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Sirajganj power project set to be revived

The Power Development Board has primarily accepted a proposal of leading local power company Summit to revive the 450-megawatt Sirajganj power project, which the last BNP-led alliance government had cancelled in 2004 without any explanation.

Detained Jaish man tells plane hijack story

Detained Billal, a suspected Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) operative, has admitted that he made a safe passage for several militants, who were involved in 1999 Indian plane hijacking, to India from Bangladesh.

Speaker's opportunity

Enemies of democracy, especially of the parliamentary form, must have had their biggest laugh last Wednesday. If they wanted to stage something extremely insulting to the highest law making body and the supreme symbol of the people's power and the nation's sovereignty, they could not have done anything better than what a section of lawmakers did three days ago.

Three tanners die from gas poisoning

Three workers died from inhaling toxic gas and several others fell ill at a tannery in the city's Hazaribagh area yesterday morning.

Govt starts job scheme for 12.5 lakh ultra poor

The government has launched the Employment Generation Programme (EGP) from March 4, after the High Court vacated a stay order on the EGP.

Jubo League men occupy UZ chairman's house

A group of Jubo League men led by its district unit general secretary occupied the residence of a upazila chairman at College Para in the town yesterday morning following a dispute over the ownership of the house.

Exporters get e-access to buyers

From now on, the country's exporters don't have to wait for long to know about the detailed queries from the importers' end, instead they can go to Export Promotion Bureau to contact buyers directly through video conferencing.

BNP uncertain about taking part

The participation of the main opposition BNP in the Bhola3 by-election has become uncertain due to “slide” in law and order in the constituency over the last couple of weeks.

6 houses torched in Rangamati

At least six houses of indigenous families were set on fire at remote Dane Baipachhara at Bagaihat under Baghaichhari upazila here Thursday night.

PM moves to Gono Bhaban

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her family moved into Gono Bhaban yesterday.

Bangladesh beaten easily

England opener Craig Kieswetter scored his maiden hundred as the visitors beat Bangladesh by 45 runs in the third and final match of the Beximco ODI Series at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium here yesterday to wrap up the series 3-0.

2 schoolboys killed on roads

Two schoolboys were killed in road accidents at Madan upazila of Netrakona district and Shibchar upazila of Madaripur district yesterday morning and Thursday evening.

BNP leader killed in Jessore

Unknown criminals hacked a local BNP leader to death in Jessore Thursday night.

JS body visits affected areas today

The parliamentary body on Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) affairs ministry will go to CHT today to get first hand information on the recent violence in Bagaihat and Khagrachhari that left three persons dead.

Invasion was 'right decision'

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown defended his role in the 2003 Iraq war yesterday, telling a public inquiry it was "the right decision" and rejecting claims he withheld funding from the armed forces.

3 powerful aftershocks jolt central Chile

Three strong aftershocks shook central Chile early yesterday, sending panicked residents rushing out of their homes and leveling more buildings in an area already hard hit by last week's monster earthquake.

Rab arrests 10 people

The Rapid Action Battalion arrested 10 people and recovered 216 cans of beer and nearly 400 bottles of Phensidyl from different areas in Chittagong in the last two days.

Guard shot at for toll in city

Armed criminals shot a security guard of a construction firm at the city's West Tejkunipara yesterday after a contractor of the site refused to pay Tk 5 lakh toll.

UZ chairmen threaten tough movement

Upazila chairmen and vice-chairmen will go for tough movements if the government does not meet their demands.

Teenager stabbed to death

A teenager was stabbed to death and another seriously injured near a mosque in the capital's Shantinagar last night over an altercation.

Dialogue with Pakistan only way forward

Ruling out any third party mediation in bilateral issues between India and Pakistan, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday said dialogue was the only way forward with Islamabad but there could be no meaningful discussion till an end to terror from Pakistani soil.

Suicide attack kills 12 at Pak market

A suicide bomber rammed a car full of explosives into a convoy of Shias in a Peshawar market yesterday, killing 12 people including women and children in Pakistan's latest sectarian attack.


