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BCL, Shibir clash at 3 colleges

At least 88 people, mostly students, were injured as Bangladesh Chhatra League and Islami Chhatra Shibir activists locked in clashes at three colleges in Khulna, Meherpur and Dinajpur yesterday.

Govt plans paradigm shift in agriculture

With arsenic creeping into farmlands and the water table falling fast due to excessive groundwater mining for irrigation, the government has planned for a paradigm shift in agriculture.

Bangladesh for JRC meet in Feb

Bangladesh is likely to propose India for a minister level meeting of Joint Rivers Commission (JRC) in February to discuss the issue of sharing Teesta water.

Haikkar Khal facing encroachment again

The age-old Haikkar Khal in Rayerbazar is once again under threat of being filled up as a real estate company has been pumping sand on its bank on the west side of the Martyred Intellectuals' Monument.

Staff recruitment at DMCH suspended

The government yesterday suspended the recruitment of class-IV employees at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital following chaos there over the last few days.

6 gunrunners held, 2 arms seized

The Detective Branch of police arrested a six-member gang of gunrunners and drug peddlers in the last few days. The law enforcers seized seven stolen vehicles and two firearms with 12 bullets from the criminals.

Red Cross estimates up to 50,000 deaths

Aid workers hoping to distribute food, water and other supplies to a shattered Port-au-Prince are warning their efforts may need more security yesterday as Haitians grow increasingly desperate and impatient for help.

57 prisons left without doctors

Fifty-seven out of 67 jails across the country are running without a single doctor, while convicts with rigorous imprisonment are tasked with nursing the patients as no prison has a serving nurse.

3 robbers beaten to death in Brahmanbaria

Three robbers were beaten to death by mob at Bitghar village of Nabinagar upazila in Brahmanbaria while they were taking preparation to commit a robbery early yesterday.

Year's first solar eclipse observed

Science enthusiasts and nature lovers yesterday witnessed the first annular solar eclipse of the year.

No need for army in DCC polls

Army or paramilitary forces deployment will not be required in the upcoming Dhaka City Corporation polls as the election code of conduct is now stricter than the earlier.

Hasina to brief media on India trip today

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will brief the media this afternoon about the outcomes of her recent visit to India.

Dr Zafar Iqbal injured in road crash

Eminent writer and professor of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology Muhammed Zafar Iqbal, two of his colleagues and three others were injured in a road accident on Dhaka-Sylhet highway yesterday morning.

TIB hails bill for MPs' code of conduct

Transparency International Bangladesh has welcomed the private member's bill on "Code of Conduct for Members of Parliament 2010" placed in parliament on Thursday.

Two outlaws killed in bomb explosion in Pabna

Two extremists, including a local commander of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (ML-Janajuddha), were killed in a bomb explosion at a field at Baro Mangalgram village in Faridpur upazila yesterday evening.

Fire guts fish processing plant in Ctg

Two fires at a fish-processing factory and a washing plant caused extensive damage to goods and properties in the port city Thursday night.

9 beaten up on suspicion of robbery

Villagers beat up nine persons, including a journalist, suspecting them as robbers in Ketua village Thursday night.

Pak president's powers to be partially pared

The Pakistani president's powers are to be partially slashed by giving the prime minister the prerogative to appoint the three service chiefs, a media report said yesterday.

Clinton appeals for donations to save Haitians

Former US president Bill Clinton urged Americans yesterday to make donations as small as 10 dollars urgently to help bring life-saving food and water to earthquake ravaged Haiti.

WFP says food stocks mostly intact at Haiti warehouses

The UN's food relief agency said yesterday that little food appeared to have been taken from its warehouses at Haiti's capital Port-au-Prince after earlier reports of looting.

Editorial

Code of conduct for lawmakers

WE are heartened by MP Saber Hossain Chowdhury's placing of a private member's bill in the parliament seeking to formulate a code of conduct for the lawmakers. Even though there is hardly any precedent of enacting a private member's bill in our context, yet this one merits a special consideration in view of the pressing nature of the need for a code of conduct.

Sludge cleaning running into trouble

EVEN while embarking on a perfectly commendable and highly imperative undertaking we hardly cease to startle potential beneficiaries with an awkward missing link in the exercise messing it up, almost to the point of jeopardising it. The case in point is the BIWTA's temporary suspension of its scooping up of sludge and solid rubbish sheets enveloping the Buriganga river-bed for want of suitable dumping sites. While they earned legitimate praise initially for doing a wonderful ecological job the organisers have had to face a standstill.

