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Tough time for home-goers

Thousands of home-bound people thronged launch, rail and bus terminals in the capital yesterday making it difficult for many to avail themselves of any transport.

City malls abuzz with shoppers

Shoppers in the city went on a shopping frenzy yesterday taking advantage of the weekend. They had less hassle in shopping centres even though getting there was not any easier than on any other day.

Mysterious fire burns down 11 CNG-run buses

A fire at the depot of a luxury commuter bus service destroyed 11 CNG-run buses at Anandapur in Savar yesterday.

Dipu Moni seeks duty-free access to US market

Foreign Minister Dipu Moni said US-Bangladesh relationship had undergone a transformation--from aid dependence to an economic relationship that focuses on trade and investment.

Highway cops limp

The highway police department tasked with curbing crimes and helping victims in road mishaps is now limping because of inadequate manpower and poor logistic support.

'Shootouts' kill 2 criminals

An alleged criminal was killed in a 'shootout' between his cohorts and Rapid Action Battalion in the city's Mirpur area while an unidentified snatcher was killed in a 'shootout' with police in Chawgachha of Jessore early yesterday.

Rajshahi 'landless' builds 2-storey house!

An Awami League leader of Bagmara, who possesses two small industries and ancestral property, managed to get lease of a piece of government land (Khas land), depriving the genuine landless people.

Crackdown on sugar hoarders

Some 9,000 bags of sugar were seized from the warehouses of three businessmen in the city on Thursday during a joint drive conducted by Khulna City Corporation (KCC) and district administration.

Jumatul Wida observed

Muslims across the country yesterday observed the holy Jumatul Wida, the last Juma (Friday prayers) in the holy month of Ramadan, with religious fervour.

Khulna BNP leader 'beaten to death'

A local BNP leader found dead early yesterday on a road of Doba village under Rupsha upazila of the district.

Lightning kills five of a family

A lightning killed five people of a family and critically injured another at Kamolabari village in Aditmari upazila here yesterday.

Waterbuck for Rangpur Zoo dies

A waterbuck (one species of deer) died when it was being carried on a truck from Dhaka to Rangpur Zoo Thursday night.

Probe finds proof of sugar swindling

The investigation committees formed by deputy commissioner of Khagrachhari found the sugar swindling incident to be true and recommended stern legal action against the 12 government-assigned dealers.

211 selected to be asst judges

The Bangladesh Judicial Service Commission (BJSC) has selected 211 candidates against 207 vacant posts of assistant judges in the lower judiciary.

Operations resume at Chittagong Port

Good handling operations resumed at Chittagong port at around 2:00pm Friday almost thirty hours after stevedores forced suspension of work since 8:00am on Thursday demanding increase in Eid bonus.

Bangladeshi dies in Jeddah bus crash

One Bangladeshi with four others was killed and 47 others were injured in a bus accident in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on Thursday.

Save tigers of subcontinent

India will seek cooperation from Bangladesh and other neighbouring countries to help preserve the dwindling tiger population in the subcontinent.

Suicide attack kills 33 in Pakistan market

A suicide car bomb tore through a Pakistan market, killing 33 people and trapping victims under smashed shops yesterday as families bought supplies for a major religious festival, police said.

Nato calls for new partnership with Russia

Nato Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen called for a new partnership with Russia in a major speech seeking "practical cooperation" with Moscow on global defence issues.

Israel warns of impending attack in India

Israel said on Thursday it had concrete information of plans by the same group that carried out the 2008 Mumbai attacks to hit Western and Israeli targets in India.

12 coalminers killed in gas explosion

Twelve miners were killed yesterday in a methane explosion at the Wujek-Slask coalmine in southern Poland, said a spokeswoman for the country's mines authority.


Harassing journalists in the line of duty

RECENTLY, to put it mildly, we have been at the receiving end of some MPs' rather disquieting proclivity towards flexing muscle to journalists for reports they couldn't feel comfortable about for the expose they have had to face.

