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Thursday, July 24, 2014


News of: Saturday, 10th of April, 2010

Front Page

Rooftop hoardings still posing threat

The recent High Court directive to demolish illegal hoardings is almost ineffectual as a previous HC stay order prevents authorities from dismantling thousands of unsafe and unauthorised rooftop hoardings in Dhaka.

JS body suggests 10 lakh-strong 'reserve force'

The parliamentary standing committee on defence ministry recommended forming a National Reserve Force (NRF) with trained civilians to ensure people's effective participation alongside armed forces in protecting Bangladesh's sovereignty from external aggression.

Arson attack

In broad daylight, a group of criminals attacked and set fire to at least 25 business establishments and looted cash and valuables injuring 30 people in the process at Kamrangirchar in the capital yesterday.

Mother alleges police bent her statement

The case in connection with 16-year-old girl Mariam Akhter Pinky's death by burning in Kishoreganj took a new turn yesterday as her mother alleged that Tarail police distorted her case statement.

Ruling party wins Lankan polls

Sri Lanka's ruling party cruised to victory yesterday in parliamentary elections but fell short of the two-thirds majority that would have allowed President Mahinda Rajapakse to amend the constitution.

AL plans big to counter BNP programmes

The ruling Awami League will hold grand rallies at all divisional headquarters to counter BNP's opposition and draw people's attention to the government's success.

Probe commission starts field visits today

The commission formed to probe 2001 post-election violence starts visiting different parts of the country today to gather information and evidence of attacks on minority communities and leaders and workers of the then opposition Awami League across the country.

River erosion to displace over 16,000

At least 16,650 people might be displaced in 14 districts by this year due to erosion by the Jamuna and Padma rivers at 38 points stretching over 145 kilometres of riverbank, morphologists have said.

Relics found in Dinajpur date back to 10th century

Archaeologists of Jahangirnagar University have postulated that the recently excavated remains and relics of three Buddhist monasteries at Nawabganj in Dinajpur district are of 10 th-11th centuries AD.

Woman, son hurt in bomb attack

A gang of criminals, who realised ransom from a contractor abducting his son, made a bomb attack on his house yesterday injuring the boy and his mother in the capital's Jurain.

Villagers block highway demanding electricity

Hundreds of villagers of Chandura village under Bijoynagar upazila of the district barricaded the Dhaka-Sylhet highway yesterday demanding continuous supply of electricity.

Main suspect among 5 held in Panchagarh

The law enforcers yesterday arrested five people in connection with Thursday's Chhatra League activist Faruk Hossain murder case in Panchagarh.

BCL's business with billboards

A group of Bangladesh Chhatra League leaders are allegedly involved in leasing out space for billboards on the Dhaka University campus.

Foil plot to hinder war crimes trial

Awami League General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam yesterday asked his party men to scupper the conspiracy of war criminals who are out to hinder the war crimes trial.

A foreign embassy gave 'hint'

Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister GM Quader yesterday revealed that a western country's embassy in Dhaka informed the government about the possible terror attack or plane hijacking at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on Thursday.

Minister asks AL men to shun violence over tender

Planning Minister AK Khandaker yesterday asked the ruling party men to refrain from tender manipulation.

Security beefed up in Ctg too

As Dhaka, the authorities in Chittagong yesterday beefed up security at the airport, key point installations and important establishments to check possible acts of sabotage ahead of war crime trial and Pahela Baishakh.

Probe body formed over BCL rampage

Rajshahi University (RU) authorities yesterday formed a three-member committee to investigate the incident of attacks on university proctor, Shaheed Samsuzzoha hall provost and others.

BSF releases Bangladeshi farmer after torture

Indian Border Security Force released a Bangladeshi farmer on Thursday evening after torturing him severely at Munshipur border point of Damurhuda upazila in Chuadanga.

Mother, baby girl crushed under train

A young mother and her baby girl were crushed under the wheels of a train at Bhannara in Kaliakoir upazila yesterday.

