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News of: Saturday, 9th of May, 2009

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Gas rationing for industries mulled to better power supply

To tackle the ongoing gas supply and pressure crisis, the government has planned staggered holidays on seven days of the week in seven industrial zones around Dhaka, and shutting down five fertiliser plants and a dozen 210 megawatt (MW) power plants in phases over the next 12 months.

Over 140 Taliban killed in Swat offensive

Pakistan said yesterday an air and ground offensive to crush the Taliban in the northwest killed more than 140 militants and seven soldiers in an escalating conflict that has displaced hundreds of thousands.

Landslide blocks Shankha flow

Sand and stone from an unprecedented landslide created a natural dam on the Shankha river at Bandarban, completely obstructing its flow for over 60 hours since early hours Wednesday.

New Bahrain rule may end labour exploitation

Around 1.25 lakh Bangladeshis working in Bahrain see a light of hope, as the Gulf country has decided to end the labour sponsorship system, which for long has been a way for employers to exploit foreign workers.

Govt to make sure of getting all aid in the pipeline

The government has planned to collect $2.23 billion (Tk 15,580 crore) foreign aid in the next fiscal year to meet the demand of a big size development budget.

3 hijackers beaten to death in city

A mob beat three carjackers to death and critically injured another at Keraniganj as the criminals attempted to snatch an auto-rickshaw Thursday night.

ACC probing NCT files

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has started examining files related to the construction of the New Mooring Container Terminal (NCT) in the money laundering case filed against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's youngest son Arafat Rahman Koko.

Security in diplomatic zone in city beefed up

Security measures were beefed up at the diplomatic zone in Baridhara-Gulshan in the capital yesterday after militants Thursday night issued threats to blow up four embassies.

Rejoinder and our reply

The home ministry differed with a portion of a report published in The Daily Star on May 7, headlined "AL men blamed for law, order slide".

BNP making all party decisions ignoring NEC

BNP high-ups in violation of the party constitution are making all decisions to reorganise the party ignoring its National Executive Committee (NEC) that has become ineffective.

AL, BNP likely to seek time for holding councils

Ruling Awami League (AL) and main opposition BNP may seek an extension from the Election Commission (EC) to arrange for councils to ratify the provisional changes made to their constitutions for registration.

Second notice to Khaleda just to tarnish her image

The government has sent the second notice to Khaleda Zia regarding her house only to tarnish her image, said BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain yesterday.

Arrested former NSI man to be taken to TFI cell today

Arrested former director of National Security Intelligence (NSI) Mohammad Sahab Uddin will be taken to the Task Force for Interrogation (TFI) cell in the capital today for further interrogation in connection with the arms haul case.

One killed, 15 hurt as AL, BNP clash in Natore

One person was killed and at least 15 others were injured in a clash between Awami League (AL) and BNP activists at Hagragari village in Lalpur upazila yesterday afternoon.

Buddha Purnima today

Buddhists across the country will celebrate their biggest religious festival, the Buddha Purnima, today marking the advent, nirvana (enlightenment) and departure of Lord Gautama Buddha.

Boy beaten up by stepfather dies in hosptial

A twelve-year-old boy, who was severely beaten up by his stepfather and left untreated for seven days at their slum house, succumbed to his injuries Thursday night at Pongu hospital in the capital.

Condition of Wazed Mia unchanged

Condition of ailing nuclear scientist and husband of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Dr MA Wazed Miah, remained unchanged yesterday.

37 injured in Sirajganj clash

At least 37 people were injured, three critically, in a fierce clash between two groups of loom worker at Chandangati in Belkuchi upazila yesterday.

Top flu expert warns of a swine flu-bird flu mix

Bird flu kills more than 60 percent of its human victims, but doesn't easily pass from person to person. Swine flu can be spread with a sneeze or handshake, but kills only a small fraction of the people it infects.

10 largest US banks out of 19 fail 'stress tests'

Ten of America's largest 19 banks need a combined $74.6bn (£50bn) of extra funds to boost their cash reserves.