Sea beach grabbing and destruction of greenbelt

HARDLY a couple of weeks back, report on how illegal loggers were decimating hundreds of thousands of acres of forestlands in Rangamati was carried by this paper. Now we have the powerful local groups who have despoiled 30,000 Jhau (Tamarisk) trees on a 10 kilometres stretch of greenbelt in Teknaf along the Cox's Bazar seacoast within the span of a week. By their act, they have not only looted forest resources illegally, but also have exposed the coastland vulnerably to the cyclones and tidal bores from the sea. The speed with which these vandals have completed their mission is a telltale sign of their limitless greed, power as well as organisation vis-à-vis the total inaction of the forest department and the administration. As if emboldened by the way that looters of forest have gotten away with their vile act, the influential grabbers of land have appeared on the scene to encroach on the 100-kilometre Cox's Bazar and the 17-kilometre Kuakata sea beaches. That the quarters so involved in illegal seizure of the sea beaches are no respecters of law is made glaringly evident from the signboards unabashedly declaring that patches of khas land of the beach are their private properties.

The Nurul Islam case: How long before justice?

WE, in Bangladesh, are used to waiting. We have been waiting to find out the perpetrators of the BDR massacre, who were really behind the August 21 grenade attack, or who killed one of the most brilliant sons of our soil, Shah AMS Kibria. Our waiting does not stop at that -- even for cases for which we know who the perpetrators were, we wait for them to be brought to justice. Some of the self-declared murderers of Bangabandhu and his family are still at large. So are the "war criminals" who attempted to eradicate the intellectual backbone of the nation in 1971, only to be riding cars bearing our national flag in less than a generation, as no less than ministers. We live in this 'strange' country where one can emotionally survive this uncertain and excruciating wait only if one knows how to wait, wait and wait only to see the reason for the wait becoming a distant memory at one point.

Need for a realistic approach in Afghanistan

THE recently concluded Presidential election in Afghanistan hasn't reduced anxiety over Afghanistan's future. It's also unlikely that it will usher in much-needed stability in that war-torn country. In fact, the scenario has become more complex. Her path to democracy has been overshadowed by poor turnout and fraud.

Manipulation of the University Act

MANIPULATION of laws or Acts for one's own interest has become very common in Bangladesh. Even in the Parliament we have experienced that several successive governments have made amendments to various laws for serving their own interests. If we think about bureaucracy we would find that laws have permitted bureaucrats to use discretionary power. Like many other organizations, authorities of public universities in Bangladesh have manipulated the University Act of 1973 form time to time. Sometimes erroneous elucidation of different clauses of the Act was given only to offer gratuitous privileges to the teachers loyal to authorities.


'Fleeing' boxer seeks return

Boxer Nadim Hossain, who reportedly went missing in Milan after taking part in the World Boxing Championship in Italy, is said to be keen to get back home. The boxer expressed his desire by phone to an official of the Bangladesh Boxing Federation yesterday.

Big hitters miss out

Bowlers could be forgiven for breathing a sigh of relief ahead of the Champions Trophy which starts in South Africa next Tuesday, for some of the world's top big-hitters will be missing in action.

England feel the Paine

Tim Paine scored his maiden international century as Australia inflicted fresh one-day misery upon England with a crushing 111-run win at Trent Bridge on Thursday.

SA fume over ICC awards

The ICC's prestigious annual awards appears to have run into a controversy with several high-profile figures from South Africa, including Gerald Majola, the national cricket board's chief executive, criticising the final selection process for not including a single South African player. Majola questioned the credibility of the awards -- which will be presented in Johannesburg on October 1 -- and said it appeared to him that the only way to get on the shortlist was to play the Ashes.

Batting worries Vettori

Inconsistent batting is giving New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori headaches before the ICC 2009 Champions Trophy starts in South Africa next Tuesday.

Niaz slips to third

GM Niaz Morshed slipped to third position with stay with nine other players at the end of the seventh round of the Ravana Challenge International Chess Tournament in Sri Lanka.

WADA stands against BCCI

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has written to the Indian government and asked whether it backs the BCCI's stand against the 'whereabouts' clause in the amended anti-dope code.

MU face City challenge

Manchester United have made a habit of putting would-be challengers in their place over the years but it will be with particular relish that they seek to cut their neighbours down to size this weekend.

Adebayor has no regrets

Emmanuel Adebayor insists he has no regrets over his controversial behaviour in Manchester City's win over his former club Arsenal.

