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News of: Saturday, 24th of October, 2009

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17 MPs ignored electoral laws

Seventeen lawmakers including a minister, a state minister and a whip did not submit copies of income tax returns with their applications for candidacy in the last election, ignoring the electoral laws.

Strong lobbyists out to grab rental power deals

A section of businessmen backed by some powerful ruling party men have mounted severe pressure on the Power Development Board (PDB) to award them various power contracts by "all means", which the authorities believe would erode real investors' confidence and jeopardise the government's power sector goals.

Investigators suspect Freedom Party's link

Police yesterday took Maj Dalim's brother Kamrul Haque Swapan and Freedom Party leader Abdur Rahim to an eight-day remand in connection with the bomb attack on ruling Awami League (AL) lawmaker Fazle Noor Taposh.

Yangon unhappy over Dhaka's bid for UN arbitration

Myanmar is disappointed as Bangladesh decided to take the maritime boundary delimitation issue to arbitration at the United Nations.

Hizb ut-Tahrir men won't be charged for past offences

Law enforcers will neither start any manhunt to detain leaders and activists of the just banned Hizb ut-Tahrir Bangladesh nor charge them with the anti-state offences they have committed so far as the government has a lenient attitude towards them.

Redesign global financial system

Nobel-laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus suggested that world leaders now get down to redesigning the global financial system as it crumbled in 2008 amid economic recession.

Passengers still at the whim of drivers

Owners of CNG-run auto-rickshaws in the capital are putting pressure on the government to double the current fare structure, which, if implemented, ultimately will spell disaster for commuters.

All ansar trainees under scrutiny

Bangladesh Ansar and VDP has ordered its recruiting officials to conduct thorough scrutiny of the identities of all trainees in the force as 12 of them were arrested on Thursday over suspected militant links.

Bashundhara given 7-day ultimatum to stop its activities

Around three hundred affected landowners at Chunkutia under South Keraniganj staged a rally yesterday in protest against alleged land grabbing by Bashundhara Group.

Kid killed for a pair of gold earrings

Seven-year-old girl Moni Akter of Badda had to meet her tragic doom only for a pair of gold earring.

Shafique terms it bid to foil Bangabandhu murder trial

Different sections of conspirators are trying to cause unrest in the country to impede the trial of Bangabandhu murder case which is now at final phase, said Law Minister Shafique Ahmed yesterday.

6 drown as boat sinks in Padma

Divers of the Fire Service and Civil Defence recovered six bodies after a motorboat capsized with at least 40 persons in the Padma near Shoitankhali of Sadarpur upazila of the district yesterday.

Top criminal shot dead in N'ganj

An Interpol wanted criminal was found shot dead at Siddhirganj in the district yesterday.

Rab regrets torture on reporter

Rapid Action Battalion yesterday formally regretted torturing daily New Age reporter FM Masum by a number of Rab-10 personnel on Thursday at his Jatrabari home.

2 shot dead in Rangamati

An activist of United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) and a member of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samiti (PCJSS) were shot dead in two separate incidents at Sakrachhari village on Thursday and at Sizakbazar yesterday respectively.

Hizb ut press conference, rally foiled

Police yesterday foiled a press conference and an attempt of holding a protest rally of the banned Islamist political party Hizb ut-Tahrir Bangladesh in the city.

Expats accord reception to Hasina

Bangladeshi expatriates from across Europe gathered at the Swedish capital yesterday to attend community reception to visiting Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Pedestrian killed in gun attack

A pedestrian was killed and a Jubo League leader was injured in a gun attack by criminals in the capital's Mirpur yesterday.

Rasu tries to 'commit suicide'

Self-confessed serial killer Rasu Khan reportedly tried to commit suicide in police custody at Sadar Model Police Station on Thursday night.

Mosquito coil factory catches fire

A fire broke out at ACI mosquito coil factory in Rajabari area of the district yesterday, burning down its machineries and coils.

Blasts at Pak air base, on wedding bus kill 24

A suicide bomber killed seven people near a major air force complex in northwest Pakistan yesterday, while an explosion killed 17 on a bus heading to wedding elsewhere in the region, the latest in a surge of militant attacks this month.

Nato says no more troops for Kabul now

Two Nato members said yesterday they will not send more troops to Afghanistan unless its November 7 presidential runoff creates a legitimate government and until President Barack Obama decides on a new strategy there.