India, expectations and connectivity

OUR efforts in foreign policy have been directed to protecting national interests, sensitising our vulnerabilities arising out of effects of climate change and fostering good relations with our development partners in general and within our neighbouring region in particular. This has persuaded our Prime Minister to undertake several visits abroad and other members of her cabinet to be also pro-active in their engagements in the international multilateral forums.

In search of peace

IT was a welcome coincidence that both Bangladesh and Pakistan figured in the discussions at New Delhi this week. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was on her first official visit after a landslide victory last year. Top Pakistan lawyers, academicians and human rights activists sat in the Capital with their counterparts to find “A Road to Peace” after the governments at Delhi and Islamabad had failed to resolve their problems in the last 60 years or so.

Time to establish a knowledge commission

A few months ago, former Indian President eminent scientist Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam visited Bangladesh as a convocation speaker for UITS. Dr.Kalam delivered his lecture, "The 21st century university education is about developing enlightened citizenship for a knowledge-based society for peace and prosperity of nations, the world and also university has to be the incubator of world knowledge powerhouse." At a time of unprecedented and dynamic global change, with the world economy effectively amid significant re-balancing between east and west, knowledge, together with imagination, creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship are of premium importance to nations, governments, organisations, communities and people everywhere.

Sports

Tigers want draw

Bangladesh would be looking towards their batsmen to put up a good fight when they take on India in the First Test at Zahur Ahmad Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong tomorrow.

Rajshahi squeeze Sylhet

Sylhet were on the verge of following on at the close of second day's play in the National Cricket League after Rajshahi declared their first having amassed a huge total of 529 for seven, riding on a century by Naeem Islam at Fatullah yesterday.

Golf's golden target

The sport of golf in the country has more or less been made known by Siddiqur Rahman, but a few others, who have come from underprivileged group, have appeared to follow in the footsteps of Siddiqur and the Bangladesh Golf Federation (BGF) is dreaming of clinching gold medals in the event on its introduction in the upcoming 11th South Asian Games in Bangladesh.

Pakistan in dire straits

Ricky Ponting's fifth Test double-century and Michael Clarke's highest Test score have left Pakistan facing a mountainous task to avoid defeat over the next three days in Hobart. Their already fragile confidence took another hit when Peter Siddle struck twice in one over and Salman Butt ran out two partners to leave them 425 runs adrift by stumps on the second day of the third and final Test on Friday. With six wickets in hand, avoiding the follow-on looked as far away as the Australian mainland.

Nikolay awaits Roger?

Roger Federer faces a potential quarterfinal against Russian bogeyman Nikolay Davydenko following Friday's Australian Open draw, as the world number one chases a 16th Grand Slam title.

India thrash Afghanistan

Defending champions India started their quest for a second successive title in style, thrashing qualifiers Afghanistan by eight wickets in their opening Group A match of the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup here on Friday.

British-born booters join camp

Two British-born Bangladeshi footballers arrived in Dhaka yesterday to join the Bangladesh Under-23 football camp for the 11th South Asian Games to be held in Bangladesh from January 29 to February 9.

Aussies can decide on their own

Cricket Australia will let players involved in the Indian Premier League (IPL) make their own decisions about whether to take part in the tournament following threats on their safety from India. The Shiv Sena political party has said they would not allow Australians to play in Maharashtra following attacks on Indian students in Melbourne.

India give SA tour dates

South Africa will begin their tour of India next month with the first Test at Nagpur from February 6-10, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said on Friday.

Sangakkara new Kings XI captain

Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara has replaced Yuvraj Singh as the captain of Kings XI Punjab for this year's Indian Premier League (IPL). Speculation was rife over the past few weeks in India that Sangakkara was the man to take over the captaincy and Anil Srivatsa, the franchise's chief executive officer, confirmed the news Friday.

Zaheer offers to head PCB

Former captain Zaheer Abbas has offered to become the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman in a bid to salvage the PCB's sinking reputation in the country.