Housewife murdered

The mother of a film actress was killed and actress Lata severely injured in an attack by Lata's ex-husband and his associates on Thursday night in Savar.

Thai protesters storm closed TV station

Thai anti-government protesters stormed yesterday into a telecom company compound where authorities had shut down their vital TV channel, as soldiers and riot police tried to hold them back with tear gas and water cannons.

Kyrgyz leaders 'have blood on their hands'

Kyrgyzstan's ousted but defiant President Kurmanbek Bakiyev told AFP Friday he had no intention of resigning and accused the country's new self-proclaimed leadership of causing many deaths this week.

S Sudan votes for first time in a generation

The election posters and slogan-filled T-shirts blanketing this town underscore a new excitement in Southern Sudan, which will cast ballots in a national election for the first time in more than two decades, when a three-day election begins Sunday.

Obstacles block US-EU anti-terror data accord

US Attorney General Eric Holder said Friday that obstacles continued to block the relaunching of a US-EU anti-terror data-sharing accord.

Editorial

Bending rules in the ship-breaking industry

IT is difficult to understand, far less appreciate, how skirting clear HC directives to the contrary, the government has altered an import policy order which would have involved two pre-cautionary steps: one, authentic pre-cleaning certificate from the exporter obtained from an agency of the state of origin certifying that a scrap ship is hazard-free; and two, the importing company in turn will then submit the clearance at our end to facilitate entry of the ship into our territorial waters.

Stalking menace

THE heightening incidence of pestering girls leading to tragic consequences for the victims and their families, has brought to the fore a dimension of social criminality that has hitherto been low-down on the pecking order of crimes. But this trivialisation shouldn't have occurred to begin with given that the aberration, keeping pace with other forms of social degeneracy and lack of governance, has been growing all the time without our realising it.

Sports

Mashrafe back to lead Sultans

Mashrafe Bin Mortaza surprised everyone yesterday when he entered the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium conference room with Alok Kapali in the Sultans of Sylhet's official press conference ahead of the National Cricket League T20s.

MSC one-up bitter rivals

Mohammedan beat defending champions and bitter rivals Abahani 2-1 to emerge champions of Group A in their Dhaka Bank Club Cup Hockey Championship match at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium yesterday.

Sheikh Russel rout Arambagh

Braces from Mohammad Rony and Salah Maflouh helped Sheikh Russel KC record their 11th victory in the Bangladesh League as they thumped Arambagh KS 6-1 in their away match at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Hosts' hopes dashed

Hosts Bangladesh's dream of playing the final of the IHF Handball Challenge Trophy were dashed when they suffered a 33-24 defeat to Pakistan in the semifinal at the Shurawardi Indoor National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.

Hewitt reaches Houston qtrs

Lleyton Hewitt, sidelined in the wake of the Australian Open after hip surgery, shook off the rust Thursday to book a quarterfinal berth at the US Men's Clay Court Championships.

Alfaz goes AWOL

Without informing Arambagh KS management, ace striker Alfaz Ahmed recently left home for England to play in some exhibition matches there.

More twists in Sania-Shoaib marriage

In yet another twist to their controversial wedding build-up, Indian tennis star Sania Mirza and Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Malik sought to get married yesterday but were forced to push it back to the original date of April 15 due to legal hassles.

Jayasuriya wins Parliament seat

Veteran cricketer Sanath Jayasuriya has won a seat in Sri Lanka's Parliament, a local official said Friday.

Zia in 2nd position

GM Ziaur Rahman shared second position along with 12 other players at the close of the fifth round in the third Kuala Lumpur Chess Championship in Malaysia yesterday.

Mumbai vanquished

A sparkling half-century from captain Kumar Sangakkara propelled the Kings XI Punjab to a comprehensive 6 wicket win over leaders Mumbai Indians during their IPL match at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium yesterday.

Durham eye hattrick

Durham will bid to become the first side since Yorkshire in the 1960s to win three successive titles when a new, much-changed English county season begins Friday.

