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News of: Saturday, 15th of May, 2010

Front Page

Govt plans expansion of free education

The government is planning to make education free for all at public institutions ranging from schools to universities.

Dhaka for more manpower export

Bangladesh earning the status of a labour-source country will be high on the agenda during the prime minister's visit to Malaysia.

BNP may hold long march

BNP sits tomorrow to discuss the anti-government programmes its chairperson is going to announce at a rally at Paltan Maidan on May 19.

Cops free cab drivers amid violent protests

Tejgaon police released the eight taxi drivers they detained Thursday following violent demonstrations in front of Tejgaon Police Station by fellow taxi drivers yesterday.

Seek mercy, lift strike by today

Movement of vessels on all routes became almost normal while loading and unloading of goods in Mongla and Chittagong seaports remained mostly suspended yesterday, the seventh day of indefinite water transport strike.

Storm ravages Sylhet city

A severe nor'wester in the city uprooted thousands of trees and blew away more than 50 billboards and hundreds of tin roofs Thursday night.

Irene Khan joins The Daily Star

The Daily Star takes great pleasure in announcing the appointment of Irene Khan as Consulting Editor from today.

Thai troops open fire on protesters, 8 dead

Thai troops fired bullets at anti-government protesters, and explosions thundered in the heart of Bangkok yesterday as an army push to clear the streets and end a two-month political standoff sparked clashes that have killed eight and wounded 101.

SSC exams results today

The results of this year's Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and its equivalent examinations-2010 held under ten educational boards will be published today, sources at education ministry said yesterday.

Hasina leaves for S Korea, Malaysia today

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina leaves Dhaka for Seoul today on a six-day official visit to South Korea and Malaysia.

Death toll 17 as 6 more bodies found

Six more bodies were recovered yesterday morning, after a motorboat capsized in Dhaleshwari River in Kishoreganj Wednesday night, raising the death toll to 17.

Girl, youth killed in BSF shooting

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) yesterday shot two Bangladeshi nationals, including a child, dead, on Ratnai border under Baliadangi upazila of the district.

Govt permits yarn import thru' Benapole

The government has finally opened Benapole land port for import of yarn, ignoring the demand of the local spinning mill owners.

DMCH doctors assaulted, ward ransacked

Relatives of a patient yesterday vandalised an emergency ward of Dhaka Medical College Hospital and assaulted its doctors and nurses alleging that negligence in treatment led to the patient's death.

Bashundhara chief sued for land grabbing, threatening

Two lawsuits have been filed against Bashundhara Group Chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan and five others on charges of grabbing government lands, removing soil from there and threatening a government official.

Khaleda greets Cameron

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has congratulated the new British Prime Minister David Cameron, and assured to work closely with him and the UK government in achieving common goals of global peace, prosperity and socio-economic stability.

CAAB chief may be sent back to BAF

Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh chief Air Commodore Sakeb Iqbal Khan Majlish is likely to be sent back to the Air Force, top CAAB officials said.

GM Quader given charge to run JP

Former president and Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad yesterday handed over the responsibilities for running the party to his younger brother and Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister GM Quader.

Sarkozy threatens to quit euro group

President Nicolas Sarkozy threatened to pull France out of the euro currency group to force Germany to help Greece with its debt crisis, El Pais newspaper reported Friday, quoting Spain's prime minister.

4 African nations sign new Nile deal

Four African countries yesterday signed a new treaty on the equitable sharing of the Nile waters despite strong opposition from Egypt and Sudan who have the lion's share of the river waters.

Greece, Turkey hail 'big step forward' after Athens talks

Rivals Greece and Turkey made a "big step forward" in relations during a visit by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a joint statement said after talks in Athens yesterday.

Canadian journo hurt

A Canadian television cameraman, one of three journalists hurt yesterday during clashes in Bangkok, was hit by three bullets from a military assault rifle and "gravely wounded", his network reported.

3 arrestees tell double murder story

Arrested Noor Alam Babu admitted to the killing of his stepmother and stepsister with the help of his two friends at Shanir Akhra in the city on May 8.

Editorial

Cold-shouldering it is not the remedy

It appears that the Awami League has come to the end of its tether as far as the Chattra League is concerned, and, being able to do nothing to rein it in, has chosen the easiest and the least unpleasant option, to ignore the student body. This is of course not the official position of the party, but certain postures of some senior AL leaders in respect of the Chattra League reflect the advice of the party president and the PM to them to shun it.