Tehran faces new deadline on N-deal

Pressure mounted on Iran to agree to a UN-brokered nuclear deal yesterday which could ease fears the Islamic Republic is seeking atomic weapons.

Aid workers free in Darfur after 'kidnap'

Two Sudanese staffers of Libya's Kadhafi Foundation who had been reported kidnapped in Darfur are free, Sudan's state minister for humanitarian affairs told AFP yesterday, saying they had never been abducted.

Russia's liberals criticise arrest of oil tycoon

Russian liberals have called for President Dmitry Medvedev to free jailed oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky and criticised him for a lack of progress in the case during his presidential term.

Editorial

Work culture in foreign missions

THE foreign minister's upbraiding of Bangladesh's overseas mission staffs for their poor coordination, which is impacting the job markets there for local manpower, can hardly be gainsaid. If truth be told, a harder look at the Bangladesh foreign missions would reveal lapses in their performance record other than the one the minister has identified. And the lack of coordination among the different sections of the missions is also not the only shortcoming they suffer from, although clearly it is a major one.

Tackling famine in the north

EVERY year we hear tales of famine like situation in a number of districts in the northern part of the country around this time of the year when source of work and food supply begin to dwindle dangerously. This is the time, September-November, when thousands of young men are forced to migrate to other corners of the country in search of work, leaving their wives and children behind to pass a couple of months in semi-starvation state.

Tackling those shadowy figures

THERE is no denying that the December 2008 general election of Bangladesh was an outstanding feat in the annals of democracy in our part of the world. The Awami League won the polls with a thumping majority. The verdict at the hustings was loud and clear. There is, therefore, a surge of expectations amongst the electorate from a government that comes as a result of such clear mandate. However, the premonition that is lurking in many hearts is whether those in charge of managing the affairs of the State are faltering or getting stalled on account of the malevolence of not-too-visible elements.

Geneva Convention's relevance for human rights

JURISTS from around the world recently observed the 60th anniversary of the Geneva Convention (on August 12, 2009). While doing so, as expected, some brought up once again the debate about its relevance, whether there is need for change and also if some of its provisions should be re-examined within the context of a changing world.

'No sign of change!'

THESE are some comments on Captain Husain Imam's op-ed piece 'No sign of change!' (DS Oct 21)

Sports

Zim fall to BCB XI

Zimbabwe started their tour of Bangladesh with a disappointing performance when the visitors suffered a four-wicket defeat to BCB XI in the first of two practice matches at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium yesterday.

Aus wary of backlash

World champions Australia will not take victory for granted when they clash with India in a seven-match one-day series starting here on Sunday.

U-19's win a nailbiter

Left-arm spinner Shaker Ahmed claimed four scalps to help the Bangladesh Under-19 team record a nail-biting one-run victory over their England counterparts in the first of the five one-day match series at the Chittagong Divisional Stadium yesterday.

T&T blast into final

The only unbeaten team in the Champions League produced another compelling performance oozing with Caribbean flair to knock the Cape Cobras out of the tournament and set up a summit clash against New South Wales at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Hyderabad on Thursday. The second semifinal wasn't anywhere near as one-sided as the first, though, and Trinidad & Tobago and the Cobras traded blow for blow, wrestling for the upper hand until Dwayne Bravo's first significant contribution with the bat in the competition turned the contest on a thrilling evening in Hyderabad.

Gibbs, Ntini dropped

South Africa have named two uncapped players in allrounder Ryan McLaren and wicketkeeper Heino Kuhn in the different limited-overs squads against Zimbabwe and England at home starting next month. The most significant exclusions in the one-day team following South Africa's failed campaign in the ICC Champions Trophy include Herschelle Gibbs and Makhaya Ntini. Allrounder Robin Peterson was also dropped, in order to make way for McLaren, who impressed in the Champions League Twenty20 for Eagles. Alviro Petersen, the right-handed opening batsman who has played five ODIs for South Africa, earns a recall to the ODI squad. He has earned his place following an impressive stint with the A side.

Brabourne gets Test back

Test cricket will return to Mumbai's vintage Brabourne stadium for the first time since 1973 when Sri Lanka play a match there in December.

