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Zillur seeks Turkish help in river dredging, ICT

President Md Zillur Rahman yesterday sought Turkey's assistance in the areas of river dredging, energy, shipbuilding, information technology, tourism and agro-based industries in Bangladesh.

200 Jamaat, Shibir men arrested

Police arrested around 200 people, mostly leaders and activists of Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Chhatra Shibir, in the capital, Chittagong, Sylhet and several other districts yesterday after Jamaat-Shibir men clashed with the law enforcers and Bangladesh Chhatra League.

Fresh encroachment on Gulshan Lake

Despite High Court directives not to fill any portion of Gulshan-Banani Lake, an influential quarter is out to grab around 10 kathas of the lake land.

Lack of fire safety claims seven lives

Once again inadequate fire safety measures in a high-rise building caused deaths of seven people of a family including three children in the capital in Thursday night's fire in Japan Garden City.

Plot handover to start next month

After missing three deadlines for handing over plots of Uttara Model Town third phase, Rajuk now sets next month the earliest for handing over plots.

Man killed for not paying toll

An Awami Swechchasebak League activist was beaten to death by a mob after he stabbed a man to death for refusing to pay extortion money at Omorpur Haat of Nandigram upazila here yesterday.

Recruitment of 15 judges this week

The government is going to appoint around 15 new judges to the High Court division of the Supreme Court within this week.

50,000 maunds of jute burned down

Huge amounts of raw jute and jute goods have been gutted in a fire that broke out at the bailing press of Noapara Jute Mill in Abhoynagar upazila here yesterday around 2:00pm.

BCL leader gunned down in city

A Chhatra League leader was shot dead by some unidentified criminals in city's Manikdi under Cantonment Police Station last night.

Seven held after blast at B'baria college hostel

Police arrested seven people including a teacher and four Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinees after a locally made bomb exploded at a hostel of Brahmanbaria Residential School and College Thursday night.

Shibir's false claim on dead CU student

Islami Chhatra Shibir claimed Masum, who was killed in Chittagong Thursday night, as its adherent while his family members and relatives said he was not involved in politics.

Amartya Sen arrives today

Nobel laureate Professor Amartya Sen arrives today on a flight of Thai Airways on a two-day visit to attend Indo-Bangladesh Dialogue on Education and Health: Learning from Neighbours.

Rajshahi city Jamaat ameer remanded

Rajshahi city Jamaat Ameer Ataur Rahman and 10 other Shibir men were taken on a five-day remand yesterday in connection with three cases filed for February 9 RU violence.

Bird lovers flock to JU sanctuary

A daylong bird fair at Jahangirnagar University yesterday drew hundreds of bird lovers from around the country.

2 die while cleaning sewer line

Two persons died of asphyxia while cleaning up a clogged sewer line at Azimpur in the capital yesterday morning.

Sahara visits injured BCL men at hospital

Home Minister Sahara Khatun yesterday said whoever has incited the deadly incidents at university campuses will be arrested and brought to justice after investigation.

3 killed in Rajbari road accident

Three people were killed and 13 others injured as a truck rammed into a human hauler at Felur Dokan in Sadar upazila on Rajbari-Faridpur highway early yesterday.

Huge crowd at book fair

Thousands of visitors yesterday thronged the book fair at Bangla Academy on the first day of two-day weekend.

Accused killer husband still absconding

The prime accused of Lipi Akter murder at Dhulondi village of Ghior upazila in Manikganj is still at large.

UN forms advisory panel on climate change funding

UN chief Ban Ki-moon launched a high-level advisory panel yesterday to mobilise funding to help developing nations battle climate change.

Indo-Pak talks set for February 25

Pakistan and India will hold their first official talks since the Mumbai attacks on February 25, Islamabad said yesterday, in a move seen as a significant bid to ease regional tensions.

Iran accused of jamming BBC, VOA broadcasts

Three international broadcasters yesterday accused Iran of deliberately jamming their output.

US govt back to business after record snowfall

The eastern US seaboard was spluttering back to life yesterday after a record snowfall paralysed the region for most of the week, as a rare winter chill swept across the normally balmy South.