Editorial

Dhaka's moribund rivers

The message that has come out loud and clear from a roundtable organised by The Daily Star last Thursday on pollution of the rivers around Dhaka is that the four major rivers around the capital and its suburbs, which had for so long sustained it, are dying. The rivers are depleting not only in quantity but also in quality. And regrettably, it is the industrial units that must share the major responsibility for the present state.

Railways in a shambles

Bangladesh railways, performing well below the expectations of passengers for a long time, appear to be caught in a vicious cycle of mismanagement and poor supervision. A photograph published in this newspaper on Wednesday does show that even the safety factor, which gives the trains an edge over road transports, is being ignored by the railway managers. Obviously, when metallic clips that hold the rails to the sleepers are stolen, and yet the trains move along those tracks, the safety of passengers does not seem to figure prominently in the railways' operational plans. But that is exactly what has happened near the Mohakhali level crossing in the city. Locals complained that drug addicts have removed the clips. There may be truth in their observation, but what we find extremely difficult to comprehend is how could such matters go unnoticed? If the railway authorities cannot deal with some drug addicts how are they going to handle the organised groups of thieves and looters who are responsible for the present state of the railways?

Overcoming the migrant worker meltdown

Recent developments with regard to our migrant workers have persuaded me to write about this ongoing problem. We have seen the Prime Minister, the Foreign Minister and other Ministers addressing this issue during their visits to different countries in the past few weeks.

The indefensible crossfire

The ignominy of an intolerant and myopic establishment has not pained all citizens in equal measure and therefore, it is not unusual to find advocates and admirers of extra judicial actions like the so-called 'crossfire' as part of our politics. In fact, in the not-too-distant past, doing away with the alleged criminal physically by resorting to the so-called 'crossfire' actions was a preferred option of the law-enforcement functionaries. Reportedly, such personnel are finding it difficult to control crime and disorder without generous use of the 'crossfire' medicine.

Sports

Dada last into semis

Zunaed Siddiqui got back to form in the right time to take Dada Warriors to the semifinal of Habib Group PCL Twenty20 tournament at the MA Aziz Stadium here yesterday.

Bangladesh's first match today

The Bangladesh National Hockey team will start their 8th Asia Cup Men's Hockey campaign today against Japan at Kuantan, Malaysia.

Ctg MSC clears air

Chittagong Mohammedan Sporting Club (MSC) has clarified their payment dispute over their three Guinean players calling the claims of the players untrue.

Hammam retains FIFA seat

Asian Football Confederation president Mohamed bin Hammam narrowly retained his FIFA executive committee seat Friday after one of the most vitriolic battles regional football has known.

Eng thrash Windies

Brendan Nash's 81 couldn't prevent England beating the West Indies by 10 wickets to win the first Test at Lord's here on Friday with more than two days to spare.

Arthur supports CA

Mickey Arthur, the South Africa coach, has endorsed Australia's decision to pull out Shane Watson, Nathan Bracken and James Hopes, three key players in their World Twenty20 squad, from the IPL. Arthur said he would have done the same thing if he was on "their side" because Australia had to play the Ashes almost immediately after the ICC event in England next month.

'Unforgettable day'

England quick Graham Onions said his five-wicket haul on his Test debut against the West Indies in the series opener here at Lord's was a reward for the hard work he'd put in during the off-season.

Aussie trio out of IPL

Australian all-rounder Shane Watson's hopes of playing in the ongoing second edition of the lucrative Indian Premier League were dashed here on Thursday after he suffered a groin injury, officials said.

Jr athletics starts today

The Dhaka Bank 25th Junior Athletics (boys & girls) competition begins today at the Bangabandhu National Stadium (BNS).

Kumble still not giving up hope

His side is placed at a precarious fifth spot at the midway stage of the on-going IPL, but Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Anil Kumble is not one to throw in the towel and feels his team has formidable chances of making the semi-finals of the Twenty20 event.

Bremen set up Shakhtar clash

Germany's Werder Bremen will face Shakhtar Donetsk of Ukraine in the UEFA Cup final after coming through thrilling semifinals on Thursday.

Barca on the brink

Barcelona, fresh from their controversial Champions League semifinal victory over Chelsea, will be crowned Spanish league champions for the 19th time on Sunday if results go their way.

MU stars impatient

The prospect of a Cham-pions League final meeting with Barcelona has left Manchester United's stars impatient to wrap up a third straight Premier League title as early as possible.