Milon reaches archery final

Local archer Imdadul Haq Milon booked the final spot of the men's individual 70m-recurve bow in the 5th Asian Archery Grand Prix after beating his respective rival in the semis at the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan in Savar yesterday.

Pakistan appoint new manager

Pakistan on Friday replaced Yawar Saeed with former player Abdul Raqeeb as cricket team manager for next month's limited-over series against New Zealand.

Liverpool's MU test

Liverpool manager Rafael Beni-tez received the dreaded 'vote of confidence' ahead of Sunday's clash against Manchester United but the Spaniard knows kind words alone cannot do much for his side.

Barca look to rebound

Reigning European and Spa-nish champions Bar-celona will aim to put their first dip in form of the season behind them when they host Real Zaragoza in La Liga on Sunday.

Benfica thrash Everton

Everton sank to a first Europa League defeat of the season with a 5-0 loss at Benfica on Thursday, while reigning champions Shakhtar Donetsk thrashed Toulouse and Roma rescued a draw at Fulham.

Milan on a high

AC Milan look to build on their stunning Champions League win at Real Madrid with Sunday's trip to little Chievo representing a perfect opportunity to continue their recent renaissance.

Bayer without Rolfes

League-leaders Bayer Leverkusen must make do without injured cap-tain Simon Rolfes on Friday at home to Borussia Dortmund.

Argentina set Germany date

Germany and Argentina will prepare their bids for the 2010 World Cup with a friendly match on March 3 in Munich, the German Football Federation announced on Friday.

Huth given 3-game ban

Stoke City defender Robert Huth was banned for three matches by the Football Association (FA) here on Thursday after admitting to a charge of violent conduct.

Todt new president

Ex-Ferrari boss Jean Todt was elected Friday to the most powerful post in motorsport as president of the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA).

'Australia still team to beat'

England's upcoming tour of South Africa has been billed as an acid test of their ability but for Ashes-winning off-spinner Graeme Swann nothing will ever compare to beating Australia.

Lord's not afraid of Olympic Stadium

The Australian who runs Lord's has insisted the self-styled 'home of cricket' will have no fears when competing against the 2012 Olympic Stadium for the right to stage future internationals in London.

Vettori evades Moles controversy

Playing down the controversy over Coach Andy Moles's role in the New Zealand cricket team, skipper Daniel Vettori has said the there is no point raising questions over the coach before a crucial series.

Schnyder ends Clijsters hopes

US Open champion Kim Clijsters suffered a midnight defeat at the 220,000-dollar WTA Luxembourg tournament when Swiss veteran Patty Schnyder won their second round clash 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (8/6).

Law SL's assistant coach

Stuart Law has been appointed Sri Lanka's assistant coach and will assist Trevor Bayliss, the head coach, during the team's tour of India in November. Somachanda de Silva, the president of SLC's interim committee, told Cricinfo that the decision to appoint Law, the former Australia batsman, in place of Paul Farbrace was taken at a meeting on Friday.

Butt clarifies coach's position

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Ijaz Butt has said that the board has every right to sack the coach of the national squad if he is not liked by the captain and the highest governing body of the game in the country.

Atletico sack Resino

Atletico de Madrid fired coach Abel Resino on Friday after a disastrous start to the Spanish league season.

Henry linked to NY move

French striker Thierry Henry may leave Barcelona next summer to play for the New York Red Bulls, a Spanish sports daily said Friday.

Makelele hits out

Paris Saint Germain skipper Claude Makelele hit out Friday at his one-match ban saying it was "unacceptable," after French football's disciplinary body turned a yellow card into a suspension.

Metropolitan

Put in collective efforts to protect environment

President Zillur Rahman emphasized on collective efforts to protect entire environment from atmospheric pollutions for the survival of the civilisation and to bring changes in people's lifestyle to face dire damages of climate change.

Sorry state of public toilets in city

Women have little access to public toilets in the capital city, as there are no separate arrangements for them and most such facilities are unhygienic and not maintained properly.

Govt-varsity partnership vital to carry out research

Power and Energy Adviser to Prime Minister Dr Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury yesterday said the government wants to create strong collaboration with universities in a bid to carry out researches and use them in solving national problems.