Ebadi pleads for int'l help over crackdown

Iranian Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi yesterday launched an impassioned plea for international action to stop a government crackdown on her country's opposition.


Initiating enquiry into RU incident

The Thursday's High Court (HC) rule on the government asking it why it should not form a high-powered enquiry body within eight days to probe the shocking incident of murder and mayhem on the Rajshahi University (RU) campus on Tuesday last is a timely and hands-on move on the part of the judiciary.

Overseas workers should obey the law

The prime minister's admonition to Bangladeshi workers in Kuwait that they must follow the laws of the country in which they are working and assurance that overseas law breakers could not seek safe haven at home must have gone some way towards reassuring her hosts that she is intent on a mutually advantageous relationship between Bangladesh and Kuwait.

Of disaster preparedness for Dhaka

I came to Dhaka in February, 1950, exactly sixty years ago. At that time, Dacca, as it was then known, was a small town of about one hundred and seventy thousand people. Limited to a large extent to the southern tract bordering the river Buriganga, its outer limit included the Dhaka University campus and the lush green Ramna Park. There was very little motorized vehicular traffic and negligible pollution. There were also designated public toilets in different parts of the city -- Narinda, Wari, Gopibagh, Ganderia, Shamibagh, Islampur, Chawk Bazar and Nawabpur and other facilities that included an effective emergency fire service. There was also steady supply of water in the pipelines and road side hydrants.

Spirit of accommodation required

THE developing countries have in parochialism a menace which disrupts normal life. A small number of people take law into their hands and whip up frenzy by an appeal to divisive and communal sentiments. They not only mar the rhythm of development but also weaken the nation's cohesion.


Zoran misses second day

Serbian coach Zoran Djordjevic skipped conducting the training of the national footballers for a second successive day though the booters have been gearing up for the AFC Challenge Cup finals in line with the training that he had outlined before the South Asian Games.

All eyes on Eden

A desperate India will look to hit back at South Africa in the decisive second and final Test starting on Sunday after suffering a humiliating defeat in the opening tie.

Teammates back Strauss

England stand-in captain Alastair Cook insists his team have given their support to regular skipper Andrew Strauss's decision to miss the forthcoming tour of Bangladesh.

Report finds disciplinary faults

A team manager's report on Pakistan's disastrous tour of Australia blamed defensive captaincy by Mohammad Yousuf and discipline problems for the debacle.

Rain thwarts WI hopes

West Indies had their best performance of the series cut short by the weather as they were allowed six balls in their chase before the third ODI was washed out. The desperate tourists, who now have to win the final two matches to level the five-game contest, were hopeful of victory after Ravi Rampaul's 4 for 61 restricted Australia to 225.

Dido all praise for booters

Former Bangladesh national football team's Brazilian coach Edson Silva Dido hailed his ex-charges for their triumph in the just concluded South Asian Games at home.

Smith scare for SA

South African captain Graeme Smith suffered a finger injury on Friday, causing a scare in the tourists' camp ahead of a decisive Test match against India.

'England can stun Pakistan'

England's batting coach and former middle order batsman Graham Thorpe has said that his team has the ability to stun the World Twenty20 champions Pakistan in the next week's two match T20 series.

Djokovic gets free ride

Novak Djokovic earned a free trip into the semifinals of the Rotterdam Open on Thursday, benefitting as his second opponent in three matches this week proved unable to take to the court.

Petkovic prevails

Germany's Andrea Petkovic ended French interest in the WTA Paris Indoor Open on Thursday by beating fifth-seeded Andrea Rezai to set up a quarterfinal clash with top seed Elena Dementieva of Russia.

Zvonareva advances

Top seed Vera Zvonareva withstood a strong second-set challenge from Austrian left-hander Sybille Bammer on Friday to advance to the semi-finals of the Pattaya Open, winning 6-0, 7-6 (7-5).

Cricket's Olympic dream brightens

Cricket has taken a major stride towards potential inclusion in the Olympics after Games chiefs Thursday voted to recognise the governing International Cricket Council (ICC).

Cole breaks ankle

England boss Fabio Capello has admitted that the potential loss of Ashley Cole from his World Cup squad is a severe blow to his preparations for South Africa.

Reprieve for Pompey?