Milan test for Juve

Claudio Ranieri could be about to take charge of his final match in the Juventus hot-seat as the Italian giants travel to AC Milan this weekend.

'Title in our hands'

Wolfsburg coach Felix Magath says the league leaders have their first Bundesliga title in their own hands with four games remaining as they travel to title rivals Stuttgart on Saturday.

UEFA to rule on Drogba next week

UEFA said Friday it will decide next week whether or not to take action against Chelsea striker Didier Drogba for his onslaught on the referee at the end of the Chelsea-Barcelona Champions League tie on Wednesday.

Ferguson not optimistic on Fletcher appeal

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed that he does not expect the club's appeal against Darren Fletcher's Champions League Final suspension to succeed.

Airtel become United's sponsor

Telecoms group Bharti Airtel has become the first Indian sponsor of Manchester United after signing a five-year deal with the English and European Champions.

Adriano happy to be back with Flamengo

Striker Adriano said Thursday he was happy to be back with Brazilian side Flamengo after they re-signed their former star in the wake of his personal troubles with Inter Milan.

Asia Cup starts today

Asia's top seven hockey nations, led by defending champions India, begin their quest for a place in the 2010 World Cup when the Asia Cup starts on Malaysia's east coast Saturday.

'India, Pakistan T20 favourites'

Pakistan and India are favourites to win next month's World Twenty20 tournament, as both have shown good form in the game's rapid-fire version, Pakistan's stand-in captain Misbah-ul-Haq said Friday.

Warne slams Cardiff Test

Australia cricketing legend Shane Warne says the decision to stage the first Ashes Test in Cardiff is a "disgrace".

Safe tour pleases PCB

Pakistan's cricket authorities breathed a sigh of relief Friday after safely hosting their series against Australia on neutral venues, saying it would help to build long-lasting relationships.

'Fatigue prime fear'

Gary Kirsten, the India coach, says mental fatigue will be his team's biggest challenge during the World Twenty20 in England next month. The event starts on June 5 but India play their first warm-up game on June 1, just seven days after the IPL ends in South Africa. Kirsten also believes India, the defending champions, will be under added pressure during the ICC tournament but says the team has shown it is capable of handling such situations.

Like the slasher

Watching Matthew Hayden bat is like looking at a character from a cricket video game. There is a surreal element to the way he bats. You think it can only happen in Xbox. He swipes, heaves, walks down the track, hits one-handed sixes and does almost whatever he wants. Imperiousness is his calling card.

Amit in IPL 'chuck' list

Amit Singh, the Rajasthan Royals right-arm medium-fast bowler, has been reported for a suspect action. He is the second bowler, after Kamran Khan, also of Rajasthan, to be reported during the current IPL.

Kuznetsova in Rome final

Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova stormed into the WTA Rome claycourt International final with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Victoria Azarenka on Friday.

Third in a row for Hughes

Australian opener Phil Hughes hammered his third century in successive county championship matches on Thursday as he extended his inside-knowledge of the English game ahead of the Ashes.

Haddin, Watson punished

Brad Haddin and Shane Watson have been fined 15% and 25% respectively of their match fee after being found guilty of breaching the ICC code of conduct during the Twenty20 international against Pakistan in Dubai on Thursday.

Metropolitan

More sectors to be netted for VAT collection from next fiscal

The tax net is going to be cast wide in the next budget as the new government, which has undertaken some ambitious development agenda, has instructed the National Board of Revenue to enhance revenue collection from VAT sector.

Cash fails to heal wounds for child jockeys

Munna Mia was just five when his family flew to the Middle East to escape the hardships in the country -- but all that awaited him was a life of danger, pain and hunger as a child camel jockey.

Railway to gain pace after construction of Tongi-Bhairab double line

Construction work for Tongi-Bhairab double railway line is likely to start at the beginning of next fiscal year to facilitate smooth and faster train journey for the country's eastern-zone passengers, as this section provides the passage for a host of trains to and from the capital.

Hold trial of war criminals in transparent manner

Speakers at a discussion yesterday said the process for the trial of war criminals would have to be flawless, transparent and acceptable both nationally and internationally and those involved in the process must be efficient as well as sincere.