On the ICT road

The PM has laid out her government's vision for the use of information technology to reach its benefit to the people. A good start has been made, and many creditable steps have been taken in this regard as a first step.

80,000 unfit cars?

It defies logic as to how nearly 80,000 cars continue to ply city roads with expired fitness certificates contributing immensely to the perennial traffic congestions. The statistics have been collected by the communications minister Syed Abul Hossain from the Bangladesh Road Transport Authorities (BRTA) and placed before parliament on Wednesday. The minister has revealed that BRTA has two mobile courts led by two executive magistrates taking action against vehicles running without fitness certificates. But the reality is that there is clear lack of coordination between BRTA and the authorities responsible for traffic management. Therefore, if the relevant government agencies cannot rise above their petty differences and vested interests, and if magisterial actions are not effectively supported by strict imposition of rules, no qualitative change can come about on the roads.

Unity through diversity

IT was painful watching the photograph of a Pahari woman gathering burnt rice from the ground where her house used to be in Sathaiyapara, Khagrachari before inter-community violence made her homeless. Such photographs also appeared with regard to Bangalee settlers who have lost their homes through arson in other villages in the Chittagong Hill Tracts.

Elusive peace talks

IT is unfortunate that Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor hijacked a successful trip by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to Riyadh. Tharoor's remark that Saudi Arabia could be an interlocutor for talks between New Delhi and Islamabad from the soil of Saudi Arabia itself was indeed embarrassing.


Small problems to work on

Shakib Al Hasan, the Bangladesh captain, identified bowling in the Powerplay overs as one weak point that they needed to work on in order to win matches against bigger nations in one-day cricket.

Umpiring rules the talk

Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan was batting on 38 and Bangladesh were very much in the match at 162 for four in the thirty-fourth over when the dreaded finger of umpire Enamul Haque was raised to show Shakib his way to the pavilion.

First face third

On the back of nine straight triumphs in the Bangladesh League, defending champions Abahani are going to face the real hurdle for the first time this season when they take on Sheikh Russel KC at the Bangabandhu National Stadium today.

Ctg-Rajshahi final from today

The five-day final of the 11th National Cricket League between Rajshahi and Chittagong will start at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur today.

Beanibazar, Arambagh share points

Ten-man Beanibazar SC held hosts Arambagh KS to a goalless draw in the Citycell Bangladesh League encounter at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Salahuddin back with Tigers

Mohammad Salahuddin is likely to join the national team again as fielding coach when the Tigers will start their preparation tomorrow for the two-match Test series against England.

Five hit ceiling price

Five Bangladesh national team players - Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah Riyad and Naeem Islam were sold at the highest Tk 4 lakh each in the players' auction of the “PCL T20 Bashundhara Sharjah 2010” held at the gymnasium of the Chittagong MA Aziz Stadium in a colourful ceremony on Thursday night.

Sharipova faces Xuanshuo in final today

Uzbekistan's Sabina Sharipova will face Xuanshuo Ou in the girls' final of the Grameenphone 24th ITF Junior Tennis Championships today after both had easy rides against semifinal opponents at the National Tennis Complex in Ramna yesterday.

Boxing for a bright future

Boxing has a long way to go to gain popularity amongst the general people. While internationally the sport is quite high-profile, it is still very much at it's infancy in Bangladesh and lags far behind cricket and football in the popularity rankings. However, a quick skim over the Rajshahi and Jessore regions in the country would speak of a different story as a large number of youngsters from those areas are taking up the sport.

Ansar emerge champions

Bangladesh Ansar emerged champions in both the Junior and Intermediate group of the Southeast Bank 21st National Junior and 12th National Intermediate Boxing Championship which concluded at the Mohammad Ali Boxing Stadium yesterday.

Chits From Chittagong

As per expectation of the organisers, the viewers had a real taste of competitive match between the host and touring England and every nook and corner of the 14,000-capacity Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium started filling before the first ball was bowled at 9:00am.

Dutch down Canada

Rogier Hofman and Taeke Taekema scored two goals apiece as the Netherlands routed lowly Canada 6-0 for their third successive win in the men's field hockey World Cup on Friday.