Beleaguered, bedraggled and very possibly bankrupt by the end of next week: things could hardly get worse for Portsmouth at the moment.

Ribery is back

Bayern Munich will look to their fit-again French midfielder Franck Ribery on Saturday as the German giants hunt a ninth straight league win against Borussia Dortmund that could see them move top.

Roma run in threat

AS Roma's incredible 19-match unbeaten run will come under threat this weekend due to a striker crisis that will see both Francesco Totti and Luca Toni miss out.

Cesc, Barca rubbish deal claims

Arsenal captain Cesc Fŕbregas has denied rumours that he has agreed a deal to join Spanish champions Barcelona next season.

Giggs out for four weeks

Ryan Giggs has broken his right arm and will be out of action for at least four weeks in a serious blow to Manchester United's prospects of claiming silverware this season.

Bayern struck by virus

Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal on Thursday ordered some of his squad to train separately after a mystery stomach bug struck down a number of the Bavarian club's players.


Evil forces out to create anarchy

Economic Affairs Adviser to Prime Minister Mashiur Rahman said an ill-motivated force is engaged in hatching a conspiracy to create anarchic situation across the country through using violence one after another.

'Ban religion-based politics'

Leaders of Bangladesh Christian Association yesterday demanded immediate ban on the religion-based communal politics in the country.

Hafiz demands by-poll in Bhola-3 constituency

Maj (retd) Hafizuddin Ahmed, vice chairman of the main opposition BNP, yesterday demanded holding of by-election in Bhola-3 constituency among the 'three valid candidates' who contested the December 2008 general election.

Liberation War Museum starts raising funds for own bldg

The fund collection programme of the Liberation War Museum began through a spectacular light-and-sound show in the city yesterday, displaying the historic liberation war and killing fields.

Trainers' training launched for CAs

Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh (ICAB) launched a trainers' training programme yesterday for chartered accountants to ensure international standard accounting in the corporate sector.

Two fake currency traders held in city

Police arrested two fake currency traders from different parts of the city during the last two days.

Terrorist held, firearm seized in N'ganj

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested a terrorist from Paikpara Bridge area in the early hours of yesterday and seized an Indian pistol from his possession.

2 children drown in Pabna

Two children drowned in a pond at Katakhali at Chatmohor in the district on Thursday.

Indian goods seized

Members of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) recovered huge smuggled goods from Benapole and Baroachra village under Sharsha upazila in the district yesterday.

Khulna businessman demands security

Businessman Md Manzurul Islam Babu has demanded security of his life and property after he received death threats from a listed criminal on several occasions.

81pc blood transfusion centres do not have licence

As much as 81 percent of the country's blood transfusion centres do not have any licences or follow the safe blood transfusion guidelines, according to a study conducted by Bangladesh Health Watch (BHW).

Develop PPP projects for agri research, development

Finance Minister AMA Muhith wants Bangladesh Agriculture Development Corporation (BADC) to plan projects under public-private partnership (PPP) to increase investments in the agricultural research and development.

Fund collection campaign begins

The fund collection programme of the Liberation War Museum began through a spectacular light-and-sound show in the city yesterday, displaying the historic liberation war and killing fields.

UK tightens rules for int'l students

The United Kingdom has introduced stricter criteria for international students wishing to study in the UK.

Bangladeshi company develops arsenicosis medicines

Viola Vitalis, a Bangladeshi company, has developed Arsenicure, an ointment for treatment of external symptoms, and Ars-detox, a capsule formulation to neutralise the accumulated arsenic inside the body.

Business case-solving contest begins in Ctg Feb 16

A competition on marketing and business related innovative ideas titled 'Berger-Star Campus Brainstorming Business Case-Solving Competition 2010' will begin in the port city on February 16.

BTCL to set up digital exchange in each union

Bangladesh Telecommu-nication Limited (BTCL) will set up 200-line digital exchange and fibre optic cables in each union of the country.

RU teachers vow to free campus from Jamaat-Shibir

Rajshahi University (RU) teachers under the banner of Progressive Teachers Society (PTS) yesterday vowed to build a Jamaat and Shibir-free campus.

