizoram state and irrigation may be practiced in suitable land areas along the 1 km stretch of the Barak river up to the Bangladesh border and by the periphery of the reservoir perimeter.

Favourable impact of tea plantation

TEA does not grow everywhere in the world as it needs special type of soil, climate and also environment. Tea is basically a forest loving plant. It was found in deep forest area of upper Myanmer, South-East China, Assam, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam long back. The British started commercial planting here more than 160 years back. The first commercial plantation was at Malnicherra Tea Estate near Sylhet town in 1854. However, first experimental tea cultivation in Indian sub-continent was in 1840, in and around Chittagong Club.

Capital Dhaka: Towards an environmental jeopardy?

DHAKA is the capital city of Bangladesh. Located on the bank of river Buriganga, called its life line it is the most populous city of the country. It is also the most important city of the country for its commerce and education. Dhaka is projected to be the world's 4th most populous city by 2020 with 22 million inhabitants, according to United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). It is the most rapidly expanding city in the country with present land area of 2000 km2 and population 120 million.


The Day Kabir Collapsed

Syed Kabir rose that day at 6:15 in the morning when his alarm clock rang. He got up from his bed feeling uneasy, with a bad headache. On other mornings, while getting up from his bed, he would take his time, lying curled up on the bedsheets for four or five minutes before determinedly, in an act of will, lifting himself up and out of the bed. Then he would jump out crisply in order to avoid drifting back into another round of luxurious sleep. So today he rose, clasping the sides of the bed as he got up and then walked to the attached bathroom, feeling a numbness in his movements. He tried to think if it was due the lingering effects of a dream, or if it was because he had taken a strong sedative last night before getting into bed in order to dive deep into the nirvana of a deep, refreshing sleep, something which had been eluded him these last one-and-half months.

Kali O Kolom Boishakh 1416 -- April 2009

Opening this issue of Kali O Kolom I was immediately attracted to the article on Humayun Kabir, the distinguished poet, novelist and outstanding essayist who was a member of India's Rajya Shabha, and twice its education minister - once when Jawaharlal Nehru himself called upon him to fill the considerable shoes of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. Nearly all educated Bengalis of a certain generation are aware of the general outlines of Humayun Kabir's life and career: his distinguished family lineage (a family name and tradition that lies in tatters and ruins now), his brilliance as a student, and of his later illustrious political and literary career. He was also the editor of journals at Presidency College, Calcutta, and later at Oxford. He retained a lifelong interest in philosophy, writing on Kant, and was later instrumental in forming the United Front in West Bengal.

Two Poems by Kaiser Haq

Liking It

It's the easiest thing to say
In the grey light of thinning hair:
I liked the world the way it was--
If only it had held steady
Time would be unchanging bliss!

Star Health

Counting malaria out

Despite new drugs and strategies for combating malaria, the infectious illness remains one of the world's most dangerous and deadly diseases. Approximately half of the world's population is at risk of malaria, particularly those living in lower-income countries. It infects more than 500 million people per year and kills more than 1 million. WHO also estimates that a child dies from malaria every 30 seconds.

Malaria prophylaxis for travellers

Travellers planning to visit malaria endemic zones must always, consult with their doctors to make sure that they take a prophylaxis (measure taken for the prevention of a disease or condition) drug which they can tolerate and one which is appropriate for their destination to be protected from malaria.

African country shows a major step forward

Vaccines against a big killer pneumonia has been launched among African children recently, both backed jointly by drugmakers and groups set up specifically to promote vaccination, says a press release.

Stay slim to save the planet!

Overweight people eat more than thin people and are more likely to travel by car, making excess body weight doubly bad for the environment, according to a study from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

Milky way ...

Sorry, I am not going to talk about the galaxy's milky way. In fact, I am going to write about a white coloured 'food of life'. And that is milk – the essence of our concept of cleanliness.

Fever facts: Types and treatment

Do you have fever with a sore throat, a dry cough, tiredness, mild headaches or muscle aches?
Answer: You may have viral fever which accompanies cold or flu like syndrome. Get plenty of rest and drink lots of fluids. Sponge your body with water. Over-the-counter- medicines may help relieve your symptoms. Antibiotic is not effective for viral fever. So try to avoid it. Consult with doctor if your symptoms become severe.

Strategic Issues

Are we crying wolf over terrorism?

Afriend said something thought provoking recently. He said Bangladesh is in company of Afghanistan and Pakistan as three exceptional countries whose governments are telling the rest of the world that they are infested with terrorists. While Pakistan and Afghanistan cannot claim otherwise as there are deaths and destructions aplenty from terrorism, all reported in the international media the moment they occur, it is a mystery that our own government is projecting us as such where there are neither deaths nor destructions to show nor do we figure anywhere in the context of reporting in the international media as a militant prone country.

Obama's “new beginning” with Latin American countries

ON 16th April, President Barack Obama said the US seeks a "new beginning" with Cuba and an "equal partnership" with all the nations of the Americas. Obama was addressing Latin American and Caribbean leaders at the fifth Summit of the Americas in Trinidad and Tobago. Obama attended the Summit soon after an eight-day series of summits and meetings in Europe and Turkey. He faced a group of leaders far less forgiving than their European counterparts about the United States' central role in the global financial crisis.

The Palestinian dialogue in Cairo

TEN days of dialogue between the Palestinian Movements ended without any real and substantial results. All the parties came with the will to succeed in the dialogue but there were too many obstacles that prevented such success. The main obstacles that prevented any progress in the talks were:

Star Books Review

Savagery unparalleled in human history

Letters from the war zone have always been heartbreaking. Despite all the old yarn about wars being adventures in courage and vanquishing the enemy being a proud tale of heroism, there is the sheer loneliness that comes through in the missives of those who write back home. So it was in 1971, as this rich collection of poignant letters makes obvious. But what does shine through all along is that sure grasp of hope that these letter writers demonstrate in their communication with their families and friends. That their belief in freedom is unalloyed, that Bangladesh will soon be a free nation, is the common principle which binds all of them together.

Notes of nostalgia

It is indeed a phenomenal success for a person who, having crossed fifty, can look back at his childhood and youth and then present an honest portrayal of his success and failures during those days in engrossingly simplified language. He deserves to be called an accomplished individual. That is exactly what my impression is about my author-friend, Junaidul Haque. Well, there is nothing surprising as far as my personal understanding of Junaidul Haque is concerned. The English Department of Dhaka University, during our days, could be reasonably proud of having students like Junaid. Junaid, a tall man always wearing power glasses, gave us all an impression that he was flawless a character, cut out for serving a higher purpose. His literary insight and deeper contemplation of the metaphysical aspects of life made him a serious man. In the first story of this book, he wonders why people become old, why they suffer painful diseases, why there is unbearable helplessness in old age. He asks, “Couldn't God make us all ever young?” He also has seen some of his close relatives dying before him, leaving a score of questions in his mind which eventually made him a melancholic man. In the book, as he unfolds his own life, he admits that he has been so preoccupied with the unresolved puzzles of life that he has been unable to avail the share of joy he is entitled to.

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