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PDB under pressure to change bid criteria

The Power Development Board is facing tremendous pressure from a quarter of influential local businessmen who want the bidder selection criteria for the upcoming three-year-long rental power projects to be unusually relaxed so that anyone can win a deal.

1 more dies of swine flu

Another person died of swine flu last night at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital.

Upazila parishads left with no work

Over seven months into being constituted through public elections, the upazila parishads have yet to start functioning, as the Awami League (AL)-led government is still allowing members of parliament (MPs) and the civil administration to carry out the parishads' jobs.

Boon for Rajuk, bane for plot applicants

Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) is making profits out of over Tk 1,650 crore deposited by about 1.65 lakh people who applied for plots of Uttara Model Town (third phase) and Purbachal New Town Housing Project around nine months back.

WHO offers help to combat the deadly flu

The World Health Organisation will provide all necessary assistance to Bangladesh in preventing the spread of swine flu virus.

Nato airstrike kills 90 in Afghanistan

A Nato jet blasted two fuel tankers hijacked by the Taliban in northern Afghanistan, setting off a huge fireball yesterday that killed up to 90 people, Afghan officials said.

Muggers active around banks

As many as 100 muggers in several groups are active in and around the banks in the capital while informants inside banks keep them informed about big transactions, detective sources said.

Tremor jolts country

A moderate tremor was felt around 2:52am yesterday in Dhaka, Sylhet and other places of the country.

30 Hizb ut-Tahrir men arrested

Police arrested 30 activists of Hizb ut-Tahrir near Baitul Mukarram National Mosque after Juma prayers yesterday.

Elderly woman murdered, house looted

A septuagenarian woman was killed at her Central Road residence in the city's Dhanmondi area yesterday allegedly by her domestic help who made off with gold ornaments and some other valuables.

UN chief pledges support

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has assured Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of giving all necessary support to cope with the challenges of global climate change.

King of Pop laid to rest

Michael Jackson has finally been laid to rest in a crown-adorned glittering gold coffin after family and friends saluted the tragic "King of Pop" in a poignant farewell.


Construction materials over the footpath on Rokeya Sarani in West Kafrul display the outrageous practice of occupying public pavements right under the DCC's nose. This picture representing silent sufferings of the city dwellers needs proper attention from the authorities concerned.

Khaleda, Delwar at odds over reform

BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain and Chairperson Khaleda Zia are finding themselves increasingly at odds with each other over party reorganisation.

Declare roadmap to war crime trial by Sep 30

Ekattorer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee yesterday threatened to launch a tough movement unless the government announces a roadmap to trial of 1971 war criminals by September 30.

Truckload of palm oil hijacked

Armed criminals looted a truckload of palm oil from the capital's Dhanmondi area early yesterday.

WTO negotiations to resume for new free-trade pact

WTO ministers agreed yesterday to resume high-level negotiations to clinch a new global free-trade pact, but despite the talk of a breakthrough there were words of caution about the hard work ahead.

IMF sees global recovery, urges exit strategies

The global economy "appears to be emerging" from a steep slump and countries should plan to wind down stimulus efforts, International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn said yesterday.

2 university students drown

Two students of Jagannath University drowned while having a bath in the river Kakra at Chirirbandar upazila of Dinajpur Friday morning.

Huge crowd at bus counters

Different bus operators yesterday started selling advance tickets to cope with the Eid rush while railway authorities have decided to start the sale from September 7.

Match factory gutted in Munshiganj

A devastating fire gutted valuable machinery of Akiz Match Factory at Charmuktarpur here yesterday.

JMB man held in Kurigram

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested an activist of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) from Krishnapur village under Kurigram municipality early yesterday.

3 outlaws held after gunfight

Police arrested three outlaws and two robbers in separate incidents of gunfight, which left two policemen injured, in Chatmohor and Faridpur upazilas here yesterday.


Journalists under attack

We condemn in the strongest possible terms the recent dastardly attack on journalists in Chuadanga reportedly by gangsters belonging to the ruling party.