Authorities keen to hold Ducsu election: VC

Dhaka University (DU) Vice Chancellor Prof AAMS Arefin Siddique yesterday said university authorities have no lack of interest in holding the election to Dhaka University Students' Union (Ducsu).

Garo people celebrate 'Wangala'

The indigenous Garo people at Madhupur in Tangail yesterday celebrated their largest annual festival Wangala/Onegala, a festival for dedicating crops to the goods.

Transport workers stab JU student

A student of Jahangirnagar University (JU) was stabbed by the employees of Hanif Paribahan at Savar on Thursday night.

HC stays graft case against BNP leader

The High Court on Thursday stayed for six months the proceedings of a corruption case against former BNP state minister Ziaul Haque Zia.

HC starts hearing on petitions

The High Court on Thursday started final hearing on the two writ petitions challenging the legality of the implementation of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) peace accord.

Primary Education Stipend scheme needs overhaul

Primary Education Stipend (PES), a cash-for-education programme, needs to be redesigned as its overall effects have been remarkably small given its size and expense, according to a study.

Bangladeshi mountaineers conquer Mount Cho Oyo

MA Muhit has done something that no Bangladeshi had ever dared to.

All six DGMs transferred

All the six deputy general managers (DGMs) of West Zone Power Distribution Company Limited (WZPDCL) received their transfer order at a time on Thursday for reason not yet known.

WFP official arrives today

Deputy Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP) Staffan de Mistura arrives in Dhaka today on a three-day official visit.

Husband slaughters wife

A leader of Sramik League allegedly slaughtered his second wife at Dhubaura village under Dhubaura upazila in Mymensingh yearly yesterday.

Protests against bomb attack on Taposh continue

Different socio-political organisations yesterday continued to stage protests against the bomb attack on Awami League lawmaker Fazle Noor Taposh at Motijheel in the city on October 21 night.

Jubo League leader on remand

Jubo League central leader Mesbaul Hasan Buruj was taken on a five-day remand yesterday in connection with the ward councillor Shahid Iqbal Bithar murder case field with Khulna Sadar Police station on July 13.

ACC files cases against 10 for embezzling Tk 7cr from bank

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Thursday night filed eight cases against 10 people including four bank officials for embezzling over Tk 7 crore through fake documents.

Habiganj jail inmate dies

An inmate of Habiganj district jail died on Thursday night.

Mother, son killed in road accident

A mother and her minor son were killed when a truck crushed them on Rangpur-Gangachara Road under Kotwali Police Station on Thursday.

IUB seminar on business regulations

The Department of Economics at the Inde-pendent University, Bangla-desh (IUB) organised a seminar on 'Regulating businesses in a developing economy and the role of State: The case of Bangladesh' at its permanent campus at Bashundhara in the city on Thursday.

Appeal for help

Monjur Momtaj, acting headmistress of Dhaka Bodhir High School, has been suffering from cancer, says a press release.

International

UN rights office backs Lankan war probe

The office of the UN human rights chief renewed its call yesterday for a probe into alleged war crimes committed by Sri Lankan troops and Tamil rebels during the final stages of the country's civil war.

US Cong approves new restrictions on Pak aid

US lawmakers on Thursday passed a giant Pentagon spending bill that sets tough new restrictions on military aid to Pakistan, where top officials are already fuming over previous limits.

Red Cross kept out of Pak conflict zone

The Red Cross yesterday warned that relief workers were being kept out of Pakistan's embattled region of South Waziristan where the civilian toll is believed to be mounting sharply.

Kabul to bar fraud-tainted polls workers from run-off, says UN

Afghan officials have promised that polling workers who committed fraud in the country's August elections will be barred from any role in a November 7 run-off vote, UN envoy Kai Eide said yesterday.

Two satraps emerge winner in Indian state polls

The Congress party may have won the elections to legislatures in the three states of Maharashtra, Haryana and Arunachal Pradesh, but the biggest winners in the exercise were two regional satraps who played the role of spoilsport for India's ruling party and a key ally of main opposition BJP.

Cong stakes claim to form govt in Haryana

The Congress Party on Friday claimed to have completed the number deficit by garnering 'unconditional support' of seven Independent Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) in Haryana.