Europa League takes off

The group stage of the inaugural Europa League got under way on Thursday, with pre-tournament favourites Roma, Lazio and Hamburg all succumbing to surprise defeats in their opening matches.

Samp eye record start

If Sampdoria beat lowly Siena at home on Sunday the Genoa based club will set a new club record of four straight wins at the start of a Serie A campaign.

Atletico test for Barcelona

Despite Atletico Madrid's dismal start to the campaign, winger Maxi Rodriguez believes that the under-performing side can rise to the challenge and beat champions Barcelona at the Nou Camp on Sunday.

Bayern's redemption chance

Coach Louis van Gaal says his Bayern Munich side have a chance to redeem their poor start to the season providing they win Saturday's Bundesliga showdown with Bavaria rivals Nuremberg.

Archer Sajjad in Grand Prix final

Archer Sajjad Hossain reached the final of the 4th Asian Archery Grand Pix Championship beating Indian competitor Biswas in sudden death in the semifinal in Kolkata yesterday.

Liu getting back to job

Chinese star hurdler Liu Xiang on Friday downplayed his chances of victory this weekend in his Shanghai comeback, saying he was just going back to work a year after his shock Olympic pullout.

Strauss calls for character

England captain Andrew Strauss told his players to show "character" after a 111-run thrashing by Australia on Thursday left them on the brink of a record 7-0 series loss.

Renault future in balance

The Nelson Piquet junior 'crashgate' scandal could not have come at a worse time for a Formula One team such as Renault already under pressure to justify its operation against the backdrop of the global economic crisis.

Flintoff to help UAE

England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff will help coach the United Arab Emirates cricket team during his rehabilitation from knee surgery, the star's agent revealed on Friday.

Federer fined for profanity

Swiss superstar Roger Federer was slapped with a 1,500-dollar fine by the United States Tennis Association Thursday for a heat of the battle argument with a US Open official.

GP to sponsor beach cricket

Telecom giant Grameenphone will sponsor the country's first-ever beach cricket tournament to be held at the tourist resort of Cox's Bazar on October 9.

Di Stefano is the greatest: Pele

Brazil legend Pele took a swipe at Diego Maradona on Thursday, saying he feels another Argentine-born player, Real Madrid's iconic former striker Alfredo di Stefano, is the best player ever.

Alonso out for a week

Real Madrid's Spanish midfielder Xabi Alonso will be sidelined for at least one week, while their German defender Christoph Metzelder will be out for at least two weeks, the club said Thursday.

Steaua owner sacks coach

Steaua Bucharest coach Cristiano Bergodi has been sacked after clashing with the owner of the Romanian giants' during their scoreless draw with Europa League opponents FC Sheriff of Moldova.


People take oath to protect Jhau trees on Teknaf sea beach

Several thousand people from five villages of Cox's Bazar yesterday took oath to protect Jhau (tamarisk) trees on Teknaf sea beach as police organised rallies to create awareness in this regard.

Tension mounts as BSF kills 2

Tension prevails at Tetulia border under Panchagarh district as Indian Border Security Force (BSF) fired shells indiscriminately into Bangladesh territory on Thursday evening killing one Indian national.

'Qualitative higher edn a must for prosperous Bangladesh'

Speakers at seminar here underscored the need for quality improvement in higher education system in the country for creating competent human resources for a prosperous Bangladesh.

One killed as rival groups clash over control of temple

One person was killed in a clash between two rival groups over controlling a temple at Bhatgaon village in Auliapur union under Sadar upazila here yesterday.

S Arabia gives Tk 2cr for Baitul Mukarram Mosque

Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Dr Abdullah Bin Naser Al-Busairi handed over a cheque for Tk 20,292,265 to the representative of the company Siddiqui and Partners at his office recently to complete the extension work of the southern side of the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque in the city.

Man killed by nephew

A man killed his uncle following a quarrel at Sheikhtola village in the district yesterday noon.

Two killed in road crashes

Two people were killed in separate road accidents in Barisal and Comilla yesterday.

Swine flu vaccines to fall short: WHO

The World Health Organisation warned yesterday that the annual production of swine flu vaccines is expected to fall well short of the 4.9 billion doses that it had earlier forecast.

