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Hand of admin in August 21 attack

Despite hints in the charge sheet that administration under the BNP-Jamaat alliance might have aided and abetted the August 21 grenade blasts, no investigation has been done along that line.

AL seeks ways to keep party men in check

Ruling Awami League is likely to prepare plan of actions today to rein in the ongoing extortion and tender manipulations by its party men across the country and to ensure proper coordination in the activities of both the party and government.

Banks pledge part of $10b financing

Bankers told the government Thursday though they were new in financing power projects, they were eager to provide a part of US 10 billion dollar required for implementing the power projects of around 7,000 megawatts (mw) in the next five years.

Police loyalty goes to ruling party locals

Kalapara police administration under influence of local leaders of the ruling party is holding back facts about the incident of abduction and gang rape of the schoolgirl on September 25 by ruling party activists.

First murder case filed over BDR deaths

Police finally filed two murder cases against unidentified persons last night in connection with the deaths of two BDR jawans.

Rally round most vulnerable nations

Support for countries most vulnerable to the global economic crisis must be increased and protection for them should be made a permanent part of the world's financial architecture, said World Bank President Robert Zoellick.

Jessore sugar hoarders go into hiding

The importers and wholesalers involved in manipulating sugar price during Ramadan have gone into hiding as law enforcers are conducting raid to arrest them following filing of two cases with Avaynagar Police Station in Jessore.

Girl 'raped', killed

A ten-year old schoolgirl was allegedly violated and killed at Nayapara village in Dhubaura upazila on Thursday night.

EC to probe Rohingyas on voter lists

The Election Commission has decided to re-examine the voter lists of eight bordering upazilas of Bandarban and Cox's Bazar to find out if Rohingyas were included in the electoral roll.

Court frames charges against ex-BNP MPs

A Kushtia court has framed charges against two former BNP lawmakers and 12 BNP activists in a case filed for attacking a meeting of journalists in Kushtia on May 29, 2006.

BNP sees JS environment not right yet

BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain yesterday accused the Awami League-led government of failing to create the congenial atmosphere for the opposition to return to parliament.

Indian Taiba leader taken on remand

Detained Lashkar-e-Taiba leader Indian national Emadullah alias Mahbub was taken on a four-day remand yesterday for quizzing by the Detective Branch of police.

CBA leader loots over 60 trees

A CBA leader, who belongs to ruling Awami League felled and looted over 60 trees from Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College (BSBMC) campus during Eid vacation.

PM conveys sympathy

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday expressed deep shock and distress at the loss of lives and properties caused by the devastating earthquake in the island of Sumatra.

Gas, coal not to be exported

Gas and coal should not be exported unless Bangladesh has domestic energy security for the next 50 years, viewed 43 teachers of different public universities of the country yesterday.

Authorities look on as Bara Katra goes to ruin

The archaeology department authorities are sitting idle while Jamia Hossainiya Ashraful Ulum Madrasa is putting up toilets and urinals by demolishing a portion of Bara Katra, one of the oldest heritage sites in Dhaka.

Indonesia appeals for aid

Quake-hit Indonesia appealed for foreign aid yesterday as the stench of decomposing bodies hung over wrecked buildings where overwhelmed rescuers were scrabbling for survivors.

10 Razakars sued for '71 killings

A case has been filed against 10 suspected collaborators of Pakistani occupation forces on charge of killing three persons, arson and looting in Gobindaganj upazila of Gaibandha during the country's Liberation War.

Philippines braces for new calamity

President Gloria Arroyo placed the Philippines under a "state of calamity" on Friday and terrified people fled their homes as a powerful typhoon threatened to unleash more carnage following deadly floods.

Earliest hominid found

The story of humankind is reaching back another million years as scientists learn more about "Ardi", a hominid who lived 4.4 million years ago in what is now Ethiopia. The 110-pound, 4-foot female roamed forests a million years before the famous Lucy, long studied as the earliest skeleton of a human ancestor.

Pak forces kill 27 militants

Pakistani forces yesterday killed 27 alleged militants in the lawless northwest Khyber district, the paramilitary Frontier Corps said.


