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Car park lost to market

The Dhaka City Corporation allocated a car park in Karwan Bazar for setting up of over 65 shops, which is very likely to worsen traffic congestion in and around in the area. The construction of the shops is almost complete.

Govt to shut 2,931 'dubious' NGOs

The social welfare ministry will shut down activities of 2,931 NGOs in 16 districts for violating voluntary social agency rules.

Challenged people's job must be ensured

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has strongly directed the ministry and other departments concerned, including Public Service Commission, to implement quota facilities for the physically and mentally challenged persons in government services as per rules.

City gets new roads shortly

Dhaka city dwellers are likely to get a new street this month and construction of another one will be done in July.

Arms dealer 'linked to militancy' held

The detective branch (DB) of police has arrested a person allegedly involved in arms and fake currency rackets that finance militancy.

Attack made with Jamaat leaders' help

Islami Chhatra Shibir leader Shamsul Alam Golap in a confessional statement before a Rajshahi court yesterday said they resorted to February 9 violence with the help of Jamaat-e Islami to capture Rajshahi University halls.

BNP questions war crime trial

The main opposition BNP yesterday apprehended that the ruling party would eliminate its political opponents under cover of trial of crimes against humanity.

Intensify drive to recover BDR's missing weapons

The government has ordered law enforcing and intelligence agencies to intensify drives all over the country to recover weapons, especially deadly grenades, that went missing from the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) headquarters during last year's mutiny in the border security force.

24 schools shut in flooded area

Twenty-four educational institutions under four unions of Koira upazila in Khulna were declared closed for an indefinite period as the flood situation has taken an alarming turn in the area due to collapse of more embankments.

5 fertiliser factories shut down

The Karnaphuli Fertiliser Company Ltd (Kafco) and Chittagong Urea Fertiliser Ltd (CUFL) were shut down yesterday while three other factories were on the process of closing down.

Another held for killing DCC councillor

Detectives arrested another person Thursday in connection with the killing of Dhaka City Corporation councillor Ahmed Hossain.

Khaleda to address rally in Khulna on April 18

Opposition BNP will hold its second of the seven divisional rallies here at Shibbari crossing on April 18.

BDR mutiny trial begins in Sylhet

The trial of the 14 BDR members accused of mutiny of 8 Rifle Battalion, Sunamganj began yesterday at special court-3 set up at Sylhet sector headquarters.

Muktijoddha Sangsad, Jamaat face off in Dinajpur

The district administration has imposed section 144 around Dinajpur Lokbhaban and Dinajpur Institute fearing a face-off between the district units of Jamaat-e-Islami and Muktijoddha Sangsad.

Suspect held, handed over to Sylhet police

A suspect for the killing of schoolboy Saidul Islam, who had been stabbed to death Thursday morning, was handed over to police yesterday afternoon.

3 infants die at Matuail hospital

Two newborn babies and a three-month-old child died yesterday due to alleged negligence of the authorities concerned at the Institute of Child and Mother Health in city's Matuail.

Convicted ex-BNP MP lands in jail

Abdul Gani, a former BNP lawmaker from Meherpur, surrendered to a Khulna court Thursday afternoon, two years after he was sentenced to seven years in prison in a cheating case.

PM goes to Sylhet today

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to inaugurate Barakatullah Electro Dynamics (BEDL), a private power plant in Fenchuganj in Sylhet at 11:00am today.

College student murdered in Jessore

A college student was killed and two others were injured in an attack by their rival over a land dispute in Jessore yesterday.

Zardari's power set to be clipped

Pakistan yesterday submitted to parliament a sweeping package of landmark constitutional reforms, which strip President Asif Ali Zardari of key powers in a move to bolster parliamentary democracy.

Criminal threatens MP with life for toll

An unknown criminal demanded toll from lawmaker Khandaker Asaduzzaman over phone yesterday and threatened to kill him for failing to comply with the demand.

Taiwan may pay couples to have babies

Taiwan said yesterday the government may start paying people to have children in order to boost the island's dwindling birth rate, one of the lowest in the world.

Carbon emissions lead to dangerous changes in oceans

The rise in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions is driving fundamental and dangerous changes in the chemistry and ecosystems of the world's oceans, warn international marine scientists.