Climate change: Compensation demanded from rich countries

Speakers at a discussion on Thursday said developed nations are responsible for global climate change and they should take immediate measures to fight its impacts.

3 arrested, Tk 5.5 lakh recovered

Police yesterday arrested three people in connection with the daring burglary at United Commercial Bank Limited (UCBL) branch at Raozan on September 12.

Businessmen fined Tk 6.72 lakh

Mobile courts of Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) fined Tk 6.72 lakh against 11 dishonest businessmen in three northern districts in last two days, says a BSTI release here yesterday.

Two bodies recovered in city

Two bodies were recovered in separate incidents at Rampura and Kamalapur Railway Station in the city yesterday.

College student electrocuted in Netrakona

A college student was electrocuted at Chhoto Bazar in Netrakona yesterday.

5 extortionists held in Pabna

Police arrested five alleged extortionists from remote villages under Faridpur upazila in Pabna on Thursday night.

Man found dead in Dinajpur

An employee of an insurance company was found dead at Birampur in Dinajpur early yesterday.

Worker dies in fall from rooftop

A construction worker died after he fell down from the rooftop of a four-storied building at Konabari in Sadar Upazila yesterday.

Parking places earmarked near Nat'l Eidgah for Eid day

Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has earmarked places for parking vehicles of the devotees who will offer Eid prayers at the National Eidgah Maidan on the Eid day.

Father, daughter killed in road accident

A father and his daughter were killed in a road accident on Dhaka-Sylhet highway in Bhulta Kornogop area under Rupganj upazila here when a Dhaka-bound speeding bus hit them yesterday.

Army pullout from CHT a premature decision

Chairman of Jatiya Party HM Ershad yesterday said the army pullout from the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) is a premature decision of the government.

Sonamasjid land port closed for 10 days

Export and import activities at Sonamasjid land port in Chapainawabganj will remain closed for 10 days from September 20 to 29 due to Eid-ul-Fitr and Durga Puja.

'Take steps to remove discrimination in edn sector'

Rashed Khan Menon, chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on education ministry, has urged the government to observe the Education Day at the national level every year.

RMG workers demonstrate for salary, bonus

Workers of three garment factories in Sadar upazila staged demonstrations yesterday to press for their demand for payment of salaries and festival bonus.

Jubo Dal leader held for drug peddling in Jhalakathi

The police arrested Jhalakati Jubo Dal leader from his house at Kamarpatty in Jhalakathi early yesterday on charges of drug peddling.

Dr Noor made asst representative of UNFPA

Dr Noor Mohammad has been appointed as the new assistant representative of United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) on Wednesday, says a press release.

3 cops closed to Natore police lines

Three police officials of Lalpur police station have been closed to the district police lines for allegedly misappropriating some Phensidayl bottles seized from a char area one and a half month ago.

New initiative to stem HIV/AIDS

The US Embassy announced a new US Government-sponsored $13 million health initiative called 'Modhumita' (Sweet friend) to stem the transmission of HIV/AIDS, said a press release on Thursday.

Night guard killed in Bogra on theft charges

A night guard of a cold store was killed at Sabgram, on the outskirts of Bogra town, yesterday morning allegedly for involvement in stealing.

College student electrocuted

A college student was electrocuted at Chhoto Bazar in Netrakona yesterday.

Nephew kills uncle

A man killed his uncle following a quarrel at Sheikhtola village in the district yesterday noon.

Five extortionists held

Police arrested five alleged extortionists from remote villages under Faridpur upazila in Pabna on Thursday night.

Insurance employee found dead

An employee of an insurance company was found dead at Birampur in Dinajpur early yesterday.

Security guard strangled

A security guard of a private bank was strangled at Moulvipara in Khulna yesterday.

Manaudou calls it a day

Fallen French swim star Laure Manaudou, an Olympic gold medalist in 2004 who dominated her sport from the Athens Games to 2007, has announced her retirement from the pool at the age of 22.


Tens of thousands protest against Iran president

Tens of thousands of Iranians chanted "Death to the dictator" yesterday as hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gave the keynote address to an annual mass rally of solidarity with the Palestinians.