Extremists regrouping?

The security forces deserve credit for the recent capture of a JMB training camp in the CHT and soon after that the arrest of a Laskar-e-Taiba (LeT) leader from Dhaka. These arrests, we are sure, have preempted the terror acts that these people have been planning to carry out inside and outside of Bangladesh, as revealed from the statement of the captured persons. The captured JMB terrorist was reportedly linked with the plan to bomb Khaleda Zia's election meeting in Comilla in 2008.

Old-age predicament

A report in this paper following The International Day of Older Persons observed day before yesterday, was awash with a renewed concern for the lonely life being led by elderly ladies. This was epitomized by the poignant story of one such at an old-age home in Dhaka.

Let an Act of Parliament regulate promotions

ON September 7, the government promoted 494 officers of different cadres of Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) to the posts of additional secretary, joint secretary, and deputy secretary in the Bangladesh Secretariat (hereinafter called the Secretariat), commonly known as seat of the government. Of the total, 60 joint secretaries, 163 deputy secretaries and 271 senior assistant secretaries have been promoted to the posts of additional secretary, joint secretary and deputy secretary respectively.

G-20 has to succeed

THE G-20 was created last year after the global economic system went into a tailspin. Initially, there was some doubt about its possible effectiveness. The latest summit in Pittsburg, USA however appears to have set aside such anxiety and has demonstrated its emergence as an important international ball player as far as tackling economic and financial issues is concerned.

Help the 'needy' and save us

Most of us are poor and needy. All the religions dictate the respective followers to help and support the needy. Islam in particular instructs to help the fellow poor through fitra and zakat. At the Eid congregation this year while the Imam was giving sermons prior to prayer, I was distracted by something else and guessed who were the true needy and poor in Bangladesh?


MSC hammer BKSP

Strike duo Zahid Hasan Emily and Nigerian Alamu Bukola Olaleken slotted hattricks as holders Mohammedan SC continued their rampant winning approach to emerge Group A champions of Citycell Federation Cup with a massive 8-1 win over Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Another year, another fiasco

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has become a lot like that website we love and hate so much, The Onion. The reason we love The Onion is that the 'news' printed there is amazingly funny and satirical with the perfect touch of whimsy. It's entertaining to say the least. The reason we hate The Onion is that at times the lines between satire, comedy and real news blur so much that one might to tempted to believe what's being printed there is true (as two Bangladeshi newspapers embarrassingly found out recently).

Johnson Cricketer of the Year

Australian paceman Mitchell Johnson has bagged the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy after being named the International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricketer of the Year, it was announced here on Thursday.

Shakib revels in 'honour'

After being named in the International Cricket Council's World Test Team of the Year, Shakib Al Hasan termed the award a tremendous honour for him.

Bresnan lifts England

Tim Bres-nan was the un-likely hero as England recovered from a dismal start to make 257 off 47.4 overs in a Champions Trophy semifinal against Australia at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Friday.

MCA start 4-day match strongly

Maharashtra Cricket Association ended day one of the four-day match against visiting Bangladesh A in a strong position with 309 runs on the board and two wickets sill remaining.

Eng 125 for 6 after 25 overs

England were struggling at 125-6 after 25 overs Friday having opted to bat against Australia in a Champions Trophy semifinal at SuperSport Park.

Battle of the pacers

Pakistani and New Zealand batsmen are expected to face a stiff pace test in the Champions Trophy semifinal today.

It's the Watson show

Ricky Ponting and Shane Watson struck undefeated centuries Friday as title holders Australia crushed England by nine wickets to reach the Champions Trophy final.

SAFF draw today

The draw of the sixth SAFF (South Asian Football Federation) Championship will take place at the Hotel Sheraton today with hosts Bangladesh and champions Maldives in two separate groups.

Rio wins race for 2016 Olympics

Rio de Janeiro's dream of bringing the Olympics to South America for the first time became reality here on Friday when they won the vote to host the 2016 edition.

Pak favourites: Yousuf

Experienced Pakistani batsman Mohammad Yousuf has said his team will start favourites against New Zealand in the Champions Trophy semifinal here today.