Vettori still doubtful

Daniel Vettori is in danger of missing Saturday's second ODI against Australia with a nagging neck injury. Vettori, who sat out the dramatic opening victory, was unable to bat or bowl at training in Auckland on Friday and is hoping the problem improves dramatically overnight.

Broad, Onions to be back

England face an anxious wait to see if Stuart Broad and Graham Onions will be fit for the Test series against Bangladesh although were boosted when scans showed no major back problems in the two pacemen. They are hopeful the pair will be available for the first Test against Bangladesh on March 12 although neither will play the warm-up match starting on Sunday.

Zimbabwe shock WI

Shingirai Masakadza held his nerve in the final over to help Zimbabwe earn a two-run victory over West Indies in the first One-Day International here on Thursday.

Exhibition match at BNS today

An exhibition match between Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) XI and EU football team will be held today at the Banga bandhu National Stadium.

Fergie counts on character

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson feels his team's character will give them the edge in a three-way fight for the Premier League title with Chelsea and Arsenal.

Chelsea look to rebound

The scale of the hangover from Chelsea's traumatic defeat by Manchester City will become apparent when the FA Cup holders entertain Stoke in the last eight of this season's competition this weekend.

Sevilla visit Bernabeu

Sevilla winger Diego Perotti is confident that they can spring a surprise as they face the ominous task of playing Real Madrid at the Bernabeu this weekend.

All eyes on Rome

All eyes will be on Rome's Stadio Olimpico on Saturday night as Inter Milan's two Serie A title rivals fight it out to see who will earn the right to pursue the champions to the end.

Zuma promises safety

South African President Jacob Zuma promised visitors would be protected at the 2010 World Cup as he sought to allay fears the country's crime rate would blight the tournament.

Owen's WC dream over

Michael Owen will be out injured until the end of the season after learning he needs surgery to repair the hamstring injury that forced him out of last weekend's League Cup final.

EPL shelves UCL play-off idea

English Premier League bosses have shelved plans to introduce a play-off to decide which club takes England's fourth and final Champions League slot.

Heinze out for 3 weeks

Marseille's Argentine defender Gabriel Heinze will be out for around three weeks after injuring himself in his country's friendly with Germany, his club announced on Thursday.

Bosingwa out of WC

Chelsea and Portugal defender Jose Bosingwa is out for the rest of the season with a knee injury and will miss the World Cup, his club confirmed on Friday.

Bayern look to consolidate

Bayern Munich will be looking to cement or even extend their newly gained place at the top of the Bundesliga this weekend as second and third-placed Bayer Leverkusen and Schalke snap at their heels.


Students vow to ensure trial of war criminals

Over 1000 students yesterday vowed to ensure the trial of war criminals and move forward with the spirit of the liberation war.

Building code to be updated

The government has taken an initiative to update the building code considering the fact that the country runs the risks of large-scale earthquakes, Food and Disaster Management Minister Abdur Razzaque said yesterday.

N-treatment centres to be set up for better medicare

Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) will set up a number of nuclear treatment centres to reach nuclear treatment facilities to the doorsteps of the people in remote areas of the country.

DMP starts registration of GDs online

Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) yesterday formally started registering general diaries (GDs) online to reach legal services to the doorsteps of people by using the information technology.

Pro-Jamaat RU teachers hold secret meeting

The pro-Jamaat teachers of Rajshahi University (RU) held a secret meeting on Thursday night defying the restriction on political activities on the campus.

Cop killed in city road accident

A police constable of Sabujbagh Police Station was killed in a road accident near Khilgaon flyover in the city yesterday.

Call to raise awareness to prevent NCDs

Speakers at a seminar yesterday said there is a severe lack of awareness regarding prevention and diagnosis of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Bangladesh.

19 vessels with fertiliser stranded

Nineteen cargo vessels with 55,000 sacks of fertiliser, on way to Baghabari river port, remained stranded in the Jamuna River at Charsafulla in Bera upazila for about four days due to poor navigability.