Afghanistan makes plans for Karzai-Abdullah run-off

Afghanistan has begun contingency plans for a potential run-off to its deeply controversial presidential election as officers recount hundreds of thousands of suspect votes, officials said yesterday.

US envoy fails to strike key settlement deal

US envoy George Mitchell appeared Friday to have failed to secure a key deal on Jewish settlements aimed at paving the way for a resumption of Middle East peace negotiations.

Lanka sets Jan deadline to settle war refugees

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse yesterday promised the UN to resettle nearly 300,000 war-displaced civilians by January and again brushed aside Western demands for a war crimes probe.

North Korea willing to open nuclear talks

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il yesterday told a Chinese envoy that he was willing to engage in bilateral and multilateral talks on his country's controversial nuclear programme, Chinese state media said.

World's big polluters kick off climate talks

Representatives of the world's 17 biggest carbon polluters kicked off a week of high-stakes talks on climate change Thursday with a discussion at the US State Department.

Thai army chief rules out new coup

Thailand's army chief denied Friday that the military was about to stage a coup, as tensions rose ahead of protests for the third anniversary of a putsch that ousted former premier Thaksin Shinawatra.

Pakistan files 2 cases against Hafiz Saeed

The Pakistani authorities have filed two separate cases against Hafiz Saeed, the alleged mastermind of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks and chief of the banned Jamaat-Ud-Dawa group, a media report said Thursday.

Obama focuses on Iran's shorter-range missiles

President Barack Obama changed course on missile defence Thursday after drawing different conclusions than his predecessor on the nature of the threat posed by Iran, based on similar US intelligence reports.

Firing continues at Indo-Pak border

There was firing again Friday morning at the Border Security Force (BSF) post on the India-Pakistan border near Jammu where two BSF troopers had been injured Thursday evening.

Russia shelves Kaliningrad missile plan

Russia has shelved a plan to place Iskander missiles in its Kaliningrad exclave after the United States dropped its scheme for a missile shield in Eastern Europe, a military source told the Interfax news agency on Friday.

Pakistan won't allow US to cross 'red line' under any circumstances

Amid reports of a massive expansion of the US' Islamabad embassy, Pakistan has said that it would never allow the American troops to carry out military operations from its soil.

Noordin's body to be sent home as Indonesia hunts followers

Indonesia will return the body of slain terror mastermind Noordin Mohammed Top to Malaysia, police said Friday, as the focus shifted to the hunt for surviving militants from his network.

Pak minister vows to revise blasphemy law

Pakistan's minister for minority affairs promised yesterday to work to amend blasphemy laws used to target non-Muslims and said he was ready to die fighting.

Maldives presses for action, not words

White sand and crystal clear water that laps around the Maldives draw thousands to the islands every year, but in the waves lie the seeds of the country's possible destruction.

Suu Kyi to hear appeal result in October

A court in junta-run Myanmar will rule next month on opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's appeal against her extended house arrest, an official said Friday, after lawyers gave their final arguments.

9 die as Indian troops storm Maoist base

At least eight Maoists and a soldier were killed yesterday when Indian troops launched a major offensive against a rebel stronghold in the central state of Chhattisgarh, an official said.

Tech develop for no-booting computers

South Korean scientists said yesterday they had developed a new transistor which moves faster and consumes less energy than existing semiconductors, a technology opening the way for no-booting computers.

Australia's population to boom by 2049

Australia's population will explode by almost two-thirds in the next 40 years, posing an economic threat to the nation that is as serious as climate change, the treasury minister warned yesterday.

Merck, Wellcome to develop vaccines for poor countries

US pharmaceutical giant Merck and British research charity Wellcome Trust on Thursday announced a joint venture to develop "affordable" vaccines for poor countries.

Failure on climate change 'catastrophic' for health: Doctors

Failure to tackle climate change at a key UN conference in Copenhagen could be "catastrophic" for health, the heads of 18 doctors' associations warned on Wednesday.

Arts & Entertainment

Eid fashion according to the experts

Fashion trends change with the flow of time. Eid is a special occasion when everyone wants to look good. Adorned in silk saree, kurta/panjabi as well as those heavy accessories -- colourful bangles, stylish scarves et al -- are in vogue this season. The Daily Star talked to three of the top Bangladeshi designers and a beautician to get an insight on what’s hot and happening this Eid.