One off-day cost us: Dhoni

India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has said a below-par performance against Pakistan in the opening match cost his team an early exit from the Champions Trophy.

Leonardo on the brink

After a humiliating defeat to FC Zurich in the Champions League, Italian giants AC Milan head into their trip to Atalanta on Sunday with serious questions hanging over coach Leonardo's head.

Maria, Jelena in final

Crowd-favourite Maria Sharapova overcame a second-set loss of form to beat Agnieszka Radwanska Friday and set up a final against Serbia's Jelena Jankovic in the Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament.

Berlin go back to basics

Hertha Berlin's caretaker coach Karsten Heine is insisting on a back-to-basics policy as he prepares his side for the unenviable task of facing league-leaders Hamburg in Sunday's showdown.

De Villiers misses Champs League

Cricket South Africa has withdrawn AB de Villiers from all competitive cricket for the next four to six weeks after he complained of lower back pain. The decision, taken on the basis of advice received from CSA's medical committee, means he will not play for his IPL franchise Delhi Daredevils in the inaugural Champions League Twenty20 in India in October. Sources indicated Manoj Tiwary would be the likely replacement for the tournament beginning on October 8.

Nat'l tennis

The Anlene National Tennis Tournament gets underway today at the National Tennis Complex in Ramna with over 200 participants including 20 women taking part.

4-way battle over 2016

The International Olympic Committee on Friday launched into a key meeting to choose the host for the 2016 Olympics with US President Barack Obama pressing the case for Chicago against government leaders and kings from rival bidders.

Shoaib to have knee surgery

Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has been ruled out of selection for the ODI series against New Zealand next month as he will be heading to England for knee surgery. His recovery is expected to take six weeks, which means he will also miss the start of Pakistan's first-class competition.

Reds visit Blues

Chelsea's clash with Liverpool this weekend was always going to be a significant encounter in the Premier League title race but a difficult week has raised the stakes involved for both clubs.

Sevilla test for Real

League leaders Real Madrid roll into Sevilla on Sunday, giving the hosts the perfect chance to prove that this year's Spanish title race won't just be all about Real and Barcelona.

Germany leave out Frings

With skipper Michael Ballack telling coach Joachim Loew he has recovered from a calf injury ahead of next week's crucial World Cup qualifier with Russia, Germany on Friday found no room for midfield veteran Torsten Frings.

Keegan awarded £2m in damages

Kevin Keegan has been awarded two million pounds (2.1 million euros) in damages after winning his case against Newcastle for constructive dismissal.

Eduardo faces fitness battle

Croatian sharpshooter Eduardo Da Silva may miss his country's October 14 World Cup qualifier with Kazakhstan after aggravating a thigh problem in Arsenal's Champions League win over Olympiakos, Federation spokesman Davor Gavran said Friday.

Torres eyeing L'pool finish

Fernando Torres admits he is enjoying life at Liverpool so much that he could spend the rest of his career with the Premier League club.


Ahab chief Galib still engaged in spreading militancy

Freed on bail, Asadullah Al Galib, chief of the militant outfit Ahle Hadith Andolon Bangladesh (Ahab), is still engaged in spreading militancy and spending money from unknown sources.

Three cops suspended

Three police officers were suspended on Thursday on charges of neglecting their duties in connection with an arson attack on a temple at Mokshedpur village under Palashbari upazila here.

Engine of goods train catches fire, 10 injured

Ten people were injured while trying to extinguish a fire in a goods train near Raipur Railway Station in Sirajganj yesterday.

United Airways to operate flights to KL, Kathmandu

United Airways, a private sector airline founded by non-resident Bangladeshis, is going to launch its operation on two new international routes by this month.

17 transport workers hurt in clash over election

Seventeen people were injured in a clash between two rival groups over holding of the election of transport workers union at Gaibandha bus terminal yesterday.

Minor girl killed in C'nawabganj

A minor girl was killed allegedly by her grandmother and uncle in Chapainawabganj on Thursday.