Nepali Maoists issue ultimatum to govt

Nepal faced fresh turmoil yesterday as the former Maoist guerrillas slapped a 24-hour ultimatum on the government to heed their demand or face fresh tumult, even as the UN condemned the defence minister for making 'provocative statements' that seemed a deliberate attempt to end the truce that had ended a decade's savage civil war.

LeT threatens to kill Madhya Pradesh CM

Islamic terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) has sent a letter to Jhansi Railway Police, threatening to kill Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and other leaders, police said yesterday.

Talks with Naxals only after they put arms down

Union Home Minister P Chidambaram said here on Friday that the Centre can advice state governments to initiate a dialogue with Maoists only after the ultras abjure violence.

US lawmakers unveil new Iran sanctions bill

US lawmakers unveiled new Iran sanctions legislation Thursday that could bar major global telecommunications giants that do business with the Islamic republic from lucrative US government contracts.

African leaders adopt refugee convention

African leaders yesterday ratified a convention on the protection of the continent's internally-displaced people, refugees and returnees, billed as the first of its kind worldwide.

Hillary gives downbeat ME report to Obama

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton offered President Barack Obama a downbeat report on Thursday on his administration's so-far frustrated efforts to forge Middle East peace.

SE Asia launches HR body

Southeast Asian nations inaugurated a human rights commission yesterday which was immediately blasted by representatives of civil society organisations who walked out of a meeting to protest being cold-shouldered by five regional regimes.

Melting of Himalayan glaciers poses threat to entire South Asia

Reports indicate that the melting of the Himalayan glaciers is threatening the kingdom of Bhutan, the impacts of which will adversely affect the entire South Asian region.

Astronomers detect most distant galaxy cluster

Astronomers, by combining data from Nasa's Chandra X-ray Observatory and optical and infrared telescopes, have detected the most distant galaxy cluster yet discovered.

Arts & Entertainment

Shamsur Rahman: Impression of effortless eloquence

Shamsur Rahman (October 24, 1929-August 17, 2006) was a leading poet, columnist and journalist of his time. Rahman published over 60 books of poetry. Major themes in his poetry and writings include humanism, relationships, romanticised rebellion of youth, the emergence of and consequent events in Bangladesh, and opposition to religious fundamentalism.

Jibanananda’s death anniversary observed in Barisal

A two-day programme marking the 55th death anniversary of poet Jibanananda Das, one of the most influential Bengali poets of the post-Tagore era, was observed recently in his home city of Barisal.

Magura gets decked-out for Katyani Puja festivities

The five-day Katyani Puja celebration -- a 59-year-old tradition in Magura -- begins today amidst much enthusiasm and great devotion.

Top US bands blast use of music in Guantanamo interrogations

A group of top US bands including REM and Pearl Jam recently expressed outrage that loud music was being blasted at Guantanamo detainees as part of "terror" interrogations.

Landmark for Aranyak

To celebrate the 100th shows of its two acclaimed productions -- "Mayur Shinghashan" and "Shangkranti" -- Aranyak Natyadal arranged a four-day theatre festival at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA). The festival, titled 'Mayur O Shangkranti'r Utshab,' began on October 22 at the National Theatre Hall, BSA. Apart from the landmark productions, two other Aranyak plays "Rarang" and "Ebong Bidyasagar" will also be staged during the festival.

OP-ED

Corruption a serious roadblock in eradicating poverty

While speaking at an anti-poverty rally at the Bangabandhu International Convention Centre Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina cautioned that none would be spared for graft practices and wrongdoings, regardless of party affiliation. Speaker of the Parliament, Advocate Abdul Hamid, who presided over the rally, stressed that curbing corruption and ensuring good governance were preconditions for having a poverty free society.

Kashmir without soul

It is unbelievable, but true. Srinagar has changed beyond recognition these past four years since I was last there. From the new swanky airport to the hotel, about 10 kilometres, there is modern construction. It looks as if another Noida, near Delhi, is coming up. Trees, however, have been cut mercilessly and familiar pavements dug out to accommodate fancy thoroughfares. Walls running along the road have been demolished and the rubble is still there for all to see. Probably something new and modern will replace what once aroused feelings of nostalgia. As I covered the journey to my hotel, I missed the old Kashmiri houses from where women with long trinkets would peer to see the incoming tourists.

