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News of: Saturday, 1st of May, 2010

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Plundering of greenery

The Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) is all set to begin construction of its new headquarters, felling over a hundred trees near Shahjalal International Airport in Kurmitola of the capital, amid a crying need for increased greenery in the city.

New policy on cards to define child

Adopting United Nations standards, the government is set to re-define the age of a child by raising it from 14 to 18 -- a move that would eventually outlaw employing an additional 1.3 million kids involved in labour.

10 more RMG factories face labour unrest

At least 20 people were injured yesterday in clashes between law enforcers and workers of 10 garment factories in the capital's Mirpur with the labour unrest continuing for the fourth day over pay hike.

May Day today

The historic May Day will be observed today in the country as elsewhere in the world with a renewed pledge to protect the rights of workers and create a labour-friendly working atmosphere.

Engr suspended for failure to check flooding

Executive engineer Abdul Hakim of Sunamganj Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) was suspended yesterday for his failure in taking measures to check flooding in haor areas, which damaged Boro crops on over two lakh hectares of land.

Over 400 teachers to get promotion

Six years after the postponement of promotion the government is going to elevate assistant teachers of secondary schools to the posts of assistant headmaster and assistant district education officer.

Sunken launch under water for 5 months

Passenger launch MV Coco-4, which sank in the River Tentulia five months ago, still could not be salvaged as the government and owners of the ship are yet to reach a settlement on the next move.

Country's 1st solar panel assembling plant opens

The first-ever solar panel assembling plant in the country was launched in Savar yesterday to make solar panels available on the local market at a competitive price.

Last murder suspect held

Detective branch of police last night arrested another suspected killer of Gautam Roy, sub-inspector and second officer of Bangshal Police Station, from the city's Khilgaon area.

Chief investigator was Chhatra Sangha member

The chief investigator for war crimes trial, Abdul Matin was nominated for the presidency of a college unit of Islami Chhatra Sangha, student organisation of Jamaat-e-Islami in 1971, prime minister's adviser on education Dr Alauddin Ahmed told a roundtable yesterday.

Shanghai hosts world's biggest exposition

Shanghai kicked off the six-month World Expo yesterday with a star-studded gala ceremony set to end in a lavish blaze of fireworks and light along the city's riverfront.

Bangladesh face Pakistan today

Pakistan will look to bounce back from an embarrassing warm-up loss to Zimbabwe when they begin the defence of their World Twenty20 title against Bangladesh here today.

Nasheed makes brief stopover in Dhaka

Maldives President Mohammed Nasheed termed Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as a “maternal figure” for them.

Shipping agent agrees to pay for repatriation of 3 seamen

The government is trying to realise airfare for repatriation of the stranded Bangladeshi seamen offshore Benin from their shipping agents in Bangladesh, Bazlur Rahman, director general of the Department of Shipping, said yesterday.

Dhaka eyes Teesta water deal soon

Water Resources Minister Ramesh Chandra Sen said that Bangladesh is hopeful of signing the Teesta water sharing treaty with India soon.

12 Tahrir men held

Police in separate drives yesterday arrested 12 operatives of banned Hizb-ut Tahrir from the city's Dhanmondi, Mohammadpur, Tejgaon, Paltan and Sutrapur areas and seized around 600 leaflets from their possession.

Criminals gun down AL man

Criminals gunned down a jhut (garment wastage) trader who was also a local Awami League leader in the capital's Kathalbagan area yesterday afternoon.

Top outlaw killed in 'shootout'

A leader of outlawed Gono Mukti Fouj was killed in a 'shootout' between his cohorts and police in Shailokupa upazila of Jhenaidah early yesterday.

7 BCL men hurt in JU infighting

At least seven activists of Jahangirnagar University unit Bangladesh Chhatra League were injured in a factional clash Thursday night over congratulating pro-Awami League panel Muktijuddher Swapakkher Shakti for its success in April 29 senate poll.

Privat jute mill workers start agitation today

More than 30,000 workers of 17 privately owned jute mills of the southwestern districts of the country are set to go for a movement from today to press home their ten-point demand.

Kuril flyover work starts tomorrow

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to inaugurate the construction work of the 3.1-kilometre Kuril flyover tomorrow that connects the capital with Purbachal New Town.