'Stop dumping industrial wastes into rivers'

Speakers at a rally yesterday called for stopping dumping of untreated industrial wastes including the waste of Hazaribagh tanneries into the rivers around the capital.

Three fertiliser factories to reopen soon

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Industries Ministry at a meeting yesterday decided to reopen three fertiliser factories within the shortest possible time.

Govt to ensure equal rights of all: Hasina

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the main objective of her government is to ensure equal rights to all, irrespective of caste, creed and religion, to further consolidate peace and harmony in the country.

Migratory bird fair kicks off

The Teacher-Student Centre (TSC) of Dhaka University (DU) yesterday got a different look as pictures and models of over 100 migratory birds were on display along the corridors of its compound.

15 injured in AL-BNP clash in Noakhali

At least 15 people were injured in a clash between the activists of Awami League and BNP at Muradnagar at Sonaimuri in the district on Thursday evening.

Hamdard University to be set up

State Minister for Religious Affairs Md Shahjahan Mia MP yesterday said here that the Hamdard University will be set up in order to modernise as well as expand the Unani system of medicine in the country.

One died falling from rooftop

A youth died after falling from rooftop of a one-storied building in Tejgaon industrial area in the city yesterday.

AL factional clash leaves 12 injured in Pirojpur

At least 12 people were injured in a clash between two rival groups of Awami League at Balipara Bazar in Zianagar upazila on Thursday night.

Hafizur new chairman of Khulna Wasa

Retired joint secretary Sheikh Hafizur Rahman has been appointed chairman of Khulna Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) on contractual basis.

Indian sarees, Phensidyl bottles seized

Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) on Thursday seized huge quantity of Indian saree, Phensidyl syrup and foreign liquor worth Tk 64 lakh in Comilla.

World Red Crescent Day observed

The 150th World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day was observed across the world yesterday in a befitting manner, says a press release.

'Promote integrated crop management for food security'

Wide-ranging promotion of integrated crop management (ICM) among the grassroots level farmers can be the effective means of ensuring food security, said the speakers at a farmers' field day function here on Thursday.

Road crashes kill 4

Four people, including a three-year-old girl, were killed in separate road accidents in Comilla, Chittagong and Madaripur yesterday.

Tagore's thoughts on economic dev influences Bangladesh

President Zillur Rahman has said poet Rabindranath Tagore's thoughts on economic development through promoting agriculture sector have influenced Bangladesh.

One dies in rooftop fall

A young man died after falling from the rooftop of a one-storied building in Tejgaon industrial area in the city yesterday.

'Help bring war criminals to book'

The government is facing conspiracies mainly for its election pledges that include trial of war criminals, steps against militancy and restoration of the spirit of the Liberation War in the constitution.

National

Boro procurement may face problem for space shortage

The government's food procurement drive in the ongoing Boro season may face difficulty due to space shortage in the government go-downs in three northern districts as 70 percent space of those go-downs are still packed with food grains purchased earlier.

13 Chhatra Samaj men sued for ransacking Bhandaria UNO office

Thirteen leaders and activists of Jatiya Chhatra Samaj, student wing of Jatiya Party (Manju), have been sued for ransacking Bhandaria upazila nirbahi officer's office and social welfare office during Thursday's hartal at the upazila headquarters.

Cases against Hasanat sent to home ministry for withdrawal

Barisal district administration has forwarded to the home ministry former chief whip Abul Hasanat Abdullah's application for withdrawal of all the six cases lodged by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).

10 hurt as transport workers clash

At least 10 transport workers were injured in a clash between the supporters of two rival bus owners' associations over establishing supremacy at Satkhira bus terminal yesterday.

Carpenter murdered

Unidentified criminals killed a carpenter at Char Singherkathi under Chandramohan union of Barisal Sadar upazila on Thursday night.

Ex-KCC mayor Tayebur gets bail in a case

Former mayor of Khulna City Corporation (KCC) Sheikh Tayebur Rahman has been granted bail for six months in one of the 11 extortion cases filed against him.