Regional approach to water management

It is somewhat disconcerting to note that the Kathmandu conference on climate change focusing the Himalayas has ended short of coming up with an official declaration. It seems to have concluded on an academic note highlighting the need for immediate actions to protect water sources being affected by the climate change. India, a major co-riparian country and Bhutan virtually didn't participate in it.

Price hike: Need for consumers' resistance

The government, believably, has been trying its best to combat price hike. It is aware of the rising frustration of consumers due to high price of essentials. It seems clear from the recent grave concern of the government on erratic market behaviour that its electoral pledge to keep price index within the reach of the commoners has not faded into oblivion.

Nato and the EU: Whither greater coordination?

The winds of change are blowing across Europe. Recently there has been transformation in the higher command of Nato. The new Secretary General is former Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen. He has taken over from Jaap de Hoop Scheffer.


Clubs relocate for training

There was a time when the concept of having a pre-season training camp was only restricted to the Bangladesh national side. But the scenario has gradually seen a change as four Dhaka clubs have recently decided to hold conditioning camps outside the capital ahead of the season's curtain-raising tournament, the Federation Cup.

Windies ultimatum for players

Clyde Butts, the West Indies' chairman of selectors, has warned striking players to make themselves available for the region's domestic one-day tournament next month or face exclusion from the ensuing tour of Australia. Butts was hopeful, though not certain, that the industrial dispute between the board and the players will be resolved before the touring squad to Australia is announced, but raised the possibility that another weakened side, such as that humbled by Bangladesh in July, could be named if the unofficial deadline is not observed.

Elena, Yelena fall

Fourth seed Elena Dementieva and fifth seed Jelena Jankovic were upset victims Thursday at the US Open while top-ranked Dinara Safina struggled but is now the only seed still in her quarter of the draw.

Aus ride on Ferguson

Callum Ferguson's career-best 71 was the centrepiece of Australia's 260 for five against England in the first one-day international at the Oval on Friday.

Safe sailing for Andy, Novak

Hopes for a first home win in the men's singles at the US Open in six years were given a boost on Thursday with Andy Roddick and rising star Sam Querrey leading a charge into the third round.

It's Argentina v Brazil

With World Cup-winning coaches in both dugouts, some of the world's finest players on show and South Africa 2010 in sight, Argentina's match with Brazil on Saturday is as big as they get.

C'Ron faces heartbreak

Cristiano Ronaldo, the world's most expensive footballer, faces a tense World Cup survival battle this weekend as Portugal, semifinalists in 2006, desperately seek to prevent their 2010 campaign from suffering a humiliating derailment.

Bahrain expect tough tie

Bahrain will be pinning their hopes on home advantage when they clash with bitter rivals and neighbours Saudi Arabia on Saturday in the first-leg of the Asian Zone World Cup qualifying play-off clash.

Chelsea to fight ban

Chelsea has vowed to vigorously contest FIFA sanctions that would prevent the London club from signing any new players until January 2011.

I'm no cheat: Rooney

Wayne Rooney has reacted to suggestions that he dived to win a penalty in Manchester United's win over Arsenal last weekend by insisting he is an honest player.

It's Argentina v Brazil

With World Cup-winning coaches in both dugouts, some of the world's finest players on show and South Africa 2010 in sight, Argentina's match with Brazil on Saturday is as big as they get.

Arman pleased with practice facilities

Captain of the Dhaka Mohammedan Sporting Club Arman Aziz expressed his pleasure after watching the even surface of the Mymensingh Circuit House ground yesterday.

C'Ron faces heartbreak

Cristiano Ronaldo, the world's most expensive footballer, faces a tense World Cup survival battle this weekend as Portugal, semifinalists in 2006, desperately seek to prevent their 2010 campaign from suffering a humiliating derailment.

Rajib in joint lead

GM Enamul Hossain Rajib shared the lead along with four other players at the close of the third round in the 4th Kolkata Open International Grand Masters Tournament in Gorkey Sadan, Kolkata on Thursday.