The curious lives of RJs

RJs have a special place in the hearts of the younger radio listeners. Most fans stay up till late to hear the voices of their favourite RJs.

Traditional Tangail sarees retain their appeal

Every year, the weavers of Tangail offer something new on the occasion of Eid and Puja -- the biggest festivals of Muslims and Hindus, respectively. The saree weavers of the district make changes in their designs, keeping up with the current trends. Tangail saree is still the first choice of many women on any occasion.

14th Asian Art Biennale to be held next year

The 14th edition of Asian Art Biennale, a grand art exhibition and competition for noted and emerging artists of the Asia-Pacific region, will be held in October-November next year, according to a press release.

Shurer Jhorna: Highlighting the irresistible melody of ghazals

Special musical programme “Shurer Jhorna” will be aired on ntv on the third and fourth day of Eid at 6:45pm.

Rarely seen Rembrandt portrait to be auctioned

A Rembrandt portrait that once hung in the president's office at Columbia University is expected to sell for up to 25 million pounds ($41 million) when it is auctioned later this year.


Confusion abounds in Pakistan

THE intensity of the political warfare that is going on between the two largest parties, viz. between the ruling PPP and the second biggest party, Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) group continues to be the main news out of Pakistan. The latest in the warfare is that Zardari's counter offensive has astonished many by the shape it has taken. It continues while Nawaz Sharif has gone relatively quieter. The PML (N) does answer but its earlier offensive of sometime ago has abated.

Tapping wind power potential for now and future

MOST of the news about the environment, either here in Bangladesh or elsewhere in the world, is distressingly bad. Reports on indiscriminate burning of fossil fuels side by side with disappearance of forests, destruction of wetlands, death of coral reefs and extinction of other natural resources come with frightful frequency. The fact is, our climate and biodiversity are in peril.

The urea that suits better our agriculture

LOSS of urea in crop production is a serious problem under tropical agriculture. The available results on the investigations indicate that 40%-70% of applied urea is lost from the crop fields. Particularly, rice ecosystem favors high losses of applied urea fertiliser.


Taking action for 350

YOUTH from all across South Asia and all around the world are leading the charge in a global day of action on the 24th of October. Through creative actions of all kinds, the day will be a powerful call to all governments to commit to policies and actions that will set the world on course to below 350 ppm CO2, what many scientists now agree is the safe limit of CO2 in the atmosphere (more information available at

A united effort

THE South Asian Youth Summit on Climate Change (SAYSoCC) was an incredibly delightful experience. It not only proved to be a productive one in terms of enlightening the youth about various environmental issues, but also provided an opportunity for the participants to forge relationships that permit collective and collaborative thinking and action towards tackling climate change.


WE the youth of South Asia are deeply perturbed by the impacts and causes of climate change on human and natural systems.

Country message

Adnan Sirajee, National Coordinator, Bangladesh Youth Climate Network (BYCN)
LOCATED in the low-lying Ganges delta, bedded with the longest coastal belt in the south and most of the land being a little over 10 metres above sea level, the people of Bangladesh find themselves amidst all kind of geophysical events. The future of climate change, for that matter, the future of Bangladesh is closely intertwined with the fate of the youth.


Syed Mujtaba Ali

The eminent writer's 105th birth anniversary was observed on 13 September. Junaidul Haque recalls the wit and genius in him

The insulting in Shakespeare

WILLIAM Shakespeare's plays are full of scenes in which people insult one another. He created many wonderful characters who display sharp wit through their strikingly expressed insulting remarks and pungent phrases for obvious inclusion here. This helps them seem lively on the stage and is great fun for the actors who get to voice all the insults. In life, who would not feel great if he can slip one of the memorable lines into a conversation? How nice it is to begin with Hamlet's famous remark on the weakness of women, “Frailty, thy name is woman”. Menenius hurls stinging insults to the conspirators against Coriolanus, “More of your conversation would infect my brain”, meaning talking to you is driving me mad.