Japanese journalist kidnapped in Afghanistan

A Japanese freelance journalist has been kidnapped in a Taliban-controlled area of Afghanistan, the government's top spokesman said yesterday.


Reckless driving and death on the road

THERE does not seem to be any seriousness on the part of the traffic authorities about curbing road accidents. Of course, accidents happen everywhere around the world. But the general rule is that measures are always in place to handle such situations, meaning that corrective steps are taken to prevent a recurrence of mishaps on roads and highways. Unfortunately in Bangladesh, such steps are conspicuous by their absence. A sign of that comes through the sight of road accidents taking place on a daily basis not just in Dhaka but in other parts of the country as well. The latest in this long litany of tragic road tales is the death of a pedestrian near Eden College on Thursday. Hit by a speeding bus, he was dragged around by the vehicle for a hundred yards as his shirt got entangled with the bumper before the driver stopped the vehicle and simply ran off. On the same day, a student was killed when a speeding truck ran over him in Narail. Earlier last week, seven persons died in road accidents in the capital. Even on-duty policemen have been killed by speeding vehicles.

Safety net without dross

AS reported by our Pabna correspondent, there was an attempted intrusion by some ineligible persons into the Employment Generation Programme (EGP) launched for the ultra poor in Ishwardi upazila. Thankfully, such an irregularity, on being detected, seems to have been redressed. The local administration has ordered striking out the names of 11 solvent, even rich, Awami Leaguers from the list. The programme is exclusively designed for and targeted at the extreme poor. They are to receive Tk 120 in lieu of work per day during the ongoing lean season. Those found ineligible have been asked to refund the amounts they have already drawn.


Abahani cruise past Feni

Abahani 2 (Pranotosh 7, Ibrahim 21) Feni Soccer Club 0
Holders Abahani posted an easy 2-0 win over visitors Feni Soccer Club in the Bangladesh League at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Nazir plunders Pirates

189 for 6 (Tamim 55).

Usha, Sonali in semis

Last year's runners-up Sonali Bank and Usha Krira Chakra moved into the semifinals of the Dhaka Bank Club Cup Hockey tournament with their second successive victories at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium yesterday.

BKSP emerge champs

Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan returned to the top of the country's school cricket scene when they became champions of the Standard Chartered Young Tigers National School Cricket tournament yesterday.

Sania-Shoaib marriage takes another turn

The Shoaib Malik-Ayesha Siddiqui controversy took another turn on Friday when the Siddiqui family released, what they claimed, the marriage certificate of the Pakistani cricketer's 2002 'wedding' with the Hyderabad girl.

Afghanistan name squad for World T20

Afghanistan have named their 15-man squad for the World Twenty20 which starts at the end of April, with Shabir Noori and Sayed Nasrat's inclusion at the expense of Aftab Alam, the only changes from the 14-strong squad that won the qualifying tournament in February.

Multiple entry visa for fans?

The International Cricket Council on Friday said it was working to ease visa complications for overseas fans wishing to travel to the 2011 World Cup on the Indian sub-continent.

Benfica scalp Liverpool

Fulham succeeded on Thursday where glamour sides Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool all failed, by becoming the only English side to win a European tie this week.

Venus-Kim showdown

Venus Williams swept past France's Marion Bartoli Thursday to reach the final of the Sony Ericsson Open, where she'll face old rival Kim Clijsters of Belgium.

Pak-SA series in UAE

Pakistan and South Africa are planning a Test and ODI series in the UAE later this year, according to media reports. Gerald Majola, the chief executive of Cricket South Africa, has agreed to the PCB's proposal of playing in the UAE but the schedule and the venues are yet to be finalised.

Eng eyeing up Donald

England have moved a step closer to finding a new bowling coach by naming a five-man shortlist that includes two domestic coaches and three overseas candidates. England leave for the World Twenty20 at the end the end of April and need to find a replacement for Ottis Gibson, who left in January to coach the West Indies.

Taylor, Sarwan back

West Indies' hopes of lifting the World Twenty20 title on home soil were boosted on Thursday when pace bowler Jerome Taylor and batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan were both named in the 15-man squad.

Tro to meet in Brussels 100m

Brussels athletics meet chiefs were celebrating Thursday organising the 'most expensive 100 metres ever' after securing the three fastest men in the world for their August 27 event.