HC directive on ship import

The High Court has reasserted that pre-cleaning and environmental certificates must be collected before ships are brought to our territorial waters by the importers. The directive came after the HC found that shipping ministry officials were misinterpreting the court's earlier directive issued in March this year and allowing import of ships for scrapping without collecting such certificates.

Sports

Hussey pulls off a miracle

Michael Hussey smashed three sixes in four balls to lead Austra-lia to a remarkable three-wicket win over Pakistan in the last over of Friday's Twenty20 World Cup semi-final in St Lucia.

Abahani held to a draw

Abahani's hopes of qualifying for the AFC President's Cup got a jolt when the hosts were held to a goalless draw by 10-man Hasus NTCPE in the Group A qualifiers at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

S Africa A champions

South Africa A emerged champions of the ATN Records tri-nation tournament yesterday where they somehow managed to keep West Indies A at bay, winning by five runs in a high-scoring encounter at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.

Aftab, Rasel included in A team

The national selectors announced a 14-member Bangladesh A team for the two-match four-day series against visiting West Indies A.

Tigers slump to Essex pace

Bangladesh's top-order were found wanting against the Essex pace attack on the first day of the three-day match at the County Ground in Chelmsford yesterday.

Dordoi crush New Road

Russian striker Volos Yury slammed a hattrick to power two-time champions Dordoi Bishkek of Kyrgyzstan to an empathic 3-0 win over Nepal's New Road Team in the AFC President's Cup Group A qualifiers at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Bond calls it quits

New Zealand fast bowling star Shane Bond said Friday he was ending a playing career which combined spectacular success with a frustrating succession of injuries.

Rajib, Parag win

Grand Master (GM) Enamul Hossain Rajib and Fide Master Mehdi Hasan Parag won their respective Commonwealth Chess Championship matches in New Delhi yesterday.

A man named Garrincha

After two World Cup championships in Europe, FIFA decided that South America would be the host continent, and it was a straight shoot-out between Chile and Argentina.

It's down to the wire

Despite notching a record 96 points, Barcelona must defeat Valladolid at home on Sunday to retain their La Liga title and leave rivals Real Madrid empty-handed as an epic title race reaches its conclusion.

Inter on the brink

After nine months and 37 matches the Serie A title race has come down to one last game with Inter Milan leading AS Roma by two points.

Chelsea eyeing history

Carlo Ancelotti expects his Chelsea stars to seize the opportunity to make history when the Premier League champions face Portsmouth in the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday.

Bayern wary of Werder

Dutch winger Arjen Robben says his Bayern Munich side must be wary of defending champions Werder Bremen in Saturday's German Cup final as they look to take another step closer to the treble.

Cacau fires Germany

Germany began their World Cup preparations with a 3-0 friendly win over minnows Malta on Wednesday as striker Cacau scored twice to suggest he might be the solution to his country's problems up front.

CAF clears Togo to play in ANC

Togo were officially cleared to play in the 2012 African Nations Cup qualifying competition after an African Football Confederation (CAF) executive meeting in Cairo Friday.

Fans camping out for final tickets

Hundreds of Inter Milan fans have been setting up camp since Thursday night to make sure they snap up one of 5,000 Champions League final tickets due to go on sale in Milan on Saturday.

'I'll only leave Arsenal for Barcelona'

Arsenal's Spanish star Cesc Fabregas insisted Friday that he would only leave the Gunners for his former club Barcelona.

'Eng not far off Aus'

Australia may have been the team to beat at the World Twenty20 but England captain Paul Collingwood is confident his side can stay with them should their old rivals reach the final.

Broad glad he missed IPL

Stuart Broad said he'd no regrets about missing out on the Indian Premier League (IPL) after helping bowl England into the final of the World Twenty20.

Federer, Nadal on course

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal edged closer to a dream Madrid Masters final on Thursday with straight-sets quarterfinal victories which further served to whet fans' appetites ahead of the French Open.

Aus women in final

Australia captain Alex Blackwell led from the front as her side advanced into the women's World Twenty20 final with a seven-wicket win over India here on Thursday.

Venus reaches Madrid semis

Venus Williams reinforced her pending move back to the world number two ranking with a 6-3, 6-3 defeat of Samantha Stosur to reach the semifinals of the Madrid Masters on Friday.

Local Snippets

Comilla will take on Narail in the final of the Jesco International Youth Volleyball competition at the Sultan Roundabout in Narail.