Tiger SC thrash Udiyaman janata

Tiger Sporting Club tore apart Chandirchar Udiyaman Janata Sangha with a 10-1 victory in the Hafijul Islam Khan Uttu Smriti First Division League at Shahid Miraz-Tapan Stadium in Manikganj yesterday.

Kiwis post big score

New Zealand rode on a swashbuckling opening stand between Brendon McCullum and Jesse Ryder to hammer 170-4 in the second Twenty20 match against Sri Lanka yesterday.

'Time to prove ourselves'

AB de Villiers believes the ICC Champions Trophy presents South Africa with an "ideal opportunity" to prove they are the best in the world. South Africa are currently No.1 in the ICC ODI rankings but their record in ICC tournaments has been below expectations, having only emerged triumphant in the inaugural Champions Trophy in 1998. They've reached the semifinals of the competition each time except in 2004, appeared three times in the final four of the World Cup, qualified for the semis of the ICC World Twenty20 this year and were knocked out in the Super Six round of the same tournament at home in 2007. But de Villiers was confident his team would go the extra mile this time around.

Fisichella joins Ferrari

Giancarlo Fisichella has been given the green light by Force India to race for Ferrari for the remainder of the season, with immediate effect.

Sohail lambastes Butt

Former Pakistan captain and left hand opener Aamir Sohail has criticized Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Ijaz Butt for misleading board patron, President Asif Ali Zardari and the public on the 2011 World Cup hosting issue.

Strauss blasts Shah

England captain Andrew Strauss on Thursday blasted Middlesex batter Owais Shah after he injured Kent batsman Joe Denly in a tackle during a warm-up football match.

PCB undecided Kiwi series venue

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is still undecided regarding the venue of the 'home' one-day international series against New Zealand scheduled to be held in November.

Uttar Baridhara Club leave for Kolkata

Uttar Baridhara Club, a Dhaka First Division Football League team, will participate in the Datta Narayan Adhikary Smrity Winners Football tournament in Koch Bihar, India.

'Pressure on Argentina'

Brazil star Kaka said Thursday he believes Argentina will crack under pressure when the old rivals meet Saturday in their World Cup qualifier in Rosario.

Gunners to appeal Eduardo ban

Arsenal announced on Thursday that they will mount an appeal against UEFA's decision to ban their striker Eduardo for two matches for allegedly diving to win a penalty against Celtic in a Champions League qualifier.

Robinho asked to be left out

Brazil forward Robinho insisted Friday that he was not dropped against Portsmouth but asked to be left out of the Premier League tie ahead of his country's international with Argentina.

Disneyland on Perez's mind

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is considering the creation of a Disneyland-style theme park dedicated to the Spanish giants, according to press reports here on Friday.

Fergie waits on Obertan debut

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson said Thursday that he hopes French Under 21 international Gabriel Obertan will be fit enough to make his debut by next month.


Formalin fear grips city dwellers

Fish is no longer a favourite option for many city dwellers on their everyday menu, as the sale of formalin-laced fish has become a rampant practice in the city's kitchen markets, endangering public health.

Moscow keen to strengthen ties with Dhaka

First Deputy Minister of the Russian Federation Andrey I Denisov said here yesterday that Russia is ready to further strengthen its cooperation with Bangladesh.

AL leader, 4 others sued for beating forest guard

A local Awami League leader and four of his cohorts have been sued for beating a forest guard of the Sundarbans.

2 mountaineers begin expedition to Cho Oyu this month

Two Bangladeshi mountaineers will embark on an expedition to Cho Oyu, the world's sixth highest peak (26,906 feet), which lies in the Himalayas.

Global Framework for Climate Service to be created

The World Climate Conference-3 concluded in Geneva yesterday with a decision to create a Global Framework for Climate Services to help the global community better adapt to the challenges of the climate variability and change.

Sweetmeat shop owner shot in city

A sweetmeat shop owner was shot and injured when a group of extortionists opened fire at his shop at Kafrul in the city yesterday.

BNPPP meets today

The meeting of BNP Parliamentary Party will now be held today instead of the earlier scheduled date -- Sunday.