Housewife killed for dowry

A housewife was strangled allegedly by her husband for dowry at village Fokirer Tokeya under Lalmonirhat Sadar upaila yesterday. She was identified as Rekha Begum, 21, wife of Mizanur Rahman. Mizan married Rekha six months ago and since then he had been torturing her physically and mentally for dowry, according to case statement filed by Rekha's father with Lalmonirhat Sadar Police Station. Police and locals said Mizan and his family members had gone into hiding soon after the incident.

Missing Brac official found dead

The decomposed body of a missing Brac official was found at Ponditgram village under Sadar upazila on Thursday night. The dead was identified as Ali Reza, 32, programme manager of Brac Takia branch in Natore. Police and locals said Ali Reza went out of his office on Monday and since then he had been missing. Locals found the body in a field of the village and informed police. Police went to the spot, recovered the body and sent it to Natore Sadar Hospital morgue for autopsy. Police could not unearth the clue to the murder as of 7:00pm yesterday.

Three get life for killing student

A Rajshahi court on Thursday sentenced three people to life imprisonment for killing a madrasa student of Paba upazila in Rajshahi in 2007. The court also fined the convicts Tk 10,000 each, in default, they are to suffer another year in jail. The convicts are Khalilur Rahman, Hasan Ali and Salauddin of Dharmahata village under Paba upazila in Rajshahi. The court acquitted three others as charges against them could not be proved beyond doubt. According to the prosecution, the accused called Ariful Islam, 13, a student of Dharmahata Jannatun Nur Madrasa, out of his house. They snatched his mobile set and killed him.

UP chairman jailed for rape

Women and Children Repression Prevention Court, Magura, on Thursday awarded life imprisonment to a Union Parishad (UP) chairman and his accomplice and fined Tk one lakh each, in default, they are to suffer one year more in jail for raping a teenager after abduction. The convicts are chairman of Dariapur UP in Sreepur upazila Kazi Mohidul Islam and Sumon Biswas. According to the prosecution, the UP chairman and his accomplice kidnapped the girl from village Goaldah in the upazila and took her to the house of Mahtab Mian at Hogoldanga village on October 13, 2005. They confined the girl in a room for three days and raped her. After examining records and witnesses, judge Nazir Ahmed pronounced the verdict.

28 shops gutted in Barguna

Fire gutted 28 shops and injured five people, including a firefighter, at Patharghata Pourasava market under Barguna district on Thursday. Fire service sources said the fire originated from an electric short circuit at a shop at around 5:30 am and soon engulfed the shops. Fire fighters from Mathbharia under Pirojpur district rushed to the spot as there is no fire service station at Patharghata. They extinguished the blaze after three and a half hours with the help of local people.

International

War against Tamil Tigers 'rapidly' nearing end

The president of Sri Lanka said Thursday the island's long-running war against the separatist Tamil Tigers was "rapidly" nearing its end.

1m people now displaced in northwest Pakistan: UN

The UN refugee agency says half a million people have fled fighting in northwestern Pakistan in the past few days, bringing the total displaced in recent months to 1 million.

Clashes in Chad leave over 150 dead

Chad government forces fought desert battles Friday against rebels stepping up an offensive against President Idriss Deby with more than 150 reported dead in two days of conflict.

Ex-Nepali PM offers olive branch to India

After blaming India for the failure to sack the army chief and accusing it of interfering in his country's internal matters, Nepal's caretaker Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda Friday held out the olive branch to New Delhi, saying his government had no bias against it.

Flu quarantine based on nationality is 'discrimination': UN

Quarantining people for suspected swine flu on the basis of their nationality is a "clear-cut case of discrimination," a spokesman for the United Nations human rights commissioner said Friday.

Pakistan needs hearts, minds to defeat Taliban

Pakistan may have superior military might, but to win the war against Taliban guerrillas they must avoid collateral damage and rebuild angry lives shattered by the offensive, analysts say.

N Korea vows to bolster nuclear arsenal

North Korea vowed yesterday to bolster its atomic arsenal in response to what it called Washington's "persistent hostile policy," even as a special envoy for President Barack Obama traveled to the region in a bid to draw Pyongyang back to nuclear negotiations.

US senator pledges urgent aid to stabilise Pakistan

A key US senator on Thursday pledged quick action on a giant aid package to stabilise Pakistan as a committee cleared an early one billion dollars to support the insurgency-hit US ally.