Battle of the Giants on

Team Argentina of North South University beat team Brazil of South East University 2-0 in the inaugural match of the 'Nescafe 3 in 1 Battle of the Giants' football tournament at the Gulshan Youth Club ground yesterday. Shaon and Birol scored the goals for the winners. Birol was named man-of-the-match.

Metropolitan

'Ensure rights of physically challenged'

Although Bangladesh has ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the government is yet to ensure their rights due to lack of coordination among different ministries.

5 marine engrs forge certificates for job abroad

A government investigation has found that at least five marine engineers had falsified official certificates they needed to qualify for jobs at both home and abroad.

Budget to reflect farmers' interests

Industries Minister Dilip Barua said the upcoming budget will reflect farmers' interests and include allocations for excavation of canals and ponds and dredging of rivers to improve the agriculture sector.

Families of migrants are worst sufferers

Family members of migrant workers are the worst sufferers of recruiting agents' fraudulent activities such as providing fake travel and work documents, giving false hope of better jobs and misappropriating money, speakers at a national dialogue said yesterday.

Tagore train to arrive in August

A special train from India, launched to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Nobel Laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore, will travel across Bangladesh in August after touring Indian cities.

Pick-up van loaded with furniture seized

Police on Thursday night seized a pick-up van of Roads and Highways Department loaded with furniture allegedly made from wood of government trees.

Road crashes kill five

Five people were killed and 10 others injured in separate road accidents in Comilla and Netrakona yesterday and Thursday night.

Sylhet traders call off sit-in, strike

Business leaders called off their today's sit-in programme in front of the Court Point and tomorrow's strike after Sylhet Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) decided not to hold trade fair on Government Alia Madrasa ground in the city.

Faruk Khan exonerated

The High Court (HC) on Thursday exonerated Commerce Minister Faruk Khan from a contempt of court charge for obstructing implementation of its order for demolishing jetties set up by City Group of Industries on the bank of the Shitalakhya.

FM greets William Hague

Foreign Minister Dipu Moni greeted newly appointed British Foreign Secretary William Hague, as the Conservative and Liberal Democrats formed the coalition government in Britain after the last week's general elections.

Enforce laws to stop use of chemicals in fruit

Environmentalists yesterday demanded strong monitoring and execution of laws to stop use of toxic chemicals for ripening and preserving seasonal fruits.

Flat owners accuse developer of frauds

Over 200 flat owners of the Prominent Housing yesterday accused the housing authorities of not providing all the facilities they promised in their prospectus.

'AL to unveil info about Khaleda's legalised money'

Ruling Awami League will not let the main opposition BNP create anarchy and increase public suffering in the name of anti-government movement.

Suo moto rule on four SC lawyers

A High Court bench on Thursday issued a suo moto rule upon four Supreme Court lawyers and their two clients to explain within three weeks why contempt of court proceedings should not be drawn against them for concealing information of a writ petition filed earlier.

Govt not giving power connections for grand rally: BNP

BNP yesterday alleged that the government is not giving temporary electricity connections for its Dhaka divisional grand rally scheduled for May 19 at Paltan Maidan.

Regional climate change confce begins May 30

A two-day conference of 'Global Climate Change Alliance of Asia Region' will begin in Dhaka on May 30.

Prof Yusuf terms Liberation War 'civil war'

Describing the Liberation War of 1971 as a 'civil war', former vice-chancellor of Rajshahi University (RU) Prof Dr Yusuf Ali said a huge loss of lives is common in a civil war.

'No plan to restore HK visa waiver for Bangladeshis'

The government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China has no immediate plan to restore visa waiver policy for Bangladeshi nationals but will extend adequate facilities to bona fide Bangladeshis, including businessmen.

'Launch movement for women's political empowerment'

Women's rights activists yesterday said it is time to launch movement to achieve women's political empowerment.

50 injured in Akhaura clash

At lease 50 people, including an additional police super and a journalist, were injured during a clash between two groups of people in Akhaura town yesterday.

A section shows support to war criminals

State Minister for Science and ICT Yeafesh Osman yesterday said two different sides have cropped up over the issue of the war crimes trial where a group is showing support to the criminals.

Letters

Stipends for girls

The government is reportedly going to introduce stipends for female students at bachelor's level (pass course) aiming to help the female students of poor families continue their studies, reduce drop out rates and prevent their early marriage. We appreciate the initiative.

International

Afghan protest on civilian deaths turns violent, 1 dead

Police shot dead a an Afghan protester in eastern Afghanistan yesterday after hundreds of villagers demonstrated against Nato raids which they said killed 11 civilians overnight, a local official said.

Nepal heading for major political crisis

Time is running out for Nepal.