Dhaka welcomes Turkey's proposal on security cooperation

Commerce Minister Faruk Khan yesterday welcomed Turkey's proposals on security cooperation with Bangladesh, direct flights and establishment of a neonatal hospital as Joint Economic Committee meets in Ankara in November to review the entire range of bilateral ties between the two countries.

Car stolen

A private car was stolen from Naya Paltan area in the city on Thursday morning.

Health minister visits Prof Anu

Health Minister AFM Ruhal Haque yesterday visited Prof Anu Muhammad, member secretary of the National Committee to Protect Oil-Gas-Mineral Resources, Power and Ports, at Square Hospitals in the city.

Iqbal declared unwanted at PMO

Former Awami League lawmaker HBM Iqbal has been declared unwanted at the prime minister's office (PMO), residence and programmes for misbehaving at an Iftar party hosted by the prime minister, sources said.

Historic archaeological sites need to be preserved

Significant archaeological sites in the country such as Sonargoan and Panam Nagar need to be preserved for the benefit of next generations and to attract tourists.

More police, Rab men to be deployed ahead of Eid to ensure security

The Bangladesh Police and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) will deploy 12,000 additional forces, including 5,500 Rab members, across the country to ensure smooth travel of the countrymen and their hassle-free celebration of the holy Eid-ul-Fitr.

Discriminatory laws against women to be amended

The government will take initiatives to amend any laws if they found discriminatory against women, Law Minister Shafique Ahmed said.

Low over Bay intensifies

A low over northwest Bay and adjoining area has intensified into a well-marked low over the same area.

Sunny, Promiti, Anni win Horlicks Future Force contest

The grand finale of Horlicks Future Force 2009, a talent hunt programme for the children, was held at a city hotel yesterday.

Six mobile phone thieves held in Ctg

Detective Branch (DB) of Chittagong Metropolitan Police after a two-day drive arrested six members, including a woman of a thief gang, and recovered stolen cell phones, cash and valuables in the port city yesterday afternoon.

Marine Police to be introduced soon

Marine Police would be introduced soon to ensure full security of the waterway journey on the river routes.

Jubo League men attack houses in Barguna

A group of Jubo League (JL) cadres, who were hired by a disputed land claimer, attacked and looted the house of his opponent yesterday.

UP chairman forced to buy rice for VGF cardholders

Mostafapur union parishad (UP) chairman in Madaripur was forced to distribute rice among 500 Vulnerable Group Feeding (VGF) cardholders on Thursday after they laid siege to the UP Bhaban on charges of selling a major portion of rice.

Govt to buy 100 buses for BRTC

The government is set to buy 100 new buses for the Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC).

FF family harassed for extortion

A freedom fighter and his family members are being harassed by some local miscreants for extortion in Lalmonirhat.

Role of media lauded

A senior official of UN climate change convention lauded the role of the media in turning complicated climate jargon into useable information product, making them understandable for local people.

BNP leader sued for war crimes in Habiganj

A case for war crime was filed against a BNP leader in Habiganj district on Thursday.

DHL Volunteer Day observed

DHL, a leading logistics company, observed the 'DHL Volunteer Day' in Dhaka on Thursday, says a press release.

Death anniversary of Birshreshtha Nur Mohammad today

The 38th death anniversary of Birshreshtha Shaheed Nur Mohammad Sheikh will be observed at Nur Mohammad Nagar in a befitting manner today.


Europe fears Afghan mission undermined by airstrike

European governments warned yesterday that a massive Nato airstrike, which killed scores in Afghanistan risked undermining the alliance's mission as they endorsed a swift inquiry into the bombing.

Khamenei nudged assembly to back Cabinet

A prominent Iranian lawmaker says the country's Supreme Leader urged parliament behind the scenes to back President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's proposed Cabinet.

Indo-Pak foreign secy-level talks not on the cards

Talks between the Foreign Secretaries of India and Pakistan-Nirupama Rao and Salman Bashir-are not going to be held in the forseeable future in the wake of the latest statements emerging from Islamabad with regard to the 26/11 probe and its less than acceptable reactions to the six dossiers provided to it by the Indian government.