Lanka fighting threatens patients, doctors: ICRC

Fierce fighting between government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels is threatening patients, medical staff and aid workers in Sri Lanka, the International Committee of the Red Cross said Thursday.

25 dead as typhoon hits Philippines

At least 25 people were killed and thousands displaced overnight as Typhoon Chan-hom raked the northern Philippines, officials said yesterday.

Spurned by Nitish, bitter Cong has nowhere to go

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has clearly become the most-wanted politician in Indian politics, being wooed by the Congress and adopted by the BJP. But Congress, not happy with him spurning their advances, is now bitter and says Nitish thinks "too much of himself".

American friends welcome to help better ties with India: Zardari

Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari says he hopes to build better relations with India after its parliamentary elections and "if our American friends can help us, they're welcome to."

Most Britons don't think Muslims are loyal

Two out of three Britons think that Muslims living in the United Kingdom are not loyal to their country.

Giant US military base emerges in Afghan 'desert of death

In the forbidding Afghan desert, US engineers are carving out a sprawling military camp as part of a dramatic American troop build-up designed to confront Taliban insurgents.

Singapore's most wanted terrorist captured

Thirteen months after his audacious escape from detention in Singapore, Mas Selamat Kastari has been caught in Malaysia.

Afghan war costs to overtake Iraq in 2010: Pentagon

The cost of fighting the war in Afghanistan will overtake that of the Iraq conflict for the first time in 2010, Pentagon budget documents showed Thursday.

Myanmar ignores US request to see detained citizen

The US Embassy in Myanmar said Friday the government has ignored its repeated requests for access to a detained American arrested for allegedly swimming to the lakeside home of detained Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and sneaking inside.

Kashmir leader notes Pakistan role in curbing violence

The chief minister of Indian Kashmir, Omar Abdullah, has acknowledged Pakistan's contribution to the "remarkable" drop in violence in the volatile region in recent years.

Gujarat HC designates 9 judges for trial

The Gujarat High Court has designated nine judges for as many special court to carry out the trial in the 2002 post-Godhra riot cases being probed by the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT), High Court officials said in Ahmedabad on Friday.

Pakistan's maritime area increases by 50,000km after UN nod

Pakistan has increased its maritime area to over 50,000 kilometres, the Daily Times reports.

Four British soldiers killed in Afghanistan

The Ministry of Defence announced yesterday the death of three more British soldiers in southern Afghanistan, bringing the total to four killed in one day.

Bhopal victims lobby US Congress for action

Victims of the 1984 gas leak that killed thousands of people in Bhopal, India took their battle Thursday to the US Congress, seeking pressure on Dow Chemicals.

Arts & Entertainment

Celebrating Tagore in every sphere

Perhaps it would not be an overstatement to say that Bengali culture would be incomplete without Rabindranath Tagore. Yesterday marked the 148th birth anniversary of the Nobel laureate poet. To celebrate the day, Channel i held a daylong “Rabindra Mela” at its Tejgaon office premises. This was the fourth “Rabindra Mela” by Channel i.

Farrah Fawcett in last stages of cancer battle

Actress Farrah Fawcett is in the last stages of her battle against cancer, according to friends close to the star.

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.

Sumita Naha: Enduring devotion to Tagore songs and classical music

Professor Sumita Naha is a Rabindra Sangeet artiste who combines her talents with classical music. She is enlisted as a vocalist at both Bangladesh Betar and BTV.

“Shubhro” on Desh TV

Based on the mega-popular character created by Humayun Ahmed, drama serial "Shubhro" will be aired on Desh TV tonight at 9:30 pm. The play has been adapted by Noumi Kamrun Bidhu from Humayun Ahmed's novel, and directed by Mosharraf Khan Badol. Tonight the eighth episode of the serial will be aired.

OP-ED

Buddhism as basic wisdom

THE Holy Buddha Purnima is the most sacred occasion for the Buddhist community of Bangladesh as well as for the global Buddhist community. It signifies the three important events in the Buddha's life: his birth, enlightenment and great demise. All these three events took place on the full moon of the sixth lunar month of Vesakh.