Saker named England bowling coach

The former Victoria fast bowler, David Saker, has been named as England's new bowling coach, after a lengthy search for a replacement for Ottis Gibson, who took charge of West Indies in February this year. Saker joins the ECB following a six-year tenure as assistant coach of Victoria, the state he represented at first-class level on 49 occasions.

Suman steps up

The IPL's cap of four foreign players for each team has been of much benefit for those Indian players short of exposure at the international level, particularly in this edition. Deccan Chargers, however, had been let down in that regard, until T Suman stepped up against Bangalore. His unbeaten 78 was a refreshing change for a side that has relied excessively on foreign players, especially in the batting; two of those, Adam Gilchrist and Andrew Symonds, guided him during the course of decisive partnerships that broke Deccan's five-match losing streak and dealt a blow to Bangalore's hopes of a semifinal berth.

'Fidel won't be rushed'

Ottis Gibson, the West Indies coach, has said that he will not rush injured Fidel Edwards back into action because he doesn't want to put the fast bowler's "whole career at risk". Edwards is recovering from recent back surgery and hasn't played for West Indies since the World Twenty20 in June 2009.

Warner NSW's for 3 years

Two days after missing a Cricket Australia contract, the opener David Warner has signed with New South Wales for three years to end the chances of a move interstate. Despite being a fixture of Australia's Twenty20 side, Warner is not a first-choice Sheffield Shield player for the Blues and appeared in two 2nd XI games during the summer.

Jacques seeks Worcs boost

Former Australian opener Phil Jaques is targeting an international recall after joining up with Worcestershire for a third spell.

Serena opts out of Charleston

Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Family Circle Cup because of the left knee injury that has sidelined her since she won the Australian Open.

Garcia floors Clijsters

Kim Clijsters lost to 258th-ranked Beatriz Garcia Vidagany of Spain 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 in the second round of the Andalucia Open on Thursday.

It's judgement day

Barcelona might be just one step from reaching the Champions League final but on Saturday tackle Real Madrid in a mouth-watering 'El Clasico' that could decide this season's La Liga title.

Fergie wants response

Sir Alex Ferguson has demanded an immediate response to his side's Champions League heartbreak when Manchester United return to Premier League action at Blackburn on Sunday.

Bayern shift focus

Fresh from a memorable triumph over Manchester United in the Ch-ampions League, German giants Bayern Munich will aim to stretch their lead at the top of the Bundesliga on Saturday with only five games to go.

Inter's Fiorentina test

Champions and Serie A leaders Inter Milan face a stern test of their powers of recovery when they travel to face Fiorentina on Saturday, just four days after booking a Champions League semifinal spot.

L'pool thrash Benfica

Liverpool and Fulham combined on Thursday to rescue England's European pride which was so badly bruised by the Champions League exits of Manchester United and Arsenal.

Fabregas will make WC

Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas, whose domestic season was ended by a broken leg, will be fit in time to play for Spain at the World Cup, club physio Colin Lewin said on Thursday.

MU snap up Hernandez

Manchester United have completed the signing of Mexico striker Javier Hernandez from Chivas.

Hamburg appeal Guerrero ban

Hamburg on Friday lodged an appeal against the five-match ban imposed on striker Paolo Guerrero for throwing a bottle at a fan after his side's goalless draw with Hanover last weekend.

Kaka. Ibra out of 'El Classico'

Real Madrid's Brazilian midfielder Kaka and Barcelona's Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic have been ruled out of Saturday's 'El Classico' showdown between the two Spanish giants.

Van Gaal fancies chances against Barca

Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal said on Friday that his German team is capable of beating anyone -- even the mighty Barcelona in a Champions League final, if it gets that far.

Metropolitan

Govt mulls stimulus package to stem brain drain of agri researchers

The government will offer stimulus package, including special salary structure and extension of retirement age, to stem brain drain of agricultural researchers and scientists, said Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury yesterday.