Protecting rights

It has been almost 19 years that our country has been under a democracy, and I would like to point out a few rights which must be protected under this system. It is essential for every democratic country to maintain its democracy and to protect fundamental rights such as freedom of association and freedom of expression, which includes freedom of thought and speech for every individual.

Environment

Challenges for Bangladesh

Bangladesh is recognized to be one of the most susceptible countries in the world, highly vulnerable to climatic manifestations (short-term and long-term impacts of climate change) due to its unique geographic location, hydro-geological characters like dominance of floodplains, low elevation from the sea and lastly the socio-economical characters like high population density, high levels of poverty, and overwhelming dependence on nature. Unfortunately, the country's future is now trapped between the melting Himalayas in the north and the encroaching Bay of Bengal to the south.

Towards a low-carbon economy

Your Planet Needs You! Unite to Combat Climate Change' has been the slogan of this year's World Environment Day; 'Kick the Habit! Towards a Low Carbon Economy' was last year's. With these for three successive times the United Nation Environment Programme (UNEP) has declared 'climate change' related themes for observing World Environment Day. This phenomenon helps us understand how much emphasis is given by UNEP on global warming and climate change issue. Climate change due to global warming is an all encapsulating global disaster. But it is impossible to mitigate it unless economic production system of this planet is made carbon neutral.

Literature

Lovers' mistakes

I met her at a party. She was only eighteen, and had just started her first year at the university. I was a senior, a communications/journalism major, working two jobs to help pay the bills. I was staying with my parents in Uttora and while they paid for my tuition and books, all other expenses, including transportation, meals, and other incidentals, came out of my pocket. I did not have time to party much, but when my classmate Sharmila invited me to her birthday party, I accepted. It was there that I met Nora.

Of diamonds and Shazia

Shazia Omar was all cheerful, all fired up, at the launch of Like A Diamond In the Sky last week. Young, bright and articulate, not to say beautiful, she brought in a good dose of humour as she responded to questions on her work, on the plot, theme and characterization in the tale. For a young woman who has just come forth with her first experiment in fiction, the launch ceremony at Red Shift in Gulshan was a quite a resplendent affair. A whole crowd of young people, obviously more at home in matters English and therefore rather modern and secular in outlook, was there.

Walking the lunatic fringe: Blake at Bone Hill

There is a fine line between lunacy and genius. The Romantic poet William Blake walked that fine line. As a child Blake reportedly saw God's head at his window; he and his wife were so fascinated by Milton's Paradise Lost that they used to roam naked in their house at Lambeth Palace in London; he said 'damn your king' to a police constable that led to an indictment with sedition charges'; and he considered Milton (like him) as a member of the “Devil's Party”. This is the same man who created a body of work that includes Jerusalem, Four Zoas, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, and the ostensibly simple Songs of Innocence and of Experience. While Blake's lunacy is considered a matter of dispute, his genius is recognized beyond any doubt.

The Wall

Again you came last night,
Making your presence felt
Like my very own breath,
Though I was suffocating,
As I couldn't see you.
An unseen wall as a bar
Was between us formidable.

Star Health

Welcome winter, not respiratory infections

Respiratory infections like colds, sore throat, tonsillitis, laryngitis, bronchitis and influenza-like illness (ILI) or seasonal flu are common in winter. These infections are often caused by viruses that start flourishing with the dropping of temperature. Most of the respiratory infections that occur in winter are self limiting and disappear within a few days without any medical intervention.

Preparation before H1N1 vaccine introduction

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has pledged to ensure vaccine for all to prevent H1N1 influenza A virus (commonly known as Swine Flu virus). Initial doses of 2009 H1N1 flu vaccine has already been introduced recently in some countries.

Advancement in cancer care

Cancer is a growing problem around the world. The number of cancer patients are increasing day by day. Lack of awareness, diagnosis in the late stage, resource constraints to provide treatment facilities to the major population are contributing to make the situation more miserable in countries like Bangladesh.

Soy foods may curb hip fracture risk in older women

Postmenopausal women may lessen their chances of fracturing a hip by adding soy-based foods to their diet, a study from Singapore hints.

Global hand washing day observed

Global Handwashing Day was observed on October 15. Throughout Bangladesh, about 75000 children in different schools and madrashas participated in handwashing programme on that day.