Quest for harmony

THE Second World Buddhist Forum, an international conference of Buddhists was held in Wuxi, an eastern city of Jiangsnu province of China and in Taipei of Taiwan from March 28 to April 01 this year. With the theme "A Harmonious World, A Synergy of Conditions," the event was jointly organised by Buddhist Association of China (BAC), Buddha's Light International Association (BLIA), Hong Kong Buddhist Association and China Religious Cultural Communication Association (CRCCA).

Buddhism and practical thoughts

THE Buddha's teachings have a basis issued from simple observation of the facts of daily life. The words of the Blessed One still remain in the modern world. They are modern because they are simple in expression and concern the human nature and no particular societal system. The simplicity of these words is the source of power of this teaching and allows Buddhism to become universal by adjusting to civilisations.

Urban

Fire is a 24/7 issue

There is a flurry of media activity every time there is a big fire. Expert opinion on prime time news, interview of fire officers, live talk shows on television, newspaper articles, and so forth. But the enthusiasm is sadly doused with the fire and everyone gets on with their work until another, pray not, fire. As a result of which the building that was on fire is worse off in about say three months time. I am not necessarily referring to the BSEC building in the city's Karwan Bazaar, in which fire four persons perished in 2007.

Major building fire incidences: Lessons learnt

Human being invented fire which is being used for its better living and developed building structures for better and comfortable living. With the passage of time mankind's race for more comfort and better living resulted in faster development in building construction along with its various service systems like electricity, water supply, sanitary drainage, mechanical escalators etc. Increasing trend in population growth coupled with poverty laden economy provokes people to live in urban centres. Shortage of urban land coupled with high demand of building infrastructures compels construction of high rise buildings. Exorbitant cost of land and callousness of concerned regulating and planning authorities encouraged owners to construct buildings of bigger floors and levels than the rules normally permits. In this way the urban areas predominantly the Dhaka city has turned to a chaotic city entangling its dwellers into the almost all sorts of manmade hazards of life threatening. Fire is one of those hazards whose occurrence increasing day by day mostly in buildings. In Dhaka fire is becoming an unmanageable threat particularly in high rise buildings mostly constructed violating the national building code. This paper describes the various incidences of major occurrence of fires in various buildings drawing the pen pictures of the causes and finally put some suggestions to overcome the situation.

Literature

Well-Known

Trolly's father's library is stacked from wall to ceiling with books. Aslam is amazed at seeing the collection. Trolly has never mentioned anything to him about this library.

On Second Thoughts: Penguin India Sampler

Penguin India does publish somewhat indiscriminately - there are some books it has brought out that makes one wonder a bit about editorial and publishing criteria. But one supposes that is the price for becoming a publishing behemoth. As genres and authors, manuscripts, and writing multiplies, as market calculations come to the fore, as accountants negotiate with editors, a shift begins to takes place - and every fool knows that in this day and age it is the self-help bestseller (or titles like Ten Best Erotic Massage Techniques, or Fusion Cooking in the Wild!) that makes possible a line of poetry volumes.

My Little Plot of Land (Dui Bigha Jomi)

Of my land only a little remained, the rest having been mortgaged away.

Three poems by Mahamuda Rahman Shuchi

Bed Cover

Stains
I hate stains on my bedcover most.
Not the black marks on time,
Not the loose strings of a careless history,
Not a messy heap of stupid bloody images,
Who cares about them?

Star Health

Don’t panic at the pandemic

It has been a while since the world was faced with a challenge with a pandemic. When people got the news of a new kind of a flu it was already spreading around in more than one country around the world.

Blow away the myths about thalassaemia

Like every year, International Thalassaemia day was observed in Bangladesh on May 8. The theme of this year was “Reach every patient”. Thalassaemia is an inherited disorders of the blood that is passed from parents to children through the genes.

Shun heat stroke in summer

As the mercury shows an upward trend, the threat of heat-related illnesses specially heat stroke rises manifold. Doctors recommend to get hydrated properly and take several measures to prevent heat stroke, otherwise which could be fatal in extreme cases.

Botox injections may ease diabetic foot pain

People with diabetes often suffer from chronic foot pain because of nerve damage, but relief may be at hand. Taiwanese doctors have shown that the pain can be reduced substantially by injections of botulinum toxin type A — better known as Botox — into the skin on top of the foot.