Missing college girl found dead

Police recovered the body of a college girl from a field at Nishikundu under Jibanngar upazila in Chuadanga on Thursday afternoon, 31 hours after she went missing.

Rasheda wins Shilu Abed Craftsperson Award

Rasheda Begum of Sribardi in Sherpur has won Shilu Abed Master Craftsperson Award 2010.

One injured in bomb blast

A businessman was injured in a bomb blast at Jadavpur at Alamdanga in Chuadanga on Thursday night.

Essay contest held for visually impaired students

The Institute of Hazrat Mohammad (SAW) has organised an essay competition for visually impaired students of schools, colleges and universities recently as part of its month-long programme marking holy Rabi-ul-Awal.

Clash halts traffic on Dhaka-Mawa highway

Vehicular movement on Dhaka-Mawa highway remained suspended for about four hours yesterday as locals of Sirajdikhan and Keraniganj locked into a clash.

One killed in road accident

A man was killed and his co-rider injured in a road accident on Dhaka-Khulna highway at Bejpara bus stand in Kaliganj upazila on Thursday night.

Citycell launches Zoom Ultra in Ctg

Mobile phone operator Citycell launched its new and upgraded package Zoom Ultra in the port city on Thursday to offer its customers with high-speed mobile internet service.

Arrest of women with firearms still shrouded in mystery

The arrest of two women with firearms at Gopalganj on Wednesday still remains shrouded with mystery.

Man killed over land dispute

A man was killed and 25 others injured in a clash over a land dispute at Bonihari village under Mohonganj upazila in the district on Thursday night.

BNP to rally for anti-govt movement

The central leaders of BNP, including members of the standing committee, will embark on a month-long countrywide tour aimed at strengthening organisational activities and preparing for an anti-government movement.

'Implement constitutional provisions fully'

Full implementation of the constitutional provisions relating to the local government system can help eradicate the existing caste-based discrimination in society, said Justice Gholam Rabbani yesterday.

Injured garment worker dies

A teenage garment worker who was seriously injured after falling from the rooftop of a six-storey factory building in Dhaka on January 2 died at Khulna Medical College Hospital yesterday.

Guard shot at for toll

Armed criminals shot a security guard of a construction firm at the city's West Tejkunipara yesterday after a contractor of the site refused to pay Tk 5 lakh toll.


Thousands of women murdered in honour killings yearly: UN

Some 5,000 women are murdered in honour killings every year, the UN's top human rights official said Thursday, calling it an "extreme symptom of discrimination" against women.

Defiant US lawmakers pass Armenia 'genocide' bill

Turkey has furiously recalled its ambassador after US lawmakers voted to brand as "genocide" the killing of Armenians by Ottoman forces during World War I.

'Brown's military funding failure cost British lives'

Gordon Brown's failure to properly fund the military as finance minister cost soldiers' lives in Iraq and Afghanistan, a former British armed forces chief said Friday, a newspaper reported.

Western support grows for Israeli-Palestinian talks

Western countries have welcomed a decision by Arab foreign ministers to back indirect Israeli-Palestinian talks aimed at putting the long-stalled Middle East peace process back on track.

Ships freed from Baltic Sea ice nightmare

Icebreakers have freed dozens of ships from thick ice in the Baltic Sea, officials said yesterday, ending the ordeal of thousands of passengers and crew stranded in freezing conditions off the Swedish coast.

Iraqis begin voting in Syria, other countries

Iraqis living abroad began casting ballots in their homeland's crucial parliamentary elections yesterday, the second for a full parliamentary term since the 2003 US-led invasion ousted Saddam Hussein.

Quake rebuilding could take years, says Chile

Chile's president says it will take three years to rebuild the region wracked by an earthquake and tsunami, something all too clear to the people cleaning up this splintered tourist town.

Nato forces close to victory in Afghanistan: Petraeus

General David Petraeus, the head of US Central Command, has stated that Canada's decision to pull out troops from Afghanistan has come at a time when the Nato forces are heading toward a decisive victory against the Taliban.