Transport workers clash with police, Rab

Transport workers yesterday clashed with the police and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) after Rab members beat up and injured a bus driver for hitting a microbus of Rab in Bagerhat.

Burimari customs station now full-fledged land port

Burimari customs station has been turned into a full-fledged land port with modernisation, clearing the way for increased trade on land route with India, China, Nepal and Bhutan.

CCC female councillor alleges threat

Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) woman Councillor Ferdous Begum Munni at a press conference in the port city yesterday alleged that she was facing threats while witnesses were forced to leave their locality.

AL body to probe allegations against its MP Rony

Patuakhali Awami League formed a four-member committee to investigate the allegations against local ruling party lawmaker Golam Maula Rony.

'Bhola by-polls to be neutral'

Election Commissioner M Sakhawat Hossain yesterday said the present election commission has conducted all the elections neutrally and fairly.

Anti-liberation forces out to foil war crimes trial

All the financial institutions of the anti-liberation forces should be brought under the control of the government so that they cannot use funds from the institutions to foil the trial of war criminals, State Minister for Law Quamrul Islam said yesterday.

Vow to cooperate with govt in war crimes trial

Writers, intellectuals and political and cultural leaders yesterday pledged to extend all-out cooperation to the government in holding the trial of the war criminals.

'Bhola by-polls to be neutral'

Election Commissioner M Sakhawat Hossain yesterday said the present election commission has conducted all the elections neutrally and fairly.

'Peace Committee formed on Apr 10 in '71 to resist birth of Bangladesh'

A 'Peace Committee' was formed on April 10 in 1971 led by the then president of East Pakistan Council Muslim League Khwaja Khairuddin to save Pakistan and to resist the emergence of Bangladesh.

BCL cadres rob 2 Ctg polytech students

Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) cadres robbed two students of Chittagong Polytechnic Institute after injuring them at Nasirabad in the port city yesterday.

4 Barisal Jamaat, Shibir activists arrested

Police yesterday arrested four activists of Jamaat-Shibir as they bought out a procession in the city streets

Salinity increases in groundwater

The work for identifying the reasons behind increase of salinity in groundwater is going on in full swing across the country.

Launch social movement against graft

Speakers at a participatory meeting here yesterday underscored the need for forging a social movement against corruption to build a poverty-free Bangladesh.

Private initiatives in healthcare lauded

Primary and Mass Education Minister Dr Afsarul Amin yesterday said the government would encourage private initiatives side by side with public ones to ensure quality healthcare service for the people in the country, says a press release.

Criminals hijack car after injuring owner

Armed criminals hijacked a private car after injuring its owner severely in the city's Dhanmondi area in the early hours of Thursday.

One killed in wall collapse

A pedestrian was killed when a boundary wall of a building collapsed on him at Boro Moghbazar in the city yesterday.

Arrest of prime suspect demanded

Women's rights activists and locals laid a siege to Uttarkhan Police Station and staged demonstrations at Atipara in the city yesterday demanding arrest and punishment of the culprit responsible for the rape of a baby girl.

Family members demand release of Abdus Salam Pintu

Family members of BNP vice-chairman Abdus Salam Pintu, an accused in the August 21 grenade attack case, yesterday demanded his unconditional release.

International

Indian minister takes responsibility for Maoist massacre

Indian Home Minister P Chidambaram said yesterday he took "full responsibility" for the brutal massacre of 76 security personnel in a Maoist ambush.

UNHCR reviewing rules on Afghan and Sri Lankan refugees

The UN refugee agency revealed yesterday that it is reviewing the handling of Afghan and Sri Lankan refugees after Australia suspended asylum applications from those states.

India's Reliance buys $1.7 bln stake in US gasfield

India's energy giant Reliance Industries said yesterday it had signed a joint venture with Atlas Energy for a 1.7 billion dollar stake in a US-based natural gas field.

Pakistani troops kill 24 militants

Pakistani troops killed up to 24 militants in gunfights after insurgents attacked checkpoints in the country's lawless tribal region bordering Afghanistan, officials said Friday.