Call to empower indigenous leaders for dev of CHT

Leaders of Khagrachhari Headmen-Karbari Association yesterday called on the government to empower the traditional indigenous leaders and evaluate them for the development of CHT area.

Train derails in Lalmonirhat, 10 injured

At least 10 passengers were injured while trying to jump out of a train that derailed near Kakina Railway Station at Kaliganj in the district yesterday morning.

2 injured, 10 shops gutted in N'ganj fire

Two people were injured while trying to douse a fire that gutted at least 10 shops at Madanpur in the district on Thursday.

Youth strangled in N'ganj

An unidentified youth was strangled in the town yesterday.

10 injured in BCL-JCD clash in Jessore

A clash between Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) in Jessore left 10 activists of the both the groups injured on Thursday night.

5 killed in road crashes

Five people, including a woman and her daughter, were killed in separate road accidents in Rajbari and Dinajpur in the last two days.

16 Razakars sued

A freedom fighter has sued 16 Razakars in Jessore on charges of abducting and killing five freedom fighters during the liberation war in 1971.


US and Afghan troops ring Taliban stronghold

US and Afghan forces ringed the Taliban stronghold of Marjah on Thursday, sealing off escape routes and setting the stage for what is being described as the biggest offensive of the nine-year war.

Lankan SC to hear challenge to Fonseka's arrest

Sri Lanka's Supreme Court agreed yesterday to hear a challenge to the arrest of defeated presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka, as opposition parties stepped up a campaign for his immediate release.

Twin blasts targeting Pak cops kill 15

Two suicide bombers struck outside a police complex in northwestern Pakistan, killing 15 people and underscoring the relentless militant threat despite army operations and US missile strikes against al-Qaeda and the Taliban.

Telangana leaders ask MPs, MLAs to resign

The Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) yesterday rejected the terms of reference (ToR) announced by the Union Government for the five member Justice BN Srikrishna committee and asked all its elected representatives to resign in protest against Centre's betrayal.

India-Pakistan agree on roadmap to resolve water disputes

In order to resolve the long pending water issues between them, India and Pakistan have agreed on a 'roadmap' and decided to hold two additional meetings, besides a routine meeting due in May, over the next six months.

Release of new Bollywood film scaled back over political row

Cinemas in the Indian city of Mumbai scaled back the release yesterday of top actor Shah Rukh Khan's new film, in the face of violent threats from right-wing Hindus locked in a row with the Bollywood star.

Good governance a must for graft battle

Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal has said that good governance is absolutely necessary to control rampant corruption that exists in the country.

Thailand to deport North Korean plane crew

Thailand was set to deport yesterday a five-man plane crew detained in Bangkok with a 35-tonne cache of sanctions-busting arms from North Korea after charges against them were dropped.

Myanmar to set free deputy leader of NLD

Military-ruled Myanmar is set to release the elderly deputy leader of Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition party when his house arrest term expires this weekend, an official said yesterday.

Australia probes alleged Indian cyber attacks

Australian police yesterday said they were investigating a string of hacking attacks against Melbourne-based companies, reportedly linked to recent violence against Indian nationals.

Iraq opens polls campaign

Iraq officially kicked off the campaign season yesterday, just hours after an appeals panel banned a number of candidates from running in March nationwide elections.

Supreme leader warns West over bid to subjugate Iran

Iran's supreme leader praised the mass turnout at the government-backed rally marking the 1979 Islamic Revolution and warned the West to stop putting obstacles in his country's path, state Press TV reported Friday.

UN highlights new threat from Haiti gangs

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti must tackle criminal gangs boosted by the escape of thousands of prisoners after the country's devastating quake, an UN spokesman said Friday.

Yemeni soldiers killed as rebels break ceasefire

The Yemeni army said Shia rebels broke a ceasefire yesterday, just hours after it came into force, killing several soldiers in a string of attacks in the far north of the country.

Going veggie may do more harm

A new study has determined that becoming a vegetarian can do more harm to the environment than continuing to eat red meat.

Space station gets room, huge window to see Earth

Astronauts put the last big addition on the International Space Station early Friday, attaching a new room with an enormous bay window that promises to provide unprecedented panoramic views of Earth.