China vows to address needs of the poor

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao vowed yesterday to ease rules denying public welfare services to millions of migrant workers as he pledged to meet the social security needs of the nation's huge poor underclass.

Singapore boosts security over terrorist threat

Singapore bolstered security measures after receiving information of a plot by terrorists to attack ships off the coast of the city-state, a Cabinet minister said yesterday.

Coins from Alexander era found in Syria

More than 250 silver coins dating back to the time of Alexander the Great were unearthed in northern Syria, a Syrian archaeologist said Thursday.

Moon's biggest crater exposes its hidden lower crust

Reports indicate that the biggest and deepest crater on the Moon can provide glimpses of the hidden lower crust of Earth's natural satellite.

Asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs

Dinosaurs were wiped out by a huge asteroid that smashed into Earth 65 million years ago with the force of a billion atomic bombs, scientists said Thursday, hoping to lay an age-old debate to rest once and for all.

Cyber-terrorism a real and growing threat: FBI

Terrorists, crooks and nation states are ramping up cyberassaults that are eating away at data, cash and security in the United States, the head of the FBI said Thursday.

Israeli cops battle Muslims at Al-Aqsa mosque

Israeli police stormed Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque compound -- one of Islam's holiest sites -- yesterday after protesters threw stones following the main weekly prayers, police and witnesses said.

Arts & Entertainment

All for Tagore and his timeless melodies

The three-day 29th National Rabindra Sangeet Convention kicked off in Jessore in a festive manner on Thursday morning. Renowned singer Amaresh Roy Chowdhury inaugurated the convention at Jessore Town Hall ground in the morning. Professor Zillur Rahman Siddiqui, president of Rabindra Sangeet Shammilan Parishad hoisted the national flag and released balloons and doves to mark the beginning of the event.

Intoxicating beats of hip hop

Although hip hop has been introduced in Bangladesh for around a decade, it would be a while before we can say that it's taken a footing in the country. However interest in this field of music is growing cumulatively as people, mostly in their teens and twenties are keen on rap or beats. Two hip hop crews are releasing their albums this month.

The drama of how the race is run

What does it mean to manufacture drama? The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences thought it knew when it announced last year that the number of Oscar nominees for best picture would be doubled, to 10 from 5.

Grand finale of “Meril Revive Busy-der Easy Show”

"Meril Revive Busy-der Easy Show", a contest for women from the corporate world, came to an end with a grand finale at the Bangabandhu International Convention Centre on March 4.

11th Int’l Short and Independent Film Festival

The 11th International Short and Independent Film Festival began on March 4 at the National Museum. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the festival as the chief guest. Bangladesh Short Film Forum has been arranging the festival biennially since 1988. This year, the festival features over 200 films from 30 countries.

Gano Sangeet competition in Magura

A daylong gano sangeet (inspirational songs) competition was held at the auditorium of Surjamukhi Kindergarten School yesterday. The programme was organised by Udichi's Magura unit.

“Keba Apon Keba Por” goes on air tonight

A new drama serial "Keba Apon Keba Por" goes on air tonight. Aired on Channel i, the serial is written and directed by Shilpi Sarkar Opu and Naresh Bhuiyan respectively. The cast includes Hasan Imam, Sharmili Ahmed, Dolly Zahur, Golam Farida Chhonda, Manosh Bandopadhyay, Gazi Rakayet, Anisur Rahman Milon, Shashi, Sweety, Mita Nur and others.


The ominous threat remains

Nationally significant events of the very recent past that included the apprehension of suspected religious extremists, both local and foreign, along with seizure of incriminating materials and hauling of arms and ammunitions by RAB are manifest indication of the terrorist threat with which we may have to live for a considerable length of time. To recall, initially, there was a denial mode about the threat and then there was the naďve belief that with the execution of six terrorists the problem has been taken care of, root and branch.

How long will garments factories remain death traps?

Death rarely comes by appointment. It arrives without warning, as it did at Garib and Garib sweater factory at Bhogra under Gazipur district on February 25. 21 workers, 15 of them female, died and several others were injured. When such death occurs due to human negligence and callousness, one has to feel scared.