Schoolboy killed in road crash

A class five student was crushed under the wheels of a speeding bus on the Hatikumrul-Bonpara highway under Tarash upazila of the district yesterday.

3 children, Italian killed in road crash

A road accident yesterday killed three children and an Italian national at Surma Tea Garden area on Dhaka-Sylhet highway.

Police foil Jamaat rally in Pabna

The district administration yesterday imposed section 144 in Pabna municipality as Jamaat-e-Islami and Bangladesh Chhatra League and Jubo League called meetings at the same Pabna Town Hall venue.

Pakistan troops kill 8 militants: officials

Pakistani troops pressing an anti-Taliban offensive into a second month in a lawless tribal district near the Afghan border killed at least eight militants yesterday, officials said.

Pakistani suspect in Mumbai attacks faces court verdict

A Pakistani man accused of being part of a militant commando group that carried out a three-day orgy of violence in Mumbai nearly 18 months ago is due to learn his fate in court next week.

Indian army foils Kashmir infiltration bid: 3 dead

The Indian military yesterday said it had killed three suspected militants and foiled an attempt by rebels to enter Indian Kashmir from the Pakistani side of the disputed region.

Editorial

May Day

THE observance of May Day is in essence a remembrance of the sacrifices made by some brave men in Chicago in 1886 in defence of their rights as workers. That these men called forth the courage to let their employers know and then let the world know that the pursuit of happiness in life came from sharing in the resources of the earth is a tale we celebrate this morning. And we do so because it was these men who instilled in all of us the idea that struggling for a cause affecting the collective body of people was the noblest act that people could undertake. And all these years since that supreme sacrifice in Chicago, the idea has grown that it is through a constant reinforcing of courage and a clear understanding of contemporary realities that societies can move forward.

Efficiency dividends from farm lending

IF there has been a consistent pattern of increase in the disbursement and recovery of farm loan during past three years, last nine months in particular stand out for a spurt in the trend. What is of special import is that a qualitative improvement has also taken place in terms of speed and timeliness with which agri-credit reached the genuine farmers. In effect, it accounted for effective utilisation of loans, a sharp drop in default loan and the concomitant gains in productivity.

Sports

Afridi wary of Tigers

Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has told his reigning champions to take Bangladesh as seriously as if they were Australia when they begin the defence of their World Twenty20 title.

Dhoni warns teammates

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has warned his collection of highly-regarded teammates not to underestimate Afghanistan's ability to sensationally sabotage their World Twenty20 hopes.

MSC seek late revival

After playing out a shock 2-2 draw against Farashganj SC that all but took Mohammedan SC out of the title race in the Bangladesh League, the Black and Whites are now looking for a consolation through a victory over bitter rivals Abahani in their last match.

Hosts seek to consolidate

Shamsur Rahman and Nazimuddin slammed half centuries as Bangladesh A showed some resistance on the second day of the second and final unofficial Test against South Africa A at BKSP yesterday.

Muktijodhha move up

A second half strike from Shahajuddin Tipu gave struggling Muktijoddha Sangsad a lone goal away win over hosts Narayanganj Shuktara Jubo Sangsad at the Narayanganj Stadium yesterday.

SA Academy in control

Dominic Hendricks scored a century as South Africa Academy team seized control on the rain-interrupted third day of the second four-dayer of the GP-BCB Academy Cup against their South African counterparts at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium in Bogra yesterday.

Sweeping changes in A squad

The national selectors made wholesale changes when they announced a 14-member Bangladesh A squad for the first three one-day matches of the triangular series also involving second string sides from South Africa and West Indies.

Waqar sees a different Pakistan

Pakistan coach Waqar Younis believes the slack approach that marred the team's winless tour of Australia has been replaced by a new spirit of determination ahead of the World Twenty20.

Zimbabwe do it again

Zimbabwe humbled defending World Twenty20 champions Pakistan with a 12-run win in their final warm-up at St Lucia before the 2010 tournament gets underway on Friday.

Force India no longer a minnow

The Force India Formula One racing team has shrugged off its place among the minnows and joined the elite group battling for points - and soon podium positions, according to in-form driver Vitantonio Liuzzi.

Nadal sails, Murray fails

Claycourt king Rafael Nadal was at his dominant best as he trounced Romania's Victor Hanescu 6-3, 6-2 to storm into the ATP Rome Masters 1000 quarterfinals at the Foro Italico on Thursday.