Sachin not playing for Middlesex

Sachin Tendulkar has opted not to join Middlesex for this summer's domestic Twenty20 Cup, telling the county that the additional workload would place too much pressure on an already busy international schedule. It had been hoped that he would join Adam Gilchrist, who has already signed a contract with Middlesex, for the 2010 edition of the competition.

Dementieva keeps title

Elena Dementieva successfully defended her Sydney International title on Friday, leaving Serena Williams with injury concerns just days out from the Australian Open.

Federer first choice

Roger Federer has missed playing in only one of the last 18 Grand Slam finals and given his extraordinary consistency of performance it's hard to bet against him winning the Australian Open.

Terry's urge to teammates

John Terry has told his Chelsea teammates they must take their chance to put the pressure back on to Manchester United and Arsenal in the most unpredictable Premier League title battle in years.

Angola down Malawi

Angola avoided another Mali-style collapse to beat Malawi 2-0 and move to the top of Africa Cup of Nations Group A Thursday.

Buffon back to boost Juve

Juventus have received two important boosts ahead of their tricky trip to Chievo on Sunday as they bid to salvage their dismal season.

Algeria back in business

Algeria gave their hopes of qualifying for the Africa Cup of Nations' quarterfinals a significant shot in the arm here Thursday with a 1-0 win over Mali.

Barca eye quick revenge

Barcelona have an immediate opportunity to avenge Wednesday's Kings Cup loss to Sevilla when the two sides cross swords for the third time in 11 days at Camp Nou on Saturday.

Guti wants out

Real Madrid's out-of-favour midfielder Guti says he wants to leave the Spanish giants and would welcome a move to Inter Milan "with open arms."

Brazil book Irish date

World Cup favourites Brazil will warm up for this year's finals in South Africa with a friendly clash against the Republic of Ireland at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium on March 2.

Sturridge costs Chelsea 3.5m pounds

Premier League leaders Chelsea must pay Manchester City 3.5million pounds for teenage striker Daniel Sturridge, with the final bill possibly hitting seven million depending on appearances.

Smith puts SA on top

Graeme Smith hit a pugnacious century as South Africa took control before heavy rain stopped play on the second day of the fourth and final Test against England at the Wanderers Stadium on Friday.

Flintoff to let go this IPL

Andrew Flintoff will not fulfil the second year of his contract with Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise the Chennai Super Kings after undergoing another operation on his right knee.

Baghdatis to fight it out with Gasquet

Marcos Baghdatis will play Frenchman Richard Gasquet in the final of the Sydney International after a titanic semifinal on Friday.

Metropolitan

War criminals get scope to hatch conspiracy

The more the trial of the war criminals will be delayed, the more time the anti-liberation forces will get to hatch conspiracy, member secretary of Sector Commanders Forum (SCF) Lt Gen (retd) Harun-Ur-Rashid said yesterday.

Build Rajshahi as 'education city'

Speakers at a seminar yesterday urged the government to take an initiative to build the Rajshahi city as 'education city'.

Villagers beat up 3 cops over 'robbery'

Locals beat up three policemen on suspicion of robbery at Darigaon in South Keraniganj on the outskirts of the city early yesterday.

Special prayers held for Haitians

A special prayer was offered after Juma prayers yesterday at the Baitul Mokarram National Mosque seeking blessings of the Almighty Allah for the departed soul of about one lakh Haitians.

Fresh water crisis in Sundarbans

Sixteen desalinisation plants will be distributed among the same number of forest stations in the Sundarbans to ensure sweet water in the area.

Weavers to get special benefits: Minister

Food and Disaster Management Minister Abdur Razzaque yesterday said the government would take an initiative to offer special benefits for weavers working in handloom industry.

Deadlock continues at Ctg veterinary varsity

Frustration is mounting among the students of the country's lone veterinary university in Chittagong, as the deadlock over the demand for removal of its vice chancellor continues for the last one month.

SM Sultan's 85th birth anniversary today

Today is the 85th birth anniversary of the country's celebrated artist SM Sultan.

Two Sylhet BCL muggers caught red-handed

Two Bangladesh Chhatra League cadres were caught red-handed while mugging in Sylhet town on Thursday night.

Qulkhwani of Hafizul Islam today

Qulkhwani of Hafizul Islam, former managing director of Uttara Bank and Arab Bangladesh Bank and general manager of Sonali Bank, will be held at Swamibagh Community Centre (Mitali School) in the city after Asr prayers today (Saturday).