Strengthening industrial administration

Implementing industrialization programs is a heavy and taxing responsibility. The industrial administrators are subject to variety of organizational, political and social constraints. The machinery for implementing industrial plans and for industrial services is often poorly designed.


Climate refugees: The Bangladesh case

Concern over anticipated sea-level rise (SLR) associated with global climate change has received wide attention of Bangladeshi climate specialists and related scientists, concerned citizens, politicians, and the print and electronic media. It is now widely accepted in the country that Bangladesh faces grave challenges from impacts associated with climate change. According to the World Development Report 2010, about 18% of Bangladesh's land will be submerged if the sea level rises by one meter. Should this occur, it will result in the displacement of almost 30 million people. Bangladesh government has few available resources to deal with this huge number of displaced people, or the so-called climate refugees. Not surprisingly the government has been seeking the cooperation of wealthy nations in relocation planning for those likely to be displaced.

Coal-fired thermal power plants: Some questions

Of course energy deficiency is one of the biggest problems and challenges for Bangladesh. About 90% of our power plants are natural gas fueled. As we have limited natural resources to generate electricity in conventional ways, we have to look for the alternatives. It will not be a wise decision to plan and install any more natural gas based thermal unit at this stage. So a few other alternatives that come in view are coal or oil based plants, nuclear power plants, hydro units and renewable energy sources i.e. solar, wind, biomass, etc.

Youths can also set agenda

Much has been written and told about climate change impact, mitigation and adaptation over more than a couple of months since COP15 held in December, 09 in Copenhagen. But not much about the role of youth in the efforts.


The Enchanted Baroque

Ayat stood motionless on the balcony to feel the time and space of a fresh day. The quiet dawn still held on to the remnants of night. The cool air caressed her face, the pleasure made her shiver slightly. She closed her eyes while listening to the Azan; one note but unsynchronized, the timing was a bit off for each call, yet together it formed a single whole - one message. That is what she loved about this city too, always chaotic, yet life fell in a rhythm. Today she heard another tune, Raag Bhairav. Somewhere close someone was greeting the God of Dawn on a different note! However much she tried to separate the two she could not. It was an amazing blend. She opened her eyes. The mist over the lake just hung there.

An Unforgettable Boat Ride

1955 was a memorable year. It was the year of the Great Flood. Our home was one of the few dwellings in the entire village which did not go under water. Our 'bangla-bari' --- an outer house detached from the main complex and used for a variety of purposes, including accommodation of a live-in school teacher --- was brimming with people who were given refuge. The temporary residents were villagers whose association with our family was forged over several generations. The communal camaraderie helped to alleviate their suffering. They waited patiently for nature to run its course; their homes lay submerged under water, with perhaps just the rooftops sticking out their heads in a show of determined defiance.

. . . . . . Reality . . . . . .

I stared at the sunset scene through my water-logged eyes. The breeze was calm and soothing. It brushed my cheeks, diverting the path of my salty tears. Yet the dynamic platform did not make much of a difference to me. I knew for a fact that the mistake I had committed was unforgivable.

Blackbird's song

I sit on a tree twittering to my friends,
Watching the bright blue summer sky.
I dream with the bracing air, I wake
To the sound of a big lorry.
I am a blackbird.

Star Health

A neglected public health issue at primary level

Many a time, surgery is the only option to save lives and prevent disabilities, especially in case of emergencies. Often surgery cannot be safely postponed to allow their transfer to a secondary or tertiary-level hospital. But the emergency surgical services is the commonly missing component of primary healthcare in Bangladesh. Most of the rural areas, patients have no access to even simpler procedure and trauma care at primary level (Upazilla health complex and union sub-centres).

Things to consider before you join a gym

Upon moving to Dhaka City, nearly two years ago, the first intention I had on my list of agendas was to join a gym in order to continue the fitness regime which I had taken up the previous years. But my intention did not quite lead to adequate action, until I realised my favourite outfits had shrunk, well, actually, truth be told, I had somewhat expanded. Eventually I did join a gym. I want to share my things what I considered before choosing the gym which was right for me.