Violence surges in Kashmir

Militant violence is surging in Indian-controlled Kashmir after years of declines, officials say, warning of increased insurgent infiltration from Pakistan and a bloody summer ahead.

Pak Taliban say US will 'burn'

Pakistani Taliban militants have warned America that it will soon "burn" while calling for Pakistan's rulers to be overthrown for following "America's agenda".

'Mayapuri residents at high radiation risk'

West Delhi's Mayapuri area is 'not a safe zone for human beings', environment body Greenpeace said yesterday after a visit to the scrap yard where a person died after exposure to radiation last month.

Fatwa bans Indian Muslims to work in banks

A powerful Islamic seminary in northern India has issued a fatwa, or decree, against Muslims working in banks, a spokesman said yesterday, deeming it a violation of Islamic law.

Karzai to visit US troops before Afghan deployment

Afghan President Hamid Karzai completes his US tour yesterday with a visit to US troops from the 101st Airborne Division weeks before they deploy to his war-torn country.

Chennai auto drivers to get yoga training

A non-profit organization, with the help of traffic police of Chennai, organized meditation and yoga classes for the city's auto rickshaw drivers.

Clashes in Kyrgyzstan kill one

One person was killed and over 60 wounded in clashes in Kyrgyzstan yesterday as the interim government regained control of official buildings seized by supporters of ousted president Kurmanbek Bakiyev.

Indonesia foils plot to kill president

Indonesian police announced yesterday they had uncovered and foiled a plot to assassinate the president and other top officials, massacre foreigners in Mumbai-style attacks and declare an Islamic state.

Support for Japan PM dives to new low

The approval rating for Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama plunged to its lowest since his party's landslide election victory in August, according to a new poll released yesterday.

Cameron defends change over polls vote rules

David Cameron has defended plans to change the rules on how an election is called, saying they will help the stability of his coalition government.

Philippine Muslim massacre clan chief loses election bid

The patriarch of a Muslim clan accused of carrying out the Philippines' worst political massacre lost his election bid for a top government position, a polling official said yesterday.

FBI arrests 3 over NY bomb plot

US authorities investigating the attempted bombing in New York's Times Square have arrested three men during searches over four US states.

Teenager shot dead in West Bank

A Palestinian teenager was found dead from a gunshot wound near his village in the West Bank, and Palestinians said yesterday he was likely shot by an Israeli settler while throwing stones at cars.

Row over N Korea 'Noah's Ark'

Wild animals reportedly caught in Zimbabwe and intended as a gift to North Korea may not survive in the Asian country, conservationists say.

Iraqi Qaeda chief vows dark days

Qaeda in Iraq's new leader warned Shias yesterday that "dark days soaked with blood" lie ahead and that a new campaign of attacks was under way.

Tripoli crash survivor boy says he's 'fine'

The Dutch boy who was the sole survivor of a Libyan plane crash that killed more than 100 people said he is in a lot of pain but keen to go home, in his first comments yesterday since the disaster.

Britons spend 6-month of their lives discussing weather

Famously weather-obsessed British people spend on average six months of their lives talking about whether it's going to rain or shine, according to a survey published yesterday.

Indian troops kill 6 rebels in Manipur

Indian troops yesterday killed six separatist rebels in restive Manipur close to the border with Myanmar, police said.

Gilani to visit Attabad lake amid flood fears

Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani is set to visit a lake in the north, formed after a landslide and on the verge of breaking its banks.

Arts & Entertainment

Watercolour Camp in Lalmatia

Shilpanu School of Fine Arts has organised a one and a half month long watercolour workshop at Lalmatia in Dhaka. The workshop began on April 19 and will continue till May 20. Veteran painter Monirul Islam inaugurated the workshop and showed slides of his works and Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin. Islam also briefly discussed on watercolour techniques, process and style of application.

Capturing many hearts

As a child, Nancy often dreamt of becoming a popular singer one day. Her cherished dream seems to have been realised: She has captured many hearts with her velvety, melodic vocals. “Prithibir Joto Shukh,” “Dwidha,” “Ami Tomar Mon-er Bhetor” and “Hawaye Hawaye” are some of her hit songs.

A discourse on language

Leading music-dance school and cultural organisation Chhayanaut is offering a new course on Bangla language. Titled “Bhashar Alaap”, 10-month-long course will have its orientation on June 19. Through the course, Chhayanaut intends to enrich the students' cultural identity.

Greed still good as Cannes shows new “Wall Street”

Gordon Gekko is out of prison and out of money. He's not quite through with Wall Street, though.