Nato aircraft crashes in Afghanistan

A US Air Force tilt-rotor aircraft crashed in southeastern Afghanistan, killing three service members and one government contractor, Nato said yesterday.

Nuke treaty signed, but menacing arms issues lurk

The nuclear weapons cuts President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed on Thursday would shrink the Cold War superpowers' arsenals to the lowest point since the frightening arms race of the 1960s. But they won't touch the "loose nukes" and suitcase bombs seen as the real menace in today's age of terrorism.

Iraq al-Qaida group says it's behind embassy hits

al-Qaeda's umbrella group in Iraq claimed responsibility yesterday for a triple suicide bombing outside foreign embassies in Baghdad, which killed more than 40 people.

Kyrgyz unrest victims mourned daylong

Thousands of grieving, angry mourners flooded Bishkek's main square yesterday to honour victims of Kyrgyzstan's revolt -- with many blaming the country's absent president for ordering troops to fire on those protesting his government.

Workers race to unearth victims of Brazil mudslide

Rescue workers raced against the clock Friday to unearth as many as 200 people feared buried in a mudslide near Rio de Janeiro, as the death toll from massive floods in the region rose to 182.

Iran unveils 'faster' centrifuges

Iran's president has unveiled new "third-generation" centrifuges that its nuclear chief says can enrich uranium much faster than current technology.

Asean summit tackles Myanmar polls, regional integration

Southeast Asian leaders yesterday pressed troublesome member Myanmar to ensure its elections this year are fair and inclusive, at a summit focused on binding together the sprawling region.

Kyrgyz interim chief offers ousted president 'safe passage'

Kyrgyzstan's interim chief yesterday said ousted president Kurmanbek Bakiyev would get safe passage out of the country, if he resigned.

Post-Copenhagen climate talks begin amid discord

Differences have emerged at the outset of the first UN climate conference since the disappointing Copenhagen climate summit, as delegates from 175 countries begin afresh on a new global warming agreement.

Obama pushes back on Palin criticism

President Barack Obama snapped back at Sarah Palin and her criticisms about his nuclear defence policy, calling the former Alaska governor "not much of an expert on nuclear issues."

Israeli PM calls off trip to nuclear conference

Israel's prime minister abruptly called off a trip to Washington just days before he was slated to attend a conference there on the spread of nuclear weapons, officials in his office said yesterday, fearing Israel would be singled out over its own nuclear program.

2-million-year-old hominid sheds light on evolution

Two skeletons of a new hominid species dating back two million years and found in South Africa have shed light on a previously unknown stage in human evolution, scientists said Thursday.

Arts & Entertainment

Countdown to Pahela Baishakh

With Pahela Baishakh (first day of the Bengali year) -- the biggest celebration in secular Bengali culture -- just days away, one of the hubs of the Baishakhi celebration in the city, Faculty of Fine Arts, DU, is abuzz with preparations. The Mongol Shobha Jatra brought out by the students and teachers of FFA is one of the major attractions of the Baishakhi celebration in Dhaka.

Kalavati Devi at her creative best

With their fine-tuning of dance, song and music, Tagore's dance dramas are an elevating experience for audiences anywhere. More so when the choreographer is Kalavati Devi, famous Manipuri performer and senior lecturer at the Kolkata-based Rabindra Bharati University. Presenting excerpts from “Bhanusingher Padavali' “Taasher Desh” and “Chitrangada in the Indian capital recently ”, the 62-year-old Kalavati Devi was clearly at her creative best.

Updates on Morshedul Islam’s new film “Amar Bondhu Rashed”

Filmmaker Morshedul Islam is busy with his upcoming film "Amar Bondhu Rashed". Based on Mohammad Zafar Iqbal's story, this is a story about a brave adolescent boy. Shooting for the film has been completed. At present the director is busy with the post-production work at Prashad Film Laboratories in Chennai, India. According to Manan Chalochchitra (Islam's production house) sources, the film will have Dolby Digital surround sound effect.