Shiv Sena lashes out at Sania

The right-wing Shiv Sena has lashed out at tennis star Sania Mirza for her decision to marry Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik.

Ranjan thru' to semis

Ranjan Ram moved into the semifinal of the Runner Group Independence Day Open tennis tournament at the National Tennis Complex in Ramna yesterday.

Big win for Bangalore

Kevin Pietersen (66 not out) got three lives before notching up his maiden Indian Premier League half-century and helping Royal Challengers Bangalore score a comprehensive six-wicket victory over Kings XI Punjab yesterday.

Rajib destroys Super King

Dashara Chalachal Club got a 136-run victory over Super King Manikganj in the Khan Real Estate Second Division Cricket League at the Government Boys' High School playground here yesterday.

Scholastica ride on Amana goals

Scholastica, Rajdhani High School and BIT won their respective matches in the Citycell Dhaka Metropolis Schoolgirl's Football Championship yesterday.

All roads lead to Manchester

Chelsea may come to regard their exit from the Champions League as a blessing in disguise.

Bayern's Schalke test

Bayern Munich must lay aside their dreams of reaching a first Champions League semifinal since 2001 for Saturday's title crunch at leaders Schalke.

It's heating up

Inter Milan have the lead, AS Roma have the momentum, but third-placed AC Milan cannot be discounted as the Serie A title race heads for a thrilling conclusion.

Barca, Real eye wins

Barcelona and Real Madrid, who are locked at the top of La Liga, will be desperate for morale-boosting wins this weekend ahead of the mouth-watering 'El Clasico'.

Gallas to miss rest of season

France defender William Gallas is expected to miss the rest of the season with a calf injury, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said on Friday.

Duo set for MU return

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson said Friday midfielder Owen Hargreaves and defender John O'Shea could be back in the squad for the visit of Chelsea this weekend.

Fergie expects Rooney back in 3 weeks

Wayne Rooney will be back in action within two to three weeks after suffering ankle ligament damage, according to Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson on Friday.

Mancini to accept FA charge

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini will plead guilty to an improper conduct charge, which arose from his touchline spat with Everton boss David Moyes, when he faces an FA disciplinary hearing.


Ship breaking yard pollution threatens extinction of hilsa

Speakers at a roundtable yesterday said country's national fish Hilsa may go extinct in five years if ship breaking activities continue to degrade the environment.

Ananda hands over cargo vessel to Danish co today

Ananda Shipyard and Slipways Limited is going to hand over Stella Moon, an ocean-going multi-purpose cargo vessel built for export, to the Danish company in the port city of Chittagong today.

BB roadshow reaches Tentulia

The week-long roadshow of Bangladesh Bank (BB) styled 'Unnayaner Obhijatra: Teknaf to Tentulia' (Journey to Development: Teknaf to Tentulia) reached Tentulia with a motorcade yesterday.

Committee to recover temple lays siege to minister's residence

Puran Bazar Kali Temple Recovery Committee laid siege to the residence of Shipping Minister Shahjahan Khan at Madaripur town yesterday demanding the temple be recovered from the grips of encroachers in line with the deputy commissioner's order.

Bus service in C'nawabganj suspended for 3rd day

Bus service on Chapainawabganj-Rajshahi route remained suspended for the third consecutive day yesterday, causing immense suffering to the passengers.

BSF kills Bangladeshi cattle trader

Border Security Force of India shot dead a Bangladeshi cattle trader early yesterday on Goburda border in Bashirhat under North 24 Parganas, West Bengal.

Rangpur round of Bangladesh Astro Olympiad

The Rangpur divisional round of the 5th Bangladesh Astro Olympiad held at Gaibandha Government College auditorium yesterday.

1700 bottles of Phensidyl seized

Rab yesterday morning recovered 1,700 bottles of Phensidyl and arrested two drug peddlers after a gunfight in Jessore.

20,000 metres current net seized, 10 held

Chandpur district administration and members of Coast Guard seized 20,000 metres current net and detained 10 fishermen a drive in the river Meghna at Char Bhairab at Haimchar early yesterday.

Rubel gives confessional statement

Detectives investigating the double murder at Gulshan are now set to unearth the source of the firearm and ammunition used in the killings.