Wall magazine festival begins

A three-day wall magazine festival and competition began on Bangla Academy premises yesterday with a view to exploring the hidden talents of the secondary level students.

Priority given to agriculture for strong economy

Food Minister Abdur Razzaque yesterday said the present government is giving highest importance to the rural economy, especially agriculture, for a solid economic footing.

IUBAT founding anniversary

The inaugural ceremony of fortnight-long programmes marking the 18th Foundation Day of IUBAT will be held at its Uttara campus in the city at 10:30am today.

'PM's Delhi visit to ensure regional security'

Speakers at a rally yesterday called on the main opposition BNP to accept the 'fact' that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's recent visit to India was successful and she signed the treaties considering the greater interests of the nation.

Indian team in Ctg for feasibility study on 1000-bed hospital

A two-member team from Narayana Hrudayalaya (NH) Group of India arrived in Chittagong yesterday to study technical aspects and economic feasibility of a proposed world-class health care institution here.

Ban polybag units

Environmentalists at a human chain yesterday demanded proper implementation of the act that imposed ban on the use of polythene bags.

BNP should return to parliament

Speakers at a book launching ceremony yesterday said the main opposition BNP should return to parliament right now, as there is no reason to boycott it.

Allowing India to use Ctg port to pose security threat

BNP standing committee member Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury yesterday said that allowing India to use the Chittagong port would pose a security threat to Chittagong as well as to the country.

Protest against move to restore '72 constitution

Several thousand people staged demonstrations in the city yesterday to protest the government's move to restore the constitution of 1972.

Elephants kill 2 in Cox's Bazar

Two people were killed in an attack by a herd of wild elephants at Dariardighi village in Ramu upazila yesterday.

Cirdap ministerial meet begins in city on Jan 24

The second ministerial meeting on Rural Development in Asia and Pacific will be held in the city on January 24-28 to discuss emerging issues relating to rural development and poverty alleviation.

RU Shibir leader arrested

The police yesterday arrested an Islami Chhatra Shibir leader of Rajshahi University (RU) unit on charges of attacking a police camp at Binodpur Bazar near the university on May 23 in 2009.

Reinvestigation into killing of journo demanded

Speakers at a rally yesterday demanded reinvestigation into the killing and immediate start of the trial of the killers of Manik Saha, a noted journalist of the country's south-western region, for the sake of ensuring security of journalists and freedom of the press.

3 of a family die in Ctg road crash

Three people of a family were killed and two others injured in a road accident at Dhorertek in Raozan upazila yesterday.

Smuggled coal seized

Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) seized 50 metric tons of smuggled coal worth Tk 3 lakh from Lalghat at Tahirpur in Sunamganj on Friday night.

BBC Bangla Sanglap in Rangamati today

An episode of BBC Bangla Sanglap on contemporary CHT issues will be held at the Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (BPC) Complex at 2:30pm in Rangamati today.

SM Hall reunion Feb 6

A reunion of the former students of Salimullah Hall at Dhaka University (DU) will be held at the DU playground on February 6, says a press release.

International

Quake aid trickles thru' Haiti's cramped airport

US military air traffic controllers are scrambling to keep earthquake aid flowing into the Haitian capital without the use of a control tower or radar, and amid struggles over fuel, tarmac space and even staircases to access planes.

Quake makes 300,000 homeless

An estimated 300,000 people have been left homeless in the devastation wrought by the unprecedented earthquake in Haiti, with one in 10 homes in the capital destroyed, the UN said yesterday.

Cries grow faint under rubble

Almost 48 hours after the shattered concrete ceiling of her cousin's dress store crashed down upon her, Maryse's faltering cries galvanised a crowd of rescuers digging through the rubble.

Cuba allows US to use airspace for quake aid

The United States said yesterday it had been granted rare permission to use Cuban airspace for aid and evacuation flights in the wake of Haiti's devastating earthquake.

Japan ends Afghan refuelling mission

Japan yesterday wrapped up its eight-year naval refuelling mission in the Indian Ocean supporting the US-led war in Afghanistan, fulfilling a campaign pledge of the new government in Tokyo.

500 candidates barred from polls in Iraq

Iraq's electoral commission on Thursday barred 500 candidates from running in March's parliamentary election, including a prominent Sunni lawmaker, in a decision that is sure to deepen Iraq's sectarian divides.