Politicians, people line up to mourn Andhra CM

There was an outpouring of grief across Andhra Pradesh Friday with much of the state shutting down to mourn the late Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy, whose funeral cortege snaked its way through surging crowds from his home here to the stadium where national leaders and people lined up to pay homage.

'Israel to build hundreds of new homes before settlement freeze'

Israel will approve construction of hundreds of new homes in West Bank settlements before weighing a freeze sought by Washington in a move announced yesterday that fuelled Palestinian outrage.

Infighting may return to Congress party

Yet to recover from the shock of Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy's death, Andhra Pradesh's ruling Congress seems to be heading towards infighting over the issue of finding a successor.

Uranium enrichment in final stage: N Korea

North Korea said Friday that it is in the final stages of enriching uranium, a process that could give it a second way to make nuclear bombs in addition to its known plutonium-based programme.

'Limited time' to show Afghan war working

Top US military chiefs launched a staunch defence of their campaign in Afghanistan against the Taliban before a war-weary public and warned that time was running out to make headway.

Jackson estate to pay cost of 'extraordinary' funeral

Money from Michael Jackson's estate can be used to pay what were described as the "extraordinary" costs of the pop icon's funeral, a Los Angeles judge ruled on Wednesday.

Warming in Arctic reverses 8,000 year old cooling trend

An abrupt warming of the Arctic has reversed a cooling trend that began about 8,000 ago, according to a study published Thursday which sheds light on the threat of rising sea levels and climate change.

Arts & Entertainment

Nobel’s reflections on Ramadan

Most people know of the aristocratic, glamorous Nobel. It may be his boyish smile or twinkle in the eyes that suggest a carefree, accomplished young person. Whichever facet you know of the model, this Ramadan The Daily Star brings to you his spiritual side.

The herb for all seasons

Amidst the opulence of the ancient Egyptian and Assyrian royal courts the herb henna reigned supreme, along with incense and perfume. The women adorned themselves with its reddish brown tint to beautify themselves. Today, throughout the subcontinent, henna is used as an integral part of embellishment for festivities like weddings and Eid. Women use it on their palms, fingernails and sometimes up to their elbows. One has known our women to even decorate the upper part of their feet with minute henna designs of rows of dots, lines, and floral designs.

Ahmed Sofa: The voice of the deprived

“I come from a family of farmers. It is very hard to overlook this fact. I do not want to exaggerate anything. My forefathers had been directly involved with agriculture. I feel proud to be a part of them. I want poor farmers and labourers to eat rice and sing in a jovial mood,” said Ahmed Sofa, in an interview in a book “Ahmed Sofar Samay”, written by Nasir Ali Mamun. The book received high acclaim for its simple and ordinary language.

Laila Hasan and Tapan Mahmud on Rtv tonight

Noted danseuse and actor Laila Hasan along with Tagore singer Tapan Mahmud feature as guests in tonight's episode of entertainment talk show "Dhrupadi." The show will be aired on Rtv at 9:25pm.

TV play Banolota Sen on ntv

Single episode TV play "Banolota Sen" will be aired on ntv tonight at 9:00pm. Written by Muhammad Zafar Iqbal, the play has been directed by popular small screen actor Mahfuz Ahmed.

Fuad and Mila on Amar Ami tonight

Banglavision's weekly celebrity talk show “Lizan Mehedi Amar Ami" will feature Mila and Fuad as guests tonight. The programme will be aired at 9:05 pm.

Naseeruddin Shah and Ratna Pathak: A well matched couple

Naseeruddin Shah has been much heard of lately. Apparently though in the past the actor refused to dye his hair for a film, he has just done that plus shaved his beard and lost a great deal of weight to provide a foil as a 40-year-old eligible bachelor against Vidya Balan in “Ishqiya”, According to reports, the veteran actor says he is having the time of his life shooting the movie.