Call to integrate autistic children into mainstream

Some 5,000 underprivileged children, including those with disabilities and autism, took part in a cultural programme to mark the National Disability Day and World Autism Day yesterday in the city yesterday.

BCL men abducts shop owner

Bangladesh Chhatra League men allegedly abducted a cosmetic shop owner yesterday evening and beat him up.

RU BCL activist assaults female student

A Bangladesh Chhatra League cadre again assaulted a female student of Rajshahi University in front of Tapashi Rabeya hall on Thursday evening for not accepting his love proposal.

Stop allegations, give suggestions: AL

Awami League presidium member Obaidul Quader yesterday called upon BNP to give suggestions to the government rather than making allegations regarding the trial of those involved in crimes against humanity in 1971.

UK hikes visa fees

The UK government has increased visa fees for travelling to the United Kingdom with effect from April 6, in an apparent attempt to 'strike a balance between maintaining secure and effective borders and improving the visa service to customers'.

Domestic help dies in rooftop fall

A fourteen-year-old domestic help died after falling from the rooftop of a five-storied building at Nurpur in the city's Kadamtali area yesterday.

Drug peddler gets life

A Sylhet court on Thursday sentenced a drug peddler to life imprisonment.

Flood situation worsens in Netrakona

Flood situation deteriorated in Netrakona yesterday morning, submerging 3,000 hectares of Irri-Boro crops.

Outlaws demand money from 7 govt officials in Jhenidah

Panic gripped the government offices in Jhenidah after extremists have demanded a huge amount from seven officials and also threatened to kill them if they fail to pay.

Fugitive convict held in Kushtia

Kushtia police arrested a condemned fugitive in Faridpur early yesterday.

BNP factions clash in Chandpur: 5 hurt

Leaders and workers of a faction of main opposition BNP here knocked down a stage yesterday where central leaders were supposed to address a rally today.

War criminals won't be allowed to flee country

Home Minister Sahara Khatun yesterday said the war criminals would not be allowed to flee the country at any cost.


Karzai under fire after attack on 'foreigners'

Afghan President Hamid Karzai ran into stinging criticism yesterday after accusing foreign powers of orchestrating enormous fraud in elections that returned him to power last year.

800 cases filed on civilians killed in US wars

More than 800 complaints have been filed by families of civilians killed in US military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, a civil rights watchdog said citing documents made public Thursday.

US seeks Pakistan's action on anti-India groups

The United States on Thursday called on Pakistan to curb anti-Indian militants, praising Islamabad's recent efforts against extremism but saying it could do more to improve ties with New Delhi.

Gun battle kills 8 Kashmiri militants

Indian troops have shot dead eight suspected militants in revolt-hit Kashmir, police said yesterday, as rebels blew up train tracks in the first attack on the region's railway.

Pakistan's attorney gen resigns

Pakistan's attorney general resigned yesterday in a dispute connected to pressure from the supreme court to re-open a money laundering case against President Asif Ali Zardari.

India launches children's right to education

A landmark law which makes education a fundamental right for children has come into effect in India.

Iran rebukes West as Obama urges Chinese support

Iran's top nuclear negotiator warned the West to stop "threatening" Tehran as US President Barack Obama urged Chinese President Hu Jintao to cooperate in blocking Iran's atomic ambitions.

Multiple Israeli strikes hit Gaza

Israel yesterday threatened a wide scale military operation against the Gaza Strip after a string of air strikes, which injured three Palestinian children following rocket attacks from the enclave.

China mine accidents multiply

Nearly 30 people have died and almost 200 are missing after five separate coal mining accidents in China in as many days, state media said yesterday, highlighting poor safety in the nation's collieries.

Iraq votes in referendum on PM

The Iraqi political grouping of Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr is holding its own a referendum on who should be the country's prime minister.

Police defuse 'powerful' bomb in Russia

Police defused a large bomb in the North Caucasus region of Dagestan on the same day that suicide bombers killed 12 people in the region, Russian news agencies reported yesterday, citing security forces.

US revamps air security checks

The United States will announce Friday it plans to begin profiling US-bound passengers in a major shake up of air travel security measures, US media said.

Thai Red Shirts set for mass protest

Red-shirted supporters of fugitive former Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra descended on Bangkok yesterday ahead of another mass weekend protest that has prompted tight security in the capital.