New hope for migraine patients

A hand-held device that delivers a magnetic pulse to the head may offer relief for some migraine sufferers, researchers report.

The naked truth about baldness

Baldness affects millions of man worldwide. People spend huge money to prevent or revive the damage of hair follicle from where hair grows. But like other living cells, hair follicles can be damaged.

Director-General of WHO due tomorrow

Dr Margaret Chan, the Director-General of World Health Organisation (WHO) will arrive in Dhaka tomorrow on a short two-day visit. This visit is in response to an invitation from the Honorable Prime Minister of Bangladesh during her visit to Geneva.

Excessive soft drink consumption linked to PANCREATIC CANCER!

The regular consumption of sugar-laden soft drinks could boost a person's risk of developing pancreatic cancer. The results of a new study found that individuals who consumed 2 or more soft drinks per week had an 87 percent increased risk for pancreatic cancer, compared with those who did not.

Strategic Issues

Dr. ElBaradei and Egypt's Presidency

EGYPT, a country unaccustomed to tolerating political opposition, could be getting ready for a change finally. Nobel Laureate and former Chief of the IAEA, Dr. Mohammad ElBaradei, who is the most well known Egyptian internationally in contemporary times, was given a rousing welcome when he arrived in Cairo recently; a reception that was motivated by politics as many Egyptians are beginning to see him as their man of destiny. He is viewed as one who could transform Egypt into a working democracy based no doubt upon his fame for winning the Nobel Peace Prize and handling the crisis in Iraq over presence of WMD as Chief of IAEA and his impeccable record on corruption, a rare commodity in the politics of Egypt.

Bangladesh perspective

BANGLADESH, lying between the Himalayas in the north and the Bay of Bengal in the south, offers the only land route connecting South and Southeast Asia. Any invasion into South Asia from the East must pass through Bangladesh; the Japanese tried to do just that in the World War II. The British colonization of India also started from Bengal when the Bay of Bengal became the point of ingress. Bangladesh's close proximity to both India and China, two rising power in the 21st century, adds to its geographic importance.

Obama plans dramatic reductions in US nuclear weapons

PRESIDENT Obama plans "dramatic reductions" in the country's nuclear arsenal, a senior U.S. official said Monday, but it remains unclear if he will opt for a radical break from past policy.

US hopes NATO's proposed reforms would be ready this year

US officials hope a series of reforms envisioned for the 28-country NATO alliance will be available for review by member nations when they convene later this year, a senior defence official said February 26.

Star Books Review

Good soldier, better politician, charming lover

Julius Caesar disregarded warnings about the Ides of March. He believed, as Shakespeare would have us know, that he was more dangerous than danger itself. That precisely is what he told his wife Calpurnia when she tried to dissuade him from going to the senate because of the nightmares she had gone through during the preceding night. As he approached the senate, he came across the man who had warned him of the Ides of March. 'The Ides of March are come', said Caesar, almost in a triumphant vein. 'Aye, Caesar, but not gone', replied the soothsayer. On his way to the senate, Caesar was handed a scroll by the scholar Artemidorus, who apparently had some inkling of the plot against him. The dictator did not deign to read it. Moments later, he was dead at the foot of Pompey's statue inside the senate building. There were twenty three stab marks on his body. The last one, made by Brutus, was in his groin.

Depressing and yet snappy

The debut novel by social psychologist Shazia Omar is a brave depiction of drug addiction in Bangladesh. She approaches the taboo subject with all the rigour you would expect of someone who has spent a month in a rehab centre studying dependence. She seemingly omits nothing from this gritty work of fiction.

Book News

A Tale of Golden Girls launch at Goethe-Institut
Discrimination against women is not limited to a particular geographical area. It is rather a serious problem, appearing with different faces in different societies, says a press release of Goethe-Institut. The book, 'A Tale of Golden Girls', dwells on five exploited girls in Bangladesh who broke out of their cage and caused laughter to permeate their lives through success brought on by will power and determination. It will be launched at the Institut on 8 March.

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