A glimpse of Italy beyond the gondolas

The picturesque Italian city of Venice (located in Northern Italy and best known for its gondola and canal cruises) is playing host to the prestigious 10-day Venice Film Festival which concludes on September 12.


The London and Irish police model and our experience

The late 18th century and early 19th century Britain faced serious challenges of law and order. London, the capital of the British Empire, was itself plagued by insecurity and violent crimes. It goes to the credit of Sir Robert Peel, the then Home Secretary, who, after several abortive attempts by the British government to reform the police, succeeded in devising a system that slowly and gradually resulted in bringing about order to a city in shambles. The main principles behind Peel's London Metropolitan Police Act 1829 that shaped modern policing were:

Dredging the silted rivers

The prime minister has directed the authorities concerned to formulate a complete plan for dredging the silted rivers of Bangladesh to bring back navigability of those rivers at the earliest. She has prescribed the time limit of the plan as 'not more than 15 years'. She has suggested that the plan should start with excavating river Gorai as its work progressed much during the last AL regime (1996-2001). Unfortunately,4-party government stopped it along with other dredging projects on political consideration completely ignoring the fact that economic and humanitarian consideration should always remain above political consideration, particularly in a poor developing country such as Bangladesh. Such a whimsical decision of the said government resulted in increase of people's misery and wastage of huge public money.

Matter of credibility

In third world countries the judiciary evokes a god-like faith. People leave it to the judges to give them justice, even if it is delayed. The judges cannot allow even an iota of their credibility to be challenged.


Can river training benefit us?

Last month a section of press published a news report on a mega plan to dredge and train the river systems of Bangladesh, including three major rivers the Padma, the Meghna, and the Jamuna, to maintain navigation, recover land, and prevent flooding and bank erosion (The Daily Ittefaq. July 12). According to the report, the prime minister of Bangladesh announced this plan on July 9th during a meeting with food and disaster management ministry officials. As an academic working in the field of river mechanics and sediment transport, I am concerned about the viability and outcome of such a major undertaking.

Protecting our water

The Daily Star has done a commendable job in bringing to the public attention the terrible damage being done to our rivers -- the lifeblood of our city -- due to encroachment on river banks and untreated industrial discharges.


Tagore --- spinning poems and songs

Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) remains a superman for us, even at this distance in time. He was the same to his contemporaries, though not until he reached the years when he would be recognised as a poet at home and abroad, and when this growing fame would be crowned with the 1913 Nobel Prize for Literature. It is interesting to see, though, how he evolved from a common man, from an uncle or father, into a literary giant in the eyes of his close relatives and friends.

Reliving time: Ted and Kara Kennedy

The year: 1972. The month: February. The place: the main entrance to the Dhaka University Arts building hallway. The time: afternoon. Three or four of us, all students of that institution, were lounging on the long brown wooden bench that was placed adjacent to the high left wall of the entrance. All the three gargantuan heavy wooden doors with elaborate carvings were wide open, symbolically announcing that the massive building, looking more like an enormous lump of concrete rather than exuding any aesthetic aura, was open to entry and egress. The late winter sun, giving off wan rays, would, before long, be disappearing over the horizon in a blaze of red glory.


I see a young woman walking alone at midday
through the alley's sun-drenched silence.
Standing with a hand on the window grill
I wonder where she will go.
A complete stranger
yet for an unknown reason
a shadow of affection for her,
redolent of the scent of rain on dry earth
descends on my soul.
I wonder if she will walk like this
one day and enter a slimy darkness
or if unfathomable moonlight
will rain on her the rich pollen
of passionate love?
But let her rest
for the moment
in the serai of these lines.


Articles, critiques, short stories and poems may be sent by e-mail, fax and post to the Literary Editor. Feedback on write-ups published on the literature page are welcome.

Star Health

The menacing intruder!

The recent outbreak of H1N1 influenza epidemic which is better familiar as swine flu is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A influenza virus that causes regular outbreaks in pigs.

Symptom and management of H1N1 influenza A

For antiviral treatment of novel influenza (H1N1) virus infection, either oseltamivir or zanamivir are recommended which are available in Bangladesh.