Arts & Entertainment

The evolution of saree through the ages

The stoic walls of Ahsan Manzil in Old Dhaka were alive again last Thursday night. In the times of the nawabs, the dome of this palace was perhaps the highest point of Dhaka, drawing intrigued people from all over. On the night of April 1, there was a gathering of not nawabs and zamindars but of admirers of haute couture and connoisseurs of art. The occasion was the fashion show arranged by Tootli Rahman. Titled, “The Evolution of Saree of the Subcontinent over 100 years,” the event was sponsored by City Bank Ltd and American Express.

A music wizard casts his spell

If there is a singer who is beyond all the barriers between north and south Indian music, it is none other than Hariharan.

Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra artistes perform around the country

Artistes of Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra staged an inspirational performance at a programme recently held by the river Surma in Sylhet city. Thousands of people enjoyed the presentations for hours at the open venue in front of the Saroda Hall.

“Mukti”: Portraying the tragedy of war through shadows

"Mukti," a short film on the Liberation War of 1971 has been sent for selections for the Festival de Cannes.

‘Bharat Ratna’ for Bhupen Hazarika?

The Assam legislative assembly recently unanimously passed a resolution asking the federal Indian government to confer the country's highest civilian award, Bharat Ratna, to music legend Bhupen Hazarika.

Syed Shamsul Haq on Ekushey TV tonight

Celebrity Talk Show “Otohpor Ami” will be aired tonight on Ekushey Television at 7:50 pm. Mohsina Rahman hosts and produces the programme.


Addressing our environmental challenges

THE government, sections of the civil society as well as the country's major universities have been following the evolution of the environmental paradigm in Bangladesh with great care and seriousness. This has been reflected in the convening of several workshops and meetings since the beginning of this year, and also with the cabinet approval of laws related to the newly instituted Climate Change Trust Fund.

Lacklustre governance

THE Manmohan Singh government is only 500 days old. Yet, it gives the impression of a setup that has lost its vigour and vitality. It looks jaded. Governments are in such a state when they are at the end of their tenure, not at the beginning. The reason is not that the ruling party does not command a majority in the Lok Sabha -- 206 out of the 545-member house. It is the attitude. The party was in a minority even in its last term. But governance was not as lacklustre as today.

The crossfire controversy

THE Daily Star has once again taken a serious editorial cognizance of the vexed subject of the so called 'crossfire' deaths and has questioned the legal and administrative credibility of this action. A very senior law enforcement official has claimed that such deaths resulted from actions that were legally permissible. We are, therefore, faced with a situation that warrants a pragmatic analysis of this disconcerting transaction in public interest.

Barbarians stalking the land?

HORRIFYING reports of violence in the form of killing, extortion, abduction, and rape that fill the pages of the dailies with alarming frequency only lead one to believe that if anything the society has fallen in the grip of barbaric and uncivilized forces.

Indian north-east: Overcoming isolation

THE north-eastern states of India became economically disintegrated as a result of political division of the sub-continent in 1947. Eventually, the region was cut-off from its traditional trading partners such as Bhutan, Myanmar, the then East Bengal now Bangladesh, Thailand and Indo-China. In fact, the region became land-locked that also exacerbated the isolation. Unfortunately, the issues have been ignored and less understood.

A patriot educationist

WHEN we last visited Dr. Md. Mozharul Islam in Cambridge, little did we know that he would soon pass away. He was the elder brother of my wife and very dear to us. He came to visit Bangladesh in March last year and returned to London on 28 March. Incidentally it was the last flight of British Airways, which ceased its operation in Bangladesh on that day. After a week in Cambridge, Dr. Islam, a teacher at Cambridge University, on April 3 Friday morning last year, on his way to the university from his home on campus, died in front of St. John College following a massive heart attack. He was 67.


Win some, lose some

HARD to believe, but it is only ten years since this millennium began with a bang and we have already to a great extent put the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on the shelf. Why we ever had to set goals based on a man-made calendar is another issue, but the fact is that the Year 2000 gave us an excuse to set goals that would do just as well had they been set in 1999 or in 2005, or for that matter even today. Goal-setting in the context of the planet's life has to be a continuous process. Or else we have to wait for the next millennium.