Three-day handicraft exhibition in Pabna begins

Wood & Wear, a student organisation of Fine Arts Department, Rajshahi University, is holding a three-day art and handicraft exhibition at Annoda Gobinda Public Library. The festival opened yesterday. A discussion meeting was held at the library premises yesterday morning as part of the inauguration programme.

Dev Anand to receive Phalke Ratna

Evergreen actor-filmmaker Dev Anand will be honoured with the prestigious 'Phalke Ratna' award this year.

Drama serial “Fifty-Fifty” on Banglavision tonight

Drama serial "Fifty-Fifty" will be aired on Banglavision tonight at 8:15 pm. Written and directed by Iftekhar Ahmed Fahmi, the cast of the serial includes Masud Ali Khan, Shahiduzzaman Selim, Partha Barua, Mosharraf Karim, Tazin Ahmed, Munira Mithu and others.

OP-ED

Combating political corruption

IT is often said that "corruption has always existed, it is pervasive, and has far reaching consequences on the functioning of democratic institutions." Unless key institutions of democratic bodies are strengthened, democracy is sure to receive a body blow.

Not through the gun

NOT many Indians are happy with the prevailing system. Too many disparities have come to be entrenched and too many people have been driven to live on the margin. Corruption of the bureaucracy and the involvement of political masters are too blatant. "Crime has been politicised and politics has been criminalised" may be a cliché but it aptly describes the situation.

Panic-driven policies hurt the incumbent

IMPLEMENTING public policies is always a major hurdle for any government, democratic or otherwise. Managing them after implementation is even harder for a government when the press and media enjoy complete freedom under democracy. In recent weeks, the mohajote government has been experiencing major difficulties in managing the panic-driven policies in the power sector. In this regard at least four recent moves have been facing public scrutiny.

Crippling energy crisis

WHILE unveiling the plaque of the newly built 51 megawatt Fenchuganj rental power plant on April 3 last, the prime minister struck a confident note, promising people 7000 megawatt of power by the year 2013 and ensuring electricity for all by the year 2020. The ground reality is that 2020 is a distant date and people's patience at the present moment of power crisis, the prime minister realizes, is wearing thin. Even though she speaks of the possibility of getting power from India, as experts opine, the modalities would take more than a year to complete before grid connection could be given.

Trial of war criminals

AT last, the trial of 1971 war criminals has started after 38 years. Needless to say, had Bangabandhu not been assassinated these criminals would have been duly punished. It is indeed an irony of fate that a large number of living freedom fighters and their progeny are suffering from poverty while those anti-freedom criminals are having good life in the independent soil of Bangladesh.

Where is the change?

MOST political pundits wonder why the Awami League with such an excellent ideological coherence and familiar with real-world policymaking, often favours policies that may worsen political crisis.

Environment

Offshore Nijhum island: Overcoming climate change impact

NIJHUM is an offshore island in the Bay of Bengal, located in the extreme south of Hatia island separated by Hatia channel. It is a scenic treasure trove having 20 kms long sandy and grassy beach. Accredited on the estuarine Meghna river and the Bay of Bengal, Nijhum is a virgin island constituted of intertidal mudflats and sandflats. The island is dissected by small creeks or canals and its centre part is under cultivation and human habitation. It is a cluster of several small accreditation mainly Char Osman, Char Kamla, Char Muri and Ballar Char.

Water is life

IMPORTANCE of water is supreme. For there wouldn't have been life on earth had there been no water there. Water is life. We, for that matter all creatures, have right to life, so we, they all have right to water. Why not, water is there in the environment and we are born in it; we stretch our hand or just move around and find it. This was the situation even, say, a thousand years ago. Then and upto a few centuries thereafter, people also dug their own ponds and wells further enhancing water in the environment. Potable water was accessible by any one where it was naturally available except the deserts where it is naturally scarce.