'Ensure living wage for all'

Incidin Bangladesh, a non-government organisation (NGO), yesterday demanded living wage for all so that everyone can fulfill the basic necessities and lead a respectable life.

City rife with littering problems

An effective anti-littering campaign needs to be launched to address the growing littering problem in Dhaka, a mega city of 1.2 crore people.

Ctg medical student drowns

A fourth year student of Chittagong Medical College (CMC) drowned in a pond in bordering Nila union of Teknaf upazila Thursday night.

Housewife beaten to death

A housewife was allegedly beaten to death at an apartment of Eastern Housing in city's Pallabi area on Thursday night.

War Museum new timings

Liberation War Museum will remain open for visitors from 10:00am to 5:00pm everyday excepting Sunday during the October-February winter season, says a press release.

Registration for DV-2011 lottery begins

The registration for DV (Diversity Visa) lottery for 2011 began yesterday.

Acid attack on housewife in Barguna

A housewife was acid burnt by her in-law in Barguna Thursday night.

New CCC office for five would-be wards opens

Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury inaugurated a newly built Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) office at Charpathar Ghata for the overall development of the five would-be wards (now unions) yesterday.

'Gandhi's ideology can help ensure democracy'

Law Minister Shafique Ahmed yesterday said the ideology of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi can be followed to ensure democracy in any country.

2 outlaws held in Bagerhat

Two extremists out of four operatives of Lal Pataka (red flag) faction of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP), who threatened to kill the superintendent of police (SP) of Bagerhat and officer-in-charge (OC) of Fakirhat Police Station, were arrested by police on Thursday.

Prisoner dies at KMCH

An under trial prisoner in a murder case died yesterday at Khulna Medical College Hospital (KMCH).

BDR rescues 4 people from pirates

Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) rescued four people -- two cattle traders and two crab catchers -- from deep forest in the Sundarbans yesterday.

Traditional boat race in Rupsha

Jai Bangla Party of Magura won the traditional boat race in the river Rupsha yesterday.

Five killed in road accidents

Five people were killed in separate road accidents in Panchagarh, Natore and Habiganj yesterday.

RU reopens today

Rajshahi University (RU) will reopen today after a two-week Eid-ul-Fitr and Durga Puja vacation.

3 muggers arrested in C'nawabganj

Police arrested three alleged muggers along with a toy pistol in Radhanagar Chhiattar Bighi Bridge area of Shibganj upazila on Thursday night.


Momentum builds over Iran nuclear standoff

The head of the UN atomic watchdog is expected in Tehran within days, an Iranian official said yesterday, after Washington and its allies demanded progress this month from Tehran in revived talks on the nuclear standoff.

Indonesian rescuers plead for equipment

Rescuers on the ground on the quake-ravaged Indonesian island of Sumatra said they lacked basic equipment and sniffer dogs yesterday as governments around the world pledged assistance.

Hamas tape shows 'healthy' Shalit

An Israeli soldier held by Hamas in Gaza for three years appears healthy in a video handed over to the Israeli authorities, officials say.

Military searches for bodies, brings aid to Samoas

Some frightened Samoans who fled to the hills as a tsunami tore through their seaside villages vowed never to return to the coastline, while aid workers delivered water and medicine amid the growing stench of decay.

Maoists gun down 16 Bihar villagers

At least 50 Maoist guerrillas attacked a Bihar village and brutally gunned down 16 people, including five children, after tying their hands and legs, police said Friday as the issue gained political overtones with demands for Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's resignation.

Teenager buried by quake rescued after 40 hours

Rescuers pulled a teenager alive from her collapsed college about 40 hours after a powerful earthquake devastated western Indonesia, while elsewhere they heard cries for help yesterday from people trapped under a collapsed hotel.

US lawmakers voice worry over Afghan elections

US lawmakers Thursday voiced concern over the disputed elections in Afghanistan which come as the Congress mulls key decisions over the future of the US strategy there.

Pak SC verdict binds govt to prosecute Musharraf

The Pakistan Supreme Court's detailed judgement on Pervez Musharraf's emergency declaration binds the Gilani government to prosecute the former president under Article 6.