The Sachin mango

A new variety of mango has been named after India's record-breaking batsman Sachin Tendulkar in honour of his cricketing success, an Indian television channel reported Friday.

Khagrachhari cricket

Guimara Sheikh Rusel Smrity Sangsad clinched the title of the T20 cricket tournament with an exciting two-run win over Matiranga Muslimpara Cricket club in the final at the Army Region Field in Ramgorh upazila of Khagrachhari yesterday.

Manikganj Div I cricket

Kamal claimed six wickets as Dashara Palli Mangal Samity posted a massive 147-run victory over Victoria Sporting Club in the Col (ret) Malek Smriti First Division Cricket League at the Shaheed Miraz-Tapan stadium yesterday.

Lazio face Inter dilemma

Lazio fans are faced with a dilemma this weekend as the Roman club hosts champions Inter Milan at the Stadio Olimpico.

Div I b'ball

Europa Youth Club registered a comprehensive 91-35 win over Cantonions Club in the Premier Bank First Division Basketball League at Dhan-mondi Basketball Gymnasium yesterday.

Premier v'ball

Power Development Board recorded a 3-0 win over Fire Service in the National Bank Dhaka Metropolis Premier Division Volleyball League at the Volley Stadium yesterday.

Fulham reach final

Humble Fulham reached the first European final of their 131-history on Thursday, but Liverpool's season of misery was compounded when Atletico Madrid prevented hopes of an all-English Europa League title showdown.

Spotlight on Rafa's men

The penultimate weekend of the Premier League campaign and the destiny of the trophy lies in Liverpool's hands -- just as so many predicted at the start of the season.

Pep's work cut out

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has his work cut out to lift his players for a crucial La Liga trip to Villarreal after their Champions League semifinal elimination.

Galliani backing Inter

AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani said on Friday that he will be supporting bitter local rivals Inter Milan in the Champions League final against Bayern Munich next month.

Bayern to step closer

Bayern Munich hope to take ano-ther step closer to a historic treble on Saturday when they face relegation-threatened Bochum in the Bundesliga.

Chelsea agree Aguero deal?

Atletico Madrid's Argentine striker Sergio Aguero has already agreed a £40 million summer transfer move to Chelsea, according to ESPNsoccernet sources.

Crowe a fan of C'Ron

Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe admitted he was a great fan of Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo on Thursday during a visit to the Spanish club.

Villa moving to Barca?

Barcelona have reached a verbal agreement to sign Valencia's Spanish international striker David Villa, the top scorer at Euro 2008, sports daily Marca reported Friday.

Neville signs new deal

Veteran defender Gary Neville has signed a one-year contract extension with Manchester United, manager Sir Alex Ferguson revealed on Friday.

Awards double for Rooney

Wayne Rooney has completed an awards double after being voted the English Football Writers' Association (FWA) player of the year.

Metropolitan

Govt mulls incentives for expats

The government is planning to provide incentives to expatriates sending remittances through official channels as part of a strategy to increase foreign exchange, Expatriates' Welfare Secretary Zafar Ahmed Khan said yesterday.

'Give first class status to asst teachers'

Leaders of Bangladesh Government Secondary Assistant Teachers' Association have made a five-point demand, including ensuring first class status for them.

Call to frame law to ensure women workers' rights

Karmojibi Nari, a women's rights organisation, yesterday demanded that the government formulate a law on agricultural labour immediately to ensure the rights of women workers in this sector.

12 killed in road accidents

Twelve people were killed in separate road accidents across the country in the last two days.

Two children electrocuted

Two children were electrocuted at Agailjhara upazila here yesterday while they were taking bath in a pond of upazila parishad quarter.

Ramakrishna Mission Day

The 114th Establishment Day of Ramakrishna Mission will be observed at Ramakrishna Math and Mission in the city today.

1599 Phensidyl bottles seized

Law enforcers in separate drives arrested three drug peddlers with 1599 bottles of phensidyl from Shibganj in the district early yesterday.

Woman found dead

The body of a woman was found hanging from a mango tree at Pudda under Nikli upazila in the district yesterday morning.