Bridging the urban divide: An MDG perspective

BANGLADESH is one of the exceptional countries in terms of having already made impressive progress towards attaining the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It has already attained the MDG on gender parity in school enrolment in both primary and secondary schooling, child mortality was halved during the 1990s, life expectancy has increased to 61 years, net primary enrolment went up significantly and women's economic participation has increased. Additionally, the country is on track with regard to several other MDGs. However, despite such advances, there has been a significant deterioration of human level outcomes and quality of life in urban areas, which jeopardizes the efforts of Bangladesh in achieving its MDG targets.

Earthquake safety: 10 tips

1) Almost everyone who simply 'ducks and covers' when buildings collapse are crushed to death. People who get under objects, like desks or cars, are crushed.


The bibliophiles we love to read about

You cannot resist getting your hands on this book, provided of course that you come by it. That Adolf Hitler was a great reader, that his private library was stocked with 16,000 volumes, is what Timothy Ryback tells you in his pretty gripping work, Hitler's Private Library: The Books that Shaped His Life. Which makes you wonder. Did those books --- and they were so many --- really shape the Fuhrer's mind? It all depends on how you rate his reading or how you trace his passage through his books. There were the works he admired, such as Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice. And he did that because it put Shylock in a bad light. And Shylock, you will remember, was a Jew. Anything that spoke to Hitler of the dark sides of the Jewish personality appealed to him. He was upset that Goethe and other German writers focused on mid-life crises and the like and so came nowhere near the English bard in their comprehension of life as it was lived and as it was portrayed in literature. 'I shall see thee at Philippi', hissed Hitler at anyone who did not agree with him. And those were the days of the Third Reich.

Forgotten pride of our subcontinent

The Art Advisory Committee for the decoration of the first three buildings of the Unesco headquarters in Paris, which were officially inaugurated in 1958, held its first session from May 16 to 18, 1955. It included Herbert Read, Professor Hassan Shahid Suhrawardy, then Pakistan's ambassador to Spain. Suhrawardy had become a living legend because of his astonishing linguistic attainments and scholarly achievements. He was one of those rare men who broke the barriers of language and custom with ease. Of Iranian descent, the Suhrawardys were settled in Midnapur district of West Bengal. Later they migrated to Calcutta. This family comprised of distinguised scholars, politicians, lawyers and public servants, the likes of Dr. Abdullah Al-Mamun Suhrawardy, who was awarded the first Ph.D from Calcutta University in 1908 for his dissertation on The Sources Of Muslim Laws.

For a fallen star

Last year, as spring colours were just beginning to show in the northeast and we were pulling away from a frigid and dark winter, came a sad news flash, forwarded to me by one of our mutual friends. I learned that Moinul Hassan, the poet, activist, teacher and my ex-colleague, had passed away. Moinul was a batch younger than I am, and had been a star since the days I remember him from, and was in his prime when his life was cut short. How does a star, one that is so lustrous and at the height of its stellar cycle, fall so suddenly and inexplicably? I asked with a deep sense of loss and sadness. For myself, for his admirers, and for all the causes he so fervently and relentlessly championed.

For a different room

Whenever I leave the western window ajar
Cacophony from satellite channels bursts into
My apartment to take you and I as captives

Star Health

Making cities healthier for all

With the increase of people living in cities, the impact of urban living on human health is now a growing concern. It is the utmost importance to ensure health services for these growing numbers of city dwellers, especially the poor.

Making healthy fast food choice

Fast food restaurants are growing fast now a days. Often first foods are the easiest option for people to take at regular basis in working hour or to celebrate their occasions.

Improving water quality to save children

Lack of clean water and poor sanitation kill thousands of people especially children. The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that 28 per cent of under five deaths are attributable to poor sanitation and unsafe water.

Call for justice for people with Hepatitis B virus

More than 5 million people, around 7 per cent of the population in Bangladesh are carrying hepatitis-B virus in their blood.

Ways to remove stains from teeth

A smile with beautiful white teeth is the most noticed feature. But for many of us, gleaming white teeth is more of a dream than a reality, especially due to stain with the daily exposure to substances like cola, tea, smoke, acidic juices and highly pigmented foods. However, there are some simple things you can do to minimise and remove teeth stains.