Video shows Pak army abuses

Video apparently showing Pakistani soldiers beating men detained in anti-militant operations has surfaced on the Internet, a clip that will likely draw criticism from rights groups and could undercut support for the army's fight against al-Qaeda and the Taliban.

Myanmar court rejects Suu Kyi's appeal

A court in military-ruled Myanmar rejected opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's latest bid for freedom yesterday, turning down the Nobel Peace laureate's appeal of her most recent sentence of house arrest, her lawyer said.

Taliban force civilians to stage protest against foreign troops

Taliban militants in western Afghanistan on Friday forced civilians to protest against foreign forces after spreading rumours they had desecrated a mosque, the local governor said.

US missile may have killed a top militant in Pakistan

The al-Qaeda-linked leader of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan is believed to have been killed by a US missile strike in Pakistan's northwest, intelligence officials said Friday. The Taliban denied the claim.

76 die in flash floods in southern India

Flash floods and heavy rains sweeping southern India have killed at least 76 people over the past 72 hours, officials said yesterday.

Scientists find path to fountain of youth

The fountain of youth may exist after all, as a study showed Thursday that scientists have discovered means to extend the lifespan of mice and primates.

4 Isaf soldiers killed in Afghanistan

Four foreign soldiers, three of them American, have been killed in Afghanistan, Nato's International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) said yesterday.

Gandhi was a 'very violent man' Claims Tom Alter

Bollywood actor and theatre personality Tom Alter has said that Mahatma Gandhi was a "very violent man," but only in thoughts.

Asia needs to boost disaster prevention: UN body

More investment in prevention is needed in disaster-prone Asia, a UN body said Friday, as the battered region struggled with an onslaught of deadly storms, earthquakes and a tsunami.

Nasal spray flu vaccine becoming available

The long-awaited first vaccinations against swine flu the squirt-in-the-nose kind begin early next week in parts of the country, and states are urging people to be patient until more arrives.

Potential key to curing TB discovered

Scientists from Iowa State University have discovered an enzyme that makes tuberculosis resistant to a human body's natural defence.

Taiwan 'rice bomber' pins hopes on organic farming

If there is such a thing as a non-violent bomber, Taiwanese farmer Yang Ju-man seems to be exactly that.

Most babies born this century will live to 100

Most babies born in rich countries this century will eventually make it to their 100th birthday, new research says. Danish experts say that since the 20th century, people in developed countries are living about three decades longer than in the past. Surprisingly, the trend shows little sign of slowing down.

Arts & Entertainment

Prachyanat stages Koinna

Theatre troupe Prachyanat staged its 9th production "Koinna" at the National Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on October 1. The staging was a tribute to the recently deceased 'Baul Samrat' Shah Abdul Karim.

Homage to Bangladeshi cinema

Amid much enthusiasm Channel i Chalachchitra Mela 2009 was held at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre yesterday. Throughout the day, appearances by leading actors, directors, singers, film enthusiasts and others associated with the Bangladeshi film industry turned the occasion into a festive event.

Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia to perform in Dhaka

Flute maestro Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia will be in Dhaka for a solo performance. The exclusive concert will take place at the Dhaka Club on October 16, says a press release. In association with the event management group Web Entertainment Ltd, Dhaka Club is organising the event.

Talent galore

The inaugural audition round of the "Lux-Channel-i Super Star-2009" competition for Mymensingh region was held at a hotel in the town on October 1. The audition for the region was held in two sessions.

Music all the way

Amar Ekushey Library, Sirajganj celebrated Eid with a cultural programme recently at Brahmagachha Government Model Primary School at Raiganj in the district. The daylong programme began in the morning and continued till midnight.

Cause to celebrate

Channel i stepped in its 11th year on October 1. A colourful rally, cultural programme and a discussion were held in Dinajpur to mark this milestone.

JK Rowling denied top US honour

“Harry Potter" author JK Rowling missed out on a top honour because some US politicians believed she "encouraged witchcraft," it has been claimed.