Troops thwart attack on Pak parliament: Malik

Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that the security forces have thwarted extremists' plans of attacking the country's parliament.

'Blazing ring'eclipse races across Asia

A solar eclipse that reduced the sun to a blazing ring surrounding a sombre disk plunged millions of people in Africa and Asia into an eerie semi-darkness yesterday.

Pakistan should talk to Taliban, says Imran

Cricketer turned politician Imran Khan called Thursday for the army to withdraw from Pakistan's tribal areas and for talks with the Taliban, warning that the country faced "catastrophe" otherwise.

Suu Kyi meets minister

Detained Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday held her first meeting this year with the cabinet official responsible for contact with her, as her party makes preparations for possible participation in elections.

US warns of terrorist attacks in Malaysia

The United States embassy in Malaysia issued a warning yesterday that criminal and terrorist groups are planning attacks against foreigners in Sabah state on Borneo island.

Arts & Entertainment

Centenary celebration of Dhakatia Govt Primary School

The centenary celebration of Dhakatia Govt Primary School in Bhaluka Upazila was held at the school premises in Mymensingh on January 14. The day long celebration was marked by colourful cultural programmes, including a dance sequence and musical soiree. The turnout of both the students and alumni of the school added an interesting dimension to the celebration.

11th Dhaka Int’l Film Festival begins

The 11th Dhaka International Film Festival was inaugurated on January 14 at the Main Auditorium of National Museum. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the festival. Seventeen films including two Bangladeshi films, from Asia and Australia, are competing for the top prize at the ongoing festival. Organised by Rainbow Film Society, the festival is being held at the National Museum and Central Public Library premises.

Poetry recitation festival

A poetry recitation festival was held at Rangpur Shaheed Minar recently. Shawnan, Rangpur organised the festival.

Upcoming SA Games to highlight Nachol Rebellion

As part of the inaugural ceremony of 11th South Asian Games (SA Games), formerly known as SAF Games, a dance-drama titled "Geeti Naksha" based on the historic Nachol Rebellion will be held at Bangabandhu National Stadium on January 29.

The realisation of a long cherished dream…

Despite his profession in Bangladesh, Mohammad-ullah was passionate about culture. When he moved to Queens in New York 20 years ago, he was fascinated by the New York Auditorium. In Manhattan, real estate is as valuable as gold, so he never bothered to ask what it would cost to rent the auditorium. But dreams cost nothing, and many a time, while looking through the glass of the auditorium from the sidewalk, he dreamt of holding cultural programmes there.

Urban interpretation of folk songs

The Charukala (Faculty of Fine Arts, DU)-based musical troupe "Trimara-Ekti Gaan-er Dol" has been immersed in acoustic music and Baul songs for the last six years. Chandan, a student of Oriental Art at FFA, leads the seven-member troupe.

OP-ED

Withdrawal of criminal cases in perspective

DISCUSSIONS relating to the withdrawal of criminal cases registered before the present government assumed charges have been bitter and acrimonious. A committee headed by none other than the state minister for law, himself a practicing lawyer in the recent past, has reportedly been scrutinising the cases that merit withdrawal from prosecution. Such a step has been taken in view of the persistent allegation that a large number of criminal cases were instituted with a view to harassing the politicians.

Permissive standard of administration stalls development

JUDGED from the permissive standard of politics and administration in the country, it appears that something truly bizarre is happening. If what is happening is an indication, governance at all levels of administration seems to be flawed. With the political parties hurling abuses at each other and mostly pre-occupied with just digging up the past, the country's administration is weathering a crisis of confidence. By now, the rule of reason, ethical responsibility, proper surveillance and supervisory activities have become comforting illusions.

Water resources in Bangladesh: 50 years of development

HOW much water is there in Bangladesh? It is unknown by volume but the known principal sources of water resources of Bangladesh are annual average rainfall of 2300 mm and daily average delta discharge of 3000 million cum seasonally partially parked in the habitats of water criss-crossed by a network of about 230 rivers.

Environment

Facing climate change with innovative technologies

An exciting and challenging message published in an English daily must have drawn attention of the conscious newspaper readers. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on 7th December 2009 urged the country's scientists and technology experts to come up with new technological invention and environment-friendly use of technologies to protect the people from the wrath of global climate change. It is hoped the scientists will surely prove their efficiencies through implementing innovative technology to face climate change.