Cancer care by patient assistance programme

Sanofi-aventis, one of the largest multinational pharmaceuticals in Bangladesh has decided to provide its revolutionary anti-cancer drug “Taxotere” at an affordable price as a part of its patient assistance programme, says a press release.

Strategic Issues

Obama’s secret trip to Afghanistan: War to continue till end

PRESIDENT Obama is breathing more freely these days after signing his domestically crucial Health Bill into law last week. As a sure sign of this President Obama took his first trip to the war zone in Afghanistan, his first since becoming the President. For security reasons, the visit was veiled in secrecy. The President left for Camp David on Friday afternoon to give the impression that he was going there for a relaxed weekend after his victory with the Health Bill. The small group who accompanied the President were assembled there and sworn to secrecy. From there, the President and his men left un-noticed for Andrews Air Force base to board the Air Force One to take a 13-hour long flight mostly through the night. The flight landed in Bagram Air Base at 7pm Sunday evening from where he took a helicopter ride to the Presidential Palace. Before Afghans woke up on Monday morning, Air Force One was on its way back to Washington. The President's visit to Afghanistan lasted in all six hours!

Religious extremism and our youth

SEEING a group of militant youths arrested by the security forces makes us ponder as to what positive contributions they could have made, had they not been led astray. As conscientious citizens, we need to act now to stop the rot before it gets out of control; failure to act could result in situation as is prevailing in Pakistan and in many other Muslim countries. We need to study why and how religious extremism enters into the society's mainstream, how it thrives and what measures we could take to prevent our youth from becoming extremists. This article would address some of these issues.

Russia set to launch 2nd stealth corvette

St. Petersburg's Severnaya Verf shipyard will float out on Wednesday a new corvette featuring stealth technology, a Russian Navy spokesman said.

Drones may be shipped to Pakistan 'within a year’

The Pentagon hopes "within a year" to deliver around a dozen unarmed drone aircraft to Pakistan to aid its fight against Islamic extremism, a U.S. senior military official said March 29.

China ready for UN talks on Iran

China is ready for "serious" talks at the United Nations on Iran's nuclear program, the United States said Wednesday, as it sought support for sanctions against Tehran.

Star Books Review

In search of the saintly

An amazing book containing amazing stories of the lives, activities, struggles and sacrifices of some outstanding women who lived during the time of our beloved Prophet (Peace be upon him). They are the luckiest of women. No, I am not talking about his mother and mother-like figures, neither of his wives nor his daughters because they are either related to him by blood, or as foster parents or by marriages that are only natural, but about those women who were outside of such bonds yet by association with the Prophet shone into prominence. Of course, they fortified themselves with strong will, indomitable spirit and fortitude that came into full fruition because they experienced the company of the Prophet (pbuh), could seek his advice through waiting on his decision, oftentimes taking decisions on their own knowing that they would be endorsed by him because they knew the Prophet (pbuh) so well and would listen to his deliberations. Therefore, although this book is divided into four groups of women, nevertheless, the section on such women merits attention in its own right much more than the other sections.

Founding father under siege . . .

Abdul Matin's persistence in keeping the historical record straight for Bangladesh is admirable. More to the point, it has been a necessary truth in the collective life of the Bengalis. You could suggest that if Matin were not around to keep us focused on the politics of Bangladesh as it was forged and pressed forward in the 1960s and the 1970s, there would be a huge need to go looking for someone of his kind. Obviously, Matin has done his job well. His preoccupation with Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman remains, a particular reason being his understanding that the founding father of Bangladesh has, directly as also indirectly, been under unremitting siege since his assassination in August 1975. To be sure, over the years, Bangabandhu's legacy has regained some of its earlier lustre, thanks principally to the particularly strong niche his daughter Sheikh Hasina occupies in national politics and thanks also to the concerted struggle his party, the Awami League, has waged over more than three decades to restore his reputation as the man behind the creation of Bangladesh.

The trails of lost time

THIS is a travelogue by a former senior civil servant of Bangladesh. He was the sixth foreigner 'during this century' to travel to Xanadu. The book, published in 1999, is an account of the adventurous journey made in 1998 through moments of agony and ecstasy. Hye travelled to Xhangdu after Dalrymple (1989) and Alexander (1993) made the same journey. Previously, the writer had visited Beijing in 1979.

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