Scientific seminar on bone health

To mark the World Osteoporosis Day, New Zealand Dairy Products Bangladesh Ltd. recently organised a scientific seminar on Bone health management recently at the National Institute of Traumatology and Orthopedic Rehabilitation (NITOR) at Sher-E-Bangla Nagar, Dhaka — says a press release.

Free breast cancer counselling

To mark the breast cancer awareness month October, a ten day long session on “Free breast cancer counselling” has started from October 22 in Dhaka city — says a press release.

Training on eye care

Recently “Dhaka Urban Comprehensive Eye Care Project” (DUCECP) has started a training programme on Primary Eye Care for about 2000 front line staffs and volunteers of collaborative partners. They will communicate with the target poor and extreme poor people in the urban area of Dhaka city to provide them eye care services through disseminating necessary information, proper referral and other supports.

Strategic Issues

Afghanistan war: Another angle

THIS article is primarily in response to Mr. Billy Ahmed's article on 10 October 2009 entitled “Afghanistan War: Can the US win?” The writer, like so many others, painted a gloomy picture of war where US was portrayed as the aggressor and ordinary Afghans as the victims. According to him, the Talibans were engaged in a war of resistance and further US reinforcement into Afghanistan would only cause more US and Afghan casualties. The end result, according to him, would be a Vietnam-like debacle for the US and the West. He quotes a number of anti-war critics, as well as a “Leading Islamic Scholar” in USA named Imam Zaid Shakir, whose prescription for President Obama to end the war in Afghanistan was to “blame it on Bush and get out.” I would argue that despite the bad news coming out of Afghanistan, all is not lost.

Military gains upper hand in conflict over US aid in Pakistan

The things that are currently happening in Pakistan are unbelievable. Suicide and ordinary bombings causing deaths and destruction that are “breaking news” elsewhere are ordinary news in Pakistan. But the attack by the militants on the army headquarter in Rawalpindi early this month is absurd even by Pakistani standards. The militants followed the Rawalpindi attack with three attacks simultaneously carried out in Lahore on top security installations that have underscored the tightening of alliance between the Taliban, Al Qaeda and militant groups in Punjab.

G-20 takes a centre stage in global politics

AFTER the Second World War, G-2 (US & Britain) was replaced by G-7, then by G-8 and now by G-20. Decisions often made in distant European and American capitals have a direct effect on livelihoods for working people across the world; Bangladesh is no exception.

Star Books Review

Tales told by a global nomad

Raana Haider is a spirited storyteller. And the stories she relates have all been part of her life, for she has been a pivotal figure in them all. She has seen it all. Her writing is fast paced and her diction vibrant and substantive. As you turn the pages of this work (it would not do to simply call it a travelogue, for there is much more to it than that), you understand the human understanding and the depth of appreciation she brings to her tales. For Fragrance of the Past is about the good times lost in history. If you have cared about Marco Polo and Hiuen Tsang and Vasco da Gama, enough to recall the world they saw opening up before them, you will read Haider. She subtitles her work A Middle Eastern Itinerary. In a broad sense, though, it transcends geography and reaches out to the ages of glory that simply do not happen to be there any more.

Fundamental issues beyond personal grievance

Notes from a Prison Bangladesh is a disturbing book, written by a deeply aggrieved man. As things stand, Bangladesh is a deeply divided nation over a few serious, and some maddeningly asinine, issues (or, rather, non-issues), and the chasm seems to be getting wider and deeper. For the country's sake, one can only hope that sanity will return, and the ominous fissure will shrink before the possibility of a bloody internecine strife becomes a reality. And, lest one forgets, that very rift was a key factor in facilitating the kind of regime that prompted Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir to spill his guts out in print over the treatment he received at its hands. Notes from a Prison Bangladesh is a litany of complaints, often vitriolic, written in a no-holds-barred style, of an outraged person, that is true, but it is also a book that compels one to think about political legitimacy, constitutionality, and undesirable aberrations in the practice of liberal democracy.

Experience in supreme love

The blurb on the cover says that Elizabeth Gilbert's latest bestseller is “One Woman's Search for Everything”; this woman is Elizabeth herself.

Romeo and Juliet story

“About three things I was absolutely positive.
First, Edward was a vampire.
Second, there was a part of him - and I didn't know how dominant that part might be - that thirsted for my blood.
And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.”


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