Sustainable use of biodiversity: Bracing the change

TO make biodiversity sustainable is one thing; and to practice sustainable use of biodiversity is another. Making biodiversity sustainable is the process; and sustainable use of biodiversity is the technique. To us important is that, we shall have to understand the process of making biodiversity sustainable, and the technique to be adopted for its use at the same time, for the soundness of environment.

Literature

The Serenity Room

I see the well manicured green rolling hills through tall windows. The crimson of twilight caresses the green creating a glorious ambiance. I look around the room and see it distinctly divided into small spaces by open walls, yet there is this perception of continuity. It is an empty room, no chairs, no furniture. I sit cross-legged by the window with most view. No sound, so serene. The silent voice question me, what matters most? Layers and layers of thoughts, of dreams, of calibrated expectations, of give and takes some calculated, some uncalculated overwhelm my mind. Now and here is the time of gentle meditation, of reflections, yet I am not in unity with peace. I delve in my living, I cannot rewind life, cannot fast forward, I can simply take a pause, now…this present…I can retrieve bits and pieces of moments, few words, few smiles, few feelings, silence and embrace these glimpses to relive. Sensing the tingling numbness I open my palm, and then the tears flow, uninhibited, as if there is no answer to the question that forms by what I see.

Kobiguru's Kanika

Little did Onima know how her life was about to be changed forever the day she ventured out after the boishakhi storm in search of the luscious green mangoes. The setting was none other than Shantiniketan; and that day, by a stroke of fate, she caught the eye of Kobiguru Rabindranath Thakur.

Birds, rivers, breeze . . . across frontiers

Music and travelling are my passions. Music rejuvenates my spirit to sail smooth against all odds in life and travelling adds to the treasure of experience that strengthens my being. I love going around places, meeting people, making new friends, learning about different cultures and faith and enjoy the wonders that the Creator has so generously blessed this earth with. One has to realise that such pleasures are 'sans' borders and that is when the universal facet comes in.

Vultures in flight

Our day is breaking below
AT LONG LAST !
Hail the greying, pale sun
Keep pussyfooting, blur the view
of the morons, the sages and the seers

The man

The long night of winter
Freezing cold and dark
The woman standing at the crossway
of Shere Bangla Nagar
A supernatural existence
in misty moonlight !
The car stops
While returning home
The brave journalist enquires :
'Are you looking for a friend
for the evening?
Let's go, it's very cold outside !'

We end to begin

When two souls mingle
We spring out.
As we grow,
We see the endless mysteries of nature.
The cameras of our eyes
Keep on clicking experiences.
The printer of our brain
Keeps on recording feelings.

Star Health

Keeping healthy in the heat

Sweltering temperature of this summer can make you sick easily. The alarming increase of heat-related diseases like diarrhoea and food poisoning are affecting thousands of people everyday. Some other diseases like heat stroke, heat exhaustion can be as fatal as life threatening.

How to memorise things better

Memory is the mental registration, retention and recollection of past experiences, sensation or thought. Sometimes we cannot retrieve important information that we stored in our brain. Many people forget things easily. Memory impairment is embarrassing too. With some of the following exercise we can memorise things better.

Improving doctor-patient relationship

In January, 2008, I have visited the office of a notable physician in Dhaka. The doctor sat behind his desk, asking a female patient a series of questions. He interrupted her frequently, wanting to speed up the interview. The patient did not complain. After a few minutes, he performed a short physical exam, sent her off for blood tests and moved on to the next case, never to see her again.

Mom's exercise may help 'normalise' baby's weight

Women who work out while they are pregnant have slimmer babies, new research from New Zealand shows.

Save the Children initiates campaign to save every child’s life

Although Bangladesh has made significant achievements in reducing child mortality in the last decades, almost 250,000 children under-5 die yearly from preventable diseases. Fifty-seven percent of under five deaths occur in the newborn period.