Clinton leaves hospital after heart surgery

Former US president Bill Clinton left hospital early yesterday after doctors successfully cleared up a clogged artery following his hospitalisation for chest pains, an aide said.

China warns of further damage to ties from Obama-Dalai meet

China yesterday urged the United States to call off a meeting between President Barack Obama and exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama to prevent further damage to already strained ties.

'Osama successors would be worse'

Osama bin Laden's son has warned that if his father is killed, his successors as new al-Qaeda chief would be "much, much worse."

20 rebels killed in Caucasus

Russian forces have killed 20 rebels in two days during an ongoing "counter-terrorism operation" in the Caucasus region of Ingushetia near the border with Chechnya, the FSB security service said Friday.

Patrick Kennedy won't seek re-election

Representative Patrick Kennedy, son of the late senator Edward Kennedy, said Friday that he will not seek re-election to Congress, ending decades of Kennedy family presence in elected office.

Palestine president meets Manmohan

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who is on a two-day state visit to India, met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here on Thursday.

Arts & Entertainment

Folk music draws audience at Bangla Academy

As part of the ongoing Amar Ekushey Book Fair 2010, noted artistes of the country performed folk compositions, including songs of Lalon and Hason Raja, at Bangla Academy premises on February 11.

Flavours of the Subcontinent

Featuring 12 outstanding documentaries from South Asian countries, a three-day film festival titled "Travelling Film South Asia 2010" ends today at the Shawkat Osman Auditorium, Central Public Library, Shahbagh. The festival began on February 11 with an aim to highlight contemporary South Asian issues through films. Beginning, a creative studio that supports film production and communication design, in association with South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR) and Manusher Jonno Foundation, is the organiser of the event. Bangladeshi filmmaker Yasmine Kabir's "The Last Rites" was the opening film of the festival.

Bappa and Fahmida’s musical offering for Valentine’s Day

Bappa Majumder and Fahmida Nabi's latest studio album "Ekmutho Gaan 2" will be launched at Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, in the city, today.

“Boi Mela should be turned into an international event” -- Bhaswar Banerjee

Noted reciter Bhaswar Banerjee is of the opinion that the month-long 'Amar Ekushey Book Fair' is a great chance for young reciters to be introduced to new poems. He thinks that the mela also offers publications for those who are associated with performing arts such as theatre.

National Film Awards ‘08 announced

National Film Awards for the year 2008 were announced on February 11. An eleven-member jury, chaired by the additional secretary to the Ministry of Information, selected the winners in different categories, says a press release.


Campus violence spells disaster for the country

With the tragic death of Abubakar Siddique, a fifth semester meritorious student of Islamic History and Culture Department of Dhaka University on February 3 last after sustaining a serious head injury by some solid object thrown in his room at A. F. Rahman Hall, the ominous signal of the slide to disorder and violence in the campuses of the universities in consequence of intra or inter party clashes has surfaced again. Abubaker was killed as a sequel to clashes between rival groups of Chhatra League in the AF Rahman Hall of Dhaka University and two days after this killing, Faruk Hossain, an activist of the Chhatra League in Rajshahi University fell victim to Islamic Chhatra Shibir barbarity. With the grisly killing of Abubakar and Faruk Hossain the good days their poor parents were looking forward to, have been dashed to ground.

Enforcement dimension of traffic management

The almost unbearable traffic situation in Dhaka metropolitan area has engaged the attention of people of all classes and vocations. This has been natural as the socio-economic costs of traffic disorder have been too high to be ignored. While the statistics that graphically depict the harm caused to the economy and the tragedy in terms of loss of human lives serve useful purpose, the important considerations at this time are the remedial measures.

Easing traffic jam, ushering in livability

The traffic jam recently in Dhaka painfully surpasses all that obtains in other mega cities, with too many vehicles, many with inadequate road networks, some with narrow roads except the major roads, particularly Manila and Bangkok. All the major European and American cities and Tokyo in Asia have efficient underground metro which has made their traffic situation easier than in other cities. The traffic madness in Manila and Bangkok was worse during the pre-under ground metro up to eighties.