Last train out of WTC

I was part of the post undergrad elite of Manhattan, earning almost 6 digits a year, with an expense account, a limo service, a secretary and an expensive wardrobe of designer suits. I liked the respect it earned me. In a few years I'd have a million dollars in my bank account, a penthouse on the Upper West side, a beach house in the Hamptons, Jimmy Choo shoes and Louis Vuitton purses. What more could I ask for? My Ivy League education had landed me a chance to play in the big league. All I had to do was accept this as my path.

To See Him Again

Never, never again?
Not on nights filled with quivering stars,
or during dawn's maiden brightness
or afternoon of sacrifice?

Star Health

Managing the odds of Eid journey

Eid-ul-fitr is knocking at the door. People are going to the remote countryside to spend the Eid vacation. As there is huge rush in all transport medium, people often get sick after the hectic journey. Many odd events happen quite sometimes. Be aware to avoid experiencing the following things.

Swine flu: Measures in school settings

World Health Organisation (WHO) issued advice on measures that can be undertaken in schools to reduce the impact of the H1N1 influenza pandemic. Recommendations draw on recent experiences in several countries as well as studies of the health, economic and social consequences of school closures. These studies were undertaken by members of a WHO informal network for mathematical modelling of the pandemic.

Cochlear implant surgery for the deaf at DMCH

Cochlear surgeries will be performed on October 24-26, 2009 at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) at large scale, says a press release.

During CPR, more chest compressions save more lives

If you are uncomfortable giving mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, you may actually do a better job of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) if you do less mouth-to-mouth, a recent study suggests.

Popcorn ingredient causes lung disease: U.S. Study

A chemical used to give butter flavor to popcorn can damage the lungs and airways of mice, U.S. government experts reported.

Seizure drug helps women with hot flashes sleep

Gabapentin, a drug used to treat seizures, improves the quality of sleep in menopausal women bothered by hot flashes, University of Rochester Medical Center researchers report in the Journal of Women's Health.

Apollo Hospitals introduced rapid influenza detection test

Apollo Hospitals Dhaka has recently introduced Rapid Influenza Detection Test (RIDT) for detection of different types of influenza and exclusion of other diseases, says a pres release.

Insulin injection pen wins good design award

SoloSTAR®, a disposable insulin injection pen for people with diabetes has received the prestigious 2007 Good Design Award by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, says a press release.

Strategic Issues

Bangladesh: In search of strategic relationship

WHEN Bangladesh became independent, the world was bipolar. Conducting foreign affairs was then relatively easy. One had to choose between the two super powers to assist small nations achieve their interests in international politics and more often than not, they obliged. At the time of liberation, Bangladesh joined the Soviet Camp to which India was aligned. They helped Bangladesh in many ways in its needs in the international relations and were thus its strategic partners. When Bangladesh switched sides, and moved away from the Soviet camp after 1975, it was helped in international affairs by the other super power, the USA and its regional ally China. Bangladesh did not thus feel that its interests could be by-passed. It may not have had the muscle but it had the strategic partners with powers to help it at times of need.

China Myanmar border tension

THE border clashes between Myanmar government forces and rebels on the Chinese border have demonstrated that Myanmar has to fight with the ethnic rebels in the border areas and China is not comfortable with such events.

Star Books Review

A matter of serving old masters?

THE discovery that poverty was a revolving door, with households rapidly moving in and out, has transformed our understanding of what it means to be poor…. Programmes to eliminate poverty usually targeted those who were already living below the poverty line. But the dynamics of poverty challenged this assumption. Why should these programmes target only those who were poor today and ignore those who might be poor tomorrow?” These observations are not taken from the book under review, but from one that, in effect, challenges some of the assumption taken, and conclusions reached, in it (Pathways from Poverty: The Process of Graduation in Rural Bangladesh, Alastair Orr, et al, 2009).

Somewhat a taste of lost times

IT is a historical novel on the Indian Mutiny of 1857, drawn from local tradition, official reports and contemporary letters. The purpose of this work of fiction was to present 'a true perspective of facts… environment, circumstances and emotions…' The people and places in the story are fictitious, those outside are real. The 373-page book is in two parts: the upstairs room and running together.

Of art and love

LOVE is so musical that to the musician who has found love, Mozart would sound out of sync; so tender that the choicest muslin feels like a torn rug to the maiden who has discovered love. They say if love be the music of life let it play, so play on it is.

At A Glance

Launched into Eternity

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