Medical tourism booming in Malaysia

Malacca, the world heritage site in Malaysia now attracts people for not only to enjoy its beauty and charm but also to receive quality treatment from the Mahkota Medical Centre (MMC). The MMC one of the most reputed hospitals in Malaysia is witnessing more patients day by day due to its high quality at reasonable price and location in such a beautiful place as well. Like MMC, big hospitals with highly skilled professionals and advanced technology are growing in Malaysian heritage sites where people can enjoy both world standard health services and tourism as well.

Prevention of heart diseases and treatment options

Dr Sivathasan Cumaraswamy, Senior Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon of Mount Elizabeth and Dr Tan Chong Hiok, Senior Consultant Cardiologist of Mount Elizabeth Hospital, Singapore presided over a health talk on “Prevention of heart diseases and treatment options” recently. Mr Zahid Khan, Director, Parkway Health Bangladesh office is also seen in the photo.

Strategic Issues

Lessons from Peelkhana tragedy

The BDR is going through a major reorganization to avoid recurrence of another tragedy and to restore the pride of the institution. The Darbar hall, where the unfortunate carnage had started a year ago, has recently got back to its original use - to sit down with the Jawans for one-to-one communication and exchange of views with the highest commander. The profession of arms with its tough environment and harsh demand in many ways is also democratic where a junior person can ask for redress of grievances or clear doubts from the top most people in the chain. Darbar is the name of those periodical meetings in the BDR and army where free and fruitful discussions take place between the commander and his under-command.

Regional integration in South Asia: Learning from Africa

A very thought provoking and stimulating seminar was held recently at the Policy Research Institute (PRI). The topic was 'Regional cooperation in Africa: Lessons of experience and implications for South Asia.' The keynote presentation was made by Mr. KY Amoako, the founder and President of African Centre for Economic Transformation (ACET) and a former vice president of the World Bank. Mr. Praful Patel, also a former vice president of the World Bank assisted Mr. Amoako in his presentation.

India and Bangladesh: Mending fences?

Ever since the Awami League came to power India and Bangladesh are exploring ways to converge and iron out their mutual differences. The political will in New Delhi and Dhaka is clearly visible. In keeping with the present camaraderie the recent declaration by the Home Secretary GK Pillai, of India considering a 'unilateral no-firing' on the border for one year, has been a cause for much cheer for both. The issue of firing at border by the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) has been a major irritant in Indo-Bangla relations. Its resolution needs immediate attention to bolster the already growing stronger bilateral ties.

Star Books Review

A stranger in native land

Seasonal Adjustments traces a man's return to his village in Bangladesh after an 18-year absence. Adib Khan's novel, however, is not in the tradition of expats who return with a willingness to embrace their native land after years of romanticising it. The central character, 43-year-old Iqbal Ahmed Chaudhary from Shopnoganj, simply isn't in the mood. He has recently endured the pain of matrimonial breakdown, so he arrives in Bangladesh with his young daughter and a shattered ego. However, Iqbal is not too preoccupied to discover that spending nearly two decades in Australia has profoundly altered him, and he is shocked to realise that fitting in might not work out. Seasonal Adjustments is a poignant, sometimes painful account of a middle-aged man coping with loss and struggling to identify with a nation, culture and family he is no longer familiar with.

The afflictions people suffer through

Rourob is the name of a Hindu hell. In this case, it symbolizes individual affliction. Leesa Gazi, an expatriate and an actor, has had her first novel published --- at this year's Ekushey book fair

The imagination, through images

A majestic and rather unorthodox book of poetry, Nirbachito Haiku revolves around the theme of nature with human relevancies as the main catalyst, which constructs the prime foundation of the poems written. This volume brings together the works of poet Shamsul Alam Khandaker, who has written these poems in a diverse format that have originated from the lands of Japan, known as haiku. For those who are not familiar with this form of Japanese poetry, a haiku verse falls in the category of a non-rhyme poem that expresses an image or feeling in the span of three lines, usually with a seasonal orientation. In the case of Nirbachito Haiku, the poet has playfully assembled all the poems in order to deal with nature and the place of human beings within it.


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