The development-environment conflict: Lessons learnt

The conflict between development and environment still remains unresolved. Industrial revolution in the 1780s, Green revolution in the 1960s gave great prosperity to humankind but snatched away many things of importance and in some cases caused irreversible damages. England first had the industrial revolution and Edwin Chadwick in 1842, 70 years after the industrial revolution submitted the world's first famous report on water pollution to the British Parliament. Following the start of Green revolution, Silent Spring published by Ms. Rachel Carson indicated the toxicity of insecticides such as DDT in 1962.

VCF in CHT: A sustainable model of forest management

Climate change signifies the deforestation issue as a major development challenge. FAO estimates that 13 million hectares of the world's forests are disappearing annually, and that accounts for 20 per cent of all global greenhouse gas emissions. If deforestation continues at the present rate then the tropical forests may be lost by 2050. This is likely to be true, but so far no international treaty has provided any financial incentive for reduction of deforestation and degradation of the ecosystem in the tropics, except the Kyoto Protocol's Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), which allows investment from developed countries to compensate for their greenhouse gas emissions through forestry schemes for developing countries.


The magic in literature

When Omar Khayyam wrote, "I desire a little ruby wine and a book of verses, just enough to keep me alive, and half a loaf is needful" in the eleventh century, he was pretty convinced that reading was one of the most important aspects in a person's happiness. After all these years, the appeal of books and reading them has remained the same. A good work of fiction or a thought-provoking poem is capable of leaving a lifetime impact on people's minds. It won't be an overstatement to say that Khayyam left some perfect lines for book lovers to apply to their thoughts on literature.

To write, to publish

FEBRUARY, the Bangla month of Falgun, is our precious month. It is our time of reckoning---recollecting the past and calculating the future; to renew our pledge for Bangla Bhasha.

Dr Maniruzzaman: Humble man of letters

DR Maniruzzaman, a veteran linguist of the country, turns 70 on 15 February. A university professor, essayist, poet, folklorist and administrator, Dr Maniruzzaman has served at many institutions and performed many duties in fifty years of his working life. He has 18 books to his credit while eight other books edited by him have been received with acclaim.

'Every moment spent with you . . .'

WHAT happens if one day you are caught cheating on your Valentine; what happens even if the heart is broken into a thousand pieces? Does it really matter? After a bomb blast, trees are uprooted; buildings blown sky high; and sounds of window panes breaking are heard from afar. But have you ever heard a heart break? Buildings are reconstructed with improved looks; trees are replanted with imported saplings; but what happens to the broken heart? The crevice never heals!


Dusky skies make sweet love
To the parched brown earth
Showering her being
With tender moist kisses
Each leaf, each bud
Is soft with warm desire
She sighs for the rain
Never to end
As the luscious drops
Caress with slow deliberation
And the winds scream
The earth trembles
As the heat rises
From the earths core
When the lightning dies
Quiet descends
The warm soaked earth
Is radiant
With the musky scent
Of satiated love.

Star Health

Zinc is crucial to fight against pneumonia

Deficiency of Zinc, an essential mineral leads children to an increased risk of developing pneumonia, the major killer of children under five, a recent research investigates.

Holistic approach for palliative care

Palliative care is an integrated approach of treatment for terminally ill patients that improves their quality of life through lowering sufferings and relief of pain. But it is not just only the treatment of pain and disease related symptoms. It involves comprehensive care with physical improvement as well as psychological council.

Call for justice for people with leprosy

Although Bangladesh has made a commendable progress in control of leprosy, the disease still poses a considerable public health threat in certain areas. People with leprosy are cured significantly with successful medical treatment. But the stigma and social isolation becomes a major concern for thousands of people who live with permanent disfigurements caused by the disease. They face more extensive social and psychological adverse impacts than many people consider. But the problem is frequently overlooked and neglected.

Research found breakthrough treatment of HIV/AIDS

Since the detection of HIV virus in 1983, scientists and researchers are trying hard to invent and explore effective weapons to fight with the deadly disease. AIDS takes away millions of lives as there is no specific treatment for cure or vaccine to prevent transmission of HIV. In quest to combat HIV/AIDS, a recent research has revealed breakthrough findings to protect body from infection.