Boy killed in wall collapse

A Schoolboy was killed when a muddy wall collapsed on him at Madhkhala village under Hossainpur upazila in the district yesterday morning.

DW test transmission

Deutsche Welle (DW), a Germany-based international broadcaster, will start its second phase of test transmission in Khulna, Rajshahi and Rangpur today.

'Use Bangla in all spheres of life'

The final round of the 6th National HSBC-Prothom Alo Bhasha Protijog (language competition) was held at Viqarunnisa Noon School and College in the city yesterday with a call for using Bangla in all spheres of life.

Power crisis hits hard plastic industries

Adequate power supply can boost to a great extent the country's domestic and international market share of plastic products, which can play an important role in the growth of economy.

25 Shibir men released on bail

At least 25 Islami Chhatra Shibir activists, out of 55 who got bail from the High Court last week, were released from Rajshahi Central Jail yesterday.

3 held with cocaine, Yaba tablets in Ctg

Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in separate drives arrested three drug traders with huge quantities of cocaine and Yaba tablets in the port city on Thursday night.

1 killed in Habiganj clash

One person was killed and over a hundred sustained injuries in a clash between the two rival groups of villagers over paying tempo fare at Olipur in Habiganj Sadar on Thursday night.

Attack on NGO official

Miscreants cut the tendons of both the legs of an NGO official at Parkushli village at Sadar upazila in Gopalganj.

Biral upazila chairman sent to jail

The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members arrested the chairman of Biral upazila in Dinajpur yesterday on charges of assaulting the UNO and damaging the portrait of the prime minister on Thursday.

Tailbacks at Daulatdia, Paturia as pontoons sink

Several thousand vehicles, including passengers, got stranded on both sides of Paturia and Daulatdia terminals yesterday as ferry services were delayed due to sinking of two pontoons out of three at Daulatdia ghat and increasing number of buses for a programme at Atrashi in Faridpur.

7 hurt in clash over stalking of girl in Thakurgaon

Seven people were injured in a clash over stalking of a girl at Hazipara village under Sadar upazila here yesterday afternoon.

Foteh Osmani laid to rest

Regional Correspondent of the Shaptahik 2000 in Sylhet Foteh Osmani was laid to rest at the city's Chowkidekhi graveyard yesterday.

No headway in Tk 26 lakh mugging case

Although 12 days had passed since armed muggers snatched Tk 26 lakh from MIKA Properties and Securities Ltd. staff, there had been no headway in the case.

Jubo League men attack Kader Siddiqui's motorcade

A group of Awami Jubo League workers attacked the motorcade of Krishak Sramik Janata League chief Abdul Kader Siddiqui at Matikata in Bhuapur, Tangail, yesterday afternoon.

BNP worries about outcome

Opposition BNP is fearful of the outcome of the bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh on the sidelines of the just concluded 16th Saarc summit in Thimpu.

International

Water dispute fuels Indo-Pak tensions

A bitter dispute over limited water resources is fuelling India-Pakistan tensions at a time when the South Asian neighbours are trying to rebuild trust and resume peace talks.

Thai hospital evacuated after protesters storm it

A major Thai hospital evacuated patients and suspended all but emergency surgery yesterday after anti-government protesters stormed in to hunt for security forces they suspected were taking positions there overlooking their barricaded enclave.

Farmer sets himself ablaze in China school attack

A farmer attacked children with a hammer at a primary school in eastern China yesterday before fatally setting himself on fire in the latest in a wave of apparent copy-cat attacks, state media said.

Oil spill sparks new drilling ban

The US administration has banned oil drilling in new areas of the US coast pending investigations into the cause of the oil spill off Louisiana.

Vietnam celebrates 35th anniversary of war's end

Communist Vietnam marked the 35th anniversary of the end of its war yesterday with a dramatic re-enactment of the day North Vietnamese tanks smashed through the gates of the former Presidential Palace and ousted the US-backed South Vietnam government.

UN-backed Cambodia court rejects bail for Khmer Rouge leaders

Cambodia's UN-backed genocide court yesterday denied bail for three former Khmer Rouge leaders, saying they may commit serious crimes and their detention was necessary to prevent trial tampering.

India, Japan to work on nuclear cooperation

In a landmark development yesterday, India and Japan have agreed to put aside past differences on the nuclear issue, and will now work towards a civil-nuclear treaty with the establishment of a Joint Working Group (JWG) on civil-nuclear cooperation.