Cultural programme in Manikganj

In memory of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore and National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, a cultural programme was held at the Sangskritik Biplabi Sangha (SABIS) Auditorium in the district town here on Wednesday night.

Drama Serial “Bhajokat” on Desh TV

Drama serial “Bhajokat” will be aired on Desh TV tonight at 10:30 pm. The serial has been jointly written by Moniruzzaman and Rafiqul Islam. Raju Khan and AK Azad jointly direct the serial.

History-based programme “Itihasher Kherokhata” on BTV tonight

First episode of the history-based talk show “Itihasher Kherokhata” will be aired tonight at 8:30 pm on Bangladesh Television. Compiled by Tapash Roy, the programme is directed by Tuhin Reza.

“Breaking News”: Actress Diti turns director

Noted actress Diti is turning director with the single-episode play “Breaking News.” The play has been written by Rumman Rashid Khan. Diti is also the producer of the play, according to a press release.

OP-ED

Of endangered chain of command and other aberrations

THE columns of The Daily Star' have, of late, carried multiple worrisome comments about the quality of criminal investigation, police discipline and performance. The post editorial of 4th May says, “ A highly efficient, transparent and accountable system of policing has been developed in the countries with the strong backing of the constitution; as a result, political people or bureaucrats find it extremely difficult to influence a criminal investigation.”

History in the making

THE drama over the formation of the government in Britain has finally come to an end. The Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats have joined hands to govern Britain. After 13 years, the Labour Party will now sit on the opposition benches.

Bell tolls for Dhaka Wasa

ONE of the major responsibilities of Dhaka Wasa is to supply water to those living in Dhaka city. There have been structural changes in Wasa but the supply of water to the citizens has remained unsatisfactory, and sometimes certain areas of the city are left without supply for days -- not only in the beginning of summer but also throughout the year.

Lessons from Mayapuri

THREE weeks after a Delhi scrap dealer was exposed to cobalt-60 and developed acute radiation sickness, the radioisotope was finally traced to a Delhi University chemistry laboratory.

7 worst celebrity dads

DON'T you just love celebrities? I do. I like them fried, boiled or fricasseed. I particularly like to see them on the "court proceedings" page of the newspapers, and some look really good on the obits page.

Environment

Emission trading: Blessing for polluters?

THE issue of climate change and its consequences are no more limited to a regional boundary -- it's global now. A wide variety of policies and measures are available to governments to limit or reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Besides regulations and standards, there is an increased focus on pollution as a social and economic issue. Recently economists have focused on market-based forms of guideline as a possible alternative to command and control Instruments. As per this school of thought, market-based instruments -- such as pollution charges, subsidies, tradable permits, and some types of information programmes can encourage firms or individuals to undertake pollution control efforts that are in their own interests and that collectively meet policy goals.

Sustainable cities: How far away are we from?

CITIES are considered the cradle of civilisation. Cities have been the centres of education, rule and business throughout the human history. People of cities are usually more conscious and progressive due to exposure to refined knowledge and closeness to rulers. They are 'elite' compared to the rural people. Moreover, employment opportunities and comfort of living attract people from the rural areas where they are found to be pressed by various problems like river erosion and unemployment.

The recent water and power crisis: Is El Niño to be blamed partly?

LET me start with a classic example of Venezuela--the country officially called the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. This is a tropical country on the northern coast of South America. The republic is a former Spanish colony that won its independence in 1821. Like Bangladesh, Venezuela is in the midst of a genuine power and water crisis. There may not be a clear cut answer to this question “What is causing Venezuela's energy crisis”, and different people provide differing interpretations.

Literature

Kiss from a rose

“No one's going to believe how days passed away…how things happened; faces changed…how I took my chances…”

When is it going to rain again?

Today the greenish water is quiet and serene. The reflection of the mango branches laden with blossoms paints a photographic image on the surface, disturbed occasionally only by a light breeze. The tall coconut and "taal" palm tower over one another in a fierce battle to be included in the exquisite collage on the water.

In a writer's company. . .

He came in quietly, a man slight of frame and bespectacled. Some of the other participants among whom were academics, independent writers, editors of local English dailies, members of local reading groups were talking about potential points of discussion in a corner. Some were nervous about what they could say about a book before its author.

All for you

Going by the woods in an end-spring night
The moon peeping through the branches from height
The cool breeze reaching the murmur of the leaves to the
ear
And the fragrance of flowers to the nostril to bear.
What more I wanted to see, to hear, to feel –
only I missed you beside me
And missed all the worth and senses of satiation to be;
And all that I felt as holding was lost
In the misery of missing you the most.