Know the signs of childhood cancer

About 1 in every 600 children develops cancer before they reach the age 15. The cause behind childhood cancer is still relatively little known. But the overall cure rate for childhood cancer has significantly improved over the last 2 decades in association with clinical trials and the development of new treatments.

Offer a healthy heart to your valentine

With the advent of Valentine’s Day on this Sunday, millions of people are planning to give special gifts to their beloved. People sent flowers, red hearts, anonymous cards and offer a candle-lit dinner to surprise their valentines. On this Valentine’s day, you can make an exception by giving the greatest gift — a healthy heart that lasts forever. With little changes in your lifestyle that keep your heart healthy you can offer the big gift.

Strategic Issues

Is Obama magic on the wane?

PRESIDENT Obama could not resist blaming his predecessor for a lot of the current mishaps to shore up his declining approval rating. In his state of the union address on January 27th , his second since becoming President and given on completion of his first year in office, he said early in his address: “one year ago, I took office amid two wars, an economy devastated by recession, a financial system on the verge of collapse and a government deeply in debt.” He said that although the worst was over, deep problems remained with job loss being the most serious where 1 in every 10 Americans was unemployed.

Is Sri Lanka leading to authoritarian government?

SRI Lanka is known to pride itself as a democratic country since it achieved its independence in1948. But the latest Presidential election on January 26 and President's post-election actions have raised grave doubts in many quarters that the country is heading towards an authoritarian government. Opposition leaders are severely disappointed to witness such dramatic anti-democratic actions.

India tests nuclear-capable missile

INDIA successfully tested a nuclear-capable missile on February 7, a defence ministry spokesman said, days after the government proposed a resumption of talks with archrival Pakistan.

US gains momentum destroying chemical weapon stockpiles

THE US Army has destroyed more than 70-percent of its stockpiles of chemical weapons some dating as far back as to the World War I era as part of an elaborate, decades-long process slated to be largely completed by 2012, service officials said.

Unmanned US Navy jet gets more punch

A small, experimental jet intended to demonstrate a UAV's ability to operate off aircraft carriers just might see operational action, according to two top US Navy officials. The aircraft is the X-47B, being developed by Northrop Grumman under the Navy Unmanned Combat Air System (N-UCAS) program. Roughly $2 billion has been added by the Pentagon over the next five years to give the program a major boost. Most of that money, said Rear Adm. Bill Burke, was at the behest of the new Quadrennial Defence Review (QDR).

Iran builds own aerial drones with strike capabilities

Iran started on Monday production of two domestically-developed unmanned aerial vehicles capable of delivering high-precision bombing strikes and performing reconnaissance missions, the Fars news agency said. Iran unveiled the drones, dubbed Ra'd (Thunder) and Nazir (Harbinger), at a plant in the northern province of Mazandaran.

Star Books Review

The star, until the sun came out . . .

HEIDI Holland subtitles her otherwise revealing work on Robert Mugabe as 'the untold story of a freedom fighter who became a tyrant.' That, if you remember, is how the West has portrayed the president of Zimbabwe for the past many years. To be sure, Mugabe has himself provided his critics with the ammunition to fire away at him. His increasing intolerance of dissent, his refusal to accept what was perceived to be a clear victory not long ago at the presidential election for Morgan Tsangvirai and his condoning of a land grab by his followers (who called themselves freedom fighters) have in a big way tarnished his reputation worldwide but especially in the West. Even so, Holland's assessment of the man who has led Zimbabwe since it achieved freedom in 1980 through the Lancaster House agreement reached the previous year appears to be directed at discovering as many signs of the 'monstrosity' Mugabe has become over the years.

Romeo and Juliet redux

How many times has the Romeo and Juliet story been retold? Having asked that question, I'm not certain that Eritrean writer Sulaiman Addonia had Shakespeare in mind when he wrote his evocative story of two star-crossed lovers, not in Eritrea but in Saudi Arabia. However, the publishers of The Consequences of Love highlight the connection to a story that depicts the near impossibility of love in such a stultifying and repressive country. The young lovers, Naser and Fiore, have Eritrean parentage, but the obstacle they encounter as foreigners attempting to fulfill their love is not familial but religious: fundamentalism.

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