UK poll puts Cameron on top after final debate

A new poll has declared Conservative Party leader David Cameron the winner of the final political TV debate before the British election, leaving Prime Minister Gordon Brown fighting to retain power with less than a week to campaign.

2 stranded Mexican journalists rescued

Mexican authorities have rescued two journalists who were stranded for nearly three days among feuding militants after a caravan of rights activists was caught in a deadly ambush.

Myanmar premier forming new election party

Myanmar's prime minister, who recently retired from his military post, has applied to form a new political party ahead of rare elections expected later this year, state media reported yesterday.

Afghanistan accuses foreign forces of killing civilians

The Afghan government yesterday accused foreign forces of killing two women and a girl, the latest in a long list of civilians mistakenly killed by US-led troops fighting the Taliban.

Dalai Lama marks 50 years in Indian hill station

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama yesterday marked half a century of living in a northern Indian hill station that he has made his residence since fleeing his homeland.

Kashmir stone-pelters kill a man

Anti-India protesters stoned a bus in Indian Kashmir yesterday, killing a passenger as the region was again convulsed by violent demonstrations, police said.

Pakistani 'activist' found dead

The body of a Pakistani human rights activist has been found in the North Waziristan tribal area, weeks after he was reportedly kidnapped by militants.

Security beefed up in Assam following Ulfa threat

Police have beefed up preventive security measures in Guwahati following an intelligence alert over a possible strike by the rebel United Liberation Front of Asom (Ulfa).

6 cops held for supplying arms to Maoists

Indian police arrested six policemen yesterday for allegedly selling weapons to Maoist rebels blamed for a string of deadly attacks.

Arts & Entertainment

“Cholo Lathi Kheli” begins today with a camp

“Cholo Lathi Kheli” is a yearlong project jointly organised by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) and Shadhona -- a centre for advancement of South Asian dance and music. The project aims at promoting and popularising lathi khela, a traditional Bangladeshi martial art/performing art form, in a new way.

Weeklong celebration ends at Shilpakala Academy

With dazzling performances by dance troupes from all over the country, the weeklong programme to celebrate the International Dance Day ended on April 29 at the National Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA).

Satyajit Ray: Offering Bengali identity to the world

Talking about the filmmaker Satyajit Ray, his famous Japanese counterpart Akira Kurosawa said, “The quiet but deep observation, understanding and love of the human race, which are characteristic of all his films, have impressed me greatly...I feel that he is a 'giant' of the movie industry.”

John Lennon lyrics to fetch $700,000

John Lennon's handwritten lyrics to the Beatles song “A Day in the Life” are expected to make up to $700,000 (£460,000) at auction.

OP-ED

Ushering in the Green Century

A Solar Home System can provide uninterrupted fuel-free supply for 25 years with negligible maintenance cost (battery replacement cost after 5 years). Though the initial installation cost is high, the tradeoff is the large savings afforded to the economy's power grid since each household with a PV Solar Home System is actually the owner of an individual PV power plant.

Great expectations but timid implementation

THIS is the first time the government laid out a plan for building power plants which are not entirely based on natural gas -- which had so far fuelled more than 90 per cent of the power plants of the country. Due to the lack of development in the gas sector in the last decade, the country is now facing an acute gas crisis. This crisis is not going to be resolved soon, as finding and developing new gas fields is dependent on costly exploration activities, luck, and other time-consuming efforts.

Reduce the red tape

WHAT role do you think the private sector has to play in power generation in Bangladesh?

The untapped energy mine

BANGLADESH is richly endowed with renewable energy sources. Sunlight is abundant year-round in this semi-tropical region. Even during the monsoon season the solar radiation is as good as the annual average.15

The curious case of the 195 war criminals

ON December 24, 1971, Bangladesh's Home Minister A.H.M. Kamaruzzaman announced that Bengali authorities had already arrested 30 top Pakistani civilian officials and would soon put them on trial for genocide.

May Day: Spirit and reality

THE origin of International Labour Day -- May Day -- can be traced back to Philadelphia in December 1869, where a group of nine tailors who called themselves "Knights of Labour" established a labour organisation. The Knights of Labour could successfully forge strong solidarity among the working classes all over the world by upholding its motto "an injury to one is the concern of all."