Triglyceride, another danger person

If there is high cholesterol along with high triglycerides (TGL), chances of developing heart related problems are more. According to American Cholesterol Education Programme Expert Panel, normal TGL level is 150 mg/dl and high means 200-499 mg/dl and borderline high is between 150-199 mg/dl. If the level goes above 500 — that is very dangerous.

Are leg cramps disturbing your sleep?

Leg cramps are most common during rest or sleep. To prevent leg cramps, stretch your calves and feet at least three times a day, including before bedtime. Stand two to three feet from a wall, placing your hands on the wall. Keep your heels on the floor. Bend one knee to lean toward the wall. Hold for 15 to 30 seconds. Straighten your leg. Repeat with the other knee. Stretch each leg at least three times. It also helps to drink plenty of fluids during the day.

New hope for cancer treatment and prevention

With a view to focus on new strategies to prevent and treat cancer, Bangkok Hospital Medical Center Information Office, Bangladesh organised a scientific seminar in the city recently.

Strategic Issues

Comprehensive response and national security

SOUTH Asia is known to constitute one of the “critical regions” or “security complexes” in the world. The current situation of security in the region is marked by diversity of conflict, with a sharp rise in terrorism and political violence often resulting in significant destabilizing effect on the regional states and their economies.

Iraq: The forgotten war

NOT so long ago, the term “the forgotten war” was being used to describe American lack of interest in its military occupation of Afghanistan. US domination of that country was assumed to be a carried out fact. Now the same label could be applied to Iraqand for the same reason.

Obama's speech in Turkey and hope for a better world

PRESIDENT Barak Obama is truly a breath of fresh air in every sense of the term. That his presence means Bush is no longer around is in itself great news. It is for good reasons that the story about God telling the guy who came to White House looking for Bush made such rounds on the internet. When the guy came the first day to White House and asked God about Bush, he was told he lived there no longer. The guy came a second day; asked the question again and received the same answer. When he came a third day and asked the same question, an irate God asked him why he was asking the same question knowing what the answer would be. The guy's answer, with a broad smile was, to hear from God over and over again that Bush is history.

Star Books Review

The struggle to beat poverty

However one may like to look at the situation with rose-tinted glasses, or however one may juggle with statistics and cleverly concocted spin to make the glass look just a bit more than half full at present, and not too far off from being full, even overflowing, the stark reality is that over half the population of Bangladesh lives below the poverty line, and this country does not seem like breaking out of the relatively less developed syndrome for the foreseeable future, say fifty years on. This last bit, in all probability, will draw some indignant remonstrations, but, unless I am proven otherwise, and I sincerely hope I am, I will stick to my guns and remain a cynic.

Vanishing forests and exploited workers

Leaf Storm, the first novel by widely acclaimed author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, depicts the pain of native South Americans and the indigenous Red Indian people in the city of Arakataka, Colombia, against the backdrop of commercial banana plantation by the US based United Fruits Company. The novel narrates brutal oppression by the multinational company of local plantation workers and grabbing of their own land and forest resources for the sake of earning cash.

The classes that construct a society

Western sociology, specifically American sociology is notoriously ahistorical. This ahistoricity can be located within the trajectories of the emergence of the discipline itself, when the discourse of modernity provides both epistemological and methodological foundations for sociology. Born during the tumultuous aftermath of the French Revolution, the discipline became “scientific sociology” that explicitly adopted positivism, that is, application of natural science methods to “ discover” the “laws” that govern society. In it, situating historical dimensions while explaining social phenomena was systematically ignored. The emergence of Marxism in the mid-nineteenth century coincided with that of “scientific sociology,” and fundamentally altered the very idea of sociology. Marxism, along with German sociologist Max Weber's contributions, laid down the contours of historical sociology that influenced countless sociologists worldwide.

Words, words, words

Language is sometimes, when you are in the mood to be serious about it, a search for roots. You call it etymology. You call it going back to heritage. When you think of English, you think too of the inroads other languages have made into it. Indeed, you wonder at the many ways in which these languages, notably French, have enriched English, have given it the solidity it enjoys today.



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