Pay attention to pandemic, not panic

The novel H1N1 influenza A virus spreads four times faster than other viruses and creates much panic all over the world. The rising number of cases every day and increase in death rate in some countries made it a serious concern. But experts in influenza and infectious disease are still saying the exact level of danger from the virus is still far from certain.

Children first and always

For the last few days swine flu is all over the news. Especially parents are really worried about their children, as children’s immunity is unlike a healthy adult. They catch normal flues easily. They also closely mix with each other when they are in school. And once they get infected or start undergoing treatment, sometimes they cannot express their symptoms properly.

Recommendations for facemask/respirator use to reduce transmission

Information on the effectiveness of facemasks and respirators for decreasing the risk of influenza infection in community settings is extremely limited. In the absence of clear scientific data, the interim recommendations below have been developed on the basis of public health judgment, the historical use of facemasks and respirators in other settings for preventing transmission of influenza and other respiratory viruses and on current information on the spread and severity of the novel swine flu virus.

Do’s and Don't’s

* Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick

Some facts ...

* Swine flu is a misnomer and should not be used to describe the current H1N1 outbreak in the human population. The proper name is H1N1 Influenza A. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has stopped using the term swine flu to avoid confusion over the danger posed by pigs

Strategic Issues

LDP loses by a landslide on agenda of change

As expected, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) lost the Japanese elections and as expected very badly. The Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) won 308 seats in a parliament's lower house of 480 seats and sent the LDP into the Opposition, ending its stranglehold on power since 1956, which they had briefly lost for eleventh months in 1993. The LDP won 119 seats against the 302 it had in the last parliament.

Peace eludes South Caucasus

On 12th August, Russia's Prime Minister's visit to Abkhazia - a break-away territory recognized as an independent state by Moscow - is a signal that Russia is going to consolidate its hold on the territory.

Should Pakistan sign the CTBT?

AFTER South Asian nuclearization in 1998, the P-5 and the international community strongly condemned nuclear testing by both India and Pakistan and urged both states to immediately sign the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT). In an initial reaction to the pressures thus generated on Pakistan, the then Foreign Secretary Shamshad Ahmed was quoted as claiming that Pakistan “would not be coerced into signing CTBT in disregard to its vital security interests.” However, in an attempt to deal with the political backlash of nuclear testing in the form of sanctions by the international community, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif while addressing the 53rd session of the United Nations General Assembly stated that, “Pakistan has consistently supported the conclusion of a CTBT for over 30 years…In a nuclearized South Asia, CTBT would have relevance if Pakistan and India are both parties to the Treaty. However, Pakistan's adherence to the Treaty will take place only in conditions free from coercion or pressure.”

Star Books Review

Philosopher with the self-deprecating humour

The soldiers of the Pakistan army had their job cut out for them on the night of 25 March 1971. When they reached Gobinda Chandra Dev's quarters in the residential quarters of Dhaka University within hours of the commencement of the genocide, they wasted no time. They simply pumped their bullets into Dev. The philosopher, revered all over Pakistan for his insights into life and all that it symbolized, collapsed. There was no chance he would live. The life had already gone out of him. Dev's corpse would soon be dumped into a mass grave the Pakistanis had some of their victims dug. In a matter of moments, the man who had spent his living years going through one sacrifice after another --- he did not marry, he did not opt for India when the partition of the country took place --- was dead and gone. In death, he assumed a new symbolism, that of a nation suddenly pounced upon by a horde of men masquerading as politicians and soldiers come from what was then West Pakistan. Dev died that night, or in the first light of the next day, as did thousands of others, as millions of Bengalis would in the months to follow.

How to breed food plants

Only a few textbooks in Bangla are available in the field of genetics and plant breeding and biotechnology. Dr. Md. Shahidur Rashid Bhuiyan, Professor, Department of Genetics and Plant Breeding, Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University, Dhaka has come forth with a work titled Genetically Modified Foshol Bartaman O Bhobishshot, which has been published by Bangla Academy.

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