Thoughts on May Day

THE spirit of May Day lies in the establishment of the basic rights of the working class. Before the establishment of the Day, the labourers worked 18 to 20 hours a day. They did not get their salary regularly. But they did not protest against this inhuman attitude.

Environment

Deciding climate change adaptation and mitigation measures

A very severe earthquake of the magnitude of 8.6 on the Richter scale occurred in August 1950 with its epicenter close to the border of Assam in India and Tibet in China. This earthquake caused huge landslides in the Himalayas, estimated at about 45 billion cubic meter. Within a few years, most of the debris generated from the landslides entered into the Brahmaputra river through numerous tributaries in Assam. The fine fraction of sediment mainly consisting of silt and clay very quickly transported through the Brahmaputra/Jamuna river and deposited in the Meghna estuary area. It moved through the river slowly like a sand wave and caused significant changes in river morphology. Some recent research (by this writer) describes the responses of the rivers through widening and increasing of erosive capacity during the propagation of the sand wave. That was the main reason why the erosion along the Jamuna and Padma rivers was higher in the 1980s and 1990s than in the previous and later periods.

Addressing gender concerns in adaptation discourse

IT is widely acknowledged that the negative effects of climate change are likely to hit the poorest in the poorest countries hardest. In climate change discourse, attempts to link gender and climate change may seem rather far-fetched. There have been few publications to establish this linkage. Most of the approaches toward tackling the threats focused on scientific and technological aspects of the problem, ignoring the social issue.

Disaster risk reduction: Mitigation approach

IT was a hot summer noon at Dakkhin Haldibunia under Chila union of Mongla upazila of Bagerhat district. Braving the scorching heat, a large number of villagers, both men and women, thronged Dakkhin Haldibunia Registered Primary School ground. A group of schoolgirls enthralled the large gathering by performing a 'Zarigan'. The 'Zarigan' audience was cautioned that 'time is short (as climate is changing) and all must act before time runs out'.

Literature

Short stories

LITERARY EDITOR'S NOTE
This Saturday we continue on with the Writers Block interpretations on beginnings.

BARGAIN BIN BOOKS: Thrill of the Find

THIS eminently sound advice was proclaimed by Richard Ford in his book A Handbook for Travellers in Spain (1847). Darkwood elaborates: “Unless you are particularly agile, my recommendation is: If your eyes need massaging, then try rubbing them with somebody else's elbows instead.” The chapter on 'Hostilities and Personal Security' cautions us as follows: “No amount of prowess shown at the fathers' egg-and-spoon race at the school sports day can prepare you to outrun a cheetah, for example.” Well, current perception of what constitutes 'hostilities and personal security' and the ensuing terror - is more likely to present itself in the form of today's body search and tomorrow's body scan all in the name of war on terror. This purchase left me CA$6.99 out of pocket versus its original pricing at CA$24.95.

Star Health

What to do with your wisdom teeth?

Whether and when to pull out or not the wisdom teeth — the debate still goes on. Series of large studies found that young adults who keep their wisdom teeth often develop gum disease quickly, which appears increasing the risk of pregnancy complications and possibly other health problems. But a few experts disagree on the issue that the wisdom teeth should be removed as a routine part before they cause problems.

Acupuncture and Moxibustion: Traditional but powerful healer

Acupuncture and Moxibustion have been practiced as the treatment options for thousands of years in China and now used in many countries in the world. Theses are used to treat a variety of disease.

Free radicals and its far-reaching impact on health

Free radicals are atoms or molecules which contain unpaired electrons that are produced inside our body in various ways. Free radicals damage our cells and cause various diseases. However, antioxidants can prevent cell decay from free radicals.

Depressed? You must like chocolate

People who are depressed eat more chocolate than people who are not, U.S. researchers said recently in a study that puts numbers behind the link between mood and chocolate.

Novo Nordisk starts phase 1 trial with oral insulin

Taking insulin by injecting needle is frightening for many people. For many diabetic, it is irritating to continue anti-diabetic therapy with daily insertion of insulin syringe. In order to make insulin therapy user-friendly, scientists have been conducting research for long time to make an effective alternative oral insulin therapy.