Going green with ICT

Countries around the globe try to promote various activities in mitigating the environmental degradation. One of the vital steps developing countries have undertaken is the 'Go Green' concept through which, believably, we can save resources of our planet to let our future generations survive. This environmental issue is more than important for the existence of our country.

European hemeroby approach for appropriate measuring

Nature conservation anchors a discourse that articulates a nexus of nature-culture-artificiality-stability-biodiversity. The concepts of human disturbances have been enjoying increasing popularity in the discussion of biodiversity conservation. Anthropogenic behaviour that harms nature" or “human activities contrary to nature" leads to unnatural conditions. The notions of pure naturalness are totally dogmatic and the present environmental conditions are the products of a plethora of human disturbances. Human activities are the result of evolution of the other life forms in the biosphere. The Homo faber ("man the maker") plays the most significant role on the highly complex manipulations of the nature.

An abode of wildernesses in urbanity

Keeping animals in zoo for public recreation is an old concept. In a few past centuries many zoos have been established around the world as refuge for the captured wild animals mainly for giving people pleasure. Even today the zoos are not discarded in the face of movements by animal rights groups. Rather, some new zoos are being set up with a view to promoting care of people for the wild animals, reproduction of endangered species and scope of research on wild animals.

Literature

The Tree-Man

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The stretched grilled veranda along the bedroom was so narrow that one would only use it for dry clothes or mature pickles. Yet the young bride from the second floor would come to the veranda whenever she could. There would be only buildings to stare at though some covering the mighty sky; others reducing their distance with the sky with every opportunity, enforcing a chaotic surrounding. The only saving grace was the plot next to theirs, where no building was yet to be built. It had a long tin-shed house where several families lived. The place also contained three trees within its boundary a date-palm tree, a guava tree and a boroi tree.

Like a candle melting down

There is something about bleakness, about snowfall, that causes some of the saddest thoughts to well up in you. The sight of an old book, the death of a celebrated playwright, remembrance of a year, images of graves far away . . . these and similar workings of the mind are what you encounter as the winds howl and daybreak does not show much of a difference with twilight. You watch the flakes fall to the ground, wondering all the while what could be happening to the birds that on sunlit days flit across your window many times over. And then you hear television dwelling on the danger that birds are confronted with if the snow refuses to melt. These tiny emblems of Creation, always foraging for morsels in the grass, do not have it in their beaks to probe through the snow and into the soil.

Marriage, its pains and its pleasures

A psychologist has cautioned certain categories of men and women against marrying. He seems as least generous enough not to generalize as Thales, an ancient Greek philosopher, did long ago --- 'for a young man not yet and for an elder man not at all.” I would like to ask readers not to heed the philosopher in order to be spared the confusion and frustration, which such marriage-related views may lead to.

Four poems from Ekram Kabir

Missing you

Drizzles escort chill through
my window panes that
don't have your reflections
but the clouds say
they've spoken to you
on their way to summer
from yours; and they sprinkle
your words on me.

Star Health

Dealing with disasters

Haiti, one of the most vulnerable countries to the impact of climate change like Bangladesh is already overwhelmed with high rates of tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, diarrhoea, meningitis and respiratory infections. With 7.0 magnitudes earthquake that struck on last Tuesday added severe burden of injuries and chance of further tropical and infectious diseases. In addition to death, a large number of survivors are struggling to access healthcare and suffering from severe trauma/ injuries, lack of safe water, sanitation, food and shelter. World Health Organisation (WHO) urged international communities to serve immediate health needs in crisis with rapid and coordinating life-saving care.

Skin care in winter

Cold weather is responsible for various types of skin disease. Not only adult but also children are affected by winter. Although dryness of skin is the main cause of this problem, there are other diseases like scabies which can occur in winter. Generally scabies is the diseases of hot weather but in rural and slum areas many people suffer from scabies in winter. Due to lack of cleanliness or regular shower in cold weather, people of those areas are prone to scabies.

Mitral clip: Alternative to open heart surgery

Mitral regurgitation is a common problem among people suffering from heart diseases. It is a condition in which the heart's mitral valve (valve between two left sided chambers that controls blood flow between them) does not close tightly, allowing blood to flow backward into the heart. When the mitral valve does not function properly, blood can not move through your heart or to the rest of your body as efficiently. Mitral valve regurgitation can make you fatigue, exercise intolerance and y may experience shortness of breath and swelling.