Madhur Bhandarkar to reveal life behind bars in new film

He has carved a niche for himself as Bollywood's “realistic” filmmaker, having focussed on the squalor and seamy side of life in large metros.

Life in a boarding house

Drama serial "Monkora" will be aired tonight on Rtv. Written by Aniket and directed by Kaisar Ahmed, the serial is aired every Saturday at 10:10pm.


How prepared are we to face climate-induced calamities?

For more than 40 years, Earth has been sending out distress signals. We have responded through staging processions on Earth days, holding seminars, passing environmental laws and forging a few international treaties, like in the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janiero. All the while, the decline of the earth's ecosystem has continued unabated, as evidenced by the monsoon storms and severe flashfloods now ravaging the Philippines and Vietnam.

An aimless fight

EVEN after 62 years of independence, the democratic India has not settled down to peaceful environs within its own borders. The country is in the midst of at least five mini wars. The main ones in Nagaland and Kashmir have been there from the dawn of freedom. The armed struggle by extreme left Nexalites (Maoists) and the secession movement of the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) are three decades' old. The trouble in the North East, particularly in Manipur, goes back to the eighties.

Buddhism and human values

Today is the full-moon day of holy Prabarana, the second-biggest festival of the Buddhist world. It is the day of fasting-breaking of the three months long Uposathabrata.


Use of ICT for adaptation to climate change

Mango buds, honeysuckle and muster-flower are blooming earlier in the winter. Foggy days are longer than in the past and northern part of Bangladesh is no more cooler. Cyclone and flood are becoming common and frequent every year. These are indications of a warming climate.

Dhaka's environment suffers urban impact

Urban studies of late obviously aim at environmental issues. As a matter of fact there is a thrust on the impact of unplanned urbanization on city environment. Admittedly major urban areas in Bangladesh are the seats of the forces of civilization.

Preserving green spaces in Dhaka city

Vegetation in a city is sometimes synonymous to presence of nature in the predominantly man made environment. Urban vegetation is an important point for sustainable development, environmental conservation and urban planning process of a city (Tunay et al, 2007).


Train ride home . . .

I am thirteen years old, wearing a mid-length cotton flower dress of bright purple and blue, and matching strapped summer sandals and standing on the platform of Kamalapur railway station in Dacca. I will be a short distance passenger in an upcoming train. I am with my cousin waiting for the north-bound morning express train that will take us from Dacca to Ghorasal, our destination. I am going to be away for an entire month, for this is my summer vacation. I am going home. Dacca is a transitory entity for me because there I attend an all girls' school, the very best at the time. The school's setting is ideal for learning, tucked away in a residential area with rows of shaal, piyal and krishnachura trees. I live with my eldest brother and his family farther down in a one-story big white house with a high black iron gate. The road across from the house is lined with kamini trees on both sides. Most mornings I arrive at school with my brother in his office car, a white Land Rover. I feel happy going to school in a car. At school I occupy a double desk with the first girl and there I always have a novel on my lap. I read when the teacher isn't looking and often daydream and count the days to escape this city of smell, stench of human sweat and everything unfamiliar. I long for the smell of fresh country air and the sweet smell of my rose bush that I planted with my own tiny hands. In this city there is no sense of belonging. I would daydream of my vacation days so that I could escape to a place where the heart is. The last few days before school is over, I can hardly concentrate on schoolwork because in my mind I am already half way to the railway station. A week before my departure, my mid-size brown leather suitcase would be already packed and locked, filled with all the souvenirs and little gifts. I would gather or buy presents by saving from my monthly pocket money for my childhood girl friends who were eagerly waiting for my arrival as well.

Shakespeare's fans . . . and his detractors

"I believe the souls of 500 Sir Isaac Newtons would go to the making up of a Shakespeare. ” Thus did Samuel Taylor Coleridge emphatically express his rating of the Bard of Avon. Other writers from time to time have felt too the compulsion to speak on him either slanderously or admiringly.

The Samurai Woman

I do unwrap my silk kimono
Too reticent and bashful,
In the solitary, tranquil bathroom-
Only a sparrow looked at me
From top of the window glass!