Gender and tobacco with an emphasis on marketing to women

We all know tobacco as health hazardous and one of the major killers. Still then it has not been stopped. Of course tobacco control movement has increased than that of the earlier. Each year on May 31, WHO celebrates World No Tobacco Day highlighting the theme on health risks associated with tobacco use and advocating for effective polices to reduce consumption. Nevertheless to say that tobacco use is the second cause of death globally (after hypertension) and is currently responsible for killing one in 10 adults worldwide.

Strategic Issues

Victory of Sri Lankan army tarnished

AFTER a protracted conflict against the Tamil Tigers that shed a lot of blood and pulled down a vibrant economy, Sri Lanka is jubilant again. However, the war-winning hero General Sarat Fonseka, the former army chief is in military custody on sedition charge. He is the defeated candidate of the combined opposition in the recently conducted presidential election. Obviously, questions arise about his safety and the fairness of military justice. The general apprehension is since the president has ordered the court marshal of his top general he is not letting General Fonseka go scot-free with his military rank and popular image untouched.

The Iranian Nuclear Conference

THE Nuclear Security Summit discussed the safety and security of nuclear materials, and preventing its proliferation to non-state actors who could use them for terrorist purposes. While the al Qaeda was clearly identified, the Washington summit made references to the Iranians being the main problem. Iran, a signatory of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), has been repeatedly condemned by the West for developing an illegal nuclear weapons program. The international community's concerns are accentuated by Iran's documented state patronage of terror groups like the Hamas and Hezbollah. India cannot dismiss these fears due to its own problems with jihadis in the subcontinent. Iran's linkage to Pakistani rogue nuclear scientist, AQ Khan, has further added to Indian concerns with the Iranian nuclear program. The Iranians have rejected these allegations. Accusing countries opposing their nuclear ambitions as hypocritical and organizing summits “designed to humiliate people”; Tehran launched its own nuclear summit titled “Nuclear energy for all, nuclear weapons for none”. However, compared to the Washington conference, many heads of state gave it a miss, with Prime Minister Singh stating that India would only be represented at the diplomatic level, because of the last minute nature of the conference.

Iraq bomb attacks fail to derail US withdrawal

THE resurgence of bomb attacks in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, will not affect the timeline established for the departure of US combat troops, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said on 6 April.

Taiwan exercise focuses on possible China assault

Taiwan's military has lifted the veil on how it would respond to a massive Chinese air attack, showing that the island still takes the risk of war very seriously despite improving ties.

USAF broadens plans for Next-Generation UAV

The U.S. Air Force has begun re-evaluating and expanding the missions its MQ-X next generation tactical UAV will be required to perform to go beyond battlefield strike and ISR, service officials announced.

Star Books Review

Vignettes that have validity

I didn't want to lose friends,' the eminent littérateur Hayat Mamud was telling a packed audience the other day. He was making a candid confession as to why he had never reviewed any book. Mamud was addressing a reception held in honour of two of his friends and former colleagues at Jahangirnagar University. It is difficult to review books written by authors who are known to you. But then again, there are books that give you an itch to respond. Faheem Hasan Shahed's When Bhawdroloks are around Commoners Beware! is one such book.

Journeys across mindscapes

Robert J. Sternberg presents a synthesis of intelligence, creativity, and wisdom in his book Wisdom, Intelligence, and Creativity Synthesized. He carefully examines each of these three domains and reviews the background work on them. Then he presents his own theories of intelligence, creativity and wisdom, which are sufficiently supported with research done by him and his associates. His theories are particularly useful for teachers who want to play significant roles to help their students become intelligent, creative and wise. Sternberg's theories of wisdom can be linked to the issue of social justice because wise people, according to him, should work toward a common good.

All about love, conflict and the heart

A beautiful woman with flaxen hair, cornflower blue eyes and the most generous mouth, Christine Winters held an aura of mystery that drew men towards her like flies to honey. She had three men who sought her from the very early days of her growing up years. Ronnie, strange and quiet, wanted her in his own way without any words. Don was the rough and rugged and he made it a point to let her know that he would possess her one day. And there was Sam, a person who lived in the closest harmony with her and yet never spoke out of his dreams. It is said that a beautiful woman never finds peace of heart in true love for men fall for her only for the sake of physical beauty. Christine was a living example to the truth of this saying.



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