The Wild Mirage

In my world of moonless blurry nights
You give me the gift of impassioned sights
As I touch the lips to sculpt your face
I come alive on verge of prophetic light
A journey unexpected I undertake
Not knowing the reason why

Star Health

Helpful remedies for hurting knees

Pain in the knees is particularly a serious problem faced by the older people. Sometimes it becomes so severe that it incapacitates people in bed.

How to use an inhaler

Using an inhaler correctly is an important aspect in the treatment of asthma. However, many people in Bangladesh do not know how to use an inhaler properly and do not respond well to treatment. Not using an inhaler correctly results in untreated asthma, with potentially serious complications. Here are certain steps to guide you on the proper use of an inhaler:

Healthy weight-healthy blood pressure

Hypertension is a silent killer. Over a period of time it leads to stroke, heart attack, kidney and eye damage and other deadly consequences. Overweight and obese people have more chance to develop hypertension (HTN) and its fatal complications than other.

Call for WHO resolution on viral hepatitis

Approximately 500 million people worldwide are infected with hepatitis B or C virus which is 10 times the number infected with HIV/AIDS. Over 50 percent of people infected with viral hepatitis live in countries where there is no free testing and 41 percent of the global population do not have access to government funded treatment.

After C-section,stitches or staples?

Women who deliver by cesarean section seem to have similar cosmetic results whether the wound is closed with stitches or staples, a new study suggests.

Strategic Issues

Nuclear Non-Proliferation Review: US and Iran clash

THE Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference has commenced on 3 May at the UN Headquarters in New York, and will end on 28 May. Under the terms of NPT, it is required to be reviewed every five years. Last time the review took place in 2005.

Israel-Palestine proximity talks start amidst pessimism

THE Israel-Palestine indirect talks, also called proximity talks, started this week after 17 months in the limbo following Israeli attack on Gaza in the winter of 2008-2009, the deadliest Israeli assault since the 1967 war. The re-start, with the United States as the intermediary, has come a month to the year since President Obama's Cairo speech in which he outlined his vision for bridging the gap with the Muslim World. The Palestinian issue is the single major issue that has given the extremists among the Muslims the cause for their acts. President Clinton realized this and had made the resolution of the Palestinian issue his administration's number one foreign policy priority in the Middle East.

US studying China-Pakistan nuclear deal

The United States said Monday it was carefully reviewing China's plans to build two civilian nuclear reactors in Pakistan, urging all nations to respect non-proliferation commitments.

France wants to strip down NATO command

One year after rejoining NATO military command, France wants to see the alliance's headquarters cut down in size, officials in Defence Minister Herve Morin's office told AFP on May 11.

Iran, Syria favor Turkish mediation on Tehran's nukes

In weekend visits to Turkey, Iranian and Syrian leaders welcomed Ankara's efforts to mediate a diplomatic solution to the dispute between Tehran and the West over the Islamic Republic's nuclear program.

Star Books Review

Back to beautiful basics

THE book is dedicated to those whose work forms the subject of the book. With due acknowledgement to the individuals connected with this study and UNDP, the book opens with BAIN by Chiranjib Chakma and translated by Niaz Zaman.

How nations scale the heights

THE United States of America is the fourth largest country in the world, both in area and population. The country covers the vast space between the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific. It also includes Alaska on the edge of the Arctic, and tropical Hawaii far out in the Pacific. The huge land that it contains is varied, and the long stretch of fertile soil that the country has been blessed with has made it possible to feed millions of people both inside the country and beyond.

The making of a thespian

BACK in the mid-1990s, here in Dhaka, a group of Indian diplomatic wives waited on the lawn of the Indian high commissioner's residence to receive Dilip Kumar. They had set up food stalls on the occasion of their country's Republic Day, and incidentally the thespian happened to be in town. The women were thrilled that the actor would be before them and were quite taken up by the thought of the good conversation they would have with a man who had already morphed into a legend. Moments later, when Dilip Kumar appeared before them, the women lost, or so it appeared, their power of speech. Having done the usual namaste bit, they stared at him. It was the actor who broke the silence, in chaste Urdu, 'Aap log kiya mujhe dekhte-hi rahenge ya kuch khaane ko bhi denge (will you go on looking at me or will you give me something to eat)?' A burst of laughter greeted his words. Conversation, and not just from the women (wo)manning the food stalls, flowed.


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