Star Health

Dengue set to peak, stay cautioned

While the country is preparing to combat pandemic H1N1 influenza A virus, another outbreak of a virus called dengue is gradually escalating at an alarming level. City hospitals are seeing huge number of patients everyday. Health experts warned that if proper measures are delayed, the condition could be more fatal than that we are experiencing now.

Prevention and control of human Rabies

In order to create awareness against a neglected and fatal but preventable disease — Rabies, World Rabies Day was observed all over the world on September 28. Every year 50-60 thousand people die of rabies all over the world. Within Asia, 80 percent of cases occur in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, China, Philippines and Thailand. People usually get rabies from the bite of a rabid animal like dog, cat, bat, fox etc.

Mitford Hospital makes a difference in cardiac care

When most of these hospitals are struggling to cope with poor settings dealing with the rising number of patients, Mitford Hospital makes a difference in cardiac care with their highly skilled cardiac team and well planned cardiac set up. Thus it is flourishing the image of government sector seeing more patients with cardiac ailments.

Mom's obesity tied to daughters' early puberty

Consequences of obesity in women may extend years into their daughters' lives, study findings hint.

Many swine flu deaths linked with second infection

Many people who have died of H1N1 swine flu in the United States have also had bacterial infections, health officials reported recently.

Eye health and equal access care

World Sight Day will be observed around the world by all partners involved in preventing visual impairment or restoring sight. It is an annual day of awareness to focus global attention on blindness, visual impairment and rehabilitation of the visually impaired will be observed on October 8. This year the focus is on eye health and equal access care.

Strategic Issues

Iran under nuclear scrutiny again

AT the time of writing this piece, the outcome of the first meeting between the United States of America and Islamic Republic of Iran for the first time in 30 years scheduled for the 1st of October in Geneva was not known. Hopefully, their first encounter would engage the two nations in dialogue that would bring them together to work for peace rather than war and destruction towards which Bush seemed hell bent to go. Bush called Iran “an axis of evil” when he was threatening to browbeat the rest of the dissenting world to submission.

Change of military strategy in Afghanistan

IT has been reported on 22nd September that the top General in charge of NATO forces in Afghanistan US General Stanley McChrystal has ordered his forces out of sparsely populated areas where American troops have fought bloody battles with the Talibans for several years and is redeploying them to protect major Afghan population centres.

Where is the “Northern Spring” in Sri Lanka?

THE Sri Lankan government's socio-economic and political plans for the island's north are called “Northern Spring.” It has two broad aspects: 'Triple R' and elections.

Star Books Review

A perspective on the Tipaimukh issue . . .

Nazmul Alam, a retired senior bureaucrat, and M. Abul Kashem Mozumder, Professor and Chair, Department of Public Administration, Jahangirnagar University, spell out their intent for writing Tipaimukh and Beyond in my paraphrased version: espousing conciliation, rather than confrontation, in crisis management, rejecting the notion of the construction of large dams because they might turn out to be economic, environmental and geopolitical liabilities, urging consultation, and still more consultation, for solving contentious issues like Tipaimukh, and for doing away with the “rhetoric of mass meetings/utopian ideas of long march on any critical issues” because they are confrontational in nature and, consequently, inimical to the more rational device of consultation. Granted that Mao Zedong's Long March (1934-35) or, a little earlier, of Mahatma Gandhi's march to the sea to collect salt, were probably more suited to the era and in their particular contexts, one could also reasonably contend that, even in this age of information superhighway and communication revolution, mass protests might yield results that no amount of consultation would be able to. However, the authors' urging for resorting to continual discourse for coming to a viable and amicable solution over a complex problem is well taken.

No voice . . . and yet

In the prologue to this astonishing account of her mother's life, Hanan al-Shaykhthe justly-praised Lebanese novelistdescribes how her mother, who was illiterate, would have family and friends read her daughter's writings aloud to her. No passive listener, Kamila would later engage her daughter with critical, if not barbed, questions about what Hanan had written, seemingly extending the painfully complicated relationship between the two of them, picking at details and obviously opening old wounds.

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