Jaundice: What to know?

Jaundice is a symptom, not a disease entity by itself. It is the manifestation of different clinical condition where there is accumulation of serum bilirubin in excess resulting yellow colouration of eyes and skin. However, non-medical persons want to mean by jaundice a condition which we term medically as “Acute Viral Hepatitis” (AVH) that results from involvement of different organs of body, primarily the liver, by different viruses.

If you smoke, watch out for low back pain

If you needed another reason to cut the cigarette habit: Smokers, especially younger smokers, are more likely to report low back pain than people who have never smoked, according to a new analysis.

Heart disease risk checklist

Take this quick quiz to find out how you can reduce your risk of heart attack and brain attack (stroke). Start by becoming aware of your risk factors — the personal characteristics and habits that increase your chances of developing heart disease or stroke. Some you can not change or control; some you can, by making a few changes in your daily habits. By taking this quiz, you will learn where to focus your efforts.

Strategic Issues

Outcome of Bangladesh-India summit 2010

CONDOLEEZZA Rice, during an official visit to India in 2005, had described Bangladesh as the “next Afghanistan”. It was, thus, for very good reasons that the Indians were greatly excited when the Awami League won the 2008 elections by a massive margin. The assurance given by Sheikh Hasina within days of becoming Prime Minister that Bangladesh would not allow its territory to be used for carrying out insurgency against India was welcomed in India with great enthusiasm, both by the ruling Congress and the opposition BJP. By her just-concluded state visit to India, Sheikh Hasina signed and sealed that assurance by signing three security related agreements that would give the Indians the handle over its insurgents who either hide in Bangladesh or are inclined to cross over to Bangladesh in search of sanctuary. The agreements ensure that all that India had wanted and expected on the important issue of security from Bangladesh has been delivered. It was Mamata Banarjee who perhaps spilled India glee over these three agreements when, after a meeting with Sheikh Hasina, she told waiting reporters that India must give Bangladesh whatever it wanted.

Mutual Trust Restored

BANGLADESH Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's landmark four-day visit (10-14th January) to India has created an excellent environment of mutual trust that will lay foundations for a much more stable and fruitful relationship with India. The two neighbours lacked mutual trust and the visit has been successful in restoring the spirit of trust between the countries.

Obama: No US troops to Somalia, Yemen

President Obama says he has "no intention" of sending U.S. troops to fight militants in Yemen and Somalia, and that al-Qaida's activities are still centered along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.

Star Books Review

A treat for thinking readers

Nothing is more in need at this critical time, when political democracy has re-started but a limping journey, than the publication of a centenary commemorative anthology on Abul Fazal (1903-1983), the foremost humanist of the country. He was considered the conscience of the nation in his time. Though primarily a writer, all his life it has been a trademark with Fazal that he participated in and led almost all intellectual and civil movements against the pseudo-religious Pakistani autocratic regimes. At the advent of the Bangladesh movement Abul Fazal became a truly national figure guiding the progressive forces with courage and high morale.

The life and times of a revolutionary

Binod Bihari Chowdhury, the iconic revolutionary figure of the subcontinent, turned one hundred on 10 January. By all accounts yet a young man, he has produced a book called Ognijhora Dingulo (The Flaming Days) through dictation where he has deliberated on his long as well as told and untold stories of his eventful life. There is no doubt that the publication of the book will help us learn more about this centenarian figure who has observed the three phases of the evolution of the Bengali nation the British era, the Pakistan era and the present Bangladesh era and thus has made himself an erudite figure in the historical perspective.

Pain, sorrow and women's lives

Jharna Das Purkayastha is very well known to Bengali readers. She has written numerous short stories. She won the Annanya Shahitya Puroshkar in 2008. The Blue House is a collection of twelve short stories which have been translated by different writers and edited by Niaz Zaman.

The surreal sights that dot the path

Love, the eternal two-faced dream, never stops mesmerizing us. Writers all over the world end up contributing to the ever-increasing definition of love at some point in their writing careers because they find almost every quality of life in love. The kingdom of love is so vast that it reigns over every other human emotion and this, needless to say, heaps on love a dual nature on top of its universality



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